History Characters / CallOfDutyBlackOps

13th Nov '16 11:23:16 AM DustSnitch
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* {{Badass}}: A SOG and later Special Activities Division agent who can destroy entire facilities by himself.



* {{Badass}}: Oh yes he is. [[spoiler: Black Ops 2 implies that he actually broke out of prison and rescued himself.]]



* GeniusBruiser: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGISARYmNe8 This video]] by Woods' voice actor shows that [[spoiler:using an elevated platform as a makeshift grenade sump to survive Kravchenko's TakingYouWithMe]] was an incredibly intelligent and {{Badass}} move on his part.

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* GeniusBruiser: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGISARYmNe8 This video]] by Woods' voice actor shows that [[spoiler:using an elevated platform as a makeshift grenade sump to survive Kravchenko's TakingYouWithMe]] was an incredibly intelligent and {{Badass}} move on his part.



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* {{Badass}}: Is just as much of one as he was in ''World at War.''



* {{Badass}}: Like father, like son.



* {{Badass}}: It takes some serious cojones to infiltrate the most dangerous terrorist group in the world.



* {{Badass}}: A more subdued example than his comrades, but he is still a member of Seal Team Six.



** [[spoiler:If you fail to kill [=DeFalco=] and rescue Karma, you'll get a strike force mission where you can save her from a Cordis Die safehouse in Yemen. After releasing Karma, you can assume control of her and kill as many enemy mooks as you want. That's right: despite being a computer nerd, Karma is just as much of a {{Badass}} as the Navy [=SEALs=] who were sent in to save her.]]

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** [[spoiler:If you fail to kill [=DeFalco=] and rescue Karma, you'll get a strike force mission where you can save her from a Cordis Die safehouse in Yemen. After releasing Karma, you can assume control of her and kill as many enemy mooks as you want. That's right: despite being a computer nerd, Karma is just as much of a {{Badass}} badass as the Navy [=SEALs=] who were sent in to save her.]]



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7th Nov '16 6:43:39 AM Gregzilla
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* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: In ''Black Ops 2'', he ends up captured by Menendez and attempts to trick Woods into killing him under the belief that he is actually Menendez. However...]]
** [[spoiler:NotQuiteDead: ...If you shoot Mason in the legs instead of his upper torso and meet all of the requirements for the [[GoldenEnding True Ending]], you will be treated to a secret scene where it turns out he is alive and well, having come to visit Woods and reconcile with his son.]]



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: In ''Black Ops 2'', he ends up captured by Menendez and attempts to trick Woods into killing him under the belief that he is actually Menendez. However...]]
** [[spoiler:NotQuiteDead: ...If you shoot Mason in the legs instead of his upper torso and meet all of the requirements for the [[GoldenEnding True Ending]], you will be treated to a secret scene where it turns out he is alive and well, having come to visit Woods and reconcile with his son.]]



* CharacterDeath: He is one of five characters to die in Black Ops II regardless of the player's actions. And damn does he go out bad.



* KilledOffForReal: He is one of five characters to die in Black Ops II regardless of the player's actions. And damn does he go out bad.



* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:Should you fail to save Karma in the campaign (and thus fail to stop Menendez's cyber-attack) and choose to spare Menendez at the end of the game, he will escape from prison and travel to the Vault, where he kills Woods with Josefina's necklace after he has a small talk with him.]]



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Should you fail to save Karma in the campaign (and thus fail to stop Menendez's cyber-attack) and choose to spare Menendez at the end of the game, he will escape from prison and travel to the Vault, where he kills Woods with Josefina's necklace after he has a small talk with him.]]



* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:Despite surviving his apparent death in the first game, he doesn't get out of Black Ops II without half his head getting blown off by a .45, making him one of five characters in the game to die regardless of the player's actions.]]



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Despite surviving his apparent death in the first game, he doesn't get out of Black Ops II without half his head getting blown off by a .45, making him one of five characters in the game to die regardless of the player's actions.]]



* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:It's up to the player, but [[SadisticChoice he has to die]] in order to get the GoldenEnding. Poor guy.]]



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: It's up to the player, but [[SadisticChoice he has to die]] in order to get the GoldenEnding. Poor guy.]]



* SacrificialLion: The GoldenEnding [[spoiler: requires Harper to die so that Farid maintains his cover and is thus able to save Karma later on.]]

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* SacrificialLion: The GoldenEnding [[spoiler: requires [[spoiler:requires Harper to die so that Farid maintains his cover and is thus able to save Karma later on.]]



* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: If Harper survives "Achilles' Veil," he executes Salazar for his betrayal. If Harper is dead, then Salazar is probably just in jail, as Commander Mason just orders him to be taken out of his sight.]]



* {{Ink Suit Actor}}: Of his voice actor, [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1379641/ Celestin Cornielle]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: If Harper survives "Achilles' Veil," he executes Salazar for his betrayal. If Harper is dead, then Salazar is probably just in jail, as Commander Mason just orders him to be taken out of his sight.]]

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* {{Ink Suit Actor}}: InkSuitActor: Of his voice actor, [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1379641/ Celestin Cornielle]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: If Harper survives "Achilles' Veil," he executes Salazar for his betrayal. If Harper is dead, then Salazar is probably just in jail, as Commander Mason just orders him to be taken out of his sight.]]
Cornielle]].



* CharacterDeath: Either he is [[spoiler: killed by Menendez in "Achilles' Veil" for not killing Harper, or he [[TakingTheBullet dies protecting Karma]] in "Odysseus".]]



* KilledOffForReal: Either he is [[spoiler: killed by Menendez in "Achilles' Veil" for not killing Harper, or he [[TakingTheBullet dies protecting Karma]] in "Odysseus".]]



* KilledOffForReal: Unless [[spoiler: Farid survives, Karma ''will'' die.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: CharacterDeath: Unless [[spoiler: Farid survives, Karma ''will'' die.]]



* CharacterDeath: He is one of five characters to die in the game regardless of the player's actions.



* KilledOffForReal: He is one of five characters to die in the game regardless of the player's actions.



* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: He is one of five characters to die in the game regardless of the player's actions;]] it's possible to kill [=DeFalco=] in the mission "Karma" (making him the first major ''Call of Duty'' antagonist who is possible to kill outside of a cutscene). But if he doesn't die in "Karma," he later shows up in "Odysseus," where [[spoiler:he can be killed by Farid if he is still alive]]. And if he survives ''[[RuleOfThree that,]]'' in "Judgment Day," [[spoiler:he is the last enemy Section kills, aside from the choice to kill Menendez, at the very end of the game.]]



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: He is one of five characters to die in the game regardless of the player's actions;]] it's possible to kill [=DeFalco=] in the mission "Karma" (making him the first major ''Call of Duty'' antagonist who is possible to kill outside of a cutscene). But if he doesn't die in "Karma," he later shows up in "Odysseus," where [[spoiler:he can be killed by Farid if he is still alive]]. And if he survives ''[[RuleOfThree that,]]'' in "Judgment Day," [[spoiler:he is the last enemy Section kills, aside from the choice to kill Menendez, at the very end of the game.]]



* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:If assassinated in the last Strike Force mission.]]



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:If assassinated in the last Strike Force mission.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:If assassinated in the last Strike Force mission.]]
4th Oct '16 3:44:51 AM Wuz
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* ChummyCommies: A sharp contrast is made between Reznov's and his WWII comrades' amiable desire to protect the Soviet Union from harm by the Nazis and Dragovich's ruthless persona that sees even his own men as expandable.

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* ChummyCommies: A sharp contrast is made between Reznov's and his WWII comrades' amiable desire to protect the Soviet Union from harm by the Nazis and Dragovich's ruthless persona that sees even his own men as expandable.expendable.
20th Sep '16 6:21:01 PM Wuz
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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The "Payback" mission.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
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The "Payback" mission.



* DirtyCommunists: Has a deep hatred for "the West." In contrast to Reznov, who cares deeply for his men and wishes only to protect his country from harm, Dragovich sees his men as expendable and only cares to elevate his position within the military and destroy the Soviet Union's enemies through increasingly questionable methods.

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* DirtyCommunists: DirtyCommunists:
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Has a deep hatred for "the West." In contrast to Reznov, who cares deeply for his men and wishes only to protect his country from harm, Dragovich sees his men as expendable and only cares to elevate his position within the military and destroy the Soviet Union's enemies through increasingly questionable methods.



* GreaterScopeVillain: Of ''World at War'', as it was revealed he abandoned Reznov and his platoon for dead at the hands of the Nazis in Stalingrad in the level "Vendetta."

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* GreaterScopeVillain: GreaterScopeVillain:
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Of ''World at War'', as it was revealed he abandoned Reznov and his platoon for dead at the hands of the Nazis in Stalingrad in the level "Vendetta."



* CutsceneBoss: Probably the first aversion in the ''Call of Duty'' series. If you catch up to him fast enough in "Karma", you fight him and two mercs in a normal shootout instead of a scripted cutscene. He's no tougher than a normal enemy, though.

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* CutsceneBoss: CutsceneBoss:
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Probably the first aversion in the ''Call of Duty'' series. If you catch up to him fast enough in "Karma", you fight him and two mercs in a normal shootout instead of a scripted cutscene. He's no tougher than a normal enemy, though.



* TheSociopath: Has no qualms about killing innocents.

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* TheSociopath: TheSociopath:
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Has no qualms about killing innocents.



* BerserkButton:
** [[BigBrotherInstinct You messed with this man's sister? Let's just say that he won't be ver** [[BigBrotherInstinct You messed with this man's sister? Let's just say that he won't be very happy and will happily slit your throat.]]

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* BerserkButton:
** [[BigBrotherInstinct You messed with this man's sister? Let's just say that he won't be ver**
BerserkButton: [[BigBrotherInstinct You messed with this man's sister? Let's just say that he won't be very happy and will happily slit your throat.]]



* FriendlyEnemy: In the '80s missions, Menendez is a hateful, furious man only reigned in by obvious TranquilFury. By the 2025 missions, Menendez is calm and polite and friendly around Mason and Woods, and in the ending where [[spoiler: he lives and escapes]], when he confronts [[spoiler: Woods]], they simply have a short, almost amicable talk before Menendez [[spoiler: slits Woods' throat]], then gently sets the body down on his bed.

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* FriendlyEnemy: FriendlyEnemy:
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In the '80s missions, Menendez is a hateful, furious man only reigned in by obvious TranquilFury. By the 2025 missions, Menendez is calm and polite and friendly around Mason and Woods, and in the ending where [[spoiler: he lives and escapes]], when he confronts [[spoiler: Woods]], they simply have a short, almost amicable talk before Menendez [[spoiler: slits Woods' throat]], then gently sets the body down on his bed.



* {{Leitmotif}}: Noticeably plays during the attendance in "Achilles' Veil", [[spoiler:his playable scene in "Odysseus"]], and [[spoiler:when his videocast plays near the end of "Judgement Day"]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBssWMLDKUE Here it is.]]

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* {{Leitmotif}}: Noticeably plays during the attendance in "Achilles' Veil", [[spoiler:his playable scene in "Odysseus"]], and [[spoiler:when his videocast plays near the end of "Judgement Day"]].
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Day"]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBssWMLDKUE Here it is.]]



* PetTheDog: In "Odysseus", [[spoiler:he has the choice of wounding Admiral Briggs instead of killing him]]. This is [[VideoGameCaringPotential entirely up]] [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential to the player]].

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* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
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In "Odysseus", [[spoiler:he has the choice of wounding Admiral Briggs instead of killing him]]. This is [[VideoGameCaringPotential entirely up]] [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential to the player]].



* ThanatosGambit / TheBadGuyWins: Choosing to [[spoiler: kill him in "Judgment Day" has severe consequences. His followers are sparked into uprising, following the (assassination-triggered) release of Menendez's final video on the Cordis Die YouTube channel... causing worldwide riots, and accomplishing his entire mission.]]

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* ThanatosGambit / TheBadGuyWins: TheBadGuyWins:
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Choosing to [[spoiler: kill him in "Judgment Day" has severe consequences. His followers are sparked into uprising, following the (assassination-triggered) release of Menendez's final video on the Cordis Die YouTube channel... causing worldwide riots, and accomplishing his entire mission.]]



* TragicVillain: ''Very much so''. [[spoiler: This is lampshaded by David Mason where he describes Menendez as "a sad old man" if you decide to spare his life]].
** [[spoiler:The "tragic" part of him is highlighted further in one of the bad endings when he visits his sister's grave]].

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* TragicVillain: ''Very much so''. [[spoiler: This is lampshaded by David Mason where he describes Menendez as "a sad old man" if you decide to spare his life]].
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life]]. [[spoiler:The "tragic" part of him is highlighted further in one of the bad endings when he visits his sister's grave]].



* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Menendez was willing to kill David in "Suffer With Me", despite David only being nine years old at the time. Lucky for David, Jason Hudson volunteered to be the one that Menendez killed.]]

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* WouldHurtAChild: WouldHurtAChild:
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[[spoiler:Menendez was willing to kill David in "Suffer With Me", despite David only being nine years old at the time. Lucky for David, Jason Hudson volunteered to be the one that Menendez killed.]]
20th Sep '16 6:17:48 PM Wuz
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** [[BigBrotherInstinct You messed with this man's sister? Let's just say that he won't be ver

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** [[BigBrotherInstinct You messed with this man's sister? Let's just say that he won't be verver** [[BigBrotherInstinct You messed with this man's sister? Let's just say that he won't be very happy and will happily slit your throat.]]
* TheBerserker: Just play through "Time and Fate". It's really easily to mistake him being on crack, because he just takes bullet after bullet without seeming to notice.
* BigBad: He is, after all, the one behind the widespread hacking of drones and their subsequent attacks on the US and China. His real plan, on the other hand, is to [[spoiler: destroy the drone armies and allow Cordis Die to rise up and finally put the First World on even terms with the downtrodden masses.]]
* TheChessmaster: This guy has a contingency plan for ''everything''.
* CruelMercy:
** David has the choice to [[spoiler: either spare the man or kill him]], in the event he chooses the former option Menendez goes into American custody and rot in a jail cell. David even lampshades it by claiming that he's just "A sad old man talking to himself.", meaning he will have no one's company but his own as he suffers in his defeat. Menendez will have to rot away in a prison cell for the rest of his life knowing that all of his efforts amounted to nothing, and the audience can agree the man deserves it. This cruel mercy can be subverted in the endings where Menendez escapes from prison, or his plans succeed anyway despite his death.
** He gives this to [[spoiler: David Mason as a child, when he kills Hudson right in front of him and manipulates Woods into killing his father, by letting him survive but feel the despair he felt. Menendez refrains from killing David even in the present day, even after David has fulfilled his role as an UnwittingPawn in Menendez's master plan.]]
* CycleOfRevenge: [[spoiler: The CIA killed his father, so he captures Woods and kills the rest of the unit, sticking him in a storage container with the corpses of his men. Due to this traumatic experience, Woods goes berserk with rage during a later mission to capture Menendez; this leads to him chucking a grenade at Menendez, which instead ends up killing his sister Josefina. Josefina's death causes Menendez to seek revenge against Woods and Mason (who shot out his eye); he holds David Mason hostage, kidnaps Hudson, manipulates Woods into killing David's father, and [[CruelMercy lets David survive all of this]] so he would understand Menendez's vision. David grows up to be a Navy SEAL Commander, becomes the key figure in the fight against Menendez's master plan, and after a final confrontation must choose between either executing Menendez or capturing him so he can spend the rest of his life in prison. If David chooses to kill Menendez, Menendez's death serves as the catalyst for the uprising of the 99%, leading to the fall of the First World. The only way to stop Menendez is to break the Cycle of Revenge and capture him alive.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: He grew up in the war, his family lost everything in an earthquake, he and his sister, Josefina, were caught in a fire, leaving Josefina permanently scarred and disfigured, his father was assassinated by the CIA, and then his sister was killed by an errant grenade toss by Woods, cementing his hatred towards the First World.]]
* DarkMessiah: His backstory is sympathetic enough and you can tell that there is some form of a good man buried deep inside, but the darkness obviously consumed his soul a long time ago and all that's left is his ruthless, single-minded drive to bring down the First World through violent uprising.
* {{Determinator}}: He survives multiple attempts on his life, several of which are by characters you're playing as. Additionally, in the first section of the "Time and Fate" mission where you play as him, he has an incredible amount of health and can survive quite a few hits on his body solely based on his motivation to get back to his sister.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** No matter which way you look at it, he is willing to bomb Los Angeles and start a world revolution that could potentially kill millions of people [[spoiler:just to avenge the deaths of his sister and father.]]
** The intro to the first 2025 mission mentions that he had his Twitter account shut down by the US Government. His response was to ''roast the Director of the FBI alive''.
* DrivenToSuicide:
** In the ''Black Ops II'' intro he prepares to [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled slit his throat]] with Josefina's necklace while they're trapped in a burning warehouse before she tells him to stop and not leave him alone.
** [[spoiler:If Menendez is spared at the end of the game but Karma didn't survive, Menendez will successfully escape from prison with the help of the Celerium Worm. He will then kill Woods and travel to his sister's grave site, where he douses himself in gasoline and sets himself on fire.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Alex Mason goes to threaten a guy he most likely thinks is just a radio operator, only for this radio operator to ''destroy the radio with his bare hands'', overpower the trained SAD operative considered among the best of the best, and almost kills him with a knife stab to the gut.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He greatly cared about and loved his sister Josefina. [[spoiler:In fact, her death is one of the major reasons that Raul held a strong hatred against the United States and the First World. He even goes to the extent of burning himself to death in one of the bad endings near her grave]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Though it's entirely up to you, [[spoiler:if you choose to shoot Admiral Briggs in the leg instead of in the head. Menendez will then comment that perhaps the Admiral will see things their way if you let him live. Salazar even mentions that Briggs is a good man and shouldn't be executed.]]
* EyeScream: When Alex Mason shoots him in the eye in the first mission.
* ForWantOfANail: If Mason's shot had been an inch to the right, the course of world history would have been very different.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The very first words uttered in gameplay are from Jonas Savimbi to Alex Mason; Savimbi sees Mason trying to save a comrade from burning to death inside a wrecked vehicle, but he tells him to stop, saying, "The fire finished him. Sometimes it is too late to save a man." These words could easily be applied to Menendez; the fire claimed his innocence a long time ago and the ravaged soul that came out of that fire is too far gone to save from his inevitable damnation.
* FriendlyEnemy: In the '80s missions, Menendez is a hateful, furious man only reigned in by obvious TranquilFury. By the 2025 missions, Menendez is calm and polite and friendly around Mason and Woods, and in the ending where [[spoiler: he lives and escapes]], when he confronts [[spoiler: Woods]], they simply have a short, almost amicable talk before Menendez [[spoiler: slits Woods' throat]], then gently sets the body down on his bed.
** [[spoiler: Even in 1989, moments after threatening to kill him, Menendez sounds like he almost has some sympathy for the young David Mason when he tells him to seek him out in the future. In the 2025 missions, he acts borderline fatherly towards him.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: As a child he was just another third world starving refugee, his home destroyed by an earthquake and the reconstruction stymied by an American-backed banana dictatorship. To survive, he and his father became drug runners and eventually drug lords, and he ultimately rises to become the number one global threat to western civilization.
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler: He directly kills Hudson and Farid (provided he is still alive in "Achilles' Veil"), as well as Woods in one ending, and is responsible for the deaths of Mason (provided you take the headshot in "Suffer With Me"), Chloe (if you don't rescue her in the mission "Karma") and Harper (by making you kill him to protect Farid's cover).]]
* HiddenAgendaVillain: Sort of. For most of the game, everyone assumes he's just a standard NietzscheWannabe Modern Warfare villain whose master plan is simply to use a superweapon to kill as many Americans as possible. [[spoiler: He actually self-destructs the re-programmed drone army instead of using them to destroy the West, as his endgame wasn't simple mass destruction, but rather to genuinely pave the way for a global revolution (albeit a violent uprising that would probably kill lots of people on its own).]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: His whole Cordis Die stint is one big cover up for his ''very'' out-of-control DisproportionateRetribution against America and the First World. For all his talk of being a messiah for the 99%, he's a sociopathic drug lord with a lot of money who really doesn't seem to give a damn about helping the downtrodden so long as they take everything down with him. In ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3 Black Ops 3]]'', Hendricks straight-up calls him a hypocritical egomaniac when he comes up in a conversation.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: Menendez [[spoiler: tests Farid's loyalty by ordering him to execute Harper. Doubly cruel because Menendez already knows Farid is a double agent (Salazar knew, which means Menendez knows).]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: He's fond of using his sister's necklace for slitting people's throats (apparently the edge is ''really'' sharp).
* InkSuitActor: Menendez looks almost exactly like his voice actor, Kamar de los Reyes.
* IWasQuiteALooker: That's the older Raul Menendez above who you see for most of the game. [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/legendsofthemultiuniverse/images/6/66/Menendez_Pyrrhic_Victory.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140226043241 This]] is Raul Menendez when he was young and unwounded.
* KnightOfCerebus: He is introduced ignoring Alex Mason's attempts to get him to surrender and would've killed him had he not gone for a gut stab, and is one of the most dangerous villains to ever grace the ''Call of Duty'' franchise.
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* LargeHam: Many of his cutscenes have him chewing the scenery with every line.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Noticeably plays during the attendance in "Achilles' Veil", [[spoiler:his playable scene in "Odysseus"]], and [[spoiler:when his videocast plays near the end of "Judgement Day"]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBssWMLDKUE Here it is.]]
* LightningBruiser: [[spoiler: In the level where you play as him, he can survive about as much damage as a friggin ''Juggernaut'', and moves significantly faster than a normal player character. He's also able to instantly reload his shotgun, seemingly through the power of sheer rage.]]
* MadeOfIron: Very little seems to stop him, including being shot in the eye, and being caught in a grenade explosion (twice!). In the final confrontation [[spoiler: Section jams his knife into Menendez's knee all the way to the hilt, then slams it into his chest, lodging it just below the shoulder. Despite this, if David chooses to take Menendez alive, Menendez is able to stand up and calmly walk to his fate, despite having a stabbed knee and a ''knife sticking out of his chest''.]]
* ManInWhite: Shown wearing a white suit in 2025 up until he's captured.
* ManipulativeBastard: Is very skilled at using people as pawns in his schemes.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Torturing Woods was a major factor in his sister's death.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In "Odysseus", if [[spoiler:he spares Admiral Briggs when the player has beaten all of the Strike Force missions and Chloe is still alive, Briggs is able to reactivate the ship's defenses, saving Chloe, who goes on to stop Menendez's attempt to escape from prison in the GoldenEnding.]]
* NotHyperbole: In the end, [[spoiler:if David captures Menendez alive, Menendez tells David that he will see him one year from now, and that David should study Ulysses and be ready. David quite sensibly dismisses this as an idle threat, even telling a marine not to bother with gagging Menendez, as he's simply "a sad old man talking to himself". As it turns out, Menendez actually ''does'' have a viable plan to escape from prison after one year (although whether or not he paid a visit to David isn't shown).]]
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: In the 1980s missions, in which he is pitted against the middle aged Woods, Mason and Hudson, but inverted in the 2025 missions, where he, now over his sixties, face off against the younger David Mason, who is in his forties.
* OneManArmy: [[spoiler: In "Time and Fate". The player (controlling Menendez) rampages through his compound, slaying Panamanian soldiers with nothing more than a machete and a shotgun, attempting to reach his sister.]]
* PetTheDog: In "Odysseus", [[spoiler:he has the choice of wounding Admiral Briggs instead of killing him]]. This is [[VideoGameCaringPotential entirely up]] [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential to the player]].
** During his rampage in "Time and Fate", he attacks some PDF soldiers who have taken innocent civilians hostage.
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:His entire motivation due to the fact that it was US-backed Panamanian soldiers who destroyed his home and killed his sister. He personally targets Mason and Woods for their involvement in it.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Subjects Farid to one of these after he attempts to shoot him to save Harper but gets mortally wounded in the process, Menendez telling him that no one will care if he dies before finishing him off with a headshot.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: In "Time and Fate", he goes on a [[spoiler:player-controlled]] killing spree in an effort to reach his sister Josefina and rescue her from PDF soldiers. [[spoiler:Then [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Woods accidentally kills her with an errant grenade toss]]]].
* SavedByCanon: [[spoiler:Although Hudson informs you that the prisoner in "Suffer With Me" is Menendez, and that you should kill him with a headshot, it obviously isn't. That mission is in 1989, while Menendez is certainly alive in 2025.]]
* SadisticChoice: He enjoys forcing this on the protagonists:
** He offers one to Hudson in the "Suffer with me" level. [[spoiler:Hudson can pick who Menendez will kill, either himself, Woods, or a young David. And if he doesn't decide within ten seconds, Menendez says he'll just kill all three of them. Hudson ultimately chooses himself, and suffers getting shot in both knees with a point-blank shotgun blast, and then gets his throat slashed with Josefina's heart-shaped necklace.]]
** He gives one to Farid as well in the "Achilles' Veil" mission. [[spoiler:Farid can either shoot Harper, and prove his loyalty, or he can attempt to kill Menendez. Farid suffers a HeroicBSOD if he takes the first choice, and ends up getting killed by Menendez if he tries the second one.]] Either way someone ends up dying.
* SayMyName: ''[[spoiler:"JOSEFINAAA!"]]''
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: In the short story ''Rightful King'', this is used to contrast Raul with his father Jose Menendez. While Jose's primary goal as a drug lord is financial security for his family, Raul wants to devote their cartel's resources to achieve political action.
* TranquilFury: Back in the '80s, this was what was keeping him vaguely sane, as well as the love for his sister. But skip to the 2020s and we see that he has mastered it. Not raising his voice for even a moment and keeping himself disturbingly pleasant. But he still remembers who killed his sister and his anger over it has not abated. Not. One. Bit.
* ThanatosGambit / TheBadGuyWins: Choosing to [[spoiler: kill him in "Judgment Day" has severe consequences. His followers are sparked into uprising, following the (assassination-triggered) release of Menendez's final video on the Cordis Die YouTube channel... causing worldwide riots, and accomplishing his entire mission.]]
** [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Oddly enough,]] background material in Black Ops III mentioned that he WAS canonically killed at the end of Black Ops II, but the nature of his death (shot while trying to escape disguised as a US soldier) [[BrokenPedestal stirred up controversy among his followers]] as many saw his death as cowardly rather than dying as a martyr, and ultimately Cordis Die fractured, so the promised reprisals never came.]]
* TragicVillain: ''Very much so''. [[spoiler: This is lampshaded by David Mason where he describes Menendez as "a sad old man" if you decide to spare his life]].
** [[spoiler:The "tragic" part of him is highlighted further in one of the bad endings when he visits his sister's grave]].
* UnstoppableRage: In "Time and Fate" Menendez goes completely berserk when his sister is threatened by Panamanian soldiers. The player even gets to control him during this rage.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: He apparently (and sincerely) believes in his own rhetoric on leveling the world and toppling the First World down to equal footing with the "downtrodden masses." On the other hand, his idea involves mass destruction, indiscriminate killing and said masses being more like Angola and Somalia...
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: In the outside world, he's regarded as a sort of messiah figure by many third-world nations as well as those living below the poverty line in first-world nations. The military, on the other hand, knows better.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:In the GoldenEnding, Menendez's attempt to escape from prison by unleashing a computer virus is stopped by Karma. She then goes on Jimmy Kimmel's show and mocks Menendez for his failure, causing him to completely lose it and bash his head against the television monitor repeatedly. Counts as CruelMercy on David's part.]]
* VisionaryVillain: Claims to want to level the playing field between the 99% and the 1% by taking away all the infrastructure that the ones in power in the United States use to control the masses. Sounds good in theory but in practice the man is a psychopath that just wants revenge on the West and his plans will ultimately kill millions of innocent people (along with bring about global anarchy that would just as likely kill said 99%). Ironically being a wealthy man himself he is part of the so called 1% that the 99% seeks to overthrow, a good deal of his plan being funded by drug money. If the man does want change, It's certainly ''not'' change we can believe in.
* WarriorPoet: He quotes extensively from the poem "Ulysses" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, and states that much of his plans and philosophy are based on the poem.
* WeaponOfChoice: Seems to favor the SPAS-12 shotgun in TheEighties, but then switches to a revolver that fires shotgun shells by 2025.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Too bad a lot people, including those who believed him, died along the way thanks to his plans.
* WeWillMeetAgain: [[spoiler: Should he be captured instead of killed by Section, he promises him that he'll escape from prison. Whether or not he actually does depends on whether or not Chloe's alive to stop his computer virus.]]
* WhyWontYouDie: It is positively stunning the sheer number of times this guy meets with the protagonists face to face and comes out alive. Woods himself feels ashamed of this fact because he felt Mason and him were the very best and yet they still weren't capable of taking him down. This can be subverted of course in the ending with David Mason who can finally take him out.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: See EvenEvilHasLovedOnes and TragicVillain above.
* WorthyOpponent: Considers David this, going by how he treats him.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Menendez was willing to kill David in "Suffer With Me", despite David only being nine years old at the time. Lucky for David, Jason Hudson volunteered to be the one that Menendez killed.]]
** In the game's first mission, he pulls the pin of a grenade and drops it on the floor despite the presence of child soldiers in the room.
* XanatosGambit: No matter what happens, Menendez has planned for it and comes out ahead. Both times he is captured are traps, and if he potentially died during either instance, [[spoiler: Cordis Die would rise up upon his death and wreak havoc across the world.]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Despite being considered "The Messiah of the 99%", with the goal to end the reign of the corrupt, rich 1%, he is extremely wealthy and corrupt himself.
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* NotSoDifferent: From the very Nazis his country fought during the war. See ANaziByAnotherName ANaziByAnyOtherName above.



** [[BigBrotherInstinct You messed with this man's sister? Let's just say that he won't be very happy and will happily slit your throat.]]
* TheBerserker: Just play through "Time and Fate". It's really easily to mistake him being on crack, because he just takes bullet after bullet without seeming to notice.
* BigBad: He is, after all, the one behind the widespread hacking of drones and their subsequent attacks on the US and China. His real plan, on the other hand, is to [[spoiler: destroy the drone armies and allow Cordis Die to rise up and finally put the First World on even terms with the downtrodden masses.]]
* TheChessmaster: This guy has a contingency plan for ''everything''.
* CruelMercy:
** David has the choice to [[spoiler: either spare the man or kill him]], in the event he chooses the former option Menendez goes into American custody and rot in a jail cell. David even lampshades it by claiming that he's just "A sad old man talking to himself.", meaning he will have no one's company but his own as he suffers in his defeat. Menendez will have to rot away in a prison cell for the rest of his life knowing that all of his efforts amounted to nothing, and the audience can agree the man deserves it. This cruel mercy can be subverted in the endings where Menendez escapes from prison, or his plans succeed anyway despite his death.
** He gives this to [[spoiler: David Mason as a child, when he kills Hudson right in front of him and manipulates Woods into killing his father, by letting him survive but feel the despair he felt. Menendez refrains from killing David even in the present day, even after David has fulfilled his role as an UnwittingPawn in Menendez's master plan.]]
* CycleOfRevenge: [[spoiler: The CIA killed his father, so he captures Woods and kills the rest of the unit, sticking him in a storage container with the corpses of his men. Due to this traumatic experience, Woods goes berserk with rage during a later mission to capture Menendez; this leads to him chucking a grenade at Menendez, which instead ends up killing his sister Josefina. Josefina's death causes Menendez to seek revenge against Woods and Mason (who shot out his eye); he holds David Mason hostage, kidnaps Hudson, manipulates Woods into killing David's father, and [[CruelMercy lets David survive all of this]] so he would understand Menendez's vision. David grows up to be a Navy SEAL Commander, becomes the key figure in the fight against Menendez's master plan, and after a final confrontation must choose between either executing Menendez or capturing him so he can spend the rest of his life in prison. If David chooses to kill Menendez, Menendez's death serves as the catalyst for the uprising of the 99%, leading to the fall of the First World. The only way to stop Menendez is to break the Cycle of Revenge and capture him alive.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: He grew up in the war, his family lost everything in an earthquake, he and his sister, Josefina, were caught in a fire, leaving Josefina permanently scarred and disfigured, his father was assassinated by the CIA, and then his sister was killed by an errant grenade toss by Woods, cementing his hatred towards the First World.]]
* DarkMessiah: His backstory is sympathetic enough and you can tell that there is some form of a good man buried deep inside, but the darkness obviously consumed his soul a long time ago and all that's left is his ruthless, single-minded drive to bring down the First World through violent uprising.
* {{Determinator}}: He survives multiple attempts on his life, several of which are by characters you're playing as. Additionally, in the first section of the "Time and Fate" mission where you play as him, he has an incredible amount of health and can survive quite a few hits on his body solely based on his motivation to get back to his sister.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** No matter which way you look at it, he is willing to bomb Los Angeles and start a world revolution that could potentially kill millions of people [[spoiler:just to avenge the deaths of his sister and father.]]
** The intro to the first 2025 mission mentions that he had his Twitter account shut down by the US Government. His response was to ''roast the Director of the FBI alive''.
* DrivenToSuicide:
** In the ''Black Ops II'' intro he prepares to [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled slit his throat]] with Josefina's necklace while they're trapped in a burning warehouse before she tells him to stop and not leave him alone.
** [[spoiler:If Menendez is spared at the end of the game but Karma didn't survive, Menendez will successfully escape from prison with the help of the Celerium Worm. He will then kill Woods and travel to his sister's grave site, where he douses himself in gasoline and sets himself on fire.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Alex Mason goes to threaten a guy he most likely thinks is just a radio operator, only for this radio operator to ''destroy the radio with his bare hands'', overpower the trained SAD operative considered among the best of the best, and almost kills him with a knife stab to the gut.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He greatly cared about and loved his sister Josefina. [[spoiler:In fact, her death is one of the major reasons that Raul held a strong hatred against the United States and the First World. He even goes to the extent of burning himself to death in one of the bad endings near her grave]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Though it's entirely up to you, [[spoiler:if you choose to shoot Admiral Briggs in the leg instead of in the head. Menendez will then comment that perhaps the Admiral will see things their way if you let him live. Salazar even mentions that Briggs is a good man and shouldn't be executed.]]
* EyeScream: When Alex Mason shoots him in the eye in the first mission.
* ForWantOfANail: If Mason's shot had been an inch to the right, the course of world history would have been very different.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The very first words uttered in gameplay are from Jonas Savimbi to Alex Mason; Savimbi sees Mason trying to save a comrade from burning to death inside a wrecked vehicle, but he tells him to stop, saying, "The fire finished him. Sometimes it is too late to save a man." These words could easily be applied to Menendez; the fire claimed his innocence a long time ago and the ravaged soul that came out of that fire is too far gone to save from his inevitable damnation.
* FriendlyEnemy: In the '80s missions, Menendez is a hateful, furious man only reigned in by obvious TranquilFury. By the 2025 missions, Menendez is calm and polite and friendly around Mason and Woods, and in the ending where [[spoiler: he lives and escapes]], when he confronts [[spoiler: Woods]], they simply have a short, almost amicable talk before Menendez [[spoiler: slits Woods' throat]], then gently sets the body down on his bed.
** [[spoiler: Even in 1989, moments after threatening to kill him, Menendez sounds like he almost has some sympathy for the young David Mason when he tells him to seek him out in the future. In the 2025 missions, he acts borderline fatherly towards him.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: As a child he was just another third world starving refugee, his home destroyed by an earthquake and the reconstruction stymied by an American-backed banana dictatorship. To survive, he and his father became drug runners and eventually drug lords, and he ultimately rises to become the number one global threat to western civilization.
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler: He directly kills Hudson and Farid (provided he is still alive in "Achilles' Veil"), as well as Woods in one ending, and is responsible for the deaths of Mason (provided you take the headshot in "Suffer With Me"), Chloe (if you don't rescue her in the mission "Karma") and Harper (by making you kill him to protect Farid's cover).]]
* HiddenAgendaVillain: Sort of. For most of the game, everyone assumes he's just a standard NietzscheWannabe Modern Warfare villain whose master plan is simply to use a superweapon to kill as many Americans as possible. [[spoiler: He actually self-destructs the re-programmed drone army instead of using them to destroy the West, as his endgame wasn't simple mass destruction, but rather to genuinely pave the way for a global revolution (albeit a violent uprising that would probably kill lots of people on its own).]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: His whole Cordis Die stint is one big cover up for his ''very'' out-of-control DisproportionateRetribution against America and the First World. For all his talk of being a messiah for the 99%, he's a sociopathic drug lord with a lot of money who really doesn't seem to give a damn about helping the downtrodden so long as they take everything down with him. In ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3 Black Ops 3]]'', Hendricks straight-up calls him a hypocritical egomaniac when he comes up in a conversation.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: Menendez [[spoiler: tests Farid's loyalty by ordering him to execute Harper. Doubly cruel because Menendez already knows Farid is a double agent (Salazar knew, which means Menendez knows).]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: He's fond of using his sister's necklace for slitting people's throats (apparently the edge is ''really'' sharp).
* InkSuitActor: Menendez looks almost exactly like his voice actor, Kamar de los Reyes.
* IWasQuiteALooker: That's the older Raul Menendez above who you see for most of the game. [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/legendsofthemultiuniverse/images/6/66/Menendez_Pyrrhic_Victory.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140226043241 This]] is Raul Menendez when he was young and unwounded.
* KnightOfCerebus: He is introduced ignoring Alex Mason's attempts to get him to surrender and would've killed him had he not gone for a gut stab, and is one of the most dangerous villains to ever grace the ''Call of Duty'' franchise.
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* LargeHam: Many of his cutscenes have him chewing the scenery with every line.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Noticeably plays during the attendance in "Achilles' Veil", [[spoiler:his playable scene in "Odysseus"]], and [[spoiler:when his videocast plays near the end of "Judgement Day"]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBssWMLDKUE Here it is.]]
* LightningBruiser: [[spoiler: In the level where you play as him, he can survive about as much damage as a friggin ''Juggernaut'', and moves significantly faster than a normal player character. He's also able to instantly reload his shotgun, seemingly through the power of sheer rage.]]
* MadeOfIron: Very little seems to stop him, including being shot in the eye, and being caught in a grenade explosion (twice!). In the final confrontation [[spoiler: Section jams his knife into Menendez's knee all the way to the hilt, then slams it into his chest, lodging it just below the shoulder. Despite this, if David chooses to take Menendez alive, Menendez is able to stand up and calmly walk to his fate, despite having a stabbed knee and a ''knife sticking out of his chest''.]]
* ManInWhite: Shown wearing a white suit in 2025 up until he's captured.
* ManipulativeBastard: Is very skilled at using people as pawns in his schemes.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Torturing Woods was a major factor in his sister's death.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In "Odysseus", if [[spoiler:he spares Admiral Briggs when the player has beaten all of the Strike Force missions and Chloe is still alive, Briggs is able to reactivate the ship's defenses, saving Chloe, who goes on to stop Menendez's attempt to escape from prison in the GoldenEnding.]]
* NotHyperbole: In the end, [[spoiler:if David captures Menendez alive, Menendez tells David that he will see him one year from now, and that David should study Ulysses and be ready. David quite sensibly dismisses this as an idle threat, even telling a marine not to bother with gagging Menendez, as he's simply "a sad old man talking to himself". As it turns out, Menendez actually ''does'' have a viable plan to escape from prison after one year (although whether or not he paid a visit to David isn't shown).]]
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: In the 1980s missions, in which he is pitted against the middle aged Woods, Mason and Hudson, but inverted in the 2025 missions, where he, now over his sixties, face off against the younger David Mason, who is in his forties.
* OneManArmy: [[spoiler: In "Time and Fate". The player (controlling Menendez) rampages through his compound, slaying Panamanian soldiers with nothing more than a machete and a shotgun, attempting to reach his sister.]]
* PetTheDog: In "Odysseus", [[spoiler:he has the choice of wounding Admiral Briggs instead of killing him]]. This is [[VideoGameCaringPotential entirely up]] [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential to the player]].
** During his rampage in "Time and Fate", he attacks some PDF soldiers who have taken innocent civilians hostage.
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:His entire motivation due to the fact that it was US-backed Panamanian soldiers who destroyed his home and killed his sister. He personally targets Mason and Woods for their involvement in it.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Subjects Farid to one of these after he attempts to shoot him to save Harper but gets mortally wounded in the process, Menendez telling him that no one will care if he dies before finishing him off with a headshot.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: In "Time and Fate", he goes on a [[spoiler:player-controlled]] killing spree in an effort to reach his sister Josefina and rescue her from PDF soldiers. [[spoiler:Then [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Woods accidentally kills her with an errant grenade toss]]]].
* SavedByCanon: [[spoiler:Although Hudson informs you that the prisoner in "Suffer With Me" is Menendez, and that you should kill him with a headshot, it obviously isn't. That mission is in 1989, while Menendez is certainly alive in 2025.]]
* SadisticChoice: He enjoys forcing this on the protagonists:
** He offers one to Hudson in the "Suffer with me" level. [[spoiler:Hudson can pick who Menendez will kill, either himself, Woods, or a young David. And if he doesn't decide within ten seconds, Menendez says he'll just kill all three of them. Hudson ultimately chooses himself, and suffers getting shot in both knees with a point-blank shotgun blast, and then gets his throat slashed with Josefina's heart-shaped necklace.]]
** He gives one to Farid as well in the "Achilles' Veil" mission. [[spoiler:Farid can either shoot Harper, and prove his loyalty, or he can attempt to kill Menendez. Farid suffers a HeroicBSOD if he takes the first choice, and ends up getting killed by Menendez if he tries the second one.]] Either way someone ends up dying.
* SayMyName: ''[[spoiler:"JOSEFINAAA!"]]''
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: In the short story ''Rightful King'', this is used to contrast Raul with his father Jose Menendez. While Jose's primary goal as a drug lord is financial security for his family, Raul wants to devote their cartel's resources to achieve political action.
* TranquilFury: Back in the '80s, this was what was keeping him vaguely sane, as well as the love for his sister. But skip to the 2020s and we see that he has mastered it. Not raising his voice for even a moment and keeping himself disturbingly pleasant. But he still remembers who killed his sister and his anger over it has not abated. Not. One. Bit.
* ThanatosGambit / TheBadGuyWins: Choosing to [[spoiler: kill him in "Judgment Day" has severe consequences. His followers are sparked into uprising, following the (assassination-triggered) release of Menendez's final video on the Cordis Die YouTube channel... causing worldwide riots, and accomplishing his entire mission.]]
** [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Oddly enough,]] background material in Black Ops III mentioned that he WAS canonically killed at the end of Black Ops II, but the nature of his death (shot while trying to escape disguised as a US soldier) [[BrokenPedestal stirred up controversy among his followers]] as many saw his death as cowardly rather than dying as a martyr, and ultimately Cordis Die fractured, so the promised reprisals never came.]]
* TragicVillain: ''Very much so''. [[spoiler: This is lampshaded by David Mason where he describes Menendez as "a sad old man" if you decide to spare his life]].
** [[spoiler:The "tragic" part of him is highlighted further in one of the bad endings when he visits his sister's grave]].
* UnstoppableRage: In "Time and Fate" Menendez goes completely berserk when his sister is threatened by Panamanian soldiers. The player even gets to control him during this rage.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: He apparently (and sincerely) believes in his own rhetoric on leveling the world and toppling the First World down to equal footing with the "downtrodden masses." On the other hand, his idea involves mass destruction, indiscriminate killing and said masses being more like Angola and Somalia...
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: In the outside world, he's regarded as a sort of messiah figure by many third-world nations as well as those living below the poverty line in first-world nations. The military, on the other hand, knows better.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:In the GoldenEnding, Menendez's attempt to escape from prison by unleashing a computer virus is stopped by Karma. She then goes on Jimmy Kimmel's show and mocks Menendez for his failure, causing him to completely lose it and bash his head against the television monitor repeatedly. Counts as CruelMercy on David's part.]]
* VisionaryVillain: Claims to want to level the playing field between the 99% and the 1% by taking away all the infrastructure that the ones in power in the United States use to control the masses. Sounds good in theory but in practice the man is a psychopath that just wants revenge on the West and his plans will ultimately kill millions of innocent people (along with bring about global anarchy that would just as likely kill said 99%). Ironically being a wealthy man himself he is part of the so called 1% that the 99% seeks to overthrow, a good deal of his plan being funded by drug money. If the man does want change, It's certainly ''not'' change we can believe in.
* WarriorPoet: He quotes extensively from the poem "Ulysses" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, and states that much of his plans and philosophy are based on the poem.
* WeaponOfChoice: Seems to favor the SPAS-12 shotgun in TheEighties, but then switches to a revolver that fires shotgun shells by 2025.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Too bad a lot people, including those who believed him, died along the way thanks to his plans.
* WeWillMeetAgain: [[spoiler: Should he be captured instead of killed by Section, he promises him that he'll escape from prison. Whether or not he actually does depends on whether or not Chloe's alive to stop his computer virus.]]
* WhyWontYouDie: It is positively stunning the sheer number of times this guy meets with the protagonists face to face and comes out alive. Woods himself feels ashamed of this fact because he felt Mason and him were the very best and yet they still weren't capable of taking him down. This can be subverted of course in the ending with David Mason who can finally take him out.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: See EvenEvilHasLovedOnes and TragicVillain above.
* WorthyOpponent: Considers David this, going by how he treats him.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Menendez was willing to kill David in "Suffer With Me", despite David only being nine years old at the time. Lucky for David, Jason Hudson volunteered to be the one that Menendez killed.]]
** In the game's first mission, he pulls the pin of a grenade and drops it on the floor despite the presence of child soldiers in the room.
* XanatosGambit: No matter what happens, Menendez has planned for it and comes out ahead. Both times he is captured are traps, and if he potentially died during either instance, [[spoiler: Cordis Die would rise up upon his death and wreak havoc across the world.]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Despite being considered "The Messiah of the 99%", with the goal to end the reign of the corrupt, rich 1%, he is extremely wealthy and corrupt himself.
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** [[BigBrotherInstinct You messed with this man's sister? Let's just say that he won't be very happy and will happily slit your throat.]]
* TheBerserker: Just play through "Time and Fate". It's really easily to mistake him being on crack, because he just takes bullet after bullet without seeming to notice.
* BigBad: He is, after all, the one behind the widespread hacking of drones and their subsequent attacks on the US and China. His real plan, on the other hand, is to [[spoiler: destroy the drone armies and allow Cordis Die to rise up and finally put the First World on even terms with the downtrodden masses.]]
* TheChessmaster: This guy has a contingency plan for ''everything''.
* CruelMercy:
** David has the choice to [[spoiler: either spare the man or kill him]], in the event he chooses the former option Menendez goes into American custody and rot in a jail cell. David even lampshades it by claiming that he's just "A sad old man talking to himself.", meaning he will have no one's company but his own as he suffers in his defeat. Menendez will have to rot away in a prison cell for the rest of his life knowing that all of his efforts amounted to nothing, and the audience can agree the man deserves it. This cruel mercy can be subverted in the endings where Menendez escapes from prison, or his plans succeed anyway despite his death.
** He gives this to [[spoiler: David Mason as a child, when he kills Hudson right in front of him and manipulates Woods into killing his father, by letting him survive but feel the despair he felt. Menendez refrains from killing David even in the present day, even after David has fulfilled his role as an UnwittingPawn in Menendez's master plan.]]
* CycleOfRevenge: [[spoiler: The CIA killed his father, so he captures Woods and kills the rest of the unit, sticking him in a storage container with the corpses of his men. Due to this traumatic experience, Woods goes berserk with rage during a later mission to capture Menendez; this leads to him chucking a grenade at Menendez, which instead ends up killing his sister Josefina. Josefina's death causes Menendez to seek revenge against Woods and Mason (who shot out his eye); he holds David Mason hostage, kidnaps Hudson, manipulates Woods into killing David's father, and [[CruelMercy lets David survive all of this]] so he would understand Menendez's vision. David grows up to be a Navy SEAL Commander, becomes the key figure in the fight against Menendez's master plan, and after a final confrontation must choose between either executing Menendez or capturing him so he can spend the rest of his life in prison. If David chooses to kill Menendez, Menendez's death serves as the catalyst for the uprising of the 99%, leading to the fall of the First World. The only way to stop Menendez is to break the Cycle of Revenge and capture him alive.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: He grew up in the war, his family lost everything in an earthquake, he and his sister, Josefina, were caught in a fire, leaving Josefina permanently scarred and disfigured, his father was assassinated by the CIA, and then his sister was killed by an errant grenade toss by Woods, cementing his hatred towards the First World.]]
* DarkMessiah: His backstory is sympathetic enough and you can tell that there is some form of a good man buried deep inside, but the darkness obviously consumed his soul a long time ago and all that's left is his ruthless, single-minded drive to bring down the First World through violent uprising.
* {{Determinator}}: He survives multiple attempts on his life, several of which are by characters you're playing as. Additionally, in the first section of the "Time and Fate" mission where you play as him, he has an incredible amount of health and can survive quite a few hits on his body solely based on his motivation to get back to his sister.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** No matter which way you look at it, he is willing to bomb Los Angeles and start a world revolution that could potentially kill millions of people [[spoiler:just to avenge the deaths of his sister and father.]]
** The intro to the first 2025 mission mentions that he had his Twitter account shut down by the US Government. His response was to ''roast the Director of the FBI alive''.
* DrivenToSuicide:
** In the ''Black Ops II'' intro he prepares to [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled slit his throat]] with Josefina's necklace while they're trapped in a burning warehouse before she tells him to stop and not leave him alone.
** [[spoiler:If Menendez is spared at the end of the game but Karma didn't survive, Menendez will successfully escape from prison with the help of the Celerium Worm. He will then kill Woods and travel to his sister's grave site, where he douses himself in gasoline and sets himself on fire.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Alex Mason goes to threaten a guy he most likely thinks is just a radio operator, only for this radio operator to ''destroy the radio with his bare hands'', overpower the trained SAD operative considered among the best of the best, and almost kills him with a knife stab to the gut.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He greatly cared about and loved his sister Josefina. [[spoiler:In fact, her death is one of the major reasons that Raul held a strong hatred against the United States and the First World. He even goes to the extent of burning himself to death in one of the bad endings near her grave]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Though it's entirely up to you, [[spoiler:if you choose to shoot Admiral Briggs in the leg instead of in the head. Menendez will then comment that perhaps the Admiral will see things their way if you let him live. Salazar even mentions that Briggs is a good man and shouldn't be executed.]]
* EyeScream: When Alex Mason shoots him in the eye in the first mission.
* ForWantOfANail: If Mason's shot had been an inch to the right, the course of world history would have been very different.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The very first words uttered in gameplay are from Jonas Savimbi to Alex Mason; Savimbi sees Mason trying to save a comrade from burning to death inside a wrecked vehicle, but he tells him to stop, saying, "The fire finished him. Sometimes it is too late to save a man." These words could easily be applied to Menendez; the fire claimed his innocence a long time ago and the ravaged soul that came out of that fire is too far gone to save from his inevitable damnation.
* FriendlyEnemy: In the '80s missions, Menendez is a hateful, furious man only reigned in by obvious TranquilFury. By the 2025 missions, Menendez is calm and polite and friendly around Mason and Woods, and in the ending where [[spoiler: he lives and escapes]], when he confronts [[spoiler: Woods]], they simply have a short, almost amicable talk before Menendez [[spoiler: slits Woods' throat]], then gently sets the body down on his bed.
** [[spoiler: Even in 1989, moments after threatening to kill him, Menendez sounds like he almost has some sympathy for the young David Mason when he tells him to seek him out in the future. In the 2025 missions, he acts borderline fatherly towards him.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: As a child he was just another third world starving refugee, his home destroyed by an earthquake and the reconstruction stymied by an American-backed banana dictatorship. To survive, he and his father became drug runners and eventually drug lords, and he ultimately rises to become the number one global threat to western civilization.
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler: He directly kills Hudson and Farid (provided he is still alive in "Achilles' Veil"), as well as Woods in one ending, and is responsible for the deaths of Mason (provided you take the headshot in "Suffer With Me"), Chloe (if you don't rescue her in the mission "Karma") and Harper (by making you kill him to protect Farid's cover).]]
* HiddenAgendaVillain: Sort of. For most of the game, everyone assumes he's just a standard NietzscheWannabe Modern Warfare villain whose master plan is simply to use a superweapon to kill as many Americans as possible. [[spoiler: He actually self-destructs the re-programmed drone army instead of using them to destroy the West, as his endgame wasn't simple mass destruction, but rather to genuinely pave the way for a global revolution (albeit a violent uprising that would probably kill lots of people on its own).]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: His whole Cordis Die stint is one big cover up for his ''very'' out-of-control DisproportionateRetribution against America and the First World. For all his talk of being a messiah for the 99%, he's a sociopathic drug lord with a lot of money who really doesn't seem to give a damn about helping the downtrodden so long as they take everything down with him. In ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3 Black Ops 3]]'', Hendricks straight-up calls him a hypocritical egomaniac when he comes up in a conversation.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: Menendez [[spoiler: tests Farid's loyalty by ordering him to execute Harper. Doubly cruel because Menendez already knows Farid is a double agent (Salazar knew, which means Menendez knows).]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: He's fond of using his sister's necklace for slitting people's throats (apparently the edge is ''really'' sharp).
* InkSuitActor: Menendez looks almost exactly like his voice actor, Kamar de los Reyes.
* IWasQuiteALooker: That's the older Raul Menendez above who you see for most of the game. [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/legendsofthemultiuniverse/images/6/66/Menendez_Pyrrhic_Victory.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140226043241 This]] is Raul Menendez when he was young and unwounded.
* KnightOfCerebus: He is introduced ignoring Alex Mason's attempts to get him to surrender and would've killed him had he not gone for a gut stab, and is one of the most dangerous villains to ever grace the ''Call of Duty'' franchise.
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* LargeHam: Many of his cutscenes have him chewing the scenery with every line.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Noticeably plays during the attendance in "Achilles' Veil", [[spoiler:his playable scene in "Odysseus"]], and [[spoiler:when his videocast plays near the end of "Judgement Day"]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBssWMLDKUE Here it is.]]
* LightningBruiser: [[spoiler: In the level where you play as him, he can survive about as much damage as a friggin ''Juggernaut'', and moves significantly faster than a normal player character. He's also able to instantly reload his shotgun, seemingly through the power of sheer rage.]]
* MadeOfIron: Very little seems to stop him, including being shot in the eye, and being caught in a grenade explosion (twice!). In the final confrontation [[spoiler: Section jams his knife into Menendez's knee all the way to the hilt, then slams it into his chest, lodging it just below the shoulder. Despite this, if David chooses to take Menendez alive, Menendez is able to stand up and calmly walk to his fate, despite having a stabbed knee and a ''knife sticking out of his chest''.]]
* ManInWhite: Shown wearing a white suit in 2025 up until he's captured.
* ManipulativeBastard: Is very skilled at using people as pawns in his schemes.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Torturing Woods was a major factor in his sister's death.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In "Odysseus", if [[spoiler:he spares Admiral Briggs when the player has beaten all of the Strike Force missions and Chloe is still alive, Briggs is able to reactivate the ship's defenses, saving Chloe, who goes on to stop Menendez's attempt to escape from prison in the GoldenEnding.]]
* NotHyperbole: In the end, [[spoiler:if David captures Menendez alive, Menendez tells David that he will see him one year from now, and that David should study Ulysses and be ready. David quite sensibly dismisses this as an idle threat, even telling a marine not to bother with gagging Menendez, as he's simply "a sad old man talking to himself". As it turns out, Menendez actually ''does'' have a viable plan to escape from prison after one year (although whether or not he paid a visit to David isn't shown).]]
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: In the 1980s missions, in which he is pitted against the middle aged Woods, Mason and Hudson, but inverted in the 2025 missions, where he, now over his sixties, face off against the younger David Mason, who is in his forties.
* OneManArmy: [[spoiler: In "Time and Fate". The player (controlling Menendez) rampages through his compound, slaying Panamanian soldiers with nothing more than a machete and a shotgun, attempting to reach his sister.]]
* PetTheDog: In "Odysseus", [[spoiler:he has the choice of wounding Admiral Briggs instead of killing him]]. This is [[VideoGameCaringPotential entirely up]] [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential to the player]].
** During his rampage in "Time and Fate", he attacks some PDF soldiers who have taken innocent civilians hostage.
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:His entire motivation due to the fact that it was US-backed Panamanian soldiers who destroyed his home and killed his sister. He personally targets Mason and Woods for their involvement in it.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Subjects Farid to one of these after he attempts to shoot him to save Harper but gets mortally wounded in the process, Menendez telling him that no one will care if he dies before finishing him off with a headshot.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: In "Time and Fate", he goes on a [[spoiler:player-controlled]] killing spree in an effort to reach his sister Josefina and rescue her from PDF soldiers. [[spoiler:Then [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Woods accidentally kills her with an errant grenade toss]]]].
* SavedByCanon: [[spoiler:Although Hudson informs you that the prisoner in "Suffer With Me" is Menendez, and that you should kill him with a headshot, it obviously isn't. That mission is in 1989, while Menendez is certainly alive in 2025.]]
* SadisticChoice: He enjoys forcing this on the protagonists:
** He offers one to Hudson in the "Suffer with me" level. [[spoiler:Hudson can pick who Menendez will kill, either himself, Woods, or a young David. And if he doesn't decide within ten seconds, Menendez says he'll just kill all three of them. Hudson ultimately chooses himself, and suffers getting shot in both knees with a point-blank shotgun blast, and then gets his throat slashed with Josefina's heart-shaped necklace.]]
** He gives one to Farid as well in the "Achilles' Veil" mission. [[spoiler:Farid can either shoot Harper, and prove his loyalty, or he can attempt to kill Menendez. Farid suffers a HeroicBSOD if he takes the first choice, and ends up getting killed by Menendez if he tries the second one.]] Either way someone ends up dying.
* SayMyName: ''[[spoiler:"JOSEFINAAA!"]]''
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: In the short story ''Rightful King'', this is used to contrast Raul with his father Jose Menendez. While Jose's primary goal as a drug lord is financial security for his family, Raul wants to devote their cartel's resources to achieve political action.
* TranquilFury: Back in the '80s, this was what was keeping him vaguely sane, as well as the love for his sister. But skip to the 2020s and we see that he has mastered it. Not raising his voice for even a moment and keeping himself disturbingly pleasant. But he still remembers who killed his sister and his anger over it has not abated. Not. One. Bit.
* ThanatosGambit / TheBadGuyWins: Choosing to [[spoiler: kill him in "Judgment Day" has severe consequences. His followers are sparked into uprising, following the (assassination-triggered) release of Menendez's final video on the Cordis Die YouTube channel... causing worldwide riots, and accomplishing his entire mission.]]
** [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Oddly enough,]] background material in Black Ops III mentioned that he WAS canonically killed at the end of Black Ops II, but the nature of his death (shot while trying to escape disguised as a US soldier) [[BrokenPedestal stirred up controversy among his followers]] as many saw his death as cowardly rather than dying as a martyr, and ultimately Cordis Die fractured, so the promised reprisals never came.]]
* TragicVillain: ''Very much so''. [[spoiler: This is lampshaded by David Mason where he describes Menendez as "a sad old man" if you decide to spare his life]].
** [[spoiler:The "tragic" part of him is highlighted further in one of the bad endings when he visits his sister's grave]].
* UnstoppableRage: In "Time and Fate" Menendez goes completely berserk when his sister is threatened by Panamanian soldiers. The player even gets to control him during this rage.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: He apparently (and sincerely) believes in his own rhetoric on leveling the world and toppling the First World down to equal footing with the "downtrodden masses." On the other hand, his idea involves mass destruction, indiscriminate killing and said masses being more like Angola and Somalia...
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: In the outside world, he's regarded as a sort of messiah figure by many third-world nations as well as those living below the poverty line in first-world nations. The military, on the other hand, knows better.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:In the GoldenEnding, Menendez's attempt to escape from prison by unleashing a computer virus is stopped by Karma. She then goes on Jimmy Kimmel's show and mocks Menendez for his failure, causing him to completely lose it and bash his head against the television monitor repeatedly. Counts as CruelMercy on David's part.]]
* VisionaryVillain: Claims to want to level the playing field between the 99% and the 1% by taking away all the infrastructure that the ones in power in the United States use to control the masses. Sounds good in theory but in practice the man is a psychopath that just wants revenge on the West and his plans will ultimately kill millions of innocent people (along with bring about global anarchy that would just as likely kill said 99%). Ironically being a wealthy man himself he is part of the so called 1% that the 99% seeks to overthrow, a good deal of his plan being funded by drug money. If the man does want change, It's certainly ''not'' change we can believe in.
* WarriorPoet: He quotes extensively from the poem "Ulysses" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, and states that much of his plans and philosophy are based on the poem.
* WeaponOfChoice: Seems to favor the SPAS-12 shotgun in TheEighties, but then switches to a revolver that fires shotgun shells by 2025.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Too bad a lot people, including those who believed him, died along the way thanks to his plans.
* WeWillMeetAgain: [[spoiler: Should he be captured instead of killed by Section, he promises him that he'll escape from prison. Whether or not he actually does depends on whether or not Chloe's alive to stop his computer virus.]]
* WhyWontYouDie: It is positively stunning the sheer number of times this guy meets with the protagonists face to face and comes out alive. Woods himself feels ashamed of this fact because he felt Mason and him were the very best and yet they still weren't capable of taking him down. This can be subverted of course in the ending with David Mason who can finally take him out.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: See EvenEvilHasLovedOnes and TragicVillain above.
* WorthyOpponent: Considers David this, going by how he treats him.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Menendez was willing to kill David in "Suffer With Me", despite David only being nine years old at the time. Lucky for David, Jason Hudson volunteered to be the one that Menendez killed.]]
** In the game's first mission, he pulls the pin of a grenade and drops it on the floor despite the presence of child soldiers in the room.
* XanatosGambit: No matter what happens, Menendez has planned for it and comes out ahead. Both times he is captured are traps, and if he potentially died during either instance, [[spoiler: Cordis Die would rise up upon his death and wreak havoc across the world.]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Despite being considered "The Messiah of the 99%", with the goal to end the reign of the corrupt, rich 1%, he is extremely wealthy and corrupt himself.
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** Strangely, [[spoiler: he seems genuinely disturbed after cutting Chloe's throat in "Odysseus", which contrasts with how he was able to calmly execute random party-goers in "Karma" in order to get her to show herself. Salazar, in contrast, simply walks away like a badass if he's the one to kill Chloe or Farid.]]

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** Strangely, [[spoiler: he seems genuinely disturbed after cutting Chloe's throat in "Odysseus", which contrasts with how he was able to calmly execute random party-goers in "Karma" in order to get her to show herself. Salazar, in contrast, simply walks away like a badass if he's the one to kill Chloe or Farid.]]
24th Aug '16 11:29:17 PM TomTheEducator
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* NominalHero: Can be seen as this. He doesn't care about Nova or the Cold War. His sole focus is avenging himself on the men who killed his friend and doomed him to two decades in a gulag. If that requires [[spoiler: subtly tweaking his friend's mental conditioning to make him a SleeperAgent to accomplish this, so be it.]]
29th Jul '16 1:01:07 AM MelancholicMonkey
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* TheCaptain: Before joining the CIA, Mason was a U.S. Marine Captain.


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* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Prior to joining the CIA, Mason served in Force Reconnaissance in the United States Marine Corps.
23rd Jul '16 9:54:20 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: He is quite the planner and always tries to stay one step ahead of the protagonists, such as purposely letting himself get captured and taken aboard the USS Obama, only to then have his men attempt to take it over, or at least sink it.
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