Ivy doesn't appear to have made the connection between people doing what she wants and their being afraid she might hurt them. When this connection does occur to her, do you think it will make her more dangerous, or less so?
Post by blondiviolette on Dec 17, 2010 17:22:15 GMT -5
Hmm, hard to say. I think her knowing she can make people do what she wants cause they're afraid will make her more dangerous; she's a pretty demanding little girl. Then again she could feel a bit bad about it because she might think well they really don't want to be doing the things after all and get angry about that and the fact she thought they truly did want to be there with her doing those things like colouring in etc. But I think overall she would rather have people in amongst her activities than not, so she'd kind of let the annoyance go and think well at least they're doing what I want them to do. Obviously I don't know but that's just a guess, you're the mastermind of Ivy's behaviour so who knows what surprises you've got up your sleeve for the future
In situations like this, literature seems to fall into a few set categories of character when a person of great power realizes they're so much stronger than others. In my opinion, almost all of it starts with feelings of loneliness and/or isolation at realizing you're the last or only of your kind. Thinking beings seem to gravitate to a certain type:
The Despot, they use their strength above others to force people to their way of thinking. They take their power and they use it to rule, to dictate policy to others. This could be on a grand scale like Ming the Merciless conquering planet after planet and bringing them into his fold or something smaller like Bill Mumy in the Twilight Zone episode, "It's a Good Life", where he ruled over his family and anyone else unlucky enough to come to his little farmhouse.
The Wanderer, upon realizing their uniqueness, begins a quest to find others like themselves, refusing to believe that they could be the only one. Sometimes they start of trying to use their abilities to help others, but then begin to feel used or even jealous of all the "normal" people sharing their normal life. Sometimes they settle down in a place for a while, but something always triggers them to begin searching again. Superman does this in many incarnations, this became the Pretender's main motivation for escaping, and too many examples of anime have this as a catalyst for the main protagonist(s) to go to different places and/or fight many powerful characters.
The last I can think of are the Hiders. The Hiders are further broken up into subcategories. There's the Hiders in Plain Sight that have decided to combat loneliness by pretending to not have powers. Of which are the Disavowers, who never use their abilities or use them sparingly and never in public (e.g. Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, A-Ko's parents, Tenchi, etc.). And the Concealers that take on a secret identity so that they can live their normal lives but also use their powers to continue to help or harm people under a new person (e.g. most comic book superheroes, Dr. Horrible, etc.). Finally there's the Hermit. These Hiders isolate themselves and just try to not come in contact with others (Dax and Weaver are doing something like this, though I think more Weaver than Dax).
When it comes to Amanda, without handing out spoilers, I get the feeling she might lean toward the Wanderer. Her life right now is not really adding that "shame base" that I think motivates a Hider. If she had remained with Meri Lin and the Colonel then probably a Concealer or Disavower, but on her own I don't think so. Her carefree nature and tendency to already explore and wander seems to foreshadow a Wanderer. Some of the things she does/thinks smack of a Despot, but I get the feeling that that could just be a part of normal, pre-adolescent, self-centeredness and something she may or may not grow out of.