Alright friendos, buckle up for some Commander Curly character analysis, using my personal favourite scene in the game.
I love this first kiss because I think it really demonstrates the two oft-conflicting sides of Cullen - the confident, powerful commander, and the awkward, nervous man that he is when you first start pursuing him.
So here we are when the scene begins, with Cullen first moving towards you for a kiss. He’s a little hesitant, but he’s going for it. Good job, buddy! Then, Jim pops in and interrupts, and we see what (I think, anyway) is a very interesting shift in Cullen’s body language. He straightens up, turns his whole body towards Jim, and sets his shoulders forward. His whole demeanour at this point is clearly dominant.
It would have been very easy for Cullen to get flustered and make some excuse (“We’re having a private meeting! Inquisition leadership only!”) but that isn’t what happens. He leans forward even further and glares right into Jim’s face. He’s making it very clear through his body language what exactly has been interrupted. Jim takes the hint at this point and leaves. Look at the way Cullen watches him go - still leaning forward, arms held out slightly to the side, which makes him look even bigger. He even takes a small step in Jim’s direction as though completing the act of chasing him off.
Now, maybe this is just me reading into it, but I think this whole exchange really bolsters Cullen’s confidence. We know from various scenes with him that he is a very capable commander; he’s a natural leader, and he’s extremely sure of himself when he’s giving orders and directing his troops. His confidence only starts to waver when he’s being courted. But now, right as he was about to make his move, he’s had a chance to assert himself, and it has a big impact on how the scene continues.
As soon as Jim is gone, Cullen turns back to you. There’s no hesitation this time. He grabs you by the back of the neck, pushes you into the battlements, and kisses you hard. (I’m so proud of him *sobs*)
The kiss lasts for a few moments, and then he wavers again. He pulls away. “I’m sorry,” he says sheepishly, averting his eyes downward. He’s worried he shouldn’t have done that; worried he came on too strong. So, you reassure him, and the confidence comes back. He kisses you softer this time, but he’s relaxed and sure of himself. And then we fade to black.
I’m constantly fighting an internal battle over whether I prefer the Cullen or Solas romance when all factors are taken into account. I find Cullen’s character arc during a romance playthrough so endearing. You really get to watch this man grow into himself, and this scene is just the beginning of that.
When Jack was talking about his preferences of the FNAF games, I pretty much agreed with 99% of what he said. Honestly? The third game was my least favourite as well (actually FNAF World was way worse, but anyway…) and yeah I definetly gotta say the first game overall was my favourite because the game was so new to me and the jumpscares actually scared me.
But when the three other games came out, I just got so bored of them honestly. But with Sister Location, I actually do like it. The voice acting in it is really good and I love the memes that came out of it (i.e exotic butters, casual bongos) and also I love hearing theories from what the ending of Sister Location meant and how he compared it to Ex Machina (aka best movie ever) and Blade Runner (I watched that movie for the first time a couple of days ago lol).
(RESPONDING EVEN THOUGH THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME)
OH MY GOD YOU MENTIONED ALL OF MY FAVOURITE GAMES IN THE SPAN OF THIS TEXT POST (minus Danganronpa but that’s fine)
ZERO ESCAPE, PERSONA, ACE ATTORNEY, FIRE EMBLEM, AND THEN KINGDOM HEARTS IN THE TAGS
LIKE IM SORRY IF THIS SEEMS ANNOYING- cause caps lock, despite it being the only way to convey my…enthusiasm, is kind of obnoxious to read >.< sorry about that -BUT IF YOU EVER NEED SOMEONE TO GUSH ABOUT THESE GAMES TO, YOUVE GOT ME.
Yo, Danganronpa’s pretty good, too, though I’ve only played the first game thus far. Like a bizarre combination of Ace Attorney and Zero Escape :P
Have you played The World Ends with You or Ghost Trick? Those are also really good. TWEWY is a really unique RPG for the DS by Square Enix, and Ghost Trick was created by the same guy who made the Ace Attorney series (so it’s got twists inside its plot twists :P). Definitely recommend checking those out if you haven’t already!
get to know me meme:favourite male characters [4/5] → Handsome Jack - “This one guy in New Haven, right? City’s burning. People are dying left and right, yada yada yada. This jackhole rushes me with a spoon. A freaking SPOON! And I’m dying laughing, right? So I scoop out his stupid little eyeballs with it, and his kids are all ‘WAAAAA’ and he can’t see where he’s going, he’s bumping into stuff and I - anyway, I don’t know, maybe you had to be there. The moral is: you’re a total bitch.”