Enter Hedy.

The way I envisioned Hedy, partially from reading her autobiography, Ecstasy and Me, partially as her own character with her own arc, but primarily as a counter point to Errol. She and Errol represent diametrically opposed sides of Charlie. She is the stable, pragmatic and altruistic side of Charlie, embodying his feminine side. She is the nurturer.

I borrowed this method of exploring character though use of foils from several of my favorite films and shows. In Schindler’s List, Oskar Schindler is facing an internal dilemma. In the beginning, he is a war profiteer, womanizer, and hedonistic. But he is also a man of great empathy. A war rages inside him, and he is torn by his primal, base nature and his divinity. Itzhak Stern and Amon Göth represent the two sides of Schindler. Both are compelling him to destroy the other side of himself, and fully realize either his potential for good, or his potential for evil.

Spielberg is a genius at storytelling. By deliberately crafting his characters in such a way, he underlines the themes of the movie, and most importantly, he makes the internal external.

This kind of storytelling was also utilized in the Japanese Anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. In the outset, Shinji Ikari is struggling internally with his feelings of worthlessness and inconsequence. The introverted Rei Ayanami and boisterous Asuka Langley Sohyru are polar opposites, representing conflicting sides of Shinji himself. Even their appearances are mirror reflections — Rei with her blue hair and red eyes, Asuka with her red hair and blue eyes. And Shiji melds the two into brown hair and brown eyes.

Rei is obedient and passive, and being a clone, she is disposable and isn’t unique. She has zero ego. She exists to serve.

Asuka is combative and aggressive, and is driven by an inflated ego and self-aggrandizement. She is fiercely independent and exists to serve only herself.

Throughout the show, Shinji is shown to be capable of embodying both qualities. And one of the themes of the show, is Shinji reconciling his internal duality, and acknowledging his own self-worth.

So far, issue one introduced us to Chaplin and his current stasis. Issue two pulls him out of his stasis, and introduces us to his foils, starting with Hedy.

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