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Wolf
Wolf
Wolf's clown mask
Career information
Role Technician
(PAYDAY: The Heist)

Technician & Armorer
(PAYDAY 2)

Biographical information
Also known as Ulf (Swedish name for Wolf)
Nationality Flag of Sweden Swedish
Language(s) English, Swedish
Age 32 - (PAYDAY: The Heist)
34 - (PAYDAY 2)
Physical description
Hair color Light Brown
Eye color Light Blue
Ethnicity Swede
PAYDAY information
Appearance(s) PAYDAY: The Heist
PAYDAY: The Web Series
PAYDAY 2
Portrayed by Ulf Andersson:
(PAYDAY: The Heist)
(PAYDAY: The Web series, episode 1-2)
(PAYDAY 2)

Christian Hicks:
(PAYDAY: The Web series, episodes 3-onwards)

Voiced by Ulf Andersson
"Segern är vår, segern är vår, vi har vunnit, segern är vår!"
—Wolf's victory cry upon finishing a job

Wolf is a Technician from Vallentuna, Sweden and a playable character in the PAYDAY series. He wears the white and red demon mask, and is voiced by Ulf Andersson.

According to Bain, he has just recently acquired and decrypted several classified FBI files regarding the background and criminal history of himself, Dallas, Chains and Hoxton. The files are being put together for an upcoming release. [1]

BackgroundEdit

Prior to PAYDAY: The HeistEdit

Wolf

Wolf masked and unmasked

A law-abiding citizen for most of his 32 years in life, Wolf raised his family in Stockholm until the economic slump in the 2000's. Wolf's software development company lost many clients, continuing with only one client who had cold feet and withheld payments.

Wolf took personal loans to appease the client and keep the project afloat, but the client had already decided to pull out. His company became bankrupt and his family homeless.

PAYDAY: The HeistPAYDAY 2Edit

Two years later, Wolf went over the edge and started acting out crimes from the various action movies he watched and never looked back. According to Bain's bio of him in PAYDAY 2; Wolf is "one damaged individual who's seriously messed up in the head" and most likely a psychopath as he could be happy-go-lucky for one minute and frothing with anger in the next. He treats the heists like some sort of game for him to play, although Bain considers Wolf reliable for lacking both hesitation and regrets.

In Hotline Miami DLC trailer, Wolf can be seen silently interrogating a Russian Mafia member, battering the man to a bloody pulp, handcuffing a phone in his hands before leaving him to the mercy of Jacket from Hotline Miami.[2]

Web SeriesEdit

Hicks

Christian Hicks a.k.a. "New Wolf"

Little to no information was revealed about his life outside the PAYDAY Crew in the Web Series. During the first two episodes Wolf was portrayed by his voice actor, Overkill Software developer Ulf Andersson and was credited as "himself". From the third webisode onwards Wolf is portrayed by Christian Hicks.

QuotesEdit

TriviaEdit

GeneralEdit

  • Following the release of the 2nd John Wick trailer, Wolf is the only member of the original crew who does not have an alias or presumable real name, barring Houston.
    • Likewise, following the release of the Hoxton Breakout and subsequent re-introduction of Hoxton, Wolf is the only member of the original crew to retain both his voice actor and face model. Despite having left Starbreeze, former Overkill director Ulf Andersson will remain as Wolf's actor and voice for at least two more years.
  • Despite being consistently portrayed as a Technician, Wolf seems to prefer shotguns (which are generally Support/Enforcer weapons) over any other type of firearm, as seen in the many media of the series. Starting with PAYDAY 2, however, Wolf can be seen consistently depicted with a JP36 in hand, which fits in well with his skill tree's many bonuses.
  • He always wears a black suit during heists, regardless of armor. His tie is red in both PAYDAY games.
  • He is voiced by and modeled after Ulf Andersson, the game designer of Overkill Software. "Ulf" is a common Swedish name, literally meaning "Wolf" in old Swedish.[3]
    • Wolf's background was paraphrased from Ulf Andersson's own history. The company he founded with his brother is a homage to the Swedish software company GRIN founded by the Andersson brothers in 1997, which, after a client (Square Enix, project Fortress in 2008) decided to withdraw from an affiliated project without compensation, drove GRIN to bankruptcy. Overkill Software was founded on the remnants of GRIN by the very same people.
      • The Grin mask bears the same references.
    • Wolf's voice actor, Ulf Andersson, also voices the crew's helicopter pilot Alex. [4]
  • Of all available heisters, Wolf was the only one to have little to no criminal background prior to his company's downfall, meeting Bain and joining the gang. In fact, before his business went bankrupt, Wolf was a law-abiding citizen with wife and children whom he financially supports. Most of his knowledge on heisting also came from the many crime films he watched instead of real-life experiences.
  • Wolf appears to be the only player character not to wear a clown mask, wearing instead a white and red demon-like mask.
  • When in a tight spot, Wolf will sometimes speak Swedish.
  • During development, the following nicknames were scrapped: The Swede, Svensken (The Swede in Swedish) or Shotgun Kjell (pronounced as "Shotgun Shell" but "Kjell" is a typical Swedish name).[5]
    • "Shotgun Kjell" might be a reference to Kjeld Jensen in the Danish television show Olsen Banden (The Olsen Gang) and its Swedish adaptation Jönssonligan which the PAYDAY games were partly based on.
  • Each character was originally named by nationality, and Wolf appears as "German" in the game files.
  • Wolf is depicted as the "Technician" in PAYDAY: The Heist's "Upgrades" menu, and again in PAYDAY 2.
  • Wolf seems to have a deep fear for special units, often shrieking out their names when he spots them. This goes especially for Cloakers (while calling them out, he might add in that they travel in groups). He also shows the greatest amount of satisfaction and relief out of anyone else in the team when he kills a special unit.
  • Wolf is the most aggressive out of the team concerning hostages that are attempting to run, swearing at them and threatening to kill them when he orders them to lie down.
  • He was born in Vallentuna, a town in the outskirts of Stockholm.

PAYDAY: The HeistEdit

  • Between Assault Waves, Wolf has a tendency to give Hoxton nicknames when he interacts with him, nicknames being; Hoxtilicious, Hoxtitron, El Hoxo, Hoxtinator, Hoxtable, The Hox, Hoxtinite and Hoxifier.
  • Wolf seems to have extensive knowledge of technology. In Undercover, when the IRS system is being hacked, the hack reads "WolfRoot." In Counterfeit, he proclaims, "Damn, a Franz-Jäger" when inspecting the safe. This also hints at the fact that he is the Technician of the crew.
    • Franz Jäger is a reference to either the Danish movie series "Olsen Banden", a series of heist-movies in which the safes and security systems are often said to be made by this fictitious Berlin-based company, or the Swedish series Jönssonligan, which was an adaptation of the former.

PAYDAY 2Edit

  • Wolf's class, the Technician, is the only specialization tree to retain its name from the original PAYDAY.
  • Despite Wolf's Technician class (which favors semiautomatic rifles) and his own preference for shotguns, he is often portrayed wielding the JP36 rifle (modified with the Compact Foregrip and See More Sight) on PAYDAY 2's cover art, the poster for the Bomb Heists, and the teaser pic for the Hype Train Event's 'Heist Updates' stretch goal.
    • This is likely because the JP36 is a support rifle and the Technician is a support class.
  • The Wolf AI will always pack a standard Compact-5 regardless of stealth or live combat.
    • Wolf is also seen wielding the Compact-5 SMG in the Skills menu.
  • In the Safehouse, Wolf seems to have the most amount of items. There are three boxes with 'Wolf' labeled on them at the entrance of the Safehouse, behind Lady Justice.
  • Wolf is seen holding a Mossberg 590 with rifle stock in Episodes 1 and 2 of the Web series.
  • The song that Wolf is sometimes singing when finishing a heist is "Segern är vår!" (Victory is ours!) A celebrating jingle used in Scandinavia during sports event.
  • Sometimes at the beginning of Mallcrasher Heist, Bain will say, "This is strictly material, not personnel damage. This means you, Wolf," referencing Wolf's predisposition towards violence.
  • Sometimes at the beginning of Nightclub Heist, Bain will say, "and Wolf... stay off the dancefloor", which means that Wolf is likely a bad dancer, or that he was previously involved in a dancefloor-related crime, most likely an assault and again might be a reference to Wolf's violent tendencies.
    • It may also be a nod to Wolf's psychological condition, rendering him prone to occasional mood swings and might start dancing instead of staying on his current mission.
  • In a teaser image for PAYDAY 2, Wolf was shown with hair, which went against Wolf's original bald design. When the web series teaser trailer was released on May 23rd, 2013, Wolf can be seen putting on a wig over his head before putting his mask on. This is the same set of hair that he was seen with in the teaser image.
  • Wolf is taken into custody at one point during the Hoxton Breakout trailer, though he was freed immediately when Dallas defeated his two captors, without the need for a trade. Said sequence is more akin to a player freeing a crewmate who was cuffed by security guards than a typical custodial release.
    • Wolf is the first crew member to visibly take down a special unit in live-action media, specifically a Bulldozer whom he kills by overpowering the unit and stabbing a drill through his visor.
    • Wolf is also the only crew member to kill enemies with melee weapons in live-action media. The first is one of the security guards escorting Hoxton using Nova's Shank. The second is the aforementioned Bulldozer with a drill.
    • Wolf's (presumable) Locomotive 12G ejects spent shells downwards in the trailer, similar to an Ithaca M37 shotgun, not the Remington 870 on which the in-game iteration was based.
  • Wolf is the only crew member whose face was never shown in the web series.
  • Wolf is the only original crew member that has not recruited a new member. Dallas recruited Houston, Chains recruited John Wick, and Hoxton recruited Clover and Bonnie.
    • However, it has been speculated he recruited Jacket due to both having psychopathic tendencies and appearing in the Hotline Miami DLC trailer.
  • Wolf is the only character in the gang to vocally react to being tased by a Taser; he will babble uncontrollably when interacting with the taser.

ReferencesEdit

VideoEdit

Payday 2 - Wolf Pager Responses03:41

Payday 2 - Wolf Pager Responses


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