I keep on thinking about this character. I think it’s because I like him even though he’s an evil douchebag. So I’ve started picking his personality apart, trying to really understand what he is like through what we see in the game. I’ve decided to write it down in a series of text posts.
I will write down multiple explanations for certain topics. They will sometimes conflict with each other because I am trying to look at Nate in more than one way.
***Disclaimer: I do not claim that my interpretations are set in stone or the only right way to see his character. This is just my personal take on him. You are allowed to disagree with me.***
Spoilers under the cut.
PSYCHOPATHY AND MENTAL ISSUES
Glibness/superficial charm — yes he uses this to get russell in the car with him initially
Grandiose sense of self-worth — so killing those people in the diner wasn’t a display of him thinking that his life meant more than theirs? the dialogue straight up implied that he didn’t give 2 shits about them and that he only cared about himself?
Cunning/manipulative — i would say all of his interactions with russell are manipulative, the entire time he is basically trying to get him to go along with what he wants???
he only got such a low rating on your scale because a lot of them were N/A because of lack of information. i would say the ones above need to be changed at the very least and trying to use this as some sort of hardcore evidence that nate isn’t a psychopath is just kind of sad.
Before I make my rebuttal I just want to get a few things across. In the disclaimer I had said that my interpretations were not set in stone, which therefore cannot be used as hardcore evidence. Also I have in this post stated multiple times that I was aware that Nate was a bad person and has mental issues.
Also, the same N/A that were put there due to lack of information are the same unknown areas that others have for reasons why he could be a psychopath.
Just because I believe that Nate is not a psychopath does not mean that I think he should be excused for his actions, as you seem to be under the misconception that I am trying to do, or that I should be referred to as “crazy ppl sympathizers tho”. You are entitled to your own option of things as am I, but just because you disagree with me doesn’t make my options “sad”.
Moving on. There are my rebuttals. Again, this is up to my interruption of things.
Glibness/superficial charm - If you are referring to the definition of glibness which means that a person can perform/act with with natural, off-handed ease, then yes Nate does act like this. Though this seems to be more due to his personality rather than a way to make Russell come with him.
If you are referring to the definition that he’s being insincere or lacking concern, then I would have to disagree. Yes he doesn’t really care about how dangerous Russell may be (again due to his irresponsibility and the confidence that he can take him if anything happens), but he does care about what happens to him. If Russell decides to refuse the car ride, Nate will start to leave. But when he see that zombies are coming he reverses and lets Russell get into the truck. If he didn’t care he would have continued driving.
And a big aspect of superficial charm is pretending to care while acting in a smooth, engaging, and charming manner. Whether or not he was smooth, engaging or charming is up to the individual person, but he did care how what Russell was responding to him. Quite a few times his personality shifts depending on how Russell responds to him.
Grandiose sense of self-worth - The focus of this point was the word “Grandiose”. Of course Nate has a sense of self-worth. Everybody does unless suffering from self-esteem issues. It’s just that Nate doesn’t have it to the point where he is overly vain, narcissistic, or to the point where he’s too self-important and won’t help others if it means he’ll get hurt.
Cunning/manipulative - Okay, let’s go from beginning to end.
Feel free to respond to this if you want.
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