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Aiden Pearce / The Vigilante / The Fox
- Voiced by: Noam Jenkins"They think I'm a man out of control. But I've never had so much control."
- Anti-Hero: Depending on how you play. While he's not a monster like Lucky Quinn, Aiden's no saint. Most of the time, he's an Unscrupulous Hero who's willing to steal, kill and cause wanton destruction to achieve his ends. But depending on player actions, he can easily sink down to a Nominal Hero.
- The Atoner: Aiden became the Vigilante to try to make up for his niece's death. Also, because it makes him feel good. Subverted in the fact he still does criminal activities for money.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Aiden, which is Gaelic for 'fire'. And Pearce because it just makes you sound intimidating.
- Badass Biker: Pre-release trailers and screenshots have often showed Aiden on a bike.
- Badass Driver: His skills behind the wheel, along with a penchant for stealth driving brings the Driver to mind. In fact, some of the contracts Aiden can take are transporter and getaway jobs.
- Badass in Distress: One Side Mission in 2 has him captured by the Bratvas. After Marcus distracts a guard so Aiden can get his phone, he gets himself out of trouble.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears an impressive leather trench-coat.
- Becoming the Mask: Good Playthrough all Aiden cared about was revenge and was just helping people along the way. But when he finally kills Quinn, he states that he's The Vigilante.
- Best Served Cold:Pearce: "I wasn't always this guy. They crossed the line, and now I'll make them pay."
Pearce: "... That's when they came for me. But killed her. Now, I'm coming for them."
- Bullet Time: The game use this to represent Aiden's reflexes.
- Coat, Hat, Mask: Mostly. Aiden looks normal enough when pretending to just be going about his business, but when he's about to do something overtly illegal, he pulls his neck gaiter up to cover his face. This screws up ctOS's facial recognition.
- The Cracker: His primary tools of waging war.
- Combat Pragmatist: He pulls out guns in close-quarters, among other nasty tricks.
- Cunning Like a Fox: His alias is "the Fox" to the media, possibly due to the overlaid WV symbol he uses for his hacks (also the logo of the game), and he's extremely smart.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The murder of his six-year old niece.
- Double Consciousness: He's a former Fixer who has become 'The Vigilante' to cope with his guilt over his niece's death. The thing is that Aiden still makes the majority of his money through crime and most of his solutions are coming at problems from a criminal mindset. It gets worse when his desire for revenge results in moving from non-lethal methods to lethal ones. Aiden's desire to a hero is constantly contrasted against the reality that he's still, and fundamentally, a criminal.
- Evil Versus Evil: If Aiden's reputation is low enough to be considered a criminal, he'll invoke this trope against Lucky Quinn, who was already evil from the get-go.
- Fighting Irish: Aiden is a Irish immigrant as well as a badass.
- Good Is Not Nice: If you play as a Vigilante instead of a total homicidal lunatic, this is Aiden.
- Guilt Complex: When his niece is accidentally killed because of his actions, this motivates Aiden to embark on his mission.
- Guttural Growler: His voice has a bit of a gravelly undertone to it.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Several characters repeatedly bring up the many innocent lives Aiden's hurting in the name of making the guilty few responsible for Lena's death pay. That said, no matter how bad you play him, you'd have to go out of your way to be a monster to truly be the worst entity in Chicago.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Unless you take a heroic route.
- Hyper Awareness: Aiden is quick to notice details of the environments he finds himself in and the other persons in them.
- Hypocrite: An in-universe acknowledged one. Aiden's the Vigilante fighting career criminals, but he commits mass-computer theft and does "Fixer" work for money. Aiden even comments there's really not much difference between him and Jordi at the end of the day. On the other hand, the worst he's willing to do is help petty criminals make getaways, and the data theft is usually necessary.
- A Lighter Shade of Grey: Aiden was a career criminal before his niece's death, and he still is; most of his money comes from theft. However, the player can choose to steal only from wealthy targets and avoid killing people or causing too much damage, and unless you play him as an absolute Ax-Crazy maniac, he's still miles ahead of Quinn and the human traffickers. At the end of the day, Aiden is, at best, a petty thief. Some of his enemies run into utterly evil territory. Make of that what you will.
- Le Parkour: Among Aiden's skills, though his skills are not as pronounced as the other protagonists of Ubisoft's games.
- Lightning Bruiser: Aiden's a big guy, and his street fighting skills show him to be quick and brutal. This is what sets him apart from the other main hackers of the game. Unlike Defalt and Damien and to a lesser extent T-Bone, Aiden's very good at both hacking computers and hacking people.
- Legendary in the Sequel: Marcus is wearing his logo.
- Magical Computer: Uses it in a very versatile manner. You can hack most things, including physical steam valves.
- Mangst: Caused by the death of his niece, this is his main drive for revenge.
- Meaningful Name: His last name is possibly a reference to Irish revolutionary Patrick Pearse.
- My Nayme Is: His surname is spelt Pearce, instead of the more common Pierce, as he was born in Ireland.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: After what happened to Lena, he's gotten very protective towards Nicky.
- Papa Wolf: He's this to his nephew Jackson. Subverted by the fact he refuses to stop his quest for revenge despite the fact this is endangering both his sister and her surviving child.
- Parental Substitute: Aiden is confirmed by Word of God to have lived with his sister before the events of the game and helped raise her children. In effect, they're closer to his daughter and son than niece and nephew.
- Player Character: He's the only playable character in the game. Even when someone else has to be guided by proxy, it's all under control of Aiden telling them where to go.
- Pet the Dog: He spares Clara even though she aided in Lena's murder, and she's the only one of them who he spares.
- Ship Tease: He and Clara have a couple moments of Held Gaze throughout the game. However, the Ship Tease is much heavier on her side, and considering he's a Static Character and the fact she's Killed Off for Real, the game never really expands on this.
- The Social Expert: Aiden's ctOS profile states that he is a "street smart social engineer."
- Static Character: From start to finish, he's the same. He even lampshades this, by saying that he should feel different because of all the things that happened, but doesn't.
- Sociopathic Hero: He had a Morality Pet in his niece Lena. Now? She's dead. His Roaring Rampage of Revenge will not stop until he kills everyone involved with the death. And everyone who worked with those responsible. And anyone who gets in his way of killing #1 and #2.
- The Stoic: Aiden almost never loses his cool beyond a vague anger. Though he does have a few Not So Stoic moments, such as when he learns that Damien had targeted his family.
- Super Reflexes: Bullet-time is one of his special abilities.
- The Unfettered: You can choose to be this, shooting your way to the objective. But not without repercussions.
- Vigilante Man: Aiden's primary means of dealing with his niece's death.
- Weapon of Choice: Aiden's smartphone, and his collapsible baton and (non-collapsible) gun (typically a Beretta Px4 Storm). The game promotes using them in that order.
Clara Lille / BadBoy17
- Voiced by: Isabelle Blais"Clara is seductive. She’s dangerous. She’s the trapdoor spider you never saw living right under you. She can weave her way through any system and she can expose every secret you hide."
- Action Girl: As seen when she and Aiden get into a shootout with the Fixers that raid the latter's hotel.
- The Atoner: For her involvement in the hit on Aiden.
- The Cracker: Just like Aiden.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The flowers Aiden and Nicky keep seeing on Lena's grave are from Clara.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: She resembles adult film star Christy Mack, though she also resembles Lizbeth Salander.
- Heel–Face Turn: She used to provide information to the Chicago South Club, even locating the names of people they wanted dead, until the hit on Aiden killed Lena. She cut ties with them after this and worked with Aiden to make up for her past.
- The Illegal: Her immigration visa has expired, but she (obviously) has stayed in the United States illegally.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She is very excited about meeting T-Bone AKA Raymond Kenney.
- Marked to Die: The double Valknut on her chest. In modern Germanic Neopaganism, tattooing a Valknut onto your chest basically amounts to telling Odin "When it's time for me to die, tell my killers to stab here." It's also Faux Symbolism because, while ironic, getting killed clearly wasn't part of her plan—and it's highly unlikely anyone at Ubisoft Montreal did any research into the subject.
- Mission Control: While she's this a bit in the start as Badboy17, she really becomes it after you find the Bunker.
- Ms. Fanservice: It's already been mentioned that her appearance is based off an adult film star, and she wears a low-cut top with a leather jacket, although that may not be fanservice as much as revealing her tattoo. In fact, the first thing said in the above description is that she's seductive, which is accurate.
- Redemption Equals Death: She's shot by fixers while leaving flowers at Lena Pearce's grave.
- Skunk Stripe: Of white through her entirely black hair.
- Samus Is a Girl: Her hacker alias (Badboy17) fools Aiden into thinking that she's a guy.
- Ship Tease: She and Aiden have a couple moments of Held Gaze through the game. It's heavier on her side, with her changing from staying anonymous and in fear of him to one of his closest associates, and she does show that there's a chance. On the other hand, she couldn't have picked a worse guy.
- Tattooed Crook: Has a rather prominent tattoo of the All-Seeing Eye on her chest.
- Voiced by: Aaron Douglas"When you’re screwed beyond belief, you call in a fixer. And that’s Jordi. He gets things done and gets paid good money for his services. You need a body to disappear? You gotta find a missing adversary? Someone pissed you off? You call Jordi."
- Anti-Hero: Appears to fall squarely into this trope.
- But Not Too Foreign: He's Chinese-American.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Frequently spouts this.Jordi: Okay, we've got a bunch of dead bodies, right? We've got 40,000 people above us— We need a distraction. I called the cops.
- Consummate Professional: Laughably Evil traits aside, he takes his work overall seriously & dedicated to his professional reputation as well as seeing jobs through perfectly, no matter who his client is or who it puts him against. The only exception is going into Rossi-Fremont, which he refuses to do for Aiden (though sniping from outside is okay), but he only says it's because he doesn't pay him enough to do so.
- Deadpan Snarker: Quite a bit.Aiden: A survivor? How did that happen?
Jordi: I'm guessing he didn't die?
- The Fixer: If there's a shady deed that Aiden needs doing, such as cleaning up bodies, supplying info or just getting him a car, Jordi can get it done.
- Lack of Empathy: Doesn't care about what Aiden is doing at all as long as he gets paid enough for the jobs, and makes it readily apparent, but Aiden doesn't really care so long as he does his job.
- Laughably Evil: He might be on Aiden's side for the most part, but he's still very amoral, even immoral. However, the way he acts about his immoral acts is so entertaining that its sometimes hard to think badly of him.Aiden: Could you try enjoying this a little less?
- Mysterious Past: Even in the ctOS, everything about him is Unknown.
- Nominal Hero: At most. He makes it clear that he only does everything because he's paid to and is involved in plenty off Off Screen Villainy.
- Only in It for the Money: At one point he reminds Aiden that he's not promptly paying him for his services.
- Token Evil Teammate: Aiden considers him "the devil I know" and even notes that under other circumstances, the two would likely be against one another. And they do wind up against one another for short time near the end.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Appears to be this with Aiden.
- Wild Card: Perfectly willing to go up against Aiden near the end since the contract called upon it. Once their short exchange is over and he fails, he contacts Aiden, checks on his status, and goes back to immediately settling his remaining work with Aiden at that point.
Theodore "T-Bone" Grady / Raymond Kenney
- Voiced by: John Tench"T-Bone grew up a tinkerer and a basement hacker before the Internet was barely a byte. He can’t help challenging his mind to unlock areas forbidden to him. And it hasn’t gone without punishment. But he’ll take his jabs. And he’ll give his share in return."
- Badass Grandpa: He's 52 years old and is just as capable as him.
- Breakout Character: He's one of the most popular characters in the game, being the star of his own DLC, as well as one of the few characters from this game to carry over to the sequel.
- The Dreaded: He has something of a reputation within Blume which causes guards and staff to wet their pants when they hear T-Bone's name.
- Hero of Another Story: He's the protagonist of the Bad Blood DLC.
- My God, What Have I Done?: T-Bone's reaction when he sees Defalt's display of all the victims of the 2003 blackout he caused, and thus learning why Defalt wants him dead so badly in Bad Blood.
- Shout-Out: T-Bone's appearance and speaking voice bear more than a passing resemblance to the frontman of a certain industrial metal band that licensed music for the game, that T-Bone so happens to play on his stereo during a firefight. His DLC is even named after one of their popular songs from 90s.
- Southern-Fried Genius: Well, for starters, he's pretty clever to have built all those contraptions. Including ctOS.
- The Stool Pigeon: Of the whistleblower variety. He tried warning people about what Blume was up to, but was discredited and dismissed as mentally ill and paranoid.
- Stuff Blowing Up: He has a quite a few explosive traps around his junkyard. Later, he blows the whole thing up after Blume discovered his location — but not before taking a picture "for [his] portfolio".
- Unperson: He has Aiden break into a Blume station in Pawnee to plant a virus that will wipe his biometrics off of the ctOS servers, otherwise he'd be spotted soon as he set foot in Chicago.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In his backstory. He's the hacker in the game's plot who caused the Northeast Blackout of 2003, which prompted the creation of ctOS's mainframe and further development in the first place.
- Wrench Whack: In his DLC, he uses a wrench as his melee weapon.
Delford "Iraq" Wade
Delford "Iraq" Wade
- Voiced by: Jerod Haynes
- Ax-Crazy: Caves one of his men's skull in with a heavy briefcase over Quinn calling him a weasel on the phone. Aiden can also overhear some gangbangers discussing how Iraq chased other gangs out of the Rossi-Fremont projects. Apparently, he stripped naked and charged at them with an automatic weapon, screaming maniacally the whole time. The other gangs, spooked by his utter insanity and their own casualties, took a hint and got the hell out.
- Berserk Button: Implied to be when other people think he's stupid or easy to manipulate (as this is a deliberate act of Obfuscating Stupidity on his part), as one of his mooks finds out shortly after he's introduced.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Though he's legitimately threatening and is half of the reason why Quinn put out the hit, the real top dogs in the criminal world keep him in line. Lampshaded by Aiden during their confrontation.Aiden: A wannabe king in a tiny castle!Iraq: You're wrong!Aiden: And Lucky Quinn's lapdog!
- Boss In Mooks Clothing: He's classified by the enemy-tagging system as an Enforcer, but he's immune to melee takedowns.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When confronted by Aiden, he says he doesn't even know him. A Justified Trope, given their first encounter was a game of Dueling Hackers with him against Damien.
- Climax Boss: Fought at the very middle of the game, atop his HQ. Also serves as the only direct Boss Battle in the game.
- Disc One Final Boss: He's the major threat for the first half of the game, and the quest to hijack his server drives half the plot.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Beats one of his men to death because they accidentally called him a weasel. The guy didn't even actually call him that: Quinn called Iraq a "stoat" in an argument over the phone, and when Iraq rhetorically asked what a stoat was, the poor guy made the mistake of answering.
- The Dragon: To Lucky Quinn, providing him extra muscle and security.
- Evil Laugh: He has a particular high-pitched laugh that he only uses when he's terribly, murderously angry.
- From Camouflage To Criminal: He's a military veteran who applied the skills he learned in the army to crime.
- Gang Bangers: Is the leader of the Black Viceroys. Only the low level members of the gang operate like the trope, though. Most of the higher-ups have been given military training by Iraq and have equipment way beyond what a street gang should. The low level operations are just a show to fool anyone watching from suspecting what the Black Viceroys really are.
- Genius Bruiser: Given his status as a gang leader & physical elements, you'd generally take him as just being a bruiser. Beneath that, however, is an intelligent foe who values technology, introduced all sorts of military training techniques into his men, and is a skilled hacker.
- Hidden Depths: Despite all he is, his personal information reveals he was discharged from the army with honors.
- Lame Comeback: His only reaction to being told he's Lucky Quinn's lapdog is "Fuck you".
- Mole in Charge: Quinn puts him on finding out who was the hacker trying to steal his blackmail material. He was said hacker, but used this to pin the blame on Aiden who was there just to steal money from the Merlaut.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: No one in the game calls him anything other than Iraq. Not even his own cousin calls him by his real name.
- Pet the Dog: Despite his threats, he doesn't execute Bedbug after finding him in his server room while wearing a wire.
- Scary Black Man
- The Starscream: He doesn't plan on staying second to Quinn for long, and has been gathering extensive blackmail materials on everyone important in the city to use when he's ready to make his move.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Aiden storms his compound, steals his blackmail, and practically cuts through his gang like a hot knife through butter, he starts ranting and raving about how he's gonna to destroy everything Aiden has.
- Visionary Villain: You have to hand it to Iraq: he's transformed a street gang into what's essentially a highly trained private army, and has spread his influence throughout Chicago and could legitimately be able to take over if given the opportunity. Even Jordi is terrified of his gang.
Tyrone "Bedbug" Hayes
Tyrone "Bedbug" HayesIraq's portly cousin with big ambitions.
- Comically Missing the Point: His definition of what being a bedbug means.Bedbug: It's cause I'm a player! A bedbug can get into any lady's bed...
- Disney Death: After breaking into Iraq's server room a cutscene heavily implied he was killed for his betrayal, but he ultimately survived his cousin's wrath and gives Aiden a call shortly afterwards.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He genuinely loves his grandmother, and the only reason he doesn't flee Chicago after Aiden blackmails him is because he doesn't want to leave her alone..
- Fat Idiot: Aside from not being book smart (see Comically Missing the Point for instance), he also talks about his tendencies toward The Starscream in broad daylight without even bothering to hide it unless directly in front of Iraq. Also despite the fact he is probably the closest to Iraq, he doesn't seem to realize the "gang" is a front for Iraq to hide the fact he is building a private army. It's a wonder he wasn't caught out on blackmail before Aiden comes along.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be a gang banger with some pretty shaky morals, but he still helps Aiden out even after his plan almost got him killed. He also takes the time to tell his grandmother that he loves her.
- The Mole: Aiden uses him to get into Iraq's server room. Of course, he gets found out.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After surviving Iraq's wrath, he figures it's time for him to get the hell out of Chicago.
- The Starscream: He wants to be this by taking out Iraq. Aiden uses that as blackmail against him.
Dermot "Lucky" Quinn
Dermot "Lucky" Quinn
- Voiced by: Myron Natwick"Experience has taught me not to be manipulated, not to back down."
- Big Bad Ensemble: Along with Damien, Quinn is the one who ordered the hit on Aiden, leading to the death of his neice.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When he finds out his hit on Pierce resulted in the death of Pierce's niece, we get this.Quinn: Is this what all the fuss was about? You must forgive me; so many people come to me with their little problems, it's hard to keep track sometimes.
- Defiant to the End: When Aiden hacks his pacemaker to give Quinn a heart attack, Quinn proudly says he will not beg and that after his passing, Chicago will build a statue to his glory while forgetting Aiden ever existed. As his fatal heart attack comes closer, this lets up and begins offering Aiden anything he wants to let him live.
- The Don: A ruthless crime lord and leader of The Irish Mob, who controls Chicago's underground by killing anyone who stands in the way of his business.
- Ear Notch: He's missing a chunk of his left ear due to a shootout from his youth. See Sole Survivor.
- Evil Old Folks: He's 75, but he's the head of Chicago through his crime network. A key example is in his reveal in the first trailer that showed him, which has him stabbing someone.
- Faux Affably Evil: Acts like a genial grandfatherly figure who's all too happy to knife you in the throat if you've inconvenienced him in any way.
- Fiction 500: His net worth is estimated as $40 billion.
- Fighting Irish: In his youth, anyway, back when he was just a lowly thug. Though his first scene shows that he's still got some fight in him.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Don't let his aspect (an old, visually-impaired man with old-fashioned glasses and health issues) fool you. He's a cold and calculating mastermind who serves as the primary root for many of the evils that are eating Chicago alive.
- Have You Told Anyone Else?: He asks Neil if he had the chance to tell anyone they would be meeting in Backseat Driver and upon receiving a negative answer, promptly kills him.
- The Irish Mob: He's the boss of the Chicago South Club.
- Lack of Empathy: Notes that he hears tons of people raise complaints about the various actions he undertakes and it all ultimately is just yet another voice complaining to him.
- Mismatched Eyes: His right eye is a milky white, while his left is green.
- Non-Action Big Bad: While he has no problems stabbing someone to death, being a decrepit old man he's not an actual physical threat to anyone who can put up a fight. The final encounter with Quinn just has him taunting Aiden behind bulletproof glass, only to have his pacemaker hacked.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Never raises his voice. This might be because he has heart problems and can't risk the stress.
- Sole Survivor: He earned his nickname, "Lucky", by being one of these, following a massive shootout between the South Club and the Chicago Outfit.
- Sword Cane: He has a knife hidden in the handle of his cane.
- Too Dumb to Live: Quinn, why in the world would you connect your pacemaker to ctOS?
- Villain with Good Publicity: His occupation is listed as Philanthropist to mask his criminal deeds. It's also because he has the mayor of Chicago under his thumb.
- Villains Want Mercy: Despite originally refusing to beg for his life, Quinn spends his last moments offering Aiden to make any deal he wants in return for not killing him.
- We Have Reserves: Or in Quinn's case, Iraq's gang has reserves.Quinn: Your men are expendable.
- Voiced by: Daniel Kash
- Ax-Crazy: The whole plot is because he wouldn't walk from a ATM hacking scam on account of a growing god complex. When he starts "working with" Aiden, he's unstable and unreliable enough that the latter's almost always trying to get out of the arrangement as soon as possible.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Quinn, Damian drives much of the plot by his kidnapping of Nicky and by attempting to seize control of ctOS.
- The Cracker: Especially after he gets access to the ctOS like Aiden has.
- Deadpan Snarker: He relies on sarcasm and harsh communication when talking to Aiden. He's not sensitive even when Nicky is speaking to Aiden.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He kidnapped Nicky, but he made it clear that her son was off limits. After one of his men still try to kidnap the boy and is now begging Damien for help when Aiden is after him, he tells him tough luck.
- Evil Counterpart: To Aiden. Both are very skilled hackers who aren't too bothered with matters of legality. But while Aiden operates on some semblance of a moral compass, Damien has no such qualms. They also both have questionable fashion sense.
- Evil Mentor: Taught Aiden into becoming a hacker.
- Evil Cripple: He was beaten to a pulp by Quinn's associates to the point he needed to learn how to walk again. He spends the entire game with a leg brace on his left leg.
- Final Boss: While it's more of a Cutscene Boss battle, Damian outlives Quinn to become the final antagonizing force left to Aiden.
- A God Am I: Has a pretty hefty complex regarding coding, which Aiden calls him out on more than once. Goes into overdrive when he gains control over ctOS and causes havoc all over Chicago.
- I Have Your Wife: Kidnaps Aiden's sister to force Aiden along with his plans.
- Jerkass: Is frequently snide and condescending towards Aiden in their interactions with each other.
- Rummage Sale Reject: He might have been taken more seriously if he didn't look like an aging hipster.
- Smug Snake: For all his arrogance and delusions of grandeur, he has little power on his own and his master plan boils down to kidnapping Nikki and forcing Aiden to do all his work for him. Once Aiden discovers his backroom deals with Blume over the blackmail that Aiden has yet to give him, it becomes obvious that he's in over his head and he's completely outwitted not too long afterward.
- Villainous Breakdown: Starts his breakdown in Act 2 when it becomes clear that Aiden refuses to follow commands. After acting like a Smug Snake for much of the game, Damien finally loses it when Aiden leaks Iraq's blackmail data to the public rather than handing it over to Damien. This prompts Damien to hijack ctOS in an attempt to kill Aiden.
- Voiced by: Christopher Jacot
- Death Seeker: At the end of the game during the credits, there's one last choice for Aiden to make: kill Maurice or let him live, even while he's begging Aiden to kill him.
- Hitman with a Heart: Hated himself due to his Accidental Murder of Lena instead of Aiden.
- I Have Your Wife: Worked for the club in fear of them hurting his wife. After failing to kill Aiden, his wife is kidnapped to be sold at the auction.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He's extremely guilty for the fact that he's responsible for Lena's death.
- Professional Killer: Why he tried to kill Aiden.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Why he's so distraught over killing Lena.
DedSecA group of hackers who want the city of Chicago to shut down the ctOS and put city infrastructure in a demilitarized zone.
- The Cracker: A loose organization of them.
- Dark is Not Evil: They hide in the shadows, wear masks, and speak through a voice filter that makes them sound evil. But ultimately they stand against corrupt groups. Put it best by Aiden:Aiden: You know that voice filter makes you sound like a villain.
- Expy: They're one for groups like Anonymous, Lulzsec or even Erudito.
- He Who Fights Monsters: In the finale of the game, an operative asks Aiden to put a ghost code inside of the system as he reboots ctOS so that DedSec will be "the watchdogs" over the system with nobody the wiser, just as Blume is beforehand. Aiden tells them he's done with secrets.
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The QR logs you find show that the leaders are said to have the name Dave in their screen names, meaning they could be anyone not just in Chicago, but in the world.
- We Wait: How they take action to Clara giving Aiden their control of ctOS.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: They are the quintessential "hacktivists" who exploit vulnerabilities in the ctOS and attack Blume for the sole purpose of exposing just how unsafe the ctOS is, and to drive home the fact that it is an egregious violation of privacy and civil liberties to Chicagoans. Basically, their message is "If we can do this, imagine who else can, or already is."
JB "Defalt" MarcowiczA hacker who has just as much access into the ctOS as Aiden.
- Ax-Crazy: Kept hidden quite well in the main game, but he's shown to be this in Bad Blood.
- Back from the Dead: For Bad Blood: it's Hand Waved that he had a body double fill him for him at Dot Connexion anticipating that Aiden would go there looking for him.
- Big Bad: In Bad Blood.
- Cult Classic: In-Universe example when it comes to his music. After his death in Bad Blood, his music has become this among hackers according to in-game descriptions in Watch_Dogs 2 of outfits inspired by him, with some members of DedSec even listening to his music 'ironically.'
- Cool Car: His Rosewood. It's a suped-up station wagon that has LED lights showing his insignia taking up the back windows. The fact that what is effectively a station wagon is classified as a performance vehiclenote tells you all you need to know.
- Evil Counterpart: To Aiden.
- Expy: DJ with a rodent-themed helmet? deadmau5, is that you?
- Flipping the Bird: Does this to Aiden when Aiden hacks his webcam at DotConnexion. It was actually Defalt's body double baiting him.
- Genre Savvy: The first thing he does is when he gets sicked on Aiden is to dig into his background and sow discord in Aiden's group to divide them. He even had the foresight to hire a body double when he knows Aiden is gunning for him, and this is after he's seen firsthand what Aiden can do.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: At the end of Bad Blood Defalt tries to kill T-Bone using poison gas. T-Bone ends up using Frewer's phone to hack an air vent, which sends the gas flooding into the room Defalt's in instead.
- It's Personal: Blume affiliates in Bad Blood noted that he was willing to go after T-Bone for free.
- Jack the Ripoff: By the events of Watch_Dogs 2, he's become so notorious of a hacker that he inspired an entire group of copycats, complete with his rat head masks. You can even unlock outfits inspired by him through online matches or DLC.
- Killed Off for Real: At the end of Bad Blood.
- Lack of Empathy: A couple of his taunts are really below the belt.E-mail from Defalt: Subject: "why Defalt will always win..."; Message: "because Defalt sees the future, pearce is too busy looking at the past"
- Laughing Mad: In Bad Blood, he giggles like a raving lunatic when T-Bone sees his effigies of the victims of the blackout and when T-Bone is about to be gassed. His mask's voice distortions actually manage to make it sound even more insane.
- Oh, Crap!: Defalt's reaction to the ease with which Aiden deals with the fixers he sends after him. See Worthy Opponent below for details on how he reacts to this.
- Silent Bob: Never actually speaks except through text messages. Subverted in the Bad Blood DLC where he talks with a voice distortion.
- Playful Hacker: A bit too playful. And not nearly as funny when he's doing it to you.
- Psycho for Hire: After being rejected by DedSec, his only loyalty is to the highest bidder.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Picture a particularly annoying Troll in your online game of choice, the kind who constantly trash talks you and spews leet speak like a broken faucet, and you have a rough approximation of what dealing with Defalt is like. The "psychopathic" part gets extra emphasis in Bad Blood, where it becomes quite clear that this guy has a few screws loose, to the point where in a few scenes, he's the hacker equivalent of The Joker.
- Punch Clock Villain: Like Jordi, there's nothing indicating that Defalt has any beef with Aiden. The only reason he bothers Aiden at all is because he was hired by Quinn after Clara wanted nothing more to do with him.
- The Resenter: Towards DedSec. He wanted to join them, and by all rights, he's more than talented enough to qualify. They rejected him because he refuses to be anonymous and seemed to care more about his own infamy than DedSec's goals. He never got over it and has held a grudge against them ever since.
- The Unfettered: He's willing to go to all sorts of length, all to make T-Bone pay. It helps that he's also quite unhinged.
- Villain Cred: Clara and T-Bone both note how good of a hacker Defalt is, to the point where he can send messages to Aiden through others' phones and mess with their ctOS profiles for the same reason, and Aiden is legitimately impressed by his firewall designs.
- Villainous Breakdown: When the gas fills his room, he starts trying desperately to save himself before ultimately Flipping the Table and succumbing to the fumes giggling like a lunatic.
- Worthy Opponent: Defalt is surprised at how easily Aiden deals with the Fixers and is eager to engage in a game of Dueling Hackers with him. The feeling is mutual to some degree.
- You Killed My Father: His brother was interned in a psychiatric ward on suicide watch when Ray Kenney's infamous blackout hit. The blackout allowed his brother to escape, and then commit suicide. Defalt blamed Kenney for his death and wants revenge, which results in the plot for Bad Blood.