This is who Stiles really is.
Not the snarking, not the spazzing, not the flailing.
Well, not just that.
What he really is… is this incredible thinker, this incredible planner, a tactician that you goddamn well need on your
packteam if you have any intention of winning.
He’s perceptive in the extreme, canny as a canny thing, and arguably more intelligent, in real-world situations, than Lydia the genius is. Lydia couldn’t figure out what supernatural hell was breaking loose all around (and within) her, despite being given all the clues. But Stiles? Not only worked out what was up with Scott almost instantaneously, but also figured out what to do about it. Again, almost instantaneously.
And it’s not just because Scott’s his best friend. Jackson is Danny’s best friend, but Danny has thus far managed to stay willfully ignorant of the weird shit going down in Jackson’s life and in the entire town. I mean, I love Danny, but seriously, dude? The guy you grew up with is turning into a GIANT MUTANT LIZARD. That kills people. And you haven’t noticed anything? And Lydia, sweetheart, the guy you’ve been in love with and that you’ve dated is turning into a giant lizard, and you haven’t noticed anything?
Stiles isn’t oblivious. About anything.
He keeps his eyes open. More importantly, he keeps his mind open.
He does his research. He covers his bases. He thinks.
He figures it all out.
He has the deepest focus and strongest will of anyone on the show.
That’s why Deaton gives him that job, the job of willing the dust to work.
Stiles is the only one with that insurmountable will.
And that will is what we see, in this picture, coupled with his intelligence.
That’s who he is.
That’s why Peter wanted him so desperately.
That’s why Peter respected him enough to offer the bite.
And when a guy like Peter respects someone? You’d better believe there’s something worth respecting.
I’m just waiting for everyone else to clue in and realize what an asset Stiles is - especially Derek - but one of the things that makes Stiles so effective, as a tactical wildcard, is the fact that so few people know how important he is.
Sometimes, I even find myself thinking that he’s planned it that way.
When an opposing pack (or a hunter) targets Derek and Scott, they’ll take out those people that they see as posing the greatest threats. Stiles is the sort of person most enemies would ignore - this dorky little kid in a plaid shirt, uncoordinated and awkward, overly fond of junk food and unattainable girls. Just your average Joe, right?
Stiles keeps the people he loves safe, in part by appearing to be innocuous. He’s the stealth security system. The hidden booby-trap. The silent tripwire. The quiet landmine. (I’m running out of metaphors, here.)
He’s the threat you don’t take into account, when you go after Derek’s pack.
You can plan for Scott, for Boyd and Isaac and Erica. You can even fight them, in the sort of conventional warfare that they’re capable of. (And that’s all they’re capable of. Being conventional. Even Derek can’t train unpredictability into them, no matter how he tries.)
Stiles, though? Is anything but conventional.
He’ll make fucking Molotovs in a school lab. He’ll bribe a hacker with the shirtlessness of a hot cousin. He’ll find out how to categorize you and how to take you down. He’ll research the hell out of you. He’ll have contingency plans. He’ll sneak into police stations. He’ll collude with ex-cons. He’ll make sure that people are where they need to be.
And all the while, you’ll be aiming for the more obvious threats, the ones with fangs and fur and claws.
And that’s why you won’t be able to get to the more obvious threats. Because, while you’re focused on them, Stiles will be focused on you.
You’ll never know what hit you.
And, ironically enough, neither will they.
The people Stiles saved.
That’s who Stiles is. Stealth-Ninja of Awesome.
He does the work, but doesn’t get the credit for it, because he doesn’t set out to get any credit for it. Not only because he’s selfless (which he is), but because he’s clever. He knows it’s better to stay under the radar. You can’t nuke a goddamn submarine if you don’t know where it is.
Stiles for the win, people. Stiles for the win.
This is wonderful. I also think he hides himself to protect people but also to protect himself. I honestly think that Stiles is scared of himself. I think he’s frightened of his mind and how it can rebel against him (ADHD) and the things he is capable of saying. I think he needs someone like Deaton (or Peter on the evil side) to say, you are powerful and smart and you have control over it. Stiles can be a powerful ally, loyal and fierce. He just needs a guide to learn how, to focus, to have a purpose. I think everyone is lucky he is loyal to a fault to Scott because he could go down a dark dark path.
I also think Stiles is scared of how cold he’s capable of being. Of what a manipulative liar he’s capable of being, when the moment calls for it. He hates keeping secrets from his dad, but he does it, anyway, because it’s necessary, and - and sometimes, he’s terrified of how far he’s willing to go in the name of necessity.
He’s terrified of one day having a steady hand when he kills someone. (Directly or indirectly.)
He’s - he’s terrified of not regretting it.
And he’s already got all this stuff, all these issues about his mom, all this guilt about how he thinks he killed her.
Part of the reason he thinks that way - part of the reason he feels that guilt - is because he knows he’s capable of hurting people.
He knows he’s capable of calculating whether they should be hurt or not.
And that’s what he’s afraid of.
He’s afraid of how strategic his mind is, and how it can neatly slot the wildest things into patterns that make sense, patterns that reduce people into mere nodes in those patterns, into causes and effects.
I actually think that’s part of what contributes to his ADHD.
He doesn’t like his mind when it focuses, so he lets it scatter, instead.
Oh, Stiles. Trust your heart. It’s made of gold.
It’s all right, to have a mind capable of cold logic, so long as you keep it warm.
All of this is golden and makes me think, not for the last time, that Stiles is a lot like Wesley from Angel. He’a the dorky sidekick who actually plans things out and THINKS. And when push comes to shove he will do what needs to be done, to not only protect his friends but everyone else too.
And that’s both good and bad because looking at the big picture means a lot of the time you forget the small stuff.
And when that happens, you set yourself for a hard crashing fall when reality sets in and you realize your big picture plan has cost someone you care about dearly.
Stiles is setting himself up for a fall. And it’s gonna hurt