- Fenris is quick to anger and is some sort of cruel, hate-filled – raging character that just despises everything
- That Fenris hates affection – seriously, did you see that end game kiss?
- Fenris hates every single mage he comes by with a burning passion – because he doesn’t. Listen to his banter with Bethany, especially in Mark Of The Assassin and Legacy.
- Anders tormenting of him is justified or that Fenris is the one to provoke it. All I can say about that is: listen to their banter, listen to their inflections
- Along the line of banter – Fenris only calls Anders an abomination once
- Fenris is broody and perpetually pissed about everything – HE SMILES, LAUGHS, JOKES, and is kind to those who are kind to him.
- That Fenris hates all of Hawke’s companions – he calls them ‘friends’ all the time (including Anders)
START SPREADING THE IDEA THAT
- Fenris is a very calm, controlled character
- Fenris is pretty open about his relationship with Hawke. He wears their crest, a ribbon, says “I am yours” when traveling around, openly shows his jealousy (especially in MOA)
- Fenris and Anders got off on the wrong foot and they stayed on that foot. Nothing will change that – but just because he doesn’t get along with Anders doesn’t make him a monster.
- Fenris is smart – smart enough to know when to hold his tongue and when to express his opinion. Honestly, he gives his opinion rather freely and does so with unflinching honesty
- He is an abuse survivor and because of that he is still coping and may be easily triggered. He’s been hardened because of it.
- Fenris is a polarizing character, and because of that, most people either love him or hate him – and that’s okay!
Also, keep these in mind;
- Fenris is not an alcoholic. We see him drink all of what… twice? In game, and he exhibits none of the behaviors of an alcoholic.
- Fenris is a man who can admit he is wrong. He is not afraid to say ‘I was mistaken.’ This may not be in any canonical dialogue or anything, but it seems obvious to me, especially regarding certain Mage Hawkes, or Bethany, or when Hawke hires Orana instead of making her a slave or letting her wander off into the wild blue yonder, or when he betrays Hawke in the Fade.
- Fenris leaving Hawke was for the good of both of them. He was emotionally mature enough to recognize that he couldn’t handle a relationship at that moment, and backed away to give them both time to come to terms with what happened.
- Fenris is very aware that he hurt a romanced Hawke, and does not try to excuse himself from the blame.
- Any anger he has towards Anders come act 3 is understandable, considering that Anders calls him ‘less a man than a wild dog’. This is exceptionally awful for Anders to do, considering that Denarius called Fenris his little wolf, literally gave him that name. Anders basically just echoed Denarius there. This is kind of ooc for Anders, but that’s another post.
- Fenris speaks 3 languages. I mean, damn.
- He struggles to improve himself, even starts learning to read. It seems as though he is all about making himself a better person than he was.
- FENRIS POSITIVE DOES NOT MEAN ANDERS NEGATIVE
- ANDERS POSITIVE DOES NOT MEAN FENRIS NEGATIVE
I can’t stress those last two enough. I mean, really. The two are not mutually exclusive.
Seriously, just, let me see some Fenris positivity.
Fenris is a man who can admit he is wrong. He is not afraid to say ‘I was mistaken.’ This may not be in any canonical dialogue or anything, but it seems obvious to me, especially regarding certain Mage Hawkes, or Bethany, or when Hawke hires Orana instead of making her a slave or letting her wander off into the wild blue yonder, or when he betrays Hawke in the Fade.
It’s in canon dialogue. All of those points get some kind of apology. Twice during Bait and Switch, even. The number of times he’ll apologise to Hawke for saying/doing something, is kind of heart breaking (and I don’t think friendship or rivalry changes it too much, either).