I have reviewed Netrunner card art up to but not including Revised Core to answer the question: “Which runner appears on the most cards?”. I made the following assumptions:
- Digital representations of a runner (For example, Chaos Theory on Exploratory Romp) count as an appearance.
- If someone undefined appears in the art for a specific runner’s console, it is assumed to be that runner (For example, the hand on Mirror).
I did not include official (or unofficial) alt arts in my tallies. This was mainly out of laziness. I would happily accept the data were it given.
Here are my findings. I have meticulously hyperlinked them, which I hope you find to be at least a slight convenience.
1st Most Appearances: Adam (9) and Smoke (9)
Adam is depicted on a lot of Adam cards! He went from 0 to 8 with Data and Destiny, and was depicted on Find the Truth as well.
Smoke, of course, had been popping up in flavor text and card art for years before she finally got her card with Flashpoint cycle, and with it a bunch of other appearances.
3rd Most Appearances: Chaos Theory (8)
Chaos Theory is likely to overtake Adam and Smoke once Revised Core drops, but for now, she is a close third. Interesting pattern to Chaos Theory’s depictions is that half of her appearances are on corp cards. That’s pretty uncommon, as usually runners are depicted being awesome, not being hassled. The dubious distinction is shared with Nasir, who also has half of his four appearances on corp cards.
4th Most Appearances: Gabe, Silhouette, Apex, maybe MaxX (6)
Is Gabe going to climb the ranks of appearances with Revised Core? I don’t know. We do know that his number of attractive appearances is going to go up.
8th Most Appearances: Andromeda, Kit, Reina (5)
I just really hope we keep getting chess cards, y’know?
11th Most Appearances: Noise, Kate, The Professor, Iain, Ken, Nasir, Val (4)
I would like to particularly congratulate myself for picking out Ken on Public Terminal. I am not good at Where’s Waldo books or Magic Eyes or whatever so this is a big deal for me.
I would like to also congratulate Iain Stirling for being the only person on a corp card not being depicted as being hassled at best and exploded at worst.
18th Most Appearances: Whizzard, Leela, Exile, Sunny, Jesminder (3)
RIP Akshara Sareen.
23rd Most Appearances: Quetzal, Edward Kim, Fisk, Hayley, Nero, Omar, Khan, Ayla (2)
A bunch of lusers who only appear on their own dang identity card: Geist, Null, Los, Steve
I ain’t hyperlinking these, you can just take my word that they are on there.
It’s possible Steve is on regular art Brute Force Hack but I don’t think that’s him because that guy doesn’t have a beard. I suppose Steve might have shaved before he did a brute force hack? I know Edward Kim dyed his hair white so maybe weird hair stuff is just a thing runners do before they go Brute Force Hacking idk.
Those are my findings!
What did I miss?
EDIT: 12/1/17: Added Vigil and Clan Vengeance.