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Harvey Finevoice | Atop the Fourth Wall | Not Reserved

[personal profile] milliondollarpipes 2015-08-08 09:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Player
Name: Lu
Personal Journal: [personal profile] lluosogrwydd
E-mail: lluosogrwydd@gmail.com
AIM/Plurk/Etc.: [plurk.com profile] lluosogrwydd
Timezone: Eastern Standard
Current Characters in Route: None

Character
Name: Harvey Finevoice
Series: Atop the Fourth Wall
Timeline:
Canon Resource Links: There isn’t really one, so I just wrote up some history. Let me know if you need elaboration on anything!

Not much is known about Harvey's history, but what is known is fairly tragic. He's certainly a fairly well-known singer, having performed on stage with the likes of Dean Martin, and at the height of his career he had a wife and son. Sadly, Charlie Finevoice died at a young age of unknown causes. Harvey was completely shattered by this loss; he stopped working and began drinking to excess, spending many hours simply standing outside the cemetery where his son was buried and trying to gather the strength to go see him. Unable to handle this behavior along with her own grief, his wife divorced him and left to parts unknown.

Alone and rapidly self-destructing, Harvey finally found a stroke of luck when he passed out drunk on the side of the road just as Linkara happened to be filming nearby. The concerned critic called for help, and then went the extra mile and stuck with Harvey, making sure he got the help he needed. Harvey got sober, started singing again, and eventually ended up sharing an apartment with Linkara and a few others. He managed to avoid most of the kid's strangeness for a while - he had enough issues without robots and magic - but finally got caught up in it during the evil robot Mechakara's first attack. Initially, he joined his housemates in attempting to fend the cyborg off. Once it became clear that his bullets were useless, however, he joined everyone but Linkara in fleeing the scene.

That was the last time he'd ever leave the kid in the lurch. By the time the name of Lord Vyce first began to crop up, Harvey had become a much more solid member of the team. After Linkara's kidnapping, he stuck close to home, helping Pollo manage the show, counseling Iron Liz and fighting off the Shades that beamed down along with Linkara when he returned. He was there after Vyce beat Linkara too, though he left that matter to Liz, seeing correctly that only she could really help him. When the final battle against the dimensional conqueror came, he stayed and fought, encouraging the others to keep getting up after they were knocked down. Harvey didn't agree with Linkara's final decision to exile Vyce rather than executing him, but he went along with it.

After Vyce was defeated, things returned to normal for a little while. Harvey restarted his weekly karaoke nights, the gang hung out, and all was well. Until the Ninja-Style Dancer disappeared. Shortly after this, Harvey himself happened across the Book of the Entity. Looking it over, he realized what it was: MISSINGNO. But it was too late; before he could warn anyone of what he'd discovered, the Entity itself arrived and absorbed him. He wasn't seen again until after its defeat, but he seemed to recover fairly quickly from the experience.

After the Entity, there was another short period of calm. Lord Vyce returned, which very nearly resulted in Pollo's death, but Harvey was traveling for a good deal of that, and was only on hand during the final confrontation, where it was revealed that he held one of two self-destruct codes for Comicron One. He was, however, present for the arrival of the next antagonist: the Gunslinger.

Almost immediately after the Gunslinger's arrival, Linkara's magic stopped working. Against Harvey's (incredibly vehement) advice, he went off on a quest to find out why, leaving a holographic copy of himself in his place. This copy quickly grew cruel and cold towards the living people in the apartment, beginning with a threat to crush 90s Kid's heart. Harvey did his best to defend his friends against it, but even with the technical advice of Pollo and Dr. Linksano, there was little any of them could do; had Linkara not come back in the nick of time, the hologram likely would have killed them all. Once the threat was vanquished, the team went out for Dairy Queen, seemingly all happy to move on from the incident.

But Harvey hadn't forgotten. He was just pretending everything was fine, and eventually maybe it would have been, had it not been for what happened that October. For no reason any of them could divine, Linkara, 90s Kid, Linksano, and Harvey found themselves unable to leave their apartment. The protective spells over the place prevented them from breaking out, and calls to the outside didn't work. They were trapped.

As time passed, tempers started to fray. Harvey was the first to snap, insulting the others and hurling accusations that one of them was to blame for this somehow. Everyone else quickly became angry and paranoid as well; by the time 90s Kid noticed the mysterious shadow haunting the apartment, Linkara and Harvey were in a vicious shouting match, both with weapons drawn. The two broke apart and instantly joined forces in trying to drive off the intruder, which was revealed as an entity brought by the Gunslinger, which was capable of lowering people's inhibitions and possibly inducing anger.

But the damage was not so easily healed as that. Harvey missed the family meeting afterwards, feeling that the others wouldn't want to see him after what he'd said and done. After it was done, he went to speak to Linkara alone. While the kid was willing to let everything go, dismissing it as all a result of the Gunslinger's manipulation, Harvey couldn't. He confessed that in the heat of the moment, he'd been so angry that he was willing to shoot Linkara dead. At the time, even he didn't realize exactly why he'd been so pissed; he just knew that he'd almost lost control. Unable to deal with that guilt, he left to go on tour, without telling when - if ever - he might return.

After an encounter with some Christmas ghosts (look, every show does this once), he managed to actually find some peace regarding Charlie's death and returned home, where things continued as normal. That is to say, of course, that there were some villains to be fought and space battles to be won, but these things happen.

Personality: Harvey's about as smooth as a lounge singer ought to be, with just a dash of cockiness on the side. He’s proud of his talents and he's not shy about talking himself up to others, especially dames. Lately he hasn’t been involved romantically, but he does have an image to maintain. Luckily, his confidence is well-placed - he's charismatic and a good performer. Most of his image is completely genuine; he really does enjoy dressing sharp, and he does talk a little bit like a mobster. There are some other interests he keeps quieter, such as his love for children’s video games, but that’s just a stage thing. I his personal life, he’ll do whatever he likes no matter what anyone else thinks.

Despite being a performer, he's actually pretty reserved when it comes to his personal life. He's friendly, if occasionally rather blunt, but it can be difficult to really get to know him. He doesn’t always trust easily, and even when he does, he’s not very forthcoming with personal details. While he was always fairly private, most of this is because of his past; he doesn’t like talking about the loss of his family, and how can he talk about anything without tripping over that? If pressed, he’s more likely to get angry and defensive than actually lie, but it’s not a good way to get information out of him.

He's very loyal and protective towards his friends. Though he’s often off on his own business, he still checks in regularly and will always have their back if they get into trouble. It doesn’t have to be physical danger either. Harvey’s also quite perceptive when it comes to other people’s issues, and generally gives good advice. It isn’t always taken, but when he thinks he’s right he’s stubborn enough to keep giving it anyway. For example, he’s a bit more pragmatic than his heroic friends, and his suggestions to just kill their enemies instead of sparing their lives don’t generally fly. Sure, he gets the idea of mercy and all, but he’d rather just deal with the problem once and have it over with. He’s also not quite as eager to risk his neck for total strangers – while he’ll defend people if he thinks he’s capable of it, he’d prefer not to get himself killed trying to play hero.

Unless there’s kids involved, that is. He’ll fling himself into danger with absolutely no regard for his own well-being if it means keeping kids safe. Harvey’s got a strong nurturing streak; he’s good with kids and likes them. His definition of “kid” does tend to be rather broad, generally encompassing anyone younger than himself or who he just thinks needs taken care of, but he naturally tries to ensure the welfare of any younger people he’s around regardless of their relationship. This can easily become overbearing, as he’s very protective and generally thinks that he knows what’s best. In more peaceful times, though, he’s perfectly content just to make sure that everyone’s happy and well-fed.

As dependable as he is, Harvey also depends very heavily on those around him. The loss of his son and wife left him pretty much emotionally shattered, and for a long time it was only his friends that kept him from completely self-destructing. He’s good enough at hiding his emotions that it took years for any of them to realize he might even have problems. Since then, he’s worked through some of these issues, but even after accepting the fact of Charlie’s death he’s still not very emotionally open with other people and it isn’t always obvious how much he cares about others. The only feeling he’s ever entirely clear about is anger; Harvey has a bit of a temper, and while he tries to control it it does still flare up in stressful situations. In the worst of times, he can even get violent. This is rare, but he generally feels ashamed of it afterwards – and, like with all other such vulnerabilities, internalizes it and never really talks it out.

He’s got a lot of communication issues.

Strengths/Weaknesses: First and foremost, Harvey is staunchly loyal to the people he cares about. He can be reserved and difficult to get to know at first, but once he’s your friend, he’s there for life. This is possibly his greatest strength, simply because he refuses to let his people down. If they need him, he’ll make sure that he comes through no matter what. This can be a double-edged sword, however, because once he’s lost someone dear to him, he finds it extremely difficult to let go. Harvey’s greatest weakness is probably the sheer amount of emotional baggage he’s constantly lugging around with him. His son’s death and his divorce make him terrified of losing anyone else, sometimes to the point of overprotectiveness. Don’t expect him to ever actually express these feelings directly, however; he’s pretty tight-lipped about his own feelings and hates to look vulnerable. Usually he just bottles up any negative feelings deep inside until he either finds something to take them out on, or just starts lashing out.

Additionally, his coping mechanisms are not the greatest. He’s an alcoholic, and later became a smoker while trying to stay sober. He’s managed to mostly kick that habit as well by now, but he still deals with some temptations when things get tough. Lately, his weird life has provided him a lot of evil robots and junk to fight with, though, and that does help him let off some steam. Despite being a professional entertainer, Harvey is reliable enough in a fight and no longer easily intimidated by much of anything; he’s fought monsters that really shouldn’t even exist. He can shoot and handle himself in hand-to-hand combat – not with any kind of martial arts, mind, but he’s been in enough brawls to manage. Unlike his teammates, he doesn’t use any special weaponry; he’s still too set in his ways to truck much with either magic or newfangled technology. Actually, he’s really bad with technology in general outside of whatever he needs to play the latest Pokemon game, and he may or may not understand how the Internet works.

Despite being so emotionally constipated himself, Harvey’s actually pretty perceptive when it comes to other people’s feelings. He gives good advice and can be very encouraging when he tries to be. He’s also not super easily shaken anymore. As mentioned before, his life got weird after he met Linkara; he can roll with an awful lot of strangeness. He doesn’t always understand everything that’s happening, but that’s a secondary concern at best. Pragmatism is the name of his game, and as long as he can figure out a way to solve the problem at hand, he doesn’t much care about theory.

Pokémon Information
Affiliation: Trainer!
Starter: Murkrow
Password: Cherries Strudel

Samples
First Person Sample:
[The video feed opens onto a view of a city over a hill.]

Hey, check it out! Goldenrod City! [Harvey turns the camera to face himself.] I think I'm gonna stay here for a while, recover from the road. Catchin' Pokemon is fun and all, but I could really use a decent night's sleep in a real bed. I'm gettin' old for all this campin'...

Anyway. Does anyone know any places around here that could use some entertainment? Seems like ages since I did a gig.

Third Person Sample:
It's been a while since he ended up in Pokemon Land, and Harvey thinks he's adapting about as well as anyone could reasonably expect. If he had to be kidnapped, at least it’s to a place he’s pretty damn familiar with already. He’s played all these games through before; he hardly needs the map to find his way around Johto. Admittedly, hiking through the goddamn woods all day is pretty different from just sitting on the couch and playing video games, but hey, he can deal. Goldenrod City is still sounding pretty nice, but if he wants to go get all the gym badges, he's gonna have to get used to the travel, right?

And, really, what's the point in being here if you ain't gonna go on a Pokemon journey?

Right now, he's hangin' around the area south of Violet, lookin' for Wooper. It'd be good to have a ground-type with him, since Sadie's weak to electricity and all. It seems kinda weird to be strategizing about things that are actually real - real creatures, with feelings and stuff, instead of just pixels - but it couldn't hurt, right? He'll just...make sure the Wooper's happy. Give it a name and stuff, just like Sadie. The Murkrow is helping him look, hopping through the grass nearby and occasionally bursting into raucous caws when she finds something she wants to fight. She's pretty into battling, enough that he hasn't really worried about the morals of the whole thing. Obviously if he had one that didn't want to fight, he wouldn't make it. Them? Whatever.

Somewhere to his right, she shrieks again, and Harvey tromps through the grass towards her. "C'mon, that's a Sentret. You don't gotta fight every single Sentret - do you even GET experience points?" The Murkrow shoots him a look over her shoulder and dives in to start pecking. Harvey sighs. "Yeah, yeah, okay. Just...yeah, use Peck."
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[personal profile] milliondollarpipes 2015-08-24 04:37 am (UTC)(link)
Oops, sorry! Canonpoint's Christmas 2012, right after returning to the apartment post-dealing with his son being dead and all that.

As to secondary sources - I'm not totally sure if this is what you're looking for, but there's a fan tumblr dedicated to giving summaries of plot-relevant episodes of AT4W. It's a bit to go through, I realize, but there it is. There's also a wiki, which isn't super complete, but the article about Harvey is decent.

I know the general issues that tend to crop up playing from this canon, so I'll just say: Harvey is pretty distinctly different from Lewis Lovhaug, and not just an Internet persona. His age, background, and personality are all quite different. He's given a backstory that has basically nothing to do with Lewis (who would put their own alcoholism and dead children in an internet review show, that's horrible), and a character arc in which he has to deal with his past and grow as a person. Similarly, other characters go through their own arcs and develop over time; other plotlines included Linkara coming to recognize his own abuses of power and trying to fix some of the resultant mistakes. The narratives connect to each other and aren't just one-offs. More to the point, Harvey himself doesn't have much at all to do with the review aspect of the show. That's a whole different thing.

I confess I'm not really 100% sure what you're looking for here - let me know if there's anything else I can give you. I do recognize this is a bit of a fiddly canon RP-wise so yeah, no trouble at all!
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[personal profile] milliondollarpipes 2015-08-27 03:37 am (UTC)(link)
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet, thanks! Using this journal here.