Rooms Of Power-
The Clock room (
Salon de l'Horloge
“The fireplace and ceiling cove are the most striking decorative
features. The fireplace hood was executed by Hubert Lavigne and Liénard:
two seated children bear the imperial symbols, the globe and sceptre.
On the pediment, two other children hold up a coat of arms decorated
with oak leaves where the imperial arms used to be. In the central niche
is a statue of France rby Pollet. It replaced in 1860 the original plaster statue of The Emperor
by Lavigne. The fireplace bronzes were made, after Liénard’s plaster
models, by Victor Paillard, who was also responsible for the famous
clock from which the room takes its name.”
I know everybody thinks Vladimir is the oldest but I really think Anatoly is in terms of their personality. There had been a lot of research about birth order and if it really does have a lot of impact on personality. There’s arguments on both sides, but I would like to suggest a few things.
For one, despite what people may think, even though Vladimir is the most dominate, it could suggest that he is in fact the younger sibling. Anatoly is less dominant between the two and is less assertive. Yes I know they are both dominant and assertive in their own right but in comparison between the two, Anatoly always seems to be the one that lets Vladimir take control before he puts in his own opinions. This is evidenced by papers on birth orders by Pollet, Dijkstra, Barelds & Buunk (2010) and Dixon et al. (2008)
Typically first born are considered with these traits:
Conscientiousness – Anatoly calling out Owlsley about Nobu being Japanese while Vladimir wasn’t bothered. It was weird for someone in charge of the Russian mob to be offended over Owsley thinking that just because Nobu was Asian he would understand Chinese. (To be fair I was pretty angry too about it!) Plus he even thanks Wesley for Fisk’s help in doubling their income, something which Vladimir didn’t seem too happy or agreed with.
Cautious – Anatoly is very cautious, especially in terms of their dealings with Fisk. He wants to think things through and have a deal with Fisk in order to help take down the man in the mask. However Vladimir is more impulsive and wild (characteristics of the youngest child), he would rather not ask Fisk for help and take down the Daredevil by themselves. Also when he wishes to return to Moscow, it’s familiar to them both.
Controlling – Anatoly tried to prepare his brother for when he wouldn’t be with him in Utkin prison. He is the one that sets up eyes on Fisk, the one who handles the calls most of the time. Plus Vladimir left Anatoly to get the kit that would wake up Seymon. He questioned whether it was adrenaline or not, suggesting that Anatoly was in control of that issue. Also it suggests that Vladimir is younger still, as most of the time, the younger sibling relies on the elder ones to do tasks for them. (I’m saying this from personal experience. I am always getting manipulated into doing stuff for my younger sister.)
Whereas, last born are considered with these traits:
Manipulative – Vladimir tricked Matt into thinking he was dying so he could attack him. Plus when he went into the hospital he brought freaking flowers to fool the nurses that he and his brother were friends. Because believe me, in a normal hospital ward, Anatoly and Vladimir would have been stopped and questioned. He also
Outgoing – Vladimir is definitely someone who doesn’t seem to be afraid of anyone. He is wild as mentioned above, with only Anatoly being able to control his ways and sometimes not even all the time.
Attention-seeker – Vladimir is such an attention seeker, lets not kid ourselves. He wanted to go to America to become kings rather than stay in Moscow like Anatoly wanted. Plus every time he mentions Fisk’s name in front of Wesley it’s to annoy him. Just to poke at him, to pull at his pigtails that kind of thing.
Self-centred – Vladimir is self-centred with exception to Anatoly. As mentioned before he wants to be a King in Hell’s Kitchen. When Anatoly goes to make a deal with Fisk, Vladimir cannot allow himself to go and bowdown to Fisk because of his pride. He doesn’t give up the information for Matt until near the end when he realises Matt wants revenge just as much as he does.
And just from a personal perspective, Anatoly is behind Vladimir most of the time. I think it’s to ensure that nothing is going to come up from behind Vladimir, that if anything wants to get to his brother, they’ll have to go through Anatoly first. I myself do the same with my sister (who is younger than me), I always seem to be the one that is behind her, so I know she’s in front of me and that if anything happens, I’ll jump in front.
This is just my personal opinion, I know many of you consider Vladimir the eldest and I accept that but my personal head canon is that Anatoly is the eldest of the two.