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.
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.
EndingsEditIn 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.
Vehicles & StatisticsEdit
In V8, John drove the 1969 Jefferson, a white pimp-mobile that was decently armored and had moderate speed.
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.
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.
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.
- "You ready to roll the dice, bro!"
- "You gambled and you lost, the house wins!"
- "Somebody's dealing dirty cards! Shoot man, I should have bet on red!"
- "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."