remember character development

Remember this scene? I remember watching it and wondering why his father seemed so benevolent and just despite being the head of a notorious assassin family. It confused me by how accepting he was of letting Killua leave, so when he said this line I knew something was up and going to come back to us.

And this was it. The moment when Bisky states that Killua is essentially a coward and if he doesn’t change he will eventually betray his best friend in the final hour. And so he decides….

Which is why his fight with Rammot is so compelling. Killua is literally the best because he finds inner strength to protect Gon despite his cowardice and instincts of self preservation. He actually learns self sacrifice and finds the will to fight for the sake of Gon, who he cares very deeply for. Are people still seriously debating if these two aren’t perfect together?

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Thank you all for the support! I am sorry for filling everyone’s dashboards with my replies. I wanted all to have their answers and thanks! 

And don’t worry, Hanzo will deal with Jesse.

SCREAMS

Camp Camp could NOT get any better!

I always knew they focused on previous episodes and always remembered and added what characters learnt up as they went but this??? 

He not only has the words from episode 2, but also the stick from the previous episode!

Agh, yes!! Bless you Rooster Teeth so much oh my gosh! <3 

Echoes

I hear voices in the distance; echoes from a past long gone, desperately trying to reach out to me. It was you, I know that now. It was always you.

Illustration featuring Vaelen, an original character of mine. Maybe I’ll tell you more about him in the future but for now that quote is a tiny glimpse of his story.

It’s so bizarre. For the longest time I couldn’t imagine  what being married would be like.

Now I can’t imagine my life without Peter in the picture.

I thought I’d feel trapped. But instead having someone love me for myself…It’s freed me…

Spectacular Spider-Man #134

Why Good Characters Aren’t Always Good

There’s a difference between writing a strong character and writing a morally strong character. There’s a difference between writing a good character and writing a character that sometimes does the wrong thing. It’s very rare that you will go through your life without upsetting people or choosing to do the wrong thing, so why should we expect our characters to? When we put restrictions on characters and what they should and shouldn’t be teaching readers, we end up with poorly developed and unrealistic characters.

Here are few things to remember when building your characters:

Your protagonist won’t always do the right thing.

Great character development is when your character grows in some way throughout the novel. It’s very important to remember that great character development for your protagonist DOES NOT mean that they will turn out perfect and wonderful in the end. Maybe they will learn to be more selfish. Maybe they will learn that doing the right thing all the time has only brought them misery. Maybe they will become hardened in some way. The protagonist does not only represent good things about human nature. They do not have to have perfect morals to be the protagonist. They also do not have to be a hero or role model. The protagonist is simply the main character of your story, the one we are told to focus on. They have the potential to represent all aspects of human nature, not just a “good” and “moral” perspective.

Characters that do “bad things” are not always brought to justice in the end.

The antagonist will not always pay for their actions at the end of the novel. This isn’t an injustice or something the writer screwed up. Not everyone who does awful things in this world will have to pay for it. It’s important that you tell your story how you want to tell it because it’s not your job to preach to your readers about good vs. evil. Sure, readers will hate it if there are no consequences for your characters’ actions, but not every character needs to be systematically punished for bad deeds. Maybe the antagonist learns something in the end, maybe they’re captured, maybe they get away, or maybe they work with the protagonist. This is really all up to you and the story you want to tell.

We do not have to preach to our readers through our characters.

Writing a novel never has to be about teaching your readers a lesson.  If you’re writing a novel about good vs. evil, good doesn’t always have to triumph in the end. If a writer decides to end their novel in a negative way, that doesn’t mean they believe the antagonist was right, that’s just how they felt the story should go. On the other hand, if you want to teach a lesson or talk about an issue—do it. It does not have to be your main focus, however.

Our characters really don’t owe our readers anything, except to be themselves.

Characters aren’t supposed to act a certain way or learn certain lessons to satisfy readers. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT YOUR CHARACTER’S ACTIONS MAKE SENSE TO YOUR CHARACTER AND THE WORLD THEY’RE LIVING IN, but they don’t need to be something in particular to be a good character. For example, I personally believe Daenerys from Game of Thrones is a great character. She doesn’t always do the right thing. She doesn’t always know what she’s doing. She might not be a good person. But she’s a skillfully developed, interesting character that I like seeing progress. Daenerys doesn’t owe it to us to be anything but herself, flaws and all. She’s not good and she’s not evil.  She doesn’t have perfect morals, but as we learned from Game of Thrones, that doesn’t really matter. The books don’t really make a statement on who’s right and who’s wrong—the author leaves that up to us.

This isn’t to say that the choices you make as a writer don’t have any consequences. You still need to do your research and be responsible for the choices you make. The choices of your characters might still reflect on your choices as a writer. You can’t get away with saying offensive things or excluding diverse characters by explaining that “this is just how my character is!”  I’m just saying that your characters don’t need to fall into a certain category to be a good character.

-Kris Noel

I mentioned in this post how Eli’s transition from what was basically the antagonist to being best friends with everyone in muse would have been really rough, and that part of it would be because of leadership issues. I’ve only watched a few episodes past where she joins but her takeover really is absolute. She’s leading practices, she’s coming up with ideas to boost their popularity (and enacting them with only nozomi’s knowledge, not honoka’s), and she’s the one deciding on the no-senpai rule. Eli comes up with ideas and then she does them, and there’s no backlash at all.

I guess it makes sense, given the characters. Most of them will follow any leadership, as long as they’re having fun. Umi might argue, but Eli shares the exact same ideas as her. Maki would argue but she already stop caring after Honoka stopped her from fighting Eli the first time. Nico will complain to herself and anyone in earshot, but for all her talk she hasn’t actually challenged Eli - possibly because she knows Eli is right, possibly because she knows Eli could instantly take her out in a fight, who knows. In the end this basically gives Eli free reign to do whatever she wants, and that probably helps her fit in with the group better. If she had to follow some other person’s leadership and stay quiet about her own ideas I don’t think she could do it.

Basically: it’s really good that the “who’s the leader” question came up before Eli joined. Otherwise it would have been an instant “oh, it’s Eli, end of story” and Eli would shrug and agree as she steals the club’s paperwork to do for fun in her free time

Snek and I went on our journey to collect all the white Umbreons in the Pokeask Community! So here you go, all our precious white doggos!

(I never had contact to most of the muses/their mods and this pic was a really spontaneous idea, so excuse me for them being rushed and maybe out of character TwT)

These awesome characters belong to:

Trevor @djmewmew - Pandu and Nobu @ask-pandu - Snow @ask-traveling-snake-and-pup - Luna @ask-trying-pokes - and of course my own Umbre Tara!

Also: If you have a white Umbreon, belong to this community and are not featured here: Hit me up! I wanna know all about you and your muses ^w^

Thank you for lettng me draw them!

The Sherlock fandom must have gone mad

Guys, I’m reading your hysterical reviews and they make me sad.

TFP WAS SHIT BECAUSE JOHNLOCK HASN’T BECOME CANON. How stupid must one be to honestly think so???? Hey, maybe you haven’t noticed in 13 episodes, but this show doesn’t have canon pairings. It has fanservice scenes for each one, for shippers of every pairing could be happy. This is sort of the trick? Johnlock? They fucking live together. Two men. Raising a daughter. Sherir? That SMS, plus Eurus insisting Sherlock had sex when heard him playing her theme. Sheriarty? A whole damn kiss (well almost), and a whole blank page of how Sherlock survived. Look, isn’t it cool: all shippers have space for maneuvers. For me, it is enough. Hating TFP and series 4 in general because you wanted to see John and Sherlock banging and you haven’t got them banging is fucking childish.

THE PLOT IS UNREALISTIC AND TWISTED. WHY COULDN’T EVERYTHING BE LIKE IN SERIES 1? okay, you know who would start whimpering first if everything would as nice as pretty as in series 1 and 2? YOU. We have four seasons, each brilliant in its own way, and each unique. Yes, season 4 was nervous, mind-crushing, unexpected in so many ways, but it was fresh, I would even say, refreshing. We got Sherlock as a human, Sherlock as a crazy drug addict, Sherlock as a brother, Sherlock as a friend. This series is absolutely amazing in terms of his character development, the MAIN character development. Remember the first scene we meet him? He’s beating a dead body. In TFP, he’s breaking a fucking coffin. Would you like Sherlock to stay as in series 1 forever? Really?

EURUS IS A SUE. Great, now why wouldn’t we take a look at the concept, not at the character from the point ‘are they are realistic enough to meet them at the grocery?’ Eurus is what Sherlock could become. Dangerous, sociopath, playing wicked games, super clever…lonely. Eurus is what he would be if not for his friends. John, Molly, Lestrade. Moriarty and Irene. Mycroft and mrs. Hudson. Sherlock has them; Eurus has no one. Locked in prison, alone with her mind, she must seem a cliché of an Evil Genius to you, but to me, she seems a dark side of Sherlock himself. A dark side that he confronts, and wins. The scene where they play violins, it’s amazing. I cried. From this perspective, Eurus is a striking, fantastic character. A Sue? Ah, I forgot, you need to meet her in the grocery to believe in her.

I’ve ranted here for too long, but I hope you got me. Sherlock has never been a show where the writers chew everything for us. It has never been a story with one dimension. And it has never been, and was never supposed to be boring. You may yell about how unrealistic and bad-written s4 is, but of we’d had three copies of s1 instead, you’d long for action and twists. There may be another season after it, maybe not (I believe there will not, but Moffitiss are so good at violating people’s expectations), and yet I am happy about what I’ve seen.

Sherlock is a wonderful show. And I don’t need to see two male characters banging to say so.

Damar thanking Kira for helping them with the rebellion<3
                                     DAMAR
				(off the PADD)
			This will send a clear message to
			the Dominion... the Cardassian
			people will fight to regain
			their freedom.

					KIRA
			I hope they realize their fight
			is just beginning. We have to
			hit the enemy again -- and harder
			this time.

					GARAK
			That won't be easy. They'll have
			tightened their security.

					KIRA
			It doesn't matter -- we can't
			lose our momentum.

	                Damar smiles.


					DAMAR
				(to Garak)
			The colonel is right. We can't
			rest until Cardassia is free.
				(a beat, to Kira)
			And when it is, we'll have you to
			thank. Without you, this
			rebellion would've died in its
			infancy.

Honestly I would do anything for Alice Cooper The way she stormed into Thornhill because she thought Polly was in danger being with the Blossoms
And having the gun ready and telling Betty to get behind her when she thought someone had broken into the house
What a fierce mama bear!!
I’m so glad she’s had this character development over the series especially since so few supporting characters have had any character development