A character archetype I cannot stand is the ‘slimy conman who takes advantage of a kid/someone less manipulative than him with powers that would benefit the conman, and is generally just a Loathsome Human Being until there’s a moment where the conman has to Prove Himself to the kid’.
I hate the archetype, because these types are just generally not good people - even though the narrative would have us believe they are. They’re perverts, immoral, and just generally not people I’d feel at all comfortable leaving a kid/someone impressionable with for any amount of time.
And yet - despite the fact that Reigen seems to fit into this trope - he’s my second favorite character in the entire series, and this conversation shows why.
The narrative doesn’t try to disguise the fact that Reigen is very much a fraud. It doesn’t hide the fact that he’s taking advantage of Mob’s powers for his own gain - in fact, Reigen as much as admits it in the above conversation!
But - and this is the important part - it doesn’t hide his good side, either. The narrative doesn’t wait until some ‘opportune moment’ to show that Reigen is actually a ‘Good Guy’, like so many other shows/what have you that use this trope do.
Mob’s power is useful to Reigen, but then he also turns right around and says but it’s useful to so many others, as well.
He tells Mob that the kid has done some frankly amazing and wonderful things with his powers, and that it’s wrong for him to think that only bad things can ever come of them! Because Reigen has seen with his own two eyes the sort of good Mob can and HAS done.
Reigen reminds Mob that just because he has to be careful, doesn’t mean he should hate himself for what he can do. That he shouldn’t ignore the good he’s done in lieu of the bad.
Look, I’m just so glad that Mob found someone like Reigen. I really am.