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Quake Guy is an unnamed marine tasked with the destruction of an entity codenamed Quake, later revealed to be the elder goddess Shub-Niggurath.
Almost nothing is known about Quake Guy besides the fact that he's an elite soldier in the military.
Quake Guy was part of a squad in Operation Counterstrike, a covert mission designed to strike back at Quake. However, early into the mission his team was ambushed and the base was annihilated... He was the only one left alive and it was up to him to step into the slipgate left open by the enemy and to return the favor to Quake. By the end of the game Quake is revealed to be none other than Shub-Niggurath, a demonic elder god that was responsible for all of the carnage. This final threat to humanity appeared to be unstoppable until Quake Guy telefragged it. Shub-Niggurath was promptly gibbed followed by a congratulatory message from id Software.
After John Romero's departure from id, the Quake franchise splintered off in a variety of different directions. Quake II is notable for completely abandoning the dark fantasy style of the original game and Quake Guy has never since been featured as the protagonist of the series.
- Quake Guy is a silent protagonist. He has no dialogue throughout Quake, but he does have an extensive library of grunts, groans, and screams. Trent Reznor did the voice work for Quake Guy (source).
- Like Doomguy, Quake Guy's face is shown at the bottom of the screen in the game. The appearance of his face reflects the amount of damage that he has taken. He looks especially intense when he picks up Quad Damage.
- His most distinguishable feature is his brown colour theme and Roman Legionnaire style helmet.
- Besides the hand axe, the weapon that Quake Guy wields in third person view does not correspond with the weapon that the player is actually using, but appears to be modeled after the Plasma Gun from Warhammer 40,000.
- Quake Guy does not have a proper jumping animation. He simply appears to levitate off the ground with an appropriate sound of exertion. Looking up and down also causes the entire character model to lean forwards or backwards. Quake Guy also lacks a swimming animation.
- Quake Guy appears as a skin in Quake III: Arena where he is listed as "Ranger."