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deadxeyed · 3 days ago
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welcome to avengers campus, isn’t it nice to be back, JESSE MCCREE ?
(     basics . )
FULL NAME : JESSE OLIVIA MCCREE
AGE : 35
BIRTH DATE : MARCH 12
GENDER : MALE
SEXUAL ORIENTATION : DEMIROMANTIC PANSEXUAL
OCCUPATION : VIGILANTE, BOUNTY HUNTER, OUTLAW
PARENTS : CLINT MCCREE (FATHER) , JESSE HERNANDEZ (MOTHER)
(     physical traits .     )
EYE COLOUR : BROWN
HAIR COLOUR : DARK BROWN
HEIGHT : 6'1 , 1.85m
BODY BUILD : ATHLETIC
TATTOOS + PIERCINGS : PRINCE ALBERT PIERCING
NOTABLE PHYSICAL TRAITS : LEFT METAL ARM PROSTHETIC, CIGAR BURNS ON HIS BACK, DEADLOCK TATTOO
(     other .     )
INTELLIGENCE : STREET SMART
LIKES : COFFEE, CIGARS, APPLE PIE, BEING ALONE
DISLIKES : THE THOUGHT OF DYING ALONE, "KNOW IT ALLS"
EXTRAS : He frequently hooks up with people, but doesn't allow them to get close. He sees sex as something to release any sort of frustration.
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(     canon summary .     )
(     1.     )
jesse grew up a motherless life on a farm, raised by an emotionally distant ( & physically abusive ) father ; constantly blamed for his mother’s death. he was punished repeatedly for speaking or acting out of turn, which included asking questions about who his mother was. when jesse’s father became ill, the two of them bonded by setting up a makeshift shooting range in the back of the farm. up until his father’s death, they bonded greatly over jesse’s natural talent for shooting. on his deathbed, his father gifted him his pistol peacekeeper, the very pistol jesse learned how to shoot with.
(     2.     )
jesse left the farm as soon as he could to avoid grief and was quickly taken off the streets by a couple of ruffians. he won their respect by beating them in an unfair duel, and so ‘worked’ alongside them by robbing convenience stores and small banks. eventually they get a job by a woman by the name of elizabeth caledonia “calamity” ashe , to which they complete with flying colors. joining her due to jesse’s charisma and her hunger for power, he becomes the designated ‘recruiter’ & ‘right hand man,’ though many speculate more went on behind the scenes when it comes to their relationship.
together, they formed what is known as the deadlock gang.
( 3. )
during a heist ashe had not been present for, an organization called overwatch intercepts the mission and kidnaps jesse. impressed with his skills, the commander of the covert-ops divison known as blackwatch, gabriel reyes gives him an offer : rot in prison and have the gang forcibly disbanded, or join blackwatch. he joined blackwatch.
(     4.     )
in his time during blackwatch, jesse’s morals were constantly threatened. he was not used to killing people on the battlefield and told to deal with it, but he grew to accept that he was doing this all for good. after all, overwatch’s image was all about keeping the peace -- blackwatch just being the black sheep of the two.
things began to dip when a mission in rialto, italy goes haywire, causing blackwatch to receive bad press and unwanted attention. despite attempting to lay low for a while, blackwatch’s hand is inevitably forced to take on another mission. as expected, it’s a bloodbath, and jesse’s arm is amputated on the battlefield as he is rushed to the medbay back at headquarters.
shortly after receiving his metal arm prosthetic, jesse packs his bags and leaves blackwatch. not too long afterwards, overwatch is shut down along with blackwatch.
( 5. )
jesse roams the earth, taking whatever job he can get and fighting against a military corporation known as talon, the very same enemy of overwatch. he takes up any bounty, any tip, any lead -- he’s got a $60,000,000 bounty on his head, but that won’t stop him from the law. not at all.
(     earth 200,000.     )
totally going canon-divergent here, folks ! the beginning of jesse’s life at the farm still happens, however he ends up getting picked up by blackwatch off of the streets. he doesn’t know ashe at all, nor does he ever participate in the deadlock gang.
forced in a military-lifestyle at a younger age, jesse is used to the idea of murder being normal and a day-to-day thing; he ends up becoming bloodthirsty, the height of a battle growing into an addiction as supposed to something he hated. he ends up being released early because of this reason.
jesse never loses his arm in this universe.
roaming the world and taking rather daring contracts has been the norm for jesse. watching bodies fall to the ground is satisfying. lately, he has been experiencing dreams of another life-- one more tame and full of love and joy. does he crave it ... ? perhaps he does ...
he shows up at S.W.O.R.D’s doorstep a week later, with a newfound feeling: perhaps this was just the thing to inspire a good change in his life?
** jesse loves to spend most of his time in the training grounds or the gym, but can also be found in the med bay bloodied and bruised if he decides to take up another contract to have a little bit of pocket money. ** you might also catch him trying to pick up women at the local bar. don’t mind him, he’s just trying to bone.
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izusun · 6 days ago
ALRIGHT I'M THE ANON WHO SENT THE STRIPPER AU SO IM DUMPING ANOTHER AU THAT I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH ONTO YOU (don't ask where it came from lmao)
Basically, quirkless Izuku gets a vibe check early in life when he realizes that his mom is really struggling to survive after his father walked out (no I'm not projecting onto him shut up-). Through middle school he slowly comes to the realization that capitalism sucks actually, especially when you are or are related to someone quirkless.
The sludge villain incident happens relatively as normal, only this time after rescuing Katsuki he fucking snaps at the pro heroes on the scene, then goes home without running into All Might. He does a bunch of research on pro hero scandals, losing that hero fanboy mindset as he goes along, but also does research into vigilantism and pre quirk media, discovering an ancient European pre quirk tale about a figure who robbed the rich and gave it back to the poor and needy.
Now he's on the streets as the vigilante "Robin Hood" who robs corrupt heroes and politicians and then uses that money to preventatively stop crime (donating to homeless shelters, giving it to various community centers for addict recovery programs, etc; he'd also stop any crime he happened to come by on the way to and from heists). He may or may not collect various other teenagers in his band of Merry Men all while Izuku dodges around telling Katsuki what he actually does all day (yes Kaachan's the Maid Marian stand in fight me).
TLDR; Quirkless Izuku becomes the vigilante "Robin Hood" thanks for coming to my TED talk-
- Goblin anon (I'm claiming it now, it's mine)
HI GOBLIN ANON!!! your au dumps in my ask box are always welcomed and loved!! sorry for the late reply hnsnsns, my lectures just ended
quirkless + vigilante midoriya who gave up on the hero system IS my fave trope, i’m not even joking. and this au??? this is just godtier!!
i have a thing for midoriya snapping at the heroes during the sludge villain incident. to set up the mood, i’d like to just unpack that scene for a bit.
ok sure there are many things that probably happened behind the scenes during that incident, such as them calling for more equipped reinforcements to take down the villain, but i think that they should have also done more for bakugou. like at least buy time to ensure he wouldn’t suffocate or, idk, strike a deal with the the sludge villain because their priority shouldn’t have been apprehending him but should have been saving bakugou. so imagine midoriya thinking the same thing i did. the torch he carried for heroes have dwindled over time and this was the breaking point.
imagine him growing up, accepting that sometimes the society just turns its back on you because you’re quirkless. imagine him thinking that there are certain thresholds only the quirked individuals would ever get to cross. imagine him thinking that being a hero really is only for bakugou and not for him. then-
then midoriya sees this powerful and strong individual who he kept looking up to at the hands of the same villain who also almost killed him, choking and panicking because the heroes are not doing anything. he thought that heroes only do nothing when you’re quirkless, but apparently they also do nothing to people like bakugou. bakugou who has a perfect quirk and a smart mind and who’s so so young. bakugou who the heroes aren’t even helping.
and midoriya snaps. he snaps because heroes do nothing to everyone. he thought he was the anomaly because of his pinky toe and everything, but no. the hero system is just fucked up. so as he ran towards bakugou and hurled his bag on the eyes of the villain, he thinks the hero system failed us but i will not. and he thinks i will not be a hero because i do not want to be like them. and he thinks i am here.
and so he saves bakugou and the heroes berate him for-? for what? for doing their jobs? he laughs maniacally and goes off. he spills his anger, spills the way it took a puny, quirkless middle school boy to save the day, and people are watching. people are watching the way he is screaming and opening his heart and pouring and pouring everything he never would have said, and the heroes are silent. they are silent as they listened. all of the them were.
people filmed this exchange, posted the videos they took online and then even more people listened to him. and midoriya sees this huge response and support; he sees the way people agreed with him so it helped him push his plans forward.
and so he does many many research and opens up several cases against slimy heroes and billionaires, and boom, he’s japan’s robin hood.
OK BUT we can’t have vigilante midoriya without dadzawa. LOVE ME SOME DADZAWA. and maybe parental tsukauchi because i love these two just trying to help this little vigilante who is too angry at the world who failed him, but never fighting the world back. they care for their little vigilante who shouldn’t be awake at the crack of dawn, busting out villain groups upon villain groups on his own. they care for their little vigilante who is becoming too popular.
so popular that even villains are looking for him. and maybe there would be an altercation between the LoV and midoriya, and who else would save him if not for dadzawa (and tsukauchi)?
also i’d like to imagine that bakugou too was moved by midoriya’s explosion of a speech. he’s taken aback and goes “huh, he’s right.” so he tries bridging their relationship back and midoriya always loved his friend so he accepts AS LONG AS bakugou does not cross him. because even if the hero system failed midoriya, as long as bakugou, who’s willing to change, still wants to become a hero, then there is hope in changing the hero system from the inside. to reshape it to how it should be.
and so bakugou enters UA and is more open (he’s in therapy) to everyone compared to canon (although not as much, still), and almost has a heart attack when aizawa pulled him aside one day, in the middle of the term, and asked if he knew who robin hood is. of course bakugou’s a master liar so he says no but aizawa is squinting his eyes at him.
also imagine: midoriya recruiting shinsou (they’re apparently from the same help group and they met up one night when midoriya saved shinsou from middle school bullies who cornered him and berated him even if he’s already in UA) and bakugou accidentally recruiting hatsume because she saw that someone changed some of his hero gear and she wanted to meet the smart genius who did it (it’s midoriya).
so midoriya’s circle grew from bakugou to now with the addition of aizawa, tsukauchi, hatsume, and shinsou.
(it probably would expand more because midoriya would stumble on this juicy information about the number 02 hero, endeavour but that’s for next time!)
AHHH ok i’m gonna cut it here because it’s getting too long BUT I LOVE LOVE THIS dhaksjwk
THANK YOU SO MUCH, GOBLIN!!!
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aion-rsa · 23 days ago
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How Cruella Got That Crazy Expensive Soundtrack
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Just like his previous movie, I, Tonya, director Craig Gillespie’s new interpretation of Cruella and the 101 Dalmatians mythos treats its soundtrack almost like a character—a Greek chorus of sorts. The origin story of the designer villainess who first was introduced to the world in the classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians is peppered with a non-stop river of classic pop, rock, and punk anthems from the 1960s and ‘70s, quite fitting for the chaotic backdrop of London’s fast-changing fashion and music scene of that era.
Gillespie says that the way the soundtrack was used in I, Tonya was an element that Sean Bailey, Disney president of production, wanted to deploy in similar fashion for Cruella.
“When Sean pitched it to me, he talked about the tracks from I, Tonya and how they wanted to really embrace music with this,” Gillespie explains. “So I warned them up front that there was going to be a huge bill for this. We had 48 songs in I, Tonya. We had basically 50 songs in this.”
That’s the thing though. When you hear a song like the Rolling Stones’ “She’s A Rainbow” playing in the background during an early montage where Cruella (Emma Stone) and her cohorts executing heists, or the Zombies’ “Time of the Season” as the backdrop for her first day on the job at the high-end Liberty department store, it costs money. Lots of it. The bigger the act, and the more popular and recognizable the song, then the more the fee goes up.
That’s why, according to Gillespie, the way to get your money’s worth is all in the preparation and placement of the music.
“I learned a lot when I was doing I, Tonya,” he says. “It’s all in the prep. You really have to design the movie to support it. The camera and the way the camera moves in the scenes, it has to be designed around the music. So that’s all mapped out in advance. We know where there are going to be songs in the film. It’s like, ‘Okay, this is going to transition to a song here. We will have about 30, 40 seconds,’ and so forth.”
Gillespie reveals that as he ramps up to the actual shooting of the movie, he begins collecting songs that he can play on set to create the mood he wants—whether or not he eventually gets to use them or not.
“By the time we get to the set, I have hundreds of songs on my phone,” he says. “Songs that probably a music supervisor would never give me because it’s the Stones and the Doors and Queen, and they always try and stay away from those because of the price tags. But I just picked stuff with no parameters that I just felt could really support what was happening in the scenes.”
In one case, when Cruella’s nemesis/mentor Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson) first arrives at Liberty in all her cruel glory, Gillespie went with his instincts. “When she steps out of the car, the Baroness, for the first time, and you see everybody racing around and panicking, it’s such a [display of] power as she walks in,” he recalls. “So I just threw the Doors on it on the day. I wasn’t thinking of the Doors at all for the Baroness. We had all these ’50s and ’60s songs in mind. But it just was so foreboding and just felt like so ominous and just relentless, like there was no stopping her. That never changed.”
Indeed, the song in question, “Five to One,” (from the Doors’ 1968 album, Waiting for the Sun) is still the backdrop for the Baroness’s memorable entrance.
In the end, even with songs like Deep Purple’s version of “Hush” (used when Stone reveals her Cruella persona for the first time at the Baroness’ black and white ball) and the aforementioned tunes from the Stones, the Zombies and the Doors—not to mention a couple dozen more—did the bean counters at the Mouse House blink or waver when they saw the receipts?
“There were some conversations,” Gillespie admits. “But they’re amazingly supportive and it was more just trying to trim and cut where we could. But pretty much nearly everything that we presented ended up in the movie.”
Cruella is out now in theaters and via Premium Access on Disney+.
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briskeboys · 23 days ago
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Just like his previous movie, I, Tonya, director Craig Gillespie’s new interpretation of Cruella and the 101 Dalmatians mythos treats its soundtrack almost like a character—a Greek chorus of sorts. The origin story of the designer villainess who first was introduced to the world in the classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians is peppered with a non-stop river of classic pop, rock, and punk anthems from the 1960s and ‘70s, quite fitting for the chaotic backdrop of London’s fast-changing fashion and music scene of that era.
Gillespie says that the way the soundtrack was used in I, Tonya was an element that Sean Bailey, Disney president of production, wanted to deploy in similar fashion for Cruella.
“When Sean pitched it to me, he talked about the tracks from I, Tonya and how they wanted to really embrace music with this,” Gillespie explains. “So I warned them up front that there was going to be a huge bill for this. We had 48 songs in I, Tonya. We had basically 50 songs in this.”
That’s the thing though. When you hear a song like the Rolling Stones’ “She’s A Rainbow” playing in the background during an early montage where Cruella (Emma Stone) and her cohorts executing heists, or the Zombies’ “Time of the Season” as the backdrop for her first day on the job at the high-end Liberty department store, it costs money. Lots of it. The bigger the act, and the more popular and recognizable the song, then the more the fee goes up.
That’s why, according to Gillespie, the way to get your money’s worth is all in the preparation and placement of the music.
“I learned a lot when I was doing I, Tonya,” he says. “It’s all in the prep. You really have to design the movie to support it. The camera and the way the camera moves in the scenes, it has to be designed around the music. So that’s all mapped out in advance. We know where there are going to be songs in the film. It’s like, ‘Okay, this is going to transition to a song here. We will have about 30, 40 seconds,’ and so forth.”
Gillespie reveals that as he ramps up to the actual shooting of the movie, he begins collecting songs that he can play on set to create the mood he wants—whether or not he eventually gets to use them or not.
“By the time we get to the set, I have hundreds of songs on my phone,” he says. “Songs that probably a music supervisor would never give me because it’s the Stones and the Doors and Queen, and they always try and stay away from those because of the price tags. But I just picked stuff with no parameters that I just felt could really support what was happening in the scenes.”
In one case, when Cruella’s nemesis/mentor Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson) first arrives at Liberty in all her cruel glory, Gillespie went with his instincts. “When she steps out of the car, the Baroness, for the first time, and you see everybody racing around and panicking, it’s such a [display of] power as she walks in,” he recalls. “So I just threw the Doors on it on the day. I wasn’t thinking of the Doors at all for the Baroness. We had all these ’50s and ’60s songs in mind. But it just was so foreboding and just felt like so ominous and just relentless, like there was no stopping her. That never changed.”
Indeed, the song in question, “Five to One,” (from the Doors’ 1968 album, Waiting for the Sun) is still the backdrop for the Baroness’s memorable entrance.
In the end, even with songs like Deep Purple’s version of “Hush” (used when Stone reveals her Cruella persona for the first time at the Baroness’ black and white ball) and the aforementioned tunes from the Stones, the Zombies and the Doors—not to mention a couple dozen more—did the bean counters at the Mouse House blink or waver when they saw the receipts?
“There were some conversations,” Gillespie admits. “But they’re amazingly supportive and it was more just trying to trim and cut where we could. But pretty much nearly everything that we presented ended up in the movie.”
Cruella is out now in theaters and via Premium Access on Disney+.
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bisluthq · 26 days ago
Can someone explain to me what happened with karlie during the masters situation?
In 2019, Perez Hilton went on Spencer & Heidi Pratt's podcast and spilt a bunch of tea. They basically alleged that Karlie is a blabbermouth who, kinda through no fault of her own, spilt a bunch of shit to Scooter and that in part resulted in the Masters Heist. Claire and Ashley, two of Tay's close friends, liked Perez's Tweets about this. And in folkmore era, both Perez and Spencer got their own cardigans from Tay.
And Taylor wrote ITTG where "the words of a sister come back in whispers" further cementing this as canon.
So basically we don't know what Kar said - feel free to take guesses - but it's like 99% likely that she ran her mouth and hurt Taylor and Tay's business interests in some major way.
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Aqua’s Live Reactions: “Las Nevadas”
Once again, despite knowing when exactly the livestream would happen, I decided to pull a Ge0rgeN0tF0und and slept through the latest lore event... though in my defense, the stream started at 5am in my time zone. Since the official vod still isn’t uploaded, I’m watching an unofficial one, so thank you to my friend Emily from Discord for uploading it.
As usual, a few things before we begin:
I basically don’t know what happens during the livestream, even though I woke up at 8am or so. Sure, I’ve seen a few minor spoilers through browsing Reddit and Tumblr (I’ve refused to interact with major blogs I follow to avoid them actively), but overall, I know next to nothing.
No one’s updated TV Tropes yet, so thank God I don’t have that as a source of spoilers. I might update them after watching the vod, though.
This whole post is within the context of the SMP, so /rp and /dsmp applies to everything under the cut.
If you don’t know what happened, be warned, as spoilers go unmarked. I’m only adding the spoiler tag because it’s within the first 24 hours of the stream.
I have a bingo card for this stream, actually! You’ll see it filled out at the end of the post.
0:08 -- Why is there a countdown? Is this plot-significant in any way? *asks* No, apparently it’s not, so let’s skip the first 12 minutes, I suppose! Considerate man lets us grab the popcorn and be prepared to choke on it
12:05 -- LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOO... wait a minute, he said he was going to kill Techno on the notification? HOW DOES THIS PLAY INTO THE PLOT--
12:18 -- “all recorded in Minecraft” guess no more real life smash cuts like on March 16th, then? also, is this a desert?
12:24 -- WHY IS HE SUDDENLY RIDING A WHITE HORSE, WHERE DID OSSIUM GO
12:27 -- “the start of las nevadas” LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
12:40 -- LMAO FLASHBACK CUT TO THE FINAL CONTROL ROOM DUEL, ANOTHER CHECKBOX ON THE BINGO SHEET
12:44 -- HOLY FUCK IT’S THE CASINO CITY!!
13:02 -- That explains the title, the hit list! He’s got Dream already, and hence the title! He’s going after Techno... again.
13:07 -- THE HELL IS THAT FACE
13:10 -- Visiting Dream every day, as demonstrated in the last stream!
13:36 -- EPISODE 3 LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOOO I’M SO HYPED
13:47 -- OH MY GOD HE’S ACTUALLY DOING IT HOLY COW (another one bites the dust)
14:15 -- WHAT ARE YOU DOING.... OH NO THE C!DR3AM APOLOGISTS ARE GONNA HAVE A FIELD DAY OVER THIS................... i’m scared
15:00 -- oh so the torture WAS partially revenge-motivated........................
15:05 -- OH WAIT I FORGOT TO CHECK OFF THE TRAUMA BOX... done
15:37 -- THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT THE DEAL, RIGHT? THE LEONINE CONTRACT?
16:50 -- the fandom be coming to a halt at this... techno visiting dream? people have been speaking of this interaction in the fanfics for months. this could be life-changing 
17:47 -- if this is what you promised him, then you’d do your goddamn best to keep that promise, okay?
18:26 -- “what if sapnap comes” OH BOY OH BOY YOU’RE LITERALLY TALKING TO THE MAN ENGAGED TO HIM AND ALSO IS CURRENTLY HAVING RELATIONSHIP ISSUES. DO NOT SPEAK OF SAPNAP LIKE THIS. THIS BETTER NOT BE HOW THE RELATIONSHIP ANGST GETS DRAGGED INTO THIS MESS. IT BETTER NOT.
20:11 -- JESUS CHRIST MAN..............
20:53 -- I’ve heard rumours about Exile... oh boy....... I don’t like this thing one bit. Not at all. Can’t we just get this over with? (props to the content creators though)
21:20 -- watching this shit is actually slightly distressing. actually does make me slightly uncomfortable here in the studio.
21:32 -- we’re done, I hope. we’re done? are we done? (oh no there’s gonna be so much apologist discourse over this because I myself actually feel a little bad for c!dream over this shit)
21:38 -- I hear rain?
21:56 -- chapter 1? so we’re finally done with the prologue that’s gonna spark so goddamn much discourse?
22:19 -- is that an alleyway? with a campfire?
22:36 -- WHOA! LOUDNESS ALERT
22:39-23:10 -- “easy job, no innocents, big reward, easy money, peaceful heist” oh and was there a horseman? I couldn’t see clearly who it is, but there’s someone there and a horse? and an enchanted... pickaxe?? and what’s that massive crackle-tearing sound?
23:10 -- someone shot an arrow and the sound stops? new scene?
23:20 -- WHAT THE HELL IS THAT RED SHIT??!! the nether?????
23:35 -- there’s someone in armour? black? lots of lava?? q, is that you in that new skin of yours? and... why do I hear distant screaming???
23:51 -- the loud thunder actually makes me slightly uncomfortable, I feel
24:05 -- FOOLISH?!!?
24:29 -- “the pursuit of peace”... why did it just blink out like a malfunctioning security cam?? and time is ticking?
24:43 -- hey! it’s morning in las nevadas!
24:48 -- SAM!!
24:53 -- yeah, why’s there a villager back there? a cook?! a gourmet chef for the gamblin’ city?
25:21 -- stop talking over people, Q. it’s impolite. also, you showing him dream’s note... that you made him write under threat of death? (oh, apparently not!)
25:48 -- *silence* shit, we got the fiances angst alright
26:04 -- “why are you so worked up? calm down” because they broke his heart and he’s still not over it, I think?
26:23 -- FOOLISH!!
26:57 -- “he’s a good fighter” FOOLISH LORE?!!?
27:30 -- “everything we’ve done, we’ve done it for justice” ooh boy
28:00 -- FOOLISH LORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
28:49 -- “and now he’s wasting his days away building” no, he’s not, he’s said it’s like his healthy coping mechanism, don’t do this to foolish of all people
29:53 -- I’m with you on this, Sam. Q, don’t drag the old man out of retirement, because you’re gonna get zapped istg
30:05 -- IT’S HIS ANCIENT EGYPTIAN STYLE HOLIDAY HOME!!
30:33 -- YES IT’S HIM, IT’S THE BOY!! THE BOYS!!
31:15 -- the banquet gets mentioned!! he cares!!!
31:56 -- yes, he does know kinoko. he’s still evidently heartbroke over it. please don’t do this. why is this the way fiances angst manifests. why. you literally see his facial expression fall, right?
32:59 -- “it’s a big country” yeah, five whole maps’ worth, iirc
34:08 -- does this shit count as miscommunication? I think it might. if it does, another one bites the dust...
34:36 -- don’t let people’s pasts define them. define them by their present. and that’s to the “fans” bashing on content creators for “not knowing better” as well.
35:47 -- from one tactic from another, huh? blackmail to fuckin’ real estate?
36:13 -- yeah, that’s one MASSIVE build... Q, don’t do this, let him have his peace
36:32 -- YEP, THAT’S A CAPITALIST ARC ALRIGHT
36:43 -- oh for fuck’s sake........................ at this rate, I’m becoming a foolish apologist
37:33 -- so you’re going the fuckin’ capitalistic pragmatism route, I see what you did there, haha art major useless, hahahaha /s
38:19 -- “after I let you die at the red banquet” MOTHERFUCKER. YOU DAMN WELL MOURNED HIM. WE ALL SAW THAT VOD. WE GODDAMN SAW IT. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS, FUCKER. WHAT THE FUCK. THIS IS WHY I AM NOT AN APOLOGIST FOR Q. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING. OH WAIT YOU’RE GOING DOWN THE WILBUR ROUTE OH NO THAT EXPLAINS A LOT--
39:38 -- oh great, manipulate mansplain malewife be on the case again. as much I love the phrase, please stop. please no. and when the time comes, explain to the fandom, the pain and heartbreak you put us teenagers through. when will you learn, that this is your legacy, your lore is your legacy. as they twist your characterization... 
40:09 -- holy FUCK he went off on the wilbur route. he took the cynicism and pragmatism and goddamn ran with it to the logical extreme of capitalism. sir... I live in the most capitalistic city in the goddamn world, but even I think you’ve gone off the deep end. it’s getting harder to defend you from the haters, ya know, as someone who heavily sympathizes with you.
41:06 -- i’M SORRY TO SAY THIS, FOOLISH, BUT KILL THIS MAN WHERE HE STANDS, PLEASE. PERSONAL GROWTH? FOOLISH ALREADY HAD HIS CHARACTER ARC OFF SCREEN, AGES AGO. THAT WAS HIS PERSONAL GROWTH, THAT VIOLENCE ISN’T THE ANSWER. YOU SICK FUCK. YOU ABSOLUTE BASTARD. /lh
42:35 -- OKAY, THANKS FOR THE REMINDER OF WHY I SYMPATHIZE FOR YOU, YOU’RE LEGIT GONNA MAKE ME CRY AT THIS RATE
43:29 -- chapter 2! oh, and I think... foolish probably just realized that q kind of fell down the rabbit hole... just like he himself did, ages ago. it’s such a weird dichotomy we have here. so weird.
43:33 -- old style camera countdown stock footage!
43:49 -- THE SLIME!!!!!!!!!!!!
44:04 -- “rest in peace Tommyinnit LOL” of all the slime chunks you could have used, you had to use THAT?!
44:25 -- “...slime children. gross” I thought slimes reproduced asexually?? like you kill a big slime and two smaller slimes are produced???
44:58 -- “so all around us, the environment, everything, it’s all slime?” “always has been.”
45:21 -- that “unless” is so fuckin’ ominous
45:38 -- mysterious dark figure?
45:43 -- oh! it’s Q in his new skin! I can recognize those eyes’ positioning anywhere! and no, I’m not making fun of your “condition”.
45:53 -- WHY IS HE USING AN ELYTRA???!!!! I thought it was banned?!!! or is this winged!Quackity confirmed???
45:59 -- *flying* *land harshly and lose half his health* “FUCK” LMFAO HE TOOK A MASSIVE L RIGHT THERE
46:41 -- sanitary conditions?? what are we on now??
46:56 -- NO ONE EXPECTS CHARLIE SLIMECICLE
47:11 -- did he just murder charlie?! canon life lost?! and what is this beeping?
47:23 -- interrogation scene?
48:04 -- 300 bones? are you a child? it’s 206 bones in an adult human, sir, unless minecraft anatomy is different?
49:25 -- slimecicle lore. also suspiciously specific denial.
49:50 -- “something about a purple guy?” PURPLED?!!?
49:51 -- “you broke his ufo” PURPLED!!!!!!! F IN THE CHAT FOR THE UFO THOUGH
50:48 -- he was about to take a canon life but then-- wait what? is something happening?
51:14 -- IT’S SNOWING!!
51:25 -- “this is called coke” no it’s not :] (affectionate)
52:00 -- thank you, charlie slimecicle. VERY specific. /s
52:07 -- “red shirt blond guy” TOMMYINNIT?!!?
52:12 -- “dead guy but not anymore” WILBUR?! IS THIS HOW QUACKITY FOUND OUT ABOUT WILBUR BEING REVIVED?!
54:03 -- “a spy” “a friend” MY HEART MY HEART AHHHHH
54:11 -- CHAPTER 3!! I also looked slightly ahead and is that... Fundy? Wilbur?!
54:14 -- GOING BACK IN TIME TO SEE SOMETHING DIFFERENT WOO
54:17 -- ONE WEEK BEFORE THE RED BANQUET, LET’S GOOOOOOOOO
54:44 -- PURPLED?!?! also, what’s this rule about no minors in the gambling country, made ages ago?
56:28 -- are they using a walkie talkie? is that why it all sounds so... crackly? the audio? and there’s the ufo... with disgusting blood vines growing all over it... is this where it goes kaboom?
56:44 -- now that you’ve said it, he’s probably gonna show up any second now
57:02 -- you get his attention... by making his old home go kaboom?!
58:09 -- OKAY YOU’RE ACTUALLY DOING THIS, THANKS TO FLYPAW FOR THE HEADS-UP
58:43 -- he’s really goofing off by breaking a shroomlight in the wall to make a window, huh? (affectionate)
58:52 -- LOOK WHO’S HERE!!!!!!! IT’S HIM!!!!!!
1:01:54 -- so THIS is how he got purpled on his side for the banquet... wonder if it also goes into him recruiting techno as well
1:05:22 -- THE RED BANQUET!!
1:05:37 -- it still doesn’t resolve the problem of how he’s been getting money from though.... like we know it’s based in las nevadas. we KNOW. but anything concrete behind that? no! people didn’t even know it existed back then! how were you supposed to get your cash? unless you’ve been... heh... mining off camera
1:06:11 -- after the red banquet, and that’s a good question, sir!
1:06:45 -- “where’s my money?” LMFAOOOOOOOOOOO
1:07:24 -- BRUH. HE DID WHAT JUST NOW. HE DID WHAT?! YOU WHAT. WHAT. WHAT...
1:08:03 -- you’re... ACTIVELY DESTROYING HIS LEGACY?! WHAT THE LEGITIMATE FUCK?!!? SIR?? IT’S GETTING VERY HARD TO DEFEND YOU, AND YOU’D BETTER HAVE SOME DAMN GOOD EXPLANATION FOR ALL OF THIS. YOU BETTER. 
1:09:25 -- it starts thundering the moment q gives out the new proposition. this is textbook ominous stuff. don’t make a deal with the devil. i see how fundy’s lore gets roped in here. because he has less than good intentions...
1:10:07 -- “potential” seems to be an arc word here
1:10:37 -- “if you join me then that won’t be the last piece of evidence you were ever around” YOU DESTROYED HIS LEGACY, YOU DIPSHIT, AND YOU COME IN WITH THE PROPOSITION THAT YOU CAN BUILD HIM A LEGACY?? A NEW ONE????? BRUH........ WHAT THE HELL?! guess dream saw the minors and said “is anyone gonna manipulate that” and didn’t wait for an answer... forgot purpled... and then mr alex quackity shows up and says “i’ll finish the job for you” and goes and manipulates the last minor. great job.
1:12:00 -- says the man planning to use people for their abilities and skills...
1:14:21 -- ...fundy?
1:14:49 -- he’s ready to go to bed... nightmare time?
1:15:43 -- he woke up... in the mesa?
1:16:09 -- it’s him alright! I didn’t watch his March 30th lore stream, but I’m starting to get where he’s coming from...
1:16:44 -- not only is he still in the mesa, but he’s greeted by a man who’s very evidently shown to be spiraling badly. this is NOT going to end well.
1:18:15 -- is that... a tower? w-his tower? I don’t know Fundy and his lore very well tbh...
1:18:32 -- the ruins of l’manburg... the walls... what has happened? are we still in a nightmare?
1:19:41 -- the camarva-- oh. oh. the lore stream. of course... shit......
1:21:45 -- he’s... recruiting. ‘”he” had horrific intentions despite a good-sounding premise’... the march 30th lore stream...
1:22:06 -- why is his voice getting echoey?
1:22:48 -- “if you think about it, you don’t matter” BITCH WE PULLING THAT CARD NOW. WHY? WHY. WHY.
1:24:10 -- dude you’re acting like a stereotypical supervillain... fundy... resist the call... please... 
1:25:26 -- the music is acting up...
1:26:05 -- MOTHERFUCKER HE’S HERE, STOP TERRORIZING THE POOR GUY............
1:26:19 -- revivedbur! how’s it been?
1:26:24 -- wait, that’s an old clip, if a subscribe thing pops up....
1:27:19 -- it’s a sign!
1:27:31 -- revivedbur ran off to las nevadas! he joins the casino gang!
1:27:51 -- the beanie duo crumbs........................
1:28:20 -- A MASSIVE ROUND OF APPLAUSE, TO THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND HIMSELF!!!!
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nightingaelic · a month ago
Fallout New Vegas companions react to taking the Courier's place in Dead Money.
Arcade Gannon: Following the obligatory panic attack and subsequent state of dejection, Arcade would suck it up and start trying to get the heist done with as quickly as possible. He’d roll his eyes at Dean Domino, set aside Dog and God’s identity crisis for later and check Christine over for basic first aid purposes before trudging along toward the various goals set by Elijah. I think he’d opt for stealth over combat when encountering the ghost people out of a sense of self-preservation, but he would probably pocket some clothing and blood samples from any that Dog took down along the way to the casino. The story of the Sierra Madre would fascinate him, particularly the bits and pieces left behind by jaded treasure hunters and Elijah’s previous teams of victims. Arcade would see it as a microcosm of what’s happening in the wider world, a stellar example of partners turning on each other in pursuit of some perceived bright future attached to the hidden treasures of the old world. Vera’s desperate graffiti in her hotel room would speak to him most powerfully: LET GO. He would probably try to argue with Elijah about the viability of the former Brotherhood Elder’s plans, throwing some Latin phrasing in for good measure. No matter his level of success in this, Arcade would stow away as many gold bars as he could to lug home and use to sparingly and anonymously fund the efforts of the Followers of the Apocalypse. 
Craig Boone: During his first encounter with one of the ghost people popping up again after being downed by his sniper rifle, Boone would grunt in annoyance, swap his ammo for hollow points and switch from aiming at chests to aiming at heads. Ghost people bob and weave admirably, but Boone has a gift, and up until he actually got inside the casino, his main obstacle would be avoiding the noxious cloud. The holograms, on the other hand, would probably strike some fear into his heart. After all, how do you destroy something that bullets can’t touch? I don’t think he would put two and two together about the emitters until Christine or Dean pointed them out: From there, it just becomes a scavenger hunt to find the next piece of wall-mounted tech to shoot. Dean, Dog and God would annoy him, but he’d find a kindred spirit in Christine, and would appreciate her ability to convey meaning without words. Hell, he’s pretty good at that himself. Upon finding Elijah, Boone would immediately put a bullet in his head, look at the pile of gold for a few seconds, then walk away and out of the Sierra Madre without looking back. He’d never breathe a word of the place to anyone, but he’d track down all of the Sierra Madre broadcast systems one by one and destroy them, letting the desert swallow the place and its dangers for good. 
Lily Bowen: Grandma Lily wouldn’t understand why the angry man was so desperate to get inside the casino, but she’s more than familiar with being a forced follower of doomed causes. As such, she would be kind to her fellow captives, assuring Christine that she would be able to talk “when she’s ready,” admonishing Dean for his rude behavior and telling Elijah that he would catch more cazadores with honey mesquite than with vinegar. A trail of wrecked ghost people would follow her to the casino itself, but dealing with the holograms would be beyond her expertise: That part would have to be left to Christine or Dean. Elijah would receive a lecture once she made it into the vault, but she would probably let him live unless he attacked first. Dog and God, however, would earn the most care and compassion and even cause some introspection. Ultimately, I think she would help the two become one through intense conversation and shared understanding about what it means to be nightkin with no master, and once freed, she would take him to find a home in Jacobstown. 
Raul Alfonso Tejada: Upon waking up from being kidnapped by Dog on Elijah's behalf, Raul's immediate reaction would be something like "Again?" followed by "Carajo." Elijah’s insistence on pulling off the heist would annoy him, but Raul is constantly looking for something to occupy his unnaturally-long time on earth, and what is the Sierra Madre if not the Mojave’s most deadly time-waster? He would be sarcastic and exasperated for his entire time wearing the bomb collar, but would find ways to be tender and understanding with Christine, and patient and supportive with Dog and God - after all, he knows what it’s like to struggle with two sides of yourself. Dean, on the other hand, would vex him. Here’s another pre-war ghoul hung up on the promises and mistakes of the past, driven to the point of obsession where he can’t break himself out of the cycle. He can’t let go, and I think that doomed state of being would speak to Raul personally. I don’t think he and Dean would get along, but I don’t think they would have a final showdown in the Tampico either. Instead, I think Dean would watch Raul exit the vault’s elevator, flip one souvenir gold bar in his hand with a wry smile, then pocket it before walking out into the wastes, and the pre-war lounge singer would feel a twinge of kindred sadness before going back to rummaging through the casino’s secrets. 
Rose of Sharon Cassidy: Following a tense standoff with Elijah while refusing to do as he says, Cass would eventually relent and start dragging her feet around the villa to assemble the ragtag heist crew. She’d hold each of them at a distance, intent on getting herself out alive and refusing to be responsible for anyone else. Nods of sympathy for Christine, dry comebacks for Dean and a quizzical comment or two for Dog and God would be her limit, at least until they all encountered their turning points inside the casino. Each of them would grow her disdain for Elijah and his methods, but, like Raul, I think she would be most personally affected by Dean’s story. She might find herself arguing with him like the courier did with her, about moving on from failed pasts and striking out into something new. I don’t think she’d take the time to argue with Elijah, though, and would take the first chance she got to lock him in the vault forever. She’d make off with as much gold as she could, of course. 
Veronica Santangelo: The Sierra Madre would make Veronica's head explode, though whether or not Elijah could stand her mouth going a million miles a minute once she wakes up would determine whether that would happen literally or figuratively. Tons and tons of pre-war tech lying around! But it's all under a haze of collapsed support beams, toxic gas and ghost people that can jump around like grasshoppers. Father Elijah is alive! But he's trying to break into a casino to build an army of holograms, and he imprisoned Christine. Christine is here! But she's been maimed and abused horribly, and is trying to kill Elijah. I think Elijah would try reasoning with Veronica before threatening her into obeying him - though she would probably figure out how to get the collar off or render it useless within the first 24 hours in the Sierra Madre - but I don’t think he would be able to convince her that his plan to get inside the casino’s vault would benefit the Brotherhood of Steel. The revelations that Christine would bring - the Circle of Steel’s orders, Elijah’s crimes against travelers and treasure hunters, his orchestration of their breakup in order to bring Veronica to the Mojave with him - would probably leave her feeling confused and empty about the man she considers a grandfather figure. She would probably do her best to free Elijah from the casino, but would offer him a choice if she succeeded: Leave the treasures of the Sierra Madre behind and walk away from his accursed quest for power, or remain trapped with what he’d sought. Whatever path he’d choose, Veronica would part ways with him once the vault’s elevator ascended. She’d bundle up Vera’s dress, sigh heavily, then take Christine’s hand and walk away from the Sierra Madre forever. 
ED-E: Ironically, I think ED-E would be a good pick for Elijah to use as a pawn in his heist game, though it would be kind of hard for Dog to hook a collar onto the little robot. If Ulysses can speak to the courier through an eyebot’s speakers, then Elijah can probably do the same to his already-assembled team. ED-E doesn’t have a whole lot of personal motivation, so I think the bot would just beep and go along with whatever it was ordered to do. Christine or Dean would probably take the lead, and ED-E would zoom around the villa, dodging throwing knife spears and trumpeting his location without a care. Once inside the casino, ED-E would again defer to his leader’s orders, with the added benefit of being a robot keeping him from the holograms’ notice. If allowed into the vault, ED-E would diligently pick up exactly six of the gold bars and carry them home to the Mojave, where he would deposit them at the bewildered courier’s feet with a triumphant beep. 
Rex: While much easier to slap a collar on than ED-E, I don't think Rex would fare better than the little robot in terms of leadership abilities. As an ally to whoever gets put in charge, though, he would also be invaluable at sneaking around the Sierra Madre’s various threats, particularly the ghost people. He would take a special shine to Christine and God, who would recognize the canine as a fellow being exploited by powers out of his control. Rex would absolutely hate the holograms, who smell of nothing, and Elijah, who smells of desperation and indifference. He would completely ignore the gold bars. Once freed, he would whine and beg and nudge Christine until she relented and left the city of the dead, leading her home to the New Vegas strip and another woman whose scent told him of metal bunkers and longing. 
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Why Zack Snyder Wanted a Clean Slate with Army of the Dead
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Zack Snyder has come home. After spending a large portion of the past decade immersed in the DC film universe—even more if you count the development and production of Watchmen, his third film, a few years before that—Snyder has returned to the genre that launched his career as a feature film director.
That genre is horror, more specifically the subgenre of zombie movies, and the film is called Army of the Dead. Premiering on Netflix after a brief theatrical run, Army of the Dead is only the second movie of Snyder’s career not produced and distributed through Warner Bros. Pictures. The other one was his first feature, the 2004 remake of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, which came out through Universal and was the movie that put Snyder on the map.
Coming back to horror—or in this case, a hybrid of the zombie movie and the heist thriller—was just what Snyder needed to clear his head after his complicated tenure with DC. To do that, he turned to the story for Army of the Dead, which had initially been developed as a direct sequel to the Dawn remake years earlier.
“Just exploring Dawn, in doing that movie and taking it apart [was exciting],” Snyder tells us during a Zoom interview. “When you do a zombie movie, even though it was the first time, I was exploring the genre, the different tropes of the genre and really was starting to get fascinated with the things in it that we all take for granted, whether it be that a zombie bite is infectious, or you shoot it in the head or whatever. These are things that people innately know.”
He continues, “I think the conversation I was starting to have with myself is: What will people allow in this genre of film? So it really got me thinking about it, and I’ve always been a huge lover of those really insane, big, seminal genre movies, whether it be Planet of the Apes or Soylent Green, or The Omega Man, or Escape from New York, as well as mission movies like The Dirty Dozen, which I love.”
Snyder says that combining the two was the key for him to make another movie based around the well-worn idea of the zombie apocalypse. “That was really was the jumping off point for this exploration, because I’d done the zombie movie, and then I had this basic love for the genre and how it worked. I think that it was the sort of deconstruction of those two ideas in my mind that led me to what is Army.”
Army of the Dead is set in and around Las Vegas, where the accidental release of a zombie with seemingly superhuman strength from a military convoy leads to a massive outbreak of the living dead in the city. The epidemic ends with Sin City emptied of humans and the town quarantined with huge walls around it. Meanwhile the surviving human citizens live in a suspiciously authoritarian “quarantine camp” outside the walls.
A former mercenary named Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) is approached by wealthy casino owner Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada) about assembling a team to infiltrate the city, break into the vault in Tanaka’s casino, and remove more than $200 million. But they have to move quickly since the U.S. government has given up all hope of reclaiming Vegas and plans to eradicate the city and the zombies with a tactical nuclear strike.
Ward agrees and puts together his team, which includes, against his wishes, his estranged daughter Kate (Ella Purnell). But once they get inside, the team discovers that the mission isn’t quite what it was presented as, and the zombies themselves aren’t quite what they expected either.
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“Frankly, the simple concept has existed since the beginning,” says Snyder, who conceived the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Shay Hatten and Joby Harold. “The zombie plague, the zombies get to Vegas, they build a wall around it, but they left the money inside. So we’re going to get this veteran team of zombie hunters to go in and get the money out. That’s been the pitch for forever. I happened to say it to the guys at Netflix, and they were like, ‘Yes, let’s do that.’”
Army of the Dead was mostly shot before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the world and film production for the better part of a year, although Snyder did do reshoots during the shutdown to incorporate actress Tig Notaro into the story as Peters, a helicopter pilot originally played by Chris D’Elia.
Snyder digitally removed the latter from the film after allegations surfaced of D’Elia’s sexual misconduct. “It wasn’t [a difficult decision],” says Snyder when asked about the change. “I pretty much immediately was like, ‘We got to fix this, because it’s just the right thing to do.’”
One difference between making Dawn of the Dead and Army of the Dead is that Dawn—while still quite effective and one of Snyder’s best films—came with the baggage of being a remake of a landmark horror film, with fans outraged that Universal Pictures handed the project to an unknown first-time director.
With Army, Snyder not only brings his own personal brand to the project—one well-known now among genre fans—but has established his own mythology without having to stay at least within biting distance of the original Romero film.
“I think that was the cinematic challenge across the board,” Snyder says. “I just finished, whatever it is, almost 10 years of DC films and all of the massive amount of canon and dogma that surrounds those characters, though I love them. I was really excited about venturing into a world where I was setting the rules… That was really appealing and it’s really been fun.”
Snyder’s run in the DC universe kicked off back in 2013 with Man of Steel, the Superman reboot that was meant to launch the DC Extended Universe as a shared, interlocking web of films in the mold of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also directed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017) while serving as a producer or executive producer on Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), and Aquaman (2018).
But his darker vision of DC icons like Batman and Superman did not yield the box office or critical results Warner Bros. had hoped for, leading to tensions with the studio. And when his daughter passed away halfway through production of Justice League, Snyder stepped away.
What happened then has been extensively documented, but one gets the sense that Army was a way for Snyder to wipe the slate clean and start on a new path as a filmmaker.
“The experience was exactly that,” he affirms. “100 percent. It’s been an amazing journey. I have a great crew and a great support team, visual effects artists and stuntmen, that it’s just a joy every day to get up and go to work with them.”
By the way, don’t think for a minute that Snyder is done with shared universes; he’s just making his own now. A prequel to Army of the Dead, called Army of Thieves, has already completed filming, an animated series is in the works, and we imagine Netflix will be calling for a sequel should Army put the bite on viewers in a big way.
Snyder is ready: “We know exactly where everything goes. Shay and I have done a deep dive on a much longer storyline, as well as the animated series, which tells basically the exact origin stories of the zombie plague, down to the most minute details. It’s insanity and fun.”
Army of the Dead is streaming now on Netflix.
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echoequinox · a month ago
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BOY HOWDY @sethmacenzie LITERALLY ASKED FOR IT SO HERE’S MY TRANS GIRL SHIGARAKI AU LMAO (spoilers for the manga and I apologize how long this is) 
The gist of it is that everything is fine up until Joint Training/Meta Liberation Army where Natsuo - interning at a local hospital - accidentally walks in on Garaki’s Nomu operation
It means Garaki is put in jail, the Nomu labs are shut down without being activated, and Tomura never gets injected with AFO’s Quirk (also Re-Destro and Gigantomachia die during the MLA fight because I said so) 
With AFO’s grand plan having fallen apart, the League of Villains are without contact with their great leader, without Nomu, with no connection to the MLA because Re-Destro was killed, no big guns without Gigantomachia, and really no assistance of any kind, they start spiraling
Spinner manages to get together with some of the MLA remnants that weren’t killed during the Revival Celebration and form the “Chizome Akaguro Foundation for Hero Reform” which is basically what the MLA wanted to do but like, in a more structured way? They use Stain as a sort of figurehead and are constantly attacking the Hero Commission until they start giving in
Toga bunks with Tamao Oguro (Knuckleduster’s daughter) and starts working at a coffee shop using Tamao’s identity (with her consent). I think she actually starts getting in good with the hero course kids and maybe I steal ideas from that AU where Vlad King takes a shine to her and tries to recruit her as a UA student
Twice and Compress start living together and pull little heists until eventually getting recruited by Hawks, Gentle, and La Brava, working alongside the Hero Commission, as villain liaisons like Dexter kinda lmao, they help the heroes get into the minds of big villains to take them down (Hawks and Twice are buddies and besties)
Dabi DOES still spread his video message to the public about Endeavor and his Quirk marriage, which goes over PRETTY badly and Endeavor definitely drops a few pegs (like, mid-50s on the billboard) but the populace sees he’s trying and he manages to slowly earn back their favor. Touya, however, reveals that he’s never actually killed anyone, he just incinerated the area and Compress kidnapped them, keeping them hostage. With him not actually keeping any kills under his belt, he takes the Hero Provisional License Exam and vows to become a better, more popular hero than Endeavor (everybody loves a bad boy AND an underdog) (he also kinda succeeds for a while LOL, they both trade the 4th and 5th spots for a while)
Tomura... is sad lmao. She starts having visions of Nana, who says she understands what happened to her when she was little and it was okay that she hurt her father, when he dealt years and years of abuse to her and Hana. She keeps having awful, horrible dreams until Hawks finally directs her to Deku, who is also trans (he’s transmasc in this au lol)
He’s wary at first, but after making sure he knows that she’s not going to harm anyone, he starts helping her out, first with trans stuff, and eventually pulling in All Might to help her deal with her Quirk and make sure she can control it fully
And then she’s just sort of... around lol. It’s like that “domesticated villain” post, like she’ll be ambling around the UA dorms like “Where’s my estrogen. If someone doesn’t help me find my estrogen I’m going to kill Iida.” and everyone laughs, like “Classic Tomura”
I know at one point, she returns to her childhood home and picks through their old things, and at one point finds a list of baby names her parents were going to pick for her and her sister. I’m torn between three names, all four letters long ending in -na like Nana and Hana - Gina means silvery (but also sounds really American lmao like all I think of is Brooklyn 99, even though it’s my favorite of the three names), Kana means powerful which fits, and Mana means truth which would be fun for the whole transition narrative, idk. She also takes Shimura again 🥺
And then one day she’s passing by some collapsed building and is like “Oh shit” and helps disintegrate some rubble and the pro-heroes are like “Wow! That’s really useful! You should be a rescue hero!” and she’s like “I SHOULD WHAT” and it’s a very eye-opening moment about the nature of her Quirk, being used as a rescue tool instead of a killing tool and 🥺🥺🥺
Anyway thank you for asking me to indulge LMAO I’m really excited to write little snippets of this au
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trainsinanime · a month ago
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On Sexy Lamps
The parts of Tumblr that talk about media often like to use standardised tests like the famous Bechdel test on their favourite movies, TV shows, books and so on. Sadly, this often happens in ways that are not very insightful. It's often just a checklist with sources of what happens in the movie, but no discussions about what it means.
All the many popular tests suffer from this. For example, people treat passing the Bechdel test (a movie must have two women, they must have at least one conversation, at least one of these conversations must be about something other than a man) like a big deal. In reality it is supposed to be the lowest, most meaningless possible bar for female representation in movies. The fact that most movies fail is supposed to make you angry. That's the whole point.
But the worst offender in terms of misapplied tests is the "Sexy Lamp Test". This test was coined by genius comic author Kelly Sue DeConnick, who said in an Emerald City Comic Con panel in I think 2013:
So, there’s the Bechdel test. I’ve got another test that works just as well. The Sexy Lamp test. If you can take out a female character and replace her with a sexy lamp, YOU’RE A FUCKING HACK.
She is, of course, 100% correct about that.
The problem occurs when people then take it super-literally, and if you do that, the test has a few false positives and many false negatives.
A false positive is a character who seems to fail the test, but isn't really what we're talking about here. Imagine someone a crowd scene staring at an event, or a guard that our heroes must sneak past: There's nothing wrong with making these characters women. TV shows will also sometimes have episodes where some characters have nothing to do really and are just there in the background, and again, that can be okay. But okay, that's a minor niggle.
For the false negatives, let me give you an example from dumb-as-rocks 2001 heist hacker movie "Password Swordfish". I'll keep this safe for work, don't worry. Near the start of this movie, the hero (wait, that was Hugh Jackman?) meets John Travolta who wants to recruit him for the heist. To prove his worth, our hero must do a completely impossible hacking task that would normally take sixty minutes, but he only gets one minute to do so. To help motivate him and help him concentrate, John Travolta pulls a gun and points it at his head.
Also, and here's where the important part starts, a sexy young bikini-clad woman previously seen in a swimming pool appears and starts… well, since this is supposed to be safe for work, let's say she starts cuddling with him, very intensely. Of course he manages to crack the encryption, and with that the woman leaves and is never seen again.
Now, obviously, that woman is very much part of the problem that the "Sexy Lamp test" is meant to highlight. She solely exists as a plot device to add sex appeal to a scene that did not need it. She has no name. She has no characteristics besides "hot". She has no motivation, no inner life, no nothing. The only reason she is on screen and briefly in focus is because the movie makers believed that having her… "cuddle" skinny hacker Wolverine was entertaining for the (presumably male) audience. You could cut her out and nothing would change; in fact, the movie would be better. (Also cut out all the hacking while you're at it, it's horribly stupid.)
But if you apply the "Sexy Lamp test" 100% literally, then she actually doesn't qualify, because she is very active during their "cuddle" session, and a lamp can't do that unless Pixar really rethinks the short that created their logo.
There are many, many examples of that, characters who are obviously also kind of sexy lamps, but don't actually fully fit the definition. People have noticed that, and invented variations. For example, the "Sexy Lamp with a post it" is a character who delivers some exposition, but otherwise acts like a sexy lamp. You could definitely find a way to expand the test to cover Password Swordfish as well, if you really want to; the "Sexy lamp with attached… device" (gotta keep it safe for work, Tumblr is family friendly these days after all).
But that gets ridiculous rather quickly, and I think we can all agree that this doesn't meet the tests original spirit of finding a quick way to say whether a storyteller is "A FUCKING HACK". This scene from Password Swordfish does make it very clear whether or not the screenwriter and director of that movie are "FUCKING HACK"s, and honestly, the rest of the movie and in fact the rest of their filmographies don't exactly contradict it.
So instead of treating the Sexy Lamp test as a binary pass/fail thing, we should really be treating it as a gradient, or better yet, as a writing prompt for movie analysis (or as we on Tumblr call it, "meta"). Don't just ask whether a character can literally be replaced by a sexy lamp. Ask whether they are basically a sexy lamp. Is she just a good-looking object there to provide titillation? Or is she just there to be moved around for plot purposes, with no real character of her own? Or is she actually a well-developed character with real inner life? Or maybe a combination, with some elements that are good and some that just make you groan? That's really where the value of this test lies.
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queenerdloser · a month ago
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okay i finally (finally!) finished gr*duation after what felt like three hundred years and i have many thoughts that i just.. want to get down to process my own very VERY mixed feelings on this season
overall it was a fun romp at the end with some highly enjoyable goofs. i enjoy fitz maplecourt so much & relished griffin being able to do a character. the firbolg lives in my heart. argo is great. 
that said, the plot was, overall, messy as shit, considering at the end i still had very little clear idea of a) what exactly order/chaos wanted to achieve and b) why the fuck they were even doing what they were doing. we spent all that time on a hog heist that, in the end, had... very little to do with what was going on at the time. (would the narrative have been significantly changed without the hog heist? if, instead, hog hadn’t responded due to their internal greed/indifference - something that’s already been established in world and isn’t a stretch to imagine - and thus had the exact same ramifications and end result as the heist gave us? like don’t get me wrong, the heist has some of my favorite goofs in it, but it’s essentially like six episodes of nonsense that, in the end, has almost nothing to do with the main plot & whose end goal could have been summed up in the finale.) the whiplash of suddenly taking gray on as an ally to we’re heisting hog for reasons to actually the real threat was the demons at the castle attacking now for reasons is... bad plot. (look at how many times i have to say ‘reasons’ bc there’s no real in-universe or external force that explains why something is happening at that specific time.) 
i haven’t listened to the final ttazz about grad but it kind of felt like travis just gave up on his narrative arc and this sloppy plot mess is what we have left. like, okay order/chaos is a cool concept but what were they actually trying to achieve? why could order just be booted out of their shared body and why didn’t they just do that instead of having that whole climatic battle? why both using fitzroy at all for anything if they could always just take over the world with demons? why did we have all these characters allied together if in the end we were going to op the three pc and have them fight basically one-on-one with order? why did the commodore suddenly and inexplicably switch sides after working with the boys literally like three episodes ago other than to shoehorn in a conclusion to argo’s arc that, ultimately, fell short bc it was so utterly anti-climatic? 
and like!!! maybe some of these questions were answered but none of them to an extent that felt grounded enough in the narrative that they made sense, lingered, or didn’t feel like a macguffin to cover a sudden plot twist or plot hole. a lot of plot felt sacrificed for cool concepts and fun character twists and i get that, but when all you have is cool concepts and fun character twists, there’s no real foundation for it to rest on.
i AM going to compare to amnesty bc i do think amnesty is the strongest arc plot-wise of the three major seasons of taz. balance recovers in the back half but the first three parts are very loosely connected to the major plot and then there’s that huge info dump in crystal kingdom so like - it’s also messy there, even though it manages to make it work in a way that graduation doesn’t. but amnesty is tightly plotted from the beginning - there’s a clear trajectory, foreshadowing built in, characters have actual arcs that make sense, most of the major villains and antagonists have motivations that make sense and even the act three twist is something that’s reasonably built in from the beginning. even if it wasn’t ALL planned (such as billy the goat’s involvement) it’s clear that new elements were worked into an already existing framework with an eye towards cohesiveness. i know people complain about the main three not being “together” enough or “friendly” enough with each other (as if that’s all that matters in a good story lmao) but i also think that amnesty has the strongest character arcs of the three seasons because we do see all three major characters start in one place and end up somewhere radically different, make movements in cohesive and reasonable ways, and change in a way that is not off-the-wall or just for a fun twist. 
graduation... doesn’t really do that. the main three are a fun time but in the epilogue i was genuinely struggling to get why fitz decided to suddenly be a lawyer or why the firbolg, who has never shown any interest in having a name before that moment (quite the opposite, really) is suddenly emotional over having a name. argo, who has spent all of his time honoring his mother, decides to... run a cruise ship? and even leaving aside the epilogues, these characters... don’t really have an arc. argo is the closest and even his emotional narrative falls flat bc the commodore’s ending is so anti-climatic and bc, other than the trial scene, he and the commodore largely don’t interact. if the commodore had played a larger part in the actual narrative maybe it would have felt less like an aborted attempt at an arc but. he didn’t. fitz also has an attempt at an arc but it also falls flat bc so much of fitz has remained unchanged from when we first meet him. he’s a little more empathetic and better at magic, but how has fitz really changed since the first episode?
(tangent: thinking again about justin having to ask why the firbolg was doing what he was doing during that whole dog-is-the-headmaster reveal portion, to the point of asking travis point-blank why his character was doing the things he was doing. thinking again of how travis just told the boys point-blank that this side character they couldn’t even remember the name of was their best friend. and then again about how that “best friend” just like... fucking disappeared from the narrative after that, never to be seen or heard from again until the epilogue twenty episodes later for two brief seconds. in fact pretty much every character except rainier just disappears from the narrative at a certain point and i’m pretty sure it’s in reaction to the complaints about the numerous characters - but the answer to those complaints wasn’t to just mysteriously cut everyone else from the narrative without warning or reason laksfsafjlfj. what happened to that one villain posh guy from the first episodes???? what about the accounting owl teacher??????)
this is just my rambly processing of grad bc i’m trying to figure out what about it fell so dramatically flat for me that it was a literal slog to get through most of it even though i found the characters themselves delightful and enjoyed the mcelroy goofs as much as ever. and i think the thing is... for some listeners, the most important thing is going to be the interaction with the players or the goofs or how friendly and found family-ish the main group is with each other. which is great and fine! but for me, a good story or good character arcs or something well thought-out and plotted out is always going to be more engaging, no matter how much i like the found family or how much i like the goofs. it’s why i struggled to get why people complained so bitterly about amnesty - who cares if the main three are always together or getting along really well or being friends if they’re having interesting, satisfying character arcs and personal growth set in an interesting, dynamic plot? in graduation, that foundation is just missing and i’m sure part of it was due to the unnecessarily vitriolic backlash against travis (that’s enough to steal anyone’s thunder) but also just like... an underdeveloped plot in an overdeveloped world, a trap so many authors have fallen into. (like travis can describe in minute detail the inner workings of hog that are only applicable for about five episodes but chaos/order’s motivations are largely handwaved despite them being the central antagonists for the entire season.) 
anyway. once again, great goofs. i would die for fitzroy maplecourt. but i can’t imagine ever listening to the whole thing again or even more than a couple of episodes here or there (ironically of the hog heist, which, despite how unnecessary it was, was a fun romp and had some of my favorite moments. so, you know. sometimes unnecessary is still good lmao). 
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whgmasterofceremonies · a month ago
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Writeblr Hunger Games Round 15
Due to overwhelming support, Writeblr Hunger Games Round 15 will be happening! I am the New Master of Ceremonies (for one round), and I am asking you to give me your precious characters so I can throw them into a simulated Hunger Games! Here’s more info about the event:
Reminder of the Basics: Writers submit their original character(s) as potential tributes. Then I put them in the Brant Steele Hunger Games Simulator, which randomly tosses the tributes through gladiator-style events based on The Hunger Games, and I share the results until one survivor remains.
In the meantime, the writers can write and share stories about their characters being in the Games! I will be posting optional pre-Games prompts before the event happens. Please let me know if you would like to be tagged in the prompts!
You don’t have to be following to participate! I will be tagging all of the participants in all of the main posts. All posts will be made on this blog (@whgmasterofceremonies), for easy following or lurking. There is also a WHG Discord. Please let me know if you would like the link, and you can join and chat with other participants for fun and collaboration!
For this round: each writer who wants to participate can submit up to 3 original characters (from any WIP) they would like to see fight in the Arena. Everyone will get a shot, but if there are too many characters, I’ll have to cut a few, so put them in order of importance if you submit more than one. Please reblog this post only (don’t make reblog chains or reblog the inquiry post) or else send me (@concealeddarkness13) an ask/message with your characters’ information.
In the previous round of the WHG, characters from the same writeblrs were placed in the same district. I was wondering if you would be interested in doing that again. Please let me know!
When you submit your characters, please provide the following:
Name (full name AND optional shortened name; note that the simulator doesn’t like diacritics, but they’ll be in my posts)
Gender/pronouns (the simulator only recognizes M/F, but this information will be accurately represented in character lists and my glorious narration)
Preferred district (if you have a preference)
Any other information you’d like to divulge!
You can also use this interaction to let me know what you’d like to be tagged in or if you’d like the Discord link (or if you’d just like to be tagged and spectate)
Tentative schedule:
Tuesday, May 11: submissions open; send me the info
Monday, May 17: submissions close, and the Initial Reaping will be posted; if there are any errors, please let me know
May 17-24:  I’ll make several separate, reblog-able posts of writing prompts regarding the Games, asking what your characters would do during the reaping, training, etc. Encouraged but not mandatory!
Monday, May 24: Official Reaping posted; please don’t submit changes at this time
May 25 on: The Games begin!  I’ll post screenshots of the events of the Games, tagging all of the competitors along with anyone who says they want to spectate. Each post will have one “day” of events. I’ll post 1-2 “days” per day depending on the cast size and how long it’ll take. Each post will contain text transcripts of the screenshots. The winner gets bragging rights. Feel free to write about your characters during the Games.
After the Games, feel free to write post-Games content! Maybe your character(s) escaped from the arena in a fun, Capitol-defying way. Or maybe your character(s) join a heist with other characters. If you do write anything before, during, or after the Games, please tag me (@concealeddarkness13) and @whgmasterofceremonies to make sure I see it! I’ll reblog to the WHG blog but comment from my blog.
Tagging those who showed interest (this does not obligate you to participate, and I’m sorry if I miss anyone):
@pen-of-roses, @maple-writes, @memorymeter, @ratracechronicler, @myhusbandsasemni, @knmartinshouldbewriting, @aelenko, @gettingitwrite, @writeblrfantasy, @leave-her-a-tome, @mperialscribe, @ladywithalamp, @ninazeniks, @thistlebloomed, @the-unwrittenwriter, @madammuffins, @dreamwishing, @magic-is-something-we-create, @harps-for-days, @perringwrites, @beatlesandbards, @tragic-obsession, @writingonesdreams, @oopsimfade, @thoughts-of-nora, @incandescent-creativity, @gloriafrimpong, @chazzawrites, @writingmilkshake, @hillsthatdance-likeoceantides, @pluttskutt, and @forthesanityofsome!
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