Double standards about character development in fandom.
by, 13th September 2012 at 03:05 AM (1257 Views)
Been awhile i posted blog, so i decided to make new one. Today im going to talk about double standards in pokemon fandom when it comes to character development.
We all know May and Ash are usually praised for apparently great character development they went through.Same goes for Dawn in story sense being viewed she got most fleshing out toward her dreams, although character wise she didn't changed much..
For Ash in general people view his maturity in Hoenn and Sinnoh as great step forward, welcoming when he was using more of his own head and taking mentor role to others while keeping some of his bratty side there.
Same applies to May , growing to like pokemon and deciding where she stands and what she wants to do in life.
But when Misty developed its a whole another story, with usual claims being how her change wasn't growth but "character derailment".
In here we can clearly see use of double standards. Because when May, Ash, Dawn or just about anyone else matured and personality changed they praised it like great growth which changed them for better. But when Misty matured apparently it wasn't development but "demolition of character".
Of course that doesn't go for everyone but lot of detractors tend to claim that describing maturity as "loss of personality" and "writers stopping to care".
Regarding change in personality: " Misty stopped being so temperament not hitting people with objects like she did in Kanto, so therefore she lost character".
She didn't lost personality, she changed as character advancing forward. Its common knowledge how character can't stay exactly same like he was at start when he goes through development.
Didn't we also saw Ash becoming less reckless, impulsive and rash when maturing? Didn't we saw May became less ditzy and bubbly compared to start of pokemon series after she grew?
Just because character matured doesn't mean she lost personality,. It means she grew as person, with writers deciding to explore on various character sides doing build up from it to prevent stagnation and provide sense of going somewhere.
After maturing didn't we see Misty being full of competitive streak being all passionate about water types and battling,? Didn't we saw her being sarcastic having tendency to tease Ash and others about their mistakes, spunky and tomboyish being annoyed at others?
Wasn't she still deep romantic trying to pair other people which loved each other, being shy and embarrassed when others asking her on date(such as Georgio)etc? Wasn't she still hotheaded exploding if others provoke her(such as Ash, Daisy, Dorian etc)?
There was much more to Misty character than just hitting others and constantly yelling 24/7.
Whether you liked or not her character growth, doesn't change fact that she still had personality.
Regarding argument how ."maturity=writers stopping to care".
If they stopped caring they wouldn't create Whirl Islands and water cup to expand on her water master career. They wouldn't focus on her past life explaining background and struggles she dealt with in childhood coming to appreciate friendship with Ash and Brock being noticeable how much she was attached to them by end of Johto.
They wouldn't focus on her issue of feeling less worthy toward sisters becoming more confident and proving herself to others like Dorian or helping others which had similar problems like Sakura.
They wouldn't focus on Misty learning how to cope with responsibility and get gym back on right track, to understand whats best for Togepi releasing it or trying to get over her longtime fear from Gyarados specie.
Seems like a lot of unnecessary work for writers to do, if they "didn't cared."
Whether people liked how Misty changed or not this was development and way writers intended to have her grow since very start.
Now if some didn't liked change i respect that and i like constructive criticism, but viewing others change as development, while denying same thing for other characters is use of double standards in reality.
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