psa that “spaz” is a really gross ableist term referring originally to people with cerebral palsy and muscle spasticity in general. idk its history in the us, but in the uk this is fairly widely known and i wanna see people on here stop tossing it about like it just means hyper or silly
Eheh, mischaracterization in any fandom, in any capacity, will end up annoying me, but for pjo in particular… Asshole anyone? Percy and Jason are the most likely victims of this (often respectively by Jasico or Percico writers. Percy hurts people unconsciously because he’s got a one-track mind - Percy making a homophobic joke, on the other hand, is OOC and gross character defamation, sorry). Frank and/or Hazel as judgmental or homophobic, esp. where Nico is concerned - I don’t care if she’s from the 30s, Hazel has faced enough bigotry herself to not inflict it on her only brother. Piper as some sort of vain, oblivious fashionista who loves to shop and willingly charmspeaks people into doing her bidding (she’s the definition of “use your powers for good” i.e. she’ll only use it to defeat baddies or to calm her friends down/make them feel better/save their lives, and even then she still feels guilty doing it). It goes without saying that Piper is the most emotionally sensitive and diplomatic of the group, so she’d be the first to notice if someone is unhappy or in need of a pick-me-up. Leo as a sensitive, sweet dude, esp. where Nico is concerned - Leo is not a people person, his way of interacting with people is pushing their buttons. With someone like Jason, that results in fun banter; with someone like Nico, it’d turn volatile. Leo’s “sweet side,” if you’re writing him as the main love interest, has to be really subtle and imo, will often take the form of apologies - fixing your broken car behind your back so you’d discover it the next day, or making you a small mechanical toy as a sorry for hurting your feelings. I like Leo for his spontaneous foot-in-mouthness - if you’re gonna go for sweet and sensitive, you should be writing Frank or Jason instead. I don’t remember any egregious mischaracterization for Annabeth or Thalia (but I don’t really seek out fic with them, so moving on)… Nico gets some of the worst of the lot, but to be fair he’s a really hard character to get down because he’s been through so many different personality phases. My biggest pet peeve is when Nico’s written as condescending. I don’t like it when he swears all the time either because Nico’s a polite kid in text, but condescension is definitely the worst offense, because it goes completely against his characterization. Condescension comes from a place where the character thinks he’s better than the person he’s talking to, and Nico… Nico thinks the absolute worst of himself. He may be bitter about his lot in life, but if he’s prickly and defensive and pessimistic towards other people, it comes primarily from a place of low self-esteem - combine that with his sweet/naive/wants-to-do-the-right-thing nature and you will never, never get a character who talks down to other people and thinks he’s hot shit.
And Karl Urban is the guy handing the snickers saying “Eat the god damn snickers.”