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Why is this Character Archetype So Popular?

Discussion in 'Konoha Theatre' started by DemonDragonJ, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. DemonDragonJ He who dances with death

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    Many stories feature characters who are extremely arrogant and condescending, but whom other people tolerate because they are amazingly intelligent and competent at what they do, with some prime examples being Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, Dr. Temperance Brennan from Bones, Dr. House from House, and Sherlock Holmes from BBC’s Sherlock.

    In actuality, most people would not tolerate such characters, but they do in fiction, albeit very grudgingly, so I wonder why that is; do audiences enjoy seeing the “normal” people suffer, or do they secretly wish that they could be as arrogant as those characters and still be treated with respect? What does everyone else say about this? Why is this character archetype so popular?
     
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  3. ~Gesy~ Well-Known Member

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    Yes they would. You wouldn't fire one of the Top doctors in the country just because he's a dick.
     
  4. Sennin of Hardwork Tales to Astonish Moderator

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    Because they've displayed several times the capacity to change and grow, but it needs to be done carefully because there are some that I wouldn't even waste my time getting invested in their journies of redemption. And as long as they suffer the consequences of their actions before their growth kick in then it can be well executed. If not and if they just continue to be treated like nothing that they've done before in their former toxic and arrogant behaviour then they are just badly written characters.

    Sheldon is hilarious and has changed a lot and Sherlock gets things done and also grew through the Seasons. Interestingly the people that called them out on their bs half of the time were not always their best friends (Leonard/Penny and Watson) but their object of affections. (Amy and Molly)

    House however can surely be a pain in the ass so he's tougher.
     
  5. MartialHorror The Convicted Cinephile!

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    Snark is a popular form of humor and those kinds of archetypes provide an endless platform for it.
     
  6. Mider Transylvania VM Zombie

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    Those people do exist IRL; at the top echelons of their fields.
     
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