Clint gets way too much hate IMO
Feel free to disagree with me. This is just my opinion on the matter. I would’ve submitted this defense to fyeahcontroversialcharacters, but for some reason the blog is password protected now. I’m actually the one who submitted Clint to that blog. Anyways…
Why do people hate Clint? From what I can gather, it mostly seems to come from his crush on fan favorite Emily, the fact that his heart scenes and quests became awkward since Emily became an eligible bachelorette, and that he refers to himself as a “nice guy” in one of his heart scenes. I’ve also seen people complain about how he’ll give you geodes at the Festival of the Winter Star which you have to pay him to open and that he’s self-pitying and complains a lot.
Okay, first off, Emily was not originally meant to be a bachelorette, and Clint’s heart scenes clearly reflect this. The reason she became a bachelorette was because she won in a poll for the next female bachelorette. That’s not really Clint’s fault. And you may ask, “why not code certain heart scenes and quests to not trigger if you’re romancing Emily?” I may not have experience with coding, but I can tell you right now that’s probably much easier said than done.
And what about that whole “nice guy” line? Personally, I feel like people are reading too deeply into it (says the person who is analyzing Clint). Let’s see, what does tumblr mean when they say someone is a Nice Guy™? Do correct me if I’m wrong, but from what I can gather, it’s when a guy calls himself nice, complains that all girls want bad boys, and blames girls for rejecting him. I don’t see that with Clint. Never once does he blame Emily if she ends up with the Farmer. He’s never rude to her at all.
About the Winter Star Festival: People love to give Clint flak, but other townspeople can give the Farmer crummy gifts, too, and they don’t get nearly as much grief for it. Robin can outright give the Farmer a bunch of rocks. Vincent in Jas can give the Farmer one, count it, one piece of clay! They can also give the Farmer one geode, while Clint gives them five. Granted, they are children, but still.
And lastly, Clint’s attitude. This is just personal opinion, but to me, he reads as both depressed and anxious. How did I come to this conclusion? I also have both depression and anxiety. I actually take medication for it. He probably likes to vent to the Farmer because it helps him cope somewhat. Emily is his only friend, so he clearly doesn’t socialize much. In his heart scene at the Saloon, he’s sitting by himself. On other nights, he sits with Willy, but they don’t seem to interact much, and Willy isn’t listed as one of Clint’s friends. I’m pretty sure he’s only able to get out at night because of his job as the town blacksmith, which he clearly didn’t really want to begin with. He just became one because he felt obligated to, because every man in his family from his great-grandfather was a blacksmith. I’d probably be depressed too in his situation.
So yeah, I think Clint gets way too much hate, and this is why. Again, feel free to disagree, but I just had to pitch in my two cents.