I don’t know if this is the most obvious thing, but Viktor was indirectly responsible for Yuuri losing at the Grand Prix Final.
So yesterday I was watching yoi again and as I was watching the scene where Yurio and Viktor were talking before Yurio hit the ice (you know, this one)
I realized something. Viktor was playing Yurio like a fiddle (assuming he knows how to fiddle. Probably doesn’t. Moving on.).
Now, when I first watched this scene, nothing made sense to me. Not Yurio’s urgency, not Viktor’s ominous answer, not even why they chose to give Viktor the Serious Anime Profile Shot, the one they usually give to villains and the like. It all went straight over my head. But as I was watching this the second time through, it finally clicked; why this scene was pivotal, important, why it had to be included.
My conclusion is based on four things: the aforementioned scene, Viktor’s reaction to Yuuri’s retirement, Yurio’s free skate at the Rostelecom Cup, and another scene I didn’t understand back in episode ten. It’s the scene where Viktor is overlooking the beach and Yurio decides to kick him in the back because what are friends for, you know? This one:
See, when I first watched this, I had absolutely no clue what was the reasoning behind this scene. Why would Yurio kick Viktor’s back? Why would Viktor just take this angsty fifteen year old’s shit? Why would Yurio say that he doesn’t look up to a five-time world champion? I imagine you’re thinking that he was lying because Yurio is a teenage shit that we collectively love. With that I agree, that yes, Yurio was not being completely honest. When would he ever admit he admires someone? It’s simply not in his character. But there may be some truth in his statement. Yurio may admire and respect Viktor for his skating skills, but he may not be who he truly views as competition, and Viktor’s private revelation supports my theory twice over.
This reveals three things. One: Yurio is an extremely competitive person. Two: Yurio is most competitive when he is facing off against Yuuri. Three: Viktor knows all of this (obviously. These are his thoughts.). Now you’re probably a bit skeptical over one and two, so let’s break those down.
Firstly, I believe we can all agree that Yurio is a competitive person. However, Viktor’s thoughts reveal what drives this competitiveness. Viktor says that if he had stayed in Russia as a competitor, Yurio wouldn’t be as motivated. When Viktor says “as a competitor” he reveals that Yurio is motivated not by a drive to outperform himself but to outperform others. Yurio wants to win, and he actively wants the others to loose. He is driven by the competition, not just by himself or the prize.
Secondly, Yurio is most competitive when he is competing against Yuuri. If Viktor had stayed in Russia, he would never have coached Yuuri and Yuuri would never have improved so much. This entire series would never have happened. Yurio, of course, would most likely have made it to the Grand Prix Final, but instead of facing Yuuri he would be facing Viktor. The only factor that definitely changes, at least from Viktor’s perspective, is Yuuri’s participation in the Grand Prix. Therefore, by him saying that Yurio wouldn’t be as motivated if he had stayed in Russia, he reveals Yurio is motivated more by Yuuri. Need more proof? Look no further than our second piece of evidence; the Rostelecom Cup from episode nine.
As you remember, the Rostelecom Cup was the second time Yuuri and Yurio had gone toe to toe, and first time in the Grand Prix series. During his free skate, Yurio does something peculiar for someone who scored well on his short program.
Yurio put six jumps in the second half of his program so he could score higher. Why would someone who has scored so high feel the need to raise the difficulty of his program? Since we are dealing with Yurio here, it is because he wants to make sure that he outperforms his competitors. This is supported by the next scene, when he judges his program against others:
He deliberately upped the ante to beat them because he is such a competitive little dude. And what does this result in? Well, according to Yuuri:
A performance beyond his limits. Yurio is so competitive that he pushes himself to the breaking point to beat JJ and yes, our little katsudon Yuuri. Yurio respects and admires Yuuri’s skating ability. He first thinks about Yuuri’s three quads as opposed to JJ’s four. Why would Yurio think about Yuuri first when JJ is objectively stronger competition if he didn’t view Yuuri with more respect? You could argue that he doesn’t respect Yuuri because of his behavior at the last Grand Prix Final, when he told him to “just retire already,” in the bathroom. In which case I shall point you to the Onsen on Ice, episode four. Yurio had just watched Yuuri’s performance, and he leaves before even hearing the results. He knew Yuuri had beaten him, and for someone so competitive, I doubt such a defeat would rest easy with him. I theorize that is when Yurio began to view Yuuri as a true threat in competition, and thus admired his skating skills. So when Yurio shows up and kicks Viktor in episode ten, Viktor now realizes this. He is aware of what drives Yurio’s most astonishing performances, what makes him tick and what makes him push himself beyond his limits.
Moving on to our third piece of evidence. The next scene that supports this theory is at the beginning of episode twelve, when Yuuri tells Viktor he wants to retire. Viktor reacts angrily, correct?
It’s pretty clear he is not just accepting this. I mean, you’ve got this guy crying out of anger. He is on a whole new level of not okay. Knowing Viktor, do you really believe he is going to just let Yuuri retire when he believes he has so much to offer to skating?
He knows Yuuri can do better, and as a supportive fiancé, he wants him to. This guy isn’t going to let Yuuri leave; at least, not without trying to stop him.
So what is a five-time world champion, first-time coach to do when your fiancé is about to win a gold medal and then immediately retire despite having so much to offer skating? How could he get him to stay? Well, by making sure he does not win gold.
We already know Viktor knows that Yurio is extremely competitive and thinks Yuuri as a top contender. Viktor also knows that Yurio is an excellent skater, and a strong rival to Yuuri. So is it not natural that Viktor goes and seeks out Coach Yakov just before Yurio is about to go skate, when he knows Yurio is going to be with him? When he knows Yurio is going to hear every word of his conversation? That he gives cryptic answers that provoke a dangerous level of rage in the angsty little guy who is driven by competition?
Look at him. Yurio is in shock. He is fricking pissed. He does not want Yuuri to retire, not his greatest rival, not someone who could (and has) actually beaten him! How can he compete against him if he’s retired? He can’t! Who is going to push him in competition if he’s gone? No one! Yurio is aware of this; you only have to look to his thoughts during his performance just minutes after this encounter.
He is pissed that someone he respects will retire if he wins the gold. He wants to challenge himself by competing against Yuuri and damn it, he can’t if Yuuri just up and leaves! He won’t let this happen! He can’t! Yuuri cannot win gold! So what does Yurio do?
He adds another quad. Specifically to keep Yurio from retirement. He pushes himself to the limits just like in the Rostelecom Cup, just so he can win gold and keep Yuuri skating and therefore, competing against himself.
And, just like in the Rostelecom Cup, Yurio has a breakdown on the ice. Except he’s crying and so is my heart.
So, back to the point. Now I know what you’re probably thinking: This was all a coincidence, Viktor didn’t want Yuuri to loose, he didn’t anticipate Yurio’s vehement reaction! In which case, I have one last bit of evidence to show you!
Let’s go back to a bit earlier, just after Viktor hinted at Yuuri’s retirement to Yurio. Remember that Serious Anime Profile Shot I mentioned earlier? The scary one where the animators somehow made Viktor Nikiforov look intimidating? Well just after he sees Yurio’s visible reaction:
where we actually see the disbelief and coming rage on his face, the camera shows us that Shot of Viktor.
THAT SMILE. That smile is the smile of a man who knew exactly what reaction Yurio would have and how it would play out. He was distraught that Yuuri was going to retire, and knew knew exactly how to use Yurio, the only person who could possibly score above Yuuri, to ensure that Yuuri would not win gold. He had motive and means. Case closed.
Tl;dr: Viktor, upset over Yuuri’s decision to retire, manipulated Yurio by hinting at this and thus inciting rage within Captain Angsty Teen to have him outscore Yuuri and not win the gold medal.
Late nights are usually Hiro’s best times to go out and just go on a stroll. Or, for this time at least, go find some gummy bears. His older brother practically ‘molested’ that last bag of those delectable sweets just a few moments ago. So, Hiro thought he’d get some by himself. He looked left and right, past those neon lights and through the convenience stores, but its as if a gummy bear shortage happened when he was off saving the world. Just one bag, he said desperately to himself, or a piece.
“Aghhhhh!” the agitated boy muttered, shoving his hands in his jacket pockets.
For a few more minutes, he strolled down the streets, almost unaware for the fact that it was getting a wee late for him. But, being a teen with raging hormones, almost the same intensity as a girl would, he kept looking. He was craving for it. Willing to do a backflip if he could. And just when he thought he lost hope, one store caught his eyes. He turned his head to look at it. It wasn’t really that of big for a convenience store.
But the sweets aisle was visible even from a few feet away. And sure enough, he had seen what he was looking for. Gummy Bears. Just one more pack.
And like lightning, he dashed for the door, and almost broke his shoulder just pushing it open. He neglected the clerk’s uncomfortable stare at him, his feet carrying him faster than he could comprehend. Now, the sweets were just an arm’s length away, and so he reached out his hand to take it. It was more than a miracle to him just to see him getting closer to it.
“JUST A FEW MORE INCHES!” a huge smile was forming on his face.
But he stopped. He was finally near the pack of sweets. But what he saw wasn’t his hand grabbing the pack. Another hand was grabbing it, which in fact got there first than Hiro did. He was baffled, he couldn’t believe he was outrun by whoever that person was. He then turned his attention angrily to that person, but he paused just at the sight of the face of the person.
A she.A girl. Looking flushed, as if she had ran for the pack herself. Her eyes were looking directly into his, only with a hint of possession over the gummy bears, her soft lips letting out hitches of breath rapidly. Strands of her hair were dangling loosely from her face, although messy, looked perfect on her. She looked, just his age. For Hiro, she was captivating, but that didn’t hinder him from taking those gummy bears off her hands.
“Hey, I saw that first.” he said flatly.
“No.” But even with just the sound of her voice saying one word captivated him even more, making him widen his eyes and blush a bit, “I got it first. Go get another one.”
He gave her a look, pretending to look around the area and back at her with a haughty smile on his face,. “Hmmm…oh my! I cannot see any more packs around here, even anywhere else!”
The girl was in fact displeased by his response, and shoved the pack in her pockets. A smug smile was on her face, almost taunting the 14 year old with her stare.
“Well. Get it from me then.”
Hiro paused, and scoffed at her attempt. “O-oh, I’m sorry…'lady’. I don’t hurt girls.”
Steroetyping. This only ticked off the girl even more, and did not whatsover make her give the pack. Hiro was surprised to see her bend forward a bit, and taunt him. Challenging him to chase after her. If only Hiro wasn’t desperate, he wouldn’t get into trouble with this. But alas, he was. So he swiftly lunged at her, but as if she had ninja reflexes, she dodged him in a blink of an eye. Again, he attempted, but she swiftly slid to her right.
Then it hit him. It was on.
“Alright. You asked for it.” he warned her.
He lunged forward to pin her down, but she had turned to her heel and dashed off around the aisles. Hiro was fast enough to get on his feet and run after her. He saw her turn to a dead end, and thought she was trapped. But when he thought he had finally won, she adruptly landed her feet right on the walls and jumped over one aisle. Hiro stopped dead in his tracks, utmost shock running up on his face. The girl landed successfully on her feet, and through the other aisle, looked at Hiro with a confident smile on her face.
“Come on! Can’t you give a boy a chance?!” he tried to convince the girl.
“Give the boy a chance…” she gesticulated sarcastically. “Nope. Supposed to be the other way around, nitwit.”
It came to the boy that she wasn’t was she looked like. She’s skilled. A fighter, likewise to him. He liked this, though, a challenge he thought he had won but turned up with an unlikely twist. So he turned to see if the girl was still there, only to see no one at the other aisle, followed by a simultaneous pattern of beeps. The boy ran to the counter, his eyes landing on the silhoutte running away into the dark alleys.
“I won’t chase after her, if I were you…” the clerk trailed off, looking at Hiro warily.
But only to receive a smug expression from the boy’s face.
“Well well, look who’s bac-HIRO?!”
There Hiro stood, at the top of the stairs and in the room, with scratches all over his arms and legs, dirt clinging on his cheeks, his hair messier than it was before. The elder brother looked at him, eyes widened both in shock and anger of what stupidity his brother had done yet again. Seeing your younger brother, at 12 midnight, looking like a huge mess wasn’t okay for Tadashi. So yes, it had hit him that Hiro did something stupid, again. He gave him a look, and grabbed Hiro by his arm.
“Where.Have.You.Been.” he sternly asked Hiro, who only gave him a shrug.
“I was only looking for gummy bears. After you ate mine.” Hiro intonated the last sentence clearly to his brother.
“Looking like that?” An exhasperated sigh was heard from Tadashi, his hands rubbing his face. “Aunt Cass is going to EAT UP this whole place if she saw you like that!”
“Nope. I avoided her by climbing up a window. It’s your fault, anyways!”
“I didn’t KNOW, okay Hiro? But you didn’t have to go out and do something idiotic…AGAIN.”
Tadashi only shook his head and turned around. How stupid his brother was for getting into…whatever he got into for a pack of sweets. He always knew he’d do something like this over something he desperately wanted to have. It was in his nature, a part of Hiro; he knew he couldn’t stop him from doing that. Accepting the fact, he sagged down on his seat and turned his attention back to Hiro.
“Is there something that I need to know here, Hiro?” Tadashi threw a piece of cloth for Hiro to wipe the dirt off.
The younger brother had caught the cloth and only looked down on it. “Well…” Hiro’s voice sounded unsure, and this Tadashi knew. “…n-nothing really.”
“Then how will you explain…” Tadashi paused, and spread out his arms at Hiro, “..this?!”
“You just gestured to all of me.”
“Exactly the point. Explanation, now.”
Hiro sighed, knowing that his brother will continue on to pry him even if he didn’t want to. So he had no choice but to explain.
“Okay…okay…so I was out, you know, a-and I couldn’t find a single store with any gummy bears, but I found one store, with one pack of it and…”
Hiro paused, embarassed by the fact that a girl almost outwitted him, and not wanting to tell his brother. And another thing that he was frustrated about. Something he never wanted to happen, well because he was annoyed of that girl, but it happened. He liked the girl. Had developed a liking for the feisty one.
“And?” Tadashi said, raising an eyebrow at Hiro.
“…a girl got it first. And I-”
But instead of Hiro hearing Tadashi scold him, Tadashi had bursted out laughing. Hiro stopped, and looked weirdly at his brother. He felt himself blushing in embarassment as he continued on laughing. But luckily, his older brother had stopped, tears brimming on the edges of his eyes, as he caught his breath to face Hiro again.
“That’s sucks man…” Tadashi looks at the younger boy still blushing and looking down at the floorboard. “Hiro?”
Hiro looked up at Tadashi, and only shook his head. “I-it was nothing. But…who is she though?”
Tadashi’s eyes perked up at the sight of Hiro wondering about, well, a girl. It seems that Hiro had developed a liking for this girl. At a very young age, on the record.
“S-she was, fiesty and all. And she, she was not just a pretty face, Tadashi!” Hiro had pointed out with a tone, as Tadashi approached his brother and leaned in. “She was like…a-a ninja. I didn’t get the pack…”
His elder brother knew for sure that Hiro liked the girl. His brother, only 14 years of age, has now developed his first crush, only to a girl who beat him in the chase. A grin spread on his face, as he layed his hand on his brother’s shoulder, and with a chuckle, he said:
“Hiro, you just experienced something totally unexpected.”
blehhh, I tried so hard! /( > - <)/ anyways, here ya go go! Hope you guys enjoy it! And ye, you a ninja skilled girl here lmao.
I know I said I’d never do Wattpad books because they’re free and not professionally published and low-hanging fruit, but some of these (adult) authors are such complete and utter assholes who write so much deeply offensive and honestly terrible garbage that they deserve to be torn apart by snarkers.