History Characters / BioShock1

14th May '18 2:21:00 PM AdamC
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* CantTakeCriticism: Explored in detail in the novel; Ryan (at best) ignored any criticism anyone had to the system of Rapture and was dead-set against any alterations to his initial rules. Even basic capitalistic safeguards such as workman's compensation, unions, or a minimum wage law were written off by him as people being too afraid to take control of their own destiny. Fontaine (and later Atlas) became a major force in Rapture purely by way of exploiting this tendency and taking advantage of issues in the system Ryan refused to fix.



* EmperorScientist: The "No Gods or Kings" mantra aside, Ryan really ''was'' the ruler of Rapture; deciding public policy and controlling the police force. He was also a talented businessman and limited scientist (albeit largely by investing in the works of other scientists and reaping their results). A major dream he had for Rapture would be that it would bring in a new age of science that out outstrip the surface.



* VillainHasAPoint: [[spoiler:His last words to Jack are meant to be this, showing that he was a pawn of Fontaine. He's right about this, but Jack couldn't have helped it.]]

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* VillainHasAPoint: VillainHasAPoint:
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[[spoiler:His last words to Jack are meant to be this, showing that he was a pawn of Fontaine. He's right about this, but Jack couldn't have helped it.]]
** Ryan's justification for nationalizing Fontaine's business is that Atlas is really just attempting to take control of Rapture and will use the ADAM and resources that belonged to Fontaine to do so. [[spoiler: He's right. The problem with this "point" though is that as far as Ryan knows Atlas really IS just an honest family man with legitimate problems. Ryan wants to keep Fontaine's business out of greed and his suspicions on Atlas are paranoid wonderings that just happen to be right.
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9th May '18 12:12:35 PM infernape612
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* CutsceneBoss: [[spoiler:He proves that you are a slave instead of a man by hypnotically compelling you to bludgeon him to death with a nine iron, with the player helpless to watch.]]
10th Apr '18 12:56:19 PM CaffeinatedSpider
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* LargeHam: The man could probably give Cohen a run for his money in this department.

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* LargeHam: The man could probably give Cohen a run for his money in this department.department, fitting considering his friendship with the MadArtist.


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* VillainousFriendship: In ''Literature/BioShockRapture'', he apparently is good friends with Sander Cohen.
10th Apr '18 8:10:43 AM rjd1922
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* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:The ''Burial at Sea DLC'' for ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' reveals that Elizabeth tricked Atlas into bringing him to Rapture because she knew that, despite Atlas intending to use Jack as a tool to take over the city, Jack would overthrow him in the end]].

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* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:The ''Burial at Sea DLC'' Sea'' DLC for ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' reveals that Elizabeth tricked Atlas into bringing him to Rapture because she knew that, despite Atlas intending to use Jack as a tool to take over the city, Jack would overthrow him in the end]].



He serves as a major player in the second half of ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite: Burial at Sea'', demanding for Elizabeth's assistance in escaping from Fontaine's Department Store.

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He serves as a major player in the second half of ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite: ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite: Burial at Sea'', demanding for Elizabeth's assistance in escaping from Fontaine's Department Store.



* HeroKiller: Beats [[spoiler:Elizabeth to death]] with a monkey wrench at the end of ''Burial at Sea: Part 2''

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* HeroKiller: Beats [[spoiler:Elizabeth to death]] with a monkey wrench at the end of ''Burial at Sea: Part Episode 2''



* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: He spends most of ''Bioshock'' talking to Jack instead of meeting him face-to-face. The same goes for [[spoiler:Elizabeth]] in ''Burial At Sea'', though he does meet up with [[spoiler:her]].

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* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: He spends most of ''Bioshock'' ''[=BioShock=]'' talking to Jack instead of meeting him face-to-face. The same goes for [[spoiler:Elizabeth]] in ''Burial At at Sea'', though he does meet up with [[spoiler:her]].



* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: He's presented as a heroic leader of the underclass in ''Bioshock'', and is humble and self-effacing in his interviews. In ''Burial At Sea'', however, he behaves more like a [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] to Daisy Fitzroy.

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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: He's presented as a heroic leader of the underclass in ''Bioshock'', and is humble and self-effacing in his interviews. In ''Burial At at Sea'', however, he behaves more like a [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] to Daisy Fitzroy.
30th Mar '18 12:30:44 AM karategal
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[[spoiler: Suchong: "Break that puppy's neck - [[TriggerPhrase Would You Kindly..."]]]]

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[[spoiler: Suchong: "Break that puppy's neck - -- [[TriggerPhrase Would You Kindly..."]]]]



* FeaturelessProtagonist: Averted, since he has a face. [[spoiler:[[PlayingWithATrope But it'd be justified if he didn't]] - he's actually the son of the antagonist, and he has had all his memories wiped before having them replaced with fake memories that are only alluded to fleetingly.]]

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* FeaturelessProtagonist: Averted, since he has a face. [[spoiler:[[PlayingWithATrope But it'd be justified if he didn't]] - -- he's actually the son of the antagonist, and he has had all his memories wiped before having them replaced with fake memories that are only alluded to fleetingly.]]



** [[spoiler: If Jack chooses to rescue the Little Sisters -which ''Burial at Sea'' establishes as being his canon choice- then he does become a sort of GuardianAngel to them.]]

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** [[spoiler: If Jack chooses to rescue the Little Sisters -which -- which ''Burial at Sea'' establishes as being his canon choice- choice -- then he does become a sort of GuardianAngel to them.]]



* InTheBlood: [[spoiler:In the bad ending. Jack makes a play to [[TakeOverTheWorld take over the surface world]] - continuing Fontaine's legacy - and his sway over the splicers resembles that of Andrew Ryan.]] [[spoiler:Subverted in the good ending, where unlike Andrew Ryan or Fontaine, he has no desire to control Rapture and absolutely ''refuses'' it when the Little Sisters offer the city to him]].

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* InTheBlood: [[spoiler:In the bad ending. Jack makes a play to [[TakeOverTheWorld take over the surface world]] - -- continuing Fontaine's legacy - -- and his sway over the splicers resembles that of Andrew Ryan.]] [[spoiler:Subverted in the good ending, where unlike Andrew Ryan or Fontaine, he has no desire to control Rapture and absolutely ''refuses'' it when the Little Sisters offer the city to him]].



* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Triple-whammy: not only are you a test-tube baby conditioned to be the perfect obedient assassin, but you're also Ryan's bastard child - ''and'' you've been under mind control for the entire game.]]

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* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Triple-whammy: not only are you a test-tube baby conditioned to be the perfect obedient assassin, but you're also Ryan's bastard child - -- ''and'' you've been under mind control for the entire game.]]



* AffablyEvil: Even when talking to people for whom he has nothing but distaste for, he talks in a manner that is more akin to respectfully disagreeing with someone than one of pure contempt - at least when he isn't furious, anyway. Even when he tries to kill Jack when he gets into Rapture, he acts more surprised that someone found his city instead of calling him an intruder.

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* AffablyEvil: Even when talking to people for whom he has nothing but distaste for, he talks in a manner that is more akin to respectfully disagreeing with someone than one of pure contempt - -- at least when he isn't furious, anyway. Even when he tries to kill Jack when he gets into Rapture, he acts more surprised that someone found his city instead of calling him an intruder.



* AsTheGoodBookSays: Though Ryan is an outspoken atheist -- even referring to the Bible as "the book of lies" - he considers ''Ecclesiastes 3'' to be [[CollapsingLair pretty apt]] for this situation.

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* AsTheGoodBookSays: Though Ryan is an outspoken atheist -- even referring to the Bible as "the book of lies" - -- he considers ''Ecclesiastes 3'' to be [[CollapsingLair pretty apt]] for this situation.



* BigBad: As the leader of Rapture's Splicers. [[spoiler:This is ultimately subverted, however - while he's certainly a villain, it turns out that Fontaine is the true BigBad in the game.]]

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* BigBad: As the leader of Rapture's Splicers. [[spoiler:This is ultimately subverted, however - -- while he's certainly a villain, it turns out that Fontaine is the true BigBad in the game.]]



* DeadGuyOnDisplay: His office wall in Hephaestus is decorated with the moldy corpses of would-be assassins, some of whom were once loyal servants. He plans to mount Jack on the wall next, once he gets ahold of him.

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* DeadGuyOnDisplay: His office wall in Hephaestus is decorated with the moldy corpses of would-be assassins, some of whom were once loyal servants. He plans to mount Jack on the wall next, once he gets ahold a hold of him.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Twice over. His [[TheFettered ideals]] and [[{{Determinator}} determination]] built a business empire unheard of in reality, and Rapture itself was a true Objectivist Utopia... for a time. [[HiddenElfVillage Isolating Rapture from the surface]] created Fontaine - his own personal UsefulNotes/AlCapone to run the resulting smuggling black market; worse still, after Fontaine was killed, Ryan nationalized Fontaine's business in an outright betrayal of Rapture's guiding philosophy, and rushed ADAM onto the market without bothering to regulate its sale or use- thus leaving the blame for the many thousands of addictions and the civil war squarely on his head. All downhill from there, but he ''might'' have been able to salvage things if he hadn't taken [[spoiler:[[ManipulativeBitch Sofia Lamb]]'s]] bait and thrown her in prison with all his other enemies - giving them a leader, his own personal Bolshevik. Another misstep was exiling Atlas and his capos to a makeshift prison in Fontaine's tower block. Among those swept up in the dragnet were splicers and store clerks who had traffic with Fontaine. Ever the opportunists, Atlas' men immediately set out to swell their numbers, offering the survivors amnesty, safety, and revenge. [[spoiler:With Elizabeth's help, the towers are converted into a miniature Columbia and float back up to the city]], just in time for New Year's Eve. Boom.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Twice over. His [[TheFettered ideals]] and [[{{Determinator}} determination]] built a business empire unheard of in reality, and Rapture itself was a true Objectivist Utopia... for a time. [[HiddenElfVillage Isolating Rapture from the surface]] created Fontaine - -- his own personal UsefulNotes/AlCapone to run the resulting smuggling black market; worse still, after Fontaine was killed, Ryan nationalized Fontaine's business in an outright betrayal of Rapture's guiding philosophy, and rushed ADAM onto the market without bothering to regulate its sale or use- use -- thus leaving the blame for the many thousands of addictions and the civil war squarely on his head. All downhill from there, but he ''might'' have been able to salvage things if he hadn't taken [[spoiler:[[ManipulativeBitch Sofia Lamb]]'s]] bait and thrown her in prison with all his other enemies - -- giving them a leader, his own personal Bolshevik. Another misstep was exiling Atlas and his capos to a makeshift prison in Fontaine's tower block. Among those swept up in the dragnet were splicers and store clerks who had traffic with Fontaine. Ever the opportunists, Atlas' men immediately set out to swell their numbers, offering the survivors amnesty, safety, and revenge. [[spoiler:With Elizabeth's help, the towers are converted into a miniature Columbia and float back up to the city]], just in time for New Year's Eve. Boom.



-->"Could I have made mistakes? One does not build cities if one is guided by doubt. But can one govern in absolute certainty? I know that my beliefs have elevated me, just as I know that the things I have rejected would have destroyed me. But the city... [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone it is collapsing before my... Have I become so convinced by my own beliefs, that I have stopped seeing the truth?]] Perhaps.... But Atlas ''is'' up there--and he aims to destroy me, and ''destroy my CITY''! ''To question is to surrender--'''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. Will not. Question!]]'''''"

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-->"Could I have made mistakes? One does not build cities if one is guided by doubt. But can one govern in absolute certainty? I know that my beliefs have elevated me, just as I know that the things I have rejected would have destroyed me. But the city... [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone it is collapsing before my... Have I become so convinced by my own beliefs, that I have stopped seeing the truth?]] Perhaps.... But Atlas ''is'' up there--and there -- and he aims to destroy me, and ''destroy my CITY''! ''To question is to surrender--'''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis surrender -- '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. Will not. Question!]]'''''"



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: As shown in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' in [[DownloadableContent Burial at Sea - Episode 2]], he calls Dr. Yi Suchong a "slant", an offensive term for people of East Asian descent that refers to the slant of their eyes. Of course, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance he's not vilified for speaking that way]]. And it ''[[TheSociopath is]]'' [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Suchong.]]

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: As shown in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' in [[DownloadableContent Burial at Sea - -- Episode 2]], he calls Dr. Yi Suchong a "slant", an offensive term for people of East Asian descent that refers to the slant of their eyes. Of course, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance he's not vilified for speaking that way]]. And it ''[[TheSociopath is]]'' [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Suchong.]]



* RedemptionEarnsLife: [[spoiler:The only one of Rapture's leadership who tried to save those who were experimented on for the sake of the ADAM trade (the Little Sisters, Jack and -to a certain extent--Subject Delta), she's also the only one of the leadership who survives the game.]]

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* RedemptionEarnsLife: [[spoiler:The only one of Rapture's leadership who tried to save those who were experimented on for the sake of the ADAM trade (the Little Sisters, Jack and -to -- to a certain extent--Subject extent -- Subject Delta), she's also the only one of the leadership who survives the game.]]



* CreateYourOwnVillain: Ryan was moved by Fontaine's flattering letters to invite him to Rapture. Ryan at first observed Fontaine's rise to power with pride, pointing to him as example of what Rapture was built to foster. Even when Fontaine's empire began to compete with his own, he merely admonished Fontaine's opponents to "offer a better product." And the cancer spread from there. Fontaine may be a smuggler and a brute, but his attempts at legitimate businesses ''were'' big successes. Being hounded by Ryan's private police--who employed violent measures to crack down on the smuggling ring--pushed Fontaine into more overt criminality. Fontaine Futuristics did one better, giving Frank enough clout to challenge Andrew Ryan directly. Again Ryan responded with extra-legal measures to smother his business, and again Fontaine dug in and turned to crime -- this time building up a splicer army. Even if Fontaine was like Gandhi, it's unlikely that Ryan would tolerate any competitors on his turf for long.

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* CreateYourOwnVillain: Ryan was moved by Fontaine's flattering letters to invite him to Rapture. Ryan at first observed Fontaine's rise to power with pride, pointing to him as example of what Rapture was built to foster. Even when Fontaine's empire began to compete with his own, he merely admonished Fontaine's opponents to "offer a better product." And the cancer spread from there. Fontaine may be a smuggler and a brute, but his attempts at legitimate businesses ''were'' big successes. Being hounded by Ryan's private police--who police -- who employed violent measures to crack down on the smuggling ring--pushed ring -- pushed Fontaine into more overt criminality. Fontaine Futuristics did one better, giving Frank enough clout to challenge Andrew Ryan directly. Again Ryan responded with extra-legal measures to smother his business, and again Fontaine dug in and turned to crime -- this time building up a splicer army. Even if Fontaine was like Gandhi, it's unlikely that Ryan would tolerate any competitors on his turf for long.



* LetsYouAndHimFight: Fontaine couldn't take Ryan on directly - even as the mogul's power base was rapidly eroding - and needed to assemble a mob to do the heavy lifting: first as a crime boss, [[spoiler:then as a leader of the downtrodden]], and now as [[spoiler:Jack's hypnotic controller]].

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* LetsYouAndHimFight: Fontaine couldn't take Ryan on directly - -- even as the mogul's power base was rapidly eroding - -- and needed to assemble a mob to do the heavy lifting: first as a crime boss, [[spoiler:then as a leader of the downtrodden]], and now as [[spoiler:Jack's hypnotic controller]].



* LackOfEmpathy: He might not be an obsessive control freak like Andrew Ryan or an exploitative megalomaniac like Fontaine, but Suchong manages to make himself just as bad as them via his most obvious character trait: he couldn't care less about anyone but himself. This is why it took so long for the imprinting of the Big Daddies and Little Sisters to form - [[spoiler:he couldn't recognise that, while trying to replicate the Songbird's imprinting onto Elizabeth, it wasn't due to pheromones or hypnotherapy, but it was [[ThePowerOfLove genuine love and loyalty]]... something so completely foreign to him. 'Mistaking An Ounce of Emotion for a Pound of Science' as Elizabeth herself puts it.]]

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* LackOfEmpathy: He might not be an obsessive control freak like Andrew Ryan or an exploitative megalomaniac like Fontaine, but Suchong manages to make himself just as bad as them via his most obvious character trait: he couldn't care less about anyone but himself. This is why it took so long for the imprinting of the Big Daddies and Little Sisters to form - -- [[spoiler:he couldn't recognise that, while trying to replicate the Songbird's imprinting onto Elizabeth, it wasn't due to pheromones or hypnotherapy, but it was [[ThePowerOfLove genuine love and loyalty]]... something so completely foreign to him. 'Mistaking An Ounce of Emotion for a Pound of Science' as Elizabeth herself puts it.]]



* TheAtoner: Her reason for working on the Lazarus Vector in the first place--she feels bad about all the ecological destruction she unleashed during WWII to flush out Japanese camps in the jungles.

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* TheAtoner: Her reason for working on the Lazarus Vector in the first place--she place -- she feels bad about all the ecological destruction she unleashed during WWII to flush out Japanese camps in the jungles.
6th Mar '18 7:52:54 AM Kalaong
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* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: For a certain value of "good"; Ryan believed with every fiber of his being that humans could accomplish anything if given freedom to do so: [[http://bioshock.wikia.com/wiki/Offer_a_Better_Product Offer a Better Product]], [[http://bioshock.wikia.com/wiki/The_Market_is_Patient The Market is Patient]], [[http://bioshock.wikia.com/wiki/Great_Chain_Moves_Slowly Great Chain Moves Slowly]]. This means he failed to realize what Creator/HLMencken did; "The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all." He never realized that his most dangerous enemies were NotSoDifferent from him except for their lack of scruples.
5th Mar '18 11:24:54 AM Kalaong
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-->'''Transcript''': I met Ryan the day me and the lads were installing the bathroom plumbing up in his posh Park Avenue digs. "Oi!" says he, "What's with all the brass fittings? General contractor had me down for the tin." "Well," I says, "I supposed it's the contractor then who'll be bailing out your loo once a fortnight, is it? If it's price you're worried about, I'll be picking up the brass, so not to worry, squire." "And why would you be doing that?" says he. "Well, Mr. Ryan, profit or not, no man bails water out of privies built by Bill McDonagh." The next day I finds out, I'm Ryan's new general contractor.

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-->'''Transcript''': I met Ryan the day me and the lads were installing the bathroom plumbing up in his posh Park Avenue digs. "Oi!" says he, "What's with all the brass fittings? General contractor had me down for the tin." "Well," I says, "I supposed it's the contractor then who'll be bailing out your loo once a fortnight, is it? If it's price you're worried about, I'll be picking up the brass, so not to worry, squire." "And why would you be doing that?" says he. "Well, Mr. Ryan, profit or not, no man bails water out of privies built by Bill McDonagh.[=McDonagh=]." The next day I finds out, I'm Ryan's new general contractor.
20th Feb '18 3:12:50 PM rjd1922
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* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:By driving a scalpel into her brain no less.]]

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* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:By driving a scalpel into her brain no less.]]]] He also heavily pressures Jack to harvest the Little Sisters, with the excuse that they're not really children any more, even saying not doing so is putting his family's life on the line.
4th Feb '18 2:18:48 PM Kalaong
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*BenevolentBoss: [[http://bioshock.wikia.com/wiki/Meeting_Ryan He started out as one.]] But when Fontaine pushed him, he ultimately broke like glass.
-->'''Transcript''': I met Ryan the day me and the lads were installing the bathroom plumbing up in his posh Park Avenue digs. "Oi!" says he, "What's with all the brass fittings? General contractor had me down for the tin." "Well," I says, "I supposed it's the contractor then who'll be bailing out your loo once a fortnight, is it? If it's price you're worried about, I'll be picking up the brass, so not to worry, squire." "And why would you be doing that?" says he. "Well, Mr. Ryan, profit or not, no man bails water out of privies built by Bill McDonagh." The next day I finds out, I'm Ryan's new general contractor.
23rd Jan '18 6:12:08 PM rjd1922
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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Cohen is a common last name among Jews and a royal name in the Jewish religion. A non-jew with that last name would be like a non-muslim having the name Muhammad.

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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Cohen is a common last name among Jews and a royal name in the Jewish religion. A non-jew non-Jew with that last name would be like a non-muslim non-Muslim having the name Muhammad.
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