History Characters / BioshockInfinite

14th May '18 3:24:23 PM AdamC
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* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: To Andrew Ryan. Ryan created his own hidden Utopia because he lost faith in America and wanted to start something new, had zero market regulation and allowed his people to do whatever they wanted, and was a firm atheist with intense hatred of a central governmental body. Comstock took control of Columbia because he felt he could have better job safeguarding American values than the actual country, tightly controls the market and day-to-day life in his city, and is a Christian with a near-totalitarian hold on Columbia. In keeping with the Franchise's message against Extremism though, they both have telling similarities. They're both {{Hypocrite}}s who betray their own ideals to pursue their goals, both use their world-views to justify the exploitation and suffering of others, and both ultimately have their Utopias crumble all around them.
6th May '18 6:52:42 AM MM_Crusader
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Esther addresses Esther as "Annabelle". Though this was simply a ploy to confirm her identity, [[spoiler: it also foreshadows Elizabeth's birth name as Anna [=DeWitt=]]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Esther addresses Esther Elizabeth as "Annabelle". Though this was simply a ploy to confirm her identity, [[spoiler: it also foreshadows Elizabeth's birth name as Anna [=DeWitt=]]].
30th Apr '18 1:47:33 PM Vox
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He seems to be inspired by various 19th century industrialists, notably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Pullman George Pullman]] (who also built a town for his employees and paid them in tokens worthless outside company stores, exactly like Fink) and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Clay_Frick Henry "Most Hated Man in America" Frick]] who had similar attitudes toward strikes, at one point hiring 300 Pinkertons and siccing them on striking workers, the similarities being such that Frick was probably the direct inspiration for Booker's "I've worked for men like Fink" line.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He seems to be inspired by various 19th century industrialists, notably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Pullman George Pullman]] (who also built a town for his employees and paid them in tokens worthless outside company stores, exactly like Fink) and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Clay_Frick Henry "Most Hated Man in America" Clay Frick]] who had similar attitudes toward strikes, at one point hiring 300 Pinkertons and siccing them on striking workers, the similarities being such that Frick was probably the direct inspiration for Booker's "I've worked for men like Fink" line.
30th Apr '18 1:38:04 PM Vox
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** Hale is a name which is believed to have originated from either the Old English word ''halh'', which refers to a nook or hollow where people may find shelter, or the Saxon term ''haelaeh'', which refers to qualities of heroism such as courage or strength. In modern English "hale" can also be a descriptor for someone who is strong and healthy in spite of their age (as in "hale and hearty") - [[spoiler:this makes it a thoroughly IronicName: Comstock is a lot younger than his appearance suggests and ''extremely'' unhealthy due to terminal cancer, both caused by overexposure to the Lutece's machine.]]

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** Hale is a name which is believed to have originated from either the Old English word ''halh'', which refers to a nook or hollow where people may find shelter, or the Saxon term ''haelaeh'', which refers to qualities of heroism such as courage or strength. In modern Modern English "hale" can also be a descriptor for someone who is strong and healthy in spite of their age (as in "hale and hearty") - [[spoiler:this makes it a thoroughly IronicName: Comstock is a lot younger than his appearance suggests and ''extremely'' unhealthy due to terminal cancer, both caused by overexposure to the Lutece's machine.]]
30th Apr '18 1:37:16 PM Vox
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** Hale is a name which is believed to have originated from either the Old English word ''halh'', which refers to a nook or hollow where people may find shelter, or the Saxon term ''haelaeh'', which refers to qualities of heroism such as courage or strength.

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** Hale is a name which is believed to have originated from either the Old English word ''halh'', which refers to a nook or hollow where people may find shelter, or the Saxon term ''haelaeh'', which refers to qualities of heroism such as courage or strength. In modern English "hale" can also be a descriptor for someone who is strong and healthy in spite of their age (as in "hale and hearty") - [[spoiler:this makes it a thoroughly IronicName: Comstock is a lot younger than his appearance suggests and ''extremely'' unhealthy due to terminal cancer, both caused by overexposure to the Lutece's machine.]]
25th Apr '18 9:51:29 PM Etheru
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* HopelessBossFight: You can't actually defeat Songbird at any point in the game by yourself, often being forced to run away from him and [[spoiler:it's outright stated that it's impossible for Booker to defeat him; Elizabeth says that there was ''no timeline'' where Booker ever fought Songbird and won]]. The only reason Songbird is defeated is because [[spoiler:Elizabeth's full RealityWarper potential isn't being held back]].



* RealityEnsues: Dies when Elizabeth transports herself, Booker, and him to Rapture. Unlike the Big Daddies, he isn't built for high pressure, so the undersea pressure crushes him.

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* RealityEnsues: Dies [[spoiler:Dies when Elizabeth transports herself, Booker, and him to Rapture. Unlike the Big Daddies, he isn't built for high pressure, so the undersea pressure crushes him.]]
19th Apr '18 7:18:21 AM MM_Crusader
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* AdvertisedExtra: The creature appears in many of the game trailers and early game concepts shows that it will be a recurring boss of the game, similar to Nemesis in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3''. Furthermore, the player must decide on whether or not to attack Songbird or hide from it, which will affect Booker's relationship with Elizabeth and the overall ending. However, it only appear in a few scripted events and [[spoiler:was easily killed by Elizabeth without a fight]].



* AxCrazy: The Songbird is capable of interacting with its environment in only one way to keep custody of Elizabeth—through violence. (Of course, due to gameplay constraints, the same is largely true of Booker [=DeWitt=].)


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* AxCrazy: The Songbird is capable of interacting with its environment in only one way to keep custody of Elizabeth—through violence. (Of course, due to gameplay constraints, the same is largely true of Booker [=DeWitt=].)
17th Apr '18 7:03:00 AM MM_Crusader
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* WouldHurtAChild: Among the atrocities he committed during the Wounded Knee Massacre was murdering Native American children. [[spoiler:At the end of the game, he plans to smother Comstock when he was an infant in order to kill the infinite numbers of him in the multiverse]].


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* ClingyJealousGirl: She sees Elizabeth as the product between the affair of Comstock and Rosalind Lutece and refuses to listen to the latter's explanation of how Elizabeth's existence.


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Esther addresses Esther as "Annabelle". Though this was simply a ploy to confirm her identity, [[spoiler: it also foreshadows Elizabeth's birth name as Anna [=DeWitt=]]].
28th Mar '18 3:27:57 PM Gregzilla
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* BeAllMySinsRemembered: The reason behind him [[spoiler:not accepting a baptism after what he did at Wounded Knee, contrasting him entirely with [[EvilCounterpart Comstock]] [[NeverMyFault relinquishing all blame and taking the baptism]]]]. This heavily colors his TheAtoner BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork mentality.
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