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Nagisa Shiota ([personal profile] theserpentsmiles) wrote2016-08-13 09:50 pm


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Character Name: Nagisa Shiota
Age: 15
Canon: Assassination Classroom
AU History: Largely like canon, but with the following changes:
- Our moon does not get blown up. Instead, one of Jupiter’s moons of comparable size suffers the initial explosion. The Japanese government is more easily able to cover this up.
- There is much less certainty regarding when Korosensei might blow up Earth, or if that will even happen, but the minimum is the one-year time limit.
- After the orphanage incident, Nagisa transfers to Avengers Academy for his own protection, as Takaoka has escaped again and the hit man known only as the God of Death, the greatest in the world, has shown some worrying interest in him. Karasuma arranges this with Nick Fury due to Nagisa’s incredible potential at assassination.
Personality: Nagisa, at first meeting, seems like a normal calm and friendly teenage boy -- and in many ways, he is. He likes normal things like sushi and makes a hobby out of research. He's fairly mature, especially compared to some of his more perverted classmates, but it might be more that he simply doesn't look at girls any differently than boys: gender and sex are taken as surface fact rather than anything particularly socially demanding. This is a pattern he takes with many things as observation is one of his key skills. He notices many things others don't very quickly, but sets them aside as facts instead of making much judgement. Nagisa has become extremely blasé about general oddity as a result, capable of handling most things with little more than a sigh. Sometimes he shows some skewed priorities regarding what the weirdest or worst part of a mild situation is. He is polite and good-natured, a gentle spirit who comes across as an herbivore. This, combined with his small stature and build, makes him quite the bully magnet.

Speaking of bullies, he has a considerable amount of respect for justice, rebellion, and revenge. He isn't vindictive by nature, but is more than willing to prove his chops or help someone fight back against a rotten system. This is thanks to both his time crushed under the weight of the Class E discrimination policy and Korosensei’s influence. His training has left him with almost a trigger -- mention killing around him and he takes it as a challenge. Tell him he can't or won't or could never and he will prove you wrong.

This brings me to his true nature, because while he is genuinely a nice and helpful person, he is absolutely not the harmless creature he comes across as. Nagisa hides a potent bloodlust, comparable to the deadliest serpent. He is capable of smiling like an angel and not batting an eye as he slips a knife between someone’s ribs. He hasn't actually killed anyone yet, but it comes to him as naturally as washing his hands. Even more terrifying, however, is that he doesn't know the fear of death. Nagisa holds no fear of dying, nor does the idea of killing someone scare him, nor is he rattled after leaving a life-or-death situation. This isn't to say he’s reckless or that he’s always calm; neither of those are true. He has anxieties and worries. He approaches danger carefully, thinking through his moves and keeping a general, adaptable plan, but fear and acknowledging danger are different. In heated situations, fear is replaced by other feelings, such as anger or spite, and those will be how he loses his cool. Fear, understood as paralyzing terror for his own well-being, is not a factor for him: he very literally doesn't afraid of anything.

He can feel plenty of other things, though. Anger is one. Hurting his friends is a very quick way to get him angry. The one time he grew angry enough to lose all cool was when Takaoka blew up the antidote to the poison used on his class. He knows perfectly well that his classmates are capable of taking care of themselves, so endangering them alone won't set him off, but taking away their hope altogether will. Even then, with some help, he can regain his senses easily. He feels a milder, more spiteful anger when their agency is undermined. It’s part of his sense of rebellion -- he naturally fights against limits placed on him (without being a rule-breaker) and dislikes those who enforce them. He is sensible though, and only attacks the unfair limits -- normal rules like dress codes or polite behavior make sense to him.

Nagisa also doesn't feel much in the way of pride. While he is at this point fairly confident in his abilities and while he can be proud of his accomplishments or his class, he isn't bound or slowed by attacks on his honor. He is generally unbothered by most insults, aside from those that bring out his spiteful side (which are generally to the effect of “what can you expect from Class E”). He has no hesitation when it comes to casting aside his pride and will easily give in to others’ demands. In combination with his utter lack of fear, this makes it nigh-impossible to break his spirit.

Confidence is a fairly new thing for him, however. Being a bully magnet has that effect, and dropping into Class E and thereby losing what friends he had left only compounded it. Karma, a classmate, also factors into this lack of confidence: the two of them used to be close, but Karma slowly distanced himself and they eventually became only acquaintances. Nagisa believes Karma simply grew bored of him. He doesn't blame him for it, though: Nagisa doesn't notice things like his own talents, the potency of his bloodlust, or his lack of fear, so he considers himself to be easily forgotten or brushed aside. He can feel plenty of shame over his seemingly weak will. Another major issue in this vein is regarding his mother. She wanted a daughter and views her son as an extension of herself, which she uses to justify being controlling, manipulative, and even physically abusive. She won't let him cut his hair or decide the course of his life for himself. Nagisa finds it impossible to defy her and has resigned himself to her control. She is the source of his anxiety over his small size and androgynous appearance as well as his discomfort with gender presentation related jokes. Put simply: he hates that he could very easily pass for a girl.

The biggest external influence on Nagisa is Korosensei. As an assassination target and, more importantly, as a teacher, Korosensei bears no ill will or judgement against Class E. He teaches them to hone their skills as both assassins and students and makes sure to inspire them to rebel against the discrimination they face. Nagisa looks up to Korosensei more than anyone. They have a unique relationship where they can be friends, teacher and student, and assassin and target all at once. Korosensei inspired Nagisa to have some confidence in himself. While he still can't really see himself as all that impressive and has serious anxiety over what he wants to do with his life (again, partially derived from his mother’s control), the more Nagisa aspires to be like Korosensei, the further his limits get.

A key piece of Nagisa’s outlook is that he can constantly expand his limits. He approaches people and situations openly, without much judgement… He approaches everything as a student, and so he is constantly learning. He observes and quickly picks up on details, and he sorts and assimilates the best into his own style. He constantly develops and matures, and because he correlates education and assassination, he also approaches learning as a battle to be won. This is a quiet process, because Nagisa isn't the type of assassin who can win in a direct confrontation.

Nagisa’s every skill and trait build him into a perfect, pure assassin. He doesn't hold grudges or judge, he doesn't feel any particular love or fear toward death, he has no ambition but constantly seeks to refine and improve himself. His weaknesses are incredibly standard, considering the abnormality of his situation: he underestimates himself, has no clue what he’s supposed to do with his life, has no dream to chase, is easily dragged into trouble (when he doesn't attract it himself), and has easily exploitable issues with his mother and appearance. He doesn't see himself as valuable as an individual, though he could be helpful to a group. In essence, his view of himself is capable but weak.
Powers: Nagisa is more in the vein of Hawkeye. He doesn't actually have anything that could be easily called a superpower, he’s just extremely skilled. In this AU he's significantly more skilled than in canon, though he also has a lot of ways to improve still.
Parkour: He’s only begun learning this, but has the basics down. He can easily cross a city across the rooftops or ninja his way through a forest, but is still working on mastering it.
Knives: Nagisa’s preferred weapon. He typically has several expertly concealed on him when he’s at school due to the proximity to his target, and is comfortable enough to generally forget they're there. He is skilled in their use, with speed and skill being his greatest advantages. Seriously impressive handiwork.
Guns: While not a master shot, Nagisa is the seventh best marksman in his class. He usually hits the target so where nasty. Capable with both handguns and assault rifles. Often has a handgun and a stun gun in him if he’s got his knives.
Stealth: A major asset for Nagisa. He is easily overlooked because he can hide his presence perfectly, even without thinking about it. His unassuming appearance makes it easy to hide his assassin background, to the point he could probably convince his opponent he means no harm mid-fight.
Combat: This isn't Nagisa’s strong point purely because his slight build doesn't allow for much stamina or strength. He is much better off trying to kill on the first strike. Nevertheless, he has the hand-to-hand training to be a contender for a short time if he *is* drawn into battle.
Observation: Probably his most valuable asset. Nagisa has an uncanny knack for noting his surroundings and scouting his target’s weaknesses. He has the speed and reaction time to take advantage of what he picks up about his opponent’s moves and mindset. He has started to develop enough skill to read the micro tells of those around him, such as breathing and eye movement, like a book. He also easily picks up on details of technique and quickly learns what he can absorb into his own repertoire.
Nekodamashi: This is a technique derived from sumo wrestling which Nagisa has mastered. It’s basically the pokemon move Fake Out -- a clap that recreates the conditions for an assassination by throwing the enemy off guard and allowing a few brief seconds to strike. Nagisa’s nekodamashi is powerful enough to practically electrocute his opponents using sound waves alone.
Speed: Because his target is Korosensei, who moves at mach 20, Nagisa’s speed and reaction time have gone beyond normal bounds in an effort to keep up. He isn't a superspeedster himself, but he can track movements at that kind of speed well enough to react, and he is certainly just a cut above what could be called normal.
Bloodlust: Nagisa’s characteristic skill. He is unassuming and small but hides a monstrous bloodlust that easily paralyzes opponents many times his size. The visual metaphor used is usually a snake, but the idea is a general feeling of certain death and murderous intent beating down on you. He can’t always control this, sometimes terrifying people without meaning to, but at those moments it usually fades instantly without leaving any impression that he was the source of that terror. His bloodlust is potent enough to call him a monster.
Special Gym Clothes: These aren't a skill, but special gear. It's a set of high-quality lightweight body armor with good (inflatable for added head protection), retractable clear visor, holsters for all his weapons, intercom, and a surface that is easy to paint custom camoflage on and easy to clean off. The armor is durable enough to survive massive impacts but designed to fool the enemy with simulated sounds of cracking bones.
RP Sample: TDM thread

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