03:43:05 PM Apr 16th 2018
I feel that the article on the "Everyman" trope is highly inaccurate and may need some rewriting. An everyman character isn't necessarily "bland" or a "blank slate". They're just more relatable to the audience since they deal with everyday problems. Peter Parker/Spider-man is an everyman, but who would honestly say he has no personality? Even many everyman characters that may seem "boring" at first sight, I would argue they really aren't. For example, Doug Funnie represents the average pre-teen/teenager but in every episode he's always day dreaming and clearly has anxiety issues.Those certainly are identifiable personality traits. It seems the popular definition of a "bland" character is one that is not wacky or brooding
06:26:04 PM Sep 9th 2010
I'm gathering the Everyman companions from Doctor Who are mostly a classic series thing, because the only ones that come to mind that fit post 2005 are Martha and Rory, and even that's pushing it.