Okay, I think I’m going to reply to this… I thought about the issue a lot when painting, but I’m too shy to post anything on my own and here’s the incentive, so… Yeah, please bear with me for a minute.
I should probably say it before anything else – I really like Miss Pauling. I like all TF2 characters, especially ladies, but Miss Pauling is special since she’s so unique. She’s all business, yes. She works with not-so-sane bunch of mercs and a scary dragon lady, yet she’s not intimidated in the slightest. She’s polite, she’s efficient and I don’t doubt she has a plan to kill everyone she meets. Probably more than one.
But what I really like about Miss Pauling is that she’s nice. She’s really, genuinely nice, but not soft. And I appreciate it’s not a fake niceness that people write so many cold-blooded killers with. It’s rare to see a character (especially female character) who’s not afraid to get their hands dirty and at the same time is the most collected and pleasant in the whole ensemble.
So, yeah, that was a love letter to original Miss Pauling. As for the ED Miss Pauling…
I think she’s not a bad character. She’d be great in another story, but for TF2 it feels like a missed opportunity.
Someone on tumblr wrote it better than me, but the main thing is – she acts like a teenager. A bit tsundere teenager to boot. It’s hard to imagine the comic version of Miss Pauling getting so excited about fighting a bread monster – she’s used to danger, even paranormal one. But in ED she reacts like she sees it as adventure and something that warrants giddiness and joy. I think I wouldn’t have problems with her character if not for the “can we do that again?” monologue.
Although her nervous “you’re ready” irks me a bit too. And she speaks too fast, but this one is purely subjective, since she sounds differently in my head when I read the comics.
There’s also an issue of her appearing for the first time in the movies (remember, most fans don’t read the comics) solely for the purpose of Scout having a love interest. That’s some really unfortunate implications here.
My friend described her as a Scout’s love fantasy, and it sounds about right.
So, yeah. That was the reason for the picture I think. Miss P in ED is okay, but she’s not really Miss P I love. Now I can just sit and wait for a two-months-late bimonthly issue of TF2 comic…
Anyway, sorry for the rant. That’s why you shouldn’t give Teamage a soapbox.