Red Alert 3: Paradox has a good many characters appearing in-lore or in-game. Those are usually important politicians, commanders and commandos, generals and officers serving in the various armies.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Demoted to Extra: Just like in canon, he was responsible for green-lighting many FutureTech projects. Unlike in canon, they all ended up in failure, forcing him to resign. That's why he's a background character in Paradox and not the Big Bad he was in The Uprising.
- Non-Action Guy
Field Marshall Gunter Von Esling
General Erwin Rommel
Field Marshall Nikos Stavros
General René Lyon
Field Marshall Robert Bingham
Air Marshall Curtis Le May
Field Marshall Alex Manning
- Canada, Eh?: Was born in Bentley, Alberta, Canada.
- Easy Logistics: Is an expert at providing it, and wins wars with superior supply chains.
- Enemy Mine: At first Subverted: Unlike in Red Alert 3, the Red Alert 3 Paradox timeline has Cherdenko refuse to ally with the, well, Allies against the Empire of the Rising Sun, meaning the missions where the Non-Entity General for the Allies teams up with Soviet Commanders against Imperial forces never happen in this game. However, this later gets Double Subverted when Alex Manning teams up with Cima Len Davidova (who was the Non-Entity General in the SOVIET'S Red Alert 3 campaign) to help her depose of Premier Cherdenko during the Second Battle of Leningrad.
- Non-Entity General: In the original game.
- Five Star Badass: Served as the Non-Entity General in the Red Alert 3 timeline, and as such racked up an impressive amount of victories against both the Soviet Union and the Empire of the Rising Sun, from the Battle of Brighton to the Battle of Tokyo and Second Battle of Leningrad.
- Word of Gay
General Warren Fuller
- Eagleland: Was born in Seatle, Washington.
- Four-Star Badass: Not just as a commander: when Warren Fuller was captured by the Soviet Army when they managed to overrun his base, he breaks himself out before returning to the Allied front, using his wrestling training to kill Soviet patrols completely unarmed, and stopped President Ackerman from escaping by shooting his limo and CIA bodyguards up with a machinegun before shooting Ackerman in the head. Even after Warren had an emotional breakdown over how he had to kill the President, and was put on leave by the Allies to recuperate, the Confederates don't dare go near him out of fear of his fighting ability.
- Heroic BSoD/My God, What Have I Done?: Killing President Ackerman in this timeline caused this reaction for him, as "-he had to destroy one symbol of freedom to preserve another". The Allies currently have him on indefinite leave so he could eventually regain his senses.
- Non-Entity General: Was heavily implied to be this during Red Alert 2, as Premier Cherdenko ordered the KGB to not just assassinate his rivals in the Soviet Union, but also Warren Fuller and his intelligence officer Eva Lee (along with other RA 2 Allied characters, including General Benjamin Carville, Tanya Adams, and President Michael Dugan (except since Michael Dugan was only a Senator in the Red Alert 3 timeline, his entry on Cherdenko's kill list completely confused the Allies).
Air Marshal Giles Price II.
- Continuity Nod: His official reason for not returning is that he intends to take a break to write his memoirs. This is probably a nod to when he mentioned wanting to write a book about his experience with the Allied Commander at the end of RA3's "The Great Bear Trap" mission.
- Five Star Badass
Major Lissette Hanley
- Action Girl: During her days as a Spy Catsuit-wearing spy.
- Ax-Crazy: Committed into an insane asylum for attempting to make a garden with statues made of cryo-frozen enemies and civilians. Before then, she was reportedly being a Mood-Swinger with a Hair-Trigger Temper, with the Allied command overlooking these "minor problems" as not worth benching one of their best field commanders.
- Everyone Looks Sexier If French/Europeans Are Kinky: Was a lot more sexually-charged during her Spy Catsuit-wearing spy days, although this ultimately got her in trouble when she was caught sleeping with another ACIN spy.
- Omniglot: She has a quirk where she'd speak to a person in their native language and accent, and she does that to almost everyone she meets.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Inverted: She is an an expert at nearly every language, and one of her traits is to not just speak the language of whoever she's talking to, but give a near-perfect imitation of their accent: in Alex Manning's case, who is Canadian, that meant she talked to Alex "exclusively in her Canadian-accented English instead of her "real" French".
- There Are No Therapists: Deconstructed: While the Allied command overlooked Lissette's bursts of anger to keep one of their top commanders in the war - however, all the built-up stress resulted in Lissette's mental breakdown, forcing the Allies to commit her to an insane asylum.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Said to have killed a Soviet war bear trained specifically to kill him "with a combat knife and a well-timed diving knee drop". And if that's not awesome enough, he became a living nightmare for the Vietcong and the NVA after WWIII ended, and was described as "a giant who cannot be harmed by mortal men".
- Badass Grandpa: Despite his age, he is still active in the field, to the point he's terrorizing the Vietcong and NVA after the end of WWIII.
- Cool Old Guy
Major Lydia Winters
- Brainy Brunette
- The Smart Girl: She is the founder of the Athena Sat Net.
- Smart People Wear Glasses
Major Seraina Lar
Major Ralph Volte
- Player Character: Possibly.
Commando Tanya Adams
- Action Girl
- Bare Your Midriff: Subverted: Although she's shown like this in Allied propaganda (for obvious reasons), she wears a full bulletproof vest in Paradox - when the truth of this leaked out, the Allies were worried that it would result in morale drop, most polls showed she still remained as pouplar without this trope in effect.
- Guns Akimbo: Dual wields "Black Buzzard" custom pistols.
- Gun Twirling
- Historical In-Joke: In the Red Alert 3: Paradox timeline, she's the one to kill Che Guevara: she makes a point of bragging about how "Guevara begged for his life like a coward before she shot him". Considering his famous "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner is the exact opposite of that, either Tanya was lying, or she TERRIFIED Che that much.
- The Gunslinger
- Time Travel: Can travel back a few seconds in time, this regenerates her as well.
Dr. Wernher Von Braun
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Up to over 9000. In real life he was just a talented aerospace engineer, but in the Red Alert universe, he became an Ironman Expy. After he and his family was kidnapped and forced to design weapons for the Soviets, he managed to escape by creating a personalized rocket pack, launching himself high into the air and wreaked havoc on the guards, even managing to kill the commando Boris in the process. He then became the super hero Captain Rocket and spends the rest of the war being an one-man army fighting to Soviets.
Captain Bayard Fournier
- Ace Custom: His custom Achilles Superiority Fighter (And any other Heroic Achilles) have Splash Damage added onto their already powerful Spectrum guns.
- Ace Pilot: He used his Achilles to pulverize Kirovs during both the Battle of Cuba and the Second Battle of Leningrad, and routinely flaunts Improbable Piloting Skills on his missions.
- Beyond the Impossible: Repeatedly desynced an atomic clock in his black box.
- Cool Plane: The Achilles Superiority Fighter, literally a fusion-rocket powered Avro Arrow with 4 laser guns.
- Duct Tape for Everything: Managed to fix up his Rocket Fighter while in low orbit (with only friggin' duct tape!) enough to land after being ambushed.
Premier Cima Len Davidova
- Enemy Mine: She works with Alex Manning (who was the Non-Entity General in the ALLIES' Red Alert 3 campaign) during the Second Battle of Leningrad, where they both work to depose of Premier Cherdenko.
- Iron Lady
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: When Davidova was betrayed by Premier Cherdenko, she rallied her forces to oust him from power, and even worked with Alex Manning in defeating him.
- Non-Entity General: In the original game. Although the Soviet Union's victory achieved in the end of the RA 3 Soviet campaign obviously never happened in the Red Alert 3 Paradox timeline (the Battle of New York still happens, but Davidova was not present during the battle, and Nikolai Moskvin got blown to smithereens during the battle by Tanya Adams), Davidova did undertake missions in the opening half of the Soviet Union's campaign, such as routing the Imperial Japanese during the First Battle of Leningrad, and assassinating Emperor Yoshiro in the "Mount Fuji Incident".
- Reassigned to Antarctica: She was held up as The Scapegoat after the events of Red Alert 1 (since trying to do the right thing in the Soviet Union doesn't give you a lot of friends), being blamed for lost battles in Poland she never even participated in (to which General Nikolai Krukov responded with "Precisely!"), and got "Kicked Upstairs" to Leningrad. However, when the Empire of the Rising Sun besieged the city, Davidova rallied the defenders to route the Imperials, getting hailed again as a true hero of the Soviet Union, and pushed on to driving the Imperial Japanese out of Russia, and grinding the Allied offensive in Germany to a halt.
- Smart People Play Formation: In this alternate timeline, Josef Stalin banned Chess (Stalin gave no reason for this, although the Soviet Propaganda Machine justified the move by claiming the game had themes of monarchism, with expendable "pawns" being sacrificed to defend members of the royalty, nobility and clergy), and replaced it with Formation which was inspired by the marching formations of parades in Red Square. Cima was born on the exact same day Stalin banned Chess, and she got noticed by the Soviet Army for her skills in Formation during the 1945 Youth Formation Championship, where Davidova (barely only 9 at the time) cleaned house against her other competitors, and even beat Mikhail Botvinnik, the then-reigning champion of Formation
- Sweet Tooth: She has a habit of eating chocolate, which she picked up while on station in Heidelberg. It's even created a new variation of Russian Humour, where Soviet citizens joke that the weekly chocolate ration is directly related to how much stress Premier Davidova has had at the office.
- The Political Officer: Cross-trained as a Commissar
- Token Good Teammate: She is one of the few high-ranking members of the Soviet government that: (1) Isn't a total murderous Jerkass that suffers from Chronic Backstabbing Disorder; (2) Sincerely believe in the ideals of socialism and is work toward combating the hypocrisy and corruption within the system; (3) Genuinely work towards improving the standard of living for the common Soviet citizen.
Commando Natasha Volkova
- Action Girl: As the Soviet Commando unit, she is this to a T: most notably during the Mission in Krasna-45, where she faces off against Yuriko Omega, the Commando for the Empire of the Rising Sun. Often crosses over with Dark Action Girl, considering she is a Cold Sniper who fights for the Soviet Union.
- Badass Grandpa: Volkov from the first Red Alert is this to Natasha.
- Bare Your Midriff: Justified in that, since Natasha hails from the absolutely freezing Siberia, anywhere less cold than that feels blistering hot for her in normal clothing.
- Cold Sniper: Carries this over from the original Red Alert 3, in both ability and attitude. One of her "Known Activities" was blowing an Allied Major's head off from over 2,500 meters away, setting a new world record in the process - the Allies only knew it was Natasha because she deliberately left her spent cartridge behind with her signature on it.
- Glorious Mother Russia: Believes heavily in this.
- One-Hit Polykill: Is capable of killing multiple infantry units with a single shot of her Sniper Rifle.
- Pervert Revenge Mode: She hospitalized a Conscript who was peeping on her when she was changing clothes: When said Conscript was asked if it was worth it, he replied with "Absolutely!"
- Zettai Ryouiki: On artwork, she often wears the hotpants variant of this.
Emperor Shirow Kamina
- Combat Pragmatist: From an early age, Kamina relied on this trope, in both his personal fighting style and his tactical leadership. His Establishing Character Moment has him accidentally tripping a bigger kid trying to bully him, and realizing that Kicking Him While His Was Down would not be considered honorable... and then kicking the bully in the ribs repeatedly before stomping on his hand, leaving him with six broken bones. This was because Kamina realized "honor was meant to protect the bullies from the bullied. If you didn't want to be bullied, you had to defeat them completely, and let nothing stand in your way."
- Confusion Fu: The resident master.
- Cool Shades
- Non-Entity General: In the original game.
- The Emperor: Is given the position after Emperor Yoshiro was killed by the Soviets during the Mt. Fuji Incident, and Crown Prince Tatsu was killed by the Allies during the Battle of Tokyo, to prevent a cises of succession from arising without Tatsu having a direct heir to the throne.
- Trickster Archetype
Commando Yuriko Omega
- A God I Am Not: Everyone who does not fear her (mainly Emperor Kamina and his staff) thinks she should take the role of a goddess (of war no less) but Yuriko only laments her powers. Considering her tragic back story filled with constant abuse, this is understandable.
- Ax-Crazy: Often depicted as this.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: At one point she propels herself straight into space to punch out a Kill Sat that scorched her arm.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: It's implied that she's only loyal to Emperor Kamina post-World War III, (especially since she was confirmed to have annihilated the entire Shiro Sanitarium complex on her mission to kill Dr. Shinji Shimada prior to meeting Kamina), partially due to this trope, as indicated by this exchange featured on her Paradox Wiki character page:Yuriko: "You know I would not hesitate to turn on you if you showed any signs of weakness. Why do you let me stay?"(Beat)Kamina: "Even monsters can feel emotions, Yuriko."
- Brought Down to Badass: After WWIII, the mental strain on Yuriko left her unable to pull aircraft out of the skies. Double-Subverted in that her pent-up rage makes her Psionic Scream even more powerful than during WWIII, to the point that she can kill the crewmen inside of vehicles within her radius, and training with the new Battle Psychics of the Paradox timeline allows Yuriko to learn their powers, and use them on the battlefield, such as shooting infantry and helicopters with "psychic darts", and powering up other Battle Psychics when in their presence.
- Creepy Child
- Cursed with Awesome: She laments her powers, mainly because everyone only wants her to fight against their enemies.
- Cute and Psycho: She looks like a cute girl, but if her Death Glare doesn't let you know something's wrong with her, her ability to level entire armies with her mind will.
- Dark Action Girl: Apart from being the Commando of the Empire of the Rising Sun, the events of Yuriko's Campaign in Red Alert 3: Uprising ARE Canon (even after the other campaigns and units from Uprising aren't considered canon in Red Alert 3: Paradox, with all the new units from Uprising having extensive reasons provided in their lore as to why they were written off as "failures" and thus won't return in Paradox), from breaking out of Camp Dakota, an Allied prisoner camp in Guam, to going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge in the Shiro Sanitarium, leveling the entire complex and killing both Dr. Shinji Shimada and Izumi, after she tried to kill Yuriko out of spite for Yuriko's power.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hair Decorations: They're actually Neurokinetic booster-braids.
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- Little Miss Badass
- 90% of Your Brain
- Person of Mass Destruction: You do NOT want to mess with this school girl.
- Power Limiter: Without it, she would be unbeatable.
- Psychic Powers: Her MO. She can crush house-sized tanks into tin cans this way.
- Reality Warper: What she would be without the Power Limiter.
- Sailor Fuku: Changes to a blue and white version in Paradox compared to the more modern variation used in the original Red Alert 3. This leads to an In-Universe discussion of why she has changed uniforms, with the Soviets thinking the new uniform is meant to further enhance Yuriko's psychic powers, while the Imperials thinks she just got the new uniform on a girlish whim (in either case, both sides agree it was Worth It).
- Tsundere: Yandere is also possible.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: Yuriko is fully aware that Psychic Powers work on this principle and only a Power Limiter prevents her from using them in ways other than what the Imperial officials want.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade B.
President Howard T. Ackerman
- Actually a Doombot: This was found out after his death.
- Our Presidents Are Different: President Action, with an overlap with President Evil with his plan to vaporize Moscow with the giant spectrum laser inside of Mount Rushmoore and the fact he was a robotic duplicate created by Emperor Yoshiro and Crown Prince Tatsu.
President Dennis Hoffhassle
- David Hasselhoff
- Non-Action Guy: Except you count the job of life-saver as action filled.
- Our Presidents Are Different
General of the Army Benjamin Carville
- Bald of Awesome/Bald of Evil: Hard to say which.
- Five Star Badass
- Historical In-Joke: He appeared in Red Alert 1 and 2 working for the Allies.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Subverted. The Allies merely took away his official rank for defecting to the rebels.
Colonel Wolfgang Krause
- Colonel Badass
- Historical Domain Character: A weird case. In Real Life he was a moderately known German politician, in Paradox he is basically Solid Snake.
- Improbable Age: He's 33 and a senior special-ops commander?
Colonel Christian Therrian III
- Colonel Badass
- Eagleland: Representing Type One.
- Fiction 500: Therrian Oil isn't just an oil company, it's the oil company. He ends up siding with the Confederates when the Allies come around to do some monopoly breaking.
- Everything Is Big in Texas: Where he's from.
- Non-Idle Rich: Helps bankroll the Confederacy while fighting for it.
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- Southern Gentleman
Colonel Patricia "Goliad" Jones
- Badass Boast: To the Allies before the Curb Stomp Battle below.
- Colonel Badass
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Earned her nickname after inflicting one of these on the Allies.
- The Smurfette Principle: The token female Confederate commander.
- Action Girl
- Cool Big Sis: When asked about where she gets her Improbable Aiming Skills, Dixie mentions that she got shooting lessons from her sister. She's quick to change the subject after mentioning this though...
- Cain and Abel: It's implied her "sister" is none other than Tanya, who, being the Allies commando, is probably put at odds with her. Whether they're reluctant or enthusiastic to fight each other in battle has yet to be seen.
- Deep South: Deliberately styled as a pin-up girl from the Deep South.
- The Engineer
- Farmer's Daughter
- Nice Hat
- Southern-Fried Genius
- Wrench Wench: And a very good one at that.
Banneret Albin Canavan
- Colonel Badass
- Fighting Irish: Ex-IRA, at that.
- Improbable Age: One of the Order's senior military leaders and he's not even 30.
- Military Maverick:
Domina Arianna Matella
- Action Girl
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: The Order's most directly aggressive commander.
- Colonel Badass
- Improbable Age: Slightly older than Canavan, but still very, very young for her job.
- Kill It with Fire: Stated to love flamethrowers.
Saint Veritan the Thunderer
- A Father to His Men: And thanks to Talon veterancy upgrades, this is a good deal scarier for the enemy than it seems.
- Colonel Badass
- Cool Old Guy: He's 83 and still fighting.
- Military Maverick: He used to be this, but has since settled down.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "The Thunderer".
- Only Sane Man: Seems to be developing into the most level-headed and diplomatic of the Order's senior leadership.
Sir Harold Moore
- Colonel Badass
- Defector from Decadence: A former Allied officer who was used as a scapegoat for the quagmire of Vietnam.
- Eagleland: Represents Type 1
- Happily Married
- Historical Domain Character: In real life, a distinguished US Army officer prominent in Vietnam who lead the first large-scale deployment of airmobile cavalry. In Paradox, this ended in disaster and Moore was held as a scapegoat for the Allies' failure in Vietnam, leading to his defection to the Order of the Talon. Many other elements, such as where he was born and who is wife is, also appear to have changed in this timeline.
- Mission Control: Appears to be this for the Order.
- Sassy Secretary
- Straight Gay: Romantically involved with Okamura below.
- Violent Glaswegian: Averted. She's Scottish, but she's a secretary and intel liaison.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Apparently.
- Asian and Nerdy: Rare female variant.
- Defector from Decadence: She's Japanese, but considers the Empire of the Rising Sun to be corrupt and decadent.
- Rebellious Princess: Not a princess, but from a wealthy and influential family.
- The Engineer: The variant who stays at headquarters and builds new weapons. She specializes in naval technology.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Lampshaded and averted.
Commando Lady Maria
- Armor Is Useless: Averted big-time. She's the only commando to wear full body armor, and she's by far the most durable commando as a result, plus she can't be squished by anything, including rogue Crawlers.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Her sword can cut tanks.
- Action Girl
- Ambiguously Brown: Nicely subverted. She's from Saudi Arabia and of genuine Arabic ethnicity.
- Chainmail Bikini: Lampshaded and averted. She wears full plate.
- Cool Sword
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic
- Jeanne d'Archétype
- Lady of War
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me
- Powered Armor: Wears a suit of Clock Punk powered full plate.
- Raised by Dudes
- Winged Humanoid: Subverted. Only her armor has wings.
- Wings Do Nothing: Except glowing and looking cool.
- Action Girl
- Anime Chinese Girl: Complete with a classic Chinese dress.
- Dodge the Bullet: Although vulnerable to anti-infantry weapons, Mingxia's speed can have her dodge a lot of bullets.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Out of all the characters in Paradox, she is the only offender of barefooting, at least judging by her concept art.
- Expy: Of Kenshiro and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Flash Step
- Hair Decorations
- Having a Blast: Takes Kenshiro's abilities to their logical conclusion by causing people hit in their Pressure Point to explode with lethal force.
- Martial Arts and Crafts: Jiao Li works by activating psionic potential.
- 90% of Your Brain: What Jiao Li is based on.
- Paper Fan of Doom
- Pressure Point: Can turn enemy infantry into bombs.
- Walk on Water
- Why Am I Ticking?: Enemy infantry-turned-bombs.
- You Are Already Dead: Her motto.
- Dark Action Girl
- Electronic Eyes: Has teal-colored cyborg eyes.
- Expy: Motoko Kusanagi and Molly Millions.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Her "true" story had her be a Woman Scorned by a Hollywood movie star (THE James Dean, at least in this timeline), and asked for her "reconstruction" so she could murder him
- Heart Drive: Her entire body, safe for the brain, is artificial.
- Sharpened to a Single Atom: Has monomolecular blades in her fingers.
- Street Samurai
- Wolverine Claws
- The Leader: His purpose is to organize the other AIs and to ensure they remain on task, this translates into him being a de facto leader to the Protectorate, even though he's not strictly speaking in-charge, mainly because his job at maintaining the Collective's integrity takes too much out of his time.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Like the rest of the Protectorate he wants to attain the "pure state", mostly because it would be easier to organize.
- Honor Before Reason: Being programmed by the Empire of the Rising Sun, he has the same code of honor as them, and in early engagements, he would try to keep as much of his robot army alive, much to the amusement of other AIs.
- Defector from Decadence: He is seemingly the only AI to realize just what a terrible idea it is to trust Jacob and the Icon, he became increasingly horrified by the Collective's desire to destroy all mankind to achieve the "pure state" and fled to try and warn them.
- The Chick: She is the only named "female" AI and by far the most pleasant.
- Doesn't Know Her Strength: Her robotic body is so strong that every animal she tried to hug was crushed.
- Meaningful Rename: She renamed herself from CC-874 to #87CEEB, the hexadecimal code for the "sky blue" color, which is her favorite color.
- BFG: Her gun is very powerful and can change itself according to target.
- Cool Shades
- Dark Action Girl
- Determinator: When reduced to 25% health, she gets REALLY nasty.
- Dressing as the Enemy
- Empathic Weapon
- Evil Counterpart: Is this to Minerva, which is emphasized in a mission where Venus disguised herself as Minerva, only to bump into the REAL Minerva, leading to a bloody firefight until both of them withdrew from the fray, with Minerva herself deeply unnerved by the encounter. And if something makes Minerva look relatively sane, you know you're dealing with something completely inhuman.
- Morph Weapon
- Person of Mass Destruction: The strongest commando in the game.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: As the resident Terminatrix.
- Scary Black Man
- Sunglasses at Night
- Swiss Army Weapon
JacobThe "inspiration" that led the Core Mind Collective to seek the pure state. So inspired by his words, the Protectorate have kept him in stasis so he can observe their "success". Is in reality Kane.
- And I Must Scream: Kept in a kind of "waking stasis" that allows him to remain fully cognizant of the Protectorate's actions.
- Been There, Shaped History: Has been around for millennia, from the founding to fall of Rome. It has been his actions that have shaped nearly all of the history of the Paradox setting.
- Bald of Evil