Author has written 4 stories for Naruto, and Jak and Daxter.
My name is XIIINights (13 Nights)
Characters that go either way for me; good or bad
Albus Dumbledore: There is so much that he did wrong it is a flipping miracle there weren't more deaths in the beginning of the series. His wait and see approach in CoS should have resulted in the death of at least one student. His unwillingness to tell Harry, who should be kept informed as he is the one that is Voldemort's target, anything is infuriating and in my opinion one of the main reasons Sirius died. Dumbledore also appears to be extremely used to being listened to. Main examples of this is at the end of year 4 where he practically demands that Fudge believe him and Harry about Voldemort's return, despite having next to zero evidence. A near fifteen year sprouting information that is known to the public and therefore easily accessed and one tattoo isn't good evidence. Dumbledore practically demanding Harry trust Snape without giving a good reason is another example. Snape verbally abuses Harry and blames him for everything; not exactly someone you would trust, no matter what anyone says.
Severus Snape: This man is suppose to be a spy for the Order, yet there never seems to be any mention of any of Voldemort's plans being stopped based on information that Snape gave them. And the Gryffindor sword at the bottom of a frozen pond, are you serious? Harry is horrified in HBP when he learns Snape is teaching Defense, a subject that Harry is shown to like and even enjoy. From the get go, in Year 6, Snape immediately starts in on Harry "Fifty point from Gryffindor for lateness... another twenty for your Muggle attire... I suppose you wanted to make an entrance." I would have punched Snape in the face if he started in on me like that, especially after I just had my nose broken.
The man is also shown to not belong in a teaching setting. One of the things that Harry finds fascinating is the Apothecary, only to later on state that the Potions lesson turned out to be the worst thing that had happened to him in his first week. If the teacher isn't any good, no matter how much you love the subject, you learn to dread it. I speak from experience: growing up I had an interest in learning French and hated Math. However, the teacher that began teaching me French started off as if the class should already know the language and became easily irritated if we made too many mistakes. As a result I dreaded going to class and spend most of the class time, doing my best to ignore the teacher. The following year, I had zero interest in continuing the class, but was required to. I had a different teacher and her approach to teaching us the language was very different. She made learning fun, and allowed us to ask questions and didn't get mad when we made mistakes. In one year, I had a Math teacher who appeared to dislike me and in my eyes, made a point of trying to embarrass me in front of the class and ridiculed me for the smallest of mistakes. This, combined with my dislike of Math in general made me not only dread the class, but down right hate it. The following year, however, I had a teacher who made Math fun and my interest and willingness to learn increased and I enjoyed learning Math for a change. In fact, Math became my favorite class that year. The point of the story? No matter how much you might find a subject interesting, if the teacher is someone you do not want to be around, your interest in said subject does not survive. However, even if you dislike a subject, but the teacher is good and makes it fun and interesting, you will find yourself willing to learn and take an interest.
Also the man being in love with Lily is not cute or redeeming. It's weird and creepy. He hates James because he is supposedly a bully, but is Snape any better growing up? And when Lily calls him on it, what's his response: "That was nothing,... It was a laugh, that's all..." Lily states that what Mulciber tried to do to Mary Macdonald was Dark Magic, and Snape considers it nothing. Also he wanted Dumbledore to keep Lily safe. Not James, or infant Harry, Lily. He didn't care about them, and it was only when Dumbledore showed contempt for Snape's selfish desire, that he states "Hide them all, then," however, he clearly doesn't mean it as his next line is "Keep her - them - safe." His first concern is still only for Lily. If Voldemort had gone after the Longbottoms, I don't see Snape saying anything. He hates the Marauders because it was a group against an individual meaning he probably would lose any confrontation they ended up in, but it is stated that he gave as good as he got. And as an adult he is someone in a position of power as teacher, and as a teacher, he never should have allowed his personal feelings to interfere with his teaching the way he did wit Harry. Not to mention there is no reason Harry should have to pay for the sins of a dead man, especially a man Harry never really had the chance to know, even if it is his father.
And would it have killed him to keep his mouth shut when it came to Sirius? Harry himself states in HBP in chapter 8, "He had loathed Snape from their first encounter, but Snape had placed himself forever and irrevocably beyond the possibility of Harry's forgiveness by his attitude toward Sirius. Whatever Dumbledore said, Harry had had time to think over the summer, and had concluded that Snape's snide remarks to Sirius about remaining safely hidden while the rest of the Order of the Phoenix were off fighting Voldemort had probably been a powerful factor in Sirius rushing off to the Ministry that night that he had died. Harry clung to this notion, because it enabled him to blame Snape, which felt satisfying, and also because he knew that if anyone was not sorry that Sirius was dead, it was the man now striding next to him in the darkness."
That said I do like stories where Snape has a mentor/father-son relationship with Harry. They just have to be well written. The only reason I am willing to read those is due to the relationship between Alan Rickman and Daniel Radcliffe.
RIP Alan Rickman 02/21/1946 - 01/14/2016
Minerva McGonagall: There are two moments throughout the whole series where Harry needs her the most, and she fails him completely. In Year 1 when Harry went to her about his concerns for the Stone and in Year 5 when it came to Umbridge. Also she seems completely incapable of thinking for herself. She's also a loyal Dumbledore fan and GOF proves it: "Dumbledore, you know perfectly well you did not made a mistake! Really, what nonsense! Harry could not have crossed the line himself, and as Professor Dumbledore believes that he did not persuade an older student to do it for him, I'm sure that should be good enough for everybody else!" Really? So because Dumbledore said so, two Ministry officials, two Professors, three other students (two of which are not his students) and two foreign Headmasters are suppose to believe him?
Hermione Granger: I like Hermione, I really do. But there are a few things she does that bug me.
Year 3: She goes behind Harry's back to talk to McGonagall about the Firebolt. I understand that she was concerned for Harry, but would it have killed her to talk to him instead of going behind his back? I know she meant well, but it bugs me. I'm sure that Harry would have taken her concerns seriously and would have approached McGonagall himself, if only Hermione had taken the time to talk to him about her concerns.
Year 5: In regards to the DA, Harry doesn't want to teach at first. When he warms up to the idea, it is only became he thinks it will be just Ron and Hermione. Only to realize that Hermione has again gone behind his back and spoke to other people about it - people Harry realizes are only there for one reason: to hear about Diggory's death. To me it seems as if Hermione didn't take Harry's opinion or feelings into consideration.
Year 6: She completely ignores Harry's concerns in regards to Draco and he is in the end proven right. She becomes impossible to deal with when the potions textbook is mentioned and spends her time pining over Ron, a guy that, aside from one real hint towards a relationship in fourth year, she appears to have a love-hate friendship type relationship with throughout the series.
I like Hermione. She is one of Harry's most loyal supporters and friend, but it disappoints me that book 6 nearly ruined her for me. As such, good or bad, I don't mind. Hermione does what she does for Harry because she thinks it's for the best and she does it with good intentions, but you have to remember that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Sirius Black: I love Sirius, I'm just not entirely sure what his purpose was suppose to be aside from having his reputation shredded (along side of James' and Remus's) in an attempt to make Snape look good. By the time Sirius comes in, we already know that the Ministry is made up of the finest idiots the Wizarding World has to offer. He was suppose to provide a safe haven for Harry, something that he failed to do. The amount of time Harry spend with Sirius doesn't establish as deep a bond as Rowling wanted us to believe: throughout POA Harry believes Sirius is a murderer and only really gets his side of the story near the end, where he is then rushing to try to save an innocent man from the Ministry's stupidity, a few stolen meetings in GOF and a few weeks in OotP, weeks that are not spent alone between the two of them in order to get to know each other, but rather they are sharing those weeks with the Order and the Weasleys. Not exactly a bonding environment.
As Sirius appears to make no use of the brain provided to him and completely disregards his responsibilities. Instead of choosing to make Harry his priority as he should, Sirius makes Harry take second place on a number of occasions. He was chosen to be Harry's godfather meaning that in the event Harry's parents couldn't be there for their son Sirius was meant to step in and take a paternal position, his godson should always come first!
Ron Weasley: I can see him as the loyal friend/brother, I really can. But in some ways I prefer Ron in fanfiction more then I ever did in canon. His abandonment of Harry in fourth and seventh years just rubbed me the wrong way. And his treatment of Hermione in fourth and sixth year is something that I just couldn't let go off. Why Rowling paired him with Hermione is something that I never understood. But good or bad, I don't mind.
Ginny Weasley: One line. That's all it took for me to hate this girl in canon and only begin to give her a half way decent chance in fanfics. That line you ask? HBP chapter 30: "I knew you wouldn't be happy unless you were hunting Voldemort. Maybe that's why I like you so much." To me this screams that Ginny hasn't grown up from the squealing fan girl we first see in PS/SS and in the beginning of CoS where she can't even be in the same room as Harry without putting her elbow in the butter dish. Who is happy constantly being in a life or death struggle with their parents' murderer? Clearly she should start paying more attention, because she doesn't like Harry, she's just in love with The-Boy-Who-Lived and doesn't even see the boy behind the stupid title. Ginny also isn't really introduced until half way through OotP where she is shown to be a bit of a troublemaker, but is also shown to have a mean streak which left me with bad view of her. Also the way that Rowling described love as a "chest monster" when it came to Harry's feelings for Ginny... yeah, that didn't work. I thought a love potion was involved when this happened.
Molly Weasley: I could go either way with this woman. I like how she takes care of Harry and looks out for him, but her smothering greatly irritates me, and the way she talks to Sirius made me want to slap her. So bashing or non-bashing works for me.
Kairi (Kingdom Hearts): I don't like her constant need to be protected so I deeply enjoy Kairi bashing. Yet there are some good stories that I read in which she is a good friend, so I don't mind those too much.
Sakura Haruno (Naruto): Before anyone starts screaming 'Sakura hater', let me explain. The very first episode of Naruto that I ever watched was part 2 of Hinata vs Neji, meaning that I only really saw Sakura's abilities when she tried and failed to help Sasuke and Naruto in the fight against Gaara. I didn't hold that against her since she was trying. It was after this that I went back to watch from the very beginning and was horrified to see that Sakura was introduced as a love struck Sasuke fan girl whose sole purpose for being a ninja appeared to be so she could be near Sasuke. Her performance during the Wave mission didn't help her either; harsh his words may have been afterwards but I found myself agreeing with Sasuke. However, I remember her in the fight against Gaara and thought she would grow out of it. Watching her try to defend Sasuke and Naruto from the three Sound ninja, her hold her own against Ino during the Chunin exam, and try to help during the fight with Gaara it appeared that I was right. She wasn't the best fighter and probably won't be the one you would trust with your life, but she was trying and growing. She kind of lost some points during the Sasuke retrieval arc, but I let it go: this was a guy she has had a crush on for a long time and it kind of stung too, seeing as I had gotten the impression of a family/friendship in regards to Team 7, I blame episode 101 mainly for this.
Enter Shippuden and it is revealed that Sakura has made Chunin. We see that she is capable of using her chakra in a similar manner as Tsunade to give herself inhuman strength, is a medic and is shown to have been able to make an antidote to an unknown poison fairly quickly in order to save Kankuro's life demonstrating her intelligence. Her fight against Sasori with the help of Chiyo helped to maintain this image. Then... Sasuke tries to kill her. Sasuke tries to freaking KILL her and she still claims to love him. Seriously?!?! In the "final" chapter I get the impression that Sakura ends up a housewife. Is this true? I don't know, but I doubt it. To be fair we only see her in one panel out of the entire chapter and she is seen to apparently be cleaning. Could this have been her day off and she was taking advantage of time in order to do some chores around the house? Maybe. If no longer a ninja, she could very well be a medic in the hospital since it doesn't appear that Sasuke has a job due to the fact that he is traveling. Someone needs to bring in a paycheck, and I think that someone is Sakura. But they could have at least shown her in the hospital with a clipboard in hand or something, I mean, it's one panel we see her in, was it really that hard to do something like that? Regardless, I'm still looking for the intelligent strong kickass Kunoichi that she is hinted to be, where is she, I can't find her.
"Let no one rule your mind or body. Take special care that your thoughts remain unfettered. One may be a free man and yet be bound tighter than a slave. Give men your ear, but not your heart. Show respect for those in power, but don't follow them blindly. Judge with logic and reason, but comment not. Consider none your superior in life whatever their rank or station in life. Treat all fairly or they will seek revenge. Be careful with your money. Hold fast to your beliefs and others will listen. Of the affairs of love... my only advice is to be honest. That's your most powerful tool to unlock a heart or gain forgiveness." - Garrow Eragon by Christopher Paolini
"You are my son, and it is my duty to pick you up when you fall down, to dry your tears, letting you know that everything will be alright. It is my duty to teach you, to help you grow so that one day you will no longer need the help, because you will no longer fall, only make others crumble to become your stepping stone on your way to greatness. I cannot expect you to never show pain, to never be upset, to never make mistakes. I can only expect you to keep fighting the long battle, to not let defeat pull you down indefinitely, to learn with every new experience, to grow stronger. Do you think you can do that for me, Haraldr?" - Loki to Harry Quasars Between Us Chapter 8 by Kefalion (Harry Potter Avengers Crossover)
"Well, maybe a calling is reason enough for you, but you have to know that no matter what, if I was asked to choose between my family, between my sons and my sisters and the love of my life, and my duty as a Charmed One - I would always, without fail, always, chose my family.
"Some other pompous, rich man who'd wanted nothing more than my father's status. He hadn't loved me... but Soichiro had. My father brought my fiance to our home, and commanded Soichiro to do the same. When both confronted, he was asked why they'd wanted me for themselves. When Soichiro replied with that he'd loved me, my father asked him to prove it. He pulled out this pebble from his pocket and gave it to my father. He laughed at him, along with my fiance - a man who could've quite literally gotten me the world - and told him to get out of his sight. I was scared. Scared I'd never see him again, scared I'd live the rest of my life unhappily with a man I didn't love. But Your grandfather spoke up. He'd said, 'I got that stone from Shinano River, the longest river here in Japan, to prove I'd love her for as long as I can. I chose to give her a stone not because I'm broke, but because a stone is difficult to break. A stone won't die like flowers, and it was smoothed by the tides of time. It's been darkened by phases of care. Trinkets and the like show nothing for how much you truly love someone. That stone wasn't made by a craftsmen. It was made by time, and care. Love is made with time and care. What a better way to prove my love, than to giver her something that purely represents it." - Sachiko Yagami to Matt A New Family Member Chapter 29 by ObsidianWing
"It is children who truly see the world as it is. It is children who know and accept the true reality. It is children who look at the world with unbiased eyes. Eyes that have not been clouded by the expectations of others, and that which is considered 'acceptable' for adults to believe in or not. Who is it that passes on the Spirit of Winter's warnings, about storms or bears or wolves? It is the children of this village, and you were one of them once. You cannot tell me that you do not remember the times you spent with Jack Frost." - Emily Bennett Secret of Frost and Moon Chapter 8: A Family Tie is Made by Alaia Skyhawk
"Right and wrong are not what separate us and our enemies. It's our different standpoints, our perspectives that separate us." - Squall Leonhart
"Darkness always finds a way into a wounded heart. You have to be strong. Strength of heart will carry you through the hardest of trials." - Terra Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
"I realize life is short so I'm markin the day/Now it's full speed ahead, I'll rest when I'm dead/And I could give a fuck that the next man said/I live how I wanna live/Buy what I wanna buy/Do what I wanna do/Try what I wanna try/Fear nothin, take chances/Not afraid to fail, always makin advances/So when I ride the Grim Reaper Highway/No regrets bitch, I did it my way" - If It All Ended Tomorrow (John Cena)
"Amelia, courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all. From now on, you'll be traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. The key is to allow yourself to make the journey." - Amelia's dad's letter The Princess Diaries
"A wise man once told me family don't end in blood, but it doesn't start there either. Family care about you, not what you can do for them. Family's there through the good, bad, all of it. They got your back even when it hurts. That's family." - Dean to Crowley S10E17: Inside Man
"Never get into an argument with an idiot: They'll drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." - Jerry "The King" Lawler
"A true champion is not judged by how much he or she is admired but by how well they can stand at the face of adversity." - John Cena
"I wanted to apologize to anybody that I might have let down last night. This is... this is kind of hard to understand, but sometimes you can try so hard at something. Sometimes you can be so prepared, and still fail. And every time you fail, it's painful, it causes sadness, and especially as I saw last night, it causes disappointment. I have often said a man's character is not judged after he celebrates a victory, but what he does when his back is against a wall. So no matter how great the setback, no matter how severe the failure, you never give up." - John Cena