hey, it’s me, jack savage’s… well, not number one fan, i can’t pretend i hold that position given the enthusiasm i’ve seen from certain other folks here on tumblr. but i can definitely claim, like, somewhere in the top twenty.
so. most of the “arguments” about why jack is bad™ stem from how he’s sometimes portrayed in fanon, and i am firmly of the opinion that that’s stupid and mean and y’all should try harder. that said, there is one very cromulent point to be made, and one i definitely concede:
wouldn’t a bunny spy completely invalidate our bunny cop?
jack savage, as befitting his superspy origins, is usually portrayed as having a high-ranking job with the zbi or mi6 or whoever. and in a world where furry new york has never had a rabbit police officer - like, at all - this seems odd, and runs counter to judy’s entire arc.
but worry not. because i like to think about things, here are a couple potential methods of including jack savage that preserve the delicate paradigm of furry racism that gives zootopia its, uh… heart.
jack’s a spy. use that. in this approach, jack is the ludicrously competent superspy of the original draft - but, being a spy, he’s not public knowledge. officially, he’s only an executive assistant (which is a fun pun from his superiors, because he executes people).
judy’s victory over the obstacles in her way is still valid, because neither she nor anyone involved was aware of the trail previously blazed by jack. however, this still has jack find even greater success than judy in the same biased system, so, y’know. be aware of that.
-international mammal of mystery
i wrote a crossover fanfic once called “of heists and hustles” that i’m super proud of. still my favourite thing i’ve ever written. in it, i wanted nick to meet fellow fox cop, carmelita fox. one hiccup, though - carmelita’s an inspector at interpol, and has been for years. again, this world’s equivalent of new york has never had a fox as a street-level police officer. seems like a problem.
the solution i came to is that carmelita works for interpol, and is based out of (whatever’s the equivalent of) europe. and there, attitudes can be different. it wasn’t rosy - carmelita mentions in passing that her species was still an obstacle - but she had less of an overall disadvantage to overcome than nick.
you can take the same approach with jack, having him be an agent from overseas. indeed, this fits common fanon that leans into his bond-eque roots and portrays him as british. as i’ve said already, i always hear his voice as jason statham. even in shitposts. especially in shitposts.
-but i play one on tv
do tgweaver’s thing where he’s just an actor who plays a spy. good content. good idea. endorsed.
(coming back to how racist this world is - is the film about a rabbit who’s a spy, like, a dumb comedy?)
-tactical espionage inaction
ninja, contrary to what pop culture may tell you, were not one-person armies flipping around in black pajamas. by and large, their legendary stealth came from the ability to hide in plain sight, to assume the appearance and demeanour of a humble peasant.
jack is a spy.
if rabbits are overlooked in this universe, then it makes perfect sense for an intelligence agency to employ them. cops need to be strong and intimidating, so of course judy had an uphill battle. but for a spy, being small and unimportant are useful qualities his employers would actively look for.
however, this strips away all the guns and martini razzle-dazzle for actual boring spy work, so, eugh.
-in your pawprints
flip the script. rather than jack outranking judy, as is often the case, she outranks him. and more than that, she’s his role-model.
while i love the idea of jack doing spy stuff in the (equivalent of the) 1960s, his status as a mere character concept leaves him completely untethered to the timeline. jack can start his journey after judy becomes a cop, neatly solving the problem by inverting the players.
jack can introduce himself to judy as a young recruit, hoping to become a cop or soldier and, from there, eventually pursue a career in intelligence. or flash forward several years to the height of his career, long after the night howler incident. move him from 1963 to 2063. either way, judy’s victory is preserved, even valorised - and better yet, jack can be portrayed as a total dork fanboy of hers. that’s the good stuff.
-clothes make the mammal
jack isn’t a spy, he just owns a nice suit and several firearms
he has zero jurisdiction from anywhere
he just shoots people. with guns.
…this maybe works best for a villainous portrayal.