Andrew Ryan (Bio Shock)
Andrew Ryan is a fictional character and primary antagonist in the 2007 video game BioShock. Ryan is a business magnate in the 1940s and 1950s, and seeking to avoid scrutiny from governments and other oversight, ordered the secret construction of an underwater city, Rapture. When Ryan's vision for a utopia in Rapture collapsed into dystopia, he hides himself away and uses armies of mutated humans, "Splicers", to defend himself and fight against those resisting him, including the player-character Jack within the first game. He is referenced in the sequel, BioShock 2.
Ryan was created by Irrational Games' Ken Levine, based on figures like Ayn Rand and Howard Hughes. The character has received significant praise from critics. He is voiced by Armin Shimerman, whose voice acting was cited as one of the contributing factors to the success of BioShock as it won "Best Use of Sound" from IGN. Ryan has been compared to several different real-life and fictional figures, his world of Rapture compared to the world of the Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged.
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