Characters from Rainbow Six Siege are on their own page.
Characters from the novel
A long-time member of the Central Intelligence Agency and a former Navy SEAL, John Clark is one of the central characters of the Jack Ryan series. He often works with the titular intelligence analyst and has been responsible for taking down many America's most dangerous enemies, often times personally. Later, he founds the multi-national counter-terrorism unit RAINBOW with his long-time partner, Ding Chavez. He first appeared in Cardinal of the Kremlin.
- Been There, Shaped History: Clark has been an instrumental figure in major events both in the Clancyverse and those we know of in the real world. For instance, he once claimed to have Abu Nidal in his crosshairs, but was never given the green light to shoot.
- Berserk Button: Clark hates drug dealers and anything to due with drugs, largely stemming from the death of his girlfriend Pam.
- Good Is Not Nice: John Clark is generally described as a decent and honest man. He's also done some downright horrific things to people who really deserved it.
- Old Soldier: By the time he retires as Rainbow's Director in 2010, he's pushing seventy.
Characters from the original Rainbow Six game trilogy
- Workaholic: Though a family man, Burke's job as a Rainbow operator is his main priority.
- Canada, Eh?: The only Canadian member of Rainbow.
- Consummate Professional: Has no sense of humor and hates when others joke around. Outside of work all he cares about is classical music and opera.
- The Quiet One: Doesn't talk much and only when necessary.
- The Napoleon: Is the shortest member of Rainbow and a bit of a fiery hot head.
Characters from Rainbow Six Vegas series
- Ragin' Cajun: Logan's from New Orleans, and has a strong Louisiana accent. However, he's very calm, collected and a consummate professional.
- By-the-Book Cop: Bishop stresses this during his training of new recruits,
- Frontline General: Despite being the deputy director of Rainbow, Bishop actively partakes in operations and even leads potential Rainbow candidates in on-the-job training.
- Purely Aesthetic Gender
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: After the nearly-botched prologue mission that got a hostage negotiator killed, Bishop defended Gabriel from being kicked off of Rainbow for causing it. This lets Gabe stay in the prime position for his self-vindicating revenge by playing Rainbow and Mexican terrorists against eachother to his advantage, and personally targeting Bishop for, as Gabriel claims, "trying to manipulate and control him". Given that no one could've seen that one coming, no one holds Bishop to blame for it.
He is also a primary villain in both Vegas games.
- Evil Is Petty: He kills hundreds of people in Las Vegas, destroys major parts of the city and betrays his organization, his team and his country-all because he didn't get a promotion years ago.
- Foreshadowing: While Gabriel feels pretty torn about his fucking up the prologue mission, he starts getting a sort of irritable paranoia when he has to defuse a bomb shortly after. And the moment he's downed by an ambush as soon as he's done, he starts screaming at Bishop about how they clearly set him up. Five years later and Gabriel is the real Big Bad that tried to kill off Rainbow out of some mad, paranoid insanity about how they denied him a rightful promotion and that Bishop was just manipulating him.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Both in-story and in-game. Gabe goes from being Logan's team member and subordinate and a member of Rainbow to leading a terrorist attack on a major city and stealing a super weapon.
- Gambit Roulette: There are numerous points in Gabe's plan where he was at a supremely high risk of being killed by random bad luck, his former teammates or his own men. Despite this, he manages to pull off his theft without a hitch.
- Jerkass: The entire plot happens because his itchy trigger-finger nearly FUBAR'd an entire operation years prior, and Rainbow was understandably pissed at him. His response was to steal Rainbow and national information, work with a Mexican guerilla group gone full terrorists while supplying them with gear, bombs and data, yet fully willing to dispose of them in a heartbeat, and then do everything within his power to try to kill Rainbow from the inside-out.
- Leeroy Jenkins: When Bishop asks him and Logan questions on how they should handle the prologue operation, Gabriel's responses are typically gung-ho, no silencers, and explosives. Logan handily points out that this is a hostage-rescue op. Despite this, Gabe still decides to get impatient waiting for the Squad B to get into position, and fires anyway, getting the negotiator killed and alerting all the terrorists in the compound early.
- New Meat: Alongside Logan five years prior in the prologue mission of Vegas 2, where Bishop is walking them through their first live operation. While Logan answers by the book, Gabriel is borderline Hot-Blooded and reckless, which nearly botches the entire operation for all of them.
- Too Dumb to Live: His whole approach to the prologue mission as listed in Leeroy Jenkins above, but also approaching Bishop face-to-face at the very end of the game. After all of his plans have gone up in smoke, killing hundreds of people, critically injuring a Rainbow team chopper pilot while bombing a whole squad fatally, and all of his subordinates dead by either Rainbow or his hand, he just outright confronts the person he resents the most to rant at and threaten them. When Bishop's not only still fully and visibly armed, but just took down an attack chopper (with a little outside help). Gabe doesn't live long the moment he finally threatens to shoot.
- Walking Spoiler: He's one of your teammates in the first chapters of both Vegas titles before Michael and Jung take over. He's the real Big Bad of the Vegas games after all.
- Demolitions Expert: His job title. This makes him the expert on both bomb defusal and setting up explosives.
- Heroic BSoD: He has a brief one after the gas attack at the rec center, but Bishop snaps him out of it.
- The Big Guy: His character model is no larger than anyone else's, but he uses a light machine gun, loves setting off big explosions (when it's to kill terrorists, of course) and has a more boisterous personality than Logan, Park or Bishop.
- Badass Bookworm: Park knows enough about electronic equipment to recognize a sophisticated command & control communications suite backed up by a Faraday cage by just taking a glance at a trailer connected to a truck. He's also a former member of the 707th Special Mission Battalion, South Korea's top counter-terrorism unit and one of the most highly regarded in the world, whose training program was infamously rumored to make Navy SEALS tap out.
- Cold Sniper: In promotional material, he's shown using a PSG-1. In-game, he uses a G36C with an ACOG scope.
- Techno Wizard: Park is the team's electronics expert, handling hacking and communications.
- Canada, Eh?: She's an ex-member of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Canada's primary intelligence service.
- Mission Control: She serves as this in Vegas, routing communications and providing relevant intel to the team.
- The Stoic: She's extremely calm, cool and collected as she assists Logan's team in stopping the Vegas attack.
- Badass Israeli: She's Israeli, and is stated to have done work with Mossad in the past.
- Mission Control: Like Joanna, she's Bishop's mission control.
- Sniping the Cockpit: She gets shot by a sniper while Bishop's helicopter attempts to land, with it heavily implied that Alvarez Cabrero was the one doing the sniping. She's later reported as being in "stable" condition by Ding, but is not seen again for the rest of the game. The first game's Joanna Torres takes her spot at the end of the game.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She's almost identical in both character and role to Joanna from the first Vegas.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: Irena appears as an enemy towards the end of the Dam mission, where she goes down with just a few bullets.
- The Dragon: To Gabe.
- Expy: She's pretty much a female Che Guevara, even described as a wannabe of said individual by Mike.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: She's an old-school Latin American revolutionary with a penchant for brutal violence.
- Didn't Think This Through: The men that the two brothers hired to reinforce their numbers are distinct from Morales' terrorist army, and this causes friction. Miguel's and Alvarez's men snark at how Morales' troops are as good as dead and won't miss them. Then, another instance of this trope: Miguel puts on a HAZMAT suit to escape the cordon around the gym where he set off the chemical bomb, but RAINBOW's team instantly recognize him anyway thanks to the limp he got while fighting the team helicopter.
- Dirty Coward: Actually played with. Miguel runs from Bishop, but who wouldn't? Both of them die in cutscenes, so we never see much of their personalities.
- Terrorists Without a Cause: Actually averted. Both men have clear motives.
- Too Dumb to Live: They both die in ways that could have been easily avoided. Miguel pulls a Hand Cannon on Bishop after pretending to surrender, and Bishop kills him instantly. Alvarez lowers his guard while receiving payment from his employer, who has no reason to leave him alive.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: There is little-to-no explanation for why Marcelo was so popular in the underworld. The only explanation is that "people liked him".
- Unique Enemy: Despite being a regular mook, Marcelo has a unique appearance from the other guerillas; he wears a blue shirt, while all the others wear green or red.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Marcelo is a well-known terrorist. When Alpha Team confronts Irena, she tells them that killing him was a bad idea:Irena: You killed Marcelo - not smart. People liked Marcelo.
- Indeed, his death seems to have impacted the terrorists by a great deal, so much that they'll shout his name in combat. It's possible his death increased the terrorists' attacks on Vegas.