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Character Study: Albert Wesker and Revolver Ocelot, Gloriously Senseless Antagonists Without a Cause

Just as comically bad movies can bring delight, there’s an odd charm in characters who exist merely to be as ridiculous as possible

杰伊托雷斯

This week onThe Ringer那we’re hosting最好的视频游戏角色括号- 在博彩世界的最伟大的英雄,Sidekicks和恶棍之间的膨胀竞争。并随着钻研一些标志性的数字,我们还将探索并庆祝整个游戏行业。欢迎来到视频游戏周。


This week, we’re discussing “the best video game characters,” and here I’m going to take some liberties with “best.” The most iconic video game characters, such as Mario and Link, are static and timeless. Mario is, well, Mario. That’s not a character. That’s a brand name. The more modern protagonists, such as Ellie from我们的最后一个和云冲突最终幻想七,远远传统上戏剧性。他们成长,他们改变了。我们笑,我们哭了。这些字符在关键的追求过程中区分自己。嘿 - 对他们有好处。适合Nathan Drake或其他什么。但在这个主题周,我们也庆祝了无名的视频游戏角色:庞大的怪物谁缺乏任何明智的方向,使得一系列辉煌的烂摊子。

Here I mean to award some great distinction to the two most bewildering video game characters, locked in my mind as a tie: Albert Wesker fromResident Evil,左轮手枪ocelot潜龙谍影

这两个角色有什么共同之处?他们是恶棍,一个:一个奸诈,三交流的大师唱片,他们绘制了全球的世界末日情景。在Resident Evil,Wesker希望传播一系列转变人,动物,甚至植物的病毒进入怪物。在潜龙谍影那Ocelot defies any straightforward summarization of his goals or motivations; he’s a promiscuous triple agent who serves a variety of masters—Soviets, Americans, terrorists, and a stateless military—across the潜龙谍影游戏。

Crucially, Ocelot and Wesker rank among the most profoundly incoherent characters I’ve ever encountered in any serialized narrative. They’re memorable despite the fact that—or maybe even because—their words and deeds rarely make any fucking sense. Comic books have to create multiverses before they can even begin to achieve the levels of incoherence embodied by Wesker and Ocelot. In each潜龙谍影game, Ocelot shuffles his goals, allegiances, and even his fundamental characteristics, such as his accent. Even his voice actors have a hard time settling on his tone. Wesker entersResident Evilas a crooked small-town cop and exits the series as a deranged virologist with various martial arts proficiencies, bullet-speed reflexes, and a British accent. Ocelot enters潜龙谍影as a cartoon cowboy, obsessed with spaghetti Westerns and six-shooters—but turns out to be Russian. He, too, develops a British accent for a couple of games for even more convoluted reasons than Wesker.

我甚至不抱怨!在这些角色带来穷人的毫无意义上,有一些深刻的魅力,令人难以置疑的情节。潜龙谍影makes the most of its general messiness. The hero Solid Snake and his many rivals, including Ocelot and his leader in the original game, Liquid Snake, are disillusioned soldiers seeking power and purpose beyond the state. It’s a series about the distortion of heroic lineage, legacies, and ideals. In a series filled with ideologues, Ocelot reports to several masters. He embodies a certain, irrepressible mischief in an otherwise serious conflict. There’s a YouTube compilation titled, “Every Time Revolver Ocelot Betrays Someone in the Metal Gear Solid Series,” and the video is 22 minutes long.

最终,ocelot在涉及克隆,核武器和巨型机器人的准军事竞争中,为屏幕敌人。Ocelot花了一对夫妇游戏假装由坚实的蛇的复仇双胞胎,液体蛇拥有,只有最终揭示了欺骗了欺骗了对美国政府控制的人工智能艾滋病的诡计。胡说八道吗?Ocelot没有意义,我无法为你造影他。他在按时间顺序中促进敌人的敌人,潜龙谍影4那seemed to happen by accident. In the end, Ocelot was just a guy who loved Big Boss. Unfortunately,潜龙谍影花了几场比赛甚至开始建立这种中央信念。而且信念从未如同ocelot的愚蠢摇摆和无数的背叛。

至于Resident Evil那I can intellectualize it only so much:Resident Evilis a series about zombies and monsters. The games spawned a series of silly action movies starring Milla Jovovich. In both the games and movies, Wesker spreads his viruses in order to ruin the planet. He is cartoon evil. Straightforward in his motivations. But his biography is a mess. He’s a crooked cop who betrays his colleagues in service of a corrupt pharmaceutical company that develops viruses to turn people and animals into violent mutants, right? Well, no, turns out he’s also a distinguished chemist and biotech executive. Wesker apparently only masqueraded as a police captain in order to lure his own special forces unit to a rural mansion overrun with his zombies.

四分之一世纪自原始游戏的发布以来,我已经努力了解为什么开发人员将Wesker写入这样一种复杂的借口。为什么不将他分成两种不同的人物:为伞公司和为伞公司工作的弯曲科学家工作了一位弯曲的警察?大扭曲来自Wesker的下属,吉尔瓦尔丁和克里斯·雷菲尔德,偶然发现了一个秘密的实验室,并发现一张Wesker佩戴(1)实验室外套的照片,以及他的警察太阳镜。奇怪的是,Capcom后来发布了一个反弹,否则称为比露营的原始游戏更明智的重映射。但Wesker仍然是Wesker。为了使事情变得更糟,该系列实际上介绍了与Wesker和伞合作的弯曲科学家威廉布金,但Capcom向奇异的Cop-病理学家角色带来了太晚了,它已经如此有效地推广。

That said, Wesker wouldn’t be Wesker without all the action-thriller soap opera nonsense. And it’s worth noting theResident Evilmovies developed alongside theResident Evil游戏。The games influenced the earliest movies, of course, but then the movies—far more flashy and action oriented than the original title—started to influence the later games. Gradually the games and the movies converged into a 2000s action-thriller singularity, transforming Wesker into gun-kata supervillain. He’s not out to destroy the world. He’s out to look as cool as possible—at least by 2000s standards.

要清楚,我喜欢这些角色,也是很多游戏玩家。他们是我和我的最统一的实施例播客cohost, Micah Peters, often call “dumb anime shit.” Albert Wesker wearing a patent leather trench coat and snatching rockets in midair with his bare hands? That’s some dumb anime shit right there—the best kind. Revolver Ocelot exceeds even Wesker in his wonderful incoherence. As the pivotal turncoat in a centuries-long, world-spanning plot to devolve all personal freedom and national sovereignty to an artificial intelligence hivemind? Ocelot could’ve used some more sensible writing—even by Hideo Kojima standards for “sensible” anything. But as a meme?He’s pretty good.

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