pure pine

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He stayed for some stancakes then took off for space and hasn’t been seen or heard from by anyone on Earth since.

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Stanuary week two: Protect
He might not always be able to be there to protect his brother from bullies, but at least he can keep him from taking their words to heart.


You can see all of my Stanuary entries here.

gettin-schwifty  asked:

Despite being comically irresponsible when it comes to supervising children, Stan loves Dipper and Mabel unconditionally. Even if Stan is prone to making fun of them at times, he's proven that he really cares about them and would lay down his life for them. What are your thoughts on Stan's affection towards the kids?

You just worded it beautifully right here.

Deep in his heart, I think, Stan is a family man. But he’s been burned by his family—kicked out by his father, rejected by his beloved twin brother. It’s interesting to notice how he doesn’t warm up to the twins from the first season to the second so much as rapid-cycle between grouchy fake-detachment (offering them each a free choice from the gift shop—"The catch is do it before I change my mind") and explicit eagerness to bond with them (the plot of the second episode revolves around an attempt to grow closer to them by taking them on a fishing trip), with the occasional moment of pure self-absorption in which he nearly forgets that they exist (distracted by an old movie on television, unaware that they’ve been out of the house for hours). And then, I had been very sure, upon first watching the series, that he had little interest in the twins at first, but we have it via Alex Hirsch that he drove all the way to the hospital when they were born and fought their grandfather for a chance to hold them. My own theory is that he had a longstanding offer to take on the kids for a summer, and that Mr. and Mrs. Pines finally accepted it when they considered the kids old enough—at which point they were both a little beyond him, teetering on the verge of teenhood, not the trusting tykes he’d envisioned who would be eager to listen to his jokes and watch him bait a hook.

Stan is a family man, but he never had a family of his own. I think it’s easy to imagine him being inclined to have one, which is why the “Grunkle 4 Grandpa” theories caught on as quickly as they did (frankly, there’s a lot that still hasn’t been explained to my satisfaction). A lot of people latched on to a throwaway line in “Little Gift Shop of Horrors"—"next thing you know, you gotta raise a kid, your life falls apart"—which Hirsch explained not as a confession of a personal experience but as something Stan’s father had often said to him. If this is the case, it might help to explain why Stan, who was apparently successful with women in his younger days, never held down a relationship; fatherhood may have held a lingering fear for him.

Yet despite his best efforts at detachment from humanity (let’s be real, Stan couldn’t even detach himself from some characters in an old TV movie), despite his gruff and cynical attitude and his crabbed bachelor existence, he’s managed—almost unwittingly—to attract a child to himself. Soos Ramirez has looked up to Stan since he was very young, considers him a father figure, and dreams of being adopted by him—something Stan seems not to be aware of. I think that has a lot to do with Stan’s conception of fatherhood. See, Stan is protective of Soos—he got himself banned from airplanes in an effort to help shield him from a source of trauma—and protectiveness had no place in Filbrick Pines’ parenting philosophy. He taught his sons to be stronger, tougher, so that they could protect themselves; Stan, perceiving vulnerability in Dipper, puts him to work, determined to give him the strength and resource he needs to fight back. This, to Stan, is fatherhood, a school of endurance against future cruelties; his father’s love was tough love, and he doesn’t realize yet that fatherhood can also mean busting out the brass knuckles and smacking some zombies around because the kids aren’t strong enough to handle them yet. That it can mean the urge to punch a dinosaur in the face rather than let that little girl’s heart get broken, or to get labeled a flight risk rather than see that boy sad even for one day out of the year. This might not be the appropriate reaction in every instance, and those boxing skills undoubtedly served Stan well, but the point is that Mabel and Dipper change the conception of fatherhood that Stan has been taught from birth, and it’s not coincidental that his arc ends in the moment when he treats Soos like a son, passing the Mystery Shack down to him.

This is where a key thesis of the show—that it’s never too late to start again—is extremely important. Stan could be bitter that no one told him sooner that having children wouldn’t ruin his life but just might save it, that a father could be loving and gentle as well as strong and stern (when did he stop referring to Mabel as “[Dipper’s] sister” and start calling her “sweetie” and “pumpkin”?), and that his tenderness of heart wouldn’t be a deficiency when it came to dealing with children but would be his greatest asset. He could be sad about what he missed out on for so many years. But he’s too busy being Stanley Pines, a hero to his family; he’s too busy rejoicing in everything he has right now.

Have a Ford and Mabel :)

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Jack:“It is about time you’ve met your maker Cipher. So let the battle begin.”

*snaps*


Bill owned by: @kaoru-doodles
Jack owned by: me


{I’ve been meaning to draw that cute human Bill for a while now. I imagine Bill would run into a being that is as powerful as him. Poor Dipper tho…poor poor Dipper.}

[So yeah once Jack has restored enough power…he can do (almost) anything he wants. Even do what Bill couldn’t. Break the barrier and spread chaos and weirdness across the globe.]