rulesbreaker

zsredfolder  asked:

Anyway, if you're up for some good old-fashioned Boostle banter and smooching, anything Darkwing Duck, or some found-family fluff with the STAR labs wonder trio (shippy or not) I think that would be delightful. <3 (3/3)

This turned out less banter-y and more “the beginning of a 30K romcom I’ll never write” but I hope you like it anyway? :D? It’s set in the Rebirth universe, which, if you’re not reading it: Ted is, uh, “mentoring” Jaime (who thinks he’s annoying and wants him to go away) and had a brief superhero career himself, and Booster is…well, he hasn’t been seen in Rebirth yet but I’m assuming he’s still basically the shallow showboater we saw in New 52. Ted throws a little shade at him in passing in a recent issue, it made me smile.

ANYWAY ENJOY (I HOPE):


“Mr. Kord? There’s, uh…somebody here to see you.”

Ted sighed and pressed the speakerphone button. “I thought my schedule was clear for the rest of the afternoon, Connie. I was just about to head down to the lab.” He was already loosening his tie as he spoke. Among other things, being in the lab instead of the office meant not having to wear a monkey suit a second longer than he had to.

More importantly, it meant getting to study whatever the hell was going on with Jaime’s scarab instead of P&L reports, but that wasn’t information he could share with his hardworking staff.

“He doesn’t have an appointment but he’s, um, very insistent.”

Ted frowned. Connie sounded more flustered than alarmed, so the guy couldn’t be too much of a kook - and even if he was, Ted hadn’t forgotten all of his aikido. He was probably just a pushy reporter or job candidate. Ted could handle either of those options quickly enough, and it sounded like he wasn’t getting out the door until he did.

“Fine. Send him in.”

Ted hung up the phone and went back to shutting down his computer, tugging his tie the rest of the way off as he did. He heard the door swing open.

“I’m flattered, but no need to get undressed on my account,” said an amused - and oddly familiar - voice.

Ted glanced over, and then did a cartoonish double take. Standing in the doorway of his office was none other than Booster Gold, the self-promoting laughingstock of the superhero set. There was no mistaking him, even if his face hadn’t been plastered all over every billboard and magazine ad from here to L.A., since he was wearing that ridiculously shiny costume - though the effect was ruined a little by the backpack slung over one shoulder.

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anonymous asked:

I dont know if i've sent you this ask before but: Why do you think Toph is generally much more well liked than Korra?

Oh, I think I know the ask you’re referring to; sorry I hadn’t gotten to it yet because I think it’s a pretty interesting question.

I recently said somewhere how Toph’s attitude was more endearing to the audience than - at least to some parts of the audience - Korra’s. On the surface there’s a lot they share; their bending-loving, rulesbreaking, don’t give a sh*t behaviour. But I think there is a difference between why people love Toph but hate Korra (for the first 2 books).

The way it was done with Toph in the show there was relatively little for the audience to disagree with. The rules Toph wanted to break were generally stupid anyway. Toph’s parents were legit massively controlling. Plus she was quite often vindicated by making the right decisions (holding up the library in the desert, seeking out Zuko at the Western Air Temple, that kind of stuff). As far as the audience was concerned Toph was “the kickass little blind girl”. Any collateral damage she caused was stuff of minor consequence.

But where Toph was endearing, Korra was abrasive to people, because Korra’s decisions weren’t always correct, and occasionally caused some bad damage. As early as episode 2 Korra got into several fights with Tenzin and blew up the airbending gates - and some parts of the audience judge Korra as simply wrong, rather than being willing to understand her frustration. They just found her abrasive (especially because she was objectively definitely wrong to some extent). 

I think complaints about Korra (outside of any love-triangle related stuff) were at their worst in early book 2, because if you get down to it then I guess the events of book 2 are the result of Korra making the wrong decisions by dismissing Tonraq and Tenzin and trusting Unalaq (and the way ‘Rebel Spirit’ framed Korra’s grievances made it look a bit too much like teenage petulance); so the prevailing complaint about Korra was - to put it bluntly - that she made stupid mistakes. Some people saw her more as mindlessly violent, rather than “the kickass girl”. The fact Korra struggled with issues of self-esteem and identity in books 1 and 2 and was sometimes unsure of herself just made some people dislike her more, because she was whiney or something..?

And I think the writers responded to audience reaction they had gotten after book 1 (which finished airing after they had finished writing book 2 - but before they wrote books 3 and 4). When book 3 rolled around, Korra made the right choices and said the right things nearly 100% of the time, and suddenly her appreciation numbers shot up.