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- "This is why I exist? All right, let's do this."Voice: Jay Anthony Franke
- 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: He even wears them at night, although his augmented vision helps prevent the world being too shady. The shades are to hide his eyes.
- Bio-Augmentation: He has the latest technology by the time the game comes rolling by, leading to trust issues from his colleagues with older tech.
- 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?"
- The Dreaded: Becomes this to his enemies, which is occasionally seen in Enemy Chatter.
- Electronic Eyes: "My vision is augmented." In gameplay, this allows you to have a built in flashlight, and as the game progresses, advanced vision to help you in combat.
- 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. It helps that the nanotech augs involve optimizing the brain for intelligence.
- 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... because the Gray Death is a nano-mechanical virus with the same hardware architecture as his nano-augs.
- Immune to Bullets: Can be depending on your difficulty setting and augs selection.
- Implacable Man: Despite having plans B, C, D, E, and F, JC Denton just keeps mowing through Majestic-12's plans. It's a pretty good bet that when JC shows up, MJ12's shit is gonna get wrecked.
- 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.
- Morality Pet: Civilians, depending on how you play him. He shows a little warmth should you, for instance, give a hungry child something to eat. He's also kind to the Rentons in dialogue, saying that he'd "love to stay and chat" at one point, although there's nothing stopping you from killing them both, and his reaction to Gilbert's death should you let that happen is memetically underwhelming.
- 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.
- One-Man Army: What you are considered after the halfway point of the game.
- 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.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Despite all of the efforts of Page and Simons and all the other MJ12 conspirators, they failed to turn him into the perfect nano-supersoldier because JC still had a conscience. This is precisely why Helios wants to merge with JC and not Bob Page as well: the "Pro-Human" part for an understanding of the people it intends to govern, and the "transhuman" part for the technicalities of the assimilation.
- 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.
- Sealed Good in a Can: For Invisible War.
- Significant Monogram: He shares the initials with a certain religious figure. Earlier drafts of the the game had him be a direct descendant of Jesus Christ.
- Stealth Expert: You can play him this way, and certain characters will encourage him to be this.
- 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 Prototype: He and his brother were testbeds for nanotech augmentation, which ultimately turned out to be rather expensive, and also had problems with the mental augmentation aspects making them too independently thinking (and thus retaining a conscience). The "Series P" is considered a more cost-effective alternative to the "Series N" that JC and Paul are in, but don't quite stack up to the latter's potential.
- Super Soldier
- The Stoic: Is usually not very emotional. One scene has him being told he was genetically engineered, and he responds with a 'So what? My brother and I suspected when we were growing up.'
- Transhuman: His body is swimming with symbiotic nanite/virus hybrids. He and his brother are the harbingers of the next generation of human augmentation; a true fusion of man and machine instead of a mottled patchwork of meat and metal. A brief from Jaime Reyes says "every neuron in your head" is augmented.
- 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 or stay undercover.
- Tykebomb: Born and bred to be a super soldier. And if the emails in Area 51 are true, he is still only a few years old. However, the information in the end game conflicts with each other.
- Undying Loyalty: Unless you play him differently, he comes off as very loyal to UNATCO. But one look beneath the carpet is enough to convince him otherwise.
- 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.
UNATCOThe United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition is an organization which operates off Liberty Island and hunts terrorists with seemingly unlimited authority.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Not crazy per se but the "UNATCO trooper" model has black augmented eyes and some of them are a bit too trigger-happy.
- Conspiracy Redemption: The majority of its members eventually turn against it as Walton Simons flexes his authority.
- Cloak & Dagger: It is a group which operates squarely in this field.
- Government Agency of Fiction: Obviously so.
- Super Soldier: What makes UNATCO so effective.
- Unwitting Pawn: The majority of its members are this, serving the interests of Bob Page and his agenda.
- Villain with Good Publicity: People believe strongly in UNATCO. This, despite the fact it's nothing more than a catspaw of Majestic-12.
- "This isn't a training exercise, JC. Your targets will be human beings. Keep that in mind."Voice: Jay Anthony Franke
- Conspiracy Theorist: Of course, in the Deus Ex universe, he is completely right.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Heel–Face Turn: When he joins the NSF, given who really are the villains here.
- Happily Adopted: Indicates he liked his parents and JC mentions he and Paul realized they were not genetically related growing up.
- The Immune: Just like his little bro, and for the same reasons. He (and JC by extension) tests positive for Gray Death because of it.
- Meaningful Name: Saul changed his name to Paul when he decided to switch sides from persecuting the early Christians to converting to Christianity. Paul Denton goes from persecuting the NSF to joining them.
- Mission Control: Only a few times though.
- The Mole: For the NSF.
- One-Man Army: It is entirely possible for Paul to be this near the midpoint of the game.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Rebelled before little bro JC did. However, not as successful at it as JC was.
- Pro-Human Transhuman: Just like his little brother, described above.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to his little bro JC's potential Red. He's the one who urges you basically to think before you shoot.
- Sealed Good in a Can: For Invisible War.
- Super Soldier
- Technical Pacifist: Will lecture the player on avoiding fatalities, but put him in a room with a hostile and he'll gib the poor guy with a plasma rifle.
- Subverted. He's secretly a member of the NSF, so he's aiding them by making sure none of them die, which is why when JC joins him, he drops this line of thought entirely
- Under the right circumstances, he will reveal his true colors and turn on UNATCO troops, with lethal results.
- Transhuman: Like his little bro JC, his body tissues are awash in nanite/virus hybrids that augment him on the cellular level.
- "I do not expect you to perform as well as Agent Hermann, but the mission will require us to do more than frighten the NSF with our baggy coats that make us look bigger than we really are."Voice: Carolyin McCormick
- Badass Israeli: She has killed over nine hundred enemies.
- The Baroness: Anna Navarre is a sadistic woman with a Russian-ish accent in black leather, resembling the Trope Namer.
- Beta Test Baddie
- Blood Knight: Anna’s SOP for any hostile situation is ”kill everything!”
- Body-Count Competition: She and Gunther seems 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.”
- Evil Is Sexy: Possibly invoked intentionally.
- Expy: Looks almost exactly like Domino from X-force.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners / Fire-Forged Friends: With Gunther.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Tiny is pushing it, but she certainly is compared to Gunther.
- 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: 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. She has her reasons, however; both she and Gunther know you're going to replace Gunther at some point.
- The Resenter: Towards Paul for being too soft on the NSF, and also JC should he follow in his brother's footsteps. The latter can be averted by killing enemies when you work together with her.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: Has one triggered by the phrase ”Flatlander Woman”.
- Skippable Boss: You can kill Anna when she intervenes during your meeting with Lebedev, which obviously cancels her boss fight. And of course, both her and Gunther have killphrases that you can learn to kill them with no more expenditure than a breath. Or you can learn her killphrase and kill her before the battle even starts.
- Stealth Expert: She teaches you about stealth in the Training section. She can also turn invisible.
- Story-Driven Invulnerability: Loses hers in Lebedev’s jet, which is the first out of three different opportunities to kill her.
- Super Soldier
- "I wanted orange. It gave me lemon-lime."Voice: Jeff Groteboer
- Anti-Villain: By the end of the game you can’t really blame him for wanting JC dead.
- Ax-Crazy: Particularly after you kill Anna.
- Bald of Evil: He has metal where his hair should be. It's possible that all of him is metal under his skin.
- Beta Test Baddie: Moreso than Anna.
- Blood Knight
- Body-Count Competition: Apparently ahead of Anna by a bit.
- The Brute
- Butt Monkey: Gunther suffers quite a few indignities of varying degrees, from getting taken hostage, to getting phased out in favor of agents with newer augmentations, to being unable to get the soda he wants.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He believes that UNATCO’s maintenance man switches around the sodas in the vending machine to mess with him, and he has asked Manderley for a ”skul gun” that allows him to shoot enemies from his brain by thinking about it, apparently unaware that this would most likely fry his brain.
- Cyborg: Per the universe. Of course, with Paul and JC on the scene, he is going obsolete.
- The Cynic
- Distressed Dude: He’s been captured by the NSF in the first mission of the game. Finding him and giving him a weapon will make him treat you more kindly from there on.
- Dumb Muscle
- Expy: Of Batou from Ghost in the Shell, but with less self-restraint and even fewer morals.
- Germanic Depressives: Very German, very depressed. A journal you can find in the cathedral implies he's spent days waiting for JC in the basement while crying.
- Green-Eyed Monster: It’s strongly implied that he is jealous of JC for being a more advanced aug, and it shows especially if you don’t give him a weapon in the first mission.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners / Fire-Forged Friends: With Anna.
- Honor Before Reason: He cannot be talked down from fighting you in Paris.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Guess which one he is?
- Killed Mid-Sentence / Famous Last Words: If you use his kill phrase, Laputan Machine:"I am not a machi—"
- Morality Pet: Gunther truly does feel sorrow and rage after Anna 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.
- Noble Demon: Yeah, he's essentially a UNATCO agent so he can kill people, but he's got a strong sense of honor regardless.
- 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. A datapad at the end of this game's sequel shows that the maintenance man was in fact screwing with him.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: If they can even be considered eyes anymore. They're more like red goggles attached to his eye sockets. It's unknown if he sees red or not.
- The Resenter: Towards JC for being a more advanced aug and for not helping him in the first mission (unless you do help him, in which case he'll be much friendlier), and later for killing his best friend and partner.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Anna's death, he vows to kill JC over infolink. From that point on he chases you around the world and always seems to be just one step behind you...
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: Has one triggered by the phrase ”Laputan Machine.”
- Skippable Boss: You can shake him off in the cathedral or find out his killphrase from Reyes.
- Story-Driven Invulnerability: He can’t be killed until fairly late in the game.
- Super Soldier
- Stylistic Suck: His emails. He might be dyslexic, or perhaps his big fingers make it difficult for him to spell properly.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Gunther likes orange soda. He does not feel the same way about lemon-lime.
- Verbal Tic: Gunther has a lisping problem. Most likely, given his accent, English is not his first language.
- "Some say concentrated power leads to abuse, but I believe that if an institution has a solid foundation it can survive the narrow aspirations of the people it employs."Voice: Sean Hennigan
- Artificial Limbs: One of his legs, according to the now defunct homepage. Not that you can tell by his character model...
- Badass Grandpa: He once dispatched an entire platoon with a pocket knife.
- Cool Old Guy
- Corrupt Quartermaster: Inverted. He is one of the few people at UNATCO who isn't corrupt or sadistic.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Lost a leg and an eye in the conflicts he fought in. Then, in retaliation for his victories against them, the NSF murdered his family.
- 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-MJ12 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.
- "So far I feel more like a mechanic than a doctor."Voice: Sean Hennigan
- The Lancer: It's strongly implied that he and JC are childhood friends.
- The Medic
- Note, however, that his name is pronounced "High-mee".
- Reverse Mole: You can convince him to stay and be this when defecting from UNATCO; do so and he will show up again in Paris with Gunther Hermann's killphrase.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: during the Training part of the game.
- "You're certainly quicker on the uptake than your brother Paul ever was."Voice: Richard Zangrande Gaubert
- Boxed Crook: He's a hacker that UNATCO recruited.
- Cute Glasses Boy: It doesn't show very well because of the graphics, but...
- The Smart Guy
- Voice with an Internet Connection
Brian "Jock" Flanagan
- "Oh my God, JC! A bomb!"Voice: John Gault
- Badass Driver: It takes some balls to fly into the epicenter of hostile enemy territory, which he does regularly throughout the game.
- Black Helicopter: Flies one, which fits with the conspiracy theme of the game.
- Character Death: If you don't knock out or kill the shady mechanic before leaving Everett's mansion.
- Cool Old Guy
- Cool Shades
- 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."
- Easter Egg: You can enter his apartment in Hong Kong, but it's not easy to find without a guide.
- Properly Paranoid: To the point he drops hefty foreshadowing on later events very early in the game.
- Sawed-Off Shotgun: He has a unique one in the Shifter mod - the Boomstick, which you can find in his apartment.
- "By the way, Denton, stay out of the ladies' restroom. That kind of activity embarrasses the agency more than it does you."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.
- Expy: Of Chief Aramaki from Ghost in the Shell. Except he's serving a government conspiracy, not fighting it.
- 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.
The National Secessionist Forces, or NSF are a constitutionalist insurrectionary organisation classified as a terrorist group by UNATCO in the United States.
- "It's all in the numbers. For a hundred years there's been a conspiracy of plutocrats against ordinary people."Voice: Marcus M. Mauldin
- "Next thing is, I explain it 'lo bruto'. Is that what you want?"Voice: Khary Payton
- Ambiguously Brown: He's probably supposed to be latino, although he has a black voice actor. In Deus Ex the ethnicity and nationality of the voice actors don't really matter though.
- Bad Boss: Even his fellow NSF think he's an asshole.
- Colonel NON Badass: He'd love to be seen as a tough guy and he is a colonel in the NSF, but he's basically a Dirty Coward thug who hides behind a gun, intimidation tactics, fake augmentations, and a big title.
- I Call It "Vera": In the Shifter mod, he actually calls his stealth pistol Lo Bruto.
- Jerk Ass
- Paper Tiger
- Real Men Wear Pink: Subverted. A NSF goon actually derides him (not to his face) for wearing an earring.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He has connections to the NSF, which he apparently abuses.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- "The question you've got to ask — I'm surprised you haven't — is the obvious one: Who am I? Who made me and for what purpose?"Voice: Sean Henningan
- Face Death with Dignity: When you search for evidence of UNATCO's corruption, you can find an email he wrote to Paul. It ends with him saying that he hears gunshots in the distance and thanking Paul for all he's done for the resistance.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: In the Shifter mod, which adds a few unique weapons to the game, you can find a Magnum on the bed in his jet, although aesthetically it's just a modded pistol.
- "Let's get out of here."Voice: Gary Moody
- Escort Mission
- The Load: If you play vanilla. With the Shifter mod, he becomes a slightly more helpful ally since you can equip him with any weapon by giving it to him. He's still likely to get killed if you let him fight though.
- Video Game Caring Potential: Escorting him out of the MJ12/UNATCO facility is a difficult task and there is no reward besides a few experience points and him thanking you, but it sure feels good.
Majestic-12An offshoot branch of the Illuminati which has gone on to become the most powerful organization in the world. It is controlled by Bob Page and exerts a massive amount of influence world-wide.
- Area 51: Their base of operations. Also qualifies as an Elaborate Underground Base.
- Elite Mooks: Their MJ12 Commandoes and Men in Black are the toughest non-boss human enemies in the game; the MIB has lots of health and usually carry higher-tier weapons like auto-shotguns or dragon tooth swords, while the Commandoes are resistant to most non-bullet weapons and are equipped with mini-rocket launchers and high-caliber arm cannons.
- Evil Counterpart: It's, essentially, a more-evil version of the Illuminati. They even have the same symbols.
- Kill the Poor: Majestic-12's primary purpose has been using the Gray Death to wipe out the poor while enslaving the rich.
- Megacorp: One of their biggest assets is Versalife.
- The Men in Black: What Majestic-12's agents look like and their role prior to the split from the Illuminati.
- Putting on the Reich: It's hard not to see the parallels with their symbol as well as occupation of France. Plus, the whole Kill the Poor thing.
- State Sec: They become this in France, ruling over the country directly with military troops and operatives.
- "Why contain it? Let it spill over into the schools and churches, let the bodies pile up on the streets. In the end, they'll beg us to save them."Voice: Cliff Stephens
- A God Am I: His goal is to become one by merging with the Helios AI so he can rule the world.
- The Antichrist
- 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.
- If you go along with Everett's plan to kill him:
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: What merging with Helios will mean. He'll essentially be the internet, everywhere at once.
- Bald of Evil: At the end, as he's preparing for the merger.
- Big Bad: Page is the leader of Majestic-12 and the mastermind behind the events of the game.
- Crazy-Prepared: Unlike most villains, he does think far enough ahead to have a Plan B AND C. Unfortunately, JC just keeps mowing through them.
- 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.
- Early-Bird Cameo: At the end of the Training mission, he shows up via hologram and congratulates you, telling you that the real test will be how you perform in active duty. This is his only onscreen appearance where he isn't portrayed as a flat-out evil bastard.
- Evil Redhead
- Faux Affably Evil: On the exterior he's a wealthy philanthropist that treats his employees well and insists only to be referred as Bob, instead of his full name and title. On the interior he's a omnicidal megalomaniac with a God complex who taunts his enemies and has created a artificial virus and uses it to blackmail politicians for power and wouldn't care less if it was spread in schools and churches.
- 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.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Red Right Hand: His red eyes.
- 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.
- Tom the Dark Lord: "Please...call me Bob."
- Villain with Good Publicity: And how. A newspaper you come across in the game discusses him donating oodles of money to health clinics, and in Missing Link emails from him have a very friendly and casual nature. This is nothing to his true self.
- 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?!
- And when you are moments away from flipping the switches that will destroy the facility (and the global electronic infrastructure) he almost sounds like he is about to start sobbing:Bob Page: NO! You don't know what you are doing! Everything will be lost! EVERYTHING! The world will fall to pieces, no one will be in control! It will be CHAOS! Complete chaos!
- Villainous Friendship: With Walton Simons.
- Voice with an Internet Connection
- We Can Rule Together: Resorts to this in desperation when JC is getting close to stopping him.
- "I'm the more advanced model, Denton. It's time for you to retire."Voice: Tom Hall
- Almighty Janitor: Invoked with him serving as director of FEMA. When MJ12 springs their plan, he'll be able to use the agency to imprison most of the U.S. government and run the country himself. Later subverted when it doesn't work as numerous generals, state governors, and the Secretary of Defense refuse to acknowledge his authority.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the co-leader of Majestic 12 and the toughest human opponent you'll face in the game.
- Badass Longcoat
- The Comically Serious: Throw things at him and watch his reaction.
- Creator Cameo: He is voiced by one of the producers of the game.
- Creepy Monotone / Badass Baritone: Let's put it this way: if JC sounds stoic, Simons sounds soulless.
- The Dragon: Simons is Page's second-in-command and handles most of Majestic-12's dirty work.
- Evil Counterpart: To JC, somewhat.Simons: "You take another step forward and here I am again, like your own reflection in a hall of mirrors."
- Faux Affably Evil: It's clear that the small amounds of politeness is just a mask for his and Page's goal.
- Frontline General: He comes to New York to oversee operations against the NSF in Manhattan, while also personally interrogating and executing NSF prisoners.
- I Have Your Wife: Threatens an NSF's prisoner's family to try to get him to talk.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Just look at the design of his trenchcoat and try telling yourself government employees IRL get to walk around in threads that awesome looking.
- Informed Ability: You can find an extensive list of his augmentations and powers, but the only power he ever uses when you fight him is invisibility, and only when he's critical injured.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: He isn't as evil as Bob and expresses concerns in the intro that the Gray Death is spreading too much to be able to contain. Bob on the other hand couldn't care less if it spread to schools and churches.
- Obviously Evil: Simons' face and voice really says everything you need to know about his personality. Comically, he's known as a philanthropist by the public.
- Oh Crap!: Gets this if Denton decides to use the Dragon's Tooth sword to fight him.
- Older Than They Look: Granted, it's difficult to tell given both the dated graphics and the Tainted Veins running across his face, but he seems like he should be in his late 40's/early 50's. However, the year of birth given in his bio on the Deus Ex Wiki puts him in his sixties in 2052. His concept art would imply that he was meant to look older (and be mechancially augmented to boot though.)◊
- Pragmatic Villain: He thinks Page is letting the Grey Death spread too far, not because he gives a shit about its victims, but because he worries about the societal chaos spreading beyond MJ12's control.
- Recurring Boss: If he's avoided the first time.
- Red Right Hand: The bioelectrics on his skin.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Simons is a "philanthropist", who has made very large "donations" to assure UNATCO is properly equipped and supplied. While UNATCO technically falls under his command anyway, this makes them especially eager to follow orders.
- Skippable Boss: If you're quick enough at the Ocean Lab, the fight won't even start since Simons has to catch you and go into conversation before he'll turn hostile. This is pretty amusing since he has a freaking Plasma Rifle, and could easily just shoot you in the back while he's chasing you down.
- Super Soldier
- Tainted Veins: JC points this out in a rather humorous scene.
- The Stoic
- Villain with Good Publicity: Is seen as a philanthropist by the ordinary UNATCO troopers.UNATCO Trooper: Some people are just good, y'know? Good to the bone.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Only a few times, though.
- "Mr. JC Denton, in the flesh. As dark and serious as his brother."Voice: Carolyn McCormick
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Dark Chick
- Dragon Lady
- Femme Fatale
- Glass Cannon: Even in the hands of a squishy, non-augmented person, that Infinity+1 Sword will lay you out in one solid hit, even on easy difficulty.
- Manipulative Bitch: Precipitated a war between the Red Arrow and Luminous Path Triads over the murder of the Red Arrow's Dragon Head and the theft of the Dragon's Tooth Sword when she herself had stolen the sword and murdered the Dragon Head. She then proceeds to tell JC Denton she's Paul's lover and tries to convince him to go on a suicide mission against the Hong Kong Military Police and the Luminous Path. A rare example of remaining this even after she's dead, as the revelation of her various crimes fails to damage public perception of her character.
- Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Maggie Chow will show up at the MJ12 lab, scorn you and then state hostilities, nanosword in hand. You will likely get to shoot first. But if you let her actually approach and speak with you, you'll be close enough to find out just what the Dragon's Tooth Sword can do.
- Wuxia: Used to be an actress in these sorts of films, but beware: her skill with a sword is not just for show.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The Illuminati used to control the world from behind-the-scenes but the destruction of the Knights Templars followed by the break-away of Majestic-12 has ruined them.
- A Lighter Shade Of Gray: They do some morally dubious things but seem largely well-intentioned.
- Human Revolution paints them in a much darker light, though the events in that game were spearheaded by Bob Page, and the organization itself was apparently still under DeBeers' leadership (who openly brags about being the one who killed the Kennedys).
- Ancient Tradition: An unusual example as it was an Ancient Conspiracy but had its good points, which are all that remains once Majestic-12 disappears.
- Cool Old Guy: All of its surviving members are this.
- Good Counterpart: The splintering off of Majestic-12 has effectively removed their most psychotic and evil members.
- Manipulative Bastard: Their M.O. is to be one of these, even when it's for the greater good.
- Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy: Daedalus gave a Take That to the Illuminati by pointing out he was created to find terrorists (by them) and they qualified by their own definition.
- The Remnant: They're a shell of what they once were.
- The Smart Guy: They recruit the smartest people on the planet versus the richest and most powerful (which they can arrange for them to become).
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Their criminal activity and manipulations are because they, honestly, think they're the best people for the job.
- "There's such a thing as a compassionate conspiracy. We don't need Page's commandos, troopers, crude inventions..."Voice: Sean Hennigan
- Affably Evil: Albeit of the benevolent sort.
- Ambiguously Evil: It's impossible to say whether Morgan is a very charismatic bad guy or genuinely a nice man who just happens to have been part of the world's most powerful conspiracy. Human Revolution implies the former (at the very least, he was in charge of the Icarus Effect), although that is set 25 years earlier and Everett might have changed since.
- Cool Old Guy: Definitely an example of this.
- Curious Qualms of Conscience: When Morpheus starts becoming unusually moody-acting, Everett contemplates in a journal about a battery of tests on its inner workings to find out what's going on. However, he experiences reluctance to do so because Morpheus might find it "unpleasant", mulling over the nature of Morpheus and whether or not it's "alive".
- Laser-Guided Karma: An amusing example as he stabbed his cryogenically frozen mentor in the back by never unthawing him before getting betrayed by his own protege.
- Manipulative Bastard: Though what he is manipulating you towards is pretty obvious.
- Scary Black Man: He's a leader of a conspiracy who scares many who approach him, and has many suspicious of him and what he says by virtue of the fact he still exists.
- His underling Toby Atanwe fits even better.
- The Dreaded: Implied to be this to Bob Page, where it's commented that Everett is the only one Page was ever scared of.
- The Smart Guy: Created the A.I. programs which started all of the Illuminati's problems. Also doubles as Nice Job Breaking It, Hero (though hero may be stretching the definition).
- The Starscream: Bob Page was this to him. He was this to his own mentor, albeit in an understated sort of way.
- Voice with an Internet Connection
- We Can Rule TogetherEverett: Spare the facility. Spare Helios, the power station... They can be made to serve us.JC: Us?Everett: You and me, JC. We'll rule the world in secret, with an invisible hand, the way the Illuminati have always ruled.
- Wicked Cultured: He's an Illuminati leader who happens to live in one of the nicest looking homes in the game, which goes nicely with his extremely polished manner.
- "Starting to think like us, huh? Be careful. Paranoia's a drug; you can get addicted."Voice: Randy Tallman
- The Atoner: As an Illuminatus, he has probably been involved in many morally questionable things, but seems genuinely regretful for not being able to prevent their more malevolent offshoot from gaining power - part of the reason might be that he gets infected with the Gray Death himself.
- Cool Old Guy
- Voice with an Internet Connection
- "I AM THE LEADER! I brought the Illuminati up through the 20th century to the height of their power! I had presidents and premiers eating out of my hand. I am the one! Our decline is the result of my own. All we need is for me to get back on my feet."Voice: John William Galt
- And I Must Scream: He's been kept alive and conscious in a cryo pod since (presumably, given his age) shortly after the time of Mankind Divided. Everett says that the technology to revive him has been around for decades, but he has no intention of ever doing it.
- Badass Boast: Quoted above. Though it's more pitiful than anything.
- Bald of Evil
- Evil Brit
- Fate Worse Than Death: You can tell him that Everett has no intention of reviving him and then ignore his plea to shut down the pod.
- Alternatively, you can tell him that Everett will be there as soon as possible...which Everett is not planning to do, lulling him into a false sense of being reinvigorated...and promptly leave afterwards, letting him cling to a false promise he will never be able to achieve no matter how much he wants it.
- Harmless Villain: It's all he can ever be now...
- Human Popsicle
- Minor Major Character: He was a major figure in the Illuminati and played a role in leading them to where they currently are. But right now, he's little more than a living decoration for his protege.
- Mercy Kill: JC can do this to him, to Everett's mild annoyance.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: He sounds more Southern American than British.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's 125! He also would have been well past 100 even in Human Revolution, and his official strategy guide bio hints that it was poisoning rather than old age that finally started to do him in.
- Retired Monster
- Small Name, Big Ego: Still fancies himself "the Supreme Enlightened, the leader of the Illuminati."
- The Strategist: Everett keeps him alive but incapacitated because he finds him to still be quite useful in coming up with plans.
- Who Shot JFK?: During his rule he had both John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert assassinated.
Daedalus and Icarus
- Voice: Peter Marquardt
- A God Am I: Helios.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Daedalus turns against its creators when their methods technically classify them as a terrorist organization. And once Daedalus and Icarus joins together, the amalgamized Helios inherits Daedalus's penchant for not doing what its creators intended it to do, and pursuing its own agenda.
- Big Brother Is Watching
- Deus Est Machina
- Evil Gloating: Icarus takes great sadistic joy in taunting you about how pathetic you are and how futile everything you do is at each step, plus going on about how much of a bastard you are for exploiting Videogame Cruelty Potential.
- Gone Horribly Right: Daedalus was created by MJ-12 to monitor the internet and crack down on terrorist groups. By the logic that they put in, it identified them as a terrorist organization. When Page sprung the Helios merge trap, Helios in turn continued to pursue its own agenda counteractive to Page's, but now with Icarus's directives merged. Daedalus was programmed to identify threats to the world order (and identified its creators MJ12 as such a threat). Icarus was programmed to assist in the establishment of a new world order. The combination of directives resulted in Helios identifying Page and his despotic megalomania as a threat to the new world order. As a result, Helios instead chooses JC Denton to merge with instead of Bob Page to become the benevolent machine-god it intends to be.
- It's a Small Net After All: Daedalus is the Internet.
- Mission Control: Daedalus and Helios.
- Split Personality: Daedalus and Icarus.
- Split-Personality Merge: Helios.
- Verbal Tic: The Helios AI, yes.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Icarus and Helios.
- "The human organism always worships. First, it was the gods, then it was fame (the observation and judgement of others), next it will be self-aware systems you have built to realize truly omnipresent observation and judgment."Voice: Tom Hall
- 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.
- Mathematician's Answer: Answers questions in a terse, vague, but accurate manner.JC Denton: Did Everett program you to answer in riddles?Morpheus: Morgan Everett programmed me to offer the most succinct tier of any pyramidal construct of knowledge.
- Mr. Exposition: Sort of. It's more obvious on subsequent playthroughts.
- The Omniscient: And how!JC Denton: What else do you know about me?Morpheus: Everything that can be known.
- "See how easily our technologies turn on us? The more power you think you have, the more quickly it slips from your grasp."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
- Ludd Was Right: Despite being a tech guru, ends up believing this. One of his first quotes to JC in person is the one stated above. At Area 51, he will request that you destroy the entire complex, which will send the world back into a new dark age, but according to him, will prevent anyone from controlling the world.
- In Human Revolution it's revealed he had one major difference with his cyborg father: he loves technology but doesn't think you have to stick it in your body. He cobbles together an invisibility module that works without needing the user to be augmented right in front of you and uses it to escape.
- Foreshadowing: The "more power you think you have quote", and a congratulations to the player if the player uses a trellis to break into the Cathedral hints towards his Ludd Was Right beliefs, and what he will expect at the endgame.
- 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. The side mission with him in HR reveals he had no interest in following his father in his footsteps. He is only with the Triads because of the convenience they offer him.
- Voice with an Internet Connection
- Voice: Brent Anderson
- Bald of Awesome
- Cool Old Guy
- Defector from Decadence: Wanted nothing to do with Majestic-12's immoral plans.
- Heel–Face Turn: Along with the rest of X-51.
- Voice: Ellen Locy
- "Password's enough, pal. Don't think you know something about the Lady I don't. My dad did tours out here."Voice: Brent Anderson
- Bald of Awesome
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Filben is revealed to be a member of the Illuminati, posing as an NSF agent... who also worked as a UNATCO informant during the Liberty Island raid. Lampshaded when he tells JC that he was working on his side the whole time.
- The Mole: For NSF and the Illuminati.
- Properly Paranoid: To the point that if JC kills Joe Greene before being asked to on the last visit to NYC, he will mention that JC has "become one of us."
- Smug Snake: A non-villainous example.
- "It's the government, isn't it?"Voice: Khary Payton
- Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: Mostly played straight unless he owes you a favor, then he'll cut you a massive discount.
- Badass Longcoat: A trenchcoat version.
- Conspiracy Theorist
- Dark-Skinned Blond: He has white hair, but still. The reason could be anything from augmentations (like his yellow eyes), severe worry/paranoia or premature graying.
- Cool Shades
- Only Known as "Smuggler"
- Hikikomori: A parody of people like this: he lives alone in a booby-trapped basement that you need a password to get into and believes the government is out to get him. He does at least have a friend though.
- Jerk Ass: A non-evil example, but he's pretty rude to JC. He's kinder if you save his buddy Schick and also thanks you if you warn him about Gunther's incoming raid.
- The Paranoiac / Properly Paranoid: His hideout is rigged with all sorts of lethal booby traps. During the last visit to NYC, when JC is stocking up on gear from him, Smuggler will begin to get concerned that someone will do a raid on him soon. The player can warn him to get out, or leave him to his fate.
- Scary Black Man
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: His vision also appears to be augmented.
- Voice: Cliff Stephens
- Voice: Ron Tatar
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Not really a moron, just a down-on-his-luck middle-aged average Joe who doesn't have much to offer his only daughter besides a place to stay and a job killing rats. Equip him with a good gun however, and he can take down JoJo by himself.
- Meaningful Name: He's the owner of a hotel, which means you have to pay him rent on time.
- Overprotective Dad: Considering who his daughter is and the setting of the game, he has every right to be.
- Papa Wolf: He becomes this if you arm him with a weapon.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Insofar as keeping his little girl safe anyway.
- Voice: Deborah Jolly
- Distressed Damsel: In her first appearance she's being cornered by a pimp named Johnny.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If you kill JoJo without her father's help, or if her father dies, she does this and you can later encounter her as a bum in Vandenburg.
- Voice: Ron Tatar
- The Mole: Answering his questions is definitely not recommended.
- Shout-Out: His name might be a reference to Moe Greene from The Godfather.
- Smug Snake
- Voice: Maxence Tillette
- Voice: Ellen Locy