Characters: Gears Of War Coalition Of Ordered Governments
The Coalition of Ordered Governments
"Order, Diligence, Purity, Labor, Honor, Loyalty, Faith, and Humility."
— Austere Canon of the COG
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.
- 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.
- The Empire
- 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.
The 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- The Chains of Commanding
- Cool Old Guy
- December-December Romance: With Bernie.
- Dirty Business: The Siege of Anvil Gate.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Grumpy Old Man
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Badass: He fights against the Lambent invading the Sovereign armed with nothing but a Snub pistol and without backup, while not losing his calm, collected manner.
- Blue Blood
- Brass Balls: 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 two 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. Brass balls, indeed.
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A fairly small one, but it's there nonetheless.
- Killed Off for Real: Just one chapter after you re-encounter him, he dies from severe wounds sustained following the Lambent Leviathan explosion, but not before telling Marcus where his father is.
- Knight Templar: Views it as his personal responsibility to ensure humanity's survival, no matter what the cost.
- 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. 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.
- Nerves of Steel: In the few times he comes under fire, he handles himself well and never drops his composure.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat
- Permanent Elected Official: There are no more elections after Emergence Day.
- 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
Colonel Ezra Loomis
Voiced by Bruce Thomas
Loomis 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Tyler
Walker 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.
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.
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 Blum
Two 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.
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.
Private Alicia Valera
"Every life we save today is something special. It's another chance for someone."
Valera is a member of Zeta Squad and hails from Ilima City, which she helps evacuate nearly a decade after Emergence Day. She has a younger brother who is about to join the COG Army. Alicia appears exclusively in "RAAM's Shadow".
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
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
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.
- Badass: Manages to escape the Locust prison while deathly ill and fight his way back to the surface, even managing to reach Jacinto City.
- 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.
Lieutenant Mel Sorotki
Sorotki is a King Raven pilot who flies KR-239 and often works with Delta Squad.
Lieutenant Kevan Mitchel
Mitchel is the co-pilot and crew chief for Mel Sorotki.
Lieutenant Nat Barber
Barber is the co-pilot and crew chief for Gill Gettner.
- Cunning Linguist: He is one of the few Gears who speak Gorasni, and is used to eavesdrop on their private communications network.
- Deadpan Snarker: This seems to be a recurring requirement to work on a King Raven.
- Nice Guy
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 Im 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.
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.
Mac is Bernie's dog, he is trained to hunt Stranded and fight Lambent.