Damon is in his third year at Ever After High. In the destiny conflict, Damon sides with the Royals.
Damon is a name derived from the Greek δαμαζω (damazo) meaning "to tame". The name appears in a story in Greek Legend, where it came to be associated with loyalty and friendship.
Gale has many meanings, but here it can be understood as an alternate word for wind.
Damon’s personality can be easily stood if one understands what any good Dorothy should embody: she must be intelligent, she must be loving, she must be brave, and she must have family values.
On intelligence: Damon is far more intelligent than most give him credit for. Firstly, Damon is intelligent in the classical way: he is academically intelligent. He gets good grades with relative ease, is well read, and articulates himself with equal ease and ability. Being clear and concise are second nature to Damon.
More important is that secondly, Damon’s intelligence expresses itself in developed analysis skills. His love of theatre and film may reveal his creative eye, but in equal turn they reveal his analytical eye. Said analytical eye often clashes with Damon’s third intelligence strength: his emotional intelligence. He infamously finds it hard to sit still in a cinema without critiquing the film as he goes, overruling his usually keen intuition for atmosphere and mood (and the social rules of a cinema).
Damon isn’t a critical person in most regards, but in all regards he is a thoughtful one.
It is true that Damon knows very little about his Oz destiny, but Damon tries to piece together what he can from what he has despite being far, far away from having all the pieces he needs. His curiosity and sharp mind are not to be dismissed because he doesn’t know that which he has been kept from understanding.
On love: Damon is, simply, a loving person. He is a simple person, though less simple as in stupid and more so simple as in straightforwardly kind and earnest. He is incredibly easy to get along with; that straightforward kind and earnest nature leads him to be open without question, though he isn’t one to overshare, which pairs well with his charisma and mild mannered personality.
Damon has a smile that lights up a room and has many, many friends who will attest he gives very good hugs. He is an incredibly friendly, loyal person, though doesn’t make a show of that and has never thought twice about being there for people -- it is simply the good thing to do, and one should simply do the good thing.
Trust is never something Damon demands you earn and he prefers to see trust as something to be revoked. This leads to situations where Damon is more trusting than he ought to be. Damon isn’t stupid for not knowing everything about his destiny, but he is naive for trusting that it will be fine.
On bravery: Damon has nerves of steel, which isn’t to say he doesn’t feel fear, but rather that he is both prone and accostom to pushing past it. Most people know Damon’s brave face well, but would struggle to think of when they have seen Damon distressed, upset, or angry. Damon isn’t a toxic person, he feels freely and wouldn’t stop himself feeling, but he does prefer to feel negative emotions in private.
Such bravery is precisely why Damon cannot be described as “stupid”: to know nothing about your story and to still face it head on with a smile is brave; to know that the world has bad but to trust that most people will try their best to be good is brave; to be keen to learn what you are explicitly kept from knowing is brave.
On home: Damon has grown up seeing his aunt and uncle mourn the loss of his mom and dad. Damon’s dad died while Damon was very young and Damon’s mom stayed in Oz after destiny, and he is sad to admit that he doesn’t (or rather, didn’t) know his two parental figures well at all. He finds it hard to admit that what might have had more of an impact on a very young him was how his aunt and uncle reacted to the loss of his parents, not the loss of his parents itself.
While wanting to go to Oz to know his mom is for him, being brave and trusting all will be okay is for his aunt and uncle.
His love of family and honest-to-goodness family values are essential to understanding why Damon is the way he is. Despite an unconventional upbringing, Damon has never felt anything but safe, welcome, and loved in his home, and it is this feeling, a feeling that Damon feels everyone ought to be entitled to, that informs Damon's moral compass.
Because of this, Damon has a habit of ‘adopting’ younger students, who often begin to see him like a big brother figure. This isn’t so much a choice Damon makes but rather the result of him just being him. Damon is unquestioning, as said, for better or for worse.
Ultimately, Damon knows he is intelligent, loving, brave, and family oriented. Perhaps the most notable thing about Damon is not that he has these traits, but rather his confidence in embodying them unapologetically.
Hobbies and Abilities
Fairy tale – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
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How does Damon fit into it?
|Martín Garcia†||Danielle Gale||Javier Gale||Elizabeth Gale|
What "counts" a Damon's family can be hard to define. Damon lives on the Gale Family Farm with his Aunt Elizabeth and Uncle Javier. His mother, Danielle, the previous Dorothy, has lived in Oz ever since her retelling, unwilling to come home to Kansas after the tornando that took her to Oz killed her husband, Martín, Damon's father. Damon does not see his mother as a result.
Likewise, Danielle has asked Elizabeth and Javier, her brother, to limit how much Damon interacts with the rest of his family in Kansas, including Martín's family. Dorothy is meant to be an orphan, after all, and Danielle insists these precautions are to help Damon adjust to that. The rest of the Gale-Garcia family claims that this isn't necessary, but rather "bullsh*t", "all because Danielle can't cope with what happened", "f*cking ridiculous" and that "it would be easily solved with a therapy session, for Baum's sake".
Damon disagrees and concludes his mother must be well meaning, if a bit misplaced. Because no one has the heart to disagree with Damon, this is where the matter ends.
While Damon misses his mother and this is his primary motivation for wanting to go to Oz, it is equally true that Damon loves his aunt and uncle dearly and they are, for all intents and purposes, who he considers his parents.
It also must be said that Danielle, though indeed "a bit misplaced", does genuinely love her son (and her family, Garcias included, do genuinely love her). Damon and Danielle frequently exchange letters and parcels to keep in contact within the complex structure that Danielle feels the need to follow.
Damon has a petnamed Toto, as has been the case with all Dorothys before him. Damon is, unfortunately and ironically, very allergic to dogs.
- Damon Gale's Diary
- Damon Gale's Mirror Blog
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