- Character: Jacqui Briggs
- Fandom: Mortal Kombat
Another black woman character I was waiting eagerly for on this site. The racism and sexism is really strong in fandom. I saw fan grumblings about Jacqui Briggs, Cassie Cage, Takeda Takahashi and Kung Jin (I wanted to submit Cassie and Jin, but the hatedom isn’t big enough for here I think) but poor Jacqui really got the worst of it. Diversity is already setting off fanbrats but seeing a fly black woman who doesn’t fit into stereotypes really sets them off (see Sheva Alomar, Michonne, Vivienne and Aveline de Grandpre). Netherealm Studios did a good job with Jacqui’s character and her romance and I’m not letting the whiny fanbrats piss on our parade. Most of these reasons are bullshit and it didn’t take much thought to debunk them. I grouped some of the similar reasons together, so let’s go.
Bland/boring design and personality, flat character
Beauty is subjective and everyone is not attracted to the same thing. Lots of fans, including myself, find Jacqui beautiful. Personality-wise, chill=/= boring. She usually acts as the voice of reason. What, did you want her to be sassy and rolling her neck all day? Flat characters are those who give and take nothing from the story. Jacqui balances out Cassie’s snark and Jin’s impulsiveness. The SF team would not flow together as well if she wasn’t there. Jacqui is a calm, intelligent, goal-focused young woman who fights all these weird things with nothing more than high-tech gauntlets and kick-boxing training. How is that boring? Don’t think that the real reason her personality is deemed “boring” isn’t noted. Y’all wanted a stereotypical “Sassy strong black woman who don’t need no man, stays in the background and is kept chaste” and got a cool-headed woman who is rational, takes her job seriously but still has a sense of humor, is considered beautiful, has her own moment in the limelight, and ends up in a relationship with a liked character. I see the bullshit and y’all ain’t cute.
In fighting games, not everyone will play well with every character. Don’t be salty because Jacqui’s rushdown style doesn’t fit you. Find a character that does and quit your bitching. And considering how one of the reasons for hating her is that so many people use her on-line and spam, it seems that quite a few fans like her moves just fine.
Isn’t attractive and cool as Cassie Cage
Once again, attractiveness is subjective as is coolness. I happen to like both women. They have different personalities so they will appeal to different people. Cassie is light-hearted and Jacqui is serious. Congrats on noticing basic personality variances.
Players use her Full Auto Variation to spam in online matches.
But you just said her moveset sucked, so how is she used enough to annoy you if she’s so bad?
I’m so sick of people hating on fighting game characters because “players spam”. If you get caught with a move more than 5 times and still haven’t figured out a way to counter or evade, you deserve all the losses you get. If someone figures out that an opponent can’t handle a certain move, then of course they will take advantage to win. It’s called using common ass sense. There is no honor in battle, only victory and defeat.
Also, training mode is your best friend and you need to know her. I know when I would get fucked up by certain moves; I’d go into practice mode and practice with AND against the character giving me problems. Then I’d come back and dominate with my newfound knowledge. If you know Full Auto Jacqui owns you relentlessly, learn her moves. See where her combos begin so you can react. Use the particular move that annoys you and see how it works. Practice against her. Maybe recruit a buddy or little sibling to use that move/combo on you until you can evade or stop it. But don’t just whine and stamp your feet because you’re too lazy to do the work. Either accept that you’re gonna get washed every time you see Jacqui or shut up and grind in the training room.
Just a female Jax in terms of her moves
They don’t even fight the same, so wtf? Jacqui uses running combos and kick-boxing while Jax is the grappling king. Sure Jacqui clearly is influenced by her dad but Cassie Cage has moves from Sonya and Johnny and no one gives her as much shit. Jacqui uses the gauntlets as homage to her dad. But it’s clear that she’s not just a re-skin. You’re not even trying anymore haters.
Gets in the way of slash ships involving Takeda (since it’s all but said that she and him get together at the end of Mortal Kombat X).
Students, it’s time for MissTakenBk’s “Bitch, you tried it, you really did” class. Today’s topic is shipping. First, SHIPPING IS NOT A REASON TO HATE A CHARACTER. One more time for Suzie and Tommy in the back, SHIPPING IS NOT A REASON TO HATE A CHARACTER!!!! Second, there are these magical, glorious things called fanart and fanfiction. You can use these magnificent tools to create whatever alternate universe you want. You can even completely ignore canon!! *gasps* See darlings, you can ship whatever the fuck you want but the key is simply not being an asshole about it. Doubly not being a racist, sexist asshole, because I hope you don’t think we can’t smell why the hate towards Jacqui is so virulent. Racist and sexist fanbrats aren’t nearly as slick as they think they are. But either way, Jacqui x Takeda is canon and is staying. Keep the nasty racist, sexist filth to yourselves.
1) Beauty, personality, coolness, and moveset quality are (for the most part) subjective.
2) “Homage” is different than “exact copy”.
3) Consistently losing to spam is your problem to fix. Take your stankin ass to the training room and get good.
4) Shipping is no reason to hate a character because fanfiction.net and deviantart.com are things.
5) It’s one thing to not like a character because they’re not your cup of tea. It’s another to hate them for racist and sexist reasons and try to hide behind nonsense reasons that anyone could disprove.
Most of the Jacqui haters also bitch about “SJWs” ruining the game because the female characters actually have clothes on. Fanbrats aren’t even being subtle, or they’re trying and failing miserably. If you don’t like Jacqui, don’t play as her unless it’s her chapter in story mode. Problem solved. Either way, Jacqui’s awesome, Jacqui x Takeda is canon and both are here to stay (as long as something can survive in Mortal Kombat) so…