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So I’m going to talk about how Voltron impacted me.

I know I made a twitter to say this, but I’m just going to put this here, too. Would have last night but I was too tired.

For as long as I remember, I’ve always loved fictional heroes. I was the kid who ran around the house with a blanket-cape. I wanted to see myself as some big strong hero, and for a while, female heroes like Wonder Woman and Sailor Moon did that for me. However, I was still missing something. You see, I’m Cuban, and I grew up in a predominantly Cuban community. This has always been a huge part of who I am. However, the only Cubans I’ve ever seen on TV were Ricky from I Love Lucy and Que Pasa USA.

I’ve never really seen a Cuban be a hero. I was always convinced that no one really cared about Cubans. Any Hispanic/Latinx representation given were usually Mexican representation, so I basically internalized the idea that I wasn’t going to see a Cuban be a hero, and even if I was going to see it, no one else would care.

Fast forward to the start of my adult years. I’ve put fanfiction down in order to focus more on my original stuff. I keep starting shit over, but I’m still working on it. I had made the main character of my story “mostly white”. Reason being is due to the internalized idea that no one would look at her if she wasn’t something familiar (white, black, or Mexican).

Late 2016, I was recommended to watch Voltron, and I fell in love with it instantly. I fell in love with the characters, the story, the animation, everything. This was the point I fell into “Voltron Hell”, and everything was cool and neat. In some twist of fate, it was only roughly two weeks after I got into the show when Lance being Cuban was announced. Suddenly, my worldview shifted in a way I never expected it would.

Before I knew it, I spent days, weeks even, crying because Lance was Cuban. It was something I just couldn’t get over. Lance was Cuban, and everyone loves him. Lance was Cuban, and he’s out there saving the universe. Even now writing this out feels so surreal. Even now writing this brings tears to my eyes. Lance is Cuban, and he’s a hero. He’s a hero, and everyone loves him. All this plays in my head like a mantra constantly.

Recently I’ve been looking at my original work. My main character is no longer “mostly white”. She’s Cuban now, and she’s going to be loved. 

Volton has inspired me in so many ways than I can really put into words, and I’m just so ridiculously grateful for Lance. I want to thank @thebestlaurenmontgomery and the cast members like @joshkeaton and @bext-k who brought this show to life.

And this is why representation matters

No Sleep Till Brooklyn, Part 3

Heartmate Series: Steve Rogers x Reader

Characters: Steve Rogers, Deadpool, Falcon

Warnings: language, violence - Deadpool’s in it guys, it ain’t PG.

A/N: This is my take on the soulmate trope. It’s not necessarily an AU, because technically heartmate is canon in the Marvel world - at least with Wade’s comics.

Summary: You’re a mutant turned mercenary, working with the best merc around - Wade Fucking Wilson aka Deadpool. You are also someone who doesn’t believe in the whole heartmate crap. How could two people solely be made for each other? Steve Rogers is Captain America,  Avenger extraordinaire. Call him old fashion, but he believed in heartmates and knew he had one out there. The two of you cross paths one day and things get set in motion. Can Steve get passed the jaded wall you built or would things just crash and burn? And will Wade Wilson finally learn to put the seat down after taking a piss? Who knows.

Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5  Part 6 Part 7

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Aaron’s Top 10: Favorite Canon Couples

Originally posted by dailyrapunzel

Romance is one of those things that’s optional despite the idea being pounded into your head. Some days, I just wanna watch an action movie without a forced love interest sub plot. Or maybe a romantic comedy with a love triangle where the person decides, ‘you’re both awful. I’m going to enjoy being by myself.’ But until then…here are the ones that got it right in my eyes.

Enjoy!

Originally posted by capturing-avatar

Guys, Gals, & Non Binary Pals. This is Animated Aaron’s Top 10 Couples.

Honorable Mentions:

Lilian x Roomie: Go Get A Roomie

Largo x Erika: Megatokyo

Roy x Riza: Fullmetal Alchemist Franchise

Homer x Marge: The Simpsons

Rapunzel x Flynn: Tangled

Korra x Mako: Avatar-The Legend of Korra

Suki x Sokka: Avatar-The Last Airbender

10: Shinji & Kaworu-NGE Franchise

Originally posted by tsundere-pineapple

Shinji is a very shy person who has a lot of issues. He’s scared of interacting with people and can be emotional but almost always backs away when someone tries to get close. Enter Kaworu who is forward with his attraction but isn’t forceful. He leaves clues to Shinji allowing the teen to make his own opinion on how to react. While not immediately romantic, Shinji does open up to him.

Little by little, we see a kid who is scared to be around others now playing piano with this romantic boy with white hair. Kaworu did something I think all couples should do. He helped the person he loved improve.

(NGE Written Review)

9: Cameron & Mitchel: Modern Family

Originally posted by afemmeandhercloset

Cameron & Mitchel are probably one of the funniest couples I’ve ever seen on TV. The two actors portray their characters so lively and with so much fun that just their line reads bring a smile to my face.

Cameron is so optimistic and nice and wants to prove himself to people. But he’s sort of scared of confrontations and ends up doing something wrong and having to think on the fly which he’s not good at. Mitchel wants to prove others wrong and has a sort of ‘calm’ ego. He’s charming but obnoxious at times and it’s never annoying for me.

Now, put those two personalities together and you have comedic gold. Their competitive. They talk smack to each other. They’re supportive of the other but let them know how they feel about the other’s idea (sometimes reluctantly) but still help in their own way. They’re one of the most honest couples I’ve seen.

8: Kirito x Asuna: Sword Art Online

Originally posted by loveandjustice

Okay, so the anime has some mixed reviews that I even talked about in my review. Let’s just say straight up that the second half of SOA is not a factor in my analysis for this list. That being said, I want relationship goals like this!

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” 
― Neil Gaiman

These two, once engaged in a romantic relationship, were always together. They bought a cottage together, they fought together (and against each other at the start), and they’re willing to die for one another. Which given the world they’re in where people are literally stabbing eachother in the back, takes a lot of trust for anyone to do.

Once inside one another (emotionally and sexually), they didn’t take advantage or mess with each other like rivals normally would. While rivals and coworkers, they loved one another like nothing else mattered.

To sum up their relationship: Trust personified.

(SAO Review-Pt.1; Pt.2)

7: Steven x Connie: Seven Universe

Originally posted by mr-zombiez

They’re lower on the list because, part of the reason I was considering not putting Steven & Connie here was…well, I was trying to figure out if they were a couple or not. Steven is this half human, half (space rock) alien who’s learning about his powers with a cheery attitude. He meets this girl Connie in season 1 who’s shy and keeps to herself. While they engage in awkward conversation time to time, by season 4, they’re fighting aliens together in perfect sync and sharing secrets.

I mean, it’s obvious they like each other. But is it a relationship or the ‘will they, won’t they’ trope. There’s interviews with the show’s creator that I looked up to try and find the answer but in the end, the answer didn’t come from her.

There’s this writing utensil that states: “If two characters need to kiss in order to tell the audience they’re in love, then you’re not writing romance correctly.” And that’s pretty much how this relationship works.

I didn’t need to see a 12 & 14 year old make out (not that I want to see that either). I see how angry Steven gets when this character Kevin was being beyond rude to them. The fact that it bothers Connie bothers Steven. I see how the two are willing to step out of their comfort zones for the other. Steven’s the first person Connie calls when there’s an emergency. Steven asks himself what his life is gonna be like as an adult and states, “What am I gonna be when Connie is president? ‘First boy’?”

That’s…that’s just cute. These two are just…cute. 

6: Ed x Winry: Fullmetal Alchemist Franchise

Originally posted by vale-kirigaya

What can I say that hasn’t been said already? One of the most popular ships in anime, ‘Edwin’ is just the best Tsundre relationship I’ve ever seen.

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Supergirl 2x15: Kara and Mon El - Sending the “Blob” (adorable scene)

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Lucy and I did almost 200 shows together, and Lucy not only proves what a great comedienne she is, but she’s also a real person, with great warmth. And one of the outstanding moments of that warmth was in a show that I guess is closest to my heart. The time we were having a baby.

-Desi Arnaz

When we did this scene before an audience, Desi was suddenly struck by all the emotion he’d felt when we discovered we were finally going to have Lucie. His eyes filled up and he couldn’t finish the song; I started to cry, too. Vivian started to sniffle; even the hardened stagehands wiped their eyes with the backs of their hands. The director wanted retakes at the end of the show, but the audience stood up and shouted, “No, no!”

-Lucille Ball (Love, Lucy)

Before I dive into the liking that I’m behind on and the replying that I’m behind on…have this. :) This is the retro-y palette I’ve put together for retro-Strangetown that I’ll be making recolors of things in and generally decorating with. It’s cunningly designed so that color groups are in rows and brightness groups are in vertical columns. Sort of, anyway. A few of ‘em break the pattern. :)

I’m calling it the Ricardo palette, after Ricky and Lucy Ricardo of I Love Lucy, one of my favorite TV shows. Most of the colors are drawn from vintage paint color cards as well as scans of pages from period home decorating magazines, with a few I pulled out of the color picker because some color groups were lacking. (Notably the purples; it just wasn’t a popular color family for decorating at the time. Greens, pinks, turquoises, dark earthy colors? Sure. Purples? Not so much. But the color spectrum is incomplete without purple, so…Yay historical incorrectness! :D ) I was going to give the colors names like character names and catchphrases from I Love Lucy (Like, ‘Splainin’”) and general 50s cutesy things like “Sock Hop” or “Daddy-o” (the black color was going to be “Elvis” after his hair and the leather), but I decided I wanted more descriptive names…and ended up with fruit, wood, plants, minerals, and other natural things, mostly. The Inner Hippie will always out, it seems. :) 

I never use actions to make recolors because…Well, because. But for any interested parties, there’s a list of hex codes for all the colors behind the cut. Feel free to make/share actions or whatever if you like the colors and want to use them for stuff.

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“He would sit with me and cry. He actually cried and sometimes talking about how much he loved her, and how terrible it was that they were divorced. And he loved her until his dying day.”

- Marcella Rabwin

“I think Lucy and Desi were so intertwined emotionally… their life, their professional life, and their private life, it was hard for either of them to give up the other completely. And I doubt if they did. When she was talking about Desi when he was no longer coming to the house, she cried, and would say ‘That was the love of my life’.

 - Carole Cook