“When I was in high school I didn’t participate in any club activities and just stayed cooped up with a bunch of other layabout guys. But now I was a brand-spanking new freshman university student and countless doors to the mystical treasure that is known as that "rose-colored campus life” lay open before me.“ - Watashi (The Tatami Galaxy)
AAAAH THIS IS SO FANTASTIC look at these flaneuring goofballs being all chatty and Aggressively Not in Class, oh gosh I can HEAR their voices shifting into Gossip Mode, their expressions are WONDERFUL and look at all the details in their clothes, Bossuet’s coat is wonderful and it has EMBROIDERY and Bahorel’s waistcoat is an excellent thing
“But I didn’t mean you.” “Oh, other people who get government benefits are the ones I mean. Those are the ones who are taking things not meant for them. Those are the ones who I mean all the bad things I just said.”
Listen. All of us benefit from government programs to one extent or another. We drive on government-funded roads and stop at government-funded stoplights. We drink milk that was pasteurized to government-mandated safety standards and eat food that has to pass the same. (That wasn’t always the case, of course – and people used to get very sick and die before the FDA was founded.) We go to government-funded parks and government-funded public schools (and some of us go to government-funded private schools via vouchers, but that’s another conversation.) Many of us rely on government-funded emergency services when things go wrong, or a government-funded flood insurance program when things go really, really wrong.
So let me be very clear: I have, at points in the past, received SNAP/EBT and WIC. I am right now receiving benefits through Medicaid. I am the person who you are calling nasty names and throwing out Regan-era misconceptions about on Facebook or Twitter or in real life. Maybe it’s easier because you don’t have to look me in the face. It’s not like I’ve made a secret of the fact that my family right now gets our life-saving medications through a government-funded program.
We do. And I do not accept the response “but I didn’t mean you, you’re not like the people I was talking about, this is just temporary for you.”
Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter that for most people on assistance it’s temporary, and it doesn’t matter that for some people on it, it’s permanent, and it’s absolutely necessary when it is permanent. It doesn’t matter if I don’t fit your idea of what a shiftless government-benefits-using layabout is, because that stereotype doesn’t actually exist in a meaningful way. It’s a compilation of a number of classist, ableist stereotypes, a straw man of the Bad Person Who Takes Things They’re Not Entitled To.
And it doesn’t exist. Not meaningfully. But what does exist are the people who receive those benefits and whose lives are saved by them – people who get food when they’re hungry and can see a doctor when they’re sick – who you know. Fifteen percent of Americans receive SNAP/food stamps. Twenty-two percent of Americans receive Medicaid. So someone you know – someone other than me – is getting that help. And someone you know – someone other than me – heard what you said. They know that you think you got to where you are in life without any help at all, and that you’re judgmental of the help that’s keeping them fed and well.
And yes, you’re talking about us.
Let me be VERY clear: if you feel personally called out by this post, I do not want to hear your justifications or your anecdotal data about the person you know who [stereotype of someone who has stuff that’s too nice to be poor] or [anecdotal story of Welfare fraud]. I’ll just block you if you come at me with that shit. Anecdotes aren’t data, and these programs have extremely little fraud, statistically speaking. And that, frankly, is the point.
so I was talking with my pal about Gladstone and Daisy and it turns out we both had the same headcanon that Gladstone is actually 100% gay and the whole world is aware of this apart from Donald, but Gladstone let's him think he's a romantic rival for Daisy bc he loves putting Donald's nose out of joint and Daisy plays along with him on this because sassy gay friends are good for making your layabout boyfriend appreciate you more
this is some astonishing insight here and I can completely buy into that
So I’m uploading this part a little earlier than I participated because I figured that there was nothing integral to the plot in it; I can afford to upload it without fear of needing to go back and change things. Thanks to @agentpiku and @thefallenbibliophilequote for the comments last time, and to @imagine-that-marvel and @marveliskindacool for beta-reading. Enjoy my darlings!
On the outskirts of the city, a great distance away from the
main city and its glittering palace, lay a small greening village of no more
than 600 peoples. The town’s inhabitants were hardened and hearty on account of
the toil and labour that had allowed their home to prosper. Such success was
granted in part by the vast forest that lay adjacent…
Thanks to the resources provided by the neighbouring woods,
a thriving economy had been cultivated within the town. The first mile of forest
alone held plenteous income for the town. A particularly large river that
passed the edge provided ample fishing opportunities. Bushes bristling with
berries and root vegetables were easily found. Even veins of metal ores and
precious stones were locatable within a day of dedicated searching.
The only way out of the city was via a main road that also
navigated the thick trees. Carriages moved through it on a daily basis, bringing
goods to and from the village. Despite the traffic on this path, nobody ever
dared to venture away from it, for fear of what terrors the shadowy thicket held.
Everyone in the village had a role. If you were strong, you
felled wood. If you were fast, you hunted. If you were patient, you herded
My first thoughts with this kid were “oh no he’s probably a romantic rival who’s using his powers to pursue the girl he likes” because that’s how the trope goes.
Once again, I’ve been played by ONE.
Takenaka seems a lot more like Mob than he does a stereotypical rival. The times that we see him using his powers to vent and yell at people are actually times when it was kind of appropriate? Like, the classmate who was shoplifting. He doesn’t actually seem to have abused his powers, so much as realized that hearing people’s true thoughts causes more relationship problems than anything.
Like, he seems to be legitimately trying to win over Tsubomi in the same way that Mob is trying? I don’t see how you can cheat at tennis with telepathy because so much of sports is muscle memory and happening too fast. (Which is a good reminder to us the audience that Tsubomi is her own character, and does not exclusively belong to Mob in any sense.)
So he’s trying to do like Mob–live a normal life without his powers.
He’s definitely a grouchy little brat, but like. I can kind of understand that too? Living a life where nothing is ever quiet, where you always hear the true thoughts of others, and know just how cruel people can be? I would be grumpy and jaded by middle school too.
Even to the Telepathy Club, I can kind of see why he’d not hold them in high esteem. I mean, he joined because he was hoping for companionship in his plight, only to find a bunch of lazy layabouts bumming away their time. (And while there was some indication that he was a lazy layabout too by the comment “you’re still the same” when he comes to the club room, arguably he really isn’t because like. He wasn’t actually coming in there to bum around.)
tl;dr: Takenaka is incredibly powerful, seems to have some kind of intact moral core, is apparently working to better himself to appeal to the girl he’s got a crush on, and mostly seems jaded, lonely, and grumpy. He’s not a flat Rival stereotype, and I think (hope) that he and Mob find friendship.
Once upon a time, Princess Emma and Lieutenant Killian Jones stole away into the dark of the night to elope. In the morning light, however, they must face the repercussions of their actions before they can live their “happily ever after.” This is where their story begins…
Years ago, as their mother lay on her deathbed, Liam Jones promised her that he would take care of Killian. He had been ten then, Killian barely two years of age. As such, being the child that he was, Liam had no clue or context as to what it meant to protect his brother. At that age, he was still in need of protecting himself. But Mother had died of sickness, and Father was in and out of the picture – a scoundrel and layabout if there ever was one – forcing Liam to learn what it truly meant to protect one’s brother. Of course, once Father sold them both into slavery – such children they had been – the weight had completely fallen onto Liam’s shoulders.
At that point, they were all each other had left in the world. Certainly Captain Silver didn’t care about them, or at the very least, he didn’t care for them as boys. As property, sure, but he and the rest of the free crew treated Liam and Killian as nothing more than cattle. It was that treatment that inspired Liam to push harder to free him and Killian, especially once he realized Killian had turned to darker vices – gambling and alcohol – to soothe the pain. Often, Liam wondered if he had failed Killian and broken his promise to their mother by allowing his younger brother to find himself in such a state. He soothed himself by believing it would all be worth it if he could free both himself and Killian from the chains that bound them. Only then could he ensure that Killian would be on the straight and narrow.
And free themselves he did!
Liam might have used questionable methods, but he kept his promise to Mother. He did everything within his power to protect Killian, and it paid off. They joined the Royal Navy of Misthaven. Both he and Killian received proper educations. They learned languages! They sailed to different realms together on the flagship vessel of Misthaven, The Jewel of the Realm. Most important, they were both safe and secure, or rather, as safe and secure as Navy men could be. Everything was perfect.
Grown up Lieutenant Duckling for @seastarved ‘s Fantasy Pretzel Week! Rated M for violence, descriptions of injuries, and character death. Because that’s where my mind goes, I guess. Thank you very much to @katie-dub and @zengoalie for their beta help at different stages, and to all my Hub fam for being the best.
Day Three: Prompt: Co-workers AU in the Enchanted Forest.
The birth of Crown Prince Leo of the Enchanted Forest had been met with rapturous joy, both by his shocked parents and by the kingdom he would one day rule. A dozen banquets were held in honour of the babe before he could do much more than mewl at his mother’s breast, a hundred ships launched in his name before he could speak it.
And his sister was probably the most delighted of all.
As Crown Princess, Emma had taken little pleasure in the intrigues of court - or of courting, for that matter - always far more at home with a weapon in her hand than when writing letters of diplomacy. For twenty eight years she had managed with a sort of grudging acceptance of the role life had bestowed on her, and then, at what felt like the eleventh hour -
Snow White had borne a son.
And Emma was free.
She casts a shrewd eye over the Royal Dockyard, watching as men swing from the rigging of the larger ships and cast lines to others waiting below. It’s alive, this place, alive with thousands of men rushing about to see to their duties, alive with the creak and groan of the wooden hulls as they sink and rise with the tide.
It makes her feel alive, too. All her dreams of adventure are set out before her on the crystal waters. This is her chance to be seen, not as some coddled princess, but as a woman with fire and determination in her very soul. A chance to prove herself. A chance that matters.
“Are you quite certain about this, Emma?” her father asks, two steps behind her in a uniform much like her own except for the row of glittering medals pinned to his breast. “These men are hard men who live hard lives, they may not take easily to a woman giving them orders.”
“They don’t have a choice,” Emma says mildly, though her eyes narrow slightly. “If Leo had not been born, I’d have been their Queen. Seems to me accepting a woman as Admiral shouldn’t come as too much of a strain.”
“As you wish.” says her father, reaching forward to lay a hand on her shoulder. “But I should be more comfortable if I knew you had a solid board of officers behind you.”
“I have a cutlass,” Emma says, turning to her father with a raised brow. “And I know how to use it. If that should not prove to be enough of an encouragement I’ll be sure to let you know.”
Author’s Note: Domestic nonsense is good for the soul
Series: Sonic the Hedgehog
Pairing: Sonic/Amy Rose (Sonamy)
Length: 2080 words
That was the mantra of Amy Rose.
A mantra she repeated as she dragged herself out of a losing battle with the comfort of her pillow. A mantra she recited as she lazily brushed her teeth. A mantra she droned as she brewed her regular morning coffee.
A mantra that apparently meant nothing to her bright-eyed, bushy tailed boyfriend as he strolled into the kitchen. Sonic, as per usual, was clad in his regular jogging attire - red sweat-shirt and those goofy looking shorts. She honestly had no idea what possessed him to even buy those but she was glad to have a few chuckles whenever she saw him wearing them.
“Gonna assume that means ‘G’Morning, Sonic!’” he mocked in falsetto. Amy rolled her eyes with a smile before they widened at the plate of fresh cooked bacon and eggs he slid in front of her. “‘Gee, Sonic! I do appreciate y’all cooking breakfast fer me!’”
“Since when do I have a country accent?”
He grinned with that dumb look on his face before planting a kiss on her forehead. “Since now. I’ll be back before lunch!”
Sonic jogged out the door, energetic and happy as can be. Amy was left in the fumes of a thoughtfully cooked breakfast. She briefly considered altering her daily mantra.
Mornings suck…when your roommate isn’t a total dork.
He could’ve sworn he had it. He knew because he always made sure to wash it separate from Amy’s clothes. His girlfriend never did let him live down those pink shorts…
Sonic sifted through every inch of the apartment. The place was fairly small. It shouldn’t have been that hard to find, right? So why was it missing? He scratched his quills, baffled as he finished sorting through another pile of clothes scattered on the floor. Or did he already go through this one? Was he just rooting in circles the whole time? How were they even able to fit so many clothes in such a tiny space?
The click of the door interrupted Sonic’s muddled brain. With a sigh, Amy strolled “I’m home, Sonic! I bought chili-”
In a burst of speed not unlike the hedgehog’s namesake, Sonic rushed towards her. The look he gave her was that of one slowly slipping off into insanity. He caught her off guard, clutching at both her shoulders.
“Amy, have you seen my shirt?!” he babbled, going on about rummaging through the apartment, how he could’ve sworn he had it in the closet of their shared room. Sonic’s ranting would’ve continued had he not taken a closer look at the girl’s clothes.
A white, short sleeved shirt, just about a few sizes bigger than her, and on it was a promo art for his favorite movie: Chao in Space 2: Perfect Chaos Strikes Back. Sonic scrutinized her, not out of malice or anger. In fact, she looked rather adorable in it. “Oh, this shirt?” Amy blushed when he continued to stare dumbly at her. “You don’t mind if I wear it today do yo-“
“You guys have tampons?”
The cashier raised an eyebrow. Sonic, the owner of the said question didn’t even bat an eye as the phrase left his mouth.
“Uhh, yeah. Aisle 6…” the clerk answered awkwardly. He didn’t expect the hedgehog to utter something many males never dared to.
He especially didn’t expect him to just directly stroll down to the exact aisle he pointed to. Most guys would circle around the store for a bit, look like they were gonna buy other things before the fact. The cashier side-eyed him. He just casually picked up the box and is walking to the register! Easy-going smile and relaxed attitude to boot.
He really shouldn’t be prying into the lives of customers but he needed to know. Amazed at his boldness, the cashier asked, “Girlfriend?”
Absentmindedly, Sonic looked up from getting the money from his wallet. “Oh, yeah! Just buying ‘em in advance for when the week rolls around.”
“Y’know, not a lot of guys are awful calm ‘bout getting these.”
“Why? They’re just tampons.” He was being sincere. Like genuinely sincere.
“Oh.” was the only thing the clerk could reply and Sonic barely paid any mind. Now it was his turn to be embarrassed. He awkwardly bagged the box of tampons, realizing he was a bit too amazed. “Th-thank you, sir. Have a pleasant day…”
“Thanks!” Sonic waved and went about his merry way.
To whoever the lucky girl was, he was a keeper.
“Open your mouth, Sonic.”
“You’re not going to get better if you keep acting like a baby.”
He grumbled. In annoyed reluctance, Sonic followed the order and allowed Amy to shove whatever green concoction was on that spoon into his mouth. His gag reflex kicked in sooner than he anticipated.
“Ackpthh!!” The bedridden hog sputtered. His taste buds cried out in agony. A myriad of flavors hit his tongue all at once yet they were all horrible. Sonic forced the rancid liquid down his throat, plopping himself back onto his pillow.
“Amy,” he rasped between sniffles, “that tasted like the bastard child of cyanide and nightmares.” His sinuses were clogged and cheeks were red.
The pink one huffed. “Oh don’t be so dramatic! It’s a home remedy for the flu!”
“Tha flu, or an exorcism?” he reeled back from her instant glare. Before he could open his mouth again, Amy responded with a thermometer shoved into his mouth. He really should know better than to insult her cooking. “Sthowwy.”
“Yeah, you better be,” Amy grumbled. “No more jogging for you today.”
Sonic weakly tried to complain but it was probably for the best. He could imagine how horrible such a thing would be – nearly passing out from an inability to breathe properly, that annoying raspy feeling that would never go away no matter how much water he drank, the splitting headaches that would follow. Yikes.
Reading the thermometer, Amy palmed his forehead. “101. Looks like a fever.” Softly, she tucked him further into his bed. “You’re gonna have to take it easy for today, Sonic.”
“Yeah, ok fine.” He coughed, turning to his side on his pillow.
Amy cracked a small smirk. He was almost looked cute like that, resting his cheek against his pillow. Oh, who was she kidding – he is cute like that, snuggled up like a little baby. Her little baby. “Want some soup?”
“Chicken noodle please?”
She chuckled. “Sure.”
“And a movie?”
They both smiled sweetly at each other in silence. Sonic couldn’t appreciate her more, always willing to take care of him no matter how annoying he was.Just as Amy was about to return to the kitchen, the sick boyfriend chirped once more.
She turned to him once again, catching that goofy grin across his lips.
“I love you.”
Amy chuckled, returning that same grin. “Love you too.”
Sonic never seemed to find a cure for Sundays. Chores are done, weekend festivities are finished, and there was nothing left to do.
Nothing left but stare aimlessly into space, sprawled across the couch. His brain vegetating by the second. Amy too had joined in his layabout wallowing. Her boredom, while not on the same level as her lover’s, had needed to be quelled, lest they spend the remainder of Pre-Monday at the mercy of the painted white ceiling.
“Wanna make out?”
Sonic paused, momentarily trapped in time and space. The hamster wheel in his brain needed to work overtime just to process the sentence. A proper response would’ve given Mr. Chewy a heart attack.
Amy’s “hair” always fascinated Sonic.
It wasn’t really hair, much rather quills. Shorter than his, yet they were freer. He’d run his fingers through them numerous times, never once tiring of its feeling.
On the nights they spooned each other to sleep, Sonic relished the touch of her hair against his face. Her rosy scent never failing to lull him to sleep.
And on mornings, during those rare occasions where she wakes up before him, he’d watch her brush it. With an arm propped and facing her back, Sonic watched each careful stroke. He approached, a playful hug from behind and a groggy ‘good morning’ exchanged between them.
He’d embrace her and kiss her, yet he’d always take careful heed not to ruin her precious hair.
Sonic hated snow.
The biting cold. Annoyingly slippery ice. Having to wear coats that make you look like a walking marshmallow. It was horrible. Under usual circumstances, he wouldn’t bother taking another step in that white hellscape.
“Come on, Sonic! Let’s go get some hot chocolate!”
But this wasn’t a usual circumstance.
“I’m coming, I’m co-OOF!” Sonic’s face was immediately met with chilling slosh. Blasted ice. Of course, his thick layers of jackets made getting up a chore all on its own. The heavy sheet of liquid-solid-death was already starting to engulf him.
His girlfriend was at least able to see the humor in his fumble when he couldn’t. Hiding her snickers, she helped him to his feet, preferably away from the patches of ice. She regarded him with a teasing smile.
“Why can’t we just have hot chocolate inside?” Sonic pleaded. “In the warmth? In our comfortable apartment? Away from this,” he kicked the nearest pile of snow, only to instantly regret it when the cold substance seeped into his shoe. “STUFF OF SATAN.”
Amy felt bad about it but she couldn’t help but giggle at how he frantically wiggled his leg to get the melting snow away from his sock. “It’s not that bad!” she consoled. “I mean, look at how pretty it is outside!” she looked above, calmly enjoying the beautiful display of falling flakes from the sky.
Sonic instead, shivered in place, a sour grimace on his face (along with the freezing cold snow-now-turned-moisture). “It’s bitter out…”
Amy responded by wrapping her scarf around them both, pulling the two hedgehogs together. “Well, it’s sweeter with you here.” She sang playfully.
Her words dropped with a loving smile adorned on her lips. Sonic pouted. It was difficult to be unpleasant and suffering in the presence of such a ray of sunshine. He tried nonetheless.
“…Amy, that is the corniest thing you’ve ever said.”
“You lo~ve it.”
And failed miserably.
“Yeah, I do.” Sonic draped an arm around her shoulder as they walked.
Suddenly, fresh hot chocolate outside didn’t seem so bad.
Sonic lost track of the time passed.
He was normally a heavy sleeper, nothing short of his girlfriend able to properly wake him when asleep. Now wasn’t one of those times.
Sonic twisted to his side, greeted by his lovely rose, their limbs entangled and cuddled gently. As he watched her peaceful slumber, Sonic’s mind raced a mile a minute. Useless thoughts normally abuzz in his brain, next morning’s breakfast, who’s turn it is for doing dishes, those piles of clothes Amy always nagged him to clean.
The pink hedgehog had a penchant for barging into his mind. She always knew where that key was. Not that he minded in the slightest. Sonic loved her. He hadn’t found a specific reason why – he just did. Her beautiful looks, her boundless care for him, his desire to just make her happy. All factors in his need to love her.
Sonic flashed back to his youth; his awkward pre-teen years and his uncertainty in his preferences. The pink hedgehog came into his life around that time, somehow leaving him more confused. She was a persistent one, he gave her that much. She chased him with admirable gusto and determination. With age came maturity and eventually, bonds and friendships strengthened.
Now here they were; sharing an apartment, coddling each other well past midnight. Sonic could almost laugh at how his situation escalated. Even then, he had no regrets. Assuming he even had time for any.
Sonic patted Amy’s delicate locks. He held her close, feeling as though she’d disappear from him in an instant if he let go. Subconsciously, she returned the hug, pulling herself tighter to his chest. Their warmth combined comfortably, leaving them both in comfort neither would dare give up.
It wasn’t until then did he realize what he’d woken up for in the first place.
give me plots based on cheesy sitcoms (there could be so many possibilities within each show and each character’s back-story and relationship with others lbr)
2 broke girls ↠ a spoiled billionaire’s daughter is shunned and penniless after her father goes to jail over a ponzi scheme, and ends up stumbling into the life of a young working-class woman who has been poor her whole life and still struggles to get by on a monthly basis; yet, despite being emotionally closed off and using sarcasm as a constant defense mechanism, she has a dream to open her own business – a cupcake store. the formerly rich girl moves in with her new friend and must adjust to living a life like her’s, working in a diner and barely scraping by on a monthly basis despite their combined pay cheques.
baby daddy ↠ a feckless, promiscuous young man working as a bartender, living and loving the single life in new york city has a three-month-old baby girl left at his apartment door by a girl who was only a brief fling to him. unable to cope and wanting to follow her dream of becoming an actress, the girl leaves him with the baby and the adoption papers, but he never signs them, choosing to raise his daughter as a single father. with the help of his (male) roommates – best (male) friend, and sports star older brother – plus his childhood (female) best friend now living in the city as a lawyer and his recently divorced mother, he begins to make a new life for himself and his child. complications follow when his childhood best friend is revealed to have been in love with him for years, yet his brother has also secretly been in love with her for years also, and the mother returns to the picture and wants to become a family.
the big bang theory ↠ a socially awkward (but incredibly smart and successful) physicist finds himself living next door to a wannabe actress – she’s beautiful, sexy, sweet-natured (despite her short temper), and definitely akin to a popular, confident girl that he never would’ve went for in high school. she becomes an unlikely friend of his and the rest of his group, defined as “nerds” and “geeks” their whole life, never really having a voice. the pair eventually begin a complex on-again/off-again relationship as their two opposite personalities appear drawn to each other over and over again.
the big c ↠ a mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer and realises that she has spent her entire life never really “living” or having the experiences she wanted to. she hides the diagnosis from her family at first, and begins making reckless choices, such as spending ridiculous amounts of money, having an affair, and kicking her layabout husband out of the house. at first, he engages in a sexual relationship with someone new despite wanting to repair his marriage – but, upon learning of each other’s affairs, the husband and wife forgive each other. learning of her cancer, he moves back into the house and becomes the loving, attentive, go-getting husband she’s always wanted. she branches out and tries to achieve an undocumented bucket-list of things before she dies, but they often go pear-shaped. in trying to make sure her son is prepared for the future, she causes him to become more distant. while repairing her marriage, her husband becomes addicted to cocaine. she attempts to reconnect with her estranged, homeless-by-choice brother who suffers bipolar disorder and breaks down upon hearing of his sister’s cancer. she attempts to befriend a grumpy, elderly neighbour who lost her husband to cancer many years ago, and ultimately the neighbour commits suicide. as the cancer progresses, the woman tries a radical treatment to try and cure it.
franklin & bash ↠ two longtime best friends – successful attorneys and not the least bit conventional. somehow, their cockiness and streetwise attitudes have helped them climb the law firm ladder together. often getting themselves into sticky situations with cases, the pair (almost) always manage to stay afloat and scrape a win after previously thinking they were in over their heads.
friends ↠ a former popular high school cheerleader (muse a) who still lives off her rich parents’ wealth even after college runs out on her wedding, seeking refuge at the home of her childhood best friend (muse b) – a formerly unpopular high school target for bullies. the woman stops using her parents’ money and begins trying to find her way in life, just like her new group of friends. muse b is a neurotic “clean-freak” who is striving to become a successful chef and find true love so she can start a family, but fails time and time again. muse b’s older brother (muse c) is a recent divorcee with a baby on the way, and bonds with muse a, later revealing he was in love with her throughout high school and his feelings are still there now that she’s returned to his life. they begin an on-again/off-again relationship and eventually conceive a child while they’re not dating, attempting to raise the baby as two single people. muse c’s college best friend (muse d) is an emotionally closed-off joker in a dead-end job, who struggles to commit to a relationship, while his roommate (muse e) is a promiscuous womaniser and a not-very-successful actor from a large family of sisters. but, he finds himself in a predicament when he falls for muse a years later (his first time ever really falling in love) and she doesn’t feel the same. muse d eventually falls for muse b after an unlikely hook-up, their years of close friendship making for a great relationship foundation – although, they have their hardships in discovering muse b cannot conceive to have the family she’s always dreamed of. lastly, muse f is a quirky young woman who suffered a difficult young life after her father left, her mother committed suicide, and her step-father went to prison – she was homeless and poor for a long time before reconnecting with her grandmother and making a life for herself, but struggles to find a romantic relationship that sticks.
how i met your mother
↠ a young man (muse a) living in new york with his best friends goes through the trials and tribulations of trying to find “the one,” with many failures and regretted hook-ups along the way. ultimately he falls for a woman (muse b) who doesn’t want marriage and children like he does, but they become close friends and on-again/off-again anyway, as he believes she truly is the one. meanwhile his friends from college and now roommates, who are engaged, go through the motions of finding difficulty in dealing with each other’s careers, calling off their wedding, getting back together, getting married, moving into their own place, and trying to decide when is the right time to start a family. the final member of his friend group is a rich, detached, compulsive liar of a man with extreme abandonment issues and no desire to commit, having slept with over two hundred women, until he marries muse b in spite of she and muse a’s history together. muse b must deal with the fact that she is infertile, and even though she never wanted children, she hates that the choice has now been taken away from her – but her husband is fine with this, not appearing to want children himself. however, their divorce three years later causes him to spiral into his old cycle of hook-ups and he soon gets a woman pregnant, landing him with a daughter whom he adores. muse a strangely finds his real “the one” at the wedding of muse b and they go on to have two children together, much to her surprise as she previously lost her long-term boyfriend in an accident, until she falls very ill early in her life. (except we’re going to pretend the dumb show didn’t fucking end like that).
melissa & joey ↠ attempting to rise as a strong woman in politics isn’t easy when you’re following your father’s footsteps, and even less so when your sister and brother-in-law get caught up in a ponzi scheme and go to jail, leaving said woman to raise her teenage niece and nephew alone. matters are complicated further when she is forced to hire a nanny last minute – a once-rich man, now a recent divorcee with absolutely nothing to call his own and nowhere to go, thanks to being caught up in the same ponzi scheme caused by his new employer’s sister and brother-in-law. he moves in, and while he’s an expert nanny and genuinely cares for the kids, he and the woman get on each other’s last nerve every single day. and every single day, a little more of the sexual tension builds between them.
modern family ↠ a big, unconventional american family. an wealthy older man, head of his own business, with two grown children remarries, and his beautiful young latina wife brings her son into a new family. years later, she unexpectedly has a second son in her new marriage. the man’s grown daughter, a former wild child, married her goofy college sweetheart after falling pregnant with their eldest daughter – a daughter who is following her mother’s footsteps by making a lot of bad choices (dating asshole guys, staying out past curfew, sleeping around, getting too drunk, getting kicked out of college) before eventually landing herself a ‘good guy’ who has a likeness to her father. she has two siblings, a multi-talented younger sister (advanced in all her subjects at school with a love for science, plays the cello, sings, and does lacrosse) who is labeled as “nerdy” and doesn’t care much for partying or dating, and would rather lord her intelligence over others or study; and an oddball younger brother with a lack of common sense, often found doing stupid things but is found to have above-average intelligence – and later in life, becomes a little girl-crazy as he enters his teen years, but often embarrasses himself in front of them. the older man’s grown son is a neurotic, gay lawyer and in a long-term relationship with his partner. the man struggles to come to terms with his son’s sexuality even after many years, but adjusts more over time, particularly after the couple adopt a baby girl from vietnam together. they try for a second child through a surrogate but it falls through, leaving them heartbroken for some time.
new girl ↠ a sweet, dorky, feminist young woman discovers her long-term boyfriend cheating on her and is forced to move out of their shared apartment, thanks to being completely in love with him and having always been a pushover to his every wish. desperately seeking a place to live, she discovers a call for a roommate on craigslist, and moves in with three men of similar age to her – one well-meaning failed professional basketball player, a womanising businessman, and an awkward grumpy slacker with no real direction in life. despite this, the girl ends up getting along well with her new roommates and, in time, falls for the slacker of the group.
the new normal ↠ a wealthy, successful gay couple wish to have a child, and select a newly single mother of a nine-year-old daughter to carry their baby. her family are displeased with the decision, and thanks to her lack of money after leaving her husband, she ends up moving herself and her child in with the couple whom she’s surrogate to.
ok then how about top 10 best girl character in super sentai and kamen rider
Oooo that’s a good one! Let me take a shot at this. Mind you, this is only my opinion and I am going to set some ground rules. I won’t be including anyone from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid or Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger, those shows are still airing and could make certain characters better or utterly torpedo them by the end. I want to only include characters from completed TV shows so I can judge them by their entire arc.
I am also going to take girl to just mean any female character, as I don’t want to limit the list to those under the age of majority. I am also limiting this to one character per entry, so no doubling up on characters from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger for example.
So, let’s get started!
10. Bandora from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger
There is a reason Machiko Soga is a legend in the tokusatsu community. For those of us in the West, her most famous role would be as Bandora from the 1992 entry in the Super Sentai franchise. She embodied the chaotic, capricious witch with a hate on for the Dinosaurs and children in general. Yet, she was a pretty chill boss to work for; handing out rewards for success, not punishing her underlings for failure and even having massive song and dance sessions when things were going good. Heck, were she not determined to wipe out humanity, she’d be the perfect boss!
9. Yoko Minato/Kamen Rider Marika from Kamen Rider Gaim
Loyal to the Yggdrasil company (or at least to Ryouma) Minato is one of the characters that kept me watching Kamen Rider Gaim to the end. Her backstory was even expanded upon in the later V-Cinema releases which made her even more interesting. She started out a spy specializing in corporate espionage but was caught and, instead of being arrested and prosecuted, hired by her intended target to work for them instead. What’s even better is she got some great character moments in the recent Kamen Sentai Gorider special that really cemented her as one of my favorites. Sadly, as with a lot of female Riders, she got killed.
8. Kiriko Shijima from Kamen Rider Drive
Kiriko is probably my poster woman for the trope of how women get screwed out of being Kamen Riders. They had to make up some arbitrary story reason why she couldn’t use the Drive Driver. Still, she was a tough police officer who often had to keep Shinnosuke in line at first and later taught a robot how to love which brought him back to the side of good. She later got sidelined and turned into ‘the girlfriend’ or she would place higher on this list. Maybe she was lucky not to be a Rider because with female Riders you either never get to be one or you die before the end of the series.
7. Megumi Misaki from Choujuu Sentai Liveman
Megumi/Blue Dolphin is the only female member of the Liveman team and acts as something of a second in command behind Yuusuke/Red Falcon. She sometimes questions his plans and strategies, leading him to come up with better ones. She is a marine biologist by study though she is also very skilled at archery, swimming and bicycling. Of all of her team, she is the most collected and caring, even wanting to help her former friends who betrayed the human race in favor of the Brain Army Volt and occasionally a monster of the week or two.
Yuriko Misaki/Electro-Wave Human Tackle
The absolute closest any character came to being a female Kamen Rider in the Showa Era was Yuriko from 1975′s Kamen Rider Stronger. Like her male counterpart, she was remodeled by the evil Black Satan organization but freed when Kamen Rider Stronger left their employ. Together, they became a force for justice, battling the very organization that had created them in true Kamen Rider tradition. She was also Shigeru/Stronger’s love interest and closest confidant before her death saving him from being poisoned, starting the trend of powered heroines in Kamen Rider dying.
5. Rei Tachibana from Kagaku Sentai Dynaman
One of the central characters in her series, I think Rei got more focus episodes and character bits than any other member of her team, including Dyna Red! I have a feeling this had to do with her actress, Sayoko Hagiwara, being that darn good at her job that the writers wanted to give her more and more to do. She’s a scientific genius. inventor and animal lover (aside from cats) who cannot stand the evils of the Evilution Empire and seeks to rid the world of their vicious misuse of science and diabolical sorcery. She’s also amazing in hand to hand combat and an expert fencer! Man, she’s great!
Ahim De Famille from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
She may be a space Princess from a dead world but Ahim De Famille is no shrinking violet or pampered layabout. She is the voice of moderation for the Gokaiger team, the one to negotiate with friends and win over those who might be hesitant to deal with pirates. She’s also something of the big sister to everyone else, the one her friends can come to when things are going bad for advice or consolation. She can talk a kidnapper out of his plans one minute and kick the crap out of a foe in a floofy dress the next. She may have started as a Princess but she is now a pirate through and through, just a kinder, gentler pirate than most.
3. Mele from Jyuken Sentai Gekiranger
One of the most well developed female antagonists in the history of Super Sentai, Mele was the second in command of the forces of Rin Jyuken Aku Gata in the 2007 series. She was also undead, having been brought back to life by Rio as part of his army of evil. She died many years ago in the first battle between the two opposing schools of Jyuken. Though not truly alive, she is in love with the man who brought her back and would do or give anything for him. This love and devotion eventually leads her (and in some ways Rio) away from the path of villainy and two die for good as heroes protecting the world for an even greater evil than they could have ever been.
2. Peggy Matsuyama from Himitsu Sentai Goranger
The original Pink heroine, Peggy Matsuyama a.k.a. Momoranger is just amazing. Not only is she the first Sentai heroine, she’s still among the best, holding her own with her male counterparts and then some. She is an explosives expert and build the team’s main finishing weapon, the Goranger Storm. She also has grenades for earrings and is an expert at hand to hand combat. She is so much more than what most women were allowed to be in tokusatsu at the time and even when captured, she’d be more likely to rescue herself or give her captors a hard time than rely on anyone to rescue her.
1. Tsuruhime from Ninja Sentai Kakuranger
I am not even going to try and hide my bias here. I LOVE Tsuruhime. She’s one of the best characters to ever have a lead role in a Super Sentai series. She was also the very first female leader of a Sentai team (later to be joined by Yuri/Time Pink from Mirai Sentai Timeranger). Competent, skilled and the most serious-minded member of her team, Tsuruhime had the unenviable position of trying to keep her self-interested, easily distracted and sometimes incompetent teammates together to stop the Youkai Army Corps. Sure, they eventually got better and all grew as people but most of that is due to Tsuruhime keeping them on mission. She also has her own drama to deal with, especially with her Father apparently joining up with the Youkai!
I know this list is a little Sentai heavy but it’s really hard to find female characters in Kamen Rider with as meaty roles as their team-based counterparts. As said earlier, they are either denied the powered heroic roles or killed off by the end. I really, really hope that Kamen Rider Ex-Aid can beat that trend!
Pairing: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark Warnings: None Notes: Inspired by prompt #205 from meetcuteprompts “A just received a call from their parents who have decided to pop in for a visit! The thing is… A has been living on their own for a few months but has slacked off on household chores and y’know, buying proper groceries. In a panic, A runs to their neighbour, B, and asks if they can borrow some cleaning supplies and groceries so that their parents will believe that A is doing just fine on their own.”
By the time Steve gets to his door, the knocking has gone from polite to frantic, and he almost vindictively wishes he’d stopped to throw on his shirt and made his impatient visitor wait even longer.
“What?” he snaps, throwing open the door.
“Hi,” says the guy, and Steve freezes, now definitely wishing that he’d thrown on a shirt because it’s hot mechanic guy from next door. Hot mechanic guy waves awkwardly and then runs his hands through his hair. He’s black up to his elbows, and Steve watches in fascination as the engine grease makes hot guy’s hair spike up.
“Hi,” he responds, and fights a losing battle to keep his ears from pinking. “Can I…can I help you?”