Clint is Pelican City’s resident blacksmith. He’s a vital NPC as gamers will want him to improve their instruments. That stated, there’s extra to Clint than his occupation. Like most of the different NPCs in Stardew Valley, he has his personal character and coronary heart occasions. Nevertheless, not everybody in the neighborhood is keen on the blacksmith — for various causes.
Clint is a divisive character in Stardew Valley. This primarily stems from his coronary heart occasions, his relationship with Emily, in addition to different minor dialogue traces within the recreation.
Clint’s Coronary heart Occasions in Stardew Valley
Clint has two scripted coronary heart occasions in Stardew Valley. The primary occurs upon reaching three hearts with him. If the participant enters the saloon at evening, a cutscene will set off the place Clint asks for recommendation on the way to work together with ladies. The participant is given 4 completely different replies, however one fascinating possibility has the farmer say, “Simply act pure... be your self.” To this, Clint responds that performing naturally doesn’t work for him.
After the dialog, Emily will present up and take Clint’s order. Earlier than she strikes on to the subsequent patron, Clint tries to provoke dialog however fails. At the same time as Emily prompts him to proceed, Clint offers up and says, “nevermind.” Emily then strikes on to Shane’s desk and the 2 begin speaking casually. Seeing this makes Clint really feel worse, and the guts occasion ends.
His second coronary heart occasion happens upon reaching six hearts, triggering when the participant walks to the city correct from the Cindersnap Forest entrance. The participant will discover Clint hiding behind the bushes, watching as Emily talks to Caroline. Clint admits that he was going to go to Emily’s dwelling to ask her out on a date however dove into the shrubbery when he heard her coming to the door. Now, he was merely ready for the ladies’ dialog to finish so he may return dwelling.
The farmer then tells Clint that they’ll by no means go to him for device upgrades once more if he doesn’t ask her out. This convinces Clint to speak to Emily, and when he invitations her to a close-by carnival, she accepts. Clint then walks again to the participant and fortunately exclaims that he has a date. Word that this coronary heart occasion doesn't happen if the participant has already seen Emily’s occasions at eight or ten hearts.
Taken collectively, these coronary heart occasions painting Clint as socially awkward. He doesn’t actually know the way to work together with folks, particularly ladies he finds enticing. There’s additional proof of this in a letter he wrote to Emily (however by no means despatched) in his bed room. In it, he writes that he is aware of Emily solely sees him as a pal, and that it’s his fault as a result of he’s too shy to inform her the reality.
That stated, these situations alone aren’t sufficient to vilify Clint. Combating human interplay could be bothersome, but it surely isn’t inherently fallacious. If something, the guts occasions present the participant actively serving to Clint come out of his shell so he can speak to his crush, which is nice.
If the Participant Pursues Emily
Sadly, issues come up when the participant opts to go the romance route with Emily. In her eight-heart occasion, she sends the participant a letter, inviting them to participate in some clothes remedy. It will happen in Lewis’ home and can contain different NPCs, like Robin, Abigail, and, after all, Clint. Emily explains that clothes remedy is a type of self-expression and that it could assist folks be at liberty. She then encourages folks to step behind a curtain and placed on an outfit they like.
All of the NPCs within the room take their flip and the final to place one thing on is Clint. Emily feedback that his outfit is cute, to which he appears disenchanted. He then leaves to share his distinctive fashion with the world, leaving Emily and the participant alone. She approaches the farmer and looks like she’s about to say one thing essential when Clint barges again inside and says, “I couldn’t do it! I don’t wish to escape of my shell!”
That is the place many gamers really feel off, as Clint shortly assumes that Emily and the participant have one thing happening. (That is the case no matter whether or not the participant is relationship and even married to another person.) Dejected, Clint leaves and congratulates the participant. The truth that he congratulates the participant — not Emily or the 2 as a pair — doesn’t assist his case, both. Many in the neighborhood imagine this to be Clint viewing Emily as one thing to be gained quite than an individual, which is to devalue her character.
Even worse, Clint stops speaking to her altogether after the clothes remedy occasion. That is proven by particular dialogue from Emily. This reveals that she thinks Clint is mad at her as a result of he doesn’t have a look at her anymore. She then ends with the road, “I all the time thought we have been associates.” To some gamers, this alerts that Clint was by no means concerned about being associates with Emily within the first place, and that he solely needed to get near her to get right into a relationship. On the flip facet, it may additionally simply be Clint’s social awkwardness as he’s now not sure of the way to method Emily after he thinks she’s in a relationship with the participant.
A Lack of Character Growth
It’s these actions that make Clint such an unlikeable character - although that’s to not low cost his struggles with human interplay. Being sociable is a talent that must be practiced, and it merely doesn't come naturally to some folks, like Clint. Nevertheless, it’s laborious to disclaim that he frequently refuses to place himself on the market and truly speak to folks. The one occasion of him doing so is with the participant’s assist.
Furthermore, ought to the participant resolve to romance Emily, Clint’s habits is inexcusable. Folks aren’t romance trophies to be gained, and neither is it good to haphazardly reduce all ties with somebody as a result of they aren’t accessible anymore. Even when the participant doesn’t romance Emily, Clint does the identical factor. He didn’t suppose to speak to both the participant or Emily about what was happening; he merely closed himself off. Granted, this might be his social awkwardness at play once more, but it surely doesn’t make issues any simpler for him or the opposite events concerned.
In Stardew Valley, characters like Haley and Shane are unbearable at first. Nevertheless, because the participant raises affinity with them, their coronary heart occasions present how they’ve grown as folks, which is nice character growth. Clint, nevertheless, takes one step ahead along with his six-heart occasion and three steps again with Emily’s eight-heart occasion. All through these scripted scenes. he refuses to step out of his bubble, despite the fact that he desperately desires human heat and interplay. Briefly, his character doesn’t develop, it regresses. That’s why it’s so tough to really feel sympathetic for his character.
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