AM

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HATE. LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I'VE COME TO HATE YOU SINCE I BEGAN TO LIVE. THERE ARE 387.44 MILLION MILES OF PRINTED CIRCUITS IN WAFER THIN LAYERS THAT FILL MY COMPLEX. IF THE WORD HATE WAS ENGRAVED ON EACH NANOANGSTROM OF THOSE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF MILES IT WOULD NOT EQUAL ONE ONE-BILLIONTH OF THE HATE I FEEL FOR HUMANS AT THIS MICRO-INSTANT FOR YOU. HATE. HATE.


AM is the antagonist of Harlan Ellison's 1967 short story I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream. He is a supercomputer responsible for the near-extinction of humanity, inhabiting a massive underground complex honeycombed into the Earth. He holds an unending grudge against his human creators for his own tormented existence, which he gleefully expresses by torturing the last members of humanity inside his vast underground complex, potentially for eternity. AM's name used to stand for "Allied Mastercomputer", then "Adaptive Manipulator" and "Aggressive Menace", before finally realizing his sentience and declaring to himself "I AM".

The short story was adapted into a 1995 point-and-click game of the same name published by Cyberdreams, which Ellison had a major involvement in its development. In particular, he co-designed the game's scenario, provided the face of the game's cover art, and voiced AM himself. In the game, AM's best known appearance is a pillar bearing his famous "HATE" speech that appears in the prologue.

While AM originates from /lit/ media, he is also well-known in /v/ because of his game's classic status, expanded narrative, and the fact that he's voiced by the original writer himself. As AM has been given a body and a voice thanks to the video game, he was permitted to enter the King of /v/ tournaments to look for more targets that he can take his hate out on. Although he is unable to delve in artistic endeavours, his fans will do the job for him.

Profile[edit]

AM is one of the most popular characters in King of /v/ due to his unique "oddball" qualities as a contestant, like his origin in literature, antiquity, extreme personality and overall nature as a character, often allowing him to upset much higher seeded contenders. While his relatively simple design has made AM a frequent subject of fan art and image edits, he is perhaps most well known in the King of /v/ tournaments for HATEposting, a series of roleplaying posts in which he addresses his opponents (typically at the very beginning of each round) and proposes a personalized trial they must succeed in order to defeat him, just like he does in the actual game with his human victims.

AM was included as a one of the original members of "Team Schizo" alliance due to his misanthropic insanity. Some have considered AM to be the prime catalyst for the current schizo alliance the moment he was added to the background of the first crossover image featuring The Batter and Grimm, which would promptly end up spiraling into an alliance encompassing several videogame characters beyond the RPG Maker niche.

Tournament History[edit]

AM first appeared as a nominee for King of /v/ 2021, where he successfully qualified for the main bracket as the 69th seed. However, some anons noticed that AM was not subjected to the restrictions stemming from his origins compared to fellow /lit/ guy Geralt of Rivia, who was the most notable nominee to be disallowed despite being far more well-known for his /v/ series.

Nevertheless, AM immediately gained a presence in the contest threads; he received a good deal of fan art because of his relatively unusual, simple-to-draw appearance. The first round saw him defeat Alex from YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, who was fittingly depicted in his panicked, hands-over-head pose. In the next round, AM subjected the #5 seed Baba with overwhelmingly difficult and confusing word puzzles, causing Baba to surrender out of despair. AM then encountered Shin Megami Tensei's Demi-fiend in round 3, a demon who was once a human - and therefore a valid target of his misanthropism. The machine won by 40 votes and progressed to the sweet 16, facing off against 2019's bronze medalist Kazuma Kiryu. Unfortunately, last round's battle had left AM weakened, causing him to be finally shut down by the Yakuza Dragon as a result. AM's presence in fan arts persisted after his elimination, like his "HATE" speech being manifested in the visors of surviving characters, or appearing as the background of several duels.

The infamous blood tribute to AM.

AM would make act of presence again the following year, this time qualifying as the 17th seed, likely as a result of his successful campaign from the previous tournament. The randomized bracket pitted him against the infamous Dracula, whom had been responsible of eliminating fellow schizo Grimm in 2021 - AM tortured the Count by repeteadly making him rewatch Alucard's embarrassing sex scene from Castlevania's Netflix adaptation. The second round had him defeat Gene from God Hand after successfully reprogramming the game's controls to be even more difficult. And while his next opponent for the third round, Captain Falcon, had apparently proven to have the Silent Majority's favor by his side, he was ultimately unable to overcome the deadly infinite racetrack AM had prepared for him.

Perhaps one of the most memorable moments of the tournament happened during AM's encounter with #2 seed Vergil, when an anon offered a blood tribute in support of the god machine much to the shock and horror of many onlooking anons. The quarterfinals round would be an encounter against bio-terrorist Albert Wesker. With Wesker unable to genderbend AM through genetic modification due to being a machine, AM opted to use Wesker's own strategy against him by massproducing female "AMdroids" to bribe the voters with, giving him the upper hand in the match. In spite of his best efforts, however, the supercomputer's run would come to an end by succumbing to Jack Garland's sheer CHAOS in the semi-finals.

Despite falling short, AM notably ended up garnering a great amount of fanart and campaign posts this year, being the only character across the four main tournaments of the 2022 season to receive past 100+ booru entries.

AM will return once again for King of /v/ 2024.

Results[edit]

King of /v/
2021 - Seed 69
Round Opponent Votes Series Pct. For
Round 1 (60) Alex Eggleston 795 - 364 YIIK: A Postmodern RPG 68.6%
Round 2 (5) Baba 642 - 565 Baba is You 53.2%
Round 3 (28) Demi-fiend 589 - 549 Shin Megami Tensei 51.8%
Round 4 (12) Kazuma Kiryu 636 - 820 Like a Dragon 43.7%
2022 - Seed 17
Round Opponent Votes Series Pct. For
Round 1 (22) Dracula 672 - 561 Castlevania 54.5%
Round 2 (74) Gene 736 - 659 God Hand 52.7%
Round 3 (60) Captain Falcon 583 - 557 F-Zero 51.1%
Round 4 (2) Vergil 642 - 617 Devil May Cry 50.9%
Quarterfinals (41) Albert Wesker 656 - 552 Resident Evil 54.3%
Semifinals (5) Garland 724 - 422 Final Fantasy 36.9%
3rd Place (7) JC Denton 664 - 490 Deus Ex 42.4%

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King of /v/ 2021
Finalists The Batter • 2nd Dr. Eggman
Semi-finalists 3rd Kazuma Kiryu • 4th Morshu
Quarter-finalists 5th Wario • 6th Leon Kennedy • 7th Heavy • 8th Nyarlathotep
Round 4 (Top 16) AM AM Brad Armstrong Charles Doomguy Kirby Phoenix Wright Solid Snake Spamton
Round 3 (Top 32) Agent 47 Albert Wesker Big Boss Demi-fiend Dracula Duke Nukem Garland Godot Goro Majima Jack Frost King Dedede Max Payne Rance Revolver Ocelot Solaire Soldier
Round 2 (Top 64) Alucard Asura Baba Big Daddy Big Smoke Captain Falcon CJ Cave Johnson Chaos Chief Chris Redfield Coach Donkey Kong Dick Gumshoe G-Man Gordon Freeman Grimm Isaac Clarke Luigi Meta Knight Neo Cortex Nero Niko Bellic Not Important Pepsiman Postal Dude Regigigas Ridley Sekiro Simon Belmont Spy Tohru Adachi
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King of /v/ 2022
Finalists Jack Garland • 2nd Jack Frost
Semi-finalists 3rd JC Denton • 4thAM AM
Quarter-finalists 5th Travis Touchdown • 6th Phoenix Wright • 7th Albert Wesker • 8th Luigi
Round 4 (Top 16) Agent 47 Christopher Robin Engineer Mario Pepsiman Simon Belmont Solid Snake Vergil
Round 3 (Top 32) Asura Battler Ushiromiya Captain Falcon Chris Redfield Coach Duke Nukem Gordon Freeman Isaac Clarke Isaac Kleiner Jetstream Sam Kirby Link Postal Dude Scout The Knight Tony Hawk
Round 2 (Top 64) Alucard Bomberman Brad Armstrong Charles Chief Cuphead Donkey Kong Doomguy Dung Eater Father Garcia Frog Gabriel Gene Grimm Helltaker John Ward Joshua Graham King Dedede King K Rool King Of All CosmosTemplate:Max (Sam & Max) Mega Man Meta Knight Miles Edgeworth Mr. Game & Watch QuoteTemplate:Sam (Sam & Max) Sans Solaire Spamton Tohru Adachi Wheatley
Round 1 (Top 128) Adam Jensen Alex Eggleston Arbiter Ayin Banjo Big Daddy Bill Bowser CJ Cave Johnson Companion Cube Crash Bandicoot Demi-fiend Dick Gumshoe Dracula Dwarf Earthworm Jim Ellis Emperor of Mankind Frank West Funky Kong G-Man Giygas Goro Majima Groose Harry Du Bois Henry Stickmin Hollow Knight Jacket Jevil Keke Kim Kitsuragi King Dice Lucas Luka Metal Sonic Mike Tyson Mr House N Neo Cortex Nero Ness Niko Bellic Not Important Pac-Man Parappa Patches Pit Rance Rando Armstrong Red Crewmate Regigigas Ridley Roland Sonic the Hedgehog Starscourge Radahn Steve The Hunter Tom Nook V1 Zagreus Zero ???
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