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Author Topic: Fictional Characters in Religion and Magic.  (Read 29594 times)
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« Reply #42: November 18, 2008, 05:23:58 am »

The third issue is that I've seen it lead to people not considering the character of the fictional characters in full.  To take one example, guy I know was planning to work with Cartman as a trickster deity.  Now, thing with Eric Cartman is that he's not some loveable Bart Simpson character.  A kid angered him.  So he murdered his family and then fed them to the kid.  Now, if you're 100% sure that you're working solely within your own head, with archetypes, that doesn't matter.  However, if you have even a 0.01% doubt that there's a possibility you could be working with external forces, that strikes me as bloody stupid to risk.

I will say, though, I think that's generally a risk you run if you're working with actual trickster deities, too.  (I'm actually wondering if Cartman might be closer to the sense of a trickster than Bart; they're not exactly known for being cute and lovable either.)  I don't think, therefore, that this is a danger specific to dealing with fictional characters.  I would also not necessarily assume (based on the information given; you may know better yourself, I don't know) that the guy talking about working with Cartman-as-trickster wasn't considering the whole entity.  People do work with tricksters, danger and all; not everyone necessarily considers "this entity did some really nasty stuff" as a reason to shy away from working with said entity.  I don't think that's so much stupidity (necessarily, although it can be), just a different idea of what sort of risk they're willing to take to achieve their goal.
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