i think a lot about the fact that shiro is so ready to fight his abusers and captors when he’s all suited up and yet… when he’s not in uniform it’s far more triggering and personal for him (with sendak in s1 and how he jumped headfirst into fighting him in the suit but when he was out of it and alone with him… he was super triggered)
it just makes me think that while he knows his trauma doesn’t define him, no matter how guilty it might make him feel… putting on that paladin armour and fighting for the good of the galaxy.. putting an end to the abuse and torture the galra inflict on others just like him. i just…
the suit gives shiro strength, confidence and motivation to carry on and confront the people who manipulated, tortured and mutilated him.
doesn’t matter if you hate shiro, because he loves and would fight for you
So, many of us - if not all - have been flailing over this image, hoping against all hope that it would be tied somehow to Dean shedding his performing side and allowing himself to just be himself. BAMF dirt under his fingernails caring loving soft hunter that he is. And, of course, that is EXACTLY what this image is tied to. I say this way way way too much on this blog but here it comes for the nosebleed section: mind fucking blown to bits.
*they are giving us everything* *prostrate position on the floor*
Let me extrapolate and dig into the the feminine/masculine theme, which has always been present on this show, but that is focused on in interesting ways this season.
So, I realised how closely linked this theme is with Dean’s character progression when I wrote my 4x05 meta and in that episode - Monster Movie - the entire narrative, as I see it, revolves around this theme, and the thematic question of Who Am I? Yeah, not much has changed since those days, has it? (thank goodness) (because they’re about to let Dean answer that question for himself) (*tap dancing across tables*)
Here’s how I see it –>
The Feminine, simply put, is Dean’s non-performing side
The Masculine - the toxically so - is Dean’s performing side
When these two find balance with each other that balance will cancel out the toxic masculinity and Dean will be free to be himself, which is a combination of the good qualities of his feminine side and the good qualities of his masculine side. Dean will always be Dean, but he’ll be able to embrace his feelings, his inner nurturer and caretaker: his mothering side, if you will. This while rejecting the toxic masculinity that keeps his need for control so prevalent, that keeps him from trusting, putting his faith in others and believing himself worthy of others putting their trust and faith in him, of good things happening to him, of salvation and a long and happy life.
So, then. What does all this have to do with a shifter peeling his face off?
Well, ironically it’s a shifter that first brought the masculine/feminine theme to my attention, because a shifter with a skewed sense of self takes the focus of the 4x05 narrative, where he’s one of the prominent representatives of toxic masculinity. In 13x04, our shifter - Buddy - takes on that role in an even more on-the-nose portrayal as Buddy literally embodies everything that makes toxic masculinity so… toxic.
Buddy is controlling, selfish, compulsive, obsessive, violent, destructive. Poisonous. I mean, they could not have made it clearer that this male figure is not someone to emulate. He ruins lives for the fun of it. He dresses himself in the skin of loved ones, pretending to be someone to be trusted, only to get close to his intended victim in order to kill them, which to me rings out like a gong of a metaphor for Dean’s self-blame, as Dean’s reliance on Cas and inability to be open and honest with him about where that reliance stems from - to Dean - is most likely the reason Cas is dead. (and narratively it kinda is) (sorry Dean) (tell the people you love that you love them) (or show them) (or make sure they know you want them to stay with you) (and they’re not just a weapon)
So what made me think of Buddy as a Dean mirror - apart from the face peel?
Well, let’s take a look at two Dean Winchester moments in this episode that stand out to me in this context:
*sloth slow eyebrow raise*
These two distinct moments are both all demonstrative of how Dean is utterly rejecting his feminine side.
Both times - no, let me repeat that - BOTH TIMES in direct relation to a mention of John, when Sam calls Dean out for “starting to sound like dad”, Dean responding “is that a bad thing?” (!!!YES IT IS DEAN!!!), and then Sam mentions John in relation to keeping a journal, which John did, and Dean rejects as not the same thing [because John’s journal was for fact keeping, not jotting down girly feelings].
He not only separates himself from the feminine - but John, too.
I mean, obviously he would do that.
But what is this season doing if not forcing Dean to take a good, hard, long look at exactly why he’s putting up a facade, at exactly how his idolatry of his father has informed his personality to such a degree that its become an armour to dress himself in? This season is about deconstructing John as much as it is about deconstructing Dean, but it’s the John inside Dean’s head that needs deconstructing, just as Mary did in S12. Mary was allowed to become flesh and bone, a real human being, a person, with wants and needs of her own.
“I am your mother - but I am not just a mom.”
It’s time for the ghost of John that Dean has kept alive in his head - however subconscious the keeping alive has been - to have its bones salted and burned.
Realising that his mother is her own person, no matter how much she’s still searching for her true identity as well, is the stepping stone for Dean realising the same of his father. That the ghost traces of John kept alive inside Dean is kept alive through Dean’s perceptions, and misconceptions, of John Winchester.
As children, we rarely actually know our parents. We know them as our parents, but it’s always hard to view their flaws as part of their humanity, their mistakes and bad choices as part of their struggles, their life journey, their life progression - a progression that, fundamentally, is actually separate from our own. Just as it can be equally difficult for a parent to remember this about their child. Well, to simplify something as complex as this topic, because, of course, there are as many different circumstances informing the parent-child bond as there are parents with kids, so all I can really draw on here is my reading of Dean and where he’s at right now in his individual arc.
And where he’s at is needing to see that his convictions of who he needs to be in order to keep Sammy safe - and, by extension, the world - which has been the root of Dean’s whole sense of self, the root for his identity up until now, is based on the influences of his father, absolutely, but that Dean is choosing to perpetuate this conviction. It’s Dean’s choice to put on this suit of armour because he’s been brought up to believe that feelings are weaknesses, and without the suit of armour he not only feels things too damn acutely (too big a heart and all that), but he also fears that not wearing this armour - this performance - means he can’t protect anyone, which leaves him not knowing who he is or how to behave or what his purpose is or what his worth could possibly be.
He has to realise that he was brought up to be the hammer, but innately he’s the shield - and just as much the protector because of it.
Dean has to understand that he can choose not to put on that armour and it will not affect who he is, because the armour was always a facade, it does not inform his personality in the slightest. He has always been him, he’s just been tied down by fear and insecurity and doubt. He’s allowed others (the influence of his father, as influenced by his marine background, heavily influenced by societal norms) to dictate who he can be, who he should be, and yes, this exact thematic focus keeps being hit on again and again this season.
Again and again and again.
There is no weird, everyone’s normal in their own way.
You are who you choose to be.
You try to force it down to make someone else happy, you’ll only make yourself miserable.
Dean is by 13x04 in a glorious place. I do so love it here. I like to call it the Cusp. He is right on the Cusp, peeps. And I’m dancing.
Anyway, back to the episode.
We have the Toxic Masculinity Representative, right?
Oh, yeah. Big time.
And what else do we have? We have the strong, kickass, smart, no-nonsense representative of awesomeness. (oops I mean Femininity.) Because Mia takes one look at Dean, at his performance, at his anger, his bottled up emotions, his rejecting his brother because Sam is consistently being open and honest and pushing for openness and honesty, for Dean to take the healthy approach, Mia sums all of this up in about ten seconds flat, tries to prod Dean into opening up and when he lashes out (”ever since I was a little girl” he says to the narrative representative of his feminine side and it’s fucking beautiful, to my mind) Mia doesn’t waste a beat before she calls him out on his behaviour.
On how he’s taking his anger out on Sam and how his performance, his armour, is making it impossible for him to relate to Sam, and how his brother truly is grieving as well. And she calls him out on how his performance is rendering Jack - aka the representative of change and reaching balance - petrified of him. (oh yeah Dean is fighting this transformation) (because it is scary as all hell) (because there’s no reason for this transformation anymore) (because Cas is gone) (so there is no long and happy future) (well… wait for it, Dean… wait for it… have a little patience…)
Now let’s move into the most significant moment of this episode, which just serves to hammer all of the feminine/masculine theme home to me –>
Not only is Mia empathic, nurturing and caring (she wants to help) - she also gets to visually step into the good mother role (one of the strongest symbols of positive femininity throughout this show) as she shifts into the shape of Kelly, allowing Jack one final moment with his mother and telling him that even monsters can do good, allowing Jack to have a newfound sense of faith in himself - of course leading right to him being able to save Sam.
Then, after shedding the outer layer of Dean Winchester - very, very visuallytying himself to Dean Winchester - Buddy the Shifter begins to spew his poison, focusing primarily on how he resents her for leaving him, believing she could make a life for herself without him, and now he’s there to destroy that life. He’s going to make her kill again.
Translation: the toxic masculinity is telling the strong, kickass femininity that she’s worthless without him, dictating to her who she is and that she will never be rid of him, and all this, we know, is because of the mistakes she’s made in the past, where she let him rule her life, guide her onto the wrong path and influence her.
Yeah, Dean. Suck on that. LOOK AT HIS FACE! (I love his face)
And what does the strong, kickass femininity do? She does this –>
She says Hell No. You will not tell me who I am, not ever again. I will not listen to you, be beaten down by you or succumb to you, not ever again. I would rather die - wholly myself - than follow you anywhere ever again.
This effectively does what? It nullifies Dean’s performance-fuelled notion that all things female are associated with weakness, with being submissive and taking orders - never doling them out, because look at this BAMF female, standing up for herself like a goddamn warrior.
Now, what is truly intriguing to me is that Dean stays cuffed in this scene - cuffed by Buddy, no less - and Jack can’t get him loose, Jack can’t do anything, until Sam’s in danger. Sam, who is representative of what? The supportive, empathic, increasingly balanced guardian figure, whose honestly caring about Jack, trying his best to guide him. Here’s the most intriguing part: Sam is the one to shoot the toxic masculinity representative.
Back in good old 4x05, the Girl of the Week - Jamie (representing strong, kickass femininity) - shoots the shifter (toxic masculinity), but in that episode the shifter also puts Dean in bonds that he can’t get out of, needing Sam’s help. I’m getting the increasingly overwhelming feeling that Dean truly needs Sam to push him into the next stage of his character development, and it’s small wonder - Dean has functioned as Sam’s parental figure, but Sam is an adult now, and isn’t it time Sam got to confront his childhood influence as much as it’s time for Dean to confront John?
Sam providing Dean with the final bolt in the machinery that sets him on a path of no return, where Dean will have to face the questions Who am I? and Who do I want to be? head on makes absolute sense to me. Protect Sammy has been Dean’s inner motto since Dean was four years old. Sam doesn’t need protecting anymore, Sam is stepping up to be Dean’s equal, so it would make for a rather beautiful bookend to Dean’s internal journey if the root motto, instilled in him by John, is shattered and left behind thanks to Sam’s good influence.
But I’ll dig into that in another post.
Oh, also, I just love these blues, purples and pinks (and the fact that the only real splash of colour in the first scene set in Mia’s office is a bright pink flower) (yeah they’re going all out with the pink and blue makes purple symbolism) (with splashes of yellow thrown in for good measure) (wonder why…) –>
There’s a bald eagle in a child’s drawing on the wall (unless my eyes deceive me). The eagle represents freedom and the courage to look ahead, and not only is it - as a national symbol - such a fantastic tie-back to the US itself, where equality, acceptance and democratic freedom is under attack at the moment, but it’s also related to this:
During the Sun Dance, which is practiced by many Plains Indian tribes, the eagle is represented in several ways. During the dance, a medicine man may direct his fan, which is made of eagle feathers, to people who seek to be healed. The medicine man touches the fan to the center pole and then to the patient, in order to transmit power from the pole to the patient. The fan is then held up toward the sky, so that the eagle may carry the prayers for the sick to the Creator.
I just thought this ^^^ was lovely - related to this painting or not - because this season feels like it’s so, so much about healing, about becoming whole.
It’s late, and Neil knows this. Kevin told him their night practice was going to run later tonight, but Neil didn’t realize quite how much later that meant.
Neil thought he would have some time tonight to do some math homework. He still has two online assignments due this week that he hasn’t started on. He had hoped to get a head start on them tonight between practice with the foxes and practice with Kevin, but Kevin had told him to stay on the court for some extra training time.
They stopped for a late dinner at some point a couple hours ago, but as the clock hits 2:26 and Kevin is still talking about how his aim needs work, Neil realizes that he’s not going to be able to get anything done tonight.
“Are you even listening to me?” Kevin’s eyebrows knit together. For some reason he doesn’t look tired, even though it’s been a very, very, long day.
Before Neil can say anything, he drops his stick. He didn’t mean to, but his fingers just relaxed and it was too late. The loud clatter of the hard stick on the plastic floor is enough of an answer for Kevin.
“Neil, if you don’t get this drill, you can say goodbye to court. You need to be able to do this!”
“I’m sorry. I’m thinking about other things tonight. I have a lot of math–”
“Neil,” Kevin says, interrupting him, “Now’s not the time to be worrying about other things. You’re on the court, and right now you’re here to play.”
Neil’s mind took too long to formulate a response to Kevin’s comment and by the time he had strung together words that were comprehensible, the space in the conversation was over. Andrew had decided to join in on the talk, calling from the benches where he’s smoking a half-gone cigarette.
“Kevin. Shut the fuck up.” His voice echoes off of the high ceiling of the court. His soft black pants and loose sweatshirt make Neil suddenly aware of how much his armour weighs. He’s a little jealous of Andrew’s capabilities; he gets to sit all day and put in the bare minimum work for exy while Neil works his ass off every practice.
“Neil.” Kevin says, snapping his fingers in front of Neil’s face. “We don’t have all day. Let’s go.” Kevin begins showing him the drill again, and although he is tired, Neil starts working on it again.
He bends down to pick up his stick, and feels the burn of lifting it through his shoulders and back. Neil already knows he’s going to be sore tomorrow morning.
When Neil straightens back up, black spots dance around the edges of his vision, but when he shakes his head, they slowly disappear. He’s not going to be stopped by some stupid little thing. He has a goal. He’s going to get this drill today, and then he can rest.
Kevin finishes his display, and takes the ball out of the net of the stick and tosses it to Neil. Before Neil can catch it, it’s intercepted by a hand. Andrew’s hand. He looks at the ball, and then at the bags under Neil’s eyes.
A count later, Neil’s mouth opens.
“Oh.” He hadn’t even heard the doors of the court opening. He was getting rusty. Or maybe he was just getting comfortable.
“Andrew, give the ball back to Neil.” Kevin says, shooting daggers with his glare at Andrew, who looks all but unaffected. “If you’re not going to play, go sit down. Neil needs to work on this.”
“Day, I’m taking Neil, and we’re leaving. You don’t actually get a say in this.” Andrew directs to Kevin, no hint of a joke in his voice.
Andrew walks a few more paces until he’s head and head with Neil.
“Andrew,” Kevin looks at the back of Andrew’s figure, “ we’re not done yet.”
“If you don’t let him go,” Andrew turns around, “I will break your other hand, and then neither of you will be playing tonight.”
It’s uncalled for, but Andrew gets the reaction he wants. Kevin looks down and quickly clutches his broken hand. He rubs the scars from left to right, just like he always does when someone mentions the injury. It’s actually quite fascinating, how Kevin goes submissive like a dog sitting at it’s owner’s heels every time. The boy has a spine until someone actually means what they’re saying.
“Andrew, just let me try one more time. I need to get this if I want to get–” Neil’s cut off by one of Andrew’s arms scooping under his knees and the other supporting his back.
It’s not the first time Andrew’s carried him, but it’s definitely the most uncalled for.
Andrew starts walking away from Kevin, and Neil know’s what his goal is.
“Andrew. Put me down.” Neil says, “I need to–”
“If you don’t shut up, I’m dropping you on the floor and driving away without you.” Andrew interrupts him, “It’s late and I want to sleep.” Neil notices how he doesn’t call it ‘home’. He only does that when they’re alone, and Kevin is still in earshot. Andrew carries Neil all the way out of the court, leaving Kevin alone with a bucket of balls and a stack of cones to clean up himself. Neil doesn’t feel bad, even though he probably should.
When Andrew makes it to the locker room, he ungracefully drops Neil on one of the wooden benches. He starts helping take off his gear, starting with his helmet and arm pieces before realizing what he is doing.
He drops the helmet on the floor of the locker room and takes a step away, letting Neil undress himself.
“Go shower. You smell.”
“Are you sure you don’t want to join me?” Neil says with a slight smirk.
“I’ll be in the car.” Andrew says while turning around, “If you’re not there in 10 minutes I’m leaving without you.”
They both know it’s not true, but Neil won’t call him out this time. He likes to let Andrew believe what he wants.
Has anyone talked about the fact that prior to 6x15 Emma was wearing flouncy loose girly things with her hair up and looking open and more vulnerable and when she thought Killian left she’s right away back to her turtlenecks and hair worn down like a shield. Anyone talking about how she slipped right back into her armour and clothing that makes her feel protected and closed off from people like she wore in earlier seasons because I do and I have a lot of feelings about it
Bts reaction to finding out their s/o used to cosplay. Thank you 😊
BTS Finding Out That You Used To Cosplay
Hobi would be flabbergasted that you didn’t tell him, having to find out through a few pictures of you on the internet in such good cosplay that he assumed you actually were the character you were portraying. He’d immediately question you about it, wanting to know all he could about your time as a cosplayer, what characters you cosplayed as and would beg you for pictures. “Pleaseeeeeee jagiya? At least one?” *Cue puppy dog eyes* He may even ask you to bring something out during intimate times between the two of you, practically drooling at the thought of you dressing up for him.
Ok, so we all know that this alien isn’t as innocent as he seems to be 😂 He’d probably pretty into the idea of you dressing up and doing roleplay, especially after seeing how well you portrayed the characters you cosplayed as. After being told about your cosplay and finding all the pictures he could of you, he’d most likely corner you and ask why you hadn’t told him when you knew how much he’d like that sort of thing. “C’mon jagiya, you are completely beautiful and I love you, but just IMAGINE what it would be like if we roleplayed!”
If anything, Jin would be jealous at how gorgeous you always seemed to be in every single cosplay you did. Every singly photo he found of you was absolutely stunning, frustrating him to the point where he sits in the corner sulking and tries to ignore you when you come over to see whats wrong. “Seriously? Thats why you’re upset?” “Yes it is! How can you be even more perfect than you already are? It’s not fair!” “Jinnie, I can help you cosplay and take a nice photo if thats what it takes to make you calm down.” “….Fine.”
Being the complete nerd that he is, Jungkook would immediately start fanboying after spotting your photos on a cosplay website online. Especially when he sees that you specialised in Marvel character cosplays. He would download all of your pictures and practically tackle you over to show you what he had found, all the while questioning you on how long it had taken you to piece everything for your costumes together. “HOW DID YOU MAKE THE ARC REACTOR LIGHT UP? HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO MAKE EACH PLATE FOR THE ARMOUR? WHAT DID YO-” “KOOKIE LET ME BREATHE!”
Rapmon would be completely impressed by your work as a cosplayer and would ask you multiple questions about it, how you first got interested in it, what type of characters were you favourite etc. He’d be really proud of all the amazing costumes you had made by hand and would even encourage you to get back into cosplaying. “Honestly jagiya, I can tell that you miss it.”
Suga would be stunned at how amazing you look in your photos, taking his time to stare at each one to notice all the details he could. He would be incredibly moved by how passionate you seemed to be about your work as a cosplayer, looking through each long and compelling post you made about the subject on your old blog. He would sit next to you and take you hands in his, grinning at you with that sweet, gummy smile of his. He’d tell you about how inspiring (infires!) your posts were and how much he loves the passion that you had for it, asking why you stopped and would try to ask you to start it up again. “You could at least be a mentor to people starting out jagiya. Help them out to reach the amazing level you managed to reach.”
Jimin would definitely be in awe of how easy you made cosplaying seem, obsessing over each picture of you he could find. He would hug you tightly the next time he saw you, cooing and giggling over how amazing and creative you are. He’d even ask you if you could help him with posing for pictures in the future because of how good your photos always looked. “Jiminie, you look fine in your pictures.” “But with your help I could make them even better!” “If that’s even possible.”
I really hope you like it dear anon! :D God, I really need to get into cosplay properly lmao. I’m missing out on so much amazingness~ Please request again sometime soon dear anon ^_^ Can’t wait to hear from you again~
Taken 30 minutes apart, these photos show two very different women. One risked her country, her credibility and everything she loves to build a better future for her people. She didn’t succeed as well as she wanted, but everything turned out okay. The other risked her sanity and livelihood to build an experience her people would enjoy and speak of for years to come. She succeeded.
Sometimes I’m not really sure which is which, but I’m happy either way. Sometimes I forget how small I look without armour, weapons, make up. It’s also worth noting I have a mild concussion in the second photo and don’t remember it being taken. Woo, sword fights.
Grand Marshall Erin Westwood of Averland at Swordcraft Autumn Quest 2016 in Victoria, Australia. Photo by the fantastic @theprohobby
I’ve stopped watching regularly SW: Rebels somewhere after first season, but I keep coming back for episodes about Mandalorian. The Heroes of Mandalore aren’t exception. Though most of times I wonder why the hell I still bother to do so.
To be fair, the newest episode(s) have interesting and beautiful moments, like:
new informations about mandalorian art (though I would like know more about Tojnun and the Pre-Exile Masters)
reversed roles with Ursa (a female character; the wife & mother) is the leader & veteran warrior while her husband is the artist who, so far,
did not show any combat capabilities
(”My dad fights with his art”)
Bo-Katan is showed as capable warrior and leader and she is pretty good at what she is doing for past decade(s)
Sabine - and her past - once again is
important part of the story
Fenn’s “show off” and in general, the evolution of his character
the ending scene of the first episode
Mandalorian for good now are visible diverse group insted of all-white TCW!version
A scene where three main female characters (all leaders & warriors in their own way) get together to discuss future of Mandalore. That alone is something pure and beautiful in so many ways, and I wouldn’t mind to get used to such scenes, really.
But though all of those points were great and fun, there is also a lot things that are, well, stupid. As in: pointless compared to the old canon/Legends. And yes, I’m biased, I know, but then again, new canon gives me time after time more reasons to be distrustful for its content. What means, I’m going to rant about Mandalorians.
The things tha pissed me off for good:
the whole Mandalorian without armor is no more than a common soldier bullshit. Seriously. You know what was great about Legends!Mando, beside how diverse they were? The armor was preciuos thing, sure, but it meant nothing, if person wearing it didn’t deserve the title of Mandalorian warrior. Just like that. Legends!Mando had saying about it: “A warrior is more than one’s armor.”
The armor is not what makes a Mandalorian. This is one of basic thing one must understands about their whole culture. Mandalorians were taught from early age to fight without it, without technology, without weapon to be strong and capable to survive if they were
deprived of such things. There were even a time(s), when mandalorian ore wasn’t available to make new armours - or, like The Bounty Code mentioned: the armours were destroyed by New Mandalorian - so the warriors used other materials, like duresteel. And it was fine, no one really cared for such details. For Force’s sake, Boba Fett used durasteel armour, and even though he screwed up almost all rules of Mandalorian Code (what, btw, had only 6!
conditions), he was still seen as Mando.
In short: you may deprive someone of armor, but it will not make someone less Mandalorian. Just no.
What makes the whole Sabine’s epic talk about her armour - how its part of their identity, how “it makes us, Mandalorians, who we are” is so… odd and impractical.
The chapter shows just how far every single one of our protagonists have become.
Eren is fierce, but not out of control.
Mikasa is worried, but trusting.
Armin isn’t 100% confident in himself yet, but brave.
This is incredibly satisfying, not just from the awesome action perspective and humanity finally defeating the big threats they have, but more importantly character development.
The following chapters show that Eren and Mikasa act better as soldiers and fighters, but their feelings still interfere with their duty in different ways now than before and prior to this we see that while Armin is brave, he is still not a perfect leader.
The fact that Eren takes down the Colossal Titan is a great thematic statement by itself - perhaps, even if just for now, Eren and humanity itself has won against it’s weaknesses?
2. Chapter 66.
I love this chapter just for Historia’s action of defeating her father and her statement about each and every life having a meaning and being true to yourself. It’s a very powerful thematic statement.
I was thinking about where I should put chapter 71 in this, so I decided to put it in a tie with chapter 66 because they have similar statements about each and every life being valuable despite how “great” someone is or what they have achieved. You don’t have to be great for your life to matter. You are fine just for existing and giving your best.
3. Chapter 14.
This is the chapter (more exactly the anime version of this chapter - episode 13) that got me hooked on the series.
It’s just the simple statement of keeping up the fight within a cruel world so it could eventually become better that grabbed me. It’s a very strong statement.
4. Chapter 42 (43-50 as an addition).
Not only is it a very unique reveal that doubled as excellent characterization and a great fight, it fully introduced gray morality into the series -
we had some of it with Annie, but this fight and the aftermath told us that the people on the other side of the war, this conflict are people, too. That “evil” is often more complex than just bloodthirsty beasts or cartoon villains.
3. Chapter 33.
This is still the most effective plot twist in the story to me. It fits together with everything we knew before perfectly, while also being something that had probably the least bit of foreshadoowing out of all the twists we had. It just plain makes sense if you look at how the Armoured and Colossal Titans attacket first - why would they only break down the gates?
Well, because the walls have Colossal Titans in them!
* painting and picking your shield
* picking a sword or axe or both to what feels more comfortable and suitable
* having practical armour
* hand to hand combat
* learning how to make a strong and compatible shield wall
* listening to tales of great shield maidens
* “Good, but hold your ground more firmly.”
* “Don’t back down from anyone. Especially not men.”
* following Lagertha into battles or war, no matter the reason or cost
* “Be careful.”
* “Only fight if you know the odds are in your favour.”
* “We will sacrifice to the gods to keep you safe.”
* standing guard and being involved with everything
* Astrid and Torvi showing you the ropes
* Lagertha treating you as a daughter or lover (your choice)
* fearing for each other’s life in battle
* protecting each other in battle
119. Personnel are to stop worshipping the Commander as if he were some god of war. Please refer to him as ‘Commander’ or 'Sir’. Not as 'Master Commander’, 'the Man with the Plan’ or 'the Great Commandy One’.
119a. Operatives claiming to hear the Commander’s divine will are to be reminded that they have all received subdermal radio implants during their first week of induction at X-COM.
119ai. Similarly, Operatives are to be reminded that increased accuracy is more likely the result of the improved barrel linings and electromagnetic plasma confinement arrays than 'the Blessing of the Great Commandy One’.
119b. Despite the increased enthusiasm, Operatives are to stop referring to EXALT Insurgents as 'heretics’, 'infidels’ or 'worshippers of a false god’. You should be aware of the irony of that last statement.
119c. Even if he were a god of war, attempting 'appeasement sacrifices’ of half a dozen women sneaking into his room is not appreciated.
119ci. Even if they were all volunteers.
119cii. Even if the brunettes all dressed up like Dr. Vahlen sans turtleneck (or only in the turtleneck).
119ciii. Even if the second group found out how to make Carapace Armour 'look so sexy it should be illegal’.
I really want to go as a paladin of voltron for Halloween but I don't know how to make the armour and my mum says that I have to buy the stuff myself. I'm not really expecting any advice or anything like that I'm just venting.
Hmm…I don’t know too much about cosplay, but I do know it can be a bit pricey sometimes. Maybe there’s like a fabric that is inexpensive you can use? Kinda like the foam paper you use for crafts? Or you could do a modern cosplay of one the Voltron characters! Give them maybe a modern unique twist so you are able to use clothes you may already have? Like ghost/alien hunter Pidge, X Files host Keith, lifeguard Lance, etc. Maybe you could do something like that and save you a bit of money? Whatever you chose, I wish you the best of luck and I know it’ll be amazing! 🖤
Heres my headcannon as to why the Dakota’s have such terrible camoflage.
When they were signing up to which armour everybody got South made a bet with CT that she could have bright neon colour armour and still be an amazing fighter and get on the leader board. And so she goes up to the form and has an amazing idea since North hasnt yet written in what colour he’ll have. Because it’s filled out and signed with her perfectually forged version of his signature nobody talks to him about filling in the form and thats long forgotten to him because new people! Gotta make friends!
Just imagine how smug South’d be when the armour comes in. And Norths horror in becoming the first neon sign post of a sniper in Freelancer.
And to top it all off she starts calling him grape soda. Agent grape soda.
First of, I love your blog sO MUCH. Definitely my favourite and istg I'm not even exaggerating. Also, I was wondering if I could ask how the skelebros from UT, UF and US!Sans and SF!Sans would be with/ act around a S/O who is like the stereotypical knight is shining armour and is fixated around justice and helping people in need, even going as far as to wear knights armour? (I'm so sorry if that was too specific and I love you and your account regardless if you do or don't answer me. Thank you!)
Ahh >/////< I’m so glad you like my blog!
Sans was once the judge of the Underground, he could understand justice and stuff, but wearing armour, that’s going too far. He’s not embarrassed by it one bit and finds it amusing. He admires that you like to help people and will support you with whatever you need.
YES YES YES! PAPYRUS WILL DECORATE HIS BATTLE ARMOUR TO MATCH YOURS! You two become the most liked couple in the city and everyone knows your names. Homeless people would greet you both a smile and a high five on the streets, grocery store cashiers would give you 10% discounts, and even the mayor recognizes your efforts to help people. You and Papyrus are celebrated and loved, becoming local celebrities.
Uhhh…What? You and Red get into fights a lot about this. He gets extremely worried whenever you go “practice your justice” because you might get hurt and he’s afraid that he won’t be able to protect you. Not to mention, that armour is downright embarrassing. Yeah, his brother wears his battle body around, but he used it to strike fear in others, you don’t. He could feel people laughing at you two and even though you don’t seem to be bothered by it, he is.
Fell takes one look at your armour and gives you tips on how to make it more intimidating like his. He cannot grasp why would you want to help people at all, they’ll take advantage of you. He comes along whenever you volunteer at an event, mostly to keep an eye on you instead of helping. However, after witnesses the praise you received, Fell might try to help here and there, just for the praise.
Similar reaction to Undertale Papyrus, except that you and him start your own charity foundation, that expands into different branches and divisions. For example, one part of foundation is dedicated to helping homeless people, another is assisting the police, another is for animals, etc, etc. The foundation grows and becomes as big as the Red Cross.
Black tries to stop you from what you’re doing and focus your talents on something else like helping him reach his goals. Really though, he doesn’t want other people taking your attention, he only want you to focus on him. Eventually though, Black loosens up and lets you be you, but he still doesn’t understand why you would volunteer to help people.