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Tier 0

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.


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.

  • Adapted Out: He's absent from Arena Arcade.
  • Faceless Eye: Literally, his whole form is an eye with robotic legs and a weapon carrying unit.
  • Your Mom:
    "Your parental unit."
    "Your female parental unit."

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.

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.

Tier 3: Combat



  • Double Entendre:
    • Hit her without killing her, and you get this gem:
    Angel: Ooh, I like the rough stuff.
    • There's also this other gem, when she dies in the lava:
    Angel: Now you think I'm hot, right?
  • 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



Tier 4: Warrior


    Tank Jr 




Tier 5: Veteran



  • The Rematch: In Arena Arcade he feels dishonored by losing to you, so the challenge "Death B4 Dishonor" is a rematch against him.



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



    The Mistress 

    The Reaper 

Voiced by: Christian Antkow


Introduced in Quake Arena Arcade






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