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Characters: Deus Ex

JC Denton

Voice: Jay Anthony Franke

The player character and main protagonist of the game, an augmented agent of UNATCO tasked with defeating the NSF, only to find out that the situation is considerably more complicated than it seems...

  • Badass
    • Badass Longcoat: Lampshaded when Anna tells you you will have to do more than just scare your enemies with a coat that makes you look bigger that you really are.
    • Cool Shades
    • One-Man Army: What you are considered after the halfway point of the game.
  • Bio-Augmentation
  • Combo Platter Powers - The various augmentations available, from SuperSpeed to regeneration to bulletproof skin to completely silent movement and invisibility...
  • The Comically Serious
  • Creepy Monotone - Intended to allow the player to insert their own emotion, though even divorced from its justification, it fits JC's character design.
  • Dark Is Not Evil - JC is as dark and serious as his brother, but he's good.
  • Deadpan Snarker - JC Denton has a few witty quotes in line with such.
    "What a shame."
    "A bomb's a bad choice for close range combat."
    "You mechs may have copper wiring to reroute your fear of pain, but I've got nerves of steel."
    "I was never properly trained in its operation."
    "Does that mean I don't get the job?"
  • Electronic Eyes: "My vision is augmented."
  • Genius Bruiser: While possibly and at least built to be a killing machine, at more than a few points, such as with the bartender in China and with Morpheus, is quite able to sit down and talk philosophy.
  • Happily Adopted - Like Paul, he was fond of his adoptive parents.
  • Healing Factor - Regeneration is, unsurprisingly, the most popular augmentation amongst most players, especially since at full power you regain health faster than a roomful of enemies with assault rifles going full auto can take it away.
  • Heroic Albino - J.C. Denton can be an albino. But then, he can also be black, white, vaguely Hispanic...
  • Hyperspace Arsenal - JC has a lot of space in that coat.
  • The Immune - JC is immune to the symptoms of Gray Death.
  • Immune to Bullets - Can be depending on your difficulty setting and augs selection.
  • Jumped at the Call - If you choose the Helios ending: "This is why I exist? Alright. Let's do this."
  • Meaningful Name - He becomes a Messianic Archetype in one of the endings.
  • Naïve Newcomer - At first...
  • Nanotechnology - The god of Nano Augs on this very wiki even.
  • Nigh Invulnerable - It's possible to make him this to pretty much anything but long falls or explosions at point-blank range, even on realistic difficulty.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Oh yes indeed. From expendable prototype testbed for the real deal in the head conspirators to bane of the head conspirators' existence.
  • Physical God: After the merge with Helios there's pretty much no upper limit to his powers.
  • Properly Paranoid: JC can be this.
  • Reality Warper: While "offline" and uncontrolled in Antarctica his memories start manifesting in the real world. He says they're only physical copies, but they're clearly more than that (one of them includes the entire Hong Kong cityscape, including the sky).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: JC is potentially Red to his brother Paul's Blue. He can be played as someone who thinks before he shoots, but that still doesn't get around the fact that he usually still has a far higher propensity to shoot than his brother (unless you go full Pacifist)
    • It can also work the other way, since JC is stoic and dry while his brother is much more emotional and social.
  • Red-Headed Hero: One option at character creation.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: For Invisible War.
  • Significant Monogram
  • Stealth Expert
  • Sunglasses at Night - Lampshaded by Anna, and Handwaved via JC's 'My vision is augmented' explanation. In game terms, the reason probably has something to do with the fact that the glasses conceal one of the only visible signs that JC is a nano-aug.
  • Super Soldier
  • Talking to Himself - Along with Paul.
  • The Stoic
  • True Companions: This is why when JC finally decides to jump ship from his traitorous employers, so many of his senior co workers join him.
  • Tykebomb
  • Weak, but Skilled: On the "Realistic" difficulty setting. It's still possible to go through the game as an One-Man Army, but you have to be extra-careful.
  • Younger than They Look: Looks and sounds like he's in his 40s, yet he's only 23.

Paul Denton

Voice: Jay Anthony Franke

J.C.'s brother and fellow augmented agent.

Bob Page

Voice: Cliff Stephens

The richest man in the world, head of Page Industries and member of the Illuminati.

  • A God Am I - His goal is to become one by merging with the Helios AI so he can rule the world.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Or at the very least, not too proud to use begging as a delaying tactic while he completes his objectives.
    • If you go along with Everett's plan to kill him:
    Bob Page: What do you want? Money? You can have VersaLife, the whole damn company. Power? I'll get you on Mead's cabinet. I'm serious. Just forget about that last reactor.
    • If you go along with Tong's plan to blow up Area 51:
    Bob Page: All right. I get the picture. You want a piece of the pie, or you're going to toss the whole pie out the window. Fair enough. You can have anything you want. How about Europe? Your own continent. Just let me complete my preparations.
  • Bald of Evil - At the end, as he's preparing for the merger.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Walton Simons.
  • Bio-Augmentation
  • Crazy-Prepared: Unlike most villains, he does think far enough ahead to have a Plan B AND C.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Deceptive Disciple: Either this or A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil to Morgan Everett.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: Bob Page never shows the slightest hint of doing what he does for some greater goal, whether utopia or dystopia. He does it because he wishes to rule everything and is perfectly willing to kill as many people and destroy as much of the world as needed to make that happen.
  • Didn't See That Coming - Helios deciding that merging with JC is a better idea.
  • Evil Redhead
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • It's All About Me
  • Non-Action Big Bad: By the time you actually get to him, he's already confined in some merging apparatus in his lab and doesn't actually fight you beyond sending some Respawning Enemies from their Mook Making Machines which you have to disable.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
  • The Starscream: He decided that Everett and the Illuminati weren't powerful enough to meet his standards so he decided to break off and form his own faction whilst seeking to become even more powerful by attempting to become a Physical God at the end.
  • Take Over the World: His main goal.
  • Villain with Good Publicity
  • Villainous Breakdown - If you follow Everett's suggestion to kill him, he'll get increasingly unhinged and desperate. Amusingly, since his taunting messages to the player are scripted by location, he'll come across as bipolar, switching between pleading with JC and mocking him.
    • While it's not nearly as loud, he does this if JC is doing the steps to reach the Helios Ending as well. His final line in this case is an almost child-like "Helios? Icarus? Don't leave me..."
    • This is nothing compared to the one he has if you decide to blow up the facility.
    Bob Page: Go ahead! Blow this place sky-high... You might get rid of ME, but you'll take down Aquinas, the power grid, the whole electronic infrastructure. Is that what you want?! Are you completely nuts?!
  • Voice with an Internet Connection
  • We Can Rule Together - Resorts to this in desperation when JC is getting close to stopping him.

Walton Simons

Voice: Tom Hall

The head of FEMA and Page's right-hand man.

Daedalus and Icarus

Voice: Peter Marquardt

Anna Navarre and Gunther Hermann

Voice: Carolyn McCormick and Jeff Groteboer

  • Ax-Crazy
  • Badass Israeli - Anna Navarre.
  • The Baroness - Anne Navarre is a sadistic woman with a Russian-ish in black leather, resembling the Trope Namer.
  • Beta Test Baddie - Gunther especially so.
  • Blood Knight - Anna's SOP for any hostile situation is kill everything!
  • Body-Count Competition - Gunther Hermann and Anna Navarre seem to have such a competition. If the Player Character is killed by Anna, she'll sometimes say "Nine hundred and ten. I'm catching up, Gunther".
  • Butt Monkey - Gunther suffers quite a few indignities of varying degrees, from getting kidnapped, to getting phased out in favor of agents with newer augmentations, to being unable to get the soda he wants.
  • Cyborg
  • Evil Is Sexy - Possibly invoked intentionally with Anna.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners / Fire-Forged Friends.
  • Honor Before Reason - Gunther cannot be talked down from fighting you in Paris.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl
  • Invisibility: Anna's augment of choice. She also runs the tutorial on stealth.
  • Irony: Anna will berate you if you go the pacifist route, but she's the first character you have to kill in order to proceed.
  • Jerkass: Anna. Unless you're a merciless killer, she treats you like crap. However, showing a little humility and deferring to her early on during the second mission will delay some of her more abrasive tendencies, but still, she'll wind up treating you like shit for not being a cold blooded killer sooner or later.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Gunther. Sure he's a bloodthirsty killing machine with close to 1000 hits under his belt, but you can't help but pity him.
  • Morality Pet: Gunther truly does feel sorrow and rage after Anna Navarre dies, and it is that which is driving him to want to kill JC Deader than Dead. That said, this trope doesn't make him any less villainous, but at least his motives are a little more sympathetic.
  • Only Sane Man: Anna is very skeptical about Gunther's conspiracy theory that the maintenance man who stocks the drink machines at UNATCO is purposely trying to screw him over. Subverted in the sequel when you find out he was right.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism - One mechanism kills them, the other takes care of the corpse.
  • Skippable Boss: You can shake off Gunther in the cathedral.
  • Story-Driven Invulnerability: For most of the game.
  • Super Soldier
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Gunther likes orange soda. He does not feel the same way about lemon-lime.
  • Verbal Tic: Gunther seems to have a lisping problem. Most likely, given his accent, English is not his first language.

Sam Carter

Voice: Sean Hennigan

The quartermaster for UNATCO and a former general.

  • Artificial Limbs - One of his legs, according to the now defunct homepage. Not that you can tell by his character model...
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me! - JC attempts to express sympathy to Sam for the loss of his family to terrorism. Sam doesn't want to hear it.
  • Internal Reformist - He eventually gives up, but seems to have had some doubts from the start, judging by the fact that he helps JC escape UNATCO in the first place, albeit without actually telling him anything other than that he's free to pick the armory clean.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold - He comes off as very crotchety and hardassed, but seriously, he's a stand up guy, and if you keep picking non lethal options and avoiding killing people, he even commends you on your humanity and restraint. This extends to killing Navarre instead of Lebedev. In fact, he helps out JC far earlier than the story overtly lets on - reading his emails indicates he helped Daedalus breach UNATCO's security, helping you escape in the first place. As soon as you arrive in Hong Kong, he's in touch with anti-MJ 12 friends he thinks might be able to help JC out.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: He refuses to leave UNATCO even after learning about the corruption, believing only good individuals within can reform it. He is forced to leave and more fully help the player when MJ12 tightens their grip on UNATCO even more, joining up with Gary Savage's group in Vandenburg.
  • Noodle Incident - He memorably claims to have dispatched an entire platoon with a pocket knife. He also mentions taking out a group of Afghans in an unspecified war.
  • Semi-Retired Badass - He's an ex-General working as a quartermaster.

Jaime Reyes

Voice: Sean Hennigan

UNATCO's doctor and the one in charge of nanotechnology-related matters.

Alex Jacobson

Voice: Richard Zangrande Gaubert

Brian “Jock” Flanagan

Voice: John Gault

A helicopter pilot who works for UNATCO and later defects along with you.

  • Badass Driver - It takes some balls to fly into the epicenter of hostile enemy territory, which he does regularly throughout the game.
  • Drunk Driver - The only time you meet him outside of his ride, he's hanging out in a bar. You can buy him two beers. You can call him out on this, and he'll claim he can't fly the helicopter properly when he's sober.
  • Drunken Master: He does a damn good job flying the helicopter, even though you had just seen him drinking. He claims that you don't want to fly it "all wound up."
  • Properly Paranoid: To the point he drops hefty foreshadowing on later events very early in the game.

Joseph Manderley

Voice: John Gault

  • Cool Old Guy He seems to be at first, but as it turns out...
  • Da Chief - Of UNATCO. Really just an MJ12 puppet.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: He got his start as a tool of the conspiracy to suppress information.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Seems to be at first.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Suffers this as a result of JC escaping... if you don't kill him yourself. If you don't, it's then later implied he's killed anyway.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After confronting him, he'll act nonchalant and let you leave. When your back is turned, he pulls a pistol on you. He's typically gibbed a few seconds later. Unless you're playing at the "Realistic" difficulty setting, where there's a 50% chance or so that he will shoot you in the back of the head, fatally.
  • You Have Failed Me: Listed as dead even if you don't kill him, and he may have been killed for his failure.

Tracer Tong

Voice: John Gault

  • Alliterative Name
  • Badass Grandpa: By Invisible War he's 65 years old, and yet appears on Liberty Island at the end of the game, where, depending on how the player's actions affect events, he'll join in the combat like any of the other characters present, shooting and even performing evasive rolls.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Meaningful Name: His name is an allusion to the common Win32 networking tool "tracert" for looking up the hosts that a packet visits on its way to another host.
  • Mission Control: After you defect from UNATCO, he takes up Alex's old role.
  • Nice Guy
  • The Triads and the Tongs: Not so much as his father was in Human Revolution from what we can see. He seems more interested in his lab than day-to-day gang activity.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection

Morgan Everett

Voice: Sean Hennigan

Currently the most influential of the remaining Illuminati, and is Page's former mentor.

Gary Savage

Leader of a group of scientists who defected from Area 51 and set up in Vandenberg Air Force Base to oppose Page.

Jojo Fine

Voice: Khary Payton

A crime boss of New York who threatens to do things "lo bruto" when he doesn't get what he wants.

Smuggler

Voice: Khary Payton

As his name implies, a smuggler in Hell's Kitchen.

Gilbert Renton

Voice: Ron Tatar

Owner of the (Hil)Ton hotel, all he wants is to run a peaceful business and keep his daughter out of trouble.

Maggie Chow

Voice: Carolyn McCormick

The main antagonist of the Hong Kong area, a former actress and current business executive who is in league with Bob Page.

Morpheus

Voice: Tom Hall

An AI prototype found in Everett's mansion.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted. Morpheus' only potentialy negative tendency is to deliver uncomfortable, unvarnished truths.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Is able to accurately predict much of the remaining game's plot without ever leaving the tiny concrete room in which it lives, simply by its detached understanding of human nature.
  • Catch Phrase: "I am a prototype for a much larger system."
  • Creepy Monotone: Is apparently entirely incapable of expressing emotion.
  • Genre Savvy: A rare example of a character being genre savvy but doing essentially nothing with the information.
  • Holographic Terminal: Appears as the vaguest, blurred impression of a face in a grainy, two-dimensional floating image. It's somewhat unnerving.
  • The Omniscient: And how!
    JC Denton: What else do you know about me?
    Morpheus: Everything that can be known.
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