The Tragic Fate of Crimson Viper

While I was chilling on YouTube, I stumbled across several comments that led me back to Urien’s story mode in Street Fighter V. The comments all had do with one particular scene: the dialogue between Urien and Crimson Viper. It’s already been confirmed that Viper has been investigating Q. However, the one piece of exposition that people are pointing to is this:

People have been dying under suspicious circumstances, and as Viper states, the only connection between them was that they were tied to an organization. Since Urien’s story was released before G was revealed, it was automatically assumed that she was talking about the Secret Society/Illuminati. However, there are some very odd things going on here. Watch the full scene:

First of all, while the Illuminati likely isn’t above murdering people to get their way, they seem to be far more interested in creating life than taking it. Everything from Twelve to Nash’s revival to Gill’s ability to resurrect revolves around them being creators rather than destroyers. While Gill is no doubt a terrifying presence who wants to control the world, he can still be considered well-intentioned. The ends justify the means for him.

This is why it’s odd to hear that many people are being killed for, as Viper puts it, “a changing of the guard”. The Illuminati may have people trying to defect or who oppose Gill’s rise to power. The thing is Urien is one of them. Gill knows this, and has not ordered his brother’s death, nor has he tried to kill his brother himself. He seems to be rather nonchalant about people disagreeing with him. Look at what he says to Kolin in his own story mode:

Then look at what he says to Urien:

Quite simply, Gill just isn’t the type to stain his hands with blood. He can have people tortured with experiments (like Necro). He can steal people’s personal affects (like Dudley’s car). He can even give the order to steal children (as Chun-Li knows all too well, although this was more likely Urien’s idea than Gill’s). Murder just doesn’t seem to be on the agenda for Gill, though. If someone opposed him, he just wouldn’t care. His entire modus operandi is to fulfill a prophecy and nothing more.
Looking at the Illuminati in this lens, it makes what Urien says to Viper while chasing her away with Aegis Reflector far more nuanced.

Overtly, Urien seems to be calling Viper worthless and telling her to leave him alone or she’ll be crushed. However, there’s at least two more distinct layers with what he’s saying. His allegory, “Maggots are swarming to consume the rotting flesh of fools”, seems to imply that he knows he’s being watched, but he, in general, doesn’t care because it doesn’t involve him. However, since Viper appears to be pointing the finger at him and saying he’s responsible, his response to lash out in anger and threaten her for getting too close makes him more than a little suspicious. This leads to the second layer of what he’s saying: he’s implying that he knows more than what little he’s willing to share.

Based on everything that’s happening, the allegory Urien used could also be a metaphor for another entity, particularly in the “rotting flesh of fools” line. If taken this way, Urien is commenting that the “maggots” (Viper and other investigators) are surveilling this other entity, which Urien feels is in the process of dying off, like moths to a flame. Urien’s following line then becomes clear: “You can follow them all you like, but if you bring your business back to me, I’m going to kill you.” In other words, Urien does not want to be held responsible for what others do.

So, this leads us to the million-dollar question: what is this other entity? It could be Shadaloo, but Urien has no ties to them outside of paying Balrog and Ed to bring him information on Operation C.H.A.I.N.S. It would make no sense for Viper to even talk to Urien then if this was the case – she already knows Urien is a member of the Illuminati.

Could it be the Illuminati then? If Gill’s preference for no bloodshed is any indication, it’s not very likely. Certainly, Urien is more overt regarding his preference to kill, but if this was the case, Urien wouldn’t have let Viper escape and would have just tried to kill her right there. He just wanted her to leave him alone.

This leads to a third entity, the only entity that makes any sense in regard to the information above: G, Q, and whatever organization they belong to.

Since Viper is investigating Q, she would have the knowledge of whatever group he belongs to, and her interrogation of Urien could only mean that she believes he has information on the organization as well. In other words, while Gill and Kolin have no idea who G is, Urien does, and he keeps that information to himself. In fact, it could be that Urien is the one who kept the aptly-named G File in the first place, and it wasn’t until later that Gill or Kolin discovered it and began using it for their own purposes.

However, as seen with Urien, Viper has a huge weakness: revealing things at precisely the wrong time. This gets her into trouble more than once. As far back as Street Fighter IV, Viper could have said literally anything to stop Cammy from deleting information on the BLECE Project. Instead, she pointed a gun at Cammy’s head, and Cammy promptly deleted everything. Viper’s response?

Combined with her revealing TOO MUCH to Urien, which almost gets her hurt or killed, we can assume that Viper, despite being a lauded undercover agent, has very poor judgment regarding information. Because of this, she’s at risk of putting herself or even her daughter Lauren, the only family she has, in danger. Unfortunately for Viper, this is exactly what happens, because we’ve seen Viper once before, years before her character was established.

Ladies and gentlemen, THIS is Crimson Viper:

If we take into account all of the research I have done over the past two years on G and assume that G at his most basic level can transform people into Qs, then this is the only conclusion we can make. Q’s ending takes place at the CIA’s headquarters, where high-level security clearance is needed just to use the restroom.

Only four characters in the entire Street Fighter series are outright stated to work for the CIA, and only Viper is playable. Further more, the three other characters, Wayne Nakamura, David Spender, and Juliana Leigh, are all in close proximity to each other and show no outward signs of G’s influence. Even if what I had written in “The Horror Behind Ken’s Blue Eyes” is true, that G can possess people through other people and delay full possession of said people for an indefinite amount of time, those three would still need to be in contact with someone G has already corrupted, and Viper is literally the only candidate left.

The only major hole to this theory is that Wayne, David, and Juliana were the ones who raised the alarm in the first place in Q’s ending, and you’d be justified in thinking that… except that all three are likely lower-level employees. Wayne Nakamura is stated to be an executive at the CIA, but it appears that his only charges are David and Juliana, making Nakamura the equivalent of a middle manager. His alert is too little, too late – by this time the CIA would either already know something is up considering the information Viper, who is an undercover field agent, would have provided, or their entire headquarters would have already been compromised due to Viper simply being in the vicinity. Basically, they’re screwed.

What makes this whole thing more disturbing is that Viper’s carelessness will do one of two things: she’ll either make her daughter an orphan or make her daughter a Q. In my last theory, I talked about the sins of the father. This time, it’s the sins of the mother.

And fate is a mother, isn’t it?

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