Characters / Age of Empires III

Introduced in Age of Empires III

The Black family

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    Morgan Black
"Why do you call me "Frenk"? I’m Scottish, you Turkish dog!"

A Scotsman born into the Black family, he joined the Knights of St. John at an early age.

In Blood, he's defending the last bastion of the Knights on the island of Malta from the soldiers of the Ottoman Empire, led by Sahin the Falcon. After driving them out of Malta, he and his superior, Alain Magnan, discover records of the Circle of Ossus, who sought eternal life. Believing that the Ottomans were after the "Fountain of Youth", Morgan is sent to the New World to thwart them. On his way there, he tangles with Elisabet "Lizzie" Ramsey, Sahin's entourage, and the Spanish, before unearthing a plot far more sinister than he'd originally suspected.

After all's said and done, Morgan and Lizzie have another encounter and have four sons, two of which were Phillippe (father of John) and Stuart Black.

Voiced by James Lancaster.
Tropes related with him:
  • Awful Truth: After discovering that Alain is a member of the Circle of Ossus, he swears his revenge for the traitor's manipulation.
    "This is Knights' business now. Alain made me a pawn in the Circle's game. He has betrayed the Knights of St. John, and he'll answer for it."
  • Badass Beard: A long beard and great prowess with the sword.

    John Black
Kanyenke: "Too slow, John Black. You were faster once."
John Black: "And your eyes were better once. Your arrow missed the mark. My shot was the one that took him down."

Morgan's grandson, and the protagonist of the Ice campaign. John is a rough-and-tumble woodsman who runs a mercenary company oft employed by the colonists. It's said that he has more enemies than friends.

Voiced by Michael Bell.
Tropes related to him:
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Kanyenke. The player spends the entire campaign (sans the last mission) controlling both of them.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Since he gets cornered in the mountain by Warwick and his troops, he blows the mountain and dies in the process. Amelia, her granddaughter, mentions that he died as a hero.
  • Private Military Contractors: He leads a company of these guys.
  • Taking You with Me: In the climax of Ice, he takes with him Warwick's soldiers, most of the Circle's troops present in the mountains, and most of the Russian army with him. As Amelia said in the narration, he made a lot of enemies in life, but he died as a hero, and the Circle took a hit so hard that it took decades for them to recover.

    Stuart Black 
"Stuart may not be the commander my grandfather Morgan was, but if he thinks the colony is threatened, I believe him."
— John Black

The only member of the Black family who appears in a campaign but isn't the main character of it. John's uncle, Morgan's forgotten son, and a keen businessman. He leads a small colony which has recently come under attack from the Natives, causing him to call for John's mercenaries, which kicks off Ice.

Voiced by Brian George.

Tropes related with him:
  • Big Fun: Averted. His description says something like this: Fat guys show happiness, but he shows cowardice.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He fights with his bare fists.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: He dies halfway into Ice.
  • The So-Called Coward: He's a total wimp in every manner imaginable and has nowhere near the esteem of the rest of his family. But he will fight for you if you order it, and it's implied that he resisted the Circle's torture for a fair while before they finally killed him.
  • The Unfavorite: Morgan's least favorite kid.

    Amelia Black

The protagonist of Steel, and the narrator of all the campaigns in both III and Warchiefs, Amelia runs the Falcon Company as it falls on hard times following the expensive battles waged by her father Nathaniel. She seeks to regain some pf the family fortune by building a railroad straight to the west coast, but gets caught up in the Mexican War. While helping to defend a fort, she meets a French woodsman named Pierre Beaumont, who promises her a cut of his claim to a gold mine in exchange for the cooperation and use of her workers and equipment. Little did she know of what lay in store for her...

She's the daughter of Nathaniel Black and mother of Chayton Black. Her husband is a Sioux, but he does not make an appearance.

Voiced by Tasia Valenza.
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Their allies

    Sahin the Falcon 
"We do not have to fight, Frenk. Do you never question foolish orders?"

The leader of the Ottoman army which invaded the last bastion of the Knights of St. John. After he is repulsed by Morgan Black, he sets sail for the New World, in search of the Fountain of Youth.

Voiced by Brian George.

Tropes related with him:
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Turns out he was Good All Along, and he ends fighting alongside Morgan in the last mission.
  • Badass Beard: Shorter than Morgan's, but still is notable.
  • Enemy Mine: He fights alongside Morgan in the final mission of Blood.
  • Good All Along: It turns out that he was a hero.
  • Hero Antagonist: He's actually a good guy. He is fighting the Circle to prevent them of taking over the world.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Among the finest combat-capable wear the Ottomans have to offer.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He menaces Morgan in Blood. Or would be menacing him if it weren't for the fact that, in addition to being less competent than Morgan, his troops tend to get offed in large numbers by the wildlife, the Spanish, Pirates, and the environment itself (Morgan's troops go without saying). He fails to defeat Morgan in any of their engagements in spite of numerical and technological superiority and (more often than not) the advantage of defense, and ends up getting captured by the Spanish treasure fleet to be burned alive in Spain. He only escapes this fate by being rescued by Morgan, who happened to be raiding the treasure fleets at the time.
  • The Rival: Initially to Morgan, being his equivalent amongst the Ottomans.
  • The Musketeer: He is able both in ranged attacks and hand attacks. He has a special attack with his sword.
  • Red Baron: Sahin "the Falcon"
  • Walking Spoiler: Sahin is a key element of the plot twist; he has been protecting the water from the Circle.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He calls out Morgan for blindly following Alain Magnan's orders, before the reveal.
    "Open your eyes! The Circle wants the lake because they think it is the Fountain of Youth! All I have been trying to do is keep it out of the hands of the Circle! And Alain Magnan!"

    Elizabeth "Lizzie" Ramsey 
"Oh, come now; you sent my best ships to the bottom. The least you can owe me is a little civility. Are you going after the treasure fleet?"

Leader of a large band of pirates, she first meets Morgan Black as he's making his way to the New World. After her band was defeated, she escapes with the remnants of her forces to Cuba, where she encounters Morgan again.

Voiced by Jennifer Hale.

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  • Arranged Marriage: She escaped from one in her backstory.
  • Babies Ever After: It's implied by both the events after the Circle's defeat in Blood and by the narrator herself (Amelia) that she's the mother of Morgan's children. Several sources also tell that Lizzie kept with her two of them, while Morgan kept with him both Philippe and Stuart Black.
  • Cool Ship: "Paris Burning". It's named so for the city she hates the most. It can train Bucaneers.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The second time Lizzie and Morgan meet, Lizzie is willing to help Morgan... if he does heroic things in Havana.
  • Enemy Mine: She assists Morgan in the last two missions of Blood to get the Spanish treasure. All gets sunken.
  • Guns Akimbo: She fights with a pair of pistols.
  • Pirate Girl: She became the leader of a group of pirates to escape from an Arranged Marriage.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She has noble blood.
  • Runaway Fiancé: She became a pirate to escape from an arranged marriage and to get freedom.

John Black's most trusted ally.

Tropes related with him:
  • Badass Native: He has a big line of sight and great ability with the bow and the knife.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's very protective of Nonakhee, and only lets his friend John Black have something with her.
  • Braids of Action: At his oldest, he has a pair of braids, since he let his hair grow fully.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Averted. John and Nonahkee think he would dislike their relationship, but he doesn't.
  • Nephewism: He is the paternal figure of Nathaniel, since John sacrificed his life to prevent the Russians from invading the Colonies.
  • Old Retainer: In Steel and Fire. In the latter, he is still very skilled; he still has his wide line of sight and his hand attack is only slightly weaker.
  • Older and Wiser: In Steel and Fire, he's older and more experienced, as his reservations about American government show.
  • Put on a Bus: In Nathaniel's act, he goes to his village and it's told offscreen that he supports the American.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: In his youth, he was always shirtless unless he had to deal with cold weathers. Zigzagged when he is with Nathaniel (his fighting model is shirtless, but otherwise he wears a white shirt) and fully ditched when he becomes old.

Kanyenke's sister and John Black's "unofficial" girlfriend.

Voiced by Bettina Bush.

Tropes related with her:
  • The Medic: She has a special skill to heal. It is mentioned she healed John more than once.
  • Put on a Bus: Twice. In the mainstream campaign, she is sent back to her village because the mission will be scary. In Nathaniel's act, she doesn't even participates in the combat and returns to her village after being rescued.
  • Underestimating Badassery: It has happened to her, as shown in the history.

    Major Cooper 
Amelia's ally during most of Steel.

Voiced by James Hordan.

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  • Suicidal Overconfidence: He tries to stop Beaumont on his own, but does not prepare well and one of the white wolves kill him.

    Colonel/General George Washington 

A Colonel in the British Army during III, General of the Continental Army in Fire, future President of the United States.

Voiced by Daniel Riordan.

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     Simon Bolivar 

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Their enemies

    Francisco Juan Delgado de Leon 
A Spanish conquistador who wants the treasure of the natives for his own personal gain.

Tropes related with him:
  • Beard of Evil: A smaller beard, but a greedy villain.
  • Cool Sword: It can easily kill many soldiers in one hit.
  • Lone Wolf Boss: One of the few named enemies of III who's not affiliated to the Circle of Ossus.

    The Circle of Ossus: 
A secret society with powerful roots in Europe who seek to conquer the New World and gain immortality.

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Alain Magnan

“You and your band of misfits will be wiped from the New World, Morgan!”

Morgan Black's mentor in Blood.

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"You’re delaying the inevitable. The New World belongs to the Circle of Ossus now."

The Big Bad of Ice.

Voiced by Neil Dickson.

Tropes related with him:
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: A British governor among the Colonies, though he prefers force and intimidation to diplomacy and subtlety.
  • Decapitation Presentation: He shows Stuart's body without the head, which was impaled in a lance and put near the rest of the body.
  • Kick the Dog: Attacks villages and colonies to capture John Black, who is away. When he sees that John isn't in Stuart's colony after all, he seizes the colony, kidnapping Stuart Black in the process, only to later kill him, and attempts to burn Nonakhee's village to the ground.
  • Self-Made Orphan: In his backstory it's implied that he has something to do with the death of his parents.
  • This Cannot Be!: He exclaims this when his stronghold in the mountains is destroyed.

    Pierre Beaumont 
"I will show you how I like to kill."

A mysterious French trapper who has a claim to a gold mine in the mountains. Having no means to mine it out himself, he offers Amelia a cut of the gold in exchange for the use of her equipment. With his sinister manner and fondness for knives, however, he's not as he appears...

Voiced by Daniel Riordan.

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Introduced in Age Of Empires III: The Warchiefs

The Black family

    Nathaniel Black
"General Washington, my father gave his life to protect the colonies. I would do the same, without hesitation."

The half-Iroquois son of John Black and Nonahkee and the protagonist of Fire. A devoted patriot who fights for the colonists when the revolutionary war breaks out, Nathaniel devotes a great deal of his time (and his family's fortune) for the cause and is eventually memorialized for his efforts.
Tropes related with him:
  • Badass Native: He, a half Iroquois warrior, was part of the Independence war.
  • Good Parents: Amelia Black said that Nathaniel was one to her.
  • It's Personal: Kuechler kidnaps Nonahkee, driving Nathaniel to act with bloody vengeance through the war.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: In the original game, his purpose is basically to allow the Black family to continue after John's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Riches to Rags: He wasted the fortune given by the British as a reward to his father's Heroic Sacrifice in the Independence war, building the fortresses in Saratoga and supplying the troops at Valley Forge. Later, he was given a reward by the American Government because of his contribution to the Independence War. He used that reward to create the Falcon Company, a railroad company, but he wasn't a businessman, thus all the money was spent and said company almost got bankrupted.

    Chayton Black

Amelia's half-Sioux son, and the protagonist of Shadow.
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  • Badass Native: He's part Iroquois, part Sioux, and has the Black family's blood in his veins. He is also a powerful warrior.
  • Face of a Thug: His face can be intimidating, but he is a hero.
  • Going Native: He joins the Sioux. He later changes his attire to a Sioux attire, only keeping his cape. He paints a hand in his face, wears feathers in his hair and forgoes almost all his clothing. At the ending, his fate is uncertain, since Amelia has not seen him ever since.
  • Heel Realization: He is not a villain, but he comes to this reaction when Holme orders him to destroy a village.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Finally comes to the realization that he's been helping Holme murder innocent Sioux for Holme's personal gain, and thenceforth resolves to correct his mistake by tearing down the fort he just helped build.
  • Odd Friendship: He has this kind of friendship with Crazy Horse, as he is the CEO of a railroad company, and Crazy Horse has been fighting the U.S all his life.
  • Screw The Money,I Have Rules!: Given that destroying an entire regiment is outright treason, he promptly loses all his wealth. However, he defected for a very good reason.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: He loses most of his clothing in favor of looking more native.
  • Tribal Face Paint: He paints a hand in his face since he joins the Sioux.
  • With Us or Against Us: After Holme's death, Custer decides that the time for negotiation with the Sioux is over, and that Chayton will have to side with either the Americans or with the Sioux. He chooses to stay with the Sioux.

Their enemies

    Sven Kuechler 

Leader of the Hessians hired by the British during The American Revolution. He raids an Iroquois encampment and captures Nonahkee, resulting in a grudge from Nathaniel.

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    William Holme 
"Their blood's the same color. It's gold that matters, kid. Only gold."

Tropes related with him:
  • Ambition Is Evil: He wanted to get the gold from Sioux terrains. He has no problem on killing them for getting that, even if they are innocent.
  • Big Bad Friend: He uses Chayton for his own ends and turns on him the moment he can no longer manipulate him.
  • Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto Us: How he tries to justify giving the order to massacre an entire village full of women and children, in that they will do something later. Chayton dosent take it.
  • Dirty Cop: Given that he is a sheriff, and Holme calls himself the official representative of the law, the amount of illegal acts he commits makes this a given.
  • Disney Villain Death: He falls to his death after trying to shoot Chayton.
  • Greed: He is never satisfied with the amount of gold he has to mine and is willing to murder to get more even though he's probably already filthy rich. He actually foreshadows it when he states it is greed since everyone wants the gold.
  • Hidden Villain: Of the Shadow arc, as he manipulates Chayton into murdering innocent natives and ultimately ends up causing the conflict between them and the U.S. Army. All because he's a greedy sack of shit.
  • Hypocrite: He calls himself the representation of the law. He later winds up creating a small army of renegade outlaws to save him from Chayton's wrath.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Chayton. It might have been genuine at first, but by the time they meet up again, Billy just sees Chayton as a means to make more money and tries to kill him when Chayton refuses to obey him any further.
  • Mook Maker: He can train Pistoleros.
  • Poisonous Friend: So much so that the 'friend' part is debatable.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Initially subverts this, then plays it straight when he starts calling Crazy Horse Chayton's old pal despite Chayton having never met the Sioux leader. He later makes comments about Chayton himself after he turns on him.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He ends up cornered by his ex-partner Chayton Black and chooses to back into a cliff face surrounded by TNT. After talking for a bit, Holme attempts a Quick Draw shot on Chayton, forgetting that A) his gun was at his back while Chayton had his at his side and B) Native Tribes have a quick reaction time and Chayton was half Sioux. You can guess how it ends.
  • With Us or Against Us: He utters this trope word for word when Chayton turns on him, realizing that Chayton has seen through his schemes.

    General George Armstrong Custer 

Tropes related with him:
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's arrogant, patronizing, and kind of racist, but he's just as much a victim of Holme's manipulations as anyone and seems to want to solve the conflict without any violence, at least initially.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: A wiser general, on seeing that most or all of his auxiliary forces and supplies had been compromised, might have chosen a means of attack other than a straight cavalry charge against the Sioux.

Introduced in Age Of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties


The Japanese characters in-game are generally from the pre-Meiji Sengoku period, so their names follow the surname-first Oriental order.

    General Sakuma Kichiro 
A warlord under Tokugawa Ieyasu, Kichiro loyally follows his master to battle... Until he finds out about his past, which puts his honour and loyalty to test.

Tropes related with him:
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He remains faithful to Tokugawa even when he learnt that he is not a saint.
  • Number Two: He is the second most imprtant warrior to Tokugawa.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents were killed by his master. But he doesn't know this until near the end of the Japanese campaign.
  • Smoke Out: He has the power to create a smokescreen for himself and teleport to the destinations building.

    Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu 
The master of Sakuma Kichiro. Also the person who killed his parents.

Tropes related with him:
  • Mook Maker: As the shogun unit, he can summon hordes of soldiers, essentially making him a mobile Barracks.

    Daimyo Torii Mototada 

Tropes related with him:
  • Mook Maker: As a daimyo, he can create several class of soldiers.
  • Seppuku: Instead of dying in battle, he chose to die in this way.

    Other daimyo and generals 
Along with Ieyasu and Mototada, several other Sengoku era daimyo are available.

Tropes related with them:
  • Mook Maker: As daimyo, they can create several class of soldiers, making them mobile barracks.


    Captain Huang Xian 

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  • Badass Beard: He has a black, short one. He is also good with bombs and his normal weapons.

    Lao Chen 
"Every time that boy opens his mouth, I want to fill it with my fist."
— Talking about Jinhai in the cutscene prior to the first mission.

Voiced by David Sobolov.

Tropes related with him:
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: In the entirety of the China campaign, the player is always controlling him and Huang.
  • Gameplay Ally Immortality: As per the game's standards. Depleting his (regenerative) health bar only debilitates him.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He fights barehanded. His special attack consists on a very potent punch.
  • The Lancer: To Huang. They spend the entirety of the China campaign together and Huang Xian usually listens to everything he has to say.
  • Shoryuken: His Anchor Punch attack.
  • This Is Reality: He sees the world as it is.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He is shirtless during all the campaign. It may have to do with his work.

    Admiral Jinhai 
"I have already had my fill with crowded ports and foreigners. I crave conquest. I crave glory."

Voiced by Andrew Kishino.

Tropes related with him:
  • Ambition Is Evil: His lust for conquests eventually leads him to betray his own fleet.
  • Archer Archetype: In-game fights with an arc.
  • Bad Boss: Treats his subordinates as little than nothing.
  • Badass Longcoat: Sans the Badass part, he's a coward.
  • Gameplay Ally Immortality: Cannot be killed, and can regenerate his own HP.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In the first cutscene of the China campaign.
    "You know as well as I do that the Emperor is a pompened old fool."
  • Jerkass: He mistreats all his subordinates and is an insufferable person.
  • Loophole Abuse: He tries to do this before the final mission:
    "It is not mutiny when you are the Admiral!"
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Basically a more evil version of Admiral Zheng He.
  • Rich Bitch: Male example. He is insufferable and bratty, so the characters hate him.


    Lt. Nanib Sahir 

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    Colonel George Edwardson 

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  • Evil Brit: As expected from someone integrating the BEIC.
  • Fearless Fool: Keeps fighting until the end. Gets mortally wounded in the final battle and dies after the BEIC falls.
  • Gameplay Ally Immortality: Cannot be killed, and can regenerate his own HP.
  • Mook Maker: He can create Sepoys.

    Sepoy Pravar Patel 

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  • Badass Beard: He has a full but short beard that looks impressive. He is a powerful musketeer.
  • The Musketeer: Somewhat more literally. A Sepoy is the unique Indian version of the regular Musketeer unit.