Group 935 and Affiliates
Dr. Ludvig Maxis
A top scientist and leader of Group 935, he has seen Richtofen fall from grace and sanity, and has set out some counterplans to thwart Edward, resulting in a power struggle that drives the main storyline of Black Ops II.
- All for Nothing: Though he succeeds in attaining power over the Aether, and reunites with Samantha, he's been driven to evil by the Apothicons' corruption and it's all for naught since she flees to Dimension 63 to seek the help of Primis Maxis. Ultimis Maxis ends up destroying the Earth, but loses his daughter and is left with absolutely nothing. Monty later destroys him and the Ultimis timeline for his troubles.
- Ascended Extra: In World at War and most of Black Ops, he plays a small yet critical role, heard only through audio logs and radios. However, come Moon, Maxis is revealed to be alive, and helps the group deal Richtofen a crucial defeat by nuking the Earth. In Black Ops II, he's a full-blown major character, even becoming the Demonic Announcer if you aid him.
- Bad Boss: In many of the radios across the earlier maps, he is very impatient and irate with his subordinates, especially Richtofen.
- Big Good: He at first helps the original three and his daughter strike a huge blow against Richtofen's control of the zombies in Moon. In Black Ops II, he enlists the TranZit group, and by extension humanity's aid to stop Edward's control over the zombies. Subverted though, when he takes control, he just continues the fight anyway.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: For about a decade, he presented himself as a benevolent force trying to save humanity from Richtofen and his evil. However, Buried reveals he was Evil All Along and was trying to use humanity to get him the ultimate power to destroy Earth.
- Boom, Headshot!: He shot himself in the head after ordering Samantha to wipe out Group 935.
- Brain Uploading: Completely unintentional, but when he died in front of the MPD, his soul entered the systems of Griffin Station, leaving him a digital being.
- Cool Old Guy: Is this to the Victis crew in Black Ops II (particularly during Buried when he's noticeably on his best behaviour). It ends up being cruelly subverted when it's revealed he's been manipulating humanity to help give him the power to destroy the Earth.
- The Determinator: Nothing, and we mean nothing - not zombies, Hellhounds, traitors, dimensional planes, demons, or any living human being - will stop him from reuniting with his daughter.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Accidentally causes one at the end of the Black Ops storyline, setting Black Ops II into motion, though this ended up playing nicely into his plans when he sought to open the Rift and reach Agartha.
- Evil All Along: After pretending to be the Big Good for TranZit, Die Rise, and Buried, he reveals in the endgame of the latter map that he's been manipulating our heroes all along so he can destroy the Earth in a misguided attempt to find Samantha. The timeline later clarified that he has been corrupted by the Dark Aether.
- The Faceless: This incarnation of Maxis is never seen, only heard in audio logs and various devices.
- Faux Affably Evil: Once he's in control of the Zombies, he goes on cheering about how he'll be reunited with his daughter and thanks the players... and then less-than-sincerely announces the impending destruction of Earth and humanity's survivors as he heads for Agartha.
- Foreshadowing: Maxis' betrayal is foreshadowed by his maniacal laughing upon the Earth's destruction, and some of the survivors seem to realize he intends to destroy the Earth. All of this turns out to be because he was being corrupted by the Apothicons thanks to the Divinium they planted years ago.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of the Ultimis timeline (though he pales in comparison to the Apothicons).
- Kick the Dog: Frustrated with his lack of progress with the teleporters, he tossed Samantha's pregnant dog Fluffy into the teleporter and inadvertently created Hellhounds. He ends up backstabbing the TranZit group and humanity even after they help him attain ultimate power.
- Love Makes You Evil: A familial version, in that when Samantha goes missing, Maxis is happy to first nuke the Earth, lie to gain support among Earth's survivors, ultimately to control the Aether and the zombies, and tear open the Earth to reach Agartha, where his daughter may not even be.
- Mr. Exposition: Maxis' radios and direct quotes often help inform the player on the goings-on of the map. In Classified, he essentially provides a recap of the Ultimis timeline up until shortly before "Five".
- Necessarily Evil: What he views his plans to destroy Earth as, though he doesn't sound too sincere when he claims to regret it.
- Papa Wolf: He will destroy humanity and the planet Earth to find his daughter.
- Posthumous Character: Was assumed to be one for World at War and Black Ops, until Moon revealed he's alive and well, albeit as a digital entity following his body's death in front of the MPD.
- Smug Snake: Once he takes control of the Aether, he's smug and gloating about how he's won and how Earth will be destroyed.
- Taking You with Me: He committed suicide in front of the MPD, but not before commanding Samantha to kill all of Group 935.
- Unwitting Pawn: Through exposure to 115, he eventually became corrupted by the Dark Aether, and ultimately successfully destroyed the Earth for the Apothicons, while thinking he was merely acting out his own agenda.
- Villain Protagonist: As with Richtofen, it's played with. He definitely seems more heroic than Richtofen from Moon to Buried, but it's all just a farce so he can destroy the Earth to reach Samantha in Agartha.
- Villain Song: We All Fall Down in Die Rise. Played with, as at this point in the story he seems to be the good guy and is describing how Richtofen destroyed his life just for power and fun.
- Walking Spoiler: An extremely critical character to the lore and relevant to quite a lot of the plot twists and revelations.
- Woobie Destroyerof Worlds: Quite literally.
Following the destruction of the Earth in the original timeline, the original Maxis had shattered the universe into countless timelines. Samantha found her way to Agartha, where she beseeched a new incarnation of Maxis, one who was already an old man by the time of World War I, to free her from the place. Samantha took a toll on Maxis' sanity, not helped by the new plague of Element 115 at the excavation site in France. After creating replicas of the Primis staves as well as many other fantastical technologies with 115, Maxis succumbed to the element's corruption. Richtofen was forced to lobotomize his old friend to save his life, and Maxis was put in a drone in which he helped the others free his daughter from Agartha. Maxis then instructed Richtofen to embark on an epic journey to save the universe from the horrors of 115.
- Big Good: He coordinates Richtofen's journey in Black Ops III, though he defers to Monty.
- Brain in a Jar: In Origins. Thankfully, you can build him a new body, a drone. Considering the circumstances, there really wasn't much choice in the matter besides Unwilling Roboticisation, since he was technically dead. It is in this form that he is delivered to Dr. Monty.
- Brain Uploading: More like "Brain Download". In Revelations, it's revealed that only his brain was placed into a new body by Monty, his soul being apparently lost for the time being.
- Cool Old Guy: During World War I he tried to be a father figure to Richtofen, and now he's helping him save the universe, but as he lacks a soul, he's vulnerable to being corrupted by the Shadow Man.
- The Corruption: In Revelations, he is corrupted by the Apothicons and accidentally unleashes the Shadow Man.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Monty messily rips him to shreds in his Keeper form.
- The Faceless: Subverted, unlike his Ultimis counterpart. He is finally seen in an old photograph from World War I in the opening cutscene of Origins, and he makes his first physical appearance when we first see his lobotomized body, and then when he is uploaded into a quadrotor drone. It isn't until Revelations that his human form (or at least, the one Monty gives him based on his Primis body) makes a physical appearance.
- Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of Revelations, he and Sophia use their life force to help seal away the Apothicons forever. He pulls another one in the new broken cycle, this time managing to teleport Samantha and Eddie away from The House to save them from Monty, though he is killed moments later.
- Killed Off for Real: In Alpha Omega he is murdered by Monty after the latter discovers Primis has rebelled againt him.
- Like a Son to Me: He became a father figure to Richtofen after the death of his parents before World War I.
- Love Makes You Evil: In Revelations, the Shadow Man is able to corrupt him with the warning that only he can help save his daughter and the new world that Monty created for him.
- Out of Focus: While he's still critical to the story, he's far less prominent in Black Ops III as opposed to the previous game.
- Palette Swap: Well, model swap, World at War style; his appearence seen in the Revelations intro is more-or-less the Male Player from the campaign, but with a beard.
- Sixth Ranger: Well, more like fifth, unless you count Samantha. In Origins, he becomes a valuable ally in the fight against the zombies.
- The Soulless: After Origins, Monty gave him a new body, but was literally unable to give him back his soul which he lost when he was killed and lobotomized by Richtofen. This led to his corruption by the Shadow Man.
- Team Dad: Appears to be the only adult figure in the House, the realm created by Dr. Monty for Samantha and the Origins cast to live out peaceful lives, as his daughter and the others are all children, making him this.
- Together in Death: His last words are assuring SOPHIA that they will be together always as they prepare to sacrifice their lives to seal away the Apothicons.
- Walking Spoiler: Most of the new timeline Maxis' story comes in the series' endgame, necessitating a lot of spoiler tags.
Maxis' daughter who took control of the zombies when she accidentally teleported to the Moon after Richtofen's betrayal and entered the alien M.P.D., her soul entering the Aether. Her father's dying wish was to kill all of Group 935, triggering the zombie storyline of World at War and Black Ops.
- Anti-Villain: She's not evil, she just wants to kill Richtofen and stop his plans by any means necessary, which would actually be for the best considering Ultimis Richthofen's plans for world domination. A phone in Classified shows that she's ultimately lonely and traumatised, missing her father and her dog and wanting to go home.
- Arch-Enemy: Without a doubt, Ultimis Richtofen. Monty ends up taking the mantle as of Alpha Omega due to killing her father gruesomely.
- Ax-Crazy: She's almost completely bonkers when the four find her on Moon, although that's likely because of all the things she's endured.
- Back for the Finale: She's a central figure in the story, but disappears for all of Black Ops II until Origins. It happens again in Black Ops III, where she doesn't show up until Revelations.
- Big Bad: Of the World at War and Black Ops arcs. At first. Also returns as the Demonic Announcer in Classified, as it takes place between Shangri-La and Moon.
- Creepy Child: Thanks to getting corrupted by the Dark Aether and whatever lurks in there, and the fact she commands legions of the undead bent on killing the heroes.
- Demoted to Extra: Barely appears in the series after Black Ops besides a critical and major role in Origins. She returns to prominence in Black Ops IV.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Uses a Hand Blast to obliterate an Apothicon in the Alpha Omega intro cutscene.
- The Dreaded: Classified reveals that the Kennedy administration eventually came to fear the threat she poised to the world and was prepared to form an alliance with their eastern rivals to combat her.
- Victis themselves would ultimately fear Samantha too even though at that point in their journey, they're on the same side.
- Expy: Of Alma.
- Forced to Watch: She had to watch her father commit suicide in front of her and the MPD. In Alpha Omega she has to watch him die again, this time at the hands of Monty while she watches inside the teleporter.
- Equippable Ally: The Samantha Box in Tag der Toten can be used to summon her, causing all zombies near her to get blasted apart from her sheer power, all with a creepy laugh.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Her Ultimis counterpart has a German accent, but when she enters the Primis universe she trades it for an American one. However, in Alpha Omega she regains the German accent.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Her goal to kill the rest of Group 935 has elements of this, to say the least. She's at it again by the end of Alpha Omega after Monty kills her father, vowing to destroy the Aether and Monty with it.
- Shoot the Medic First: A story-based example. She is specifically targeting Richtofen during the first two arcs, because he is what caused all her suffering and because he's attempting to gain control of the zombies himself. She is only really targeting the others by proxy; indeed, Classified reveals that she attempted to reason with the others through Wisps, imploring them to turn on Richtofen, to no avail.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: In-universe. She feels she did a much better job at controlling the zombies and constantly complains about Richtofen making it too easy once he gets in charge.
- Troll: She takes quite a bit of delight in mocking Richtofen whenever she can. Especially in Classified where she will often mock Richtofen whenever he does something that would trigger a quote (or get angry at him for using a Monkey Bomb.)
- Vocal Evolution: Twice, one at-the-time and another retroactively.
- From Origins onwards (with a change of voice actor), Samantha speaks more clearly and slowly, with a deeper, older voice and an American accent, as opposed to the German one she had in the original story.
- Her younger self in Classified has her voice changed a bit as well; being much higher pitch and with a stronger reverb behind it.
- Wham Line: When first released, the opening cinematic of Origins featured a voice-over from a demonic, terrifying voice. Only with the last line was it revealed who was actually narrating:Samantha: "My name is Samantha. I'm going to tell you how all of this really began."
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She only sends the zombies after the original crew to kill Richtofen to fulfill her father's dying wish to have all of Group 935 killed.
- You Killed My Father: Her motive in trying to kill Richtofen, and later, declaring that Agartha will be destroyed.
Sophia/Strategic Operations Planning Heuristic Intelligence Analyzer (S.O.P.H.I.A.)
Dr. Maxis' secretary in Group 935. In the new timeline, she was transferred into a robotic form after being infected with 115 after a zombie attack.
- Ascended Extra: Originally just a character mentioned in passing in World at War and Black Ops, she becomes a major supporting character in the endgame of the series.
- Brain Uploading: After she was infected from an attack from Subject Two-Six, Maxis poisoned her and transferred her brain into S.O.P.H.I.A. to save her life.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: Joins in the final battle with the Shadow Man and the Apothicons.
- Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of Revelations, she and Maxis sacrifice themselves to seal away the Apothicons forever.
- Second Love: For Maxis, after his first wife died giving birth to Samantha.
- Sexy Secretary: At least, Maxis found her to be one.
- Together in Death: Maxis says that after they sacrifice themselves to seal away the Apothicons, they will be together forever.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: She certainly didn't volunteer to be poisoned by Maxis, and is distressed when she finds herself in her new form.
A scientist who joined Richtofen's splinter cell of Group 935.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: He was incredulous at Richtofen's claim that the MPD led to the Aether, and Richtofen pointed out that it was no more ridiculous than him teleporting them all to the Moon to build an entire base.
- Ascended Extra: He was a minor character during "Moon" before becoming close to the Big Bad of "Der Eisendrache".
- Asshole Victim: It was assumed he was this when he was supposedly killed by Samantha, but he's definitely now this as Richtofen has killed him in Der Eisendrace.
- Bald of Evil: He's revealed to be bald in "Der Eisendrache".
- Big Bad: The closest thing to a main antagonist in Der Eisendrache.
- The Bus Came Back: His appearance in Der Eisendrache is the first time the character has appeared since "Moon", which was released about four years prior.
- Co-Dragons: With Dr. Schuster to Richtofen, though Groph himself is the one nominally in charge of Griffin Station.
- Dirty Old Man: Richtofen mentions in Moon that he is obsessed with young American women.
- Et Tu, Brute?: He's enraged when it appears Richtofen has gone rogue and vows to kill him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He was horrified to have to harvest 100 souls to fuel the MPD.
- Last-Name Basis: We've only learned his last name.
- Not Quite Dead: Subverted. It was initially assumed he somehow survived Samantha's original purge of Group 935, but it was revealed that Der Eisendrache all took place in a new timeline formed by the death of the original Richthofen.
- The Starscream: Joined Richtofen in betraying Maxis.
- You Are in Command Now: After the fall of Der Riese and the death of the original timeline Richthofen, he assumes command of Group 935.
A Group 935 scientist who bore witness to Richtofen's inventing teleportation, and who joined his splinter cell of Group 935.
- The Cassandra: When he joined the Pentagons 115 research division, he warned the Americans that creating undead soldiers would invite the wrath of Samantha. He was laughed off by his colleagues for quite some time before they realized he was telling the truth.
- Co-Dragons: He and Dr. Groph are Richtofen's left and right-hand men, though Groph is the one officially in charge of their base, Griffin Station.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Never appears again after Moon, not even in Der Eisendrache where Groph appears and has a prominent role. He finally returns in Classified.
- Deadpan Snarker: Downplayed, but Schuster is clearly bored and not even pretending to be interested in their first test teleportation of a walnut.
- Not Quite Dead: He was believed to have been immediately killed when Samantha agreed to fulfill her father's dying wish to wipe out 935, but Classified reveals that he managed to escape back to Earth.
- Secret Keeper: He was one of the few 935 members to learn about Maxis' private deal with the Third Reich for funding.
- The Starscream: He was the first of Richtofen's followers who schemed to overthrow Maxis.
- Villainous Friendship: He is one of Ultimis Richtofen's closest cohorts and they seem to genuinely share an appreciation for each other.
In life, he was the warden of Alcatraz, but nowadays Brutus serves an eternal tenure as the guardian of the Alcatraz pocket dimension at the behest of his evil master.
- Actually, I Am Him: Subverted. In Mob of the Dead, Sal speculates that he is in fact some sort of reincarnation of Ferguson. Blood of the Dead makes it clear that Brutus and the Warden are in fact one and the same.
- Ascended Extra: In Mob of the Dead, while he was a prominent feature of the map, he mostly functioned as a tough boss zombie. Blood of the Dead greatly increases his presence and role in the overall story of the setting.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He loved being the powerful lord of Alcatraz as a human and craved more power and strength. His request is granted, but he is doomed to stay in Alcatraz forever until Primis arrives. Blood makes it clear he's been there, dying endlessly, for a long time.
- Big Bad: Downplayed in Mob of the Dead, he's the boss zombie, no doubt. But the prisoners are no better than him. He is firmly in the role for Blood of the Dead, since hes targeting the far more heroic Primis crew.
- The Dragon: Implied to be this to the entity behind the events going on in the map. Blood of the Dead confirms it. Radios listened to while aiming through the charged Spectral Shield reveal he had been communing with the Shadow Man. In the boss fight, he also chants in the Apothicon language.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Blood of the Dead makes it clear that his service to his evil master drove him insane. He waxed poetically about how he loved having a prison full of inmates to rule over, pathetically grovelled before the Shadow Man and psychotically cackled as he prepared to kill himself.
- Enemy Mine: He and Weasel join forces in the Easter Egg climax of Mob to ensure Weasel survives.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From the warden of a prison to a servant of an eldritch power.
- Hearing Voices: As a human, he prayed to and received instructions from the Shadow Man, who spoke to him in his head.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In Blood of the Dead, his defeat is partially brought on by the very prisoners (Sal, Finn, and Al) he either had executed to appease his master, or that he tortured endlessly in Mob of the Dead.
- I Have Many Names: In Blood of the Dead, Richtofen reveals that Brutus is an entity that has taken on many forms and names.
- Killed Off for Real: After post-Revelations!Richtofen unleashes the energy from his crystal, his next death kills him for good, releasing all of the souls trapped in Alcatraz.
- Mighty Glacier: He can't run that fast, and the player can usually outrun him easily, but he hits like a truck.
- No-Sell: The Acid and Fan Traps in the map will not hurt him, and he will disable them if he comes across them. He can die from the Tower Trap, however, especially if it is upgraded to fire rockets.
- Not So Different: As he points out to the mobsters sometimes when they kill him, he's trapped in Alcatraz just like them.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Though his true name is Brutus, he is only ever referred in-game to as "the Warden".
- Pet the Dog: The canon ending (if any) of Mob of the Dead is unknown, but in the "The Cycle is Broken" ending, he teams up with Al to kill the other three mobsters.
- Scary Impractical Armor: Kind of. He wears hardened leather armour over a blue suit covered in barbed wire. Not exactly a match for the sort of armour-peircing weapons that the Mystery Box gives the Mobsters and Primis, but then it barely matters considering he's so tough-as-nails anyway.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He wasn't kidding when he said he was trapped in Alcatraz. Him wanting out is what motivates him to attack Richtofen and crew, and they had the means to get him out.
- Smoke Shield: Knocking off his helmet causes him to unpin the smoke grenades attached to his vest and release smoke in the area, making him harder to see.
- Spanner in the Works: In Blood of the Dead, he suddenly appears and destroys the portal to Zetsubou No Shima that Primis was about to use, trapping them in the purgatory Alcatraz. It also breaks the cycle, ensuring that later events are going to turn out quite different.
- Villainous Breakdown: Belts out, "No! IMPOSSIBLE!" after Post-Rev Richtofen unleashes energy from his crystal, killing all the zombies and removing his own power. He is cut down by Primis not long after this.
- Villains Never Lie: Nothing he says to the mobsters in Mob of the Dead is a lie. He's correct that they are doomed to purgatory forever and must live with the consequences of their sins, and when they complete the needed steps of the Easter egg, he calmly agrees to tell them the truth and does so. When he returns for Blood of the Dead, however, he starts spewing bullshit about how the Apothicons will rule all and the Shadow Man's song and dance.
- Vocal Evolution: Blood of the Dead significantly dials down the processing done to his voice that was present in Mob of the Dead. Nolan North also had a much more sinister, growling delivery, whereas he sounds more eloquent and bombastic (but still brutish and intimidating) in Blood.
- Wardens Are Evil: As a demonic prison warden, it's sort of his job to actively get in your way. He locks up the box, the Perk-a-Cola machines, the work benches and even the plane if he gets near them. Unlocking them costs 2000 points, a price that increases every time he locks it down within a round. Blood confirms that he was evil even from the start, serving the Shadow Man.
A guard in Alcatraz who watched over the inmates. Killed in the intro by Albert.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: The first to zombify in the intro, before the swarm of other zombies arrives.
- The Comically Serious: He takes the nonsensical ramblings of the Warden in stride, and shrugs it off as just being his prayers.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed by Weasel in the intro, becomes a zombie and is gunned down by the Mobsters, though the Easter Egg and later maps reveal this to not be entirely the case.
- Friendly Enemy: Likes (or at least is on decent terms with) Sal and Finn. Billy and Albert however...
- The Illuminati: He is implied to be a member by the timeline, which states that he was contacted by Richtofen through his Illuminati connections to build the secret lab below Alcatraz.
- Not Quite Dead: The one Weasel shanks in the intro cutscene is a fictional apparition generated by the hellscape that is Alcatraz.
- Walking Spoiler: His confirmed survival is what turns Mob of the Dead on its' head.
A giant man trapped in Angola.
- The Alcoholic: He drinks the vaguely named booze. Give it to him, and he'll ram the zombies, and whatever debris you want knocked down.
- Ambiguously Human: Zombies typically go after every living human, but ignore him, implying he's not human at all.
- Big Guy: He's the tallest person that isn't a zombie.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: He actually heralds from 14th century Europe, having been teleported to the Angolan town thanks to Element 115-induced teleportation.
- The Juggernaut: He's unstoppable and, in terms of gameplay, completely invincible. Hurting him will just make him retreat to his cell, and he cannot be killed.
- Manchild: He's not exactly intelligent, but he's a real nice guy.
- No Name Given: His actual name, Arthur, was not given until the release of the Zombies Chronicles timeline, which was released four years after the release of Buried.
- Sweet Tooth: He likes candy, and if you give it to him, he'll help you. You know what's burned on his knuckles? SUGR. That's right.
Spirits of women who attack the player, and steal their points too.
- Back for the Finale: Their backstory is finally revealed in the final installment of the Aether story; they were originally the mother of Jedediah Smith, the inventor of the Pack-A-Punch machine, but she was killed by a zombie attack and laid to rest. Jedediah was compelled to place her dug-up body in the Pack-A-Punch machine and this turned her into a horde of ghosts roaming the mansion, doing things she did in life such as playing the piano.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: It's not like Zombies wasn't at all supernatural before Buried (considering all the, you know, zombies), but even then the Ghosts come out of left field with no build-up or explanation. They're not related to Element 115, Richtofen doesn't create them, they just...exist now.
- Haunted House: They live in a mansion. You better hope they don't overrun you. Oh, and the Pack-A-Punch Machine is behind the mansion, beyond a maze. Good luck trying to upgrade those weapons you have.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: A bit of type 4. They are also physical aspirations, so the best way to repel them is simply to open fire.
Doctor Monty is a mysterious being who is responsible for the creation of the Perk-A-Colas, Gobblegums, power drops, as well as the very important Summoning Key. An omnipotent being who watches over all of the timelines and the entire universe, he makes a sudden appearance during Gorod Krovi, and turns out to be perhaps the most important character of the entire series.
- Ambiguously Evil: There are some ominous signs that Monty is not the benevolent guy he's cracked up to be. Trying to erase the Primis crew is one thing, he meant no harm and genuinely came to like them by that point. But in his last notes, Primis Dempsey mentioned if Monty ever found a certain place, they'd all be doomed. Richtofen and Maxis are certainly both eager to keep certain information from him. At the end of Blood of the Dead, post-Revelations Richtofen says that they need to defeat him, and Alpha Omega confirms that is is indeed evil.
- Arc Villain: He serves as the main antagonist of the final Aether Story Arc in Black Ops IV.
- Been There, Shaped History: The true creator of all the Perk drinks and other machines seen throughout the entire series? Not Group 935, this guy.
- To a more literal extent, there are a number of extra radios scattered across all eight remastered maps of the Zombie Chronicles DLC, with him explaining a fair amount about the map in question - with some not-too-subtle ribbing.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With the reveal that he is evil, he joins Ultimis Richtofen and Maxis and the Shadow Man as one of the main antagonists of the series.
- Big Good: He's the most powerful non-hostile entity encountered in the game mode so far and he's willing to help the main four save the universe. As he steps into the role during the endgame of the series and the reveals about his knowledge of the Apothicons, this makes him the Big Good of the entire series. And then he turns out to have been part of a Big-Bad Ensemble all along.
- Cool Old Guy: For the most part, he's a wry, helpful guy who's also an ancient being who's been around since the beginning of the universe. This trope is Subverted to hell and back in Black Ops IIII when he becomes the main antagonist.
- Cutting the Knot: When Richtofen uses the blood vials to survive the defeat of the Apothicons, his life insurance works and Monty is annoyed that they managed to survive. However, that was as far as Richtofen's insurance would cover, since Monty initially decides to just wipe them from existence anyway before changing his mind.
- Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much every word he says is dripping in sarcasm.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When he discovers Ultimis and Primis's plot to overthrow him, he flies into a rage and violently kills Maxis, even though he had nothing to do with the scheme.
- Evil All Along: Blood of the Dead seems to confirm that he is in fact an antagonist when post-Revelations Richtofen tasks Nikolai and the others with defeating him. Alpha Omega reveals that he has no intention of saving the universe from all the horrors in the cycle since that would result in him losing power over the Aether.
- Evil vs. Evil: As of Alpha Omega, the conflict between him and the Apothicons has boiled down to this. The Apothicons want to outright destroy everything, but Monty is willing to allow havoc in the cycle of the Aether universe if it means he keeps his total power.
- The Faceless: Appears in no physical shape or form until Revelations.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: He takes on a human form when appearing to the crew in Revelations. Alpha Omega confirms that when not in this form, he looks just as eldritch and monstrous as his Keeper brethren.
- God: While he doesn't claim to be God, he certainly has some of the characteristics of one: (near-)Omnipotence, acts In Mysterious Ways, is the Big Good, created a perfect reality for the children, oversees the different realities and opposes the Apothicons.
- Heroic Fatigue: Two of his quotes in Revelations indicates that he suffered from it at some point, or may be still suffering from it.Monty: It's too much information sometimes, know what I mean? I know you must be struggling to take it all in, but can you imagine how I feel? I've got heart felt prayers to the Angels, dying people's wish lists and letters to fucking Santa coming out of my bleeding ears! It's hard to keep up, honestly! I hardly ever get any time for myself, or even just time to stand back and appreciate all the good that I've done.
Monty: I made an app once, at least I think that's what you call it. It started off really simple: All people did was press a button to indicate whether or not they had a good day. I tracked the data for everyone in the world, I mean it was meant to help me understand people. It worked. But even in its simplest form it was too much to take in. It actually made me depressed. It's hard trying to please everyone. Ahh, I'm getting worked up, honestly! You have NO idea how hard it's been from my side. Sorry... Keep up the good work. I'm sure you'll sort it out.
- Ink-Suit Actor: His actor Malcolm McDowell's likeness is used to portray the his human form.
- In Mysterious Ways:
Monty: Honestly, if you could see just what was going on outside your realm of perception, it would blow your minds! That's the main reason I kept it back. If I were to give you an analogy, I'd describe it like this: when a duck swims on the water, you only see it glide, apparently effortlessly across the lake. But underneath, as in beneath the surface, it's a whole different story. Its legs are moving like he's pedaling a fucking bicycle up a mountain! Well, that's me right now. I am that duck!
- Claims to be how he was influencing things until the Origins crew forced him to take a more direct approach.
- One of his quotes in Revelations has him complain about how much work keeping this reality together is tiring:
- It's All About Me: Monty is fine with allowing 115 to continue to plague the universe since it means he will remain in charge of the Aether.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He never hesitates to condescend the main characters for their limited, mortal understanding of the universe, but he still agrees to help nudge them in the right direction to fix it. Once they rebel against him and discover how power-hungry he is, though, he drops the niceties and brutally murders Maxis.
- Love Makes You Evil: A platonic version, as far as we know. In Tag der Toten, Nikolai reveals that Monty was also corrupted by the Dark Aether because of his desperate desire to save the Shadow Man from his own corruption.
- The Man Behind the Man: He reveals himself to be the true source behind the magical powers of the game mode to date, including the Perks, Mystery Boxes, wall guns, and more.
- Me's a Crowd: He advises against this line of thought when it comes to the original and new timeline incarnations of the main four.Monty: You need to stop thinking in terms of originals - old and new, it's not like that. When you look in the mirror, it's still you. If you crack that mirror you see multiple reflections. It doesn't mean you've actually multiplied, does it?
- Mr. Exposition: Monty explains much of the backstory of the series, particularly in regards to the Apothicons, Agartha, and the Shadow Man. He also provides some little tidbits of trivia here and there that aren't essential, but are still interesting nonetheless.
- The Needs of the Many: In the Revelations trailer, he asks the crew to do the right thing for everyone. The revelation that he intends to allow the Aether cycle to perpetuate for all eternity supports this; sure, the endless cycle sucks for a lot of people, but the universe is still alive, and not banished to the Dark Aether.
- The Omnipotent: Downplayed as while he's the one who keeps an eye on the universe, a few of his quotes in Revelations have him says he's not actually omnipotent, but barely.
- Reality Warper: Comes with being God, but he formed the House in Agartha, created new bodies for Maxis and the children, and almost erased the four from existence in the ending cutscene of Revelations. He also casually mentions creating a new moon in the Zombies Collection version of Moon.
- Remember the New Guy?: Only introduced in the penultimate map, and yet provided nudges to the creation of every single thing relating to the Perk machines, Pack-a-Punch, the Summoning Key and everything in-between.
- Satan: In Revelations, the Shadow Man claims that Monty is in fact the Devil of most of humanity's religions. Whether or not he's the actual Devil, Blood of the Dead seems to confirm he is indeed an antagonist.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Drops swears quite frequently.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Compared to Primis, his dialogue is a lot more informal - and a lot more condescending.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He intended for Primis to fade out of existence with the defeat of the Apothicons, but to his dismay, Richtofen caught on and ensured they survived the resetting of the universe. Though he can still wipe them out by hand, Monty allows them to go back in time to be Primis in Earth's Middle Ages.
The Demonic Announcer
The title of the demonic, and in some ways eldritch, entity who controls the zombies. In World at War and Black Ops, Samantha takes the reigns. Starting from the end of Moon, extending into Black Ops II, Richtofen takes over, and by the end of his side of Buried's story easter egg, Dr. Maxis usurps him. As of Black Ops III, the Apothicons have taken the mantle, though they recycle Samantha's voice lines. A new entity takes over for the Chaos story, hinted to be The High Priest of Chaos from IX.
The concept of the Demomic Announcer is also used in other Zombie modes; Advanced Warfare's Exo Zombies has AN-G and Infinite Warfare's Zombies mode uses Willard Wyler and even Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Sledgehammer's Nazi Zombies lacks a counterpart, partly due to its more grounded take on the series. Outside of the concept (and in some cases the name), they are unrelated to the Treyarch incarnation.
- Demonic Possession: Appears to do this to some degree to both the Maxis' and Richtofen once they begin their tenure as the Demonic Announcer.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Averted with Demonic Richtofen in Black Ops II, though he's still "ethereal" sounding.
- Expy: The Demonic Announcer is basically The AI Director made into an actual character. Fitting, as World at War and the first Left 4 Dead were released only days between each other.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of the game mode. While Samantha, Richtofen, Maxis, and The Shadow Man are the most direct antagonists you face, whatever this entity is, it's definitely far more powerful than any of them and appears to be behind everything. Samantha even warns Richtofen that something far worse than him lurks in the Aether. Shadows of Evil and Revelations imply that the Shadow Man is unfamiliar with this entity since he has to be told it by his reporter friend, and Blood of the Dead strongly implies that this entity is separate from the Apothicons.
- Satan: For the longest time, it was heavily implied to be Old Scratch himself controlling the zombies in Mob of the Dead (although the quotes are Samantha's reused), what with the Satanic motifs decorating the prison, the zombies having red eyes, and the characters debating if they're in purgatory. The big clue, however, is entering either 115 or 935 into the electric number pad, and an unknown voice speaks, changing the numbers to 666.
- Blood ultimately josses this, with Brutus shown to be speaking Apothicon in events within the map, revealing the Apothicons rule Alcatraz as well; presumably what Samantha was referring to concerning something worse in the Aether.
- Voice Changeling: The entity's voice changes to whoever is in control of the Zombies. Cut quotes from Mob of the Dead have the Announcer speak in Sal's, Finn's and Billy's voicesnote , hinting that the Announcer can change voices at will.
The Shadow Man/"Mr. Rapt"
A mysterious figure who offers the Morg City survivors a chance at redemption. At the dawn of time, he was a member of the Keepers and best friend of Doctor Monty. However, he joined the Apothicons and now serves as their emissary.
- Back for the Finale: Returns for the final map pack of Black Ops III as the main antagonist of Revelations.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Subverted. In a way, he ends up getting what he wanted all along: Nikolai destroys the multiverse at the end of the series, banishing everything to the Dark Aether. However, it comes at the cost of the Shadow Man's life, as he is still inside the Summoning Key when it's destroyed.
- Barrier Warrior: When you fight him, you have to find a way to deplete his barrier before you can harm him.
- Benevolent Boss: He's very polite and generously compensates his reporter friend for all of his hard work (it helps that as a reality-warping demon he can conjure as much money as he'd like), even if he is out to destroy him and his dimension.
- Big Bad: Of the Shadows of Evil map. Turns out they were manipulating the four into unleashing his masters upon our universe.
- The Corruption: Whispers and speaks to Maxis, telling him what to do. It was his voice that the original Richtofen heard after making contact with the MPD, leading him to a path of destruction. By extension it seems everyone who is corrupted by the Dark Aether and too much 115 exposure hears his voice, as later Pernell is clearly being driven insane by the Shadow Man's unheard demands to find out how to get to Agartha.
- Cthulhumanoid: His real (or close enough) form.
- Dark Messiah: Paints himself as a savior to most people he communicates with. He uses the Morg City crew to help try to bring his masters to our dimension after promising them redemption, and promised Maxis to help save his world by speaking to him.
- Evil All Along: His real goal is to pave the way for his masters to enter our realm directly.
- Evil Former Friend: Of Doctor Monty. They were best pals until the Apothicons got their tentacles on him and corrupted him.
- Evil vs. Evil: His conflict with Monty as revealed by the final stages of Black Ops IV. Monty wants to retain ultimate control without giving a damn for all the 115-induced horrors the Aether has led to, while the Shadow Man and the Apothicons want to outright destroy everything.
- Final Boss: Of the Black Ops III season, as the Easter Egg to Revelations ends with a fight with him.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's not a good person to say the least, but his speeches of "redemption" and various other We Can Rule Together-themed spiel has all the charm of an obvious Con Man.
- Gone Horribly Right: His ultimate endgame to overthrow Doctor Monty and destroy the universe ultimately succeeded but at the cost of literally everything; the Apothicons are all banished forever to the Dark Aether as they were at the end of Revelations, and the Shadow Man himself was likely killed when Nikolai destroyed the Summoning Key.
- Grand Theft Me: Corrupts Maxis through the Summoning Key and takes over his body to bring the Apothicons to the Aether.
- Greater-Scope Villain:
- Of Mob of the Dead and Blood of the Dead. He is the true master of the Warden who is the more direct antagonist of the maps, though he never appears in either of them, bar a jumpscare Easter Egg in Blood.
- By default he's this for the entire Ultimis timeline, since he was the one who corrupted Ultimis Richtofen and led him down his destructive path that led to the destruction of the Earth twice-over by the end of Buried. Additionally, Classified and Alpha Omega reveal he corrupted Cornelius Pernell, whose hands run deep in Ultimis's backstory and plights during the time of World at War and Black Ops.
- Though Monty is the main Arc Villain of Black Ops IV, the Shadow Man's influence is still strongly felt since he has a hand in every Aether map antagonist's actions, and he is the one who laid the trap at Mob of the Dead that led to the cycle being broken in a bid to free his masters.
- The Heavy: He's the direct enforcer of the Apothicons' will and is the most present antagonist of the Black Ops III - and by extension the entire Aether arc's - story.
- Humanoid Abomination: Whatever he is, he most certainly ain't natural. Turns out he's the servant of an eldritch power, the Apothicons.
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- The four people who he manipulated into opening a portal into his masters' realm turn on him, kill him and send the horrors he unleashed back to where they came from when they realise his deceit. It then happens again where upon his death at the hands of Richtofen, Dempsey, Nikolai, and Takeo, they use the Summoning Key, the same thing the previous four he manipulated used to imprison him to send the Apothicons back to oblivion.
- Black Ops IV had him set forth a contingency plan involving the Warden that ultimately failed. Said plan resulted in the Apothicons, the Keepers and 115 being banished to the Dark Aether forever.
- Knight of Cerebus: His presence heralds the endgame of the series' arc up to this point, and it grows Darker and Edgier as well. It also helps that he's an evil entity bent on bringing about the destruction of the entire universe through his masters, who are even worse than he is.
- Promoted to Playable: Not in Zombies, mind, but he is a choosable character skin in Black Ops 4's Blackout mode.
- The Man Behind the Man: He was the one who corrupted Ultimis Richtofen and drove him to insanity and his mad quests for power that resulted in the destruction of the Earth. He calls that Richtofen his former "apprentice".
- Manipulative Bastard: He orders the four chosen around to help them look for redemption. It's a crock of shit. His real goal is to cause The End of the World as We Know It.
- Omnicidal Maniac: His mission is to let his dimension-destroying overlords turn the universe into a pile of rubble, so he more than fits the bill.
- Outside-Context Problem: Monty was unaware of his presence inside the Summoning Key. Also served as this retroactively until Shadows of Evil, as the story focused on the direct antagonism of Samantha and Richtofen over what actually caused the whole thing to begin with.
- The Reveal: He's actually an evil entity who works as an emissary of the Apothicons, seeking to help them corrupt and bring chaos and destruction to the entire universe.
- Satan: Blood of the Dead reveals via the Warden's radio recordings (his voice is only audible if you listen while aiming through the Spectral Shield) that he is the Warden's Satanic master.
- Villainous Breakdown: When the four chosen by him plot against him, his veneer slides away as his plans are uprooted from under his feet. It happens again in Revelations, when he tries to sweet-talk Primis into surrendering and turn them against Monty, and his last wisp has him furiously roaring that they'll pay for disobeying him.
- Villains Never Lie: During Revelations, he's actually telling the truth when he informs the crew that once they defeat him, Monty will allow them to simply fade out of existence. Alpha Omega confirms his claims that Monty is evil.
- Walking Spoiler: As The Heavy of the series, he has quite a few spoiler tags to his name.
The Apothicons are ancient entities that Doctor Monty regards as the ultimate evil in the universe. They bring chaos and darkness wherever they go, and Doctor Monty drafts the Primis crew to save the entire universe from them and their emissary, the Shadow Man. From Shadows of Evil onwards, one of them serves as the Demonic Announcer.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Their sole focus seems to be spreading chaos and destruction throughout the universe by way of Element 115.
- Ancient Aliens: They are beings nearly as old as time itself who invaded Earth many centuries ago, their presence having nearly been forgotten. Tag der Toten even reveals that one deceased Apothicon's carcass lies at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean.
- Ancient Evil: First alluded to by this title in the Origins selection screen, and then consistently referred to as such from then onward.
- The Corruption: They are the ones who send Element 115 into the various dimensions, bringing havoc and destruction to any unfortunate dimension. The original timeline initially suffered this fate, as they corrupted Richtofen through the MPD and eventually caused the Earth's destruction via Maxis twice.
- Eldritch Abomination: They are utterly alien in appearance and abilities, and take a clear influence from Lovecraft lore.
- Final Boss: They serve this purpose when it comes to the narrative of Black Ops III and the entire Zombies story to this point.
- The Ghost: They are first alluded to when Samantha warns Richtofen during Moon that something worse than him is lurking in the Aether, but do not properly appear nor is their role in the story explained until the endgame of the Black Ops III season.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of the entire series until Black Ops III, where they are properly introduced and take center stage. They are the true main antagonists of the entire series, having been behind all the horrors the cast has faced over the years.
- Hungry Menace: Monty says their appetites for life are insatiable and they plan to gobble up all of reality.
- Kaiju: Their physical forms are gigantic and monstrous.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Perfectly visible from the outside, but you can get go inside an Apothicon during Revelations and you get to see countless teeth as you plummet down its throat.
- Space Whale: They generally give off this vibe since they spend most of their time gently flying through space, yet are gigantic beasts.
- Shout-Out: They bear some resemblance to the Leviathans from The Avengers.
- Ultimate Evil: Referred to as such by Doctor Monty, and they are not properly seen in full until Revelations.
- We Wait: After being defeated in the War of Agartha, they decided to wait eons until humanity's actions would tear open a rift for them to invade the universe. They planted some Divinium on Earth just to give a little nudge, however.
- Womb Level: In Revelations, one of them eats the Pack-A-Punch machine, and after trapping it with Doctor Monty's Tesla Death Ray, you can get eaten by it and explore inside.
- Appearances: Nacht Der Untotennote | Verrücktnote | Revelations | Alpha Omega
A four man squad of US Marines. In Verruckt, they are formed by Tank Dempsey, John Banana, Smokey, and Paxton "Gunner" Ridge.
- Apocalyptic Log: In Revelations, you can find the last radio message recorded by John Banana, who details the failure of the mission to extract Peter McCain from the asylum and that the now-zombified Smokey is eating his brain as he speaks.
- Covers Always Lie: The promotional artwork for Shi No Numa and Der Riese depicted Marines fighting zombies in the new locations, seemingly implying more Marines would be the playable characters. Shi No Numa instead introduces the Ultimis crew, and until the extra game modes of Black Ops II such as Grief, generic characters like the Marines are never used again.
- Eaten Alive: John Banana dies a long, slow death as the zombified Smokey slowly eats his brain.
- The Generic Guy: Unlike the other survivors after them, these guys have no real personality or characterization to speak of. In fact, they all share the same quotes between them (though one voice is oddly deeper than the others).
- Red Shirt: With the exception of Dempsey and Gunner, the other Marines all perish at the end of Verruckt.
- Semper Fi: They're US Marines, and they're able to survive without a lot of the special perks and weapons that Ultimis and co would have access to later down the line.
A U.S. Marine who was an American mole within Group 935. He was stationed at the Wittenau Sanatorium, and though he managed to flee, died when he was hung by his own parachute at the Rising Sun facility. However, fate would have more in store for him...
- Back from the Dead: Broken Arrow uses the elemental shard to truly resurrect him, which is especially notable because they are able to actually bring back his mind and soul as opposed to just reanimating his body like 935's attempts at resurrection.
- The Mole: He was an American mole in Group 935, but he was compromised shortly before the outbreak at Verruckt.
- Posthumous Character: He is already dead by the time Ultimis arrives at the Rising Sun facility. Alpha Omega brings him back to life.
- Suddenly Voiced: Peter is a character who has often been the subject of minor background references in Zombies lore, but Alpha Omega has his first speaking appearance.
Doctor Cornelius Pernell/Avogadro
The handler of Group 935 mole Peter McCain and director of the Broken Arrow program. As he investigates 115's history around the globe, he soon becomes as obsessed with it as the very people he is researching.
- A God Am I: After he becomes Avogadro, he believes he has ascended beyond humanity.
- Arc Villain: He is a major antagonist for the Aether story during Black Ops IV.
- Ascended Extra: He originally only appeared via a mysterious radio message in Shi No Numa, but Black Ops IV gave him a large supporting role in the Aether storyline.
- Bad Boss: Used his assistant's romantic feelings for him to manipulate her into unethical human experiments with the elemental shard.
- Came Back Strong: Inverted. The Avogadro Victis encounters in TranZit is far weaker and less powerful than the one Ultimis and Primis battle in Alpha Omega since they took much of his power from him.
- The Corruption: He was corrupted by the Dark Aether and, at the Shadow Man's imploring, became obsessed with finding a way to Agartha.
An AI created oversee Camp Edward and the Broken Arrow program. After the incident that resulted in the creation of the Avogadro, the facility and Rushmore himself was shut down for 50 years until the joint Primis/Ultimis crew arrived to claim the Elemental Shard, accidentally waking him up in the process.
- Benevolent A.I.: In spite of his suspicions and threats, Rushmore is willing to provide hints for easter egg steps and, if one uses the correct codes, cheats and bonuses like perk discounts and access to Sergeant A.D.A.M..
- Big Brother Is Watching: Ultimis Nikoli quotes this trope verbaitum when Rushmore is activated, and the AI's digital avatar certainly bears a sinister resemblence to the figurehead, but Rushmore himself otherwises averts this trope.
- Eagle Land: Type 1, with a healthy dose of Red Scare.
- Distaff Counterpart: To S.O.P.H.I.A. from Gorod Krovi. Both are AIs tasked with overseeing sites dedicated to the research/use of Element 115, both possess unfriendly attitudes towards our heroes and both serve as their primary roadblock during the main Easter Egg, forcing the crew to jump through hoops before allowing them access to their goal.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: An apparent recording error prevents Rushmore from remembering what casued Camp Edward to be overrun in the first place.
- Verbal Tic: He frequently punctuates the end of his sentences with unrelated patriotic quotes.
- Uncertain Doom: When Samantha wrecks Camp Edward in the end cutscene, a truck can be seen flying into and destroying the Operations building that houses Rushmore. His fate is never confirmed, although it can be assumed that if that didn't finish him off, then the Moon rocket in Nuketown certainly did.
After discovering Nazi documents on zombies, he brings in four well-known horror actors to make a movie about it, until he becomes the first victim of the outbreak.
- Ascended Fanboy: Well he was talking about zombies being the classic horror monster and his fascination with the Nazi zombies. Now he is one.
- Big Bad: He's the boss zombie.
- Boss Banter: Frequently spouts Faux Affably Evil quotes at the survivors.George: Come on now, we're all friends here!
- Celebrity Survivor: Kind of...he retains some of his human self as a zombie.
- Improbable Weapon User: A stagelight.
- Ink-Suit Actor: George Romero pitched in his likeness via motion capture.
- Large and in Charge: He towers over the survivors and zombies alike. His real-life counterpart is 6'4.
- Lightning Bruiser: He has over 250,000 base health points (and has another 250,00 added for every player in the game) and can move as fast as you can sprint when angry.
- Turns Red: If you shoot him or allow him to get too close, he'll take on a more rotted appearence and run you down as fast as you can sprint.
- Uncertain Doom: The only follow-up to Call of the Dead so far has been the radios in Revelations, which mention that the cast and crew have been missing for six weeks. His glasses appear in Tag der Toten, but the character himself does not since the map is set before Call of the Dead; the characters act like the character of George Romero is deceased like his real-life counterpart was at the time of release.
- Zombie Infectee: It's rather unlike other examples we've seen as he remains self-aware after apparently dying.
Brock and Gary
A fearless explorer and his assistant, respectively, who were on the hunt for a gateway into Agartha, and found themselves in the ancient temples of Shangri-La. They found far more than they bargained for, however, and end up pawns in Richtofen's grand scheme.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: They are subjected to several of these during Shangri-La, with starving to death being their most generous death by far.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: All of their struggles end up for naught, as they are trapped presumably forever in the time loop of Shangri-La, doomed to die again and again without end.
- Skewed Priorities: Brock is taken with all the fantastical mechanisms and architecture of Shangri-La, and this often ends up leading to his and Gary's deaths.
- Those Two Guys: A pair of explorers who stick together for the duration of their journey.
- Unwitting Pawn: They are ultimately manipulated by Richtofen to help him acquire the Focusing Stone, giving him the last relic he needed to take control of the zombies on the Moon.
- The Voice: Neither of the pair are seen in person, and they are only heard.
- What the Hell, Hero?: At one point, Gary yells at Brock for being more interested in agriculture than getting out alive.
- Appearances: Revelations
George Romero's mysterious assistant, a woman who ended up traveling far and wide to investigate the disappearance of the Call of the Dead cast and crew, but ended up lost in time at Shangri-La.
- Been There, Shaped History: Sally was responsible for at least one of Brock and Gary's multiple deaths in Shangri-La.
- Fate Worse than Death: She jokes that being harassed by a horde of agents is worse than her current peril at the hands of hungry zombies.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: She becomes trapped in the cycle at Shangri-La, just like Brock and Gary.
- Last Episode, New Character: She makes her debut in Revelations, the final map of Black Ops III.
- Mysterious Watcher: She's investigated several trails of Ultimis' 115-powered adventures, and appears to have been present at Shangri-La during part of Ultimis' visit.
- Obliviously Evil: She sets several traps that impede Brock and Gary, and by extension, Ultimis during Shangri-La.
- Uncertain Doom: So far we haven't learned if she has escaped from Shangri-La.
Former assistant director of the CIA facility in Georgia. Following the destruction of the Earth, he led a group of survivors, including fellow former CIA agents, from his headquarters in Druid Hills. Ten years after the missile strike, however, his headquarters was lost and he began to suffer from the new 115 plague.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns in Alpha Omega, which reveals he was a member of Broken Arrow before he joined the CDC.
- Irony: In his message, he warns that symptoms of 115 infection include psychosis, delusion, paranoia, and short-term memory loss. The thing is, in his message, he displays exactly those symptoms: he goes into a rant asking listeners if their closest companions are plotting against them, repeats short-term memory loss a few seconds later, etc.
- Shoot the Dog: Barkley killed fourteen members of his team when they appeared to display symptoms of infection. Given his own paranoia, they may or may not have actually been infected.
- The Virus: He is the one who discovered that a new plague of 115 has become airborne, meaning that all survivors are infected.
Post-Revelations Edward Richtofen
A version of Richtofen cryogenically frozen in another version of himself's lab beneath Alcatraz.
- Brutal Honesty: Him telling mid-cycle Primis Richtofen that he isn't sorry for him while he's dying of exsanguination. He wants to be, but can't.
- Hope Spot: His very existence was this, as he is a doctor that could have saved Primis Richtofen, but instead he cruelly says that the future is changed and that he won't be needing the blood vials anymore before taking the others and leaving him to his fate.
- Kill the God: His goal is to defeat Doctor Monty, presumably because the war against the Apothicans seems not be what it seems.
- Kick the Dog: Combined with Brutal Honesty. Coming to pick up the Summoning Key from Primis!Richtofen and leaving him to die? Mostly understandable. Saying "I wish I could say I'm sorry, Edward... but I'm not" right before leaving him to die? Dick move.
- The Unfettered: Doesn't really care that his past self is dying , even saying to his face that he isn't sorry about it.
- Walking Spoiler: That fact that this version of Richtofen appears after Primis Richtofen performs a Heroic Sacrifice, that the cycle is broken and that the Primis story isn't over quite yet.
Chaos Story Characters
Scarlett Rhodes' wealthy father, whose research and adventures that him to the discovery of Prima Materia, the Sentinel Artefact and the Order, who promptly kidnapped him during a mansion party.
- Eccentric Millionaire: His riches are spent just as much on futuristic inventions as they are on priceless artefacts.
- Magnetic Hero: Every one of the playable characters in the Chaos story are familiar with him and speak with fondness. Scarlett's crew in particular are willing to fight to the death for his sake.
- Nice Hat: In the prequel comics.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He's well versed in history, science, engineering, archelogy and mythology. All of the devices found around his mansion in Dead of the Night were of his design.
- Turned to Stone: His apparent fate at the hands of Medusa, prior to Ancient Evil.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: His fixation on his adventures and research led him to neglect his daughter extensively, which greatly contributed to her current personality.
The main antagonists of the Chaos Story, the Order are an ancient and mysterious cult who seek to harness the power of Prima Materia themselves. They're responaible for the kidnapping of Alisatir Rhodes and the activation of the Sentinel Trial on every map except for Ancient Evil.
- Ancient Conspiracy: They've existed for at least a thousand years.
- Back from the Dead: What every member of the cult goes through as a rite of passage. They're killed and subsequently resurected by the Scepter of Ra, which results in them coming back Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Bald of Evil: The High Priest and the cultist in Voyage of Despair both have this.
- Big Bad: Of the Chaos Story as a whole. The High Priest directly takes this role in XI but otherwise serves as the Greater-Scope Villain. By Ancient Evil they've become part of a Big-Bad Ensemble alongside the Oracle/Medusa.
- Evil vs. Evil: What their conflict with the Oracle of Delphi turns out to actually be.
- Large Ham: The High Priest in XI, as befitting the overseer of a gladiator tourney.High Preist: UNNNNNFORIGVABLE!
- Malevolent Masked Men: In gold, silver and black varieties.
- Religion of Evil: Implied. Whenever the Sentinel Artefact is activated, the voices of the Order can be heard chanting "Death to Ra". The enemy of Ra in Egyptian Mythology is Apep, God of Chaos, which holds major connotations for the Chaos story as a whole.
- Third Eye: The biggest warning sign that someone is a member of the Order is the presence of a glowing red slit on their forehead.
The Oracle of Delphi/Medusa
The fabled Oracle of Delphi, also known as The Phythia, who oversees the Chaos Crew's journey starting from XI. She has been trapped within her city, and promises to deliver the crew to Alistair if they free her...
The Zombie Warlord/Perseus
A mysterious warrior who forced the Oracle of Delphi to activate the Sentinel Trial, confident that he would complete it and earn the god's favour. His failure to do so resulted in him being trapped and corrupted for centuries, until the Chaos crew arrive and threaten to claim his prize...
- Adaptational Villainy: Perseus was one of the friendlier heroes within Classical Mythology, pride and ego notwithstanding, but here he's the ruthless ruler of an army of undead.
- Arch-Enemy: Of the Oracle of Delphi, whom he refers to by her alternate name 'The Phythia'. Their rivalry is very appropriate, considering he's responsible for slaying her in the original stories.
- Big Bad: Of Ancient Evil. He's directly responsible for the state Delphi is in, commands the hordes of zombies within its walls and serves as the Final Boss of the main Easter Egg.
- Divine Parentage: He's the son of Zeus, Top God within Greek mythology.
- Facial Horror: Spending centuries trapped within Delphi hasn't left his face in good condition. His lips are torn and rotted, revealing a row of Scary Teeth.
- Flying Weapon: He can throw his sword and pull it back, which he first demonstrates in the mid-game cutscene on Pegasus.
- I Have Your Wife: He kidnapped the Oracle's sisters and subjected them to Cold-Blooded Torture in order to convince her to activate the Trial.
- Public Domain Character: He's Perseus, the Greek hero who was suppossed to have slain Medusa.
- Walking Spoiler: Knowing his true identity heavily foreshadows the identity of the Oracle.
One of the most famous and recognisable creatures from Greek myth, Pegasus is a winged horse who assists the Chaos Crew as they journey through Delphi and what lies beyond...
- Adaptational Heroism: In Greek myth, Pegasus was pure but as neutral as any animal. The Zombies version actively works to help the Chaos Crew alongside the Oracle, saving them from certain death in the Ampitheatre and flying them to the Pack A Punch area after they obtain the Golden Bridle. Potentially subverted by the reveal that the Oracle is Medusa, the mother of Pegasus in Greek myth, which throws into question whether he helped the Chaos crew only so they could free her to take over the world.
- Glowing Eyes: His eyes glow a bright yellow. They transition to Red Eyes, Take Warning when he's killed and corrupted by Perseus during the boss fight.
- Public Domain Character
- Shock and Awe: He beats his wings to send out bolts of lightning, which is his main method of killing zombies.
- Winged Horse: The original, and the most iconic example.