Quotes / Audience Surrogate

"She's a passive, hollow female protagonist who has so little personality you can totally insert yourself and lose nothing."
The Nostalgia Chick, talking about Twilight

"Mickey has become a sort of Lone Gunmen character — a perfectly ordinary guy who's become a Doctor Who fan, only he's done it within the story instead of outside of it. This is only possible in this new iteration of the show where it's about its own success — now that Doctor Who is a thing in the culture it has ordinary people who are fans, and so Mickey has become a meta joke about that. (Likewise, Jackie becomes the person who still really doesn't get this Doctor Who thing, even though all the kids are into it.)"
Phillip Sandifer reviews "School Reunion"

Chris: Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad (who is a total ginger) show up and help Clark fight Persuader, who they then send to the future. Clark starts whining about Chloe being stolen, and the Legion are all basically "Huh?" because apparently future Superman chronicles don't record her presence, basically reinforcing the idea that the Legion are there as the fanboy identification perspective characters.
David: "Why isn't he flying? Why does he whine so much? Who is Chloe Sullivan? ...I wanted to see the giant key!"
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Legion")