First mentioned during Chapter 2 – Season 6 Finale Zero Crisis, Fortnite Geno. Or just Geno
Geno leads the Imagined Order (IO), a reality spanning effort to catalog and control all existence. Their technology pulls people into a Loop of combat, where all memory and extraordinary abilities are lost. Since everyone is on equal footing, this allows the IO to analyze every being brought to their playground and live out the Alien vs Predator vs Terminator dreams of every 90s kid. agent, now against IO, was the first to mention Geno’s name: Jonesy, played by Troy Baker.
He did so in calling for help to the faction who directly opposes the IO, The Seven, who have been hunting Geno for a long time. The Foundation, their leader played by Dwayne Johnson, stopped his Jonesy-smashing superhuman kick in light of the name being mentioned. Every appearance of the character has had a connection to Geno and her hunt for him.
1. He hides
Geno is obscured not only the narrative path, but also the literal. During the Chapter 3 – Season 2 Collision event, the Zero Point had its reality portal abilities focused on Geno’s house – wherever it is. Foundation and Jonesy leapt at the first sight of his smoky silhouette, hopefully not messing up his living room carpet.
From his realm, Geno instructs the various IO bases and operations as they continue his mission. Only the highest-ranking agents can even contact him, showing how only the truly devoted to his stupid cause are rewarded for their folly.
It’s not an unheard of trend for Fortnite history, as characters like Doctor Slone were first introduced as silhouettes and only later fully revealed. Geno will likely follow this pattern, but being the greatest antagonist the game has ever introduced, his first appearance will impact the entire story.
2. Geno stands for Origin
The root of the word “Geno” means family and gender, origin in the sense of genealogy. Fortnite has always shown impressive care in naming its characters, with the IO’s main enforcer – Gunnar – having a Norse name meaning soldier, and Jonesy being named after Ripley’s cat in the film. Alien from the 70s.
Not to mention it being half of the word “genocide”, something the IO is likely guilty of in their war against all universes. Quite an accusation, but these are the greatest villains that have ever existed in fiction.
An unfortunate aspect of this recent naming has been the absence of Kevins or Blevins, community-given names to previous characters who were shrouded in mystery. However, Epic Games making sure their biggest card has a commanding name right off the bat shows they’re ready to take it to great heights.
3. His family matters
During “The End” event in Chapter 2 – Season 8, a memory-erasing machine was nearly used on Jonesy, so the technology exists in the hands of IO. What led to the faction leader not only stepping out of his pocket realm, but also erasing the memory of these cunning and charming characters, must have been monumental.
In the Chapter 3 Season 2 Resistance Quests, Jonesy mentions that Geno erased the sisters’ files from the OI systems, which had never been done permanently before. This further solidifies the bond between them, and with The Imagined’s skin description being “its past is the key to our future”, that plot thread will surely be stitched up soon enough. Maybe in a nice blanket of family warmth.
4. He hired Doctor Doom
After the Marvel Multiverse first crossed over to the Island, its greatest heroes and villains became aware of what the IO were doing. Iron Man and other Avengers planned their stand against Galactus, while Doctor Doom took up residence in Pleasant Park with a glowing throne and robotic minions.
Nexus War was the first Fortnite conflict that Doom had a hand in, but in the newly-released Zero War comics, he is part of the threat. The Seven attempt to defend Ground Zero as IO lands a final strike, and Geno recruits Doctor Doom into IO’s prestigious inner circle.
What the two will plot leads into the current season, as all five comic issues take place in the previous: Chapter 3 – Season 2. Even though players piloted a giant cuddly bear to destroy the product of their plans, the process leading to that will still be interesting to see, as both characters are better developed within the world of Fortnite.
5. He is not human
At least not anymore. Our first glimpse of Geno, during The Collision event, showed what can only be described as a volcanic array of smoky tentacles in humanoid form. Their design mimicked the same celestial look of Zero Point’s previous appearances.
Whether Geno’s appearance implies he absorbed the energy of millennia of working with the Zero, or if something else happened remains to be seen. But whatever is revealed about his past and his power will set the stakes as the story reaches its 21st season.
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