The Antagonist: The System

“The System,” some kind of deeply hidden procedure or agency, makes a great antagonist. Tell you why in a sec. You see “The System” in a lot of places. Off the top of my head I can think of Revolutionary Girl Utena, Puella Magi Madoka Magika, and Wonder Egg Priority, and if I’ve got three […]

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Oh, So Tropical: The Chosen One

The essence of The Chosen One trope is that there is someone out there in the universe who has been Marked by Fate (or the Gods, or whomever) to be the Winner/Savior/Liberator/Whatever. Oh, and at the start of the story, they don’t know it. Sure, you know this character: How about Aang? Or Afro Samurai? […]

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Oh, So Tropical: The Soul Girl

I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at a trio of characters and seen them forming a classic Mind-Body-Soul trio. Sure. How about Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles, right? One thing about those roles is that two of them are stereotypically male and the other stereotypically female. Is that morally right? Heck, no. But tropes […]

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