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  • Fictional Hackers that are most like a "real" hacker

    What fictional character best displays what your vision of a hacker is and why? (What makes them hacker-like?)
    BatMan? MacGeyver? Wesley Crusher? Dr. Who? Chewbacca? Obi Wan? Freddie Kruger? Jason? Smoking-Guy from X-Files, David Lightman, TRON?, Flynn? Alan1? Neo? Agent Smith? "Dade Murphy/'Crash Override'/'Zero Cool'"? "Kate Libby/'Acid Burn'"? Plenty more from which to choose.

    Has it ever been done well in writing, movies, or a fictional story?

    There are no wrong answers, though there may be answers with disagreement. ]:>

    [Added content:]
    And if you are new to the forums, this is one of those topics that has a fairly low risk for entry... it is easy to participate, and is mostly based on opinions.
    Last edited by TheCotMan; June 15, 2005, 15:32. Reason: typo fix

  • #2
    Good topic...

    Agent smith is the one that I can think of as the best right now... but im gonna have to do some thinking....

    "Its all fun and games until agent smith learns to fork"
    The only constant in the universe is change itself

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    • #3
      I think one of the better fictional hackers was Bryce from the old Max Headroom show. He was, for the most part, believable. He was a awkward but scary smart kid. He was a wiz on the keys, but not very good at the social interaction. In other words, just like most of the people here.
      "There are no failed experiments, only more data"

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      • #4
        I would say Curtis from the movie Hackers. I think the part where he says 'Ohh, Lepoard boy AND the decepticons, c'mon Kate you're not going into that computer shit now are you?' is the moment I realized 'fuck, this guy is the only real hacker in this movie'.

        Addendum:

        Also, the Joey character in the movie Hackers is another good example. He's young, annoying, and too smart for his own good. I saw him and said 'I've met this kid about a hundred times in my life'. He also smokes cigarettes and keeps porno hidden in his room.

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        • #5
          Otacon from MGS; he's pretty antisocial, he cowers when facing cyborg ninjas, and wetts himself. One of the things that made him more believable is he wasn't hacking into metal gear and triggering some self-destruction device, he was just searching the network for info.
          "Fundamentalism: It's how you get all the mysteries of the universe to fit on a bumper sticker"

          --Howard The Duck

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          • #6
            David Lightman

            One of the few characters from any movie that actually does some research into his target to determine how to attack it instead of just sitting down, hitting seven keys on the keyboard and screaming "I'm in!!"

            Shall we play a game?
            perl -e 'print pack(c5, (41*2), sqrt(7056), (unpack(c,H)-2), oct(115), 10)'

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            • #7
              I'd say Scotty personifies it best in my mind. Unsurpassed familarity with his engines, constant desire to increase his abilities, and the ability to adapt to whatever situation presents itself. (And he has a fine appreciation of quality Scotch. )
              Proverbs 17:28 -
              Even a fool appears wise when he uses Google.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Abby_Normal
                ...Bryce from the old Max Headroom show. He was, for the most part, believable. He was a awkward but scary smart kid.
                Hahaha... what about the Security Systems episode?

                "I need someone who can break a little ICE... a little Security Systems ICE..."

                "Now that's COLD!!!"

                I think afterwards someone wrote in informing them about some real lingo they could use rather than stealing it from Neuromancer, as subsequently they'd always use the term "hack" and ICE was never referred to again...
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                • #9
                  I'm not old enough to post something really cool from vintage filmage... but how can you get much more hacker than Laslo?
                  if it gets me nowhere, I'll go there proud; and I'm gonna go there free.

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                  • #10
                    Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova the chick from Goldeneye who screws with Boris Grishenko's targeting system, realigning the dish so that it will send the satellite into orbit. I like this part for 3 reasons. 1) She is Hot. 2) Alan Cummings is a good actor. 3) When bond asks her can Boris break her codes she says possibly which I like b/c the movie does not use the word "hack" his codes and it also puts the truth to cryptography that nothing is ever truly unbreakable just pretty damn hard to get into.
                    Did Everquest teach you that?

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                    • #11
                      Agent Smith was not a hacker.

                      I used to be pretty impressed with Auger on Earth Final Conflict.
                      That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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                      • #12
                        Max Cohen from "π" was a good hacker. He searches for the reason his computer is acting strange and ends up solving the ultimate problem in the process. Not to mention his anti-social habits, the fact he built his own supercomputer, and his crummy apartment.

                        David Lightman would be my runner up.
                        The dude abides.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dYn4mic
                          Agent smith is the one that I can think of as the best right now... but im gonna have to do some thinking....
                          Originally posted by ndex
                          Agent Smith was not a hacker.
                          Have to agree with ndex, I saw Agent Smith as a worm unknowingly written by Neo (ala 1988 ?) iirc, this worm was not intentioned to take down the Intarweb, much as Smith was not intentioned to take down the Matrix :)

                          (like Converge, I'm still trying to think of a retro Original Hacksta)
                          “Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.”

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                          • #14
                            We'll I 'did my thinking'
                            and yeah, I stand corrected. Agent smith was not a hacker...

                            As others, I'm going to vote for david lightman... He was smart, motivated, just wanted to 'play a game', worked hard. I mean.. pencil... How realistic is that (of teachers passwords)!

                            Anyone up for a wopper?

                            Also I'd have to mention Macgyver... anyone that can build a canoe out of a toothpick while being shot at by nazi's, all on a motorcycle, blindfolded.... is doing good in my book... (heh.)
                            The only constant in the universe is change itself

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dYn4mic
                              Also I'd have to mention Macgyver... anyone that can build a canoe out of a toothpick while being shot at by nazi's, all on a motorcycle, blindfolded.... is doing good in my book... (heh.)
                              For that matter, how about the Professor on Gilligan's Island!

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