I think my main issues with the main trio is that they all come across too generic and bland.
Like The Coalition tried too hard to make them all likeable, but in doing so removed a lot of personality from them.
I’ll start with Kait and get probably the most controversial one out of the way.
Firstly none of my issues with Kait are because she’s a woman, i feel like there’s a fair amount of people out there that dislike Kait purely based of that and that gets her some unnecessary “hate” directed towards her.
Female lead characters can be great if done correctly but then that applies to any type of character doesn’t it.
My issues with Kait is that she’s overall very bland, there’s nothing really defining about her in my opinion.
I find her honestly quite annoying at times, a bit bratty maybe and she just feels a bit out of place.
Her voice actor does a great job but some of her dialogue i find fairly cringe, especially during fights.
I think her character is much better in Gears 5 than 4 but i just don’t find her all that interesting.
Which is odd because of the connection she shares with Myrrah you’d think she’d be more interesting.
I hope she’s not the lead in Gears 6 and we go back to JD or maybe even play as Marcus for an Act.
(I know we don’t know who’s still alive JD or Del after Gears 5, but let’s be real here it’s probably JD)
Next is JD, again i think this character is quite bland and a very generic lead character.
But that statement mainly applies to Gears of War 4, honestly after Act I in Gears 5 i think his character improved.
Visually his character is more intriguing after Act I, he looks battleworn and i think fits the Gears universe more.
I think there was an added layer of depth to him from a personality point after Act I and he became interesting.
In Gears of War 4 there was nothing interesting about him other than the fact he was Marcus’s son.
I think The Coalition tried to make him too appealing and likeable to begin with making him very bland.
Having him make mistakes and come across as a bit of a ■■■■■■■ in a way i think adds depth to him.
I hope to see more of JD in Gears 6 and i hope The Coalition don’t go back to trying to make him too likeable.
Finally Del, complete comic relief character, nothing interesting about him at all.
In my opinion he played the same role in Gears of War 4 as he did in Gears 5, while JD and Kait progressed.
I think The Coalition did Del dirty, again tried to make him too likeable and ended up with a bland character.
He basically has a fallout with JD and cracks some jokes, that’s his character in Gears 5 and 4.
I think there was a lot more story that The Coalition could’ve told with Del but decided not too.
I don’t think his personality was the main problem, but that he had so little involvement with the story.
I’d liked to have seen him have more of a character arc and a more meaningful role overall, but he didn’t.
TL;DR - I find JD developed and became interesting, i find Kait annoying/bland and i find Del pointless/bland.
These are just my opinions, i’m sure yours varies quite a bit from mine.
Overall i don’t think JD, Del or Kait even compare to Marcus, Dom, Baird or Cole as compelling characters.