Henry in No More Heroes Desperate Struggle
|Age||27 years old|
|Relatives||Travis Touchdown (brother)|
Silvia Christel (ex-wife)
|Notable kills||"Master" Jacobs|
|First appearance||No More Heroes|
|Battle theme||"We Are Finally Cowboys"|
|Voice actor||Quinton Flynn (English)
Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese)
"Shall we get this over with? And don't hate me if I play a tad dirty..."
Henry Cooldown (ヘンリー・クールダウン, Henrii Kuurudaun) is a fictional character in the 2007 video game No More Heroes. He is a 27-year-old American assassin, who was raised in Ireland. He is Travis Touchdown's twin brother; it was unknown if his last name was also Touchdown until his full name, though never mentioned in-game, was revealed to be Henry Cooldown. To most (including Suda 51) he is known simply as Henry. He wears a full gray outfit and wields the Cross Sword, a beam katana similar to Travis' Tsubaki Mk-III.
He is first encountered as a shadowy figure in the Senton Splash Tunnel of Santa Destroy, on Travis' way to the ranking match versus Letz Shake. Henry and Travis meet face-to-face after Henry kills Letz Shake before Travis, thus igniting a rivalry between the two.
He later challenges Travis to one final duel outside the Motel "NO MORE HEROES" after Travis becomes ranked first in the United Assassins Association. As their battle ensues, Henry reveals that he is both Travis' twin brother and Silvia Christel's husband of ten years. He also is seen to have a daughter named Jeane, a mysterious child who shares the same name as Travis' half-sister and cat, seen following the credits looking at a painting of Henry and Travis attacking each other in front of the Santa Destroy flag with her mother, Sylvia.
Though it was heavily implied in the real ending of No More Heroes that Henry and Travis had honorably killed each other, this was not the case as the game's sequel, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, reveals that Silvia interrupted the fight. Silvia also reveals that she and Henry divorced during the events between the games. In the sequel, he assists Travis in the final boss fight. However, he leaves after Batt turns into a giant form saying "It's not happening brother. I cant be associated with that travesty. I mean I got standards for fuck's sake!". He also kills the 3 assassins ranked after Ryuji and gets Travis to rank 5, despite the fact that he killed three assassins, althougth it is possible that two of them fought together or one of them was a challenger.
In the Trading Card Game
- Henry is voiced by Quinton Flynn, a famous voice actor known for roles such as Doctor N. Gin from Crash Bandicoot, Reno from Final Fantasy VII, Axel from Kingdom Hearts, Raiden from Metal Gear Solid, and the current voice of Silver the Hedgehog.
- Although Henry is American, he was raised in Ireland.
- He speaks with a poorly done stereotypical Irish accent.
- Nintendo Power had revealed Henry as a third playable character in No More Heroes 2; however he is only playable against Mimmy without the aid of hacking.
- It is theorized that Henry is the one who killed Shinobu's father. Shinobu had witnessed her father's death at the hands of someone with a beam katana. She was calm around Travis when he challenged her to a fight for her rank, but became angry when she saw his weapon for the first time, believing he was the murderer himself. As Henry uses a beam katana as well and even somewhat looks like Travis, it could be understandable that she mistaken Travis for Henry, althougth Henry's katana is purple, and Travis' is green. However, Travis' initial katanas were purple.
- Henry and Travis have been compared by fans to have the relationship and personalities of the main characters of Devil May Cry 3, Vergil and Dante, respectively. The only difference between Henry and Vergil would be that Henry keeps his hair down while Vergil styles it up. The same could be said about Travis and Dante as Travis styles his hair up while Dante keeps it down.
- Henry greatly resembles Paul McCartney of The Beatles.
- In No More Heroes 2, it turns out that Henry's surname is Cooldown.
- In both the first and second game, Henry gets Travis to rank 5th in the UAA automatically.
- In No More Heroes 2, he claims he is the older twin by implying he "popped out first" and calls Travis his "younger baby brother".
- In No More Heroes 2, before Travis and a remodeled Dr. Letz Shake face off, the doctor insinuates that Henry was previously ranked first in the UAA before Travis took the title. Given the events of the first game, it is likely that this happened before Travis ever considered climbing the ranks himself, as his face-off against Henry was an unofficial battle that took place long after Travis already claimed the ranking for himself. Moreover, the first rank was held by Dark Star (and later Jeane, albeit briefly) when Travis took the mantle.
- Henry being frozen in carbonite is probably a nod to Star Wars.
- In No More Heroes 2, after Henry battled Mimmy, he killed the next three assassins the UAA and gets Travis to rank 5th, however the most recent assassin Travis beat was Ryuji and got to rank 7th in the UAA.
- In No More Heroes 2 Henry claims that he is the star of the game.
- On the website for No More Heroes 2 it claims Henry has a habit of leaving really long messages on the answering machine.