A list of the characters in Mirror's Edge: Catalyst.
Voiced by: Faye Kingslee
The protagonist and player character, a young Runner fresh out of prison.
- The Ace: Is one of the best runners in Glass and has no problems reminding people of it.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the original game, Faith was a courier for the resistance and at least had some moral fiber to rescue her sister. In the Exordium series that prequels this game, Faith is extremely selfish and self-centered, to the point of willingly stealing a cure that was supposed to help a fellow Runner's (Celeste) sister all for the sake of obtaining a painting from her mother. She still has elements of this at the start of the game, but grows out of this by the end of the game.
- Berserk Button: Bringing up her parents, or Noah after he dies.
- Break the Haughty: Her actions in Elysium have serious ramifications for the rest of the story, and by the climax, she knows it.
- Broken Bird: Watching her parents die in the November Riots, accidentally killing a friendly KrugerSec cop, then apparently losing her sister to death causes her to develop a case of this. It becomes more obvious after Noah's death.
- But Not Too Foreign: Is half Caucasian, half Asian.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It is explicitly stated on the game's website that Faith has this, due to the traumatic events surrounding the November Riots during her childhood. This results in Bad Dreams which frequently disrupt her sleep.
- The Determinator: Nothing so much as slows her down.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Downplayed, but develops this with Icarus over time.
- Good Is Not Nice: She might be the heroine, but she doesn't start as a... pleasant person.
- Good Is Not Soft: Has no qualms about kicking KrugerSec off buildings or using violence to get what she needs.
- It's All About Me: A coming of age version. In Exordium, Faith is extremely selfish and self-centered. She risks danger for the thrills and is often reckless, acting like she is the only person that matters and willingly works with dangerous elements in spite of the world telling her not to.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Tries to use this on her sister at the end of the game, but it doesn't work as well as she'd hoped.
- I Work Alone: Definite case at the start, lessens over time.
- Just Got Out of Jail: How the game opens.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Nomad. She even has a picture of him with "The brother I never had" written on it by her bed.
- Lightning Bruiser: With enough momentum, she can take down the most Elite Mooks in the game hand-to-hand.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her actions in Elysium early in the story eventually lead to the Lair being raided and, by extension, Noah's death.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Icarus until the Lair gets raided.
- Tattooed Crook: A trait of the Runner in general. Faith's tattoo on her arm is a repainting of a piece of art that her mother worked on. She only receives it at the end of the game, however.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She gradually softens up toward those around her, most noticeably with Icarus, and becomes less self-centered.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Develops this with Icarus, though the vitriol is mostly gone by the end.
Voiced by: Jim Pirri
A friend of Faith's parents, Noah took the young Faith under his wing following their deaths. He raised her as his own, teaching her how to survive in the harsh corporate-ruled Glass, and his day job is being one of the most powerful Elders of the Runner cabals.
- Anger Born of Worry: Often, toward Faith.
- Killed Off for Real: By Kruger, when he wouldn't reveal where the Reflection blueprint was.
- The Mentor: Took Faith in when she was orphaned and trained her to be a Runner.
- Parental Substitute: To Faith and Icarus.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Merc from the first game. So similar in fact that he dies under almost exactly the same circumstances, albeit in a more violent way.
Voiced by: Jeff Berg
Faith's rival in both skill and Noah's attention. Icarus has a cocky streak a mile wide, but the ability to back it up. He and Faith often clash with each other, but both know they're on the same side and will help the other out when they're in a bind.
- Always Someone Better: His skills are described as second only to Faith, and this is shown at the beginning of the game to be a point of contention that causes him to clash with her.
- Badass in Distress: Faith has to rescue him several times.
- Continuity Nod: Named after Project Icarus, Pirandello-Kruger's plot to eliminate the Runners from the first game. He also has the "Pirandello" logo on the hood of his jacket.
- Cool Shades: Sometimes wears a pair of mirrored wraparound sunglasses.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Downplayed, but develops this with Faith over time.
- Implied Love Interest: In an early interview prior to the game's release, Icarus was supposed to be both a rival and love interest to Faith. Their interaction in-game particularly after the Lair is raided could be interpreted either way.
- In the Hood: Wears a hooded vest with the same color scheme as the other Runners' gear.
- Jerkass: Towards Faith initially, as he competes with her for their mentor Noah's attention. This attitude arose from the constant comparisons to Faith he had to endure while Faith was in juvie.
- Mysterious Past: All we really know is that he did some runs for Black November and left home when he was seventeen. He's said to have a secret only Noah knows, but we probably haven't learned what it is yet.
- Number Two: In an interview, Jeff Berg, Icarus's actor, described him as "[Faith's] right-hand man".
- Only One Name: Only known as "Icarus", with no indication whether it's a nickname or his actual name... or if he even has a family name.
- The Rival: To Faith's skills and for Noah's attention.
Voiced by: Tim Kang
As close as Glass gets to a crime boss, Dogen deals primarily in black market goods and contraband. Despite his obvious loyalty to no one but himself, he's got a well-earned reputation of getting the job - any job - done. Faith owes him a considerable amount of scrip when she's released from jail, and he fully intends on making sure she pays up.
- Dare to Be Badass: Gives an unusually scathing one to Faith during her mental breakdown towards the ending parts of the game - it's effective.
- Evil Chef: He's a gangster who runs a restaurant.
- Evil Virtues: Despite being a ruthless crime figure, he makes it clear that he admired Faith for her Determinator status and her belief in the Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! mindset.
- Noble Demon: Describes himself as actually advocating doing the right thing, as long as it aligns with his interests (he does so while sending Faith to take out an evil corporation that oppresses the people... and who also happen to be deep in debt to him). While this philosophy is blatantly self serving and contradictory, it's possible he really does believe it: he does give Faith and her allies increasing amounts of leeway and support - including in situations where there isn't any real benefit for him to do so.
- Tranquil Fury: Even though Faith is apparently his Berserk Button, he always maintains a conversational tone.
Voiced by: Tim Russ
The first Runner, in a sense - originally a parkour master for his own convenience and navigation, he began doing package deliveries for the resistance when he saw his way of life threatened, which inspired others and gave rise to the Runner cabals of today. Now way past his physical prime, he prefers to spend time contemplating and pigeon-feeding.
Voiced by: Jared Zeus
A close friend of Faith's, Nomad works with the resistance despite lacking the skillset of a Runner. He uses his considerable artistic talent and charming personality instead of his fists and feet.
- Like Brother and Sister: To Faith. There's even a photo in the Lair of him, next to her bed, with the caption "the brother I never had".
- Mysterious Past: All he has is vague memories of adults, running away and being brought back by either authorities or someone else.
- Never Bareheaded: Never seen without his black beanie.
- Non-Action Guy: He usually has Faith do everything for him.
- Sir Not Appearing In This Game: Despite appearing in quite a bit of marketing, Nomad barely impacts the plot and only shows up in a few scattered cutscenes and side missions.
Voiced by: Ozioma Akagha
A skilled hacker allied with Faith, she has the entire Grid at her fingertips and is able to provide Faith with "the Beat" of the city, living in a lair tucked deep into the city with her robot pal, Kuma.
- Adorkable: From her very first scene on, all over the place.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Her hand motions and literal mindedness, along with implications that she spends all her time in her lair suggest that she's somewhere on the Autism Spectrum.
- Hates Being Touched: Mild form, in that she generally distances herself at least a little from others and isn't keen on touching them in turn.
- Insufferable Genius: She's usually right. She also knows this, and makes sure everyone else knows it, too.
- Literal-Minded: One of her distinct traits. Leads to some very amusing moments.
- Robot Buddy: Has one in the form of Kuma.
- Teen Genius: She is one of the best hackers in the city, to the point of being able to decrypt highly sophisticated algorithms given a proper node.
Voiced by: Debra Wilson
The leader of the resistance group Black November, once allied with the protesters, but after the November Riots, she began Black November and started a long crusade against the Conglomerate.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The events of the November Riots set her on her current path.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She resembles Halle Berry
- Revenge Before Reason: While more reasonable than other examples, she got started on her path because of the dark turn the protests took when they became the November Riots.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Began more idealistic, but is so jaded that she now believes this to be the only way forward.
- Scary Black Woman: Icarus certainly thinks so.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despises the Conglomerate and comes very close to coldly executing Isabel Kruger later in the game.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Leads a group called Black November that embraces this.
A scientist working at the pharmaceutical giant Elysium.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After Faith breaks into Elysium and steals the Reflection blueprint, Kruger imprisons her in Kingdom, and after being freed, she joins Faith.
Voiced by: Michael Rose
CEO of KrugerSec, one of the most powerful corporations in Glass. Ruthless, smart, and full of contempt for those living off the Grid, Kruger is someone to be avoided at all costs.
- Big Bad: Of the game.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Comes with being a member of the Conglomerate.
- Dark Is Evil: Wears dark clothing.
- Disney Villain Death: Is killed offscreen when the Shard collapses, despite the efforts of Isabel to save him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: toward his daughter, Isabel.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Faith, as part of his attempt to break her by talking."Everyone around you dies, Faith. Did it ever occur to you that maybe you're the one to blame?"
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: After his son was killed during the November Riots, Kruger developed a deep-seated hatred of the protestors' ideals and worked to tighten the stranglehold on the city because of it.
Voiced by: Karen David
Kruger's adopted daughter, who also serves as his bodyguard and personal strong-arm.
- Adaptational Villainy: Faith's sister goes from the Distressed Damsel in the first game to a major villain here.
- Cain and Abel: Is actually Faith's sister, long thought dead.
- Dark Action Girl: Isabel is a badass, fully capable of taking down a fully-armored OmniStat agent with her bare hands, as well as being Faith's toughest opponent.
- The Dragon: To Kruger.
- Dragon Ascendant: At the end of the game, she takes over KrugerSec after Kruger's death at the Shard.
- Handicapped Badass: She's Kruger's bodyguard and a capable hand-to-hand fighter, but suffers from an unspecified lung disease.
- Light Is Not Good: Wears pure white.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: As lightly built as any of the other women, and yet perfectly capable of beating down a fully-armored OmniStat agent, barehanded, without much effort.
- Replacement Goldfish: To Kruger for his dead son.
- Thicker Than Water: She values Faith and the blood relations they share enough to stop the cop accompanying her foster father Gabriel from shooting at her, then prevents her from falling off the Shard. This is soon subverted when she leaves Faith alone, saying that she "has to" help the Big Bad Gabriel, and returns to KrugerSec as the Dragon Ascendant. The player is awarded an achievement titled "Blood is Thicker Than Everything" upon completion of the final mission, which includes the above mentioned sequence.