hi, i'm writing a webcomic and if i could get some opinions, that would be great! okay so in one of the first scenes two of my main characters RJ and Cass are at a bar and RJ is close with the Nova a girl who works there. I want to get across to the reader RJ's personality, Nova's personality and their relationship dynamic. RJ is quick tempered and likes to fight while Nova is generally portrayed as quite miserable. They're close friends (though Nova is only a small character). I thought a man may make a comment to Nova which would provoke RJ, which would demonstrate his quick temper and show that he feels protective of Nova. However, I don't like the cliche of boy defends girl through show of physical strength. To me, it seems old fashioned and over done. But it also seems a very effective way of showing information that will be important later on in the story without spending a lot of time showing things that aren't yet relevant. Though it is important to show his relationship with Nova now because soon RJ will leave and only with Nova return to the story later. I would just really appreciate it if you could tell me your opinion on the boy defends girl cliche and if you have any pointers that could help me deliver it in a way which is fresh or doesn't make it seem like women need to be protected by men (because that is not what i'm saying at all) Also I think it's important to mention that Nova doesn't really appreciate his protective and aggressive actions. Thank you!