Taking up a few posts here but I guess I have a lot of this pent up. In regards to characters you've used a 'crutch' for, the first male to do that to me was Sora from Yugioh. At first I thought he was just fun and mysterious and my enjoyment of him was boosted when I guessed his background and motives before it was revealed in the show. But then I got really frustrated when he took a backseat in the narrative and found myself often surfing for fan art of him when I finished the show. Well long story short you don't compile a folder full of character portraits because you think a design is cool.