OK so I am going to go over the characters using my criteria I will make a post per level. Hopefully it keeps the thread relevant and bumped up often.
Sierra has a nice backstory that establishes her character and her wreckless behaviour well. It explains her aggression, her wild behaviour and relationship with her father. Details about her hyper-competitive behaviour are apparent and help flesh out things like Theirry Durant (the backup driver) or the Kowoon-Kronstadt Rivalry
Her interactions with Lee or Fort-Lee Seven, the medic or medic 37, her lawyer and the blackmailer help serve to highlight her emotional issues and father issues.
Sierra is portrayed with all the arrogance, competitiveness and seriousness that is common with CFOs and iceskaters. It brings out the business side of her that is seen on the posters in the expo hall. She also is not even referred to filial on those posters.
Since Sierra is a public person in a public area there is not as strong a thematic tie. But seeing Sierra merch and posters made by fans helps show she has made a mark on the level
Her physical appearance is interesting in that she is one of the few characters that are female but have masculine features. Most likely due to being in a man’s world. But she also has masculine or at least neutral physical appearance since she is wearing her body suit.
I won’t hand out numerical ratings since I loathe them and already have reactions down.
Knox has a backstory so deep it was pumped into an ET. It defies the typical tech industry narrative of “the garage that started it all” and shows what happens when your ideas are good but you have the personality of a brick wall. Elon Musk parody, no far to mean and lacking in structuring?. His monopolisation and bully tactics are an exaggeration of the actions of Bill Gates in the 90s. It helps flesh out just how much he has influenced his daughter as well especially his racing career and seeing his old face.
His interactions are limited but the way he runs down PALLAS with Ted Mendez is a most likely a parody of Steve Jobs and his personalised manner of displaying technology. His private conversations help elaborate more on his tech, ambitions after AI and in general.
He is well acted he definitely has the personality of your typical tech guru and it makes for a jarring kill-bot presentation. He does gesticulations common with tech presentations
Location is a stand out for me. His ambition to replace humanity with robots stretches to the actual expo building how the exhibition space no consumes the original aquarium the building originally was. It has the metal, plastic, super concrete that reflects dehumanisation of technology. The bold red white and black colouration mocks 47 since Kronstadt make perfect killing ,machines. It is a little bubble he has placed himself in matching his ego. With a little nook with his old memories of racing.
His physical appearence has little references to enemy of humanity Mark Zuckerberg in his hair, his turtleneck is reference to Apple CEO Steve Jobs (well former CEO) and his scar might be a call back to Cayne. It is a reference to his days as a chemist, as a man of science and how he lost a little big of himself in doing so. It represents the dark side of him that no one else knows exists.
Overall Knox was my favourite Miami character and one of my favourites in the game.