The previous champion of Death Watch hailing from MadWorld, Jack Cayman is ex-military special forces, an expert in all forms of combat and an infamous Chaser. The Chaser Guild is a private organization that deals with cases regular police are not prepared to handle: Kidnappings, disappearances, and fugitive apprehension.Nearly 75% of Jack's body has been retrofitted with cybernetic parts, including his right arm, eyes, and skeleton. Combined with an already superhuman strength and a vicious double bladed chainsaw mounted directly on his arm, Jack's fighting abilities are unmatched.Once the heaviest of chain smokers, Jack quit after a request from his only daughter. One of the two protagonists in Story Mode, he's been hired by Jeannie Caxton to find her father Max despite having a serious grudge against him.
Character Arc: If you take his characterization in MadWorld as valid at all. In that game, Jack is an unapologetic, vicious, remorseless murderer. The end of the game (particularly "Soul", which seems to be sang from his point of view) imply that even he crossed the despair event horizon over how much of Crapsack World he was in. In this game, Jack is in much the same condition, except he has a conscience that gradually grows much more apparent, even when he tries to put on the same show that he did in Death Watch. Over the course of the game, by choosing to differentiate between justice and revenge and working with Leo shows that he's regained some measure of hope in the world.
Cyborg: Thanks to his right arm and cybernetic eyes.
Leo boasts a background in the Navy's Special Operations Command unit and is currently an agent of the Strike One task force, an elite detachment of the Milvallen Ministry of Justices's Bureau of Public Safety High Crimes Division.Honest to a fault and with a deeply ingrained sense of justice, Leo operates according to his own convictions and beliefs. As a practitioner of the BPS' Cybrid Arts, he is widely considered to be the best on the force. The other of the two protagonists in Story Mode who works with Nikolai and Sasha in pursuit of a fugitive - a man all three once called their mentor.
Generation Xerox: Leo's overall look and moveset all but mirror Maximillian, baring a few details.
This is most evident in ther Killer Weapon atacks: Leo's charged heavy uses almost the exact same animation as Max's normal heavy, the main differences being that Leo does his faster and slices the opponent away at the end, while Max goes for more deliberate attacks and impales the victim before throwing them into the ground.
Though this granted since Leo was Maximillian's direct protege; he likely chose the same Cyber Arts model for that reason.
Guttural Growler: An odd example, given how his voice is almost always a normal tenor. But when raising his voice, he sounds gravelly without lowering in pitch, which makes him sound more aggressive or even feral at times.
Identical Stranger: Evidently is not the same Leo from MadWorld and simply someone else with the same first name and a similar appearance.
The devs might be aware of this, as the launch trailer shows Leo right after Jack, Baron and Mathilda with the words ("Guess who's back") from the accompanying music spoken.
"I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: He keeps up a constant stream of encouragement when fighting a deranged Maximillian. Max's mental issues are so severe that it's questionable whether he can be held responsible for his actions, which is why Leo tries so hard. He'd just be beating up a mentally handicapped old man, otherwise.
That's right, pimps, playas and pain purveyors, the Black Baron (stop starin') from MadWorld is back too!The Blacker Baron is a bounty hunter who specializes in bringing marks back dead. He has a long history with Jack and considers him to be his only rival. The cybernetic arms the Baron uses spontaneously generate flame, which he can control at will. His partner Mathilda teases him constantly.The Baron uses an variety of punches based on boxing techniques, as well as illegal moves like headbutts - something he seems to enjoy a little too much. Unrepentantly egocentric, he enjoys talking smack almost as much as he loves the ladies. The Baron has even been known to refer to himself as "your favorite pimp's favorite pimp's pimp."
Friendly Rivalry: With Jack, for a given value "friendly" in that the two have worked together in the past, and that Baron merely annoys Jack. That said, Baron is close enough to know about Stela and even empathize with Jack's situation.
Gold Tooth: In MadWorld, The Black Baron's presumably gold (the game is in black and white) teeth spell out "DEATHWATCH". By the time this is first noticed, they are soon to be punched out of his mouth If you do well enough in the boss battle. In Anarchy Reigns, his teeth now say "Fuck You!".
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's brash, loud, and violent, but he's kind enough to respect someone losing their loved ones and he's pretty tender towards Mathilda, dropping everything when she's hurt. He also drops in just to say "Hi" to Jack out of simple courtesy, so it seems.
Sequel Reset: Confirmed in a developer blog to be the same guy. How he keeps living is still not known.
That said, he was killed well nigh a dozen times over in MadWorld, coming back no worse for wear each time due to the Rule of Fun.
Shoryuken, and he crashes down as a combo to this.
Shout-Out: Much of his moveset is derived from the final battle against him in MadWorld. He retains almost every move he had, though many have all new applications (the giant projectile fist he fired at you in MadWorld has been turned Up to Eleven and now serves as his Mutant Execution technique). Some, however, are just like you remember them (the dashing straight he used to initiate a Power Struggle in MadWorld is his charged heavy Killer Weapon attack, and his weak Killer Weapon combo string is the same sequence of one-two punches he used in MadWorld, with the spinning kick being replaced by a spinning punch). His stance when his Killer Weapon is active is the same fighting stance from MadWorld, and even his powerful tornado punch that knocked Jack into the audience is back — albeit without the actual tornado this time — and serves as the strongest single attack in the game.
Further referencing his appearance in MadWorld, during the cutscene that follows Jack's first fight with Max (which already has a pretty heavy reference to MadWorld), the Baron stops Jack from killing Max, threatening to get serious. When he does, his hat and glasses come off, and his eyes are glowing. Anyone who's played MadWorld likely heard ''So Cold'' cue up in their minds...
Blacker Baron: C'mon, don't make me BEAT my cut outta you, muthafuckah!
An unrelated one is his powerful hand-to-hand fire based fighting style, manifesting Eagles during powerful punches. Soundfamiliar?.
Mathilda is always seen with her partner, the bounty hunter Blacker Baron, and never leaves his side.She possesses strength that belies her svelte appearance, as almost her entire body has been replaced with cybernetic enhancements.Mathilda's background is shrouded in mystery, as she is famously a woman of few words. Of course, she hardly has to tell people she likes it rough: the fact oozes out of her every (remaining) pore.
Animal Motifs: When not using the IRON MAIDEN, it flops around like a cat's tail.
Ascended Extra: Going from minor recurring NPC to playable character, she certainly qualifies.
Batter Up: She'll wind up for a classic home run hit whenever the IRON MAIDEN is charged.
Cyborg: To the point she clangs when hit by someone and sparks fly when impaled.
Dominatrix: The way she digs her heel into things, and overall ruthless personality invoke this. The spikes do nothing to detract from it either.
Fragile Speedster: Sharing the "light" classification with all the other female characters, complete with greater speed and less health.
Groin Attack: One of her combos ends with her kicking her target right in the nethers. There's a animation for every character reacting to this. Even the people who technically don't have bits to kick (Looking at you, Bull and Douglas).
The Hyena: A few exceptions, but next to everything out of her mouth is a laugh.
Male Gaze: The camera really seems to like Mathilda's backside, and who can blame it?
Muscles Are Meaningless: Just watch in disbelief as she effortlessly swings huge guys such as Jack around like they're made of styrofoam.
Shock and Awe: Adds more sadistic fun with electrocution when Mathilda is leveled up.
Worf Effect: As the only (implicitly) non-human protagonist, she doesn't do as well in fights as the others in cutscenes. She apparently can't take a hit to save her life and ends up in the worst condition by the game's end.
Four years ago, Big Bull suffered a debilitating injury, and elected to have his brain transplanted into a cybernetic behemoth. Despite complete mechanization, Bull remains fully juiced with testosterone... and always ready to settle a dispute with his hooves.Well-versed in Baijiquan, a style of kung-fu he studied while still fully human, Bull also makes use of a monolithic jet-propelled hammer. Of course, his most frighting asset in combat may be the ability to throw 1.5 tons of body weight around without breaking a (metaphorical) sweat.
Ambiguously Gay: During the first story mission of Black Side he makes several jokes referring to Jack being his riding "cowboy" and he the "bull". Shortly after being defeated, Big Bull declares Jack a member of his gang. Not to mention the way he stares at Jack at the beginning of his campaign, blowing off steam from his mechanical snout and eyes lighting red, which he tends to do when excited.
Butt Bull: In Nikolai's trailer, the lights go off while he's reading, and Big Bull moves in for the kill, Glowing Eyes of Doom and all! Cue a grab from the Badass Bookworm and Nikolai resumes his reading while Big Bull acts as his involuntary light bulb.
Chest Insignia: He has the word blind spot [死角] painted on his chest. The planetary symbol for Neptune [♆] is also on his forehead.
Cyborg: That knows martial arts, no less. Seeing a giant bull robot doing Baijiquan is a odd spectacle.
Defeat Equals Friendship: After Jack beats him and his gang, Big Bull declares him a member of his gang and occasionally shows up to help him out.
Glowing Mechanical Eyes: His eyes already have a faint red glow, but when excited they brighten intensely, such as when he fights Jack.
I Can Still Fight: Exclaims that it is "Bullshit, BULLSHIT!" that he can't keep fighting when his body breaks down. Pun....probably intended.
Large Beef: When he gets excited. Which happens a lot in the midst of a fight.
Leitmotif: Over In A Flash, a suitably tough song for the Bull. Worth noting that it mentions a nobody coming back to kick ass (fitting for a former mid-boss graduating to boss/player character), and is performed by Sick YG, another artist returning from MadWorld's soundtrack.
Man in the Machine: The official site claims his brain is the only organic tissue he has left.
Mighty Glacier: As one of the "heavy" characters, he's slower, can't combo as well as smaller characters, can grab two enemies at once, and every hit he dishes out deals more damage than those smaller than him. And his Killer Weapon is seriously effective at hitting a crowd of enemies, be they player or Mook.
No Sell: Some of his attacks appear to have super armor.
Transforming Mecha: Big Bull's random arm-horns may seem out of place at first (he extends them mainly during his 360 attack and while finishing off large enemies), but these have a purpose, as is revealed during Deathball: Big Bull's body can, effectively, transform into a giant bull head for the king of all bullrushes!
This enigmatic swordsman is a master of dual-wielding katana and a skilled practitioner of Zero-Style Ninjutsu, a discipline employing beam kunai. He dons a pitch black, nanomachine-equipped suit to maximized his physical potential for grueling infiltration missions.He has but one goal: to harvest the data needed for developing the drone army's latest weaponry. He is prepared to mow down hordes of twisted mutants and combat-enhanced cyborgs to achieve it.His code name is Zero; in dark alleys, it is whispered he may be descended from a clan of ancient warriors once known as ninjas.(Totally not inspired byRaiden. No sir. No way. Becomes ironic thanks to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, though...) And not to be confused for that other Zer0...
Asian Speekee Engrish: To his credit, Zero's English is near perfect, but he still has shades of this in his speech...
Japanese Ranguage: such as the old L=R issue, or making less of an R sound on syllables where there would be.
Xanatos Gambit: His very first appearance in story mode; he was hired to kill Jack by the game's Big Bad. If he succeeded, good. If he fails (which he does), he uses the data he collected during the fight for his next appearance, where he sics a Cthulu on Jack!
Sasha Ivanoff is a woman of icy intelligence, fast-tracked into the Milvallen Ministry of Justice's Bureau of Public Safety despite her youth. After a mere two years on the force, she joined the High Crimes Division and was later scouted by the elite Strike One detachment.Remarkably multi-talented, Sasha serves the Bureau with both brilliant analytic skills and mastery of BPS combat techniques. When armed with her Snow Spikes and the latest BPS nanomachine-equipped suit, Sasha's combat potential can surpass even cyborgs and mutants.
The Ace: She only spent two years on the BPS before being promoted to Strike One.
Ambiguously Gay: The way Sasha mocks the Blacker Baron, wondering why Mathilda would hang out with someone who wouldn't be able to satisfy her, makes it sound like Sasha'a implying that she would do a better job. She could just be winding up the Baron though.
A former special ops operator and now a captain in the Bureau of Public Safety High Crimes Division under the Milvallen Ministry of Justice. He recently took command of the elite Strike One detachment, a team including Sasha and Leo.The rule of law is paramount to this career enforcer; Nikolai dispenses great justice to those he deems to be criminals.Equipped with a cutting-edge pair of cybernetic arms powered by the current that flows from the reactor on his back, the tremendous voltage generated allows Nikolai to unleash devastating electrical blows.
Knight Templar: Of the worst kind. To him, breaking the letter of the law is what warrants punishment, no matter the circumstances. While he claims that it's because Order must be upheld, no matter the cost. When push comes to shove, Nikolai punishes "criminals" simply because he believes that law and order exists to control people.
Leitmotif: Venom, a high-intensity song that fits right along with Nikolai's electrical powers.
And the final boss theme, Find You, as well, with lyrics that serve as an indeibtment of the system Nikolai supports.
Once a ruthless mercenary, Durga lost nearly the entire right half of his body in battle. After augmenting his ruined flesh with cybernetic enhancements, he teamed up with a former comrade named Garuda. Together they eke out a living as bounty hunters.To Durga, work is work: He will track and execute any target, be it man, woman, or child. Usually rude, psychotic, and violent, Durga becomes a cold and calculating killing machine in the midst of combat.Possessing naturally superb musculature, as well as phenomenal agility, Durga fights with a preference for kicking techniques - complemented by a customized cybernetic leg capable of transforming into a cannon.
Artificial Limbs: His right arm reloader, revolver-equipped right leg, and tiger tail.
Extremity Extremist: He fights primarily with kicks, only using his mechanical right arm to reload the giant revolver built into his leg. The only time he actually punches is when he grapples a downed opponent.
Technically speaking, Garuda is a dead man. After being killed in action, his severed head was smuggled by fellow mercenary Durga to a cybernetics hospital. There, Garuda's memories were hastily copied onto a memory chip. For better or worse, the dead man was resurrected, his consciousness transferred into a mass-produced Gargoyle robot. Garuda's combat abilities are essentially identical to other AI-controlled Gargoyles, save for a pair of drill-equipped cybernetic arms customized for close-quarters combat.However, he retains his human consciousness and memories, and now fights alongside Durga, his savior and one-time mercenary comrade in arms.
Transforming Mecha: A human-sized example, he turns into a jet upon reaching maximum running speed. Other team members can hitch a ride by hopping on when he transforms, and even shoot little shots out of Garuda's front.
As a purveyor of black-market cybernetic parts, Edgar Oinkie lives some semblance of the high life. Once a legitimate scientist, Oinkie dared to inject himself with one of his own experiments. Affectionately dubbed "The Juice", the synthetic compound granted him the awesome physical strength of a mutant. Using his newfound powers to attack cyborgs around the city and strip them of their parts, Oinkie amassed vast sums of money fencing the stolen limbs. Putting his new cash flow to work, he expanded his sphere of influence, eventually becoming the underground, de facto ruler of Port Valenda. Oinkie is the worst type of "new money" — rude, loud, uncouth, short tempered, violent, and gluttonous. Whether or not these personality traits are side effects of The Juice is open to debate.
Animal Motifs: His name and mask evoke pigs, but he transforms into a lizard-man. Go figure.
Big Eater: Good fucking lord... just look at the plate of bacon he's eating on in the multiplayer lobby. And it's his seventh plate!
Beware the Silly Ones: At first glance, he's a fat, cowardly slob who makes a living off of taking things from others. He's also practiced enough karate to be able to hold his own, and with the help of The Juice, strike faster than most people can even perceive.
Dirty Coward: One thing he's certainly good at is running from a fight.
Expy: On that note, outside of a different Animal Motif and the whole "Juice" thing, he has a lot in common with Yee Fung from MadWorld, from his rotundity to his agile fighting style to his comically high voice.
Nouveau Riche: Attained this status from all his black market dealings. He is wealthy to the point he has heaps of gold bars and cash bags just lying around in his throne room in Port Valenda.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Yes, Oinkie's more yellow than a canary circus. He was a scientist before the whole Juice thing, so the endless puns and rather bizarre appearance could just be a mind games strategy.
Poisoned Weapons: When Oinkie is leveled up, the Juice has these effects on victims.
Scaled Up: Briefly becomes one of the Mutants while the Juice is flowing.
Super Serum: With a neat spine-centered injection device.
With Cat Like Tread: Most players can sneak up on other people with their relatively quiet running and take their target by surprise. Oinkie's habit of shouting "BACON!" while on the move ruins any attempt at such shenanigans.
Rin Rin is the middle sister in a trio of sibling assassins trained since infancy. True professionals in the art of death, they are considered the deadliest in their clan.Every inch a hardened killer, Rin Rin is nonetheless well-mannered and reliable, assuming the leadership role among her sisters (though some less charitable might use the term "babysitter").Rin Rin employs ancient assassination techniques passed down through her clan's long history, and dons a reactor-powered, nanomachine-equipped suit to booster her physical ability. She fights with a pair of transformable fans known as Yanlong, or "Fire Dragons".
The Cavalry: Shows an example of this on the Black Side of the campaign, helping Jack, alongside Big Bull.
Combat Stilettos: Her shoes are actually a part of her feet it seems, as the front comes off a bit, and it looks like her feet wouldn't fit in there. Same with the other sisters.
Fei Rin is the eldest sister in the trio of sibling assassins trained since infancy.Making ample use of her feminine charms, Feirin specializes in male assassination; the number of hapless, would-be Lotharios who have fallen prey to her deadly wiles cannot even be guessed at. Despite this skill, Fei Rin is less than responsible and more than happy to leave "the boring stuff" to her younger sister Rin Rin.She fights with a transformable lance known as Zilong, or "Purple Dragon."
Rin Rin's youngest sister in her family of assassins. Young Ai Rin still has a childlike air about her, squealing with girlish innocence as she cheerfully goes about her job - murder.She fights with a transformable nunchaku known as Huanglong, or "Yellow Dragon."
Douglas Williamsburg stood helplessly as his wife and child were eaten alive by mutants, suffering near mortal injuries himself in the process. Only by submitting to an almost complete cybernetic overhaul was he able to survive; all that remains of his original body is his head.Douglas has made hunting mutants a personal crusade for decades, using a pair of tremendously powerful pile bunkers installed in his arms. He has no specific fighting style, preferring to leap into the fray on instinct and let his massive armament do the work. According to Douglas, the mutants deserve little else.
Badass Grandpa: His stats say he's 180(?). They don't even know how old he is, only that he's still kicking ass.
Badass Beard: Can't even see the lower part of his face because of it.
Fire-Forged Friends: With Leo. Initially picking a fight with him due to his status as a BPS agent, they later work together to fight off attacking mutants. Afterwards, Douglas lets Leo be on his way while asking him to kill any mutants on his way.
In the Hood: For as long as he doesn't get hit, anyway.
It's Personal: His old town was wiped out by mutants. Now he hates them with a passion, and the Bureau of Public Safety by extension for failing to do their job.
— Voice actors: Shinji Ogawa (JP) Robert Pine (EN)
Maximillian Caxton is a wanted man. In a former life, he led Nikolai, Leo, and Sasha as the commanding officer of the Bureau of Public Safety High Crimes Division's elite Strike One detachment. As the ultimate master of the Cybrid Arts, Max taught the Strike One agents everything they know, as his ability is such that a simultaneous three-way attack by his former students would present little threat.Max carved the eight jagged scars running down the sides of his face with his own hands and in a mere handful of years has aged to the verge of unrecognizable. The apparent Big Bad of Anarchy Reigns, Max has set himself up in Altambra City, and is pursued by both Jack and Leo.
Ax-Crazy: Not normally. The ax craziness comes from his split personality.
Badass: He pushed away a bullet mid-flight, how can he not be one?
Badass Decay: An In-Universe example, Max has fallen a long way from his days as a BPS agent. He is still an incredibly dangerous individual seeing as during the Campaign mode he fights Leo, Sasha, and Nicolai at the same time, only to escape and fight Jack, Baron, and Matilda supposedly a short time after. It is only near the end of the story mode that his mental and physical state have deteriorated enough for one of the protagonists to defeat him one on one.
Big Bad: Though as it turns out, he's not evil so much as he's dangerously unstable. He's more like The Heavy: his actions drive the plot, but he's not the main antagonist.
Leitmotif: "Testin' Me", which emphasizes how much life and his choices have weighed him down and broken him. Shared with Leo, but with different interpretations.
Madness Makeover: A flashback shows him unscarred and clean-shaven with neatly-combed hair, an un-tattered jacket, and blue beams.
My God, What Have I Done?: He's confronted in chapter four weeping over a drone he had demolished, rambling about him being a sacrifice to some case because everyone wanted a suspect.
My Greatest Failure: His personal guilt and the public scandal that arose from his accidental killing of Stela marked the beginning of the end for his normal life, eventually turning him into what he is in the game. He notes at one point that he wasn't the one who actually killed her, but they were still under his command.
"ARE YOU A BAD ENOUGH ROBOT TO JOIN THE GARGOYLES?"
Unlocked after completing both Black Side and White Side campaigns of the main story.Gargoyles are anti-mutant robots mass-produced by the drone army. Equipped with a full complement of shoulder-mounted missiles, light yet strong composite plating rated to withstand mutant attack, and the ability to transform between humanoid, hovercraft, and flight modes, their cost per unit is incredibly high.The go-to weapons for a Gargoyle are its Plasma Arms, weapons which compresses plasma into a sphere for high-impact blows. These spheres can also be further charged, then launched a distance of several meters.
A long-time ally of Jack's and an information specialist second to none. Making frequent use of her data mining skills, she supplies Jack with essential intel during his missions.Although at ease with the latest tech, Amala is also an ingenious retro hacker, capable of breaking the encryption of long-forgotten military satellites and putting them to surveillance use.
Batman Gambit: Attacks the Baron's ego in order to get him to help Jack against Max.
Jack Cayman's young daughter. She was accidentally killed by Maximillian, or one of his troops, prior to the game during a botched hostage rescue operation. Her death forms the foundation that ties Jack, Max, and Leo together, and enables the plot of Anarchy Reigns to come to pass.