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Eddie is a villain from Guilty Gear. He is the shadow 'Forbidden Beast' Zato-1 gave his eyesight for, granting him his shadow manipulation abilities.
Eddie uses the deceased corpse of Zato as a sort of "human skin". Aside from that, Eddie can take the shape of just about anything imaginable. His true form, and most common depiction, is that of a completely black humanoid with red eyes, with a gargoyle's head and wings.
Eddie's personality is similar to a stereotypical "genetic experiment". When not desperately seeking out host bodies, he often ponders the meaning of his existence, as well as the meaning of life in general.
Zato-1 became a host for Eddie at the cost of his eyesight. As a result, Zato-1 gained the ability to fight with his shadow. After fighting Millia Rage, Zato-1 dies due to his injuries, allowing for Eddie to take control of Zato's corpse. It isn't long before Eddie realizes that Zato's decaying body cannot sustain him for long, so Eddie sets out to seek a new living host to possess. Eddie replaces Zato-1 from GGXX onward, with regard to both the story and the selectable characters.
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus
Eddie finds out that he's dying and looks for a new host to support his lifespan. In one ending, he's finally confronted by Millia Rage, who defeats him. Eddie finally learns that he may die, but his legacy and the Assassin's Guild will live forever, a fact that leaves Millia in shock. In his other ending, Eddie approaches the brink of death without finding a new host body. However, just as he believes he is about to die, Eddie realizes that, as a Forbidden Beast, he has a different value of mortality in comparison to humans. Finally free of all doubt, Eddie releases himself from Zato's corpse, and flies into the night reveling in his new-found life and power.
Guilty Gear Dust Strikers
Eddie continues his quest to locate a new host, this time having less prejudice by even considering May as a possible candidate, due to her being in her growth spurt. Before participating in the 'Four assassin guild brawl' he encounters Millia Rage once again, only to be ignored by her, with her stating that she wanted to talk to Zato-1 and not him. Somewhat granting her request, Eddie manipulates Zato-1's body, making Zato-1 question why she wanted to talk to him. Eddie then dispatches Millia along with Venom and Slayer, in which Gig then suddenly appears. Eddie finds Gig to be of no use as a candidate and engages it in a fight. In his ending, it is revealed he has now disposed of Zato-1's body and has realized he has a different mortality, similar to his XX Accent Core Plus ending. His dialogue suggests that he even tried using Millia as a host, but it didn't work as well as Zato-1's body had. Eddie then holds a handful of blonde hair in his hand and laughs menacingly.
Eddie is perhaps the hardest character in the series, but when mastered he is also the most devastating. He is a tricky character who relies on pressuring the opponent in conjunction with his shadow self to create 50/50 mixups and unblockable traps.
References & Allusions
- He is most likely named after the monster mascot of Iron Maiden.
- Zato's voice actor, Kaneto Shiozawa passed away shortly before the release of Guilty Gear X. As a result, Eddie is voiced by Takehito Koyasu.
- In Guilty Gear XX ♯Reload, Eddie is considered as the most powerful character.
- Eddie's Blazblue counterpart is Arakune.
- Eddie may have also been named after Eddie Brock Jr., the host of the black symbiote who is also known as Venom. Also, Venom is the name of one of the playable characters of Guilty Gear & a former friend of Zato-1.
- Eddie resembles of the Digimon's Devidramon. They are the both gargoyles.
|Guilty Gear Villains|
Eddie/Zato-1 | Dr. Baldhead | Testament | Justice | That Man | I-No | Raven | Jack-O | Post War Administration Bureau | Crow | Geena | Robo-Ky | Judgment | S-Ko | Valentine | Ramletherl Valentine | Senato | Bardius | Robo-Ky Mk. II | Bedman