like, just imagine a comic about life lessons where the character is always 100% perfect and a good role model and The Best™ all the time
imagine how fucking unrelatable and even condescending a character like that is to a young person whos still learning, fucking up, learning to live with their mistakes, learning to apologize and sympathize with people, moving on, etc
the weird tumblr mindset of “everything needs to be unproblematic and appeal to children and be a good role model” is so fucking backwards because children and young people make mistakes and they need to learn that its ok to fuck up instead of constantly hearing “this is how you need to act and if you dont youre literally the fucking worst”, because guess fucking what im pretty sure young people hear how they should act and feel often enough in their lives
if you want your character to teach something to children, let your character be a child. let them fuck up, let them learn and let them grow. having your character be just another Perfect Role Model is just another way of putting pressure on kids and teaching them they can never fuck up, ever, and that they should feel bad for stuff they probably dont even know was wrong.
teach children to learn from their mistakes instead of putting constant pressure on them to never make any