prime example of abusive behavior from shido: when he acted like he had no influence on the murders he caused akechi to commit for him, and gloating about how he manipulated him with affection. pure abuser behavior right there, putting the blame on the victim entirely and then using that to justify abusing them.
This, in particular, is precisely why I’m interested in the ‘dance’ part of the lines, and that ‘deep down’ part makes it even worse.
Shido knows what makes Goro tick, so much so Goro himself wasn’t even aware of it. His Cognitive of Goro tells the real Goro his innermost feelings as if they’re a stain, but the ‘captain’ just outright says he pushed just the right buttons for Goro to feel that way in the first place.
That’s the disturbing part- he was cognisant of, and even manipulated Goro’s inner feelings. Feelings he didn’t even make obvious.
Who’s to say he didn’t do the same when setting Sae up as a target? And worse, putting the Phantom Thief’s leader on the chopping block while making Goro do the job? Why would Shido suddenly make his Metaverse assassin, someone he had used specifically for making clean, untraceable deaths and scandals, responsible for an assassination in the real world?
Why Goro, of all people?
Shido singled out the two people in the world Goro was ‘coincidentally’ most attached to, endangered one, and forced him to destroy the other. He must have suspected something was up, sensed his unusual interest, and upped the ante to tighten his stranglehold on Goro. And it worked.
Speaking of that influence thing, I recall when Shido suggested to Goro that he ‘eliminate those he finds suspicious’. Interesting. It looks like he’s giving Goro agency to do what he thinks necessary, but the reality is it’s entirely under Shido’s terms.
Because what does he say when Goro tries to negotiate?
So Shido ropes Goro in to doing his bidding, while making it out to be the choice he has made entirely out of his own desire. All the while forcibly isolating him from any and all sources of help once they become a ‘threat’.
Smooth move, you gaslighting piece of shit.