RULES: Choose any three fandoms (in random order) and answer the questions. Then tag some friends.
I choose (based on the merch i have in my room):
The first character you loved:
Edward Elric because the height jokes…i can relate
Masaomi Kida, granted i watched the first season when i was 14 so he was a dork to me
Rukia Kuchiki b/c i finally had a main female character that wasn’t ultra feminine or did things for a guys’ attention
The character you never expected to love so much:
GREED!!! Like in the original 2003 series he was a major ass. Then by reading the manga and watching Brotherhood, I totally understood Greed. The first incarnation was still a bit of a jerk, but later on he grew some more humanity and his quotes are some of the most relateable concepts I’ve ever heard/read in fiction
Izaya Orihara…I have a love hate relationship with him (like basically the entire cast of the series). I hated his guts during the first season when I initially watched it. When I rewatched it again after I aged a bit, I loved his character because he’s complex and fully admits he’s an asshole.
Byakuka Kuchiki - I pegged him off as an asshole the instant he came on screen but learning the reasons why he did what he did…I felt for him.
The character you relate to most:
The character you’d slap:
Roy for that miniskirt line, but I still love him
Izaya, for merely existing
None, I’d slap the creator for that whack-ass ending
Three favorite characters:
Edward, Alphonse, and Winry
Shizuo, Celty, and Shinra
Rukia, Ichigo, and Ishida
A character you liked at first but not so much anymore:
Ori*hime - but that’s mostly due to the fact that her creator ruined her character by reducing her to a simple love interest when she had the potential to be a pivotal person to the series; other than that, i still love her, i’m just disappointed and frustrated that she fell into the shounen trap for female characters
A character you did not like at first, but they’ve grown on you:
Hohenheim, I hated his guts in the original series, but after Brotherhood he’s definitely one of my faves in the series
Aizen - since i started the series when i was 10 i just plain out hated him. But as I grew up with the series I saw that he was a badass antagonist and the potential with him was infinite but well…that ending…he’s now happily with his chair soulmate for eternity
Edwin, Royai, and characters x happiness
Shinra x Celty are really my only otp, my ot3 within the series is the raira trio and my brotp is Shizuo x Celty
ICHIRUKI (idgaf it’s more canon than the actual ending ships), Ishihime, and Ginran
But speaking of kick-ass female protagonists, Lara Croft FTW?
I never got into the Tomb Raider franchise, so I can only really comment from an outsider’s perspective. When it was in its hay day, I was still living in a household that discouraged me from playing video games. Most of my gaming pre-college was limited to playing the random arcade machines in my town (Simpsons, TMNT, X-Men, Street Fighter, Time Crisis, etc.), whatever my friends owned (many hours of Mortal Kombat and MarioKart), whatever games my brother had (which weren’t really my taste) or edutainment games for PC that were mostly terrible (though I had a deep love of Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? which fed into my love of history). It wasn’t until I had moved out that I discovered Bethesda, then Bioware, and dove head-first into gaming. Tomb Raider just never made my list of franchises to try and jump into, given that I was so far behind in it.
I am interested in how for years Lara Croft has been held up as an example of Badass Female Protagonist™ and Sexist Male Fantasy™
simultaneously, depending on who you ask. Given that I’ve never experienced the games directly, I have never really known where to fall on that spectrum. But from what little I have seen of the games, she seems like a pretty awesome character - smart, resourceful, and able to get the job done. I think it’s mostly her physical appearance that rubs some people the wrong way… but if a female character is well written, then I don’t have a problem with her being presented as conventionally attractive. To focus exclusively on a female character’s physical attributes and disregard every other aspect of her seems to be more objectifying to me, tbh.