I want to talk about a theme I think there should be common place in fiction. Bad ass archers. And no, I don’t mean elves that are without flaws and can singlehandedly take out armies. I mean guys that are good at shooting things from far away. I mean guys that wear their flaws on their shoulders and don’t care that they have them. I mean Hawkeye.
Ok. So I don’t specifically mean Hawkeye but he is my favorite example of this type of character:
- He’s a jerk
- He knows his shit
- He has a moody past
- He doesn’t cry about said moody past (Well no more than other Superheroes.)
I was actually really happy with how he was represented in the recent Avengers Movie. You gotta respect a guy that uses bows and arrows when surrounded by a Thunder God, a 10 foot green Goliath, and a man clad in enough futuristic weaponry to halt world war 3 and 4.
All joking aside, more characters could stand to be like this arch-type. They are over-specialized and flawed but move forward despite that. It makes for a breath of fresh air when dealing with an ocean of boring invincible heroes.