OC Challenge - Day 10
10. Do any of your characters have theme songs? What are they? How do they connect to the character as a whole?
I always give my characters themes and battle themes. Sometimes they get more than one, though having theme songs helps me to think about them more. I keep playlists dedicated to stories and stick character themes in there. In honesty, I listen to the melody over the lyrics. The lyrics often fit by some miraculous coincidence.
Under a cut because long post is long. Song links included too! Now everyone can make fun of the music I listen to!
It’s My Life by Bon Jovi [link]
His first and original theme! This song fits Gray’s outlook on life. Gray’s always been a person bound by tradition whether in martial arts, gender roles or what-have-you. And Gray himself is one to break tradition and rigid roles to be himself.
Bare Grace Misery by Nightwish [link]
Twist the meaning around a bit and this suits his situation in both RO and OC.
Superbeast by Rob Zombie [link]
Umm…this song became his battle theme because I listened to it on repeat during a Gray fight scene. What I always picture is that despite Gray’s pacifist nature, he’s always called out to fight. And when he does fight, it’s rarely pretty.
Follow Me by Breaking Benjamin [link]
This is more for OC Terrence than RO Terrence, though this song fits both. RO Terrence started off as a Bard who became a Rogue along the way, then eventually went back to his Bard roots.
Silent Edge by Masashi Hamauzu [link]
This song is quiet, mysterious and moody, just like him.
Tenth Man Down by Nightwish [link]
I always consider this Terrence/Nate’s main theme regardless. This makes no sense for him as a theme on RO, but in his original OC universe, this song is a perfect fit. Even though he’s considered one of the main villains in his story, he’s fighting because of someone else’s desire like a soldier at war…
Children (Dreams Version) by Robert Miles [link]
Original theme! While the techno beats make the song active, the piano melody is lonely. I like the Dreams version because it starts slow, just like how Joey often goes through angsty epiphanies before he does something heroic.
Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me by Finger Eleven [link]
While not really his theme, the lyrics fit him well, especially two lines: It’s not that quiet in my head, referring to Joey’s depression, and Whatever doesn’t kill me doesn’t make me stronger, but I’m not gonna give up yet. This fits Joey’s outlook perfectly. He believes himself a weak person but that has never stopped him from fighting or protecting others.
EXEC_Z sung by Haruka Togawa [link]
Little Joey uses this theme. While a capable spellcaster, little Joey’s lack of physical ability, plus the fact that he was abused, makes him more hesitant. The lyrics show that Joey has cast away his hesitation and doubts in a choice to fight.
Last Hunter by Naoshi Mizuta [link]
Big Joey uses this theme. He didn’t have any battle songs specific to him until recently. I just really like it for him without any real reason! Ha ha…
Indestructible by Disturbed [link]
Christian is very self assured, I can say that! OC Christian is a gunner and fancies himself as a mercenary/assassin. Once he’s locked on target, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down. Unlike his brothers, he’s also known to play dirty.
Ten Thousand Fists by Disturbed [link]
Aside from the fact that Christian is a big fan of Disturbed, this song does fit him. His ‘other side’ tends to get a bit excited and crazy in combat, too.
Bullet Dance by Daisuke Ishiwatari [link]
OC Christian is a combination of martial arist and gunner, kinda like Noel. I listened to this song during a Christian battle and it stuck.
Amon uses Heaven Helps the Man (yay 80s music!) as his theme and Victory as his battle theme.
Hero by Chad Kroeger [link]
This song is so perfect for him. Usually some lyrics fit, but this song fits Teremy right down to the T. The first verse shows that despite Teremy’s incredible power, it’s caused him trouble. The second verse shows his Aunt Jocelyn telling him to live a peaceful life, but Teremy lives in Teretial, a gang-infested ghetto district where he can’t avoid fighting. In the last verse, Teremy apologises to his aunt that he can’t adhere to her wishes and pursues the truth to save her. Teremy would rather take matters into his own hands than wait for a hero to save him.
Appassionata, Maksim Mrvica version [link]
The Appassionata is a huge part of Justice. Teremy spends a large chunk of the story learning to play it, so it’s become his theme song of sorts. Only fitting to make it his battle theme! Also check out the original Beethoven version as well. Link to Valentina Lisitsa because I picture Teremy to play the Appassionata similar to this, and because she is amazing.
Into Free by B’z [link]
In a character meme, Abeat thinks that Jeremy puts on a front of confidence to hide his insecurities. She asked me if Alex puts on a similar front by calling himself a genius, praising himself, etc. And I said, “No. He actually thinks that about himself.” I think, to me, Alex is at his best when he is free to be himself. Yet, like Teremy, he also can’t ignore the dark side of Teretial.
Hunter’s Chance by Nobuo Uematsu [link]
I have no real explaination except that I really like this song for him.
Welcome to My Fanclub’s Night sung by Sheryl Nome — er, May’n [link]
I use this song whenever Alex is showboating. He is the kind of person to do something grandiose and attention-getting.
The Mako City by Takeharu Ishimoto [link]
Azrael doesn’t really have a theme. I just listened to this song several hundred times on repeat while doing a story involving him as the MC. He just likes this song a lot and since he has no theme, might as well use this song!
Knights of Cydonia by Muse [link]
The reason why Azrael is sealed every which way is because his power level is so high, he can destroy gods. Why I think the song fits is that when Az does come out, he’s there to set things right. Long story short, in the rare instance that Az comes out…well… >_<;