Now before you get hyped, this is not an analysis of whether or not Tabitha Pang would win in a fight against Faith Connors. The two would very seldom have any reason to fight each other, based on their individual moral codes. If anything, they'd team up more often than not.
Many have told me that the two characters are similar, even though I didn't design Tabitha with Faith in mind. But are they equal in their values? No, not entirely.
For purposes of this analysis, I'm looking at the Catalyst version of Faith, not the original from 2008. Although, they are 90% similar.
What do they fight for?
Let's start with Tabitha.
Tabitha was spared from some of the other displaced Marlquaanite baddies sent to Mansfield Juvenile by Maurice, who briefly hijacked the facility while she was asleep and personally threatened Rappaccini - thus putting the entire Chrome Kite panel of usurpers that had seized control of Arkansas on notice. The Chrome Kite established a legion of armed mercenaries called the Mercury Troops (dubbed "Hogs" by Swappernetters due to their large size and since Hg is the symbol for mercury.) These were put in charge of destroying churches wherever they found them, lest the Chrome Kite should ever risk religious opposition to their revolution. They were also put in charge of the torture and murder of ministers in Arkansas - since redubbed Arkonia.
While they were restricted in what all they could do, citing Volition Dilemma's requirements, Maurice and Cherinob made it clear whenever they did interfere with Hog operations that MPF generators had no effect on them. They made no claim whatsoever that they were powered by the Marlquaan either, and most of the Hogs who didn't die fighting them either went mad from viewing them, or committed suicide later.
It raised suspicion in Tabitha's mind that they were angels. When Tabitha is later saved by Cherinob from the demon Frotchimar, and hears words of "another Earth," she is convinced that her mother was right to tell her about Abrujan and the Abdygalis. She becomes that much more aware of the Multiverse, and that she is merely in a "red-lit" version of her world that the Percolation Wave cannot access. However, the limitations of the Percolation Wave would have no effect on angels, as they come from a God whose power far exceeds the Abdgalis and the by-products of its destruction.
Tabitha was raised to be very conservative and highly religious, and was homeschooled most of her life. These events essentially proved to her that her religious views were, in fact, the truth about her world. She has a keen awareness of Volition Dilemma and Vocational Destiny, due to her mother instilling these values in her. She used to be an avid listener of Bradlee Dean's Sons of Liberty podcasts, and was also part of the debate club in her homeschooling association at one point. Having the Gray Champion himself living in her home with her also contributed heavily to her overall worldview.
That worldview places duty to God as the highest priority, and implied duty to family and neighbors second. And through it, duty to self. However, the imperative to which it must be enforced, and how, must vary by degrees depending on the issue. And that Volition Dilemma and Vocational Destiny may both be honored, some of the less critical issues must be up to individual choice.
For this reason, a society that does legislate morality, but only within reasonable and scriptural confines, and only to the minimum, is the best kind of society, according to Tabitha.
She is also an avid believer, just as much as her mother and her friend Candi McArthur (Ciem) are, that there are Two Governances.
The difference between this and the "Two Kingdoms" doctrine often heard in modern American churches can best be spelled out as the difference between Martin Luther and Adolph Hitler on interpretation of the subject. I'll summarize it here, but you can read Lutherans Against Hitler by Lowell Green for a more thorough breakdown of the history and theology behind it.
The gist is this: Under Luther's postulation, which seems pretty consistent with what Paul and other Old and New Testament writers frequently spelled out or implied, the Heavenly Governance must always trump all legal and moral law. (Acts 5:29) It is the primary function of the Earthly Governance (any given man-operated government) to enforce what the Heavenly Governance has decreed, and to write laws of man that are consistent with its precepts, and able to apply said laws and enforce them in ways that are practical to a given civilization for purposes of maintaining the harmonious balance of justice and mercy. Which must be maintained to maximize the salvation potential of souls, and the existential continuation of said civilization.
However, as a check against corruption, the offices of church and state are to remain distinct, yet united in main purpose of existence. There are three tiers of law that matter, according to Richard J. Maybury as well: manners, sins, and tort. (Ancient Rome: How it Affects You Today)
There is the family to learn manners, the church to guide individuals in faith and the Spirit to overcome the omnipresent and persistent problem of sin, and law enforcers to deal with tort (forceful offenses.)
Also under Maybury is the Juris Naturalist principle of the function of human law:
1. Do all you have agreed to do (unless God forbids it)
2. Do not encroach on another nor their property (unless indisputably warranted, preferably with a scriptural defense that would uphold as sound in a court of law)
Of all human institutions, government is the most frequent violator of these two laws, repeatedly breaching its own contracts with citizens or even itself, and also repeatedly looking for lesser standards of justification to encroach on others and / or their property - assuming bothering with a justification at all.
The entire purpose of constitutional law, is to restrain government's ability to haphazardly run roughshod over the Two Laws without consequence.
Therefore, a Theonomic (note: NOT "theocratic"!) Juris Naturalist Republic is considered the most optimal possible government, in Tabby's worldview.
Theonomy means the faith influences how laws and policies are written. Yet, laws of the state are not identical to policies of the church. Such that it is possible to forfeit membership of a congregation, and not be in violation of the law. Theocracies, such as Iran, insist that there really is no difference. To question Muhammad in Iran is the same as committing treason against the state.
This was the original concept of Separation of Church and State, long before the US Supreme Court of 1963 re-defined that term to mean that only Secular Humanism can dictate public thinking and law, and that Christianity must necessarily exist in a cultural bubble. (Which makes Secular Humanism the new church, and logically defeats the very concept of separation!)
Therefore, any government which would run a system that runs afoul of the above-stated principles, is therefore an illegal, illegitimate, and unlawful usurper. An enemy to all mankind, to say nothing of God. And its laws that run afoul of God, of basic logic, of all practicality, and that are otherwise perverse to boot, are not really laws at all. Hence, St. Augustine's famous maxim of Lex iniusta non est lex. Which has been cited by Martin Luther King, Thomas Aquinas, Jon Finnis, and others. It is implicit in the works of America's founders too.
This was the rationale behind "Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God," often attributed to Jefferson and Franklin. There is a key note in that they use the word "resist," rather than "rebel." The word "rebel" was often associated with rejection of observable reality and truth by definition, usually spitefully and irrationally. Thus, it was associated with rebellion against God, or sin, the very thing a tyrant is guilty of. "Resistance" carried no such automatic connotation.
So to Tabby, resisting the Chrome Kite is an existential and moral imperative, because they threaten the Vocational Destiny, the very purpose, of all human existence.
The Chrome Kite is a puppet organization, one that was set up by the Society of the Icy Finger. The Icy Finger believes in cold, iron-fisted rule by an oligarchy over all the masses. Of man's laws superceding God's laws, of God being overthrown, of the Second Babel arising, of mixing the Marlquaan with dark sorcery to achieve its goals, and of re-creating the Abdygalis to eventually secure rule of the entire multiverse, fused into a single Earth, with their leader as the new supreme god.
There is no guarantee that this new god could even end all pain and suffering. Only that it would be control for control's sake, overthrowing the old God purely for the sake of it. Spiteful tyrannical rule without end.
This view is shared by some of the Xomian overlords in the Dromedeverse, as well as being adopted by Gwirdon society in the EccentriaVerse. Even in the Gerosha universe, the Hebbleskin Gang has shades of this view. Yet, the Hebbleskins seldom looked at the big picture of it. The Earth-scattered Hebbleskin factions mostly just wanted power on Earth for themselves, and complete license for their sexual perversions. The Icy Finger was seldom so small-minded.
The Chrome Kite was specifically put in charge of taking over Arkansas for the greater purpose, with eventual plans to claim all of Toklisana. Then, Chimerica. And after Halal Affadidah's Ameristan inevitably collapsed, they'd conquer that too. First, America would be reborn as an Icy Finger nation. And then, the world. And then, all of Phaeleel and Metheel would fall. And then: the multiverse.
Why Arkansas? It was the last place that their greatest foe, the Gray Champion, had taken up presence and residence. They'd warred against all he symbolized for over 400 years, manipulating history behind the scenes to that end. Step one to their moral high ground was defeating the Gray Champion - starting with erasing his legacy. And if his legacy were moved to Arkansas, then that state had to be the first to be targeted.
Tabitha's counter-revolution, to overthrow the Chrome Kite in ways large and small, is really a religious war. Yet, the Chrome Kite's satanic goals are equally religious in nature. So they cannot sell themselves well with blind secularists who can claim that religion is ever somehow "not a part of it." The Twirlflame Trio, Swappernetter society in general, and all their allies are engulfed in a spiritual war with the forces that the Chrome Kite are allied with, no matter what anyone says or does to deny that they too are a part of said spiritual war.
Due to Volition Dilemma's rules, Tabby realizes she cannot forcibly convert anyone. (Though, she pities those who can plainly see what Cherinob and Maurice are, and still refuse to believe.)
However, she does want to establish the sort of society wherein which those who do not believe as the Chrome Kite does are able to believe otherwise without fear of oppression, suppression, or genocidal extermination. If the Chrome Kite must be eradicated, even vaporized, that all other groups might live, so that her own might live, then so be it.
The other view that has crept into many churches is Hitler's "Two Kingdoms" perversion of Luther's model. "You can be a good Christian on Sunday, but you must be a good German the other six days of the week. And we will tell you how." This is consistent with the doublethink and compartmentalized morality of many liberal US churches of today, and was also how the Calvinists under Hitler could be so complicit with the targeting and eradication of Jews.
For more on this, and Hitler's twisted theology, read Hitler's Religion: The Twisted Beliefs that Drove the Third Reich by Richard Weikart.
That is also the perverse thinking upon which "Separation of church and state" was re-defined by the US Supreme Court, and also became the motivation behind much of the current ACLU's positions. Leading to everything from Roe v. Wade to the War on Christmas. And it only gets worse from there.
What does all of this mean for Tabby?
Tabby's cause is a complex one, rooted in known social science and well-grounded religious conviction, backed up by the strange visitations she's encountered. As such, she fights for liberty (defined as freedom to do what God's law permits) more for the purpose of serving what she views as the higher good, than out of any sort of self-serving desire. She realizes that a free-ish society has a better chance than any oligarchy or dictatorship of serving those higher goals. Therefore, she seeks to eradicate the Chrome Kite for that very reason. Abstract principles guide her processes, though she does still care greatly for the well-being of others on a personal side.
However, this also means that she feels no sense of contradiction in sacrificing her own freedom, if that becomes necessary to achieving her plans. She mainly resists arrest when being chased, since most of the time in pursuing her goals requires her to be free and on the streets to see to it that said goals are achieved. Geoff Throba, the police chief, understands Tabby's views and psychology very well, and therefore only has his men pursue her when his superiors insist upon it. He goes to pains to minimize the use of deadly force on her, and to restrict his own men whenever possible.
As such, Tabby respects Throba back by using minimal force against his officers when evading arrest.
She doesn't despise all authority by any stretch, nor does she hold contempt for offices existing. But she does hold contempt for the individuals who abuse said offices - and passionate hatred for the lies and excuses with which they seek to justify said abuses.
Her attitude is not: "F* you, world, society, and everything." Her attitude is: "The have gone too far. Restoring what is right and what was lost is something I simply must do now. Regardless the risk to myself."
Much of Swappernetter society hold similar views to Tabby's, hence why her closest couriers in the Twirlflame Trio tend to show undying loyalty toward her even when tested again and again. Though she is more loyal to the cause of the Sodality of Gerosha and Sodality Church that preceded the Twirlflame Trio, she does seek to look out for her new Swappernetter friends; and reward their loyalty by showing it back.
However, she is aware that the government's betrayal of the Sodality has undermined her. She didn't ask to be labeled a criminal, yet was declared one anyway via guilt by association. Her mother was best friends with the Gray Champion, and the Chrome Kite could not let that slide. Her ignorance regarding Marlquaanite ruby sales under the Kirby Act and Beliah Amendments proved to be her downfall, leading to her getting 3 years in prison. Again, she only wanted to keep power out of the wrong hands. Screwworm terrorists were chasing her, and could not be allowed to have what she possessed. It was never her intention to break the law to that degree. Yet, she did her time, then set out to do as she believed was right as soon as she was released.
Because of this, she is "high-profile." She knows that at any given time, she may have to sacrifice her own freedom to protect other Swappernetters. She's willing to consider it at least twice, first when she tries to get Throba to warn Arbini about Bliksemhek, and then again when she becomes part of Exodus Agenda 2.0. The survivors flock behind a reconstituted Toklisana purged of Icy Finger influence, as well as a reformed SCALLOP. Tabby not only takes responsibility for Bliksemhek's madness, but even agrees to do Tobias and Sarah's time when they decide to escape from SCALLOP's oversight and help rebuild Arkansas with the Chrome Kite gone.
Tabby's sacrifice also came with the bonus of her mother and Audra getting their museum back. She allowed most of her friends to get back what was theirs, in exchange for 2 years at SWCC. As a further reward, her grateful friends and family - and residents of Arkansas no longer under Chrome Kite oppression - donate to her college fund. So when she gets out of SWCC, she can go to nursing school right away and get that job as a nurse she always originally wanted. Yet, the Swappernetter in her never completely goes away, just because she retires from her old courier life. She keeps watch over other, younger Swappernetters in her spare time.
While she loves her own freedom, she is willing to give it up if she believes the greater good is served by doing so. She isn't selfish about preserving it. And her attitude is rewarded in the long run.
Now, let's look at Faith
Faith is never explained by developers of her game to have ever been given anywhere near as complex a foundation for her beliefs as what Tabitha has been given. While Cherinob is usually aiding a very different world, and Maurice has a bare minimal number of appearances, this is still more supernatural aid revealing itself to Tabby than what Faith is ever allowed to see. Meaning, Faith may not have much faith in anything higher, yet she believes more blindly; since Tabby was at least allowed to see more evidence of what she believes in.
Tabby also grew up with the Gray Champion himself in her living room, which almost counts as supernatural aid. Faith was given no such privilege. Her father's words on what freedom were tend to rank somewhere between a civil libertarian worldview and an anarchist worldview. Tabby's classic Christianity-informed juris naturalism is quite a distant cousin to this more humanistic view espoused by Martin Connors. It stands out in contrast to KrugerSec, because KrugerSec has a pessimistic humanistic view while Martin Connors preached an optimistic humanistic view.
When Tabby was released from prison the first time, she only returned to a life of "crime" for three reasons: 1) The Chrome Kite made it literally impossible due to her restrictions being loaded with catch-22s, 2) They posed a moral challenge to all who view the world as she does. 3) Their style of unjust rule posed an existential threat to everyone Tabby cared about. When private devotions are met with tank rockets to the living room window, Bonhoeffer's admonition rings all too true: "To not speak is to speak. To not act is to act. To refuse to address such a great evil, is itself evil."
When Faith is released, her motives for returning to "crime" appear to be much more selfish. She isn't trying to serve some higher good. She is not shown believing in any sort of higher deity ordaining anything pertaining to her cause, and she seems to carry on much of her crusade purely because she wants to get even with the jerks that killed her father and brainwashed her sister. Her returning of that vial to Celeste appears to be purely a way of proving that she isn't completely acting on selfishness. Yet, an abstract seeking of doing what's right doesn't really register with her either. She simply fears having to live with the consequences of Celeste dying and feeling betrayed. So even in her self-lessness, she's selfish!
Tabby agreed to be arrested when SCALLOP was after her, only because it suited the higher cause. Yet, she knew after the destruction of SJCC that going on the run would be unwise, and turned herself in. Tobias was more like Faith, and seized freedom the first chance he got to have a taste of it. Tabby knew what would happen more or less either way. So ironically, Tabby has more faith than the girl named Faith!
This also reflects in her demeanor with pretty much everyone. Her body gestures are more defiant than Tabby's. Her anger boils over more than Tabby's does. She takes risks Tabby doesn't, and won't take others that Tabby does. Her friends are less trustworthy and are more cynical too, as a consequence. So she has to fear constant betrayal. Also, she is unable to establish the rapport with anyone in law enforcement that Tabby does with Throba. As a consequence, police shoot to kill. This also means that when stopping police, Faith is less nice about it. Shooting them with their own guns, kicking them in the crotch and knocking them off buildings to fall to their doom? No big deal. Tabby would use her power to give them Charley horses, and then keep fleeing. She'd even save the lives of some police chasing her, if those police put themselves in too much danger!
There isn't the constant dance of "police didn't catch her? Send in the Microwave Mouth Corps! Send the Hogs! Send in Sicklesaw! Send in the Stagtar Drones!!!" Kruger doesn't go engineering supervillains as backup police. What would the point of that even be? The Pursuit Cops are the closest Kruger would ever get to the Icy Finger's level of insanity. Besides: who in their right mind would want Microwave Mouth for a minion? That's like trying to force the Extremis thugs that served Killian in Iron Man 3 to work for your regime! Good luck containing them if they ever betray you for any reason!
A side issue: Tabby has some Marlquaan bond to run faster and generate more heat, and take more heat. But she has to be careful about how that ability is used! MPF generators scan the landscape like cameras do in Kruger's domain. Meaning, an overconfident Tabby would be reduced to a paperclip in Arbini's field of magnets. What's worse? Being seen everywhere, or becoming the fly in the metaphorical flypaper? It's easy to see why she gets the Sodality's help to disarm the MPF generators across the entire state. And even more understandable why she'd get Ciem to help: because when Candi was Tabby's age, she disabled a few in order to thwart an Icy Finger takeover of Evansville!
Tabby would be very upset having to adapt to Faith's world, as Faith's "friends" are far less trustworthy and she'd be far more irritated by the police chasing her with deadly force. However, she'd be able to use her full power to do Faith's job, knowing that there are no MPF generators in that world. "The Tug" wouldn't exist. Yet, separated so much from those she cares most about, Tabby would feel morally defeated.
If she ran into some "Blues" willing to detain and discuss rather than assume and shoot first, she'd most likely surrender in an effort to acquire information about where she was. She can tolerate a night in jail, just as long as she gets the information she wants and knows where the Percolation Wave dumped her. (This would have to be the Earth-G7.2.1 Tabby, as the G7.0 version is red-lit to the Wave.)
She'd probably break out as soon as she heard wind of something worthy of breaking out over. She'd join the Runners, but reluctantly. Her prime focus would be on finding a way to her own world. But if Kruger gave her enough needless trouble, she'd find a way to punish him for it.
Faith would be far less functional in Tabby's world. She'd be slower, sure. But she's also be much more cocky. She'd have a hard time getting all the Swappernetters to fully accept her into their fold, given small differences in their beliefs. She'd try to get by without them, or have trouble accepting them for the same reason. She'd feel very little moral defeat at being separated from her group, as Tabby would be very frustrated in a similar situation.
Faith would probably snap at someone as obnoxious as Erica too, and would feel less remorse about doing to Erica what Tabby does to her. When Erica is reincarnated as Bliksemhek and goes on a mad killing spree, Faith would be less likely to blame any of it on herself. Tabby learns of how Erica can make herself more powerful once a powerful storm hits, derivative of a hurricane headed for Louisiana. Seeing Erica already empower herself with a lesser storm and destroy an entire city, Tabby decides that she and her enemies need to put differences aside and order an evacuation, in order to stop Erica. Erica has, by this time, become an expert and getting past the MPF generators, allowing her free reign where most similar Marlquaanites would be in suspended animation in seconds.
Tabby is willing to let Throba arrest her, so she can make an appeal to Arbini to order an evacuation before it happens. However, Erica kills Throba and almost Tabby too, negating the arrest. Only some additional Swappernetters endangering their lives to make a scene and thwart Erica's assassination attempt manages to also foil Erica's attempt to frame Tabby for Throba's murder. After this, Tabby goes to Clamdor to get him to warn Arbini of the need to order evacuations. She makes sure he knows whose authority she really respects, when she doesn't let Clamdor arrest her. However, she does warn him to warn Arbini, realizing the orthonoid won't listen to a Swappernetter. Clamdor sends Sicklesaw after Tabby, but she defeats him and escapes.
The plan doesn't pay off: Arbini is dismissive of the threat, and encourages civilians to stay put. Unable to defeat Erica in a fight, even with help from her friends, Tabby and company instead focus efforts on aiding potential targets from being in harm's way in the first place - thus, morally defeating Erica. Ultimately, Erica meets her match in the form of Extirwraith.
It's hard to believe Faith would have had Tabby's courage. Faith would have gone to Clamdor directly, and probably lost her head to Sicklesaw. Even then, she would rather let Bliksemhek and the regime kill anyone, then flee to start over in another state, rather than steal plans for another nation's military to digest only to be thrown in prison as a reward.
It's hard to say if she would've survived in Ameristan as Tabby did either. For starters, Shaniqua Tamery would not have known nor cared as much about Faith, and would not have gotten there in time to prevent the gunshot-to-head execution that almost claimed Tabby's life. She also would not have known what Affadidah's treatments did to his men, or that they weren't technically actual zombies. Even for Tabby's role model Candi, the journey to flee Ameristan nearly proved fatal. Faith...would probably have died. Even if Shaniqua came to her aid, that's no guarantee she'd make the right decisions to survive.
Tabby and Faith have important differences in what they believe virtue is, and what freedom is, and how the two relate, even if they appear similar on the surface. This also reflects in how they treat the law enforcement types that are sent to capture and / or kill them, as well as how they acquire information, how they handle dissidents in their own camp, how they evade capture, and even at times, IF they avoid capture. And if captured, then how. The way they'd handle Bliksemhek, and who would survive as a result, would also differ.
Therefore, it'd be dangerous to confuse the two of them, or say one inspired the creation of the other. Even the tattoos they get, and where, reveal differing priorities. Faith lives for the thrill of life on the edge. Tabby just wants to get the job done, so her loved ones can get their lives back. It's sometimes fun, but being united with loved ones is where her real joy lies. She has a plan for what to do with her life when life on the edge is over. Faith has no plan. Tabby would never get an eye tattoo. Her arm ones were merely to prove a point to herself about how strong she could be, and don't symbolize anything else in particular. She covers them up in public, while Faith reveals hers.
One may look at their similar settings, similar enemies, similar allies, similar reliance on cityscapes and comms, similar genetics, similar juvie sentences, similar affections for wearing red and black, and assume they're the same. Yet, what really matters is always in the details. Beneath the similar facades, they are simply made of different stuff.