Talk:Niko Bellic

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Q: Niko speaks Serbian, Why isn't his nationality stated in the article??
Niko is a fictional character. The author of the character is Dan Houser/Rockstar. Niko's nationality has never been divulged by Houser/Rockstar. Just speaking a certain language doesn't imply nationality of that country.

Q: Why does it say "A war in Eastern Europe"?

Niko is a fictional character. The author of the character is Dan Houser/Rockstar. The name of the war that their character took part in has never been divulged.

Q: But Niko's Nationality/the war name is obvious!

Because Niko is a fictional creation of Dan Houser/Rockstar, and they have never revealed any of this information, Wikipedia uses the most exact information that they have released. i.e. We don't know Niko's nationality. We only know that the war took place in "Eastern Europe". Anything else, such as stating Niko's nationality because he speaks a certain language, fall foul of WP:OR and/or WP:SYN.

Q: But at the start of the game Niko says "Whats wrong Roman, have you forgot OUR language?" and Roman replies "No cousin, its been a while... speak English, your English is better than my Serbian" so that proves they are Serbian.

In a number of places the game features characters getting Niko's nationality wrong, the reference to Serbian could be an "in" joke between the brothers about people incorrectly calling them Serbs as well. But because Niko is a fictional character and the author of the character, Dan Houser/Rockstar, has never divulged Niko's nationality, the claim for "our language" being proof falls foul of Wikipedia's guidelines on sources. A single line about speaking a certain language, doesn't imply nationality of that country.

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Nationality[edit]

Yes, I have seen the quadrillion discussions of Niko's nationality on the archived Talk Page. But Niko is Serbian. In the opening cutscene, Roman says "Ahh, your English is good. You'll be fine. Better than my Serbian". Since Michael Hollick is American, thus there are mistakes in his dialogue. I'll try to find all the references to his being Serbian later, but for now these are the ones I've found.

3:26 here.

He's certainly not Russian as shown at 7:19 here.

He's not Polish as pointed out at 7:50 here.

--173.179.92.34 (talk) 02:04, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

From the FAQ. "In a number of places the game features characters getting Niko's nationality wrong, the reference to Serbian could be an "in" joke between the brothers about people incorrectly calling them Serbs as well. But because Niko is a fictional character and the author of the character, Dan Houser/Rockstar, has never divulged Niko's nationality, the claim for "our language" being proof falls foul of Wikipedia's guidelines on sources. A single line about speaking a certain language, doesn't imply nationality of that country." - X201 (talk) 09:08, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Not only does Roman say "Your English is better than my Serbian" but Niko him self uses Serbian very often, when he swears, and sometimes just comments thing with it. Also email from his mother starts with a sentence in pure Serbian, and her name is Milica which is one of the oldest and most popular female Serbian names. And on top of all that his character model is based on Serbian sniper Sasha from a movie Behind Enemy Lines (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0159273/, http://i516.photobucket.com/albums/u322/FattyImages/Sasha_1.jpg). But ok, let's pretend his origins are somehow "unknown". 195.252.66.101 (talk) 19:49, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

The Authors of GTA 4 specifically state in the game dialogue that his mother language is Serbian.
"Niko: What? You forgot our language?
Roman: (says something in Serbo-Croatian) Maybe a little. I've been here for ten years! You can speak english.
Niko: a little...not so good
Roman: Ah you'll be fine. Better than my Serbian!"
Also in the game's dialogue Niko denies being Russian or from Russia several times.
"PBX: So is you Russian or something? Is you like one of them Oligarchs or some shit?
Niko: I'm not from Russia, no"
"Shop: You fuckin' Ruskies are milking me dry. I ain't a cow.
Niko: I ain't Russian"
And finally, in the game, Niko tacitly confirms he is from the Balkans.
"Eddie: Where are you from pal of mine? What's your accent? Are you from East Europe? Romania? Bulgaria?....Balkans?
Niko: Hey, you're a smart guy"
Additionally in the game, Niko speaks Serbo-Croatian with a Serbia-based Ekavian dialect.
"Niko: Because you can't pay your debts and they make you mop the floor? *Neverovatno*"
"Niko: *Uvek* isti, nikad drugacije"
(Highlighted words are those specifically Ekavian in character, localized to Serbia only.
Game script:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps3/933036-grand-theft-auto-iv/faqs/58223
The article should make note of this. Dan Houser and Rockstar never denied he is Serbian. Critikal1 (talk) 21:30, 9 May 2014 (UTC)
You're making assumptions, the only people who know the life and back story of their character are Dan Houser/Rockstar. Wikipedia only uses the verifiable information that they have released. Any attempt to fill in the gaps in the character's back story by pointing to one thing and saying that it proves another is called synthesis and is not allowed on Wikipedia. The points you raised have been addresed many times, but I'll answer them again to save you from having to search the talk archive.
  • "The Authors of GTA 4 specifically state in the game dialogue that his mother language is Serbian."
Just speaking a certain language doesn't imply nationality of that country. Even more-so it doesn't imply your child's nationality. We don't know this part of Niko's life because the people who control his story haven't revealed it.
  • "Niko: What? You forgot our language?", Niko denies being Russian, "Hey, you're a smart guy"
In a number of places the game features characters getting Niko's nationality wrong, the reference to Serbian could be an "in" joke between the brothers about people incorrectly calling them Serbs as well. GTA is a British game and some of the subtlties of the dialogue may not be obvious to people not used to British humour e.g. In the scene with Eddie, Niko is humouring Eddie by agreeing with him, he's not actually agreeing with him, he's just agreeing with him to stop Eddie making an even bigger idiot of himself. Niko then pays him a backhanded compliment "Hey, you're a smart guy" insulting Eddie by damning him with faint praise.
  • Niko speaks Serbo-Croatian with a Serbia-based Ekavian dialect.
Speaking a specific language does not mean you are a national of that country. We don't know Niko's back story, he may have been raised as a child speaking that because his family found themselves at that location for some unspecified reasion; but his nationality may be totally different.
  • The article should make note of this. Dan Houser and Rockstar never denied he is Serbian.
They have never denied a number of different nationalities. Not denying a thing doesn't add any weight to it as a fact.
I hope you can see the thread running through all of the above. Niko is a fictional character, we can only state as fact the things that the authors have said is fact. We don't know Niko's life story, if Niko were a real person pointing to certain facts would lead to a decent argument based on circumstantial evidence, but with a fictional character we can never say " this + this + this = that" because every aspect of the character's life and back story is in the gift of the author. - X201 (talk) 09:00, 12 May 2014 (UTC)