Ultra mega speedpaint to relieve some stress. I bought Abandon All ships new CD on preorder and nabbed the baseball shirt bundle which cost 50$ (I haven't even watched a baseball game before, what is this I don't even.) Then got a phone bill for 100$ for some messed up reason.
So I listened to the preview tracks and drew this!
I LOVE him.
I mean it.
He is one of the most amazing villains(?) ever. He is so intimidating, mysterious. And that minute long sequence when he confronted Tarrlok in Episode 9. I was actually shaking at how amazing he way. He overcame bloodbending!!! D:
I say Villain questionably, because he has yet to kill or hurt anyone, (well properly) he believes he is genuinely good and I kinda want him to win. I support the Equalists.
And episode 9 was a damn good episode. It literally had something for everyone.
Meelo, Amazing animation, Ms. Metal Bender being badass again, Flashbacks to old characters (Aang's voice was amazing,) AMON, Tarrlok getting his ass handed to him and even a tiny bit of fanservice for the Korra and Mako lovers.
It was just brilliant. I am loving the series.
Drawing was done with watercolour brush only, with some lasso and stuffs. D: In under an hour!
I am with you on that. Go Equalists, stand up for us normal people! In all honesty, he is only questionably a villain. Though I do not believe his "I got Doctor Doom'ed by a firebender" story, he has thus far demonstrated admirable qualities.
His goals and actions supports the majority of citizens in a Republic. He has remained true to his publicly spoken objectives, best we the viewers can see. It honestly appears as though he is true to the cause. His inventions and organization have empowered and organized a large amount of the populace.
And does anyone else find it funny that in a city of freaks whose bending can cause MASSIVE collateral damage, only the martial art of Chi Blocking seems to be outlawed?
In short: Go Amon. Bring about greater equality for the people.
I have to disagree. Good people don't cause stadium-wide terrorist attacks, resist authority and handicap people by force. But it's good that you're convinced. That means this shows writing really is that good!
Well considering he is fighting to change a system with an entrenched power-base and corrupt officials, I'd say his methods are fairly mild for a Revolution. He hasn't even killed any benders so far as we have seen. Simply made them live as normal humans. Oh...the horror. Not nearly as ruthless as the Triads or the methods the police force exhibited. Not like he has frozen anyone in ice(raid on self defense training group of equalists-Why is it Chi Blocking is the only outlawed martial art?), hurled them headlong into walls(Earthbending), or corralled large groups of people, some of whom were woman carrying babies, into tight knots with metal barriers bent into circles just for protesting that the Republic had unjustly cut the power to their homes.
I think part of Amon's plan is to bring out the worst in benders. That's why he let Korra escape that one time and tell people about him. So they can have that kind of reaction. And no matter how many grey areas both sides have, do you really want someone like Amon to win? I mean, we don't even know if he's really in it for equality, whether his name and backstory are real, or even what he looks like. Say what you want about benders, at least their leader has a face.
Also it's kind of unfair to call benders freaks. Just because they don't exist in real life, doesn't mean their not normal in the show's world. There it's just simply a talent some people have and others don't. Really to me, Amon just seems petty. He's pretty much a guy who couldn't learn how to play guitar so he's taking away everyone's guitar(and a guitar player killed his family...Yeah, I'm not good with analogies).
The corruption and inequality in the society existed long before Amon showed up. The benders do not need anything to bring out the worst in them, other than the society existing as is. Hence why there were so many Equalists (or Equalist sympathizers) at the rally Mako and Korra snuck into. Amon did not create the resentment toward benders. He is simply utilizing it.
His allowing Korra to escape is simple tactics, a way to get them to dance to your tune, and you shall obtain victory.
Yes, I want someone like Amon to win. Thus far he has demonstrated the ability to successfully organize and lead large groups of people. He has demonstrated incredible intellect and talent. His ethics are developed in that he supports a large group of the public and (at appearances thus far) is supporting their rights. He is fighting injustice and inequality in society and thus demonstrates a true dedication to it. So YES. Yes I would like someone like that to win.
Simply because he wears a physical mask, he is not less trustworthy than someone like Tarlok, who wears a metaphorical mask. Thus far Amon demonstrated dedication to the values he espouses. More than we can say for some others.
It would be petty, if the entire society did not suffer from corruption and inequality. There is institutionalized inequality inherent in the system. The majority populace of a REPUBLIC are disenfranchised in many ways. While not slaves, their are many jobs and offices blocked to them due a lack of bending. But as the Equalist movement is pointing out, advancing technology is closing that gap. Now the common person can empower themselves. Amon is, using radical methodology, advancing social justice. To use modern society as a rough analogous example, we have workers unions, socialists,women, blacks, and others agitating for greater rights. They did not just shut up, sit down, and obey authority. They saw something wrong in the society they lived in and changed it. That is why I do not believe his actions are petty, they work toward a greater societal goal rather than ending at "MAH FACE!" and a desire for vengeance. Rather like Batman.
The thing is, wearing a physical mask can still be much worse. When people found out about what Tarlok was doing, they knew what to do with him. Because they knew it was Tarlok because they saw him in the act. Meanwhile, if Amon took his mask, he could walk anywhere, do anything a terrorist leader wouldn't be allowed to, and no one would know it was him. Metaphors don't make good masks. Just sayin'
Worker's unions, socialists, women, and blacks didn't treat all employers, men, whites, and whatever the opposite of socialists is like they were all the enemy. I will admit, I did think it was pretty awesome how he used the pro-bending game to show people how they liked to glorify cheating. But that has to be the only time he actually spoke to the public to make an argument. The rest of the time he's treating the entire bending society like they're against them. What Korra said was right, they are oppressing themselves.
To me, the sign that one's on the wrong side is if they're trying to find a root of all evil(other than "Some people are just dicks"). I also find it sad that there's a universe where people can control the forces of nature and some dude wants to stop that. If he saw our universe, he wouldn't do that.
Batman doesn't make a good example. Batman goals are pretty selfish. He's in it for the sweet satisfaction of punching a criminal in the face for vengeance. If he wanted to improve things he would, I don't know, use his wealth and influence to help the city.
And yet, the non physical mask worked just as well to allow Tarlok to lie cheat and steal within the structure of the government. It, in many ways, is more effective than a physical mask. The mask is visually noticeable, Tarlok's and others lies are not. You mentioned that because Amon wears a mask he is somehow less trustworthy. Yet, that hardly seems to be the case since Amon's ACTIONS have thus far demonstrated an honest dedication to his goals. The mask does not inherently, as you asserted, make him a shady character and that seems a bit superficial to judge it as such with evidence in his actions to the contrary. The masks of the Equalists are necessary. They are going against a superior foe and need surprise and anonymity to continue their activism. Rather like the Irish or Welsh fighting against medieval British
I freely acknowledge it is a loose analogy, however the aforementioned agitators did all take action to improve their lot in life and did delineate an us/them dicthomy according to those who had power (being the one utilizing it for oppressive ends) and those who sought to undo that social issue. The Equalists remind me (again, loosely) of the old German Social Democrats of late 1800s, albeit with a whole lot more backflipping and electrical gloves.
Standing up for themselves does not make them villains, simply because they defy authority, one of the classifications you used in your earlier post to qualify the Equalists as villains.
With respect, Amon and the Equalists often speak to the public to make their argument. These include pamphlets being printed, rallies, radio broadcasts, and public speakers such as the fellow with the microphone in the very first episode.
I must VEHEMENTLY oppose the statement "they are oppressing themselves." I cannot see how that is even remotely true, since the very presence of their movement is a reaction to the society they live in. That line of thought seems like blaming the victim. The Equalists seem to be empowering normal people, such providing training and arms to those that seek to not be at the mercy of benders.
It does not make them evil to identify a clear source for the woes plaguing society. At worst, it makes them reactionary, focused at best. What is a clear source of the inequality in Republic city society? The advantage in power enjoyed and exploited by benders against non benders. This is the lever utilized to promote the inequality of their system. With advancing technology, common people are able to see a means to reduce or eliminate that lever and level the playing field. Limited vision does not eliminate the validity of their critique, it merely radicalizes their measures and narrows their focus. Bending/non-bending inequality does exist within their society and needs to be corrected.
With respect, only if you go by Frank Miller's alcoholic thrill seeking Batman. I find it asinine that Batman goes out, risks life and limb, and demonstrates such massive willpower just to get some kicks. There are many examples of Batman (written by other writers) being motivated by a desire for justice spurred by the traumatic event in his past. Rather like Amon... at least according to his given backstory. I have all faith the authors will make Amon out to be a lying fiend in a "twist" at the end. Banking on Zhao come back from the spirit world! Called it! Batman does in fact help Gotham by being "billionaire philanthropist" Bruce Wayne. "I made a promise on the grave of my parents that I would rid this city of the evil that took their lives. By day, I am Bruce Wayne, billionaire philanthropist. At night, criminals, a cowardly and superstitious lot, call me... Batman."- Hush comics.
Well, that's certainly a very good argument(I'm being honest. No sarcasm). I just thought his mask made look shady. I understand why he wears it, but I personally would have problems with it. It's that kind of privacy that worries me.That and here have also been lines that make Amon sound a little prejudiced. Like when he's telling his story and he says something like "They were a hard working family. And none of them were benders"(I remember him emphasizing the word "benders" in a condescending way).
As for the resisting authority, I guess I should've chosen different words carefully. Being against the government is fine seeing as they believe it's corrupt(and for the most part, they're right). It's just announcing to the public that you're going to terrorize a sporting event and no one's going to stop them just sounds like making problems. He did do that to make a very good point, but I'm not someone who believes that the end justifies the means.
You know, I went into this show not knowing who the bad guys where going to be. So when the Equalist guy with the microphone showed up, I actually thought he was making sense and that Korra acting pretty bitchy to him(Actually, I still do. What the hell, Korra?) It's only when they began with randomly kidnapping people and such that they didn't feel right to me. Also, saying that the Avatar failed his/her job. The last one SAVED THE WORLD and the first thing the new one did is keep three gang members from abusing their power.
But yeah, other than that, I do agree with your points. Amon's a pretty cool guy and the Equalists are not any worse than the benders in power. But I think Asami's friendship with the Krew proves that not all non-benders are Equalists and not all benders are corrupt bullies. It's not that I'm against their ideals, just that they're going to war with them. What I hope that will happen at the finale is that both sides realize they've gone too far and they realize they've BOTH dealt some permanent damage.
Last thing, about the Batman argument: I guess I should've known more about him before I said that. Though, I still think they're both really different in that Batman, aside from a sidekick or two, still likes to work alone(with the exception of the Justice League who deal with bigger threats so I don't think they count). Amon, even though the man's practically a one man army, uses his words and group effort to get things done. I knew he was a philanthropist, I don't know why I didn't mention that. But, he does keep a lot of his stuff to himself like his technology and criminal information.
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