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    Lieutenant Minh Young Kim

Voiced by Robin Atkin Downes

"I have the code."

Kim was the original leader of Delta Squad, and he shared Hoffman's dislike for Marcus. He is zealously dedicated to the COG and its philosophy. He gets killed by General RAAM near the end of Act I of the first game. Kim is one of four playable characters of Zeta Squad in RAAM's Shadow, which establishes a rivalry between him and General RAAM.


    Sergeant Bernadette "Bernie" Mataki

Voiced by Tess Masters

"And I'm fucking Bernie Mataki, Two-Six RTI! And I will rejoin my fucking regiment!"

A South Islander Gear and expert sniper and survival instructor, Bernie is sixty years old and still fighting. Having joined the army at eighteen, Bernie is a life-long soldier who has known nothing but conflict, serving alongside Hoffman, Marcus, Dom, and Anya at the end of the Pendulum Wars. She crossed half the planet, fighting the Locust and Stranded to return to the COG, which she views as the last bastion of civilization on Sera. She and Hoffman are a couple, and she has a dog named Mac.

  • Action Girl
  • Amicably Divorced: Her marriage with her husband Neal fell apart due to her long deployments and PTSD, and he eventually cheated on her during the Locust War. Bernie realized it was both their fault, and they remained somewhat friendly after getting divorced, with Bernie even leaving him her farm after she left Galangi to fight the Locust on other islands.
  • Ascended Extra: Bernie doesn't appear, and isn't even mentioned, in the first two games. However, she was introduced in the first book of the series, Aspho Fields, and probably gets the most P.O.V. besides Hoffman throughout the series. She finally makes her in-game appearance in the third game.
  • Battle Couple: With Hoffman. It's revealed in Anvil Gate that they were also a couple when they were younger, but he broke up with her under pressure from his superiors when he started officer training.
  • Berserk Button: Anyone insulting Marcus or Hoffman, and violent Stranded.
  • Canon Immigrant: She first appears in the novel Aspho Fields, having just crossed the planet and finally reaching Jacinto to rejoin the COG. She is a heavily featured P.O.V. character in all subsequent novels, but does not make a video game appearance until 3.
  • Cold Sniper / Friendly Sniper: Has aspects of both.
  • Cool Old Lady
    "We're just going to sit on the porch and blow the shit out of anything that comes along."note 
  • December–December Romance: With Hoffman.
  • Determinator: She crossed more than half of Sera just to return to the COG, without even knowing if it still existed.
  • In-Series Nickname: Cole calls her "Boomer Lady", Baird refers to her as "Granny".
  • Ironic Fear: She's from the South Islands but is afraid of water and boats.
  • Knife Nut: She used her hunting knife to kill two of Stranded who caught her. This included castration, skinning and dismemberment.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Her experiences, particularly while crossing half the world to rejoin the COG, have left her very cynical. She still fights with everything she has to preserve what is left of civilization.
  • The Lancer: Served in this role to both Helena Stroud and Hoffman.
  • Mentor: To Anya.
  • Never Mess with Granny: As many Stranded have learned the hard way.
  • Old Soldier
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She leveled Baird with one punch to the jaw when he annoyed her enough, though she also realized that if the much stronger Baird retaliated, he would have beaten the crap out of her.
  • Rape and Revenge: She hunted down two of her three rapists, and used her combat knife to personally show them how she skinned animals. She then removed certain parts of their body and stuffed them down their throats before finally killing them. The third one turns out to be living on Vectes and gets captured. By this point, Bernie has started to hate what killing them did to her, and while Hoffman offers to kill the guy himself, she turns him down and they make arrangements to turn the guy over to a group of pirates he previously screwed over. He goes nuts because he knows the pirates are going to torture him before killing him, but the arrival of the Gorasni fleet cuts this short when they blow up the ship he's been transferred to.
  • Rape as Backstory: Gang-raped by three Stranded during her trek across Sera when she attempted to stop them from raiding a small village.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Although at her age her dog Mac's help is needed.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: She has a lot of issues stemming from her experiances in the Pendulum Wars as well as her rape at the hands of three Stranded.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: Fears becoming this in her hunt for her third rapist.
  • Team Mom: To Delta Squad.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Helena.
  • Veteran Instructor: But still fights.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Type 2 with Baird. By Jacinto's Remnant, they're more-or-less friends.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite surviving the trilogy, there is no mention of her in Gears 4. Although given that Hoffman is still alive in that game, she could be as well.

    Corporal Damon S. Baird

Voiced by Fred Tatasciore

"Our enemy talks to worms. If they're outsmarting us in this war, then we probably deserve to be extinct."

Baird is a snarky, Jerkass Gear who's constantly being promoted and demoted due to his skills and always being an ass to his superiors. An expert at all things technical, Baird's very proficient at science and the inner workings of the Locust Horde, as well. Every squad, ship captain, and helicopter crew want him to be transferred to their command for his skills, something which he knows and relishes. He is best friends with Augustus Cole.

  • Aggressive Categorism: For Baird, all officers (except Anya and Hoffman) are idiotic parasites, and most people who aren't in Delta Squad are idiots. This stems from his experiances with Colonel Ezra Loomis during the Battle of Halvo Bay.
  • Angst? What Angst?: If you play as him in Gears 4 multiplayer, he doesn't seem very shaken by the fact that he kills waves and waves of his own robotic creations. Justified since their red color shows that the Swarm clearly hacked them to fight against him and the other humans. He explains this as a case of Everyone Has Standards to JD.
    Baird: "Whoa! The whole killer DeeBee thing? Jinn did that, not me."
  • Badass Bookworm: He's the smartest member of Delta Squad, if not the entire COG, yet he kicks just as much ass as any other gear.
  • Bad Dreams: Averted: it's worth noting he's one of the few Gears who doesn't have nightmares.
  • Bald of Awesome: By 4, he's gone bald. This causes viewers of the prologue to think they're looking at Adam Fenix. Though anyone who happened to browse through the multiplayer character selection first probably won't be fooled.
  • Bash Brothers: With Cole.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Samantha; taken to hilarity at the end of Act I in Gears of War 3:
    "I suppose you want me to say I've always loved you. But I don't! I really, really don't!"
    • They're a couple come Gears of War 4 and it's clear they're quite happy together.
  • Birds of a Feather: Nonromantic example with Adam Fenix, on the basis that they are both "scientific men". Although they ultimately had a limited amount of interaction and most of it was over a comlink, Adam recognized Baird as a fellow intellectual and Baird seemed to hold Adam to some high esteem, never once making a derogatory or contradictory retort in their few discussions. Adam is also one of the few people that addresses Baird by his first name despite having only just met him, and decades later Baird has gone bald and grown a mustache and goatee, which may or may not be a purposeful emulation of his deceased fellow scholar.
  • Blue Blood: Something he doesn't really care for, although he does get a little peeved when he thinks about Stranded living in his old mansion.
  • Breakout Character: His popularity led to him getting his own prequel game.
  • Brutal Honesty: It's extremely rare for Baird to sugarcoat anything. The few times he does is a mark of him actually being affected by a situation.
  • Character Development: Starts off as a know-it-all jerkass who only cares about himself and Cole, but eventually becomes a know-it-all jerkass who secretly cares about everyone he knows and hates himself for it.
  • The Cynic: Sparked by the COG's disastrous handling of the Battle of Halvo Bay.
  • Dead Guy Junior: In a manner of speaking. The two Humongous Mecha he provides at the end of Gears 4 are named Jack Jr. and Second Betty, after Delta's old Robot Buddy and Dizzy's old Assault Derrick, respectively.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Par excellance.
  • The Engineer: Before becoming a Gear, he worked in a lab helping to design weapons.
  • Everyone Has Standards: By Gears 4, he founded a company called DB Industries that created an army of robots to protect and rebuild civilization. Although he also designed some weapons for them, he made sure that they were only equipped with non-lethal weaponry and explains to JD that he was very upset that Jinn repurposed his creations for heavy duty combat and lethal force.
  • Expy: Of Cid Highwind.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Cole, and by Gears 3, all of Delta.
  • Does Not Know How to Say "Thanks": At first; as time goes on, Cole and Bernie help him improve his social skills.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Give him a pile of spare parts, then step back and watch the magic happen.
  • Genius Bruiser: Like the other male Gears, he's built like a tank, but is just as good an engineer as he is a soldier.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Is one of the most dependable, in-the-thick-of-it Gears around, but usually acts like a prick.
  • Grease Monkey: When he's off patrol and not messing with electronics, he's usually doing upkeep on some vehicle.
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Alex Brand.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Cole.
  • Hidden Depths: In Gears of War: Judgment, he is a lieutenant in charge of his own squad for the duration of the game, and he is shown being a competent and skillful leader despite what the the first three games indicate about his attitude problems.
  • Honorary Uncle: To James Dominic "JD" Fenix. Sadly, his attitude and DB Industries inventions leave them with a relatively rocky relationship.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Although Fred Tatasciore is a bigger guy and older and Baird is pretty skinny in the Gears universe, put him in fighting shape and give him blonde hair and you can see the resemblance.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Every now and then, Baird will say something that legitimately hurts someone, but because of his characteristic cynicism and jerkass behavior, he rarely realizes how deeply-cutting some of his words can be.
  • Insistent Terminology: In Gears 4, don't call Sam his wife, she's his "special ladyfriend".
  • Insufferable Genius: As Marcus puts it, he has a "frigging tedious mouth."
  • It's All About Me: Pre-Character Development.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Knight In Sour Armor: He may snark about everything and complain about having to do something, but he always steps up and does his best to ensure the survival of as many people as possible.
  • Last-Name Basis: Is almost exclusively referred to as "Baird". Cole is one of the few people to ever call him "Damon".
  • Limited Advancement Opportunities: His technical skills have gotten him several promotions, but he has repeatedly gotten himself busted back down to Corporal. In Anvil Gate, Dom comes to believe that while Baird is happy knowing he's smart enough to be a sergeant, he doesn't believe he has the necessary command ability. Judgment details why his advancement opportunities are so limited. After the events of that game, Ezra Loomis made sure he would never get promoted again after demoting him.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Due to his parents keeping him in a Gilded Cage.
  • Machine Empathy
  • Motor Mouth: He talks a lot. Its implied that part of the reason he does this is that he knows it annoys people.
  • Mr. Fixit: If he has the parts, he can fix something. Hell, even if he doesn't have the parts, he can probably make do.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Not willingly; his parents forced him to enlist instead of going to college. Just in time for E-Day.
  • Noodle Incident: Implied in Gears of War 3 regarding a certain event with him and his bladder. That or a Call-Back to Gears of War 2, when Marcus makes a long jump over a pit with a Centaur in the Hollow and Cole jokes that he thinks Baird pissed himself.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: While he is first and foremost a weapons development engineer, he has show interest and aptitude in other fields such as zoology, microbiology, and his study of Locust.
  • Only Sane Man: Often considers himself this compared to the rest of Delta Squad.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When he drops the snark, thing have gone very, VERY wrong. Just look at his reaction to Dom's death in 3
  • Origin Story: Judgment details why he can never be an officer again, and also why he became such a cynical Jerkass.
  • Parental Neglect: Dom notes that on the rare occasions Baird mentions his parents, it's like listening to someone talk about history.
  • Reluctant Warrior: His interests always lay in the academic field but his parents forced him to enlist as a Gear or else have no access to his inheritance, once the Locust war started his single tour of duty became a career. This actually explains his jerkass nature, he figures his mechanical skills are more valuable than money now and thus no one is willing to kick him out.
  • Sarcastic Devotee
  • The Scrounger
  • The Smart Guy
  • The Snark Knight
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Baird wanted to be a engineer, but was denied his inheritance by his parents unless he made it through at least one tour of duty. Then E-Day came, and suddenly Baird was a career soldier. Nearly 20 years later, humanity emerged victorious against the Locust and Lambent and Baird finally got to pursue his dreams and opened DB Mechanics, and got to settle down with a "special lady friend" to boot.
  • To Know Him, I Must Become Him: Baird has become somewhat of a Locust Otaku over the course of the war. He knows the most about them and their culture, he can translate their written language with some effort, and his favourite weapon is the Hammerburst. But he still wants them dead just as much as anyone else.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Type 2 with nearly everyone in Delta Squad, especially Bernie. Averted with Cole, as the two never come close to an argument, though Baird's still bitter about the Hanover Cougars beating the Sharks due to what he claims was a missed call by a referee.

    Corporal Tai Kaliso

Voiced by Fred Tatasciore

"Some have said that War is Hell. War is not Hell... for in Hell, innocence is spared."

Tai is a friend of Marcus and Dom from the Pendulum Wars, he saw his entire home village wiped out by Indie forces, and joined the COG to gain revenge. Tai is prone to philosophical ramblings, but is unmatched in his love for battle. He has a tendency to survive situations where others didn't, but that didn't help him when he was captured by the Locust in the Hollow and tortured into committing suicide.

Tai appears as one of four playable characters in the second Downloadable Content for Gears of War 3 called "RAAM's Shadow", where he and Zeta Squad must evacuate and protect surviving citizens of Ilima City from a Locust Kryllstorm.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Issue 7 of the comic series details his background.
  • Badass Native
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The quite guy meditating and spouting off philosophical quotes? Yeah, he inspired the creation of the Chainsaw Bayonet.
  • The Big Guy
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome
  • Blood Knight
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Tai operates on a different level of thinking than other Gears. Even several other South Islanders find him and his philosophical tribal sayings to be pretty strange.
  • Creepy Good: Some of his fellow Gears find him rather creepy due to his philosophical quotes and easygoing tone combined with his Blood Knight tendencies.
  • Cultured Warrior: Prone to spouting philosophical lines at a moment's notice.
  • Doomed Hometown: Burned to the ground with nearly everyone slaughtered except for him by the UIR during the Pendulum Wars.
  • Driven to Suicide
  • The Fatalist
  • Gentle Giant: Around civilians. He even comforts a child at the beginning of RAAM's Shadow.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Fights Skorge to give Delta and Dizzy Wallin enough time to head down to the Hollow, but ends up captured and tortured. When Delta Squad extracts him, he immediately kills himself.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: "This is like hunting boar. Better, even!"
  • Improvised Weapon: Tai is noted for doing this in the Expanded Universe; notably, it's he who creatively used a power saw against the Locust after his Retro Lancer's bayonet broke, leading to the invention of the modern-day Lancer assault rifle and its chainsaw bayonet.
    "We must improvise. The world is full of weapons waiting to be used."
  • Made of Iron: Emerges from a giant explosion that killed the rest of his squad completely unharmed. Locust torture is the only thing that makes him crack.
  • Nightmare Fetishist
    Tai: I like the glow of Locust blood in this light.
    Dom: You've got a sick mind, Tai.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against the Indies after his hometown was slaughtered.
  • Savage Piercings
  • Screaming Warrior: When fighting, especially when using a chainsaw. But..
  • The Stoic: When not fighting, he is normally meditating or giving out philosophical advice. Other Gears find the switch between the two extremes to be unsettling.
  • Tribal Face Paint: His tribal tattoos, known as Bakuaia.
  • Warrior Poet
  • The Worf Effect: After being established as almost unkillable, Tai gets captured and tortured by Skorge to establish him as the new heavy for the Locust.

    Corporal Jayson "Jace" Stratton

Voiced by Michael B. Jordan

"I’ve tried to stay in the light… I’m trying every day. It’s tricky, though. So much pain in the world, you can’t help but feel it. And tough as it is you realize that feeling is the key to everything. Being hollow is the danger, feeling is the key. It’s tough sometimes. Hell, it’s tough most of the time. But feeling is what makes us human."

Jace is a young Gear who saw his family murdered by the Locust on Emergence Day, he has nevertheless grown up to be a kind, caring individual who puts others first and has a strong moral center. He started in the comics and made a vocal cameo in Gears 2, later to become a member of Delta in Gears 3. He shows up as a teenager in "RAAM's Shadow" which depicts him going into combat for the first time.

  • Action Survivor: Before becoming a Gear.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Batter Up!: In RAAM's Shadow.
  • Canon Immigrant
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Will sometimes drop one if he fails an Active Reload.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Watched his parents and brother get killed by the Locust on Emergence Day.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Ear Ache: Lost half his left ear to shrapnel from a Torque Bow bolt. Strangely, his character skin in Gears of War 3 has his ear intact.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In RAAM's Shadow.
  • The Heart: Has been described as this a few times.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Towards Marcus and Dom.
  • Made of Iron: He survives the final part of RAAM's Shadow, against all the heavily armed Locust that implies, while wearing a hoodie and jeans. Considering the penetrating power of the Hammerburst, and how many times he got hit depending on your playthrough, that's gotta be impressive.
  • New Meat: A bit at first, but he quickly learns all the ropes of being a Gear and is quickly promoted.
  • Nice Guy
  • The Other Darrin: Had a few lines in Gears of War 2 (with a borderline Aussie accent) before the graphic novels turned him into an Ascended Extra and not just a generic Gear in a helmet. Drake was originally signed on to voice him in Gears of War 3 before scheduling conflicts came up to prevent it, and he also gets a new voice actor for his younger self in RAAM's Shadow.
  • Replacement Goldfish: In the Gears of War 3 campaign and RAAM's Shadow, he replaces the Player 2 character after they die.
  • The Smart Guy: He even impresses Baird with his levels of analysis and thinking.
  • Take Up My Sword: Jace picks up Valera's Lancer in RAAM's Shadow to assist Zeta Squad.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite surviving the trilogy along with Dizzy, Bernie and Clayton Carmine (other survivors who are also not mentioned), there's no word on his status in Gears of War 4. This is odd given that even with the 25 year Time Skip, he'd be the most combat-able of these survivors since he was the youngest member of the cast.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Despite everything he's gone through, Jace still believes that the world can be made better and that there is hope for the future of humankind.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Baird considers him to be this a bit, considering what he went through in his childhood.

    Corporal Michael Barrick

Voiced by Rick D. Wasserman

"Lemme tell ya something about war. War ain't always about fightin'. Blood, bullets, death, yeah, yeah, that's part of it, but it sure as hell ain't all of it. Sometimes, it's knowin' when to turn tail, and run your fuckin' ass off."
— Opening narration to RAAM's Shadow.

Barrick is a former Stranded who joined the COG via Operation Lifeboat, except he didn't have a family to benefit and just wanted to kill some Locust. Dies holding off a large army of Locust to allow the rest of Delta to escape. Even if he hadn't done that, he would have died because of rustlung eventually. Originating in the comics, Barrick is one of four playable characters in Zeta Squad for "RAAM's Shadow".


    Private Augustus Cole

Voiced by Lester Speight

"Can't stop the Train, baby!"

Augustus "Cole Train" Cole is a former all-star Thrashball defensive lineman turned Gear from the town of Hanover. He is a loud, cheerful presence on the battlefield, inspiring confidence in his fellow Gears. However, much of the good cheer he projects is for the benefit of everyone else, as Cole considers it his duty to keep his squad's spirits up. He's extremely thoughtful and intelligent, and is quick to notice problems others are having and help them through it.

    Private Samantha Byrne

Voiced by Claudia Black

"I hate myself. All I could think at first was that he left me and Mum to stay with his mates. But I'm a Gear. I know it's not that simple."

Samantha is an explosives expert and the daughter of Samuel Bryne, a Gear who served alongside Hoffman at Anvil Gate, while her mother was a Kashkuri native. She met Delta Squad at the Vectes Naval Base during the events of Jacinto's Remnant(although she doesn't actually appear until Anvil Gate) and joined up with them during the Stranded insurgency at New Jacinto. Samantha's an avid tattoo artist and was the one who gave Dom the angelic tattoo of Maria on his right arm.

    Private Dizzy Wallin

Voiced by Peter Jason

"Our government's doing more than abandoning us. They're killing more of us than the damn grubs have."

A former Stranded who became a Gear through Operation Lifeboat in order to feed and protect his family. Drinks heavily, but is a good father and soldier, which surprises many Gears and COG citizens who hate Stranded. He was a derrick operator during Operation Hollow Storm and avoided capture because of Tai's actions, and later accompanied Hoffman to Anvil Gate along with dozens of other Gears to protect a group of civilians. He joins Delta in reaching Azura during the events of Gears of War 3

  • The Alcoholic Parent: He does drink a lot, but it never affects his work as a Gear, nor is he an abusive parent because of it. He in fact quit drinking at one point: unfortunately, that was Emergence Day, and he lost his first wife and son soon after that.
  • Berserk Button: He hates whenever someone suggests he's not loyal to the COG or a true Gear because he's a former Stranded. Notably he never really held the same hatred for the COG most other Stranded did, as his son had served as a Gear during the Pendulum Wars, and he often got angry at other Stranded whenever they hassled COG patrols.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After Emergence Day.
  • The Drunken Sailor: In his merchant navy days.
  • Going Cold Turkey: After his last tour in the merchant navy, he was going to do this. Sadly, the day he started was Emergence Day.
  • I Call It "Vera": His Derrick, Betty. Borders on Cargo Ship at times. This seems to be par for the course among Derrick operators, though.
  • Military Moonshiner
  • Nice Hat
  • Papa Wolf
  • Survivor Guilt: Felt this after his first wife and child were killed on Emergence Day, and later after his second wife died. However, the need to care for his twin daughters pulled him out of it.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His disappearance from Gears of War 2 was not followed up on, unlike Tai. The graphic novels reveal he managed to escape and survived, and returns as a supporting character in the novels beginning with Jacinto's Remnant. He reappears in Gears of War 3, working with Delta Squad to be the driver and engineer of the naval transportation they'll need to get to Azura.
    • Also gets this again come Gears of War 4. He survived the trilogy, but doesn't make an appearance in the game nor is he mentioned. Like the rest of the now-aged cast, he most likely went into retirement somewhere.

    Private Gil Gonzalez 

Gil is a young Gear soldier who was best friends with Jace, he was killed shortly after joining Delta Squad.


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