((I easily let little things go. I’m not going to get worked up over a different opinion or an off-kilter ask or ic shenanigans. Bigger things… I’ll readily admit that I privately and low-key hold on to salt a LOT longer than I should. It’s a flaw I actively work on to be a better person. So I do make a point of communicating about bigger problems privately before it becomes DRAMAtm because I’m here to have fun, after all. So, if we ever had a real problem, you’d know.))
♡ - OTP for your muse?
((I can’t pick just one. I got so many, I can’t hold all these ships. PendlesXT’mara ( @rogue-deadeye‘s OC ), PendlesXJasus ( @jasusthedeserted‘s OC ), PendlesXReyna, PendlesXGalilea, PendlesXMontana…))
((Each one has a different flavour and shows different sides and possibilities for him. And I’m sure to discover more as time goes on.))
I want to start off with a little project I did for my college speech class.
I was so enamored with this game called Undertale, that I for real sat down the day before I was due to present (after a week of debating what topic I should do) and wrote a three page, paragraphed presentation and 8 page powerpoint as to why one should take time out to play Undertale by Toby Fox.
The topic was persuasive. And it was, at the time, my highest grade in the class.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and present that to you, you’re here because of course, you’ve already played Undertale, and it clearly had enough impact on you that you’re in the fandom, following AU blogs, and enjoying other people’s characterizations of the characters Frisk, Chara, and the like.
See where this is going yet?
One of my main points in the presentation was this, and I quote from my paper: “… but the main sprite was left both gender ambiguous AND ethnically ambiguous ”
Which I also stated to be one of the main attractions of the game. It’s submersiveness. Getting to know the character, becoming the character. Yes, I understand the argument that Frisk is their own person in a sense, but not everyone will necessarily feel that way. Hell, my name sure isn’t Frisk, but I had no qualms self inserting myself into the role. The game is what you make of it, there is no set interpretation. You see Frisk and Chara as two children who are being influenced or not-so-influenced by the otherworldly force (the PLAYER), then cool, bud. Fine. That’s completely ok. You see yourself playing as Frisk, or as Chara (or Narra-Chara if you’re into that theory), then yes that is also totally and completely ok. No one is attacking you or your interpretation.
Except. They totally are.
And for the life of me I can’t understand why. I can understand people being happy about the birth of possibly canon Nonbinary Characters, I am nonbinary myself. One of my best friends is nonbinary. I’m more than happy to have a video game in which the protagonists and more than just a few side characters use they/them.
But, buddy pal. Gender ambiguity does not equal nonbinary. It can be nonbinary, sure. But, it does not equal nonbinary.
Now, Toby can one day state that, yes, they are canonically NB, but until that day comes, step off your high horse and stop attacking people for choosing to gender/partially-gender/give another identity to Frisk and Chara. They/Them is more than used for NB people, it is also respectfully used to refer to someone who’s gender you don’t yet know or cannot fully discern. Which would be understandable for a game like this in 2015, right? Moving towards a cool future and respecting that the little boy/girl you meet on their adventure may not actually be a little boy/girl, but maybe a little child, or the opposite of what you initially viewed them to be.
I don’t care if someone goes with them being cishet, genderfluid, transgendered, hella homo, straight asf, etc etc. And neither should you. It’s never that serious. Since when should other’s personal headcanons and interpretations affect how you live your life? It’s unbelievably childish.
And you know what, yeah, there’s a lot of children in this fandom. But, now’s a good time to start growing up, especially if you’re not an actual kid. Especially if you’re choosing to participate in a public platform and activity (a.k.a, a Fandom). If you see someone with headcanons that aren’t problematic or don’t affect you in any way, then you block them, unfollow them, etc, move on with your day.
Don’t vague. Don’t vague bash. Don’t go into their inbox or messages with clap-clap receipts™. Hell, write your joke threat posts and vocalize your discontent all you want because they can follow the above advice, and I encourage it, scroll scroll and go on with their day.
But in all seriousness, some people can be seriously affected by this whole completely unnecessary debate and feel personally attacked. When a character they love, a character who is essentially a blank slate and can be written how they like, and built how they like, is bashed because gender headcanon debates- that can hurt people, guys. Seriously, grow up, keep your anger among-st you and your friends. Don’t promote hate and bashing. And don’t force your not-confirmed-but-you’re-oh-so-positive-it’s-canon-headcanons on others. Have your headcanons and be respectful about ‘em, too.
There’s a reason Toby said “skip” to the gender questions in his interview.
He wanted to avoid all of this with certain confirmations and allow people to believe what they want.