Discussion Why are side characters so stupid?

Discussion in 'Novel General' started by KnightofGlory26, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. Asf

    Asf 《《The aria of souls》》

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    They intentionally make them look worse than the MC. To make the MC look better.
     
  2. fuzor100

    fuzor100 《Gokai Red Behind the Brick!》

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    It's because of the author. If the author said the white is black, then the white is black.
    If the author said the side character is stupid, then the side character is stupid.
     
  3. Too Honest

    Too Honest Victim of Society

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    How else do you trick girls into harems?
     
  4. AnAngryLinguist

    AnAngryLinguist [Not Magical][Gentlecat][Can speak]

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    This is only a trope used to show the difference between "The Chosen One" and "The Sidekicks". There are other tropes like "The Smart Alleck", "The Nerd", etc.
     
  5. NiQuinn

    NiQuinn 『Wandering Adventurer』

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    Most probably a reflection of the author's laziness. Or, it could be because they're following a template and most of the side characters I've seen in NU are almost a copy-paste replica of a previous character from anothet story. It's what sells. I guess, they're taking the saying , 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it,' quite liberally. Which goes back to the first thing I said.

    Most probably a reflection of the author's laziness.
     
  6. brasca123

    brasca123 『Hell's Trainee Manager』

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    Because you're reading a novel with a bad author, I recommend refining your filtering process to find good novels more often.

    Bad side characters = bad writer.