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50 Blessings is a group of ultranationalists aiming to topple the Russo-American Coalition with guerrilla tactics, and act as the central antagonists of the Hotline Miami series. They are the ones who leave messages on the answering machines of operatives (who generally have military experience), notably Jacket, Biker, Jake and Richter. The group's 1989 Miami activities are largely organized by The Janitors, who claim to be volunteers in an underground national organization with powerful allies. Associations with Phone Hom and high ranking US Army officials are also established. A Miami-based public HQ for 50 Blessings is run by the Manager in 1989.

Their modus operandi consists of threatening members into committing assassinations on Russian Mafia members and RAC politicians, presumably through any means necessary. Those who refuse to cooperate are threatened with unspecified consequences and ultimately eliminated. The Janitors hint that the idea of the threat is more powerful than them actually cracking down on rogue operatives, but the organization does act against those who disobey them: Jacket was sent to eliminate Biker after the latter disobeyed their instructions, and Jacket himself was hunted down for failing to kill him.

The group's symbol, which is well-spread by its agents and figures in numerous places of Miami, is a red circle crossed by three lines. This symbol is first seen chronologically in the bones and shell of a turtle corpse on October 25th, 1985 in the Colonel's private quarters. It appears again on October 30th, 1985, scrawled in panther blood on the stripes of the American flag.

Known Members and OperativesEdit

LEADERSHIP Edit

OPERATIVES Edit

Origin Edit

The 50 Blessings organization was possibly founded by the Colonel while or shortly after serving in Hawaii, where he commands a small unit of Special Forces, of which Beard and Jacket are members. On October 25th, 1985, he becomes disillusioned with the war and seems resigned to a useless role as Lt. General in the post war bureaucracy. He also has made the 50 Blessings tag symbol out of a turtle's corpse. On October 30th, he gets drunk and wears a skinned panther face as a mask, telling his unit that all humans are violent and animalistic, ordered by forces they cannot comprehend to behave entirely on instinct (hence the animal masks motif and the organization's M.O. of anonymous calls).

The Colonel was fond of coded sentences and had his operatives use them extensively to communicate with each other by walkie talkie; those two characteristics can again be found in 50 Blessings' organization, and the walkie talkie usage is emulated by the Fans in Death Wish.

It is implied that the Colonel assassinated both the US and the Russian presidents on December 28th, 1991, sparking an international conflict in the process. Their headquarters in Miami is shown to be lead lined with a large vault door, implying they intended to survive the nuclear war in that location (if not also several others nationwide). If any operatives or members of the leadership survived, it is not shown.

Tagged Locations and PamphletsEdit

The 50 Blessings symbol can be seen in several places throughout Hotline Miami. The symbol appears in:

The symbol also appears several times in Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number:

  • The large table in the Fans' hideout is painted with a pink 50B symbol
  • The phone table in the Fans' hideout is painted with a green 50B symbol
  • The Attack Van has two pink 50B symbols tagged on it. "Phone Hom" is also crossed out.
  • The symbol appears in Stronghold in the Colonel's quarters, in an turtle corpse
  • The symbol appears in Casualties in the Colonel's quarters, in panther blood on the stripes of the US flag.
  • In Subway, the circular symbols of both anarchy and peace are regularly tagged, along with a green 50B symbol on some benches. A red painted symbol is on the train itself.
  • The 50B symbol is tattooed on the Prison Boss
  • A pink, candle-lit symbol appears in the hobo room in the Abyss.

Pamphlets Edit

  • No Talk intro, Jacket's apartment
  • Fun & Games intro, Biker's apartment
  • Resolution, printed in the sewer
  • Hard News, Jake's apartment
  • Withdrawal intro, 50B HQ. Withdrawal "successful" outro, being printed in hideout.
  • Release, information table along with several bibles on final stage

Trivia Edit

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