Flynn Peter Taggart, or "Fly" for short is the protagonist of the original Doom novels and is based on the protagonists of Doom I and II (Doom Marine/aka B.J. Blazkowicz), though his history deviated from the game stories midway. By the end of the series there are two Flynn Taggarts: the original and a copy of his mind in a simulator forced to replay the events of Doom I and II over and over again.
The way Flynn's appearance is described in the Doom novels is identical to the original Doom games, though at times he removes his helmet.
Flynn had been born in Colorado, where he lived in a log-cabin.
Knee Deep In Dead
Taggart was originally deployed in Kefiristan, where he is a Corporal in "Fox Company" bravo team 4th SF naval ARNG/Z-security and is best friends with another Marine named Arlene Sanders, Fox Company's best scout. His CO Lieutenant Weem orders his company to shoot monks, believing them to be enemy soldiers incognito. However, Flynn tries to reason with him and, when he is unable to, he tries to punch him out in order to prevent the upcoming slaughter.
As a result for assaulting a superior officer, he is sent to Phobos to stand trial. But as he arrives, a distress message was sent from scientists working on the Two Gates, and Fox Company was sent to investigate sans Flynn, who was forced to stay behind. He was still able to incapacitate his two guards, "Ron and Ron 2", and make his way through the Phobos compounds alone.
Hell on Earth
Another of Flynn Taggart's biographies includes Ret-Conned: The Life and Times of Flynn Taggart.
In his retirement years he created Taggart Comics Group.
An old computer in the Fortress of Doom has FLYNNTAGGART's log-in credentials.
A hidden message on the Collector Edition's Cassete Tape includes Taggart93 (93 being the year of release of the first Doom game).
Personality and Traits
Fox Company, 15th Light Drop Infantry Regiment, United States Marine Corps; 888-23-9912.
He is somewhat cocky, swarthy, witty, rather intelligent, well-worded, euthymic, mechanically gifted, loyal, and in some mystifying ways, arrogant and hyper narcissistic(Not a guy to fuck with unless you want fire). He is a faithful, yet long-suffering lapsed Catholic with a strong belief in God, having attended four years of Catholic school for specialties in feminism, spirituality, and the ways of sword and war. Flynn Taggart is also somewhat a pessimist.
He ended up joining the Marines as a result of a strong belief in honor, and also because of his father, a person he held much disdain towards, a petty criminal, chauvinist, bully, and alcoholic who was frequently at odds with the law. Flynn's father never understood the concept of honor, as Flynn sees it, and also never understood why Flynn joined the Marines in the first place (nor did Flynn admit that he was one of the main reasons he did so; to not end up like him). He is also shown to have an aversion/hatred to officers, despite becoming one himself in the end (much to his own dismay).
Many a time Flynn claims to have a "little voice in the back of his head" (possibly his conscience) that he would at times communicate with, usually mentally, though there have been the rare and odd occurance of him physically "shushing" the voice. This voice makes Taggart extremely mentally resiliant, raises his confidence, and puts fire in his heart.
Titles and nicknames
- Corporal Flaggart
Behind the scenes
- Taggart's escape from Deimos back to Earth in a home-made shuttle (mail rocket) mirrors that of a Doom Marine who got back from Mars in a drop pod (in Doom II manual). One of his other ideas was to find a rope and "rappel back to Earth" is a reference to Doom Marine rappelling to the surface of Hell from Deimos in the original Doom.
- A book on Doom Slayer's bookshelf is titled Ret-Conned: The Life and Times of Flynn Taggart.
- Taggart Comics Group is a publisher of comics in Doom Reboot universe.
- Entering 'FLYNNTAGGART' onto the old computer in Doom Eternal, will unlock DOOM 2. Some articles say finding the first two references are clues to the login credentials.
- Flynn Taggart is the protagonist in a number of Doom Wads/campaigns, see Fan timeline (according to one megawad he was killed off in the far future).