It always kills me when Alistair touches his heart while saying “Maybe
I’m fooling myself. Am I? Fooling myself? Or do you think you might
ever… feel the same way about me?” OF COURSE I DO YOU PRECIOUS FOOL.
Like I know the fandom joke is to call Terra a dumbass, an idiot, the worst. And yeah as jokes, they’re funny, and I’ll laugh along. What I DON’T like is seeing people who legitimately believe that and treat Terra like garbage, like the fandom’s punchline and totally ignore his wonderfully complex character in favor of only focusing on one aspect of his personality- his desire to trust and innate gullibleness. Seriously. It was funny at first and now it’s not- all I’m starting to see are artworks or jokes about Terra being stupid. My issue with this?
Terra isn’t stupid. And for those who haven’t played the games/won’t get to, this is spreading the belief that he is. Terra’s not stupid. Yes, he was tricked over and over by Xehanort- Terra is, indeed, gullible. But Xehanort is literally an authority figure in his life. Everybody inherently wants to trust in somebody they’ve been told they can trust in, and Terra is no different. He wants to trust him, as he has been given no reason to NOT trust Xehanort. Couple with the darkness inside him, something he is confused by and afraid of, he got steered down the wrong path.
“riku had darkness in him but learned to control it! terra just let it consume him!”
ok let’s ignore the shit riku pulled in kh1 and talk about this. Riku was new to his darkness, and had nobody to tell him giving into it was wrong. And when he realizes this he pulled himself out with the help of his friends. Riku had a solid, stable support system. Terra did not. Terra grew up in an environment where the darkness is shunned and seen as a taint, a poison, and that he is to reject it and destroy it. Imagine how terrifying it must be for him to have it inside of him, that the same thing he’s told to vanquish is festering inside him. Terra has always been shown to be heavily self-conscious; this could have only made it worse. Terra was never given any help to try and control his darkness even once- every villain simply played on his desire to get rid of it. Terra didn’t have the same support Riku had, and he payed for that in the end. From what we see he didn’t even have friends outside Aqua and Ventus to help him cope.
Yes, Terra fucked up in BBS. I’m not saying he didn’t. But so did Aqua, Ven, Eraqus. Everyone fucked up royally. But the blame is always shifted to Terra and has others call him stupid, worthless trash. And I’m just tired of it. You don’t have to like Terra. But at the very least respect his character. RespectTerra'sCharacter 2k15.