For characters in the rest of the franchise see: Characters/CallOfDuty.


[[folder: United Kingdom Special Air Service]]
Members of the UK SAS appear in the first ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' game, conducting a number of covert counter-terror operations that connect to the larger conflict in Al-Asad's nation and the Ultranationalist's civil war in Russia. SAS members appear in ''Modern Warfare 2'', but primarily as part of Task Force 141. In the third, they are tasked with containing an apparent terrorist threat in London.

[[WMG: Captain John Price]]
->'''Voiced by Billy Murray'''

The humorless, straightforward and unflappable leader of the SAS units in ''Modern Warfare 1''. Suffers severe injuries at the climax of the first game. [[spoiler:Captured by the Ultranationalists and locked up in a gulag during casevac, and spends five years being tortured, which leaves him a bit... off, when rescued in ''Modern Warfare 2''.]]
* {{Badass}} And how. Watch almost any scene in the series with him and you'll immediately realize why.
** BadassBeard
** BadassFamily: Granddaddy Price was pretty awesome too (and possessed the same love of epic mustaches and unduly persistent headwear).
** BashBrothers: with Gaz and Soap, and just [[CrowningMomentofAwesome watch some of the stuff he does with the latter!]] Eventually forms one with Yuri, though nowhere as tightly. With Sandman as well.
* BadassBoast: During "Dust To Dust":
-->'''Yuri''': Makarov's got a small army in there.\\
'''Price''': [[OneManArmy It won't help him.]]
* BookEnds: The first mission of the MW trilogy opens with him smoking a cigar. [[spoiler: The last mission of the trilogy ends with him smoking a cigar.]]
* ColdSniper: At one point.
* TheCaptain
* TheComicallySerious
* {{Deuteragonist}}
* [[spoiler:DisneyDeath]]: [[spoiler: Seemed to have died in the last level in ''Modern Warfare'' but he turned out to be alright if just pissed at the Ultranationalists and Shepherd]].
* DynamicEntry: [[spoiler:Does this to Shepherd, just before the latter shoots Soap.]]
* {{Expy}}: From the Captain Price in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 1'' and ''2''. Popular {{Fanon}} makes him the original Price's son or grandson. WordOfDante[=/=]WordOfSaintPaul makes him officially Price's grandson.
** The devs had a rather sneaky reference to this near the end of ''Modern Warfare 2'', where it's made apparent in the cutscene before "Just Like Old Times" that Price still has the old ''[=CoD1=]'' dedicated pistol slot.
* [[spoiler:[[EtTuBrute Et Tu, Shepherd?]]: Definitely his reaction in "Loose Ends" when he is attacked by the General's forces.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler: In ''Modern Warfare 2'', 5 years in a gulag turned Price into a borderline psycho not much different from the bad guys. His first act upon release is ''hijacking a Russian nuclear submarine, launching a nuclear missile and detonating it above Washington DC to knock out Russian equipment'']].
** [[spoiler: Possibly subverted in ''Modern Warfare 3'', he is shown to be aware of the wider context and not just blindly charging after Makarov. In the end he repeats Makarov's quote "it takes the will of one man to change the world" in a more positive light, in the same way Makarov twisted his quoting of the proverb "The enemy of my enemy is my friend"]].
* HeroicBSOD: Experiences one when [[spoiler:Soap dies.]] Fortunately, it doesn't last long.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Used on [[spoiler: Al-Asad]]. Though this is the only time in the series the technique doesn't yield information; [[spoiler:Price learns what he needs to know when Zakhaev calls anyway, so he just executes Al-Asad]].
* MadeOfIron
* NeverBareheaded: Price does not go anywhere without ''some'' kind of hat. Even in [[spoiler: the gulag]], he has a nifty wool hat on, and after he [[spoiler:removes his bomb disposal suit at the end of ''[=MW3=]'', he's shown wearing his boonie hat underneath]].
** Except in "Crew Expendable" in Modern Warfare 1, he is balding.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler:Ends up on the ''[[OhCrap receiving end]]'' of one of these, thanks to General Shepherd, and only survives thanks to some [[EyeScream timely intervention]] by Soap.]]
** [[spoiler:Unleashes one on Makarov at the end of ''Modern Warfare 3''.]]
* NotQuiteDead
* PornStache: Taken UpToEleven in Soap's field journal, where he frequently mentions it and calls it a "dick tickler".
** A "Captain Price Legend Pack" was DLC available for ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts''. It included a reticle for red dot sights shaped like Price's mustache.
* [[spoiler:RoaringRampageOfRevenge: in ''Modern Warfare 2'''s ending.]]
** [[spoiler: Also, the end of ''Modern Warfare 3''. He seems to have a tendency for these...]]
* SmokingIsCool: Price has a thing for cigars; according to Soap's journal, they're Villa Claras, and Soap takes a liking to them after the first game.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Notably, when the player controls him in ''Modern Warfare 3's'' final mission, he doesn't become a SilentProtagonist like Soap does. He remains the only character to be fully voiced under the player's control in the entire ''Modern Warfare'' trilogy.
* TranquilFury: His speech before the final mission in Modern Warfare 2 is dripping with this.
** [[spoiler: Also does this again while on his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Makarov, not raising his voice throughout the entire deal unless he has to and keeping his head almost completely, but you can tell he is ''[[UnstoppableRage furious]] ''over Soap's death at Makarov's hands.]]
* UnexplainedRecovery
* WarriorPoet: His impossibly awesome intro to ''Just Like Old Times''.
* YouOweMe: Price uses it on a reluctant [[spoiler: [=MacMillan=]]] in order to twist his arm into helping him in ''[=MW3=]''.

[[WMG: Captain (previously Sgt.) John "Soap" [=MacTavish=] ]]
->''"What the hell kind of name is Soap, eh? How'd a muppet like you pass Selection?"''
--> - '''Captain John Price'''

->'''Voiced by Kevin [=McKidd=]'''

One of the player characters from the first ''Modern Warfare'' and general protagonist of the Modern Warfare series. Begins the game as a newly recruited SAS trooper, but after surviving the events of the first game, is placed in command of Task Force 141.
* [[spoiler: AnyoneCanDie]]: [[spoiler: We all knew this trope was played straight in this series, but it's still a surprise when Soap dies.]]
* {{Badass}}
** BashBrothers: With Price. [[HolyShitQuotient And fucking how!]]
* TheCaptain: In the second game.
* ColdSniper: Sometimes.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:Fell down from an exploding building & dying from massive blood loss?? [[{{Badass}} Doesn't stop him from gunning down any enemy that gets too close with his pistol]].]]
* DynamicEntry: Does this to Rojas in the favela.
* DentedIron: Despite taking an absurd amount of punishment in all three games, [[spoiler: the knife wound caused by Shepherd opens up again in ''3'' after he takes the blast of a bomb and he bleeds to death.]]
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]: [[spoiler:It took three games to do it, but in the ''Modern Warfare 3'' mission "Blood Brothers" Soap kicks the bucket. Needless to say, [[BerserkButton Price]] [[UnstoppableRage is]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge not amused]].]]
* HeroicMime: In the first game [[spoiler:and the final three levels of the second game]].
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice: He could have made it out of the blast radius in time, but pushed Yuri out first. Made even better by the fact that he'd just learned Yuri might not be trustworthy.]]
* HiddenDepths: According to his journal, he actually took a course on the Cryllic alphabet, which is why Price had him enter the codes in the Russian nuclear silo.
* ImplacableMan
* KnifeNut
* LodgedBladeRecycling: Does being stabbed in the chest with a knife the size of his forearm stop Soap from killing the bad guy? ''Hell'' no.
* MadeOfIron: He got shot a bajillion times, blown up by an oil tanker, [[spoiler: fell off a waterfall, stabbed in the chest, facestomped, ''pulled out said knife and used it to shank the guy who put it in him'']].
* MyGreatestFailure: He considers [[spoiler: Gaz and Griggs']] deaths and [[spoiler: Price's apparent]] death to be these, according to his journal.
* PermaStubble
* [[spoiler: RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In ''Modern Warfare 2'''s ending, alongside Price.]]
* SuddenlyVoiced: Comes after his SilentProtagonist stint in the first game, but reverts back to it for unknown reasons when he returns to the player's control at the end of ''Modern Warfare 2.''
* TookALevelInBadass: Takes one between "F.N.G." and "Game Over!", then takes about 30 in the 5 year gap. From the first moments of your time as Roach he makes this obvious.
** In [=MW3=], the loading screen of "Stronghold" briefly shows a partial list of Soap's decorations. Among them is a ''Victoria Cross'' (pretty much the equivalent of the American Military's Medal of Honor).
* UndyingLoyalty: [[spoiler:Potentially verging on MyMasterRightOrWrong by the end of the second game. Needless to say, he will follow Price to the ends of the Earth and beyond.]]
* ViolentGlaswegian: Well, he's at least capable of being stealthy before violent, unlike what one would expect.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Soap hates dogs (probably due to being repeatedly attacked by guard dogs in the first game), and mentions it during the ''Modern Warfare 2'' mission "Contingency."
-->'''Price:''' Five men, automatic rifles, frag grenades, one German Shepherd.\\
'''Soap:''' Dogs. I hate dogs.\\
'''Price:''' These Russian dogs are like pussycats compared to the ones in Pripyat.\\
'''Soap:''' It's good to have you back, old man.
** His journal goes into more detail. He ''really'' hates dogs.
-->"Consider me a cat man now. We overcame Ultranationalists, chopper crashes, danger close with gunships but a goddamn dog is what'll get me into an infirmary? Rabies, ridiculous.
** Another from his journal; a picture of a dog (addendum: problem), a dog with a muzzle (solution) and a dog with a broken neck (better solution).

[[WMG: Gaz]]
->'''Voiced by Craig Fairbrass'''

Captain Price's right hand man. Known for his sense of [[strike: humor]] humour. His real name is never stated.
* {{Badass}}
** BashBrothers: With Price/Soap at times.
* CatchPhrase: "Let's do this." This is most often heard when starting up multiplayer matches for the SAS. His [[SpiritualSuccessor "successors"]] Ghost and Wallcroft retain this in later games for Task Force 141 and the SAS again, respectively.
* DeadpanSnarker: At times.
* DecompositeCharacter: Like Fairbrass' two other characters below, he's a GoodCounterpart {{Foil}} to his voice actor's role as [[TheBrute Delmar]] from ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}'': both characters are distinguishable by their brown vests, and Gaz's black SAS attire in "Crew Expendable" resembles Delmar's black jumpsuit and masks (both balaclava and gas masks, though the latter was completely different from what Gaz wore) he briefly wore, while being OutOfFocus at the beginning of the film. In addition, in the same aforementioned level, Gaz carried a shotgun as a secondary weapon aside from his submachine gun, much like Delmar, and while his line "I like to keep this for close encounters" was meant to be a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' (which featured Creator/LanceHenriksen, who would later voice General Shepherd in the next game in the trilogy), it was also a liner ShoutOut to Delmar's death scene in ''Cliffhanger'' in which he's killed [[HoistByHisOwnPetard by his own shotgun]] by close encounter.
* NumberTwo: To Price in the first game.
* [[spoiler: PinkMist]]: [[spoiler: It appears that Zakhaev performs a CoupDeGrace on his head from point blank with a Desert Eagle. In reality, the shot goes into his back; the angle just makes it look like a headshot.]]
* SirSwearsALot
* TheAce
* TheLancer
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: His hat has a UK flag on it, for a literal interpretation.

[[WMG: Captain [=MacMillan=]]]
->'''Voiced by Zach Hanks (''[=MW1=]''), Tony Curran (''[=MW3=]'')'''

Price's former superior. He accompanied Price in [[spoiler: the assassination attempt on Zakhaev in Prypiat, Chernobyl]]. As of ''Modern Warfare 3'', [[spoiler: he becomes the head of the SAS]].
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: [[spoiler: As mentioned above, he is head of the ''entire SAS'' in Modern Warfare 3.]]
* {{Badass}} ColdSniper: He very much embodies this trope. At least before the escape.
* [[spoiler: BigGood: By Modern Warfare 3.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Everything Sounds Sexier in Scottish]]: His Scottish accent has its own following.
* TheFaceless: Due to wearing a ghillie suit in ''[=MW1=]'' and being a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection in ''[=MW3=]''.
* FourStarBadass: In ''Modern Warfare 3'', [=MacMillan=] is the head of the entire SAS. Every SAS head (formally titled Director Special Forces) since 2008 has held the rank of Major-General, so it can be assumed that [=MacMillan=] holds that rank as well.
* FriendlySniper: He is personally nice to you, aside from when you decide to be a cocky dumbass, then any {{Jerkass}} behavior from him is rather justified.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: He never, ever misses. Not even after [[spoiler: his legs are broken by a falling helicopter gunship.]]
* [[spoiler: HandicappedBadass]]: [[spoiler: Silly little things like having his feet/legs broken by a falling Mi-28 helicopter gunship won't stop him from providing fire support without ever missing a single shot.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Despite [[spoiler: Price being a wanted terrorist]], [=MacMillan=] is willing to listen to him and help, even supplying him with intel and equipment.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight[=/=]ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: [[spoiler: Helps Price, even though he's a wanted terrorist. Considering their close relationship, though, it's likely he never believed his protege could turn evil.]]
* [[spoiler: TookALevelInBadass: In ''Modern Warfare 3'', he is now head of the ''entire SAS''.]]
* UnflinchingWalk: Subverted. After shooting down a helicopter, he walks away saying ''"Good night ye bastards..."''. [[spoiler: Then the helicopter crashes and very nearly crushes him.]]
* ViolentGlaswegian: Being a ColdSniper, he's arguably a much calmer variation of the trope.

[[WMG: Sgt. Marcus Burns]]
An SAS commando who accompanies Wallcroft, Griffen and others in a mission to intercept a suspicious shipment near Canary Wharf in London in ''Modern Warfare 3'' in "Mind the Gap."
* HeroicMime
* MadeOfIron: [[spoiler:Is involved in a crash between two trucks and a tube train inside the London underground, while being on the ''outside'' of the truck (for comparison, the driver of said truck dies in the crash), but then gets up and carries on fighting after blacking out for several minutes. Also survives the chemical attack, unless the player opts to skip "Davis Family Vacation".]]
* PlayerCharacter

[[WMG: Sgt. [=Wallcroft=]]]
->'''Voiced by Craig Fairbrass ([=MW3=])'''

SAS operator in MW and [=MW3=]. He appears first in "Crew Expendable" as a guy assigned to rear guard, and reappears in 3 as PC Marcus Burns's commanding NCO.
* DecompositeCharacter: Like Fairbrass' prior two characters Gaz and Ghost, he's a GoodCounterpart {{Foil}} to his [=MW3=] voice actor's role as Delmar from ''Cliffhanger'', perhaps closer in terms of appearances as both characters wore black jumpsuits and masks (both balaclava and gas masks, though Delmar in film only wore them briefly and was OutOfFocus during the plane heist scene) and carried a fitted-stock [=MP5=] with attachments.
* {{Expy}}: Of Gaz and Ghost-- it comes with the territory when you're voiced by Craig Fairbrass in a ''Modern Warfare'' game. Gets kinda weird when you realize that he actually ''knew and worked with'' the man he's now an expy of, though.
* TheFaceless: He's never seen without his gas mask. [[spoiler:It ends up saving his life.]]
* MauveShirt: He appears in Modern Warfare in one level and has maybe 3 lines. He returns, having TookALevelInBadass and now voiced by Craig Fairbrass.
* RuleOfThree: Third character to be voiced by Craig Fairbrass. [[spoiler:Subverted in that he's the only one ''not'' to die horribly.]]


[[folder: United States Military]]
Members of the United States military appear throughout the ''Modern Warfare'' games, usually from different branches. US Marines form the primary American forces in ''Modern Warfare 1'' with US Air Force and US Navy supporting them during the invasion of al-Asad's country. ''Modern Warfare 2'' primarily focuses on the US Army Rangers, with Air Force and Marines supporting them. ''Modern Warfare 3'' has special operations unit Delta Force in the lead role, who are supported by regular Army, Air Force, and Navy.

For PFC. Joseph Allen and General Shepherd, see Task Force 141.

[[WMG: 1st Force Recon, United States Marine Corps]]

[[WMG: Lieutenant Vasquez]]
->'''Voiced by David Sobolov'''

Leader of Sergeant Jackson's Marine Force recon unit in the first ''Modern Warfare'' game.
* BadAss
** BadAssBaritone
* BigDamnHeroes: Definitely willing to attempt it, even reminding Jackson that "no one gets left behind", but [[spoiler:all it gets is all of them caught in the blast radius of Al-Asad's nuke.]]
* NoIndoorVoice
* TheStoic: Along with all American characters except Griggs.
* VerbalTic: Oorah (USMC shout, equivalent to the Army's Hooah).

[[WMG: Sergeant Paul Jackson]]

Player character for the Marine Force Recon segment of the first ''Modern Warfare'' game.
* [[spoiler:AnyoneCanDie: The first combatant PlayerCharacter to be killed.]]
* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler: Until his CruelAndUnusualDeath.]]
* [[spoiler: BlackDudeDiesFirst: Though he's not seen in game, he can be seen in promotional pictures and it appears that he's black. He's also the first major PlayerCharacter to die, beginning Modern Warfare's august tradition of AnyoneCanDie.]]
* [[spoiler:CruelAndUnusualDeath: Blown up by a nuke. Then you get to ''see through his eyes as he helplessly staggers through the radioactive landscape and dies.'']]
* [[spoiler:DecoyProtagonist]]
* HeroicMime
* PlayerCharacter

[[WMG: Staff Sergeant Griggs]]
->'''Voiced by Mark Grigsby

SAW gunner for Jackson's Force Recon squad in the first ''Modern Warfare'' game.
* AuthorAvatar: He is modeled after and voiced by Infinity Ward employee Mark Grigsby.
* {{Badass}}
* [[spoiler:BlackDudeDiesFirst: While he is one of the few Americans to survive the Nuclear blast, he is the first major Bravo member to die, though Gaz wastes no time following him.]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: His Russian interrogators start looking for a hacksaw, before Price and Gaz kill them.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: He got shot while dragging the paralyzed Soap to safety.]]
* NumberTwo: He seems to be second-in-command of Lt. Vasquez's unit.
* ThemeTuneRap: The end credits feature a rap sung by him.
* TokenMinority

[[WMG: U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Regiment, Hunter 2-1]]

[[WMG: Sergeant David Foley]]
-->''Voiced by Creator/KeithDavid''

Leader of Ramirez's Army Rangers squad in ''Modern Warfare 2''. Voiced by Keith David.
* {{Badass}}
** BashBrothers: With Dunn and Ramirez.
* {{Determinator}}: His response to a SAM damaging his helicopter? Damn well not to retreat and land, that's for sure.
--> '''Foley''': Then take us up! If we're going down, we're taking as many of those [=SAMs=] with us!
* GenreSavvy: Foley knows that if you've got a PlayerCharacter in your squad, you ''damn well'' better make use of him.
* LargeHam
* SergeantRock

[[WMG: Private James Ramirez]]

Player character for the US Army Rangers segment of ''Modern Warfare 2''.
* {{Badass}}: He's practically the '''ENTIRE''' US Army Rangers. (Related to HypercompetentSidekick)
** BashBrothers: With Dunn and Foley.
* ButtMonkey: Ramirez deserves some kind of award for all the crap he takes during the course of the campaign. [[spoiler:The fact that he doesn't die at the end of it like the last two American player characters in the series may well be that reward, though.]]
* CoolShades: If it's really him on the cover of the box, then the man has some very slick sunglasses. He even wears them at night!
* DoAnythingSoldier: Ramirez! [[MemeticMutation Do everything!]]
* HeroicMime
* HypercompetentSidekick[=/=]AlmightyJanitor: At the rank of Private he [[DoAnythingSoldier already has authorization for and training with]] basically every weapon system he's ever laid eyes on. And he uses them to pretty much win the war by himself.
* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: See above.
* PlayerCharacter

[[WMG: Corporal Dunn]]
->'''Voiced by Barry Pepper'''

Soldier in Ramirez's Army Rangers squad.
* {{Badass}} (Mostly played straight, but the one time this is kinda subverted can be excused since [[spoiler: ''it was literally raining AIRCRAFT!'']]
** BashBrothers: (With Ramirez/Foley, though more often the latter)
* CasualDangerDialogue: ''Yeah, I'm cutting through History Class now!''
* DeadpanSnarker
* FreakOut: After [[spoiler: Price makes the sky fall.]]
* TheMedic: Dunn is assigned to check over the incapacitated "Raptor", and later on check a downed soldier for a pulse.
* SouthernFriedPrivate: But snarkier and wittier than most.

[[WMG: Delta Force, Metal 0-1]]

[[WMG: Master Sergeant "Sandman"]]
->'''Voiced by Creator/WilliamFichtner'''

Leader of the Delta Force unit "Metal" in ''Modern Warfare 3''. Commanding NCO to player character Derek "Frost" Westbrook.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassMustache
* BashBrothers: With Frost and Price.
* CoolShades
* {{Determinator}}: In Scorched Earth, Overlord repeatedly advises Team Metal to abandon the search for Alena, but Sandman insists on carrying through. Even after the Russians drop a damn ''building'' on them and Berlin slowly falls, he continues to try and rescue her and end the war. They don't succeed, but not from lack of trying.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Delta Force, duh.
* {{Expy}}: WordOfGod has stated that he is the American counterpart to Captain Price.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: He stayed behind to cover Price, Yuri and the Russian President.]]
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: To [[spoiler: Volk]].
-->'''Price:''' Did our man talk?\\
'''Sandman:''' [[TortureAlwaysWorks They always talk.]]
* MadeOfIron: [[spoiler: Up until the penultimate level, anyway. He takes a booby-trapped door bomb to the face and ''still'' has the presence of mind to wave the squad down from shooting at the escaping kidnappers ten seconds later.]]
* [[SergeantRock Master Sergeant Rock]]
* RememberTheNewGuy: He's revealed to be an old friend of Price, whom he met back in 2013 when they, Ghost, and Soap embarked on Operation Kingfish, the first mission to find Makarov.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: [[spoiler: Captain Price is considered a terrorist in [=MW3=]. Sandman listens to his intel, and works with him to save the President. This is probably because they are old friends]].

[[WMG: Staff Sergeant Derek "Frost" Westbrook]]

An American Delta Force soldier and playable character for several missions in ''Modern Warfare 3''.
* {{Badass}}
* BashBrothers: With Sandman.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous
* TheFaceless: Due to wearing goggles & a mask.
* HeroicMime: Was slated to be voiced, but in the end wasn't.
* HypercompetentSidekick
* PlayerCharacter
* ShaggyDogStory: At the end of the mission, "Scorched Earth", [[spoiler:he fails to rescue Alena, daughter of the Russian President.]]
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Of Team Metal. He is the only one who is not in the diamond mine when it collapses on top of them.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:Frost does not accompany his Delta Force teammates in "Down The Rabbit Hole", nor does he accompany Price and Yuri on their mission to eliminate Makarov. His absence is never explained.]]

[[WMG: Sergeant 1st Class "Grinch"]]
->'''Voiced by Creator/TimothyOlyphant'''

Another member of Team Metal, who accompanies Frost and Sandman on their missions. Seems to serve as Sandman's right hand.
* {{Badass}}
* CoolShades
* DeadpanSnarker: Usually to [[VitriolicBestBuds Truck's quips]].
* GunsAkimbo: He wields ''dual Desert Eagles, aimed at different targets'' in the penultimate mission.
** Note that he is the only NPC to ever dual wield guns, and even the player characters can't shoot them in different directions.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Along with Sandman and Truck, he sacrifices himself in the collapsing mine to allow Price and Yuri to escape with President Vorshevsky.]]
* SouthernFriedPrivate
* WeaponOfChoice: Almost always carries the [=MK14=].

[[WMG: Sergeant 1st Class "Truck"]]
->'''Voiced by Creator/IdrisElba'''

The fourth member of Team Metal, and usually the one with the least dialogue.
* {{Badass}}
* TheBigGuy: Has shades of this, judging from his tendency to carry the Mk. 46 LMG, his callsign, and his deep voice.
* CaptainObvious: Does it teasingly, often to [[VitriolicBestBuds Grinch]].
-->'''Sandman''': Friendlies! Hold your fire!\\
'''Truck''': That means don't shoot 'em, Grinch.\\
'''Grinch''': No shit.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: See Sandman and Grinch's entries.]]
* TheQuietOne: Probably the most dialogue he gets is at the start of some Spec Ops missions, where he's the only one around ''to'' talk.
* TokenMinority

[[WMG: "Warhammer"]]
Callsign "Warhammer" is an AC-130 gunship that first appears in ''Modern Warfare'' to support an extraction of Price's team. Warhammer can be overheard in radio transmissions in ''Modern Warfare 2'', providing fire support around [[spoiler: Washington DC]]. Later on in ''Modern Warfare 3'', they support Team Metal's extraction of Volk from Paris. The names of the crew are never specified beyond their roles in the crew, i.e. "AC-130 TV Operator."
* {{BFG}}: All three of the guns on the plane: the [[GatlingGood 25mm gatling gun]], the Bofors 40mm autocannon, and the 105mm howitzer.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Though in the first game, they're not in immediate danger, in the third they actually get shot at by ground fire and Russian planes, but manage to keep their cool.
* TheCameo: Only appears in ''2'' in background radio transmissions, but they're [[GunshipRescue doing what they do best]].
* DeathFromAbove: The actual name of the first level they appear in. It's what they do.
* EscortMission: You're providing air cover for ground units, containing your ''other'' PlayerCharacter, both times. It's really cool though, and the ground units are competent.
* GunshipRescue: Their specialty.
* HeroicMime: Averted. All of them, including the the TV Operator are quiet chatty.
* PlayerCharacter: You play as the TV Operator.
* LudicrousGibs: "Good hit. I see lots of little pieces down there."
* TheSquadette: The Flight Control Officer in ''Modern Warfare 3'' is female.


[[folder: Task Force 141]]
A multinational special operations unit formed after the events of the first game, Task Force 141 conducts a number of high-risk counter-terror special operations across the globe, with particular emphasis on containing the threat presented by Ultranationalist Russia.

For Cpt. "Soap" [=MacTavish=] and Cpt. Price, see SAS.

[[WMG: Lieutenant Simon "Ghost" Riley]]
->'''Voiced by Craig Fairbrass'''

British soldier in Task Force 141, who prefers to wear a skull-faced ski mask. His face is never shown, and name is never stated in-game, though the tie-in comic centered on him revealed that it's Lt. Simon "Ghost" Riley. Has a suspiciously similar voice to Gaz.
* TheAce
* {{Badass}}
* BashBrothers (With Soap/Roach)
* BigNo: Throws one between when [[spoiler: Shepherd shoots Roach and he himself gets shot.]]
* BreakoutCharacter: While he's not personally in it, his popularity led to ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' which has a [[FountainOfExpies squad known as Ghosts]].
* BrokenAce: See DarkAndTroubledPast below.
* CatchPhrase: "Let's do this!"
* CoolMask
* CoolShades
* DarkAndTroubledPast: As shown in the comics...and boy is this man's past ever tragic and messed up. But does that make him an even bigger {{Badass}} then he already is?
** Wait...then that [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique whole torture of Rojas and his right hand man]] in the favela have suddenly become...[[FridgeHorror a lot more frightening.]]
** [[ Granted. It is revealed here in this comic book mini-series.]]
* DecompositeCharacter: Like Fairbrass' two other characters above, he's a GoodCounterpart {{Foil}} to his voice actor's TheBrute role Delmar from ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}'', as both characters carried a Beretta 92 as a sidearm and a variant of the [=MP5=] as a primary submachine gun, while both characters [[spoiler: died instantly from a gunshot wound to the chest, ironically Ghost's death was held after being devastated by Shepherd shooting his close colleague Roach, while Delmar's death was held after he himself caused a {{Deuteragonist}}'s devastation by killing off his close friend]]. Additionally, Ghost's diving outfit from "The Only Easy Day... Was Yesterday" and "The Gulag" resembles Delmar's black jumpsuit, while Ghost wears a balaclava much like Delmar's during the plane heist scene of ''Cliffhanger''. Also, both characters are quite the {{Torture Technician}}s, even though Ghost is a rare heroic example, but their torture tactics and motives tends to differ. While Delmar's brutal KickTheDog NoHoldsBarredBeatdown soccer torture was ForTheEvulz out of his own meaningless sadistic gratification, Ghost's less brutal and more subtle KickTheSonOfABitch ColdBloodedTorture on the other hand was meaningfully for extracting important information to take down the enemy.
* [[spoiler:[[EtTuBrute Et Tu, Shepherd?]]: He had this reaction when Shepherd shoots Roach, moments before he was killed by the General.]]
* TheFaceless: Never seen without his trademark skull mask and sunglasses. ''Ever''. Except in the comic book.
* FreakOut: [[spoiler: When the nuclear submarine's missile doors open and the missile launches. Justified, as he didn't know what Price was up to]].
* GoodIsNotSoft: Given his experiences, he will use any means necessary to takedown the enemy and protect the peace of the world, even [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing the bad guys]] for important info. [[spoiler: He stops at betraying his own band of brothers to start a world war, unlike Shepherd.]]
* TheLancer: [[spoiler: Until Price shows up, then Soap becomes the Lancer]].
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Of Gaz.

[[WMG: Sergeant Gary "Roach" Sanderson]]

Player character for [[spoiler: most of]] the Task Force 141 segments of ''Modern Warfare 2''.
* {{Badass}}
** BashBrothers: With Ghost in "Loose Ends". Then he got wounded by a mortar and Ghost dragged him to the evac chopper. [[spoiler: [[MoralEventHorizon Then Shepherd shoots them and lights them on fire, burning Roach alive.]]]]
* BookEnds: His story begins and [[TearJerker ends]] with the throw of a lit cigar.
* [[spoiler:CruelAndUnusualDeath: Burned alive after being shot.]]
* [[spoiler:[[EtTuBrute Et Tu, Shepherd?]]: This would possibly be the players' reaction when he is killed by the General.]]
* HeroicMime
* [[spoiler:ManOnFire: How he dies.]]
* MeaningfulName: Roach survives a lot of crap, even for a [[WorldOfBadass Call Of Duty]] PlayerCharacter. [[spoiler: It takes him being clipped by a mortar, shot at point blank range with a revolver, and then SET ON FIRE while bleeding out to finally kill him.]]
* PlayerCharacter

[[WMG: General Shepherd]]
->'''Voiced by Creator/LanceHenriksen'''

Commander of the US military task force invading Khaled Al-Asad's nation in ''Modern Warfare''. Afterwards, becomes commander of Task Force 141. [[spoiler: Who he then betrays. Turns out Shepherd [[BigBad ignited the war with Russia in the first place]] to get his name written into history as a hero and create a new era of American supremacy, after being [[DespairEventHorizon driven off the edge]] by losing 30,000 men to the nuclear bomb Al-Asad and Makarov detonated in the events of the first ''MW'' game.]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: To say he leads from the front is an understatement. He can be seen fighting alongside the Rangers in ''Team Player''. While carrying a [[RevolversAreJustBetter .44 Magnum Revolver.]]
** [[spoiler:The whole Shadow company, though far more competent than other in-game enemies, failed to stop Price and Soap. Shepherd nearly takes them down in one-on-two combat, ''after surviving a helicopter crash.'']]
* BadassGrandpa: [[spoiler:Falls down a waterfall after his helicopter crashes and explodes, but it doesn't seem to phase him. After this, he proceeds to beat two highly trained commandos who are much younger than him in hand to hand combat.]]
* BadassMustache: Soap even comments on it in [[AllThereInTheManual his journal]] (included with the Hardened Edition of ''[=MW3=]'').
-->'''Soap''': Another commanding officer with a caterpillar? Destiny.
* BaldOfAwesome[[spoiler:/BaldOfEvil]]: Well, a rather obvious buzz cut.
* [[spoiler:BigBadEnsemble: Of ''Modern Warfare 2'' with Makarov.]]
* BigGood: [[spoiler:Subverted in "Loose Ends".]]
** [[spoiler: Becomes the BigBad of ''Modern Warfare 2''.]]
* [[spoiler: TheChessmaster]]: [[spoiler: He has made the whole thing in ''Modern Warfare 2'']]
* ColonelKilgore: He sees the war as a time for heroes and legends and he brags all the time about how good the United States Armed Forces are… [[spoiler: but then we see how much of a warmonger he actually is and it ain't pretty]].
* DespairEventHorizon: Crossed it when [[spoiler: his entire task force was nuked in the first ''Modern Warfare.'']]
* [[spoiler: DirtyCoward: Despite being a man who wants to lead the world into war and giving grandiose speeches about war, he continually sends other people out to do the dying for him. He also murders his own men through cowardly attacks versus facing the consequences of his actions. Much of the final level facing him is him running from his opponents until cornered. Played with as he's still an amazing fighter despite this.]]
* [[spoiler:EtTuBrute: His betrayal of Task-Force 141 in the mission "Loose Ends".]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:He balks at using nuclear weapons in the war, chastising Price for even considering it. It may have had more to do with the fact that it was aimed at America than anything else, however.]]
* [[spoiler:EvilAllAlong: He was involved in starting the war in the first place.]]
* [[spoiler:EyeScream: Soap throws a knife. It hits him in the eye.]]
* [[spoiler:FallenHero: He was genuinely good before the loss of 30,000 soldiers.]]
* FrontlineGeneral: In the first mission, he personally leads the Rangers across a bridge into battle. [[spoiler: Subverted in subsequent missions where he hides behind Shadow Company and even attempts to bomb his opponents rather than fight him.]]
* FourStarBadass: [[spoiler: In the final mission of ''Modern Warfare 2'' Shepherd goes toe-to-toe with Price and is actually ''winning''. Only a timely knife throw by Soap stops Price from being killed.]]
* GeneralRipper: Pretty much to the letter. [[spoiler:Extends to, possibly even exemplified, after his FaceHeelTurn. The causes and reasons that he wants the war to continue are magnified after we find out what role he really played in the game's events.]]
* [[spoiler:GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: At the end of Loose Ends, he briefly enjoys a smoke...just before using it to light Ghost and Roach on fire.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: He [[spoiler:eventually becomes a monster himself.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Talks greatly about loyalty, honor, and sacrifice [[spoiler: but shows no hesitation to use his men as fodder for the meatgrinder. He also mourns 30,000 soldiers but gets far more killed by inciting WW3]].
* [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini]]: [[spoiler:Of the "''doesn't get away but gets what he wanted''" sort, complete with burial at Arlington National Cemetery, and there is no indication that his exploitation/purge of [=TF141=] was exposed to the public at large.]]
* [[spoiler:KnightTemplar: Nothing is beyond the pale to achieving is ends.]]
* [[spoiler:MadeOfIron: Soap and Price, two highly trained SAS agents, fall off a waterfall and end up barley being able to stand. Shepherd falls off a waterfall ''and'' gets blown up in a helicopter, and he's fine.]]
* [[spoiler:MotiveRant: A truly epic one after stabbing Soap]].
--> [[spoiler:Five years ago, [[DespairEventHorizon I lost thirty thousand men]] [[NukeEm in the blink of an eye]], and [[ApatheticCitizens the world just]] [[PrecisionFStrike fuckin']] [[ApatheticCitizens watched]]. But tomorrow, there will be no shortage of volunteers, no shortage of patriots. *DramaticGunCock* I know you understand. [[note]]cue [[BigDamnHeroes Price]][[/note]]]]
* NiceHat: He is never seen without his beret.
* [[spoiler:NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: He does this to Price in the final mission, and will actually kill him if you don't stop him in time.]]
* [[spoiler:ThePlan]]
* PraetorianGuard: [[spoiler:He has them in the form of the American Shadow Company, which are more competent than the Russian soldiers you usually fight. It's not really explained whether they're a black ops unit or a PrivateMilitaryContractor.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler:Makes his MotiveRant all the more effective.]]
* RevolversAreJustBetter: He uses a [[HandCannon Colt Anaconda]].
* [[spoiler: RewardedAsATraitorDeserves.]]
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: For a while, on this very wiki, people had trouble spelling S-H-E-P-H-E-R-D.
* [[spoiler:StartOfDarkness: See DespairEventHorizon.]]
* [[spoiler:UriahGambit: Sends PFC. Allen on an undercover mission knowing he will be exposed and killed by Makarov in order to start a war between the USA and Russia. Unusually for this trope, it was probably NothingPersonal.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: Knowing too much about him gives away that [[spoiler: he's the main villain of ''[=MW2=]'']].
* [[spoiler:WellIntentionedExtremist: He wants American citizens to know how much is sacrificed for the freedom and safety that they took for granted. Saying that he used extreme measures to achieve this is like saying tsunami victims are wetter than other people.]]
* WeHaveBecomeComplacent
* WeHaveReserves: As stated by Cpl. Dunn:
--> '''Cpl. Dunn''': C'mon, since when does Shepherd care about danger close?
** Subverted in that at least once he can be seen fighting the enemy alongside the Rangers, even while calling in airstrikes at "''danger close''" proximity[[note]]that is, being as vulnerable as the Rangers to potential wounding or death from said airstrikes[[/note]].
** [[spoiler:''"All units, this is Gold Eagle. The site has been compromised. [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness I am executing directive one-one-six-bravo.]] If you're still inside, [[BlatantLies your service will be honoured.]] Shepherd out."'']]
* [[spoiler:VillainWithGoodPublicity]]: [[spoiler:Is buried at Arlington National Cemetery and publicly considered an American war hero.]]
* TheVonTropeFamily: His full name is Hershel von Shepherd, as confirmed [[!/fourzerotwo/status/85880883139194881 by Robert Bowling]].
* [[spoiler:YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: To Makarov and ALL of Task-Force 141, a rare case of this being done to {{Unwitting Pawn}}s instead of Mooks]].

[[WMG: Private First Class Joseph Allen]]
Player character for a few missions in ''Modern Warfare 2'', Army Ranger and later [=TF141=] member.
* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler: Initially, until [[{{Deconstruction}} ''No Russian'']].]]
* [[spoiler:DecoyProtagonist]]
* HeroicMime: Averted, though he only speaks in cutscenes.
* PlayerCharacter
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:See NiceJobBreakingItHero.]]
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: In the mission ''No Russian'', he is ordered to slaughter Russian civilians along with Makarov's men in order to prove himself as a member of the squad.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: [[spoiler: Subverted. In fact, his acting on this [[DeathByIrony lead directly]] to the invasion of his homeland and untold death and destruction.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Being at the "No Russian" mission seems to be the reason for pretty much the entire plot of the second and third games.]]
* ReverseMole: He's sent on an undercover mission to infiltrate Makarov's terrorist cell. [[spoiler:It does not end well.]]
* ThisLoserIsYou: Representing the murderous nature of the players.
* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn: In ''No Russian'', to Makarov.]] It's eventually revealed [[spoiler:he was also one to General Shepherd]].
* [[spoiler:UriahGambit: The victim of one from Makarov - he was added to the terrorist team specifically so he could die and be used to start a war between the USA and Russia.]] And even worse, you eventually uncover [[spoiler:General Shepherd did this to him as well, for the exact same purpose.]] Unusually for this trope, it was probably NothingPersonal.


[[folder: Russian Loyalists]]

Members of the Pro-West Russian government/military fighting against the Ultranationalists. They ultimately lose the war, with the Ultranationalists coming into power by the events of the second game. By the third, Loyalist soldiers form a sort of LaResistance aimed at stopping Makarov.

[[WMG: Nikolai]]
->'''Voiced by Sven Holmberg ([=MF1=], [=MW2=]), Creator/RobinAtkinDownes ([=MW3=])'''

Russian informant and mercenary who works with Price and Soap. Appears in the first ''Modern Warfare'' game as a spy inside the Ultranationalist camp. By the events of the second game, he is a support asset for Task Force 141, who is frequently called in as for emergency extractions, but the third game reveals that he is in command of an entire [[PrivateMilitaryContractors PMC]] made up of [[FormerRegimePersonnel former Loyalist soldiers]] dedicated to stopping Makarov.
* AscendedExtra: In the first game, he was a minor character who was central to a rescue and EscortMission, who provides a bit of intel on where to find al-Asad. By the later games, he takes on a much bigger role, becoming part of [[TrueCompanions Price's group of trusted associates]].
* {{Badass}}: Although he doesn't get as many chances to show it, he manages to [[spoiler:survive appearing in all three games in the trilogy]], a feat only matched by [[spoiler:Captain Price]].
* BigDamnHeroes: Plays the part no fewer than three times in the second game.
** [[spoiler: Every level where the action is focused on Price, Nikolai is this, sometimes twice]].
* CaptainObvious: In ''Modern Warfare 2''. It is not appreciated either time.
** In ''The Hornet's Nest''
-->'''Nikolai:''' My friend, from up here, it looks like the whole village is trying to kill you!
-->'''Captain [=MacTavish=]:''' Tell me something I don't know! Just get ready to pick us up!
** In ''The Enemy of My Enemy"
-->'''Nikolai:''' ''(witnessing the massive three-way fight between Task-Force 141, Makarov's men, and [[spoiler: Shadow Company]]) Price, I am approaching the boneyard. I see you do not have situation under control. Very unsafe to land. It looks like when I was in Afghanistan with the Soviets!
-->'''Captain Price:''' Nikolai! Just shut up and land the bloody plane! We're on our way!
* EscortMission: Not as bad as usual, as in "''Hunted''", he is invincible as the main [=NPCs=] tend to be and he carries an AKS-[=74U=].
* FormerRegimePersonnel / LaResistance: [[UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan Fought in Afghanistan]], then heads up a force of Russian Loyalists that oppose the Ultranationalists.
* ReverseMole
* TheStoic: Even when his chopper is getting perforated by the local militia in Rio de Janerio, he stays relatively calm, if a little worried.
** NotSoStoic: Though when he is trying to extract Soap and Price from the airplane graveyard in Afghanistan, a missile nearly downs him, and he unleashes a massive ClusterFBomb in Russian.
* {{True Companions}} Team: Part of a three-man one between Soap, Price, and himself.
* UndyingLoyalty: During the Second Russian Civil War, Price and Soap went deep behind enemy lines to walk him out of Hell. Five years later, he returned the favor.

[[WMG: Sergeant Kamarov]]
->'''Voiced by Mark Ivanir'''

Leader of a Russian Loyalist Spetznaz squad.
* [[spoiler: BackForTheDead]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Climax of the first ''Modern Warfare''. [[spoiler: About two minutes too late, though.]]
* [[spoiler: DroppedABridgeOnHim]]
* TheLoad: He really gets in the way of the SAS in his first appearance, to the point where Gaz holds him over a ledge and threatens to drop him if he won't stop it. They all get along much better in his next 3 appearances, though Soap lampshades this [[spoiler: when he doesn't respond on the radio]].
* LaResistance: Leader of the [[spoiler: Prague resistance forces against Ultranationalist occupation.]]
* ManlyTears: "''You're going to be all right, my friend''!"
* NoodleIncident: What happened with him in Beruit, anyway?
* [[spoiler: ReverseMole]]: [[spoiler: Infiltrated Makarov's inner circle to help Price in ''Modern Warfare 3''. Unfortunately, Makarov already knew he was a mole working against him and eventually kills him with Yuri, Soap, and Price all watching.]]

[[WMG: Yuri]]
->'''Voiced by Brian Bloom'''

Former Spetsnaz who thoroughly hates Makarov and his organization, and serves as the player character for the Task Force 141 missions in ''Modern Warfare 3''. [[spoiler: Was a former member of Makarov's inner circle, until his opposition to Makarov's increasing insanity led to his former boss shooting him and leaving him for dead.]]
* [[spoiler: TheAtoner]]
* {{Badass}}: Being a ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' player character, this is a given.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: He was there when [[spoiler: Zakhaev got his arm shot off]], when [[spoiler: the nuke was set off in al-Asad's capital]], and [[spoiler:would have been the sixth man in Makarov's team during the attack on the airport.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: He storms the roof and shoots Makarov just in time to prevent him from executing Price. He gets killed for it, but gives Price the opening he needs.]]
* ColdSniper: At times.
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler: Defected from the Ultranationalists when he saw how increasingly insane Makarov has become. Gets shot in the gut for his trouble, and the rest of his story is about this.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Getting [[spoiler: shot in the stomach by Makarov doesn't stop him from grabbing a gun and trying to stop the massacre at the airport.]]
* GrayEyes: Considering how much detail the designers give characters, the color choice was likely on purpose. Yuri's entire color scheme is gray, a neutral color[[note]]which also contrasts with Makarov's heterochromatic eyes[[/note]]. He was with Task Force 141 only to get revenge on Makarov and never tries to gain Price's favor, but he isn't a villain either. He also starts out "''young and patriotic''", fitting with Type 3 as well.
* [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn]]: During [[spoiler: "No Russian."]]
* LaResistance: He is one of the commanders of the Loyalists that oppose the Ultranationalists.
* MadeOfIron
** He the ''only'' character in the series to survive getting shot in the stomach with a [[RareGuns Desert Eagle]].
** In "Dust To Dust" he is [[spoiler: ''impaled on a spike of iron rebar'']] when he tells Price to go after Makarov. After [[spoiler: Price crashes Makarov's helicopter]], Yuri comes charging in to save the day, pistol blazing, and [[spoiler: Makarov has to shoot him three more times to actually put him down.]]
* NeverHurtAnInnocent: [[spoiler:Why he quit the Ultranationalists]].
* NotWhatISignedUpFor: [[spoiler:He betrayed Makarov because he stopped being a soldier fighting for a worthy cause and instead became a psychotic monster.]]
* OnlySaneMan: [[spoiler: Was the only member of Makarov's Inner Circle to realize what a monster Makarov had become]].
* [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath]]
* RememberTheNewGuy
* {{Revenge}}: One of his driving motivations for opposing Makarov.
** Indeed, it is stated that he is the one man in the world who hates Makarov even ''more'' than Price does.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Yuri wants Makarov dead. That's ''all'' that motivates him by the point in the story that he joins Price's group. It eventually culminates in the [[spoiler: two-man assault on the Oasis Hotel in Juggernaut armor.]]
* RussianGuySuffersMost: Out of all of the series' protagonists, he probably suffers the most beatings across a single game, including getting dumped off a cliff into a river, shot repeatedly in the stomach, impaled by a piece of rebar, knocked senseless in the mining complex, thrown down a flight of stairs [[spoiler: by Price]] and eventually [[spoiler: getting shot in the head/killed by Makarov.]]
* [[spoiler:TokenGoodTeammate: Of Makarov's Inner Circle, he was the only one to have a soul.]]
* TrueCompanions: ''Averted'': Of all of the ''Modern Warfare'' characters who work with Price, Yuri is distinct in that he never truly ingratiates himself with Price, Nikolai, or Soap. When Price [[spoiler: learns that Yuri was once one of Makarov's trusted lieutenants]], he makes it clear afterwards that he doesn't care if Yuri lives or dies, and that Yuri has to "''keep up or be left behind''". Price does ''eventually'' warm to Yuri, but never to the same degree as he did to Soap, Nikolai, [=MacMillian=], Sandman, Griggs, or Gaz. Then again, Yuri's only with them for the sake of revenge on Makarov in the first place...


[[folder: Ultranationalist Russia/OPFOR]]

The primary opposition across all three games, made up of three primary factions: The Ultranationalists, OPFOR, and the Inner Circle. The Ultranationalists are hardcore nationalists dedicated to rebuilding Russia's power and turning it against perceived enemies, and formed a loose alliance with Al-Asad's revolutionaries (simply referred to as OPFOR or "Opposing Force") to draw US attention away from the war in Russia and to inflict as much damage as possible on the West. By the second game, the Ultranationalists were split by Zakhaev's death, with Boris Vorshevsky controlling the more moderate elements of the Ultranationalist government and Vladimir Makarov heading up the much more violent and radical elements, with Makarov's personal army becoming known as the Inner Circle. The conflict between Vorshevsky's regime and Makarov's private army comes to a head in ''Modern Warfare 3''.

[[WMG: Khaled Al-Asad]]
->'''Voiced by Gabriel Al-Rajhi'''

Leader of the [[{{Qurac}} unnamed Middle-eastern nation]] in the first ''Modern Warfare'' and co-conspirator with Imran Zakhaev. [[spoiler:He has in his possession a nuclear weapon, which he detonates during an American police action in his home country and wipes out the entire invasion force.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolName: [[BilingualBonus If you know Arabic]]; it literally translates to "''the eternal lion''".
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Averted.
* DirtyCoward: He is explicitly called this by Nikolai when he explains [[spoiler: how he knows that Al-Asad is still alive after nuking his own capital.]]
* [[spoiler: CoDragons: To Zakhaev, with Zakhaev's son]]
* NukeEm: [[spoiler: Apparently]] does this to [[spoiler: the ''entire'' Marine task force]] in the first Modern Warfare. [[spoiler:Later revealed to have been at the behest of Makarov, who ordered the nuclear detonation.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner: Before executing Al-Fulani:
-->"This is how it begins."
* PresidentEvil
* RebelLeader
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized
* SinisterShades: Never seen without them.
* SmugSnake
* StarterVillain: al-Asad lasts only halfway through the first game, and the remnants of his forces comprise the opposition in a single mission in the second game.
* UnwittingPawn: Really, his entire role was to draw the US's attention away from the civil war in Russia. The [[spoiler: nuclear bomb]] that he used on the Marines was [[spoiler:actually set off by Makarov, to both kill American troops and keep the blame pinned on al-Asad.]]
** The very first moment that you see him in the flesh confirms al-Asad's status as a pathetic puppet of the Ultranationalists. Al-Asad, in his own country, surrounded by his own men, walks up to Zakhaev, who points a pistol ''in his face'', and al-Asad stops like a deer trapped in the headlights. Zakhaev then casually spins the pistol around and hands it to al-Asad, as if saying "''now go kill al-Fulani like a good dog''." And he does as the master commands.

[[WMG: Imran Zakhaev]]
-->''"Our so-called leaders prostituted us to the West. Destroyed our cultures, our economies, our honour."''
->'''Voiced by Yevgeni Lazarev'''

Leader of the Ultranationalists in the first ''Modern Warfare''. The SAS attempted to assassinate him in 1996 at Chernobyl because he was dealing spent nuclear fuel rods to terrorists; during the assassination attempt his arm was blown off by Price, though he survived [[spoiler: thanks to Makarov and Yuri]]. [[spoiler: Soap eventually kills him at the end of the first game.]] Becomes [[spoiler: a martyr after his death]] and serves as a rallying point for the Ultranationalist Russians.
* BaldOfEvil: Might be caused by his tendency to hang around radioactive areas.
* BeardOfEvil
* BigBad: Of the first installment.
* [[spoiler: DeathByDisfigurement: Subverted. His arm was blown off by Price, but he survives thanks to the intervention of Makarov and Yuri[[note]]they're the ones who drove off with him in [=COD4=][[/note]], until Soap shoots him at the ending.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution / NukeEm: His response to [[spoiler: his son's death]].
* HeWasRightThereAllAlong: He is briefly seen in "The Coup," far before his role becomes apparent.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: [[spoiler: Nobody knows that he is involved in the conflict until Price answers the call on Al-Asad's phone.]]
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler: He was able to survive for ''15 years'' after Price blew his arm off.]]
* PapaWolf: He does ''not'' take [[spoiler: his son's suicide]] well.
-->''My blood... on their hands. All US and British forces will leave Russia immediately... or '''suffer the consequences.'''''
* PredecessorVillain: He casts his shadow over the next two: [[spoiler:Makarov carries over in his stead, General Shepherd is motivated by the nuking of the Marine task force, and the outcomes of their plots triggers a US-Russian war]].
* SoftSpokenSadist: In his speech, the first and only time we hear him talk, he speaks in a very calm, deep and almost emotionless tone. The result is quite creepy
* TheQuietOne
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: [[spoiler: Played straight in the first game, when Soap shoots him on the bridge thanks to the timely distraction of a Loyalist helicopter flyby. Deconstructed in the second, where the Ultranationalists portrays him as a martyr gunned down by evil Americans while fighting the corrupt government.]]

[[WMG: Viktor Zakhaev]]
->'''Voiced by Jordan Marder'''

Imran Zakhaev's son, and a major Ultranationalist leader.
* [[spoiler: BetterToDieThanBeKilled:]] If the SAS, the Marines and the Spetsnaz were after my rear, [[spoiler: I'd shoot myself in the head too.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: He looks an awful lot like Creator/JeanReno.
* OverlordJr
* CoDragons: With Al-Asad, to his father.
* SinsOfOurFathers: [[spoiler: The protagonists go after him to lure his dad out. It doesn't end well.]]
** Lampshaded by both Gaz and Griggs.
* TheQuietOne: He only speaks twice (at the beginning of "The Coup" and at the end of "Sins of the Father"), [[BilingualBonus both in Russian]].
* TheBrute

[[WMG: Vladimir Makarov]]
->'''Voiced by Roman Varshavsky'''

A Russian terrorist who leads a radical, distinct Ultranationalist faction. Originally a loyal supporter of Zakhaev's mission, he defects from the ruling Ultranationalist party because their methods were too mild to suit his purposes. Described by Shepherd as a "whore" who sells himself to the highest bidder. [[spoiler: Heads up the FalseFlagOperation that triggers the Russian invasion of the US.]]
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: His death was painful, slow and 100% deserved.]]
* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler:Subverted, he can plan attacks and hold his own in a firefight; but he doesn't stand a chance once Price [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown (quite literally) gets his hands on him]]]].
* BadassInANiceSuit: The only time he's not seen in a nice suit are in the flashbacks before he becomes the Ultranationalists' new leader. He seems to hate ties though.
* BigBad: Of ''3'', but he'd been a major (if unseen) player much earlier. He [[spoiler:saved Zakhaev after he was shot]], he [[spoiler: personally triggered the nuclear detonation in al-Asad's capital]], and he masterminded the [[spoiler: entire Russian invasion of Europe.]]
* BigBadEnsemble: [[spoiler:With General Shepherd in Modern Warfare 2.]]
* CreateYourOwnVillain: [[spoiler: Through detonating the nuke that killed the entire Marine battalion in the first Modern Warfare, he helped turned General Shepherd into a fellow villain as a result, which makes Shepherd's attempt to kill Makarov a HoistByHisOwnPetard.]]
* [[DefectorFromDecadence Defector From Lack of Decadence]]: Unlike most examples, Makarov's reasons for leaving the ruling Ultranationalist party was inspired by their ''lack'' of decadence. Their unwillingness to adhere to Zakhaev's words to the letter (in his mind they only subscribe to TheThemeParkVersion) meant they refused to pay their dues to what allowed them to come to power and he will show both them and their enemies what it really means to be "''Ultranationalist''".
* DragonAscendant[=/=]MookPromotion: In ''Modern Warfare 3'' it's shown that Makarov [[spoiler:was just one of Zakhaev's many {{Mooks}} attending the Chernobyl arms deal in 1996. He and Yuri end up saving Zakhaev's life after his arm is shot off by Price, which leads to Makarov gaining Zakhaev's favor and rapidly ascending the ranks of the Ultranationalists, making him a [[TheDragon Dragon]], albeit under [[CoDragons Co-]][[DragonInChief Dragons in chief]] Al-Asad and Victor Zakhaev. After Al-Asad's and both Zakhaevs' deaths he becomes the leader of the extremist wing of the Ultranationalists, and by the time of ''Modern Warfare 3'', he's secretly controlling a large portion of the Russian military from behind the scenes.]]
* [[spoiler:DragonWithAnAgenda: Considering the fact his apparently main safehouse gets raided and all his data is in American hands, he somehow manages to control nearly every major asset in the Russian military in ''3'' which shows that he had a much bigger and better equipped facility elsewhere, meaning he's probably been feeding lies to Shepherd since the start.]]
* [[spoiler: EnemyMine: In the level "''The Enemy of My Enemy''", he gives away the location of Shepherd's hideout to Price and Soap to save his own arse from inevitable destruction by Shepherd's forces.]]
* EvilFormerFriend: [[spoiler: To Yuri.]]
* FamousNamedForeigner: Named after the former Soviet Union's standard issue pistol. Becomes a case of HilariousInHindsight for some when said pistol appears in ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Black Ops]]''. "Wait, what do you mean the guard was trying to beat you with Makarov's butt ?" Though, in fairness, Makarov ''is'' among the commonest Russian surnames, so it's not like his surname would be immediately confused with the pistol designer (well, not to native Russians, at least).
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He was just an ordinary soldier with dreams of patriotism. Then he rose through the ranks, and became the world's greatest terrorist.
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:Of the first Modern Warfare, due to him ensuring Zakhaev's survival in 1996 and triggering the detonation at al-Asad's capital that resulted in Paul Jackson's death and General Shepherd's StartOfDarkness and eventual FaceHeelTurn in Modern Warfare 2. He is also considered to be this in the overall trilogy.]]
* HeroKiller: Every time he is encountered in the flesh, Makarov ends up killing or critically wounding a PlayerCharacter. [[spoiler: Allen, Harkov, Soap, and Yuri (twice!)]]. The only time that doesn't happen is in [[spoiler:the Hotel Oasis, as Price, though Price is still wounded[[note]]Makarov can still kill Price if he delays the distraction[[/note]]]].
** Though he doesn't personally encounter them he also kills [[spoiler: Jackson and Mr. Davis]].
* KnightOfCerebus: Things get real serious once Makarov appears. See HeroKiller for more information.
* KickTheDog: Too many to count.[[spoiler: Although one moment was asking Price how long it took for Soap to die after a [[TranquilFury very pissed off]] Price rang Makarov to let him know he was coming for him]].
* MookLieutenant: Begins as one, then goes through a series of [[MookPromotion mook promotions]], as detailed above.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler: Find himself on the receiving end of one via Captain Price and leads into his death]]
* NooseCatch: [[spoiler:Receives one in ''Modern Warfare 3'', courtesy of Captain Price.]]
* OlderThanHeLooks: [[spoiler:Appears in [=MW3=] to be in his early 30's, but is seen in the Chernobyl flashback 20 years ago as an adult driving Zakhaev's Jeep, making him in his early 40's at the youngest.]]
** [[spoiler: If you look closely at his bio, his year of birth is given as 1970, making him 26 at Zakhaev's assassination attempt, 41 when he detonated the nuke, and 46 for the events of 2 and 3.]]
* PsychoForHire: Shepherd explicitly states that he works for money. [[spoiler: Subverted, though: Makarov actually has an agenda of plunging the world into a massive world war in which Russia conquers Europe.]]
%%* UnwittingPawn
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler: He's in a helicopter crash, gets shot through the chest by Yuri, is bludgeoned and thrown through a glass window by Price, and finally ends up hanged with a winch hook cable.]]
* TheSociopath: [[spoiler: At the end of the day, Makarov is this. [[TheChessmaster Manipulating his way through to the top]], massacring an airport of civilians and pinning the blame on the US while [[LackOfEmpathy showing absolutely zero remorse for it]], and showing quite a vicious, sadistic streak along the way. It's implied by Yuri that he once truly believed in the cause, but now only wishes to obtain power and slaughter ''anyone'' that stands in his way.]]
* TheStarscream: In ''Modern Warfare 3'', he attempts to overthrow the Russian President to extract the missile launch codes from him and the take political (but mostly military) power of Russia from him.
* TheUnfettered: [[spoiler: You kinda know that he's this when he sees no problem massacring a airport full of innocent civilians just to kickstart the events of the 3rd world war]]. It's best described in this comment: "''This man Makarov is fighting his own war and he has no rules. No boundaries. He doesn't flinch at torture, human trafficking, or genocide. He's not loyal to a flag or country or any set of ideals. He trades blood for money''."
** It's pretty much why [[spoiler:Yuri refused to go through with the airport massacre and Yuri's entire revenge arc in [=MW3=]]].
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: Unlike the more obvious Al-Asad and Zakhaev Makarov resembles little more than a bearded, semi handsome Russian soldier in a suit, resembling maybe [[Film/DieHard Hans Gruber]] without the charm.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: In ''Modern Warfare 3'', Yuri paraphrases this word for word when describing Makarov's rapid ascent up the ranks.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Once he's no longer useful to Shepherd, the General tries to kill him. Makarov survives and continues on to inflict even greater tragedy.]]
** [[spoiler: Might be a subversion, ''Modern Warfare 3'' clearly shows he had to have had some major plans going on in the background and that he may actually have been doing this to Shepherd. If the infamous safehouse level is compared to his actions in 3, then it's likely that Makarov was at least feeding false information to Shepherd's intelligence assets and probably was intending to kill Shepherd anyway -- sending Price and Soap to do it was probably just seizing an opportunity.]]

[[WMG: Boris Vorshevsky]]
->'''Voiced by David Anthony Pizzuto'''

President of Russia and leader of the mainstream Ultranationalists after the civil war. Enemies with Makarov, who believes that the ruling party in Russia did not follow Zakhaev's creed and are bringing shame to the Ultranationalist name.
* IHaveYourWife: [[spoiler:Makarov kidnaps his daughter to get him to give up the nuclear launch codes.]]
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: President Target.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He decides to pursue peace so more Russians won't die. One wonders how much control he has over the Russian military, given that they launched the massive invasion of Europe even though he wanted peace.
** It should be noted that several members of his staff, and possibly his Cabinet, were with him on his plane. They were presumably loyal to him, but were all killed when Makarov's men attacked it.
** In general he is also this, distancing himself from the radical message that Makarov subscribes to.
* YoureInsane: Says this to Makarov.

[[WMG: Alena Vorshevsky]]
->'''Voiced by Anna Graves'''

The daughter of President Vorshevsky.
* BridalCarry: She gets this briefly from Price [[spoiler: When she is rescued in "Down the Rabbit Hole"]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: She seems to have gone through this at least to a minor degree when you find her in [[spoiler: the diamond mine]]
* DamselInDistress: Well, yeah. But you have to admit, you'd be pretty scared too if the Ultranationalists were after you.
* IHaveYourWife: The reason why the Ultranationalists keep trying to kidnap her is so they can coerce President Vorshevsky into giving up the launch codes.
* LivingMacguffin: Makarov wants her so she can be used to force President Vorshevsky to give him the launch codes to the Russian nuclear arsenal. Delta Force and Task Force 141 want her so that doesn't happen.

[[WMG: Andrei Harkov]]
An FSO (equivalent of American Secret Service) agent, in charge of President Vorshevsky's security.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassInANiceSuit: It's a given as he is Vorshevsky's bodyguard and all.
* [[spoiler: DecoyProtagonist]]: [[spoiler: Following the tradition of Paul Jackson and Joseph Allen, he's the first major playable protagonist in the third installment to die, getting killed at the end of his mission.]]
* {{Determinator}}
* MadeOfIron: It takes [[spoiler: a point-blank shot to drop him, then once more before he grabs his gun]].
** [[spoiler: And if it's him in the Special Ops Mission "Hostage Taker," he doesn't even go down after ''that''.]]
* TheMole: During the loading screen for ''Turbulence'', a picture with his name on it says "Inside Man?" [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope It ultimately amounts to nothing, as Makarov's men assault the aircraft with seemingly no insiders of their own among the FSO contingent onboard.]]]]
* PlayerCharacter

[[WMG: Major Petrov]]
Commander of an Ultranationalist airbase in Modern Warfare 2.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "...surrender now or your comrade dies! Put your hands in the air and surrender to us or your comrade dies!" "You have five seconds to comply!" "Very well, we give you five seconds to comply!"
* LargeHam


[[folder: Other]]

[[WMG: Sat1]]
An astronaut briefly controlled in Modern Warfare 2.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Courtesy of Captain Price--although he didn't mean for it to happen.]]
* HeroicMime
* PlayerCharacter
* RecycledINSPACE: He mostly serves the same role as ''Call of Duty 4'''s Al Fulani, but IN SPACE.

[[WMG: Yasir Al-Fulani]]

President of the unnamed Middle Eastern country in the first Modern Warfare.
* BoomHeadshot: How he dies.
* ControllableHelplessness
* CrucifiedHeroShot: He is tied to a cross before Al-Asad shoots him.
* TheFaceless: Averted in the DS version.
* TheHeroDies: The first PlayerCharacter to die.
* MeaningfulName: Al-Fulani is the Arabic version "John Doe".

[[WMG: The Davis family]]
->'''Voiced by Julia Arem (Sarah)'''

A family seen vacationing in London during [=MW3=]. [[spoiler: Killed in a gas attack predicating the Russian invasion of Europe.]]
* CheerfulChild: Sarah, the daughter in the family.
* GenkiGirl: Sarah, again.
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: Averted. None of them survive the gas attack, not even the daughter.]]
* HeroicMime: You briefly play as the father recording his family. As required by [=CoD=] law, he is completely silent.
* [[spoiler: [[RedShirt Red Shirts]]]]

[[WMG: Waraabe]]

[[UsefulNotes/{{Somalia}} Somalian]] warlord seen in the [=MW3=] mission "Return to Sender".
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Averted. He quickly cracks when Price threatens to use DeadlyGas on him.
* BaldOfEvil: [[AllThereInTheManual Despite the fact that his dossier in "Return to Sender"]] says he has black hair, he is actually bald.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Out of all the villains in ''Modern Warfare 3'', he's the first to go.
* BoomHeadshot: Price kills him this way.
* CoDragons: With Viktor to Makarov.
* DirtyCoward: He panics when Price pulls the pin on the nerve gas canister, and immediately tells Price everything he wants to know.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: On the receiving end. While Price, Soap, and Yuri don gas masks, Price pulls the pin on a toxin canister. If he talks, he gets the last mask. If not, he'll suffocate. [[BoomHeadshot Not that it matters anyway.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "Waraabe" means "hyena" in Somali.

[[WMG: Viktor "Volk" Khristenko]]

The CEO of Fregata Industries, a front company that supplied Makarov with DeadlyGas.
* AnimalMotifs / NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "Volk" means "wolf" in Russian.
* CoDragons: With Waarabe to Makarov.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: [[spoiler: Courtesy of Sandman.]]
** TortureAlwaysWorks: Unfortunately for him.
-->'''Price:''' Did our man talk?
-->'''Sandman:''' They always talk.
* MadBomber: He's Makarov's bomb maker.
** TheEvilGenius