The more I re-watch Megamind, the more Metro Man stands out to me as a character. Though he only has a fraction of screen time, his decisions shape the entire movie. And they’re such interesting decisions: first, abandoning the “Metro Man” role all together, and then refusing to return even when Metrocity faces its first true and deadly threat.
It’s that last one that always gets me– it’s a completely selfish and almost cruel decision to make, but to his point, he’d never been allowed to be selfish before. There was no “good” time to end his career as Metro Man. It had to be a clean break and one that lasted forever, as donning his cape again for any reason would trap him in a life he’d come come to view as empty and depressing.
I always wonder what he would have done if Megamind had lost. Could he really sit back and watch the city that had adopted him, loved him, and trusted him burn? Or would guilt over the deaths of Megamind and Roxanne eventually drive him to save the day and resign himself to a joyless life of heroism afterwards?
I want to see someone look at sana the way sana looked at noora when she knew something was wrong. I want someone to educate themselves and apologize to sana the way sana did when she found out about isak and even. I want someone to comfort sana the way sana comforted vilde when she was too nervous to speak clearly. I want sana to be loved and understood in the same way she has never failed to make the people she cares for feel loved and understood.
Something I’ve talked about with friends before, is that Peridot’s character arc has been about learning empathy and compassion, right? She knew nothing of those things before landing on earth, and has had quite the crash course (heh) in giving a shit about other people.
Or as Rebecca Sugar put it once, “She’s excited by the infinite potential of everything, and fascinated by her own capacity to care, because those things had been a total blind spot for her.“
And like…thinking about her friendship with Lapis, I feel like she accidentally swung too far the other way. She went from “I don’t care about any of you, I just want off this rock before it explodes,” to “Upsetting Amethyst, even by accident, makes me feel so awful that I’m going to record an apology.” She had an episode of her trying to empathize with Garnet. She saw Steven’s empathy save the planet from the Cluster. She had an episode where she had to see things from the perspective of a corrupted gem (in order to poof it, but still). She tried to make Amethyst feel better about the Jasper situation by taking her to the Beta Kindergarten (which backfired, but her heart was in the right place).
And she sometimes has the zeal of a recent convert–look at her little speeches to both Jasper and Navy.
Then there’s Lapis. Peridot fumbles the beginning of that one, but she’s trying, yeah? And she just keeps trying. And trying. And trying. And she just doesn’t know when to stop. Lapis’s reactions, on screen, range from polite-but-distant interest to outright hostility. She doesn’t try to kick Peridot out of the barn again, and she half-asses some morps and watches TV with her and uses her water powers to water their field and takes a lot of naps.
Meanwhile Peridot constantly tries to engage her and check in with her and is always monitoring Lapis’s emotions if she’s around. Because Peridot doesn’t know that there’s a happy medium between “I don’t care about you” and “your needs are more important than mine.”
Eventually Peridot got into the habit of changing her words and actions to appease Lapis’s moods. It’s worth remembering that Lapis can be genuinely terrifying when angry, and she’s incredibly powerful. I’ve been around people with mercurial moods who are frightening when they’re angry, and you end up hypervigilant and walking on eggshells all the time. It sucks!! And Peridot has no idea that that’s not what caring for someone means–that a good friendship has give and take; that you shouldn’t have to censor yourself around them out of fear; than you don’t have to (literally!) bend over backwards to please or placate them.
Peridot’s only other experience of caring about someone else, prior to landing on earth, was caring about Yellow Diamond. “I don’t matter! What’s important is that I’m of use to Yellow Diamond!” Poor baby’s only experience of caring about someone else was slavish devotion without question. No wonder she doesn’t think about herself or her own needs.
So I’m hoping the pendulum will swing the other way a little. I want Peridot to find that she can care for someone and they can care for her just as much–that there’s something really amazing in caring about someone who cares equally about you. That kindness and compassion can go both ways.
Studio Ghibli (1986 - 2014) (Click images for better quality!) ↳ Ghibli means ‘hot wind blowing through the Sahara Desert’. The name was used for Italian scouting airplanes during World War II. Miyazaki, who loves airplanes (and Italy), named his studio after it.
So I’ve seen people complain about Ruby not being skilled at Hand to hand, how it doesn’t make sense cause she should have the power if she wields her scythe and she should have the training too. But that’s not why she’s bad at hand to hand.
In the latest ep, Oz criticizes, constructively, about Ruby throwing a punch wrong. So it means even her form is wrong. We also see multiple times between the trailer and her training how Ruby goes on the defensive when engaged in hand to hand, backing a way and blocking mostly. She flinches and is nervous. She’s scared, even when just sparring with someone. This is the source of the problem.
Ruby had Qrow teaching her, and we know he can fight hand to hand. Yang tried as well. When Yang did Ruby complained that she couldn’t do it and gushed about her scythe. She’s always been shown to be obsessed with weapons, especially Crescent Rose. Ruby’s problem isn’t that she can’t learn how to fight, she’s fine with a weapon. Her problem is that emotionally, she can’t handle hand to hand combat.
Ruby relies on her scythe like a crutch. it acts like a placebo medication. When armed, even her moves which don’t directly involve Crescent Rose itself are fine, like kicking grimm away. Without it, she loses the ability to fight like flipping a switch. Even when on the offensive, even when determined, her skill level drops. She can’t even knock down a single mook. She lacks confidence, even saying she’s “not cut out for it” as if it was impossible for her to learn. For some reason Ruby believes that having a weapon is the only way she can fight, and that belief has limited her abilities, thereby making itself true. So Ruby isn’t bad at hand to hand because she can’t learn, she’s bad at hand to hand because she mentally doesn’t believe she’s able.