One of the most important things about any form of fictional media is their characters. A well developed cast of characters and relationships can make a decent game/show/movie/book into an amazing one. For example, DreamWorks's Trolls, although not the best movie with a below average plot and too many pop songs, is still very enjoyable for me because the two main characters are so well developed, and their relationship is heartwarming and believable. Also, Sun/Moon would not be nearly as enjoyable, between the lessened structure, limited playtime, slow start, and lacking postgame, if not for the diverse cast of amazing characters, from the lovely Lillie to ya boy, Guzma. There are of course certain archetypes for common character tropes, but almost none of them, even of the same trope, are done the same way. Although diversity between them is important, it is also fun to compare specific characters, pairings, friendships, and dynamics of different series. For example, two of my favorite ships, Amourshipping (Ash x Serena, with an admittedly lazy ship name), and Phinbella (Phineas x Isabella from Phineas & Ferb), are nearly identical in structure. The oblivious, goal-oriented, sieze-the-day, optimistic hero doesn't realize the incredibly obvious feelings of the closest female to him outside of his family, despite her often sending out little hints, to the point where even other characters (Bonnie, Shauna, Miette, the entirety of the P+F cast) comment on it casually. Why am I making these observations just now, you may ask? Honestly, I have thought of them for a while, but was inspired to share them by my English teacher. We were reading Beowulf in class, and she assigned us a two page essay comparing Beowulf to a modern hero. I chose Marvel's Thor, and I found a lot more than I thought I would. One of my classmates chose Captain America, and we made it into a little debate. (It ended in stalemate, since we got the same grade.) So now I turn the tables over to you. Who are some of your favorite characters, and what similarities do they share? How many connections are there between Deadpool and Pinkie Pie? Pearl and Undyne? Iron Man and Batman? I can't wait to hear your thoughts!