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Loving the Characters that Fandoms Hate

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It doesn’t matter how well-written, developed, and deep a character is, there will always be a group of people in the fandom that will reduce that character to 2 or 3 traits and then misinterpret everything they do based on those 2 or 3 traits which may or may not even be accurate to that character.

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Defense of Blaziken

Character: Blaziken

Fandom: Pokemon

When I saw Blaziken on here, I knew I had to defend it, mainly because it got a hatedom pretty fast for rather stupid reasons. I’ll be refuting each of them here.

"Broken"

This I will concede on: Blaziken is a very powerful Pokemon, especially with Speed Boost. But tiers in Pokemon exist for a reason other than “who’s best” - they severe as banlists for lower tiers. In most competitive communities Blaziken is banned to the Ubers tier, where most people play the tiers below Ubers, and thus you won’t have to deal with it at all if you play said tiers. As for Ubers there are plenty of other “broken” mons you’ll face there so why pick on Blaziken? Same deal with Random Matchup. And if you play with freinds, just ask them to not use Blaziken. It’s nothing to worry about.

Didn’t Need a Mega Evolution

Really, there are plenty of mons that didn’t “need” one, (Garchomp, arguably Lucario) so why pick on Blaziken? And Mega Evolution is totally optional - if you want to use a perfectly normal Blaziken, go for it! Facing a Mega Blaziken was addressed above. 

Started A Trend Of Fire/Fighting Starters

Now, I’m pretty sure this wasn’t Blaziken’s fault, at least not directly. If it WAS influenced by Blaziken’s popularity, that’s more a problem on Gamefreak’s end for misinterpreting it as “we want more of the same” and they at least eventually caught on. 

So in the end Blaziken is nothing to get worked up over. And c’mon, it’s a badass firey kung-fu chicken of doom. What’s not to love?

The one person I ever expected to be here is here. How interesting.
Character: Vexen
Fandom: Kingdom Hearts
Reason for Being Hated: Annoying, not as pretty as the other Organization members, ‘pedophile’, creepy, pointless villain.
Annoying, Creepy (Putting these two as one since they relate to each other)
Okay, so maybe battling him was fairly difficult and it got on your nerves a few times. That’s not a reason to hate him. Everyone likes a good battle that is difficult and a little annoying, right? And yes, too some he may seem creepy, but that’s no reason to hate him, either. He has a mad scientist theme 
Not as pretty as the other Organizations members
Alright, so he’s not as hot as Axel or Xigbar, or as cute as Demyx or Roxas, or as pretty as Marluxia/Pretty Boy. The thing is, it kind of makes sense for him to look a little older than the other members because he’s one of the oldest members. And besides, he has his charms…somewhere in his now-existing heart (Dream Drop Distance). At least he wasn’t Xaldin.
Pedophile
And this is the one part of this whole thing that I am most upset about. First of all, where do you get the idea that he’s a “pedophile”? Did he ever do anything bad to the child-like members of the Organization, or even within the whole game (Xion, Roxas, Sora, Riku, Ienzo/Zexion, Demyx, Naminé)? No, he didn’t. The only thing he did was act as a villain in their way, or in Demyx, Roxas, and Zexion’s cases, act as a “friend” or partner to them. Yes, he is an older person. Yes, he does come off as a person you wouldn’t want to associate with, especially in his battle where he copies Sora’s data(skills and appearance, in this case) in order to create copies of him to fight against him. No, he is not a pedophile in any way, shape, or form. A character being creepy does not equal that character being a pedophile. 
Pointless Villain
Vexen was nowhere near pointless. He’s the reason Xion was created; by using Sora’s memories of Kairi to create her to look similar to her. He made copies of himself so his work could continue on. He’s about 50% of the reason the events of 358/2 Days could have happened; because he created Xion, and because he was one of the original eight to be turned into Nobodies, and thus form the organization. Vexen is just as important as any other character in the game, if not one of the most important.
That does it for this defense, and with that, I’m out. 

The one person I ever expected to be here is here. How interesting.

  • Character: Vexen
  • Fandom: Kingdom Hearts
  • Reason for Being Hated: Annoying, not as pretty as the other Organization members, ‘pedophile’, creepy, pointless villain.

Annoying, Creepy (Putting these two as one since they relate to each other)

Okay, so maybe battling him was fairly difficult and it got on your nerves a few times. That’s not a reason to hate him. Everyone likes a good battle that is difficult and a little annoying, right? And yes, too some he may seem creepy, but that’s no reason to hate him, either. He has a mad scientist theme 

Not as pretty as the other Organizations members

Alright, so he’s not as hot as Axel or Xigbar, or as cute as Demyx or Roxas, or as pretty as Marluxia/Pretty Boy. The thing is, it kind of makes sense for him to look a little older than the other members because he’s one of the oldest members. And besides, he has his charms…somewhere in his now-existing heart (Dream Drop Distance). At least he wasn’t Xaldin.

Pedophile

And this is the one part of this whole thing that I am most upset about. First of all, where do you get the idea that he’s a “pedophile”? Did he ever do anything bad to the child-like members of the Organization, or even within the whole game (Xion, Roxas, Sora, Riku, Ienzo/Zexion, Demyx, Naminé)? No, he didn’t. The only thing he did was act as a villain in their way, or in Demyx, Roxas, and Zexion’s cases, act as a “friend” or partner to them. Yes, he is an older person. Yes, he does come off as a person you wouldn’t want to associate with, especially in his battle where he copies Sora’s data(skills and appearance, in this case) in order to create copies of him to fight against him. No, he is not a pedophile in any way, shape, or form. A character being creepy does not equal that character being a pedophile. 

Pointless Villain

Vexen was nowhere near pointless. He’s the reason Xion was created; by using Sora’s memories of Kairi to create her to look similar to her. He made copies of himself so his work could continue on. He’s about 50% of the reason the events of 358/2 Days could have happened; because he created Xion, and because he was one of the original eight to be turned into Nobodies, and thus form the organization. Vexen is just as important as any other character in the game, if not one of the most important.

That does it for this defense, and with that, I’m out. 

In Defense of Krile Mayer Baldesion (Final Fantasy V)

Krile is one of my favorite FFV characters along with Faris and Gilgamesh. So when I saw that she had a post here, I was not a happy camper. Let’s go over the points, shall we?

  • Every NPC loves her

Including Ex-Death? Yeeeeah, no. And I don’t remember the game gushing about her every appearance, so it feels like a “running through the Mary-Sue checklist” thing to me.

  • come out of nowhere

Uhh, no she doesn’t. Remember the very beginning of the game where the siren tried to lure the party with illusions of the people they most cared about? We see an image of Krile, and because Galuf doesn’t remember, he’s not brainwashed by the siren. Krile later showed up a few more times in the game, like when she saved your party from a possessed King Tycoon. That would kiiiiiiiiiiiinda be important to mention.

  • replaces Galuf

Aka Replacement Scrappy. It’s not her fault Ex-Death killed her grandfather. (At least Galuf had the most Awesome Sacrifice)

  • can talk to animals and ghosts (it’s never explained why)

An NPC in Bal said her ability started to appear after her parents went missing in desert, while an Ultimania explains that she has mild telepathy, which allows her to talk to animals and ghosts in the first place (and why Ghido calls out to her rather than any old person in Bal) Even if it’s left vague in the game itself, weirder things have happened in the FFV-verse, so Krile’s abilities really aren’t too out of the norm.

  • implied to be stronger than other party members despite being 14

Bull. According to the character base attributes, Krile has the best Agility, but the other characters are just as strong as she is. (Bartz is best with Strength, Lenna with Magic, Galuf with Stamina, and Faris is the Jack of All Trades) How strong your party members are depend on what kind of jobs you train them in.

  • steals airtime from other characters (true ending ignores everyone else and is all about her)

Again, that’s bull. The true ending is about everyone, and Krile reminiscing about Galuf was a way to include him on a personal level, since she was his granddaughter and all.

  • annoying

Well, that’s your opinion. It’s different for everyone, so I can’t help you there. *shrug* But I was really impressed with her maturity after losing Galuf. It’s obviously something that hurts her, but she manages to carry on all the same. Not bad for a teenager.

  • creepy sprite

Young!Rydia, Palom & Porom (FFIV) and the Onion Knights (FFIII) have the same kind of sprite, yet I don’t hear you complaining about them.

In short, Krile is awesome, and I don’t appreciate you picking on her. >(

In Defense of Bastila Shan

Fandom: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Game)

Before I begin, I have two notes. 

One: If you have not played and completed this game, please know that there will be huge spoilers to follow. 

Two: I actually agree with most of the points made by the hatedom; I am not here to say Bastila does not have these flaws, but to explain where these flaws come from and why you should love her in spite of them, as I do. 

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Defense for Vexen

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  • Character: Vexen
  • Fandom: Kingdom Hearts
  • Reason for Being Hated: Annoying, not as pretty as the other Organization members, ‘pedophile’, creepy, pointless villain.

Wow, so most of this is personal opinion and/or completely wrong. Let’s get to it. Spoilers ahead.

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Wow I can’t believe I’m doing this. This is my first time doing this and I think this is a very pointless thing of hating on Vexen.

Annoying

Okay so what he’s annoying, most of them are. He’s not as annoying as the otehr KH Characters. His boss battle was a pain, but everyone lieks a good game challenge. This is very silly thing of hating someone.

not as pretty as the other Organization members

Really >_> is everyone shallow about this? okay so he’s not hot like Axel nor cute looking as Demyx or Roxas, but oyu know what, what’s just a bit sad. People should like the character of the personality and not just the looks. He looks fine to me, just as the others.

pedophile

Okay WHERE does it say that he is one? did he touch kids? NO!. If you paid attention to the game, there is no indication of him being a pedo, that’s just sick and wrong to think of someone like that who hasn’t done it.

creepy

Aren’t most scientist creepy in their own way? so that’s pretty pointless argument.

pointless villain

He’s not that pointless, in fact he plays a huge part. He crated Xion under Xemnas orders, so she can copy Roxas’s power and be more of a tool then they had plan for Roxas. He’s smarter as well, he crated more clones of himself, so his legacy can go on. His untimely death wasn’t at all part of the plan.

Final Words

Vexen is just as important as the other Organization 13 members. He’s cunning, smart, wants respect from the younger nobodies, ie Axel, Demyx etc. His somebody raised Ienzo most of his life and treated him like a son and not like some child toy. He’s not a pedo. I’m sorry, but those points are a bit pointless. I think Vexen is a interesting character, who needs more respect and more into the limelight.

Wow I can’t believe I’m doing this. This is my first time doing this and I think this is a very pointless thing of hating on Vexen.

Annoying

Okay so what he’s annoying, most of them are. He’s not as annoying as the otehr KH Characters. His boss battle was a pain, but everyone lieks a good game challenge. This is very silly thing of hating someone.

not as pretty as the other Organization members

Really >_> is everyone shallow about this? okay so he’s not hot like Axel nor cute looking as Demyx or Roxas, but oyu know what, what’s just a bit sad. People should like the character of the personality and not just the looks. He looks fine to me, just as the others.

pedophile

Okay WHERE does it say that he is one? did he touch kids? NO!. If you paid attention to the game, there is no indication of him being a pedo, that’s just sick and wrong to think of someone like that who hasn’t done it.

creepy

Aren’t most scientist creepy in their own way? so that’s pretty pointless argument.

pointless villain

He’s not that pointless, in fact he plays a huge part. He crated Xion under Xemnas orders, so she can copy Roxas’s power and be more of a tool then they had plan for Roxas. He’s smarter as well, he crated more clones of himself, so his legacy can go on. His untimely death wasn’t at all part of the plan.

Final Words

Vexen is just as important as the other Organization 13 members. He’s cunning, smart, wants respect from the younger nobodies, ie Axel, Demyx etc. His somebody raised Ienzo most of his life and treated him like a son and not like some child toy. He’s not a pedo. I’m sorry, but those points are a bit pointless. I think Vexen is a interesting character, who needs more respect and more into the limelight.

Defense of Natsumi Endou (Adult)

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Fandoms….Can you please get your head outta your backside, and stop hating characters due to the stupidest reason of all: Shipping? I’ll keep this as brief as I possibly can, so here I go. The reason why the hate on adult Natsumi is completely ludicrous, and doesn’t even deserve the time of day, let alone the massive support it seems to have.

She married Endou, got in the way of other ships

These go together, so I’m responding to them all at the same time.

For God’s sake, as you kidding me fandom? You’re going to hate a character because their marriage got in the way of your ships? I’m going to say this once; SHIPPING IS A LUDICROUS REASON TO HATE CHARACTER. If you don’t like this ship, that’s all fine and stuff, but don’t hate the freaking character, just because they married another character, whom, may I add, they CLEARLY showed Natsumi had a romantic attraction for in the original series. 

Her marriage to Endou wasn’t random at all either;

We’re talking about the very same woman who was completely changed by Endou, to the point where she started to actually love soccer. For her to go from a stuck up snob who wanted to disband the soccer club, to a woman who supported the team and Endou in all they did, was a very big turn. And the one who sparked it, was Endou. Plus, Natsumi was the one who found Endou’s apparently dead grandfather, and united Endou with him. 

Endou has a LOT to thank Natsumi and Natsumi has a LOT to thank him for too. They both developed together, and Endou hugely developed HER. If you honestly thought Natsumi “snipped out of nowhere and became Endou’s wife for no reason”, then you seriously needed to pay better attention to the original series. Especially season one and three.

She was not just “a person who married Endou to get in the way of ships”. It was a well built up, and well developed, relationship, one that obviously, between the main series and Go!, developed into romance. We don’t see it because we don’t need to see it. 

Also, I’d like to express something here;

This. show. is aimed at kids.

Ever thought that we didn’t see loads of complex romantic, love triangle, shipping crap because kids wouldn’t give two flying shits about it? We can love the show as teens and adults, but we can’t forget that it’s, at the end of the day, a kid’s show. 

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This is my third time defending a character, for my previous defenses, please see:
Defense of John Rolfe
Defense of Cia
This is going to be a fairly text and image heavy post, so without further-a due, let’s get started.
[[MORE]]Reason for Being Hated:
A lot of the controversy comes from the fact that she is a fusion of Garnet and Amethyst which the fandom labels as “POC” characters and Sugilite is shown to be brutal and animalistic in both appearance and personality, which “labels” POC as such.
First off I would like to make a paragraph from a previous defense of this character that mainly assess the issue.

And again, you forget one thing: None of the Crystal Gems are human. They are HUMANOID, but they’re not HUMAN. There’s a difference. And this is the main problem. A lot of people are to wrapped up in giving them a set ethnicity that they forget that the characters themselves aren’t human. The writers weren’t attempting to “label” them. They were only doing their jobs. Not everyone is at fault, mind you, but the fact still stands. It’s those in the fandom who were complaining here that caused this. 

Labeling Non-Human beings as Human ethnicity is simply a bad idea. Labeling in-an-of-itself is a horrid thing to do in the first place. So far the Gems have shown that not only do they not need to eat or sleep (Amethyst does both simply because she likes to), but they can also shape shift into anything they want. Amethyst has been shown to not only transform into animals, but other humanoid figures as well.
In the episode “Tiger Millionaire”, it is shown that she can transform into a male humanoid. Her alter ego, Purple Puma, has clear male body parts, in the aspect that as Purple Puma, Amethyst has easy to see exposed pectorals, and even a bulge down in his pants (or as much of a bulge that a childrens show will have).

So not only do Crystal Gems have no true identifiable ethnicity, but they also have no form of Gender Identity either. Why they seem to only take on female forms is unknown, but its clear that if any of the Crystal Gems that Steven knows wanted to, they could easily take on male forms and be perfectly fine with the bodies of men.
Why do I bring this up? Simple: Bringing PoC and Gender Identity issues within Steven Universe, regarding the Crystal Gems, is stupid and meaningless, as they are non human beings with no aspect of race or gender. This fact is even brought up by Garnet in the episode “Steven the Sword Fighter”, which involves Pearl taking a fatal stab to the stomach. Rather than dying, her body simply disappears and nothing but her Gem remains. Garnet explains to a panicking Steven that their bodies aren’t even really who they are. their bodies are just shells they create to allow them movement, and that in reality the gems on their shells are their actual bodies. They are living gem stones with temporary physical forms, as long as their gems remain unharmed, they can keep coming back.
Now, on the aspect of her being ‘brutal and animalistic’. first off, you make that sound like a bad thing. The thing about Sugilite is shes exactly like her voice actor (Nicki Minaj), she wont take shit from anyone! She is in charge of who she is, she is a strong and independent character, yet since she isn’t ‘attractive’, it’s considered a bad thing. I find it ironic because if she were considered an attractive character, people would complain that she was too attractive and would 'give off the impression you have to be beautiful to be strong’. I have seen this argument brought up with dealing with attractive females in the media, so really no one is happy in either instances.
Not many people know this but the Gemstone, Sugilite, was a gemstone that was actually discovered in Japan. You know whats really big over there? Mythology and fairy tales, especially ones involving demons and monsters. One of these monsters that constantly shows up in all types of Japanese Folklore is the Oni.


Original Image from Oni Museum (x)

Sugilite has a lot of characteristics, physically, that can connect her to Oni from Japanese Folklore. The huge size being one of them, her strength, the wild hair, and the distorted facial features. Also the points on her sunglasses can easily be associated to an Onis horns. Her huge fangs and jawline can also be associated to Oni as well.


Original Image from Oni Noh Mask (x)

It is clear that when designing Sugilite, the creators of Steven Universe wanted to pay homage to the gemstone’s Japanese origins and decided to base the character Sugilite off Japanese Oni. You can’t hate her for that, because that would be insulting to the Oni of Japanese folklore. And Oni are vengeful demons, and if I were you, I wouldn’t want to piss them off by hating an animated depiction of them.
Also lets not forget about the aspects of her gem itself. In gem mythos Sugilites, from what I’ve read online, represent; spiritual healing, maternal love, as well as protecting people from anger and other negative feelings. While Sugilite doesn’t represent any of these things (as far as we know given we’ve not fully explored her character), the spiritual aspect of the gem stone IS present in her character, though physically instead of spiritually.
In the aspect of spirituality, Sugilites are associated with the third eye and crown chakras, this is shown on her character by the fact she has an exposed eye on her forehead (as a result of being a Gem fusion that includes Garnet), even when wearing sunglasses. While it is true Garnet also has a third eye, she uses her sunglasses to cover them up, while Sugilite freely keeps hers exposed.


Because of this, while both Garnet and Sugilite are associated with the Third Eye Chakra, Garnets is more of a spiritual connection too it, while with Sugilite has more of a physical connection to it.
There is a LOT more to Sugilite than one would initially think. I find it ironic that the aspects of Sugilites character that people hate are the things that make her one of the more unique characters in Steven Universe. Shes the only Crystal Gem who’s personality doesn’t coincide with their gemstones mythos, and her design is more referenced to her gemstones origins instead. She’s a one-of-a-kind character who is not only wonderfully designed, but also voiced by one of my favorite singers, so she meets the qualification of needing voice actors being able to sing, since the series itself is a semi-musical series. I really hope to see more of her in the future in Steven Universe, not only because I think she’s an interesting character, but also because I want her to have a musical number with some Nicki flair.

This is my third time defending a character, for my previous defenses, please see:

  1. Defense of John Rolfe
  2. Defense of Cia

This is going to be a fairly text and image heavy post, so without further-a due, let’s get started.

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  • Character: Wynne
  • Fandom: Dragon Age
  • Reason for Being Hated: Boring compared to rest of Origins companions, subplot isn’t as interesting as other companions, doesn’t let you make any bad decisions, preachy, constantly lecturing the warden.
  • Character: Reina/Lenna Charlotte Tycoon
  • Fandom: Final Fantasy
  • Reason for Being Hated: Most people hate her because she’s such a Mary Sue and nothing like her sister Faris.
  • Character: Vexen
  • Fandom: Kingdom Hearts
  • Reason for Being Hated: Annoying, not as pretty as the other Organization members, ‘pedophile’, creepy, pointless villain.
  • Character: Endou Natsumi (Adult Natsumi)
  • Fandom: Inazuma Eleven (GO)
  • Reason for Being Hated: She married Endou, got in the way of other ships, showed Endou isn’t gay, only appears in a few episodes, no purpose apart from being there as Endou’s surprise wife, appears in only two episodes as a proper character.
  • Character: Caster
  • Fandom: Fate/stay night
  • Reason for Being Hated: Pointless, a weak villain, getting hit with the ‘sympathy stick’ too much, being less cool than Zero Caster.
  • Character: Naruru Osaka and Ruruna Kobe/”Sailor Guccici” and “Sailor Channel”
  • Fandom: Sailor Moon (manga)
  • Reason for Being Hated: Seen as Naoko Takeuchi sexualizing and fetishizing young girls and pandering to lolicon with their skimpy uniforms, Naruru being a sloppily retconned-in younger sister for Naru, both being annoying, materialistic, and shallow, some fans mistaking them for actual Sailor Senshi when it’s felt that they go against what it means to be one.