For something different and a little out-of-the-blue, I thought I’d talk a bit about one of my favorite characters from the manga and anime “Trinity Blood” – the AX Agent Father Tres Iqus. Enjoy 🙂

 

Created 3036 AD, Father Tres Iqus is one of ten “Killing Doll” mechanical soldiers created by Vatican scientist Professor Gepetto Garibaldi (by two characters: one fictional, Mister Geppetto, woodcarver of Pinocchio; and one historical, Giuseppe Garibaldi) in an attempted rebellion. Because his cyborg body is composed of both organic and mechanical parts, he must take vitamins to maintain it. Tres, unit HC-IIIX, is the only one of the units known to still be operational. In the manga, it is revealed that Abel was sent to stop Garibaldi’s rebellion, and that he destroyed Tres’s “brothers”. When Tres, as the last operational model, attacked Abel, he was mortally injured by him. However, he was saved from destruction and recruited for AX by Cardinal Caterina Sforza, where he now has the code name Gunslinger. In Reborn on the Mars, it is revealed that his full name is Hercules Treq Iques; however, he rarely uses it and is known primarily by Tres Iques.

Being a battle cyborg, Tres works with an unemotional, relentless efficiency and his functions are mostly limited to combat situations. He tends to use expressions much like a computer might, such as asking for a “status report” to assess someone’s physical status and responding to questions with “negative” or “positive”. Despite his mechanical nature, he has had moments where he appears to display concern for others, a sense of humor, and annoyance. Tres is also extremely loyal to Caterina, and Abel remarks that Tres always appears to be in a bad mood when traveling because half of him is always home in Rome. To that end, he is often extremely inflexible with his orders and often carries them out without regard to situational variances. In the novels, when AX is dissolved, he joins the Rosenkreuz Orden with Caterina.

In the anime, Tres’ style of combat is best described as “Gun Fu”. A good example of this style would be Christian Bale’s character in the film Equilibrium, and many fight scenes in films of the Heroic Bloodshed action subgenre (an example is John Woo’s work with Chow Yun Fat). He wields slightly modified dual Beretta 92s (the same gun Bale’s character uses in Equilibrium), and his first combat scene against multiple vampires strongly resembles that of Equilibrium’s, in which Bale’s character (Grammaton Cleric Preston) kills many enemies in a pitch-black room. The reload mechanism for their pistols (a spring catch hidden in the sleeve) is also identical.

Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (Japanese); Christopher Sabat (English) Hikaru Midorikawa (drama CD)

 

~ Article courtesy of wikipedia.com
~ Image courtesy of fanpop – artist unknown 😦

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