John Blake and Bane: The Fettered and the Unfettered
So, I was browing TV Tropes (as I so often do) and I found the perfect description of John (also my favourite character archetype). Then I clicked on the opposite trope, and it turned out to be the perfect description of Bane. The two tropes together are why I love writing them, complete dysfunction and all.
John Blake: The Fettered
It’s common for a Fettered character to be a police officer, paladin, soldier, or other law enforcement/martial profession focused on bringing peace and justice to the world.
John Blake, Gotham PD, everyone. (…sorry, I’m always gonna find that adorable XD)
That said, choice and freedom are an important aspect of a Fettered character; while they freely choose to adhere to a code, the temptation to desert it is always present, but placing their trust in these ideals serves to give them and others strength to stand firm. … Choosing to live by these ideals is never easy, and it has tangible drawbacks. If they put their faith in an unsound moral code, or obedience in an authority that is less morally upright than they, there will be a reckoning where they must choose To Be Lawful or Good.
“Those men locked up for eight years in Blackgate, and denied parole under the Dent Act, based on a lie?”
“Your hands look plenty filthy to me, Commissioner.”
“You were right, about the structures becoming shackles. I just can’t take it.”
John’s character arc/development, where he moves from seeing things in pure black and white to… more complicated greys, is the whole reason he makes his choice at the end between being Lawful or Good.
(Also see: my John Blake character tropes set! :D *shameless*)