Lars’ face when he realized that these Gems, who saved his life, have spent their own lives under threat of execution for being different. Have spent their lives being afraid because of who they are, just like him, except no one was even going to try and kill him for baking or being “uncool” or saying the “wrong” thing.
This is his paradigm shift. You can see it on his face. He’s found a reason to be brave.
A big friendly shark with an adorable shine in their eye! Traditional colors, possibly a great white? Looks like they’re about to ask you how you’ve been and give you a hug. 10/10
Looks like a meany, but is a tough guy with a heart of gold. Pretty shade of blues, like a blue shark! Not as detailed as Apple, but still ready to do business. Will beat up anyone who hurts you and give you a kiss. 10/10
A bold lil fella (pun intended) who ends up getting into pretty risky situations!Cute face of shock, yet curiosity and wonder. Very simple look of a not-so-simple great white. A good baby. 10/10
Don’t confuse this one for a dolphin! This is a shark through and through! Has the curious and gentle face of a thresher, yet no long tail. That doesn’t stop them! I support them. 10/10
Apple’s smaller, and not as detailed, sibling. That isn’t anything bad! Gentle colors and a tiny face to support such a cute shark. Most likely also has a Facebook and posts how much they love their friends. 10/10
Big and shy pal. What has you so sad? Could really use a hug. But, when they hug back, it feels like hugging a teddy bear! An ambigious shark. Cute color that fits their character. 10/10 (+a hug)
Looks like they just took a picture of a random great white. What a beautiful picture though! Looking good! 10/10
Dude with an attitude. A beautiful and confident smile that could draw in anyone. Their dream is to one day have a motorcycle gang and rule the sea. No one tell them it’s hard to ride a motorcycle with fins. 10/10 (+wishes for the best)
Ahh!!! Scared you, didn’t they? Looks like they look up to Jaws! A big fella with cute lil eyes and gleaming teeth. Wants to be a big movie star someday, practicing their moves for their Jaws-not-a-ripoff movie. Bet they will do great! 10/10
Complains: Not enough sharks. That’s it. They’re all beautiful.
McCree, Deadlock, Domestic Terrorism and why Gabriel Reyes would Recruit Jesse rather than throw him in a Cell.
So @iamwalkingdead1 and I were looking around the Route 66 map and spit-balling about why Gabriel Reyes would raid the Deadlock gang and recruit Jesse McCree.
Okay so first things first. We know that Jesse McCree was brought into Overwatch by Gabriel Reyes at the age of about 17 and up to that point he had formerly been part of the Deadlock gang in a tiny Route 66 town. However, why would Gabriel Reyes and by extension Blackwatch ever concern themselves with a small town gang, even if one of their members was a good shot?
The answer? Deadlock was NOT just some small town gang. They were much closer to a domestic terrorist group, and the hints to this can be seen on the Route 66 map.
The first Defense spawn on the map is a propane business that is explicitly owned by the Deadlock gang, most likely as a front business (which isn’t uncommon as they are the primary ways groups would need to launder their money).
But then there’s this:
The either the gang is named for the town or the town has become named for the gang. What becomes increasingly clear is that the gang has a hold on the town, from seeing their tag all over the place to evidence of them being able to freely take over businesses in the area, especially evident if you look at the Diner/Attack spawn.
The Deadlock gang has blatantly taken over the diner to serve as a forward post for an operation.
What kind of operation?
The Theft of Military grade hardware, straight from a government train.
If Deadlock is can steal military ordinance directly from the government, how many times have they done this before and how well equipped are they?
For the latter question, they are pretty damn well.
Weapons, rations, stolen corporate equipment from Lumerico and at least one other company, MISSILES, computer components, and a LOT more unidentified items. This is not the set up of some small town gang, this is the stockpile of a group with real power to do some serious damage beyond this small town.
The most benign thing that I could possibly imagine this group being a part of is Arms Dealing.
But then I also saw a few things like this:
Patriotic memorabilia and evidence of an a hit being placed on McCree.
Now, in the US there are well documented cases of far-right domestic terrorist groups. These groups are often well-armed, set up in remote areas to train their members in paramilitary skills, and are often ultra-nationalists (even if they view the government as evil). Another aspect of these groups is that they can be extremely fanatical or even cult-like in their maintained group thinking.
Being that McCree was orphaned at a young age and grew up in a town where the gang was clearly the dominant power, it would have been simple for them to induct him into their group with out him being able to fully question it.
All of this provides ample reason for Overwatch to decide to raid Blackwatch. After the operation and having taken prisoners the best case scenario for most of those taken alive would be life in a cell, and that’s where McCree was headed as well until Reyes intervened. McCree was then presented with the ultimatum, “Join Blackwatch or rot with your friends.”
With the cult like thinking of domestic terrorist groups and having been a part of them as a child McCree was made a child-soldier by this group in all but name. At the age of 17 and with the seriousness of the groups crimes Jesse was definitely being treated as an adult and the higher-ups probably weren’t thinking about what would have actually been needed for McCree, such as de-programming and years of psychological help and readjustment. Serving in Blackwatch was the going to be the best chance anyone would have of breaking the mindset Deadlock would have likely instilled into McCree, even if that way of going about it would be morally dubious at best. This is speculation, but Reyes probably brought Jesse into Blackwatch in an attempt to potentially change the direction of his life.
Fast-forward to the present; McCree having left Overwatch is wanted for his past crimes (Blackwatch didn’t “officially” exist so the government and Overwatch agents are also illegal) and Deadlock is none to happy about his leaving way back when and even have people ready to take him out should he ever return to their town.
I was just flipping through episodes on random and started laughing at this scene again because seen in a bigger context it’s just EVEN FUNNIER
since this after all ties directly into this line of thought that Yuuri has after opening up to Viktor on the beach, particularly about how people hugging him makes him uncomfortable (at least in certain situations) and about how he shields his emotions from other people from fear of appearing vulnerable and weak
THIS POOR BOY
HE REALLY TRIES SO HARD TO “OPEN UP MORE” AND IT TURNS INTO THIS MESS
AND OBVIOUSLY IT DOESN’T WORK AT ALL because Yuuri is not a character that can just hug things right with just about anyone, he NEEDS that special someone that makes him feel secure and comfortable, and the fact that he desperately tries to create a connection with people is just SO ENDEARING HE’S SO PRECIOUS AND HE’S TRYING SO HARD BUT TO NO AVAIL
it’s just a great scene because it shows Yuuri’s will to follow up on his promise in a way that becomes incredibly amusing while still maintaining key points in his personality and displaying the huge significance Viktor has in his life
it just makes his relationship with Viktor even sweeter since Viktor becomes that special person in Yuuri’s life that can make Yuuri open up properly, in ways that leaves Yuuri content and comfortable and I just
Context: Our DM decided to test our characters on his final night as DM. He created a God Tier level Wizard that threatened the very world itself and challenged us to defeat him. After about an hour of fighting our party wasn’t looking too good. The wizard had recently launched a giant fire ball at the party and my character was unlucky and began to be on fire.
Me (OOC) Since I’m on fire could I run up to the wizard and give him a hug while I’m on fire.
DM (chuckling) You can defiantly try.
Me (OOC) Man, how much damage would that cause?
DM (sarcastic) it be 365 hug damage
Me in character “Who wants a hug?!”
My Barbarian ran up to the wizard as my party pleaded me to stop. I passed my grapple check and I gave the best bear hug that my barbarian could do. Surprisingly, the DM honored the said damage as my character delivered a 365 damage bear hug, but my character suffered the same amount of damage. When my party collected themselves, all there was were 2 piles of ash. My character that I have been playing for years was gone.
When the party returned to town, they used their reward money to have a statue made of their fallen Barbarian comrade. Thus reading, “Never Forget Tardgerd, Yippy Ki Yay Mother Hugger.”
So remember kids, if you’re ever faced with an enemy that can’t seem to be beaten, a very warm hug is always an option.