I should probably start off this post by making something very clear. There are tons of factors that decide whether a story -- a game, a movie, a book, a TV show, or whatever -- is good. Even if that’s true, I think we can all agree that characters make up a good chunk of those factors. As I’ve said, characters create opportunities; if they’re engaging, then they can take an audience to some incredible highs. If they’re bad, then it’s the equivalent of jamming Mount Olympus into your eyeball.
It’s pretty easy to throw around the claim that “characters should be likable”. And yeah, that’s a big part of it. But let’s not get bogged down by strict definitions; “likable” doesn’t have to mean that the character is an admirable, noble member of society. He or she doesn’t have to be a bang-up hero, because otherwise we would ignore villains by default. It’s about making sure that, by writing and/or design, there’s something compelling about a character. That should be understood by everyone, because it’s certainly something understood by JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and its creator, Hirohiko Araki.
So now that I’ve said all that, let me make a claim about Battle Tendency. A huge chunk of the named characters are assholes. And that’s awesome.
Your next line is…
What? You didn’t tell me there were SPOILERS in this post!
…Except I kind of did. I lead in with this red text for a reason, people.
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