Characters / Commandos

Green Beret

Full name: Jack "Butcher" O'Hara
Appearances: Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, Commandos: Beyond The Call Of Duty, Commandos 2: Men Of Courage, Commandos 3: Destination Berlin.

  • Anti-Hero: He was arrested once for slapping his superior officer. He's also a former boxer.
  • BFS: Artworks commonly shows him with a machete-sized Bowie knife. The manual and in-game information describe the knife as a "Fairbarn-Sykes fighting knife" (the standard knife of the British Commandos), which was a lot smaller, not to mention a completely different shape as well.
  • The Big Guy: A rare instance of one also being The Hero.
  • Blood Knight: He's happiest when fighting Nazis, noting that it's what he does best.
  • Bunny Ears Commando: Both his biography and a deleted scene from Destination Berlin state that he'd be in prison if he wasn't such a damn good commando.
  • The Butcher: Subverted. He doesn't receive this nickname because of some sadistic tendencies, but because he uses a knife as Weapon of Choice.
  • The Captain: Well, Sergeant really.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: In Destination Berlin, he's able to fire mounted machine guns while carrying them.
    • He's also able to carry barrels of fuel by himself.
  • Eagle Squadron: He is an Irish citizen fighting in British army. The Republic of Ireland remained neutral during the whole World War II. There's a lot of Truth in Television to this one: Many Irishmen joined up to fight for the British Army during World War II, many of them even deserting from the Irish Army to do so.
  • Expy: Of both Mike Kirby and real life WW2 commando Paddy Mayne.
  • Fighting Irish: Born in Dublin, he enlists in the British Army in order to fight.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He was Army boxing champion four years in a row.
  • The Hero: As the Series Mascot, he leads the commandos. It's telling that the shortcut to select him is the number one.
  • Heroic Build: He's massively muscled and shows off his biceps in sleeveless shirts.
  • Implacable Man / Made of Iron: Can survive more damage than the other characters.
  • Knife Nut: "This group of soliders has been isolated from its squad. Let's see if we can offer them a hand. Or a knife."
  • Large and in Charge: At 6'5" and the rank of Sergeant, he's the leader of the commandos in the field.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He can run quicker than anyone barring the Thief.
  • Military Maverick: Was sentenced to fourteen years of hard labour after striking an officer. His sentence was suspended upon volunteering for the commandos. According to the tutorials, he is violent and undisciplined, but is more of a nightmare for the enemy than he is for his superiors.
  • Nice Hat: His beret is iconic to the character.
  • Noodle Incident: During Destination Berlin's tutorial, he mentions being shot during a mission to Colditz castle for which the Sniper apologises, claiming it to be an accident. It's not mentioned if the Sniper accidentally shot him or failed to cover him as the enemy fired upon him.
    • Shout-Out to the penultimate mission of Men Of Courage.
  • Oireland: Mostly averted.
  • One-Man Army: He's accurately identified as such in the tutorials. Also, his biography mentions that he entered a bunker with a bullet in the arm and no ammo and killed sixteen enemy soldiers. While wounded and with no ammo no less.
  • Person with the Clothing: Despite his real name and ranks been mentioned in the manuals, he is only refered as "the Green Beret" ingame (except in Destination Berlin).
  • Removable Turret Gun: In Destination Berlin, he's able to carry around heavy machine guns and use them as personal weapons. He moves more slowly and can't go prone, though.
  • Rise from Your Grave: One of his abilities is burying himself in sand or snow to avoid detection. He can then get up once the enemy has passed by and surprise him.
  • Sergeant Rock: He's as willing, if not moreso, as the rest of his team to undertake the mission.
  • Series Mascot: He has always been the one who showed up the most in promotional material.
  • Shout-Out: He's very loosely based on John Wayne's character from The Green Berets.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Even in the fucking snow in Behind Enemy Lines; in the North Pole mission of Men of Courage he can be frozen to death if he stays outside too long without special winter clothing, in the Stalingrad mission of Destination Berlin he wears all the time relevant winter clothing.
  • Team Dad: Even refers to his team as "kids".
  • Trading Bars for Stripes: He already was a soldier in the British military, then had to choose between spending fourteen years in jail (for having beaten a British officer) or serve in the British Commandos corp.
  • Weapon of Choice: His knife.

The Driver

Full name: Samuel "Brooklyn" Perkins/Sid "Tread" Perkins
Appearances: Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, Commandos: Beyond The Call Of Duty, Commandos 2: Men Of Courage.

  • The Ace: He gets the best guns, is the only one which can man machine gun nests and vehicles, is The Medic in occassion, and he's the token American. However, in later games, he gets molotov cocktails, cs grenades and the beartrap to compensate for the fact that everyone else can use all the guns. By the third game, he is no longer a member of the team.
  • Angrish: When climbing ladders.
  • Anti-Hero: He's an American criminal that only avoids extradition because he is serving in the British Army.
  • Bad Ass Driver: As the team's driver, he can make use of any land vehicle from humble Kubelwagens to Panzers.
  • Brooklyn Rage: He's from New York originally.
  • Brother Chuck: Removed from Destination Berlin. Justified in that from Men Of Courage onwards, his specialisations (namely, being able to drive and being able to use rifles and SMGs) are available to everyone.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: When sustaining injury, at least.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He's a criminal on the run from the authorities in the US, so he joined the British Army to avoid extradition.
  • The Driver: Well, duh.
  • Master of None: In Men Of Courage, his specialisations are less apparent than previously now that everyone can use rifles and sub machine guns and can drive cars and trucks. He's still the only one able to drive tanks and is given the Bear Trap, CS gas grenades, Molotov Cocktails and smoke grenades to compensate for this, but it's not enough to stop him from being Put on a Bus for the third game.
  • The Medic: Depending of the map.
  • Molotov Cocktail: Can use them in Men of Courage.
  • Universal Driver's License: For land vehicles. In his backstory, he tested various captured German vehicles which is why he is able to drive tanks and armoured vehicles.
  • Weapon of Choice: Submachine guns and mounted machine guns.

The Marine

Full name: James "Fins" Blackwood
Appearances: Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, Commandos: Beyond The Call Of Duty, Commandos 2: Men Of Courage, Commandos 3: Destination Berlin.

  • Anti-Hero
  • Cool Boat: His Zodiac inflatable boat is pretty neat.
    • One mission allows him to use a German midget sub to torpedo enemy ships.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He sounds very sarcastic when given orders in Behind Enemy Lines.
  • Demoted to Extra: Only appears in one mission in Destination Berlin.
  • Harpoon Gun: In the original game, he can use it on land, but its range is short and it has a very long reload time. In short, you're better off with the knife. In Men Of Courage, it's the only weapon that can be used underwater, making it very useful against sharks and Japanese divers.
    • A glitch in Men of Courage allows it to be used on land; it's short-ranged with unlimited ammo, and essentially makes the Diver into a one-man killing machine.
  • Knife Nut: Fond of throwing them to kill enemies.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: When wearing his diving gear, he has an infinite supply of air.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: From Men Of Courage onwards, he can collect multiple knives and throw them to kill enemies.
  • Weapon of Choice: Harpoon Gun and knife throwing.

The Sapper

Full name: Thomas "Fireman/Inferno" Hancock
Appearances: Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, Commandos: Beyond The Call Of Duty, Commandos 2: Men Of Courage, Commandos 3: Destination Berlin.

  • BFG: The Bazooka in Men of Courage and Destination Berlin, which only he (and nameless allied soldiers) can use. He also functions as a tank gunner in the later games.
  • The Big Guy: Not in terms of physical size, but in terms of damage dealt what with all the Stuff Blowing Up.
    • Mighty Glacier: He's also one of the slowest runners. The manual states that this is due to all the explosives he carries and in Men Of Courage, he mentions that he has to carry a lot of extra equipment.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: According to the Thief anyway.
  • Mad Bomber: To your enemies.
  • Molotov Cocktail: Can use some in Destination Berlin.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: His biography states that he's from Liverpool yet none of the games actually have an actor for him to even emulate a Liverpool accent. That's also considering that the British submarine crew in the Men Of Courage missions "Das Boot: Silent Killers" and "White Death" (with the exception of The Captain) all have scouse accents.
  • Oop North: From Liverpool, apparently.
  • Playing with Fire: Can use a flamethrower.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: He, as the explosives expert, is the only one who can throw grenades in the earlier games (something of a gap in the others' training it seems, though this is changed in Destination Berlin), and only he can detonate timebombs and radio-controlled bombs, and deactivate landmines.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to have developed this with The Thief.
  • Weapon of Choice: Grenades in the first games, bazooka and flamethrower in Men of Courage and Destination Berlin.

The Sniper

Full name: Sir Francis T. "Duke" Woolridge
Appearances: Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, Commandos: Beyond The Call Of Duty, Commandos 2: Men Of Courage, Commandos 3: Destination Berlin.

The Spy

Full name: Rene "Frenchy/Spooky" Duchamp
Appearances: Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, Commandos: Beyond The Call Of Duty, Commandos 2: Men Of Courage, Commandos 3: Destination Berlin.

  • Cunning Linguist: Can speak English, French, German, Russian and Italian fluently.
  • Does Not Like Guns: Downplayed. According to the manual, he prefers other weapons, though will use a gun if he has to.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: The only one able to do so in Behind Enemy Lines and Beyond the Call of Duty, the best at this in the later games, but see below.
  • Master of Disguise: Starting in Men of Courage, everyone can wear the uniforms of enlisted soldiers, but they have a limited duration and only work in the long-range view of enemies. Rene can wear any uniform indefinitely and distract soldiers, even give orders to subordinates if he finds Lieutenant or Officer uniforms. Officers will unmask him in their short-range view, and SS Officers do this even in their long-range view.
  • The Medic: If no one else is available. Be sure you don't use the wrong needle in this case.
  • Perfect Poison:
    • The syringe is an infinite instantly silent One-Hit Kill weapon in Behind Enemy Lines and Beyond the Call of Duty.
    • It is less interesting in Men of Courage and Destination Berlin. The weapon is still totally silent, but has been deprived of its unlimited supplies and One-Hit Kill properties (one sting: the enemy staggers as if having had a bottle of wine, two stings: he is out cold for a bit, three stings: death).
  • La Résistance: He is a member of the French Resistance.
  • The Smart Guy: The Allies owe a lot to his intelligence gathering skills, which crippled an admirable number of enemy vehicles and bases.
  • Weapon of Choice: His poisoned syringe.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Bizarrely for someone who's supposed to be fluent in English, he still has a thick French accent in all appearances, and in Destination Berlin he just sorta hums indistinctly when ordered to distract enemy soldiers.
  • Younger Than They Look: According to the manual, he is in his early-to-middle thirties. There is an official artwork where he looks to be at least twenty years older than his actual age.

The Seductress

Full name: Natasha "Lips" Nikochevski
Appearances: Commandos: Beyond The Call Of Duty, Commandos 2: Men Of Courage.

  • Action Girl: In Men of Courage.
  • The Chick
  • Cold Sniper
  • Distaff Counterpart: In her first appearance, she is one for the Spy (minus the syringe).
    • To the Sniper also in Men Of Courage.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Unlike the Spy, her disguises are restricted to secretaries and prostitutes, but they can fool anyone barring officers, just like the Spy's officer disguise.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Refuge in Audacity: Can walk right into a Japanese naval base dressed as an Asian prostitute (despite being a European woman) with a Sniper Rifle slung across her shoulder and no one will bat an eyelid (barring officers).
    • One possible, and somewhat horrible explanation, is that she's part of the 'entertainment' for off-duty sailors. When the Green Beret picks up her equipment from the shopkeeper, he's told to "get her out of there - it's no place for a lady" and the room she's waiting in is bare, save for a few mattresses...
  • Retcon: In Beyond The Call Of Duty, her full name was Natasha Van Der Zand, and her birth place was the Netherlands. In Men Of Courage, her name was changed to Natasha Nikochevski, and her birth place was changed to Kiev, Soviet Union.
  • Sensual Slavs: A Russian spy who uses her looks to distract the enemy. She's even referred to as "The Seductress".
  • Sexy Secretary: Her disguise in the European missions where she appears in Men of Courage.
  • Show Some Leg: Her main ability against the enemies.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She is the main female character of the original series, the others being a few unnamed-unspeaking civilians and the prostitutes of Strike Force.
  • Take a Level in Badass: She became a sniper in Men Of Courage.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her charms, and sniper rifles in Men of Courage.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: At least wig and dress, she still has a thick Slavic accent.
    • Fridge Brilliance / Genius Bonus: Germany recruited volunteer soldiers along prisoners of war from Eastern Europe, so why not a secretary?
    • Also in play during the Haiphong mission - Far Eastern cities of the time, such as Shanghai, Harbin and Beijing, were awash with White Russian refugees from the Soviet Union. She could easily be pretending to be an emigre for the purposes of espionage, and as Japan was at peace with the USSR throughout much of WWII, she would likely remain at large.

The Thief

Full name: Paul "Lupin" Toledo
Appearances: Commandos 2: Men Of Courage, Commandos 3: Destination Berlin.

  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a few moments, especially in Men of Courage. The French dubbing gives his voice a constant snarky tone, in contrary to the English one.
  • Does Not Like Guns: Rarely, if ever, starts a mission armed.
  • Fragile Speedster: Moves faster than anyone else, but isn't as durable as the rest of the team.
  • Older Than They Look: His face looks like a teen. He is also the smallest character, so he can be easily mistaken for a child considering the graphics of the game. The manual says that he is in his late-twenties.
  • Safecracking: One of his roles. He only needs his picklocks and a few seconds to succeed.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Joins the team in Men Of Courage.
  • Team Pet: His mouse, Spike.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With the Sapper.
  • Weapon of Choice: His high kick, and a piano wire in Destination Berlin.

Whiskey The Dog

Appearances: Commandos 2: Men Of Courage.

Wilson the cast away

Appearances: Commandos 2: Men Of Courage.

  • The Aloner: He was one until the Japaneses built a base on his island (see the Older Than They Look entry below).
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He described the Japanese garnison as "demons", and the noise of the island artillery as "thunder". Justified, considering he probably spoke with nobody during at least forty years. Even now, the Japanese leave him alone on the island, although they know him and doesn't see him as threatening (which has to be used as an advantage by the player).
  • Dreadful Musician: His bugle call is hilariously bad. The Japanese just stare at him in disbelief.
  • Non-Action Guy
  • Obfuscating Insanity: The player can use him to distract enemy soldiers.
  • Older Than They Look: The character looks to be on his forties. When first reached, he mentions to be a soldier of the Queen Victoria. Victoria died in 1901, the briefing of the mission states that it is set in 1942. Do the maths...
    • He also states that he was part of The Light Brigade.
  • Shout-Out: To Robinson Crusoe and the movie Cast Away.
  • Spot of Tea: When meeting the commandos, the first thing he says after presenting himself is asking if they have some tea. After receiving a negative answer, he complains that he hasn't drink tea since "twenty years" (it would be more than forty, more accurately).
  • Wild Man: Subverted. He has the appearance, but he is actually a frail Non-Action Guy whose main role is to make noise to distract Japanese soldiers.

Colonel Montague Smith

Strike Force's Spy

Full name: George Brown

  • All Germans Are Nazis: Averted, he is actually German.
  • Colonel Badass
  • Dressing as the Enemy
  • Expy: To the original Spy, with a bit from the Thief (his backstab move consists in strangling a lone German with a piano string).
  • Hollywood Silencer: His Walter PP.
  • It's Personal: According to the manual, it is how his superiors view his motivation to fight against Nazi Germany.
  • The Leader
  • The Mole: The Green Beret suspects him to be the mole during most of the game. He is not.
  • Mysterious Past: The manual features a couple of pages describing the commandos, their abilities, and their past. This specific section of his page is left blank. Even at the end of the game, we only learn that he is German, nothing else.

Strike Force's Green Beret

Full name: Francis O'Brien

  • Expy: To the original Green Beret, obviously, and to the Driver as well.
  • Dumb Muscle: Referenced and averted in the opening cutscene of the first mission, in which the Sniper describes his teammate, saying that the Green Beret is a killing machine but not a brainless brute.
  • Guns Akimbo: He is able to dualwield submachineguns.
  • Knife Nut: He uses a mêlée knife in both standard attack mode and backstabbing mode.
  • The Lancer / The Big Guy
  • Neck Snap: His backstab move involves this, despite carrying a massive knife.
  • Non-Indicative Name: He doesn't wear any beret.
  • One-Man Army: He is the toughest man of the team and can use any weapon except sniper rifles. He is especially designed for non-stealth missions.

Strike Force's Sniper

Full name: William Hawkins

  • Blood Knight: Although he doesn't seem very sadistic or bloodthirsty, the manual states that he is a thrill-seeker, and that's the reason why he joined the OSS.
  • Expy: To the original Sniper and to the Marine (he throws his knives and is the best swimmer of the team).
  • Friendly Sniper
  • Knife Nut: His backstab attack consists in stabbing an unaware German. He also can throw his knives.
  • The Smart Guy