1) “Help me.” They looked to their evil counterpart, hands deep in blood as they struggled to keep pressure on their loved one’s wound. “Save them - please.” They couldn’t think. Panic fogged every corner of the protagonist’s brain, hazed their vision, clogged their lungs. “Please.”
Their evil counterpart studied them for a moment, clinically, before stepping forward. They shoved the protagonist’s hands out of the way. Fixed it. Left the protagonist deflated and quivering with relief as the healing spells began to work beneath their counterpart’s palms.
“Thank you,” they mumbled. “Thank you.”
“For you,” their counterpart said, “anything. Or almost anything.” They shrugged. “We’ve always looked after our own.”
2) “We would be dead if it wasn’t for me!” their evil counterpart snarled.
“Everything in you that was me is dead already!”
3) “How long have you been down here, alone?” their rescuer asked.
The protagonist swallowed, still marveling at contact. At the realness of the hallucination warm beneath their fingers. It was a lie. It was insanity. It was better than being alone. “They don’t like seeing me - I remind them too much of what they were. They hate me for it.” It stung. The hatred of an enemy they could bear, but the self-loathing, from the one person who should have been on their side? Their counterpart couldn’t bear to see them, and was possessive enough not to want anyone else near them either.
The differences between Darkiplier and Antisepticeye
Obviously we see Anti and Dark as two similar beings because they’re both the evil counterparts or the demons of two great guys who are best friends. Though I think that they’re also very different for many different reasons. Let’s break it down a little and spot the differences, shall we?
Let’s start with Anti.
Antisepticeye, otherwise known as Jack’s evil counterpart or demon, has made many appearances already - even recently. His look can be interpreted however you want, but he has been portrayed a certain way on the channel for some time now. He seems to look exactly how Jack does whenever he appears. But during one longer appearance, he was seen with all black clothing (a black shirt and ripped jeans) and some ear gauges (you can see this in Jack’s ‘Say Goodbye’ video). You could assume that this is Anti’s regular style. We’ve also seen him with black eyes (also in the ‘Say Goodbye’ video) which could possibly mean that he’s a demon.
Anti’s appearances have been brief for the most part. He appears in the form of glitches in Jack’s face cam (you can see a lot of this in Jack’s ‘Five Nights At Freddy’s - Sister Location’ videos) and only stays for a few seconds, though his appearances grew gradually more frequent as the end of October got closer. The only video in which he’s made a longer and much stronger appearance is in Jack’s ‘Say Goodbye’ video.
A quick example.
Anti’s voice is also far from normal, as far as we know. It’s very distorted and sounds like there are multiple people speaking at the same time, all in different pitches. This kind of matches his glitchy appearances.
Another thing about him is that he’s very violent. In multiple appearances, Anti has been seen using his fingers as guns and holding them to his head, strangling himself, pulling at his hair or face or mouth, or with blood somewhere on his face. In the ‘Say Goodbye’ video, he even goes as far as making Jack slit his own throat. He’s displayed as a crazy character, even borderline psychotic.
Picture it this way: if Anti was given the opportunity to torture someone, he wouldn’t hesitate. He would use all the pretty little toys he had and make it as enjoyable as possible - for him. He is merciless, violent and crazy and this could be due to Jack’s excessive amount of energy being manifested into something evil. His idea of fun is extremely dangerous, bloody and painful.
So, Anti is practically a psychopath.
Now, onto Dark.
Darkiplier, otherwise known as Mark’s evil counterpart or demon, hasn’t made nearly as many appearances as Anti. There were theories about him in Mark’s earlier videos ‘Don’t Blink’ and ‘Dont Move’, but he’s been nothing more than a theory since then. People came up with their own ideas and conclusions while Anti was around. But he has finally made an appearance in one of the paths you take when you go to Mark’s video, ‘A Date With Markiplier’ (to get to him you have to click ‘Pay’ and then click ‘Horror’. If you want to follow through then you have to click on ‘Freedom’ and finally, kill the guy on ‘Left’.)
So far, his attire is different from Anti’s. Of course, he was wearing the suit that Mark was wearing during the date, but it oddly seemed to suit him (pun intended). Already off the bat, this leads us to think that Dark may prefer cleaner or more professional attire as opposed to black t-shirts and ripped jeans. Another thing is that he seems to like wearing black eyeliner, unless that’s some sort of natural dark circle around his eyes. Either way, creep factor.
Dark’s appearances haven’t been as glitchy as Anti’s. There are a few moments where he’s seemed to glitch out slightly, but for the most part he’s more ‘stable’. Although, there does seem to be some sort of layering effect in his appearances or some sort of 3D filter - like there are duplicates of him. His stance is also very proper, with his hands gingerly held behind his back as he talks. That, and his appearances have been longer than Anti’s. He sticks around to even converse with the viewer, whereas Anti will only stick around for a few seconds in the face cam, just long enough for someone to notice him.
An example for Darky.
Dark’s voice is a lot deeper than Anti’s, kind of like Mark’s is deeper than Jack’s. Though, it’s almost abnormally deep for someone with Mark’s face. It’s also very echoey, as though he was appearing in a vision or a dream.
Now this is where the major difference comes out.
Unlike Anti, Dark looks very calm and reserved. He speaks slowly, carefully and clearly - as though he’s having a conversation with a colleague at work. He doesn’t seem violent in any sort of way and doesn’t imply that he wants to cause harm to anyone. It’s just that his entire demeanor and way of speaking is very … Dark. I guess he lives up to his name. Rather than being crazy and excitable like Anti, he’s just cold and intimidating.
Picture it this way: if Dark also had the opportunity to torture someone, he wouldn’t go about it the same way. He would most likely use his words to slowly drive the person mad, to frighten them out of their skin. His definition of fun wouldn’t be to hear the person’s screams or see a gory scene - no, his fun is all in the scares. Sure, eventually he gets around to the torture, but he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who likes to make a mess, you know?
So, Dark is a cold, merciless killer.
Anti and Dark are very similar but also very different, which makes them that much more interesting to observe and analyze. The two of them working together would be the perfect recipe for a vengeful murder. Of course, they’re super fun to watch from afar.
Eeeh… so this is kinda long. But I loved writing it. Also: it’s from Shiro’s POV. So… have this:
Monsters don’t have
It took everything in him
not to scream. He wouldn’t give them the satisfaction. Wouldn’t let
them know how afraid he really was.
He had survived this
once… He would do it again. Because now he knew how the cruel
machinery of the arena worked, relentless and precise like clockwork.
He knew what the Druids would do to him. He knew the rules.
to the rules and survive.
And rule number one was to never show your fear.
Shiro could do this, he
would survive and find his way back home. Home… wherever
that was. A small, fragile smile crept onto his face. Of course he
knew where home was. It was somewhere among the stars… Sitting in a
giant robot lion and hunting every single Galra cruiser down in order
to find him. He would survive this… for now there was Keith,
burning with the force of a thousand suns, fiery red and blazing with
anger. He had seen glimpses of what the Red Paladin was capable of…
This man would tear the universe apart and burn the whole Empire to
ashes, if that’s what it took to get Shiro back.
For now he would stick to
the rules and buy his friends as much time as possible to come and
find him. Him and-
Movement from the shadows
caught his attention, followed by a soft sob. If it hadn’t been so
eerily quiet in their cell, he might’ve missed it. Shiro froze at the
sound, eyes trained on the the figure that laid curled up on one of the cots.
The first time he’d seen
him, Shiro had actually lost it. He still had no idea where he
came from – it didn’t really matter anyway. Because he was there
nonetheless. He existed. He breathed. There was a soul in his yellow
eyes, when he gave Shiro that look. That look of utter betrayal, like
he’d hoped for something more, something that was definitely not a
beaten and bruised Shiro.
He couldn’t really
remember when or how the guards had maneuvered him into the same cell
he occupied. At some point he’d simply checked out, mind going
blank and numb, because it was all too much.
The Druids had taken his
arm, stripped him off any right he thought he had, put him through
fights against aliens twice his size… but THIS. This had been the
It was the day he met his
clone, that Shiro actually cried for the first time in ages. He cried
for himself. It was the same day he realized, that this would never
end. They’d always find a way to break him, to bend and twist him,
until his mind turned into something ugly. The evidence, the actual
personification of their madness driven efforts, sat right in front
of him and stared at him with piercing yellow eyes.
He had no idea how long
they’d stayed like this. Huddled against opposite walls of the same
cell and staring off into nothingness, until one of them had started
talking. It had been awkward, looking at his own face and listening
to his own voice, somewhat sounding off. More guttural. Some words
even sounded a little…purred? It was almost off-putting to see his
own face staring back at him and moving with expressions that weren’t
his. It felt like watching yourself in a mirror, but your
reflection suddenly stops moving along with you. Familiar features
turned into something otherworldly, because someone else controlled
them and poured their very soul into every twitch and pull of muscle.
They’d created a whole new
being. The clone might’ve looked like Shiro, but under their shared
features, there was a different person. Individual. Original. And so,
so human. He even had a name.
fitting, Shiro had thought at
first. But he’d come to realize quite fast, that Kuro wasn’t the dark, evil
minded counterpart he’d expected to hide behind that name.
fact, the more they talked, the more Shiro got the impression, that
their Galra-hybrid was more human than most people Shiro had met back
had suffered. He had seen horrible things, survived even worse. He’d
been ripped open and put back together, just to be torn apart again.
Some days he would find the strengh to laugh at all of this… And some days he would break under the pressure and fear. Like
any human being would do.
Days had passed. It was easy - too easy - to believe that Kuro was
anything but a monster. Especially so, after he’d been carried back
into their cell, right after one particular hard fight. Kuro had won, of
course… But was the damage his body and mind had taken really worth
Seeing him like this morphed repulsion and mistrust first into pity,
then into something else. Something Shiro didn’t really want to think
about. It felt way too close to compassion.
He couldn’t let that happen.
to the rules and survive.
And sticking to the rules meant no sympathy for Galra-clones.
In the end the universe wouldn’t have any of it.
Another sob brought him back to reality. It tore through the silence
that hung between them. As far as he could tell, Kuro was still
asleep on his small cot, but he thrashed wildly against invisible
enemies and restraints. Maybe he relived his latest fight? His latest
torture? Tears glistened in the dim purple lights.
In this moment he looked almost completely human… Vulnerable and
scared and just so much younger.
Shiros throat went dry. Kuro wasn’t a monster… never had been…
And that tore at his heart.
Despite what the Druids wanted him to be, Kuro was anything but a
Without thinking, Shiro stood up from where he sat, back against the
wall, and silently made his way towards the clone. Said clone was a
mess; twitching and and clawing at the nightmares that plagued him.
Another whimper. Small and heartbreaking. He couldn’t take it.
Shiro couldn’t stop himself from reaching out, trying to soothe Kuro
with a warm hand on his shoulder. But it wasn’t enough to make the
Soon he found himself huddled up on the small cot next to the other
man, arms wrapped around shaking shoulders and metal
fingers stroking carefully over a tense back. There were scars on his
back. So. So many… Shiro didn’t even want to know what had caused
these scars. Or the nightmares.
This man was definitely no monster.
I know I promised there will be a happy ending to my Kuro week… But for now… suffer with me? @kuroweek
We wanted to take a moment to return to the idea of case particles and perhaps create a more refined model.
So, to review some terms real quick…
Nouns in Japanese don’t generally decline for number (meaning that they are not explicitly plural or singular or anything in between), but they decline by case.
Grammatical case refers to a function or identity that the noun carries. In English, the pronouns decline into nominative, genitive and objective.
Nominative: He, She, They
Objective: Him, Her, Them
Genitive: His, Her, Their
Japanese marks case through particles. Indo-European languages, like English, tend to do them by suffixes that are sometimes to figure out. So we’re very lucky, in a way.
Linguists aren’t in total agreement as to how many cases Japanese has, mainly because of a few odd places one sees Japanese’s case particles. But here are the cases that are indicated.
Topical (は/wa): indicates the topic of the sentence. It exists pretty independently.
Nominative (が/ga): indicates the subject of the sentence.
Accusative (を/wo): indicates the direct object.
Genitive (の/no): indicates possession of categorization.
Dative (に/ni): indicates the indirect object and location.
Instrumental (で/de): indicates a tool or cause.
Lative [or Locative] (へ/e): indicates direction toward.
Ablative (から/kara): indicates direction from.
Cases in any given language will tend to have multiple functions. In fact, there is a good likelihood that secondary functions of the same cases are repeated between languages. That is to say, if the accusative in Japanese can sometimes indicate motion through, it is likely that another language will have one such indication. And that is the case. There are also various “datives of manner,” which is what the “adverbial ni” actually is.
We here for now tend to talk about a topical, nominative, accusative, genitive, dative, and locative. We don’t talk about the ablative, and the idea of calling the locative lative seems to be a remnant from the old idea that Japanese is related to Uralic languages (like Finnish and Estonian.) But it works really well, so we’ll keep it around.
(By the way, it’s generally accepted that Japanese is a language isolate. The idea of an “Altaic” family has been discredited, which I believe is a concept that was taught many years ago to Japanese (and Korean) students, so you’ll find language books claiming that Japanese (and Korean) is an Altaic language.)
The ablative, on the other hand, we’re afraid to indicate because of its “evil twin.” An “evil twin” is a counterpart to a case particle that works in a manner that is very different from the original case particle.
We often see “kara” as a post-position (or you can call it a conjunction, it really doesn’t really matter right now.) The thing is that it will work with an entire verb phrase, which is not okay.
Japanese Evil Twins:
から (kara): marks a cause or reason. (”because”)
が (ga): conjunction, marks that both inflexional sentences are not comparable, meaning that you wouldn’t figure that one follows from the other. (”though…”)
で (de): post-postition, marks the location of an action when the location itself is not very relevant to the action. (”at,” or “in”)
の (no): attributive copula, serves as the copula in an attribute phrase. (”…that is…”
と (to): conditional conjunction, marks that the occurrence of an action is dependent on another. (If…)
We didn’t speak of “to,” because we are unsure if it’s a conjunction or if it is a comitative case marker. The comitative case marks that an action is done with or in the company of, which is possible in Japanese but it is rare. (E.g. 僕と行きますか? Will you go with me?)
The plot thickens:
If から is a case particle, an ablative, then まで (made) surely must be a case particle. And some have suggested to call it a “limitative” case, which would be unique to Japanese (as far as we know). But the nice thing about cases is that they’re something you can see in multiple languages, so we’re hesitant to concede that. That’s why we’d rather treat both as post-positions.
Japanese grammar tends to deal with this by calling them all “particles” and then giving them as many jobs as needed, but thinking of them all as a single grammatical unit. The bad thing about this, of course, is that then you don’t have “case” particles and it ignores the patterns seen in the case particles when compared to so many other languages.
But it is very strange that we have so many evil twins. It’s easy to dismiss one or two, but five (or six), that is a lot. The answers to all this probably lie in the history of the language, with things stemming from Old and Middle Japanese, some things most likely lost to us (things like idiomatic phrases truncated). So we’ll have to wait a while to figure it all out.
Anyway, we just thought you’d find this interesting. Food for thought.
Shounen decay - the point in a shounen series where, regardless of the particulars of the concept and setting, the entire focus of the series has devolved to a neverending series of one-on-one battle scenes. (Bonus Decay points if the team of heroes is facing off a team of evil counterparts tailored to their precise weaknesses)
Shoujo decay - the point in a shoujo series where, regardless of the particulars of the concept and setting, the entire focus of the series has devolved into an endless and ongoing examination of the main character’s romantic angst for one or more love interests. (Bonus Decay points if it’s a love triangle.)
highprinceofgeeks said:Could you do some prompts where the villain actually achieves the greater good they were working for. Like they have to decide if it was worth it.
Anonymous said:Hero and villain trapped in an elevator/room together (some tension between them perhaps?)
Anonymous said:A hero whose powers dangerously fluctuate out of their control when they’re emotionally stressed. A villain who learns this the hard way.
Anonymous said:I super love your villain prompts. Could you do some for a villain interacting with a reporter? Maybe some flirty ones? Pretty please?
Anonymous said:Could I get a few prompts on a character that meets their evil counterpart in an alternate dimension?
1) “Was it worth it?” the hero asked, tiredly. “All of this bloodshed, all this sacrifice and pain. Was it worth it?” “Absolutely,” the villain said. “You don’t build a utopia on rotten foundations. A new world requires the death of the old one. I never claimed it would be pleasant.” They looked over, then, quiet for a moment. “I know I am not a good person, despite what you think I have always known that. My hands are irreparably stained by what I have done. But someone had to do it. Better me than those who would live to make the future better.” The hero startled.
2) “Are you hyperventilating?” “I’m not - I’m not really very good with closed spaces. Claustrophobia.” “Come here.” “What?” “Come. Here.” They dragged the other closer, cupped the back of their head, and guided it to their own chest. “Close your eyes.”
3) One second, they were mocking, smug - the next second they were blasted onto the floor. They stared, wide-eyed, as power spiraled through the room with the hero caught in the centre, their head in their hands. Rocking slightly as their magic tore out of their control. Blood trickled out of the hero’s nose. Their shoulders shook and every look they got at what they were doing only made the power spike more. Walls crumbled, the floor cracked, objects spun sharp as a tornado. “Oh shit,” they said softly. Suddenly, the primness, the desperate clutches for goodness and control, made sense.
4) “”I have a few questions on your side of the story,” the reporter said. Their heart pounded. This could be make their career. It could also make their grave. “Oh, by all means,” the villain purred. They came to a stop in front of the reporter. “I’m all yours, if you want me to be. No bars, holds or limits.”
5) “You don’t get to judge me,” their counterpart snapped. “Where the hell do you get off telling yourself that you’re evil? Who the fuck does that?” Because, if even they didn’t understand, then what did that mean? If their own soul despised them then it was already far too late to turn back. Onwards was the only way. The end had to justify the means. “You don’t get to take it out on me just because you’re scared of what you can do. That’s not on me.”
ok but one of these days we’ll have to make a ‘reasons why Spock is a better boyfriend than you all’ (or, alternatively, why Spock totally doesn’t suck as a boyfriend)’ list. Can include stuff from the videogame and comics too. like, little examples:
- he cooks for his girlfriend, so that they can have a private dinner in his room instead of a crowded mess hall (or more like, he really, really tries to cook for her, and Nyota appreciates his efforts.. anyway)
- instinctively walks to his girl to hold her hand when crazy mofo wants to kill everyone
- when they started dating, he followed the courtship rituals of his people and respected her, so he didn’t try to take her to bed too soon; he asked her to get kinky with their minds instead
- keeps a glass of water and a plate with fruit on his nightstand when his girl spends the night with him (just in case their activities might make her hungry and thirsty). He doesn’t mind her not using pajamas.
- he doesn’t want her to experience the same pain he experienced when he
lost his mother and home planet.
- after having to nerve-pinch the evil counterpart of his girlfriend, he is still very gentle with her because she looks like his love, and he can’t bear to see her hurt
- finds the company of his girl restorative; her presence is everything he needs to feel good after a long day of work. He doesn’t need plants.
- the first question he asks to his female counterpart, upon meeting her for the first time, is whether she also has an exclusive emotional relationship with her own Uhura. His priorities are in check.
- his evil counterpart loves his girl more than wanting to conqueer the universe
- he has faith in his girl and trusts her skills more than anyone on the ship
- keeps a perfect dichotomy between referring to her as an officer, by rank, while they are working, and calling her by her first name only when referring to her as his significant other
- won’t have any comment on the matter when Kirk asks him if her first name is indeed Nyota because he respects she doesn’t give her first name to everyone.
- gives to his girl a vokaya necklace amulet that belonged to his beloved mother, and is thus very precious to him (and his people, since the mineral is now rare and should maybe be put in some museum), as a token of his love and respect.
- he made sure his radiactive necklace gift was completely harmless before giving it to his girl.
- doesn’t even realize that said necklace was a tracking device until he needs to find and save his girl.
- despite his self-insistence of the contrary, he knows and admits that his feelings for Nyota make it impossible to not act when she’s in danger because when you love someone you protect them, regardless the injudiciousness of their actions.
- he finds the time with his girl deeply furfilling
- gets his ass kicked at 3d chess by his girl the first time they play together, and instead of being butthurt about that, he’s like ‘omg I’m in love’ and gives her the king piece from his chess set as a token of his love
- wants to personally participate to a dangerous rescue mission in spite of being injured and barely able to walk just becaue his girl is there too.
- he appreciates her concerns for him and respects that
- he’s the most diligent officer but he still puts works aside to go to a party just because he knows his girl would be there too, and engaging with her socially is more pleasing than completing his mission report
- he looks grateful when his girl brings him a drink. Looks like someone who a has a gigantic crush for his girl in spite of already being in a relationship with her since years.
Everyone on here debating over Lotor being Keith’s evil counterpart or Lance’s counterpart and I’m like did you not hear that speech he’s clearly Allura’s counterpart you fools stop robbing her character and shoving it into Lance especially.
Seriously you have the princess of Altea, daughter of Alfor, and the prince of the Galra, son of Zarkon. Both diplomats, very charismatic, make speeches that touch their audiences, underestimated and doubted until they prove themselves, powerhouses, etc etc
For god’s sake, I get arguing for Keith’s foil since they’re both thrown into leader’s role and described as hotheads, but stop making everything about Lance when he’s probably gonna get his own foil soon. Stop taking everything from Allura and giving it to him I’m sick of it! You can’t let her even have the simplistic of story narratives.