I’m still thinking about that post that called Gherman Titov the Soviet Jim Lovell… Because like, Jim was pretty neutral good if I say so myself, whereas Gherman is a chaotic good force like few others who have gone to space. So this comparison seems slightly off?
I was thinking the same thing, especially what @gimbal–lock said. One of the reasons Gagarin was chosen to make the first flight rather than Titov was that, in Gherman’s own words, “Yura turned out to be the man that everyone loved… I’m not lovable. I have a very explosive character. I could easily say rude things, offend someone, and walk away.”
I’ve seen a lot of comparisons between Titov and Scott Carpenter which makes sense; they were both super athletic and more sensitive/artistic/poetic than most of their colleagues