Josh Keaton just very kindly allowed us a peek at some of the sweet merch he has in his studio!! It’s a family movie night drawing and a letter from Shiro to Josh accompanied by a drawing by Joaquim Dos Santos I’m melting ;A;
it’s three years after jeremy joins the crew and the itch, the dire question that has been burning into his brain is still left unsolved.
it’s only at three in the morning can he catch ryan at his most vulnerable– this much jeremy knows. he’s never talked to ryan at this time– only caught glances and fleeting images of him. cleaning his guns, reading a book, sometimes even writing. he always looked so peaceful that jeremy never dared to disturb him.
but something about that night was special. they were all tired– a risky job had landed michael and jack in the hospital. geoff and gavin were waiting with them– nothing serious, but the entire crew was always paranoid– and jeremy and ryan had been instructed to stay behind. watch over everything.
ryan knew jeremy was up, and jeremy knew this as well. he made sure that he took a few silent trips to the kitchen now and then. ryan’s eyes would flick up briefly before he turned back to his book.
jeremy almost felt guilty– would this be using ryan? catching him when his walls were down and he was strung out? maybe. but that wasn’t going to stop jeremy. he had to know.
so, heart in his throat, he slipped onto one of the couches next to where ryan was sat. he must have looked as suspicious and guilty as he felt, for when ryan’s eyes flickered up they did not find their way back to his book.
silence passed for a few moments. jeremy opened his mouth several times to try to find words. ryan watched for a minute before asking, “yes?”. his words were extremely loud in the silence.
“u-uh…” how to even begin? “i- um– had– have– a question.”
there was a reason jeremy was never part of interrogations.
ryan looked as if he braced himself, finally closing the book with his forefinger in between the pages. he didn’t say anything, but his silence was as good as words. goahead.
“I– um– okay, so,” and just like that, three years of unspoken intrigue came tumbling out his mouth.”i’m sorry, you can not answer this if you want, but– okay, geoff says it’s for your identity and gavin thinks you’re secretly some known famous person and jack– well- listen, i’m sorry, i won’t tell anyone, but what the hell is up with your mask?”
it was extremely rushed and extremely out his place to say anything. you didn’t question the vagabond– you accepted his ways, no matter what. jeremy wasn’t nearly as experienced as ryan was; it was wrong to ask him in a place of judgement, and jeremy knew this as soon as the words were out of his mouth.
for a very fleeting moment, ryan’s eyes were daggers and jeremy was sorry he had said anything at all, especially on a night where no one else was in the house.
but then, for some reason, ryan laughed.
“you’re the only one to ask me that, you know?” he said with a smile, and jeremy felt his entire world flip upside down.
“i– i’m sorry– listen, you– i can just go, and we can pretend like i never–”
“jeremy.” ryan said haltingly. “i’m asleep.”
that put a whole pause in everything. it was such an abstract comment that jeremy had no idea what to say or what to make of it. was this some metaphor? some poetic pit of the vagabond shed to light only at ryan’s weakest hour?
ryan’s smile widened as jeremy stared at him. he shrugged. “geoff hardly has me talk when he’s there. the vagabond just stands in the background and looks menacing.“
jeremy sputtered. “i– what–?– i don’t–”
ryan shrugged. “he likes hearing himself talk. so i just close my eyes. catch a few z’s.”
jeremy blinked rapidly before saying something– okay? oh, alright, okay– and stumbling back to his room. he waited for ryan to spring something on him– no one will believe you if you tell them– but all he did was smirk and go back to his book.
the next job they had, jeremy watched the vagabond closely. when geoff referenced him, the vagabond stood like a statue– cold and unresponsive. to the rest of the world, this was the epitome of a monster. someone ruthless. someone so cold they didn’t need to freeze the silence over with words; they could do it all on their own.
but jeremy knew. jeremy saw how ryan tilted his head back just a bit– to keep the vagabond’s chin jutted forward in dominance– and his hands in his pocket– to hide the blood– and his eyes closed– to plan the murder more clearly.
The Justice League forms a giant mech and what parts they are really says a lot bout them as a team.
Batman, the head. He really keeps the situation under control and stays aware of the entire situation and every situation.
Superman, the core and heart of the team. You can’t have a Justice League without the Big Blue Boy Scout.
Wonder Woman and Cyborg, the arms. They both are able to accomplish the tasks at hand given their own abilities, backgrounds, and trials they’ve faced.
The Flash and Aquaman, the legs. Needless to say quite often these two characters have proven to be able to get the team moving throughout different story arcs and can be more than you bargain for if you’re not seeing it coming.
I hope when Shiro comes back he notices Lance and Keith pining for each other.
Shiro tries to ask the team if they have noticed anything without giving away the fact that they might have feelings for each other. Everyone just says they became close friends. They don’t notice they are pining because they had watched their friendship slowly build and it blinded them.
Shiro just watches this mutual pining go down and is screaming internally, “How the fuck do none of you see this shit? News flash, these dorks are in love but won’t say anything. Wait… Lance is bi? Shit, he might need to come out…”
[Enter Shiro trying to help Lance trying to get comfortable with his sexuality and trying to get him to come out to the team]
Blame this picture for giving me this idea:
This is how I hope it goes down but one klance shipper can only dream. It probably isn’t going to happen like that at all, if he is bisexual.
I don’t care if it is Klance related or not. Shiro better be the supportive father figure that helps lance come out to the team. That is my hope and dream.
Bucky I just threatened to fight the cash register at work, and it made me wonder, how do I know if I'm someone's angry smol?
well, first you must determine if you are both angry and smol. steve is still both, despite being six feet plus of “patriotic justice.” someone needs to stop that man from reading his own press coverage.
if you are, then you gotta figure out if there’s someone who:
1. fishes your ass out of the fire after you’ve jumped in
2. tells you youre an idiot for jumping in in the first place, because you are
3. beats up the fire because youre in way over your head
4. laughs at your injuries because you’re an idiot (see above: fire jumping)
if there is someone who meets the above criteria, you probably need to go buy them a thank-you cheeseburger. they deserve it.
now go kick that cash register’s ass. im sure it has it coming.
arm wrestled dum-e today. does it count as arm wrestling when his whole body is an arm? or is it just wrestling then
steve drew me, and then tony added dum-e to the sketch. nice to see them getting along.
this is just before the table snapped under us. that red stuff is blood from the nosebleed i got, and that white is when dum-e decided that spraying me down with the fire extinguisher would help with the nosebleed
What we know about TenTen as an adult (manga, movie and novels) :
- TenTen is considered an example of elegance, beauty and style. She is praised for her figure.
- She spends most of the time travelling around the world while searching for new weapons and tools.
- Her rank is most likely Tokubetsu Jōnin as she is described as an specialist by Mirai. Not to mention she must at least have this rank to boss around other shinobi during the Chuunin Exams.
- She opened a ninja tools shop as an excuse to be surrounded by ninja tools when there are no missions to do. She doesn’t sell much because of how peaceful the world is now.
- TenTen designes her own ninja tools and has a lot of eccentric ideas that have no useful purpose. Because of that, people are afraid she might go bankrupt.
- After chapter 700 (Konoha Shinden) she designed a kunai people could use at the hot-springs. They became really popular among women who wanted to protect themselves while bathing so she made a lot of money.
- TenTen has become as hot-blooded and dorky as Maito Gai and Rock Lee. In the past, she used to hide this side of her because of embarrassment (even though she secretely enjoyed and admired Lee’s personality), now that she is an adult she has nothing to fear anymore.
- She loves doing childish pranks to others so she is labeled as a bad example for the youth.
- Even though she has no problems dressing herself as a ghost she actually hates them as she fears she will be cursed if she meets one. She shares this fear with Gai-sensei.
- Gai-sensei is the person she idolizes the most. Everybody notices how much she loves him when she talks about him.
- About her love life, it remains unknown if she is married, single or if she has a lover/boyfriend. The last time this topic was brought up was before Naruto’s wedding (Konoha Hiden) in which she openly stated that she has never being in love with a boy in her whole life as she finds weapons more interesting than marriage or dating. Yet she believes she is the only woman who understands and likes Lee the way he is (she has a soft side for him)
- TenTen is the second best taijutsu specialist right after Rock Lee.
- She enjoys teasing others with perverted questions like: “Would you find a naked woman holding a kunai sexy?”
- As she is a bit irresponsable and childish (as pointed out by Kakashi himself), that might be the reason she didn’t bother to check the recording of the Chuunin Exams second test and just let Boruto’s team pass.
- Maito Gai thinks TenTen’s pranks are cute.
- TenTen kept all Rikudou’s Legendary Tools and have them exposed at her shop when she is at Konoha (they are not for sale).
- She is Konoha’s best ninja tools specialist and has been labeled as a one woman army. Fun fact: both Konoha latest legendary shinobi (Maito Gai and Anko) share that same tag with her… this could be a reference to her real goal.
- Boruto thinks she is beautiful and uses her in his sexy-no-jutsu along with other women from her generation. This attack works on Konohamaru.
Your local Voltron meta trash nerd is back at it again folks
Ok so bear with me if someone’s already done this but I couldn’t watch the newest season until now and I think (again this is all theory) that the last ep of Voltron was EXTREMELY important in terms of foreshadowing and learning more about the Paladins
So we’ve seen some common characteristics between the old and new paladins, ranging from straight up parallels to merely gender/build similarities. Pre-Comet Zarkon is stern but caring, Alfor is impulsive in battle, Blaytz is fun-loving (whooping with joy as he flies his lion for the first time like Lance) and flirtatious (gAY???), Trigel is the only female paladin (before Allura of course), and we didn’t see much of Gyrgan but he seems to be just as fond of one-liner snappy comebacks as Hunk. Shiro and Keith have a similar bond of friendship to Zarkon and Alfor, while Blaytz and Alfor have each other's backs (there is a scene that really parallels a scene from season 2)
But for me, this season has confirmed what I think are the weaknesses of the paladins because now we’ve seen multiple paladins and have been able to draw parallels between their personalities. The greatest things about these weaknesses are that they are actually the Paladin’s strength, but unmoderated they become weaknesses. For example, the Red Paladin’s strength is their instincts but its weakness, impulsiveness and self-centered thinking, is the result of relying too much on their instinct and not others. This one was quite obvious from the start, but the rest of them haven’t been explored much.
The foil to the Red Paladin is the Blue, whose weakness is self-doubt and relying too much on others, unlike the Red (which is interesting because Lance can pilot both thereby reinforcing the fact that he is multi-faceted, not having a “thing”). They are quick to doubt themselves because they can so easily see other’s strengths, but not their own. I mean “rely too much on others,” more so to mean emotional validation, to feel needed, etc. They see their worth through others’ eyes. Allura and Lance also share this willingness to charge in thoughtlessly or sacrifice themselves for the sake of their friends or family. Lance would give up his role as a Paladin for the sake of the team while Allura was lured into two traps because she wanted to see Alteans again.
The Yellow Paladin’s weakness is fear, but not necessarily like Hunk’s. Again, we don’t know much about Gyrgan but after seeing this line from Hunk
I think the weakness has more to do with not wanting to explore the unknown. A foil to the Green Paladin who is inquisitive, the Yellow Lion values security, therefore it’s weakness is not taking risks or sticking with what it knows instead of trying something new.
Which brings me to the Green Paladin, whose weakness is being willing to sacrifice everything for the pursuit of what they want (knowledge, family, etc.) Their inquisitive nature will sometimes lead them to make decisions that are too risky because they are too focused on what they want, like Pidge wanting to collect that data on her family instead of avoiding a giant falling object from the sky?!?!?! I think Honerva/Haggar would’ve made a great Green Paladin pre-Comet.
Finally, we have the Black Paladin and this is THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE. Their weakness isn’t apparent at first but when Shiro said
I realized it was this very decisiveness that is necessary to be a leader that is also their downfall. You have to be confident in your commands on the battlefield in order to avoid chaos and confusion. You have to make split-second decisions, sometimes really hard ones. All the Black Paladins must have this trait (Keith is v decisive. He knows what he wants, it’s just he’s immature and thinks with his anger, not his head), but being too firm in your decisions you make means you may not listen to your team. Zarkon refuses to close the rift, Shiro brings Keith to the Blade, Keith is… Keith.
Zarkon refusal to listen was his undoing and I think this episode foreshadows the same for Shiro. Shiro won’t turn all quintessence crazy, but I think this whole Kuron Phase 3 business is gonna stir things up (there’s a lot of theories about this but no matter what is actually going on, shit’s gonna go down) and maybe something inside him that he can’t control will mean Voltron loses its head… again.
But it won’t have the same ending as Zarkon’s story. This is where the right hand comes in. Zarkon and Alfor, Shiro and Keith, Keith and Lance. Think Hand of the King in Game of Thrones. It’s their job to make sure their leader doesn’t make dumb decisions. The right hand has every capacity of a leader but they aren’t because they see that another has traits that are stronger and they respect that person more. They instead lead by keeping their leader in check, challenging and pushing them to be better. But whereas Alfor failed to keep Zarkon from making the worst decision, I think Keith and Lance will write a different story.
I say Keith and Lance, not Shiro and Keith because Shiro has been retired from his post, he’s not the leader anymore even though Keith still feels like he should be. The writers have made it pretty clear that Shiro is to step aside from Voltron duties, but will still be important plotwise. If Shiro falls into Galran hands once again, maybe even becoming their weapon, Keith will lose it. He will stop at nothing to save him, just like Zarkon stopped at nothing to save Honerva/Haggar. It’s going to have to be Lance who will have to help him through this trial and talk some sense into him. I think this is why the writers have included a Keith and Lance bonding moment each season. Whether you ship them or not, it’s pretty obvious they have become more amicable and friendly as the show has gone on and this will be crucial in the seasons to come. Lance is canonically Keith’s right-hand man and if the story arc really does mimic the old story of the Paladins then this could be how it will go. I have faith Lance and the team will be able to reason with Keith and work out a plan. And they will still rescue Shiro but as a team.
Again, this is all theory so don’t take it too seriously, but I think it would be AWESOME. Let me know, too far-fetched? Waste of time? Didn’t make sense at all? lmao I’m trapped in meta hell