Introduced in Allied Assault
A US Army Ranger in the 1st Ranger Battalion, tasked by the OSS to rescue a British agent during Operation Torch. He's later made a part-time agent of theirs thanks to his actions in North Africa. Late in the war, he's again reassigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion fighting in the Western Front.
- BFG: Steals an StG-44 assault rifle shortly before his attack on Schmerzen.
- Before that, he gets to use a BAR during the mission into the bocage.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Part of the objective in the first mission is keeping Major Jack Grillo alive. However, unlike most Escort Mission NPCs in Allied Assault, Grillo actually has a decent amount of health and is a good shot with his MP-40, and can clear several rooms of the main fortress on his own.
- Chekhov's Skill: Avoiding spotlights, taught by Major Grillo in the first mission.
- Determinator: Whether it's sinking a prototype U-Boat in the middle of a heavily guarded base or destroying a German fort from the inside, nothing will stop Mike Powell.
- Dressing as the Enemy: He does this when infiltrating the U-Boat facility in Norway, and later when preparing to attack Schmerzan he does it again to infiltrate an armory where he steals an StG-44.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: He's a member of the 1st Ranger Battalion, although he's transferred to the 2nd before Omaha. Additionally, he's also an OSS operative.
- Expy: He's quite similar, in terms of weapon preferences and sniper skills, to Saving Private Ryan's Pvt. Jackson. Heck, he even travels in locations similar to where the Private did, and manages to take out German soldiers with his Springfield in pretty much the same ways.
- Heroic Mime: Doesn't say a word throughout the game. There is a quote at the end of the second mission that is thought to be him speaking, but it isn't proven.American Soldier: "I think I wet myself."
- It's Up to You: Frequently happens, and it's occasionally invoked by Colonel Hargrove during the briefing sessions.
- First mission: Powell's entire squad is decimatednote , leaving him alone in a German-occupied town to complete their objective: Free SAS Major Jack Grillo and help him complete his own mission.
- Second mission: Grillo's cover is blown and he's killed, leaving Powell alone to infiltrate a German U-boat facility in Trondheim, destroy the Naxos prototype and sink the U-529 U-boat.
- Third mission: Though Powell is storming Omaha with the rest of the army, he's the only one who made it inside the bunker and is in place to eliminate the machine gunners. In the following missions, should Captain Ramsey and the paratroopersnote be killed in action, it will be up to Powell to complete the mission.
- Fourth mission: Though the French resistance supplies him with a shotgun, Powell is alone to divert German troops and storm the manor.
- Fifth mission: As Powell is the only one with a sniper rifle, it's up to him to protect the Allied King Tiger crew from the German snipers hidden in Landenau, and later prevent the Germans from destroying the bridge in Brest.
- Sixth mission: Powell is mostly alone to attack the fortifications and towns along the Siegfried Line, up until the attack on Schmerzan where a squad of veteran Rangers accompany you in the initial stages of the siege, after which it's all up to Powell to find a way to level the fort.
- One-Man Army: After his entire squad is killed in Arzew, Powell single-handedly infiltrates the German-occupied city and frees Major Jack Grillo, completing both his and the SAS officer's mission. He later goes on to infiltrate a German U-boat facility on his own, successfully destroying their Naxos prototype and sinking the U-529 before escaping the facility that is now on high alert, storm Omaha Beach and clear out one of the bunkers on his own, helped the French resistance in Dubuisson and infiltrated a highly-guarded manor and ensured the survival of the Allied King Tiger crew throughout the sniper-infested ruins of Landenau. Finally, when news of Fort Schmerzen's reconstruction reached the OSS, they decided that they needed to destroy it once and for all. So they sent Powell, who managed to infiltrate a German manufacturing plant to steal one of their new StG-44 assault rifles and its blueprints after destroying their stockpile, cut off Schmerzen from the world and reduced the fort to rubble.
- Player Character: Of Allied Assault.
- Walking Armory: At several points, Powell carries enough firepower to mow down dozens of German soldiers and destroy several armored vehicles.
- Sniper Duel: In "Sniper's Last Stand", Powell makes his way through the shelled-out ruins of Landenau, France, which is crawling with snipers.
Powell's commanding officer during his time in the 1st Ranger Battalion. He commands the rescue team of Rangers tasked with rescuing Major Grillo from the hands of the Afrika Korps.
- The Captain: His actual rank, and also plays this role for the Ranger rescue team he's in charge of.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He's suddenly killed in an ambush alongside two other Rangers just as he's ordering Powell to cover their advance.
- Expy: He looks remarkably similar to Captain Miller, down to having the same Weapon of Choice.
- The Leader: Of the Ranger rescue team tasked with finding Major Grillo.
- Red Shirt: He gets no development whatsoever, and dies rather unremarkably when German reinforcements arrive and attack their position.
A British SAS major, friend of Col. Hargrove, and whom Powell must rescue during his first mission in North Africa. Following their first successful mission together, he leads a plan to infiltrate and destroy the Naxos system in Trondheim, Norway.
- Badass Driver: He's really skilled at handling a Jeep, and this skill allows him and Powell to successfully attack the German airfield and get away.
- Dressing as the Enemy: He did this to infiltrate a U-Boat complex sometime before the second mission begins.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: A German sniper kills him just when it seems that he's about to successfully open the gate to the Trondheim base.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: He was a member of the SAS.
- Famous Last Words:Grillo: "Powell... Go on without me..."
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Just look at it!◊
- Majorly Awesome: A Major in the British SAS, who's also a Badass Driver.
- Mauve Shirt: The first mission establishes him as an old friend of Colonel Hargrove and a cool and competent infiltrator who isn't all that different from Powell. He's killed off in the beginning of the second mission.
- The Mentor: To Powell. He teaches him tactics that would help him whenever he's Trapped Behind Enemy Lines, such as sneaking past searchlights.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: He dies helping Powell get into the Kriegsmarine base in Norway.
- Mildly Military: His original appearance was rather casual for an SAS military officer, and consisted of a brown jacket over a brown-green sweatshirt, along with light brown pants and brown shoes. Even when he was disguised as a German officer, he lacked a cap, and still had his beard.
- Perma-Stubble: He even keeps it during his brief disguise as a German officer in Trondheim.
- Sacrificial Lion: Dies shortly into the second mission.
- Stealth Expert: In the first mission he easily sneaks you past the German watch lights, and he's the one who teaches Powell about evading spotlights.
- Weapon of Choice: Both of his appearances has him using an MP40 sub-machine gun.
Powell's superior during the D-Day landing at Omaha. He later accompanies Powell on a mission in the bocage to help members of the 101st Airborne.
- Voiced by: Steve Bulen
- The Captain: Of Powell's unit during the Normandy segment.
- Character Death: He can be killed during the Newbelwerfer hunt, with no penalty on the player's part.
- Expy: Of Captain Miller from Saving Private Ryan, in terms of role, appearance, and weapon preferences.
- Mauve Shirt: Has the most screentime and lines out of any of the other Rangers thus far, and even accompanies Powell deep into the bocage. He can even get killed without any penalty whatsoever.
- Ranger: Like Powell, he's a Ranger.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Captain Richards.
- Weapon of Choice: Like Powell, he prefers the Thompson.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: If he survives the mission in the bocage, he's never mentioned again. Though it's possible, but not confirmed, that the Ranger Captain who accompanies Powell during the raid on Fort Schemerzen is him.
A tank crew trained by the OSS to handle a King Tiger tank. Their mission is to link up with Powell and help him acquire and later drive one of the tanks in question into Brest. They consist of Sergeant Hammon, Engineer Campbell, and Medic Glenn.
- All There in the Manual: Like the G3 pilot, their names will only appear should they be killed.
- BFG: Hammon and Campbell both carry a BAR with them throughout the mission.
- The Engineer: Campbell.
- Escort Mission: Powell is supposed to accompany and protect them from German snipers and other threats until they can make it to the King Tiger. Later, Powell is again tasked with protecting them and the captured tank from a platoon of Tiger I tanks and one German King Tiger once they reach Brest.
- The Medic: Glenn. He will heal Powell whenever his health is below a certain amount. He can even heal the other members of the crew should they be hit, and on occasion, even himself when he is gravely injured.
- The Lancer: Hammon, since he's the second-highest ranking soldier next to Lt. Powell.
A G3 pilot Trapped Behind Enemy Lines that Powell must rescue and escort to Manon.
Introduced in Spearhead
A Paratrooper in the 501st Regiment, 101st Airborne. Late in the war, he's reassigned to the OSS, where he's tasked with helping the Soviet forces during the Berlin Offensive.
- Voiced by: Gary Oldman
- Crew of One: He can operate crew-served weapons and even a T-34 tank by himself, in sharp contrast to Powell, who needed three other crew members to operate the stolen King Tiger.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: He's from the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne from Normandy to Bastogne. He later gets reassigned to the OSS late in the war.
- It's Raining Men: He's a paratrooper, and the first mission starts with him jumping out of a plane.
- It's Up to You: Not unlike Powell, circumstances force him to complete objectives. Especially true in the Berlin level, where he has to sneak behind German lines alone in order to retrieve important intel.
- Player Character: Of the Spearhead Expansion Pack.
- Suddenly Voiced: The only Player Character in the trilogy to actually speak, albeit only in cutscenes.
- Trapped Behind Enemy Lines: Pretty much all of his missions end up with him having to make it through German lines, sometimes alone and without support.
- In the Normandy level, he's separated from the rest of his fellow 101st Airborne paras early in the D-Day drop. It's not until he encounters Foxhound's unit, that he realizes that he's been dropped way off target, and is forced to stick around with them for the time being.
- For the first half of the Bastogne level, he and several squadmates of his are tasked with stealing ammunition and medical supplies from a nearby German supply depot, and then stealing a few German vehicles in order to transport the goods and make it back to American lines.
- In the Berlin level, he has to make it several kilometers behind German lines in order to recover important intel that would be useful once the War in Europe comes to a close.
- Warrior Poet: He reads a poem at the end of every mission. Notable in the fact that he's the first protagonist who speaks, even if only at the beginning and ending of each mission.
The leader of a British paratrooper unit from the 6th Airborne. His and his squad's task is to destroy a bridge being used to supply German forces in Normandy.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The highest-ranking of the British Paras Barnes meets, and the only one who survives through the Normandy mission.
- Big Damn Heroes: He and his squad of British Paras save Barnes after he gets Pinned Down by German soldiers.
- The Captain: It's in his title. In this case, he's a Captain in the British 6th Airborne.
- It's Raining Men: Like Barnes, he's a paratrooper.
- No Name Given: He's only referred to as Captain or his callsign. Even when he's killed, he's still referred to as such.
- Sole Survivor: Eventually, he's the only one of the British Paratroopers who survives the D-Day mission unscathed.
One of the British paratroopers under Foxhound's command.
- Demolitions Expert: He's tasked with handling explosives in Foxhound's unit. Unfortunately, he's killed fairly early, so Barnes has to take over his duty once he and Foxhound reach the bridge.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He's suddenly killed when some Germans, who were hiding in a house, shoot him dead.
- Red Shirt: Pretty much his role is to assist Foxhound and Barnes, then get killed suddenly. It doesen't help that he's wearing a red beret.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He gets a number of dialogue and assists Barnes for a while, before biting it.
Another British paratrooper under Foxhound's command.
- Killed Off for Real: He's killed when a Tiger tank ambushes him, Foxhound, and Barnes while trying to advance towards a bridge.
- Mauve Shirt: He gets a slightly bigger role, and lasts into the final Normandy mission, but he dies just before the final approach to the bridge.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He lasts a bit longer than Galloway, but like the former, he dies just mere hours after Barnes meets him.
- Big Bad: Of the Normandy mission in Spearhead. The local German forces in the area are under his command, and the British Paras Barnes is stuck with are tasked with offing him.
- Character Death: Barnes shoots him repeatedly until he falls of the balcony of his headquarters.
- Dirty Coward: Rather than fight Barnes and the British head-on, he elects to flee on a motorbike and have his men finish them off.
- Irony: Taunts Barnes and calls him a coward, all the while he's attempting to flee on a motorbike.
- Non-Action Big Bad: While he does shoot at you and the British with his pistol, he doesen't put up much of a fight, having his bodyguards do most of the shooting instead.
Barnes' commanding officer during the Battle of the Bulge. He later acts as Barnes' handler in the OSS during the Berlin offensive.
- The Cameo: He makes a brief appearance in the final part of the Berlin level on the radio, directing Barnes to destroy an imporant bridge and defend his current position from a German attack.
- The Captain: Of Barnes' company during the Ardennes segment. It's even how he's addressed in the game proper.
- Mission Control: He acts as one for Barnes during the final part of the Berlin level, directing him via radio.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Radio, rather, but the principle here is still the same, in that he's providing Barnes with useful info.
- We Cannot Go On Without You: Inverted, because Barnes, the Player Character, needs him alive in order to lead a counterattack into Foy later, as well as assist him via radio during the Berlin segment. If he bleeds to death during the 3rd Bastogne level, it's Game Over.
Introduced in Breakthrough
- The Bus Came Back: He returns as a playable character in Heroes.
- Crew of One: Like Barnes, he's capable of operating crew-served weapons and vehicles all by his lonesome.
- Dressing as the Enemy: With the help of agent Klaus Knefler, he poses as an Italian war hero named Gino Corelli, in order to infiltrate a German harbor and freighter.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Averted. He's the only one of three protagonists who isn't from an elite unit, instead coming from the rather less than memorable 34th Infantry Division.
- Heroic Mime: Like Powell, he never utters a single word, not even in cutscenes.
- It's Raining Men: He's temporarily assigned to the Glider Infantry during Operation Husky.
- One-Man Army: Moreso than both Powell and Barnes. In the Anzio mission, he, all by himself, manages to destroy a German supply convoy, steal vital German intel, capture and then use an armored railcar against its former owners, and then finally blow up two German railway cannons and an ammunition dump, with several dozen dead Germans in his wake.
- Player Character: Of the Breakthrough Expansion Pack and of Heroes.
Baker's commanding officer at the start of the Kasserine Pass level. He later oversees and personally commands the American rescue of British prisoners-of-war.
- All There in the Manual: His name is only revealed thanks to his multiplayer model.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Subverted. Just when it seems like he'll be the one leading the Bizerte operation, he's killed by German mortar fire before he can prove himself in combat.
- Cool Shades: He's the only character shown wearing sunglasses, which in this case are a pair of aviator shades.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He's suddenly killed during the Bizerte operation, when his boat is hit by German artillery fire.
- Non-Action Guy: Justified, given his high rank. When he does personally lead from the front, he barely lasts five minutes before being unceremoniously killed.
A Captain in the 1st Armored Division, who acts as Baker's superior during the defense of Kasserine Pass.
An officer in the Glider Infantry, and Baker's immediate superior during the Sicily landings.
- Ace Pilot: While not directly stated, he was able to land his glider perfectly intact in a small, flat area of ground surrounded by dozens of rocks and slopes, and under heavy enemy Anti-Air fire.
- All There in the Manual: His name only appears should he be killed during the end of the first Sicily mission.
- Badass Driver: He's shown to be as capable as Major Grillo when on the wheel of a jeep.
- Nice Hat: Notable in that he's the only soldier to be wearing a straw hat throughout the entire game.
- Rare Guns: He hands Baker a Delisle carbine, of which only 129 were ever made.
- His Vickers-Berthier machine gun as well, since it was mostly provided to the British Indian Army.
- Sole Survivor: He's the only one out of his original squad who eventually makes it out alive following an ambush by Italian forces.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappears from the story after assigning Baker to infiltrate the Caltagirone airfield.
An officer in the British Eighth Army, whom Baker is supposed to rendezvous with following the assault on Caltagirone airfield.
- All There in the Manual: His name only appears should he get killed during the Gela level.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Baker from German reinforcements late into the Caltagirone level.
- BFG: He carries around a Vickers-Berthier light machine gun.
- Mauve Shirt: His role in the story is simply to help Baker get out of Caltagirone and into Gela, and provide him with a bazooka. He can then be killed depending on the player's actions, with no penalty whatsoever.
- Rare Guns: His Vickers-Berthier is this, since it was mainly used by the British Indian Army rather than the British at the time.
A German double agent, and Sgt. Baker's contact in the OSS.
- Dressing as the Enemy: He dresses in an Afrika Korps officer's uniform in order to blend in once he and Sgt. Baker are behind German lines.
- Non-Action Guy: It's clear from the onset that he's not exactly too adept at frontline combat, instead specializing in sneaking behind enemy lines and posing as one of their officers.
- Gratuitous German: When he panics he may exclaim some German words.
- Reverse Mole: Aides the Player in their infiltration missions.
- Reused Character Design: His first outfit is a reused model of Major Grillo's own outfit.
- Token Enemy Minority: A German undercover agent for the Allies.