[[folder:Alex Mercer]]

!!Alexander J. Mercer/ZEUS

-->''"They call me a killer. A monster. A terrorist... I am all of these things."''

The protagonist, a man who [[WakingUpAtTheMorgue wakes up in the GENTEK morgue]] with [[LovecraftianSuperpower bizarre and horrifying powers]] and no knowledge of events prior to that point, aside from his name and that he was once a scientist. Confused, enraged, and determined to reclaim his past, he sets out to do so by hunting down his old colleagues. Voiced by Creator/BarryPepper

* AbsurdlySharpClaws: The first power Alex gained was four-fingered two-foot long talons.
* AloofBigBrother: [[spoiler:The real]] Alex only cared about Dana as a tool for his purposes. However, [[spoiler:after Heller consumes Alex at the end of ''Prototype 2'' and absorbs his memories,]] Dana can be heard remarking that they used to play games, skate, and watch scary movies together. So, apparently he wasn't always like this.
* AmnesiacDissonance: No matter how much of a monster you play Alex as, [[spoiler:the man whose form he took was worse.]]
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: One of the most horrifying examples ever put into a game or comic.
* AntiHero: Initially a straight-up VillainProtagonist, but becomes this status by the end of the first game due to CharacterDevelopment. Whether he's a NominalHero or an UnscrupulousHero depends on the actions of the player.
* AxCrazy: it doesn't depend on whether you don't go after civilians or do, because either way, your target is going to be subjected to a lot of homicidal fury which usually ends in the victim killed gruesomely or [[ImAHumanitarian being lunch.]]
* BadassBookworm: In addition to being a former scientist, he absorbs the knowledge of anyone he [[ImAHumanitarian consumes]], and he'll consume upwards of thirty scientists completing the Web of Intrigue - though he doesn't exercise it much.
* BecomingTheMask: Played with. [[spoiler:The real Alex died; the player character is just TheVirus using him as a mask. But the virus has some redeeming qualities and is fiercely protective of Dana.]]
* BerserkButton: Lots of things, but especially don't hurt his sister or throw innocent people into his path to save yourself.
* BigBadFriend: In the second game, [[spoiler:as his sister, Dana, finds out.]]
* BigEater: Soldiers, civilians, infected, Hunters; he can and will absorb thousands of them alive (and in the humans' case, whole) throughout the game. One of the Achievements is even called Endless Hunger.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: The Blade power.
* BloodKnight: He actually seems excited at the prospect of fighting a whole pack of car-sized flesh monsters. The player will likely disagree.
* BodySurf: [[FaceStealer In his own way]], it's entirely possible to go undetected in a military base or during a mission by stealthily consuming and stealing the identities of one soldier after another. [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant This has nothing to do with the]] [[GrievousHarmWithABody Body Surf power]].
* BroughtDownToBadass: Downplayed. At one point in the game he's infected with an artificial parasite that feeds on him and negates his ability to create {{Shapeshifter Weapon}}s. Alex still retains his SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, [[FaceStealer Disguise power]], and HealingFactor, however.
* CivvieSpandex: When not armored up he wears a shirt, hoodie, and jacket, jeans, and shoes.
* CombatPragmatist: Fighting fair is hard when you can kill a person with one negligent gesture, so he doesn't bother.
* ClusterFBomb: Maybe it's a side-effect of eating all those soldiers.
* CombatTentacles: The Whipfist, Tendril Barrage, and Critical Pain Devastators.
* CreepyBlueEyes: His main distinguishing features are his unusually pale, creepy, reflective eyes.
%%* CursedWithAwesome
* DeadAllAlong: The shapeshifter tearing up Manhattan searching for his memories is [[spoiler: just the sentient Blacklight virus wearing Alex Mercer's corpse.]]
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Courtesy of eating them and taking their form. [[spoiler:An unintentional example of the virus taking Mercer's form.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: The prequel comics reveal the reason for [[spoiler:his FaceHeelTurn in ''{{VideoGame/Prototype 2}}'' is because he [[HumansAreBastards lost all faith in humanity]].]]
* {{Determinator}}: The Blackwatch only ever manage to slow him down, even once he becomes their biggest threat and they throw everything they've got at him. Not because of his powers; he's just straight up ''too angry to quit''. Although being able to tear steel with his bare hands and survive rockets to the face doesn't hurt.
* DrivenToVillainy: Nobody ever asked ''him'' whether he wanted the powers he has, or whether he wanted to be treated like a monster. That he ''acts'' like one is in some sense a function of his circumstances, [[PlayingWithATrope at least at first]]. The trope is ultimately played straight, subverted, ''and'' inverted.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: The only colors in his face are the red circles under his eyes; even his lips are pale. He looks like he last slept when he was dead.
* TheEmpath: [[ImAHumanitarian In a very messed up way]], he absorbs so many people that their screaming in his head forces him to develop a conscience. He is extremely unhappy about that.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: For all that he was [[spoiler: a gigantic douchebag, the original Alex]] seems to have genuinely cared for Dana.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: As ruthless and violent as ZEUS is, even he was disgusted when he learned [[spoiler:what his creator did.]]
* EvilutionaryBiologist: [[spoiler:The real Alex Mercer fits this to a T.]]
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: The default animation for consuming a [[JigsawPuzzlePlot Web of Intrigue]] Target sees Alex knock his victim to the ground, pin them, and then just punch them viciously, over and over until their faces cave in. It's so brutal it even sprays blood on the camera.
* FaceStealer: The basis of his 'consume and become' abilities, along with BrainFood.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: [[spoiler:The real Alex]] sported glasses prior to his death; the virus doesn't need them.
* FreudianExcuse: In his character profile ([[AllThereInTheManual and hinted at very obliquely in the game]]) is the story of Alex Mercer's [[spoiler:horrible, poverty-stricken childhood being shipped around foster homes until his mother was released from jail. [[AbusiveParents He would have preferred the foster homes]], and eventually made his escape through his gift for science, viewing the high-profile job and excellent paycheck he received at GENTEK as owed to him by the world after his crappy life. When he learned that Blackwatch was going to purge the project, [[TakingYouWithMe that was the final straw]].]]
* FromASingleCell: Even after getting nuked, all he needs is a few scraps of his body and some biological matter and he's back in business.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He went from plain troubled kid to scrawny scientist to HumanoidAbomination able to fight the undead and the entirety of the U.S. Army simultaneously. [[spoiler: But the original turned out to be much worse than the viral abomination that replaced him.]]
* HatesBeingTouched: Quite minor, and for one scene, but Alex's reaction to Karen's welcoming embrace is to freeze uncomfortably and then shrug her off. [[PersonOfMassDestruction Understandably]], nobody else ever even tries to approach him with affection and he never approaches anyone likewise -- except once, [[MoralityPet with Dana]], [[PetTheDog trying to comfort her]].
* HijackingCthulhu: Is a viral abomination, but retains his human consciousness.
* HurtingHero: He's clearly hurt by Dana's reaction upon seeing him killing a Blackwatch soldier, and then again to a greater (but more subtle) extent when he confesses that he can hear the voices of the people he's killed inside himself but believes that killing "feels right". He later apologises and she tentatively accepts him again [[spoiler:right before a Leader Hunter bursts through her wall and kidnaps her]].
* IdentityAbsorption: His baseline and most useful ability, though it's not without side effects [[spoiler:[[BeingGoodSucks such as developing a conscience]]]].
* ImAHumanitarian: He gains health, knowledge, powers, skills, disguises, and pieces of the JigsawPuzzlePlot by absorbing people.
* ImmuneToBullets: Functionally if not completely. Unless you're playing on Hard, it takes a lot of massed gunfire to even come close to damaging him. In cutscenes, he's able to get up from being shot by five guys armed with assault rifles and doesn't appear to be any worse off for the favor.
* InstantArmor: The Armor power.
* InTheHood: He wears a hood for much of the game in his default form.
* {{Jerkass}}: Selfish, vicious, violent, devoid of tact, almost ''hilariously'' bad at showing or receiving affection, and either borders on or is actively sadistic depending on the player. [[spoiler:The original Mercer went beyond "just" being a jerk, but his influence is likely at work.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Later, due to CharacterDevelopment.
* KillAndReplace: Or Consume And Become, same difference.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Mess with Dana and you better have a way out of Manhattan, because no place on the island is safe. You're not even guaranteed safety if you escape.
* LackOfEmpathy: [[spoiler:The original Mercer "wasn't ''paid'' to feel." He didn't.]]
* LightningBruiser: The only thing in the game that can keep up with him is an ''attack helicopter'', which he can kill in two hits. On the Infected side of things, Hunters and Leader Hunters are technically ''faster'', but suffer in maneuverability.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Strong enough to casually rip humans apart with his bare hands? Check. Produces a black and red, ''fleshy'' substance from his body that can be molded into various weapons? Check. ''Heals himself by absorbing people's flesh into his own?'' Check.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Shield power.
* MadScientist: Dr. Alex Mercer, at your service.
* MindHive: He keeps every one of his consumed victims' memories inside his head, and he says he can still hear them all screaming as he relives their deaths over and over and over.
* MonstrousHumanoid: After TheReveal, [[spoiler:it is revealed that [[TomatoInTheMirror he]] is a human-shaped pile of TheVirus that took the original Mercer's memories and form. You've been playing as TheVirus all along, with it ''thinking'' that he was Mercer. However even after this revelation, he still shares Mercer's form and protectiveness of Dana despite him not really being her brother.]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: The certificate is on the wall of his apartment. [[spoiler:[[MadScientist And boy was he evil]]. Good thing we don't play as the guy who earned the doctorate.]]
* MusclesAreMeaningful: The Musclemass power.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: That said, he actually looks pretty gaunt and scrawny most of the time. That doesn't stop him from throwing cars around, knocking out helicopters with a single kick, and punching through steel doors two feet thick with ease.
* OhCrap: Seeing the two pathologists who were examining him get executed by Blackwatch, getting his cover blown infiltrating a Blackwatch announcement, and an unexpected Infected attack disrupting his plan to "interrogate" [=McMullen=]. Although, being Alex, his version of that last one is a little more M-Rated: "SON OF A ''BITCH!''"
* OneManArmy: Within the city are [[KnightTemplar Blackwatch]], a merciless paramilitary organization aided by the U.S. Military, and a virulent, devastating, ZombieApocalypse causing virus, and both sides rightfully regard Alex Mercer as the ''single most dangerous thing there''.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: General Randall sums up his awakening as; "He's eliminated fifty of my men and smashed through a two-foot steel door." Once his powers are fully upgraded, he's capable of single-handedly slaughtering hundreds of men along with multiple tanks ''and'' helicopters in '''minutes.'''
* {{Plaguemaster}}: Considering that he's a sapient strain of the TheVirus itself given human form, this is a given. To add to this, he can also spread his plague to others.
* PowerFist: The Hammerfists power.
* PredecessorVillain: [[spoiler:It was revealed that the original Alex Mercer started the outbreak and created the virus before his death, leading to the conflict in the game]].
* PresentAbsence: [[spoiler:Doctor Alexander Mercer's actions kick off the entire main plot and provide the motivations for at least two major characters, despite him being dead before the opening cutscene.]]
* PromotionToParent: According to the backstory, Alex was actually more of a paternal figure to Dana than their actual mother ever was.
* PsychoticSmirk: Alex never really smiles, but he's prone to these from time to time. Specific (and creepy) examples are after he thinks he's beaten Cross and [[spoiler:when he gets the drop on [=McMullen=]]].
* QuestForIdentity: His goal is to find out who he was before he lost his memory. [[spoiler:[[AwfulTruth Once he finds the truth, he immediately wishes he'd never learned it.]]]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His other goal.
* RogueProtagonist: In the sequel.
* RoofHopping: Due to a combo of LeParkour and InASingleBound.
* ShapeShifting: The entire basis of his powers that don't revolve around [[CannibalismSuperPower eating people]].
* ShapeshifterWeapon: He can scavenge guns from Blackwatch and the military, but most of his weapons come from transforming his arms.
* ShockwaveClap: A variation with the Knuckle Shockwave attack; he pounds his fists together rather than clapping his hands.
* TheSociopath: Mercer is diagnosed a [[ItsAllAboutMe narcissist]] and a [[SociopathicHero sociopath]] in one Web of Intrigue cutscene and the lack of a KarmaMeter - along with the sheer scope for destruction that his powers have and the way they're fueled - means he'll be doing some awful things in the name of his goals. He rarely displays so much as a flicker of regret for the murder, ''mass''-murder, mass-cannibalism, all kinds of destruction, collateral damage... [[spoiler:However, {{subverted}} in that he ''does'' have regrets, even if only Dana and Cross ever see them. That diagnosis was more likely for the ''original'' Mercer.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[CaptainObvious It turns out]] that a super-strong shape-shifting man-eating psychopath with an intense hatred for Blackwatch tends to screw up their plans. Funny how that works.
* SpikesOfDoom: The Claws' groundspike move, and the Groundspike Graveyard Devastator.
* TheStoic: Alex is normally a fairly calm person.
* SuperSenses: Infected vision and Infrared vision.
* SuperStrength: Alex at a base level will kill humans in one hit and can lift cars. If you stack Musclemass on top of that, Alex can pitch cars over a city block and [[LudicrousGibs gib]] people in one hit.
* TranquilFury: There are moments where the only thing that alerts you to the fact that he's ''very'' angry is the venom in his voice. One notable moment where he finally catches up with Karen Parker.
---> [[spoiler:''Alex:'' "I know.'']]
* TakingYouWithMe: It's revealed that [[spoiler:the original Alex released Blacklight when he was cornered by the Blackwatch. it seems he didn't believe in half-measures - if he was going down, he was taking potentially ''the entire human race'' with him.]]
* TechnicallyNakedShapeshifter: His clothes are formed from his biomass.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Alex is a guy who believes in being thorough. To the point of [[LudicrousGibs coating the ground, walls, and scenery with viscera]] in his, uh, enthusiasm.
* TomatoInTheMirror: Alex Mercer is hunting down the scientists behind the virus, including whoever caused the Penn Station outbreak. [[spoiler:As it turns out, ''he's'' TheVirus. And the man who designed it and caused the outbreak? Alex Mercer.]]
* UnstoppableRage: His ground state of being. He's an angry, angry abomination against God, man, and nature.
* UnwittingPawn: Every bad guy manipulates him for their own gain at one point or another. He doesn't like it.
%%* VillainProtagonist: While his methods are gruesome, it's debatable how much of a villain he actually is as he's solely out for revenge rather than trying to cause outright destruction. Then again, you are in control of a walking biological weapon who is more than willing to devour innocent civilians to preserve his own life, so it goes both ways.
* WhatHaveIBecome: Word for word in his closing narration. His conclusion is that he is "less than human... but also something more."
* WolverineClaws: The Claws power.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Several of his normal moves. One of the default consume animations is a chokeslam.
%%* TheVirus
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: You can't help but feel bad for [[spoiler:Blacklight-Alex a lot of the time. Surprise! You died. Surprise! You have no memory. Surprise! You unleashed a plague onto Manhattan. Surprise! YOU DID IT TWICE. (Although only the first time was intentional.) Surprise! You're not really you! Surprise! ''YOU'' ARE [[TheVirus THE VIRUS]]. Surprise! The original guy was evil! Surprise! You have a conscience now! Surprise! That means you feel like shit about ''everything''! Surprise! Your not-sister's been kidnapped! Surprise! The city's going to be nuked! The guy just can't catch a break.]] Granted, this is later subverted by [[spoiler:that very same conscience, which makes Alex decide that he doesn't want to make ''all'' of the people who get in his way die a horrible death because of his RoaringRampageOfRevenge after all. Just ''certain'' people.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: A few Web of Intrigue targets are women, which naturally requires consuming them. When he finally get his hands on Elizabeth Greene, Mercer viciously beats her to death to consume her.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Alex looks to be in his late twenties [[spoiler:and indeed, the original Mercer was 29, but the viral copy is only 18 days old by the end of the game. He is, however, also ageless; he'll never look any older, either. As long as he keeps fed and whole, he could conceivably live forever.]]

!! Alex in Prototype 2

In the sequel, [[RogueProtagonist Alex is no longer the protagonist and differs a great deal in characterisation]], stemming from some bad experiences in between the games recounted in ''The Anchor''. '''Spoilers ahead.'''

* AGodAmI: Debatable in the sequel in accordance with his plan. He even tells his sister that the viral monsters are "no longer bound by life and death", and his MotiveRant includes a proclamation that he will create a perfect "new world".
* AffablyEvil: In the sequel toward Heller. He even tries to [[WeCanRuleTogether recruit him]] and teaches him how to absorb memories from his consumption targets. Testimony from his Evolved indicates he's genuinely fond of Heller, and he claims he's disappointed in him for disrupting his plans. Even when he makes the decision to ''kill Heller off'', he tries to give him a quick, clean, merciful death. It's only when that fails that the claws come out, and he never stops trying to convince Heller to join him.
* AllThereInTheManual: The comic book story ''The Anchor'' explains the reason for his FaceHeelTurn; after stopping the nuke, Alex lost faith in humanity and took to WalkingTheEarth in the hopes that he could find something to [[RestoredMyFaithInHumanity restore said faith]]. Instead, Alex just kept finding more and more reasons to think that HumansAreBastards, which culminated in a woman he had become attracted to stealing his money and shooting him point-blank in the face while openly declaring she only cared about herself. It was this that cemented Alex's change from fighting Blacklight to embracing it.
* BadBoss: [[spoiler:Berates his underlings during Web of Intrigue segments and consumes them all to boost his own powers in time for his fight with Heller.]]
* BigBad: He's the guy that kicks off the whole plot and is trying to TakeOverTheWorld.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: His goal borders on it, if not InsaneTrollLogic. Heller is...unconvinced by his arguments.
* CainAndAbel: The Cain to Dana's Abel after his FaceHeelTurn.
* DarkMessiah: Has shades, given the reverence most of the evolved seem to hold him in. Many of them act honestly shocked that Heller is attacking them.
* DeadpanSnarker: His response to Heller's threat during the FinalBoss stands out:
-->'''James''': "You're gonna tell me [where Maya is], either on your own, or after I skull-fuck you and drain your memories out the hole!"\\
'''Alex''': ''(chuckles)'' "[[SarcasmMode Scary!]]"
* DevourTheDragon: [[spoiler:Before throwing down with Heller]], he consumes all the Evolved present to boost his own power and go OneWingedAngel.
* TheDreaded: Unsurprisingly, given all the chaos he caused and is still causing; at the beginning of the game, Red Crown's response to learning Alex is in the Red Zone is a very justified "[[OhCrap Oh, shit!]]", followed by them ordering Heller ''not'' to engage; Heller [[RevengeBeforeReason doesn't listen]].
* {{Expy}}: In the sequel, the similarities to long-standing Franchise/ResidentEvil villain Albert Wesker (particularly his characterization in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'') are too numerous to ignore. Both are intellectual, with scientific backgrounds (though Mercer's are borrowed), who started an endemic with a weaponized virus, who wish to wipe the scourge of humanity with a bioweapon of mass destruction, are extremely dangerous warriors augmented with the same virus they plan to use to wipe out the planet, and all of the aforementioned viruses result in veiny, bulbous, tendrily, organic shapeshifting monsters. Both have a FemmeFatale businesswoman associate whom they betray towards the end of the game. They even have a similar mode of speech and a tendency to keep their [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] hidden.
* FaceHeelTurn
* FallenHero: By the end of the first game, he was at least a NominalHero, and [[ALighterShadeOfGray the lightest shade of gray]] in the whole sludgy mess. However, he ultimately ends up turning against humanity.
* FamousLastWords[=/=]FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: "Huh. Welcome to the top of the food chain."
* GracefulLoser: Though he throws everything he's got at Heller in the final battle, he [[spoiler:faces death congratulating Heller for becoming the strongest of all the Evolved.]]
* [[HiveQueen Hive King]]: In ''Prototype 2'', he has taken Elizabeth Greene's place as the leader of the Infected.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: After he consumes [[spoiler:his remaining Evolved, he is consumed in turn by Heller.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Mercer described humanity as selfish creatures who only think about themselves. [[spoiler: Before the final boss fight, Mercer performs a selfish act himself by absorbing his minions in order to power up himself]].
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Hoo, boy.
** He infects Heller, which Heller views as a curse.
** [[spoiler:Ordered his Evolved to sabotage a cure for the virus.]]
** [[spoiler:Said sabotage involves retooling it to spread the virus even ''further.'']]
** [[spoiler:In fact, the second outbreak was ''entirely his doing''.]]
** [[spoiler:Murders Father Guerra in cold blood to screw with Heller.]]
** [[spoiler:[[KickTheMoralityPet He's driven Dana off to the point where she doesn't see him as her brother any more.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Nonchalantly [[DevourTheDragon consumes his disciples (including Sabrina Galloway)]] to boost his own power for the final boss fight.]]
** [[spoiler:And finally, he tells Heller ''to his face'' that he intends to make Amaya the next Evolved so that she can create more.]]
* KarmicDeath: He shouldn't have [[spoiler:kidnapped and tried to infect Heller's daughter.]]
* KilledOffForReal: Is [[spoiler: consumed by James Heller]] in the final mission.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Killing Guerra.]]
* LargeHam: He is ''much'' more animated this time around - gesturing grandly and making more of a meal out of his ''lines'' than his actual meals (which he seems to have given up).
* ManipulativeBastard: He has infected numerous individuals, called Evolved, with his strain of the Blacklight Virus and planted them in high-ranking positions in Blackwatch and Gentek to serve as spies. He also tries to manipulate James Heller into helping him out, but makes a crucial mistake that clues Heller into his real motives - mentioning that together they will destroy Gentek and Blackwatch... [[ExactWords but not the virus.]]
* MotiveRant: Has one. [[ShutUpHannibal Heller doesn't really care.]]
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Heller, he teaches him the ropes of his new powers and expects him to join the other Evolved. It seems he didn't even factor in what would happen if Heller, or any other Evolved went rogue and fought against him.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: In his cutscenes with Heller (and in contrast with the first game), he has a habit of putting his hands on Heller's shoulders or chest as a means of seeming more sincere.
* NotSoDifferent: Remember his disgust with Greene and his original incarnation? His actions in the sequel are near-identical to theirs. He even returns to Penn Station where the [[spoiler: original Mercer was shot dead]] to release the virus ''a second time'', apparently in the name of drama.
* OneWingedAngel: He spends most of the game appearing outwardly human, but when push comes to shove and after [[spoiler:consuming the Evolved, his body becomes significantly more monstrous. Along with his old {{Shapeshifter Weapon}}s distorting his form, his limbs become bloated and discoloured, spines erupt from his back, he's covered in blood, and his eyes glow red.]]
* PetTheDog: Quite nice to Heller, at first - teaching him how to consume targets and gain memories from them and informing him that consuming the more monstrous Infected will give him new powers. He also [[spoiler:never actually goes so far as to kill [[MoralityPet Dana]] even when she's trying to disrupt his plans wherever possible. Before his final fight with Heller, he hides both Dana and Amaya safely out of the crossfire.]]
* PyrrhicVillainy: He really didn't need to take [[PapaWolf Heller's]] [[spoiler: daughter in order to fulfill his plan, and this was, in the end, what got him killed, not that his EvilGloating helped.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: His eyes turn red [[spoiler:during his fight with James Heller.]]
* SocialDarwinist: He believes the "[[HumanoidAbomination Evolved]]", especially himself and Heller, are at the top of the food chain.
* SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome: Went from a conflicted, guilt-ridden AntiHero at the end of Prototype to a megalomaniacal supervillain just in time for the next game.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: In [[spoiler: the final battle]], Mercer and Heller hurl insults back and forth.
--->'''Alex:''' "Hey! ''I'm'' using that!" [[spoiler:(said if Heller uses the same weapon as him)]]
* [[spoiler:TakeOverTheWorld: His goal in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'' amounts to turning the human race into Evolved under his command in order to end all conflict.]]
* ToThePain: Vows this against Heller after failing to kill him:
-->'''Alex''': "It would've been quick. But now... I'm gonna make you ''suffer''."
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Implied. Alex has since then given up fighting in favor of raising an army to oppose humanity. This was especially evident during the final confrontation between him and Heller, instead of attacking head on and gang up on him with his fellow Evolved, he absorbs them to make himself strong enough to fight. In fact, if one were to get use to the fight with Mercer, he's not really that much of a threat. Also, when Heller foils one of his plans, he never attempted to execute him and instead kills Guerra.
* WalkingTheEarth: Does this between games. He was very, ''[[FaceHeelTurn very]]'' [[KillAllHumans disappointed]] in what he saw.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His actions in the sequel are legitimately in order to end the stagnation and cruelty of humanity [[spoiler:by killing most of it off and forcing the rest to become something... [[HumanoidAbomination else]]]]. He's just... [[KnightTemplar rather extreme about his methods]].
* WouldHurtAChild: Makes explicit his intention to [[spoiler:infect Amaya ''in front of Heller''. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality He doesn't see it as 'hurting' her]], and [[PetTheDog specifically made sure she'd be safe during the final battle]], but if it'll piss off his opponent and cause him to start making mistakes... hey, whatever works.]]
* ZombieApocalypse: His goal, expanded worldwide.

[[folder:Sgt. James Heller]]

!!Sgt. James Heller

-->''"My name is Sgt. James Heller, and I will destroy Alex Mercer."''

A [[SemperFi marine]] who [[DeathByOriginStory lost his family to the infection]] while he was away on duty. He returns to Manhattan, [[DeathSeeker runs a series of suicide missions in the Red Zone]], and is eventually mortally wounded. Mercer is impressed by his skill, however, and [[NiceJobFixingItVillain infects Heller]] [[EmergencyTransformation with his unique strain of Blacklight.]] Now a [[EmpoweredBadassNormal newly]] [[HumanoidAbomination super powered Heller]] [[IHateYouVampireDad vows to kill Mercer.]]

* AbsurdlySharpClaws: The first power James acquires. In its un-upgraded form it has serrations on its back edge like a combat knife.
* AngryBlackMan: VERY angry.
* AntiHero: He's no white hat, but he's still far more moral than Alex initially was and far more considerate of civilian cost. When Roland, a Gentek scientist and [[spoiler: one of Alex's Evolved]], mocks Heller for thinking he's a hero who is willing to kill thousands to get at him. Heller's response:
-->'''Heller''': Did I ''say'' I was a fucking hero, you piece of shit?!
* AppendageAssimilation: Gains new abilities by tearing off and assimilating the limbs of Blacklight Abominations [[spoiler:and Evolved]] with those powers.
* BadassNormal: Before his transformation, he fights his way to the middle of the Red Zone alone and kills a Brawler Hunter using only a combat knife. He also manages to fight Mercer quite evenly despite only being a base level human at the time.
* BatmanGambit: His long-running intimidation scheme for Galloway, which was useful for a while but panned out badly. In the various side-missions, Heller also wraps Blackwatch around his finger with a series of these.
* TheBeastmaster: Gains the ability to call [[EliteMook Brawler Hunters]] to fight alongside him with the Pack Leader ability. [[spoiler:He later also gets the ability to temporarily add [[GiantMook Juggernauts]] to this arsenal.]]
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: [[{{BFS}} The Blade]]. Like the Claws, it has an army knife flavor in its un-upgraded arm. Its size is even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the game.
* BoisterousBruiser: While he isn't quite as amoral as Alex started out in the first game, he is much more vocal in his enthusiasm.
* CivvieSpandex with a side of MagicPants: As a shapeshifter and like Alex, Heller is technically not wearing clothing; his "clothes" are imitations that he created from himself.
* CombatTentacles: To an even more extreme degree than Mercer, apparently. His Tendril powers can be used in conjunction with WreakingHavok, allowing for wholesale devastation of scenery as well as large numbers of {{Mook}}s.
* CursedWithAwesome: Even he seems to realize this.
* DeadpanSnarker: Heller is an ''endless'' font of snark when he's not boiling with fury.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Courtesy of eating them and taking their form.
* DeathByOriginStory: [[spoiler:Or his wife anyway.]]
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Until he finds out his daughter is alive.]]
* {{Determinator}}: His first reaction to seeing Alex Mercer, super-strong super-agile notorious bio-terrorist scourge of New York? Pull out the only weapon he had at the time - a large knife - run up and ''slit his throat''. He then charges Mercer and stabs himself several more times, again without success. Even this did not deter him, and after chasing him across the Red Zone he ''still'' tries to stab Mercer, despite knowing it won't work. Alex must ''need'' the SuperStrength to lift a man with balls that size.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Kills and devours Alex at the end of the game.
* TheDragon: He was intended to be this Alex Mercer. Didn't work out so well.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: After the transformation.
* EmergencyTransformation: He's unhappy about what Mercer did to him in order to save his life.
* EyeBeams: The Medusa's Gaze power granted by the ''Excessive Force'' DLC, which {{One Hit Kill}}s anything and everything.
%%* FingerlessGloves
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Present and invoked deliberately. To have a shot at taking down Mercer, Heller will have to become just as or even more powerful, and equally monstrous, which would be a hell of a feat. [[spoiler: {{Subverted}}. He does end up stronger than Alex and perhaps even more physically monstrous, but he retains his faith in humanity, and does not kill at least [[GeneralRipper Colonel Rooks]] because he [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes loves his family]].]]
* HopelessWithTech: Apparent in Mission 3, where he has troubles even ''reading'' the keyboard and doesn't bother logging off the computer he was using.
** While the keyboard did have a "triangle" key, and was thus no conventional computer, one gets the feeling that Heller's had similar experiences in the past.
* HotBlooded: James is very excitable, and often jumps into a fight without thinking.
* HorrifyingHero: [[spoiler:Really hits home when he's finally reunited with his daughter and she's just too terrified to even touch him, since he's currently in BladeBelowTheShoulder mode. [[HeartwarmingMoments She gets over it, though.]]]]
* HumanoidAbomination: Same deal as Alex.
* IHateYouVampireDad: He blames Alex for the deaths of his wife and daughter and isn't pleased to be infected by Mercer.
* ImmuneToBullets: With the "Bulletproof" mutation, he's immune to small arms fire, but not explosions or cannons.
* InstantArmor: The Armor from [[DownloadableContent the Excessive Force pack]]. Subverted in that it's just a [[AndYourRewardIsClothes alternate skin]] and [[ArmorIsUseless doesn't affect gameplay at all]].
* KillAndReplace: Like Mercer, but his most prominent and lasting one was [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Lieutenant Riley]], codename "Castle".]]
* LargeHam: He is both loud and ''extremely'' crude. His tendency towards TrashTalk results in a fountain of profanity, whether in battle or not.
* LightningBruiser: [[spoiler: In the final fight against Mercer, he notes that he's just too fast for an enhanced and powered up Mercer to keep up with him. In the same fight, he also physically overpowers Alex.]]
** Also, in the first game, there were certain enemies who could catch Alex. Heller? Once he has all his speed upgrades, ''nothing'' can keep up with him.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Shield, which can now be [[DualWielding dual wielded]].
* MadeOfIron: Even as an ordinary human, he's able to simply shrug off getting tossed into a tank and subsequently getting hit with a MegatonPunch with enough force to create a KungFuSonicBoom by Mercer.
* ManipulativeBastard: Much like Mercer, Heller plays hail-Mary with Blackwatch command structure, and especially their field commander Rooks. Presumably, his own military experience facilitated his expertise with which he infiltrates Blackwatch. Likewise, he was able to milk Galloway for information for a long time, though that backfired badly when he stretched it too far.
* MeaningfulName: It's possible his surname of Heller relates to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HeLa Hela Cell Line]] taken from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henrietta_Lacks Henrietta Lacks]]
** The cells are notably [[{{Determinator}} durable, resilient, and constantly strive to multiply]].
* PapaWolf: The sheer amount of hatred directed at Mercer as a result is truly frightening to behold.
-->[[spoiler: "''Enough'' of your ''fucking'' weird, ''fucking'' rambling '''SHIT'''. '''''GIVE ME MY DAUGHTER!'''''"]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[spoiler: Fully capable of destroying everything in the streets of New York in somewhere between an instant and a few minutes, by himself.]]
* PlagueMaster: An even better example of one than his progenitor, as he can infect his victims with a particularly vicious power named ''Biobomb''. The afflicted are first engulfed in a mass of fleshy tentacles, then they are torn apart by the tentacles, which then proceed to impale unfortunate bystanders. He can also summon and control up to four Brawlers (depending on Mass upgrades).
* PowerFist: The Hammerfists.
* ScaryBlackMan: Considering his powers, which become even greater than Alex's, they don't come much scarier.
* ShapeshifterWeapon: Mostly the same as his predecessor, but more organic-looking.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Was diagnosed with both PTSD and UnstoppableRage.
* ShootingSuperman: He goes after Mercer armed with nothing more than a combat knife, when Mercer has tanked a ''nuclear explosion''.
* SirSwearsALot: Becomes noticeably much more vulgar after [[spoiler: he loses his family.]]
* SmarterThanYouLook: He's gruff as all hell and not always eloquent, which makes him seem a bit like DumbMuscle. However, he's at times startlingly witty (though he ascribes to BlackComedy) and the way he utterly turns Blackwatch upside-down makes it clear that he's tactically brilliant. Likewise, being a sergeant in the Marine corps requires no little amount of intelligence. That aside, he consumes a huge number of scientists throughout the game, gaining all of their memories.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Unwittingly at first, and then later intentionally, screws up [[spoiler: Alex Mercer's plans to take over the world.]]
* SpikesOfDoom: The Groundspike maneuver, now used in conjunction with the Hammerfists. His [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shields]] also become studded with spikes after a certain point.
* SuperSenses: Viral Sonar.
* SuperStrength: Even greater than Mercer's.
* UnstoppableRage: His wife and his daughter ([[spoiler: well, not the daughter)]] are all dead, so he embarks on a borderline psychotic RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the man involved.
* VillainProtagonist: He's in it for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against anyone and everyone that pisses him off. He makes no attempt to disguise this fact and actively denies the idea that he's a hero. Good thing his enemies are about a million times worse.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: [[spoiler:Decides not to kill Rooks when he is on the phone and only they are in the room because he sees how he does care for his family, and doesn't want to turn out as bad as Mercer.]]
* WhipSword: Heller's Whipfist, while a [[CombatTentacles Combat Tentacle]], has serrations and is tipped by a blade.
* WhyAmITicking: The Biobomb.
* WolverineClaws: The Claws, which bear serrations on their outer edges, similar to a combat knife. They can be used to perform a DeadlyLunge. They're also improved from Mercer's in that they are beefed up enough to take on even [[spoiler: Evolved.]]


[[folder:Dana A. Mercer]]

!!Dana A. Mercer

-->''"Someone's gotta know what the fuck is going on here."''

Alex's younger sister and the first person he remembers after he awakes. A journalism student and spitfire with a sharp tongue and an inquisitive mind, she loves and idolises her older brother, despite not having seen him in five years, and acts as his intelligence gatherer and data analyst. Voiced by Lake Bell in the first game, and Lindsay Ames in the sequel.

* CodeName: "[[Myth/ClassicalMythology Athena]]" in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}''.
* DistressedDamsel: A few missions revolve around rescuing her from peril. Pretty understandable, since she's not the one with superpowers or military training.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: But only because she's always in the dark. She'd probably look normal in good light.
** In ''2'', she takes issue with being called "pasty".
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler: Definitely her reaction in the second game when Alex imprisons her inside a bank vault with Amaya.]]
* [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Brother]]: [[spoiler: Tells Heller to kill Alex after finding out he had Galloway kidnap Amaya, as he is no longer her brother, and explicitly tells Alex as he stuffs her and Amaya in a bank vault that Alex is "dead now."]]
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: In ''Prototype 2'', a bunch of drunken soldiers call her and Heller up and insult them, calling Dana a "pasty hacker cunt." Afterwards, Dana grips that she's "not pasty."
* IntrepidReporter: Only a student, but according to her character profile, she's naturally inclined this way.
* LadySwearsALot: Though the entire game is hardly stingy with the F-bombs, she swears as often as the ''soldiers'' do.
* MissionControl: You get most of the story missions for the first part of the game from her. [[spoiler:Continues this tradition with Heller in the sequel after Guerra dies, for approximately the second half of the game.]]
* MoralityPet: The only living being that Alex gives a damn about aside from himself. Also one of very few people in the game on speaking terms with stuff like ethics and sanity. [[spoiler: Likewise, She is Heller's only friend and the only person he makes an effort to be nice to after Guerra's death.]]
* NowWhat: [[spoiler: How she ends the second game. "What do we do now?"]]
* ParentalSubstitute: Her character profile explains that this is the reason she trusts her older brother so absolutely; never knowing her father, Alex was the closest thing she had to a stable parental figure. [[spoiler:Knowing this makes [[MadScientist everything]] [[ItsAllAboutMe revealed]] [[TomatoInTheMirror about her brother]] roughly a bazillion times more depressing.]]
** [[spoiler: Heller tries to convince her to take Amaya in if Heller is somehow not around. Though Dana's flustered, she and Amaya get along very well, and Amaya runs towards Dana when Heller's infection freaks out Amaya.]]
* PluckyGirl: Not that it does her any good [[CrapsackWorld given the setting]], but this college-age girl with no combat training and no superpowers insults Blackwatch soldiers to their faces and actually ''headbutts'' one who put his hands on her. The fact that Alex splatted the guy a second later in no way lessens her sheer chutzpah. On the optimism count, she never turns her back on her brother, always helping him even when he's just gotten through explaining that ''he eats people'', in the sincere belief that he's still in there somewhere and knows what's right. [[spoiler:She's wrong on both counts -- about her real brother. Her fake one, oddly enough, is less of a bastard and genuinely cares.]]
** [[spoiler:Far less optimistic in the sequel, considering what her [[IHaveYourWife fake]] [[BigBad brother]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist becomes]]. Still ends up relatively okay, though.]]
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Sports one in the second game.
* ThemeNaming: Her code name, Athena, is the daughter of Zeus in Myth/ClassicalMythology... the latter of whom just so happens to be the code name for Alex.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: Rescued while unconscious, not seen again for the rest of the game.]]
** [[spoiler:She does show up in the sequel, however, as "Athena", Heller's contact and second MissionControl.]]

[[folder:Father Luis Guerra]]

!!Father Luis Guerra

A priest who runs the church in the Yellow Zone that Heller and his family once attended. He tried to meddle with Blackwatch's experiments, but failed and barricaded himself in his church. Heller snaps him out of his DespairEventHorizon and Guerra provides him with intel on Blackwatch supplied by a contact called Athena. Alex Mercer and a horde of Infected kill him after Heller becomes a threat to his plans.

* BadassPreacher: He's as compassionate as any priest should be, which does not mean he's averse to keeping an iron pipe close at hand should someone threaten his flock.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: The guy knows a lot more than he should oughta about guerrilla warfare. Apparently, he's had a lot of tattoos removed.
* MeaningfulName: "Guerra" is Spanish for "war".
* MentorOccupationalHazard: He's killed by [[spoiler:Mercer]].
* RevengeByProxy: Killed by [[spoiler:Alex Mercer and his Infected as revenge for Heller interfering with his plans for Whitelight]].

[[folder:Doctor Bradley Ragland]]

!!Doctor Bradley Ragland

-->''"My medical opinion's not for sale."''

A pathologist who knows some uncomfortable secrets, content to run the morgue in a teaching hospital in New York. He once worked for GENTEK, but quit on ethical grounds some time ago. Dana sends Alex to him in the hopes that he can cure the parasite. Voiced by Creator/PhilLaMarr.

* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Good, but worked with [=McMullen=] in the past. Randall states that they have enough dirt on him to ensure he'd keep quiet.
* OnlySaneMan: The ''other'' character with a working sense of ethics.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:Alex leaves Dana in his care, and they both are not seen or heard from again afterwards. Unlike Dana, his fate is not alluded to in the sequel.]]


[[folder:Director Raymond McMullen]]

!!Director Raymond [=McMullen=]

-->''"I want it on a slab. I need to know what makes it tick."''

The Director of Research at GENTEK; Alex's ex-boss, who knows more of Blackwatch's secrets than is healthy due to his insatiable scientific curiosity. This fascination extends to Alex's abilities and eventually leads to his death. Voiced by Paul Guilfoyle.

* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Especially when your enemy will gain vital information by killing you in a certain way.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* EvilGenius: For Blackwatch.
* FourEyesZeroSoul
* GoOutWithASmile: He smirks at Alex just before [[spoiler:blowing his own brain out.]]
* MadScientist: A subdued one, but he ''really'' wants to learn about TheVirus, to the point that his curiosity gets him in trouble with Blackwatch because he keeps finding out things that they don't think he should know.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Yes, another one. He's evil.

[[folder:Karen Parker]]

!!Karen Parker

Alex's ex-girlfriend and a scientist like him; her picture still hangs on the wall of his apartment. She helps him create a cure for the virus ravaging Manhattan. One of the viruses, anyway. Specifically, Alex himself; Karen was (possibly) forced into working for Blackwatch and the "cure" turns out to be a parasite designed to kill him. Voiced by Creator/VanessaMarshall.

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: ''Somehow'', Alex won her over with his [[LackOfEmpathy charming]] [[{{Jerkass}} personality]]. Granted, she ''is'' his ex, but we don't know what went down or who dumped who.
* BoxedCrook: [[spoiler: Downplayed, but WOI segments indicate she was detained by Blackwatch at or before the time the virus was released in Penn Station, and was given a choice of helping [=McMullen=] and Blackwatch manipulate Mercer, or not.]]
* DarkChick: [[spoiler:For Blackwatch.]]
%%* FemmeFatale
%%* HotScientist
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Not explicitly done ingame (though heavily implied), but in promotional materials for the sequel, they reveal that Mercer killed her.]]
%%* TheMole
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: [[spoiler: She was working for Gentek in the first place... however, she did attempt to talk Mercer down before Penn Station. She was captured by Blackwatch and given a choice between helping them stop the [[HumanoidAbomination shape shifting, people eating monstrosity]] or being treated as an accomplice to Mercer's actions.]]
* ScyllaAndCharybdis: [[spoiler: Presented with the choice between being on the front lines of an attempt to manipulate and destroy an AxeCrazy HumanoidAbomination on a bloody swath of vengeance and hoping that doesn't come back to bite her, OR refusing to help the [[GovernmentConspiracy sinister Black Ops group]] that [[UnPerson erases entire towns]] and hoping for the best.]]

[[folder:Dr. Anton Koenig]]

!!Dr. Anton Koenig

The lead virologist of Gentek, he's also in charge of its major projects in New York. Because Heller was infected directly by Alex Mercer, Koenig has taken a particular interest in him. He is one of Mercer's spies, having been infected with the same strand of Blacklight that gave him and Heller their powers, and was in charge of developing Whitelight- an upgraded version of Blacklight.

* BadassGrandpa: Thanks to [[spoiler: the Blacklight.]]
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Like most Evolved, he can transform his arms into blades.
* HumanoidAbomination: One of Mercer's [[CoDragons Evolved]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Dies VERY quickly.]]
* MadScientist: Pretty much a given, especially with the track record of other Gentek scientists. He is ''elated'' when he sees Heller is infected but alive - such an intriguing subject! [[spoiler: Being an Evolved, he has other motives for investigating Heller.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Plays [[spoiler: Heller]] like a fiddle for a few missions, much like Karen Parker did to Mercer in the first game.
* MeaningfulName: König (of which Koenig is an alternate spelling) means "king" in German. He's the head virologist of Gentek.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: His betrayal of Heller? "Send more men."]]
* TheMole: For Mercer.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Given that he's the "lead virologist" at a company known only for creating some pretty deadly viruses.
* PlayingWithSyringes: The Gentek ''modus operandi'', but his enthusiasm is unusual even for Gentek. He literally has Heller StrappedToAnOperatingTable at one point.
* SmugSnake: This guy perhaps has one of the worst cases of this, [[spoiler: even amongst the Evolved. He tries to go against Mercerís orders and works to kill Heller simply in an attempt to gain his favour, and when the jig is up, he unabashedly admits heís been taking Heller for a fool and underestimates him at every opportunity. Even his final words before being pulped into the concrete and consumed by Heller is asking Heller in a sneering manner if he wants him to beg.]]
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler: He's an evil scientist. He's an Evolved. That's all we get.]]

[[folder:Sabrina Galloway]]

!!Sabrina Galloway

The Chief Financial Officer of Gentek, Galloway is in charge of Gentek's financial affairs. She is also one of Alex Mercer's spies, having been infected with the same strand of Blacklight that gave him and Heller their powers.

* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Like most Evolved, she can transform her arms into blades.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* FemmeFatale: She tends to rely on sex-appeal in order to get her way.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Works for Mercer, being a spy in Gentek, but then helps Heller against Mercer's Evolved. Finally shifts back to Mercer's side when Heller doesn't take her offer to leave the city with her.
* ItsAllAboutMe
-->'''Heller''': Who's side are you on?\\
'''Galloway''': Mine.
* HumanoidAbomination: One of Mercer's [[CoDragons Evolved]].
* ManipulativeBitch: She's quite aware she's no soldier and relies on deals and planning to survive.
* TheMole: For Mercer.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Consumed by [[spoiler:Mercer along with the other Evolved present]] in order to supercharge himself for the final battle.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Of other Evolved. She can track any of them, presumably by a method similar to Heller's viral sonar, except Heller himself and the untraceable [[StealthExpert Roland]].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Tries to convince [[PapaWolf Heller]] to escape the city and leave his daughter behind. He doesn't take.
* TheSociopath: Her motivations are her own advancement and Gentek's bottom line, in that order, and absolutely nothing is off the table in the name of aiding those two things.
** One scene makes it clear that she is. She hopes Heller stops Operation Firebreak before anyone "important" is harmed. Heller immediately replies "IllPretendIDidntHearThat".
* TheStarscream: Suggests she and Heller team up against Mercer, but is rejected.


[[folder: General]]

!! Blackwatch

Officially designated the 1st Biological Warfare Command, Blackwatch is the government military force in charge of containing viral outbreaks. Their elite soldiers are handpicked from various Special Forces organizations, and each member is fully committed to stopping Redlight, no matter the means.

* ComedicSociopathy: Their SociopathicSoldier tendencies are often played for BlackComedy in Prototype 2.
* EliteMooks: Blackwatch troops are this in the canon, but in regards to gameplay they're just reskinned Marines with slightly higher health (enough to absorb an extra bullet on the hardest difficulty, for how much that's worth). Their gunships are a more straight example, firing powerful homing missiles instead of just dropping off canon fodder like the Marine choppers.
* FacelessGoons: Literally and figuratively, Blackwatch troops have zero humanity. The sequel has some Blackwatch-aligned missions that puts a (figurative) human face on them.
* {{Flanderization}}: Blackwatch in the sequel are more or less a parody of their Prototype 1 incarnation (and {{WellntentionedExtremist}}s in general). One soldier gets a medal for "consistent display and embodiment of the organization's core tenets" after he shoots a woman for no reason.
* FingerlessGloves: Despite the environment apparently being hazardous enough to warrant a gas mask 24/7.
* GasMaskMooks: Each one of them wears a gas mask.
* GogglesDoNothing: They wear night-vision goggles during the day.
* InTheHood: Blackwatch troopers in the sequel wear cool hoods that give them a ninja-esque look.
* TheManBehindTheMan: They're this to the Marines, directing things from their military bases while making the USMC handle the day-to-day duties. Not so much in the sequel where they take a much more active role.
* MissionControl: A variety of mission controllers send orders out of the Red Crown Command building in Battery Park. A lone female controller, also going by Red Crown, takes over in the sequel.
* RepressiveButEfficient: They're actually pretty good at fighting the virus and would have stopped it several times had Mercer not sabotaged their efforts. Not so in Prototype 2.
* SociopathicSoldier: Literally a requirement; James Heller was rejected because he refused to shoot civilians. Desperate times demand desperate measures, though a lot of soldiers are extraordinarily eager to shoot anything that moves.
* SuperpoweredMooks: Their super soldiers can go toe-to-toe with Mercer and Heller in fistfights.


[[folder:Captain Robert Cross]]

!!Captain Robert Cross

-->'''Soldier''': Is it true that he caught the last Runner on his own?
-->'''Randall''': Not caught. Killed.
---> - Discussing Cross

A highly skilled and dedicated member of Blackwatch who believes wholeheartedly in what they claim to fight for: protecting the American people from the threat presented by the virus, whatever it takes. He has a reputation for surviving and winning battles with even the most powerful infected creatures. Voiced by Jeffrey Pierce.

* ArmCannon: Sports an arm-mounted grenade launcher.
* BadassNormal: He fights Alex Mercer to a very close loss and walks away alive thanks to being CrazyPrepared.
* CrazyPrepared: He uses Alex's ''flashbacks'' against him. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it doesn't save him from the Supreme Hunter.]]
%%* TheDragon
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler: When he is about to be killed by the Supreme Hunter, he did not meet his end like a coward, instead readying himself and even intimidating the creature as it charges at him. Bad. Ass.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Since [[NukeEm Operation Firebreak]] was [[NotWhatISignedOnFor not what he signed on for]], he pulls a HeelFaceTurn and tries to help Alex take down Blackwatch.
* GoodIsNotNice: Cross might be significantly less insane than the rest of his division, but he's Blackwatch to the core. He'll throw men at Mercer to whittle him down, [[spoiler:speak worryingly casually about helping Mercer eat his superiors, and while 'allied' with Alex tries pretty hard to get him killed]]. All for the greater good, but yeesh.
* GuileHero [[HeroAntagonist Antagonist]]: It may be a bit of a stretch to call him a hero at first, but he does manage to nearly defeat the VillainProtagonist [[PersonOfMassDestruction Alex]] [[spoiler: simply by [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talking to him and triggering his memories]].]]
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Cross gets [[spoiler:eaten by the Supreme Hunter]] well before he and Alex can stop Blackwatch.
* HeelFaceTurn: Caused by [[spoiler:the General's plan to nuke Manhattan]].
* InspectorJavert: He's the soldier specifically tasked to capture Alex Mercer, but the motives for his SternChase initially avoid sympathy as they are dictated by [[WellIntentionedExtremist Blackwatch]]. [[spoiler: True to the trope description, he [[HeelFaceTurn redeems himself]] when he teams up [[EnemyMine with Alex]] to stop Blackwatch from [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight nuking Manhattan]].]]
* LightningBruiser: Though the shock baton admittedly represents much of his damage potential, this man can dodge every blow Mercer throws at him so long as he isn't setting up for an attack with his arm-mounted grenade launcher.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:A close examination of Cross's late-game actions reveals that he plays Mercer like a ''fiddle''.]]
* NotWhatISignedOnFor: Which prompts his [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]].
* ShockAndAwe: He carries around an electric baton that can seriously hurt Mercer.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Unlike the other members of the organisation, who are fanatical at best and AxCrazy at worst, he has certain lines, [[spoiler: [[KillEmAll like nuking Manhattan even when it is obvious that it is recovering]]]] a step too far.
%%* SkunkStripe
* SwordDrag: Does one [[spoiler:when staring down the Supreme Hunter, from its perspective.]]
* YouFightLikeACow: Likes to drop one-liner's about the player's performance during his boss fight.
--> '''Cross:''' You might be fast, but I'm faster.
--> '''Cross:''' Slow. Fatally slow.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He's thirty-eight. Really.

[[folder:General Peter Randall]]

!!General Peter Randall

-->'''Alex''': Even Randall's not crazy enough to nuke Manhattan.
-->'''Cross''': You're wrong.

The current leader of Blackwatch, directing their movements in Manhattan. He has been in the organisation long enough to remember Hope, Idaho, and the methods used to contain it. Voiced by Gordon Clapp.

%%* ArmiesAreEvil
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: [[SubvertedTrope Not really]]. It's expected, since he's been fighting the virus virtually for his entire career and it was because of his orders and determination that Hope's infection didn't spread, but that was forty years ago when he had both arms. [[spoiler:And indeed, when Alex finds him, he doesn't even go down with a fight.]]
* BigBad
* CutsceneBoss: [[spoiler:When Alex finally catches the bastard, he grabs Randall, yells at him, and throws him down before casually eating him in a cutscene. Considering Alex's [[PersonOfMassDestruction power]] by that point, the alternative was probably a ZeroEffortBoss.]]
* GeneralRipper: Randall wants to fight the virus however he can. If that means shooting innocent people, sending his men to die in a hopeless war, slicing his own infected arm off with a butcher's knife, [[spoiler:''[[NukeEm nuking Manhattan]]'' and [[TheScapegoat blaming the]] [[SemperFi United States Marine Corps]], or putting the virus in a position where it would do a huge amount of damage when it escaped to learn how to engage it properly]], he will do it.
%%* KnightTemplar
* TheUnfought: You don't really fight him, but [[spoiler: you automatically gain his memory node after the the cutscene.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He says outright that he believes all casualties of any outbreak and resultant purge are "sacrificial lambs" necessary to learn how to fight the infection and "save the world" [[spoiler:and may or may not have deliberately engineered the catastrophe that was the Manhattan outbreak, just to learn how to fight the virus on a larger scale]]. That this outlook and method are ''balls crazy'' [[spoiler:and result in things like nuking Manhattan only ''after'' Greene is dead and the infection is weakening (because she couldn't then be retrieved for further study)]] seems not to occur to him.

[[folder:Colonel Douglas Rooks]]

!!Colonel Douglas Rooks

The commander of Blackwatch operations in NYZ.

%%* BaldOfEvil
%%* ColonelBadass
* DirtyBusiness: He's not a very good person, at one point sanctioning rape since to do otherwise would waste man-power and supplies. However, the game leaves him a somewhat sympathetic figure and surprisingly the LesserOfTwoEvils, without denouncing his underlying mission of sterilization and control.
%%* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
* KarmaHoudini: Despite being in charge of Blackwatch operations, sanctioning very shady activities, Heller lets him live.
* NotSoDifferent: He seems to realize this when he discovers Heller's daughter is still alive, realizing how he could use that against Heller and to his own advantage.
* PetTheDog:
** Cares deeply for his own family.
** [[spoiler: Lets Heller take his daughter and leave, though more likely because he recognized Heller is impossible to defeat, rather than because he was being nice.]]
* PragmaticVillainy:
** Avoids [[ShootingSuperman shooting Heller]] when alone with the man himself, well aware that such an act would lead to a quick death and Heller, at the moment, has no real interest in killing him.
** [[spoiler:Kills his own men so Heller can escape NYZ with his daughter, because trying to fight him directly had thus far proven too costly and ineffective.]]

[[folder:Lieutenant Clint Riley]]

!!Lieutenant Clint Riley

Rook's aide.

* TheDragon: To Rooks
* KillAndReplace: Heller does this to him for a while.
%%* MookLieutenant
* NotAsYouKnowThem: [[spoiler:{{In-universe}}. Rooks manages to figure out that something is wrong with [[DeadAllAlong Riley]] because he acts... off after his [[KilledOffForReal encounter]] with Heller, and assumes he's a traitor. The truth is, in Rooks' opinion, [[TheInfiltration much]], ''[[DeadPersonImpersonation much]]'' [[HumanoidAbomination worse]].]]


[[folder: General]]

!!United States Marine Corps

The major military force on Manhattan during the outbreak.

* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: None of the vehicles they use during the game are actually Marine hardware. Their uniforms do not reflect anything used in real life, and Web of Intrigue cutscenes show them wearing Army uniforms.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: They're hailed as heroes at the end of Prototype.
* InterserviceRivalry: A decidedly unfriendly version. The Marines regard Blackwatch as "baby killers," while Blackwatch call the Marines "amateurs" and "fucking dogs."
* MissionControl: They have their own mission controllers early in the game, who are gradually replaced with Blackwatch controllers. They're ordered around by Red Crown in the sequel.
* PunchClockVillain: The Marines are far less maverick than Blackwatch and more concerned with the lives of citizens.
* RedShirtArmy: Blackwatch use them as little more than cannon fodder to absorb the brunt of infected attacks; one Web of Intrigue conversation suggests that the only reason the Marines are there at all is to take the blame when Blackwatch nukes the city. It's even worse in the sequel, where literally all Blackwatch has them do is go on suicidal "patrols" for no reason.


[[folder:Colonel Ian Taggart]]

!!Colonel Ian Taggart

The leader of the Marines in Manhattan and Randall's second-in-command. Voiced by Richard [=McGonagle=].

* TheBrute: Although he doesn't look muscular...
* DirtyCoward: Or at least Randall and Alex think so [[spoiler:when he finally snaps and tries to withdraw]]. [[ZombieApocalypse But it's hard]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction to blame him]].
* GetBackHereBoss: He spends most of the time running away from you in his tank, while occasionally stopping to take potshots with its thermobaric cannon.
* OnlySaneMan: In contrast to the above, he realizes right off the bat that both Blackwatch and the Marines are in no position to handle this threat, but Randall won't let him retreat.
* VillainousBreakdown: As the situation deteriorates, he tries to get Randall to deal with the problem at a distance. When Mercer comes for him, he panics places his men between him and the pissed off HumanoidAbomination coming to eat him.
* WeHaveReserves: He begins throwing his troops into Mercer's path and certain death to gain time to escape himself. It fails, only succeeding in making [[HorrifyingHero Mercer]] [[BerserkButton really, really angry]]. [[spoiler:He also wanted to perform [[NukeEm Operation Firebreak]] on Manhattan from the very beginning in order to wipe out the infection from a distance, thereby exhibiting this idea for the ''enter population of civilians and other soldiers operating there''.]]


[[folder:Elizabeth Greene/MOTHER]]

!!Elizabeth Greene/MOTHER

-->'''Alex''': [[WhatTheHellAreYou What are you?]]
-->'''Greene''': The reason.
-->'''Alex''': For ''what''?
-->'''Greene''': Everything!

The last surviving inhabitant of Hope, Idaho, a town that was destroyed after being used as a testing ground for a biological weapon, to prevent the disease from spreading. She appears 'burnt out' and catatonic after forty years of experimentation by GENTEK. There is almost certainly no remnant of 'Elizabeth Greene' left; all that remains is the virus in an empty human host. Unfortunately, it is both intelligent and very patient. Voiced by Creator/KariWahlgren.

* AxCrazy: There's nothing human left in her any more.
%%* BigBad
* CuteBruiser: Though the 'cute' part is up for debate, she hits Alex ''once'' and he's ''smashed across the room''. This is a guy who weighs hundreds of pounds slapped aside like a cardboard cutout.
* DecoyDamsel: [[PlayingWithSyringes GENTEK]] thinks they've contained her, and they're wrong. She's just waiting patiently to unleash the ZombieApocalypse.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Her death doesn't end the game ''or'' the infection, though it does slow the infection quite a lot.
%%* EvilMatriarch
* HiveQueen: Without a Runner like Greene [[spoiler:or other directing force such as the Supreme Hunter or Alex]], the lesser Infected remain mindless shambling zombies. However, ''with'' a Runner, {{it can think}}...
* HumanoidAbomination: She still looks like a 19-year-old girl. She and Alex share many similarities (strong, fast, resilient, power over the virus) [[spoiler:but aren't quite the ''same''. Only Greene was once human]].
* ItCanThink: And it is ''patient''. If it's four years or forty years, the virus will wait in dormancy as long as it takes an opportunity to present itself, and during all that time, it plans. One mission revolves around Greene using infected people who haven't started showing symptoms as unwitting spies, their connection to the HiveMind allowing her to receive information from them. [[spoiler:After she dies, the outbreak loses its momentum almost completely.]]
* LatexSpaceSuit: Her clothing is outright modelled on fetish clothing and wet-suits, resulting in a skin-tight latex body suit with a lot of straps in weird places.
%%* LivingBodysuit
* MakeMeWannaShout: In her boss fight, one of her attacks is a scream that sucks the colour from the screen and sends shockwaves over the battlefield that will knock you down to critical health if you don't move your butt.
* NotSoDifferent: From Alex. [[spoiler:This is especially played up when Alex [[{{Plaguemaster}} takes her place]] in the sequel.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: She looks nineteen. She's actually over fifty.
* OneWingedAngel: Though it's possible she could have [[spoiler:taken Alex in melee given the strength she demonstrates in the cutscenes, instead she dons a giant fleshy mass as armor and starts tearing everything around her apart]]. [[MarathonBoss It takes a lot to bring her down.]]
* {{Plaguemaster}}: The virus spreads on everything she touches, and the [[DegradedBoss Hunters]], [[DemonicSpiders Leader]] [[MiniBoss Hunters]], and [[CombatTentacles Hydras]] are her creations.
* SealedEvilInACan: Or an observation cell. Then Alex accidentally lets her out. To be fair, she clearly could have left at any time, given the state of the room.
* WalkingWasteland: Everywhere she goes, the infection emerges, and [[ZombieApocalypse her children]] follow.
* TheVirus: By some quirk of biology, her body was mutated by the original strain to ''create'' viruses; hundreds of them. Every single one displays very strange properties. Gentek's reason for holding her is to examine and try to manipulate the strains into doing useful things, such as enhancing human attributes, killing people in specific ways very very rapidly, strengthening immune systems, or eradicating cancer, among other purposes. She's insanely valuable to Blackwatch because she is the only living subject to display the ability.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: After she speaks, her words are repeated in multiple whispers.

[[folder:The Supreme Hunter]]

!!The Supreme Hunter

After Alex removes the parasite, he attempts to kill Greene by using it on her, but her body rejects it. The result combines Mercer's and Greene's DNA and becomes something new: a creature with characteristics of both the Redlight and Blacklight viruses. It is ''not'' happy with its 'father' for attempting to destroy it.

* TheDragon: To Greene.
%%* DragonAscendant
* EvilCounterpart: To Alex - roughly humanoid, just as smart (or smarter), [[spoiler:same powers, and an independent entity, born from the virus and Elizabeth Greene but not under her thrall, just like Alex]]. Unlike him, it wants to control and spread the disease and it isn't even a little bit human.
* HumanoidAbomination: Especially [[spoiler:when it consumes and replaces Cross.]]
* KillAndReplace: He killed [[spoiler:Cross]] and took his place.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:First, it doesn't seem terribly distressed about Alex killing and absorbing Greene, its genetic 'mother'. Second, its purpose in life is to kill and devour Alex -- implied to be at least in part because it ''resents'' him for ''not letting himself be eaten alive''.]]



Of all the children born during Hope, Idaho's infection, only one did not suffer fatal defects within months of birth. Codenamed PARIAH by the military, the surviving child was forcibly separated from his mother, Elizabeth Greene, and moved to a secure facility for study and containment. He never appears in the game, but plays a fairly large part in the Web of Intrigue.

* BishonenLine: [[spoiler:PARIAH shows no sign at all of infection with the virus, and yet [=McMullen=] theorises that he could bring about the end of life as we know it.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Seems to kill anything he touches. As a result, he is kept either in a sealed cell or a courtyard surrounded by snipers and barbed wire.
* CreepyChild: [[spoiler:There are three pictures of him. One is him playing with a ball, one is him playing with blocks, and the third is him ''standing beside a mutilated corpse with a handful of blood''. What ''is'' this kid?]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:He must be at least forty, but he looks no older than six or seven.]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[spoiler:It's theorized by [=NPCs=] that if Alex Mercer and PARIAH ever came in contact with each other, the results could be beyond catastrophic.]]
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:Averted in the second game; the sequel doesn't involve Alex looking for him. He is mentioned once as the assignment of [[TheMenInBlack Agent Barnes Griffin]], and otherwise seems to have no bearing on events. But he's still out there...]]
* SuperPrototype: [[spoiler:In a way, ''Alex'' is the production model of what PARIAH is naturally, and probably isn't even as good. His powers were artificially activated, whereas PARIAH's are natural; PARIAH is everything the virus is meant to be.]]