|“||—Healing the world is also one of my duties as a doctor.||”|
–Faust, Guilty Gear XX Λ Core Plus
Faust is a recurring character in the Guilty Gear series. He is a medical genius gone insane and sane once more, and is probably one of the most unorthodox characters in the series. Having discarded his old identity, Faust is an itinerant healer dedicated to saving everyone he can to atone for his sins.
Faust's extreme height and light weight give him a bizarre, tall, lanky physical appearance, and allows him to tower over every other character in the series—although he rarely does, due to his extremely low fighting stance. He wears a paper bag as a mask with one eyehole, which in one of his Taunts he takes off to reveal a glowing bald head and obscured face, and wields a giant scalpel as a weapon.
His usual outfit consists of a collared, light-blue shirt with a black or yellow tie, green pants, and a stylized white coat with several sizable grey bolts on his shoulders and black belts. In -STRIVE-, Faust receives a major redesign: He wears simple light-blue scrubs, white gloves, a stethoscope around the neck, and mostly-white sneakers. It exposes an extremely skinny build and a stitched patch on the right side of his chest area.
Going mad shattered whatever Faust's personality might have been, and even though he regained his sanity, a good deal of that wreckage is now permanent. And yet, contrary to his eccentric style and transportation methods, it is only in the battlefield that he can easily be described as "wacky".
While his behavior remains erratic, the compassion and generosity he was once known for have returned undimmed. When it comes to saving lives, Faust behaves like a normal doctor and is completely serious about helping those in need as a way to atone for his sins and past. He does often talk complete nonsense, but he is just as (if not more) likely to say something profound that will help others find their paths in life. Usually respectful towards others, Faust's resolve to save lives is not limited to humans, caring equally for Gears that may need his help.
As silly as Faust may seem, Venom implies that the doctor's bloodthirsty side still looms over him, but he keeps it under tight control. Indeed, even when confronting the two people responsible for the mishap that ruined his life, Faust's first and foremost priority is saving lives, even as he feels the powerful urge to slaughter them. In his dedication to prevent harm to others, he is fierce towards enemies like I-No and does not hesitate to fight seriously if needed.
Faust was once a highly-regarded surgeon, until a young patient of his died during an operation. The mishap he committed drove Faust mad, causing him to snap and go on a murderous rampage. After the tournament, he managed to regain his humanity, and decided to take his own life to atone for his sins. But just as he was about to end it all, he learned that it was someone else who caused the mishap. He thus decided to seek the truth and resolved to save lives, and work as an itinerant doctor.
Guilty Gear X Edit
In 2180, in the Guilty Gear X Drama CD, Faust takes residence in a village near the Grove and starts treating a blind young girl, Josephine. Venom is sent to make Faust join the Assassin's Guild and threatens Josephine to get to the doctor. When she is hurt, Dizzy and Testament take her to Faust, who heals Josephine and restores her sight. However, his office is burnt down by villagers targeting Dizzy. She loses control of her powers and is subdued by Testament. No one is gravely injured, but Josephine slaps Dizzy as a "demon". After Dizzy and Testament then leave, Faust makes Josephine reflect about what she just did.
When a bounty is issued on Dizzy's head, Faust departs to save her life. In one ending, he meets with Dizzy and convinces her to leave the forest she lives in, in an attempt to prevent further attacks on her. In his other ending, Faust cures Zato-1 of his ailment, and leaves Venom to care for him, taking the parasite on as a result. Due to events in later games, the latter ending is impossible.
Guilty Gear XX Edit
A few weeks later, Faust runs into I-No and decides to pursue her to prevent her from harming people. In one ending, he tracks her down, and she confronts him about his dark past, accusing him of still enjoying bloodshed. After rendering her unconscious, he admits that he still enjoys causing pain, yet vows to continue in his duty as a doctor. In another ending, he meets Zappa and learns of his condition. Upon examining the body, he decides that he does not know how to cure this ailment. In the third ending, he learns from Venom that the Assassin's Guild was involved in the "mishap" that drove him insane. He and Venom are then assaulted by a horde of Robo-Kys, at which point Venom says that if they survive, he will tell Faust everything.
In Guilty Gear XX Λ Core Plus, Faust continues his investigation on the Post-War Administration Bureau, crossing paths with Crow, while also trying to heal whoever he finds. In his Path 1 ending, Faust meets with Slayer, who asks Faust if he would like to come to the other world where Slayer plans to retire. Faust refuses, however, saying that there are still people around the world who need his help. In his Path 2 ending (which can be considered a simple joke), Faust cures Zappa by changing his face to resemble a Picasso-like drawing that will repel the ghost he bears.
Material Collection stories Edit
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Edit
In October 2187, Faust is working at Illyria's downtown area when he receives an invitation from Slayer regarding who was behind the incident that caused him to lose his sanity. Slayer tells him it was the Conclave, and that he may receive some answers from the assassin hired to do the deed, Zato-1, as he has been resurrected by the Conclave. Faust sets off to find Zato. At the Opera House, Zato confirms his involvement in Faust's "greatest failure". They fight but Faust doesn't kill Zato; he is more interested in the truth than in revenge, and learns from Zato that Conclave is up to no good.
In a small Illyrian village, Faust meets Johnny, who asks him to treat May, to which Faust agrees. Learning that May is Japanese, Fausts checks his information concerning the colony and notices something startling. At the Jellyfish Pirates' reunion, Faust appears to deliver the medicine, but also to talk in private with Johnny. Faust warns that it is just a stopgap measure and that May must be kept away from the Colony at all costs. The conversation is cut short when Bedman arrives to kill them, and knocks Faust out. While Chipp Zanuff stays to buy them some time, Faust is carried away by Johnny as they retreat to the Mayship.
Later, in the Illyrian ambush on the Cradle, the Mayship appears as backup when Bedman nearly succeeds in sabotaging the operation. April pilots the ship close enough that Faust can use his teleportation powers to install the final relay beacon for the missile carrying Sol Badguy. He and That Man break the Felion barrier, but the Cradle/Justice gets away.
After Justice's foiled revival, Faust confronts Chronus. Asking questions about what they have planned for the Japanese, Faust ignores his urge for revenge. Chronus is confused, and Faust is shocked to discover that there actually is someone above the Conclave's authority.
Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- Edit
Faust takes Chronus with him to confirm is someone other than the Conclave sending orders to the Colony. While he wants to get to the root of the mystery (which Chronus suspects is the Universal Will), Faust's main objective is the Japanese people's well-being. He agrees to rendezvous with Johnny and his friend, Kum Haehyun the Tuner. Unable to meet Haehyun in person due to Leo Whitefang, Haehyun tells Faust her findings via magic com. Faust asks to be informed of any changes while he tries to find a cure.
At the Illyrian Royal Library, Faust is looking for an ancient book he has read before when he meets a cured Zappa, who is also looking into the phenomenon. They soon share their intel with Sol, kings Ky and Leo, and Dr. Paradigm, after which Faust focuses on making a vaccine. During the battle to defend the capital from Antimatter Gears, Faust's injections delay their explosion. The battle comes to an end when Ariels is killed and the Information Flares stop.
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Edit
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Before his fall, Faust was a surgeon of renown, widely considered the finest physician in more than a hundred years and respected throughout the world. In terms of medical expertise, Faust is apparently unmatched, so much so that rumors of him paint him as a "healer with god-like abilities", and boasts the claim of having "treated nearly every ailment under the sun". In some instances, he is seemingly able to cure the most uncommon of conditions, such as Axl's time-slipping and Zappa's possession, although both are non-canonical.
Previously limited to merely handling his giant scalpel to slice his enemies, Faust's unique, cartoonish powers raise the question as to how he obtained them. Faust's P.W.A.B. report states that, using his skill in medicine, he can transform his own body and has the capacity of warping space-time, allowing him to teleport. He is shown to be able to travel via doors that he himself materializes, although they only allow for mid-range movement, or by opening a black umbrella and let himself be carried away by the wind. Some of his moves imply that he can also alter or rearrange the bodies of others in any way he wishes, and an awareness of other worlds. Faust may also be physically stronger than he lets on: When he gets angry thinking that Chronus is playing dumb, Faust stomps the ground and leaves a small crate behind.
Although Faust is human—or at least, he claims to be—, many characters are not entirely sure that he is. The P.W.A.B. classifies him as "unknown" and later as "human(?)". Testament thinks of his moves being "inhuman", while Sin assumes Faust is a Gear in a victory quote. On their first meeting, Slayer asks Faust what he is, certain that he is neither a Gear or a human.
Musical themes Edit
- The Original - Guilty Gear X
- The Original II - Guilty Gear XX
- Take the Pain - Guilty Gear XX ♯Reload Korean OST
- Home Sweet Grave - Guilty Gear Isuka
- Destructive Goodwill - Guilty Gear Xrd
- Colors - Guilty Gear -STRIVE-
- It is possible, though unlikely, that Faust got his name from the drummer of the Norwegian metal band, Emperor, or the German krautrock band Faust. However, it is generally considered that "Faust" is a reference to Goethe's Heinrich Faust, a doctor who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for limitless knowledge.
- One of his moves, Going My Way?, is possibly an allusion to the Lenny Kravitz song "Are you Gonna go My Way?".
- Faust's This Week's Climax! is perhaps an allusion to the movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
- It is actually never stated in any game dialogue or official material that Faust is indeed Dr. Baldhead, but the number of similarities and hints (the same physical build, backstory and basic fighting style, Venom calling him "Doctor Ba--", May sensing that he is bald, etc.) makes the connection too true to dismiss.
- The chorus of "Destructive Goodwill", Faust's theme in Guilty Gear Xrd, contains a nod to Dr. Baldhead's theme "Suspicious Cook".
- In -SIGN-, Faust tells Johnny 無問題 (mōmantai?), which means "no problem" in Cantonese.
- His Overdrive, Shigakiteki Zetsumei Ken, impales the opponent by its rear with his scalpel; the scene is bloody, but sort of "censored" by reversing the scene colors. However, it can be considered comical instead of violent, since it resembles kanchō, a popular Japanese joke that consists of poking the anal zone of a friend with the fingers. In Xrd, it becomes a kanchō attack that draws many different reactions from his opponents.
- In Lightning the Argent, Faust offers Ky Kiske an operation that can make his head turn 360 degrees.
- In Xrd, the bolts on Faust's jacket say "Stimulation", the back of his jacket reads "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" and the writing on his paper bag says "Wandering Doctor Faust" upside down.
- Faust shares some similarities with Faust VIII from the Shaman King manga series. Besides sharing the name, they both are tall, brilliant doctors who were driven mad by the death of someone they cared for and became obsessed with death (although Faust VIII became a necromancer instead of a serial killer), before ultimately turning a new leaf.
- Faust has made guest playable appearances in the following games: Mistover, Code Shifter.