@pattonscardigan, you will regret this.
This is an analysis on Roman’s overall mental health right before Fitting In because his mentality seemed to be much better and less broken in Fitting In, and most of these points can be applied to Moving On (part one and two).
“Princey, you are done!”
—Am I ORIGINAL?
- Roman constantly needs approval in order to create. He needs to have everyone believe in him, quite possibly to substitute for the lack of belief he has in himself
- He had his ideas shot down by Logan and Patton, but never Virgil.
- In that situation, he probably thought Verge was on his side for once, but in the end, his last string of hope was completely cut as Virgil yells at him.
- Patton and Logan seemed to be supportive in the end, leaving Virgil as the only one who didn’t support Roman.
“I would be setting myself up for heartbreak…”
- Roman doesn’t want to be listened to as just romance. He wants to be listened to as creativity, as imagination.
- He valiantly says “I only ever push you towards your dreams, Thomas, and I never say a bad word about you!” but at the end he adds a distressed but soft cry for help. He wants to be heard. He wants to be included and accepted as a part of the group because he’s creativity, not just dreams and romance.
- What we see when Roman was first introduced was someone who is full of himself, and a little insensitive to those around him. He had this act. A saccharine shtick that was so sickly confident and loud that there was no way it was real.
“…but I’m no defeatist.”
- Roman’s hope for approval from everyone is gone. Virgil was the one he needed approval from, and he never got it.
- Roman needed everyone with him in order to use Daydream Mode, but in the end, it didn’t matter or make a difference.
- It’s clear he felt completely hopeless at this point because of how he mumbles the rest of his lines, and how he starts to fidget.
- He becomes self-conscious and embarrassed after the way Thomas had replied to his name reveal. “It’s Roman.” “What?” “Roman. That’s my…proper name.”
“Princey’s never liked Anxiety that’s his problem.”
— Accepting Anxiety part one (screencaps from Accepting Anxiety part two)
- After Roman finally saw eye-to-eye with Virgil, he frantically turns to Logan…
- …and Patton for their approval.
- It seems like Roman had some jealousy. The reason he never got around to apologizing sooner was because Virgil had stolen Roman’s spotlight (in Roman’s eyes, at least) as the most popular character.
- The apology implies that Roman figured out his own jealousy pushed others away because of how toxic the envy he felt had become. Envy had become resentment, and resentment had become anger.
- He wasn’t angry at Virgil, of course not. Virgil was doing his job.
- Roman was angry at himself for being like he is.
(Side note: the question Patton asks “Do you have self-esteem issues?” Is completely glossed over, and not brought up again. That’s a way to deflect having to tell the truth.)
In simpler terms, I want to draw Roman suffering from his self-image issues and/or being ridiculed