So there was some discussion on my dash about what classes were active vs. passive, and I may not be able to offer any incredible in-depth character analysis to contribute, but I certainly can find patterns. I based my guesses on the assumptions that 1. Classes are only either active or passive, regardless of aspect and 2. Each aspect is shared by at most two classes, and thus each aspect correlates to exactly one active and one passive class, and not two of each. This way, the aspects can be viewed as a balanced pair of an active and passive class.
I started with Vriska as the thief of light, because we know that’s active. Then, Rose as the seer of light should be passive, as well as Terezi as the seer of mind. Next, Nepeta and Roxy as rogues are passive, making Dirk, Eridan, John, and Equius active and Jake and Tavros passive.
After that, I had to do a little bit more guesswork, because there aren’t any more direct hints in canon as to active vs. passive classes. The maid and sylph classes both seemed more passive to me than the witch or the knight, so I followed the pattern as such, so Kanaya, Jane, and Aradia are passive while Jade, Feferi, Dave, and Karkat are active. Additionally, I like this split better than the other possibility because it sorts four kids as passive and four as active, instead of unbalanced.
Finally, Sollux and Gamzee are the odd men out, with no other character sharing either of their aspects or classes, so again to make it balanced between the number of active vs. passive classes for the trolls, one had to be passive and the other active. This could pretty much go either way, but I prefer the bard as an active class and the mage as passive, as opposed to the other way around.
Not to tear a hole in your little thing but
Wouldn’t seer be active?
Because they SEE things
I mean Rose used her seer powers to SEE through the globe
and Terezi used her seer powers to SEE into the minds of others
Now if that’s not active I don’t know what is
Prince seems like a pretty passive Title as well.
What the fuck would a prince do
Mage seems pretty active because it’s like the male version of a witch.
I’m sorry but your chart just seems a little bit off to me.
Besides, I’m fairly sure the aspects can be paired with any class. Not just two.
You have to realize that this is a game that is supposed to be played by many. If it was that limited it wouldn’t be as interesting.
Passive vs. Active is more like does the class do something that effects what is done with the aspect, or is it more of just a title. It seems like that to me.
To put it in more simple terms, active roles benefit themselves, while the passive roles use their abilities to benefit others. Then again, even with passive/active roles, they could always deviate from the path by using their abilities in a different way.
(Sorry I can’t reblog this from kagenagaru for some reason but I wanted to respond anyway)
I think that if you look at it the way you’re suggesting, then most of the classes would be considered active; I don’t think the passive/active distinction has to do with what the players can actually do, but more how they choose to use their powers. With the seer, Terezi does see into the minds of others, but she uses that sight to benefit others and not exclusively herself. Rose uses her sight to try and determine the optimal path to take to allow everyone to survive the game and Jack. I feel like she is also a couterpoint to Vriska’s active character because Vriska uses her light in such a way that only she can benefit from it, whereas Rose uses her sight to help everyone still left alive. With regards to the prince class, we don’t really know what kind of abilities that player could have, because I don’t think we ever saw any evidence of Eridan using his and Dirk hasn’t entered the game yet, so I think it’s fair to say the prince isn’t active just because we don’t know what it even means to be the prince class yet.
I also see what you’re saying about how it’s probably not realistic to limit each aspect to only two classes because in theory the game is played by many more players than we’ve actually been introduced to, but I think that given that in the actual comic each aspect doesn’t correlate to more than two classes, I don’t think that it’s necessarily a bad assumption to restrict them that way. In theory, there could be infinitely many more aspects and classes that we haven’t seen, and it is possible that they could be related this way. Mostly I just like it better this way because everything is more ordered and balanced.