|“||"It is on!" Aech shouted into his comlink. "it is on like Red Dawn!"||„|
Helen Harris (aka) Aech is the supporting protagonist and a gunter whose best friends with Wade Watts (aka) Parzival to the OASIS.
She was portrayed by Lena Waithe, in her major film debut.
Aech (pronounced as the letter 'H') is the main character in Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. Aech has been Wade's best friend for years, although the two didn't meet in-person until much later. Wade claims that they've always shared a great connection. In the beginning, it is clear that Wade and Aech shared many interests — movies, music, video games, and the hunt for Halliday's egg.
Their shared quest for Halliday's egg brought about friendly competition. Aech and Wade would spend their time together discussing pop culture, Almanac findings, the hunt, and girls.
He also attended OASIS public school, at OPS #1172.
In the real world, Aech is a heavy-set African-American named Helen Harris. Helen uses a Caucasian male appearance and voice for her OASIS avatar in order to be more easily respected by her peers.
Within the OASIS, Aech is a PvP (player versus player), a competitor. In the movie, Aech is also a builder and a repair guy who people pay a ton of money. Wade notes that his friend is one of the highest ranked members in both the Deathmatch league and the Capture the Flag league, making a "quite a bit of dough" in the process. This partially explains how Aech is able to afford the large chatroom, the Basement. It is also mentioned, at the beginning of the novel, that Aech is more famous than Art3mis.
In the book, Aech's avatar is a tall, broad-shouldered Caucasian male with dark hair and brown eyes. Wade once asked Aech if this avatar represented a real-life appearance; Aech responded by saying: "Yes. But in real life, I'm even more handsome."
In the film, Aech's avatar is a cyborg orc that wields Mater Chief's gun.
Helen, or Aech, is an intellectual, dedicated individual. This can be observed by their highly competitive ranking within the OASIS, their "elite" knowledge of video games and pop culture that rival Wade's, and their long-term hunt for Halliday's egg. They also appear to be quick-witted and humorous. This is demonstrated by their exchanges with I-R0k and Wade in the Basement.
|“|| Parzival: How'd you get here before me?|
Aech: Well, I didn't make a pit stop at the hair salon. What up, Z?
|~ Parzival to Aech.|
|“|| Aech: Yo, Z, is Art3mis pissed at me?|
Parzival: Dude, I'm pissed at you. You've never seen The Shining, have you?
|~ Aech talking about The Shining|
|“|| Aech: I’ve never seen The Shinning. Is it really scary? |
Sho: Uh, I had to watch it through my fingers.
|~ Aech asking Sho he had never seen The Shining.|
|“||That thing is IDing my van.||„|
|~ Wade to Helen seeing her van IDing.|
|“|| Aech: [Discussing Parzival's upcoming date with Art3mis] Z, you gotta be more careful about who you meet out on the OASIS.|
Parzival: Aech, Art3mis gets me. She'll get my outfit, there's just this connection. I mean, sometimes, we even...
|~ Aech talking to Wade about his 300 pound dude named chuck.|
|“|| Parzival: Aech! What the hell is going on?|
Aech: Just practicing Mario Kart. What do you think? IOI trying to kill us man!
|~ Helen to Wade|