hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Badass of the month club: Frank West

4:00 PM on 10.12.2009 // Jonathan Holmes

Time for another Badass of the Month Club, wherein the staff highlights a character or industry figure of noteworthy badassery.

When I first met Frank West, I wasn't all that impressed. He's ugly. He walks with a disconcerting limp. He's not all that bright, and he comes off as totally shallow. All the guy cares about is JOURNALISM, and as a videogame blogger, that's something I know quite a bit about. With all that in common, you'd think that Frank and I would have a lot to talk about. Not so. All the guy does is brag about the wars he's covered (y'know) and the scoops he's scooping. At least, that's what I thought at first.

My opinion changed after spending the course of Dead Rising and Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop with Frank. After experiencing a zombie hell with the man, I came to understand that he is one of the most respectable, stand-up guys on the planet. As it turns out, he's far from one dimensional; in fact, he's one of the most well rounded mother f*ckers I've ever met. It just takes a little while to find that out.

Hit the jump to find out why I love Frank West (warning, spoilers ahoy). 

Frank is totally comfortable with himself

Frank's not that fit by videogame protagonist standards. He's no where near as slim and sexy as Cloud Strife, nor is he jacked up and ripped like Brad Nicholson Marcus Fenix. Yet, the dude is still ready to drop trou(sers) at a moments notice. He'll carry on full conversations with incredibly good looking women, highly intimidating Ving Rhames look-a-likes, and homicidal clowns all in his underwear, or better yet, in a strange woman's underwear. Either way, it doesn't matter to Frank, as long as he's comfortable. 

Frank cross-dresses like it's totally not weird, and he'll make you feel like you're the weird one if you don't approve. He's also not afraid to cosplay his favorite videogame characters, even if they are semi-for kids like Mega Man X, or from games that sold like shit like Bionic Commando. He's even known to cross-dress cosplay as Roll from Mega Man Legends, which is almost no one's favorite version of Roll.

In short, Frank doesn't give a fuck, and that makes all of his acts of heroism all the more admirable.

Frank lives to rescue people

There are a lot of videogame "heroes" these days that have the freedom to go wherever they want and make "moral choices" throughout their adventures. A lot of these "heroes" kill innocent people, screw prostitutes, and engage in other "shocking" taboos. Frank's not necessarily above that stuff, but the thing about Frank is that if he fails to rescue even one person at the Willamette Mall, just one, he wont even bother trying to save his own life at the end of the game. Frank doesn't save people for the glory, or because he has to, but because if he doesn't, he will choose not to see the end of his own game.

It's a little frustrating; needing to be a perfectionist in order to witness Frank's eventual escape from Willamette. That said, the sense of mastery one achieves after beating the clock (and the thousands of zombies) by rescuing all those defenseless idiots is more than worth it.

That's Frank in a nutshell; he's a master.  A master of multi-tasking, at beating zombies to death with a giant fake lipstick container, and at "keeping it real" even when the shit has totally hit the fan.

Frank never gives up

A little over three fourths of the way into Dead Rising, Frank discovers that he's infected with the zombie plague. There is no cure. It may be a few days, or a few years, but no matter what, Frank's going to get gross and start eating people.

Now, what would you do if you knew you were going to die at any time, by zombification no less? Would you just throw in the towel? Try to make out with the sexy Latina that 24 hours ago tried to run you over with a motorcycle? Go to the grocery store and fill your face with steaks until you're too fat to move? Go psychopath and start hacking up strangers with a machete, then blame it on Vietnam flashbacks?

Not if you're Frank West you wouldn't. Instead, Frank West goes out there, kicks even more zombie ass than he did before he knew he was doomed, takes on the god damn US Special Forces, punches and bullet-proof army dude in the balls, and fucking totally owns the moment by letting out a Hollywood style "scream to the heavens". 

I know I'm swearing a lot, but it's hard not to when you're talking about Frank West. He's just inspiring like that.

Frank's inspiring

You ever look out into your future and see nothing but obstacles, nothing but doom, no way to win, and thousands of ways to lose? It just makes you want to break down and cry, am I right? Well,if you need a role model to show you the way through these trying times, look no further than Frank West.

When presented with hundreds of thousands of zombies, what does he do? When a random suicide cult shows up and steals all his clothes, how does he react? Well, first he might take pictures of them, or if he's feeling creative, he may stack servebot masks on every zombie/cult member he can find, then take pictures of them. If he's feeling violent, he may beat one of them senseless, rip their arm off, then stick said arm into the face of the first zombie he sees. If he's feeling impatient, he may just skateboard through them, or crawl right over them, or run through them with revved up chainsaw and a hockey mask on.

That's not to say that Frank is all about violence. If he meets someone who is, y'know, not already dead, he'll always make an effort to talk things out. That goes for shotgun wielding store owners, horny security guards, and cannibalistic chefs. Frank will always give you the chance to work things out peacefully, which is a lot more than I can say for a lot of politicians today. Honestly, the dude should be nominated for an award or something. 

Frank took pictures of Jun the Swan's underwear

At least, I think he did. Even if he didn't, I know that he would if given the opportunity. 

So, those are most of the reasons I love Frank West. I didn't name them all because I wanted to leave some room for you in the conversation. So tell me, what do you love most about Frank?

 

Photo Gallery: (3 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys



Jonathan Holmes, Bad Joke Uncle
 Follow Blog + disclosure Tips
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Ju... more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

OrochiLeona avatarOrochiLeona
I took some shots of my DIzznee Infineetee Quorra figure. Been waiting for this since the brand first stumblefucked its way onto the scene. (pics in comments of post to save feed space)
Sophie Pierre avatarSophie Pierre
Ninja Trail New Game App of 2015
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Now Listening to Old Music 7 - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
[youtube]https://youtu.be/9aHQnDTd1y4[/youtube]
Shinta avatarShinta
[youtube]https://youtu.be/ix6BJTSjAB4[/youtube] There is a ton of awesome music in this game.
Dr Mel avatarDr Mel
Laracraft: World of Tomb Raiders
Joe Parlock avatarJoe Parlock
So there's a game called School of Ragnorok coming out, and in it there's my new boyfriend. He's an 8 foot tall demon thing with awesome hair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ibgnjCHv24
Nerdcotic Network avatarNerdcotic Network
check out this awesome video made by the Nerdcotic Network. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3KgJfBt0uE
Nerdcotic Network avatarNerdcotic Network
Hay check out this awesome video made by the Nerdcotic Network on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QemwbuspOJg
The Travisionist avatarThe Travisionist
[img]http://cdn.destructoid.com//ul/308609-RR1.jpg[/img] Dayum. Billy Mays is back and lookin' good.
StriderHoang avatarStriderHoang
Pivot smash my way to victory
Osc44 avatarOsc44
You ever dream of flying through the clouds, but couldn't so you just watch TV? Me neither.
Zack Furniss avatarZack Furniss
Oh GOOD, The Flock is awful. I was hoping to break my high review score streak. (this is a joke)
Zack Furniss avatarZack Furniss
So many PAX things to write. So many.
Shinta avatarShinta
Bwahahahaha .... my helicopter now arrives in the middle of a fight blaring "Take on Me" on the loudspeakers. Metal Gear 5, 10/10. [youtube]https://youtu.be/djV11Xbc914[/youtube]
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Oh neat, Hollow Knight got through the Colosseum of Fools stretch goal while no one was looking. Shame they couldn't get to three characters but the game still looks awesome.
techsupport avatartechsupport
S Rank is so satisfying. Too bad I rarely earn it!
Bardley avatarBardley
My MGSV: The Phantom Pain playthrough has quickly devolved into a journey to fill out Big Boss' 80's synth pop collection. And I couldn't be happier.
Dinosir avatarDinosir
You know what I love? Game tgat force you to connect to their servers even though you only want to play single player. Then the servers are down an the game tries for like 5 minutes, not even giving you a way to cancel the process, you just have to wait
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
In today's Spelunky daily challenge, I was nibbled by a bat that pushed me into a Tiki trap that landed me dead on Kali's alter. Kali was pleased with the bat's sacrifice.
Shinta avatarShinta
It's pretty good guys ... [youtube]https://youtu.be/_98VZT9s7M0[/youtube]
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -