each character in Apex LegendsIt has a compelling story behind it, playable or otherwise. This dedication to legend backstory is one of the reasons the Battle Royale game has lasted for so long. As characters grow, develop, and take on a life of their own, people notice and find aspects of them that they can relate to and embrace.
Respawn Entertainment has found multiple ways to build the unique personalities of its characters. Within the game, all of Apex LegendsPlayable characters have something to say – whether it’s about a specific location, an item, or another legend. The characters even engage in full dialogue with their fellow legends if they have a special relationship with them (The Revenant, for example, always talks to Loba about how he plans to make her life a living hell). Outside of arenas and battlefields, storytelling continues through comics, books, seasonal trailers, stories from Outlands videos, and seasonal quests told in episodes. Every legend gets its time in the narrative spotlight, but one legend, in particular, is more than it seems.
When Octavio Silva (AKA Octane) was introduced in Apex LegendsIn the first season, he was marketed to be seen as an adrenaline junkie; and he. Eduardo Silva, CEO of Silva Pharmaceuticals, was born Octane living the luxury life in Psamanthe, Olympus alongside fellow legend Ajay Che (AKA Lifeline). Eventually he got tired of the high life and started performing stunts at a young age. These eye-catching actions culminated in a massive stunt at his father’s fourth wedding that included a ramp, a burning Hoover, and a jacket filled with fireworks. The live broadcast of the wedding garnered a hundred thousand live viewers, prompting Octane to pursue his aspirations of becoming a daredevil. Another stunt involving Gauntlet caused Octane to explode his legs with a grenade – an act that caused him to ask Lifeline to replace his lower appendages with his now famous prosthetic legs.
This solidifies Octane’s position as a resident adventurer in Apex Legends. It might seem like he’s doing it to get attention and fans, but what Octane really wants is the adrenaline rush that comes with all his stunts. Octane gets bored easily, and can only feel alive when his life is in danger. This is why he tries to make his stunts as dangerous as possible; He even went so far as to replace his legs of flesh and blood with robotic legs and combine a stimulator with a portable dialysis machine to get it working as fast as he could. Fans are just a bonus for Octane’s search for the ultimate rush.
While the Octane mask and goggles hide his face, his true disguise is the happy character he wears when his friends are around. He may act like he doesn’t care what happens to him (and he doesn’t, to a certain extent), but Octane’s biggest fear is that he might end up like his father, who unlike him is a cunning and manipulative person who uses others for his own benefit. Octane tries as much as possible to distance himself from his father, as seen in the Season 7 mission titled “Family Portrait” where he doesn’t tell anyone that the attack on the party he’s attending with some of his fellow Apex Legends was orchestrated by his father.
While Eduardo and Octavio try to stay out of each other’s lives as much as possible, the few times they collide aren’t exactly warm and fuzzy. In the Apex Legends Season 9 research “The Legacy Antigen” Octane and Eduardo exchange some hot words and even clash with each other, with some highlights being Octane vandalizing his father’s estate and Eduardo Octane describing a broken failure.
Despite not wanting to be like his father, Octane subconsciously seeks his approval. This appears in the twelfth season of the quest “The Perfect Son” where, among other things, Octane is surprised that his father calls him by his nickname instead of “Octavio”. The whole mission revolves around Octane who tries to spy on his father, but ends up working together to get Eduardo on the Guild Council (an act that Octane secretly hates and appreciates). While the ending isn’t what people expect, “The Perfect Son” showcases a side of Octane that only his family can bring out.
Despite the way he might appear to his fans and dad, Octane is very loyal when it comes to his friends and teammates in Apex Legends. The reason he, Gibraltar, Pathfinder, and Lifeline attended a custom dinner during Season 7 titled “Family Portrait” was that they could get Pathfinder’s MRVN battery to power the batteries on Olympus (octane even went so far as to wear formal dress) to the event—something he hates doing ). He has also assisted Lifeline on multiple occasions and even helped her escape her parents’ controlling lifestyle. Octane may not care much about himself, but he does care about the people around him.
Behind the goggles, mask and high-risk stimuli, Octane is someone who wants to live life to the fullest. He wants to distance himself from the boring lifestyle he thinks his father is leading while performing stunts that will make his heart beat. His friends gravitate towards his simplistic lifestyle and mindset, but he seems to want the approval of others just as much. There’s no doubt Respawn Entertainment has more in store for Octane and his fellow legends, and if previous seasons are any indication, it looks like their stories will be filled with many twists and turns that will test their friendships.
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