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USMC

    Staff Sergeant Henry "Black" Blackburn 
The hero of Battlefield 3, Henry Blackburn is a US 1st Recon Marine who propels the narrative of the story through his flashbacks. He is the player character for the majority of the game's singleplayer missions.

  • I Did What I Had to Do: He kills his own commanding officer after encountering Dima in the Iranian villa mission to protect Dima and the mission.
  • The Hero: He's the main protagonist of the story.
  • Heroic Mime: Averted in cutscenes. We get his side of the story constantly. Played straight when you control him, though.
  • One-Man Army: In some missions played straight. In others he is part of a fireteam, the Misfit 1-3 squad or even a platoon sized force.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the only major good guy in the cast not to be drinking stupid juice. Cpt. Cole causes a major international incident by picking a fight with Russia unprovoked, the CIA plug their ears up and go "lalalalala" whenever Blackburn tries to warn them about Solomon's plans, and even Dima impatiently picks a fight with French police, wasting enough time to allow the nuclear detonation they were trying to prevent.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Disappears off the face of the Earth in Battlefield 4.
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    Sergeant Jonathan "Jono" Miller 
Another playable character, in the tank mission "Thunder Run".
  • Empathy Doll Shot: The shot of his son's dinosaur.
  • Sacrificial Lion: At the end of his mission, his tank is disabled and he is captured by the enemy. He is then shown being executed on camera by Solomon and Faruk Al-Bashir. His execution drives the Marines to strike back at Al-Bashir with extreme prejudice, thus kick-starting the climax of the game.
  • Weapon of Choice: His Abrams tank.

    Lieutenant Jennifer Colby Hawkins 
Yet another playable character, in the jet fighter mission "Going Hunting". Callsign is "Wedge".

    Private First Class David Montes 
A non-player character who appears alongside Blackburn in several of the infantry missions.

    Private First Class Christian Matkovic 
A non-player character who is part of the Misfit squad.

    Captain Quinton Cole 
Commanding officer of Blackburn's unit in Iran.
  • Glory Seeker: Unapologetically so; he pushes Black and Campo to their absolute limits in dangerous enemy territory just so he can take Al-Bashir in alive and look like a hero, hopefully earning the promotion he thinks he's entitled to.
  • The Neidermeyer
  • Unfriendly Fire: Black kills him to help cover Dima's escape, so that the two of them can work to stop Solomon's terror plot without intervention.
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    Snake 6- 6 
Codename for a couple of Marines involved in high-value operations such as assisting fellow Marines in defending American military camps and rescuing hostages and capturing PLR leaders. One of them in Caucasian and the other is African-American.

    Gunslinger 5- 7 
Codename for a couple of pilots assigned to fly a USMC AH-1Z Viper to support Marines on the ground in Iran.

  • Big Damn Heroes: They do this like taking out hostile armored vehicles and providing CAS strikes for the Marines.
  • Gunship Rescue: They are literally present in "Fire in the Sky" solely to provide air support.
  • Those Two Guys: Once again like Snake 6-6, the two pilots are seen together for the mission "Fire in the Sky".

CIA

    Agent Gordon 

  • All There in the Manual: The cast call suggests that Gordon used to be in law enforcement before he got recruited to the CIA. This is possibly why he's willing to listen to Blackburn in a good cop way with Kovic being the bad cop.
  • Nice Guy: Even though he has suspicions of Blackburn with regards to his information on Solomon, he's willing to give him a chance to hear his side of the story.

    Agent Lazlo W. Kovic 

  • All There in the Manual: In the Battlefield 4 tie-in novel "Countdown to War", Kovic mentions that he hates being claustrophobic.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Didn't join the rest of his family in working with Ford as an employee since he believes that it was a matter of time before the job would be irrelevant.
  • Hero of Another Story: Kovic's actions in the CIA, including being in charge of a black op mission at the Chinese-North Korean border.

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    Dmitri "Dima" Mayakovsky (Russian: Дмитрий Маяковский) 
A Spetsnaz-trained Special Forces career soldier and special agent in the employ of the Russian intelligence agency GRU, who may be beginning to question where his loyalties lie. He spent most of his time with Vympel.

  • Dark and Troubled Past: During his time in Paris, he fell in love in a French woman whose upper class family won't approve of because he came from the USSR after she was pregnant with his son. Dima was not able to raise him since he lived apart from him, most likely thanks to the woman's family after she was found dead.
  • Driven to Suicide: Appears to be about to kill himself at the end of the game before a knock on his door stops him.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Unceremoniously killed off in a cable car crash in Battlefield 4 that leaves the other three characters unharmed.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Before he became a GRU agent, he was a Spetsnaz soldier. Not just any Spetsnaz soldier either, but part of the Vympel unit, said to be the elite of the elite.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The suicide scene fades to black before we find out what Dima does, but it was known prior to the game's release that the tie-in novel was about what he did after the game, so we pretty much know he didn't actually blow his brains out.
  • Hero of Another Story: His time with Vympel in various operations against terrorists and separatists.
  • Military Maverick: His GRU superiors, in the novel, had sent him to Iran to train Iranian Revolutionary Guards after Dima personally assassinated a GRU station chief in Paris after learning of his plans to defect to MI:6 and shot a Russian soldier for killing French nurses in Afghanistan while he was on drugs.
  • Omniglot: Can speak Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Russian. It's implied in Battlefield 4 that he can understand Mandarin Chinese.
  • Private Military Contractor: Only in the novel version, after he decided to go solo from the botched job in 1991 in Lebanon.
  • Weapon of Choice: Various firearms, but notable is his enormous meat cleaver/fish gutter knife that he always has.

    Vladimir Kamarivsky 
He's a former Spetsnaz operator who's serving time for drug trafficking. He's known among fellow Spetsnaz for infiltrating the Iranian military's general staff on a black op mission.

  • Boisterous Bruiser: Acts like one
  • Boxed Crook: He was sprung from his incarceration in Butyrka prison (for drug trafficking) for the express purpose of serving on Dima's team. He thinks it was a prank gone wrong.
  • Cop Killer: Is willing to take out French Gendamerie/Police Nationale officers as long as they can take out the PLR in Paris.
  • Fallen Hero: A well-known GRU Spetsnaz operator who got involved in the drug trade.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The right side of his face has a straight, long scar that goes from the corner of his eye to the cheek, but the left side of his face has many vicious-looking, intersecting scars as well as a possibly-blind left eye. He's a good guy though.
  • Hidden Depths: The novel states that his knowledge of the Koran was based on his time served in Iran.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: To elaborate, an RPG blast sends bits of shrapnel flying at high speeds towards Dima, Kiril and Vladimir. The result is a piece of rebar or piece of a fence slamming through his chest.
  • Irony: Vladimir's a Russian-Jewish man of Latvian origin and infiltrated Iran.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: He's killed by an RPG blast in Paris while hunting down the stolen nuclear device, leaving Dima severely shaken..
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Survives during the infiltration op in Paris.
  • The Prankster: Shares this spot with Kiril.
  • Weapon of Choice: Uses the A-91 assault rifle.

    Kiril 

  • Bald of Awesome: The only GRU operator in the Paris team to have a bald head.
  • Only One Name: His last name is never revealed.
  • The Prankster: Shares this spot with Vladimir.
  • Weapon of Choice: The AS Val. He also uses frag grenades when faced with a shootout against PLR fighters.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Nowhere to be seen in the sequel, although Dima mentions that he can possibly die at any time since he has radiation poisoning like him.

    Kroll 

  • Dark and Troubled Past: Kroll can't hear very well as he was captured and tortured by pro-independence rebels in Chechnya during his tour of duty in the 1990s before he was rescued. He also was involved in the hostage crisis in Beslan and was wounded fighting against Chechen separatists.
  • Hero of Another Story: His time in Chechnya and Beslan.
  • Original Character: He only appears in the novel version, taking Kiril's position in the 3-man GRU team infiltrating Paris.

    Hassan Zirak 

    Gregorin 

    Omorova 

  • Last-Name Basis: Her given name, Katya, is only revealed a large part of the way into the novel.
  • Mr. Exposition: Her job as an analyst includes informing GRU operatives on what's happening in the field.
  • Original Character: Only included in the novel version of the game.
  • Rogue Agent: Forced to go into hiding after GRU scapegoats her for helping Dima and the others steal a nuke since they failed to get it back from Solomon.

People's Liberation and Resistance

    Solomon 
A mysterious terrorist who appears to be Faruk Al-Bashir's right hand man, but has his own hidden agenda.

  • The Bad Guy Wins: Battlefield 4 shows that Solomon's plan to start a global war between the U.S. and Russia was a success, despite all of Dima and Blackburn's efforts.
  • Big Bad: Of 3.
  • Character Death: Blackburn ends up bashing his head in with a brick during a close quarters fight in Times Square.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He's got it pretty bad. According to the novel, he started out as a foreign mujahid in Afghanistan who was picked up and drafted by the Russians, serving under them for a while before defecting to the US in '94, and proceeded to serve America for the next 20 years before betraying them as well with his nuke plot.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: It's never explained why he wants America and Russia to kill each other. He just does.
  • Hand Cannon: His Taurus .44 revolver. Used to lethal effect against Montes.
  • Manipulative Bastard: "He uses everyone!"
  • The Mole: Posed as a US whistleblower who fed them intel on Al-Bashir, but turned out to be a terrorist himself.
  • Loss of Identity: Part of his origin backstory. Solomon was given his current name due to his omniglot ability.
  • Omniglot: Solomon can speak many languages, including American English fluently, which was the reason why he studied in America under the care of American missionaries from a refugee camp in Lebanon in the novel.
  • Straw Nihilist: Likes to lecture his victims about the inevitability of death and how meaningless their efforts are.
  • Weapon of Choice: The aforementioned .44 magnum in the game, and a sword in the book.

    Hamid Al-Zakir 
A high-raking figure in the PLR, he appears in the co-op campaign where he willingly defects from the group.

    Abu Muhammad 
A PLR fighter sent to Paris where he states a hostage crisis and faces off against the GIGN.

    Abdul Rahman 
A high-ranking PLR leader in charge of its operations in the Greater Paris Area.

  • Big Bad: Of the co-op campaign.
  • Human Shield: He takes one of the PCs as a human shield when Snake 6-6 corners him.
  • The Dreaded: Masterminded the PLR's terror campaign in the UK.

    Gazul Halen 
The man in charge of gathering intelligence for the PLR. Gets killed during a GRU-backed op in "The Russian" novel.

  • Dirty Coward: Didn't care about leaving his wife in Tehran after the earthquake.
  • Groin Attack: Dima threatened to shoot his crotch off with an AK when they met each other in Tehran.

    Faruk Al-Bashir 
A former Iranian Air Force General who deserted and went rogue, Faruk Al-Bashir went on to become the leader of the PLR, and eventually became President of Iran itself in a violent coup after a catastrophic earthquake destabilised the country's government.

Others

    Amir Kaffarov 
Though he started out as a complete nobody in the Soviet Air Force, Amir Kaffarov is now possibly the richest arms dealer in all of Russia. He brokers the deal that gives Solomon and the PLR their arsenal of portable nukes.

  • Dirty Coward: Not only does he flee when Dima and his men come after him, but he also tries to offer him the contents of his Swiss bank account before immediately selling out Solomon and his whole plan in the hopes of being let go.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: A pilot in the SAF who became an arms dealer after the end of the USSR.
  • Mixed Race: A Tajik-Russian man, according to "The Russian" novel.

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