- "Phew, that was scary! At least we all escaped, right guys? ...guys?"
Captain Viridian is a Villi and the captain of the D.S.S. Souleye. He is also the main character of the game VVVVVV, in which the player controls him. His most prominent ability is flipping gravity, which helps him traverse what would be impossible for regular human beings. He appears as a cyan stickman. At most times he is highly optimistic, but in some cutscenes and dialogue, he does doubt his ability to help his crew members.
In VVVVVV, when the D.S.S. Souleye was trapped in Dimension VVVVVV after hitting the "Ninstar Elevator Defense," Viridian and the five members of his crew were all separated and teleported to seemingly random places in the dimension. Viridian then embarked on a perilous journey through the dimension to rescue his crew and find his ship.
After making it through Space Station 1, he soon found Violet and the Souleye. Violet informed him that a bizarre signal was interfering with their equipment, and caused the Souleye to lose its quantum position and collapse into Dimension VVVVVV. She also said that they should be able to fix the Souleye and escape Dimension VVVVVV, as long as they could find the rest of the crew, which could be anywhere. Viridian then asked Violet if the crew could teleport to the ship. Violet didn't think so, as the crew had no way to communicate with them, they couldn't pick up the crew's signal, and they couldn't teleport to the ship unless they knew where it was.
Indeed, the crew was not able to teleport to the ship, and Viridian was forced to rescue them after Violet sent him to look for them. The order in which they were rescued is unknown, as it is up to the player to decide which of VVVVVV's multiple scenarios occurred. The player has some clues with which to aid Viridian's search; just before Viridian left the ship, Violet showed him fifteen points on his map, represented by question marks. Violet said that they appeared on her scanners as high energy patterns, and speculated that they were teleporters, which, in fact, they were. She further speculated that they were probably built near something important, and possibly very good places for Viridian to look for his crew. She wasn't entirely correct, however; most of them led to nowhere.
After Viridian's return to the Souleye, the rest of VVVVVV's storyline is largely determined by what the player does. However, there are some things that are certain.
For example, Viridian definitely rescued the other four missing crew members, as doing so was the main goal of the game. After rescuing each crew member, he attempted to teleport back to the ship. He succeeded the first time, but he was transported to the first intermission level on his second attempt, and then to the second intermission level on his third attempt. Also, on his fourth attempt, he was teleported to the Final Level. Upon completion of this level, the player also completes the game, as Viridian has rescued all the crew members.
These are the crew members he rescued, accompanied by the nature of the dialogue that he had with them if he rescued them second. If Viridian rescues a crew member second, he has to guide him or her through the first intermission level. During this level, Viridian and the crew member engage in one of four different dialogue sequences. Which dialogue sequence that is depends on which crewmate the player rescued second.
1. Vitellary: a yellow male Villi.
Vitellary is interested by the new dimension, and asks Viridian if he's been there before. Viridian, however, is very worried and confused and wonders where they are. Vitellary then hypothesizes that something deflected their teleporter transmission and that they were in a completely new place. This further worries Viridian, but he decides to brighten up and look for a teleporter.
Later, Viridian asks Vitellary what he makes of the new place, and Vitellary guesses that it had something to do with the interference that caused them to crash, and wonders if they'll find the cause there. He then says that it's just a guess, and that he'll have to get back to the ship to do some tests.
After some time, Vitellary passes a checkpoint, which lights up. Fascinated, he asks Viridian what it is and if he should take it back to the ship to study it. Viridian looks worried and says that it's best if they don't acknowledge it at all. Later, he suggests that the place they are in is an artificially created, polar dimension, since they shouldn't have been able to travel between dimensions with a regular teleporter. He then is even more excited to get back to the ship and run some more tests. Also, he later suggests exploring the dimension more, but Viridian says that they should focus on finding the rest of the crew.
Finally, they find a teleporter, and Vitellary is eager to get back to the ship.
2. Vermilion: a red male Villi.
Vermilion is also interested in the new dimension and wants to explore it, while Viridian is worried that something went wrong with the teleporter. Vermilion encourages him not to worry about it.
Later, Vermilion asks Viridian why the ship crashed, who doesn't really know much about it other than the fact that there was some sort of interference. "...or something sciencey like that. It's not really my area," he says. Then, when Vermilion asks him if he thinks that they'll be able to fix the ship and go home, Viridian is confident that everything will be ok. Vermilion apparently shares this attitude, because he later tells Viridian that if they find a teleporter, they should be able to go home, after Viridian says he really wants to get back to the ship.
After a while, Vermilion asks Viridian, "Are we there yet?" to which Viridian responds, "We're getting closer, I think... I hope..."
Later on, he wonders where they are, as their surroundings seem different from where the ship crashed. Vermilion replies that he doesn't know, and says that they should be close to a teleporter by now. Sure enough, they soon find one.
3. Verdigris: a green male Villi.
In possibly the most interesting dialogue sequence of them all, Verdigris expresses concern for Violet and is relieved after Viridian tells him that she's fine. An awkward silence follows, after which Verdigris reveals that he has a crush on Violet. Later, he asks Viridian for advice, which prompts another awkward silence. Viridian then tells Verdigris to "be himself," which is amazingly vague advice.
After an even longer awkward silence, Verdigris then thanks Viridian.
Later, Viridian asks Verdigris if he can fix the ship. Verdigris thinks he can, but it depends on how bad it is. "It's not very hard, really," he says. "The basic dimensional warping engine design is pretty simple, and if we can get that working we shouldn't have any trouble getting home."
4. Victoria: a dark blue female Villi.
Victoria is very scared and worried during the first intermission, frequently saying things along the lines of "Please don't leave me behind! I don't mean to be a burden!" She seems to think that she and Viridian will be lost forever.
Viridian constantly reassures her, saying that they'll find a teleporter soon and that he'll protect her.
- Viridian is a color comparable to cyan, which is how he got his name. All of the crew members are named after their color.
- Verdigris is green, and is named after the blue-green oxidization layer on copper and brass, commonly seen on USD pennies.
- Violet and Vermilion are named after their respective colors.
- Vitellary is named after the biology term "vitellary", meaning "the yolk of an egg".
- Victoria is named after the flower/dye Victoria Blue.
- Captain Viridian's gender is never revealed in-game, though most custom-made levels treat the character as male. There isn't much evidence to support the belief that he is female, and most people assume that he's male, which is why this page was written from that point of view. However, you can believe whatever you want. :D
- Terry once said on Distractionware that he made Viridian's gender uncertain on purpose.
- In the player level Quantum Tunnel a terminal asks for Viridian's gender, but it still isn't revealed.
- There is a reference to this character in "The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth." He will sometimes appear as a baby, or downside.
- Viridian is playable as a guest character in the Windows version of Super Meat Boy, the fiction novel-based arena fighter Paperbound, and the indie crossover fighting game Indie Game Battle.
- Viridian makes a cameo appearance in the Super Smash Bros. fangame "Super Smash Flash 2" in the Nintendo 3DS stage. Viridian appears on the top screen while flipped and on the bottom one flipped inside a circle, and the minigame begins. The gravity fluctuates between normal and reversed, the top and bottom blast lines dissapear and players can wrap around the screen until Viridian dissapears and the minigame ends.