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Yuri Plisetsky's Emotional Maturity - Meta/Analysis

I got a question about whether Yuri Plisetsky would ever catch up emotionally to Yuuri Katsuki. When Yuri turns 18, Yuuri K. will be 26. 8 years is still 8 years, but I personally think Yuri will be able to catch up. There’s evidence throughout the series that Yuri grows up fast.

Childhood

We don’t know the exact details of Yuri Plisetsky’s childhood, but from interviews with Kubo-sensei, we can glean that it involved a great deal of tragedy. To the point that she was worried that if we knew, it would seem like a handicap to Yuri, and she wanted to showcase his strength and growth instead.

So, something dramatic happened in his childhood. My best guess is that it involved his parents. Abuse, neglect, death, or a combination of the three. Somewhere in there, Yuri became the main provider for his family. And at 10 years old, he moved away from home to live in St. Petersburg and focus on skating.

From the get-go, we see that Yuri had to grow up fast. No ordinary 10-year-old boy has “the eyes of a soldier,” as Otabek puts it. This poor kid had to become a miniature adult by age 10. He had to take on responsibilities, learn to cope without family to support him, and manage finances. Even adults struggle with these things.

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More Kenobi Family Headcanons!

because I don’t know when to quit, apparently 

  • All the women of the Kenobi clan are at the very least mildly Force-sensitive. (hence the whole family being taken by surprise when Obi-wan was born Force-sensitive, and for the first three months of his life they thought he was just sickly) The eldest grandmother is one of the only ones who is actually strong enough in the Force to have been a Jedi, but no Jedi came to Stewjon when she was a child, and so she developed her strengths in other ways. Specifically, she sees glimpses of the future (since Obi-wan canonically has done this before, I thought it’d be cool to have it be something that runs in the family).

         The younger women (read: anyone under 99) manifest their abilities as      increased speed or awareness, which is particularly useful when moving the herds across the moors. When every woman in the Kenobi clan joins together and combines their strength, untrained and unskilled though their Force-wielding may be, they have the comparative power of three highly-trained jedi.

  • The Old Kenobi has no idea how to relate to his son now that they’ve met for the first time in probably 35 years. He’s spent the last few decades raising only his daughters (not counting the many nephews, cousins, and grand-nephews as he’s just Old Uncle to them) The boy is not a hunter like Marah, or strong and cocky like Hyzen-lai, or skilled in speaking to the Wulvers and Wildings like Beitris. He takes some comfort in knowing that Obi-wan and Caoime have similar enough personalities, apparently, that by decades of trial and error he knows what not to do.

So he muddles along and does his best like any good parent does. Which, by Kenobi standards, means that to this grown man who’s come in from fighting the front lines of a war they don’t understand, the Old Kenobi is a little gruff, but openly affectionate and ever so slightly overprotective. It isn’t the lad’s fault he’s so puny, of course, but it won’t do to have him running off to join the cousins’ brawling where he could get flattened. Of course, then he sees Obi-wan lifting Maithgamhuin completely over his head and tossing him through one of the Warren walls (Grandmother Danann was not pleased and excuses had to be made) and he remembers that it’s not just the Kenobi women who can do the uncanny.


  • Despite the general chaos of the General’s family home, the members of Ghost Company get so used to it that they don’t want to leave. Aongus and his wife Calla and their triplet sons (Donal-bain, Duncan, and Damhan) all but adopt Waxer and Boil as their own (Obi-wan is ever so slightly miffed about this). When the Ghost Company returns to their normal duties among their brothers, they stand out a little more, with noticeable Stewjon burrs to their accents, and a few have the mark of a stylized gurrcat and thistle – the Kenobi crest – painted on their armor.

While on Stewjon, the soldiers become so used to being treated like free men, like sentients, that when they return to war and are cogs in a machine not of their own making once more, they begin to realize for the first time that what the Republic and the Jedi Order are doing to them is wrong. They are not droids or tin soldiers, they are literally children in adult bodies, doing the fighting and dying on the Republic’s behalf. When the Pong Krell Incident occurs, Cody demands a warrior’s funeral for their fallen brothers. They keep Waxer’s armor until Obi-wan and the other Jedi arrive to rescue them. 

When Boil asks General Kenobi to give Waxer’s armor to his “next of kin”, the other Jedi are confused. They are even more confused when, upon discovering that Dogma has executed Krell, Kenobi answers, “I suppose it was kinder this way. Krell should have thanked his lucky stars that Waxer’s family didn’t invoke a blood feud for this.” He then rather coldly informs his fellow Jedi that “they’re not slaves, droids or Jedi, you know. There is no law to forbid them from having attachments.” (they all pretend not to notice Skywalkers loud “Hear hear!” from behind them)

Waxer’s armor is buried in a Kenobi grave on Stewjon, in Aongus and Calla’s family plot, and his helmet is hung up beside the shields and weapons of past family members in their little corner of the Warren.