The Cole Train isn't a stereotype says Cliff Bleszinski
It’s not uncommon to hear Gears referred to as a hodgepodge of racial stereotypes, especially when speaking of the boisterous Augustus “Cole Train” Cole. Cliff Bleszinski, lead designer behind Gears 3, takes exception to that thinking, though–Cole isn’t a stereotype at all, he says.
“And those of you citing Cole as some bad stereotype – guys, that’s just Lester being Lester. We introduced Jace as a more laid back character as a contrast to Cole’s enthusiasm (which, after playing his sequence, is his way of overcompensating for not being the centre of the universe and having to risk his neck for a can of beans now along with some aches and pains).”
Lester Speight, for those of you that don’t know, is the voice actor and inspiration behind the Cole Train. Speight used to be a football player for Morgan State University, who is especially famed for his hilarious Terry Tate commercials for Reebok.
Personally, I’m not particularly concerned over whether Cole is a stereotype inasmuch as I am concerned about his mental health, if the Thrashball section of Gears 3 is anything to go by.