10 parallels of Emma becoming a hero / Hook becoming a hero
Requested by Anonymous
I got this request following the “journey of having a family” gifset, but when I built this one, I realized that in oppose to the journey of having a family, the journey of becoming a hero is much more dynamic and doesn’t have a fixed chronological order (as you can see in the gifs above).
I think it’s kind of beautiful though, because becoming a hero is something that wasn’t happening in a day for them, especially not the understanding that they are ones. It began by them not seeing themselves as such, but it also continued with it after they already proven their heroism (like Hook saying he’s hardly a hero in 4x12 after he made heroic choices for already a season and a half before that). It continued with someone putting their faith in them (for Emma Henry, for Hook Emma), and so they just gave this new lifestyle a try by sticking around and not running like they always did.
They both helped people along the way, pushed the temptation of the darkness of being the DO away, sacrificed themselves for the sack of others, were acknowledged as heroes by other people, and were even able to acknowledge it about themselves eventually.
But I think the most important thing for both of them, even more than realizing they are in fact heroes, is acknowledging that being heroes is what they truly have wanted all along! After lifetime of convincing themselves that they are better of alone, that they should care only about themselves, they chose to embrace the change that someone offered them because they truly WANTED to be heroes. It wasn’t so they can be happy
like Regina (they both know heroism comes with a price, and sometimes the ultimate sacrifice), it was because that’s what they secretly always wanted to be. So at the end of the day, the journey of becoming a hero didn’t end up with doing heroic acts, or even acknowledging that they have a mark on the heroes column, but the deep understanding that this is by their own choice. I think we saw it once more for Emma in the mid season finale, in which she became horrified that the EQ was gonna make her “wish” come true because she knew it was something that was said without truly being meant. The truth is that she wouldn’t trade being the savior at all, in the same way that Hook ended up choosing heroism over and over again after a lifetime (or better say several lifetimes) of darkness.
Send me a parallel/anti-parallel and I will turn it into a 10 parallels gifset