Headcanons About Stein:
I don’t have nearly as many headcanons about Stein as you would think a Stein roleplayer would have. I think Stein’s parents were terrified of him and that he was sent to the DWMA as a kind of permanent boarding school student, but other than that, I have relatively few solid ones. The headcanon I am most proud of is about Stein’s name not being the one he was given at birth. You can find that here.
What I Think About Stein:
The Positives: I think Stein is a very noble character. He manages to be a reliable teacher for his students despite his mental difficulties. He trains hard to keep his body and mind in shape despite his penchant for cigarettes and madness. He’s also a very fun character. I really like his sense of humor, which is a mix of absurdity and slapstick.
The Negatives: In the beginning of the series, Stein has a lot of fear inside of him. I think that he holds himself back from a lot of his emotions because he’s afraid that they’ll lead him towards madness. I also think he starts out with a lack of belief in himself. Finally, I think he makes himself follow Lord Death for the wrong reasons. In his battle with Medusa, he says that he wants to tear things apart without feeling like a heretic. This shows that Stein is afraid of his guilty conscience more than he is true to himself. Fortunately, by the end of the series, he seems to come to terms with Order and his own autonomy.
Favorite Stein Moments:
It’s really hard to pick one moment. His interactions with Medusa are all really enjoyable. I also really like seeing him develop through the pain and madness of the Internal Investigations chapters. And yes, I even like how things turn out for him at the end of the manga. He finally seems comfortable with himself and that’s all I could ever ask for the character.
One of my favorite quotes from Stein is said towards the end of the manga.
"Look, I won’t fall into insanity. I have you, and I have Marie, and I have my students, and I have everyone at Shibusen… But at the same time, the real me is never going to change… I’m never going to stop being irritating or gloomy, so I guess you’ll just have to keep putting up with me."
Don’t worry, Stein. I think your friends and students are quite willing to put up with you for a long time.