I'm sure we all know what "overdone" and "underdone mean. But just in case, i'll give a brief definition.
"Overdone" means that a particular damsel is drawn 'too often' in DID situations. While "underdone" means the exact opposite - 'too few' DID situations.
The concepts are highly subjective. What constitutes 'too much', as well as personal preferences, can vary widely from person to person. Someone like me might not complain if there were 2 million Princess Azula DID pics out there, while someone else might think 2 is too many.
The terms also only really apply to fan art, since it's unlikely any series would have a character bound and gagged enough for us (the connoisseurs of DID ) to think it's 'too much'. And if they did, it likely would only bother us if that character were fugly or a guy.
It also doesn't really apply to OCs, since DID-artists create OCs explicitly to draw them all the time in DID situations. I mean, sure, some artist could be drawing some other artist's OC "too much", but that's likely an extraneous situation.
There's not really a concept for "just enough DID scenes", because that would be crazy. There's a more granular categorization individuals use between the extremes.
It sucks seeing a damsel you like get perpetually ignored. Do you just like 'ugly' damsels? No, of course not! It's everyone else who's wrong.
Of course the concept of "underdone" necessarily implies "done". So a damsel with literally no DID scenes is not "underdone", but non-existent. But this being the internet and all, i'm sure there's someone, somewhere, drawing DID scenes of unheard of damsels, so it's hard to tell if a damsel is truly "non-existent" or "underdone".
I could list damsels here i personally feel are underdone (Princess Azula ), but because of the subjective nature, it doesn't even have to mean a damsel who has very few DID scenes. One person's 'underdone' damsel is another's 'overdone' damsel.
The concept i really want to talk about is the other extreme.
Part of the frustration of an overdone damsel is that they feel like they are overshadowing 'better' damsels from the same piece of fiction. I mean, what's wrong with everyone liking these damsels? There are better characters, people! We all know it!
Plus, it's annoying as hell to see a damsel you don't quite like getting 'all the love'.
Now, there are lots of damsels i consider to be 'overdone':
- Princess Peach
- Zero Suit Samus
But these are character's i've drawn (and may very well draw again). I don't really mind seeing them, or even drawing them. But i certainly wouldn't be complaining if there were a little more variety out there.
Then there are the other overdone damsels. Damsels i feel are so overdone, i don't just find their DID scenes boring, but tedious. Examples include:
- Naruto's Hinata.
- Teen Titans' Raven.
- Sailor Mercury.
- Even Sailor Jupiter is up there.
Some of them are damsels i've even drawn before. But these are damsels i find to be so overdone that i will likely never draw them (again). (Aside: I once long ago planned to do a whole "Sailor Scouts" pic, but the overabundance of Mercury DID art turned me off of it).
Now i'm not listing overdone damsels to pick a fight with those who do like them (or am i? ). It's a subjective topic (and these lists are non-exhaustive anyway).
But i did want to broach the topic, because, well... i like to complain.
But i also like to hear other people complain (so long as it's calmly and well reasoned).
Plus i wanted to make a poll: "Which Sailor Senshi should i draw?", but i'm sure Mercury would win, even if i excluded her as an option. And the thought of that annoyed me so much i wanted to make it publicly known i will never draw Mercury DiD (but don't worry - literally everyone else and his brother will, it seems </bitter>)
But this is genuinely a concept i find interesting. And it's not really one i can put into a dA poll.
So if you've gotten this far...
Who are some damsels you consider to be "overdone"?
Who are some damsels you consider to be "underdone"?
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