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I saw a neat clothing swap meme on a japanese twitter??? Basically draw each character in your support team, but wearing the clothing of the person to the right.

Bonus: George and Jeanne because they didn’t all fit on the team. :

Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, Mary of Burgundy and their son Philip “The Handsome” on “Maximilian. Das Spiel von Macht und Liebe” (”Maximilian. The game of power and love”) TV series.

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Minoritized languages moodboard: Mari

Mari (марий йылме, marij jəlme) is an Uralic language spoken y the Mari people, mainly in the Mari El Republic and the area along the Vyatka river basin and eastwards to the Urals.

The Parallel between The Little Prince/The Rose and Gambit/Rogue:

This is an idea that’s been stewing for years, and I’ve been crying about for long time.

@spasticatt I’ve cried about this to you for a goddamn while, and now you get to see me be the EXTRAest.

@ludi-ling YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS. I sent you a dang picture of me crying about it.

@jehilewyou KNOW bb <3.

I’m about to go in.

Also, Rogue and Gambit is out, and @1979semifinalist is to blame. 

The Little Prince was the first book I ever read as a little bean(It was The Little Prince, Twilight(don’t judge), and Game of Thrones, in that order), and it would be years until I picked something else up.

SO THAT BOOK EFFIN’ CHANGED ME, OKAY? 

Took me by damn surprise, too. Baby me read it in public, and less than an hour later I was deadass sobbing in the middle of a beauty salon.

Anyway, while the parallel between these four characters is not identical, some elements of it are intensely similar.

Also(FYI):

I ship it, but I want to make it very clear that just because I find these observations interesting as hell, doesn’t mean that I am a fan of the entirety of the history of Gambit and Rogue as has been written by marvel in the past(the Lord knows LMAO. Being a fan today means crying over, like, 94% of their interactions. Kelly Thompson saved my life). 

This is me just making a collage of content about them through time.

SO:

Let’s break this honker down. On with The Little Prince:

He lives in a dwarf planet. Asteroid B612. Where he enjoys his flowers, watching sunsets, and removing pesky, growing baobabs. 

There are three tiny volcanoes, one of them fully dormant. 

One day, a rose grows. He’d never seen one before, and he takes a special sort of shine to her.

The Little Prince takes care of her. He listens to her demands for him to protect her from harsh sunlight, the wind, and/or caterpillars. 

He loves her, but he begins to feel that the rose is taking advantage of him, that he’s trying a lot, and that it’s sort of one sided. These fears of codependency, inspire the desire to leave his home planet and explore the universe. 

Seek out more for himself. 

Before he goes though, he talks to the rose, who cries and tearfully tells him to go. They do reconcile, as she did love him too, even if she was no good at showing it, but she still encourages him to go see the universe for himself

The rose was proud, painfully insecure, and sometimes manipulative because of it, but in the end she realises that that had been her mistake, and tells him to go do his thing.

The Little Prince’s journey involves passing through many (symbolic)tiny planets. 

These planets being the representation of sad behaviours “adults” tend to fall into when they grow up and forget what actually matters. 

1) A planet empty except for a king sitting in his throne(A literal king without subjects).

2) One, with a vain and lonely man who claimed to be admired and relevant, while being absolutely alone(A similar idea).

3) One with a drunk, who drank to forget the shame of being a drunk(The incapability of holding ourselves accountable for our own problems, take action to solve them, and instead falling into commiseration).

4) A man who spent his whole existence counting the stars(In the common, almost frenetic, and useless attempt of possession and ownership).

5) A planet empty except for a street light that was being lit and unlit by a man every minute(Living mindlessly, and without purpose).

6) The last one has a geographer, the little prince asks him about his job, about the things he gets to see, that he, who has only ever lived in his dwarf planet, never has, like the ocean. The geographer tells him no, and he disdainfully informs him that he’s not an explorer, he’s a geographer. What he does, actually matters.

So the little prince is like ?????? and the geographer asks him to tell him about his planet, and the first thing that comes out of the little prince’s mouth is his rose

The geographer proceeds to condescendingly explain how things like plants don’t make it into maps because they are irrelevant to the shape of the land. That in the grand scheme of things plants don’t matter, because they’re ephemeral.

They die, and that fact will change nothing for the land(The idea that “adults” seem to understand the physical worth of everything, but the emotional value of nothing. So they tend to almost pathologically ignore and disregard the simpler things that, while perhaps not relevant in the “big picture”(as if anything is, really), actually make life worth living).

This baffles the little prince and he’s left a little offended, as the rose means a lot to him.

Either way, he asks the geographer to recommend him a planet to visit, and he recommends earth.

The little prince lands in the desert, which makes him think the planet is inhabited. He meets a yellow snake that tells him that he can help him, and other people to “go back to the place they came from(this is a thing in the book, the dual idea about death/and “returning home” being kinda the same thing)”.

He meets flowers tell him that they haven’t seen humans in years. He wanders around a lot, sometimes feeling that the echo he hears in the desert sounds like people mocking him.

He eventually stumbles upon a field of roses, which is devastating to him because he had thought that his rose was unique and special, and here he was in a planet that had tons just like her.

This breaks his heart. 

He begins to doubt things about himself, starts to believe that maybe he never was prince at all, that the life he’d had was nothing special since he only had a small planet with tiny volcanoes, and a “unique”, and demanding flower that had turned out to be not unique at all.

He cried over it, and then he met a fox

The fox becomes his friend, who teaches him all about being “tamed”.

And about the nature of the transaction that occurs when you let someone tame you, and the wonders it can bring.

And the inevitable risk it always involves on principle.

The Little Prince, in turn, confides with the fox that he thinks his rose back home has tamed him.

When he has to leave, the fox cries, which upsets The Little Prince, and has him believe that being tamed did him no good at all.

But the fox tells him that because he was tamed by him, he got to appreciate things that he never would have before, like fields of wheat, because they are gold, like his hair. Whereas before, he had been indifferent to them, because he was a carnivore, and wheat had meant nothing to his existence; now he could look at them and be reminded of his dear friend. 

That when you let yourself be tamed, the risk of tears is inevitable.

The fox, having told the little prince this, tells him to go back to the field of roses, and that he’d see that they were not at all like his rose.

Which makes the prince go to where the roses are and say:

“You are not at all like my rose. As yet you are nothing. No one has tamed you, and you have tamed no one. You are like my fox when i first knew him. He was only a fox like thousand other foxes. But I have made him my friend, and now he’s unique in all the world.”

“You are beautiful, but you are empty. One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looks just like you– the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all of you other roses: because it is she that i have sheltered behind the screen, because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars, because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or bloated, or even sometimes when she said nothing. Because she’s my rose.”

-The Little Prince[to the field of roses] about his rose

He explains to the little prince that the reality of his rose being special doesn’t come from her being “unique”, and that it was the time he devoted to his rose, the fact that he loved her at all, that made her so important.

“Men have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it.”

“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose.

-The Fox[to The Little Prince] about taming, and being tamed

The prince in the end… goes back to his planet

Via yellow snake.

He tells the aviator in the desert, that he’s going home, and tells him how. The aviator is very upset by this, and The Little Prince tells him not to look, and that even if in the end he sees his body there in the ground, to not be sad about it. 

To better imagine him laughing in his planet with his rose. He saw a small part of the universe, and it all pretty much confirmed that home in the end, by his own conclusion, was Asteroid B612, with its multiple sunsets a day, tiny volcanoes, and his rose.

Also worth nothing: The book opens with the aviator, talking about how he had loved to draw as a child, but never received the encouragement or validation from grown ups to keep at it, on basis that he was not “good”. Or at least, “good enough” to hope to build steady, practical living out of it. How those opinions had made him believe that it was not a possibility at all, and so he never considered it. 

Because of that, he never learned to draw anything else, but the few drawings that went by unappreciated by the adults.

In the end of that part, he talks about how maybe he wasn’t good enough, but that looking back now as an adult, he did have things to say back then, and ideas to share with the world, and that maybe, had someone given him the littlest amount of support, he probably would have been successful. 

… … 

Which is also such a Remy Lebeau mood.  

Like, this all is. But that feeling? Of wondering what life might have been like, had he’d been encouraged to develop a strong sense of self, instead of fulfilling an epic prophecy

Originally posted by random-shit-reblog

Yeah, excuse me while I die.

As for the rose and Rogue, while the profile is not identical, there are commonalities. 

They both let their pride stop them from revealing what they actually feel, but their MOs are opposites.

The rose’s insecurity demands the little prince’s whole undivided attention. 

Rogue’s, on the other hand, has her stop Gambit every single time he comes near her. 

NOTE: Those who feel this is OOC behaviour for Remy, because he’s being “gross” or “forceful”, need to remember that this is not so much of a “Remy going where he isn’t wanted” sorta situation, and more of a “Rogue literally always gets some kind of way when Remy pushes against her blatant avoidance of him” sorta situation. 

This is nothing new.

This is not a “Remy being creepy to Rogue” thing. 

This is a “Natural reaction of Remy being in the same room as Rogue” thing.

There is a very popular idea that Rogue is a naturally grumpy person, and that beyond the literal physical barrier her mutation gives her, she doesn’t like people much, and she’s very iffy about touch itself.

… … . 

Yeah.

Rogue’s entire “stay away from me” gimmick, is a construct of her powers. Had life been different, by what little we’ve seen of her past, she really wouldn’t have been as “uptight” as she’s seen as, by some people, today.

At all.

I’m not saying that Rogue isn’t skittish with touch, because life happened that way, and she damn well is

What I mean by that, is it’s circumstantial. That Rogue, Anna Marie, had she had the chance, could have probably been a very tactile person.

Touch is a huge deal to her, yes, but Rogue sorta shrinking under Remy’s touch is, in this case, an emotional response that has nothing to do with Remy himself, and everything to do with her personal turmoil about what he represents to her. 

Which we know, because Rogue will soften her stance if she doesn’t feel cornered. 

As in, she will allow herself to be honest about what she wants, if she feels she has the minimum amount of control of the situation. Because for a long time what she wanted did not matter, and she didn’t have a say in that.

She doesn’t like to be pushed, which as a general rule is something that should be respected.

But at this point, we know that the only reason Remy and her ever even happened in the first place, was because of the very specific act of Remy pushing.

Rogue would have never gotten to be with anyone, had Remy, or somebody like him, never pushed her. Because Remy taught Rogue to trust that way. Not only him, but people in general, in a romantic context.

He pushed since the beginning

Not in a creepy or inappropriate way. But like this:

Against her insecurities, fears, and doubts. Because he knows her well. 

Rogue is the type of person that will ask for time and space, and then never return. 

Remy knows this, and that’s why he pushes. Because he did in the past and it garnered positive results. He learned with her, at the birth of their relationship, that many times, with himbehind her aggression is something else entirely. 

Which is a very specific thing in his relationship with her. He doesn’t go around assuming that a “no” from just anybody means “yes”. That’s not what he’s about. So it’s that. 

That and also, because, while there have been hits and misses, he usually knows how to push.

So, no

This isn’t a “Remy not getting a clue” thing. 

This is “Remy, specifically, knowing that girl well enough” thing.

Rogue tends to flinch away and/or flee after specifically unbalancing situations. 

I mean, that a very common reaction to distress, with people who are particularly guarded, is that when they are at their most vulnerable, when they feel Emotional Armageddon near, instead of doing what they actually want to do, which is to reach out for reassurance from anybody who they love(be it platonic or romantic), or might love them back, as one would do with a friend; they instead become avoidant, and borderline aggressive while they are at it.

“I’m fine.” 

Which is somewhere the rose also meets Rogue at.

The rose was so scared of the little prince leaving her, that instead of doing what, to some, might have been the obvious idea, and simply let him know that she, herself, loved him too; she tried to manipulate him into loving her.

While Rogue is not vain, and she didn’t turn to manipulation to keep Remy, both her and the rose, are scared of being abandoned.

Which manifests differently on them both.

The rose clings to The Little Prince. 

Rogue cuts the rope herself so it doesn’t hurt as much when it doesn’t work out.

Ultimately, it gets them the same result. 

They allow their insecurity to push the person they love away.

That idea that “You can’t hurt me if I do it first”, creates a false belief of detachment via cutting ties. Fake it till you make it.

The idea that maybe, if I ignore you forever, I might forget about what you make me feel, and then I’ll never be at risk of getting hurt this way again

To many people, there is a false sense of security that comes with being the one to terminate a bond that they are actually afraid to lose, themselves. Because then it’s on your terms. “Clean”.

Because, what if you stay, and you get more attached than you already are, and then it ends

… . . 

Yeah.

This effort also is, Spoiler Alert: An Illusion, a facade, and a fallacy

If that idea sounds like a viable route to take, you are probably already attached.

In conclusion, it’s a feeble attempt for a sense of control when you feel fear you have none.

Which we all know to Rogue is–

Yeah.

This also brings the proud untouchable bravado thing forth.

The rose’s parting words to The Little Prince before he leaves the planet were:

“Try to be happy… Let the glass globe be. I don’t want it any more.

But the wind–

My cold is not so bad as all that… The cool night air will do me good. I am a flower.

But the animals–

Well, I must endure the presence of two or three caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies. It seems that they are very beautiful. And if not the butterflies– and the caterpillars– who will call upon me? You will be far away… As for the large animals– I am not at all afraid of any of them. I have my claws.

And, naively, she showed her four thorns. Then she added:

Don’t linger like this. You have decided to go away. Now go!

For she did not want him to see her crying. She was such a proud flower.”

-The rose to The Little Prince

Rogue has had plenty of moments of that through the years. One of the latest being:

(NOTE: This wasn’t Gambit but Red Skull in disguise. Remy wouldn’t have hesitated, but it’s still a great example of Rogue’sWell I didn’t even care anyway’ moves in action.)

There is… a lot of things here you could go deep into.

From the extent of her terror of emotional instability/volatility, to… 

…A lot, but to keep this about the parallel only, that’s all I’m saying about that, as it is something that needs to be said about her.

One thing we know to be true in both cases, though, and that is this:

“Flowers are so inconsistent!– but I was too young to know how to love her.”

-The Little Prince[to the aviator] about his rose

In the end, they both, one way or the other, let go. Both Rogue and the rose understand that growth and space are important, and that for it to be an individual process is maybe for the best.

And Remy after Rogue, like the little prince after the rose, proceeds to become his own man, once again, as he did after his exile from his home years ago.

And Remy sees the world again, detached now. He needs to grow in another direction, and he does. He gets to do his thing, and lives it up

Sometimes it’s dark, many others it’s lighthearted, funjoyful, and warm; but now he gets to search for his own happiness, meaning, and sense of self, for him, first.

Existing independently from all this, from him as a complete individual with a full life, as it happens many times: 

“If someone loves a flower, of which just one single blossom grows in all the millions and millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars. He can say to himself, ‘Somewhere, my flower is there… But if the sheep eats the flower, in one moment all his stars will be darkened… And you think that is not important!”

He could not say anything more. His words were choked by sobbing.”

-The Little Prince[to the aviator] about “what really matters”

… … .

The rose is still the rose.

It’s important to note that sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes perspective changes that. 

But the main idea, in this specific case, is that there is no erasing her, or what she means to him, or who she’d been to him, regardless of how that went. 

For better or for worse, sometimes people define us, and the people we end up becoming, are a reaction to the lessons they taught us, regardless of the place, or lack thereof, they might have in our lives today.

And Remy can love her while still refusing to lose himself for her.

The fox meets The Little Prince right in the aftermath of his disillusionment with his rose. He’d been disappointed after taking a step back from her, and considering what he knew now about her, and the world, with pragmatism

He realised that his rose really wasn’t the most anything

Not the most beautifulkindest, or even the most pleasant. He realised that he hadn’t known better, and that idea was extremely demoralising.

Remy, like the little prince, realises that he has given all of himself for the rose, while so much of herself, of what she wants, still remain an ambivalent mystery to him 

He has nothing substantial enough from her, to merit his full devotion.

And for all he’s unsure of, he now knows that his desires and happiness should matter too.

The fox and The Little Prince though, don’t get to her until later. Initially, the fox explains to him that when you let yourself be tamed, the risk of tears is pretty much unavoidable

You cannot open your heart to someone, without risking being hurt by them at some point. 

Emotional maturity is realising that none of us are “saints” or “sinners”, and that anyone that you love, who loves you too, will be capable of letting you down at some point, and that accepting the reality of this human dichotomy constitutes as growth

Growth that is also given by reevaluating things from a healthy distance, for your own sake, betterment, and happiness.

More than that, when the rose does come into the conversation, the fox explains that his rose was not special because she was particularly singular.

That, essentially, individuals are not ideals, and that you are the one who gives individuals a singular meaning, when you choose to love them. 

That it is your willingness to give it meaning, that gives love meaning.

The little prince, in the end, gets to decide with a clear, level head, that he wants to go back home. He’s different now. He knows more

About the world, and himself

As for the Rose? her opening statement when they said goodbye was:

Of course I love you. It is my fault that you have not known it all the while.”

-The rose to The Little Prince

Originally posted by diane-jefferson

So. Yes. When Rogue says this:

It is a fucking fact, Goddammit.

Originally posted by himluv

Now, excuse me.

While I literally d r o w n in a fucking lagoon of my tears.

Originally posted by alaskadiangelo