The playable character, who the player can decide to be either male or female. A bio-modified elite security guard-in-training at Tarsus Academy. After the attack on Chicago, Alex becomes a mercenary of sorts for rival factions The Order and WTO.
- Bio-Augmentation: Can use nanoagumentation just like JC Denton, seemingly without the characteristic glowing blue eyes.
- Call-Back: In Area 51 of the previous game, you'll find another clone with the name "Alex D.".
- Conveniently an Orphan: Alex's parents were killed in the attack on Chicago.
- Deadpan Snarker: Guess it runs in the family.Saman: The smallest breeze carries you off Nature's straight and narrow path, which is ever eroded by the human lust for transcendence.Alex (female): I love it when you talk dirty.
- Gender-Blender Name: Of the gender neutral variety.
- One-Man Army: With the right mods and weapons, you can basically plow your way through even the toughest mooks.
- Super Soldier: Due to their nanoaugmentations, Alex is a cut above the ordinary soldier. Makes sense, given Alex is a clone from the same line as the Dentons.
A special academy for bio-enhanced humans which trains them to be world leaders, specialized operatives, and security personnel. It is secretly a front for Apostle Corp.
- Academy of Adventure: More or less Hogwarts for nano-cyborgs.
- Meaningful Name: Tarsus was the birthplace of the Apostle Paul.
- The Mentor: Has a number of these.
- Super Soldier: Produces these for deployment on peace-keeping missions.
- Tested on Humans: A relatively benign example as the students are being given nanites in hopes of finding the right kind to raise JC Denton from his coma.
- Climax Boss: She's the only Tarsus cadet that attacks you no matter what during the course of the story, and does so at a climactic point near the end of the game just before you meet J.C. Denton. If you spare her in that fight, she'll attack you again in the final level.
- The Cynic: Growing up in a bad part of town left her like this.
- Dissonant Serenity: Billie in the opening cutscene seems unusually calm as she escapes when Chicago is eaten up by the Gray Goo.
- The Dragon: To Saman.
- Hypocrite: She joins the Knights Templar, who hate biomodifications. Though it's uncertain what happens to Billie's after she joins. She also gives Alex crap for working with the WTO or the Order because they are dangerous and want to control the world, yet works with the Templars who are even more dangerous and controlling.
- The Mole: She's affiliated with The Order at the start of the game, but it's not clear if she's the one who instigated attack at the beginning.
- Badass Normal: Considering how long he survives without Biomods.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If you do what he wants and wipe out all the world leaders, then the door is opened up to allow the Omar, the people he was trying to get away from, to take over the world.
- Omnicidal Neutral: His suggestion for Alex to deal with the problems of the major factions fighting over JC is to kill everybody.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Leo learns that his employer the Omar want him to join their Hive Mind, he asks Alex to bail him out.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's more than willing to tell you all about himself.
- Take a Third Option: His proposal of wiping out all the faction leaders in the endgame.
- Third-Person Person: Leo likes to talk about himself by name.
- Unwitting Pawn: In the endgame, he is nothing but an Omar patsy, and following his suggestion lets them take over the world.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After a scuffle with Chad Dumier, she realizes she has had enough with mercenary work and leaves back to her home.
- Skilled, but Naïve: She's really smart and has a lot of talent, but she doesn't have the experience to know any better.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Easily the most idealistic of the Tarsus Cadets.
A inter-faith coalition which has grown to become the most powerful religion in the world, followed by billions of adherents.
- Christianity Is Catholic: More like All Religions are Catholic as they have many elements of the Medieval Catholic Church—albeit are led by a woman that recites Buddhist and Islamic philosophy.
- Corrupt Church: This is an accusation the WTO levies at them. They would know.
- The Church: Pretty much the Church worldwide now.
- Fantastic Racism: Preaches against human augmentation and nanotechnology as a general rule.
- The Illuminati: Is nothing more than a branch of this.
- Interfaith Smoothie: Pretty much what the Order was created from.
- New Age: Steals a lot of this for their faith.
- Path of Inspiration: The Order exists solely to give the Illuminati control.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: What their MO was until they grew so powerful as to rule every area the WTO doesn't.
Her Holiness Nicolette DuClare
The founder and supreme leader of the Order. She is also one of the two leaders of the revived Illuminati which control much of the new world.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With the other factions' leaders.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Chad Dumier, since they're both in the Illuminati.
- Hypocrite: It's questionable whether Nicolette believes in God, let alone any of her rhetoric. It's clear, however, that she doesn't believe the WTO is a problem.
- The Illuminati: Her Holiness is a member of the revived Illuminati.
- Hiding Behind Religion: Her Holiness is...not.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Saman came to power because of her creating the Order idealogy. He believes it, she doesn't.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her Holiness is against the WTO due to her belief it distracts from the greater good. This is a lie. She is actually very much this, though, as one of the two leaders of the Illuminati.
- Xanatos Gambit: Nicolette created the Order as a counter to the WTO because she and Chad believed they could safely divide mankind into easily controllable groups which followed either spiritual or material purposes.
World Trade Organization
World Trade Organization
An international alliance of businesses which exists to liberalize and foster trade. It is now the most powerful organization in the world, rivaled only by the Order.
- Arcology: They have turned many cities into these, ruling over them as corporate overlords.
- Big Brother Is Watching: Rules over their enclaves with omnipresent surveilance.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: The Order accuses them of being this. They would know.
- Megacorp: Played with as the WTO has the powers of a government but is actually made up of all the remaining ones of these.
- Private Military Contractors: They have their own army thanks to weakened government oversight.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Which is pretty much their M.O., except they've effectively become the government everywhere but where the Order rules.
Former resistance leader of Silhouette and current chairman of the WTO. He is also a secret leader of the revived Illuminati.
- Ascended Extra: He had a brief scene in the previous game, and is now a prominent character.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With the other factions' leaders.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Her Holiness, since they're both in the Illuminati.
- The Illuminati: He is one of the two leaders of the revived Illuminati along with Her Holiness.
- Hypocrite: Is very hard on the Order, considering them backwards and superstitious. Is actually lovers with their leader.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Holds Klara hostage for failing to assassinate Paul Denton and will kill her if Alex doesn't comply with his demands.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is against the Order because he thinks its a superstitious collection of lunatics. This is a lie. He is actually very much this, though, as one of the two leaders of the Illuminati.
- Xanatos Gambit: Chad created the WTO as a counter to the Order Church because he and Nicolette believed they could safely divide mankind into easily controllable groups which followed either spiritual or material purposes.
The Knights Templar
An organization founded by Saman (see below) to fight against what they perceive as global corruption as well as the evil of Augmentations and genetically engineered beings.
- Church Militant: A breakaway from the Order.
- Elite Mooks: The Templars are extremely dangerous compared to the thugs you've been fighting earlier.
- Fantastic Racism: They have a hatred of all Augments and want to kill all genetically-engineered beings.
- Albeit, they'll let you join if you have your augmentations shut down.
- The Fundamentalist: The Knights Templar are, in a world, crazy.
- Loophole Abuse: They use advanced technology which doesn't technically break their creed to fight against cyborgs and nano-enhanced humans. They also use Billie, a nano-enhanced human, in a straight-up bit of hypocrisy.
- Path of Inspiration: They're all fanatical terrorists in the service of a religion created for social control.
- Powered Armor: Their Elite Mooks are equipped with 7-foot tall suits of power armor that resists most forms of damage including bullets, poison, and fire, allowing them to soak as much damage as biomod-augmented elite agents like the Tarsus Cadets and Paul Denton. They're vulnerable to the mag-rail railgun, though.
- Take a Third Option: Cyborgs and nano-enhanced humans should be able to throw around them like ragdolls, right? Well, except for the fact they have superhuman-ability-providing suits.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Saman is one of the toughest bosses in the game.
- Big Bad: He is the one who manipulated every other faction to accomplish his own goals.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Is introduced as nothing more than a local religious leader.
- The Corrupter: Turns Billie against Alex and his friends.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Despite being an Un-Augmented Human, he has durability equal to Paul who is a nanotech cyborg.
- Dark Messiah: A Luddite oppressive counterpart to JC Denton's technological Utopian one.
- Fantastic Racism: Saman believes that the transgenics like the Grays should be exterminated. He also despises all Augments.
- Fiction 500: Has the gold reserves of the destroyed Knights Templar, which is the physical cash of the original Illuminati.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Saman was nothing more than Germany's equivalent to an Archbishop in the otherwise fake religion of the Order when he found the Knight Templar's gold reserves and became a power player for the fate of the world.
- Knight Templar: Duh.
- Meaningful Name: His name is a reference to Samael, a Jewish Angel of Death frequently associated with the Devil.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He looks like a middle aged Ian McKellen.
- No Transhumanism Allowed: His primary motivation.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His attire is a mixture of red and black.
- Sinister Minister: Is the equivalent of a Bishop in the order.
- Bilingual Bonus: The group was originally founded in Russia, so their name presumably comes from the Russian "Омары", meaning "lobster" (likely a reference to their suits).
- Crazy Survivalist: Their goal is to augment themselves to which they can survive in any environment.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The modified themselves to the point they are more like cyborgs, with fewer human features.
- Dark Horse Victory: If all the faction leaders are killed, then the Omar are ultimately the ones who inherit the Earth.
- Gas Mask Mooks: Every Omar wears a gas masks.
- Hive Mind: Every Omar is linked into a single consciousness, thus each Omar knows what happens to another Omar from miles.
- Kung Fu-Proof Mook: Their suits give them high resistance against a variety of status effects such as poison (including tranqs) and fire. However, they're as vulnerable as everyone else to good old fashioned bullets.
- N.G.O. Superpower: Started out a small group nanotech researchers, and into a organization that rivals the other factions
A mysterious helicopter pilot willing to shuttle you around absolutely free of charge.
- Artificial Intelligence: Created by Tracer Tong to find JC Denton after the Collapse.
- Creepy Monotone: Speaks in an oddly stilted manner with little emotional inflection.
- Dissonant Serenity: Seems oddly unconcerned about being held under security lockdown in a WTO airport.
- Walking the Earth: Flying it. Her only goal is finding a specific person, and her means of looking for them is...just sort of flying anywhere she has an excuse to and hoping she bumps into them. This is why she makes a good pilot for the player.
- Artificial Intelligence: A very sophisticated aversion. Even though she can read people, remember Alex from terminal to terminal, and has a very large vocabulary, she still resorts to the same repeated lines when confronted with a confusing statement.
- Broken Pedestal: Late in the game, you meet the real N.G. Resonance and find out she's a complete and total jerk. You can kill her and tell the holographic AI that she's dead, but she'll continue to go on as if nothing happened.
- Knowledge Broker: She knows a thing or two about what goes on because people willingly give it up to her. And if you supply her with information, she'll give you a reward.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Deliberately adopts this relationship to the Player Character.Alex D: Hey! I'm a fan! You're not supposed to argue with fans.N.G.: I'm supposed to make you like me. You like it when I argue.