vanity has this connotation (not just in the feminization of gay men and the villainization of said feminization but also the villainization of pride in oneself) of (non medical) narcissism and conceit and unwarranted pride ? ?
and in a society with caste, and with bias against the form he chose to take (thank you Starscream that was an incredibly bigoted comment)
it becomes a sort of weaponization against those who would destroy you and he looks really good, he is MEANT to look really good, his character design is evocative of great expense, his interior is modernized and flashy, LEDs, modded rims, he takes great care of himself and in his appearance, he is a gorgeous car, he’s the kind of car that a lot of people would be proud to own and maintain
what is unwarranted pride?
well i don’t think it’s worthless to define so let’s say unwarranted pride is the kind that destroys people around you in order to flourish, toxicity, predatory pride, the pride of comparisons
Knock Out never drags anyone else’s appearance down to make himself feel big
he praises starscream he praises breakdown he praises ARCEE for christ’s sake
so the crime is
feeling good about himself
I have been thinking about this literally all day.