I only say this because I realize how much Wheatley and I seem to think alike. I honestly think that Wheatley thinks/knows that he’s a moron, and has this little voice in his head constantly berating him for every decision he ever makes, which is why he’s always so damned nervous and insecure, and why he reacts so badly to being called a moron by GLaDOS.
I unno…just a bit of headcanon, I guess.
Oh, I agree. I mean, I don’t know if a robot can have a disorder, but I definitely think he’s aware of his (lack of) intelligence. It actually surprises me a little when people headcanon that he’s totally oblivious about it, because would he really react so violently to the accusations if he didn’t have a complex about it?
I also don’t think he’s quite as dumb as everyone else either. More a lack of forethought than necessarily straight up stupid.
Someone on TV Tropes pointed out that, in order for Wheatley to consistently pick the worst possible decision he can make in a situation, he has to have the processing capability to think of every possible outcome for every possible decision he can make. He literally has to think through an infinite number of scenarios before choosing one. And if you think about it, he also has to do that thinking in an infinitesimally small amount of time, making him extremely intelligent, and if not intelligent, well-programmed and technologically advanced.
That being said, this processing capability of his seems to be subconscious, so he seems to pick the “wrong” choice every time without understanding why. He’s aware that something is not right about how he thinks, but he can’t quite put his finger on it, or, at least, he refuses to. Imagine being told that it’s IN YOUR BONES to be dumb. That’s enough to make one mentally hightail it in the opposite direction and try to prove that that “programmed stupidity” does not exist when it always has existed and always will exist.
What would give Wheatley anxiety is that no matter how hard he tries, he can’t escape his own programming. He suffers from complete insecurity. He walks a tightrope of his own creation: with every little thing he does, he doesn’t want to come across as stupid, so he puffs himself up with pride while simultaneously taking extreme pains not to come across as stupid.
The fact that his efforts always result in failure, no matter how hard he tries, would set him on edge and give him the necessary emotional push he needs to snap halfway through the game.
I love Wheatley
Thought his ideas were alright until somebody in-game told me he was programmed to be a moron -_- …
And then there’s Adventure Core who hasn’t been on any adventures,
And have you heard the crap ‘Fact’ Core comes out with?
And Space Core has no way of getting to space by itself - at least Space Core ends up in space
but in the non-used dialogue ends up wanting to go home
What a bunch they are. They really should stick together.