Not of this (evil) world

Whilst I don’t think anything secular is bad (in some cases, God could use something or somebody secular, especially if they’re sympathetic to Christianity or sometimes Judaism), that’s to avoid the bad world as much as people can do about it. Barry Allen tries not to be of the world Caitlin Snow and Patty Spivot are: Barry’s a Christian and tries to do his best at not sinning or screwing up.

Caitlin Snow and Patty Spivot are of the bad, bad world where the former commits acts of witchcraft against people she hates (Cisco Ramon, Iris West and Wally West a lot) as well as appearing as a wolf to hurt people without getting noticed. The latter’s frequently prone to alcoholism, gambling and porn addictions to the point where she even irritated Barry Allen this way and risked getting fired from a lab if she didn’t stop drinking.

Barry Allen was of the bad world where he wasn’t above his own vices but strives to do good now that he’s a hero saving people.

Knowing who’s wrong

In the sense of the Devil fooling or messing with people’s heads a lot, that it’s if Caitlin Snow also has a habit of messing with Barry’s head whenever she appears as an innocent schoolgirl or wolf to better con him.

But as Christians do try not to give into temptation, Barry Allen realises that she really wants his blood and doesn’t fall for her prostitute guise the next time around knowing that she wants blood. Caitlin tempts her into drinking his blood but Barry won’t allow that.

If God can take away people from their lives, it’s always possible for Caitlin to be finally jailed for killing people so that Barry won’t suffer anymore.

Better character designs

I recall how somebody had a problem with the way Tigra’s usually presented in the comics as in she’s supposed to be a half-tiger/half-cat character but she usually doesn’t look like it (just body paint and a tail) to the point where some cartoonists would tweak her appearance to be more bestial/more fitting to the concept (fur, paws, actual tiger markings, even a more feline look in some cases).

Not that she should be a lot more furry but at the very least forgo the body paint look for paws, body hair, tiger markings (even on her scalp hair) and generally a more awkward look that even if she wears long skirts or trousers, she’d still stand out like a sore thumb with that appearance. But that would involve realising how stupid the body paint look is and why some cartoonists (even unconsciously) make her look more animalistic.

Really ironic in hindsight

I actually said before it’s really ironic how some fans and even some cartoonists like John Byrne complained about some actors, even though ironically they actually did their homework in playing the part (Jason Momoa, Jessica Alba and Jurnee Smollett-Bell actually got their hair bleached to play blond superheroes, likewise KJ Apa went ginger to play Archie).

Meanwhile not too many complained about Felicity Smoak not resembling her comics counterpart, even though that iteration had even less in common with her comics counterpart than Starfire did (let’s not forget that in the New 52, Starfire was also amnesiac and also sported pink hair on some occasions).

But that would involve actually realising what Black Canary, Aquaman and Starfire got is way better: at least they resembled their comics counterparts whereas Felicity has nothing in common with her comics counterpart and that’s saying.

Kind of really sexist and racist

Though not always the case (there could be writers who play against stereotypes and the like), I often get the impression that some writers and even some readers aren’t that open to certain ideas like say DC’s Stephanie Brown’s good at sports and obsessed with crime and criminals (even though ironically it’s not that strange for women to read crime literature so it’s not much of a stretch).

Though I also think there’s the problem of women outshining their male counterparts that even if it happens in real life, not too many people will admit or realise that some women are more independent or stronger than some men even if other men accept that. (Rao help if Stephanie Brown’s a lot more well-versed in crime and better at sports than Tim Drake’ll ever be.)

This kind of reticence also hurts characters’ potentials where if you point you that Marvel’s Tigra would be a good huntress given she’s shown to hunt mice at some point it wouldn’t be that out of character for her to become a professional huntress (though I think’s also due to sexist and racist preconceptions where they think x character can’t hunt, even if they could and did in canon).

This is like pointing out that DC’s Vixen would also make a living out of hunting, if she could channel the powers of animals it wouldn’t be a stretch for her to channel predatory animals when it comes to hunting animals and black hunters do exist.

These racist, sexist and ableist preconceptions make it harder for characters to realise their potentials where even if it may not be that out of character for them to do it, not many writers will revel in that possibility even if it shows up in canon.

He was an elf

Lazytown is a popular programme and franchise intended to get people into exercising, which shows up in the stories where some characters have to instruct others to exercise but one tries to stop this. It actually started out in Iceland with the same intention and purpose but where the characters have yet to emerge in their present forms (this emerged gradually with every book release and play).

This is the same for Sportacus who started out as an elf (and is still called as such in the Icelandic dub) but later stories make him into a superhero character, now if that sounds strange let’s not forget that some Marvel characters were actually based on horror monsters or started out as such and became much more superheroic in later renditions. If Sportacus was an elf, then he’s in good company.

Or at least that’s what he started out as and became, that’s if you look up to Marvel and DC counterparts where some of them started out as villainous, ordinary for a long time (especially Patsy Walker before becoming Hellcat) and the like. (Admittedly, I’m not without my own faults to be honest.)

However there are some fans who do depict him as being more elflike than he usually is portrayed as, even though in some of the plays where he is an elf he doesn’t have the elf ears either. But I would argue that when it came to the latter books, Sportacus did become progressively less elf-like (he went from a short elf to a normal sized European man).

I would go on saying that the damage was already done in the later books and plays in that they set a precedent for Sportacus’s makeover.


Not quite a natural brunet

As with the case of some actors playing dark-haired characters but aren’t dark-haired themselves (I do recall something about one woman who played Wonder Woman in a live show stating that she had natural blond hair) so logically if I remember, the late Christopher Reeves was assumed to have reddish blond hair.

One might be thankful that other Superman actors had naturally dark hair, though it would take a long time for somebody with at least light brown hair to play the part of blond characters like Barry Allen (Jason Momoa did get his hair bleached to play Aquaman and so did Jessica Alba when playing Invisible Woman).