Thank you, anon!
Um, regarding how I characterise Deidara… Well, okay. Keep in mind that my characterisation is decidedly not the only possible characterisation, but this is how I write canon Deidara.
- is fascinated by entropy and the organic breakdown of all things
- if I was writing him in a modern AU where he couldn’t use explosives, he’d make sculptures carved from discarded organs sourced from the butcher. It would smell terrible, but he’d take photos of them every day to document the decay. Just saying. This whole “everything breaks down eventually, one way or another” concept is his thing, in my view; blowing shit up is just especially awesome
- disregards his own personal safety
- he isn’t actively interested in hurting himself, but he absolutely does not care in the slightest if he happens to get hurt. If you were doing a character study you could probably work in a ‘passive death wish’ type thing here.
- is largely friendly (especially for a missing nin) but smug as fuck
- he looks upon the people around him who do not share his vision as being of lesser understanding. Sometimes he is outwardly diplomatic about it, but there’s a core of unshakable belief in him and it makes him look at other people and think about how misguided they are
- is a free spirit! everything ends, often in fire, and it’s usually his fault
- Deidara gets bored, things go awry, and he leaves. Basically. This is something he’s come to rely upon, like death and taxes (except neither death nor taxes is really relevant in the akatsuki). Deidara views it not as something he plans and executes - it’s just something he causes by being there.
In TNH he’s watered down. There’s been a lot less trauma for him in TNH, so he’s gentler and he has many fewer sharp edges. Otherwise, I’m afraid he’s filling a number of artist/art student stereotypes! He’s disorganised, easily provoked, high-strung but friendly; constantly broke. I kind of just added blowing shit up, a determined respect for at least the concept of choice and free will, and a moderate disregard for his own and others’ safety. Lazy, but true.
Hidan is… um, he’s a spiky ball of pugnacious rage and fairly indiscriminate violence.
So, socially speaking, religion is one way of impressing social boundaries upon a person through a system of reward and punishment. It’s the formation of a superego, basically, a way to judge: this is moral, this is not. After conditioning, people even enforce the rules on their own through feelings of shame and satisfaction, etc., It’s quite effective.
Usually with Hidan I’m just bringing everything back to: What Course Of Action Would Jashin Approve Of? And the answer is usually: Hit It Really Hard.