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K, also known as Joe, is the main protagonist of Blade Runner 2049. He is a Replicant Blade Runner of the "new batch" from 2049, engineered to be less rebellious than the original Replicants. He is portrayed by Ryan Gosling.
When "retiring" a Rogue Replicant, K finds strange clues that point to a Replicant having conceived a child. Since Replicants are forbidden to procreate, K is ordered to find the child and "retire" it since if word got out about its existence, it could cause a war between humans and Replicants. This makes him feel conflicted since he's never had to retire something that was actually "born". Eventually, he decides to rebel against his superior, going against his programming by letting his better nature shine through. This puts him in the crosshairs of Luv, the ruthless second in command of the corrupt corporation responsible for the "new batch" of Replicant. The Replicant mother turns out to be none other than Rachael, with Rick Deckard being the father. This makes Deckard himself a target of Luv. When Luv manages to capture Deckard, she puts Deckard on a ship to the off-world colonies, most likely to be tortured and killed. K manages to intercept the ship and engages Luv in a knife fight. K manages to kill Luv, but not before being fatally stabbed himself. K reunites Deckard with his daughter before succumbing to his wounds and dying.