Helen Harris (a.k.a.: Aech) is the supporting protagonist and a gunter whose best friends with Wade Watts (a.k.a.: Parzival) to the OASIS.
Aech (pronounced as the letter 'H') is a major 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.
Powers and abilities
Role in the film
Differences from the source material
- While recording Lena Waithe's voice as Aech. It was initially suggested that she lower her voice herself and pretend she was a man, however, it was quickly decided that her voice lost a lot of her personality when she did that so Waithe was allowed to speak her lines naturally and sound editing later dropped her voice by 25% to make her sound male while speaking as Aech.
- In the film, Aech's ride is a custom 1993 Ford Bigfoot #10 monster truck with the roof cut off and windshield half cut for better comfort and view. Bigfoot is also equipped with circular saws for cutting through crashed cars and has an american flag attached to a big flagpole at the rear.