Oh wow, missed Ditto's earlier post. Ditto caught that Big Al was created to basically fill the everyman role that anyone needed filling at the time. That's pretty impressive. I eventually decided I didn't want him to be a big player, so it sort of surprises me that you see him as Player 2.
I didn't do Al earlier, I suppose I should.
Like I said earlier, Al was created to be an everyman character. Originally I had the unspoken idea that they weren't even the same person, just a bunch of guys who all looked the same, but that idea never really caught on. Al wasn't really meant to be a particularly complicated character, he had no ambition, no intrinsic desire to change things. What he did want, was to help other people. He started serving as a foil for Flutter, primarily because I don't think Flutter necessarily knew what the other characters outside of Golem were like, and he couldn't always have Flutter harass Golem. Al isn't really a villain, though he'll gladly take up the role of one if the plot requires it. He tends not to tell people anything they don't immediately need to know, because he can tell, apparently. He's got a soft heart though, and can be hurt the most easily by those he cares about.
Now I'll psychoanalyze Flutter.
Flutter is crazy, he's a lot like Bo-BoBo, before there was a Bo-BoBo. He's as mad as the Mad Hatter and March Hare's evil demented science baby. A lot of this stems from seeing his parents die in a meteorite strike as a child, that's why he could never grow up. Seriously, it's pretty hard to talk about. Flutter really believes he should be the main character, and thinks the best way to do that is by being the new Golem, meaning that Flutter is genre savvy enough to notice Golem as the designated protagonist and attempt to eliminate him. He's under the delusion that Golem's scarf has mystical powers and that if he had the scarf he'd be the protagonist. He still thinks this twelve years later. He lords over the small farming principality of Nothing, because no one will stop him or cares to. It's a safe and environmentally friendly way for him to exercise his ego. This said, Flutter isn't strictly speaking a bad person, and he thinks of Golem as his fifth best friend, after he, himself, him, and Big Al. Golem wishes he could throw Flutter in jail.