>>107431851>Hooked on Sonics goes into good detail about Antoine's personality and his motivations.
I'm posting this here so people can see what you're talking about.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ_mtr_JZl8
The best it manages is to have Antoine be blue while staying up his own ass instead of antagonistic or congratulating himself.
The core problem is that SatAM tends to give characters two aspects and then make every single thing they do establish and re-establish those aspects in a vacuum, flip flopping between the aspects as necessary. Antoine is an arrogant coward, so he flips between his arrogance and cowardice "modes" of interaction. Sally is the Overachieving Lover, so she flip flops between her sassy can do attitude and her doting affection and support. You get the idea. Meanwhile AoSTH uses the established idea of the characters as a base and extrapolates from that to better identify them and give them agency in the story. Grounder is the stupid henchman. *Because* of this, he has great pride in his work, and is constantly inquisitive, and is very emotional in general, and is naturally trusting, and has a childlike disposition, etc. He takes action in the plot due to his misunderstandings or as he's told or due to his emotional state, whereas Antoine will act in order to reinforce that he is extremely arrogant or extremely cowardly.
The SatAM cast does not have agency and fails to move beyond the simplicity of their basic traits because they focus on reaffirming these traits rather than having said traits dictate how they will act and react in a story. The comics actually fixed this for the most part with stories like "The Vol-Ant-Teer," where Antoine makes himself take on a dangerous task because he doesn't want to lose clout in the eyes of his friends but is simultaneously terrified and struggling to even do anything on his own. He doesn't just stop and need to be rescued once the cowardice kicks in, it acts in tandem with the arrogance.