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Male Protagonist Stamp by Marlin-Rae Male Protagonist Stamp by Marlin-Rae
Because sometimes a boy is just better ~

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MizukiLoves Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
most male-protags are all the same... LOL i prefer girls all the way and not just because im gay
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MShenkos Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
It doesn't matter which gender a protag is, as long as the protag isn't a huge big whiny bitch-a-tron 3000
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HeartXsoul43 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's rare that the female protagonist is my favorite because most of the time they end up Mary-Sue.
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Not always -- but a lot of authors do at times make their characters far too similar to themselves and focus more on good characteristics OR end up making them too angsty or negative. Good female leads DO exist though - you just gotta find them >.>
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Emotional-Silence Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Totally true. I can barely find any books that AREN'T female-lead. It gets a bit frustrating. I adore the male hero and think that there's less fluff between the hero and the story when a male is in the lead. Not to sound sexist, but to me, female protagonists are annoying, whiny, and an insult to the female gender. Sometimes I wonder if writers know how to write female characters or if they're just slapping together some angst to pad the page-count a bit more. I do love when a female-character is written correctly or at least a tiny bit relateable as a person though. I'm male, so I guess it may just me preferring to read about my own gender in the end. XD

I hope I'm making sense, it's quite early in the morning and I've not had my tea yet. ^^;
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
I totally understand where you are coming from (: Girls are a lot of the time written poorly-- not always-- but the ones who are make such a big impact, it's hard to find the ones written well. There are some decent, strong female leads though. Girls do tend to be more emotional than male leads which other girls can relate to, but as a guy it would be sort of hard. SO being a guy might be the biggest reason you prefer male protagonists! (Though I am a girl and prefer guy protagonists over girls BUT I do have some favorite female heroines) I've read a lot though and have also seen my share of badly written male leads too. SO it all depends on the writer and how well they can put together a realistic man or woman to lead a story.

I also apologize if I'm not making sense. XD I just got home from work and am drinking some caffeine to feel a little more awake. Haha.

Thanks so much for the comment! Have a wonderful day 8D
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Toxic-Plasma666 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012   Writer
So true. Sadly I can't really stand a main female character most the time.
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
It all depends on how she's written -- but I feel the same. There are a couple girl leads I like but some are just so difficult and hard to read/watch.
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Mitalzie Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I really do. I find myself loving the male characters way more than the females. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because female characters are usually never written well, or are always the same. :shrug:
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
There are some good female leads out there, but you are right. Not everyone knows how to write a good girl lead. BUT same can go for guys. SO who knows? Haha. There's good and bad on both, just sometimes you tend to go more one way than the other.
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TheMilwaukeeProtocol Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find this utterly mind boggling, because I couldn't give a damn less about gender in and of itself. It 100% depends on how a gender is used, per my view.
You guys are coming up with some compelling arguments, though! Keep up the good thought.
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
You make a very good point! (:

I've had my fair share of favorite protagonists both guys and girls. It really depends on several different factors. Especially when some girls or guys step out of what is the "norm". Thank you for your comment!
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TheMilwaukeeProtocol Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dig it!
My pleasure; thanks for the stamp-based discussion.
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Anytime!
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SilverToraGe Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im female and I do prefer male protagonist. Not trying to be sexist, I just prefer the male character hero
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iamganontheumbreon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student Writer
I agree! Even though I am female, I just can't relate to girl protaganists, unless the author is REALLY good.
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Strong female leads are hard to come by. MOST authors mess them up!
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HeartXsoul43 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The only good example of a female lead right now in my opinion is Katniss from the Hunger Games
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
She is a good female lead. There are more out there -- they are just hidden in fiction that isn't as popular.
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Immortal-Myth Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
It depends on the genre. I enjoy romances more when they're from a girl's perspective but most other genres (thrillers, action, fantasy, etc) are just more enjoyable when a strong male is the protagonist. But if the guy as a dimwit and a total coward, I can't enjoy that book either.
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
I totally understand.

The gender had to fit with the genre and pace of the story. You don't want to read a romance with a wussy boy after all. XD
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Immortal-Myth Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Exactly!! :XD:
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Pyrokinesis666 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I prefer male characters, as well. Especially when they're cute! :XD:
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
WELLL of course! XD
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IcyPheonix Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Student General Artist
I don't know if it's so much preferring guys over girls, but I like to write, and most of the time the main characters end up being male, even though I'm a girl XD.
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm the same way!

Though every now and then I'll have a girl. BUT I like focusing on boys as the main more so 8)
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xChancex Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
More often than not, I tend to get attached to the male characters more than girls. Though, there have been plenty of cool females characters, don't get me wrong. But I tend to like the guys more.
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Haha I'm the same way. I mean when girls are awesome-- they are awesome! But a lot more girl characters tend to be screwed up compared to guys.
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Living-with-aliens Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student General Artist
What if you prefer both about equally? D:
I'm usually do both genders with protagonists, but I enjoy trying to work with both, because I usually lean towards female ones, and I'm trying to avoid that.
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hmm... maybe I can make a stamp for someone like you? Thanks for the comment!
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Living-with-aliens Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Student General Artist
haha yeah! XD
Not a problem~
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NocturnalMelody9 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
Haha, my main characters are almost always guys, and I'm girl.

so I agree :D
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awesome 8D
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I-Like-Yoshi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
I prefer male protagonists myself, and I'm going to blame the fact that I've seen far too many writers fail at writing a female character effectively. Of course, I'd probably get called sexist if I said this anywhere else, but you know what, I just hate bad characters, and female characters happen to be protrayed as useless or annoying 8D. Besides, I think instinct has something to do with it. Female dogs get fussy when there's a cute alpha boy around, you know ;D. -SHOT-

I've seen some good female leads, though, but they seem so few and far between. I do write about female protagonists very often, though. Don't know why: guys always made more sense to me than girls EVER did xD. Maybe it's because I have a secret desire to prove to everyone who hates all female fictional characters because of a few bad apples that they can be good? I'unno, I actually have no idea if I portray female characters effectively. I-I hope I do, but I'm still just a child, after all x//D. O-oh, and I'm not saying you, or anyone here, hates female characters. I'm not saying that at all ;n;. It's just, some people do. Th-that's all x///D;;;.

Anyways, no more ranting! Very nice stamp, it's cute. I'll favorite, in case I one day decide subs are pretty coolio. Because right now, I'm not convinced I need anything they offer. But even I can't deny that stamps and polls are cool beans. Not worth my money, though - I got my eye on a car in a few years ;D xD.
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
OMG! Thank you for such a long, detailed comment <33

I agree with A LOT of what you said. It makes me mad because a lot of writers DO screw up with female leads and make them weak or irritating or complete whores! I have read some books with some AMAZING female leads but males seem much easier to appeal to at times since good girl protagonists are few and far between.

I think another part of the fascination though is the human beings curiosity in the opposite sex. A lot of girls like to read through a boys perspective while a lot of guys like to read through a girls. This of course isn't always true BUT for most it is!

Thank you for faving 8D <3
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I-Like-Yoshi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
No problem x//D! I like to leave long comments, because when I DO comment, I have a lot to say 8D xD. I actually wanted to add somewhere that I hate female leads in action stories who where high-heels. Yes, let's break our ankles while fleeing from the zombie apocalypse or fending off the savage robot deathdoom thingy-ma-bobber! BRILLIANT :dummy:! /siiigh

Aah, there's a good point! That actually does make a lot of sense, I never thought of that x//D.
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well thank youu! It made me feel special ;w;
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I-Like-Yoshi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Aww, you're welcome~ x//D <3!
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Csipetke Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
LUL, I'm not actually a fan of most protagonists, regardless of gender D8
But the ones I do like are about 50/50 boy/girl 8D *just a random bit of info right thar*
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
I usually like boys better >w> BUT there are some girl protagonists in books I've read who were really kickass soooooo I liked them a lot 8D

BUT I usually prefer a guy XD
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Csipetke Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, you'd probably prefer more girls if they weren't so damn useless though |D
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Probably =w=;;
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WarriorofHeaven Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually prefer male protagonists, because I am a guy and can relate better. When it comes to writing storylines, however, I actually have both male and female protagonists. In two of my stories, there's two male protagonists and one female protagonist.
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
I prefer male over female mostly because a lot of female protagonists are really irritating D8 BUT I have liked some female BUT I like reading about male protagonists more so then female ;p
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WarriorofHeaven Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree... in a lot of anime/manga or even American movies and books, the female protagonists are annoying LOL! They may look cool, but their characters leave a lot to be desired in some books/movies/TV shows. I think it should be an artist's goal to create characters with heart and passion.
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's pretty sad that so many writer's mess up with girls... >: I like when they are realistic BUT know how to get past a problem with out becoming all depressed and giving up. Also a lot of girls tend to go after a lot of guys which REALLY irritates me... I mean- if they are attracted to one guy.. why are they going after every other guy in the story??? I can't read books where that happens >.<
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WarriorofHeaven Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I completely agree, I can't stand that stuff. If the situation must call for the girl to get depressed, there should be a situation in which a character or something else motivates her again that comes soon after. I also don't get that concept. If an author really wants a girl to love a certain guy, then the author should have a responsibility to keep her faithful to him.
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Numbuh00 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So true. :iconyayzplz:

I realized my favourite character is always male. xP
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Marlin-Rae Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Haha! It's the same for me tooooo!
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