Characters: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Below is a list of characters in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.


William Bishop, callsign "Warwolf 1"

The primary Player Character of the game, Bishop is an renowned ace who is plagued by nightmares of his own death at the hands of a Russian plane with a "Sharkmouth" on its nose—the plane that he later discovers to belong to the Russian ace Andrei Markov. He is the leader of the Warwolf Squadron.

José "Guts" Gutierrez, callsign "Warwolf 2"

Bishop's loud-mouthed wingman who keeps causing him trouble, much to his own dismay.

Janice Rehl, callsign "Spooky 1", later "Razor 1"

An experienced bomber pilot who has been assigned to pilot the Task Force 108 gunship Spooky against her wishes. Out of combat, she is a cheerful young woman who is best of buds with Bishop and Guts. She later gets reassigned to proper bomber duty flying the B1 Lancer or B2 Spirit, hence the callsign change.

Pierre La Pointe

A French General in command of the entire Task Force 108.

Doug "D-Ray" Robinson, callsign "Shooter 1"

Phlegmatic commander of the "Shooter" Apache squadron and "Nomad" Blackhawk squadron.


The Warwolf Squadron's AWACS.

Kei Nagase

The series Legacy Character returns as a cameo as well as having written a Character Blog.

  • Ace Pilot: According to her blog she is part of the 19th Task Force ACES.
  • Character Blog: Project Nagase is Kei in character describing the real life development and news of the game.
  • Expy: Of Edge\Nagase in previous games.
  • Lady Not-Appearing-in-This-Game: The ACES portrayal of her is only seen as DLC. See...
  • The Cameo: Seen during cutscenes throughout the game.


Ivan Stagleishov, callsign "Big Bear 1"

Commander of all Russian forces in the Task Force 108 (who don't belong to NATO and thus don't answer to La Pointe) and simultaneously the leader of the "Big Bear" squadron.

Sergei Illich, callsign "Red Moon 1"

Leader of the Russian "Red Moon" squadron and one of the few Russians to remain loyal to Task Force 108 after Stagleishov's betrayal.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Introduced very early on, and he seems to be one of the few who gets on well with the Americans (unlike his boss).
  • The Dragon: To Markov late in the game.
  • I Owe You My Life: Illich is ridiculously devoted to Markov as a result of him saving his life back when he served as his Wingman. So devoted, in fact, that he dutifully carries out Markov's orders to stall Bishop and effectively get himself killed, if not by Bishop then by the approaching hurricane. And he does it with good humor.
  • Graceful Loser: He congratulates Bishop on shooting him down.
  • Majorly Awesome
  • The Mole
  • Wingman: Flown on Markov's wing before Markov went rogue. Becomes his wingman again after the Moscow offensive.

Andrei "Akula" Markov, a.k.a. "Sharkmouth"

The primary villain of the game, a Russian ace pilot decorated with the "Hero of Russian Federation" medal.

  • Ace Pilot
  • Broken Ace: Comes pre-broken by the death of his wife.
  • Colonel Badass
  • Composite Character: According to Word of God.
  • The Dragon: To General Stagleishov.
    • The Starscream: Markov kills Stagleishov for trying to surrender and takes control over their organization.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Bishop. The writers basically started with the idea of a flip-doppelganger and then built his personality, but for a time that's all he was.
  • Nose Art: His distinct "Sharkmouth" paint-job.
  • Red Baron
  • Renegade Russian: Markov is explicitly a former Russian Air Force pilot, with "good Russians" fighting at your side against him.
  • The Rival: To William Bishop.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He lost his wife to a U.S. bombing run gone wrong, and now he seeks revenge against America. In the process, however, he also helps the attack on Moscow, meaning he would be willing to get back at anyone to fulfill his task.