Is Rumple a Misogynist?

Short answer: No, Rumple’s an equal opportunity imp with an itchy trigger finger— but he should probably stop killing women in S4.

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Look, Regina throws fireballs, Hook rendezvous with the floor, and I kill people— every villain has to have a hobby!

Side-note: Since coming to Storybrooke, Rumple’s only tried to kill women whose name ends in “-a”: Regina, Cora, Tamara, and Zelena. The prospective villain of S4 is named ELSA? Someone better sit her down and tell her not to mess with the Dark One.

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pissedoffatouat said: if Rumple "never broke a deal" how do you explain Gaston/Rose after he gave Belle his word that her family and friends would be safe? did he let Gaston go after letting him hear how Belle will never love "someone as superficial as him"?

No, no, context is everything— Rumple’s deal with Belle saved her town from the OGRES, not from death in general. I’m sure immediately after Rumple left some poor peasant drank too much wine celebrating the sudden lack of imminent ogre-fueled destruction, fell on something spiky and keeled over— that’s not Rumple’s fault.

I get everybody in the end, muahaha

In fact, if Gaston had carried Belle off that WOULD have broken her deal (Belle in exchange for saving the townspeople from ogres) and Rumple would either have had to retrieve Belle and kill Gaston or slaughter Belle’s village. The only way Belle can get out of the deal AND her town remains safe from ogres is if Rumple lets her go … which he does.

I think Gaston is now sitting pretty in rose form in Rumple’s pink house.

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No one blooms like Gaston

Simply fumes like Gaston

No one watches his ex honeymoon like Gaston

Why’d they choose this damn spot for their for-ni-ca-tion?

Oh noes he’s a rose— that Gastooooooon!

Anonymous said: But surely by saying a soul mate is the only person for you they're completely contradicting the whole you can love again message? Like, Robin is Regina's soul mate, so if he dies then that's it for her?

Maybe it’s not a contradiction, maybe it’s more of a “best fit” scenario— meaning, that out of all the  loves you can have (romantic, familial, or otherwise), only your soul mate will be the one who truly understands you. That isn’t to say that others can’t come close, though, so if Robin Hood bites the enchanted dust, Regina can definitely find another true love and/or friend— it just won’t be the same as what she had with Robin.

Anybody else have any other theories?

stan-24 said: During the Comic Con panel the creators were discussing the difference between a true love (or at least a loved one) and a soul mate. According a Adam Horowitz a “True love is when you truly love someone. Soul mate is the idea that there’s only one person for you. On our show, we’ve learned that happy endings aren’t what you would expect. If you love somebody, if it doesn’t work out, you should love again.” What do you think of this idea? Thanks :)

A soul mate doesn’t have to be romantic, though, does it? I thought it also applied in a only-you-truly-understand-me kinda way, in which case you could be FRIENDS with a soul mate but be dating your True Love. Anybody know?

The ‘multiple true loves’ theory is really refreshing to me because it means you can truly love family members and friends AND romantic prospects. You can have as many true loves as you have room for in your heart, and that’s a really great message, I think. It’s also good news for Emma and Regina because boy, do their suitors tend to shuffle off this mortal coil at the rate of at least one a season— it’s nice to think they have a chance at love regardless of the death count. The show is all about second chances, after all.

Thanks for sharing the dirt from Comic Con!

reginamillfs:

reginamillfs:

do you think regina ever saw a very sexualized queen of hearts costume and was scarred for life

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mother why 

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Anonymous said: Someone pointed out that the RumBelle pic is taken at the cemetery. That is going to be one beautifully heartbreaking scene.

thenaughtyscandalousscorpio:

screwballninja:

Really? Oh GEEZ. Way to kill the mood, Rumple— if he introduces Belle as his wife to his SON’S GRAVE I’m going to sniffle.

On a lighter note, having an episode where the running gag is a couple just can’t get time alone to boink is a standard farce plot and I have zero problems with that. Prepare yourself for rumbelle being constantly interrupted by meteorological shenanigans and/or the Charmings. Just saying.

I believe someone here accurately named them “The Cockblock Brigade”. 

Poor man…

:-)

How about “Charming Cockblockers”?

Anonymous said: Someone pointed out that the RumBelle pic is taken at the cemetery. That is going to be one beautifully heartbreaking scene.

Really? Oh GEEZ. Way to kill the mood, Rumple— if he introduces Belle as his wife to his SON’S GRAVE I’m going to sniffle.

On a lighter note, having an episode where the running gag is a couple just can’t get time alone to boink is a standard farce plot and I have zero problems with that. Prepare yourself for rumbelle being constantly interrupted by meteorological shenanigans and/or the Charmings. Just saying.

mrs-stiltskin:

snafu-moofins:

riskpig:

obsessedfool:

http://instagram.com/p/q2cmFWIq7Y/

SERIOUSLY JUST AAAAAAH OH MY GOD I WILL GLADLY BLOW MY POST LIMIT OVER THIS PHOTO

HES GOT HIS FUCKING SUIT JACKET OFF AND SHES SO PRETTY AND AJSJDKIAHNSSK

No kidding. He’s wearing his shirt garters… you can see how see through her top is. I just fucking love it and have lost my ability to can..asdfghjkll……

Ded.

I wrote the Rumple and misogyny essay but there was a thunderstorm and the power went out and now it’s GONE. I can recreate it but it’ll have to wait until I have another streak of little ninja-free time (ha ha). Sigh.

Anonymous said: Hi Screwball Ninja, I absolutely love your essays!! I was reading the episode reviews when I noticed that there wasn't one for 3x13 or 3x14. I was wondering if it would be possible for you to review those. I'd live to hear your thoughts, especially for the Witch Hunt episode.

I’m very sorry, Anon, but I don’t think I have time at the moment to go back and rewatch episodes from the Zelena arc.

But I will tell you what’s up next on the docket sometime in the near-ish future:

  1. Is Rumple a Misogynist? (Short answer: No, but he should probably stop killing all those women.)
  2. Why the Timey-Wimey Aspect of the Finale Worked for Me (Short answer: this show needs structure otherwise it flounders)
  3. Redemption Song (Villain redemption arcs and what it means to be redeemed)
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Anonymous said: Do you see Emma and Hook as a long term relationship or just a fling? I'm not entirely sold on the idea of the Emma Swan/Killian Jones relationship being end game. Any thoughts?

I don’t know that ANYBODY’S end game for Emma, because Emma’s in a perpetual love triangle … and the third person is DEATH.

Shut up, Hades

Let’s recap the fate of Emma’s love interests, shall we?

It was only a kiss/ How could it end up like this?

Wait a minute, I didn’t even kiss her!

Our monkey love was canon … until she dropped me off a building

At least it’s not another portal

*cue JAWS music playing*

Maybe that’s the real reason the writers aren’t pursuing Swan Queen— because they fear for Regina’s safety.

Back off, I’m too popular to die!

In any case, we’ll just have to wait and see. I think whoever is end game for Emma will only be revealed in the series finale, whenever that may be. For right now, it’s enough that her paramours stay alive and kicking for an entire season. Good luck, Hook!

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Of course I’ve been having plums for the past month. *shakes fist at fruit trees* On one hand, it’s nice to finally be told about this— but being told about it A MONTH AFTER you may have eaten infected fruit is not really helpful.

pissedoffatouat said: why is it easy to accept Rumpelstiltskin's death as bold storytelling, even though it's sad, but Neal's "death" feels fake and impossible to accept?

I have no problem accepting Neal’s death because we saw the body AND the funeral and, more damningly, they broke out the Cello Music of Doom (tm).

There’s always room for cello!

But I agree Rumple’s death felt way more satisfying than Neal’s, probably because Rumple broadcasted his death for a whole season. We knew “the boy would be Rumple’s undoing” since the middle of S2, Rumple told Belle he was going on a one-way trip to Neverland in the S2 finale, and Rumple was shouting about dying for Henry for ALL of S3A. So when Rumple actually kicked the bucket to save his family it was satisfying instead of shocking.

Foreshadowing: Doing It Right

With Neal we had JUST gone through his “death” in the S2 finale, so him dying in the middle of S3B seemed kind of “been there, done that.” However, for just this once I’m going to ignore my “ONLY care about what we see in the episodes” philosophy and point out that I’m 90% sure the actor who plays Nealfire wanted out of the show. There were rumors from reliable sources to that effect, AND the actor tweeted official denials of this, AND the writers officially denied it: in my book, Solid Rumors + Official Denials mean the original rumors are true. So just this once I think we have to give the writers a break because they did their best to work Neal’s death into Zelena’s arc in a respectful way to his character— Neal said goodbye to everybody, died a hero to save his dad, and there was a touching funeral. It’s not like Neal randomly fell over a tree root, conked his head and died without anybody noticing.

What did NOT happen

What I find fascinating is that some Nealfire fans were upset that Snowing named their baby Neal, saying they should have named the baby Baelfire. But aren’t Baelfire and Neal THE SAME PERSON? If you love Baelfire but are ‘meh’ about Neal then the writers have failed to link the two, and that’s a big reason why I think Nealfire didn’t get that much love from the fans (see that essay here!). In any case, I’m afraid Nealfire is gone for good except for flashbacks (and those will probably be with young Baelfire).