As I’m playing through the game, I really starting to feel for her. I imagine younger/stabler Lusamine had less shieldy hair up until Mohn warped off into ultra space. After that, her hair got cocoon-ier as more family started leaving her – as if to shield her. In that same logic, Gladion probably takes after his mom more since he too has half his face covered (which I assume happened after running away with Null)
You know, everyone always dwells on Lusamine’s abusiveness towards Lillie and Gladion, which definitely makes sense, but like there’s one major thing that I’d like to point out. Lillie and Gladion lost BOTH of their parents around the same time. Like, Mohn goes missing (apparently), and then they probably had some issues there because their dad is suddenly gone, and then freaking Lusamine starts getting abusive with them right when they need some support. Heck, right when SHE needs some support. And you know what? Those kids kept trucking right along, albeit painfully, with neither of their parents really present in their lives.
I mean, they kinda had Wicke? But she definitely couldn’t be there enough to give the structure that kids really need to grow up into healthy human beings. And actually, they did a REALLY good job growing up into healthy human beings. Sure, they definitely show the signs of abuse (Lillie not changing her clothes for a while, apologizing profusely for using any of you m/cs time, Gladion being very emotionally reserved, etc), but for the most part they know they were treated badly and didn’t deserve it, and are ready to move on from the past and start new relationships.
In conclusion, Lillie and Gladion are tough as nails and definitely need some hugs. And maybe a visit from their gosh darn dad out in his gosh darn bean field.
Just realized that Mohn, the guy who runs Pokepelago, is Lillie and Gladion’s dad. He’s got the hair, the eyes, the whole “my husband found out about UBs and alternate universes”, the fact he lives in a computer realm(???)
I’m just losing it though because while all the sad family angst was going on for who knows how long, their dad was just living it up on some islands in the middle of nowhere with pokemon