"You can wax on, wax off all you like. I'm still kicking your ass." ~ Gene
|Voiced by||Beng Spies|
Gene is the main protagonist and playable character of God Hand.
A twenty-three year old dusty rambler, Gene lost his right arm during an attempt to save a helpless woman from a group of thugs revealing themselves as demons. However, as thanks for his bravery, the woman, introducing herself as Olivia, gave him the right Godhand, an arm possessing legendary power, before sending him on a mission to defeat the Four Devas and prevent the return of the ancient evil Angra.
Gene is a tall young man wearing a tight white shirt and black coat with the left sleeve ripped at the forearm and the right ripped off completely, with shin-length coattails and black pants. He has an orange handkerchief tied around his collar. Gene also wears a silver belt buckle and long black boots, and dons a set of braces on his tattooed right arm (his Godhand) adorned with skull shapes referred to as the "Deistic Brace", and a fingerless glove on his left hand. His build is tall and muscular, and his hair is light brown (depicted as silver in official art) and slicked back. His left cheek has a white square patch on it, possibly a bandage, and his eyes appear to be brown, though the actual color is difficult to tell due to the game's and art's shading.
An "accessory" available for Gene is the Kick Me Sign, created by Olivia.
Gene is a courageous young man, and even though he tends to be somewhat outspoken and prone to complaints, he has a deep sense of justice. Unfortunately it is this very sense of justice that tends to get him into all sorts of trouble. He does not tend to think much unless prodded, but willingly trades jeering remarks and one-liners with those he fights instead. His curiosity is evident much of the time, and otherwise, he does have a caring side, notable for Olivia, even if she does agitate him at times.
Originally an average man easily defeated by mid-level demons, Gene gains incredible power and agility along with an array of martial arts skill after obtaining the God Hand. His natural hand-to-hand combat is an amazing repertoire of different punches and kicks taken from multiple fighting styles, with him being able to perform impressive maneuvers such back flips, and advanced techniques comparable to that of expert martial artists. Gene demonstrates superhuman strength with attacks that launch even overweight individuals larger than himself high into the air or across long distances, and superhuman speed with repeating, accelerating attacks that are delivered almost too fast for the naked eye to keep track of, such as pummels or stomps.
Compounding Gene's physical prowess is the power of the God Hand, allowing him access to fantastic special feats through the Roulette Wheel, such as summoning weapons made of energy, restoring his health through meditation, or unleashing attacks that crack the ground or send enemies into the sky and out of sight. Gene can increase his combat capabilities for a short amount of time by temporarily shedding the Deistic Brace on the God Hand, granting him complete invincibility as well as even greater speed and strength to his already impressive movement.
The first chapter of Gene's quest begins in a ghost town, where he discovers a quartet of demons called the Four Devas are terrorizing the nearby area in search of the Godhand that he possesses. They have brainwashed and coerced nearly all the nearby humans, taking what they do not control in the populace for labor and cheap fun at the expense of lives, as well as allowing demons to come from Hell and directly possess some of the citizens.
The first part of the game involves Gene fighting his way through the town and eventually coming across one of the members of the Four Devas, Elvis. He and Gene trade some light, even friendly words before challenging each other, Elvis coming out as the loser.
This leads to a meeting at the Devas Council, where the leader, Belze, shows intense disapproval that Gene is still alive, and offers Elvis another shot as well as Shannon her own turn at killing him.
Once Elvis is forced off, Gene continues on his way, coming across a section of villages overrun with demonic entities, even possessing some nearby machinery equipment. On the way, Gene realizes that the people who removed his original arm are in the town and are responsible for much of the danger, although Shannon is the real mastermind and threat behind the events at this point. He finds them and fights them, forcing them to flee and priding himself on being much more capable of handling threats now.
Once that's over, Gene comes across Elvis again in a graveyard and a fight ensues, Elvis having brought backup this time. Again defeated, Elvis busts through a gate while running away, in the process opening the path to Shannon.