Recasting historical figures into future warriors with a variety of super powers is a popular plot point for fantasy stories, but in these sorts of stories there are always a few people you’re not allowed to represent. Hitler is rarely used, mostly because Hitler is so cartoonishly evil it’s kind of boring to make him one of your characters, but mostly it’s religious figures because people are afraid of insulting that religion. Drifters decided to drop in the main man himself: Jesus Christ. I loved it not because I’m someone who loves seeing people get offended like I want to crush the safe space SJWs while I browse 8chan and Breitbart or anything. I enjoyed it because of what a fascinating take it had on his character for this world.
In the world of Drifters you have two kinds of historical warriors: Drifters and Ends. The key difference with Ends is they died after having being betrayed by the people they cared about and the society around them that they fought for. The rules aren’t absolute and I don’t feel Drifters keeps a great tab on how people become Ends or Drifters, but Jesus himself fit the category of what defines an End pretty well by this logic. In the story of Drifters, the Ends are the villains, commanding the armies of uncivilised beastmen as they destroy humanity and the demi-humans.
But it’s not just setting Jesus as a villain to be edgy, because that would be lame. What makes it work for me is how they justify it within the values real life Jesus held. He’s trying to build a world for the underclass, in this case the beastmen. They are building a world for themselves where they start basic agriculture, fighting against the oppression of humans who looked down on them for so long. He cares for his army, healing them and ensuring they’re well fed. The sick and weak are cared for in his force. Yeah sure it’s a warped way of looking at his teachings, but you can kinda see where they’re going with it.
The best villains aren’t the generically evil ones usually. It’s the ones you can totally understand why someone would be on their side. You sympathize with their goals and think they might have a point. Perhaps being atheist means I am insulated from the gross inaccuracies of this depiction and lose the ability to feel insulted by it. But from my admittedly biased perspective, it’s such a cool take on the most well-known historical figure eve whose is usually only used in media as either religious propaganda or a joke.