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This page is for characters who appeared in Tiberian Dawn. For Kane, see Command And Conquer Tiberium Series Factions And Characters.


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Mark Jamison Sheppard

Played by Eric Martin

Affiliation: Global Defence Initiative
Rank: Brigadier General - however, his stars indicate Lieutenant General
Role: GDI Supreme Commander

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"Are you picking this up?"

The first supreme commander of the multinational Global Defense Initiative task force during the First Tiberium War, Sheppard was a United States general before being tapped to run the newly formed GDI. Sheppard lead the campaign against Nod, personally giving briefings to his field commander, as well as dealing with politicians at the UN. He was poised to take the fall when GDI was accused of committing war crimes and vanished from public view for a time. It turned out to be a plan to lull Nod into a false sense of security, which allowed a newly-reinvigorated GDI to pursue them to their temple and defeat them.


  • The Brigadier: Supposedly his rank in spite of his uniform bearing three stars.
  • Frameup: Seems to take the fall when Nod propaganda makes it seem GDI is needlessly killing civilians. He's really making it seem like that so Nod will become overconfident.
  • Military Brat: He has a son, Logan Sheppard, who is also in GDI, as a commando.
  • Mission Control
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Normally, Sheppard is a calm and patient individual. However, the stakes are so high in the final mission that he calmly-yet-angrily tells the player to "destroy the Bastard" (see also Precision F-Strike below).
  • Obligatory War Crime Scene: In the briefing for the final GDI mission, he specifically orders the player to give no quarter to "Kane and his zealots." This is a direct violation of the Hague Conventions, and serves to drive home just how high-stakes the final mission is.
  • Precision F-Strike: To show how high the stakes are in the last mission, Sheppard uses about the harshest language allowed in a 90's computer game...
    No leniency in dealing with Kane and his zealots. Wipe his temple off the face of the earth. Destroy the bastard... or prepare to... die trying.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Tranquil Fury: The aforementioned final GDI mission briefing with his famous "Destroy the Bastard" quote.

J.C. Carter

Played by Bill Collins

Affiliation: Global Defence Initiative
Rank: Colonel
Role: GDI field commander

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"Welcome to the big times, Commander."

One of GDI's field commanders during the First Tiberium War, Carter assists and gives briefing to the Commander for a number of missions.


  • Commanding Coolness
  • Killed Offscreen: In the later missions, Carter begins to look worse for wear, coming down with an apparent skin affliction and displaying some tiredness and confusion which could be attributed to combat stress and fatigue. As it turns out, the skin affliction is one of the signs of mild tiberium poisoning. Carter is never seen again after the GDI offensive into Hungary as he was either killed-in-action or succumbed to tiberium poisoning.
  • Out-Gambitted: Comes up with a plan to destroy Nod's riverside defenses so that he can level one of their bases with gunboats. He didn't count on Nod having built one of their new Obelisks of Light there.
  • Poor Communication Kills: One mission he gives you requires you to take a Commando and destroy a particular NOD building, but static obscures which one he wants wrecked. Blowing up the wrong building(it's the airfield, BTW) forces you to undertake a conventional mission to fix that mistake, which will likely result in additional casualties.

M.O Morelli

Played by Wendy Bagger

Affiliation: Global Defence Initiative
Rank: Colonel
Role: GDI Air Force commander

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"Give 'em hell!"

She is a hands-on commander who oversees battles and brief commanders from the seat of her own A-10 Warthog. She is a responsible leader with a cheerful personality. Apart from briefing field commanders when necessary, she also performs field tests, for example, of the ORCA Assault Craft.


Dr. Ignatio Mobius

Played by Richard Smith (Tiberian Dawn), Rene Auberjonois (Renegade, voiced only)

Affiliation: Global Defence Initiative
Rank: N/A
Role: Lead Tiberium Researcher

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"The possibilities of Tiberium...are limitless!"

Although a scientific genius and child prodigy, Ignatio Mobius is notoriously absent minded, as he focuses on his scientific research so much that he ignores his surroundings or even basic rules of safety. This trait has given him the doubtful honor of having risked his life more times than the average GDI commando, without actually stepping on the frontlines.

He is fascinated with Tiberium and its mutagenic properties, however, his enthusiasm and almost gleeful fascination turn to horror, as he realizes the ramifications of Tiberium's properties halfway through GDI's campaign. He then dedicates himself to finding a cure for Tiberium-affected humans.


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    NOD 

Seth

Played by Eric Gooch

Affiliation: Brotherhood of Nod
Rank: Commander
Role: Kane's second-in-command

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"So, you're the new addition to the Brotherhood? Well..."

Seth was one of Kane's lieutenants and was responsible for briefing the Brotherhood's newest commander during the early part of the war. A small and petulant individual, Seth lorded over his charge and harbored secret ambitions of his own, ambitions that would prove to be his undoing.


  • Badass Boast: "I am Seth. Just Seth. From God, to Kane, to Seth. I am his right hand."
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Has hopes of replacing Kane. Too bad for him Kane decides to get rid off when his plans start to prove a hindrance.
  • Boom, Headshot!: His demise.
  • Dead Guy on Display: In Renegade, it is revealed that instead of simply being disposed of in some manner, Seth's corpse is kept perfectly preserved inside a machine, as a warning to anyone who would dare circumvent Kane's authority.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first briefing of the Nod campaign shows Seth's distinctly smug, rather condescending attitude as he identifies himself as literally two steps down from God, and orders the commander to kill a target simply because "his views do not coincide with ours, and that makes him dangerous".
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: "A full frontal attack with your strongest forces should render their military center of opera—" *blam*
  • Klingon Promotion: He tries to send the player on a suicide mission against the United States, but Kane steps in. After giving you your orders, as an afterthought, he mentions "Oh by the way - congratulations on your promotion."
  • Meaningful Name: Subverted; in the Bible, Cain killed Abel but not Seth.
  • The Millstone: Before long starts actively trying to send the player on missions calculated to end in failure.
  • Mission Control
  • Nice Hat: A tilted beret.
  • Smug Snake
  • The Starscream
  • You Have Failed Me: He threatens the player with this, but he's the one who winds up on the receiving end of it.

Greg Burdette

Played by Eric Randall

Affiliation: Brotherhood of Nod (inclined)
Rank: N/A
Role: WWN Reporter / Nod Propagandist

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"And the death toll so far...God only knows."

An employee of the WWN news broadcasting company, Greg typically reports on military activities of the GDI in a snide, negative manner, emphasizing their international, uncontrolled nature. He was present when a fight between the two sides broke out in the "peaceful farming village" of Białystok in Poland, Central Europe, and his reports covered needless carnage and slaughter wrought by GDI troops, or so it seemed.

In reality Burdette, who was a Nod sympathizer, was nowhere near Bialystok, and the image behind him was digitally added in the Cairo Temple of Nod bluescreen studio. It was an effort by Kane to discredit GDI with these allegations which lead to the UN suspending their funding while an investigation was conducted.



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