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Voodoo 1, Viper's on station. Your journey ends here, Pilot. The skies belong to me. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.
— Viper

Viper is a member of the Apex Predators and a supporting antagonist in Titanfall 2. He dons a helmet similar to that of a Pulse Blade pilot, and utilizes a heavily modified Northstar chassis, the spoils of a long and successful career as a mercenary.[1] Upon defeating Viper, the achievement Defanged is awarded.

Biography

Battle of Typhon

Viper's only known role in the Battle of Typhon would be protecting and escorting the Ark to the IMC airfield housing the transport vessel IMS Draconis. He would later be seen, along with Slone, in the hangar of the ship prior to its emergency takeoff.[2]

Viper would then take to the skies in his Titan, showing off an impressive array of upgrades allowing for vastly increased flight time and better missile tracking while fighting against squadrons of Militia Crows. Ultimately, he would fire a volley of missiles at the Widow housing Jack Cooper and BT-7274, causing them to fall through the skies and land on the dropship piloted by Barker.[3]

Viper's callsign card.

Viper would continue to battle against the Militia's air forces, eventually making his way to IMS Malta in order to stop BT and Jack reaching the Draconis. The two Pilots would engage in a fierce battle on the outer hull of the battleship, with Jack ultimately winning and critically damaging Viper's Titan. With the two believing Viper dead, they would proceed to resume their attempt to board the Draconis, only for Viper to return and push them off the ship and into the sky. They would land aboard the hull of the Draconis and engage in a frantic melee. BT would tackle Viper, who would in turn activate his thrusters and plow BT back into the ground. Viper would then rip off BT's left arm, but have his own hatch shot off by the Vanguard. The exposed Viper would then be shot out of his cockpit by Cooper with small arms fire, causing his Titan to fire off a volley of missiles that would impact the Draconis and cause it to lose altitude. Having been shot at, Viper was left for dead on the crashing Draconis.[3]

Trivia

  • There was originally a second Ronin Titan involved in this hectic exchange as seen in the E3 2016 Titanfall 2 Campaign trailer. Instead of BT tackling Viper after recovering from the fall, he would tackle a Ronin Titan, although the scene changes before anything else was revealed. What became of this Ronin is currently unknown. It is possible this Ronin was simply a stand-in for Viper, as to not spoil the boss fight in a trailer.
  • Viper shares several traits with Char Aznable of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise.
    • Viper's face is kept hidden behind a white pilot helmet much like how Char hid his face using a white mask and helmet during the events of the original TV series.
    • Viper's pilot suit uses the same color palette as Char's pilot suit from the film Char's Counterattack, dark yellow with black accents.
    • Both pilot red colored units that are tuned to focus on speed and maneuverability above all else.
    • In terms of skill, both are shown to be ace pilots capable destroying several enemy ships single-handedly in a single engagement.
  • Several of Viper's lines are influenced from films such as Top Gun and Aliens.
    • His line "Viper's got you in the pipe, 5x5" is similar to a line said by Corporal Colette Ferro in the film Aliens, as the UD-4L Cheyenne dropship enters the atmosphere of the planet LV-426.
    • His mention of 'Voodoo one' is a reference to Top Gun, as is his call-sign. In Top Gun the character Viper is played by Tom Skerrit, who also appeared in Alien. Viper also physically resembles Skeritt.
    • Viper also makes reference to The Matrix by saying "Dodge this!"
  • His helmet was used for the original female Pulse Blade model during the tech test.
  • Viper's custom Northstar was the only one of it's kind which could fly for extended periods of time, such as an aircraft would, due to custom and expensive modifications implemented by Viper personally.[1] It is possible that the Viper Thrusters are derived from his call-sign (or vice versa).
  • Viper's quote "You need to move a little faster than that son. Speed is Life." is most likely a reference to an old aviator's saying: "Airspeed is life, altitude is life insurance."
  • In an image tweeted by Apex Legends , what appears to be Viper's custom Northstar-class titan can be seen in Rampart 's mod shop, alongside various screens displaying blueprints for various components of the titan such as the missile racks and thrusters.
    • Viper's daughter - Kairi - has salvaged the intact flight core from Viper’s Northstar with the help of Rampart and built a new jetpack for use in the Apex games.
  • Viper bears a resemblance to Mike Metcalf from Top Gun, even sharing the same callsign, "Viper".

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Steve Fukuda on Reddit - "No, that was just Viper's thing. Very rare parts, very expensive to modify a Northstar to fly like that. But Viper, being a long time successful mercenary (until he met Jack and BT) could afford the parts and labor."
  2. Titanfall 2 mission - Trial By Fire
  3. 3.0 3.1 Titanfall 2 mission - The Ark