On Miraculous Arc Thematics And Fictional Correspondences

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Hm!

So this is actually very hard, and in part that’s because there’s a big backstory/active story divide. For instance, Batman is totally the Ace, but that doesn’t mean he’s on the Ace—-he’s only on that Arc in the storylines where he actually gets better at omnicompetence. When he’s not actively evolving from Punchbat McDetective to Batgod, he’s on a different Arc, quite possibly a mundane one.

It’s also very hard because some of my choices won’t make sense without a lot of explanation. Like, I tend to put G’kar under Become Somebody, because he does a great low-magic version of the Commanding Aura power-up in “The Rock Cries Out No Hiding Place,” and because even after he overcomes them his vices are a big thing for him. But see? That needs explanation!

And another reason this is very hard is that I’m really out of touch with modern media, so a lot of the time I have these ideas like, “Oh, hey, I know that scientists and magicians who fit Wounded Angel are everywhere” or “of course there are a ton of people who are basically on Accursed," but my memories of the actual characters in question have faded!
And the very last reason this is hard is that it’ll be so embarrassing if I mess up!

That said, here’s what I’ve got:

Accursed: these are usually pretty easy to spot —their life is messed up by their “living weapon” status.

  • Raven, of the Teen Titans
  • Sailor Saturn
  • Vanellope

Become Somebody: sheerforce of personality is a good indicator — not necessarily will, but you-ness.

  • Batman
  • Beatrice, the Golden Witch
  • Captain Carrot
  • Kamina
  • Lelouch V. Britannia
  • Miles Vorkosigan
  • Naruto

Child of the Ash: honestly, you can spot characters on an Otherworldly Arc by their dreams or fairyland experiences, and then just pick Child of the Ash if they seem to be attuning themselves more to another world than to an element. Oh! And turning into a kaiju is generally indicative.

  • Aang
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Emperor Leto
  • The Great Forest God
  • Richard Wilkins III
  • Sephiroth

Creature of Fable: these characters tend to have trouble taking the world around them too seriously, but when the gloves come off, watch out.

  • Aang
  • The Doctor
  • Sarah of “Labyrinth”
  • Willy Wonka

Creature of the Light: these characters are usually just a little bit bigger than your little world.

  • Drosselmeyer
  • Fonzie
  • Gunnerkrigg’s “Coyote”
  • Tenjou Utena
  • Lord Vetinari

Keeper of Gardens: mentors and weapon/minion-makers and people hanging out in their own private dimensions tend to go here.

  • Doctor Fate
  • Dumbledore
  • Gyro Gearloose
  • The Lady of the Lake
  • The Lorax
  • Totoro

Primordial: characters evolving into gods or angels tend to go here.

  • Cordelia Chase
  • Madoka — and, if you’re playing series order instead of chronological order, Akemi Homura
  • Tetsuo

Reality Syndrome: these characters are living in a world kind of pre-bent to their will — they have some kind of cheat code. You can spot when they’re actually on the Arc, instead of just having the Arc, when either they’re having trouble reconciling to their powers, or when their powers are the only lifeline in an otherwise screwed-up life.

  • Agent Smith
  • Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Jarod the Pretender
  • King of All Cosmos, the
  • Q
  • Richie Rich
  • Wormverse Tattletale, Coil, and the Simurgh

Sentimental: characters with low-key lives who are on a miraculous Arc anyway, crafters and collectors who are on a miraculous Arc anyway, and anybody collecting cool gear, pets, spells, or techniques goes here.

  • Ash Ketchum
  • Cardcaptor Sakura
  • Hagrid
  • Link

The Ace: it’s pretty easy to spot when someone has levels in ”the Ace” as their Arc — that’s just having omnicompetence like Batman, Buckaroo Banzai, Doc Savage, and Hayate the Combat Butler. The best way to spot somebody on an Ace Arc is that they spend a lot of the story actively working to be better.

  • Hermione Granger
  • Mulan
  • Samurai Jack
  • Sasuke Uchiha
  • the Bride

Wounded Angel: characters that vaguely remind me of a disreputable magic PI with a superpowered evil side, gadgets, a badass coat, and a bad attitude go here.

  • Angel, vampire with a soul
  • Harry Dresden
  • Princess Luna
  • Saito Hajime
  • Severus Snape
  • Willow Rosenberg

What about the missing Arcs?

Frantic Bindings might be for covert ops “I do awful things so you don’t have to” types like Nick Fury and James Bond. For now, use Wounded Angel, Become Somebody, or the Ace.

Immortal Bindings might be for “befriending”-specialized shounen protagonists. Not sure. For now, use Wounded Angel, Child of the Ash, Creature of the Light,or, well, whatever — these characters can work in a lot of different stories.

Immortal Knight seems like a good fit for the Traveler in Black, Dream, the GCU Grey Area, the Spectre, the Guardians of Oa, and for some reason I think Yuki Nagato and Regina. I’m … not even completely sure why my subconscious links these together. For now, some combination of Reality Syndrome, Primordial, and Creature of the Light most likely works.

Sickly Otherworldly might cover Dragon Age Wardens, Boromir, and Chihiro? For now, I guess, combine Spiritual, Wounded Angel, and Accursed? Maybe some Child of the Ash if I’ve missed a trick?

Sickly Storyteller is in development. It also doesn’t have that many characters who “obviously” belong there, so the Arc will probably carve out its own niche.

Immortal and Sickly Aspect are most likely going to cover magic students like Twilight Sparkle, magic masters like Doctor Strange, specialists like Emiya Shiro, people who train a lot but don’t necessarily have full Ace levels like Rock Lee, people who train a lot but seem to be something different than Aces like One Punch Man, and people whose incredible mastery comes at a price like Ranma and Lancelot. Only, it’s also possible that Lancelot at least actually goes under silver. Anyway, for now, you want the Ace or a Knight Arc.

Sickly Shepherd is in development. The characters who “obviously” belong there are Nobilis Warmains; other than that, I dunno.

Immortal Silver is probably where Abe no Seimei lives, and maybe something to do with Neverland?

Frantic Silver appears to pair with super-strength, so I’m probably going to put Mrs. Rosewood there, along with Ashitaka, Alphonse Elric, and potentially the cutie mark crusaders.

Sickly Black isn’t something I have any ideas for at the moment.

Frantic Black is probably going to be a straight port of Nobilis Persona, but other than that I’m not completely sure who has it in fiction.

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