The Malloy List – January 2018

Time keeps on tickin', eh? After a considerable absence, the time has once again come to etch a new name onto the sacred Malloy ListThis month's candidate is definitely a class act. 

As a general service to you, the reader, I want to take a moment to explain the process behind the idea of this column. At some point another, every single one of us has thought about what it would be like if a character from one of our favorite movies, TV shows, comic books/graphic novels or what have you ended up in a game we like. Since my favorite genre is fighting games, I apply that hypothetical to fighters. If you're curious at all about where the name of this column comes from, chalk that up to my love of cinema. The namesake of this column is Terry Malloy, a character portrayed by Marlon Brando from the 1954 film, On the Waterfront. If you've never actually seen the movie, I can guarantee you've at least heard this one line before: 

 "I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody."

Famously, most people always remember that quote backwards, but they nonetheless remember it. In essence, that idea is what lies at the heart of this column. Even though their mediums might not necessarily lend themselves to such a concept, that has never stopped me from having a little fun with "what could be." Anyways, back to business.

The character I plan to induct this month, as I alluded to earlier, in quite possibly in a class all his own. When literally everyone in your respective world knows who you are, for whatever reason, that's nothing to take lightly. Compound that with the fact that said notoriety comes from outright spitting in the face of natural law and you've got yourself an iconoclast with a reputation that precedes him by a few miles. What makes things so interesting about him & what actually makes him such a great choice for the Malloy List is that his reputation inspires fear as well as reverence. 

Remember, still waters run deep.

Obi-Wan Kenobi once said: " Your eyes can deceive you, don't trust them." Jade Curtiss (birth name Balfour) from Tales of the Abyss is a perfect example of that idiom. While he may not exactly look as threatening as a God-General, he is definitely not someone to be trifled with. As a Third Division Colonel, his rank grants him a distinct measure of renown. However, it's his nickname -- Jade the Necromancer -- that everyone knows. You see, when Jade was just a child, he developed the process of "fomicry", the extraction of data from one entity in order to create a perfect replica. In other words, he mastered the art of cloning while still in single digits. Needless to say, this guy was scary smart when he was young and has only expanded his knowledge by leaps & bounds since then. 

His true claim to fame, however, is also a testament to his greatest character flaw. Jade earned the moniker of "Necromancer" after using fomicry to resurrect his recently deceased teacher. The replica was a woefully imperfect physical copy and Jade was forced to seal away the creature away. This all stems from the fact that Jade, despite usually being the smartest person in the building at any given time, never learned how to cope with the concept of loss. As a testament to his character, he carries the weight of that sin with him everywhere he goes. Despite quietly lugging around such a burden, Jade is actually quite personable & charming. He's knowledgeable to the point of coming off as psychic in most cases and has no qualms about cracking a few jokes at the expense of his companions. If I'm being totally honest, I would have to say that the most impressive thing about him is that even after having most of his talents sealed away, he's still one of the most powerful members of your party in the game. 

So now it falls to me to perform the primary task of this column: placing this character in an appropriate fighting game befitting their skills and/or personality. Where does one with such power & knowledge at his fingertips belong? I took both those qualities into account as well as the styling of his original game's artwork & came to a rather satisfactory conclusion. Jade would be a perfect fit for BlazBlue Central Fiction. Since fonons are to fonic artes what seithr is to ars magus, I can see Jade being frighteningly prolific at fighting with ars magus. Furthermore, given his staggering intellect & overall demeanor, I can see him as being an even match for Relius and maybe even Nine. However, on the subject of where his loyalties would lie, I imagine Jade would work for the NOL (I mean, he more or less already has the uniform), BUT be a plant for Sector 7 not unlike Makoto. Heheheh... oh, to be a fly on the wall when him & Kokonoe are talking.

Until next time... keep fighting the good fight, my friends.

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