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"In the OASIS, you could become whomever and whatever you wanted to be, without ever revealing your true identity, because your anonymity was guarenteed."

Wade Watts in Chapter 5


Wade Owen Watts (born August 12, 2026) is the protagonist and narrator of Ernest Cline's novel, Ready Player One. He is a poor orphan from the "stacks" surrounding metropolitan Oklahoma City. Wade names his OASIS character Parzival after Percival, the Arthurian knight famous for his quest for the Holy Grail, and dedicates his life to finding James Halliday's Easter egg.   


Wade was born to a teenage couple, two refugees who met in the stacks. His father, who goes unnamed, was shot to death when Wade was only a few months of age. He was allegedly shot and killed while looting a grocery store during a power outage.

His mother, Loretta, held two full-time positions within the OASIS. She worked as a telemarketer by day, and as a virtual escort by night. It is explained by Wade, that Loretta used the OASIS to babysit him during these work hours; he would play interactive games and learn fundamental skills within the virtual world, beginning his infatuation with technology at a young age.

When Wade was around 11 years old, Loretta died due to her drug addiction. She "shot a bad batch of something into her arm," and Wade found her, listening to music on a MP3 player. After her death, he is forced to live with his aunt Alice, her often abusive boyfriends, and others who rent rooms in his aunt's double-wide trailer. Wade states that she doesn't actually take care of him; the only reason his aunt agreed to take him in was to receive additional food vouchers. He spends very little time in her trailer; he only sleeps and eats there when he must. Most of Wade's waking hours are spent in his secret hideout.

After Wade completed Halliday's Hunt, he became one of the richest people in the world and also gained abilities of Anorak in OASIS world (that included unlimited hit points and cyberpotence).


As Wade WattsEdit

Wade is described as nerdy, heavy, and average looking. It's known he loses weight later on in the novel.

As ParzivalEdit

His appearance is kind a like Dante with the exception of a Thunder Cat's belt.

Personality Edit

Wade is quick-witted and passionate, his dedication to being a gunter by finding the egg fuels his desire to win.