Double Trouble Theory and Discussion Post
So, first off Double Trouble is an amazing and interesting character. They are the definition of chaotic neutral which is so lovely. But despite being so so so amazing, they have a lot of mystery surrounding them. I discussed some of these points with my friend @appreciationcat.
In the original, Double Trouble was never actually released, which brings a lot more mystery to their character. They were intended to be Glimmer’s cousin and side with the rebels with the ability to change into anyone to get into and out of sticky situations but they were truly never released and only appeared as a toy, which is what the OG show was made for.
It is clear based on their character that DT isn’t aligned towards any particular side. They were originally in it for the money and then just self preservation in a way by siding with the winning side. They absolutely love drama and stirring the pot so they’ll likely continue doing this in s5. I have a feeling, due to Horde Prime showing up, DT might, if given the opportunity, switch sides to help Horde Prime. They help out whichever side is winning. But we don’t know whether HP will actually accept DT’s help or not because HP is such a wildcard.
(Side note, I think the first ones and Horde Prime actually worked together at first until something happened and the First Ones fell. It could have been the loss of Etheria or something else entirely that caused it. My evidence? The First Ones and Horde Prime’s goals are one and the same. To bring peace and order throughout the universe through whatever way they see fit. But Hordak can’t read First One’s writing and Horde Prime didn’t seem to know of the Heart of Etheria project. So it is likely they were simply allied without sharing their information and then the First Ones fell, allowing Horde Prime to grow larger.)
Anyway back to Double Trouble. In s1, they were showed at the Princess Prom. Now, they could be there for many many reasons. 1 They’re a Princess or Princess adjacent and were formally invited. 2 They’re a Princess’s +1. 3 They snuck in just for the fun of it.
Delving into Option 1, it is entirely possible that Double Trouble is royalty. There are so many kingdoms and Princesses all over Etheria and a number of them actually opted to remain neutral to the Horde v Rebellion fight, as clear when Adora couldn’t pick a fight with Catra and Scorpia in hopes of keeping the piece, with a number of guests not wanting to be involved in either side of the conflict. It is possible Double Trouble is royalty from a kingdom on a land on Etheria that Hordak hadn’t bothered to conquer yet. And it is possible DT decided to a life of crime and mischief over living their life as royalty. The drama and thrill of meddling with other people’s lives is far too interesting to not dip their toes in, after all.
However, there is another option for Option 1. They could be Glimmer’s cousin like the OG show. Now this brings into question who they’re biologically related to and how. We don’t know much about Angella or Micah’s family trees or anything about their own personal history really. Angella is clearly an angellic being and Micah is just a powerful Etherian sorcerer. But with us knowing Glimmer’s Aunt Castaspella, it is unlikely that DT is from Micah’s side of the family. It is possible DT is related to someone on Angella’s side through marriage, and perhaps their entire shape shifting abilities come from angelic magic? This is a bit more of a far-fetched theory tho as it is based on a lot of assumptions and ideas, due to no direct canon pertaining to it.
Option 2 is a lot simpler than Option 1. It just implies that Double Trouble has friends or made friends with a Princess or two to become a +1 and enjoy the Prom. This is easy to believe because with their acting abilities, they can make friends real easy if they wish. So they could crank the act to friendship over chaos for a bit in order to go enjoy a lovely Prom Party and enjoy the chaos that went down.
Option 3 is as fun as Option 2. It implies Double Trouble simply shape shifted to sneak in and shape shifted back into their most comfortable form for the Prom. Which is just the kind of drama they’d do. Shape shifting into one of the Princesses and created minor chaos right at the door and then just being themself to enjoy the party, only needing to shapeshift again if people are catching onto them. This is likely the most plausible option.
Out of the 3 options, I honestly love Option 1 because of the implications it can bring forth. If Double Trouble was truly royalty or royalty adjacent, it’d be so fascinating and interesting! And if they’re related to Glimmer, we might get to see more of that family tree.