Any tips and advice on improving Sephiroth's evil qualities for my portrayal? To be honest, I've been struggling on trying to form and maintain it. I fail to make him do cruel things because I get squeamish, and I've never actually portrayed a villain before.
specimen-s ’s Sephiroth is vulnerable and oh god I love them so much.
jenovaslegacy is a fantastic powerful-but-kind Seph
blackwing ‘s Seph seems ready to slam one through the wall if a stranger does as much as kiss them.
I don’t even know how to define my Sephiroth… (anyone care to try?)
My point being: each has their own version.
Sephiroth is like a lego brick, eveyone can push their ideas on him. Boys like him because he’s powerful, girls like him because he’s sexy.* Whatever Sephiroth is to you, channel THAT. Channel what you like about him. And search your own emotions. If you’ve got a crush and act jealous, then portray that with Sephiroth. Have him accidentally crush the glass he was holding. Have him throw the shards at the person he dislikes. Have Hojo stitch up his hand.
I try to…think of the mean things I want to do unto another person, then take it one step further. I suppose that’s what makes my Sephiroth mean.
If your Sephiroth is kind, and would not do this, then it’s OK. You don’t have to write anyone’s portrayal of Sephiroth but your own take on him. The more you write what you think would be his reaction (even if it feels OOC), the more you’ll cement your version of Sephiroth. I can tell you’re worrying a lot about your portrayal. To be honest, you can worry less. You write a better Seph than you give yourself credit for.
EVIL qualities + coolness factor really depends on your co-writers. For me, @directorlazard and @brighteyedinfantryman and @lilly-white give GREAT responses to my Sephiroth. They call him marvellous and intimidating and an asshole. Their reactions to my Sephiroth shape my character portrayal more, than my own effort.
If I were to write about Sephiroth walking into the room with coat flying up, and the interaction would be like this:
Muse B: *begins to laugh* You look straight out a BDSM novel. Sephiroth: …excuse me. Muse B: *laughs more* Sephiroth: *hits the back of the other’s head* Muse B: *ducks*
Then it’s my co-writer that doesn’t respect my Sephiroth’s looks/social position/strength. Compare:
Sephiroth: *walks into the room.* Freyja: *eyes widened slightly, the inhaled breath never came out* Sephiroth:
*smirk widens just enough to show teeth* At ease. @fsiegfried: *visibly relaxes and fidgets lightly unsure of whether to sit down beside him or not. She chooses the former and sips in a silence she is about to break.* “Soo…I trust you have a plan , sir?”
And this way, you never have to enforce Sephiroth’s reputation with displays of violence and/or cruelty.
OKAY NOW TO BUSINESS
I channel CC Sephiroth in my insecurity. He worries a lot about what other people think, and had social classes to make him behave right.
Post Nibelheim, he doesn’t think about what others will think of him. He just does. I rely on my cowriters to describe the impact of his actions? Making him uncaring about other’s judgements, helped me as a person grow. Now I care less about people’s judgements.
If you can’t channel ACC Seph, create a version of CC Sephiroth, or even pre- CC sephiroth where he’s young and worries a lot about what other people think! You’ll find your way. You don’t have to be violent.
When you do want to be violent, ask your co-writers to write a proper reaction.
I fav a lot of “cruel sentence starters” and “torture memes” on tumblr. When in doubt, I go there for a real good sentence.
If you open the window and try to make a Seph to please every reader out there, you’ll only get pneumonia. Write Sephiroth the way you like it, please please yourself.
*shallow gender stereotyping goes through the rooooof. Minus points for Aisha.
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