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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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Clarentinthia 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 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 
I actually find the grey area characters to be more life like anyway.
Roskbalkir 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
Agreed ! ... but does that stamp applies to literally grey characters ? :XD:
EAVF92 Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Words are not enough to describe how much I agree with this. :D
Gabalot Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think blue's the best.
peacefulinvasion May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Evil for the purpose of evil is so cliche.
Good for the purpose of being good is also cliche

I totally agree with this stamp :thumbsup:
Harry, in Harry Potter is a fantastic example of that kind of realistic staying within those lines

Most of the characters in it really <3
They are flawed, and well rounded out. The good strive within the light but like Harry, can have their moments, staying within character at the same time.
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