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Mason's Family
The descendants of legendary Black Ops agent Alex Mason.

    Dr Savannah Meyers 
A trillionaire scientist and business owner, Savannah recruits the Specialists for a mission to find her missing sister Jessica, who is presumed dead following a botched mission.
  • Big Bad: Savannah is the public face of Project Blackout, which involves resurrecting dead soldiers for the ultimate war.
  • Cain and Abel: Ordered the hit on her own sister, Jessica. She had also previously shot and killed Jessica in an argument, and resurrected her as part of Project Blackout.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Is in a relationship with Frank Woods, the 60s version of him that is.
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    Jessica Mason-Green 
Sister to Savannah and a soldier by contrast, Jessica went missing following a botched mission.
  • Mission Control: After her attempted assassination, she went into hiding and started aiding her teammates (Ruin and Battery) from the shadows.

    Lucy Mason-Green 
Jessica's only daughter, David 'Section' Mason's granddaughter and Alex Mason's great-granddaughter, who now lives with her aunt Savannah after the disappearance of her mother.

The Specialists
A group of talented soldiers who are recruited by Savannah for a mission.

    Ruin - United States 
Donnie Walsh is a born and bred infantryman, always the tip of the spear, and the first one in the fight. His Specialist Ability is the Grav Slam and his Equipment is the Grapple Gun
    Battery - United States 
Erin Baker comes from a family of soldiers, the next generation of Army Ranger. She operates from on high, delivering salvos of high explosives to her unfortunate foes. Her Specialist Ability is the War Machine and her Equipment is the Cluster Grenade
  • Action Girl
  • Bash Brothers: With Ruin, after he answered her distress call.
  • Cyborg: Loses an arm in the opening cutscene but has it replaced. It's not obviously augmented as Seraph's.
  • Grenade Launcher: The only one available in Multiplayer is her Specialist Ability, the War Machine. The grenades have the ability to bounce off walls as well.
  • The Lad-ette: Noticeably more muscular than the other female Specialists. She also carries a rough-and-tumble-attitude.
  • Recursive Ammo: While the initial explosion of the Cluster Grenade is lethal, it also unleashes a load of smaller bouncing bombs.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Both of her abilities include explosives of some kind.

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    Crash - Australia 
A veterinarian prodigy, Aussie Jarrah Bazley found a new passion in Poker. Getting in too deep with his gambling, he now works as a back-alley surgeon, putting his medical skills to financial use. His Specialist Ability is the TAK-5 and his Equipment is the Assault Pack.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Allies can be healed with the TAK-5 through walls, eliminating the need for line-of-sight.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: God awful at poker, but an excellent surgeon.
  • Combat Medic: His abilities have no affect on his skill with a gun.
  • Dispel Magic: The TAK-5 can also remove Firebreak's Burn.
  • The Gambler: His backstory. This ties into the Assault Pack's ability to generate more money/points for his teammates.
  • Heart Container: The TAK-5, aside from healing wounds, also increases the target's maximum health to 200 from 150. This extra health can only be healed back up to the nearest multiple of 25.
  • Score Multiplier: Assault Pack grants extra points per kill to teammates who use it. This allows them to build up scorestreaks quicker.
  • Support Party Member: Lack damaging abilities but offers utility through enabling faster scorestreaks and healing teammates.
    Ajax - South Africa 
Growing up on the streets of South Africa, Kerk Rossouw was a member of Cordis Die, until he saw his 'allies' execute a downed Riot Officer during a riot. He fled, and created his own mercenary organization, selling their services to the highest bidder in a bid to safeguard the people. His Specialist Ability is the Ballistic Shield and his Equipment is the 9-Bang.
  • Amoral Afrikaner: Subverted; he started out as one under Cordis Die before defecting and forming his own mercenary group to protect the people.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After being beaten for trying to prevent the execution of a riot officer, he leaves Cordis Die and creates his own organization to fight them.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: His Specialist Weapon, which renders him nigh-invulnerable from the front and has a mount for a powerful SMG.

    Seraph - Malaysia 
He Zhen-Zhen is one of the youngest enforcers in the Singaporean mafia, the 54 Immortals. She wields the Annihilator revolver, a weapon so powerful, she needed to replace her arm with a bionic counterpart just to withstand the recoil. Her Specialist Ability is the Annihilator and her Equipment is the Tac-Deploy.
  • Cyborg: Uses an augmented robotic right arm in order to wield the Annihilator. This makes her unique from the other Specialists, especially those returning from Black Ops III, who don't have augmented cybernetics at this point in the timeline, only prosthetics.
  • Dark Action Girl: The only specialist working for the 54 Immortals crime syndicate rather than the military.
  • Hand Cannon: Her Specialist Ability summons a powerful revolver dubbed "The Annihilator".
  • McNinja: Her design and reliance on stealthy insertions thanks to the Tac-Deploy creates a ninja-like image even though she's Malaysian and working for a Singaporean crime syndicate.
  • One-Hit Kill: Her Annihilator's forte. Lining up shots just right can even result in a One-Hit Polykill.
  • Respawn Point: Her equipment, the Tac-Deploy, creates one her team can use.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Operates only in the interests of the 54 Immortals.
  • Uniqueness Decay: An In-Universe and retroactive example; she is the only true cyborg in this game thanks to her augmented robotic arm but that becomes relatively minor in Black Ops III, where most Specialists have significant augmentations.
    Prophet - England 
A talented marksman, David Wilkes is obsessed with perfection, wanting to have the best accuracy and abilities. His Specialist Ability is the Tempest and his Equipment is the Seeker Shock Mine
  • Attack Drone: The Seeker Shock Mine can track enemies in order to stun them for several seconds. The stun ends soon if the target reacts quickly enough or if the mine is destroyed.
  • Chain Lightning: A successful hit from the Tempest can bounce off its target even a few seconds after the hit.
  • Cold Sniper: His Tempest rifle lets him pick off group at long range
  • Dreadlock Warrior
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: A unique animation for a melee attack on an enemy downed by the Tempest.
  • Lightning Gun: The Tempest. Unlike the last game it charges after firing and it is not a one hit kill. Survivors are downed for several seconds instead and can end up downing their allies if they are close enough.
  • The Perfectionist: Believes that technology will get him closer to achieving this obsession.
  • Quick Time Event: The Seeker Shock Mine forces one on its target in order to end the stun early.
  • Standard Status Effects: Both of his abilities induce paralysis. The Seeker Shock Mine can still allow the target to fire their weapon while the Tempest downs them completely if it doesn't kill them.
  • Stun Gun: The Seeker Shock Mine is armed with one. The Tempest acts as a Static Stun Gun, downing targets who aren't killed by the shot.
  • Transhuman: Maintains an interest in integrating technology with his own body. This will not be realized until the time of Black Ops III, when he has replaced 70% of his body with machinery.
    Nomad - Colombia 
Tavo Rojas is an expert survivalist and ambush tactician, using the environment to his advantage. Between him and his canine companion Juneau, as well as a few well placed mines, there is no way to sneak up on this guy. His Specialist Ability is K-9 Unit and his Equipment is a pair of Mesh Mines
  • Booby Trap: His Equipment allows him to sling 2 explosive mines to any surface. If they are close enough to each other, they produce a laser tripwire that detonates them. A single mine will detonate if an enemy passes in front of it.
  • Canine Companion: His Ability summons his K-9 Unit Juneau to maul enemies to death. She can be set to either patrol across the map or stick close to Nomad.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Maintains a belief in this. He was one of the least augmented Specialists in Black Ops III as a result.
  • Fantastic Racism: Refers to Prophet as a transhuman in an unfavorable tone after killing him.
  • Guttural Growler: Has the gruffest voice out of all the Specialists.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: Encouraged by his Mesh Mine and employed by Juneau in combat.
  • Trap Master: Prefers setting ambushes and sneak attacks, relying on guerrilla warfare rather than conventional combat.
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    Torque - Scotland 
Kieran Mackay is a born prankster, and with his training, is never too far away from the tools he needs to pull one off. With his trusty Razor Wire and Barricades, he is able to funnel his marks wherever he desires.

His Specialist Ability is the Barricade and his Equipment is the Razor Wire.

  • Bully Hunter: Spiked a General's drink for causing two of his squamates to get sick by forcing them to run laps in the rain.
  • Deployable Cover: Barricade puts up a durable barricade with a microwave emitter at the front.
  • Geo Effects: Barricade and Razor Wire together give Torque incredible map control compared to the other Specialists.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns
  • Kill It with Fire: The front side of his barricade emits microwaves to slow and damage enemies who approach it.
  • Trap Master: Prefers using his traps to hinder rather than outright kill.
  • Troll: Enjoys making a person's day harder, whether through practical jokes or deadly traps.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Downplayed considering every Specialist is a trained soldier and he has a more jovial disposition in comparison.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Both of his unique abilities make moving through the map much more difficult due to their massive slows and damaging effects.
    Firebreak - Czech Republic 
Krystof Hejek has a burning passion - fire. Whether it is watching people burn through his trusty Purifier or melt from radiation exposure, his stoic exterior only breaks when the whole battlefield is aflame.

His Specialist Ability is the Purifier and his Equipment is the Reactor Core.

  • Area of Effect: Specializes in dealing damage with this over time.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: We get to see a close up of them as he burns the corpses of a deceased couple in his intro.
  • Kill It with Fire: Prefers heat-based attacks like the Purifier and the Reactor Core.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: Reactor Core increases its effect radius and damage after a small amount of time but starts to cause damage to Firebreak himself, possibly to the point of death.
  • Gas Mask Mook
  • Hazmat Suit: Employs a militarized version of one.
  • Killer Rabbit: His logo features a gas masked rabbit in front of a radiation symbol. He also has a costume that combines Post-Apunkalyptic Armor with a fluffy bunny hood.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Zig-zagged; Firebreak's armor has enough radiation shielding so Reactor Core doesn't inflict the Burn effect on himself but not enough to save him from taking damage from increased exposure. It doesn't protect him either way from an enemy Firebreak's Reactor Core either.
  • Self-Made Orphan: As a teenager, he burned his abusive father alive in order to escape with his little sister.
  • Standard Status Effects: Both of his unique weapons can inflict Burn, which prevents healing for a period of time. This effectively lowers an enemy's max health as well since Burn is inflicted on hit.
  • Video Game Flame Throwers Suck: Averted, as it has a surprisingly long range that increases after a short delay, can shred enemies pretty quickly, and has a relatively wide Area of Effect. Naturally, it's locked behind a large cooldown.
    Recon - Japan 
Katsumi Kimura is a survivor of an epidemic that ravaged Japan and the Pacific Rim, a virus that reduced his hometown to a triple digit population. As the nation descended into chaos, he stepped up to do his part in rebuilding his society, becoming a Recon Scout.

His Specialist Ability is Vision Pulse and his Equipment is the Sensor Dart

  • Decomposite Character: Or Decomposite Ability; Recon has Outrider's Vision Pulse but the Enemy-Detecting Radar aspect of it has been made into a separate ability, the Sensor Dart.
  • Enemy-Detecting Radar: Can fire a Sensor Dart which can track enemy movement with the mini-map. The dart can be destroyed.
  • Support Party Member: Has no damaging abilities but can track enemies far better than any other Specialist.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: His abilities are modeled after Outrider's, specifically her Vision Pulse. This becomes weirder when Outrider returned in Black Ops 4.
  • Take Up My Sword: Implied; Chronologically, Outrider would go on to use his Vision Pulse in Black Ops 3 while Recon himself is absent from that game.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Played With. In his intro he is forced to shoot a little girl who may be wearing a bomb vest and while he does so, he's extremely reluctant to do so. Lucky for him it was all part of a test and the little girl survives unscathed .
  • X-Ray Vision: Vision Pulse allows his team to see enemies through walls.
    Zero - Germany 
A German anarchist, Leni Vogel is a self-taught digital security expert with a penchant for countermeasures and an arsenal of technology-crippling hacks - and she's damn good in a fight. Debuted in Absolute Zero.

Her Specialist Weapon is the Icepick, and her Equipment is the Disruption EMP Grenade.

  • Achilles' Heel: While the Icepick is strong compared to other gear, it is slow to use. You cannot wield any weapons or defend yourself while using the device, and using it causes a symbol to appear on the HUD to all enemy players of your location. If you are shutdown while using the Icepick, and before finishing, the hack effect is ended prematurely.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Crash. While he buffs the party's health and provides ammo to their weapons, she hacks their gear and prevents the opposition from working properly.
  • Genius Bonus: One of her quotes is that her callsign is short for 'Zero-Day'. A Zero-Day Exploit is an exploit previously unknown to vendors who would be able to mitigate the exploits effects. In other words, a character with a power that weakens other Specialists is one that has never been seen in the franchise, or a Zero-Day character.
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: Her default skin has a lollipop strapped to her vest as an allusion to the trope.
  • Smart Girl: The most technologically minded of the female Specialists.
  • Red Baron: She has also been known as the 'Disruption' thanks to her impressive hacking skills.
  • Standard Status Effects: She is the saboteur or debuffer to Crash's buffing class.
  • Walking Techbane: The "purposeful" variation. Her playstyle is designed around counteracting other technology. Anything player controlled gets destroyed, while any AI is taken over so it belongs to her. Her Disruptor grenade acts like past games EMP grenades, disabling the HUD and jamming electronics. The Icepick hacks gear, then streaks, then the opposition themselves.

    Outrider - Brazil 
As an orphan on the streets of Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha favela, Alessandra 'Les' Castillo survived on her sharp eye and keen wits. Now an advance scout, she stalks the battlefield, tracking down her prey before destroying it with lethal accuracy. Debuted in Grand Heist.

Her Specialist Weapon is the Sparrow and her Equipment is the Hawk drone.

    Spectre - ??? 
Next to nothing is known about the presumed wet-works Specialist, Spectre. All accounts suggest an individual capable of extraordinary stealth, able to evade or neutralize the most sophisticated of manned or automated security set-ups. In every case, Spectre’s victims have been ‘handled’ with surgically precise mid-line wounds with rarely any signs of struggle. Debuted in Spectre Rising.

His Specialist Weapon is the Shadow Blade and his Equipment is Smoke.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: For competitive balance, Spectre's Shadow Blade can even hack Reaper's metal body into pieces.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Continuing from Black Ops 3, no one knows exactly what Spectre's gender is due to the voice modulator and Spectre's outfit being fairly ambiguous. However, evidence seems to suggest that Spectre is male.
  • Cyber Ninja: Combines acrobatics, swordsmanship, and smoke with near-future military equipment.
  • The Faceless: Moreso than Firebreak as Spectre's helmet completely conceals any facial features.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His Specialist weapon Shadow Blade has him pull one out to slice enemies apart.
  • Smoke Out: His Equipment lets him pop a cloud of smoke that blocks vision and can highlight enemies caught in it.
  • Super Mode: Using Shadow Blade puts him at a high speed sprint with a swift One-Hit Kill melee attack and the ability to roll. The camera even switches to a third person perspective for the duration.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Having Shadow Blade active allows him to roll in order to avoid incoming fire.
    Reaper - Switzerland 
The product of a cutting-edge military R&D project to supplement Special Operations soldiers in the field, Experimental War Robot-115 was one of a single unit of advanced prototype combat robots running the most sophisticated AI software ever seen. After several politically embarrassing mishaps and budget overruns, the project was cancelled and most of the prototypes were stripped for parts. Fate had other plans for EWR-115, when years later it was discovered to have been stolen. Reports of sightings of the terrible machine on battlefields around the world began to surface. No one knows why it fights or who, if anyone, is issuing its orders. Debuted in Apocalypse Z.

Reaper's Specialist Weapon is the Scythe, while its Equipment is the Radar Shroud.

  • BFG: The prototype Scythe, rather than unfolding from it's arm is a gigantic double barreled gatling gun.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation / Ridiculously Human Robot: Due to competitive balance, Reaper still needs to behave like any human player character, including needing to hold his breath to steady his aim, injecting stim packs to heal, and being affected by Zero's hacking in the same way as the others. Amusingly, he also bleeds red when sliced apart by Reaper's Shadow Blade.
  • Super Prototype: The last remaining prototype of an R&D project.
    Blackjack - Singapore 
A 54 Immortals arms dealer, Danny Li handles all the contraband shipments moving around the Far East. He works alongside the Specialists, giving them access to his contraband and reserves, for the right price...
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