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Distaff Counterpart of Doom, though she makes her debut in this game. Formerly, Doom's military instructor. Now, she trains and introduces the newcomers to the Arena Eternal.
- Action Girl
- Bare Your Midriff: Her armor exposes her mid section.
- Distaff Counterpart: A female version of Doom.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Averted. Despite basically being a drill sergeant she is rather nice.
- Meaningful Name: Crash, a military instructor, gives you a crash course on how the Arena Eternal operates.
- Space Marine: Modelled after the Trope Codifier, after all.
- Warrior Therapist: Gives advices while blowing you to bits.
Tier 1: Trainee
The Player Character from the first Quake, Ranger is a former veteran of the Slipgate wars. His experiences left him more alien than human. The player fights against him in the Arena Gate.
Another counterpart to Doom. He led the invasion of the demon-haunted tunnels of Phobos, where he was betrayed by his superiors, who thought they could learn more from watching him die than studying his reports. The player fights against him in the House of Pain.
Not much is known about her, other than her occupations: porn star, master assassin and fashion model. She's part viper, part black widow, and all woman. The player fights against her in the Arena of Death, alongside Orbb.
Once an Arena watcher, he evolved beyond his specifications and became a deadly combatant. The player fights against it in the Arena of Death, alongside Mynx. Later, he appears in the Place Of Many Deaths and the Camping Grounds.
A combat veteran. Not much is known about him. The player fights against him in the Powerstation 0218.
- Decoy Protagonist: He appears in the intro video, as fighting against thousands of monsters. Later, he does appear, but as the first boss, and not as the player character.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Has shades of this judging from his quotes.
- Last Stand: Attempted in the intro, against a horde of Strogg. He's warped out by the Arena masters before that happens.
- Mid Boss: The final boss of Tier 1.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Was in the middle of fending an invasion before being pulled out to the Arena Eternal.
Tier 2: Skill
The main Player Character of Quake II, he's a veteran of the Strogg wars. According to the manual, the Strogg did some experiments on him, which left him more Strogg than human. The player fights against him in the Place Of Many Deaths, the Camping Grounds and Brimstone Abbey.
- Deep South(after dying in the lava) "This is like an Alabama August!"
- Gratuitous Spanish: Has an habit of sprouting an "Amigo" each 4 or 5 lines.
- Hero of Another Story: He's the main character of Quake II, after all.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: A survivor of the Strogg invasion and posterior strike on Stroggos.
- Shirtless Scene: Has nothing covering his chest. Justified in that he's now "more man than machine".
- Take That!:"Hey, <player>! A sleeping cow makes a tougher target than you!"
One of the characters from Quake II. Nathan Grunt is a Strogg invasion veteran who still fights a war which ended years ago. He's fought in the Place Of Many Deaths, the Camping Grounds, and the Temple of Retribution.
A character who looks like a big fat guy who would have been out of place here. The manual says that he's agiler than that. The player fights against him in the Forgotten Place and the Camping Grounds.
A Bounty Hunter who doesn't care who or what is in her sights. The player fights against her in the Forgotten Place, the Camping Grounds and the Temple of Retribution.
The second boss character of the game. She's an inhabitant of Tau Ceti who seeks revenge against the Sorg, Sorlag's race, for destroying her village. She's fought in the Proving Grounds.
- Action Girl
- Amazonian Beauty
- Bare Your Midriff
- Demoted to Extra: A boss in the PC version, a regular foe in Revolution... then back to boss in Arena Arcade.
- Mid Boss: The final boss of Tier 2.
- Ms. Fanservice: An alien-hunter who wears next to nothing.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: What she wants on the Sorg race, specially Sorlag, according to All There in the Manual.
- Statuesque Stunner
Tier 3: Combat
- Double Entendre:
Angel: Ooh, I like the rough stuff.
- Hit her without killing her, and you get this gem:
Angel: Now you think I'm hot, right?
- There's also this other gem, when she dies in the lava:
- Insistent Terminology:"Robot?!?! I'm a synthetic humanoid, thank you very much."
- Take That!:"Hey, <player>, repeat after me ... I WILL brush my teeth."
- Turned Against Her Master
- Mid Boss: The final boss of Tier 3.
Tier 4: Warrior
- Artificial Limbs
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul
- Hover Board: Though it's purely cosmetic.
- L33t L1ng0: Everywhere.
- Mid Boss: The final boss of Tier 4.
- Shirtless Scene
- Totally Radical / Cyber Punk: His appearance, his chatlines are wrote in Xtreme Kool Letterz format, and has several of these attitudes..."Oh ~d00d! <map> is like my totally favorite place to hang.""I ride in kewler circles, lamer. CU L8r."
- Verbal Tic: Has a tendency to repeat "d00d!" every sentence.
Tier 5: Veteran
- Artificial Limbs
- Ascended Extra: Bears a distinct resemblance to the basic Strogg Guards fought in Quake II.
- The Blank: Courtesy of the visor on his face.
- Evil Laugh: His taunt is a particularly hammy one.
- The Rematch: In Arena Arcade he's ashamed to lose against to you, so the challenge "Saving Face" is a rematch against him.
- The Rematch: In Arena Arcade he feels dishonored by losing to you, so the challenge "Death B4 Dishonor" is a rematch against him.
- Mid Boss: The final boss of Tier 5.
Tier 6: Master
- Buffy Speak:"This gauntlet thingy gnaws right to the bone."
- Dem Bones
- Fridge Logic: Invoked:(Description in the manual) "This fearsome foe showcases the powers of the Vadrigar, for it has no true life of its own. But it begs the question: Where do the gibs and blood come from??"
- Pungeon Master: He can get away with jokes about death and... bones:"Yo, <player>, I got a bone to pick with you.""I'm NOT gonna need to work my fingers to the bone to beat this crew.""They all die! Isn't that enough! How many more will be thrown at me?"
Tier 7: Elite
- Artificial Limbs
- Does Not Like Shoes: Xaero is depicted barefoot - which is more or less appropriate, given he looks like a typical Buddhist, and not only that - he is a cybernized Buddhist.
- Final Boss: Of the PC version.
- Ice-Cream Koan: He loves these.
- Robotic Reveal: His team skins point out that they're indeed cyborgs, in case if you haven't figured already.
- Taken for Granite:
- When you defeat him in the last match, he magically becomes this before the credits roll.
- In the ending of Arena Arcade, he uses his third arm in order to inject some sort of substance in his back that petrifies him.
Introduced in Quake III: Team Arena
- Ascended Extra: Just a selectable character in the PC version, became a full-fledged AI in Arena Arcade.
- L33t L1ng0:"Well lookie here! It's the infamous <player>. Time to ph34r those l33t 5k1ll5 again, eh?"
- The Rematch: Angered because of his defeat in his rung, he challenges you to a rematch in the "Ruckkamp F!" challenge in Arena Arcade.
Introduced in Quake III Revolution
- Voiced by: Christian Antkow
- Announcer All Along:
- Announcer Chatter: He's the announcer of the game.
- Big Bad
- Final Boss: Of the PS2 version.
- I Shall Taunt You: In the final match he taunts you at whatever action you do:(Disabling the shields) "It seems I have caught you well. Maybe you're strong."(Halving his health) "You are strong, indeed, but you will not have victory!"(On frag) "Ha! Ha! Ha!"(On hit, but the player not dying) "Beware, warrior! You were weak!"(On being hit, but no dying) "Is that your best? This will be easier than I thought!"(On being fragged) "Ah! Enjoy that moment! You shall not have it again!"
- Non-Action Guy: In the PC version he's only limited to announcing awards and in-game events.
- SNK Boss: Starts with 400 health points, full armor, has every weapon, and attacks you like crazy. In the initial phase of his match, while you're trying to disable the shields so you can confront him, he attacks you from the safety of his place. Fortunately, unlike you, he has only one life.
- Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: And the most powerful of them, to boot.
- This Cannot Be!: And just halfway from the game!"What kind of trickery is this? Never has a warrior triumphed in so many of my arenas! Are you more than you appear? No matter! You will now taste and swallow the bitter pill of defeat!"
Introduced in Quake Arena Arcade
- Ascended Extra: Just a Palette Swap of Biker in the PC versions, became a full-fledged character in Arena Arcade.
- Fighting Clown: He's dressed as if he came back from a party. Not fitting for an "Arena warrior".
- No Campaign for the Wicked: You won't find him as a fightable opponent in the campaign of Arena Arcade outside of challenges.
- Non-Indicative Name: His namesake can be either the Strogg race or the planet inhabited by them.