and aw character development

  • portal: probably like 15-20 minutes long in its entirety
  • portal 2: get ready to devote your entire weekend to learning GLaDOS' tragic back story

one thing that bugs me on jtv? the complete lack of acknowledgement of what petra’s been through. petra is an abuse survivor. the one constant presence in her life is a mother who amongst other things has threatened her, belittled her, constantly gaslights her, all for her own selfish gains. struggles through post-partum depression. discovers she has a twin- who could have become the family petra so desperately needs who drugs her, assumes her identity and tries to screw her over. watches her husband who she really does love fall in love with another woman whilst said woman is carrying the child she wanted so much. not to mention being kidnapped, suffering a late term miscarriage and feeling inferior to jane. and like? there is barely any mention of petra’s past. the only thing they bring up are her mistakes- which yes are a lot, and yes she has done some terrible things, but geez. please let petra go to therapy!!!!! please let petra be happy!!!!!!

I had so much fun with the new Power rangers movie! Yeah, it’s cheesy, yeah it has problems, but it was so good! It spent a lot of time on the characters instead of pointless battles, but it had a good climactic fight, it brought so much nostalgia for me! And SPOILER ALERT JDF and Amy Jo made a “cameo” and that was a nice touch for me. so Go go Power rangers!

Come talk to me once you watch it, cause I have feelings!

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i don’t know about you guys, but i was in total awe of oswald’s character development in the last episode. the fact that he went from being completely selfish, hellbent on his own survival, to being willing to DIE for ed is just amazing?? like, i’m still not over it. he was willing to be tortured rather than betray ed, even after EVERYTHING ed admitted to. not only did ed try to kill him (in a very violent, painful, way) but ed admitted to leaving elijah’s remains in a dumpster. (i mean, i think that’s not true, but we all know ed treats corpses badly, so who knows??)

even babs was stunned at oswald’s love for ed. she looks at him like she can’t believe it, and she even has to repeat it back to him. “so you’d rather die than give up the man who tried to kill you?” because this is such a huge deal for oswald, and babs knows that.

oswald was more than willing to let butch shoot ed for “betraying” him in episode 5 (when ed took the money back from the voters). but now? oswald would rather die than see ed hurt, even after everything. i am still so fucking shook over that. it’s such a beautiful thing.

ANYWAY. @colfernygma‘s gifset (here) made me realise something. in season 1, oswald says that love is weakness (“your greatest passion becomes your greatest weakness”) which is an obvious parallel to what ed says in season 2 (”but for you and i, it [love] will always be our most crippling weakness”).

but oswald is now at a point where he doesn’t see love as a weakness. it’s his strength. he was willing to put someone else before himself, and he is now more emotionally “mature” than ed. if you squint, every time oswald talks to ed in episode 14, he’s basically trying to help ed see the truth – that ed does love him, that they need each other, that ed didn’t really love isabella.

he even corrects ed, at one point. ed says “i’ve killed before, oswald,” and oswald says “not like this”. okay, oswald’s making the point that ed loves him, which ed claims to not be true, but COME ON. ed is so obviously conflicted about shooting oswald, it’s not even worth going into here. (but for a beautiful, in-depth analysis of ed’s feelings on the shooting, check out @edngyma’s meta here!) oswald is the more emotionally mature of the two of them, even though ed’s the one in a position of power.

oswald is playing the martyr card really hard in this scene. he’s desperately trying to enlighten ed, to make him see the Truth – that he does love and need oswald. but edward nygma is in so much denial it’s literally tragic. he doesn’t want to see past his anger at what oswald did. he doesn’t want to entertain the possibility that he loves oswald, because he’s too blinded by his own pain at oswald’s betrayal. (again, further proof that oswald is more emotionally mature than ed at this point. oswald was able to see past ed’s betrayal, because he loves him.)

ever since the first season, oswald has been steps ahead of ed, narratively. when ed was a nerdy smol, working at the g.c.p.d., oswald was murdering his way up the criminal ladder. oswald was on his Villain Journey way before ed. oswald really took up the moniker of the penguin at the end of season 1, and ed hasn’t even been called the riddler yet.

and then, in season 2, ed was fanboying over oswald and wanted him to be his murder senpai, because ed was still behind oswald, narratively. ed has always been following oswald’s lead. since getting out of arkham, ed has even dressed like oswald. he’s always been playing catch up.

people have already paralleled ed shooting oswald to oswald pushing fish off the roof in the season 1 finale, so i’m gonna bring that up now. oswald had to kill fish, to fully blossom into a beautiful criminal kingpin in season 2. it was a case of the student becoming the teacher (with a dash of homicide).

oswald has always been ed’s teacher. ed asked to be oswald’s student in season 2. (“i brought you here, in part, because i was hoping you could guide me on this new path.”) and then, after getting out of arkham, oswald gave ed suits, and a home, and a position of power. though ed had become a murderer all by himself, he was still subordinate to oswald. he still looked up to oswald. he even says it (“i continue to be in awe of you oswald”).

in order to fully begin his riddler journey, ed needed to “kill” his mentor, as a symbolic way of letting him go and moving on without him. to edward, oswald has fulfilled his purpose as his teacher. ed has to assert his position as a Badass Villain (in the eyes of babs and tabs and butch) by killing his mentor. like oswald killing fish to show everyone that they shouldn’t mess him with, ed “killed” oswald to prove to the criminal underworld that he’s not someone to be trifled with.

to drag it back to my original point: oswald had already gone through a version of this arc. as with everything, it took ed longer to reach this narrative place. but now he has, and we all know he’s gonna go on to don the ridiculous green suit and bowler hat, and fully embrace the riddler aesthetic.

so, at some point, ed is going to have to come to realisation that love ISN’T a weakness, but a strength. in season 2, when he says “for you and i, it will always be our most crippling weakness”, he’s including oswald in that. “for BOTH OF US love is weakness”. but love is no longer a weakness for oswald. love is a strength.

now it’s ed’s turn to come to that realisation. oswald’s already TOLD him – “you need me, edward nygma. just as i need you. you cannot have one without the other.” oswald and ed are stronger as a team than they are apart. oswald knows this, but ed doesn’t. not yet, anyway.

it makes sense that oswald comes to the realisation that love is actually a strength before ed does. because oswald has always been ahead of ed. this is just a continuation of the pattern that ed and oswald always follow. oswald is, as always, steps ahead of ed.

Man, I’m sure I’ve talked about it before, but Lord Emglish’s mission is so great

Caliborn described his OC in a pretty uncanny way. The cairo overcoat and the clockwork majyyks. He’s kind of stupid and has the worst levels of curiosity, but that is very clearly sensing himself as Lord English. There is no way he could fabricate those things and we all know coincidence and luck are bullshit

So Caliborn has a shitty OC self insert and Lord English is the embodiment of that OC

Act 6, infamous for it’s long and drawn out nature as well as plot contrivances, has green curtains for Caliborn

Caliborn wrote a shitty story and had awful characterization, but due to time shenanigans, some of it was true

Act 6 had some awful characterization and character development, with Game Over being a nightmare and all the nonsense that lead up to it and resulted from it

At this point Caliborn says he is calling the shots
To back it up, Lord English is killing ghosts

As we learned from Davepeta, ghost experience helps build into a more complete Alpha. Alternates are necessary to a healthy growth

Lord English is killing them off, reducing characters down to more basic, manipulatable pieces from which he can set up for his time as Caliborn

Lord English is a rampant OC that is doing his thing which just so happens to play into his past self

It’s like the dumbest and beat timeloop ever because it involves all LE shenanigans to make Caliborn come out on top, it’s so stupid and so brilliant

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So here’s the complaint I made to BBC over Sherlock. Since everyone else focused on LGBT, I felt the need to talk about women in Sherlock. Yet the reply I revieved had absolutely no explanation for the bad writing nor the awful writing of female characters being used to develop male character storylines. People may disagree with my complaint but you have to admit that BBCs reply is just shitty.

anonymous asked:

your post about the hp films and ron reminded me of my current horror: I'm reading the cursed child play right now, and it. is. TERRIBLE. especially the way they write ron in it, I want to scream every time he's in a scene. have you read it/do you plan to read it?

I do not. I’m a big fan of Ron (Re-reading the books, I really connect and identify with him), and I’ve heard his characterisation in the Cursed Child seems to be solely based on the movies and erase all his careful and subtle and great character development from the books-you know, among other awful creative choices. I don’t want to ruin HP for myself, so… the play is off the table.

EDIT: for whatever reason, JKR seems to have grown impatient and tired of Ron, but I really struggle with the way she’s been trash-talking on his character these past few years. He’s a very interesting, well-written, credible character and his development is one of the most interesting in the books… and coming back on that feels like a betrayal of sorts.

i feel like the characters that i don’t like are characters who do bad things and just never get proper comeuppance. 

komaeda essentially causes the first murder in sdr2, has a pretty harmful way of thinking (hope can only be caused by talent, talentless/normal people are worthless and shouldn’t be near talented people), manipulated fukawa throughout drae because he said he could keep togami safe if she followed his EXACT plan, and threatened to blow up a fucking school because his friends were depressed (newsflash asshole don’t do that).

yet, komaeda is given a happy ending and still has the same harmful thought process. he still believes in hope only being caused by talent, despair will lead to a great hope, and nothing changes. he’s still the exact same. he just got a happy ending while having an awful ova try to excuse any potential character development at the last second.

oleander, despite me liking him for other reasons, is also a victim of this. he gets off scot-free of kidapping twenty kids and making them sneeze their brains out. before you say loboto did this, oleander is still the leader of the mission and had loboto do that. we do learn about his sad past, but twenty kids were still kidnapped, strapped down, and forced to sneeze out their brains like that’s just really fucked up.

the narrative still has us forgive oleander because raz helps him with his traumatic experiences, but that doesn’t really add up for me. any trace of him being an “evil general” is eliminated in pitror, and no one really seems to take him seriously despite, you know, him trying to take over the fucking world like two days ago. it’s just an awkwardness for oleander’s character that’s like “oh just view him as a weird uncle! forget he did all that shit!” but for me, i can’t because it’s so blatant that two days ago, he tried to kill everyone, but now, he’s singing a pop song and then dicks around in a merman suit.

i’m sure oleander will get some form of retribution for his actions in pn2 (unlike komaeda who had like five years to learn in this hell franchise called dangan ronpa since he had a personal manga, an ova, two video games, and two animes to learn). i still like oleander has a character, but seeing him in pitror act as if he didn’t just try to take over the fucking world is a bit jarring. komaeda can go fuck himself.

anonymous asked:

Yeah I was kind of surprised too when you listed Elena as one of your top faves. I mean considering her awful character development from s4-s6. Idk I just thought that you would rank her way lower than u actually did.

As opposed to Alaric who has no personality or Matt who is irrelevant, Jeremy who also has no personality and Tyler who doesn’t do much growing after season 2 and regresses into being an impulsive angry werewolf? Like none of the characters on TVD besides Bonnie and Stefan are particularly interesting or complex or have a presence. They’re all pretty bland.

anonymous asked:

Do you think that SAO has better characterization then Accel World, in terms of both novels and shows?

Not at all. SAO is far better with the worldbuilding than AW is, but AW is infinitely better in terms of characters and their development. The only part of SAO that comes remotely close to AW in terms of characterization is Alicization, and even that falls short of AW in this regard.

  • me: ohmygOD THIS TOKYO GHOUL FINALE WAS AWFUL THIS ENTIRE SEASON WAS TERRIBLE. NO CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, NO FIGHT SCENE BETWEEN ARIMA AND KANEKI, HIDE DIED, FUCK I HATE THIS I HATE ALL OF THIS NEVER WATCHING OR DOING ANYTHING WITH THE ANIME AGAIN
  • me later: *constantly reblogs finale gifs*

I’ve never been a big fan of Dean but did anyone else find that scene between him and Rory at the end just really… pure?? Like it was so sweet and nice he had his life together. The only thing I didn’t like was how they always romanticize him as being the “best first boyfriend ever.” He really wasn’t lol, but he also didn’t deserve that awful character development season 4 and up. So it was kinda nice to see him with a happy ending, just not with Rory.

Sasha Braus: Confidence and Character Development

I know we talk about Armin, and the confidence he gained throughout the series an awful lot, and it is very interesting character development, but the person whose development tends to be overlooked is actually the one whose is the most interesting: Sasha.

Let’s see; Sasha starts off as the slightly dorky kid, a bit goofy, but she’s also rather insecure. Like, look at her behaviour around Ymir; she goes along with Ymir’s demands, calling her ‘lord’ etc. and bowing to everything. She didn’t really have any need to do so, as I am ninety-nine percent certain that if she’d stood up to Ymir - who wasn’t really doing anything wrong either way, but who was making Sasha her servant for fun - nothing else would have happened. Instead, Sasha went along with it, and I think that stemmed from insecurity and desire to be liked and accepted. She even saluted Ymir and Historia - then Krista - during one of the dining room scenes. It shows just how little confidence she had at the start.

She’s also insecure about her accent, as we saw during the chapter in which she rescued the little girl from her village. Coming from a small community in the throes of famine, you can imagine that Sasha had quite a sheltered life. I have conflicting feelings here; on the one hand, her father seems like a fairly integrated part of the village. On the other, if Sasha really had grown up in Dauper then surely she’d have been recognised by more people when she joined up with the train of horses? It’s a possiblity that her father only began to get more involved with village life afterwards, but Sasha did always introduce herself as ‘from Dauper village’. Either way, I don’t think Sasha ever had much of a social life in and of itself; sure, she probably chatted to people her own age and stuff, but my impression of her past is that she never had any particularly close friends. This is based off only a few panels, but it seems to have been just her and her father for a lot of the time. Dauper probably experienced a high death toll during the famine, and was then repopulated with the refugees from Wall Maria; there seems to be a certain level of emnity towards the survivors of the Titan attack on Sasha’s part, which probably led to a slight disconnect between her family and the village.

Sasha’s a bubbly, sociable girl, but I think her father was her social support, rather than a large amount of friends or family. Though she probably wanted to make friends and has always been rather out-going, she also seemed a little in awe of the more outwardly self-assured girls like Ymir, who at least projected an aura of self-confidence, and Mikasa, for whom a lot of stuff is so effortless that she probably seems self-confident without even trying. That’s possibly why she’s friendlier with Connie than the others, though they all seem to have a relatively close bond, because Connie is a little more normal than the rest of them.

Sasha starts off as friendly and sweet, but there’s always a level of insecurity and awkwardness there; she tries to fit in more than be herself, and I think this is in part because she isn’t used to being around so many people of her own age. Her outward projection of goofy fun-loving foodie means that her lack of confidence and then her character development and the way in which she learns confidence is somewhat masked. It’s a gradual thing, which we don’t really notice until we go ‘woah, look at how badass Sasha’s become’.

I’ve always wondered why she never showed off her talent with a bow and arrow beforehand; while I doubt the army would ever have trained with them, because they’re useless against Titans and guns are a more effective crime deterrent, presumably the opportunity to practice aiming came up every once in a while and Sasha has pinpoint aim. Possibly she’d have thought a bow and arrow would seem out of place in the army, or maybe she didn’t want to have questions asked or something. But it’s fairly symbolic that her growth in confidence came after she picked up that bow and arrow to save the little girl.

Of course, there were other factors too; she made peace with her father, who always indirectly contributed to her insecurity - I am convinced he loved her and that their relationship was close, but we can’t forget that they clashed on several points, and she seems to have been waiting ages for her to tell her that she’s become a ‘fine woman’. 

But I think Sasha’s self-confidence comes from her accepting her past. She’s always spoken formally rather in her natural dialect and denied her roots. By picking up the bow and arrow - I’m discounting the hunting OVA here because that’s just a bit of fun for us fans really - the weapon with which she hunted when she lived with her dad in her village, she became more in tune with who she was and merged her former self with who she is now. It was an instinctive reaction, definitely, but she seems to have just continued along with using a bow just fine afterwards.

Her dad’s affirmation of who she’s grown into played a huge role in this, in my opinion. She’s become someone different, that’s for sure, and he’s proud of that. There no longer needs to be a clash between who she was and who she is now; there are more important things at stake, like protecting children from Titans and doing her job and her dad knows that and is proud of her for it. She’s reconciled with him and it does wonder for her confidence.

I don’t think Sasha necessarily ever had low self-esteem; she always seemed like she had a fairly good opinion of herself without being conceited, but just never appeared very secure in herself. It was more of a desire to be recognised outwardly by others rather than a need to be recognised by herself - very similar to Armin in that sense.

The scene when the gang are rescuing Jean and Armin is very telling; not only does Sasha show off her badass bow and arrow skills, she reprimands Mikasa and refers to the merchants as prey. She’s perfectly open about how she used to be and her roots now, and it shows in how she treats others. I’m not saying she automatically became a bitch and started snapping at everyone - because she didn’t even snap - but she gained the confidence to tell Mikasa, of all people, the girl who graduated top of the Southern 104th and who used Sasha as a bit of a butt monkey, albeit without intent to hurt her or cause offence, that she made a mistake.

While Armin’s  and Jean’s are the character arcs most people talk about, and that are stressed on the most in canon material, especially the anime - in my view - there’s no denying that Sasha’s is just as important and just as interesting.

Want to know why I will still be watching The 100?

  • Bob
  • Eliza
  • Lindsay
  •  Paige
  • Christopher
  • Henry
  •  Devon
  •  Marie
  •  Richard
  • Jarod
  • Sachin
  •  Adina
  • Chelsey. 

They work their asses off to bring their characters to life and they are proud of what they do, even when they get shitty scripts and awful character development. I will be patient with the show, not for Jason, but for this wonderful cast of people.  

I don’t think Chloe actually likes Adrien. Every time she’s doing things to look like she’s together with Adrien, it’s always very public, and she definitely didn’t care that Adrien didn’t know he was signing her valentine–she didn’t actually care whether Adrien gave her one or not, she just wanted everyone to think she had a boyfriend. And if that’s true, it adds to my feeling that Chloe wasn’t interested in kissing Adrien in Horrificator because she likes him or anything. She just wants to be seen kissing a boy in public (and make sure it’s Adrien so no one can ask questions about her taste. After all, any girl should like Adrien, right?). That kiss was going to be videotaped and shown to her dad, which is just a little strange if Adrien’s supposedly her crush…