love your movement

anonymous asked:

i loved your magnus + shoulder movement gifset! i'm curious, why do you think he does it? x

*rolls up sleeves* *cracks knuckles* ok let’s do this

i think he does it for multiple reasons, all depending on the specific situation. a lot of the time, he does it when he’s being flirtatious, aka mostly around alec.

first of all, i think it’s because he’s essentially a cat in human form; he’s effortlessly graceful and he uses his body language to appeal to people, to either indicate interest (as in the case with alec) or to indicate his power (see below).

his cat-like, very smooth movements indicate an ease about him, a comfort in himself that i think a lot of people find attractive. while other men usually stand still to show confidence (think soldiers, or jace and alec’s more stiff postures), magnus instead uses more fluid ways of movement that are usually coded as more feminine, and this makes people watching him ascribe him other qualities that are typically coded as feminine: soft, gentle, vulnerable, etc. i think he likes to play these qualities a lot when he’s flirting (see “i’m not being cryptic, i’m being coy”), combined with an unashamed (read: masculine) habit of making innuendos, preferably together with a name drop.

as we know from his dashing wardrobe and love of makeup, magnus doesn’t shy away from breaking gender stereotypes, and i think his body language show this a lot, too. he happily mixes feminine and masculinely coded ways of movement, and plays with the different expectations people put on him based on these ways of carrying himself. i think this is also closely tied to how comfortable he is with his bisexuality. bisexuality, like androgyny, is everything and neither, and i think magnus through the years has become more comfortable with the fact that he is just that: everything and nothing.

personally i can relate to the feeling of freedom in your physical expression once you’ve come to terms with, and embraced, the fact that you’re not “normal”, in this case straight. magnus knows he’s not straight, he knows he’s never going to fit into any boxes people try to shove him into, and this gives him a freedom to explore his way of expressing himself without being limited to what he should be doing or how he should move, based on societal expectations. he can embrace traits that are coded as feminine or masculine, he can combine them, and he can do this without shame.

however, and this is where it gets really interesting imo, he doesn’t reserve these shoulder shimmies only for situations where he wants to appear softer, more approachable, etc. he also uses this relaxed set of movements to establish dominance and confidence, not only in himself as a romantic interest when he’s flirting, but in himself as a danger to others, and in his own abilities.

in the scene at pandemonium he does that slow shoulder shimmy that otherwise would be coded feminine, but this combined with the way he’s holding himself very tall, his chin high and his cat eyes showing, leads us (and his opponents) to believe that he’s so powerful, so in control of the situation, that he can almost laugh about it, that’s how at ease he is. he’s so calm, so secure in his dominance of the situation, he doesn’t have to use the traditionally masculine variation of dominance (as the circle dudes do, standing very still, almost like soliders. again, think jace and alec) to show that he’s the one in charge. and what’s so important is that he’s not establishing his dominance in spite of also carrying himself in a more femininely coded way; his presence as a dominant force is undoubtedly because of the traits assigned to him by his usage of these femininely coded movements.

if he’d stood up straight (lol) and still, while delivering the same lines, the interpretation wouldn’t have been the same. sure, he could’ve still been seen as confident and dangerous, but there wouldn’t be the added element of effortless confidence that, in my opinion, makes him a much more dangerous enemy. a person that seems to think so highly of themselves that they don’t think you pose any threat and therefore won’t even bother trying to intimidate you (because who would use femininely coded movements and qualities to intimidate someone??? bc feminine people are weak right?), now that’s scary. 

therefore, the feminine part of his expression is key to the threat he poses. he’s establishing this physical dominance, not by soldiering forward and punching them in the face, but by partly using femininely coded body language and instead relying on their fear of his abilities, which i think is really cool.

Ven Has Borderline Personality Disorder

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There are indicators in-game that Ven/Vanitas may suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder. Let’s go through the nine symptoms of BPD, copy-and pasted from helpguide.org. We will also analyze Vanitas’s behavior, and symptoms that don’t apply will be crossed out: 

1. Fear of abandonment. People with BPD are often terrified of being abandoned or left alone. Even something as innocuous as a loved one getting home late from work or going away for the weekend can trigger intense fear. This leads to frantic efforts to keep the other person close. You may beg, cling, start fights, jealously track your loved one’s movements, or even physically block the other person from leaving. Unfortunately, this behavior tends to have the opposite effect—driving others away.

Ven actually doesn’t display this too prevalently, although we do so that being refused to be taken on Terra and Aqua’s travels was enough to seriously hurt him and wonder if they were in fact still his friends, which ties into the second symptom. 

2. Unstable relationships. People with BPD tend to have relationships that are intense and short-lived. You may fall in love quickly, believing each new person is the one who will make you feel whole, only to be quickly disappointed. Your relationships either seem perfect or horrible, with nothing in between. Your lovers, friends, or family members may feel like they have emotional whiplash from your rapid swings between idealization and devaluation, anger, and hate.

Ven, as we see, adores his friends, particularly Terra. Then the events of Radiant Garden happen. The minute Aqua hurts Terra’s feelings, Ven is quick to insult her and run after Terra. And when Terra and Aqua later refuse to take him with them on their travels, he says this line “It must be nice, knowing who your friends are.” 

A single argument has left Ven doubting the sincerity of his four year long friendship with Terra and Aqua, who he’s lived with and trained alongside for those four years. He regains his faith in their friendship quick enough, but that too indicates rapid swings between idealizing his friends to doubting them to idealizing them again.  

3. Unclear or unstable self-image. When you have BPD, your sense of self is typically unstable. Sometimes you may feel good about yourself, but other times you hate yourself, or even view yourself as evil. You probably don’t have a clear idea of who you are or what you want in life. As a result, you may frequently change jobs, friends, lovers, religion, values, goals, and even sexual identity.

For this, we have to look at Ven’s relationship with his dark half, Vanitas. We see Vanitas hates Ven. He calls him worthless and idiot and outright tries to murder him despite Xehanort’s orders. Vanitas doesn’t display this hatred to anyone else, only Ven. Since Vanitas is Ven, you can interpret this as Ven hating himself. 


4. Impulsive, self-destructive behaviors. If you have BPD, you may engage in harmful, sensation-seeking behaviors, especially when you’re upset. You may impulsively spend money you can’t afford, binge eat, drive recklessly, shoplift, engage in risky sex, or overdo it with drugs or alcohol. These risky behaviors may help you feel better in the moment, but they hurt you and those around you over the long-term.


5. Self-harm. Suicidal behavior and deliberate self-harm is common in people with BPD. Suicidal behavior includes thinking about suicide, making suicidal gestures or threats, or actually carrying out a suicide attempt. Self-harm includes all other attempts to hurt yourself without suicidal intent. Common forms of self-harm include cutting and burning.

Ven’s decision to sacrifice himself to make sure he and Vanitas do not forge the X-Blade may or may not fit this criteria. 


6. Extreme emotional swings. Unstable emotions and moods are common with BPD. One moment, you may feel happy, and the next, despondent. Little things that other people brush off can send you into an emotional tailspin. These mood swings are intense, but they tend to pass fairly quickly (unlike the emotional swings of depression or bipolar disorder), usually lasting just a few minutes or hours.

Vanitas and Aqua’s first meeting in Radiant Garden comes to mind. Vanitas tries to be cordial to Aqua, but the minute Aqua asks a question, he loses his cool, though he quickly regains it in time to challenge her to a fight..not to mention, the very nature of his existence means Vanitas feels intense negative emotions. 

This quick change in mood is also shown when Ven meets Vanitas. Ven is perfectly cordial to the stranger in the mask who just showed up in his room unannounced, until Vanitas badmouths Terra. Vanitas later badmouths Terra again at the graveyard. Both times Vanitas is unarmed, and both times Ven gets into a fighting stance. 

7. Chronic feelings of emptiness. People with BPD often talk about feeling empty, as if there’s a hole or a void inside them. At the extreme, you may feel as if you’re “nothing” or “nobody.” This feeling is uncomfortable, so you may try to fill the hole with things like drugs, food, or sex. But nothing feels truly satisfying.

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Need I say more? 

8. Explosive anger. If you have BPD, you may struggle with intense anger and a short temper. You may also have trouble controlling yourself once the fuse is lit—yelling, throwing things, or becoming completely consumed by rage. It’s important to note that this anger isn’t always directed outwards. You may spend a lot of time being angry at yourself.


9. Feeling suspicious or out of touch with reality. People with BPD often struggle with paranoia or suspicious thoughts about others’ motives. When under stress, you may even lose touch with reality—an experience known as dissociation. You may feel foggy, spaced out, or as if you’re outside your own body.

As if you’re outside of your own body” Redirect to number 7. 

From this, you can conclude that Ven and Vanitas almost certainly have BPD during the events of Birth By Sleep, each displaying different symptoms of the disorder. Whether it is a result of the trauma of their separation of something he’s always struggled with is up to you, though I am of the opinion that Ven has had the disorder since before the split, since, as I said earlier, Vanitas’s hatred for Ven doesn’t just happen. Also, the fact that even before he met the man, Ven’s darkness and light was prominent enough for Xehanort to try forging the X-Blade with a single heart and later actually manages to make a quasi-X-Blade has to mean something (it has been noted that people with the disorder not only display intense negative emotions but also can display exceptional joy, love, and enthusiasm: traits normally associated with light). 

Also, people with BPD are said to have ‘black and white thinking’. Black and White. 

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So, that’s my argument. You can rip this head canon from my cold dead hands. 

As someone who suffers from BPD

As someone who suffers from BPD I couldn’t help but notice a LOT of traits in one of my favourite characters, Amelia Shepherd and I really think if I was a psychiatrist I would say she meets most of the criteria. The following is taken from a website but it is based on the DSM V …

The 9 symptoms of borderline personality disorder

Fear of abandonment. People with BPD are often terrified of being abandoned or left alone. Even something as innocuous as a loved one getting home late from work or going away for the weekend can trigger intense fear. This leads to frantic efforts to keep the other person close. You may beg, cling, start fights, jealously track your loved one’s movements, or even physically block the other person from leaving. Unfortunately, this behavior tends to have the opposite effect—driving others away.
Unstable relationships. People with BPD tend to have relationships that are intense and short-lived. You may fall in love quickly, believing each new person is the one who will make you feel whole, only to be quickly disappointed. Your relationships either seem perfect or horrible, with nothing in between. Your lovers, friends, or family members may feel like they have emotional whiplash from your rapid swings between idealization and devaluation, anger, and hate.
Unclear or unstable self-image. When you have BPD, your sense of self is typically unstable. Sometimes you may feel good about yourself, but other times you hate yourself, or even view yourself as evil. You probably don’t have a clear idea of who you are or what you want in life. As a result, you may frequently change jobs, friends, lovers, religion, values, goals, and even sexual identity.
Impulsive, self-destructive behaviors. If you have BPD, you may engage in harmful, sensation-seeking behaviors, especially when you’re upset. You may impulsively spend money you can’t afford, binge eat, drive recklessly, shoplift, engage in risky sex, or overdo it with drugs or alcohol. These risky behaviors may help you feel better in the moment, but they hurt you and those around you over the long-term.
Self-harm. Suicidal behavior and deliberate self-harm is common in people with BPD. Suicidal behavior includes thinking about suicide, making suicidal gestures or threats, or actually carrying out a suicide attempt. Self-harm includes all other attempts to hurt yourself without suicidal intent. Common forms of self-harm include cutting and burning.
Extreme emotional swings. Unstable emotions and moods are common with BPD. One moment, you may feel happy, and the next, despondent. Little things that other people brush off can send you into an emotional tailspin. These mood swings are intense, but they tend to pass fairly quickly (unlike the emotional swings of depression or bipolar disorder), usually lasting just a few minutes or hours.
Chronic feelings of emptiness. People with BPD often talk about feeling empty, as if there’s a hole or a void inside them. At the extreme, you may feel as if you’re “nothing” or “nobody.” This feeling is uncomfortable, so you may try to fill the hole with things like drugs, food, or sex. But nothing feels truly satisfying.
Explosive anger. If you have BPD, you may struggle with intense anger and a short temper. You may also have trouble controlling yourself once the fuse is lit—yelling, throwing things, or becoming completely consumed by rage. It’s important to note that this anger isn’t always directed outwards. You may spend a lot of time being angry at yourself.
Feeling suspicious or out of touch with reality. People with BPD often struggle with paranoia or suspicious thoughts about others’ motives. When under stress, you may even lose touch with reality—an experience known as dissociation. You may feel foggy, spaced out, or as if you’re outside your own body.


By the way, I am not in any way claiming to be an expert, I’m only a sufferer and this was just my opinion/observation. x