Reasons I think the Dsmp is so great
I think the Dream smp is a master piece, everything has flaws, but this series just blows me away. I wanted to write about some of my favorite points, aspects, and observations from being a fan of this community.
Remember these are my opinions/interpretations :)
My first point is the idea of a main character. Yes there do seem to be characters that take the center stage a lot more then others, and then people who chose to take a supporting role from the sides, but depending on who you watch, there is no main character. Dream and Tommy are the closest we have to “main characters”, but I would rather call then “the core characters”. They are at the core, the base, of all the plot points. They are the string that brings all the plot and characters together. Niki and Jack decide to make their lives around ruining Tommy, they decide to make him “the center of attention”. Tommy’s character isn’t trying to be the “hero” or main character, but everyone else seems to view him as such and so revolve around him. Coming back to this point soon.
The next point is the perspectives. Dsmp is so cool with all of it’s different perspectives, different characters to watch through. It would be helpful to watch or know what’s happening in all the perspectives, but you don’t need to and sometimes can’t, it just might help make some things make more sense. Say you are a Tommyinnit watcher, you only watch him, and you see what c!Jackmanifold is doing, you might feel he is being a jerk for no reason. But then once you go to Jack’s stream, you are transformed into another world/literal perspective, and get to see his reasons and motivations. Hear his points on why it is what he does, and it does make sense. Another case of where watching multiple perspectives is helpful is that not everyone is always streaming, so the character could pop up in someone else stream. Like yesterday during the prison break, there were five different stories going on from different perspectives. If you were watching Niki, you watched her stream, it all goes dandy, and then she ends. But little do you know that she is over on Jack’s stream now doing some serious lore with him, and if you didn’t know you might show up to one of her streams and be confused with the progression. And if you only watched Niki, you won’t know what happened to Dream, Techno’s resolve with Tubbo, what Tommy is doing, that Punz is a spy, or anything that was happing with Ghostboo.
Now with both of my pre-existing points, I want to bring back “main characters”. The main character is really who you are watching, everyone is their own main character in their world. Tommy is the main character in his world, and the core in others. But in Jack’s world Jack is the main character, and Tommy is a protagonist, antagonist, and foil to help Jack’s character grow. Tubbo’s character has been through so much, he is the main character in his world. I think one of my favorite characters that people often over look is Fundy.
Fundy’s character has so much potential, has been through so much, and can’t ever seem to catch a break. L’manberg and Wilbur failed him, left him. He struggles trying to fit somewhere and step up. He is always struggling with his turmoil with Wil, and trying to find a home. He tried to make it work with Ghostbur but no, tried with Phil but no, tried with Eret but that still went south. Fundy also suffers from horrible nightmares, and after there seemed to be nothing left for him he left the inner smp. He lived in the woods for a bit until Quackity came and told him he could be part of their family in Las Nevadas. Obviously my key points don’t do justice to the character, but it is just important to see how complicated and complex all these characters are, and that they all have their own stories, and are all their own main characters.
I love how all the characters have flaws and are morally grey. Tommy is not saint, he tries and does do good but it often gets over shadowed by his “annoying” personality or pranks. Jack is not a villain, he may have his “Be Worse”. but that’s only because he thinks it’s the only way for people to pay mind to him, and he doesn’t want to be ignored. Jack has a lot of valid reasons for hating Tommy, but not all of them are completely great, and he doesn’t go about it in the right ways. Phil and Techno had good intentions when they destroyed L’manberg, but they didn’t understand what L’manberg really was. So from their side they did something great, from another they ruined a home.
I don’t like flat out dry villains. So I like to view that Dream does have a motivation and reason for what he does and how he became this way. I don’t like a villain being a villain just for the sake of it and cause “oh I’m evil.” Even if Dream’s motivation isn’t good, all that matters to me is that he has one. I love the idea of the “one big happy Family” motivation. That Dream originally wanted the server for people to come together and be a family, but Tommy and co. came along and messed with it. From Dream’s perspective in the beginning Wilbur and Tommy were trying to disrupt his land and his happy family, being antagonists, so he had to fight them to keep the server in check. But eventually down the line he lost himself, the “one big happy family” became bad and corrupt, and he started seeking out power and more control leading him to be the villain he became.
The dsmp is great because they are not perfect, and they are real people playing these characters making them all the more relatable. The characters are not perfect, and the cc make mistakes that make the experience all the more enjoyable. All the characters have their own flaws, and their own story to tell, and it is awesome to find all the different stories that are taking place within the world.
P.s. I have been in this fandom a whole year and still have no friends to share my interest with, and I don’t know how to go about making friends, so if you are any interested in talking about dsmp with me and maybe being friends, dm me :)
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