Well, I've thought about it some, and while I can't say I've completely nailed it, I do have some idea of where I could go (so it's not just blatant pandering). Incoming Great Wall of China...
Here's what I have so far: prior to her little growth spurt, Ursa — and by extension her son Canis — live a pretty repressed life. She's a single mom, and a farm hand at best (and a slave at worst) in a world where myths, magic, and monsters clash. But she doesn't get to experience any of that; she's the target of Fantastic Racism
, by virtue of being not quite human in appearance. She's got those horns, a tail, the strength of a dozen or so men, and she stands roughly two feet taller than the average man. So when I say her animal motif is "the cow", I mean that fairly literally; she's more or less treated like a mule or something. To say nothing of her curvy form — in-universe, she's regularly frowned upon just for looking the way she does by half the population, Big Bad
included; another rough half just looks at her and thinks she's a harlot or something. (I say something because, again, I'm working on it.)
It's messed with her head, naturally. She's dressed in rags almost 24/7; she wears a hood to hide her horns as best she can; she stoops over so as not to seem quite so tall (and fails); she's more or less an Extreme Doormat
, acting unhealthily friendly to pretty much anyone she meets. All that stress is bottled up inside her; despite her kind demeanor, it's regularly suggested that she hates pretty much everyone but her son (so yeah, she's got some self-loathing issues, too). And all that stress tends to come out in explosive bursts.
Come Kaiju-ification, she can't hide anymore. She's on display. Not nude, of course — or ever — but the humble, socially-approved rags she used to wear are a few hundred sizes too small. The racism gets turned up to eleven, since the planet as a whole has an extreme distaste for the "Beasts" (name pending, lol). So the irregular woman that was once a servant is now an irregular woman whose massive movements are being watched by virtually the entire world.
So why the Ms. Fanservice moniker? Well (here comes the symbolism!
), the way I see it, it's to feed into her character development — to have people looking up at her with joy instead of looking down on her with shame. Doubly so, considering the height shift, and played with oh-so-figuratively. She gets tired of being looked down on; little by little, she starts to build her own strength and confidence, and comes to accept the skin she's in not as a curse, but a blessing — a chance to do good, to become a hero, or above all else to make her son proud of her. She's not doing anything to attract attention to her sexuality; it's all in her actions. Her beliefs. A Rousing Speech
here, a suplexed minotaur there. She's not doing anything more than being herself — just kicking ass and bein' a big damn hero. "Strength, beauty, and love" — that's what Ursa is all about.
tl;dr? To build her pride — and her ability to love — both on the inside and the outside.
At least, that's what I have so far. I'm sure there are suggestions to be made/holes to be poked, so go ahead and say something. And thanks to all of you for the feedback you've given me so far; this is a character that I think has a lot of room to grow
, and it's thanks to you Tropers that I'm starting to get a clearer view of my ideal.
Damn, Clowns. You make a really good point. And maybe I should take another look
at Jessica Rabbit. It might do me some good to study
some other Ms. Fanservices and see what I should do and shouldn't do.
edited 17th Mar '11 1:46:26 PM by Voltech44