Your Name: Kisa
Your Age: 22
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Preferences: None! My brain did laugh and go "Barghest" because space themed names but not super necerssary.
Character Name: Farkle Minkus
Canon: Girl Meets World (But this is actually a CRAU with a verse AU? It's from a HP AU game! Some differences but mostly the same as a character)
Farkle Minkus was born into a rich and proud pureblood family in the twenty-first century. Stuart and Jennifer peppered him with everything he could possible want, but otherwise the boy found himself mostly alone. His mother would always be there, but his father was often too busy with work. And often times his mother would also leave in the middle of things due to fighting with his father.
That's the one constant the boy has always had in his life: His parents fighting. He's watched it from a very young age and it's practically become routine. It's not lowkey fighting, it's loud and at the end of it usually his mother has left. When there's not fighting there's always an obvious tension, his mother is (and has always been) a very controlling person.
So when he was around seven and was signed up for primary lessons with a few other wizarding children things changed. He mostly kept to himself at the time, not really paying attention in classes. Because he didn't have to pay attention. He knew all the answers and so when the teacher tried calling him out one day he did the thing he does best-- correct them. This earns a scolding and some laughter from the other kids, and a young boy deciding to never speak again.
It's through this that a young girl giggled and came up to him. Riley Matthews. At first he was perplexed about why she was there and if she was going to laugh at him, but instead the girl started hammering him with a million questions. It's the first time Farkle Minkus turns into mush around the girl but for the rest of those years the two were rarely seen away from each other.
Due to the two's parents past friendship/rivalries they ended up going on family outings a lot. By the time he was eleven the boy had found himself sneaking over to the Matthews house more often than his own. If only to accept the stressful fighting.
It's Farkle to receive his Hogwarts letter first. He laughs at Riley a bit who exclaims about things haughtily, but she soon catches up and gets her own. They spend weeks reading their books together and one fact becomes clear that the two never want to broach-- The likelihood of their imminent separation. Even as Riley insisted she'd be a Ravenclaw like her mom they both knew the truth.
So when Hogwarts time rolled around and the two found themselves sharing a compartment with a pretty halfblood all Farkle could do is smile and try to insert himself in. This was Maya Hart and given how she clicked with her best friend, he decided he'd have to love her just the same as he did Riley... It's when Riley stumbles into Lucas Friar's lap on the boats to Hogwarts that Farkle really feels some anxiety.
It's quickly passed up by going into the school and being sorted. He watched as his friends all got sorted-- Riley, Hufflepuff. Lucas, Gryffindor. Maya, Slytherin. And when it was his turn he was shaking more than a little. With good reason-- he was a hatstall, torn primarily between the houses of Ravenclaw and Slytherin. But then after several minutes of internal discussion the hat decided on the house that soars. And the rest was history.
In all, the events of his social life at school fall similarly to that as it did originally. With some key differences. He became close to the girls of his year in his house, Smackle and Rori. They spent a lot of time rolling their eyes at the state of things and eventually as a group would end up trying to discuss the best well-oiled murder plans and escape routes. It was all theoretical, none of them were bad kids, but they found entertainment in making the perfect plan (and often with their brains they did just that).
The triangle between Lucas/Riley/Maya wouldn't happen until some years later and it was never really a traingle at all. Lucas and Riley dated but by the time they ended their fourth year had sort-of called it off. At least it was in name, but Lucas thought they were still a thing... Which meant that when Riley began falling Farkle and the two started dating by their sixth year things would get a little hectic.
Not that it wasn't by then anyway. Farkle had gained a love for astronomy and science and, in far too many ways, diverted from the natural pureblood standing. He'd been declaring for years he'd be the Minister of Magic, but now it balanced with a desire to study astrophysics more thoroughly. Something Riley encouraged, but he doubted his father would approve of.
Which was a huge thing-- seeking his father's approval. The older he got the more his parents were less likely to hide how they truly felt. They fought openly more frequently and his mother stayed away more frequently. Meanwhile, Stuart put more pressures of success on his son. Something that, until recently, Farkle was happily doing on his own..
...But now the stress of things was piling on and the boy's at a limbo where he wants it all to just stop. And thus began a spiral of not going to class for a week and here he is.
Character personality: (This is from an actual verse app since nothing really changes personality realize!)
he most important trait in Farkle is his loyalty. It's easy to say that being intelligent and sometimes manipulative is his domineering traits, but they're not who Farkle is. In "I am Farkle" it's best explained that the person who Farkle is that he can't stop talking about his friends and being with them is the most important thing to him. One of the best definers of this is that, in spite of them rebuffing, Farkle faithfully loves both Maya and Riley. Even when they're off in their own world or taking him for granted, he stands by them and tries to protect them.
In spite of how small and unlikely he appears to be, Farkle will do anything for his friends. He's seen coming face-to-face with a couple boys harassing the girls who are both bigger than him. Even later, still, he ties up Lucas saying that it was to keep him restrained so he wouldn't go after the girls immediately (of course, Lucas is incredibly strong so that didn't last long). His own dream of being a dictator was also, at one point, put to the side because he realized that he wouldn't have friends that way. It's these things that really show the spark of loyalty in him. Things might terrify him or stand in his way, but if his friends need him he'll always drop everything for them.
He does this without expecting anything in return. One of the most telling times is when he does defend the girls and promptly says "you may take me for granted, but I'm Canada, and I'll always be there". In this sense the important thing to Farkle isn't what his friends can do for him-- an important aspect in almost every other thing he does-- but what he can for them. It's the fact they take the time to spend every day with him that he holds onto. That's why he's so loyal to them and will always be on their side.
In spite of this great feeling of loyalty to his friends, Farkle is also kind of a mess of emotions. In year one when he's called "Nothing" this really strikes a chord in him. He goes into hiding and even, for once in his life, stops coming to class. He doesn't seek out his friends and, in fact, tries to shut them out accusing them about why they'd be his friends in the first place. In some ways, it's because while he holds them to this great position he doesn't see himself as equal to that in their eyes.
This goes a little further into "I am Farkle" where they discuss the possibility of Farkle having autism. He doesn't, but there's something important here to note that he says he doesn't understand love, social cues, and a whole checklist worth of things. So, in spite of being so intelligent, in a lot of ways he's pretty socially and emotionally unaware. He's seen calling his friends "dumdums" almost to their face with no remorse. Not because he thinks they are, but because he doesn't really have a filter onto what he says. He's a straightforward person who speaks what he thinks, does what he speaks and has no real in between.
That's the reason everyone thinks him weird. Because he's the kid that at one point spoke in first person, he's the kid that passes out when panicked, and he's also the kid that happily declares he'll take over the world. Most kids don't do all of these things and, if they do, it's only one aspect. During his first few years at school he didn't think anything was wrong with any of these things, but during year when he's mocked for being the "most likely to Farkle" he decided to change himself completely. Through this he's toned down a lot of his old quirks, but we've still seen them on occasion including when he freaked out in classes and declared he would be Pippin in any play the school put on.
Furthering, even though he may at times be socially unaware, it's never been a matter of cruelty with Farkle. While there are times he's accidentally hurt Riley in his desire to be at the top, but at the end of the day he apologizes and realizes he shouldn't have done it. It's this realization of his actions that are important, but it's not a sudden awareness that brings him to it. It's because he does value his friends and their happiness above even his own. Lucas at one point defines him as the "genius that is loyal and kind" and this is the truest thing that can be said about him.
It's important to note that a lot of Farkle's social unawareness comes from his home situation-- He's seen saying he doesn't understand what love or families are on numerous occasions. While he's spent plenty of time growing up with the Matthews, Farkle also spent a majority of his time listening to his two biggest rolemodels do nothing but argue. So being around more than a few people who genuinely love people is anew experience for him and is something he's learning.
Farkle is a lot like Riley in the sense that he sees the world in a kind of focalized-scope. While he's not nearly as naive as Riley is, they're much the same in how they feel about their existence in the world and with their friends. So similar to Riley Farkle has a kind of kindness about him that embraces the nature of people and things around him. We don't see him judge people for what they are and it's a part of the reason he states he loves both Riley and Maya equally: Because even though they're different they're both important aspects of the world. Even later, when it's revealed Smackle has autism and she says they can't be together about that he discounts that by saying "but you also showed me compassion and concern, let me do that for you".
It's this nature that overpowers even his social awkwardness among his friends. Because even if the outside observer would often see the silly, goofy kid his friends know the difference. Even their classmates see it as Farkle, especially in recent times, tries to stand up for Cory's lessons and choose the "good" option instead of the "bad" one. Even more still, he's openly asked both Maya and Riley on dates good-naturedly in class knowing they'd deny him. He does all of this very openly, expecting and knowing rejection will come but he's never put off or upset about it. Partly because he considers it "not real" but also because it's that friendship with the girls that overpowers everything else. So, it's why when Riley complains she just wants to be asked to a dance, he does. Because he wants to ask her so someone does-- for her-- but in good-nature expected the no that proceeded.
In all, Farkle is actually fairly well confident in who he is as a person. That's not to say he doesn't have fears or uncertainties-- he does. He doesn't think that "most likely to be Farkle" is a good thing at all. He changes himself completely because of this. Even in the first season he decides to stop wearing turtle necks and going to class because someone called him a "nothing". It hurt him a lot to feel like both of these things and it's something he struggles with. Unlike his friends, he didn't come back from when he changed in Girl Meets Yearbook. He decided he needed to explore who he was outside of what everyone thought "Farkle" was. Because, ultimately, while he's unafraid to declare he will one day be dictator he is afraid to be nothing to the people around him-- and that's a very distinct difference in the mind of a thirteen/fourteen year old boy.
Ultimately, one of the most important things to realize about Farkle at his current point in life is that he's all of the things listed above and sometimes none of them at all. Yes, he's still a scientist. Yes, he still wants to rule the world one day. And, yes, maybe he's a little too obsessed with the idea of being Pippin. But something pivotal happened in his fourth year in that he did decide that maybe he should figure out more of who he is. So he's experimenting and trying new things. That's important to him. He wants to be comfortable with who he is as person and so things may change with him. Already he's learned maybe sports aren't so bad and that love is something he can do and does have. He's expanding his horizons and trying new things. That doesn't mean he always succeeds, sometimes he's still just a little too "Farkle-y", but at least for now he's trying to figure who exactly that will be.
Effects of memory loss:
Emotionally, Farkle would be somewhat of a blank slate. This is because that until more recently he didn't really... Understand his own feelings. He started picking them up about two years ago but until then he considered it a game. He didn't think he knew how to feel. So ICly this could come into play one of two ways: He may actually e able to become emotionally mature... Or lose it all completely.
He wildly grows from outside influences. While he's not Riley levels of change himself for someone else's purposes, Farkle does take to heart what others say about him due to being called 'Nothing' and 'most likely to be Farkle' so what this means for memoryloss-- Is he'd shape himself to whatever group of people he falls in with. Whatever that may mean for him. He can change absolutely drastically in that sense. It's shown in canon that in his early years he only knew manipulation and power, so he'd do whatever it took to make that. But once he made friends and realized he cared about people and wanted to help that some energy went into doing the right thing.
So he's a versitile character depending on influences! And given that a lot of his early memories will be fueled with running away and/or being told he was nothing and feeling like nothing... He could definitely stray away from the boy he's beccme.
Personal Item: A copy of Pippin, honestly. Because Magical or otherwise he's still obsessed.
Sample: Okay, here's two! One is from Ryslig where there's multiple threads showing, you know, not the best scenarios! Meanwhile the second is actually a tumblr thread (since that was where the CRAU was). So that would be in verse.
He shakes his head quietly at Luca’s latest remark. “I’ve tried before,” he says, another small, casual shrug. And he has. It’s often hard to explain why he feels what he does. There’s a reason he avoids it and, even lately, he has to think carefully about some of the things he says to Riley. Not because he doesn’t feel them, but because explaining them is too complicated for him to figure out.
He knows he’s expected to have the answers. Personally, he demands that same excellence of himself. If he doesn’t have the answer he wants Farkle goes out and finds it. Through whatever means necessary. That was a part of the reason he could have so easily gone to Slytherin if the hat had decided that was the way to go. He hated not knowing something or the uncertainty behind certain acts. It’s why he can’t quite focus on the situation at hand right now.
It’s why when Luca finally responds he glances up at the other boy and his features tighten. It’s anger, though the way he turns away just as quickly it’s not at the other boy. He’s heard all those statements before, of course, though not from his own parents. Stuart wasn’t exactly traditional. He liked Muggle technology and science almost as much as Farkle, he had his own helicopter and dabbled in any business he could.
But he also knew his father hadn’t escaped the whole pureblood politics nonsense– And neither did his mother. Though she was the one that demanded he loved her and marry him, but it rooted down to the same essential thing Luca spoke of. Even though that was how it was arranged, they never forced Farkle into any such notations. Or maybe it was because they had always expected him to end up with Riley–that thought made his stomach sink.
No, that wasn’t it either, though. He was sure of it, because his parents even if they weren’t in love with each other… They very much loved him. So when he finally responds to Luca it’s another shake of his head. “That’s stupid,” the words come out roughly, all too knowing but frustrated just the same, “none of that’s going to matter in the end. The point of marriage, real marriage, is to be with someone you love and want to be with. You can’t just force people together and expect it to work out just for the sake of honor.” Because that’s what it all boiled down to.
He pinches his eyes closed and exhaled. “It’s not a divorce,” he amends– not yet, a voice in his head reminds. But he swallows that down, “they argue a lot they always have, it’s a ‘separation’.” The words feel wrong on his tongue. The ring he wears on his finger seems to burn once more against his skin as he thumps the hand against his leg. “They were never dependent on anything,” he says with a swallow, “I guess they just decided they didn’t have any reason to pretend anymore.”
Because it’s true, Stuart made his own name. Jennifer could have wound up anywhere. It’s a sinking feeling that it was now, after he called them out, they decided to act and maybe that’s why he has so much issues with this. Not that he wouldn’t have before, but it feels more his fault than ever.
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