This might be the last Marvel red carpet for you.
Just reading bits and pieces of The Making of Star Trek and then I just had to post this because Uhura’s a BAMF and so lovely.
Steve: So, are you the strong man?
Dum Dum: Son, I’m the bearded lady.
Circus AU - When the orphanage starts sending the healthy kids to live with foster families, Bucky and Steve realize they’re going to get split up. Instead, they choose option B: Running away to join the circus.
Daft Punk - Pentatonix
Just listen to the first twenty seconds and tell me that is not perfection.
Strong Children, Broken Men [AO3]
it was meant to be short and cute and it’s 13,000+ words instead, help) Art by Toastyhat, posted with permission. Fic inspired by the last picture in this photoset and my persistent and never-ceasing GamKar feelings. WARNING: MAJOR CHARACTER DEATH, DRUGS, SWEARING ETC. for a full list of tags, please visit the AO3 link above.
When you said you could take care of a kid for a dad of a friend of a friend of a friend while his parents were out of town for the night, this is not what you were expecting.
Vantas and his wife are outside when you get there—good thing, too, or you would’ve figured you had the wrong house. It’s a church. Like, a real actual church, but with a big vegetable garden where the parking lot used to be and a mailbox put up in front of it. Vantas is a big guy, not all that tall but real broad, with a beard like he just forgot to shave and weird, red-lookin’ brown eyes. He’s got a tiny little real curvy wife with a shit-load of hair, goes right down to her ass and curls out everywhere. They both smile when you show up, too, and that’s weird because nobody is happy to see you. People tell you you look like you’re in a gang or some shit. You smile back, and he comes up and grabs you by the hand to shake so hard you go “—wow, fuck!” out loud. He just laughs.
“You must be Gamzee!” he says, and his wife takes your hand from him—she squeezes even harder than he does but at least this time you’re ready and you can at least try to squeeze a little bit back. Holy shit. “Meulin should be back around eleven tonight, there’s food to warm up in the fridge, if you can’t find anything just ask Karkat. He doesn’t need too much help getting along by himself, if you need anything he’ll tell you what to do!”
I just want a fic with the GHB in it but instead of big-loud-angry-ragebeast he’s a soft-spoken-yet undeniably-creepy-bastard-mime like Kurloz.
I mean for whatever reason a lot of the fics I see portray him as a rather dim monsterish dude, but Makaras are pretty fucking smart. Devious assholes, yes, but smart. Gamzee acts like an idiot but a lot of the time it appears he’s doing it to better manipulate those around him. Kurloz acts serene but he’s scheming with Gamzee and hiding whatever he did to Mituna and his manipulation of Meulin. They’re all playing the long game when it comes to summoning Caliborn into their universe.
So yeah. They’re cowardly, manipulative, and hard to predict, but they’re definitely not stupid, so why would you portray a probably hundreds-of-sweeps-old Makara as dumb?
The big-loud-angry GHB fanon characterization was established before Kurloz was introduced. I distinctly remember being excited about seeing teen GHB, and how Kurloz was a real slap in the face to my expectations. I suspect this may have been deliberate. A lot of the dancestor characters seem to fly in the face of pre act 6 fanon - yet another way in which Hussie has trolled us all.
But I am VERY on board with writing GHB more like Kurloz. Just the fact that he was able to rise to the rank of Grand Highblood in Condie’s Alternia implies that he must have an intelligent grasp of politics.
Also, my personal interpretation of him as Prince of Rage colors my characterization of him in every ‘verse and incarnation. I think of Rage as the aspect of strong emotion - all emotions not just anger. The Prince of Rage destroys with rage, but he also destroys rage itself. I think that Kurloz’s classpect drives him to kill his own ability to feel. He destroys the people he cares about the most in order to destroy his own capacity for petty things like love. He sews his mouth shut as part of his renunciation of earthly/Beforan pleasure and involvement. He replaces his own feelings and opinions with devotion to Caliborn and the Cult of Mirthful Messiahs.
Kurloz deliberately molds himself into a stone cold sociopathic zealot. That is what makes him one of the scariest characters in homestuck, and IMO that makes him much more frightening than old jolly necrophile fanon GHB.
yeah! knowing the dancestors makes the ancestors more interesting (and confusing) to think about!
i never really cared much about “rawr rawr smash puny lowblood” GHB, i remember we already complained about this in, like 2011, and then bramblepatch wrote miracle child where the GHB is obviously very intelligent.
the GHB as i saw him (and i think that was not an unpopular view of him) was as volatile, as prone to fly into a rage on a whim, prone to cruelty for the laughs.
obviously controlled, obviously intelligent, and making careful use of his reputation for capriciousness to manipulate and intimidate and balance power.
he was like this movie character with a scary posse surrounding him, who would break your neck if you look at him funny but who would also spare you if you manage to amuse him and show you have balls, you know?
a guy who’s scarily clever and acts crazy because it’s fun, and because it works. like having… a controlled loss of control. like teetering on the edge of control: he knows when he can let himself go, and when he can’t.
he has an empire to co-lead after all and is neck deep in politics, but underneath all the show, there’s also a part of true unpredictability and uncontrolled rage to him.
(all of this was obviously sort of extrapolated from gamzee, and from the impression we got from the dude via mindfang)
kurloz, though is really not this character at all! all dancestors were really surprising.
kurloz is not a character who scares people by being too (&unpredictably) emotional. he’s like…. the destroyer of emotions, that’s so very well said, and it’s extremely interesting to think about re: GHB.
i mean GHB is the dude who tells you “i’ll spare you if your joke makes me laugh”, now imagine having to play this game with kurloz, good fucking luck to you.
i like the idea of karkat being a bit bigger and better built than gamzee and actually more inclined to seek physical contact with people he loves (while not being the huggy type either) while gamzee is this scrawny kid who has literally no idea how friendly touching is supposed to work, for real, but he enjoys it.
NO I LOVE THEM WITH THE INTENSITY OF A THOUSAND SUNS