!Index

* Other COG Characters
** [[Characters/GearsOfWarCoalitionOfOrderedGovernmentsMajorFamilies Fenix, Santiago, Stroud, and Carmine families]]
** [[Characters/GearsOfWarCoalitionOfOrderedGovernmentsDeltaSquad Delta Squad]]
* [[Characters/GearsOfWarLocust Locust]]
* [[Characters/GearsOfWarGorasni Gorasni]]
* [[Characters/GearsOfWarStranded Stranded]]

!!The Coalition of Ordered Governments
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/COGSymbol_8258.png]]
->''"Order, Diligence, Purity, Labor, Honor, Loyalty, Faith, and Humility."''
--> Austere Canon of the COG

An imperialistic socialist / fascist alliance of nations, the COG warred with the Union of Independent Republics for 80 years during the Pendulum Wars, fighting for control of Imulsion deposits and to advance the governing philosophy of the COG Allfathers. The nation of Tyrus is the center of COG power, with the capital city of Ephyra being the headquarters of the COG military and office of the Chairman. After winning the Pendulum Wars with the Hammer of Dawn, the COG enjoyed six brief weeks of world domination before the Locust emerged.
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* TheCommandments: The Octus Canon:
-->"I am responsible for myself and my actions; I shall conduct myself honorably, and live a clean and frugal life. I have responsibilities to my fellow citizens. I shall be loyal to them, and humble, because we are elements of a greater whole, and without them I am nothing, I have responsibilities to our society; I shall understand and respect my place in it, defend it, and work to make it prosperous, so that I may receive society's protection, and that we may hand on safety and prosperity to future generations."
* DirtyCommunists / ThoseWackyNazis: The COG takes many elements from both. It's pretty much an idealized(which is to say, impossible) version of fascism.
* TheEmpire
* GreyAndGreyMorality: The conflict with the UIR.
* PuttingOnTheReich: A lot of the COG's symbols invoke Nazi Germany, although the COG is more fascist than racist. Any discrimination is due more to nationalism than anything else, as they have no issues with different skin colors or religions, so long as your nation is part of the COG. Even allies like the Pesanga are subject to discrimination despite providing the COG's best commandos because their nation is not an official part of the COG.
* SkeletonGovernment: The Locust War is not kind to the COG government. By 15 AE, only Chairman Prescott is left. [[spoiler:Oh, and all of those VIP's who were secretly evacuated to Azura while the Gears and civilians died fighting the Locust.]]
* TakeOverTheWorld: The COG managed to do this just a few weeks before the Locust invaded the surface.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: The leadership of the COG during the Pendulum Wars will stop at nothing to ensure their philosophies are implemented worldwide. Assassination, bombing of civilians, torture, invading neutral nations, terrorism, etc. are all accepted tactics. Not that the UIR was any better, as they employed those same tactics to fight the COG to a standstill.

!!Gears

The backbone of COG society, Gears embody everything the COG should stand for. Due to the 80 year Pendulum Wars, COG society evolved to revolve around the military. In comparison to the COG government, the Gears care less about spreading COG doctrine and Imulsion supplies, and more about ensuring the safety of their countrymen and fellow Gears.
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* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: The Onyx Guard.
* JustFollowingOrders
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Most Gears take this point of view. By the time the third game begins, not so much. The Gears loyalty lies only with each other and what civilians remain, the philosophy of the COG be damned.
* RedShirtArmy
* TrueCompanions: The essence of any Gear is undying loyalty to their fellow comrades. By the time of ''Gears of War 3'', this is especially true, since there are so few Gears left they know most of their remaining fellow comrades very well.

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!COG High Command

[[folder:Colonel Victor Hoffman]]
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!!!Voiced by Jamie Alcroft

->''"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."''

Hoffman is the highest ranking member of the remaining COG army fourteen years after Emergence Day. Hoffman worked his way up from 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.
* GoodIsNotNice
* GrumpyOldMan
* 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 literally only two hours later.
* 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: He is in his 60's during the events of the games.
* PrinciplesOverPromotion: He was '''not''' happy when the Pesang commando Bai Tak, who'd served with him for years, was denied a posthumous Embry Star after dying at Aspho Fields(the reason being that Pesang was only an ally and not an integrated member of the COG). When Hoffman accepted ''his'' award, he threw this hypocrisy back in the chairman's face, knowing it would mean he'd never be promoted again. Then he went home and sent Tak's widow a check and his own medal with instructions to hock it and use the money to support herself and her children.
* SupportingLeader
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Most of the time.
* TeamDad
* {{Tritagonist}}: The novels turn him into one. He gets more page time than any other characters in most of them.
* YouAreInCommandNow: After all of his superiors are [[spoiler:[[DeathFakedForYou supposedly]]]] killed.
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[[folder:Chairman Richard Prescott]]
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!!!Voiced by Charles Cioffi (Gears of War 2) and Creator/DwightSchultz (Gears of War 3)

->''"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."''

Prescott is the Chairman of the Coalition of Ordered Governments for the time frame of the games, taking over the position after his predecessor died of a heart attack a year after Emergence Day. 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.
* BlueBlood
* BrassBalls: When it became obvious that there was no way to beat the Locust with conventional warfare, he decided to use the entire Hammer of Dawn system to destroy as much of Sera's infrastructure as possible, while unfortunately also killing tens of millions of people. Though two keys had to be used to release the safety locks on the system, Prescott stepped up and pushed the activation button himself, reasoning that since it was his idea, it was his responsibility to carry it out. Brass balls, indeed.
* 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.
* ExactWords: He considers it a point of honor that he's never actually ''lied'' to anyone; everything he's ever told someone in his career is 100% true. But there is a great deal he '''doesn't''' tell people.
* GoodIsNotNice: Prescott is literally doing everything he can to keep the COG together, but he still comes across as a dick.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: A fairly small one, but it's there nonetheless.
* [[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]].
* KnightTemplar: Views it as his personal responsibility to ensure humanity's survival, no matter what the cost.
* 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: In the few times he comes under fire, he handles himself well and never drops his composure.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat
* PermanentElectedOfficial: There are no more elections after Emergence Day.
* TheProudElite
* 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. [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Outside of that...]]
* 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
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[[folder:Colonel Ezra Loomis]]
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!!!Voiced by Bruce Thomas

Loomis was the COG officer in charge of defending Halvo Bay not long after Emergence Day. Loomis tried Lt.Damon Baird and Kilo Squad for treason during the middle of the battle after they disobeyed orders and used a secret COG weapon against the Locust.
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* AttackAttackAttack: His strategy against the Locust, who he views as nothing more than animals. The results of his "strategy" can be seen in the dozens of bodybags inside the courthouse.
* ColonelBadass: His signature Boltok pistol was pried from the hands of the first Drone he killed. [[spoiler:When the Locust infiltrate the courthouse, he kills every single Locust soldier that Kilo Squad missed.]]
* FantasticRacism: Clearly takes a dim view of the Gorasni (though he does offer to shake Paduk's hand after they've all killed Karn to which Paduk declines it). He also considered the Locust as nothing more than animals and not serious opponents.
* FreudianExcuse: His FantasticRacism toward the Gorasni comes from being a twenty-year veteran of the Pendulum Wars. He also heard of much mistreatment toward [=POWs=] at the hands of them.
* GeneralFailure: He never actually orders his troops around in the campaign so much as tells them to fight or he'll shoot them for cowardice. It, naturally, doesn't seem very helpful. In spite of this, his multiplayer character claims his military records are unparalleled - [[WildMassGuessing we can only assume he just didn't consider the Locust a real opponent to reconcile this]].
* TheInquisitorGeneral: Towards Kilo Squad.
* {{Jerkass}}: Particularly towards Paduk, telling him at one point that he would shake [[BigBad Karn's]] hand if he could for nearly wiping out the Gorasni.
* [[spoiler:LastStand: He makes one in Halvo Bay after the campaign. During [[PlayableEpilogue Aftermath]], the player can find a statue dedicated to him as the "Hero of Halvo Bay" and the characters make some comments about his bravery and dickishness.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: If continuing to conduct a trial while the Locust attack the courthouse outside isn't stupidly and ridiculously principled, we don't know what is.
* RatedMForManly: His actions are arguably this played negatively. He's a ColonelBadass with NervesOfSteel and the utmost confidence in his troops beating the Locust... by telling them to just keeping fighting and seeming to regard the very possibility of them losing only being a result of cowardice, rarely ever bothering with giving them tactical orders.
* SkewedPriorities: He takes the time to try four Gears during the middle of a massive battle to save Halvo Bay from the Locust, taking not only himself away from the battle, but Kilo Squad and the Gears guarding them.
** NervesOfSteel: Absolutely nothing that happens during the trial shakes him at all. He has chunks of ceiling falling on top of him and doesn't even seem to notice as he barks at Kilo Squad to continue their testimony. [[spoiler: It's only when a Drone takes him as a meatshield that he decides that maybe the battle is more important, and he runs off after being freed.]]
* UpperClassTwit: SubvertedTrope. Despite seeming to lack any sort of care toward tactics or commanding which would easily befit a commanding officer who just got the job because of connections, he states he grew up poor with his father being a schoolteacher.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Commander Walker]]
!!!Voiced by Aisha Tyler

Walker was a CIC controller during the Evacuation of Ilima, she helped direct Zeta Squad during the battle.
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* MissionControl
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: When Kim refuses to withdraw from the city and instead wants to try and rescue a group of civilians, Walker gives her blessing and arranges extraction for them.
* TheVoice
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection
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[[folder:Second Lieutenant Donneld Mathieson]]

Mathieson is the secondary CIC controller fifteen years after Emergence Day, taking over most of Anya's duties when she switched to the frontlines. He was a rising officer in the COG forces before losing both his legs to a Locust mine.
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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
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Staff Sergeant Lennard Parry]]

Parry is the head of the COG Logistics Core, and a friend of Dizzy Wallin.
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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}}
* CoolOldGuy
* TheEngineer
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Chairman Tomas Dalyell]]

Dalyell was the Chairman of the COG at the end of the Pendulum Wars. He died of a heart attack one year after Emergence Day, leaving Prescott in charge of the COG.
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* {{Jerkass}}: He ensured that Hoffman would never get another promotion simply for daring to speak out against the COG's policy of not awarding Embry Stars to Pesanga Gears.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:General Bardry Salaman]]

Hoffman's predecessor as head of the COG armed forces, Salaman presided over the army at the end of the Pendulum Wars and for the first year and a half of the Locust War. However, he could not live with the civilian casualties caused by the Hammer of Dawn, and killed himself. [[spoiler:He was actually relocated to Azura with his wife by Prescott to work on long term planning against the Locust while Hoffman carried on the day-to-day fighting.]]
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* DrivenToSuicide
* [[spoiler:FakingTheDead: Well, at least until the Locust took Azura. He likely died for real then.]]
* FourStarBadass
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Major Aleksander Reid]]

Reid is an extremely disliked officer 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: Towards Prescott.
[[/folder]]

!Onyx Guard

[[folder:Cadet Sofia Hendrik]]
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Sofia is a former reporter who objected to COG imperialism, she signed up with the COG army after Emergence Day and was sent to the Onyx Guard Academy in Halvo Bay. During the Locust attack on the city, she was assigned to Kilo Squad and faced charges of treason alongside the rest of the squad during the battle.
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* ActionGirl
* [[ByTheBookCop By The Book Soldier]]: She objects to Baird disobeying orders, but follows along with his actions anyway.
* HotScoop
* [[spoiler:LeftHanging: A group of men, at least one of whom [[FormerRegimePersonnel was a former Gear]], kidnapped her while she was out on patrol. Her fate is currently unknown. [[WordOfGod A writer for the game]] [[http://gearsofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Sofia_Hendrik#cite_note-RA-1 stated it was simply left unclear.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Also counts as either BusCrash, or PutOnABusToHell.]]
* TheMedic: What she was training to be and what she functions as in the class-based multiplayer modes. Her specialized weapon is [[HealingShiv Stim-Gas grenades]].
* RedHeadedHeroine
* RelationshipUpgrade: After ''Judgment'' and before ''Aftermath'', this happened between her and Paduk.
* TheSquadette
* TomboyishPonytail
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Captain Paul Dury]]

Dury is the 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Corporal Rivera and Lowe]]
!!!Voiced by Brian Blum

Two Gears who become Prescott's bodyguards on Vectes, he brings them into his confidence, telling them everything about Azura and what he has been hiding. They depart the COG with him and join him on Azura, where they become members of the Onyx Guard. When the Locust attack the island, they flee with him to find help in retaking it.
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* {{Badass}}
* TheFaceless: Lowe. Rivera is seen without a helmet in one issue of the comic.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: In ''Gears of War 3'' during the Lambent attack on the ''CNV Sovereign''.]]
* [[spoiler:{{Mauve Shirt}}s]]
* PraetorianGuard
* {{Secret Keeper}}s: While both of them are angered by what Prescott has been keeping from the COG, and more specifically Hoffman, they accept his reasons for doing so and continue to work for him.
* ThoseTwoGuys
* TookALevelInJerkass: Baird notes that while both of them were never overly friendly before, they became a lot colder and stand-offish once they began working for Prescott.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Prescott.
[[/folder]]

!Other Gears

[[folder:Sergeant Alexandra "Alex" Brand]]
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Alex is one of the few frontline female Gears after E-Day. As a child, Alex was sent to a COG "baby farm", where women were artificially inseminated or just plain raped, but she was discovered to be barren after several years of trauma. 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}}
* BrokenBird: Was raped for the ''first'' time at the age of '''12''', then spent most of her teenage years being raped on a regular basis before someone decided to run a fertility test on her and found out she was barren. Was subsequently shipped off to boot camp and turned into a soldier, and was then ignored when she tried to expose the baby farms. She became a cynical snarky soldier, albeit with a strong sense of loyalty to her fellow soldiers.
* CigarChomper
* DeadpanSnarker
* FieryRedhead
* GenderBlenderName
* HeadbuttingHeroes: With Baird.
* HellBentForLeather: When off duty.
* HeroOfAnotherStory
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She can be pretty abrasive, but she gets along pretty well with most of the other Gears if they don't rub her the wrong way.
* TheLadette
* RapeAsBackstory
* RedHeadedHeroine
* SamusIsAGirl: Much to Delta's surprise after she saves their lives when they first meet her.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: She's the first frontline female Gear introduced and helps shine light on some of the more immoral parts of the COG.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Private Alicia Valera]]
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!!!Voiced by LauraBailey
-->''"Every life we save today is something special. It's another chance for someone."''

Valera is a member of Zeta Squad and hails from Ilima City, which she helps evacuate nearly a decade after Emergence Day. 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.
* 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
* TheSquadette
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Alicia's definitely Hispanic, but sometimes her words give a resounding Greek/Eastern European accent rather than a Spanish one.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Private Garron Paduk]]
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Paduk is a a Gorasni soldier who was rescued from his homeland by the COG after it fell to the Locust. Initially put in prison, the Open Arms Program allowed him to become a Gear to get revenge against the Locust that had destroyed his people. Paduk was assigned to Kilo Squad, and during a battle in Halvo Bay he was tried for treason alongside the rest of his squad.
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* {{Badass}}
* CoveredWithScars: He has large burn scars all over his body which are the result of a Lightmass Missile explosion.
* MajorlyAwesome: His rank in the UIR military, but the COG made him a private.
** In ''Aftermath'', he is referred to as "Major Paduk" by the Raven pilot from his settlement, meaning he either went back to his old rank after deserting the COG, or that he managed to re-attain the rank within the COG.
* StillWearingTheOldColors: He was issued COG armour when he became a Gear, but seems to have painted it with his old UIR colours. In Overrun, he is equipped with the Markza, a UIR weapon. If you play as him in other multiplayer modes, there is also the UIR weapon skin that you can apply to any starting weapon (although it [[DownloadableContent costs real money]]).
* TokenEnemyMinority: For the COG.
* TwoFaced: From a burn scar, but not a villain as a result of it.
* WhatTheHellHero: In ''[[PlayableEpilogue Aftermath]]'', he is very angry with the COG for both the Hammer of Dawn counterattack and [[spoiler:flooding his coast with the sinking of Jacinto]]. This leads to an initially hostile interaction with Cole and Baird. The fact that [[spoiler:Sofia was kidnapped and likely killed between their meetings by a group that included at least one [[FormerRegimePersonnel former Gear]]]] does not help matters.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Private Padrick "Pad" Salton]]

Pad is a 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.
* [[spoiler:OldSoldier: By ''Coalition's End'' he is somewhere in his 50's.]]
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* RedHeadedHero
* TeamChef: While stationed at Anvil Gate he would often make South Islander dishes for the rest of his unit to try.
* 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]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sergeant Drew Rossi]]

Rossi is the commander of Echo Squad and a tough veteran Gear who really likes to snark at others. He's good friends with Delta-One and a former member of the [[BadassCrew 26th Royal Tyran Infantry]].
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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.
* HeroOfAnotherStory
* TheLancer: Serves as Anya's Lancer when she is put in command of a garrison in a small town.
* ReallyGetsAround: After his girlfriend was killed by the Locust, Rossi went into a depression for several months before deciding to live life to the fullest as a "screw you" towards the Locust and began sleeping with tons of women.
* SergeantRock
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sergeant Rory Andreson]]

Andreson is the commander of Omicron Squad and good friends with Marcus and Bernie. [[spoiler:He is killed by Stranded Insurgents on the island of Vectes]].
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* {{Badass}}
* [[spoiler: KilledOffScreen: In ''Anvil Gate'']].
* HappilyMarried
* HeroOfAnotherStory: As the leader of Omicron.
* [[spoiler:MauveShirt]]
* SergeantRock
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sergeant Bai Tak]]

Bai Tak was a Pesanga scout and commando who served alongside Hoffman for fifteen years during the Pendulum Wars. [[spoiler:He was killed saving Dom during the Battle of Aspho Fields]].
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* {{Badass}}
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* HappilyMarried
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* MacheteMayhem
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* ScarilyCompetentTracker
* StealthHiBye
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[[folder:Sergeant Jonathan Harper]]

Harper is the commander of Echo-Six, a Gear squad which participated in the Lightmass Offensive and Operation Hollowstorm. He suffers from Rustlung, which he contracted during the Lightmass Offensive.
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* ApocalypticLog: Marcus finds notes he left throughout the Hollow that detail his story as a prisoner of the Locust and his death in Jacinto.
* {{Badass}}: Manages to escape the Locust prison while deathly ill and fight his way back to the surface, even managing to reach Jacinto City.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Due to Rustlung.
* DeathInTheLimelight: The comic issue that further expands his story.
* HeroicSacrifice: Dies saving a family that was attempting to get on a King Raven during the evacuation of Jacitno.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Which is told through collectibles in ''Gears of War 2'' and a issue of the comics.
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[[folder:Lieutenant Draper]]

Draper is a Gear officer 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
* HeroOfAnotherStory
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[[folder:Corporal Frederic Benten]]

Benten is an elderly retired Gear from the Duke of Tollen's Regiment who lives in the town of Pelruan on the island of Vectes.
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* BadassGrandpa: He may be in his seventies, but he can still shoot a rifle and defend his town from the Lambent.
* CoolOldGuy
* RetiredBadass
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!COG Navy

[[folder:Captain Quentin Michaelson]]

Michaelson is 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.
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!COG Air Force

[[folder:Major Gill Gettner]]

Gettner is the King Raven pilot of KR Eight-Zero and often works with Delta Squad. She's also the highest-ranking and most combat-experienced pilot left in the COG air force fifteen years after Emergence Day.
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* AcePilot
* DeadpanSnarker: Even more than Baird. Dom considers her the only person who can out-snark Baird.
** StepfordSnarker: Most of her snark and venomous comments stem from the toll the war has taken on her, and she tries to use it as a coping mechanism. It eventually starts failing her when the Lambent emerge.
* DespairEventHorizon: She seems to have crossed it during the Lambent Invasion.
* ImprobablePilotingSkills
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KnightInSourArmor
* MajorlyAwesome
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[[folder:Lieutenant Mel Sorotki]]

Sorotki is a King Raven pilot who flies KR-239 and often works with Delta Squad.
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* AcePilot
* DeadpanSnarker
* ImprobablePilotingSkills
* SpecsOfAwesome
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lieutenant Kevan Mitchel]]

Mitchel is the co-pilot and crew chief for Mel Sorotki.
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* DeadpanSnarker
* NiceGuy
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[[folder:Lieutenant Nat Barber]]

Barber is the co-pilot and crew chief 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
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!Other Characters

[[folder:Doctor Isabel Maryon-Hayman]]

Hayman is 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.
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[[folder:Doctor Nevil Estrom]]

Nevil is a key scientist at the Defense Research Agency, working alongside Adam Fenix on the Hammer of Dawn. After discovering that Adam [[spoiler:knew about the Locust before Emergence Day]], Nevil was sent to Azura to work on finding a solution to the Lambent.
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* BadassBookworm
* OddFriendship: With Paul Dury: Nevil's a nerdy weapons scientist and Dury's a no-nonsense soldier, but they bond over their hatred of the hypocrisy surrounding them and preference for straight-forwardness.
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses
* TookALevelInBadass: After getting Dury to train him.
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[[folder: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:Mac]]

Mac is 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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