- Other COG Characters
The Coalition of Ordered Governments
"Order, Diligence, Purity, Labor, Honor, Loyalty, Faith, and Humility."An imperialistic socialist / fascist alliance of nations, the COG warred with the Union of Independent Republics for 80 years during the Pendulum Wars, fighting for control of Imulsion deposits and to advance the governing philosophy of the COG Allfathers. The nation of Tyrus is the center of COG power, with the capital city of Ephyra being the headquarters of the COG military and office of the Chairman. After winning the Pendulum Wars with the Hammer of Dawn, the COG enjoyed six brief weeks of world domination before the Locust emerged.
— Austere Canon of the COG
- The Commandments: The Octus Canon:"I am responsible for myself and my actions; I shall conduct myself honorably, and live a clean and frugal life. I have responsibilities to my fellow citizens. I shall be loyal to them, and humble, because we are elements of a greater whole, and without them I am nothing, I have responsibilities to our society; I shall understand and respect my place in it, defend it, and work to make it prosperous, so that I may receive society's protection, and that we may hand on safety and prosperity to future generations."
- Dirty Communists / Those Wacky Nazis: The COG takes many elements from both. It's pretty much an idealized (which is to say, impossible) version of fascism.
- On the fascism side, it advocates absolute loyalty to the state and nationalism, along with revering the army (with proportionate focus on its expansion), and requiring (whether societally or by law) to support the military and the state in some way.
- On the Communist side, people within the COG are encouraged to value the many over the few, as you can see in the Octus Canon. Acting for the greater good, living frugally, and seeing yourself as equal with others are also values that the COG holds.
- Then there's the most evident part of both ideologies: Expanding your borders and ideals through military or political pressure.
- The Empire: Originally made up of a number of different republics and kingdoms, the COG is expansionistic during the Pendulum Wars, with a huge military that is fighting to expand its influence across the rest of the world. It succeeds, too, for around six weeks. Then E-Day hits and it rapidly becomes a Vestigial Empire as it's forced to stay on the Jacinto Plateau because everywhere else is too vulnerable to the Locust.
- Grey and Grey Morality: The conflict with the UIR.
- Putting on the Reich: A lot of the COG's symbols invoke Nazi Germany, although the COG is more fascist than racist. Any discrimination is due more to nationalism than anything else, as they have no issues with different skin colors or religions, so long as your nation is part of the COG. Even allies like the Pesanga are subject to discrimination despite providing the COG's best commandos because their nation is not an official part of the COG.
- Skeleton Government: The Locust War is not kind to the COG government. By 15 AE, only Chairman Prescott is left. Oh, and all of those VIP's who were secretly evacuated to Azura while the Gears and civilians died fighting the Locust.
- Take Over the World: The COG managed to do this just a few weeks before the Locust invaded the surface.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: The leadership of the COG during the Pendulum Wars will stop at nothing to ensure their philosophies are implemented worldwide. Assassination, bombing of civilians, torture, invading neutral nations, terrorism, etc. are all accepted tactics. Not that the UIR was any better, as they employed those same tactics to fight the COG to a standstill.
GearsThe backbone of COG society, Gears embody everything the COG should stand for. Due to the 80 year Pendulum Wars, COG society evolved to revolve around the military. In comparison to the COG government, the Gears care less about spreading COG doctrine and Imulsion supplies, and more about ensuring the safety of their countrymen and fellow Gears.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: The Onyx Guard.
- Just Following Orders
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Most Gears take this point of view. By the time the third game begins, not so much. The Gears loyalty lies only with each other and what civilians remain, the philosophy of the COG be damned.
- Red Shirt Army
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: By the time the third game comes around, they pretty much shunt themselves from the COG to protect what civilians are left.
- True Companions: The essence of any Gear is undying loyalty to their fellow comrades. By the time of Gears of War 3, this is especially true, since there are so few Gears left they know most of their remaining fellow comrades very well.
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COG High Command
Colonel Victor Hoffman
Voiced by Jamie Alcroft
"Guns and bombs don't kill people. Clever scientists who want to build a better method of destruction kill people: lots of them. Most of my Gears couldn't make anything more lethal than a blade or a bow. So you'll forgive me if I think it stinks that my Gears get your "baby-killer" crap and your educated colleagues get research grants. And that's before you start inventing other shit you can't control."Hoffman is the highest ranking member of the remaining COG army fourteen years after Emergence Day. Hoffman worked his way up from private to become the head of COG Special Forces at the end of the Pendulum Wars. He hated the promotions, worried the higher in rank he got, the worse he would screw up, and was fearful he would no longer be able to fight alongside his men. Hoffman was the one who ordered Marcus out of prison, as the number of Gears were dwindling. He restarted a relationship with Bernadette Mataki after she returned to the COG fifteen years after Emergence Day, and later led a group of survivors at Anvil Gate following the sinking of Jacinto.
- A Father to His Men: Particularly Dom, who along with Marcus and Bernie are the only survivors of 26 RTI's battle at Aspho Field.
- Anti-Hero: Type 3, sometimes dipping into Type 4.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Hoffman's in charge of the COG military because he's the highest ranking officer that was tough enough to survive against the Locust. Also because several other higher-ranking officers had their deaths faked and were sent to Azura. Hoffman was not selected to be sent away because Prescott knew he would never agree to it and because he beleived Hoffman was the best choice to defeat the Locust.
- The Atoner: He feels he needs to make up for all of the horrible choices he had to make during the Pendulum Wars and for the fact he left Marcus in prison to die when the war hero could've saved more lives and killed more Locust.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Second-in-command of what remains of humanity and still just as capable as the rest of the heroes.
- Badass Grandpa
- Bald of Awesome: Though in Gears 4 he has grown his hair back in his retirement.
- Battle Couple: With Bernie. It's revealed in Anvil Gate that they were also a couple when they were younger, but he broke up with her under pressure from his superiors when he started officer training. They get back together in the aftermath of the sinking of Jacinto.
- Brutal Honesty: Despises liars in general, possibly due to his faking a surrender at Anvil Gate (a lie). When he tells you something, it's the truth as far as he knows it. This is one reason why Prescott keeps him in the dark for so long, because he knows Hoffman wouldn't react well to the truth and also wouldn't hesitate to tell anyone. Lampshaded by Trescu, who tells one of his men that Hoffman knows the truth's "power to shock".
- It's subtly showcased in Gears 2 when Delta investigates New Hope Research Facility. Hoffman goes through the typical "chains of command" need-to-know boilerplate language...only to confide with Marcus that even he doesn't know what's going on, and he won't pretend otherwise.
- The Chains of Commanding: His actions and thoughts make it clear on more than one occasion that he wishes he was still just a frontline soldier, though he is self-aware enough to acknowledge that if he wasn't in command, things would go a lot worse.
- Colonel Badass
- Cool Old Guy
- December–December Romance: With Bernie.
- Dirty Business: The Siege of Anvil Gate.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: In the Gears 4 campaign he is confined to a wheelchair due to his old age. This version of him is playable in multiplayer (minus the wheelchair).
- Good Is Not Nice: He's one of the most straight-up heroes in Sera, but when push comes to shove, he'll activate an orbital laser grid or execute one of his own people for theft.
- Grumpy Old Man: A lot of this seems to be a facade, as he's noticeably more laid-back with people he knows well.
- I Surrender, Suckers: How he won the Siege of Anvil Gate. Unfortunately, he hates himself for it. And as a kicker, it wasn't even necessary, as COG reinforcements arrived literally only two hours later.
- The Last DJ: See Limited Advancement Opportunities.
- Limited Advancement Opportunities: Holds the rank of Colonel, despite being the head of the COG armed forces, for a couple of reasons: first, he insulted Chairman Prescott's predecessor, who made sure he would never get promoted again; second, everyone ranked higher than him died so quickly during the Locust War that it simply made Hoffman the highest ranking officer left; there was no need for a promotion. Before all that, he also worked to avoid promotions, fearing he would get promoted so high he wouldn't be able to fight on the battlefield alongside his men, and many of the higher ups didn't want to promote him because of his unorthodox ideas.
- The McCoy: Is grumpy and snarky next to Trescu's cool and logical The Spock and Michaelson's raffish The Kirk.
- Military Maverick: Promoted commando tactics over traditional warfare, which annoyed the hell out of his superiors, but worked very effectively. This is also what leads to much of his conflict with Marcus: both are this trope, and are very alike in many ways. The sad part is they can't stand each other before the first game.
- My Greatest Failure: Not stopping his wife from trying to rescue her sister in an area that would be hit by the Hammer of Dawn counterattack. In addition, he as a lesser one in deliberately trying to leave Marcus Fenix to die in the prison Marcus was rescued from in Gears Of War 1.
- He's also not proud of his actions during the Siege of Anvil Gate.
- Old Soldier: He is in his 60's during the events of the games.
- Principles Over Promotion: He was not happy when the Pesang commando Bai Tak, who'd served with him for years, was denied a posthumous Embry Star after dying at Aspho Fields (the reason being that Pesang was only an ally and not an integrated member of the COG). When Hoffman accepted his award, he threw this hypocrisy back in the chairman's face, knowing it would mean he'd never be promoted again. Then he went home and sent Tak's widow a check and his own medal with instructions to hock it and use the money to support herself and her children.
- Supporting Leader
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of the time. His memories even note that he would have forgiven Marcus for decking him during the Battle of Ephyra, but he couldn't overlook Marcus' other mistakes in that instance(commandeering a helicopter, endangering the lives of his squadmates, and causing the loss of Ephyra because he had part of the Hammer's targeting laser with him when he left).
- Team Dad
- Tritagonist: The novels turn him into one. He gets more page time than any other characters in most of them.
- You Are in Command Now: After all of his superiors are supposedly killed.
Chairman Richard Prescott
Voiced by Charles Cioffi (Gears of War 2) and Dwight Schultz (Gears of War 3)
"The Coalition of Ordered Governments still exists, the rule of law still exists, and our social covenants still exist. We may no longer be in a state of war, but we still have a battle ahead to survive and rebuild, and in these difficult days there will be no tolerance of lawlessness and antisocial behavior. Unity defeated the Locust. But disunity will be the certain end of us all."Prescott is the Chairman of the Coalition of Ordered Governments for the time frame of the games, taking over the position after his predecessor died of a heart attack a year after Emergence Day. He employed ruthless tactics in his efforts to defeat the Locust, including burning a majority of Sera's surface to deny the Locust equipment, killing millions. As things got worse it became evident he hid government secrets even when they would be useful in defeating the Locust, with his reasons for doing so kept ambiguous.
- Blue Blood: He came from a prestigious political dynasty and his father was even a Chairman of the COG during The Pendulum Wars.
- The Chains of Commanding: He had to do a lot of things he didn't care for when he became Chairman.
- Character Death: Just one chapter after you re-encounter him in 3, he dies from severe wounds sustained following the Lambent Leviathan explosion, but not before telling Marcus where his father is.
- Character Development: Not the positive type, mind you. He started off hating keeping secrets and being honest with his advisors and the military, but became very secretive and lied a lot over his fifteen years in office.
- Chest of Medals: Which people wonder how he got, considering the fact that he was only in the army for 18 months and never saw combat.
- Exact Words: He considers it a point of honor that he's never actually lied to anyone; everything he's ever told someone in his career is 100% true. But there is a great deal he doesn't tell people.
- Good Is Not Nice: Prescott is literally doing everything he can to keep the COG together, but he still comes across as a dick.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Takes a lot of flak for ordering the Hammer of Dawn used to scorch the surface of Sera to stem the tide of the Locust onslaught, but as horrific as that decision was, it did give humanity a chance and ultimately allowed them to triumph after fifteen years of conflict. Later he abandons the COG and nobody believes him when he says he has a good reason for doing so. Then it turns out, he did.
- I Did What I Had to Do: One of his defining character traits. He hates himself for ordering the Hammer counterstrikes as well as many other decisions he's made since E-Day, but believes them all to have been absolutely necessary for humanity to survive. And he has a point, using the Hammer of Dawn bought the COG 15 more years to battle the Locust, when at that point, it was going to be a matter of weeks before a complete Locust victory. While Marcus can't stand the guy and the things he did, even he had to admit there were some logic to it, however morally shady it may have been. Of course, then there was Azura, which... well, it's best you see for yourself.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A fairly small one, but it's there nonetheless.
- He has a lot of Pet the Dog moments, like expressing deep remorse that so many people had to die in the Hammer of Dawn counter-attack against the Locust that he ordered, which is something he views as borderline unforgivable. He even warns his secretary in a subtle manner to make sure she gets her family to Jacinto Plateau before he makes the announcement, and when she does that, he sadly muses that at lease one person won't hate him for what he's about to do. There's also the implicit fact that he didn't fake his death to go to Azura with the other surviving members of the COG's government and military, opting to stay behind and lead the fight with Hoffman. He ultimately dies telling Marcus his father is alive and gives him some crucial info, proving that his heart was always in the best interest of the surviving humans.
- Knight Templar: Views it as his personal responsibility to ensure humanity's survival, no matter what the cost.
- Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe, he has two. When he ordered the Hammer strikes to destroy the Locust, all while sacrificing millions of survivors with it certainly was the first time he crossed it. However, it's when he apparently deserts the COG after the loss of Jacinto that he becomes villified in the eyes of those who remained.
- Nerves of Steel: In the few times he comes under fire, he handles himself well and never drops his composure. A key example is the Hammer of Dawn Counterattack that created Char. When it became obvious that there was no way to beat the Locust with conventional warfare, he decided to use the entire Hammer of Dawn system to destroy as much of Sera's infrastructure as possible, while unfortunately also killing tens of millions of people. Though three keys had to be used to release the safety locks on the system, Prescott stepped up and pushed the activation button himself, reasoning that since it was his idea, it was his responsibility to carry it out.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: One example that sticks out is hiding the fact the COG knows where the Locust came from, even from Hoffman.
- Permanent Elected Official: There are no more elections after Emergence Day. Though, little things like a genocidal campaign from another race to wipe out the human species has a funny way of throwing democracy to the wayside.
- The Proud Elite
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When a battle or military crises is about to break out, Prescott knows to step back and let Hoffman do his job without interference. Outside of that...
- Rousing Speech: He's very good at these, and even Hoffman has to acknowledge he can motivate people like nobody else he has ever seen. The opening of Gears 2 is straight out of a Hollywood action movie.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He abandons the COG only a few months after the sinking of Jacinto, and without a leader, it disbands. However, he is insistent that he has a reason to leave, and wants the others to come with him, but they don't trust him and refuse. His return with information about Adam Fenix is what kicks off the plot of the third game.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Has some elements of this in the flashback portions of Jacinto's Remnant.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- You Are in Command Now: Went from Deputy Chairman to Chairman after Tomas Dalyell had a fatal heart attack about a year after E-Day.
Colonel Ezra Loomis
Voiced by Bruce ThomasLoomis was the COG officer in charge of defending Halvo Bay not long after Emergence Day. Loomis tried Lt.Damon Baird and Kilo Squad for treason during the middle of the battle after they disobeyed orders and used a secret COG weapon against the Locust.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: His strategy against the Locust, who he views as nothing more than animals. The results of his "strategy" can be seen in the dozens of bodybags inside the courthouse.
- Colonel Badass: His signature Boltok Pistol was pried from the hands of the first Drone he killed. When the Locust infiltrate the courthouse, he kills every single Locust soldier that Kilo Squad missed.
- Fantastic Racism: Clearly takes a dim view of the Gorasni (though he does offer to shake Paduk's hand after they've all killed Karn to which Paduk declines it). He also considered the Locust as nothing more than animals and not serious opponents.
- Freudian Excuse: His Fantastic Racism toward the Gorasni comes from being a twenty-year veteran of the Pendulum Wars. He also heard of much mistreatment toward POWs at the hands of them.
- General Failure: He never actually orders his troops around in the campaign so much as tells them to fight or he'll shoot them for cowardice. It, naturally, doesn't seem very helpful. In spite of this, his multiplayer character claims his military records are unparalleled - we can only assume he just didn't consider the Locust a real opponent to reconcile this.
- The Inquisitor General: Towards Kilo Squad.
- Jerkass: Particularly towards Paduk, telling him at one point that he would shake Karn's hand if he could for nearly wiping out the Gorasni.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Sure, holding an impromptu trial in the middle of a warzone instead of leading your men in a battle they're clearly losing has to be one of the dumbest things ever, but he does have a point with several of the charges he levels in Kilo Squad's direction. They went against orders to (without authorization) utilize an important and devastating piece of military hardware on a city where their own forces were actively engaged in combat to neutralize a threat Loomis had only heard about, and it fails to even accomplish that very task. Karn survives and is taken down by Kilo Squad and Loomis himself without any support. You can kind of see why he's pissed.
- Last Stand: He makes one in Halvo Bay after the campaign. During Aftermath, the player can find a statue dedicated to him as the "Hero of Halvo Bay" and the characters make some comments about his bravery and dickishness.
- Honor Before Reason: If continuing to conduct a trial while the Locust attack the courthouse outside isn't stupidly and ridiculously principled, we don't know what is. Everyone who isn't him continually brings this up.
- Hypocrite: Berates Kilo Squad for discarding their empty Lancers for Hammerbursts as Gears are not allowed to use enemy weaponry. He exclusively uses a Boltok Pistol.
- The Neidermeyer: When one of his captains tries to get him to halt his trial of Kilo Squad because the frontline has since moved to within ten feet of the courthouse, Loomis simply sneers and tells him to get back to fighting, and that if the Locust are really right outside then 'it will be a short walk.'
- Nerves of Steel: Absolutely nothing that happens during the trial shakes him at all. He has chunks of ceiling falling on top of him and doesn't even seem to notice as he barks at Kilo Squad to continue their testimony. It's only when a Drone takes him as a meatshield that he decides that maybe the battle is more important, and he runs off after being freed.
- Pet the Dog: Offers to shake Paduk's hand after he saves Loomis' life. Paduk refuses, but for an outright bigot like Loomis, that was a pretty big gesture.
- Principles Zealot: He tries Kilo Squad even as his command falls apart and Halvo Bay burns around him.
- Rated M for Manly: His actions are arguably this played negatively. He's a Colonel Badass with Nerves of Steel and the utmost confidence in his troops beating the Locust... by telling them to just keeping fighting and seeming to regard the very possibility of them losing only being a result of cowardice, rarely ever bothering with giving them tactical orders.
- Skewed Priorities: He takes the time to try four Gears during the middle of a massive battle to save Halvo Bay from the Locust, taking not only himself away from the battle, but Kilo Squad and the Gears guarding them.
- Upper-Class Twit: Subverted Trope. Despite seeming to lack any sort of care toward tactics or commanding which would easily befit a commanding officer who just got the job because of connections, he states he grew up poor with his father being a schoolteacher.
Voiced by Aisha TylerWalker was a CIC controller during the Evacuation of Ilima, she helped direct Zeta Squad during the battle.
Second Lieutenant Donneld Mathieson
Mathieson is the secondary CIC controller fifteen years after Emergence Day, taking over most of Anya's duties when she switched to the frontlines. He was a rising officer in the COG forces before losing both his legs to a Locust mine.
- An Arm and a Leg: Type II. Lost both his legs to a mine during a battle.
- Artificial Limbs: Both his legs, but not very good ones. Baird makes upgrades to them when he can.
- Handicapped Badass: He was regarded as one of the best and most badass up-and-coming officers before he lost his legs.
- Communications Officer
- The Determinator: Will stop at nothing to find a way to walk again, even if it kills him.
- Disabled Snarker
- Mission Control
- Voice with an Internet Connection
Staff Sergeant Lennard Parry
Parry is the head of the COG Logistics Core, and a friend of Dizzy Wallin.
Chairman Tomas Dalyell
Dalyell was the Chairman of the COG at the end of the Pendulum Wars. He died of a heart attack one year after Emergence Day, leaving Prescott in charge of the COG.
- Jerkass: He ensured that Hoffman would never get another promotion simply for daring to speak out against the COG's policy of not awarding Embry Stars to Pesanga Gears.
General Bardry Salaman
Hoffman's predecessor as head of the COG armed forces, Salaman presided over the army at the end of the Pendulum Wars and for the first year and a half of the Locust War. However, he could not live with the civilian casualties caused by the Hammer of Dawn, and killed himself. He was actually relocated to Azura with his wife by Prescott to work on long term planning against the Locust while Hoffman carried on the day-to-day fighting.
Major Aleksander Reid
Reid is an extremely disliked officer in charge of supplies and EOD teams, and one of two officers in line to take over for Hoffman if he dies.
Cadet Sofia Hendrik
Sofia is a former reporter who objected to COG imperialism, she signed up with the COG army after Emergence Day and was sent to the Onyx Guard Academy in Halvo Bay. During the Locust attack on the city, she was assigned to Kilo Squad and faced charges of treason alongside the rest of the squad during the battle.
- Action Girl
- By-the-Book Cop: The military version. She objects to Baird disobeying orders, but follows along with his actions anyway.
- Left Hanging: A group of men, at least one of whom was a former Gear, kidnapped her while she was out on patrol. Her fate is currently unknown. A writer for the game stated it was simply left unclear. Also counts as either Bus Crash, or Put on a Bus to Hell.
- The Medic: What she was training to be and what she functions as in the class-based multiplayer modes. Her specialized weapon is Stim-Gas grenades.
- Relationship Upgrade: After Judgment and before Aftermath, this happened between her and Paduk.
- The Squadette
- Tomboyish Ponytail
Captain Paul Dury
Dury is the Captain of the Onyx Guard and one of Prescott's most trusted secret advisors. He does not like some of the things he has to do for Prescott or the secrets, but understands perfectly the need for it all.
Corporal Rivera and Lowe
Voiced by Brian BlumTwo Gears who become Prescott's bodyguards on Vectes, he brings them into his confidence, telling them everything about Azura and what he has been hiding. They depart the COG with him and join him on Azura, where they become members of the Onyx Guard. When the Locust attack the island, they flee with him to find help in retaking it.
- Character Death: In Gears of War 3 during the Lambent attack on the CNV Sovereign.
- The Faceless: Lowe. Rivera is seen without a helmet in one issue of the comic.
- Mauve Shirts
- Praetorian Guard
- Secret Keepers: While both of them are angered by what Prescott has been keeping from the COG, and more specifically Hoffman, they accept his reasons for doing so and continue to work for him.
- Those Two Guys
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Baird notes that while both of them were never overly friendly before, they became a lot colder and stand-offish once they began working for Prescott.
- Undying Loyalty: To Prescott.
Sergeant Alexandra "Alex" Brand
Alex is one of the few frontline female Gears after E-Day. As a child, Alex was sent to a COG "baby farm", where women were artificially inseminated or just plain raped, but she was discovered to be barren after several years of trauma. Alex then got shipped off to boot camp and made into a soldier. She became a sniper and scout, and quickly rose through the ranks. She worked with Delta when they went to the farm where she grew up after a distress signal was detected there.
- Action Girl
- Broken Bird: Was raped for the first time at the age of 12, then spent most of her teenage years being raped on a regular basis before someone decided to run a fertility test on her and found out she was barren. Was subsequently shipped off to boot camp and turned into a soldier, and was then ignored when she tried to expose the baby farms. She became a cynical snarky soldier, albeit with a strong sense of loyalty to her fellow soldiers.
- Cigar Chomper
- Deadpan Snarker
- Fiery Redhead
- Gender-Blender Name
- Headbutting Heroes: With Baird.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: When off duty.
- Hero of Another Story
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be pretty abrasive, but she gets along pretty well with most of the other Gears if they don't rub her the wrong way.
- The Lad-ette
- Rape as Backstory
- Samus Is a Girl: Much to Delta's surprise after she saves their lives when they first meet her.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She's the first frontline female Gear introduced and helps shine light on some of the more immoral parts of the COG.
Private Alicia Valera
Voiced by Laura Bailey
- "Every life we save today is something special. It's another chance for someone."
- Action Girl
- Ambiguously Brown
- Cool Big Sis
- Doomed Hometown: Ilima City.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: It's subtle, but there are several scars at the top of her left eyebrow.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Knocks Jace out of the path of General RAAM and attempts to fight him, but ends up impaled upon his sword and gets tossed aside.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By General RAAM.
- Nice Girl
- The Squadette
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Alicia's definitely Hispanic, but sometimes her words give a resounding Greek/Eastern European accent rather than a Spanish one.
Private Garron Paduk
Paduk is a a Gorasni soldier who was rescued from his homeland by the COG after it fell to the Locust. Initially put in prison, the Open Arms Program allowed him to become a Gear to get revenge against the Locust that had destroyed his people. Paduk was assigned to Kilo Squad, and during a battle in Halvo Bay he was tried for treason alongside the rest of his squad.
- Covered with Scars: He has large burn scars all over his body which are the result of a Lightmass Missile explosion.
- Majorly Awesome: His rank in the UIR military, but the COG made him a private. In Aftermath, he is referred to as "Major Paduk" by the Raven pilot from his settlement, meaning he either went back to his old rank after deserting the COG, or that he managed to re-attain the rank within the COG.
- Still Wearing the Old Colors: He was issued COG armour when he became a Gear, but seems to have painted it with his old UIR colours. In Overrun, he is equipped with the Markza, a UIR weapon. If you play as him in other multiplayer modes, there is also the UIR weapon skin that you can apply to any starting weapon (although it costs real money).
- Token Enemy Minority: For the COG.
- Two-Faced: From a burn scar, but not a villain as a result of it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In Aftermath, he is very angry with the COG for both the Hammer of Dawn counterattack and flooding his coast with the sinking of Jacinto. This leads to an initially hostile interaction with Cole and Baird. The fact that Sofia was kidnapped and likely killed between their meetings by a group that included at least one former Gear does not help matters.
Private Padrick "Pad" Salton
Pad is a South Islander sniper who fought in the Pendulum Wars, killing over four hundred Indie soldiers. During the Locust War, the death of his best friend and the Hammer of Dawn counterattack pushed him over the edge, and he disappeared without a trace. He showed up again at Anvil Gate during the Lambent Invasion, having gone to live with the Pesanga.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Drives Like Crazy: He doesn't seem to get the point of roads in Jacinto's Remnant.
- Friendly Sniper
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Small one after his best friend Baz is killed, major one after the Hammer of Dawn counterattack.
- Old Soldier: By Coalition's End he is somewhere in his 50's.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Team Chef: While stationed at Anvil Gate he would often make South Islander dishes for the rest of his unit to try.
- Tribal Face Paint
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He went into a depression after the Hammer of Dawn counterattack and disappeared, with many thinking he was Driven to Suicide. He shows up in Coalition's End and is revealed to have gone to Pesang, where he joined the remaining Pesanga people in trying to survive the Locust.
Sergeant Drew Rossi
Rossi is the commander of Echo Squad and a tough veteran Gear who really likes to snark at others. He's good friends with Delta-One and a former member of the 26th Royal Tyran Infantry.
- The Charmer
- Deadpan Snarker
- Embarrassing Tattoo: Samantha gave him a skull tattoo on one of his shoulders that apparently has something hilarious in its eyes. She eventually fixed it for him.
- Hero of Another Story
- The Lancer: Serves as Anya's Lancer when she is put in command of a garrison in a small town.
- Really Gets Around: After his girlfriend was killed by the Locust, Rossi went into a depression for several months before deciding to live life to the fullest as a "screw you" towards the Locust and began sleeping with tons of women.
- Sergeant Rock
Sergeant Rory Andreson
Andreson is the commander of Omicron Squad and good friends with Marcus and Bernie. He is killed by Stranded Insurgents on the island of Vectes.
Sergeant Bai Tak
Bai Tak was a Pesanga scout and commando who served alongside Hoffman for fifteen years during the Pendulum Wars. He was killed saving Dom during the Battle of Aspho Fields.
Sergeant Jonathan Harper
Harper is the commander of Echo-Six, a Gear squad which participated in the Lightmass Offensive and Operation Hollowstorm. He suffers from Rustlung, which he contracted during the Lightmass Offensive.
- Apocalyptic Log: Marcus finds notes he left throughout the Hollow that detail his story as a prisoner of the Locust and his death in Jacinto.
- Blood from the Mouth: Due to Rustlung.
- Death In The Limelight: The comic issue that further expands his story.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies saving a family that was attempting to get on a King Raven during the evacuation of Jacitno.
- Hero of Another Story: Which is told through collectibles in Gears of War 2 and a issue of the comics.
Draper is a Gear officer who commanded Midnight Squad.
Corporal Frederic Benten
Benten is an elderly retired Gear from the Duke of Tollen's Regiment who lives in the town of Pelruan on the island of Vectes.
Captain Quentin Michaelson
Michaelson is the head of the COG Navy and a personal friend of Hoffman's from their time working together during the Pendulum Wars. He, Hoffman, and Trescu were often forced to deal with Prescott's under-the-table dealing of secrets and runarounds. After Prescott abandons the remainder of the COG and Hoffman leaves for Anvil Gate, Michaelson commands the recommissioned battleship CNV Sovereign with Delta Squad and COG loyalists.
COG Air Force
Major Gill Gettner
Gettner is the King Raven pilot of KR Eight-Zero and often works with Delta Squad. She's also the highest-ranking and most combat-experienced pilot left in the COG air force fifteen years after Emergence Day.
- Ace Pilot
- Deadpan Snarker: Even more than Baird. Dom considers her the only person who can out-snark Baird.
- Despair Event Horizon: She seems to have crossed it during the Lambent Invasion.
- Improbable Piloting Skills
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Knight in Sour Armor
- Majorly Awesome
- Stepford Snarker: Most of her snark and venomous comments stem from the toll the war has taken on her, and she tries to use it as a coping mechanism. It eventually starts failing her when the Lambent emerge.
Lieutenant Mel Sorotki
Sorotki is a King Raven pilot who flies KR-239 and often works with Delta Squad.
Lieutenant Kevan Mitchel
Lieutenant Nat Barber
Barber is the co-pilot and crew chief for Gill Gettner.
Doctor Isabel Maryon-Hayman
Hayman is the chief doctor of the COG medical corps, and one of the biggest bitches ever.
- Dr. Jerk: Although it's justified in her case: she's the oldest person on active-duty (in her late 70's), she's always overworked, never has enough of the medical supplies she needs, and regularly loses patients to injuries or diseases that could be easily treated if she only had the resources.
- Dressed to Heal
- The Medic
- Not That Kind of Doctor: She gets rather annoyed that Bernie keeps bringing her dog Mac to her to be patched up, and Prescott having her examine the remains of Lambent animals.
- Pet the Dog: Has a soft spot for amputees, and for Dom after he was forced to euthanize Maria.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Doesn't care who she offends or insults.
Doctor Nevil Estrom
Nevil is a key scientist at the Defense Research Agency, working alongside Adam Fenix on the Hammer of Dawn. After discovering that Adam knew about the Locust before Emergence Day, Nevil was sent to Azura to work on finding a solution to the Lambent.
- Badass Bookworm
- I Just Want to Be Badass: He wanted to become a Gear, but failed the army medical exam. He continues to make great contributions in weapons development as an assistant to Adam Fenix, but Nevil never really got over his failure to be a soldier. He gets his chance at Azura though; see Took a Level in Badass below.
- Odd Friendship: With Paul Dury: Nevil's a nerdy weapons scientist and Dury's a no-nonsense soldier, but they bond over their hatred of the hypocrisy surrounding them and preference for straight-forwardness.
- Smart People Wear Glasses
- Took a Level in Badass: After getting Dury to train him to use a Lancer for the defense of Azura. During the battle, Nevil laments that he never made it as a Gear; Dury acknowledges that he was one now.
Short for "Jack-of-All-Trades", JACK is a floating robot that assists Delta Squad in getting past locked doors, hacking computers, staying in contact with Mission Control, and shining a flashlight along their path to their objectives.
- Cute Machines
- Do Any Thing Robot: To a point where Baird installs a stun gun for JACK to use in Gears of War 3. In fact, JACK will help out during firefights and give Locust infantry trouble.
- Master of Unlocking
- Meaningful Name
- Robot Buddy: Notably averted throughout Gears of War 3: JACK's been taken offline before the game begins because Baird needs spare parts to repair it. The final act brings it back to resume its usual duties.
- Took a Level in Badass: Baird repairs JACK to full function and adds an electrical tazer weapon to help the other in combat.