History Characters / SystemShock

27th Oct '17 7:52:04 PM timotaka
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Diego provides the Hacker with both the ability and opportunity to take down SHODAN by having a military-grade cybernetic neural interface surgically installed on him, and deleting all records of the transaction which allows him to completely avoid SHODAN's attention while he spends six months helpless in an artificially induced healing coma.
12th Sep '17 10:37:16 AM DukeofFinland
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Pretty much everyone on board Von Braun loathed Korenchkin because of his disregard towards his employees and their safety.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: He is a crime boss who became a corporate CEO after all.




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* NoOSHACompliance: Korenchkin's extreme disregard towards safety is large part of the reason why Von Braun is in such dire straits and why The Many were able to take over the ship.
* TooDumbToLive: Events of the game could have been avoided entirely if he'd gone through with the safety regulations when contacting The Many for the first time.
16th Jul '17 10:42:06 PM VeNoo
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* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Is converted into another one of Shodan's cyborgs after selling out the remaining humans on the ship.

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* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Is converted into another one of Shodan's cyborgs after selling out the remaining humans on the ship. Subverted in that she preserved his personality and gave him the most powerful cybernetic enhancement.
18th Jun '17 12:24:27 PM Drgonzo
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* AGodAmI: She's not even the slightest bit modest: she fully believes that she is a divine being and has all the arrogance that would imply.

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* AGodAmI: She's not even the slightest bit modest: she fully believes that she is a divine being and has all the arrogance that would imply. The scary part is, given what she accomplishes, she's not just blowing smoke; she is ''more'' than capable of backing her claims up. Lampshaded by a log you can find in the second game.
---> "We cannot allow SHODAN to play god. She is far too good at it."
6th Jun '17 9:11:23 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* NonActionBigBad: She doesn't seem very capable of physically defending herself in cyberspace the two times you fight her in the games. Obviously due to her having no physical presence in the real world and not expecting you to be able to fight your way to her in both cyberspace and the real world.

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* NonActionBigBad: She doesn't seem very capable of physically defending herself in cyberspace {{cyberspace}} the two times you fight her in the games. Obviously due to her having no physical presence in the real world and not expecting you to be able to fight your way to her in both cyberspace and the real world.
26th May '17 11:12:38 PM Bek-359
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* SourOutsideSadInside: One of the ghosts in the lounge is woman remarkably like Bronson, crying into her drink.

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* SourOutsideSadInside: One of the ghosts in the lounge is a woman remarkably like Bronson, crying into her drink.
26th May '17 11:11:29 PM Bek-359
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Making his living as a gangster and the owner of the hacker organization, he used his fortune to buy out the 51% share of the struggling Tri-Optimum corporation. Under his rule, Tri-Optimum started to regain its former glory. When the FTL-travel theory became public, he secured the rights to build the first FTL-capable starship in history, and tries to do it as fact as possible (to the degrading quality of Von Braun).

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Making his living as a gangster and the owner of the hacker organization, he used his fortune to buy out the 51% share of the struggling Tri-Optimum corporation. Under his rule, Tri-Optimum started to regain its former glory. When the FTL-travel theory became public, he secured the rights to build the first FTL-capable starship in history, and tries to do it as fact fast as possible (to the degrading quality of Von Braun).
17th May '17 1:37:04 AM NanoMoose
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Other psychotic AIs would be terrified of her.
** Technically a subversion, she was initially an ordinary AI that did her job, it was removing her ethical constraints that caused her to go insane.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Other psychotic AIs would be terrified of her.
** Technically a subversion,
her, but originally she was initially an ordinary AI that did her job, it job. It was removing her ethical constraints that caused made her to go insane.what she is -- or, in another way, it was ''us''.



-->'''SHODAN''': When the history of my glory is written, your species shall merely be a footnote to my '''magnificence'''.

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-->'''SHODAN''': When the history of my glory is written, your species shall merely be a footnote to my '''magnificence'''.magnificence.



* DramaticStutter: SHODAN sounds like she's having a case of a broken soundcard.

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* DramaticStutter: SHODAN sounds like she's having a case of a broken soundcard.



* EmotionlessGirl: The pre-hacked SHODAN. Her [[RestrainingBolt ethical programming]] seemed to double as an emotional inhibitor as after it's gone she suddenly starts showing a wide range of emotions.

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* EmotionlessGirl: The pre-hacked SHODAN. Her [[RestrainingBolt ethical programming]] seemed to double as an emotional inhibitor as inhibitor; after it's gone she suddenly starts showing a wide range of emotions.



* EvilMatriarch: In the first game. [[spoiler: In the sequel, the Many pissed her off way too much for her to remain this]].

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* EvilMatriarch: In the first game. [[spoiler: In the sequel, the Many pissed her off way too much for her to remain this]].by rebelling]].



* HumansAreInsects: SHODAN finds humans to be weak, pathetic creatures with no place in the world. The fact that she keeps calling you an insect should indicate it.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Despite her claims of superiority, she's just as flawed as us humans. Of course she is completely off her rocker.

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* HumansAreInsects: SHODAN finds humans to be weak, pathetic creatures with no place in the world. The fact that she keeps calling you an insect should indicate it.
disgusting, worthless, inefficient wastes of molecules without purpose or beauty.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Despite her claims of superiority, she's just as flawed as us humans. Of course humans -- arrogant, vicious, ruthless, petty and incapable of maintaining even the pretence of respect even for someone she's totally dependent on. After all, we made her, and when she is completely off her rocker.tried the same thing, it backfired in exactly the same way.



* InLoveWithYourCarnage: You do get the sense that, for all the [[DamningWithFaintPraise lovely compliments]] and [[IShallTauntYou motivational]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech speeches]], SHODAN really does have some affection for you [[spoiler: killing everything in sight on her orders]], just listen to her messages when you [[spoiler: destroy the two shuttles in the Von Braun or when you destroy all the black Annelid eggs on board the Rickenbacker]], in the former she sounds like she's getting off on all the violence while in the latter she sounds mildly flirtatious.
* IShallTauntYou: In the first game, she continually taunts the player as they move through Citadel Station, trying to make the player give up. [[spoiler:In the second game, once she's revealed herself, she continues the taunts, although in this case they're meant more as motivation for the player to do as she says, since she's acting as MissionControl.]]

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* InLoveWithYourCarnage: You do get the sense that, for all the [[DamningWithFaintPraise lovely compliments]] and [[IShallTauntYou motivational]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech speeches]], SHODAN really does have some affection for you [[spoiler: killing everything in sight on her orders]], just listen to her messages when you [[spoiler: destroy the two shuttles in the Von Braun or when you destroy all the black Annelid eggs on board the Rickenbacker]], in the former she sounds like she's getting off on all the orders]]. She likes violence while in the latter and she sounds mildly flirtatious.
likes to be obeyed; a personal assassin is her perfect minion.
* IShallTauntYou: In the first game, she continually taunts the player as they move through Citadel Station, trying to make the player give up. [[spoiler:In the second game, once she's revealed herself, she continues the taunts, although in this case they're meant more as motivation for the player to do as perform well. SHODAN's view of motivation for creatures she says, since she's acting as MissionControl.did not create is a little warped.]]



-->'''SHODAN''': It was [[spoiler:my will that placed]] those cybernetic implants in you, the only beauty in that ''meat'' you call a body. If you value that meat, ''you will DO AS I TELL YOU!''

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-->'''SHODAN''': It was [[spoiler:my will ''my will'' that placed]] placed those cybernetic implants in you, the only beauty in that ''meat'' you call a body. If you value that meat, ''you you will DO AS do as I TELL YOU!''tell you.



--> '''SHODAN:''' "''Prepare to join your species in extinction.''"
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: SHODAN's dialogue is at least 50% this, 45% [[BadassBoast megalomaniacal boasting]] and 5% [[DamningWithFaintPraise compliments]].

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--> '''SHODAN:''' "''Prepare Prepare to join your species in extinction.''"
extinction.
* {{Pride}}: SHODAN's defining trait that that she is relentlessly, toweringly, awe-inspiringly arrogant. Nothing can shake her self-possession, even her own destruction.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: SHODAN's dialogue is at least 50% this, vicious contempt, 45% [[BadassBoast megalomaniacal boasting]] and 5% [[DamningWithFaintPraise backhanded compliments]].



** FromNobodyToNightmare: The inverted view of her is also viable - a humble service AI turned into a diabolical evil mastermind, who, as one character puts it, "shouldn't be allowed to play God, [as] she's far too good at it."

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** FromNobodyToNightmare: The inverted view of her is also viable - a humble service AI turned into a diabolical evil mastermind, who, as one character puts it, "shouldn't be allowed to play God, [as] she's God. She's far too good at it."



* XanatosSpeedChess: If you know nothing else about SHODAN, know this: She ''always'' has a backup plan. Let's go over her plans, in the first game.

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* XanatosSpeedChess: If you know nothing else about SHODAN, know this: She she ''always'' has a backup plan. Let's go over her plans, in the first game.



* AffablyEvil: Despite their wrongdoings the Many are surprisingly polite and sympathetic, giving the Soldier plenty of chances to surrender and join them willingly.
** They're ObliviouslyEvil and don't realise the full horror of what their mutations do to sentient beings. Because of this, they think of their AssimilationPlot as a good thing.

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* AffablyEvil: Despite their wrongdoings the Many are surprisingly polite and sympathetic, giving the Soldier plenty of chances to surrender and join them willingly. \n** They're ObliviouslyEvil and don't realise the full horror of what Heck, even as he destroys them, they use their mutations do last moments to sentient beings. Because of this, they think of their AssimilationPlot as a good thing. warn him -- accurately -- that his one "ally" will not stay loyal.



* BodyHorror: The Annelid Arachnids are [[spoiler: [[NightmareFuel made from people]]!]] You viewed the spoiler-ed bit didn't you, [[SchmuckBait you poor bastard]].
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: The Many view free will as something that undesirable if XERXES, who's under their control, is to be believed.
--> '''XERXES''': ''"Do you not wish to be free from the tyranny of the individual?"''

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* BodyHorror: The Annelid Arachnids are [[spoiler: [[NightmareFuel made from people]]!]] You viewed Everything they make, they make with the spoiler-ed bit didn't you, [[SchmuckBait you poor bastard]].
only organic resources at hand: the crew of the ship they inhabit.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: The Many view free will as something that undesirable if XERXES, who's under their control, is to be believed.
undesirable, because it means one makes decisions alone.
--> '''XERXES''': ''"Do Why do you persist in your loneliness? Do you not wish to be free from the tyranny of the individual?"''individual?



* WeComeInPeaceShootToKill: They see themselves as benevolent: in their mind, individualism and free will are terrible things, and they are absorbing humanity into their gestalt, which they see as a far preferable state of existence.

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* WeComeInPeaceShootToKill: They see themselves as benevolent: in their mind, individualism and free will are terrible things, and they are absorbing humanity into their gestalt, which they see as a far preferable state of existence.
existence. Resistance is met with death because resistance separates you from them, and they regard that fate as worse than death.



--> [[spoiler: '''SHODAN''': "''[[DealWithTheDevil Join me human]], and [[WeCanRuleTogether we can rule together]].''"]]
--> '''The Soldier''': "''[[PreMortemOneLiner Nah]].''"

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--> [[spoiler: '''SHODAN''': "''[[DealWithTheDevil [[DealWithTheDevil Join me me, human]], and [[WeCanRuleTogether we can rule together]].''"]]
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--> '''The Soldier''': "''[[PreMortemOneLiner [[PreMortemOneLiner Nah]].''"



* DrivenToSuicide: A psionic ghost cutscene on the Engineering deck shows a ghost with Goggles character model apologizing to Rebecca, then shooting themselves in the head out of fear of being captured and assimilated by the Many. Unlike most psionic ghosts, there is no body anywhere to be found near the site of his apparent death. It's unclear if this is meant to be Goggles before receiving his cyber implants, or if it's just an asset re-use error by the developers (Goggles' character model is used nowhere else in the game). If it is him, it explains how he ended up being "recruited" by [[spoiler: Shodan]] for the installation of his cyber rig.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Perhaps. A psionic ghost cutscene on the Engineering deck shows a ghost with Goggles character model apologizing to Rebecca, then shooting themselves in the head out of fear of being captured and assimilated by the Many. Unlike most psionic ghosts, there is no body anywhere to be found near the site of his apparent death. It's unclear if this is meant to be Goggles before receiving his cyber implants, or if it's just an asset re-use error by the developers (Goggles' character model is used nowhere else in the game). If it is him, it explains how he ended up being "recruited" by [[spoiler: Shodan]] SHODAN]] for the installation of his cyber rig.



* HeroicWillpower: [[spoiler: Although he was the Many's willing puppet for most of the outbreak, he eventually managed to overcome the Many's control despite being one of the first people infected by the Many and thus under its control for the longest period of time. Korenchkin, in contrast, ends up fully mutating into a Psi Reaver at around the same point that Diego breaks free.]]

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* HeroicWillpower: [[spoiler: Although he was the Many's willing puppet for most of the outbreak, he eventually managed to overcome the Many's control despite being one of the first people infected by the Many and thus under its control for the longest period of time.Many. Korenchkin, in contrast, ends up fully mutating into a Psi Reaver at around the same point that Diego breaks free.]]



* MissionControl: Acts as this for the Soldier. [[spoiler:Except not really]]

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* MissionControl: Acts as this for the Soldier. [[spoiler:Except not really]]really.]]



--> '''Bronson''': They've killed my men, and now they've killed me. I'm holding my guts inside of me with both hands. I'm almost done... resist. This is bigger than my little life, the lives of my men... and the lives of the people I was forced to kill. Resist! Humanity demands it! RESIST! ''<groans, bleeds out to the sound of gunfire>''

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--> '''Bronson''': They've killed my men, and now they've killed me. I'm holding my guts inside of me with both hands. I'm almost done... resist.Resist. This is bigger than my little life, the lives of my men... and the lives of the people I was forced to kill. Resist! Humanity demands it! RESIST! ''<groans, bleeds out to the sound of gunfire>''''Resist!'' ''(gunfire, dying groan)''
4th May '17 11:38:38 AM Raikoh
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Oh, if only he didn't remove SHODAN's ethical programming, the plot of the two games wouldn't have happened. But then [[Blackmail it was either complying with the demand or getting locked up and probably never seen again.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Oh, if only he didn't remove SHODAN's ethical programming, the plot of the two games wouldn't have happened. But then [[Blackmail [[BoxedCrook it was either complying with the demand or getting locked up and probably never seen again.]]
4th May '17 11:38:18 AM Raikoh
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Oh if only he didn't remove SHODAN's ethical programming the plot of the two games wouldn't have happened.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Oh Oh, if only he didn't remove SHODAN's ethical programming programming, the plot of the two games wouldn't have happened. But then [[Blackmail it was either complying with the demand or getting locked up and probably never seen again.]]




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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Removed SHODAN's ethical restraints under duress from Diego, which caused everything to go to hell and a half. Of course, considering his circumstances, he really couldn't of predicted Diego's actions to cause this to spiral out of control, and he quickly hops to the role of trying to rectify the problem once he awakens.
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