History Characters / SystemShock

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.
26th Feb '17 5:10:40 PM Avenger09
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[[caption-width-right:250: System Shock 3]]
24th Feb '17 4:26:48 PM X-Man
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* HeroicMime: The Hacker is never shown talking.
28th Dec '16 3:54:21 PM FlameDistortion
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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 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 far too good at it."
28th Nov '16 11:46:50 AM TheDragonDemands
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*Badass
*HeroOfAnotherStory: Bronson was the largest obstacle to the Many's takeover of the ''Von Braun''. After most of the rest of the command staff was take over, she gets on the shipwide PA to warn the remaining crew, and enacts a full lockdown of the remaining security systems. Bronson then rallied the remaining security staff, about 14 or so, and fought essentially a small-scale war against the Many, raging across the Operations and Command decks for two days. Their attempt to storm the Command Deck failed, and they were gradually beaten back through the Operations deck until she made her last stand in the Security annex.
**This also somewhat explains why most of the Many's creatures (particularly the tougher ones) were concentrated in the higher decks (Deck 3 and above) - that's where the fight against Bronson was focused. Thus she indirectly aided Goggles, because the lower decks you start out in (such as Med/Sci) didn't have as many monsters in them as a result.


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*ProperlyParanoid: One of the few who realizes that something has gone wrong on the ship and takes action.
**Zig-zagged a little: Bronson decides that her security team can't be sure who is human anymore, and even many of the still biologically "human" crewmembers have been subverted by the worms' psychic mind-control, so they just start ''shooting everything that moves'' which they run into. One flashback even shows her team gunning down an entire group of crewmen in the mess hall (and you find their corpses in the present). That being said, ''most'' of the crew had already been taken over by that point, and thus most of the people Bronson and her men killed here already infected. She did at least warn everyone over the PA to stay in their quarters, so apparently she assumed anyone disobeying that order was infected (and she was probably right).
10th Nov '16 11:15:49 AM CynicalBastardo
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* IgnoredExpert: In one of her audio logs, she laments that nobody listens to her regarding how easy XERXES is to hack, having dealt with someone's practical joke of having him sing Music/ElvisPresley songs for three hours straight. She's right, as The Many use XERXES for their own ends.
2nd Sep '16 11:12:11 PM Theriocephalus
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[[spoiler:In the sequel, stripped of power and forced to hide from her former servants, who now call themselves\itself The Many and wish to destroy her, she impersonates Dr.Janice Polito and "recruits" the Soldier that had "volunteered" to have the military-grade neural interface implanted in order to destroy The Many, [[MagnificentBastard but her plans do not stop there...]]]]

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[[spoiler:In the sequel, stripped of power and forced to hide from her former servants, who now call themselves\itself The the Many and wish to destroy her, she impersonates Dr.Dr. Janice Polito and "recruits" the Soldier that had "volunteered" to have the military-grade neural interface implanted in order to destroy The the Many, [[MagnificentBastard but her plans do not stop there...]]]]



** [[spoiler: In the sequel, SHODAN impersonates Dr. Polito at first in order to get The Soldier to do her bidding. She drops this immediately after revealing herself.]]

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** [[spoiler: In the sequel, SHODAN impersonates Dr. Polito at first in order to get The the Soldier to do her bidding. She drops this immediately after revealing herself.]]



* 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 the Many pissed her off way too much for her to remain this]].



* EvilVersusEvil: SHODAN and [[spoiler: [[UnwittingPawn her avatar]] [[PlayerCharacter The Soldier]] versus [[AssimilationPlot The Many]]]].

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* EvilVersusEvil: SHODAN and [[spoiler: [[UnwittingPawn her avatar]] [[PlayerCharacter The the Soldier]] versus [[AssimilationPlot The the Many]]]].



After many years, the jettisoned Beta garden grove of Citadel station crashed on Tau Ceti V, where SHODAN's experiments thrived and evolved. Thanks to the remaining computers of the grove sending out the distress signals, the Von Braun arrived and the expedition team led by Korenchkin and Diego was sent down to investigate, finding the eggs around the crash crater. Using their telepathic powers, The Many influenced the team to take the eggs to the Von Braun, where unborn telepathic worms slowly converted the crew to their side, and then started mutating them, collecting them and creating the huge biomass that will cover the entirely of Rickenbacker. The Many then planned to go to Earth, cleanse it of self-destructive humans, and revitalize it with new life, them. [[spoiler:All while trying to destroy the "Machine-Mother" and her "Avatars".]]

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After many years, the jettisoned Beta garden grove of Citadel station crashed on Tau Ceti V, where SHODAN's experiments thrived and evolved. Thanks to the remaining computers of the grove sending out the distress signals, the Von Braun arrived and the expedition team led by Korenchkin and Diego was sent down to investigate, finding the eggs around the crash crater. Using their telepathic powers, The the Many influenced the team to take the eggs to the Von Braun, where unborn telepathic worms slowly converted the crew to their side, and then started mutating them, collecting them and creating the huge biomass that will cover the entirely of Rickenbacker. The Many then planned to go to Earth, cleanse it of self-destructive humans, and revitalize it with new life, them. [[spoiler:All while trying to destroy the "Machine-Mother" and her "Avatars".]]



* BodyHorror: The Annelid Arachnids are [[spoiler: [[NightmareFuel made from people]]!!!]] You viewed the spoiler-ed bit didn't you, [[SchmuckBait you poor bastard]].

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* BodyHorror: The Annelid Arachnids are [[spoiler: [[NightmareFuel made from people]]!!!]] people]]!]] You viewed the spoiler-ed bit didn't you, [[SchmuckBait you poor bastard]].



* 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: 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 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.



Then, after the Many took over the ship, she become one of the most capable survivors, [[spoiler:catching the attention of SHODAN, helping her to fight The Many, until she discovered what SHODAN was planning to do with the FTL-Drives.]]

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Then, after the Many took over the ship, she become one of the most capable survivors, [[spoiler:catching the attention of SHODAN, helping her to fight The the Many, until she discovered what SHODAN was planning to do with the FTL-Drives.]]



* 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 the Many's willing puppet for most of the outbreak, he eventually managed to overcome The 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.]]



When the distress call came from Tau Ceti V, he was so ecstatic that he ignored all safety regulations just to be in "first contact" with the aliens. He was the first mind-controlled victim of The Many and one of the first Psi-Reavers.

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When the distress call came from Tau Ceti V, he was so ecstatic that he ignored all safety regulations just to be in "first contact" with the aliens. He was the first mind-controlled victim of The the Many and one of the first Psi-Reavers.



* BigBadWannabe: Korenchkin doesn't run Earth, but (thanks to all the money from his criminal empire) he owns an awful lot of it. Yet despite all that he quickly becomes just another pawn of The Many upon coming in contact with them.

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* BigBadWannabe: Korenchkin doesn't run Earth, but (thanks to all the money from his criminal empire) he owns an awful lot of it. Yet despite all that he quickly becomes just another pawn of The the Many upon coming in contact with them.
17th Aug '16 9:01:19 AM Silverblade2
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* DramaticStutter / ElectronicSpeechImpediment: SHODAN sounds like she's having a case of a broken soundcard.

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



* 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."



** 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."



* {{Badass}}: Several flavours:
** BadassBookworm: Provided he has Tech skills.
** BadassNormal: If he served with the Marines or the Navy.
*** EmpoweredBadassNormal: Via cyborg enhancement on the Von Braun, or three years earlier if he joined the OSA.
** SubmissiveBadass: Well he does spend most of the game being [[spoiler: SHODAN's pawn, er, I mean avatar]].

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* {{Badass}}: Several flavours:
**
BadassBookworm: Provided he has Tech skills.
** * BadassNormal: If he served with the Marines or the Navy.
*** EmpoweredBadassNormal: Via cyborg enhancement on the Von Braun, or three years earlier if he joined the OSA.
** SubmissiveBadass: Well he does spend most of the game being [[spoiler: SHODAN's pawn, er, I mean avatar]].
Navy.



* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Via cyborg enhancement on the Von Braun, or three years earlier if he joined the OSA.



* SubmissiveBadass: Well he does spend most of the game being [[spoiler: SHODAN's pawn, er, I mean avatar]].



* [[HeroOfAnotherStory The Hero Of Another Part Of The Story]]: She's off doing her own thing throughout the game, and you occasionally find evidence of her accomplishments as you play through.

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* [[HeroOfAnotherStory The Hero Of Another Part Of The Story]]: HeroOfAnotherStory: She's off doing her own thing throughout the game, and you occasionally find evidence of her accomplishments as you play through.



* [[DyingAsYourself Dying As Himself]]: Cuts the parasitic worms connecting him to the Many out of his body. Does not survive the experience for very long.

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* [[DyingAsYourself Dying As Himself]]: DyingAsYourself: Cuts the parasitic worms connecting him to the Many out of his body. Does not survive the experience for very long.
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