Why don't some people like the main character too be to over powered, they like him as sort of an underdog with hidden strength?

But not too powerful that he can do anything, enough strength for the situation. Is it a reflection of themselves and how they want themselves to be?

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  • j153e
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    1 month ago
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    "Underdog" if outsider = Romantic hero/heroine.  Usually such heroes are more philosophic-introspective, and triumph in their own metier.  Some classic examples:  Goethe's Faust; Shelley's Victor Frankenstein.

    Prior to this is a less philosophic-introspective Rationalist "hero of the system," e.g.:  Gulliver; Robinson Crusoe.

    After Romanticism, an interesting non-dialectic:  neither Cartesian Rationalism nor its "antithesis" Nietzschean Romanticism, but Brentano's and Pushkin's "Realism."

    The very generalized approach of "typing" "spirit of the age" or Zeitgeist may when accurately identifying a particular Gestalt be a useful introductory theme to that epoch.

    In any era there are many types of personality dynamics.  For example, the fin de siecle French ballet scene finds the Realism-as-Naturalism/Impressionism color-dance aesthetic framing the popular ballet "Coppelia," which is also a humorous version of a "mad doctor" and the beautiful ballerina doll he creates--a Romantic theme.  The French Realism-Romantic ballet scene is then transformed by the Ballets Russes' Realism interpreting prehistoric, mythical, and religious Russian themes, with a "Romantic"--and very powerful--set of main characters.  In "Rite of Spring," based on a suggested idea by Nicholas Roerich to Igor Stravinsky, there are powerful Romantic/mystical characters, and a maiden who becomes the bride of the Sun; Stravinsky interpreted this as tragic Romanticism, whereas Roerich understood her to be like unto "woman clothed with the sun," "twice-born," per the mystical dance patterns which qualify her.  Even within such a collaboration, distinctly different perspectives.  Vaslav Nijinsky, who choreographed and danced the ballet, developed a new and powerful choreography for "Rite."  His sister Bronislava, a great ballet dancer in her own right, writes memorably of her brother being troubled during rehearsals, except when Roerich attended.  So artistic creation and generalized "period styles" often unfold their several influences when perceived at a more granular level.  

    Your supposition is correct:  some people prefer strong, Herculean heroes, others prefer the up-and-overcoming hero, etc.  Shakespeare was sufficiently a genius playwright to show characters with various mixtures which also provide templates for the audience's various "seasons of life."

    Related:

    Creation:  Artistic and Spiritual;

    Understanding Yourself, by Mark Prophet.  

  • 4 weeks ago

    Exactly correct. People like to identify with the character, so see how the character overcame weakness to win in the end. 

    Also, if the character has no weaknesses, the story is too predictable. 

  • 1 month ago

    The first type is Romantic and no one believes in Romanticism any more.

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