Writing Taako masterclass part 2:
Part one HERE.
so this is going to get into the meta, right, this is about characterization/decision making, and basically its going to be a haphazard guide to how i make the taako decisions i do in my fic. maybe it will be helpful?
Also I need to put a DOUBLE DISCLAIMER that this is just one interpretation of the character, and specifically the way I personally write him, which is influenced by my specific interpretation of the canon and my own experiences.
you should write him however you want. this is fanfic, for fuck’s sake. but hey, meta’s always fun to read.
anyway this was gonna be longer and i might do parts ¾ for other taako versions but i ran out of steam writing this and figured i should at least post what i had. tagging @epersonae @maegnus @emi–rose as original req’ers sorry this is like. late. and not done lol.
this is going to be a loose collection of questionable advice/notes. i tried to structure it and honestly it just wasn’t coalescing.
- this is a guy who grows up knowing nobody really cares about him and nothing is permanent and only Taako is going to look out for Taako.
- he comes from a place of self-centered selfishness, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but he’s aware that the world does not care about him and everyone leaves and that affects how he navigates the world.
- depending on how you feel like writing it, his low-empathy behavior is either a guard for his actual feelings, or he actually doesnt give a shit. he wont tell you which it is.
- he misdirects by revealing truths, and is a pretty bad liar but also a pretty good manipulator
- kind of cruel. whether this is an act or not is a characterization decision up for debate.
- weirdly open with kravitz and angus.
- the way he is kind, when given an opportunity, and the fact that he mentors people given the opportunity (ren, angus) suggests that he’s by nature someone who wants to teach, but the way he acts otherwise suggests that he has found it to not be productive.
- wants the world to look at him but specifically at the image of himself that he creates
- wont admit things to himself.
- slowly making connections and opening up as the story progresses.
- constantly flip, but occasionally drops a devastating truth bomb, something sad that he dones’t seem to recognize is sad. “because no one will have me.”
- insecure but wears his insecurities on his sleeve. surprisingly open about his flaws while simultaneously claiming he has none.