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Today we face the monsters that are at our door, and bring the fight to them. Today, we are canceling the apocalypse!

(Pacific Rim + Gravity Falls)

Okay so I KNOW that Stacker Pentecost is gr8 at knowing people, and Herc Hansen was smart enough to pilot every generation of Jaeger ever, but just consider:

Team Hot Dads, au or otherwise, where they are actively – nay, aggressively – unaware of how hot they are, and how much the entire Shatterdome (minus maybe Chuck, who does not need to see fantasies in the Drift, thanks Dad) ships them.  

(letmebeyourcopilot)

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Herc could see the mushroom cloud in his mind, rising over downtown Sydney as he got the hell out of there in an old Bell Kiowa that had probably seen its first service in Vietnam. […] But Herc Hansen had sacrificed everything for this boy, and Chuck would always hate him for it.

- Pacific Rim Novelization

I like to think that Mako and Herc became really close after the cancellation of the Apocolypse.  Just as hard as it is to lose a parent, it can be even more devastating to lose a child.  And while Herc never replaced Stacker, and Mako never replaced Chuck, they both made time for lunch outings and workouts and games of pool and visiting graves and catching up and drinking contest and bowls of frozen yogurt .  Herc would catch himself saying “That’s my girl” every time Mako bested Raleigh in the Kwoon and Mako found herself looking for Herc’s grin of approval as Raleigh wheezed in a heap on the floor. 

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Pacific Rim - Catch you in the drift, dad. (Part 1)

“I don’t even recognize you, mate.. Who are you?”

“Who am I? What do you mean?”

“You’re a great ranger, is that what you want to hear? Everybody knows that.”

“Then what else do you want me to be?”

“A better person!”

“A better person … ? You know what, at least you can’t blame yourself! Because you didn’t raise me to be anything.”

(Part 2 can be found here)