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5-10-2010 @ 8:17AM
Characters of hybrid origin sometimes seem to be a case of the writer/s trying to fit too much into a character to have them tick as many 'cool' boxes as possible, I think this is where people start to be annoyed. These characters fail in being interesting people we can identify with (like Rexxar), and instead are charicatures the writers expect we as readers SHOULD find awesome because of the multiple plot-threads and lore bytes they represent, but we don't identify with them because they haven't done anything to earn our investment in them. A character's genetic history doesn't really matter. It CAN present interesting storytelling opportunities, but ultimately it is the character's background, their personality and actions, and how the storytellers use them that will determine whether we as an audience like them.
5-10-2010 @ 8:58AM
I agree completely. Hybridity can be an interesting plot point, such as the reason that Rexxar is something of a lone wanderer. Yet too frequently it is used as an excuse for someone to be innately awesome. Me'dan is 'naturally' a mage, paladin and shaman; yet any normal person in each of these vocations spends years if not decades learning how to master these powerful abilities. Kind of a cop-out really.
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