I FINALLY !! finished this weeps kanan’s face came out a bit weird and i’m not happy w the background but I’ll fix that sometime in the future when I don’t have any commissions to do !! ; u ; [ speed paint here ]
I got to take a nice 4-5 day weekend // break from school stuff which was nice weeps i got to just RELAX AND HAVE FUN AND PLAY OVERWATCH !! (my battlenet id is mimasho#1863 btw haha)
I was listening to a podcast and they
started talking about Buffy and Tillow and I was pretty much happy until the
host declared “Willow and Tara were great representation, except I was a
little sad that Tara was stupid.”
OK. OK I stomped all the way home and
though everyone is entitled to their opinion, this opinion is wrong.
Listen up, Tara Maclay is not stupid. Tara
is actually very smart and no I’m not making this up. Glory, a freaking god,
says so herself. She says she’s a little buzzed from “eating the witches brain”
and declares “what a mind that girl has”. But don’t take a super villains word
This person did say something right in her
podcast, she said Tara is inarticulate. Right. She is inarticulate. So am I. That doesn’t make us unintelligent. Tara
has trouble communicating. She also has a stutter. She doesn’t talk a lot and
when she does she mumbles (especially in the beginning) and she often has
trouble articulating ideas from her head. I don’t stutter but I definitely do
do the rest of those. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told to speak
up, or that I don’t make sense and I am aware that a lot of people think I am
unintelligent because of this.
I’ve seen a lot of people unhappy that Tara
wasn’t “well written” or “fleshed out” but I connected with her because she
was. She was like me. She had a lot to say but she didn’t know how to say it.
She had this whole world inside her head but this really lonely inability to
share it. And yeah, you can have a lot of fun on your own making up
constellations and seeing the magic in the world but you also do want to not be
alone in it sometimes. Tara is a person who just wants to reach out and touch
someone but she doesn’t know how.
Until Willow. Until she finds Willow and
they touch, both metaphorically and physically in Hush. The world goes quiet
and suddenly someone can hear her. Suddenly Willow can hear her and, in a
beautiful twist, Willow likes what she hears. And we see this beautiful
unfolding of Tara’s personality as she spends more and more time with Willow.
Because Willow understands that she needs to listen to her. Throughout the
series, Willow doesn’t just understand Tara in ways no one else does (for
example Tara’s insect reflection joke) she actively seeks clarification when
she doesn’t. In the scene where they look at constellations, Willow is at first
perplexed by Tara pointing out the big pineapple, but she doesn’t dismiss it,
she pursues it. She asks her what she means and when Tara says she made up
names for the constellations, Willow says “teach me.” Tara is not boring, or
empty or unintelligent you just have to listen to her and Willow knows that and
more she wants to listen to her. She treasures the secret world in Tara’s head.
And it’s the same with the fans. Didn’t you
notice in Hush that Tara not only picked up on the fact that Willow was a witch
but she also found out where to find her and how to contact her and actively sought her out to stop what was
happening? People were having their hearts ripped out at night but she went out
on her own to find Willow to try a spell she thought might stop them. That’s
not only resourceful but incredibly brave. A kind of quiet courage and
adherence to doing the right thing she shows over and over throughout the
Did you notice in the Body, the way she
quietly tried to help everyone? The way she used her patience and empathy to
act as an anchor to her friends?
Did you notice in Family that Tara figured
out on her own that magic wasn’t inherently bad? That she wasn’t inherently
bad? That she had the courage to walk away from her family and pursue it anyway
because she thought she could do good with it?
Did you notice in The Real Me when she
immediately understood that Dawn was feeling left out and othered and not only
went to sit with her when the others were investigating the body, but also
suggested that they try to make her feel more included?
Did you see her stand up to Glory despite
expressing tremendous fear over what Glory does to people in the episode prior?
Did you notice how in Forever she
understood why Dawn couldn’t bring her mother back, why they couldn’t interfere
with natural death using magic, even though Willow for all her raw talent did
Did you miss when she instantly picked up
on the fact that Buffy wasn’t Buffy when Faith was in her body? That she
instantly picked up on the fact that house in Where the Wild things are wasn’t
Not only is she an amazing character, but
she is one with an amazing arc. We see her grow in confidence through the
episodes she graces us in, through having friendship, through fighting the good
fight. And I think a lot of that is that when people started listening to her,
she realized how much she had to say. Tara is a character who learned to say
no. To say back off. To say I know what’s right and I’m going to stand by it.
Buffy and friends give her the confidence to stand up to her father in Family
and she stands up for Willow much later in the series when Anya tries to
pressure her into using magic. To stands up to
Willow when Willow does use magic on her.
And all throughout, Tara is patient and
kind and observant. She is a very well rounded and believable character that,
yes believe it or not, even has some rough edges to her. She is unyielding in her sense of right and wrong (which isn’t always a bad thing but can make her stubborn) and deeply insecure which does lead her to doubt the people she loves (including Willow) when they really do love her and want to be with her. And her insecurity is something she works on. She is well rounded and unique and we need more characters like her.
Tara is not a character that is in your
face and obvious, she is a character you have to pay attention to and care
about to really understand. And I’m sorry if you don’t like that kind of
character but in no way is she poorly written. In no way is she bad
representation. Could she have gotten more screen time? Hell yes. But don’t
sell her short because of that. She is one of my favourite characters of all
time and there is a very good reason for that.