- "We'll settle this shit another time, Fenix. You can count on that, bitch!"
- — Griffin, swearing revenge against Marcus after the Locust attack on Griffin Tower
Aaron Griffin was the former CEO of Griffin Imulsion Corporation, and a Stranded leader in Char after the Hammer of Dawn counterattack. He assisted Delta Squad when they passed through Char during the Lambent Pandemic.
CEO of Griffin Imulsion
- "Every CEO should work a decade on a fuel rig, get familiar with the worst of it like I did. That right there is the only business education you'll ever need."
- — Griffin, during an interview with HMT
Griffin began his career in the Imulsion industry by working a decade on a fuel rig, getting familiar with the worst things the job could offer. He later began his own Imulsion company, the Griffin Imulsion Corporation, and worked as the CEO, developing a reputation as being a tough boss, but never losing any men on the job. He was later interviewed by HMT magazine after an explosion at a Lopus Energy refinery outside of Denava. Griffin criticized Lopus Energy as being amateurs, saying they couldn't get the job done right if they were trying to be everyone’s friend. He also said that every CEO should do as he had done and work on an Imulsion rig in order to learn about the job that their employees were doing. Griffin also reasoned that if his employees weren't afraid of you, they were doing it wrong, but you still had to make sure that they liked and respected you enough to stay.
- "You know, I think I heard of Griffin. People used to say he's badass with a hate for the Coalition."
- — Jace addressing to Marcus that Griffin is a hateful, popular Stranded leader
A little more than a year after Emergence Day, Griffin survived the Hammer of Dawn counterattack, with his tower and refinery in the city of Char surviving as well. However, most of his workforce was killed by the strike, and most were turned into ash statues, frozen in the pose they were in when the Hammer had struck. Griffin was outraged at the deaths of his people, and led the survivors of Char from his tower, gaining a hatred of the Coalition of Ordered Governments. His people continued to work at the refinery across the crater created by the strike on the city. He used cable cars to connect the towers; they were still able to refine and sell Imulsion without trekking across dangerous land. In time, he grew popular from his ideals and hate for the Coalition, and remained a business man throughout the Locust War. However, he was not popular with all of his employees, some of whom resented him and thought he cared little for their lives, noticing that dozens died carrying out some of his orders. Shortly after the Lambent began appearing in Char sixteen years after E-Day, Griffin sent a message to Hondo at the refinery, telling him to make sure his next batch of Imulsion was the correct grade, or he would come over there and kick his ass.
Arrival of Delta
- "So welcome to Griffin Tower, COG. It was here before you destroyed Char, and it's still standin' now. And so am I. You've got some nerve comin' around here asking for favors, motherfuckers."
- — Griffin to Delta-One as they arrived in his office of Griffin Tower
Shortly after this, the cable car didn't return from the refinery with the next shipment of Imulsion, and Griffin sent several people to the refinery to investigate, including Miles Carver, but none of them returned. After Gears were spotted in the city, Griffin had his men capture Pvt. Dizzy Wallin, who had been left behind to guard their vehicles. The other Gears arrived at his tower several minutes later, and Ash Man led them up to Griffin's office, saying that they had killed some Lambent, and wanted to trade for some Imulsion. Griffin yelled at him for bringing them into his tower, and ordered him to get out. He then turned his attention to the Gears, and welcomed them to Griffin Tower, saying that it was there before they destroyed Char, and was still there now, and that so was he. Griffin said they had some nerve asking him for a favor, and Lt. Anya Stroud told him they understood, and they just wanted some fuel and then they would go. Griffin called her a bitch and told her she didn't understand, and explained to her that all the ash statues they had seen in the city had been his people, and that he didn't like the fact that their rest had been disturbed by anyone from the COG. Sgt. Marcus Fenix then told him they understood grieving, and Griffin asked him who he was. Marcus told him, and Griffin said he recalled the name, asking him if he knew the first rule of business. Marcus said to remind him, and Griffin told him it was what was in it for him. He explained how the recent shipment of fuel hadn't arrived, and told them that if they got it back, they could keep some. Marcus wondered if he was setting them up, so Griffin snapped his fingers, and two of his men opened the office door and showed them Dizzy, who explained that Griffin's men had captured him. Griffin then had him taken away, and told Marcus that every contract had a performance guarantee, and their associate was his. Marcus warned him not to lay a finger on Dizzy, and Griffin grinned as he sat in his chair and turned his back on them, telling them that they had one hour, and not to waste it.
- "You're done?! They're fuckin' dead! My people are all dead! We've survived Hammer Strikes, the Grubs, the whole damn war, and then you show up, and I lose fuckin' everybody! You fuckin' COG bastards! Everywhere you go, everything you do, it's always nothin' but death, pain, and miseries! You piece of shit motherfuckers!"
- — Griffin to Delta-One after Queen Myrrah attacked Griffin Tower
Around an hour later, Griffin Tower came under attack by the Locust, led by Queen Myrrah herself aboard her Tempest. After she blasted the tower a few times, she flew away, leaving the Queen's Guard to finish the attack and kill all of Griffin's people. Griffin let Dizzy go, and the two of them became cornered on the roof by the Locust. Dizzy contacted Marcus for help, and they told him they were crossing on the cable car to assist them. By the time the Gears arrived, Griffin and Dizzy were the last two people alive defending the tower. After killing the last of the Locust, Marcus told Griffin that they had gotten his fuel, and that their deal was done. Griffin was angered by this, and lashed out at him, saying that all of his people were dead and pointing out how they had survived the Hammer strikes, Locust attacks, and the rest of the war, but then the Gears showed up and he lost everybody. He raged against the COG, declaring that everywhere they went, all they did was spread pain, death, and misery, and called them all 'piece of shit motherfuckers'. This finally pushed Marcus over the edge, and he began yelling at Griffin that he had just lost his brother, and that Griffin, his tower, and his Imulsion could all go to hell. Griffin backed off, saying he and Marcus would settle the dispute another time. Griffin then boarded his cable car and left the tower, flipping Marcus off as his cable car headed for the refinery.
Personality and Traits
- "Bitch, you don't understand shit. You seen those ash remains? Those were my workforce. My employees. My family. I don't like their rest bein' disturbed by outsiders, and especially no fucking COG!"
- — Griffin to Anya and Delta-One as he dismisses the COG understanding grieving
Even before Emergence Day, Griffin was a hardnosed businessman with a coarse mouth. He considered his employees and workforce as family, but led them through fear. As he put it, his love was tough. Griffin also cared to exhibit his wealth in a world gone to ruin, as evidenced by the armory of gold-plated weapons he kept in his office.
The Hammer of Dawn Counterattack made him an even harder man. He had no scruples against taking captives to ensure Gear cooperation, and remained unfazed by the threats of Marcus Fenix, a Gear remarked for his intimidating presence, even later when the Gear exploded in a cathartic moment of uninhibited anger.
Behind the scenes
- Aaron Griffin was voiced by Ice-T in Gears of War 3.
- The gold knuckle plate on his left hand reads "DRAMA", a reference to Ice-T's song Drama.
- Griffin has a broken clock around his neck which is stuck at "6am", this is a reference to another one of Ice-T's songs called 6 'N the Morning.
- Griffin's clothing design is a deliberate combination of COG and Stranded visual cues.
- While Griffin is talking to Delta Squad, golden weapons can be seen hanging on the wall in his office.
- Although Aaron Griffin says that all of his Stranded are dead, it doesn't seem to be true. During one of the skirmishes in his main tower while fighting the Queen's Guard, one of the Stranded in the skirmish survives. This is probably because Griffin was trapped in the tower with Dizzy after the Locust attacked.
- Early concept artwork for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition shows that some of the levels would've had wanted posters of Griffin littering the walls. However this idea never made it into the final release, leaving the walls barren.
- Griffin is available as a multiplayer character in Gears of War 3; to unlock him, players can either "like" the official Gears of War fan page on Facebook or earn the "Big Money" onyx Medal in Horde 2.0.
- Griffin is one of the "heroes" who can appear in Beast mode and always comes equipped with a Sawed-Off Shotgun.
- Griffin can only be unlocked in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition multiplayer by purchasing the Deluxe Edition of the game.
- RAAM's Shadow (Photo only)
- Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Multiplayer only)
- Gears of War 3 (First appearance)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gears of War 3: Act IV: Hang 'em High
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Gears of War 3: Act IV: Crater
- ↑ Gears of War 3: Act IV: Ashes to Ashes
- ↑ As can be seen in Griffin's introductory cutscene in Gears of War 3: Act IV: Chapter 1: Ashes to Ashes
- ↑ "when Marcus made a suggestion, even civvies took it as an order. It was the gravel voice and the steady blue stare, Dom thought, the weird combination of looking like a hard bastard while sounding like a guy you could always rely on" (Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant, pg. 183-184, Soft Cover) / "it was actually Marcus who silenced them. He walked in behind Gavriel, and the noise level dropped as if someone had turned down a volume control. He cleared a path without even trying. A teenage boy—fifteen, perhaps—turned idly to see what was behind him, and the expression on his face when he saw Marcus was pure animal fear, instant and undisguised . . . Anya had to remember that any Gear was an intimidating sight for civilians not used to them . . . but Marcus projected something beyond that. It wasn't just dominant body language. It was a kind of angry weariness. It made people shut up and listen" (Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant, pg. 249-250, Soft Cover).
- ↑ Gears of War 3 credits
- ↑ Polycount Artdump
- ↑ The Art of Gears of War 3 page 221
- ↑ Gears of War: Ultimate Edition