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Victor Coste
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Victor Coste in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
Biographical information
Full name Victor Anthony Christopher Coste[1][2]
Nicknames Vic
Born 1961[1]
Pawtucket, Rhode Island[1][2]
Citizenship Flag of the United States American
Family Children[3]
Physical description
Hair Black (Graying)
Eyes Gray
Height 5′ 11″[1][2]
Weight 210 lbs[1][2]
Career information
Occupation Paladin 9 CEO
Private Security Consultant
Affiliations United States Navy (Navy SEALs)
Sam Fisher
Paladin Nine Security
William Redding
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell series information
Appearances See Appearances in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell media
Voice actor(s) Howard Siegel
"'Brother'. That's family, right?"
― Victor Coste tells Black Arrow about Sam's comment that you never leave family behind in Conviction.

Victor "Vic" Coste is a friend of Sam Fisher and the founder and leader of Paladin Nine Security, a Private Military Company (PMC). He played a major role in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction as the game's narrator as well as being a major role in helping Sam during the game by providing vital information regarding White Box Laboratories and Black Arrow PMC. He returns in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist as a support character.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Victor Anthony Christopher Coste[1][2] was born in 1961 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He had few choices growing up. He could become a petty crook, go to tech school, or join the military. Vic chose the military, specifically the United States Navy, where he excelled in SEAL training and quickly made friends with one of the other trainees, Sam Fisher.[2]

Victor Coste Navy SEAL Gulf War

A young Victor Coste as a Navy SEAL operator during the Gulf War.

Coste and Fisher served together as SEALs until they were mustered out, seeing action in Iraq, Afghanistan, Grenada and numerous other hotspots. At one point during their shared service in Iraq, Coste pulled Fisher out of a hostage situation, a debt Sam has never forgotten.

After leaving the Navy, Coste relocated to Washington, D.C. and formed a private military corporation, Paladin Nine Security, specializing in high-tech defense solutions and kidnapping recovery work. Working with a small staff, Coste still handles most of the fieldwork himself. He is plugged in to the defense, contracting, and intel communities through his contacts, meaning that he’s generally in the right place at the right time to get the job done.

2011: Third Echelon ConspiracyEdit

During the events of the Third Echelon Conspiracy, Victor would use his ties from his job in order to supply Sam with the best equipment money could buy. He was instrumental in supplying Sam with weapons, equipment, and intelligence on White Box Technologies, a Research and Development (R&D) company specializing in EMPs. He was also instrumental in extracting Sarah Fisher from her designated apartment and assisting Sam in halting one of the EMP attacks. Some time after the death of Tom Reed, Victor was held in captivity by Black Arrow in an unknown location, where he narrates all of the events that occurred during the conspiracy. Shortly after finishing his video-taped story, an explosion places the facility on alert, implying that Sam was in the middle of freeing Victor from captivity. His last words during the chaos are about how Sam said he was like a brother to him, and how he never leaves family behind.

Version 2 of ConvictionEdit

Baghdad, IraqEdit

Coste and his squad are driving down a highway near Baghdad in a Humvee. They are ambushed and hit by an RPG. Victor is knocked out and left for dead. When he comes to, Colonel Reed orders them to stay in position, and that another squad will be sent to pick him up, and find his squad leader. Victor chooses to disobey orders, and heads into downtown Baghdad himself. He works his way through a train station and cargo yard. Later he made his way through a street filled with snipers. After making it through the gauntlet he took out a terrorist manning a mounted machine gun on the back of a truck. Taking to the roofs he manned a machine gun firing on terrorists coming out of a hanger, and from the highway. Finally, after destroying an enemy humvee, he moved on disabling some dynamite tied to a bridge out of the city. Victor barely makes it over the bridge, when it collapses behind him.[4]

Following a detour, Victor makes it into downtown Baghdad. Reed contacts him, letting him know that help has arrived, and they will be assisting him in getting Sam Fisher back. Just as he meets up with them, their humvee is taken out by a RPG. Victor kills the terrorist and takes his RPG, firing it on an enemy vehicle. Victor climbs into a building, but another terrorist with an RPG hits the building near where he is standing, blowing a corner off of the building and knocking Coste to the ground floor. Coste makes it into the terrorists compound, and interrogates a guard for a keycard into the building where Sam was being held. He made his way into the basement, where Sam was being held in a cell. Victor opened the cell, and they contacted Wafford Base to send a helicopter for them. They made their way back up and to the second story. Working their way down from a balcony, he escorted Sam through the streets, narrowly avoiding a tank, and meeting up with a rescue chopper. Both made it back safely to the base.

2013: Blacklist Attacks Edit

Coste recruits Fisher, who was bored with civilian life, into Paladin 9. Together, they only take contracts that they believe in. Coste is then wounded in the first Blacklist attack, when he protects Fisher from a grenade.[5]

In the post-end credit, Coste has been recovered from his injuries and he greet Sam as they look upon the imprisoned captive, Majid Sadiq.

Profile Edit

Coste is Fisher's closest friend, and the two share a brotherly bond ever since they served in the US Navy SEALs. Coste states that he never leaves his family behind, and it shows: during the Splinter Cell: Conviction flashback, he rescues Fisher despite being ordered by his superiors not to. While being interrogated by Black Arrow, Fisher rescued Coste because Fisher also doesn't leave family behind.

GalleryEdit

Developer commentaryEdit

"The character of Victor Coste is really the counterweight to Sam’s relationship with Anna Grimsdottir. He’s the guy who knows Sam and trusts him unreservedly for who he is, even though he hasn’t seen him in ages. Grim, on the other hand, is the one Sam has to trust but doesn’t really know. Setting up that dynamic with Sam in the middle –and getting tugged at from both sides with what he has to do –echoed the professional vs. personal struggle that Sam’s caught up in. With everything else in his world uncertain, there needed to be one thing that Sam could absolutely rely on. And that turned out to be Vic.

The other great thing about Coste is that he’s the one person in the world who knows Sam and doesn’t want anything from him. That means he can call Sam on his bullshit to his face and get away with it, because there’s no agenda there. He honestly and genuinely wants his friend to succeed, which is pretty much unlike any relationship Sam’s had in recent memory. So that allowed for some really fun character-building moments in the interplay between the two of them. I didn’t want their relationship to fall into buddy movie conventions – they’re not trying to outdo each other, and one of them isn’t a week away from retirement. Instead, you’ve got these two experienced pros who know each other, who’ve had similar lives and seen their choices come home to roost, and who really understand each other as a result.

Plus, they’re really good at shooting people. But that was sort of a given, all things considered.
"
― Richard Dansky, Splinter Cell: Conviction Game Script Writer[1]

Appearances in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell mediaEdit

GamesEdit

NovelsEdit

Comic booksEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Victor Coste bears a great resemblance to Victor Sullivan, a fictional character in the Uncharted series of video games. Not just in physical appearance and first name, but their voices are similar as well and both of them are the best friend of the main protagonist. Both characters also use aircraft.
  • Coste is the first character other than Sam Fisher to be a player character in the single player campaign of a Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell game.
    • As a playable character, Victor Coste lacks many of Sam's abilities, most notably Mark and Execute. However, he is able to move from cover to cover, and he is also able to do hand to hand kills as well. These abilities alone are enough to sneak through some parts of the level despite Victor's lack of mobility.
    • The only weapons and equipment Coste is seen using in Splinter Cell Conviction is an upgraded AK-47 with an ACOG sight and a partially upgraded USP.45 sans a Red Dot Sight; regarding the USP.45's presence in Victor's flashback, it was made a year before the beginning of the Gulf War, where the "Highway of Death" level takes place. Victor Coste also has the option of picking up an AKS-74U during the level as well, and is seen in the beginning cutscene with Sam and the rest of his Navy SEAL squad with a non functional MP5SD6, which might have been lost when he and his squad got hit by a mortar.
    • The "Highway of Death" level does not show how much ammunition Victor has left for either weapon; the ammunition count during this level is infinite. However, there is a limited amount of Frag Grenades that Victor can use at the start of the mission, though he can pick up more Grenades while progressing through the level.
    • Doing a hand to hand kill in the "Highway of Death" level with the USP.45 shows Victor Coste having the same Krav Maga animations as Sam, Archer and Kestrel when having a pistol equipped. This likely indicates that he too may have learned some Krav Maga as well during his time with the Navy SEALs; aside from this, he was still able to demonstrate more of his training as seen in the "Blacklist Zero" level in Blacklist when performing a Non-Lethal or Lethal hand to hand takedown/kill.
    • He and Isaac Briggs are the only characters that are playable in solo campaign section in the series.
  • During the "Highway of Death" level in Conviction, Coste reveals that he has children after Sam tells him that Sarah sent him a picture her mother helped her draw. It is unknown how many children he has.[3]
  • Coste is of Italian ancestry.[1]
  • Coste has a tattoo of the Navy SEAL insignia on his left arm.[1]
  • Coste has a shrapnel scar on his right cheek.[1]
  • Coste seems to look younger in Splinter Cell: Blacklist than he does in Splinter Cell: Conviction.
  • In Splinter Cell: Conviction, Coste is shown as a captive by Black Arrow being interrogated, recalling the events of the game. At the end of Splinter Cell: Blacklist, it shows Coste walking into the interrogation room, with Fisher, as the interrogators.
    • Also the two games in a row where Coste is shown in/near an interrogation room.
  • In both games Conviction and Blacklist when Victor pilots a helicopter he gets shot down by someone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Dev Blog Post 4 – Biography Coste (2010-03-25).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 [1]majornelson.com, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction Starter Kit, page 7
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
    20 years ago
    Highway of Death
    Diwaniya, Iraq
    Vic: "Yo, Sam, how's your little girl?"
    Sam: "She's doing fine. I got a picture from her in the mail. I think her mom helped her draw it."
    Vic: "Nice. My kids don't draw me pictures or write or anything."

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  4. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction for Apple iPhone </li>
  5. Character Bios </li></ol>

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