forget Charles being the mama bear of XMFC
CHECK DARWIN OUT
look at him
protecting his chicks
Darwin is, going by actor age and behaviours, the same age as Charles, Erik and Moira a.k.a in his early to mid thirties: everyone else is in the bracket of 16-23 (with the exception of Raven, who is 28, but its heavily theorised that her mind matures slower the same as her body, so at this stage she’s likely mentally only 16-18).
He is the real mama bear
LOOK AT HIM PROTECTING THE BABS
MAMA DARWIN WILL PROTECT HIS BABS FROM BULLETS AND FUCKERY
Darwin complimented the kids, offered them encouragement and smiled when each of their powers was shown. He made them feel SAFE.
He showed no judgement, only love and kindness, accepting each of them as they were whether an adult dancer, a shy genius or a criminal, and was delighted by their happiness each and everytime he saw them smile. Darwin represents the family and safety these children have been promised, the hope they have that the world is new and exciting, and that the people within it will love them as Darwin does
and the moment Darwin dies, the moment the real protection and safety these children have disappears, is the moment none of them are safe nor allowed to be children again
Charles is not the symbol of safety and protection for these kids, Darwin is