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

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[[folder: United Kingdom Special Air Service]]
Members of the UK SAS appear in the first ''Modern Warfare'' 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]]
The humorless, straightforward and unflappable leader of the SAS units in ''ModernWarfare 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''.]] Voiced by Billy Murray (not that {{Creator/Bill Murray}}).
* {{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 CallOfDuty 1 and 2. Popular {{Fanon}} makes him the original Price's son or grandson. WordOfDante[=/=]WordOfSaintPaul makes him officially Price's grandson.
* [[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 more positive light, in the same way Makarov twisted his quoting "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: but 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, 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 ''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.
* 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'''

One of the player characters from the first ''ModernWarfare'' 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. Voiced by Kevin [=McKidd=],
* [[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.
* [[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 is 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. However, [[spoiler: said wound does eventually kill him. It just takes a massive army and continuous fighting for weeks to make it stick.]]
* 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'']].
** [[spoiler:Deconstructed in ''3''. The knife wound doesn't close properly and eventually helps to kill him.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: He considers [[spoiler: Gaz and Griggs']] deaths and [[spoiler: Price's apparent]] death to be these, according to his journal.
* PermaStubble
* SuddenlyVoiced
* [[spoiler: RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In ''Modern Warfare 2'''s ending, alongside Price.]]
* 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]]
Captain Price's right hand man. Known for his sense of [[strike: humour]] humor. His real name is never stated.
* {{Badass}}
** BashBrothers (with Price/Soap at times)
* CatchPhrase: "Let's do this." (in multiplayer) "Team Deathmatch."
* DeadpanSnarker: At times.
* NamesTheSame: No, not [[InvaderZim Dib's perpetually angry pizza-loving world-hating younger sister.]]
* NumberTwo: To Price in the first game.
* [[spoiler: PinkMist]]: [[spoiler: It appears that Zakhaev performs CoupDeGrace on his head from point blank with a Desert Eagle. In reality, the shot goes into his back; the angle 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=]]]
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.
* FriendlySniper: He IS personally nice to you, aside from when you decide to be a cocky dumbass, then any {{Jerkass}} behavoir 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 on his legs.]]
* 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, 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=]]]
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 officer.

* {{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'' Gaz, 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:Also the only one ''not'' to die horribly.]]

[[/folder]]


[[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.

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

[[WMG: Lieutenant Vasquez]]
Leader of Sergeant Jackson's Marine Force recon unit in the first ''ModernWarfare'' game.
* BadAss
** BadAssBaritone
* BigDamnHeroes: Subverted.
* HeyItsThatVoice: David Sobolov; fans of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' may recognize him as Depth Charge.
* 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 ''ModernWarfare'' 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 ModernWarfare'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]]
SAW gunner for Jackson's Force Recon squad in the first ''ModernWarfare'' 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]]
Leader of Ramirez's Army Rangers squad in ''ModernWarfare 2''. Voiced by Keith David.
* {{Badass}}
** BashBrothers (With Dunn/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, ''damn well'' make use of him.
* HeyItsThatVoice: You can pretend that your Ranger squad is led by:
** [[{{Halo}} The Arbiter.]]
** [[Franchise/MassEffect David Anderson.]]
** [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} Goliath.]]
** [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} The Cat.]]
** Some National Geographic / History Channel narrator waiting to lecture you about WorldWarII .
** [[ThePrincessAndTheFrog Dr. Facilier.]]
** [[SaintsRow Julius Little.]]
** [[RequiemForADream "I know it's pretty, Ramirez, but I didn't take it out for air!"]]
* LargeHam
* SergeantRock

[[WMG: Private James Ramirez]]
Player character for the US Army Rangers segment of ''ModernWarfare 2''.
* {{Badass}} (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.
* 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
* PlayerCharacter

[[WMG: Corporal Dunn]]
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: ''I'm cutting through History Class!''
* DeadpanSnarker
* FakeAmerican: Voiced by Canadian Barry Pepper.
* FreakOut: After [[spoiler: Price makes the sky fall.]]
* HeyItsThatVoice: Barry Pepper, aka [[VideoGame/{{Prototype}} Alex "I'm Hungry" Mercer]]. Or [[ColdSniper Pvt. Daniel Jackson]] in SavingPrivateRyan.
* 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"]]
Leader of the Delta Force unit "Metal" in ''Modern Warfare 3''. Commanding officer to player character Derek "Frost" Westbrook.
* ActorAllusion: He's voiced by William Fichtner, who also played a Delta operator in ''BlackhawkDown''.
* {{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.
* [[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.]]
* 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"]]
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"]]
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.
* FakeAmerican: Voiced by the British Idris Elba.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: See Sandman and Grinch's entries.]]
* TheQuietOne
* 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]]


[[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.

[[WMG: Lieutenant Simon "Ghost" Riley]]
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. [[HeyItsThatVoice 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]].
* 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.]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_Warfare_2:_Ghost Granted. It is revealed here in this comic book mini-series.]]
* [[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 Shepard.]]
* MaskPower
* 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 ''ModernWarfare 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
* 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]]
Commander of the US military task force invading Khaled Al-Asad's nation in ''ModernWarfare''. Afterwards, becomes commander of Task Force 141. [[spoiler: Who gets betrayed by him.]]
* 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
* [[spoiler:BaldOfEvil: Well, a rather obvious buzz cut.]]
* [[spoiler:BigBadEnsemble: Of ''ModernWarfare 2'' with Makarov.]]
* BigGood: [[spoiler:Subverted in "Loose Ends".]]
* [[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 ''ModernWarfare.'']]
* EmbarrassingFirstName: As stated below, Shepherd's full name was revealed as Hershel Von Shepherd III by a WordOfGod twitter shot.
* [[spoiler:EtTuBrute: His betrayal of Task-Force 141 in the mission "Loose Ends".]]
* [[spoiler:EyeScream: Soap throws a knife. It hits him in the eye.]]
* [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn: Subverted in that he wasn't a "Face" to begin with.]]
* [[spoiler:FallenHero]]
* FrontlineGeneral: In the first mission, he personally leads the Rangers across a bridge into battle.
* FourStarBadass
* 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]].
* HeyItsThatVoice: B-Movie actor Lance Henriksen voices Shepherd.
* [[spoiler:KnightTemplar]]
* [[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.]]
* WalkingSpoiler
* [[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 the danger close air strikes.
** [[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]]
* TheVonTropeFamily: His full name is Hershel von Shepherd, as confirmed [[http://twitter.com/#!/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 ''ModernWarfare 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]].

[[/folder]]

[[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]]
Russian informant and mercenary who works with Price and Soap. Appears in the first ''ModernWarfare'' 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: Averted. In "Hunted", he is invincible and carries an AKS-74U.
* FormerRegimePersonnel: [[SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan Fought in Afghanistan]].
* LaResistance: 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.
* TheOtherDarrin: His original voice actor, Sven Holmberg, was rather jarringly replaced by RobinAtkinDownes in [=MW3=], which sadly cost him his ability to curse in Russian.
* 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]]
Leader of a Russian Loyalist Spetznaz squad.
* [[spoiler: BackForTheDead]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Climax of the first ''ModernWarfare''. [[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.]]

[[WMG: Yuri]]
Former Spetsnaz who thoroughly hates Makarov and his organization, and serves as the player character for the Task Force 141 mission 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 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: was 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.]]
* {{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. 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 got shot in the stomach with a [[RareGuns Desert Eagle]] and survived. Note that he is the only person in the ''entire series'' to have pulled this off.
** 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]], he 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 by Makarov.]]
* [[spoiler:TokenGoodTeammate: Of Makarov's Inner Circle, he was the only one to have a soul.]]
* TrueCompanions: ''Averted''. Of all of the ''ModernWarfare'' 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.

[[/folder]]

[[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]]
Leader of the [[{{Qurac}} unnamed Middle-eastern nation]] in the first ''ModernWarfare'' 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 after he [[spoiler: apparently nukes 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 ModernWarfare. [[spoiler: In reality, Makarov was the one 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."''

Leader of the Ultranationalists in the first ''ModernWarfare''. 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.
** BiggerBad: He casts his shadow over the next two.
* BlingBlingBang: Carries a gold-plated Desert Eagle.
* [[spoiler: DeathByDisfigurement: Subverted. His arm was blown off by Price, but he survives, thanks to the intervention of Makarov and Yuri, 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.'''''
* TheQuietOne
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: [[spoiler: Played straight in the first game, when Soap shoots him on the bridge. 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]]
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 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]]
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.]]

* BadAss: [[spoiler: Subverted, he can plan attacks and hold his own in combat; but he doesn't stand a chance once Price 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.]]
** [[spoiler:BigBadEnsemble: With General Shepherd in Modern Warfare 2]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: 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, only subscribing 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.]]
* [[spoiler: EvilFormerFriend: 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.
* 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]].
** 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.
* MookLieutenant: Begins as one, then goes through a series of [[MookPromotion mook promotions]], as detailed above.
* [[spoiler: NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Find himself on the receiving end of one via Captain Price and leads into his death]]
* [[spoiler:NooseCatch: Receives one in ''Modern Warfare 3'', courtesy of Captain Price.]]
* [[spoiler:OlderThanHeLooks: 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.]]
* PsychoForHire: Shepherd explicitly states that he works for money. [[spoiler: Subverted, though. Makarov has an agenda, though said agenda involves plunging the world into a massive world war in which Russia conquers Europe.]]
* [[spoiler: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.]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: In ''Modern Warfare 3'', Yuri paraphrases this word for word when describing Makarov's rapid ascent up the ranks.
* [[spoiler: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: 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 have been doing this to Shepherd. If the infamous safehouse level is compared to his actions in 3 then its 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 was probably just seizing an opportunity.]]

[[WMG: Boris Vorshevsky]]
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.

* [[spoiler: IHaveYourWife: 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]]
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.
* ThePresidentsDaughter

[[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.]]]]
* 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]]

[[folder: Other]]

[[WMG: Sat1]]
An astronaut briefly controlled in Modern Warfare 2.
* [[spoiler: CruelAndUnusualDeath: Courtesy of Captain Price- although he didn't mean for it to happen.]]
* HeroicMime
* PlayerCharacter
* RecycledINSPACE: He mostly serves the same role as CallOfDuty 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: Equivalent to the English "President X" in Arabic.

[[WMG: The Davis family]]
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.
* [[spoiler: InfantImmortality: 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.
* 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.
* 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
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