Not sure where to post this, so I'm doing it here for now because it's about characters. Okay, first off, do you take a character as a role model? If so, why? Do you empathize with them, do you wish you you could be more like them, or what? With that in mind, should we write characters knowing that someone might take them as a rolemodel? Should we do so especially if we write stuff targeted towards younger, and apparently more impressionable, audiences? If so, what does that mean? To me, that means characters that are... well, not perfect but not passive. Role models should have flaws to remind people you don't have to be perfect or even superhuman to change things. This is why for me Sato is better a role model than Superman, even though the former is both a college dropout and a hikikimori. Why? Because he has the flaws, not despite them, he shows one can still conquer their problems. In my case, I actually empathize with many of his problems, and find him particularly so for that reason. Superman, on the other hand, has virtually no personal flaws, making him not only non-sympathetic, but I would argue sets standards for people that they can never reach, which isn't something you want to do. So, further thoughts?