do you think Mabel and Dipper fit the messiah/machiavel trope? cuz I do, and it makes me cry
Okay, I’ve never heard of this trope before so I had to do a bit of research. What I’ve gathered is that the trope is a type of teamwork, usually in the political sense: the shining charismatic leader and the vicious, cunning enforcer who supports the leader and/or their cause. The Messiah is the light and the Machieval is the shadow behind that light. The Messiah usually adheres to morality (like Jesus whom the term originates from); the Machieval favors expediency over morality (like Machiavelli whom the term originates from). Which all does sound like the kind of dynamic Dipper and Mabel have. Outside of the dynamic, I’d even say the individual titles, Machieval and Messiah, fit their characters too.
The Messiah in a narrative context is usually “the visionary, the leader, the savior, the person who may be literally god touched, or just god touched in the sense of the charisma, depth, and power of their vision or capacity to lead/embody that movement.”
Mabel is a natural born leader, there’s no doubt. Its easy for her to reach out and connect with others on an emotional level, and even inspire others to change for the better. She’s incredibly charismatic and charming, and her power even at 12 years old is enough to attract the attention of Gravity Falls’ villains, the gnomes and Gideon, who are insistent on making her their Queen. Seemingly effortlessly she can inspire others to help make her visions (trying out her idealistic version of management running the Mystery Shack, creating and constructing an entire sock opera in a week, etc.) a reality. All qualities of a good leader.
But a Messiah is more than a leader; they’re a savior. Mabel is also capable of seeing the good in others and offering forgiveness even if there’s no real evidence of this being true. She deems Pacifica and Robbie worthy of redemption. In NWHS she looks into Stan’s eyes, the windows to his soul, and judges him to be a good person worthy of being trusted and forgiven, despite all the bad things he’s done. After hearing Ford’s story in AToTS, Mabel basically instantly forgives the man and starts seeing him as another Grunkle she loves dearly, and wants nothing more than for Stan and Ford to forgive each other as she has forgiven them. When Dipper wants to rush into adulthood and becomes blinded by the supernatural, Mabel keeps him a child and reminds him of what’s truly important.
And like a Messiah, Mabel strives to be a good person. Yes, she’s flawed because she’s human. She can be aggressive and self-centered and impulsive. She can be blinded by her infatuations. She avoids emotional confrontation and would prefer to live in optimistic denial when she’s scared and life gets hard. But Mabel wants and tries to be a good, kind person. She goes out of her way to compliment others or brighten their days. She tries to do the right thing in any given situation, often playing morality police to Stan and Dipper. And when she’s wrong, she usually acknowledges that and apologizes. Mabel truly genuinely cares about other people and doing the right thing, and that’s more than most people can say.
Symbolically, Mabel takes on a Messiah-esque pose when she lets go of the button and essentially allows the universe to decide her, and everyone else’s, fates. In Weirdmaggadon she is literally seen as an icon of hope, inspiration, and guidance for Dipper and Gideon, and possibly Wendy and Soos as well. Her being alive and representing doing good, striving to be a good person despite her flaws, and having the ability to defeat Bill on her own (who is basically the “Devil” in this story) is what motivates them all to help find her and save her during the apocalypse and thus save the universe. So, yes, I think we can all agree that Mabel fits the Messiah trope quite well.
The Machiavel is a “term given to people who function in pragmatic, vicious, cunning ways. This is the person who holds the knife to the throat or the guns under the table. The one who blackmails, bribes, and does all the things that should never have to be done but must be done for the things they love.”
Dipper is not at all afraid to get his hands dirty to get what he wants and usually won’t hesitate to do what (he feels) must be done in a situation, even if that’s an immoral action. He’s a guile hero, ambitious, relying mostly on his wits, cunning and pragmatic with a grayscale sense of justice, all qualities that are very Machiavellian in nature. There are many, many examples of Dipper favoring expediency over morality shown in canon.
Like in Fight Fighters (lying and cheating to win a fight), Boss Mabel (ripping people off for money), The Golf War (cheating and sabotaging his sister’s competitor by manipulating others into doing what he wants) Sock Opera (making a literal deal with a demon to get what he wants), Society of the Blind Eye (using a memory erasing gun to erase the society member’s memories to prevent them from erasing anyone in town’s memories again, essentially committing the action he’s condemning the society for), A Tale of Two Stans (coming up with the idea to use the same gun on gov agents despite knowing the potential consequences the memory erasure could have on the agents’ sanities), the Stanchurian Candidate (mind-controlling his great uncle for political reasons, an action that’s literally compared to that of a villain in the show), etc.
In Headhunters, Mabel remarks that Dipper is her sidekick, and this is sort of true. Dipper usually plays more of the supporter/enforcer role than the visionary like Mabel, which is an interesting perspective for a main protagonist and narrator of a story to have. Mabel generally has the ideas, and Dipper generally helps make them happen. He’s usually the one that constructs a plan to make sure Mabel’s idea is a success in situations where they work together like that. He’s strategizing and cheering her on behind-the-scenes when she’s up front in the spotlight working her magic. And he’s planning to tear down anyone who gets in their way. The episode I believe that embodies this dynamic best is Golf War.
Mabel wants to beat Pacifica at golf. Dipper supports Mabel and her goal. He decides manipulating the lilliputtins and cheating is the best course of action for Mabel to win the match. Mabel disagrees at first, trying to play morality police to Dipper, pointing out cheating is wrong, but Dipper convinces her to trust him against her better judgment. They go through with his plan. It backfires. Mabel says that rivalries are stupid and offers Pacifica friendship, and so forgiveness. Dipper does not apologize to anyone, nor acknowledges that what he did was wrong. Throughout this whole episode, you have Mabel as the leader, the public figure, the one playing the match, and later the savior as she deems Pacifica worthy of forgiveness, and Dipper as the enforcer, the planner, the one standing off to the side, the one ensuring Mabel wins and doing whatever he feels is necessary to achieve that. The Messiah and the Machiavel.
And in fact, their physical positions on the castle emphasize this dynamic as well. Mabel is in the center like the King (or Queen), addressing the lilliputtins after being told Dipper’s plan, and Dipper is standing a little behind and beside her, closer to where the knight’s stationed (even borrowing the knight’s trumpet to garner everyone’s attention to Mabel).
Dipper and Mabel balance each other out, which I’m not sure is something that plays into the Messiah/Machiavel trope exactly, but is a large part of the twins’ dynamic. Mabel lets Dipper know when he’s taking things too far, and Dipper lets Mabel know when niceness isn’t gonna cut it, when someone doesn’t deserve her kindness. That’s not to say that the two are flat out opposites, however. The Messiah, like I said earlier, is still human. They have moments of selfishness and cruelty as Mabel does. And likewise, the Machiavel has moments of selflessness and kindness as Dipper does. Neither is one extreme or the other. Mabel may have a bigger heart than Dipper, but that doesn’t mean Dipper doesn’t have a heart at all. He does. He’s just more cynical and pragmatic (and arguably angrier) than Mabel is.
Nor is it true that Mabel is always in the light and Dipper is always in the shadows. Generally you see them more in this way, but Mabel is capable of stepping back and happily supporting Dipper when he has an idea too or wants to take the lead, which is part of what makes them a good team. Mabel isn’t as ruthless as Dipper and Dipper isn’t as big-hearted as Mabel, so they can’t take on each other’s tropes in a reverse dynamic where Dipper is the leader and Mabel the supporter. But they’re both human, and they both try to help each other make the best choices.
So, yeah, I guess Mabel and Dipper fit the Messiah/Machiavel trope for the most part. This wicked fanart from Boss Mabel really shows that kind of dynamic between them too, with Mabel in the boss chair (the throne of sorts) and Dipper standing a little behind and beside her again like a bodyguard or second in command, whispering in her ear.
Rap Monster : “To make the world a better place and to-” *falls off chair* “Uhm, uh” *tries to act cool* “I meant for that to happen, yeah…”
J-Hope : “I’ll support all your employees with their emotional instability!”
Suga : “Sir, I’m just gonna be honest with you…I just need money, so give me the damn job.”
Jimin : *rips off shirt*
Boss : “HIRED!”
V : *mutters* “I’ll have access to a vending machine 24/7, which means more food.”
Jungkook : *gives a normal response and actually gets the job*
Jin : “Sir, I have 5 children at home plus a husband that acts like the six child, okay?!? I need the money, but I also need to escape that hell. So in other words, CAN YOU NOT QUESTION WHY I NEED THE DAMN JOB?!???”
i think a lot about how much matt has been hit in the face. how has he never broken anything. like hit in the face with a chair by his ripped ass wrestler boss and punched repeatedly by the boss?? is he ok im worried
Summary: Before the 1st season of Supernatural airs, Jensen meets the reader at his talent agency in LA.
M&M’s. Snickers. Butterfingers. Reese Peanut Butter Cups. You name it. If it’s fucking chocolate, you’ll eat it. You’re a stress eater. You’re stressed. And there’s not one God damn piece of candy left in your bag.
“Y/N! Get in here!” You hear your boss Eileen yell from inside her office.
You stand up quickly and smooth out your dress. You don’t know why you bother, you’re just a measly intern. But your mom said to dress for the job you want instead of the job you have. So here you are. Ugh. Thanks, mom.
walking the dog in the suburbanish section of ropo & peeked into a window and this house is watching what is almost certainly an HD rip of Boss Baby. wtf. that’s still in theaters. Where are they getting this hookup
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of
the Labour Party, speaking at a rally in
Leicester today, said:
There’s no doubt that
Thursday’s local election results were disappointing for our party. We had welcome
victories in Manchester, Liverpool, Wales, Doncaster and elsewhere but too many
fantastic councillors, who work tirelessly for their communities, lost their
We face a huge challenge in the next five
But this General Election campaign is
also a great opportunity. A chance to break free, to create a society in which
people are no longer held back by a system that is rigged for the rich. A
chance to rebuild Britain for the many not the few.
There is also a huge danger – that the
Tories’ fearmongering and spin machine will make some people settle for less
than they should. Resign themselves to things the way they are -
underestimating just how many more burdens the Tories could impose if their
mission to rig the system for the rich isn’t halted.
The stakes are high. We know from
yesterday’s election results that the gap between us and the Tories is not as
great as the pundits have been saying.
But we still have many people to
convince. We have four weeks to do that. Are we up to the challenge?
Millions are still sceptical and
undecided, not sure which way to turn.
who can blame them.
Burnham – who had a brilliant victory to become the new Mayor of Greater
Manchester yesterday – spoke last week of how alienated
people are from the political system.
He said we can’t just carry on doing what we are doing;
the time has come to do something different.
He’s right. Our
Westminster system is broken and our economy is rigged. Both are run in the
interests of the few.
can and must be different.
under attack because we are standing up to the elites who are determined to
hijack Brexit to pay even less tax and take even more of the wealth we all
under attack because we are standing up to the corporate interests plundering
our NHS - £13 billion of the NHS budget is already privatised – how much more
will be if the Tories get another five years?
why Labour is under attack. We’re drawing a line. Three decades of privatisation
– from energy and rail to health and social care – has made some people very
rich but it has not delivered richer lives for the vast majority.
election, we will be outlining a plan to transform Britain – an upgraded
economy run for the many not the few.
mean standing up to powerful vested interests. But we are ready for the
Conservatives only stand up when taking orders from their billionaire friends,
who hoard our country’s wealth for themselves in tax havens.
May thinks she can win the General Election by claiming she cares about working
about building a fair society. Does she think people will forget what the
Tories have done to this country, how they’ve actually treated working
leader sat alongside David Cameron in government for six years.
in the cabinet room when they introduced the bedroom tax. So were the Liberal
Democrats as part of Cameron’s coalition. What was fair about that?
was fair about racking up tuition fees?
taking benefits away from people with disabilities?
closing Sure Start Centres? Or starving schools of cash? Or opening up the NHS
to be plundered by profiteers?
was fair about giving big business and the richest in society tax giveaways
worth tens of billions of pounds - while the rest of us were told to tighten
our belts, to accept a big dose of austerity?
Tories are hoping everyone has short memories.
that fails, they have another card they are playing. That this election is
about Brexit and who can play at being toughest with Brussels.
Labour will not allow the Tories to put their party interests ahead of the real
national interest. The interests of the British people.
election isn’t about Brexit itself. That issue has been settled. The question
now is what sort of Brexit do we want – and what sort of country do we want
Britain to be after Brexit?
can really be trusted to put working people first?
wants a jobs Brexit, a Brexit that safeguards the future of Britain’s vital
industries, a Brexit that paves the way to a genuinely fairer society and to an
plan to transform Britain will mean:
investing in infrastructure
and new industries,
rebuilding our NHS and
social care services,
giving our children and
young people a chance to fulfil their potential.
be paying lip-service to working people.
introduce a comprehensive programme to strengthen rights at work, make sure new
jobs are good jobs, and end the race to the bottom in pay, conditions and job
and insecurity have spread like an epidemic under the Tories.
invest in skills and jobs, and take action to enforce a floor under employment
standards across the board – so that all jobs are decent jobs, so that all
workers – the true wealth creators - can play their part in transforming
Britain and benefit fully from it.
means that, instead of a country run for the rich, Britain will be a country in
which people are not held back, in which everyone is able to lead a richer
that’s why we are fighting to win this election. Fighting to win, not because I
yearn for the trappings of Downing Street office but because I want a better
for the many not the few.
election results yesterday leave us in no doubt about the scale of our
We know this is no small task - it is a
challenge on a historic scale. But we, the whole Labour movement and the
British people, can’t afford not to seize our moment.
We have five weeks to win the General
Election so we can fundamentally transform Britain for the many not the few.
win, we form the NHS.
When we win, we introduce the Equal Pay Act.
win we establish a National Minimum Wage - one of my proudest days in politics.
win, the British people win. The
nurse, the teacher, the small trader, the carer, the builder, the office worker
offering a real choice, a real alternative to the rigged system that is holding
us back and the Conservatives who are running our country down in every way.
alternative for the many not the few.
need to be that real alternative because too many people in our country worry
that voting won’t change anything, that all politicians are the same.
not all the same but people are frustrated that the system remains rigged for
the few, that the lives of the many don’t seem to be getting better.
vote, nothing changes.
economy is still rigged in favour of the rich and powerful.
to show that we are different, that we will transform Britain. That we are for
the many not the few.
Labour wins there will be a reckoning for those who thought they could get away
with asset stripping our industry, crashing our economy through their greed and
ripping off workers and consumers.
the Conservatives - Osborne, Cameron, May, Johnson - ever stand up to their
financial backers and demand our money back?
they never will.
they make our nurses, our carers, our soldiers, our disabled, our young people
trying to get a home of their own, our elderly looking for dignity in
retirement and those working hard to get on, foot the bill instead.
me angry. It makes me really angry. And I know it makes the people of Britain
I say to tax cheats, the rip off bosses, the greedy bankers.
Enough is enough.
The people of Britain are taking
our money back.
always stood up for the many not the few.
And I will always stand up for our
That can be lonely, I know.
campaigned against privatisation, tax cuts for the rich, letting the banks
become all powerful and the Iraq war when many politicians were pushing them
through or not standing up against them.
up for workers’ pay, better public services, a fairer society, a more equal
economy and for peace and justice.
up for your beliefs in any circumstances, takes great determination. It can be
frustrating. It takes its toll. It is far easier to compromise your beliefs and
go along for the ride.
strength is holding on to what you believe in. Standing up for the many against
the few means a struggle against the odds.
out for the few is easy; winning for the many is hard.
I have a
message for Theresa May. If you feel the need to go on about what a great
leader you are, then show it by debating with me in this election campaign. We
are for the many, you’re for the few.
But this is about so much more
than Theresa May and me.
This is a
once in a lifetime opportunity for you, the people, to decide what sort of
country you want to live in.
full of so much potential, which is being stifled and held back in favour of
we can transform Britain.
must transform Britain because now it is rigged for the few.
election, Labour is standing for decent jobs, investment for the future, shared
wealth creation, security at work, affordable homes for all, a fully funded NHS
and schools, training and skills, an end to rip-off privatisation, fair
taxation and a fairer, more equal country.
As we set
out our detailed plans for Britain, the scale of the change we are offering
will become clear.
turn our country around. Let’s come together to transform Britain. Together, we
can win for the many not the few.
you are registered to vote.
help others get registered to vote.
you use your vote.
your friends, family, neighbours and co-workers about this General Election.
It is so
election could be a great and proud moment in our national story.
wake on up on 9 June to see celebrations from the tax cheats, the press barons,
the greedy bankers, Philip Green, the Southern Rail directors and crooked bankers
that take our wealth, who have got away with it because the party they own, the
Conservative Party, has won.
five weeks to ruin their party. We have five weeks to have a chance to take our
money back. We have five weeks to win so we can transform Britain for the many
not the few.
Today is the most important day in my career as a waitress. The famous Beckham family was holding a extremely prestigious ball. Only the richest of the rich were gonna be there and my job is to hand out food to guests.
“Y/N the event is starting soon make sure everything is perfect.” My manager ordered.
I nodded before scurrying off and checking every table to make sure everything was in the right place. There were a few very minor mistakes but I managed to fix all of them.
Soon after, people in dresses and tuxedos fill the ball room. It looked like something from movies. The grand orchestra’s music filled the room along with some chatter. “Excuse me mam what are you offering on the menu today?” A lady with slicked back hair asked.
I carefully listed the items. “I’ll take the lemon chicken with medium steamed carrots.” She stated.
The rest of the table ordered and I went off to the kitchen to get the food. I grabbed three plates of food which was all I could hold and walked out the kitchen. As soon as I stepped out the kitchen into the ballroom a brown haired boy bumped into me making me drop all the food on to the freshly cleaned floor, and some on my shirt.
“Oh my gosh I’m so sorry.” He apologized.
"It’s fine sir, if you’ll excuse me I have to go tell the chiefs to make it again.” I replied, picking up the plates.
"What about the mess?” He asked.
"I’ll tell the janitor to clean it.” I responded.
“I’m really sorry. Should I get you a new shirt?” The boy questioned worriedly.
That would be great but I have tables to serve and I really have to tell the chefs to remake the food before somebody yells at me.” I slightly laughed.
The boy shook his head. “It’s fine I’ll tell my mom what happened to me and you won’t be as much in trouble.”
My eyes widened. “You’re Brooklyn Beckham.” I murmured just now realizing that.
"Sorry what did you say?” Brooklyn asked.
Nothing. Not to be rude or anything but where would I get a new shirt and come back here in time to serve?” I questioned.
"People love me. I’m sure I could get someone to get the shirt off their backs if I wanted.” Brooklyn joked.
I chuckled and stood up. “We should really solve this problem before we end up getting side tracked.”
"And by the way, I don’t think you could get someone to actually give their shirt up.” I added, jokingly.
Brooklyn raised his eyebrows. “Bet.” He stated.
I opened my mouth to speak before my manager came out of the kitchen. “Y/N get back to work or you’ll be fired.” He yelled.
I looked over at Brooklyn and he was gone. I sighed and went into the kitchen and told the chefs to remake the food. The janitor came and cleaned up the mess, and I served more people but got odd started because of the extremely noticeable stain on shirt.
Brooklyn came running to me and I seen a pink jacket in hand. “How did you get that?” I asked, while balancing dirty plates from a table on my arms.
"Told you I could get someone to give me a piece of clothing from them.” He shrugged, now taking a couple plates and followed me into the kitchen.
We sat the dirty dishes in the sink before walking into the ballroom again. I slipped the jacket on and zipped it up. “Thank you Brooklyn.” I smiled.
"You’re welcome y/n.” Brooklyn replied.
"How’d you figure out my name?” I asked.
Name tag.” He simply stated.
I laughed a little embarrassed. “Shouldn’t you be hanging out with the extremely fancy people and not with the waitress?” I questioned.
Brooklyn shook his head. “They’re boring. You’re a lot more interesting.”
"Thanks, but I do have to finish serving the table in the back.” I sighed not really wanting to serve anymore.
"Ditch with me.” Brooklyn shrugged.
"My boss will rip my head off and tape it to the ceiling!” I exclaimed.
Brooklyn back off to the kitchen then came back a couple minutes later. “There, I convinced him to let you go, and still paid.” He stated
My mouth dropped. “How?” I asked.
“I’m likable. And it helps my dad is David Beckham.” Brooklyn replied.
"Anyways, there’s a McDonalds up the street we can go there if you want.” Brooklyn added.
“Sounds good.” I agreed.
We arrived to the McDonalds and ordered our food. “You know it’s my first time at a McDonalds.” Brooklyn stated.
<p>I blinked a couple times in shock. “Are you joking?” I asked.
He shook his head. “I’ve always had Chefs.” Brooklyn responded.
The called our order and we ate and talked. About half an hour later his dad was calling telling him to get back to the ball. "Well y/n we should do this again. Can I have you’re number?” He asked.
I nodded and pulled out my phone and we exchanged numbers. “Let’s go before my dad kills me.” Brooklyn stated, half joking.
We hurried out and scurried back off to the ball. That was the first of many McDonald’s trips for us.