I am just one of many who feel personally attacked by this character and his design :I;;;; enjoyed adorable Dream Daddy, and I have always been incredibly awed & inspired by Shanen/epsee’s artwork, so this is that put together ^-^
it’s pretty obvious that otabek’s family is loaded, since he’s been able to travel the world to train for his sport at a young age.
he doesn’t really like to flaunt it, but he figures why have the money if he can’t use it for some purpose. he gets a thrill from giving gifts and not making a huge deal about it. but also, he really loves to use his little bit of influence in a very low-key way. he’s a really caring person, and he just likes to look out for the ones he loves, no matter how he has to manifest it.
otabek doesn’t outright trade gifts for power, but he’ll just make ‘suggestions’ (“maybe don’t throw things at jj, yura”) and give rewards when those suggestions are carried out (yuri starts clenching his jaw instead of immediately yelling, and two weeks later, otabek gives him a ysl keychain he 'just happened to see that reminded me of you, yura’) without linking the two.
it takes yuri literal years to figure out what he’s been doing, but when he does, he marches into the bedroom yelling, “I’M NOT A DOG.”
otabek closes his book and says, “you are correct.”
“then why do you give me things when i do what you want?! i don’t need TREATS WHEN I BEHAVE.”
otabek reaches out and when yuri steps close, he runs his fingertips down his cheek and says, “somebody has to bring you to heel, yura.”