Art Shift: In Wolfenstein, he looks almost nothing like his Return to Castle Wolfenstein incarnation (and, by extension, his classic Wolfenstein 3D appearance), which is somewhat odd as all the other returning characters appear largely the same (other than a higher polycount and bump-mapping, of course). He seems to be based on the Wolf3D cover art rather than the actual in-game sprite. In The New Order, however, his appearance is directly modeled after his in-game sprite in Wolfenstein 3D, and bears a passing resemblance to Brock Lesnar.
Ax-Crazy: Downplayed but present, especially in The New Order. B.J an oddly stoic version of this-he's quite intelligent on the whole, but he is rather... temperamental to the point of stupidity in some of what he does, like interrogating someone with a chainsaw or deciding to use his knife on Deathshead because shooting would be too good a death for him. True to form, Deathshead takes advantage of the latter one to disastrous effect.
Badass Grandpa: In The New Order, his age is listed as 49, which makes him older than most other video game protagonists.
Badass Normal: No amount of Nazi cyborgs or occult magic can take this guy down.
Handicapped Badass: Having a piece of shrapnel lodged in his head may put him out of commission, but not for long. It gets even better when he is able to throw off the poison that Bubi injected him with!
Byronic Hero: Blazkowicz has shades of these in The New Order. Though charismatic, handsome and eloquent in his monologues, he's clearly damaged goods by all of the suffer he's endured over the war, whether it'd be all of the horrors committed by the Nazis or the deaths of those under his command. He even fears that once his fight with the Nazis will be over, that he may never be fit to live a normal life ever.
Character Development: He goes from a blank slate in Wolfenstein 3D and Return to Castle Wolfenstein, to a cocky badass in Wolfenstein (2009), to a shell-shocked fatalist in The New Order.
Death Seeker: Becomes this in The New Order, as he is forced to face the horrors of the Nazi's impending victory. Culminates in the climax, where he is heavily wounded in Deathshead's compound and gives the order to launch a nuke on his own position.
Deep South: Sports a thick Texas accent in New Order.
Dude, Where's My Respect?: In Wolfenstein, Caroline Becker, the leader of the Kreisau Circle, "doesn't completely trust [him] yet" even after completing a number of dangerous missions for them, all of which involve the killing of dozens if not hundreds of Nazis. Dr. Leonid Alexandrov is also dismissive of his accomplishments, though it's justified in his case because he was a mole all along.
Glass Cannon: In 3D, given that on the default difficulty you can be killed by just 3 or 4 straight shots from a pistol at close range.
Lightning Bruiser: In The New Order, B.J. proves to be extremely agile and flexible, despite his considerable physique. He can make some impressively long jumps, fit through tight vents, slide under tiny gaps and generally outmaneuver his opponents and the environment. He also duel-wields everything (including assault rifles and automatic shotguns), and can tank several dozen enemy bullets before dying on Normal difficulty. In fact, with fully upgraded health and max armor he can survive about as many bullets as the prototype supersoldiers from Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
Knife Nut: Throughout the franchise always kept one in hand in the event he's out of bullets (except in Wolfenstein), but this really shines in The New Order where he has some pretty creative ways in stabbing Nazis in the back (and the front). Not to mention he has access to throwing knives as well.
He also believes shooting Deathshead would be too good a death for the Nazi - not wanting to rest until he's forced a surrender at knifepoint!
Made of Iron: This is lampshaded a few times, especially in The New Order, to the relief of allies and pure, absolute shock by enemies. It's rather bizarre in that BJ is demonstrably immune to stab wounds.
No Cutscene Inventory Inertia: In Wolfenstein, he's always shown with an MP40 in his hands in cutscenes, no matter what weapon the player had equipped when the cutscene was triggered. Furthermore, the MP40 depicted is always unmodified, regardless of any upgrades the player has purchased for it.
Older Than They Look: In The New Order, spending 14 years in catatonia has not changed him in any way physically, somehow even preserving his considerable muscle mass.
Omniglot: If The New Order is any indication. He fluently speaks english, can speak and comprehend Polish, (Though he admits he's not very good) he's fluent in German, he can read Hebrew, and is evidently able to read French, Japanese and Chinese.
Translation Convention: He's fluent in German, as demonstrated in Wolfenstein (2009). Germans speak accented English, peppered with German phrases. In combat, they speak only German. Similarly, readable documents are written in English.
Warrior Poet: In The New Order. You'd never guess B.J. can be quite eloquent when he wants to.
The Other Darrin: The Director is voiced by a different actor in Wolfenstein (2009), since Tony Jay had passed away by that point. It's very noticeable, since Tony Jay had been one of those very distinctive Hey, It's That Voice! actors.
Introduced in: Return To Castle Wolfenstein
Voiced by: Jim Piddock
Captain Crash: In the prequel, Operation: Resurrection. After escaping from the enchanted tomb on Egypt, both Blazkowicz and him take a plane in order to reach Castle Wolfenstein. After entering a "hot zone", they crash into a forest near there and they're captured by the Nazis, led by Helga Von Bulow.
Doomed by Canon: Being the extra missions of Operation: Resurrection a prequel to the games' story, he fills this role.
Electric Torture: This was his fate after being captured. The PC and Xbox port of the game starts with the sound of this happening to him.
Foregone Conclusion: He had the bad luck of being the player's companion in the prequel to the main missions.
Ascended Extra: Although Wolfenstein isn't the first time Blazkowicz works with the Kreisau Circle, this time we actually meet the resistance members themselves, and they get a more important role on the story.
La Résistance: Unusually for a WWII-themed video game, they're the German Resistance, even if at some point, they tell you to kill 'The Germans'.
Introduced in: Wolfenstein (2009)
Voiced by: Anna Graves (Wolfenstein 2009), Bonita Freidericy (The New Order)
Former teacher and leader of the Circle.
Angst? What Angst?: She's largely accepted her wheelchair-bound predicament, though is still bitter about it.
Badass Gay: Implied; she has a giant pinup girl poster in her room.
Team Mom: Somewhat takes on this role in The New Order. The romantic elements are dropped from her interactions with B.J. and is shown being rather nurturing to members of the Circle.
Token Romance: She was perhaps meant to be a love interest, and B.J. laments her (supposed) death rather emphatically considering how little time they actually spent together. Or maybe he just really values her leadership abilities.
Flat Earth Atheist: After the Dig Site mission, he claims that the Golden Dawn's leader seeks to "save the world from black magic. Which means he's either insane or an idiot". You could interpret that as B.J. keeping the Medallion's powers a secret... if not for the fact that completing the aforementioned mission also causes black clad Nazi sorcerers to fight openly in the city they are in.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: How else can you describe a guy who randomly breaks out into song (My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean) as he's shouting out orders while under heavy fire? It could just be him trying to cope with the stress though. And, when considering the world that he lives in, he comes off quite sane.
If B.J. chooses him to be the one dissected by Deathshead, he tells B.J. that it's not his fault and even manages to resist Deathshead's torture to a remarkable degree. In contrast, Wyatt behaves exactly how'd you expect a man being dissected alive to behave if he's the one you pick.
The Lancer: His starts the game as B.J.'s best battle buddy and becomes this again when they're reunited if he survives 1946.
Only Sane Man/Unfazed Everyman: By the time you find Set Roth, he falls into this trope, giving a long monologue about how bizarre his current situation is, and it's so sarcastic it could peel the paint from the walls. Here it is:
Fergus: "Thank you so much for the new socks. They're right warm and a snug fit. Yeah, I'm doing well. Although this war has grown a little wearisome. Nothing much interesting ever happens these parts. Today I landed a Nazi helicopter on a nicked Nazi nuclear submarine aircraft carrier. After which I donned a deep-water diving suit, swam down an abyssal trench in the middle of the Atlantic fucking ocean, don't mean to bother you with the details. Long story short, I'm in a secret vault full of things so magical and abnormal in nature the mind has no recourse but to shudder in bewilderment. 'Course I'm accompanied by a nazi-killing lunatic and some kind of genius wizard who claims to be on a first-name basis with God Almighty himself. Ah, well, we can only hope for a more stimulating turn of events in the future. Give my love to everyone back home, Fergus out.
Seen It All: Develops into this by the end of the game, to the point that he only displays mild bemusement as a suit of Powered Armor creeps up his legs.
Violent Glaswegian: The man has a hearty Scottish accent and is plenty gung-ho about killing Nazis. In the promotional artwork for the game he's even wearing a "Glasgow" t-shirt.
Probst Wyatt III
Introduced in: The New Order
Voiced by: A.J. Trauth
A Private in the US 109th Airborne who is part of the assault on General Deathshead's compound.
Apologetic Attacker: If Deathshead dissects him in 1946 and puts his brain in the prototype robot in 1960.
Bad Ass: He starts to become one during the infamous Incinerator room sequence.
Takes A Level In Badass: The second he is spared vivisection by Deathshead he instantly goes up a level. He definitely went up a couple more levels between the escape from Deathshead's compound and 1960.
Gosh Darn It to Heck!: In contrast to Fergus, he never swears, aside from using lone religious swearing such as "Jesus" or "God" on some occasions. Even in his thirties, he watches his language.
Precision F-Strike: The one time he averts the above is when he uses a helicopter to decapitate an Ubersoldat punching Blaskowicz to death.
Wyatt: Leave him alone, you damn ugly fuck!
Nervous Wreck: When B.J. and Fergus meet him in person for the first time after he was forced to take the pilot's wheel of his troop transport he's on the floor crying. It takes B.J. slapping some sense into him to get him to calm down.
New Meat: His first taste of action is the assault on Deathshead's compound. Unlucky him.
Introduced in: The New Order
Voiced by Alicja Bachleda
A Polish nurse working in a family run Asylum who takes care of a catatonic B.J. for 14 years.
Action Survivor: She clearly manages to keep her stride despite everything going on around her. Being also "Ramona" definitely helps.
Expy: In a sense, she's a Polish Catholic version of Shosanna Dreyfus. And like Shosanna, she has her ways of killing Nazis.
Femme Fatale: Late on in The New Order, she reads the diary entries of her cousin Ramona to B.J., but there are strong implications that the actions described within are her own.
Serial Killer: "Ramona" killed a lot of Nazis between 1946 and 1960. It's heavily implied the feared serial killer hunting "upstanding German men" mentioned in newspaper articles throughout the game was really her.
Hidden Depths: Ramona's diary ultimately reveals that Anya is much more than the damsel in distress she's initially introduced as.
Weak, but Skilled: She's not a soldier, and laments not being able to kill in a straight fight. However, she was apparently very effective with poisons, garrotes, gasoline, hand grenades, motor cars, etc.
Introduced in: The New Order
Voiced by Ken Lally
A former Nazi soldier who turned on his government and joined the resistance after his family was killed by the secret police.
Defector from Decadence: Served in the Nazi military with pride until his son was born with a physical disability and thus singled out for death under the regime, leading to his wife also being killed for trying to protect their son, leading Klaus to join the Kreisau Circle.
Mad Mathematician: Claims to be working on a predictive model that will allow her to know the Nazis' decisions before they make them. It's never made clear if the model actually worked, but even she admits that she could cover the entirety of Berlin with equations and still not learn the ultimate outcome of the war.
Motor Mouth: Wakes up BJ in the middle of the night to deliver a breathless, slightly hysterical lecture on the nature of consciousness.
You Can't Fight Fate: OBSESSED with this. She is convinced that there's only ever one possible outcome to any situation and that if you could somehow know every single variable you could flawlessly calculate the future.
Introduced in: The New Order.
Voiced by: Erik LaRay Harvey.
An Namibian soldier taken prisoner by the Nazis at the African front and forced to work in a slave labour camp until rescued by B.J. and joined the Kreisau Circle.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Depending on one's interpretation despite him having little screen time, aside from his initial bad attitude towards B.J., he's willing to assist with the Kreisau Circle's cause and even serves as B.J.'s Exposition Fairy early in a mission. Plus, Bram loved his late wife Charlotte and misses her terribly as one of the easter eggs found in the game revealed he written a poem addressed to her in her memory. Her death at the hands of the Nazis and his grief over it are what caused his negative attitude and motivated him to join the Kreisau Circle in the first place.
Introduced in: The New Order
Voiced by: Alex Solowitz
A mentally-handicapped man found by Klaus in a dumpster. Klaus takes care of him and treats him like a son.
Curiously, this only seems to apply to buzzsaws - he's just fine with gunfire and helicopter noises. As noted on the Fridge Horror page, however, when one puts the buzzsaws together with the scar on his skull, it's easy to see why he fears that one noise in particular.
Introduced in: The New Order
Voiced by: Mark Ivanir
An elderly member of Da'at Yichud, a secret society of Jewish scientists that invents and designs technology several generations ahead of its time. Until the Nazis reverse engineered several of their works.
Gadgeteer Genius: As part of his plan to escape the concentration camp you find him in, he's made a remote capable of taking over the camp's robot guardian. It's smaller than a TV remote and all it needs is a power source. As a member of the Da'at Yichud, he's easily one of the most knowledgeable people in technology on the entire planet.
The Nicknamer: Mostly, if not only towards B.J by Shimshon and Yingele (The former meaning the Hebrew pronunciation of the Biblical Samson and the latter meaning "boy").
The Smart Guy: He's an engineering genius, easily in Deathshead's league and possibly even better.
Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: He continues to charge you money for upgrades and ammo just hours before the Nazis are about to destroy the entire town with a super-powered death ray. He says something to the effect of "yes, I have to make money somehow...". It gets even more ridiculous when you realize that he was with the comparatively "good" Kriege brother. The "bad" one, well...
The first time he's seen in Wolfenstein, he says "Guten Tag!" to a resistance fighter, the exact line said by him when first seen in 3D. Also, he fights with dual chainguns and says "Guten Tag!" when the boss fight starts. He also wears black armor and comes equipped dual rocket launchers, a la Death Knight from Spear of Destiny. The loading screen leading up to the final level and battle even tells you to "GET PSYCHED!"
Degraded Boss: He makes irregular appearances after Episode 1 in 3D. Twice in a weird push-wall maze in Episode 2, and Three times in the Secret Level of Episode 6 where at least one must be killed to finish the level.
Evil Counterpart: In the Final Boss battle in Wolfenstein, he has magic technology armor that gives him the same Veil powers you do.
Final Exam Boss: In Wolfenstein, fighting him at the end requires you to match Thule Medallion powers with him after your fights. At the conclusion of each stage, you sacrifice the relevant crystal from your medallion to take away that power (for both of you) for successive stages.
Zombify The Living: He flings syringes full of a "corpsokinetic animation serum". If B.J. Blazkowicz loses all of his health to a syringe, his HUD portrait turns an ashen color as he becomes an undead mutant like those fought throughout the level.
Advancing Boss of Doom: It is fought in a series of one-way hallways, making it impossible to circle around him. You pretty much have to constantly retreat while firing at him, which is made even tougher by the fact he's the fastest enemy in the game.
Chest Blaster: As a mutant, it has chainguns implanted in its chest, meaning that it can fire at you instantly.
Damage-Sponge Boss: They aren't quite "immune" (Deathshead comments that they weren't quite ready yet), but they can take a lot of hits. By the time of Wolfenstein, he seems to have somewhat solved the bullet-proofing problem with their successors, the veil-powered Heavy Troopers.
Degraded Boss: A Mid Boss in both Spear of Destiny and Return To Castle Wolfenstein. In the latter it also appears at the end of the Chapel missions, while in Wolfenstein it has been improved and is now a bulletproof mook. Goes back to boss in The New Order.
Super Soldier: Deathshead, the SS's Special Projects chief, wanted to build an army of them for Hitler. Then Himmler repurposed them.
Bad Boss: Ignores safety procedures put forward by an expert, and then later offs said expert when threatened with disciplinary action for not heeding his warnings. It catches up with her not long after, when her carelessness and greed results in her getting torn limb from limb by an angry Olaric.
Arch-Enemy: He considers Blazkowicz to be his archfoe. In a trailer for Wolfenstein, his narration states that the most memorable part of the events of the game wasn't the eldritch horror he unleashed, but the lone badass (Blazkowicz) that stopped it.
Big Bad: The single, most dangerous figure in the entire Third Reich.
Breakout Villain: Partially due to the Sequel Hook set up in RTCW but primarily due to the absolute lack of alternative candidates and sudden focus on him, and due to General Zetta getting pumped full of lead earlier.
Call Back: When you finally fight him to the death in The New Order, he taunts you with Hitler's opening line from Wolfenstein 3D:
"Die, Allied schweinehund!"
Classic Villain: Pride and Ambition for him, with an emphasis on the former.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: He tries to learn from his mistakes. In Wolfenstein, he specifically orders his doomsday weapon to be moved to the Zeppelin once he arrives, triples airfield security, kills the resistance's leader, orders large crack squads to exterminate the remaining resistance members, and uses Hans Grosse in a Thule Medallion-powered suit to guard his device, knowing you're going to get through his defenses sooner or later.
Faux Affably Evil: His gleefully joyous demeanor in The New Order highlights what a sick bastard he is. What's even worse is that he's genuine with his joy and how he feels he has brought "order" to the world. He also offers a twisted relaxation technique for the prisoners at Eisenwald Prison to make them crack under the pressure and give up the location of the resistance.
Flat Earth Atheist: He's a hardcore skeptic that wants nothing to do with the resurrection of Heinrich I and isn't a member of the occult groups in the Nazi hierarchy and likewise hasn't seen the instances that would prove to him this is even feasible. His only concern is with his scientifically proven projects. He even disobeys orders by retaining one of his working prototypes because he considers "Project Ubersoldat" his life's work, and he's prepared to take his case to Hitler himself if he has to.
Foil: Old, physically frail, calculated and extremely intelligent, in contrast to B.J's youth, strength and agressive, impulsive (if not outright stupid) behaviour. Deathshead completely lacks moral restraint and delights in torture whereas Blazkowicz is repeatedly show to fight out of empathy and a moral obligation to end the war.
Foreshadowing: In the Castle mission in Wolfenstein, you see the portrait of a him on a wall, and you meet him, shortly thereafter. Apparently he's got his own fortress now.
Mad Scientist: Fits the bill, though unlike the Nazi occultists he's forced to work with, he knows what he's doing.
Narcissist: Implied by B.J. in The New Order when he encounters a portrait of him.
Blazkowicz: To commission a portrait in service of your own ego. General, you waste your paint.
Never Found the Body: Lampshaded in the ending of Wolfenstein. As soon as Blazkowicz says that they never found his body, he's sure that it won't be the last time he fights against him. Later on, The Stinger of the game shows that he's alive, well, and pissed.
Deathshead: I am a liberator! No longer must we serve the filthy parasite. No longer need we gaze upon his waddling gait polluting the purity of our bloodline. No longer will we tolerate his primitive brain and violent impulses. Oh, terrorists. Do you not see that my cause is just? Do you not see that there is no place for you in this world?
This Cannot Be!: B.J. nearly destroys Deathshead's pet Ubersoldat project and then obliterates his Black Sun project. Not to mention that Deathshead's own zeppelin is set on fire and crashes into his fortress.
Villainous Breakdown: He smugly taunts Blazkowicz, labeling him as a relic of the past war, who can't accomplish anything other than destroying things. However after you destroy his mecha-suit's shields, he finally loses his temper and starts ranting and raving about Blazkowicz's inability to just die.
Virtue Is Weakness: He dismisses compassion as a pointless instinct, unfit for members of the master race.
Authority Equals Asskicking: He is seemingly bulletproof and can shoot energy balls. It turns out he's really a giant slug monster mutated by the Veil.
Bad Boss: The soldiers under Zetta's command are all terrified of him, and with good reason. After all, letters from him to his subordinates almost always end with a death threat.
Continuity Nod: He continues the trend of overweight, foul-tempered SS officers set by General Fettgesicht (Fat Face) in Wolfenstein 3D's sixth episode, and continued by Helga von Bulow, team-killing lardass of RTCW.
Fat Bastard: General Zetta is as cruel to the town's civilians as he is to his own underlings, who he abuses and demeans constantly. His first act upon seizing control was to hang the mayor and town council.
Foreshadowing: Everyone says that there's something very wrong about him. Even on his own ranks. Later, in the Cannery mission, it's revealed that Zetta is a giant worm creature mutated by the Veil.
Humanoid Abomination: The residents of right down to the soldiers under his command even comment that there is something unnatural about him. Ultimately in his boss battle it's revealed that he's a grotesque monster related to the veil
Eldritch Abomination: A giant teleporting creature that looks like a well-fed tick that emerges from the Veil, can levitate at will and is tough to the point that gunfire will not kill her outright, merely stun her. Dynamite finally killed her and even then she took several seconds to die.
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Literally! In retrospect, her appearance makes perfect sense, however, as the name implies, she's a large specimen of the non-hostile-until-provoked flea-resembling Geists... and if the Black Sun generator exploding wasn't enough to provoke her, nothing would.
Implacable Man: She took a beating from Blazkowicz and then proceeded to come back for MORE.
Ludicrous Gibs: Her ultimate fate after being decapitated by dynamite, upon the ends of her boss battle.
Dark Action Girl: Considerably older than most examples but still a scarily effective enforcer for the villains.
The Determinator: She refuses to die after getting her jaw shattered, and instead opts to crawl up to B.J., get right in his face, and tell him To the Pain. Then, after being thrown off of a cliff, she attacks B.J. and his comrades while dual wielding assault rifles. And she's still not dead.
Just A Flesh Wound: She is surprisingly durable for an old woman. Even after getting her jaw crushed by a robot and getting chucked into a tree and off a cliff, she still has the energy to gun down several escaping prisoners with two assault rifles.
Camp Straight: At first, through suggestive facial expressions and dialogue, it appears that Bubi might actually be attracted to B.J.. However, it quickly becomes apparent that he only cares for Frau Engel.
In-Series Nickname: His real name is Hans Winkle, but Frau Engel only ever calls him Bubi.
May-December Romance: He is the lover of Frau Engel, who's easily old enough to be his mother or even grandmother. Background material states that they met when Bubi was working at a prison camp at the age of 19.
Minor Injury Overreaction: Having his ear bitten off is apparently so crippling that he can't even pull the trigger on his pistol anymore. He'll even bleed to death if you ignore him instead of executing him.
List of Transgressions/I Shall Taunt You: It informs B.J. of the crimes against the state he is committing as he is attempting to destroy it, especially the fact that every second he is fighting back against it he is committing another crime.
Voiced by: Tilman Borck
Death by Irony: Take one look at his name...and with one of his own no less.
The Dreaded: Almost half of the conversations amongst the inmates in Belica are about the atrocities the Knife has committed and how to avoid him.
Genre Savvy: He knew someone would try to sneak into the guard barracks and waits accordingly...
Affably Evil: After spending years dropping by the asylum to haul off patients for Deathhead's experiments, he's finally ordered to purge the asylum. And when he does he cheerfully thanks the head staff for their 'co-operation.'