Ready Player One

Ready Player One

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Ernest Cline

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Art3mis Character Analysis

Art3mis is one of the most famous gunters in the world. She has a blog called Arty’s Missives, in which she discusses her research into Halliday’s obsessions, and it is through reading this blog that Wade develops a “massive cyber-crush on her.” Unlike most female OASIS users, Art3mis does not choose a super-skinny or “porn-style” body for her avatar, but rather a short, “Rubenesque” figure that reflects her real appearance. Art3mis and Wade develop a close relationship, but when Wade says he’s in love with her Art3mis shies away, insisting that he doesn’t really know her. By the novel’s end, she comes to trust Wade again and is prepared to reignite their relationship. In real life, Art3mis’ name is Samantha. She is a 19-year-old college student studying Creative Writing and Poetry.

Art3mis Quotes in Ready Player One

The Ready Player One quotes below are all either spoken by Art3mis or refer to Art3mis. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of Ready Player One published in 2011.
Level Two: 0017 Quotes

Parzival: I've had a crush on you since before we even met. From reading your blog and watching your POV. I've been cyber-stalking you for years.

Art3mis: But you still don't really know anything about me. Or my real personality.

Parzival: This is the OASIS. We exist as nothing but raw personality in here.

Art3mis: I beg to differ. Everything about our online personas is filtered through our avatars, which allows us to control how we look and sound to others. The OASIS lets you be whoever you want to be. That’s why everyone is addicted to it.

Related Characters: Wade Watts / Parzival (speaker), Art3mis (speaker)
Related Symbols: The OASIS
Page Number: 170-171
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"You don't live in the real world, Z. From what you've told me, I don't think you ever have. You're like me. You live inside this illusion." She motioned to our virtual surroundings. "You can’t possibly know what real love is."

Related Characters: Wade Watts / Parzival (speaker), Art3mis (speaker)
Related Symbols: The OASIS
Page Number: 186
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Art3mis Character Timeline in Ready Player One

The timeline below shows where the character Art3mis appears in Ready Player One. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...webpages, this one called “Arty’s Missives.” It is the blog of a female gunter called Art3mis who is intelligent and funny, and on whom Wade has a “massive cyber-crush.” Art3mis’ avatar... (full context)
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Wade reads Art3mis’ latest post, which is about John Hughes movies. He then opens an instant message window... (full context)
Level One: 0003
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...rich from competing in PvP arena games and is even more of a celebrity than Art3mis. The Basement is an “exclusive hangout” for top-level gunters. Aech’s avatar is a tall and... (full context)
Level One: 0009
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...demands to know who Wade is. As she steps forward, he realizes that it is Art3mis. Wade is speechless, but eventually manages to give a fake name, an obscure quote from... (full context)
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Art3mis observes that Wade looks like “a low-level wimpazoid” and that he’s not being honest with... (full context)
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Wade is charmed by Art3mis, and they both laugh. They introduce themselves, and Wade admits that he is a big... (full context)
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Furious, Art3mis yells that she has been trying to beat Acererak for five weeks, and Wade has... (full context)
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Art3mis asks what Wade will do with Halliday’s fortune if he wins, and Wade replies that... (full context)
Level One: 0010
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...Just as he turns on to Halliday’s streets, he hears a trumpet fanfare and sees Art3mis’ name appear on the Scoreboard. She has received 1,000 fewer points than Wade, presumably because... (full context)
Level One: 0011
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...his avatar now has 110,000 XPs and that he is now at the 20th level. Art3mis remains behind him with 9,000 points. No other avatars are on the Scoreboard. (full context)
Level One: 0012
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Wade sleeps for 12 hours, missing school. He wakes up to find that Art3mis has also cleared the first gate, although she remains 1,000 points behind him. He hears... (full context)
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...First Gate, but only two are from his contacts: one from Aech, and one from Art3mis. Aech insists that Wade call him immediately, which Wade does. Aech exclaims: “Congratu-freak’-lations, man!” He... (full context)
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Wade then opens the email from Art3mis. She thanks him for the tip and says it was “an honor” to meet him.... (full context)
Level One: 0015
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...that he stays on the move and won’t  be found. He suggests that they invite Art3mis, Daito, and Shoto to the Basement that evening, and Wade agrees. (full context)
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...the Basement an hour early. All the news channels are showing the Sixers on Ludus. Art3mis arrives, and admiringly calls the Basement “the coolest chat room I’ve ever seen.” Wade feels... (full context)
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...and he and Shoto log out of the chatroom. Left by themselves, Wade, Aech, and Art3mis agree that they do not actually intend to start an alliance. Art3mis bids them goodbye... (full context)
Level Two: 0017
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The chapter opens with a chat conversation between Wade and Art3mis, who until now has been ignoring Wade because they are competitors and thus “sworn enemies.”... (full context)
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Art3mis tells Wade that she is 19 and studying Poetry and Creative Writing in college. They... (full context)
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Wade starts emailing Art3mis. At first, she doesn’t reply, but after she does they begin corresponding every day, then... (full context)
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...raising the level of his avatar by completing quests, some of which he does with Art3mis. He continues to think about the quatrain, but remains stumped by its meaning. Finally, he... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Wade dreams of meeting Art3mis in real life, and neglects his friendship with Aech. Aech warns that Wade’s relationship with... (full context)
Level Two: 0018
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...spherical, and the lack of gravity means that the dance “floor” is in its center. Art3mis approaches Wade wearing a “gunmetal blue dress” and looking beautiful. Morrow’s avatar, Og, appears in... (full context)
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Wade and Art3mis’ conversation is interrupted by a massive boom erupting overhead. Sixers descend on the club, shooting... (full context)
Level Two: 0020
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Art3mis also has a popular POV channel, Art3mivision. She has also started her own fashion line.... (full context)
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...shift ends, he finds thousands of new emails in his inbox. He immediately realizes that Art3mis has found the Jade Key. (full context)
Level Two: 0021
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After Art3mis finds the Jade Key, the Sixers use the Tablet to establish that she is in... (full context)
Level Two: 0022
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...the quarter has magical properties, but at that moment all he can think of is Art3mis, Aech, and the Jade Key. (full context)
Level Two: 0023
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...time it transforms into a key, and Wade’s score increases by 18,000 points—putting him between Art3mis and Aech. The key is wrapped in silver foil, which Wade removes. The key is... (full context)
Level Two: 0024
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...cleared the Second Gate. Wade begins to have a panic attack. He calls Aech and Art3mis, but can’t get through to either of them. He tries to talk to Max, but... (full context)
Level Two: 0027
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...reached a new, more difficult level, requiring a new approach. He devises a plan, emailing Art3mis, Aech, and Shoto and telling them how to obtain the Crystal Key. He knows that... (full context)
Level Three: 0028
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...occasion. Inside the OASIS he closes his windows, checks the Scoreboard—which remains the same, with Art3mis in first place after having obtained the Crystal Key—and logs out. Wade then deletes Max... (full context)
Level Three: 0030
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...to his flash drive, he finds a folder called “Threat Assessments” featuring information about himself, Art3mis, Aech, Shoto, and Daito. He sees that after he fled to Columbus they lost track... (full context)
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...then opens another folder called “Mission Status.” He reads a memo instructing Sixers to kidnap Art3mis and Shoto, force them to help the Sixers open the final gate, and then kill... (full context)
Level Three: 0031
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Art3mis, Aech, and Shoto have all written to ask Wade where he is. Wade replies to... (full context)
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...Daito and attempted to kill Wade. He also attaches the memo ordering the abduction of Art3mis and Shoto, and a text transcription of his conversation with Sorrento, although he blacks out... (full context)
Level Three: 0032
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Wade checks that Shoto and Art3mis have left their homes for safe locations, and they both confirm that they have. Wade... (full context)
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...“Charity. Hope. Faith.” Sorrento tries reciting them in different languages, to no avail. Suddenly, Wade, Art3mis, Aech, and Shoto exclaim in unison that the words are taken from “Three Is a... (full context)
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...that if the gunters don’t join forces, “the OASIS will fall under IOI’s imperialist rule.” Art3mis is uncertain that the gunters will show up, but Aech is confident that they will.... (full context)
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The team agrees to go ahead with a plan, but Art3mis points out that, in reality, she is currently in Vancouver airport with nowhere to go.... (full context)
Level Three: 0033
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Wade, Art3mis, Aech, and Shoto stare at Morrow in shock. Aech asks how he got there, and... (full context)
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...for a private jet to fly him from Osaka, and has done the same for Art3mis. Morrow knows that Aech is in Pittsburgh, and asks him to pick up Wade in... (full context)
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...from his household help, he has been alone since Kira’s death. He tells them that Art3mis and Shoto have already arrived, but that Art3mis said it would be too distracting for... (full context)
Level Three: 0034
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...by the swarms of avatars standing there. At the entrance of the castle stand Aech, Art3mis, and Shoto, each inside their respective robots. (full context)
Level Three: 0035
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...Sorrento receives the vast majority of gunter fire, but his robot remains undamaged. Aech, Shoto, Art3mis, and Wade all direct their blasts at Sorrento, and Art3mis’ beam weapon disables one of... (full context)
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Aech and Art3mis abandon their robots and head for the castle. Shoto attacks Mechagodzilla, slicing off its right... (full context)
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...Sorrento’s avatar in the process. Wade returns to normal and goes to meet Aech and Art3mis at the castle. They take out their keys and, after Wade declares “three is a... (full context)
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...in OASIS history. Suddenly, Wade hears Aech’s voice, along with that of Morrow, Shoto, and Art3mis. They explain that the Sixers killed every avatar at the battle, including their own army.... (full context)
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Aech, Shoto, and Art3mis all wish Wade well. Artifacts cannot be destroyed by a Cataclyst blast, so Wade is... (full context)
Level Three: 0037
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...before him: the 1980 game Tempest. Wade admits that it’s not his “best game,” and Art3mis chastises him for not realizing that Tempest would feature in the Third Gate, considering that... (full context)
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As Wade is freaking out, Art3mis tells him not to panic. The game was made in 1980 and features a bug... (full context)
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Wade then resurrects the avatars of Aech, Art3mis, and Shoto. Aech and Shoto eagerly log back into the OASIS, but Aech notes that... (full context)
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...to talk to him whenever he is ready. Morrow points Wade in the direction of Art3mis, telling him that she inside a labyrinth but that it would be easy for him... (full context)
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Art3mis asks what they’re going to do now, and Wade says they are going to solve... (full context)