you can literally try to kill him and his friends and he will still think that you are worth his friendship

izzycat6  asked:

Do you have recommendations for a Klance slowburn fic? (Doesn't really matter if it's an AU)

Friend f r i e n d it’s been ages since I actually got to sit down and read a fic but I’ve read lots of them in the past so you definitely came to the right person :P (I actually wrote one of my own; it’s called Magic Me Some Love and is about Galra!Keith/Magician!Lance in a medieval fantasy setting, if you’re into that.)

Now. Slow burn klance fics that aren’t on pretty much every fic rec list out there already with a minimum of either 60k words or that are unfinished still:

Ignorance Is Bliss by YouAreInAComaWakeUp

As it turns out, learning that your house is haunted makes the ghosts a lot more aggressive. Who knew?
Ah, well. At least one of them is hot. And he’s the less-evil one, too, so that’s always a plus.


The Message by Shipstiel

Keith is texted by accident by some idiot one day, and honestly he’s not even sure why he responds. Or why he keeps responding. Yet somehow he finds himself drawn in, and okay, so maybe this fool is mildly entertaining after all. Who would’ve thought.

>>wrong number AU with an extra dash of angst. But if you’ve read any of the other fics this author has written you’ll know that they specialize in fluff and that absolutely shines through in the fic^^

Quest for Altea by fandomlicious

20 years after the legendary sword Voltron was drawn from its stone by Queen Allura, it is stolen and eventually lost in the dangerous Balmeran Forest. To prevent the rogue knight Zarkon, his witch companion Haggar and their army of Galra warriors from claiming the sword and conquering all of Altea, it falls to Lance, with the help of a dark-haired hermit, to embark on the treacherous journey, save his kingdom and reunite his broken family.

>>if you don’t mind OCs that you get to know throughout the fic taking on a more important role, you should totally check out this fic. It’s plot heavy and reads like a published novel :D

Foreign Scenes by bwyn

Lance has been dreaming of travelling since the first time he heard stories from his family as a child. Now, having finally the time and money to do it, he goes on a trip to Europe to see some of the most culturally rich cities on the continent. Except he keeps bumping into the same guy over and over again, in random cities, doing stupid shit, and ultimately dragging Lance into his trouble, too.

>>it’s one of the few fics that I haven’t read personally yet and still won’t hesitate to recommend. lots of my friends have read and praised it, apparently it’s fluffy and fun. it’s absolutely on my to read list :D

Crossroads by manamune

When Keith crashed his Lion into a Galra warship in order to stop it from destroying a solar system, and more importantly, his friends, he was fully prepared to die for it.
What he didn’t prepare for was to wake up in an alternate universe where he and Lance were dating.

>>this one. if you haven’t read it yet, go read it. it was my fav voltron fic for a long long time!!!! it’s got it all, plot, romance, character development, realistic amounts of angst- it’s very very good. 

Drive It Like You Mean It by Zizzani

The Castle of Lions is the venue for the city’s most dangerous illegal street races where drivers come to test the cut of their tires. Lance has long defended his title as champion, but when a newcomer shows up and threatens his position things take an interesting turn.

>>not into cars and street racing AUs? neither am i, my friend, and yet this is one of the best voltron fics i’ve read. trust me when i tell you that you want to read everything written by this author.

Sharps and Accidentals by Zizzani (! unfinished!)

Keith is a talented up and coming violin virtuoso. Lance hates him immediately.
Or an AU in which Lance and Keith both attend the same music university. Keith is deaf. Lance is Trying™.

>>if there is one deaf!AU you should read then it’s this one. it’s really amazing all around - i’ve been following it since 2016 and i still always get excited over e-mail updates.

Ghost of the Future / Shadow of the Past by wittyy_name & Zizzani (! unfinished!)

When Lance is thrown through time, his future self from one year ahead is transported to the past in his place.
When Lance is thrown through time, he finds himself one year in the future, in place of the Lance that should be here.


Stick It by noussommeslessquelettes

After a run-in with the law, former national phenom turned delinquent Keith Kogane is forced to return to the regimented world of elite gymnastics, facing old foes and new challenges.

>>!!!!!!!!!! it’s such a good fic!! based on such a good movie!!!!! i’m kinda upset that not more people have read it, it’s good, give it a try, it won’t disappoint^^

Not That Bad by varelsen

A college AU featuring coffee shops, silly rivalries, motorcycles, arcade games, friendships, and lots of warm, fluffy feelings that are both confusing and delightful all at the same time.

>>the summary nails it. also starring socially anxious!keith but despite that he seems pretty in character. it’s amazing and i really love this author’s style of writing :D

He Who Fights Monsters by magisterpavus

In a world where monstrous dragons terrorize humanity daily, the Garrison trains valiant Knights to slay the evil beasts and defend Earth. But when Knight cadet Lance Espinosa is kidnapped by a strange red dragon who kills its own kind, certain truths are revealed…and so are the true monsters.

>>dragon au i repeat dragon au this is not a drill everyone - this fic!!! is freaking!!!! amazing!!!!!!! it’s in my top 5 minimum go try it out :D

Altea High by Lixie (! unfinished!)

Go back to school they said. It’ll be fun they said. Yeah, sure. It’s tons of fun scaling lava walls, accidentally setting things on fire, and being babysat by the school’s flirt.
When Lance signed up (*cough* bribed *cough*) to show the new firebug around the school he thought it would be a piece of cake. He did not anticipate the sour attitude, spontaneous explosions, intimate moments in elevators…

>>the sky high au you always knew you needed :D it’s still in the very early stages but the fic is really fun so far!!

Blue Shells and Comic Books by SonofHades (! unfinished!)

Lance has too much time on his hands, Keith doesn’t have enough. Lance leans more towards being outgoing and sociable, while Keith keeps to himself and can be mostly unpleasant. Neither think they have anything in common. What they don’t realize, however, is that there happens to be a very popular graphic novel that connects them together. Lance happens to be an avid reader and Keith just happens to secretly be the author.

>>another fic i’m super pumped for oh my god. each new chapter mail has me grinning like a maniac. the waiting between updates is suffering but all worth it in the end. it’s fun and interesting and i love it!

Flirting With Death by drippingpen (! unfinished!)

Keith commits the ultimate taboo as a grim reaper: he saves a life.
More specifically, he saves Lance’s life.
Now they are forever linked, unable to survive without the other. Keith must protect Lance from the forces that are trying to right Keith’s wrong and kill Lance.

>>skdfghjksfhgdksjfhgjfjd i cannot describe it. the plot is really amazing and keith and lance are so attracted to each other but they can’t kiss because that would literally kill lance. it belongs to the top most interesting voltron fics out there :D

in your shoes by lydiamartin (! unfinished!)

The one where Keith and Lance live in different cities but swap bodies – and angry love notes – multiple times a week.

>>Kimi No Na Wa (your name) AU!!!! so basically anything but your typical body switch AU :P give it a try, you will be surprised by it, especially if you haven’t seen the movie.

Of Lions And House Cats by Ms_Towa (! unfinished!)

Keith is a superhero who’s been pining after the cute boy who works at the music shop across the street from HQ. He also doesn’t know that the cute boy is the same vigilante he wants to bring to justice.

>>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all the chapters are insanely long but they’re all worth it. the plot develops rather slowly but it’s perfect as it is :P the slowest of burns. despite that it never made me lose interest in it so definitely go check it out if you have multiple hours of nothing to do!! :D

I’m gonna stop here because this list is already insanely long but it is faaaaaar from finished, believe me. This fandom produces so many good fics I can’t keep up with it ; - ;

His || Jungkook || 0.17

Member: Jungkook x Reader

Type: Angst, Fluff, Smut.

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Mileven post-S2 fanfiction recommendation list: PART III

This is a follow-up part III to the first and second instalments I made. I am far, far from finished with ao3 tag, as you can see. If your fanfic isn’t featured, apologies. Message me and we’ll amend that grievance in the next rec list instalment. 

* marks the ongoing stories. 


  • can’t help falling in love with you* by Phantasmoplast: “The gate has been closed, Will has been cured, and the girl who has been haunting Mike’s dreams for a year is back. Everything is back to normal. Everything is perfect. There’s just one burr: Mike and Eleven are madly in love and it’s obvious to everyone except each other.” [THIS ONE IS SO GREAT. HONESTLY.
  • 1985* by EvieSmallwood: “The DOE may have left Hawkins, but the mysteries and horrors have not. Darkness still lingers in the heart of Will Byers, and something else lurks in the shadows…” 
  • three hundred and fifty three* by argenttmccall: “(almost) a year’s worth of getting used to the New Normal. it takes them a while, but they’ll get there.” 
  • cherubim by veausy: “Reaching out one finger carefully, El brushed it over his bottom lip, watching pink skin stretch under the pressure. Mike stayed asleep.” 
  • four in the morning by cali-chan (girls_are_weird): ““You want me to get some sleep and go to school today? Then take me to the cabin. Please,” he was all but begging.” 
  • kinda like a promise by cali-chan (girls_are_weird): ““Like a secret?” “Yeah, but a good one. Like… it means more because it’s just between the two of us. It’s special.” January 1985 brings holiday-break afternoons at the Hoppers’.” 
  • if you love the girl by cali-chan (girls_are_weird): ““You should try not to get mad, you know. They only tease you because it gets such a rise out of you. But when you look past all the annoying stuff, they’re actually really happy for you.”” 
  • they are part of Mike, Eleven, and the quiet moments series, which is awesome. Check it out. 
  • nos adducere lucem* by richiewheeler (jormaperalta): “What happens when the headlights dim, the shadow leaves, and the gate closes.” 
  • love you like a love song* by FateChica: “For 353 days, Mike has lived without El. For 353 days, El has watched from afar and wished. Then the counting ends and the rest of their lives begin.” 
  • something strange in your neighborhood by vapoir: “Eleven goes out on halloween after all.” 
  • not half-way happy, just happy* by GhostHunterxoxo: “A retelling of Mike and El’s reunion and goodbye before she fights the Mind Flayer.” 
  • word of the day* by emmaofmisthaven: “aftermath: the period that follows an unpleasant event or accident, and the effects that it causes.” 
  • power cut* by PureShores: “Since returning from the Upside Down, El’s powers haven’t been the same. She worked so hard to return to them. Will her friends still want her once they find out?” 
  • what a night! by SmoothFluffle: “0.09 of BAC?! What were these kids thinking? How did Lucas even think of driving?!” 
  • and its sequel monday after by SmoothFluffle: “The group of bruised teens made quite a sight as they discussed their morning while eating their lunches.” [both fanfics are more general and AV-club-focused than strictly Mileven, but they are really good and worth a read.
  • ours* by Once_In_A_Lifetime_Or_4Ever: “Small bits of El and Mike’s life.” 
  • eleven & company by solangewrites: “Eleven survives the Demogorgon and has to learn to adjust to ‘normal’ life with her friends. Includes shopping, female friends, and many, many not-so-subtle pop culture references.” 
  • don’t worry anymore, child* by SingerOnTheRise: “El was back, but not the way Mike Wheeler expected. She did not know who he was and, in fact, she did not even know who she was.” [gotta be honest, the English here…it’s not the greatest, but the concept itself is fresh and interesting, and the story is worth a look.

alternative universe

  • i think i’m in love (again)* by sinclairsmax: “There he stood, at the door with his curly hair gelled back. The room fell silent, and Elle Byers stepped forward. “Mike?”” Reverse AU. 
  • find a way* by Booklover1217: “El Ives, once known as Jane, has always been running, running and hiding from the past that has continued to haunt and hunt her for her entire life. She never let herself get attached, knowing everything could be ripped away from her in seconds, as it had been time and time again. But that was until she met Mike Wheeler, and everything changed.” 
  • something good by helplessly: “Dustin doesn’t tell them that the newest person hoping to fill the empty room in their student home is a girl.” College No Supernatural AU. 
  • in dreams* by frankiethebard: “Mike can feel his friendships drifting apart, but when his literal dream girl turns out to be real, desperately in need of his help, Mike must gather the party to save her.” High School AU. 
  • take me home by Booklover1217: “El Hopper, once only known by the number Eleven, has been hiding from her past for almost a year, a year where she has lived as nothing more than a lifeless zombie. Now, someone has come back into her life asking for her help, and she can’t refuse. Will she find her missing friend? And, in the process, will she find the very person who will help her come back to life?” Soulmates AU. 
  • if anyone is listening by lovelysarcastic: ““I can see it now,” I said, leaning against the bathroom’s door. Mike, who was brushing his teeth, gave me a short, confused look. “What?” “Why I fell in love with you.”No Some Supernatural AU. 
  • most magical place by TheMikeWheelers (jasongracefully): “Mike, Will, Lucas, Dustin, and El take a trip to Disney World.” vaguely canonical and yet not quite canon AU. 


  • imperio by serendipitous_rambles: “Mike first saw her on the platform at King’s Cross and ever since he’s been under her spell.” Stranger Things x Harry Potter Crossover. 
  • and its sequel/tie-in one-shot accio by serendipitous_rambles: “Where the Party meet the Golden Trio.” 
  • 011* by PaladinofFarore: “The 011 tattooed on her arm had always been a painful reminder to her. A remnant of the enslavement she’d escaped. To the world, it would be the name of one of earth’s mightiest heroes.” Stranger Things x Avengers Crossover. 

+ bonus: Wherein, the Wheeler family is featured prominently

  • you found me in the rain by bananannabeth: “Jane ‘El’ Hopper is new to Hawkins, but when she shows up on the Wheelers’ doorstep in the middle of a storm Karen gets the feeling that she’s seen her somewhere before.” 
  • and its sequel favorite by bananannabeth: “When Karen Wheeler runs into Steve Harrington at the supermarket and finds out that he’s home alone, she does what any good mother would do and invites him to dinner with her family. It’s definitely not awkward, because Nancy has gone out with Jonathan for the night, which makes things better, not worse. Right? Mike doesn’t think so.” 
  • both are part of the You Can Talk To Me (aka. Karen Wheeler is a Good Mom™) series. 
  • my name is el by PureShores: “Karen (with a little help from Mike) learns how to communicate with her newest houseguest.” 
  • worse things* by Ethosa: “The Wheeler parents are killed after insubordination in the hands of Brenner and his cronies. Mike and Nancy live as fugitives.” 
  • screw that by EvieSmallwood: “It’s 1985, and the Wheeler family is pretty much in shambles.” 
  • love is not for the impatient by writeyourheart: “After Ted cheats on Karen, Mike finds himself fearful of both his his feelings for Eleven and what it means to be in love.” 



UPDATE: part IV is out

A New Home (Part 2) - Theo Raeken

Summary: Part 2 to A New Home. You help find Theo a place to stay after you found out he had been sleeping in his car, but you start developing feelings. 

Word Count: 2,274

Author’s Note: I’m really happy with the way this one turned out. Theo is a little nicer in this compared to how he’s been in 6B. He’s way less hesitant to stay and help because of the reader. I’m posting a Derek Hale imagine later today!


Originally posted by chimeracuddles

The next night you came to Derek’s Loft with a bag in tow. Theo heard your car door slam when you arrived, so he knew you were on your way up. You slid the loft door open, spotting Theo on the couch. You held up the bag in your hand, “I come baring gifts.”

Theo took a whiff of the air and replied, “Spaghetti and garlic bread.”  

“Darn you werewolves and your super senses.” You sat the bag down on the coffee table and began pulling the food out.

“And what did I do to deserve this meal and your presents,” Theo asked bending down to reach the food on the table.

“I just thought you’d be hungry. You’ve got a place to stay now but nothing to eat.”

You pulled out some plates then handed one to Theo. He filled his plate up with the spaghetti and grabbed some bread. After just one bite, Theo mumbled as he chewed, “this is delicious.”

You laughed watching him stuff his mouth with your food. “You’re just saying that because you haven’t had a real meal in months. It’s not all that.”

“You gotta start giving yourself credit, Y/N,” he spoke in between chews. “This is really good.”

Smiling up at the werewolf you thanked him before you began eating your own food. The rest of the evening was spent laughing and telling stories. It was a little weird for you to be sitting there with Theo. Back when you thought he was trying to join Scott’s pack, you two never really hung out. Just the occasional conversation here and there in the hallways. He was actually pretty nice. It may had something to do with him getting dragged to God knows where. That kind of stuff has an effect on a person. But sitting here, right now with Theo, you could tell a friendship was growing.

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GOT7 Hogwarts Moodboard AU Introductory Post

Choi Youngjae : Hufflepuff

Fourth Year | 9 1/2″ Chestnut, Dragon Heartstring, Unyielding | Member of the Frog Choir | Hedgehog (Patronus) | Muggleborn | Seer (special ability) | Herbology, Divination, Care of Magical Creatures (best subjects) | Im Jaebum & Park Jinyoung (crushes) | Mark Tuan & BamBam & Yugyeom (Best Friends)

  • Look up a picture of Choi Youngjae in the dictionary and you’ll find a picture of the sun. This boy is literal sunshine, okay?
  • He’s so soft it’s not even funny. Youngjae is that fluffy and cute little puppy with the floppy ears that won’t stand up straight and his head cocked to the side.
  • He’s basically the definition of cute.
  • Youngjae is VERY in tune with his house. He’s the most Hufflepufflely Huffle that’s ever Puffled.
  • If you’re looking for a swell guy who will always do the right thing, stand up for those who can’t, remain loyal to their friends, brave in the face of danger, and will bring you snacks in the middle of the night – look no further than Choi Youngjae.
  • His laugh will make you laugh. You’re just gonna be in a good mood around him, yeah?
  • His sunshine is infectious. There’s no running. No hiding. You can’t get away. Might as well sign your soul away at the door.
  • Don’t be surprised if you hear Youngjae singing around the halls, when he thinks he’s alone, when he’s being a little shit and singing over you so he can’t hear you, when he sees small animals, when he’s in the shower, and when he’s eating his favorite snacks.
  • And don’t you even dare complain because you would be BLESSED to be near this boy when he sings. It’s like a party in your ear. It’s a LOUD party…but still…..a PARTY. YOU’RE WELCOME.
  • You can often find him with a wide grin on his face. More often than not you can find him with his eyes crossed and his tongue sticking out of his mouth as he annoys the shit out of his friends who won’t touch him because they love him so god damn much.
  • He could get away with murder, is what I’m trying to say.
  • His relationship with Mark is very special. Mark either wants to kill him or he wants to cling to him like a koala bear. There’s no in between.
  • Jackson and Youngjae are in an eternal competition on who can annoy the shit out of the other the most. Youngjae is currently winning. Remember the eyes crossed and tongue out facial expression we discussed? This is usually directed at Jackson.
  • Yugyeom, Bammie, and Youngjae are literally the three muskateers. They’re gonna take over the world together. Youngjae is in charge of snacks.
  • His relationship with Jaebum and Jinyoung is the most precious thing in the world. However, it confuses him to no end. On the one hand, he loves seeing Jaebum and Jinyoung together. He thinks they’re perfect for one another. On the other hand, he’s a little in love with both of them. Okay so maybe a lot, but these are small details.
  • He feels awful for being in love with two people that are in love with each other. It’s very complicated. But when he’s with them he feels included somehow and he just can’t bring himself to say anything. He doesn’t want to ruin the dynamic they seem to have going.
  • It’s complicated.
  • Another thing that’s complicated? Youngjae’s ability. He’s a seer. And I’m not talking crystal ball, reading your tea leaves, and checking our your palm kind of seer. The last time Youngjae had a vision he had a seizure and was in the hospital wing for three days.
  • He has smaller visions that don’t affect him as much. They come more often than the big ones, thankfully. But he tends to be a little scatterbrained and tired after the little ones. The last time he had a big prophecy inscribing prophecy was in his second year. So he’s hoping he can make it through his fourth without too much incident.
  • He can’t say he likes or dislikes the fact that he’s a seer. It’s just a part of who he is. Every generation of his family has produced a seer, and this time it just happened to awaken in Youngjae. It is what it is.
  • But no, he can’t tell you what you’re going to have for breakfast tomorrow. So don’t ask, because not only will he not answer you but Jinyoung will show up out of nowhere and sass you to death. It’s not worth it.
  • Youngjae is a part of the Frog Choir and he loves it. The boy can sing.
  • When Youngjae wants to be alone, you can find him sitting in an old classroom, dusting off the grand piano in the corner and getting lost in it. He doesn’t mind if you find him and watch, but leave him alone. He’s in his own world and you aren’t anywhere near it.
  • Youngjae isn’t a member of the Silver Spears, but more often than not he stops by to drop snacks off. He might not be interested in the group activity, but he’ll still feed you.
  • Youngjae isn’t quite sure what he wants to do when he leaves Hogwarts. He’s torn between music and herbology. He is phenomenal with plants. He likes to spend a lot of time in the greenhouses, so check there first if you’re looking for him.
  • Why does Youngjae always have snacks? Because the House Elves love him. They give him armful of snacks every time they see him. He sneaks out into the kitchens sometimes to hang out with them…usually coming out with a stomachache a few hours later.
  • He’s a bit of a loner but he’s not hard to get along with, at all. You can make a friend out of Youngjae almost immediately upon meeting him. He’s just kind of introverted when you first notice him. Which is why him and Mark had such a blooming friendship. If Mark wants to chill in silence (so long as Youngjae isn’t in the mood to sing) you can usually find him hanging out with Youngae, both of them just listening to music.
  • Youngjae is a very bright wizard and can usually pass all of his exams no problem. He’s the kid that doesn’t go crazy over studying, but does a respectable amount in order to make a good passing grade. But he doesn’t go insane like Mark, Jinyoung, and Jaebum do.
  • You should know, for your own safety, you so much as damage one hair on this boy’s head and you are going to have six SUPER PISSED OFF WIZARDS ON YOUR ASS and there’s basically nothing for you to do but put your affairs in order.
  • I’m not kidding. Jaebum will fucking kill you.
  • Nobody will find your body.
  • Jinyoung will make you suffer.
  • Mark will make it painful.
  • Jackson can be pretty creative.
  • Bammie is sneaky AF and will take your ass down.
  • Yugyeom will fucking crush you. OK!?
  • Just keep in mind, Youngjae might be in Hufflepuff, but he is not defenseless.
  • On the outside, Youngjae can come off as basically super happy-go-lucky and sometimes even naive. He has an air of innocence around him that’s hard to ignore. However, don’t get it twisted.
  • Don’t ever take Youngjae for weak. He might be overly optimistic and prefer to look on the bright side - he has a very tough and resilient personality. He’s not always the most confident but he will never let you walk all over him.
  • Which is why his patronus is a hedgehog. So be warned - Youngjae CAN and WILL defend himself if he needs to. He is not your prey just because he’s cute.

Originally posted by ithadtobeyouforever

*pictures and gifs aren’t mine. i made the moodboard but the pictures i got off of tumblr and google. credit to their respective owners.

[Miraculous Ladybug]: It’s a Match!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS @neverbetheexpectation!! I was your Secret Santa for @mlsecretsanta​. You mentioned wanting some Lovesquare fluff so I thought I’d take this old Tinder headcanon that I had and turn it into a little multi-chapter for you! Since I got a little carried away, I’m going to post one chapter of this everyday until it’s all done!

I hope you like it! I had a lot of fun writing it :)

[Chapter 2] [Chapter 3]

Link to Archive of Our Own: [AO3]

Title: It’s a Match!

Summary: “Oh my God, I just matched with Adrien Agreste, oh my freaking God! Chat!! Chat, come come come! Look look!”

But Chat Noir wasn’t paying her any mind. Because the moment she started screaming about her new match, Chat Noir tried to quickly exit out of his matches page so that he wouldn’t see who popped up. But it was far too late, because right when he blinked, his phone buzzed with an excited message about his new match.

He was not expecting it to be Marinette Dupain-Cheng.

Chapter 1: Match

“Oh my God, what is with all the abs?”

“Ugh, you’re getting ab pics? No fair….”

“…I’m on the men filter.”

“So? Do you know what I would do to get a picture of a pretty girl flashing her abs at me?”

“Okay, fine, but on guys it just looks douchey.”

Chat Noir frowned and gestured for Ladybug’s phone. “Let me see.”

Ladybug clutched the phone to her chest. “No! You’re gonna start swiping right on creeps again! That wasn’t funny, by the way, one of them sent me a super inappropriate picture.”

“Don’t worry, I’m just gonna look.” He had the decency to wince. “And I apologized to you about that, I didn’t think he’d be gross. And anyway, you got back at me for that by sending me the photos.

Ladybug smirked and shrugged. “You didn’t believe me. I had to prove it to you.”

He rolled his eyes and plucked the phone out of her hands. He tapped on the profile, swiped through all of the shirtless photos and snorted. “If you’re gonna swipe right over a set of abs, they need to be way better than these. That’s barely a four pack.”

Ladybug cackled and collapsed against Chat’s shoulder. “So six pack or no deal?”

At least!” Chat Noir scoffed. “If you’re gonna demand that women treat you vainly, you need to be on your game.” He tapped his abdomen proudly. “ Some of us are never off it.”

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olive-basket-deactivated2016022  asked:

i really wanna hear your take on aph italy's character//buzzed about it and is so down for headcanons and commentary

Italy’s character is one I quickly related to upon first watching Hetalia (I was going through a rough time and actually felt solace in it) 

I always saw little things in Italy’s character that I could relate to and it was pretty upsetting that a lot of fans didn’t see it. 

His overall quirkiness really makes him stand out and seem really happy but I can’t help but feel it’s almost like he’s wearing a mask because his history is literally full of fighting, abandonment, abuse, and loosing people he loves 

No one ever talks about how he was the one who had to watch as his grandfather was slowly dying and he actually understood it and expressed to Holy Rome that war was only going to tear him apart, and did Holy Rome listen? No, he went off and got himself killed which gives Italy EVERY REASON TO GET OVER-ATTACHED 

The parallel of his goodbye words to Holy Rome and Germany are eerily close and you can kind of tell that he’s anxious that Germany will leave and never come back (But Germany did and it really straightened their relationship because Italy knew Germany was going to stay for sure, but that didn’t stop him from still worrying)

The dub actually covers a lot of hidden anxiety that I’m sure made its way in to the sub as well. 

The episode where Italy gets nervous that Germany will end up leaving him because Russia was cooler and less like him. He literally uses himself in comparison because he obviously doesn’t think he’s worth anything (Which i’m very glad Germany confronted him about it and promised him that their friendship will still stand, I feel like Italy really needed that) 

He has also self-depricated himself for jokes like in one of the salted salmon episodes dubbed he says something along the lines of “If you get drunk it might be easier for you to still like me” 

Italy doesn’t find himself likable. He knows Germany can make friends better than him which causes this sort of impulse to invade boundaries just to make sure people still like him.

He’s hyper aware of how ‘annoying’ he can be but can’t exactly stop his personality, he mostly does it out of instinct. He still wishes to please everyone he knows, he’s almost like a relentless pleaser. His friendship with Germany grew strong because no matter how bad Germany treated him at first Italy never left. He’s loyal as hell which is a very good trait, I almost see it as that more than he’s just annoying and won’t leave people alone, he’s scared people will leave him if he doesn’t attach himself. 

Also, in dub episode 21 of Hetalia Axis powers there was a mention that Italy was on medication and he didn’t want Germany to leave him because he could ‘feel it wearing off and it’s scary to be alone’. I know dub is necessarily canon but I like how they added it because it really does add a lot to his character to know that he is prescribed to something to help him calm down and become less anxious. 

On top on abandonment and anxiety issues there is also a present ‘Child abuse’ issue, I really do feel he has PTSD in a way, or really just a knowledge that war is damaging. 

Because he does know how to fight, he’s fought off empires just as Venice as a state 

Hima even stated that Italy is amazing with a sword (Which explains why modern war technology is difficult for him, he’s an old man) 

But he was very little at this point, he used to be so high-strung and he’s completely mellowed out now that he’s an adult simply because he knows he does not like wars, he does not want to get involved in wars, he hates fighting because he knows how damaging it can get (Holy Rome and Grandpa Rome’s deaths took a toll of him) 

(This is the only strip we have of Holy Rome’s death and it doesn’t even show Italy’s true reaction; Just him trying to process the information. France is right, he has suffered enough) 

And what I don’t get is why people insult him for it? He’s smart enough to know that war will get you no where and it’s better to stay peaceful, the whole “make pasta not war” thing still stands. 

He surrenders because he does not like fighting. 

He can fight but he doesn’t want to, he might have been more skilled in ancient times rather than modern but he still knows his way around 

And again, a lot of people don’t seem to notice this but when Italy did work for Austria, Austria did beat him up and punished him by locking him in a dark room and not feeding him. That is child abuse. 

They have a strong relationship now, like father and son, and Italy never actually saw anything wrong with how Austria raised him. 

I really hate when people compare him to his brother because Romano was completely pampered by Spain while Italy was forced to work until he drops and then Romano wonders why Italy’s apparently a “better worker than him” but that’s outside the question. 

Italy is very forgiving 

He can’t hold grudges for his life. 

He gives everyone a second chance and is determined to be friends with everyone. 

While people see that as him being naïve I see it as a deeming character trait. You have countries who have hated each other for centuries, France and England’s 100 year war, Lithuania still holds a tight grudge against Prussia. Italy has been bullied and pushed around and he still has the guts to smile at those who have hurt them and I find that absolutely astonishing. 

Not only that but he smiles in the worst of situations because he knows someone has to. 

When everything is going to shit he’s the one who sits there smiling and keeping the mood and atmosphere up when everyone can’t muster one up at all. 

And a lot of the characters take that for granted, because if Italy didn’t smile for them then who would?

Also, he’s almost sort of made himself oblivious to the insults thrown his way. 

He can literally take insults to his face from his own family and still smile through it 

His brother and other nations constantly call him stupid. Romano makes him sound like a shitty brother and the fandom takes his word for it even though Italy’s obviously trying his best to provide his brother what he needs, Romano has actually left him for America during the industrial revolution and he got left behind and had to manage by himself (Which is one of his fears) and he was still able to battle through it because i really do think he puts Romano’s happiness ahead of his own. (I can’t tell you how many fanfics I’ve seen that shit on Italy’s character to make Romano seem better in some sort of way?? I’d show you screenshots but it would insult the authors and it’s just how they choose to write Italy) 

And he does KNOW this but rarely pick fights, this is actually one of the many few pieces of art that Hima made with Italy being absolutely pissed off. 

HE DOES UNDERSTAND WHEN PEOPLE INSULT HIM, but he usually swallows it up. 

(He doesn’t even believe that he’s taller than Romano because he looks up to his brother that much) 

Over all i think he’s an amazingly in depth character that is put through so much shit and still manages to be happy for everyone that needs it even if they don’t treat him well, and a lot of other nations and even fans take that for granted. 

And it really does make me sad because he’s obviously gone through and is going through so much and people don’t even bother to notice that he’s hurting. 

Even when he says he’s nervous or afraid of being alone point blank no one notices because he’s always seen as the nation who is just fine and is always happy and smiling that they just sort of assume he’s okay even when he’s not. 

I really do love his character, he reminds me a bit of myself. 

it makes me sad when people downgrade him as stupid and useless just like some of the other nations do 

Thank you so much for asking I’m glad I could write this out! 

Say ‘I love you’ like you mean it, when the lie turns out to be the truth

As I was reblogging one post about that horrible ‘I love you, say it first’ scene, I came to some quite horrifying revelation.

The only way this scene can be utterly beautiful is when you finally acknowledge that Sherlock is lying. He isn’t in love with her.

Eurus didn’t pick Molly because he loves her, but because she’s in love with him while he isn’t. It’s because it’s one-sided love that this whole farce is happening.

Eurus didn’t misunderstand their relationship, we misunderstood her reasoning.

Just, think about it. Had it been his one true love, saying ‘I love you’ under these conditions would be cruel. It’ll rob them of one precious moment. But I don’t think he would fight so much. He’d feel dirty, it’d be disgusting, but he’d do it and then try to shrug it off. Or say he was lying. It wouldn’t end with him smashing the coffin and screaming like a wounded animal.

But think about it: for someone who values the truth so much, would the hardship lie in him confessing, or in him lying?

What would be worse for Sherlock: open your heart wide until it bleeds, or go against everything you’ve believed until now: lie or she dies?

Him not confessing would have meant that Sherlock was willing to let Molly die. That he values ‘the truth’ more than people who cares for him, who saved him times and times again.

And just imagine, maybe there was no bomb, but that wouldn’t change a damn thing. We would know that she should be dead.

And, can you imagine what would have happened, what Eurus would have no choice but to say?

EURUS: Fascinating little emotions. One’d think you were going to lie but no, you would have let her die? And for what? For three little words? She loves you, she’d do anything for you, she’s the reason Moriarty’s plan failed. And you were going to let her die. I suppose everyone’s right, you have no heart. You want people to love you but you refuse to love them back. Look what you did to her. All these little complicated emotions.

Had Sherlock not confessed, he would have become a monster in my eyes. And no thing such as ‘but I didn’t love her like that’ would have changed anything.

I believe on the contrary that this scene shows us he is a good man. It was horrible, it was cruel, he hurt her, yes. But he also hurt himself. He said ‘I love you’, even if he doesn’t love her. He doesn’t want to, it’s difficult because it’s false and unnatural but a white lie will allow him to save his friend, the truth would have killed her.

This is a callback to this moment:

MORIARTY: Let me give you a little incentive. Your friends will die if you don’t.

TRF was great, but jumping from the top of a roof isn’t as amazing as we thought it was because all was going according to the plan. Sherlock wasn’t in any danger to lose his life. And considering how suicidal he was at the beginning? Death, isn’t something he is afraid of. He’s suicidal. In fact, Moriarty apparently keeps hitting the wrong chords: he doesn’t care about his reputation and of course he’s going to jump, there’s a trampoline.

Basically, Eurus makes him pass the Reichenbach test… 100 times harder.

EURUS: Poor girl, she loves you, you know. Tell her you love her, or she won’t say the words you need to save her. She will die if you don’t lie to her face. And, mah, isn’t it going to be painful.

Like I said, if Sherlock is a good man, he is going to say I love you. Telling Molly I’m not in love with you will literally kill her.

And that’s Eurus’ plan. That’s what was in the balance. Hadn’t he succeeded in making her confess, she would have showed her that he was willing to lose Molly.

Eurus isn’t a Sherl0lly shipper, she’s manipulating him to chose a side. She wants to break Sherlock. Here’s your choice, Sherlock: you need to make her say ‘I love you’. Because I’m clever, I know she will ask you to say these words first. Worse, you’ll need to say it like you mean them.

Him saying ‘I love you’ would have worked ONLY if he TRULY meant it.

So? Will you? We both know you don’t. We both know you’re going to lie, and it will hurt her. You may even lose her friendship over this because what you’re doing is horrible. And even if you say it, if you don’t mean them, then it will be all for nothing because she’ll know and she will be destroyed.

MOLLY: You say it. Go on. You say it first. (…) Say it, say it like you mean it.

Molly isn’t being difficult for no reason. It’s just…

You can’t just ask someone to love you if you’re not ready to love them too.

And in ‘lying’, he proves that Molly Hooper is more important than the truth and himself. He puts her above the cold reasoning, the logic and the truth he’s hold as vital for him. Nothing is worth losing Molly. So what if he’s not in love with her? That doesn’t mean he doesn’t care.

No, he’s not in love with her.

But see, there was a loophole in Eurus’ plan. He didn’t have to say ‘I’m in love with you’ like he meant it, he had to prove that he loves Molly.

There’s one thing I find very annoying in our society, you can’t say today that you love someone if you’re not in love with them but the truth is, of course you can. I tell my family I love them, it’s hardly a hardship, we’re family, of course I do. All loves aren’t romantic, ‘I love you’ isn’t something reserved to your spouse or special someone. It goes without saying, I love my parents, my family, even my best friend.

Sherlock is the same: he loves John, but he also loves Mrs Hudson and would throw anyone hurting her out of the window, he loves Lestrade enough to jump out of a building to save him. He loves John and Mycroft enough to chose to kill himself over picking one and kill the other, as if one has to be more important than the other.

And that’s what he realizes when he says this.

I’m not in love with you. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love you. Of course, I love you, you’re my friend. You wanted me to say it like I mean it? Guess what? The joke is on you.

I do mean it. I love you.

So, please, say it too because you’ll die if you don’t.

Say it like you mean it. The first time, he didn’t, because he didn’t understand.

He says it again, because now he does.

Molly had this problem from TRF to TFP: she thinks she doesn’t count.

MOLLY: I don’t count.

That’s why she sees what others don’t, because he doesn’t care about her. She loves him, he doesn’t care.

SHERLOCK: You’re wrong, you know. You do count. You’ve always counted and I’ve always trusted you.

She does count, but it’s still not ‘I care’ or ‘I love you’.

And it’s killing her.

And because, he gets it by the second time, because this time he means it. Molly can finally say it back.

And it saves her. Finally, she’s free.

Eurus wanted to destroy all meaning ‘I love you’ had.

This test had three possible endings:

  • Oh, if you don’t love her, she’s going to die because you won’t even try? I guess that you’d let a friend die. Ah, unrequired love. You want her to love you but you refuse to even care enough to try to save her.
  • See Sherlock, you know why she didn’t say it? Because she knew. She knew you don’t love her. Look what you did to her. You wanted her to tell you she loves you? You broke her heart. In the worst possible way may I add. You tricked her. You gave her hope until she realized you weren’t honest. The next time you see her is going to be awkward.
  • You didn’t win, you lost. Look at what you did to her. At what you did to yourself. All these complicated emotions.

Whatever choice you make during Eurus’ tests, you are bound to lose. She will always tell you that you failed.

But the truth is, he didn’t bury ‘I love you’. He meant it, he truly did and that’s why Molly could say it back.

Eurus wanted Sherlock to bury love, to realize it was pointless. She wanted to trick him and let him destroy whatever meaning ‘I love you’ has. But, and the joke is on her, he didn’t.

He saved it.

Enough For Now

Inspiration: 13 Reasons why 

 Pairing: Clay Jensen x Tony Padilla 

 Story: From the scene where clay contemplates jumping from the edge of the rocks and killing himself out of guilt and regret. Thankfully Tony is there to help Clay snap out of his suicidal thoughts.. 

a/n: I’m sorry for any mistakes in spelling etc.. its been a while since i’ve wrote like this and im trying to get back into it <3 


 “Clay, I think you gotta get back from that edge.” Tony begins, his heart immediately drops when he notices what Clay is about to do. He wants to reach out and grab the younger boy but he worries he will only push Clay to take another step foreword to his inevitable death. 
 Tony knew Clay wasn’t going to take his own tape well, deep down he had a feeling Clay may start to question life himself. Whether it was worth it knowing he could never touch Hannah again, look into her eyes, feel that undeniable urge to hold her cheek and kiss her. Something he wished he could do the moment he met her. 
 Tony’s voice got weaker with every second clay was on the ledge. The missing barrier in the road made it oddly convenient for such an awful event. The thought of losing Clay drove Tony insane, he would never admit it, but the older boy slowly began to gain feelings for Clay during the constant time they spent together the past couple weeks. What at first was him doing a duty in Hannah’s name, soon became a constant need for Tony to watch over Clay, making sure he ate, slept, studied. Anything to keep him from doing something stupid.. something that was currently taking place in front of him. 

 “Why?” Clay Began, his voice stern but low, “why shouldn’t I just jump? Let go.” His eyes piercing into Tony’s. The emotion in Clays voice was slowly deteriorating. His body was more limp than usual, like he hadn’t ate properly in days. Tony just wanted to hold Clay, tell him everything was going to be okay. Run his fingers through Clays hair as he hummed a tune until he finally relaxed. But he couldn’t. He was helpless to Clay right now, he couldn’t just snap his fingers and make his closest friend happy. Boy, what Tony would do to see Clays addictive smile again. 

 Tony knew he had to be stern back at Clay, someway show him the reality of what he was about to do. "So you can die?” He was aware what he was saying was going to hurt clay, maybe piss him off more.. but he had to say them, he needed to be honest. “Reunite with Hannah forever?” 

 Immediately Clay responded with a harsh “fuck you, Tony.” Without taking offence Tony shot back.  It was hurting Tony himself to say this. What Clay doesn’t know is that Tony blames himself for Hannah’s death, he feels that if he hadn’t been so fucking lazy and got off his ass that afternoon, went to pick up the mysterious box Hannah left for him outside his front door and listened to the first tape, he could have stopped her. Prevented all of this mess. Maybe him and Clay could have had a normal friendship, one that didn’t consist of Tony’s constant fear for Clays wellbeing. 

 After a back and forth debate over Hannah, Clay began to space out.. almost like he was thinking furiously, forcing a memory into his head, hurting himself in a way that wasn’t physical to anyone else. Tears began to stream down his face, whimpers came from his numb mouth. Tony knew Clay was breaking inside. Now was his chance to pull him away from the edge.

 Tony slowly and gently grabbed Clays arm and stood in front of him, Clays quiet sniffles still ringing. Clay began to step back, his eyes sewn shut like a doll. He was refusing to look. Tony’s heart did a 360 and was finally beating normal again. He wouldn’t survive without Clay. Fortunately, The broken boy was unconsciously saving Tony’s life too. Keeping him sane throughout all of this. His rock. 

 "I.. i could have..” Clay tries hard to speak, but his insides were fighting against him. His own body bullying him into submission. The panting for breathe from crying so much took over his senses, making his body flail. He just wanted to feel again. “I couldn’t tell her,” He finally blurts out. Tony realised Clay was trying to avoid eye contact, a well known sign of hiding from truth and expression of real feelings. “I couldn’t hold her,” he carried on, looking firmly at the ground, Tony’s eyes never left Clays, but he rejected it. “I killed Hannah Baker” his eyes now on Tony’s, tears still balling. “How am I supposed to live with that?” Tony at first couldn’t think of a response. His thoughts went to thousands of places, he wanted to take Clay away with him, but clay was a bird on a wire, attached to his old nest.

 “Anyway you can.” Without thinking, Tony grabbed the soft skin on Clays neck and pulled him close into a loving embrace. He could feel the taller boys chin against his shoulder. The way he wished he would. Clay was now in a hysteria of tears, panting for every single breathe he took. It was like Clay was holding onto Tony for his dear life, and secretly, Tony was doing the same.

He knew now wasn’t the time to confess to Clay about his feelings. But here in this one moment, the hug they were sharing was enough. 

Enough for Tony. 

Enough for Clay.

Enough for now..

anonymous asked:

IM BAD WITH HEADCANONS RN BUT IM HERE FOR JUST PLATONIC JAE x OC ??? LIKE IN THE MV ??? it just reminds me of the friendship i have with a (guy) friend so i'm like :^)


Best Friend!Jae

  • is that childhood friend that you had since you were like two
  • probs met because he stood on your sandcastle in the sandbox in kindergarten and instead of crying about it you pushed him over :’)
  • neither of you cried about it tho, both of you just nodded at each other then went to play tag or something lmao
  • both of your mom’s were sure you’d end up dating or smth
  • quickly proved wrong when they walked into jae’s room one day after a play date to find you alone sat on his bed eating cookies that his mom gave you to share 
  • you had locked him in his closet because he called your pigtails stupid and you wouldn’t let him out until he took it back and called you pretty
  • turns out you’re more like siblings lol
  • he’s the older brother you never asked for but got anyways
  • not that you minded tho he’s p cool
  • that being said bc you’ve known each other for so long you two have no boundaries w/ each other
  • to the point where you’d share most things w/ each other like food n clothes n stuff
  • you both have tons of embarrassing stories about each other that you’re not afraid to bring up for blackmail purposes
  • he plays you dumb songs on his guitar if you ask him to when you’re both bored at his house w/ nothing else to do
  • not afraid to tell each other to get a grip if you think the other’s being ridiculous over something really not worth it
  • literally you could kill a man and jae would probably help you hide the body
  • sometimes you just have really deep conversations at like three in the morning about the future and your aspirations and goals
  • you also talk about your deepest fears and worries and reassure each other that it’ll all be fine because sometimes you just really need to hear it from someone in order to believe it and keep your head up then take on the world no matter what odds are stacked against you
  • other times you’ll have the literal stupidest conversations like talking about what celebrity you’d take on a desert island with you
  • you’re constantly burning each other
  • “no offense but those pants make you look like you don’t have an ass, (y/n)”
  • “i’m just saying how it is *shrug*”
  • it’s all out of love tho
  • you sit together in all of your classes, if not right by each other then you’d still be relatively near each other
  • when jae falls asleep in class you make sure he doesn’t get caught by the teacher n get down everything in class in your notes so he can look at them later
  • you’ve got each other’s back no matter what
  • jae’s always lookin out for u, pretty much thinks of you as his little sister
  • if he doesn’t see/hear from you for more than like two days w/o explanation he gets Stressed™
  • he’ll be on your doorstep like “A RE Y OU OK AY”
  • meanwhile you’re probably just sick n your phone died n then he’s just like “you’re killing me (y/n), you’re killing your best friend”
  • you’re like lmao sorry dude and make it up to him w/ a movie night
  • he agrees but tells you he’s not cuddling w/ you because he doesn’t want your disease
  • still carries you to bed when you fall asleep during the movie tho :’)
  • speaking of being carried by jae
  • he also gives you piggybacks w/o complaint if your feet hurt from wearing heels or walking in general
  • only pretends to drop you sometimes
  • this meme from brooklyn 99 perfectly describes your friendship tbh
  • you’ve probs already done it to him at some point in your friendship lol
  • you’re each other’s wing man n make sure that each other’s crushes are nice n stuff before you jump headfirst into the deep end and split your skull on the bottom of the pool
  • literally jae had a crush one time n you wingwomaned for him to see if she was cool n stuff ONLY TO FIND OUT SHE WAS SECRETLY LIKE LEVEL 1000 WEIRD you report back to jae like……..buddy……………n o………just………………….
  • you also give each other a heads up if you see someone get ~interested~ in them
  • but also you’ve pretended to fake date in order to get the slightly more persistent n creepier ppl away
  • “stop trying to avoid my hand!!!!!”
  • “b ut yOUR HAN DS A RE SW EAT Y”
  • “……yes”
  • “hold. my. hand.”
  • “……..fine……”
  • also there for each other through break ups and general hard times in life
  • he pats your head and comforts you when your fave in a drama gets killed off or something
  • both of you cry together when you see a really cute dog come down the street
  • he can depend on you to be there when he needs you and you know he’d be there for you too
  • you’re both super attentive of each other’s likes and interests
  • like you collect stickers and cool keychains for him to put on his guitar case or like you get him different guitar straps n glasses you think would look nice on him
  • he goes to concerts w/ you even tho he might not be really into the performer n gets you some of their merch if he sees you’ve been eyeing a particular thing n you’ve been on the fence on buying it
  • you’re both hyper aware of each other’s habits and can tell within 0.000000001 second if the other’s not feeling good
  • you know those days where you just feel sad??? like for no reason in particular you just feel……..sad? you know you can go to jae n he’ll understand n won’t question it, he’ll just hold you and be there for you for as long as you need him to
  • like you don’t even have to say anything, you could literally text him to come over :(((( n he’ll be there in less than five no matter where he is or what he was in the middle of, he’ll be there ready to cuddle and silently play w/ your hair while you let it all out
  • then after you’re over it you go out to get ~good vibes~ and get rid of the sad ones
  • most of the time you go out to a food place you haven’t been to until you’re like ready to explode from the amount of food you ate
  • but after that you burn it off and go to an arcade or find a laser tag place or go bowling or just go do fun stuff
  • get ready for probably way too intense for public DDR battles in the arcade
  • literally The Purest Friendship™

airlock  asked:

FE7 lord squad for the meme if you're still at it?

Pick a character I’ve written and I will explain the top ~three to five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.

Gosh it’s been so long since I’ve written any of them. I’ll try not to ramble…


THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP. She was completely isolated for so long after the Lorca were killed, and though I know she goes back at the end of the game unless she marries Eliwood or Hector, I seriously doubt she returns alone. Rath and Kent both go with her in their endings. (Do she and Florina get an ending? I can’t remember but you CAN’T tell me Florina wouldn’t go with Lyn.) Anyway, Lyn’s friends are like family to her and she’s always eager to make new ones. They are such a huge part of her character motivations. 

She’s from a different race and culture. After Marquess Araphen making some racist comment about Sacaeans at the beginning of the game, that whole thing is like…never brought up again, even though it’s something Lyn will have to deal with her entire life. I want her cultural and ethnic differences to be brought up more. And exploring her mixed heritage and balancing the two halves and oh gosh. I think it’s so important to her character. I don’t think this happened enough in my old writing for her.

Kindhearted. I feel like this part of Lyn is often overlooked because it’s so easy to latch onto her fierceness and her hot temper and just jump on that train like “YASS GURL YAAASS”, but she really can be quite soft. Nils barely even had to bat his eyelashes to make her abandon her own quest and help him save Ninian. She’s an extremely thoughtful person. 


@julystorms used to ask me “how do u write such a good hector” and I told her the same thing every time: remove the filter.

Remove the filter. Hector is unfettered by manners and decorum. He talks first and thinks later. Honestly when I write Hector I just write down the first thing that comes to mind, as bluntly as I can. It made me realize that in our daily lives, there is always a split-second of thinking over how you say something before you say it. He doesn’t do that.

Responsibility. Hector never gets respect for this! He’s always brash, hotheaded, reckless, dumb ol’ hector. This guy finds out his brother’s death was hidden from him and that he’ll have to take a throne he’s not prepared for the second he gets home from war, in addition to taking up an axe that guarantees he’ll die in battle (and since they’re in a war, he’s probably thinking SOON). So what does he do? He grieves alone and keeps Uther’s death a secret so as to not add any burdens to Eliwood, he swears himself privately to Uther’s spirit on the Ostian throne to do the best job he can do, and then he comes home and takes the job with zero complaints. He doesn’t hesitate about Armads. He doesn’t hesitate about anything. He just does what needs to be done. Maybe he’s not the best man for the job, but damn, he tries with everything he has. Credit where credit is due.

Protectiveness/Worth in Service: Nobody thinks super highly of Hector, Hector included. What he’s good at is smashing things and loving his friends, and that’s about it, as far as he’s ever been told – but he works with it. He’s both quick to love and then fiercely protective of his loved ones (he’s polishing the metaphorical shotgun on the metaphorical porch before Roy and Lilina are even born, which makes me laugh every time). His recklessness is, I would venture, in some part calculated. If he can throw himself into the line of fire to prevent someone else from being hurt, he’ll do it. As far as he sees it, that’s what he’s there for.


Gentle but firm. I remember him always getting a lot of flack about the former (oh, god forbid, a gentle man with emotions in the hero role, we don’t need any of those), and pretty much no recognition of the latter, but Eliwood can be pretty severe when necessary. He calls Hector on his bullshit, he doesn’t accept sass from his enemies, and though he hates killing so much that he literally makes himself sick over it, he keeps doing it. Gentleness does not immediately equal some weakness of character or wishy-washy quality. When there’s a line that needs to be drawn, Eliwood draws it, clearly and without hesitation. 

Pure-hearted. Obviously all three of the golden trio are good people, and Eliwood arguably is no better or more meritorious than Hector and Lyn. But they have bitternesses and have already encountered a lot of awful things about the world that helped them to develop a healthy distrust of humankind, and – perhaps because of Eliwood’s sheltered upbringing – he just doesn’t get it. Even though he goes through a lot, he seriously can’t wrap his head around the horrible things that people are capable of doing, and seems continuously surprised by it. In my opinion it’s a flaw in his leadership as much as it is a mark of his kindness. He’s naive and doesn’t learn lessons about people quickly.

Gallant. He’s a Prince Charming type and he can be pretty forward! I think he’s aware of it, too. He’s cute and good-mannered and has a lot of both practical and noble skills (swordfighting, horse-riding) and did well in his studies. He’s humble but not bashful, and he’s not opposed to a little bit of limelight if he saves the day.   

anonymous asked:

I saw your Stucky/Patrochilles parallels post on the TSOA tag and I need to ask you to develop the idea cause it sounds great (but I don't see it help D: )

I think you want this to be specific to Patrochilles in TSOA so all of this is specific to the book, not the mythology. So for most of the parallels I see Steve a Patroclus and Bucky as Achilles, but there’s a few moments where I see them in reverse of that. Anyways. It’s gonna be long, like really long, bc there’s A Lot so I’m putting it under a read more. 

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I have had these MCU RECS (Captain America, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Thor) sitting in a folder for awhile and it’s been too long since I did a list, so here have some fics I remember enjoying!

This Road We Take by karuvapatta, thor & loki & odin & frigga, 1.6k
Teenage Dream by TheOtherOdinson, frigga & loki + odin & loki + nick fury + avengers, 2.3k
THORCAT AND LOKITTY by karuvapatta [ mobile ver. ], thor & loki, thorcat, lokitty, 1.2k
Lost Son: hold my hand, don’t let me fall + the quality of mercy by TheOtherOdinson, thor & loki & odin & frigga, 2.3k
untitled by karuvapatta, thor & loki, berserker!thor, 2.1k
Good Mother by TheOtherOdinson, frigga & loki + frigga & thor + odin/frigga, 7k
Small town secrets by grimmie_me, thor & loki & family, human au, werewolf au, 8.8k
Not the Best of Plans + Plans of a New Sort by bluetoast, thor & loki & odin & frigga, unaged!loki, 3.8k
Substitution by Rynfinity, thor & loki + other marvel characters, divergent timeline, 1.3k
the first twelve thousand miles by zauberer_sirin, tony & steve + tony/pepper references, 4k

Lullaby by Trumpeteer34, bruce/natasha + avengers, age of ultron, 3.4k
A Finely Honed Talent for Self-Deception by Sholio, wanda & tony, age of ultron, 3.5k
All the World’s a Stage by thecompanystore, pietro & wanda, age of ultron, ~1k
My Unshaped Form by atrata, bruce/natasha, nsfw, 26.1k
and the woman was young again by Mira_Jade, wanda & natasha + wanda & pietro + implied vision/wanda + avengers, age of ultron, 3.6k

about damn time by dirgewithoutmusic, hope & hank & jan & scott & peggy, 1.5k
Sam Wilson vs the Ants by whaleofa_time, sam & steve & scott & natasha, 1.3k
so much you can’t hide by fabrega, scott & cassie + hope + maggie, 1.4k
lost lovers’ refrain by lanyon, scott + steve/bucky + sam, 1.1k

This, You Protect by owlet, steve & bucky + sam + natasha, humor, 64.3k
Oasis by Sholio, bucky & steve & tony & pepper & avengers, fluff, 8.5k
The Goat’s Back by arsenicarcher (Arsenic), steve & avengers, corporal punishment + whipping + caning, nsfw for violence, 10.1k
By Proxy by lonelyantics, sam & bucky + steve & bucky + steve & sam, 1.1k
All The Leaves Are Brown (And the sky is gray) by AvocadoLove, bucky & tony + some tony/pepper + very mildly implied steve/bucky, 17.4k

I’d Know That Face Anywhere by Shay081793, steve/bucky, NSFW, divergent timeline, 2.7k
and we are finally home by springsoldier (ladydaredevil), sam & bucky + steve/bucky + implied sam/natasha + implied bucky/natasha, 7.3k

you might not wanna pull this string by superstarrgirl, steve/natasha + background clint/natasha + sam + fury + maria hill, 2.5k

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Gotham – s4e09 – Let Them Eat Pie

As I watched it, and some random observations here and there.

Previously on Gotham:

Bruce killed R'as and started down a dark path.  This path is so well trodden by Gotham’s citizens at this point that it should really have vending machines and little benches along the way - is there anyone at this point who hasn’t offed someone? Bruce acts out.  Oswald has met Martin. Harvey made a mistake. Jim took over as captain in the coldest way possible. What did you do to get it? Ha - a sneaky cut there shows us Jim and Sofia on the couch. Oh Jim - all those noble intentions about not dancing to Carmine’s tune when you came to town way back in s1e1, and you wound up the Falcones’ bitch after all.  Pyg and his endless fucking talking.

As always, long post will be long.  There are likely to be rambling digressions. Gobblepot might appear (although I welcome all shippers and non-shippers alike :)).  There will be naked favouritism and naked not-favouritism.  Broader comments at the end on plotlines and parallels and general direction.

Someone who is clearly Pyg in disguise is handing out donuts to the homeless. Between Oswald’s poisoned Cannoli, and the drugged pastry Ed fed the mayor, Gotham seems very concerned with making sure we never accept free pastries. He’s disguised as a priest, which I think is a very specific offence.  He lures some to go with him with the promise of pie, ushering them into a van

Say no to free pastries, and don’t get into vans with theatrical strangers

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anonymous asked:

what are your top 5 freela centric episodes?

  1. the late philip j. fry. i hated season 6 and i agree with some of the antis who say that freela wasn’t the best written that season. i think they’re supposed to be in an on again/off again friends-with-benefits relationship, because the writers weren’t sure if they were going to go there with them yet. despite the weirdness, there are a handful of great freela episodes this season, and tlpjf is the best one. i believe that aside from the sting, this is the episode where we really get to see how much fry means to leela. the basic plot of the episode is that fry is constantly late for dates with leela, and she’s fed up when he misses her birthday lunch. he convinces her to give him another chance with the “i can throw up on a stripper any night! tonight i want to not throw up. on you.” i love leela’s reaction to this line, because she seems so genuinely touched by it. (this was also the first revived episode that leela was actually in character for imo). so later, when fry misses her dinner, she assumes he went to hedonismbot’s bachelor party and was killed and is unsure if she should be sad or angry with him (she decides to be both). at this point in the series, the crew had become a family and that all falls apart in the years of fry’s absence. it seems leela’s only lasting friendship is with hermes, and she’s incredibly lonely otherwise, despite her success. leela has always wanted a successful career - it’s all she’s ever wanted. and yet she misses the days of near poverty because at least she was with fry. she even carries around a picture of them together in their wallet. this shows that despite what she says, leela is happiest when she’s with fry. and she misses him so much that she marries cubert purely because he’s fry’s nephew and resembles him somewhat. and so flash forward to them divorced, and leela says “i used to think there was someone for me” before she receives fry’s card. she finds out that fry didn’t ditch her that night and she hears him say that he loves her after like sixty years. you can see the heartbreak on her face because she’s wasted her entire life being bitter and angry towards him when the whole time he loved her. leela walks past the cavern on the green, and she feels fry’s presence. she knows when she leaves her message, fry is going to see it somehow. and he does. he feels her presence in there too. i know a lot of people think that fry doesn’t end up with his original leela, but he does. the third universe is an exact copy of the original, so the timeline where he disappears is erased. leela’s message “it was the best time of my life” is made more meaningful at the end when she says “what i’ll remember is our time together.” it’s all so romantic
  2. meanwhile. it’s such a cliched choice, but for me, it’s the perfect freela episode. the writers really went crazy giving freela shippers everything we could’ve ever wanted with this one. i love how the episode opens at luna park and instead of being sparring partners like they were in 102, they’re holding hands and reminiscing :’) i know the argument could be made that fry deciding to ask leela to marry him after she almost died was random and rushed because he’s always said he wanted to spend his life with her, but that was obvious fanservice to me and it was more than okay. i love that fry stole a bunch of rings and combined them into a giant ring so that it would be good enough for leela. i love that leela starts crying when he pulls out the ring. i love that leela says that it’s not sudden after thirteen years, like she’s been waiting all that time for this moment. i love that leela is so happy that she’s singing to herself when she walks to the vampire state building. (it was so in character for fry to try and commit suicide and although it’s very tragic, it’s been made clear that he deals with depression or some sort of mental illness.) it’s a small moment, but i love that when the professor disappears amy or bender is like “you killed the professor!” and leela says something along the lines of “who cares? fry is alive!” i know the antis are def gonna call her selfish for that, but i thought it was sweet, because it shows that she values fry more than anyone. and then later, when she tells him she’ll marry him “even if he wasn’t the last man on earth” it was just so perfect because yes. and then at the wedding when fry is unsure if leela is absolutely sure and she says “absolutely” and they kiss. the best. now, obviously the fucking montage. i remember on the commentary they said it took FOREVER to animate because there was no dialogue, but it was worth it or something along those lines. :’) and then that last scene. the last scene of the entire series is the most perfect scene forever in my heart. i remember david or matt saying that it’s not often that the cast gets to record together but for some freela occasions and esp for this ep, they make sure billy and katey get to record together bc their chemistry is the best and i just. fry’s speech is obviously written by the writers to be the way it is on purpose, but i still melt every time at “if i could only make one moment last forever, this is the one i would choose.” and that when fry asks if leela is lonely she says, “i was never lonely, not even for a minute.” i’m such a fucking sap because i cry every time she says that. it was like the writers speaking to the audience, confirming to the audience for the millionth and last time that yes, leela loves fry just as much as he loves her. this is the life she wanted and she doesn’t care about her job or anyone else as much as she cares about fry. 
  3. the sting. i was so tempted to put the why of fry in this spot, but this is a more freela centric episode. it truly is the pinnacle of romance and (sidenote) i love the score they composed for it. fry warning leela that she needs to be careful and then trying to fight that bee for her is just the most fry because he’s so god damn impulsive and thinks with his heart and not his head and leela is his heart so of course he’s going to die for her!!! leela’s box “memories of fry” is also the cutest fucking thing like she literally collected things that fry gave her or things that reminded her of him and put them in a box!! and someone pointed out that the box is all tattered so she’s gone through it a bunch of times and i’m just crying because this was back when she insisted that they were just friends. her dreams of fry are so cute too also and fry is so cute. my favorite one is definitely when he’s like “could a dream take you dancing in a venusian garden?” and then they’re on the ice fields of hyperion and he gives her his jacket (in real life too!!! so everything he’s saying he’s really saying to her) and leela says she’s never been treated so romantically by a dream. this was probably foreshadowing tbh, because at this point one of their biggest issues was that fry could never be romantic. and yeah, there’s stuff all throughout that’s super cute, but those last five minutes really kill me. this is the first episode where we see that leela is in love with fry even if she doesn’t come right out and say it. there’s been hints before (a flight to remember and war is the h word for example), but it becomes obvious here when she says “the only time i feel alright is in my dreams with you.” and then she straight up tries to kill herself because she would rather be in a coma for the rest of her life than spend one more second without fry. it goes against everything she’s ever claimed to be, but it doesn’t matter to her because happiness = fry. and then fry convinces her out of it because he believes in her and he sees how strong she is and he knows she’s better than this. (it’s a small moment but i love that when the bees come leela’s first instinct is to grab fry’s picture and protect him) and it’s fry/s convincing that gets her to wake up. and he sat by her side every day for weeks, never leaving her!!!! he brought her out of an irreversible coma with the power of their love. i’m crying.
  4. the why of fry. this one is my (second) favorite episode overall for personal reasons, but the freela we got in it is truly top notch. the plot is basically that nobody ever thinks fry is good enough (including both leela and fry) and he thinks that he doesn’t add anything to the universe, only to find out that the universe wouldn’t exist without him. finding out that nibbler brought him to the future without his permission, fry is heartbroken and the brains send him back to 1999 to prevent his past self from being frozen. the only thing that gets fry to reconsider is when nibbler asks him if there’s anyone worth saving, and fry says leela. just leela. not bender, not farnsworth, not amy, nobody. fry is so angry that his life was stolen from him that he doesn’t care about the consequences and doesn’t care that billions of people will no longer exist. the one thing that gets him to think logically is that leela won’t exist. and nibbler calls her ‘the other’ which we (annoyingly) never got an answer to, but i think it’s obvious that it means she’s the second most important person in the universe because it’s her life that gets fry to save the universe. and then the ending scene!!! fry walks right into frame and leela sees him and she smiles all lovestruck because even when other men let her down she always has fry! (also i love when whatshisface takes her to the rocket skating rink and she gets all thoughtful about when fry waited in line to get her tickets) and then she kisses him genuinely for the first time because she knows she loves him deep down, she just doesn’t want to admit it to herself. and her love makes fry the most important person in the universe, literally and figuratively 
  5. a flight to remember. i liked freela before this but this is when i fell in love with them. their banter and their chemistry is stellar. its the original fake dating au!!! and fry is being all gross about it bc he’s so immature and he thinks leela’s hot and they’re not really close yet they’re still kind of just co workers and “this view’s pretty romantic, i mean platonic” and then when leela kisses him they’re both so awkward bc they both felt something!! and then right after when amy kisses fry, leela is SO jealous because she clearly likes fry. it’s pretty obvious with the way she was protecting him in my three suns and how he’s already changed her view on the world but she’s never had to think about it before because why would she? but amy, who she thinks is far prettier, is kissing fry and she’s like. fuck no. and i love later when she’s lounging on the deck and giving fry the cold shoulder and he’s like “i consider my fake relationship with you a lot more meaningful” and she smiles the tiniest bit!!!!!!!!! the cutest!!! lmao in that same scene where she’s like “i’m not jealous fuck off” and then in the next dinner scene when fry kisses amy and she literally rolls her eye and storms off because she was so mad. i love the deck scene, it’s one of my favorites, because fry is saying all the right things. it’s probably one of the reasons leela was infatuated with him until she found out he likes her, because when he’s not trying to impress her, he knows her better than anybody else and knows how to cheer her up. and then they see the nebula and all the couples and it’s so romantic and they almost kiss because just like in xmas story, they’re lonely together. that’s always their thing. 
  6. fry and leela’s big fling. now imo, this is the funniest episode of the entire series and it delivered a+ freela content. i love them hiding their relationship from their co workers bc they know they’re going to be annoying af about it and i love them trying to get alone time. i also love how charming fry is with setting the office up for her! and i love when they go to the park and get robbed he puts his arm around her and then leela beats up bender to protect them lol. the “just the two of us” is super cute and them making out in the couch is so high school i can’t w their dorky asses. the vacation montage is so adorable obviously and i love their color coordinated outfits (just like their hair which is an underrated detail). probably the cutest part for me is when they go skinny dipping and you think it’s gonna get all sexy but they just play marco polo. they’re so cute. obviously all the bullshit with sean is the weakest part of the episode, but it doesn’t last too long and i love that leela had zero interest in him. i think it was sweet that the writers brought sean back too because for years, we’ve heard leela moon over him and now she’s just so bored by him. she changed so much. and then them having sex and making fun of the crew after ksdjsfj i love that they have gossip sessions. that continues later when they’re holding hands and making their dumb inside jokes and the crew is just getting angry w them. it’s such a cute episode and i love it.
  7. t the terrestrial. this is kind of a random choice, bc they really only have a scene at the end and i think it’s considered to be more of a frender ep, but it has a special place in my heart. one of my fav things about s7 is that it’s the canon freela season so they have background stuff in pretty much episode, but this one has some of the best!!! i love that leela keeps asking where fry is and each time bender makes up some excuse she’s like “he’s so cute!” but then probably my favorite is the fake answer machine. antis love to say that leela made fry change for her (when in the end she just accepted that she loved him for him) and this disproves that completely. bender makes the answering machine say that he’s drunk and is flaking on their date and leela says super cheerful “i love you!” i love katey’s delivery on that line, it’s so sweet. and then obviously the ending where they kiss and the omnicronian weed lights up because it means love :’) 
  8. fun on a bun. i literally forgot this episode existed for a second, fun on a bun sweetie i am so sorry. fry getting drunk and making a dick out of himself at oktoberfest is so fry and just completely in character for him, but leela is still leela and she’s such a perfectionist and doesn’t want attention drawn to her so it makes complete sense that she dumps him. and then she “eats him” and she’s so distraught that she goes to erase her memories of him because the pain is too unbearable. meanwhile, fry has bumped his head and can’t remember anything about his life, including her. even though they don’t remember each other, both leela and fry see things that remind them of each other and feel lonely because they’re not together. it really shows just how strong their bond is and really signifies that they truly are soulmates. and then at the end when they’re fighting each other and they see each other’s hair color, they just instantly make out because it’s how they’re meant to be. my favorite scene is definitely at the end when leela asks fry to dance when she’d been too embarrassed earlier. i love his response and i love this moment, it’s just so adorably fluffy.
  9. leela and the genestalk. this would probably be higher on most people’s lists, but i have too many episodes that i love. i think this one is important because we’d already seen in the prisoner of benda that fry and leela love each other regardless of what they look like, but that point is exemplified here. it’s also one of the first times in their romantic relationship that fry says just the right thing. obviously not at first when he screams at the sight of her tentacled body, but at the end. i love the part before that when he tries to kiss her and one of her tentacles kisses him back because every part of her loves fry. adorable. also when she packs to leave and packs her chicken hat from fun on a bun :’). leela leaves because she thinks that fry can do better than her and it’s so sad but it’s also true unconditional love. she tells him that too, and he tells her that “looks change. no matter what happens, you’ll always be leela. the woman i love.” the most romantic thing he’s ever said, no debate. and i love that when mom comes he hides behind her lol. he does that a lot when he’s scared, but i think that it really shows how much he respects her. 
  10. teenage mutant leela’s hurdles. it’s not a freela episode by any means, but it has it’s cute moments that i’m a sucker for. i love their date so much. i think it’s cute that now that they’re teenagers, leela wants to go out with him because she doesn’t have to worry about his maturity or having an adult relationship. i love how excited she is! i love that mandy says leela’s been bragging about fry since she got down there. she’s so proud to know him! how sweet. obviously also at the end when they’re their ages again and she tells him she’s happy to have her lfe back and smiles at him. that’s so important because leela’s always dreamed of a fantasy life, and instead, she’s happy to have her shitty life because she gets to be with her friends, including fry.

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What You Need to Know about Dazai Osamu and The Dark Era

this needed to be done

if you do not intend on reading Dazai Osamu and the Dark Era (translated beautifully by @nkhrchy here on tumblr), i implore you to at least read about the juiciest missing details so you can do the following with me:

  • love Oda more
  • love Ango more
  • suffer more 
  • ship more??? hmmm??

i was thrilled when i found out the Dark Era was getting an anime adaptation. i just had the chance to watch everything from the second cur this Christmas break college devoured my free time and ate my soul, and i was tremendously pleased with the execution and the art. i did have a couple issues with it, but i can’t really complain. and four episodes???? god, we are so blessed. amazing. now everyone may know of Oda and we can all suffer together



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alex’s big fucking watch hunter x hunter post

1. What is Hunter x Hunter? And why should I watch it?

hunter x hunter, or hxh, is a series created by yoshihiro togashi, also known for creating yu yu hakusho. (he’s also married to naoko takeuchi, creator of sailor moon, and the two of them tend to put little cameos of each other’s work in their respective series. it’s really cute.) it is a shounen action series, so if you aren’t into that kind of thing, it’s probably not for you. it’s a lot smarter about how it handles its tropes than a lot of other shounen action series, though!

(mind, it’s not as good as the fullmetal alchemist manga/fma brotherhood, imo, but not a lot is, and i personally prefer hxh on the whole. ymmv though.)

it’s like…hxh is tropey but it knows it, and it doesn’t always take its tropes in quite the places you’d expect them to go. there’s almost no tournament arcs (unlike yyh, which was like 90% tournament arc…probably partly due to editor meddling, really), and just about every arc dabbles in a different genre. there are almost no typical good guys vs. the bad guys end of arc Good Conquers Evil showdowns, and arcs pretty much always naturally flow into the next arc. if you’re looking for a good ol’ shounen beat ’em up, you might find it a little anticlimactic, but i really appreciate its writing, personally.

it also deals a lot with things like dealing with trauma and revenge, but i’ll get to that later.

the obligatory power system is also really well thought out and consistent, and there’s not really any obnoxious instant powerups - any shortcuts taken are really risky and can and do have serious consequences.

2. Which version should I watch/read?

so there’s two separate hunter x hunter anime and one manga. the manga is the orignal version and the version that’s truest to togashi’s original vision. i believe it’s currently 349 chapters/32 volumes and 9 uncompiled chapters long (plus some backstory chapters). the first anime, which began airing in 1999. is i believe ~62 episodes and three OVA series, coming out to a little over 100 episodes total (don’t quote me on this, i’m less familiar with that version). the newer anime began airing in 2011 and ended last september, and it’s 148 episodes and two non-canon movies. (the movies kind of suck. maybe only watch them with alcohol and/or friends. i’ve watched them with a friend while drunk and i definitely recommend that.)

as for which one you should watch/read? the short version is the 2011 version’s a pretty safe choice. the longer version is. really long, so it’s its own post here.

3. You never actually said what it’s about.

shit, that’s right, I didn’t. well, I mean, as mentioned it kind of flits around from genre to genre a lot, so it’s a little hard to describe as a whole. uh, basically, it’s set in a fantasy world sort of like our world but a lot different, too. in this world, there’s these people called hunters, and they’re basically professional badasses. there’s this annual test called the hunter exam which is both dangerous and notoriously hard to pass which you have to take to become a licensed hunter, but a ton of people take it every year anyway because it’s such a prestigious career. our hero, gon freecss, was abandoned by his father ging freecss, a famous hunter, at a young age, and he decides at the age of 12 to become a hunter in his own right to try to find ging and also to try to find out why being a hunter was more important to ging than raising him. along the way, he makes some really important friendships, ends up with a really rad (albeit dysfunctional) found family, and, uh. ultimately ends up going through a lot of traumatic shit a 12 year old really shouldn’t have to deal with. yeah.

i don’t want to make the series sound bleak on the whole because it’s really not, there’s a lot of fun and cute things that happen and even in the darkest moments it’s never at like. oppressively grimdark levels. it’s a fucking shounen series. but there’s definitely things that happen that are likely to give you a case of The Feels so you might want to brace yourself. especially when you get to the chimera ant arc.

4. Okay. If you can’t really describe the plot, tell me about the characters.

this is gon freecss! he is the main protagonist and a literal ball of sunshine. okay, well. gon is definitely a take on the classic energetic shounen protagonist archetype, so if you tend to hate that kind of protagonist, you might have a hard time liking gon. i think togashi has some really interesting things to say about that character type, though! he does a really great job folding in flaws that stem naturally from that type of character into gon’s character, and even if those flaws aren’t apparent right away, they definitely end up having consequences later on. it turns out a stubborn refusal to give up no matter what can backfire, since stubbornness isn’t always enough to make up for a lack of strength. a strong moral compass can be a scary thing when it’s slightly askew from a normal sense of morality. and boundless optimism isn’t always a good thing when it translates into a refusal to accept reality. there’s also arguably a really interesting underlying sense of, like…self-worth issues in gon’s character, due to his abandonment by ging. gon is definitely a deeper character than he appears at first glance, but at first glance he’s pretty adorable, too.

look at this little shit right here. i really wish i had that bob’s burgers “little king trash mouth” or w/e screencap handy bc that’s basically killua. he’s a fucking nerd. he will rip your heart out and hand it to you and you’ll say thank you. hoo boy. so killua is the same age as gon, and they become friends like immediately. but also like killua’s a 12 y.o. ex-assassin. yeah. uhh very abusive backstory so head’s up about that…on the surface it’s kind of handled in the whole ~it’s okay to put little kids in really dangerous situations for the sake of training bc it’s for their own good~ shounen kind of way but. it’s definitely handled as having way more fucked up ramifications than that. the series also kind of touches on how emotional/psychological abuse can be just as damaging as physical abuse, if not moreso, so that’s kind of cool. all that being said, as i mentioned before, he’s a little shit, so it never really goes into overwrought angst territory wrt killua’s family issues. his friendship with gon is…really, a beautiful thing; they’re foils to each other in a lot of ways - where gon’s an optimist, killua tends toward pessimism; where gon will literally never give up regardless of the consequences, killua’s a lot more cautious, etc. - so in general, they balance each other out really well, and they’re both each other’s first friends and just…so important to each other. you’ll cry over their friendship. (there’s also a ton of subtext, at least from killua’s end of things, later on. i am not responsible if you start shipping 12 year olds. well, maybe i am, but i’m not sorry.)

(i have no good screencaps of kurapika on my laptop. i probably do on my netbook, but that doesn’t do any good if i can’t get it to acknowledge it has a hard drive. i’m sorry. he’s the blond one.)

so uh. genocide backstory warning. kurapika’s like a less obnoxious proto-sasuke (since hxh technically started before naruto). his clan had eyes that turn red when angry or otherwise experiencing strong emotions (which he later learns to do on command, thus making him a walking hulk joke), and the whole clan except kurapika was massacred to harvest their eyes and sell them on the black market. kurapika’s understandably kind of pissed about that. his whole arc basically boils down to him trying to track down the stolen eyeballs and get vengeance on the group that killed his clan, and the kind of things that can happen when a good person loses themself to revenge. (he’s not the only character to touch on that, but that’s spoilers.) when he’s not being a tiny ball of 17 year old rage, he does care deeply about his friends, and he’s actually the biggest sassmouth you’ve ever seen. also, a bunch of people have trans/nonbinary headcanons about him, so that’s cool.

at first glance, leorio seems like a money-obsessed jerk, but he’s really, really not. under his loudmouthed exterior, he has one of the biggest hearts in the series. if you’ve seen yyh, he’s basically equivalent to doctor kuwabara. (there’s another character later on in the series who’s basically literal kuwabara, so that’s two kuwabaras for the price of one. really, that should be reason enough to watch hxh.) leorio is 100% dadfriend. look at him there, proud dading it up. leorio’s comparatively the most normal of the four protags - he decided to take the hunter exam to get the money to go to medical school, so he could become a doctor and cure kids who don’t have enough money to go to a regular doctor, since his friend died of a preventable disease when he was younger. as a comparatively normal guy with a relatively normal goal, he kind of tends to get dragged into circumstances that are way over his head a lot, but he takes it like a champ.

there’s a lot of other characters and so many of them are really good, but since i clearly am awful at keeping things concise, i’ll leave it at the main four so this post doesn’t become even more of a behemoth than it already is.

5. Cool. But no series is without flaws, so like…

yeah, i’m definitely not going to pretend that hxh doesn’t have issues. probably the biggest flaw is that it’s not finished. the manga’s still technically running, but it’s frequently on hiatus due to togashi’s health issues (for instance, it was supposed to come off hiatus at around the same time as the 2011 anime ended last september, but then the hiatus got extended and there still haven’t been any new chapters almost a year later). the 2011 anime ends off at a point that wraps up the most glaring loose ends, but there’s still a ton of unanswered questions that are left hanging. the manga’s on a new arc with 10 chapters of setup and exposition, but not a whole lot has actually happened. it’s frustrating, and we might not ever actually get the answers we want.

the other really blatant issue with the series is its lack of female characters, especially in the early arcs. the later arcs do start getting a little better about that, and most of the female characters that do exist are really great. there’s even a canon trans girl, although she only appears in one arc so far. still, the ratio of male to female characters is really high, and i really wish there were more female characters with more screentime.

as far as lgbt representation goes, especially wrt the lgb part, it’s. not great. there’s really not a whole lot beyond just subtext, and the most obviously queercoded character is a whole mess of problematic shit in and of himself.

hisoka is…kind of a fifth main character and a primary antagonist at the same time. the thing about hisoka is he literally gets off on fighting people, and he’s very indiscriminate about who he wants to fight as long as they’re strong enough for it to be interesting. you could argue that he’s technically not a pedophile since he gets off on the fighting itself rather than the person, but it’s…really uncomfortable, and although it’s treated as creepy in the series, it’s never really…quite condemned for what it is. ugh.

so i’m definitely not going to pretend that hxh is for everyone or that it doesn’t have issues, but i love it and think it’s definitely worth checking out if you like shounen action series and it doesn’t contain any aspects that are dealbreakers for you personally.

(i only touched on some triggery aspects within this post, but if you have triggers you’re concerned about and want to know if it’s something you need a warning for, send me an ask and i’ll try to help!)

EDIT: as pointed out by @olivemeister, it might be good to tread carefully if you have triggers specifically regarding self harm; it’s easy to overlook if you don’t, but there’s a pretty gnarly scene later on in the series to look out for

anonymous asked:

Couldn't the changes in Len's character in Legends be due to how he fell for Sara? With the one deleted scene they released it looked like it was almost love at first sight. He was kinder and more honest and open with her than anyone else including Lisa and Mick. No one saw through and understood him like she did ever before. His getting rid of Mick was more about him trying to hurt Sara than the team. And she was the one who got him to make up with Mick. It never would have happened without her

Anon, there is so much wrong here that I very strongly considered not answering because the only things I can say are to disagree with you and that’ll probably make you angry.

But, well, I was a little angry too, particularly at the line “His getting rid of Mick was more about him trying to hurt Sara than the team” but I decided not to let anger rule my thoughts. Nonetheless, I’m gonna answer because I feel it’s worth a discussion for why I think differently, and why your post struck a bit of a nerve. Sorry if this isn’t what you want to hear, but I really do feel it warrants a meta/commentary response.

First, no I don’t think all the changes in him are due to Sara and I’d say that’s an oversimplification of how and why a person changes. It strips Len of those changes being about him at all really, taking away some of his autonomy in making the changes. If you change solely for someone else and not for yourself, that’s not sustainable. Len changed for himself and through the influence of a host of different factors, and to reduce it to largely one thing misses so much of the complexity of how and why people change in reality. And I’m not saying that falling in love can’t change a person (through the different viewpoints they take on and through the trust they develop), but I also don’t read Len as having been in love with Sara. People, a single person, can help catalyze change in us even without being in love, of course, but it’s still missing some of the point to make it all about that other person. Change happens internally.  

And there are a lot of the factors that could plausibly, canonically, go into him changing. I mean, I maintain that many of the changes that bothered me (the very subtle characterization ones that tilt him more to a slytherin-hufflepuff than a slytherin-ravenclaw) are ones that came in from the writers wanting to have him work with a team and taking over his character from a different team, losing a bit in translation. But in canon, if we try to explain those changes, I really would not ever want to attribute them to solely one character.

I feel that if we explain the canonical changes in Len, we can point to a couple of major factors, and his budding friendship with Sara is one of those (because it shows him letting people in and believing that change and overcoming one’s past is actually possible, because it’s something she is doing and demonstrating). A few others are Barry’s staunch belief in Len’s goodness and his willingness to help Len, working with Lisa and Mick again and the effect that has on him, being free of his father in a final way, and working with a team of people who’s wellbeing he feels responsible for (especially Jax). I’ve made posts that talk about most of those factors in one way or another though, so I won’t delve into them here.

More specific to the points you raise, I disagree that he demonstrates anything approaching love at first sight in the deleted scene.

Honestly the only thing I read into that is that he a) is trying to get a feel for people on the team and doesn’t quite know what to make of Sara yet, except that she might be the only one aside from Mick he has anything in common with (she shuts that down with the reincarnated point), and b) that he’s a bit intrigued at her willingness to bite back, but maybe a little annoyed at how barbed she is with him. (For the record we literally never see him even glance in the direction of her ass so I don’t get where that line is from.)

I also strongly disagree that he’s “kinder and more honest and open with her than anyone else including Lisa and Mick”. I don’t even know where you get that idea, to be frank. Len loves his sister to death and would do anything for her. He would never raise a weapon to her like he does to Sara in 1x15 and there’s zero reason to suspect he’d be less honest with her than with Sara (or anyone else). If you try to raise the point that he didn’t tell her his dad kidnapped him, I’d counter by saying he didn’t really have a chance and wanted to protect her. He also happened to lie to Sara (alongside the rest of the team) about having killed Mick. 

If you want to talk about Len opening up about his past to people like his heart-to-heart with Sara while they were freezing to death, he’s even similarly expository with Ray (who I maintain he ultimately dislikes) without much prompting.

Originally posted by coldsflash

Len also lies to Sara’s face at least once or twice, particularly about Mick. “Everyone okay between you two?” “Peachy.” Even if it’s unbarbed and obvious, he’s not really being honest (with himself or with her, and they both know it). He’s not opening up to her.

With Mick, Len is admittedly not always honest, or fair. 

But that’s in part because he takes a high degree of responsibility for Mick, maybe more than Mick wants him to. He doesn’t always expect Mick to make decisions in his own best interest, and Len has a very high need for control and believes he’ll make the best decision for his friend. 

Is it okay? Not necessarily. But I don’t think he means that he’s largely dishonest with Mick or that there isn’t a huge amount of trust and understanding between them. 

Mick’s the one who knows Len’s intentions for going in the trip, knows where Len’s head is at, is the one at Len’s side who can literally finish his sentences and move in sync with him. They have one-word codes like ‘Alexa’ and ‘like that time in Chicago’ that tell them everything they need to know about a situation. 30+ years of history will do that with someone. 

Actually, the whole ‘pulling the cold gun out’ thing is neat with respect that. He pulls it on Mick, Mick pulls the heat gun out, they have a stand off for a minute. Len appears to think about it and calm down and come up with the next step for what to do, or else it gives him space to remember to be the reasonable one. Mick gets this too because he doesn’t ever pull his trigger, just waits for Len to decide to end the stand off, every time we’ve seen them have one. But with Sara, she called his bluff. She didn’t understand why he’s doing this and what he gets out of pulling out his gun and having a stand off with someone so she calls him on it (which is fair, I’m not saying she’s in the wrong). And maybe it’s all dysfunctional as hell of him, but I think it demonstrates how Mick understands Len better than Sara does. He moves along to the beats Len is playing in a way that Sara won’t (which is fine because no one needs to, but you can’t tell me that Mick doesn’t understand Len inside and out, up and down).

Which is why I so strongly shirk at the idea that Len ‘got rid of Mick’ (just that in the first place, he didn’t get rid of him), more for Sara than for anyone else. Len marooned Mick for the stated reason of worrying what would happen to his sister if Mick went back to 2016. He knows Mick has impulse control problems and anger issues. He knows that he himself acts like a check/balance on Mick, so dropping him off in 2016 could have some high-damage consequences. So it was about protecting the team, and protecting their loved ones in 2016 (particularly Lisa, the person Mick is most likely to go after because it’s more Len he wants revenge on than any of the other team members). Beyond that canonically-stated reason for marooning Mick, it could also have come down to a lot of personal shit between Len and him. 

To the extent that once he chose not to kill him, Len always planned to return for Mick (till death got in the way), he probably intended for the marooning to be a very short cool-down period for Mick before Len picked up back up and brought him home. A “okay you betrayed us you jackass and it fucking hurt and I’m pissed but I’ve had time to think about it and you’ve been stuck here to think about it for a day, so now let’s go home alright?”.

I mean, you can read a lot more into it than that with respect to their relationship, but I don’t think it’s valuable to bring anyone else into that. It was about Len and Mick, and to a lesser extent about Lisa, and then about the team as a unit. There’s no evidence it was about anyone else, and certainly no evidence that Len was worried Mick would hurt Sara if he stuck around.

As for her being the reason they made up, I agree she had a part in that, but I also think it would have happened eventually in the same way regardless. She was a catalyst though, and showed empathy and deep understanding in that situation. I think that’s highly to her credit, actually, and I’m not sure why you’d make that about Len’s character changes when it really shows her own development and insight. 

But Len and Mick have been at serious odds before, were apart for a few years even, and still manage to find their way back to one another. They always do, with or without anyone’s help, and being confined on a ship together was going to press the issue sooner rather than later. Sara didn’t convince Len to lay down his life for Mick and die if that’s what Mick wanted from him. Len’s love for Mick did that, full stop.

tl;dr - Mick and Lisa understand Len better than Sara does as per canon, and he canonically demonstrates more honesty with his sister and more mutual understanding with Mick than he does with her. There’s nothing to suggest love at first sight (intrigue, at most) and there’s nothing at all to suggest that him marooning Mick had anything to do with Sara herself. The implication Len changed solely/mostly because of her is just a large oversimplification that strips him of personal autonomy in making those changes.

Bear with me on this one:

“It wasn’t meaningless, we became bestfriends.”

I want to psychologically analyze Naruto and Sasuke and their love even at that young age.

First of all, we have to take into account what fighting means to them as ninjas.

Naruto has always yearned for Sasuke’s acknowledgement. There were many reasons as to why he took notice of Sasuke over anyone else.

- Sasuke was popular with the girls and seemingly perfect at everything. He excelled in both physical and mental abilities. Where Naruto was more of the dunce with a good, strong spirit.

- *More importantly, Sasuke was alone - like Naruto.

Right there we have a connection already. But as children how do they develop this feeling?

For Sasuke, he knows well what bonds and family are. Considering out of the two he was the one to actually have a family. I do believe somewhere inside, (which he admits to later in chapter 72 of the manga) he always noticed Naruto, even if at first it was out of annoyance of his wild nature. He does later say, and I paraphrase:

“I couldn’t keep my eyes off you”

“I always knew you were alone. We were two lonely kids starved for loved”

“I too felt your pain.”

This shows us that Sasuke was always aware of Naruto. But the dramatic toll of his PTSD kept his from feeling safe in forming that new bond.

Now, Naruto, never having a family or bonds as a child, left him the lesser of the two when it came to knowledge of emotion. He felt much more compelled to desperately hold onto that bond; for somewhat the same reason Sasuke was intensely trying to let it go.

And so naturally rivalry began to grow. A typical psychological response for children and even adults. Admiration can be twisted into jealousy, which becomes a competition, which becomes a bond.

To continue. Flashing to Chunin Exams-

“You’re one of the ones I want to fight the most.”

That meant a lot. Not just to Naruto himself, but in the ninja world they live in. By Sasuke telling this to Naruto, he has made clear that he sees Naruto as someone with potential, someone equal to him, someone worth fighting with.

To Naruto, who has always seen Sasuke as this annoyingly good at everything “teme” he was literally finally being acknowledged by the boy he had coveted as a rival since day one.

Moving on. I just want to briefly add that Sasuke and Naruto’s first fight at the Valley was the moment I personally saw romantic inclinations in Sasuke.

Naruto, like I said being desperate to hold onto that bond, having gone on missions and grown to care for Sasuke - refused to let that go. For that same fervent need to passionately keep himself tied to Sasuke - Sasuke’s conviction was just as strong to let it go.

And yet, Sasuke could not kill him. Defying all the rules and laws he had set up for himself. Breaking the promise to kill him who is closest to him. For both power and his philosophy.

The way he stares down at Naruto’s unconscious body. Is a testimony to his heartache at what path he his following.

He’s literally staring at the first boy he ever grew to care for after the terror of losing everything.

And he was letting it go. That was tough and only once he is walking away does he claim he is simply refusing to do things Itatchi’s way.

But his physical display of tenderness at watching Naruto before leaving begs us to dig deeper into Sasuke’s psychology. It’s not as simple as just following his own path. That’s an excuse to cover the truth that the power he will achieve at killing Naruto isn’t worth it.

::fast forward::

“I wanted to be smart like you. Cool like you.”

Naruto says in episode 215, if I’m not mistaken.

“The truth is I was jealous.” He continued.

Of course we don’t see til later that Sasuke felt not just similarly but nearly exactly the same as Naruto had all along.

Which is especially* why after that scene Sasuke is more intent than ever before to kill Naruto. It literally astounds me people can skip the psychological factors that come into play at that scene.

“I must kill Naruto.”

The conviction is terrifying and yes, fucked up. But perfectly plausible.

Naruto had just admitted to Sasuke - what a huge part of him he is. Confessing his admiration, his determination to stop him, even at the cost of his own life.

To Sasuke, what more frightening and infuriating than to have the very same boy you have been trying to sever bonds with, reveal that he has too been sharing the same connection and bond all along?

And is just as convicted enough to self sacrifice for it just like Sasuke was in the Land of Waves Arc.

So naturally, it becomes vital for Sasuke to kill Naruto himself. At least in his ideology.

He has already made his own truth. Which is sever all bonds and ultimate power is reached.

The loss of his profound bond with Itatchi and his clan and the suffering that ensued - instilled that self preservation method and it is only conducive- if he is alone.

Creating no opportunity for such pain to exist again.

So it d o e s make absolute sense that Sasuke sees it necessary to remove Naruto completely.

To somewhat begin a conclusion.

- Naruto letting himself get beat up, with no regard to himself and no resentment for the one throwing their fists.

= absolute resolution. He just learned Sasuke joined the very group which killed Gaara for awhile, killed Jiraya, and is after him. Does Naruto waver? Not in the slightest.

Is this healthy and romantic? No. But it’s also a life of a ninja. Sasuke is still his bond. A ninja is self sacrifice. So while in our world, that would be concerning and indeed it is - I do sense unconditional love. I think it’s bewildering not to.

At the valley in the Final Fight. There is just so much going on, I don’t know where to begin.

I’ll paraphrase to the best of my meager abilities.

In essence, Naruto and Sasuke’s will take their final stand.

As promised, Naruto is convicted to die with Sasuke. But at one point —-

“So you’ve finally decided to kill me?”

I love that Sasuke asks this, because it shows how much he’s been waiting for it. That moment. That final threshold he had to break to finally make Naruto concede. Much like Hashirama did with Madara.

But of course, the difference in Naruto is Naruto’s passion. Naruto is completely, irrationally, and madly devoted to Sasuke.

In the end, Sasuke always loses his cool.

“Why do you go so far for me?”

“Over and over and over and over again.”

“Just disappear already and take our** bond with you.”

If anyone knows what self loathing is like. You understand, almost heart-wrenchingly well what Sasuke is saying:

Sasuke has a very self destructive persona now, after killing his brother and learning the truth - on top of an already damaged psyche from witnessing the massacre of his clan. Sasuke doesn’t want love. He not only feels unworthy but it goes against the self proclaimed law.

The self proclaimed law being, sever all bonds, live on as Itatchi did - a life of self sacrifice, to live in darkness and solace, maintaining order by inheriting the role of all evil.

“Itatchi’s only mistake was he kept me alive.”

“I won’t make that mistake.”

= Yes I’ am set on killing you. Which also = you are the only thing standing between me and my crusade into that lonely, fucked up world I seemingly think I deserve = you are the most important person to me.

He even devoted the killing of Naruto an honor enough to dedicate to his brother. (Episode 478) Yes, fucked up. But remember - ninja world - separate from ours and Itatchi being the one he revered the most, this means everything.

Alas, in the end Sasuke asks a g a i n why Naruto goes so far…

“Everyone cut ties with me, but you never did,”

Sasuke is literally searching for an actual honest confession. He knows what a friend is. He just doesn’t see how friend covers the level of devotion Naruto has consistently displayed.

“When I see you carrying all that pain… It just …hurts”

Sasuke understands. Again, being the more aware of emotions and their respective categories in relationships, he probably knows it’s more than just a friendship.

I think the level of passion and devotion is more equivalent to that of “soul mates”

You can see it as platonic. (Which is hecka strange)

I see it as a wild, romantic, frenzied, illogical, passionate, overwhelming, all consuming love.