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Wrote a lot more, gonna give you the TLDR version:

My job means I'm on the phone all day, but lets keep in mind: it's a phone.  It has a cool button where you can hang up on people.  There's no need to screaming, shouting, swearing, threats or any of that asshattery.  Just hang up, I have the power to do it, you have the power to do it.  Why waste your breath?  (aside from the obvious answer: some people are shitfucks)
POW!  Right in the feels!  

I just finished reading More than Meets the Eye 44 and that ending.  Fuck.  I love a writer who can kick you in the feels, especially when you DONT SEE IT COMING.  You're just starting to really get lost in the story that is Megatron, really getting to see him more as a full character than simply a megalomaniac and then POW!

I'm complaining.  I'm also praising.  Comlpraising, there it's a thing now.  
Iddint it heeelarryous wen someun trys to critic your gramma and dey fukup they're own?

...I realize my opening line reads like they're fucking their grandmother after attempting to fuck mine.  I'm sorry that makes me laugh.

....Okay so this isn't really a complaint.

Um....I love food buy I hate how expensive the good shit is.  FUCK why did I have to be raised by yuppies?
So my wife and I watched the latest Steven Universe a few minutes ago, or tried to.  My wife has a gun phobia and we are generally restricted in what we watch to more children-oriented shows and even ones with serious overtones such as Steven Universe, Adventure Time or Gravity Falls still leave guns out due to their target audience.  Well, couple minutes in to "Onion Friend" Onion's mother shows up with shotgun in hand.  It was completely unnecessary in a community that has not been shown to be big on guns, there has been no indication of guns in Onion's family in particular and the gun was not fired or even aimed, so really it could have been replaced with a baseball bat and noone would have been the wiser.

To make things worse, after the gun was set down it was literally not animated in the following scene where it should have been located in the room.  It was so unimportant, so completely unrelated to the scene that the animators didn't even bother to continue including it.

I'm not mad persay, but I am disappointed.  This was a show that my wife and I could watch freely without worry of gun displays or use.  Now my wife is suffering from a massive panic/anxiety attack which is amplifying the pain of her fibro. 

Was it really worth it guys?  Having Onions mom show up with a gun that she didn't use, was quickly forgotten about and whose character wasn't shown as paranoid or gun-crazy in the slightest?  Even Mayor Dewey's security guards don't have guns.  I'm just really disappointed.  Now I have to screen every episode of Steven Universe as well.  An 11-minute-long kids cartoon.  This is just kinda absurd.
You ever seen that comedy skit where the guy asks for a Coke and the server just response with "Pepsi?" it's hilarious for like 10 seconds until you realize you've had that experience yourself and then you want to punch the drive-through guy in the throat.

So I had that experience today with Taco Johns.  If you know these guys, you know they're usually pretty flexible and will make you pretty much whatever you want however you want it.  There'll probably be an extra charge but isn't there always?

So we go in, my wife wants a #5 Crunchy Chicken potato burrito, I tease her about always getting the same thing, so instead she orders a #2, just the meat burrito.  So I clearly state (since I'm on the drivers side) that we want a #2 w.crunchy chicken instead of beef and a #2 regular (for me).

The guy gives us our order back and goes:
"Two numbers 2's medium with a drink."
Me: Uh, one of those should be crunchy chidken.
Him: So you want crunchy chicken on top of the beef.
Me: No, I said crunchy chicken instead of the beef.
Him: Oh, so you want a #5. 
Me: No, I don't want a meat and potato burrito, I said I want a #2 where you just replace the beef with chicken!
Him: But out $5 is our crunchy chicken burrito.
My wife yelling at him from across the car: I fucking worked here and I know you can make a #2 with crunchy chicken, I did it all the fucking time.
Him: So you want a #2 with extra chicken on top of the beef.
Me: No you know what I'm going to eat somewhere else fuck you.

God damn.  It was like I was speaking fucking french or something.  I was half tempted to walk in and shove my way into the kitchen and make the damn thing myself this this turd didn't know how to put chicken in a burrito instead of beef.

So we went to a local Mexican place instead, had a delicious meal and ranted about this fuckhead and the American media.


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Current Residence: Arcata, CA
Favourite genre of music: rock
Favourite photographer: another fine question
Favourite style of art: B&W or 3D CG
Operating System: Windows XP Home
MP3 player of choice: Winamp(if you mean software)
Shell of choice: green? well, red is better.
Wallpaper of choice: the one I have up
Skin of choice: I like skin of all colors!
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Personal Quote: But...thats like Ghandi sellng machine guns!!
One of the hallmarks of poor character development is contradiction, indeed internal consistency is paramount in writing as a whole, not just for characters, but today we're going to focus on characters.  Now, don't think that I'm saying it's poor character development for an otherwise "nice" character to develop into a greedy, sadistic or otherwise "not nice" person, that's fine and dandy.  The trick there is simply providing suitable reasons for a nice character to become a not-nice one.  Do bad things happen to them?  To their loved ones?  Is their worldview shattered in one single event or do a long string of events slowly wear them down?  There's plenty of reasons for a nice character to become a not-nice one. 

What becomes a problem is when your character begins with, or develops contradictory traits.  That's not to say all contradictory traits are automatically bad, humans and any fantasy species whose brain is remotely humanoid are often contradictory.  Doublethink is a hallmark of the human condition, consider those times you've heard a racist or a sexist say "But by best friend is a *category I hate otherwise*."  As natural aspects of humanity, it is not unsurprising for a character to possess a few of these.  Emphasis on few.  Writing becomes exponentially worse the more of these traits a character possesses.  Of course, as I said internal consistency is important, and it is not unusual for a character to be one way in one situation, and another in a different one.  This is not contradictory. 

The worst part of contradictory traits is simply that it closes off routes for development.  Take the Sims for example.  In it your character can possess only 5 traits, and with a special perk, a 6th.  Yet there are hundreds of traits in the game.  You may over time, move from one trait to another, and this is good.  Humans are limited.  They can only be so many things at any given time.  A poor example can also be found in the Sims, the Lifetime Rewards.  Through them your character can gain any number of "special traits", and keep gaining more and more and more until there are none left!  Which is precisely the problem.  The more traits you gain, the less remain to be gained, and thus, the less room your character has to become developed.

Development does not always mean improvement, nor does it mean change.  The more a character develops, the more dead-set in their ways they can become, just as the more developed a character becomes, the more open to new ideas they can be!  Going from being casually negative towards a certain group of people to being outright bigoted, even violent against them would by most be regarded as NOT an improvement, not even change by some.  And yet, it is.  There is no reason for a character to always become a better person, while those stories are heartwarming and often make for good moral teaching stories, a character who does not become a better person is not therefore, a bad character.  You know the kind, the guy you "love to hate".  They're a jerk, they run their mouth, they're racist, they're arrogant and may even become more and more of those things as the story progresses.  This does not by any means prevent them from being well written or good characters, they're just not ones you like.

But I digress.  The character who becomes more set in their ways, does not "grow" in the usual sense can and often is a great character to write, but it can also be very poorly written.  It's not about saying "no" to everything and never changing or growing or improving.  It's a certain sort of self-righteousness that when presented for an opportunity for growth or change, they scoff and turn away, and successively over time the idea that they are always right becomes more deeply rooted as they see specific instances of people "trying new things" failing and getting hurt for it.

So how is this related to contrary traits?  Well, even though Bob the asshole here never gained any, his character still developed.  Chances were presented to him and while he gained nothing new, he didn't lost anything either.  A character with contrary traits is prevented from following through on developmental opportunities.  They're nice, and they're mean.  They're an extrovert, and a loner.  They're generous, but envious.  These kinds of characters, and I'm sure you've seen them, when presented with opportunities, simply can't take them up.  They've already gained what that situation would provide them.  Which means they don't grow, they don't develop, they never have a change to change, improve, worsen, nothing, they already are.

This is perhaps, the biggest marker of the Mary-Sue and bad writing: the character who never develops.  When presented with things, they've already got what they need.  The situation is but a minor irritation and at the end of the day, they're right back to where they began.  They're not nicer or meaner, they're not more or less generous, they're exactly as they were before. 

And please don't excuse your Mary-Sue with the reasoning that they are so unfathomably inhuman, so unrelatably powerful, so unimaginably talented that we, the poor reader, simply can't grasp them.  Well, if your reader can't grasp them, why the fuck are you writing about them?  If the reader can't connect with the character, they're not going to be much interested in their not-adventures, their not-trials and their not-tribulations.  Humans are naturally contradictory to some degree, but when that degree becomes so extreme that the character possesses nearly every trait, exists at every angle, thinks from every perspective, it just becomes boring.

It is not what a character can do that makes them interesting, but what a character can't do.  How a character manages to deal with difficulty or challenges is most interesting when they do not already possess the skills/tools/abilities/talent to handle the situation. 

So next time you write or draw a character, don't think about what they're good at, think about what they're not.  Because that is what will make them interesting to the viewer/reader.  To be deep: It is in our limitations that we find success.
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Brian Tyler - TFP Soundtrack
  • Reading: MMOC forums
  • Watching: History of the USSR put to Tetris
  • Playing: TERA
  • Eating: Cup o'Noodles
  • Drinking: Cup o'Noodles

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Talonwhisker Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you take requests?
Shidaku Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
I do not, but I also haven't done any 3D art in a very long time.
Akyura44 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Guess who sent an apology private note two hours after acting like a total hypocrite brat? :iconteheplz:
... and, as a bonus, left the group I administrate? :XD: Sorry, it's rather hilarious, so why not share the epilogue?
hubert61 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
LizzyChrome Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the watch! Appreciated.
Shidaku Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Yeah I really don't know why I hadn't yet.
agentsmithtrollplz Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Thank you for the favourite on agentsmithtrollplz.deviantart.…
Shidaku Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
You're welcome, it was a great mix of two of my favorite characters.
agentsmithtrollplz Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
I am happy to have succeeded. 
Michael-Richter Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for the watch! ♥
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