bad guy trope

Tropes fiction writers need to just stop using:

In parentheses is whatever I watched/read last that had the trope that picked me off, but they appear in waaaaaaaaaay more places


  1. group fighting for marginalized people’s rights is an evil terrorist group (RWBY)
  2. Being disabled is the Worst Thing Ever (Supernatural, Dark Angel)
  3. Men and Women Are Just Different TM (Dark Angel)
  4. Mentally Ill people are Scary and Villainous  (Prison Break, every single batman villain ever)
  5. physically disabled people are Scary and Villainous (Alex Rider)
  6. Two characters being mistaken for gay and it’s supposed to be funny/embarrassing (Supernatural)
  7. Abled Parents of Disabled Children are super Saintly instead of just doing the bare minimum  (Clarisa in Cuentos de Eva Luna, a whole lot more stuff)
  8. Bonus points if the disabled child then dies so we don’t have to deal with their disability (The Machine)
  9. Women get super upset if their husbands forget their anniversary, this is portrayed as unreasonable and humorous (American Dad, Bob’s Burgers)
  10. when  aliens have human genders and gender roles (Star Wars)
  11. when there are nameless female characters attached to your male characters to show how desirable they are (Supernatural, housepets)
  12. When The Guy really wants to date a girl and all he has to do is pester her enough/act pathetic enough/save her life and suddenly she’ll be attracted to him (every romance written by a man)
  13. The scruffy white guy videogame protagonist.

anonymous asked:

Oh, so the gay guy in Beauty and the Beast was a respectful representation?

i know a lot of people are mad abt it but i personally enjoyed him. im not saying it was a respectful representation but i enjoyed his character. i would have anyway, hed of probably been my fave anyway, but bc he was gay it was like x100 more up my alley. 

I started watching Batman: The Animated Series today and it made me feel like drawing for the first time in like two weeks

I love this guy (these guys???) a lot… I really like his design in The Batman too, though he doesn’t look anywhere near as sharp.

TEW2 predictions: 

-joseph is indoctrinated into becoming a mobius agent OR is a mobius guinea pig (the latter being more likely and the former just my own indulgence because i’m always a slut for the good guys go bad trope) 
-sebastian goes into hiding or under witness protection because once mobius finds out he’s alive he gonna be Dead™ yo 
-ruvik slowly starts to reveal himself to each of his hosts - a brief flash in kidman’s mirror, a shadow in joseph’s dreams, in the faces seb sees on the streets, etc. 
-leslie………. dies. or completely snaps from mobius’ experiments. leaving mobius stranded in their research and in search of a new host for STEM. i don’t WANT this to happen, but i don’t think leslie’s going to make it. 
-kidman gets away from myra when she can and meets up with seb, explaining her side and eventually teaming up with him to fight back against mobius. 
-seb finds out about myra through kidman and becomes desperate to get her (and joseph) back - even flying off the handle to do it. 
-kidman does everything in her power to keep joseph from getting hurt by mobius, but her work isn’t tied to research so she can only do so much to help him 
-ruvik finds out laura is “alive” through one of his hosts and visits her vegetative body in a private hospital (if that’s actually true, it could’ve been a warped thought ingame). 
-the admin is incapacitated from his time in STEM and myra takes over his job
-myra was once with mobius by choice, but her loyalties begin to slip once she finally sees seb again (or maybe she was indoctrinated to begin with and has forgotten everything about lily and seb reminds her…? who knows.) 
-ruvik fully reveals himself to seb and kidman and even though they despise him, he knows his way around mobius and he has a host in the admin so he helps them get to myra, joseph and leslie, which ultimately ends in ruvik betraying them and taking control of mobius for himself. 

— cue TEW3: y’all just got fucked.

anonymous asked:

Is it really racist for Alex to be the 'villain'? He's not really demonised (it's very sympathetically handled) plus in the comics nico and gert both aren't white (confirmed) and karolina is from another planet and is drawn implying she wouldnt be white and I'm sure it's implied that molly isn't white? So it's not like they took the one poc and made him some cackling muahahah villain

Where exactly did you see it confirmed that Gert isn’t white? How do you mean Karolina is drawn implying she wouldn’t be white? Where are you sure it’s implied Molly isn’t white? Like I feel like you’re giving the writers too much credit.

And we aren’t talking about PoC. We are talking about BLACK people. They took the one recurring Black person and made him a villain. Black people always being the bad guys is a trope and does demonize Black characters, especially when they are the only Black person in the group.


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Another sorta-satire thing I like about MP100 is that Teru is *technically* the “bad guy becomes a friend” trope, but unlike more srs shows where this takes forever and is very serious with their 14 year olds, he acts like. well. a dumb middle schooler about the whole thing?

I mean. The kid went from “flinging knives at the protagonist” to “loyal pal” in under an episode. When Mob beat his ass without even trying he jumped straight to the “Oh, jeez, I guess we’re friends now” bit, just. immediately.
He wasn’t even hurt in this ‘epic battle’ he was trying to have. He got his haircut ruined. and that changed his whole worldview. His ‘im the chosen one to take over the world’ phase just sort of… dissolved, and he was back like the next day with a ridiculous wig and a heart full of equally-sudden loyalty. That’s the most “middle school” redemption arc I can possibly think of.

YOU FUCKING KNOW WHAT?

THANK GOD FOR FANDOM. THANK GOD FOR ME GETTING INTO FANDOM AND BASICALLY LEARNING TO FREE MY MIND. I FIND THAT I’M MORE ABLE TO DITCH DUMB CANON NOW AND WRITE STUFF OUT OF MY HEADCANON WITHOUT IT AFFECTING MY LOVE FOR A CHARACTER.

HAD I NOT JOINED FANDOM AND SLOWLY FOUND MYSELF LEARNING THE FANDOM APPROACH TO SOURCE MEDIA, I’D BE LIKE THAT GUY IN THE LETTERS WHO HATES HIS FAVE AND ONLY READS BECAUSE HE WANTS HIM TO SUFFER.

BUT BECAUSE OF THE GIFT OF IMPROVING FREE ASSOCIATION THAT FANDOM HAS GIVEN ME, I CAN WRITE SIM OUT OF MY HEADCANON AND SAY: “This is shitty writing. This is on the writers. I do not have to accept this into my personal perception of canon. Yes, its existence bothers me, but I am able to quarantine it and process it through those filters.” Thank god for fandom.