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Strong character does not automatically equal shittily written character. I typed out quite a long response initially but the damn internet got cut off an iI lost my precious wall of text >.<;
Here's my thoughts on it, after being into general media for so long.People don't typically consider themselves as perfect, so the less perfect the person is, the more people can feel connected to that person. So when that person, using Batman as an example, goes from being an ordinary human boy to becoming this absolutely boss superhero, it brings the character more to everyone's level.
Personally I never understood why people seem to think characters can only be considered well written/developed if they are relatable.
I completely agree with this point. I feel that a viewer can like a character more if they can understand, relate to, and connect to them. That said, I might have to disagree on the whole "Strength = Bad Character". A lot of people are using superheroes or main powerful protagonists in their examples to back this theory up.I must ask you then, how about antagonists? The super villains we all see that (usually) get destroyed by the main protagonist. Surely there are at least a couple out there that would be considered 'strong'. And I'm sure they're likeable to a certain extent/perspective.Let's take Buu for example. He was quite strong and posed a huge threat to everyone only to be defeated in the end by the hands of our main OP protagonist Goku. Even though this may be the case, why are there a large number of Buu fans out there? I remember asking a friend who his favourite character in DBZ was and he answered "Buu". I then proceeded to ask him why and he said, "Because he just never seemed to die!".Of course, not everyone may share the same opinion as my friend...but that's not the point here. I was just using Buu as an example. He's one of many characters out there with large power and a large fanbase.