Roy Batty

Roy Batty

    Blade Runner
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up… as a worker in the off-world colonies. Roy, an artificially intelligent Nexus-6 Replicant, has spent his short life doing the work of a slave. He’s had enough of life in space, and wants to live out his remaining years on Earth.

Living… as a fugitive, in a dystopian Los Angeles in 2019. Roy has led a team of rogue Replicants back to earth, where they’re trying to find a way to live past their expiration dates. He and his friends have come to Earth for a better life, far away from the war and squalor of space. As he describes his life in space, “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”

Profession… slave and warrior. Roy was designed as a combat model, and has spent his life serving in perilous intergalactic military campaigns. Roy was created with an “A Physical Level” and an “A Mental Level,” making him highly intelligent and incredibly strong.

Interests… freedom. Roy has lived like a slave his entire life, and he wants to experience the freedom strictly reserved for normal humans. As he puts it, “quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave.”

Challenge… surviving. Roy, like all Replicants, is destined to be “retired” on a certain day. However, Roy isn't willing to accept his predetermined death, and he'll do anything to extend his life. Right now, his plan is to find his maker, the elusive Dr. Eldon Tyrell, and beg him for a longer life.

Personality… determined, eloquent, violent, and capable of superhuman feats. Roy’s superhuman strength and genius-level intelligence make him the most deadly of his companions. But as he experiences life on earth, he’s begun to develop new, curious emotions. Empathy is a new phenomenon for Batty, as when he confesses to Tyrell, “I’ve done… questionable things.”


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