Asura wrote:Lord Beerus wrote:Jiren is the Jotaro Kujo of Dragon Ball. Both are characters that have quite bland personalities but their presence in combat is so immense that it overshadows their two dimensional nature of being the "cool acting guy who does cool shit in fights and say cool things". The main purpose of Jiren was him to be the biggest obstacle in the arc and provide a spectacle in every battle he takes part in to live up to the role, and goddamn, mission accomplished in that department. No Dragon Ball fan will every forget (Ultra Instinct) Goku vs Jiren.
All the while, any kind of character development Jiren was going to get was put on the back-burner until it was needed for narrative purposes. That's not say that Jiren could have handled much better from a character perspective, because he certainly could have developed better and your mileage will always vary with how much you get out Jiren's character.
I definitely wouldn’t say that Jiren is the Jotaro of Dragon Ball. Jotaro’s personality isn’t nearly as bland as Jiren’s, nor is it as inconsistent. I’m a big fan of Jotaro and it has very little to do with his combat prowess and more to do with his cool kid, calm and calculating personality.
Jiren on the other hand is almost entirely emotionless, motivation and backstory still not all that clear, definitely not someone who is always calculating his next move like Jotaro, and he doesn’t really have any of those cool kid traits aside from a catchline and being quiet. Jotaro is quiet but when he spoke he usually had something to say. When Jiren speaks he doesn’t really add anything, it’s mostly just weak insults or him talking about strength.
I personally find Jotaro Kujo a terribly static and underdeveloped character and I LOVE JoJo's Bizarre Adventures, and especially Part 3 of it. Yeah, Jotaro does and says really cool shit but he never truly evolves enough from the characterization he's given upon his debut of being the cunning, stoic badass who spouts cool one liners. That's not to say his battles aren't fun to watch, because out of all the protagonists in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure I find he's the most entertaining to watch in any kind of confrontation. But out of all the protagonists in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, I also find he's the most underdeveloped in personality. So while I just don't give a shit about his character because there's not enough for to get personally invested with him, I still find him immensely entertaining in conflicts despite that. It's the same deal with Jiren, for me.