i honestly can’t even hear the words “tri-state area” without thinking of phineas & ferb
"I honestly can’t choose a side in the civil war. I think the Stormcloaks have every right to rebel against the Empire, but Ulfric does not seem care about much else than himself. And the Empire is right, had they not signed the white-gold concordant, they’d all be dead, but they really shouldn’t allow themselves to be puppeteered (is that a word) by the Thalmor. In the end the Thalmor are the ones to blame."
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okay, but imagine this: a story, in any medium, in which a side character cracks a joke in a very grim, life-threatening situation. the main character tells them off in “righteous fury,” insisting they aren’t taking the tragedy seriously, that it’s important and right to act noble and brave and serious. and literally everyone gets pissed at the mc for being a dick, instead of getting inspired at the mc’s “determination and righteousness”