"Don't need any help from Mr what's his face, I am my own man." - The Tramp talking when idle
Actually, the background about the tramp was not worked on during the game or any other official media for Manhunt, but the game manual suggests he was already on another of Starkweather’s snuff films as there’s a movie from Valiant Enterprises named “The Tramp Who Knew Too Much”. But even if it is true, it’s unknown if the tramp really works for Starkweather or if he is just kept as a hostage like Piggsy.
Some comments of the tramp in-game give some hints about his early life up to the player’s interpretation: he appears to really have dislike of bosses or any other person telling him what to do. His comments also show he is alcohol addicted and live begging for money.
Events of ManhuntEdit
In the first moments of Drunk Driving, Lionel Starkweather goes on to tell Cash that he arranged “some company” for him because he “looked lonely” (possibly a reference to the newly-discovered deaths of Cash' s relatives). The director then says the Innocentz locked the said-person in a guarded room nearby, and orders Cash to free him.
After successfully reaching the room, Cash sees that his company is nothing more than a dirty and drunken hobo. Starkweather then orders Cash to take the hobo with him to Carcer Church, as part of the snuff film script. Cash must hide and protect the Tramp from the Innocentz along the path as there are some locked-gates blocking the way and the director will only let Cash proceed if the tramp is with him. When Cash takes the tramp to the old tomb behind the church which has an exit to a street, the scene is cut and later Cash appears already on the underground entrance of the Carcer Chem Factory. Thus, the fate of the tramp is unknown since he is not seen or heard from again. He could have been killed as Starkweather appears to not have any mercy, even for innocent witnesses, or had his life spared as the tramp appears to really not care for what is happening at all.
The Tramp will follow Cash in a fashion very similar to the Journalist, but his AI differs from hers by the fact that the player can leave the tramp behind and take as long as they need to clear the area of Innocentz, making it easier.
When Cash tells the Tramp to stay, he will automatically hide in the nearby shadow and will only leave it when the player orders to do so.
Both the Journalist and Tramp have a life meter shown on the right side of screen, but strangely, unlike the journalist the Tramp also has the life meter of all the hunters who is shown if Cash stares or aim at them. This may hint the tramp was meant to be fought and killed during the game, but it was scrapped, or even that he really was meant to have been the Scarecrow.
- The Tramp is believed to have been Scarecrow in early versions of the game. This would confirm him as Starkweather’s employee, but since Scarecrow was scrapped and appears to not exist at all in the game timeline, this remains unconfirmed.
- If the tramp is killed by the Innocentz, Starkweather may make a short of bizarre and funny comment before the Scene Failed screen: “Cash, baby, you let them kill your friend and you made such a lovely couple. ”
- There are drunken hobos around the town of Bullworth that seem to be modified versions of the tramp, down to the beard, hat, coat, alcohol-problem, and similar standing animation.
- The Tramp model is located in the GLOBAL folder of the game, which could mean that the Tramp was once meant to be a skin accessible with cheats.