Faust (ファウスト, Fausuto) is a character in the Guilty Gear series. He is a medical genius gone insane and sane once more. Faust is probably one of the most unorthodox characters in the series. He made his first appearance in the first game, Guilty Gear, as Dr. Baldhead before hiding his identity and becoming Dr. Faust from Guilty Gear X onwards.
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 game (although he rarely does, due to his extremely low fighting stance). He wears a paper bag as a mask (with one eyehole), and wields a giant scalpel as a weapon.
He often behaves like a normal doctor, but in the battlefield, a crazy one, by using moves that make players with a sensitive case of laughter laugh themselves silly. However, despite his crazy style and wacky personality, he is someone who is loyal to his duties as a doctor and strives to help those in need, as a way to atone for his sins and past as Dr. Baldhead. He is also fierce towards enemies like I-No who is rather playful and sadistic to her foes, and does not hesitate to fight seriously if needed.
However, Venom implies that his bloodthirsty side still looms over Faust as from his past, but is said to be kept under control. Even to people such as Venom, the man in charge of the Guild responsible for the death of one of his patients, he is willing to make sure he and Faust himself stay alive from being surrounded by an army of Robo-Ky's, implying a forgiving nature for those who have what Faust seeks.
He is also friendly towards entities like Slayer, who suggests that Faust would thrive well in his world, as the normal world seems to be unfitting for him. Faust thanks him for the offer, but still decides to remain in the normal world for those who need his help.
Faust (aka Dr. Baldhead) was once renowned as an amazing physician. People would come from far and wide to be cured by him. But one day, a young girl once died during operation. This drove Faust mad, and he became a serial killer, employing both his knowledge of human anatomy and his occult powers against his victims.
Baldhead was released from prison to participate in the tournament Testament hosts. In his ending, he is visited by the voice of the young girl whose death drove him to insanity. She assures him that her passing was not his fault, and that he shouldn't blame himself. He then runs off into the night. It goes on to say that the serial killer known as Baldhead was never seen again, but that a new healer emerged.
Guilty Gear X
Guilty Gear X reintroduces Dr. Baldhead as Faust, who is wandering, and trying to atone for his killings by resuming his duties as a doctor, and helping as many people as he can. 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 the other ending, he cures Zato of his ailment, and leaves Venom to care for him, taking the parasite on as a result. Due to the events that take place in later games, the latter ending is impossible.
Guilty Gear XX
Faust runs into I-No early on, and decides to pursue her, believing that she will cause people harm, and that it is his duty as a doctor and protector of the needy to prevent this. 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 remaining ending, he fights with Venom and learns that the Assassin's Guild was involved with the death of the girl that drove him insane. He and Venom are then assaulted by a large horde of Robo-Kys, at which point Venom says that if they survive, he will tell Faust everything. Any of Faust's story paths are capable of fitting into the overall canon of the series.
Guilty Gear XX Λccent Core Plus
Faust continues his journey trying to heal whoever he finds, and he finally learns how to cure Zappa. Depending on the player's action, he performs a surgery on Zappa that will change his face to a Picasso-like drawing which, according to Faust, will repel the ghost he bears. However, this ending can be considered a joke, while the actual treatment is found on Zappa's ending. (Path 2)
In another path, Faust meets with Slayer, who asks Faust if he would like to come with Slayer 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, to which Slayer agrees, letting Faust go on his way. (Path 1)
Overture Stories: Ky's Story
In 2183, it is revealed that Ky contacted Faust to help Dizzy deliver their baby in secret.
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-
Faust's story begins in Xrd with him receiving an invitation from Slayer regarding who was behind the incident that caused him to lose his sanity. The assassin hired to make sure his patient died was none other than Zato, who was recently revived from death by the Conclave as a guinea pig for their grand scheme. Faust sets off to find Zato and finally receive some answers. Upon finding Zato, he confirms that he was hired to end the patient's life. With the culprit behind the event that ruined his life in front of him, Faust declares (somewhat apologetically) that he cannot help but feel the desire to slaughter Zato. After their fight, Faust spares Zato's life, seeming content in his defeat.
Zato goes on to explain why he was hired for the deed. The method that Faust intended to use to save his patient was highly unorthodox and was repeatedly rejected by his superiors. In actuality, his method held the key to the resurrection technique that the Conclave needed for their plans to come to fruition. The Conclave could not let knowledge of this technique become public. They knew Faust would attempt the technique regardless of authorization, so Zato was hired to make sure it did not succeed and that the patient died on the operating table. This served to not only keep the technique under wraps from Faust's associates, but also demoralize the doctor to refrain from using his technique again in the future.
Faust is later found by Johnny, who asks about May's recurring headache. Faust turns down the pirate's offer until Johnny reveals that May is Japanese, but she is an integral part of his family. Moved by those words, Faust agrees to find a cure. As he prepare his tool and checks his archive, he comes across some dark secrets...
After May is reunited with the Jellyfish Pirates, Faust appears to deliver the medicine, but also to talk in private with Johnny. Faust warns him that the medicine he gave to May is just a temporary measure and that he must keep her away from the Colonies at all costs. The conversation is cut short when Bedman arrives with an unconscious Millia and Venom and a weakened Slayer, who warns them of how dangerous Bedman. The boy knocks Faust out with a single attack, but Faust is carried away by the Jellyfish Pirates as they retreat to their ship while Chipp stays to buy them some time.
Later, he, May and April help stop the Conclave's from activating their Gear. They appear as backup when Bedman nearly succeeds in sabotaging the operation. Faust manages to save the operation by using his teleportation powers to install the final relay beacon for the missile carrying Sol.
In the ruins of Illriya after Justice's foiled revival, Faust meets with the last member of the Senato, Chronus. Asking questions about what they planned for the Japanese, he ignores his urge for revenge for what the Senato did to him in the past. A confused Chronus replies that he only knows that the Colonies are giving proper medical treatments to Japanese. Thinking that he is playing dumb, Faust stomps the ground, leaving a small crate. He calmly asks Chronus to drop the act, as he knows that a higher power gave the order. Faust is shocked to discover that there actually is someone above the Conclave's authority.
Main article: Faust's Command List
Powers & Abilities
His unique, cartoonish powers raise the question as to how he obtained them. Faust's P.W.A.B. report states that he has the ability to manipulate time and space, though it is unknown where he learned this skill; this feat is likely accomplished through the scientific use of Magic (given his past profession as a doctor, and retaining his unmatched medical genius through insanity), his Chinese heritage and thus ability to use Ki, or some other source. Faust's reality-bending powers and medicial genius are referenced through Axl Low and Zappa's storylines, where they seek the doctor for cures (Axl's time-slipping and Zappa's possession); suggesting that he may be able to reach beyond the physical world and alter ("cure") things, much like he appears to do when he fights and materializes things out of thin air. Thanks to his newfound ability in post-original game when he was Dr. Baldhead, he gains a new shapeshifting ability that grant him an altercation, not only on his former Baldhead face, but also anyone else, with the help of his surgery abilities and reality manipulation.
- 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 -SIGN-
See: Faust Quotes
References and Allusions
- Faust possibly got his name from the drummer of the Norwegian metal band, Emperor, or the German krautrock band Faust. However, it is generally considered that the name "Faust" is a reference to Goethe's Faust.
- Speculation has it that one of Faust's moves, "Going My Way?" is probably an allusion to the Jimi Hendrix song (covered by Lenny Kravitz), "Are you Gonna go My Way?"
- Faust's Instant Kill move in Guilty Gear XX, "Konshu no YAMABA! (This Week's CLIMAX!)" is perhaps an allusion to the movie "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb".
- Faust's identity in GGX is a total departure from the Dr. Baldhead character from the original Guilty Gear, since Baldhead was a horrendous serial killer and his movements were rather violent (often showing blood and some gore with many of his scalpel attacks). Faust is a more friendly character with odd traits that permitted him to evolve into a more unique fighter, with eccentric moves and a different, goofier appearance. However, he still retains a considerably violent attack; his Shigakiteki Zetsu Overdrive move impales the opponent by its rear with his scalpel; the scene is bloody, but sort of "censored" by reversing the scene colours. However, it can be considered comical instead of violent, since it resembles a kind of kancho, a popular japanese joke that consists of poking the anal zone of a friend with the fingers.
- Dr. Baldhead's evolution into Faust sort of explains the fact about Faust's teleportation powers (since Baldhead is said to have "disappeared without leaving a trace").
- Faust's past as Doctor Baldhead is unexplored and kind of ignored in Guilty Gear X onwards, but there are hints about that, as in GGXX Faust removes his paperbag showing a glowing, bald, silhouette instead of his head. Also, in the Story Mode from these games, Faust tends to meet May, who is reluctant to be near him, since she hates "bald men". It is not until Guilty Gear Xrd that revelations regarding the operation that brought him to the edge of insanity are revealed and explored.
- It is actually never stated in any game dialogue or official materials that Faust is indeed Baldhead, but the number of similarities and hints makes the connection too true to dismiss.
- Although Faust is indeed a human, many characters refer to him or his moves being "inhuman". For example, when Faust and Testament are paired up and win a Team Versus battle in Guilty Gear X Advanced Edition, Testament admits in parentheses that Faust's moves aren't human. Also, Baiken calls him a freak because he never takes off his paper bag (except during one of his taunts).
- However, the PWAB also implies that he can actually warp reality, explaining the source of his powers.
- Dr. Faust is somewhat copied by another killer, Dr. Faustus from Thrill Kill. Also, his movement mocks and surpasses Violet, who is also in Thrill Kill.
- Faust is the only character who can crawl, which seems to be easily done considering his stance.
- In Lightning the Argent, Faust offers Ky Kiske an operation that can make his head turn 360 degrees.
- In Faust's Shigekiteki Zetsumeiken Overdrive attack (where he swims across the floor and the chests appear), Death has Testament's original scythe from Guilty Gear.
- The chorus of Destructive Goodwill, Faust's theme in the Guilty Gear XRD series, contains a nod to Dr. Baldhead's theme Suspicious Cook from the first Guilty Gear, further reinforcing that the two are the same person.
- Faust shares his occupation as a doctor and name with Shaman King character Faust VIII. Coincidentally, the other Faust is described as "An insane but incredibly brilliant medical doctor who delights in saving lives."
- One of his Special Moves (What's Next?) and its Overdrive version (Super What's Next?) involves Faust dropping small-sized dolls of some characters. Faust himself is one of these characters.
- He is quite possibly the tallest character in the series.