John Torque
John T.- Arcade
John Torque as he appears in Vigilante 8: Arcade


John Torque




Vigilante 8
Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense
Vigilante 8: Arcade


V8: Jefferson
V8: 2nd Offense: Thunderbolt
V8: Arcade: Jefferson

Special Weapon:

V8: Bass Quake
V8: 2nd Offense: Wheel O' Fortune
V8: Arcade: Bass Quake



John Torque is a fictional character in the vehicle action series Vigilante 8.


John Torque was a down on his luck gambler who lost more money than he was taking in. It is hinted that he owed money to some shady people, but had a terrible gambling problem. His reasons for joining the Vigilantes is a mystery, but Sid Burn was a nationally wanted terrorist, so the reward money was most likely the reason. Despite this being the case, it didn't affect his friendship with Convoy.


John Torque as he appears in V8: 2nd Offense.

Prior to the events of Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense, John Torque had eliminated Sid Burn and used his money to buy a new vehicle, a new wardrobe, and then gambled the rest away. Bored out of his mind without the thrill of taking down the Coyotes, John Torque became a bounty hunter and decided to track down a notorious weapon smuggler named Nina Loco, who turned out to be an old flame of Sid's. While on Loco's trail, John decided to pay a visit to his old mentor, and was horrified to find Convoy and Houston missing, and their home burned to the ground. Torque immediately grabbed a few machine guns from Convoy's backyard and set off to search for them.


Torque's Reward

John Torque staring at his reward money in his Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense ending.

In his V8 ending, John takes Sid Burn's money and gambles it away at a roadside casino. He then reveals Sid Burn bound and gagged in the trunk of his car as he drives off to an unknown destination.

In his V8: 2nd Offense ending, he finally catches Nina Loco and heads to the nearest jailhouse to collect reward money. He opens his trunk, which shows Nina tied up, but John has a change of heart. Then he and Nina drive off together, the two falling in love with each other.

In his V8: Arcade ending, John Torque defeats Boogie and uses his money to (presumably) gamble in Vegas.

Vehicles & StatisticsEdit

69 Jefferson

The Jefferson, as it appears in Vigilante 8

In V8, John drove the 1969 Jefferson, a white pimp-mobile that was decently armored and had moderate speed.


The Thunderbolt, as it appears in Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense

In V8: 2nd Offense, he traded the Jefferson for the Thunderbolt, a Pontiac Firebird-like car that wasn't as well armored as the Jefferson, but was faster.

Avoidance: IIIII
John T. Vehicle- Arcade

The Jefferson, as it appears in Vigilante 8: Arcade.

In Vigilante 8: Arcade, John Torque returns in the 1974 Jefferson, a slightly different style from its 1969 counterpart with a rusty-white paint job. It also has good radar evasion, but low strength.

Strength: Low
Acceleration: Average
Top Speed: Average
Radar Evasion: Good

Special WeaponsEdit

In V8 and V8: Arcade, John's Special Weapon was the Bass Quake, a giant stereo mounted on the trunk that sent out a damaging shockwave that caused all nearby environment to tremble.

In V8: 2nd Offense, John's Special Weapon was the Wheel o' Fortune, a revolver like weapon that did moderate to high damage, depending on if the shot was supercharged (this happens randomly).


  • In Vigilante 8: Arcade, it's stated that John Torque's favorite car accessory is double deck poker cards.
  • According to an article on IGN, John Torque is considered an example of positive influence on African-American culture.
  • John Torque's character is based on Richard Roundtree's original Black action hero, John Shaft. The line "shut your mouth", heard in the main theme song of the game, is a reference to the main theme of the movie Shaft, in which the eponymous character stars in.


Vigilante 8:Edit

  • "You ready to roll the dice, bro!"
  • "Bassquake!"
  • "Deuce!"
  • "You gambled and you lost, the house wins!"
  • "Somebody's dealing dirty cards! Shoot man, I should have bet on red!"

2nd Offense:Edit

  • "The cards have been dealt!"
  • "Your luck's about to change!"
  • "Always bet on black!"
  • "Place your bet!"
  • "Snake eyes!"
  • "This ain't bingo, chump."
  • "You should learn when to fold!"
  • "The odds were against you, fool!"
  • "Easy come, easy go."
  • "I won't be taking that to the bank."
  • "Shoot! This has got to be fixed!"


  • "Ah yeah, place your bets, scumbags!"
  • "Torque's the name and action's the game!"
  • "Hmm, time to double down, brother!"
  • "Bass Quake!"
  • "Augh! (Cough)"
  • "Augh! Come on! Tilt!"
  • "Ka-ching! Haha!"
  • "Yeah! Crank it up!"
  • "Haha! Luck of the draw, my man!"
  • "Yeah, huh, game over."