Oh man, so I saw this stupid Insecurity gifset of Wally getting mad at Artemis at the end. Like bless both of their hearts, but especially Artemis’s. Like, the way she opens her mouth to just TELL him. She wants to tell him SO BAD BECAUSE NO WALLY WHAT YOU SAID ON THE BIOSHIP MEANT EVERYTHING TO ME I’M NOT INSECURE AND SELFISH I’M SCARED. Because Artemis is so so afraid of Wally rejecting her. It terrifies her. So it’s like when she closes her mouth and just clenches her jaw and stays silent she’s thinkg “Better to have him angry and still close to me than have him reject me altogether.” AND IT BREAKS MY FUCKING HEART.
"Yeah right, can you imagine what Wally would do with that?”
SHE CARES SO MUCH.
She wants Wally to like her but she knows how he seems and she thinks he’ll just leave her in the dust because she has a villain family.
And it’s just so unthinkable for her because she really, really likes this fucking guy but she feels like he’s so black and white, he doesn’t see the gray. Or at least it feels that way to her because of how he acted towards her in the first episode. Artemis acts tough and unaffected but the truth is what Wally said to her throughout that episode REALLY ATE HER UP.
The thing is, Wally’s an insecure jerk. He can see the gray, he just would have pettily turned her away if she told him in that first episode or so because he didn’t know her. She was strange and new and challenging him and butting into the Team dynamic so of course his first thought, his first reaction at the revelation of her criminal background would have been to latch onto the possibility of her being a baddie in disguise.
If Wally had ever taunted Artemis about possibly being someone dangerous, I think it would have been more out of ego-bruised spite than actually legitimately believing she was truly evil.
I do believe though, that if Artemis and Wally hadn’t had the horrible first meeting that cause so much animosity between them, and Artemis had told the Team immediately about her family background, I think Wally would have been SO okay with it, with her.
And that was kind of showcased in Bereft, because even when Artemis told Wally that her dad probably wanted her to kill him for some test, Wally still trusted her and helped her and was genuinely attracted to her from moment one. (which, btw, Greg confirmed they were definitely attracted to each other from moment one even WITH the bad meeting).
Anyway, I mean even at the end of Bereft, Wally and Artemis both remember everything that happened between them during their memory loss. Wally remembers everything Artemis said.
"Hey, you never told me why your dad would want me to kill you."
It’s like, he doesn’t even give a fuck. There’s no way he bought her bullshit story about that ninja movie. No freaking way he bought that obvious lie. Cause I mean he remembered everything she said to him.
Think about that.
"Dad! He must’ve done this. Another one of his stupid tests." "Test? What kind of test?" "He probably wants me to kill you."
Can you not see him dwelling on that a little afterwards? Wondering about it because Artemis had never mentioned her dad most likely, or even really her mom. Wally still has no clue where Artemis came from, who her family is, what she may or may not have been before she found her way onto the Team. She’s a mystery in that regard.
The thing is, though, that Wally West had the capacity and the means to suspect Artemis of something, but he never did. Not even with the bad first meeting. All throughout Infiltrator he was only sore at her because he tripped up in front of her. He was only sore at her because “Wow, this chick is upsetting the Team mojo, who is she?”
Wally taunted her for letting the baddie get away, but he never said it in a way that indicated he though it was on purpose. No, the way he said it was petty like, “Oh, hoho, got away from you? You’re so bad, big surprise there, newbie!”
And all through Infiltrator though, Wally is just harping on her because he wants her gone basically. He thinks she’s the upstart wannabe that was taking Red Arrow’s rightful place and pretending she knows what she’s doing with that bow. So Wally’s just all over her case the whole time like the huge jerk he was at the time.
"This is all your fault, you were on perimeter, how’d that Shadow get in!"
Note how he doesn’t say it like “You probably let that Shadow in!” or something else to indicate he thinks she’s some kind of villain or spy.
It’s. All. Petty. Jerkness.
Wally’s just being this ego-bruised teenage jerk because he tripped and fell and embarrassed the fuck out of himself in front of a really hot girl and so he decides he’ll just blame her for Red Arrow so he can have a valid excuse to “dislike” her.
So he’s glaring and being rude and mean and just really really horrible like get your crap together Wally, I love you but you are seriously pretty rude in Infiltrator.
So just looking throughout the whole series, as far as I can remember there was no genuine evidence that Wally ever considered Artemis as a villain for some kind of criminal or whatnot. In fact, like I pointed out in Bereft it was more shown that he wouldn’t have cared anyway especially without the first meeting. It’s like he just knows she’s not a bad person, something about her just feels right to him. She’s honest and he doesn’t really feel threatened by her kill you comment in that shack.
I could see him pondering about the dad wanting her to kill him thing, but I think he was more curious about why her dad would want her to do such a thing than “omg what if Artemis is and assassin sent to infiltrate and kill us.”
I think the fact that she’s there fighting with them all and risking her life all the same there’s just no way he could suspect her of it. Wally is a trusting, loyal person. He would probably never suspect it even if it had actually been true.
And thinking more about it, it’s like, if Artemis was going to kill Wally wouldn’t she have just done it in that shack and not told him about it? That’s probably one of the reasons why Wally trusted her and picked her up and protected her and didn’t feel remotely scared by her supposed intentions. Because he probably deduced fairly quickly that, “Hey, if this chick was actually going to kill me, wouldn’t she have just done it already instead of telling me about it? She’s got the weapon in her hands, why give me a heads up, she can’t catch me once I run.”
In Alpha Male, when Conner hears Kaldur mention the whole mole thing to Batman. Sportsmaster meant for that to tear the Team apart by causing them to become untrusting of each other, ya know? He meant for it to turn them all against each other so they’d basically be incapacitated. But do you know why happens instead? They all get mad at Kaldur for even having the notion that one of them could possibly be a mole. They get mad at him for not trusting them enough to tell them of his suspicions, but they also get mad at him for thinking any of them could be the mole. And like, they could have all started pointing fingers at each other right then and there, but they didn’t.
(sorry that was rambly and repetitive but I yelled this all at my Veggy at 2 a.m, it’s a little incoherent but at least I toned the capslock down. XD)