Michelle and Marissa

Michelle Slojinski is a substitute teacher at SSCHS.  Shy and insecure, she is a talented artist, but a history of being ostracized and mental health problems stand in the way of reaching her dream of being an art teacher.  She tries to move forward with her life, but sometimes, she finds that her past will slow her down unless she can deal with it.

Marissa Nogales is from The Eccentrics.  A non-conformist and artist, she believes in eschewing conformity in every aspect of her life, from bizarre pieces of art in all forms, to sense of fashion.  For her, the only rule that matters is “Do what YOU like.”

Luna, Lucas, Lena, and Liam

Luna Santiago is the main character of Luna.  She is a kind-hearted girl, who though spoiled, is almost always nice to others and never means any harm.  Though she is rather accident prone

Lucas Aguilar is one of Luna’s friends.  A talented soccer player, he is sarcastic and always tells it like it.

Lena Johnson is from SSCHS, and is the princpal of the school.  Her struggle is leading the school in a fair manner, while dealing with her personal life, and her family.

Liam O’Guinness is Todd’s younger.  Arrogant and self-absorbed, he often falls into conflict with Todd, due to seemingly always having people on his side, no matter what.

Edmund Sanders

This is one of the main characters of South Side of Suburban High School (SSCHS).

Edmund Sanders is a rookie math teacher.  Wide-eyed and engaging, but also clumsy and socially awkward, Edmund wants to be successful in all aspects of teaching, but will need lots of experience before he can perfect his craft.

Edmund strives for perfection, but rarely achieves it, due to his accident-prone nature.  His father raised him demanding perfection, but again, things rarely worked as planned.  He often injured himself and others as well as causing property damage, and one time during a science fair, his project causes an explosion that sent several people to the hospital; Edmund’s parents paid for the damages and medical expenses to prevent themselves from being sued.   Edmund tried to make his dad proud, but failing to do so has left them estranged.

In school, Edmund was the classic nerd.  He had a crush on Clarice, but as the most popular girl in school, she cruelly rejected him.  Years later as adults, they begin a romance.  Maturity seemed to change the both of them in some way.  Clarice was drawn to him because he was one of only a few people who decided to give her a chance despite her negative character traits.  Edmund found with age, that people are not all bad or all good.  That is the principle he lives buy: trying to find the best in every situation.

 

Clarice Mitchell

This is one of my favorite characters.

Clarice from South Side of Chicago High School (SSCHS) [I need to come up with a better title.] is rather complex.

She teaches psychology at the titular school.  A born leader, Clarice has lots of enemies due to her abrasiveness.  But of course she is not all bad.

Clarice, as I created her, is a high school mean girl all grown up.  She was the most popular girl in school.  She was the head of the cheerleading team.  When she returned to the school, she became the type of teacher that everyone hates.  She is truly the same person.  She makes the lives of her students miserable.  She schemes against colleagues.  She manipulates situations to her advantage.

Clarice, for the most part, does not like people.  She only expresses her contempt for her students.  Most colleagues keep their distance from her.

However, Clarice has her moments of altruism.  She is loyal to the few friends that she does have.  She also gives of herself.  Despite being mostly misanthropic, Clarice regularly donates a portion of her earnings to various mental health and LGBT charities.  She is against discrimination of any kind and does her part to make mental health care more accessible.

TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: Remember the New Guy

One of my favorite bloggers is Carrie-Anne Brownian.  I value her intelligence, creativity, and advice for writers.  She inspired me to blog about my own creative pursuits.  She made a post yesterday, where she reminded me of a an entry on TV Tropes known as Remember the New Guy. This trope involves a new character being introduced, and the characters act as though he or she have always been there even though they have never even been mentioned before. It can be a stretch to believe that a new character isn’t a new addition into the lives of the established characters.  I concur with Carrie-Anne’s advice, that if you want to introduce a new character, you should not have them already developed.  She points out that one should re-write the story to include the character, or write a passage explaining who the character is and what their background and relation to the established characters are.

Some examples of this trope include:

In That’s So Raven, the title character is harassed by a girl named Alana and her clique.  They had been enemies since fourth grade, ever since Raven got the part that Alana wanted in a school play.  However, Alana is never seen nor mentioned until season 2.  Some people could argue that it is possible that perhaps Alana was never mentioned because Raven and her friends don’t like to talk about her.  In schools, it could be more plausible to suddenly introduce new and fully developed characters, since they may not have the same classes together with the established characters, but if the characters are close friends on close enemies, if you like, it would be unlikely that they would never mention the new character at least once.

Another example from schools is Degrassi.  This trope is done right because two characters (Dave and Imogen) were introduced despite as having already been students, and nobody acted as though they had already been friends with them.  In fact, Imogen, in her first appeareance tells Eli that witnessed several of the events he went through during the previous season.

In my planned show SSCHS, I thought about using this trope, but making it plausible where a new teacher is introduced, but she’s not really new, and has been employed at the school for quite some time, and is known  in passing by the other characters, but because of scheduling, they rarely come into contact with each other; since they don’t know her very well, it would be implausible for her to never be mentioned.  Her role becomes much larger than before.

Another example, that did not seem to hurt the show is the character of Taylor Townsend of  The O.C.  She was first seen in season 3, and she was said to have history with the main characters.  She proved to be so popular among fans, that they suspended disbelief and overlooked the fact that it made no sense for her to  never at least be mentioned before.