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.
- 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
- "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 Mnote
- "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"
- Tom, Determinator he is, carries on for five or more years despite despair.
- 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
- "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.
- 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
Why yes, yes I do
Kay Faraday's theme for Detective Annabelle "Ann" Angevin
Shi-Long Lang's theme for Marie "Mare" Mizutani.
Edited by Nukeli on Jan 14th 2023 at 4:21:34 PM
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
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.
Edited by Nukeli on Sep 18th 2022 at 2:40:49 PM