Roadhog talks. A friend inspired me to do a sequel to this Some interesting facts from the timeline which I thought would be nice to show in a comic. I hope I didn’t make Roadhog too out of character, but some things he does make me believe that he might actually be like this. I love this meatpile. Also kinda feel like Zarya and Roadie would get along best.
Based on comments and tags from this post of mine xD
(I do believe that he can both create an illusion (like in Avengers in Stuttgart) or actually conjure his clothes (like he can conjure other stuff (casket of winters and as I believe that einherjar dagger in TTDW)), so I would believe that he actually does CHANGE his clothes and not just his look but this was fun anyway xD)
Shadow eating half a sandwich and using the other half by placing it by the windowsill because he knows it’s something leprechauns are fond of, but no way does he actually believe it’s true, but it wouldn’t harm anyone to try.
The next morning he wakes up to the sound of knocking on his motel door and Mad Sweeney is standing there in the pissing rain ‘why the fuck did you call me you cunt’ and Shadow’s like ??? It actually worked holy shit. So shadow starts leaving bits of his food for Sweeney to irritate Sweeney a bit but after a while their talks evolve from angry bickering to something more friendly and how did that suddenly happen?
These will be my own interpretations of each of the main four. Since these are gonna take a while I may as well separate them into individual posts by character. Besides they’re easier on people’s dashes this way.
Introverted – (”I like getting my energy from dealing with the ideas, pictures, memories, and reactions that are inside my head, in my inner world. I often prefer doing things alone or with one or two people I feel comfortable with.”)
First and foremost, Kyle is an introvert. Individuality is important to him and he is constantly looking at himself in a critical way. Even in tense situations he is constantly self reflective and tends to view things on a much deeper level on his peers.
He’s never following the crowd. He never knows the trends, never knows gossip and relies on his extroverted friends to know what’s going on in the world most times. It’s never his priority to get into everyone’s business at school, though he knows at some level it is a necessity.
But naturally he’s in his own world. He wants to make sure that his ideals are kept in check and he wants to make sure that he’s the one keeping them in check.
Intuitive – (
“Paying the most attention to impressions or the meaning and patterns of the information I get. I would rather learn by thinking a problem through than by hands-on experience. I’m interested in new things and what might be possible, so that I think more about the future than the past. I like to work with symbols or abstract theories, even if I don’t know how I will use them.
On the surface Kyle MAY want to be the “get the facts straight” kind of guy, but that’s just because he’s following in Stan’s footsteps. Kyle very often is the first one to seek and sight the deeper meaning in situations, and ask “what does that mean?” instead of “what objectively happened?” He is the first to accuse Cartman of being the cause of something or be the cause of something because he knows how Cartman is.
When his friends see something minor happen he’ll get worried because he knows what it will lead to.
He analyzes a lot deeper than others expect and can see signs of something repeating itself before it happens. And as we know he’s practically gone nuts over analyzing when it’s come to reality in ToothFairy’s Tats 2000.
Feeling – (
I believe I can make the best decisions by weighing what people care about and the points-of-view of persons involved in a situation. I am concerned with values and what is the best for the people involved. I like to do whatever will establish or maintain harmony.”)
I mean this one’s pretty straight forward isn’t it? Kyle’s the most justice-driven boy of the group. And it’s not just justice for the sake of what’s right, even though people may see it as that. Contrary to popular and his own belief, Kyle does not actually believe in Karma. He doesn’t systematically keep track of people’s wrongdoings and crucify them for that. He lives in a world of second chances because that’s based on what he feels should be done. No calculations needed. Just, in the moment. Hell, think of how many second chances he gives Cartman.
Kyle’s actions are heavily driven by his emotions. And that means it’s not rational. Even though he willingly placed himself in staggering amounts of debt for an entire town of people who didn’t know how to handle money and surely didn’t deserve it, he also knowingly exploited infants for his own personal gain and also tried to rationalize it. His actions aren’t by any stretch of the imagination rational, and surely when he gets older his consistency will even out– but – What’s important here is WHY he made these contrasting decisions.
Because of his environment. In one situation, he exploited babies sure, but everyone around him was happy and smiling. People were having fun. He was placed in a position where he could brighten people’s days with a little bit of cash and a happy go lucky attitude – one reflected from his partners.
The other situation he acted drastically because of the environment he was placed in. Everyone around him was in complete distress. They were stressed, angry, afraid. Kyle is an empathetic person, susceptible to the emotions he feels around him. When someone feels, he feels.
His emotions completely dictated his actions and therefore he was able to make a massive sacrifice that in any other situation would have seemed completely ludicrous. His hunger for Justice is completely passion driven, whether it’s empathy or anger.
Meaning in the same regard, that he can’t force this kind of “justice” out of himself when he feels it’s not warranted, even though objectively and by laws of Karma, a certain individual does deserve his justice.
Judging – (“To others, I seem to prefer a planned or orderly way of life, like to have things settled and organized, feel more comfortable when decisions are made, and like to bring life under control as much as possible.”)
As seen directly in A Very Crappy Christmas, Kyle heavily prefers to make plans and follow through with them. This doesn’t mean he does so all the time; emotions can get in the way, but it’s what he’s most comfortable with. With a straight forward attitude like Kyle’s, ambiguity is frustrating. Despite his vivid imagination and the vast realm of possibilities, he’s frightened by “what if’s.” They pop into his mind all the time, but if he doesn’t figure them out, it makes him anxious.
Things have to be done. If they’re in the process of being done, or MIGHT be done, we’ll see, Kyle gets frustrated. Especially if it’s something he doesn’t like. Unlike the other boys he doesn’t enjoy stalling and pushes himself to make decisions no matter how hard they may be.
Kyle hates being left hanging. There always has to be an answer. Even if the answer is “I don’t know.” Even if it’s a grey area, declarations, to Kyle, are necessary.
I’ll be doing the rest of the main four soon, one by one.
by literlarry_real (4.8k, fluff and banter, no smut)
If somebody had told Harry a year ago that he would have a reminder set on his phone to buy discounted Valentine’s day chocolate on the 15th of February, he would have outright laughed at them. 365 days ago, he would have never considered being that desperate for chocolate and being this lonely the day after the holiday that celebrated love. But, here he is, a year later, being reminded by his phone that he is supposed to go on a hunt for the best chocolate deals. Woohoo, university life! Some might deem it ridiculous or sad even, but it really isn’t. Not to Harry at least. Yes, he may have spent Valentine’s Day alone in the library studying, calling his mum, and skyping his sister, but there’s a reason for the reminder. Even if the reason is as insignificant as “My chocolate drawer is as empty as Voldemort’s heart“. Harry has nothing against Valentine’s day by the way. Yes, it might be a bit overhyped and commercialized, but when it comes down to it, he just doesn’t really care. It’s not that Harry doesn’t believe in love though, he actually really, really does, but finding love and being in love is a very low priority right now, and he’s totally fine with it. If it happens it happens, if it doesn’t that’s okay as well. Academia is important, and chocolate is too. It is what it is, really.
Harry runs into Louis while stocking up on favourite chocolates the day after Valentine’s day. The banter that follows is only the beginning of something just as sweet as chocolate.
A/N: This was rough to write while I’m all busy, so it’s not my best. However, I hope you enjoy and give me feedback!
Word Count: 3.2k
Genre: Angst, Fluff
Chapter Summary: You reunite with someone with undertones of betrayal as your place in Bangtan is solidified
There’s nothing uglier than a person’s face right before they kill someone. The curling of their lips into a snarl, the glint of merciless psychosis present in their eyes, and their hands, almost too ready to seize a heartbeat. It’s common for the killer to beg their loved one’s eyes to look away before they cause someone else’s to close indefinitely. However, your father had never asked you to do so before.
He had never asked that of anyone.
You weren’t able to see Yoongi’s face before he killed Byungjoo, but you did feel the blood spatter paint your face. You had been covered in the blood of family, which would be the largest crime someone could commit in your former syndicate.
However, you didn’t feel sick. You felt fine.
Your eyes stuttered open, the feeling of a cool washcloth gently brushing against your skin as you regained consciousness with blurry vision trying to realign.
“Y/n, I’m washing the blood off of you, don’t be scared,” You heard a gruff voice as your eyes focused to see Yoongi’s face above your own as he brushed the cloth on your cheek, “We had to change your clothes to get all the blood, but we didn’t see anything past what a bathing suit would be, and by we I mean Jin and I.”
“Byungjoo is dead,” That was something you had to confirm as Yoongi nodded, “Why?”
Yoongi ceased all movement for a second, reaffirming his decision to say his next few words, “He tried to kill one of our own, one of my own.”
You almost choked on air, “O-One of-”
“I didn’t stutter, y/n,” He stated, continuing to clean you off, “You are mine now.”
His stare was a web that looked like the coziest bed to snuggle into. Yoongi was either a new home or a prison with amazing architecture.
You didn’t know which option was the most dangerous.
He chuckled, breaking the stare and you from your own thoughts, “Don’t get too excited, I mean you’re my new addition, we have a closer bond now, I guess,” You scrunched your nose at his chiding, “I mean if you wanted one night of-”
Your lips twitched upwards, “You’re disgusting,” You said as Yoongi flashed you his gummy smile.
“There’s a sense of humor, something to lighten the mood,” He noted, standing up to put the rag away, “I need you alive and well, it’s the least I can make sure of.”
You propped yourself up on your elbows, “What do you mean?”
Yoongi smiled, “Ah, who would’ve thought you’d forget saving a trembling preteen when you weren’t even 10?”
You paused, remembering the child of the Min’s, the only person you had shown your face to. Byungjoo was right, this was all your fault, but you weren’t angry with yourself in the least bit, “It was because you were either going to die or end up like me, and I didn’t like either possibility.”
He nodded, “Little did you know I’d tear that whole system down.”
You wanted to be shocked, but you weren’t. Min Yoongi hadn’t exactly said it, but you knew, he was the push to the dominos that your empire was built on.
“What? No anger?” Yoongi leaned down to look at you with eye contact, “I ruined your life after you saved mine.”
“I get angry at wrongful acts,” You managed to sit up straight, “All you did was show the world the truth.” Your head was pounding for you to lay down again, “My father and Byungjoo ruined my life.”
Yoongi was dumbfounded, unable to wrap his head around what made you so level-headed, considering your background. It was just about admirable how you could recognize fault where fault is due, “How did you manage to form an independent opinion with all the blindfolds they put over your eyes?”
At LDR, we’d argue that Hans-Hermann Hoppe is potentially an even better example of ruling class ideology laid bare than Ayn Rand. He advocates everything that we lefties should oppose: hyper social authoritarianism, racial/ethnic hierarchy, the elevation of “natural elites”, monarchy over democracy, etc.
To quote him from “Democracy: The God That Failed”:
“In a covenant concluded among proprietor and community tenants for the purpose of protecting their private property, no such thing as a right to free (unlimited) speech exists, not even to unlimited speech on one’s own tenant-property. One may say innumerable things and promote almost any idea under the sun, but naturally no one is permitted to advocate ideas contrary to the very purpose of the covenant of preserving and protecting private property, such as democracy and communism. There can be no tolerance toward democrats and communists in a libertarian social order. They will have to be physically separated and expelled from society. Likewise, in a covenant founded for the purpose of protecting family and kin, there can be no tolerance toward those habitually promoting lifestyles incompatible with this goal. They – the advocates of alternative, non-family and kin-centered lifestyles such as, for instance, individual hedonism, parasitism, nature-environment worship, homosexuality, or communism – will have to be physically removed from society, too, if one is to maintain a libertarian order.”
A little while back, Greg and I were looking for a Murray Rothbard quote that drew parallels between right-libertarianism/anarcho-capitalism and monarchy, but in hindsight that quote we were thinking of may have come from this guy. He so succinctly describes the common thread running through all rightist ideology by not only loosely advocating various supposedly different viewpoints (right-libertarianism, capitalism, monarchism, conservatism), but also through the terminology he uses and the ideal society he paints – he detests “the masses” so strongly that he desires a social order where “natural elites” impose their hegemonic standard on others; this is a man who endorses a veneer of liberty, but he will always temper it in an intensive private property regime where freedom for individuals is always curbed by an owner-imposed contract. In essence, he is the “Emperor’s New Clothes” to right-libertarianism – he exposes how private property draws a direct line of influence from monarchism, since they both elevate particular individuals over the broader group by virtue of ownership or sovereignty; his ideal society is essentially a bunch of small feudal kingdoms where owner-kings have varying degrees of control over their tenant-peasants.
His acknowledgment of the libertarian left is also telling – he understands that there is a direct link between democracy and socialism, between freedom for all individuals and the abolition of private property (not personal property). My oft-used democracy vs autocracy (horizontal social order vs vertical social order) spectrum is at the crux of the political left-right debate, especially in the debate of the two libertarian variants. Social relationships that require decisions made in the name of the whole group can, by definition, only be democratic or autocratic, and Triple H’s ideal society is one where all those social decisions are made by autocrats who sit apart from the masses. His “both sides of the mouth” advocacy of liberty/freedom and an intensely stratified society centered around property acquisition is the pinnacle of Orwellian double-speak. By extension, it demonstrates the authoritarian statism of a private property regime – “a rose by any other name would smell just as foul.” You can call it an individualist society built around the free association of contract and acquisition of property, but as long as the social institutions (production, collective housing, education, etc.) and resources are predicated on ownership claims that facilitate autocratic control, the society itself will always be a series of monarchies where owner-kings impose their will into the public sphere and onto the masses of individuals.
Even issues of diversity don’t escape Triple H’s radar. Take note of his comment about how democracy “leads to the ultimate disappearance of a universal standard of beauty” – he’s essentially saying that, because of its structural traits, democracy breeds egalitarian difference, diversity with regard to tastes, preferences, and views. What’s more, he’s also inversely highlighting vertical society’s tendency towards enforcement of hegemony, a particular set of ideas and standards that preserve power and crush subversion – again, all his talk of freedom is a facade, a facade to conceal his desire for a uniform society that conforms to the standards set by those at the top of the pyramid.
Do we even really need to go into his overt bigotry? He’s obviously racist, homophobic, classist, and nationalist, and he’s probably also sexist, ableist, and transphobic. This goes without saying though – his push for exclusionary societies built around owner-kings of private property covenants goes hand-and-hand with the view that certain people are just “naturally better” than others.
This whole right-libertarian idea that democracy leads to “mob rule”, where the whims of the collective stunt the expression of the individual, is farcical. Triple H argues this like other right-libertarians do, but he has consistently demonstrated that not only does he not actually believe it (democracy leads to the dissolving of universal tastes and introduces diversity, after all), he also goes on to imply with admiration that it’s actually autocratic societies that stunt individual expression, all in the name of hierarchy preservation and private property enforcement.
To quote Corey Robin’s “The Reactionary Mind”:
“Though it is often claimed that the left stands for equality while the right stands for freedom, this notion misstates the actual disagreement between right and left. Historically, the [rightist] has favored liberty for the higher orders and constraint for the lower orders. What the [rightist] sees and dislikes in equality, in other words, is not a threat to freedom but its extension. For in that extension, he sees a loss of his own freedom. ‘We are all agreed as to our own liberty,’ declared Samuel Johnson. ‘But we are not agreed as to the liberty of others: for in proportion as we take, others must lose. I believe we hardly wish that the mob should have liberty to govern us.’ Such was the threat Edmund Burke saw in the French Revolution: not merely an expropriation of property or explosion of violence but an inversion of the obligations of deference and command. ‘The levellers,’ he claimed, ‘only change and pervert the natural order of things.’” (Emphasis added) (Changed “conservative” to “rightist”)
Triple H is merely following in the reactionary footsteps of rightists before him – the words “freedom” and “liberty”, when used in this ruling class context, have always meant the continued existence of class domination. We even have a window into this thought process with how he phrases things in “Democracy: The God That Failed”: “no beggars, bums, or homeless” – like most rightists, he believes that there is natural order, an order of “deference and command”, and he sees people who happen to be at the bottom of the strata as fixed there. To him, a person is a beggar or bum by virtue of being a beggar or bum, not because of exploitative systems forcing them into destitute conditions.
“The mob” rhetoric has always been used as an attempt to discredit democracy. Who do you think makes up “the mob” according to Triple H and other rightists? That’s right, the traditionally-oppressed of society – the working class, women, people of color, the LGBTQ community. Why else do you think political participation was withheld from these population sectors for so long? Introduction of democracy, allowing “the mob” to have say, would have presented a scenario where “the levellers” would overturn the systems of domination.
More than anything else, Triple H and rightists of all sort fear this eventual scenario. Most don’t come right out and explicitly say it as bluntly as Hoppe does (to do so would be in bad taste these days), but we can’t claim rightists were ever unclever – they’ve found ways to adapt language, particularly around the rhetoric of “freedom”. But ask yourself: “Freedom for whom?”
All said, Triple H is the owner-king of all rightist philosophers who inadvertently make what they oppose sound awesome – a society of diverse nature-worshiping LGBTQ democratic leftists? Sign us the hell up.
You could see Lucifer getting more annoyed by the minute as his apartment changed from what looked straight out of a magazine for high quality furniture to a christmas wonderland. He probably hadn’t expected you to be that much into christmas when he invited you. But upon seeing his apartment, not being decorated one bit, you just had to do something about it.
“Please no.” He groans with a dreadful look while you’re about to put some angels on the christmas tree.
“First of all, these things look horrendous, they don’t have anything to do with the real deal. Second, why? You do realize what you think happened on this day never actually happened. This shouldn’t even be a holiday.”
“Do you have to be so grumpy?”
“I am not!”
“How can you not like angels anyway? You are one.”
You roll your eyes after turning back to the tree and continue with your decorations, “There’s no such thing as an ex-angel, you either are one or not. You’re always complaining about humans blaming everything on the devil anyway do don’t tell me you don’t like being an angel.”
Even though he kept complaining you were glad that he had asked you over for christmas. You didn’t have family in town and spending all your free time alone at home, thinking about how lonely you really were hadn’t appealed to you very much.
First time you had met Lucifer didn’t go as smooth as it did now. In fact the very first thing you had done was slap him after he made a sarcastic remark and tried to flirt with you. Strangely enough you had gradually gotten along better after both of your first impressions had to be corrected. Only time can tell in the end and first meetings rarely go as you wish they had.
“Wait.” Lucifer steps up to you, raising an eyebrow as he stares down at you, “Does that mean you actually believe that I’m the devil?” You had said it so casually, he didn’t even realize you said it without a hint of sarcasm or dishonesty.
“I didn’t say that.”
“You didn’t deny it either.”
You both stare at each other for a moment before you sigh and give in, “Lets hypothetically say I do believe you, that wouldn’t change anything so it doesn’t really matter anyway.” You say, turning your attention back to other things while Lucifer starts smiling behind your back.
Finally, someone who did not question his story at all.
pairing: riley matthews & lucas friar (technically) word count: 1,530 prompt: day seven: family OR fix-it - two options here for the last official day of the week. you could go for the family angle, whether that means the matthews or the kids of our kids is up to you!! on the other hand, if there was something mj and co. did that really pushed your buttons, this is your chance to fix it!! written for:rucas fanfic week 2017 summary: sometimes we fear that we’ll never live up to our parents, and sometimes we fear that we’ll become that, lucas friar falls into the latter category. notes: hi friends!! i want to apologize for how long this has taken to get up, i got distracted yesterday and then i had to work today so i didn’t get a chance to finish before now. i promise that i’ll get a day eight fic up sometime later this week because i do have an idea for it!! this is technically a rucas fic, but actually is a conversation between lucas and cory (hence the gif), but i hope you still enjoy despite the lack of riley and lucas interaction. :)
There are a lot of moments throughout Riley’s pregnancy where Lucas is hit with the gravity of being a father.
It happens when him and Riley are standing in the department store, telling the salesperson that they need two of everything. It happens when he’s up late at night, buying Riley her favorite kind of ice cream, not because she asked but just because he knows she’ll want it when she wakes up at 4am. It happens when they’re sitting in the room they’ve deemed the nursery, having abandoned their efforts to assemble furniture and are instead playfully arguing about baby names.
But none of those moments prepare him for what he’s going to feel when he’s standing in the hospital, and the babies that have been a mere thought in his mind are suddenly real. They exist, and Lucas would be lying if he said he’s not a little bit terrified.
Chris actually shows depth and complexity to this character, and his arc has one of the most satisfying endings for me (even if bittersweet). It’s too bad Kubo doesn’t seem to be willing to talk about any of that though because any time Chris comes up all we talk about is his ass and his highly sexual programs! Is it too much to ask to hear about Chris as a character and not a sexual object his creator lusts after??? IS IT????
So Chris is somewhat intriguing when you stop to think about him. It was very obvious he would be one of the finalists considering he is a character with really strong ties to Victor and he was consistently shown as the silver to Victor’s gold, so we know he’s good.
(under the cut because I just started going on and on about this I’m sorry)
So seems like Ui is your fav, why do you like him so much? He's ok to me I guess
I love Ui because he suffers.
To be more detailed though, I’m more interested in a tightly constructed narrative for a character than whether I like or dislike their personality traits. Literally every panel we see of Ui, we learn something about him.
His first chapter alone establishes that he’s the hope of the Arima squad, and that he has a relationship of some kind with Hairu who is the new character introduced this arc.
Also that him and Hairu have a relationship slightly closer than coworkers, because he allows Hairu to call him by his first name in private. Ui’s uptight and rule following behavior would usually not allow for this kind of action.
His next appearance establishes what Ui is meant to be, the opposite of when Kureo and AMon were introduced, Ui is somebody who genuinely believes that the CCG are meant to be heroes to protect others. It also informs us of the motivation to his character
At the same time it introduces his flaws, Ui is motivated by jealousy of Haise when it comes to Arima, and at the same time a fear of his out of control ghoul side.
Next chapter establishes one that Ui actually does believe his rhetoric, he calls out Kijima and reacts with disgust to the torture video. This is especially meaningful in contrast to Amon, who was very attached to Kureo who carried out similiar activities and never once called them into question. At the same time, we see that Ui is also very easily able to be cowed from his objections against Kijima, Kijima in particular mentions his beautiful feminine appearance as a way to quiet him. Could he have insecurities about appearing too sensitive? Is he more concerned with conforming to the CCG than his own personal morals.
In the next chapter he appears, we learn about Ui’s other habit of criticizing other he’s close to for not acting human enough (ironic no?) and also he drops another hint about the Garden Academy and that it’s different from the regular academy.
His next appearance establishes his sly nature, and also his rivalry with Matsuri.
The next chapter further strengthens his genuine disgust towards ghouls.To the point where he can barely handle a ghoul acting normally like a human.
There’s also the scene with Arima that further establishes how close Ui is to his comrades, before finally, we get to the rose Arc and this scene.
It encapsulates both, all of Ui’s grief and all of Ui’s repression of his emotions in one panel. Hairu was somebody he was truly close to, more than a coworker, her death sends him spiraling, but all it shows on the outside is a slight tightening of his fists.
From this about eight chapters you know everything you need to know about Ui. He’s a strict adherence of the system, but on the inside he’s very sensitive and also genuinely wants to connect with the people he works with as more than coworkers. To him they’re most likely his only connections. Everything you need to know about Ui is compact and well told in the narrative, not a single panel or appearance is wasted. Which is why an emotional climax that came about fifty chapters later worked so well as it did with him.
To me Ui is the most well characterized of the Special Class CCG officers, and yes I’m including Suzuya and Arima, because there’s a very clear line of what he believes, what he wants, what his flaws are, but most importantly how those flaws lead to consequences in his narrative. Not only are there active consequences near constantly hitting him every time he is onscreen, but they further develop his narrative. After this point you can see why Ui’s loneliness and vulernability make him want to believe int he system of the CCG even more and why he becomes so attached to Furuta as his last hope after this point, something that is going to lead to more consequences down the line.
This is in comparison to Suzuya and Arima, Suzuya who I can’t really figure out what his narrative consequences are supposed to be exactly or I keep predicting they might hit him at some point, and Arima who faced his narrative consequences but now is being idealized in the manga and the manga can’t really seem to accept the fact that he is dead.
That’s not a knock against either of those characters, I’m not talking about character I’m talking about integration into a narrative and to me, Ui’s integration into the narrative is among the tightest of the still ongoing characters.
(Also he’s adorable, he’s just so bitter and wound up about everything, and his dumb coconut haircut. Lookit him he’s on permanent babysitter duty).
So… I gotta be honest with ya’ll. I fucking love Klance. Love it. A+. Checks all the right boxes. Height difference. Excitable puppy vs. cool cat. Potential for awful pickup lines. Rival-to-Lovers. Fight Fight Kiss Kiss dynamics. LOTS OF POTENTIAL FOR PAIN AND SLOWBURN.
BUT! All that being said, we gotta be honest. The only fucking way Klance is ever going to be possible is IF Lance believes he has achieved something that puts him on equal ground as Keith.
Lance, as we all know, is 95% fake confidence. He follows the mantra of “fake it until you make it” that tends to fuck him over more often that it should. And don’t get me wrong. I like this element. I think it’s an awesome character choice and I look forward to seeing how he grows in the following seasons now that his character has been established. And that’s the thing. He has to grow. He has to accomplish something. He has to feel/show he is putting as much into the team as he is getting.
All the others have their thing. Pidge = tech wizard. Shiro = seasoned war veteran. Keith = best pilot/hand-to-hand fighter. Hunk = engineering genius and loveable best friend. Allura is a princess. Coran is a knight. They all pull their weight. Lance… doesn’t really. He hasn’t shown a skill that someone else couldn’t fulfill. Not yet anyway. And I bet you a million that he is well aware of this. It’s probably why he antagonizes Keith so much. Insecurities tend to make people lash out. It is a very human reaction.
(I mean think about it! The coolest thing Lance did last season was shoot Sendak in the back after miraculously awakening from a coma after saving Coran’s life like a boss. And you know what? He doesn’t actually believe he did it! What does he say to Keith when he jokes that mice did more than him?
Keith: I punched Sendak! Lance: *sarcastic* Yeah… Apparently after I emerged from a coma and shot his arm off.
Boy doesn’t believe it. Boy doesn’t think he’s capable of doing something that amazing. He discredits himself immediately. That is so… SAD.)
That’s why I am such a huge fan of Marksman!Lance fanon where Lance is an A+ sniper or where Lance is capable of shooting any gun and always hitting bullseye (a fanon concept that has high potential of being canon!). That’s why I am so excited to see the idea of Lance being the quick thinking planner/creative strategist that we saw hints of in the balmera arc. Because the minute we see Lance improving and becoming a key member of the team so will Lance. And I bet another million that his attitude will change. I’m not saying he’ll calm down or stop being an excitable puppy. But he’ll boast less. He’ll be more open to criticism. He’ll take orders better. He’ll stop antagonizing Keith.
And when that happens, that is when Klance will have the best chance of becoming canon. That’s actually why I think it’s endgame. Both of these characters have something to teach the other. And their relationship will only be possible through character growth. Lance’s lion (I’m pretty sure) is the symbol of loyalty and trust. And that is something Keith needs. He needs to trust that he doesn’t have to do everything himself and that the others (other than Shiro) will have his back and stay loyal to him. (His lone wolf routine has gotten him into enough trouble, seriously! Fighting Zarkon? What were you high or something? jfc) And Lance could learn a thing or two from Keith about confidence and being more adaptable. Lance could help Keith open up. Keith could help Lance believe in himself. Like seriously, perfect endgame couple in my books.
(I mean serious… They’re fire and ice. If A:TLA has taught me anything it is that they’re made to balance each other out.)
I don’t think I’m writing anything radical here. But I felt like I needed to write this down and get my thoughts out there. What do you think?