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|Saints Row: The Third.|
|Appears in||Saints Row: The Third|
|Occupation(s)||International arms dealer, |
"Leader of the criminal fraternity in Steelport"
|Voiced by||Jacques Hennequet|
- "I am Phillipe Loren, chairman of a multinational organization called The Syndicate. I am offering you the chance to leverage your assets against your lives."
- — Phillipe Loren
- "He calls all the shots, he directs everybody, he's the guy that you just don't want to fuck with."
- — Steve Jaros, lead writer of Saints Row: The Third
Phillipe is the leader of both The Syndicate and the Morningstar (a division within The Syndicate). He is a tall man of average weight with white hair, and has a habit of chain smoking cigarettes. Wherever he goes, he is frequently accompanied by his two lieutenants (who are also his protégées), Viola and Kiki DeWynter. Due to his position and tastes in clothing (a fancy, red and black suit complete with a pink scarf around his neck), Phillipe obviously has a great deal of money behind him. So much in fact that (at the very least) he owns a private Gawalek A36 and one or two skyscrapers in the city of Steelport.
Steve Jaros, lead writer of Saints Row: The Third, describes him as "kind of like a Bond villain. He's statuesque and poised and elegant, and he's a total gentleman [...] he's not effeminate [...] and he's not going to play to that European stereotype. He's coldly logical and dangerous and very savvy."
Phillipe Loren is of Belgian origin. The Syndicate began in Europe and featured people of many different nationalities, with few ties to any specific country.[reference?] It expanded to the United States at a later time. While he had a much longer partnership with Kiki DeWynter and Viola DeWynter, having taken them under his wing as proteges, Killbane and Matt Miller were recruited only after they had already built influential gangs of their own.[reference?]
At the start of the game, Phillipe Loren has The Protagonist, Johnny Gat, and Shaundi bailed out of jail following a failed, botched bank robbery at the Stilwater 1st National Bank.[reference?] The Saints are restrained and brought aboard Phillipe's private Gawalek A36, bound for Steelport, where he offers to let them live if they agree to the terms he presents them. After Gat and The Protagonist blankly refuse, a firefight breaks out, during which Gat smashes Phillipe's face into a window, ultimately causing permanent damage to his left eye. The start of the game's second mission takes place inside Phillipe's jet, as the player fights their way out of the aircraft and down into Steelport.
It turns out that The Protagonist has made a powerful enemy in Phillipe, who's far more powerful than those he faced in Stilwater. He's a successful international arms dealer and essentially the leader of the criminal underworld in Steelport.
Shortly after the Saints' arrival in Steelport, Phillipe has to wear an eyepatch to cover his injured eye, and he calls upon the other notable members of The Syndicate: Killbane of the Luchadores and Matt Miller of the Deckers, in destroying their new enemy. Matt is tasked with bankrupting the Saints by hacking into their accounts, and stealing all their money. Killbane is tasked with gathering up his forces, and bringing Phillipe the head of The Protagonist.
At the end of Act 1, the Saints assault Phillipe Loren's base of operations at the Syndicate Tower. There they meet the giant Oleg Kirrlov, whom the Morningstar was using as a patron to create an army of brutes. Oleg offers to help the Saints take down Phillipe, and they free him from captivity. In the ensuing chaos, Phillipe tries to escape via private elevator. In response, The Protagonist hops onto a large counter-weight in the upper atrium of the building, and has Oleg detach it from the ceiling; riding it all the way down to the parking garage in the basement. As Phillipe walks out of the elevator, he gets crushed beneath the Ball and is killed.
- Phillipe is seen smoking a cigarette in both the E3 2011 debut trailer, "Power", and certain promotional artwork for the game.
- The CG "Power" trailer, as well as promotional material for the game, showed Phillipe with brown or dark blonde hair. The Syndication trailer shows him with lighter, almost white hair, and looking much older than in his previously mentioned appearances.
- During the 3rd Street Saints' escape from Loren's plane near the beginning of the game, Johnny Gat smashes Loren's face into a window, decompressing the plane.
- In the "Deckers.Die" trailer, Phillipe is seen wearing an eyepatch.
- Despite being advertised as the main antagonist, Phillipe is killed at the end of Act 1. Instead, Killbane takes the role as the main antagonist.
- Since he was killed off so early in the story, Phillipe Loren is very much like Hector Lopez from Saints Row. Other similarities include the use of the color red, arms dealing, and an injury sustained to the eye.
- During the mission "Zombie Attack", Viola DeWynter reveals that Phillipe had worked with the mayor of Steelport, Burt Reynolds for a number of years. Later in the mission, The Protagonist will ask Viola if Phillipe had ever considered running for mayor himself. Viola explains that the job involved too much politics, and that Phillipe figured he wouldn't stand a chance against someone like Burt in a mayoral election campaign.
- Phillipe never appears in the game outside of cutscenes. There is, however, footage of him in-game in the Saints Row: The Third launch trailer. This can be seen in the gallery below.
- Phillipe is mistakenly referred to as French by multiple characters, when he is actually Belgian and will state so, with obvious annoyance in his voice.
- Phillipe is voiced by Jacques Hennequet, a French-born producer at Volition.
- When Burt Reynolds and Viola are both Homies, Burt will say: "That Frenchman sure knew how to tell a joke", and Viola will respond with "He was Belgian".
- This may be a nod to Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's detective, who is often referred to as being French, and always protests he is Belgian.
- Belgium shares its largest border with France and has many French-speakers. Loren is Wallonian (French speaking Belgian), although a greater number of Belgians are Flemish (Dutch speaking Belgian), with a German speaking minority.
- Similar to a number of antagonists before and after him: Tanya Winters, Hector Lopez, Warren Williams, Kazuo Akuji, Maero, Shogo Akuji, Dane Vogel, and even Killbane, Phillipe Loren's biggest fault is that he has a huge superiority complex, and supreme arrogance in himself. Both of which cause him to badly underestimate the 3rd Street Saints and their leader. Even after the Saints completely trashed the Stilwater 1st National Bank, escaped from Phillipe's plane in the most spectacular manner possible (which in the process cost him an eye), and stole a massive bomb from the heavily fortified SNG base at Sierra Point, Phillipe still considers them to be little more than a minor annoyance. That is until after the events of "Party Time" when Matt Miller hands Phillipe a cell phone containing some surveillance footage of The Protagonist taking control of a Morningstar-owned penthouse in Sunset Park. Unfortunately by that time, it is already too late.
- Phillipe has twice been seen to stab people in the stomach. The first time was the bouncer in the Power[link?] trailer and Johnny Gat in the mission "I'm Free - Free Falling".
- Despite being the leader of an entire syndicate, Phillipe has done the least amount of work (as far as dealing with the saints) than any other antagonists besides killing Johnny Gat, but that was probably one of the Dewynter sisters due to his injury which he would instinctively doctor.
- "Of course. A remarkble likeness. These visions are Viola and Kiki. And I am Phillipe Loren, chairman of a multi-national organization called the Syndicate."
- — At the beginning of I'm Free - Free Falling
- "Like it or not, Mr. Gat, our organization is expanding into Stilwater. I am offering you the chance to leverage your assets against your lives. Ladies?"
- — Phillipe before Viola and Kiki show the percentage of money that the Syndicate will get from the Saints/Ultor media group's monthly gross revenues in exchange for their lives.
- "Gentlemen, negotiations were... less than successful. ...Viola and Kiki will spread the word: Steelport belongs to the Syndicate, and the Saints are not welcome. Mr. Killbane, gather your Luchadores and bring me their leader's head. Mr. Miller, hack into Saints' accounts, and leave them nothing."
- — At the end of I'm Free - Free Falling
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Who's Who In Saints Row: The Third—Phillipe Loren, retrieved 2nd July 2011
- ↑ Saints Row: The Third credits
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Saints Row: The Third - Syndication Trailer - YouTube, retrieved 22nd July 2011
- ↑ Saints Row: The Third - Freefalling (Official Trailer) - YouTube, retrieved 19th September 2011
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Saints Row The Third E3 2011 Trailer [HD], retrieved 2nd July 2011
- ↑ Saints Row: The Third New Gameplay (Comic-Con) - YouTube, retrieved 23rd July 2011
- ↑ Saints Row: The Third - Deckers.Die Trailer (OFFICIAL) - YouTube, retrieved 10th September 2011