;(TGATNW)n I saw you replied in a comment that Jack was mentally ill, I know it's probably obvious but what type does he have
While I’m writing Pitch and Jack like they both have (different manifestations of) PTSD, in general, I’m mostly just writing them with impaired behaviours as opposed to writing them to any specific DSM criteria. (And it is impaired behaviours that have their root in how we think that defines whether something is a disorder or not - if you have a disorder but you’re actually functioning fine, then…how are you disordered?) So instead of writing specific ‘types’ of mental illness (outside of post-trauma, which features in so much of what I do, and is an umbrella term for a lot of other illnesses), I look at impairments.
Jack in particular shows a lot of ongoing conditioning / brainwashing responses to how he’s been treated within the Tsar’s governance and the infuence of his cult of personality. He also has some impaired attachment issues (he doesn’t connect to people ‘properly’, even when they invite friendship, and making steps towards friendship are difficult for him, which is why he constantly thinks about old friends like Jamie more often than he thinks about how he could work on new friendships; he sometimes has an inability to consider others and their wellbeing, because he doesn’t consider himself as having an impact on other people (unless it’s negative), so he doesn’t often consider the positive things he could do for others, like be empathetic or offer to listen to them. So the times when he does offer that behaviour, it’s often because he learned it early: i.e. he can bond with Seraphina, because he bonded with Pippa).
There’d be a lot of other things too that people have picked up as the story has gone on - manifestations of anxiety and depression, for example. But I tend to veer away from anything diagnostic when we’re dealing with fantasy beings on fantasy lands. Disorders are generally very cultural, which is why some countries have disorders we don’t have, and vice versa. There’d probably be something very specific and new to describe Jack’s specific complex of issues associated with growing up in a lower class creche during the Tsar’s rule, because it’s not really Stockholm Syndrome, but it’s not exactly unlike it either, but Stockholm Syndrome has different diagnostic criteria, so it doesn’t work, etc.
So it’s probably just more helpful to think of Jack as having a post-trauma disorder, and a lot of impaired behaviours that lead him to live in a generally mentally ill state. Poor guy. Someone take these characters away from me.
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This line of dialogue (spoken by Yurio) is genuinely so important to our understanding of Viktor’s character. It’s fair to say that a lot of us kind of view his character as lovable, childlike, and whimsical, and that isn’t wrong. But this proves it, he’s only like that around Yuuri, according to somebody who has known him for three years or so at an absolute minimum.
This is the Viktor Nikiforov without Yuuri, the one the majority of people know. This is the Viktor Nikiforov who sits alone in parks in the snow, with only his dog for comfort, as he contemplates how his life even turned up like that.
I know this is a particularly bad moment, to be fair, but just look how miserable he looks.
Even here, he just looks so bored and serious.
This is Viktor without Yuuri for what? Three days?
The actual effect Yuuri had on Viktor’s life is astounding. With Yuuri, Viktor learnt to let everything go and just be him, rather than his more restrained and serious self, morphing into the usual personality we see and love for the duration of the anime.
All I can picture is the first day Viktor and Yuuri start training again at the rink in St Petersburg, and are absolutely gobsmacked to witness Viktor smiling, laughing, with his arms draped around Yuuri like he’s a buoyancy aid. Quiet, serious Viktor Nikiforov actually looking like he’s enjoying his day. He’s the opposite of the kind of man who would tickle someone publicly, but there he is, chasing Yuuri Katsuki around the rink like a five year old. It’s like some kind of bizarre dream. Even Yakov would have to admit that Yuuri’s presence has transformed him.
And perhaps Yakov even asks him once, unable to help himself, where Viktor suddenly got so much inspiration from, after so many years of misery.
The only answer he gets, as Viktor starts to walk away, is “he gave me his love, Yakov.”
red/blue- very aggressive boy who means business!! will fight anyone who messes with those close to him. a powerful ally. 8/10
green- a playful dragon! he’s doing the cat thing with his paws. that’s adorable. 8/10
yellow- he’s got one paw on his hip like he’s about to tell you off or something. don’t mess with this dragon! 9/10
gold- gosh, what a cutie! this dragon loves you and will do anything to be your friend. 10/10
silver- it looks like he’s inviting you to tea! how polite! will you accept his offer to get together and enjoy a nice beverage? 10/10
crystal- look! he’s so excited to see you! he’s stamping his paws and flapping his wings in excitement! 9/10
ruby / sapphire / emerald- his colors were softened, so now he looks like an even friendlier dragon! look at him bounce! a beautiful dragon with a fresh coat of paint! 9/10
firered / leafgreen- he’s so relaxed, but he straightened out his horns so they’re neat and tidy! still just as friendly and inviting as before. 8/10
diamond / pearl / platinum - his color palette was changed again, and now he’s brighter than ever! it looks like he’s conducting a symphony! this dragon has decided to pursue a career in music. i support him and his decisions wholeheartedly. 11/10
heartgold / soulsilver- back to the softened color palette (although this one was changed a bit)! this dragon fights for his friends! 9/10
black / white / black 2 / white 2- yes!!! he is so lively and bouncy!!!! look at him!!!!! are you seeing this? oh man. this dragon is the best thing ever. 11/10
x / y / omegaruby / alphasapphire- not as bouncy as his predecessor. this dragon got himself together, and now he’s mellow and composed. 9/10