Apparently, Bad, and Comfortable: theladyzephyr:
Folks let me talk about Crowley and sunglasses, because I have a lot of emotions about when he wears them and when he doesn’t, and Hiding versus Being Seen.
We’re introduced to the concept of Crowley wearing glasses even before we’re introduced to Crowley, by Hastur: “If you ask me he’s been up here too long. Gone native. Enjoying himself too much. Wearing sunglasses even when he doesn’t need them.”
Honestly Crowley’s whole introduction is a fantastic; we learn so much about his character in a tiny amount of time. The fact that he’s late, the Queen playing as the Bentley approaches, the “Hi, guys” in response to Hastur and Ligur’s “Hail Satan”. I like this intro much better than the one originally scripted with the rats at the phone company, but I digress.
Crowley wears sunglasses when he doesn’t need them. Specifically, he still wears them around the demons, and when he’s in hell.
You know where Crowley doesn’t wear glasses? At home.
We never once see him wearing glasses in his flat, except for when he knows Hastur and Ligur are coming. That’s an emotional kick to the gut for me. Here’s one of the only places Crowley’s comfortable enough to be sans glasses, and when he knows it’s going to be invaded he prepares not just physically with the holy water, but by putting up that emotional barrier in a place where he wasn’t supposed to need it.
An argument could be made that Crowley actually never needs glasses. We’re shown that it’s well within the angels’ and demons’ powers to pass unnoticed by humans. Crowley and Aziraphale waltz out of the manor in the middle of a police raid, and going unnoticed by the police takes so little effort that they can keep up a conversation while they stroll through. Even an unimaginative demon like Hastur apparently doesn’t have trouble with the humans losing it over his demonic eyes. The humans in the scene at Megiddo are acting like “this guy is a little weird” and not “holy shit his entire eyeballs are black jelly”
That means that Crowley’s glasses are a choice, just like Aziraphale’s softness. Sure, he could arrange matters so that nobody ever noticed his eyes, but he doesn’t want to. Crowley wants acceptance, and he wants to belong, and he’s never, ever had that. He didn’t fit in before the Fall in Heaven, he doesn’t fit in with the demons in Hell. With the glasses, and with the Bentley and his plants and with the barely-bad-enough-to-be-evil nuisance temptations, he’s choosing Earth. This is where he wants to fit in, perhaps not with the humans, but amongst them.
Even after Crowley is at his absolute lowest, when he thinks Aziraphale’s dead and he’s on his way to drink until the world ends, he takes the time to put a new pair on when the old ones are damaged. He needs that emotional crutch right now, even with everything about to turn into a pile of puddling goo he’s not ready for the world to see his eyes.
Which is why I swore out loud when Hastur forcibly takes them off.
It’s about the worst thing that Hastur could have done. Rather than leading with a physical threat, his first act is to strip away Crowley’s emotional defences. It’s a great writing choice because god it made me hate Hastur, even more than all the physical violence we see him do.
It’s also the moment that Crowley really truly gets his shit together, and focuses all of his considerable imagination on getting to Tadfield and Aziraphale to help save the world. He’s wielding the terrifyingly unimaginable power of someone who’s hit rock bottom and realised it literally could not get any worse than this. He doesn’t put another pair of glasses on after discorporating Hastur, and he spends the majority of the airbase sequence without them.
He puts them back on again, I think, at the moment that he really lets himself hope. When he thinks ‘shit, there may be a real chance that we get through this to a future that I don’t want to lose’.
The vulnerability is back, and he needs Adam to trust him. In Crowley’s mind being accepted by a human means he needs to have his eyes hidden. Someone give the demon a hug, please.
Interestingly, there’s only one time in the whole series that we see Crowley willingly choose to take his glasses off around another person. Only one person he’ll take down that barrier for, and even then he’s drunk before he does it.
Dear God/Satan/Someone that makes my heart ache. Crowley’s chosen Earth, but he’s also chosen Aziraphale. He’s been looking for somewhere to belong his entire existence, and it’s with the angel that he finally feels it.
When the dust settles and the world is saved and they finally have space to be themselves unguarded, I like to imagine Crowley takes off the glasses when it’s just the two of them; the idea of being known doesn’t scare him quite so much anymore.
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Arthur More Organ
Hoseas Before Broseas
swagalicious crunchy outside,
self-deprecating chewy center
- "how many licks does it take
the squad's favorite disaster
squares up at a moment's notice
can never seem to get their shit together to get to the center of my depression"
goth jock dropout just wants to settle down -
- dumbest smart person alive
- denies being moe
- "wanna know how I got these scars-
wait where are you going"
- makes 50+ post twitter threads nobody reads just needs a break
- "Actually, correlation is not causation"
- thinks they're charming, is actually charming
- constantly forgets their age
- "back in my day
- only one who knows what
the fuck they're talking about
incredible artist, thinks their stuff is 'okay' still needs to shut the fuck up
- one shot, one kill
- "once I go viral it's over for you hoes"
- has a 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' welcome mat-liked by practically everybody
- productive procrastinator
can never hold down a relationship
- Instant Uncle, Just Add Baby
suffers from chronic pushover syndrome "no questions, dammit, no questions"
- jokes hit too close to home
- Good bad influence
- weed friend
Make It Work
-always knows what to play at a party
- adopts everyone on sight
- great with kids, great with animals,
wants to hold your baby
- scientific evidence good girls
want bad boys
- burns salads
- "have you eaten today"
- owns etsy account, too busy to make anything - punches self for fun
- professional alcoholic
- always needs to borrow money
- terrible drunk, never remembers
what happened that night
walks around the house in their underwear
gives great hugs
needs seven showers
group's unexpected therapist
patronus is secondhand embarrassment
just wants to be part of the family
"MCDONALD'S! MCDONALD'S! MCDONALD'S!"*
is the party
cultured, well-traveled and stylish;
made for Instagram
- *gestures to all of you* "we need
to do something about this"
- always starts drama, yet always
seems to avoid it
bad taste in literally everything,
banned from recommending outings
- will always have squad's back
iron constitution, never gets sick
- "say that to my fucking face"
- may seem Mad, is actually Sad
*pulls up in drive-thru, orders single
starts the day with horoscope readings
- Chaotic Loyal
black coffee, leaves
FUCKS.EXE STOPPED WORKING 'mSorry Ms. Jackson tOh)
Green Hat McGuy
"join team chat"
- fashionable at all times, even when
going to the grocery store
can't do crime if you ain't cute
-only dates fictional men
won't leave the house for days need
lives on cow tales and TVTropes says they can hold their liquor
regularly tells squad to hydrate can't actually hold their liquor
too nice for own good
living boke and tsukkomi routine
to shut up yesterday
social interaction, naps for ten years
it's basic hygiene
and laying beneath the stars
-"please stop talking"
exhausted after two minutes of
maybe they're born with it, maybe
soft spot for animals, slow dancing
cooler than you
. living proof the scariest people
frat brotryhard nerd gem fusion
come in the nicest packages
graceful loser, even more graceful winner - "what day is it again"
nobody sees clapbacks coming until it's never learned how to drive
every day is roast session day
- "I'll roast you, I'll roast them,
I'll roast me fuckin' self"
- Has never completed No Nut November
sings in the shower
- adores Linkin Park
- "are you ready yet" "almost"
- allergic to idiots
Let Me Speak To Your Manager
- retired mom friend, back from retirement
ages every time someone references
a vine instead of responding normally
- smokes sixty packs a day
social norms are for dweebs
just wants to play videogames
- No Drama? No ProblemTM
-"Local Mean Girl Refuses To
Be Toppled From Throne"
- loses shit over small things
-THIS close to cutting someone
and snack in peace
shoves people in lockers to show affection
forgets not to swear in front of other
never forgets a birthday
shaped like a friend
only one in squad who can cook
only one in squad who can drive
the queen of throwing down
"fuck, sorry about that"
given up on romance
big problems are Whatever
- needs therapy
- Favorite Songs Are 'Find Me Somebody- smells amazing
To Love' And 'Before He Cheats'
common sense frequently left on read - hasn't seen most popular movies
- a matryoshka of pain
- wishes you didn't look like a dump truck
knows Wicked by heart
- only one in squad who does taxes
- villain origin story is that stubborn
chin hair that keeps growing back
- always says 'gg' after every game
incredible skin care regimen
- "just drink more water"
award winning sailor mouth
- Big Hair, Don't Care
"What's My Age Again" by Blink 182
World's Saddest Violin
Looks like a million dollars, is probably
worth a million dollars
- family person, loves everybody
keeps Twitter on private
- meows back at their cat
- extroverted introvert
-feels guilty for not logging into
Animal Crossing for nine months
thinks existence is kind of funny
invented the word 'dapper
- the living embodiment of when
you try your best but you don't succeed'
- just wants to be loved and cherished
-great with animals, never scratched
the life of the party, when they're
not launching into drunken diatribes
-smartest smart person alive
-stays up until three in the morning
thinking about the meaning of life
- an essential addition to any squad
- reads at 10,000 miles per hour
wants to stab Banksy
hates stan culture
hoards comfort food beneath their desk
gets sentimental over their Neopets
used to hoard Beanie Babies
- hates answering the phone
- silently lurks in Twitch chatrooms
- needs more friends
- stylish drunk with two hollow legs
- never fails to speak their mind
great at impressions
- regularly confuses main for private
"just forget I said that haha"
preserves their right hook for justice
- stared into the void, got bored
quotes movies when provoked
- "That's just, like, your opinion, man."
the most perfect teeth
Talk Shit, Get Hit
- soft outside, softer inside
- never ashamed to cry
- weak spot for pups, needs
to pet every dog they see
-only one of the squad that's been punched squad's resident cheapskate
needs to seriously reconsider things
trolling game out of control
- never seems to accumulate debt,
also never tips the waiter
took college prep in high school
- can't fight to save their life
- surprisingly terrifying comebacks
gg ez clap"
oves Bon Iver, Death Grips
and Beyonce equally
- Kappa Kappa KappaRoss CoolStoryBob
workplace's local kissass
likes to give gifts to sad friends
living embodiment of a flower crown talks during movies
home life is a mess
- needs a vacation, too self-conscious - doesn't flush toilets in public bathrooms
to take one
- adopted by everybody
- "Oh, I won't report you...yet"
believes they were born in the wrong era
- has never yelled once
- in love with the smell of old books
- wishes on stars when no one's looking
leaves breadcrumbs in butter
a well-rounded tool
- nobody knows why they keep getting invited"Poverty is a state of mind."
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Benjamin Franklin, Parents, and Regret: In 1736 I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years
old, by the small-pox, taken in the common way. I long
regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given
it to him by inoculation.1 This I mention for the sake of
parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that
they should never forgive themselves if the child died
under it; my example showing that the regret may be
the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should
222 years later, Benjamin Franklin’s message about vaccination matters more than ever
This is as close as you’re gonna get to a dead ancestor appearing in the sky and telling you to get your shit together
Be Like, Beautiful, and Fucking: trustedwings
So like do caterpillars
know that they re gonna
be butterflies or do they
just build the cacoon
and be like wtf am l
this post has fucked me up more than any other on this site
Okay but no, do you understand what happens to a caterpillar once it's in its
cocoon? It completely turns into goo. That's right, GOO. The damn thing
dissolves and the reforms into the butterfly. Even crazier, the wings of the
butterfly are already inside the caterpillar, ready to go, just waiting to float
around in some goo and then be a beautiful butterfly. The craziest part?!? A
study was done where some caterpillars were exposed to a certain smell and
then given an electric shock so eventually the caterpillar associated the smell
with the shock. Well after those little hairy noodles came out of the their
cocoons as butterflies, they exposed them to the smell again and the butterflies
reacted super negatively, as if they were being shocked. A.K.A. not only is there
wings floating around in that goo cocoon, there is also a brain, the same,
unaltered brain as the caterpillar. The butterfly can recall its days as a caterpillar
even after basically being turned into soup. And then it all somehow gets its shit
together to be a stupid majestic little beast, and I can't even remember where l
put my damn phone
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