Am I still going to do this in he midst of my 30 Day Video Game Challenge? Yes Yes, I am, but since we just had a question that dealt with the same thing across the scope of video-gamedom, I’m not going to use the same response, and I should make a caveat that no one else can either, but I think only Cheap Boss Attack picked the same character I did (“the” Tama ughhhhhh), and he’s a resourceful guy who’s played more Final Fantasy and Squeenix games than I have anyway So this week’s question is…
Who is the most annoying character?
As much as I love Final Fantasy IV, it has some of my least favorite main characters. I’ve already expressed my disgust of Edward, rolled my eyes at Edge, and applauded Porom for whacking her brother Palom upside the head numerous times.
I forget whom I was in a conversation with (a common occurrence), but we were discussing how difficult it is for child characters not to be annoying, and it’s true. I don’t find children particularly annoying, no more so than I find particular adults, but child characters are either overly precocious, overly hyper, or a combination of both. It’s difficult to write children/youths, which is ironic since all of us who are adults have lived through that experience. Because we view that age through the lens of (often) rosy nostalgia with a mind more mature, it’s harder to put ourselves back in that place.
I’ve written a few child characters. One in my original novel whom I’ll admit now is very annoying and lately in the Northern Lights flashback with Sephiroth and Aeris. With the flower girl, I did some observation of three year old behavior and asked some of my parent friends, so I’d like to think I portrayed her as more than an annoying, little brat.
So on the subject of annoying, little brats, whom do I find to be the most annoying character…
Ignore the fact that this is an awesome picture by an awesome artist, Yuffie annoyed the fuck out of me. It wasn’t even that she stole all your materia; it was more she had that overly hyper, manic pixie dream girl motif going on without anyone to expend it on. To top that off she was a princess whose father was trying to control her to make it even more cliched (no wonder Disney and Squeenix worked so well together). The only, and I repeat only situation where I found myself liking her was my favorite (FFVII) fanfiction Slumbering Mountains by mihoyanagi, but since that’s not canon, it doesn’t really count in this regard.
Tidus from FFX is a really close second, but he’s passing fair in a fight whereas I rarely if ever used Yuffie. I guess I do kind of like the Yuffentine ship even though it’s kind of creepy with him being so much older than she is. I don’t actively seek out that pairing, but it’s a side ship in Slumbering Mountains (the main of course being Aeriseph), and I like the double unity of opposites it represents.
So what character would you like to yank off the stage with an overly large cane? Since this is a bit of a “negative” question, be nice to each other in the comments, though you’re all pretty excellent with that 🙂