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This ain’t any game... this is a hunt.
~ Vector

Vector is the supervisor of the Factory and the main antagonist of the 2019 action film Alita: Battle Angel. He is a powerful crime boss, owner of the Motorball Tournament and the 'de facto' ruler of The Factory, Iron City's governing authority. In actuality, he is the proxy of Nova, Zalem's technocratic overlord and The Factory's true ruler who employs Vector to collect body parts for his experiments.

He is portrayed by Mahershala Ali, who also played Cottonmouth in Marvel's Luke Cage, and Prowler in Spider Man: Into The Spider Verse.

History

A servant of Nova, Vector at some point employed Chiren as his personal cybernetics engineer, and also hired Hugo and his friends to go out and strip cyborgs of their body parts so he could transport them to Nova for him to experiment with. Vector kept Hugo under his thumb with the promise that if he amassed 1,000,000 credits working for him he would be able to go to Zalem.

Vector first appeared as Chiren was repairing Grewishka after the brutish cyborg was torn apart by Alita. Vector and Chiren discover that Grewishka was, in fact, being monitored by Nova. Nova then takes control of Grewishka directly and instructs Vector and Chiren to repair Grewishka for him to go after and get revenge on Alita.

Vector later appears after Hugo and his gang attack the winner of a Motorball tournament he hosted. After sawing off his limbs they leave him to Vector, who promptly murders him.

Vector invites Hugo on a dinner, which Vector uses to ask Hugo for more information about Alita.

After Alita enters a Motorball tournament to earn money to help Hugo realize his dream, Vector gathers several of his most deadly bounty hunters and wanted criminals to compete in the tournament alongside her, offering to pay 500,000 credits to whoever kills Alita during the Motorball race. However, during the race, Alita fights off and incapacitates them all before exiting the competition to save Hugo from Zapan.

Vector later learns from Chiren that she helped Alita escape with Hugo and that she no longer wishes to assist Vector in his dealings with Nova. As punishment for her betrayal, Vector has her organs removed and placed in jars to be sent up to Zalem for Nova to experiment with.

After discovering that Vector lied about his promise to Hugo to send him to Zalem, Alita breaks into Vector's building and goes on a rampage, destroying several Centurions before making it to Vector's room. Grewishka shows up to fight Alita but she kills him easily before confronting Vector. Vector tells her that he intended to keep his promise to Hugo by sending him up to Zalem as a bunch of organs and body parts in jars, revealing what he had done with Chiren. Alita then demands to speak to Nova and Nova takes control of Vector's body to speak to Alita. After Nova says that he is still waiting for her in Zalem for one last fight, Alita stabs and kills Vector before leaving.

Quotes

No, you should've known.. my friend.
~ Vector as he murders one of his cyborgs.
She's the last of the kind, that went extinct 300 years ago.
~ Vector about Alita.

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Trivia

  • Vector is Mahershala Ali's third role as a comic book villain, after Cottonmouth and Prowler. Interestingly, both former roles were in Marvel media, while Alita: Battle Angel was based on a Japanese manga.

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