Where do you think you're goin'?
— Malick to Joel
Background & Early LifeEdit
Nothing is known about Malick prior to the events of the cordyceps brain infection pandemic. He appears to be in his mid to late 20's, indicating that he would have only been a child when the virus broke out.
Events of The Last of UsEdit
In The Last of Us, Malick lives in the Boston slums outside of the quarantine zone. Not much is known about him except that he is an old acquaintance of Tess. He appears to be a smuggler or guard in the slums, mainly preventing others from reaching Robert's warehouse in Area 5.
In the Summer of 2033, he notices a stranger, Joel, trying to pass through the slums to the warehouse. He blocks Joel's path, causing Joel to consider fighting him. However, Tess arrives and simply tells him to sit down. He sheepishly does so, allowing Joel passage, with Tess mentioning that he is an "old headache."
Design and AppearanceEdit
Malick is a Caucasian who appears to be in his mid to late 20's and has brown hair and light stubble. He wears a very dark grey or black baseball cap, and a dark grey shirt with a ragged, dirty white hoodie over it.
Malick and Tess are old acquaintances of each other. When he stands up and confronts Joel, Tess demands him to sit back down, which he sheepishly does so. This can indicate that Malick is familiar with Tess and her brutal, demanding reputation. After the confrontation, Tess mentions that he is an "old headache", implying he and Tess may not have worked well together or had some sort of relationship in the past that ended poorly.
As Joel and Tess make their way through the Boston slums to confront Robert, Malick stands up and stops in front of Joel, implying he isn't afraid to fight the man off if need be. He asks "Where do you think you're goin'?" in a harsh, demanding tone, suggesting he is not fond of strangers passing through the slums and perhaps has been hired to protect those near the warehouse entrance from unwanted guests.
- Malick: Where do you think you're goin'?
- Tess: Malick. Sit back down.
- Malick: Oh, sorry, Tess. Didn't realize you two were together. Go ahead.