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Buffy is curled up on a couch, with a pad balanced precariously… 
31st-May-2009 02:21 am
{†} fuck destiny
Buffy is curled up on a couch, with a pad balanced precariously against her knees. Despite said precariousness and the fairly decent amount of time she's been sitting there it has yet to slip, held in place either by force of will or the intentness of her scribbling. (The latter seems more plausible, admittedly.) Without looking up from the rather abstract thing she's drawing, she asks:

"Why don't villains have decent scary names anymore? If I were a villain I'd be all about the intimidation factor. What's gotta be wrong with something fierce like..." The pen stops for a moment, as she conjures up something appropriate. "Death...Face?"
31st-May-2009 01:31 am (UTC)
"Or Cobra Commander. That's totally badass, eh."
31st-May-2009 01:52 am (UTC)
"I guess it does have that... certain... snakey alliterative appeal to it, that could strike fear into some people's..." She trails off, unable even to denial herself into believing that one.
31st-May-2009 02:03 am (UTC)
"Maybe they think that havin' normal names could be a little scarier than havin' a totally badass name like Hina Cassandra. Which is apparently my Evil Name accordin' to an online quiz I took on the subject. But you're right. Bein' Hadley Smith doesn't exactly conjure up Fear and Intimidation like Death Face might."
31st-May-2009 02:14 am (UTC)
"Hina Cassandra, huh?" Buffy looks up from her pad, with mild interest. "Not bad... I'm still not convinced by the less-is-more approach though. Take the horsemen of the Apocalypse for example-- there's no 'Kinda Hungry' or 'Cultured Debate' or... or 'Mild Sickness', right? It's Famine, War and Pestilence. That's the way to do it."
31st-May-2009 02:13 am (UTC)
"The good evil names are taken, the rest would be unpronounceable Eldritch Abominations sort of things like Zal'verm'xatl, or gets lost in translation. Or just plain bad." The albino teenager answered, and shakes his head at the attempt.

"Try this, 'Mistress of the Blood-Soaked Moon' or 'Shadow of the Knife'. Something like that, suggestive."
31st-May-2009 02:21 am (UTC)
"Eldritch... Shazam what now?" Buffy stops drawing and looks up with a fairly confused expression. Then, crestfallen, she asks.

"...Death Face isn't suggestive?"
31st-May-2009 02:57 am (UTC)
"I know, bad guys nowadays are totally lame and unimaginative. I'd totally call myself something like The Undead Menace or maybe The Shambler. I mean, at least they have a better sound to them instead of Ted or Angelica. Seriously, even some evil dude called That Guy is better than nothing, right?"

Zed smiles from a couch he's just flopped onto. He looks a bit rough around the edges, but it's definitely the same smug Zed.
31st-May-2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
"The Undead Menace I approve of. The Shambler, however..." Buffy laughs, setting her pen down. "All I'm getting is 'he'll fall over you to death, and he has that way-scary inner ear problem, leading to... terrifying questionable balance. Beware'."
31st-May-2009 03:28 am (UTC)
"Death... Face."

He very carefully doesn't give His actual opinion of that one.

"I personally think that it's due to the rise of irreverent mockery towards matters (and beings) of high and terrible grandeur. When I face down Jaggskrolm, Berserker God of the jotun race, I do Him the courtesy of not making Mick Jagger references or trying to make Him define just what the hell a 'skrolm' might actually be. I just engage in an epic battle that tears across the heavens until I finally manage to cram His divine essence into a jar of torment, then go and help celebrate a Greek fellow's temple-opening with an overelaborate and useless gift with a joke inside. It's just how I roll."

He'll look at Buffy with a musing expression, now. "Honestly, if you took on Zaulphiria the Eternal Flame, Wyrmlady of the Caldera Islands, would you take the time to appreciate her for being a foe with some oomph?"
31st-May-2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
Buffy makes a mildly petulant face, A) because she can tell that 'Death Face' isn't getting the appropriate level of love and B) she dislikes being proved wrong with logic.

"I'd... probably just insinuate she had wyrms actually-- but that's not the point! I'd give her credit for making the effort. Completely."
31st-May-2009 04:01 am (UTC)
"I'm not sure there's ever been a time when villains had frightening names, Miss," Aion said. "At least, I was never intimidated by the likes of Nemo or Dr. Fu Manchu."
31st-May-2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
"Nemo?" Buffy laughs, looking up from her pad incredulously. "The cute little orange fish from that movie?"

...because that's clearly the most likely interpretation. Yes.
31st-May-2009 04:05 am (UTC)
"Death Face? Hmm, it lacks something, I think."

Well since you've asked so nicely for a villain, please enjoy this vampire pirate lord. He comes complete with simply-cut black clothing, embellished with a gold-dyed sash that sets off his ash-pale skin quite nicely. Probably the most noticeable thing about him, though, is the hair, or perhaps the tongue. It's long and forked and flickering, you see.

You taste interesting, young lady. Hello.
31st-May-2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Well goodness, that's different. Thankfully Buffy's learned to chill on her 'VAMPIRE MUST KILL' senses/natural tendencies since frequenting the Nexus, so she's free to just appreciate the ensemble. And the hair. That's some hair.

"That subtle touch of class and elegance?" She suggests, a little dryly, setting her pen down.
31st-May-2009 07:35 am (UTC)
John has popped into the Nexus briefly, but can't fail to notice Buffy (what can he say? He likes the blondes!).

"I assume it's because it'd make it pretty obvious...villians these days like to be sneaky. It's hard being sneaky if you've using something like The Disemboweller wouldn't you say?"
31st-May-2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Buffy looks up from her pad at the familiar voice, with a little smile.

"I guess..." She concedes, before continuing. "Although I don't see the appeal of sneaky, personally. Sneaky tends to translate to 'colossal pain in the ass', specifically mine. Give me a good old fashioned disembowelling any day."

Pause. "Except, you know, not. Because ow."
31st-May-2009 07:38 am (UTC)
"Maybe some villains consider it a cop-out to rely on a name -- instead of, say, a well-deserved reputation -- to put the fear of god into their enemies' hearts." Alex pops a handful of candy corn into his mouth and munches, uh, menacingly? Sorta.

"A catchy name would be fine, I guess. But not a stupid hyped-up one. How much more badass would it be to actually make people afraid of Louie the Bunny Man?" [[LONDON BROIL CORE AUDIENCE]]
31st-May-2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
That's really not menacing, FYI. Buffy looks up from her pad, with a vaguely amused expression.

"I... suppose you may have a point there. Not on the 'Louie the Bunny Man' thing-- that's ridiculous-- but the other thing. About reputation. Still, I think there's a balance to be struck between Louie and over-hype. Y'know, a nice happy medium, that's intimidating but not overdone?"
31st-May-2009 08:43 am (UTC)
A lot of the villains I know are spending more time planning their nefarious schemes than thinking of a properly intimidating name. ::Schuldig will be kind enough not to snicker at "Death Face."::
31st-May-2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
Buffy appears to be rather sceptical on this one. "And nefarious schemes are great, but how are you supposed to take them seriously if they have a name like... Candyfluff? For example."
31st-May-2009 11:04 am (UTC)
"Seriously Ma'am...... DEATH FACE? How is that better than Twilight?"
31st-May-2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, hi Satsu, Buffy is very shocked to see you here-- to the extent of almost capsizing the pad, in fact. And now blushing slightly. Oh dear.

"What? It has pizazz and-- and chutzpah! And oomph and various... other words that don't make a lot of sense but sound impressive."
31st-May-2009 11:53 am (UTC)
Hank had to give her a once over; had he met this one before?...

"We tend to get stuck with whatever the press comes up with."
31st-May-2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Didn't they have that creepy conversation one time about horseshoes? Buffy is unperturbed in any case.

"That's assuming you're a famous villain. What if you're just Joe Evil?"
31st-May-2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
"Ugh. Don't even get me started on villain names." Reilly rolls his eyes. "Unless you want to get into a 'Whose Baddies Have the Worst Names' contest. Which, FYI, I will win without a doubt."
31st-May-2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
"Can you do worse than 'Twilight'?" Buffy looks up and smiles, putting the pad to one side. She knows she's never going to win this one, but she feels she's under the obligation to try in any case, as a matter of pride.
31st-May-2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
"In a more modern society, theatrical names seem to lose their power to intimidate. Unless you're concealing the original identity, there's nothing wrong with a conventional given name, either. Or at least an alias that sounds like one." Clad entirely in black but for a red silk scarf, The Shadow could easily be taken for a villain by those who do not know him.
31st-May-2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
The Shadow, admittedly, does have that certain villainous look to him, but thankfully Buffy isn't the 'immediately judgey make assumptions' sort. She's usually cool with people until they actively try to bite her/anything along those lines.

"By that second thing, do you mean if I, for example, changed my name to, umm... Isabella... Steelworth? That'd be an acceptable villain name?"
31st-May-2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
"If I ever turn villain - and I'm not, barring some really bad things happening back home - but if I ever do, I'm going to have a name that'll scare the living crap out of people, especially thoughtful people. I'm still pondering over exactly what, but right now, I like 'Peacemaker'"

He grins. Summer is letting Metody reach new heights of garish. Today's shirt is Hawaiian, with dogfighting planes skirmishing up in the shimmering blue sky. The flames are beaded, the smoke is appliqued tulle and velvet. There's a shark in the water, too, swinging around to investigate some unfortunate probably-a-Nazi entangled in his own parachute ropes. The shorts are Hawaiian as well, and they carry on the underwater motif. The embroidered corals are particularly nice. Metody's arms and legs are tattooed with thickly swirling green leaves, augmented here and there by a brightly penned in sea creature. A tangle of multicolored bracelets clash on his wrists and one ankle, and why is he wearing a great big green daisy in his hair? Does it have wings?

The frogs are there, but every day, they look more and more drab next to Metody's determined garishness.
31st-May-2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
"Peacemaker does have that kind of... 'peace/death I'll make you calm real bad' type ring to it?" Buffy muses, pad and pen set to one side as she takes in the spectacle that is Metody. After this obligatory surveying, she states, gesturing at her white halter and very very normal jeans.

"Y'know, you're making me look bad."
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