Main Character Monday: The Other-Mother Figure

I met a lady in the meads,

Full beautiful–a feary’s child,
Her hair was long her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.
-John Keats “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”

In honor of Mother’s Day, which I realize is not until next Monday, I’d like to make my first ever Main Character Monday post to be about The Other Mother from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline.

The Sack Thing and the Self

According to this project by Tegan Harris, there are 5 main types of characters which gamers create to represent themselves:

  1. the true self
  2. the heroic self
  3. the powerful self
  4. the fantasy self
  5. the random character

The “true” self, according to Harris, is a virtual representation of the player’s self-perception but may not equal the perception others have of the player. The “heroic” self is also a representation of the “true” self but with all positive or all negative attributes greatly exaggerated. The “powerful” character is designed to be effective within the realm of the game: gaining levels, completing quests, and completing the game. The “fantasy” character represents the “true” self but shows “aspects of the player… that are completely [unfeasible] in the real world.” The “random” character is not built toward any goal but it just an interesting choice for the player and serves as a distraction from the real world.