- "I'LL NEVER GET A DATE NOW!"
- — Brent Ernst's battle cry
Before the zombie outbreak in Fortune City, he worked as the mascot Slappy for Kids' Choice Clothing. Slappy rolls around on oversized rollerskates, wielding dual Flamethrowers and a Fire Spitter when stationary which is explosive, and will knock Chuck down with just splash damage.
Everyone Knows SlappyEdit
Dead Rising 2Edit
Before the outbreak, Brent was going to go on a first date with Louise Jameson, a fellow mascot performer who worked with Brent. However, Louise was killed by zombies during the initial outbreak. As a result, Brent now stalks Fortune City to find the alleged person who caused the outbreak. Brent encounters Chuck and blames him for the outbreak, as seen on TV. Chuck tells him he didn't do it and that he shouldn't believe everything he sees on TV. Chuck tries to walk away, but Brent stalks him, prompting Chuck to ask if he's okay and if he needs something. Brent faces him and tells him of how the zombies tore Louise apart just when they were about to go on their first date. Blaming Chuck for what happened, he attacks him with a pair of flamethrowers. After he is defeated, he crawls to Louise's body, cuddles up to her and appears to die, only to sit up a few seconds later and shout, "Don't worry, kids! Slappy will live forever!" before finally dying.
Dead Rising 2: Off the RecordEdit
Frank finds Louise Jameson dead in front of Kids' Choice Clothing and is confronted by Brent Ernst in his Slappy costume. Brent tells Frank he's seen him on TV and knows he is good at "fixing things", (showing that he is more cut off from the reality in this game). But Frank dismisses Brent and suggests that he bring Brent to the Safe House. Seeing that Frank is "refusing to fix Louise", he becomes enraged and accuses Frank of liking the outbreak so he can take pictures. He then takes out his flamethrowers and begins to attack Frank.
After he is defeated, he crawls to Louise's corpse and proclaims that they will all be fixed in the "toy box in the sky". He does the same thing as the original game by sitting up a few seconds later and shouting, "Don't worry, kids! Slappy will live forever!" before finally dying.
Brent is one of the crazed survivors Frank can fight in Sandbox Mode. He will prowl around Palisades Mall like he does in Story Mode. Once defeated he drops his weapon and $25,000.
Dead Rising 3Edit
While Brent does not make an appearance in Dead Rising 3, Slappy is referenced several times:
- In a toy store named Slappy's Ultimate Playhouse as well as the family restaurant Slappy's Fun Food Shack. Several references to Louise can be found at these locations as well.
- The Fireworks Van has a giant Slappy face on the hood.
- The Party Van is Slappy themed and has a giant Slappy head on the roof. It can be combined with a Street Cleaner to create the Party Slapper.
- Slappy's face appears on the shoulders of the Football Jersey located inside SporTrance in Central City.
For battle style and tactics, see Everyone Knows Slappy.
- Brent makes a cameo on the home page for the Dead Rising 2 website, located between Stacey and Chuck.
- Brent bears some similarities with Paul Carson from Dead Rising, both being socially awkward teenagers that attempt to take disproportionate revenge for any perceived slight against them. Both of them also wield fire-based weapons. He also shares similarities with Adam MacIntyre, both being children's entertainers in outlandish costumes who use fire attacks. They also both carry two weapons; while Adam carries two melee weapons, Brent is also the only psychopath to carry two ranged weapons. His death scene is similar to Steven Chapman's, as both seem dead but pop back up to give one last statement.
- Not counting Snowflake the Tiger, Brent is the youngest psychopath in the series at just 18 years old.
- Brent shares the name with a producer of Blue Castle Games named Brent Arnst.
- When Brent does his charging attack, it is possible to "fly" out of the area. If Chuck jumps off the railing while Brent is firing on both sides, Chuck may ascend upwards and out of the area while having the "fallback" animation. There is no way to go back down, leaving the only option to restart from last save.
- Brent has two different death animations: If Chuck/Frank kills him while he is standing up, he will spin around and fall to the ground. If Chuck/Frank kills him while he is sitting down, he will try to get back up, only to humorously trip and fall down again.
- Brent is one of the few Psychopaths that uses a Combo Weapon.
- His boss theme called Mascot, is set to be on the Dead Rising 2 Soundtrack.
- During the fight, Slappy will drop toy spitball guns and water guns. Spitball guns do damage, while water guns (as well as fire extinguishers) cause his weapons to fizzle, and while he's drying himself off, Chuck/Frank can attack him.
- Brent is one of the two psychopaths required for the Achievement Tough Guy, the other being Reed Wallbeck.
- During the fight with Brent, he'll sometimes laugh in a manner similar to Death Note protagonist Light Yagami, another character famously voiced by Brent's voice actor, Brad Swaile.
- Brent's appearance looks similar to Big Willy from the video game Destroy All Humans!: Big Willy Unleashed. They both are mascots wearing red overalls and have black hair. They also both have huge grins on their faces.
- Strangely, somewhere between Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 3, Slappy's sponsor changes from Kid's Choice Clothing to Ultimate Playhouse, even though Brent is dead. This could be Kid's Choice Clothing covering up Brent's insanity during the Fortune City outbreak by giving Slappy a new sponsor and actor.
- Possibly, Brent was originally going to be in a Slappy's store in Royal Flush Plaza, but he was "moved" to Palisades Mall's Kids' Choice Clothing. This fact seen in Royal Flush Plaza concept art.
- The mascot Brent is dressed up as was named after Slappy the Living Dummy from the Goosebumps tv series.