You know, I don’t know if it was intentional, but Carlos the Scientist? Very relatable to me as an autistic person. Just like, the way he was written? How he very rarely talks about things other than science, that makes sense to me; Special Interests are very easy to talk about. I relate to the way that Carlos interacts with the world, and how he interprets his experiences, and the way he chooses to relay them in speech; it’s just very good. I really love Carlos the Scientist
Night Vale is really good for practicing character design, right? (I only wish I were better at it!) Like so many other fans, my own mental image of the characters is pretty constantly in flux. This is the Carlos I drew tonight, but tomorrow night, I’m certain he’ll look different. =)
I’ve been re-listening to the entire series, which has made me like Carlos a lot more as a character, rather than just as… a plot device? (Which was my initial impression until One Year Later.) He totally starts out like a reluctant action hero, ready to save the town and “figure out just what is going on around here.” But that pretty quickly fades away into general confusion and bad haircuts. And then, well, it’s no surprise that almost dying shifts his perspective on things. And now he’s so well-adjusted to life in Night Vale and he signs text messages with x’s and o’s and he uses gravity going out as a chance to clean the gutters and he thinks a dog is part of what makes a home and just! Man, no wonder Cecil fell in love instantly. Good call on that one, right?
But anyway, he’s also totally like 10, 15 years away from becoming Doc Brown at this point, right? Like, straight up mad scientist. After all, he’s a scientist who studies science. His hair is already graying. He thinks Erlenmeyer flasks represent perfection. He has a dangermeter. That measures in fatality units. His perfect hair has to be a little bit more… science-y at this point, right?
I had a dream the other night that they made a Night Vale movie and that Cecil was introduced with a very dramatic shot of him walking down the station hallway until it pans down and you see he’s wearing light-up sketchers
my favorite thing about Welcome to Night Vale is that Cecil canonically doesn’t dress anywhere close to the Tim Gunn in purple button-ups and ties that the fandom has made cecil to be. If anyone cosplayed as canon Cecil wearing his honeycomb hat, hawaiian shirt, and leather pants or wearing his sponge clogs with tights, they would be so unrecognizable that even some of the most hardcore fans would think that the cosplayer is just some out-of-place weirdo. It’s so wild that the casually out-of-place absurdity is so embedded into Welcome to Night Vale’s existence that it’s even out of place within its own fandom and that’s just so beautiful
AU where the Librarians wind up in Night Vale and introduce themselves by saying “We’re The Librarians.” They have no idea why people keep screaming and running away. When all the confusion and panic gets cleared up Carlos and Cassandra geek out together for hours.