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Movie Night at P.J. Hobbs (interest checker)
May 31 2017, 04:35 PM
they're probably more likely to show something relatively tame.
like poultrygeist, for example

(Maxwell probably wouldn't go, but jasmine might, i'd have to see how things would work out in terms of threads and relationships)

man I had such a good thread title idea for this but it relied on me not being first
May 29 2017, 05:00 AM
Maybe Jasmine and Miranda could be frenemies? Miranda's not particularly academic (in fact, she's... not good), but they could gossip with each other, and get on each other's nerves, and all that fun stuff. Thoughts?
Yeah, this would be a fun relationship. Jasmine would think her as being more useful than anything, mostly for gossip stuff, so she'd try to deal with her not being smart as much as she can so she can get stuff from her. That work with you?

(also, Miranda seems to also be frenemies with Eris, who is basically Jasmine's best friend at this point in time so maybe that'd effect their relationship slightly?)

man I had such a good thread title idea for this but it relied on me not being first
Replaced Alex with Jasmine. Check her out!

Jasmine King
Name: Jasmine King
Gender: Female
Age: 17
School: P.J Hobbs Senior High School
Hobbies and Interests: Academics, Reading, Piano, Violin, Social Media, Gossip, Crime Fiction, Theatre
Appearance: Jasmine stands slightly above the average for her age group, standing at 5’10” and weighing 171 lbs. She has a fairly straight figure, with most of her excess fat going into the back of her legs and her breasts. She is Caucasian, and her skin is paler than average due to time spent inside. Her hair, straight and black, falls down to her shoulders. She takes regular care of it, and usually either lets it fall straight or puts it into a ponytail, depending on what she’s doing. She has an oval face, with green eyes, a petite nose, and small lips. She regularly wears makeup, mostly so that she can cover the blemishes on her face.
Jasmine doesn’t really cater to a specific style of clothing, instead wearing whatever she feels is comfortable and fits the situation the best. While she doesn’t buy a lot of clothing for herself, her wardrobe is incredibly varied, having a lot of different types of clothing in it. She has had her ears pierced, and she likes collecting sets of earrings, wearing a different pair in correspondence to each day of the week. She also sometimes wears other pieces of jewelry, but usually takes them off when something’s important, feeling that they’re distractions when they touch against her skin. On the day of the abduction, Jasmine was wearing a yellow and black vertically striped blouse, a singlet underneath, a yellow knee length skirt, black leather shoes, and two angel shaped earrings.
Biography: Jasmine Evelyn King was born on the 17th of October, 1997 to Sarah King - nee Hammond - and Michael King. The two were very close childhood friends, who started dating near the end of high school and soon married. She was the couple’s second child, being born two years after her brother, Saffron King, two years before her second brother, Aster King, who was born a further four years before Jasmine’s sister, Primrose King. The Kings are a very wealthy family, mostly due to both parents having very high paying jobs, with Michael and Sarah working as an art and antique furniture dealer respectively. The two parents, as a result of their riches, have been able to cater to their children’s needs, hoping that all four of their children follow in their parents success. Jasmine’s relationship with her family is a complicated one, and her thoughts on them have changed multiple times as the years. Her relationships with her parents went from care, to annoyance, to begrudging like, while her relationship with Saffron has changed to a brother-sister relationship, to jealously and hatred, to a toleration - although one where she still sees herself as the better. Her relationship with Aster, however, is more consistent, with them seeing each other as people who they can relate to in their home and social climates in addition to being rivals for her parents affections. Her relationship with Primrose - although negative - is also consistent, with Primrose being an easy target for both her anger and pride issues; a relationship that her parents aren’t aware of due to Jasmine’s sneakiness about the matter and due to Primrose’s submissive personality.
As a child, Jasmine loved to learn. She loved to read books, both fiction and nonfiction, just in order to know more about the world and the concepts of it. She would frequently spend her lunchtimes alone in a corner of the school playground reading, usually away from other people. Although she usually spent most of her lunchtimes by herself, she did sit next to and talk to the other girls in her grade during class, and enjoyed their company. Her thirst for knowledge, also fueled by her parents’ motivation, resulted in her becoming a very attentive learner in class, which typically resulted in her getting high scores on spelling tests and other assignments. She loved to get good marks, mostly because of the gratification it brought and because she thought it made her better than the other students in her class, a feeling that had lasted throughout her school education. She did tend to be difficult in class, though, and hated losing, but this wouldn’t be that much of an issue until she was older.
Another reason for her initial willingness to learn was because of a one-sided rivalry she had with her older brother. As the oldest child, Saffron had started school before Jasmine did, which meant that he was smarter than Jasmine and would typically do assessments several years before Jasmine did. This, more often than not, would give him more attention from his parents than the other three children, since as the person going through school first he would often do things more impressive than what Jasmine did. After realising this, she started trying as hard as she could to get higher scores and grades that Saffron did, so that she could get the praise from her parents that she wanted.
Outside of school, Jasmine’s life at this point was dedicated to reading and practicing the piano. Her parents had enrolled both her and Saffron into lessons around when she was five, and she quickly fell in love with the instrument, at that point finding the songs she played to be a sort of game for her to play. Around a year later she began to learn the violin, after seeing one of her classmates play the instrument and after learning that her brother was going to start trumpet lessons. While she doesn’t consider playing the violin to be as fun as playing the piano, and usually picks the piano for assessments and competitions over it; she doesn’t hate playing it, and if told to will perform using it. Her picking up of the violin is also partially due to her jealousy, wanting to pick up a second instrument that she liked hearing so that she could catch up to her older brother.
At the start of middle school, not much had changed for Jasmine. She kept working as hard as she could so she could get attention, she kept practicing both the piano and the violin, and she still enjoyed reading. One thing that did change though was that she stopped spending her lunchtimes reading, instead choosing to spend time interacting with her friends. This change was brought on by the environment of her middle school, a place that valued and encouraged interaction with other students and which didn’t have many places for sitting alone. Willing to go along with what the school was telling her to do, she began talking to a couple of girls who shared a couple of classes with her, and while some of the people she talked to didn’t stick as well as others, she still had many genuine friendships at this point. At this point, she mostly interacted with the smart people of her school, people who shared her intelligence and willingness to learn new things about the world.
Part of how she managed to become more social in middle school was through the use of Social Media platforms such as Facebook. After hearing a couple of people in her classes talk about it, she wondered what it was, looking it up on the internet when she came home from school one day. After finding out what the site did, she became interested, and asked her parents if she could set up an account. They said yes, and using social media has since become a hobby for her. She mostly uses it to interact with her friends - both old and new - and likes it because of that, because it allows her to talk to people she needs and wants to talk to outside of school. Recently, she has bought a mobile phone, and has used the social media platforms on it - such as SnapChat and Instagram - to communicate with other people from her school, although she still vastly prefers using Facebook.
As Jasmine kept practicing the piano, her teacher thought that she was at a high enough level for her to start entering competitions. At the end of one of her lessons he approached her with the idea of playing in a competition in the local area. Jasmine, interested in the concept of competitive playing, decided to enter. She took home second place, something which at the time she was proud of, and decided that she wanted to enter more competitions. She soon geared herself into becoming more of a competitive pianist, and while she still climbed the grades she mostly focused on whatever song she was going to play for the competition coming up. While she still mostly views playing the piano as a fun game to play, her main source of fun from it is now from being able to perfect songs and win competitions with them, feeling proud of herself when she’s able to put another trophy on her shelf.
Her pride has resulted in some issues, though. Jasmine is a perfectionist, and can’t stand it when things are out of order. This has resulted in anger issues, which typically manifest in a self destructive explosion whenever she messes up or things don’t go her way. This tends to happen when she is unable to get a song right on the piano or when she has no idea what to do for an assignment; however, she has exploded in front of other people because of their actions, which while a part of her she wants to keep down has happened before, and has resulted in her burning bridges with people she would have called friends, and bullying her younger sister Primrose, who does things that often triggers Jasmine’s anger, and who is submissive enough to her sister to be an easy target. Although she is slightly aware of the fact that she gets angry if things aren’t going well for her, she has not seeked management for her anger issues, not thinking that it’s as big a problem enough to justify seeking help.
These anger issues that emerged were only part of a shift in personality that occurred during the last couple years of middle school. Her attempts at getting her parents to pay attention to her hadn’t changed much, and she started to get a little bitter about this. She kept trying to get her parents to give her more attention and praise, but instead of her seeking the attention and praise she wanted, she now felt like she was seeking the attention and praise that she deserved. In her mind, she seemed to be the one working more, and was getting better grades than Saffron was beforehand, feeling that the only reason that Saffron was getting more attention was because he was doing what she did first. She has now grown to resent him, and only ever talks to him when she needs something from him or at the dinner table. Saffron is aware of his sister’s resentment, but chooses not to comment on it, liking the attention he gets from his parents already and feeling that if he commented on it it would make things too complex between the rest of his immediate family.
Her anger issues, resentment towards her older brother, and perfectionist streak have also resulted in a slight superiority complex, with her believing that her good grades and ability at the piano makes her naturally better than her siblings and other classmates. This is an idea she generally keeps to herself - and occasionally Aster - knowing that voicing this opinion out loud wouldn’t make her many friends, but she does tend to act a little coldly to people she thinks aren’t very smart or who aren’t nice to her. This isn’t to say that she acts coldly to anyone who isn’t her friend, though. For the most part, she’ll be legitimately friendly towards someone she’s talking to, unless they do something that she considers offensive, or does something that manages to trigger her anger issues.
During the last part of middle school, she gained another hobby. Sherlock, the BBC crime drama, had been on repeat one day, and Jasmine, with nothing to do, decided to watch it. By the end of the episode, she had managed to figure out who the murderer was, and, intrigued, she decided to watch more, liking the writing and trying to see if she could again figure out who the murderer was before the official reveal. She was still interested in it even after she had gone through the series, and reached out to find more crime drama, finding shows such as Father Brown, Midsomer Murders, the works of Agatha Christie, and Elementary. She finds watching these shows fun, and likes trying to figure out who did it and how it was done, and it makes her feel smart if or when she gets it right. Although it doesn’t matter as much to her, she still appreciates it when a show she’s watching has good writing, finding banter between characters to be entertaining and as something that can make her laugh. Aster, in addition, became interested in crime TV shows, and the two most frequently bond while they’re watching them together, often talking about life, academics, and other people while a TV show acts as background noise.
High school came for Jasmine, and at this point, she had given up on trying to get her parents’ attention, feeling as if Saffron had somehow brainwashed her parents into ignoring her accomplishments and not giving her the praise that she wanted. This is not to say that she stopped trying to get good grades, though. She, for the most part, did what she did during middle school so that she could get the high grades she needed to enter a good college. She is still unsure about what job she wants when she grows up, but she knows that she wants something that pays well, so she has picked up certain electives based on jobs that she thinks she would want when she grows up, such as legal studies and economics. A part of her, however, is annoyed at herself for what she perceives as giving up on trying to impress her parents, and she frequently has internal conflicts about that and other areas of her life, typically in terms of other social situations where she feels as if she’s lower or being manipulated, or if she is indecisive about something.
High school also saw Jasmine pick up a couple of new hobbies as well, one of which being her school’s drama club. She had joined the club at the recommendation of some of her friends, and enjoyed it enough that she decided to stay there. To her, the fun of being in the drama club is mostly from playing a role that’s different to herself, and getting the role and the lines down perfectly. She also enjoys the people there, some of the people there being in her circle of friends. While she has fallen out of friendship with some of the people there due to personal issues, she feels like she can ignore those people and focus on the people she does like.
Another hobby that Jasmine had picked up at the recommendation of some of her friends was the use of the blogging platform known as Tumblr. She, for the most part, uses it to see new and interesting things about topics of her interest, such as Sherlock, and likes it because of that. While she has a blog, she doesn’t post on it much, instead preferring to subscribe to a few blogs of her choosing because they consistently provide her with content that she likes. She also subscribes to blogs to people she knows from school, so that she can keep up with them after the final bell rings.
High school was the high point in Jasmine’s life, in terms of social connections and friendships made with other people, and as she continued interacting with the people in her school, she became more and more interested in who these people actually were outside of school. She started to become interested in the gossip that other students shared, and started to do some probing of her own, trying to find out what secrets her fellow classmates had. She likes knowing the gossip about her fellow students, mostly because it makes her feel like she has a sense of power over them, knowing things that they don’t want her to know and having the capability of letting secrets loose, if she feels like it. She keeps a document of what she has on her computer, although not everything she knows is on it; only things she deems relevant or important to that person.
Grades wise, Jasmine is near the top of the class. She refuses to go home with anything lower than a B, and manages this by studying whenever she needs to during her spare time. Her best classes by far are science and music, the former due to her natural interest and extensive study on the subject and the latter due to her ability to perform providing one half of the work in the class already. While she wouldn’t say that she’s bad at the subject, her weak spot is Spanish, which while she can do the theory for easily, she has trouble putting it into practice, to her annoyance.
Socially, she also excels. She has joined a social circle of girls - led by school valedictorian Eris Marquis - who she genuinely respects for their intelligence. Although she would like to usurp Eris as leader of the group, and considers it as a slight fantasy for her, her actual position is more like a goon, than anything; with her being the one most likely to put down people outside of the group not as smart as them and mostly acting as others in the group say, trying to make herself seem more agreeable to them in an attempt to win what she hopes is friendship. She is also on friendly terms to people outside of her social circle, including some people in the popular circle of students. While she does have a couple of vocal enemies, she can generally avoid or ignore them unless she’s forced to as part of schoolwork or in the drama club, and she can deal with them if she has to, often using belittling or something that she knows about them to keep them in what she considers their place, finding a sort of pride and joy in doing so to them and Primrose.
She is also somewhat experienced romantically, having dated two people within her time at high school and desiring affection and praise from others that she feels she doesn’t receive from her parents. The first person was someone who she had shared a couple classes and did a group work with, and his attractive appearance in addition to his smooth way of talking led to Jasmine falling head over heels in love with him. She made her feelings known, and the two dated for a bit before he casually broke it off. This made Jasmine feel hurt and angry, and the two have a very hostile relationship with each other to this day. The second, picked up recently, asked her out, and - since he seemed to be into her and looked good enough - she accepted, mostly using him for his devotion and care about her and using it as a way to boost her self-esteem, with the relationship lasting to this day.
Advantages: Jasmine has made it a hobby of hers to collect information about her fellow classmates, which could help her gain ideas on how her classmates’ minds work, and help her manipulate other people. Her intelligence is an addendum to this, and it could help her realise the situation she’s in and what she needs to do in order to ensure continued survival.
Disadvantages: Jasmine has anger issues, which typically manifest in a self-destructive explosion when things don’t go her way. In addition to this, while she does have a good relation with most of her classmates, she acts coldly to people she doesn’t like and has burned a couple of major bridges in the past, which could result in one of those people coming back for revenge. In addition to this, Jasmine is a person who aspires to be better than others, and this sense of pride can carry her into a path on the island detrimental to her survival.

And, just like that, Maxwell became the person at the center of the room.
The first to arrive was Paris, who placed himself on Maxwell’s right. Paris, who had invited him to this party. Paris, whose opinion as a friend Maxwell trusted enough for him to take Paris up on his invitation. They went back as long as they could. Maxwell - being the social climber he was - had met Paris when he had made his way up into the popular group, and the two of them had gotten along fairly well together. He was also into the graces of social politics, like Maxwell was, although Paris only really tended to use his talents there for womanising. That wasn’t really a problem with Maxwell, though. If anything, that was a good thing - he knew more about his fellow classmates than Maxwell did, so if Maxwell ever needed help in wooing someone, Paris was most often the person who he would call upon to give advice.
So yes, Paris was a good friend. Welcome company, at a party such as this.
Maxwell was surprised, though, at Paris’ questions. Given that Paris was the one who invited him, how would Maxwell be fit to know what type of party this was?
“I’m not sure,” Maxwell said. “I was assuming you’d know.”
He had to look behind himself, slightly, to answer Paris’ next question. It wasn’t one he was going to answer properly - he knew that Paris had done things like this to others before to embarrass them, he wasn’t going tall for the same trick - but he would entertain him, at the very least. The girl was Yasmin Carrol. Arty girl. Small girl. Girl that otherwise Maxwell didn’t really know all too well. Maxwell supposed he knew why Paris would assume Maxwell would like her. She was small. Slightly cute, with the haircut she had. Maybe if she was the one who asked him out, he would say yes, but she was not someone he would put in the group of people he’d take the head in asking out. She was outside of his social group. She was someone some of the others in the group did not like that much. He would not risk making a move like that if it affected his relationships with the people in this school who mattered. No point in it.
“I can see what you me-”
He noticed the shape of the hat moving up.
He noticed the person popping up from behind the couch, inch by inch.

man I had such a good thread title idea for this but it relied on me not being first
Sorry for the late reply >_>

But yeah, those work with me. In terms of what my characters would think of yours Alex probably would barely know about Kitty and Maxwell would be like "wow, what a weirdo, amirite guys?" Nothing really to it more than that, given that it would have been unlikely they interacted.

(also, I changed a thing on Alex's friend requirements thing, people should check it out or something idk)

Maxwell Lombardi, admittedly, was not as much into parties as most of the other people he shared company with were.

That was for a lot of reasons, but the one reason that trumped the rest was that they were messy. Sloppy. Unbecoming of him. They were events where his classmates, the people who - regardless of his personal feelings towards them - he spent all his school days with, were at their lowest point in terms of restraint. The atmosphere drunkened them, and even if they hadn’t had any alcohol, even if they weren’t even trying to lose themselves, the music and the lights put them into a stupor where they did anything they wanted during the night and barely remembered it the next day.

Maxwell Lombardi did not want to be a part of that. Maxwell Lombardi did not want to be in the crowd, no inhibitions, at the same level as everyone else around him. No. He did not want to be part of the cluster of people that typically formed during these events, and he would be caught dead before he allowed anyone to drag him in.

Admittedly, though, he liked to watch. He liked to see what happened during these parties, as it showed his classmates in a different light. Allowed Maxwell to see what they would do if all inhibitions were removed. Allowed Maxwell to see what would happen if a group full of these people joined together, dancing to whatever song happened to be popular on the radio and feeling like doing whatever they want.

The odds were that something was going to happen here that would be endlessly talked about at school afterwards. The odds were that Maxwell would want to be there, standing back, so that he could see this event for himself.

And that was why Maxwell supposed he was here tonight, at this party, sitting on a couch and trying to ignore the music blaring out. This wasn’t his party. To be honest, Maxwell wasn’t really sure whose party it was; Paris had been the one to invite him over, and this house was not one known to Maxwell. Not a lot had happened here yet - there were people talking, people dancing, but nothing that Maxwell could really watch. Nothing that Maxwell could really be intrigued by. Still though, it was early - only 7:30 PM - and if he left this place out of boredom now he wouldn’t really be giving it a chance.

So he sat. Checked his phone. Briefly looked around to see if anything was happening. Looked down again.

He seriously hoped that the song playing right now would change soon. It sounded awful.

SCDos sprites!
I updated the queue in the first post to include all the sprites I've made so far. Not all of them have been announced here, so you should check out the first post and see if any of your kids are there.

In addition to this, you don't have to make a request if your kid has already been approved. The people there are going to be priority number one in spriting and by having them in there it'll be pretty much guaranteed that you'd get a sprite of them.

Feel free to request, however, if your kid has not been accepted or is not in the queue.

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Actually, Fenris also made a Yumi sprite!

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If you want me to change anything about it though let me know and I will.

TV2 Wiki Call to Arms
Cicada Nights
May 11 2017, 03:06 PM
Yugi it only barely counts when it's your own character
well I don't see you doing an eval for your tv2 character so I'm still the better one here

TV2 Wiki Call to Arms
i've actually been ahead of you for like, a year here

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man I had such a good thread title idea for this but it relied on me not being first
Hey! Alex Tarquin is up in that OP. Give him relationships, yo!

Alex Tarquin
Name: Alexander "Alex" Tarquin
Gender: Male
Age: 18
School: P.J Hobbs Senior High School
Hobbies and Interests: Acting, Stage Tech, Fight Scene Choreography, debate, music (singing and sound-editing), carpentry, metal-working, swing dancing

Appearance: Alex stands at 6 feet 2 inches and weighs in at 193 lbs. He has broad, powerful shoulders tapering down to a thin waist. His bright green eyes persistently sweep around any room he occupies as though assessing a potential audience. A mane of tousled tawny hair falls just over his ears to the very top of his neck. His body is lanky, with his arms and legs just a little too long for his torso, and he tends to wear loose shorts and pants so that they billow around him whenever he gestures theatrically. He has high cheekbones and a well-defined jaw. He is athletic and pays a great deal of attention to his appearance, making sure to wash and condition his hair at least every other day and using acne creams to make sure his complexion remains smooth. He tans easily and so tends to be golden-brown even after spending several days indoors, as long as he spends at least a token amount of time in the sun.

On the day of the abduction, Alex was wearing a red satin button-up shirt and black designer jeans tucked into the well-worn paint-spattered boots he used for working backstage.

Biography: The Tarquins came to Denton rich, and have been all the richer for staying. Their history in America stretches back to the early days of the original thirteen colonies, where they were typically accountants and middlemen for several merchants and businesses operating along the East Coast. They have stayed comfortably upper-middle class through most of the history of the United States, and ended up profiting off of World War II when they first negotiated the rights to provide training equipment to the Denton Air Force base and then negotiated the rights to purchase and sell obsolete military equipment from the same base and other bases throughout the southwest. The Tarquins are perpetual middlemen, but their business is lucrative.

Alexander Tarquin was born to this family—specifically, to Edward and Lyra Tarquin (respectively an accountant and a lawyer) who lead their own small New Jersey all-service firm with a sterling reputation. Lyra Tarquin (nee Lyra Gould) was a west coast lawyer principally focused on business and contract law who married Edward Tarquin and brought her clientele with her (having passed both the New Jersey and California bar exams). Although many clients were lost in the transition (particularly those with strong ties to LA), several with concerns across the West Coast and Southwest followed after, eager to keep their businesses in stable hands. Edward Tarquin, who inherited his father's position helping run the books for numerous businesses throughout New Jersey, met her at a business conference and they forged a partnership in business and in romance.

Alex's was a complicated birth—his parents both had fertility issues—so when Lyra inadvertently became pregnant while they were considering surrogates they considered it a minor miracle. Alex is their only son and their pride and joy, and they use their considerable wealth and influence to dote on him.

As a result, Alex was a chubby and badly-behaved child from the time he could toddle. He tended to throw tantrums when he didn't get his way, which made him a nuisance in class. His parents' frequent praise and constant attention also gave him an inflated sense of his own abilities and importance. He tended to be fidgety and bossy, overriding his classmates' wishes whenever he could.

This noxious combination was exacerbated by his childhood fascination with Disney movies, which led to a wider fascination with musicals in general. Alex loved the elegance and creativity of classic musicals such as Singing in the Rain; the grand feel of a world filled with music, orbiting around these talented stars. Alex decided that he would be such a star, and took every opportunity to demonstrate this belief, bursting into song in stores and in class and in the middle of other students' performances and presentations. His teachers saw his behavior as evidence of ADHD and suggested he see a counselor, but his parents saw his habits as signs of special intelligence and creativity and refused to believe their son might need correcting. They paid for singing and dancing classes so he could be closer to the old stars he idolized.

These habits quieted as he aged, but were still prevalent enough to be troublesome. He developed enough social awareness through grade school to ultimately respect his teachers' authority, but could be dismissive and condescending towards those same authority figures, often obeying the letter of the law but not the spirit. As a child who believed himself extremely special, he was easily daunted by hard work, and so at subjects which he did not immediately excel he would give up easily.

His parent's denial of his problems did him a disservice as he got older. A chubby young man with a love of musicals and a flamboyant taste in fashion was easy pickings for any bullies. Beaten, harassed, and mocked at every turn, Alex's runaway self-esteem crashed. Around 7th grade, he sank into a deep and lethargic depression, over-eating to compensate for his sudden self-doubt and so feeding into a nasty cycle of self-recrimination as he hated himself more and more for being overweight and ate more and more to compensate for his feelings of inadequacy. He stopped participating in acting and music as he sank deeper and deeper into depression.

His parents might have seen the problems at this point, but both Lyra and Edward are firm believers in the nature of life as a meritocracy, believing that all their wealth and influence have come from hard work and talent. This same mentality had encouraged Alex as a child--if he was truly special and intelligent, he was entitled to more--but it also discouraged needing outside help. If Alex had a problem, it was his job to solve it.

This cycle was broken the first time Alex saw The Princess Bride. Alex loved the movie, but found himself particularly fascinated by the sword fight between Inigo and Wesley. This fascination led him on a wider search through action movies, studying similar fight scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean and then binging through wuxia films and old Bruce Lee movies. He developed a deep fascination with fight scene choreography, buying books and reading and watching online tutorials on how to arrange a good fight for the stage and on camera.

Alex's interest in fight scene choreography was born from a number of factors. His sudden interest resulted principally from envy of these graceful, confident figures who so embodied the theatrical elegance he'd envied in musicals and combined it with the physical prowess he so lacked. The choreography spoke both to his long-held theatrical interests and his fantasies of power. Alex might have become deeply depressed, but his conviction that he was capable of greatness had never really been destroyed; it had only been frustrated and minimized by his bullying and his constant failure to measure up to his self-image. Fight scenes provided a peculiar reinvigoration to his old ideals. They let him believe that his power fantasies had merit; that the right person, with the right combination of talent and drive, could really be a powerful force in the world. His belief and his historic disregard for the word of established authorities means he typically eschews any word from anyone with actual fight scene or martial arts experience, assuming his opinions trump practical experience.

His fascination with fight scene choreography led him to order DvDs and books through his parents so he could better understand the intricacies of the art. He began attending local martial arts classes, trying to measure up to the physical demands of challenging fight scenes. He failed consistently for months, and so he augmented his training with regular workouts, both at home and at local gyms. After more than a year of set-backs and frustration he had lost a lot of his weight and gained a measure of physical confidence. His self-assured disdain for the advice of higher authorities often makes him a frustrating student, and he has been booted from a few classes before.

Alex did some research into those well-known for their work as fight scene choreographers—Woo-Ping Yuen of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Jeff Imada of the Bourne series, as well as stars who'd come to fame largely through such choreography, such as Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. But in all his research he found a consistent underpinning—that these choreographers had essentially created these positions for themselves by envisioning a scene or applying a particular art or style in the most entertaining way. Alex puts a higher value on understanding the basics and interesting applications of a particular style and seeing what kind of scenes that could create than on trying to follow one particular dogma of stage combat or choreography. To that end, he spends more time working out to keep himself flexible and strong, then studies the essentials of a fighting style—learning its basic underpinnings so he can apply it's flashiest moves in a cinematic fashion.

Although he loves the works of Bruce Lee and spent eight months trying to learn jeet kune do, its essential philosophy of minimal effort for maximum impact does not generally lend itself to theatrics outside of the hands of a master. Alex knows no style of fighting particularly well, but he has a grasp on the absolute basics and the flashiest-looking moves from a number of styles, including some of the strikes and throws from silat after watching the Raid films and the best disarms, lunges, and parries from foil, epee, and saber fencing after watching Pirates of the Carribean. He also takes a twice-a-week morning tai chi class, inspired by a binge on Avatar: the Last Airbender, which also motivates his current studying habits as he tries to learn the flashiest moves and essential movements of Baguazhang, Hung Ga, and pinyin.

His physical confidence was restored by the end of his 9th grade year, and with it came a relative end to bullying (in part because of his new physical fitness, in part because of the restoration of his self-confidence, and in part because he'd hit his growth spurt) and renewed interest in theater. Alex threw himself into myriad forms of performances, including local Denton theater, high school plays, vines and online videos. Alex still prefers to take a central role and likes to act as the star of the show whenever possible; however, his obsession with fight scene choreography has given him a better appreciation for how much every performance is truly an ensemble effort. Though a movie star may largely carry a film, he cannot do so without the support of a staff of technicians, directors, specialists, and other actors. No actor ever truly operates by themselves, even if they put on a one-man show.

Alex's greater appreciation for the demands of great film also gave him the drive to learn the intricacies that go into performances of all kinds. He started doing tech work backstage on plays where he failed to win roles at audition, helping to do prop-management and set design. He learned how to edit and mix sound for stage, screen, and web. He learned about how to compress or save files in different formats for different purposes. In essence, he aimed to become as adroit as possible at the myriad demands of acting in all its forms. Alex believes that, if there truly are no small parts and only small actors, then it is the duty of anyone involved in a performance to be at their best, and to be capable of stepping in for anyone who is falling short of their duties.

In his quest to be a better contributor to great works, Alex augmented his knowledge with carpentry and shop classes at P.J Hobbs, and became relatively comfortable working with both wood and metal. His particular aptitude is for stage mechanics; building rudimentary devices somewhat ad-hoc to serve the needs of the productions he is a part of. He's gained a reputation in the theater department for being able to quickly repair problematic equipment, including fixing trapdoors and getting prop guns to fire. Alex has a knack for quick repairs, but typically lacks the patience for longer projects, getting frustrated when something goes wrong or takes more time than it was supposed to.

Alex's single-minded focus on acting does have a deleterious effect on his schoolwork, which is not at all helped by Alex's intrinsic brand of laziness. Although Alex is extremely diligent when it comes to projects he's passionate about—choreography, acting, and maintaining his self-image—he finds any action that demands his labor without engaging him to be distasteful. His grades in all subjects are extremely inconsistent, split between his high test scores and his often-incomplete homework assignments, which usually fail to engage his interest. This has resulted in erratic report cards throughout his school career; in the last four semesters, his semester GPA sank as low as 2.1 and rose as high as 3.8. Although erratic, Alex has successfully avoided academic probation since his grades always recover in the semester after they drop. Since he usually manages to recover on his own, his parents usually give him a fair degree of leeway--in part because of their tendency to spoil, and in part because Lyra's academic performance was similarly sporadic until she reached law school.

Alex's focus in school is always on extracurriculars. Aside from his various acting commitments, he is a tenor member of the school's choir and a prominent member of the Debate team. The former augments his capabilities as a performer, while the latter offers him a wide variety of forms with which to practice his skills—the various individual events to sharpen his acting talents and the various debate formats to hone his rhetorical abilities. He favors Public Forum debates and extemporaneous events such as Humorous Interpretation. He is also the founder and president of P.J Hobbs Senior High School's Swing Dancing Club. He became interested in swing dancing because of its physical demands and its intense showmanship, echoing the love of musicals from his past. Since it was never easy to find a place to swing dance in Denton, he decided he would make one.

As a result of his inconsistent academic performance and his commitment to such a wide array of extracurriculars, Alex's relationships with the faculty and staff of P.J Hobbs Senior High School can be somewhat strained. He has an extremely positive relationship with the members of the theater department and the debate coach, but his other teachers' attitudes towards him range from amused exasperation to genuine dislike, since Alex has retained his dismissive attitude towards authorities with whom he disagrees. Alex is generally socially aware enough not to be openly insubordinate, with a few notable exceptions: one of the only classes he ever came close to failing was a P.E. class where he refused to do several of the exercises.

Alex's many activities—as actor, choreographer, technician, sound editor, singer, and debater, among others—have put him in contact with a wide variety of people. Alex's relationship with others tends to be very hit-or-miss. Some find his confidence and joie-de-vivre infectious and charming, while others find him arrogant and narcissistic, since he tends to preen and strut even while he does ostensibly selfless acts. This all-or-nothing quality extends to his romantic relationships, as well; some find his constant self-interest too draining, while others find his exuberance and self-confidence intriguing and refreshing.

Alex remains extremely close with both of his parents. His father, who has struggled with depression all his life, was a supportive influence during his darker years, assuring Alex that his sadness in no way made him broken or defective. Alex's relationship with his mother was more complicated; Lyra had struggled with obesity in college, and found her son's lack of self-discipline to be a disgusting personal failing. Her disdain led to a series of fights throughout his depressed years that tended to augment his depression, and even after recovering things remain a little rocky between the two of them, since Alex blames her in part for his depression during those years. This conflict is not helped by the fact that Lyra views Alex's recovery as confirmation of her view: he was able to solve his problems in the end, which confirms to her that it was his weakness that let them persist in the first place.

It might have been wise for his parents to have Alex seek counseling, either as an attention-seeking child or a depressed adolescent, but though both Edward and Lyra are indulgent towards Alex they also firmly believe that people in America make it by virtue of hard work and self-reliance and so do their best to encourage these qualities in him. Their essential viewpoint is that a person either pulls themselves up by their own talents and the help of friends and family, or they lack the essential strength to be successful. The Tarquins view government aid—and, by extension, support groups and counseling—as crutches for those unable to make it on their own. The truly successful make their own support structures.

Alex generally agrees with his parents' attitude, but his experience with depression and isolation has made him more empathetic towards others. He is more aware of and empathetic to the struggles of those around him, both internal and external. Partially in reaction against his mother, he always tries to encourage anyone he knows struggling with depression or their mental health, to tell them they have the power to overcome. Alex still believes that strong people build their own support structures, but he also believes that he can be part of that structure.

Like most things Alex does, however, his involvement in others is motivated in part by his self-serving narrative, which means he does seek approval and gratitude. He can be petty and vindictive to those who he feels don't respond appropriately to his offers of friendship, treating them with open disdain. Alex wants to be liked, and when he cannot get that he responds cruelly. This reaction tends to be pretty uniform, regardless of the other person's personality: if he feels that he is treated with respect, Alex is kind and gracious, and if he feels otherwise he is angry and openly hostile.

Alex's self-centered worldview remains essentially unchanged from when he was a child demanding the attention of his parents, teachers, and peers. All that has changed is his perspective; he sees himself as a small but undeniably essential part of the world, capable of contributing to it in a way no one else can. Alex sees his victory over depression and his steady transformation into a physically fit Renaissance man as validation of his essential self-worth. He is equal to the challenges life has presented him thus far, and will always find a way to win through, no matter the obstacles before him.

Advantages: Alexander is intelligent and possesses an unusual amount of experience for his age in mechanics and carpentry, with some experience in metalworking for good measure. This knowledge may allow him to make effective use of limited resources towards creative ends. He is physically fit and knows many different ways to fight, though most of this knowledge is hampered by the fact that what he knows was learned for the purpose of choreography and performance rather than actual combat.
Disadvantages: Alex is spoiled and sheltered, which will not serve him well given the harsh demands of SotF. His persistent disinterest in tasks that do not arouse his passion will likely prove disabling given the grueling demands of survival. Almost everything he does is built into a self-serving narrative, and the breakdown of this narrative has habitually led him to depression and emotional instability. What he knows of fighting was learned in pursuit of a power fantasy that could prove dangerous when exposed to actual violence, and what knowledge he has may make him overconfident, especially given that almost everything he knows was designed only to look good on the stage or on film.

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now make that motherfucker hammertime like

Adoptin' Johnny off, claim him here

So I've sorta lost a ton of the motivation I've had for writing Badass Johnny and I sorta wanna run a new person but that requires adopting Johnny off, which is what I'm doing here.

So yeah, if you're interested, post here or send me a PM claiming interest. Person I feel would be best for him wins him. If you want bonus points though feel free to send in a prompt (preferably something about his family life) and it will very likely make me view you in the judging process better.

Don't think there's anything else. Have at with the bids!

(also, his current threads are located here and here, if you wanna know what his voice is)

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