Prentiss TigersA relatively new group of Enforcers formed by a group of kids from Prentiss, a heavily fortified, nice part of San Paro. Unlike the Praetorians, they're largely composed of thrill-seekers and vigilante killers who happen to be on the Enforcers' side. In any other town, more than a few would be Villain Protagonists, but this is San Paro.
Akiko XAkiko grew up in a middle-class Japanese family in San Paro. Although she was a good student and enjoyed the party scene, her parents sent her to Japan in the hopes that she'd shed the wild culture of San Paro. The club scene in Japan bored her, and she soon set out to discover more about the country. When Akiko returned to San Paro, she had gained sword skills and a quiet determination that drove her to join the Tigers.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: One of the quieter Tigers - and also one of the blood-thirstiest ones. Notably, her only issue with the Bloodroses was that they struck her as "arrogant and shallow-minded poseurs", rather than any of their, uh, other activities.
- Blood Knight: Akiko makes no secret that she enjoys killing criminals, sometimes by cutting their heads off. By the end of her emails to the player, she mentions that she's getting restless with the way things are done under the CSA and may leave the Tigers to strike out on her own.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Her primary weapon is a katana, in a setting where just about everyone else uses guns. She's still managed to kill more than a few criminals with it. Overlaps with Knife Nut.
- Knife Nut: She carries both a katana on her back and a smaller knife in a holster, with no sign of a firearm.
- Off with His Head!: Akiko scored her first kill by decapitating a criminal during a raid, three days after chopping off another criminal's hand.
- Artistic License Military: Ooh boy. Apparently, Devil Dog's a Navy veteran who worked as a sniper in a unit that referred to themselves as "Devil Dogs", who was scouted out for the SEALs before becoming wounded in action.note
PraetoriansThe premier Enforcer group, founded by a visionary billionaire named Justin Teng. It draws its members largely from the military, with recent defections from the San Paro Police Department due to the addition of Saul Linklater, a former SPPD tactical commander and now current Director of Operations Command for the Praetorians. While the new members have given the Praetorians a nice new public face of policing, there is tension between the ex-military and ex-police groups over how best to handle the city's crime.
Ostensibly formed for the good of San Paro, they are rumored to contain a Black Ops branch known as "Shadow Strike". Reporters who try to dig into that particular topic tend to end up at dead ends, literally and figuratively.
Ernst 'Mule' Templeton
Justin TengA true visionary, his "blue sky thinking" has proved capable enough to fill his offshore accounts with billions earned from consulting fees and stock market gains. With crime on the rise in San Paro, he's turned his attention to the private military sector, taking advantage of the CSA to showcase his vision for a new, more effective type of police.
- The Chessmaster: Teng volunteered his consulting services to the think-tank committee that came up with the CSA. Moreover, it may not be entirely unintentional that the rise of his Praetorians has coincided with a further weakening of the SPPD as experienced and well-trained officers leave to the PMC in search of better pay and less red tape.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Although his true motives are unknown to even the Kasper Danko, the man he put in charge of his Praetorians, it is a stated possibility that he truly does intend to do good for the city, and is just willing to go further than others in defense of San Paro.
Wilson Le Boyce
Blood RosesThe Evil Counterpart to the Prentiss Tigers, a band of rich-kid thrill killers and thrill seekers drawn from the Concession and Virginia Gardens in San Paro. Formed by Jeung-ho Yim and Charlotte Montague, ambitious fame-seekers from the Concession and Virginia Gardens, respectively, they quickly made a name for themselves through their style and their daring. All lieutenants take the surname "Bloodrose" as a nom de guerre. Nowadays, their visible leaders are Jeung and Charlotte Bloodrose, supported and financed by one Michael Simeone, formerly known as Sal Murino. Of course, there's more to it than that.
- Affably Evil: Even from the beginning, she's very cheerful and friendly toward the player. In contrast, other contacts are usually suspicious or at the very least indifferent until the player has proven themselves.
- Glasgow Grin: Has one drawn on
- Nom de Guerre: While her real name is actually Clarissa Seindorf, she prefers Britney Bloodrose (NOT Clarrisa!).
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Her parents work hard to keep their daughter's less-than-legal activities under wraps, much to the benefit of the Blood Roses. However, she still has to undergo mandatory drug testing as part of a court order, not that it actually helps.
- Stripperiffic: Like most of the female Blood Roses, her clothing is fairly revealing.
- Tattooed Crook: Averted. Between the G-kings and Bloodroses (and even most of the enforcers), she's one of the few who has no visible tattoos of any kind. Most likely because her parents would actually punish her if she got any, seeing as they heavily care about the family's image.
- The Ditz: The amount of air in her head could inflate a Macy's Day Parade. The contents of her emails include needing to borrow urine to pass a drug test the next day, talking about her psychic therapist, and telling the player how she managed to crash yet another new car.
- Ambiguously Brown: It's hard to tell if he's black, or dark-skinned Asian.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as some, but he's definitely got shades of this when describing the intrigue between the Blood Rose leadership.
- The Smart Guy: The brains behind the Blood Roses, he manages their network security, gathers info on their enemies, and even lays the groundwork for many of their daring deeds, much to the chagrin of Jeung. He doesn't desire fame and plans on getting out of the gang before their luck runs out.
- Draco in Leather Pants: In-universe. He is compared to a "dark star around which like-minded souls soon orbited", creating the nascent Blood Roses.
- Smug Snake: He firmly believes that he is in charge of the Blood Roses, and looks down on just about everyone, Sennet, and even Simeone, included.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's civil in his emails, and even seems to some extent courteous. Nonetheless, there's an occasional undercurrent of barely-restrained anger.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a prominent scar under his left eye, as well as rose carved into his arm.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: His clothing pallet is composed of dark red and black, with some dark gray thrown in for good measure.
- The Sociopath: As a 9 year-old, she stabbed both her parents to death one night, but readily confessed to it once she was actually questioned about what she did. She exhibits a lack of empathy and need for stimulation, but doesn't seem to possess the understanding of morality necessary to care about hiding her crimes. She cares about having fun, and if people have to get hurt for her to feel any excitement, so be it.
- Stripperiffic: Wears little more than a mini-dress, boots, stockings, and a corset.
- Nom de Guerre: Born Amanda Kurtz, she adopted the alias Lilith Bloodrose following her escape from a private mental institution after a fire killed almost forty staff and patients.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: Her tone in her emails is more reminiscent of a little child, rather than her real age of 20.
G-KingsOne of the older gangs in San Paro, hailing from a poor neighborhood called Gresty, they began to come into their own as a force in the city following a turf war over the New Cross Skatepark 1996. Their victory over a rival gang, the Barbarians, gained them the attention of the Praetorians and other Enforcer groups, who had recently arrived in San Paro following the passage of the CSA. They probably would have faded into irrelevance had Grayson Fell, a corporate fixer with access to military-grade weaponry and sizable financial assets via Arlon Benjamin, not shown up. But he did, and now the G-Kings are preaching street-side revolution and unity against the Enforcers.
- Defector from Decadence: Certainly sees herself this way, after becoming enamored with the excitement of crime and fed up with the perceived corruption of mainstream media.
- Going Native: She began as an up-and-coming reporter for Channel 211 who wanted to get a closer look at life with the G-Kings in order to advance her career. After spending time with them and experiencing the thrill, she decided to join them for good.
- Hired for Their Looks: Her voice, with an appearance to match, is what jumpstarted her career from doing voiceover work to being an actual news reporter.
- Tattooed Crook: Her arms are covered in tattoos of different designs and colors.
- The Mole: As far as Channel 211 and the Enforcers know, she's just a reporter with sympathies toward the G-Kings. In actuality, she uses her position and ability to sit in on Praetorian meetings to feed information to the G-Kings about upcoming raids.