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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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tultsi93 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Me, too.
kevintheradioguy Featured By Owner Edited Mar 29, 2016  Professional Artist
Where do you even find those Mary's from your description? I suffer to read this stuff, but can't find any of those :c
On one hand, it's great, as it might mean writers learn and don't make as much Mary-Sues as they used to. But in my experience there was only one fanfiction with a... ahem, decent Mary there, and it was basically just LotR films re-write with Sauron's 'daughter' for a main character. Written by a girl 12 or 13 years old, I'm not sure, so it should be forgiven.
But I'd like so much to read some of those more. I can't find such stories anywhere nowadays. Where do you people find them?
Respeanut Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
Outdated stamp.
Musa-the-Guardian Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Agree 100%! Same with morality, nothing is on the 'black' or 'white' spectrum.
CJtheEAofMAS Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Student General Artist
yay, I love grey too ^^

I hate the black and white morality is boring and stupid, is ways more interesting the characters are more dynamic and have depth, I really hate the characters that are so happy all the time, even when their loved ones are being brutally murdered around them.
C-rimson-Battlefield Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this stamp. :)
EarthAngel87 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to see (and write) characters like this.
ChibiTall Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital 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?
ArtisticWarrior0 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
Gabalot Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think blue's the best.
peacefulinvasion Featured By Owner 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:
Aquaridragon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
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.
leobracerstudios Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
The Universe is not black and white. Its all just different shades of grey.
Comickit Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist
I hate when people make color vomit.
grey is better <3
Zanreo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Most of my characters are anyway. Makes them more interesting.
Yoshi-Yosh Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I support spelling "grey" correctly
Respeanut Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Most of us Canadians spell it with an "e". Anyways both are technically correct.
Yoshi-Yosh Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I'm a Texan.
And everyone spells it "gray."
And it drives me insaaane.

/probably because my name is Greg, so I prefer the "e" variant
Platypoid Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
One of my future stories involve a hero with serious problems with the mafia. Is that good enough?
Respeanut Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
If it's a character with actual flaws that influence his behaviour and results him with consequences, then you probably have something of substance. Just be sure to balance out the traits and think about how you'll execute it to make them believable.
Platypoid Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, im just making a story about a guy with serious problems thrown into a battle between good and evil here. Thanks for the advice!
Dethkira Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011   General Artist
I definately agree, uber villains and mary sues are quite annoying when you see them everywhere.
PurpleCatnip Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In my opinion grey outshines all the other colors
Kanatamon1 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I think there are some exceptions but this is mostly true.

Personally I find that pure evil villains can have a balanced personality but only if the writer is willing to give them flaws...which is pretty much the base problem for all Mary Sues. Normally they don't.
musicXofaXdeadXopera Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You know what? Grey is my favorite color. And my friends call that boring and dull. And I know this doesn't have much to do with your actual topic, but that's just stupid. I can like any color I want. And I think grey is pretty!
Yart Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Even the most well intended, pure hearted can be an obnoxious, annoying retard with a low IQ who never shuts up about anything.

I agree.
MugiwaraCaptain Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
true words. nothing to add
kitsunekeyblader Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
And that's why I created a gray Jedi!
Honey--Love Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Grey is my faorite color, the mixture of everything and nothing~
Ionosphere-Negate Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Mine's blue :icontehestareplz:
AmayaRosita Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
PiGirl13 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! In fact, some of my favorite characters in literature have the "neutral" moral alignment.
PaperBerry Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I think it's not true that black or white characters are necessarily bad. On the innocent and pure side, I'm thinking of Princess Alila. She's all that, but also undeniably brave. She's also pretty much dead at the start of the series, but the protagonists don't find out until later. No doubt she's whiter than unpolluted snow, but I sincerely doubt you'd dislike her.

On the black side... Well, there's this character in Transformers called Overlord, whom I adore in his first incarnation in Super-God Masterforce. He's one of the few evil "leader"s who cares about his troops and believes death and destruction should only be dealt if absolutely necessary to achieve worthwhile goals. He's reasonably popular, but his popularity rose considerably when he was made a dark stereotype, insane and hell-bent on destruction (or rather, torture) of anything around him and himself. I presonally hate that version of him with a passion, but since he is much more popular this way, I'd guess something must be good about him.
Respeanut Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Black and White characters aren't bad, but I'd say the greys are more realistic.
HALFHUMANHALFWOLF Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student General Artist
couldnt agree more ....and after al....l the world is ruled by shades of gray .....
Neonmoon133 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student General Artist
I effing love that shade <3
Technologic123 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Do you also mean literally grey? Because I could name a few.
Respeanut Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
It depends.
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Sir-Seizure Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
:thumbsup: x 10. Fully agree. It makes for a much better story.
dark-knight-thor Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
i've actually been wondering what it'd be like to have a movie or a comic book that breaks just about every socially recognized custom. i think it'd be epic.
Respeanut Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Yes :iconwhoaplz:
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