I participated in the original discussion and trope repair that split Mysterious Waif
and Mystical Waif
Essentially what happened was that we had trope drift. The original Mysterious Waif was created as a Video Game
trope about this waif character that would join your group and had magicalish powers. Areith from FF 7
was one of the original examples if I remember right.
Anyway, people started adding a bunch of mysterious waif type characters from non-video game examples who didn't have any magical powers. There started to be some edit wars between those supporting the original intended trope, and this other related understanding.
It was decided that we needed to split the trope. It's been awhile so I don't remember the particulars as well, but as I recall we decided to make the division along magicalish powers, and moved the old trope incorporating this to Mystical Waif
. We the split the examples as well, which is why Mystical Waif
has less examples and is Video Game heavy.
So a Mysterious Waif
emphasizes the element of this mysterious waif, who is typically used as a motivation for the hero (or heroine) to go do something adventurous: ie "I'll protect you from the mysterious people chasing you" or "I'll help you find your parents". It's a way to cast the hero in a protective and selfless role. It's also a great way to involve someone who is an ordinary person with extraordinary adventures. Expect the villain to say something like: "This has nothing to do with you, why are you risking your life?"
was focused on the mystical, magical powers sometimes associated with the waif character. She has psychic dreams, or can use magic. It's very common in RPG Video Games
, but we decided that there are examples in other media too, so we didn't limit it to video games. It's a subtrope of the Mysterious Waif
because we have other tropes for non-waif magic wielding characters. It;s expected that it will have fewer examples then Mysterious Waif
That my memory of the discussion. I guess I ought to go check the descriptions and see if they still match up. Other then confusion about the differences was there any other concerns about these tropes?
EDIT: Hmmm looking at the tropes they seem pretty close to what I remember. Although I do recall now that there was a significant number that wanted Mystical Waif
to be a video game only trope. I thought that we ultimately decided against making that a requirement while still allowing it to be primarily video game focused, but perhaps I remember wrong.
They could probably use some further clarifications as to where the line is between the tropes.
edited 27th Apr '14 9:42:31 AM by Sackett