Do you know why Cleo is awesome? Because she’s a fully fledged character despite having, like, 20 lines total in Suikoden.

She’s a bad-ass soldier, sure. That’s great but she also doesn’t really like it too much. It’s tiring and depressing work killing people for a living. So when she gives that up and prefers to maintain the McDohl household, you’re not thinking “oh great, another woman character who realises her true destiny is staying home”, you just accept that, yeah, she gets more out of life from her personal relationships than jamming knives in throats.

That’s amazing! It reconciles the glorification of fighting with the neutering of strong female characters in one swoop.

Cleo doesn’t understand why women shouldn’t fight (quite rightly), but she also understands why she doesn’t want to. She’s not stoic, it fucking hurts when Pahn does his thing and when Teo and Gremio die, but it doesn’t debilitate her. She has a protective role, but it’s not an excuse to make her a mother hen. It’s to show why she’s able to continue on as a soldier despite it all.

She’s a veteran of the War of Succession and the Gate Rune War. The confidant of Teo McDohl, your steadfast ally (the only one of the “original entourage” who doesn’t leave you in some fashion, in fact) and a soldier who values the peace she helps bring more than the battles it takes to get there. Cleo is the best, dude.

Images 1-3 by Kawano Junko, image 4 by Miki Sato, Image 5 by Otsuki Beruno, Image 6 by Senno Aki (aka TONKO)

Back in the day when I played the very first Suikoden, Cleo was a constant party member for me. 

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when someone cries because you said something nice to them, they’re someone who you need to protect because they haven’t seen enough kindness in the world.


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"Oddly enough, it’s the storms that whisper His name, the storms that make His presence most known. So prepare yourself when the seas of life begin to grow restless, because you might be getting ready to encounter God; what a heartbreakingly beautiful thing it is to behold."

— T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via tblaberge)

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*turns on video game and lets the intro loop 20 times while doing something else entirely*

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Looking forward to Friday!

I am going to see Maylene and the Sons of Disaster in concert.  Step up!  I’m on it!

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"I’m not ashamed to be shamed by believing in the power of the gospel."

— R.C. Sproul Jr (via fearless-and-bold-for-christ)

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I am so excited that these guys are at warped tour. Even though I don’t get to go, Warped Tour needs For Today there and those at Warped Tour need to hear For Today’s message. I thank God for For Today

No place is safe from the all consuming fire that is our God!  Jesus reigns forever 

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i want to be the one you tell everything to at 4am when you can’t sleep

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