nice guy trope

anonymous asked:

Totally agree re LJG and thank you for saying that. LJG is quintessential Nice Guy trope. I don't like how DG thinks she made him an acceptable gay character when having him obsessively in love with a straight man is the height of stereotypical portrayal of homosexuals in fiction

I remember when Beauty and the Beast came out I was reminded of Lord John. Because everyone was all like omg Disney has a canonically gay character! But it was one who was in love with a straight guy who treated him like shit. Like seriously? This is what they were trying to get kudos for?

Jamie doesn’t treat John like shit, and they are good friends to each other. But it’s the Nice Guy™ nonsense combined with the gay guy who can’t get over the straight guy trope that kind of turns me off of the character.

persian13  asked:

I was wondering why I never heard of that "nice guy" trope before and then I understood. I guess that's one of the advantages of not being a pretty girl. I never had to deal with assholes like "Nice Guy Sans" 'cause they never were interested in girls like me! XD





ok ok ok ok ok ok can I just have a quick lil moment of your time?

This shit.

So Hunchback is far and away my favorite movie from Disney’s Renaissance, and it always makes me so happy that yes, people seem to appreciate it, people seem to love it, but I’mma go into exactly WHY it’s my favorite, and WHY I think it’s so crucial, and WHY I think it should be required viewing for young boys specifically.

We all know that a huge bulk of the media we’ve grown up with consistently has that one frustrating message:  Being the hero means you’ll get the girl.  Many boys let this mentality bleed into reality.  We have “nice guys,” who feel that their niceness entitles them to romance, when obviously that discredits a female’s personal choice.  We all get this, we all know this, and a lot of us get that it’s a toxic message.

So check out our hero.

He’s an incredibly good person who isn’t conventionally attractive.

Check out our lady.

Super good person, conventionally attractive.

The movie so deliberately builds up Quasi’s hopes.  There’s a whole fucking song about it.

But Esmeralda, who is her own person with her own motivations and preferences, chooses another man, who is also good and also attractive.

A lot of people criticize this aspect of the movie, the fact that Quasi doesn’t get the girl BECAUSE of his appearance.  But my argument?  This is the best damn message a movie could ever send.

Because when things get dicey, when Esmeralda’s life in in danger, when Quasi would be putting his own life on the line, he knows that romance is no longer within the realm of possibility.  He knows he won’t be “getting the girl.”  He knows this, and he allows himself a moment of bitterness, he risks falling prey to the “nice guy” trope, and he almost succumbs.

“She already has her knight in shining armor, and it’s not me.”


He has NO ulterior motive for saving her life.  NO ulterior motive for opposing the man who raised him.  And he doesn’t know that he’ll get any reward, he knows he could straight up get killed for his actions, and yet he still acts.

And there’s no bitterness. There’s still so, so much love between him and Esmeralda, pure awesome platonic love, and love between him and Phoebus, and just fucking love all around, it’s amazing.

I’ve heard so many people express distaste at Quasi not ending up with Esmerelda.  Like he was cheated out of some kind of reward.  But have they watched the ending?

Does that look like a man cheated of his reward?  Does he look like he “lost” to Phoebus?  No dude, that’s a man who has everything he ever wanted, and that’s also a man who didn’t “get the girl.”

If that’s not an essential message for young boys to hear, I don’t know what is.

reasons why futurama is so great and is so important to so many of us

  • philip j fry is our protagonist. he is mentally ill and pansexual (both of which are canon). we watch him develop from an irresponsible “loser” who has nothing to a semi-responsible man with an entire family in the form of the planet express crew. he isn’t a typical science fiction male hero - he always has to be saved, he messes everything up, he hardly does his job, but his saving grace is the fact that he is kind. and fry’s kindness is what endears everyone on the show to him. he is the most important person in the universe even though his mind constantly tells him that he’s a nothing who has no one. (this message has helped me through so many difficult times). also, the beauty in a mentally ill queer character getting the happiest of endings imaginable puts futurama leagues ahead of every other show ever. 
  • turanga leela. EVERYTHING about her. she’s a disabled orphan who grew up bullied and literally had to go through everything alone. when we meet her, time and time again, she chooses her own destiny. the first episode starts with her quitting her boring job to be the best space pilot in the galaxy. leela is the strongest person on the show and is the closest thing to a superhero that the show has. she’s an intersectional feminist, stands up for the rights of minorities and animals. hell, she literally leads a revolution to get the mutants equal rights. one other thing that i want to note is that the animators wanted her nose smaller bc they didn’t think female characters should have big noses, but legend matt groening fought to keep it the size it was. 
  • matt groening also specifically created the character of amy wong to break the stereotype that only men can do slapstick. amy continuously breaks stereotypes. she’s a genius and has a phd, but she’s also ditzy. she’s promiscuous, she’s a party girl. her parents are emotionally abusive and she deals with an eating disorder. she’s also an asian woman who’s a lead character!! what other mainstream cartoon has done that? 
  • hermes conrad could’ve been the stereotypical token black character who only comes in once in a while to say “sassy” lines but he’s not. he’s a proud jamaican who’s a proud bureaucrat, a former olympic champion, and an amazing husband and father. and then we see the beautiful story of how he saved bender as a baby and it just makes you love him anymore.
  • this last point isn’t about the characters, but about one of the most clear main messages of the show, which fry says in bender’s big score: “i want what’ll make you happy, not what’ll make me happy.” not only does it destroy the nice guy trope in that instance, but it’s used in so many other great situations. bender giving up a relationship with his son so that his son can achieve his dreams, leela’s parents giving up a life with her so that she can have a better life. unconditional selfless love is presented to us time and time again and it’s such an important message 

I always thought that Obsidian’s reluctance to do romance had more to do with the structurization of romance than romance part itself.

Look at how most devs make romance options. It starts with companion design: love interests need to be conventionally attractive, fill in different romance tropes (nice guy, ice queen, the flirt, etc.) and provide players with traditional cutesy romance, angsty brooding romance and whatever else is there.

This all can be very depressing to design, ever since you do not only need to design the character in such a way that it would work well with plot perspective and fill certain combat roles, but also make sure the character stays “romantically attractive”. Does that mean that Hiravias needs to be less of a stinky, scarred druid? Pretty up Pallegina? Kick out Durance, to make more place for handsome guys? 

Do you also make some characters more likable, to make sure they stay “romanceable”? Do you downplay Eder’s racism or does romance mean that by talking about it, Eder no longer has any prejudices left? What does that mean for everyone else who did not romance him?

So instead of providing more depth, games with romances in mind tend to have LESS varied characters and some rather unsatisfying friendship paths.

So I am very happy that Obsidian wants to make first characters and if it fits the character, allow romance to blossom. From design standpoint it’s completely different. Romances no longer have to be a fully structured romance with 3 designated romance scenes and 1 sex scene before main mission. No character is the same, so their romances do not need to have the same structure either. There is more freedom and more room for experimentation. And I don’t have to worry about characters declaring their undying love for me, for no other reason that I flirted with them three times. I would really love to have little more nuance in romances.

Can we talk about Han Solo for a minute?

When I first got into Star Wars, what I thought I knew about him could basically be summed up as “ridiculously attractive fuckboy”. Maybe because I was aware of how popular he was as a character in a male dominated fanbase. I can clearly see now how wrong I was. 

Make no mistake. Han is definetely a stuck-up scoundrel, deliciously so. But if he is any sort of role model for fuckboys, whiny pissbabies, neckbeards or whatever the current nickname for the less than stellar representatives of the male species is, they have completely misread the character.

In fact, for all his smugness and unshakable pride, Han is antithesis of the Nice Guy trope. The reason why Leia felt drawn to him was the fact that he treated her like an equal. He wasn’t awed by her position nor intimidated by her status. Her independence and fiery determination are precisely why he fell for her. When Luke asks what Han thinks of her in A New Hope, his answer is “she’s got a lot of spirit”, not “she’s beautiful” or anything of the sort. When she pulls out a blaster to finish off the stormtroopers that surprised them in Endor, like the badass she is, that’s when we first hear Han say he loves her.

Han puts Leia’s happiness before his own. When he thought she was in love with Luke, he offered to step aside. When he thought he was about to die in the carbonite chamber, his final thoughts were about her safety and well being. “I know” is such a Han Solo answer to Leia’s love confession. It’s presumptuous and witty, but oh so romantic. He was basically telling her not to worry: if he died, she could rest assured that her feelings for him were made pretty clear and she wouldn’t have to live with any regrets.

For all the heartbreak we were left with after The Force Awakens, it was a pretty fitting conclusion to his character. Leia’s first impression of Han - that of a mercenary who didn’t care about anyone - was just as wrong as mine. He does care. He cares so much for his son that he died for him and forgave him for what he did. Like always, Leia’s well being was his priority and he thought being around him was a painful reminder of what they had been through, so he kept his distance. And yet her request to bring their son home was the whole reason why he stepped on that bridge. He no longer had any hope, but he did it for her.

I just have a lot of Han Solo feelings tonight.

anonymous asked:

Does uryu fall in a 'nice guy' trope, in your opinion?

Oh dear LAWD no, anon.  I know there’s a fairly vocal part of the fandom that does, but as someone who has met her share of Nice Guys™ in her life, I can assure you he couldn’t be more different if he tried.  

I know what you might be getting at, though.  It’s very easy to turn Uryū into that kind of person in a story/meta post, by implying that Orihime somehow ‘owes’ him her affection because he’s always been there, always been sweet and kind to her.  That’s basically the whole Nice Guy™ way of thinking in a nutshell, so yes, anyone could easily twist his character to fit that trope, even though it doesn’t apply, and I’m about to explain why.

 As a smaller ship, IshiHime has often been dismissed as something people shipped to ‘get Orihime out of the way,’ and whereas I don’t doubt there are people who do think that way, I’ve yet to meet an actual IshiHime shipper who believed that Orihime owed Uryū anything.  

The whole basis of the ship, to me, was their chemistry, the fact that they brought out the best in each other, and how well they seemed to fit together, so whatever hopes I had of them becoming canon, or be implied to be heading that way relied on Orihime getting over Ichigo.  The fact that I believe Uryū respects Orihime and was attentive to her feelings doesn’t mean that Orihime had to like him by default, it simply means that this is why I think they’d make a good couple.

What sets Uryū distinctly apart from Nice Guys™ is that, in my experience, they always seem to find both small and big ways to badmouth the guy you actually like, to undermine possible or existing relationships, in a misguided attempt to elevate themselves in your eyes.  They see acts of platonic affection as currency they can cash in to get into your pants, which means that they were never truly your friend to begin with.  

Kubo demolishes that trope for Uryū in a single scene:

He never once makes light of her feelings, never once shows bitterness toward her or Ichigo, but his soulful, doe-eyed looks to her throughout the series make it perfectly clear he was head over heels in love with her. 

Orihime never owed Uryū a damn thing, but by god did I hope she would one day see how amazing they could have been together.

I think that is a perfect assessment of Moo-Bin! He thinks she owes him for a rescue he didn’t really provide. Yes, he told her about the bet (that he participated in! He wanted to beat the other guys and that’s his reason for telling her!) but he placed all burden of responsibility for the fallout on Ae-Ra. She had to stand up to the other guys trying to coerce her into their cars and when that didn’t work, they assaulted her. Even after Dong-Man showed up (because she asked him to come get her–very important) she also had to handle that all on her own. And then, she had to rescue Dong-Man from prison. 

And that’s the problem with the white knight/nice guy trope that Moo-Bin thinks he’s playing into. He thinks meeting the most basic standard of human decency is enough to strong arm Ae-Ra into dating him. She flat out tells him that girls don’t like being surprised the way he shows up at her work and he’s like I know better than you that girls really like this so you should like what I’m doing for you, too.

But he’s not doing it for her. He’s doing it for himself. It’s not a rescue if you can’t see responsibility through to the very end. It is great that Ae-Ra can rescue herself, but she shouldn’t have to pick up the mess these men created.

Ugh. My fanny is frosted!

You make a good point about Dong-Man. He’s not perfect. He did a few things in reaction to Moo-Bin that aren’t fantastic either. But it also never works out for him, so I have hope. 

Like, when he yanked Ae-Ra back to him on the rooftop in a dramatic male lead move, only for them to stand there awkwardly because he didn’t have a follow up move. The music died and they just stared at each other because that’s real life. 

What I do like about Dong-Man, is that he offers himself as a reason why she doesn’t have to go along with the flow when it comes to Moo-Bin. He doesn’t baby her too much and he treats her as if she’s competent.

But in 2017 that shouldn’t be something as unusual as it is.

trick-r-treason  asked:

Bushroot please!

1: sexuality headcanon: Baby bi bi bi. Though, really, he’ll get a crush on anyone that is nice to him.

2: otp: Feeling lonely? Wanting somebody to be by your side as you wade through life? Then look no further than Liquidator brand loving! Guaranteed to wash away all your troubles, or your money back. 

3: brotp: My first instinct is to write ‘Fearsome Four’ again. But let’s not forget his faithful buddy Spike!

4: notp: I was going to write ‘Posey was a mistake’, but I don’t actually believe this. This is not what my heart feels. So none. Well… Yes, none, but I do think Negaduck should stay away from my precious flower.

5: first headcanon that pops into my head: I feel he deserves a redemption arc. Yes, he’s the horrid ‘nice guy’ trope. He’s actually really scary in that regard, and he also tends to excuse his actions by putting the blame onto others. And yet… he’s depressed. He’s OPENLY SAD, and that makes me just want good things to happen to him. But I also want him to earn it, you know? Have him realize his mistakes and try to be a better lyceum nycanthropus. Or at least stop hurting people, ya know? 

SHUSH should hire him so he can have monies so he doesn’t have to steal fertilizer to eat.

6: one way in which I relate to this character: I’m depressed and want love. I also have a history with being bullied, so I totally feel for him in that regard. I just… don’t approve of taking pain out on others. 

7: thing that gives me second hand embarrassment about this character: He was going to marry a potato. Nuff said.

8: cinnamon roll or problematic fave? Problematic Pansy. Plant joke for you folks at home ;) 

an argument for praxis

i’m going to preface this by saying that i have not been in the starfighter fandom very long, certainly not as long as some of the people that i am acquaintances with or have seen in the tag. however, i feel the need to sort of get this off my chest because i think praxis, as a character, receives a lot of undeserved hate. he has a bad reputation for being someone so, well, normal, for being the opposite of cain (which in no way is a negative/jab because they are vastly different characters who serve different purposes). 

beneath the cut i’d like to talk a little bit about why i, personally, think praxis is not only a good character, but a great one, and why some of the pervasive, negative meta that has lingered on is not an accurate portrayal of his role/place within the comic.

warnings: this is long. there is some nsfw text underneath the cut (starfighter is very nsfw so, surprise), possible spoilers if you’re not caught up with the comic. 

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Just Realizing...

I love love LOVE Jackie and Hyde’s relationship, they were one of my first OTPs before I even knew what an OTP was, and I’m rewatching That 70s Show and even when Hyde couldn’t stand Jackie he could never bear to see her cry. Like in 1x19, Prom Night. She starts crying and he takes her to the prom:

and when Kelso confronts him about it Hyde says, “She CRIED, man!”

And in 2x21  Kelso’s Serenade, when Jackie starts crying after he says they won’t hang out anymore, it really gets him and he strokes her hair to calm her down:

There are a lot of other instances in seasons 2 and 3 that show how Hyde actually can’t stand to see Jackie upset but as it doesn’t relate directly to crying I’ll skip over those to:

7x14, Fighting Man, when they’re broken up and express how much they miss each other through bickering with one another and he seeks her out to insult her but can’t when he sees her crying on her own:

They were honestly a great couple and the build up to their relationship was there for a long time and it was a natural progression and a very real relationship. It still bothers me that the writers put Jackie and Fez together because it felt as if Jackie “owed” it to Fez to be with him since he was the “one who was always there”, it plays into the “friend zone” “nice guy” trope/mentality and that’s more than a little irksome. It’s always going to be Hyde and Jackie to me ;)

anonymous asked:

Can anyone point me in the direction of this character development for tsukiyama? I really don't mean any disrespect, but I obviously need something to open up my eyes, 'cuz I'm not seeing it. He went from I'd eat anyone as long as they appeal to me! to I smelled that guy now I'm obsessed and he died so Imma die too cuz I can't get on that. I don't know, he just sounds like one of those guilt tripping Nice Guys to me :( if anyone says but he cares for ken i'm not here for that,he wants dinner

Whether you decide to answer that or not, I’ll respect your opinion, cuz I respect you a whole lot, and I like your meta-breakdowns, so I’m asking. Thanks, in advance

Anon, I appreciate your kind words but I have to disagree with how you’re framing this in your mind. Maybe I can give you a different frame of reference for Tsukiyama’s actions. 

Now, I adore Tsukiyama but I haven’t read the novels and so I am not as up to speed on his (former) character as other tumblr users. There are other metas about him from people who have read the novels, and you’re welcome to look those up for reference. But from what I can tell, there are two components to your question:

1) How has Tsukiyama’s character developed through the manga?

2) Is Tsukiyama following the “Nice Guy” trajectory, or does he give a damn about Kaneki? (I know you said you’re not here for the idea that he cares about Ken, but that raises the question, so.)

So I will address them in that order. 

Tsukiyama’s Character Development

It’s undoubtable that when Tsukiyama was first introduced, he was interested in Kaneki for one reason only–he wanted to eat him. 

He was a nuisance. Touka said so, and I am sure she wasn't’ the only one who felt that way. Lest we forget, the “Gourmet” was one of the reasons why the CCG decided to increase Dove presence in the 20th Ward, so Tsukiyama was clearly bringing some very unwanted attention. Then, he went on to try and eat Kaneki, going so far as to make him one of the dishes available at his ghoul restaurant. 

When Kaneki fights back and breaks Taro’s arm, Tsukiyama is pleased…he’s pleased that Kaneki was able to think clearly in the situation, was able to fight back, and was able to provide entertainment for his guests. 

Did Tsukiyama care about Kaneki at this point? No. Absolutely not. He just wanted to impress his guests by providing a good show. But Tsukiyama did save Kaneki, only to make him a meal of his own. Tsukiyama selfishly wanted to have Kaneki to himself. He did not want to share him with the others. So he made a new plan. He lured Kaneki into a church so that he could eat him there. I am not going to examine this part too closely…we know that Tsukiyama selfishly wanted to eat Kaneki himself, and that he was beaten. But there is one part I would like to draw attention to:

“I do not have any memories of ever being broken.”

Just….keep that quote in your back pocket, for now. 

Of course, as we know, Kaneki was kidnapped by Aogiri and then tortured by Jason. When Anteiku decided to try and rescue Kaneki, they knew that they needed all of the assistance that they could get. One of the people who chose to help them was Tsukiyama. Now, obviously, going on this mission meant risking their lives. So Tsukiyama was risking his life, but still only for a meal. He wanted to eat Kaneki. He wanted to consume the creature who had managed to evade him twice, while intriguing him so. He wanted to make Kaneki his, and he didn’t want any of those Aogiri assholes to eat the meal he’d worked so hard to obtain. He was willing to put his life on the line for his dinner. Did Tsukiyama care about Kaneki as a person at this point? No. You could argue that there was some more intense, subliminal stuff going on, but for all intents and purposes, for all that we know, Tsukiyama just wanted his dinner. 

After Kaneki is rescued, Banjou pledges himself as Kankei’s Sheild, and in response, Tsukiyama pledges himself as Kaneki’s Sword.

Kaneki accepts this, but warns Tsukiyama that any unnecessary actions will not be tolerated. Tsukiyama is turned on by this, and wants to eat Kaneki even more.

Time passes. The next several chapters focus on Amon, Akira, Shinohara, and Juuzou, which a little bit about Hide. When we see Tsukiyama and Kankei again, it is in a flashback. Tsukiyama appears to be up to his usual hijinks…

He proceeds to help Kaneki murder and cannibalize all of his “friends.” Though he may not have felt much affection or loyalty toward them, he had known these ghouls for a very long time. This is the first time I would claim true development of character. Why? Because Tsukiyama is more loyal to Kaneki, or to his desire for Kaneki, than he is to those he has known for a long time. Remember, the first time he brought Kaneki into the restaurant, he merely killed a scrapper. Scrappers are considered pets, so while it was violent, it wasn’t even remotely similar to killing a fellow ghoul. In this case, he didn’t kill one ghoul…he killed hundreds. 

This is development because his devotion to Kaneki is growing. This is confirmed a few pages later when we see…

Him acting as essentially a bodyguard to Kaneki. 

Him referring to Kaneki as his “master”…

Him admiring Kaneki, and standing back while Kaneki takes down his enemies.

Now, there’s way much here to give pictures for, but as that chapters go on, we see that Tsukiyama is working side by side with Kaneki. He is bankrolling Kaneki, providing him with a home, getting him into the places that he needs to be, going along with all of Kaneki’s plans, and not trying to eat him. It could be argued that this is all a part of Tsukiyama’s plans, but I think at this point - spending all of his time on Kaneki, spending vast amounts of money on Kaneki, designing Kaneki’s clothing (where did he get the new centipede eyepatch? His new clothes? we know he designed Kaneki’s sexy af battlesuit) - it’s safe to say that Tsukiyama’s interest has….outgrown what he would do for a meal. 

He considers the people in Kaneki’s squad to be his friends, and he is lonely.

Later, we see him confused when Kaneki left him behind at the hospital, and fighting at Kaneki’s side, even sustaining physical damage from Naki on Kaneki’s behalf. 

This goes on. He follows Kaneki everywhere, and he does everything at his side. He never once tries to eat him, though he keeps acting like that is what he’s getting at. Then, after the incident with Kanou when Kaneki goes half-kakuja and hurts, Banjou, he’s very depressed. He wont leave his room. It is Tsukiyama that dares to enter, and this is some of what happens.

Apparently, he has observed Kaneki so closely that he knows the one thing that can cheer him up: novels. And Kaneki goes from this:

To this:

In a matter of hours. 

To cheer up Hinami, Tsukiyama takes her out for tea:

Showing that he’s not only well behaved when Kaneki is watching, but when he doesn’t particularly stand to gain anything. Now, of course, Tsukiyama is still claiming to himself that he is just working to acquire Kaneki as a meal.

Yes, Tsukiyama is creepily sniffing his Kaneki-cloth, But actions speak louder than words, do they not? And Tsukiyama hasn’t done anything to actually harm Kaneki in almost over 6 months at this point. In fact, everything that he has been doing has been to help Kaneki and those who surround Kaneki. And he knows it.

What he doesn’t seem to realize yet, is why.

Kaneki chooses to return to Anteiku, and tells his “family” that he is going and that he would like them to join him. 

Tsukiyama claims, within his own mind, that though Kaneki is a lot of trouble, he’s still “good spice,” and therefore worth following. 

But lets consider this for a moment. At this point, Tsukiyama has risked his life several times, allowed his friends to be killed and cannibalized, bankrolled Kaneki, taken pains to cheer him up when he’s down, fought by him at his side. He’s made friends with Kaneki’s friends. He’s done everything that he possibly could do for Kaneki. 

At this point, do you really, honestly believe that this has anything to do with wanting a meal?

Then the Anteiku raid begins. And this is where Tsukiyama has his moment of truth. Kaneki is intent on sacrificing himself for his friends. Tsukiyama…well…

Tsukiyama has seen Kaneki fight. He has seen Kaneki’s struggle. He’s given everything in his power to help Kaneki. And now Kaneki is throwing his life away on a battle that he can not win. Tsukiyama still says he wants to eat him, but you can not convince me that is his motivation in this scene. He’s hysterical. He’s in massive distress. He doesn’t want to lose someone that he’s actually come to love. 

That’s right. I am saying that Tsukiyama actually loves Kaneki, and that his actions in this seen are borne from that love. 

He’s devastated because he can’t stop Kaneki.

And if you need more proof, Kaneki himself thanks Tsukiyama for trying to stop him. Because in that moment, Kaneki knows that Tsukiyama isn’t trying to hurt him, and he isn’t trying to kill him. In that moment, he knows that Tsukiyama was trying to stop him because he cares about him. And Tsukiyama was willing to throw his life away for that. 

And honestly, he does. Losing Kaneki, but even worse, being incapable of stopping him from throwing his own life away, literally destroys Tsukiyama. He doesn’t move, for how long we don’t know. He doesn’t eat for three years. That’s not mourning a lost meal. That’s grief. That’s devastation. That’s coming from a place of deep, deep love. 

And this is where point 2 comes in.

The “nice guy” trope pattern is as follows: Nice Guy falls in lust, Nice Guy does nice things for object of lust, object rejects Nice Guy, and Nice Guy flies into a rage and aims to hurt the object. 

But by this time, Kaneki is not an object to Tsukiyama. If Kaneki was an object, Tsukiyama would not have gone three years without eating. He would not have been devastated. He would have actually tried to hurt Kaneki, instead of just losing his shit and falling impotently to the ground. If Tsukiyama only cared about Kaneki as a meal, he would not have lost literally every aspect of his identity when Kaneki threw his life away. 

Somewhere between agreeing to be Kaneki’s sword and begging him not to go for dear life, Tsukiyama Shuu fell deeply in love with him. He started out at the Nice Guy, but he ended up being the tragic half of love unrequited. And in the end, Kaneki understood that Tsukiyama’s attack came from a place of love, not lust or hunger, but love. That’s why he thanked him. 

Before Kaneki, Tsukiyama was a carefree, hedonistic ghoul with very little conscience to speak of. Kaneki changed him in a way that Tsukiyama still can’t come back from. And despite his connections, his money, his energy, his efforts, and his love, he couldn’t stop Kaneki from throwing himself at the mercy of the CCG. And that devastated him. 

I hope that you read all of this, anon, it’s taken me two hours to write. But if you read all of this and still think that Tsukiyama hasn’t developed as a character, at the very least, then I don’t even know what to tell you. To me, it’s entirely clear that Tsukiyama both developed like crazy AND fell in love with Kaneki. I hope that, at the very least, you can understand where I am getting this viewpoint from. 

SH 2x16 Rambles

If you had told me in S1 that Simon was going to be the most well-rounded character on the show, I would have laughed my ass off. Simon. SIMON. Nice Guy Trope incarnate SIMON?! 

And yet, he’s got his own shit going on that has nothing to do with idiot Shadowhunters and the evil Clave. He’s got Yom Kippur to worry about and the possibility of having to tell his mom he’s a vampire some day. And Maia, who really does still dig him after waiting through the Clary thing.

Maia is solid gold, Simon. Do not screw that up.

In idiot land, Clary can make portals!

How do portals work seems like a reasonable thing to ask, right? So here’s what the wiki says: 

Additionally, a person needs to be familiar with the destination when going through a Portal. Otherwise, it will take the person to whatever place he/she is thinking of, or the place the last user of the Portal went to.

What the shit.

That’s the most “I had to contrive this for my plot” collection of conditions I’ve ever seen. You can make a portal, but it doesn’t inherently GO anywhere. You have to know where you’re going at the time of entry, on an individual basis. If you don’t know where you’re going, you go to where you’re thinking about (!!?!?!). And if that’s not the case, you go to where the person AHEAD of you was thinking about! So as you’re going through DON’T THINK ABOUT ANYTHING. Easy for Shadowhunters, I guess.

And someone thought… let’s use this for prisoner transport! I’m sure the prisoner will blissfully think about jail while we shove them through. How could this go wrong?!

As opposed to: Portals go where you open them to. 😱

Why do they work this way? Some ridiculous “I couldn’t think my way out of this plot anyway else” reason I’m sure, even though it makes no sense in the long run. It makes more sense if they only go to one location and only warlocks can make them, because then the white suprem– Shadowhunters have to work with warlocks enough that they trust them not to portal them to the bottom of the ocean. It makes a working relationship essential.

Then the healing runes. So Jace’s super power is that he can activate runes on his own. Cool. But only his own, I guess? But… doesn’t a healing rune need to be placed on the person that needs healing? And aren’t they the type that fade away?

So… what did he activate on himself that healed Clary of her crazy?

Wait, wait! It made a healing cloud, right? That way he has to hug her tight for it to work. That must be it. (If any of these things have rules, they aren’t making them clear on the show, which is sort of the point of having the show.)

And last…

Papa Lightwood is totally banging Imogen. I mean who wouldn’t? All cold and murdery and afraid of ducks. Total catch.

Rest assured that the big secret about the Soul Sword that Alec cannot tell Magnus is going to be the reason “You looked me in the eye and lied to me!” because out of all the hurtful things Alec has done that’s the one we’re going to focus on.

Other Predictions:

Magnus and Luke are meeting the Seelie Queen because she wants to start a war against the Clave and is looking for allies. Magnus will refuse because of Alec. Luke will refuse because of Clary. The Seelies are now everyone’s enemy.

As a Jonathan/Nancy shipper, I’m actually glad that they didn’t get together at the end of s1 and instead Steve/Nancy did. For starters, Jonathan and Nancy had a lot more buildup and their last scene had subtext of lingering feelings from both their sides. Not too much weight was given to Steve/Nancy with him just putting his arm around her while asking if she gave Jonathan the gift. Sure, Steve has come a long way and grown, but so has Jonathan in more understated ways. The camera is instrumental in explaining this. 

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anonymous asked:

I reread one of your old articles about serialized fiction, finding the section about 'wearing down a woman until she says yes' interesting. Although you mention the show in question didn't go that tired route, I can't help but feel that an EVIL woman rejecting the guy (rendering him pitiable) is the other side of this harmful coin: "good women give in while women who reject nice guys are evil bitches." The character's villain song was even twisted into MGTOW propaganda in a YouTube video.

Oh, sure. I sincerely believe that wasn’t the WOY crew’s intent, between the creator discussion here on their tumblrs and the fact that Dom actually got explored as a character after that whole bullshit arc was behind them; but that doesn’t mean “mean bitchy women reject Nice Guys” isn’t a trope that’s been frequently used and that there are people who will take that from the story and twist it to their advantage (read: assholes).