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Mystery Hero is the best and here's why

It’s scary to try a new hero in Overwatch for the first time in a match. No matter how you practice in the range or AIs it’s still fucking scary the first time in a quick play.

But mystery hero is such a delightful clusterfuck. Half the people have no clue how to play the hero they got, the other half are comfortable with their hero so they’re scared to die a get a new hero assigned. The mode will force you to play characters you’ve never played as and no matter how badly you do the first time you will get better with them.

And the whole thing will be a chaotic disaster.

anonymous asked:

same anon who asked the pronunciation. i think you made it reaaally obvious that his actual name is reaaaaaaaaally math. anyways thanks for that! now i don't have to struggle saying his totally real name!

I mean if we’re getting really technically it’s (maˈθɔnʊɨ) but if you aren’t welsh or into con-lang that would blow anyone’s mind on where to start.

His real name is a secret, :3c first you guys have to figure out if he’s an AI, or a real person in there~

DAY 2: Your AU or Favorite AU

i hate myself for this,, i am so  so rry

Root - An Essay

If I had to pick my favourite character of all time, this would be it. Out of all the characters out there in the world, this is the one that means the most to me on a personal level, which is why I left Root for the last of this series of essays I’m doing. She’s a character that brings out some of the most fascinating aspects of the show, pushing it into it’s AI exploration, and allowing characters to grow in new and interesting directions. 

I loved this character from the second she showed up in the first season, and much like Sarah Shahi and Shaw, I think Amy Acker filled the role like she knew it inside and out instantly. The performance across all her episodes is impeccable, and the great performance is backed up by a brilliantly crafted arc that feels seamless from start to finish.

Root when we meet her is someone who couldn’t care less about people, with the exception of those that she finds interesting. She’s someone who, for that reason, has a very idyllic outlook on The Machine, believing her perfect right from the start due to the very fact that she was meticulously designed. Root makes it her mission to allow The Machine to be free to decide her own direction, and after all her effort, she gets to where she thought her goal was and it’s gone. Suddenly, all that purpose is just drained away as she ends up in the hospital Finch checks her into, looking like a shell of herself until the phone rings and gives her what she needed, a purpose.

The development that follows once The Machine starts talking to her is what made her my favourite character on the show. The Machine manages to reason with her during her time in the hospital to adjust her methods, no longer killing people, but Root doesn’t understand why she shouldn’t. She follows The Machine’s instructions and saves lives, but she doesn’t understand why that’s the right thing to do. She’s just doing it because The Machine told her to, and she believes in The Machine. That all gets interrupted when The Machine sends her to save Cyrus Wells, and Cyrus becomes the new face of her past. The bad things she did to people are no longer abstract ideas, they’re a very human face that she can see the effects of her actions upon. When it comes to the point where she knows for certain that she changed this man’s life in irreparable ways, the look on her face is one I’m not sure Root would make before this point. There’s a sadness there, a sadness for someone other than herself, someone she didn’t find interesting like she does Shaw and Finch. And that’s how she comes to learn why people matter.

This arc ends up affecting her views on herself as well, as glimpsed in Prophets. Root’s always been very confident, full of herself, self-assured. But once she realizes the effects of her actions, she goes through a period of uncertainty, as we glimpse especially in her talk with Harold in the hotel in Prophets. In there, she believes her past actions make her unworthy of even a good death. When The Machine contacted her in God Mode, she was given a purpose, a mission, and she knew that, but the idea that seems to only really occur to her during this conversation is that she was given more than that, she was given a second chance. 

Root’s a character whose arcs are all tied intrinsically to the show’s themes. From learning the value of the individual, to second chances. But my favourite of hers, and one I think is quite unique, is the one with her perception of The Machine, tied to the running theme through the show of The Machine’s personification. Both Root and Finch go on character journeys to see The Machine for who she is, but in very different ways. From her introduction, Root sees The Machine as a god of sorts, a perfect being. Something created by design. And this perception keeps up even into the start of season 4, but it starts to shake when her connection to The Machine becomes limited, and I’d say especially when we get to The Cold War and she sees something new in The Machine, fear during the chat with Samaritan. But it goes almost without saying that the most important event that alters the relationship between Root and The Machine is Shaw, specifically Shaw’s disappearance in the middle of season 4 and The Machine’s refusal to tell Root if Shaw’s alive. From that moment, the relationship between the two is altered. Root stops seeing The Machine as a god in perfection, but a god in apprehension, and there is a difference. That difference is that, by the time we get to YHWH, Root’s outright saying that The Machine isn’t perfect, something she wouldn’t consider a year prior. Despite this change though, Root’s devotion to The Machine doesn’t change. In The Contingency, she talks of how people are bad code, accidents, flawed, and idolizes The Machine because she’s something ‘other’ and due to how computers make more sense to her than people. But over season 3, she learns the effects of her actions, that she isn’t perfect. And in season 4, that The Machine is not. And that’s okay. She still puts The Machine over herself in Asylum, saying she doesn’t care what happens to her, regardless of those flaws. I think the whole arc is a fantastic way to push her character, and allows for her to come into her own in a new way. It’s an arc I’ve never really seen before, and one that, to me, is made particularly special because I can’t see it in a show other than Person of Interest.

With the Machine’s communication with her limited during the events of season 4, Root’s story brings her to another one of the show’s recurring themes: that of found family. Without The Machine to lean on in quite the same way, she has to lean on the others more. I think perhaps this arc is most evident with Reese, as the two grow to understand and like each other in Shaw’s absence. It’s one of the reasons I love M.I.A., I think that’s the episode they really get each other finally. Prior to the events of the series, it seems Root was a loner, doing her job and keeping to herself. She didn’t seem the type to get lonely, but by the time we get to A More Perfect Union, that’s exactly how she feels because she’s come to understand what it’s like to want the company of others, especially with Shaw.

I’ve always taken Samaritan as something of if season 2 Root were an ASI. Self-perception as a perfect god, not understanding what matters about individual people, and funny enough both end up in Faraday Cages thanks to Finch. But Root, in the arc outlined above, has to confront both of these beliefs of hers and grow as a person, understanding why people matter and that The Machine isn’t perfect. Samaritan, meanwhile, never is pushed to these arcs, and it plays a role in the AI’s downfall.

The Machine, early on, saw someone for her admin that she thinks would fit him perfectly, and pushed him towards her. Years down the line, she does this again with Root and Shaw, no doubt able to see that the two would work well together. And without that, I don’t think Root develops the way she does. Without Shaw, she doesn’t come to understand The Machine isn’t perfect. Without Shaw, I don’t see her softening up, becoming part of the family. She might have been fascinated by Harold before meeting Shaw, Shaw’s really her ‘in’ with the group. As annoyed as Shaw plays with Root, once they team up in Mors Praematura, she gets Root in a way the others don’t. She may not see the full picture as Root does her thing with The Machine, but by the end, she sees how it all comes together. Every step had a purpose that was crucial to completing the mission, something neither Reese or Finch really see up close as in depth as she got to. She sees Root for who she is, much like how Root sees Shaw for who she is. This is evident in their very next interaction in The Devil’s Share, when Shaw has the idea to use Root to find Quinn. Unlike Finch, she gets how Root works and knows she can do it. In Mors Praematura, Root asks Shaw to trust her, and as the mission goes on, Root lives up to that trust, leading Shaw to giving her trust to Root again in The Devil’s Share. Once again, Root lives up to it, and by Aletheia, Shaw wants to go back and save Root, later doing so in Deus Ex Machina. The development in their dynamic is often subtle in the moment until you look at the overall storyline, I feel, and is just perfect for both of their characters.

By the time season 4 comes around, the two are comfortable enough with each other that Shaw’s teasing back throughout Honour Among Thieves, and at least runs deep enough for Root that she wants to leave that message with Harold. And then, at the end of Honour Among Thieves, it seems to Root at least that Shaw reciprocates that by coming back. However, once they reach The Devil You Know, Root ends up, for the first time on screen, genuinely a bit done with Shaw’s attitude as she brushes off the Samaritan situation, putting some strain on things. From her reaction to the kiss in If-Then-Else, it seems she maybe thinks that the actual emotions of it were more one sided than she thought, only to be proven wrong in the final moments of ITE. Shaw being captured really must feel like deja vu to Root, as the paralleling moments of her looking out the window to see Shaw/Hanna getting into cars emphasize. I think the choice to recall that scene from Bad Code in Asylum potentially adds a bit of context to Root and Hanna’s relationship, in addition with Root mentioning in TDTWWA that she had been hiding since she was twelve. A bit of timeline math, she would have been 11/12 when Hanna was taken, and since she didn’t get revenge until years later, it seems to me that the most likely intention with that line has to do with her sexuality, as well as retreating from people without Hanna around. This show loves to build character through details, and I think this is definitely a case where they do that again, and I think really serves to make these characters feel like fully fleshed out people.

On the topic of TDTWWA, I love how they handle all the moments between them once Shaw’s back. I talked more about how I loved the way Sarah Shahi played post-simulations Shaw in her piece, but instead here I want to touch on how Root’s played in those scenes. It’s a nice contrast to how Root is played in 6,741, hurriedly trying to jump into bed with Shaw, but instead trying to reassure her, and is very tender and soft. Both of them really do a great job showing this new side of their dynamic. Still distinctly them, but changed by the experience of losing Shaw for so long and then Shaw with the simulations, with a new gentleness to it. The story between the two, from start to finish, is gorgeously constructed and, as much as I do love stories about sexuality sometimes, one of the reasons this is my favourite fictional couple is that it’s never that. It simply is. They’re both fully fleshed out, multifaceted, engaging characters in their own rights, and their relationship serves both of their storylines and allows them to grow in ways they wouldn’t without the other, while never becoming their whole stories. 

There are more great speeches and pieces of dialogue in this series than I dare count (totally tempted to do some favourites in the future though), but among those I have to include “I like that idea. That even if we’re not real, we represent a dynamic. A tiny finger tracing across the infinite. A shape. And then we’re gone.” I think it’s a line you can really take about fictional characters in general. Most stories that really stand out tend to do so because of the characters that inhabit them. They may not be real, but they represent real things, real ideas, real people. And what often makes those truly special ones as special as they are is that they represent something that matters to you. The characters across this show really do that for me, but it’s for the reasons above, and more very personal ones, that Root is my favourite character of all time.