David Martinez of Edgerunners Parallels 2077 V

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Cyberpunk 2077 is a video game set in a dystopian future, similar to Bladerunner. The game takes place in the fictional setting of Night City, California Cyberpunk 2077 The plot follows a 27-year-old protagonist named V who moves to the crime-ridden city to start a new life. Since players play as V, the character can be either male or female and take on one of three life paths: Nomad, Street Kid, or Corporate.


Given the versatility of V’s character, it would have been difficult to match her Cyberpunk: Edgerunner Anime as deciding on a gender and life path for V would detract from the novelty of the character. While that means they won’t appear in the anime — not even in a cameo role — the series introduces a new main character who essentially serves as the V of the story, and that’s David Martinez. While David’s storyline isn’t a direct recreation of Vs, there are enough parallels between the two protagonists to give viewers a similar experience to the parent video game.

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How Edgerunners’ David Martinez and V of 2077 became mercenaries

A resemblance David has to V is the reason he moves to Night City. While still a teenager, his mother decides to move them to the dangerous Californian city because that’s where the Arasaka Corporation and Arasaka Academy are based. As David’s mother is raising him as a single parent, they are a working class family. She argues that if her son attends academy, he can become a corporation and work directly for the mega-corporation, effectively lifting him out of a life of poverty. This is similar to one of V’s life paths in the game, where before becoming employees of Arasaka Corporation, they were trained to specialize in intelligence networks. The only difference is that this version of V grew up in a wealthy family.

Another similarity between David and V is the life circumstances that eventually led them to become a mercenary, or more specifically, in David’s case, an edge runner. Although all of V’s life paths eventually lead to them meeting a mercenary named Jackie Welles, it is only in the Nomads’ life path that they meet Jackie purely by accident with no prior connection. So does David when he meets Maine, the leader of a team of Edgerunners. Before meeting Maine, David and his mother were involved in a fatal car accident that resulted in his death. Without his mother’s income to support him, David dropped out of school and became a street kid for a while. During a ride on the monorail, he accidentally meets Lucy, who introduces him to Maine.

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V and Jackie’s mission in Cyberpunk 2077

Interestingly, the way David meets Maine differs significantly from V. In almost all of V’s three life paths, they meet Jackie under more desirable circumstances and almost always after a life-changing event. After staying with Jackie for six months, V begins working mercenary jobs with Jackie and a netrunner named T-Bug. At one point, a fixer named Dexter DeShawn hires Jackie and his team to steal a biochip dubbed “The Relic” from the Arasaka Corporation building, though they have no idea what valuable data it contains.

The theft goes awry when Jackie and V witness Yorinobu Arasaka murder his CEO father, Saburo, and both Jackie and T-Bug are killed during the mission. The biochip’s casing is similarly damaged and V is forced to incorporate it into her neural network, eventually threatening her own life. in the edge runnerAfter becoming a street kid, David has no money to pay the rent and ends up transplanting a highly effective artificial spine called “The Sandevistan” onto his body, which increases his strength and gives him super speed. This catches Lucy’s attention, which is the real reason why she introduces David Maine, the latter actually wanting the spine for himself. Eventually, Maine allows David to join his Edgerunner team and becomes a Nomad.

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Where David Martinez’s story deviates from V

Admittedly, once V and David start taking on missions in their respective storylines, that’s where their storylines diverge. While V is driven by the desire to safely remove the biochip from their neural network, David instead aims to enhance his body with more cybernetics until little of his organic self remains. The difference in motivation depends on how her cybernetic enhancements affect her body. In V’s case, the relic he stole contains the AI ​​of a deceased musician named Johnny Silverhand, and the biochip is designed to allow Johnny to usurp his host’s body, which V doesn’t want. In contrast, David believes that constantly improving his body will give him an advantage in protecting his new family.

Relationships are another factor that differs between V and David. After losing Jackie and T-Bug, V doesn’t join any more teams, instead creating his own network of allies, some of whom actually sleep with them. In contrast, David values ​​family and is loyal to the people he loves and only pursues a romantic relationship with Lucy.

Unfortunately for the protagonists, both suffer tragic deaths as a result of their bodies succumbing to their cybernetic enhancements. In the case of V in 2077, they die either literally or metaphorically after Johnny Silverhand takes over their bodies. In David’s case in edge runnerhe succumbs to cyberpsychosis and sacrifices his life to save Lucy’s.

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