Fair enough. It just seems to me that for such a creator's pet that Sasuke is to Kishi, he seems terribly inconsistent and as you stated is only is important to the story as a "reactive character" which speaks to me that there is no particular drive for him past a certain point. It makes me wonder if someone else had a hand in it because his role was never concise enough to ever seem planned out. If you look at a character that an author or character favors or focuses on, they usually are consistent in the role they are meant to play. Sasuke isn't. That is all I'm saying
Well, an author also tends to be blinded to the flaws of such a character. Like at whichever point you thought (and I'm not saying I don't agree I just kittening hate thinking about his character arc), he began to come off that way, Kishi almost certainly would not pick up on that when you did, doing so later or not at all. It's hard to view something you wrote without a lot of distorting bias.
Like... And this shouldn't even apply as much since it's technically Kishi's character and not mine, but when I wrote Sakura, some people said she came off as obsessive, or a Yandere, or unhealthy or whatever. And for the longest time I couldn't even COMPREHEND why they viewed her that way because those ideas never came into my mind as I was writing her. My interpretation of the character was the only one that I could see, because for whatever reason that's just how it is when you write fiction.
After I didn't think about it for a long time I finally could see how someone might come to that conclusion... But basically, the author SHOULD be the one who is most acutely aware of how story and character elements look/will be perceived, but most of the time they'll be more BLIND to it than anyone else is.
tl;dr: Sasuke probably seemed good in his head.
Edited by DrK, 23 January 2020 - 06:43 PM.