Since we're talking about Hideyoshi... would you be willing to meta? I want to know what you think of between how he's kind of a player and how he can be really sweet and kind because he IS but his event stories just seem to make him so different...
Sure, why not–
I guess I’d like to start off with saying that at this point, I tend to take characterizations in event stories with a grain of salt. Voltage conveniently bends their cast to their whims when they feel like it, and I feel like Hideyoshi’s… maybe had one event I liked so far. Which is a bummer, because I like him a lot. But like quite a few characters, his events just don’t add up.
When we talk about how Hideyoshi gets around like… I like that about him? Hideyoshi plays around with girls, and that’s just another way he’s flawed. Let him be flawed. And more ideally (because we won’t get this with a character like MC), make him work for someone’s trust. Make that flaw work against him and have him realize he has to overcome it to earn something he wants. Not receive it–earn it.
Plus that just says a lot about the fact that Hideyoshi is just as dangerous as the other warlords, and I mean that in the sense that he has as many ways of taking down enemies as the others do. The difference here lies in the fact that he probably gets around partly because there’s benefit in obtaining information that way–if a nice smile and some pretty words can get him essential assets, then why shouldn’t he? Saizo does it, Ieyasu does it–it’s not like Hideyoshi is completely isolated on this front. He can be manipulative when it calls for it and that is interesting to me in regards to his character.
But bringing us back to that other side of him, Hideyoshi is genuinely kind. He has his people’s best interests at heart and he does a lot to take care of them–not only that, but Hideyoshi is known for “taking in strays”. He gives people a home. And while I think his main story kind of ends up focusing quite a bit more on side characters than most others, I think that just gives such a good example of how deeply he cares for people who are close and loyal to him. In regards to MC (once again, in his main story because events are starting to blur and get on my nerves), he is patient and does his best to make her comfortable in an unfamiliar environment–and more importantly, Hideyoshi does what he can to make sure she is safe.
What I think people have a hard time doing, for some reason, is understanding that you can mix the two. Hideyoshi can be sweet, caring, and thoughtful, but he can also be sly, cunning, and kind of loose. It’s just like any other character in this game–he has good and bad traits.
What I do wish, as I’ve said before, is that the story would give us something more where we explore that side of Hideyoshi–I feel like he needs someone very opposite of himself to do that.
tl;dr Hideyoshi is multi-faceted and he’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but I like him and think he has a lot of potential.