Lance found out he was borderline shortly before he entered the garrison, so he doesn’t really know a whole lot about dealing with it since the garrison probably has strict internet rules—and probably shit therapy/counseling programs if any. he just learns to deal with it as he goes.
Lance hates being alone. he struggles with emotional permanence and when he’s not with a person he’ll question whether or not anyone actually cares about him. pls give him constant reassurance that you love him.
it physically hurts whenever Lance thinks about how lonely he is. he’ll be having fun with his friends at a party and it just hits him how awful he actually feels. and then he can’t possibly let his friends see him like that because he Can’t be a killjoy like that..so he just isolates himself instead
he also can’t hold grudges very well because…emotional permanence! what was he even mad about in the first place? who knows not Lance
Lance likes to make jokes about being bi, but he also LOVES making jokes about bring borderline even though less people will get the reference.
“Honest! I’m not…borderlyin”
every time Meet Me Halfway comes on.. “can you meet me halfway…right at the BORDERLINE”
he’s very bad at controlling his impulses..boy says the first thing that comes to his mind all the time #nofilter
Lance: lol you don’t have to worry about me.
Lance, internally, screaming: WORRY ABOUT ME!!!!!
his fp used to be Hunk, but their relationship mellowed out after so many years and he learned to stop idealizing him.
Hunk is his treasured friend who knows when to reassure him and show him affection he’s so good.
Hunk never leaves Lance alone without first making sure he has something to distract himself with.
Lance’s new fp eventually became Keith…he recognized the back of Keith’s head in the dark like..it’s Keith.
it started when Keith kept beating him in rankings and instead of being impressed and appreciative of a peer’s talent, Lance zeroed in on Hostile Competition! Must Fixate On Source So That Your Every Action Revolves Around Beating Him And Proving Your Own Worth In Comparison!!
eventually as they got to know each other it became less about competition and more about spending as much time as possible with his Favorite Person because Attention From Favorite Person = Happy Lance.
back on earth Lance impulse bought beauty care products like it was nobody’s business. wearing face masks and feeling pampered made him feel momentarily better, but Hunk had to commandeer his credit card so he wouldn’t bankrupt himself.
they still had Treat Yoself nights together though, which were some of Lance’s favorite memories.
Lance has egg ze q tip dis funk shun.
Lance flirts with anything that moves…that’s because he has the amazing talent of developing a crush on anyone that gives him the slightest bit of attention.
tbh he fantasizes about being a martyr all the time…and pair that with his super trusting nature and he’ll sacrifice himself for someone he’s had .02 seconds to get to know.
sometimes he gets into a scenario in his head so hard like he’ll be dreaming up a situation where Keith Wrongs him somehow and then Keith’ll walk in and Lance just s p l i t s and Keith has no idea what’s going on sorry Keith.
he likes texting and calling his friends late at night. he knows it’s probably annoying to them (it’s not) but he needs Validation or else he won’t be able to sleep without spiraling into the vortex of self-hatred.
Don’t Call Lance Annoying It Will Literally Kill Him He Just Loves You A Lot That’s All.
one time Lance had a breakdown at the garrison because they ran out of tater tots.
he has memory problems.
tbh he was only half joking about not remembering the Bonding Moment. on top of being barely conscious, he got to hold hands with his fp..like..the more time passes the more he thinks it was just a dream. did that really happen?? like for real?? he can’t believe it.
he also has to keep lists and notes of things or else they’ll slip out of his mind.
“the only reason you’re here is because Keith dropped out” pretty much hit him every night he was at the garrison. Iverson sucks.
Lance hecking LOVES personality quizzes and stuff like that. he has no sense of identity so he uses other people’s words to define himself. like he was a huge harry potter dork and all that bc he could get sorted and find out about himself through house descriptions.
Lance: [dinkleberg voice] neurotypicals.
he uses bpd as an excuse for everything.
“ugh I’m gonna be a little bit late…sorry I’m borderline.”
“that’s like..1000 plus ten!” *is corrected* “…I have bpd.”
“MOVE I’M BORDERLINE”
he likes rocking back and forth it’s very good.
he’s literally the king of weekly obsessions he will become a die hard fan for this tv show…then lose interest a week later becuase he found something else.
Hunk: weren’t you just super into How I Met Your Mother???
Lance: How Who Met What Where?
Lance: I’m broke so I really shouldn’t spend money this week
Hunk, Keith, and Pidge: hey Lance we’re going to this cool concert tickets are $50 wanna come?
Lance: *pawning all of his stuff* heck yeah count me in im totally good to go.
Lance is the master of provocation he’ll provoke you he’ll provoke your dog he’ll provoke himself just for a reaction and then fucking split when it’s a bad reaction, who cares.
Lance, splitting on Keith: I’m never gonna talk to that fucking asshole ever again fuck him.
Lance 20 mins later: hey what’s up Keith ily
he has a habit of oversharing. After knowing Hunk for a total of three days, Lance told him his entire life story, his deepest fears, and the exact time of his last poop.
Lance: [texting Hunk] I love you???
Hunk: [texting back] I love you too
Lance: he only said it because i said it to him first fuck he didn’t really mean if of course he didn’t shit!!
in that scene where Allura is telling the paladins about their responsibility as defenders of the universe, and Lance was the only one who still looked scared, he was thinking about how he’s not good enough, how he couldn’t be the pilot of the blue lion, how he’s going to inevitably fail, how the universe fucked up by picking his pathetic ass to save the universe, and the rest of the entire universe would have him to blame if Zarkon won.
okay but also..being borderline means we experience emotions deeply and intensely. Lance is the best at connecting with complete strangers all across the universe because he understands how scared they are and the pain Zarkon has caused..he’d easily earn the trust and admiration of everyone the team meets and it makes it that much easier for him to protect them with everything he has.
Lance loves hard. he loves really really hard and he has so much love to give and he feels so much and has the biggest heart and he’s a fucking treasure and sometimes the weight of the responsibility he carries as defender of the universe breaks him into a million pieces, but every day he keeps going because he’s strong and he’s loved and his team-turned-family will always be there to support him and nothing makes him happier than that fact.