So I have been working on a massive Zane meta since he is pouting that Ty got a big massive meta and he did not. Ok, he is not pouting. More brooding. Feeling neglected. Dejected. Sitting in a corner flipping his knife around.
Anyway, something hit me about these two:
Ty is a Gryffindor,…
Well, I’m afraid I don’t agree at all with your assessment. I had to Google the Hogwarts Houses to see which traits were associated with each house. Below is a list of the houses and the characteristics most valued in their respective members (from Wikipedia).
Slytherin house values ambition, cunning and resourcefulness
Ravenclaw values intelligence, knowledge, and wit
Gryffindor values courage, bravery, nerve and chivalry
Hufflepuff values hard work, patience, justice, and loyalty
The sorting hat describes the Houses this way:
You might belong in Gryffindor, Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry, Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff, Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true, And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, if you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning, Will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin, You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folks use any means, To achieve their ends.
Based on those criteria, I’m not sure any of the guys would fit in Gryffindor. Depending on what the cryptic comments Abi has made about Nick mean, I’d say Nick was closest to a Gryffindor. Charles Turner described him as a boy scout, and Kelly considers him to have a strong moral compass. I’m not convinced about his moral compass based on things like kissing Ty and bribing Kelly’s doctor, but he does seem to have a desire to protect and serve.
I think almost everybody was shocked and disbelieving when Ty’s father insinuated it was cowardice that made Ty hesitate to go after the bad guys in S&S1. Because Ty was a Marine, we just accept that Ty is brave. But Ty joined the Marines out of fear; he was running away from his family, David, and himself.
Ty doesn’t run from physical danger, but that is partly because he likes the excitement, and partly because he if afraid of looking weak and cowardly. I think if Ty had a boggart, it would be his dad looking at him with disgust. He might be afraid in certain situations, but he is more afraid of not measuring up to his father’s standards. It isn’t bravery to do something that scares you to avoid something that scares you more.
If Ty were truly brave, he would have stood up to his father and refused to pursue the criminals in S&S1. Ty would have followed his better judgement and gone back to call in reinforcements. Going after those men was not brave; it was foolhardy, probably against protocol, and possibly illegal. There is no way it would be acceptable for an FBI agent to involve two civilians in the pursuit of armed criminals. Lets not forget that Ty and Zane were on leave for failing their mental health evals. They could have gotten themselves and the Bureau in serious trouble for their actions.
Ty is daring, but he is also cunning and resourceful. He isn’t ambitious in the sense of trying to achieve wealth, power, or status, but he does have personal ambition. Ty is highly competitive and hates to lose, so much so that in order to win the training exercise, he sacrificed Zane to the paint ball bullets.
Ty lies like a rug. He lies about big things, little things, and huge things like no longer being a Marine and why he was partnered with Zane. Some of Ty’s lies, deceptions, and omissions are truly due to being bound to secrecy, but a lot of them are because Ty doesn’t want to face the possible ramifications of the truth’s coming out.
Ty really doesn’t seem to have much of a moral code beyond following orders. He doesn’t judge for himself whether the person giving the orders is worthy of his trust or if the orders are moral or immoral.
For instance, when Turner recruited Ty, Turner told him, “Think over it hard. Once you go down my road, you don’t go back. You’ll come out the other end someone else. Someone … you might not like. Someone this David of yours definitely won’t like.” … “You could be some anonymous white knight, Grady. If that’s the road you want to take. Loyalty and honor. A drop of decency in a bucket with a hole too large to patch. Or you could be my rook.”
That is like the Sorting Hat tempting Harry with Slytherin and all it could help him achieve. Harry refused the temptation, Ty accepted it. Ty turned his back on “loyalty and honor” to become Turner’s rook, which is better than a pawn but still expendable.
Zane does not belong in Slytherin. I would call him a Ravenpuff. His main qualities fit equally in Ravenclaw (intelligence, wit, learning) and Hufflepuff (hard work, patience, justice, loyalty). Zane is intelligent and logical, but I wouldn’t call him cunning. He is very straightforward and honest. He hides his emotions, but he doesn’t try to deceive people except as part of his job.
The definition of cunning from Google is “having or showing skill in achieving one’s ends by deceit or evasion”. Zane achieved his ends by hard work and dedication. He was ambitious before Becky died, but he wasn’t a snake or a backstabber.
All high achievers have ambition; that is a quality that is necessary for success in any field, whether your ambition is to be rich and famous or to be the best at what you do. So although Slytherin House puts high value on ambition, ambition isn’t exclusively a Slytherin trait. The difference is Slytherins don’t care how the ambition is achieved, while the other Houses value intelligence, courage, and hard work.
Zane said that he was ambitious, that he worked hard to move up in the Bureau, but when Becky died, he threw that all away to go undercover in Miami. His actions while undercover were definitely not motivated by ambition. If he were truly a cold, ambitious person, Becky’s death would not have affected him so strongly or derailed his ambition the way it did.
After Zane is pulled from Miami and threatened with losing his job and going to jail, he works at redeeming himself. His ambition is to prove himself to the higher ups in the Bureau. Sometime after meeting Ty, he stops caring about making a good impression on the boss and only cares about being worthy of Ty.
Based on what we’ve seen of Zane, I don’t think he is personally ambitious. I think his previous ambition was to try to prove to his mother that he was doing something worthwhile, to try to earn her esteem. Now he cares more about earning Ty’s esteem, and Ty isn’t impressed with status so Zane no longer has the same job ambitions.
Zane worked hard to get through the FBI training, he worked hard to move up in the FBI, he worked hard to build up his muscles, he worked hard to redeem himself, and now he is working hard to stay sober and to build a life not centered on Ty.
Zane’s moral code is hard to define, but I’d say he values honesty, loyalty and justice. He’s fine with killing the bad guys in S&S1 because he feels they deserve it. They’ve killed others and attempted to kill Zane, Ty, & company, so justice is served by killing them.
Zane definitely did not kill “Swizzlestick” because of Zane’s need for Ty. Zane would have taken the same action no matter whose life was being threatened. Zane didn’t even think before firing:
Ty still held Redjacket by his neck, and as Zane watched he rolled the unconscious man to the side and pushed himself up, reaching for the gun on the ground next to him. But before Ty could get to it, Swizzlestick raised his
shotgun and aimed it right at Ty’s back.
In that split-second, Zane reacted instinctively: he snatched Ty’s gun up from the dirt and pulled the trigger without a single thought.
Three gunshots cracked loudly in immediate succession, echoing in the forest, and everything came to a sudden stop as Swizzlestick collapsed, thudding hollowly on the ground with three bullets in the chest.
You might think Zane’s ruthlessness places him in Slytherin, but his ruthlessness is reserved for criminals. Even kind, gentle Molly Weasely was ruthless when her children were threatened.
Zane is extremely loyal to Ty; even before he liked Ty, he stuck up for him with the other FBI agents and Serena Scott. When Burns wanted to send them back to New York after Ty’s concussion, Zane asked Ty if Ty was willing to go back, and told Burns off when Burns tried to insist. Even after Ty revealed that he had been spying on Zane, Zane was unwilling to leave Ty alone to face the cops & the cartel.
So the way I see it, Ty is the Slytherin, the one who embraces deception and feels the ends justify the means, the one who wants to win at any cost, the one who blindly follows the orders of persons of dubious morality.
If I were the sorting hat, I would put Zane in Hufflepuff. Although he is highly intelligent and highly educated, I think his hard work, determination, loyalty, and sense of justice define him more.