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Grey is not dull by Respeanut Grey is not dull by Respeanut
This applies to both protagonists and antagonists. I know it's a bit of an obvious stamp, but I posted it anyways regardless.

I swear, out of all Mary Sue qualities that could be given to a character, the "pure hearted, innocent" type is the worst of all. I'm talking about those so called "heroes/heroines" who NEVER EVER commit acts of sin (intentionally), are willing to sacrifice their lives for people they don't even know or people they hate, doesn't show a single hint of selfishness whatsoever, and behaves like morally flawless angels no matter what the circumstances are. And if they DO commit a sinful act, it's always justified from a stand point.

Then there are the villains- the typical "badass" whose ambitions are to be the BADDEST OF THE BADDEST AND THE MOST EVIL BIENG IN EXISTENCE. They have have no mercy, no passion (except for being evil), and absolutely no remorse for whatever they do.

Black and white characters IMO are boring and don't allow any room for development. An well balanced character stays trapped on neither ends of morality. Some may lean towards one side more than the other, but not completely. Especially if your character is human. Even the most nicest of people have qualities that are wrong and sinful, and vice versa when it comes to villains.

Yes, I've seen these in original stories as well as fan fics. (but mostly fanfics)

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ChibiTall Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love grey characters because it makes them seem more realistic and human.
lighterfoXXX Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Totally agree :D
danitaguty Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Filmographer
couldnt agree with you more! it also reflects how i see the world, since i see it in a grayscale and bad people are only a darker shade of grey, while the good people are just light grey.
Clarentinthia Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You got it right. I'm tired of seeing the Dark, dark, dark, bad guys. It makes them dull, predictable, and uninteresting. If you have a bad guy who's only literal goal in life is to cause darkness and destruction, shouldn't they have more of a reason to so?
Phoacce-Cell5 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
IKR? For some reason, black and white have gotten the reputation of being "evil" colors by a lot of people(not saying everyone thinks this way) Most TV shows, movies, cartoons, games, etc. keep choosing the coolest colors for evil. :c 
crazyforchocobos Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
I actually find the grey area characters to be more life like anyway.
Roskbalkir Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I agree fully with you. :nod:
And quite a few characters from my book are - in the most literal sense - grey, so it works for that too. :D
firemelon100 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Agreed ! ... but does that stamp applies to literally grey characters ? :XD:
Respeanut Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I guess so. :D
EAVF92 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Words are not enough to describe how much I agree with this. :D
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