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The Warriors is a Coney Island based street gang in New York City featured in the 1979 movie with the same name and Rockstar Games video game itself.

The members of the Warriors are Cleon and Swan, alongside their other members; Ajax, Snow, Fox, Cowboy, Vermin, Cochise, and Rembrandt. Their gang colours that represents the Warriors are the colour red. The Warriors is based on 1965 novel of the same name, created by Sol Yurick. Alongside the nine main members of the Warriors, the gang itself consists of the New Bloods who participate in missions of the game and who wears the same gang colours as the Warriors. The most commonly known characters are Ash. While there were other voice actors, six actors returned to their prominent role. The actors were praised in their excellent performances despite sounding quite a bit older than the 20-something characters they play, and the remaining voice cast delivers, too.

Creation and development[edit]

A combination of the company's biggest hits like State of Emergency and Manhunt, The Warriors successfully mixed multi-character co-op brawling with stealth action.[1] Just as was the case on PlayStation 2, if there is anything that positively sticks out regarding how The Warriors plays, it's the surprising depth of its characters. All nine playable fighters, while similar, have their own unique selection of moves and strengths and offer slightly different takes on the same concept.[1] Due to the PlayStation Portable being a handheld platform, differences to gameplay came about as a result of the port, such as the control configuration receiving a drastic change.[1]

The Warriors[edit]

The series centers on a Coney Island gang the Warriros, and features its members―Cleon, the Warriors leader, known as "warlord" who is resolving to boost the Warriors a solid reputation for the gangs in New York City to acknowledge them; Swan―the gang's second-in-command―a quiet yet―intelligent figure of the Warriors; Ajax, a loud, cocky rebellious heavy-muscle of the Warriors, who's reckless actions brings him to a point where his actions have consequences; Snow, a disciplined respected member of the Warriors who becomes second-in-command after the meeting; Vermin, a loyal and cheerful member of the Warriors and a friend of Cleon; Cowboy, a passionate and ally of Swan; Fox a scout who is filled with intelligence of the streets despite his physical appearance; Cochise, a Harlem native; and Rembrandt, a Warrior graffiti artist―who is willing to rise to the ranks of bringing the Warriors "all-city". Throughout the course of the game, the first part shows the Warriors working together to make a reputation.

Swan[edit]

Main article: Swan

Swan, played by Michael Beck,[2] is the playable protagonist of The Warriors. He is a very calm demeanour, a strong leader who shows he is very loyal to the Warriors and often shows various signs of intelligence. It is revealed Swan was a former gang member of the Destroyers, but left with Cowboy somewhere during 1978.[3] Through the second-half of the game, Swan's responsibility, like the movie itself was to bring the Warriors back to Coney Island during the night, after the meeting of Cyrus went terribly bad.[4] While the Warriors travel on, Swan meets a women named, Mercy, whom he falls in love with. He also clashes with the Orphans, Baseball Furies, the Punks, and the Rogues on the way.[5][6][7][8] During the film, Fox was the protagonist, but due to Michael Beck and Deborah Van Valkenburgh's chemistry, Walter Hill tried Swan as the protagonist, instead of before they had the storyline where Swan is being kidnapped by a homosexual gang.[9] Many of the original actors from the film have returned to voice their characters—at least, most of the ones that are "still alive". Michael Beck, James Remar, and Dorsey Wright once again were praised in their excellent performances despite sounding quite a bit older than the 20-something characters they play.[10]

Ajax[edit]

Main article: Ajax

Ajax, played by James Remar,[2] is the playable characters of The Warriors. He appears to be very arrogant, cocky, and loud; he often argued with other members of the Warriors, such as Swan and Fox. However, Ajax was loyal to the Warriors and harboured an intense hatred for other gangs. His sexual appetite for women has resulted in his downfall; while he becomes sexually aggressive towards a women in a park, he is arrested by her, before she is revealed to be a undercover female police officer.[11] His most known line is when he says to a Baseball Furie: "I shove that bat right up your ass and turn you into a popsicle".[7][12] In The Warriors: Jailbreak, it shows Cleon choosing Swan to be the Warriors "warchief" after losing to a fight with Swan. Many of the original actors from the film have returned to voice their characters—at least, most of the ones that are "still alive". Michael Beck, James Remar, and Dorsey Wright once again were praised in their excellent performances despite sounding quite a bit older than the 20-something characters they play.[10]

Cleon[edit]

Main article: Cleon

Cleon, played by Dorsey Wright,[2] is playable protagonist of The Warriors. He is an African-American and shows charisma towards his peers. He also is the most nicest of the Warriors. Cleon plays a larger role in the first-half of the game; he started the gang life prior to the events of the game, beginning to be with a Coney Island gang, the Destroyers with Vermin. During this time in 1978, Cleon and Virgil were loyal friends until Virgil believed Cleon was plotting against him, prompting Cleon to leave the Destroyers, and create a new gang the Warriors. This caused a rivalry between the two gangs. He then managed to increase the Warriors rank, and finally defeat Virgil for good, thus eventually gaining more control over Coney Island, the home turf they were fighting for. During Cyrus' meeting, Cleon was accused of killing Cyrus, when it was Luther who killed him and the Riffs, incorrectly deducing this to be true, beat Cleon with their elbows; it is unknown whether Cleon is alive or is killed. Many of the original actors from the film have returned to voice their characters—at least, most of the ones that are "still alive". Michael Beck, James Remar, and Dorsey Wright once again were praised in their excellent performances despite sounding quite a bit older than the 20-something characters they play.[10]

Fox[edit]

Main article: Fox

Fox, played by Thomas G. Waites,[2] is the playable characters of The Warriors. Fox is small and despite his physical appearance, he shows intelligence about the streets. During the second-half of the game, Fox dies while struggling with a police officer and is thrown onto a train, while Mercy escapes. In the movie of The Warriors, Fox was supposed to be leading the Warriors back to Coney Island, but due to Michael Beck and Deborah Van Valkenburgh's chemistry, they tried Swan as the protagonist.[9] Thomas G. Waites was arguing with Walter Hill and being difficult on the set, and so Waites was fired eight weeks into principal photography.[9]

Snow[edit]

Main article: Snow

Snow, played by Sekou Campbell,[2] is the playable characters of The Warriors. Snow can be quiet at occasions, but shows intelligence and discipline. He also is willing to help out a fellow member in a time of need. Despite he his not as loud and mouthy as Ajax and Cochise, Snow can show he can actually fight. Snow earned his gang vest with Ajax during 1978. During the second-half of the game, it is implied that Snow is the Warriors' "warchief", as he is mainly with Swan most of the time.

Rembrandt[edit]

Main article: Rembrandt

Rembrandt, played by Andy Senor,[2] is the Warriors' graffiti artist and one of the playable characters of The Warriors. He is the youngest of the Warriors. Despite his lack of fighting skills, Rembrandt is willing to commit himself and help the Warriors to become "all-city" as he intended.[13] He shows various signs of caution and intelligence; an example when Rembrandt knew the Lizzies attempted to kill him, Vermin, and Cochise.[14] He is also an inspiring artist, which he is to represent the Warriors by spraying over gang territories with the symbol "W". The big time finally comes to hit Rembrandt, when after going to Pelham, Trainyard to spray the trains in the Moonrunners territory, he takes the Warriors "all-city", gaining respect from his peers.[15]

Cowboy[edit]

Main article: Cowboy

Cowboy, played by Kurt Bauccio,[2] is the playable characters of The Warriors. He is the most cheerful member of the Warriors and is the only one to wear a hat. If Cowboy's hat is fallen of after a fight with certain gangs in New York City, he will return to pick up his hat. Should the player wear his hat, he immediately becomes annoyed. Cowboy was a member of the Destroyers in 1978, but he left the gang with Swan. His big time in the game is when Cleon sends him to Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and make alliances with the Saracens, who are willing to secure a Warriors a place in the Grameracy Riffs network by setting up their rivals the Jones Street Boys (JSB'S), along with corrupt police officers.[16][17]

Vermin[edit]

Main article: Vermin

Vermin, played by Joe Lo Truglio,[2] is the playable characters of The Warriors. Vermin is very pessimistic, shows a somewhat joking side and friendly member of the Warriors. During 1978, Vermin was a former member of the Destroyers along with Cleon. However, the two decided to leave the gang upon learning that Virgil, the Destroyers leader attempted to have Cleon and Vermin killed in a fake drug-deal with the Satan's Mothers. Vermin shares a friendship with a Warrior New Blood, Ash, with whom Vermin usually make jokes with and get along well. However, when Ash is killed by the Destroyers, Vermin seizes the moment to take revenge on Virgil, avenging Ash. In one scene where the Warriors have to wait for the trains, Vermin says "How much longer we gotta wait? We might be here forever, I'm sick of waiting for trains!"

Cochsie[edit]

Main article: Cochise

Cochise, played by David Harris,[2] is a member of the Warriors and one of the playable characters of The Warriors. He is African-American and shows a different fighting style then the other Warriors. He also appears to be one of the cheerful member of the Warriors and laughs at some occasions. Cochise grew up in Harlem and his mother soon brought him to Brooklyn.[18] In 1978, Cochise became inspired by the gang he wanted to join; Cleon asked him to get a size 9 hat from the Boppers.[19] His fighting style is more an emphasis to Muay Thai Or Taekwondo as he uses more kick's than punches, giving speed in his strikes.

Ash[edit]

Ash, played by Ephraim Benton,[2] is a young member of the Warriors also a New Blood. He joined the Warriors at the same time as Rembrandt, who went on to become the gang's artist. After joining The Warriors, Ash developed a friendship with Vermin, an existing member of the gang. Ash is revealed to be claustrophobic when trains stop.[20] While establishing himself as a Warrior, Ash joined Cleon to battle the Orphans, who lied they beat up the Warriors. Ash was sent to Tony's fish market, where he was ambused and killed by the Destroyers and his body was used as a catalyst to trap Cleon and Swan; they escaped, and after this Cleon and Vermin killed Virgil, the Warriors emerging the victors and Vermin avenging Ash's death.

New Bloods[edit]

New Bloods is a gang and an ally of the Warriors, wearing the same colours. They appear in occasional missions aiding the Warriors onto gang turfs; they appear when Cleon and Fox take them to Tremont to enact their revenge against the Orphans, who wrongly boasted about taking out the Warriors. They also make an appearance when they are involved with an ongoing war between the Warriors and the Destroyers for Coney Island, which later comes to an end when the Warriors emerge the victors. The New Bloods appear when after Warriors members, Fox and Snow are brutally beaten up by the Turnbull AC's, they enact their revenge against the AC's by barging inside the Red Devil, killing several Turnbull AC's and later going after it's paraplegic to kill him, as vengeance for attacking their fellow members.The New Bloods are not present during Cyrus' meeting. They also appear in Coney Island free roam, determinant by the player to choose if they want to join the playable character for bonus missions in Coney Island.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dunham, Jeremy. (2007-01-23). "The Warriors Hands-on". IGN. (2013-12-24).
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Full Cast & Crew: The Warriors (2005 Video Game)" Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 24 December 2013.
  3. ^ Cleon: Swan and Cowboy! I ain't seen you guys since you cut out! The Warriors. Rockstar Toronto. Rockstar Games. PlayStation 2. Retrieved on (2014-05-16).
  4. ^ Swan: We're going back. If this truce is off, anything could hit us between here and that train. If you get separated, make it back to the platform at Union Square. Rockstar Toronto (2013-12-24). "The Warriors". Playstation 2. Rockstar Games. 
  5. ^ The Warriors. (Mission: "Desperate Dudes")
  6. ^ The Warriors. (Mission: "No Permits No Parley")
  7. ^ a b The Warriors. (Mission: "Home Run")
  8. ^ The Warriors. (Mission: "Friendly Faces")
  9. ^ a b c Ducker, Eric (October 3, 2005). "New York Mythology. Fader. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  10. ^ a b c Navarro, Alex "The Warriors delivers as a completely stand-alone work, and any fan of beat-'em-up games is certain to enjoy it on some level.". Gamespot. (2013-12-24).
  11. ^ Women: Ooh, look at those muscles. I bet the chicks like all those muscles. You wanna show me how you play with the chicks? / Ajax: Yeah, I'll show you how I play. / Women: Hey! Not so rough! Come on, we'll get it on. / Ajax: You don't get it. I like it rough. / Women: Your nights in the park are over for a while, honey. You're under arrest. The Warriors. Rockstar Toronto. Rockstar Games. PlayStation 2. Retrieved on (2014-04-16).
  12. ^ Ajax: I'll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a popsicle. The Warriors. Rockstar Toronto. Rockstar Games. PlayStation 2. Retrieved on (2014-04-16).
  13. ^ Rembrandt: No problem, Warlord. I'll take the Warriors all-city. There won't be anybody in New York who doesn't know this gang. The Warriors. Rockstar Toronto. Rockstar Games. PlayStation 2. Retrieved on (2014-04-16).
  14. ^ Starr: So you're the famous Warriors. The guys that shot Cyrus! / Rembrandt: Shit, the chicks are packed! The chicks are packed! The Warriors. Rockstar Toronto. Rockstar Games. PlayStation 2. Retrieved on (2014-04-16).
  15. ^ The Warriors. (Mission: "All-City")
  16. ^ The Warriors. (Mission: "Set Up")
  17. ^ Edge: So we're gonna take down two birds with one stone. Boost a bunch of shit, plant some in the cops' trunk and stash the rest of it over at the Jones Street Boys' hangout. You pull this off, we'll put in a word for you with the Riffs. The Warriors. Rockstar Toronto. Rockstar Games. PlayStation 2. Retrieved on (2014-05-16).
  18. ^ Cleon: Ah, shit, what's this kid's name again? / Snow: Cochise. He grew up in Harlem, but his momma brought his ass to Brooklyn. And now he wants to be a Warrior. The Warriors. Rockstar Toronto. Rockstar Games. PlayStation 2. Retrieved on (2014-04-16).
  19. ^ Cleon: Vermin's right. A whole lot of gangs is been breathing down our necks lately. We ain't taking no chances. You wanna be a Warrior, go grab us a Bopper's hat off one of their heads and then we'll talk. / Cochise: Shit, man, that ain't nothing! / Cleon: But if you wanna be a Warrior, it's gotta be a size... nine. The Warriors. Rockstar Toronto. Rockstar Games. PlayStation 2. Retrieved on (2014-04-16).
  20. ^ Ash: Man, I just don't like being stuck underground in a can, man. I got claustrophobicness! The Warriors. Rockstar Toronto. Rockstar Games. PlayStation 2. Retrieved on (2014-04-20).