5 Reasons Why Marcus Holloway Is A Better Protagonist Than Aiden Pearce

Hi there gamers! Sorry for all the issues you had to go through with Watch Dogs but you got to admit that it was an interesting concept initially though. But still, some of us are a bit excited for the sequel while most are being rather patient and calculative even though after watching the awesome trailer of WD 2 and its protagonist, Marcus Holloway. To be frank, we respect the utmost patience as well as the decision you’ve made.

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So, cutting to the chase, you all are well aware that a protagonist plays a huge role in defining especially the storyline of a game. Well, we always need a cool guy to play with whom we can be in complete sync. Do you think Aiden Pearce was that person? Do you believe that Ubi needed to put up another character instead of him? Was he partly responsible for the negative criticism of Watch_Dogs?

We won’t answer those for you but one thing we can definitely assure that the new guy, Marcus Holloway, is far more cooler and a better character as compared to Aiden. Why? We have enlisted all the factors that might help you realize who is better.


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First of all try to picture this: Is Aiden Pearce a hacker or a vigilante? If you put some thinking to it, then you can surely say that Aiden’s more like a vigilante. His look and attire never resembled that of a hacker. In simple words, Aiden is a replica of John Reese from Person of Interest. Yeah, that’s also cool in a certain way. But if we take a look at Marcus Holloway, he has this nerdy look as well as a personality that not only indicates that he’s a cool hacker but also a friendly guy.


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Aiden prefers to be more covert and doesn’t interact much with general people. He rather has this serious look always. On the other hand, Marcus wants to reach out to more people, be more social and spread the importance of DedSec in a digitally ruled San Francisco. In fact he looks so funky that you would approach him for a friend request which he would gladly accept. But the same thing can’t be assured about Aiden.

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And people say never judge a book by its cover. Hey there people! The rule doesn’t apply here. We need a book that has a good cover too. Because that’s the most important thing that reflects the aura and personality of a character. Aiden’s signature clothing highlights his jacket, mask and hat. That’s it. So, does Marcus take his dressing sense seriously? Yes, because he has to and that’s what defines him.  The round shaped nerdy specs, white shirt wrapped up by an exclusive Dedsec sweater, the DedSec Hat, classy boots and last but not the least, his blue-colored jacket, complete him. Oh! How can we forget the backpack where he keeps his handy tools! And those earphones really look cool on him when he dances along with the music he listens to.


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I hope you remember the melee tool used by Aiden. The foldable hunter-stick was definitely very effective and dangerous. And the way the vigilante used it to beat up his targets looked like a killer. But you’ve got to admit that Marcus’s Thunder Ball is far more flexible, innovative and dangerous. You can even perform better finishing moves with it. Well, that dude created this concept himself by gathering some data from the internet.

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Who can forget the legendary GTA protagonist CJ? He was a true leader who mapped Grove Street on the globe. So, how’s he related to Marcus Holloway? Give a closer look, and you might find a lot of similarities between the two characters. CJ would be always ready to sacrifice anything for his Grove Street homies. Well, the same goes for Marcus too, a person who would do anything for his DedSec members and that’s how his comrades follow and respect him. This may be a bit funny but how many followers did Aiden have? Even if he helped a lot of people, did anyone follow him? My dear gaming friends, I leave those questions to you. So, now you can probably imagine how closely Marcus resembles the legendary CJ. However, the only difference is the new WD protagonist is rather an upgraded version of Carl Johnson.

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So, are you pleased with all these factors we discussed about Marcus Holloway? Or, do you have more points for us? If so, then please be happy to inform us.

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Amlan is a hardcore gaming freak, who is the COO and Editor-in-Chief at Tech Legends. Presently, he is pursuing his B.Tech in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He is an avid fan of gadgets and always keeps in touch with what's happening around in the tech world. Apart from gaming and technology, he loves to research a lot regarding the culture and geography of various countries, cities, etc. He is also a writer and his first book titled,"A Brief Study of Japan", was published when he was in 9th grade. His motto is, "Keep moving forward and never ever give up".


  1. You can’tcompare the two characters because they have two COMPLETELY different motives. Aiden seems like a vigilante because, in a sense, HE IS. He isn’t hacking to show weakness in the system that’s all Dedsec. Aiden is out for revenge, he wants to find the person who is responsible for his niece’s death and he doesn’t care how he does it. Marcus WANTS to fight oppression, WANTS to show weakness in the system he dresses the way he does because he is supposed to me more vibrant and exciting. Aiden dresses the way he does because he wants to be mysterious and intimidating. So again I’ll say that you can’t compare the two it would be like comparing day and night. Although I did enjoy reading the article and understood where you were coming from

    • Thank you Jackson for your opinion. You’ve presented your points very nicely to justify that the protagonists can’t be compared. In fact, I honestly agree that the dressing sense has been optimized separately to suit the profile of the characters. However, for the potential Aiden possessed, his character was not defined properly by Ubisoft. In the past decade, we’ve seen many silent/covert protagonists out of which Batman, Agent 47, Ezio Auditore, etc. seem legendary without any doubt. The aura and personality they reflect is almost like in another level. The point is, we had an amazing experience reliving those characters in their world. That’s what it means to be a good protagonist. Did Aiden in any way made us feel something similar? The blame goes completely to Ubisoft. Although, we can’t say much about Marcus before the game comes out, the dude looks promising in his own way and perhaps may become the face of WD franchise.

  2. And in your response to your question about what followers Aiden has. He has Clara for a time, Raymond Kenney, Jordi Chin, and Tobias Frewer. Two hackers, a hitman, and a weapons supplier of sorts

    • No, I didn’t mean to claim that Aiden didn’t have any followers. You’ve to see the numbers. Yeah, maybe numbers might contradict the covertness of Aiden but I could again give you a good example of Ezio Auditore, who was considered as a mentor for many assassins.