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Comprising the vast majority of the surviving members of Rapture's population, the "splicers" are the main enemies faced in the series. Horribly mutated by ADAM abuse, Splicers are barely human, completely insane and won't hesitate to attack the player on sight.Each Splicer is defined by two different traits: their character model, which determines their overall apperance and what dialogue lines they have, and their splicer type, which determines their combat abilities; any possible combination of the two can be encountered. The exceptions to this are Brute, who has his own type, and Crawler, who is always a "spider" type.
- Apologetic Attacker: Some splicers act like this. Others are genuinely hostile towards you.
- Ax-Crazy: As conditions deteriorate, the splicers are cutting up anyone, living or dead, and digging around in their innards for ADAM. Or, if all else fails, lying in wait for a Little Sister to come along and harvest your corpse.
- Body Horror: All of the Splicers have been hideously disfigured as a result of oversplicing: many sport visible infections, massive tumours, club feet, distended stomachs, Tainted Veins, and distorted facial features.
- Having exhausted all of Rapture's food, the Bioshock 2 splicers are more emaciated and, in some cases, the bone structure remodels itself to add extra fingers, or even talons.
- The Crawlers manage to top all of this by way of a complete skeletal overhaul: their skulls are horribly misshapen—and noticeably cracked—their limbs are long and twisted, they've got only one eye left for each of them, and the skin has pulled almost completely away from their teeth.
- Clingy Costume: Atlas guesses that the splicers are still wearing their masquerade outfits to hide their deformities. In BioShock 2, the splicers are even more misshapen, with their bodies having molded to the shape of clothes and footwear; hence, Toasty's head tumor (growing over the bandage) and Lady Smith's gazelle-like feet (caused by wearing pumps). Tumors are oozing through the holes in their garments, as though the clothes are now bonded to them.
- The Corruption: ADAM acts a benign form of cancer, killing off the host's cells and replacing them with healthy-but-randomized genes that promote superhuman feats. However, the stem cells eventually consume too much of the body, causing disfigurements, mental problems and, one assumes, exquisite pain. ("It hurts to breathe!") In the end, the increasing demands on the junkies' bodies means that they will have to take more and more ADAM just to function.
- Enemy Chatter: They often talk amongst themselves, and they all taunt the player.
- Facial Horror / Mix-and-Match Man: Casualties of the war (or pedestrians who spliced a few too many times) went directly to Steinman's to fix their injuries. More often than not, this meant hastily stapling their wounds shut, or grafting someone else's forehead over theirs. A field medic with a rusty scalpel could probably do a neater job. And Heaven help you if you were a woman; that's when Steinman decided to get creative.
- Hate Plague: There may be few splicers who aren't characteristically violent, but you wouldn't know it, since Ryan is pumping pheromones into the air system to drive them into a frenzy. It was Dr. Suchong's inspiration to control the citizenry through mental suggestion, but Ryan signed off on it. Now, they are little more than a hyena pack pointed squarely in Jack's direction.
- He Who Fights Monsters: At least a good chunk of the splicers were originally people who tried to fend them off with ADAM, only to end up becoming one as well.
- Hearing Voices: An idle splicer will stand around talking to... no one in particular, actually. Some of them are hallucinating about life before the war.
- Hooks and Crooks: Spider Splicers use them, even using their plasmids to make them red hot. And also throwing them.
- Inelegant Blubbering: When Splicers cry—and given how broken they are, that's more often than you think—they don't cry prettily.
- The Insomniac: Several splicers complain about not having slept in weeks, possibly due to the pain (or as a side-effect of the plasmids). This accounts for their lack of concentration, hallucinations, and perhaps even insanity.
- Laughably Evil: Possibly as a means to avert Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy. This is one glum storyline.
- Laughing Mad: Often.
- Madness Makeover: The multiplayer characters are as good an example as any. Each has their own backstory, plus character portraits from before and after they joined the rebellion. They're still wearing the same clothes, except in tatters, and they look like they've been hit by a Mack truck.
- Manufacturing Victims: Ironically, many of them injected Plasmids as a means of defense against the splicers.
- Mook: Thuggish and Leadhead Splicers. They're not even worth hypnotizing, frankly. Leadhead Splicers get a lot more dangerous in the second game after they start packing Tommy guns and shotguns.
- Malevolent Masked Men: All Splicers wear masks to cover their deformities, with the exception of the Brutes.
- Nightmare Face: The concept art for the Splicers was based on Project Facade, a pioneering clinic which specialized in plastic surgery of the face. Most of its patients were WWI vets who sustained gruesome facial injuries.
- Sanity Slippage: Excessive ADAM consumption didn't exactly do wonders for one's mental well-being. As a result, most (if not every single splicer) are either completely insane or are self-conscious enough to realize just how far gone they've become.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: On account of being too far gone for any sense of self-preservation to remain, Splicers will engage any living thing between them and ADAM, even if that means incurring the wrath of a Big Daddy.
- Sympathetic Murderer: What else do you call normal people who went crazy and deformed because of a magical drug?
- Talkative Loon: It can be worth sneaking up on a Splicer just to hear what they're saying to themselves.
- No Indoor Voice: And you will hear them from a long way off. Most don't have the presence of mind to whisper, and they'd rather shout at old memories or just the city itself.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Prior to becoming addicted to ADAM, the splicers were likely average, everyday citizens of Rapture. With the bathyspheres put on permanent lockdown by Ryan, there was no escape for them.McDonagh: The dead rot in the streets, and Johnny and Janey Citizen are lined up round the block for Plasmids. Anything to help fend off the rabble.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The automated public address system throughout Rapture reminds citizens to use ADAM in moderation. "Remember, a careful splicer is a happy splicer!" Obviously, they didn't listen.
- Zerg Rush: Individually, the Splicers aren't that dangerous. But there's a lot of them and they have no concept of self-preservation, so they can generally bring down any opponent through force of numbers and sheer determination.
Voiced by: Rick WassermanSelf-styled top of Rapture's food chain, the Brute has spliced himself into a musclebound gorilla of a human being; on top of being overbuilt, he's also aggressive, pugnacious, coarse, violently homophobic, and very very vocal about it. Appearing exclusively in the second game, he also seems to be the only member of Sofia Lamb's "Rapture Family" who isn't motivated by religious fervor, but an addiction to violence.
"I'm an 'ard man, mate. That's how it is down 'ere: survival of the 'ardest man."
- Armoured Closet Gay: In spite of all his homophobia, the Brute can be heard making a few interesting remarks to the opposite effect when alone; and when he's under the effects of the Hypnotize plasmid...
- Baddie Flattery: Of course, while hypnotized, he starts complimenting Delta a great deal."I'd look a poof in that suit, but you carry it."
- The Berserker
- Bald of Evil
- Boomerang Bigot
- Blood Knight: Fighting is everything to this guy.
- The Brute: It's his name, after all.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Prone to these.
- Country Matters: The Brute is notable in that he's the only Splicer to use this particular expletive.
- Famous Last Words: "Fuckin'... poof..."
- "I feel... nnn... nothin'..."
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Like all splicers, but he certainly takes the cake.
- Hates Being Touched: Apparently a side-effect of his homophobia. He says he could have been a wrestler, but he prefers boxing since wrestling involves two men touching each other too much for his liking.
- Jerk Ass
- Large And In Charge: With the exception of Sofia Lamb and the other lieutenants, the Brutes are generally the highest-ranking members of the family. It's a good thing the Brutes weren't around for the events of the first game; they could take on a Big Daddy and probably win.
- Large Ham
- Lightning Bruiser: They are very fast and agile for their size and will sometimes charge at the player.
- MacGyvering: Apparently, the Brutes are created through a mixture of leftover Gene Tonics, Sports Boost and Armored Shell being the most obvious components.
- Man on Fire: In Minerva's Den, Fiery Brutes make their appearance. They are surrounded by an orange glow, and leave flaming footprints wherever they walk. Also, when struck with a melee attack, these Brutes expel fire, so you must take them down from a distance. Obviously, they are completely immune to all fire-based attacks. In the main game, one Brute in Siren Alley will emerge on fire, on account of having torn a gas main while breaking in.
- The Mean Brit
- Monster Progenitor: Leo Hartwig, a Genius Bruiser and Professor Guinea Pig who created the process of creating the Brutes to survive life in Pauper's Drop, before joining the Rapture family and becoming a bodyguard to Gloria Holloway.
- Nice Hat: Brutes are often seen wearing bowlers.
- Screaming Warrior
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Out of all the Splicers, he undoubtedly uses the most foul language. In fact, when charging, his only line is a deafening roar of "FUCKEEEEEEERRR!"
- Smarter Than He Looks: There are few hints that the Brute is a lot cleverer than most of his dialogue would imply; he can be heard talking about the necessity of bone density to back up the muscle mass he's gained, and some of his dialogue can be surprisingly eloquent. Plus, Leo Hartwig, the original Brute, cobbled together the Brute-splicing formula himself, and goes into battle accompanied by hacked security bots.
- Super Strength
- Unstoppable Rage
Voiced by: Yuri LowenthalThough the Crawler is a Spider Splicer by default, he tends to offset the stealth aspect of the character by being the noisiest of all enemies in BioShock 2, with the possible exception of the Big Sister. More disfigured than any other splicer in Rapture and even more deranged, the Crawler is very vocal about his problems, screaming and wailing with every move, sometimes even accusing the player of being a figment of his imagination.
"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH! HELP MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!"
- And I Must Scream
- Anti-Villain: Out of all of the Splicers, the Crawler is one of the few that just seem pitiable and sad more than anything else.
- Famous Last Words: "Finally... sleep..."
- Four Fingered Hand: Almost. His pinky finger on each hand has atrophied considerably, in contrast to the rest of his fingers which have grown freakishly long.
- Happy Place: The Crawler reacts to the hypnotise Plasmid very differently to other targets in the game; while most Splicers under the influence see the player as a friend, the Crawler sees the whole experience as one of Sofia Lamb's therapy sessions, where he evidently feels most comfortable.
- Inkblot Test: While hallucinating a Rorschach test, Crawler declines to tell Dr. Lamb what he sees ("It ain't decent!") before finally spilling the beans."I see two dogs, alright? Copulatin'!"
- The Insomniac: Type C—it's driven him even further into insanity.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: "I splice up strong, fast, tall. Why can't I splice up normal?!"
- Madness Mantra: "I hear 'em when I'm asleep... when I'm awake... when I'm asleep, when I'm awake, when I'm asleep, when I'm awake, when I'm asleep, when I'm awake, when I'm asleep when I'm awakewhenimasleepwhenimawake ARRRRGGHHH!"
- Manufacturing Victims: Apparently, as a very devout member of the Rapture Family, he's hopelessly addicted to Sofia Lamb's therapy.
- Nervous Wreck
- Noodle People
- Please Wake Up: The Crawler sometimes treats dead bodies as though they're only sleeping, often recommending they join the Family when they wake up. Also, one dialogue option has them do this for the player.
- Screaming Warrior: Yeah, anyone who goes into battle screaming "help me" has serious problems.
- Wall Crawl
Voiced by: C.G. Walker (Credited as Cassandra Grae)Evidently in show business before the Civil War, the Baby Jane splicer is still trying to find work in the theatre, and can often be heard insisting that she's a star. Sometimes, she experiences moments of lucidity when she realises that Rapture is no longer fit for theatrical performances and her face has been ruined by constant splicing; unfortunately, she decides to take out her frustrations on the player.
"Came here to be a star! Came here to be a star- Not too late, not too late!"
- Apologetic Attacker: If she manages to kill you, Baby Jane may apologize profusely. Then again, she's just as likely to blame it on another 'accident'.(sobbing) "They'll be okay, right?! I mean, it was just- it was just an accident!"
- Casting Couch: Judging by Jane's chatter, you can't find work in Fort Frolic unless you seduce Sander Cohen (good luck) or Andrew Ryan.
- Chorus Girl: "A-five six, seven eight, A-five six, seven eight, Seven eight..."
- Cute but Cacophonic
- Cute Monster Girl: Undoubtedly the most attractive of the Splicers, even though she's just as loony as the others. In Bioshock 2, the left side of her body is abnormally long and her mouth is locked in a rictus grin, subverting this somewhat.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Apparently she's left rivals for various roles floating in salt ponds.
- Shout-Out: To Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, of course.
- Skewed Priorities: "Close the theater?!? Why? Because there's a war on? BASTARDS!"
- Small Name, Big Ego: She insists that she's famous, and the best at her job, and gets offended by anything more attractive than her.
- Sophisticated as Hell: The Bioshock 2 model quotemines Ophelia whenever she happens upon a body. She might also cackle, "Alas poor Yorick!", if in a cheery mood.
- Uncanny Valley Makeup: Close examination shows that her makeup consists of a layer of greasepaint and lipstick smeared Jokerishly over her face.
- Waiting for a Break: If you hypnotize a Baby Jane, she assumes you're a casting director."An acting job? Wow, it's been so long..." (starts to cry)
- White-Dwarf Starlet: Though it's fairly clear she was never famous to begin with.
Voiced by: Adam SietzA businessman of some sort, the Breadwinner is under the delusion that Rapture's steady collapse is "just a bad quarter," and he still has a chance to make it big- when he isn't under the impression that he's already made it to the top.
"These assholes don't get it. I'm a winner; gonna show Ryan and all of 'em."
- Casanova Wannabe: Definitely not to the same extent as Toasty, but he still sometimes mutters to himself about how he's got to find some ladies to "carry on the family name" and "rebuild the population".
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Well, he certainly was at some point.
- Delusions of Eloquence: "Business acumen…? Eh-sure! I got loads! Uh... acumen!"
- Determinator: "Came down here with a dream... That dream's gonna happen..."
- I Coulda Been a Contender: Thoroughly averted; the Breadwinner may waver a bit in his convictions, but he never really stops believing that his fortune is still on the rise.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: While being frozen, the Breadwinner starts muttering about how he needs a hot toddy- or a vodka.
- King Of Town: In spite of his insistence to the contrary, it's not likely that the Breadwinner ever wielded the power he wants- or claims to have.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Still wears an expensive pinstriped suit, and is on the verge of a screaming breakdown over how filthy it's gotten.
- Small Name, Big Ego: "I’m the goddamn alpha male."
- Straw Misogynist: He uses "woman" as an insult, and will make lewd catcalls at a Big Sister if he fights her.
Voiced by: Marcelo Tubert (BioShock 2)An elderly security guard, Ducky differs from most of the other Splicers in that, rather than being delusional or lost in his own private fantasy, he's just aggressive and paranoid- not to mention insanely nationalistic.
"They want what we got. And we gotta defend what's ours!"
- Bad Ass Grandpa
- Berserk Button: In spite of his nationalism, Ducky has a very obvious hate-on for Rapture's leaders, especially exploitative ones like Ryan and Fontaine."You can't take it from me, Ryan! I earned it, I EARNED IT!"
- Burn the Witch!: As religious in 2 as Wader. He thinks Delta is The Antichrist.
- City Guards: Doomed to keep patrolling Rapture until the very end.
- Conspiracy Theorist: "I wanna think. But every time I do... they hear it!"
- Cowboy Cop
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: At one point, exclaims that Fontaine isn't dead and that Atlas and Fontaine are the same.
- Meaningful Name: Named for his duckbill hat.
- Politically Incorrect Villain
- Properly Paranoid: At times. They seem to be more self-aware than the other Splicers, but are still not remotely sane in the least
- Racist Grandpa: Can be heard snarling furiously about "parasites," papists, and race-mixers.
- You Are Fat: Calls Big Daddies "whales" when attacking them.
Voiced by: J.G. HertzlerA surgeon in the mould of Dr. Steinman (they share the same basic model), dialogue reveals that he's not exactly the most professional in the business- freely admitting to making up answers to questions posed by concerned patients, and forgetting what his various medical supplies actually do. And worse still, he's a germophobe.
"I swore an oath to do no harm, and I... mostly... meant it."
- Back-Alley Doctor: In the sense that if he ever qualified for a medical degree, he's long since lost the qualifications to splicing-induced insanity.
- Bad Boss: If the way he treats his imaginary "nurses" is any indication.
- Blood Lust
- Child Hater: Despises children on general principle, claiming that babies are born "covered in death," and professing utter loathing for the Little Sisters.
- He mentions having sometimes "pushed instead of pulled" and "everyone makes mistakes!" This implies that he tried pushing a newborn back into their mother's womb, to little success.
- Control Freak: Everything must go by his (utterly bizarre) rules, period.
- Deadly Doctor
- Dr. Jerk: "The men all complain about their virility! Hmph! Well, I can make them soft, and sometimes I do."
- Dressed to Heal: But he's not going to.
- Expy: Of the William S. Burroughs character Dr. Benway, possibly.
- Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Taken to ludicrous levels with his rampant germophobia:"There's semen on everything! EVERYTHING!
- Mad Doctor: In the sense that he's both insane, and perpetually angry at everything.
- The Mean Brit
- Mean Boss: Occasionally admits to putting poison in his nurses' drinks."The nurses don't like me... they're judgmental!"
- Neat Freak: Can often be heard grumbling about how dirty or unhygienic Rapture now is.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: "When is a fever not a fever? WHEN I SAY IT ISN'T!"
- Trust Me, I'm an X: When searching for a character in hiding, he can be heard yelling, "Don't worry, I'm a professional!"
- Weaksauce Weakness: His germophobia, which has him claiming that he can see death floating in the air- and that he can actually see bacteria."'Bacteria are microscopic.' Heh! That's what they want you to think."
- You Have Failed Me: He'll see a Big Sister as one of his "nurses", and attacks her while ranting about how he doesn't need her services anymore.
Voiced by: Susanne BlakesleeBefore the Civil War, Lady Smith was one of the Rapture upper crust. She still dresses the part, but her clothes are not in good repair. She clings to her social status, constantly turning her nose up at the world around her and holding onto her former station, even though the civil structure that created said station is gone.
"Don't you disrespect me!"
- Battleaxe Nurse: She can be seen wearing a nurse's dress and cap in the Medical Pavilion.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Probably wasn't one herself, but she will see a Big Sister as such.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: As appropriate for a rich woman mentally trapped before New Year's Eve 1959, she's kind of racist."Charles? I think the Negro cook's been stealing! It's always like that with the coloreds-Take, Take, Take!"
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She may be a horrid old elitist pearl-clutcher, but she seems to miss her children.
- Neat Freak: She treats every room as if it's her fancy apartment, and keeps calling for "Bates".
- Principles Zealot: Like the other splicers, Lady Smith is emaciated and insomniac, but still refuses to identify with proletariats."I may be hungry, but I'll not beg. I'm above it. I'll not beg!"
- Rich Bitch: Used to be rich, still a huge bitch.
- Riches to Rags: "Mending my own clothes. Who'd thought, me of all people?"
Voiced by: Joshua GomezA teenaged splicer and member of one of Rapture's football teams, Pigskin is more lucid than most of the Splicers- apart from his slightly desperate belief that his parents are somewhere in the area. Nevertheless, he still suffers considerable pain, both from the deformities induced by ADAM overdosing, and from his fellow Splicers.
"Where are you?! They'll kill me if I don't find you!"
- Anti-Villain: All of his chatter suggests a confused kid who has no idea what he's doing, and is only trying to make his father happy.
- Apologetic Attacker: Poor Pigskin insists that he's only attacking you because his bosses are making him, and he'd rather go to bed.
- Calling the Old Man Out: One of his attack lines is "I AM 'GOOD ENOUGH'!"
- "There! He's dead! Can I go home now?!?"
- Jerk Jock: Thoroughly averted.
- Madness Mantra: "They make me hate everything I see! They make me hate everything I see! THEY MAKE ME HATE EVERYTHING I SEE! They make me hate everything I see..."
- "I do what I'm told! I just do what I'm told! I always just do what I'm told!"
- "I just wanna go to sleep... Just wanna go to sleep, I just wanna go to sleep..."
- Meaningful Name: Pigskin not only refers to football, but to his thick, leathery skin, and his broken nose which resembles a pig's.
Voiced by: Betsy Foldes (Credited as Elizabeth Foldes-Meiman)At some point in the past, Rosebud's daughter was taken to become a Little Sister. She's never recovered from the experience, and spends most of her time trapped in flashbacks of the past. She often mistakes Jack for her child, when not mistaking him for the people who took her child; either way, she attacks, either to discipline her baby or to get revenge on the men who took her.
"Can't you take... the neighbor's girl instead?"
- Amazing Freaking Grace: She sometimes sings it. In fact, she'll sing the entire song if given the chance.
- Despair Event Horizon: They took her daughter and her soul at the same time.
- Eye Scream: Rosebud is called that because the right side of her face is covered in a massive tumor.
- Lady Drunk: Sounds like one. Possibly also Drowning My Sorrows.
- Mama Bear: She couldn't be one when it counted, so she tries to be one now.
- Meaningful Name: The growth on her face? It's called a "roseate tumor".
- Wrench Wench: Dresses like a 1940s era 'Rosie the riveter' type factory worker.
- You Are Fat: Screams "What's under the suit, fatty?" at Big Daddies
Voiced by: Marcelo TubertA crude, lecherous Splicer, Toasty has delusions of being a lady's man. Unfortunately, he's one of the most deformed of the Splicers and is well aware of it. Thus he divides his time between planning to change that and grousing about the state of Rapture's women.
"You're the top, you're the Louvre Museum..."
- Bastard Boyfriend: A few lines showcase this. Probably one of the main reasons he can't get a girlfriend-and got kicked out of the whorehouse.
- Bumbling Dad: He seems to have evolved into this in the sequel, mentioning that he made his baby's crib out of an old fish tank so they can keep an eye on her.
- Casanova Wannabe: He's self-aware about how futile his hopes are, but he still muses about his dreams of scoring.
- The Grovel: If it wasn't obvious that he'd be the type to do this, he will try a standard "Please, baby, take me back!" on a Big Sister.
- Hopeless Suitor: "But I sent her flowers every day... and she always sent them back..."
- I Coulda Been a Contender: "Things were supposed to work out for me down here! RYAN! Where's my turn, you son of a bitch?!?"
- If I Can't Have You: He might say this word for word to a Big Sister while attacking her. It'll work about as well as you'd expect.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places"'Maybe there’s an odd number of folks down here,' she says, 'and you're just the odd man out.' Fuck you!"
- Politically Incorrect Villain
- Sour Grapes: He makes a lot of misogynistic comments due to his poor luck with women.
Voiced by: Marcelo TubertThe collapse of Rapture has driven Waders back to religion. He constantly mutters Bible quotes to himself in a thick Spanish accent, clinging to the last thing he thinks can save him. As such, he considers anyone who threatens him to be a heretic and attacks them as harshly as possible.
"His light shineth even down here, in the murk..."
- As the Good Book Says: Waders' lines are mostly a mishmash of Bible quotes and religious rantings.
- Gratuitous Spanish: He calls the player "el stupido" in one of his lines.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: Forlornly sings Jesus Loves Me to himself.
- Light Is Not Good: He's obsessed with light and darkness.
- Madness Mantra: "I observe... all his commandments... I observe all his commandments... I OBSERVE ALL HIS COMMANDMENTS... I OBSERVE ALL HIS COMMANDMENTS!"
- You Can Run, but You Can't Hide: "I can't see you... but He can!"
Voiced by: Prudence Wright HolmesThe overworked Heady takes her job at Rapture Central Computing very seriously, to the exclusion of everything else. Rapture's collapse has done little to calm her nerves.
"The pressure! They can't understand the pressure!"
- Beleaguered Bureaucrat: Appears to be this based on her comments.
- Workaholic: Is only concerned with her job, and performing it right.
Voiced by: Owen ThomasOne of the technicians who worked on the Thinker, Buttons is addicted to numbers and finding solutions to his various equations.
"It's a delicate thing, a computer program. Delicate like a... a human life. So easy to break."
Protectors and Gatherers
Gatherers (better known by the nickname "Little Sisters") were little girls implanted with ADAM slugs, trained to seek out ADAM and extract it from the spliced corpses of Rapture. Unfortunately the breakout of the civil war raised the issue of creating means to protect the Little Sisters. Thus the Protector program was created, which sought to create powerful mutated bodyguards capable of protecting the Gatherers from multiple Splicers. The Protectors eventually became known as "Big Daddies". Though several kinds exist, the Big Daddies are always a formidable foe, though they won't attack the player unless provoked. Unfortunately, the player needs the ADAM the Little Sisters carry to survive...
- Androcles' Lion/The Power of Love: The reason they're able to bond in the first place? Elizabeth was able to convince a pair of Little Sisters to save a Big Daddy by giving it some Adam. This one act of kindness caused the first successful bonding.
- Affectionate Nickname: Little Sisters tend to call their Big Daddies "Mr. Bubbles" or "Mr. B".
- Badass and Child Duo
- Berserk Button: All of the Big Daddies have been programmed to fly into a rage if a Little Sister is harmed in their presence. The Alpha Series was programmed with a much more specific version of this.
- Body Horror: Audio Diaries mention that the process of making Big Daddies include stripping the man inside of his skin amongst other things, so that he can never survive without the suit.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: When friendly, the lights on a Protector's visor are green; if indifferent, the lights are yellow; finally, if it's about to attack, the lights are red.
- Clingy Costume: To varying degrees: Alpha Series Big Daddies can remove their helmets, but that's about it; most run-of-the-mill Big Daddies are little more than organs and tissues welded to the inside of their suits; the Big Sisters are the only Protectors who can remove their suits, and most of them are too busy to do so.
- Elite Mooks: This is especially true of the Alpha Series in Bioshock 2, since they can show up without Little Sisters and are hostile from the start.
- Gentle Giant: They are completely passive unless the Little Sister they are guarding is approached.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Big Daddies and the Little Sisters.
- Implacable Man: The Big Daddies.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Thanks to the way Big Daddies are programmed to respond to threats, simply using one as a human shield turns it into a temporary ally that will kill whatever attacked it. This includes other Daddies and Big Sisters.
- One-Way Visor: The Big Daddies' helmets.
- Papa Wolf: Basically what Big Daddies live for.
- The Unintelligible: They make contented rumbling drones around their Little Sisters, and hideously terrifying roars when called to protect her or attacked. That's... about as close to language as they ever get.
- Unstoppable Rage: If you piss off a Big Daddy, he absolutely will not stop coming at you, ever, until you are dead. Or you kill him.
- Walk, Don't Swim: Most Big Daddies are far too heavy to swim, but as they don't need to breath and they're immune to the crushing pressure on the ocean floor, Big Daddies are perfectly capable of marching across the sea bed.
- Was Once a Man
- You Are Fat: A common taunt from Splicers is to call them "fatty" and demand they take off the diving suit.
Alpha SeriesThe first line of Big Daddies, which originally included Subjects Delta and Sigma. These prototypes were equipped with a variety of weapons as well as Plasmid powers. Being the first iteration of the Big Daddies, each was originally bonded to a single Little Sister. Unfortunately, due to this bond, if the Little Sister died, the Alpha Series would become depressive, suicidal husks at best and Ax-Crazy at worst. This, coupled with the sheer expense necessary for their creation, caused the whole line to be scrapped and the remaining Alpha Series to be re-purposed as foot soldiers seeing as they couldn't be used for anything else.
- Ax-Crazy: Apart from Delta and Sigma, the only Alpha Series encountered in the game are maddened killing machines, apparently having been driven insane by the death of the Little Sister they were bonded to.
- Can't Live Without You: Up until Delta, most Big Daddies lost interest in their charges the moment they were no longer in any danger; Gilbert Alexander countered this by creating an intense emotional bond between each Alpha Series and the Little Sister that was assigned to them. This was enforced by a physiological countermeasure that sent the Alpha Series into a coma if their Little Sister moved out of range.
- Glass Cannon: They're weaker than the average Big Daddy (this is especially true after you've researched them enough), but make up for it by packing better weapons and using plasmids. They're still pretty tough by human standards, though.
- Gone Horribly Right: The Pairbond; it worked exactly as planned — it's just that Alexander wasn't able to predict what would happen if the Splicers actually succeeded in killing a bonded Little Sister. The result sent the entire Alpha Series to the scrapheap.
- Heroic BSOD: Upon the deaths of their Little Sister, the few Big Daddies who didn't immediately lapse into a coma or die suffered horrific mental breakdowns; Gilbert Alexander recalls seeing one kneeling in front of a Gatherer's Garden, in tears.
- It Can Think: Unlike later "models", the Alpha series retained enough intelligence to use tactics and adapt to their opponent's behavior, making them very dangerous.
- Flawed Prototype: Costly, overpowered, and only capable of bonding with one Little Sister (with catastrophic results if she dies) they were retired with good reason.
- No Sell: On your way out of the plasmid laboratory, there's an Alpha that is immune to being stunned by Electro. Fortunately, it isn't that hard to defeat if you've been keeping up on your research.
- Psycho Prototype: The result of these flaws.
- Super Prototype: The original line of Big Daddies and superior in many respects to the ones that came after. They move faster, can use multiple weapons, and are the only model able to use plasmids. Doctor Suchong even mentions that they are superior to the newer models, and had to be retired partly because they were so overpowered.
- Unstoppable Rage: Those who don't go into a coma ,die or become depressed go in this instead, going permanently and hyper-aggressively insane as well as adopting tactics that easily reflect their mindset.
BouncerArguably the most iconic face in the BioShock franchise. The Bouncer's main weapon is its signature drill which they use coupled with their surprising speed to deadly effect. They can also slam their drills into the ground to stun foes, which they usually follow up with the aforementioned drill charge.
- The Dreaded: Anybody in Rapture that retains any concept of self-preservation is terrified of these things.
- Establishing Character Moment: The second time the player sees one. Right as Splicer attacks a Little Sister, the Bouncer she was paired with charges in with a bone-chilling roar, smashes the Splicer against a glass wall hard enough that it breaks, uses his drill to punch a hole in him, and then picks him up by the head and slams him into the floor over and over until his skull has been reduced to paste. Then it goes back to its usual docile self and follows his Little Sister meekly out of the room.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Bioshock Infinite: Burial At Sea shows that they can fire their drill like a grappling hook to move between sections of the city. Notes in Suchong's lab indicate that problems with the gas mechanism and tensile strength of the wire forced them to phase it out, hence why the Bouncers in the first game can't do it.
- Guest Fighter: Made a playable character on PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.
- Leeroy Jenkins: His main tactic is charging straight at you extremely quickly with little regard for any dangers in his path. One of the easiest (though somewhat expensive) ways to kill one is to simply create a row of trap bolts or proximity mines for him to charge through. If you place enough, the "fight" will only last a few seconds.
- Lightning Bruiser: Once enraged, the Bouncer can move fast.
- Mascot Mook
- Super Strength: One scene killing a random Splicer easily picks him up and slams him around like he's made of paper.
- This Is a Drill: Their primary weapon.
- 24-Hour Armor
- Unskilled, but Strong: The Bouncer doesn't show much in the way of tactics or self-preservation. Once provoked, it will usually charge at its enemies with all its might. A savvy player can exploit this by planting some Proximity Mines between himself/herself and the Bouncer.
- You Will Not Evade Me: The Grappling-Hook Pistol noted above can also be used to grab you. The Daddy often does this instead of its charge attack when it stuns you.
RosieA heavily armored long-to-medium-range Big Daddy. The Rosie's main method of attack is via their rivet gun, which either fires highly damaging rivets or proximity mines.
- Cyber Cyclops: Invoked by the one-windowed helmet.
- Punny Name: A Big Daddy who carries a rivet gun called "Rosie". As in Rosie the Riveter.
- Mighty Glacier: The slowest Big Daddy model, but also the toughest and the Rivet Gun does a lot of damage.
RumblerIntroduced in BioShock 2, the Rumbler was developed to deal with the drastic increase in Splicer strength since the original game. To this end, it has been equipped with a rocket launcher and the ability to deploy mini-turrets to engage multiple foes.
- BFG: His huge shoulder mounted rocket launcher.
- Glass Cannon: By Big Daddy standards, anyway. He has noticeably less health than the Rosie and Bouncer, but his rocket launcher and turrets are damaging enough to allow him to take on even Big Sisters unaided and survive.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He's got some of the deadliest weapons in the game, but all of them can be turned on him. His turrets can be hacked to attack him instead (though this can be a bit difficult to do on the fly) or simply tossed back with telekinesis, and his rockets can be thrown back with telekinesis. If you keep your distance and have enough EVE, you can easily beat this model without ever taking a hit.
- The Turret Master
- What Could Have Been: The Rumbler is an updated version of a cut Big Daddy from the previous game (which even made it onto some screenshots) code named "Slow Pro FUM" ("slow-moving, projectile-shooting, f'ed-up-melee"). The SPF had a single cannon which he had to kneel down in order to use and a huge hook for heavy damaging melee attacks in case the player got close. The SPF ended up being cut late in development, much to the chagrin of the designers. Eventually it was reworked into the Rumbler, with the hook replaced with the mini turrets (since they believed the Bouncer had the heavy melee department covered).
LancerIntroduced in Minerva's Den, the Lancer is the most technologically advanced Big Daddy. The Lancer is equipped with an Ion Laser and can also perform an Ion Flash, a burst of white light that can blind enemies.
- Badass: Not a Big Daddy to be trifled with. He can kill a Big Sister one on one.
- Blinded by the Light: His Ion Flash, though you just have to look away for a bit to avoid it.
- Bling of War: He has the most Art Deco inspired armor◊ out of all the Big Daddies (the Lancer designs started as some concept art◊ representing what the Little Sisters saw the Rosie Big Daddies as, which ended up relegated to a single statue in Persephone).
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Carries the Ion Laser, and basically cannot miss if he's got a bead on you.
- Knight in Shining Armor: the creator's vision for the Lancer was to have him resemble a knight (hence the name "Lancer"). He even has a slightly tattered cape.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's as fast as the player and loves to keep pace while raining down damage with the Ion Laser.
Little SisterAfter the discovery of ADAM by Brigid Tenenbaum, she sought to discover a way to mass produce it. She eventually discovered that implanting the ADAM producing slugs in the stomach of female children (oddly the only ones receptive to the process) could achieve much higher yields. Eventually Dr. Suchong proposed using the girls to recycle ADAM from dead Splicers and ensuring their compliance via mental conditioning. The result were the Gatherers, nicknamed "Little Sisters".
- Ambiguous Innocence: But they would be completely innocent in other circumstances.
- Babies Ever After: BioShock 1 ended with the Little Sisters all growing up, getting married, and having children of their own.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Due to their mental conditioning, they see the dank hell of Rapture as a beautiful paradise.
- Creepy Child: In terms of appearance they're less creepy in the sequel (done intentionally, according to Word Of God to make them easier for players to grow attached to), but you finally get a glimpse of what Rapture looks like through their eyes, which more than makes up for it.
- The Little Sisters in the original are creepier when they're first introduced, singing Ironic Nursery Tunes and muttering about how they "know [you]'ll be an angel soon". Once you start encountering them in the game proper, with their quirky random lines and cute voices, they become a lot more tolerable and even fun to encounter. They can be adorable when they want to be...
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Some of the sisters in the first game and all of the sisters in the second.
- Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Have an artificially-created sense of peace through their mental conditioning.
- Glowing Eyes: Of varying colours in the first game, and all solid yellow in the second.
- Happily Adopted: In the original's good ending, all seven of the Little Sisters go to live with Jack, and are still with him at his deathbed.
- Healing Factor: The implanted slug allows them to heal from injury fast enough as to make no difference. Removing the slug renders them as fragile as they once were.
- Horror Hunger: They have a profound hunger for ADAM, which can only be found in corpses. They are tasked with syringes to drain ADAM out of dead splicers, then drink the extract from a handy nipple. Yuck.
- Inappropriate Hunger: If you enflame a splicer with Incinerate! or phosphorus buckshot, she'll ask for some marshmallows.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Little Sisters are absolutely heartbroken when you off their Big Daddy.
- Infant Immortality: Justified: The slugs inside the Little Sisters give them a Nigh Invulnerable Healing Factor, unless someone can grab them and physically remove the ADAM slug from their bodies. That's what the Big Daddies are meant to prevent.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: "The House Of Upside-Down" among others.
- My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad: The jingle for the Gatherer's Gardens, as well as what the sisters say when you pick them up in BioShock 2 (unless you have been harvesting them).
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Cannot be permanently harmed, unless they are harvested.
- Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Have some rather disturbing stick figure drawings of their Big Daddies and 'angels'.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant
- Progressively Prettier: They look a lot cuter in BioShock 2. Justified because Delta's Protector conditioning would naturally make them look more appealing to him.
- Unusual Euphemism: When you or a splicer is being fought by their Big Daddy. "Unzip him, Mr. B!"
- Voice of the Legion: They produce a somewhat ghostly, reverberating echo whenever they speak.
Big SisterA teenage Little Sister turned into a ruthless killing machine, after puberty caused her original mental programming to break down. The maturation of their bodies have caused them to gain incredible agility and develop powers far beyond any normal Plasmid user.
- Armour Doodling: Some of them sport crayon drawings on their armor, apparently from the Little Sisters they've been escorting.
- Bishonen Line: By far the most human (being able to actually remove their armor), and the most powerful of all the Protectors.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Played with—as Little Sisters, they were under the influence of mental programming for much of their childhood, even leading into adolescence; however, following adolescence, the programming broke down, leaving them aggressive and dangerously unstable. So, Gilbert Alexander put them through another round of specialized brainwashing to channel their violent instincts in a productive direction.
- Ax-Crazy: But even under the brainwashing to channel their instincts into a satisfactory place they still attack relentlessly while screaming and laughing. They even sound the most fucked up out of the enemies you face, little more than completely incoherent, animalistic psychotics.
- Cyber Cyclops: Similar to the Rosies in this respect.
- Dark Action Girl
- Evil Laugh: Let out a somewhat muffled chuckle from time to time while battling their opponents
- From Nobody to Nightmare: The Big Sisters represent this more than any other Protector in the game; prior to their rise to physical maturity, they were all near-harmless Little Sisters.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: The first one you fight has a ridiculous amount of health. Once it's critically wounded you, it retreats.
- Lightning Bruiser: In a matter of seconds they are bearing down on you, and they can even dodge plasmid attacks at close range.
- Liquid Assets: If injured and left alone, they can telekinetically grab a Splicer to drain, which heals them.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: The Big Sisters announce themselves with a piercing shriek that actually distorts Delta's vision, but thankfully it doesn't actually hurt him.
- Mind over Matter: The Big Sisters can telekinetically grab multiple nearby objects and throw them at enemies.
- Mini-Boss: A Big Sister shows up once you've finished rescuing/harvesting with all the Little Sisters in a level.
- Playing with Fire: They have the ability to throw fire at you.
- Turns Red: Once damaged enough, their air tanks start leaking what is presumably ADAM (given they drop it when killed).
- Tragic Monster
- What Could Have Been: Originally there was only going to be a single Big Sister who would be the real Big Bad of the game: one of Jack's rescued Little Sisters who couldn't adjust to life on the surface and would return to Rapture and recreate her childhood by kidnapping children to make into new Little Sisters. In another version, Sofia Lamb would still be the Big Bad, but there would still be a single Big Sister as The Dragon, which would be revealed to be Eleanor (hence why in Audio Diaries Sofia still refers to Big Sister in the singular). Thus you would fight the Big Sister in a series of Hopeless Boss Fights where you had to survive and damage her enough for her to retreat. Eventually the developers scrapped this since they felt knowing that the Big Sister would always escape would undermine the excitement of the battles as well as feeling that "the Big Sister being YOUR Little Sister" was a weak twist. In a way they partially kept the twist, with ONE of the Big Sisters being the protagonist's Little Sister-only she was Delta's Little Sister, not Jack's.