Jack Garland

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"All I care about is seeing Chaos dead. I need to. It's not a hope or a dream. It's like a hunger. A thirst."
- Jack Garland

Jack Garland, known simply as Garland in the original Final Fantasy and other related media, is a major antagonist from the Final Fantasy series and the main protagonist from Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. In his debut, Garland would act as both the first and final boss, making him the overarching antagonist of the game. The character would go on to make later appearances in the franchise, most notably the Dissidia Final Fantasy series, yet would remain a fairly reserved presence within it. This would forever change, however, with the reveal and later release of Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. The game features the newly christened Jack Garland as its protagonist. In what can almost be considered a parody of typical JRPG protagonist, Jack is an arrogant and brash man who is single-minded in his goal to keep fighting until he can defeat Chaos, to the point where he even interrupts boss monologues to get to battles quicker. His constant claim to need to "kill Chaos" in the game's reveal trailer at E3 2021 became the subject of many memes, particular on 4chan's /v/ board. After the game's release, many came around to Jack's character and praised both his backstory and personality.

Due to Jack Garland's popularity from memes, the original incarnation of Garland would appear on the bracket during King of /v/ 2021, showing surprisingly decent results. Jack Garland himself would finally make his debut to much fanfare during King of /v/ 2022. His campaign would go on to become one of the most prominent in the tournament, leading him all the way to the finals to beat Jack Frost and become the fourth character to be crowned king.

Backstory[edit]

Garland in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT
In the original incarnation of the character in Final Fantasy I, Garland was a once-respected knight who went rouge and kidnapped Princess Sarah, leading to the Warriors of Light having to rescue Sarah and fight him as the first boss in the game and by extension the series. While Garland is mostly absent for the rest of the game, at the end it is revealed that he had managed to survive by the Four Fiends sending him to the past and creating a time loop. He then reveals himself to be a vessel for Chaos and acts as the game's final boss.



Tournament History[edit]

At E3 2021, Square Enix revealed the official teaser trailer for Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. This trailer, and particularly protagonist Jack Garland, would end up becoming the subject of numerous memes and jokes online. As a result, both Garland and Chaos as they appear in Final Fantasy I qualified with surprisingly high seeds in King of /v/ 2021. While Chaos whiffed in the first round, Garland made it all the way to the third round before being defeated in a landslide by Kazuma Kiryu, who ended up in 3rd place that year,.

Jack Garland decked out with his set of gear.
Jack Garland was arguably the most hyped character going into King of /v/ 2022. Despite this incarnation debuting in March of that year, he seeded as high as #5 in qualifiers. His campaign would go on to become one of the most prominent in the tournament, particularly after his defeat of the ever-popular Doomguy. A recurring gag began where Jack would acquire some form of gear from each competitor he defeated. The hosts NightShiftAnon and BallsAnon would respond in turn by using each updated image in the polls per round.

Jack would manage to enter the Elite Eight in his first proper run and easily knock out Luigi in the quarterfinals. He then went on to sweep against AM, by an amount which NightShiftAnon claimed was as high as over 75% before AM's campaigning push later into the round. He went against Jack Frost from Shin Megami Tensei in a final Jack-Off and won to become the fourth King of /v/.

As a result of his win, all incarnations of Garland from the Final Fantasy series are banned from participating in future iterations of King of /v/. Jack Garland is, by far, both the newest and quickest character to win a /v/ character tournament to date, with his starring game coming out less than a year prior to the tournament. On the converse, if counting his initial incarnation, Garland is actually the oldest winner of King of /v/ by a long-shot (predating Dante by nearly 14 years) and the second-oldest winner of a /v/ tournament overall aside from Samus Aran.

Results[edit]

King of /v/
2021 - Seed 21
Round Opponent Series Votes Pct. For
Round 1 (108) Dark Sun Gwnydolin Dark Souls 633 - 526 54.6%
Round 2 (44) Regigigas Pokémon 610 - 597 50.5%
Round 3 (12) Kazuma Kiryu Like a Dragon 799 - 339 70.2%
2022 - Seed 5
Round Opponent Series Votes Pct. For
Round 1 (84) Emperor Warhammer 40k 827 - 406 67.1%
Round 2 (1) Doomguy DOOM 730 - 665 52.3%
Round 3 (19) Jetstream Sam Metal Gear 654 - 436 60.0%
Round 4 (39) Pepsiman Pepsiman 740 - 519 58.8%
Quarterfinals (10) Luigi Super Mario 707 - 501 58.5%
Semi-finals (17) AM AM I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream 723 - 422 63.1%
Finals (59) Jack Frost Shin Megami Tensei 662 - 492 57.4%

Navigation[edit]

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
Round 1 (Top 128) 9S Adam Jensen Alex Eggleston Ancestor Artorias Ayin Banjo Battler Ushiromiya Bowser Conker Crash Bandicoot Cuphead Dagoth UrTemplate:Daisaku Kuze Dark Sun Gwnydolin Dimitri Alexandre Blaiddyd Francis Frank West Frog Funky KongTemplate:Ganondorf Gene Gex Handsome Jack Harry Du Bois Helltaker Henry Stickmin Impostor Jevil Joshua Graham King Dice King K RoolTemplate:King of All Cosmos Kratos Link Ludiwg Mega Man Missile Mothman Mr. Game & Watch Mr House Nick Papa Nier Pyramid Head Quote Rando Armstrong Raven Beak Reynauld Roland Ryu Hayabusa Sephiroth Shadow The Hedgehog Sissel Sol Badguy Sonic the Hedgehog Starwalker Steve Strelok Terry Bogard The Hunter The Knight Tom Nook Waluigi Zagreus
Excluded by Series Limit EngineerTemplate:Medic (TF2) SundownerTemplate:Demoman (TF2)Template:Sniper (TF2)Template:Saxton Hale SansTemplate:Kris DreemurTemplate:Pyro (TF2)Template:BerdleyTemplate:Monsoon (Metal Gear)Template:Merchant (Resident Evil)Template:LancerTemplate:PapyrusTemplate:Kazuhira MillerTemplate:Ethan WintersTemplate:Annoying Dog HUNK Ichiban KasugaTemplate:Louis (L4D)Template:MettatonTemplate:Rouxls Kaard Mario GrooseTemplate:Matador (SMT)Template:Blade Wolf (Metal Gear)
Did not qualify Template:Nahobino Ralsei IsaacTemplate:Dismas Plague KnightTemplate:Argalia Parappa Bomberman Giygas Lucas
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 ???
Excluded by Series Limit Raiden Revolver Ocelot Big Boss SoldierTemplate:Medic (TF2)Template:Demoman (TF2)Template:Sniper (TF2)Template:Saxton Hale SundownerTemplate:Sneed (Mario) Waluigi Shadow The HedgehogTemplate:Liquid SnakeTemplate:OtaconTemplate:Pot of GreedTemplate:King Harkinian IsaacTemplate:Merchant (Resident Evil)Template:Venom Snake GanonTemplate:Mecha SonicTemplate:BerdleyTemplate:Papyrus HUNKTemplate:HideoTemplate:Kris Dreemur Starwalker Lanky KongTemplate:Solidus SnakeTemplate:Kazuhira MillerTemplate:Monsoon (Metal Gear)
Did not qualify RaymanTemplate:Havel the Rock LudiwgTemplate:OerstedTemplate:Andre de LordeTemplate:The Judge Proto Man AncestorTemplate:The Pale King Shovel Knight
King of /v/
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Champions Senator Armstrong Dante The Batter Jack Garland Grimm
Elite Eight
Bold indicates semifinalist status. Bold underlined indicates finishing as runner-up at least once.
AM AM Albert Wesker Demi-fiend Doomguy Dr. Eggman Duke Nukem "Fuhrer" Heavy Leon Kennedy Jack Frost JC Denton Jetstream Sam John Ward Kazuma Kiryu Miles Edgeworth Morshu Luigi Phoenix Wright Raiden Rayman Scout Solid Snake Travis Touchdown Vergil Wario
Qualified Characters
Ancestor Agent 47 Ayin Baba Banjo Battler Ushiromiya Brad Armstrong Captain Falcon Charles Chris Redfield Christopher Robin Coach Dimitri Alexandre Blaiddyd Doc Louis Dracula Engineer Frank West Frog Gene Geralt of Rivia Giygas Gordon Freeman Goro Majima Harry Du Bois Hollow Knight Isaac Clarke Isaac Kleiner Jacket James Sunderland Jevil Joshua Graham JPEG Dog Kefka King Boo King Dedede King Of All Cosmos Kirby Little Mac Luka Mario Meta Knight Pepsiman Postal Dude Rance Regigigas Revolver Ocelot Ridley Roland Sekiro Soldier Spamton Spy The Hunter The Knight Tohru Adachi Zero
Other Characters
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