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In Jreg my favourite Centricide character by far is Ancap. This is strictly about Centricide.
I love how at the beginning of the Centricide, Ancap is an AffablyEvil CorruptCorporateExecutive whose motive is greed and whose ComedicSociopathy consists of selling recreational nukes. Rendering him the funniest character in Centricide 2.
In Centricide 2.5, Ancap’s pacifism leads to him becoming the ButtMonkey while he still refuses to break the N.A.P. in response to either the Leftists or Nazi to the point where Ancap is somehow a Woobie.
By Centricide 3, Ancap shows the first sign of HiddenDepths when he is genuinely saddened by Libertarian refusing to join him and is the only Extremist not to cross the MoralEventHorizon of murdering his moderate equivalent and becoming a NotSoHarmlessVillain. And he does so against Jreg’s orders thus becoming the TokenGoodTeammate and enabling the series to shift to BlackandGreyMorality.
In Centricide 4, Ancap is shocked by the realization that Libertarian would sacrifice his principles to save his own skin and Jreg treats Ancap like trash for his refusing to commit murder. And when Nazi gives him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech for being SecretlySelfish Ancap experiences HeroicBSoD due to fearing he’s not a good person. Also this might be an AlternativeCharacterInterpretation but I think the reason he leaves to rescue Libertarian is because he doesn’t want the one good deed he did in his entire life go to waste. And when Anti-Extremist stabs Ancap such that Ancap’s ThouShaltNotKill no longer applies, I loved Ancap’s “you shouldn’t have aggressed”. And that he rescues Libertarian.
In Centricide 4.5, Ancap has taken Commie’s claims about him to heart and had his ThenLetMeBeEvil in Ancapistan and EvenEvilHasStandards since he’s uncomfortable with Hoppean’s racism. And he gets a catchy VillainSong. Yet by Centricide 8, he’s saved Commie, despite having said that Commies aren’t people, and doesn’t even charge for the recreational nuke. It honestly seems like a great BigDamnHeroes moment for the character who was introduced as the most slimy and self-serving.
If you ask me, Ancap has a great arc (and is the funniest character).
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