Character Spotlight: Cayde-6

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I’m a huge Destiny player. So in honour of the new Rise of Iron expansion that just came out on Tuesday, I thought it’d be a great idea to gush about my favourite character in the series thus far, Cayde-6.

For those unfamiliar with the series, Cayde-6 is an Exo, a race of humanoid machines. He’s also the Hunter Vanguard, aka the leader of all Hunters in the game and the person you go to for quests and gear after completing them. But what makes this robotic being so goddamn special? Two words:

Nathan fucking Fillion.

Okay okay okay, that was three words, I know, but come on! It’s Nathan Fillion! How is that not awesome?! It’s like having Nolan North or Peter Dinklage as your Ghost, or as my personal favourites, Shohreh Aghdashloo (Shala’Raan in Mass Effect) as Lakshmi-2 and Crispin Freeman (Alucard in Hellsing) as the Awoken Male. They’re awesome voices and they’re a part of a badass MMO shooter! How could you not be ecstatic about that?!

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Unfortunately in the early stages of Destiny, Cayde-6 and the majority of characters that aren’t you don’t really get any screen time. They all have lines of dialogue but they’re more limited to just background chatter. Unless you’re Peter Dinklage as your Ghost getting the majority of screen time, or the odd scene with The Speaker (played by Bill Nighy), pretty much all the minor characters that you see at the Tower, they don’t say much.

It wasn’t until The Taken King expansion that we really saw the true colours of these characters, in particular Cayde-6. I don’t know if these lines were recorded before the game came out, but if they weren’t, it feels like Nathan Fillion walked into that sound booth with a chip on his shoulder and intended to blow his sections out of the water. Every single scene, every single line of dialogue is spoken with full-on Nathan Fillion sarcasm and that smug attitude he’s known so well for in Firefly and Castle. There’s a certain line that he’ll echo over the Tower PA that really gets the gist of the Cayde-6 character:

“Hello, this is Cayde-6 of the Vanguard. I realize that this is an abuse of the Tower PA, but whoever took my Sparrow (vehicle), I will find you. And you’ll wear a sign that says you stole…n-never mind. It’s right here. Sorry.”

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I could go on and on about how much I love Cayde-6, but I’ll limit myself to this final bit. Cayde-6 is a fantastic example of what happens when you take a side character and pair him with a voice so perfect for his character that it turns the character from a side character, to a marquee character in the minds of the players. Nathan Fillion absolutely crushes the rest of the voice cast, in particular during The Taken King when he has the screen time to do so. The majority of Destiny players will agree that there is no better character in the entire game that Cayde-6 and it’s not even a close game between him and whatever character is in second place below him.

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