big bad villain

anonymous asked:

Ohhh to continue on with that "where in Touhou do you feel it could be a stopping point/ending for the series", I feel like LoLK really gave us everything for a finale. I feel like a lot of the series has built up the Lunarians as a big bad villain and you finally got a chance to confront a few forces on it in the game. If it maybe focused more entirely on Lunarians instead of Junko's revenge then I think that would be a good place for it to end

The Lunarians have definitely been built up as powerful antagonists, but I definitely wouldn’t say they’re the major villain of the series. If anything, their purpose is to be an absolutely unbeatable force that puts the problems of Gensokyo into perspective. Even in LoLK, you fail to so much as put a scratch on Sagume.

Don’t take this analogy too literally, but it’s somewhat like telling a story about a small kingdom neighbored by a larger empire. You can still tell an entirely self-contained story about just that kingdom, it’s succession problems and whatnot, without ever toppling the empire. In fact, it would make no sense for the kingdom to topple the empire. Even if they’re a constant threat through the story, the villain is always going to be the Evil Vizier who tried to assassinate the Princess, not the Empire. That doesn’t mean the empire is irrelevant or even unimportant to the story, they’re just not what it’s about.

Touhou is about Gensokyo, not the moon. It’s not even about Gensokyo being invaded by the moon. The moon is just one of many concerns to the people in Gensokyo. If there has to be a final story arc to the series as a whole, I would imagine it would come from WaHH, specifically the subplot about the sages and therefore the creation and future of Gensokyo. That’s much more relevant to the unifying themes of the series than the moon is.

The big bad villain is Kasen.

On one hand killing off Toffee that easily would be seen as “anti-climatic” or “Too soon” and we still have another season after this one, and he was so far the best villain and will be difficult to top, but on the other hand that was the most epic and most fitting way to kill him off.

On the concept of Soulmate AUs

You know what I’m tired of? Soulmate AUs with the protagonist/antagonist ship as the main pairing that always has the villain who reacts the best to the situation, and the hero freaking out.

What I want to see is a hero who gets it, who understands that yeah, their soulmate may kind of be a murdering psychopath, but that’s cool, they can deal with that, they can live through it, but what’s not cool is them totally looking the other way and avoiding the hell out of them.

Give me the realisation that they’re soulmates in the middle of a fight, when they’re bloody and bruised and tired and they just slip, skin on skin contact, and then the whole world just shifts into place.

“This can’t be happening.”

“Have you every heard of opposites attract?”

“I’m going to kill you.”

“But- Okay, yeah, we’re doing this.”

Give me a brutal fight that ends with a “Since when do my attacks hurt this much?” and the villain slowly realising that they can’t kill themselves out of this situation, that they can’t escape this because they’re soul bonded to a kid with a hero complex who is constantly trying to thwart them and is now for some reason grinning at them like a lunatic because they supposedly belong together. And damn does suddenly being able to feel emotions and pain that wasn’t his sting, because he has enough shit to deal with on his own without the added pressure, thanks.

Give me snarky comments and miniature fights in the middle of the night when the hero catches the antagonist coming back from who knows where, bloody and in pain and maybe a little too bust up, to say they won the fight.

“You usually look happier to see me.”

“You killed someone this morning.”

“What gave it away?”

“You mean besides the fact that you’re covered in blood and I felt every moment of it?”

Give me the villain slowly getting used to the idea that hey, they’re sort of going to have to put up with this little ray of sunshine for a while even though he kind of hates his guts and wants to kill him, but also give me the villain wondering what they ever did to deserve this. What could they possibly have done that was so great, so obscenely terrifyingly amazing that they could be soul bonded to a person like this, someone so innocent and righteous and downright beautiful that half of it seems like a mad dream?

“Not every bad guy has a tragic past.”

“But you do. I’ve seen it.”

“I’m going to punch you.”

“That would be counterproductive to what we’re doing here.”

“…”

“That hurt you as much as it hurt me.”

“Worth it.”

Give me tempers flaring and bristling arguments and the hero getting so tired, but still carrying on, not because they think that there’s some good in the antagonist or because they think they can change them, but because this is their soulmate, the person that the fates chose for him, his other half, someone that he had to protect and look after and love, because if not him, then who else was going to?

“I am going to hurt you. I’m going to rip out your intestines and strangle you with them.”

“You’ve been pretty good today. That’s three less death threats than yesterday.”

“Prepare to have your balls removed with a butcher’s knife and shoved down your throat, asshole.”

“I’m still counting this as progress.”

Give me the antagonist not realising the reality that this isn’t someone who wants something from him, who wants to change him, use him, abuse him, but rather someone who just wants to be with him, love him. Give me an antagonist who can’t understand the concept that somebody might actually care.

“I thought this was what you wanted! The sex, the cuddling, the stupid hand-holding. What more could you want from me?”

“I don’t want anything from you.”

“Yes you do. They always do! Just tell me what you want and you can have it. Just leave me alone, please. I can’t take this anymore.”

“I want you to trust me, to believe me when I say that I love you.”

“You’re only saying that because of the bond.”

“No, I’m not. I’ve seen everything that you have, felt what you feel, heard what you’ve heard. Maybe at first, a little, it was just because of the bond, but then I fell in love with you, the real you, the one behind all the fronts that you put up.”

“I don’t believe you.”

“I didn’t expect you too, but you will, one day. I’m not giving up on you.”

Give me the hero facing shit from their friends and family, because they don’t understand why they’re trying so hard and putting up with so much shit, even though he’s his soulmate, but the hero just shrugging and smiling because they get it, and it doesn’t matter if everyone else doesn’t.

“He threatens to brutally mutilate you constantly.”

“I like to believe it’s how he expresses his affections.”

“He tried to kill you so many times.”

“There was only the once after we found out about the bond, though.”

“You’re making excuses now.”

“It’s just that there’s so much anger in him, all of the time. I don’t know how anyone could live like that. I want to help him.”

“You’re going to get yourself killed.”

“That’s not my biggest concern anymore. He is.”

Give me a hero who tries so, so hard, and a villain who, despite everything, slowly gives in. Give me quiet nights laid in bed or watching the stars, no words and only their hands touching, just the sensation of palm against palm enough. Give me heated arguments, rage, unsteady headiness at the realisation that they’re not going to leave each other, no matter what happens.

Give me a soulmate AU where the hero doesn’t react badly, isn’t scared or hateful that their soulmate is their arch nemesis, the big bad guy, the villain they can never seem to get rid of, because really they should have expected that all along. Because no one hates that much without there being a little something more behind it.

do you guys ever sit there and think about how extra tony stark is?

like this man literally took the shrapnel that was wedged inside his chest and made a necklace out of it for the love of his life?

who does shit like that?

he could’ve easily gotten her a diamond necklace worth more than a house, but instead, he gets pepper an essentially worthless necklace that literally holds all the meaning in the world. tony is legit giving pepper his heart. you can’t get deeper than that. you can’t love deeper than that.

fuck you and your sentimentality, tony. you big bad villain.

BNHA au where there is no All for One, and All Might just has some generic super strength quirk that his son, Izuku, inherits as well.

He and his wife, Inko, used to be a super successful superhero duo, but after she became pregnant with Izuku, Inko decided to quit the superhero business for good, since it never really suited her in the first place.

She becomes a stay at home mom for a few years, but when Izuku starts going to school, she decides to take over managing the business side of her husband’s hero agency.

Izuku grows up running through the halls of the agency, begging hugs and sweets from the sidekicks that are always coming and going.

(His favourite is his father’s number one sidekick, Sir Nighteye, who’s kinda weird, but super loyal to his dad and always willing to take pictures and videos of All Might for Izuku to scrapbook, and he’ll tell Izuku all kinds of stories of all the villains he and All Might have fought in the past. He doesn’t seem to have a family, but he always comes and spends holidays with the Midoriyas, so that’s okay.)

During interviews and the like, All Might will gush about his lovely family for as long as anyone will let him, and thanks to that, the entire nation has seen Izuku’s embarrassing baby photos.

Izuku is 7 when his father becomes a part time teacher at UA, so Izuku stops running through the halls of his father’s agency (which he knows like the back of his hand, probably better than even his parents) and starts exploring this new and glorious place.

He’s never there during the day, because he has his own classes to attend, but the students get used to the freckly little guy just bursting into their clubrooms and disrupting practices. 

They get used to him cheering them on in his high pitched little voice.

They get used to finding him sleeping in the oddest places, or seeing various teachers carrying him down the hall like a sack of potatoes while he glares sullenly at anyone who catches his eye.

Izuku is 8 when he meets Iida Tenya, when both their parents are off fighting some big bad villain, and the 23-year-old Tensei, who isn’t yet allowed to fight villains of that magnitude, babysits them.

The two are already completely inseparable by the time they meet Todoroki Shouto a few months later, and forcefully drag him into their clique.

Izuku is 13 when he starts going to conventions cosplaying as his own father, just because he can’t get enough of the stupefied looks on people’s faces when he takes off his mask, only to reveal All Might’s son.

Izuku is 15 when he starts attending UA - he’s comfortable in his own skin, he has two amazing best friends with whom he’s attached at the hip, and two amazing girls (Uraraka and Yaoyorozu) soon to join their little clique.

Izuku is 15 when he meets Bakugou Katsuki, and he looks at the anger in the boy, the pride, and he pities him, that he never had adults around like Izuku’s parents to teach him to manage his ego.

Izuku is 15 when he notices how uncomfortable Momo and Ochako (and indeed all the girls in their class) are around one of their male classmates - Minoru Mineta. He sees the predatory smiles the boy sends their way, sees the way he harrasses them. And there’s no way Izuku’s about to let that happen in his school, and especially not in a course for heroics. 

Izuku is 15 when he reports the boy to the principal for sexual harrassment, and a few months later, after one too many warnings, Mineta is transferred to the General Education department (with one more warning before expulsion), and Shinsou Hitoshi joins their class in his place.

Izuku is 15 when really starts noticing how miserable Shouto always is to return to his home, how he sometimes has bruises and burns and scrapes that have nothing to do with any of their classes.

Izuku is 15 when Shouto starts sleeping over at his and Tenya’s houses more often than he does at home.

Izuku is 15, and it’s summer break, and he and his parents finally decide to clear out one of the rooms in their house they’d been using for storage, and convert it into a bedroom for his best friend.

Izuku is 16 and he’s about to start his second year at UA, and he has butterflies in his stomach. Because he and his class had become so tight-knit over the past year, and he knows some of them will be in his class again this year, but it won’t be the same, especially not without Aizawa-sensei as their teacher.

Izuku is 16 and when he arrives at school for his first day as a second year, he opens the door to find all his classmates from the previous year. They’re all staring at him with the same wide, delighted expression he knows he must have on his face as well.

Izuku is 16 when the door slides open a moment later, and he never thought he’d be so happy to hear Aizawa barking at them all to get to their seats. UA is changing its policy, he informs them. In order to foster a stronger bond between classmates and their teachers, Izuku and his classmates will all be staying together for the entirety of their three years at UA.

Izuku is 17 when he graduates UA, with top grades and countless offers to work as a sidekick at the agencies of various pros. He has 19 amazing brothers and sisters, who had helped turn him into the person he is today.

Izuku is 17 when the number 1 hero, All Might, presents him with his high school diploma. And if All Might’s eyes are just a little glossy with unshed tears, no one mentions anything.

Lighting in The Last Jedi trailer and that scene we are all talking about.

Like many of you that last bit of the trailer had me screaming at the tv. After the initial freak out phase had passed, I began to slowly shift into the what if phase, meaning– are they baiting me? Now there are several theories out there about who Kylo is holding his hand out too. Some say its Leia and not Rey. What if I told you the proof is in the shot itself? 

I am about to give you a quick lesson in lighting, visual storytelling, and cinematography. 

Let’s go back to The Force Awakens as a reference guide. The lighting on Starkiller base bridge you know that scene where he kills his dad? 

Lighting was something they made sure to get right in this scene. Notice how Kylo’s face is half hidden in shadow and the other in light. Signifying his split.

JJ says this  “ And you see the light go away. And now they’re in this darkness. And darkness takes over.”

The play with light was even more apparent when Kylo and Rey face off against the edge of the cliff. 

Now I’m about to throw some cited literary sources about Film and Lighting just so it’s importance is established. 

“In visual storytelling, few elements are as effective and as powerful as light and color. They have the ability to reach the viewers at a purely emotional gut level”(Brown, 2012, p. 8).

Light becomes mood that gives its tone to a film. It calls upon our memory to react to physical phenomena such as cold, rain, fog, sun, or dryness, and come up with psychological equivalents such as annoyance, sadness, mystery, fear, anguish, comfort, joy, gaiety, etc. As these effects produce immediate impressions in viewers, the cinematographer is able to obtain psychological reactions out of mere technical means (Geuens, 2000, p. 153).


Architecture and Film both use perceptual psychology to get people to see spaces in a certain way. Architecture lighting designers skillfully illuminate buildings and rooms with psychological intentions.

Lighting designers think about a psychological response and how behavior is affected by lighting. Some examples are:

1. Visibility of vertical and horizontal junctions aids orientation.

2. People follow the brightest path.

3. Brightness can focus attention.

4. Facing wall luminance is a preference.

5. Lighting can affect body position (Ginthner, accessed April, 2013 p.2).

Just as lighting designers light spaces to stimulate human mood and behavior, Cinematographers light the space inside a movie frame with the intent to persuade a viewer’s perception. The way objects are lit in the frame will focus the viewer’s attention, the amount of shadows cast will limit perception, and changing lights can indicate a change in a character or opportunity (Brown, 2012).

However, unlike film, architecture has had a psychological study on how different light in a physical space effect human arousal, concentration, memory, work productivity, and Mood.

If you take any type of filmmaking class, this is one of the first things you learn. Nothing is a mistake in these films everything is as designed to serve a purpose. 

So let’s dive into the scene in question. 

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First of all, let us talk about how these two shots are framed. They are close up only showing the faces of our characters. 

Close up shots typically contain just the face and shoulders of a subject, with a little headroom above. This prevents ‘floating head syndrome’ as the shoulders suggest to the brain that there is a body below! These shots are the most common of all as they can convey a real sense of emotion and help the audience to connect with the subject.

Second, let’s talk about the choice of lighting

They are both in a warm fiery glow. 

You can judge the quality of light in a film scene through the hardness or softness of its shadows. Hard quality light has dark shadows with sharp edges and often feels more raw than soft quality light. Soft lighting, often used in older films, has lighter, diffused shadows and tends to feel more sentimental.

And with advances in film technology, sharp shadows can also be quite romantic. Case in point, this still from the end of the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice:

Third, let’s talk color 

Color temperature is one of the first things to note when studying the lighting in a romantic scene. Is it orange? Bluish? White? Most often, warm colors add to an inviting, romantic atmosphere. For example, the warm light in the sunset scene in Titanic draws the audience in, unlike the cold, blue lighting later in the movie, after things get dire.

Forth let’s talk context

This is not the same scene with Kylo. Rey is still wearing her resistance clothing. This is the beginning of the film. 

The context matters especially in this scene where Rey is talking about needing someone to show her where she belongs. Is this romantic? The answer is, no. Is it intimate? Yes. The scene can be set up this way without any romantic implications. But it is definitely meant to be intimate. Rey is vulnerable at this moment and is speaking from her heart to Luke. Please show me what to do with myself. 

Now let’s move to Kylo’s scene which is no doubt at the end of the movie (because his scar is healed.) 

Our big bad villain is bathed in nearly the exact same lighting and color as Rey’s shot, even the framing is the same. In no other shot ever has Kylo Ren been depicted in these colors. Not in the teaser and not in TFA. Kylo is always in red or dark. The context of this shot is very very important. He is reaching out palm up as to take someone’s hand. He does this slow and gentle. His face is soft with what I would say a plea. 

Yes, this is a call back to Darth Vader asking Luke to join him on the Darkside in Empire Strikes Back. But if you go back and watch that scene it is intimately framed (remember context matters), but the colors are pale. Lukes’ face is in agony. Vader extends his hand it’s rigid and forced.


Before I get into more examples, I want to point out that yes trailers are meant to give you an idea, and intrigue you but they are also meant to misdirect. 

Trailer Misdirects/Visual Storytelling and Dialogue

The misdirect of this scene is to make you believe Rey might join the dark side with Kylo or at least first glance. General Audience viewers casual fans who do not give it any second deep thought will accept this and move on. However, more dedicated fans will step in and try to dissect the scene by looking at the image and not the overall meaning behind everything we discussed above. The trailer isn’t designed to give anything away. Which leads me to say this is very smart editing on Rian’s behalf. While it doesn’t give us the answer of will, she or won’t she? It provides us with the question that we will inevitably discuss in length until the movie is released. 

 I would also like to point out there is a visual storytelling aspect of this trailer when it comes to the dialogue. 

One example of this not related to the scene in question comes from Poe Dameron.  He states “We have the spark that will ignite the fire to bring the First Order down.” The next scene we get is Finn. It is pretty clear that bit of dialogue was meant for Finn. He will no doubt help bring the FO down as other Stormtroopers defect as he did. Finn is that spark for the rebellion. Now let’s talk about the Rey/Kylo scene. The same thing happens here. Her dialogue coincides with the next shot of Kylo. Also, notice (scroll up if you need to) how their faces are opposite each other Rey is looking slightly to our left while Kylo is looking slightly to the right. Their positions are mirrored which is a recurring theme in the TFA (see the snow fight). This is beautiful visual storytelling. TFA was full of the same imagery lighting and storytelling. I have a post about it HERE

I went through and found scenes that mimic that of what we saw in the trailer, down to color, lighting, and frame.  I also chose male and female characters. Guess what, all of them were romantic. 

I chose this because of the flares in the background and the close-up framing of their faces. Notice yes the color is blue because they are parting (remember CONTEXT). 

Next, we have a scene from Pride and Prejudice, but beyond the romance aspect, I want you to watch the light change of this scene. Elizabeth is bathed in blue until she accepts Darcy, taking his hand. The sunlight beams between them warming the scene.  Skip to 3:10

Here is an oldie but a goody. I chose this due to the color. Now remember this film is old, lighting techniques have come a long way since the 1930s, but their choice of color is important, along with the shadows on their faces. 

Ah, Jon and Dany. This is very romantic (even tho its incest lol) But take a look at the lighting between them also this part is (NSFW) if you are gonna watch till the end. You were warned. 


And now for the grand finale TFA cliff scene. Oh, I chose this little diddy to drive home a point. Kylo and Reys’ faces are framed intimately (which signified they would have a more profound connection later and at that moment they were finding the Force together) But also notice their faces are bathed in mostly pale colors due to it being cold. Yes, the lightsabers flicker red and blue onto them. Yes, that holds meaning as well, the fight between the dark and the light. But the overall pallet is pale frigid colors. Also, the context -- there’s that word again– of this scene is they are enemies fighting. Kylo does want to teach her, but he’s aggressive and forceful, to say the least. It is a stark contrast to what we see in TLJ trailer. Where he is calm relaxed and in warm, inviting lighting. No aggressive posture, no forceful plea.

If you want to contrast another couple, please refer to Pride and Prejudice again. I can’t upload it here, but this is the link. This is where Darcy says he loves Elizabeth, but she rejects him. They have close-ups, but the color and lighting are not intimate. Its pale lighter and blue. All things that are associated with sadness rejection etc. You get the point. 

So in conclusion. It is my opinion based on all information gathered on cinematography, that yes the relationship between Kylo Ren or perhaps Ben Solo at this point has drastically changed. It is no longer one of animosity or hate. Judging by the warm colors, and the soft shadows and above all else the context of the gesture/posture/facial expression of Ben it is romantic or at the very least (for the skeptics) a special relationship– Remember Rey and Ben are similar in Force power according to Luke- this gives them a bridge to each other one that will take them to understanding and COMPASSION. I am not saying they kiss, I am not saying they are a couple at the end of this movie. I am saying that it’s possible that it will move in this direction. They no longer hate each other. How did we get to this point? Well, we have a whole Act 1 and 2 to get through for that answer. 

I will stress that I believe that yes Ben/Kylo is holding his hand out to Rey. And no, it is not out of malice or deception. He is not asking her to join him on the Darkside… He is asking her to go with him and for acceptance. 

I made a follow-up post to this because this was so long! Please click here to see more examples and extra information

Dating Harry Hook Would Include...

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  • You being slightly jealous of how close he is with Uma
  • Him being slightly jealous of how close you are with Gil
  • Taking walks along the Isle
  • Stealing his pirate hat
  • Him teaching you how to sword fight
  • Dates at Ursulas Fish and Chips
  • Passionate kisses that always taste like saltwater
  • Competing against each other in everything
  • Him persuading you to do things with his delicious accent
  • “I can’t, Harry. You know I have to work the night shift with Uma.”
  • “But I want to spend time with you, love. Can’t you ask Gil to do it?”
  • “He already worked yesterdays shift for me because of you. I can’t ask him to do it again.”
  • “Please, love? For me?
  • “This is the last time, you got it?”
  • You doing his eyeliner
  • The crew giving you almost as much respect as they give Uma
  • If they don’t, they know Harry will do something about it
  • Him comforting you when your best friends Carlos and Evie leave the Isle
  • Long hugs
  • Him trying to convince everyone that he’s this big and bad villain, even though you know he’s actually a softie
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The Art of Supervillainy: Sarah Douglas

Some actors seem naturally born to play the role of a Supervillain, as is the case of English actress, Sarah Douglas. The diabolical glee that embodies the many villainous characters Ms Douglas has portrayed during her celebrated career, are excellent examples for any proto-Supervillain of how to carry oneself with a sense of supreme superiority and utter contempt for those who stand in thy way.

Career highlights include the iconic Ursa of Superman II, Queen Taramis of Conan The Destroyer and Pamela of V: The Final Battle.

can i just say that i was on the verge of tears during that scene where steve was trying to explain to diana that there is no Big Bad Villain that causes all the chaos in the world and that maybe humans are cruel just because they can be

i know they chose the WWI setting instead of WWII because it was less black-and-white, and they used that to great effect

Random idea for a martial arts movie

The basic premise is that Donnie Yen

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Tony Jaa

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Iko Uwais

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and Rinko Kikuchi

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are close friends who just so happen to be among the world’s most dangerous assassins. After spending years killing people, all four of them retire. 

Donnie retires because of old age.

Tony retires because he grew bored and decided he wants to do something else with his life

Iko retires because he lost the nerve to kill people and is implied to be suffering from PTSD.

Rinko retires because she had a shift in her morals and realized what she was doing was wrong.

A few days after they retire, Donnie inherits an orphanage that his brother used to run. He takes it over and enlists Tony, Iko, and Rinko to help him out, despite their skill set obviously not including childcare. So a good portion of the movie is the four of them trying to bond with the kids, being the parents they never had. 

Of course, the Big Bads come in. The villains, a mob that Donnie used to work jobs for, tells him that one of the kids they’re caring for is the runaway daughter of a rival mob. The head mob boss demands that the four of them give the girl up or else they burn the orphanage down. 

In typical action movie style, all four former assassins tells the mob to fuck off, leading to a stand-off between the four of them and the big bad mob. Really straightforward plot but that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun.

To end the post, I thought I’d cast the other main characters:

1) Zendaya as the runaway daughter who Donnie, Iko, Tony, and Rinko have to protect. Technically, she’s the main focus of the movie. 

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2) Billy Bob Thornton as the asshole mob boss who wants Zendaya dead. He faces off against Donnie Yen at the very end. 

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3) Hayley Kiyoko as one of the other girls in the orphanage and Zendaya’s best friend. 

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4) Frank Grillo as Billy Bob Thornton’s second-in-command and lead enforcer. He is the final boss for Iko Uwais.

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5) Adrianne Palicki as Billy Bob Thornton’s lead assassin, known as “Icepick” because that’s her weapon of choice. She is the final boss for Tony Jaa.

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6) Ezra Miller as Rinko Kikuchi’s former partner who has gone on to work for Billy Bob Thornton. He is the final boss for Rinko Kikuchi.

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7) Auli’i Cravalho as main orphan kid 1 (the overly optimistic, funny one)

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8) Camren Bicondova as main orphan kid 2 (the sarcastic, pessimistic one).  

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9) Dylan Minnette as main orphan kid 3 (the token male of the group)

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10) Winona Ryder as one of Zendaya’s teachers who helps the four former assassins in taking care of the orphans. She is also Donnie Yen’s love interest.

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“Make-A-Wish. Can I help you?”

I want to thank all the wonderful Tumblr-folk I tagged in this for contributing to one of the best reads I’ve had in a while. I would also like to apologize to those whose contributions I might have missed.

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I wonder if, in superhero universes, the villains ever get contacted by those “Make a Wish Foundation” and similar people.

I mean, the heroes do. Of course they do. Kids who want to meet Spiderman or Superman or get to be carried by the Flash as he runs through Central City for just thirty seconds.

But surely there are also the kids, who - because they are kids and sometimes kids are just weird - decide that what they really, really want is to meet a supervillain. Because he’s scary or she’s awesome or that freeze ray is just really, really cool, you know?

The heroes would be so weirded out by it. The villains with codes of ethics would totally band together to force the villains without one (should they be the one requested) to do their part for the cause.

But imagine the person who has to track down the villains and organize everything?

Like, the first time it happens, no one actually thinks it’s possible, but one of the newbies volunteers to at least try. They get lucky, the kid wants to meet one of the villains who is well known to have a personal code of ethics (eg one of the rogues), and it takes them weeks to track the villain down to this one bar they’ve been seen at a few times, plus a week of staking out said bar, but they finally find them.

So they approach the villain, very politely introduce themselves and explain the situation, finishing with an assurance that, should the villain agree, no law enforcement or heroes will be informed of the meeting.

The villain, assuming it’s a joke, laughs in their face.

At this point, the poor volunteer, who has giving up weeks of their time and no small amount of effort to track down this villain, all so a sweet little girl can meet the person who somehow inspired them, well, at this point the employee sees red.

They explode, yelling at this villain about the little girl who, for some unknown reason, absolutely loved them, had a hand-made stuffed toy of them and was inspired by their struggle to keeping fighting her own and wasn’t the villain supposed to have ethics? The entire bar is witness to this big bad villain getting scolded by some bookish nobody a foot shorter than them.

When the volunteer is done, the villain calmly knocks back their drink, grips the volunteers shoulder and drags them outside. The bar’s patrons assume that person will never be seen again, the volunteer included. But once they’re outside, the villain apologizes for their assumption, asks for the kid’s details so they can drop by in the near future, not saying when for obvious reasons. They also give the very relieved volunteer a phone number to call if someone asks for them again.

A week later, the little girl’s room is covered in villain merchandise, several expensive and clearly stolen gifts and she is happily clutching a stack of signed Polaroids of her and the villain.

The next time a kid asks to meet a villain, guess who gets that assignment?

Turns out, the first villain was quite touched by the experience of meeting their little fan, and word has gotten around. The second villain happily agrees when they realize it’s the same volunteer who asked the other guy. Unfortunately, one of the heroes sees the villain entering the kid’s hospital and obviously assumes the worst. They rush in, ready to drag the villain out, but the volunteer stands in their way. The hero spends five minutes getting scolded for trying to stop the villain from actually doing a good thing and almost ruining the kid’s wish. The volunteer gets a reputation among villains as someone who can not only be trusted with personal contact numbers but who will do everything they can to keep law enforcement away during their visits.

The volunteer has a phonebook written in cypher of all the villain’s phone numbers, with asterixes next to the ones to call if any other villains give them trouble.

Around the office, they gain the unofficial job title of The Villain Wrangler.

The heroes are genuinely flabbergasted by The Villain Wrangler. At first, some of the heroes try to reason with them.

Heroes: “Can’t you, just, give us their contact details? They’ll never even have to know it was you.”

The Villain Wrangler: “Yeah sure, <rollseyes> because all these evil geniuses could never possibly figure out that it’s me who happens to be the common thread in the sudden mass arrests. Look man, even if it wouldn’t get me killed, it would disappoint the kids. You wouldn’t want to disappoint the kids would you?”

Heroes: “… no~ but…”

The Villain Wrangler: “Exactly.”

Eventually, one of the anti-hero types gets frustrated, and decides to take a stand. They kidnap the Villain Wrangler and demand that they give up the contents of the little black book of Villains, or suffer the consequences. It’s For the Greater Good, the anti-hero insists as they tie the Villain Wrangler to a pillar.

The Villain Wrangler: “You complete idiot, put me back before someone figures out that I’m missing.”

Anti-hero: “…excuse me?”

The Villain Wrangler: “Ugh, do I have to spell this out for you? Do you actually want your secret base to be wiped off the map? With us in it? Sugarsticks, how long has it been? If they get suspicious, they check in, and then if I miss a check-in, they tend to come barging into wherever I am just to prove that they can, even if they figure out that they’re not being threatened by proxy. Suffice to say, Auntie Muriel really regretted throwing my phone into the pool when she strenuously objected to me answering it during family time. If they think for even one moment that I’ve given them up, they won’t hesitate to obliterate both of us from their potential misery. You do know some of the people in my book have like missiles and djinni and elemental forces at their disposal, right?”

Anti-hero: “Wait, what? I thought they trusted you?!”

The Villain Wrangler: “Trust is such a strong word!”

Villain: “Indeed.”

Anti-hero: “Wait, wha-” <slumps over, dart sticking out of neck>

The Villain Wrangler: “Thanks. I thought they were going to hurt me.”

Villain: “You did well. You kept them distracted, and gave us time to follow your signal.” <cuts Villain Wrangler free>

The Villain Wrangler: <rubbing circulation back into limbs> “Yeah well, you know me; I do whatever I have to. So I’ll see you Wednesday at four at St Martha’s? I’ve got an 8yo burns unit patient recovering from her latest batch of skin grafts who could really use a pep talk.”

Villain: “… of course. Yes… I… yes.”

The Villain Wrangler: “I just think you could really reach her, you know?”

Villain: <unconsciously runs fingers over mask> “I… yes, but, what should I say?”

The Villain Wrangler: “Whatever advice you think you could have used the most just after.”

Villain: <hoists Anti-hero over shoulder almost absently> “….yes.”

The Villain Wrangler wasn’t lying to the Anti-hero. They know that the more ruthless villains would not hesitate if they thought for one second that the Anti-hero would betray them.

But this is not the first time the Villain Wrangler has gone to extreme lengths to protect their identities.

Trust is a strong word. The Villain Wrangler earned it, and is terrified by what it could mean.

My first official Deadpool headcanon is this. This this this.

Okay but this whole concept actually makes a lot of sense, because villains are a lot more likely to be disfigured/disabled/use adaptive devices (bc ableist tropes), so of course, say, a child amputee is going to be more interested in the villain with a robot arm who almost destroyed New York than the heroes that took him down.

Also, imagine one of the kids gets better, and a few years down the line becomes a villain themselves, except their crimes are things like smuggling chemo drugs across the border for families that can’t afford treatment, or stealing from corrupt businessmen to make donations to underfunded hospitals (idk this turned into a Leverage AU or something) and every time the heroes encounter her, they’re like “oh no. she’s getting away. Curses. Welp, nothing we can do.” Though it isn’t that she can’t take them on; bc of course once the villain from way back when found out what she was up to, he started helping/training her.

“I thought they just hired someone to dress up and pretend to be you,” she says, amazed, when he reveals himself. “I didn’t think they actually got the real you!”

Every year the Villain Wrangler gets a very expensive gift basket from the pair.

And for the kids who don’t get better the villains are there too, they show up to every funeral, they bear too small coffins on their shoulders and the heroes stand aside

They are fierce with grieving families assuring them that their child will not be forgotten, and they don’t balk at negative emotions, they don’t tell people to be strong or “celebrate their child’s life,” because these parents have every right to their grief and anger

And the lost children are never forgotten. Flowers appear on graves during birthdays and anniversaries, heroes find pictures of those kids and they carefully take them down and ensure they’re delivered to the villain’s cell, and a few villains can be seen with friendship bracelets wrapped around their wrists the cops have learned not to try and take them off

They are fierce with grieving families assuring them that their child will not be forgotten, and they don’t balk at negative emotions, they don’t tell people to be strong or “celebrate their child’s life,” because these parents have every right to their grief and anger

And then one day, one of the evil geniuses who happens to specialize in inducing bizarre genetic mutations meets a young fan who was born with a rare genetic disorder that is slowly killing them, and realizes that they can help.

Another, who created their own exosuit, talks to a young fan and suddenly understands how much the technology that they have built for themselves could revolutionize quality of life for people with muscular dystrophy, or paraplegia, or other disorders that confine people to wheelchairs with little mobility.

A third thinks of a way that their nanobots could be used to detect and remove cancer cells when their fan, who had been in remission, writes to say that the doctors have found a new metastasizing tumour.

Then shortly after, an evil genius specializing in cloning is contacted by an old colleague asking if a suitable heart couldn’t be grown for their young fan with a congenital heart condition who needs a donor.

Suddenly, a pattern of villains offering (and marketing) their insights and resources to improve medical science starts to arise. Many who had previously been operating on society’s fringes are shocked to receive public accolades, research grants and job offers from major companies because of their work.

A grassroots movement arises advocating for imprisoned villains with appropriate qualifications and/or experience to have access to resources to conduct research for the public good. The Second Chance Rehabilitation Project launches.

(It is an open secret that only people who have been vetted by the Villain Wrangler are allowed to join, because the Villain Wrangler has by now a meticulously set up method and intelligence network to run background checks and character references through ensure that none of the children wishing to meet their role models get hurt.)

This is all soooo good, but I wonder what effect this has on the villains. Like, can they really wreak indiscriminate havoc when they know the kids that worship them might be in the area? Like, what if they attack a shopping mall and it just so happens that Annie’s mom ran in for a pair of shoes or something? What then?

So what you’re saying is that there is now an organization of henchmen who do round the clock, exhaustive research in order to make sure the villain’s plan isn’t going to ruin the life of some kid. Just imagine some aunt getting a call from an unlisted number.

“I swear I am not a bill collector ma’am. It’s just. Well. Ok and I swear I am not a stalker even if this is actually going to be a very creepy phone call, but you said you were going to the mall at four? Is it possible you could reschedule or postpone that trip for about an hour? That mall is way too close to…well. It just wouldn’t be safe. I could wire you some money, and you could go to the much nicer mall one town over? Would that work for you? No? You are calling the police? Yes. Yes that is the sensible thing to do. Definitely do that. You have a nice day, ma’am. Tell Marcus Doctor Evil says hello and to have a nice day.”

And then the poor minion has to call the villain and explain why robbing X bank isn’t a good idea that day.

“Yes. Hello. Sir? Oh good I caught you before you left the base. Look, Marcus Smithson’s aunt is going to be near the blast radius for that job you have scheduled so-yes. Yes I am aware that rescheduling is going to be a lot of work since most everything is already set up, but….but, sir think about poor Marcus! She’s his favorite aunt, and the woman refused to ‘reorder her life around some crazy mastermind’. ……no…..no, please do not kidnap the aunt, sir. It’s terribly rude. Yes I realize you weren’t going to keep her or doing anything other than drop her off at an alternative location, but, well, citizens frown upon that sort of thing and….yes….Yes, of course. You have a good day, too, sir.”

And they turn to their coworker and are just like “So if I don’t come in to work tomorrow it’s because Doctor Evil threw me in his dungeon and/or sent his hellhounds to maul me. Please remember to send help.

But but but… what happens when one falls through the cracks? When Lord Dominion or whatever does a typical baddie thing but then Penny’s new best friend gets caught up in the damage and Lord D didn’t even KNOW Penny had a new bestie so how was he to know? But now the kid is devastated and it’s all his fault? I mean, how does that even shake out?

Penny SWEARS REVENGE! Lord D is distraught but also somewhat proud. He sends Penny a very sincere apology and also a bunch of tips on how to execute a proper vengeance plot, in case she decides not to accept the apology. He sends henchmen to spy on her, and he keeps the surveillance photos of her sitting in her room, plans and schematics strewn all over her desk. He puts them in his wallet and brags to all his villain friends that one of his kids is taking up scheming, look at her go, she’s already started on pattern analysis of his latest heists. He’s so proud. Later this month he’ll show up on her way home from school so she can have her first Confrontation.

There will inevitably be mistakes and tragedies.

Penny is an intelligent kid. She catches on to the spying henchmen pretty quick and bribes some of them to her side with snacks. That first confrontation does not go like Lord Dominion expected because Penny has minions (minions that are using his OWN WEAPONS against him, even)

Lord Dominion is the proudest villain ever, even if he did almost lose an ear thanks to the impeccable aim of a nine year old with a grudge. He does let the laser blast graze him just so he can have a scar to show people because that girl is a villain after his own heart.

He doesn’t want to ask his villain rivals to help her out because that would imply he doesn’t think she’s capable of eventually growing strong enough to kick his ass. Turns out Penny already thought of that and has mailed letters asking for advice to Lady Sinister, Lord Dominion’s long time, mostly friendly rival. (She mailed a letter to Lord D’s arch nemesis, but man. Heroes are always trying to make you do The Right Thing. Penny doesn’t have time for the high road. Plus, the low road has lasers.)

Lady Sinister thinks Penny is the best thing ever and while she has mostly stopped kicking Lord D’s ass, she still breaks into his hideout to sit in his favorite chair with a glass of wine and brags about her new favorite up and coming villainess. (She doesn’t warn Lord D about the attack rabbits she agreed to train for Penny as a favor, and for obvious reasons, she is going to be a bystander at the next confrontation, filming everything on her phone to post the dark web so all their villain friends can see this)Being able to say that one is involved with the Project begins to look really good in parole hearings. The Villains involved perform their own quality checks on one another, because if one of their kids got hurt, then all of their kids could potentially lose out, and the ones that are serious about the Project are not having that. (Also, the ability to collaborate with other geniuses is the most interesting thing to happen to most of them since losing to various heroes, and most consider the intellectual stimulation to be worth putting up with the ridiculous egos and inevitable personality clashes that arise.)

Reformed Villains come out of the woodwork to advocate about better mental healthcare, and support systems. Savvy universities and private labs quietly take their advice, setting up better mental health supports and laboratory safety standards to prevent the Brain Drain caused by losing their less stable scientists to the Costumes.

The Villain Wrangler watches all of this develop with a smile.

Their plan succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

I’m so down for these posts that assume the best of people instead of the worst

Okay, this part caught my attention: “…the Villain Wrangler has by now a meticulously set up method and intelligence network…to ensure that none of the children…gets hurt.” Which led me to the heartbreaking realization that one DID. Get hurt, that is, by the villain they idolized.

And all I can think is that the Villain Wrangler didn’t call in the heroes. They didn’t call in another heart-of-gold villain. No. The VW rolled up their sleeves and went after this person themselves. This project is their baby, after all. If they get the accolades for the successes, they must also shoulder the burden of the failures.

The VW hunts down the villain that crossed the line. Their punishment is swift and horrifying; no hero would have the stomach to mete out justice in such a way, and no villain would have the desire to get quite that much blood on their own hands.

There’s. So. Much. Blood.

The Villain Wrangler never forgets. They increase security, increase the hours and background checks, they increase the graveside visits to the child they failed.

Just the one. But one is one too many.

The Villain Wrangler is no kid. She doesn’t find these people by chance. She doesn’t know how to put the fear of god into supervillains with a few sharp words out of chance.

The Villain Wrangler is in her 40s, and she’s an experienced nurse.  She works at the biggest Level 1 trauma center in (NYC/Chicago/Metropolis/Gotham) and she gets her first few villains because she’d met them at the hospital during their origin story. She treated some of them when they came in with their disfigurement. She sat with the genius while his wife died of her illness and they were powerless to save her. She kept in touch with them on Tumblr and Facebook and Twitter and recognized their personal touches when a new supervillain emerged.

And she didn’t say anything because nobody would believe her, because she’d be just another crackpot conspiracy theorist, and because it would break her oath, it would break doctor-patient confidentiality.

But when she decided to start volunteering at the attached children’s hospital’s Make-a-Wish program, she recognized who that child wanted to see.  She knew how to reach him.  She PM’d him to arrange a meeting and reveal that she knew who his other identity was. And for all his bluster, he knew that he owed her this.

And some other supervillains were brought in the same way.  The nurses knew who’d gone through trauma, they recognized their patients and their patents’ loved ones and when a child called out for one of them, they’d find that supervillain.

The nurses are the lynchpin.

Being Friends With Reaper Includes:

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  • It’s really, really tough to become close enough to Reaper to get on actual friendship terms with him bUT W H EN Y OU DO
  • Reaper’s a cunt
  • But, like, in the best way possible
  • Teases you about everything you do (especially if you do something wrong)
  • This usually includes mocking you in Spanish
  • While he used to have a sixth sense for emotions before the Reaper-ing, now he’s not really good with them
  • Like, if his teasing gets too harsh you’ll have to tell him to his face, otherwise he doesn’t really notice (bonus points if you do this after slapping/punching him; really gets the message through)
  • If it gets to that point I can promise you he’ll never cross that line again
  • You’re a gem to him and he definitely doesn’t want to lose another of his friends
  • Seriously, the man is trying his hardest and it definitely shows, which makes it pretty hard to stay mad at him
  • Also hella flirty but not never really genuine about it (getting on romantic terms with him is a whole other level, my friends; ha sucks to be you if you have a crush on the man)
  • He NEVER crosses the line on the flirting front
  • Like he’s still a fucking gentleman
  • That’s a subject he’s very careful about (because he certainly doesn’t actually want you to become attracted to a monster like him) so he always makes it his mission to make sure you know he’s just goofing around
  • Also PR A N KSTER SUP R EM E
  • Like can someone say prank wars because you bet your ass it’s a common thing when friends with him
  • You usually lose
  • Reaper’s the Prank King, I promise you
  • He’s also the king of lame puns surrounding the subject of death and just shitty puns/jokes in general
  • This man is precious and I will physically fight anyone who tries to tell me otherwise
  • On very rare occasions, if you’re really good friends, you might get to see him without his mask
  • Like even when he’s not wearing the ole big, baggy, edgelord attire, he still wears that mask
  • He refuses to admit it but he loves video games
  • You take him to an arcade
  • Boi, get ready to be there for hours
  • Also if you two are ever hanging out and you find one of those strength-tester games he will be at it until he breaks the scale
  • That’s really not very hard for him to do
  • He gives you whatever prizes he wins, unless their owls or skeletons
  • He’s a stronk boi
  • Speaking of which, piggyback rides and princess-style carrying if you ever get sleepy while hanging out with him
  • You are an important bean who must be kept healthy and he’d hate for you to exhaust yourself
  • You must also be protected so self-defense classes
  • He definitely makes sure you could hold your own in a fight against him
  • Just in case
  • He doesn’t really trust himself to get close to people anymore
  • Because, y’know, he’s supposed to be the big, bad, villain guy now
  • He seriously cannot fathom why you would want to be his friend
  • He will probably never muster up the courage to ask you why though
  • His self-loathing is pretty obvious around you though, so you might tell him to spill one day
  • Tell. Not ask. If you ask, he won’t say shit. You gotta stand your ground and make him do a therapy session with you.
  • But that’s a whoooole other story/post
  • Basically he will take care of you while you secretly take care of him and keep him grounded too
  • Oh, also movie/cartoon marathons and he’ll play guitar for you on special occasions (ex. your birthday if you whine enough)