Have you ever wondered why boys tend to hate Raki, but straight females tend to have a crush on him both before and after the time skip? He has so many of these qualities.
Spunks, sex appeal 'what women really want'
By Emily O'Keefe
Women might not want to admit it but when it comes to what they really want in a man it's all about good looks and sex appeal, according to new research.
Raki's certainly not a beta. He's an alpha who respects and worships his lady, and his post-timeskip personality traits haven't really changed from before, they've only been nurtured by Isley.
This article explains why Raki is so hot too.
Why It's Smart for Teen Girls to Date Younger Boys
by Jillita Horton
So straight girls evaluate males Raki in terms of wether he has traits that make him daddy material, like his proving himself as a man to protect Clare, whilst straight boys aren't looking for such traits in other males so they're more likely to remember him as crying when he was first introduced, rather than his manliness which led him to overcome his crying, and they don't tend to notice that he did it for Clare because they aren't checking him out as a mate. If they had the instincts to find a male mate, they'd innately recognise his 'stick around' alpha traits before the timeskip, which we girls did.
My Raki-chan is much more of a man than Raki-haters!
Last edited by faintsmile1992; February 28, 2013 at 05:37 AM.
'Hot' may not be a scientific term, but science shows the traits that attract people to mates of the opposite sex. And as to 'You are aware these studies deal with human men yes?', if you mean what I think you mean then women are attracted to the same things in fictional characters as they are in real life. This is however the interesting bit of what you just wrote.
"Issue number one is that contrary to what interpretation you may have taken from these findings, Raki does not exhibit any traits of a "bad boy." Not only that but while some women might be attracted to a man who "worships" them, embodying this trait is emasculating for men and more or less irritating for women who value their independence."
Zero Phoenix, would you say the medieval courtly knight of medieval literature is a manly alpha, or an emasculated beta? My point was that not all alpha men are 'bad boys', its possible for an alpha to respect women, and Raki is the kind of male the troubadors sang about in northern Iberia and southern France. That's why Raki has an appeal to female Claymore fans on the different forums that most of the male fans don't understand. The first article in particular explains why men and women see Raki differently, so it does have something to do with Claymore. People think Raki changed his personality after the timeskip. He didn't, his personality traits from before the timeskip are still present, he's just got stronger.
(The idea that alphas are bad boys and betas are good is a myth of a media led by beta males and feminists who seek to promote emasculated men and to demonise alphas. And because of the message, many alpha types now feel they have to be bad boys because its expected of them.)
I think this should had ended the discussion. Fact.Originally Posted by ZP
Last edited by HegemonKhan; November 03, 2011 at 09:22 PM.
Raki was not a damsel in distress:
1. He was willing to die with Clare in the cathedral, in an attempt to protect her from her letting Galk decapitate her.
2. He certainly was not a damsel in distress against Ophelia, he just didn't have the power to succeed, which was to be expected obviously.
3. He stood up to Cid and Galk in Rabona in defense of Clare, that certainly takes bravery. I would never stand up to a cop or policeman, which is the equivalent of Cid and Galk.
4. He managed to follow Clare, until he collapsed in "The Fields".
5. He survived on his own after they separated due to Ophelia.
6. He survived Isley and Priscilla, and Isley's training.
7. He wasn't afraid of Clare, even though she could Awaken at any time and eat him up
8. He bravely tried to punch the NY in his second time.
Raki is a human, so of course he's powerless, but that's a far cry from being a damsel in distress, especially with his displayed bravery in such a terrifying world and situations.
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Eh? The spikes in blood pressure in some people in this thread is quite confusing. So the heck what if Raki is more appealing to girls than guys? It's not surprising.
For one, this is a manga about hot blonde women in silver suits jumping around and killing monsters. That's automatically going to shift the manga appeal to more guys than gals (plot's a nice motivator and whatnot, but Claymore's plot isn't the most original or driving that I've read, so fanservice is the deciding factor).
Think about it: had Raki never been introduced, I doubt there would be as many female fans. While mainly acting as a our viewpoint so we could pull apart and examine Claire's character and motivations, he doubled as an interesting character on his own. I certainly wouldn't have started reading Claymore were it not for his tenacity and dedication to follow Claire. It was a good hook, and gave a nice relationship to examine. Relationships are more interesting to girls, if you think about it (social dynamics with females is alliances, with males it's looking for the angry face - see anthropological studies on this.)
HK has listed Raki-chan's alpha traits which most men do not understand whilst females pick up on them.
"According to the 2800 women surveyed in the study, honesty, trustworthiness, love, respect, humour and kindness were the most important attributes a man could bring to a relationship.
But further questioning revealed what really mattered the most to them was sexual attraction, good looks, sharing similar interests and masculinity."
For me, I watched the Claymore anime first before reading the manga. Hearing the horrible annoying voice of Raki in the dubbed English version of the anime has forever earned my loathing for this character. Die Raki die! Die die die!! Never has a character I wanted to get ripped apart and eaten by yoma in Claymore then Raki.
If you have any respect for Raki at all, make sure to turn on mute whenever Raki speaks if you watch the dubbed Englih version of the anime!
It's a shame I can't dislike posts Khorr,
But a lot of people seem to dislike anime Raki whilst showing respect for manga Raki. Of course Raki really is a little kid when he first appears in the manga, so that explains why he cried so much at first, but he's taller when he first appears in the anime. According to the Funi audio commentaries, Raki is 12 through the entire series, which is much less acceptable especially to men, but he's still only entering his teens anyway, so he will be a bit more childlike at first. If he wasn't then we couldn't squee as he gets manlier lol.
I like him in both, but I agree he's much hotter in the manga.
I'm not being stubborn, but I just never saw this "bravery" of a little kid who had nothing in his life. It's more like a little puppy struggling to hold to his only chance to live.
If you haven't seen the Anime, please watch in the English version that Funimation released. You'll understand Khorr's point of view, one with which I completely agree. That voice just drives me nuts at times.
I don't understand why anyone would have a crush on pre-Pieta Raki. He's a teen-aged boy, probably no more than 15 years of age. Yagi portrayed him as an insecure individual. He does develop into a fine young man, after the Pieta War, most likely as a result of Isley's regal influence. However, insecure he may have been in the early chapters, you had to admire his devotion to Clare. He saved Clare in the "Darkness in Paradise" arc and was willing to sacrifice himself again, to save Clare from Ophelia. There are some admirable qualities in this young man. Most of us who have read Claymore a few times have come to appreciate both, his flaws and strengths.
This is a bit off topic but Zero Phoenix has made some very good points in discussing your assertions. You need to watch what you're referencing as support material. Just because it's from a newspaper or from an on-line source doesn't mean that it has "credibility" or "bares relevance" in support of your material.
Would I be on point if I stated that you might not have a crush on Raki, the character, but you have a great deal of affinity to the qualities of his personality?
It was the hormones that made Raki brave. (Because they gave him urges to pair bond and protect his mate, that are related to having sex.)
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Younger boys are hotter when they're devoted to you (but of course you have to catch the right one, so its best to let him make the first move). Didn't I already explain that a good way to make sure an alpha is devoted to you is to catch him young before hes tasted other females, and before he's been conditioned by the ridiculous 'alphas are bad boys, betas are caring' shit in the media to become something more undesirable.
Raki is a knight, before and after the timeskip, and he first becomes hot (as Clare herself recognises) during the Darkness in Paradise story arc.
The support material fits with male and female psychology, there's a lot of girls who have crushes on boys like Raki and Hope Estheim whilst an awful lot of males hate such characters, or at least don't see whatever it is that attracts girls to them.Quote:
Actually I don't, but I do have similarities to Clare and Teresa.Quote:
Last edited by faintsmile1992; November 05, 2011 at 03:29 AM. Reason: I edited out some words in this line: "It was the thing the hormones 'awakened' between his legs that made Raki brave."