History Characters / GearsOfWar

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!!Sergeant Marcus Fenix (Voiced by JohnDimaggio)
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->''"I got to admit, It's tough to keep going. Everyone I loved is dead. Some call them the lucky ones.. the ones that died on E-day, they never lived to see how much we've lost and how many principles we've compromised. But whenever I doubt what we're fighting for I just look to my squad. I mean maybe it's a good thing we lost everything. It's like a clean slate. We can make the world we always wanted to. Without repeating the same mistakes. I look at guys like Jace and Dom and realize we'll inherit this world. We're the ones who will make Sera beautiful again. That's a world worth fighting for."''

Protagonist of the series. Marcus Fenix is a quiet, stoic guy, who prefers to do his talking with his gun, and is best friends with Dominic "Dom" Santiago. His best friend had been Dom's older brother Carlos Santiago, who was killed at the Battle of Aspho Fields in the Pendulum Wars. Regarded as the defining hero of the Pendulum Wars, he fought on the frontlines of the Human-Locust War until he abandoned his post in an attempt to save his father Adam Fenix from death, taking with him the targeting locator for the [[KillSat Hammer of Dawn]], and costing the COG its capital city of Ephyra. He failed, and was sentenced to prison for his dereliction of duty, being spared only by the fact he was a former war hero. Four years later, Dom breaks him out of prison, and Marcus rejoins the army, being pardoned due to the need for soldiers, as the Locust are inching closer and closer to putting humanity into extinction.

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* [[Characters/GearsOfWarCoalitionOfOrderedGovernments
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!!Sergeant Marcus Fenix (Voiced by JohnDimaggio)
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->''"I got to admit, It's tough to keep going. Everyone I loved is dead. Some call them the lucky ones.. the ones that died on E-day, they never lived to see how much we've lost and how many principles we've compromised. But whenever I doubt what we're fighting for I just look to my squad. I mean maybe it's a good thing we lost everything. It's like a clean slate. We can make the world we always wanted to. Without repeating the same mistakes. I look at guys like Jace and Dom and realize we'll inherit this world. We're the ones who will make Sera beautiful again. That's a world worth fighting for."''

Protagonist of the series. Marcus Fenix is a quiet, stoic guy, who prefers to do his talking with his gun, and is best friends with Dominic "Dom" Santiago. His best friend had been Dom's older brother Carlos Santiago, who was killed at the Battle of Aspho Fields in the Pendulum Wars. Regarded as the defining hero of the Pendulum Wars, he fought on the frontlines of the Human-Locust War until he abandoned his post in an attempt to save his father Adam Fenix from death, taking with him the targeting locator for the [[KillSat Hammer of Dawn]], and costing the COG its capital city of Ephyra. He failed, and was sentenced to prison for his dereliction of duty, being spared only by the fact he was a former war hero. Four years later, Dom breaks him out of prison, and Marcus rejoins the army, being pardoned due to the need for soldiers, as the Locust are inching closer and closer to putting humanity into extinction.
* [[Characters/GearsOfWarLocust Locust]]
* [[Characters/GearsOfWarGorasni Gorasni]]
* [[Characters/GearsOfWarStranded Stranded]]
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* TheAtoner: For his actions during the Battle of Ephyra, in which he disobeyed orders to reinforce a bridge, instead lieing to his squad and a King Raven crew to fly him to his fathers house in an attempt to save him, accidently taking a vital part of a Hammer of Dawn targeting laser with him. End result: his father is assumed dead, the bridge falls when Hoffman fails to reach it in time with the incomplete targeting laser, resulting in hundreds of dead Gears and the Locust entering the rest of Ephyra.
* {{Badass}}
* BashBrothers: Originally with Carlos, and then with Dom.
* BattleCouple: With Anya.
* BerserkButton: Don't say anything bad about his dad if you aren't friends with him and don't insult his fallen comrades. Failing to perform an Active Reload across all game modes will also happen: while most of the time he merely expresses annoyance and frustration when it happens, sometimes he'll elicit a very vehement " GOD DAMN SON OF A BITCH!!!". It's practically the only time he ever broadcasts his emotions that much other than [[spoiler: Dom's death scene and the event with Griffin]]. Brought UpToEleven in ''Gears of War 3'' [[spoiler: after Dom's HeroicSacrifice and used as a ShutUpHannibal to Aaron Griffin]].
--> "[[spoiler: I JUST LOST MY FUCKING BROTHER! YOU HEAR THAT?! '''MY BROTHER'''!!! YOU, YOUR TOWER AND ALL THIS FUCKING IMULSION '''CAN GO TO HELL'''!!!]]"
* BewareTheQuietOnes
* [[spoiler: BreakTheBadass: By the end of the trilogy, Marcus finally cracks, taking off his armor and sitting completely and utterly defeated emotionally on Azura's beach. He's spent his entire adult life at war and he's lost everyone he's ever cared about except Anya.]]
* CannotSpitItOut: His affections for Anya; the fact that they were together since the Pendulum Wars and EveryoneCanSeeIt doesn't help. Thankfully, she realizes this and tells him she feels the same way. After he gets out of prison, they resume their quiet relationship.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome
* {{Covered With|Scars}} GoodScarsEvilScars: One across his lip since the Pendulum Wars, and many more gained from his time in prison. The damage to his face is from a dog being set upon him by one of the prison wardens whose son died on the frontline and hated Marcus for his actions during the Battle of Ephyra.
* CulturedWarrior: Is from a rich, aristocratic family and will sometimes speak in what's classified as a "posh" accent to others from that social stratum if he thinks it will get results.
* DeadpanSnarker: Not as often as Baird, but he usually can't pass up the opportunity to snark, especially at Victor Hoffman. Hoffman notes at one point that Marcus manages to make "sir" sound like "asshole" when acknowledging an order.
* DeathGlare: Which many others remark is made worse by his pale blue eyes.
* {{Determinator}}
* DisappearedDad: His dad was there, but was extremely emotionally distant.
* DoAnythingSoldier
* FamedInStory: Was one of the last heroes to come out of the Pendulum Wars before E-Day.
* FlashbackNightmare: How ''Gears of War 3'' begins; ExpandedUniverse reveals Marcus has been having the same nightmare for years.
* GeniusBruiser: Shows this much more in the books rather than the games.
* GutturalGrowler
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Dom.
* TheHero
* HopeBringer: To the point where Hoffman makes a point of having Marcus walk with him near the frontlines before a battle in order to boost morale. Said battle was the one for [[MyGreatestFailure Ephyra]].
* HurtingHero: By the start of ''Gears of War 1'', he's lost his mom, his mentors Helena Stroud and Daniel Kennen, best friend Carlos, Dom's kids, Maria disappeared, numerous other friends have died, and then his died (supposedly) died and Marcus is sent to prison for treason, and the only friend he made in jail [[NeverFoundTheBody possibly dies]] hours before they get rescued. Things continue to go downhill from there.
* IcyBlueEyes: ExpandedUniverse states it's a Fenix family trait.
* InkSuitActor: Somewhat to John Dimaggio, though not as pronounced as Augustus Cole's example below.
* LargeHam: Though not as large as Cole's. Still, Marcus does have his moments.
* LanternJawOfJustice: It's practically a third of his face (excluding the rest of his head).
* LonelyRichKid: Before he met Carlos and Dom.
* MadeOfIron
* MilitaryBrat: His father was deployed to active duty for most of his early childhood.
* MilitaryMaverick: Enlisted as a private instead of following his father's wishes and going to OCS school.
* MissingMom: His mother vanished in The Hollow while doing her research. [[spoiler: It's later revealed that she had discovered the Locust and was killed after making contact with them.]]
* NiceHat: He's always wearing that do-rag in the games. It's lumped in with the symbolism of him [[spoiler: taking off his armor at the end of the third game, as he takes the do-rag off as well]]. The novels state that he wears it because regs say if you wear ''anything'' it has to be either a helmet, cap or a do-rag.
* NonIdleRich
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind
* NotStayingForBreakfast: Marcus never once spent the night at Anya's apartment; not because he was worried about being found out, but because he has terrible nightmares and was afraid of hurting her in his sleep.
* ParentalNeglect
* PerpetualFrowner: Marcus NEVER smiles; to emphasize, WordOfGod says he doesn't smile when it's his birthday... even when there's cake.
* TheQuietOne
* SergeantRock: Briefly when Benjamin Carmine is part of Delta Squad.
* SexForSolace: How Marcus and Anya's relationship started, when he escorted her home after the Aspho Fields award ceremony. They were already attracted to each other, but a combination of grief and alcohol [[GladToBeAliveSex finally broke down their mutual hesitancy]].
* SingleTargetSexuality: With Anya, to the point where Dom later tells Anya that Marcus never so much as noticed another woman after they got together.
* TheStoic: Crossed with NotSoStoic at key points.
* UndyingLoyalty: Marcus hammers it to the point where he would put family and friends above all else.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Dogs?]]: Is somewhat scared and nervous around dogs after some unsettling experiences with them in The Slab.

!!Corporal Dominic "Dom" Santiago (Voiced by Carlos Ferro)
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->''"Look, Marcus is busy saving the world again, so I gotta be there for him."''

Marcus' best friend, Dom was trained as a commando before transferring to the infantry. He lost his brother Carlos during the Pendulum Wars, his parents and two children on Emergence Day, and his wife Maria disappeared several years later after falling into severe depression from losing her family. When Marcus got sent to jail for abandoning his post to save his father, Dom was one of the few peopled who defended him. As the war with the Locust Horde continues, Dom still remains somewhat cheerful and caring throughout the conflict, eventually breaking Marcus out of jail to assist in a major push against the Locust. At the same time, he continues to search for Maria whenever possible. [[spoiler: When he found her lobotomized beyond recognition in the Locust Hollow, Dom was forced to [[MercyKill euthanise her]]]].
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* {{Badass}}: Although events conspire to BreakTheBadass.
* BashBrothers: With Marcus
* BeardOfSorrow: Grows one by the time ''Gears of War 3'' occurs.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* [[spoiler: DeathSeeker: The repurcussion of euthanising Maria]]. Lampshaded in the first ''Gears of War 3'' trailer "Ashes to Ashes". [[spoiler: Finally finds it via HeroicSacrifice]]: [[spoiler: Arguably the [[WHAMEpisode WHAM moment]] in ''Gears of War 3'']].
* CallToAgriculture: In ''Gears of War 3'', it's implied Dom has spent most of his time aboard the ''Sovereign'' growing plants. When called away to the CIC, he gets annoyed and just wants to hurry up so he can get back to them. The attacking Lambent end up ruining them in a battle, though they probably would've been anyway even if the Lambent were nowhere near them since the ship gets toppled.
* DeadGuyJunior: His son's name was Benedicto, which was his brother Carlos' middle name.
* DespairEventHorizon: After having [[spoiler: to kill Maria]], Dom dedicates himself to cultivating a fruit and vegetable garden on the ''Sovereign'' just so he can sort of distract himself. He'll still fight the Locust, but the burning hatred he showed for them in ''Gears of War 2'' is almost buried under his depression... until they [[BerserkButton ruined his tomatoes]].
* {{Determinator}}: Never gave up hope searching for his wife. Occassionally frustrated, but it didn't hold.
* DreamSequence: Gets one after being knocked out by the helicopter crash in ''Gears 2'', of Maria trying to rouse a presumably on-leave Dom from a nap. Crosses over to FridgeBrilliance with the insinuation from the novel that this may have taken place right before their kids were killed.
* HappilyMarried: For the brief time he and Maria were together before their kids died.
* HeroicBSOD
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice: In order to save the rest of the team, Dom takes control of an old junker and rams it into a gas pump to destroy the massive waves of Locust '''AND''' Lambent that were about to overwhelm them]]. [[spoiler: [[TheStoic Marcus']] reaction when he sees Dom drive off and the aftermath accompanied by a DarkReprise of "[[TearsForFears Mad World]]" is part of what makes this the most [[TearJerker heartrending scene in the series]]]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Marcus
* HurtingHero
* InkSuitActor: Somewhat: Dom doesn't look like exactly like Carlos Ferro, but by the time ''Gears of War 3'' was in production, Dom was growing a BeardOfSorrow; Ferro was growing one himself and looked just like Dom.
* [[spoiler: KillTheOnesYouLove]]: [[spoiler: Dom euthanizes Maria after finding her catonic, scarred and malnourished in the Hollows]].
* TheLancer
* MilitaryBrat: Dom's dad and aunt were both retired Gear's.
* PrinciplesOverPromotion: Dom was the only person who stood up for Marcus at his court-martial. He did it knowing that it would cost him any chance for advancement in the future.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After [[spoiler: having to kill Maria]].
-->'''Marcus:''' Listen, I think I found a back way in. But if you wanna kick the front door down, I'm there.
-->'''Dom:''' '''*cocks Lancer*''' I wanna kill 'em all.
* ShellShockedVeteran
* ShipperOnDeck: For Marcus and Anya. It heads to a point of semi-{{Deconstruction}} in the ExpandedUniverse where Dom becomes increasingly frustrated (if not outright pissed) that Marcus CannotSpitItOut.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Marcus and Hoffman: to the former because he is his best friend, and to the latter since he was Dom's CO in the commando's during the Pendulum Wars.

!!Corporal Damon Baird (Voiced by FredTatasciore)
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->''"Our enemy talks to worms. If they're outsmarting us in this war, then we probably deserve to be extinct."''

A snarky, JerkAss Gear who's constantly being promoted and demoted due to his skills and always being an ass to his superiors. An expert at all things technical, Baird's very proficient at science and the inner workings of the Locust Horde, as well. Every squad, ship captain, and helicopter crew want him to be transferred to their command for his skills, something which he knows and relishes. He is best friends with Augustus Cole.
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* AggressiveCategorism: For Baird, all officers (except Anya and Hoffman) are idiotic parasites, and most people who aren't in Delta Squad are idiots.
* BadassBookworm
* BadDreams: Averted: it's worth noting he's one of the few Gears who doesn't have nightmares.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Samantha; taken to hilarity at the end of Act I in ''Gears of War 3'':
--> "I suppose you want me to say I've always loved you. But I don't! I really, ''[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial really]]'' don't!"
* CharacterDevelopment: Starts off as a know-it-all jerkass who only cares about himself and Cole, but eventually becomes a know-it-all jerkass who secretly cares about everyone he knows and [[SelfDeprecation hates himself for it]].
* TheCynic
* DeadpanSnarker
* TheEngineer
* {{Expy}}: Of [[FinalFantasyVII Cid Highwind]].
* FireForgedFriends: With Cole, and by Gears 3, all of Delta.
* DoesNotKnowHowToSayThanks: At first; as time goes on, Cole and Bernadette "Bernie" Mataki help him improve his social skills.
* GadgeteerGenius
* GeniusBruiser
* GoodIsNotNice
* GreaseMonkey
* HeadbuttingHeroes: With Alex Brand.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Cole.
* InkSuitActor: Although Fred Tatasciore is a bigger guy and older and Baird is pretty skinny in the Gears universe, put him in fighting shape and give him blonde hair and you can see the resemblence.
* InsufferableGenius
* ItsAllAboutMe: Pre-CharacterDevelopment
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KnightInSourArmor
* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities: His technical skills have gotten him several promotions, but he has repeatedly gotten himself busted back down to Corporal. In ''Anvil Gate'', Dom comes to believe that while Baird is happy knowing he's smart enough to be a sergeant, he doesn't believe he has the necessary command ability.
* LonelyRichKid: Due to his parents keeping him in a GildedCage.
* MachineEmpathy
* MotorMouth
* MrFixit
* NonIdleRich
* NoodleIncident: Implied in ''Gears of War 3'' regarding a certain event with him and his bladder. That or a CallBack to ''Gears of War 2'', when Marcus makes a long jump over a pit with a Centaur in the Hollow and Cole jokes that he thinks Baird pissed himself.
* OnlySaneMan: Often considers himself this compared to the rest of Delta Squad.
* ParentalNeglect
* ReluctantWarrior: His interests always lay in the academic field but his parents forced him to enlist as a Gear or else have no access to his inheritance, once the Locust war started his single tour of duty became a career. This actually explains his jerkass nature, he figures his mechanical skills are more valuable than money now and thus no one is willing to kick him out.
* SarcasticDevotee
* TheScrounger
* TheSmartGuy
* VitriolicBestBuds: Type 2 with nearly everyone in Delta Squad, especially Bernie. Averted with Cole, as the two never come close to an argument, though Baird's still bitter about the Hanover Cougars beating the Sharks.

!!Private Augustus Cole (Voiced by Lester Speight)
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->''"Can't stop the Train, baby!"''

A former all-star Thrashball defensive lineman turned Gear from the town of Hanover, Augustus "Cole Train" Cole is a loud, cheerful presence on the battlefield, inspiring confidence in his fellow Gears. However, much of the good cheer he projects is for the benefit of everyone else, as Cole considers it his duty to keep his squad's spirits up. He's extremely thoughtful and intelligent, and is quick to notice problems others are having and help them through it.
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* {{Badass}}
* BigDamnHeroes: Lives on this trope.
* TheBigGuy: Class 2 and 4
* BlackBestFriend: To Baird and Bernie.
* BoisterousBruiser [[BruiserWithASoftCenter With A Soft Center]]
* CelebritySurvivor
* EmotionalBruiser: Cole's reminiscing of his Thrashball days in ''Gears of War 3'', along with the following quote, is this trope in the spades:
--> '''Cole''': "Do you ever feel like you're dead, but nobody told you?"
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Holding off several Locust Drones all by himself.
* FireForgedFriends: With Baird.
* FunPersonified
* GentleGiant
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Baird.
* HiddenDepths: He comes across as a BoisterousBruiser who obsesses over his glory days as a star athlete, but he does what he does out of an intense loyalty to his nation, fans, and friends. Gears 3 especially shows him with some emotional undercurrents, a good degree of people skills, and he's a very competent squad leader.
* HometownHero: Well-loved in his hometown Hanover where he used to be the star player for the Cougars. The stadium even has a giant bronze statue of him, which Baird notes with surprise that the Stranded in the area didn't melt down for scrap.
* HopeBringer
* HurtingHero
* InkSuitActor
* InSeriesNickname: "Cole Train"
* LargeHam
* LightningBruiser: He became a Gear at the height of his Thrashball career and still hasn't lost his speed.
* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities: Refuses every promotion, with the reasoning that a higher rank won't help him kill Locust any faster, plus he'd much rather stay with his buddies.
* MommasBoy: And proud of it. [[TearJerker He still writes to her every day, even though she died on Emergence Day]].
* NoIndoorVoice
* ObfuscatingStupidity
* OneManArmy
* SadClown: A lot of his good cheer is a front to shore up the morale of his fellow Gears. It starts cracking around ''Gears of War 3''.
* ScaryBlackMan: Arguably a positive example; his BigDamnHeroes moment in ''Gears of War 2'' certainly shows sign of this, judging by the fleeing Locust Drones.
* StepfordSmiler
* SubmissiveBadass: He has turned down many promotions, saying that a higher rank isn't going to make him any better at killing Locusts, so he'd much rather stay with his buddies instead.

!!Lieutenant Anya Stroud (Voiced by Nan [=McNamara=])
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->''"Oh, I'm fine. That's the scary thing. I want to do it again. I'm not finished. And all this hilarity- I hear it all the time in Control. But now I've done it myself. Tell me it's normal. Tell me I've not got some terrible thing in me waiting to get out and kill and joke about it."''

A controller in the CIC, Anya Stroud provides guidance and direction in the first two games, before transferring to the frontlines in the ExpandedUniverse and the third game. She and Marcus have been in love since hooking up shortly after the battle of Aspho Field, and they finally begin an open relationship on the island of Vectes after Jacinto sinks.
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* ActionGirl
* AdrenalineMakeover: Dom notes in ''Coalition's End'' that several months of wearing full battle gear has caused her to walk and act like a soldier, as well as getting a bit more muscular from its weight. She also cuts a lot of her long hair off towards the end of the book when an exploding Lambent Polyp singes the ends.
* {{Badass}}
* BattleCouple: With Marcus.
* TheChick
* CommunicationsOfficer: Was trained as this; only became a frontline soldier after the events of ''Gears 2''.
* DisappearedDad: Anya doesn't know ''who'' her father is/was, and her mother refused to ever tell her. She's understandably a little bitter about this.
* GoodLookingPrivates
* InTheBlood: Anya's mother was Major Helena Stroud, a {{Badass}} LadyOfWar in the last days of the Pendulum Wars.
* InkSuitActor: Try visualizing Anya in her mid-40s; Nan [=McNamara=] looks eerily similar to her.
* LadyOfWar
* MilitaryBrat
* MissionControl: Before moving to the frontlines.
* NotStayingForBreakfast: During their time together before he was imprisoned, Marcus never once spent the night at Anya's apartment/quarters. She thought he was doing it because he didn't want to get caught, and was very hurt by it. Dom later tells her its because Marcus has terrible nightmares and was afraid of injuring her in his sleep.
* PluckyGirl
* SexForSolace: How Anya and Marcus' relationship started, when he escorted her home after the Aspho Fields award ceremony. They were already attracted to each other, but a combination of grief and alcohol [[GladToBeAliveSex finally broke down their mutual hesitancy]].
* SingleTargetSexuality: With Marcus, from the time they were teenagers.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Hoffman: even in situations where she's supposed to report to Chairman Prescott first, she makes sure Hoffman winds up with the information beforehand.
** For a time, she even considered the possibility he was her father, since he always treated her so well and was good friends with her mother. When she confessed this to him, Hoffman told her that nothing had ever happened between him and Helena, but that he considered Anya to be family since they had served together so long.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection
* [[WellDoneSonGuy Well Done Daughter Girl]]: When her mother, Helena Stroud, was alive, Anya was absolutely terrified of disappointing her. Luckily, Helena managed to tell Anya how proud she was of her before she died.

!!Colonel Victor Hoffman (Voiced by Jamie Alcroft)
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->''"Guns and bombs don't kill people. Clever scientists who want to build a better method of destruction kill people: lots of them. Most of my Gears couldn't make anything more lethal than a blade or a bow. So you'll forgive me if I think it stinks that my Gears get your "baby-killer" crap and your educated colleagues get research grants. And that's before you start inventing other shit you can't control."''

The highest ranking member of the remaining COG army, Victor Hoffman worked his way up from the private to become the head of COG Special Forces at the end of the Pendulum Wars. He hated the promotions, worried the higher in rank he got, the worse he would screw up, and was fearful he would no longer be able to fight alongside his men. Hoffman was the one who ordered Marcus out of prison, as the number of Gears were dwindling. He restarted a relationship with Bernadette Mataki after she returned to the COG fifteen years after Emergence Day, and later led a group of survivors at Anvil Gate following the sinking of Jacinto.
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* AFatherToHisMen
* AntiHero: Type 3, sometimes dipping into Type 4.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Hoffman's in charge of the COG military because he's the highest ranking officer that was tough enough to survive against the Locust.
** [[spoiler:Also because several other higher-ranking officers had their deaths faked and were sent to Azura. Hoffman was not selected to be sent away because Prescott knew he would never agree to it and because he beleived Hoffman was the best choice to defeat the Locust.]]
* TheAtoner: He feels he needs to make up for all of the horrible choices he had to make during the Pendulum Wars and for the fact he left Marcus in prison to die when the war hero could've saved more lives and killed more Locust.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Second-in-command of what remains of humanity and ''still'' just as capable as the rest of the heroes.
* BadassGrandpa
** ColonelBadass
* BaldOfAwesome
* BattleCouple: With Bernie. It's revealed in ''Anvil Gate'' that they were also a couple when they were younger, but he broke up with her under pressure from his superiors when he started officer training.
* TheChainsOfCommanding
* CoolOldGuy
* DecemberDecemberRomance: With Bernie.
* DirtyBusiness: TheSiege of Anvil Gate.
* ISurrenderSuckers: How he won the Siege of Anvil Gate. Unfortunately, he hates himself for it. And as a kicker, it wasn't even necessary, as COG reinforcements arrived shortly thereafter.
* TheLastDJ: See LimitedAdvancementOpportunities.
* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities: Holds the rank of Colonel, despite being the head of the COG armed forces, for a couple of reasons: first, he insulted Chairman Prescott's predecessor, who made sure he would never get promoted again; second, everyone ranked higher than him died so quickly during the Locust War that it simply made Hoffman the highest ranking officer left; there was no need for a promotion. Before all that, he also worked to ''avoid'' promotions, fearing he would get promoted so high he wouldn't be able to fight on the battlefield alongside his men, and many of the higher ups didn't want to promote him because of his unorthodox ideas.
* TheMcCoy
* MilitaryMaverick: Promoted commando tactics over traditional warfare, which annoyed the hell out of his superiors, but worked very effectively. This is also what leads to much of his conflict with Marcus: both are this trope, and are very alike in many ways. The sad part is they can't stand each other before the first game.
* MyGreatestFailure: Not stopping his wife from trying to rescue her sister in an area that would be hit by the [[KillSat Hammer of Dawn counterattack]].
* OldSoldier
* SupportingLeader
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Most of the time.
* TeamDad

!!Sergeant Bernadette "Bernie" Mataki (Voiced by Tess Masters(Gears 3, most of Act 3) & JenniferHale(part of Act 3)
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->''"And I'm fucking Bernie Mataki, Two-Six RTI! And I ''will'' rejoin my fucking regiment!"''

A South Islander Gear and sniper, Bernie is sixty years old and still fighting. She crossed half the planet, fighting the Locust and Stranded to return to the COG, which she views as the last bastion of civilization on Sera. She and Hoffman are a couple, and she has a dog named Mac.
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* ActionGirl
* AmicablyDivorced
* AustralianAccent
* BadassLonghair
* BattleCouple: With Hoffman.
* BerserkButton: Anyone insulting Marcus or Hoffman, and violent Stranded.
* CanonImmigrant
* ColdSniper / FriendlySniper: Has aspects of both.
* CoolOldLady
-->"We're just going to sit on the porch and blow the shit out of anything that comes along."
* DecemberDecemberRomance: With Hoffman.
* {{Determinator}}
* TheHunter
* InSeriesNickname: Cole calls her "Boomer Lady", Baird refers to her as "Granny".
* KnifeNut
* TheLancer: Served in this role to both Helena Stroud and Hoffman.
* {{Mentor}}: To Anya.
* NeverMessWithGranny
* OldSoldier
* PintsizedPowerhouse: She leveled Baird with one punch to the jaw when he annoyed her enough, though she also realized that if the much stronger Baird retaliated, he would have beaten the crap out of her.
* RapeAndRevenge: She hunted down two of her three rapists, and used her combat knife to [[FlayingAlive personally show them how she skinned animals]]. She then removed [[GroinAttack certain parts of their body]] and stuffed them down their throats before finally killing them.
* RapeAsBackstory: Gang-raped by three Stranded during her trek across Sera when she attempted to stop them from raiding a small village.
* SheWhoFightsMonsters: Fears becoming this in her hunt for her third rapist.
* TeamMom: To Delta Squad.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Helena.
* VeteranInstructor: But still fights.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Type 2 with Baird. By ''Jacinto's Remnant'', they're more-or-less friends.

!!Corporal Tai Kaliso
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->''"Some have said that WarIsHell. War is not Hell... for in Hell, innocence is spared."''

A friend of Marcus from the Pendulum Wars, he saw his entire home village wiped out by Indie forces, and joined the COG to gain revenge. He has a tendency to survive where others didn't, [[spoiler: but that didn't help him when he was captured by the Locust in the Hollow and tortured into committing suicide]].

Tai appears as one of four playable characters in the second DownloadableContent for ''Gears of War 3'' called "RAAM's Shadow", where he and Zeta Squad must evacuate and protect surviving citizens of Ilima City from a Locust Kryllstorm.
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* BadassNative
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* TheBigGuy
* [[spoiler:BigGuyFatalitySyndrome]]
* CloudCuckoolander
* CulturedWarrior: Prone to spouting philosophical lines at a moment's notice.
* DoomedHometown
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]
* TheFatalist
* GentleGiant
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice: Fights Skorge to give Delta and Dizzy Wallin enough time to head down to the Hollow, but ends up captured and tortured. When Delta Squad extracts him, he immediately kills himself]].
* ImprovisedWeapon: Tai is noted for doing this in the ExpandedUniverse; notably, it's he who creatively used a chainsaw against the Locust after his Retro Lancer's bayonet broke, leading to the invention of the modern-day Lancer assault rifle.
* MadeOfIron
* NightmareFetishist
--> '''Tai''': "I like the glow of Locust blood in this light."
--> '''Dom''': "You've got a sick mind, Tai."
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Against the Indies after his hometown was slaughtered.
* SavagePiercings
* ScreamingWarrior
** TheStoic: When not fighting.
* TribalFacePaint: His tribal tattoos
* WarriorPoet

!!Private Anthony Carmine (Voiced by Michael Gough)
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->''"Something's wrong with this thing! It keeps jamming!"''

The second youngest Carmine brother, he first appeared onboard the Raven that picked up Marcus after he was released from prison, and marveled over Marcus' being a legend among the COG. Apparently an already established member of Delta Squad, he gets very little development until he gets killed very early on in the first game.
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* BoomHeadshot
* TheCameo: He appears as the third player in the dream sequence at the start of ''Gears of War 3''.
* TheFaceless
* TheDitz: Not exactly the brightest of the Carmine siblings.
* GenreBlind: He ignores the Golden Rule of the Gears: [[spoiler:take cover and keep your head down.]]
* KilledMidSentence
* RedShirt
* SacrificialLamb
* WeHardlyKnewYe

!!Private Benjamin Carmine (Voiced by Michael Gough)
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->''"Sergeant Fenix? Are you Sergeant Fenix? Delta squad? I'm your new trainee!"''

The youngest of the Carmine brothers, he is a fresh recruit sent to Delta Squad to be trained by Marcus (allowing you the option for a JustifiedTutorial). He sticks around for a good portion of the game, gradually learning the ropes of being a soldier and being praised by Marcus for how quickly he picked it up.
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* {{Badass}}
* TheCameo: Is the fourth player in the initial dream sequence of ''Gears of War 3''.
* [[spoiler:CruelAndUnusualDeath: Half his body is burned away by digestive acid produced by digestive parasites in the Riftworm]].
* TheFaceless
* [[spoiler:FinalSpeech: He asks Marcus to tell his brothers and mom that he loves them, and tried to say something else, but died before he could finish]].
* FriendlySniper
* Heroic Sacrifice: Averted: he attempts one, [[spoiler: but ultimately does get one on the Raven]].
* MauveShirt
* NewMeat
* NiceGuy
* PyroManiac: While never shown in the campaign, Marcus and Dom stated he likes fire, and his multiplayer quotes when using the Scorcher flamethrower are suitably crazy.
* WeaponOfChoice: He is seen using the sniper rifle more often than not.

!!Private Clayton Carmine (Voiced by Michael Gough)
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->''"Eat dirt and die, motherfucker!"''

The third Carmine brother, Clayton is the eldest brother to Anthony and Benjamin, and much more muscular and badass. First showing up in the third game, at that point he had been a long established member of Delta Squad and chatted with the others on very friendly terms.
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* AlliterativeName
* BaconAddiction
* {{Badass}}
* CallBack: "Good thing I wear a helmet."
* DeadpanSnarker
* [[DeadLittleSister Dead Little Brothers]]: His primary motivation.
* TheFaceless
* GatlingGood: Most promotional materials for ''Gears of War 3'' have him wielding a Mulcher minigun.
* HotBlooded: He becomes really fired up in combat. Of note is he also gets pissed off a couple times during the campaign and speaks his mind (though it was justified each time), something his brothers never did.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: He did not appreciate [[TearJerker losing Anthony and Benjamin]].
* RunningGag: Clayton's multiple brushes with death are some of the funniest moments in ''Gears of War 3''.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Bacon.
* TrainingFromHell: It's implied by the writing on his armor that he put himself through this [[RunningGag so he could reload properly]].
* [[spoiler: YouCantFightFate: Both of his brothers died at the beginning and middle of the first two games, respectively. Clayton arrives via BigDamnHeroes moment to aid Delta Squad in the final battle, but Myrrah has her Tempest take down his chopper]]...
** [[spoiler: NotQuiteDead: ...but he survives the crash and helps treat the other Gears on the Raven before joining the rest of Delta in celebration.]]

!!Lieutenant Minh Young Kim (voiced by RobinAtkinDownes)
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->''"I have the code."''

Original leader of Delta Squad, Kim shares Hoffman's dislike for Marcus. [[spoiler: He gets killed by General RAAM near the end of Act I of the first game]]. Kim is one of four playable characters of Zeta Squad in "RAAM's Shadow," up to establishing a certain rivalry between him and RAAM.
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* {{Badass}}
* BaldOfAwesome
* [[ByTheBookCop By The Book Soldier]]
* CaptainObvious
* ConsummateProfessional
* HonorBeforeReason: Even with orders to evacuate and the impending Kryllstorm minutes away, he refuses to give up on rescuing the civilians from the Ilima City orphanage.
* [[spoiler: ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: By General RAAM.]]
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* MauveShirt: Before ''RAAM's Shadow'' was released.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong
* [[spoiler: SacrificialLion]]
* WideEyedIdealist

!!Private Samantha Bryne (Voiced by ClaudiaBlack)
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->''"I hate myself. All I could think at first was that [[DisappearedDad he]] left me and Mum to stay with his mates. But I'm a Gear. I know it's not that simple."''

An explosives expert, Samantha's the daughter of Samuel Bryne, a Gear who served alongside Hoffman at Anvil Gate, while her mother was a Kashkuri native. She met Delta Squad at the Vectes Naval Base during the events of ''Jacinto's Remnant'' and joined up with them during the Stranded insurgency at New Jacinto. Samantha's an avid tattoo artist and was the one who gave Dom the angelic tattoo of Maria on his right arm.
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* ActionGirl
* AmbiguouslyBrown: It's possible she's based off of Australian aborigines though.
* AwesomeAussie
* BadassBiker
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Baird; their bantering throughout Act I in ''Gears of War 3'' is one of the best examples out there. Later becomes ShipTease in the final act after Baird is informed of [[spoiler: Dom's death]]; in a moment of playing against his usual demeanor, Barid tells Sam to take care of herself. She responds in kind. But earlier, during their mission to Hanover, there's this little gem.
--> '''Samantha''': "Oh, Baird, that house over there. I can see it now: you, me, a couple of kids and a dog."
--> '''Baird''': "Yeah, and my great big bottle of suicide pills."
--> '''Samantha''': "That'll save me from poisoning your dinner."
--> '''Baird''': "You'll miss me one day."
--> '''Samantha''': "Only if somebody bumps my elbow."
--> '''Baird''': '''*monotone*''' "''Ha ha.''"
* BobHaircut
* BikerBabe
* BombDisposal: Her specialty.
* CanonImmigrant
* DeadpanSnarker
* DemolitionsExpert
* DisappearedDad: Samuel was killed in action during the Siege of Anvil Gate.
* FriendlySniper
* GenderBlenderName
* HopelessSuitor: She has a crush on Dom, but he can't move past [[spoiler: killing Maria]] and return her feelings.
* InSeriesNickname: "Duchashka", a Gorasini word meaning "lovely duchess".
* {{Ladette}}
* TomboyishName: Goes exclusivly by "Sam".
* WellDoneDaughterGirl: Grew up hearing stories about her father and tries to live up to his reputation, but worries she might have disappointed him somehow.

!!Chairman Richard Prescott (Voiced by Charles Cioffi (Gears of War 2) and DwightSchultz (Gears of War 3)
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->''"The Coalition of Ordered Governments still exists, the rule of law still exists, and our social covenants still exist. We may no longer be in a state of war, but we still have a battle ahead to survive and rebuild, and in these difficult days there will be no tolerance of lawlessness and antisocial behavior. [[BlatantLies Unity defeated the Locust]]. But disunity will be the certain end of us all."''

Chairman of the Coalition of Ordered Governments for the time frame of the games, Prescott took over the position after his predecessor died of a heart attack. He employed ruthless tactics in his efforts to defeat the Locust, including burning a majority of Sera's surface to deny the Locust equipment, killing millions. As things got worse it became evident he hid government secrets even when they would be useful in defeating the Locust, with his reasons for doing so kept ambiguous.
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* {{Badass}}: He fights against the Lambent invading the ''Sovereign'' armed with nothing but a Snub pistol and without backup, while not losing his calm, collected manner.
* CharacterDevelopment: Not the positive type, mind you. He started off hating keeping secrets and being honest with his advisors and the military, but became very secretive and lied a lot over his fifteen years in office.
* ChestOfMedals: Which people wonder how he got, considering the fact that he was only in the army for 18 months and never saw combat.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]: Just one chapter after you re-encounter him, [[spoiler: he dies from severe wounds sustained following the Lambent Leviathan explosion, but not before telling Marcus where his father is]].
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: One of his defining character traits. He hates himself for ordering the Hammer counterstrikes as well as many other decisions he's made since E-Day, but believes them all to have been absolutely necessary for humanity to survive. While Marcus can't stand the guy and the things he did, even he had to admit there were some logic to it, however morally shady it may have been. Of course, then there was Azura, which... well, it's best you see for yourself.
* NervesOfSteel
* ObstructiveBureaucrat
* PermanentElectedOfficial: There are no more elections after Emergence Day.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: When a battle or military crises is about to break out, Prescott knows to step back and let Hoffman do his job without interference.
* RousingSpeech: He's very good at these, and even Hoffman has to acknowledge he can motivate people like nobody else he has ever seen. The opening of Gears 2 is straight out of a Hollywood action movie.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He abandons the COG only a few months after the sinking of Jacinto, and without a leader, it disbands. However, he is insistent that he has a reason to leave, and wants the others to come with him, but they don't trust him and refuse. His return with information about Adam Fenix is what kicks off the plot of the third game.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Has some elements of this in the flashback portions of ''Jacinto's Remnant''.
* WellIntentionedExtremist

!!Private Dizzy Wallin (Voiced by Peter Jason)
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->''"Our government's doing more than abandoning us. They're killing more of us than the damn grubs have."''

A former Stranded who became a Gear through Operation Lifeboat in order to feed and protect his family. Drinks heavily, but is a good father and soldier, which surprises many Gears and COG citizens who hate Stranded. He was a derrick operator in Gears 2 and avoided capture because of Tai's actions, showing up later in Gears 3 as the leader of an outpost and helping the rest on their way.
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* TheAlcoholic [[AlcoholicParent Parent]]: He does drink a lot, but it never affects his work as a Gear, nor is he an abusive parent because of it. He in fact quit drinking at one point: unfortantly, that was Emergence Day, and he lost his first wife and son soon after that.
* {{Badass}}: This is noted in the third game: Delta Squad accidentally rendezvous with Dizzy after hijacking a Locust Barge. They wonder if he's fighting the entire Locust army at a supply depot; Dizzy replies he'd [[CallBack learned his lesson against Skorge]]. When he's held hostage by Griffin's men in Char to force Delta to get Griffin's fuel, Marcus worries he'll attempt to escape. He winds up holding off Myrrah's Royal Guards singlehandedly.
** BadassBeard
** BadassDriver
* BerserkButton: He hates whenever someone suggests he's not loyal to the COG or a true Gear because he's a former Stranded. Notably he never really held the same hatred for the COG most other Stranded did, as his son had served as a Gear during the Pendulum Wars, and he often got angry at other Stranded whenever they hassled COG patrols.
* DrowningMySorrows: After Emergence Day.
* TheDrunkenSailor: In his merchant navy days.
* GoingColdTurkey: After his last tour in the merchant navy, he was going to do this. Sadly, the day he started was Emergence Day.
* MilitaryMoonshiner
* NiceHat
* PapaWolf
* SurvivorGuilt: Felt this after his first wife and child were killed on Emergence Day, and later after his second wife died. However, the need to care for his twin daughters pulled him out of it.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: His disappearance from ''Gears of War 2'' was not followed up on, unlike Tai. The graphic novels reveal he managed to escape and survived, and returns as a supporting character in the novels beginning with ''Jacinto's Remnant''. He reappears in ''Gears of War 3'', working with Delta Squad to be the driver and engineer of the naval transportation they'll need to get to Azura.

!!Corporal Michael Barrick (Voiced by Rick D. Wasserman)
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->''"Lemme tell ya something about war. War ain't always about fightin'. Blood, bullets, death, yeah, yeah, that's part of it, but it sure as hell ain't all of it. Sometimes, [[TacticalWithdrawal it's knowin' when to turn tail, and run your fuckin' ass off]]."''

A former Stranded who joined the COG via Operation Lifeboat, except he didn't have a family to benefit and just wanted to kill some Locust. [[spoiler: Dies holding off a large army of Locust to allow the rest of Delta to escape. Even if he hadn't done that, he would have died because of rustlung eventually]]. Originating in the comics, Barrick is one of [[CanonImmigrant four playable characters]] in Zeta Squad for "RAAM's Shadow".
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* {{Badass}}
** BadassBaritone
** BadassMoustache
* BondOneLiner: Does several throughout both the comics and "RAAM's Shadow".
* CanonImmigrant
* CigarChomper: His character skin always has a cigar in his mouth.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DownloadableContent: Not only is he the poster boy for the ''Gears of War 3'' Season Pass, but he's the headlining protagonist in "RAAM's Shadow".
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking
* GunsAkimbo
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* SoleSurvivor: Of his original squad in the comics.
* [[spoiler: YourDaysAreNumbered]]
* WeaponOfChoice: The Gnasher shotgun.

!!Corporal Jayson "Jace" Stratton (Voiced by Michael B. Jordan)
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->''"Iíve tried to stay in the lightÖ Iím trying every day. Itís tricky, though. So much pain in the world, you canít help but feel it. And tough as it is you realize that feeling is the key to everything. Being hollow is the danger, feeling is the key. Itís tough sometimes. Hell, itís tough most of the time. But feeling is what makes us human."''

A young Gear who saw his family murdered by the Locust on Emergence Day, Jace has nevertheless grown up to be a kind, caring individual who puts others first and has a strong moral center. He started in the comics and made a vocal cameo in Gears 2, later to become a member of Delta in Gears 3. He shows up as a teenager in "RAAM's Shadow" which depicts him going into combat for the first time.
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* BadassBookworm
* BatterUp: In "RAAM's Shadow".
* CanonImmigrant
* ClusterFBomb: Will sometimes drop one if he fails an Active Reload.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Watched his parents and brother get killed by the Locust on Emergence Day.
* DeadpanSnarker
* EarAche: Lost half his left ear to shrapnel from a Torque Bow bolt. Strangely, his character skin in ''Gears of War 3'' has his ear intact.
* GuestStarPartyMember: In "RAAM's Shadow".
* TheHeart: Has been described as this a few times.
* HeroWorshipper: Towards Marcus and Dom.
* MadeOfIron: He survives the final part of ''RAAM's Shadow'', against all the heavily armed Locust that implies, while wearing a hoodie and jeans. Considering the penetrating power of the Hammerburst, and how many times he got hit depending on your playthrough, that's gotta be impressive.
* NewMeat: A bit at first, but he quickly learns all the ropes of being a Gear and is quickly promoted.
* NiceGuy
* TheOtherDarrin: Had a few lines in ''Gears of War 2'' (with a borderline Aussie accent) before the graphic novels turned him into an AscendedExtra and not just a generic Gear in a helmet. {{Drake}} was originally signed on to voice him in ''Gears of War 3'' before scheduling conflicts came up to prevent it, and he also gets a new voice actor for his younger self in "RAAM's Shadow".
* ReplacementGoldfish: In the ''Gears of War 3'' campaign and "RAAM's Shadow", he replaces the Player 2 character [[spoiler: after they die]].
* TheSmartGuy: He impresses Baird with his levels of analysis and thinking.
* [[spoiler: TakeUpMySword: Jace picks up Valera's Lancer in "RAAM's Shadow" to assist Zeta Squad]].
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Baird considers him to be this a bit, considering what he went through in his childhood.

!!Private Alicia Valera (Voiced by LauraBailey)
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Part of Zeta Squad, Alicia Valera is a Gear from Ilima City, which she helps evacuate as part of Zeta Squad. She has a younger brother who is about to join the COG Army. Alicia appears exclusively in "RAAM's Shadow".
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* ActionGirl
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* {{Badass}}
* CoolBigSis
* DoomedHometown: Ilima City.
* GoodLookingPrivates
* GoodScarsEvilScars: It's subtle, but there are several scars at the top of her left eyebrow.
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice: Knocks Jace out of the path of General RAAM and attempts to fight him, but ends up impaled upon his sword and gets tossed aside.]]
* [[spoiler: ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: By General RAAM.]]
* NiceGirl
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Alicia's definitely Hispanic, but sometimes her words give a resounding Greek/Eastern European accent rather than a Spanish one.

!!Professor Adam Fenix (Voiced by Charles Cioffi (Gears of War 2) and Peter Renaday (Gears of War 3))
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->''"I rarely see Marcus most days. I just don't know who he is and it's all my fault. I lied to him about what happened to Elaine and the longer I lie, the harder it is to come clean. Kids know when you're lying. Then their trust withers and dies."''

A retired Gear turned scientist and the father of Marcus Fenix, Adam developed weapons for the COG, including finishing the Hammer of Dawn. Considered the greatest military scientist on Sera, during the Human-Locust War, he disappeared in the Battle of Ephyra when his son failed to extract him and was assumed killed-in-action. Mysterious recordings of his voice were found in the Locust capital Nexus and a strange radio transmission was heard from him after the Hollow was flooded.
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* BadassBookworm
** BadassGrandpa
* CulturedBadass
* CulturedWarrior
* GadgeteerGenius
* GeniusBruiser: Redesigned the Lancer assault rifle after E-Day and quite handy with its predecessor during the Pendulum Wars.
* IcyBlueEyes: Like Marcus, he has an icy and piercing gaze. However, Adam's noticeably freaked out by their intensity, and once decided to sell all of his ancestors' portraits hanging in his home because he felt their cold blue stares were judging him.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Two of these for ''Gears of War 3''; purchasing either one allows the player to unlock his skin for multiplayer.
* MajorlyAwesome: Attained the rank of Major before retiring to work on weapons systems.
* MyGreatestFailure: Two of them: failing to be close to Marcus and be a better father than his was, and not finding a way to make peace with the Locust and avoid E-Day.
* NonIdleRich: Probably could have had his choice of science appointments, but went to OCS and became an officer. Even though he never inspired the type of loyalty that, say, Helena Stroud did, his men thought highly of him because he was such a good strategist that they almost never took casualties.
* OfficerAndAGentleman
* OverprotectiveDad
* ParentalNeglect: He was raised this way by his parents and tried not to act like this toward Marcus. Unfortunately, even though he tried, he really had no idea how to be a loving, demonstrative father. Before long, his and Marcus' relationship was turning out ''exactly'' like Adam's relationship with his father.
* TheProfessor
* ProfessorGuineaPig: [[spoiler: In an attempt to see how the Imulsion infection spreads, Adam injected himself with it to determine its effects and build his superweapon accordingly]].
* TheReveal: ''Loads'' in ''Gears of War 3'': [[spoiler: Adam was never killed when Marcus failed to extract him at the Battle of Ephyra: Prescott had him kidnapped and sent to Azura. And he was fully ''aware'' of the inevitable Emergence Day, due to Queen Myrrah personally asking for his assistance to solve the Lambent problem plaguing the Locust. Unfortunately, Adam didn't have enough time to find a solution to wipe out the Lambent, while preserving the Locust. Left with no choice, Myrrah had the Locust invade the surface, kickstarting the war]].
* ScienceHero: Is the inventor behind the Hammer of Dawn and the modern-day Lancer (although Tai is credited for demonstrating why a chainsaw fares far better than a bayonet).
* SoleSurvivingScientist: [[spoiler: The Locust get to Azura before Delta. They manage to kill everyone on the island except Adam, and they're literally at his door before being stopped.]]
* SpecsOfAwesome
* TheStoic: Although he's NotSoStoic when it comes to caring about Marcus.

!!Captain Quentin Michaelson

The head of the COG Navy and a personal friend of Hoffman's from their time working together during the Pendulum Wars. He, Hoffman, and Trescu were often forced to deal with Prescott's under-the-table dealing of secrets and runarounds. After Prescott abandons the remainder of the COG and Hoffman leaves for Anvil Gate, Michaelson commands the recommissioned battleship ''CNV Sovereign'' with Delta Squad and COG loyalists.
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* AFatherToHisMen
* {{Badass}}
* CanonImmigrant
* TheCaptain
* ChivalrousPervert
* DeadpanSnarker
* FatherNeptune
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* TheKirk
* NervesOfSteel
* OfficerAndAGentleman
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* SeadogBeard: Had one during his pirate catching duties, but shaved it off when he became head of the Navy.

!!Commander Miran Trescu

Leader of the remaining population of the Republic of Gorasnaya, Trescu led his people in joining the COG on the island of Vectes after the sinking of Jacinto, and quickly rose to a position of power alongside Hoffman and Michaelson, working with them to try and deal with Prescott's obstructiveness.
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* AFatherToHisMen
* AntiHero: A mix of Type IV and V
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* BadassBeard
* CanonImmigrant
* TheCavalry: Arrives with a Gorasni ship and reinforcements at Azura to assist the COG for the assault on the island in ''Gears of War 3''.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Is very willing to do this to get the information he needs, though his methods tend to be more of a psychological nature than a physical one, at least until he shoots one of the subjects to get the others to talk.
* CommandingCoolness
* ExaltedTorturer: Played with: his men and half the COG have no problem with him torturing Stranded Insurgents, while the other half view it as crossing the line.
* HopeBringer: His presence is enough to inspire any Gorasini into fighting to the death.
* KnightTemplar
* PayEvilUntoEvil
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* ShootTheDog: Executes two captured Stranded Insurgents, a father and his 14 year-old son, after the war is over, reasoning that Hoffman couldn't kill them himself, but he couldn't let them live because they killed several Gears.
* TheSpock
* WellDoneSonGuy: Promised his father on his deathbed that Gorasnaya would outlast the COG. When the Gorasni are down to a few thousand people, he decides that keeping them alive is more important than familial honor and joins forces with his former enemies. Lampshaded by Hoffman in ''Coalition's End'' when the COG breaks up; he gives Trescu a newly-made Gorasnayan flag and says that Trescu kept his promise to his father.
* WellIntentionedExtremist

!!Maria Santiago

Dom's wife, who went missing four years after Emergence Day due to her depression over her childrenís death. Dom spent the next ten years looking for her, [[spoiler: eventually finding her as a lobotomized Locust prisoner in the Hollow, and was forced to put her out of her misery]].
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* [[spoiler: BreakTheCutie: First when her kids, parents and in-laws are killed by the Locust. Then 10 years later when she's kidnapped and tortured.]]
* [[spoiler: EmptyShell]]
* HeroicBSOD: Suffered one of these when her kids and parents were killed. She never really recovered and eventually left her home looking for the kids, who she was convinced were still alive.
* [[spoiler: MercyKill]]

!!JACK
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Short for "Jack-of-All-Trades", JACK is a floating robot that assists Delta Squad in getting past locked doors, hacking computers, staying in contact with MissionControl, and shining a flashlight along their path to their objectives.
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* CuteMachines
* DoAnyThingRobot: To a point where Baird installs a ''stun gun'' for JACK to use in ''Gears of War 3''. In fact, JACK will help out during firefights and give Locust infantry trouble.
* MasterOfUnlocking
* MeaningfulName
* RobotBuddy: Notably averted throughout ''Gears of War 3'': JACK's been taken offline before the game begins because Baird needs spare parts to repair it. The final act brings it back to resume its usual duties.
* TookALevelInBadass: Baird repairs JACK to full function and adds an electrical tazer weapon to help the other in combat.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Locust Horde]]
!!Queen Myrrah (Voiced by Carolyn Seymour)
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->''"The Humans of Sera built a glorious civilization, but Humans are not destined to create. They ultimately did what they do best. Destroy. But this was nothing, compared to a new threat, from below. An enemy that will force Humanity to take their last, inevitable steps, toward extinction."''

The leader of the Locust Horde, who outwardly resembles a human woman. Precisely why she looks almost human is not made clear, and neither her motivations for attacking mankind. [[spoiler: ''Gears of War 3'' reveals Emergence Day resulted when the Locust realized their Lambent counterparts were becoming active and attacked them, and they had to flee the Hollow before it overwhelmed them. Myrrah led the Locust to attack humanity in order to reach the surface and escape the Lambent]].
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* AdrenalineMakeover: In ''Gears of War 3'', she's leading the Locust Horde personally. She switches her outfit and even her skin seems to be of a different color.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Her character skin is available for use in multiplayer for ''Gears of War 3'' [[spoiler: and she is the game's FinalBoss]].
* BelatedBackstory: In ''The Slab'', it turns out that [[spoiler:she is the descendant of one of the New Hope scientists, who were working on a cure for Lambency (the cause of the Sires, who are really Lambent humans) that became the Locust Horde]].
* BigBad
* CuteMonsterGirl: Although given Myrrah's appearance, "monster" might be an understatement. Then again, considering how genocidal she is, "monster" might refer to a different use of the term.
* DarkActionGirl
* {{Determinator}}
* [[spoiler:FinalBoss]]: In the third game.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* HannibalLecture: Delivers one throughout the [[spoiler: final battle]].
--> '''Myrrah''': Do you not see your most ''[[SarcasmMode admirable]]'' qualities in us? Oh, yes: we ''are'' genocidal [[AlwaysChaoticEvil monsters]]: ''[[NoIndoorVoice Just]]''. ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Like]]''. '''''[[NotSoDifferent you]]'''''!
--> '''Marcus''': [[ShutUpHannibal I can live with that]]!
* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves: In several of her speeches, she claims this is why peace with humans isn't possible.
* LargeHam: Very much so as the multiplayer announcer when the Locust win. In ''3'', killing an opponent often has her breaking out in [[LaughingMad maniacal laughter]].
* MissionControl, VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Commands General RAAM and his elite troops in the Locust playable segments of "RAAM's Shadow".
* MonsterLord
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:The Lambent existed years ''before'' Emergence Day; the Locust were losing more ground and Myrrah had to turn to Adam Fenix for a solution to the problem. Since he couldn't find a way to destroy the Lambent without harming the Locust, Myrrah was left with no choice and ordered her forces to invade the surface, beginning the Human-Locust War]].
* YouHaveFailedMe: In Versus multiplayer, one of the losing quotes for the Locust team is Myrrah expressing these exact words, with an added, bitter emphasis of "utterly".

!!General RAAM (Voiced by DeeBradleyBaker)
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A Locust Drone who worked his way up the ranks in the Locust Horde, RAAM led the Locust army during the Lightmass Offensive and served as the FinalBoss of the first game. RAAM returns prominently in the second ''Gears of War 3'' DownloadableContent called "RAAM's Shadow", a prequel taking place long before the first game, where he and a few Locust elite infantry place strategic Seeders to ink the sky black over Ilima City for an impending Kryllstorm.
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Badass}}
** FourStarBadass
* CoolSword
* DamageSpongeBoss
* TheDragon
* TheDreaded
* ElementalBaggage: There's no explanation in ''Gears of War'' or "RAAM's Shadow" on why he seems to be able to summon Kryll out of thin air to protect him. Either that or he's keeping them all under his coat.
* HeroKiller: Kills [[spoiler:Kim]] during his first appearance, while the Locust under his command take out a ''ton'' of RedShirts at the same time. In his first ''chronological'' appearance ("RAAM's Shadow"), [[spoiler:he kills a squad of Onyx Guards (the most elite of COG troopers), and later, Alicia Valera]].
* FinalBoss: In the first game.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: In ''RAAM's Shadow'', players controlling RAAM can direct his Kryll shield with a point of a finger and turn enemy Gears into a fine, bloody paste.
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Locust]]: ''Nothing'' can slow this guy down. In-universe, if he enters the battlefield, retreat is a ''must''.
* LargeAndInCharge: While a Drone, RAAM's the size of a [[GiantMook Boomer]] (at least 9 feet tall, he towers over the already big main characters). Averted in multiplayer, where his skin is downsized to the height of a normal Drone for [[CompetitiveBalance obvious reasons]].
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe
* MadeOfIron: In ''RAAM's Shadow'', in the cutscene just prior to the final battle he shrugs off sustained assault rifle fire as well as a dead-on hit from a chainsaw bayonet, even ''before'' he puts up his Kryll shield.
* MoreDakka: Wields a portable (well, in comparison) Troika turret in battle in ''Gears of War''.
* SssssnakeTalk
* VillainProtagonist: The main protagonist of the Locust levels in ''RAAM's Shadow''.

!!Skorge (Voiced by RobinAtkinDownes)
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High priest of the Kantus Sect, Skorge took over leading the Locust armies after General RAAM was killed, since only he could communicate with the Riftworm, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero awakened as a result of the Lightmass bombings by the COG]].
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The highest ranking Kantus is, of course, the toughest human-sized enemy.
* {{Badass}}
* ChainsawGood
* CollapsingCeilingBoss
* DoubleWeapon
* DreadlockWarrior: They're actually decorations on his helmet, since Locust don't have any hair, but they do evoke this effect.
* {{Expy}}: Of the eponymous Franchise/{{Predator}}, thanks to Skorge's dreadlocks, facial structure and use of a polearm.
* HighSpeedBattle: The second fight against him, where he chases down Delta Squad on Reavers with a gigantic Hydra.
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[[folder:The Stranded]]
!!Franklin Tsoko

A Stranded gang leader and friend of Dom's, he assists Delta in the first game and is in a deleted scene in the second.
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* AngryBlackMan
* {{Badass}}
* ScaryBlackMan

!!Chaps (voiced by RobinAtkinDownes)

An old Stranded who owned a gas station in Ephyra, until it was accidently destroyed by Delta Squad. Chaps then led a group of Stranded underground, hoping to evade both the COG and Locust, until he was found by Delta Squad.
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* {{Badass}}: Fights alongside Delta with a Boltok pistol and can actually take down Locust Drones. Naturally, he complains the whole time.
* DeadpanSnarker
* GrumpyOldMan

!!Aaron Griffin (Voiced by IceT)

A Stranded leader in the destroyed city of Char, who Delta Squad meets in ''Gears of War 3''. Formerly president of Griffin Imulsion.
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* AscendedFanon: According to WordOfGod, Ice T jokingly asked Cliff Bleszinski over the phone why he wasn't in ''Gears of War 3'', when Michael B. Jordan was cast to voice Jace. Cliff later met with Ice T personally and said EpicGames could make that into a reality, thus was born Griffin.
* BlingBlingBang: In his introductory cutscene you can see a display case in his office containing all the Gold weapons.
* CoolShades
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* InkSuitActor
* {{Jerkass}}: With shades of JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* ScaryBlackMan
* UngratefulBastard: So much that he's the only person in the series who has actually made Marcus ''angry'' with him.
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!!Private Carlos Santiago

Dom's older brother and Marcus' best friend, Carlos was the first to join the COG army during the Pendulum Wars. He was extremely reckless, [[spoiler: and ended up paying for that at the Battle of Aspho Fields]].
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* {{Badass}}
* BashBrothers: With Marcus
* BigBrotherInstinct: For Dom and Marcus, even though he knows both are capable of taking care of themselves.
* DeadpanSnarker
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* LeeroyJenkins
* [[spoiler: LudicrousGibs]]
* [[spoiler: MercyKill: Carlos begged Marcus to do this for him after he's mortally wounded. Subverted since he managed to detonate a grenade to kill himself, stopping Marcus from risking his life to save him and [[HeroicSacrifice destroying a bridge that enemy reinforcements were crossing]].]]
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Marcus joined the COG army after him but was promoted faster and was the one Anya was attracted to the most. In a twist, Carlos felt this was alright, since he was happy seeing Marcus, who's the PerpetualFrowner, be happy for once.

!!Sergeant Bai Tak

A Pesanga scout and commando who served alongside Hoffman for fifteen years during the Pendulum Wars.
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* {{Badass}}
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* MacheteMayhem
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* ScarilyCompetentTracker
* StealthHiBye

!!Major Gill Gettner

King Raven pilot that often works with Delta Squad. She's also the highest-ranking and most combat-experienced pilot left.
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* AcePilot
* DeadpanSnarker
* DespairEventHorizon: She seems to have crossed it during the Lambent Invasion.
* ImprobablePilotingSkills
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KnightInSourArmor
* MajorlyAwesome
* StepfordSnarker

!!Lieutenant Mel Sorotki

King Raven pilot that often works with Delta Squad.
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* AcePilot
* DeadpanSnarker
* ImprobablePilotingSkills
* SpecsOfAwesome

!!Lieutenant Kevan Mitchel
Co-pilot for Mel Sorotki.
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!!Lieutenant Nat Barber

Snarky King Raven co-pilot for Gill Gettner.
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* CunningLinguist: He is one of the few Gears who speak Gorasni, and is used to eavesdrop on their private communications network.
* DeadpanSnarker: This seems to be a recurring requirement to work on a King Raven.
* NiceGuy

!!Dr. Isabel Maryon-Hayman

The chief doctor of the COG medical corps, and one of the biggest bitches ever.
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* DrJerk: Although it's justified in her case: she's the oldest person on active-duty(in her late 70's), she's always overworked, never has enough of the medical supplies she needs, and regularly loses patients to injuries or diseases that could be easily treated if she only had the resources.
* DressedToHeal
* TheMedic
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: She gets rather annoyed that Bernie keeps bringing her dog Mac to her to be patched up, and Prescott having her examine the remains of Lambent animals.
* PetTheDog: Has a soft spot for amputees, and for Dom after he [[spoiler: was forced to euthanize Maria]].
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Doesn't care who she offends or insults.

!!Major Helena Stroud

The mother of Anya, she was a Major in charge of the COG division that fought at Aspho Fields.
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* ActionGirl
* ActionMom
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* {{Badass}}
* BlueBlood
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]
* LadyOfWar: Pretty much the female equivalent to Hoffman; an officer that preferred to be on the frontline with her troops, who loved her for it.
* TheLancer: Served in this role to Adam Fenix before he retired and she got promoted.
* [[spoiler: LudicrousGibs]]
* MajorlyAwesome
* UndyingLoyalty: It is said that any Gear that served under Helena developed this to her.

!!2nd Lieutenant Donneld Mathieson

The secondary CIC controler, who took over most of Anya's duties when she switched to the frontlines.
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* AnArmAndALeg: Type II. Lost both his legs to a mine during a battle.
* ArtificialLimbs: Both his legs, but not very good ones. Baird makes upgrades to them when he can.
* HandicappedBadass: He was regarded as one of the best and most {{Badass}} up-and-coming officers before he lost his legs.
* CommunicationsOfficer
* TheDeterminator: Will stop at nothing to find a way to walk again, even if it kills him.
* DisabledSnarker
* MissionControl
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection


!!Private Padrick "Pad" Salton

South Islander sniper who fought in the Pendulum Wars, killing over four hundred Indie soldiers. During the Locust War, the death of his best friend and the Hammer of Dawn counterattack pushed him over the edge, and he disappeared without a trace. [[spoiler: He showed up again at Anvil Gate during the Lambent Invasion, having gone to live with the Pesanga]].
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* {{Badass}}
* BritishAccents
* DeadpanSnarker
* DrivesLikeCrazy: He doesn't seem to get the point of roads in ''Jacinto's Remnant''.
* FriendlySniper
* HeroicBSOD: Small one after his best friend Baz is killed, major one after the Hammer of Dawn counterattack.
* RedHeadedHero
* TeamChef
* TribalFacePaint
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He went into a depression after the Hammer of Dawn counterattack and disappeared, with many thinking he was DrivenToSuicide. [[spoiler: He shows up in ''Coalition's End'' and is revealed to have gone to Pesang, where he joined the remaining Pesanga people in trying to survive the Locust]].

!!Sergeant Drew Rossi

The sergeant in charge of Echo Squad, a tough veteran who really likes to snark at others.
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* {{Badass}}
* TheCharmer
* DeadpanSnarker
* EmbarrassingTattoo: Samantha gave him a skull tattoo on one of his shoulders that apparently has [[TheUnreveal something]] hilarious in its eyes. She eventually fixed it for him.
* TheLancer: Serves as Anya's Lancer when she is put in command of a garrison in a small town.
* SergeantRock

!!Sergeant Rory Andreson

The sergeant in charge of Omicron Squad.
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* {{Badass}}
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* MauveShirt
* SergeantRock

!!Staff Sergeant Lennard Parry

The head of the COG Logistics Core, and a friend of Dizzy's.
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* AscendedExtra: He only got a small mention or single scene in the first three books, but then he gets a greatly expanded role in ''Coalition's End''.
* {{Badass}}
* TheEngineer

!!Helmsman Yanik Laas

A Gorasni sailor who became friends with Baird.
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* {{Badass}}
** BadassMustache
* BloodKnight
* DeadpanSnarker
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: His InSeriesNickname? "The Disemboweler".

!!Major Aleksander Reid

Extremely disliked major in charge of supplies and EOD teams, and one of two officers in line to take over for Hoffman if he dies.
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* {{Jerkass}}
* OverrankedSoldier: Nobody likes him, and the only reason he hasn't been killed "fighting Locust" is because he is too good at organizing supplies.
* ProfessionalButtkisser

!!Captain Paul Dury

Captain of the Onyx Guard and one of Prescott's most trusted secret advisors. He does not like some of the things he has to do for Prescott or the secrets, but understands perfectly the need for it all.
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* AFatherToHisMen
* TheCaptain
* DeadpanSnarker
* TheBigGuy
* NiceGuy
* PraetorianGuard
* SecretKeeper: One of the few individuals who knows everything that Prescott does.
* SophisticatedAsHell
* TheStoic: He lets out only an occasional smile.

!!Private Gil Gonzalez

A young Gear soldier who was best friends with Jace, [[spoiler: he was killed shortly after joining Delta Squad]].
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* {{Badass}}
* [[spoiler: DueToTheDead: His body is taken back to Jacinto and cremated alongside other dead Gears]].
* NewMeat
* [[spoiler: RedShirt]]
* [[spoiler: WeHardlyKnewYe]]

!!Sergeant Alexandra "Alex" Brand

One of the few frontline female Gears after E-Day, Alex was sent to a COG "baby farm", where women were artificially inseminated, but she was discovered to be barren. Alex then got shipped off to boot camp and made into a soldier. She became a sniper and scout, and quickly rose through the ranks. She worked with Delta when they went to the farm where she grew up after a distress signal was detected there.
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* ActionGirl
* {{Badass}}
* CigarChomper
* DeadpanSnarker
* FieryRedhead
* GenderBlenderName
* GreenEyedRedhead
* HeadbuttingHeroes: With Baird.
* HellBentForLeather: When off duty.
* {{Lad-ette}}
* RapeAsBackstory
* RedHeadedHero
* SamusIsAGirl: Much to Delta's surprise.

!!Lieutenant Draper

A Gear liutenant who commanded Midnight Squad.
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* {{Badass}}
** HandicappedBadass: He lost an eye at some point.
* ChekhovsGunman: First showed up in the background of the second issue of the Hollow arc, he got a name and was heavily involved in the story of the stand-alone fourteenth issue.
* EyepatchOfPower

!!Mac

Bernie's dog, he is trained to hunt Stranded and fight Lambent.
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* CanineCompanion
* EvilDetectingDog
* PunnyName: Bernie has a dog named Mac. [[TheBernieMacShow Bernie Mac]], [[ShoutOut anyone]]?
* RightHandAttackDog
* TeamPet
* TheyHaveTheScent
* UndyingLoyalty: To Bernie.
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* HurtingHero: By the start of ''Gears of War 1'', he's lost his mom, his mentors Helena Stroud and Daniel Kennen, best friend Carlos, Dom's kids, Maria disappeared, numerous other friends have died, and then his died (supposedly) died and Marcus is sent to prison for treason, and the only friend he made in jail [[NeverFoundTheBody possibly dies]] hours before they get rescued. Things continue to go downhill from there.



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* SadClown: A lot of his good cheer is a front to shore up the morale of his fellow Gears. It starts cracking around ''Gears of War 3''.



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* DeadpanSnarker: Not as often as say Baird, but he usually can't pass up the opportunity to snark, especially at Victor Hoffman. Hoffman notes at one point that Marcus manages to make "sir" sound like "asshole" when acknowledging an order.

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* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Dogs?]]: Is somewhat scared and nervous around dogs after some [[NoodleIncident unsettling experiences]] with them in The Slab.

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-> "Our enemy talks to worms. If they're outsmarting us in this war, then we probably deserve to be extinct."

A snarky, JerkAss Gear who's constantly being promoted and demoted due to his skills and always being an ass to his superiors. An expert at all things technical, Damon Baird's very proficient at science and the inner workings of the Locust Horde, as well. Every squad, ship captain, and helicopter crew want him to be transferred to their command for his skills, something which he knows and relishes. He is best friends with Augustus Cole.
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-> "Our ->''"Our enemy talks to worms. If they're outsmarting us in this war, then we probably deserve to be extinct."

"''

A snarky, JerkAss Gear who's constantly being promoted and demoted due to his skills and always being an ass to his superiors. An expert at all things technical, Damon Baird's very proficient at science and the inner workings of the Locust Horde, as well. Every squad, ship captain, and helicopter crew want him to be transferred to their command for his skills, something which he knows and relishes. He is best friends with Augustus Cole.
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold.JerkWithAHeartOfGold



[[quoteright:349:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/augustuscole_5942.png]]
-> "Can't stop the Train, baby!"

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-> "Can't ->''"Can't stop the Train, baby!"
baby!"''



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* BlackBestFriend: To Baird and Bernie

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* BlackBestFriend: To Baird and BernieBernie.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Holding off several Locusts all by himself.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Holding off several Locusts Locust Drones all by himself.



* HometownHero: Well-loved in his hometown Hanover where he used to be the star player for the Cougars. The stadium even has a giant bronze statue of him, which Baird notes with surprise, that the Stranded in the area didn't melt down for scrap.

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* HometownHero: Well-loved in his hometown Hanover where he used to be the star player for the Cougars. The stadium even has a giant bronze statue of him, which Baird notes with surprise, surprise that the Stranded in the area didn't melt down for scrap.



* MommasBoy: And proud of it. [[TearJerker He still writes to her every day, even though she's been dead for many years]].

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* MommasBoy: And proud of it. [[TearJerker He still writes to her every day, even though she's been dead for many years]].she died on Emergence Day]].



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-> "Oh, I'm fine. That's the scary thing. I want to do it again. I'm not finished. And all this hilarity- I hear it all the time in Control. But now I've done it myself. Tell me it's normal. Tell me I've not got some terrible thing in me waiting to get out and kill and joke about it."

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-> "Oh, ->''"Oh, I'm fine. That's the scary thing. I want to do it again. I'm not finished. And all this hilarity- I hear it all the time in Control. But now I've done it myself. Tell me it's normal. Tell me I've not got some terrible thing in me waiting to get out and kill and joke about it."
"''



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* BattleCouple: With Marcus

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* BattleCouple: With MarcusMarcus.



* DisappearedDad: Anya doesn't know ''who'' her father is/was. She's understandably a little bitter about this.

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* DisappearedDad: Anya doesn't know ''who'' her father is/was.is/was, and her mother refused to ever tell her. She's understandably a little bitter about this.



** For a time, she even considered the possibility he was her father, since he always treated her so well and was good friends with her mother. When she confessed this to him, Hoffman told her that nothing had ever happened between him and Helena, but that he considered Anya to be family since they had served together so long.



-> "Guns and bombs don't kill people. Clever scientists who want to build a better method of destruction kill people: lots of them. Most of my Gears couldn't make anything more lethal than a blade or a bow. So you'll forgive me if I think it stinks that my Gears get your "baby-killer" crap and your educated colleagues get research grants. And that's before you start inventing other shit you can't control."

The highest ranking member of the remaining COG army, Victor Hoffman worked his way up from the bottom to the head of Special Forces. He hated the promotions, worried the higher in rank he got, the worse he would screw up, and was fearful he would no longer be able to fight alongside his men. Hoffman was the one who ordered Marcus out of prison, as the number of Gears were dwindling. Restarted a relationship with Bernadette Mataki after she returned to the COG fifteen years after Emergence Day.
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-> "Guns [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/VictorHoffmanGoW_2531.png]]
->''"Guns
and bombs don't kill people. Clever scientists who want to build a better method of destruction kill people: lots of them. Most of my Gears couldn't make anything more lethal than a blade or a bow. So you'll forgive me if I think it stinks that my Gears get your "baby-killer" crap and your educated colleagues get research grants. And that's before you start inventing other shit you can't control."

"''

The highest ranking member of the remaining COG army, Victor Hoffman worked his way up from the bottom private to become the head of COG Special Forces.Forces at the end of the Pendulum Wars. He hated the promotions, worried the higher in rank he got, the worse he would screw up, and was fearful he would no longer be able to fight alongside his men. Hoffman was the one who ordered Marcus out of prison, as the number of Gears were dwindling. Restarted He restarted a relationship with Bernadette Mataki after she returned to the COG fifteen years after Emergence Day.
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* TheAtoner: He feels he needs to make up for all of the horrible choices he had to make during the Pendulum Wars and for the fact he left Marcus in prison to die when the war hero could've saved more lives and killed more Locusts.

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** [[spoiler:Also because several other higher-ranking officers had their deaths faked and were sent to Azura. Hoffman was not selected to be sent away because Prescott knew he would never agree to it and because he beleived Hoffman was the best choice to defeat the Locust.]]
* TheAtoner: He feels he needs to make up for all of the horrible choices he had to make during the Pendulum Wars and for the fact he left Marcus in prison to die when the war hero could've saved more lives and killed more Locusts.Locust.



* BattleCouple: With Bernie. It's revealed in ''Anvil Gate'' that they were also a couple when they were younger, but he broke up with her under pressure from his superiors.

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* BattleCouple: With Bernie. It's revealed in ''Anvil Gate'' that they were also a couple when they were younger, but he broke up with her under pressure from his superiors.superiors when he started officer training.



* TheLastDJ: See LimitedAdvancementOpportunities

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* TheLastDJ: See LimitedAdvancementOpportunitiesLimitedAdvancementOpportunities.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Most of the time

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Most of the timetime.



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-> "And I'm fucking Bernie Mataki, Two-Six RTI! And I ''will'' rejoin my fucking regiment!"

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-> "And ->''"And I'm fucking Bernie Mataki, Two-Six RTI! And I ''will'' rejoin my fucking regiment!"
regiment!"''



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* DecemberDecemberRomance: With Hoffman

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* DecemberDecemberRomance: With HoffmanHoffman.



* {{Mentor}}: To Anya

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* {{Mentor}}: To AnyaAnya.



* RapeAsBackstory: Gang-raped by three Stranded during her trek across Sera.
* SheWhoFightsMonsters: Fears becoming this in her hunt.
* TeamMom: To Delta Squad
* UndyingLoyalty: To Helena

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* RapeAsBackstory: Gang-raped by three Stranded during her trek across Sera.
Sera when she attempted to stop them from raiding a small village.
* SheWhoFightsMonsters: Fears becoming this in her hunt.
hunt for her third rapist.
* TeamMom: To Delta Squad
Squad.
* UndyingLoyalty: To HelenaHelena.



-> "Some have said that WarIsHell. War is not Hell... for in Hell, innocence is spared."

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-> "Some ->''"Some have said that WarIsHell. War is not Hell... for in Hell, innocence is spared."
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-> "Something's wrong with this thing! It keeps jamming!"

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-> "Something's [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/AnthonyCarmineGoW_7046.png]]
->''"Something's
wrong with this thing! It keeps jamming!"
jamming!"''



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-> "Sergeant Fenix? Are you Sergeant Fenix? Delta squad? I'm your new Trainee!"

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-> "Sergeant [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BenjamineCarmineGoW_5566.png]]
->''"Sergeant
Fenix? Are you Sergeant Fenix? Delta squad? I'm your new Trainee!"
trainee!"''



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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: Half his body is burned away by digestive acid produced by digestive parasites in the Riftworm]].

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: [[spoiler:CruelAndUnusualDeath: Half his body is burned away by digestive acid produced by digestive parasites in the Riftworm]].



* FinalSpeech: [[spoiler: He asks Marcus to tell his brothers and mom that he loves them, and tried to say something else, but died before he could finish]].

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* FinalSpeech: [[spoiler: [[spoiler:FinalSpeech: He asks Marcus to tell his brothers and mom that he loves them, and tried to say something else, but died before he could finish]].



* Heroic Sacrifice: Averted: he attempts one, but ultimately does get one [[spoiler: on the Raven]].

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* Heroic Sacrifice: Averted: he attempts one, [[spoiler: but ultimately does get one [[spoiler: on the Raven]].



-> "Eat dirt and die, motherfucker!"

The third Carmine brother, Clayton is the eldest brother to Anthony and Benjamin, and much more muscular and badass. First showing up in the third game (and the comic prequel leading up to it), at that point he had been a long established member of Delta Squad and chatted with the others on very friendly terms.

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-> "Eat [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ClaytonCarmineGoW_4010.png]]
->''"Eat
dirt and die, motherfucker!"

motherfucker!"''

The third Carmine brother, Clayton is the eldest brother to Anthony and Benjamin, and much more muscular and badass. First showing up in the third game (and the comic prequel leading up to it), game, at that point he had been a long established member of Delta Squad and chatted with the others on very friendly terms.
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* [[spoiler: YouCantFightFate: Both of his brothers died at the beginning and middle of the first two games, respectively. Clayton arrives via BigDamnHeroes moment to aid Delta Squad in the final battle, but Myrrah has her Tempest take down his chopper]].
** [[spoiler: NotQuiteDead]].

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* [[spoiler: YouCantFightFate: Both of his brothers died at the beginning and middle of the first two games, respectively. Clayton arrives via BigDamnHeroes moment to aid Delta Squad in the final battle, but Myrrah has her Tempest take down his chopper]].
chopper]]...
** [[spoiler: NotQuiteDead]].
NotQuiteDead: ...but he survives the crash and helps treat the other Gears on the Raven before joining the rest of Delta in celebration.]]



-> "I have the code."

[[quoteright:349:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/minhyoungkim_7816.png]]

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-> "I have the code."

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->''"I have the code."''



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* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]



* MauveShirt

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* MauveShirt[[spoiler: ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: By General RAAM.]]
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* MauveShirt: Before ''RAAM's Shadow'' was released.



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-> "I hate myself. All I could think at first was that [[DisappearedDad he]] left me and Mum to stay with his mates. But I'm a Gear. I know it's not that simple."

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-> "I ->''"I hate myself. All I could think at first was that [[DisappearedDad he]] left me and Mum to stay with his mates. But I'm a Gear. I know it's not that simple."
"''



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[[quoteright:349:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/richardpresscott_8159.png]]
-> "The Coalition of Ordered Governments still exists, the rule of law still exists, and our social covenants still exist. We may no longer be in a state of war, but we still have a battle ahead to survive and rebuild, and in these difficult days there will be no tolerance of lawlessness and antisocial behavior. Unity defeated the Locust. But disunity will be the certain end of us all."

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-> "The ->''"The Coalition of Ordered Governments still exists, the rule of law still exists, and our social covenants still exist. We may no longer be in a state of war, but we still have a battle ahead to survive and rebuild, and in these difficult days there will be no tolerance of lawlessness and antisocial behavior. [[BlatentLies Unity defeated the Locust.Locust]]. But disunity will be the certain end of us all."
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[[quoteright:349:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dizzywallin_9367.png]]
-> "Our government's doing more than abandoning us. They're killing more of us than the damn grubs have."

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-> "Our ->''"Our government's doing more than abandoning us. They're killing more of us than the damn grubs have."
"''



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* TheAlcoholic [[AlcoholicParent Parent]]: He does drink a lot, but it never affects his work as a Gear, nor is he an abusive parent because of it.

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* TheAlcoholic [[AlcoholicParent Parent]]: He does drink a lot, but it never affects his work as a Gear, nor is he an abusive parent because of it. He in fact quit drinking at one point: unfortantly, that was Emergence Day, and he lost his first wife and son soon after that.



* BerserkButton: He hates whenever someone suggests he's not loyal to the COG or a full Gear because he's a former Stranded.
* DrowningMySorrows

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* BerserkButton: He hates whenever someone suggests he's not loyal to the COG or a full true Gear because he's a former Stranded.
Stranded. Notably he never really held the same hatred for the COG most other Stranded did, as his son had served as a Gear during the Pendulum Wars, and he often got angry at other Stranded whenever they hassled COG patrols.
* DrowningMySorrowsDrowningMySorrows: After Emergence Day.



-> "Lemme tell ya something about war. War ain't always about fightin'. Blood, bullets, death, yeah, yeah, that's part of it, but it sure as hell ain't all of it. Sometimes, [[TacticalWithdrawal it's knowin' when to turn tail, and run your fuckin' ass off]]."

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-> "Lemme [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/MichaelBarrickGoW_4053.png]]
->''"Lemme
tell ya something about war. War ain't always about fightin'. Blood, bullets, death, yeah, yeah, that's part of it, but it sure as hell ain't all of it. Sometimes, [[TacticalWithdrawal it's knowin' when to turn tail, and run your fuckin' ass off]]."
"''



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* WeaponOfChoice: Shotguns.

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* WeaponOfChoice: Shotguns.
The Gnasher shotgun.



[[quoteright:349:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jacestratton_6948.png]]
-> "Iíve tried to stay in the lightÖ Iím trying every day. Itís tricky, though. So much pain in the world, you canít help but feel it. And tough as it is you realize that feeling is the key to everything. Being hollow is the danger, feeling is the key. Itís tough sometimes. Hell, itís tough most of the time. But feeling is what makes us human."

A young Gear who saw his family murdered by the Locust on Emergence Day, Jace has nevertheless grown up to be a kind, caring individual who puts others first and has a strong moral center. He started in the comics and made a vocal cameo in Gears 2, later to become a member of Delta in Gears 3. He shows up as a teenager in "RAAM's Shadow" and depicts him going into combat for the first time.
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-> "Iíve ->''"Iíve tried to stay in the lightÖ Iím trying every day. Itís tricky, though. So much pain in the world, you canít help but feel it. And tough as it is you realize that feeling is the key to everything. Being hollow is the danger, feeling is the key. Itís tough sometimes. Hell, itís tough most of the time. But feeling is what makes us human."

"''

A young Gear who saw his family murdered by the Locust on Emergence Day, Jace has nevertheless grown up to be a kind, caring individual who puts others first and has a strong moral center. He started in the comics and made a vocal cameo in Gears 2, later to become a member of Delta in Gears 3. He shows up as a teenager in "RAAM's Shadow" and which depicts him going into combat for the first time.
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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Watched his parents and brother get killed by the Locusts.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Watched his parents and brother get killed by the Locusts.Locust on Emergence Day.



* EarAche: Lost half his left ear to shrapnel from a Torque Bow bolt. His character skin in ''Gears of War 3'' has his ear intact.
* GuestStarPartyMember: In "RAAM's Shadow"

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* EarAche: Lost half his left ear to shrapnel from a Torque Bow bolt. His Strangely, his character skin in ''Gears of War 3'' has his ear intact.
* GuestStarPartyMember: In "RAAM's Shadow"Shadow".



* MadeOfIron: He survives the final part of RAAM's Shadow, against all the heavily armed Locust that implies, while wearing a hoodie and jeans. Considering the penetrating power of the Hammerburst, and how many times he got hit depending on your playthrough, that's gotta be impressive.

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* MadeOfIron: He survives the final part of RAAM's Shadow, ''RAAM's Shadow'', against all the heavily armed Locust that implies, while wearing a hoodie and jeans. Considering the penetrating power of the Hammerburst, and how many times he got hit depending on your playthrough, that's gotta be impressive.



* SmartGuy: He impresses Baird with his levels of analysis and thinking.

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* SmartGuy: TheSmartGuy: He impresses Baird with his levels of analysis and thinking.



Part of Zeta Squad, Alicia Valera called Ilima City her hometown, until evacuations were underway as Emergence Day had hit and she was called into service to help scuttle survivors out of the city. Alicia appears exclusively in "RAAM's Shadow".
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Part of Zeta Squad, Alicia Valera called is a Gear from Ilima City her hometown, until evacuations were underway as Emergence Day had hit and City, which she was called into service helps evacuate as part of Zeta Squad. She has a younger brother who is about to help scuttle survivors out of join the city.COG Army. Alicia appears exclusively in "RAAM's Shadow".
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* DoomedHometown

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* DoomedHometownDoomedHometown: Ilima City.



* GoodScarsEvilScars: It's subtle, but there are several cuts at the top of her left eyebrow.
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]

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* GoodScarsEvilScars: It's subtle, but there are several cuts scarss at the top of her left eyebrow.
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]HeroicSacrifice: Knocks Jace out of the path of General RAAM and attempts to fight him, but ends up impaled upon his sword and gets tossed aside.]]
* [[spoiler: ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: By General RAAM.]]



-> "I rarely see Marcus most days. I just don't know who he is and it's all my fault. I lied to him about what happened to Elaine and the longer I lie, the harder it is to come clean. Kids know when you're lying. Then their trust withers and dies."

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-> "I [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/AdamFenixGoW_5859.png]]
->''"I
rarely see Marcus most days. I just don't know who he is and it's all my fault. I lied to him about what happened to Elaine and the longer I lie, the harder it is to come clean. Kids know when you're lying. Then their trust withers and dies."
"''



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30th Nov '12 9:01:27 AM TheCuza
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Added DiffLines:

* DreadlockWarrior: They're actually decorations on his helmet, since Locust don't have any hair, but they do evoke this effect.
30th Nov '12 8:54:20 AM TheCuza
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-> "Lemme tell ya something about war. War ain't always about fightin'. Blood, bullets, death, yeah, yeah, that's part of it, but it sure as hell ain't all of it. Sometimes, [[TacticalWithdrawal it's knowin' when to turn tail, and run your fuckin' ass off]."

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-> "Lemme tell ya something about war. War ain't always about fightin'. Blood, bullets, death, yeah, yeah, that's part of it, but it sure as hell ain't all of it. Sometimes, [[TacticalWithdrawal it's knowin' when to turn tail, and run your fuckin' ass off].off]]."
30th Nov '12 8:53:43 AM TheCuza
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-> "Lemme tell ya something about war. War ain't always about fightin'. Blood, bullets, death, yeah, yeah, that's part of it, but it sure as hell ain't all of it. Sometimes, [[TacticalWithdrawal it's knowin' when to turn tail and run]]. Storm's about to hit."

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-> "Lemme tell ya something about war. War ain't always about fightin'. Blood, bullets, death, yeah, yeah, that's part of it, but it sure as hell ain't all of it. Sometimes, [[TacticalWithdrawal it's knowin' when to turn tail tail, and run]]. Storm's about to hit.run your fuckin' ass off]."
3rd Nov '12 6:18:12 PM Aiguille
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* BlueEyes: Like Marcus, he has an icy and piercing gaze. However, Adam's noticeably freaked out by their intensity, and once decided to sell all of his ancestors' portraits hanging in his home because he felt their cold blue stares were judging him.


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* IcyBlueEyes: Like Marcus, he has an icy and piercing gaze. However, Adam's noticeably freaked out by their intensity, and once decided to sell all of his ancestors' portraits hanging in his home because he felt their cold blue stares were judging him.
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