flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy: lies:Today’s LA Times came wrapped…

Friday, February 12th, 2016



Today’s LA Times came wrapped in a gorgeous For Your Consideration ad, including an A+ shot of John Iles as the Ace.

I love awards season. :-)

Ace without his goggles? Whoa.

It’s like he just whipped them off and:

“Here comes the smolder.”

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Today’s LA Times came wrapped in a gorgeous For Your…

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Today’s LA Times came wrapped in a gorgeous For Your Consideration ad, including an A+ shot of John Iles as the Ace.

I love awards season. :-)

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icarus-suraki: kimbureh: flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy: kimbureh: flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy: kimbure…

Friday, August 28th, 2015







submit your one liners to the mmfr fanzine I thought, keep it simple I thought, not much work I thought

(and why am I drawing this instead of finishing my submission? )

ahahaha this is great! Ace would be the Earl Grey kinda guy I think

btw I found Ace on one of the trucks after the sandstorm, I think I forgot to post that find. So he definitely lives (just like Timmy O’Shorty).


“I found Ace on one of the trucks after the sandstorm”


HEY GUYS DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS??? redshoesnblueskies bonehandledknife slit-thelizardking furyroadtrip ooksaidthelibrarian yohunny schwarmerei1 EVERYONE ELSE IN THIS BAR


uh no please don’t tag so many people xD what if I’m wrong??

exhibit 1:


zoom in, exhibit 2:


et voilà

looks like our Ace??????

yeah I know it’s just a promotional image BUT I don’t think they would place Ace there without thinking


While in no way wishing to diminish anyone’s fun, I’m in the ambiguous-at-best camp on this being the Ace. He looks a little skinny to my eye.

Also, given that it’s a BTS still, not part of the finished movie, even if that was John Iles in costume as the Ace, it wouldn’t necessarily mean they intended to have him present at that point in the film. He could have been included as a background war boy, with the intention to remove/alter him in post in the unlikely event he was recognizable in the finished shot.

It’s interesting, though. What point in the film would this have been from? Can we place it in the movie’s chronology?

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youkaiyume: Have an Ace comforting a very…

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015


Have an Ace comforting a very frustrated/pouty/petulant Furiosa in her early War Girl days.

I actually had more than one request for Ace/Furiosa forehead kiss! yay!

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Sunday, August 16th, 2015





Little Ace testing out where he’d like to be mounted on. Too dark now for pictures with my camera but you can kind of see him?

Hope I can afford to go get emblem tape soon so I can get both him and the little lancer attached safely.

Okay this is the best thing :D :D

I can kind of see that I really, really want one even though I don’t even have a car. He’s brilliant!

OMV8 I want one. My car so needs The Ace hanging on for dear life and asking me why I made that last turn…

A door Ace would be so cool.

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puckish-saint: Mad Max: Fury Road (Part 10/x) – Ace“What have…

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015


Mad Max: Fury Road (Part 10/x) – Ace

“What have you done?”

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otomega: Mr.Citadel calender- JULY <3 (If there was a Mr....

Friday, July 10th, 2015


Mr.Citadel calender- JULY <3

(If there was a Mr. Citadel pinup calender- every month would probably be Joe)

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They left off some key skills:Hooking onHeading to Gas…

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

They left off some key skills:

  • Hooking on
  • Heading to Gas Town
  • Hauling Aqua-Cola
  • Hauling Produce
  • Hauling Mother’s Milk
  • Not going to Gas Town or the Bullet Farm
  • Passing new orders down the line
  • Thundering up
  • Not doing a supply run
  • Heading east
  • Reporting vehicles from the Citadel, firing flares
  • Buzzards right! Eyes on!
  • Turning it round and running it into our backup
  • Preparing the gunners
  • Ready!
  • Witnessing Morsov
  • Hydraulics! Hydraulics!
  • Why can’t you stop?
  • What have you done?
  • What have you done?

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flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy:New sketchbook cracked open and marked…

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015


New sketchbook cracked open and marked with skeptical yet motivational Ace face. Betcha tumblr’s gonna upload this crap twice. 

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Good Guy Ace?

Friday, July 3rd, 2015



Lately the concept of “Good Guy Ace” has come up in discussion.

The Ace is a good guy. He works hard; he is diligent, professional, and respectful. He is extremely skilled and competent (competency porn! What a great term!). He seems like the kind of man we would want to know in our own lives; he could be easily someone’s father, uncle, grandfather… The Ace is an older man secure in his strength and abilities; a man who sees people for what they can accomplish and thus does not resent a woman’s leadership, a man who lives the meritocracy he believes.

The Ace is compassionate and caring; he is concerned when Furiosa is cold to him, he bows deepest at Morsov’s death (in contrast to Slit who mocks Morsov’s sacrifice). He is intensely loyal; he shields Furiosa from Nux’s sawed-off shotgun (and Nux in turn is unwilling to shoot a fellow War Boy out of hand). And as aforementioned, the Ace is not the kind of man who would be sitting in the back of the War Rig with the other War Boys, saying, “Women drivers, amirite?” These values make him a good man in our world, and as far as we’re concerned, in any world.

But the Ace, no matter how much of a good guy he is, is still complicit in the system of the Citadel, an oppressive system with a foundation in dehumanization. He is trusted with protecting valuable commodities. The War Boys are literally giving their lives for commodities, because in this world, those things have more value than their labor or even their lives. The Ace also appears as one of the most pious; he bows his head the lowest when saluting Immortan Joe, and again when he Witnesses Morsov. 

Uncritically, the Ace has no idea that the accumulation of these actions mean that he implicitly supports an oppressive system that strips him of individuality, adulthood, self-determination, and even procreation. After all, those chastity belts are meant to hurt people on both sides of the iron. As intensely manly as the War Boys are, they are essentially eunuchs, drones, interchangeable parts no more individual that a factory-produced bolt, emasculated by a cult of toxic masculinity. Immortan Joe doesn’t just control the water and with it their lives; he controls all the means of production too, even the reproduction of human beings.

So how do we know for sure that the Ace is complicit in the system? After all in a fiercely male-dominated, patriarchal world, he trusts Furioa and she trusts him in return. It is obvious they have experience working side-by-side. They move as a well-rehearsed team and know each other’s minds. But when Furiosa betrays their system, the Ace takes her by the throat. This is not the action of a man who is good in the context of our world; this is the brutal action of a man who is good in the context of their world. A man who is protecting the assets at the cost of friendship and mutual respect, profit above all else. Even though we know the Ace doesn’t necessarily think “profit before friends”, by attacking Furiosa and doing what he thinks is responsible, he is supporting that toxic worldview.

As much as we love the Ace, the Ace is sick like the rest of the War Boys, not only physically, and unable to see it. He has not had his eyes opened by the Splendid Angharad as Furiosa and the other Wives had. He’s carved out a little bit of goodness in an ugly world, but the Ace, like everyone else, is a product of his environment and the system they live in. It doesn’t stop him from being a good guy; it’s just that in their world, no one’s hands are clean. Everyone is complicit, no matter how good they are and how much one wants to like them. This best example is the Keeper of the Seeds, whose last planted seed is an Anti-Seed, a rifle bullet, in Furiosa’s assailant’s eye. Even she whose mission is to give life to the wasteland is a killer, many times over, and mostly unapologetic about that, though her seeds are a chance to redeem herself.

It is important to judge characters and people by the context of their world and their society, not ours.

So in sum: Ace is a good guy. Hell, even a great guy, in the context of his world.  We still love him. But one may not want him over for dinner.

I agree with…most of this. But as a former soldier, I’d like to slap down some ethos here, and, in fact, as an interrogator, I have to say, you probably wouldn’t want to have ME over for dinner, either.  ^_^

I’d like to point out that it’s clear the Furiosa is ALSO complicit in this system?  She likely didn’t get her rank by being nice or even rebellious. She got Joe’s trust by, uh, playing the game. In fact, if you take it that she knowingly played the game in order to serve her own ends, it makes her, in a sense, morally WORSE than Ace or any of the War Boys, because she knowingly used/manipulated them. She claims agency and her first act of agency is betrayal.  And that she must have done things she did not quite square with either. He might have a misguided or misaimed honor, but she is seriously crippled in the integrity department. 

I’d like to also point out that fighting in an army does not mean 100000000% supporting the ideology of that army.  A little research into the ‘comitatus’ would probably do some good here–military units coalesce around a homosocial code, so you tend to fight for your guys, rather than for that abstract idea. In other words, when I was in a firefight, I wasn’t like YO BALD EAGLES FREEEEDDDDDOOOM, or even YAY PRESIDENT, I was like, SHIT they’ve got Smitty pinned down. When someone betrays you in that system, FUCK YEAH you take it personally. Ask Bowe Bergdahl’s old unit how they feel about him. Be prepared for profanity. 

When you live close to death (which most people who can fart around on Tumblr probably don’t) you DESPERATELY want meaning. You desperately want to believe that there’s some sense or logic–if not in a sort of ‘magical thinking’ ritual you follow, then at least in the sense that when you do lose your buddies, you want to believe that it was…for something, or that they went some place other than a plastic bag. Because if you can’t…it crushes you. 

Think how much death Ace has seen. That might explain his faith. 

Ace is really clearly the very common war movie trope called the ‘Immortal Sergeant’. You see this type in just about every war movie/novel ever, all the way from Kat in All Quiet on the Western Front. The Immortal Sergeant is good at combat. He’s at home there. He can’t quite fit in anywhere else, and he knows that. Because war is uncivilized, and once you get really good at crossing that line, you can’t really come back.  Unlike a character like Rambo, the IS is not an isolated loner who can’t function in any society: he can function in his structured society. Why do most vets today try to make other vet friends?

I like both Furiosa and Ace, but I like them because they’re flawed. I think it’s a good reminder to everyone that hey YOU TOO are complicit in a system whose values might be systemically destructive of your agency, freedom, and self determination, which likewise ALSO participates in the oppression of other groups.  YOUR SOCIETY TOO views you as less than human–your boss views you as a source of labor, and the drive in education toward ‘workforce development’ additionally institutionalizes the shift from ‘free human’ to ‘worker’ as the primary focus of education, your society too seeks to police and limit your sexuality and self-expression, (even tumblr where  you MUST FIT INTO ONE OF THESE LABELS or else), and every place that takes your money views you as a mere consumer. 

Saying that this is just something in his world, or that he’s doing the same damn thing you probably are…somehow makes him bad?  WOW that’s really dangerous.  That’s alterity to the point of self-annihilation.

Sorry for the posthumanist theory rant there at the end. Not really.

Thanks to both of you for offering interesting perspectives.

Going back to the OP, I wanted to offer a slightly different take on this part:

But when Furiosa betrays their system, the Ace takes her by the throat. This is not the action of a man who is good in the context of our world; this is the brutal action of a man who is good in the context of their world.

I think the Ace’s actions toward Furiosa, and in particular his last action toward her, are more complicated than that. Someone posted about this a while back; I apologize for having lost track of who it was. A lot of this is repeating that person’s previous comment.

Ace is loyal to Furiosa. He questions her three times (about diverting from the road, continuing despite the flares from the Citadel, and taking on the Buzzards rather than running them into their backup), and each time he accepts her evasive response at face value.

It’s only the last time he questions her, when the Buzzards have been defeated and she’s continuing to drive toward the dust storm, that he escalates. “Why can’t you stop?” When Furiosa doesn’t answer Ace is left with no possible explanation but the actual one: she’s betraying Joe. He shouts at her, “What have you done?” Again she doesn’t answer.

At this point, if Ace were merely “a brutal man who is good in the context of their world”, he could have incapacitated Furiosa. He could have punched her, or attacked her with some other weapon he presumably had access to. He could also have followed Nux’s shouted instructions to get out of the way, so he (Nux) could shoot her. He didn’t do any of those things. Instead, he continued to shield her from Nux while grabbing her by the throat and repeating his question, “What have you done?”

In the context of the kind of violence we’ve seen the war rig’s crew dishing out, I don’t think this constitutes an attack. Instead, it feels like a minimal escalation of force intended to compel her to answer. Ace still is motivated by his loyalty to Furiosa. He can’t let her continue unimpeded. But neither is he willing to attack her. Instead, he uses a minimally violent means to compel her to answer, while leaving himself open to the counter-attack that she actually makes.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015






I’m just amusing myself with the idea that Furiosa introduced the forehead to forehead thing to the War Boys.

Maybe after her first run on the War Rig she’s so pumped up, she’s done it, they shook off the Buzzards, it feels like her whole body is still roaring with the growl of the engines and the bellow of the horn and the sheer adrenaline of it, her crew was fantastic, she chose well, she is so high with it.

So she jumps down from the cab when they’re back at the Citadel and Ace comes up to report and she grabs him and lightly conks their foreheads together in a half remembered greeting. And Ace is like ‘…the fuck?’ but she is grinning and clearly pleased with him so obviously this is the highest sign of approval and honour you can be given by an Imperator.

So the War Rig team starts doing it, and since they are the Most Elite Team among War Boys, soon the others start imitating the gesture. And because they’re War Boys it becomes more of a slightly competitive conking of heads than the tender forehead press the Vuvalini do, but that is the story of how the War Boys started butting heads.

I mean I mean I MEAN

Ace is like… touched by the Imperatorially Blackened Forehead? Being given some of that status grease on his forehead? Being grinned at from up close by an Imperator who is practically vibrating with Yes!Good!YouRock! feels?

Talk about stuff that inspires loyalty

I just. Can you imagine Ace just standing around a little stunned and not quite knowing how to process it? And the rest of the crew is like looking at him too and Furiosa’s already moving through them still vibrating with energy and headdaps and shoulder pats they’re looking at him for guidance and Ace is like almost angry when he goes up to the nearest Boy and slams their foreheads together because, “Well??!

And the War Boys whoop with it, moshes together in a pile of limbs, and Furiosa’s finds herself pretty much crowdsurfing. The sounds of their celebration bangs against the heights of the Citadel like its carving out space for her in the rocks.

I’m just imagining Ace after a halflifetime of Very High Up Joe giving kind of conditional distant approval and always knowing Joe would be more pleased if he died for him… he gets this. He gets the new Imperator, spilling over with energy and approval, touching him like that, completely unfiltered. She has to go onto her toes and pull his head down a little and she does not care, she is 20 feet tall and bulletproof in that moment and in her War Boys’ eyes forever after.

(I was totally daring you)(somebody please write me some smut about the adrenaline filled aftermath of this moment)(with adorable sacked out puppy pile afterward)(and communal protectiveness of the Imperator)(Making sure nobody hogs her blanket)(You don’t get to sleep next to her Morsov you kick like a twitchy pup)(and Furiosa kind of limp and glowing and smiling indulgently as they fuss)

So we’ve either been reading the same kinkmeme prompts or that was your prompt which means I should tell you that I was one of the replies saying ‘yes plz’.

And gosh, I’m not writing smut at work.

But listen though, like the first night, that first time, none of them even ends up in their bunks and it’s not what you think; they’re in the meal halls still.

They’re in the meal halls and they’re handing each other food and passing down plates like catching a body falling from tumbling like hand meeting hand to swing away from wreckage and they’re all endless words, endless revisiting of that run, what would be done better faster more, more modifications to their lances, more maneuvers to practice, is there a better way to get a lance for you, is there a better position for our flamer, is there a better allocation for the bullets…

“I don’t think I saw our Imperator miss once.”

And their tables roared and hands slapped tables and aqua-cola was lifted high and splashed about like chrome.

Little by little, the night grew long and

the mess hall emptied of all but them. Their

stories grew softer, grew quiet, and almost secret like Witnessing that they shouldn’t have the right to have. Three tables became crammed into one, spilled ontop and across the floor of the table where Furiosa held court. No one wanted to leave.

But War Boys run dry eventually too and they drooped from the table to puddle around each other on the ground, like the half-acknowledged memories of their War Pup piles. (They shouldn’t be, they shouldn’t–)

“Look at this lot,” Ace huffed at his Imperator, the both of them remain hunched at the table.

“I’ll need to get them up in the morning.” Furiosa murmured. 

Ace knew that if the Boys were found here by the morning crew, they’d hear no end of it.

It makes something skitter in his stomach to realize that she’s watching over them, still (like swallowing something alive).

“I’ll keep you company then,” Ace says, and raises his cup.

She smacks her’s against it, gently, like heads meeting.

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What have you done? What have you done? ACE!!!She punches him…

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

What have you done? What have you done?


She punches him in the face, and he hangs on for a few seconds until she rams the rig into the Nux Car, at which point he falls. But it looks like he doesn’t get run over. So the Ace could totally have survived. Right?

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