the truth about this ask is that I first thought it was the best ask I have ever received (are you the same hand behind the ask about Nicky’s smiles? >.>), then I started panicking because this evoked in me memories of oral exams in my high school career. I panicked, so ignored this ask like a boss. Now here I am.
WHAT DO I LIKE THE MOST ABOUT NICKY?
First, a disclaimer: I know I talk a lot about Nicky, being somewhat Italian and catholic (canon is complicated) so closer to my experience than other immortals, but I want to state how I relate to Joe a lot, and how I love both characters dearly. So I’d love questions about Joe someday!
Now, I love that Nicky is caring. That’s it, the easy answer. Nicky cares so much, and not just for Joe. He is, just like the other immortals, part of the family, and you can see how he loves all of them a lot. I love how he hugs Andy, how he loses against Booker, how comfortable he is when they’re in Goussainville having dinner and Nicky has an arm thrown over the chair? It’s just a little detail, but I live for that. It shows how comfortable he is around his family.
I love that he is the one who begins Quynh’s story, while the others, Andy, Joe and Book, are all reeling from Nile’s words and they need a moment to recover, all three for different reasons (that scene is maybe one of my favourites in the entire movie, I have a post somewhere in the drafts about it). I love that he talks first and then lets Joe take the lead for the story, because by then Joe is ready to talk about her.
I love that he is not afraid to be optimistic believing in a higher motive behind their shared existence. That he is, both as a character and as a movie character in a film industry that looooves cynicism and gritty reboots, unashamedly hopeful. That he cares so much for Nile as soon as he meets her, for the girls they’re supposed to save in the beginning of the movie.
I love that he is… soft? (for how much he can be soft while also being a 900 yo soldier with a terrible past). I love his warm voice when he says: ‘The love of my life’.
Now, I want to specify that most of the things I love about Nicky can also be applied to Joe. Whenever Nicky does/says something, you see also Joe backing it up in actions or words. Joe shines throughout the movie. Those two have been in a relationship for 900 years, I think they agree on a lot of important things. BUT, the movie does something different with the two characters because… Nicky actually talks more? Joe does the van speech, but Nicky talks a lot in the rest of the movie. I’m probably a bit influenced by what I read in the comics (I skimmed them), but Nicky is the one who cooks and the one who worries a lot. He is the hopeful one, at least in Greg’s eyes that’s how he was written. If you look at the movie with fandom lenses, you see that these characteristics are actually shared for the most part with others in some capacity, but Nicky is the hopeful worrier. He cares a lot. And that’s why I like him so much. (another thing to talk about on a later date: Joe got a lot of character development by the fandom because he had a lot of potential and we had less to work on at first? maybe it’s a wrong impression but they gave us less outstated aspects to work on when it came to Joe)
AS FOR THE SECOND QUESTION… see, it connects to what I said before. Nicky talks in the movie, he is not as shy as so many fics write him. He says Joe is the love of his life to a complete stranger AND in front of his oldest friends (teasing I don’t fear you) withot batting an eye. So he is, in my personal opinion, a private/quiet person, but he wouldn’t be afraid to leave a message for Joe on the kitchen table with a messy ‘I love you’ scribbled on it. I think he definitely cooks for Joe & the others and food is a big love language for him. I also imagine him to be very protective of Joe but at the same time he knows how good Joe is at what they do so he doesn’t show his worry when it’s not needed. If he knows Joe can handle it, Nicky worries inside, even if Joe can still read the worry in Nicky’s eyes. Nicky would also be Joe’s biggest fan and I imagine him supporting Joe’s hobbies and activities with all his being in 1000 different ways, in any universe. THIS GOT SO LONG I’ll stop rambling
Hello TOG fandom. <3 Please tag your posts with #discourse if your are talking about tog discourse. I am currently filtering my tags to avoid #discourse and this is also a reminder that you could too! The discourse has been really disheartening and tainting my biggest source of fun and enjoyment for the past year. Fandom should be our escapism from things like this and I intend to keep the TOG fandom that way for me and hopefully, for others as well. Thank you. <3
Due to the disgusting state of the fandom, I would like to say that my DMs are open to anyone who is afraid/anxious about writing TopJoe/AlphaJoe/DomJoe or anything of the kind. I understand how toxic and panic-inducing this atmosphere can be but remember: Fandom is your escapism, and we should write what we want/enjoy first and foremost. It’s about how you write it. That’s all. And Joe topping has nothing to do with racism, so fuck that noise.
Let’s work one step at a time to make this community more welcoming and healthy.
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Naples 1973, Nicky is on an undercover mission to catch some mafia men. But he takes the opportunity to seduce his husband once again 😆.
Obviously Joe is really receptive to Nicky’s look and he falls in love with his all and more all over again.
Yes Nicky style is based on Primo’s look form the TV show Trust FX because I start watching it and I really enjoy it!
this is the best thing I’ve read today, I want your energy random reader
Today I remembered this beautiful poem by the Spanish poet Ángel González (Oviedo, 1925 - 2008). I think Marwan would like to add it to his JoeNicky collection.
In a world that lost its magic a group of immortals emerge, their destiny not known to any of them. From gods to princes to merchants to warriors, they are everyone and every being to the world. A Storyteller, a master of magic and the arts, steps onto a stage centuries later to teach their story of destiny to a curious audience.
I had the pleasure of working with @shinylightblue for @oldguardbigbang2021 ! I illustrated one of the scenes from her amazing fic “All the Truth in the World is Held in Stories” which you can read here! It was amazing to be able to illustrate something for such a refreshing and creative story!