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Failure of character?

This was originally a debate I had on Serebii.net, but the posts were deleted for some reason. But it ended up making for a decent follow-up to this, so here we go.

In a “controversial opinions” thread on that forum, someone offered their opinion that Misty was a weak character who did very little during her run on the show. My counter to that was: of all the travelling companions, Misty is arguably* the most well-defined character, but among the most poorly served in terms of plot.

Misty’s core personality - stubborn, short-tempered, entomophobic, and a bit bossy, but basically good-hearted and with a deep love for Pokemon in general and Water types in particular - was established from the get-go. Right up front, she was presented as a multi-faceted character. I would never claim that any character in Pokemon was a masterful work of deep psychological realism, but Misty was always more than just an angry redhead. She could be used to give exposition, show sweetness and depth, give a punchline, or take laughs at her own expense, and all of this in a very natural and easy way.

As the OS went on, more facets to her personality emerged. The encounter with her sisters revealed a troubled home life and suggested feelings of inadequacy compared to her glamorous siblings. Caring for Togepi brought out a very defined maternal instinct in Misty. Her growing crush on Ash showed her to be unsure and uncomfortable with letting certain feelings show and gave her another point of vulnerability. And those last two things resulted in an evolution of her character; while she was still temperamental, she mellowed considerably as the show went on, her fights with Ash more likely to be playful and mutual banter/snark.

All this means that, on the score of creating and developing a character and personality, Takeshi Shudo and team did a fantastic job with Misty IMO. And the many sides to her character left her open for a wide range of story possibilities. Take Togepi, for instance. With Misty being such a motherly figure to the little egg, would that mean that Misty could inadvertently impede Togepi’s growth by holding it back from Pokemon competitions? If so, how would Misty learn to get over this? How would she deal with Togepi’s mysterious powers when she becomes aware of them? Might Togepi evolve sooner in this case, and how would Misty take that? How would a non-Water type fit in to the rest of the team? There’s a lot there for just one aspect of her character. Her strained relationship with her sisters could’ve also generated material had they become recurring characters, her relationship with Ash actually started to move in a fun direction during the Orange Islands, and her goal of being a great Water trainer was just as nebulous and loosely defined as Ash’s own goal, and thus open to any number of story turns.

None of which were taken, obviously. The Whirl Cup was an effort at doing something with Misty’s Water goals, but it was late in coming and under-developed. Her crush on Ash didn’t vanish after the Islands, but it did stagnate and only came back into play very late in the OS. After the Indigo League, her sisters never came up again except to drag her back to Cerulean. And Togepi just sat around looking cute until AG, at which point Misty was off the show as a regular and the story was more about Togepi himself than Misty’s care of him.

So in the end, that guy on Serebii did have a point; Misty didn’t get much to do story-wise. But that doesn’t make her a weak character. A weak character would be one who was two-dimensional and stagnant, or one who was dull as dishwater to watch, or one who was poorly defined and shifted personality depending on whatever the script of the day called for. That would represent a failure of character creation and development, a different sort of writing slip-up than the one that befell Misty. As I’ve said, Shudo aced it in developing Misty’s character. What Misty - and many other Pokemon characters - illustrate is the failure of a writing team to take advantage of their own good legwork to pursue interesting plot lines and give good characters material to showcase all their facets. The end result is similar; a frustrating viewing experience. But it’s an important distinction to make IMO when attempting a critique of fiction.

*Arguably. As in, if you feel otherwise, you could make a plausible case.

(I should add that this debate was perfectly respectful, and short. I have no idea why it got erased.)

Anyway, because tumblr mobile hates me and deleted my original post on this subject, Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix has an episode on gender and sexuality that is highly inclusive on lgbtqiap+ identities and specifically mentions asexuality, pansexuality, and being nonbinary. I would highly recommend everyone watch the episode and the show. If anything else, know that Bill Nye thinks we’re all valid.

Dropbox is about to kill off part of the internet.

Explanation:

Newer users may not realise that Dropbox once included a “Public” folder for shared links. Everything in that folder got a unique url which could be copied and given to any other individual(s) as a direct link to that content, or which could be embedded into another forum post so that - for example - an image would appear.

Dropbox ended support for a Public folder for new users some years ago, but existing users were assured they could continue to use theirs. There are now millions of links on the internet which are from Dropbox users’ Public folders.

Now Dropbox are discontinuing the Public folder for ALL users. If this wasn’t bad enough (after the promises which were made), Dropbox are refusing to ‘grandfather’ (i.e. preserve) the links that are already out there, even after they end support for all Public folders. All such links will, overnight, become ‘dead’, wherever they are on the internet.

Dropbox refuse to explain WHY they will not preserve existing links, refuse to enter into discussion about this, and refuse even to explain WHY they won’t discuss it. They’ve also been heavily censoring any discussion of this on their own forums: deleting threads to make it look like there’s less of an organized outcry, editing other user’s posts without their permission to say completely different things than they originally did, deleting posts altogether. They only stopped doing this once it was pointed out that people with e-mail subscriptions to the topic (such as myself), could see and had evidence of what they were doing. 

Dropbox is a shady company that continues to lie to its users, won’t offer any recompense to the PAYING CUSTOMERS who use this feature that they were PROMISED, and is destroying tens of thousands of people’s real work, from college professors to small businesses. 

Do me a favor, and spread this. Drop dropbox. 

OK BUT IMAGINE THIS
  • Sirius and Remus in the common room, lying on the couch, next to the fireplace, relaxing after finishing doing their homework️️️️

  •  Sirius leaning against Remus’ legs while Remus is reading a book️️ ️️

  • Remus unconsciously stroking Sirius’s hair because damn it’s so soft️️️️️

  •  His hand involuntary slipping behind Sirius’ ear ️️

  •  Sirius (half asleep) doing the you-just-touched-my-ear-i-have-to-scratch hysterical, canine-like leg movement️️️️ ️️️️

  •  Remus being fascinated by it and continuing stroking️️️️ ️️

  •  Sirius wriggling and kicking so badly, he falls off the couch️️️️ ️️

  •  Remus laughing his ass off so much his face turns blue️️

  •   Sirius giving Remus The Face Of Betrayal™
    (“how could you offend my pride in such brutal way you heartless bastard”)️️️️ ️️

  •  Sirius probably being mad at Remus for the next two days️️️ ️️

  •  Remus bursting into laugh every. fucking. time he recalls it ️️️ ️️

  •  James (after hearing the story from Remus) mocking Sirius at every opportunity, trying to scratch his ears during transfiguration class and calls him little pups casually️️️ ️️

  • And Sirius just being sincerely done with these two️️ ️️

  •  But he loves them both sO MUCH, GOD DAMMIT he can’t do nothing but just accepting it

I just need enough of you to dull the pain, just to get me through the night until we’re twins again

Oh, wow. It's Munday already. Put some of these in my askbox and I'll respond OOC.
  • ᄏ: Play any instruments?
  • ω: Have you ever dyed your hair? If so, what color(s)?
  • △: Have you ever painted the walls of your room?
  • 【・ヘ・?】: Ever tripped in front a bunch of people?
  • *: When was the last time you tied your hair up? (if your hair is long enough)
  • 旦: Last time you drove your car (if you can drive/have one)?
  • 愛: Are you currently dating?
  • 太: When it's New Year's, do you make New Year Resolutions and actually commit to them?
  • @: Ever felt attracted to the opposite sex before?
  • 空: Did you ever throw up after one roller coaster ride or a few?
  • ☆: Have you ever played games such as 'Spin the Bottle'?
  • ⊙: Are you happy with where you are in life right now?
  • ピ: Did you like Pokemon as a child?
  • ♪: Do you find yourself singing or humming to yourself sometimes?
  • ☁: Ever wanted to learn a foreign language?
  • ス: Have you ever swallowed gum?
  • ⅚: Post the link if your current favorite song.
  • ღ: Post a gif of what you're currently feeling right now.
  • ≘: Have you ever watched the sun rise?
  • ☄: Would you defend a friend if they were in danger?
  • ➍: Ever been to a concert? Was it fun?
  • ♛: Do you like group projects?
  • 高: How often do you use headphones/earbuds?
  • ಲ: Headphones or earbuds?
  • ♞: Showers or baths?
  • ✗: Walks on the beach or in a forest?
  • ⊙﹏⊙: Which horror movie scared you the most? If any?
  • ^∇^: Has your best friend ever made you angry?
  • (._.): Do you think you are an awkward person?
  • メ: Cupcakes or muffins?
  • ♯: Would you like to be able to fly?
  • ℝ: What color shirt are you currently wearing?
  • Æ: What color underwear did you wear yesterday?
  • ☪: Have you ever flipped off someone?
  • ♬: Cats or dogs?
  • 礼: Would you swim in the lake or ocean?
  • の: Chocolate or Vanilla?
  • ◐: Have you ever seen a meteor shower?
  • ᄇ: Have you ever broken a bone?
  • ℨ: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • ♔: Know the Duck Song? The Llama Song? Banana Phone?
  • ۞: What shows did you watch when you were a child?
  • ▼: Could you live without the internet?
  • Д: Strangest food you've eaten?
  • 까: Cookies or brownies?