So I headcanon Taako having some form of depression. My dad, who has depression, even told me that you have to watch out for the people who always seem happy, because they could be suffering and no one would know. Plus some people probably use humor to cope. I don’t have depression myself so I can’t say much for it, but I feel like being through what he (Taako) has been through might be an instigator for it, even the events before the SC. Either that or he’d have separation anxiety.
tbh canonically i dont think theres enough evidence to say either way, and i tend to ehhh play the mental fuckery up or down depending on the Mood, but it makes for a real interesting headcanon. and also some real big sad. you wanna hear my thoughts? we’re gonna hear my thoughts with the caveat that sometimes i personally feel weird about headcanoning mental illnesses on characters.
actually you know what i wanna expand on this, because like. heres the thing about taz, right? is that if you take the premise seriously, then what you have in the postcanon is a recipe for literally the entirety of faerun needing some fucking therapy, holy shit.
like. ok. lets talk first a) faerun, which just witnessed what is the equivalent of like five zillion natural disasters/wars, coupled with the sudden realization that a) many of their memories are fake and that the actual events of history were erased from their minds b) a threat as large as the hunger exists, c) the fact that aliens exist and d) now they’re faced with reconstruction. lads, i dont know about you but im pretty sure that most of the people on that plane are a bit fucked in the head.
and now lets talk the crew. or at least in general, or part of the crew cause ill be honest i haven’t thought about all of them. but as a whole i think there have to be some deep psychological repercussions to fighting an unwinnable war for a century, to losing the idea of mortality, to being perpetual foreigner, alien, to knowing that you are now so different from the people you are trying to protect. how easy would it be to stop? what would keep you going? but anyway yeah im like pretty sure that if you take the premise of stolen century seriously you end up with seven people who are uniquely damaged in particular ways that may or may not be an analogue to like, anything we have.
since ya asked tbh i headcanon taako as having something although i really dont know what it would be. but there’s gotta be something, right? two tracks of memory, two tracks of lives, what do you remember is real and what do you feel is real? how do you fuckin interact? uhhh if you want more about this ask me about it later i can’t really word great rn and thats its own separate post.
i think the headcanon that taako has depression is a pretty fuckin reasonable one and one that’s interesting to explore, kid wants to be perceived as the way he projects himself, kid fronts like a fucker, kid jokes and makes cutting remarks and doesnt let anyone in — if you run with the idea that he’s mostly fronting all the time then i think you have the beginnings of a pretty solid headcanon…. but also this is one that i’m probably not gonna poke at too deeply, probs haha. or maybe i will. we’ll see.
…you know who i think has depression post-canon? lucretia. but hoo boy that’s a whole ‘nother story.