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Jeremiah Fink
Jeremiah Fink
NationalityColumbian
Died1912
Place of DeathFink Manufacturing
FamilyAlbert Fink (Brother)
Son
AffiliationThe Founders
Fink Manufacturing
Physical Description
GenderMale
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorDark Brown
Appearances
Appears inBioShock Infinite
Voice ActorBill Lobley
Diary 10
"What is the most admirable creature on God's green Earth? Why, it's the bee! Have you ever seen a bee on vacation? Have you ever seen a bee take a sick day? Well, my friends, the answer is no! So I say, be... the bee! Be the bee!"
―Fink's personal creed

Jeremiah Fink is one of the richest and most powerful men in Columbia. He is the founder and inventor conglomerate of Fink Manufacturing, and the host of the annual Columbian event known as "The Raffle."

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History Edit

Jeremiah Fink is an unscrupulous businessman with a manufacturing monopoly within Columbia, especially being able to profit from sponsoring the work of others through persuasive monopolization, such as R.J. Pickwick's invention, the Sky-Hook. This business practice allowed Fink to become a rich and powerful member of the Founders party, allowing him to pay off the police and militia from his business and deals.

On August 12th, 1894, Fink became even more powerful when he learned of the Tears occurring throughout Columbia from his brother, Albert. Jeremiah was skeptical of the Tears until he realized the profits that could be produced from them when Albert made a fortune by stealing music emitting from the Tears and selling them as his own. Fink took the opportunity to obtain advanced technology and science observed through the Tears, and further advance and expand his company's inventions. Many of the technologies Fink took came from the underwater city of Rapture, which existed in a different timeline. He secretly collaborated with Yi Suchong of Rapture, trading technology and ideas between tears. In particular, Fink himself was responsible of various "underwater expeditions" to Rapture, where ADAM was gained to be used in Columbia's vigors. Fink and Suchong also collaborated to create various other devices and technologies, such as the Big Daddies and the Songbird.

Fink was later approached by Zachary Comstock and hired to kill Robert Lutece and Rosalind Lutece by sabotaging the device that allowed them to travel between realities. As a reward, ownership of the Luteces' patents was turned over to him following their elimination.[1] However, the Luteces did not die due to his interference but became capable of existing across multiverse dimensions.

BioShock Infinite Edit

When Booker DeWitt first encounters Fink, he is hosting the 1912 Columbian Secession Day Raffle. During the Raffle, as Booker goes to throw a baseball (at the interracial couple on stage, or at Fink, depending on the player's choice), Fink and the Police notice the "AD" brand on Booker's hand and identify him as the "False Shepherd."

When Booker and Elizabeth travel to Finkton to get weapons for the Vox Populi, Fink is waiting for them, having already taken gunsmith Chen Lin to the Good Time Club. Jeremiah offers Booker a job as head of security and sends several waves of enemies to attack Booker as a way of "evaluating" his skills for the job. Booker rejects his offer, which angers Fink.

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Fink's death at the hands of Fitzroy.
Through the use of Tears, Booker and Elizabeth travel to a reality where the Vox Populi have received large numbers of weapons and are revolting against Fink, resulting in a battle at his factory. The Vox Populi overwhelm Fink Manufacturing and Fink himself is cornered by Daisy Fitzroy. Booker and Elizabeth arrive in time to witness Fitzroy shooting Fink in the head, murdering him. 

Personality Edit

Fink is a cunning and opportunistic businessman, owning the most successful business in Columbia, and could be the richest man in the city. He is manipulative, using exploitative business practices upon his employees' work hours and pay. Instead of paying his workers in Silver Eagles, he pays in Fink Tokens, only valid at the Fink Company store. Many of his workers are homeless and starving, living in a Shantytown below the main factory.

Fink himself is a very charismatic man, hosting the annual Raffle and seemingly popular among the people. This extends only to supporters of the Founders -- the Vox Populi and its supporters see Fink as an enemy, and a target of their anger.

The Voxophone "A Product Like Any Other" reveals that Fink does not care for Comstock's prophecies, but more of how he can benefit from using the prophecy. In his philosophy he sees industry as an organization similar to nature, made up of lions (leaders), cattle (workers) and hyenas (tricksters who only seek to "rile up the cattle"). He labels himself and Booker as lions, his workers as cattle, and Daisy Fitzroy and the Vox Populi as hyenas.

Burial at Sea - Episode 1Edit

Jeremiah Fink doesn't actually make an appearance in Episode One of Burial at Sea, but he is mentioned. In Yi Suchong's audio diary "Observation 33", Suchong says he has caught Fink in the act, stealing and turning Suchong's Plasmids into Columbia's Vigors. Suchong decides in turn to use Fink's idea of adding an oxidizing agent to make ADAM products drinkable and present it to Andrew Ryan, as an alternative for those who can't handle being injected with needles.

Burial at Sea - Episode 2Edit

Fink returns again, this time seen tied up by Daisy Fitzroy. Fitzroy is seen talking to the Luteces about how she would threaten Fink's son, sacrificing herself to meet the ends of the Luteces. It is revealed from Fink's laboratories that he collaborated heavily with Yi Suchong, trading technology and ideas through Tears. It is also revealed that Fink and Suchong both worked together to create the Big Daddies and the Songbird -- with Suchong believing Fink had the process that made the pairbonds possible, Fink imediately cut all ties with Suchong in fear that he would find out the method of imprinting.

Voxophones Edit

Burial at Sea - Episode 2Edit

Gallery Edit

The RaffleEdit

Behind the Scenes Edit

  • It is implied that he has seen Rapture through the Tears, since many of the technological advances created by Fink Manufacturing are similar to Rapture's technology. These technologies include Big Daddies to make Songbird, Plasmids as Vigors and EVE as Salts, and possibly others.
  • He is portrayed by voice actor Bill Lobley, who also voices Stanley Poole in BioShock 2.
  • Fink's use of Fink Tokens to pay his employees is a nod to similar practices common in early 20th century America, brought on by the Industrial Revolution.
  • He seems to be based on early American industrialists, such as Andrew Carnegie and Henry Frick, who hired Pinkerton agents to quell their worker strikes -- this is paralleled by Fink trying to hire Booker, an ex-Pinkerton agent, as his head of security.
  • Fink strongly resembles Bill "the Butcher" Cutting, a character inspired by William Poole, portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis in the movie Gangs of New York. [2] Aside from his appearance, Bill shares a similar utter lack of mercy towards foreigners, his persuasion as a businessman, and influential leader of his Ultra-Nationalist party. More notably, Fink's Top hat and Bill's belt feature the exact styled patriotic stripes.
  • Fink's statues in Finkton do not resemble the character's face, which appears to be a much older man with a rounder face and large sideburns. This might have been an earlier model of Fink revised as his statue.
  • The word "Fink" may be used to refer to someone who is thought to be obnoxious or loathsome.
  • Fink mirrors Yi Suchong from the original BioShock since he "came up with" the idea for Songbird and the Vigors by watching their creation by Suchong through Tears.
  • On the board of scalps in Emporia, it can be seen that Fink supposedly has gray/white patches of hair. Strangely, these areas are never visible. It is possible that the scalp used was from an older version of Fink before a revision (much like the model used for the gold statues).
    • Also, it is quite odd that Fink's body had been found, scalped and nailed to the sign in Emporia in the small space of time in which he is seen killed, Elizabeth and Booker escape on The First Lady airship, travel to and crash in Emporia. It is most likely the Vox found Fink's corpse immediately after Booker and Elizabeth left, since they were not far behind before that area. Scalped him, flew to Emporia and nailed his scalp to the sign during the time Booker and Elizabeth are knocked out in the crash, since there is a noticable change in daytime between these events. This would also explain the immediate Vox Populi presense in Emporia when Booker and Elizabeth awaken. 

ReferencesEdit

  1. "And if I do this, this sabotage, all their patents?"
    "All of them, Mister Fink."
  2. Gangs of New York on Wikipedia

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