“A villain must be a thing of power, handled with delicacy and grace. He must be wicked enough to excite our aversion, strong enough to arouse our fear, human enough to awaken some transient gleam of sympathy. We must triumph in his downfall, yet not barbarously nor with contempt, and the close of his career must be in harmony with all its previous development.” - Agnes Repplier in A Short Defense of Villains.
After watching Guitar Villain, I can see why Thomas Astruc said Jagged Stone was one of his favorite secondary characters.
Even though he’s a world renowned celebrity, Jagged Stone still remains incredibly down to earth and friendly, not letting the pressure of outside opinions change him or anyone around him, ESPECIALLY an impressionable young artist who doesn’t have all that much confidence in herself yet. He encourages Marinette’s talents and insists on using her designs, and he’s so sweet and gentle with her when he’s assuring her that he’s impressed with HER skills and wants to use HER style, not just have her copy what’s popular like his producer wanted her to do. And that’s not even touching on the fact that he was so steadfast about having her design for him even though she’s only a teenager and he’s incredibly famous and could easily hire someone more established and experienced.
I just seriously love how this character is such an incredible sweetheart, one who knows he’s famous and is comfortable with that fame, but doesn’t hold himself above others and maintains a respect for those with real talent and drive regardless of their age/level, but at the same time isn’t afraid to call out those who use shallow, easy means to try and achieve their success.