A/N: I’ve got a Bucky Barnes soulmate AU here for you. Obviously a bit of an AU from canon, but hey, I couldn’t help myself. This is set after CA:TWS. It was requested by anon for 15. Your soulmate’s scars appear on your body (and vise versa). Enjoy, guys!
You have had the ugly scar that ringed around your shoulder since birth. It was jagged, and looked old, as if it had happened a long time ago. Your parents were concerned, understandabley, and only slightly less so when the doctor stated that it wasn’t yours, but rather your soulmate’s instead. You seemed to always be getting some sort of new scar. Most faded, but there were some that looked suspiciously like bullet wounds. And you couldn’t help but notice that other than the scar around your shoulder, your left arm never received any sort of marks compared to the rest of your body.
The first person you ever showed that scar to, outside of your parents and the doctor, was Steve. You had first met Steve, or Captain America, as he was better known, when he was fresh out of the ice. Fury requested that you take him in, teach him about the new world he lived in, until he could get on his feet. Steve was the perfect gentleman, and despite the fact that you were born decades apart you struck up an instant friendship. You had ended up showing the scar on accident, when you had left your room in a tank top in search of your hoodie.
“Y/N?” Steve had asked, brow scrunching together in curious confusion, eyes finding the noticeable scar immediately. “What happened?”
You shrugged. The feeling of discomfort you expected never came. Probably because Steve was never one to make anyone, least of all you, uncomfortable. “Don’t know. It’s not mine, it’s my soulmate’s.”
“Oh,” He said simply. You thought you caught a glimmer of sadness in his eyes, but you didn’t pry, and neither did he.
yes i am a horrible person and don’t you fucking dare telling me i’m not. ‘cause i watch you. i watch everyone. i read people i care about without even trying and the minute i feel threatened by you, i will fucking destroy you. i will say and do anything in my control to hurt you in the most personal way, and i love the feeling i get while i watch you crumble to pieces. i will hurt you, and i will like it. i am a monster. i am a monster. i. am. a. monster. and it’s not like i can control it. it’s the only way i can protect myself. i’m too scared. i’m so sorry. i’m so angry.
So I was at a cafe last week and I saw Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy on a date and I saw Harley with this cute little dachshund and me being the idiot animal-lover that I am, I went over and asked Harley and Ivy if I could pet the dachshund. They say yes and get to talking and at one point I mention that I can’t have a cat (even though I’m a huge cat person) because I’m allergic. My doorbell rang today and there sitting there licking its paw was a green kitty with a red and green striped bow around it neck with a little note saying “He’s hypoallergenic cause he’s actually mostly plant btw he’s mostly daisies love Ivy and Harley”. Lucky break that he was mostly daises because I have horrible pollen allergy too. I’ve gotten Aaron Purr (my new little daisy kitty) a cute red collar with daisies printed on it. Thanks Harley and Ivy!!! #OnlyInGotham #HesSoCute #WhenHePurrsHeStartsToSmellLikeASpringMeadow #KittyLove #PeopleKeepAskingWhyIHaveGreenFurOnMyClothes #IvyIsNowMyVet
Update: Catwoman was in my apartment playing with Aaron Purr when I came home today. She smiled put him back on the ground, with green fur stuck to her catsuit, and casually put a series of bejeweled cat collars on my coffee table and backflipped out of apartment. I’m pretty sure they’re stolen cause they look like real diamonds. #CommissonorGordonCanINotGoToPrisonForThis #OnlyInGotham #Help!! #ShouldIGetALawyer
kudos to you if you’re a blessed bean who just wants everyone in this community to be happy and enjoy the show, bUT SOME PUSSIES CANT HANDLE THE FACT THAT THEIR GOOD OL’ SHIP ISN’T LOVED BY EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON EARTH.
and yes, of course I’m goddamn talking about the toxic Klance shippers. (this by no means goes out to every single shipper, as i do ship klance, but you know who you are.)
i am so sick of something as amazing as Voltron to have to suffer with a horrible community. You’re all so CHILDISH! This is a fictional show with fictional characters, made by real people with real lives andrealjobs to keep. You have no goddamn right to threaten these people or treat Josh Keaton the way you do. THREATENING A VOICE ACTOR?? WHAT THE EVER LOVING FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU???
THIS. SHOW. IS. NOT. ABOUT. ROMANCE. IT IS ABOUT PEOPLE IN SPACE COMING TOGETHER TO FORM THE GREATEST TEAM EVER, IN AN ATTEMPT TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE FROM A PRETTY BAD DUDE.
it is so goddamn amazing that this team of producers has even mentioned that there will be LGBT representation. It’s so amazing that i cry about it all the time. So no matter what ship happens, i’ll be 100% okay with it because it makes me happy to be represented and that’s all i could ask of them.
but you know what? it’ll never happen if y’all keep trying to stop the show’s production all together. but it’s not like you care right? cause every goddamn toxic klance shipper is a nasty fujoshi who only cares about getting off to two dudes fucking for their own entertainment. news flash: the world doesn’t revolve around you and your sexual desires.
i don’t ship sheith(or any of the paladins with shiro), as i have never really seen them in that way, but i also see nothing wrong with it. So am not going to hurt people and destroy a show because of it. Just fucking grow a pair and move on with your life, you’re tearing us all apart.
P.S: Josh Keaton is a fucking ANGEL and i will protect him until the day i die.
in like 2012 there was a horrible tumblr trend of like… trying to be the snarkiest and meanest person you could be? it was considered absolutely hilarious to just tear into people for no reason back then. i, like many young people on tumblr at the time, tried to fit into this weird hyper aggressive trend and it was just so… bad. i am not that kind of person and i know so many people on this website who also got sucked into that business are also not those kind of people. i am so glad, so so so glad that that isn’t a thing anymore. yes, of course there are still some bad apples, some super mean people, but for the most part i think a lot of people try to be genuinely nice now? or at least less fake and shallow. either way i’m glad being mean isn’t a trend now. this one goes out to everyone who tried to mold themselves to fit that trend only to regret it now.
Yes, I am an “in the absence of any reprehensible action, no type of person is inherently monstrous or evil” absolutist, and it’s frankly absurd that this is a controversial point of view. Why would you think that someone was horrible if they have not done anything horrible? The idea of an innately evil person, someone who is just fundamentally bad regardless of what they say or do, is the sort of ethical complexity I’d expect in a kindergarten child. The comforting storybook simplicity of pretending that there are people who are monstrous by their immutable nature, rather than as a result of their choices and actions, is totally divorced from reality, and it causes nothing but harm.
When their s/o pulls them in for an unexpected kiss
It’s honestly hard to say with Mark. I feel like he’s a little more brazen than some of the other guys simply because he’s American and didn’t grow up in the more polite culture of Korea, but even with that said, he’s still a shy little bub. If it’s early on in the relationship, I feel like he will be more shy about intimate moments like that. His face will go red and he’ll probably let out one of those ridiculously cute nervous giggles. However, if we’re talking later in the relationship, BOI! He’s a Virgo. He’s Cheeky. He’s teasing. He’s going to make you squirm before he’s done with you. I think it would depend on where and when this is happening. If out in public, he’ll kiss you back, but not linger (I feel like he’s more conscious of how others perceive him). Now, if it’s at home, you can expect things to heat up pretty quickly, whether it be a steamy make-out or something a little more energy exerting. Either way, I think Mark is a toss up kind of guy. “Baby, you should know better than to surprise me like that.” (do I really need to even say ‘wink wink’?)
I don’t know what it is about this man that I just think he’s a fluffy, flustered puppy. Like he seems the type to be more gruff and tough, but he’s not. Okay? Whoever is blessed with the chance to be this one’s significant other will learn quite quickly that he’s a giant push over. He loves to love and loves to be loved. Lots of blushing, lots of stuttering, lots of unintended aegyo. Of course, he does have a more ‘serious’ side for when he’s hot and bothered, but you have to get there first or he has to already have the bedroom on his mind. I don’t know, I guess when I think of Jaebum I just envision cheese. Like he’s so cheese-y! Horrible dad jokes, puns that only make sense to him, and dirty, dirty mind that he shares with LITERALLY NO ONE EVER. Fluff, flustered, puppy? Yes. Daddy material? Also yes. He ain’t even my bias, ladies and gents! I know one when I see one, I’m just sayin’! Anyway, even if he leans more towards the Tsundere side of his personality after you surprise kiss him, don’t be alarmed or discouraged. This guy LOVES when you kiss him, especially when he doesn’t see it coming. Also, am I the only one who envisions hot, steamy, make up session? Like you’re both arguing and suddenly BAM you’ve smashed your lips together and the rest is history? I can’t be the only one!
Is there a reason you keep trying to defend Raven? Maybe she’s just a bad parent
Why on earth would I have an analysis blog if “she’s just a bad person” was enough of an explanation for me?
I never said she’s not a bad parent. She’s a shitty mum. I think I said that multiple times now. But even though her actions make her a bad mum, that doesn’t mean that there can’t be a reason behind that and that she can’t deeply care for Yang anyway. That doesn’t justify her actions, but it makes her so much more interesting.
If Raven turns out to be a shitty parent I won’t try to argue she’s not. I am not even trying to argue she is not right now.
I am not defending Raven, I am rather analysing her. Yes, I love Raven a lot. But we don’t know that much about her yet. As long as we don’t have more information about her these are all just speculations.
Yes, I might see her more positively than she deserves it, but I’m just human after all and I am not neither can I be 100% objective. I might be completely wrong about her, but I am wrong about many things. A part of coming up with theories and speculating is often being wrong.
Assuming she is just a bad person is easy. Too easy in my eyes. Yes, she might be a really shitty person, but even a character who has done really horrible things like Cinder did all of them for a reason. I absolutely love Cinder even though she has done horrible things. Because she’s interesting. Cinder is not a good person. With Raven I’m on the fence. We’ll see.
Villains who do things because they are a bad person and evil are bad villains. A good villain is interesting. A good villain is complex. So even if Raven turns out to be a villain (which I doubt right now), I will still love her has a character. As much as I love Cinder and even Adam. They are horrible people, but I still want to know what made them do what they did and I think they are just as interesting as the heroes.
Characters can do bad things without being irredeemable. Yes, Blake ran away from Yang again and deeply hurt her, but that doesn’t mean Yang won’t forgive her. Yes, Raven abandoned Yang for 18 years, and even if she had a reason that doesn’t have to mean Yang has to forgive her, but it doesn’t make her the most evil person of all evil people. People make mistakes. Big mistakes. We can still love them if we choose to. I am not trying to defend what she did here, but the world is more complex. Not everything is just black and white.
Tumblr often seems to have this mentality of Saint vs Demon, Angel vs Devil, and I think that its very toxic for many reasongs, but most of all the world is just more complex. A character who made a big mistake can still be likable to people. No one has to love her, but with the little information we have of her we also don’t have to completely condemn her. Liking her doesn’t mean I don’t see her flaws.
I know a lot of you hate Raven. I won’t tell you not to. I won’t tell you you’re wrong. I won’t try to convice her to love her more. I won’t sugarcoat anything she has canonically done as soon as we know the full extend and reason behind it. But so far I love Raven as a character because she is complex and interesting. I won’t be stupidly defending her, but so far “she’s just a horrible person” is just too simple for me to believe that is the explanation for everything she did.
This was made because @chase-is-not-crash made a wonderful post that made me ( someone who is really confused about their gender and struggles constantly ) feel a whole lot better about who I am and made me less anxious. Thank you Chase.
So here is a little fic for all the transphobes out there,
I was asked to elaborate on something I called ‘Mad Nerd Purple Prose’.
So I will.
You’ve likely seen it before, because from 2005 to roughly 2012, maybe even longer (and it’s still around) Mad Nerd Purple Prose dominated the internet. And yet it’s sort of a hard thing to describe, even with the name I gave it. If you’ve ever read a 'bad webcomic review’ it was probably in Mad Nerd Purple Prose. If you used to follow individual nerd bloggers who wrote about comics or b-movies or sci-fi or whatever, you’ve probably seen it. Hell, TGWTG and all their contributors practically are an entire web brand dedicated to the video form of it (or were in the early 2010s, no comment on their modern incarnations.)
But I guess a more context-free definition would be: when someone employs needlessly flowery language and excessive 'humorous’ or hyperbolic metaphor to attempt to criticize something that really doesn’t deserve the amount of effort being employed. To quote a specific bad webcomic review:
“Am I calling the author the literary equivilent of a pedophile? Yes I am.”
THAT is Mad Nerd Purple Prose.
It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly the root behind it is. It all seems to come together in a big mishmash of horrible. Condescension, smug superiority, combined with the impression the person writing it is gritting their teeth and has their hands balled into little fists, seething. The portrayal of oneself as a super genius through excessive, wordy language and grandious insults or negativity while simultaneously implying scorn towards anyone who disagrees.
That’s the best way I can put it at least. Identifying it is really more art than science.
Summary: Bucky and Y/N have been fairly successful at keeping their relationship hidden from the rest of the Avengers. That is… until Nat walks into the kitchen one night and finds Bucky kissing Y/N. While Y/N is relieved that their relationship is out in the open it soon becomes more complicated than she could have ever imagined.
Author’s Notes: Thanks to the lovely @melconnor2007 for the request. Also – happy early 18th birthday to my cousin Nicole ( @totallygroovyllama ). Thanks for being the sister I never got to have.
Sorry it’s out late – long hours at work plus a bummed out hand make things so much more difficult.
I opened my eyes tentatively – testing the severity of my
hangover. The early morning light drifted lazily from the blinds – throwing
golden bars on the bed. I groaned as my headache raged. As I looked lazily
around the room I saw a glass of water and a bottle of ibuprofen on the nightstand
by the bed. I gratefully grabbed the bottle and glass – throwing back two pills
and washing them down hastily. I laid my head back on my pillow with a sigh as
I closed my eyes – praying that the pounding in my head would subside soon. The
door to the bedroom squeaked as it was opened and I casually opened one eye –
just enough to see who caused the noise.
“Hey sis,” I muttered before turning from the bed and
vomiting into the waste bin she had strategically placed beside it.
“Oh come on Y/N – you have to talk about it. I haven’t heard
from you hardly at all in the last year… now all of a sudden you’re calling me
up to meet you… no explanation. I get here and you’re drunk out of your mind
and falling to pieces,” Nicole chastised as we walked down the street to get
lunch. I winced as her voice grew shriller the longer she talked.
“Okay – okay…. First can we get some food? And could you
possibly keep your voice down a few octaves?” I asked annoyed. She rolled her
eyes and huffed to herself as we entered the warm little dinner that we always
visited when we stayed at the cottage. We picked out the booth furthest away
from any windows and sat comfortably in the worn leather cushions.
Nicole eyed me eagerly as the waitress brought us our menus
and coffee. She was several years older than me. Where I had been a cautionary
tale on what not to do through grade school she was the star pupil. I had
dropped out of college after two semesters finding it to not be stimulating
enough for me while she had gone on to medical school. She had a family; I had
a string of unsuccessful relationships. This thought snapped me back to the
present as I casually grabbed a menu and looked it up and down.
“Okay… stop bullshitting Y/N. You know that menu front to
back… you’re just stalling,” she snapped as she crossed her arms in annoyance.
“Fine,” I responded as I placed the menu back on the table
and motioned to the waitress that we were ready. We placed our orders and then
I reluctantly turned to my sister. “First, I’m sorry I’ve been such a shit – I
didn’t eat anything yesterday and the drinking, and crying that I partook in
caused the hangover from hell.”
“Apology accepted,” she replied as she smiled at me. It
never took us long to make up with one another. “So?” she asked raising an
“I started seeing someone in the Avengers… His name is Bucky
Barnes.” I was interrupted by her choking on her coffee.
“Isn’t he the one that…” I cut
her off before she could say another word.
“He doesn’t do that anymore,” I replied curtly. I had always
been particularly defensive of Bucky since I knew him – even before we had
started our romance.
“Noted,” she added
apologetically as she held her hands up to me.
“Anyways… We’ve been… well I don’t know what you would call
it. I guess we’ve been dating for the last five months, but we didn’t tell
anyone else on the team… We wanted to make sure things actually worked between
us before complicating everything,” I explained as she nodded understandingly.
“The day before yesterday Nat walked in on him kissing me so we were forced to
kind of let everyone know about it. I was relieved… and well we kind of… I kind
of slept with him. Anyways, yesterday morning he left for a mission so I went
to the gym with Nat. She proceeded to tell me that Bucky and her had an arrangement
similar to ours and he only ended it five months ago… around the same time he
started pursuing me… and it was just awful. I had to get away from all of it,”
I paused allowing her to analyze everything I had just told her.
“Was this Nat your friend?”
“Yes… well I thought so… She said some pretty terrible
things to me and I kind of… well I punched her and I am pretty sure I broke her
nose,” I added awkwardly.
She raised her eyebrows in surprise, “So I’m assuming this
Bucky fellow is something more than a casual thing?” This was new territory for
me. I had only seriously dated one other person before and it had ended
horribly. After that it was my real of thumb to not get attached. Bucky was
different though – in all honestly that’s what I had refused to have sex with
him at first. I needed it to be different with him.
I smiled sadly. “Honestly? I think I’m in love with him,” I
muttered sadly as the waitress brought us our food. We lapsed into silence as
we ate – not bringing up Bucky or the previous days.
“You know… I was thinking,” Nicole muttered as we walked
amongst the different shops in town.
“About what?” I asked.
“I haven’t heard you say ‘love’
since… you know,” she paused awkwardly.
“I do know,” I responded curtly. I knew all too well. The
only other time I thought I had been in love had ended up being an abusive and
toxic relationship. That’s why Bucky’s lack of honesty felt like a betrayal to
me. I had been down this road before, and I wasn’t willing to walk it again.
“This Bucky though… do you think that he would have told you
about his relationship with Nat eventually?” She asked casually.
“Yes… I mean… I don’t really know, but I would like to think
he would. It would have been better if maybe he had told me before we had slept
together,” I answered bitterly.
“That’s true… I just… I don’t know. I feel like he knew he
would have to tell you at some point – maybe he didn’t want to ruin what he had
with you?” she asked tentatively. I shot her a glance as I thought it over.
“Hey! I’m just saying maybe there is more to the story!” she added defensively
as she raised her hands up at me. “Have you at least talked to him?”
“No,” I responded curtly.
“So basically you cut and ran as
soon as you found out?”
I spun on my heel at this so I could turn to look at her
face to face. “I don’t want to be manipulated anymore. I needed time and
distance to think before I hear him out,” I responded snappily.
“Okay Okay. Remember you called me to try to help you
through this, and that’s what I’m doing.”
I sighed as I rubbed my throbbing temples with my fingers.
“I know… I’m sorry. I just… I don’t know. Can we go back to the cottage?” I
asked wearily. The intensity of my headache had gone through the rough and all
I wanted was to lay down and rest for a bit longer now that I had eaten.
“Whatever you want kiddo,” she smiled as we hooked arms and
walked back to the cottage side-by-side.
I wanted Bucky there more than anything, but my own fear
left me paralyzed. He would have to make the first move if he did really care,
because regardless of his intentions for not telling me – this mess was his
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Anyway, the real villain of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was the government and no one can convince me otherwise. MACUSA:
fails to notice the
Director of Magical Security and head of Magical Law Enforcement has been replaced by an international magical terrorist for several weeks at least, even though he is in constant contact with the highest ranking MACUSA officials, including President Picquery, even though he’s probably only using Polyjuice potion to achieve this, therefore having to be constantly doing out of character things, like drinking hourly from a hip flask while working, probably, and sentencing people to death without trials
fails to do anything, at least on screen, or exhibit any care that their Direct of Magical Security and head of Magical Law Enforcement is probably being Barty Crouched somewhere, with hair ripped out of his head and imperiused so that he can be imitated effectively, since for a replacement scheme to work, he needs to be alive, á la Goblet of Fire
stripped a competent auror of her position because she defended a magical child from abuse. They don’t know Credence is an obscurial, but he apparently stands out instantly as being from magical lineage, i.e. seeming to be a squib, meaning he isn’t a muggle/no-maj and therefore even with their effed up no-maj relation laws they could and should be protecting him and giving him a place in society. Also, Mary Lou Barebone is abusing all the children she’s adopted, and MACUSA knows and instead of helping, you know, protecting god damn orphan children, they demoted the one witch with any god damn integrity.
are actually protecting the Second Salemers, i.e. the people calling for witches to be burned at the stake again, which kind of threatens the statute of secrecy doesn’t it? Since people as high ranking as a presidential candidate’s brother believe them and their voices are being heard. But no, since an auror attempted to stop the abuse of a child, they are allowing these no-maj’s (and non-no-maj’s, since both Credence and Modesty at least seem to have some powers) threaten the international statute of secrecy. This at the same time as protecting the statute with stupid, small things like beast extermination and not allowing no-majs and wizards/witches to be friends or lovers, which is horrific. As other people have pointed out, what does this mean for no-maj/muggle born witches and wizards? Nonsense. But PIcquery is fine for wizards and witches to get drunk during prohibition, sure.
President Picquery refuses to listen to a competent ex-auror, who appears in front of her with a culprit already in custody, she does not even allow an explanation. Picquery later gets angry at Porpentina for not telling her what had happened sooner, when TIna appears in front of her with the same man and the same (looking) case. Yes, because that’s logical. Picquery is just in general a terrible leader and a terrible human being, which I’ve talked about before.
In a room with every magical world leader, none of them are willing to look at the evidence, or listen to the professional in the field, and admit that it is possible that magical children might be being abused to the point of becoming obscurials, even though, in at least America, they can’t keeps tabs on every magical child because they have no way to check on no-maj-born kids because of their effed up laws, and they refuse to help the no-maj-born kids they do know about, i.e. the Second Salemers. All these government leaders are so determined to not be wrong/scapegoat a beast that they put countless people’s lives in danger, including those of children. “There hasn’t been an obscurial in centuries.” “I literally saw one three months ago what the hell are you talking about!?”
actually behave worse than the darkest wizard who ever lived, at that point in history. They’re at least as bad as him, if in different ways. Graves/Grindelwald listens to people when they obviously have information, no matter their position. Is Grindelwald a monster? Heck yes, he manipulates and abuses a child (I’m counting Credence as a child, ok, he’s probably in his late teens, but considering he doesn’t seem to be able to escape his mother, even legally, I’d put him at 17, i.e. not an adult), he has killed and attacked countless people, he’s partially responsible for Ariana Dumbledore’s death, he wants to use an abused and tormented child for his own gain, he sentences Newt and Tina to death, he’s a horrible person and I’m not on his side, but neither am I on the side of MACUSA. Grindelwald doesn’t strike me as another Voldemort, i.e. pure evil, he seems more he like he knows exactly how to manipulate the discontent and downtrodden, and he wouldn’t gain this support for “the greater good” if the government weren’t failing so many wizards and witches already.
has a torture death chamber that they can apparently send people to without trial, which is just as bad as Azkaban. I don’t even need to go into why this is so horrible. Even if you support the death penalty (which I sure as hell don’t), you can’t support the chamber of showing you your worst and best memories as you slowly sink into a burning acidic fiery death pool. That’s inhuman.
also, despite a magizoologist, a competent ex-auror and ministry employee, and the
Director of Magical Security and head of Magical Law Enforcement
telling them not to do it, and showing that they knew how to help Credence, MACUSA still executed a child on President Picquery’s orders, and there are no repercussions for that. This is not even a mercy killing, because Credence has already proved that when treated with compassion, he is skilled enough to survive and prosper, even as an obscurial. (Is it possible he survived? Considering what Hayes has said and that little whisp at the end, yes, but that doesn’t change the fact that MACUSA tried to kill him.)
they were also entirely willing to let Newt try his Thunderbird Swooping Evil venom plan, even though Newt has only theorized about this, and never actually attempted it, and they have no idea what the side effects could be. To save themselves, they released an untested substance into New York’s water supply, and the water cycle in general, with no idea of how it would work. What memories will actually be lost? Will it be effective? What adverse effects might there be? How will wizards be immune, when it’s in the water supply? This was a bad plan, and MACUSA risked a lot letting it go forward.
Picquery at the end is just a bad leader. “We owe you everything- gtfo.” “We owe you a debt- obliviate your friend who had a massive hand in saving our necks and many, many lives.” “I just said it was ok to kill a child- do what I say.” She is a very, very bad leader, who canonically cares more about letting wizards drink than she does about the lives of no-majs, no-maj born and squib kids, children suffering abuse, her
Director of Magical Security and head of Magical Law Enforcement
probably being locked in a box somewhere, the truth, and whether someone can be saved or not. She is just another Fudge, but ten times worse.
TL;DR: MACUSA, President Picquery and global magical goverments as a whole are portrayed as villains in this film, and it’s very easy to imagine how Grindelwald found support when the international situation is so critical; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a few steps away from advocating the murder of the bourgeoisie and I entirely support this reading.
Two questions! A) what would be good motives for a prince villain BESIDES tragic backstory B) Any advice for writing a redemption arc?
Wow, I’m in love with this ask. Antagonist motivations? REDEMPTION ARCS? Yes please!!
Okay, so the plan is, I’m going to address the first question first and the second one second. I think that seems reasonable. This might get a little lengthy, I can feel it in the wind, so we’ll see at what point we’ll probably need a Read More.
Question A: (Princely) Villain Motivations
1. Perhaps the most obvious is, well, power. I know a lot of people get pretty tired of the whole “powerful villain wants more power/land/control/riches.” But the fact is, it makes sense, particularly for an antagonist that was raised in power. Keep in mind the kind of childhood this Prince might have had, and all the things they might have been told since they were young. Since they were a child, and during their most formative years, they were likely told time and again how it is their duty as the heir and future leader to uphold the reputation, stature, and altogether power of the entire kingdom. That’s quite a lot of pressure to be under, and it’s hard to get out from under that idea.
Now I’m caught up in the psychology of this trope so here are some points that are somewhat related.
- The first thing they have to fear is looking bad. A Prince is a public figurehead, many are looking to him. That’s a lot of people to disappoint. And when your only counsel is potentially people who are leading you askew, it’s hard to avoid counting on the wrong advice while under pressure.
- These people they could potentially disappoint are both people they personally care about (family/friends) and people that they are responsible for (the citizens)
- Particularly if it’s family applying the pressure, then this care stands to lose everything they have ever known of they try to stand for what they actually think.
2. Noble Ends: Maybe this character kind of has some good ideas or intentions, but for whatever reason, the execution is less than the best- as in, noble ends but evil means. This can take a number of forms, but often you see noble-ends/evil-means characters doing things like putting other people in danger if it means saving one specific character, etc. For every character, this can be different. This particular character is interesting because they are in a position of political and military power, meaning that things are pretty high stakes within their personal lives, the interior of the kingdom, and in their entire country’s relationship with other entire countries. I’m sort of going of the assumption here that you have an idea of the kinds of things your villain does, just not why.
One of the most often quoted phrases I see about antagonists is that “every villain is a hero in their own minds.” Really take that into consideration for this option in particular, but really it applies to any antagonist.
3. “The Puppet King” Approach: By this I am referring to the trope where a political or powerful figure is actually just being used or manipulated by others with ill intentions. This can be the result of many things, such as straight up blackmail, or the controlling people having leverage over them (like hostages) or, if you want to connect it back to the first idea, through emotional manipulations.
- Blackmail: The controllers have something against them that, if revealed, could be disastrous for the character.
- Leverage: The controllers have something the character desperately needs or wants and are holding it over their heads.
- Emotional Manipulation: Borderline Tragic Backstory, and relating to the first idea, but the controllers could be telling the character terrible things in order to get them to do terrible things- perhaps they told them that they are useless or worthless if they don’t do these things, and this character craves the validation, attention, interaction, etc that comes with pleasing these people.
4. “They’re Not Evil, They’re Just Misguided”: Maybe this character is completely misinformed about the situation. This could be an elaborate manipulation on someone else’s part, or really no single person’s intention, but the product of the environment in which this character lives. It sort of ties back to “Noble ends and evil means”, except with a lot more deception and miscommunication going on. Keep in mind, they still have to make the choice to do some terrible things, so it’s not like they didn’t have bad intentions ever.
There’s also a few things you should keep in mind when writing a character like this.
First… if some of these ideas make it look like I am giving the “villain” something to be pitied, or like they have qualities or intentions that one could actually understand, or even an actual (gasp) tragic backstory, it’s because I actually am. If you want to write a good villain, and I mean a really good villain, they have to be just as complex and psychologically believable as the hero. Not only that, but it helps readers keep in mind that no one is just born with a gun in their hand and murder in their hearts. That layer of real tragedy is sometimes needed to show people that hey, this person fell real hard, and that is not just their personal tragedy, but a tragedy of the very world we all live in.
That being said, I am going to jump into my second thing to keep in mind… This villain can have understandable intentions, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t gonna do villainous things. Make them do terrible, horrible, horrendous, awful, unforgivable things. After all, they aren’t really a “villain” if they don’t do entirely evil things sometimes. Yes, it kind of sucks that this person became this way, but now it’s a little too late. They are a threat that needs to be dealt with now, or they will only breed more tragedy.
A villain’s “tragic backstory” only is meant to explain their actions, not to excuse them.
As for question two… I actually think I’m going to get back to you on that one. Redemption arcs deserve an entire post, because they are remarkably complex and I just can’t limit myself to only giving a handful of tips. I will be setting that post up probably later today, tomorrow at the latest.
Thanks for the questions, as always, and look for the redemption post on the horizon.
OK I’m going to have to rant a bit about Kevin Keller and his portrayal in Riverdale. I realize he’s not really a main or part of the core four, but there are so many things that they could’ve done with his character and his storyline… especially now that we know that his relationship with Joaquin is a plot point.
I know a lot of people are upset that the Joaquin x Kevin relationship wasn’t unpacked a little more on-screen. I count myself as one of them (thank goodness for fix-it fanfiction). However, it’s not just Joaquin x Kevin that is bugging me. I think one of the most under developed relationships on the series is the one between Kevin and his father and it’s such a shame, considering the series is all about featuring relationships between their kids and their parents. Betty, Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Josie, Cheryl– Kevin and his dad would slot right in. The narrative is there.
We know that Sheriff Keller is supportive of his son and Riverdale didn’t go the father-disapproving-of-his-son’s-sexuality-small-town-small-mind route, which is amazeballs, but I wonder if their relationship is altogether positive in other respects. I wonder, for instance, if Kevin disagrees with his dad’s politics or methods. I mean, the reason why Jughead and Betty started an independent investigation into Jason’s murder is because it is heavily implied that the law enforcement in the town is corrupt and it is stated, point-blank, that Sheriff Keller ‘answers to a higher power – the Blossoms.’ And we do see that Kevin is firmly Team Sleuth. He helps Jughead and Betty reconstruct the murder-board and he can be trusted not to rat out his friends to his dad. He keeps quiet about Grundy and Archie, doesn’t tip off his dad about Polly going missing and he and his compass are THERE for the Coopers when they comb the woods looking for Polly… he doesn’t expect his dad to arrive with the Blossoms. Furthermore, Kevin’ relationship to Joaquin, who is a serpent, could really complicate things for his dad, who is a Sheriff and also an elected official in a conservative small town.
However, we don’t really get anything from Kevin on this matter. He gets a lot of fantastic quips about shoes and yes-I-am-GAY!-and-fabulous! one-liners, but we are shown precious little about his motivations, emotional make-up or who he is as a person. I am STILL bitter about the fact that the series keeps driving home the horrible terrible no good effect that Jason’s death has had on the town and how much it changed things and yet, the fact that Kevin and Moose just happened to stumble upon his body is just brushed off as nothing. Jason is someone these two sixteen year old boys have probably known for their entire lives and they were both in a heightened emotional state when they found the bloated and water-logged body. And if that’s not enough, they were also the first to discover that no, Jason didn’t drown, he was murdered. That is traumatic as fuck. Especially in a town that has been established as being peaceful and idyllic. These aren’t war-hardened veterans or even grossly desensitized inner city kids. These are two small town boys living in an otherwise safe and comfortable bubble unaccustomed to violence of this magnitude. How can you not want to unpack that a little bit more, especially if this is one of the god damn THEMES of the entire series? If that wasn’t an open door to explore Kevin a little more in depth, I don’t know what the hell an open door looks like.
I think Kevin as a character deserves better. Frankly, I’m starting to think all the characters in the series deserve better. There are too many inconsistencies. As much as my shipper heart is beating for the ships that are sailing at the moment, I will not deny that Riverdale has a huge problem with side-lining a number of its characters and missing out on opportunities for smoother and more logical plot and character development.
So I have quite a long story for y’all regarding my Marxist professor. In fact, he’s such an interesting person that I’m not going to give him his own tag (#adventures with my marxist professor)… so if you wanna track my wild stories about him, you know where to look lmao.
So on Thursday night, he had scheduled a pub outing with he and our class. I wanted to go because the pub was located about 10 minutes (on foot) from my internship, plus I want good grades in his class and I believe that part of getting a good grade entails getting to know your professor a little better by going to his office hours and seeing him outside of class to discuss class work).
So anyways, I show up at the pub and he’s sitting at one of the tables so I join him. What ended up happening is that nobody else in my class showed up to his pub outing invitation. It was just me and him. Me, a 21-year old American Republican, and this 32 year-old Greek Marxist. I knew it was going to be an interesting night and quite frankly, I was far from disappointed; it’s made for a great story to tell at parties and to tell anyone, really. I will certainly never forget it!
He buys me a pint of cider. I insisted on paying but he wouldn’t let me! It was really nice of him to do that. The cider tasted great. He ordered a beer.
Anyways, we get to talking. He notices the Republican elephant necklace I’m wearing and points to it with a furrowed brow and half smile. My reflex was to tuck it back underneath my collar because I was full aware of his political views. Then he goes all “DOn’t worry, I’m not going to give you a bad grade or hate you for your political views! But I do have a question for you… why do you hate poor people?” His blunt question kind of threw me off guard so I asked him if he was being serious or sarcasm… hint: he was completely serious. So I told him that I don’t hate poor people at all. I went on to explain to him about my beliefs in low taxes and a free market, and how I don’t believe in government handouts to those who don’t want to work.
So we end up in a heated debate. He starts telling me that he hates Capitalism and that he hates the rich because as a direct result, other people suffer. He continues to talk about wealth privilege and how Capitalism promotes that. I acknowledged his argument by saying that I felt fortunate that I was born into a well-off family, but I told him that they haven’t always been well-off. He then exclaimed, “A Republican acknowledging her privilege? That’s unusual! Not only do you benefit from wealth privilege but you also benefit from white privilege! The fact that you have blonde hair allows you to benefit from white privilege even more!” I told him I wasn’t a real blonde and he responded with “Yeah, but you look like a natural blonde so others don’t know it’s fake. If I dyed my hair blonde, everyone would know it’s fake.”
He then went on to say that he doesn’t like Obama because he benefits from wealth privilege and he also said that Obama is still half white so benefits from white privilege too. He also claimed that Obama is more white than he is, which confused me because he’s full blood greek and I’m fairly certain that the Greeks are more white than a biracial white/black man is… unless I’m completely missing something?
Next he asks me about my views on abortion. i tell him I believe it’s morally wrong and he expresses is bafflement on how I could possibly be female AND pro life. I told him that it’s not a matter of gender, it’s matter of ethics and I believe that abortion is ethically wrong.
We discuss the Second Amendment next. He believes that people should not be allowed to own guns, I firmly disagree with that. That was the gist of that discussion. He tells me that he used guns when he fought in two wars. Which is why he has a cane – he injured his knee in war and had to get it replaced. He told me that I must love the fact that he fought in wars considering I’m a Republican and all. To be honest, I don’t automatically love someone just because they fought in a war and I’m Republican.
After our brief abortion and guns discussion, I ask him his views on Marx, Lenin, and Stalin. He was born in Moscow originally, because his parents were diplomats. He says he grew up with a lot of Communist influence so that’s sort of how he learned about Marxism and began to identify with it. He claims he is a Marxist, Leninist, and a Stalinist. I ask him how he justifies being a Stalinist even though Stalin killed millions of people, even more than Hitler did. I was worried that maybe he would deny Stalin’s atrocities like a Neo Nazi denies HItler’s atrocities, but he didn’t deny them whatsoever. He said in response that “individual life is not worth much” along with a weirdly explained, jumbled answer surrounding that explanation. I felt I may have put him in the spotlight. It made me a bit uncomfortable to be honest.
He tells me that religion is the “opiate of the people”, as Marx said. I found it funny that he hated religion and capitalism so much considering that he teaches at a private Catholic university.
We go back to talking about Capitalism. I tell him that a person deserves money for their labor and he tells me he disagrees because every person should just willingly help out in society so no one is poor. He says he hates the rich with a passion because it isn’t fair. I retort with saying “So what you’re saying is that if one person is poor and miserable, then we should all be poor and miserable?” He says yes, and his blunt honesty shocked me but I still appreciated his honesty instead of straight up lying about it.
Later on, things get personal. He tells me about the things that he’s gone through in the past (and boy has he had to go through A LOT OF HORRIBLE things). I’m not going to talk about them here because that stuff is real private and I promised him I wouldn’t tell anyone.
He then tells me that I am extremely unlikeable because I come off as arrogant, standoffish, and socially… different. I ask him why and he tells me that I’m a really intense person in that my preferred topics of conversation tend to be heavy. I’m also not super bubbly and I don’t act friendly just for the sake of being friendly. He says that it’s a result of me being highly intelligent. Every time he complimented me, he would say “I can’t believe I’m actually saying this to a Republican but you’re very intelligent.” He said it was too late for me to change others’ minds of me and I said that I thought that was unfortunate because I always give people second and third chances in making impressions on me. He tells me that I’m extremely open minded as a person and again, he can’t believe he’s saying that to a Republican.
He told me that we’re a lot alike in that we’re both really intense and intelligent people and that most people don’t like that and so they don’t want to talk to us that much. I was complimented when he told me I was highly intelligent but kinda sad when he explained how I came across to people. On the contrary, I was so relieved by is brute honesty. I knew I was having trouble socializing with people and I kept trying to figure out why. He didn’t brush things over and I appreciated that.
We sat in the pub and talked for 4 hours. He told me that, and he can’t believe he’s saying this, but I, a Republican, held his interest and attention for 4 hours and apparently, people rarely hold his interest and attention.
Ultimately, I have extremely mixed feelings about him. I HATE his views with a burning passion. Sometimes he hurt my feelings. But he was honest and he liked to engage in debate and he’s, although politically stupid in my opinion, generally highly intelligent. The man speaks 8 languages fluently after all! I don’t know what to think, honestly. I’m so confused!
I think, that despite all of the negative/unpleasant experiences we may have faced throughout life, those experiences are absolutely essential in shaping the individuals we are now. Everything that we go through and everything that we endure forms our personality, our outlook towards life, our attitude towards other people, our opinions, everything. You can tell a lot about what a person has faced just by their overall demeanor and their perspectives on things. I read a post today that somebody wrote where they said that there’s a specific transit going on right now that’s igniting reflection regarding childhood, wounds from long ago, and I’m thinking about my childhood and how I was raised. And yes, I have Pluto in the 4th House, very very horrible and painful circumstances, the planet of inner demons, but as weird as it sounds I do not regret a thing about my upbringing at all. Sure, ideally, none of it would have occurred, but then who would I be without those experiences? I wouldn’t be the same person I am today, that’s a fact. I wouldn’t possess the same qualities, the same mindset, nothing would be the way it is. So it’s strange to say that I am grateful for my unfavorable childhood, but I am grateful for it. It’s taught me many things, many lessons, I have a much better understanding of the world and the people around me. And I think we should all use this time to try to come to terms with past situations, to accept it for what it is and maybe find ways to heal. Or to embrace these things because it’s made you become the person you are. And even if you are currently unhappy with the person you are, just work towards improving your confidence, addressing your traumas or your deep issues - we must waste no more time. This is the life we have, you are the individual you are, just make the most of your existence while you are here and focus on your inner peace/happiness, fill your life with love and get rid of the negativity/distress. Find comfort and joy in knowing that there will never be another person like you nor has there ever been. We are all so complex and different.