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    Sergeant Marcus Michael Fenix 
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Voiced by John DiMaggio

"I got to admit, It's tough to keep going. Everyone I loved is dead. Some call them the lucky ones.. the ones that died on E-day, they never lived to see how much we've lost and how many principles we've compromised. But whenever I doubt what we're fighting for I just look to my squad. I mean maybe it's a good thing we lost everything. It's like a clean slate. We can make the world we always wanted to. Without repeating the same mistakes. I look at guys like Jace and Dom and realize we'll inherit this world. We're the ones who will make Sera beautiful again. That's a world worth fighting for."

Marcus is a quiet, stoic guy, who prefers to do his talking with his gun, and is best friends with Dominic "Dom" Santiago. His best friend had been Dom's older brother Carlos Santiago, who was killed at the Battle of Aspho Fields in the Pendulum Wars. Regarded as the defining hero of the Pendulum Wars, he fought on the frontlines of the Human-Locust War until he abandoned his post in an attempt to save his father Adam Fenix from death, taking with him the targeting locator for the Hammer of Dawn, and costing the COG its capital city of Ephyra. He failed, and was sentenced to prison for his dereliction of duty, being spared only by the fact he was a former war hero. Four years later, Dom breaks him out of prison, and Marcus rejoins the army, being pardoned due to the need for soldiers, as the Locust are inching closer and closer to putting humanity into extinction.


  • The Atoner: For his actions during the Battle of Ephyra, in which he disobeyed orders to reinforce a bridge, instead lying to his squad and a King Raven crew to fly him to his father’s house in an attempt to save him, accidentally taking a vital part of a Hammer of Dawn targeting laser with him. End result: his father is assumed dead, the bridge falls when Hoffman fails to reach it in time with the incomplete targeting laser, resulting in hundreds of dead Gears and the Locust entering the rest of Ephyra.
  • Badass Beard: A soul patch in the original trilogy, and a full grey beard by the time he reaches Badass Grandpa age in Gears 4.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's well into his 60s by the time Gears 4 takes place and it doesn't seem to slow him down at all.
  • Bash Brothers: Originally with Carlos, and then with Dom.
  • Battle Couple: With Anya.
  • Berserk Button: Don't say anything bad about his dad if you aren't friends with him and don't insult his fallen comrades. Failing to perform an Active Reload across all game modes will also happen: while most of the time he merely expresses annoyance and frustration when it happens, sometimes he'll elicit a very vehement "GOD DAMN SON OF A BITCH!" It's practically the only time he ever broadcasts his emotions that much other than Dom's death scene and the event with Griffin. Brought Up to Eleven in Gears of War 3 after Dom's Heroic Sacrifice and used as a Shut Up, Hannibal! to Aaron Griffin.
    " I JUST LOST MY FUCKING BROTHER! YOU HEAR THAT?! MY BROTHER!!! YOU, YOUR TOWER AND ALL THIS FUCKING IMULSION CAN GO TO HELL!!!"
  • Beware the Quiet Ones
  • Blue Blood: Not that he cares, but during the Pendulum Wars he sometimes used his status to find out more information for his squad.
  • Call to Agriculture: In 4, having left the COG and retired from the public eye, Marcus spends his days growing tomatoes and planning ways to fix up his late spouse's estate. Within an hour of JD showing up, both of those are demolished beyond repair.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: His affections for Anya; the fact that they were together since the Pendulum Wars and Everyone Can See It doesn't help. Thankfully, she realizes this and tells him she feels the same way. After he gets out of prison, they resume their quiet relationship.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: His main flaw is that he feels he has a duty to save everyone, despite reality repeatedly hitting him over the head with the fact that is impossible. He got this from his father, which is one of the few things they have in common.
  • Character Development: In Gears 4, he reconnects with his son and bonds with the other members of the party.
  • Covered With Good Scars, Evil Scars: One across his lip since the Pendulum Wars, and many more gained from his time in prison. The damage to his face is from a dog being set upon him by one of the prison wardens whose son died on the frontline and hated Marcus for his actions during the Battle of Ephyra.
  • Cultured Warrior: Is from a rich, aristocratic family and will sometimes speak in what's classified as a "posh" accent to others from that social stratum if he thinks it will get results.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as often as Baird, but he usually can't pass up the opportunity to snark, especially at Victor Hoffman. Hoffman notes at one point that Marcus manages to make "sir" sound like "asshole" when acknowledging an order.
  • Death Glare: Which many others remark is made worse by his pale blue eyes.
  • Death Seeker: When he was first put in prison, he hoped to die quickly so his friends would forget about him and continue on with their lives, since he assumed he would never get out. After Prescott visited and suggested he might one day be a Gear again, he got his spirit back and began working to find a way to escape and rejoin the fight.
  • Determinator: Nothing can make him give up, and each loss he suffers just makes him more determined to win.
  • Disappeared Dad: Adam was there, but was extremely emotionally distant.
  • Do-Anything Soldier
  • Famed In-Story: Was one of the last heroes to come out of the Pendulum Wars before E-Day.
  • Flashback Nightmare: How Gears of War 3 begins; Expanded Universe reveals Marcus has been having the same nightmare for years.
  • Genius Bruiser: Shows this much more in the books rather than the games.
  • Good Is Not Nice
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His facial scars actually fall more on the evil side of the spectrum, even though he's a good guy. Of course, he did get them in prison. Evil scars are probably the only kind they give out there.
  • Grumpy Old Man: In Gears of War 4. He was already grumpy to begin with, so now that he's actually become an old man, it gets turned Up to Eleven.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Joins his son and his friends temporarily in Gears of War 4, until he is taken by a Snatcher. He rejoins after being rescued.
  • Guttural Growler: Apparently a purposeful choice on his part. In the novels he has been known to switch to his natural posh voice when dealing with people of high social status.
  • The Hero: Just don't tell him that: he hates being called a hero.
  • He's Back: With Gears 3 being billed as the last game to feature Delta Squad, quite a large number of fans were worried that Marcus wouldn't appear at all in Gears 4 and would largely be forgotten about...until a recent gameplay trailer showed JD and his squad taking cover in a building from a nearby windflare. The camera looks at a mysterious shadowy figure inside, who is revealed to be Marcus himself. Granted, since he is 62 in this game, he looks a bit different now. And another later video showed that he will join the player's squad for a brief time at least. Just the one line spoken by him to his son in that Badass Baritone voice lets you know that the legendary war hero isn't hanging up his uniform quite yet.
    Marcus: Welcome home, James.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dom, and Carlos before him.
  • Hope Bringer: To the point where Hoffman makes a point of having Marcus walk with him near the frontlines before a battle in order to boost morale. Said battle was the one for Ephyra.
  • Hurting Hero: By the start of Gears of War 1, he's lost his mom, his mentors Helena Stroud and Daniel Kennen, best friend Carlos, Dom's kids, Maria disappeared, numerous other friends have died, and then his dad (supposedly) died and Marcus is sent to prison for treason, and the only friend he made in jail possibly dies hours before they get rescued. Things continue to go downhill from there.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Expanded Universe states it's a Fenix family trait.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Somewhat to John Dimaggio, though not as pronounced as Augustus Cole's example below.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gruff, no-nonsense sort of man, but means well.
  • Large Ham: Though not as large as Cole's. Still, Marcus does have his moments.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: It's practically a third of his face (excluding the rest of his head).
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Before he met Carlos and Dom.
  • Made of Iron
  • Military Brat: His father was deployed to active duty for most of his early childhood.
  • Military Maverick: Enlisted as a private instead of following his father's wishes and going to OCS. His career after that was marked with unorthodox tactics and twisting orders around to achieve better results.
  • Missing Mom: His mother vanished in The Hollow while doing her research. It's later revealed that she had discovered the Locust and was killed after making contact with them.
  • Nice Hat/Never Bareheaded: He's always wearing that do-rag in the games. It's lumped in with the symbolism of him taking off his armor at the end of the third game, as he takes the do-rag off as well. The novels state that he wears it because he doesn't like his military-issue crew cut, and regulations say if you wear anything it has to be either a helmet, cap or a do-rag.
  • Non-Idle Rich: He refuses to be a normal COG aristocrat and joins the army as a regular soldier.
  • No One Gets Left Behind
  • Non-P.O.V. Protagonist: In the novels, which all switch P.O.V. frequently and allow readers to see the point of view and thoughts of almost every important character throughout the series...except for Marcus. This most likely serves to highlight his nature of keeping his emotions and past traumas completely hidden, even from the audience.
  • Not Staying for Breakfast: Marcus never once spent the night at Anya's apartment; not because he was worried about being found out, but because he has terrible nightmares and was afraid of hurting her in his sleep.
  • Parental Neglect: While Adam and Elain were around for most of his early childhood, they tended to be too busy working to pay much attention to Marcus.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Marcus NEVER smiles; to emphasize, Word of God says he doesn't smile when it's his birthday... even when there's cake.
  • Papa Wolf: His response to Jinn ordering him to hand over his son is to take a Lancer chainsaw to the Dee Bee she's controlling. He also screams in panic when a Swarm controlled Deebee begins to choke James.
  • Pragmatic Hero
  • The Quiet One: He rarely says more than he needs to and barely ever raises his voice unless really frustrated or angry.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Dom's red.
  • Sergeant Rock: Briefly when Benjamin Carmine is part of Delta Squad.
  • Sex for Solace: How Marcus and Anya's relationship started, when he escorted her home after the Aspho Fields award ceremony. They were already attracted to each other, but a combination of grief and alcohol finally broke down their mutual hesitancy.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: With Anya, to the point where Dom later tells Anya that Marcus never so much as noticed another woman after they got together.
  • Surrogate Parent: Takes on a role of father figure to Kait, helping her get over her mother's death and also trying to help her with her identity crisis.
  • Skewed Priorities: In Gears of War 4, he is frequently and loudly snapping in irritation when Jinn's Deebees and Kestrel attack his estate. Not because they're trying to kill him, his son, and his son's friends, but because they're ruining his house and blew up his truck (he just had it tuned up). Subverted somewhat once the viewer finds out that the house is actually the Stroud Estate and was Anya's childhood home. Since Anya is dead, it's somewhat understandable why he would be so concerned with the house getting destroyed. He's got no excuse for the truck though.
  • Tranquil Fury: Falls headlong into this as he kills the Locust Queen, his voice unwavering and his facial expression calm but full of hate as he plunges Dom's knife into her chest.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The second Kait asks for help to deal with her identity crisis, he inmediatly volunteers, and only backs out because his absence will be noticed.
  • The Stoic: Crossed with Not So Stoic at key points. Case in point, when Dom sacrifices himself, Marcus absolutely loses it.
  • Undying Loyalty: Marcus hammers it to the point where he would put family and friends above all else.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Dogs?: Is somewhat scared and nervous around dogs after getting mauled by them in The Slab, which is how he got his scars.
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    Professor Adam Jonathon Fenix 
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Voiced by Charles Cioffi (Gears of War 2) and Peter Renaday (Gears of War 3)

"I rarely see Marcus most days. I just don't know who he is and it's all my fault. I lied to him about what happened to Elaine and the longer I lie, the harder it is to come clean. Kids know when you're lying. Then their trust withers and dies."

Adam is a retired Gear Major turned scientist and the father of Marcus Fenix. Following his retirment, Adam developed weapons for the COG, including finishing the Hammer of Dawn, as the director of the Defense Research Agency. Considered the greatest military scientist on Sera, during the Locust War, he disappeared in the Battle of Ephyra when his son failed to extract him and was assumed killed-in-action. Mysterious recordings of his voice were found in the Locust capital Nexus and a strange radio transmission was heard from him after the Hollow was flooded. He is alive and well on the hidden island of Azura, where Prescott sent him off to after kidnapping him once he learned that Adam knew everything about the Locust and Lambent before Emergence Day even happened.


  • The Atoner: For several reasons: he was the driving force of the Hammer of Dawn, and not telling anyone about the Locust or Lambent before Emergence Day. Of course, he still ends up committing genocide in his attempts to atone, but he makes it very clear there was just wasn't enough time...
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Blue Blood
  • Break the Haughty: He's less arrogant than most of the COG elite, but it is still pretty obvious how much pride he put in the Fenix name and his skills as a scientist. When everything starts going wrong for him, it breaks him really hard.
  • Broken Ace: Type II.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Like Marcus, he feels he has an obligation to save everyone, which included the Locust.
  • Cultured Badass
  • Cultured Warrior
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride in his genius and his desire to save everyone.
  • Gadgeteer Genius
  • Genius Bruiser: Redesigned the Lancer assault rifle after E-Day and quite handy with its predecessor during the Pendulum Wars.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Like Marcus, he has an icy and piercing gaze. However, Adam's noticeably freaked out by their intensity, and once decided to sell all of his ancestors' portraits hanging in his home because he felt their cold blue stares were judging him.
  • Knew It All Along: He is the only one who knew about the Locust's existence before Emergence Day. E-Day won't happen if he can research how to cure Imulsion's Disease, except Chairman Prescott kidnapped him first and sent him to Azura, which caused him to have too little time.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Two of these for Gears of War 3; purchasing either one allows the player to unlock his skin for multiplayer.
  • Majorly Awesome: Attained the rank of Major before retiring to work on weapons systems.
  • Mother Nature, Father Science: Elain was a biologist while Adam was a weapons designer.
  • My Greatest Failure: Two of them: failing to be close to Marcus and be a better father than his was, and not finding a way to make peace with the Locust and avoid E-Day.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Probably could have had his choice of science appointments, but went to OCS and became an officer. Even though he never inspired the type of loyalty that, say, Helena Stroud did, his men thought highly of him because he was such a good strategist that they almost never took casualties.
  • Officer and a Gentleman
  • Overprotective Dad
  • Parental Neglect: He was raised this way by his parents and tried not to act like this toward Marcus. Unfortunately, even though he tried, he really had no idea how to be a loving, demonstrative father. Before long, his and Marcus' relationship was turning out exactly like Adam's relationship with his father.
  • The Professor
  • Professor Guinea Pig: In an attempt to see how the Imulsion infection spreads, Adam injected himself with it to determine its effects and build his superweapon accordingly.
  • Redemption Equals Death
  • The Reveal: Loads in Gears of War 3: Adam was never killed when Marcus failed to extract him at the Battle of Ephyra: Prescott had him kidnapped and sent to Azura. And he was fully aware of the inevitable Emergence Day, due to Queen Myrrah personally asking for his assistance to solve the Lambent problem plaguing the Locust. Unfortunately, Adam didn't have enough time to find a solution to wipe out the Lambent, while preserving the Locust. Left with no choice, Myrrah had the Locust invade the surface, kickstarting the war.
  • Science Hero: Is the inventor behind the Hammer of Dawn and the modern-day Lancer (although Tai is credited for demonstrating why a chainsaw fares far better than a bayonet). Also creates a device that kills the Lambent and Locust.
  • Sole Surviving Scientist: The Locust get to Azura before Delta. They manage to kill everyone on the island except Adam, and they're literally at his door before being stopped.
  • Specs of Awesome
  • The Stoic: Although he's Not So Stoic when it comes to caring about Marcus.
  • The Strategist: During the Pendulum Wars.
  • Too Clever by Half: He thinks that it is his sole responsibility to save Sera due to his genius. This leads to him not telling anyone that he knew about the Locust before Emergence Day until 10 years after they invaded, as he had finally realized how severely he had screwed up and gathered the courage to admit that he needed help to stop them and the Lambent.

    Elain Fenix 

Marcus' mother, Elain was a developmental biologist, and an expert in morphology. She disappeared when Marcus was five, having gone into the Hollow and discovering the Locust, who killed her.


    Lieutenant James Dominic "JD" Fenix 
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Voiced by: Liam McIntyre

"If we don’t stop these things, everyone within a thousand miles dies."

The son of Marcus and Anya, and the main protagonist of Gears of War 4. A former Gear who went AWOL after being involved in a classified incident, and is now living with the Outsiders.


  • Adorkable: As much as the setting allows for anyway. JD does go through some pretty trying events, but he manages to remain mostly upbeat and jovial with his teammates.
  • Blue Blood: Technically as a member of both the Stroud and Fenix families, having been born and initially raised at the Stroud Estate.
  • Bald of Awesome: He is completely bald in Gears 5.
  • Badass Beard: Is developing a beard in Gears 5.
  • Covered in Scars: He has an obviously serious arm injury, and he has a long scar down his right eye and cheek.
  • Dead Guy Junior: His middle name, obviously.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Has this dynamic with his childhood and boarding school friend, Delmont "Del" Walker, much like his father had with Dom, his namesake.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Enlisted into the COG against Marcus's wishes, similar to Marcus enlisting as a private instead of going to OCS like Adam wanted. Both of them display a natural leadership and have an unyielding loyalty to their family and companions. However...
    • Like Father, Unlike Son: Having actually grown up during an era of peace, JD is optimistic and personable, a sharp contrast to his jaded and gruff father.
    • However, this goes right back to his father's personality in Gears 5, and is arguably even worse, whereas Marcus always gave the squad time to grieve, JD is adamant that a weeping Kait could have her moment on the Raven.
  • Missing Mom: Anya has passed away in the intervening time between Gears of War 3 and 4. JD has the option of visiting her grave when returning to her estate in Act 2.
  • Properly Paranoid: The Gears 5 trailer shows his personality has taken a dive and he now exhibits this behavior towards Kait after learning that her necklace bears the Locust Horde’s symbol.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In contrast to his idealistic and compassionate personality in 4, the Gears 5 trailer shows him as an abrasive, demanding and inconsiderate jerk towards his squad, particularly Kait, who he wouldn’t even let grieve over a fallen character saying “she’ll get her minute on the Raven”. His returning to the COG and discovery of Kait’s connection to the Locust is probably to blame.
  • Ship Tease: Definetly with Kait in Gears 4 to the point Marcus notes it. However, in Gears 5 the ship promptly sinks due to his mistrust of Kait because of her Locust necklace.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Even though he is the Player Character for 4, the game is really about rescuing Kait’s mother and trying to understand what The Swarm want with everyone, with JD just assisting with the matters while being along for the ride. Taken Up to Eleven in 5, where he isn’t even the Player Character anymore while Kait takes the helm from him.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: JD and Marcus have a rocky relationship. In-game collectibles imply that his reason for joining the COG is to make Marcus proud.

    Delmont Walker 
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Delmont Walker is James Dominic Fenix's best friend and Number Two.


    Kait Diaz 
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An Outsider scavenger who takes in JD and Del when they defect, and is discovered to be the granddaughter of Queen Myrrah.


  • Action Girl: Definetly knows how to kick Swarm butt.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is the most calm of the trio, but when the Speaker brings up Kait's mom, Kait loses it.
  • Break the Cutie: The entire game shatters her, culminating in giving her mother a Mercy Kill.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father is never mentioned.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: As an engineer, she knows how to make machines work.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: More like dreaming of the past, but Gears 5 has her suffering nightmares that are more like messages about the Locust and Swarm.
  • Promoted to Playable: She was playable in 4 through co-op, but she will be the first female character to be the main Player Character, debuting in the role for Gears 5.
  • It's Personal: Has a big grudge against the swarm to the kidnapping of her mother, and especially the Speaker.
  • Properly Paranoid: Mistrusts her teammates in Gears 5, because they think she could turn on them.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Inverted. She is revealed to be the granddaughter of Queen Myrrah.
  • Nice Hat: So nice, that not even inclement weather could blow it away.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Is all for attacking a much larger hive despite knowing the odds are literal suicide.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: She and JD have definite interest in each other, to the point that when Marcus calls her JD's girlfriend, JD doesn't deny it.
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    Corporal Dominic "Dom" Santiago 
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Voiced by Carlos Ferro

"Do you know what it's like to lose everything? Everything you've ever loved? Everything you've ever known? Do you know what it's like to lose everything? I hope you never find out. Life's been hell since E-Day. A bloodbath every day! The Locust, we called 'em, and damn if that wasn't a perfect name for the bastards. They come from everywhere, in swarms, just like insects. And worst of all they've got the compassion to match. They kill indiscriminately, without remorse— and we don't even know why they do it. Fourteen years and we still have no fucking clue where they come from or why they hate us. We just know they're our enemy... and we would be extinct if we don't put these fuckers back in the ground. Do you know what it's like to get back everything you thought you lost? Everything you lived for? Everything you love? I hope one day I find out."

Dom is Marcus' best friend. He was trained as a commando in Hoffman's unit before transferring to the infantry. He lost his brother Carlos during the Pendulum Wars, his parents and two children on Emergence Day, and his wife Maria disappeared several years later after falling into severe depression from losing her family. When Marcus got sent to jail for abandoning his post to save his father, Dom was one of the few peopled who defended him. As the war with the Locust Horde continues, Dom still remains somewhat cheerful and caring throughout the conflict, eventually breaking Marcus out of jail to assist in a major push against the Locust. At the same time, he continues to search for Maria whenever possible. When he found her lobotomized beyond recognition in the Locust Hollow, Dom was forced to euthanise her.


  • Bash Brothers: With Marcus.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Grows one by the time Gears of War 3 occurs.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Death Seeker: The repercussion of euthanizing Maria. Lampshaded in the first Gears of War 3 trailer "Ashes to Ashes". Finally finds it via Heroic Sacrifice: Arguably the WHAM moment in Gears of War 3.
  • Call to Agriculture: In Gears of War 3, it's implied Dom has spent most of his time aboard the Sovereign growing plants. When called away to the CIC, he gets annoyed and just wants to hurry up so he can get back to them. The attacking Lambent end up ruining them in a battle, though they probably would've been anyway even if the Lambent were nowhere near them since the ship gets toppled.
  • Dead Guy Junior: His son's name was Benedicto, which was his brother Carlos' middle name.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After having to kill Maria, Dom dedicates himself to cultivating a fruit and vegetable garden on the Sovereign just so he can sort of distract himself. He'll still fight the Locust, but the burning hatred he showed for them in Gears of War 2 is almost buried under his depression... until they ruined his tomatoes.
  • Determinator: Never gave up hope searching for his wife. Occasionally frustrated, but it didn't hold.
  • Deuteragonist
  • Dream Sequence: Gets one after being knocked out by the helicopter crash in Gears 2, of Maria trying to rouse a presumably on-leave Dom from a nap. Crosses over to Fridge Brilliance with the insinuation from the novel that this may have taken place right before their kids were killed.
  • Happily Married: For the brief time he and Maria were together before their kids died.
  • Heroic BSoD
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In order to save the rest of the team, Dom takes control of an old junker and rams it into a gas pump to destroy the massive waves of Locust AND Lambent that were about to overwhelm them. Marcus' reaction when he sees Dom drive off and the aftermath accompanied by a Dark Reprise of "Mad World" is part of what makes this the most heartrending scene in the series.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Marcus.
  • Hurting Hero
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Somewhat: Dom doesn't look like exactly like Carlos Ferro, but by the time Gears of War 3 was in production, Dom was growing a Beard of Sorrow; Ferro was growing one himself and looked just like Dom.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Dom euthanizes Maria after finding her cationic, scarred and malnourished in the Hollows.
  • The Lancer
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Anya. They kept each other sane while he was looking for Maria and she searched for a way to free Marcus from The Slab.
  • Military Brat: Dom's dad and aunt were both retired Gear's.
  • Nice Guy: He always puts others ahead of himself and is one of the few Gears to treat the Stranded with anything other than disdain.
  • Precious Photo: Some of the only personal items he owns are a set of photographs of his loved ones, which he rarely shows to anyone outside of Delta. When a civilian on Vectes objects to the Jacinto remnant coming to the island, Dom brings them out. Also one of the few times Dom ever loses his temper.
    Dom: See this? This is my wife. She's dead. And these are my two kids. They're dead, too. And these are my folks, and her folks. The're all dead. You think they all died so you could slam the fucking door in our faces and tell me you don't have room for the few who didn't? I'm telling you - you have room.
  • Principles Over Promotion: Dom was the only person who stood up for Marcus at his court-martial. He did it knowing that it would cost him any chance for advancement in the future.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Marcus' blue.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After having to kill Maria.
    Marcus: I found a way to sneak into Nexus. But if you wanna go in guns blazing, I don't blame you.
    Dom: *cocks Lancer* I wanna kill 'em all.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran
  • Shipper on Deck: For Marcus and Anya. It heads to a point of semi-Deconstruction in the Expanded Universe where Dom becomes increasingly frustrated (if not outright pissed) that Marcus Cannot Spit It Out. He finally hammers the point home to Marcus in Jacinto's Remnant.
    Dom: I swear I'll never stick my nose into your private life again, but shit or get off the pot, okay? I saw your face when you thought she was dead. And I know what too late feels like.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He's more thoughtful, cautious, and mature than his brother Carlos, who would often react without thinking and is less introspective.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He never had eyes for anyone but Maria.
  • Together in Death: Eventually, with his wife and kids
  • Undying Loyalty: To Marcus and Hoffman: to the former because he is his best friend, and to the latter since he was Dom's CO in the commando's during the Pendulum Wars.
  • The Watson: Word of God has this as Dom's role in Gears of War 1, to give the audience a voice without bringing players out of the experience as Marcus.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Water?: He really doesn't like operating at sea. Understandable, since more than half of his commando squad was killed during a sea extraction during the Battle of Aspho Fields.

     Maria Santiago 

Voiced by: Courtney Ford

Maria was Dom's wife, who went missing four years after Emergence Day due to her depression over her children’s death. Dom spent the next ten years looking for her, eventually finding her as a lobotomized Locust prisoner in the Hollow, and was forced to put her out of her misery.


  • Break the Cutie: First when her kids, parents and in-laws are killed by the Locust. Then 10 years later when she's kidnapped and tortured.
  • Empty Shell
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffered one of these when her kids and parents were killed. She never really recovered and eventually left her home looking for the kids, who she was convinced were still alive.
  • Mercy Kill
  • Teen Pregnancy: She and Dom had their first kid at 16.

    Private Carlos Santiago 

Carlos was Dom's older brother and Marcus' best friend. He was the first to join the COG army during the Pendulum Wars. He was extremely reckless, and ended up paying for that at the Battle of Aspho Fields.


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    Lieutenant Anya Stroud 
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Voiced by Nan McNamara

"Oh, I'm fine. That's the scary thing. I want to do it again. I'm not finished. And all this hilarity- I hear it all the time in Control. But now I've done it myself. Tell me it's normal. Tell me I've not got some terrible thing in me waiting to get out and kill and joke about it."

A controller in the CIC, Anya Stroud provides guidance and direction in the first two games, before transferring to the frontlines in the Expanded Universe and the third game. She and Marcus have been in love since hooking up shortly after the battle of Aspho Field, and they finally begin an official relationship on the island of Vectes after Jacinto sinks.


  • Action Girl
  • Adrenaline Makeover: Dom notes in Coalition's End that several months of wearing full battle gear has caused her to walk and act like a soldier, as well as getting a bit more muscular from its weight. She also cuts a lot of her long hair off towards the end of the book when an exploding Lambent Polyp singes the ends.
  • Battle Couple: With Marcus.
  • Blue Blood
  • The Chick: An Action Girl version.
  • Communications Officer: Was trained as this; she only became a frontline soldier after the events of Gears 2.
  • Disappeared Dad: Anya doesn't know who her father is/was, and her mother refused to ever tell her. She's understandably a little bitter about this.
  • Indifferent Beauty: She never once uses her stunning good looks to advance her position, and is more than a little put-off by guys staring at her all the time.
  • In the Blood: Anya's mother was Major Helena Stroud, a Lady of War in the last days of the Pendulum Wars.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Try visualizing Anya in her mid-40s; Nan McNamara looks eerily similar to her.
  • Lady of War
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Dom. They kept each other sane while he was looking for Maria and she searched for a way to free Marcus from The Slab.
  • Majorly Awesome: A collectible in Gears 4 shows that she reached this rank in between games, following in her mother's footsteps. Perhaps a little too well.
  • Military Brat
  • Mission Control: Before moving to the frontlines.
  • Not Staying for Breakfast: During their time together before he was imprisoned, Marcus never once spent the night at Anya's apartment or quarters. She thought he was doing it because he didn't want to get caught, and was very hurt by it. Dom later tells her it’s because Marcus has terrible nightmares and was afraid of injuring her in his sleep. By the events of Jacinto's Remnant, he's still doing it, and she's getting a little annoyed by it.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Sex for Solace: How Anya and Marcus' relationship started, when he escorted her home after the Aspho Fields award ceremony. They were already attracted to each other, but a combination of grief and alcohol finally broke down their mutual hesitancy.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: With Marcus, from the time they were teenagers.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Died during the 25 year gap between Gears 3 and 4. The cause of her death has not currently been revealed.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Hoffman: even in situations where she's supposed to report to Chairman Prescott first, she makes sure Hoffman winds up with the information beforehand.
    • For a time, she even considered the possibility he was her father, since he always treated her so well and was good friends with her mother. When she confessed this to him, Hoffman told her that nothing had ever happened between him and Helena, but that he considered Anya to be family since they had served together so long.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection
  • Well Done Daughter Girl: When her mother, Helena Stroud, was alive, Anya was absolutely terrified of disappointing her. Luckily, Helena managed to tell Anya how proud she was of her before she died.
  • You Need to Get Laid: After Marcus has been in prison for several years, another Gear cops a feel and tells her that if she waits for him, "that damn thing's gonna heal over before you get laid again." She punches him.

    Major Helena Stroud 

Helena was the mother of Anya, and she was a Major in charge of the COG division that fought at Aspho Fields. She served under Adam Fenix on the Kashkur front of the Pendulum Wars seventeen years before Emergence Day.


Carmine Family

    Private Anthony Carmine 
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Voiced by Michael Gough (Voice Actor)

"Something's wrong with this thing! It keeps jamming!"

The second youngest Carmine brother, he first appeared onboard the Raven that picked up Marcus after he was released from prison, and marveled over Marcus' being a legend among the COG. Apparently an already established member of Delta Squad, he gets very little development until he gets killed very early on in the first game.


    Private Benjamin Carmine 
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Voiced by Michael Gough (Voice Actor)

"Sergeant Fenix? Are you Sergeant Fenix? Delta squad? I'm your new trainee!"

The youngest of the Carmine brothers, he is a fresh recruit sent to Delta Squad to be trained by Marcus (allowing you the option for a Justified Tutorial). He sticks around for a good portion of the game, gradually learning the ropes of being a soldier and being praised by Marcus for how quickly he picked it up.


  • The Cameo: Is the fourth player in the initial dream sequence of Gears of War 3.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Half his body is burned away by digestive acid produced by digestive parasites in the Riftworm.
  • The Faceless: Like all the Carmines
  • Final Speech: He asks Marcus to tell his brothers and mom that he loves them, and tried to say something else, but died before he could finish.
  • Friendly Sniper: He assists in the sniping segment.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Averted: he attempts one, but ultimately does get one on the Raven.
  • Mauve Shirt: He had a longer run than Anthony.
  • New Meat: Just out of training.
  • Nice Guy
  • Pyro Maniac: While never shown in the campaign, Marcus and Dom stated he likes fire, and his multiplayer quotes when using the Scorcher flamethrower are suitably crazy.
  • Weapon of Choice: He is seen using the sniper rifle more often than not.

    Private Clayton Carmine 
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Voiced by Michael Gough (Voice Actor)

"Eat dirt and die, motherfucker!"

The third Carmine brother, Clayton is the eldest brother to Anthony and Benjamin, and much more muscular and badass. First showing up in the third game, at that point he had been a long established member of Delta Squad and chatted with the others on very friendly terms.


  • Alliterative Name
  • Armor Is Useless: Averted. Unlike Anthony, his helmet stops the bullet that's fired at his head.
  • Audience Participation: While Gears 3 was in development, fans could vote on whether or not he met the same fate as his brothers by downloading either a "Save Carmine" or a "Carmine Must Die" T-shit for their Xbox Avatar. He lives.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Some of his lines are about how pissed he is about his brother's death.
  • Blood Knight: Clayton is far more vicious compared to his younger siblings, as shown when he strangles a Locust drone to death with one hand. It's also pointed out with the writings on his chest plate, "GRUB KILLER" and "DESTROY LOCUST".
  • Call-Back: "Good thing I wear a helmet."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Unlike his green brothers he is not above calling Delta squad members on their petty bullshit.
  • The Faceless
  • Gatling Good: Most promotional materials for Gears of War 3 have him wielding a Mulcher minigun.
  • Hot-Blooded: He becomes really fired up in combat. Of note is he also gets pissed off a couple times during the campaign and speaks his mind (though it was justified each time), something his brothers never did.
  • Irony: He survives getting shot in the head by a longshot sniper while wearing a helmet, unlike Anthony.
  • Pragmatic Hero
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He did not appreciate losing Anthony and Benjamin.
  • Running Gag: Clayton's multiple brushes with death are some of the funniest moments in Gears of War 3.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bacon.
  • Tragic Keepsake: In a rare comedic example of this trope, Clay honours the memory of the two fallen Carmine brothers with a tattoo on his arm... of their helmets.
  • Training from Hell: It's implied by the writing on his armor that he put himself through this so he could reload properly.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He's much bulkier and older than his brothers, yet still has the same mildly high-pitched tone of voice as Anthony and Benjamin. It's implied that he used to be just as skinny as his brothers but bulked himself up so that the same thing wouldn't happen to him. If that's true, then it worked.
  • Weapon of Choice: He comes equipped with a Torque Bow in both 3 and Aftermath.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite being the only Carmine to survive the trilogy (we don't know the status of the fourth brother, so we can't say if he survived as well) and being seen along with Delta at the end of 3, there's not a trace of him to be seen in Gears of War 4. However, the Suspiciously Similar Substitute character for the Carmines in 4, Gary Carmine, indicates that he could have possibly became a parent during the Time Skip and is living elsewhere.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Both of his brothers died at the beginning and middle of the first two games, respectively. Clayton arrives via Big Damn Heroes moment to aid Delta Squad in the final battle, but Myrrah has her Tempest take down his chopper...
    • Not Quite Dead: ...but he survives the crash and helps treat the other Gears on the Raven before joining the rest of Delta in celebration.

    Gary Carmine 
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A Carmine who lives in the Outsider village led by Reyna Diaz.


  • Running Gag: True to the Carmine family's unfortunate nature, the video that showcases him as DLC features him getting shot in the head, chainsawed, bayonet charged, executed and just plain humiliated throughout the whole thing. He even lampshades it at the end.
    Gary: [getting executed by the Dropshot] This shit runs in my family!
  • The Cameo: Unlike the other Carmines, he doesn't interact with or join your squad. He's basically here just to have a Carmine in Gears of War 4. Though he later became playable in multiplayer.
  • The Faceless: Like the rest of the Carmines, his entire head and face is always concealed. Though since he's not part of the COG and doesn't have access to a helmet, he instead wears goggles, a skull-faced bandana around his mouth, and an ushanka with the ear flaps down.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The past 3 Carmines were A. Carmine, B. Carmine, and C. Carmine. Instead of D. Carmine like everyone expected, this one is G. Carmine. Due to the 25-year Time Skip between games, he is probably not the fourth Carmine brother but the son of one of the two surviving ones.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In regards to the other Carmines and body type. Anthony, Benjamin and especially Clayton all had the same high-pitched voice despite their rather muscular bodies, while Gary has a slightly deeper voice than all of them. His skinnier frame compared to the others would lead one to expect him to share their high-pitched tone but his voice doesn't sound very similar.
  • The Voiceless: Doesn't speak at all in the campaign. Averted in multiplayer, in which he's got plenty to say.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Much like Anthony, he dies minutes after he's introduced when a DeeBee drop pod falls directly on him and destroys his entire turret platform. Though he at least managed to accomplish shooting down one dropship before his death.
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