Y’know, I love Jem & The Holograms with my ENTIRE LITTLE HEART…and yet, a bunch of the original inspiration for Band Vs. Band was rewatching it and thinking about all the elements that don’t do much for me personally. Car chases and dangerous action sequences. Secret identities. Child characters. Corporate politics about who’s running record labels. Heterosexual romance. Sci-fi technology.
Something else common to Jem, Josie & The Pussycats, and The Archies is two sometimes-overlapping character archetypes that I wanted to eliminate totally: the wealthy benefactor, and the guy who works with the band in some capacity (manager, roadie, record label person, financial support, whatever) and is relatively ordinary in contrast to the band’s flamboyancy. Eric Raymond. Rio. Mr. Lodge. Mr. Cabot. Alex Cabot. Alan M. Get outta here!
Incidentally, I DO actually have a favorite male Jem character. It’s Techrat, the antisocial weirdo computer genius who works with The Misfits. I’ve also always kinda read him as queer despite no indication of this in canon.