ImTheGherkin

What's the deal with Wilson's dual personality?

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ImTheGherkin    20

I started to think about Wilson's strange personality after noticing a comment about how he liked to be alone in the Wes animated short and I have a little theory.

small disclaimer: i've rejoined recently and lack knowledge of the newer lore, so bare with me. this is also like my first ever time sharing something like this, might sound more like a rant than a thought out theory. 

theory starts now

1: Wilson's Dual Personality

Ever noticed he spends a lot of time just isolating himself, sitting alone, thinking at a campfire? The comment I mentioned prior specifically said that a lot of the shorts just show him alone, doing nothing. But when he's actually with the other survivors, he seems a bit strange. He's a weird mix of passionate and outgoing, but cautious and nervous. It doesn't sit right with me. It feels like he's fabricated this other personality he can't get right. Especially when he outright lies to Willow and Webber in Starver's Carol, it makes you wonder if he's trustworthy. I will go into details later.

2: His True Personality

He's cruel and desperate. He puts his work above everything, even himself. He's depicted as a true mad scientist in the Origin trailer, cutting himself and torturing animals for experimentation. In his portrait, the artwork that is supposed to REPRESENT him, he's grabbing an animal by the neck, choking it, trying to force feed a serum to it, while he's clearly smiling. You can see it's died already because he's probably just broken it's neck at that point. If you analyze his portrait further, you can see it's head is green, like the liquid he's pouring in it's mouth, while it's body isn't. This could just be stylistic choice to demonstrate that the animal could be sick, but the green matches the vial and I see it as the liquid not even going down it's throat since it's completely squished shut by Wilson's hand.

3: The Meat Effigy

This one I'm not too sure about, I had a bit more fun with this one.

I don't think he learned how to make The Meat Effigy from Maxwell's knowledge, but I think he invented it himself. There has to be a reason he boasts his genius. The Origin trailer tells us that he's a failure, and seemed slightly depressed, accepting the failed experiment and giving up until Maxwell came along. So why would a person in that state act like they're some prodigy? I think he's been tampering with dark magic for a while and managed to make the meat effigy by himself. Nobody else knows how to make it, only Wilson can. Yes, no other character can produce beard hair, but why wouldn't normal hair work? I doubt Wilson is gonna mess with his glorious hair, so he'll just shave his beard instead, but the other survivors definitely would. I mean, Maxwell is already balding, why would he care?

4: Starver's Carol

Wilson outright lies in this short. He definitely knows how he was sent to the Constant. ok that's it lmao

 

Hope you guys have some interesting things to add, or can disprove this entirely. I'd like to catch up on the lore myself and this theory can easily be disproven because I genuinely lack knowledge of some of the newer lore. The last theory I remember watching before I moved on from Don't Starve was someone freaking out over how Maxwell was William Carter, and that's it.

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minespatch    83470

I think there's a bit of character growth between Vanilla don't Starve, Inevitable(2016 animation that they just released to the public), to the wilson we see today from Together.

Vanilla Wilson is a selfish character who cheated for forbidden knowledge after giving up on his experiments from what we saw in Origins. Allowing his soul to be tampered with and then dragged into the constant after making a gateway in his cabin.

He goes sees Maxwell in the Adventure mode, gets trapped in the throne for a short time period, is grateful for Charlie freeing him but regrets the decision after being sent through another portal.

By the time charlie created the postern, Wilson gave up selfishness for survival. Willing to work with the other survivors including his dire enemy Maxwell just so they can live.

By the time we see "Reap what you sow" and "Hook, line, and inker", The man has found a comforting co-habitation with the constant. Willing to work with others, and compromise with the world. 

That's my interpretation anyways.

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mathem99    1908
6 hours ago, ImTheGherkin said:

If you analyze his portrait further, you can see it's head is green,

I'm fairly certain Wilson is holding a Mallard which are known for having a glossy green head, but that doesn't change the fact that the duck is indeed dead.

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ImTheGherkin    20
2 hours ago, mathem99 said:

I'm fairly certain Wilson is holding a Mallard which are known for having a glossy green head, but that doesn't change the fact that the duck is indeed dead.

oh, i don't know much about ducks, didn't actually think about that. thanks for pointing it out lmao

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AstorArt    72

IMO, the weight of the constant has effected the characters severely. Ever noticed how you get grouchy when you don't eat/sleep? 

P.S i know this is rubbish

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ImTheGherkin    20
12 hours ago, InsaneWilson said:

IMO, the weight of the constant has effected the characters severely. Ever noticed how you get grouchy when you don't eat/sleep? 

P.S i know this is rubbish

yeah, this does make sense but he was shown being weird before he was even tossed in the constant. 

On 3/2/2021 at 10:45 PM, minespatch said:

I think there's a bit of character growth between Vanilla don't Starve, Inevitable(2016 animation that they just released to the public), to the wilson we see today from Together.

Vanilla Wilson is a selfish character who cheated for forbidden knowledge after giving up on his experiments from what we saw in Origins. Allowing his soul to be tampered with and then dragged into the constant after making a gateway in his cabin.

He goes sees Maxwell in the Adventure mode, gets trapped in the throne for a short time period, is grateful for Charlie freeing him but regrets the decision after being sent through another portal.

By the time charlie created the postern, Wilson gave up selfishness for survival. Willing to work with the other survivors including his dire enemy Maxwell just so they can live.

By the time we see "Reap what you sow" and "Hook, line, and inker", The man has found a comforting co-habitation with the constant. Willing to work with others, and compromise with the world. 

That's my interpretation anyways.

this is definitely way more plausible than my theory, but im still wondering why wilson is always alone. my interpretation of what he's doing in front of that campfire is definitely gonna be different because i'm biased. i tend to just randomly blank out and isolate myself and just endlessly think about things i regret or just hate, no idea why i do this but there's that

of course nobody in the constant is mentally stable in the slightest, but i still believe wilson is hiding something because of this very thing

 

also just one detail that probably isn't anything substantial because they're genuinely just song lyrics, but the character development doesn't exactly explain everything right. there's still some very questionable pieces missing and the main one i think of is starver's carol. wilson claims he doesn't know how he got there, but he built that portal and was tricked into going in the constant like everyone else. not sure why you'd want to hide that, since in the animated shorts, it shows them being tricked into it as well and none show the portal being used for that. thanks for coming to my ted talk bye

aight turns out im stupid and other characters can make the meat effigy, but i seriously remember wilson being the only one to make it lmao

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