Red (as non-human)
|ENG VA||Troy Baker|
|JPN VA||Kōichi Yamadera|
- "Shit! I gotta fix this fuck-up right now!"
- — Vincent, determined to fix a fuck-up
Vincent Brooks (ヴィンセント・ブルックス Vinsento Burukkusu), occasionally nicknamed Vince, is the protagonist of Catherine.
Occupation-wise, Vincent works as a financially poor computer programmer and coder for a technology company. He has books on HTML and C/C++, implying he specializes in website design. He doesn't need to wear a suit or a tie for his job, since he has no contact with his business's customers. As a coder who specializes in technology, he mainly works at home, but he still visits the office of his technology firm when it's necessary, and his boss is in contact with him. Vincent lives in, in his own words, a "fucking dump of a city". Vincent has little ambition in his life and no major life goals, but it seems that's the way he likes it: easy-going, simple, riskless and carefree. His only goal seems to be drifting aimlessly through life.
While his girlfriend Katherine McBride wants him to settle down and marry her, he is apprehensive as he still wants the freedom of the single life, despite living his twenties without any concrete plans for the future. Vincent is a lifelong bachelor trying to escape the pressures of adult life: his job, his love life, and the prospect of marriage. Despite being boyfriend and girlfriend, Vincent and Katherine don't live together for unknown reasons (possibly because of their workplace commutes), although she occasionally visits him to see how he's doing and drop off snacks.
After meeting the enigmatic Catherine, his life is dragged into a waking - and sleeping - nightmare. He becomes an indecisive bachelor who is swept away by the actions of the two women in his life, and is forced to question his love for Katherine while dealing with his tryst with Catherine.
Vincent has black hair and pale blue eyes. He wears a tan jacket with a pink t-shirt with RA💘E on it. He wears dark red-brown pants and brown dress shoes.
Vincent is a textbook bachelor: his tiny apartment room is a mess, he has difficulty with commitment, and he spends almost all his free time having fun with friends. Despite being extremely devoted, he is weak willed, and he's shown to be a very prolific liar under pressure as the love triangle forces him to spin a web of lies to keep the women from discovering each other. Depending on the player's actions, he will lie more often or less often, depending on who he is trying to keep in his life.
Orlando Haddick mentions that Vincent's always been popular with girls, even in grade school, and that Katherine is his third lucky streak in romance (the first two being grade school romances, and then Katherine). Justin Bailey also mentions that some men seek women who will put them in their place, even without realizing it; this would explain why both women in Vincent's life are very dominant and controlling. Even so, Vincent knows how to please women and be a good boyfriend, which was what attracted Katherine to him when they started dating.
Despite his qualities which may be interpreted as flaws, Vincent could be considered a "good" guy in many aspects. He feels guilt about being with Catherine, who is later revealed to be a succubus, which would eliminate some of his blame. Catherine also makes suicidal threats to Vincent about how she'd "die" if he cheated on her, and Vincent doesn't want her to self-harm, hurt or kill herself. He cares about both Katherine and Catherine very deeply and wants both of them to feel happy. He apologizes to Katherine in his dream, showing how he feels remorse for his actions. The game also shows Vincent's thoughts and feelings, and it is quite evident that he is very confused in regards to doing the right thing.
Vincent is a fairly perceptive friend, but doesn't seem to know his limits or boundaries in conversations. He can be very confrontational toward others, even getting physical at his breaking point. He's also very blunt toward Erica Anderson about her issues, and tends to snap at people when they patronize him.
Despite him and Erica being friends, Vincent could be interpreted as transphobic, likely due to being brought up in an era and culture with a lack of positive LGBT education (Catherine is set in the early 21st century, as evident by his flip phone, meaning Vincent was probably born in the 1970s/1980s, so it is something to keep in mind when Vincent acts bigoted). He may be the one who said something offensive to her in high school, and hurt her feelings to the point where rumors spread that Erica killed herself. While they are on fine relations in the present, he still seems unaccepting. Examples of Vincent's attitude towards her include:
- She expresses interest in joining a women's wrestling team, which Vincent claims would be impossible. She misunderstands and says that she's strong, but Vincent explains they wouldn't let her in in the first place, despite that many teams allow transpeople, showing his ignorance when it comes to trans issues.
- Erica tells Vincent he needs to learn how a girl's heart works and how a woman is always hoping someone will come sweep them away. Vincent then comments that he'd be more convinced if a woman was telling him this.
- Vincent may say "Don't mess around, man" to Erica which is unusual and can be insulting since he knows of her status.
- Most of the time, everyone addresses Erica as "she," and she shows a mild spike of anger when Vincent makes a reference to her not being a woman.
Some fans even called him a bit of a "manchild" due to various reasons, ranging from him being unable to "man up" about his affair, the way his room is a mess, the way he's often disrespectful to Erica, the way he spends his money carelessly to the point where Katherine needs to manage their finances, etc.
Vincent may be interpreted as suffering from mild depression or an existential crisis. This is especially shown in much of his facial expressions and body language. He does not smile or laugh a lot. While he is okay with the way his life is going with his friends and Katherine, it could be argued that there's some void in his life that he is unable to fulfill. He likely feels the need to escape the stresses of life, yet feels as if he doesn't "belong" or "fit in anywhere," shown by the way he's willing to give up his humanity and live with Catherine in the Underworld in certain endings.
- "Society's all about patience and self-sacrifice, right? I mean, everyone practically kills themselves to stay safely within the "herd." But... I hate that life."
He also has a remarkably slim figure with poor muscle tone for a man in his 30s, perhaps implying he has low testosterone which coincides with depression.
Vincent could also be viewed as a "tortured" man; when the player first plays the game and every time after, the first image of Vincent is of him suffering, his girlfriend being unable to hear him, being tortured with barbed wired digging into his skin, and unable to be free. During the game, Vincent can be perceived as someone trapped in an abusive and violent relationship with Catherine.
He's an active drunk, often spending an entire night drinking at the Stray Sheep before going home and drinking more beer. This causes him to have constant hangovers and memory blackouts, which usually involve him (apparently) calling Catherine over for "company," which he claims not to remember at all. Vincent's drink of choice is a variation of the Cuba Libre known as Rum and Coke (Rum and Cola in game). It is essentially the same thing as the Cuba Libre but without the lime.
Interests and hobby-wise;
- Due to his interest in technology, computers and cell phones, Vincent could be considered something of a nerd. At one point in the game, Katherine accuses him of wasting his money on electronic devices that he doesn't really need.
- Vincent is very interested in space travel, and dreams of paying for a ride on a space shuttle, but fears that he will never be able to earn enough money to afford it. A "Space Tourism" poster can be seen hanging on the wall in his apartment, and his phone wallpaper is of a spaceship leaving Earth. This could also coincides with Vincent's characterization as someone unsatisfied with life in the human realm, as many people today and in the past dream of going to space for multiple reasons; galactic human domination, getting away from human society, searching for sentient life, etc. In the True Freedom ending, this wish comes true.
- Vincent may be a Harry Potter fan as there is a book in his apartment called "Harlly Porter", but it seems to have been slightly changed for copyright reasons. If true, then this also coincides with his desires of escapism, as Harry Potter is viewed by many as being escapist fantasy.
Similar to many video game protagonists, especially protagonists in the Megami Tensei series, the player can choose many options, and create a wide-range of interpretations of Vincent. This is especially true with text messages. For example:
- When Katherine suspects him drinking, he may reply "I'll make sure I don't drink enough to get a hangover", pretend he isn't there, or "You don't own me. Sometimes a man needs a drink, you know?"
- When Katherine cleans his apartment without telling him prior, he may not care or say "Don't touch my stuff."
- When the player receives text and photos from Catherine, Vincent may tell her to stop and ask her to never text him again ("I told you already! You can't keep doing this! Please stop sending me these pictures.") or indulge in them ("Niiiiiiiiiiice.")
A few references are made to Vincent's mother; she left a man she was dating for someone else, who is the one that fathered him. She left Vincent while he was in high school for yet another man. He never speaks of his father. Vincent comments that he never had a "happy" family.
Vincent attended elementary school with Katherine, Orlando, Erica and Jonny. Vincent and Katherine's friendship was initially antagonistic, as Vincent and Orlando would often steal and eat Katherine's lunch. Though it upset her, she began giving Vincent her snacks, indicating that she had a crush on him. Daniel Kirsch also attended the same school. Daniel constantly felt in Vincent's shadow even as he looked up to him, and spent his childhood life tagging along and trying to fit in with him. This continued through his life.
Vincent and Katherine met again during their 10-year high school reunion. Afterwards when she was depressed, Vincent ran to her side in the middle of the night and comforted her. He found out that she was having dating problems and started to give her advice, but ended up falling for her himself. While seemingly romantic, Erica theorizes that Katherine only started dating him because her maternal instincts and dominant personality wouldn't allow her to leave a slacker like Vincent alone.
The two have been in a steady relationship for the past 5 years, though Vincent isn't interested in taking it to the next level, and Katherine's parents have started to pressure her to marry. This doesn't sit well with Vincent, who is comfortable with their current standing and is afraid to fully commit to their relationship.
Vincent starts the game being plagued with nightmares, where he is forced to climb a tower and face a different boss every night. These nightmares are the basis of a rumor circulating town about a curse.
He begins by having a confrontation with Katherine about his unpaid overtime, as she is upset at him for his inability to stand up for himself. Katherine then brings up the possibility of both of them getting married. He dodges both issues and escapes to the Stray Sheep, where he complains to Toby, Jonny and Orlando about how he wants things to just stay the same.
When they leave and he continues drinking, he is approached by Catherine, who seduces him with the thought that she's a girl who is just as terrified with commitment as him, and wants nothing more than her freedom.
He wakes up next to her with no recollection of anything that happened. She quickly leaves before he can tell her he's already in a relationship, and he spends the rest of his day discussing the affair and how he should handle it with his friends.
As time goes on, he keeps desperately finding ways to avoid both women finding out about each other, despite many close calls. Each night, he finds himself waking up next to Catherine. At one point, Katherine asks him to meet her for lunch for an important piece of news, where she tells him she thinks she's pregnant. Although stunned, he takes slight comfort in knowing nothing is certain yet. This doesn't last long, as Katherine soon tells him (while Catherine is in his apartment) that she actually is pregnant.
One morning he awakens to a threatening phone call from a man named Steve Delhomme, who explains that he is Catherine's apparent boyfriend, and demands that Vincent stop seeing her. Frightened by the call but glad to finally have a firm reason to break up with her, he confronts Catherine, who explains she doesn't know anyone named Steve. Vincent then decides Steve must have meant Katherine, and he tries to deal with the implication she is cheating on him before confronting her as well. She also denies knowing Steve.
Things come to a head when he finally realizes he cannot continue with Catherine, and asks her to come to the Stray Sheep. He breaks up with her, leaving her devastated and hurt. Though he tries to comfort her, she physically assaults him in the bathroom, screaming about protecting him.
Satisfied about the breakup, he awakens the next morning with no nightmare, no Catherine in his bed, and Katherine at his door. He happily opens it, when Catherine shows up behind him and greets Katherine offering a cup of coffee; Katherine enters and demands to know what is going on. Katherine attempts to get answers from Vincent; after a heated exchange of insults between the two women, Katherine, due to Vincent's betrayal and Catherine's constant insults of her worthlessness to Vincent and Catherine's superiority to Katherine, snaps with despair and moves over the kitchen sink searching for a kitchen knife while still facing Vincent and Catherine but to no avail as Catherine predicted this and took the knife in advance.
Vincent attempts to calm down Katherine by telling her that he had already called off his affair with Catherine, causing Catherine to snap with rage and jealousy and Catherine blames Katherine for Vincent's confusion. Catherine claims that if Katherine went away, Vincent could finally be free and attempts to kill Katherine with the kitchen knife. Vincent tries to defend Katherine and is cut non-fatally in his right lower rib cage. As Katherine dashes over the coffee table to escape, Catherine grabs Katherine's hair, shoves her to the floor and a struggle begins. Catherine ends up impaling her abdomen while seemingly having the upper-hand on Katherine while they are both on the ground. With Katherine hysterical, Vincent pulls her from the room only to emerge in a Nightmare with a monstrous version of Catherine chasing them.
At the end of the Nightmare, Katherine breaks down and admits she cannot continue on after Vincent's lies. He comforts her and tells her his true feelings. Katherine asks Vincent if he still thought about her during the affair, and Vincent says of course he did. After Vincent apologizes to Katherine, Katherine is still reluctant to escape. The area shakes and Katherine falls down, but Vincent jumps to cushion Katherine. Katherine asks Vincent a question, but doesn't finish it.
Vincent wakes up again in bed, and realizes everything about the entire Katherine and Catherine meeting had been a dream. Katherine is again at his door, this time to break up with him because of the affair and tell him the pregnancy was a mistake. Devastated, he sinks into a depression.
At this point, through complete accident, Vincent discovers the truth about the Nightmares and challenges their creator to one final battle to end it all, which Vincent wins.
Being the main protagonist, Vincent appears in every single ending.
- Katherine Bad: Katherine leaves Vincent due to his cheating with Catherine.
- Katherine Good: Mutton and Vincent's other friends are able to prove to Katherine that Catherine is not real, and thus Vincent has not cheated. Vincent and Katherine get back together and resume planning their wedding.
- Katherine True: Same as the corresponding Good ending, except Katherine and Vincent actually do marry.
- Catherine Bad: Vincent proposes marriage to the succubus, Catherine, but she turns him down telling him that she senses that he still wants a life of peace. After Catherine leaves, Vincent reasons that she is still outside. He tries to chase her, only to be hit by a car. He stumbles back in the bar, asking someone to call 911.
- Catherine Good: Vincent proposes marriage to the succubus, Catherine, and she considers it. Her father Nergal appears and objects, but Vincent insists, and Catherine agrees. Catherine transports Vincent and his room into the Underworld where the two live together.
- Catherine True: Same as the corresponding Good ending, but Vincent is later able to seduce an entire harem of succubi and overthrow Nergal, becoming the King of the Underworld with Catherine as his Queen.
- Freedom Good: Vincent turns down both women, saying neither is truly what he desires, and he has his life ahead of him to find what he wants. Mutton is shocked at this turn of events and apologizes for pulling Vincent into the nightmare world. Vincent borrows some money from Mutton to place a bet on a wrestling match, but loses.
- Freedom True: Same as the corresponding Good ending, but Vincent wins his bet and uses the money to engage in space tourism, his true childhood dream. Vincent contently asks, "Why live a life without doing what you want? That's just a recipe for a life of misery."
- "I... I'm not staring!" (caught looking at Catherine's cleavage)
- "PIX NAO PLZ!!" (one of the possible text conversations to Catherine)
- "Who are you calling 'pathetic'? Shut up and eat your peanuts!" (to Toby)
- "Why don't you say it louder!? Seriously, stop yelling about cheating and shit! I think someone on Mars didn't quite hear you!"
- "Are you fuckin' kidding me!?" (realizing Catherine's name)
- "Ohhhhh, fuuuuuck..." (being kissed by Catherine)
- "This isn't the time to be dead!"
- "Wha... What the fuck is this!?" (seeing Fist of Grudge)
- "YEAH! SUCK IT! I WIN! HAHAHA!" (defeating Immoral Beast)
- "Yeeeeah, that's not creepy at all! Stay away from meeeee!" (seeing The Child)
- "I'm not your daddy! I'm definitely not YOUR daddy!" (to Child with a Chainsaw)
- "ARE YOU CRAZY?!" (to Catherine when she assaults Katherine with a knife)
- "I didn't want to cheat on you! I was just confused... About our future, I guess. I snapped. I'm sorry...! I know I did something I can't undo. I won't make excuses. But I realized something... How dear you are to me... I... I understand now! Please, Katherine! Come with me now! I'm begging you!"
- "I can't remember the last time I was alone in this city. Man, what a fucking dump..."
- "Fucking blocks... I'm gonna climb the shit outta you!"
- "You saw her! I know you saw her! Speak up! Stop moaning and answer me, goddammit! Fuck! Just say something! Please, man... Please. Tell me that you saw her!" (to Boss)
- "I mean, I can't claim to be the greatest guy in the world or anything... But I AM human! And I'm free to choose how I live!"
- "Why live a life without doing what you want? That's just a recipe for a life of misery."
- "Society's all about patience and self-sacrifice, right? I mean, everyone practically kills themselves to stay safely within the "herd." But... I hate that life. Even if it means I'm going astray myself. That's why I was willing to go through all that nightmare bullshit... but I made it out alive. I'm not in the herd anymore. Now that I've met you... I've lost all hesitation that I had. I'm... I'm totally "free" now! Together, we can both live our lives to the fullest without chaining each other down! And so I've decided... I want to live with you." (to Catherine in Catherine True Ending)
- "You suck at your job." (to Boss)
The Trivia for Tonight.....
- Vincent's pink polka-dotted boxers were a pre-order item. His pink RA💘E shirt was exclusive to Europeans.
- A misconception is that Vincent is of Asian or Japanese descent. While this is possible, it has never been officially proven and there is evidence suggesting otherwise, such as his Western-sounding name, his blue eyes, and according to an official Atlus employee, Catherine is set in America. The same applies to Katherine, who is never confirmed to be of Asian or Japanese descent either. The only one confirmed to be of Asian descent is Jonny according to the official novelization.
- Vincent could be viewed as a rape victim while Catherine could be viewed as his rapist. It can be argued that Vincent's first drunken hookup with Catherine was consensual, since they might have both been drunk at the time. However, Vincent can't remember it in the morning, or any of their other sexual encounters either. It is unknown if she ever actually had sex with Vincent during the events of the main story, and there are arguments both ways. However, the Immoral Beast, the fact that Catherine wakes up next to Vincent naked, and in Vincent's dream, she says to Katherine that Vincent is a wild man in the sack, implying that they had sex. However, this only occurred in one of Vincent's dreams. However, it can then be counter-argued that Vincent's reality would, naturally, affect his dreams and his subconscious.
- Vincent being a rape victim may be a dual meaning of what his RA💘E t-shirt alludes to. Although some claim it means "rave," there has been no official confirmation. The "arrow in a heart" symbol is associated with Cupid who is portrayed as a god who forces people to fall in love, much like how Catherine uses her succubus powers on Vincent.
- If the player dies and chooses to return to the main menu (which they are forced to do if they have no Mystic Pillows left), the player is shown Vincent's desiccated and frozen corpse, with an expression of horror.
- Vincent's boss form is the Shadow of Vincent.
- The canned beer he drinks at home is labeled, "atlus BEER."
- Interestingly, Vincent's plot between Katherine and Catherine represents one of the tales of the Lovers Arcana, where a man is seen talking with two women, one young and blond (Catherine), and the other one black haired and more mature looking (Katherine). Both of them are dressed the same (red and blue), while a Cupid sitting in a star waiting to shoot one of his arrows at one of them. This represents the dilemma of choosing between physical desire (Catherine) or romantic and intellectual attraction (Katherine).
- Vincent has a brief appearance in Persona 3 Portable at Club Escapade as "Man Drinking Alone," where he briefly talks about his nightmares to the protagonist (whether male or female). In P3P, he is drawn with a mole under his left eye, while he has no mole in Catherine. He is unusual for a Persona unnamed NPC in that he already has his own character portrait. Catherine was developed alongside P3P.
- On the side of his shirt, the number 2009 is on there, an Easter egg regarding his appearance in Persona 3 Portable.
- Vincent has a cameo in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. A figurine of a boxer-clad Vincent and figurines of the sheep that represent other cursed men in his nightmares appear as targets in the school festival's shooting gallery.
Catherine: Full Body
|Vincent · Katherine · Catherine · Orlando · Jonny · Toby · Erica · Boss · Trisha · Steve · Rin|
|Justin · Todd · Archie · Daniel · Morgan · Anna · Lindsay and Martha · Paul · The Couple · Feather|