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Danni Dollarsign
I do many things - all of them, badly. || Blog for PKMN fanfiction @andromedarune || Twitter: twitter.com/dannidollarsign || "Fanfiction Sugar Daddy"
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danni-dollarsign · 16 hours ago
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[Mini SWSH Essay] Bede & Hop: Complements?
Man... just really thinking about how Hop and Bede are actually two very good complements of each other in the narrative of Sword and Shield, and bring out what I interpret as the moral/meaning of the game.
Hop is the younger brother of the champion of the region. He's proud of his brother, seeing the world through rose-colored glasses as all he can imagine is just how great he could be as champion, too. It’s obvious that Hop was driven to do the gym challenge primarily because of Leon (whether it’s because he wants to prove his own strength or because he thinks it’ll grant him recognition aside from the relationship he has to Leon, I’m unsure), but he certain displays pride whenever Leon offers praise or encouragement for his journey.
Bede is an orphan that Rose saw promise in, and thus gave a pokemon to. That marks itself in Bede’s mind as his turning point, his opportunity to ascend societal ranks in order to prove that Rose’s actions were not in vain. Though Rose did indeed see promise in Bede, there is an obvious instance that the power of that decision means totally different things to the both of them (to Bede it changed his life; to Rose, well, let’s be honest, he forgot who Bede even was at one point so I think it’s safe to assume that this wasn’t the first time Rose has done something like that to a promising child). Bede’s entire drive for doing the gym challenge is his determination to prove Rose that he is the obvious choice, the next star of the Galar Pokemon League. Rose does seem to display some trust in Bede (he lends him his Copperajah, after all), so it wouldn’t be so bold to assume that Rose does have a level of sincere faith in Bede’s abilities, and thus is likely to offer encouragement and praise when they cross paths.
In a way, they’re both incredibly similar even in personality. Hop can be cheeky with his pride (in typical Pokemon Rival, “I’m SO gonna beat you this time” while you just DESTROY him in battle) and has tons of confidence in his skill at the beginning of the journey. Bede does as well, but that pride is of a different variety that we really want to label as just plain “pride”. Which is true, but his almost seems more desperate. And this is where the foil aspect really kicks in. 
Where Hop has had resources to learn and grow like a flower in a pot, Bede had to develop his skill in a bit more of harsher elements (that is, assuming he was in the orphanage for a hot minute after his encounter with Rose). Bede had no choice but to convince himself that he was worthy of being champion, whereas Hop never thought to consider anything but. Neither of these ideas are objectively “good” or “bad” - but certainly they were opposite enough of each other to have sparked the tension between the two. 
In order for either of them to grow as individuals, they had to face their own greatest fears, only to see that the fear was nothing more than a shadow in the darkness. Hop faced the possibility that he wasn’t a prodigal trainer like his brother; his fear grew darker and darker, spiraling him into a state of anxiety (by Pokemon standards, of course) that it takes the player to really pull him back into reality to see the truth for himself. Once the fear is gone, Hop realizes that the monsters in the darkness were only shadows, and now there is room for him to decide for himself: Who could Hop possibly become? Who does he want to become? Bede, on the other hand, faced his fears at his own hands; his own decisions bringing about the possibility that he really isn’t worth all that he hoped to be. Similar to Hop, it isn’t until he gets some guidance from Opal that he wakes up to a brighter reality - that worth isn’t found in someone else, but in your own self. He stands against the player, determined to prove to the world that he does have promise against what he thinks everyone else assumes about him. And as a result, he’s confused to find that the region is inspired by his revelation, and thus validate him.
Both kids were really just victims of their own fears, their own worries of “What if I’m not good enough?” But thinking about it more, SW/SH is really all about learning to accept yourself as who you are and becoming the best version of that. Never settling for being the bare minimum, but then again, not tearing yourself apart trying to become an idealized dream of what you believe is perfect. I kind of like the moral of it being about coming of age, and coming into yourself. Of course, with plenty of giant monster fights to add some flavor.
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danni-dollarsign · 22 hours ago
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I just realized I never posted her here shfdshfjds - my new oc, Nora! She’s a ghost-type aficionado as well as a skilled spirit-work witch. I love heerrrrrrrr ^w^
(also my homie @/missusk made art of her too pls lookie-lookie~: https://missusk.tumblr.com/post/650736778988421120/eleanora-fan-of-ghosts-oc-of-danni-dollarsign )
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danni-dollarsign · 3 days ago
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˗ˋˏ self-care reminders ˎˊ˗ Remember to be kind to yourself ~ (♡˙︶˙♡)
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danni-dollarsign · 6 days ago
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I know this is a #humblebrag but sometimes when I'm feeling funky I read through TDW just so I can have something familiar to focus on while still being more or less constructive, and also bc I’ve totally forgotten a lot of the narration jokes thrown about in especially the first/early second acts
like the avatar line in ch. 17 - like, goddammit me, why can’t u be this funny and witty in-person???
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danni-dollarsign · 6 days ago
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song vibes I get from random SWSH characters (but it’s all Vocaloid songs)
Lol don’t take this seriously - it’s just a list of songs I love that remind me of certain SWSH characters for really random reasons so yeah lol a-here we gooo
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Sonia: “Chaotic Love Revolution” // Police Piccadilly
Alister: “People Become Ghosts” // ive (no I will not take constructive criticism on this decision)
Milo: “Coward Montblanc” // Deco*27
Raihan: “Persecution Complex Cellphone Girl” // Giga-P
Piers: “Unhappy Refrain” // wowaka
Leon: “There’s Another Maze Ahead” // Kikuo (lol but seriously) “ROKI” // Mikito-P
Gloria: (literally anything by Nayutalien dfhgfhdjghd but specifically) “Dance of Venus” // Nayutalien
Victor: “Common World Domination” // Pinocchio-P
Hop: “Rolling Girl” // wowaka
Marnie: “Raspberry*Monster” // HoneyWorks
Bede: “Airhead” // Picon
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B O N U S :
Ball Guy: “The Happiness and Peace of Mind Committee” // Utata-P
Sordbert & Shieldward or whatever the fuck their names are: “Childish War” // Giga-P
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danni-dollarsign · 8 days ago
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For years I never understood the concept of dark-types in pokemon. But they make a WHOLE lot more sense when u realize that they’re termed as “aku” - or “evil” - in Japanese.
I feel both dumb and embarrassed because (1), I never knew that in like all the 15+ years I’ve been playing Pokemon, and (2), because the only reason I took the time to research this was because I was doing yet ANOTHER piers bulbapedia deep-dive
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danni-dollarsign · 9 days ago
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SWSH headcanon - Piers’ REAL Challenge in the Gym Challenge
aight another head canon that nobody asked for but still makes me so SOFT to think about: Piers having to take baby Marnie with him during his gym challenge.
So like, I have a hc that they’ve been on their own since Piers was around 11, so while other kids his age are doing the gym challenge, he’s taking care of his sister with help from other friendly adults that know the pair in Spikemuth. So when he’s 12, he’s gained a pretty big rep as a great pokemon trainer from a nowhere city on social media (not him posting it, but others who record his matches) - so basically he gets a special endorsement to enroll in the challenge.
However, he doesn’t want to leave his sister alone for 3 months, so he decides to just take her with him.
Along the way he makes friends in the challenge, and they help him take care of Marnie (as well as himself). Then there’s the first gym match and he’s ready to go out, but Oleana stops him like “You can’t take a baby on the field.” and Piers panics for a second, worried that he’s going to have to drop out since no-one can watch Marnie for him.
flash cut to Piers wrecking shop in the gym battle while Oleana sighs as she’s holding this cute little baby Marnie in her arms. This happens at every single gym, and though Oleana never admits it, she secretly began to enjoy tending to Marnie and often would try to babysit whenever she ran into Piers during her few moments of free time. 
anyway that’s my head canon rant of the day lolol thanks for reading~
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danni-dollarsign · 9 days ago
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I know this canonically cannot be a thing, but I saw this one and I legit can’t help but think that it feels like Piers put out this ad XD
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like, bruh
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B R U H
I love pokemon bc at its surface it’s a cute and youthful video game about wanting to be the very best (like no-one ever was) without any loss of innocence, and really just gives a universal meaning of friendship and progress regardless of what specifically you play the game for.
and then it just has shit like this lurking in the background
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danni-dollarsign · 9 days ago
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I love pokemon bc at its surface it’s a cute and youthful video game about wanting to be the very best (like no-one ever was) without any loss of innocence, and really just gives a universal meaning of friendship and progress regardless of what specifically you play the game for.
and then it just has shit like this lurking in the background
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danni-dollarsign · 10 days ago
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really trying not to write an entire unnecessary essay on meanings of art-forms when I have a whole ass midterm due today
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danni-dollarsign · 14 days ago
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irrelevant swsh headcanon - Leon’s Eyelashes
Leon has BOMB eyelashes. Like long and full and flashy. Like the kind that a fucking Maybelline model would cry if they saw. They beautiful.
He used to be super embarrassed of them as a kid, but he eventually grew to really enjoy that part of himself. Sonia and Nessa are especially big fans (sometimes he models with Nessa for whatever make-up brand she’s modeling for, most commonly eye-liner or mascara).
Hop also have long pretty lashes, and sometimes he wears some (with Gloria’s steady help). Hop likes the colorful mascara (blue or purple, usually), while Leon usually goes with simple black.
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danni-dollarsign · 22 days ago
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(Double) Enzo, Akita (10 y/o), F Train, New York, NY • “He loves treats. We’re from Colombia.” @meandenzo
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