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Darcy Lewis

Lemme talk to you about my (possibly completely irrational) deep and abiding love for Darcy Lewis from Thor (2011).







I am aware that Darcy is a minor character in a splashy Marvel Studios superhero movie. She does not have super-powers like Sif, mad martial arts skillz like the Black Widow, or Dr Jane Foster's giant squishy science-filled brain.

What Darcy has is the ability to take everything in and just get on with shit. Usually accompanied by snark and hilarious facial expressions.

You hit a half-naked guy with your van, who is 7 feet tall and starts yelling shit at the sky in the middle of the New Mexico desert, while accompanied only by a crazy hot astrophysicist who weighs 100lbs soaking wet, and another academic up in his 60s whom you suspect has a flask of vodka on his person and has been tippling all night? TASE HIM.

You lose the half-naked bo-hunk, and your boss suggests you scour the surrounding area for him because he may have fallen through a wormhole? You check your taser's batteries and are ready to roll.

Your boss' godfather keeps trying to shut her down by pointing out that no way is the half-naked bo-hunk the god of thunder cos that shit is totes impossible when you live in a universe where an alcoholic dilettante playboy built a flying suit of armour out of scrap in a cave? You whip out Clarke's Third Law and tell him to STFU.

Darcy Lewis gets shit done. She helps evac a town when a giant robot from space attacks it. She's there to back up Jane when she is ready to go postal on S.H.I.E.L.D. for boxing up and confiscating her homebrewed magic science stuff. She's hilarious, she's loyal, and she's slightly obsessed with her iPod.

If Wendy Watson ever needs a Middlegirl, I am seriously submitting Darcy Lewis as an excellent choice.

Fandom has adopted Darcy Lewis, and with good reason. Darcy is a character with whom we can identify, a quirky girl we can imagine living with, working with, and hanging out with The Avengers on a daily basis. She is us, if we were cooler/thinner/prettier/younger and fictional. In a good way, not a creepy Self-Insert way. She's the Miles O'Brien of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Cool enough to be invited to the party, but not so cool we're intimidated by her.

By pairing Jane with Darcy, Thor is grounded in reality, because there is someone there whose reaction to jack-booted government Special Ops MIBs invading their home is "GODDAMMIT, I JUST DLOADED 30 SONGS TO THAT IPOD!" Not to mention thanks to Darcy and Jane, Thor passes the Bechdel test in the first 45 seconds of the movie. You can say many things about the other films in the MCU (Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk). Sadly, "chock full of awesome ladies plural" is not one of them. But Thor is another kettle of awesome entirely, and if you haven't seen it, I can whole-heartedly recommend it.



Kat Dennings is a rare awesome curvy girl on American TV (check out her sitcom 2 Broke Girls if you do not believe me), with massive indie cred, as well as mainstream success in the aforementioned 2 Broke Girls (which fills a hole left in my soul by the cancellation of both The Middleman and Eastwick in terms of sromance onna telly). She played Robert Downey Jr's daughter in that movie where she punched Pavel Chekov's V-card. (It's called Charlie Bartlett and you should Netflix it.) She also was super-awesome in Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, where she spent the night chasing after Scott Pilgrim while in a van with an adorable gay lead singer, in search of her totally drunk girlfriend.

Having taken MCU fanfic by storm, Darcy Lewis isn't just a side-kick. She isn't just a mascot. She's who we'd want to be, if we were standing next to Steve Rogers (assuming there was no restraining order). She says the things we wish we could say to Loki Odinson and Tony Stark. She makes out with the hot archer we wish we could make out with (again with the restraining order. but seriously, have you seen Jeremy Renner's ARMS???). She rocks S.H.I.E.L.D.'s world as Coulson's assistant. She does body-shots off the Norse Goddess of War. And she does it all in bulky sweaters, glasses, and with wry humour. (And a taser.)

Here is a story I wrote, into which I poured all my love of the character:

Simple, Not Easy (60176 words) by LJC
Darcy should have seen it coming. She couldn't hang around the spandex crowd forever and not end up with a great big target painted on her back eventually. She was just surprised it took Loki so long.

And here are some Darcy stories which I think you might enjoy:

Darcy-centric

Five People who Caught Darcy Doodling (1238 words) by seawench
Darcy can't always taser people to work out her frustration.

With A Little Help From My Friends (3105 words) by lucdarling
Darcy Lewis has tased a literal god but that didn't help her last week. That's where the Avengers come in. Darcy has a lot to learn but she's got the best teachers.

saved until last (3754 words) by Mira_Jade
"I believe that you owed my grandmother a dance, soldier." When a figure straight from Peggy Carter's bedtime stories shows up, Darcy Lewis has no choice but to see the tale concluded.

64 Colors (2049 words) by victoria_p
Darcy's life is weird, but she kind of likes it.

The Anaconda Plan (900 words) by zeplum
Darcy didn't start out as a poli-sci major.

Under Ether (4025 words) by Lunik
Loki is captured by SHIELD and deemed not fit to be left alone while on painkillers and in handcuffs. Now he's Darcy's problem.


Darcy/Clint Barton

Gift of Asylum (47183 words) by carleton97 & Sister_Wolf
The story of how Darcy Lewis accidentally helps found the Avengers while having an epic, failboaty romance with that dude she nailed in a bar two years ago. Tasers, jackbooted thugs, Tony Stark, and life-altering job offers are par for the course when you help discover an alien/god dude with amazing pecs.

Just Temporary, Ma'am (4654 words) by sutlers
In which Darcy procures a fake boyfriend in order to get Jane off her tits about this "Darcy doesn't have any friends" thing. Which is ridiculous, Darcy has over 300 friends.

Compelling Distraction (2684 words) by eli
"Oh my god, SHIELD sent us Robin Hood."

Cut To Fit (3211 words) by kellifer_fic
When Jane moves into the mansion, she takes Darcy with her.

the best of life is but intoxication (4741 words) by kellifer_fic
Where Steve and Darcy are platonic BFFs and Tony and Clint just aren't buying it.

Even a Miracle Needs a Hand (11087 words) by victoria_p
When Darcy takes Clint home for the holidays as her fake boyfriend, he charms his way into the family, and into her pants heart.


Darcy/Steve Rogers

you and your high top sneakers and your sailor tattoos (5871 words) by victoria_p
In which Darcy Lewis punches Captain America's v-card. Yeah, she can't believe it either.

An Old Solution (12033 words) by listedheart
Darcy helps Steve learn about the modern world.


Darcy/Jane Foster

The Spheres Are in Commotion (1481 words) by nonisland
On the days when she remembers that some people make good life decisions and it's possible she should try to be among them, Darcy still isn't sure how she ended up interning for Jane.


Darcy as Supporting Cast

A little bit of your taste (in my mouth) (20299 words) by sirona & ellievolia
Coffee Shop AU. In which Clint owns the coffee shop that makes the best damn coffee Phil has ever tasted, and things only go downhill from there.

that's not a skirt, girl, that's a sawn-off shotgun (1755 words) by lanyon
Darcy's like a Bond girl and Clint can't quite figure out if she's the good type or the bad type but he knows she's the sort of one you want to have in your lifeboat at the end of the movie.

ETA: Please share your Darcy fic and meta recs in comments!

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atraphoenix
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:08 am (UTC)
This entire post is a thing of beauty.

(And Darcy and Wendy Watson teaming up to save the world would make my life complete.)
taraljc
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
I SO need to write Darcy & Wendy one of these days. I bet SHIELD has a file three inches thick on O2STK....
silveronthetree
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
This is the BEST post. I adore Darcy and I really think you've captured exactly why she appeals to me in this post.

*wanders off the read the fic*
taraljc
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
THERE IS SO MUCH AWESOME FIC, ZOMG. Enjoy!
such_heights
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:37 am (UTC)
DARCYYYY. I love her, and thanks so much for all the recs! :D
taraljc
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
YAYS! I enjoy spreading the Darcylove.
hariboo
Feb. 6th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
omg BLESS YOU FOR THIS POST. I love Darcy!

I don't have much to share, since you pretty much have everything I've read here, but here's one from me: :D

So He Won't Break
Darcy thinks Loki needs a friend, that you know, isn’t still super angry at him. Darcy, Loki, Jane/Thor. PG.
taraljc
Feb. 10th, 2012 06:57 am (UTC)
ooooh, I like that one! Thanks!
norgbelulah
Feb. 6th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
I loved Simple, Not Easy SO MUCH and I love this post too. You have listed all the awesome reasons Darcy Lewis is awesome. You're kind of the best. :D I will return when I have time to roll through my pinboard for Darcy!fic.
taraljc
Feb. 10th, 2012 06:57 am (UTC)
Ta very much!
greenet
Feb. 6th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
DAAAARCY! I rewatched Thor only yesterday so I'm now full of Darcy-love again! Not that I stopped being full of love, but, renewed full of love!

(There should be Darcy/Natasha stories. Fandom should get on that.)
taraljc
Feb. 10th, 2012 06:57 am (UTC)
YAY LOVE!
musesfool
Feb. 6th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
♥DARCY♥

She should be in ALL the fic! ALL OF IT!

And thanks for the recs!
taraljc
Feb. 10th, 2012 06:58 am (UTC)
Darcy makes EVERYTHING better.
xenokattz
Feb. 7th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY Darcy! Every fic is made better with Darcy.
taraljc
Feb. 10th, 2012 06:58 am (UTC)
She's a fantastic spice.
plumtastic
Feb. 7th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
My Darcy icon/tag is actually titled "Darcy Lewis - fangirl spirit animal", because she *is*, exactly for the reasons you've identified. She's not a caricature, just normal and badass.

Also, she'd be a GREAT Middle-kick!
taraljc
Feb. 10th, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
OMG can you imagine her and Ida?
plumtastic
Feb. 10th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
I shuddered when I first read this, mostly because can you imagine the explosions?

This is such a brilliant idea, really.
ageless_aislynn
Feb. 7th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Darcy deserves ALL THE LOVE! \o/ I completely agree with your assessment of her, she's exactly the amazing character I wish I could be if I were, you know, a fictional character in the MCU. Heck, I already wish I was her right here in my RL, lol! ;)

*mems this* Thanks so much for this great post! :D ♥!
taraljc
Feb. 10th, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! I loves her so hard.
redbrunja
Jul. 4th, 2012 08:54 am (UTC)
She played Robert Downey Jr's daughter in that movie where she punched Pavel Chekov's V-card

SERIOUSLY!?!?!?!?! Also those jokes in fanfic about Darcy being/wanting to be Tony Stark's daughter are not 75% funnier.

Thanks for the love post - I also think Darcy Lewis is awesomecakes.
freaktonight
Sep. 1st, 2012 12:24 pm (UTC)
Awesome. You are awesome. awesomesauce
profshallowness
Nov. 25th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
Only getting around to reading this now (am so rubbish) but this is so spot on about why fandom (rightly) loves Darcy.
raincitygirl
Jul. 1st, 2013 01:21 am (UTC)
This is an awesome post. Thank you for writing it.
lights_of_night
Aug. 14th, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
...This is the perfect explanation I've read so far of Darcy's amazeballs-ness! I think I shall link people here if I ever need to try to explain it, because if I tried on my own it would come out in a creepy 'I kill people and wear their faces as masks' way, which I do not want XD


Also I absolutely adored Simple, Not Easy, and I think I've fallen in love with my new imaginary BFF Darcy. That little snarky voice in my head that makes me blurt out (usually inappropriate) comebacks (mostly 'that's what she said!' and 'yeah you did!') has taken on her voice, and I've never been happier!

And now I'm going to go and read all of your recs, because daisy-chaining authors and their recs and other works is the best way to find new things you love!

<3

Edited at 2013-08-14 03:47 pm (UTC)
taraljc
Nov. 3rd, 2013 07:27 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it! There's some amazeballs Darcy fic out there, and I'm really stupidly excited for Thor 2.
the_mad_duchess
Dec. 7th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Darcy is super awesome and badass and needs way more love and people appreciating her! Thanks for your post, I am currently reading through all the fics you recommended :D
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