Evelyn Claythorne

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Evelyn Claythorne
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"Belle, be honest, would you rather play with me, or her?"
Gender: Female
Type: Overweening, Whiny, Incompetent, Self-regarding, Heartless Jerk
Age: Unknown
Species: Human
Portrayed by: Elsie Lovelock
Status: Alive
Media of Origin: Meta Runner


Evelyn is a character in Season 2 of Meta Runner. She is is a Meta Runner and a member of TAS Corp that works for the cooperate, big-bad Lucks who is forced to be Tari's partner, even though she doesn't like Tari in the slightest. Her personality is possibly based on The Rani from The Mark of the Rani and Time and the Rani. Voiced by Elsie Lovelock

Why She Intentionally Sucks

  1. Rather than being an immoral, intimidating, sadistic, and bossy villain like Lucks, she's just a typical mean popular girl type of character who is very insensitive, spiteful, hurtful, vain, insolent, fussy, and self-centered, yet also very inept at getting the better of Tari other than being an irritatingly envious prick (unless she uses cheats or has some good luck with her, making her look weak entirely), who's only purpose is to make the viewer want to reach through the screen and strangle her.
  2. Speaking of personality, most of it consists of Evelyn bitching about not having much attention or 'respect' and acting like a mean popular high school girl stereotype just for the sake of it and it's very annoying!
  3. Like most mean popular girl characters, she is pure filler, serving no purpose to the plot, except to be an excessive jerk and villain to the main character, for the sake of pissing off the audience in the cheapest way possible.
  4. Where she was intentionally made to be someone you should hate (even more so than Lucks) and was thought out to be a "love-to-hate" kind of character as revealed in the Making of Meta Runner video, this still doesn't excuse the fact her only purpose, up until the episode "Friendly Fire", is to be a complete bitch to Tari, for little to no reason except to make the audience blatantly hate and root for her defeat to be set alongside with Lucks. Especially there were several "love-to-hate" kinds of characters done a whole lot better than Evelyn.
  5. Her role of a "comedic" sided villain is not funny or even humorous whatsoever.
  6. And this also can make Evelyn look unmannerly or extremely dumb at the same time because of these reasons below:
    • Being mean-spirited and childish to an exaggerated degree when she met Tari and how she rudely interacts with the employees at Tascorp.
    • Her villainous yet obviously fallible motives were shown in the "Soft Lock" episode, when she attempted to give Tari a setback during gameplay but didn't think twice about how Tari's team being able to win. All because Evelyn herself trying to show off how she could win over Tari just showed how incompetent she is and how she gave Lucks an utter backfire on her part during the battle overall.
      • Her stupidity was better shown here when she was being a raging sore-loser that was irrationally tussling Tari, just about enough amount of time for her being easily hoodwinked by Tari, Sofia & Lamar to ensue (and was done satisfyingly).
      • This just gets even dumber in "Nightmare Mode", where she was just freed after complaining about wanting to be freed from that room she got tricked into, in spite of the TASCORP agents freeing her, Evelyn tells them to close the door (by yelling) just to talk to Lucks, which is essentially locking herself back in to be left there, showing how imbecilic she made herself look right there.
  7. Her backstory in "Friendly Fire" goes to show how she had little to no desirable effect with being a Meta Runner at Tascorp in the first place {While Belle was proven to be skilled & experienced, Lucks did make quite a foolishly amoral move on lethally replacing Lucinia over Evelyn, and this makes her existence seem rather pointless other than being an antagonistic bitch to the innocent Tari in her endeavor she was already having}.
  8. She is overly chatty & gossipy (whether it is hurtful & full of spite at Tari or something unrelated). There isn't a moment where has she ever shut up! Not to mention that she even shouts at times when yelling stupidly and unnecessarily at the minions in Tascorp, all for no good reason, or making insults like calling Tari a "blue-haired science expirement?!?", which is also an example of showing how absolutely mean-spirited and spiteful she is.
  9. She is an obnoxious attention-whore, in her first appearance in the episode "Hard Reset", Evelyn expresses her frustration with the fact that Lucks has been giving much more attention to Tari than her like the obtusely immature individual that she is.
  10. In which her hatred towards Tari for getting all the attention is very clichéd and quite unrelatable.
    • She even gave herself an autograph in episode 13 of Season 1; just to show how conceited and egotistical she is.
  11. She's pretty much a petty, immature, and psychopathic womanchild, as shown in "Friendly Fire" when she is willing to attack Tari's friends (in a game we mind you) just to spite her.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Her design is decent, along with her voice acting by Elsie Lovelock (when Evelyn isn't whining all the time).
  2. When Tari was wanting to know why she hates her and Evelyn's cliched backstory ensued to the point of showing how self-important she was being in the process, Tari gave reasons on why she sucks being in TAS Corp when Evelyn was utterly hurtful & bitchy towards Tari, and was expressing how tiresome she felt with her being there in the episode "Hack and Slash" {it was somewhat downplayed and justified while Evelyn was still hateful, underhanded and irredeemable in Tari's brief reasoning for wanting to be left alone from people like her and Lucks}
  3. Evelyn being loyal and forbearing to Belle allowed her to stealthily help Tari and her team while keeping Evelyn away from them in some instances was a better strategy to keep her out of providing filler.
  4. With that said, Tari (or her team) keeping Evelyn out of what's actually going on behind Tari's team side of the story like outfoxing Lucks can help further in the plot in a positive way for the most part without Evelyn being involved (e.g The whole thing is better shown in "Friendly Fire" to "Soft Lock" when a slight part of Tari's team plan was interfered by Evelyn herself for being an antagonizing nuisance in the aforementioned Soft Lock episode, but was defeated by Tari from the video game counterpart because of Evelyn being inept and all because of her childish mannerisms).
    • When her villainous yet foolishly fallible motives were shown in the "Soft Lock" episode that showed how she made her own failure when being a prickly dumbass with Tari, just to get hoodwinked by her, Sofia & Lamar helps out Tari a lot more. Where Evelyn getting herself locked by mistake also allows her filler-based screen-time to be shown a lot less.

Trivia

  • In spite of her being incredibly unpleasant by characterization, in the "Making Our Own Animated Show" video, it was revealed that Evelyn was one of GLITCH Productions staff's favorite characters ironically enough, due to the fact they know she is obnoxious towards lots of fans and that was the point of her character, she was thought out to be a 'love-to-hate kind of character due to how "ridiculous" she'd naturally react with anything being said and the staff (Jarrad Rumble in particular) summarized how she has this dynamic, was full of personality from her womanchild demeanor and her presence.

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