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So these are the villains in HP, huh?

Um. Wikia…We need to talk.

First of all, no.

Secondly, no!

And third. WTF. NO!! ????

Just. The entire house? Okay, wow, I see how it is… (Jerk.)

Now, these ones I’m not sure about:

I don’t know a lot about Quirrell so he may have been evil. But I thought he was just Voldy’s puppet? And Lockhart was just a self centered jerk, right?

Basically, I want to fight this page.

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a villain is really excited to show the hero a rap he wrote

As Robbie Rotten is now a meme. I actually noticed that some of the shit he does in the show is REALLY FUCKING ILLEGAL.

Such as…

Blackface + Impersonation of authority

Impersonation of a royal guard 

several counts of kidnapping, both adult and minor 

Unauthorised use of a high powered rocketry vehicle without FAA approval 

Over 20 counts of breaking and entering 

over 40 counts of invasion of privacy + stalking 

At least 5 counts of attempted murder by poison + 3 other accounts of attempted murder 

Fabrication and  tampering with historical documents.

These are honest to god just a few, but they are SERIOUS CRIMES. If you watch lazy town and think about the things robbie is doing you can see that he really is villain #1. But he’s also gotta be on the FBI’s watch list at this point.

anonymous asked:

That interview is lit three years old, and I find it interesting that you think there are no villains when Yellow Diamond wishes to destroy an entire planet out of spite and Blue Diamond ordered Ruby to be shattered on the slightest provocation. The value of life - Gem and otherwise - means nothing to the matriarchs who are the prime beneficiaries of the Gem Empire. And you think there are no villains? Dictators ordering death upon innocents are not villains? Wtf! These Gems are evil. Explain??

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Hi there! Before anything, I would appreciate if anyone didn’t bring cursing or profanity into this blog. There might be some readers who aren’t comfortable with it and I personally feel it adds nothing to the conversation, especially since you’ve brought up points to engage with already anyway.

Getting to your points, something to clarify about a “three-year old interview” when we talk about animating a mainstream cartoon show like Steven Universe: It takes roughly 8 to 9 months to produce an episode, so I wouldn’t be too bothered by the time since the interview since we could be seeing the very episodes she talked about then only at this point. Not only that but Rebecca Sugar has also always had a clear vision for the show. It’s a dynamic process but the themes have always been central to pushing the story forward and thus far we’ve seen them consistent.

1. Precedents in SU

This is where I talk about all the precedents we’ve seen in the show so far. The very first “villain” we ever see in the show are corrupted gems. They were there from episode one. And they were destructive. They seemed to be mindless, violent, and from our perspective in the beginning, there was no argument to be made for humanising them or attributing motives.

And then we got to see the truth. Corrupted gems are the victims of war, in an explosion similar to a nuclear fall out. They are experiencing both mental and physical trauma. They feel vulnerable and defensive, but if that trauma is addressed, they calm down and stabilise. They lash out because they felt they were being threatened. 

The Centipeetle Mother in episode one was clearly looking for something or someone, because she sent small Centipeetle scouts ahead of her. And it’s two seasons later that we find out exactly what she was looking for, her crew. 

The next “villain” was Lapis. She stole the sea. She hurt the gems. But off the bat she had her own reasons for being so vindictive. As early as Mirror and Ocean Gem she told us the gems left her trapped and she wanted to go home. That made her seem more sympathetic but she also tried to drown Steven and Connie, two individuals she knew were human. But we also learn about her grudge against the CGs for even starting the war, because she “never believed in Earth” and ended up being a casualty of a war she wanted no part in. That’s ironic and awful.

And when we were introduced to Peridot, everyone was certain she was nothing but a cardboard cutout villain. Acts like crushing the flask robonoid completely dehumanised her to some people. This all culminated in It Could’ve Been Great, when a lot of people felt they were right in calling Peridot out for being evil this entire time, that her loyalties lay with the Diamonds and that she didn’t actually care about Earth. It’s the episode after that we realise Peridot had made her own assessment of Earth and how best to protect it was with the help of the Diamonds. Even after that, loads of people tried to argue that it was a different Peridot, something I’m not fond of. Because people can change, that’s the point of the show.

When we look at Jasper and Bismuth, even the Cluster, we see the same patters falling into place. Because one thing that I really like from how SU portrays characters is that individuals are rational, and they act according to the information that they have. That individuals don’t think they’re hurting people until they realise that they actually are. It’s very similar to how majority of real people act. And given how SU is a show that its creators have said bases its material on real relationships in their own lives, it’s not that much of a surprise.

And then when confronted with these behaviours, Steven tries very hard to understand the characters so he can get them to understand him. He doesn’t use violence because he knows hurt only breeds more hurt, and pain begets pain. He trusts in the rationality and humanity in each character. 

Everyone thinks that they’re the protagonist of their own story, facing off against an evil greater than themselves. They think what they’re doing is right. They don’t think they’re hurting people, until they’re made to realise they do.

We’ve seen characters actively having to restrain their destructive behaviour. There as an entire episode dedicated to Steven’s trying to “train” Centipeetle and the Crystal Gems were very worried because, like us, they didn’t trust the corrupted gems. They viewed them as villains still. 

Lapis wasn’t completely trusted either. And more than that, we learn she was personally struggling with what she’d done when she hurt others. She was trying to make amends to Steven, and she also wasn’t ready to forgive the Crystal Gems.

The more we look at it, Peridot hasn’t changed her core values, logic and rationality. What’s changed is the information made available to her and the conditions of her environment. She didn’t become sentimental over Earth for no reason. She knew it would help her Homeworld and other gems like her.

2. The Diamonds

So when we look at the Diamonds and how hurt Yellow Diamond appears, and how much she’s trying to bury that pain from the war and the loss of her comrades, we’re seeing the same behaviours but on a much larger scale. And it makes sense that Steven would slowly be working up in terms of addressing problems. Everything thus far has been a symptom. Because the heart of the problem is a grieving Homeworld. That’s what led to the Light Bomb, what led to the Cluster, what led to gems like Peridot and the Ruby Squad coming to Earth in the first place.  

Homeworld is grieving, just like Lapis, just like Jasper, just like Eyeball, just like the Diamonds. Except the Diamonds are huge and powerful and command so many gems. Every emotional outburst of theirs could dictate the fate of planets. And in their position, it’s more of no one can tell them they’re wrong or that they need to calm down or that what they’re doing isn’t healthy. They’re Diamonds. Other gems tremble in their very presence because they’re old and powerful. 

And from what we’ve seen of them, they’ve been helping Homeworld so far. For instance, Peridot, in Message Received, never thought for a moment that YD wouldn’t rationally listen to her arguments. It caught her completely by surprise. That means the Diamonds have never given indication of not doing their job.

And you’re absolutely right in saying that YD dismissed Peridot and wanted Earth to be destroyed out of spite. But each character has shown to be spiteful. Even Pearl, even Amethyst, even Steven in Warp Tour, after being tired, after not being believed, after being stressed and afraid

Imagine the same pressure but on an empire-wide scale. Look at how many people the Diamonds are responsible for. Look at how little avenue they have to act out because they have to look strong for everyone else. So spite is definitely up there in the things YD is feeling about Earth, and she has no healthy avenue to let her feelings out and no one to tell her she’s going a little overboard here, probably because she’s alone and lost about half of her team in the war over Earth.

Blue Diamond in The Answer, what was her reason for ordering Ruby shattered? Fusing with a member of her court. She didn’t think Sapphire consented to the fusion, and she felt that because Sapphire was publicly embarrassed, there was probably a need for public retribution. It’s a flawed logic but Blue was also operating under a lot of stress. She’d just been beaten by the rebels and she was frustrated. She was still reeling from the loss of PD, which I mentioned before probably happened recently. She was taking out her anger on the first thing that was also making her upset.

Does giving a character a sad backstory excuse their actions? Not in Steven Universe.

And this is something I stress. Understanding the characters helps the characters change their minds, or make them realise their behaviour. Because nobody wants to be the bad guy. Nobody thinks they’re the bad guy. Nothing about the Diamonds indicates they’re cackling in a dark room while plotting the demise of our characters for the sake of it. There are motives, but that doesn’t make what they’re doing okay. 

That’s why Steven is still around. That’s why he’s trying to be a hero. Because even if there are no “villains” there are people who are doing “villainous things.” It’s just, calling them villains doesn’t do justice the idea that there’s a much bigger threat.

3. “Something ‘bigger than that.’ There’s not ‘really a singular enemy.’”

What’s truly hurtful? The entire social stratification on Homeworld. The belief that gems can be only what they were made to be. The idea that some gems have to be higher up than others and that legitimises treating them like objects. 

And I’ve said this before, but everyone who stays within this system perpetuates it. Gems are socialised to think this is okay, even though it’s not. But the entire point of Bismuth was to show that shattering the upper crust wasn’t the solution. Because there was an entire social order that needed to be unlearned. Everyone who doesn’t protest against it, from the bottom to the top, is complicit in allowing it to continue.

From the lowest Pearl to the Diamonds, a system like this is limiting. What I said earlier about YD having no one to tell her that she’s a teeny bit taking it too far (and I mean this with all the sarcasm I can muster) and having to act strong and okay even though she’s not, that’s a product of the caste system too. 

That’s what Sugar meant by the problem being bigger than just a criminal mastermind. A lot of what we believe in and do is a product of our contexts. It makes sense, especially in a world like ours, in which there’s a lot of systematic and systemic prejudice and violence. It’s the kind of message relevant to our time now. Yes, we have to engage with and rehabilitate people who hurt others. But I think also important is looking at the institutions or the underlying conditions that cause this behaviour to be seen as acceptable too. 

It’s like, why is crime so rampant is some areas? Yes, we have to stop the criminals, but an investigation into poverty, job opportunities, education, and healthcare situation is also needed. And sometimes the inequality there has even more reasons, like discrimination. And even then discrimination could be insidious, and no blanket policy can stop it. 

I get that this kind of story isn’t as exciting as seeing two giants face off against one another in an ultimate showdown. Beating someone up can definitely release some pent up stress. But it also doesn’t solve most problems in the real world. 

And cartoons don’t have the responsibility to be like the real world. It’s just that this one has taken up that challenge. And it’s doing that rather well. It’s not a perfect representation, but it’s pretty good, and that’s why I watch it. 

So based on everything we’ve seen so far, I don’t really see a reason to doubt that things will pan out the way they will because it’s not only a richer story but also something backed up by precedents in the show.