Characters: Wing Commander
aka: Wing Commander Academy
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Christopher "Maverick" BlairThis list is alphabetical, but it's appropriate that Blair be its first entry, as he is the Player Character for most of the franchise's entries and one of its most central figures overall. Heroic, earnest and originally nameless, he was portrayed by Freddie Prinze Jr. in The Movie, and by Mark Hamill in the later games and the animated series.
- The Ace: The most famous ace in Confederation history, responsible for ultimately ending the Kilrathi war.
- Call to Agriculture: Blair retired to become a farmer after Wing Commander III. He wasn't much good at it, however, and couldn't turn down the call to return to active duty in the next game.
- Colonel Badass: In Wing Commander III and Wing Commander IV.
- Custom Uniform: In Wing Commander III and Wing Commander IV, Blair has his last name on the name tag on his uniform, while all other pilots have their callsign on the name tag.
- Drowning My Sorrows: in Wing Commander III
- Ensign Newbie: In the first game, as well as in Wing Commander Academy.
- Four-Star Badass: Upgraded from Colonel Badass to this in Prophecy, where he even flies a mission on your wing before getting captured by the Nephilim.
- Got Volunteered: Spirit of all people does this during a rescue mission briefing.
- Knight in Sour Armor: In the second game, he's fairly bitter about his career being ruined because no one believed him, but is still willing to take risks and defy orders to do the right thing.
- I Have Many Names: Bluehair, Blair, "The Coward of the K'tithrak Mang," "The Heart of the Tiger," "The Savior of the Confederation," "The guy from Star Wars"...
- Leeroy Jenkins: For someone whose callsign of "Maverick" is an Ironic Nickname, he's not always "by the book.:
- In Wing Commander II, he disobeys orders to rescue Stingray and to attack the Kilrathi starbase at the end.
- From Wing Commander III:
- After failing to defend the Behemoth, Prince Thrakhath appears and taunts Blair with a video of the violent death of his Love Interest, and challenges him to a personal duel. The player can choose to ignore the challenge and land before the Victory jumps out of the system that Confed is abandoning, or accept the challenge and become Trapped Behind Enemy Lines, even if he succeeds in killing Thrakhath.
- When The Mole flees the Victory to spill Confed's plans to the Kilrathi, Blair can go out and give chase, but this indirectly leads to Vaquero's death. (As per the novelization, this is the canon path.)
- Legally Dead: In Prophecy, Blair is lost when the Nephilim wormhole gate he's seeking to shut down collapses, leaving his fate uncertain. In the sequel Secret Ops, background fiction for the game says that he was declared legally dead.
- Military Maverick: "Maverick" is an Ironic Nickname, as Word of God claims he got his call sign as a sarcastic reference to his by-the-book flying style. However, on occasion he has fit the trope in a non-ironic sense.
- Tragic Monster: Depending on when you defect from Confed, in Wing Commander IV.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Maniac, eventually.
- You Are in Command Now: In Wing Commander IV, Blair is given command of the Intrepid when Eisen departs for Earth. Subverted in the novelization, in that a Navy lieutenant is the one to actually give the exact commands to carry out Blair's orders, but is too junior to be made Captain himself.
- Though Blair was already the CAG by Wing Commander 3, and was shown to have some command-experience from Wing Commander Academy so he wasn't quite as ill-prepared for command as is typical for this trope.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: As a result of the limited color palette available to VGA displays of the time the first game came out, the Player Character was given blue hair. When the series went to FMV, this resulted in the last name of the character becoming "Blair".
Jason "Bear" BondarevskiOriginally appearing in an Expansion Pack to Wing Commander II, Bondarevski was adopted by author William Forstchen as the main character of his Expanded Universe novels. Bear, like Blair, eventually reaches flag rank and helps to strike a number of devastating blows against the Kilrathi war machine.
- Ascended Extra
- Artificial Limbs: The Wing Commander IV novelization states he lost an arm during the conclusion of the Kilrathi War, which was replaced with a cybernetic substitute. As noted below, later he's offered an Unusual User Interface, but declines.
- Running Gag: His name. Many attempt to say it, most botch it badly.
- Unusual User Interface: In the novel False Colors, he's offered the chance to have his cybernetic replacement arm (mentioned above) wired so he's directly connected to his fighter's controls. He declines the offer.
Grayson BurroughsA mercenary out on the fringes of Confederation society, and thanks to an alien artifact a player in the Gemini Sector, in Privateer and its add-on Righteous Fire.
Lance CaseyThe new Player Character in Prophecy and an Expy to Blair, Casey is the son of a legendary ace from the Kilrathi war. Portrayed by Stephen Petrarca.
- The Ace: Casey eventually becomes every bit as good as his father was, perhaps even better.
- Dead Guy Junior: The second coming of Iceman.
- Ensign Newbie: How he starts in Prophecy.
- Right Behind Me: He starts bad-mouthing Commodore Blair, who inevitably appears. After being made aware of Blair's presence, he goes into full "recruit greeting a senior officer" mode.Casey: "I must have heard everything about Blair." (lists off Blair's famous achievements, then pauses when he sees his audience stand at attention) "Except that he was onboard the Midway..." (muttered)
- Someone to Remember Him By: was the "someone" in this case. The strategy guide gives the impression of a hastily-arranged wedding, which was just as well—Iceman still died before Lance was born.
Michael "Iceman" CaseyA wingman from the first game, Casey was killed in action not long after his son Lance was born. He was a very good pilot: generally, you'd fly four or five missions with each wingman, with the best ones saved for the late-game adventures. Iceman was second-to-last.
- Badass: The other pilots are in awe and sometimes a little afraid of him, and Colonel Halcyon gets disappointed if he returns from a mission with no kills.
- Clint Squint: His default expression.
- Danger Deadpan: Iceman is described in the manual for the first game as being the calm, cool, collected pilot, and the one on top of the scoreboard when you start the game. A fellow pilot notes that everyone else shouts in combat, but you sometimes have to strain to hear Iceman, because he's pretty much whispering in terse, two-or-three-word sentences.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Died when Kilrathi stealth fighters attacked the Tiger's Claw. He was captured... and Kilrathi don't take prisoners.
- Nerves of Steel: Much like his Topgun counterpart.
- The Quiet One: Stoic, but personable.
- Took a Level in Badass: Iceman was deemed an average combat pilot at best before his family was killed by Kilrathi. After that, his main purpose in life became to be the best killing machine in the cockpit he could.
Winston "Vagabond" ChangA Chinese pilot from the third and fourth games with a Dark and Troubled Past, Vagabond has seen more of the universe than he necessarily wished to.
- Demoted to Extra: In the fourth game's novel.
- Killed Off for Real: Tragic considering he survived the hellstorm of the Kilrathi war.
- The Magic Poker Equation
- Professional Gambler: The Victory's local card shark.
Zachary "Jazz" ColsonA pilot introduced in the original game's first expansion pack, Colson is more notable for being The Mole, the first perpetrator of the "secret defector" subplot which the franchise seemed to love.
- Batman Gambit: His aim was to kill the pilots of the Tiger Claw. Spirit was one of the pilots. He attempts to blackmail her into not attacking a space station her fiancée was held hostage on. Her solution, for anyone who knew her, would have been a Foregone Conclusion.
- Dramatic Space Drifting: In the winning ending of Wing Commander II: Special Operations 2, his empty helmet is shown floating in space.
- Frameup: He destroyed evidence to make Blair get blamed for the destruction of the Tiger's Claw.
- Failure-to-Save Murder: See below, to the point where he collaborates with the people responsible for the incident they failed to save his brother from.
- Freudian Excuse: He blames his brother being killed at Goddard on the Tiger's Claw being delayed from responding to the colony's distress signal by an attack on a Kilrathi transport. Vengeance of the Kilrathi portrayed him as working with the Kilrathi to get his revenge on the crew of the Claw, however Special Operations 2 suggests he is a full blown collaborator without needing revenge for motivation.
- Les Collaborateurs: With the Kilrathi.
- The Mole: He's a member of the Mandarin faction.
- Smug Snake: For sheer irritating smugness he gives Mr. Morden a run for his money. Even in the Secret Missions expansion to the first game, before he does anything actually evil, he has a smug, douchey smirk on his face all the time.
Rachel CoriolisA technician in the third and fifth games who leads the ground crews that service fighter craft. Played by renowned porn star Ginger Lynn Allen in her first "dramatic" role.
- Double Entendre: Most of her dialogue with Blair is laden with these; the Reality Subtext was likely deliberate.
- Genki Girl: She's extremely happy and outgoing during the events of Wing Commander III, far more than one would expect.
- Ms. Fanservice: Actually averted, despite the obvious temptation. She has a Girl Next Door appeal in the third game, but it's not overtly sexualized.
- Wrench Wench: A perfect example.
Jeanette "Angel" DevereauxOriginally introduced as a studious, somewhat nerdy Francophone Belgian in the first game, Angel was promoted ahead of Blair, serving as his squadron commander when Blair is assigned to the Claw as per The Movie. In between the second and third she serves under him in a different fashion. Played by Saffron Burrows in the movie, and Yolanda Jilot in Wing Commander III.
- Character Death: She dies as soon as she's introduced in Wing Commander III, although the player doesn't learn of her death until much later, and this sets up the last mission as being one for revenge.
- Colonel Badass: Her eventual rank.
- Damsel out of Distress: Jazz gets an elbow to the face for trying to hold her hostage at gunpoint during the events of Wing Commander II and its add-ons, and even stands up to the Kilrathi when captured in Wing Commander III.
- Gratuitous French: Frequently in combat.
- I Am Very British: In the movie.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Starting in Wing Commander II, she goes from just another pilot to Blair's lover.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: in the second game.
- Right in Front of Me: From the movie: "I'm Commander Devereaux, Lieutenant. Your wing commander."
- That's an Order: She uses several versions of the trope phrase in the movie.
Captain William EisenThe Captain of the TCS Victory and then of the Lexington, the carriers out of which the third and fourth games take place, Eisen is a no-nonsense captain who treats Blair with respect (but is not above chewing him out if he screws up royally, or ejects unnecessarially). In the fourth game he defects to the Union of Border Worlds, convincing several of his best pilots to do the same, and is eventually elected captain of their carrier, the Intrepid.
- La Résistance: Joins one fairly early in Wing Commander IV
- Real Life Writes the Plot: probably would've shown up in Prophecy, but Jason Bernard passed away in '96. His final film, Jim Carrey's Liar Liar, is dedicated to him, and Prophecy has a carrier in his honor as well as the Real Life Barnard's Star renamed on the galaxy map that shipped with some versions of Prophecy to "Bernard's Star".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Especially compared to when Admiral Tolwyn was commanding the Victory, he's almost a model of reasonableness, willing to listen to others if they have something important to discuss.
- What the Hell, Hero?: will do this to Blair if necessary, particularly if the player's starting wingman choices all focus on Hobbes, and if you chase down The Mole later in Wing Commander III, resulting in Vaquero's death.
- You Are in Command Now: leaves the Intrepid for further espionage later in the game. The novelization elaborates that Blair is assigned a Navy Lieutenant to whisper in his ear; that character is captain in all but rank.
Mitchell "Vaquero" LopezA music-minded pilot from the third game who dreams of opening a cantina when he retires. Played by Julian Reyes.
Jacob "Hawk" ManleyA pilot from the fourth and fifth games. In the fourth, he's a retired Confed colonel who has taken up arms with the Border Worlds, becoming one of Blair's most trusted wingmen and providing a war-minded Spock to the McCoy of Tamara "Panther" Farnsworth. He returns in much the same vein in Prophecy, being one of several Mentors to Casey.
- Colonel Badass: And every bit as good as his reputation suggests.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's been fighting a long time, and unable to accept the idea of peace with the Kilrathi.
Todd "Maniac" MarshallOne of the first wingmen you fly with in Wing Commander I. He's Blair's rival from the Academy, scoring second in their graduating class, and is also something of a Foil, the Red Oni to our Bluehair. Played by Tom Wilson in the later games and animated show, and Matthew Lillard in the movie.
- The Ace: He's almost as good as his Boisterous Bruiser ego says he is (while serving up a large slice of ham, particularly when Tom Wilson steps into the role in Wing Commander III). Maniac has the 14th highest kill score in the entire Kilrathi War, behind Blair's 11th Place spot. All the other pilots in the Top 20 are dead. However, he's next to useless when you fly with him, almost never follows orders and runs away at the earliest opportunity. He's quite the match when he challenges Blair to a duel in Wing Commander IV, though.
- Born Lucky: How Maniac has managed to survive for so long, according to Blair. He goes on to tell Catscratch that "there's one on every ship, but only one".
- Boisterous Bruiser: Especially in Prophecy where he doubles as a Sergeant Rock with a big slice of ham in his jaws at all times.
- Glory Hound: Generally with realistic consequences.
- Guile Hero: one of his most fabled exploits was in coming across two Kilrathi destroyers whilst flying a dinky little patrol fighter. Through judicious taunts and dazzling flying alone, he was able to convince the two ships to smash into each other, with all hands lost.
- Hidden Depths: He's genuinely rattled by Vagabound's death, and surprisingly points out that certain actions that you can take in Wing Commander IV might not be entirely moral.
- Hot-Blooded: "Ramming speed!!"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He starts out as a plain-old Jerkass, but does slowly warm up in the later games, particularly once the series went to live action and Tom Wilson took over the role. However, it isn't until in the second half of Prophecy where he really developed his character by forging a friendly relationship with the protagonist after the latter became a more than competent pilot.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He's uncontrollable in combat, and will charge a fully defended cruiser with all flack guns firing with ten bandits on his six and won't stop until they, or he, are dead. The only time he obeys any orders other than "break and attack" is in the final mission set of Wing Commander III.
- Limited Advancement Opportunities: Maniac just can't seem to get and stay past Major. Mostly it's his own fault, though, thanks to his Leeroy Jenkins behavior and general jerkassishness.
- Military Maverick: He's a Dirty Harry-style Deconstruction, with similar fatality rates among his wingmen and dazzled worshipers. He's so irresponsible he never keeps any promotions past Major.
- Right Behind Me: Maniac falls for this in Wing Commander III in a discussion with Flint, going off at first Flash and then Blair, not realizing Blair is right behind him.Maniac: The Colonel is a spineless...
Blair: I wouldn't finish that sentence if I were you, Major.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Downplayed. His legend is real... but he certainly doesn't have a modest personality.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: He tends to get killed a lot for blindly charging at the enemy in the original game. Once he gets Plot Armor, this becomes a justified trope: he's just that good. The problem, again, is that nobody else is.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Blair, eventually.
- Worthy Opponent: Maniac sees himself as this to Blair. To his credit, while he's obsessed with one-upping Blair, he absolutely insists that it must happen in a completely fair fight.
Janet "Sparks" McCulloughIntroduced in the second game in the same role Rachel was later given in Wing Commander III, she eventually transferred to the Expanded Universe novelizations along with Bondarevski.
- Ascended Extra: After only a brief showing in the games, she becomes significant character in the non-novelization novels.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Her name is mentioned in dialog, but much of the time she was addressed by her nickname.
- Official Couple: she and Bear.
- Shipper on Deck: For Blair and Angel.
- Wrench Wench: Her job aboard the carriers she serves upon is to maintain the spacecraft launching from their decks.
Simon "McGoo" LeDuke
- Nerd Glasses: In the Wing Commander Collectible Card Game, his character card shows him wearing a pair of these.
Etienne "Doomsday" MontclairThe callsign says it all. A Maori pilot with distinctive facial tattoos, he transfers to the Tarawa with Jason Bondarevski.
- Doomy Dooms of DoomDoomsday: Now all we need is Maniac, so we can all die together.
Spirit: What an uplifting sentiment.
- The Eeyore: Almost every comm message he ever sends you is about his impending death. ("Yay, we killed everyone. I bet I'm going to die now.")
- Irony: He is one of the few pilots from the original game to survive the war, and still flying combat missions (as a mercenary) in Arena, set in 2701.
Elizabeth "Shadow" NorwoodAt the beginning of the second game, Blair is court-martialled for allowing the Tiger's Claw to be destroyed and Reassigned to Antarctica, if by "Antarctica" we mean "The Coast Guard IN SPACE," where he is expected to live out his career in obscurity and shame. Shadow is one of the few friends he makes there.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: One would think Blair would remember one of his only post-Claw friends a bit more.
- Plotline Death: Her death to a pair of Kilrathi fighters occurs in a cutscene, with the player not being able to affect the outcome.
- Retirony: Killed shortly before she was set to go home.
"Seether"A pilot whose official name is never established, he serves Admiral Tolwyn and is a member of the GenSelect program. Played by Robert Rusler.
- Artificial Human: As part of the Genetic Enhancement Program, his base genome was modified with a genetic template composed of some of the finest pilots in the Confederation.
- Blood Knight: He was literally bred for war, and gleefully participates in some of the most heinous atrocities of Wing Commander IV
- The Dragon: In The Price of Freedom, to Admiral Tolwyn.
- Knife Nut: One of his defining traits outside the cockpit is his love for a unique two-blade knife.
- Master Race: Between genetically modified as the ultimate warrior and being brought up with the propaganda by the project, he believes himself and his fellow Genetic Enhancement Program members to be superior to un-modified humanity.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His record was blanked by Confed, and the only person who recognized him by his Mine shockwave riding trick couldn't remember his real name, so his callsign of "Seether" is the only identifier.
- Putting on the Reich: His uniform is not subtle.
- You Have Failed Me: Pulls this at the point of a combat knife on Captain Paulsen.
- Smug Snake: For all his talk about being superior and his zero tolerance to failure, he falls rather quickly in battle (probably because he doesn't have the advantage of technology anymore).
Ian "Hunter" St. JohnA "loose cannon" on the decks of the Claw, Hunter is the final wingman of the first game. He also figures a couple of the Expanded Universe novels.
- Back Forthe Dead: Fleet Action
- Leeroy Jenkins: Hunter obeys orders. Sometimes. When he feels like it. Which is not very often.
- Land Down Under: Name an Australian slang cliche, and Hunter has most likely said it at least once.
- Military Maverick: His saving the Tiger's Claw in Freedom Flight was because he had snuck aboard a captured Kilrathi fighter for a joyride.
- Oral Fixation: He's almost always depicted with a cigar in his mouth.
- Younger Than They Look: The manual says he's in his late twenties. His sprite looks around forty.
Robert "Pliers" SykesAnother spaceplane-maintainer, this time working for the Border Worlds. He's grandfatherly and channels a little bit of the inventive spirit.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: His name is mentioned in dialog, but it was used only once, the rest of the time he was addressed by his nickname.
- Percussive Maintenance: When he first finds a flash pak (a mine that cooks any ship from the inside out) he tries to work out what it is by dropping it on the ground, before resigning himself to actual work when it doesn't go bang.
- Oral Fixation: Rarely seen without a wad of dip (chewing tobacco) in his mouth, especially in the novelization. This presents some difficulty to him while he's aboard the TCS Princeton, as he couldn't indulge in his normal habit of spitting out tobacco juice onto the deck without messing up the nice clean carrier.
James "Paladin" TaggartAnother franchise-long mainstay, Paladin is a pilot on the Claw who later transfers into Black Ops, particularly helping set up the Temblor Project which helps end the war. From the fourth game onward, he's been elected as a Senator.
- Cool Old Guy: He was in his 50s when he was a pilot in the very first Wing Commander.
- Badass Grandpa: Paladin is a skilled and tactical pilot. When he retires, his Temblor bomb project is ultimately responsible for winning the war with the Kilrathi.
- Eyepatch of Power: In Super Wing Commander, released for the Macintosh and 3DO, Paladin has an eye patch. However, given his displayed abilities in the game, one might question how much "power" there actually is in that scrap of cloth. "Ach! He caught me with me kilt down!", indeed.
- Old Soldier: Played to the hilt.
- Team Dad: pilots have jokingly called him "Mother Hen".
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He's this to Hobbes, in Wing Commander II.
Mariko "Spirit" TanakaA quiet Japanese woman aboard the Claw, Spirit is one of Blair's oldest friends, staying loyal to him even after his court-martial.
- Bilingual Bonus: Spirit's last words to Blair, before her Heroic Sacrifice. It's not, however, much of a bonus since your character translates it for you during the mission debriefing.
- Colonel Badass: A Lieutenant Colonel, but has enough badass to qualify.
- Good Is Not Soft: Probably the nicest character in all seven or eight games, but pragmatic to the point where she goes Taking You with Me on her fiance, who was a prisoner for ten years and may or may not have been on the space station she blew up.
- Good Is Not Nice: In the novel Freedom Flight she gets rather upset when a pilot under her command disobeys orders, and blames herself when he gets himself killed. Hunter tries to put things in perspective.
- Got Volunteered: She pulls this on Maverick when told of a Confed ship that needs rescuing. It kind of backfires when it turns out to be a captured Confed ship that lures would be rescuers into a trap.
- Gratuitous Japanese: In the first game, she used more than a few Japanese phrases. Later showings toned this down, however.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Lampshaded in The Secret Missions, but averted ("Anything I sacrifice today will bear fur and whiskers"). Then in Wing Commander II when her bomber is crippled...guess.
- I Have Your Wife: Or, in her case, her fiancé. The Kilrathi managed to capture him, and try to use him to secure her cooperation. Her reaction was counted on.
- National Stereotypes: See Japanese Honorifics. She gets called out on giving her life against the Kilrathi but she subverts the trope. Later played straight below in the I Have Your Wife example.
- Poirot Speak: Her dialogue is painfully stereotypical in the first game. Fortunately they fixed this in Wing Commander II.
- Ramming Always Works: Heaven's Gate is a heavily armored space station that Confed thinks will stand up even to bombers. Spirit has a rather unorthodox, Tear Jerker, but effective solution, given that her ship is too damaged to survive a return to base, thanks to sabotage by Jazz.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She'll mention having fantasies of this after her fiance is taken. It doesn't quite happen.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: In Wing Commander II, she makes a Heroic Sacrifice when her fighter is damaged and rather than eject, she kamikazes into the Heaven's Gate station. Her death is not brought up afterward, except in a passing reference by Jazz, who wanted revenge on the Tiger's Claw crew for the death of his brother, and her death seems to exist to facilitate Maverick and Angel getting together.
- Taking You with Me: See above.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: If her showing up in the second game wearing a kimono didn't clue you in, she's very traditional, adopts the Samurai belief and acts quiet and reserved. By now however you might guess she's no wilting flower, unless it were made from tempered steel.
Geoffrey TolwynFirst introduced in Wing Commander II as a toxic combination of Obstructive Bureaucrat and Insane Admiral, Tolwyn appears to have something of a vendetta against Blair, believing wholeheartedly in the cowardist propaganda spread against him and resenting the need to take Blair aboard his flagship, the Concordia. Then the third game rolled around and Malcolm McDowell stepped into the role...
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: He seeks to weed out humans who are not fit to fight through horrendous means and seeks dominance over the Border Worlds and the Kilrathi. Yep, that sounds familiar.
- Evilutionary Biologist: In Wing Commander IV, he orders the creation of a bioweapon designed to weed out "weak genetic stock".
- Fallen Hero: In his heydey, Tolwyn was undoubtedly one of the fleet's best pilots and commanders.
- Four-Star Badass: In episode 6 of Wing Commander Academy, he runs a blockade by playing chicken with a Kilrathi ship, and again in episode 8 he makes a badass quote before climbing into a fighter himself.
- General Ripper: He was a Space Marshall for all of five minutes, above even admiral, where some of his actions at the lower rank included genetic profiling and eradication of anyone who did not fit his mold through bioweapons.
- He Who Fights Monsters: The near-destruction of humanity during the Kilrathi War led him to conclude that Humanity must evolve into a warrior race via the horrific culling of the weak and near-constant warfare.
- Insane Admiral: While it was less pronounced in II and III, IV shows him clearly into this territory.
- Jerk Ass: So much that he makes you miss the days of being with Colonel Halcyon back in Tiger's Claw.
- Knight Templar: Above all, he ultimately wants to save the human race. What he will to do so make him almost as great a threat to humanity as the Kilrathi were. Almost.
- Military Maverick: He is described as tactically brilliant but untrustworthy, too intent on fighting his own war to make a truly effective tool of Confed.
- Narrative Profanity Filter: In the novel Fleet Action, when the Kilrathi Baron Jugaka demanded humanity's surrender, Admiral Tolwyn said, "Direct your inquiry to President Quinson. I'm sure he will tell you to go perform a certain impossible anatomical act." When the baron specified he wanted the fleet's surrender, Tolwyn "replied with what he assumed the President would have said."
- The Social Darwinist: Becomes a Type 3 version of this in IV.
- Veteran Instructor: Tolwyn is assigned to provide final training for the eponymous academy's students, in Wing Commander Academy, due to his being Reassigned to Antarctica.
- We Have Become Complacent: Almost verbatim during the endgame of IV when you choose the right dialogues.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: in Wing Commander IV, albeit zigzagged between the game and the novelization. The game makes it clear that Tolwyn crossed the Moral Event Horizon, but the novel has characters wondering (after his death, to boot) if the ends didn't justify the means.
Kevin "Lone Wolf" TolwynThe nephew of the famous admiral, Tolwyn is a novel-only character (though they flirted with the idea of including him in one of the games). He starts out pretty much a Spoiled Brat, but after a bit of Break the Haughty (and surviving one of the toughest missions in the war) he matures into a capable and outstanding pilot.
- Ace Pilot
- Glory Hound: He starts out as this in End Run, until it's pointed out that his seeking to kill a fighter, in End Run, left a wounded bomber open to an ambush, killing one of the bomber's crew members in the process.
Peter HalcyonThe Commander Air Group of the Tiger's Claw.
- Custom Uniform: His uniform is a different color from all the other Confed personnel in the first game and he has a hat while everyone else does not. (Ironically, it's very similar to the uniforms everyone would start wearing in Wing III.)
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Although, as per the Wing Commander III novelization, commanders of carrier wings aren't required to fly missions, the briefings, debriefings, and the odd ceremony (medals or funerals) are the only things the player ever sees Colonel Halcyon do.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: What we see of him shows that he's not a screaming martinet or otherwise a jerkass.
- Unfriendly Fire: He suggests this as a way to deal with Maniac if he becomes recalcitrant in a briefing
Dirk "Stingray" Wright
Ralgha "Hobbes" nar HhallasA defector from the Kilrathi empire, Ralgha nar Hhallas joins the Confederation and is even accepted into the Space Forces, eventually achieving the rank of Colonel. Of course, since he's a Cat, a lot of people mistrust him; as such it doesn't hurt him to be loyal to Blair despite his disgrace in the second game, but since the Kilrathi are a Proud Warrior Race, Hobbes' trust means something. In the third game he gets an even bigger role.
- Deep Cover Agent: In Wing Commander III, of the Manchurian Agent variety.
- Defector from Decadence: He is presented as this in Wing Commander III. Later it is revealed that he actually was a Manchurian Agent for the Kilrathi Empire.
- Fantastic Racism
- Face-Heel Turn
- Fake Defector
- Memory Gambit: Wing Commander III revealed that Hobbes' defection to the Confederation was a Memory Gambit.
- Token Heroic Orc: Even after his Manchurian Agent personality takes over, he is driven by honor to leave a message explaining himself to Colonel Blair.
- Token Non-Human: Not all alien races are allied with the Kilrathi, but Hobbes is the only one you fly alongside.
- Tragic Monster
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He's this to Paladin, in Wing Commander II.
- Worthy Opponent: After being outed, leaves behind a recording for Blair indicating his respect for him and regret that, in order to remain loyal to the Kilrathi, he must betray him.
Prince Thrakhath nar KirankaThe Darth Vader of the franchise, Thrakhath is Crown Prince of the Kilrathi Empire and the favorite grandson of The Emperor. He and Blair tangle quite frequently over the course of the franchise, and it is he who bestows on Blair his Kilrathi warrior name, "The Heart of the Tiger."
- Batman Gambit: He uses Angel's death as a bid to drive Blair into an Unstoppable Rage. In the novel, it gets worse.
- The Dragon: In both Venegance of the Kilrathi and Heart of the Tiger, to the Emperor himself (who is never fought directly).
- General Failure: To the point that, in the Expanded Universe novels, it's stated that the only reason he hasn't been assassinated is because he's the Emperor's heir.
- And not for lack of trying either. Thrakhath is Dangerously Genre Savvy enough to assign those most likely to betray him to missions where they are most likely to die in battle.
- Lampshaded by Khasra, who questions why he is still in command.
- In Fleet Action, it's mentioned in passing that he has been unable to conceive an heir of his own, implying that he may be sterile, in addition to merely being impotent on the battlefield.
- The Uriah Gambit: See General Failure.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Was planning on disposing of the Mandarins around the time Blair destroys Ayer's Rock.
- Blunt "Yes": Declares that not only does he question Thrakhath's orders, but he also doesn't think he should still be in charge after his failure.
- The Starscream: Betrays Thrakhath in Special Ops 1, leading to his capture by Paladin and Blair.
MelekThrakhath's toady—you know how every villain needs to have someone to talk to, in order to have Character Development? That's Melek, Prince Thrakhath's senior adviser. After the destruction of Kilrah, he assumes control of the Empire and formally surrenders to Blair; he returns in the fourth game in much the same office.
- Friendly Enemies: with Blair, whom he considers a Worthy Opponent. Some Kilrathi certainly go on feeling the shame of losing to the "hairless apes," but Melek is not one of them.
- Only Sane Man
- You Are in Command Now: With the death of the immediate royal family, Melek takes the reins of the Kilrathi Empire... only to wind up in a seven-way Enemy Civil War with other Kilrathi nobles and warlords who lay claim to the imperial throne.