Sometimes it’s difficult to make your characters likeable as they are tested and are pushed to further and further lengths. Sometimes they have to make hard decisions, and sometimes the pressure gets to them and they mess up, hurt another character or an innocent bystander. How can you keep them likeable throughout the whole plotline?
- Keep their motivations pure.
It almost always comes back to the heart – if their heart is pure, and that’s established early-on, the audience is more likely to root for them.
- Give them flaws – make them human.
Not every character has to have some huge problem, like an addiction or a traumatic past or a disability – if your entire cast does, it’s no problem, but it’s not necessary. But every character has to have some flaw(s), whether it’s cheating at card games because he can’t stand to lose or being too-closed minded or closing off when she gets too emotional. If your character doesn’t have a flaw, they start to come off as too perfect, too angelic, pretentious.
- Give them permission to mess up.
This ties in with flaws – if your character is inclined to make a bad decision at any point in the plot, don’t steer him away from it because “oh no he’s my protagonist and he must be Good and Whole and Pure and All-Knowing”. Let him walk into that ambush despite the sick feeling in his stomach and get half his army killed; let her rush into a confrontation with a bully and get into a fight with another girl who has a switchblade. Let your characters mess up – it shows that they’re human.
- But if your character messes up, let them own up to it eventually.
The general who killed half his army by ignoring the unease in the back of his mind might cry over their makeshift graves long after the rest of the platoon is asleep; the girl sitting in the infirmary might feel remorse for knocking her opponent’s block off. Or your characters might argue and might be stubborn and might not apologize for weeks. But let them apologize eventually. This goes back to the heart, and what the character knows is right.
- Relationships with other characters are vital.
That’s not to say a loner character can’t be likeable – but the audience’s perception of a loner character is determined by the thoughts/words of other characters. Characters all color each other and define parts of each other, just like people do to each other in real life. If your character is a jerk to other characters and other characters don’t like him (especially if the characters who dislike him are likeable), the audience won’t like him either. The character’s image depends not just on himself, but on his supporting cast.
i once read a text post that the problem with mcu tony is that the writer made him feel guilty of everything but they did not show it as tony's flaw, instead they make it to gain sympathiser/so that audiences sympathise for tony, what do you think?
I think the writing shows it as a both a positive and a flaw, because it is. Tony’s an inventor, and one simply has to look at his inventors to see the price of his guilt. The Iron Man suit, the arc reactor, BARF, Rhodey’s braces. But also endless weapons and Ultron (which yes, should have been a good but was a bad because Tony was messing around with things he didn’t understand but thought he could - the movie states this outright, so I’m not sure what the OP anon is talking about missed there.)
I mean, I don’t sympathize with Tony because of Tony’s guilt, I sympathize with Tony because of what he’s tried to do with it. Because even though it may end with negative results, he’s always tried to do something good with it. Tony’s guilt has made him overprotective and controlling but he’s also empathetic and hopeful because of it. The writers don’t always show it as a flaw because it’s not always a flaw.
I mean, would the same OP think that Steve’s sense of self-worth is a flaw, because it kind of is but it’s never written that way. Steve always thinks he knows whats best (ahem. same as tony, guys.) but Steve rarely gets called out for it, whereas the movies don’t hesitate with Tony.
There’s also a really messy gray area in the fact that Tony’s guilt has partially manifested in PTSD which the past three movies featuring Iron Man have not shied away from Tony having. So saying ‘they don’t write his guilt as a flaw’ is kinda of saying ‘they don’t write his PTSD as a flaw’ which, of course they don’t. Tony’s mentally ill. That’s not a flaw, that’s something he needs to get help for. (it does not excuse Tony’s actions, by the way. Just like Steve’s latent PTSD doesn’t excuse his.)
And one more thing: Sometimes Tony’s guilt isn’t written as a flaw because Tony doesn’t really have anything to be guilty for and the movie is trying to tell you that. It’s all in Tony’s head. Iron Man 3 guys, we create our own demons, I mean goddamn, it is RIGHT THERE in the opening and closing monologues.
am i the only one who hates gardienne/Erika? she's so stupid
cut her some slack the poor girl has been imprisoned, lied to, used as a bait, almost chocked to death by a psychopathic plant, nearly drowned and died and she just lost her family and friends and her whole life basically bc the people she trusted betrayed her in the worst way possible
The whole James Roberts/Megatron controversy is wayyy overblown and
people are treating James Roberts like he’s writing Megatron as if he
never did anything wrong but let’s not forget the following points:
Young Adult Teen Boy Protagonist: But…But I’m a nerd. I’m in a math class. I’ve watched Star Wars. I went to a library in the first chapter… And she’s the quirky new girl in school who likes poetry and old music from the 80′s and isn’t at all conventionally attractive but always gets hit on and is probably going to be played by Emma Watson in the movie. Sure, she has some major flaws; like being clumsy or having too many freckles, but how am I ever going to compete with the fundamentally unlikable and abusive jock boy that she likes for no apparent reason but to create an obstacle for me in the plot?
Friend of the Protagonist Who’s the Most Painful Closeted Cis Gay Stereotype Ever Created and Will Eventually get a One and a Half Page Coming Out Scene: You’re quiet, you’re basically nondescript in almost every conceivable way; you’re a total catch! But–But don’t get the wrong idea, it’s not like I think you’re hot! I’m not gay or anything!
Other Friend of the the Protagonist Who is Non-White in Some Way: Yeah Kirk, everything’s gonna be swag. Just deadass chill, homie.
At the risk of sounding “anti-feminist” again, Canon Rebecca White is an indecent human being.
I can forgive her for being daft enough to believe the drunken ramblings of a heartbroken, vulnerable man.
I can forgive her for having self-esteem that is so low she didn’t believe that man when he told her countless times that he didn’t want to be with her; but the one time he says it whilst drunk she believes him.
What I can’t forgive her for is having sex with him whilst he was that inebriated. For having sex with him whilst his judgement was that badly impaired.
If she really loved Robert, she would have turned him down and taken care of him. Just like Aaron did when put in a similar situation back in 2015.
If she really loved him, she would have called his sister and brother-in-law who were worried about him.
If she really loved him, she would have asked him the next day when he was sober, if he meant what he said.
She is not in love with Robert, she is obsessed with him. That is one part of her character that has remained consistent.
Robert has some pretty big flaws. Yes, he did use her in the past. Yes, he was mean to her. Two things Rebecca doesn’t even give a shite about.
The fact that she slept with him whilst he was drunk makes her the indecent human being in this scenario. Just like Ross was the indecent human being when he slept with a very drunk Kerry.
I hope the “feminists” who support Rebecca for being a woman are aware of this. I hope the people who ship Ross over Robert with Aaron are also aware of this.
The fact that Emmerdale continues to ignore the issue of consent makes me angry and uncomfortable. So for the sake of some of us not wanting to puke when thinking about her, I still hope the incident didn’t actually happen. Or it turns out that she has erotomania, and has been hallucinating everything.
Wars are a gruesome affair, this is a fact known to most people. Blood, sweat and gore accompany a conflict, and if one wishes to win it, they must first have necessary manpower, supplies and arms. And an icon of that is the M1 Garand. This WWII-era battlerifle has managed to become an icon of America, both of the war effort and far past it.
The Garand begins life with it’s Canadian-American designer, Jean Cantius Garand, more commonly just called John C. Garand. A fan of machining and target shooting, this melded into firearm design and Garand’s first design was a light machine gun developed in 1918. While it lost out to other designs, his work soon caught attention of Springfield Armory, and they hired him.
By the 1930′s, there was a craze in the world for a semi-automatic battle rifle to replace older bolt actions. These led to a flurry for new designs, many of which ended in development limbo excluding a few like the SVT-40, G41 and Ljungman. In America, the trials boiled down to two main designs, the Garand rifle and the Pedersen rifle.
The Pedersen rifle was developed by Remington’s main designer John Pedersen, relying on a toggle-lock action and waxed ammunition. Garand’s rifle was a gas-operated rotating bolt. Both chambered in the prototype .276 Pedersen cartridge, concern began to brew on the logistics of the new ammo. Seeing an opportunity, Garand managed to work his rifle to use standard .30-06, something that Pedersen could not. This led to Garand and his rifle winning the trials.
And just at the right time, as the Second World War soon began and the US entered it with the Garand.
The M1 Garand was the US Armed Forces rifle of choice alongside the older M1903 Springfield. And while the rest of the world used bolt-actions or had semi-automatics in low production, the Garand was standard issue and gave US soldiers a giant fire power advantage in the field.
However the Garand was not without flaws, the loading mechanism used metal en-bloc clips and used a spring meaning the clip would be flung out of the gun when empty, famously making a metallic “ping”. While its actual impact on the battlefield is fairly limited, it showed many flaws with the Garand design and the rifle was not due long in the ever advancing Cold War years.
Despite its age, the Garand lasted fairly long after the war. The rifle served into Korea and even the early days of Vietnam, though many had been replaced by that point by the later M14 and M16 rifles. Many nations both inside and outside of NATO used them, some still using the Garand today for ceremonial purposes.
The IRA were famous for using Garands, even well past the introduction of AR’s and AK’s, many police departments used them after the war and even to this day, the Garand is a favorite in both 1st, 2nd and 3rd world.
And with over 70 long years of use, many Garands are still in operation across the world. Many countries still use them for ceremonies such as Veteran Parades, Honor Guard and Volley salutes. The gun’s age makes it common to find in many gunshops across the world and even still, militias still use Garands to fight their foes.
With the rifle’s fame in the world, it is no wonder the Garand is a very common sight in movies. Everyone from Dean Martin and Don Haggerty to Heath Ledger and Clint Eastwood have wielded the Garand. Almost every movie set within World War II or Korea features it, many movies in Vietnam feature it as a throwback and modern movies tie it in. Nothing quite says “Get off my lawn!” than an M1 Garand.
And it is these same WWII themed movies that help begin the FPS genre. Films such as Saving Private Ryan and more had a wide impact in the media at large, and video games are no exception. Many series began with WWII and this massive influx of 1940′s combat games lead to many portrayals of the arsenal of the era, Garand included.
Call of Duty, Brother in Arms, Battlefield and many other franchises began with simple WWII first-person shooters, and these helped propel the Garand to fame on the computer screen. But as the WWII-era game faded away, the Garand seemed to disappear. But the rifle was not done yet, as many games still feature the rifle. Some use it as a throwback to their earlier games, others attempt to paint forgotten areas like Korea and Vietnam, even some set in a world inspired by the 1950′s and 1960′s feature the rifle. The Garand seems to deal just as well on the computer screen as it does on the silver screen. Where there is video games, there will be a Garand.
And that is the long history of the M1 Garand, the warhorse. Despite being out of service since the early 1960′s, the Garand is still famous. While it has some flaws, the gun is simply unstoppable. From the seas of France to the jungle of Vietnam, the Garand has kept on going and going far past any expectation. When you need a gun that could work in anything, you go for the Garand.
you know, i like to think of myself as a really rational kind of reader. i try to take into account cultural context, authorial intent, the use of tropes common to the genre etc when interpreting works and in particular interpreting characterisation. It’s one of the reasons I don’t actually hate Inoue Orihime– I choose to extrapolate who she is based on the probable authorial intent for her, taking into account the kind of tropes that she has attached to her. Like, yes, of COURSE if you ignore things like context and authorial intent and how shonen manga tropes work, you have a pretty solid argument for interpreting her character as shallow and selfish and weak-minded overall. Hell, even taking into account tropes and authorial intent, she has some definite flaws along that spectrum anyway. But the truth of the matter is, regardless of whether or not kubo succeeded with her, she was supposed to be taken as (bar the atrocity that is 686 and maybe all of tybw) a sweet but gutsy and kindhearted girl who you can’t help but love, with reasonable human flaws that make her relatable. Like, that’s the kind of character she was supposed to be, that’s the kind of character kubo was trying to sell her as, and ok, fine, i’ll take the bait. That’s where I’m extrapolating her from, and that’s the reason that she is a sympathetic character in most of my fics.
But even with all this context and authorial intent and whatever else have you, i can’t fathom the fact that Rukia lost Kaien in the forty years that Renji was ignoring her, and he didn’t say a single damn thing to her in that time.
Yes, kubo hadn’t had this background established for them properly, I understand that that’s why renji and byakuya were so harsh in the beginning. OUTSIDE of manga canon, we have that explanation, so I can overlook renji and byakuya being super assholes in the shut and broken coda chapters.
but when i’m trying to write something WITHIN THE MANGA CANON, I CAN’T IGNORE THIS. I CAN’T. I LITERALLY CAN’T. Rukia went through??? one of THE MOST TRAUMATIC EVENTS OF HER LIFE, paralleled to the trauma of ichigo losing his goddamn mother, and renji couldn’t (or didn’t) do or say a SINGLE THING TO MAKE IT ANY BETTER. RENJI COULDN’T (or didn;t) DO ANYTHING. And YET when rukia gets sent on her human world mission and he gets promoted to lieutenant he’s still all ‘aw shucks i’ll surprise her with my rank when she gets back and we’ll go right back 2 how we were 40 years ago’ like what kind of… what kind of, what kind of assumption that Rukia hadn’t and wouldn’t change in the time he’d been ignoring her. He just assumes she’s the same person she was 40 years ago, that she’s stopped right there where he left her and is waiting, static, for him to come pick her back up again. That nothing of note happened to her in the past 40 years to change her, the fact that he still thinks he knows her despite not having had genuine contact with her for the past 40 years– this is so arrogant and entitled? There is a sense of– of rukia not being her own person, that to renji, she is not someone he can fathom existing outside of his own influence on her?
and obviously authorial intent tells us renji is not a character like this, authorial intent (and the later chapters) clearly show that renji cares for rukia, that renji understands rukia (probably second only to ichigo), etc, authorial intent tells us that we are not supposed to take those early chapters like this because the backstory hadn’t been established fully. Fine, but when i’m trying to write something IN CANON I CAN’T ignore this. I can’t just brush aside the fact that, regardless of authorial intent, rukia went through one of the biggest traumas of her life and renji didn’t even offer her the bare minimum comfort of being a friend. Like, even accounting for all the authorial intent and context and tropes and my attempts to be rational about this, that’s…. that’s a really critically negative thing for the relationship between these two, platonic or romantic. i know we kept saying that ichigo and rukia needed to have the kaien talk but fucking you know who else needed to have that talk? rukia and renji. if renji ever wants to be called rukia’s best friend again he better have fucking had that talk with her.
So another thing about rainbow
Since he is a clone and all from Grey Hat, he has some flaws that Grey doesn’t have.
Like eyes, hair, and personality.
Grey’s eyes are purely white, with no irises, while Rainbow has black eyes and white irises.
And speaking of eyes, there was also a minor flaw where Rainbow has unfixable eye sight, so he has to rely on glasses/eye wear.
For hair, Rainbow’s hair grows pretty quickly, so it’s hard to make it look like Grey’s.
In personality, rainbow has very bad mood swings, which explains why at first when he came out was shy and nervous, then became a bad bitch queen and got revenge from Grey.
He’s a sensitive doctor trademark
I really hate seeing any sort of SU negativity…like i undersand that it isnt perfect and it absolutly has some flaws but…i feel like people take it far too seriously and hold it to unrealistic standards? And that its done SO MUCH good that people ignore in favour of negatives and it just makes me very deeply uncomfortable
Because of course I do. But I have
been having some thoughts about him and his position both within the Inner
Circle but also what he does in a wider sense for Rhys and the Night Court and
the challenges he must have faced in doing so.
“And we’re not lesser faeries,
though some try to call us that. We’re just—Illyrians. Considered expendable aerial cavalry for the Night
Court at the best of times, mindless soldier grunts at the worst.”
“Which is most of the time,” Azriel clarified.
want to consider how this idea must have shaped Cassian (and Azriel)’s time in
the Night Court. This is the court a large chunk of which rejected Rhys – the most
powerful High Lord in Prythian’s history in part because he was half-Illyrian. I
don’t think it’s a huge stretch to imagine that this prideful court might not have reacted
altogether that well when their armies were placed under the command of a
bastard born pure Illyrian warrior like Cassian.
them the Illyrians are ‘expendable’ or else ‘mindless soldier grunts’ they’re
arrow fodder, they’re the consistent vanguard that does the brunt of the damage
and takes the brunt of the blows from the oncoming battle and protects the far
more important, far more valuable High Fae and faerie warriors of the Night
Court behind them. They’re a shield and a battering ram, a tool to be used and
can’t imagine that they took well to having Cassian placed over them as
commander, no matter how he might have proved himself in battle these sort of
stereotypes and ways of thinking aren’t something you overcome because of a few
good war stories. I can only imagine the backlash that Cassian suffered as a
result of this and how these people he would lay down his life to protect more
than likely thought him entirely unworthy of his position, unworthy of respect,
unworthy of the honour of command, unworthy to lead them.
don’t really want to focus too much on that aspect of it. I want to focus on
Cassian. And I want to focus on the way in which I think he would have won
these warriors over (because he still commands Rhys’ armies. If he’d been
unable to do so, unable to earn their loyalty and obedience he wouldn’t)
of controlling/keeping subjects and inferiors in line is something that is
brought up in this series. It’s not given a huge amount of attention but it is
there. Tamlin is a good example of the other side of Cassian’s coin.
Tamlin and the Spring Court before him is steeped
in a tradition of control and control through fear. This is seen on a
small scale with the way in which Tamlin responds to Lucien pushing back, he
belittles Lucien, “Did I ask for your opinion?” and uses his considerable power to punish
Lucien for an insolent look (a punishment we’re never shown which adds to the
sense of fear)
But it’s seen on a larger scale with the Tithe. People are
expected to pay their dues to him and they turn up and do so yes because it’s a
symbiotic balance in a way – they provide for Tamlin and he keeps them safe –
but also from the fear of him hunting them down and executing them if they don’t
do as they’re commanded.
method is no doubt successful but in the long term it has some very serious,
gaping flaws. Ruling with fear leaves little room for anything else and I don’t
think it inspires a whole lot of loyalty or respect.
The flip side of this is I think the method
that Cassian would have used to bind his warriors to him. I can’t see Cassian
ordering brutal punishments or executions for those who refuse to fall in line
with him (largely because initially this would likely have meant executing
pretty much everyone) I don’t think fear or brutality would have appealed in
the least to Cassian (I don’t think he’s a pushover; and if someone betrays
them or acts out of turn he will punish them) but initially, making people fall
in because they fear him isn’t something I can see him doing.
think Cassian would have won them to him with love. With compassion and empathy
and that heart of his. I think Cassian, the greatest warrior Rhys has ever
known, doesn’t use that aspect of himself
to command fear and make his men too terrified of his wrath to disobey them – I
think he inspires love in his men and I think this love breeds the loyalty and
respect that Tamlin is lacking which is why Cassian has been so successful as a
commander in the past.
Rhys loosed a breath. “…I’ve witnessed Cassian rip apart
opponents and then puke his guts up once the carnage stopped, sometimes even mourn them.
such compassion in Cassian, raw, strong, utterly unapologetic compassion. I
think that in spite of being one of the strongest Illyrians in history and
being loaded with the killing power, despite everything that’s been done to him
and everything he’s seen Cassian retains quite a tender heart. Which is so rare from this type of male
character? The cocky warrior with the skills and title to back that up is allowed
to have that gentleness to him, is allowed to respond to the things he’s done
in this way, is allowed to throw his guts up after killing, is allowed to mourn his enemy because he feels what he’s
done so keenly.
is a warrior at heart. Born and bred and trained to be one of the best killers
in Prythian but I think he’s far deeper and more complex than that. He is not
only a warrior. He is a trainer and a brother, a friend, a lover and a dreamer.
He is not defined by this warrior status. He is not a bloodthirsty killer who
delights in battle and argues for war as the way forward in every instance. He
is a fighter – the best Rhys has ever come across – but he doesn’t relish it.
He doesn’t relish violence or death. He doesn’t take any pleasure in it. He doesn’t
claim glory from the things he’s done or the title he holds.
shrugged, wings tucking in tighter. “I command Rhys’s armies.” As if such a position were something
that one shrugged off.
Cassian that is the way he responds to it because that may be the title that he
holds but it is not who he is. It does not define him. His pride does not lie
in the number of warriors he has at his disposal, the number of men he can send
to slaughter and die. It does not lie in the great, bloody deeds he’s done in
war. It does not lie in the people he has killed. It lies in the people he has saved. Which is why Cassian mourns his
enemies, the people he’s killed, the people that need not have died, the people
that might have been saved and weren’t. All of them. Friend or foe.
When she finally noticed Cassian, she looked up at him.
His voice was rough as he said, “Five hundred years ago, I fought on
battlefields not far from this house. I fought beside human and faerie alike,
bled beside them. I will stand on that battlefield again, Nesta Archeron, to protect this house—your people. I
can think of no better way to end my existence than to defend those who need it
This I think is one of the most telling and
important moments for sussing out who Cassian is and that last line in
particular I think is one of the most defining Cassian quotes I can think of. It
tells you what he values, it tells you what he loves, it tells you why he
fights which is the most important question for someone like Cassian in the
position that he’s in. He must always be ready to fight and die; he must
always be able to rationalise it and justify it and live with it afterwards
especially when he responds to death the way he does: he must know why he
fights and what for.
This is a man who fights because he
must. This is a man who fights not for glory or honour or riches or legacy or
for the simple pleasure of violence and killing. This is a man who fights for
love. For compassion. A man who does these things because he has to, to protect
those who cannot protect themselves - for this he will die, for this he will
blacken his soul and bloody his hands with the acts of war that make him sick
to his stomach again and again and again. To defend those who need it
The wrappings around my hands were now mere smudges of soot.
Cassian’s upraised palms remained before me—ready to take the blow, if I needed to make it. “I’m all right,” he
said quietly. Gently. And maybe I was exhausted and
broken, but I breathed, “I killed them.” I hadn’t said the words aloud
since it had happened. Cassian’s lips tightened. “I
know.” Not condemnation, notpraise.
But grim understanding.
whole scene is beautifully written and put together and incredibly moving and
it’s something I fully intend to meta on and pick apart much more completely
than this when I reach it again in ACOMAF. But for Feyre for her recovery, for
her grief and guilt this moment where she expresses it out loud is a huge
turning point for her and incredibly important. But for Cassian too, for
understanding him it’s hugely important for his character as well.
This was one of the first moments where I
truly saw Cassian; saw the man behind the fighting leathers and the
cocky smiles, saw to that burning heart he has inside. This is a point at which
you realise that Cassian is a fighter and a warrior and a killer but in spite
of all that, deep down, I don’t think that’s what defines him the most. It’s
not the core of him, it’s not the heart of him. It’s an aspect of him, a very
important one but it’s not the be all and end all of his character or existence.
Which again is something we very rarely see
from characters like Cassian who are built up to be great warriors and
fighters. They’re so rarely allowed to have the raw emotion that Cassian has.
They would so rarely be allowed to make an admission like this, to respond in
this way to an act of selfless heroism. He doesn’t try and rationalise it for
her or justify it or offer her glory or try and brush it off. He doesn’t pity
her. He doesn’t condemn her. He doesn’t praise her. He just understands her.
This is a man of empathy. A man who
looks at Feyre Cursebreaker, the girl they hero worship for the thing that
makes her vomit her guts up every single night, the thing that torments her
awake and asleep, the thing that makes her feel that ‘it should have been
me’ and simply says ‘I know’.
understands this, understands her, because when history remembers them their
legacy will not be cold sweats and fickle dreams. It will not be their grief
and sadness for every death on every side. It will be as heroes. With no
thought of the price of that heroism, the weight they carry, the blood they can
never wash off. It will remember him as the army leader, one of the strongest Illyrians
in history, the greatest warrior of his age. It will remember the people he
killed. The great deeds he performed. The slaughter and the glory of the
warrior incarnate. I hope it does not forget why. I hope it does not forget his
Robin was a single mother of six children before Franky came along and now the two raise them together.
Brook is definitely the best with kids and loves them the most. He especially loves babies. He is also, ironically, the most likely to accidentally terrify them with his presence being a reanimated skeleton and all.
The Monster Trio is comprised of a perpetually horny asshole, an asexual murder machine, and a glutonous moron.
Nami is The Boss aboard The Sunny.
How much of a dork each member of the Straw Hats is is directly proportional to how much of a badass they are on the battlefield.
Important Note: They’re all dorks.
Every member of the Straw Hats is undeniably a virgin except for maybe Franky. And besides Sanji, none of them care to change that any time soon.
None of them are sane.
Usopp and Sanji are Zoro and Luffy’s designated baby sitters.
Chopper hero worships Luffy, Zoro, and Usopp.
Usopp does not respect Zoro’s personal space. Zoro has rather quickly grown to not really care.
Franky is the most responsible adult aboard. And that knowledge should scare you.
Robin is absolutely terrifying and will scare the kids for her own amusement without remorse. Franky does not approve.
The fact that Zoro is usually the voice of reason should also deeply concern you.
Nami is 90% of the reason the Monster Trio hasn’t killed themselves out of sheer stupidity. The other 10% is either sheer luck or serious divine intervention.
Every member of the crew has some serious flaws. But since they’re pirates, no one should really be surprised.
Zoro and Sanji hate each other’s guts but would never admit on pain of death or torture that they deeply respect and care for each other as brothers.
Usopp and Chopper are the most normal members of the crew and one has a severe anxiety disorder and the other is a sentient reindeer.
They are all one big, crazy family and we would not love them any other way.
|| (This is not a hate post and you’ll see that at the end.)
Shizuo is not innocent by any means, and he’s terribly closed minded, even beat a guy to near death for simply asking, “Why do we live?” before basically telling him to go die, and told Simon it was a ‘crime’ to ask others for advice on your life(though he certainly loves to talk to Celty about his life, yet walks off on a crying girl, saying, “Weak stories like hers bug me.”. Talk about a lack of empathy). He hardly wants or even has to take true responsibility for his actions, said he wasn’t “kind enough” to fight with his bare hands against Shujin Niekawa, and ripped Kyouhei’s van door off, before he left it up to Walker and the others to cover the cost of damages, yet he had no problem fighting the entire Saika army with his bare hands. And what he did about beating that bar owner up could have seriously traumatized anybody.
“You’re the type of person who gets hated before you can realize the consequences of what you’ve done. Let’s take, say, a random tree on the side walk you uprooted to use as a weapon. If that happened to have been a special tree for a girl who lost her mother on the very day this tree budded…, you would have killed the tree she held as dear as her substitute mother. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’d hate you enough to want you dead.”
- Shinra to Shizuo, Durarara Light Novel Volume 5
I totally agree with that quote.
Shizuo is incredibly selfish, and to not get pumbled by him, you typically either have to have to have the same views as him, or just keep your mouth shut and move out of his way. He uses his violence to his advantage even though he claims to hate violence. What a hypocrite lol). I won’t say Shizuo is evil, as he does have morals against hurting children and stuff, and has a soft and awkward side to him, but he is not the cinnamon roll many people make him out to be. He has some enormous flaws that people overlook, just because he “didn’t mean to loose control” and because he’s trying to get back at Izaya for messing with those he cares for, BASED ON MOSTLY SUSPICION. Sorry, Shizuo, but the pathway to ruin is built on good intentions, and so many people forget that.) However, let me remind you: It’s his flaws that make Shizuo human, the fact that that he has insecurities, just like Izaya, Masaomi, Mikado, Shinra and everybody else on the series. If Shizuo was good through and through, and just a “cinnamonroll”, I wouldn’t like him as much. I don’t find it cute when he gets violent like he does, but I understand that he has flaws just like everybody else. I like Shizuo for who he is, and I don’t fantasize him as some complete hero when he is most certainly not one. I accept him and his flaws that make him human. He has bad control issues, but he does for care Kasuka, Celty, and others(perhaps too much). He’s a sensual person and understands that he’s not perfect. But see, Shizuo doesn’t try to be perfect, and down deep, he just wants you to accept him as is. HUMAN.