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Your favorite male video game characters are boring, one-dimensional stereotypes

  • Male character tropes are bland and uninspiring. We need to confront the culture and industry trends that reward unoriginality.
  • It’s time writers start challenging the preconceived notions of what’s acceptable for male characters and what isn’t. Read more (5/17/17)
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One Cool Thing: Protagonist

I was tagged by @hirokothewriter: Tell me something cool about your protagonist.


Since I basically have five protagonists (two of whom are sometimes antagonists), I shall do all of them:

Bostwick complains a lot, but is actually quite selfless and willing to help others who need a hand.

Emmaline is a princess who has actually studied politics, history, and commerce!

Millicent is a giant nerd for magic; if the story were set in High School, she’d be the kid going to magic camp over spring break, joining all the magic clubs, taking as many magic electives as she could fit in her schedule, and of course crushing hard on her sempai who’s top of his class in magic.

Delilah, who is into matchmaking and fashion and tea parties, is the bruiser/tank/fighter of the group.

Sebastian, throughout the series (in no particular order, and sometimes in flashbacks), plays the role of wise teacher, villain, protagonist, antagonist, damsel in distress, and cinnamon roll… he also spend most of the first book as a cat.


I’m tagging whoever wants to do this to to tell me something cool about their protagonist(s).

I think I’m in the same boat as Arin Hanson in why I usually play as the girl.
I like female characters more since they’re not viewed as seriously as male characters. Like in the sense of female characters can be tough and feminine at the same time without being portrayed as ‘weak’. With guys it’s almost always ‘I’m a badass’ and 'this is serious’.
I tend to like male characters like Aang (avatar), Gohan (dbz), Superman, Steven Universe, Marco (Star vs TFOE) & Ash (Pokemon) who’re dorks and want to have a good time but understand when it’s time to put your foot down. But I tend to find way more girls like that in media. Most of the time guys like that are the comic relief or are portrayed as 'working past their wimp factor’.
I dunno if my ramblings make any sense. But basically, guys in video games & shows can be 'feminine’ without being a joke.

I died a little bit inside 

Magnus would have A LOT of fun

Female Characters

I don’t know why, but I don’t attach easy to many female characters In movies, books, or games.

Flemeth (Dragon Age), Alice Liddle (American McGee’s Alice), Theresa (Fable), Emily (Corpse Bride), Cassandra Pentaghast (Dragon Age), Ellen (Folklore), and Sophie (Howl’s Moving Castle). I really only like them, give or take some more from Dragon Age.

Mostly, I’m very attached to male characters.

I don’t know if it’s because they’re funnier, better written, or if it’s because they remind me of people I know.

Female Characters just don’t interest me. I feel absolutely no connection to or love for Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Blackwidow, or really any other female character from any other media. Believe me, I have tried to like the characters most people like, but they fall flat or don’t feel real. The female characters have always felt to me like they’re too perfect or overly flawed.

I’m likely not making much sense, but for some reason, male characters are more likeable or relatable to me. Its not that I hate the female characters of anything, it’s just that they don’t catch my eye. They don’t make me interested in them. I don’t want to invest time into the character.

I dunno, I just wanted to blab about this and see if anyone else sort of experienced not liking as many female characters as they do male.

Top 10 X-men male characters

Alright, here is the list of my top 10 favorite male characters from X-men.

10. Wolverine

Real name: James Logan Howlett                                                                    Powers: Healing and defensive powers, superhumanly acute senses, strength, stamina, agility, reflexes, insulated weather adaptation, adamantium claws, psionic resistance                                                                                  Portrayed by: Hugh Jackman

Originally posted by namarie-elessar

9. Colossus

Real name: Piotr Rasputin                                                                                   Powers: Organic steel transformation                                                              Portrayed by: Daniel Cudmore, in Deadpool voiced by Stefan Kapičić

Originally posted by ageofsuperheroes

8. Angel/Archangel

Real name: Warren Worthington III                                                                     Powers: Wings, Aerial adaptation, Superhuman Stamina and durability, Regenerative healing factor, conditionally techno-organic wings, flight, energy blasts, resurrection, essence vision                                 Portrayed by: Ben Hardy, before by Ben Foster   

Originally posted by supremebanshee

7. Cyclops

Real name: Scott Summers                                                                                  Powers: Optic blast, spatial awareness, energy resistance                       Portrayed by: Tye Sheridan, before by James Marsdenn   

Originally posted by ahsokatanoe

6. Iceman

Real name: Robert  Drake                                                                                   Powers: Thermokinesis, cryokinesis, hydrokinesis                                         Portrayed by: Shawn Ashmore  

Originally posted by somekindofspacegod

5. Magneto

Real name: Max Eisenhardt                                                                                 Powers: Magnetokinesis, electromagnetic spectrum manipulation, telepathic resistance                                                                                              Portrayed by: Michael Fassbender, before by Ian McKellen   

Originally posted by punsandgifsandcatsohmy

4. Nightcrawler

Real name: Kurt Wagner                                                                                     Powers: Teleportation, subconscious spatial awareness, wall-crawling, flexible bone structure                                                                                       Portrayed by: Kodi Smit-McPhee, before by Alan Cumming    

Originally posted by wnnbdarklord

3. Deadpool

Real name: Wade Wilson                                                                                     Powers: Breaking the fourth wall, foreign chemical resistance, disease immunity,  immortality, superhuman everything                                                    Portrayed by: Ryan Reynolds

Originally posted by gamora

2. Professor X

Real name: Charle Xavier                                                                                     Powers: Telepathy, mind control, turn into astral self                                           Portrayed by: James McAvoy, before by Patrick Stewart

Originally posted by twirlingcarousel

Honorable mentions: Gambit , Quicksilver , Havok , Northstar (he is first openly gay character in Marvel comics)

1. Beast

Real name: Henry Phillip McCoy                                                                           Powers: Genetic atavism                                                                                      Portrayed by: Nicholas Hoult, before by Kelsey Grammer 

Originally posted by mutant-101

Hope you like the list.

Top Ten Male Characters From Books

2) Kit Rodriguez (Young Wizards Series)

Favorite Quote: “It’s real basic, Mama, Kit said.” Boy meets girl, meets thing, meets other thing. Boy loses girl, loses other thing, finds thing. Boy loses thing, gets girl, loses thing. Happily ever after…”

The Young Wizards series is my favorite series. I always reread it. Kit is one of the most  loyal friends in any book that I’ve ever read. Even though he’s what… 13/14? he seems so much older (just like the other characters). Being able to understand and except the kind of power and mission that he has takes incredible maturity and bravery. Kit would do anything for Nita, his best friend (girlfriend?). Deep Wizardry hurt a lot because he wanted so badly to save her, and the Lone Power offered him a way to do it. But he cared about her, and the world, so much that he knew he couldn’t do it. It takes a lot to sacrifice something (like a cause) for someone you love. It takes even more to sacrifice  someone you love for that cause, and knowing that the cause is bigger than either one of you. But despite being mature and brave for a typical teenager, Kit also shows that he is still a kid in his flaws. In A Wizard Alone, he loses himself and disobeys Tom and Carl’s orders. Sure, it was to save Daryl, and he wasn’t exactly himself. The same thing happened in A Wizard of Mars, when he went off with the lady who’s name I can’t spell. And he didn’t tell anyone about the egg activating (his fault). Despite all that, though, he’s still a great character and great friend. He’s one of the most believable characters I’ve read. His interactions with Carmella are some of my favorite parts. Their relationship is a big part of what makes him so believable. And the whole TV/remote/DVD player thing- we can’t forget that. Through all they’ve been through, Kit and Nita’s friendship is the driving force behind the series. They’d never give up on each other and would always be there. We’ve seen them willing to sacrifice everything for each other. And that’s what true friendship is.

Getting real tired of ignoring/outright hating actually great male characters because they’re “straight white dudes”
Like Jace Wayland who is a victim of emotional and physical abuse at the hands of his father, is important in the emphasis of platonic/familial love through his bond with Alec and for the “family doesn’t equal blood” theme.
Or Bellamy Blake (who isn’t even white yet gets accused of having “straight white male” privilege) who breaks expectations of masculinity (as well has having a borderline abusive childhood)
Or Killian Jones who-as well as being another victim of child abuse and also government oppression and exploitation-is a disabled man who is shown to be struggling with his disability and also goes against social constructions of masculinity.
As much as I live for strong and complex women, we need well written men in fiction too.
Male abuse victims whose trauma isn’t used in a ‘man pain Tragic Backstory’ type of way but they react to it and we then see them recover
Men who actively subvert toxic masculinity.
Disabled men who aren’t shown to be any less
Men who treat women as equals
Men who don’t conform to gender norms.
Men can, and often are, be important for representation. Male abuse victims, disabled men and men of colour are all important and should not be brushed off because they are men