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* BadassGrandpa: Thanks to [[spoiler:the Blacklight.]]


* EvilGenius: For Blackwatch.

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* DyingSmirk: He smirks at Alex just before [[spoiler:blowing his own brain out.]]
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EvilGenius: For Blackwatch.



* GoOutWithASmile: He smirks at Alex just before [[spoiler:blowing his own brain out.]]



* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Yes, another one. He's evil.

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%% * MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Yes, another one. He's evil.


** Not that they're wrong, mind. He orders an evacuation immediately after Greene is killed, causing military positions to collapse despite Greene's death weakening the Infected. Then he attempts to brute force his way through out of the quarantine zone despite this possibly spreading the virus.

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** Not that they're wrong, mind.mind you. He orders an evacuation immediately after Greene is killed, causing military positions to collapse despite Greene's death weakening the Infected. Then he attempts to brute force his way through out of the quarantine zone despite this possibly spreading the virus.


* GeniusBruiser: Its hideous appearance and lack of speech in its base form may make one think it's stupid, but it's anything but, [[spoiler:pulling off a rather impressive BatmanGambit against Alex and the military, by taking the form, personality and language as Cross.]]

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* GeniusBruiser: Its hideous appearance and lack of speech in its base form may make one think it's stupid, but it's anything but, [[spoiler:pulling off a rather impressive BatmanGambit against Alex and the military, by taking the form, personality and language as voice of Cross.]]


* {{Flanderization}}: Blackwatch in the sequel are more or less a parody of their ''Prototype 1'' incarnation (and [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremists]] in general). One soldier gets a medal for "consistent display and embodiment of the organization's core tenets" after he shoots a woman for no reason.

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* {{Flanderization}}: Blackwatch in the sequel are more or less a parody of their ''Prototype 1'' incarnation (and [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremists]] in general). Their first appearance post Heller's capture is a textbook ObligatoryWarCrimeScene, lining up a group of civilians to be shot for the subversive crime of spraying graffiti. One soldier gets a medal for "consistent display and embodiment of the organization's core tenets" after he shoots a woman for no reason.



* TheManBehindTheMan: They're this to the Marines, directing things from their military bases while making the USMC handle the day-to-day duties. In the sequel they take a much more active role and seem, rather weirdly, to be Gentek's shock troops, rather than Gentek being their expendable research department as it was initially.

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* TheManBehindTheMan: They're this to To the Marines, directing things from their military bases while making the USMC handle the day-to-day duties. In the sequel they take a much more active role and seem, rather weirdly, to be Gentek's shock troops, rather than Gentek being their expendable research department as it was initially.



A highly skilled and dedicated member of Blackwatch who believes wholeheartedly in what they claim to fight for: protecting the American people from the threat presented by the virus, whatever it takes. He has a reputation for surviving and winning battles with even the most powerful infected creatures.

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A highly skilled and dedicated member of Blackwatch who believes wholeheartedly in what they claim to fight for: protecting the American people from the threat presented by the virus, whatever it takes. He leads a team of fellow veterans, the Wisemen, and has a reputation for surviving and winning battles with even the most powerful infected creatures.



* BloodKnight: Randall tells him that ZEUS killed fifty man and smashed through a steel door as though these facts would make fighting ZEUS more appealing. Apparently, it does.

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* BloodKnight: Randall tells him that ZEUS killed fifty man men and smashed through a steel door as though these facts would make fighting ZEUS a more appealing. appealing prospect. Apparently, it does.they do.


* ClusterFBomb: Maybe it's a side-effect of eating all those soldiers.



* CursedWithAwesome: All these superhuman, shapeshifting feats and NighInvulnerability given by the Blacklight virus? He doesn't want to have them in the first place as he woke up with [[AmnesiacDissonance amnesia]].

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* CursedWithAwesome: All these superhuman, shapeshifting feats incredible superhuman abilities? He believes they (along with his amnesia) were a side-effect of being afflicted with the virus when it was unleashed and NighInvulnerability given by the Blacklight virus? He doesn't want to have wants them in the first place as he woke up with [[AmnesiacDissonance amnesia]]."cured".



* IdentityAbsorption: His baseline and most useful ability, though it's not without side effects [[spoiler:[[BeingGoodSucks such as developing a conscience]]]].

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* IdentityAbsorption: His baseline and most useful ability, though it's not without side effects [[spoiler:[[BeingGoodSucks such [[spoiler:such as developing a [[BeingGoodSucks conscience]]]].



* ImmuneToBullets: Functionally if not completely, Alex doesn't even flinch when taking gunfire damage as if the bullets are merely phasing through his biomass. Unless you're playing on Hard, it takes a lot of massed gunfire to even come close to seriously damaging him. In cutscenes, he's able to get up from being shot by five guys armed with assault rifles and doesn't appear to be any worse off for the favor.

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* ImmuneToBullets: Functionally if not completely, completely. Alex doesn't even flinch when taking gunfire damage gunfire, as if the bullets are merely phasing passing through his biomass.biomass without doing any harm. Unless you're playing on Hard, it takes a lot of massed gunfire to even come close to seriously damaging him. In cutscenes, he's able to get up from being shot by five guys armed with assault rifles and doesn't appear to be any worse off for the favor.rifles.



* InTheHood: He wears a hood for much of the game in his default form, and while his strength and speed are frightening itís his shapeshifting and stealth abilities that make him so dangerous to Blackwatch.

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* InTheHood: He wears a hood for much of the game in his default form, and while his strength and speed are frightening itís it's his shapeshifting and stealth abilities that make him so dangerous to Blackwatch.



* KillAndReplace: Or "Consume And Become" as he phrases it, no difference in context of the trope.

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* KillAndReplace: Or "Consume And Become" Become", as he phrases it, no it. No difference in context of the trope.



* MonstrousHumanoid: After TheReveal, [[spoiler:it is revealed that [[TomatoInTheMirror he]] is a human-shaped pile of TheVirus that took the original Mercer's memories, name and form. You've been playing as TheVirus all along, with it ''thinking'' that he was Mercer. However even after this revelation, he still has Mercer's form and remains protective of Dana despite him not really being her brother.]]

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* MonstrousHumanoid: After TheReveal, [[spoiler:it is revealed that [[TomatoInTheMirror he]] is a human-shaped pile of TheVirus that took the original Mercer's memories, name and form. You've been playing as TheVirus all along, with it ''thinking'' that he was Mercer. However However, even after this revelation, he still has wears Mercer's form and remains protective of Dana despite him not really being her brother.]]



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His other goal. He doesn't want the virus and the changes it gave him and the city, so he wants to track down who released it and make them pay.
* RogueProtagonist: In the sequel, as his goals and mindset regarding the virus have changed.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His other goal. He doesn't want the The virus and the changes it gave is a grotesque sickness afflicting both him and the his city, so he wants to track down who released it and make them pay.
* RogueProtagonist: In the sequel, as his goals and mindset regarding the virus have changed.
pay.



* SirSwearsALot: Maybe it's a side-effect of eating all those soldiers.



* TheStoic: Alex is normally a fairly calm and subdued person, rarely raising his voice. The few times he does lose his temper, he really loses it.

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* TheStoic: Alex is normally a fairly calm and subdued person, rarely raising his voice. The few times he does lose his temper, he really ''[[NotSoStoic really]]'' loses it.



* UnstoppableRage: His ground state of being. He's an angry, angry abomination against God, man, and nature.

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* UnstoppableRage: His ground state of being. He's an angry, angry abomination against God, man, and nature.abomination.



* VillainProtagonist: While his methods are gruesome, it's debatable how much of a villain he actually is as he's solely out for revenge rather than trying to cause outright destruction. Then again, you are in control of a walking biological weapon who is more than willing to devour innocent civilians to preserve his own life, so it goes both ways.

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* VillainProtagonist: While his methods are gruesome, it's debatable how much of a villain he actually is as he's solely out for -- he acts initially in self defense against Blackwatch then pursues revenge rather than trying to cause outright destruction. causing destruction just for the hell of it. Then again, you are in control of a walking biological weapon who is more than willing to devour innocent civilians to preserve his own life, so it goes both ways.



* TheVirus: [[spoiler:Alex Mercer is ''the'' Blacklight virus taking the memories and form of a deceased scientist.]]

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* TheVirus: [[spoiler:Alex Mercer The source of his abilities. [[spoiler:But not the way you think -- "Alex Mercer" is ''the'' Blacklight virus taking the memories and form of a the deceased scientist.scientist Dr. Alex Mercer.]]



* WouldHitAGirl: A few Web of Intrigue targets are women, which naturally requires consuming them. When he finally get his hands on Elizabeth Greene, Mercer viciously beats her to death to consume her.

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* WouldHitAGirl: A few Web of Intrigue targets are women, which naturally requires consuming them. There is no alteration to the violence he uses when doing so. When he finally get his hands on Elizabeth Greene, Mercer viciously beats her to death to consume her.



* LaserGuidedKarma: After he consumes [[spoiler:his remaining Evolved, he is consumed in turn by Heller, whom he shared his powers early in the game.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: He has infected numerous individuals, called Evolved, with his strain of the Blacklight Virus and planted them in high-ranking positions in Blackwatch and Gentek to serve as spies. He also tries to manipulate James Heller into helping him out, but makes a crucial mistake that clues Heller into his real motives - mentioning that together they will destroy Gentek and Blackwatch... [[ExactWords but not the virus.]]

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* LaserGuidedKarma: After he consumes [[spoiler:his remaining Evolved, he is consumed in turn by Heller, with whom he shared his powers early in the game.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: He has infected numerous individuals, called Evolved, with his strain of the Blacklight Virus and planted them in high-ranking positions in Blackwatch and Gentek to serve as spies. He also tries to manipulate James Heller into helping him out, but makes a crucial mistake that clues Heller into his real motives - -- mentioning that together they will destroy Gentek and Blackwatch... [[ExactWords but not the virus.]]



* PetTheDog: Quite nice to Heller, at first - teaching him how to consume targets and gain memories from them and informing him that consuming the more monstrous Infected will give him new powers. He also [[spoiler:never actually goes so far as to kill [[MoralityPet Dana]] even when she's trying to disrupt his plans wherever possible. Before his final fight with Heller, he hides both Dana and Amaya safely out of the crossfire.]]

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* PetTheDog: Quite nice to Heller, at first - -- teaching him how to consume targets and gain memories from them and informing him that consuming the more monstrous Infected will give him new powers. He also [[spoiler:never actually goes so far as to kill [[MoralityPet Dana]] even when she's trying to disrupt his plans wherever possible. Before his final fight with Heller, he hides both Dana and Amaya safely out of the crossfire.]]



* RogueProtagonist: In the sequel, his goals and mindset regarding the virus have changed.



* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Implied. Alex has given up fighting in favor of more subversive methods, including creating and controlling the Evolved. During the final confrontation between him and Heller, instead of attacking with his Evolved as backup, he absorbs them to make himself strong enough to fight hand-to-hand - and still loses. Also, when Heller becomes a threat to his plans, Mercer tries to consume him, only to learn the hard way that Heller is now too strong to consume. He settles for killing Guerra in retaliation.

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* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Implied. Alex has given up fighting in favor of more subversive methods, including creating and controlling the Evolved. During the final confrontation between him and Heller, instead of attacking with his Evolved as backup, he absorbs them to make himself strong enough to fight hand-to-hand - -- and still loses. Also, when Heller becomes a threat to his plans, Mercer tries to consume him, only to learn the hard way that Heller is now too strong to consume.can not longer be consumed. He settles for killing Guerra in retaliation.



* DeathSeeker: For his family or so he says. [[spoiler:Until he finds out his daughter is alive.]]

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* DeathSeeker: For So he can rejoin his family family, or so he says. [[spoiler:Until he finds out his daughter is alive.]]



* ThemeNaming: Her code name, Athena, is the daughter of Zeus in Myth/ClassicalMythology... the latter of whom just so happens to be the code name for Alex, although it's never actually used in the second game anymore.

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* ThemeNaming: Her code name, Athena, is the daughter of Zeus in Myth/ClassicalMythology... the latter of whom just so happens to be the code name for Alex, although it's never actually used in the second game anymore.game.



* BoxedCrook: [[spoiler:Downplayed, but WOI segments indicate she was detained by Blackwatch at or before the time the virus was released in Penn Station, and was given a choice of helping [=McMullen=] and Blackwatch manipulate Mercer, or not.]]

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* BoxedCrook: [[spoiler:Downplayed, but WOI segments indicate she was detained by Blackwatch at or before the time the virus was released in Penn Station, and was given a choice of helping [=McMullen=] and Blackwatch manipulate Mercer, or or... not.]]



* MadScientist: Pretty much a given, especially with the track record of other Gentek scientists. He is ''elated'' when he sees Heller is infected but alive - such an intriguing subject! [[spoiler:Being an Evolved, he has other motives for investigating Heller.]]

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* MadScientist: Pretty much a given, especially with the track record of other Gentek scientists. He is ''elated'' when he sees Heller is infected but alive - -- such an intriguing subject! [[spoiler:Being an Evolved, he has other motives for investigating Heller.]]



* CrazyPrepared: He uses Alex's ''flashbacks'' against him and make him vulnerable for a shot of Bloodtox. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it doesn't save him from the Supreme Hunter.]]

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* BloodKnight: Randall tells him that ZEUS killed fifty man and smashed through a steel door as though these facts would make fighting ZEUS more appealing. Apparently, it does.
* CrazyPrepared: He uses Alex's ''flashbacks'' against him and make him vulnerable for a shot of Bloodtox.the "Cure" (i.e. a parasitic cancer that blocks Mercer's powers). [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it doesn't save him from the Supreme Hunter.]]



* DeadpanSnarker: Aside from cracking wise during his fight with Mercer, he dryly notes to Randall that containing Manhattan is "slightly" more than he and his dozen-odd men can handle.



** Not that they're wrong, mind. He orders an evacuation immediately after Greene is killed, causing military positions to collapse despite this weakening the infected. Then he attempts to brute force his way through out of the quarantine zone despite this possibly spreading the virus.

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** Not that they're wrong, mind. He orders an evacuation immediately after Greene is killed, causing military positions to collapse despite this Greene's death weakening the infected.Infected. Then he attempts to brute force his way through out of the quarantine zone despite this possibly spreading the virus.



* DiscOneFinalBoss: Her death doesn't end the game ''nor'' the infection, though it does slow the infection quite a lot.

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* DiscOneFinalBoss: Her death doesn't end the game ''nor'' ''or'' the infection, though it does slow the infection quite a lot.



* EvilCounterpart: To Alex - roughly humanoid, just as smart (or smarter), [[spoiler:same powers, and an independent entity, born from the virus and Elizabeth Greene but not under her thrall, just like Alex]]. Unlike him however, it wants to control and spread the disease and it isn't even a little bit human in its ShapeshifterDefaultForm.

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* EvilCounterpart: To Alex - -- roughly humanoid, just as smart (or smarter), [[spoiler:same powers, and an independent entity, born from the virus and Elizabeth Greene but not under her thrall, just like Alex]]. Unlike him however, it wants to control and spread the disease and it isn't even a little bit human in its ShapeshifterDefaultForm.[[ShapeshifterDefaultForm body]] or mind.


!!!Voiced by: Lake Bell (''Prototype 1''), Lindsay Ames (''Prototype 2'')

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!!!Voiced by: Lake Bell Creator/LakeBell (''Prototype 1''), Lindsay Ames (''Prototype 2'')



!!!Voiced by: Melissa Disney

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!!!Voiced by: Melissa Disney
Creator/MelissaDisney


!!Alexander J. Mercer/ZEUS

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!!Alexander !!Dr. Alexander J. Mercer/ZEUS



!!Elizabeth Greene/MOTHER

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!!Elizabeth Anne Greene/MOTHER



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[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/prototype_mercer.png]]




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[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/prototype_heller.png]]


!!!Voiced by: Creator/BarryPepper

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!!!Voiced by: Creator/BarryPepper
Creator/BarryPepper (''Prototype 1''), Darryl Kurylo (''Prototype 2'')




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!!!Voiced by: Cornel Womack




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!!!Voiced by: Ivan Basso




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!!!Voiced by: Robert Morse




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!!!Voiced by: Melissa Disney




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!!!Voiced by: Daniel Reardon




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!!!Voiced by: David Forseth


After Alex removes the parasite, he attempts to kill Greene by using it on her, but her body rejects it. The result combines Mercer's and Greene's DNA and becomes something new: a creature with characteristics of both the Redlight and Blacklight viruses. It is ''not'' happy with its 'father' for attempting to destroy it.

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After Alex removes the parasite, he attempts to kill Greene by using it on her, but her body rejects it. The result combines Mercer's and Greene's DNA and becomes something new: a creature with characteristics of both the Redlight and Blacklight viruses. It is ''not'' happy with its 'father' "father" for attempting to destroy it.



* EvilCounterpart: To Alex - roughly humanoid, just as smart (or smarter), [[spoiler:same powers, and an independent entity, born from the virus and Elizabeth Greene but not under her thrall, just like Alex]]. Unlike him, it wants to control and spread the disease and it isn't even a little bit human.

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* EvilCounterpart: To Alex - roughly humanoid, just as smart (or smarter), [[spoiler:same powers, and an independent entity, born from the virus and Elizabeth Greene but not under her thrall, just like Alex]]. Unlike him, him however, it wants to control and spread the disease and it isn't even a little bit human.human in its ShapeshifterDefaultForm.



* GeniusBruiser: Its hideous appearance and lack of speech in its base form may make one think it's stupid, but it's anything but, [[spoiler:pulling off a rather impressive BatmanGambit against Alex and the military.]]

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* GeniusBruiser: Its hideous appearance and lack of speech in its base form may make one think it's stupid, but it's anything but, [[spoiler:pulling off a rather impressive BatmanGambit against Alex and the military.military, by taking the form, personality and language as Cross.]]



* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:First, it doesn't seem terribly distressed about Alex killing and absorbing Greene, its genetic 'mother'. Second, its purpose in life is to kill and devour Alex -- implied to be at least in part because it resents him for not letting himself be eaten alive.]]

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* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:First, it doesn't seem terribly distressed about Alex killing and absorbing Greene, its genetic 'mother'. "mother". Second, its purpose in life is to kill and devour Alex Alex, its genetic "father" -- implied to be at least in part because it resents him for not letting himself be eaten alive.]]



* SequelHook: [[spoiler:Averted in the second game; the sequel doesn't involve Alex looking for him. He is mentioned once as the assignment of [[TheMenInBlack Agent Barnes Griffin]], and otherwise seems to have no bearing on events. But he's still out there...]]

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* SequelHook: [[spoiler:Averted A hook is seemingly built up in the first game [[spoiler:But averted in the second game; the sequel doesn't involve Alex looking for him. He is mentioned once as the assignment of [[TheMenInBlack Agent Barnes Griffin]], and otherwise seems to have no bearing on events. But he's still out there...]]


* ComedicSociopathy: Their SociopathicSoldier tendencies are often played for BlackComedy in Prototype 2.

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* ComedicSociopathy: Their SociopathicSoldier tendencies are often played for BlackComedy in Prototype 2.''Prototype 2''.



* {{Flanderization}}: Blackwatch in the sequel are more or less a parody of their Prototype 1 incarnation (and [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremists]] in general). One soldier gets a medal for "consistent display and embodiment of the organization's core tenets" after he shoots a woman for no reason.

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* {{Flanderization}}: Blackwatch in the sequel are more or less a parody of their Prototype 1 ''Prototype 1'' incarnation (and [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremists]] in general). One soldier gets a medal for "consistent display and embodiment of the organization's core tenets" after he shoots a woman for no reason.



* RepressiveButEfficient: They're actually pretty good at fighting the virus and would have stopped it several times had Mercer not sabotaged their efforts. Not so in Prototype 2.

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* RepressiveButEfficient: They're actually pretty good at fighting the virus and would have stopped it several times had Mercer not sabotaged their efforts. Not so much in Prototype 2.''Prototype 2''.



* CrazyPrepared: He uses Alex's ''flashbacks'' against him. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it doesn't save him from the Supreme Hunter.]]

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* CrazyPrepared: He uses Alex's ''flashbacks'' against him.him and make him vulnerable for a shot of Bloodtox. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it doesn't save him from the Supreme Hunter.]]



* TheUnfought: You don't really fight him, but [[spoiler:you automatically gain his memory node after the the cutscene.]]

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* TheUnfought: You don't really fight him, but [[spoiler:you automatically gain his memory node after the the cutscene.]]



* EarnYourHappyEnding: They're hailed as heroes at the end of Prototype.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: They're hailed as heroes at the end of Prototype.''Prototype'' (even if Alex was the one who did the crucial heavy lifting).



[[folder:Elizabeth Greene/MOTHER]]

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[[folder:Elizabeth Greene/MOTHER]]
Greene]]



The last surviving inhabitant of Hope, Idaho, a town that was destroyed after being used as a testing ground for a biological weapon, to prevent the disease from spreading. She appears 'burnt out' and catatonic after forty years of experimentation by GENTEK. There is almost certainly no remnant of 'Elizabeth Greene' left; all that remains is the virus in an empty human host. Unfortunately, it is both intelligent and very patient.

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The last surviving inhabitant of Hope, Idaho, a town that was destroyed after being used as a testing ground for a biological weapon, to prevent the disease from spreading. She appears 'burnt out' "burnt out" and catatonic after forty years of experimentation by GENTEK. There is almost certainly no remnant of 'Elizabeth Greene' "Elizabeth Greene" left; all that remains is the virus in an empty human host. Unfortunately, it is both intelligent and very patient.



* CuteBruiser: Though the 'cute' part is up for debate, she hits Alex ''once'' and he's ''smashed across the room''. This is a guy who weighs hundreds of pounds slapped aside like a cardboard cutout.

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* CuteBruiser: Though the 'cute' "cute" part is up for debate, she hits Alex ''once'' and he's ''smashed across the room''. This is a guy who weighs hundreds of pounds slapped aside like a cardboard cutout.cutout by a teenage-looking girl.



* DiscOneFinalBoss: Her death doesn't end the game ''or'' the infection, though it does slow the infection quite a lot.

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* DiscOneFinalBoss: Her death doesn't end the game ''or'' ''nor'' the infection, though it does slow the infection quite a lot.



* {{Plaguemaster}}: The virus spreads on everything she touches, and the [[DegradedBoss Hunters]], [[DemonicSpiders Leader]] [[MiniBoss Hunters]], and [[CombatTentacles Hydras]] are her creations.

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* {{Plaguemaster}}: The virus spreads on everything she touches, and the [[DegradedBoss Hunters]], [[DemonicSpiders [[BossInMookClothing Leader]] [[MiniBoss Hunters]], and [[CombatTentacles Hydras]] are her creations.


** In ''2'', she takes issue with being called "pasty".

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** In ''2'', the sequel, she takes issue with being called "pasty".



* ParentalSubstitute: Her character profile explains that this is the reason she trusts her older brother so absolutely; never knowing her father, Alex was the closest thing she had to a stable parental figure. [[spoiler:Knowing this makes [[MadScientist everything]] [[ItsAllAboutMe revealed]] [[TomatoInTheMirror about her brother]] roughly a bazillion times more depressing.]]

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* ParentalSubstitute: ParentalSubstitute:
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Her character profile explains that this is the reason she trusts her older brother so absolutely; never knowing her father, Alex was the closest thing she had to a stable parental figure. [[spoiler:Knowing this makes [[MadScientist everything]] [[ItsAllAboutMe revealed]] [[TomatoInTheMirror about her brother]] roughly a bazillion times more depressing.]]



* ThemeNaming: Her code name, Athena, is the daughter of Zeus in Myth/ClassicalMythology... the latter of whom just so happens to be the code name for Alex, although it's never actually used in that game.

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* ThemeNaming: Her code name, Athena, is the daughter of Zeus in Myth/ClassicalMythology... the latter of whom just so happens to be the code name for Alex, although it's never actually used in that game.the second game anymore.



* OnlySaneMan: The ''other'' character with a working sense of ethics.

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* OnlySaneMan: The only ''other'' character with a working sense of ethics.



* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Especially when your enemy will gain vital information by killing you in a certain way.

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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Especially when your enemy will gain vital information by killing you in a [[BrainFood certain way.way]].


* AffablyEvil: In the sequel toward Heller. He even tries to [[WeCanRuleTogether recruit him]] and teaches him how to absorb memories from his consumption targets. Testimony from his Evolved indicates he's genuinely fond of Heller, and he claims he's disappointed in him for disrupting his plans. Even when he makes the decision to ''kill Heller off'', he tries to give him a quick death. It's only when that fails that the claws come out, and he never stops trying to convince Heller to join him.

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* AffablyEvil: In the sequel toward towards Heller. He even tries to [[WeCanRuleTogether recruit him]] and teaches him how to absorb memories from his consumption targets. Testimony from his Evolved indicates he's genuinely fond of Heller, and he claims he's disappointed in him for disrupting his plans. Even when he makes the decision to ''kill Heller off'', he tries to give him a quick death. It's only when that fails that the claws come out, and he never stops trying to convince Heller to join him.



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: His goal borders on it, if not InsaneTrollLogic. Heller is...unconvinced by his arguments.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: His goal borders on it, if not InsaneTrollLogic. Heller is... unconvinced by his arguments.



* {{Expy}}: In the sequel, the similarities to long-standing Franchise/ResidentEvil villain Albert Wesker (particularly his characterization in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'') are too numerous to ignore. Both are intellectual, with scientific backgrounds (though Mercer's are borrowed), who started an endemic with a weaponized virus, who wish to wipe the scourge of humanity with a bioweapon of mass destruction, are extremely dangerous warriors augmented with the same virus they plan to use to wipe out the planet, and all of the aforementioned viruses result in veiny, bulbous, tendrily, organic shapeshifting monsters. Both have a FemmeFatale businesswoman associate whom they betray towards the end of the game. They even have a similar mode of speech and a tendency to keep their [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] hidden.

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* {{Expy}}: In the sequel, the similarities to long-standing Franchise/ResidentEvil ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' villain Albert Wesker (particularly his characterization in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'') are too numerous to ignore. Both are intellectual, with scientific backgrounds (though Mercer's are borrowed), who started an endemic with a weaponized virus, who wish to wipe the scourge of humanity with a bioweapon of mass destruction, are extremely dangerous warriors augmented with the same virus they plan to use to wipe out the planet, and all of the aforementioned viruses result in veiny, bulbous, tendrily, organic shapeshifting monsters. Both have a FemmeFatale businesswoman associate whom they betray towards the end of the game. They even have a similar mode of speech and a tendency to keep their [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] hidden.



* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Killing Guerra.]]
* LargeHam: He is ''much'' more animated this time around - gesturing grandly and making more of a meal out of his ''lines'' than his actual meals (which he seems to have given up).
* LaserGuidedKarma: After he consumes [[spoiler:his remaining Evolved, he is consumed in turn by Heller.]]

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* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Killing Father Guerra.]]
* LargeHam: He is ''much'' more animated "animated" this time around - gesturing grandly and making more of a meal out of his ''lines'' than his actual meals (which he seems to have given up).
* LaserGuidedKarma: After he consumes [[spoiler:his remaining Evolved, he is consumed in turn by Heller.Heller, whom he shared his powers early in the game.]]



* AngryBlackMan: ''Very'' angry.

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* AngryBlackMan: ''Very'' angry.angry, coupled with [[PrecisionFStrike constant swearing]].



* DeathSeeker: Or so he says. [[spoiler:Until he finds out his daughter is alive.]]

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* DeathSeeker: Or For his family or so he says. [[spoiler:Until he finds out his daughter is alive.]]



* TheDragon: He was intended to be this Alex Mercer. Didn't work out so well.

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* TheDragon: He was intended to be this by Alex Mercer. Didn't work out so well.



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Present and invoked deliberately. To have a shot at taking down Mercer, Heller will have to become just as or even more powerful, and equally monstrous, which would be a hell of a feat. [[spoiler:Due to the drastic changes in Mercer's characterisation Heller does wind up defending New York from his hated enemy, though his humanity remains in question.]]

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Present and invoked deliberately. To have a shot at taking down Mercer, Heller will have to become just as or even more powerful, and equally monstrous, which would be a hell of a feat. [[spoiler:Due to the drastic changes in Mercer's characterisation characterisation, Heller does wind up defending New York from his hated enemy, though his humanity remains in question.]]



* WhyAmITicking: The Biobomb.

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* WhyAmITicking: The Biobomb.Biobomb allows him to infect and convert citizens into {{Action Bomb}}s after a short delay.


%%* CursedWithAwesome

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%%* CursedWithAwesome* CursedWithAwesome: All these superhuman, shapeshifting feats and NighInvulnerability given by the Blacklight virus? He doesn't want to have them in the first place as he woke up with [[AmnesiacDissonance amnesia]].



%%* FaceHeelTurn

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%%* FaceHeelTurn* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:From a protagonist AntiHero who saved the city from a nuke during the first game, to god-complexed entity wanting to consume all of humanity.]]



* CorruptCorporateExecutive

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* %%* CorruptCorporateExecutive



%%* TheMole

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%%* TheMole* TheMole: [[spoiler:Pretends to be an ally to Mercer, but she is actually being used by Blackwatch.]]



%%* BigBad

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%%* BigBad* BigBad: One of the major antagonists of the first game.



%%* EvilMatriarch

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%%* EvilMatriarch* EvilMatriarch: Her [[MeaningfulName appropriate codename]] of "Mother" as well as being the origin of the HiveMind invoke this.

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