This page is for characters who appeared in Red Alert and its expansions. For Tanya and Einstein, see Command & Conquer: Red Alert Series - Factions and Characters.
Played by Arthur Roberts
Role: Supreme Commander of Allied forces
A stoic, exemplary German military officer, Von Esling is the commander of the entire Allied military junta established to defeat the Soviet aggression. He is a responsible, dedicated commander. His second in command is Nikos Stavros, alongside Field Commander A9, the executor of the most important battle plans.
- All Germans Are Nazis: A rare subversion. Certainly helped by the Nazis never existing in this timeline.
- Mission Control: Briefs the Allied commander on his missions.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Always polite and understanding. He does see the need to rein-in Einstein's enthusiasm over science on a couple of occasions, however, presumably to prevent the preceding conversations from being unintentionally derailed.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Calm and polite blue to Stravos' hot headed and vengeful red.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Von Esling doesn't take offense when Stavros stomps out during a briefing, as he understands that Stavros is still grieving after his home country, Greece, fell to the Soviets.
Played by Barry Kramer
Role: Second in Command of Allied Forces
Hailing from Greece, Stavros is a very patriotic soldier, caring deeply about his country. He's also very competent, giving vital advice to both his superior and subordinates. He is also a good friend of Esling. When Greece was taken by Stalin's jackboot, Stavros was deeply affected by this Allied defeat. He manages to recover, but still harbors deep hatred toward the Soviets.
- Berserk Button: The invasion and destruction of his home country of Greece makes Stavros a bit tense.
- Everyone Has Standards: Stavros does not like Tanya, due to the fact that she's motivated by profit rather than duty and patriotism. Von Esling has a more pragmatic attitude towards her, recognizing how useful she is.
- Heroic BSoD: After Greece is invaded. He recovers after some time.
- It's Personal: After the fall of Greece, he is determined to see the Soviet Union and/or Stalin fall.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: When Allied forces find Stalin buried in some rubble, Stavros stuffs a rag in his mouth then moves a stone over his face so no one can see him.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hot headed and vengeful red to Esling's calm and polite blue.
Played by Gene Dynarski
Rank: Chairman of the Council of People's Kommissars of the USSR (Premier of the Soviet Union),Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Role: De facto party leader and the dictator of USSR
- "When you kill one man, it is a tragedy. When you kill ten million, it is a statistic."
Sometime in the mid-to-late 1920s, Joseph Stalin came to power as the leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In the years that followed, he began putting in motion plans for the expansion of Soviet Communism across the world. After Einstein removes Hitler, meaning Nazi Germany is not in his way, Stalin finds that Europe is ripe for the picking and begins a campaign to claim the continent for the Soviet Union. He chooses a capable field commander to take the fight to the Allies all the way up to London. Ambitious in his designs, he has little use for failures and even less patience for traitors.
- A Million Is a Statistic: Says this pretty much word for word, and it sums up his attitude quite well.
- Asshole Victim: Dies in both campaigns; as you can see from reading his entry, he deserved it.
- Bad Boss: Will threaten to kill his subordinates for failing him even if they've been successful everywhere else.
- Bait the Dog: There are times where he comes off as rather likable, but they don't stop him from being an utter bastard in every way. One of the best examples of this is when he and Gradenko are apparently bonding over drinks... only for him to make Gradenko sign a death warrant to kill alleged traitors.
- Big Bad Wannabe: While he seems to be leading the Soviet Union for most of the campaign, body language between him and Kain in some of the later cutscenes makes it clear who the real leader of the Soviet Union is.
- Buried Alive: At the end of the Allied campaign, Stavros gags him with a rag, then covers him with debris.
- The Caligula: Micromanages the war effort through the whole Soviet campaign, and shows this most in ordering a huge effort to obtain the Chronosphere, and is obsessed with it to the point he'll kill his generals for failing to obtain it. He's also paranoid and orders purges against people he thinks are plotting against him. Much like in RealLife.
- Dirty Communists: One of the filthiest of them all.
- Dirty Old Man: He has a rather unprofessional relationship with a female subordinate at least half his age.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: He smokes one on occations and is quite chummy, but in a Faux Affably Evil way.
- Evil Old Folks: Going by Real Life, he would be a very old man by the point this game is set.
- Faux Affably Evil: In between having people killed, Stalin is a jolly chap. This is best shown when he and Gradenko are drinking and having a good time - and then making Gradenko sign a death warrant on supposed traitors.
- Going Native: After they occupy London, Nadia comes up and offers him some tea. He figures, "When in Rome...". Not a good idea; it's her own special blend... blended with poison.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: A small one. Stalin obviously never personally executed the people he ordered to be killed during his reign, but here we see him personally snapping General Kukov's neck in a fit of rage after finding out that he was the one responsible for the failiure to retrive the Allied chronosphere intact.
- Historical-Domain Character: The one and the same, and with Shown Their Work in the mix. See the next trope.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Technically, since during World War II, he was actually on the Allied side. At least when it suited him. Not by as much as one would think, though. This is by far one of the most accurate depictions of Stalin in any fictional medium period, both in terms of actions and mannerisms. Think about that for a second.
- I Ate WHAT?!: When he realizes his tea had been poisoned.
- Karmic Death: In both campaigns. In the Allied one, he's buried alive by a man from a country he's responsible for destroying. In the Soviet one, he's celebrating his forces' conquest of Europe when he's poisoned by one of his underlings.
- Kick the Dog: The briefing of the first Soviet mission opens with Stalin and two advisers discussing the testing of a new nerve gas on a few hundred innocent civilians before turning to you. Then you are assigned your first mission: killing the inhabitants of Toruń, Poland, by strafing them with fighter planes.
- Large Ham: Truth in Television. While Stalin was largely stoic in public settings, privately he was known to be a volatile and even charming (if he wanted to) person.
- Older Than They Look: He's around 75 at the time the game is set, but looks at least a decade younger.
- Surrounded by Idiots: When talking about acquiring the Chronosphere:Stalin: I want it!Kukov: Comrade, how?Stalin: I am surrounded by idiots! Do whatever it takes, steal it, take it from them!
- Take Over the World: At least, Europe.
- Unwitting Pawn: "This temporary chaos in Europe will only serve to fuel the Brotherhood's cause."
- Villainous Legacy: Even after his death, the Soviet Union continues to be a threat to the world. He's also responsible for the recruitment of psychics such as Yuri.
- Visionary Villain: Stalin believes that it is his sacred mission to make the Soviet Union stretch the entire European continent, launching a war that lasts years and leaves tens of millions dead. He was inspired after he witnessed himself as Europe's sole ruler in a dream."Where the Romans failed, I will succeed. Russia's borders will stretch from coast to coast, for a united Russia is our destiny!"
- You Have Failed Me: Stalin warns the player: "If you fail, do not return", and later snaps an underling's neck for faulty intelligence ("You disappoint me, Kukov."). This was just after he ordered your execution, before being convinced that it was the underling's fault, not yours.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once he has conquered Europe in the Soviet campaign, Nadia and Kane kill him.
Played by Andrea (C.) Robinson
Rank: Director of the NKVD
Role: Aide to Stalin
- "You please Stalin. See that you do not disappoint him."
A ruthless and calculating woman, Nadia rose through the ranks of the Soviet Union to become Stalin's personal aide and lover. She is in charge of the NKVD and is an efficient killer, preferring a tea of her own making as her killing tool. There is more to her than she lets on; she is actually a member of the Brotherhood of Nod.
- Affably Evil: She's certainly more pleasant than Stalin and while she offs Gradenko for his failures and later Stalin for outliving his usefulness, she vouches for you when you're falsely accused for being responsible for the destruction of the Chronosphere.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: In Eastern European languages, surnames have to agree with the gender of the given name, thus Nadia's surname should be Zelenkova.
- As the Good Book Says...: At the ends of the Soviet Campaign: "And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod.".
- Bond One-Liner: When she kills Gradenko, she tells him they can't afford to have him endangering the Iron Curtain anymore. After he dies she says: "I'm glad you agree.".
- Dragon with an Agenda: She's Stalin's most effective lieutenant in the Soviet hierarchy and carries out his orders with ruthless efficiency, but the final cinematic reveals that she was a covert Nod agent all along after she poisons her boss.
- Evil Gloating: After she poisons Stalin, she informs the commander about the plans Nod has for the world, after which she starts laughing... and then Kane shoots her in the back.
- In the Back: Her demise at the hands of Kane.
- Klingon Promotion: Nadia poisons Stalin at the end of the Soviet campaign. Her promotion doesn't last long.
- The Kingslayer: She kills Stalin with poisoned tea in the Soviet campaign's ending.
- Mission Control: Conducts briefings for the Player Character.
- The Mistress: When she isn't leading the NKVD, her job is to serve as Stalin's lover.
- The Mole: For Nod.
- Poison Is Evil: Her prefered method of assassinations.Victim: This tea is exellent!Nadia: Thank you, I've prepeared it myself.Victim: (Dies)
- Silk Hiding Steel: Nadia is a beautiful and courteous woman. But make no mistake: she is dangerous.
- Slasher Smile: Her smiles are rare, but they're usually of this variety, notably when she watches Gradenko writhing in agony after poisoning him, and again after she kills Stalin.
- Sleeping with the Boss: Stalin's advisor and lover.
- State Sec: As head of the NKVD, although historically no woman has ever served as its director.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: Her special tea, which she serves to Gradenko and later Stalin himself.
- Unwitting Pawn: Her loyalty to Nod proves to be her undoing after the Soviets succeeded in conquering Europe.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She "takes care" of Stalin after Europe is conquered. This also seems to be the implication of her statement to the general that he will serve Nod "for the foreseeable future".
- Ironically this is ultimately her fate as well, as immediately after this statement she is casually shot in the back by Kane, the leader of Nod.
Played by Alan Terry
Rank: Field Marshall
Role: Director of Russian Secret Police
- "Destroy everything, and everyone. No prisoners, no survivors."
Gradenko was the Director of the Russian Secret Police and was overseeing the development of a nerve gas to be deployed on the war front. He seems to be of mediocre ability in terms of tactics and administrative function, but is shown to have a close friendship with Stalin, which is probably how he got and maintains his position.
- Friendship Moment: One cutscene shows him drinking with Stalin and the two of them acting really chummy. Then it's subverted when it turns out Stalin just wanted him to sign the death warrants of men he'd declared traitors.
- General Failure: Although Gradenko is an outstanding strategist and security expert, being responsible for many Soviet victories in Eastern Asia, he made a number of mistakes at the beginning of the European war which included the loss of much of the USSR's stockpiles of nerve gas, a critical element in Stalin's original plans. Stalin also blamed him for his failures in pacifying civilian resistance, and for Albert Einstein's escape.
- Kill 'Em All: His orders for destroying the village of Toruń, Poland in the first mission.
- Secret Police: His main function.
- The Rival: To Nadia for Stalin's favor.
- You Have Failed Me: Nadia poisons him for his incompetence.
Played by Craig Kavanah
Role: Commander of the Red Army
- "Continue to accumulate victories, and the future is yours."
Kukov was a Soviet military officer as the Second World War got under way. He was deployed along the German border but eventually became Commander of the Red Army. While a capable commander, he often seemed to have other plans on the side.
- Affably Evil: He's more easygoing and seemingly less fanatical than the other Soviet leaders, but every bit as ruthless and evil as them.
- Chest of Medals: After his promotion.
- General Failure: Georgi Kukov is ultimately this, having botched the intended capture of the Allied Chronosphere by failing to inform the Commander of an Allied relay station that remained intact even after their initial assault, giving the Allies time to destroy the weapon before the Soviets could make anything of it. Kukov is all too happy and eager to make the Commander his scapegoat, until he is outed for this mistake by Nadia. He is ultimately strangled to death by an enraged Stalin.
- Klingon Promotion: At one point, Stalin persuades Grandenko to sign death warrants for a number of high-ranking officers. In the next scene, Kukov, seemingly newly-promoted, smugly comments: "Advancement in the Soviet Army can be rapid.".
- The Starscream: Not as outstanding as some examples, but he does have hints of this. He monitors Stalin behind his back, is suspiciously promoted after Stalin has some alleged traitors executed and is quick to jump on Stain's accusation that you're to blame for failing to obtain the Chronosphere when it was, in fact, his fault.
- You Have Failed Me: After an attempt to capture the Chronosphere fails, Kukov blames the player but Nadia points out that it was a piece of intelligence he missed that resulted in the loss. Stalin promptly strangles him.
Played by Joseph Kucan
Role: Personal Advisor to Joseph Stalin
- "The foreseeable future? Comrade Chairman, I am the future."
Played by Alan Charof
Role: Soviet General
- "I like you comrade. I like you very much. And I am Russian - I do not like anybody!"
A General introduced in the Soviet Campaign in Counterstrike, who orders the player in a series of special operations. Unlike his fellow generals, he does not have any hidden agendas and is weary of the conflict. After a string of successful campaigns, Topolov retires from military service and turns to farming