>>118015248>What do you admire most about them?
I guess the best way to put it is his mysteriousness.
It's funny to think that back in the day, when the original comic was still running, every Equius fan behaved exactly like Hussie planned them to. At one point he said something along the lines of "his character arc is subtly guided in a way, that makes Equius more and more endearing, even though he has no business being like that at all".
And it's true. From the moment he was introduced, he gave off very bad vibes. Violent, racist, perverted, deranged, weird. Yet some people couldn't help but be intrigued by him anyway. As if they knew there was something behind all this, even though the comic itself had *barely* anything to feed this wild-eyed theory of Equius being a "good guy". But in the end, we were right, to a degree. Just like Nepeta, we stuck with Equius because we knew there was something more to him, than just stupid horse jokes. And there really was. The VOID couldn't hide it from us. Connecting the dots to reveal this mystery was quite exhilarating, even if at times, it was emotionally draining.
If you want a little less meta answer, it's because he's kind of like John personalitywise; and in the sense that, he has really amazing potential. He has a lot of raw power and talent deep within him, he could be amazing at pretty much everything. He makes mistakes, but it's not like you couldn't shape him into a better purrson. Nepeta sure tried, and I think if they were given a chance, she could've changed him completely for the better. She still did, to some extent, even with the limited time they had.
He's a giant awful nerd who just needs to be shown the right way, like a misguided son. He's kind and brave and loyal and noble behind those infinite layers of bad characteristics. And he's lonely too, just like everyone else. If you can look past his faults, you'll find that he really isn't all that bad and he would love to be your friend.