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The original cast who starred in World at War and Black Ops. Richtofen found the other three and wiped their memories, and allied with them once Samantha set out to wipe out Group 935. Richtofen then led them across the two games from location to location, gathering things he needed for his grand scheme. Takeo recovers fully by Ascension, and Dempsey begins recovering as well, though Nikolai shows no progress. Though they insult each other, they ultimately become (whether they admit it or not) Fire-Forged Friends. Richtofen's scheme ultimately culminated on the Moon when the others inadvertently help him take control of the zombies. They realize their mistake, and ally with Maxis to try to stop their former ally, and ended up destroying the Earth to do so. They are only referenced in Black Ops II, until the final map, Origins, in which they fight an outbreak of ancient zombies together during World War I, and have sigificantly different personalities, not as crazy as they were before, and by the map's end, they enter Agartha.
- Badass Crew: Natch.
- Dark and Troubled Past: All of them.
- Darker and Edgier: The 2.0 versions of the characters are more serious and less goofy than their originals, with more mature personalites and designs. Nikolai and Richtofen in particular are almost unrecognisable due to them lacking a good deal of their insanity.
- Five-Man Band: They form one in Origins.
- The Leader: Dempsey - the most affirmative, and he's the first to decide to band together with Richtofen and the others follow suit.
- The Lancer: Takeo - He contrasts from Dempsey in that he's still the most willing to bring Richtofen in for his country.
- The Big Guy: Nikolai - The biggest, strongest and burliest, though here he's more intelligent than previous maps.
- The Smart Guy: Richtofen - Being the last survivor of the excavation team, he knows the most about Samantha, Element 115, the zombies, and practically everything.
- The Chick: Samantha, by default, who may also qualify as the Big Good.
- Sixth Ranger: Maxis, once you build him a drone to use as a vessel.
- Token Evil Teammate: Richtofen.
- Unwitting Pawn: Original timeline versions Nikolai, Takeo and Dempsey; as their memories were wiped by Richtofen, and are duped into helping his scheme to control the zombies.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Besides Richtofen and Maxis, the other four disappear from the plot for the majority of Black Ops II, never seen again post-Moon.
- In Black Ops III, the past versions of themselves are systematically killing their future selves before Shi No Numa. This still isn't the "original" Original team because of Origins!Richtofen screwing up the timeline (ultimately creating a new one) in The Giant.
Corporal "Tank" Dempsey
Oorah! Don't fuck with a Marine!
Voiced By: Steve Blum
Appearances: Nacht der Untotennote | Verruckt | Shi No Numa | Der Riese | Kino der Toten | Ascension | Shangri La | Moon | Origins | The Giant | Der Eisendrache | Zetsubou No Shima | Gorod KroviThe American character from World at War and Black Ops Zombie modes. Your stereotypical American Marine, ripping his way through his enemies like butter. Takes up the white space on the scoreboard and serves as the host in World At War.
- A Day in the Limelight: Narrates the "Der Eisendrache" trailer and it's Easter Egg is about him.
- Badass: According to his Bio: "Tank Dempsey gnawed through his bamboo cage, then gnawed his way through his captors, armed only with a Medal Of Honor that he keeps secreted in various orifices." His Origins counterpart is certainly no slouch either.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Thanks to Richtofen, along with Takeo and Nikolai. By Ascension, he's starting to recover. Averted in the 2.0 Timeline.
- Calling Your Attacks: In Moon.
- Decoy Protagonist: Often played up as the main hero of the story in promotional material, but in reality Richtofen is the most pivotal member of the original main cast through the entire series.
- No Fourth Wall:
Dempsey: "Hey, player! DROP THE CHIPS AND GET ME SOME AMMO!!!"
- He knows he's being controlled by a player and he knows he was created by Treyarch, leading to some very humorous lines.
- Bear in mind, this only started happening in the Black Ops instalments. But holy HELL, isn't all for the better?!
- Eagleland: A type 1.
- Enemy Mine: He's good friends with Takeo, despite the fact their countries were direct enemies at the time. Takeo, however, doesn't return the favour. Averted with Richtofen, except when it comes to their Origins counterparts. Maybe.
- Guns Akimbo: Sports them in The Giant intro and in the cutscene of Der Eisendrache easter egg.
- Psycho Electro: He and Richtofen share one thing in common: they love using the Wunder Waffe and Wave Gun.
- Verbal Tic:
- He enjoys saying "Oorah!" and calling ammo "Gun Juice", which Sarah Michelle Geller picks up in Call Of the Dead.
- He also calls the Wunderwaffe DG-2 the "Wonder Waffle".
- More Dakka: He's a massive fan of Light Machine Guns (specifically the MG-42 and BAR in World At War), though in Black Ops this switches to the M16 and the former just get generic quotes.
- Does Not Like Spam: He has a massive dislike of Revive Soda on account that it tastes of (seemingly rotten/raw) fish. Nikolai comes to agree with him, but Takeo loves it.
- Trademark Favorite Drink: On the flipside, he loves Juggernog.
- Semper Fi: He was a Marine before the events of Zombies Mode in both timelines.
- Visual Pun: He debuts in the Origins cutscene riding a tank.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After Moon, his original timeline self wasn't seen until Der Eisendrache. It's finally revealed that once Richtofen 1.0 was killed and the timeline was changed, Dempsey 1.0 was captured and put in a cryogenic pod by Group 935, and the 2.0 Survivors have to rescue him - or so they think, since Richtofen reveals that they need to kill all the 1.0 Survivors to capture their souls with his artifact. Eventually, Tank 2.0 convinces Richtofen to let him kill his 1.0 self, and he does so by cutting the life support on Tank 1.0's cryogenic pod.
Sergeant Nikolai Belinski
Reach for Vodka tonight!!!
Voiced By: Fred Tatasciore
Appearances: Nacht der Untotennote | Verrucktnote | Shi No Numa | Der Riese | Kino der Toten | Ascension | Shangri La | Moon | Origins | The Giant | Der Eisendrache | Zetsubou No Shima | Gorod Krovi | RevelationsThe Russian character, another stereotype who adores vodka and killing his wives in great plenty. He's the only one not showing signs of recovery from his brainwashing. Takes up the blue slot in the scoreboard in World at War.
- A Day In The Lime Light: Narrates the Gorod Krovi trailer and its easter egg is about him.
- The Alcoholic:
- He CRAVES vodka, but alas he can't find any. The only time he does is in Call of The Dead, where you have to find it and give it to him.
- There's a closer one than that. The cut Perk-A-Cola Turfbrew makes Nikolai remark it tasted like beer.
- It goes a little further than a stereotype. It turns out when Richtofen was experimenting with him, he needed a Vodka-based serum to stay responsive. Lampshaded by Richtofen in Ascension.
- And, as revealed in Gorod Krovi, he began drinking to forget the loss of the love of his life.
- An Axe to Grind: Wields a massive axe in the Origins opening cutscene and is able to chop zombies in two with little effort. Sadly, this axe is not available in-game.
- Badass Boast: Quite a few: "Don't fuck with the Red Menace!"
- The Big Guy: He's definitely burlier and bigger than the others.
- The Bluebeard: Generally Played for Laughs. In World At War, he had at least five wives and killed them all. The fourth was killed with an axe and the others with varying weapons. By Moon in Black Ops, this has gone up to SEVEN wives... "and new girlfriend". Subverted in that he only had one wife, who he lost in a bombing raid, and that all the other stories were lies concocted by his own drunkeness.
- Double Entendre: Quite a few in the later maps.
- Drowning My Sorrows: He wants to, but he can't. It's revealed in Gorod Krovi that it's to forget the death of his wife, with all his claims of killing multiple wives being Alcohol Induced Lying.
- Forgot to Pay the Bill: Will sometimes ask this when realising there is no power."Who didn't pay electric bill?"
- Enemy Mine: Averted with Richtofen - Nikolai takes Richtofen's... "interest" in him as sucking up for a free drink. Kind of played straight with Dempsey, since the Americans and Soviets became rivals after World War II (admittedly, Nazi Zombies starts a few months after the endwar, but so did the Berlin Blockade).
- Averted for a different reason in the 2.0 timeline; Nikolai fears Richtofen will betray him and the others again in time (while Takeo is all for Richtofen's plan and Dempsey is mostly neutral towards it), leading to a great deal of contempt.
- Large Ham: Nowhere near as loud as Dempsey or Richtofen, but he certainly chews the scenery. His 2.0 incarnation is more vocally restrained, but then again so are the other 2.0 counterparts.
"When victory is mine, I will BATHE in your blood!! Russians know NOTHING of surrender!!"
- Taken Up to Eleven during Gorod Krovi, where Nikolai 1.0 is piloting a Humongous Mecha, and makes over-the-top taunts when battling the zombies, the dragon, and the 2.0 survivors:
- Ludicrous Gibs: Basically how 1.0 Nikolai goes out in Gorod Krovi; it's not seen, but 2.0 Nikolai kills him by shooting him point-blank with his shotgun. One can only assume you could have poured what remained of the former into his vodka bottle.
- Made of Iron: Both versions qualify, if only outside of gameplay; 2.0 Nikolai tanks a handgun bullet pretty well (albeit with it being deflected by his chest plate), while it takes several rounds of Pack-a-Punched gunfire and a massive dragon to take down 1.0 Nikolai's mech in Gorod Krovi. Eventually subverted; see Ludicrous Gibs above.
- Dented Iron: It's clear that Nikolai (specially 2.0) is still suffering, mentally if not physically. He mentions as much when asked about his use of expletives in Gorod Krovi; it takes his mind off of the horrors he has seen.
- Noodle Incident: Often brings up past events every now and then with zero context, usually involving his wives.You know, I was on fire once, It was no fun.
- One-Man Army: In Gorod Krovi, he's pretty much owning the battlefield by himself, a battlefield that involves dragons, giant robots and hordes of zombies.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You know things are getting bad when Nikolai flatly refuses to aid Richtofen any further during the events of Moon.
- Throughout Gorod Krovi, Nikolai 1.0 is drunkenly blowing the shit out of zombies and dragons with a Humongous Mecha, and coming up with hilariously drunk boasting and curses. Then Nikolai 2.0 calls him out, saying he's only drunk because he's trying to forget the death of his wife in an air-raid. Nikolai 1.0 drops any pretense of drunken silliness and screams "Some things are forgotten FOR A REASON!!!", and tries to KILL Nikolai 2.0.
- Real After All: Inverted. Gorod Krovi reveals, at least in this new timeline, that Nikolai only had ONE wife; the rest were drunken lies he made up when she was killed in an air raid. One has wonder how much of his life from the World at War-Black Ops II timeline was that delusional fantasy.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: He went from a serious, competent, physically-fit, and sober soldier, to...
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: ...a smelly, bumbling, alcoholic man with a weight problem.
- Took a Level in Badass: From Origins on, Nikolai is back to being a serious and competent soldier. In Gorod Krovi, Nikolai 1.0 is still drunk off his ass, but is also piloting a Humongous Mecha while mulching zombies and shooting up dragons. He also refuses to surrender to the other 2.0 Survivors, fighting until his mech is destroyed, and even then tries to shoot Nikolai 2.0 before getting blasted with a shotgun from the latter.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He's also much more violent in Gorod Krovi, seemingly being the last human alive in this alternate Stalingrad. When 2.0 Nikolai forces the truth about his alcoholism on him, his goofy demeanour vanishes completely and he becomes totally murderous...which doesn't exactly last.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: ...a smelly, bumbling, alcoholic man with a weight problem.
- Vodka Drunkenski: See above.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His original timeline self didn't appear after Moon until Gorod Krovi, two games and five out of universe years later.
Captain Takeo Masaki
Richtofen, his evil is great. But not as great as what we fight today. One day, when the time is right I will make him pay for what he has done!
Voiced By: Tom Kane
Appearances: Nacht der Untotennote | Verrucktnote | Shi No Numa | Der Riese | Kino der Toten | Ascension | Shangri La | Moon | Origins | The Giant | Der Eisendrache | Zetsubou No Shima | Gorod Krovi | RevelationsThe Japanese character, obsessed with honour FAR before reason and has completely recovered from his brainwashing. Takes up the yellow slot on the scoreboard in World at War.
- A Day In The Lime Light: Narrates the Zetsubou No Shima trailer and it's Easter Egg is about him.
- Badass: At this point, it's a given.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Completely recovered as of Moon, rendered moot as of The Giant.
- Comically Serious: From Ascension onwards.
- Calling Your Attacks: Pokemon Style, too.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has a brief out in Zetsubou No Shima's Easter Egg, where his older self tells him he's been imprisoned on the island on the orders of the Emperor of Japan himself.
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures: His constant comments on honour, ancestors, etc. make him the biggest walking stereotype of all the characters. His 2.0 counterpart even returns to some of the conventions of the World-at-War-era Takeo when the others almost abandoned theirs.
- The Leader: He seems to take over once Richtofen enters the Aether and takes control of the Zombies and Maxis leaves them, since he's completely recovered his memory. Averted in Origins and onwards.
- Palette Swap: In the first two games; his model is a modified normal enemy model from the campaign of World At War. His first-person view in Black Ops is the same as the NVA model used for that game's multiplayer. Averted in Origins and onwards, where his looks were created from the ground up.
- Enemy Mine: With Dempsey in the trailers, with Richtofen at first.
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: Though this petered out as the maps went on.
- Mercy Kill: Delivers one to his WW2 self at the end of Zetsubou No Shima's Easter Egg, decapitating him after he commits seppuku (an extremely painful ritual that is supposed to bring honour back to oneself and often followed by decapitation).
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Richtofen barely remembers him, except in Call of The Dead's radio messages. Was often this to the rest of the cast prior to Ascension. After that, he managed to break out as the Comically Serious.
- Off with His Head!: Do this to his WW2 self at the end of Zetsubou No shima, at his demand.
- Precision F-Strike: Compared to Dempsey and Nikolai.
- Trademark Favorite Drink: Revive Soda.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: The reason is that it tastes like fish. This comes back to bite him quite hard in Call of the Dead.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: By Ascension, it's no secret Takeo wants to kill Richtofen]], and he had the perfect chance in Moon. But thanks to gameplay, he helped his cause and let him take over the Zombies and then nuked the earth!
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We haven't heard or seen him in Moon. When he does appear in Black Ops II, it's in a prequel, leaving his fate after Moon to remain unknown. After the Origins crew changes the original timeline, his original self was eventually captured and experimented on by Division 9.
Dr. Edward Richtofen
THE VOICES!!! THEY'RE SO LOUD!!!
Voiced By: Nolan North
Appearances: Nacht der Untotennote | Verrucktnote | Shi No Numa | Der Riese | Kino der Toten | Ascension | Shangri La | Moon | TranZit | Nuketown Zombies | Die Rise | Buried | Origins | The Giant | Shadows of Evil | Der Eisendrache | Zetsubou No Shima | Gorod Krovi | RevelationsA crazy German Doctor who worked for Group 935 in the past and is behind (almost) everything in the story, including nuking the Earth. From TranZit to Buried, he is the Demonic Announcer. Takes up the green slot on the scoreboard.
- The Alcoholic: If the numerous bottles of wine in his room in Der Eisendrache are any indication, WW2 Richtofen was this.
- Arc Words: "Beware the Doc", "Eddy is a Liar", and "Mend the rift".
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In Buried after killing Maxis and taking control of Samuel's body, it seems Richtofen is stuck in a corporeal body. Richtofen's not pleased at the stink, nor having to fight off the minions he's controlling.
- Big Bad: Throughout the entire original Zombies Mode timeline, extending into Blacks Ops II.
- Big Good: He styles himself as this to Samuel and others who can hear him. His 2.0 self may be this in the new timeline although Dr. Monty implies he'll still betray the other survivors in the end. It turns out that Monty warned against trusting Richtofen because he's been following Maxis' instructions, and Monty suspected that Maxis would inadvertently turn on them since he doesn't have his soul back..
- Breakout Character: Probably the most popular character of the series, and this got him a starring role as the true protagonist of the series, whether he's The Hero or a Villain Protagonist, as well as a tenure as the Demonic Announcer. It got the point he cameos in the otherwise-unrelated Shadows of Evil; he kick-starts the plot of Black Ops III zombies with that, in fact.
- Greater Scope Villain: Of Call of the Dead, in which he directs the celebrities to deliver to him a crucial part of his plan to control the zombies.
- Deadly Doctor: Guess.
- Demoted to Dragon: If the player sides with Maxis in the Easter Eggs, Maxis condemns Richtofen to become a zombie for all eternity.
- Depraved Homosexual: A few jokes in Call of the Dead and Shangri-La seem to imply this, with Richtofen "accidentally" grabbing Dempsey while trying to pull a lever (the implication being Richtofen grabbed Dempsey's dick) and putting his finger in his ass (with Dempsey punching Richtofen flat on his in response), and in Shangri-La, getting spikes shoved up his ass has him Scream Like A Little Girl before saying they should buy him dinner next time, and he sometimes says "It's gun, but it has a LONG barrel - like my college roommate. And that's not mentioning his Villainous Crush on Nikolai.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Maxis isn't that impressed by Richtofen's inventing teleporting, playing a part in his Start of Darkness.
- Expy: Of the Medic from Team Fortress 2 (World at War came out a year after TF2):
- They're both German (obviously)
- They're both misidentified as Nazis (see above).
- Both have created technology more modern sciences both in and out of universe have yet to create (Medic: Healing Rays. Richtofen: Wonder Weapons and Teleporters)
- Both are friends with Russians (Heavy, Nikolai) and Nationalistic Americans (Soldier, Dempsey).
- Both hold a certain sympathy towards animals (Medic: Pigeons. Richtofen: Dogs)
- Richtofen 2.0 is a lot closer to the TF 2 Medic visually, having black hair, and an outfit resembling the Medic without his Badass Longcoat.
- I Hate Past Me: In The Giant intro, his WW2 self seems ecstatic to meet his Origins self, taking of his hat to salute him. Origins!Richtofen makes his dislike of his older self clear, by putting a bullet through his head.
- May be subverted - although Richtofen 2.0 doesn't say anything on Richtofen 1.0, he reveals that killing him wasn't out of malice, but to put his soul inside an artifact that would fix the dimensional rifts. Unfortunately, that also means needing to kill the other 1.0 Survivors to get THEIR souls too.
- Ghostapo: Similar to above, but even more so when he gains control of the Zombies.
- Grand Theft Me: Though he doesn't really miss having a physical body, if you've completed all Black Ops 2 easter eggs in his favour, he begins using Samuel's body as his own, though it seems he can't fully take control for some reason.
- An inverted version occurs when siding with Maxis instead, as he's forced to body-hop among Zombie bodies, never dying permanently, but forced to inhabit stinking rotting bodies completely against his will.
- Herr Doktor: Of course.
- I Did What I Had to Do: His justification for killing the 1.0 Survivors in the new timeline is that he "only wants to secure a better tomorrow". It's revealed that the reason he has to kill them is because the artifact allowing him to preserve their souls can only work if the subject is recently deceased, i.e. killed by him or another member of the 2.0 Survivors
- Large Ham
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: You can't play Black Ops II and avoid the fact that he became the new Demonic Announcer at the end of Black Ops, to the point it leaps into It Was His Sled territory. Likewise you can't play Black Ops 3 without avoiding the fact he stuffed up at the end of the last game and his alternate has to fix it.
- The Leader: This becomes evident especially during Black Ops, when he's the one leading the others throughout the various maps to achieve his goals. This is the case in Black Ops III as well.
- Obfuscating Insanity: Played with. Even though he's still very much insane, he knows far more than he lets on about the zombies, Group 935, and Samantha. By Shangri-La, the others finally notice he's up to something big, but at that point it's too late to stop him.
- For the Evulz: All the brainwashing and amnesia? Richtofen did that.
- Mad Scientist
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: His objective in the new timeline is to stop himself from dooming the world in all realities.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: As much as he loves his "minions", if they get too close or too numerous, Richtofen's ready to shit his pants and haul some ass out of there.
- Sharing a Body: If you complete all easter eggs in Richtofen's favour, he will enter Samuel's body. Complete them all in Maxis' favor, and he's forced to enter the body of a random zombie.
- Shoot the Medic First: In-universe. Samantha is targeting only him, as the others are his experiments.
- The Starscream: To Maxis, especially after coming into contact with the MPD.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Subverted. Group 935 was around LONG before the Nazi Party, it's just that Group 935 exchanged their Wonder Weapons for funding, though they never saw service. It's implied Maxis never intended to help the Nazi Party and was just stalling, even when the Wunderwaffe exceeded expectations, and refused to mass-produce it for the Nazi's. Despite this, he still wears a Nazi uniform, so he still is technically a Nazi.
- Subverted by Richtofen 2.0, since he's with Germany during World War I, and he also is more moral than Richtofen 1.0. Richtofen 2.0 makes this even more clear by shooting Richtofen 1.0 in the head when meeting him.
- Time Travel: The opening for Black Ops 3's "The Giant" reveals that Dr. Richtofen, shortly after sending Samantha to Griffin Station, and killing Dr. Maxis, brought forward a younger version of himself straight from World War I France. And got shot in the head for it by the Richtofen from the Excavation Site.
- Troll: To Dempsey and the survivors in Green Run.
- Villain Protagonist: Apparently, if you chose to help Maxis, Maxis will take over the zombies, but will kill them all nonetheless, regretfully. Apparently, Edward was right when he mentioned that "Maxis will kill you all!"
- Villain Song: Not Ready to Die in Call of the Dead; and Carrion in Green Run.
- Villainous Crush: On Nikolai. It's especially obvious in Shangri-La.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Let's slay some stiffs!
Appearances: Call of the DeadFamous for her roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cruel Intentions, Ringer and others, Sarah Michelle Gellar is one of the actors working a film with George Romero until the zombie outbreak.
- Action Girl: It is Sarah Michelle Gellar after all.
- Bare Your Midriff: Even in the cold of Siberia, her belly is exposed as if it were a summer day.
- Celebrity Survivor: If you were caught in a Zombie Apocalypse you could frankly do a whole lot worse than Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself by your side.
- Doesn't Like Guns: Surprisingly averted for the actress.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Or rather Ink Suit Character: from hefting a minigun bigger than she is tall to her general personality, quips and fighting prowess, while they borrow from some of her other roles and the woman herself Sarah is basically a stand in for her most famous role.
- Ms. Fanservice: She was clearly intended to be so in the film-within-a-game, and serves as this in the game proper. Which is the only reason she's wearing such revealing clothes in the cold conditions.
- Shout-Out: Most if not all of them are to...well, take a wild guess. We'll wait. Time's up, a show you may have heard of.
- The Leader: Appears in this role for the film and assumes it when the zombies arrive.
This must be a nightmare!
Appearances: Call of the DeadThe man who played Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Robert Englund is one of the four actors trapped on the set of the film he's making when the zombies attack.
You just fucked with the wrong Mexican!
Appearances: Call of the DeadA popular and well liked former crook from works such as Machete and Sons of Anarchy, Danny Trejo has to put his toughness to the test in order to survive.
Things ain't looking too good, folks!
Appearances: Call of the DeadMichael Rooker has experience with zombies from his role in The Walking Dead. Never did he dream that he would be in a real life outbreak.
Well, I've always liked the "monster within" idea. I like the zombies being us. It's like, zombies are the blue-collar monsters.
Appearances: Call of the DeadAfter discovering Nazi documents on zombies, he brings in four well known horror actors to make a movie about it, until he becomes the first victim of the outbreak.
Green Run Survivors
As a whole
The main cast of Black Ops II. After the blast from the missiles hitting Earth and reducing it to a zombie wasteland, these four come to band together against the undead. These four seem to get along a bit better than the original four did, but they come into contact with both Richtofen and Maxis. As they grow to depend on each other, they must make their choice between the two otherworldly rivals, their actions determining the fate of the world and humanity. Confirmed to still be alive and are set to be the main protagonists in the Call of Duty: Zombies comic.
- Badass Crew
- Dark and Troubled Past: All of them, as with the Original Survivors. However, their pasts are not truly shown or discussed outside of a few random references, and as such are a lot more vague and don't go anywhere, eventually getting thrown to the wayside entirely by Black Ops 3.
- Misty implies her parents were killed by the zombies years ago.
- Marlton apparently had a part in Russman's departure from Broken Arrow, the latter ending up homeless until the apocalypse.
- Samuel was a member of a fanatic cannibalistic cult that ate zombie flesh, and hides it as best he can.
- Fire-Forged Friends
- Five-Man Band: They form one in Buried.
- The Leader: Russman, who's led the group this far.
- The Lancer: Misty, who always qualifies as The Heart as she is able to stop their bickering.
- The Big Guy: The unnamed giant, who can help access areas for free and fight the zombies.
- The Smart Guy: Marlton, who will never let you forget it.
- The Chick: Samuel, though this is downplayed compared to past maps, he's definitely more prone to panic than the others.
- Hero of Another Story: They will star in the Dark Horse Comics series set to release in fall 2016, post-Buried.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: No matter whose side they pick, humanity is doomed - either they're destroyed by Maxis, or be subject to Richtofen's rule.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: They're screwed over hard after all their work regardless of who they help out.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Their last appearance in Black Ops II is Buried, having either helped give Maxis the power to destroy the Earth to reach Agartha, or give Richtofen ultimate power to turn the Earth into his own plaything. No matter who they help, their fate doesn't look good.
Abigail "Misty" Briarton
We keep moving, we keep fighting. It's what we do, day in, day out. If you really need a reason why we do this, I'll give you one. We do it because doing something—anything, is a whole lot better than doing nothing!
Voiced by: Stephanie Lemelin
Appearances: TranZit | Die Rise | BuriedAn abrasive young woman who has a crush on Marlton, likes Russman and will grudgingly get along with Samuel.
- Action Girl: The second fully playable female character (not counting Samantha, who only became playable once she was forced to possess Richtofen's body).
- Bare Your Midriff: Her stomach is completely exposed thanks to her Ms. Fanservice get-up.
- Gasshole: She burps the loudest out of everyone on the team, and seems to be proud of it.
- The Heart: She is able to end the others' bickering in the opening cutscene of Buried and rallies them to keep going.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Even though she usually hates Samuel, she still considers him a member of the team.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Russman.
- Knife Nut: Mentions being a champion in knife-fighting.
- The Leader: She seems to alternate the role with Russman.
- Ms. Fanservice: Pretty much the only reason she continues to wear such revealing clothing in a middle of a zombie apocalypse.
- Ship Tease: With Marlton. She's far more open about her feelings to the point of what's implied to be very direct sexual advances, while he doesn't openly reciprocate. When Marlton fails to openly reciprocate, she gradually stops flirting with him. Pretty understandable, given she was practically throwing herself at him and he still wouldn't do anything.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female member of the Green Run Group.
- Stepford Smiler: Well, she's not necessarily smiling, but she was putting on a lot of bravado to keep the others going. Various comments in Buried indicate she's very broken by this point.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: While they never end up together and Marlton isn't exactly ugly, he is overall unpleasant yet the beautiful, nice Misty is in love with him.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Marlton.
Voiced by: Scott Menville
Appearances: TranZit | Die Rise | BuriedA self-loving nerd, who was present at Nuketown when the missiles hit. Afterwards, he met up with Misty (they ended up developing feelings for each other) and later Russman and Samuel, the both of whom he shares a mutual hatred.
- Badass Beard: Sports a goatee.
- Badass Bookworm: He's a zombie-fighting nerd.
- Claustrophobia: He's afraid it'll kick in when riding upon the bus.
- Chekov'sGunman: If you knife the fallout shelter in Nuketown Zombies, you can hear him locked in there. This is supposedly 20 years before the main events of Black Ops II.
- Precision F-Strike: In Buried, when killing a zombie that attacked him.
"I hate to resort to profanity, but would you please just FUCK OFF!
- Friendly Sniper: His prefered weapon is the DSR-40.
- Jerkass: While the others will happily snark at each other, they are when it comes down to it friends. Marlton is far more of a jerkass than the others, and is pretty ungrateful when he is revived, usually wanting you to get away from him. The only one he seems soft towards is Misty, and even then he won't exactly openly reciprocate her feelings. While most characters have one character they hate, one they are neutral towards, and one they like, Marlton hates two of the other three, and he's not that much better around Misty as it is.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Often speaks in overly complicated diction.
- Ship Tease: With Misty. The two clearly have feelings for one another, but the zombie apocalypse isn't the best place to have a romance. Plus, Marlton's all about his no-touch policy anyway.
- Specs of Awesome: He wears large glasses.
- Terrified of Germs: Which considering he's surviving in a post-apocalyptic nightmare, he's pretty SOL.
Samuel J. Stuhlinger
I'm the only one who knows what to do!
Voiced by: Dave Boat
Appearances: TranZit | Die Rise | BuriedA paranoid conspiracy theorist, who's the only one who can hear Richtofen's voice in his head. He's friends with Russman, grudgingly gets along with Misty, and like Russman, shares a mutual hatred with Marlton.
- Badass Mustache: Sports a mustache.
- Book Dumb: From the quotes he has, he does not sound too intelligent in terms of... standard education.
- Cloudcuckoolander: At times; compared to the other survivors, some of his quotes come off as total non-sequiturs.
- Crazy Survivalist: Thanks to his paranoia.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Misty. He usually returns her dislike of him, but he's willing to listen to her and regard her more as a valuable comrade as the group's story progresses.
- Hearing Voices: Richtofen's, to be exact.
- I'm a Zombietarian: A well-kept secret of his, and likely the reason for both his ability to hear Richtofen and his seemingly random comments about being hungry after killing zombies.
- The Lancer: Misty observed that Samuel was Russman's lancer when they met, or his "lapdog".
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Makes several sexist remarks about Misty.
- Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: Gives off plenty of comments indicating this, especially in TranZit when he makes several sexist comments about Misty.
- Sharing a Body: If you complete all easter eggs in Richtofen's favor, he will enter Samuel's body. Samuel isn't pleased.
- Specs of Awesome: Wears glasses.
- The Smart Guy: Considers himself this, but Russman claims he only knows what Richtofen tells him to think.
- Those Two Guys: With Russman. They traveled together in the bus before finding Marlton and Misty in Green Run.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Buried, he sounds a lot more confident than in the other maps. Judging from his recent redesign, he may have been a recent attack, and survived.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese.
- Weapon of Choice: Handguns.
The world is broken, very broken.
Voiced by: Keith Szarabajka
Appearances: TranZit | Die Rise | BuriedAn elderly survivor suffering from Alzheimer's, who was a homeless man before the missiles hit. He's good friends with Samuel and Misty, but has a mutual hatred with Marlton. He acts as the group's leader following Die Rise.
- All Love Is Unrequited: A few comments in "Buried" indicate he's developing an attraction to Misty.
- Badass Grandpa: He's older than 75.
- Cool Old Guy: A mostly pleasant, funny old man.
- Darkand Troubled Past: He was mentioned to be a member of a mysterious organisation known as Broken Arrow, but left after an incident and became homeless and soon began suffering from Alzheimer's before meeting up with and surviving with Samuel when the zombie apocalypse came.
- Guns Akimbo: Wields them in Die Rise's opening cutscene while defending Samuel.
- Hates Being Touched: "Ain't no one allowed to touch Russman!"
- Heroic Sacrifice: Buys Samuel some time to run while he's devoured by a Jumping Jack in the opening of Die Rise. He gets better, though, with the others.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Misty.
- Its Pronounced Tro Pay: Pronounces his own name as "Russ-MAN", as opposed to the expected "Russmun".
- The Leader: He led the group on foot from Die Rise to Buried, and was the more dominant between him and Samuel before they met Marlton and Misty.
- Noodle Incident: Something happened that resulted in his departure from Broken Arrow, but it's implied it had something to do with Marlton apparently not keeping his mouth shut.
- Stating the Simple Solution: "We could just use the key."
- Stuff Blowing Up: Loves it. Reason why he loves the RPG and War Machine.
- Third-Person Person: Often refers to himself in third-person.
- Those Two Guys: With Samuel, though as said he's the more dominant of the pair.
- Token Minority: The only black survivor.
A group of mobsters who have been incarcerated in Alcatraz for some time thanks to their own misdeeds. Their plan to escape goes awry as they are caught up in the zombie story when Alcatraz is overrun with the undead. Their attempts to escape and even to kill themselves are thwarted every single time, since they just keep coming back. Desperate to escape the hellish nightmare, the four learn the truth behind their fates, and must break the cycle if they've any hope of escaping and finding out where they are going from here.
- And I Must Scream: They're trapped in a prison fighting zombies over and over in a loop, and are far from happy when they find that fact out.
- Badass Crew: They've been fighting zombies conjured by Satan for God know how long.
- Dead All Along: It's revealed that the four mobsters are damned to a purgatory where they escape the prison, only to go back, over and over again.
- Determinator: They're getting out of Alcatraz and even God wouldn't prevent them from doing so. Satan, on the other hand...
- The Mafia :Sal was The Don, Billy his hitman, Finn was in charge of gambling's fraud and Albert was the money handler of Sal's mob.
- Rage Against the Heavens: Their reaction when they remember/discover that they're in Hell/Purgatory is not acceptanceSal: So this is my punchline. The universe taking its grand revenge for all my misdeeds. Well, I ain't taking it. You hear me? I ain't playing anymore. I don't regret a damn thing. If I had my time over, I'd do it all again. Every fucking part of it. So universe, you wanna know what I think? I think, you can go fuck yourself!Finn: This is all just a game isn't it? A big, twisted, fucked-up game. What am I supposed to do, come to some great realization about my life? Throw myself to the ground, beg for forgiveness? Well I got news for you, not gonna happen.Billy: Am I stuck here until I see the error of my ways?! Until I repent? Well you're gonna have to wait a long time. Because I don't regret a damn thing!
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: None of them particularly like each other, but they work together well enough. Until The Reveal, that is.
- To Hell and Back: Only Weasel gets to walk away though, if the cycle is broken.
Don Salvador "Sal" Deluca
Let's get off this rock.
Voiced by: Chaz Palminterri
Appearances: Mob of the DeadA mob boss who was sent to Alcatraz for his crimes of bootlegging, gambling, and prostitution.
- Affably Evil: He's very polite and professional, but dips into Faux Affably Evil territory towards the end of the story.
- The Chainsof Commanding: It's heavily implied by one of his downed speeches that he didn't particularly like being a mob boss.Sal: All those years, pulling and pushing those guys into shape, teaching them the value of respect. You had to kiss-ass to all those creeps at city hall, Mayor's office, and worst of all, Chicago's finest. They were all too happy to take your money. Kickback after kickback, bribe after bribe.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Along with Billy, the f word seems to be a major staple of his vocabulary.
- The Don
- Face–Heel Turn: At the end of the major Easter Egg, he turns against The Weasel and tries to kill him.
- Friendly Enemy: He genuinely liked Ferguson, a guard in Alcatraz, and regrets having him killed.
- Kickthe Dog: He knowingly leaves Billy to die in the opening cinematic. He, along with Finn and Billy, also murdered the more sympathetic Weasel.
- The Mafia: Leads one.
The harder you try not to feel… anything, the more it hurts.
Voiced by: Ray Liotta
Appearances: Mob of the DeadA hitman who was sent to Alcatraz for a grand total of 116 confirmed cases of murder, and quite possibly more.
- Ax-Crazy: He really likes to kill zombies.
- Blood Knight
- The Brute: Of the four mobsters.
- Cold Sniper: Defied, Billy wants to be as close as possible actually.Billy: I'll take it, but I won't like it.Sniper weapon brought from the box.
- Decoy Protagonist: He's at the forefront of the Mob of the Dead "movie poster" released by Treyarch, and narrated the first trailer. However, it's ultimately Weasel who breaks the cycle and brings the story to its' conclusion.
- Face–Heel Turn: At the end of the major Easter Egg, he turns against The Weasel and tries to kill him.
- Smoking Is Cool: lights a cigarrette in the intro.
- More Dakka: His preferred way of fighting the zeds.
- Psycho for Hire: For Sal's mob.
- We Used to Be Friends: Averted, he's still on good terms with Sal, despite Sal closing the door on him, resulting in his eventual devourment by the zombies.
This is all just a game, isn't it?
Voiced by: Michael Madsen
Appearances: Mob of the DeadAn Irish-American con man who was married to a silent film actress, whom then backstabbed him and got him sent to Alcatraz.
Albert "The Weasel" Arlington
If they don't already suspect you they will soon.
Voiced by: Joe Pantoliano
Appearances: Mob of the DeadA con man who was also the money handler of Sal's mob.
- Dirty Coward: When he see himself about to fight zombies, he bolts, leaving the others to fend for themselves. He gets killed first. Possibly justified; if he's gone through this so many times, it's very possible he knew what was going to happen and at what time to make his move to escape, though he seemingly got it wrong.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: One of Weasel's downed monologues alludes to this being a prime motivator for many of his actions, particularly his propensity to stretch the truth. A particular truth he stretched concerned his plane Icarus, which, in real life, failed miserably and lead to his death.Weasel: Rejection hurts. But it's not the worst thing...is it, Albert? What really hurts is to be ignored. You know how that feels better than anyone, don't you? Sure, they want your skills, your expertise, but only on their terms. They don't care what else you have to offer. How different you could be, if only they noticed you. Is that why you lie to them - why you promise things you can't deliver?
- Enemy Mine: Joins Brutus in the Easter Egg finale to ensure he himself lives.
- Kill 'em All: To break the cycle (get the good ending for the easter egg), Weasel has to kill the others. Killing him results in the bad ending, which continues the cycle.
- Infinity+1 Sword: Loves these types of weapons, including the Ray Gun and the Blundergat.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Not completly immune but one of his quotes is him asking (and pleading) the others to tell him something they did the day before just so he knows they haven't been trapped forever. Other quotes have him saying him he has a very strong feeling of having already done those things before.
- The Scrappy: In-Universe, None of the other mobsters like him, as evidenced by their quotes. The easter egg reveals they even killed him, then try again in the easter egg's climax.
- Shout-Out: He mentions Nikolai when using the ray gun.Weasel: Nikolai? Nikolai? Nikolai? Why do I keep hearing that name?
- Token Good Teammate: Despite his being a prolific con man, he's still a decent dude (at the very least nowhere near as psychotic as the others) and Brutus even helps him escape the Hell of the cycle.
YOU CAN'T ESCAPE YOUR FATE!!!
Voiced by: Nolan North
Appearances: Mob of the DeadA boss zombie. He appears and 'patrols' Alcatraz, locking perks and the box as he goes. He may be the warden as a zombie.
- Big Bad: Downplayed, he's the boss zombie, no doubt. But the prisoners are no better than him.
- The Dragon: Implied to be to the Satanic entity behind the events going on in the map, and possibly the entire Zombies storyline.
- Dragon with an Agenda: It's unlikely Brutus was instructed to help Weasel live by his master.
- Enemy Mine: He and Weasel join forces in the Easter Egg climax to ensure Weasel survives.
- Griefer: As a demonic prison warden, it's sort of his job. He locks up the box, the perk-a-cola machines and the work benches when he gets near them. Unlocking them costs 2000 points.
- Punch Clock Villain: It's implied Brutus is just doing his job for his master, whatever or whoever that may be, and claims he's stuck in Alcatraz like the mobsters.
Appearances: Mob of the DeadA guard in Alcatraz who watched over the inmates. Killed in the intro by Albert.
Appearances: BuriedA giant man trapped in Angola.
- The Alcoholic: He drinks the vaguely named booze. Give it to him, and he'll ram the zombies, and whatever debris you want knocked down.
- Ambiguously Human: Zombies typically go after every living human, but ignore him, implying he's not human at all.
- Big Guy: He's the tallest person that isn't a zombie.
- The Juggernaut: He's unstoppable.
- Man Child: He's quite... simple, but he's a real nice guy.
- Sweet Tooth: He likes candy, and if you give it to him, he'll help you.
- You know what's burned on his knuckles? SUGR. That's right.
Appearances: BuriedSpirits of women who attack the player, and steal their points too.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: A bit of type 4. They are also physical aspirations, so the answer to them attempting to attack you, shoot their tangible arses!
- Haunted House: They live in a mansion. You better hope they don't overrun you. Oh, and the Pack-A-Punch Machine is behind the mansion, beyond a maze. Good luck trying to upgrade those weapons you have.
Shadows of Evil cast
A group of four people who, one night where they were all at the Burlesque, fell asleep and woke up into a twisted version of their town.
- Badass: A given.
- Mark of the Beast: A symbol ressembling a "6" on the back of their hands, given to them by the Shadow Man and which allows them to (among other things) transform into the Beast for a while.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Trapping the Shadow Man in the Key did save their world, but it also meant that he ended up in a position to corrupt Maxis in the House (see below) and fucked up the perfect world Monty created.
- Rage Against the Heavens: Downplayed. In one conversation Floyd theorize they've been brought here as a punishment for being "bad people". When Jessica asks if they should repent them, he answer they instead should "embrace [their] darker side."
- Unwitting Pawn: Help the Shadow Man assimilate their world with his. Fortunatly, they stop this before it happend.
Played By: Jeff Goldblum.
Appearances: Shadows of Evil
- Metaphorgotten: He states that The Pen Is Mightier... unless you're in a sword fight.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: In the intro, after asking his lawyer how much debt his wife has accumulated, he then asks if their life insurance policies are fully paid up and then quickly add "Oh no, no! I can assure you that i'd never, ever, think of taking such a course of action. No I just want to make sure our affairs are...in order." All during a shot of how he killed his wife.
Jack Vincent/"The Cop"
Played By: Neal McDonough
Appearances: Shadows of Evil
- Dirty Cop: His lines often hint at various illegal activities, such as taking bribes and planting evidence.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: After completing one the rituals, he angrily shouts this:Jack: No one ever said "Good job, Jackie". No one ever says "Hey, thanks for keeping the streets safe for normal folks. Here's a raise in pay so you don't have to go on the fuckin' take to pay for your bills". NO ONE EVER FUCKING SAID THAT TO JACKIE FUCKING VINCENT!"
- Metaphorgotten: "When life gives you lemons, buy a fucking gun!"
Jessica/"The Femme Fatale"
Played By: Heather Graham
Appearances: Shadows of Evil
- Action Girl: The least combat-inclined of the four, yet can kick ass with the best of them.
- Femme Fatale: It's in the name. The cinematic opens with her shanking a guy she's seduced.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female of the five characters.
Floyd Campbell/"The Boxer"
Played By: Ron Perlman
Appearances: Shadows of Evil
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: He hid brass knuckles under his gloves for a chance at a title shot.
Other Important Characters
The darkness will swallow you whole! Something far more terrible than you lies here!
Voiced By: ???
Appearances: Nacht der Untoten | Verruckt | Shi No Numa | Der Riese | Kino der Toten | Ascension | Call of the Dead | Shangri La | Moonnote | Nuketown Zombies | OriginsSamantha, Maxis' daughter, who took control of the zombies when she accidentally teleported to the Moon after Richtofen's betrayal and entered the alien M.P.D., her soul entering the Aether. Her father's dying wish was to kill all of Group 935, triggering the zombie storyline of World at War and Black Ops.
- Back for the Finale: She's a central figure in the story, but disappears for all of Black Ops II until Origins.
- Big Bad: At first.
- Creepy Child
- Demoted to Extra: Barely mentioned in Black Ops 2 and 3, but makes a physical appearance in Origins all the same.
- Expy: Of Alma.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks: In-universe. She feels she did a much better job at controlling the zombies and constantly complains about Richtofen making it too easy once he gets in charge.
- Wham Line: "My name is Samantha. I'm going to tell you how all of this really began."
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She only sends the zombies after the original crew to kill Richtofen to fulfill her father's dying wish to have all of Group 935 killed.
Dr. Ludvig Maxis
Kill them all.
Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore
Appearances: Der Riese | Kino der Toten | Moon | TranZit | Die Rise | Buried | Origins note | The Giant | RevelationsA top scientist and leader of Group 935, he has seen Richtofen fall from grace and sanity, and has set out some counterplans to thwart Edward, resulting in a power struggle that drives the main storyline of Black Ops II.
- Ascended Extra: In World at War and most of Black Ops, he plays a small yet critical role, heard only through audio logs and radios. However, come Moon, Maxis is revealed to be alive, and helps the group deal Richtofen a crucial defeat by nuking the Earth. In Black Ops II, he's a full-blown major character, even becoming the Demonic Announcer if you aid him, and we finally see the man's face in the Origins cutscene, and he appears as a friendly NPC once you build his drone.
- Big Good: He at first helps the original three and his daughter strike a huge blow against Richtofen's control of the zombies in Moon. In Black Ops II, he enlists the Green Run group, and by extension humanity's aid to stop Edward's control over the zombies. Subverted though, when he takes control, he just continues the fight anyway. In Black Ops III, he's actively helping Richtofen in their quest to make things right, but ends up corrupted by the Apothicons.
- Big Bad: Of the World At War storyline. At first.
- Brain in a Jar: In Origins. Thankfully, you can build him a new body, a drone.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: Although, considering the circumstances, there really wasn't much choice in the matter, considering that he was technically dead.
- Brain Upload: Completely unintentional, but when he was died in front of the MPD, his soul entered the systems of Griffin Station, leaving him a digital being. In Revelations, only his brain was placed into a new body by Maxis, his soul being apparently lost.
- Cool Old Guy: Is this to the Green Run survivors in Black Ops II (particularly during Buried when he's noticeably on his best behaviour), and was this to Richtofen when they were good friends during World War I. in the former case, it was averted in Buried when it's revealed he's been manipulating humanity to help give him the power to destroy the Earth.
- The Corruption: Revelations reveals that after Origins, he was corrupted by the Apothicons and turned into the Shadow Man.
- Demoted to Extra: A mild case. He's still a major part of the story, but he doesn't appear in Black Ops III anywhere near as much as he did the previous game.
- The Determinator: Nothing, and we mean nothing - not zombies, Hellhounds, traitors, dimensional planes, demons, or any living human being - will stop him from reuniting with his daughter.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Accidentally causes one at the end of the Black Ops I storyline, setting Black Ops II into motion, though this ended up playing nicely into his plans when he sought to open the Rift and reach Agartha.
- The Faceless: Maxis is never seen, only heard in audio logs and various devices. He is finally seen in an old photograph from World War I in the opening cutscene of Origins, and he makes his first physical appearance when we first see his lobotomized body, and then when he is uploaded into a quadrotor drone.
- Faux Affably Evil: Once he's in control of the Zombies, he goes on cheering about how he'll be reunited with his daughter and thanks the players... and then less-than-sincerely announces the impending destruction of Earth and humanity's survivors as he heads for Agartha.
- Foreshadowing: Maxis' betrayal is foreshadowed by his maniacal laughing upon the Earth's destruction, and some of the survivors seem to realize he intends to destroy the Earth. All of this turns out to be because he was being corrupted by the Apothicons thanks to the Divinium they planted years ago.
- Greater Scope Villain: Of the Black Ops II storyline (and thus, the entire original timeline).
- Kick the Dog: Frustrated with his lack of progress with the teleporters, he tossed Samantha's pregnant dog Fluffy into the teleporter and inadvertedly created Hellhounds. He ends up backstabbing the Green Run group and humanity even after they help him attain ultimate power.
- Like a Son to Me: Maxis tried to invoke this during World War I, attempting to be a father figure to Richtofen upon his parents' deaths.
- Love Makes You Evil: A familial version, in that when Samantha goes missing, Maxis is happy to first nuke the Earth, lie to gain support among Earth's survivors, ultimately to control the Aether and the zombies, and tear open the Earth to reach Agartha, where his daughter may not even be. In Revelations, the Shadow Man is able to corrupt him with the warning that only he can help save his daughter and the new world that Monty created for him.
- Necessary Evil: What he views his plans to destroy Earth as, though he doesn't sound too sincere when he claims to regret it.
- Papa Wolf: He will destroy humanity and the planet Earth to find his daughter.
- Posthumous Character: Was assumed to be one for World at War and Black Ops, until Moon revealed he's alive and well, albeit as a digital entity following his body's death in front of the MPD.
- Sixth Ranger: Well, more like fifth, unless you count Samantha. In Origins, he becomes a valuable ally in the fight against the zombies.
- The Soulless: After Origins, Monty gave him a new body, but was literally unable to give him back his soul which he lost when he was killed and lobotomized by Richtofen. This led to his corruption by the Shadow Man.
- Villain Protagonist: As with Richtofen, it's played with. He definitely seems more heroic than Richtofen from Moon to Buried, but it's all just a farce so he can destroy the Earth to reach Samantha in Agartha.
- Villain Song: We All Fall Down in Die Rise. Played with, as at this point in the story he seems to be the good guy and is describing how Richtofen destroyed his life just for power and fun.
- Walking Spoiler: Well, he doesn't have a physical form for most of the story, being a digital entity following his body's death. He becomes a flying spoiler in Origins, however, once his drone is fixed up.
- Woobie Destroyerof Worlds: Quite literally.
"It is grim work, Doctor… May God have mercy on us all."
Voiced by: Steve Blum
Appearances: Moon | Der EisendracheA scientist who joined Richtofen's splinter cell of Group 935.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: He was incredulous at Richtofen's claim that the MPD led to the Aether, and Richtofen pointed out that it was no more ridiculous than him teleporting them all to the Moon to build an entire base.
- Ascended Extra: He was a minor character during "Moon" before becoming close to the Big Bad of "Der Eisendrache".
- Asshole Victim: It was assumed he was this when he was supposedly killed by Samantha, but he's definitely now this as Richtofen has killed him in Der Eisendrace.
- Bald of Evil: He's revealed to be bald in "Der Eisendrache".
- Big Bad: The closest thing to a main antagonist in "Der Eisendrache".
- The Bus Came Back: His appearance in "Der Eisendrache" is the first time the character has appeared since "Moon", which was released about four years prior.
- Co-Dragons: With Dr. Schuster, though Groph himself is the one nominally in charge of Griffin Station.
- Dirty Old Man: Richtofen mentions that he is obsessed with young American women.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He was horrified to have to harvest 100 souls to fuel the MPD.
- Last Name Basis: We've only learned his last name.
- Not Quite Dead: Subverted. It was initially assumed he somehow survived Samantha's original purge of Group 935, but it was revealed that Der Eisendrache all took place in a new timeline formed by the death of the original Richthofen.
- The Starscream: Joined Richtofen in betraying Maxis.
- You Are in Command Now: After the fall of Der Riese and the death of the original timeline Richthofen, he assumes command of Group 935.
"Things are going to get a lot worse before they get better."
Voiced by: Malcom McDowell
Appearances: Gorod Krovi | RevelationsDr. Monty is a mysterious being, who is responsible for the creation of the Perk-A-Colas and Gobblegums, as well as the very important Summoning Key. He makes a sudden appearance during Gorod Krovi, and makes it clear that he doesn't think that Richtofen's plan is foolproof. He is some sort of enitity that has to watch over all the timelines.
- Big Good: Downplayed, but he's the most powerful non-hostile entity encountered in the game mode so far and he's willing to help the main four save the universe. Given he's now out to help the gang save the entire universe from the Apothicons once and for all, it's safe to say that he is the Big Good of the entire series.
- Deadpan Snarker: Just plain dripping in sarcasm with pretty much every word.
- The Faceless: Appears in no physical shape or form until Revelations.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Implied by the fact he takes on a human form when appearing to the crew in the Revelations trailer.
- In Mysterious Ways: Claims to be how he was influencing things until the Origins crew forced him to take a more direct approach.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He never hesitates to condescend the main characters for their limited, mortal understanding of the universe, but he still agrees to help nudge them in the right direction to fix it.
- The Man Behind the Man: He reveals himself to be the true source behind the magical powers of the game mode to date, including the Perks, Mystery Boxes, wall guns, and more.
- Me's a Crowd: He advises against this line of thought when it comes to the original and new timeline incarnations of the main four.Dr. Monty: You need to stop thinking in terms of originals - old and new, it's not like that. When you look in the mirror, it's still you. If you crack that mirror you see multiple reflections. It doesn't mean you've actually multiplied, does it?
- Sophisticated as Hell: Compared to the 2.0 Timeline survivors, his dialogue is a lot more informal - and a lot more condescending.
- The Needs of the Many: In the Revelations trailer, he asks the crew to do the right thing for everyone.
- The Omnipotent: Outright refers to himself as such, as he's the one who keeps an eye on the universe.
The Demonic Announcer
The Demonic AnnouncerFETCH ME THEIR SOULS
- Demonic Possession: Appears to do this to some degree to both the Maxis' and Richtofen once they begin their tenure as the Demonic Announcer.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Averted with Demonic Richtofen in Black Ops II, though he still has some "ethereal" sound effects to his voice.
- Greater Scope Villain: Of the game mode. While Samantha, Richtofen, and Maxis are the three most direct antagonists you face, whatever this entity is, it's definitely far more powerful than any of them and appears to be behind everything. Samantha even warns Richtofen that something far worse than him lurks in the Aether.
- Satan: It is heavily implied to be Old Scratch himself controlling the zombies in Mob of the Dead (although the quotes are Samantha's reused), what with the Satanic motifs decorating the prison, the zombies having red eyes, the characters debating if they are in purgatory. The big clue, however, is entering either 115 or 935 into the electric number pad, and an unknown voice speaks, changing the numbers to 666. Additionally, Samantha had stated that there was something worse than even Richtofen in the Aether...
- The Unreveal: Despite all the foreshadowing from Samantha and Mob of the Dead, we never learn what this entity's true nature really is.
The Shadow Man
The Shadow Man
Played By: Robert Picardo
Appearances: Shadows of Evil | RevelationsA mysterious figure who offers the Morg City survivors a chance at redemption. He's actually an evil entity who works as an emissary of the Apothicons, seeking to help them corrupt and bring chaos and destruction to the entire universe.
- Back for the Finale: Returns for the final map pack of Black Ops III, Revelations.
- Big Bad: Of the Shadows of Evil map. Turns out they were manipulating the four into unleashing his masters upon our universe.
- Barrier Warrior: When you fight him, you have to find a way to deplete his barrier before you can harm him.
- The Corruption: Whispers and speaks to Maxis, telling him what to do. It's implied that it was his voice that the original Richtofen heard after making contact with the MPD, leading him to a path of destruction.
- Cthulhumanoid: His real (or close enough) form.
- Dark Messiah: Paints himself as a savior to most people he communicates with. He uses the Morg City crew to help try to bring his masters to our dimension after promising them redemption, and promised Maxis to help save his world by speaking to him.
- Evil All Along: His real goal is to pave the way for his masters to enter our realm directly.
- Grand Theft Me: Corrupts Maxis through the Summoning Key and takes over his body to bring the Apothicons to the Aether.
- The Heavy: He's the direct enforcer of the Apothicons' will and is the most present antagonist of the Black Ops III - and by extension the entire series' - story.
- Humanoid Abomination: Whatever he is, he most certainly ain't natural. Turns out he's the servant of an eldritch power, the Apothicons.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The four people who he manipulated into opening a portal into his masters' realm turn on him, kill him and send the horrors he unleashed back to where they came from when they realise his deceit.
- Knight of Cerebus: His presence heralds the endgame of the series' arc up to this point, and it grows Darker and Edgier as well. It also helps that he's en evil entity bent on bringing about the destruction of the entire universe through his masters, who are even worse than he is.
- Manipulative Bastard: He orders the four chosen around to help them look for redemption. It's a crock of shit. His real goal is to cause The End of the World as We Know It.
- Outside-Context Villain: Monty was unaware of his presence inside the Summoning Key.
- Villainous Breakdown: When the four chosen by him plot against him, his veneer slides away as his plans are uprooted from under his feet.
- Walking Spoiler: There is definitely more to him than meets the eye.
Appearances: Moonnote | Shadows of Evil | RevelationsThe Apothicons are ancient entities that even Dr. Monty regards as the ultimate evil in the universe. They bring chaos and darkness wherever they go, and Dr. Monty drafts the Origins crew to save the entire universe from them and their emissary, the Shadow Man.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Their sole focus seems to be spreading chaos and destruction throughout the universe by way of Element 115.
- Big Bad: They are the true main antagonists of the entire series, having been behind all the horrors the cast has faced over the years.
- The Corruption: They are the ones who send Element 115 into the various dimensions, bringing havoc and destruction to any unfortunate dimension. The original timeline initially suffered this fate, as they corrupted Richtofen through the MPD and eventually caused the Earth's destruction via Maxis twice.
- Eldritch Abomination: They are utterly alien in appearance and abilities.
- Final Boss: Whether we fight them directly or not, they serve this purpose when it comes to the narrative of Black Ops III and the entire Zombies story to this point.
- Greater Scope Villain: Of the entire series until Black Ops III, where they are properly introduced and take center stage.
- Ultimate Evil: Referred to as such by Dr. Monty, and they are not properly seen in full until Revelations.