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Convolutions of an Evil Mind
COI - the continuing evolution of the Great Nibelheim Plotbunny! (i.e., yet more retconning)
30 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: April 16th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll be interested to see your characterzation of Rufus. For playing such a small role, he was one of my favorite characters in the game. I've never thought he was such an awful person, really. (And for some odd reason he's always struck me as being rather shy on an intrapersonal level, when it's not business related.... don't know why.)

I think I became mildly obsessed with Rufus after Advent Children. ^_^ I don't think he's awful, but a product of a not-so-nurturing environment.

Rufus strikes me as being a ruthlessly pragmatic guy (at least on the surface), which makes sense since I'm sure both his family life and the corporate life are hell on ideals. He's also probably quite a control freak, equating control with security, which in turn makes him extremely manipulative of the people around him.

But at the same time, from the game, even Barret admits that Rufus has courage and determination, and the willingness to fight for what he considers important. And there are also subtle hints that Rufus does seem to have ideals or dreams that he keeps well hidden, perhaps even from himself.

But man, it'd SUCK having all that power given (or forced, depending on your perspective) and then not really knowing what to do with it or how to control it...

Well, I think Rufus is a rather independent-minded type of person who wants power, but only on his own terms and through his own efforts, because that way, he has more control of those powers. And yes, it is going to suck for Rufus in COI, because he's going to get powers that he barely understands, can't really control, and never asked for.

In a lot of fanfics, you see Cloud being the Chosen or the Protector of the Planet (one of my absolute favorites is "A Long, Hard Road" by Twig). Well, if Cloud resents that role, can you imagine how Rufus would feel if he gets saddled with that job?

I mean, at least Cloud knows what it's like to not be in control, especially of his own mind and body. Compare that to poor Rufus, who is accustomed being very much in control of things (one way or another), and probably most importantly in control of himself and his own mind. ::evil grin::

Huh. Wonder how Zack and Sephiroth got on with Rufus. *ponders* What do you think?

I imagine that Rufus and Sephiroth managed to deal with each other in a cool, but professional manner. As for Zack, he can get along with nearly damn well anybody, especially people he likes. And in COI, he does like Rufus, because Rufus reminds him of Sephiroth. But I imagine that he's playing it a bit quiet because he doesn't really want Rufus connecting Zack with Kary (aka fem!Zack). As for COI-Rufus, Zack is a bit confusing because he seems damnably familiar -- maybe Kary's Zack's sister or cousin?^_-
30 hisses or Hiss in my ear....