Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis in Popular Media (Critical Role)

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Another foray into the age-old question of "selflessness vs. selfishness" and whether or not there is such a thing as a "selfless good deed" - but this time using characters from more modern Popular Media and analyzing their actions and behavior to attempt to suggest their motivations when it comes to helping others.

Specifically, using the main characters from the second campaign of Critical Role (Fjord, Beauregard, Caleb, Nott, Jester, Mollymauk, and Yasha), for each character suggest which form of altruism the character is most likely to practice (Empathy-altruism, Empathy-joy, Social exchange theory, a mix of these, or some other form of altruism) along with why (please include an example such as an action the character took, an internal conflict shared with the audience, or a revealing conversation between characters).

Finally, based on these observations, in your opinion (additional supporting evidence/reasoning optional): regardless of form of altruism, which character(s) do you believe would be most likely to push the team to make the biggest contributions to helping others outside of the group? Which character(s) do you believe would readily sacrifice the others to benefit the group? Which character(s) do you believe would readily sacrifice the group for themselves? Would any character die for another in group (if so, who?)

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Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis in Popular Media (Critical Role)

1. Empathy-Altruism or Empathy-Joy?
a. Fjord
Answer: Empathy-Altruism. Fjord is likely one of the most empathetic members
of The Mighty Nein. He has gone out of his way to help others, and frequently
acts as the group’s moral compass. He has argued with members of the group to
do the right thing, and his motivations appears to be sincere. Of course, with as
little as we know about Fjord, it is difficult to know for sure. However, the
importance he places on honesty suggests that his intentions are generally sincere.
b. Beauregard

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