Commanders of Fate: Characters with a Reason

Warning: This post contains minor to major spoilers for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (general).

As a sort of branch to my personal philosophy that I’ve yet to put into words, a few characters in anime came to mind that seemed relevant to what it is. There are quite a few things to factor in when thinking of a truly well written character, and to name a few they could be development, personality, motivations, and goals. One thing about characters that I truly admire is their actions in accordance with their ideology. Normally, characters tend to follow the general flow of the narrative they’re in, reacting dynamically to what happens around them, whether it’s an impending evil, or a common day-to-day adventure. The characters that I come to value the most are the ones who aspire to become the catalyst of that very flow, which distorts the direction of the future to their liking for whatever reason they may have. Following is a short list of characters that I believe to be candidates to fit this category.
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My five levels of sympathy

So throughout my days from watching anime, I’ve managed to establish five levels of sympathy, ranging from a deep connection with a character, to one that is merely laughable. I really couldn’t be able to label these levels properly without having seen some of the most depressing shows, or well crafted ones that allowed me to share something special with its characters. To make some examples, and to avoid spoilers, I’ll just name the titles of the shows. Some of the examples I’ll list don’t necessarily have character deaths in them, but rather the shows that would expect sympathy out of its viewers. Anyhow here they are:

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