Chris and his ego
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|“||Firstly, YOU WISH YOU WERE ME...||”|
|Chris, Mailbag 10 (Rejected).|
|“||For every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.||”|
|Luke 14:11 (King James Version)|
|“||When you don't have people in your life pushing you, can you push yourself?||”|
Why is Chris such an egotist? In his sheltered childhood, his enabling parents taught him to shift blame for all of his troubles to other people. A sense of entitlement, again homegrown, skewed his perception of the proportionality between his problems and those of other people. Chris doesn't completely lack empathy; he isn't a sociopath, but the internal 'scale' by which he weighs the importance of himself against that of others tilts far in his favor. The problem was compounded by his autism, making it difficult for him to understand social cues and relate normally to his peers. He grew up in a different world.
But that explains why Chris was an egotist, struggled with egotism, or has tendencies towards egotism. While Chris's childhood was less than ideal, it shouldn't have been quite so crippling. Time and experience should have helped temper his ego, and his half-brother supposedly suffered far worse and still managed to make something of himself. His paternal half-siblings managed to acquire doctorate degrees, becoming an eye doctor and a math expert respectively. They were able to develop and learn from the past.
Chris's development isn't just delayed – it is arrested. His egocentrism has persisted well into his thirties when most children usually grow out of it around age seven. Autism isn't to blame entirely; while autistic people's idiosyncrasies can make them appear self-centered on the surface, only a few are self-absorbed. Most still have interest in others, and many get help to develop coping strategies and social skills. Not Chris, though.
Chris is still an egotist because he lives in a social time capsule that has allowed him to carry on for over a decade without a single life lesson. And he still lives in that time capsule because it is easy, it is comfortable, and people let him.
|“||Drunk or not, they had me. At an old age where my mother was so close to menopause and my father was a senior citizen. I was truly a miracle.||”|
|Chris, Mumble 3|
Chris's parents are enablers par excellence. Barring unrelated catastrophes, there is no earthly reason why a grown adult in his thirties should live at home with his parents without even helping them out, let alone getting a job. Autism isn't an excuse, especially when Chris's autism is as "high functioning" as his activity exemplifies it to be. Adults with far more crippling psychiatric problems, from personality disorders to schizophrenia, live far more independently than Chris does. Even people who suffer from an intellectual disability (who would be called "retarded" in yesterday's parlance) can still often find work and live much more independently than Chris. Chris isn't one of those people at all; he can talk, read, write, and work a computer.
The 1990s are long gone; we don't need to constantly clarify that autistic people can be bright or successful. Bob may have missed that memo, mistakenly believing that a modern special education program would be the same as an old-fashioned mental institution, rife with padded cells, straitjackets, electric shocks, and routine frontal lobotomies. This has led the family to push a conspiracy theory against his school district, and Bob fled the Charlottesville area with Chris until he graduated from high school.
For children like Chris, special education in public school is generally geared toward helping the child understand how their disorder affects their lives, and what strategies they can use to minimize its impact. This is a well-documented and well-supported strategy, but it relies on "buy-in." Chris's parents clearly never bought into these strategies, because they never fostered any interest in instilling any form of independence in Chris, thus undermining the entire regimen of special education and ending up with a man-child with entitlement issues.
|“||My father helped me get my Social Security set up; I get more a month than I could at a job.||”|
|Chris, taking pride in being a lazy fuck.|
Chris receives disability insurance from the government; a "monthly tugboat" as he calls it. Although it's intended to supplement income from a menial job, such as a fast food joint, Chris uses this check as his sole income. He is simply unwilling to work on anything except mass debating, playing vidya, and stalking young women.
People have made a wide variety of political arguments for and against the tugboat. Some argue that Chris is abusing the welfare system. Others state that he deserves his check. Still others claim that his parents abused the system by proxy, or that the system itself is flawed. But these arguments are besides the point. Regardless of whether or not he should have the tugboat, it is an undeniable factor in making Chris's lifestyle — and thus his world view — sustainable.
The Information Superhighway
A member of the Oregon Trail generation, Chris has made many significant memories before 1991, when the World Wide Web made Internet access feasible for the masses. However, he would use the Internet regularly by the time he left high school. Born in 1982, he came of age in 2000, placing his childhood in a different millennium from his adulthood. Windows XP came out soon after, and with it came a multitude of "prosumer" creative programs, giving Chris something to do after kissing his Gal-Pals goodbye.
Chris could record and share his own music, publish his comics online, and even create his own DVD. These services were previously reserved for professionals who had access to expensive studio equipment, but they were now in the hands of the masses. Later in the decade, Chris became involved with YouTube and Facebook, providing even more venues for self-publication. He no longer needed to wait for the news media to notice him; he could be the media!
Chris joined YouTube much earlier than many more respected web-celebs, during a time when most people saw it as a silly cat video website, not a career. But remember: this was Chris's closest brush with fame since the PokeNews.
Blind luck and the cherry-picking fallacy
Consider that Chris has produced a huge volume of fan mail, letters-to-the-editor, Internet commentary, and other drivel, partially because he doesn't have much else to do. Each letter to Nintendo is a message in a bottle: most of them never return, but the one that does—on an official letterhead, and addressed to Mr. C. W. Chandler—is confirmation of his celebrity.
|Yeah...it says here that, uh, yeah...they—th—it goes on to say that:
Now, uh, here's the interesting part...where they quote about how I can actually...go further about ch—about them changing their minds and actually accepting the idea and helping me, uh, makin' it—makin' it totally real...with the video games and the TV animations and the action figures, and...officially-released—my personally-approved... medals... [...] they say that, uh, the best way to let other fans know about my idea or to generate hype about the future game I'd like to see is to post the ideas to the forums on their sites.
The concept of form letters does not seem to occur to Chris, who seems to think the letter was written specifically for him. As if Chris didn't think his material was golden to begin with, he got a second nod from Nintendo Power for his epic Animal Crossing Documentary, and a page in the PVCC's Forum is just icing on the cake. Even before his e-fame, Chris had plenty of evidence to convince himself that he was creative, and not just a high-volume, whiny jerk that had pestered his way to acknowledgment. As he graduated from PVCC in 2006, his writing shows that Sonichu was, in his mind, already tested: there was just some small threshold of notoriety or connections that needed to be breached, to become a true media sensation.
On top of that, Chris has a huge amount of free time to inject himself into situations like the McIntire Park meetings, which allows him to cherry-pick more moments of recognition. A tongue-in-cheek acknowledgment by the local council seems cute to us, but is serious business to him. And since Chris cherry-picks only the reinforcement that he wants, his legions of trolls just add to the fire. Delusion led him to believe that he had a legion of fans, for a time; a few hundred emails in his inbox confirmed it.
Big fish, small pond
Let's take a look at the cities of his life:
- Ruckersville is such a tiny place that it only has one other notable resident: NASCAR driver Philip Morris, who is no Jeff Gordon or Danica Patrick.
- The neighboring Charlottesville is mostly relevant for UVA, the Monticello, and a handful of political rallies. It is a historic town, but it still has a small-town feel. It offers suburban conveniences like public parks, movie theaters, and a multitude of strip malls, but it lacks the hallmarks of a big city.
- Chris's other habitat, the Midlothian/Richmond area, is much more robust. It still suffers from being far away from other major cities (except Washington, DC).
Chris rarely visits big cities that would quickly humble him. He lives in a very isolated world – his hometown has a smaller population than some high schools, and it isn't really known for up-and-coming artists. His main frame of reference was his classmates. Many of them took art as an elective, without any plans of becoming professionals.
Additionally, him "succeeding in spite of his autism" might have only been relevant because the smaller school population made him one of the few autistic kids in class. In reality, autism is a fairly common condition that's more-often-than-not quite manageable with the right help and support, and many autistic kids grow up to be successful autistic adults.
Despite not being conventionally popular, Chris peaked in high school. He bases most of his merit on his various HS accomplishments, and he talks about the time as if it were the time of his life. He considers himself bilingual because he took Spanish. He takes pride in the fact that his school displayed his work publicly, even though schools do that all the time. Chris's comic book incarnation bears a strong resemblance to his high school self. Comic Chris doesn't wear glasses (the real Chris didn't wear them until 1998), and he's in good shape (much like HS Chris, likely because of gym class). Chris would often bring up his placement on the Honor Roll as proof of his intelligence, and his mental health would sharply decline after graduation.
Catherine suggested that Chris ought to move to a place like San Francisco or Seattle, or anywhere outside suburban Virginia. She told him that these places are more LGBT-friendly and have more job prospects. She also noted that these West Coast cities have higher minimum wages and more robust benefit and rehabilitation programs for autistic folks. She had several major points, but Chris just told her "but there's no San Francisco in Virginia," completely missing all of them. Wanting to have his cake and eat it too, Chris chooses to stay in his small-town Southeastern bubble because it's easier for him, yet he would clearly benefit from living in a more developed, liberal-minded area.
In the same conversation, Chris stated the real reason for not leaving is that he doesn't want to leave his mother behind, since she is already on bad terms with her other adult child. Chris didn't consider that his Aunt Harriet could take Barb in, or that she could use her retirement insurance to live in an old folks' home. Chris even brought up that he doesn't want to move out of state after Barb dies.
Chris did acknowledge the perks of moving out of his valley, but it's only logical for him to move out. What is a person obsessed with fame and art doing in a place known for neither? Why does a loud-and-proud bisexual trans woman want to live in a place where most residents are anti-trans? Why does the world's most documented autistic person want to live in an area that, by his own admission, doesn't understand autistic people? And why does someone who desperately wants a compatible partner limit himself to a tiny dating pool and then resort to long-distance troll dating, when there probably is someone for him in the Los Angeles area? And why, just why, does Chris want to treat his dwelling as a temple for all to flock to, when it's so remote that Google Street View still doesn't cover it?
Because it's easy to be a big fish in a small pond, even after pissing off the other fish and getting banned from your favorite hangouts.
Self-aggrandizing is fairly common in the family, and they can generally get away with it because of the small-town mentality. Chris's family loves to bring up Bob's injection molding patent. He claims that we wouldn't even have a simple water bottle without it. In reality, plastic injection molding was invented before Bob was born. The Wikipedia article doesn't even mention Bob. All he designed was a control panel for one specific machine. If Bob didn't design it, someone else would have. Even Cole Smithey, who managed to escape the Weston-Chandler household as a young adult and go on to have a fairly successful career, bills himself as "The smartest film critic in the world".
Chris and narcissism
|“||I, was mistaken, but not wrong||”|
It's unlikely that Chris actually suffers from narcissistic personality disorder (although it's likely that someone else in his family does). While extreme self-centeredness and egotism is often conflated with the term 'Narcissism', NPD is also an existing mental condition characterized by more factors, such as emotional manipulation or split personalities for different people. Given the fact that Chris himself is too stupid to actually emotionally manipulate anyone, let alone not get manipulated himself, Chris most likely isn't a narcissist in the real sense. However, it's possible that Barbara, who did employ plenty of abusive NPD-like traits such as suicide-baiting, might have influenced Chris's behavior in some ways. Chris actually mentioned, in a theatrical manner, considering suicide on his facebook posts several times, even for something as inconsequential as his crusade against BLARMS. Another noticeable aspect is Chris's need to shove his own name, initials and creations every chance he gets, specially other people's works, if it guarantees fame.
That said, while a lot of factors like his relentless attention-whoring or his lack of empathy coincide with symptoms of the Disorder, factors of his ego were mostly results of his shitty upbringing and awful luck for winning contests giving him a huge sense of self-importance. Not to mention his lack of empathy for others was also partly caused by his autism. If Chris really had NPD, he likely has a low functioning variant of the disorder. Further reading is required to confirm the difference.
Chris's egotism manifests itself in a variety of ways.
|“||I have had way over a million fans worldwide since I went online in before 2000.||”|
|-Chris, Mailbag 48.|
As overwhelming as Chris's unwarranted self-importance is, it's easy for the novice observer to get lost in the sea of Sonichu shit and assume that he's just confident in his e-fame. "Of course," you say, "he's got a billion hits on YouTube and a thousand emails in his mailbox. He's going to think he's hot shit, like every other retard on the internet."
|Mary, I've slept on it, and I have realized that note-hanging is not the way to get attention. And I don't really want to meet with either you nor Susan, no offense. I'll tell you what, let's forget the meeting, and if you will allow my newsletter to stay in distribution, I will do all of the following:
Please reply via E-Mail.
E-fame just adds a whole new dimension. He was a misunderstood genius before; now he's a misunderstood genius with a personal army:
|“||III'M. WOR-KIN'. ON IT! LET ME DO THAT STUPID VIDEO SO I CAN TELL E'RRYBODY, IN MY COMMAND, TO GET EVERYTHIN'- HELP ME GET EVERYTHIN' OFF THE INTERNET!||”|
|Chris, THAT IS MY HOUSE|
It's so bad now that when Chris meets someone new who claims not to know who he is, he seems skeptical and surprised.
|“||Y'all should know me by now, but if you don't, I am Christian Weston Chandler, the original creator of Sonichu, the Electric Hedgehog Pokemon, back on March 17th, 2000.||”|
|Chris, in his second YouTube video|
The instant gratification, instant acknowledgment, and instant attention—good or bad—that has come with his minor e-fame of the last few years has thoroughly convinced Chris that people do read everything he writes, and that his YouTube messages invariably get to his target audience.
|“||I realize I am famous like a princess||”|
|Chris on Twitter in October 2017|
|“||Notable resident in Ruckersville, VA alongside a NASCAR racer, and about the 29,000th most popular individual in this world, so where is the Wikipedia Article about me? ⚡️💙⚡️||”|
|Chris on Twitter in August 2018|
He also describes himself as "managing the varsity team" in high school, when actually he was a waterboy.
But if, even after all of this, you're still not convinced that Chris has unwarranted self-importance issues, consider this little tidbit: he posted autographed pictures of himself on eBay. Looking like this no less. Make of that what you will.
Fixation on self-image
Chris has created many avatars of himself through several mediums.
Chris has a lot of problems, and even the ones he "takes responsibility for" are still "out of his hands". His school was mean to him, he didn't deserve that F in English or the one in CADD, and he doesn't deserve the 24/7 trolling, among other things.
And if that wasn't enough, he thinks every authority figure in the land is conspiring against his Love Quest:
|“||Then in Mid-October, the Quote/Unquote "Dean of Student Services," Mary Lee Walsh, approached me and pulled my sign away from me and told me, "You're NOT ALLOWED TO FIND TRUE LOVE HERE." MY HEART WAS SHATTERED that very moment.||”|
|Chris, on his Wikipedia userpage|
|“||It's out of my control! I don't know where to go! I DUNNO KNOW WHERE TA GO!||”|
|Chris, THAT IS MY HOUSE.|
In a May 8 video, Chris blames the Greene County's school board for pretty much every misfortune in life -- from being banned from The GAMe PLACe to becoming the social outcast that we all know and tolerate -- thereby cementing the notion that Chris will never take responsibility for his actions. The only time Chris had actually stepped up and admitted responsibility was the accidental formatting of his PS3.
- Main article: Naïve
Chris's simple-mindedness and gullibility are legendary. Like George W. Bush, he only deals in absolutes: either you're with him or you're against him. This has been very obvious in his answers to the Mailbag, where he refuses to listen to any talk — even from professionals — about the similarities between Asperger's syndrome and autism, denies that there are any shortcomings in his work, and shrugs off any advice about how to improve his health or appearance, labeling anyone who suggests he has any kind of shortcoming a troll.
Chris equates honesty with divulging every last detail about his life. Nothing is too candid for Chris - getting haircuts, drinking his own navy, shitting his pants, or even giving away his phone number and home address! The only thing he hasn't done with wild abandon is give away his social security number, and when that happens, it probably won't be a surprise to anybody.
His gullibility is astounding. No matter how many times it's happened before, Chris is easily led around by trolls promising china or threatening his identity. The earlier trolling schemes (such as Blanca, PandaHalo and Jimmy Hill) got Chris to jump through hoops and exposed so much information about Chris and his personality that they had to start this very wiki to keep track of it all. Another example of Chris's gullibility is one Miss Jacklyn Romy, a 'sweetheart' Chris met earlier in 2011. Despite her obviously being a troll (proven by a mysterious leak of videos that were sent only to Jackie on February 2012), Chris has re-friended her on Facebook after blocking her the previous April. Only time would've told if we'd end up seeing Chris cosplaying or making an ass of himself again in a video aimed only at Jackie. Unfortunately, though, it appears to not have happened. It's pretty obvious that Chris had only done this because he believed that he would score with Jackie sooner or later.
In 2009 and 2010, Chris slowly began to "learn" to distrust trolls or to keep more of his information secure. However, many of his trolls believe this is akin to putting a shock collar on an animal. Eventually, to stop being shocked (not because they actually understand or care) an animal will start doing as it is told.
Hubris: the pride before the fall
|“||I'd say... I'd say I'm all around. You see, the problem is that I have too many skills that I am good at. You might say that I am a jack of all trades and a master of none.||”|
|Chris, right about that last part|
Numerous times, Chris has shown that he believes he has powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal autistics. In fact, so much so that this attitude has transcended mere hubris, instead it more resembles mental illness: not only is Chris convinced that his writing, musical talents, and art are without peer, he also believes he has supernatural powers along the lines of Wicca or Voodoo.
And he doesn't just have the power to create: his is also the power to destroy. This line of thinking is exemplified by Chris's acceptance that Ryan Cash committed suicide just because he withheld Sonichu updates, and would worsen when he believed that his curse actually caused Liquid Chris and Mary Lee Walsh to have some sort of horror befall them.
But those are just the most insane moments of cognitive dissonance. What about the time he went into hysterics when he didn't get recognition for his art at high school graduation?
|“||I should have been Highly Recognized for my ARTISTIC TALENTS I showed in my Many Art Classes for the Award Ceremonies before Graduation Day. I felt crestfallen greatly from not getting recognized for any of my Talents. I EXCELLED IN MATH TOO FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!||”|
|Chris, on his Wikipedia page not realizing that public schools display students' art all the time.|
Or his reaction to losing the Parappa Contest?
|“||So that SWORN ON MY AUTISM, JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED TO THE SEVEN PEOPLE OF THOSE FOUR VIDEOS!!!!||”|
|Chris, on the Sonichu Site|
All of the above is consistent with the behavior of small children, who, isolated from the real world by a lack of comprehension and limited mobility, believe themselves to be godlike beings. This belief is gradually destroyed as the child goes to school and encounters outside authority, leading to their acknowledgment of the fact that they are, in fact, ordinary people. Of course, since Chris is not only autistic but also extremely sheltered, he still manages to cling to this belief by focusing on specific aspects of his life and constructing elaborate fantasy worlds. This is also probably why he sees mundane chores as horrific trials of strength and will. In psychological terms, this can be referred to as psychological neoteny, which is basically the retention of juvenile traits well into physical maturity.
Also consistent with his childlike mindset is his apparent belief that he has supernatural powers. In Freudian terms, this is referred to as omnipotence of thought. Basically, in the same way he does with religion, Chris cherry-picks elements of his life to validate his fantasy of control, which is more systematically displayed in the Sonichu comics. Taking this into consideration, it's likely that Magi-Chan is yet another Mary Sue for Chris, serving as a kind of avatar for his desire for ultimate authority. Why he felt it necessary to make yet another character to fill this role is unclear, considering he's already established himself as the one true God of CWCville.
Another aspect of Chris's arrogance, and again caused by his childish way of viewing the world, is visible in a phone call with Alec Benson Leary, creator of Asperchu. In the call, it is obvious Chris does not follow a mature procedure for developing a stance on issues. Where normally an individual will learn information about the issue and from there decide how they feel about that issue, Chris does it the other way around and decides how he feels about something, then refuses to believe, understand, or even humor any evidence to the contrary. While most people have very strong beliefs in some issues, so much so that they automatically have a prejudice against people believing differently (e.g. politics, religion, etc.), Chris has this perspective on everything. He takes a position on matters, then finds ways to back it up and ignores all evidence for the opposing viewpoint. This is called a confirmation bias. For example, Chris has decided homos are bad, so he selectively finds information that backs up his stance on the matter and ignores anything anyone will tell him about why his homophobia is bad and makes him a bad person. He will then go as far as to pretend he can cure homosexuality with his own blood. Unless disliking homosexuals means he may not get laid.
This is most apparent when he takes two contrary positions about a similar topic. The obvious example of this is Chris's understanding of the way parody functions. Chris will defend his right to make Sonichu to the hilt by claiming it is a parody, but he then states that Asperchu is a bad thing because it is "a parody of a parody". As you can see, Chris has decided that he has every right to make Sonichu so he backs this up with statements about his right to parody existing trademarked characters, but conversely he has decided Asperchu is bad, so he supports this position by stating it is a parody of his legitimate work.
A literal example of the 'pride before the fall' would be Chris' series of Facebook posts between April and June of 2012. In April 2012, Chris believed that he had utterly fooled the trolls when he made a series of posts mocking them. He even went so far as to post screenshots of the CWCki forum members talking about it. Note that in several of the screenshots, Chris believed that he had uncovered a scheme to start a poster campaign about him in Charlottesville. According to his Facebook post dated 4 June 2012, he had called the cops, and basically admitted that he completely fell for it. He then recorded an angry voicemail greeting before quickly deleting it. Compared to an earlier voicemail he made, one can clearly see how humbled he was.
A more recent example of Chris's pride and ego superseding the efforts of people around him can be seen in Sonichu Special 5, in which The Captain vociferously praises Chris, flanked by his creations - for 'provide[ing] a good service to us all in this world', when in reality, the opposite was true; Chris had been manipulated by the Idea Guys, and The Captain, a member of the Guard Dogs, was the actual person providing said services in attempting to break Chris free of their influence.
|“||I want Julie! Yeah, love is my first priority, but then- but then I want my stuff back!||”|
|Chris, caring more about his precious PSN Account and Sonichu website than his sweetheart.|
It is clear that Chris is a materialist (a common symptom of Narcissistic Personality Disorder), buying and hoarding large amounts of crap that make him feel good about himself. He may even believe that his unhealthy amount of children's toys might attract a sweetheart, when any human being would clearly see that this man is delusional. He also doesn't seem to have a problem with getting money for sitting on his ass, claiming he can get more from his tugboat than he could at an actual job. He has absolutely no concept of money, and believes he is entitled to everything he can buy. This stems from childhood, when Snorlax would take Chris to the toy store and encourage him to talk by giving him toys if he could read their names out loud. Ever since, he's believed that just by being autistic, he deserves everything he can get his grubby hands on.
This mixture of compulsive hoarding, compulsive shopping, and autism is bad news all the way. He compulsively hoards all of his toys and video games because he wants to give them to his daughter in the future. He also seems to enjoy collecting things, which may explain why Pokémon appeals to him. Chris compulsively buys everything he can on the PS3, and is more concerned with trophies than actual gameplay. Most of the games he's downloaded have never been played. But the important thing is that he has it. Hoarding items in cases other than OCD is a sign of intellectual disability in older children. He may have inherited this behavior from his parents, especially Barb.
A "tender misanthrope" is, by definition, "someone who despises humanity in general, but is ever ready to make an exception for the real people". In other words, an egotist who pretends to be benevolent. While it's obvious that Chris is an egotist, he truly believes that he's benevolent. He is the perfect example of a tender misanthrope, screaming death threats at what he knows of humanity (seeing as the only social contact he gets is from the Internet) while also believing that he is a kind, loving person who can give advice and act as a role model for children.
Another part of the definition states that "a tender misanthrope feels certain of being able to love real people if only they could be found - or, failing that, to transform existing false people into idealized real people through social and political programs of the tender misanthrope's own making". The way that Chris treats homos, seeing as he hates them all (no matter what he says) and wants to turn them straight by placing them into co-ed prisons, reprogramming them into straights via concentration camps, or by creating a vaccine that "cures" homosexuality, certainly fits this description. The fact that he also generalizes trolls as homos also support this. If that does not convince you that Chris feels he can make people into what he can emotionally attach himself to, there are also other obvious examples in his unique delivery of his intentions.
Disregard of rules of conduct online
- Main article: Chris and the Internet
|“||DO NOT DELETE, NOR CENSOR, MY BOMBASTIC PROTEST!!!!!!||”|
|Chris, in Encyclopedia Dramatica.|
Chris has little regard for the rules of online communities; when he joins up on websites, he tends to do things his way. He assumes that his own niche in these websites is under his absolute control: for example, he assumed that Wikipedia would allow him to post anything on his personal user page, or that Encyclopedia Dramatica would remove material critical to him if he just asked not-so-nicely. Sites like deviantART and YouTube allow community participation; Chris simply disallowed comments, or later on, just ignored every comment he received. Chris also assumes that when other people host websites for him (in case of CWCipedia), he's given the final say on all matters. His record for getting permabanned is currently at two weeks on Flipnote Hatena when he foolishly tried to re-upload Flipnotes that had been removed for breaking the rules (without bothering to find out why they had been removed in the first place). His Facebook account encountered a cycle in July 2015 where it would be removed and put back up again; some of Chris's post contained sexual content, such as photos of lizards in amplexus, thumbnails of tribadism, screenshots of sexting, and a drawing in which he was drenched in lemonade through a china-shaped lemon--his description for the picture bragged about how JERKS would be offended by it.
One of the worst things that comes out of Chris's ego is his bloated sense of paranoia. As mentioned above, Chris has taken to withholding certain information from trolls like an animal being shocked by a shock collar. However, this line of thinking has pushed Chris into believing that the entire world is out to get him. In the early days, it was simple - Jerkops and Mary Lee Walsh were conspiring to stop him from succeeding in his Love Quest. However, after the incident with The Wallflower and the realization that there are entire webpages devoted to him, it's caused him to see things in a bigger, yet disturbing picture.
As such, Chris has decided to become a recluse, refusing to make friends with anyone unless he knew him in the real world. However, this is a double-edged sword as Chris refuses to interact with anyone in the real world as well. In the real world, if someone spotted Chris and knew him by name, even if they had heard of him from whatever remaining place is left for him to go to, he panics and runs, fearing that the person is actually a troll seeking to spread more information about him across the Internet. As well, if someone wanted to contact Chris through other means, even if that person had no idea who Chris was or what Sonichu was or anything that the trolls had done, Chris will shut them out because he doesn't know who they are and thus, has relegated them to the title of "troll".
A perfect example of this was revealed in a series of Facebook screenshots. While eating at a McDonald's restaurant, an employee of Burger King spotted him, acknowledged him, then went to mess with his cell phone. Chris went into panic mode, assumed that the worker was actually a troll, then thought the man was "communicating with his own kind" by hopping on a forum. He then proceeded to photograph the man, and talk about him behind his back on Facebook, ironically doing what he feared the 'troll' would do to him.
If there is one thing that Chris's ego would simply not allow, it's suppressing himself from giving away too much information about himself. If he feels that bragging about something would give him a one-up against the trolls or make himself look good, he'll freely announce it for everyone to hear. The most glaring example of this is this entire wiki, which was created using a lot of information provided by Chris himself. Back in the day, Chris viewed himself as an extremely popular internet celebrity with a 'true and loyal fanbase', and, as such, would divulge a lot of information about himself so people would know him better (inclusive of personal information that nobody in their right mind would give away). However, there are times when he would do the opposite and surrender information that would make him look horrendously bad, sometimes without provocation. His enthusiastic revelation of his own fecal incontinence is the shining example of this.
Whilst this practice has diminished in recent times with Chris making himself scarce out of fear that trolls would have more ammo to use against him, his habit of needlessly surrendering information still manages to surface. For example, when he claimed to lose his virginity, he couldn't help but announce it on his Facebook page, all the while swearing up and down that he would never divulge any details about it to the trolls. Mere weeks later, more details emerged on Facebook, leading to speculation that he actually bought a hooker (since we all know the inevitable end result of his Sweetheart Search), which he ended up confirming on 1 May, (along with attending a 'Mythbusters' tour, something which wasn't even brought up but still revealed anyway) all the while claiming to remain button-lipped on the matter. Only time would tell if and when Chris finally reveals everything to silence his nay-sayers. After all, it wouldn't be the first time it's happened. Sure enough, in December 2014, a leaked account of Chris's experience with the hooker was released on the Kiwi Farms. He just never learns.
In 2013, Chris's habit of needlessly surrendering information returned with a vengeance. Chris threw a temper tantrum on Facebook, and many would have assumed that it was business as usual, until Chris made the fatal mistake of revealing the reason why he went on the warpath; somebody had uploaded his status updates (complete with the ones that were hidden) onto an Imgur account. Aside from the usual whining about how lonely he was, these screencaps not only revealed what he was up to in the silence between 2011 and 2013, but also uncovered a very ugly side of Chris. One post, in particular, revealed that he was angry at the fact that Mimms had a girlfriend, and demanded that somebody should kill her, simply because Mimms was a "JERK." The fact remains that the one who revealed all of this unsavory information was not the trolls, as Chris would try to have you believe, but himself.
The next year, Chris encountered a man trying to put out a brush fire near his house. However, he believed he was trying to make it even worse, and thus uploaded the Brushfire Video, wherein he wound up dropping the address of the Rental House in the video title.
In 2021, this would eventually prove to be Chris' ultimate downfall. In late July 2021, Chris told a troll that he had sexual intercourse with Barbara Chandler, his own mother, even going so far as to describe the act in uncomfortably graphic detail. Null even posted a chatlog much later after this confession where Chris made an outright game out of making him guess who he was having sex with, even leading Null on to believe that it was someone else he was speaking about. One would think that Chris, being in the highly delusional state that he was in at the time, could have easily been dismissed here, until he confirmed that it was all true when pressed for the truth. As a consequence, many horrified listeners immediately contacted law enforcement, as incest is a Class 5 Felony in Virginia (to say nothing of the likely rape charge that would go with it, due to Barb's possible dementia and unwillingness to have sex with her own son). Even more consequences would follow: Chris was removed from his home via an Emergency Protective Order, lost virtually all of his avenues for income, burned bridges with the only benefactors he had left, and became the center of a humongous media circus that even had weens tracking him down, resulting in eventual arrest on stream on 1 August 2021, all because Chris, despite all that had happened to him, couldn't keep his damn mouth shut.
Fishing for sympathy
|“||I... am so... smart! And yet I still have to- still learn everyth- I still n- have so much to learn.||”|
In many conversations with Chris, there have been quite a few instances where he would outright fish for sympathy, in the hopes that people would take pity on him and, in so doing, make him feel better about himself. One such example is the Father Call, where Chris constantly talks about the "trials and tribulations" in his life to an unimpressed Matthew Devoria, from whom he was trying to seek approval to date his daughter (note that said "trials and tribulations" amounted to housework and being teased on the internet.) In his later E-mail exchanges with Jackie, Chris is quick to paint himself as a misunderstood victim whenever Jackie rips him a new one over issues such as his habit of lying, being a hypocrite and even being inconsiderate towards her. Even in recent times, he has not cut out this habit, his Facebook entries blame his trolls for making his life a living hell, one, in particular, lamenting that nobody cares about him except for his own mother.
The attention he gets from his mother, Barbara Chandler, and his friend, Anna McLerran is textbook mollycoddling at best. Chris has spent his entire life being catered to by his parents (notably well past the point of social acceptance), to the point where he depends on them to bail him out of the numerous messes he gets himself into. It comes as no surprise, then, that this, combined with his being autistic, has poisoned Chris's mind into thinking that this is how everybody should treat him, by default. And if people don't see things his way, he'll be more than happy to point out the heavy burdens he faces daily, almost as if he expects them to instantly take back their mean, mean words and feel sorry for him.
The habit of wanting sympathy is so ingrained in Chris that he instinctively hedges when he makes a positive statement about himself. An example is from a video in which he said, "I am so smart," and immediately followed by downplaying it and saying he still had much to learn.
War against the ego
One of the main forces opposing Chris's ego are the white knights. These misguided souls have attempted to get Chris to understand that what he's doing is ridiculous and that he needs to grow up. Instead, he brushed them all aside, assuring himself that he was TRUE and HONEST, and could do no wrong. One of the more popular white knights, Vivian Gee, became a troll when she couldn't get through to Chris.
When asked to get real, psychiatric help, Chris has said that his church counselor, Rocky Shoemaker, is enough for him, and that she could do so much more than someone with an actual degree in that field. He seems to believe that because her title includes the word "counselor," she is every bit as qualified as a real doctor (the fact that most pastoral counselors see people for free probably helps as well, since Chris would never spend part of his precious monthly tugboat on something useful when there are video games to buy).
There were even some instances where it seemed that the trolls had made a breakthrough by breaking Chris, only for him to get right back up again and continue with his antics. An example of this would be Kacey, who led Chris on for a while until she dropped the bombshell that she was going to marry Liquid Chris, but not before having her father point out every single thing that is wrong with Chris. A normal person would have been utterly devastated by this turn of events, and some would even use the experience to better themselves. Chris, on the other hand, perked right up when he obtained a letter 'validating' Sonichu, forgetting about Kacey in mere days, just like she had predicted.
Examples of Chris's ego in the real world and in the comic
- Main article: Examples of Chris's Ego
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