I think this needs to be combined with D) Authors, particularly of the novel and script-writing for movies and television kind can underestimate how much extra work it is to make interactivity satisfying and they may have a strongly preferred canon mc in their mind. This is fine in novels or movies, for the most part, you can sometimes even have the character come into their own really late and only realize their true potential in the epilogue or at the start of the sequel or last book in a series after making only small(er) gains previously.
It also closely relates to this I think:
Which I noted is also a bit more prevalent in authors coming from a novel or TV background who often seem reluctant to give us control over the character who should be the actual main character of the story.
Like if the story is obviously strongly focused around mr. awesome, king of the school, why are we stuck playing the generic poor transfer “fish out of water” scholarship student…again.
Tumblr seems to be an echo chamber that often shields or even actively filters out the harsher criticisms and that is very much a double edged sword, imho.
Ooh, would love this one for a change from the often super young protags we get otherwise. And such a character would hopefully merit some respect from the start but they’re also not at their peak anymore and would need help from the young up and comers to pull off feats they could previously easily do solo (or alternatively with their old-well oiled machine of a team), plus while they have vast amounts of experience not all their knowledge may be up to date anymore and it is often guaranteed to set up a fun intergenerational culture/norms clash for the more lighthearted moments with the younger characters. Star Trek Picard did this decently well most of the time, imho.
Let me loop that back to the article I linked above as this is often a case in which one of those awesome OC’s would make a far better protagonist than the actual shoehorned in, bland everyperson, fish out of water, mc we tend to get in many such works.
The greatest danger here that that moment can come too little too late in interactive fiction. In fact that was one of my criticisms of Heroes Rise on this very site back in the day. You slog through 95% of the game disrespected and failing at every turn, only saved by the plot or other more powerful, fun and better developed characters, until you suddenly get those damned infinity powers. Again that kind of thing may have worked better for a tv episode or novel.