more than any of the other characters

The 12th Doctor has been through more hell than any of the others (except perhaps The War Doctor.)  He’s lost more, he’s fought more, and he’s been put through more hellish death thanks to the Time Lords.  

He’s also loved more thanks to being River’s Doctor, the way he fought for Clara, and the things he’s done for humanity.  

So many people said so many cruel things about Peter Capaldi’s run as the Doctor but much as I knew, he was the Doctor perhaps more than any other actor in New Who because he had the history and brought to life every other Doctor within himself and his character.  The ancient alien, the eternal champion of right, the immortal wanderer who wonders at all the universe.  It was all there in him.

He got to live his dream.  He got to be his hero.  And yet it hurts me so much to see him leave knowing that perhaps his choice was based on the hateful comments and stupidity of people who are both dumb and blind.  

Be that as it may…Peter Capaldi has cemented himself in my heart as my Doctor.  I’ve been watching the show since I was 4 and he to me has personified the character perfectly.  He brought into the world of New Who the Classic Doctor with new wave punk soul that fit it so well.  And the reason was that was all the bits of himself he put into the character…a young man who grew up watching his heroes fly a TARDIS and who helped grow him into the man he is.  How could it not be a perfect Doctor?

Thank you Peter. You made me believe.  And you made me realize dreams come true and to just say fuck the haters.  You are My Doctor.  

Chokho Viqqoh - Character info #2

Name:
Chokho Viqqoh

Race:
Keeper of the Moon

Sex:
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) …Err, I mean,Female

Personality Type (laid back, militant, high strung, etc.):
Chokho is a complex character with a simple outlook. She believes people are basically good, that you should leave any place you enter better when you leave, and there’s nothing worth striving for more than a warm smile and a hot meal.

Chokho struggles when it comes to social situations, but not for lack of trying. She does her best to be open, honest, and pleasant, but is a bit of an introvert at heart. She’s happy to live and let live… so long as others are willing to do the same.

With an athletic drive and a thirst for challenge, Chokho is always on the lookout for a new struggle to conquer. She has no fear of failure, but couldn’t stand to live with herself if she didn’t at least try.

Other than that, she’s driven, disciplined, flirty, and friendly!

What does your character look like?:
Chokho is mostly on model with miqo’te in FF14, but with a noticibly heavier build. She’s no stranger to physical labor, and her muscled, toned form is evident of that. While nowhere near body builder levels, she’s a far fling from voluptuous and scrawny.

Her facial features are sharp and hawkish, but otherwise stay true to what’s presented in game.

Favorite Hobby:

Training.

It may sound cliche, but Chokho has an abundance of energy and loves to tire herself out anyway she can. Katas, running, swimming, crunches, you name it. She works hard to stay in shape!

Motto they live by:
“Effort matters. Success does not.”

Favorite type of Environment:
Hot. Although she has limited memory of it, Chokho was born in an Othard jungle and has been comfortable in the environment her entire life. Thanalan and La Noscea suit her well.

Friends:
More the merrier! Chokho is an open and accepting sort, but usually ends up with a very small circle of friends due to her introverted nature.

Who they Admire:
Anyone with discipline, drive, and a firm moral compass instantly earns admiration in Cho’s eyes.

What do they hope to do 10 years from now:
She’ll always be a physically driven, passionate character, but it’s hard to tell to what extent. She considers raising a family, but knows that getting out of the adventuring life completely would leave here miserable.

What do they look for in friends?:
Conversationalists and people with agency rank pretty high on this list. She believes someone’s life is in their own hands, and detests when people laze about and whine about their lot.

This isn’t a hard and fast rule, and people can CHOOSE to be indulgent hedonists… So long as they’ve got the wit and humor to back it up!

If they walked into a bar and saw a talking slug, what would their reaction be?:
“Coooool! What’s your deal? Where’re you from? Are there more of you? Aren’t you afraid of the salted nuts?

OOC:

How To Find Me:
My hours are pretty eratic, and range from anywhere between 12:30AM - 3AM EST. I’m not on all the time! Just on and off in between.

Your best bet is to either message me here, or on Discord as Shelf#3322

Server:
Balmung.

Looking for (friends, ships, hate ships, shady connections, etc.):

Friends and fellow adventurers that aren’t afraid of her open, flirty personality.

Rivals, antagonists, and villains that push her to become more than she is.

Anyone that respects the FF14 lore, but isn’t afraid to bend it in places in the name of good writing.

anonymous asked:

10 & 25 ! It's obviously about Skam

10. Most disliked arc? Why?

The nopehelm love story, of course. Because unlike the other flawed characters, what Dickhelm did was straight up abuse and he never grew from or apologised for any of it. “But he apologised to Vilde!” Yeah. Because Noora asked him to.
Also they had no chemistry, come on. Noora had more chemistry with any of the girls and I’ll go as far as to say she had more chemistry with Isak than Fringefuck (this one’s for you, True Billy).

25.  How would you end SKAM/Would you change the ending of SKAM?

- Vilde comes out as a lesbian and Magnus, after a bit of heartbreak, is super supportive. She starts dating Chris B. (the last clip made me ship it, sorry not sorry).
- Noora tells Dickhelm to go the fuck back to London and she decides to take some time to herself. She hugs Eskild and Linn and they have a healthy happy cry together.
- Sonja comes to Eid and hugs Even and Isak. While she’s hugging Isak she spots Emma and realises how gorgeous she is.
- Mikael and Even have a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong talk about what happened in Bakka and everything since then.
- Eva takes Sana’s hand during the speech and they exchange A Look.
- Yousef texts Mikael “how’s the party going?”. Mikael sends a selfie of the happy balloon squad as a reply. A few seconds after hitting “send”, they feel a hand on their shoulder. They turn around and it’s Yousef. They kiss.
- Isak apologises to Sana about telling her she was just looking for hate. He tells her he started reading articles on intersectionality online.
- Mutasim films a Hei Briskeby video of the event while Adam improvises a rap about what’s happening as a background music.
- Elias tells Eskild he’s sorry he threw up on his couch that one morning. Eskild says he can make amends by going on a date with him. Elias accepts.
- Jonas and Mahdi have been dating since season 2.
- Isak and Even live happily ever after and they’re that super annoying couple who’s always performing PDA everywhere. (they went to Pride 2017 and it was their first Pride and Even documented it all)
- Magnus asks Even about how he knew he liked more than one gender. Because he think he might be like that too.
- Sara and Ingrid finally reveal that they’ve been dating on and off since 2015.
- Sana goes to Laila and Jamilla (happy power lesbian couple) for advice about her fancying Eva.
- PChris will probably find someone to have sex with that night, don’t worry about him. He finally ditched Dickhelm because he (PChris) is the better douche.

Phew. I think I got everyone!

EDIT: Linn has been diagnosed with bipolar type II and she goes to Even for advice.

salty asks

anonymous asked:

Sorry, hope you don't mind but small correction: Tiger from the Pussycats is indeed a trans man but the other lgbt character is Magne (who was recently killed by Overhaul) and his unnamed flashback friend. It's unclear what's going on with Magne and his friend though (are they trans? okama? gay). Idk maybe someone who can read the series in Japanese knows more.

Tiger definitely does have a trans friend shown in a flashback who died a long time ago.

But if that means there are more LGBT characters that I missed, then that’s awesome!! So if any of my followers speak more Japanese than I do and would like to clear up the mystery, that would be super helpful!

So many people have one interpretation of the source text, and believe with religious fervor that not only is it the truth, it’s the only possible truth – the story could not have been told any other way. And they get angry at anyone who holds a different interpretation, acting as if those people are deliberately spreading malicious lies about the characters.

For any given story, I usually have half a dozen different interpretations: the one I like best, the one I think makes the most sense, the one I think the writers intended, the one I disagree with but think is interesting, the one that’s most useful to base fanfic on, and so forth. Sometimes, they coincide or overlap. Sometimes they’re all entirely separate, or even contradictory. There are interpretations that I see as more plausible than others, or more mainstream than others, or more rigorously thought out than others. But fiction is… fiction. Everyone reads a different story.

anton-mordrid  asked:

What's your most comforting, guilty pleasure headcanon for Gravity Falls? The thing that may have little to no impact or may be foundational but either way is just FUZZY and GOOD

A while ago I wrote this Fanfic called A Midsummer Nightmare, and there’s a quiet little scene where Ford and Mabel read A Wrinkle In Time together and bond over the novel, so from that I made a list of headcanons of the Main Cast’s favorite books from when they were children. Some of my fondest childhood memories involved reading of some kind, so it’s nice imagining these characters curled up somewhere with a book.

Dipper: He was probably that kid who like any of the second tier 90’s to early 2000’s children series– things like Animorphs, Redwall, Wayside School, etc. God, I can picture this kid getting into a heated debate with some other sweaty nerd kid about why Artemis Fowl is a better written and more engaging character than Harry Potter.

Mabel: I can see her liking The Baby Sitter’s Club a lot, just anything with a rag tag bunch of friends being fabulous together would be perfect for her.

Stan: I could see him trying to read Charlotte’s Web once in third grade, but gave up reading forever because that dumb stupid book made him cry about a freaking spider, that is unacceptable! Ends up missing out on a world of Hardy Boys novels and Pulp Detective Stories all because E.B. White couldn’t let the Spider live.

Wendy: Any book where a plucky kid ends up in danger and needs to rely on their wits to come out on top– Nancy Drew, Coraline, maybe even A Series of Unfortunate Events.
I also low key headcanon her reading Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell from the Dear America series, otherwise know as the most hardcore children’s book to ever exist in a series of hardcore children’s books– the body count of named characters is astounding and gruesome, and only Wendy is badass enough to handle it.

Soos: I see him as the kid who reads mostly graphic novels– things like Bone and Captain Underpants, probably owned at least one grungy Calvin And Hobbes anthology.

anonymous asked:

I'm actually curious now. If you're lesbian then why the fascination with Lance? Why not Pidge or other females? Side question: If Lance was a real person would you date him?

I enjoy Lance because he’s a character I personally relate to a lot, so writing/drawing him in different scenarios comes a lot easier to me than Pidge, Allura or other gals. I have a harder time writing/drawing for them because I feel like I can never do their personalities justice.

I’ve never been attracted to Lance, Keith or any male character. Or any male period! It’s more of a maternal “protect these sweet children” feeling that I get, if that makes sense. If Lance was a real person I wouldn’t date him, since men are not what I’m attracted to (Allura though holy shit??). I’d hang out with him though that’d be fun

Hopefully that cleared things up a little!

really really lightly salted post that i hope isn’t too off-putting to anyone

As much as I absolutely adored every minute of LWA, I think my biggest problem is that there just wasn’t enough Sucy in it.

To put it a little more specifically, the front half of the series focused very heavily on the trio’s shenanigans, a lot like the movies did, while the back half struggles to cover as many of its characters as possible. It’s something a lot of anime with large casts, especially shonen series, kind of end up doing.

LWA does this quite a bit better than Naruto, Bleach, or any number of shonen series by keeping the narrative firmly focused on the perspective of a handful of characters. Like a bloated shonen series, however, it loses track of the core characters and dynamics it started out with because the story gets too complicated. Sucy and Lotte become stuck together, narratively, as a matter of convenience for the writers. Their connection is more with Akko than with each other, but there isn’t really a lot of time to expand on what sort of relationship they have beyond both apparently wanting to smooch Akko like every other girl in the show.

In the final quarter of the show, they don’t become completely irrelevant, but I feel like the focus on building Akko’s relationship with Diana (and Croix’s with Chariot) sidelined them in a way that felt a smidgen awkward to me. And, yes, it would have been nice to see Jasminka get an episode.

Certain interesting things about Sucy kind of get dropped, like the fact that she has a huge crush on Akko. I mean, not like the yuri-lite blushless gaze like Akko and Diana have. She subconsciously drags Akko into her inner world where it turns out Akko is too dense to figure out Sucy just wants a kiss. I know she’s partly some kind of toothy, magical non-human critter, too, which is an interesting implication that could have been its own episode.

Guess I’ll look up the manga at some point. :/

anonymous asked:

I love all of your recent Kolvina sets and posts! I love most of the (not evil) characters on The Originals, but I really, really want to go rewatch only the scenes with Davina and Kol. All of their moments have a completely different dynamic from the rest of the show. Even when one or both of the has/have an agenda, their relationship has an entirely different foundation than any of the other character relationships (romantic or otherwise).

thank you! i’ve had more inspiration due to recent events (my description doesn’t lie, i really love a happy ending)! 

and i completely agree, which is why i love them! their characters fit really well together, so whenever they’re doing something it just kinda makes sense. and whether it’s with daniel or nate playing kol, it’s interesting to see his character being developed. kol was kinda a one sided character back on tvd, and through all the ups and downs with events with davina or relating to davina (the curses, etc.) we get to see a lot more of him. and kol’s such a mirror image of davina that it brings out parts of her character and backstory that you wouldn’t have immediately thought of. all in all, they’re an awesome pairing and there’s still tons of untapped potential if the writers wanted to delve more into their relationship.

i love rewatching kolvina / davina / kol scenes bc i always find something new. they have a pretty awesome continuity with their storylines and whether it’s phrases or objects and symbols things reoccur a lot with them, and i can’t always tell if it was the writers intent or that it just naturally goes with their characters!

happy watching if you do!! personally i need to watch the non kolvina scenes again bc tbh i’ve forgotten major plot points. i’m a character person, plot’s merely there to further character development.

the thing about “representation” in media is that, even now, it only matters if it’s white representation. white lgbt characters. white independent and strong female characters. white mentally ill characters. just look at shows like stranger things and 13 reasons why, gaining widespread popularity posthaste and a renewal for a second season without even having to try. even shows like sense8 and orange is the new black that claim to be diverse and progressive still have more white characters than characters of color and / or put more focus on their white characters than any others.

you can’t possibly claim race plays no role in this when representation has only ever mattered if the face of it was a white, conventionally attractive character. if that’s not racist, i don’t know what is.

So I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Lots of thoughts bouncing around. Some spoiler free thoughts:

  • Loved it. 
  • Gamora has a much more….consistent/fleshed out personality in this one? I love it.
  • That’s actually true of basically all the characters. Especially Drax and Gamora. 
  • Rocket steals the show. And other things he should not steal. 
  • Also Nebula. Nebula was WAY more interesting and dynamic. 
  • Really strong theme development and BEAUTIFUL color palette. DC, takes notes.
  • If I have one major complaint with the film, its that it has too many antagonistic forces, so the focus gets split. Lesson: Never more than 2 antagonists. Any more than 2 and things get dicey. 
  • Groot is so cute and the movie is very very aware of this. 
  • Mantis is very likable. 
  • Holy shit, 3 named female characters, each with their own minor character arc not directly tied to romance in the film? MARVEL STUDIOS, YOU SPOIL ME. 
  • Stay until the very very end of the credits. There’s like 5 stingers. 
Internal Conflict:  Five Conflicting Traits of a Likable Hero.

1.  Flaws and Virtues 

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but characters without flaws are boring.  This does not, as many unfortunate souls take it to mean, imply that good, kind, or benevolent characters are boring:  it just means that without any weaknesses for you to poke at, they tend to be bland-faced wish fulfillment on the part of the author, with a tendency to just sit there without contributing much to the plot.

For any character to be successful, they need to have a proportionate amount of flaws and virtues.

Let’s take a look at Stranger Things, for example, which is practically a smorgasbord of flawed, lovable sweethearts.

We have Joyce Byers, who is strung out and unstable, yet tirelessly works to save her son, even when all conventional logic says he’s dead;  We have Officer Hopper, who is drunken and occasionally callous, yet ultimately is responsible for saving the boy’s life;  We have Jonathan, who is introspective and loving, but occasionally a bit of a creeper, and Nancy, who is outwardly shallow but proves herself to be a strong and determined character.  Even Steve, who would conventionally be the popular jerk who gets his comeuppance, isn’t beyond redemption.

And of course, we have my beloved Eleven, who’s possibly the closest thing Stranger Things has to a “quintessential” heroine.  She’s the show’s most powerful character, as well as one of the most courageous.  However, she is also the show’s largest source of conflict, as it was her powers that released the Demogorgon to begin with.  

Would Eleven be a better character if this had never happened?  Would Stranger Things be a better show?  No, because if this had never happened, Stranger Things wouldn’t even be a show.  Or if it was, it would just be about a bunch of cute kids sitting around and playing Dungeons and Dragons in a relatively peaceful town.

A character’s flaws and mistakes are intended to drive the plotline, and if they didn’t have them, there probably wouldn’t even be a plot.

So don’t be a mouth-breather:  give your good, kind characters some difficult qualities, and give your villains a few sympathetic ones.  Your work will thank you for it.

2.  Charisma and Vulnerability

Supernatural has its flaws, but likable leads are not one of them.  Fans will go to the grave defending their favorite character, consuming and producing more character-driven, fan-created content than most other TV shows’ followings put together.

So how do we inspire this kind of devotion with our own characters?  Well, for starters, let’s take a look at one of Supernatural’s most quintessentially well-liked characters:  Dean Winchester.

From the get-go, we see that Dean has charisma:  he’s confident, cocky, attractive, and skilled at what he does.  But these qualities could just as easily make him annoying and obnoxious if they weren’t counterbalanced with an equal dose of emotional vulnerability. 

As the show progresses, we see that Dean cares deeply about the people around him, particularly his younger brother, to the point of sacrificing himself so that he can live.  He goes through long periods of physical and psychological anguish for his benefit (though by all means, don’t feel obligated to send your main character to Hell for forty years), and the aftermath is depicted in painful detail.

Moreover, in spite of his outward bravado, we learn he doesn’t particularly like himself, doesn’t consider himself worthy of happiness or a fulfilling life, and of course, we have the Single Man Tear™.

So yeah, make your characters beautiful, cocky, sex gods.  Give them swagger.  Just, y’know.  Hurt them in equal measure.  Torture them.  Give them insecurities.  Make them cry.  

Just whatever you do, let them be openly bisexual.  Subtext is so last season.

3.  Goals For the Future and Regrets From the Past

Let’s take a look at Shadow Moon from American Gods.  (For now, I’ll have to be relegate myself to examples from the book, because I haven’t had the chance to watch the amazing looking TV show.) 

Right off the bat, we learn that Shadow has done three years in prison for a crime he may or may not have actually committed.  (We learn later that he actually did commit the crime, but that it was only in response to being wronged by the true perpetrators.)  

He’s still suffering the consequences of his actions when we meet him, and arguably, for the most of the book:  because he’s in prison, his wife has an affair (I still maintain that Laura could have resisted the temptation to be adulterous if she felt like it, but that’s not the issue here) and is killed while mid-coital with his best friend.

Shadow is haunted by this for the rest of the book, to the point at which it bothers him more than the supernatural happenings surrounding him.  

Even before that, the more we learn about Shadow’s past, the more we learn about the challenges he faced:  he was bullied as a child, considered to be “just a big, dumb guy” as an adult, and is still wrongfully pursued for crimes he was only circumstantially involved in.

But these difficulties make the reader empathize with Shadow, and care about what happens to him.  We root for Shadow as he tags along with the mysterious and alternatively peckish and charismatic Wednesday, and as he continuously pursues a means to permanently bring Laura back to life.

He has past traumas, present challenges, and at least one goal that propels him towards the future.  It also helps that he’s three-dimensional, well-written, and as of now, portrayed by an incredibly attractive actor.

Of course (SPOILER ALERT), Shadow never does succeed in fully resurrecting Laura, ultimately allowing her to rest instead, but that doesn’t make the resolution any less satisfying.  

Which leads to my next example…       

4.  Failure and Success 

You remember in Zootopia, when Judy Hopps decides she wants to be cop and her family and town immediately and unanimously endorse her efforts?  Or hey, do you remember Harry Potter’s idyllic childhood with his kindhearted, adoptive family?  Oh!  Or in the X-Files, when Agent Mulder presents overwhelming evidence of extraterrestrial life in the first episode and is immediately given a promotion?  No?

Yeah, me neither.  And there’s a reason for this:  ff your hero gets what they want the entire time, it will be a boring, two-dimensional fantasy that no one will want to read.  

A good story is not about the character getting what they want.  A good story is about the character’s efforts and their journey.  The destination they reach could be something far removed from what they originally thought they wanted, and could be no less (if not more so) satisfying because of it.

Let’s look at Toy Story 3, for example:  throughout the entire movie, Woody’s goal is to get his friends back to their longtime owner, Andy, so that they can accompany him to college.  He fails miserably.  None of his friends believe that Andy was trying to put them in the attic, insisting that his intent was to throw them away.  He is briefly separated from them as he is usurped by a cute little girl and his friends are left at a tyrannical daycare center, but with time and effort, they’re reunited, Woody is proven right, and things seem to be back on track.

Do his efforts pay off?  Yes – just not in the way he expected them to.  At the end of the movie, a college-bound Andy gives the toys away to a new owner who will play with them more than he will, and they say goodbye.  Is the payoff bittersweet?  Undoubtedly.  It made me cry like a little bitch in front of my young siblings.  But it’s also undoubtedly satisfying.      

So let your characters struggle.  Let them fail.  And let them not always get what they want, so long as they get what they need.  

5.  Loving and Being Loved by Others

Take a look back at this list, and all the characters on it:  a gaggle of small town kids and flawed adults, demon-busting underwear models, an ex-con and his dead wife, and a bunch of sentient toys.  What do they have in common?  Aside from the fact that they’re all well-loved heroes of their own stories, not much.

But one common element they all share is they all have people they care about, and in turn, have people who care about them.  

This allows readers and viewers to empathize with them possibly more than any of the other qualities I’ve listed thus far, as none of it means anything without the simple demonstration of human connection.

Let’s take a look at everyone’s favorite caped crusader, for example:  Batman in the cartoons and the comics is an easy to love character, whereas in the most recent movies (excluding the splendid Lego Batman Movie), not so much. 

Why is this?  In all adaptions, he’s the same mentally unstable, traumatized genius in a bat suit.  In all adaptions, he demonstrates all the qualities I listed before this:  he has flaws and virtues, charisma and vulnerability, regrets from the past and goals for the future, and usually proportionate amounts of failure and success.  

What makes the animated and comic book version so much more attractive than his big screen counterpart is the fact that he does one thing right that all live action adaptions is that he has connections and emotional dependencies on other people.  

He’s unabashed in caring for Alfred, Batgirl, and all the Robins, and yes, he extends compassion and sympathy to the villains as well, helping Harley Quinn to ultimately escape a toxic and abusive relationship, consoling Baby Doll, and staying with a child psychic with godlike powers until she died.

Cartoon Batman is not afraid to care about others.  He has a support network of people who care about him, and that’s his greatest strength.  The DC CU’s ever darker, grittier, and more isolated borderline sociopath is failing because he lacks these things.  

 And it’s also one of the reasons that the Lego Batman Movie remains so awesome.


God willing, I will be publishing fresh writing tips every week, so be sure to follow my blog and stay tuned for future advice and observations! 

ABCs of your OCs

a list of oc questions in alphabetical categories - i made each category based on the first word I could think of in alphabetical order, so enjoy!

A: Aptitude
1. what are your oc’s natural abilities, things they’ve been doing since young?
2. what activities have they participated in?
3. what abilities do they have that they’ve worked for?
4. what things are they bad at?
5. what is their most impressive talent?

B: Basics
1. what is their hair color?
2. what is their eye color?
3. how tall are they?
4. how old are they?
5. how much do they weigh?

C: Comfort
1. how do they sit in a chair?
2. in what position do they sleep?
3. what is their ideal comfort day?
4. what is their major comfort food? why?
5. who is the best at comforting them when down?

D: Decoration
1. how would they decorate a house if they had one under their name?
2. how would they decorate their child’s room?
3. how do they decorate their own room?
4. what type of clothes and accessories do they wear?
5. do they like makeup/nail/beauty trends?

E: External Personality
1. does the way they do things portray their internal personality?
2. do they do things that conform to the norm?
3. do they follow trends or do their own thing?
4. are they up-to-date on the internet fads?
5. do they portray their personality intentionally or let people figure it out on their own?

F: Fun
1. what do they do for fun?
2. what is their ideal party?
3. who would they have the most fun with?
4. can they have fun while conforming to rules?
5. do they go out a lot?

G: Gorgeous
1. what is their most attractive external feature?
2. what is the most attractive part of their personality?
3. what benefits come with being their friend?
4. what parts of them do they like and dislike?
5. what parts of others do they envy?

H: Heat
1. do they rather a hot or cold room?
2. do they prefer summer or winter?
3. do they like the snow?
4. do they have a favorite summer activity?
5. do they have a favorite winter activity?

I: In-the-closet
1. what is their sexuality?
2. have they ever questioned their sexuality?
3. have they ever questioned their gender?
4. would/was their family be okay with them being LGBT?
5. how long would/did it take for them to come out?

J: Joy
1. what makes them happy?
2. who makes them happy?
3. are there any songs that bring them joy?
4. are they happy often?
5. what brings them the most joy in the world?

K: Kill
1. have they ever thought about suicide?
2. have they ever thought about homicide?
3. if they could kill anyone without punishment, would they? who?
4. who would miss them if they died?
5. who would be happy they died, anyone?

L: Lemons
1. what is their favorite fruit?
2. what is their least favorite fruit?
3. are there any foods they hate?
4. do they have any food intolerances?
5. what is their favorite food?

M: Maternal
1. would they want a daughter or a son?
2. how many children do they want?
3. would they be a good parent?
4. what would they name a son? what would they name a daughter?
5. would they adopt?

N: Never Have I Ever
1. what would they never do?
2. what have they never done that they want to do?
3. is there anything they absolutely can’t believe people do?
4. what is the most embarrassing thing they’ve done?
5. have they done anything they thought they’d never do?

O: Optimism
1. are they optimistic or pessimistic?
2. are they openly optimistic, throwing it on others?
3. are they good at giving advice?
4. is there anyone in their life that throws optimism on them?
5. were they always optimistic?

P: Personality
1. what is their best personality trait?
2. what is their worst personality trait?
3. what of their personality do others love?
4. what of their personality do others envy?
5. do they hate anything about their personality/about other’s personalities?

Q: Questions
1. do they ask for help?
2. do they ask questions in class?
3. do they answer questions that make them a little uncomfortable?
4. do they ask weird questions?
5. are they curious?

R: Rules
1. do they follow rules?
2. would they be a strict or laid-back parent?
3. have they ever been consequenced for breaking a rule?
4. have they broken any rules they now regret breaking?
5. do they find any rules they/others follow absolutely ridiculous?

S: Streets
1. are they street-smart?
2. would they give money to someone on the streets?
3. have they ever gotten in a fight on the streets?
4. has anything happened to them on the streets?
5. are they cautious when out?

T: Truth
1. are they honest?
2. can they tell if someone is lying?
3. is it obvious when they’re lying?
4. have they lied about anything they regret lying about?
5. have they told truths that have been spread against their will?

U: Underdog
1. have they been bullied?
2. have they bullied anyone?
3. have they been physically attacked by a bully?
4. have they ever been doubted?
5. have they surprised people with being good at something?

V: Vomit
1. do they vomit often?
2. do they get lots of stomach aches?
3. are they good at comforting someone ill?
4. what do they like as far as comfort goes?
5. do they burp, cough, or hiccup most when nauseous? when vomiting?

W: Water
1. do they drink enough water?
2. have they learned to swim?
3. do they like to swim?
4. can they dive?
5. can they swim without holding their nose?

X: Xylophone
1. what is their favorite genre of music?
2. do they have a favorite song?
3. do they have a favorite band/artist/singer?
4. can they sing well?
5. can they rap?

Y: You
1. how old were you when you created them?
2. what inspired you to create them?
3. were they different when they were first created?
4. do you enjoy writing them more than other characters?
5. what’s your favorite thing about them?

Z: Zebra
1. what’s their favorite animal?
2. do they like animals?
3. cats or dogs?
4. what’s their dream pet?
5. do they have any pets at the moment?

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FIRE EMBLEM WARRIORS NEWS

Units will mostly be from Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening, and Fates.

Marth is voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa. Chrom is voiced by Tomokazu Sugita.

There are two more original characters: Darios (voiced by Takuya Satou) and Yuana (voiced by Yuka Nagayoshi).

Development is currently 70 percent complete.

The project was in planning before Famitsu’s collaboration Musou title survey.

The first thing that was decided was “to do a Musou game that Fire Emblem fans would enjoy.”

The weapon triangle, high strategy elements, and classes that are mainstay in the Fire Emblem series are in.

The reason all the protagonists from the Fire Emblem games are not being included is because if they did that, everyone would be using a sword.

You can switch characters while playing, so you’ll be able to control various weapons and classes of characters.

The number of playable characters is more than the first entry of any other Musou series collaboration.

Archers and magic users will be playable.

While Koei Tecmo can’t share details on the world yet, there is a “Shield of Fire” in this world that has turned up from beyond space and time.

Units that ride a horse, such as the Cavalier, always fight on horse. They’re designed to have high mobility.

“Bond Conversations” are being prepared as support conversations. There is a huge amount of text, including serious conversations and goofy conversations.

  • Persona 2: you can play as a guy and date another guy who loves you back. you can absolutely be gay.
  • Persona 3: in the original game you play as a guy who can romance a gynoid and in the PSP version where you can play as a female, nothing changes in regards to that storyline so you technically can be gay but this may have been more the creators' lack of effort than a genuine interest in including LGBT characters.
  • Persona 4: you can't be gay but one of the main characters is heavily implied to be gay or bi and you can choose to hug one of your other male friends during a particularly emotional scene.
  • Persona 5: you can't be gay and any advances you try to make towards your male friends is treated as a joke.
  • Persona 6: you play as a guy named Heter Osexual and all your dialog consists entirely of "wow do I sure love women exclusively on this fine straight day."

I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 again today and noticed a bunch more things on the rewatch.

  • First of all I was expecting to be bored at least some of the time (I mean, I just saw it a little over a week ago), but I never, ever was, not even once. This movie uses every minute so well. (Unlike the first one, where most of the Ronon and Thanos scenes dragged horribly even the first time, and were completely skippable on a rewatch.)
  • I love how the end of the movie recontextualizes some of the earlier scenes. For example, Mantis’s misery and fear is so obvious when she first meets the gang, and in most of her scenes afterwards. The first time you watch it, her anxiety is easily read as nervousness around strangers. The second time, though, it’s such a gut-punch to see her standing behind Ego, wringing her hands, and knowing why.
  • Drax mistaking Yondu for Peter’s actual father is another of those fantastically recontextualized scenes. The first time, it’s funny, just a tossed-off joke. The second time, though … right in the feels. Because Drax, for the most part, doesn’t get the whole concept of people pretending to be something other than what they are. He watches Yondu and Peter interact with each other and he totally gets the actual relationship in a way even they don’t.
  • Speaking of which, there is some really brilliant editing in this movie. This time around, I noticed how it cut from Ego’s “I’m your dad, Peter” right to the first installment of Yondu’s storyline (which also involved interacting with his parental stand-in, Stakar). And none of the significance of this is clear if you don’t know the characters’ emotional context! You basically can only pick it up after having seen the movie once.  
  • The pacing on all the emotional arcs is so, so good. I didn’t even really notice, the first time around, how strong the Peter-Rocket arc is, from their fighting in the beginning, through Rocket not wanting to leave him on the planet, to their little moment of connection at the end.
  • I still can’t get over how this movie has eight major characters (not counting Ego; let’s not count Ego) and every single one of them has a) an emotional arc of their own, b) at least one strong platonic relationship arc with a beginning, middle, and end, and c) at least one scene in which they get to be awesome and do something important. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. Even the noncombatants. Even the baby!
  • The first time around, I didn’t really notice how brutal Gamora and Nebula’s fight is. @sheronm pointed out how incredibly OTT Gamora picking up the ship cannon is (in a way female characters rarely get to be) but the whole fight is like that: brutal, dirty, vicious, and not sexualized in the slightest. Speaking of which …
  • The only shirtless scenes in the whole movie are guys (Peter on the ship, and Yondu at the brothel). The closest the movie comes to a romance arc is Peter and Gamora flirting and dancing. I still adore how Mantis and Drax make it explicitly clear that they aren’t into each other in a sexual/romantic way, and yet the most important relationship either of them has in the movie is with each other, and he’s willing to die to save her in the end. The movie doesn’t completely ignore romantic love (the Peter/Gamora relationship is still important), and it is true that there are a few sexist jokes (like Peter hitting on the Sovereign queen – though he apologizes for it, which is a rare thing). But overwhelmingly, this is a movie that never dismisses its female characters to “love interest” or sexualizes them any more than the male characters are.
  • When I saw this movie the first time, I thought the soundtrack and use of music was better in the first movie, but now that I’ve seen them both back to back, I was so, so wrong. They both have great music, they both have some great musical scenes, but I think it’s mostly that the first movie has a faster, more actiony soundtrack, while the second movie has a slower, gentler, more emotional soundtrack that I didn’t fully appreciate at first. But in the first movie, the music is mostly a (well-done!) melodic accompaniment to the action, while in the second movie, the songs are very carefully fit to the scenes in which they occur – whether the important thing is the peppy/awful contrast (“Come a Little Bit Closer” over the murder montage), or the whole point is that the song is so terribly, cheesily on point (“Brandy”), or sometimes because the song fits the emotional tone of the scene in the best fanvid kind of way (“Father & Son”, or the repeated use of “The Chain” for the characters being separated and then coming all back together in Peter’s love-epiphany/Power of Friendship™ moment at the end).

It’s just sooo goooood. I really didn’t expect a bombastic, ridiculous musical comedy in space to genuinely be one of the best movies I’ve seen in ages.

masterofenthropy  asked:

Hi HeyWriters! I was wondering: do you have a tip to create a weak point on main characters? I´m making a story, but I´m having trouble since my main character is TOO overpowered. Could you help me with this?

(All of this is written under the assumption your character has superpowers or “special” abilities, so forgive me if you meant a different kind of power.)

I created a character concept when I was twelve. She had all the superpowers of my favorite heroes and then some. As time wore on she gained more and more until eventually my adolescent brain invented logic and realized she was actually ridiculous. Here’s how I depowered this character, who’s name is Ace, without completely ruining her coolness.

Step One:

Don’t be greedy. Any ability that does not contribute to the story needs to go. It’s taking up space that could be filled with credibility. I decided early on that Ace didn’t need most of her abilities, and by the end of the story she only relies on a few to get the job done. Also, if a character can do more than one thing that are all basically the same thing some of those should probably go (invisibility and camouflage, superspeed and teleportation, etc.). 

Step Two:

Apply real-world science. If you try to make your depiction realistic, you’ll want to have an idea of how these abilities might work and how they might not. Of course, you should suspend disbelief for some things if they’re truly essential to your character, but others can be adapted. For Ace there are some powers that only work under the right circumstances, and others that her body rejects or that give her physical pain when she uses them. Most importantly, special strengths come with special weaknesses. Sensitive hearing means loud noises are more jarring or harmful, regeneration means metabolism speeds up and the person needs to eat as much as a body builder. Any superpower you pick out will have a drawback, I guarantee it; if not a physical one then a social one (I’ll get to that).

This scene from The Incredibles is an excellent demonstration of superpower drawbacks.

Step Three: 

Consider how the character feels about all this power and why they obtained it in the first place. Ace was not born with abilities, but over time she chose certain powers for the purpose of defending herself or others. Some of her powers fade away when she stops using them, like any skill you fail to practice, and some abilities she just plain old refuses to use for personal reasons. Some are too difficult or time-consuming for her to master, and some even trigger memories of her traumatic past thus she discards them. This way she has a choice in the matter and her choice is not to bite off more than she can chew or what she doesn’t want in the first place. 

Step Four:

How do other characters feel about all this power? Perhaps some or all of your character’s powers intimidate, frighten, or anger others in the story. One of Ace’s friends dislikes how unstoppable she is, and others are taken aback by some of the things she can do or how she looks when she does them. On the whole, she hides what she can do or picks small things to do instead of big things, downplaying her own power when necessary. How your supporting characters react to the force of nature that is your MC is the most important aspect of her power.

Here’s an example from the X-Men of how other characters might react. 

For additional opinions and advice, read this https://mythcreants.com/blog/five-characters-that-are-too-powerful/ and take to heart its ending line: “There’s only one fix that avoids all the pitfalls of overpowered heroes: refrain from making them really powerful in the first place.”

Yes, Ace is a flawed concept and all the advice I just gave is only a patch kit for that flaw. However, overpowered characters continue to excite readers and viewers alike, so I would never suggest we dispense with them altogether. Just, when you’re getting a headache from how overwhelming your character is, it’s good to consider dialling it all back and focusing on the power of their personality instead.

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Super apologize for taking so long to respond, and thanks for asking in the first place.

This slide is DEFINITELY the one that pisses me off the most, because these fuckers have the gall to act like they’re breaking new ground by putting in humor and “self-mockery” and having Peach defy the “damsel in distress” role

  1. Mario spinoffs have featured copious amounts of humor and “self-mockery” since Super Mario RPG in 1996, if not earlier. They aren’t, like, the height of comedy, but I can guarantee they’re INFINITELY better than anything the Rabbids guys consider funny.
  2. Peach being “badass” and defying the damsel-in-distress trope has also already happened several times. Mario fucking 2 had her as a playable character in 1988.
  3. What the fuck do they mean “conservative universe no more”? Are they talking about how Miyamoto said he doesn’t want spinoffs to take creative liberties or introduce new characters anymore? Because if so, then I don’t want a fucking Rabbids crossover to be the game that breaks this rule, I want it to be Paper Mario, or Mario and Luigi, or any other actually good Mario spinoff
  4. Turtle shelves