GLOOMVERSE THEORY: Wallis DOES NOT want Harold living on the streets!
I recently got this ask on my Wallis askblog ( @askwallisgloom ) and I decided that since this is something I feel… Pretty passionately about, I’d write up my thoughts on it!! As always, this is just MY theory, it may or may not be canon, only CQ can say that! So, here we go-
Wallis does not want Harold living on the streets.
their differences and arguments, Wallis and Harold do love each other.
Seeing his little brother out on the streets would probably hurt Wallis a
Personally, I believe that Wallis HAS tried to get Harold to
live with him before, but Harold… Really, really does not like
accepting help. Probably because he thinks he’s a burden or something.
This is shown here:
Where Harold is visibly uncomfortable at Assy offering to buy him stuff.
So Harold has PROBABLY declined offers for help- ESPECIALLY from Wallis, someone he might feel a lot of guilt around- before.
As a more… Obvious pointer, though, please follow me through this look into the finer details~!!
We can see here that Harold stole $400. Enough money, in Wallis’ humble opinion, to need to be paid back- And how he does that is, of course, by forcing Gloom to work for him.
Now is a fantastic time to point out that Wallis has an unlimited supply of workers, it’s not like he NEEDS the extra help. He’s also a brilliant actor.
Moving on, we have this:
Assistant’s weekly paycheck is $600- $200 whole dollars more than what Harold stole. And in Wallis’ own words- “Whatevs. It’s not even that much.”
So, we can deduce two things from this. 1. If Wallis doesn’t think $600 is much, he certainly wouldn’t think $400 is a lot. 2. Harold would have completely paid off his debt by now, and yet, Wallis hasn’t made any indication that he wants Harold gone.
Those are the basics, but for a deeper look, I’d like to point you in the direction of this interaction:
Wallis hasn’t been working Harold very hard at all. In fact, the worst he’s done, is force Harold to be more HEALTHY. If he was truly upset about his money being stolen purely for the fact his money was gone, wouldn’t you think Wallis would be working him WAY harder??
If we take into consideration that for the most part, Harold MAY have some form of depressive disorder- Or at the very least, is stuck in a rut in his life- Wallis forcing him to be active and do something is probably the best thing he could do. Keep in mind that Wallis has 3 definite layers to his personality:
1. Flashy angry show persona, the main one we see throughout the comic. 2. Less flashy, normal, “I think I’m pretty great” persona. 3. The ‘real’ him, who doesn’t think he’s very good at all, and probably has a few self esteem issues.
I think it’s… Fairly safe to assume that anything Wallis does shouldn’t be taken at face value, since he’s buried his real feelings so deep down. This in mind, it’s very plausible that Wallis’ true intentions to HELP his brother are cleverly hidden by a guise of “Wanting to be repaid”- Something that fits his top, and foremost, persona.
Moving on from this, we have this exchange:
This is proof that Harold’s condition and situation has been on Wallis’ mind for longer than he lets on. Wallis always has trouble articulating how he feels, so for this interaction to even HAPPEN is a show of how much this means to him- Even if he does run away from the conversation before it can be continued.
Wallis was mad that Harold stole his money, yes- But he wasn’t mad that he was down $400.
He was upset that Harold didn’t think he could just ASK for help.
Honestly, I believe that Wallis’ anger towards Harold was just misdirected anger at HIMSELF- After all, who was it that separated himself from his brother? Who was it that made Harold’s limbs disappear? Who was it that saw, with his own innocent eyes, his brother scream for him to get away?
Here we can see that Wallis notices that Harold is upset by this on a personal level, and is probably… Projecting a bit onto Assistant. He immediately moves forward to try and remedy the situation, and ‘comfort’ his brother to the best of his ability.
…On a more speculative note, you could see this as Wallis indirectly promising Harold that he’d help him, too.
Harold and Wallis love each other. They have their disagreements, and they have things that they don’t like about each other, but when it comes down to it they only want the best for the other. Neither of them is a “bad guy”- They’re just two kids that happen to be a victim of circumstance.
And Wallis absolutely would not want his brother living on the streets.
HWELP ITS DONE HOLY HECK THAT TOOK FOREVER AND A DAY. Or, like, 5 months, idk.
I AM SO SO SO GLAD THIS IS DONE. Actually, at the time of writing this, I’m not done. But whatevs I know how I’ll FEEL
(UPDATE: its done and the last statement is still true)
Anyways, just a few things–
I have watched and worked on this so much that I, myself, literally cannot listen to the song anymore. I lost inspiration for it QUITE a few times throughout its creation- Whether from lack of motivation, or feeling like it would never be good enough, or other stuff- But I finally finished it, and even if I don’t think it’s my BEST work, I’m still proud of how it turned out and hope others can enjoy it too!!
I have never used a video editing program this extensively before this project, so it was a bit of an uphill climb when it came to LEARNING how to use it, with pretty much no help, just trial and error- It’s… Pretty obvious where I improve, I think >>“ I also did all art, backgrounds, and storyboarding myself, with no help other than some advice from friends. It was… Tough, but I’m stubborn, so q-q
I think it’s also a pretty Neato demonstration of how much my art improved, tbh- There’s a very… CLEAR jump from the beginning to the end of the vid- Apart from that one flickery frame near the beginning with the kids. I drew that one like, a few days ago.
If anyone wants a particular frame from the video rebloggable as an ACTUAL IMAGE, please shoot me an ask with the time it appears and I’ll try to fix it up for you!! I’ll go ahead and do this with a couple of other scenes I personally like, but to make sure yours is included, best to let me know!
I wanna say a little smth under the cut specifically to CQ so yep cut ahead
But with all the voice acting talk lately, it’d be good to post it…! Plus I got encouragement from the stream, but- Yep. I actually recorded this before the casting call went up, and unfortunately there’s no place for a Cocos audition yet (I’m gonna try for Cake too!) but thisss is my Cocos voice! Yep yep!