In which I’m a happily married, 25-year-old woman who regresses into a screaming preteen. Oh, Edward. What was I saying again about not being a Dickens fan? Please, sir. I do indeed want some more.
Some stills(?) here that I haven’t seen before. :)
Anonymous asked: ROBIN AND BAT HAIR: what are your thoughts on their hair types and styles and preferences and whatnot? what is the best and worst hair styles they have all had?
Buckle up, kids. I have things to say on this subject.
Headcanon: Dick has truly black hair, the kind that looks almost bluish. It’s fine and pin-straight, but he has a lot of it. He tends to keep it longer, because he loves the way that it feels when he’s in freefall and the wind combs it back. Plus, having enough hair to pull is, uh, a plus in certain situations. Dick HONESTLY thinks it looks good, no matter what he does with it. Then again, he’s baffled why other people don’t have vast collections Hawaiian shirts—-they’re so bright and loose and comfortable and cheerful! He has only a very limited grasp on the concept of dressing and grooming to flatter his ridiculously great figure.
Best and Worst: Dick has this flawed perception when it comes to good taste—-namely, that he has good taste in the first place. He has the dubious honor of having some of the worst ‘dos in the family, but he seems totally and completely unaware of this fact. No matter how bad or reminiscent of Fabio, he rocks his hair with mighty man-panther fierceness. His rattail may have had low-level sentience, since gravity clearly didn’t know what to do with it. It became such a threat, the first thing that the writers did on the Nightwing ongoing was get rid of it. It could have continued to gain sentience, so it had to be eliminated—-and its death had to be on-panel, with witnesses.
Headcanon: I’ve discussed my headcanon about Jason’s hair before, because I happen to really love his precious waves and ringlets. Jason’s hair is one of the greatest mysteries of the DCU, though—-is he a natural redhead? What is up with that white streak? There are many explanations for the inconsistencies of canon, but this is where I write about headcanon, so let’s just shelve that discussion for now, shall we? I think that Jason has very thick hair, and that it’s got a bit of stubborn curl to it. He’s been in the habit of keeping it short ever since his Robin days, for that very reason. On humid evenings, or after sweaty workouts, his bangs will curl up in impossible angles. When he was around thirteen, this was a big deal (and a major unfairness of the universe), because he thought that the curliness was so embarrassing. A full head of wavy cowlicks just invites people to tousle his hair in a friendly manner and tell him that he’s adorable, and fuck that.
Jason would frown at himself in the mirror after he showered (where he also practiced his tough Boy Wonder faces, modeled after Bruce’s many glowers), pawing down his wet hair. If he let it air dry, it was a goddamn curlpocalypse. He’d have to roughly brush his hair out, which just left it a dark, downy poof that required a whole lot of gel to smooth down. He tried so hard to be the Robin he thought Bruce wanted, even in the small and frivolous ways.
I love his piebald streak, and I really wish that canon would stick with it. White streaks like that are either genetic or acquired from trauma. I thought that it was telling that his streak was on the same side as his obviously bloodshot eye—-blunt force trauma to the skull could very easily produce a hank of piebald hair. The texture’s a little bit different than the rest of his hair—-coarser and straighter, the actual hairs themselves thicker than his black ones. He dyes it when he needs to blend, but it’s a physical manifestation of the damage that has been done to him. It can be covered up, but it’s still there. It always, always comes back, and it marks him as different from the rest of the world.
Best and Worst: I think that the long, straight red hair takes the “worst” cake, if only because I have trouble thinking of him as anything other than Buff Ginger Jesus. Best hair award goes to Lost Days, though it lacks the ubiquitous white streak. Let’s just blame it on me liking Jeremy Haun's style.
Headcanon: I think that Tim’s hair isn’t a true black—-rather, it’s a very dark brown. It’s not immediately apparent, but it lightens a bit during the summer. Or, it lightens during the summer if he ventures out into the sunlight for more than a few hours at a time. He is a nerd at his core, so the glare of a computer screen in a dark room is the most flattering lighting for him. Like Dick, he has fine hair, and it’s difficult for him to do a lot with it when it’s short. I feel like young!Tim had an uneasy relationship with hair gel. It’s like he knew that it was useful for something, and that most guys wore it, and that spiked hair was ~in~, but he critically failed somewhere between intention and execution. Timmy tries really, really hard, you guys. He really does.
Best and Worst: The 90s were a trying time for hair, and the bat boys suffered alongside the rest of their brethren. Here, we see Tim fighting futilely with his hair—-a good representation of his relationship with his hair, really. I hope that he and Dick bonded over their hair, because it’s just awful. Our Boy Wonder grew up, though, and with confidence came experimentation in style—-that, or Cassie sat him down and told him that she was confiscating his hair gel, and she was doing it out of love. Tim grew his hair out, to great results. This is either a cover, or a Herbal Essences commercial. His hair got quite a bit more body—-hell, I’d go so far as to call this era the Flowy Hair Years. Sadly, this age was ended by extensive burns, which ushered in the era of Red Robin. One would think that this would be the end of Tim’s Flowing Locks—-between the burns and the fully covering cowl—-but with Red Robin came Marcus To. And that, dear readers, meant that Tim became a hair pornstar. His locks flowed like never before.
Reading Red Robin for the plot was like reading Playboy for the articles. We all know what we were reading for.
Headcanon: Even Robins share many similar traits, and precious waves and ringlets seems to be one of them. Steph doesn’t have curly hair, per se, but it has a lot of wave—-and she has a lot of it in general. Her hair is really thick, and it’s something that she likes about her own appearance. She usually wears it down and loose, because the weight of it up in a bun or high ponytail gives her headaches. It holds curl well, so once in a great while she’ll use a hot iron to give her waves more definition. She feels kind of guilty whenever she spends a lot of time on her appearance, but she likes feeling pretty, too. As much as the fallout from her Batman Inc. misadventure hurt her, she did enjoy having primping and girly self-care as a part of her daily routine, for once. Stephanie Brown: College Student wrestled her hair into a ponytail when it was still wet and called it good, but Stephanie Brown: St. Hadrian’s Student had to look like a million bucks—-or at least like she had a net worth of a few mil.
If she cuts it short, it’s a sign of Steph being in a bad mental place. When she chops off a lot of it, she usually does it herself, prompted by a mixed up form of self-punishment and desperate attempt to assert some control in her life. She always regrets it the next day—-because she really does like her hair, and thinks it’s one of her best features—-and ends up going to a cheap salon for help fixing her hack job. Steph cut about six inches off in a fit of postpartum depression that she told nobody about, then cut it to chin-length after her father’s death. Steph doesn’t go to people with her problems. She’s a caretaker, a giver, and so she turns inwardly when she’s having a rough time. Taking care of herself without any help has been a life-long trend.
Best and Worst: If the Batboys have a long history of awkwardly bad hair, the Batgirls are the exact opposite. These ladies wear a variety of styles, and they pull them all off because they are amazing and beautiful, the end. The biggest change in Steph’s appearance was when she got a pageboy cut. At that length, it was easy to blow it straight and sleek. It also made her look a lot less like her father, which is something that she struggles with. She’s the pretty, splitting image of her Daddy. I just spent a good twenty minutes trying to find ~the best~ pictures of Steph’s hair, and I gave up. Because she has beautiful hair, and choosing just a handful of images is an exercise in futility.
Headcanon: Cass is very ambivalent about her hair. Her personal identity was too soft and malformed when she was young to give her a strong awareness of how other people see her. Years of contact and the many, many changes in her life since she got pulled into the Bat colon have helped. For much of her life, her hair was a nuisance—-she kept it short enough not to get in her way, and to only require the minimum effort for upkeep. She learned to appreciate her hair when Spoiler barreled into her life, because Steph is Steph and personal headcanon dictates that it’s easy to get a bad case of the Stephs. Cass’ hair is dense and dark and very glossy—-Steph was invested in teaching her gentler ways of social contact, so once in a while she’d play with her hair and compliment it. Cass hadn’t thought that it was something worth complimenting before that, so she started seeing her appearance in a slightly less function-based view—-but only slightly.
When she knew that she was going to be coming back to Gotham, she let her hair grow out. It was a small, silly, but very conscious decision. She hadn’t known how to approach Steph again after everything that had fallen out between them, so a part of her had hoped that maybe she would see the difference and compliment it again. And maybe they could not talk about the awful things that strained Cass’ vocabulary, and just fall back on old, soothing gestures like playing with each others’ hair. It’s not that she has a particularly strong desire to be seen as more feminine, because I don’t see Cass as having a firmly female gender identity, but that Steph had promised to show her how to french braid it if it ever got that long.
Best and Worst: Again, Cass has rocked her varying hair styles and lengths. I especially liked her hair in Gates of Gotham, which inspired the headcanon I just rambled about. Since I can’t narrow down a favorite for her, either, let’s have some more Marcus To hair porn.
Headcanon: Damian doesn’t have the standard Caucasian hair type. It’s much coarser, to the point that it sticks up in stiff tufts without the aid of product. Even at ten years old, Damian is very self-concious and meticulous when it comes to is appearance. He got into the habit of brushing his hair back from his forehead—-like Bruce—-but it takes a liberal amount of hair wax—-hair wax, not hair gel, because he is a snazzy little boy with discriminating taste in product—-to keep it smoothed back. It tends to stick up around his forehead and in the back, no matter how hard he tries to get it to lie flat. Sometimes, he feels like the elements of his makeup that aren’t clearly taken from Bruce are out to sabotage his best attempts at resembling his father. He doesn’t know it yet, but it would be much more manageable if he let it grow out a bit. Like Tim, his hair is not a true black. It’s a very deep brown, but the color usually isn’t apparent unless he’s in bright natural light. And hey, he lives in Gotham and hangs out in Daddy-o’s cave most of the time, so it’s not often that anyone sees that.
Best and Worst: Damian’s hair has been pretty fixed since his inception, so it’s mostly down to best and worst artistic renditions of his style. I guess that you could say that his future self has the worst hair, but his problem is his upsetting lack of hair.
I was going to include Babs in this, but uh her hair is forever flawless, so I didn’t have much to go on. Batgirls win the hair war, no doubt about it.
Edit: Ditto for Bruce. I hear his hair has been insured for $10,000.
God help me, I just wrote 2200 words of haircanon.
This is a post about my headcanon about Robin bottoms. You should probably just keep scrolling, because I don’t think there is anything redeeming in this post. You should just blame sniktpop for this. Answers based on the body-type headcanon that I gave here.
Dick Grayson: What can I say about Dickie that hasn’t been said before? There’s a whole blog dedicated to his ass, okay? This is the birdbutt that started it all. Dick is famous for his butt, and for good reason, I believe. He’s less bulky and more toned, purposefully building his body in such a way as to not hamper his acrobatics. This has given him a very firm, muscular behind—-and because genetics are good to this boy, he has kind of a bubble butt to boot. It’s the kind of ass that you could set a teacup on. It’s the kind of ass that proves that there is a benevolent maker who wants us to be happy. That ass brings hope and joy to all who gaze upon its firm globes.
Jason Todd: As I’ve said before, I think that Jason’s built for core strength, not for the bodybuilding aesthetic. He’s got a little extra weight and a lot of extra muscle, giving him the rough size and shape of a grizzly bear. He’s actively conscious of his grooming habits and facial hair, because if he goes too long without shaving he becomes the wild lumberjack of Gotham. (While I very much enjoy Rocafort’s art, I feel like he draws him as too thin. One thing that I’ve loved about post-rebirth!Jason is that he’s physically the closest to Bruce’s body-type—-the only one who could have realistically put on the cowl and looked like him, sans padding and careful posture. But, as usual, I digress.) That being said, I imagine that Jason has a meaty posterior. I mean, with those thighs and all, he’s got some real heft going on. You could take a bite out of that and still have plenty for leftovers. The thighs steal the erogenous zone show, but that butt won’t be ignored.
Tim Drake: Skinny Timmy does not have much of a butt. It’s sad, but it isn’t his fault. Unlike his brothers, Tim has trouble building (and keeping) weight and muscle. It’s one part metabolism and one part terrible eating habits; when left to his own devices, he throws himself into projects and forgets that normal people have to do things like eat and sleep. Tim is very toned and lean, so he has a tight, small butt. It’s nothing to scoff at, but he’s no Dick Grayson. (But with Dickbutt, it’s like the Highlander. There can only be one.)
Stephanie Brown: As the only girl!butt on this list, Steph does not disappoint. I mean, just look at that adorabutt. JUST LOOK AT IT. My personal headcanon for Steph’s body is that she is much softer than the Batgirls and Robins who have come before her. Most of her strength comes from her arms and legs, and she prefers to hold her ground and duke it out rather than do those infamous flips and shit. She’s an ex-gymnast, but she’s no acrobat. Steph’s solid, but she doesn’t have the years and years of training to sculpt and tone her body—-or the access to the nutrition necessary to sculpt her physique, especially in her younger days. Steph’s extremely active, but she carries more bodyfat than Babs, and definitely more than Cassandra. She’s a bit pear-shaped, and most of that extra weight is settled around her belly and adorable heart-shaped butt. (And this is why Dick was so 8D about Steph in Daisy Dukes in Shake Your Tailfeathers. He deeply appreciates a good butt.)
Damian Wayne: Bruce Wayne doesn’t have much of a butt. He has the arms and back of a Grecian god-hero, but all god-hero blessings stick to the front, not the back. Thankfully for Damian, the House of al Ghul has very fine stock when it comes to shapely behinds, and his mother has one of the shapeliest. As I mentioned in the body headcanon post, I feel like Damian will continue to cling to the training methods that Dick left him with. During his Robin years, he will train as a Robin, pulling back on the need for raw strength and bulk in order to play a support-partner role. This will keep him slimmer than his father, lighter and more flexible. A focus in acrobatics, speed, and precision during his teen years will leave him with a build not unlike Dick’s—-though he will be much taller and broader through the shoulders. Personally, I believe that Damian will follow in his brother’s footsteps and grace the world with an ass worth illumination in iambic pentameter. This is all conjecture, but hey: perfect genetics, people.
And this has been a post about Robin butts. Enjoy the rest of your day.
saturn-onyx and I were just discussing this in my ask, and I decided that I might as well move it out to the public because I have extensive headcanon to share (and I’d like to hear others’ thoughts about this as well!).
I really love bodies. I love unique traits and characteristics, and I love what they say about a character’s life and personality. I know that in comics we tend to see a very limited number of body types expressed, mostly due to style and visual continuity, but in fiction you have the freedom to expand on details. Prose is my preferred medium, because you can use as many words as you damn well feel like. So I have pretty well-developed headcanon on what I think the characters I write look like, which is why it’s difficult for me to do fancasts and such.
Dick: Realistically, Dick shouldn’t be very tall. The average height for male gymnasts is 5’5”, and he comes from a line of excellent acrobats. 5’10” is kind of a stretch for him—-we’ll blame it on what Bruce fed that boy—-but he’s regularly drawn with the same build/size as Bruce. I kind of hate that! To me, Dick should be shouldery and have a well-developed upper-body, but he isn’t bulky. He’d be around 150-160lbs—-lean and compact, because unnecessary muscle mass SERIOUSLY slows someone like him down. One of the things about the typical gymnast/acrobatic body type is that they usually look much smaller when they’re in loose casual clothes, which I think is believable for Dick. So often, I see heroes drawn as bulging out of their street clothes, and I’m just like uh-huh, yeah, sure, nobody suspects they’re actually a superhero. In my personal headcanon, Dick’s Batman uniform is heavily padded through the core area in order to change his exaggerated inverted-triangle bodyshape into Bruce’s more rectangular one. Also, his boots totally give him a couple more inches of height. Alfred incorporated these details without consulting Dick, so the first time Dick put on the uniform he was like “I look like Broooo-ooooo-ooooose SOB” and Alfred rubbed his back and promised not to call the kevlar padding the Bat-Brassiere. (Damian did not make this promise.)
Jason: Jay, on the other hand, is a beast. God only knows what Talia fed HIM, because he went from being the tiniest precious baby bird to being a tank with a hard-on for brutal justice. He’s still bendy and capable of being light on his feet, but he’s more comfortable with standing his ground and just ruining anything that crashes up against his mighty pecs. I think that he has a tendency to slouch and roll his shoulders in—-making him seem smaller; he’s not even all the way used to his size—-so when he stands up straight it’s a little startling. He’s a complete mesomorph, more rectangular and broad than his fellow grown-up Robins. I know that this isn’t artistically depicted, but I think that he doesn’t have the typical “bodybuilder” physique. He’s got biceps and thighs that could strangle a man (and let’s be real: they probably have), but he’s anything but thin. Depending on his level of activity/obsession (I think that, when he’s engrossed with a plan or an idea, he loses a lot of his appetite. He eats to keep going, but he doesn’t waste time enjoying it. So when he’s NOT engrossed with something, he tends to eat more), he has a little belly fat. He loses and gains both muscle and fat easily. Idk, I have this ridiculous mental association with Jason as a grizzly bear. He eats what he wants, sleeps as much as he wants, and ruins your shit because he’s a bear, fuck you.
Tim: Marcus To draws the perfect Tim. End stop. His height/musculature varies wildly between artists, but my headcanon for him is that his height caps off at 5’6”. He’s considerably shorter than the other bats in the colony, but I think that just goes to show how you don’t have to be a massively muscled automaton to be a threat. Not every fight is a match-up of brute strength vs. brute strength, so I love it when Tim relies on his head instead of his fists. He’s a very capable fighter, but he doesn’t have to be a big man. He has more of an ectomorphic frame, narrow and lean, and he has difficulty gaining weight/muscle. Plus, the acrobatics don’t come naturally to him—-he has to work at it. He’s a smart enough kid to know that he should play to his strengths, and his smarts ARE his biggest strength. Most of his power doesn’t come from his upper-body, but his lower—-he’s got strong legs, and favors kicks and jumps to punches. It started as boyish emulation of Big Brother Dick, but he realized pretty quickly that it’s what works best for him. Tim Drake: badass hero for the short dudes who despair that they’ll never be big and cool and badass.
Damian: I think that one of the biggest differences between Bruce/Jason and Tim/Dick is that during their pubescent years, Tim and Dick’s training was specifically focused to keep them light and fast. Jason and Bruce were solo fighters during their late teens/early twenties, so it’s not surprising that the focus of their training was strength and bulk. Tim and Dick were in the partner/support role, so their personal strength and endurance wasn’t key. I feel that as he gets older, Damian will be a mix ectomorph/endomorph because he has Bruce’s genetics, but that partner/support training. He’ll end up with an oddly balanced physique, since he’ll have his father’s frame, but without much of the muscle weight through his core.
Damian’s been trained from a very young age to be deadly. His trainers have taught him to fucking destroy his opposition, despite his size and strength. To me, that says that he’s been taught how to hit. Since he’s already equipped with that knowledge, he doesn’t need to build muscle bulk—-in fact, it’d slow him down if he was as broad as his father. In my head, adult Damian has a well-developed upper-torso, but a lean core and narrow hips. Bruce may be his Batman now, but he’s his caretaker, not his teacher. Dick was a true mentor to him, and he personally trained him. Damian will continue to follow his training exercises for years, I think, and how you train definitely affects the way your body builds.
WELL I think that’s more than a sufficient amount of TL;DR for now. I may follow this up with Feelings About Lady Bodies.
Day #10 Favorite Fire Type: Charizard
I tried to be a liiittle original and decided to draw Charizard looking cute instead of badass like most of the time.
Have a Charizard mommy being cute with her baby.