Do you ever just think about how Mollymauk would slip gold pieces into people’s pockets when they bought him drinks? How he saved a silk flower from the festival for Yasha, quietly apologizing that it wasn’t real? The way he used tarot to make Jester happy? Fumbling through a magic trick and giving away one of his charms to a little firbolg child--someone who just lost their whole family--because Molly just wanted to make them smile for a moment. How he drew tarot cards of all his loved ones, but never told anyone...
Mollymauk, who sacrifices himself for this family that he loves so much not once, but twice...just...the fact that Mollymauk genuinely and deeply cares about people. He’s very loving and loyal, and Taliesin intentionally built him that way.
Some of Taliesin’s thoughts on Mollymauk from The World of Critical Role that I think are integral to who Molly is as a character and the kind of person he is:
“Percy was not a healthy human being and was very destructive. I would consider Percy to be not a very good person, not worth my time. But he had a veneer of a very good moral person.” Molly is, in contrast, based on people Taliesin met “who had the veneer of uncivility and danger and negativity, but who managed to be some of the best people I’ve ever known in my life: the most caring and the most careful, willing to defend what was theirs and stand up for others.”
“[Molly’s power] was about sacrifice. It’s the giving of himself to give to others. Giving of himself to be a protector.”
“His very nature is to appear to be many things that he is not. His power looks one way--it looks damaging and looks broken and unhealthy--but, in the end, it’s all about a desire to be a good friend and a good family member. And the understanding that especially when you’re living in a world the way they are, that you sacrifice a bit of yourself for the people who are going to sacrifice a bit of themselves for you.”