@ofhamartia asked for a few things, for people to say why they love the characters they do, to add a personal headcanon, and last but not least, what they imagine the characters want to do when they grow up, or if they’re adults, where you’d imagine them in ten a fifteen years.
So I’ll be doing a series of these for several characters, starting with my personal favorite character, and the one character whom I’ll watch and rewatch the show for over and over again.
The one and only Scott McCall
What can I say about Scott McCall, that I haven’t said already 😉
Scott is one of those characters that are best described as kind. That’s the very essence of his being. That he is kind. He is caring, considerate, loving, responsible, reliable, and has a damn bad habit of taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong around him.
Scott was just a kid when we first met him, and in six years our time, two from his perspective, he managed to grow into a true leader, the kind of leader who leads by example and understanding, rather than by trying to dominate or control others. A mentor to others, and the kind of inspiration that even adults felt hard to ignore.
He’s probably one of the best and most understanding friends a person can hope for. Too selfless by far, especially once you pass the s4 marker. He’s forgiving to a point, giving people second, third, and even fourth or fifth chances.
One of the things about Scott is that he inspires those around him to be better. Whether it’s his friends, or his (former) enemies, it’s hard not to try and become a better person when you’re around someone like Scott. He never tries to shine at other’s expense, and is in general more concerned with other people’s wellbeing than with his own.
It’s why most of the time I want to take the poor depressed nigh suicidal boy, wrap him up in a blanket and keep him somewhere warm and safe where no one can hurt him. It’s why I want so desperately to see him able to stop Monroe’s crusade so he can go to college, be a kid for a while and then become the veterinarian that he’s always wanted to be.
Scott is also wise beyond his years, holding a vision of a better world, but instead of just dreaming, he tries to force that vision upon the world, and possessing the strength and will power to make that happen. And it’s that strength of will that made him rise to true Alpha.
What I like most about Scott, is how unique he is as a character. He’s a subversion of the usual protagonist tropes, he’s not the funny sarcastic guy, or the dark broody anti hero, he’s not even the reckless, overly brave but naïve hero who jumps into danger without a thought. Scott is not a rebel, with or without a cause. He can be stubborn, but essentially he’s the good kid. The one that wants to listen to authority figures, and only resists them because his best friend keeps dragging him along into trouble. (and quietly, he enjoys Stiles’ tendency to do so, because it tends to shake up his life a bit. Even if it isn’t always in good ways)
He’s a rational minded kid, who cares so much, that he’ll take risks if other people’s lives are in danger, but won’t throw himself at a threat, just for the sake of it. But most of all, he’s the kind of kid, who’d be perfectly happy, leading a boring life, doing his homework, getting a job, a family, playing sports. But who can’t bring himself to do just that, as long as other people are suffering. And it’s just that, that makes him a hero.
As for a headcanon in regards to him. I probably have too many. But the one that’s currently playing in my head is that after the series, Scott went and studied further martial arts and especially BaguaZhang (aka the martial arts craft that Deucalion used on Teen Wolf). This is an art aimed at using your opponent’s force against them, and tends to specialize in fighting multiple opponents at once. Which just feels perfect for Scott and what he needs it for.
As for his future. I like to think that eventually they’ll form a peace treaty with the hunters, even if only with the Argents, the Callaveras and other hunting families who follow the code. That these families look down on people like Monroe and her band of honorless madmen (and women) who murder the innocent, who murder children with no proof of any wrongdoing, or any regard for the code. And once hunters side with werewolves against Monroe’s people they finally find a way to stop her and her crusade, or push it down enough that Scott can finally go fulltime back to school. (funded by Derek and or Chris)
He’ll of course keep busy, being an alpha isn’t the kind of thing you can just push aside, but he’ll graduate as a veternarian, and maybe even learn how to use his werewolf abilities to not just take away pain, but actively heal the sick. He’ll be the kind of alpha others come to for advice and maybe marry Malia, or find new love, who knows, have children, a life, and hopefully find happiness, which is all I want for him.
You so often see statements like ‘Scott views the world in black and white’, or ‘Scott’s only moral because he wasn’t pushed to the limits’, and it is like a trigger point for me, because it’s so utterly horribly wrong.
Not only does it ignore all the times that Scott was pushed to the limits, but it assumes that because a character doesn’t cross that moral barrier, that he must have had it easy. It goes with the fallacy that being good is just something that happens to people, rather than something that has to be fought for, every step of the way.
Thing is, Scott was pushed to the limits and beyond them, he just didn’t go over it, because he was strong enough to hang on to doing the right thing. Either by love, or by the support of his friends, which is something he cultivated from day one.
That’s the thing really, if you cultivate connections, gain support, you don’t have to fall to the dark, and even if you do fall, that support can get you back.
That’s why Scott sees the world in shades of gray, unlike characters like Peter, or even Stiles. Characters, who think the world is good or evil. My way or their way, and never the twain shall cross.
Tags: institutionalization, mutant AU, pyrokinetic!jensen, empath!jared, lost memories
Summary: Being a firestarter has never made Jensen’s life easier. He thought he’d have to give up so much - memories, family, freedom - to keep his life and powers in control. Meeting Jared may change all that.
Title:Lost and Found Artist: liliaeth Author: hunters_retreat Other Pairing(if applicable): Jared/Jensen Rating: PG Warnings/Spoilers: Boys in space Summary: Jensen was the first captain to see this side of the universe. His ship was the most advanced made, an experimental beauty, with a crew ready to explore. Of course, they hadn't counted on second rate backup generators (thanks corporate douche bags!) or a rapidly disappearing crew.
Jared was a space treasure hunter. When he comes across an antique ship, he takes it back to his own and tries to figure out who the ship belonged to (and if he can make a profit from towing it back to port).
Things aren't what they seem and somehow Jared has to put the pieces together because the strange cloud he brought back to the ship might be the key to everything.
Art Title: Flooded Prompt Number: S2005 Artist: liliaeth Fic Title: At the End of the World Author: a_dusky_gold Fandom/Genre: SPN, Romance, Horror Pairing(s): Dean/Castiel, minor Sam/Eileen Rating: Explicit (for violence) Word Count: 10k Warnings: Cannon Typical Violence, Some Body Horror/Gore, Zombie Apocalypse, Croatoan/EndVerse, John Winchester’s A+ Parenting, Underage Summary: "If you wanted to share," Castiel mutters, "You would have. I'm not in the habit of pressing people to share personal information." "Because you can read their thoughts," Dean snarks back. "Talk about privacy laws, man." The Impala swerves as Castiel's head whips around to glare at Dean, swallowing the knee-jerk surprise at how corporeal he looks. It's been a full two weeks that they've been on the road together and still, Castiel can't wrap his mind around the fact that this being - who looks like a teenager - is as old as he is and is about a hundred times more powerful than him.
What I love most about Scott, is how much of a subversion he is to the usual protagonist. How unique he is compared to most other heroic characters and that instead of going with the usual cliché where the originally naive heroic characters becomes darker as he goes through suffering; that Scott’s suffering instead made him even gentler, more likely to try and seek a peaceful solution, more likely to want to talk things out.
Scott doesn’t posture, he doesn’t let himself be led by ego. He’s rarely if ever reckless or careless, but most of all, he’s gentle.
He has an incredibly high emotional intelligence and an understanding of human nature beyond that of almost any other character on the show which is what makes him a great leader. He can be too cautious of course, too likely to take responsibility, or hold himself accountable for things that aren’t his fault.
And yes, he’s often too willing to give people second and third or even fourth chances, but all that’s part of his moral flexibility, where he refuses to see the world in shades of black and white, the kind of perspective, where his side would be good and the other must thus be bad. Scott can’t bring himself to think that way. Instead he is almost always willing to look at things from his opponents pov. To see if there is any validity in what they say, if they might be the ones in the right, to wonder about their motivations, their reasons,and why they do what they do. And it is this that stops him from taking the easy way out, from just killing the bad guys to get it over with
There are few to no characters like him on television,and the ones that are, are rarely the lead. They’re rarely teenagers, because the kind of wisdom Scott has, is something most people don’t usually get until they’re older. And that in and of itself fascinates me about him.