I don’t always fear the weather. But when I do it’s a high of 10 with a windchill of -8.
i think i’ve found my favorite christmas photo of all time
reblogging this again so more people can gaze upon its beauty
thIS IS MY FAVORITE THING EVER I AM CRYING
I don’t think Vegeta was physically tortured or humiliated by Frieza while growing up, but I DO think Vegeta was possibly abused by Frieza in a more psychological way due to control issues.
I agree with you that when Vegeta originally arrived on Earth, he was one smooth bastard. He was incredibly confident in himself, had the inflated ego to match a prince who was used to always being on top, and I didn’t see him possess a single coping skill for dealing with defeat until later in the series (which you get from, you know… actually being defeated).
*GASP* HIS OWN BLOOD, HOW CAN THIS BEEEEE!?!?!?!?? It’s like he’s never seen it before.
Frieza creeps me out, and some of his CREEPIEST moments for me have been his interactions with Vegeta. First of all:
I suspect Frieza made good on his word for pampering Prince Vegeta but…. WHY did he want a little boy in the first place? THIS IS SO CREEPY!!! I suspect Frieza saw something of himself in Vegeta, liked this and his potential, and wanted to raise him as a weaker clone of his that he could control. Grabbing him while he’s young in order to mold/influence his development and what-not. Which almost worked. Vegeta certainly acted JUST like Frieza for a long while, quoted him almost word-for-word several times, and even had a verbal cue of Frieza’s up until the Cell Saga. It’s too bad Vegeta ended up HATING Frieza regardless of how “nice” Frieza claimed to have treated him.
Frieza favored Vegeta to the point where other people noticed and grew jealously bitter:
In the filler flashback when the then-dangerous Guldo was about to attack Vegeta, Frieza defended Vegeta rather than watch Vegeta get beaten up (filler moment, take it with a grain of salt if you wish):
Frieza had no problem rubbing his favoritism in a Tokusentai member’s face. Which, as we saw later, only proved to cause the rift between Vegeta and Guldo to broaden. I can’t help but wonder if Frieza did stuff like this on purpose to isolate Vegeta from other people (a tactic often used by abusers).
Creepy red flags went off in my head during this scene:
Essentially: “Because I did nice things for you, I OWN YOU because you OWE ME for it.” “Because I liked/loved you, you’re OBLIGATED to stay beside me forever.” “If you don’t stay my friend, I’ll retaliate against you with such force that you will be BEGGING my forgiveness.”
The level of creep and abuse here is much more subtle and psychological than say, if Frieza had immediately transformed at the very beginning and physically started torturing Vegeta.
Frieza again repeats something similar later as he speaks of the past:
Guilt trippy, creepy, over-controlling behavior!
I personally think most of Frieza’s abuse toward Vegeta throughout his life was THIS type of subtle psychological torture where the anticipation or fear of something bad happening, should you ever happen to cross some line, can be much worse than physical punishment:
And don’t even get me started on all of Frieza’s passive aggressive behavior toward Vegeta. Calling him “My dear” and what not.
So, when Frieza finally DID start physically harming Vegeta at the end of the saga with the intent of killing him (but only after torturing him first in an attempt to draw out a begging apology from him) and it was stated that Vegeta cried for THE FIRST TIME IN HIS LIFE over it, it didn’t feel like this happened all the time. It felt like it was the climax of Vegeta’s lifetime of psychological tension living under Frieza.
This is incredibly insightful, and I agree for the most part. Frieza’s abuse of Vegeta likely remained mostly psychological/cerebral. (Especially since Vegeta is a very cerebral person, in my opinion; psychological torture would have affected him more deeply). Molding Vegeta to his will, I believe very strongly, was one of Frieza’s central aims.
However, I think it also likely that Frieza peppered pampering and reward with punishment and occasional torture. While Vegeta did enjoy reward and prestige, I imagine that he also had to endure punishment for him to have the fear of Frieza that he did. Additionally, abusers often trade generous lavishing for fierce excoriation—the contrast wrangles in the abused, infecting the mind, forcing the abused to have the abuser on his mind, calculating his next moves, wondering if he will ride the high or feel a fall at each turn.
I actually am more convinced that Vegeta FEARED Freeza due to power of example, the control/threat he had over his life his entire life, and due to how, despite being so incredible dangerous, treating him as his “dear” Vegeta… It’s extremely creepy, controlling, and abusive. I actually think that the way Freeza finally tortured/killed Vegeta was the breaking point in their decades-long relationship where all the things Vegeta knew could happen actually did.
As for “fear”, an abuser, or even dictator/emperor/commander, per se, doesn’t actually have to inflict any physical abuse on all or even most of his subordinates to instill total fear in them.
Often, I find that when people write or interpret fiction with abuse as the topic, the people who tend to opt out of the non-physical types of abuse/controlling behavior are the ones who haven’t actually been victims of (especially) long-term abuse in their lives.
Realistic Raditz. Think I may have finally pegged him this time.
you did :D
then he proceeded with enthusiastically snoring right into vegeta’s ear for 7 consecutive hours