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I just couldn't get over this parallel between these two characters....whether or not the Blue Beetle in the future is actually Jaime (which I doubt), Bart still grew up being practically tortured by Blue Beetle. BB is synonymous with evil in his mind, pracitcally, and yet he goes back in time and befriends his tormentor, and actually...likes him. And likes him a lot more than he expected to in the beginning, obviously.

I just.

I love Bart and I love Jaime and oh god they are so cute BroTP or OTP whatever floats your boat but THESE TWO FOREVER.

Also. I hate hands.

Also. The background and shading are shit, but whatever, IT WORKS?!?!

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Edit: I just couldn't get over how icky it looked, so...I updated it! It looks much better now.

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IzumiTea Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
i just love this picture. touching and beautiful, it`ll be my desktop wallpapets from now,,,,,,,,,
spookandaspacebridge Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these two and I love the way you represented the different sides of Blue!
AlphaEliatrope Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016
It is likely that Bart's Blue Beetle is Jamie because Reach/Scarab would have taken over without Bart's interference and he could've had some sort of mutation done to him to make him big? Idk.
mikeyismyfav Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Student General Artist
Daw. I have a crush on both. I dont get why people say there in love. I mean seriosly, implulse knows a bad blue beetle, blue beetle and him are freinds, theyre bound to have secret talks.
18davkie Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
Amazingly drawn.  5/5
countrystrata Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
love Blue Beetle. touching scene here. they're friends. i don't get where people are seeing 'romance' i've seen people say these two 'hold hands' but they never do. Blue only slaps Impulse's wrist because he's being annoying. and Impulse was the only one who knew of Blue's 'betrayal' so of course they're gonna have conversations between themselves.
cbhwewceb Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
It's the internet, when people see a close same-sex friendship, they often like to stretch it a bit to turn it into a romance.  Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy had a more sister-like bond in Batman: TAS before fans began shipping them and then writers decided to make them an official couple.  I'm not saying that Bluepulse will be cannon any time soon, but I do find the couple cute and many people do as well.

Blue Beetle and Impulse aren't the only thing the internet has shipped.  There's also shippings for Hal Jordan and Barry Allen, Batman and Superman, Robin and Kid Flash, Miss Martian and Artemis, etc.
countrystrata Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
well the world is full of nuts. they make up 'proof' to try and cement their favorite couples no matter if that couple is a same sex one or opposite sex one. it's actually pretty sad and pathetic how obsessed people are now a days with trying to always pair characters up. not saying they can't, obviously they can, but it's no long about their 'opinions'. people state stuff like this as 'fact'.

it's become very annoying trying to read about tv shows or movies on social media and all people want to comment about is who they want as a couple. it's like to them the rest of the show is nonexistent. or the fact that not everyone, whether a character or real life person, 'has to be or will be' with someone. there's not someone out there for everyone, character or real life person.

there's 'far' more to shows, movies and books than who gets to be with whoever. i call it Hollywood brainwashing. people are too use to the happy endings of the guy gets the girl.
cbhwewceb Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
Uh...most shippings AREN'T cannon, they're just cute relationships that fans come up with.  As far as I'm concerned, there were no queer people on YJ, but that doesn't mean I don't like the IDEA of Blue Beetle and Impulse being a couple.  There are a lot of gay shippings I like in cartoons.  Dick Grayson and Kid Flash I also find to be a cute pairing (although Kid Flash is with Artemis in the shows cannon and I do like that relationship better).  I also think Hal Jordan/Green Lantern and Barry Allen/Flash is a cute shipping that isn't cannon to the comics (nor would I want it to be cannon).

People on the internet like relationships in tv shows because they're usually pretty cute ideas.  Just because we like a shipping in a show doesn't mean that's the only thing we like about it.  I like a lot of YJ shippings because they're cute but the story and action of the show is far more important and I like way better than any relationships one can come up with.  Shippers are just having fun, they're not saying it's the only good thing about a show.
countrystrata Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

'but the story and action of the show is far more important and I like way better than any relationships one can come up with.  Shippers are just having fun, they're not saying it's the only good thing about a show.'

apparently we don't watch much of the same shows or aren't seen the same posts about the shows. or i really am just on the internet far too much.

people are not "stating" their "opinions" then commenting about the rest of the show, character growth, story line, etc. people are OBSESSED and/or obsessing over/with their pairings and start fights over it. they bring it to the point of sending messages and petitions to the writers, and whoever else, DEMANDING they put their personally chosen couple together.

makes me wonder how many did this before the internet. i'd like to compare the then and the now.

even when an episodes isn't about a relationship, of romantic nature, people are trying to make it into one. that's all they comment about. there's very little about the episode itself.

and yes 'some' are saying it's the only good thing about a show. several people have said they are stopping or going to stop watch shows, (ex: Pretty Little Lairs and Switched at Birth) because their fav couple(s) aren't getting together in the end.

never in a million years would i have guess people only watch a show because of their fav couple then pitch a fit like a child when their chosen couple doesn't get together.

then, i guess it should be too surprising considering people are becoming more and more selfish with each passing day. i though thats what the fanfiction world was invented for. to have the story 'your way'.

makes me wonder how writers put up with some craziness. writing under a different name makes complete and total sense now.
cbhwewceb Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
There are extremes to everything.  I don't take shipping that seriously but a lot of fans do.  although certain fanbases are terrible I admit.  Just look up the Steven Universe controversy (sad part is I love that show).  So long as it doesn't harm anyone, there shouldn't be anything wrong with shipping anyone really.
I'll have to keep that in mind, cbhwewceb. Thank you for your insight. I have the same sentiments as countrystrata.
cbhwewceb Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
Go on YouTube and search for "Reasons to ship Bluepulse"...Like I said, I find them cute together.
ToothlessINSANITY Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
oh my god, the feels in this.... :(
pulser375 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
I hate hands too. I love the dynamic betwee these two. There's so much to explore in them as characters if you think about it.
star-bite13 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is why this friendship is an A+ to me
VainillaChidii Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
this is very powerful ! I love it, it makes me have deep feelings
WritesAtMidnight Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This Picture of the two variations of their relationship is so perfect. Thank you so much for this!
tealeafcoffee Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG IM GONNA CRYNeko Emoji-14 (Cry) [V1] 
CandyFlosses Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
SilverRainclaw107 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god, amazing…
PtbK Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YES! I saw this a while back when I googled fan art for these two, god I love them. and this is by far one of my absolute favorite fan art for them. it is so beautiful and perfect. 
Thank you for drawing this.
MikaGwen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
I love you this is awesome:happybounce: 
Lovelystar4002 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
This is so amazing but the feels damn it makes me sad!  :Big eyes: Sad dummy 
CUPIDSHEART Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is by far my favorite picture of Blue Beetle and Impulse :D :D :D :icongaspplz:
Tanigi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Okay, wow, this gives me LOTS OF FEELS, my gosh. *stares for a while*
theyarnbunny Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
    I don't believe the future Beetle was Jaime either. I had thought somehow that big Black Beetle guy would take over and end up using Blue Beetle as his own.
SmlArt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh this...this is awesome, I'd comment on the nice colouring and poses, but I sure gotta say that your pic made me cry, 2 so good friends, and then just slave n' dictator, oooor sth, I know it did't actually happened but still.....
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realitycheckmyart Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
This really makes me sad to think that they would have been enemies if Impulse hadn't gone into the past and became best buds with Blue Beetle!
lislila Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
wow, awesome, you may hate hands, but they love you! I mean, you did em very good, whe I saw it, it almost made me cry
Kaitorin101 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
OMG! WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME!! :( no this is a really good picture but I just adore Bart he is perfect... every time I see him sad it makes me want to cry
msmistery Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
meda mucha pena cuando la veo
Teenlover99 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I cry every time I look at this pic!
5saw Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww now you made me feel bad for impaulse
Nyx-godess Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh dear lord the feels! THE FEEEEEEELS!!! :faint:

(This is awesome by the way :D)
cause-im-fuday-k Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
penguincoco Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm drowning in them
JoeMerl Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Writer
Nice work!
divinedensinty Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I also think it might not actually be Jaime in the future
AlexaClyne Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
askldjfalskdOHMYGOD DON'T GIVE ME FEELS :iconcryingforeverplz:

I simply love the parallelism, amazing job! ♥
avidfreakazoidfan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Too perfect not to fave. :love:
Gemini-two Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
this is so amazingly epic!!
Tomboylove Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw!! I love it!!!
Shiverpop Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hey I want to cry too! Someone please help me understand! All I get is that he went back in the past to stop BB from becoming the badder version and ends up befriending him. Or is that made you guys cry? I don't know but for some reason I don't cry any more to emotional things. Last time I cried was when I saw Brave with my sister. And I mainly cried cuz I saw her cry so yeah. And I love the way you drew Bart in the back then picture, so so so hot! You totally crashed it!
TupAttack Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
.... I just randomly cried when I saw this... T-T
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Hyper-BlossomZ Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is really cute, also I agree with you about hatting hands, they're just so hard to draw!
DoubtNeverRegret Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
As soon as i actually understood...tears. I love this so much!
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