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The Prattler

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, May 20, 2023

This character can be insufferably annoying.

No, this character is insufferably annoying, but it's up to you whether that's to the other characters or the audience. When written correctly, the prattler can be comedy gold or a swift ticket to the most delicious kind of schadenfreude: watching the obnoxious one get owned.

Because the prattler is inherently a character with a negative trait that's often irredemable- they prattle. And by prattle, I mean that they talk incessantly in a constant effort to come across as important, cool, or otherwise superior to everyone else in the room. And because they do that, they expose themselves to repercussions because they usually say pretty stupid things.

I would present you with fictional examples but real life is going above and beyond these days.

Excellent examples can be found in Reddit's r/iamverysmart where several screencaps are uploaded of people who believe they are smarter than rocket scientists and have an IQ Einstein would be jealous of. Their letter from MENSA simply got lost in the mail because mailmen are idiots like everyone else that isn't them.

This character doesn't have nuance, doesn't understand irony, and doesn't handle being challenged well. They do have traits like charisma that lures those without self-esteem or in some kind of vulnerability towards them, but that's their only real power. The prattler believes they are the main character and act like it, even though they most likely are an extra in the grand scheme of things. They will act with the attitude and stance of someone skill and immediately attempt to assume the best possible social standing available, but only if they feel there's no threat to their person whatsoever.

The prattler can be an excellent plot device because even if they sincerely want to keep a secret or play something smart, they're too stupid and too self-centered to know when to stop talking. Their dialogue can be hilarious, even if it flirts with sensitive subjects exactly because they are wholly incapable of reading a room.

Have you ever used such a character? How did it pan out in your comic?

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KAM at 1:32PM, May 21, 2023

Good for Bittertea.

Ozoneocean at 8:31PM, May 20, 2023

@Kam for ages one of our very own DD Alunis did all Dr Aphra's covers! A wamn who actually resembled her... Our very own

KAM at 2:26PM, May 20, 2023

Dr. Aphra from the Star Wars comics. She was created for the Darth Vader comic, probably because Vader doesn't speak much, so she talks a lot. She also seems to be a mouthpiece (or self-insert) of the author. For some inexplicable reason this character got spun off into her own series.

PaulEberhardt at 10:34AM, May 20, 2023

Let's not forget Brainy Smurf. Definitely my favourite example of this type of character. In the original comics he wasn't thrown out of the village in an arc but instead one of the other smurfs silenced him with a huge wooden mallet. Seems like nerds weren't always that popular. :D

Jason Moon at 8:19AM, May 20, 2023

Karma always bites these people in the ass in the end. Great examples Tantz, I'm glad you didn't hesitate to use the orange monkey and the moron who got arrested because of filming himself with the pizza boxes he ordered. LMAO, it scares me when people stand behind someone so stupid or evil. I'm just glad that one day time will eventually deal with them.

Andreas_Helixfinger at 7:59AM, May 20, 2023

@Oz - Me too, man. Me too^^

Ozoneocean at 7:23AM, May 20, 2023

I always, ALWAYS worry that I AM that character XD

lothar at 7:17AM, May 20, 2023

My skateboard went into the ocean

Andreas_Helixfinger at 7:00AM, May 20, 2023

@lothar - No hate from me, lothar. We can agree to disagree👍

Tantz_Aerine at 6:56AM, May 20, 2023

Lothar: Hey, to each their own! I like neither because they have rhetoric which leads to very specific civil abuses, but the reason I picked them for this article is *only* because they talk like their off button died.

lothar at 6:36AM, May 20, 2023

I actually like Tate and Trump! TnT lol. They are refreshing. Hate on me all you want but I think they are better than Stephen Colbert and Biden any day. I know they are both often full of shit but they must be on to something to get the whole establishment to rail against them like they do. We need more diverse opinions.... Also I like RFK JR. The CIA killed his dad and uncle. If the election was held today I wouldn't vote but if it was between trump and RFK I would think about voting.

Andreas_Helixfinger at 12:49AM, May 20, 2023

And for the record I haven't seen or heard much of Andrew Tate. But what I have seen or heard he seems like a complete fraud and a total prick. Trying to paint himself as some kind of macho rebel fighting an orwellian system, while the only solution he gives to this problem - not surprising giving his lifestyle - is to play ball with the system and get rich doing so. Complete, gutless bullshit if you ask me.

Andreas_Helixfinger at 12:43AM, May 20, 2023

Aaah, that would in my case be the character Zeke N. Destroy from my comic Idfestation (who made an appearance in an FYC I made that was posted on this year's DD Awards comic just a week ago). He is a complete egomaniac with a big mouth that never shuts up and he's a complete, utter buffoon to boot. He will always yell in every scene he's in trying to drown out everyone else and will say and do the most imbecillic things that he thinks is macho-genious. And to make it more surreal he's able to hold numerous televised press conferences - through the power of the quite influental sponsor of his pest control company - as he's running for president of Isles of Helix, because he's just that good in his own twisted imagination. That is what readers can expect to see from him and more. Hopefully he'll come out as hilariously goofy as I imagined him to be when the comic is completed😊😊😊

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