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Call of Duty Classic and United Offensive
Private Joey Martin
- Early Installment Weirdness: Unlike the heroic mimes from most of the other games, we know Martin's thoughts through his journal entries at the beginning of each mission. Oddly enough, this leaves him with more characterization than many future protagonists in the series.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Part of the famous 101st Airborne Division.
- Heroic Mime
- Player Character: The first in the series!
Sergeant Jack Evans
- Elites Are More Glamorous: After taking part in securing Pegasus Bridge during D-Day, he and Captain Price are moved into 3 Troop of the SAS, involved in covert operations.
- Heroic Mime
- Player Character
- Elites Are More Glamorous: He is the axillary soldier involved with Evans and Price's covert operations. He plays a supporting role while Price and/or Evans goes into the enemy's territory.
Sergeant James Doyle
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Starts with the RAF (Royal Air Force) and moves on to the SOE (Special Operations Executive) and receives back up from the SAS (Special Air Service).
- Heroic Mime
- Player Character
Sergeant Alexei Ivanovich Voronin
- Cold Sniper: Literally. He is quick to choose sniping as his mode of fighting when forced into combat at gunpoint.
- Field Promotion: Starts off as a fresh private being forced at gunpoint to go into battle. Ends up promoted during the missions of the first game until he reached Sergeant.
- Suddenly Voiced: He speaks in the mission Warsaw Factory.
- Deadpan SnarkerOh yes, sir, you bet! We ride through enemy lines in a French tin can! Want me to paint a bullseye on it, sir?
- Also:Pvt. Elder: I can't believe I volunteered to do this!
Sgt. Moody: (matter-of-factly) You didn't, remember? You were volunteered.
- Elites Are More Glamorous
- Indy Ploy: Oh yes. While driving through a German convoy.Pvt. Elder: What the hell are you doing Sarge?!
Sgt. Moody: (quietly) I don't know, I sure hope it works.
- Sergeant Rock: The first in a long series of them.
- Pun: Sgt. Moody is moody.
- Deadpan Snarker: When Moody gets the car stuck in a dead end and destroys the car, Elder is not amused. Moody doesn't want to hear it.Elder: Oh. hey great, good move! Remind me to thank the captain.
Sgt. Moody: Shut up Elder, and get your ass out! Let's go Martin, move it, move!
- Elites Are More Glamorous
- Killed Off for Real: Can be killed in Brecourt Manor.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Not mentioned again if he survived. It's possible given his attitude and acoomplishments that he was promoted and transferred to another squad. It's just as likely he was killed or wounded and taken out of combat. Lastly, it's possible that Pvt. Elder was one of the men separated from his squad. Captain Foley describes in a slide show that the 101st formed mixed groups and Elder could have just been pulled along for the ride by Moody.
- Badass Family: Has a grandson who's even more awesome.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: He gets transferred to the SAS with Evans.
- Killed Off for Real
- Porn Stache: Runs in the family.
- Sacrificial Lion
Major Gerald Ingram
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Major in the SAS.
- Sacrificial Lion: Subverted, he appears to die after raiding a fuel plant in Call of Duty 3. You rescue him later on.
Sergeant Pavel Antonov
- Political Officer: He's a Commissar.
- Deadpan Snarker: Again, Sgt. Moody doesn't appreciate it.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: 101st Airborne.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: 101st Airborne.
- Heroic Mime
- Player Character: First one in United Offensive.
Private Yuri Petrenko
- Heroic Mime
- Name's the Same: Not related to Dimitri Petrenko from the later World at War.
- Player Character
Call of Duty: Finest Hour
Private Aleksandr Sokolov
- Decoy Protagonist: He was playable in the first two missions. But you play as Tanya in missions three and four, then as Nikolai in the remainder of the Russian campaign while Sokolov gets Put on a Bus.
- New Meat: One of the numerous Russian conscripts brought to fight at Stalingrad.
- Put on a Bus: Last seen tending to Tanya at the Russian HQ.
Lieutenant Tanya Pavelovena
- Action Girl: Has the honor of being the first female playable character in the series.
- Cold Sniper: Aloof, stoic, deadly.
- No One Could Survive That!: She's presumed dead by Nikolai's tank crew when the building she's in is blown up by a Panzer IV with her inside it. At the end of the mission, however, she turns up alive and well.
- Put on a Bus: She was injured while Nikolai and his crew repaired the tank. She was last seen at the HQ wishing Nikolai good luck on his mission.
- Weapon of Choice: Carries the only scoped Mosin Nagant in the entire single-player campaign.
- You Killed My Father: Her motivation for fighting the Germans as they invaded her small village, killing her family.
Major Nikolai Badanov
- Bald of Awesome: Has no hair under his tank cap. Though he never wears said hat during the game.
- Historical-Domain Character: Almost definitely based on Major General Vasily Badanov, who led the real-life Tatsinskaya airfield raid in Operation Little Saturn (which forms the last two missions in which he is playable).
- Majorly Awesome: Promoted into one before Operation Little Saturn.
- Tank Goodness: Commands a Soviet T-34 tank.
Sergeant Edward Carlyle
- Badass Bookworm: Used to be a chemistry teacher before joining the war.
- Demolitions Expert: Thanks to his background as mentioned above.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: A member of Popski's Private Army.
- Heroic Mime: Granted, this is pretty standard, but Carlyle stands out for being the only Player Character in Finest Hour to not get any speaking parts in cutscenes.
- Jumped at the Call: Unlike the others, Carlyle enlisted to escape the drab life of being a teacher.
- Sergeant Rock: Despite Carlyle and Starsky sharing the same rank, it's Starsky who gives out the commands.
Lieutenant Chuck Walker
- A Father to His Men
- Been There, Shaped History: The last mission has him and his men taking the Ludendorff Bridge, with Chuck himself raising the American flag on the other side.
- BFG: After his promotion, he uses a BAR.
- Sergeant Rock: Later promoted to Lieutenant.
Sergeant Sam Rivers
- One-Scene Wonder: Only playable in "Come out Fighting", while making a small cameo later in the American Campaign.
- Politically Correct History: Zig-zagged. He is part of a segregated unit where all of the men are black. (The real-world 761st Tank Battalion to be precise.) However he was shown accompanying Chuck later in the American Campaign.
- Sergeant Rock: And a Tank Commander to boot.
- Tank Goodness: He commands an M4 Sherman tank.
- Token Minority: He is Afro-American. The first one playable in the franchise.
Sgt. Oleg Puskov
- Heroic Sacrifice: After spotting a German sniper, he shoves Alexsandr away to take the bullet.
- Justified Tutorial: His only purpose in the first mission was to guide you through the level and teach you the basics.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in the first level.
Sgt. Bob Starsky
- Actor Allusion: He is portrayed by Brian Johnson of AC/DC fame. One of his lyrics appears in the game.Starsky: Alright! Get ready to break, and ready to dash!
- Badass Beard: A fuzzy red one.
- Sergeant Rock: Gives orders to Carlyle despite sharing the same rank.
Sgt. Benny Church
- Badass Longcoat: The only American soldier to wear one.
- Field Promotion: Was a Corporal once, but then was promoted alongside Chuck. At one point he forgets about this and accidentally refers to Chuck as "Sarge", prompting the now-lieutenant to jokingly threaten him with demotion.
- Foil: Slightly more inexperienced and nervous, compared to the more calm and seasoned Chuck.
- The Lancer: Chuck's second-in-command and the soldier with whom he has the most conversation.
Call of Duty 2
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Not mentioned again after "The Assault on Pointe Du Hoc". He was originally going to appear in more levels.
Sergeant Jack Randall
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is based on real-life Army Ranger Leonard Lomell.
- Communications Officer: One of Dog Company's radiomen.
- Killed Off for Real: Gets shot in "The Battle for Hill 400".
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Averted big time, he's an utter coward even if he is a Ranger.
- The Neidermeyer: His cowardly personality shows. Hell, even the privates in his company are more courageous than he is.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He literally vanishes without a trace in the level he appears (Rangers Lead the Way). Possibly gunned down during the attack.
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
Private/Corporal/Sergeant Roland Roger
- Alliterative Name: Roland Roger.
- All There in the Manual: You can see his name on the back of the CD case. He was only addressed by rank in-game.
- Chekhov's Skill: Riding a tank during "Tankers", it comes up again in "The Last Train" after your squadron captured a Panzer.
- Heroic Mime: Averted. He speaks in a few levels, such as "Tankers".
- New Meat: Was this during the Africa Campaign.
- Player Character: The player character for most of the game, except for "Liberators" where you play as his brother "Stretch".
- Sergeant Rock: Gets promoted to Sergeant after the Normandy landings.
Airman "Stretch" Roger
- Heroic Mime: Again, averted. He speaks at least two lines in the game.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Only referred to as Stretch.
- Player Character: In "Liberators".
Lieutenant/Captain Norman Delaney
- The Captain: Promoted into one later in the game.
- Lamarck Was Right: His backstory tells us his father was a decorated soldier in World War One, and he became an officer just like him.
- Sixth Ranger: His first appearance was brief during Operation Husky, but he fights alongside your squad in the last two missions.
Sergeant Glenn "Hawk" Hawkins
- A Father to His Men: His squadron holds a lot of respect for the man.
- Put on a Bus: Gets wounded for the third time (after getting gunned down in Africa and Sicily prior), and medevaced in "An Easy Detail".
- Promoted To Parent: In his backstory, he had to care for his mother and sisters after their father left for work and never came back.
- Sergeant Rock: Your squad leader, and willing to use his Thompson against the Germans.
Private Victor "Vic" Denley
- The Big Guy: Armed with a B.A.R.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: The first of your squadron to go.
- Killed Off for Real: Gets killed by a German machinegunner in "Farewell to Friends".
- Southern-Fried Private: Subverted. While he is from Texas and the most scrappy of your squadron, he's a very easy-going guy. Unless Brooklyn insults him.
Private/Corporal Alvin "Brooklyn" Bloomfield
- Brooklyn Rage: Really from the Bronx.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: His squadmates were celebrating over the destruction of the V2 rockets rather than grieving for Brooklyn. Odd since both Vic and Hawkins had some moment of remorse.
- Killed Off for Real: He was struck down by a mortar round in the last mission.
- Informed Judaism: His backstory stated he is the youngest of a Jewish family.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Usually at the expense of his teammates.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Killed by mortar fire before the bloodbath at the Siegfried Line.
Private/Corporal/Sergeant Stephen Kelly
- Badass Bookworm: Studied English and French literature at Yale before being drafted.
- Cowardly Lion: Easily the most timid member of your group, but he can still fend for himself in a fight.
- Megane: To show he's a scholar, and a timid person too.
- Sole Survivor: He is the only member of your original squadron not killed or replaced by the end of the game.
Private/Corporal John Jackson "Schmitty" Smith
- Acrofatic: Despite his pudgy exterior, he can catch up with everyone. Possibly that he was stationed as a mechanic he gained a few pounds before being sent to the front lines.
- New Meat: Joined your group before Normandy.
- Replacement Goldfish: Joined your team after Vic is killed.
- The Engineer: One point repaired a Flak 88 during the D-Day mission.
Private Andy Allen
- Killed Off for Real: A victim of a mortar round at the very end of the tutorial.
- New Meat
- Replacement Goldfish: Unlike Schmitty, Brooklyn seem to show some disdain towards him.Brooklyn (to Allen): Look here replacement, just because you have that patch on your shoulder doesn't mean you're one of us.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Was killed up in the tutorial, the same mission he debuted in.
Private Miles "Manny" "Max" Castillo
Call of Duty 3
- Badass in Distress: While he's one of the more effective members of the squad, Nichols is far from immune to harm- and frequently gets knocked around, ambushed and incapacitated, forcing his teammates to drag him to safety- something Dixon even lampshades in the second levels.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Nichols is a one man army, who is noted by other characters for his aim, his ability to complete objectives and his reliability; he gets passed up for promotions in favor of Guzzo and Huxley instead, and Sergeant Mc Cullen can't even remember his name.
- Heroic Mime: Like all player characters in the Call of Duty series, Nichols never says a word.
- Player Character: The player character for the American levels of the game.
Corporal Duncan Keith
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He tends to insult his comrades and French resistance, but warmed up to the Marquis after Isabelle's death
- Sergeant Rock: Technically he's a Corporal, but he still fits the archetype of a leading NCO.
- Violent Glaswegian: He's from Scotland and can be belligerent in temperament.
Sergeant Frank Mc Cullin
- Achilles in His Tent: After the Americans capture St. Germain, Frank shuts down and stops talking to his squad. According to Huxley, it's been at least 48 hours since any of them have actually heard him say anything.
- Ax-Crazy: Frank seems... unhinged, with an alarming frequency.
- Bad Boss: He wasn't always, but he's clearly suffering trauma from losing numerous men throughout the war- by the time the campaign starts, he's already given up on the idea that anyone under his command is going to survive, he can't remember the names of his own men, and he jumps to threatening to shoot Guzzo for desertion a little too readily.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Mc Cullin has extremely noticeable shadowy bags under his eyes.
- The Cynic: He doesn't think he or anyone else in the squad has a chance of surviving the war.
- Death Seeker: Bonus materials released with the game reveal that any hopes Frank had before the war have been beaten out of him, and that he embraces dying as it's the only way he thinks he can ever escape the war.
- Demolitions Expert: Revealed to have been a combat engineer before the events of the game.
- Dying Declaration of Hate: With his last breath he tells Guzzo to go to hell.
- Hidden Depths: He's revealed to have been a former combat engineer.
- Old Soldier: He's in his mid forties by the beginning of the game.
- Sergeant Rock: He's a tough NCO in a position of leadership.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Having watched so many soldiers under his command die has taken a toll on Frank- he's become erratic, violent and locks up frequently in the middle of combat, forgetting to give orders and forcing Dixon to lead the squad instead. He even forgets the names of his men, seemingly confusing them for other soldiers who have served under him and didn't make it.
- Take Up My Sword: His helmet, which has been passed from soldier to soldier as they become the new leader of the squad- covered in multiple company logos left from each man who's carried it. After his death, Mc Cullin's helmet passes to Dixon.
- You Are What You Hate: The bonus materials imply that he doesn't hate Guzzo because he thinks Guzzo is a coward and a deserter; he hates Guzzo because he's just as done with the killing and violence and just wants to escape too, but has been beaten down so much over the last few years, that he believes the only escape is in death.
Private First Class Salvadore Guzzo
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He is promoted to squad leader after he displays great bravery during the battle of Chambois.
- Communications Officer: He's the guy who carries the radio.
- Cowardly Lion: He shown to be much more concerned with keeping himself alive than actually winning the war, but he is willing to fight for his life.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When Dixon is killed at Chambois, Guzzo steps up and leads the squad to victory.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the Germans start dropping artillery at Saint-Lo, Guzzo's immediate response is to turn and flee the battle.
- You Are in Command Now: Replaces both McCullin and Dixon after both of them get killed.
Private Leroy Huxley
- Deadpan Snarker: Huxley provides most of the snark in the campaign.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: He wears a beanie in place of the helmet worn by all the other characters.
- Sticky Fingers: Prior to joining the Army he was a thief, and he still holds thieving tendencies from time to time.
- Southern-Fried Private: He hails from Louisiana and it shows.
- Action Girl: She fights alongside you during the British levels.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies planting explosives on an armored car, but atypical in that she was killed only by early detonation.
- Berserk Button: Cowards, or people he perceives to be cowards, such as Baron.
- Glory Seeker: Believes war is a moment for men to shine, especially himself.
- Large Ham: Gives a rousing speech for his men when you first meet him."Glory! Or a glorious death awaits us."
- Nice Hat: Wears a tam o'shanter outside of battle.
- Old Soldier: Already a veteran of World War I.
- French Jerk: Often picks on Baron for being a Communication's Officer.
- Butt Monkey: A victim of Robiechauld's wrath against cowards, especially since Robiechauld served alongside his father in WWI.
- Communications Officer: He's in charge of the radio.
- Do Not Go Gentle: Refuses to retreat as he grew sick of being called a coward before he was gunned down.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: His death was met with apathy, although he died in the Polish campaign and none of your allies there know about him.
- Player Character: For the Polish Campaign
Stan "Papa Jack" Jackowicz
- A Father to His Men: His nickname says all. Also grieves for the loss of his comrades post-battle. Even wanting his men to have proper burials back in Poland.
- Majorly Awesome
- Old Soldier: Served in World War One.
- Tank Goodness: Your commander of your Sherman Firefly.
Łukasz "Bang Boom" Kolwalski
Marek "Beksa" Ułan
- Embarrassing Nickname: His nickname is Polish for "crybaby".
Joakim "Lucky Rudd" Rudinski
World at War
Note: some characters from this game reappear in Call of Duty: Black Ops. For more information, please refer to Characters/CallOfDutyBlackOps.
Private MillerAn American soldier fighting in the Pacific theater of the war. The player character in the American campaign of the game.
- The Everyman: possibly.
- Heroic Mime: Like most Call of Duty protagonists.
- Player Character
- The Cameo: Mentioned in a FBI file in Black Ops as one of the people who spoke with Alex Mason after he escaped from Vorkuta.
Corporal/Sergeant RoebuckThe American sergeant in the war, leader of Private Miller's group.
Private PolonskyThe other notable soldier in Miller's group.
- Cluster F-Bomb: After Roebuck kicks it.Radio Operator: Airstrike available.
Polonsky: You hear that? Call in those fucking planes! Blow the bastards to kingdom come!
- And by this point, he's sick of the word Banzai.Japanese soldier: BANZAIIII!
Polonsky: Another fuckin' Banzai charge!
- And by this point, he's sick of the word Banzai.
- Sacrificial Lamb: He could be, just like Roebuck.
- Took a Level in Badass: If Roebuck is killed, Polonsky takes charge and goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Starting with beating a man to death with his fist. Note that there is probably a man of higher rank with you fire-team when you charge forward.
Sergeant SullivanThe former leader of the group that rescued Private Miller, he was killed early in the game.
- The Captain: Prior to his death.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: His death at the hands of a Japanese soldier with a bayonet comes of as surprising as the soldier seems to come out of nowhere.
- Sacrificial Lamb
Private Dimitri PetrenkoA Soviet soldier fighting in the Eastern Front against Nazi Germany. The player character of the Soviet campaign in the game.
- Back for the Dead: In Call of Duty: Black Ops.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Killed along with Reznov's new squad in Black Ops when Dragovich unleashes Nova 6 on them, causing their bodies to pretty much fall apart... as a test of the gas.
- Heroic Mime: Until Black Ops.
- Made of Iron: He cheats death, like, five times over the course of one game. This is actually acknowledged by Sergeant Reznov. Unfortunately, he gets killed off in Black Ops, subverting this trope. Not surprisingly, Reznov is not amused.
- Player Character
Private ChernovA Soviet soldier in Petrenko's group.
- Butt Monkey: Gets the short end of the stick a lot, mostly Reznov calling him out for not being bloodthirsty enough.
- Blood Knight: The notable aversion in Petrenko's group. He gets called out by Reznov for this.
- Man on Fire: He gets torched by a flamethrower near the end of World At War.
- Only Sane Man: The only one among his group who openly despises needless killing. As he himself puts it:
- Chernov:(after his squadmates kill a German begging not to be killed)This is not war! This is murder!
Sergeant Viktor ReznovA sergeant of the Red Army, seems to be the leader of Petrenko's group.
- A Father to His Men: It can't be said that he doesn't care about the men under his command, whether they're Red Army soldiers or fellow prisoners in Vorkuta.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV, brushing with a Type V judging by his penchant for killing surrendering Germans and, in Black Ops reverse-engineering his friend to put him on a slow-acting vicarious Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Berserk Button: Do NOT harm Dmitri Petrenko if you don't want to die. The German soldier that shot Petrenko with a P38 at the end of World At War found this out the hard way. So did Steiner, Dragovich and Kravchenko whom he killed by brainwashing Mason to do his work for him.
- Blood Knight: Relishes in the slaughter of Germans in World At War and hasn't lost this trait by Black Ops.
- Character Development: His experiences with Dragovich and Kravchenko in Black Ops understandably cause him to lose faith in the Russian government as a whole, a stark contrast to his staunch patriotism in World at War. He pointedly warns Mason that his own government is no different, and that they will use him in the same way.
- Cold Sniper: Used to be this until his hand was wounded.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Granted, he's a cynical guy in general, but Dimitri's death and his own imprisonment make him go from zealously and vengefully patriotic in World at War to embittered and distrusting of his own goverment's politics in Black Ops, reflecting the change in setting from the good guy/bad guy dynamics of World War II to the moral ambiguities of the Cold War.
- Dead All Along: Possibly in Black Ops, since most of his appearances are hallucinations in Mason's mind, but again, his death is never confirmed.
- Determinator: He brainwashes Alex Mason into killing the guys that murdered Dimitri.
- Even after he (supposedly) dies, Reznov does not relent in letting go the guys that took Dmitri's life. Yes, he's so persistent not even death himself can stop him.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's very brutal to anyone that gets on his bad side. However, even he himself finds the effects of Nova 6 too horrifying to let it fall into anyone's hands.
- Expy: He is basically the Good Counterpart Foil of his voice actor Gary Oldman's Big Bad / The Heavy character Ivan Korshunov from Air Force One, simply both characters being Russian combatants who are Large Hams, Axe-Crazy, Blood Knights and Sociopathic Soldiers, except if Korshunov was a good guy then a psychotic bad guy.
- It's Personal: He hates Dragovich and Kravchenko for abandoning him and his unit during Stalingrad, and even more after they two had a hand in killing Dmitri Petrenko.
- Large Ham: When he goes somber and downbeat in "Project Nova" you know something is not right.
- Manipulative Bastard: He has no problem piggybacking on Dragovich's brainwashing of Mason for his own reasons, though he justifies it by claiming that they're too alike not to share the same goal of destroying Dragovich and his cronies.
- Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Russian, obviously, but is an Implacable Man. As in, not even death stops him.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya/Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: MY NAME IS VIKTOR! REZNOV! AND I! WILL! HAVE! MY! REVENGE!
- Not So Different: To Mason, by his own words.
- Revenge: His raison d'être, whether it's revenge on the Germans for ruining his country in World at War or revenge on key figures in his own government for making the post-war lives of him and his fellow veterans hell in Black Ops.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: in Black Ops.
- Sergeant Rock: Even if he does belittle Chernov for not being bloodthirsty enough.
- Sociopathic Hero: He really likes killing Germans and encourages the player character to kill helpless, surrendering German soldiers.
- Unwitting Pawn: to Dragovich and almost got killed by NOVA 6 like Petrenko if not for the SAS interference.
- Weapon of Choice: His knife. He doesn't use it often, probably because everyone else is shooting, but it's pretty memorable when he does.