And you know how some comedy shows on this end of the pond have at the beginning of an episode, a funny segment entirely unrelated to the rest of the episode?
Well, today, I had an idea for Red Hood Rider, of why not combining the two? For most episodes, it'd allow for a quick and easy introduction into the basic theme of the episode, while giving some nice setting detail, and not directly being plot-relevant.
I've already thought of a few funny ones, like one where Ruby introduces the concept of darkness forces (e.g. vampires) getting more powerful with the night, but ALSO how Riders mysteriously for some reason get stronger when the moon is out (yes, as a blatant reference), and the main reason they don't fight as much during the night isn't that they're outclassed; it's because they want to sleep.
On another note, on the way home from dance, I thought up a vision of a character--she seemed like she belonged in this world, the Red Hood Rider 'verse, but as a minor character, practically filler but not quite. What I saw was a young woman, red hair gelled up yet in an elegant style, with a dress that has no back, wearing a skirt of many furs, wielding a crossbow...but counter to the expectation of her being some hunter, she'd be a beastmaster, a FRIEND to the animals.
I also thought that she'd be primarily human, but have the ability to transform into any of the animals she has available, be it wolf, cat, or something more obscure. (This is in contrast to a werewolf, who can only turn into a wolf. And, yes, lycanthropes exist.)
Another thought I've been harboring for some time is a different minor character. She'd be a villainess originally, who decides to join the heroes, but obviously I've kinda made up my mind on the main members of the Ruby Gang, so she'd be a part-time member at most.
For her, I thought it'd be a neat idea to have it so that she becomes a magical girl who is NOT a Rider...because her powers would be purely darkness, when a requirement for Riders is them having holy light abilities in addition to whatever else they may have. (By the way, I'm heavily thinking that Riders exist outside the Elemental Eight, and that Riders are considered an offshoot of magical girls, the broader, general superhero they are molded from.)
Which opens up the possibility of a, so-to-speak, "beta team", consisting of what could theoretically be up to seven members.
Again, I'd like to stress, I have no plans for them to be major characters. I don't even have names for them. They're just ideas. I might not even use them. And if I do, then they'll just be small bit parts for the most part.
But I do like them.