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Kylo on the path to redemption.

““But I don’t think it’s very interesting if the whole story is just ‘Will Kylo get his comeuppance?’ He’s a more complicated character than that and I think he deserves a more complicated story than that. I don’t see the point of trying to get behind his mask and learn more about him if all we’re going to learn is ‘Yeah, he’s just an evil bad guy that needs to be killed.’”

- Rian Johnson, director, The Last Jedi (2017)

Literally, this is what I’ve been saying to people who don’t believe Kylo will be anything more than a villain. Rian just confirmed it. Why would they remove the thing that makes him inhuman and focus on his emotions if his character was just one dimensional? I am so excited to see how Rian went about writing Kylo’s character and where his arc will lead him. (Also excited to see his arc cross paths with Rey and her reaction to his character change…but aren’t we all?)

Me: This scene is really nothing more than self indulgence and reveals nothing about the characters or plot that the readers don’t already know. I’m going to take it out.

Me, three days later: Fuck everyone and fuck all the rules! I will shoe horn this scene in. It’s fan fiction, I can do what I want. You can all just grin and bear it.

If you’re gonna put diversity in your book’s lore, it should never be an afterthought with no explicit mention in the book. It might as well not be there in the first place if you do. This is especially a horrible idea if the character you’re revealing to be gay has been killed off before you revealed it.


Now let’s go to sleep, I have a feeling I’ll be late for school tomorrow…

(spoiler alert, she couldn’t even sleep, she squealed in her bed until her alarm went off… and so did he) 

it took me…. so long…… to finish this….. it wasn’t supposed to get this long, holy shit……….

ANYWAY, ANON WHO REQUESTED A REVEAL, I hope you like this… I know this isn’t exactly what you asked for but it’s what i could do. also please pretend you can’t notice i had no idea what i was doing 

EDIT: the text is a bit hard to read, so I wrote it down under the cut: 

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Canonical Facts About Jesse McCree

requested by @homestuckdumpingsite


This is a fact corroborated by Pharah in the same photo

She’s five years younger than Mercy or Mccree but looks to be a child in this picture where they are clearly older teens. So Pharah here would have been about 12 years old. McCree looks like an adult. He’s well built and tall and his shoulders are more similar to the much older members. An argument could be made for a 12-15 year old Pharah, but that still just means McCree would have looked grown even in his late teens. His Overwatch info lists him as 38 but his official release as 37, which means Gabe possibly falsified his age to get him into Blackwatch. 

Also, I’ve seen a lot of boys who look like full grown men despite being in their mid to late teens, so it’s not a stretch that a young man like McCree who’s been fighting since childhood would have grown big enough to give that impression.


Ironically, despite Gabriel Reyes being of canonical Spanish descent, Mccree is more likely the spanish speaker, given his origins in Santa Fe New Mexico. He also speaks a few words of it in the Trainhopper comic, 

and is seen drunk in a bar in Dorado. 

Apart from the fact that NOT knowing Spanish in a gang in Santa Fe and a bar frequented by questionable people in Dorado would have likely killed him faster, his ties to Blackwatch probably allowed him to learn multiple languages. If not, Spanish would have been the most convenient for him to learn. 


This is more of a fan theory but it has several backing facts, such as the fact that McCree has a voice line: Don’t know what you heard, but my name’s not Joel. Best remember that. Joel was his placeholder name before the reveal of characters, Morricone is a name referencing Ennio Morricone, who composed for multiple Westerns (Westerns from whom Mccree’s whole Cowboy vibe was based on). Also his background says he went underground but recently resurfaced which either means he just laid low for many years or he had a cover identity to hide behind. Also him being present in Hanamura while Mccree saved a ramen shop is an interesting coincidence. 


Always was a good shot, but I got a few pointers from the best. That’d be your mother.

It’s an honor fighting by your side, ma'am.


You weren’t given those guns to toss ‘em around like trash.


This is shown especially in the Train Hopper comic. 


The fact that he dumps a suspicious payload off a cargo train instead of contacting anybody, and the fact that the in fighting in Overwatch made him leave instead of picking a side means that McCree has a heroic idealism which, with his past as a criminal, is something he values over bureaucracy or larger plots. Over his own reputation. His heroism is very pure in its form, very old Hollywood hero or vigilante in style. 

For all his gunslinging heroism however, he’s got a very sedate personality, probably as a result of past pains that he’s learned to let go of in favor of helping those he can and living his life. 

He’s got a good sense of humor and a charming wit (as seen in his voice lines), but isn’t particularly silly or goofy. He’s more like a Clint Eastwood Cowboy – irreverent and rough but ultimately cool and collected. 

He’s never been rich or refined, as seen in his interactions with Hanzo and his line in the comic:

but that just means he’s humble and knows how to rough it and survive on basics and bare necessities. 

And finally, a personal opinion based on canon: 

McCree very likely chose to don the “silly Cowboy getup” because it was his more visual way of portraying his switch from criminal to hero–albeit a vigilante hero. 

He may already have worn the hat because it’s common enough in New Mexico as a cultural thing, but the whole getup, serape, boots and all

Is meant to portray him as what he wants to be. A vigilante hero, rather than a criminal. A character that he portrays, but also his goal in life. 

Which I think, for all that he talks like a grizzled older man, is a very optimistic way of him to act, to show just how much being a hero means to him. 


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Morally Grey But Still Likable?

Writing morally grey characters readers will love.

@coinsanddeadlypoisons asked:

Do you have any tips about writing from the point of view of a manipulative character? I don’t want him to be an asshole but i am afraid the readers would see him as such. 

The large majority of the characters in The Warlord’s Contract are morally grey in one way or another, with one in particular being rather manipulative, and I’ve found that the same basic principles and tricks apply to them all, no matter which negative “asshole” attributes they exhibit.  

1. Why do they do what they do?

Readers will forgive most morally gray actions if they feel the character has a good reason for it. This reason can be anything number of things, often compounded. These include, but are not limited to:

  • The character’s goal is worth the sins they commit in the process.
  • Their past has conditioned them to do what they do.
  • They believe that they (or someone else) will suffer if they don’t.
  • They believe everyone else is already doing the same and they’re evening the playing field.
  • They believe their actions will benefit others in the long run.
  • They’re convinced they’ll be hurt if they don’t do it.

The reason(s) you character has do doing what they do should also make sense within the context of the story itself. Thematically, it should match or mirror other cause and effect situations you’re presenting, and it should fit (and often intertwine) with the character’s backstory and personality.

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I think Adrien is very happy because he just found out that “his Lady” is also a “very good friend”.

Was he really that close to hear Marinette’s and Tikki’s conversation, confirming that she was, indeed Ladybug. Yes, he was…Because if Marinette could be sad about listening “She’s a good friend” at that distance, so could he.

That would explain the big smile on his face and the “sweetness” in episode 5.

there’s a difference between hunk and lance and the way they miss their families from what we’ve seen. lance feels sadness, like one that catches him off guard when it hits him, because he’s busy distracting himself with what he has to do or their adventures. doesn’t really let himself think about his homesickness or insecurities unless something reminds him of it.

with hunk, i think it’s the opposite. when he said he missed his family, he says it so matter of factly without a second thought and it makes me think that he’s thought about his family and everything he’s left behind since they first left. but hunk has thought it through, has kinda accepted that theyre there for however long they need to be until the fight against the galra. it bothers him, yeah, but not to the extent that lance does and its all about how he copes.

hunk was the first one to say that team voltron was like his brothers. the first one to consider team voltron his new found family. he’s able to deal with being in space because voltron is his family now. team voltron is the reason he’s able to deal with being in space with a smile on his face because he loves them. he can go anywhere with this group of people, and he happened to stumble in with this little group, but he’s probably never felt stronger than he has than being with them.