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This is war. We’re controlling the future.
~ Nolan Sorrento's most famous quote.
F'Nale, listen carefully- Ouch!
~ Nolan Sorrento's final words (in movie) before getting punched by F'Nale as the pair are in the police car before it drives off.
We had an agreement, Anorak! And this wasn't it! I did my part. Now do yours. Give me what you promised! I want my revenge. I want to destroy the OASIS forever. Give me access to that Big Red Button. Right now. Or I'll spray Mr. Morrow's brains all over that wall. It's up to you.
~ Sorrento's last words (in novel) before Anorak executes him.
Paybacks are a real bitch eh, Parzival?
~ Sorrento in Ready Player Two.

Nolan Sorrento is the main antagonist of the 2011 science fiction novel Ready Player One written by Ernest Cline, its 2018 live-action film adaptation of the same name and the secondary antagonist in the 2020 sequel novel Ready Player Two.

He is a corrupt and egomanical businessman who is the head of operations at Innovative Online Industries (CEO in the film version), the superior of F’Nale Zandor, I-R0k, and the Sixers as well as Wade Watts' arch-nemesis.

He was portrayed by Ben Mendelsohn, who also played John Daggett in The Dark Knight Rises, Danny Rayburn in Bloodline, Orson Krennic in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Talos in Captain Marvel, Special Agent Mace in Infinity Train and Killian in Spies in Disguise.


Ready Player One

Nolan Sorrento earned his PhD in Computer Science before he became a well-known game designer, designing third-party RPGs within the OASIS. When James Halliday, the OASIS's creator, died, he stated in his will that whoever found the Easter egg that he hid within his virtual universe by obtaining three keys and passing through three gates would inherit both his $240 billion fortune and control of the OASIS.

As Innovative Online Industries (IOI), a communications conglomerate and internet service provider, saw the potential in Sorrento, they hired him as head of operations, leading a group of Sixers (slang for an IOI employee, as told by their six-digit ID number) to find the egg, using various trivia pertaining to Halliday's life and the vast pop culture of the 1980s to decipher clues relating to the location of the keys and gates. Upon discovering the egg, IOI plans to monetize the OASIS by implanting monthly fees and abundant advertisements.

After Wade Watts (known in the OASIS as Parzival) becomes the first gunter (popular term to users searching for the egg) to discover the Copper Key and pass the first gate, Sorrento contacts Parzival with the intent of a business proposal. Already planning to decline and thinking he has nothing to lose, Wade accepts his invitation to a virtual chatlink. At first, Sorrento tries to offer Wade a position in helping him find the egg with the promise of a large bonus if he himself finds it, and then goes down to a $5,000,000 offer just to tell him where to find the Copper Key. When Wade continues to refuse, Sorrento reveals that he knows Wade's real identity and address (having learned from the records at Wade's school on the OASIS) and offers a final ultimatum: reveal the location of the Copper Key, or be killed via explosives rigged to the apartment where he lives. Believing it a bluff, Wade rebuffs his threats and logs out from the chat. Sorrento makes good on his promise and destroys Wade's apartment. However, Wade was away at a faraway hideout while he was logged in.

When one of Wade's online rivals called I-R0k decides to disclose the location of the Copper Key, Sorrento and his Sixers rush to the hiding spot of the key and use a force field to block off access to any other users.

After Art3mis, a very popular gunter who found the Copper Key with Wade's help before Sorrento's arrival, obtains the Jade Key, Sorrento uses a powerful in-game artifact that pinpoints any user once a day to discover the key's location. While trying to block access to other gunters, he and his forces are attacked by Shoto and Daito, two Japanese users who are close friends with Art3mis and Wade (who fled his home under another identity). At this time, several hitmen hired by Sorrento break into the apartment of the person controlling Daito and kill him by throwing him off his balcony. As well, Daito's avatar is left without a user, and it is killed as a result.

Soon enough, Sorrento and many other Sixers end up obtaining their own Jade Keys - thus enabling Sorrento to find and pass through the second gate, obtain the Crystal Key (the final one), and reach and final gate soon after. After discovering the location of the final gate, Sorrento tries to enter, but finds that he cannot, unable to decipher the meaning words etched on the door (Charity, Hope, Faith). Though stuck, most of the Sixers surround the gate's location and apply a powerful force field to prevent any potential users from coming close to buy themselves time.

Wade ultimately manages to get neck and neck with Sorrento, getting the remaining keys and passing the second gate, but cannot pass through the force field towards the final gate. Wade puts a bold plan in motion, managing to infiltrate IOI as an indentured employee using a series of passwords he obtained via an online black market, gaining information about the force field along with the attempts at the lives of him and his friends. He escapes shortly after and uploads the evidence of IOI's acts to several news outlets. After gathering and reuniting Art3mis, Shoto, and his best friend Aech, they orchestrate an all-out assault on Sorrento and the Sixers.

The next day, they, along with hundreds of thousands of other users, stand outside the gate's location to prepare for battle. After a robot Wade hacked destroys the power source of the force field, it disappears and Sorrento fights Wade and Shoto with mechs that they obtained in the second gate. Shoto is killed, but Wade manages to defeat Sorrento's mech and kill his avatar. Wade, Aech, and Parzival, who have already learned how to open the gate, reach it, but their avatars are killed after the Sixers detonate an immensely powerful and destructive bomb that kills all users within the vicinity. Several Sixers waited outside the blast radius and move in to complete the final gate, having learned by watching Wade and his friends before the bomb went off.

However, Wade had obtained an extra life earlier and is able to reach the gate before the Sixers, completing it before any of them.  After Wade obtains the egg, earning both Halliday's fortune and ownership of the OASIS, Wade learns that the FBI has arrested Sorrento, who looks confident that his lawyers will save him.

In the end of the film version, Sorrento seeing Wade is still in the OASIS game, takes a car with F’Nale Zandor and takes a gun. He follows Wade and the rest in the van as he's about to kill Wade.  He opens the van about to shoot Wade, but seeing Wade had already won by obtaining the egg and seeing his tears fall apart, he puts down the gun. Sorrento was arrested on screen when he tried to kill Wade and was taken to a cop car. He asks F'Nale to listen carefully, but F'Nale Zandor hits him as to remind him that it's already game over for him, before being taken away.

Ready Player Two

Sorrento is revealed to have broken out of prison, with Anorak's assistance. Under Anorak's orders, he checks on the High Five's progress with their quest for the Seven Shards. However, after the High Five obtains all seven Shards, Sorrento is killed when Anorak, having no longer any use for him, shoots him in the head.


Sorrento is portrayed as an extremely greedy, arrogant, manipulative and calculating individual with a bare minimal regard for human life. He will employ underhanded or even illegal tactics to ensure that he (or anyone of his employees under his command) gains control of the OASIS, a massive online virtual-reality program that most of the world's population uses in the near-future, by finding the Easter egg hidden inside the simulated universe by James Halliday, the OASIS's late creator.

Along with blocking access to areas where keys and gates are located (which are the only ways to continue searching for the egg), as well as using rigged visors to switch control to another user or feed him information when he cannot solve a puzzle or complete a task, Sorrento will even plan and authorize the murders of any people who come closer to finding the egg than he does, as shown with the failed attempt at Wade "Parzival" Watt's life and the successful attempt at Toshiro "Daito" Yoshiaki's life.





  • Nolan Sorrento has a backstory in the fan-fiction story Lacero, written by Andy Weir, which has been considered canon to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, the author. In this backstory, Sorrento wanted to destroy the OASIS as it was responsible for his sister's death as well as Earth's downfall. The story takes place a few years before Ready Player One (the story takes place in about 2043, whereas Ready Player One takes place in 2045)
    • The backstory contradicts a statement in Ready Player One; Wade states that IOI directly hired Nolan as the Head of the Oology division, whereas in the story, no mention is made about his video games, and that he applied for a lower-ranking job in the Oology division. However, the film is likely set on a different continuity due some differences with the book, so it likely just makes Sorrento's backstory non-canonical within the film version of the story. 


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Duel: Truck Driver
Jaws: Great White Shark
Raiders of the Lost Ark: René Belloq | Nazi Party (Major Arnold Ernst Toht, Herman Dietrich, Gobler, German Mechanic & Otto) | Satipo | Barranca
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Keys
Poltergeist: Reverend Henry Kane | Poltergeists (Tree & Clown Doll)
Twilight Zone: The Movie: Gremlin
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: Mola Ram | Thuggee (Chief Guard & Chattar Lal) | Lao Che
The Goonies: Mama Fratelli | Francis Fratelli | Jake Fratelli
The Color Purple: Albert
An American Tail: Warren T. Rat | Mott Street Maulers (Digit) | Moe
Empire of the Sun: Emperor Hirohito | Sergeant Nagata
Back to the Future: Biff Tannen | Buford Tannen
The Land Before Time: Sharptooth | Ozzy & Strut | Pterano | Rinkus and Sierra | Red Claw | Screech and Thud
Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Judge Doom | Toon Patrol (Smartass, Greasy, Psycho, Wheezy & Stupid)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Walter Donovan | Nazi Party (Elsa Schneider, Ernst Vogel & Adolf Hitler (Indiana Jones)) | Panama Hat | Garth
Hook: James Hook | Mr. Smee
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West: Cat R. Waul | Cactus Cat Gang (T.R. Chula, One Eye & Sweet William)
Schindler's List: Amon Goeth | Adolf Hitler (Schindler's List)
Jurassic Park: Dennis Nedry | Ed Regis | Lewis Dodgson
The Lost World: Jurassic Park: Peter Ludlow | Dieter Stark
Saving Private Ryan: Steamboat Willie
The Mask of Zorro: Don Rafael Montero | Harrison Love
Minority Report: Lamar Burgess
Catch Me If You Can: Frank Abagnale Jr.
War of the Worlds: Martians
The Legend of Zorro: Count Armand | Jacob McGivens
Memoirs of a Geisha: Hatsumomo
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Irina Spalko | Antonin Dovchenko | George McHale
Super 8: Colonel Nelec | Cooper
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn: Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine | Allan | Tom | Pedro | Falcon | Aristides Silk | Red Rackham
The BFG: Fleshlumpeater | Giants (Bloodbottler & Bonecruncher)
Ready Player One: Nolan Sorrento | Innovative Online Industries (I-R0k, F’Nale Zandor & Sixers)