List of mercenaries from the Jagged Alliance series.
Dr. Mark "Needle" Kranhuim
- A-Team Firing: Has the "Hopeless Shot" trait. Yet he has better accuracy than the others who have this trait.
- Comically Crosseyed: He has a wandering eye, which hinders him from improving his Marksmanship. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire since his condition worsened before 2.
- The Medic: The best one in the first game. The bio says that he revived two patients who were past critical point.
- Dysfunctional Family: The Roachburns DO NOT get along with one another, only the daughter of the Roachburns can tolerate Larry while every other Roachburn hates one another.
- Miles Gloriosus: Self-aggrandizing and seriously overestimates his skills.Gary: You probably don't deserve me. But I'll join.
- Military Brat: Unfortunately, he didn't take the best qualities from his father.
Samuel "Sam" Garver
- Bash Brothers: With Leon Roachburn.
- Cool Old Guy: Faced adversity in the Deep South growing up and is one of AIM's most experienced mercs.
- Old Soldier: While his age isn't stated, he has at least two decades of mercenary experience and looks well into his 50's.
- Red Scare: Refuses to work with Ivan.
Glen "Boss" Hatchet
- Bash Brothers: With Screw.
- Mr. Fixit: He has the highest Mechanical stat. But he's effective in combat, unlike Speck.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His alumni page in 2 states he gave one to Dr. Gloveless at a Christmas party.
- Retired Badass: As of 2, he left AIM when he took a job to be a mechanic in Vicky's Car shop.
- Verbal Tic: He adds "Hell" in the beginning of every sentence.
Lesley "Smoke" Peterson
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His alumni page in Jagged Alliance 2 notes that his tendency to short-fuse his explosives quite literally backfired on him, blowing him into an "unidentifiable mess."
- Psychopathic Manchild: Practical jokes? Sure, why not. Short-fusing explosives and putting friendlies in mortal danger for some cheap laughs? Not the mark of an entirely sane man.
- Bank Robbery: What finally gets him up locked up for good by 2. He's caught trying to rob a bank in Detroit and is extradited back to Ohio to serve his original sentence.
- Boxed Crook: Why he's working for AIM.
- Frame-Up: Insists this is why he fell on the bad side of the law. His actions and skills make his claim doubtful.
Dr. Ahmad "Doc" Koolhan
- Bash Brothers: With Needle, to the point that he will leave your team if you fire Needle.
- Combat Medic: Has decent Marksmanship and good physical stats on top of his medical skills.
- This Is Unforgivable!: In Deadly Games, he will take getting fired before participating in a mission personally, and will reject all attempts to rehire him.
Wink E. Dickerson
- Unskilled, but Strong: Wink is primarily known for his incredibly powerful but horrendously inaccurate throwing arm.
Mary Beth Wilkens
- Killed Offscreen: By the time of the second game. Her alumni page states that she was gunned down by a crazed stalker.
- Naïve Newcomer: A newcomer and a willing to prove herself.
- Nice Girl: Unless Pops is around.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: Groping her with a female merc produces the comment "Kinda reminds me of high school..."
Rudy "Lynx-Eyed" Roberts
- Dude, Not Funny!: Has this reaction to gory sights in 2, admitting that while he used to make jokes about it, it doesn't amuse him after seeing friends die in grisly ways.
- Egomaniac Hunter: His pastime, according to his bio, is to hunt down endangered species.
- Friendly Sniper: At least in 2.
- Straw Misogynist: He believes that women should be kept barefoot and pregnant. Toned down somewhat in 2.
Lt. Bud Hellar
- Ensign Newbie: Despite his rank, he acts more like this. It is likely he achieved his rank thanks to his Yes-Man nature.
- Yes-Man: Is such an example that his alumni page in 2 states that he writes letters defending corporations.
Victoria "Vicky" Waters
- Guns Akimbo: In 2.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is claustrophobic, and as a result she takes a serious performance and morale hit when in caves and underground sectors.
- Wrench Wench: She owns her own Antique Car shop, which Boss now works in.
- The Alcoholic: By 2 he's made efforts to clean up, but leaving drugs (anything from boosters to a medkit) or alcohol in his inventory for too long will cause him to fall off the wagon, along with shifting his attitude and stats.
- Bash Brothers: Static (when drunk).
- Booze-Based Buff: Inverted; depending on whether he's drunk or sober, Larry's skills in 2 change, along with his portrait and voice, but his stats are worse when drunk. This also affect his working relationship, he gets friendly with AIM when drunk but cannot tolerate the MERC soldiers while in sobriety he gets along fine with the two worst mercenaries in the roster but the AIM Mercs hates working with a sober Larry.
- Dysfunctional Family: The Roachburns DO NOT get along with one another, Larry at least is cared for by Megan. His brother and father outright hate him though.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: When walking by rotting corpses being eaten by vultures, he remarks that "People wonder why I started doing drugs..."
Edward "Ears" Stockwell
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Described as such, has a decent Wisdom and Health stat, though low on Dexterity and Marksmanship.
- The Stool Pigeon: He's a snitch. And not above gossip either.
Murray "Moses" Ebstern
- Cool Old Guy: Like Sam Garver, he's one of the oldest and most experienced members on the roster.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Opts to leave AIM by the second game due to his failing health and memory.
- Old Soldier: Is at least in his 60's in the first game and his stats show it. While he has very high Wisdom, Marksmanship, and Mechanical stats, his physical stats are quite low, and will decay over time.
Patrick "Screw" Phillips
- Bash Brothers: With Boss.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Noted to be very impatient, and will refuse orders in battle that don't involve firing at someone.
- Mr Fix It: Like his friend Boss.
Helmut "Grunty" Grunther
- Bash Brothers: With Ivan and Igor. Putting the three of them together makes for a hell of a team, thanks to their complimentary abilities.
- BFG: Grunty has the heavy weapons specialty, making him very effective with grenade launchers, missiles, and mortars. Now, if he had the strength to carry those and the ammo....
- Fluffy the Terrible: His opinion on the Crepitus, calling them "cuddly creatures" and musing on whether they can be tamed.
- Poirot Speak: His lines are peppered with German words. Especially if he sees a bad guy.
Russel "Rusty" Hunter
- Only Sane Man: His selling point when compared to more skillful, but crazier explosive experts.
- The Alcoholic: His bio for Rage! claims that his experiences in the mercenary industry have left him dependent on alcohol to function. Apparently, this will be a gameplay mechanic; When Ivan suffers from withdrawal symptoms, it will have an effect on his aim.
- Crutch Character: A neat Subversion. Has excellent stats for a starting mercenary in the first game, and he remains reliable until the end. The second game gave him a larger salary so you won't get to use him until later.
- Deadpan Snarker: And when he does, it is always in Russian.
- Former Regime Personnel: Served in the Red Army and reached Major before the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Ivan only speaks Russian. Very good Russian, but still. By the time of JA2, he has picked up enough English to communicate. His Russian is still eloquent, though.
- Husky Russkie: Though he is rather short. His main specialty is firing heavy weapons, so.
- Majorly Awesome: A former Major in the Red Army before the Soviet Union fell.
- More Dakka: His preferred way of dealing with his enemies.
- So Proud of You: If paired with Igor in JA2, he will greatly approve Igor's marksmanship when he scores kills, commenting that "Igor is Dolvich."
Dr. Bernie Gloveless
- Depraved Bisexual: REALLY handsy around males in his examinations, but enjoys company of women nonetheless.
- Dirty Old Man: An older man who's not picky about age.
- Reality Ensues: Is given a dishonorable discharge by the time of the second game after AIM was flooded by complains from other members about his perverted "examinations".
"Unusually Ruthless" Reuban
- Ax-Crazy: He's called "Ruthless" because he killed his family with a cordless hedge trimmer, and "Unusually Ruthless" because he had to recharge it twice before he was done!
- Joke Character: He has the lowest daily wage of anybody in the game, and his stats show it, being horrible in everything, physical and mental. His equipment also doesn't include any guns, with his primary weapon being a hedge trimmer instead.
- Mundane Utility: His Alumni page in "2" indicates that he was finally sent back to prison and is serving four back-to-back lifetime sentences... but he has won several gardening prizes for keeping the grounds of his prison immaculate.
- The Load: Not only is he useless, having him on your team is harmful because many mercs hate him, he will try to kill Ivan, and he will steal almost any money you give him. And even then, he won't stick around if he doesn't kill enough people - which is very likely, given his atrocious stats.
- Weapon of Choice: If you hire him, he won't bother bringing any guns with him. He brings a cordless hedge trimmer instead.
Murray "Pops" McGillicutty
- Badass Grandpa: According to his backstory and his lines, he fought and survived the First World War, fought in World War II being the 5th person overall to storm the beaches in Normandy, knew Patton personally, became a mercenary and fought in conflicts all over the world, cheating death at every corner so much that he is considered mystical by the younger mercs. According to his alumni page in Jagged Alliance 2, he refused to retire so many times that AIM had to introduce a mandatory retirement policy (at age 85!) just to get him out of the office. And in the 1.13 mod he is back in the game, hirable from MERC.
- Dirty Old Man: He will hit on the much younger Fox and Beth, who won't take kindly to it at all.
- Old Soldier: The oldest in the series by far.
Col. Leo Kelly
- A Father to His Men: Some of his line suggest this.
- Cast the Expert: In-universe, he frequently serves as a technical consultant for Hollywood action films.
- Colonel Badass: Regarded by AIM as "a mercenary's mercenary".
- Consummate Professional: As long as you prove yourself and can pay him, he will do his job to the best of his ability.
- Insistent Terminology: "I'm a professional"
Tex R. Colburn
- Ascended Fanboy: Turns out, he left AIM because he got movie deals in Japanese-made Westerns. He returns in Unfinished Business as a mercenary for MERC, still wanting a taste of gunning down bad guys Western-style.
- Cool Guns: (his Awesome, but Impractical revolvers in Unfinished Business. Made a lot less useless when loaded with AET rounds, scopes, and laser sights for 1.13 users.
- Guns Akimbo: Comes with a pair of customized old-west revolvers in Unfinished Business and the 1.13 mod, and has the traits to use them well.
- Japanese Ranguage: When Tex speaks, it's a mix of this and cowboy cliches.
- Occidental Otaku: Inverted, he's a Japanese man who acts like a John Wayne impersonator.
- Took a Level in Badass: A mediocre merc in the first game. When he shows up in Unfinished Business, he has a noticeable increase in most stats, especially his marksmanship.
- Ax-Crazy: "Fidel likes to kill."
- Nightmare Fetishist: In 2, He will occasionally go on about wanting to become a crow that feasts on corpses after battles, calling it a good life to live.
- Mad Bomber: Has the highest Explosive stat, and crazy to boot.
- Psycho for Hire: In the first game. He'll even break his contract and run off if you leave money in his inventory.
- Straight Gay: The bits of dialogue resulting from experimenting with the "handle" command in Deadly Games suggest he prefers men.
- Took a Level in Kindness: A lot more muted and far less insubordinate in Jagged Alliance 2, in which AIM slapped him with fines and sent him off for counseling. In fact, his AIM bio even notes he hasn't been himself. It's likely because he murdered Hurl between games.
Hurl E. Cutter
- Annoying Patient: Severely hypochondriac with the absolute highest health rating possible (100).
- Killed Offscreen: Ended up killed in Havana between Deadly Games and 2. The AIM alumni page notes that Fidel was heavily questioned about his death, but nothing came of it. If you hire Fidel and have another merc talk to him, Fidel will admit to killing him.
- Action Survivor: If you actually take him through the majority of the game and he lives.
- Dirty Coward: He quits in the first game immediately after anyone dies, friend or enemy. He'll stick around in the second, though he's still pretty much soiling himself every time the bullets fly.
- The Load: He's pretty useless as a merc, even if you do bring Flo with him. His stats are terrible and he comes with the worst equipment in the game. Also, several mercs absolutely hate him for his cowardice.
Maj. Spike Scallion
- Bash Brothers: With Len.
- Majorly Awesome: A renowned veteran of conflicts around the world.
- Only in It for the Money: Leaves AIM by the second game after being offered a massive contract by North Korea
- Verbal Tic: The word "boy" seems to find it's way in every sentence he says.
Dr. Raffito "Raffi" Leevon
- Back-Alley Doctor: Not only his credentials, but also his skills and general sanity are all very questionable.
- Joke Character: His only good stat is his agility, but this does him no good as all his other stats are terrible.
Cynthia "The Fox" Guzzman
- Beware the Silly Ones: Fox's dialogue is laden with innuendo, and she has a whimsical, cheery personality at total odds with the violence around her. But she is absolutely deadly at close range, especially in room-to-room combat.
- Combat Medic: An inexpensive and effective early game medic.
- Guns Akimbo: In 2. High dexterity and gunslinging/ambidextrous traits make her one of the best dual-wielding mercs in the game.
- Hospital Hottie: Used to be one by trade. But given her decent Medical and perfect Dexterity means she can still be an effective Medic.
- Ms. Fanservice: Not in-game, but her bio mentions that she appeared in an issue of Babes and Bullets both as the centerfold and the author of a four-page in-depth article on treating hemorrhaging under battlefield conditions, and received glowing feedback from the readers on both.
- Really Gets Around: Implied; she is apparently in a relationship with Wolf, she and Grizzly seem to have a thing, and she mentions dating Mike if she's the one to kill him in JA2.
- Waif-Fu: Her high dexterity makes her utterly deadly with a knife in the first game. Less so in the sequel.
- Blue Blood: His background in 1.13.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: An outstanding example of one in the series.
- Red Baron: In the first game, he is occasionally referred to as the "Sandman". This seems to have been dropped by the second game.
- The Ace: Mysterious, armed to the teeth, a master of almost every possible discipline and impractically expensive to employ.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Mike is the best mercenary in the first game, bar none. He is capable of doing literally everything and doing it well, and coming to Metavira armed with some of the best equipment to start with. However, hiring him requires an extremely high reputation for him to even entertain the thought, and he costs $12,000 a day, which would easily get you six to eight less capable but more versatile mercenaries.
- The Dreaded: In Jagged Alliance 2, many of your mercs will respond with fear when they realize Deidrianna has hired him, and a few are intimidated enough to resist orders to shoot him.
- FaceHeel Turn: In Jagged Alliance 2, he's hired by Deidrianna to put an end to your mercs.
- HeelFace Turn: Possible in the 1.13 mod, though you need a merc with a ludicrously high leadership like Miguel to recruit him after he's been beaten to critical state. He also ask for 10,000 dollars per day.
- Only in It for the Money: His reason for working for Deidrianna, she has a larger purse.
- Shrouded in Myth: Very little in known about him, earning him the nickname "Mystery Mercenary".
- Career-Ending Injury: Suffered a serious wound before 2 that ended his mercenary career. Since then, he runs a bed and breakfast in his home town.
Johnny "Snake" Edwards
- Killed Offscreen: Shot dead in a botched peace negotiation that resulted in the dishonorable discharge of Spam.
- Stealth Expert: Has a camouflage kit, and he's ideal for stealth.
- Happily Married: He's a married man, and might refuse a contract renewal since he has plans for their anniversary.
- More Dakka: His specialty is automatics.
- Soul Brotha: Surfer accent, badass quotes and a small 'fro.
Speck T. Kline
- Mr. Fixit: One of the cheapest and most effective in the first game. Just don't rely on him to do anything else.
- Start My Own: In 2, he leaves AIM and starts his own mercenary company called M.E.R.C. At first, its roster is largely composed of AIM's wash-outs and Ax-Crazy psychos. If you hire them anyway, the funds allow him to bring on increasingly better mercs for hire.
Willy "Weasel" Augustin
- Asshole Victim: He was murdered by his wife after ratting her out to the feds over her welfare fraud. The Alumni page claims he was asking for it.
- The Stool Pigeon: A snitch like Ears. Yet he despises Ears for some reason.
Timothy "Leech" Jenkins
- Berserk Button: Hates Skitz and will kill him if both are left in the same sector long enough.
- Leeroy Jenkins: In battles, he will frequently refuse orders that don't involve shooting people.
- Meaningful Name: Leech is immensely stubborn. His AIM alumni page in 2 states that when AIM fired him over his insubordinate nature, he proceeded to sue AIM for wrongful termination. Even after the lawsuit was settled out of court, he continues to flood AIM with applications.
- Verbal Tic: "Give me a break"
Dr. Clifford "Cliff" Highball
- Combat Medic: One of the few who has both decent (80s in JA2) medical and marksmanship skills. He also has a perk in explosives, but it doesn't look like much (30-ish points in Explosives).
Frank "Hitman" Hennessy
- Badass Grandpa: In 2. His bio also mentions he's been talking about retiring to become an instructor.
- Cool Old Guy: Has a laid back, easy going personality... ace.
- Expy: In Back in Action he sounds like a homicidal Ned Flanders.
- Verbal Tic: He keeps calling the player "Ace".
- Dirty Coward: Cowardly, but he won't flee the fight unlike Biff.
Dr. Margaret "Stella" Trammel
- Battleaxe Nurse: Has the looks and attitude of one, but is a very professional and competent doctor in her own right.
- Butch Lesbian: All but stated in A.I.M.'s alumni in 2, which says she fought an uphill battle to gain spousal benefit's for same-sex partners and has retired to run a clinic with Mouse.
Dr. Eli Summers
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Has the the "Hopeless Shot" hidden trait, which forbids him from improving his marksmanship. Add his already poor marksmanship and you have a merc who is lucky to hit anything that isn't right in front of him
Elroy B. Tolken
- Boxed Crook: Got arrested for his part in the Watergate Scandal.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Nobody knows what happened to him after Deadly Games, and according to his Alumni in Jagged Alliance 2, nobody cares. The 1.13 mod adds him back into the game.
Peter "Wolf" Sanderson
- Formerly Fat: While "fat" is probably stretching it a bit, "Wolf" is mentioned as having taken a leave of absence after "Deadly Games" in order to go through intensive training and physical conditioning. By the time "2" rolls around, he is forty pounds lighter and his stats reflect his physical improvement.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Adequate but unexceptional in every stat.
- This Is My Boomstick: Has Shotgun expertise and gunslinger.
- Took a Level in Badass: In 2. Wolf went into intensive training after "Deadly Games", and boosted his stats and rounded out his skillset.
Bruce "Skitz" Bonner
- Ax-Crazy: His nickname comes from him having schizophrenia. In addition, he will quit your team if he doesn't kill enough people. Seeing his stats are so poor, this is quite likely.
- Berserk Button: Bruce may like Larry, but he certainly doesn't like his sister Sparky. If left with Sparky for long enough, he will murder her while she is sleeping.
- Mad Bomber: He specializes in thing that go boom.
- Reality Ensues: Was let go from AIM and committed to an insane asylum by the time of the second game.
Walter "Wally" Yuntz
- Butt-Monkey: His AIM alumni page in 2 states "Someone once said that if Wally didn't have bad luck, he wouldn't have any luck at all.". When he tried to fix his eye issues with laser eye surgery, he turned blind due to a programming error in the laser. He finds work as a caddie for Dr. Eli Summers during golf tours.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: His eye problems make him the worst shot in the game with no hopes for improvement.
Kirk "Static" Stevenson
- Genius Ditz: He is an amazing mechanic with the rare electronics skill, but has the lowest wisdom stat in the Vanilla Jagged Alliance 2 AIM roster.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Has the look and personality, but he's not a pacifist.
- Mr Fix It: He starts at a maxed out mechanical skill. Only Trevor matches him in this area.
- Older Than They Look: Static has apparently not aged a day since his first appearance in the series. He credits his laid-back lifestyle.
Herman "Turtle" Regents
- Donut Mess with a Cop: "Tell me...does Metavira have a bakery yet?"
- The Gunslinger: His dominate skill in 1.13, which adds him into the second game.
Corporal Len Anderson
- Bash Brothers: With Spike.
- Sergeant Rock: Career military man since his teens. Has an experience level of 7 (out of a potential maximum of 9) in the sequel, surpassed only by Gus (8).
Marty "Kaboom" Moffat
- The Ditz: His Wisdom score of 13 is the lowest in the history of the series.
- Improbably Low IQ: Marty was found unresponsive one morning, rushed to hospital, declared brain-dead and had his organs harvested as per his donor card. When his family found out they sued, arguing that he was alive and well and just had a slow morning.
- Manchild: Most likely due to brain damage.
Earl "Magic" Walker
- The Ace: In 2, he's probably the best merc in the game when it comes to raw stats. His physical attributes are sky-high, his marksmanship is great, he's excellent at picking locks and fixing items, and is better at stealth than most of the dedicated stealth mercs...
- Awesome, but Impractical: ...He's also right next to Gus in his extremely high price tag, and depending on the slightly randomized prices he can be the most expensive merc in the AIM roster. The 1.13 mod adds another wrinkle by giving him the habit of stealing items from the sector, requiring you to constantly micromanage his inventory if you don't want him weighed down.
- Lightning Bruiser: Big guy with an Agility score of 99. In fact, he's specifically coded in 2 to have the highest real-time movement speed of any character in the game.
- Mr. Fixit: A competent repairman on top of his other skills.
- Nerves of Steel: While most mercs have an Oh, Crap! reaction to being confronted by three or more enemies, Magic simply goes "This is when I'm at my best!".
Reverend "Rev" Clyde Potter
- Badass Preacher: The chaplain for A.I.M.
- Old Shame: According to the Alumni list in JA2, he returned to his inner-city church after Deadly Games wrapped up, returns his retirement checks and denies ever having been affiliated with A.I.M.
- Warrior Monk: Southern Preacher flavor.
Megan "Sparky" Roachburn
- Genius Ditz: Between saying "like" in every sentence and missing every shot she ever fires, she's a master repairer- able to repair more points of gear per mission than Speck despite his higher mech score (due to a much higher dex).
- Dysfunctional Family: The Roachburns DO NOT get along with one another, Megan at least cares for Larry.
- Valley Girl: Has the air-headed nature and speech of the stereotype down cold.
Dr. Mitch Shudlem
- Magikarp Power: While his Marksmanship is firmly mediocre, his good physical stats and Wisdom of 96 means he can quickly become a very capable Combat Medic. If you're willing to invest the time, he can become a full Jack-of-All-Stats that can do just about anything effectively.
- The Medic: Is just a few points shy of Needle in being the best in the first game.
Robert "Scully" James Sullivan
- The Casanova: And he is paying a hefty child support for it, since according to Gus he has at least 6 ex-wives and 21 children.
- Knife Nut: His AIM page in each game goes into detail about how good he is with blades.
- Loveable Rogue: Well liked by nearly the entire AIM roster.
Howard "Carp" Melfield
- Bash Brothers: With Wally. If you fire Wally, Carp with leave with him.
- Kicked Upstairs: Takes a desk job with AIM by the time of 2.
- Master of None: His mediocre stats and lack of specialties mean he's only good as a snitch, and there's more useful choices on the roster as far as those go.
- The Stool Pigeon: His AIM page explicitly notes he holds no loyalty to his fellow mercs and will happily snitch on them.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Sounds vaguely Irish.
Carl "It" Goodman
- Gentle Giant: Has a simple, non-threatening attitude while also being one of the largest and strongest characters in the series.
Vincenzo "Vinny" Massimo
- The Mafia: His occupation when not working as a mercenary.
Capt. Bob Adams
- Ace Pilot: Started out as one.
- Killed Offscreen: Retired from AIM and was killed in a helicopter crash by the time of 2
- Fragile Speedster: A dismal shot, yet he has great Agility, Dexterity, and he has decent health.
- Big Good: The man who hired you to stop Lucas, doubles as Mission Control.
- Uncle Pennybags: He gives you extra cash if you do well enough.
- Damsel in Distress: She can be captured if you lose her lab when the enemy recaptures it.
- Hot Scientist: Smart as she is beautiful.
- Better to Die than Be Killed/Taking You with Me: If you bust down his door in his headquarters, he'll set off some explosives that'll kill him and destroy his base.
- Big Bad: The main villain of the first game.
- Greed: His goal is to control the island so that he can profit from the sap.
- Mad Scientist: He did work for Brenda before going rogue. He was even able to create a Fallow sapling.
- The Starscream: He used to work for the Richards. After convincing Jack to let him have his own lab, he brought in his Mooks to take over the island.
Jean Pierre "La Malice" Viau
- Ax-Crazy: Though more level headed than most.
- Casanova Wannabe: His crude and direct attempts to woo women just piss off most of the female mercs, and Gaston sees him as a disgrace.
- Knife Nut: Lost his old job as a stripclub doorman over stabbing the clientele, including the bar owner.
Anita "Mouse" Backman
- Everyone Hates Mimes: Found herself on the receiving end of this before becoming a mercenary, with her street performances panned by critics and getting stones thrown at her in Tripoli.
- Hello, Nurse!: In the second game, she's left AIM for a nurse position at Trammel's clinic.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Implied.
Jack "Postie" Durham
- Ax-Crazy: His idolizes Reuban of all people.
- Going Postal: He was a postal worker who left just before he snapped.
- Knife Nut: His weapon of choice is a letter opener.
Edgar "Nails" Smorth
- Badass Biker: Leader of the biggest bike gang there was, even has his own leather jacket (which he refuses to take off).
Sheila "Scope" Sterling
- Artistic License Military: Deadly Games claims she was part of "British Special Forces", presumably a catch-all term used by the game to avoid naming a specific branch. This is Lampshaded in the second game, where her AIM page is spent correcting this error and states that she was a member of the SAS. Though this still counts as an example as the SAS did not accept female applicants until 2018.
- Friendly Sniper: Cheerful, outgoing and articulate. Also, has maxed-out Marksmanship and a history as an SAS sniper. She's one of the most stable possible teammates as well, only objecting to Tim "Numb" Sutton (mostly because he's just that good at pissing everyone off).
- Happily Married: Some of Sidney's chatter mentions that Scope is married.
- I Am Very British: "Biscuits!". Also, doesn't get along with French mercs.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: She's one of the few mercs able to manage hits on "impossible" targets (i.e. blanked out and prompting a "are you serious?" quote from the merc in question). Appropriately enough, her response is not a variation of "I can't hit that" but "Are you sure you want me to hit that target from here?" She's still not likely to hit the blanked out target, but she has a chance that others don't.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Less of a walking stereotype than Sidney, but nevertheless an endless wellspring of britishisms, outrageously plummy RP accent and relentlessly Stiff Upper Lip.
Col. Leon Roachburn
- The Ace: In the 1.13 mod for 2, he can be considered this. While his physical stats are below average, his combat prowess is amazing. His 85 marksmanship and experience level 8 (Second highest in all of the game, only beaten by Pops) will make sure that you constantly hit your targets. Plus he has the Squadleader perk that gives useful combat bonuses to mercs below his level AND he has the teacher perk which allows him to very effectively train both mercs and militia. Also he as the Snitch trait witch allows to Spread Propaganda in towns, witch slowly raises town loyalty. All of this for 800 dollars a day.
- Bash Brothers: Very good friends with his war buddy Sam Garver. if Sam gets fired, he will follow suit.
- Dysfunctional Family: The Roachburns DO NOT get along with one another, views every single member of his family as either mooches or spoiled brats like their mother.
- Old Soldier: One of the oldest in the roster.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Comes out of retirement in Deadly Games out of anger at the poor performances of his younger family members.
Roger "Dyno" Wittman
- Mad Bomber: While more mentally stable than most, he's a former child show actor with an Explosives rating of 85.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Heavily implied to be the actor for Barney, or an Expy thereof.
Louisa "Buzz" Garneau
- Ax-Crazy: In 2.
- Broken Bird: The Sequel, her novel was rejected, she broke up with Lynx. She now hates all men as a result of said incident.
- Really Gets Around: Was this before the events mentioned above. One of her quotes implies she had even slept with Reuban.
- Straw Feminist: In 2, her falling out with Lynx has left her with a hatred of all men.
- Woman Scorned: Don't bring Lynx in the sequel with her, you seriously don't.
Alan "Spam" Webster
- Happily Married: Will say as much if a female merc uses the hand icon on him.
- Combat Medic: In 1.13 he has both the paramedic and technician traits.
- Technical Pacifist: What got him fired from AIM.
- The Ace: Easily one of the best mercs in 2, except for his average agility, slow real-time walking speed, and very high price tag...
- Awesome, but Impractical: ...Which pushes him into this. By the time you can actually afford him for more than a few days, chances are you don't need him anyway. Most players who hire him just bring him in for a day in order to take his equipment before dismissing him.
- Badass Grandpa: One of the oldest members in the AIM roster by 2, he's also one of the best.
- Big Good: He's the one giving out the missions in Deadly Games and Online.
- Defector from Decadence: He said he briefly worked for Santino. "Briefly" being the keyword. He quit shortly after knowing what Santino was up to.
- In-Universe Nickname: Refers to the player as "Woody." He's also the only merc with dialogue that makes it clear that he knows you, the player character, personally.
- Made of Iron: Gus is one tough bastard. Most mercenaries at his age would retire after getting a leg crushed by a falling mobile home.
- Dented Iron: Though his age and leg injury has left him with a limp, reflected by his mediocre agility and slow real-time walking speed.
- Verbal Tic: "Horsecrap!" and "Woody!"
- We Help the Helpless: Gus makes it clear that while he sells his considerable talents, he's interested in doing good with those skills. His answering machine even mentions that he's constantly out "righting wrongs."
Carl "Reaper" Sheppards
- Anti-Hero: While certainly a ruthless and dangerous man, Reaper admires the bravery of the Arulco rebels, and looks forward to ripping out Deidranna's soul.
- Badass Beard: Sports one to go along with his "hardened operator" personality.
- Blood Knight: "Never the thrill I'm looking for...." Which is often said after he blows a man's head off.
- Cold Sniper: His skills as a marksmen will scythe down enemy troops if you give him even a halfway decent gun. In the base Unfinished Business game, he is one of only three mercs to have the "On-roof" trait that gives a bonus to accuracy when on a rooftop.
- Dissonant Serenity: His response to a life threatening injury? "I'm bleeding... that's cool."
- The Dreaded: Hell, even AIM quotes a CO that he's too dangerous for service in Special Forces.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Resembles Richard Marcinko of Rogue Warrior fame.
- Not Afraid to Die: Just short of being a Death Seeker, his dying quote is a growled, "If this is death, I'm ready. Let's get on with it."
- Properly Paranoid: When hiring him, he makes it a point to demand that once his employment is terminated, he gets all paperwork related to the operation so he can destroy all record of working for you.
- Psycho for Hire: And he goes for quite a bit, too.
Kyle "Shadow" Simmons
- Cold Sniper: "Didn't even say goodbye."
- Deadpan Snarker: When up against Crepitus.
- Knife Nut: Being a Stealth Expert, he's good with knives, especially in Rage!
- Lean and Mean: Probably due to his battle with cancer, he is quite skinny in Rage!
- Red Scare: Being a former Cold Warrior, he doesn't get along with Russian mercs. Thankfully, he's also professional enough to not take a massive morale blow from doing so.
- Stealth Expert: Paraphrasing his bio: "...that shrub, sand dune, snow drift or satellite dish could easily be this master of disguise. He has made it his business to blend into any kind of environment for any length of time." And it shows - in the vanilla game he's 100% camouflaged in all environments, regardless of what he's wearing.
- The Topic of Cancer: According to his bio for Rage!, he's survived leukaemia, but, combined with being poisoned in a gas attack, he's prone to sickness.
- The Quiet One: Rarely speaks more than a few words at a time.
- Awesome, but Impractical: While his stats are amazing, he starts out with Experience level 1 and asks $2400 a day. Allow him to reach Level 7 and he'll start asking $7500 per day. For that price, there's a number of other mercs that are nearly as good and go much easier on your bank balance.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Even his A.I.M. dossier claims he can "turn a harmless toaster oven into a lethal weapon". Also widely considered to be the best item-merger in the game.
- Mr. Fixit: Starts with a maxed out Mechanics skill at 99.
Ron "Raider" Higgins
- Battle Couple: With Raven. Raider even suggests that he be paired up with Raven when being hired, and the A.I.M. dossier on them mentions they work extremely well as a team. They both get a major morale boost if on the same squad. The dossier also mentions that fears of nepotism aren't warranted, as they act strictly professional in the field.
- Insistent Terminology: Enemy soldiers are "felons" or "suspects". Sectors are "blocks".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In fact, he's got the best leadership in the entire game, coupled with the Squadleader skill (in 1.13), makes him the ideal leader of any mercenary team. Being an ex-SWAT team commander, this makes sense.
- Vocal Dissonance: His aggressively nasal voice runs in contrast to his no-nonsense cop looks and sky-high leadership rating.
Charlene "Raven" Higgins
- Battle Couple: With Raider. Like Raider, her morale takes a boost when she is on the same squad as him. According to her bio for Rage!, she took to living alone in the forest after his death.
- Deadpan Snarker: To an awesome degree.
- Insistent Terminology: Shares Raider's insistence on calling hostiles "felons" and "suspects."
- Love Triangle: If Hitman's on the same squad. Oddly, she doesn't do anything - Hitman and Raider just argue and take a huge drop in morale.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Subverted. His bio states that he's a healer. However, he is quite good with conventional medicine too, especially for someone without any formal medical training. And, of course, he is not a pacifist and is in fact a pretty good shooter.
- Poirot Speak: Probably the second most prevalent one besides Ivan.
- Amazon Chaser: Has a thing for burly, dominating women. Like Meltdown.
- Consummate Professional: Treats this mission as a business venture rather than fighting for a cause. Also, he hates Larry and Static due to them being seen as rather "infantile" and wonder how they get their job drunk and high.
- No Blood for Phlebotinum: Worked a diamond mercenary/consultant and thus worked in protecting foreign resource interests. Dimitri hates him for that since that was what allowed Deidranna to oppress the nation into a dire straight of poverty.
- Verbal Tic: "Schmorgasbord!"
Dr. Daniel "Danny" Quinten
- Bash Brothers: Can develop this relationship with MD.
- Combat Medic: Besides his very good medical skills, his attributes and traits with handling pistols make him a decent choice for CQB.
- Deadpan Snarker: Around the Crepitus, along with Shadow.
- Guns Akimbo: Has the "Ambidextrous" trait that removes the negative impact from dual-wielding.
- No One Gets Left Behind: Known for jumping into combat zones to rescue injured soldiers and refusing to evacuate until the wounded were extracted first.
Dr. Q. Huaong
- Combat Medic: Decent marksmanship and is one of the best mercs available for hand-to-hand combat skills in the game, along with fairly good medical skill.
- Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Makes these when using hand-to-hand attacks, and is the only merc to do so in the entire game.
- I Know Karate: Comes with the "Martial Arts" trait, and is one of the very few characters in the game to have it. He's also the only merc to have a special animation set for hand-to-hand attacks.
Ernie "Red" Spragg
- Mad Bomber: Inverted as it is heavily implied that his work with explosives has made him insane, rather than the opposite. He's also extremely finicky about setting up explosives.
Keith "Blood" Hanson
- Berserk Button: Hates Cliff due to South Africa tensions, the only person he hates more than Cliff is Bubba.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Also one of the few characters with the martial art skill.
- Knife Nut: Extremely deadly knife throwing skills.
Dr. Donna "Spider" Houston
- Deathbringer the Adorable: "Spider" is so-called because she's afraid of insects.
- Southern Belle: Has the accent and manners of one.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Freaks out and suffers a severe performance drop when fighting the Crepitus due to her fear of insects. She also suffers a morale penalty when in jungle sectors.
Bobby "Steroid" Gontarski
- The Ahnold: Sounds like a constipated Arnie parody, and has the looks to match.
- Disc-One Nuke: Possibly the most reliable early-game merc on the roster. His traits, decent marksmanship, high mechanical skills and low price make him one of the best mercs to hire at the start. He can remain useful for the entire game, though he'll have a tough time keeping up with dedicated mechanics due to his low Dexterity stat.
- Genius Bruiser: As the name implied, he is very strong. He is also one of the best mercs for repair, computers and lockpicking until you can afford specialists (and even then, still good). His primary weakness being speed.
- You No Take Candle: "Robert Gontarski is ummm... UNAVOIDABLE right now."
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: It's supposed to be Polish.
Norma "Meltdown" Jessop
- Ax-Crazy: AIM even claims someone died of terror before she even raised her gun.
- Guns Akimbo: Which makes her a great choice for CQC.
Monica "Buns" Sondergaard
- The Ace: Of the low-cost starting mercs, she's one of the best all-rounders, especially with marksmanship. The decent leadership, the teaching skill, high wisdom, and solid physical stats complete her.
- Berserk Button: Gumpy and Numb both piss her off.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She's cold and professional, and curt with Grunty (who has a crush on her) but she'll warm up to Sidney with time.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: "Before settling on A.I.M., Buns explored a number of careers: kindergarten teacher, geriatric nurse, Danish sharpshooter at the Atlanta Olympic games, and professional soldier."
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Normally unflappable, but two things unnerve her: Crepitus, because they're creepy crawly bugs, and Reaper, because he's Reaper.
Steve "Grizzly" Bornell
- The Big Guy: Probably the best example in the whole Jagged Alliance. However, while his strength is tremendous, he's not agile on his feet and his dexterity is poor enough that he often misses with firearms. Find him a spot to set up with the heavy weapons, though....
- Disc-One Nuke: He's an extremely cheap starting mercenary who also has heavy weapons proficiency. In v1.13, one of his starting kits includes the M79 grenade launcher, and you can buy 40mm grenades right at the start from Bobby Ray's. Loading Grizzly with grenades and letting him put in some work is one of the most effective ways of staving off the infamous Drassen counterattack in v1.13.
- Firing One-Handed: He can fire light machine guns one handed! And his low dexterity means that even with good marksmanship, he still misses a lot.
- Magikarp Power: Grizzly's abysmal Dexterity is pretty much the only black mark against him. If you manage to push it up just a little, into the low-to-mid sixties, he becomes an excellent shooter for the commander on a budget.
- Apologetic Attacker: "Forgive me for taking life."
- Badass Bookworm: His AIM profile specifies that unlike most mercs on the roster, he learned all of his skills with explosives and machinery in a classroom. His answering machine also indicates that his "assignments" seem to often involve him doing lab work instead of combat.
- Religious Bruiser: His lines show that he is rather religious, and takes matters of life and death seriously.
- Technical Pacifist: On one hand, he doesn't condone any violence, often saying that killing is bad. He doesn't even gain morale from killing. On the the other hand, his specialty is all things explosive. Especially the incendiary kind.
- You No Take Candle: Not as bad as some examples, but his command of English is...not perfect.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Can't swim and will drown in deep water.
- The Alcoholic: Not impaired like Larry, but is enough of a heavy drinker for Ivan to make a note of that whenever they walk through a field of corpses.
- Badass Family: Nephew of Ivan Dolvich, so you know he's a badass. Part of his motivation is to become as good as his legendary uncle.
- Bash Brothers: With Ivan and Grunty. Pairing Igor, Grunty, and Ivan on the same squad not only lets them very solidly complement each other with their respective skills, but gives them all a huge morale boost.
- Friendly Sniper: Altogether a good-natured guy, but the Hunter trait he possesses (in 1.13) means he is a deadly marksman with a rifle note .
- Genius Bruiser: Igor's base skills are not exceptional starting off, but his physical stats in general are great, and his high wisdom ensures that he learns very fast. In his own words, "I am from a family of quick learners!"
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Makes a number of references, though sometimes he mixes up his sources. One of his most notable is "Game over, man! Game over!" when a large number of enemy troops are spotted.
- Stealth Expert: Highly skilled at staying out of sight. Though not a good knife thrower, he's still an excellent marksman, so he makes for a great nighttime sniper to cover your knife-throwers.
Dr. Michael "M.D." Dawson
- Bash Brothers: With Danny, eventually.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Despite his cheeriness and idealistic disposition, he is deadly with a knife, and his high wisdom means he learns fast, especially when coupled with an expert teacher like Buns.
- Magikarp Power: Has one of the highest wisdom stats in the game, meaning he will rapidly progress from his Wide-Eyed Idealist base to a hardened killing machine or your squad's Mr. Fixit if you train him in mechanical work. Have him regularly training people in medicine, and his leadership will shoot up like a rocket.
- The Medic: Quite well versed as a doctor straight out of med school. His strong medical skills make him a good excellent medical teacher, with the added benefit that this will shoot his leadership up dramatically.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Young, inexperienced, a little chattier than most of the others.
John "Bull" Peters
- The Big Guy: Has the highest strength stat of the entire AIM roster. Coupled with his specialty at hand-to-hand combat, and Bull is your go-to guy when you need a face rearranged.
- Blood Knight: Known to be violent and aggressive and while he is tough as nails in combat he is also known for a lack of discipline. He's also eager to enter combat; the only times you'll get more than a short sentence out of him is when he either enters combat or after you've killed everyone.
- Dumb Muscle: His marksmanship is pretty good, but otherwise the one area where he is best at it raw physical strength, and this is reflected in his fees: he's the cheapest non-MERC mercenary available. He also has only middling wisdom, so he's not going to become a master at much else unless you put a ton of work into him.
- Hidden Depths: Married, with several kids. You'll only learn about this if Grizzly is on the team and Bull dies.
- Meaningful Name: John Peters was actually a famous British mercenary who fought alongside Mike Hoare in the Congo in the 1960's.
- The Quiet One: Played with. Bull is laconic, speaking in short, curt sentences usually, but he's still relatively loud when he does speak.
Frankie "Haywire" Gordon
- Ax-Crazy: He considers Vlad the Impaler to be his personal hero.
- Bash Brothers: With Razor.
- Blood Knight: Doesn't care who he kills as long as he get to kill.
- More Dakka: Along with a shank, Frankie's weapon of choice involve a leadspitter.
Doug "Gasket" Milton
- Genius Ditz: A redneck and a complete idiot, but an exeptional mechanic.
- Noodle Incident: His dialogue is drowing in these. According to him he once OD'd on some pumpkin seeds and had to get part of his colon removed, almost bled out because he somehow bit his ankle and more.
- Mistaken for Racist: Will end up falling for Vicki should you leave the two in a sector long enough, but his clumsy attempts to speak to her cause this, and will make Vicki hate him.
- Red Scare: Still believes in this, despite the Cold War being over for nearly a decade by the time of the game's events.
Bill "Razor" Lamont
- Ax-Crazy: Practically the posterchild for it in 2. Ironically, despite his general insanity, Razor actually gets along pretty well with most of the mercs in the game.
- Bash Brothers: With Haywire.
- Blood Knight: He has a passion for his job.
- Does Not Like Guns: He'll use them, but his lines when running out of ammo make it clear he prefers blades.Razor: Damn guns, a knife never runs out of ammo!
- Groin Attack: In the 1.13 mod, his "Malicious" trait gives him a chance to do this when attacking someone.
- Insistent Terminology: He's not psychotic, he has a passion for his job. And he'll carve his initials into the chest of anyone who disagrees.
- Knife Nut: His dominant skill. v1.13 also gives him bodybuilding, making him a good mule, and coupled with some impressive strength, it makes him your go-to guy from the M.E.R.C. roster when you need to go into close combat with a couple of machetes.
- Magikarp Power: One of the rare cases where this applies despite having a pitiful wisdom stat. His combat skills are poor - even marksmanship is low - but his strength, agility, and dexterity are through the roof, comparable to the top-tier A.I.M. mercs. Get him early and keep him fighting or training, and he'll become an incredibly cheap but powerful soldier.
Florence "Flo" Gabriel
- Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: One of the more weaker mercs and very nervous in the battlefield. Even fellow Frenchman Gaston doesn't like her all that much.
- The Load: Terrible skills all around, except maybe as a teacher of the militia in Alruco. Her high wisdom, though....
- She appears in Crossfire (and in Back In Action if you installed the Combat Evolved mod), but, as the remakes removed the wisdom skill, she is even less interesting.
- Magikarp Power: Her high wisdom means she can become a scarily competent merc if one is willing to invent the time to train her.
Tim "Gumpy" Hillman
- Magikarp Power: His wisdom score is 94. His quick rise from awkward movie nerd to a soldier of fortune is hilarious if you take the time to tutor him properly.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: References films frequently. "That was better than Reservoir Dogs, man!"
Thorton "Bubba" Jones
- Deep South: Practically a personification of the more negative traits.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: While the game doesn't directly say as much, he is disliked (if not outright hated) by nearly every single non-white merc in the game.
- Wardens Are Evil: According to his bio, he was the first prison guard in Alabama to get fired for horrible prisoner treatment.
Tim "Numb" Sutton
- Boomerang Bigot: Is the only one paid mercenary who shares the same Hates Nationality field as his own.
- Jerkass: While skilled, his abrasive personality and punk looks means he's hated by a large chunk of the AIM roster (and he hates them right back). The only AIM merc he gets along with is "La Malice" Viau.
- I Know Karate: One of three mercs in the game who has the Martial Arts skill.
Jim "Cougar" Wallace
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When near death, he complains about his gaping chest wounds... and asks for some aspirin afterwards.
- Military Brat: His father ran a military institute, and he follows the regs to the letter. In fact, he wouldn't be out of place in a World War II flick.
- Only Sane Man: Before Unfinished Business came along, he was the only professional mercenary among the crowd of cowards, civilians, psychiatric patients, mental defectives and other misfits that was the M.E.R.C. roster. The most expensive, too.
- The Casanova: And despises Casanova Wannabe "La Malice" Viau.
- Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Averted. He's one of the best marksmen in the game, comparable to Reaper in skill.
- Face Death with Dignity: If he is severely wounded.
- Friendly Sniper: Suave and sophisticated.
Lt. "Stogie" Horge
- Firing One-Handed: Another one beside Grizzly that can hold a machine gun one handed.
Col Frederick Biggins
- Colonel Badass: Experienced in guerilla warfare with a good spread of skills in Leadership, Explosives, Mechanical, and Marksmanship.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: His only real weaknesses are Medical and physical stats. Otherwise, he's capable of doing just about anything competently.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Apparently has had lesser mercs carry his equipment for him as if he was on an India hunt.
Kevin "Maddog" Cameron
- Ax-Crazy: Probably the only reason he joins you is that he always wanted to kill the queen's goons. He's the only RPC who will join you free of charge without you needing to do anything special to recruit him. All you need is a merc with good leadership to convince him, and he'll gleefully join.
- Disc-One Nuke: His starting gear includes a CAWS, which is a hilariously powerful shotgun. Since you can recruit him for free in Estoni, he can practically join your team before you've taken Drassen - assuming you're willing to trek that far south and evade the patrols on the roads to pick him up.
- Large Ham: "I'm here! And I ate every bug on the way! There were many!"
- Magikarp Power: The only problem with him is he is level 1 when you get him, if you manage to get him to level 4...
- Mr. Fixit: a Trigger Happy one to boot!
- Psychopathic Manchild: Complains about tearing out his own hair, eating bugs, and will whine that he hasn't gotten his afternoon nap if exhausted.
- Sociopathic Hero: His precise reasoning for hating Deidrianna isn't clear. What is clear is that he loves killing Deidrianna's men, and he joins up for free just so he can pump them full of lead.
Greg "Dynamo" Duncan
- Ax-Crazy: Dynamo manages to keep it under control, but surviving as long as he did in Tixa has left him a bit psychotic when it comes to dealing with Deidrianna's men.
- Catchphrase: S-O-B!
- The Engineer: Boasts solid mechanical skills and good wisdom, with the "Engineer" skill on top of that in the 1.13 mod.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: His only real special ability is his Engineer skill, which is relatively rare (Technican is much more common) unless you're talking high-priced mercs like Trevor. But Engineer gives some startlingly huge bonuses to the Robot's operation....
- It's Personal: The reason he offers to join the mercs in the fight against Deidranna.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Having your family executed in front of you kind of makes that happen. Refuse his initial offer to hire him for a measly $50 a day, and he'll offer to join you for free just to have a part in killing Deidranna.
- Trigger Happy: The Psycho trait he bears means he has a thing for going off with anything with an automatic setting. Give him a semi-automatic and keep him out of the line of fire unless you want to waste a lot of bullets....
- Arms Dealer: You'll initially encounter him selling explosives and explosive-related gear. With good leadership, he'll join up for a steadier paycheck putting explosives into your enemies.
Breeham "Shank" Druz
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: He's a rather useless rebellious teenager, who happens to have practiced knife-throwing to impress his friends at parties. Guess what's the most effective way to stealthily kill somebody in this game?
- Magikarp Power: Unlike most recruitable characters, Shank's stats are bottom-of-the-barrel low; even most M.E.R.C. employees have better. But his wisdom is good, and if you work on his strength, put him in some light armor, load him with throwing knives, and in v1.13, a full ghillie suit and night vision goggles, he can be downright deadly.
- The Stoner: Implied. He mentions being thrown in Tixa for "growing plants". 1.13 implies it further by giving him the habit of abusing drugs left in his inventory (medkits, energy/regen boosters, etc) similar to Larry.
Dr. Vincent Beaumont
- Made of Iron: Has absurdly high starting health, being a professional doctor.
- Magikarp Power: Like most medics, his wisdom is sky high, so he learns fast. Get him early on and train him well, and he becomes a pretty impressive shooter.
- The Medic: Low agility, worthless marksmanship (at first) and top-shelf medical skills.
- Only Sane Man: He puts it rather succinctly if you talk with him out of combat: "Two words: Mental ward."
Lt. Conrad Gillit
- Awesome, but Impractical: Great in everything... if he wasn't hideously expensive. He can be hired for relatively lower (3300$ per day instead of 5500) cost if you turn him down at first, but still have a decent leadership.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He likes to boast if he kills something (especially crepitus), though in a humorous way.
- Dissonant Serenity: "Remain calm, it just bug!"
- Insufferable Genius: A solidly competent soldier, trainer and a leader who sees himself as nothing less than a celebrity.
- More Dakka: He is an automatic weapons specialist.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Try to talk to him for too long, and he'll decide it will be more fun to just shoot you. You'll usually have a half-dozen heavily-armed badasses standing behind you who just cleared out the rest of the military academy of equally well-armed soldiers....
Igmus "Iggy" Palkov
- The Atoner: He is recruited by Dedrianna, and regrets it.
- Former Regime Personnel: A mercenary who left Dedrianna's army. He can be recruited once Mike is killed.
- Husky Russkie: like Ivan, he loves BFG too.
- Reformed, but Rejected: Miguel does not take kindly to serving with a mercenary-turned-traitor, and especially not one that used to work for the other side.
James "Skyrider" Bullock
- Ace Pilot: Was Deidranna's best pilot, before deserting over her cruel treatment of the people.
- Demoted to Extra: In Back In Action.
- Large Ham: "SKYRIDER HERE! WHERE DO YOU WANT THE BIRD?"
- Non-Action Guy: He is not a fighter, but part of the team regardless.
- Big Good: Hires the player to help him reclaim Arulco.
- Rightful King Returns: After Queen Deidranna is dealt with, though he surrenders his title so that Miguel will rule.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Comes with an experience rating of 6.
- Offered the Crown: After the Queen is dead, Enrico will declare Miguel the new ruler of Arulco.
- Overrated and Underleveled: By the time you can recruit him (you must have liberated 5 towns including Omerta), he comes across as decidedly mediocre in all aspects compared to how experienced your mercs are at this point. This can be averted in the 1.13 mod if you tweak the settings to allow him to join earlier.
- Rebel Leader: The leader of the Resistance group in Omerta.
- The Lancer: To Miguel.
- Knife Nut: Though not as good as Dimitri.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: His comment upon popping a head or seeing decayed bodies suggests that he has become one.Carlos: It does not bother me. Years of war have left me without heart.
- Blood Knight: She doesn't seem it at first, being an NGO volunteer who ended up fighting in a revolution, but in Online, she becomes a merc herself, implying that she ends up enjoying the job.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her comments on towns and special places.
- Mr. Exposition: Will, snarkily, give background on locations if she is sent there after they have been liberated.
- Magikarp Power: Her Marksmanship is abysmal, but her Wisdom is sky-high. This combined with time, patience and her expert-level Teaching specialty means she has the potential to be both a competent gunner and the absolute #1 militia trainer in the game.
- The Medic: Has decent medical skills, and her Wisdom stat is high enough that she can be easily trained into a great medic.
- Book Dumb: Poorly educated and has a questionable grasp of English.
- It Has Been an Honor: Most mercs and other recruitable characters react poorly to seeing a horde of enemy troops. Dimitri? "Good! We will all die together!"
- Knife Nut: The reason he stays useful even into the end game is that he can 1 hit KO even black shirts.
- Mr. Exposition: Usually take turns doing this with Ira, even though his English is certainly not perfect. Dimitri is less snarky about it as well, and much more serious.
- Mr. Fixit: Early on, he is a good source of mechanical expertise, especially because he is free once you get the food shipped to Omerta from Drassen after finding Father Walker. His mediocre Dexterity and Wisdom means he will need a lot of training to keep up with dedicated Engineer mercs.
Queen Deidranna Reitman
- 0% Approval Rating: The only reason she hasn't had to deal with a full-scale revolt is because the people are too scared of her to do anything.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: An excellent markswoman with a Rocket Rifle and Compound 18 treated Spectra armor.
- Bad Boss: To Elliot. Every time the mercs make any kind of gains, she slaps him around. Eventually she shoots him in the head. He survives, so she ends up tormenting him even more.
- Big Bad: Of 2
- Catchphrase: "Elliot, you idiot!" doubles as her Famous Last Words
- Evil Overlord: Effectively rules Arulco as one.
- Final Boss: Of 2. Though given the level of realism in the series, she goes down just as easily as any Elite Mook.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Rules Arulco with an iron fist.
- Large Ham: Chews the scenery in nearly every scene she appears in.
- Shoot the Messenger: Repeatedly slaps around Elliot for informing her of the mercs victories and progress. Eventually, she'll literally do this to him.
- If the mercenaries taunt Deidranna by sending her flowers, she'll also tell Elliot to have the messenger who delivered the flowers executed.
- The Generalissimo: She's the supreme commander of all Military forces in Arulco.
- Bearer of Bad News: Has the misfortune of being one. Even Deidranna knows that if he has to say something, it's not good.
- Dented Iron: His portrait gets more battered as Deidranna keeps slapping him around and even ends up with a hole in his forehead after she shoots him.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Often slapped around by his Queen, even surviving a gunshot to the head.
- Sycophantic Servant: Like a kicked puppy, he still loyal to his Queen.
- 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: He's barely affected by being shot in the head by Deidranna. He spends the rest of the game with a hole in his forehead.
- Token Good Teammate: Oddly enough he's this. If your captured mercs were interrogated, he'll suggest they either release them or send in a doctor to check their wounds.
- Undying Loyalty: No matter how much Deidranna abuses him, he's still faithful to her. Even when she tried to kill him.
Joesph "Joe" Papanus
- Every Man Has His Price: He can be bribed and leave you be to kill the Queen.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If you bribe him. In contrast to Elliot's loyalty.
- The Dragon: Deidranna's second-in-command. Also The Brute as he's an enforcer.
Richard "Slay" Ruttwen (AKA Terry)
- Ascended Extra: He is recruitable with later patches and in the 1.13 mod.
- Cold Sniper: In the base game, he is one of very few characters to have the "On-roof" trait that gives a bonus to accuracy on rooftops.
- Contract on the Hitman: Worked as an assassin for years. Governments that have hired him also want him dead.
- Friendly Sniper: He is actually quite friendly after recruited.
- He Knows Too Much: The reason he is wanted.
- Obfuscating Disability: He appears as a man on a wheelchair at first. Actually quite eyecatching since you rarely see disabled people in Arulco since the Queen prefers to put them to death at birth.
- Professional Killer: His career was a sniper, usually working for governments.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Hates swimming and will drown if he ventures in deep water.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Various world governments want him dead after he performed hits for them.
"Matron of Mayhem" (AKA Annie)
- Ax-Crazy: She loves the chaos she can cause.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She is proud of the chaos and murder she did, and keep headlines of newspapers of them
- Evil Redhead: Her fiery red hair fits her temper and psychotic tendencies.
- For the Evulz: Has no real motive for her acts of terrorism beyond chaos and terror.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name isn't known, and its safe to say that "Annie" is just an alias.
Theodore "T-Rex" Rexall (AKA Jasmin)
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He is a leader of a rebel militia in the US.
- Evil Luddite: Despises current technology.
- Guns Akimbo: Has a pair of MAC-10's he won't hesitate to use when threatened.
- Heavily Armored Mook: He is clad in Spectra armor.
- Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: A rare non-white example. He's the head of a violent militia in the U.S. dedicated to destroying technological progress and restoring the values of the founding fathers.
Kris "The Imposter" Karver (AKA Chris)
- Ax-Crazy: As an example, cut the ring finger off his fiancee when she decided she didn't want to get married.
- Bald of Evil: In his Intercept dossier. When you see him in person, he's sporting short hair, though it's not clear if it is his natural hair or a wig.
- Enfant Terrible: Killed his own mother as a child.
- Firing One-Handed: Due to his large strength score giving him the 'bulky' character model, he fires rifles one-handed.
- Informed Ability: His dossier claims that he is a master of disguise, hence his name. When you find him, his disguise (Some hair and a moustache) is not much better than the other terrorists, and is completely ruined by his absolutely terrible attempt at a Canadian accent.Imposter: "I'iim from CA-nada. We believe in PEACEkeeping... Eeeeeehhhh?"
- Spell My Name with an "S": Unlike the others, he didn't even bother to hide his real name, just changing some letters in it (Kris to Chris).
Tiffany Eddie (AKA Joe)
- Breather Boss: He is poorly armed and unlike the others, don't require much effort to defeat.
- Gender-Blender Name: His first name is Tiffany.
- The Mafia: Stereotypical mobster, down to a cartoonish New York Italian accent.
- Murder by Mistake: The reason he is on the wanted list. He carried a mob assassination on a target, except by mistake he instead killed a UN official who he thought was the target.
- Oh Me Accents Slipping: The dead giveaway he isn't what he tries to appear to be.
- You Have Failed Me: His Intercept dossier notes that the mob is out for his head as much as law enforcement.