the epitome of evil

The Longbottoms

The more I think about it, the more it cracks me up how Frank and Alice are portrayed in the movies.  They look like such cinnamon rolls:

And they have such cinnamon roll names, too.  Frank and Alice Longbottom.  

Neville makes a big deal rightfully about how they survived torture and never gave in.  But what really blows my mind is how they were already BAMFs before that happened.  They were Aurors.  Like, the Ministry version of bounty hunters.  These two sweet, adorable looking people were chasing down Death Eaters as part of their job.  

And the whole family is like this.  Neville, too, is rocking the sweater vest, looking like the squishiest of cinnamon rolls.  But when it came time to chase down evil:

The Longbottom family is the epitome of Looks like a Cinnamon Roll/Could Actually Kill You.  

Here’s my theory:

Originally posted by sweetly87

Remember this guy? The swooping evil? Of course you do, because he’s amazing (and I feel like he kind of epitomizes slytherins but that’s a different thing).

And remember when Newt squeezed its venom out and explained its properties? The fix-all for the movie was foreshadowed when Newt explained to Jacob that the Swooping Evil’s venom is a powerful memory wiper.

“That’s all fine, but what’s the point to this cheesy post?” You may be asking yourself. And I’m getting to that. Please be patient.

Newt says that the venom wipes bad memories. He doesn’t say anything about the good memories.

So when Jacob stepped into the magical thunderbird-swooping-venom-rain, he lost all the memories of magic that weren’t pleasant (like running from a sex-crazed erumpent, being taken away by MACUSA, watching Credence’s obscurus destroy NYC, etc).

He “woke up” with all his good memories intact, but there were numerous holes where the bad memories had been. Without his friends in front of him anymore, and with New York looking as normal as ever, he chalked it all up to dreams (as no-majs/muggles are apt to do). 

This explains how he remembers Queenie and the beasts (new movie idea disney) and doesn’t question what an Occamy is (Newt slipped up a little in his letter) but can’t explain how he remembers them. In the next movies he’ll probably get all his memories back together and figure out it wasn’t a dream after all.

I don’t really have a snappy ending to this or whatever, but I hope you enjoyed my theory, anyway.

k bye

(Swooping Evil Slytherins coming soon maybe probably when I feel like it)

D&D Inktober 2016 #31 - Tiamat, Queen of Evil Dragons

“Tiamat the Dragon Queen is the chief deity of evil dragonkind whose five heads reflect the forms of the chromatic dragons that worship her. She epitomizes the avarice of evil dragons, believing that the multiverse and all its treasures will one day be hers and hers alone”

Why “narcissist” should be a term used exclusively for people with NPD

I see this a lot. People making/reblogging posts about “narcissistic abuse” and “disgusting, heartless narcissists”, and then when we call them out on their ableist bullshit, they’re like, “But I’m not talking about people with NPD! There’s a difference between narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder!”

No. There fucking isn’t.

When you perpetuate this idea of “narcissistic abuse”, you’re instilling in people’s minds that narcissism is an evil thing. You’re letting them believe that anyone who is arrogant and self-centered is horrible and abusive, or that anyone who is horrible and abusive must also be narcissistic. So, then how are they meant to react when they see that there’s an entire disorder based on this concept of a “monstrous” person? Surely, if someone experiences this to such an extreme extent that it’s become a disorder, they must be the epitome of evil?

Let me tell you, very few people are making the separation between NPD and plain ol’ narcissism. Most people assume, “Well, if a narcissist is a bad person, that must mean someone with narcissistic personality disorder is an awful person.”

So, I don’t care if the word “narcissism” existed for ages before the mental illness was conceptualized. The reality today is that, when people think of NPD, they think of an abusive monster because of all this excessive stigma attached to the idea of narcissism. You cannot separate this word from us. It doesn’t work like that just because you want it to.

Because you claim that you’re free to call whomever you want a “narcissist”, we are the ones who are subject to unnecessary hatred. And if you can’t see that and you refuse to stop using the word to describe people you think are shitty, yeah, sorry, but you’re fucking ableist.

Writing: The Villain

In most stories, there is a tangible villain that works at every opportunity to stop your hero from reaching their goal. They are oftentimes the epitome of evil and hatred, depending on how extremely their villainy runs. In many ways, they are almost as important as the main character, so here are some tips on developing them well.

  • Villains should be handled with the same deep thought as heroes.
    • Just because they’re the villain doesn’t mean they aren’t a very major character, and complex characters are always more favorable than simple, boring characters. Develop their appearance and personality in detail. Formulate a backstory. Understand the motivations behind what they do, and let their actions reflect their internal desires.
  • Find ways to make your villain stand out from other villains.
    • Most villains are maniacal. They are almost all willing to do terrible things in order to get what they want. A lot of villains are related to their character in some way, and sometimes this relationship is revealed in a plot twist. These are all well and good, but trying to make these ideas seem fresh and interesting is difficult nowadays. Play with your ideas and tweak these tropes, or maybe even disregard them all together. Do what you can to make your villain not sound like another Voldemort or Darth Vader. (Reading your work and/or having others read your work is a good way to see if your villain (and other characters, too) are interesting and unique enough.)
  • Consider that your villain is (probably) still human.
    • Even if they aren’t human in the technical sense, they probably still have human emotions. Give your character depth by exploring their sense of morality and where they came from. Why do they think what they’re doing is acceptable. Do they think it’s acceptable? What happened that lead them up to this point of villainy?
  • Explore your villain’s relationship with the other characters.
    • Are they closely connected with your hero and the hero’s friends? Are they in no way related? What did the good characters do to get on the villain’s bad side? How deep does your villain’s anger or hatred for your hero run? Do they hate them at all, or are they doing what they’re doing for another reason? Are the things that your villain is doing a direct result of the hero’s actions, or was there another cause?
  • Decide what the end result of the villain’s actions will be.
    • You have one of two very basic routes this can take: your villain can either defeat or be defeated by the hero. The hero also has one of two routes (if they defeat the villain): they can defeat them by force and kill/imprison/etc. them, or they can “convert” them to the good side. How will this decision affect your villain? How will it affect the overall story? How will it affect the other characters? What will the long-term effects be?
  • Their motivations must be believable.
    • Too often the villain comes off as cheesy or unsatisfying because there doesn’t seem to be a good reason for them to be acting against the main character. Their actions and motivations should be just as definitive and interesting as any other character’s. Try to avoid falling into the trap of “sworn revenge” for no good reason–or, even worse, copping out by saying the villain is “just crazy”.

Kind of #personal but whatever.
I remember when the shooting at columbine first happened and seeing this picture circulating in newspapers and on the tv news and being terrified. These boys were literally the epitome of evil in so many people’s eyes & I was so scared of them as a young teenager. My mother totally helped perpetuate that fear in me. Especially talking about how evil people in trench coats were because Trenchcoat Mafia. 😂

Funny how life and perspectives change over the course of almost 2 decades. Eric and Dylan fascinate me in the best of ways now.

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it’s indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death.
—  Elie Wiesel, Interview with Alvin P. Sanoff, “One Must Not Forget,” U.S. News & World Report (October 27, 1986)

One thing I like about Monogatari is Kiss Shot. Throughout the series she’s depicted as this merciless killer, the Hot Blooded, Cold Blooded, Iron Blooded vampire. Invincible, unbeatable, ruthless, sadistic, the King of all monsters, the epitome of Chaotic Evil.

And yet this is completely canon

Kiss Shot is the most ridiculous vampire I’ve ever come across. It’s not that she’s evil, she just does what she wants. Which usually ends up with her eating someone or something. Oh well

Jezza is presenting HIGNFY tomorrow night.

So, no doubt, social media will be full of BS about how he’s the epitome of evil. Consider this a bit of balance. I have my own experience of his kindness, which is unimportant in the grand scheme of things like…

The literally hundreds of millions he has helped raise for charities 

His personal kindness to those who are seriously ill and disabled (if you’ve ever been to Dunsfold you no doubt saw visitors who were obviously recovering from, or fighting, some huge medical issues.)

Or that, unlike the many right-wing haters he gets lumped in with, Jeremy wrote this about the refugee crisis while the tabloids were still letting Katie Hopkins squeal for dead bodies in the sea: 

“how’s this for a novel idea? We accept that the people who are fleeing Libya, Syria, and other countries where Isis is running amok are human beings and that they are not coming to Europe because of our benefits system or our health services. They are coming because they don’t want to have their heads cut off with a rusty kitchen knife. And here’s the thing: if we are human beings too, we should let them in. Look at it this way. If your neighbour’s house burnt down, you wouldn’t tell him that your house was full. Even if you neither liked nor trusted him very much, you’d make up the sofa bed and invite him to spend the night. Or is that just me?”

Yes, Jezza can be ‘problematic AF’ but he’s not just that.