So I am a sucker for trauma related headcanons. Really, those interpretations that go deep into the characters psyche, how some events affected their personality and self image, coping mechanisms, anything of the sort. If you feel comfortable to share yours or even just one about Hal, please do!! It will be amazing to hear. Thank you :)
oh omg thank u so much ;_>; yes i have a ton of thoughts abt this, i spent like all day yesterday trying to gather them to say smthing cohesive here lol., thank u thank u tho this is so nice .,
[big Abuse CW here, nothing like graphic descriptions but a lot of talking abt the aftereffects lol, b wary]
so a big thing tht i like to play with when characterizing, any of the GLs, is kind of… finding ways to give them insecurities that uh? click with how the ring works? i guess i end up tying the whole nature of getting superpowers for willpower and overcoming fear to mental battles and internal struggles., thats especially how i tend to see hal + his issues. he has no normal coping mechanisms lol.
i guess how i see it mostly is that, hal is the type of person to cope w stuff in the past by just avoiding any type of introspection whatsoever. he doesnt like to acknowledge that anything was ever weirdly unbalanced between himself and sinestro, or that sinestro was ever actively manipulative to him. that just opens up this whole can of worms, like that something was actually wrong, and that’s just a whole mess that hal would rather not deal with really! it’s fine, he’s dealing with it fine. he’s going to forget about it and move on. like he always does. he’s fine.
he gets prickly even at the notion that any of what went down in that whole Debacle would have affected him in the longterm. but…. also, when he thinks about everything sinestro knows about him…. and the fact that sinestro thinks about him regularly., he just gets this cold feeling in his stomach. and he doesnt know why?
he just kind of barrels forward bc even tho its hard, in a way its a lot easier than looking back. hal doesnt want to have to process anything thats happened to him. he doesnt want to think of himself as th kind of person who’s been hurt on that kind of a personal level.
i think this got kind of abstract??? i’ll maybe elaborate in further posts; ive got a lot more specifically on how this and any further interactions w sinestro fuck with his sense of self a lot.,, but this is already charging into “extreme alternate character interpretation” territory lol., thank u so much anon, i hope ths is ok ;_>;