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Nukeli The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light from A Dark Planet Lit By No Sun Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light
Sep 29th 2021 at 10:20:43 AM

Aside from a backstory based on Captain America's, Red Revenge's main villain Trevor Gesse was also inspired by some music i listened to when writing that entry.

     An 11 items long song list 
  • Sonne by Rammstein [1]
    "Everyone is waiting for the light / Be afraid, don't be afraid / The sun is shining out of my eyes / It will not set tonight / And the world counts loudly to ten / ... / One, here comes the sun / Two, here comes the sun / Three, it is the brightest star of them all / Four, and it will never fall from the sky / Five, here comes the sun / Six, here comes the sun / Seven, it is the brightest star of them all / Eight, nine, here comes the sun"
    • It has a creepy atmosphere, the right kind of lyrics, and is even about the sun.
  • Starboy by The Weeknd
    "You talkin' about money, need a hearing aid / You talkin' about me, i don't see the shade / I switch up my style, take any lane / I switch up my cup, kill any pain / ... / Look what you've done / I'm a motherfucking starboy / Look what you've done / I'm a motherfucking starboy"
    • Trevor is the "centerpiece". His uniqueness and usefulness make him famous and popular, and he also gets all the women. The "take any lane" line would refer to his defection to Germany, and "Look what you've done" could refer to several people from his backstory; His father, his mother, the scientist, the officer, whose fault it is that he exists.

  • Fall of the American Dream by Rebel Kicks
    "Staring at the sun you'll never see / Pupils tend to dilate / The hour's getting late / Things begin to escalate / Can't breathe / There's a lack of oxygen / Deprive my lungs again / I hear my mother say / The sins of our father, whiskey and Sinatra / Yeah, they are to blame / So let's all raise a glass / And toast to the fall / Of the American Dream / ... / We've crawled / A long way to nowhere / Too afraid to go there / Won't let go / We are / The dreamers and deceivers / Choir of believers / And we all know we're / One step closer to the ending / No use in pretending / It's under control / So lets all raise a glass / And toast to the fall / Of the American Dream"
    • In the context of Trevor, this could be literally about America, or his life story in general, especially when Germany starts losing the war.

  • World So Cold by 12 Stones
    "It starts with pain / Followed by hate / Fueled by the endless questions / No one can answer / A stain / Covers your heart / Tears you apart, just like / A sleeping cancer / What kind of world do we live in / Where love is divided by hate? / Losing control, of our feeling / We're dreaming this life away / What kind of world do we live in / Where love is divided by hate? / Selling our souls, for no reason / We all must be dreaming this life away / In a world so cold"

  • America by Deuce
    "They wanna see blood / They wanna see hate / Like a needle in your vein / A sickness with no name / In a world that's insane / Why is America to blame / When you're praying for a change to a god with no face? / They wanna see blood / They wanna see hate / Like a fucking AK, it's going up in flames / In a world that's insane / Why is America to blame / When you're praying for a change to a god with no face?"
    • Again, it could actually be about America or not. "A god with no face" can be the actual God, or mean things like ideologies and symbols.

  • Ghosts by Jacob Tillberg
    "Do you remember a day in october / The leaves were falling, just like me when it was over / One more day of sorrow and i'll struggle to stay sober / I still remember the smell of your perfume / It hasn't left me since the day you made me blue / I think i saw you but i know i'm not supposed to / I must be dreaming because i don't believe in ghosts"
    • Trevor's thoughts after killing his abusive father. Trevor initially freaks out when he realizes what he did, but appears to deal with it. However it still haunts Trevor as an adult because of his confused feelings about his father. "The smell of your perfume" in this context would be the smell of alcohol, which Trevor is almost actually afraid of due to childhood trauma.

  • Falcon in the Dive by Terrence Mann

    "How the devil do I ever prevail / When I'm only a man? / But I'll never be duped / By that scurrilous phantom again / I wasn't born to walk on water / I wasn't born to sack and slaughter / But on my soul I wasn't born / To stoop to scorn and knuckle under / A man can learn to steal some thunder / A man can learn to work some wonder / .... / All those tremulous stars still glitter / And I will survive / Let my heart grow colder / And as bitter as a falcon in the dive / .... / Though rivers stream and hills grow steeper / For here in hell, where life gets cheaper / Oh, here in hell , the blood runs deeper / .... / If we wait for the darkest hour / 'Till we spring alive / Then with claws of fire / We devour like a falcon in the dive / ... / These are the days, yes / Days of glory, days of rage and the dream / And the dream of Paris preys on my bones / Gnawing night and day and / Clawing through my brain and / No, never kneel, never bend / Rend him to bits, bite / Oh, the beauty of the fight / I am not a man to hunger for blood / But the spirit can cry / To be younger and fiercer and fly"

    • This fits Trevor's inner thoughts and self-perceptions pretty well. He occassionally angst over how hard his job is. While Trevor is a vile human garbage and thinks "certain people" need to die, he actually disdains "having" to kill people himself. Not that it stops him from doing it over and over again.

  • Mr. Fear by Siames
    You know I'll never disappear, now get me out of here / Just trust in me, my dear, no cure is coming you know / I'll never disappear, now get us out of here / Don't trust in me my dear, what cure is coming near?

  • Saints by Echos
    "My dear, you're not so innocent / You're fooling heaven's gates / So you won't have to change / You're no saint, you're no savior"

  • Schwarze Sonne[2] by E Nomine
    "You urge, deceive the spirit / You enlighten my mind / You seduce you desecrate / You are cold and burned out long ago / And inwardly, you warm me / Since forever / Black sun / Predator of blood / Terror of earth / Numb, heartless / Trembling hell itself / Fear the invincible / The mighty destroyer / Is an angel / You appear in my dream / You caress my black heart / You give light to tree of life / You freed me from the pain / And actually / You terrify me / Black sun / You fly faster than the light / You are everywhere at once / You are not father, nor mother / And also not the kingdom of heaven! / Yet without you / There is no me, forever / Black sun!"
    • Not only is the song about the black sun, Trevor's chest insignia, the hell and demon metaphors work perfectly. It also goes with his less overt Lucifer motif and being a Dark Messiah.

  • Das Omen[3] by E Nomine
    "Black legions / Cruel emperor / Hidden secret / Final fate / ... / You turn around in black light / Your shadow explodes like a volcano / You are like a star that speaks / I fall into you in my madness / You drown me in your spell / ... / I bow down before you / When you shine in orbit / I can feel your power / You separate me from the gods / You are my sanctuary / You are the light in my room / You are the life / You are the curse / You are the omen"

Edited by Nukeli on Sep 18th 2022 at 2:40:49 PM

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Nukeli The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light from A Dark Planet Lit By No Sun Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light
Sep 18th 2022 at 4:30:40 PM

And Red Revenge's main character, Tom.

He's a German socialist who becomes a masked partisan after the nazis murder his father. I have an actual playlist which is basically his backstory and early arcs in more or less chronological order.

     In folder for your scrolling ease because it's a list of 16 items 

  • I'm Still Here by John Rzeznik
    "I'm a question to the world, not an answer to be heard / Or a moment that's held in your arms / And what do you think you'd ever say, i won't listen anyway / You don't know me, and i'll never be what you want me to be / And what do you think you understand? / I'm a boy, no, i'm a man / ... / And you see the things they never see / All you wanted i could be / Now you know me and i'm... not afraid / And i wanna tell you who i am / Can you help me be a man? / They can't break me, as long as i know who i am / And i want that moment to be real / Wanna touch things i don't feel / Wanna hold on, and feel i belong / And how can the world want me to change? / They're the ones that stay the same / They can't see me / But i'm still there"
    • Tom grew up in an abusive orphanage, ran away very young, and lived three years as a street child, still abused by adults and older children. In 1928 he meets Hans by chance, and is taken in by him. Tom is initially suspicious because of his life experiences so far, but Hans becomes like a father to him.

  • Deutschland by Rammstein[1]
    "Germany / My heart in flames, want to love and damn you / Germany / Your breath's cold / So young, and yet so old / Germany / I never want to leave you / One can love you (you love, you love) And want to hate you (you hate, you hate) / ... / Germany / Your love / Is a curse and a blessing / Germany / My love i can't give you"
    • Tom is patriotic towards Germany, but hates what the Nazis and the weak/cowardly/stupid people who let the Nazis get their way turn it into. He and Hans become targeted by the Nazis in 1933 and have to flee to Paris, where they watch everything escalate. That's also much what Deutschland is literally about. The song fits the whole series in general.

  • Warriors by Imagine Dragons
    "As a child, you would wait / And watch from far away / But you always knew that you'd be the one to work while they all play / In youth, you'd lie awake at night and scheme / Of all the things that you would change / But it was just a dream / Here we are, don't turn away now / We are the warriors that built this town / Here we are, don't turn away now / We are the warriors who built this town, from dust / The time will come, when you will have to rise above the best and prove yourself your spirit never dies / Farewell, i've gone to take my throne above / Don't weep for me 'cause this will be the labor of my love" / Here we are, don't turn away now / We are the warriors that built this town / Here we are, don't turn away now / We are the warriors who built this town, from dust"
    • Hans was a social democrat (later Sopade)and a member of Reichsbanner Schwarz-Rot-Gold, a Weimar paramilitary whose purpose was to protect Germany from the far-right and communist paramilitaries. He was pretty high-ranked, and Tom met his friends and their children while still in Germany. The Nazis come after Hans specifically when they occupy Paris in 1940, and find and kill him when Tom is away from the apartment.

  • The World Spins Madly On by The Weepies
    "I woke up, and wished i was dead / With an aching in my head / I lay motionless in bed / I thought of you, and where you'd gone / And let the world spin madly on / And everything that i said i'd do / Like make the world brand new, take the time for you/ I just got lost, and slept right through the dawn / And the world spins madly on"
    • Tom carries a lot of guilt about not being at home when the Nazis came, ranging from insisting he could've fought them to believing he should've died too. As an older teenager he had wanted to join Reichsbanner and, after 1933, participate in the fight to liberate Germany, but now Hans and most of the others are dead and everything is gone in a flash.

  • Hell To Your Doorstep by Thomas Borchert
    "The world is a place / Where the villains wear a smile on their face / While they take what you can never replace / Stolen moments gone forever / But tables can turn / As my enemies will soon enough learn / I will strike a match and then watch them burn / On the pyre of obsession / You run 'til you drop, chasing an advantage / You'll pay any price if you think it's free / I will carry Hell to your doorstep / I will make you pay / You will reap the hate you've sown / On my judgement day / Sleepless nights and days of damnation / Soon and evermore / I will bring the Chateau d'If knocking up on your door"
  • Defend Avenge by Anthrax
    "Kill all the ends it's your cold black revenge / Mark my words / Defend avenge / Break till it bends it's a means to an end / Defend avenge / You're all gonna get what you fuckin' deserve / Defend avenge / Defend avenge / Defend avenge / Defend avenge"
    • Tom flees the apartment and dissappears after Hans' murder, and becomes a masked partisan. The first thing he does is uncover the identities of, and go after, every single Nazi who stormed their apartment. He psychologically torments them before killing them.

  • Monster by MusicbyAden
    "You've been on a mission / To take my pride away from me / You don't ever listen / And you'll live with your complacency / You don't scare me, but you should fear me / The sun is setting, don't trust your hearing / You made a monster, a mere imposter / Go ahead and wander, but don't trust the water"
    • After avenging Hans, Tom refines his superhero identity and continues on a more careful and rational approach. Like The Shadow, he stalks behind the scenes, manipulates, and appears at the end to deliver justice.

  • Bella Ciao by Tom M[2]note 
    "One fine morning, i was awoken / Oh bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao / One fine morning, i was awakened / To find the fascists all around / Partisan, please take me with you / ... / O partigiano, portami via, because i feel i'm dying here / And if i die there, up in those mountains / ... / If i die there, fighting in those mountains, you must come and bury me / ... / Bury me there, up in those mountains, shade my grave with a lovely flower / ... / so all the people, who pass by that way, will say "oh, see that lovely flower / That's the flower of the partisan fighter / ... / Who died for freedom's sake"
    • The original Bella Ciao was sung by the Italian antifascist partisans during WWII. While Tom isn't a very typical partisan in that he sticks to inhabited areas and operates less conventionally, but propably still counts as a partisan.

  • Human by Christina Perri
    "I can turn it on / Be a good machine / I can hold the weight of worlds / If that's what you need / Be your everything / I can do it / I can do it / I'll get through it / But I'm only human / And I bleed when I fall down / I'm only human / And I crash and I break down / Your words in my head, knives in my heart / You build me up and then I fall apart / 'Cause I'm only human
    • Tom has a self-destructive streak in that he pishes aside his own feelings, needs, and wellbeing in his quest to liberate Europe. He thinks they're in the way, or less important than winning as quickly as possible, and that he himself doesn't really matter in the face of everything.

  • Glitter & Gold by Barns Courtney
    "Do you walk in the valley of kings? / Do you walk in the shadow of men who sold their lives to a dream? / Do you ponder the matter of things / In the dark / The dark / The dark / The dark?"
    • Tom, with his spy ring, is trying to follow in the destroyed Reichsbanner's footsteps, but

  • How Far Does The Dark Go? by Anya Marina
    "Playing games, in the black, through the night / Stumbling, closed my eyes / Standing here on the edge, petrified / All alone, on the side / How far does the dark go? / Give me an omen, show me the sign / How far does the dark go? / Give me an answer, show me the light / How far does the dark go? / How far does the dark go? / How far does the dark go?"
    • Everything looks desperate to Tom; the Gestapo and the Sicherscheit are after him, Europe has fallen, the horrors piling up, and no end in sight.

  • Awake And Alive by Skillet
    "I'm at war with the world 'cause i / Ain't never going to sell my sould / I've already made up my mind / No matter what i can't be bought or sold / When my faith is getting weak / And i feel like giving in / You breathe into me again / I'm awake / I'm alive / Now i know what i believe inside / Now / It's my time / I'll do what i want, 'cause this is my life / I'll stand my ground and never back down / I know what i believe inside / I'm awake and i'm alive"
  • Call Me Fighter by Matt Beilis
    "I'm ready now for what's coming / I've seen it all with my eyes closed / Unsteady now but i won't quit running / No, i'll never let go / ... / The sun is gone / I'm holding on / Swallowed up / In the fires / But don't call me broken, just call me fighter / A life of pain / Wrapped up in chains / Still my dream burns, brighter / Don't call me broken, just call me fighter / ... / A warrior lives for battle / And fights for a new dawn / A light inside keeps shining / Even when all hope and the world / Have moved on"

  • Hero by Skillet
    "I'm just a step away / I'm just a breath away / Losing my faith today / Falling off the edge today / I am just a man, not superhuman (i'm not superhuman) / Someone save me from the hate / ... / I've got to fight today / To live another day / Speaking my mind today (my voice will be heard today) / I've got to make a stand, but i am just a man (i'm not superhuman) / My voice will be heard today"
    • Through it all Tom remains outmatched against the fascists, especially when the other Der Einherjar members come into the picture. He fights them despite being a normal human (and eventually wins).

  • You're Not There by Lukas Graham
    "I only got you in my stories / And you know I tell them right / I remember you and I, when I'm awake at night / So give it up for fallen glory / I never got to say goodbye / I wish I could ask for just a bit more time / Every step I take, you used to lead the way / Now I'm terrified to face it on my own / You're not there / To celebrate the man that you made / You're not there / To share in my success and mistakes / Is it fair? / You'll never know the person I'll be / You're not there / With me"
    • Tom misses Hans, and is sad he never got to see the Nazis fall. He also suffers from The Chains of Commanding, and wishes Hans was there to tell him what to do so he wouldn't make mistakes or fail.

  • Pumpkin's Revenge by Louie Zong
    "For so long you have scooped out our innards / Carved a face, made pie for your dinners / Now it's time for the pumpkins to be winners / Get ready to confess / 'Cause all you are sinners"
    • The Nazis will reap what they've sown.

Edited by Nukeli on Sep 19th 2022 at 3:02:29 PM

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Nukeli The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light from A Dark Planet Lit By No Sun Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light
Oct 30th 2022 at 12:22:02 PM

  • "Mary, did you know?" by Pentatonix also reminds me of Mustarastas Myrsky's secondary protagonist Esra Hurme in the civil war arc. The more intense parts in particular would fit some dark/dramatic scene ideas i have in mind for the arc. Basically this is the arc the earlier story builds up to; the monarchy is incompetent and corrupt, and and bigotry and poverty are rampant. Esra loses her job in the middle of a Great Depression analogy, funds a soup kitchen with stolen money, and talks to people about society. This leads to revolution and bloody civil war against the monarchists, with Esra reluctantly accepting presidency because everybody wants her to lead, and like revolutions and civil wars in general and russian civil war/finnish civil war/WWI analogues in particular, everything goes to hell. And pretty deep, but it's not all Esra's fault as the circumstances and other peoples' actions keep driving things forward to where most people don't want them to go but can't be stopped.
    "Mary did you know, that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man? Mary did you know, that your baby boy will calm the storm with his hand? / ... / Mary did you know, that your baby boy is the lord of all creation? Mary did you know, that your baby boy would one day rule the nation?"
  • And the same band's "Soldier, poet, king". Apparently it's also about Jesus, which makes sense i suppose since Esra is kind of a messiah/Dark Messiah figure there.
    • Esra could be taken as being the Soldier, the Poet, and the King. Alternatively, her compatriots marshal Reponen and the KaPo leader Honkavuo could be the Soldier and the Poet.
  • And also "Utopia" by Within Temptation.
    "Why does it rain, rain, rain, down on Utopia? Why does it have to kill the ideal of who we are?"
  • Plus "Heavy is the crown" by Daughtry, and "Huomenna" by Uniklubi. The original "Huomenna" is in finnish, this is my translation and might not be the best. The rest of "Huomenna" also reminds me of her and the second protagonist (and titular character) Myrsky's relationship.
    "If we were given all of the space, just a moment and i'd make it dissappear. Even if the world knelt before me, i'd only make it burn. And tomorrow, tomorrow i'll be sad again. Shadow carries us on, as it burns out, all that which we once chose"

Edited by Nukeli on Nov 18th 2022 at 2:48:42 PM

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Certified Chaos Gremlin
Nov 5th 2022 at 1:49:40 PM

Why yes, yes I do

Kay Faraday's theme for Detective Annabelle "Ann" Angevin

Shi-Long Lang's theme for Marie "Mare" Mizutani.

"Canon compliance is for the weak!"
Nukeli The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light from A Dark Planet Lit By No Sun Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light
Jan 14th 2023 at 6:21:05 AM

Wrong thread

Edited by Nukeli on Jan 14th 2023 at 4:21:34 PM

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Nukeli The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light from A Dark Planet Lit By No Sun Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The Master Of Fright & A Demon Of Light
Feb 22nd 2023 at 8:20:22 AM

I was making an actual playlist for Hans, but i can't decide which Sabaton song it should have to represent WWI, Fields Of Verdun, The Price Of A Mile, or Great War. They all have their merits, though i haven't yet really established if Hans was in Verdun or Passchendale specifically.

Edited by Nukeli on Feb 22nd 2023 at 6:20:37 PM

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