Characters for a Supposed Sequel
(Note: Any "sequel" guesses made after the announcement of Poker Night 2 can
be guesses for a third Poker Night game.)
If a sequel is made, I predict Guybrush Threepwood
, Phoney Bone
, and possibly Tycho's pal Gabe
, though that last one seems a bit iffy to this troper.
The Heavy's clash in opinion regarding his job.
It seems the Heavy both regrets and loves his job. However, his sadistic personality is simply a coping mechanism, with his talk of nightmares and suffering being hints to the others to avoid the mercenary business. The reason he tells the story about the sparrow when asked about fun tales? Why he treats the act of shoving a wrench down a man's throat and tearing off his fingers as a joke? He's trying to gently steer the others away from the path he himself has gone down.
The Player is Gordon Freeman.
Haven't seen much of him and it makes sense considering the Player's speechlessness. Could joke about Gordon's pokerface.
- THIS IS NOW CANON IN MY MIND!
- Alternatively only male players are Gordan Freeman. Female players are Chell.
- During the scene where everybody points their guns at Tycho, Chell whips out her portal gun with the intention of sending him to the moon like Wheatley.
- The above is now canon in this troper's mind as well.
- And mine. Hell, I was about to post this when somebody beat me to it.
- Fanon has spoken! This is as official as it gets! Now go and write fanfics!
- The Player has always been You in this troper's mind. Nobody special, just the actual person playing.
- If that's the case, then a Freeman's Mind video for this game would be appropriate, not to mention HILARIOUS! Or a Chell's Mind. Hell, any of the Mind series characters would be good in that game!
- Jossed: Word of God confirms that The Player is You. Poker Night 2 canon is that you did very well in the first game, by the way.
Symbolic Poker Player Archetypes
Your opponents would all love to win, but they approach the game with vastly different attitudes. Let's compare!
Max: The cheery/chatty guy who's there more to chat than play. Often the guy who'll get a conversation started. He's also the kind of guy who doesn't mind losing. Heck, he'll sometimes say "That was fun!" without sarcasm when he busts out.
Strong Bad: That guy who thinks he can totally win the game every time, easy. He also happens to lose every time, easy (or at least, that's the case for this troper). Not as great a player as he wants you to believe.
The Heavy: The big guy who specializes in intimidation tactics. For one thing, he's already the Big Guy
. For another thing, he loves to goad you into a challenge ("Time to show your honor. Can you beat me?").
Tycho: The expert. Seems know exactly what he's doing all the time and is brimming with non-stop confidence. Not exactly a stop having fun guy
, but its clear he's got a lot of experience and he's way more serious about winning the game than the other characters.
The boy who killed the sparrow grows up to be The Spy.
He's trained as an assassin that uses a knife and flees after killing his victim. The story would also explain why the Heavy hates Spies so much despite not being one of the most Spy vulnerable classes.
- But wait, why would the French Spy be in Russia? And actually, if a Spy can get behind a Heavy, there's only one way that's turning out.
- it was an assassination camp, and the Spy has a very mixed accent, it's possible he was in Russia at some point for training.
- Or perhaps it was indeed Spy, but not actually as a student, but on his first mission. He was out to demoralize the recruits and sabotage their training. Because he's a jerk like that.
- Slightly irrelevant, but Heavies are ridiculously weak to Spies. Good Spies, anyway. Lots of back = lots of room for backstabbing. Probably the most susceptible next to Snipers and maybe Engineers.
This troper had a little bit of Fridge Brilliance
lying in bed last night. Consider the followingnote
- The Player isn't known to have any prior experience playing poker but is an instant expert. Red didn't have any prior training experience, but quickly became the best throughout the land (like no one ever was).
- Heroic Mime. Need I say more?
- There are a couple references to Pokemon. Strong Bad calls Max one, and suggests that it'd be funny if a spiky-haired kid tried to shove him in a baseball. Hmmm... perhaps he's trying to fool the Player into catching, and therefore taking out, the competition?
- One of Tycho's win quotes is "I'm not playing Pokemon cards here!" An obvious insult.
- Upon beating Tycho, he'll reference Gabe "showing his balls," commending you on your restraint, and then he goes back and asks if the Player is going to do that now. He's suddenly worried that he's given a rather nasty idea to an immature, impressionable eleven-year-old.
- Or maybe he was talking about Red's Pokeballs.
- Where does all that money come from? Pokemon battling.
- Also, if the person playing the game is female, the character could easily be Leaf.
- This may also explain why Red was on top of Mt. Silver in the Johto games- he lost big in a game and fled to the mountains to avoid having to pay out.
- Jossed: As with the "Player is Gordon Freeman" theory, Word of God confirms that The Player is You.
The "Murder at the Inventory" will be a Point-And-Click game.
Or at least be similar.
- Provided the sequel IS "Murder at the Inventory".
- Whatever the sequel is (and Telltale have stated that they DO want to continue the series), we won't be seeing it for awhile. With several different licensed game properties on Telltale's plate, they'll be busy until at least the end of 2011. *sigh*
- Well, as of Poker Night at The Inventory 2 screenshots being released, this is practically jossed.
- Not necessarily; who said there's only gonna be ONE sequel? Did Telltale say that? Anyway, this is Wild Mass Guessing; anything goes!
Sequels won't be card games.
Look at the table you're playing on. It has a backgammon set on it, as well as hexagonal tiles. Future titles will involve a whole new cast of characters chasing off the poker set to play an entirely different game.
The Sequels will...
Allow you to pick and choose not just which players you get to play with, but also what game as well.
- Half-confirmed; in Poker Night 2, you still can't play as anyone but yourself, but you CAN play either Texas Hold 'Em or Omaha.
There will be strip poker.
- But Max is already naked!
The player is the Pyro, only unmasked.
- He/She followed the heavy and Engineer to the Inventory, probably change out to more casual ware and joined the game on invite. Then, when Pyro got all the buy-ins, he/she went back to the barracks and asked the engineer to help modify some of the by-ins so that they can be used as weapons.
- YES. Somebody write this fanfic.
- Sorry; this theory has been jossed, as explained above.
- Tycho joked about mail-ordering in Heavy's sister. In Meet The Director, we find out he actually has several sisters. In one quote Tycho asks Heavy if Medic is his friend, and he says yes, and he doesn't take kindly to Spies impersonating him. In Meet The Medic, Medic addresses Heavy as "my friend". Their mutual love of birds might have been what drew Heavy and Medic to become bros in the first place. They also both tell morbid stories they laugh heartily at, and wield the only canonically-first weapons in the game.
- Furthermore, in Meet the Director, we discover that apparently Heavy was sent to a gulag in Siberia with his family as a child, and it's implied (though he declines to comment) that he participated in a mass escape/arson in which guards were tortured to death. This makes things like the Engineer story and the comments about being sent to his death/work camps/etc. Harsher in Hindsight.
- I kill many soldiers, and I am asked to join RED Team. That confirms it for me. Only we've run into a snag here. Heavy's father was a counter-revolutionary, meaning he fought against the Communists, right? So why does he have a hat and minigun with a hammer and sickle on it? Maybe they realized his power, and forced him to work for them, or he'd end up like his father. Brrr. Either that, or it's a "love the country, hate the government" kind of thing.
- Well, the Heavy does charge half a million dollars for assassinations, so he's clearly not that dedicated to the whole communism thing.
- Strong Bad at one point calls the Heavy "Ivan".
Tycho is actually the BLU Spy.
- The BLU Engineer killed the entire RED team, and after Heavy killed him, BLU Spy took on Tycho's identity to avenge Engie and murder RED Heavy. Also, how else could he have an invisibility watch?
- Nice thought, but it's not an invisibility watch: It's a Pac-Man one.
- Technically, it is an invisibility watch- just not when Tycho or Gabe have it (as far as we know). In Team Fortress 2, it functions as a reskinned version of Spy's default watch.
In the sequel (Murder at the Inventory), the murder victim (or the killer!) will be one of the original characters' partners.
- Think about it! Each character in Poker Night (besides the Player, of course) is one-half of a partnership (and at least half of them are one-half of a Fan-Preferred Couple). That can't be a coincidence, can it? Thus, the sequel will be a murder mystery starring Gabe, Sam, Homestar (or the Cheat), and Medic, either being killed or straight-up murdering someone.
- Alternatively, the murder victim will be someone completely different (perhaps the Player from the first game). The first four are ready to solve the mystery when suddenly— the killer's trapped them in the Inventory! They manage to get a phone call out before the killer cuts the lines, probably to Sam. A few calls later and it's Sam, Gabe, Homestar (or Cheat), and Medic, plus a new Player, to the rescue! Or at least the attempted rescue!
- If you look very closely during the game's opening cutscene, you can see that Sam is actually at The Inventory. It makes sense, seeing as how he doesn't let Max drive the Desoto.
He just decided to take a break from playing a bunch of computer games to play real card games. Maybe he learned how to play from another computer Texas Hold 'Em game.
- ^ This actually makes sense, considering that both Heavy and Ralph are in Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed.
- Yeah, but good luck getting Disney and/or Pixar to allow Ralph (or any of their family-friendly characters) to be used in a gambling game.
Expanding on that, the "Inventory" is located in your Steam account
What do the characters do when you're not playing their game? Whatever they want! They mingle with other games, do a little shopping, or even work to protect your computer from viruses! Due to a programming error, the Inventory is the only location in the "Steam world" which can be seen by an outsider like the player. One night, the fifth member of the Nightly poker tournament couldn't show up, so they decided to invite the player to fill in the 5th spot. Tweak a few codes and now it's a brand new game!
There's a pattern to the player's personalities.
There are four personalities around the table: the bantering casual player (Sam and Max), the jerk who thinks they can win every hand (Strong Bad and Claptrap), the intimidating (Heavy and Brock), and the most down-to-earth at the table (Tycho and Ash; note that even they aren't "normal"). Of course, in Poker Night 2, they kinda mix things up a bit; for example, though intimidating, Brock is still pretty down-to-earth. Note that this troper could be wrong, so feel free to correct me.
- Actually, it seems that a couple of the characters in Poker Night 2 mix different aspects of those of the first game. Brock is the poker expert at the table, in comparison to Tycho being the smartest one at the table in the previous game, and Mr. Samson's intimidating like the Heavy. Sam sometimes admits that he doesn't really know what he's doing, which places him with his little buddy, but like Tycho was in the last game, he's the quietest one at the table.
The "Murder at the Inventory" set of voice clips was going to be a sequence about the Player's death.
Think about it; the image of Heavy shooting up the Poker Table with his minigun has been advertised, and in the game's sound files (not VOICE files), one can find the sounds of the minigun actually firing, even though the Heavy never got a chance to shoot anything in-game. What if the Player was going to die at the Heavy's hands after winning everything in the game? This troper imagines the dialogue having gone like this (using the game's voice files, of course):
Winslow: (addressing the Player) Congratulations, you are truly a world class cardsman with an icy stare! You have managed to best each of your opponents. This is—
Heavy: WHAT!? I WILL NOT LOSE TO LUCKY COWARDS! (crumples cards) I KILL YOU!
Winslow: Oh no.
The Heavy overturns the table.
Winslow: Back, stand back!
Everyone runs away, with Winslow uttering an "Excuse me". The Heavy takes up Sasha and aims at the player.
Heavy: YAAAAAAH! fires upon the Player, killing him
After the Heavy stops, the other poker players and Winslow come up and look over the body.
Winslow: It appears there has been a MURRRDER!
Max: Remember kids, crime is an invitation to the crypt!
Winslow: Just goes to show that ANYTHING can happen...at the INVENTORY!
Max: Uh, you know there's an actual dead guy here, right?
The (next) sequel will be on a "Lady's Night".
As in, all the other players are ladies. As for who could be in the game...
- Lara Croft from Tomb Raider.
- Harley Quinn from Batman.
- Clementine from The Walking Dead.
- Why would someone as young and innocent as Clementine be gambling? Let's not forget that she's, like, 8 years old or something.
- Wrong. She's nine. Her birthday was six days ago.
- That's beside the point. The point is, she's underage.
- Most likely the Clem we play with in Season 2.
- Lana Kane from Archer.
- Helen/The Administrator from Team Fortress 2. Or her assistant Miss Pauling.
- Carmen Sandiego.
- Revy from Black Lagoon.
- Etna from the Disgea series.
- One of the female trolls from Homestuck.
- Elsa from Frozen.