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Now, I bet when your boss waggled out of Hell, he done told the Devil he'd be right back, and the Devil says: "Sure thing, Mr. Fontaine! I'll hold you a spot." Ryan promised Fontaine was dust, and now here you are doing his dirty! I guess that makes Ryan a bum, and you...
~ Peach Wilkins accuses Jack of working for Fontaine before attacking him.

Peach Wilkins, also occasionally known as Ol' Peachy, is a major antagonist in the science fiction videogame BioShock, serving as the main antagonist of the "Neptune's Bounty" level. A fisherman working for Frank Fontaine under the Fontaine Fisheries brand, Peach Wilkins soon became a prominent member of Fontaine's smuggling ring. After Andrew Ryan sought to take down Fontaine's smuggling operation, which was followed up by Fontaine threatening his own smugglers with price cuts and turning them over to Ryan if they stay disloyal, Wilkins' sanity began to crack under pressure and became irrationally suspicious of anyone who he thought were secretly working for Fontaine.

He was voiced by Michael Villani.

Biography

Background

Peach Wilkins arrived in Rapture at an unknown time, seeking to garner financial success from Ryan's free economy in Rapture. However, things did not turn out as well as Wilkins had hoped while he worked as an employee of Fontaine Fisheries. While other citizens and Ryan himself grew prosperous in Rapture, Wilkins was left unhappy with the poor working conditions in Neptune's Bounty and felt as though his hard work did not pay off as well as others. Hoping to receive something better from his work, his employer, Frank Fontaine, organized a meeting with several workers in the business at eleven. Considering Fontaine to be a "one-a us", Wilkins complied and brought several of his coworkers along to the meeting. Every worker who attended the meeting with Fontaine became part of Fontaine's smuggling operation, with the Fontaine Fisheries brand serving as its front. Although Wilkins did not feel any more free than he did prior due to Fontaine's ruthless leadership, the smuggling ring became a profitable underground business due to certain goods that were inaccessible in Rapture being brought down from the surface, which included bibles (which Ryan had banned in Rapture), crucifixes, tobacco, beef and even cocaine.

As Fontaine's businesses grew more and more over time, Ryan became suspicious of Fontaine's potential illegal activity and began to investigate his work. Evidence of Fontaine's smuggling racket kept cropping up, but little of it was concrete enough to be traced back to Fontaine himself. To make up for this, Ryan publicly outlawed smuggling, considering it punishable by hanging and sent his private security team to crack down harder on the smuggling ring. This eventually put Wilkins in a difficult situation since not only was there a chance for him to be arrested and lynched, but also due to the fact that Fontaine withdrew 80% of every smugglers' pay check and threatened to turn his workers over to Ryan if they do not stay on board with him. Wilkins and the other smugglers became even more scared of Fontaine once certain smugglers who tried to turn Fontaine over to Ryan's constables or tried to leave Fontaine Fisheries wound up getting killed. At one point, a constable approached Wilkins and offered to let him go free if he turns over Fontaine. Wilkins, however, declined the offer out of fear that the constable was one of Fontaine's thugs trying to bait him out.

Even after Fontaine was supposedly killed by Ryan's men in a shootout, Wilkins remained fearful of his life and still thought Fontaine would come after him eventually. Along with potential ADAM abuse, Peach's paranoia eventually drove him insane, showing distrust towards anyone he came across. Wilkins and the rest of Fontaine's smugglers sealed themselves inside Fontaine Fisheries and effectively cut it off from the rest of Rapture. Because of this, Wilkins survived the worst of the Rapture Civil War and even eventually became an ally of sorts to the Irish revolutionary, Atlas, the one leading the opposing side against Andrew Ryan.

BioShock

To reach his family and a bathysphere to escape from Rapture, Atlas needs Jack to head through Fontaine Fisheries to the Smuggler's Hideout where they have held up and radios Peach Wilkins in advance for him to let Jack through. Once Jack arrives at the entrance of the Fisheries, however, Wilkins keeps the door sealed and tells Jack he will only let him through once he fetches a research camera and takes some photographs of some Spider Splicers for him. At that moment, Rose, the first splicer Jack meets in Rapture, drops down and attacks him. Proving to be too strong for Jack, Wilkins sends out some security bots to help scare her off. Before letting Jack head off to find the camera, Wilkins sends Jack a grenade launcher via a conveyor belt to help him survive, but warns him that he will kill Jack if he "smells an ounce of Fontaine" on him. As Jack heads off, Atlas reassures Jack that Fontaine is dead and remarks that Wilkins isn't the only person in Rapture being paranoid about Fontaine, but warns him nonetheless that Wilkins cannot be trusted himself.

Once Jack finds the research camera and takes some photos of several spider splicers he crosses paths with, he heads back to the Fisheries' entrance. Wilkins opens the door, but tells him he needs some time to think and will only let Jack in if he hands over his weapons via a pneumo tube. Once again, Atlas warns Jack to keep his wits about him, since Peach is "about as straight as a dog's hind leg" and reminds Jack that he still has his plasmids to defend himself with should Wilkins decide to become hostile.

Armed with only his wrench, Jack enters the Fisheries only for fog to come in while the lights dim. From within the dark, Wilkins accuses Jack of being an agent of Fontaine sent to kill him. Wilkins then attacks Jack with molotov cocktails and sends many of his splicers to help kill Jack, while also activating a security camera and a nearby turret, prompting Jack to defend himself. After an arduous battle, Jack kills Wilkins and the rest of his men and manages to get his weapons back before heading to the Smuggler's Hideout.

Ironically, for all of his paranoia over Fontaine coming after him, Wilkins was actually correct about Jack being affiliated with Fontaine once the true identity of "Atlas" is revealed. Thus, Peach Wilkins really was taken out by an agent of his former employer.

Quotes

Atlas radioed on ahead, says you were l-looking for an invite to the fi-fisheries. Nuts, I say. But if'n you heads up to the wharf master's office and find ol' Peach a Research Camera, maybe I could manage an invite.
~ Peach Wilkins greets Jack at the entrance of Fontaine Fisheries.
That one's too tough for you. Look on the ca-conveyor belt. You'll find something to keep you alive. Now, go get that camera, and then snapshots of those that crawls on the ceiling. Then I'll let you into the fisheries. Just remember, sonny friend: I smell an ounce of Fontaine on you, and I'll have you in a b-b-b-box! Atlas gives you the vouch, but I ain't turning my eye just on his say so.
~ Peach gives Jack a grenade launcher and tells him to find the research camera, all while distrusting him.
Now are you ever bringing old Peach them snappies? Or are you just sight seein'?!
~ Peach if Jack strays from the level's objective.
They sure go down easy once you research them up right. Come on in and show us those snappy snappies.
~ Peach tells Jack to come back to the Fisheries once he collects all of his photos.
The wharf rat didn't get himself et! You got something for me and my crew? Or are you just looking to get criticized? You set here a sp-pell. I needs to put on some coffee, maybe puts on silverware and the like, heh.
~ Peach invites Jack into the Fisheries.
Nobody walks into my swampy carrying the heat. Put your weapons in the pneumo, and then I'll let you in.
~ Peach orders Jack to hand over his guns.
Atlas! He was ours! OURS!
~ Peach tries to kill Jack.
Come scrap with Peachy!
~ Wilkins' battle cry.
FONTAINE F-CKER!
~ Peach while attacking Jack.
HERE'S SOMETHING, CHERRY!
~ Peach throws a molotov cocktail.
You ain't gettin' out of my swampy!
~ Peach if Jack starts to retreat.
Fight me properly, you F-CK!
~ Peach once he loses sight of Jack in-battle.
Fontaine's putting the screws on us, and double! He's squeezing us out of 80 points of our cut with the threat of turning us in to Ryan if we don't play ball. Son of a bitch! Sammy G. comes and tells me he's thinking of going to the constable. And the next day, Sammy G. was found in a sack in the salt pond! We got no choice here: We stay on Fontaine's crew and we're gonna catch the gallows. We take a powder, and we end up like Sammy G. Oh, there's gotta be another way!...
~ Wilkins' audio diary regarding hard times for the smuggling ring.
We all come down here, figured we'd all be part of Ryan's "Great Chain". Huh, turns out Ryan's chain is made of gold, and ours are the sort with the big iron ball around your ankle. He's up in Fort Frolic banging fashion models, *sigh*, we're down in this dump yanking guts outta fish. Fontaine's promising something better. He's like one-a us, you know, like he's worked a day in his life. He says meet him at his fish-packing joint at eleven. I'll go, bring a couple of guys. Hehe! It's not like things could get a lot worse!
~ Peach's thoughts on his work at Rapture and Fontaine's meeting.
The Irish porkpie offered me a deal: I flip 'em Fontaine and I walk out of here. That simple... How do I know that fat f-ck isn't Fontaine's guy?! How do I know they're not all Fontaine's guy? Fontaine's got ADAM, and everybody wants it! Ryan's got a whole lot of talk and a nice suit! Even down here, any idiot can see which way the wind is blowing.
~ Wilkins' paranoia starts to kick in.

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Trivia

  • Peach Wilkins' paranoia of Frank Fontaine is one of many instances throughout the game where Atlas' true identity is foreshadowed.
  • In-game, Peach Wilkins uses a recycled "Waders" splicer model, which is a trait he shares with Fontaine's human form.
  • Peach Wilkins' combat style is that of a Nitro Splicer, making him the first Nitro Splicer boss encountered in the game (although J.S. Steinman briefly behaved as a Nitro Splicer when he was first encountered), as well as the earliest variety to use molotov cocktails instead of grenades.

Navigation

           BioShockLogo Villains

Rapture
Ryan Industries
Andrew Ryan

Ryan Security
Chief Sullivan | Pat Cavendish

Fontaine Futuristics
Frank Fontaine | Yi Suchong | Reggie

Fontaine Fisheries
Peach Wilkins | Louie McGraff

Atlas' Followers
Lonnie | Felix Molloy

The Rapture Family
Sofia Lamb | Simon Wales | Gilbert Alexander | Stanley Poole | Big Sisters | Nigel Weir | Edward Grimes | Leo Hartwig

Splicers
Sander Cohen | J.S. Steinman | Reed Wahl | Daniel Wales | Cohen's Disciples | Rose | The Saturnine | Rupert Mudge

Columbia
The Founders
Zachary Hale Comstock | Jeremiah Fink | Fraternal Order of the Raven | Esther Mailer | P. Pettifog and Harrison Powell | Preston E. Downs

Vox Populi
Daisy Fitzroy

Slate's Soldiers
Cornelius Slate

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