brute force approach

picture this: lil shaw (or lil-er shaw, as a lil kiddie), fussing over the glass of milk she’s given with her breakfast till her dad tells her that milk has calcium, and calcium grows bones, so people can grow tall!

now picture an older but only slightly taller shaw, years later, drinking her milk every morning still. where the fuck is that calcium she was promised? how the fuck is that idiot who sits behind her in class still able to use her head as an armrest at recess (at least until she twists his arm behind his back)?

then shaw’s in her teens. some kids get their growth spurt late, she reasons, so she keeps drinking her milk. not only that, she starts gulping it down in larger quantities. she likens it to a brute force approach to getting that damn calcium into her bones.

“go cow or go home,” shaw quips after joining team machine. so when john opens shaw’s fridge after root kidnaps her, and the doors swing open to reveal grenades, guns, rifles, and a half-full quart of milk, and harold asks “have u found anything” and john says “nothing unexpected”

that’s because reese, im sure, has gone on countless stakeouts with his mayhem twin only to wake up in the morning to find shaw standing there in her shorts, guzzling down a carton of milk that she’d picked up along the way. she never found that fuckin calcium in time for a growth spurt but it’s too late for her now. shaw’s gotta have her milk

anonymous asked:

Can you talk about tai more? I wanna know what they're like.

Oh yeah definitely!! I love talking about him, he’s my favorite oc :)

Tai is an arcane prodigy, way more talented and powerful than any mage has any business being at 19, but also really really impulsive and immature and dumb (lol). Because of his talent, however, he was selected by oracles to hold a position of influence and power in the worldwide institution of mages, but he considers the magical establishment to be cowardly for regulating/repressing the use of magic and so he basically journeys around the world looking for shit to test his abilities against lmao.

Most of his conflicts revolve around him overestimating himself and his abilities and having to think his way out of situations instead of his usual brute-force approach. 

Despite his outward simplicity, tai is really complex and not actually as confident as he appears to be. A big reason he gets himself into dangerous situations is that, subconsciously, he’s trying to prove to himself that he really *is* worthy of the privilege that the oracles granted him, and that it wasn’t just the work of random chance or fate. He’s also very lonely because he struggles to relate to and empathize with other people, though he does make several close friends on his travels (he would never call them friends out loud, of course. wizards do not have *friends*). His character arc kind can be summed up by the arrogant hero becomes humble and selfless through intense suffering and the power of friendship trope (which i’m kind of a sucker for if it wasn’t obvious)

The Next Avatar... Reblog With Your Own Ideas and Art!

So I’m a huge fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra and I’ve been thinking about who the next Avatar should be. So here are my thoughts…

What kind of bender should the next Avatar be?

Originally posted by avatarthelastairbendermemes

Since the Avatar cycle goes Earth-Fire-Air-Water and the last Avatar, Korra was a water bender, we can expect that the next Avatar is going to be an Earthbender.

What gender should the next Avatar be?

If you look at the pattern of sexes for the Avatar, it varies from male>male>female>male>female>male>male>female. Although the patter calls for the next Avatar to a male, it appears that there are not enough female Avatars. In my opinion, to change this pattern, the next Avatar should be female. It would be great to have a female Avatar who could be mentored by Korra.

Where should the next Avatar come from?

Originally posted by avatarcycle

When we look at where the other Avatars have came from, it appears as if most of them came from small remote villages. Korra was born in the Southern Water Tribe in a small village. Aang was born in the Southern Air Temple which is isolated from the rest of the world. The exception is Roku, who was born in the Fire Nation Capital. I think that the next Avatar should be from Republic City. 

What should her backstory be?

Most of the Avatars have been surrounded by people who are supportive of them being the Avatar. Korra’s parents were proud when they discovered that she was the next Avatar and Korra, unlike Aang was confident about her new responsibility. Every Avatar has had to make difficult decisions because of the threats surrounding them. Avatar Kuruk was mostly laid back and only actively confronted any dangerous when his girlfriend was taken away from him by Koh, the Face Stealer, Avatar Kyoshi killed Chin The Conquerer when he invaded her village and she was forced to separate her village from him and his army, Avatar Roku was forced to sever ties with his best friend when he decided that the Fire Nation should take over the world and Aang, who practices non-violence was forced to accept help from Zuko, his initial enemy, to learn to embrace aggression through firebending and to disappear to find a way to defeat Firelord Ozai without killing him.

My idea for the avatar who proceeds Korra is named Yin. She comes from a family of earthbenders in Republic City. Her father, an RCPD officer was murdered by the leader of the Agni Kais after her father killed his son. Ever since, the Agni Kais have put out a hit on Yin. Her struggling mother kept her confined to their small home. As the rising gang violence and ramped up terrorism from gangs began taking over Republic City, the leadership of the city had spent 17 years seeking out the next avatar to help mitigate and end the violence. Little did they know the child of their fallen hero was the avatar and her family was keeping her hidden from the world the entire time.

An RCPD officer discovered Yin by chance metal and lightning bending to create a generator to use for her family before they set out on an exodus to the countryside to escape threats from the Agni Kais. The officer was able to gain Yin’s trust after going out in plainclothes and becoming her friend. She then witnessed her save a small earthbending town from a black-out caused by a storm. When the secret was out that Yin was the avatar, she agreed to return to Republic City to take up the mantle of the avatar. 

Since Yin has had to hide her abilities from the rest of the world but use them to help out her family, she has learned to control her impulses and only use her bending when needed. Like Aang, she prefers to negotiate before going on the offensive. However, Yin has a dark side to her. Since her father was murdered, she’s harbored deep disdain for society and its criminals. Her well controlled anger has made it easy for her to master firebending and earthbending. However, she has yet to master air and waterbending. After learning about blood and energybending, she has become hellbent on mastering both so that she can exact revenge against the Agni Kais. 

Facts about Yin:

-Like Aang, Yin never wanted to be the Avatar. She wants to become an engineer and help build things for people like her older brother who have disabilities. She also doesn’t like fighting or getting into confrontations but when she does have to, she doesn’t hold back. 

-Yin’s has an older and a younger brother. The older brother is an earthbender. He became paralyzed in an earthbending accident while training for a pro-bending tournament and lost his ability to walk. Ever since she’s been working on a special wheelchair for him that will allow him to participate in the sport.

-Yin has a very dry sense of humor seeing as though she’s had to take everything in her life very seriously. She rarely laughs or smiles. Her personality is comparable to that of Avatar Kyoshi. 

-Although prompted by Jinora and her other mentors, she refuses to tap into the Avatar state because she’s afraid that she’ll lose control of herself like a lot of the avatars before her. And losing control is one of her biggest fears.

-She’s also afraid of tapping into the spirit world because she’s uncomfortable with the idea of death and spirits. She also doesn’t want to talk Korra for fear that she’s going to be disappointed that she’s not as proactive and gung-ho as she was. 

-Yin struggles with air and waterbending because they don’t work well with her brute force all or nothing approach to fighting. However, she eventually learns through both bending styles that it takes a lot of self-assurance and control to master both and to go into the avatar state. 

-When her mother found out that she’s the avatar, she disowned her for fear of losing another loved one and knowing that she can no longer protect her. Her brother, who fully supports her is her best friend. She also forms a deep bond with the RCPD officer who discovered her because she provided a way for her to leave her confined prison-like life. The officer often tells her that after discovering her, she’s felt as though for the first time in her life, she feels as though she’s had hope for the future. Eventually, their relationship becomes romantic. 

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anonymous asked:

ive always seen regina more as a ravenclaw. Could you explain your choice :)? Also snow as slytherin is so real tbh

i don’t really see regina as a ravenclaw, just because for me, a ravenclaw’s defining trait is that they’re motivated (not exclusively, but i’d say at least primarily) by a thirst for knowledge. hermione is a pretty good example of this; she’s canonically recognized as “the brightest witch of her age”; she thrives on learning, and devours every book she can get her hands on–but the hat chose to sort her into gryffindor because knowledge-seeking is not hermione’s ultimate priority. 

in the same sense, i agree that regina is very smart, but that intelligence is only a means to an end. regina is an extremely single-minded person; she’s someone with a clear end-goal, and that end-goal (throughout much of her history, especially during her time in the enchanted forest) was revenge against snow white. for an example, off-hand: regina didn’t pursue magic because she found it fascinating, or wanted to learn more about it; she wanted magic specifically to escape an arranged marriage (and eventually, to target snow). magic is a tool to her, rather than a source of intellectual exploration and discovery. in other words, she doesn’t delight in the study of the art of magic, she only anticipates what it can do for her on a less theoretical, more practical level. regina will gladly learn all there is to know about a subject if she feels it will help her cause in the long run, but she isn’t after knowledge for knowledge’s sake.

i don’t think a ravenclaw sorting strongly contradicts regina’s true character, but i don’t feel it suits her especially well either, for the reasons i mentioned. but honestly, when it comes to regina’s sorting, my knee-jerk reaction is pretty much “not slytherin,” since (while she does have the cunning and resourcefulness typical of slytherins) i think that “ambition” and “self-preservation” are literally the antithesis of regina’s personality and motivations. one of my biggest arguments against the slytherin sorting is that regina (as she says herself) never wanted power; even when regina had accepted and embraced her role as queen, power for power’s sake was never a motivation for her. instead, (similar to her magical abilities) it’s a means to an end. and it’s important to keep in mind that the reason she’s seeking revenge in the first place is because she was denied her true happiness–a quiet, unassuming life with a penniless stable boy. regina is unambitious to the point that she fought her mother tooth and nail to avoid a marriage to a wealthy and powerful king, even knowing that this union would make her queen; the process that secured regina’s power also simultaneously robbed her of her agency, which is probably a big part of why the slytherin sorting makes me cringe so much. 

as far as self-preservation is concerned, she has none–whatsoever. whereas i would argue that a slytherin knows how to play their cards right in order to protect their interests (and their lives, if need be), regina is constantly overstepping, pushing boundaries, instigating fights, and running her mouth to the point of self-endangerment. when regina is about to be executed, she would rather get the last word in than apologize for her actions, even knowing (as i’m sure she did) that snow would be waiting for any sign that regina was worth saving. regina has a “savior complex” to the point that she’s constantly offering to sacrifice her life (in the cave in “and straight on ‘til morning,” in emma’s bug in “darkness on the edge of town,” in the alternate universe in “operation mongoose, part two,” i could go on). this is not the behavior of a slytherin. 

i strongly agree with this sorting of her that points out, “she’s not all that cunning. regina generally favors brute force over all other approaches.” that same sorting singles out her defining characteristic as sheer nerve, and i’m inclined to agree with that as well. i think, given the reputation regina tries to project (as someone smooth, cold, calm and confident) that people tend to give her credit for being all of those things when she really isn’t. in actuality, regina is reckless, emotion-driven, and extremely heavy-handed; she has a legendary temper, and she allows it to dictate her decisions to an extent that i doubt a slytherin ever would. she doesn’t strategize her way to victory, she bulldozes everyone in her path, and this is why she so often fails. just to contrast her with a true slytherin here: rumplestiltskin knows how to play the long game; he plans to manipulate regina into casting the curse for him from the moment of her birth (and arguably before even then, since he was angling for cora’s first born long before regina was even a thought). as for regina, she has no idea what the curse even is until rumple “casually” suggests it to her on the day of snow and charming’s wedding–and she immediately latches onto the idea and shows up at the wedding that day to threaten them with it, because she’s impetuous and excels at forethought about as much as your average gryffindor which is to say…not at all. regina leaps headfirst into everything she does, based solely on her feelings, and inevitably gets burned; honestly, beneath the layers of faux-aloofness, i think she’s every bit the archetypal gryffindor, and that’s much easier to see in the few flashbacks we’re given of her youth, where it becomes very clear where her priorities lie. 

Animated Combat Styles in RvB (Affiliates of Charon Industries: First Edition)

If you’ve been following me for a while then you definitely know one thing about me: I like fights. I like to write them. I like to read them. I like to watch them, and dear me do I like to pick them apart. So, while I’m not a martial arts expert (nor do I play one on TV), I spent a long time gathering the data and working on conclusions.

So without further ado, here it is. Animated Combat Styles in RvB as interpreted by ChurbooseAnon, and involving materials from Season Eight Episode Four through Season Thirteen Episode One. Subsequent editions may come out that revise these descriptions or enhance them, and will be linked to in revised versions of this post, as well as any revisions linked to this. All of the posts in this series will be tagged as ‘RvB Combat Styles Analysis’ now and in the future.

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In the course of this post I’ll be talking about the following individuals in the following order: 


  • Insurrectionist Leader
  • Demo Man
  • Sleeveless Insurrection Soldier
  • Girlie


  • Locus
  • Felix

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So after re-watching the new adaption (through reinterpretation is more fitting) of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and writing a short piece on the final episode, I decided to write a sort of analysis thingy of something I noticed within the CIA storyline. I’ve put it below the cut for spoiler reasons. Be warned – it’s rather long.

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