No, this isn't about me hating on a character or anything, I would try to never do that.
Basically, I want to vent out my frustrations about people's views on some characters throughout gaming.
I hate seeing a lot of hate towards characters in gaming (and in movies) who show emotion, because 'it shows they're weak' and 'they're not cool'.
Let me give you an example: Hope from Final Fantasy XIII.
Lets set the scene: Here is a 14 year old boy who's been living a pretty normal life, going to school and some such and living with his family. When they go to a festival, they get caught up in a rebellion. During this, he watches his mother, the person he loved the most, DIE IN FRONT OF HIS VERY EYES. He gets caught up in the whole mess and travels with the main characters, and all of them end up being hunted for.
Please tell me, how you would be able to stay calm, cool, and collected, and not have AT LEAST ONE breakdown and show of emotion? Yes, that means being frustrating to work with at times, but it depicts good personality development which is realistic! Keep in mind, HE IS 14 YEARS OF AGE. Hope turns out to serve the purpose of his name - he brings hope when it is most needed! He has some of the most character developments of them all!
I'll provide another example: Kyrie from Devil May Cry 4.
Lets set the scene: She's friends with the main character, Nero, and they had fallen in love prior to the events of the game. (Shut up with your stereotypical crap, because sometimes it's really good and there's nothing wrong with it.) She's not a fighter, and she has little to no experience with any type of fighting at all (I can hear the cries of "weak" and "boring" from afar). She is sweet, kind, compassionate and selfless. How do I know that? You can see that even though she has pretty little screen time. She also has a good voice, as you see from the opening sequence.
I know, off topic. Back to business.
She is selfless. When the town's folk are attacked by demons, she helps in guiding the people away, and runs to the aid of a crying boy who was unaware that a demon had its eyes set on killing him. Without a second thought she shielded him and did not think about her own life!! Since when is sacrificing your own life "weak"? It takes a lot of courage to do that! Especially without a second thought and quickly! Yes, she gets saved, don't worry.
I understand if some people state that it was "foolish". Perhaps. Because she may have died and the boy may have not ran away and thus would have died to. But when you only have a few seconds to make a life-dependent decision, it's hard to always go for the logical choice. And hopefully, none of us would have to go through that.
I agree, she does not have a lot of character development, which would have improved on her character, but I really do like her.
Nero's love for her helped him push himself onwards when he was really down. Love can be a very powerful driving force.
Some of this hate I have also seen towards the support character of Devil May Cry 5: Kat.
She does not fight, but she guides the main character of the game - Dante. She went through torture but still kept quiet to keep him and his brother a secret from the main antagonist of the game. Read up more on her!
What I want to end this on, is that the job that any character, or any person in real life has should be respected. To be "badass", "cool" and to be "respected", a person does not always have to be the hero, or the villain. They do not have to fight or know how to. Nor do they have to dress "sexy" either. A person's emotions and intellect can be just as powerful weapons as physical strength and weapon skills. Being a Mother is one hell of a job, where you're faced with many hardships throughout, and your job is to raise and protect your children well, while also being able to take care of yourself and others. Usually, it's mothers who go through this as they usually channel the emotional section better, but being a Father can be just as hard. (All depends on circumstances and what not, I know.) Being a housewife/ husband is hard, as your job is to make a house, or any living space you have - a home. You want to make the living space cosy, welcoming, and alive! Along with providing food to eat, and making sure everything and everyone's in top top condition. Picking up rubbish or delivering newspapers or mail shouldn't be look down upon either. I think you get my point by now.
Everyone cannot be the same. Respect everyone's strengths and their weaknesses. Respect everyone's purpose in life. Respect everyone's job. Stereotypes in love, jobs and any other place should not be considered inferior. They happen and it is totally normal and acceptable. It does not mean they are "weak". It is their choice! Everyone and everything is important, and they play a role in this world.
I think I've mentioned everything I wanted to mention, though I get the feeling I've forgotten something. If I have, I'll add on to this later.
Thanks for listening.