The Wolf Among Us. What more could you want when you already have fairytale characters, noir themes, and New York City? Non-European fairytale characters! (also if you haven’t played the game, spoilers. maybe? it’s really just about characters if you care about being spoiled by that)
I love this game. Like love this game. I’ve replayed it multiple times because of how obsessed I was after I finished playing it the first time. And because of that, I got into Fables, the comic series that it’s based on and is now a canon prequel to. I haven’t gotten far into the series, but I’m quickly noticing that a lot of the characters were based on Western fairytales. There’s Snow White, Cinderella, Rose Red, Bluebeard, and the protagonist, Bigby Wolf (aka The Big Bad Wolf). The same thing happened in The Wolf Among Us.
All the characters were based on stories that had been adapted multiple times. They had the chance to do something that could really diversify the cast by looking to fairytale characters from other countries, but they stuck to the ones we already know like Nerissa (aka The Little Mermaid), Grendel, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and even going to nursery rhymes and urban myths.
They kept it so Western to the point where they included the Jersey Devil, which completely threw me off.
Given that some of the characters that were added are villains, it would’ve been really problematic if they had taken those characters from non-European fairytales. I’m happy they didn’t do that. But a lot of the other characters added weren’t villains and they could’ve done something with that. Like really could’ve done something. The whole game felt like a giant wave of white characters and it would’ve been really nice if TellTale had at least done a little bit of something by branching out to other fairytales rather than going to nursery rhymes and urban legends. If they did that, it would’ve made the cast look diverse and acknowledge that there are many other fairytales that exist outside of the Western realm.
I have no idea if Fables does anything different with that and introduces characters from different origins, but I really hope that the team in charge of the second season of The Wolf Among Us really thinks about the characters they introduce. For example, they could include characters from Mexican, Chinese, and Egyptian fairytales among many others. When it comes to fairytale adaptations, non-European stories always get the short end of the stick and we almost never see them and this could be a step in changing that. There’s plenty of stories and characters that TellTale can choose from to expand the world of the game a lot more by including them.