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An advertisement for Tate's film: "Health Hazards of the Sun".

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An advertisement for Tate's film: "The Black Dream".

"Ava was Rapture's mad queen o' the silver screen. Propaganda, picture shows, cartoons…even Andy Ryan went to that crazy canuck when his public image needed a little spit-shine."
―Augustus Sinclair[src]

Ava-Marie Tate[1] is a former Québécois actress, colleague of Sander Cohen, movie producer, and Rapture celebrity. During the city's golden years Ava specialized in producing propaganda films to help change public opinion and keep Rapture's inhabitants distracted from the political problems in the city.

There are several references to her in BioShock 2. Her name is mentioned on posters for the two movies The Black Dream starring Sander Cohen, and Health Hazards of the Sun.

Known WorksEdit

BioShock 2 MultiplayerEdit

Main article: BioShock 2 Multiplayer

A quote from Ava can be seen during the game's loading screen. The quote suggests that Ava was, like many of Rapture's citizens, an ADAM user.

"It's no wonder Cohen closed the Fort, darlings. Theater is dead…Why play the voyeur when ADAM can make you a star?"
―Ava Tate[src]

Audio DiariesEdit

BioShock 2Edit

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Ava Tate was originally planned to be a fairly significant character working under Sofia Lamb. Juliet Landau, who also voiced the Little Sisters in BioShock recorded her speaking roles, but the character was mostly cut from the game.[2] An early interview spells her name as "Eva Tate".
  • In the early stages of BioShock 2's story, Ava would have been the owner of Dionysus Park, which had been preserved from the war and Rapture's later decline. Ava used the park to host her infamous, ADAM-fueled parties. Augustus Sinclair even mentions in an unused radio message that her parties were so wild she made her guests sign a waiver. The radio messages also indicate her full name as "Ava-Marie Tate" and that she is of French Canadian extraction. In Rapture's heyday, she was one of the most acclaimed filmmakers in the city and served as a propaganda mill for Andrew Ryan. Similar to how Sander Cohen lauded Ryan and his policies through song, Tate did so through film. She was responsible for having both Subject Delta and Sofia Lamb "erased" from public records. During the events of BioShock 2, she and her network of informants are located in the still pristine Dionysus Park. The goal of the level was apparently to gather video evidence with the Research Camera of Tate's illicit activities. Stanley Poole wants to use the footage to create an exposé and ruin her reputation with the public. It would then be revealed that it was in fact Stanley himself who had Sofia erased from the public, and later Ava Tate herself. Ava then began working for Lamb while they were both imprisoned in Persephone.
  • Much of Tate's character was repurposed for Mlle Blanche de Glace.


  1. In Removed Radio Messages from BioShock 2, Ava's full name is listed as Ava-Marie Tate
  2. "SDCC 2009: Juliet Landau Talks 'Angel' and 'Bioshock 2'" article by Joseph McCabe, Emily Salzfass on (archived at

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