In Focus: Rei Tiny

Described in my notes as “a complex woman with fairly simple problems”, Rei Tiny is in many ways the opposite – the Rebel without a Clue; presuming that a significant chord within Beyond the Tree is about being outcast, and that Hani is outcast largely because she’s different.. then Rei Tiny is outcast because she wants to be. If there is a yay, you can bet Tiny has a nay to compliment it.

Conceptually, Tiny is the Deadpan Snarker trope played almost completely straight – right down to the attitude being a sort of mask or shield for something else entirely. She takes the “Bark is worse than the Bite” saying to its extreme by being nearly all bark and no bite, and happily sharing said bark with anyone who’ll listen – and several who won’t. If she can insult someone, she generally will. If she’s given an excuse to hold a grudge, she’ll often take it. All while comfortably safe from reprisal due to her diminutive size and her perch on the shoulder of one of the more capable warriors around.

Rei Tiny was by large built on the character Reiki Moonfall – a rebellious young night elven woman that came to be the adopted daughter of an ancient night elven priestess. The overall attitude, the veiled insecurities and several portions of their past are all from a common source, though they deviate down the line – especially with where one fell to false lures and corruption, the other randomly shrank and tries to face adversity more with a shrug than a snarl.

Though Tiny’s first most obvious trait is her apparent size, I tend to stubbornly maintain that her size (and her refusal to consider it a bad thing) is part metaphorical, and in spite of some people wanting to know what happened, I think Tiny’s size is one of those mysteries that are better off not explained. Though I have a few hints in mind, I don’t really want a direct answer for it – part because I think it takes away from how she approaches it. Though they interweave, I think why she doesn’t want to be restored to normal size is a more interesting (and more to heart) mystery than what happened to make her like that.

A key and consistent element with Tiny is layers – what you see on the tin is not necessarily what you get, just because she spends so much time and energy trying to convince the world she is a certain way doesn’t mean she actually is like that. To me, Tiny is very well aware of the impression she has and how people respond to her – one of the key aspects of her character is that all of that is a choice she made. She wants people to think she is a certain way, regardless of how often we might see there’s more to her than that.

Tiny tends to be fun to write because it’s easy to just go crazy with remarks on her end. Asking why imps have no pants? No problem. Questioning what’s up with the look of Satyrs? All done in a handwave. Making unresonable demands because she feels like it? Easy. Of course, add to that that much of it is an act – a disguise she wears to hide what lies beneath.

Of course, Tiny also serves to point out that just because someone says something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s unbiased, or true; and though we by large follow the vantagepoint of the duo, the duo themselves aren’t necessarily always right.


9 Responses to “In Focus: Rei Tiny”

  1. 1 Raz
    May 17, 2009 at 20:41

    Did they have to cut up the strawberry into tiny pieces for her to eat it?

  2. 2 Messai
    May 17, 2009 at 22:21

    Tiny looks kinda cute when she rides that cat :p

    but yeah that’s proparbly the biggest mystery you created about Tiny; Why is she so Tiny? (no pun)

    Tiny’s like a person who will say what everyone else is thinking and she just doesn’t care, abit like me in some way :p

    PS: you play WoW but how do you get Last Names in-game like you have with Hani and Reiki?? 😮

  3. May 18, 2009 at 07:38

    i think the mystery as to what happend to her size should indeed remain that, a mystery.
    Sometimes it’s best to hype it up so much, and elave questions un answered, like LOST.
    In many ways i think rei is the cricket from Pinochio n a way to Hani, adding a voice to Hani’s actions.

  4. 4 Ilyara
    May 18, 2009 at 09:44

    The “Tiny on Cat” pic is adorable 🙂

  5. 5 Valkyros Demnevann1
    May 19, 2009 at 21:30

    @messai: You can add surnames and titles with the Flagrsp addon for wow 🙂

  6. 6 Messai
    May 20, 2009 at 00:23

    Thanks Valkyros, it should have been a standard function in WoW to my opinion. adds more character to your.. erm.. character

    and ofc it’s fun to often do a rp act on a pvp-realm ;p

    • 7 Nhani
      May 20, 2009 at 07:20

      As I recall, last names is something Blizzard has mentioned as one of those features they think would be fun to implement but haven’t had/taken the time to get around looking at yet, probably because it’s so minor and adds nothing directly to gameplay (and is technically yet another field for players to be defamatory with, and Blizzard tend to voice concern there)

      It may become a standard feature yet, but it’s not going to happen anytime soon.

  7. 8 WoWplayer
    May 21, 2009 at 00:21

    can you have the tiny on cat thing in the actual comic? I dont care how. it will be funny!

    • 9 saila
      May 22, 2009 at 11:44

      *hani is geting draged away by two bad guys that have put her to sleep whit some posion*
      /tiny yell -Hani *looks around and see the cat siting on the side walk runs to it and jumps on it and ride after them*
      heres my inspiration from this Sean.

      skip the first 20 seconds.
      and from sec 50 forward to 1 min 10 seconds.
      and sees the cat on 56 he sees the “thing”
      sorry for the disruption turned to bad tried my best but it wasent enouth.

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