Inspired by a comment that @ghostocelot made on one of my asks.
The first time you called him “Glaio,” he didn’t really think too much on it. You missed a sound – it happens. Sometimes people speak too fast and they leave out sounds. It happens. The others didn’t say anything, either – well, Ignis had given you a strange look, but remained silent beyond that.
The second time you called him “Glaio,” he gave you a questioning look. You were unfazed by it, continuing the rest of your sentence without falter. He let it slide, but kept it in the back of his mind so he could ask you about it later.
The third time you called him “Glaio,” he did ask you about it. You dodged the question and steamrolled over his attempts to circle back around to the subject. After several more fruitless tries, he gave up with a sigh.
The fourth time you called him “Glaio,” he’d had enough.
“Why do you keep calling me that?” he asked you, his hand around your bicep and his eyes boring into yours, preventing you from escaping the subject.
Still, you tried. “Calling you what?” you replied, tilting your head to the side and fixing him with an innocent look.
“Glaio,” he said, exasperated, “You’ve been calling me that all day. It’s starting to bug me.”
“Ohhh.” You hummed, smiling at him. “You haven’t given me the D yet, so it only seemed fair.”
“I haven’t–oh.” Realization dawned on him in that moment. He stared down at you, watching your expression go from innocent to mischievous and a smirk pull at your lips. He laughed, wrapping his other arm around your waist and pulling you close. He leaned down, his lips ghosting over yours. “Well… I can fix that.”
You grinned at him. “I was hoping you’d say that, Glaio.”
Reminder that Jean is canonically described as handsome in an official q&a
Links or it didn’t happen? XD
I did some cursory googling to see if I could uncover what it was you’re referring to, and so far nothing has popped up; I’d appreciate a link if anyone has one! I really wish there was a database of Attack on Titan interviews and Q&A’s that was searchable. :( The closest thing we have right now is the Wiki, which I feel should reference this Q&A, but at the moment it only says the following of Jean’s appearance:
Jean is a young man with spiky, light-brown hair shaved into an undercut style, with the shaved portion being black. He has small, intense light-brown eyes, and is said to have the same vicious look in them as Eren does. Jean is of average height and muscular build, and has a scowl similar to Eren’s but is said to have a long face (a “horse face”). He is often seen wearing the typical uniform of the Survey Corps worn with an olive gray button-up shirt. After overthrowing the government, his hair appears slightly longer than before.” (From the Jean Kirstein Attack on Titan Wiki page; emphasis is my own)
There’s also no reference to Jean’s potential attractiveness in the trivia section of his Wiki page. I even control-F searched for “handsome” and “attractive”–no dice. My googling (which, again, was not exhaustive) was similarly ineffective. I mostly came up with fans discussing Jean’s appearance; I did, however, find this summary of an interview where apparently Isayama confirms that Jean has a “horse face”.
It’s not exactly a secret Jean is my favorite! xD He’s a great character: his struggles with maintaining his personal ethics in the midst of a war are compelling, his empathy for his comrades and even complete strangers is endearing, and I admire his commitment to honesty and speaking his mind (to power!), even if it is a “bad habit” which gets him into trouble. I like his weaknesses too: his snarky argumentative side, his inner turmoil about his self-preservation instincts, his stubbornness. He feels like a real person, one whom I can respect quite a bit. And while I’m waxing lyrical about how much I adore Jean as a character, I might as well come out and say that I also love that he’s not (to my mind) traditionally attractive.
Now, I personally find Jean handsome, but I didn’t always. It was not an immediate attraction–to his personality or his face. I had to warm up to him. But in general I (again, personally) do tend to find people with interesting and expressive faces more intriguing than people who might be considered “beautiful” or “handsome” in a more culturally standardized way, but who are also less expressive. My feelings aside, however, I don’t think Jean is supposed to tick most people’s boxes of an attractive man. All references to his appearance within the canon emphasize his glare and his long face–these are the things people notice about Jean.
Armin, for instance, draws attention to Jean’s villainous appearance twice.
While we might dismiss Eren’s comment about Jean’s horse face as a rival’s grousing, Hitch later offers the same assessment of Jean’s appearance, albeit during a tense moment.
I personally think it’s important that Jean is plain and his design does, in fact, code him as a “bad guy.” He’s almost always scowling, he has smaller eyes, and a long face: like Armin, we’re supposed to read him as a villain, but then be surprised when he reveals himself to be much more complex and even kinder than his outward appearance and initial actions would suggest. In fact, his appearance is remarkably similar to Ymir and even Hitch (as I was actually talking about with a friend just the other day; although Hitch is pretty, her smirk and facial design align her with Ymir and Jean, I think), both of whom–like Jean–profess to be all about number one before revealing that they actually care quite a bit about others, in their own unique ways. I think Jean fits into a larger theme of Attack on Titan that appearances can be deceiving, and that him being conventionally attractive would undermine that.
I will, however, rethink my interpretation if I find a link to this Q&A!
Thanks for the note, anon! Sorry I’m so contrary ^^’
Summary: Dan makes an online dating profile, attracting all sorts of strange people. He nearly gives up altogether before he receives a message from a man that he never would have expected to be a match for him. The man is adorned with pastel colors and a sweet demeanor, and is he really about to go on a date with someone that’s arguably his exact opposite?
A/N: am i really posting something after a month? well shit, call me dan howell i guess. it seems we’re on the same uploading schedule jesus christ i apologize