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July 3rd, 2015, 1:01 pm

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Wendy seemed like such a nice person. And then.. why would she do that? School pride? Because she has a personal investment in winning we don't know? Or because she actually does know about Annie/Tony and wants to help Annie kill that rumor? Not every reason is negative. Time will tell which it is.

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April 10th, 2016, 2:13 am

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@GreenKrog: I can't say how accurate it is because, well, I'm not the one writing this comic, but my take on Wendy so far is that she's highly idealistic, to a point where her ideals matter more to her than actual people. So when she does the right thing, she does it because she knows it's the right thing, not because there's real people who need her to. So because school spirit is important to her, she does what she has to to help her school win, and Annie's feelings never even factor into the equation.

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April 10th, 2016, 10:35 am

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@Yan Mouson: I don't write the characters, they write themselves. I never really thought about it, but you seem absolutely spot on - Wendy really does treat things as they should be idealistically. She wanted to know about the pregnancy so she could help, not just so that she would have more info. I'll bet she wants to know about Annie so she can be a good friend, too.

Kind of weird, that she cares about people's feelings idealistically, but then she can put ideals above feelings other times.

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April 10th, 2016, 11:24 pm

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@GreenKrog: The pregnancy thing was the point where this behavior became really obvious to me. Wendy got mad over not being told about it first, because she was more concerned about not being given the opportunity to help than whether or not she actually would have been any help at all. She generally seems to have trouble handling it when people act in defiance of her personal moral code.

Also, a very revealing quote on #1288: "I can sure as heck meddle in your affairs! I need to! I need to help someone!" It's telling how, when her friends are in trouble, her mind focuses entirely on her own needs. It's actually really strange, because her needs are actually noble, yet her focus is still misplaced.

I know what you mean when you say that characters write themselves. I've dabbled in writing, and it's a really weird feeling, the first time you realize that you no longer have full control over what's happening. Characters can sometimes act in ways you didn't expect and wreck all your carefully laid plans.

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April 10th, 2016, 11:37 am

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Sigh.

When someone pulls this crap, the correct answer to "did it work?" is "No. I'm leaving."

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April 10th, 2016, 4:43 pm

GreenKrog

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@Anonymous: Unfortunately, she doesn't have her own ride. Ignoring that, Annie DOES like singing, because it shows who she is inside. As much as it was a horrible way to go about it, Annie probably does want to say and sing.

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April 11th, 2016, 3:36 pm

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@GreenKrog: I understand that it's not always realistic, but it's the best-principled answer in that it doesn't reward this kind of behavior and provide an incentive to do it again going forward.

I feel like Annie should be smart enough (she's been characterized as such pretty consistently, at least) to both figure out how to exit the situation and to understand why she should: by complying with the end goals of other people's manipulation, she's setting herself up to be manipulated and used again and again in the future.

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April 11th, 2016, 3:56 pm

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@Anonymous: Thing is, Annie isn't socially intelligent. She has the book smarts, but doesn't really understand how to interact with people properly. Which is why on the next page, she starts drinking.

You are absolutely correct that she should not reward this sort of behavior. And some day, she will learn how to respond appropriately.

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May 1st, 2016, 11:16 am

mittfh

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It could reasonably be argued that many of Annie's friends have ulterior motives for their association with Annie as well as friendship - often via their own interpretations of "the right thing." Not to mention being a pawn in a pre-existing feud...

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