we are family part 2

anonymous asked:

in the longest day episode, toothlesses ability to take advantage of a situation was incredible! im talking about that moment at the end where hiccup is out of ideas so toothless makes that green enourmous dragon plummet to the water! and also now that i remember that time when he tricked the razorwhip in stryke out! thoughts?

What is wonderful about Hiccup and Toothless is that they are a team. It’s not just a young man riding on the back of a dragon telling the dragon what to do: rather, it’s two intelligent heads tackling a situation together. In Riders of Berk, Hiccup has the Dragon Academy members do exercises which place them in the trust of their dragons, such as flying through tight trees and letting the dragon make the decisions, or falling off the back of a dragon and expecting their ride to catch them before they crash into the sea. Hiccup doesn’t just tell dragon riders to act this way, though; he speaks like this because he has first-hand experience about how important it is to pay attention to Toothless.

The truth is, Toothless takes a lot of initiative when it comes to enacting decisions in tight situations. He makes some advantageous moves in dangerous moments like battles.

Even harking back to the first film, Toothless is critical in besting the Red Death. In fact, after Stoick saves Toothless from drowning, it is Toothless who gestures to Hiccup to hop onto his back so they can fight the beast. Toothless is making an intentional choice here to engage with the Red Death. He’s not doing this because Hiccup is steering him; Toothless is doing this because he has a mind of his own willing to engage in the battle.

Toothless demonstrates even more initiative and decision-making in How to Train Your Dragon 2, when he decides to fight the Bewilderbeast and become the new alpha. Hiccup is not even on Toothless’ back at this moment. Rather, Toothless takes the initiative himself to fight the Bewilderbeast. And as you point out, Toothless can be rather clever in what he chooses to do. Toothless’ bold defiance against the Bewilderbeast helps the other dragons pull free from that dragon’s mental grasp, too. Then, not only can Toothless stand up against the Bewilderbeast, but an entire hoard of dragons can fight against it.

Again and again, we see Toothless making his own personal tactical choices. Toothless makes some intelligent maneuvers when he works with Snotlout to rescue Hiccup in “Defiant One,” helping Snotlout acquire needed supplies and more. Toothless manages to get out of his own cage when he is captured by the Outcasts, too. He takes advantage of the Outcasts coming into his cage, attacks them, and manages to fight them off and leave his prison.

And, as you point out here, Toothless makes some interesting, advantageous decisions in Stryke Out and The Longest Day. Toothless appears to have a strong head on his shoulders, and especially, he seems to be very good at making great calls in the midst of heated battle.

YOI family AU series

well, someone asked me about the order in the story of we’re pregnant and the others so I decided to make a masterpost of all the ones I’ve made and I’ll update it every time I do something new :)  

1) We’re pregnant!!: this is the Victuuri story how they met and started their beautiful family <3  part 1, part 2

2) We’re pregnant!! extras:I talk more of Otayuri here and how they’re so in love with Victuuri’s son  extra 1, extra 2

3) Madly in love: this is the otayuri’s story, how they started dating and became a couple, I thought it was important since next series are of otayuri’s family  part 1

we don’t choose our family (BATFAMILY/JASON TODD X READER) PART 2

You guys I honestly can’t thank you guys enough for the amazing feedback for “we don’t choose our family” I mean you guys are honestly the best people i have ever met and I love your guys comments. 

PS: guys I wrote this listening to you (don’t own me by grace feat. G-eazy) and I recommend you do to because holy shit it was awesome

AS PROMISED PART 2 OF “WE DON’T CHOOSE OUR FAMILY" ————————————————————————————————

You could feel your heart thumping against your chest and your palms sweating on the handles of your motorcycle as you rapidly approached the Jokers hide out.

Your fathers hide out.

You looked to the left of you and saw Jason looking straight ahead, arguing with one of his brothers, you could hear him all the way from the other side of the abandoned road.

You smiled softly knowing this would probably be one of the last times you would be this happy, for a very very, long time.

All of the pranks you pulled with Damian were going to be gone.No more practicing gymnastics with Dick until ungodly hours of the morning. You wouldn’t be able to talk about the latest gadgets that were coming into the tech community with Tim. The worst of all would be no more phone calls with Jason that eventually turned into a 9 hour call with both of you falling asleep and staying on to say good morning to each other. 

It took everything in you to not turn the bike around now and just vanish from Gotham. You had to meet him though, innocent peoples lives were on the line and you swore to protect them no matter what. Also you couldn’t leave the family heart broken like that.

In the superhero world if a “hero” vanishes  out of nowhere it means one of two things, they either got caught up into some bad shit and had to flee, or they were probably dead. You could never do that to Bruce, the man who helped you through so much shit and accepted you into his family.

You shook your head and let out a deep breath trying to clear your head as you saw the outline of the jokers warehouse or what he called it the “fun-house” fall into view.

“You ready over there (y/superhero/n).” Jason said through the com frequency that only you and him shared.

“Yeah, yeah i’m good.” You said in the most convincing manner you could muster. 

“Nothing we haven’t done 100 times before,right?” Jason said with a chuckle but you could still hear the sadness and anger behind his tone. He still hated the fact the Joker was running free and causing chaos all over Gotham.

“Hah yeah.” You said in a encouraging voice to him but you really thought ‘I have a feeling it’s gonna be different this time.’

You slowly killed the engine on you bike, as did Jason, when you were close enough to the abandoned warehouse that you guys wouldn’t alert the joker that you were closing in on him. You slowly blended into the darkness the night sky so graciously supplied for you and Jason.

“Robin to red hood and (y/superhero/n), the Joker has no men posted outside so be very cautious for traps and anything lurking in the shadows.” Damian’s rough voice came through the main com making you crack a smile by how professional the 13 year old boy sounded.

“Wait but aren’t we the ones who are lurking in the shadows.” Jason fired back at the teenager and you could practically feel the smirk that was hidden under Jason’s helmet.

“I’m actually going to murder you after all of this, you intellectually inferior sub par pass for a human.” You heard Damian growl out through the coms before Jason turned it off putting his finger up to his head in a crazy gesture.

You let out a small laugh and examined the area. You were standing in the middle of the Gotham city docks with countless storage units around you, in front of the doors of a huge industrial sized warehouse that hasn’t been in use for 12 years. Well technically it was still used, but not that the public knew that. 

You looked up and saw Tim and Dick on the very top of the roof probably looking into the skylights to see what we were going against, while you spotted Bruce and Damian on the opposite side on one of the ledges. Apparently you were right about what Tim and Dick were doing.

“There’s about 50 men walking around with AK-47s and the Joker is standing in front doing, yes you guessed it, laughing.” Tim sighed as he climbed off the roof and meet with you, Jason, Damian, Dick and Bruce. 

“Robin, Nightwing, Red Robin, you’re with me on the roof, the element of surprise is in our court right now and we’re going to use it to our advantage.” Bruce said in his signature rough gravely voice. Tim, Dick and Damian nodded as they grappled onto the roof to get into positions.

“Red hood you’re better at making a grand entrance so when I give you the signal come in with (y/superhero/name), and show them what you got.” Bruce said as he gave Jason a stern glare.

It was still very prickly whenever a mission concerned the joker and Jason. The one thing Bruce still didn’t trust him with, Jason’s finger “accidentally” slipping and hitting the Joker during a mission. Before Jason could get a word in to defend himself Bruce had already pulled out his grappling gun and shot up onto the roof.

“And they say I have communication issues.” Jason said as he stared where Bruce had been standing and slowly sat down on a nearby stack of wooden planks.

“Jason, I know it hurts when he does stuff like that but you have to understand that he loves you and just doesn’t want you to do something you might regret.” You said softly as you sat down next to him, laying your hand on his shoulder and watched as he slowly relaxed his tense shoulders.

“How do you do that?” Jason asked as he reached up and took off his helmet.

His hair was still styled perfectly with a grey streak running straight through the middle. His piercing blue eyes stayed trained on you softly, as the moon light his his face making him glow like some sort of fallen angel.

“Do what?” You questioned looking up to see Jason looking at you with a lazy smile on his face. You held in a breath as he reached down and brushed a loose piece of hair behind your ear.

“No matter how mad or upset I am, you always manage to say the right thing to make me smile.” He said as his hand fell down to you cheek and caressed your face softly, making a shiver go down your spine.

“Maybe it’s my superpower.” You whispered to him softly as you smiled and leaned in closer.

You wanted to remember happy moments like this. The smiles and laughs you shared with Jason before your world is turned upside down.The first joke you shared, the last joke you shared. The first time you sparred and the last time you sparred. The first prank you played and the last prank you played. The first time you stepped into the manor and the last time you stepped into the manor.

“NOW!” You heard Bruce shout in both of your ears making you wince and jump apart.

You watched as Jason put on his helmet with a load groan and you swore you heard him mumble ‘are you freaking serious Bruce?’

“I’m sorry Jason, I truly am.” You said and ran towards the building and kicked open the door.

Before Jason could even respond you ducked a handful of bullets that has been fired your way and you landed in a crouched position on the inside of the warehouse behind a shipping container.

You looked up and saw the monster of a man, who sadly had to be your father, standing on a railing yelling at one of his lieutenants. You shivered realizing this would be the first time you would ever see him, well with him knowing you were his daughter. Apparently those 5 years of solitary confinement at Arkham helped him to figure it out.

You watched as Jason ran in guns a blazing, quite literally. He was taking out everyone in sight,jumping from one spot to another in a perfect rhythm with his brothers. You looked to see Bruce working his way up to the Joker when you noticed something.

“Guys, GUYS!” You yelled into the com trying to pull everyone out of their battle modes and focus on the real world. “The men aren’t fighting back anymore, they’re not moving from there position there just letting themselves get hit.”

“She’s not wrong guys.” Tim said as he just stood in front of one of the henchmen and they just stared at him with a emotionless look.

“What’s going on here Joker?” Bruce said honestly just as confused as the rest of us

“Are you telling me the greatest detective in the world hasn’t figured it out yet? I mean it’s just so obvious it’s almost hilarious, wait thats because it is hilarious.” The Joker said letting out a maniacal laugh at the end.

You gasped as you stood up, when a hand came around your neck and pulled you flush against a mans chest. You rolled your eyes and quickly jabbed him in the ribs. He bent over and quickly let go, you spun around round house kicked him in the face watching as he fell down and 6 more men came to replace him.

You looked around and saw you were only being pursued. They were even running around the boys to get to you. You gasped as one of them managed to hit you right in the gut. The guys finally realized you were being targeted and quickly rushed to help you take them down.

“What are you talking about,why are your men only fighting her?” Bruce asked from where he was standing face to face with the Joker on the balcony.

“Well I guess I’ll tell you but only this once.” The Joker said with a smile plastered on his face, as always.

“You brought me my daughter.” He said looking straight at you. You dropped the last henchman to the floor and felt every single set of eyes in the room trained on you.

“Isn’t that right, (y/n)?” He said and looked dead at you with the craziest look you have ever seen. Ever.

“(Y/n) please tell me that’s not true please.” Jason said off to your left in the most heart broken tone you’ve ever heard.

“Where are the hostages?” You questioned completely ignoring everyone else. This was still a mission to you even if you had to do it alone

“ That’s the first thing you have to say to your dear old dad I though it would be a little more heart warming.” He said with a mocking frown.

“That implies that you actually have a heart, now where are the hostages.” You said as you pulled out your eskrima sticks from there thigh holsters.

“Oh now i’m hurt.” He said with the same frown and clutched his heart as he leaned over the side of the railing.

“Is he being serious, answer me NOW!“Bruce said at first but then slowly turned it into a yell at you.

“COME ON BABY GIRL TELL THEM, TELL THEM WHO YOU REALLY ARE.” The joker quickly yelled after him making you clench your teeth.

“Yes.” You said quietly to your self, noticing Jason had taken off his helmet which was hanging off one of his hands before it fell to the ground.

“I can’t heaaaarrr youuuu.” He said again in a sing song voice cupping his hand up in his ear.

“YES!” You yelled up at him and tightened your hands around your weapons, not daring to turn around to meet the faces of the batboys.

“There you have it folks my one and only superhero daughter.” He said and did a twirl before coming back to the railing

“I don’t have time for this, Where. Are. The. Hostages?” You said through your teeth as you walked over the bodies of the fallen henchmen to stand directly in front of you father.You were still on the ground while he smirked triumphantly on the railing.

“oh well if you really wanna know, they’re up there.” He said pointing up to the roof.

You looked up to the sky light and saw a large crane holding a shipping container over the Gotham bay.

“You sick bastard.” You said as you kept your eyes trained on the container.

“Wouldn’t that make you the bastards daughter?” He said teasing you with a wide smile.

“I WILL NEVER BE YOUR DAUGHTER. EVER.” You stated giving him a fierce glare.

“TO BAD DARLING YOU EITHER COME WITH ME OR I DROP THE CRATE AND I KNOW YOUR SUPERHERO MIND WILL GO ABSOLUTELY MAD IF THAT HAPPENS!” He yelled jumping over the railing and landing directly in front of you.

“what?” You asked in confusion. You wouldn’t go with him, not in a million years but you couldn’t let these innocent people die.

“And here I thought you were the smart one. Come with me, be my daughter and partner in crime or else they die.” He said reaching his hand out to you giggling like a mad man. Which he was.

You turned around to see dick looking at you with concern written all over his face. Damian had a hard glare set on you but his swords had fallen on the ground. Tim looked up to batman, who just had his emotionless stare settled on you. Finally Jason looked at you and was shaking his head slowly mouthing the word ‘no’.

“I’m so sorry.” You said to them all as you softly laid your hand in your fathers.

A loud boom sounded out from the roof as two ladders fell in from the skylight one for you and one for the Joker. You looked up to see a gigantic helicopter hovering over the ware house

“COME ON LITTLE ONE, DADDY HAS A LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO!” The Joker yelled at you while he grabbed on to one of the ladders.

“IT WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WAY” You heard Jason yell at you but Dick and Tim were holding him back while Damian was on his back.

“LET ME GO, I HAVE TO TELL HER, I HAVE TO.” Jason said struggling against his brothers. He probably just wanted to tell you he would hunt you down for your deceitful ways

You looked up at Bruce who gave you a silent nod. You sighed dropping your eskrima sticks and tightly held into the ladder opposite of the jokers.

“See little one, father knows best.” The Joker said as the helicopter raised you both out of the building into the starry night sky.

The Joker babbled on about a bunch of nonsense while the only thing you could think about was the heartbroken family you had just left behind. As the joker started to cling the ladder you made a silent promise.

Know matter how long it took or how many times you had to fight, you would find your way back to them and earn your redemption.

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Part 3 coming out soon

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there they goooo

thedemigodsinthebluepolicebox  asked:

Hello :) I was wondering what type of fighting styles you imagine each character to have. For example, Astrid uses a bit more of an acrobatic style, but we don't really get to see Hiccup, Snotlout, Tuffnut, Ruffnut, or Fishlegs' style.

Oh my good Thor’s thunder I will love you forever for this question! 

It certainly is true that Astrid’s fighting abilities are showcased the most memorably and frequently in DreamWorks productions. In the two movies, she certainly fights the most of anyone aside from Stoick and Gobber. That said, examining the episodes in Riders and Defenders of Berk reveal instances of every one of the youths fighting. I have taken the time to compile some of these incidences and describe the fighting styles I see from them.

These probably also will make their way into gif sets in the near future because why not! It’s pretty cool to see.

But without further ado, some analysis.

Astrid: Light-Footed Acrobatics

As you say so truly, Astrid’s fighting style is acrobatic in nature. She fights very light on her feet, allowing herself to make some impressively dexterous moves. Astrid can, at an instant, do handsprings, somersaults, bends, jumps, dives, and even flips when fighting. Her flexibility, quick reflexes, strength, and knowledge of gymnastics makes her the most polished fighter of all the Hooligan youths. She contains the most grace and the most practiced, impressive ability. It is definitely the flashiest, most trained style of anyone.

Most of these acrobatics she uses for the defensive. Astrid utilizes her full arsenal of light-footed tricks to dance her way out of danger, avoiding obstacles in her path - and can even do so when holding both a shield and an axe. Sometimes she does use her tumbles for offensive maneuvers, such as seen when she knocks Hiccup to the ground in the second-to-last gif.

When Astrid is on the offensive, she is much more likely to swing and strike hard. She appears to be learned in both hand-to-hand combat styles as well as with weapons. She can work well with a shield, though also does well without, and her most trusted weapon and method of attack is with an axe. This she can swing with notable force and knock people to the ground. As soon as she knocks them to the ground, she restrains them so they cannot rise again. I have not shown all instances of that visually, but will cite that Astrid knocks Snotlout to the ground and slams a boot in his face during “Fright of Passage,” while she tackles Hiccup to the ground and wrenches his arm behind his back in “Gem of a Different Color.”

Hiccup: Captain America

I mean Captain America

America

I MEAN HE’S CAPTAIN BERK

But I mean really. Just like Captain America tosses the shield around to other Avengers and back again in Age of Ultron, and just like Steve Rogers makes creative use of his shield in different fights, so also does Hiccup use this weapon in ingenious offensive and defensive maneuvers. These gifs are not even half the instances of Hiccup fighting with his shield, yet this does provide a good sample of what he can do. We can easily see that Hiccup, in the DreamWorks universe, makes use of a shield as his primary fighting style.

Don’t get me on a fanboy rave of his swordfighting skills in the books. Just don’t.

Hiccup’s moves are wide and varied with the shield. Sometimes he uses it simply to block objects and redirect arrow fire. Other times, he uses it as a bludgeoning force or a way to push back at his enemies. Yet other times, he makes very creative use of the shield, which contains both a crossbow and a harpoon. He grabs his opponents with the rope, or elsewise uses that rope to pull objects down on his enemies. He shoots out arrows against his enemies or other clever targets. 

To give one example:

In “The Night and the Fury” Hiccup launches out the rope and hooks it to a tree branch above Dagur’s head. Dagur taunts Hiccup that he missed his target. But Hiccup asks, “Oh did I?” and then tugs on his shield. The hook pulls on the tree branch it is attached to, breaks the branch, and a huge heap of wood falls onto Dagur’s head.

And let’s not even talk about all the crazy things he does with that shield in “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

Hiccup is not as light on his feet as Astrid, not as quick, not as flexible, not as polished in his movements. He is, after all, not precisely a trained fighter, and his stiff posture with semi-locked knees really makes that clear. What Hiccup can do is make use with tools, which makes perfect sense given his background as an inventor.

Hiccup fights best from a distance where he is not in direct physical contact with his foes. However, there are a few instances where he makes close-ranged maneuvers. While Hiccup tends not to be as powerful or physical as Astrid (or the others), there are times when he does swing with his full force.

Exhibits A and B below:

A. Riders of Berk: We Are Family Part 2

B. Riders of Berk: Defiant One

These hard-hitting swings are, admittedly, a bit rare for Hiccup, nor do they carry as much power as they would with other Vikings. In the first example, Hiccup only dazes the Outcast he is fighting. In the second one, he does knock the Outcast out cold, but that is after the man has had some blows already landed.

Altogether, then, Hiccup is a shield fighter. And he’s a fairly clean fighter, too, simply making moves to get the job done effectively but not (usually) too roughly. He really is Captain Berk and no one can convince me otherwise.

Snotlout: Musclehead Moves

Now this guy I love to watch fight. He’s actually got some pretty good action footage in Riders of Berk, particularly the episode “Defiant One”.

Snotlout’s fighting style is very clearly defined, just like Astrid’s and Hiccup’s respective styles are. And it’s different than both of theirs, too, and reflects the fact that Snotlout has a bit more weight in muscle than either of them.

Snotlout’s fighting style uses both arms and legs to punch and kick at his enemies. His technique consists of strong, muscled swings that move directly, bluntly at his foes. He does have some fast reflexes which especially allow him to duck and dodge blows, but his fighting style is one of standing up, knees bent, and directly confronting his attackers. He’s a bit more of a boxer than either Astrid or Hiccup to say the least.

Each step Snotlout takes is firmly planted. Defensively, he dodges by taking a step and whirling his torso, but overall standing his ground. Offensively, he swings his arms and shoulders a lot and very forcefully, using it both as a way of avoid blows, as well as preparing for powerful swings against his attackers. He is not afraid to throw weight and strength straight at his attackers in full force, and will even throw himself down or slide down to land on top of his enemies. 

The fact Snotlout is right handed and right footed also really plays out in these gifs. He might be a powerful socker with all his body, a proper muscled Viking man who stands square on with his attackers, but Snotlout knows that his right arm and his right leg are more coordinated and more effective at landing blows. In most of these gifs, Snotlout is holding a blunt object in his right hand, and his hardest blows come from that arm. He kicks with both legs, but the hard spinning, roundhouse-esque kick in the second to last gif comes from his right side as well. He is more powerful on that side of his body.

It seems then that Snotlout has some natural talent at fighting. He has probably trained a little and has been augmented in his abilities from sports (think Thawfest). He is not as supple, graceful, or showy as Astrid, nor has he probably anywhere near the number of hours of practice she does. There are many times indeed he stumbles or wobbles when dodging blows. He might have some natural physical abilities, but he is by no means a master warrior, just a muscled one with good reflexes and instinct.

Fishlegs: Brute Force

Fishlegs’ fighting style still comes as a surprise to me sometimes, but it is consistent throughout the entire series. He is almost like the Hulk. When he is Bruce Banner, he is a quiet, nerdy man who does not seem like he would harm anyone. In fact, Fishlegs typically is someone timid of battle, a nervous screamer who prefers to flee rather than stand his ground. However, when Mr. Ingerman becomes enraged, he turns into a rather fearsome fighter that charges head on with a startling roar.

Fishlegs is very much a brute battler. He uses his mass and his passions to fuel himself in battle. He will tear into things, throw things, smash things, claw at things, and bowl fearlessly head on into things. There is no sense of restraint in his movements for many of his battles. A wild eye comes into him during one fight between himself and the Outcasts, and after he cackles, he asks something along the lines of, “Is it bad that felt good?”

I imagine Fishlegs’ fighting style develops over time. He does enter some fights with an intentional boldness rather than a passionate rage. In those cases, he is more even-headed, and while he still faces opponents directly, he is not going to claw everything to death. The end of “Gem of a Different Color” highlights that. I can only imagine how it progresses, but by How to Train Your Dragon 2, he is pretty calm in flopping over onto one of Drago’s guards and using his own weight to knock someone down. He seems rather amused, rather than upset, when he makes that move.

Ruffnut and Tuffnut: Anything Goes Cat-Clawing

I don’t like grouping the twins together in an analysis, for each are their own separate person, but from what I can tell, the Thorston siblings fight fairly similarly. There are some distinguishable differences between them, but I will start with the overarching general first.

Ruffnut and Tuffnut are probably the least “skillful” fighters of the group. They tend to simply whack and attack. They are very much close-range fighters, getting right up and very physical with the person they are fighting (usually each other). Definitely, they are the most physical, grappling-styled fighters of any of the group.

The twins are also probably the dirtiest fighters. While Astrid has a gymnast’s grace, Snotlout has a boxer’s swing, and Hiccup has a shield-based style, Ruffnut and Tuffnut just… go. They will push, pull, yank, shove, trip, tackle, and smash their opponent. It is a lot of quick, jostling, wrestling movements. Rather than moving efficiently, effectively, and intentionally in a controlled maneuver, they grapple and wildly swing. The one advantage this has is that they seem a bit more comfortable fighting without weapons than some of the others.

But Ruffnut and Tuffnut do use weapons. It is the same sort of “anything goes” principle that happens with their hands. Gobber commends Ruffnut for using her shield as a bludgeoning weapon at the start of “Gem of a Different Color.” And unlike Hiccup, who uses his shield to block and shove back in close quarters, Ruffnut and Tuffnut are complete brutes with their shields. Ruffnut is a bit more aggressive here than Tuffnut, and she seems to be a bit more of an offensive fighter than her brother. In fact Ruffnut can be downright brutal. Both of them, though, are notably physical and hard-whacking when wielding shields or just about anything.

There are not many instances of Ruffnut and Tuffnut fighting together, but I firmly believe they do this a lot. It would make sense. When they fly Barf and Belch, the Thorstons work as a team to wreak destruction. And since they tend to do everything else together, and stay by each others’ sides all the time during their Dragon Training days, I suspect they fight together, too. The final gif shows them jumping off a mast and sliding a ship’s sail together to knock out enemies with their feet. I would not be surprised if they have other such coordinated twin maneuvers up their sleeves, too, when they fight together.

The Dragon Academy

The Dragon Academy very frequently fights on dragons. In the skies, every individual has their own unique fighting style, too. I did not elaborate upon that in this analysis, but I certainly could at another point in time. The fighting styles are related to how they work on the ground, though of course it is altered due to the nature of being in the air.

What is really cool about all this, though, is that everyone has been animated with a very clear, distinct style of fighting. If I may finally get all my Marvel analogies out of the way, Astrid is the Black Widow, Hiccup is Captain America, Snotlout is Thor, Fishlegs is the Hulk, and Ruffnut and Tuffnut, and the twins are Thor and Loki on the Bifrost. You can disagree with those as you see fit, but regardless, every one of the teens fights differently. All makes sense given their background and personality.

And it’s really honestly quite fun to watch them.

Masterpost

SVT

Child!SVT

Seungcheol

Keep Sulking

Fanboy

Prompt 9

Home

(Seungcheol)

Late

RIght Person Wrong Time

Soulmate!Seungcheol

Pediatric!Seungcheol

Patient Man

Lemons and Cherry (Ridiculous Soulmate Version)

Family (Part 2)

Wonwoo

Synopsis: We’ve been secretly dating for 3 months and someone decides to set us up

Book

Prompt 40&44

Prompt 8

Seasons

I Love Woo

(Wonwoo)

Text

Soulmate!Wonwoo

Vampire!Wonwoo

Jihoon

Anniversary

Neurosurgeon!Jihoon

Soulmate!Jihoon (Ridiculous Soulmate Version)

Mingyu

Soulmate!Mingyu

Hansol

Soulmate!Hansol

Intern!Hansol

Soonyoung

Soulmate!Soonyoung

Expectant Father!Soonyoung (Special Au for his Birthday)

Jun

Plastic Surgeon!Jun + Birthday 

Joshua

Grief Counselor!Joshua

Seokmin

Cardiologist!Seokmin

So uh, I marathoned all of Star vs the Forces of Evil in one go. And so now I’m really excited about season 3 and what’s going to be happening, and I’ve seen the new intro to the show so I have a theory about the direction the show will be taking. Might be wrong or right, but here goes:

Marco will be living with Star in the land of Mewni

Reasons:

1. No Earth scenes? 

All through the opening, we never get any glimpses of Earth. The only other earth character even shown is Janna (also I’m curious why it’s just Janna, but yeah). 

Even Marco’s room??? Appears to be part of the castle back on Mewni now, since they go through like an arch that slides down to go to the Butterfly family’s dinning table and the floor is definitely the same so that means it’s not just an “aesthetic transition” like when they go through portals, this is taking place in the same location. That means, perhaps, that none of the show will take place on Earth, and Marco is now living in the castle with the family.

2. The cape

before this opening we haven’t seen any parts with Marco in a cape at all. Secondly, the color matches Star’s and her families colors, the light blue-ish color. Perhaps this cape is a sign of being adopted into the Butterfly family or as an official resident of Mewni.


These are all just speculation, so tell me what y’all think if you want? 

Why Peace Corps is not Voluntourism

According to Webster, Voluntourism is a form of tourism in which travelers participate in voluntary work, typically for a charity. Over this past week I’ve shared some contrasting views on Voluntourism, which is increasingly prevalent and controversial in our globalized world. 

Having served in Morocco as a volunteer full-time for two years, my views on volunteerism have certainly morphed from what they were in high school, college, and even grad school. It may seem ironic that coming out of this international service experience I am more convinced than ever that local community service is where the real change happens. When people are involved and invested in the community of which they are a part, they can help create an environment that reflects their values. Lasting change happens when folks are invested for the long-term. It stands to reason that people have more cause to care about the long-term outcomes of their actions for the community in which they live and plan to raise their children than in some random spot on the globe. 

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for volunteering in a community that isn’t your own. Whether it be in a state that’s been hit by natural disaster or advancing water-security internationally, sometimes an issue needs more hands, resources, and minds tackling it than what might be available in the affected area. But how do you bridge the sincerity and personal investment people have for their own communities to a foreign community and, possibly, culture? This is where an organization like Peace Corps comes in. 

One of the biggest critiques of voluntourism is the lack of understanding volunteers have of those they’re “helping.” This ignorance can lead to mistaken actions that are neither helpful nor sustainable. And the short-term nature of Voluntourism doesn’t leave room for the volunteers to see the real effects of their actions. The structure of Peace Corps is thoughtfully designed to avoid the pitfalls that seem to be haunting this growing industry. Here are 6 ways that Peace Corps not Voluntourism. 

1. We Live with Host Families

The first step to understanding a culture is, not just seeing how they live, but living how they live. By staying with host families we’re able to observe and participate in the little things that might never be captured in a “cultural session.” Understanding the lifestyle of our host country nationals is paramount to shaping the action-steps we take throughout our service. It helps us see what the real needs are, the cultural constraints, and how decisions are made. Living how those around us live plumits us into the community in a way staying a hotel or dorm never could. We eat what they eat, sleep where they sleep, and wear what they wear. We are a part of the family.    

2. We Learn the Language

Learning someone’s language is an indisputable way to show that you really care. It isn’t easy; it means constantly exposing yourself to failure; it shows long-term investment. Sometimes, PCVs learn languages that no one has ever paid any attention to before. And it isn’t just about being able to express ourselves, it’s about being able to understand those we’re with, hearing their thoughts, singing their songs, crying to their soap operas, laughing to their jokes. Though we never stop being students of the language, our effort says “we’re not just passing through.” 

3. There is No Agenda

The other day I was sitting at the women’s center with the new volunteer in my site. One woman was teaching the PCV a stitch that is used for the traditional Moroccan clothes. As we sat there sewing and chatting with the women, I had an overwhelming sense that this is where the magic happens. While I admit it is frustrating at first, Peace Corps does not give us much direction on what to do in our communities. I realize more and more each day just how appropriate it is that they don’t. True development is ecological not top-down. Peace Corps doesn’t barge into communities with a plan (even if all the American volunteers are begging for one), instead the volunteers watch and wait and listen and learn and then find ways to fit service in. Shwya b Shwya, or Little by little, is our motto here.  

4. We Listen

When speaking to the 100+ new volunteers that recently arrived to Morocco, I told them You may be asked to teach English or something you don’t want to do, but you have to remember this isn’t about what you want, it’s about what they want. Listen to your community and meet them where they are. Start with English-it’s your foot in the door- and as you get to know your community you will learn how to introduce other things. But always remember, what you want doesn’t matter. When we don’t listen failure is bound to happen. In fact, failure is bound to happen regardless, but listening to our communities is a huge part of having a service that is effective and allows our failures to be transformed into learning opportunities.    

5. We Capacity Build

They say that in development our goal is to put ourselves out of a job. And Peace Corps volunteers often work towards just that. We are encouraged to find community partners for every activity or class, teaching them how to teach and lead if needed. A project done without a host country national is not considered sustainable and sometimes even frowned upon. Our primary role is to promote volunteerism of people in our communities. If our presence somehow inspires those around us to invest in their town and believe that positive change can happen, then that is a job well done.  

6. We Stay for Two Years

Development takes much longer than two years, but it’s long enough to lay a foundation and get things started. Two years is long enough to learn the names of the kids on your street, long enough to celebrate the annual holidays with your host family, long enough to watch favored characters on the soap operas get murdered and come back to life, long enough to watch your baby host sister learn how to speak and master words you still can’t pronounce right, long enough to watch your friends get engaged, married, pregnant, and become mothers. My village in Morocco is my home and the people I serve are my family, neighbors, friends.  


It is undeniable that some folks sign up for Peace Corps to have a neat, easy, satifying experience, but Peace Corps is none of those things; development is none of those things. Those people either realize and embrace the struggle of true development work and call forth the patience to see their commitment to the host country through, or they quit after a few months in country. Either way, they are forced to come to terms with the fact that Peace Corps is so much more than Voluntourism. A sincere volunteer always remembers this is not about me, realizes the value in an unAmerican level of patience, and learns that being uncomfortable doesn’t mean you can’t be happy.

So ask yourself this when considering volunteering outside of your community: What are my intentions? And have I done my research on this organization? 

That Shank Called Newt: Masterlist!

Hope you enjoy the ones you missed! 

In order of posting… roughly… okay I don’t even know…

1. Where Is All The Fun? (Newt)

2. Nightmares (Newt)

3.  The Singing Drunkard (Newt)

4. Food Fight Part 1 (Minho)

5. Food Fight Part 2 (Minho)

6. The Rescue (Minho)

7. Newt’s Secret (Newt)

8. Thanks For The Memories (Newt)

9. Stung (Newt)

10. Confessions Of A Worried Shank (Newt)

11. Teasing and Kissing (Newt)

12. Comfort (Newt)

13. You Read My Mind; Literally (Minho)

14. Make Outs n’ Such (Newt)

15. Stick Your Tongue Down My Throat All You Want But Don’t You Dare Lick My Face (Newt) 

16. You’re Totally Whipped, There’s No Denying It (Newt)

17. Awfully Messy Part 1 (Gally)

18.  Awfully Messy Part 2 (Gally)

19. Climbing Mountains And Taking Selfies Are Probably Not A Good Mix (Newt)

20. Swimming Naked Is Better Than Going To Prom Anyway Part 1 (Newt)

21. Swimming Naked Is Better Than Going To Prom Anyway Part 2 (Newt)

22. Swimming Naked Is Better Than Going To Prom Anyway Part 3 (Newt)

23. You Belong With Me (Newt)

24. You’re Not The Only Professional Party-Crasher In Town Part 1 (Newt)

25.  You’re Not The Only Professional Party-Crasher In Town Part 2 (Newt)

26. You’re Not The Only Professional Party-Crasher In Town Part 3 (Newt)

27. You’re Not The Only Professional Party-Crasher In Town Part 4 (Newt)

28. You’re Not The Only Professional Party-Crasher In Town Part 5 (Newt)

29. You’re Not The Only Professional Party-Crasher In Town Part 6 (Newt)

30. You’re Not The Only Professional Party-Crasher In Town Part 7 (Newt)

31. You’re Not The Only Professional Party-Crasher In Town Part 8 (Newt)

32. You’re Not The Only Professional Party-Crasher In Town Part 9 (Newt)

33. My thoughts on what the Gladers would be like in Highschool, mainly what sports they would be involved in. (Newt, Gally, Minho and Thomas)

34. Happy Birthday (Newt)

35. If I Ever Say We’re Through Again, Take Your Clothes Off And Remind Me What I’ll Miss Out On (Newt)

36. Goodbyes (Newt)

37.  Friends (Newt)

38. Can’t You See? Part 1 (Newt)

39. Can’t You See? Part 2 (Newt)

40. Can’t You See? Part 3 (Newt)

41. Can’t You See? Part 4 (Newt)

42. Can’t You See? Part 5 (Newt)

43. Can’t You See? Part 6 (Newt)

44. Can’t You See? Part 7 (Newt)

45. The Blond Shuck-Face (Newt) 

46.  I Care. (Newt)

47. Giving You A Chance Part 1 (Newt)

48. Giving You A Chance Part 2 (Newt)

49. Let Me Love You Part 1 (Gally)

50. Let Me Love You Part 2 (Gally)

51. We Are Family (Newt)

52. A Prank A Day Keeps Everyone Away (Newt)

53. I’m Only Relatively Romantic When I’m Drunk (Minho)

54. Lonely Girl  (Newt)

55. Misjudged (Minho)

56. The Flame (Newt)

57. A New Year’s Kiss! (Thomas, Newt, Gally, and Minho)

58. How Do You Say ‘I Love You’? (Gally) 

59. The Bet (Minho)

60. You’re The Prettiest Shank I’ve Ever Met (Newt)

61. Switched (Newt)

62. I Like Punching People, But I also Like Hugging You (Gally)

63. The Date Part 1 (Newt)

64. The Date Part 2 (Newt)

65. Finding A Friend (Newt)

66. After The Power Goes Out (Newt)

67. The Gang (Newt)

68. Confused (Minho)

69. Insomniac (Gally)

70. Together Part 1 (Gally)

71. Together Part 2 (Gally)

72. Drunken Confessions (Newt)

73. Untrusted (Newt)

74. I’ll Do My Best (Newt)

75. I’ll Always Be With You (Newt)

Please let me know in my Ask Box if there have been any mistakes or errors with loading posts so I can fix it ASAP! Thank you so much for being on this 75 part wild journey with me so far :-) You guys are awesome!

rose-tico  asked:

Hi, Hoddock! I was just wondering, do you think Hiccup can kill people?

*evil cackle* Yes, I actually do. And I think that for both movie!Hiccup and book!Hiccup, though I will only talk about DreamWorks’ permutation of the character for now. Hiccup has the potential to be a killer.

That answer might not sound intuitive to most fans, and everyone is totally free to disagree with my perspective. After all, Hiccup is an incredibly pacifistic individual, someone so set on the values of peace that he forgets sometimes ideals cannot be attained. Hiccup attempts to reason with Drago, a man who brutally murdered an entire room full of powerful Viking chiefs because they refused to follow his lead. Hiccup tries to reason with a mass murderer rather than fight him. And even at the tender age of fifteen, Hiccup’s compassion for Toothless leads him to set the dragon free rather than kill his old war enemy in the trap. Hiccup is, in many ways, much more a peace-driven idealist than most people I know.

That sort of man seems very unlikely to kill.

Except that we have evidence favoring Hiccup’s potential.

Hiccup is a young man of necessity. He rises up to do what needs to be done. Ultimately, in How to Train Your Dragon 2, he stands to counter Drago in a fight at Berk. In the first movie, we also see Hiccup ride Toothless to try to rid Vikings of the Red Death.

So he kills the Red Death. Very tactically, very intentionally. Hiccup uses each and every one of Toothless’ shots to deal maximum damage to the dragon queen, targeting first the wings because “a downed dragon is a dead dragon.” Then he has Toothless turn around and fire a plasma blast into the Red Death’s mouth because they are “not so fireproof on the inside.” Hiccup and Toothless team together… to intentionally kill a dragon.

Not so long ago in the movie, Hiccup had stood up to his father and argued that this war needs to end. Hiccup argued the Vikings need to quit killing hundreds of dragons, that these creatures are misunderstood and unworthy of slaughter. This is an incredibly brave action, especially for Hiccup at this age. He already is of the very strong conviction that dragons are worth saving. However, Hiccup also perceives the Red Death as a negative power… and he knows that, in the Battle of the Red Death, either she survives or the Vikings. There is no “both” option. If he does not get rid of her, she will burn up each and every one of his Tribespeople. Consquently, Hiccup decides with seemingly no split conscience to kill the Red Death.

Maybe (or maybe not) someone might argue it’s a little different for a human to kill a colossal dragon as versus kill another man. I still believe that what Hiccup does with the Red Death is evidence that, if Hiccup were in a similar situation with a hugely dangerous human, he might do the same sort of thing. He would have to be hugely pressed, in a hugely tight situation, to make that sort of decision to kill, for Hiccup is someone who would spare peoples’ lives whenever possible. Yet if his entire Tribe is at stake… well… I believe the potential is there.

Furthermore, we see Hiccup display some incredibly drastic actions against Alvin the Terrible that demonstrate he has the ability to kill.

Incredibly drastic actions. I mean OH MY ODIN. If you stop and think about what’s actually going on, your heart drops.

The two moments to which I am referring are in “Heather Report Part 2″ and “We Are Family Part 2.” These moments show a little bit of Hiccup’s dark side. I talk about them already at the link, but I will elaborate here what these moments convey.

In “Heather Report Part 2,” Alvin holds Astrid over the edge of a cliff, threatening to drop her. Hiccup leans down to Toothless and murmurs, “ “Do it, bud.” The implication is, “Shoot Alvin.” True - we could mean shoot Alvin in a non-lethal spot, such as his foot, which is where Toothless has been aiming up to this point. Additionally, we have seen Toothless’ plasma blasts can range in impact from harmful to freakishly frightfully deadly (see start of this post). However, it still is very possible that Hiccup, by telling Toothless to shoot Alvin, acknowledged he could kill his enemy by this decision. Hiccup makes a very intentional move that has a decently high likelihood of killing another person. 

I don’t believe this moment is merely the decision to try to knock Alvin over. Hiccup has no qualms with physical actions such as these in fights against his enemy. This moment, though, Hiccup’s face is far graver, and the atmosphere is far more intense, suggesting he is considering doing something that he usually would not speculate upon.

In fact, if you look at Hiccup’s facial expression, you see some very interesting reactions. His eyes at first are wide, scared, and uncertain. But these slowly resolve into a very determined, intense, set frown, not at all a pleasant one. He is steeling himself up for his decision. He knows the gravity of what he’s about to say and do. And when Hiccup tells Toothless to shoot, the dragon rears on his hind legs, his mouth begins to glow red, and it looks at least like the dragon is facing straight forward… straight for Alvin.

I think Hiccup meant for Alvin to go in this scene.

Even if that scene can be explained away that Hiccup and Toothless would only injure Alvin to free Astrid (and that argument totally can be made), we still have to account for “We Are Family Part 2,” which is probably the most frightful scene when it comes to Hiccup’s dark side. After Hiccup and Toothless escape imprisonment, they have the ability to go home and leave Outcast Island. However, as soon as Alvin starts taunting Hiccup, the boy’s face crunches into a dark frown, and he jump on Toothless to attack Alvin. This is not a defensive move. Rather, it’s outright offensive aggression. Hiccup is intentionally attacking Alvin to harm him out of anger and revenge.

And since Hiccup is not someone who could physically match Alvin, he is probably flying aggressively straight toward Alvin to shoot him. In fact, we see Toothless basically divebombing Alvin, and we start to hear the screen of a Night Fury preparing to fire. Right. at. Alvin.

Oh my freaking Thor.

Hiccup is aggressively divebombing Alvin with the intent to plasma blast him. And we know what happens when Toothless screeches and then delivers that blow.

*sings “Stoick Saves Hiccup” softly for a moment*

Hiccup can become dangerous when his loved ones are threatened, such as Toothless and Astrid were threatened in these two episodes. I believe that, in these instances where those he cares about are in such mortal danger, Hiccup would definitely have the potential to kill another human. He essentially tries right here! Had circumstances played out slightly differently, Alvin would be dead.

No, it is not Hiccup’s default. I do not want to make this kid out to be a murderous madman. No no no no no. He’s the exact opposite: an amazing hero whose ultimate goal is to be a voice of peace to the entire Barbaric Archipelago. I admire Hiccup for his determination to end violence and construct a bloodless world; he is far more noble a man in this regard than nearly everyone i have met. This is who he is. He usually does not let passion overtake him, and he usually seeks peaceful or at least non-harmful means of subduing his enemies when he has the choice. However, I do not want to call Hiccup a completely innocent lamb, either; he has his faults, and thus in the right circumstances, pushed for the very right reasons… he could kill.

I really, really think he could.

The last thing I will simply say is this: There were probably many casualties in Battle of the Bewilderbeast. Hiccup entered the center of the fray, riding in on Toothless and shooting some careful and strategic plasma blasts. All of his shots are toward Drago’s war machines rather than the people themselves - good, smart bloke. Still, I would be highly surprised if no casualties resulted. No matter how much he may have attempted to block his enemies rather than end them, it is very unlikely there was no blood spilt. Come on. This is a battle. Hiccup is fighting in it. He’s grown up in a rather brutal, war-centered culture and violence happens

Look at these two screencaps really closely, and you can see that one of the men near the war machine Hiccup attacks is probably consumed in fire. The fireburst in the screencap I am showing is only just beginning to billow, to give you the idea.  

The guy second on the left of the blasted tower is who I’m talking about.

Other moments Hiccup shoots war machines are more difficult to tell if someone gets hit or not.

Still, given what we see in Battle of the Bewilderbeast, it’s very possible that Hiccup has killed people already.

For that matter, what about the rest of the youths? We see Ruffnut and Tuffnut light Zippleback gas on fire right in the midst of many men.

So yeah.

I don’t want to call Hiccup a killer, but he could be.

Gods… that makes me a little uncomfortable.

bluestarsaber  asked:

When you are done with season 4 of race to edge what do you think are the pro and cons of the season and what do you hope for season 5?

Alright! I’ve just finished RTTE S4, and I would looooove to discuss pros and cons. I’ll make a list of some favorite small moments later, but here I will talk about big overarching pros and cons. Heads up to people that, because I’m talking pros and cons, I will get into both celebrations and constructive criticism. I’m not intending to rain on anyone’s parade by giving my comments on what I think could be better; I’m just being honest about the things that aren’t my favorite, and which I think are important to recognize… and I can at the same time recognize the show’s weaknesses and be a celebrating fan of the strengths.

Big Pros of RTTE S4

Book References Galore. I am always a fan of book references in the HTTYD show. This season contained a lot of instances which reminded me of the books. Whether or not that was intentional from the writers, it still gives book lovers a means of identify with elements they find familiar. In this season, we got book-like things including but not limited to:

  • A dragon which can only be birthed in the middle of a volcano.
  • Bat-like dragons.
  • Fishlegs calling Hiccup his best friend.
  • Snotlout feeling threatened by Hiccup’s role as a leader and trying to subvert it and become a great leader himself - be it king, or at least the leader over the other youths. Snotlout pretends to deliberate about killing Hiccup. He gets to be a little more antagonistic than usual when he’s trying so desperately to show that he’s great leader material, hoping so much that he won’t be overshadowed by the others. But in the end, he charges out and risks his life to save Hiccup.
  • An oft-used phrase in the book, “Easy peasy lemon squeezy,” came right out of Snotlout’s mouth.

Viggo and Ryker’s Relationship Splintering. I was hoping as early as S2 that the writers were setting up a fracturing between Ryker and Viggo. Ryker, after all, tells Heather that he listens to Viggo because they’re family. However, Viggo’s treatment of Ryker is poor. That’s good material for a set-up and character development… and we got it! We started to see hints of it in S3. 

It explodes in S4.

Ryker and Viggo, and their character developments, were probably my favorite thing about this season.

As early as the first episode, we see Ryker smiling when Viggo’s plans are thwarted. Ryker sticks by Viggo, but with increasingly-seen ill treatment on Viggo’s part, and increasingly irritated responses from Ryker, we at last get a split in Shell Shocked. Ryker has had enough of Viggo, and Viggo doesn’t have enough respect for Ryker for this to end well. Of course we still don’t know all the details about what all was planned and what was staged, but it seems Ryker did go rogue against his brother. It was nice to see this character, who was often overshadowed by Viggo, take charge and have this development.

Not to mention how both of the characters ended in Shell Shocked Part 2? Me likey. That was really cool. These appear to be both real deaths, and they are “fitting” for what the characters were. Ryker was a man of violence and strength; he got pulled underwater in the midst of a battle he waged himself. Viggo sought to gain profits and control dragons through the Dragon Eye; him diving to try to save the Dragon Eye shows his own motivations leading to his end.

It’s also very fitting that the Dragon Eye got destroyed. I was talking about how the Dragon Eye had to become inaccessible to both the dragon riders and the dragon hunters at some point in time. There’s no way for the story to get resolved otherwise. And it happened! I was happy to see the Dragon Eye finally return to the plot, and for us to see why it won’t be in Hiccup’s hands by the time of HTTYD 2.

Hiccstrid. I’m not an active Hiccstrid shipper myself (as you guys probably have heard me say many times, I almost never ship anything, and I prefer to focus on platonic and familial bonds), so I’m listing this one mostly for you guys, haha. XD I know that Hiccstrid shippers are probably going to be happy with what happened in this season! Flirtations, words of devotion, multiple kisses, all that happened. Haha, Snotlout even said “Hiccstrid” on screen! The slow boil toward their relationship has finally come to fruit, and it’s quite relieving to see.

I think what I appreciate the most was Hiccup supporting Astrid in Blindsided. The words of support he gave her were wonderful, thoughtful, deep, considerate. We have often seen throughout the franchise Astrid supporting Hiccup emotionally. This is a key moment in which we see Hiccup demonstrate great love, devotion, and support to Astrid in turn. The words he chose were nicely done. I appreciated that a lot.

Big Cons of RTTE S4

Recurring Plot Devices. I know the creators were excited about some of their planned plot twists, but the truth of the matter is that they tend to reuse the same plot devices repeatedly. 

Especially, one plot device they love is when Hiccup has to ally himself with the enemy. This has been done with:

  • Mildew in “We Are Family Part 2″
  • Alvin the Treacherous in “Cast Out Part 2″
  • Dagur the Deranged in “Enemy of My Enemy” and “Family on the Edge”
  • Krogan, soooooooort of, in “Midnight Scrum”
  • And now Viggo Grimborn in “Shell Shocked Part 2″

It is to note that the multiple redemption arcs - as with Alvin and Dagur - show repetition, too. I will say, though, it was nice for Viggo to not be completely redeemed. He still betrayed Hiccup in the end, and I appreciated that. But as far as the ally-with-the-enemy arc is concerned… that is starting to feel a little worn out, now.

Other recurring plot devices include Dragon’s Edge being attacked by dragon hunters; one of the youths being captured or kidnapped by the enemy; and, of course, a new dragon being first dangerous but then tamed.

Weak Character Motivations. It’s not that motivations are absent. It’s that they’re not neatly connected together or expounded upon to any realistic level. Character motivations move in sudden jerks forward rather than smooth progressions. Lots of the time the character motivations are explained weakly enough that they seem extremely unrealistic toward how a person would actually react in that situation.

Dagur goes from being an enemy with ASPD symptoms… to being a tentative ally with regrets… to being a genuinely good guy who cares deeply for his sister, the other riders, and endangered dragons. They do rudimentarily explain why he goes from one mental state to the next, but it never feels convincing. Part of that is that no one just magically drops an antisocial personality. Another part of it is that we don’t see a good, smooth progression from one phase to the next. The writers put in a little bit of transition material, but never enough.

Another example is Heather and her relationship with Dagur. There was not enough material for her switching from loathing Dagur… to being uncomfortable with his “death”… to being completely comfortable around him and welcome to deep physical touch. While we get the gist of why it happened, the way in which it is presented is very unconvincing and doesn’t at all feel like how people psychologically function. It’s pushing it at best. I’m not a fan of these sorts of things being misconstrued because it can have consequences for how we handle the dangerous and toxic people in our own lives.

We have other inconsistent character motivations on top of that, along with lots of weak plot devices arising out of this, but yeah. Character motivations are not as well progressed as they should be.

Sexism. This is nothing new to the show; it’s been present since Riders of Berk and onward. It’s been bothering me increasingly more with each new season released, likely because it hasn’t gotten better (the only thing that’s gotten better is no longer using “girl” as an insult). Especially for RTTE S3 and S4, I’ve felt distinctly uncomfortable with DreamWorks Dragons’ treatment of gender. It’s just come to a point that they should have fixed their mistakes by now, except they keep perpetuating.

Default gender in the show is undeniably male. The rule of how everything works in this show is “male until proven otherwise.” Seriously though. Essentially every single individual we meet is a man, be it human or dragon. Somehow every single new introduced dragon in the show is called a “he,” despite that being highly statistically unlikely. There are even several cases in which an obvious female has been called “he.” Given as we see no other Eruptodons around, it seems likely the egg had to have been laid by the dragon on the island. Sure, we can finagle around and give decently-conjured explanations for how this dragon could still be male, but by all accounts, it’s weird. We shouldn’t, in Defenders of the Wing Part 1, call THAT dragon a “he.” Even more clearly, Chicken is a chicken - a female member of that species, obviously so by the bird’s physical features. Tuffnut even hallucinates the chicken speaking to him in a female voice. Aaaaand yet both Stoick - and in this latest season, Tuffnut himself - call Chicken “he.” No. The chicken is female. That’s literally as bad as animating a cow with an udder and calling it a “he.” It’s that obviously female. How are we messing this up? Because the default gender of anything is male in this show.

Next, there are some stereotypes and unflattering tropes of women that sneak into the show. In so many movies, television shows, and novels, a woman is often only introduced when she has a romantic relationship with one of the male characters. While there are plenty of male characters who are not in a romantic relationship in media, it is much harder to find a woman who doesn’t at least flirt with a man and have that be a major point of her time on screen. It means that, as humorous as some people might find the Snotlout x Mala (Snala? Snotla? Malout???) dynamics, it’s not the most fun thing to see yet another female character’s role being heavily centered around whether or not she’s in a non-platonic relationship with someone.

Damselstrid happens a little too often for comfort. I know that many Hiccstrid shippers probably enjoy seeing Hiccup and Astrid caring for one another in precarious situations. I do admit that there were some good lines especially in Blindsided. Nevertheless, it is awkward to see the disparity between Astrid saving Hiccup versus Hiccup saving Astrid. This also have been around since forever, but it’s increasingly obvious with S3 and S4.

Astrid will save Hiccup in very short, quick minor moments in combat, such as by blocking enemy fire. But it’s never played up for drama. They’re gone before you know they’ve happened. In the one episode where Hiccup really needed saving because he’s kidnapped, it’s to note that the entire team (Stoick at the forefront) - not Astrid - save him. The other time Hiccup majorly needed saving because he was drowning… he was saved by a dragon. Astrid never gets the big save when Hiccup is most vulnerable.

By contrast, Astrid will constantly be in precarious positions in which she seems more desperate and in greater, longer danger. There have been two episodes dedicated entirely to Astrid being in a helpless situation and Hiccup needing to save her - Buffalord Soldier and Blindsided. Additionally, we can add several more instances of Astrid being in danger, like the very end of Shell Shocked Part 2, or when she’s about to burn up in Out of the Frying Pan. And when she is in these extremely vulnerable situations, we’ll often hear her murmur, “Hiccup.” It’s a suggestion that Hiccup is what is important and Hiccup is what’s going to save her. Even though Astrid is the best warrior of the youths, she is put into far more vulnerable positions than most of the other riders, and Hiccup almost always is the specific individual who gallantly saves her.

I could keep going about how there were also some outdated notions of gender sneaked in the show dialogue, too, but I’ll stop here. Essentially, sexism. It’s definitely in RTTE.

Season 5 Hopes

I don’t have too many thoughts on what I want for season 5 currently. Maybe ask me in a few months. At the moment, all I can think about is that we’re going to have to address that exploding volcano on Dragon’s Edge, and we’re definitely not done with Krogan.

In many ways, the end of S4 is the end of the big plot arc we got starting in S1. Seasons 1 through 4 are a unit, it looks like. It’s the story of Hiccup going against the dragon hunters. That ending has got to be the ending of the plot arc with Ryker and Viggo. So where season 5 turns? It’ll be a little bit of a new direction.

We’ve got some seeds planted with Krogan, I suppose, but really not much to work on. You could almost just completely end the show with S4. We got Hiccstrid together. Viggo, Dagur, and Ryker are no longer threats. The Dragon Eye is no longer around to investigate. It’s just that volcano blast and the fact the creators said there would be more episodes that means this is going to continue.

There’s a weird small part of me that wants Savage to come back. I don’t think they’ll do it, but I suddenly saw potential, and actually relished the small moment of Savage’s return. He had a wonderful return with great motivation. I’m assuming they’re just going to ride him off as inept, and this is the last we see of him. But there’s also a lot of potential for him to try to do something big. But I suspect we won’t see him, that it would detract from other plot stuff they would want to do, and so on and so forth.

So they’re likely going to keep sneaking toward Krogan and stuff with plot development? But how they’re going to do that without interfering with the plotline of HTTYD 2, I am not sure.

We Are Family (pt. 3)

Hey y’all! Here’s the next part of We Are Family!

-E

(Pt. 1) (Pt. 2)


He hoped Mark wasn’t out. He would really hate if he ruined his Friday night plans. By the time Tyler had gotten off of his flight and mustered up the courage to call Mark, the time had become 8:25. He considered going back, but the next flight to Ohio was on Monday. He pressed call and twiddled with the zipper on his jacket. Mark picked up almost immediately.

“Tyler! What’s up? Is everything good? Isn’t it like 11 o’clock there?” Mark greeted. Tyler heard a third voice in the background before Mark let out a quick “Oh shut it Ethan.”

“Well, nothing much? I’m, uh, I was wondering of you were busy. I’m actually at the airport right now and-”

“The airport? In L.A.?! What happened? Are you okay?” Mark bombarded.

“Yes, in L.A. Stephanie and I got into a fight, she’s at her sisters, and.. Can you just come get me? I’d rather not talk about this right now.” Tyler could hear Mark rushing around on the other the other end while his friend muttered a few incoherent curse words.

“Yeah, of course. I’ll be there in a minute. I’m leaving now.”

“Thank you so much.”


 Mark didn’t question Tyler about his sudden decision to go to California on the ride back, but there was a mutual understanding in the car that it would be discussed.

 “So, how long do you plan on staying?” Mark asked.

 “Well I don’t want to bother you, considering-”

 “Tyler, you’re not bothering me. I mean, yeah a little warning would have been nice, but it’s all cool. We’ve barely spoke since the last time you came. If our high school selves heard that we went three years without talking for no reason, they would slap us.” Mark sighed and  gave Tyler a side glance. “You’re my best friend, and I love you. Don’t ever think you’re bothering me.”

 Tyler slightly shook his head. “I love you too man, but me showing up unexpected a week before Thanksgiving isn’t cool. By the sounds of it on the phone, I ruined your plans for the night. In all honesty, I didn’t even think to buy a ticket back to Ohio. I just needed to get out of there. I’m miserable with Stephanie. All we ever do is fight and she thinks I don’t love her. I do love her, I honestly do, but I just,” Tyler took a breath. “I don’t know. And I’m just running from my problems by doing this. Oh god, I can’t do this. I’ve got to go back.” Tyler’s speech sped up, and he took off his beanie and ran his hand through his hair. “I’ve got to fix things with her somehow. It’s either that, or be the jerk of the year and break up with her. Shit, I should probably tell her I’m here. We were arguing earlier and she took off to Olivia’s and told me to call her when I could explain myself. What does that even mean, we aren’t in high school anymore, I don’t need to explain myself!”

“Don’t worry about Thanksgiving. You didn’t ruin any plans. I had Amy, Kathryn and Ethan-” Who?  “-over for a movie night, but they understood when I left for this. We were almost done, anyways. Now, what if you just love her, but aren’t in love with her. Steph is smart. If this is the case, she probably knows and is frustrated by that, maybe? I don’t want to assume anything or pry, but could something have uhh,” Mark paused momentarily, trying to capture his thoughts. “You know what, I’m just going to be blunt. Are you sure you’re straight? I saw you with David the last time you were here. I’ve never seen you that animated with somebody before. You never came close to that with any of the girls you’ve been with. And it’s perfectly okay if you aren’t straight! Love is love!”

 “I… I don’t know. That was one time. Who knows, maybe I was just caught up in the moment. I don’t know. I mean, if we’re being blunt, it was great when-”

“So help me God, the rest of that sentence better be ‘when you went and played Call of Duty or something because I really don’t want to hear about anything else.”

Tyler’s laughed filled the car. “Yeah, sure. He was a much better Call of Duty, or something, player than anyone I’ve played with. We got through many rounds together with the power of teamwork.”

 “Oh Tyler, noo.. TMI” Mark burst into a fit of giggles. The atmosphere in the car was significantly better arriving at Mark’s place than it had been at the airport.  

 Tyler went to bed immediately when they got inside, feeling better than before, still confused as ever.

Deku/Ochako Family Headcanons part 2

So last night we got kinda skype-happy with Deku/Ochako headcanons (including their son Tohru who’s a ray of sunshine) and now there is a  l o t more. Lengthy headcanoning under the cut


Chrissy  also im trash but i really want Ochako and Deku to also have a healing-quirk child.

Deku’s worried that he and Ochako have a 50% chance of having a quirkless child because he’s technically quirkless, and he’s afraid of raising a kid in a superhero household who just realistically can’t be super… Turns out that gap in quirkiness is exactly what allowed a variety of new and different quirks to develop back when quirks were new. Deku’s afraid his daughter is quirkless until one day he and Ochako are in the hospital getting bandaged, and Deku like slams both his hands down on the bed and whips his head to Ochako “IVE NEVER EVER HAD TO KISS KAIYO’S BOOBOOS”

And Ochako’s just “????” so Deku starts spinning his hands “Okay so yeah Tohru was more banged up as a child with his quirk so he always had bandaids somewhere but have you EVER had to put a bandaid on Kaiyo!?”

And Ochako thinks about this just “……. !!!!! !!!!! ”

So they get home, pay the babysitter (with whatever arm isn’t in a sling) go nudge Kaiyo awake like “Honey….have you ever gotten a booboo?” Bleary eyed, this four year old little girl wakes up “Huh…Mommy? ………Yeah I get booboos but I don’t like them so I make them go away.”

She’s just extremely confused while both Deku and Ochako are crouched there in the dark room going “ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ” at each other

Fast forward a few years and Kaiyo takes up the responsibility of being her parents’ first aid kit. (First aid kid haaaaaaaaaaah anyway). Like Deku comes home after going way too far with One fo All and his arm is smashed to pieces. Ochako’s telling him to go to the damn hospital but he’s “wait a minute honey I wanna give Kaiyo a chance to shine.” She looks at him, with all her 6 year old sass she rolls her eyes and goes “Daddy you’re such a dumbhead.” And touches his arm. Does it heal all the way? No. Does it get a hell of a lot better? Yeah.

Recovery girl is still alive and kicking cuz she’s Recovery Girl, and years down the line she takes Kaiyo as an apprentice
Chrissy  AAAAAAAAAAAAANYWAY so thats what i had to say
Becca  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Becca  good name picking btw
Chrissy  i looked it up this time

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anonymous asked:

could we talk about cloudjumper and his motivation to bring valka to the nest thinking that maybe she belonged there? i think its amazing, and introduces alot to this amazing character and says a lot about dragons! could you analyse it? thanks!!!:D

Cloudjumper deciding to bring Valka has always been interesting to me. It is hard to comprehend precisely why Cloudjumper nabs her. All Valka comments  on the incident is, “Cloudjumper never meant to harm me. He must’ve thought I belonged here in the home of the great Bewilderbeast.”

The Stormcutter’s body language and overarching personality can provide us more cues why he would do this. From what we see of Cloudjumper, he seems to be a dragon whose psychological disposition directly translates to physical action - that is, he’s rather impulsive and acts on what he thinks!

Going back to the HTTYD 2 flashback, we can see that the dragon is extremely curious exploring the Haddock’s burning household. He steps forward, sticks his face toward novel things (the people inside), and cocks his head, intrigued and unafraid at what he sees. The main reason Cloudjumper approaches Valka is curiosity… and I believe that curiosity is a large reason he takes her, too.

It seems like he found something particularly interesting in this young woman. She seems to have passed some internal “test” of being a profound and good thing. I imagine Cloudjumper’s first impression of Mrs. Valka Haddock is rather positive, and this positive first impression (combined with his curiosity of her) prompts him to take her away.

We do see precedent where a dragon - curious and fond of a new human - snatches that person. They attach emotionally to the human and take that person with them to care for them. Think about the Changewing in “We Are Family Part 1.” Hiccup even jokes that Snotlout “found a friend.” That dragon snatches Snotlout against the boy’s volition and starts to baby him. Cloudjumper does the exact same thing - take a human away to a place where she can be cared for.

Now there’s one other important element to why Cloudjumper might have kidnapped Valka: he gets startled. While he is still studying Valka, Stoick launches into the mix and attacks. Cloudjumper, frightened, has to leave. Leaving means ditching the fascinating human he has only just met… or carting her with him. You can see him pause, deliberating a short moment, before he elects to grab her and flee. He’s not done with Valka, so she’s got to come with him.

I imagine that Stoick’s intrusion actually influences Cloudjumper’s choice. If Stoick hadn’t come when he did, then the STormcutter might have finished investigating Valka in the burning house and then flown away on his own.

But the man attacks. And you know, maybe Cloudjumper thinks Valka would be safer taken away. Cloudjumper, in the middle of the action, might not have realized Stoick was defending her. He just sees danger and takes himself - and his latest prize - off to safety. The poor hapless human would be safer with the Bewilderbeast than in this place where men throw axes.

Endearing, impulsive, well-intended dork.

Once Valka is taken, it only makes sense for Cloudjumper to fly home. The dragon raid is done for the night and the Vikings are gaining vantage in the battle. So Valka finds herself in the Bewilderbeast sanctuary.

From there, I believe that Valka stays in the sanctuary on her own choice. She is disoriented at first and doesn’t know what to do. Then, when she recovers from the initial shock, she convinces herself it’s “best” to stay.

And so she stays. She and Cloudjumper bond. And an endearing relationship grows over twenty years.

Anesthesia

In response to this prompt.: “ Kanan waking up after a surgery and being dopey and forgetful from anesthetics and being amazed and thrilled that he’s MARRIED to this beautiful twi'lek woman”

Yeah, so Kanan and Hera are like officially married here. AU-ish?


Kanan wakes up in a bed, his body seems glued to the bed, his eyelids too heavy to open, his mouth dry. He must’ve drunken a lot last night; this is one of the worst hangovers he has ever had. Swimming in his own pain he can’t get himself to move,not even if he tried, not that he wants to. He hears a door being whooshed opened and the sound reverberates inside his head. The only thing he can do is grunt and squeeze his eyes shut more than they already were. 

“Kanan?” He hears a voice say, it’s female and melodic,sweet with a light rasp to it(not too much, but enough for the voice to sound sensual and smooth with every word she utters). The best voice he has ever heard.

“Kanan, can you hear me?” Oh, there it is again.

That voice serves as enough motivation for Kanan to use all of his strength to open his eyes. He needs to see who can be behind such an angelical voice.

He opens his eyes and doesn’t find himself disappointed by what he sees. She is a green twi’lek, with big eyes, defined cheekbones, thick lips and a slender jaw that comes to end in a satisfying tip at her chin. Her lekku, tattooed, fall gracefully over her shoulders and graze him slightly from where she’s looking at him. Kanan is certain she’s the most beautiful woman he has ever seen.

“Kanan?”

He is at a loss of words, he is shocked by her beauty and his head still hurts. Although, seeing her has certainly helped. He stares and feels and dopey grin take over his face. What else do you do when you are in the presence of someone so pretty?

She smiles and chuckles and Kanan is in love.

“Are you okay, love?”

He is slightly confused by the terminology she’s using, but he doesn’t mind. He could get used to her calling him that, whoever she is. He still can’t answer though so he just keeps staring. 

She frowns slightly and leans over to the other side of the bed, putting her clothed breasts very close to his face. Yes, this is definitely the best sight his ever woken up to.

She retrieves data pad and starts analyzing it. That’s when Kanan realizes he is in a hospital bed, huh? Did he get in a bar fight last night and if so, did he lose?

“Hmmmm… the doctor did say you’d experience dehydration.”

 Doctor?Is she a nurse? She is not dressed like one. She is dressed like a pilot: wearing a flight suit and armor and gloves clearly made for mechanic work. She pinches his hand and frowns when it comes up as a tip then places her gloved hand gently on his forehead.

“Does your head hurt?”

He nods.

She removes her hand and says “I’ll be right back”, then turns around and leaves.

He is left alone with his thoughts, who is this mysterious woman? and why does she care so much about him? Why is he in a hospital? Should he be worr…

Before he can complete the thought she is back with a several water bottles in her hands. She seats on the bed and, realizing he is in no condition to move, puts a water bottle in his mouth and tilts it, oh so gently, so he can start drinking.

“Drink up”

 Eager to be receiving anything from her, he obeys. But still stares at her the entire time. That’s when she gets this apologetic look on her face.

“I’m sorry. If it were up to me you would be with an IV right now, but we’re a little short on resources.”

This most be some hospital. He thinks.

As soon as he finishes the first bottle, she picks up the second and repeats the process.

When he is midway through the second one, the door whooshes open to let a kid in. He is maybe… what? 14 or 15. Unruly, dark blue hair, blue eyes, twin scars along his cheek, wearing a mismatched, orange jumpsuit.

When the kid’s eyes fall on him they go wide “Kanan! You’re awake! How are you feeling?”

Ok… who is this kid and why does he care if he is ok? He is beginning to feel overwhelmed by this whole situation. Where is he? Who are these people? What the heck is going on? Why is he in a hospital?

“I don’t think he is in any position to answer any questions right now, Ezra.” Angel voice intervenes, thank the stars. “But you can keep us company if you’d like.”

“Alright”, the newly named ‘Ezra’ says, and sits down in a chair at the edge of the room.

When he finishes the second water bottle he is feeling a lot better. Now… time to find out who these people are, specially the pretty one. Ok, only the pretty one. He doesn’t really care about the kid.

“Feeling better?” She says

“Yeah, and a lot, thanks to you”, he answers her, with the biggest flirtatious tone he could muster and looks at her with half-closed eyes and light pout of his lips.

Angel voice, looks at him as if she is trying to contain a laugh and says “You’re welcome, dear”

“So… What’s your name, angel?”

She pulls back in confusion and the kid stares at him the same way. After a few awkward moments of silence, the kid breaks it and says, “Uhhhh… Kanan this is Hera…”

“What a beautiful name for such a beautiful woman”, Kanan takes her gloved hand and places a kiss on it.

“…your wife?” the kid finishes.

Kanan freezes and drops “Hera”’s hand.

“What are you talking about?”

“Ummm… He’s talking about how you and I are married?” she finally says.

“No, we’re not. I didn’t even know your name ‘til a few seconds ago”

One heartbeat. 

Two.

“Kanan, we’ve been together for 8 years now.”

Nothing

“We live in my ship, the Ghost?”

Nothing

“We have a family?”

Nothing

“This is Ezra… he’s been part family for 2 years now?”

Nothing.

He sees dismay in her face, worry. He may not know her, but he knows he doesn’t want to see her like this. Kanan doesn’t know what to say so he just slowly shakes his head.

“Ezra, go get the doctor” The kid immediately obeys and runs out of the room.

When he’s gone, she places both hands in his face and forces him to look at her. Her eyes right now seem bigger, they’re pleading him to remember but nothing comes to mind.

“Kanan, what is the last thing you remember?”

He frowns and starts thinking. He places his hand on top of Hera’s and the gesture feels so natural he doesn’t even notice it until after he’s done it.

“I was in Gorse. Working for Moonglow, living in a bar called…uh… called…” He struggles.

“The Asteroid Belt”, she completes.

“Yes…”, he pauses “are we on Gorse right now?”

She doesn’t know how to respond, what does she tell him? That that was 8 years ago? That he is done hiding his Jedi heritage? That they are part of a rebellion now? That they saved a moon? That Okadiah died?

Before she can decide, Ezra walks in with the medical droid and a holodisk in his hand. 

“Bridger tells me he is suffering from some kind of amnesia. This is normal, the anesthetic used during his surgery usually has that effect on people. How far back can you remember?”

“About 8 years ago” Hera responds, then looks back at Kanan, “Right before we met”

“Ok” The medical droid says, in the usual cold, straight to the point tone they all use, “That is normal. His memory will be back in a few hours. In the meantime, I suggest you stay out of any particularly shocking subjects and focus on the positive in his life through out those 8 years”

“That’s going to be hard, his life has changed A LOT this past 8 years” Hera says, incredulously. 

“Well, why don’t you start with how you two met? I understand you are his spouse?”

“I am”

“Wait! So I did marry you?” Kanan says

“Yes,you did dear.”

“YOU?”

“Yes.”

“But… but… how?”

“What do you mean?”She raises an eyebrow at him.

“You’re…just…so…so beautiful and I’m…I’m… I’m me.”

Hera’s eyes go soft at that and she places her hands on top of his.

“Well, dear.” She says, “You changed and that you, the real you, was more than enough for me”

She leans in until their lips touch (oh, yeah.This is definitely feels familiar) and he eagerly returns the kiss.

Over the next hours Hera and Ezra show Kanan pictures of the time since Kanan has been in the ship. They laugh and Kanan’s still in amazement that he actually married Hera. HE, a half Jedi who was doing nothing with his life, married HERA.

By the end of the day, he remembers the whole thing. The good, the bad. Marriage, Zeb, Sabine, Ezra. The Inquisitor, the Empire, Okadiah.

But Hera’s there through the whole thing, she loves him and she makes sure he remembers that. She supports him and assures him that everything worked out. That they got through the tough times, that they enjoyed the good ones. 

Ezra is there too. The most recent addition to the family, a reminder that there is still hope for the galaxy. A reminder of what they fight for.

He is given the all clear and returns to the Ghost that night, more grateful than ever for the amazing family he and his wife (Stars, it feels good to say that.) have built.

The End.