(Add on: Just realized what today is. I already had this scheduled and I don’t want to put a strange break in the middle of this topic. Honestly, I’ll understand if this post is silent until tomorrow or sinks into the abyss.)
This is going to be a tough one. For those who would never touch these characters and hate them on sight, I don’t see this being helpful. For those who are curious, it could be helpful. Since I’m scheduling this post without knowing how people are responding to the topic, I can only imagine what’s going on. Again, this seems to be primarily an anime/manga thing. For all I know, this week is simply to get the topic out of my system and I inspire nobody.
- If you want to retain the character’s status as a hero, their antics should be played up for comedic effects. We’re talking cartoonish levels in the hopes that the audience does not take them seriously. There’s also a level of bluntness here where they don’t hide what they are. Comedy can also make it feel like they’re joking, but that’s still risky considering the world we live in.
- Punishments of some kind should befall the character. The peeping tom can get a finger to the eye or the non-lethal punch from the woman. Other characters can rush in to knock them away too. Basically, they shouldn’t get away with their antics and receive some negative result. You can let this lead them to stopping the behavior as well.
- Never have it be a group of perverted characters on one non-perverted. This is disturbing. You might think it’s funny even if they’re getting pummeled for every statement. The truth is that it becomes a creepy dog pile. You can have like-minded characters talk amongst themselves and get beaten when they’re overheard. Just don’t have them target a person and descend like flies.
- Try to make it fair. If you really want to have a perverted character then maybe have two with one male and one female. This might not be possible. If you can’t then have characters of the same gender of the pervert voice their issues. Again, you can work this towards the character dropping the habits and learning that they shouldn’t be acting that way.
- Give a reason for why they act like this. Maybe they were raised this way and don’t realize they’re being a pervert. Some could be young and driven by hormones, so they are comically extreme in their words and actions. It could be a way to keep people from getting close since they had their heart broken. People do stay away from perverts and don’t try to seek closer relationships. The point of here is that you give a reason and this can help alleviate the behavior. (Noticing what I’m aiming people for.)
- Transsexuals and perverts are not the same thing! Seriously, I don’t know why so many people write transsexuals as perverts. Well, I know why, but it’s wrong. Can a trans person be a pervert? Yes because a person from any walk of life can be. Should they always be portrayed that way? Not at all. Don’t think that if you make a trans character that you have to do something like this. I’m glad I haven’t seen this often, but I remember stumbling onto it enough to think that some people might go this route.
- Don’t overdo it. Maybe you can make it heavy at first to get the character attention, but you can’t stay at full tilt with these guys. You need to dial it back to the point where it doesn’t show up that often. Perhaps you go with them simply hitting on one specific character and they’re just bad at it. Other times they can mature simply by being around others. Work to minimize or eliminate these habits or you will have a problem if you try to make the story take a serious turn. In fact, look at this as an obstacle to overcome instead of a permanent trait.