- “Booker... are you afraid of God?"
"No. But I'm afraid of you.”
- ― Elizabeth and Booker DeWitt[src]
Elizabeth is a nineteen to twenty-year-old woman who has been imprisoned in the flying city of Columbia since she was an infant, the deuteragonist of BioShock Infinite, Burial at Sea - Episode 1, and the protagonist of Burial at Sea - Episode 2. Booker DeWitt is sent to retrieve her from the city, and bring her to New York City unharmed. She is guarded by Songbird, a monstrous, winged creature who was both her guard and only friend during childhood; she began to hate him as she grew up, seeing him as a warden prohibiting her freedom. Elizabeth has the power to manipulate Tears that exist in the fabric of time.
- 1 History
- 2 BioShock Infinite
- 3 Burial at Sea
- 4 Alternate Elizabeths
- 5 Personality
- 6 Powers and Abilities
- 7 Appearance
- 8 Voxophones
- 9 Gallery
- 10 Bugs/Glitches
- 11 Behind the Scenes
- 12 References
History[edit | edit source]
Elizabeth, originally named Anna DeWitt, was born in 1893 to Booker and Annabelle DeWitt, but Annabelle died during childbirth. Booker, a former Pinkerton agent, had been expelled from the agency around the time of Anna's birth for his use of extreme brutality in quelling workers' strikes. Booker then descended into depression, excessive drinking, and gambling, building up a large debt burden.
Later that year, Booker was contacted by Robert Lutece, a representative of Father Zachary Hale Comstock, an enigmatic man who offered to pay off all of Booker's debts in exchange for Anna. On October 8, Booker gave Anna to Robert as instructed; however, feeling immediately regretful for his actions, he pursued Robert to retrieve her. He found Robert at an open Tear between dimensions, and struggled with Comstock to take Anna back, as Rosalind Lutece looked on. His efforts were in vain, and the three escaped with Anna through the Tear. As the portal closed, it severed Anna's pinky finger when she reached out for her father, placing her simultaneously in two different realities.
Arriving in Columbia[edit | edit source]
Anna was taken to the floating city of Columbia, built in a parallel universe by Comstock, an alternate version of her father who was unable to have his own biological children. Seeing that Columbia would fall without an heir, he sent Robert and Rosalind Lutece to retrieve Anna to ensure the city's continued prosperity.
The populace of the city was told that Anna, renamed Elizabeth, was a miracle child who grew in Lady Comstock's womb for only seven days before her birth. Elizabeth was to be upheld as the heir to Comstock's throne who would one day "cleanse the world of the Sodom below." However, Lady Comstock believed that Elizabeth was the "bastard child" of Rosalind Lutece and Comstock, and demanded that the child be removed from her home.
Around this time, Tears in reality began to appear in Columbia, confusing and terrifying the populace. These appearances were caused by Elizabeth's arrival in the city, as it was eventually determined that she had the ability to create Tears in space-time at will. Because of this ability and Lady Comstock's fervent rejection of her, Elizabeth was moved to Monument Island for containment and study.
One of these Tears contained the city of Rapture and the works of Dr. Yi Suchong such as Plasmids and Protectors known as the Big Daddy. Fink and Suchong collaborated on a protector for Elizabeth - and thus the Songbird was created by Jeremiah Fink to guard her. Elizabeth bonded with the Songbird through an act of kindness when it crashed into her tower and she found its oxygen tube detached. Elizabeth reattached it and thus the Songbird imprinted on the young girl.
As Elizabeth grew she spent her time reading, appreciating art, learning a variety of skills (such as dressmaking, painting, and lock picking), and experimenting with Tears. By the time Elizabeth reached puberty, she began to resent Songbird and wished to leave her tower. As her powers continued to grow, the Lutece twins constructed a device to control Elizabeth's use of her powers. Before the Siphon was activated in 1907, Elizabeth apparently spent a large amount of time in other realities where she was able to socialize to some extent, developed an aversion to bees and even learned how to skip stones. When the Siphon was activated, it trapped Elizabeth in the Columbia reality and solidified her desire to escape.
BioShock Infinite[edit | edit source]
- Main article: BioShock Infinite
Escape from Monument Island[edit | edit source]
Elizabeth remained in her tower until July 6, 1912, the anniversary of Columbia's secession, when Booker DeWitt finally arrives in the city. Unaware that she is being observed, she uses her powers to open a Tear to Paris in the year 1984, shocking Booker.
While Elizabeth is on her balcony in the library, Booker accidentally falls through the ceiling; while she at first reacts aggressively and pummels him with several books, she realizes the significance of another human presence, and reacts to him with awe and disbelief.
Booker's intrusion alerts Songbird, and Elizabeth frantically instructs him to leave. However, when he offers her a key out of the apartment, she readily accepts it, fleeing the tower with her liberator and escaping via the Sky-Lines. Songbird attempts to recapture Elizabeth and destroys the upper portion of the tower, sending Booker and Elizabeth plummeting from the structure.
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The two land in the artificial ocean attached to Battleship Bay, where Elizabeth rescues Booker from the waters and gleefully enjoys her new-found freedom. Booker then spots the The First Lady and suggests that they use it to leave the city; Elizabeth agrees to follow him when he promises to take her to Paris. However, at the park's gondola station, Comstock's agents attempt to take her back. Elizabeth witnesses Booker kill the attackers and flees in horror, calling him a "monster." Booker justifies himself by saying that Elizabeth is a target, and that he has no choice but to draw first if they want to survive. Reluctantly, Elizabeth agrees to continue her journey with him.
The two then head to the Hall of Heroes in order to retrieve the Shock Jockey Vigor to power the gondola to the First Lady's Aerodrome. While trying to access the Hall of Heroes via an elevator, Elizabeth opens a Tear to get rid of a bee in the compartment. When Booker reacts with terror and awe, Elizabeth explains that she is able to see small breaks in the fabric of the universe which she can widen, opening up a path to new realities. She also claims that when she was young, she was able to "create" Tears between universes rather than simply open them, but that ability was lost to her as she grew up (probably due to the Siphon).
After Elizabeth and Booker confront Booker's old war comrade Cornelius Slate in the Hall of Heroes (during which Elizabeth learns about Booker's involvement with the Wounded Knee Massacre), the two enter the memorial to Lady Comstock. There Elizabeth finds an inscription about the "Seed of the Prophet;" Booker and Elizabeth realize that the Comstocks are her parents, and Zachary Comstock wishes to turn her into a new prophet. Having no knowledge of this information previously, Elizabeth reacts with anger, saying she wants nothing to do with Comstock.
After dealing with Slate, Elizabeth and Booker travel to the aerodrome to retrieve The First Lady. Boarding the aircraft, Booker sets a course, but Elizabeth immediately recognizes the coordinates as being for New York rather than Paris. Not willing to be Booker's prisoner, Elizabeth knocks him out with a wrench and tries to fly the airship herself. However, while Booker is unconscious the ship is surrounded by Vox Populi vessels near Finkton. Landing The First Lady on the Finkton docks, Elizabeth runs away, leaving Booker to his own devices.
Revolution in Finkton[edit | edit source]
Booker later finds Elizabeth at Finkton, but she flees, using Tears to hamper his pursuit. During her effort to escape him, she is captured by Founder agents, but quickly gets away as Booker arrives and opens fire on them. In the ensuing chaos, Booker nearly falls from Columbia. Despite her feelings of anger and betrayal, Elizabeth brings a small blimp into existence to catch him. Elizabeth begrudgingly agrees to accompany Booker in an effort to reclaim The First Lady, on the condition that he take her to Paris.
To get the ship back from Daisy Fitzroy, leader of the Vox Populi, Booker and Elizabeth must retrieve munitions for the resistance from a gunsmith named Chen Lin. While Booker takes on the task out of necessity, Elizabeth comes to admire the Vox Populi, believing them to be freedom fighters akin to those who ignited the French Revolution. She also becomes more trusting of Booker as the mission progresses, noting that he protected her from the Founders at his own peril.
While sneaking into the depths of Fink's Factory, Elizabeth finds a locker with Slate's name on it, and searches through its contents. Inside, she finds Lady Comstock's diary, and in reading it discovers that Lady Comstock is not actually her mother—Lady Comstock writes that she will not allow her husband's "bastard" to live under their roof, and Elizabeth realizes with astonishment and rage that it was Lady Comstock that had her locked in the tower.
After fighting their way through Fink's Factory, the two find Chen Lin dead, but also discover a Tear near his body. Understanding that Elizabeth's powers are not strong enough to allow them reverse passage and thanks to some advice from the mysterious Lutece twins, they enter a reality where Chen Lin is still alive and married to the sister of Fink's Head of Security, which saved him from the fate he experienced in the other reality. They find this Chen Lin to be disoriented, a side effect of his death in the opposite reality, and decide that retrieving his tools might help.
Booker and Elizabeth travel to a Shantytown beneath the factory, where the tools have been taken. While there, Elizabeth notes the suffering Fink's greed has caused his workers (many of whom cannot eat, and are sleeping on the streets), and begins to more vocally support the Vox Populi, believing they can change things for the better.
After fighting their way to the police station and finding the tools, the two realize that there are too many supplies to carry them back to Lin's shop. Elizabeth finds another Tear nearby and opens it, taking them to a world where the Vox Populi's revolution is fully underway and the revolutionaries are laying siege to Fink's factories.
Returning to the gun shop, Elizabeth and Booker find Chen Lin and his wife dead, which deeply upsets Elizabeth. She blames herself for their deaths, due to her initial faith in the Vox Populi and her opening of the Tear into this new reality. She also suggests she may have accidentally "created" this new reality out of her desire to see their mission accomplished, leveling more responsibility on herself. Although Booker comforts her, her regret still lingers as they leave the shop.
As the Vox Populi already have the weapons they were instructed to supply, Booker and Elizabeth go to retrieve The First Lady. However, their initial deal is complicated by events unique to this new reality: in it, Booker is a martyr of the Vox cause, and seeing him alive causes Daisy Fitzroy to send her forces after him, as he "complicate[s] the narrative." After battling through squadrons of both Founder and Vox forces, Booker and Elizabeth arrive at the docks in time to see Fitzroy murder Jeremiah Fink.
When Fitzroy turns her weapon on a Founder's child, Elizabeth frantically instructs Booker to boost her into the vents and then distract Fitzroy. As Daisy justifies her reason for killing the child, Elizabeth stabs her in the back with a pair of scissors, getting covered in her blood in the process. Elizabeth reacts with horror as Fitzroy dies in front of her before she flees for the airship. Though Booker tries to console her, Elizabeth locks herself in a room on the ship until after take-off; when she emerges, she is in a new, clean dress, an outfit of her mother's that was stored for viewing on The First Lady, and has cut her hair. She asks Booker how one can forget the things they have done, to which Booker responds that it isn't possible. Just as they are about to leave Columbia, Songbird appears and forces their ship to crash in Emporia.
Emporia and Confrontation with Lady Comstock[edit | edit source]
Realizing that they will not be able to leave the city as long as Songbird is pursuing them, Elizabeth and Booker travel to Comstock House to uncover the secret of how he is controlled. Along the way, they once again meet the Lutece twins who point out the Songbird is controlled by playing a specific tune on a specific instrument. However, the gate to Comstock House is locked and requires visual recognition and a fingerprint match to access. While the lock initially recognizes Elizabeth as Lady Comstock due to her wearing her mother's dress from the airship, it rejects her fingerprints; Elizabeth then realizes that Lady Comstock's remains are preserved in the nearby Memorial Gardens, and she leads Booker there to procure Lady Comstock's hand.
Though Booker tries to talk Elizabeth out of it, her determination to leave the city and loathing for Lady Comstock drive her forward. When Booker goes to unlock the casket, Zachary Comstock springs a booby-trap, unveiling a series of minor siphons around the tomb. Castigating Elizabeth for her actions as he drains away her power, he uses the energy to bring Lady Comstock back as the Siren — a mixture of her late self and a living version of her created through Elizabeth's hatred toward her.
Though the Siren does fight the duo, resurrecting the dead to send after them, she also reveals critical information to them. Following her ghostly footprints through Emporia's Financial District, the Market District, and Victory Square, Elizabeth and Booker uncover several Tears which reveal critical past events — Lady Comstock confronting Rosalind Lutece about Elizabeth's origins, Zachary Comstock making an arrangement with Fink to murder the Luteces, and the Luteces visiting the photo studio where their own funeral photos were taken. This information, along with several voxophones left in the Tears' wake, reveal that Elizabeth is not Comstock's daughter, and he had Lady Comstock and the Luteces murdered to keep the secret.
Now truly understanding Lady Comstock's unfortunate circumstances, Elizabeth confronts her ghostly image in Victory Square, saying that they must both let go of their pain and resentment toward each other—that it is Comstock, who wronged them both, who must be their true target. Soothed by Elizabeth's words, Lady Comstock destroys the Comstock House gate, wishing Elizabeth and Booker well before vanishing. Elizabeth then sincerely thanks Booker for his help before the two head through the gate.
Comstock House[edit | edit source]
- “The girl is the flame that shall ignite the world.”
- ― Rosalind Lutece[src]
As Booker and Elizabeth begin to make their way to Comstock House, Songbird appears from below, grabbing Booker and throwing him into a nearby building. When the creature attempts to kill him, Elizabeth gives up her freedom to save his life, surrendering to Songbird and telling him to take her back to her tower. However, Songbird instead brings her to Comstock House.
A complex interaction between time and reality occurs as Booker navigates Comstock House — when he first arrives, he notes with confusion that there is snow on the building in July, implying that he had passed through a Tear. In the short time he is there, Booker finds voxophones from Elizabeth and several Tears suggesting that a much greater amount of time has passed: where Comstock's scientists have subjected Elizabeth to torture, experimentation, and mental conditioning. When their efforts were unsuccessful after half a year (as evidenced in the voxophone Pavlov's Bell) they chose to instead fit her with a device to force her to behave.
When Booker does finally encounter Elizabeth, she is significantly older (from a billboard advertising a 1984 model car, and scrolling news feed showing the date as December 31, 1983, it can be deduced that she is 92), and claims that in her time at Comstock House, she was eventually molded into the very harbinger of destruction Comstock wished. This alternate version of Elizabeth is the one responsible for the attack on New York featured in Booker's dreams. However, she expresses great regret over what she has become, and gives Booker a coded note, which includes a sketch of a bird cage, to deliver to her younger self before sending him through a Tear to rescue her.
Booker arrives just as Elizabeth is being operated on to fit her with her "leash," a collar meant to release an intense shock when she is disobedient. As Booker moves about the facility to shut down the siphons restraining her powers, the scientists note that the process is taking place without anesthesia or sedatives, on Comstock's orders.
When the siphons are switched off, Elizabeth opens a Tear into an American Midwest beset by a tornado, killing the scientists before closing it. After Booker unhooks her from the restraints and spinal tap holding her in place, Elizabeth calmly resolves that she is going to kill Comstock. When Booker refuses to let her, she reopens the Tear to the tornado-ravaged landscape to show the extent of her will and power; she relents, however, when Booker claims that he will kill Comstock himself.
The Hand of the Prophet and Songbird[edit | edit source]
Elizabeth and Booker confront Comstock on his airship The Hand of the Prophet. While there, Comstock attempts to bring Elizabeth to his side by suggesting that Booker knows more than he is telling, and demanding that Booker say what happened to Elizabeth's finger which has been deformed since she was a child. A struggle ensues between Comstock and Elizabeth and Booker intervenes, ranting as he grabs Comstock and drowns him in a baptismal font. In doing so, Booker reveals some innate knowledge of what happened to Elizabeth's finger, information he immediately claims not to understand.
As they navigate The Hand of the Prophet, Elizabeth pieces together that the tower on Monument Island is itself the Siphon, and has harnessed and limited her powers for years. To escape Columbia, the two direct the airship toward Monument Island, but are cut off by Vox Populi ships. At that moment, Elizabeth cracks the code left to her by her alternate self—a drawing of a cage is meant to represent the musical notes C, A, G, and E, the tone used to control Songbird. Destroying a nearby musical statue, she retrieves the whistler inside and gives it to Booker, who uses it to send Songbird after the Vox Populi ships. Upon reaching Monument Island, the two give Songbird one final order: destroy the tower, and the Siphon.
Revelation[edit | edit source]
- “They are all different, yet similar. Constants, and variables.”
- ― Elizabeth, explaining the differences in each reality to Booker.[src]
Following the destruction of the Siphon, a tremendous power surge unlocks the full extent of Elizabeth's powers—she is able to create, open, and see into an infinite number of Tears. In the process, the instrument used to control Songbird is dropped, and the creature comes after them; Elizabeth opens a Tear into the Welcome Center of Rapture in 1960 placing herself and Booker inside the Bathysphere Station and causing Songbird to be crushed by ocean pressure.
Elizabeth, now able to see every reality and possibility, has become virtually omniscient. She leads Booker to a realm between realities, each displayed as one of many lighthouses that all represent the "beginning" of Booker's journey, at the same time paying homage to Jack's expedition. Elizabeth explains that the worlds behind each door are the same and different in specific ways, all somehow connected.
During this traversing of realities, Elizabeth reveals that Booker's memory of events is flawed — he never agreed to retrieve her from Columbia in exchange for eliminating his debts. Rather, Booker gave his infant daughter, Anna, to Robert Lutece for that same purpose. Booker then realizes that Elizabeth is really his daughter, and losing her finger is what gave her the power to create Tears in dimensional time and space when her body became a part of two separate dimensions.
Shaken by this revelation, Booker blames Comstock for everything, and says that he and Elizabeth can go on with their lives now that he is dead. Elizabeth angrily states that Comstock is alive in "a million, million worlds," and Booker responds that they need to "smother the son of a bitch in his crib."
Elizabeth asks if that is truly what he wishes to do before transporting Booker to one final location: the site of the baptism from which he fled. Here, Elizabeths from several different realities emerge to reveal that Booker and Comstock are the same man from different realities, one in which he was baptized after the Battle at Wounded Knee, and one in which he was not. In the reality where he accepts the baptism, that event acts as Zachary Hale Comstock's "birth." Booker then allows the parallel universe Elizabeths to drown him, preventing his choice from ever being made and stopping Comstock from ever existing. One by one, the alternate versions of Elizabeth begin to disappear, as the main Elizabeth remains.
After the credits roll, there is a short scene where Booker awakens in his apartment and hears the tinkling of a baby's mobile in the room where Anna slept. As he calls out to see if Anna is in the room and opens the door, the screen cuts to black ambiguously, not confirming whether Anna was in the crib or not.
Burial at Sea[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Burial at Sea
After the Revelation[edit | edit source]
Drowning Booker to stop Comstock from being born created a paradox which affected the last remaining Elizabeth. The memories, thoughts, and emotions of all the other Elizabeths collapsed onto her. This was a traumatic event that had a significant effect on her mental state.
After she recovers, Elizabeth discovers a single Comstock had escaped the purge that had erased all the other Comstocks from existence and followed him to his place of refuge, the underwater city of Rapture. Elizabeth decides that not only must this last Comstock die, but that he is to know why he is being killed as part of his punishment.
The Comstock in Rapture, like the other versions, had gone to a reality containing a version of Booker DeWitt in order to obtain his infant daughter, Anna. As Booker and Comstock struggled over the child at the Lutece Tear, a version of Elizabeth appeared beside him and demanded he let the child go. Comstock refused, claiming that the girl was his. Booker is able to gain the upper hand and starts pulling his daughter onto his side of the Tear. Comstock ordered the Tear to be shut but unfortunately Anna’s head was still on Comstock’s side of the Tear when it closed, and the child was decapitated.
Comstock, feeling guilt and remorse over what happened, had Anna DeWitt’s initials tattooed on the back of his right hand to serve as a reminder of what he had done. Comstock spent a number of years in Columbia, but finally the feelings of guilt overwhelmed him, and he convinced the Luteces to send him to a place where he could forget what he had done.
After shaving his beard and returning to using his birth name Booker DeWitt, the Luteces transport Comstock to Rapture in the year 1949. Going through the Tear caused the memory problems Comstock had hoped for, and he forgot his past as his mind and memories adapted to the new reality. Comstock, now believing himself to truly be DeWitt again, spends nearly 10 years in Rapture. He starts a detective agency and gains a reputation for drinking and gambling. In late 1958 he starts to care for an orphan by the name of Sally after the fall of Frank Fontaine and the closing of Little Sister's Orphanages. Some time after taking Sally in, the girl is kidnapped while DeWitt is gambling at the Sir Prize Casino and turned into a Little Sister.
Fitting into Rapture[edit | edit source]
Elizabeth went to Rapture in 1958. She entered the city through a Tear in the Silver Fin Restaurant from the Bull House Impound in Columbia, which did not go unnoticed as the restaurant's owner, Morris Lauderman, reported it to the Rapture authorities — resulting in it being closed to the public and given to Dr. Yi Suchong to study. Elizabeth traded her traditional dress for one more appropriate to the environment, and set out to acquaint herself with the culture of Rapture.
To blend into her surroundings, Elizabeth read many of the books the city had to offer. She learned about Ryan's philosophy, became enamored with Bathysphere models, and studied the city's structure and security. Elizabeth may have adopted the surname "Comstock" while living in the city. She managed to be selected from numerous other candidates to work with the famous artist Sander Cohen, to learn about his child trafficking ring and his connection to Sally. While working with Cohen, she recorded the song "You Belong to Me". Because of her presence, Tears began appearing throughout the city, which drew the attention of several key scientists, including Yi Suchong.
Contacting Booker[edit | edit source]
Elizabeth eventually learned of DeWitt's location, as well as his occupation, status, and relationship with Sally. While Sullivan had reported that Sally had been found dead, Elizabeth knew the truth, that Sally had been taken to become a Little Sister to gather ADAM, and that Cohen had sent Sally to an unknown location. With this information in hand, Elizabeth began her plot of revenge.
Elizabeth entered DeWitt's Private Investigator's Office on December 31, 1958, New Year's Eve, and offered DeWitt the task of finding Sally, revealing to DeWitt that she is lost, not dead. Elizabeth remains rather cagey about her intentions and motives, and insists on meeting Cohen, whom she knows has the location of Sally. DeWitt takes the job gratis as an attempt to find Sally.
Booker grows rather suspicious of Elizabeth and her lack of knowledge of Rapture, especially when it comes to the Little Sisters. Elizabeth rebuts his suspicions and interrogates Booker on what happened between him and Sally, hearing that he lost her while gambling at the Sir Prize casino. All the while, DeWitt begins to suffer from flashbacks, confusion, and starts hemorrhaging from his nose, all side effects of crossing over into another dimension. With Booker at her side, Elizabeth leads him to her source.
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Elizabeth then brings DeWitt to the Garden of the Muses, a night club owned by Sander Cohen, who is revealed to be the path to Sally's location. Elizabeth and DeWitt are denied entry due to lack of invitation by masquerade mask. Elizabeth deduces that the artistic sponsors of the event: Rapture Records, The Artist's Struggle, and The Golden Rule have received invitational masks. While attempting to steal said mask from one of these establishments, Elizabeth reveals that she came to Rapture for a man, a man who owes a debt, and that she is there to collect. She plays her part and distracts the store owners while DeWitt searches for the mask. After obtaining it, she reveals she got her acting abilities from her father, who was "comfortable in a variety of roles."
Elizabeth and DeWitt return to Cohen's with the masks in hand and attend his artistic event. As they approach Cohen, he electrocutes two dance performers for ruining his creative vision. Elizabeth questions Cohen about Sally and he knowingly tells Elizabeth she is more than she seems. Cohen acknowledges that he knows the whereabouts of Sally and offers to reveal them in exchange for performing a dance.
Elizabeth and DeWitt dance for Cohen as they discuss Sally's condition, that she may be in danger because of the men of Rapture, and that DeWitt had interrogated Suchong for hours about Sally. Cohen is dissatisfied with their dancing and electrocutes them. Cohen then sends the two to Fontaine's Department Store, which had been sunken to the sea floor below Rapture after Ryan "killed" Frank Fontaine and captured his followers. Cohen communicates that Sally is in the Housewares Department, a neighboring building.
Fontaine's Department Store[edit | edit source]
Elizabeth and DeWitt fight their way through Splicers in the store, and realize they must take the tram to reach the Housewares department. Elizabeth further questions DeWitt on his life. Suffering from memory flashes, Booker confuses the year he arrived in Rapture. He reveals that he took Sally in after the Little Sister Orphanages shut down and cared for her after that. He later took her to Sir Prize and lost track of her while he was gambling, his tone serious and his guilt of losing her evident.
Elizabeth and DeWitt manage to reach the tram, but the walkway to the station collapsed into an abyss and now is bridged only with gushing water. The two navigate the Department store to find a Splicer they encountered earlier, who has obtained a Plasmid with the ability to freeze any object. Reaching Jack Frost's Village, they found out that there was no more of the Old Man Winter Plasmid left. Elizabeth opens a Tear to reveal one last bottle for Booker to take, lying to DeWitt that the inter-dimensional ability came from a new Plasmid called "Tear."
They return to the tram to freeze the water, cross the frozen bridge, and reach the Housewares Department. As they arrive, they witness Sally fleeing into the ventilation system. Elizabeth suggests that they close off all the other vents except one and turn up the vent heating to drive her out to them. Booker is disturbed by the idea, as it would hurt Sally, but reluctantly agrees. After closing the rest of the vents in Housewares, they go to one in the Toys Section, where Elizabeth raises the temperature, burning Sally and concerning Booker. Booker attempts to pull Sally from the vent, but releases her when he sees that she has become a Little Sister. Booker then fights her Big Daddy and seems to defeat it.
DeWitt returns to Sally and attempts to pull her out. In the struggle, Elizabeth demands that he lets go. DeWitt remembers the event which caused him to come to Rapture, when he was Comstock after attempting to steal Anna, resulting in her decapitation. Elizabeth and the Lutece Twins reveal the truth: that he reverted back to his original identity and escaped to Rapture, running away from his guilt and claiming a life that wasn't his own. Comstock apologizes to Elizabeth, seemingly sincere, and reaches out to her, but she doesn't accept or believe him. She says he will soon be sorry as she witnesses the Big Daddy return, coldly informs him of such, and soon the Daddy impales him with its drill. Unexpectedly, the Big Daddy then attacks Elizabeth and smashes her into the wall, impaling her on a piece of rebar which kills her.
After Comstock[edit | edit source]
Elizabeth then finds herself in Paris, an illusion of what she perceives Paris to be - in the recesses of her mind, full of anachronisms such as the painter Seurat, Elizabeth requesting a book that hasn't been printed yet in a book store and the entire street singing along with Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose", even a bird that lands on Elizabeth's finger and chirps along with the tune. Walking along the streets, she discovers Sally and pursues her through the streets of Paris, which becomes dilapidated, dark, and nightmarish, featuring a billboard for lobotomies and a weeping statue of the Angel of Columbia, which of course is still stylized in Elizabeth's image, and finally the door for Booker's detective service. Attempting to leave she is confronted with the Little Sister form of Sally. The illusion comes to an end as Elizabeth sees Sally as a Little Sister being burned alive - her regrets for harming Sally and leaving her to an uncertain fate in Rapture.
The Luteces begrudgingly come to Elizabeth's aid and explain that when she died, she remained in existence because of her quantum-superposition, but she could not return to Rapture without collapsing her unique quantum state and becoming a normal person - a result of returning to the dimension in which she first died. Thus when Elizabeth returned to Rapture, she lost her ability to manipulate Tears and became effectively trapped there. All she would have left was her knowledge and fragments of memory of what she saw behind the doors - all that Elizabeth has to do is to rescue Sally and survive.
Aiding Atlas and the Rebellion[edit | edit source]
Elizabeth awakens to witness Atlas and his Splicers capturing Sally. Before they can kill Elizabeth, a vision of Booker appears, which no one else can see, and he tells her to claim she can get Atlas back to Rapture through the help of Suchong. Claiming to be Suchong's lab assistant, Elizabeth convinces Atlas in her ability to carry this out. In exchange, for freedom, Atlas will give her Sally.
Elizabeth is left alone with a radio to fulfill her end of the bargain, but finds herself experiencing amnesia. She remembered that she came to Rapture previously to make Comstock pay, but she doesn't recall coming back to Rapture, just that she was just in Paris. Booker reveals that the Paris she remembers was just an illusion, as is Booker himself. Elizabeth stumbles upon her body and recalls her death at the hands of the Big Daddy. Elizabeth realizes that Booker is simply a manifestation of her own subconscious memories of what she had seen through the doors.
Surviving against the Splicers, Elizabeth is aided by the voice of Booker. She begins to have visions, claiming that the doors are cracking open. Her memory of what she saw behind the doors is returning, and she sees flashes of the future. She does not know, however, whose future she is observing. By observing key objects, she has visions of a crashed plane near the lighthouse, the grand city of Rapture, a Little Sister in hand with a Big Daddy, Andrew Ryan, rescued Little Sisters in Dr. Tenenbaum's sanctuary, and Little Sisters draining Fontaine of his ADAM. Elizabeth ventures to Suchong's impromptu lab in the Silver Fin Restaurant and there discovers that Suchong has been observing the Tears in Rapture which lead to Columbia. Suchong's lab also has recreated a Lutece Device but it has been sabotaged. Suchong contacts Elizabeth and threatens to eliminate her, but Elizabeth offers to help him fix the device.
Elizabeth remembers that the Lutece Particle was a part of the Lutece Field, and is responsible for Columbia floating, as well as the flight of aircraft like The First Lady. By repairing the machine, she can open a Tear to Columbia, retrieve the Lutece Particle, return to Rapture, and, by applying the particle to Department Store's top floor ceiling, lift the Department Store back up to Rapture and return them to the city. Elizabeth then looks to find the equipment necessary to repair the machine, and in doing so comes across Atlas' overall plan. Through telegrams and plans in the hideout, she discovers that Atlas is planning to attack Rapture upon his escape with the forces he's amassed. Meanwhile, he is looking for his "Ace in the Hole" held by Suchong to help him achieve his goals. Elizabeth soon discovers that business tycoon Frank Fontaine had faked his death and created the Atlas identity. Knowing that either Atlas will kill her or she will kill Atlas in the end, Elizabeth then completes the device and opens the Tear to Columbia.
Return to Columbia[edit | edit source]
Elizabeth opens the Tear back inside The First Lady, which is stationed in the Finkton Factory during the Vox Populi revolution. After obtaining the Lutece Particle, Suchong closes the Tear and agrees to open it in exchange for Elizabeth to bring him a sample of hair from a subject in Fink's laboratory. Elizabeth accepts and goes into the factory where she then discovers Daisy Fitzroy conversing with the Luteces. It's then revealed that Daisy, while wanting to kill Fink, had no intention of killing or even threatening his son: the child that Daisy attempted to kill before Elizabeth killed her. The Luteces concur that while Daisy will die in the process, her threatening the boy and being killed by Elizabeth will further her cause — indicating that the Luteces had arranged the events in reality for Elizabeth to mature from killing Daisy and develop the mindset needed to kill Comstock.
Elizabeth reaches the inside of the factory labs, after coming across past-Booker and Elizabeth (prior to killing Daisy), and searches for the subject. Elizabeth discovers that Rapture scientist Yi Suchong, through observing the Tears leading to Columbia, allowed him to see Jeremiah Fink stealing the production of Plasmids while also making them consumable. Suchong then chose to collaborate with Fink on each other's products, working on Plasmid and Vigor enhancements as well as collaborating on Protectors. Fink acquired the construction plans of a Big Daddy to create the Songbird, but neither one could have their Protectors imprint on their charges. Eventually, Fink managed to have the Songbird imprint on his charge, Elizabeth, and Suchong now wishes to obtain the DNA of Elizabeth as a solution to pair-bonding the Little Sisters to the Big Daddys. Elizabeth discovers though that she pair-bonded with Songbird by saving its life through reattaching its oxygen tube. With this, she retrieves her own hair and returns back to Rapture.
Return to Rapture and the Civil War[edit | edit source]
Elizabeth returns to Rapture and gives her hair sample to Suchong, so he can further his research on pair-bonding. Andrew Ryan, seeing Elizabeth assist Atlas, contacts her and offers her the choice to join his side or be with Atlas. His forces have already invaded the Department Store and are fighting Atlas' men. Elizabeth claims to be on no side, and only wishes to reunite with Sally. Displeased with her, Ryan sends his forces after Elizabeth as she heads to the office of Frank Fontaine with the Lutece Particle. After applying the particle to the ceiling of the Department Store, the building begins to float up towards Rapture. Elizabeth is found by Atlas' men, who betray her and render her unconscious with chloroform. That night Atlas' escaped followers bomb the Kashmir Restaurant and begin the Civil War in Rapture.
When Elizabeth reawakens the following day, she is interrogated by Atlas's henchmen Lonnie in an undisclosed room. He asks Elizabeth, since she claimed to be Suchong's lab assistant, for the location of the "ace in the hole", which Suchong never gave to Fontaine. After injecting her with truth serum, she is rendered unconscious again. In her twilight state, Elizabeth sees herself in a mirror, as her form changes from who she was (when Booker met her) to who she is now, saying that "this world values children, not childhood, there is a profit to be made, and men who make it." The mirror then becomes a bathroom within an airplane which crashes.
After coming in and out of consciousness for two weeks, Elizabeth reawakens to a war-torn Rapture with Atlas forcefully asking for the whereabouts of the "ace in the hole;" threatening her with a trans-orbital lobotomy. Elizabeth sardonically accepts, informing Atlas that the procedure would take away her memories and allow her to live without care or worry. Angered, Atlas has Sally brought in, and threatens to lobotomize the girl instead. Before he can do so, Elizabeth, overcome with panic, sees Booker appear. He makes her remember a vision from behind the doors, and reminds her she didn't come back without a reason. Booker tells Elizabeth to make a leap of faith, that the answer is in Suchong's Clinic. Elizabeth tells Atlas of the location of the "ace in the hole", and agrees to retrieve it for him.
The Ace in the Hole[edit | edit source]
Atlas sends Elizabeth to Artemis Suites and Suchong's Clinic in turn, so that he can avoid the security systems. After entering Suchong's lab, Elizabeth soon finds a wounded Protector blocking her path, near two Little Sisters frightened of the behemoth. Attempting to find a way to move the Big Daddy, she looks through Suchong's notes and discovers that even with the hair sample he has been unable to pair-bond the Big Daddies with the Little Sisters; through further investigation, it is revealed that the Big Daddies need the ADAM of their Little Sister to survive. Returning to the Little Sisters, Elizabeth informs them the Big Daddy can only be mended by their ADAM. A Little Sister extracts the ADAM from the other, and injects it into the Big Daddy — healing him and causing him to bond with the Little Sisters. Elizabeth comes across the quarters of one of Suchong's test subjects, and finally to Suchong himself. Elizabeth witnesses his death as the scientist strikes one of the Little Sisters, unaware of their recent successful bond, causing the Big Daddy to drill his body into a desk.
Elizabeth retrieves "the ace in the hole", another encoded message of chemical compounds, and pictures of the subject and his location at a farm. Elizabeth returns to Atlas — accepting her fate — and hands him the "ace in the hole". Atlas responds by bludgeoning Elizabeth with a wrench, causing her to be facing that mirror again, and once more in the bathroom of an airplane. Making her way down the aisle of the plane, she sees the subject, Jack, take a gun and hijack the plane. Atlas reads the "ace in the hole", but doesn't understand the coded message, and demands a half-conscious Elizabeth explain what it says. As Elizabeth approaches, the letter given to Jack in the future and the encoded message by Suchong both read "Would you Kindly." Elizabeth reveals this to Atlas, who now has the trigger phrase to set his plan in motion: Bring Jack to Rapture, take down Ryan, and seize control of the city. Having what he was after, Atlas strikes Elizabeth with a fatal blow to the head, sealing both of their fates.
Elizabeth sees the future events to come in Rapture — Jack hijacking and crashing the plane, arriving in Rapture, the protector bond, the death of Andrew Ryan, the rescue of Little Sisters, and finally the fall of Fontaine. Elizabeth sees one last door, which reveals Jack after his journey in Rapture, returning to the surface at the Lighthouse with Sally and adopting her as his own. Elizabeth realizes that the flashes of the future she was having before were of Jack, and her return to Rapture was to set in motion events that lead to Sally's rescue — thereby ending her cycle of violence and saving Sally from this fate and death. At the end, Sally holds her hand, singing La Vie en Rose, as Elizabeth smiles before passing away.
Alternate Elizabeths[edit | edit source]
There are many versions of Elizabeth in alternate dimensions. Few of them are explored in detail in the game, but those involved were all abducted (and in one case, a failed abduction) from their respective fathers by a version of Comstock to become his heir. At least eight of these alternate Elizabeth appear at the end of BioShock Infinite to help drown Booker before he makes the choice to either accept or reject his baptism.
Sea of Doors Elizabeths[edit | edit source]
A number of these alternates appear similar to how Elizabeth appeared at earlier points in the game. One is wearing the same clothes as Elizabeth did when Booker first meets her, another has the same blood-stained clothes as Elizabeth had after killing Daisy Fitzroy, while one lacks a jacket just as Elizabeth did when she was rescued from the “surgery” in Comstock House. Other alternates have physical differences from the main Elizabeth in the game. The most obvious one of these is the Elizabeth on the far left who sports a different haircut, possesses a more curvaceous figure, and appears very similar to the one seen in the 2010 BioShock Infinite Premiere Trailer and BioShock Infinite Early Gameplay Demonstration. Two other Elizabeths are seen wearing a white dress with dark brown trim. These two Elizabeths are not missing a little finger as all the others are. The last two Elizabeths that appear on each side of Booker just before drowning him are noticeably taller than the others. The attitude of some of the Elizabeths indicates that they had not met Booker before and only think of him as Comstock.
Anna DeWitt[edit | edit source]
Anna DeWitt was Elizabeth's previous identity, before she was sold to Comstock as an infant. The events of BioShock Infinite erased Columbia from existence, which means that Anna was never abducted and so there exist several universes where Anna never became Elizabeth and she lived her life in the same universe as her father, Booker DeWitt. One of these universes is possibly explored in the after credits scene of Infinite. Booker DeWitt enters the nursery in his office, calling his daughter's name, but before he reaches the crib, the screen fades to black, leaving the content of the crib, whether Anna is in it or not, ambiguous.
Decapitated Anna DeWitt[edit | edit source]
Another alternate Elizabeth, or rather an alternate Anna is seen in a flashback in Burial at Sea - Episode 1. Comstock remembers his struggle to pull baby Anna through the Tear into Columbia’s reality while Elizabeth tries to persuade him to stop. Instead of pulling her through as in the main game, Booker does not lose his grip and pulls Anna back through the Tear as it closes. Unfortunately the Tear closes before she is all the way through and she is decapitated when it closes.
Vox Revolt Universe Elizabeth[edit | edit source]
One last alternate Elizabeth is mentioned in the Voxophone Drawing Dead. In the reality where Booker became a martyr for the Vox Revolt, Elizabeth had been moved to Comstock House before his arrival at Monument Island. When Elizabeth opens the Tear in the Bull House and merges the two realities together, she is merged with this Elizabeth as well.
Bouncer Victim Elizabeth[edit | edit source]
After the events of Burial at Sea - Episode 1 on December 31, 1958, Elizabeth was killed by the Bouncer in the Toys Department of Fontaine's Department Store in Rapture. However, she remained in existence because of her quantum-superposition, but couldn't return to that Rapture without consequences. Elizabeth did choose to return to Rapture to save Sally and thus giving up her Tear powers in the process. After returning, she finds her own body impaled through the heart by a piece of rebar and remembers the events that led to it.
Columbia's Heir[edit | edit source]
With at least one version of Elizabeth, Comstock succeeded in his plans, and Booker was unable to save her. Worn down by months of brainwashing and Booker's failure to come to her rescue, Elizabeth succumbed and became the heir Comstock wanted her to be. Elizabeth eventually sounded the assault on the surface world below in fulfillment of his prophecy, culminating in a blitzkrieg on New York in 1983 when Elizabeth was ninety one. However, the aged Elizabeth began to regret her actions and resist her brainwashing. She broke the Siphon and used its power to bring Booker from the past just before he began his assault on Comstock House.
Whilst the city is bombed, she explains that Booker could not defeat Songbird, not on his own, and she gives him a message for her alternate younger self, so they could control the creature, before sending him back through a Tear inside the house. This version of Elizabeth assures him it was too late to save her, but he might still save his Elizabeth and himself in the process.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Despite years of isolation, Elizabeth has a free-willed, almost childlike spirit, demonstrated by her dancing on the beach in Battleship Bay and in her interactions with her surroundings. She is also somewhat mischievous, helping Booker to pick locks and liberate goods if the proper resources are available. She has a biting wit and sarcastic humor, calling Booker out on his missteps without hesitation. At the same time, she possesses an immense amount of reserve and determination, as she is able to focus on her goals and move past stressful situations relatively quickly, though they are still shown to affect her deeply. As the story progresses, however, she matures and starts to become more serious and determined to stop Comstock.
Because the only thing to keep her company in her prison were books, Elizabeth is a fountain of information, ranging from lock-picking to medical treatment. She quotes the King James Bible in Soldier's Field in reference to the area's true purpose ("Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it"), and also references the works of Victor Hugo.
Despite her immense intellect, her determination and lack of life experience have made her somewhat reckless, and she does not always think her plans through. For instance, she opens up a Tear to avoid a bee, which nearly results in her and Booker being attacked by Songbird. Furthermore, her frantic and obvious flight from Booker's company in Finkton causes her to be captured by Founder forces, which a more stealthy escape could have avoided. She is also very naive, once she sees the consequences of her actions, however, she matures and regrets her intervention in the Vox's revolution.
Elizabeth greatly dislikes violence, especially killing. Being sequestered in her tower for so long, she has no precedent regarding such real-world ordeals. She runs away from Booker calling him a monster when he kills the Founder agents that ambush them in Battleship Bay. Throughout the narrative, Elizabeth will flinch when Booker fires a weapon whilst standing next to her. If he executes an enemy near Elizabeth she may groan or exclaim "Oh my God" at the sight of Booker's gruesome Sky-Hook kills. She may also voice similar revulsion if Booker happens to shoot or melee an enemy in the head (although only if it is a critical hit and their head explodes). When she kills Daisy Fitzroy, she reacts in stunned horror at what she has done before fleeing and locking herself in a room on The First Lady. However, when released from torture in Comstock House, Elizabeth summons a tornado to kill her captors and shows no guilt or regret for their deaths. She subsequently decides that she will kill Comstock for what he has done to her, suggesting the harm visited upon her has drastically changed this predisposition.
Once Elizabeth gains full access of her powers she fully matures, as she finally knows the truth behind her origins and Booker's actions. Though deeply saddened by these events, she is driven by the necessity to show Booker the truth for the greater good. Once Booker realizes the true results of his actions, she and other versions of her muster the courage to drown him, ending the existence of Zachary Comstock across time.
In an alternate timeline, one in which Elizabeth succumbed to torture, she is in almost every way identical in personality to Comstock: ruthless, fanatical and jingoistic, she has no qualms with brainwashing people into servitude and using her powers to turn them into monsters, as is the case with the Boys of Silence. True to Comstock's prophecy, she leads the Founders' attack on New York City, bringing down upon it the entirety of Columbia's massive firepower. However, during this time she also repents her actions, regretting her obedience to Comstock when she realizes it is too late to stop the destruction of the world below.
Elizabeth's relationship with Booker is complex. Initially suspicious of his motives, Elizabeth grows to trust him, although this trust is shaken several times, such as after seeing Booker kill for the first time, and later when she realizes his promise of taking her to Paris was a lie.
In Burial at Sea - Episode 1, Elizabeth's personality has matured greatly. Her attitude has grown much colder with little regard for being very polite, and she is motivated solely on executing revenge against Comstock. Unlike in Infinite, where she can be heard reacting with horror to Booker's executions with the Sky-Hook, she remains silent at her partner's killings, as if acknowledging them despite their brutality. She is also bitter towards the world of Rapture, judging it no different than Columbia in its violence and abuse of innocent people. Elizabeth is noticeably more ruthless; helping Comstock remember his past while also leading him to his death and bearing little remorse for doing so.
In Burial at Sea Episode 2, Elizabeth had felt guilty for her actions putting Sally in danger, causing her to return to Rapture to undo her mistakes. Without her powers, she becomes more worried and insecure. While she does not express remorse regarding Comstock's fate, her mind creates a companion in Booker - an idealised version of the man she remembers from their first meeting in Columbia; she later refers to him as having been her only friend. Elizabeth seemed to care little for her life; this is especially noticeable when she accepts her lobotomy from Atlas with indifference and - during their final confrontation - openly encourages Atlas to end her life. Elizabeth is shown to care a great deal about Sally; sacrificing her Tear-manipulating powers, putting her life in danger, and eventually accepting her death in order to save the girl. In the end, Elizabeth dies content, knowing that Sally and the other Little Sisters will eventually be saved by Jack.
Powers and Abilities[edit | edit source]
Elizabeth is gifted with the ability to manipulate Tears, contingencies within the space-time continuum that show possible scenarios which, if tampered with, can enact themselves within Columbia or any universe in particular. Elizabeth is the only person known to be capable of controlling these Tears naturally, and can exploit them to summon objects such as weapons, ammunition, or parts of the scenery, as well as living beings. She can also use these Tears to travel through time and space and so is able to transport herself and Booker to other time periods and realities. Another use for the Tears is to merge different realities together, though doing this is stressful for her. However, her control over her powers is limited by a long-distance restraining device called the Siphon, preventing her from transporting herself out of Columbia. Upon the destruction of the Siphon, however, her immense powers reveal themselves: she can view every event across all of the infinite timelines simultaneously, and effortlessly open doorways to them, but in Burial at Sea - Episode 2, where she returns to Rapture at the same time of her predetermined death, she loses her ability to create Tears and the near omniscience she gains from them.
A side effect of Elizabeth's power is that her presence causes Tears to open randomly in the area around her. She seems to have limited control over their destination, but it is clear that many of the Tears open to random locations. A few Tears seem to open to the same locations regularly however, such as the one used by Albert Fink to plagiarize music from other time periods. Apparently Elizabeth is unable to prevent these Tears from forming, as upon her arrival in Rapture, Tears started to appear in the city.
For the majority of the game, the source of Elizabeth's powers are a mystery, though Rosalind Lutece speculates in a Voxophone that it may be tied to the loss of her pinkie. When Booker relives his memories, it is revealed that when pulling Anna Dewitt through to Comstock's world, the Tear the Luteces' engineered closed on her pinkie, severing it. With her physical form split across multiple timelines, Anna gained the ability to manipulate the Tears between realities.
Alongside her Tear-manipulating powers, Elizabeth is able to pick almost any lock Booker directs her to, provided she has enough lockpicks to do so. Additionally, she is a talented code breaker, artist, and singer. By finding Code Books, Elizabeth can crack any message written in the Vox Cipher. She also has a keen eye, and can supply Booker with critical resources in the middle of combat.
Due to her lifelong imprisonment, Elizabeth had a great deal of free time and spent a large portion of it in her tower's library. Through the library's extensive collection of books, Elizabeth gained an understanding of a wide variety of subjects that included medicine, navigation, literature, art, music, physics, weapons, structural engineering and architecture, as well as the ability to speak and read French. After arriving in Rapture, Elizabeth continues to read a great deal.
In Burial at Sea - Episode 2, Elizabeth is forced to use Plasmids, having lost her ability to create Tears. It seems by then Elizabeth has learned how to use weapons and fight effectively. However, while carrying the Shotgun, she will only ever have two shells loaded into the gun at any point in time. A reason for this could be that she is unable to heft a fully loaded shotgun around and retain her stealth.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
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Across BioShock Infinite and Burial at Sea Elizabeth has three primary outfits, all of which become more torn and worn as the story progresses.
Student[edit | edit source]
This outfit is worn by Elizabeth when Booker first meets her. She wears a white blouse with blue sleeve cuffs and collar, tucked by the waist into a blue knee-length skirt and black boots. She also has a blue sailor/student scarf and a choker, which will hold her cameo. The cameo will either depict a bird or a cage. Her hair is set in parted side curls held in place with a loose ponytail tied in a blue bow. She wears a black and white corset underneath her attire.
Corset[edit | edit source]
This outfit was originally worn by Lady Comstock. Elizabeth changes into this outfit at The First Lady, after killing Daisy Fitzroy. She also cuts her hair. It consists of a blue bolero jacket and a blue long skirt. She reuses the corset she previously wore.
Noir[edit | edit source]
This is the outfit worn by Elizabeth in the 1950s Rapture. It consists of a white long-sleeved blouse, her bird cameo, a black knee-length tight fitted skirt with a red belt, fishnet stockings and black heels with an ankle strap. Her hairstyle is brushed out pin curls and she wears make-up. Despite the darker color and difference in style, this outfit has some similarities to her Student outfit.
Voxophones[edit | edit source]
BioShock Infinite[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
In-Game Images[edit | edit source]
Early Images[edit | edit source]
Concept and Promotional Art[edit | edit source]
Bugs/Glitches[edit | edit source]
- After killing Daisy Fitzroy in the Factory Docks during BioShock Infinite, Elizabeth's brooch will change into what appears to be the current bloody Elizabeth's face texture. The glitch will start as soon as Elizabeth enters the vent and ends when she has changed clothes on The First Lady.
- Elizabeth's dress and/or leg might occasionally glitch into unrealistic proportions. This usually occurs when walking on uneven terrain. The dress/leg will shift back after Elizabeth walks a bit. The glitch happens with all three of Elizabeth's outfits.
Behind the Scenes[edit | edit source]
- A promotional image featuring wanted posters name her only as "Miss Elizabeth" and list some of her specific features.
- Although Elizabeth's right little finger is missing a phalanx bone, in the original trailers and gameplay videos, her little finger is seen intact.
- When Booker first comes face-to-face with Elizabeth in the Library of the Columbia statue the book she is holding is the Odyssey by Homer.
- One of the secret photos taken of Elizabeth is adapted from a Eadweard Muybridge series of photographs published in 1887 known as plate 497, captioned "Miscellaneous phases of the toilet". He was a pioneer in using the newly invented camera to study motion. His most well-known work is The Horse in Motion which proved that all four of a horse's hooves leave the ground during a gallop.
- Russian cosplayer Anna Moleva was hired as a model for Elizabeth in late 2012 by Irrational Games for her spot-on portrayal of the character. Elizabeth's motion capturing was done by Heather Gordon.
- After Elizabeth's shirt is damaged enough, one can see that she's already wearing the corset from her late-game dress, which fits with a corset's period use as underwear. It also explains how she was able to change so quickly as she just had to replace her blouse, skirt, and boots. It would have taken her far longer to lace a corset.
- When Booker and Elizabeth first board The First Lady airship, Elizabeth knocks Booker out with a red wrench at the controls of the airship. This is a reference to the melee weapon used by Jack in the first BioShock.
- When Booker ingests alcohol and becomes "drunk", Elizabeth will comment on his state, sometimes questioning his ability to shoot straight while under its influence.
- The scene at the first lighthouse after leaving Rapture when Elizabeth exclaims "It's always been there. I just… I just couldn't see it." after the lighthouse key appears is a behind-the-scenes nod to the computer modeling technique where items that a character is holding is actually a part of the model itself, albeit with a transparency of 100%. This is done to avoid problems with movement, planes, and textures where the item and the character can clip into each other and generally look unnatural. Here is a video of a developer describing the same technique used in Half-Life 2 Episode One between a crowbar, the item, and Barney, the character.
- In the BioShock Infinite DLC Burial at Sea - Episode 2, she is the first playable female protagonist in the series.
- According to Shawn Robertson, an Animation Director for Irrational Games, Elizabeth's designs were derived from some of the female leads from Disney animated feature films.
- Elizabeth was originally meant to be 17 years old when the player meets her in BioShock Infinite, but this turned out to be too young for the character and the developers felt that she was "too Disney princess."
- Some of Elizabeth's scripted animations had to be cut, due to them coming off too much like Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled. Along Rapunzel, Elizabeth also shares several similarities with Belle from Beauty and the Beast, as BioShock Infinite was partly inspired by the Walt Disney classic.
- Elizabeth's femme fatale appearance in Burial at Sea was inspired by starlets of the era, such as Lauren Bacall, Rita Hayworth, and Veronica Lake.
- Elizabeth coughs whenever you stand next to someone smoking. But in Burial at Sea, she, herself, smokes. She even has a lit cigarette at her cafe table during her dream of Paris. In Episode 2, she can also utilize cigarettes the same way as Booker, with the same benefit/penalty for EVE and health.
- In Burial at Sea - Episode 2, she can only consume one alcoholic drink before becoming drunk, unlike other characters in the series, which could always take in more.
- When lockpicking, she uses the same key she uses near the end of the game in the Sea of Doors.
- In early demos, it was never clear that exactly what Elizabeth's abilities were and seemed more magically oriented than the quantum based interdimensional abilities she has in the final game. These abilities could be combined with Booker's Vigors and for different effects and use in combat. Use of Elizabeth's abilities however could tire her and even injure her as shown by her developing a nosebleed. Later in development there would still be a limit to how many Tears could be opened in a period of time. This limit was removed for the final game.
- When you aim your weapon at Elizabeth's head, she will move away and will sometimes trigger lines like "Hey, don't point that at me!" or "Put that away!"
- In Burial at Sea - Episode 2 Elizabeth uses her left hand to operate machinery just like Booker does.
- Every promotional image of Elizabeth showing her brooch has the bird cameo on it. This continues in Burial at Sea, where Elizabeth will always wear that cameo, neglecting the player's decision in the main game. Elizabeth loses the cameo late in Burial at Sea - Episode 1, though the decision between the bird and the cage is referenced at the start of Episode 2 during the Paris dream sequence.
- During the ending of BioShock Infinite, where Booker is drowned by the Elizabeths, none of them wear a cameo.
- Elizabeth doesn't wear a cameo in Clash in the Clouds.
- Early in development of Burial at Sea - Episode 1, Elizabeth was to gain the ability to open more than a single Tear at a time. In Burial at Sea - Episode 2 she was to gain the ability to open three Tears at the same time.
- Elizabeth's voice actress, Courtnee Draper, also provides the voice of Sally in Burial at Sea.
References[edit | edit source]
- "The Seed of the Prophet Shall Sit the Throne and Drown in Flames the Mountains of Man" poster.
- Based on the following exchange in the elevator in the Manta Ray Lounge of Fontaine's Housewares Department in Burial at Sea - Episode 2:
Booker DeWitt: "Elizabeth, you know Atlas is going to—"
Elizabeth: "I know… and I'm ready."
Booker DeWitt: "Are you sure?"
Elizabeth: "I sent myself here for a reason… didn't I?"
Andrew Ryan: "And who exactly are you speaking to, Miss Comstock? If I were less acquainted with the vicissitudes of genius, I suspect I would question your sanity. I know so little of you, but I imagine the more I learned, the more exceptional I would find you. You know Atlas will betray you."
Elizabeth: "And what are you? My best friend?"
Andrew Ryan: "You're one of a kind in this world, or others. And now, your misguided sense of altruism sends you to your doom. It's like watching Isaac Newton die in a house fire in a vain attempt to save his cat."
- Rosalind Lutece's Voxophone: The Source of Her Power
- An advertisement for "You Belong to Me", by Sander Cohen and Elizabeth
- Hall of Heroes timeline
- Upon entering Cupid's Arrow: "I was here as well… Right after I came through, I needed… I needed something to wear that was a little more Rapture-appropriate."
- Carol Lynn's Audio Diary: The Blue Dress
- BioShock Infinite - Booker and Elizabeth promotional poster
- "See the voices of Booker and Elizabeth at PAX" article at IrrationalGames.com
- Ken Levine on Twitter
- "BioShock Infinite" from GameInformer article
- Lady Comstock's Voxophone: No Longer
- Based on the following exchange heard from a Tear in the Lutece Labs of Downtown Emporia in BioShock Infinite:
Lady Comstock: "You… you whore!"
Rosalind Lutece: "I assure you, madam, my sexual interest in your dear Prophet is nonexistent. Furthermore, the man is quite sterile."
Lady Comstock: "That's a lie! Come and get your little bastard, I want her out of my house!"
- Elizabeth shows this characteristic in the elevator ride from Soldier's Field's Main Street to Patriot's Pavilion. Elizabeth must have encountered a bee in another reality while younger, as there is no possibility for her to encounter one in her tower.
- Elizabeth can optionally skip stones in Battleship Bay during BioShock Infinite. As there is no way for her to learn such a skill while locked in her tower, she must have learned it in some other reality while younger.
- BioShock Infinite Elizabeth Skipping stones on water on YouTube
- Elizabeth's Voxophone: A Leash
- A capture from security footage taken in the Silver Fin Restaurant on the day Elizabeth arrived
- Morris Lauderman's Audio Diary: Pennies on the Dollar
- Interview on IGN.com
- Little finger on Wikipedia
- We love our BioShock cosplayers so much we hired one! article at IrrationalGames.com
- BioShock Infinite - Creating Elizabeth: The Women That Brought Her To Life on YouTube
- Breathing life into BioShock Infinite on Eurogamer
- We are Ken Levine (@iglevine) and Andres Gonzalez from Irrational Games. Ask Us Anything. on Reddit
- Creating BioShock Infinite's Elizabeth with Shawn Robertson, Chapter: Q and A on GDC Vault
- BioShock Infinite Challenge Maps Out Today, Story DLC Soon on IGN
- Rebuilding Bioshock's Past with Irrational Games on YouTube
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