After 70 hours of playing, I’ve realized I just straight up do not like Miranda.
I don’t like her attitude, I don’t like her unquestioning Cerberus stanning, I don’t like her bullshit melodrama with her dad (wow, you’re rich and have every genetic advantage in life? POOR YOU, YOU BASICALLY HAD A TIGER DAD) and from everything I’ve read about her romance with m!Shep, she’s basically just male escapist bullshit. Seriously, your struggle in life is being genetically perfect/ LOL Ok.
Is there a way to return Oriana to her dad in the loyalty mission? because I kind of want to do that.
Team Liara/Tali/Aria/Ashley/Kasumi/Jack anyone but Miranda, thank you.
Wow, this is incredible. Way to fucking fail media comprehension 101. Are you fucking kidding me here?
"unquestioning Cerberus stanning"
Miranda literally resigns from Cerberus at the end of ME2. She actively goes against Cerberus in ME3. She’s actually being hunted by Cerberus assassins the entire game due to her resigning. Did you actually play the fucking game, or are you just an idiot?
"bullshit melodrama with her dad"
Okay, wrong. Fucking just wrong. Here are some actual quotes from the game, and I’ll tell you how Miranda came from a severely abusive environment.
I’ve had extensive genetic modification. Not my decision, but I’ve made the most of it.
Here we go, first off, we learn that Miranda was modified against her will and consent, so to get mad about her “complaining” about her so-called genetic perfection is fucking horrible. Because everyone should just automatically love shit that’s done to them without their consent, right? Yeah, no. Shut up.
My father created me. He’s an extremely influential man and extremely controlling. He didn’t want a daughter. He wanted a dynasty.
I was brought up with no friends, pushed to meet impossible demands. I wasn’t a daughter to him. I was…I don’t know what I was.
I fought against my father and his need to control every aspect of my life. He wanted total control over me.
My father invested a great deal in his dynasty. It wasn’t a matter of just leaving. I knew he would continue to pursue his investments.
Here Miranda states multiple fucking times how her father is extremely controlling to the point where he was controlling every aspect of her life and how he pretty much didn’t even view her as a person! In fact, he literally thought about her as an investment. Also, we learn that he didn’t let Miranda have any friends whatsoever which is so fucking abusive I don’t even know where to start. But, “”“tiger dads”“”, am I right?
No. That is abuse. That is a sick fucking environment and a horrible relationship. I pray to God that you actually don’t think these things are okay or are just Miranda overreacting.
"wow, you’re rich and have every genetic advantage in life? POOR YOU"
Yeah, her father was rich and gave her shit. But, what do you know, that’s also debunked and addressed by the narrative! I’m sensing a pattern, what do you think?
My father gave me everything I ever wanted, but there was always a hook, an angle for his long term plan. I destroyed everything he ever gave me.
Oh…it looks like the gifts he gave her had a motive. Just like how gifts often given by abusers do. Because her dad was abusive. Are you getting this yet?
"Is there a way to return Oriana to her dad in the loyalty mission?"
No, there is not, just like how children rightfully taken from abusive households don’t just get to be returned to their parents. How fucking apologetic are you for this stuff, I mean, really?
My father grew [Oriana] when I was a teenager. She was meant to replace me.
The reason Oriana was even made was because Miranda’s dad WANTED TO /REPLACE/ HER. Emphasis on “replace”. Emphasis on how that’s a person who is viewing their children as literal objects that he can switch out! In fact…
I wasn’t the first one he made; I was the only the first one he kept.
Welp! Can’t get more explicit than that! And you’re classifying this as melodrama? Literally fuck off.
"Seriously, your struggle in life is being genetically perfect."
No, no it’s not. Anyone with basic reading skills can figure out that her struggle in life is trying to find her own personhood:
Shepard: You talk about yourself as if you’re just a tool to be used, by your father and by Cerberus.
Miranda: Maybe. I like to know where I fit in the world. It helps me find meaning in how I was created.
There you go. That’s it. That’s literally it. For someone who has allegedly played for 70 hours, I can’t believe I had to spell this out for you. This, by the way, is a very common, but important, science fiction theme, and Miranda’s story fills this niche nicely. In fact, Legion’s story shares very similar themes. There’s your English 101 lesson for the day.
And while I’m at it, Miranda’s romance is primarily about the above. It’s about Shepard helping Miranda realize she’s more than her genetics and that she can be herself. It’s about autonomy and the importance of choices. Male escapist bullshit? I don’t think so.
I don’t care if you don’t love Miranda’s character. I seriously don’t. But when you so horribly comprehend her story arc and then apologize for explicit abuse? That is beyond unacceptable and wrong. Next time when you play for 70 hours, try to actually pay attention to dialogue, or at the very least, don’t post your shitty opinion in the Miranda tag that people track if you don’t want to be educated on how harmful saying the shit that you did is.