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     The Protagonist 

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"Hello, Darkness..."

"..."

The game's player character, both in the literal and metaphorical sense. A hard-wired, short tempered, masked sociopath whose talking skills are inversely proportional to his skills in transforming his enemies to a red, bloody paste. He never speaks a single word.

After being puppeteered into killing the Boss of resident Mega-Corp, HEAVEN, he's saved at the last instant by a mysterious hacker claiming that whoever set him up has taken his little brother, apparently the last living member of his family, and that she can help rescue him...


  • Ace Custom: RUINER gun, a modified version of a SQUID pistol. It's described as a faster and lighter version of SQUID, with the same level of deadliness. It's implied that the protagonist had killed the previous owner and took the gun for himself. And he is lethal with it.
  • Animal Motif: Hackers refer to him as their lapdog one way or another. WIZARD at first by calling himself your master and calling you a dog on a leash later and HER calling you Puppy.
  • Artificial Limbs: Has a cybernetic left arm which he uses for most of his abilities.
  • Badass Biker: Uses a black, streamlined motorcycle as a means of transportation, and is badass enough to take head on the single most powerful corporation in the world.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Subverted, his quest to save his little brother is part of a security program, he is in fact the little brother, a Third Child, who doubles as organ farm and assassin for his older brother. He takes his revenge when he realizes that.
  • Bottomless Magazines: RUINER gun has unlimited ammo and a very fast reload time, resulting in this. This, however, doesn't make it much less lethal than other weapons.
  • Cool Helmet: Not only does it add a fair bit of mystery to him, but is also a full-face LCD display.
  • Determinator: Despite seemingly overwhelming odds, including (but not limited to) armies of cyborg mooks, heavily armored bodyguards, railgun-wielding psychos,a sadistic master computer and a huge bounty on his head (that is, not counting the almost limitless financial and social power of HEAVEN), the protagonist will stop at nothing to save his brother. Or, as it is by the end of the game, kill him.
  • Evolving Weapon: Upgrading the "Use of Weapons" skill tree changes protagonist's RUINER gun. It starts off as a small automatic pistol with only 8 rounds in the mag. It then changes into a bigger handgun with 10 rounds in a mag, and then it evolves into a fully-blown submachine gun that can't be held with one hand anymore.
  • Expy: in a certain point of view he's pretty similar to Jacket & Biker from Hotline Miami
    • Jacket, in being a badass silent One-Man Army Determinator killing machine, that wears a cool jacket, uses an assortment of guns and melee weapon to dispose of his enemies and leaves a mountain of corpses in his wake, and also being an Unwitting Pawn to a bigger plot than he is aware of.
    • Biker, in that he's also a Badass Biker and wears a helmet that covers his face.
  • Expressive Mask: His mask is also a full-face LCD display, which he uses to display his thoughts and feelings rather than saying them out loud.
  • The Faceless: As stated throughout his character folder, his face is constantly hidden behind a mask that projects digitally what he's thinking.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Wears a singular one on his right arm, due to his left hand being cybernetic.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears one fingerless glove and has the left sleeve of his jacket rolled up.
  • Lightning Bruiser: While he is capable of wielding long-ranged weapons, the protagonist's main tool is his incredible mobility and deadliness in close combat. His Pipe (and later, Nerve sword) is capable of killing most mooks in 1-2 strikes, he can blink around like a maniac, ignoring damage and getting up close and personal in a matter of moments. Overload ramps protagonists's speed and brutality even further, doubling the speed and damage you deal with anything you hold. If upgraded, it also gives you infinite Dash charges and increases the damage you deal depending on your combo counter. With it active, player can clean a room in one fell swoop with nothing but a melee weapon.
  • Multi-Ranged Master: Protagonist doesn't seem to have an issue with using anything that can nail, vaporize, blow up or do anything that causes harm to anyone standing in his way. Handguns, submachine guns, rifles, shotguns, energy weapons of different kinds, grenade launchers, railguns, flamethrowers..... Same goes for any melee weapons he finds.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite being a brutal, murderous psychopath without a visible sense of mercy, he nonetheless shows in many instances to be just good enough to not qualify as a villain. Granted, though, that given the condition Rengkok is in, it doesn't take much to be morally superior to the average guy.
    • The whole plot is centered about the rescue of his little brother, a third child - that is, an unwanted person that usually suffers a miserable fate. Despite having little to no memory of him (and those few he has may be manipulated or outright made up by HER), he wastes no time and immediately embarks on an incredibly deadly quest to save him. Even though in the end it is revealed that there never was a "kidnapped third brother" and it was all an elaborate Batman Gambit concocted by HER in order to get to your real brother, the CEO of HEAVEN, it's nonetheless the thought that counts.
    • During his final showdown with Wizard, after the latter is reduced to a fearful mess, he's given the option to hesitate when prompted by HER to kill him, showing that, despite his bloodlust (and despite Wizard being the same guy that puppeteered and left you to die in the prologue), he's still capable of a shred of empathy. That said, he ultimately kills him by hacking into and frying his brain nonetheless.
    • He's kind enough to put his quest on hold and help other citizens of Rengkok South with their own missions, such as the Hooligan C.A.T.S. girl.
  • Pipe Pain: Always has a Metal Pipe for a backup weapon.
  • Right Man in the Wrong Place: After the player character confronts his brother in the climactic scene of the story, he loses his trademark leather jacket, revealing a pale blue worker's jumpsuit. HER explains that he was hijacked by Big Dog's underlings to execute him and stage a corporate coup, because they found the irony of using Big Dog's unwilling organ donor in his own assassination irresistible.
  • Super Reflexes: Reflex Booster grants protagonist this in a form of slowing down time whenever he activates it.
  • The Juggernaut: Ties in with "Determinator" above. The guy has one job, and one job only: rescue his little brother. No matter what HEAVEN and its lackeys throw at him, be it giant, Minotaur-shaped cyborgs or master assassins from the Rengkok underbelly, nothing so far has had any success in even coming close to stopping him.
  • Silent Protagonist: His "dialogue" tree is mostly him shrugging or nodding, the rests are non verbal gesture.

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     HER 
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"Go get' em, Puppy!"

The mysterious woman that rescued you from Wizard, claiming to be the best hacker in the world. She acts as a guide of sorts to the protagonist, monitoring and helping him in his quest to save his little brother. Snippy, tech-savvy and ruthless, she is much, much more than what she lets others know.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Has an habit of calling the protagonist "Puppy". All in all, makes sense, as she's basically exploiting him like an attack dog, the "bone" being his nonexistant little brother.
  • Ambiguously Human: By the end of the game, as she frees the Protagonist and reveals her plot to Big Dog, she starts "breaking down", claiming to be far more than what she appears to be, as her visage becomes more and more robot-like, suggesting she may be a cyborg or an AI.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: When compared to the rest of Rengkok, at least. On the one hand, she lied to the protagonist all along, forcing him into a lethal quest and having him murder hundreds — if not thousands — of people, all to further her goals, and putting him in constant danger, to point of threatening to kill him . However,for all her deceptiveness, she is genuinely working for a positive goal — to collapse HEAVEN and free the millions trapped in its nightmarish "Virtuality" — and seems to genuinely care for her "Puppy", as, once it is all over, she tells him that he's now free. Plus, most of the people she had the Protagonist murder had it coming.
  • Benevolent A.I.: During the player character's first outing into Rengkok South, the resident Hag suggests that he is being watched by one of the enigmatic EYE Satellites that are rumored to have developed a conscience and an interest in human affairs. HER doesn't confirm or deny this, leaving her identity ambiguous.
  • But Now I Must Go: By the end of the game, as her plan is fully unveiled, she bids a temporary farewell to the protagonist, setting him free. Her last interaction with him is a request to finally meet in person, "where Heaven falls."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a tendency to quip and snark a lot, usually accompanied by cat-styled emojis.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: On the surface, her goal is help the Protagonist rescue his little brother and exact his revenge on the kidnappers; however, it is revealed that she had been working for HEAVEN's CEO himself. There never was any kidnapped brother, and all the people who were killed were actually conspiring against the Boss; she lied to give her "Puppy" a reason to go on with it. Yet again, however, it is once again revealed that she never truly worked for HEAVEN: it was all a ruse to gain the Boss confidence, so that she could have the Protagonist murder him. In the end, the only cause she was serving, altruistic as it is, was her own.
  • Enthusiasm Vs Stoicism: Compared to the almost indecipherable, monolith-like, enigmatic protagonist, she is quite the enthusiastic type, often cheering on her "Puppy" (or consoling him if he has low post-battle scores) and employing a fluent, often colorful and emoji-filled writing style.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite setting in motion the carnage perpetrated by the protagonist and having no qualms in controlling, manipulating, torturing and blackmailing others, she is genuinely horrified by the horrors of Virtuality and by HEAVEN's iron-fisted mercilessness.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A liar, a deceiver, ready to Mind Rape whoever has valuable information or outright kill them — and that's not counting the damage and death caused by her instigation of the protagonist. Yet, all of this is done in order to collapse the crushing, inhumanly cruel dystopia erected by HEAVEN.

Rengkok South


     In General 
  • Wretched Hive: Subverted, it is a bad place with criminals and scum roaming the street but the people there are nice if self-serving.
     Mechanix 
  • Blackmail: He helps you because Her as some nasty info on him and is frightened by how she had access to it.
     Iching Oracle 
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     Hooligan 
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She is right about the C.A.T.S being surveillance but aside from that mostly raves on and on.
     Rustam 
  • Dirty Cop: He knows you're a criminal but prefers sitting in his stool and let you collect bounties over arresting you.
     Daisy 
  • Stepford Smiler: She is all enthusiastic even though she was abandoned by her parents and has to live in the slum
     Alina 
  • Nice Girl: She is one of the few sane and kind person in Rengkok South. She gives you an unlimited tab after you help her.
     Sister of the Church of Disorder 
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     Hag 
     Opportunist 
  • Blackmail: Pays you to find some dirt about Heaven so he can make money out of it.

Creeps

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They're shitheads but they're lethal
A faction of Rengoku South, made of Third Children trying to survive and led by Nerve they took over the parking garage.


     In General 
  • Ax-Crazy: They compensate for their lack of heavy firepower with insanity, with some being suicide bombers and torturing cops for fun.
  • Klingon Promotion: After you kill Nerve they consider you their leader.
  • Undying Loyalty: To whoever becomes their leader, they tried to do a Zerg Rush on Hanza Compound and the virtual farm simply because they heard you were going there, one apologizing as he died that they couldn't clear the area out for you.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Her says Nerve is controlling them via fear and twisted fatherly affection, being Third Children they never had parental figure to stick to before.
     Nerve 
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A samurai born in the wrong century.

"Down here, our word is bond. That nerd is under our protection. You want him, you're going to have to come through me."

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the leader of the Creeps, and makes for one tough boss fight. Fast, hard hitting, and armed only with a katana, he can be a serious hindrance to expert players and an actual nightmare to more inexperienced ones. His Death from Above attack doesen't help matters.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: As per his samurai-esque code of honor, he despises guns and other ranged weapons, as he believes the only honorable way to fight an opponent is head on in a (pretty) fair duel. Throwing explosives from above is fair though.
  • A Father to His Men: Treats his gang with respect, which is quite an improvement over HEAVEN's treatment of Third Children.
  • I Gave My Word: He fulfills his "winner takes all" formula pronounced at the beginning of their duel and passes on the Creeps' leadership to the protagonist.
  • Large and in Charge: He's definitely bigger, taller and bulkier than the average Creep, and is the leader (and founder) of the gang.
  • Noble Demon: Has a very strict code of honor and, no matter how unpleasant or disadvantageous the situation is to him (like, say, a murderous psychopath storming his hideout and murdering his men all for the sake of a guy he's tasked with protecting but nonetheless hates), he'll see his deals through. He's also pretty civil towards the Protagonist and, once defeated, allows him to finally get to Wizard. All in all, Her sums him as a "samurai outside his timeframe".
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: For someone who leads one of the most vicious gang he is surprisingly composed.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Even with reflex mode on you'll still have a hard time shaking him off.
     Jurek 
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The hockey gear says it all about his moral alignment.

"Sit, dog! Time to play dead!"

The boss of the first section of the first level, Creeper's Nest. Somewhat of an icon among the Creeps for being one of the main recruiters, he's also one of the bounty targets provided by Rustam.


  • Expy: A brutal Misanthrope Supreme in Post-Apunkalyptic Armor, including a helmet that resembles a football player's, who attacks with a shotgun and pools of flaming liquid. If he put on another 30 kilos of muscle and carved a Big Dipper into his chest, Jurek would be Jagi from Fist of the North Star.
  • Lean and Mean: His bio states that, despite being 200 cm tall (around 6'7), he weights only 55 kg. The "mean" part comes from his repeated (and most likely succesful) attempts to kill you.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Apparently, he hates everybody. Given the way most people act in the future, this should not come as a surprise.
  • Molotov Cocktail: His secondary attack consists in a salvo of Molotov bombs, that leave big fire "puddles" even after their initial explosion.
  • Population Control: As with all Creeps, he's a victim of this, being a third child.
  • Recruited from the Gutter: On the receiving and giving end of this. As most Creeps, he was saved from misery and oppression by Nerve, and has become the face of the gang due to having become the main recruiter himself.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: His weapon of choice is a massive, high-damage shotgun.
     Donvius 
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Another hotshot lookin' to die! Should we cut him off at the knees or start with that flashy head of his.

Hanza Compound


     Techno dogs 
Hanza Compound's security personnel.
  • Psycho for Hire: HER refers to them as assholes for hire.
  • Trigger Happy: Favors machine guns and from the Creeps corpse around the facility they shoot first.
     Bogdan 
A leader of the Techno dog, has a bounty for multiple murder and war crime.
  • Old Soldier: Veteran of a Balkan war that happened decades prior to the game. His augments are noted to be old.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: He says he was a war hero while everything points toward him being a remorseless killer.
     Shadow 
A Triad trooper.

HEAVEN

     WIZARD 
A former programmer for HEAVEN who hacked the protagonist in order to kill the Boss.
  • Dirty Coward: Her calls him an ambitious coward.
  • Meal Ticket: The sole reason why the Creeps defend him is that he paid them well for it and they don't back down on their word.
  • Smug Snake: Talks big and dresses fancy but he is just a two-bit hacker.
  • The Starscream: A former HEAVEN employee who was paid to assassinate the Boss.
     Chief Watayama 
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Sometimes life can be so simple
Chief of security in Heaven, the first bounty you collect. A former Yakuza who left after finding they lost their way.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Being a former yakuza and the security chief he has this in spades.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Fitting with the overall color theme of the game, he wears a red shirt and a black suit.
  • Cyborg: His face almost immediately gives it away.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Just like the other guards he wears these.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Lit one up before the fight starts.
  • Smug Snake: He is really confident that he'll kill you and treats it as an easy work day for once.
  • Timed Mission: For the thrill of it, WIZARD forces you to kill him under a time limit.
  • Yakuza: You can clearly guess from his appearance that he's formerly from the Yakuza
     Traffic King 
     Sick Sisters 
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Geminus blue appears polite but she is as twisted as her sister and rejoices at her death since she can use MOTHER's power all by herself.
  • Informed Deformity: The character description says they are conjoined twins, but the dialogue portrait shows them having completely separate bodies at least down to mid-thigh.
  • The Starscream: They and Trafficking teamed up to overthrow the Boss by paying WIZARD.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Geminus red is constantly swearing and yelling threats, especially wen she controls MOTHER.
    MOTHER: One more step and I'll snort on your fucking ashes!
     The Boss 
The "Big Dog" and CEO of HEAVEN.
  • Big Bad: He is behind most of HEAVEN's corruption and used you to take care of an attempted coup.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When the protagonist eliminates all his defenses, he simply accepts his death and asks the latter if he'll "nod or shrug" (which translates to how he'll be killed.)
  • Lack of Empathy: Uses his own brother as spare parts.
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