This is a character page for characters in the game Crackdown and its sequel.
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Anti-Hero: At times, you appear almost as bad as the gang members you're trying to take down. Then it turns out you were an Unwitting Pawn.
Badass: The Agent is the toughest thing in all of Pacific City.
Took a Level in Badass: In-game, you do this as your skills get better. In-universe, the programme itself seems to have taken one for the sequel, owing to the fact that the Agent at the end of the sequel is stronger than the one at the end of the first game, with better technology, vehicles and weaponry to boot.
Death Is Cheap: No matter how many times an Agent is killed, the Agency can always clone them a new body and let them return to action.
Giant Mook: Not so much in the first game, but in the sequel this applies when you get to higher levels, since you're taller than most Peacekeepers and Cell members. Some freaks rival you in size, but even then most do so barely.
Light Is Not Good / Dark Is Evil: In the sequel, the Agency has become more aggressive and actively malevolent- the Agent does the same, but does not necessarily know it.
Lightning Bruiser: By the time the Agent's skills are fully maxed, he counts, especially in the sequel. He runs fast enough to keep pace with many vehicles (and in 2 gain the ability to plow straight through oncoming traffic), can lift and throw heavy objects with ease, and are able to resist quite a lot of ordinance and rapidly heal any damage taken.
Nominal Hero: You're in it to make Pacific City a better place, but damn if you aren't brutal.
Not Quite Flight: You get a wingsuit as your agility improves in the sequel, which allows you to theoretically glide across and soar higher, but it requires a bit of practice to even be considered flying. You can get thruster boots when your agility is maxed out, or alternatively get the DLC and use them early, at the cost of an equipment slot.
Weaponised Exhaust: Using the thruster boots can set enemies alight, and there's an achievement which rewards you for setting certain numbers alight in a single flight.
One-Man Army: In both games, but particularly the second, where you can plough through legions of Freaks as if you were crossing the street for a loaf of bread, take entire, heavily fortified tactical points by yourself, and fight off mutated versions of previous Agents.
Super Soldier: Genetically designed to go above and beyond the call of duty.
Bigger Bad: In the first game, the gangs and their Big Bad Ensemble are the overriding threats and ones you need to deal with most urgently. The Director is not even seen face to face, but is easily more evil (and dangerous) once his plan is completed.
Combat Pragmatist: While he hasn't appeared in person (at least directly), the Director will always send in The Agent to solve a problem. Given the Agent's skills, this works very well.
This guy knows that a good dose of Kick the Son of a Bitch is good PR, particularly if a person can be attached to that motto- in this case, The Agent. This also applies in the second game, when he uses the Freaks as an excuse to militarise further.
Generally, his solution to a problem is to send in The Agent. It works very well.
The Faceless: Owing to the fact we haven't seen his face- we've seen him, but his face is always shadowed.
Jerkass: Generally mocking and rude, even when you are on fire or in serious pain.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: His wiping out the gangs to forward his own agenda and become a tyrant is somewhat monstrous, but none of them were particularly noble or benevolent in the first place. This is actually recognised by him as a good form of PR.
Manipulative Bastard: He ends up basically being in charge of Pacific City by manipulating the first Agent into wiping out the competition.
Pragmatic Villainy: Shooting civilians is bad PR, and also doesn't let you rule over people if they're all dead. That's more or less the only reason that the Agency will kill you if you start going on a rampage.
Sir Swears-a-Lot: He swears much more than any other character in the franchise.
Villain with Good Publicity: In reality, the Director used the gangs as an excuse to further the Agency's power by giving them a Super Soldier or five. He wipes out the Freaks partially for this reason, since they drain his resources by attacking civilians. This makes him a Slave to PR.
The Voice: Always communicates with you via radio.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: One of the few bosses to show a degree of initiative when the Agent rushes their turf. They deliberately put themselves at the top of a tall building, reinforce the glass to make it impossible to break into, and should the Agent try storming the tower they're likely to find that entire parts of the building are sealed off and impossible to pass through. Then all the armed guards show up.
Dr. Baltazar Czernenko
Research Director of Shai-Gen, and the man responsible for both the Agents and the Freaks.
Mad Scientist: His experiments are clearly unethical, and have resulted in the creation of twisted monsters.
Small Role, Big Impact: In-game, he's just another gang boss to take down; but his attempts to recreate the Agent program as a member of Shai-Gen results in the Freaks, and after his death they escape his compound to start the Zombie Apocalypse in Crackdown II.
The PR director for Shai-Gen, in charge of "the message".
Knight Templar: Their methods for opposing the Agency involve gunning down any and all Peacekeepers, many of whom are innocent. Subverted when it turns out that Cell really were the good guys.
La Résistance: They oppose the Agency, by now one of the strongest factions in Pacific City. This is actually on moral grounds.
The Remnant: Presumably what they become after you wipe out most of their base of operations, since Cell members will still spawn en masse and on the streets to try and take you out- in any case, Catalina Thorne is still out there.
Dark Action Girl: While for the most part she stays out the way, she does do her utmost to stop you from lighting the final beacon. However, she's really an Action Girl as she's one of the most heroic characters in the franchise.