instilling fear

Deku and his 'uneasy look'

I’ve been thinking about this since Nighteye was introduced: how the people are not looking for a faint light but a dazzling one; how the one on the top shouldn’t express worry or doubt; how All Might was able to instill fear in villains and hope in people.

How All Might is able to inspire calm in people without a shadow of a doubt, and have them completely rely on him with smiles on their faces. But Deku isn’t like All Might in that manner, not yet, he’s got a long way to go.

Instead of calm and absolute reliance, Deku inspires people to move, take action, and help themselves, as he deals with the problem or villain. I’m not going to go as far as claim that’s better, it’s just something to think about. Because more than calling it ‘uneasy’, it was a look of sincere concern. And that’s what gets the people around him to move.

The best example of this would be Kouta, the kid who was introduced to dislike heroes, and think saving people isn’t something to gloat about when you can’t even save yourself. But what happened with him when Deku was saving him, and protecting him against that villain? It wasn’t like what you would expect of All Might, where people rejoice and are confident they’ll be saved. Instead, he was crying, they were both panicking. They both think they were going to die, because Deku didn’t look like he could beat the guy, he didn’t think that either.

So what did he do? He moved his ass, and used the quirk he inherited from his parents to fight back. Even as the littlest of distractions, he took action. Because that’s what he saw in Deku’s face, the need for help. At the same time, Deku’s concern for him, when Deku told him to escape.

Coincidentally, this same expression is what Deku claims to see in Kacchan’s face, that gets him to move and save Kacchan when the need arises. (I don’t ship it tho)

But this doesn’t just affect people that need saving, because the very reason All Might chose Deku in the first place was because Deku inspired All Might to move. And more than the expression of needing help, it was the concern.

Bottomline, I love the contrast of All Might’s smile showing confidence and inspiring calm, while Deku shows sincere concern and inspires action.

I’m sure there are more examples of this point, I just didn’t have time to re-read the entire manga. And I may have forgotten some too, I just wanted to get this off my chest. 🙃

anonymous asked:

I don't know why ur actin up for attention. You're okay as a writer, but there are much better ones in the fandom who have far less recognition

You see. It all started when father returned from the war. He had never been an affectionate man, as much as I can recall. But after the war, the small nods and brief glances from him that I had grown to look forward to had disappeared.

He was quick to anger and quicker to drink. Sometimes I’d awaken in the middle of the night to find him standing in the middle of the quiet farm, bathed in moonlight and despondent. His eyes would be fixated on the moon and stars, unblinking.

“Papa,” I’d call to him, “you’re scaring me…”

Of course, he didn’t respond. He never did. Somehow, his silence instilled more fear than his anger. The eerie quiet when I wished so badly to know what he was imagining.

The chores on the farm soon fell on my shoulders, as my mother came down with a chest cold that never seemed to go away. Some days were worse than others for her. I remember running to fetch the doctor in the middle of the night when she couldn’t keep from coughing. Walking through the old wooden thresh hold he greeted my father, who sat unblinking once again in his rocker with the usual bottle of liquor in his calloused hand. The light from the candles flickered, showing glimpses of his eyes which were wide with madness.

Seeing now the state he was in, the doctor simply tipped his cap and tended to my ailing mother. And soon after that, the talk around town began. Not so quiet whispers accompanied by piercing eyes when I made my way into town to fetch mothers tonic or liquor for papa.

My trips became less and less frequent. Not only because I couldn’t handle the gossip, but it seemed papa would do something drastic every time I left. One day I found him in the coop snapping the necks of the chickens inside, feathers flying everywhere as the few remaining tried to escape his grasp.

“Papa! No!” I screamed for him to stop.

He dropped to his knees with shaking hands. It was the first time he had spoken to me in what seemed like years. His voice was more hoarse than I remembered.

“I’m…sorry,” he spoke through tears.

Heavy with the shame of what he had done, he dragged himself off as I took care of the mess and contemplated how we would get our eggs now. I didn’t see papa again until that night. He came stumbling inside near dawn, crashing around our old farm house in his usual drunken stuper and calling for my grandmother, who had passed some time ago.

Why am I seeking attention? Who knows…but reading this message I think back to those chickens and their snapped necks. Who can say why, but perhaps I am jealous of them a bit. For at least, even in a brief moment before their deaths, they felt my fathers touch. Something I never had.

“Much better writers with far less recognition?” I chuckled and inched closer to you.

When the fandom approached me, asking me to hand-choose which followers went to which blogs I was shocked, but proudly took on the task. Just as I had taken on the burden of my families farm, I would also carry out this task to the best of my ability.

I moved my lips closer to your ear, letting them ghost over the skin as my fingers delicately tucked your hair to the side. My warm breath was seeping into your pores as you waited for me to respond.

“I know,” I whispered so softly, “now unfollow me, bitch.”

2

Between 1984 and 1985, a ruthless serial killer that became known as the “Night Stalker” instilled fear into the hearts of Southern California residents. He entered homes at nights where he would dispose of any men in the house before sexually assaulting, and quite often killing, the women and ransacking the house. Age was of no consideration to this ruthless killer: he raped and killed children and he raped and killed decrepit elderly ladies. Not following much of a particular modus operandi, he used a wide variety of murder weapons. He slashed throats, he bludgeoned, he shot, and he stabbed. On one brutal occasion, he gouged the eyes out of one of his victims.

The downfall of the Night Stalker commenced after the August 25 murder of Bill Cairns and the sodomy of fiancee, Inez Erickson. As he was fleeing, a neighbourhood boy spotted him and reported him to the police, taking down the registration number of the car in which he fled. Three days later, the aforementioned car was discovered discarded in Los Angeles. A run of the registration confirmed that it was a stolen car. The car was delivered to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department where it would be vehemently combed for evidence. 

Chemical fumes were pumped into the car and as a result, hidden fingerprints reacted to the fumes and turned white. After the fumes dissipated, the fingerprints were investigated with a high-power laser ray. The fingerprints were then analysed and flown to Sacramento, where an Automated Fingerprint Identification system had just recently been installed. The fingerprints uncovered from the car were run against the database of previous offenders.

Moments later, they had a match: Richard Ramirez.

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Genie was born in 1957 in California. Her father determined that she was mentally disabled and therefore not worthy of his attention or care. He isolated her from everybody - locking her alone inside a room until she reached the age of 13. While inside this room, he kept her strapped to a toilet or enclosed in a crib. Due to her isolation, she was incapable of communicating or walking when she was finally rescued by Los Angeles child welfare authorities on 4 November, 1970. Her father would beat her with a plank wood each time she attempted to communicate with her family and would bark and growl at her like a dog to intimidate her - this instilled a severe fear of dogs which continued after she was freed. He even grew his fingernails; the sole purpose being so he could scratch at Genie is she ever “misbehaved.” After she was freed, she was often used as a case study for psychologists, linguists, and scientists. She was sent into care and while there seemed to be a series of breakthroughs in the beginning, there were also major setbacks - she was exploited and also abused by those who were supposed to be caring for her - she was sent to an extremely religious foster care home in which she retreated and in 1977, she managed to tell a children’s hospital that her foster parents had physically punished her when she had been sick. Following this, her speech never recovered and nobody knows for sure what became of her other than she was sent to an institute for the mentally undeveloped in Southern California in 2008.

Yuri!!! On Ice, Avatar: The Last Airbender / Legend of Korra AU headcanons
  • Yuuri is the avatar and earth is his native element (so he feasibly could be born after Korra)
  • He knew he was an earthbender early on, but he found out he was the avatar after discovering his ability to freeze over water as a child
  • He showed this trick to his friends Yuuko and Takeshi. Takeshi was a little bit more tentative, but Yuuri and Yuuko had a grand ol’ time sliding across the ice UNTIL…
  • Tragedy strikes!! Either Yuuko or Takeshi falls through the ice or something and THOUGH SHE ENDS BEING UP OKAY, the incident stays with Yuuri, instilling a deep fear of water and blocking his ability to bend that element
  • Eventually Yuuri starts traveling around the world to train. He struggles with air a little bit (since it’s the direct opposite of Earth). His friend Phichit, a fellow airbender trainee on Air Temple Island, helps him through it
  • When it’s finally time for Yuuri to master water he’s anxious AF. Phichit comes with him to the Northern Water Tribe as moral support (because airbenders are nomads!!! also yay BFFs!!!)
  • Yuuri is supposed to train under Waterbending Master Yakov BUT INSTEAD WHO GREETS HIM WHEN HE DISEMBARKS???
  • YOU GUESSED IT. A GORGEOUS, SILVER-HAIRED WATERBENDING MASTER WHO EXCITEDLY PROCLAIMS HE’S GOING TO BE YUURI’S TEACHER
  • Meanwhile Yuuri is freaking out because he assumes this means Yakov hates him already and can’t be bothered to work with an avatar who can’t waterbend (though admittedly Yakov might not know about that…)
  • Georgi, Mila, and Yurio are also waterbenders chillin up north w/ Master Yakov, mostly because I can’t bear to separate the Russian Nothern Water Tribe Drama Squad
  • Yurio spars by bending water into giant ice claws, bc of course he does Mr. Ice Tiger of the Northern Water Tribe
  • (Yurio is also an exceptionally good healer, something that he loudly resents but quietly appreciates when Yuuri occasionally gets banged up during training)
  • Victor tries some, uh…unconventional methods to unlock Yuri’s waterbending
  • Including a lot of stripping and attempts to share body heat (”but yuuuuuri you’re not used to the cold!!!!”)
  • At some point Victor drags Yuuri out into a canoe in the middle of the night so they can do some soul searching together. Yuuri FREAKS OUT but reluctantly going anyway.
  • They end up lying in the canoe in the middle of the ocean as Victor explains the connection between the moon and waterbending and the ocean spirit and etc. etc.
  • It’s while lying there, gently being rocked by the ocean and listening to Victor’s voice, that Yuuri realizes water can be safe and soothing. He slowly overcome his bending block after that
  • Yuuri’s begins to associate water with Victor. This makes it easier for Yuuri to trust his bending (because he trusts Victor!)
  • Also they pair skate at some point. bc why not.

    As to why Victor ends up training Yuuri instead of Yakov…
  • Yuuri moves super fluidly when he bends, which seems unusual for someone with earth as their native element. He bends as if he’s dancing
  • This catches Victor’s attention. Though Yuuri doesn’t realize this, Victor saw him bend once prior to him coming up north. Victor immediately thought “omg he already moves as if he IS water, i NEED to be the one to train him, i’m the only one who can tap into his potential!!!”
  • Victor pesters the shit out of yakov until he acquiesces. (”Fine Victor you can train him for one lunar cycle, but if he can’t move water by the next full moon I’m taking over”)
  • Also it’s feasible that Victor knew Korra when he was really really young. She recognized his potential early on and told him to look after the next Avatar for her.
you know what I wanna aspire to be?
that Zenyatta that you encounter in,, like, 1 out of a fucking billion that absolutely d e s t r o y s you and your entire team; instilling fear into y'all hearts,,, then get PotG gg ez

anyway here’s some Hufflepuff Maggie/Slytherin Alex headcanons for you because it’s like all I can think about right now it’s too cute

  • Totally breaking house stereotypes because Maggie is the most badass person in their year and instills fear into the hearts of bullies everywhere
  • Other Hufflepuffs are the only ones who know Maggie’s soft side because she’s always helping younger kids with their homework in the common room, or comforting people when they get dumped or when they fail an exam
  • Alex trying to be an intimidating badass but becomes a completely flustered mess whenever she talks to Maggie Sawyer
  • ALEX LOSING HOUSE POINTS IN POTIONS CLASS BECAUSE MAGGIE IS HER PARTNER AND SHE CAN’T CONCENTRATE AND KEEPS DOING STUFF WRONG
  • She accidentally blows up an entire corner of the classroom– losing fifty house points as well as her eyebrows
  • Maggie teases her mercilessly
  • It gets to the point where all of Slytherin house holds an intervention like “Pull it together, Danvers, we’ve got a reputation to uphold! Gryffindor can’t find out that we’re all nerds!”
  • Literally the year that Alex realizes she has a crush on Maggie is the first time Slytherin gets last place in the house cup tournament and it’s entirely Alex’s fault 
  • Maggie being a beater on the Hufflepuff quidditch team, and Alex is Slytherin’s keeper. The first time they have a match against each other, Alex almost falls off her broom because Maggie flies too close and Alex realizes how hot she looks in her quidditch robes and gets a little distracted
  • Maggie uses many “you’re a keeper” and other quidditch-related pickup lines on Alex, and Alex laughs obnoxiously even though they’re really not that funny
  • Kara is also in Hufflepuff so whenever there’s sister hangout nights Alex always asks about Maggie and Kara just smiles knowingly
  • Then she goes back to the Hufflepuff common room to talk to Maggie and casually drops that Alex was asking about her, just to see Maggie’s reaction (her entire face lights up. it’s disgusting, really, how much these two like each other)
  • HOGSMEADE DATES that aren’t quite dates because they’re not dating they’re just hanging out as friends but it’s really cold and snowing so it’s okay if they hold hands, right? Alex won’t admit that she forgot her gloves on purpose
  • They check out the shrieking shack and Alex’s fingers are cold and her lips are numb and her nose is frozen, but then Maggie kisses her for the first time and it warms her right up
  • They start dating and don’t make a big announcement or anything but they trade scarves so when everyone sees Alex in a Hufflepuff scarf they’re like ???
  • Maggie walks past in a Slytherin scarf and winks at her and Alex turns bright red
8

This past weekend we had our first gathering of the new year. To stay in line with the new year, we cleared our campsite of old clutter and made space for our various plans for this coming year. A few set out into the woods to gather some extra firewood, and then we gathered our strength and set off for a long overdue trollhunt, to instill some fear in those pesky beasts.

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Never Black and White

The thing about Slytherin House is that we have traits from all the other houses, just changed a little bit. So we can be cute little nerds one second and dangerous don’t-fuck-with-me-you’ll-regret-it-trust-me.

We can spend ages trying to prove someone wrong about something completely stupid like “betcha can’t fit more than 35 marshmallows in your mouth at once”, looking like utter dorks.

Then someone insults or puts one of our friends in danger and wands are out, we look ready to kill and instil the fear of Circe, Morgana and Merlin in you. Or whoever insulted/endangered our friends doesn’t turn up to breakfast the next morning and we just smirk.

We aren’t black and white. We’re every shade in-between.

Some headcanons to build Kizana up a bit.

–She was born a sickly girl, and is very delicate. This has instilled a fear of death in her. This is why she wants to become famous– she has long feared she would die young. She wants to leave her imprint on the world before she passes. She doesn’t want to die a forgotten nobody.

–She carries an image of Bette Midler in her wallet wherever she goes.

–Kizana says a lot of French phrases, and many students believe she is fluent in French. Truth is, she doesn’t know a lick of French. She just wants people to think she’s cultured.

–Kizana has a beautiful singing voice.

–Kizana’s haughty persona is a cover for her low self-esteem. She desperately wants to be loved and praised to fill this void.

–She loves kabuki theater most of all, and has studied it ever since she was young.

–She’s a staunch critic of books-to-movies adaptions. She won’t settle for half-adaptions or film-only characters. In fact, Kizana has yet to find a film version of Romeo and Juliet that she likes.

–She’s always following Megami around, and hopes to be greater than her one day. If Megami wears hoop earrings, you better believe Kizana will come into school the next day with hoop earrings. Megami finds her to be harmless, and therefore doesn’t mind.

–Kizana has a long list of allergies, including peanut, milk, pollen, and gluten allergies.

So I know John Stewart said something along these lines in canon once, but does it ever occur to you that the reason Bruce Wayne finds Hal Jordan so unnerving is because Hal’s literally known throughout the DC Universe as the “Man without Fear?” That the reason Hal received his ring in the first place is BECAUSE of his lack of fear?

The entire concept of Batman is centered around instilling fear in others, therefore giving Bruce the upper hand. People’s fear of him is the one thing that allows him to feel in absolute control - even SUPERMAN admits to being terrified of him.

And then there’s Hal. An irresponsible, hotheaded flyboy, who fears next to nothing. Bruce’s nightmarish terror act doesn’t even remotely phase him, and THAT probably scares BRUCE more than anything.

@racylacy: Damn fucking straight. I will not falter, I will keep fighting for my rights and for every women’s rights across the world. I will not stop, I will not quit, I will not sit down and shut up. I will do what’s right and I will shove every argument back in anyone’s face who tries to fight me. I am proud to have a vagina, I am proud to be able to instill fear, I am proud to be a woman. #bostonwomensmarch #fearthevagina #fearwomen #fucktrump #feminist

You can understand someone’s beliefs without sharing them yourself.

You can feel sympathy for a person while still condemning what they do. 

You can appreciate a person’s positive qualities without ignoring the negative ones. 

You can recognize another person as a human being, deserving of life and love and respect and safety, and still understand that they’re trying to hurt you, still fight against what they’re trying to do. 

Purity culture and its proponents want us to believe that everything is either all good or all bad, and so they try to instill in us a fear of moral contagion. They argue that by sympathizing with the morally impure, by showing them compassion, understanding their problems, or doing anything but rejecting them in the strongest terms possible, we risk becoming corrupted ourselves. Agreeing with your enemy is dangerous, identifying with them at all is dangerous, because if you’re even a little bit like them in any way, you’re just as bad as them in every way. 

Purity culture destroys nuance and inhibits understanding. It makes reconciliation impossible, because compromising on even the smallest issue becomes the same thing as compromising on every issue. Purity culture makes it nearly impossible to persuade other people to your cause, because it demands that they reject everything “impure” all at once in order to be worthy of respect and consideration. Purity culture is antithetical to compassion, because it wants us to be afraid of extending compassion to the wrong kind of people. It misses the point: caring for people like ourselves is easy, so we need compassion to help us care about the people who are different.

All these qualities that purity culture stifles are the same ones we’re going to need in the days ahead. Buying into purity culture can make us feel Righteous and Powerful, but it gets in the way of actually fixing the problems we face because it puts the drive to remain pure above all practical concerns. It’s hard to do even on the best days, and even harder when we’re scared and hurt, but we’re going to have to try not to fall into the trap of all-or-nothing thinking.