hey hey you want some angsty darkstache ideas?? How about: both Wilford and Dark are touch-starved, for obvious reasons (they've both been isolated for god knows how long). In response Wilford is clingy and overbearing, which only amplifies when he gets manic, but Dark's the total opposite. When you're born of hatred and revenge, thrown into a broken body and driven to manipulate others to kill the man that ruined your live(s), being in any sort of relationship is useless at best. Consider. ;>
ANON U COME INTO MY HOME AND TRY TO MAKE ME CRY
but seriously, i’ve thought about this a lot because i’m sure both dark and wilford struggle with their mental illness. wilford’s symptoms tend to be more noticeable – the attention-seeking, the need for physical contact, the abandonment issues, etc. so yes, he can be clingy and overbearing sometimes, which clashes with dark’s issues.
dark tends to isolate himself and withdraw from others, deny himself any kind of pleasure and remind himself that he’s a monster, he’s incapable of love, he shouldn’t be loved, etc. so sometimes when wil gets clingy, he becomes agitated and, eventually, unresponsive. i feel like dark often shuts down and becomes apathetic so that he doesn’t take out his anger on wil.
but doing that often just makes it worse because at least dark still responds to him when he’s angry – wil would rather deal with that than be ignored entirely. so it’s something they definitely have to work through. wil makes an effort to respect dark’s boundaries and need for solitude; dark makes an effort to acknowledge wil’s needs and tries not to ignore him too much (or at least warn him if he’s going to shut down).
it’s far from easy, especially because both of them fall into the self-loathing ‘i’m a villain’ mentality. wilford covers it up with denial and memory repression, but the feelings are still there. and while dark seems to embrace it, even flaunts it, that’s just an excuse to not feel guilty when he hurts wil. dark tries to focus on the hatred and need for revenge because it takes the responsibility and pressure off him. how can you be a good person if you’re a monster? you can’t. and so there’s no point in trying.
TBH i imagine dark truly doesn’t care or feel guilty for seeking revenge, manipulating others, etc. but – and maybe it’s the sap in me – i like to think he has a soft spot for wil and there’s some empathy there for him. like, even if it’s not affective empathy, dark definitely has cognitive empathy. manipulators have to understand how their actions/words effect others, so he’s definitely aware of what he’s doing. whether he cares or not is a different story.
…….sorry for the tangent anon, this is very personal to me and BELIEVE ME i’ve thought about it a lot