mythical hero

tori-ayne  asked:

Did you see Wonder Woman? The fighting that the Amazons did was extremely choreographic and really beautiful to watch for a plebeian like me, but did it seem grounded in reality?

There’s nothing about Wonder Woman that’s grounded in reality. This is an intentional design decision and, to be fair, the likes of Atomic Blonde and Haywire aren’t either. In Haywire’s case, it’s because what makes for a good MMA fight is about as far from SpecOps as you can get.

The combat seen in Wonder Woman is stylistically designed to be superhuman because Diana and the Amazons are superhuman. They’re immortal, godlike beings who live on a paradise island hidden from the rest of the world. Their combat style and choreography emphasizes that aspect of their characters. It’s part of the visual storytelling ongoing to show us who and what they are.

Wonder Woman is the sort of archetypal character meant to inspire, who we look up at in wonder, who inspires us to be better, and to believe in ourselves.

The combat isn’t grounding in reality and it doesn’t need to be. In reality, we can’t reflect bullets with gauntlets and walking across No Man’s Land with just a shield would just lead to Diana’s legs being shot out from under her by a gatling gun. Realism isn’t the point of the movie though. Besides that, Wonder Woman is no more realistic than Captain America fighting Nazis with a shield or Batman doing whatever Batman does in the Dark Knight. Or Athena kicking Ares keister in the Illiad.

Wonder Woman walking into the No Man’s Land is thematic not realistic, and that’s the same for the movie’s fight choreography. Hear it: Wonder Woman walks into No Man’s Land. You don’t even need the visual to feel a sense of awe. This woman walking where soldiers are scared to go.

This is archetypal, mythic storytelling with mythic heroes.

The problem is that “grounded in reality” has become the new version of “believable” or “suspension of disbelief” or “relateable” except with much more restrictive rules. Usually because this justification is really “I don’t like it, therefore”. Used more often to shut down conversation than start it, because “realism” sounds more legitimate than personal preference or inherent bias. If you’re ever in a discussion with someone and they can’t elaborate on why it isn’t “realistic” with a genre that was never about realism anyway, then you can usually say this is why.

Realism as an argument gets brought up a lot with superheroes, and the idea that anything in the superhero genre (and this includes superspies) is real is laughable. It’s called “superhero fiction” for a reason, and DC’s heroes from the Gold and Silver Age are all archetypal, mythic heroes who are better than humanity and through which we find the best of ourselves.

What’s real are the emotions and beliefs Wonder Woman inspires in you, the sense of awe, the wonder, and the hope. To hope for and fight for a better future than the one we see before us. To inspire our dreams so we find the courage to chase them. To look up at the stars instead of down at our feet. To believe we’ll find victory so long as we keep getting up again. To remind us we can change the world.

Sometimes, we just need freedom reality’s constraints to find the best in ourselves. Inspire us to see who we could be, beyond what we’ve previously believed to be possible.

You know how many glorious scientific inventions we have because of science fiction? Like hoverboards from Back to the Future. Or flip phones from Star Trek. They weren’t grounded in reality either when they were imagined. There was only the possibility they might, maybe exist… someday.

When discussing anything creative try and remember this: no is not a shut down nor does it remove the idea’s value. Rather, any explanation on the subject is meant to help us gain a better understanding of the subject. The more we know then the more choices become available, and we’re able to pick the one best for us. 

The choreographers, directors, and producers who put together the Amazon’s combat style are people who have a firm grasp of how combat is supposed to work both onscreen and off it. They chose this route because what we see on screen is representative of the themes they had in mind and the story they were trying to tell. It was intentional, not accidental. They knew what they wanted.

The point is don’t be discouraged from chasing after a feeling or a dream just because fiction is what inspired you. The difference between fantasy and reality is the will we have to take ourselves there.


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Fact: Bisexual people have always been here, and not only that, but we have thrived. We have been poets, playwrights, rock stars, millionaires, artists, emperors, mythic heroes, activists, even revered as gods. 

(I’m not kidding! As one of example of each: Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Freddie Mercury, Angelina Jolie, Frida Kahlo, Alexander the Great, Hercules, Brenda Howard, Zeus.)

like let’s just take inventory here

rey has powerful magical powers that she just discovered, like fucking hitting super volatile puberty full force with no warning and her options for who can teach her about it are

a) old man who she thought was a really cool mythic war hero who is insistent she is scary and doesn’t know what the fuck she’s doing bothering him

b) old lady who doesn’t really use her power that much and probably doesn’t have the time to help her anyway

c) aNCIENT ASS terrifying monster that would only use her for his own gain and deteriorate her emotionally in the process

d) young volatile man who she’s at odds w/ but totally gets what she’s going through and wants to be there for her

he’s not a GREAT option but he’s really all she’s got 

🌛Moon Signs ~ Feeling Through the Elements🌜

There is this misconception that water moons are the most emotional, while earth and air moons are much less emotional. But this isn’t true! Everyone has feelings. Everyone has the moon in their chart. It’s not the quantity of emotion that differs but the quality. In other words, it’s the method of processing feeling that is different.

Water moons process emotion by allowing it to flow, moving with the feeling until it stills or passes. It’s hard for them to detach from their feelings because they are so sensitive to external influences, just like how water can’t help but be stirred when you throw a stone into it. Water moons struggle to keep their emotions hidden inside. Water is always searching for a crack to seep out of, and it requires enormous energy to withhold the force of flowing feeling. Scorpio is the most stoic of the water moons but also the most dramatic. I think of moon in Scorpio as like a deep still pool, perfectly self contained until moved by something external. Then the ripples reverberate through the depths, disturbing what has lain hidden beneath the surface.

Earth moons process emotion through physical action. They are known for being stoic, but their lack of communication shouldn’t be taken for a lack of feeling. Earth moons have a practical attitude to emotions and typically won’t express their inner state unless they can see some benefit from doing so. They seek stability and dependability and dislike dramatic displays of emotion. They are the types to resist being influenced by external stimulae by engaging in compulsive behaviour such as comfort eating (Taurus moon) or obsessive cleaning and organising (Virgo and Capricorn). It is important for earth moons to externalise their feelings in some way by making them part of material reality. Activities like exercising, cleaning, and artistic creation can be far more soothing to the troubled earth moon than endless talking about the problem.

Air moons process emotion through rational thought and communication. They have an innate drive to understand and explicate their feelings, and tend to feel unsettled if they do not succeed. Gemini and Libra moons especially need people to talk through their emotional troubles. Gemini talks to find a way to laugh, to soothe their frazzled nerves by seeing their problem through another’s perspective and realising it’s not so big and scary after all. Libra needs to talk about their feelings to feel balanced. It can be very comforting for them to know that other people have felt like this before and can show them ways to cope with it. All air moons have the quality of observing rather than participating in their feelings. They like their emotions neatly packaged in language, which is frequently inadequate for expressing deep, complex feelings. This can leave air moons with a sense of alienation from their feeling nature which can manifest as self-doubt and neuroses about expressing emotion. Aquarius suffers from this the most, since they are simultaneously the most defensive (fixed sign) and have the most inhibited and erratic feeling function (ruled by Saturn/Uranus).

Fire moons process emotion through dramatising or mythologising how they feel. I think the fiery way of feeling is the hardest to explain. More than any other element, fire moons need to feel that they can learn and grow from emotional expression. Not in a productive sense, like earth moons, or an analytical sense, like air moons, but in such a way that feeling is a form of self-development. By experiencing and reacting to various stimulae, fire moons uncover their deepest selves. Think of how fire burns differently depending on what fuel you use. Fire moons are like that; you never know what reaction they will have to a new influence until you try it. Their expressions tend to be larger than life, external, consuming, and illuminating. Like the mythic hero, a despondent fire moon finds their inner light in their darkest hours. It is important for them to feel like their difficult feelings have a purpose, that there is something to learn about themselves from each emotional reaction, and that by expressing this fully they will illuminate their darker aspects and bring them into the light of understanding. The process of mythologising feeling draws on ancient archetypes, and many fire moons may appear or feel like certain archetypal personalities. There is the eternal child (Aries moon) who loves but cannot control himself; the radiant queen (Leo moon) who is the centre of her own world, which shines and darkens with her every moon; and there is the soul wanderer (Sagittarius moon) who picks up emotions like trinkets and treasures along their journey then drops them when they have outlived their use.

Car Boys is a lot of things. It’s a comedy show about two guys riffing on how goofed up robust physics engines can get. It’s an existential horror show about eldritch forces and unknowable geometry. It’s a mythic tragedy about two heroes who nobly sacrifice their spatial and temporal being to seal away a world-eating monster. Sometimes it’s even a show about cars doing fairly pedestrian stunts and exploratory driving. But above all else, Car Boys is a show about two boys building a story about the weird, messed-up stuff they make in a video game. A couple of friends in a car dealing with the huge, terrifying, hilarious messes they make; and the sometimes joyful, sometimes melancholy, always affecting beauty they leave in their wake.

Edward Elric Appreciation Week | Day 4: Favorite Feature

➙ His Xerxesian features 
“Arrogant, huh? I remember this from a mythical tale; ‘the hero who gets too close to the S U N shall have his wax wings plucked and be dropped to the earth.’”

AND that concludes my entry for edelricweek! SORRY for the lateness but I honestly wanted to finish the set despite joining in late. Thanks so much for the people who set this up!

While we’re talking about Ulysses, because it’s that kind of night: we know he named himself after the Union general, not the mythical Greek hero, but did Caesar know that? Ulysses S. Grant was a Union general. Anyone as knowledgeable about history as Ulysses and Caesar must have known that the Union fought against slavery– the very foundation of the Legion.

I might be reading too much into things, but remember that Ulysses took his name before he found the Dam and learned of the NCR:

Long ago, I crossed the Colorado, the first among the Legion to see Hoover Dam in all its glory… an Old World wall, yet bridging two sides. And beyond it, a symbol of a two-headed Bear, an idea great enough to challenge Caesar himself.

So the speeches he gives about turning two flags into one couldn’t have been his original reason for choosing his name. And given what happened to Ulysses’ tribe… I can’t help seeing it as a quiet, covert act of rebellion.

where are all the men who are with us on this ‘patriarchy sucks’ stuff in the small, daily battles? a quick ‘hey, man, that’s not cool & here’s why…’ 

it’s not always about this dramatic being the hero & yanking a stranger off of someone in an alley when they’re being attacked, it’s the everyday little power struggles that you need to speak up against because we can’t always do it ourselves, we don’t always have the  fucking energy to do it ourselves, it’s 

every. fucking. day.


#066-068 Machop, Machoke, and Machamp

Machop are always active, sleeping little just to have more time to train. They congregate with other Machop in rugged mountains to spar and practice martial arts.  Occasionally, groups of Machop will gather near monasteries to watch and learn martial arts from practicing monks.

Literally Ripped. The evolution of a Machop into a Machoke is gradual, and culminates with its muscles swelling so much that its skin actually tears on its arms. The Machoke is not bothered, though, because its muscles have toughened to the extent that it’s virtually immune to pain. Similar to Machop, Machoke are boisterous but friendly, and have been known to gladly assist towns and villages with heavy lifting. They don’t need any compensation—they just like the exercise!

Grapple Masters. The final form of a Machop is the four-armed Machamp, an unrivaled master of martial arts with indomitable brute strength. Mythical heroes of the past are said to have sparred with Machamp, but even in myth, no creature has ever escaped this Pokémon’s four-armed grapples.’s episode. I felt like crying through the main ep and through More. I only became a fan early this year and yet I feel like I’ve been a part of this community for much much longer. I am so damn proud of our boys, my heart feels like it’s gonna burst❤️ You can tell how much the book means to them, which makes it even more meaningful to me. I’m definitely gonna get the audiobook too, there’s so much extra stuff with it, like singing and Christy and Jessie reading their chapter. RandL went above and beyond for this book, put their whole hearts into it. I’m so grateful to share this lifetime with them❤️

They’re such genuine, thoughtful, colourful beans, and something tells me I’m gonna stay a fan, a mythical beast, for a very very long time❤️☺️

anonymous asked:

I'm a big oblivious person so where can I buy your original books? and what are they about?

My books are all available at You can buy print copies, but the ebooks are free to download. 

Go read them! I love them and I will love you for reading them. (Everyone who has read them, I love you, just fyi.) I’ve got two completed series up at the moment–

The Alliance books follow the coming of age of a bunch of young adults on different sides of a brimming civil war. It’s a little rougher than a lot of my current stuff, but I’m deeply fond of the characters that live in the world and the way they interact, love, and grow. Especially as a full piece, I’m proud of what baby!inky did with it. 

Liar and Traitor are the two main novels of the series– Sneak is a sort of optional prequel you can read before or after the others, but it takes a bit longer to really get going. 

My other series, Leagues and Legends, takes place in a world of mythical monsters and vigilante heroes. The story follows Jack Farris, a beanpole of a young man who’s trying to learn how to save people, and his friends– Laney Jones, a mage, inventor, and angry perfectionist; Rupert Willington Jons Hammersfeld VII, the steady, paperwork-obsessed spawn of a traditional old heroic family; and Sanders Grey, a tiny, clever, caustic bookworm child. They have adventures, they lie a lot, and Rupert makes sure everyone eats and sleeps and hydrates. 


“I was in sickbay doing drugs.”

“What do I know of cultured ways, the gilt, the craft and the lie?
I, who was born in a naked land and bred in the open sky.
The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the broadswords sing;
Rush in and die, dogs—I was a man before I was a king.”
             —   Robert E. Howard