''Be advised: Spoilers for the single player campaign ahead.''

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[[folder:USMC]]

!!Staff Sergeant Henry "Black" Blackburn
The hero of ''Battlefield 3'', Henry Blackburn is a US 1st Recon Marine who propels the narrative of the story through his flashbacks. He is the player character for the majority of the game's singleplayer missions.

* IDidWhatIHadToDo: He [[spoiler:kills his own commanding officer after encountering Dima in the Iranian villa mission to protect Dima and the mission.]]
* TheHero
* HeroicMime: Averted. We get his side of the story constantly.
** Played straight when you control him, though.
* OneManArmy: In some missions played straight. In others he is part of a fireteam, the Misfit 1-3 squad or even a platoon sized force.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Disappears off the face of the Earth in ''VideoGame/Battlefield4''

!!Sergeant Jonathan "Jono" Miller
Another playable character, in the tank mission "Thunder Run".
* EmpathyDollShot: The shot of his son's dinosaur.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:At the end of his mission, his tank is disabled and he is captured by the enemy. He is then shown being executed on camera by Solomon and Faruk Al-Bashir. His execution drives the Marines to strike back at Al-Bashir with extreme prejudice, thus kick-starting the climax of the game.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: His Abrams tank.

!!Lieutenant Jennifer Colby Hawkins
Yet another playable character, in the jet fighter mission "Going Hunting". Callsign is "Wedge".
* AffirmativeActionGirl: The first female player character in the ''Battlefield'' series.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:She's killed off rather unceremoniously in the Battlefield 4 trailer]].
* MeaningfulName: The name "Hawk" for a character who is the weapons officer in fighter jet.

!!Private First Class David Montes
A non-player character who appears alongside Blackburn in several of the infantry missions.
* DeadpanSnarker: He immediately endears himself to players with his banter.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:In the final mission in the game, he is the one who helps Blackburn pursue and stop Solomon, but is killed in the aftermath of the car crash.]]
* TheLancer
* WeaponOfChoice: An M240 Machine Gun.

!!Private First Class Christian Matkovic
A non-player character who is part of the ''Misfit'' squad.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Is killed by an SU-25 Frogfoot strafing run.]]
* SouthernFriedPrivate: His name may be a little odd for one, but he definitely has the requisite accent.

!!Captain Quinton Cole
Commanding officer of Blackburn's unit in Iran.
* GlorySeeker: Unapologetically so; he pushes Black and Campo to their absolute limits in dangerous enemy territory just so he can take Al-Bashir in alive and look like a hero, hopefully earning the promotion he thinks he's entitled to.
* TheNeidermeyer
* UnfriendlyFire: [[spoiler:Black kills him to help cover Dima's escape, so that the two of them can work to stop Solomon's terror plot without intervention.]]

!!Snake 6-6
Codename for a couple of Marines involved in high-value operations such as assisting fellow Marines in defending American military camps and rescuing hostages and capturing PLR leaders. One of them in Caucasian and the other is African-American.

* FriendlySniper: They provide sniper backup to their allies through the co-op campaign.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The two are tasked for anti-terrorism ops against the PLR.
* NoNameGiven: The Marines are not named.
* ThoseTwoGuys: You (and your online buddy) play as those two Marines.

!!Gunslinger 5-7
Codename for a couple of pilots assigned to fly a USMC AH-1Z Viper to support Marines on the ground in Iran.

* BigDamnHeroes: They do this like taking out hostile armored vehicles and providing [=CAS=] strikes for the Marines.
* GunshipRescue: They are literally present in "Fire in the Sky" solely to provide air support.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Once again like Snake 6-6, the two pilots are seen together for the mission "Fire in the Sky".

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[[folder:CIA]]

!!Agent Gordon

* AllThereInTheManual: The cast call suggests that Gordon used to be in law enforcement before he got recruited to the CIA. This is possibly why he's willing to listen to Blackburn in a good cop way with Kovic being the bad cop.
* NiceGuy: Even though he has suspicions of Blackburn with regards to his information on Solomon, he's willing to give him a chance to hear his side of the story.

!!Agent Lazlo W. Kovic

* AllThereInTheManual: In the Battlefield 4 tie-in novel "Countdown to War", Kovic mentions that he hates being claustrophobic.
* FormerTeenRebel: Didn't join the rest of his family in working with Ford as an employee since he believes that it was a matter of time before the job would be irrelevant.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Kovic's actions in the CIA, including being in charge of a black op mission at the Chinese-North Korean border.

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[[folder:Glavnoye razvedyvatel'noye upravleniye]]

!! Dmitri "Dima" Mayakovsky (Russian: Дмитрий Маяковский)
A Spetsnaz-trained Special Forces career soldier and special agent in the employ of the Russian intelligence agency GRU, who may be beginning to question where his loyalties lie. He spent most of his time with Vympel.

* DarkAndTroubledPast: During his time in Paris, he fell in love in a French woman whose upper class family won't approve of because he came from the USSR after she was pregnant with his son. Dima was not able to raise him since he lived apart from him, most likely thanks to the woman's family after she was found dead.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Appears to be about to kill himself at the end of the game before a knock on his door stops him.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Unceremoniously killed off in a cable car crash in ''VideoGame/Battlefield4'' that leaves the other three characters unharmed.]]
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Before he became a GRU agent, he was a Spetsnaz soldier. Not just any Spetsnaz soldier either, but part of the Vympel unit, said to be the elite of the elite.
* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:The suicide scene fades to black before we find out what Dima does, but it was known prior to the game's release that the tie-in novel was about what he did ''after'' the game, so we pretty much know he didn't actually blow his brains out.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: His time with Vympel in various operations against terrorists and separatists.
* MilitaryMaverick: His [=GRU=] superiors, in the novel, had sent him to Iran to train Iranian Revolutionary Guards after [[spoiler:Dima personally assassinated a [=GRU=] station chief in Paris after learning of his plans to defect to MI:6 and shot a Russian soldier for killing French nurses in Afghanistan while he was on drugs.]]
* {{Omniglot}}: Can speak Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Russian. It's implied in Battlefield 4 that he can understand Mandarin Chinese.
* PrivateMilitaryContractor: Only in the novel version, after he decided to go solo from the botched job in 1991 in Lebanon.
* WeaponOfChoice: Various firearms, but notable is his enormous meat cleaver/fish gutter knife that he always has.

!! Vladimir Kamarivsky
He's a former Spetsnaz operator who's serving time for drug trafficking. He's known among fellow Spetsnaz for infiltrating the Iranian military's general staff on a black op mission.

* BoisterousBruiser: Acts like one
* BoxedCrook: He was sprung from his incarceration in [[TheAlcatraz Butyrka prison]] (for drug trafficking) for the express purpose of serving on Dima's team. He thinks it was a prank gone wrong.
* CopKiller: Is willing to take out French Gendamerie/Police Nationale officers as long as they can take out the PLR in Paris.
* FallenHero: A well-known GRU Spetsnaz operator who got involved in the drug trade.
** FromCamouflageToCriminal: Vladimir was a drug trafficker prior to the start of the game.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: The right side of his face has a straight, long scar that goes from the corner of his eye to the cheek, but the left side of his face has many vicious-looking, intersecting scars as well as a possibly-blind left eye. He's a good guy though.
* HiddenDepths: The novel states that his knowledge of the Koran was based on his time served in Iran.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:To elaborate, an RPG blast sends bits of shrapnel flying at high speeds towards Dima, Kiril and Vladimir. The result is a piece of rebar or piece of a fence slamming through his chest.]]
* {{Irony}}: Vladimir's a Russian-Jewish man of Latvian origin and infiltrated Iran.
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:He's killed by an RPG blast in Paris while hunting down the stolen nuclear device, leaving Dima severely shaken..]]
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Survives during the infiltration op in Paris.
* ThePrankster: Shares this spot with Kiril.
* WeaponOfChoice: Uses the A-91 assault rifle.

!! Kiril

* BaldOfAwesome: The only GRU operator in the Paris team to have a bald head.
* OnlyOneName: His last name is never revealed.
* ThePrankster: Shares this spot with Vladimir.
* WeaponOfChoice: The AS Val. He also uses frag grenades when faced with a shootout against PLR fighters.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Nowhere to be seen in the sequel, although Dima mentions that he can possibly die at any time since he has radiation poisoning like him.

!! Kroll

* DarkAndTroubledPast: Kroll can't hear very well as he was captured and tortured by pro-independence rebels in Chechnya during his tour of duty in the 1990s before he was rescued. He also was involved in the hostage crisis in Beslan and was wounded fighting against Chechen separatists.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: His time in Chechnya and Beslan.
* OriginalCharacter: He only appears in the novel version, taking Kiril's position in the 3-man GRU team infiltrating Paris.
* OnlyOneName: His full name is not mentioned.

!! Hassan Zirak

* ButNotTooForeign: Implied that he's a Russian of Azeri origin, a Shia from Lachin.
* {{Omniglot}}: Speaks Farsi, Russian and Tajik.
* OriginalCharacter: Only included in the novel version of the game.

!! Gregorin

* OriginalCharacter: Only included in the novel version of the game.

!! Omorova

* MrExposition: Her job as an analyst includes informing GRU operatives on what's happening in the field.
* OnlyOneName: Her full name is not disclosed. [[spoiler:Her first name, Katya, is revealed in the 75th chapter of "The Russian".]]
* OriginalCharacter: Only included in the novel version of the game.
* RogueAgent: [[spoiler:Forced to go into hiding after GRU scapegoats her for helping Dima and the others steal a nuke since they failed to get it back from Solomon.]]

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[[folder:People's Liberation and Resistance]]

!!Solomon
A mysterious terrorist who appears to be Faruk Al-Bashir's right hand man, but has his own hidden agenda.

* TheBadGuyWins: ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 4}}'' shows that Solomon's plan to start a global war between the U.S. and Russia was a success, despite all of Dima and Blackburn's efforts.
* BigBad
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: He's got it pretty bad. According to the novel, he started out as a foreign mujahid in Afghanistan who was picked up and drafted by the Russians, serving under them for a while before defecting to the US in '94, and proceeded to serve America for the next 20 years before betraying ''them'' as well with his nuke plot.
* HandCannon: His Taurus .44 revolver. Used to lethal effect against [[spoiler:Montes.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: "He uses ''everyone''!"
* TheMole: Posed as a US whistleblower who fed them intel on Al-Bashir, but turned out to be a terrorist himself.
* OmniGlot: Solomon can speak many languages, including American English fluently, which was the reason why he studied in America under the care of American missionaries from a refugee camp in Lebanon in the novel.
* LossOfIdentity: Part of his origin backstory. Solomon was given his current name due to his omniglot ability.
* StrawNihilist: Likes to lecture his victims about the inevitability of death and how meaningless their efforts are.
* WeaponOfChoice: The aforementioned .44 magnum in the game, and a sword in the book.

!!Hamid Al-Zakir
A high-raking figure in the PLR, he appears in the co-op campaign where he willingly defects from the group.

* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Surrenders himself due to his family being in danger.
* MrExposition: Off-screen, he provides info to what the PLR plans to do during the co-op campaign.

!!Abu Muhammad
A PLR fighter sent to Paris where he states a hostage crisis and faces off against the GIGN.

* ArcVillain: For the "Drop 'Em Like Liquid" stage in the co-op campaign.
* HumanShield: Used several in the embassy siege in Paris, starting a HostageSituation.

!!Abdul Rahman
A high-ranking PLR leader in charge of its operations in the Greater Paris Area.

* BigBad: Of the co-op campaign.
* HumanShield: He takes one of the [=PCs=] as a human shield when Snake 6-6 corners him.
* TheDreaded: Masterminded the PLR's terror campaign in the UK.

!!Gazul Halen
The man in charge of gathering intelligence for the PLR. Gets killed during a GRU-backed op in "The Russian" novel.

* DirtyCoward: Didn't care about leaving his wife in Tehran after the earthquake.
* GroinAttack: Dima threatened to shoot his crotch off with an AK when they met each other in Tehran.

!!Faruk Al-Bashir
A former Iranian Air Force General who deserted and went rogue, Faruk Al-Bashir went on to become the leader of the PLR, and eventually became President of Iran itself in a violent coup after a catastrophic earthquake destabilised the country's government.
* AnonymousRinger: He looks nothing like him, but he seems to be a pretty transparent substitute for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The way the war in Iran plays out, along with his aspirations of acquiring [=WMDs=], could make him a probable expy of UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein as well.
* TheGeneralissimo
* PresidentEvil
* SmugSnake

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[[folder:Others]]

!!Amir Kaffarov
Though he started out as a complete nobody in the Soviet Air Force, Amir Kaffarov is now possibly the richest arms dealer in all of Russia. He brokers the deal that gives Solomon and the PLR their arsenal of portable nukes.

* DirtyCoward: Not only does he flee when Dima and his men come after him, but he also tries to offer him the contents of his Swiss bank account before immediately selling out Solomon and his whole plan in the hopes of being let go.
* FromCamouflageToCriminal: A pilot in the SAF who became an arms dealer after the end of the USSR.
* MixedRace: A Tajik-Russian man, according to "The Russian" novel.

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