Tropes pertaining to Charon Industries, the company that the Freelancers battled in the past, in Red vs. Blue. All spoilers for the first fifteen seasons will be unmarked below.
Charon Industries is a corrupt corporation with a hand in the weapons, advanced technology, and cryogenics markets. They have a heavy involvement in the plot of The Chorus Trilogy, where their CEO Malcolm Hargrove, the Chairman of the UNSC Oversight Sub-Committee, under the alias of "Control" leads a group of Space Pirates to manipulate the two factions on the planet into continuing a bloody Civil War. Their private security force, the Insurrection/Resistance, were also the main antagonists of The Project Freelancer Saga, and their mercenaries, the Space Pirates, serve alongside the Chairman as the main antagonists of The Chorus Trilogy.
- Corporate Conspiracy: Charon is engaged in one of these, manipulating the populace of Chorus into a Civil War so as to wipe them out and claim the planet as their own.
- Evil, Inc.: Although Hidden in Plain Sight, Charon Industries are a hugely corrupt conglomerate, and their CEO happens to be the arc's main antagonist.
- Evil vs. Evil: Against Project Freelancer.
- Eviler Than Thou: Than Project Freelancer, which for all of their horrific acts, still had the ultimately noble goals of resurrecting Allison Church and providing Super Soldiers to safeguard humanity's survival in the Great War against the Covenant. Charon Industries, in contrast, intentionally aimed to kill off an entire planet of innocent people in the name of War for Fun and Profit.
- Last Stand: At the end of Season 13, the troops of Charon stand off against the Blood Gulch Crew aboard the Staff of Charon with all of their remaining soldiers, at the end of which Hargrove was arrested.
- Make Way for the New Villains: The Chairman dismantled Project Freelancer and arrested its personnel, then took the project's technology for reverse engineering.
- N.G.O. Superpower: They have enough resources to maintain a small army, including a powerful battleship, and are able to wage war on an entire planet. However, this trope is ultimately subverted in the grand scheme of things, as Charon had to rely on False Flag Operations to get the people of Chorus to murder each other, and once the warring factions unite they prove strong enough to overwhelm Charon's forces despite both having been already nearly destroyed at that point. And once the UNSC gets informed of the situation, it's an automatic loss for Hargrove.
- Undying Loyalty: Their troops are remarkably loyal to both Hargrove and the company as a whole.
- Walking Spoiler: The company doesn't even get a mention before Season 12 (excluding a subtle visual shot of the company name on an Insurrectionist's coffee mug in Season 9), and yet are relevant to all prior events.
Chairman of the Oversight Sub-Committee / Charon Industries CEO Malcolm Hargrove / "Control"
Malcolm Hargrove is the Chairman of the UNSC Oversight Sub-Committee, the CEO of Charon Industries, and the main antagonist of the Chorus Trilogy. He also goes under the alias "Control" during Seasons 11 and 12 when he serves as the leader of the Space Pirates that are trying to wipe out Chorus.
Initially, Chairman Malcom Hargrove served as the counterpart to the Director during Reconstruction, where they alternated reading memos directed at each other during the start of each episode. The Chairman leads a committee to review what has occurred with the Freelancer Project, mostly to find out how it can have multiple AI's when they were only given one. Although he starts off calm and friendly in his dealings with the Director, he soon becomes hostile when he realizes that the Director is stalling for time and avoiding answering his questions. In the end, he informs the Director that he is under arrest and that the moral codes for dealing with AIs are being re-written due to the Director's actions. In Recreation, he returned to make a deal with Agent Washington to ensure the latter's freedom in exchange for finally getting the evidence necessary to put the Director away.
It isn't until the Season 12 finale that we discover he is the CEO of the giant umbrella company Charon Industries. Not only did his company serve as the shadowy backers of the Insurrectionists that Project Freelancer fought in the past but the mysterious "Control", the one who masterminded the increased violence and tension within the Chorus Civil War, is in fact an identity assumed by the Chairman, with Locus, Felix, and the rest of the Space Pirates directly reporting to him. Hargrove took on interest with the isolated planet due to its advanced alien artefacts and intended to use the Civil War to wipe out Chorus' inhabitants in order to obtain the alien technology and mass produce/sell it for profit. However, the Blood Gulch gang jeopardise his plan on Chorus, showing everyone proof that Locus and Felix were working together and bringing the war to a close, now leaving him the target of the wrath not only of the Reds and Blues, but also the entire planet of Chorus. He has Felix and Locus mount a counteroffensive, but they are defeated, and he ends up arrested after his crimes are exposed to the galaxy.
- Affably Evil: While he may or may not be faking it, he still speaks in a polite tone of voice that only goes away if he's pissed off enough. Even when the BGC and the people of Chorus discover that he's Control, he doesn't lose his cool and calmly tells them that they can't leave Chorus.
- Anti-Hero: A subverted example of an Anti- Hero Antagonist; His actions in earlier seasons, while seemingly benign, are still attempts to increase his own standing and power. In the end, though, he's not a hero at all.
- Bad Boss: Egregiously so. His dialogue explicitly reveals that he sacrifices dozens, if not hundreds, of his employees to supply his...less savory employees: he is sending some of his own ships (and ships and men under the jurisdiction of the UNSC) into Chorus's region of space to have them shipwrecked by tractor beams or infiltrated and stolen by his other men. He also makes it clear to Locus and Felix that if they don't speed things up, he'll have them killed.
- Bald of Evil: Or Balding of Evil as he has a thin layer of hair on the back of his head, but other than that, he's a bald and bad man. Coincidentally, his baldness was revealed at the same time as his villainy.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of The Chorus Trilogy. He has been coordinating the Chorus Civil War from the start via Felix and Locus' infiltration of the two sides, and plans to exterminate the entire planet for profit. He is also the reason the Reds and Blues crashed on Chorus in the first place and why they haven't found rescue in Season 11.
- Big Good: He appears to be this throughout Season 6 - though abrasive, his goal is to take down the Director for committing war crimes - but ultimately subverted with the reveal of him being the corrupt CEO of Charon Industries and one of the show's Greater-Scope Villain.
- Cast as a Mask: Arryn Zech voices his transmissions as "Control" with a voice filter until Church reveals the truth, in which the filter is dropped and Jack Lee takes over voicing the Chairman.
- The Chessmaster: He realizes that nuking Chorus from orbit would attract attention, but the inhabitants all killing each other would not be as suspicious.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: As the CEO of Charon Industries, he has hired the space pirates to wipe out Chorus.
- Corrupt Politician: Even being the Chairman of the UNSC Oversight Sub-Committee doesn't stop Hargrove from committing his evil acts.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Malcom Hargrove is only known as "the Chairman" in most cases. Sponsor-only information gave his real name initially, but his name was eventually revealed in Episode 7 of Season 10. He's more directly called by name in the season finale of Season 12.
- Evil All Along: Revealed in Season 12 to be a major antagonist, despite appearing to be the Big Good of the series.
- Evil Brit: At first he's relatively reasonable for the most part, but he has his moments of being less than civil. However after the reveal, he's antagonistic and downright evil.
- Evil Is Petty: After the Reds and Blues uncovered the truth behind the Chorus-Charon War to the entire Milky Way Galaxy, he decided to try and wipe out the surviving Chorusans with an army of MANTISes before he's arrested.
- Eviler Than Thou: As revealed in the finale of Season 12, he's worse than the Director ever was. While the Director operated Project Freelancer in order to bring back his beloved Allison, causing a lot of property damage in the process, Hargrove is willing to annihilate the population of an entire planet (Chorus) for money.
- Evil Old Folks: He's old, but doesn't let his age hold him back from his evil activities, especially when it comes to chastising Locus and Felix.
- The Faceless: At first, he was only seen from the back of his head (showing him as having fair skin and graying, short-cut, black hair). He's later revealed fully in Season 12, however.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Started off as the lowly assistant to the chairman of the UNSC Oversight Subcommittee, essentially the PA of the actual chairman. He later became Chairman himself and at some point during or shortly after his tenure in that role he became the CEO of Charon and used that position to steal the technology he was supposed to be overseeing and instigate a campaign of genocide against the people of Chorus simply so he could loot the planet of its plentiful alien artifacts after the smoke cleared.
- Good Is Not Nice: Subverted, though he portrays himself as a stern but benevolent man. In order to retrieve the Epsilon unit, he was more than willing to send the Meta and Wash to Valhalla, when Wash made it clear he wouldn't be asking the for Reds and Blues to return it. Of course, he's ultimately not nearly as good as he'd like to paint himself as.
- The Government: He is the face of and highest ranking member of the UNSC in the series, as both a member of the government and the commanding officer in charge of a maximum security prison. His status as a Corrupt Politician is also quite fitting with the Halo series depiction of UNSC leaders as prone to corruption and self-aggrandizement.
- Greater-Scope Villain: For the whole series up until The Chorus Trilogy. He initially approved Project Freelancer getting their equipment, funded the "Insurrection", led the investigation behind the Director with the purpose of getting his equipment back in Reconstruction, was the employer of "C.T." in Recreation, and sent the Big Bad Duumvirate of Washington and the Meta to Valhalla to retrieve the Epsilon A.I. in Revelation. Otherwise, he has little connection to the plot until Season 11.
- Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee: To be precise, he is associated with the UNSC Oversight Subcommittee. However, this is subverted in that when he does figure out the Director's experiments, he doesn't just have him hauled there, but rather attempts to flat out have him arrested by a group of UNSC troops.
- Hidden Villain: For his two seasons as "Control", he was only heard through transmissions, and his true identity as the Chairman was unknown until the Season 12 finale.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Had a dreadfully mundane early life, and his desire for a more eventful life is what led him to his current position.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Once Season 12 reveals his face, it's clearly modeled after Jack Lee.
- It's Personal: Develops a special level of hatred for the Reds and Blues due to them constantly screwing with his plans, to the point where he wastes valuable time he could've spent going into hiding after Epsilon broadcast his message to the entire galaxy instead going personally to Chorus and trying to kill off the survivors.
- Last Villain Stand: Once his crimes are exposed to the entire galaxy by Epsilon-Church, he takes the Staff of Charon straight to Chorus to take both the people of Chorus and the Blood Gulch Crew down with him. Despite having the Reds and Blues trapped in his control room by his men, an offhand remark from Tucker in Season 15 notes that the Blood Gulch Crew actually succeeded in capturing him.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Locus, Sharkface and Felix throughout The Chorus Trilogy.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Word of God (his VA) is that his voice was based on Patrick Stewart.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He never really prefers to personally lead the charge, and relies on his soldiers to do the work. During The Chorus Trilogy, Locus, Felix and Sharkface are the ones driving the plot, while Control gives them orders from afar.
- Opportunistic Bastard: Both this and The Chessmaster at the same time. While he has the plan to manipulate Chorus via an already progressing Civil War mostly figured out, he takes advantage of the Reds and Blues to help escalate it, and is still The Chessmaster even then.
- Overarching Villain: Technically as he was introduced in Reconstruction and was present in some form throughout the rest of the series. He's the series' new Big Bad now that the Director has been killed off.
- The Pawns Go First: Does not actually take part in the fighting on Chorus, preferring to let Locus, Felix and Sharkface take matters into their own hands. That is, of course, until they fail. Then he intervenes.
- Playing Both Sides: He influenced the Chorus Civil War via Locus and Felix.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Even when threatening Locus and Felix, he offers a carrot and stick solution. If they succed they will obtain the new and improved Meta suit, of they fail it's new user will hunt them down and kill them.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Subverted. His initial letters to the Director are actually relatively restrained and calm, and he seems quite content to get the process done ASAP while doing his best to not interfere with the Director's work, while being given relatively little to go on. When he finds out that the Director has broken the law, this attitude is dropped. And then it turns out that was all an act for his own publicity, as he's not so reasonable when it comes to genocide, especially when he's behind it.
- Red Herring: The Stinger of season 11 supposedly reveals that Carolina is Control. Her recap episode in season 12 revealed that she just hijacked the Chairman's communications.
- Sinister Schnoz: Has a rather big nose as seen in the pic.
- The Sociopath: As expected of an Omnicidal Maniac, being willing to wipe out an entire planet full of people to get more money.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In Seasons 10, 12, and 13, his given name is spelled "Malcom." This is changed to "Malcolm" in Red Vs. Blue: The Ultimate Fan Guide.
- Straw Hypocrite: Despite all his bluster to the Director about the misappropriation of UNSC technology, not to mention how much red tape the Director was bypassing, Hargrove is proven to blatantly disregard these exact same directives and beyond, from willing to slaughter an entire planet to retrieve Freelancer hardware, to reverse engineering said hardware to make a new and improved Meta.
- Taking You with Me: His intention behind attacking Chorus in force after being exposed to the galaxy. If he's going down, he wants to kill off all of Chorus first.
- Tranquil Fury: The letters between the Chairman and the Director in Reconstruction gradually build in intensity until the Chairman's final letter, which is delivered very calmly, but sternly, telling the Director that officers have been dispatched to arrest him.
- Villainous Breakdown:
- When the Temple of Arms that Tucker activates ruins all of the Forerunner tech he had previously installed into his new weapons, he is absolutely furious to the point where he threatens his mercenaries that if they don't get the job done, he will have them killed.
- And then when his activities are publicly revealed, he promptly sets a course to Chorus to deal with the Reds and Blues personally, even though it'd probably be more prudent to seek refuge from the law.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Still thought of by many to be the good Chairman of the UNSC Oversight Subcommittee and CEO of Charon Industries. However, those on Chorus know the truth about him as a villain. This is completely revoked at the end of Season 13, when he crimes are broadcast to the whole galaxy.
- The Voice: As "Control" in Seasons 11 and 12.
- Voice of the Legion: He creates this effect in his transmissions as Control.
- Walking Spoiler: Everything about his character post-Revelation spoils major plot twists of Season 12. Even his alias "Control" being a third party in the Chorus Civil War is one before they are revealed to be the same.
- War for Fun and Profit: Controlling a civil war on Chorus in order to kill everyone so he and Charon can claim the valuable artifacts on the planet. A Freeze-Frame Bonus in Season 13 also implies that he's been trying to drive the UNSC back into war with the various Covenant splinter factions since that means that he'd get to sell his highly advanced weapons to the highest bidder.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Though he didn't mean for the Reds and Blues to crash land on Chorus (the pirates just wanted the weapons), he manages to alter his plans to not only include the Reds and Blues in the fighting, but to also use them as martyrs to motivate the citizens of Chorus into a final confrontation.
- You Have Failed Me: He threatens to do this to Locus and Felix if they don't finish their mission.
The Insurrection is a military force made up of soldiers who have broken off from the UNSC, who spend Seasons 9 and 10 in battle with the Freelancers. In reality, they are a highly illegal private security force for Charon Industries and who were under the command of the Chairman. note
- All There in the Manual: Any of their names come from the credits, tweets, or commentary. None of them are named in the series proper.
- Airborne Mook: The jetpack trio.
- Badass Normal: The ODST squad are never hinted to be Super Soldiers like the Freelancers, and yet manage to give them trouble for some time despite the disadvantage.
- Cool Starship: The Staff of Charon early in Season 10. It's a clue to their true employer: Charon Industries.
- Early-Bird Cameo: One of the Smiley twins is seen spray painting his mini-gun during Episode 7 of Season 10. Also, the Leader shows up in the lineup of Elite Mooks, but isn't identified until Season 10.
- Elite Mooks: Several are shown, and they all manage to give the Freelancers a tough fight. Individuals are listed below. Given the revelation that they're actually UNSC soldiers working for Charon Industries, they may be actual Orbital Drop Shock Troopers.
- Evil vs. Evil: Revealed to be the true dynamic of their conflict with Project Freelancer in Season 12.
- The Faceless: Only the Leader and Girlie ever show their faces.
- Foreshadowing: The coffee man from "The Twins" carried two mugs that said Charon Industries on them, foreshadowing the reveal of the "Insurrection" being the Charon Private Security Force.
- Filler Villain: Subverted. At first glance, the Insurrection merely exist to throw down with the Freelancers in some awesome fight scenes. However, they're shown to be much more plot relevant than it seems. Especially in Season 12.
- Heavily Armored Mook: One way to differentiate a usual mook Insurrectionist from his Elite Mook counterpart. The latter (with the exception of the Sleeveless Soldier) are heavily armoured and tend to be Made of Iron.
- Killed Off for Real: As of the end of season 13, all known insurrectionists are dead (except possibly Demo according to a deleted scene).
- La Résistance: The Freelancers tend to call them this, to their amusement.Insurrectionist Leader: Ha, ha, is that who he told you we are?
C.T.: They aren't the enemy Carolina. We're the ones working outside the rules, not them. You don't know what the Director has done. He's broken major laws. When this war ends, we're all going to have to pay for his crimes!
- Season 12 reveals that while they were a splinter UNSC group, they weren't exactly a resistance. Rather, they were under Charon Industries and Chairman Malcolm Hargrove, and were actually even worse than the Freelancers. Ironically, it's implied that they still thought they were part of the UNSC military apparatus and viewed the Freelancers as the "rebels."
- Made of Iron: As mentioned above, just about all of them are pretty durable, being able to take ridiculous punishment and come out fine the next time we see them.
- Mook Chivalry: The lesser grunts suffer from this.
- No Name Given: Every member of the group unless one counts Connecticut.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Demo Man, Girlie, the Sniper, the Leader, the Sleeveless Soldier and the Flame Soldier could all count, especially with more characterization in Season 10 (with the exception of the flame soldier who did not appear in Season 10 but would later appear in Season 13).
- The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: Played straight in Season 10 with them being seen as the Hero Antagonist group contrasting the Villain Protagonist Project Freelancer. However, it's a Subverted Trope in Season 12 when it is revealed that not only are they very much vilified, but they aren't even a revolution.
- Too Dumb to Live: Multiple times throughout Season 9 and 10.
- True Companions: Much like the Freelancers, tragically enough.
Insurrectionist Leader/C.T. (Season 7)
Leader of the Insurrection group that the Freelancers regularly combat, who has a thing going with Connecticut. After Connecticut was killed by Tex, he donned her helmet.
He retroactively shows up in Recreation, in charge of a dig site in the desert. As it turns out, his alien sidekick "Smith," and his men took over the operation, killing the other men (and aliens) working there. They are evidently after a pyramid-shaped superweapon, which Tucker theorizes they intend to sell to the highest bidder. He is very unwilling to tell Sarge, Grif, and Caboose anything about what he's doing in the desert, leading them to get suspicious, and rightfully so. After finally entering the dig site, C.T. ordered Jones (one of his men) to disable Epsilon-Church, who happens to be inside one of those Forerunner monitors. That enraged the Elites and led to them killing off his own forces. He meets his end during the battle when he insults Epsilon-Church, causing Church to laser him to death.
- An Axe to Grind: His Weapon of Choice in Season 10.
- Arc Villain: Of both Recreation and The Project Freelancer Saga.
- Arch-Enemy: Considers Tucker as one in Recreation, since his entire operation in the dig site is being singlehandedly held back by this one particularly annoying Blue simulation trooper. C.T. himself gets noticeably panicked (and pissed) once it turned out that Tucker was released from the dig sites' structure, and repeatedly said that he really wanted to kill him when they meet both times on-screen.
- Badass Normal: Even though he's clearly no match for the top level Freelancers, he does manage to keep up against them, even landing a single good hit on Tex and would've likely wounded her to a significant degree if she wasn't housed in a robot body.
- Badass in Charge: Of the Insurrection group that the Freelancers regularly go up against.
- Battle Couple: With Connecticut.
- Benevolent Boss: To the point of Undying Loyalty to his men, in distinct contrast to the Director.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the Project Freelancer flashbacks, but it was subverted by the reveal that Project Freelancer were just as, if not more villainous than the Insurrection until The Reveal in Season 12, and the real villain of the flashbacks was the Director and Sigma.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With the Meta for Recreation, since the Meta was mostly trying to find and kill Donut, Simmons and Lopez at Valhalla, while C.T. himself was mostly digging up a Forerunner Monitor and had murdered the archaeologists working there while also trying to get into the desert temple and kill off Tucker.
- Character Death: Gets destroyed by Epsilon-Church's laser, and his body is then buried in Sandtrap.
- Chekhov's Gunman: When the Elite Mooks are first seen, he's among them. However, it isn't until Season 10 that he is revealed to be their leader.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Impersonates the real Agent Connecticut after she died in his arms.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He's ultimately killed by the very same relic that he previously murdered several innocent people for.
- Downplayed as it doesn't hurt him, but it's due to his insistence that he and C.T. try to get the rest of his men ultimately get them both caught, and his axes are used to see through C.T.'s holograms and kill her.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: The Insurrectionist Leader's weapon of choice seems to be collapsible throwing axes. Pretty impractical, but he seems to pull it off. It seems as though he stopped using them after one of them killed C.T., however.
- Kick the Dog: When he was being chased by a pissed off Smith and another Elite in a Prowler, he rammed his Warthog into their vehicle, running over their bodies for good measure. Before that, he took over the operation in the desert temple by killing off every other Elite and Marine that was sent there beforehand and threw their corpses into a pile to keep them hidden.
- Made of Iron: After being chased down, his Warthog gets sliced by an energy sword, destroying it seconds later and propelling his body chest-first onto the ground, before he gets up and runs away almost immediately thereafter, completely unscathed. In Season 10 Episode 10, he takes a beating from Tex and still manages to go the distance against her, something which only Maine had previously been able to do.
- The Men First: He refuses to leave the Shipyard without his men despite C.T.'s protests. This gets C.T. killed.
- Noble Top Enforcer: Ultimately the Token Good Teammate of Charon Industries and leader of its security force.
- No Name Given: He's only ever referred to as either The Leader or C.T. in Season 7.
- Only Sane Man: Gives off vibes of this during the first meeting with Sarge, Grif and Caboose.
- Rebel Leader: What the agents of Project Freelancer assume him to be, as an especially cynical, even villainous version. However, he and his group assume it to be a subversion.
- Secret Keeper: Of his own plans, identity and motives, to the bitter end. C.T.'s memory is probably a major part of the reason.
- Token Good Teammate: Even though he's working for a corrupt organization worse than Project Freelancer, he actually seems like a decent guy as he refuses to abandon his teammates. He even actually seems to believe that he's doing the right thing, making him a good man working for an evil corporation.
- Tragic Keepsake: C.T's armor, making him the C.T. we see manning the desert excavation.
- Undying Loyalty: He refuses to abandon his teammates, even though C.T. reminds him they're most likely dead if the Freelancers have gotten that far. He only flees with C.T. after Tex mortally wounds her with a throwing axe. This behavior seems to persist into Season 7, where he refuses to tell Tucker why he was in Sandtrap due to his loyalty to Connecticut over someone who was essentially a particularly low grade agent of Project Freelancer.
- Villainous Breakdown: Completely panics when the operation in the Sandtrap desert temple doesn't go as planned.
- Walking Spoiler: In that he's the C.T. encountered during Recreation.
Assumed to be the leader of this group of the Insurrection in Season 9, this unlucky soldier ends up being involved in every Freelancer operation shown against the Resistance. Although he tries to be smart, he doesn't quite make it all the way there. He is distinguished by his dual bandoliers (and later on, his robotic arm) and attitude.
- An Arm and a Leg: Type 2, losing his arm in battle to against Freelancers due to an explosion twice, the second time being from his subverted Disney Villain Death.
- Artificial Limbs: He receives a mechanical replacement for his left arm in Season 10, presumably due to damage sustained in Season 9.
- Badass Transplant: In Season 10, he seems much more competent, mostly due to the mechanical arm being able to grab Brute Shot grenades out of the air. It also seems to give him Super Strength.
- Butt-Monkey: Every single time he shows up, he gets hurt badly by the Freelancers. He's understandably pissed off by this situation.
- Catch and Return: Fully capable of doing this with a Brute Shot grenade using his artificial arm in Season 10.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Though a major antagonist in Season 9, he's not the leader of the Insurrection.
- Disney Villain Death: He seems to have suffered from this in Season 10, courtesy of a Brute Shot barrage. However, subverted, as a deleted scene for Season 10 shows that he survived, at the cost of his other biological arm.
- Elite Mook/Mook Lieutenant: To the point where he was initially assumed to be the leader of the Insurrection.
- Empowered Badass Normal: While he's upset about having lost his arm, it does give him an edge by being strong enough to smash through concrete and being able No-Sell Maine's Brute Shot.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Though, having to deal with the incompetence of his troops so much around Freelancers and his repeated injuries from said Freelancers, one can probably understand his irritation.
- Iron Butt Monkey: He survives a lot of punishment.
- Made of Iron: He's both this and extremely lucky. See No One Should Survive That for why.
- Narrating the Obvious: "Ah! My robot arm!" Said when said arm is torn off by Maine.
- No Indoor Voice: Like Hair-Trigger Temper, justified. The first time, he didn't have a microphone to call down to North and South. The other times, he's too pissed off to be quieter.
- No One Should Survive That: He has survived being at the center of a massive explosive twice now, with his only visible injury being a missing arm.
- Revenge: After the encounter in Season 10, he swears revenge on the Freelancers for his latest misfortune, having lost his other biological arm.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Probably because every time he's seen, he's being attacked by Freelancers. He seems especially prone to swearing in Episode 15 of Season 9.
- Sole Survivor: Has a bad habit of being the only survivor in very large explosions. And, if a deleted scene from Season 10 is anything to go by, he is very likely the last survivor of the Elite Mook group from the Insurrection, provided he's survived to the present day.
- Unexplained Recovery: The highest amount of this of the Elite Mooks. He took a Kill Sat to the face and came out with just a mechanical arm.
Sleeveless Insurrection Soldier
Seemingly the physically strongest of the Insurrection soldiers in terms of brute strength, this soldier fought against the group on the freeway in the mission for the sarcophagus, where he shot Maine in the throat, inadvertently causing the entirety The Recollection. He re-appears at the Longshore Shipyards in Season 10.
- Airborne Mook: When he takes to the sky in Episodes 16 and 17 of Season 9 on a Jet Pack.
- Badass Normal: We are talking about a guy who managed to withstand, block, and dodge several blows from Carolina and win a fight against Maine. If those are not some of the most incredible feats from the series...
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Although he seems perfectly capable of using guns when he has them, this soldier seems to prefer simply pummeling people with his bare hands first.
- The Brute: Rather than any weapon, he seems to focus on pure strength. Downplayed in that unlike Maine, he seems to succeed more through strategy and ruthlessness than by his actual strength. His beating of Maine is a good example considering he actually hits Maine twice to piss him off, then waits for him to try to strike back, which leaves his guard fully open.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Downplayed. Despite not seeming to have any actual enhancements, this soldier manages to physically match Maine in their first encounter. That said, once Maine gets a solid hold on him, things go in quite the other direction.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers one thoroughly in Maine thanks to his Mighty Glacier Status, is on the receiving end when Maine becomes a Lightning Bruiser.
- Elite Mook: Like the rest of the troops in red ODST armor.
- Evil Counterpart: Or Good Counterpart, depending on how you look at it, to Maine.
- The Faceless: Like most of the Insurrection, he never removes his helmet. The only time it comes off, his head goes with it.
- Giant Mook: Rivals the Flame Soldier in sheer size.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's about as fast as he is strong, which allows him to endure Carolina's hits and outmatch Maine's strength respectively.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: He's the only character in the series to show musculature, and he's able to match Maine.
- Never Found the Body: In Season 9, he is last seen being thrown off the freeway after a fight with Carolina. He shows up again in Season 10.
- Off with His Head!: His final fate in Episode 9 of Season 10 at the hands of Maine. After Maine gives him a Punch Catch and forced to his knees, Maine punches him in the head, knocking his helmet off. He doesn't get back up, and we never see his head after the incident. It's been confirmed by Word of God (through DVD commentary) that the punch did indeed kill and decapitate him.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: He's known for his muscle mass and his sleevelessness.
- Unexplained Recovery: Not as bad as the Demo Man, but still unexplained.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He's the one who shot Maine in the throat, inadvertently providing Carolina's excuse to give Sigma away. And we all know what Sigma did as a result.
- The Worf Effect: The second time Maine fights him, the battle is decidedly very one-sided, most likely because this time Maine doesn't give him any breathing room and just goes for the kill.
The jetpack-wearing sniper of the Insurrection, this soldier first appears during the freeway battle in Season 9. He was the only member of the group who was not assumed dead at the end of Season 9. He reappears at the Longshore Shipyards in Season 10.
- Airborne Mook: In Season 9, thanks to his Jet Pack.
- Cold Sniper: Calm and in control of the situation, he shows no remorse for his actions and treats shooting people from afar with as much emotion as someone checking the weather. His cool only slips moments before his death as he panics realizing a far less savvy sniper in his squad is about to fire at the bubble shield they're trapped in.
- Elite Mook: He leads a group of sniper mooks.
- The Faceless: Never removes his helmet, right up to his death.
- Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball: In Season 10, his fellow sniper makes the mistake of firing his SMG inside of North's bubble shield. The results are Bloody Hilarious, but also a Gory Discretion Shot to a degree.
- Laser Sight: On his sniper rifle.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction to the aforementioned Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball just before death.
- One-Hit KO: In Episode 17 of Season 9, he is punched in the face while on a jetpack moving at high speed down a freeway by Maine, causing him to get off balance and fall behind. He survives, though, appearing again in Season 10 no worse for wear.
- Sniper Rifle: His weapon of choice.
The only known female member of the Insurrection except Connecticut, this soldier is notable for her gender, the fact that she has her face shown, and that she is given a name, one of the few members of the Insurrection to do so. She appears both during the freeway battle and at the Longshore Shipyards.
- Dark Action Girl: The only girl shown on the Insurrectionist side until C.T. defects.
- Disney Villain Death: The last we see of her is her getting dropped into the ocean along with the Demo Man and his robot arm. It is unknown whether or not she survived, though given she landed spine first onto hard metal it's likely that she either died on impact or broke her spine, was paralyzed and drowned.
- The Faceless: Subverted, along with the leader Sharkface and Rhee, she's shown with her helmet off twice.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Carolina impales her in the chest with the bayonet of Maine's Brute Shot in Season 9. It doesn't kill her, however.
- Knife Nut/Dual Wielding: Wields two combat knives in her one-on-one fight with Carolina in Season 10. She also wields two pistols during the freeway fight in Season 9 before tossing one to the Sleeveless Soldier to aid in his fight against Maine.
- Lady Swears-a-Lot: She has exactly three lines. Two include the word "bitch", and the last includes "fuck".
- Long Hair Is Feminine: Subverted. Her hair is longer than any of the other women in the prequel segments, but she's just as action oriented and vulgar as any of them.
- Noodle Incident: Apparently CT did something to the Insurrectionists to make Girlie have a negative view of her, but this is dropped just as quickly as it's brought up.
- The Smurfette Principle: Initially presented as the only female member of the Insurrection. CT's defection and the reveal that Chain Girl is, well, a girl change this.
- Unexplained Recovery: Not as bad as the Demo Man, but still unexplained.
A civilian scientist, he is a high ranking official in the Insurrection, and has the briefcase that holds the code to opening the Sarcophagus.
- Bald of Evil/Evil Genius: For a certain degree of "evil". See Hero Antagonist on the whole group.
- Cool Shades: Not quite Sinister Shades, since we don't see enough of him or know enough about him to tell anything nefarious about him other than his allegiance.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Maine's assassination of him.
- Non-Action Guy: The closest thing he does to "action" is try to shield himself when Maine kills him.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike most of the Insurrection, he is one of the few characters who is rendered without any armor at all.
- Oh, Crap!: The look on his face just before the Gory Discretion Shot at the end of Episode 14 of Season 9.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Considering that everyone else wears either armor or a uniform, this guy has the distinction of being the only character in the series who is well dressed.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: Maine takes him out this way, jumping off a bridge, landing straight on the hood of his car, and, as it manages to swerve only twice in the driver's surprise, kills the official.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Is introduced as nothing more than a target to be taken care of, and doesn't get any lines before his death.
Chain Guy and Chain Girl
Two soldiers who guard the entrance to the computer room in which the Leader is staying in Season 10, these two seem to communicate through giggles and weeps, and used their Gatling guns to keep the Freelancers at bay for some time. One has a frowning face on their faceplate, the other a smiling one.
- Alien Blood: Though presumably not alien, their death-by-crushing results in a huge splatter of yellow. It's unknown if it's paint or blood.
- All There in the Manual: Their names (and the fact one of them is apparently a girl) come from a tweet by Chain Guy's voice actor.
- Ax-Crazy: Seemingly, by the sounds of their communication with one another.
- Battle Couple: One possible interpretation of their relationship.
- Berserker Tears: The frowning face soldier.
- Bottomless Magazines: More noticeable than others, due to almost never stopping firing.
- Death from Above/Forklift Fu: Killed when Florida caused the crane holding a box to throw them off of the side of the platform, then drop the box, killing them both.
- Disney Villain Death: Sort of. It's unknown if the fall or the box killed them.
- Even Evil Has Standards: They're visibly disappointed with how lackluster Florida's throw was.
- Elite Mooks: They seem to give off this vibe, seeing how they were trusted to protect The Leader and CT to hold the line for as long as possible. Which they do, being a massive roadblock for four (well, five until Carolina rushes in ahead) agents until Florida recovers and uses their surroundings to be rid of them.
- Gatling Good: And seemingly limitless ammunition.
- Giggling Villain: The Smiley Face soldier.
- Monster Clown: Invoked, with their Leitmotif being creepy carnival music, their ""Have a Nice Day" Smile/Frown" reminiscent of face-paint, and the slogans on their chain-guns having clown-like phrases ("Turn That Frown Upside Down!"/"Have A Nice Day (Or Else)!")
- Symbolic Blood: Assuming the yellow splatter is paint.
- Trigger Happy: The Smiley Face soldier. Emphasis on the "happy".
- The Unintelligible: They do "talk", but in sounds, not words.
- You call it genocide... I call it one hell of a paycheck.
— Zachary Miller
A group of mercenaries who were first referred to at the end of Season 10. They don't show up in person until Season 12, where they are revealed to be the "third party" in the Chorus Civil War, are directly controlled by Locus and Felix, helping them annihilate the population of Chorus and prolong the war, and are employed by Charon Industries.
- Army of Thieves and Whores: To bolster their numbers, they recruit the inmates of a prison transport ship. Well, the ones that survived the Purge, that is.
- Brought Down to Normal: Due to Tucker activating one of the towers earlier in Season 13, all of the Forerunner weaponry collected by both the Chorus factions and the Space Pirates ends up getting short circuited. Since the Space Pirates had acclimated most of their weaponry with said Forerunner technology, it made their best weapons useless and forced them to switch back to UNSC weapons instead. This comes back to bite them hard when the Chorus factions collect all of the still functioning Forerunner weapons and use them against the Space Pirates. They Lose. Hard.
- Chekhov's Gunman: They were offhandedly referred to at the end of Season 10, with Carolina and Epsilon preparing to go after them. Turns out, they are the main antagonistic group in the Chorus Civil War.
- Co-Dragons: The highest ranking and most authoritative members of the Space Pirates, Felix, Locus and Sharkface, are the main threats to the Blood Gulch Crew throughout The Chorus Trilogy, while the main antagonist, Malcom Hargrove, coordinates their attacks from afar.
- Death by Irony: By Episode 18 of Season 13, a lot of the Space Pirates own tactics end up being used against them to devastating effect.
- They originally used Forerunner technology to Curb Stomp most of their foes. However, Tucker activating the Temple of Arms fried their weapons and forced them to switch back to standard UNSC weaponry. Once the Chorus factions managed to access the alien arsenal at Charon's old excavation site, they were able to Curb Stomp them right back.
- During Season 12, Zachary Miller mentions Quality over Quantity, saying that while they may have been only a few dozen members at that time its more then enough to get the job done. Once the majority of their own army is killed in the destruction of Chorus' capital by General Donald Doyle, they become too spread thin to properly protect their various installations, which ties directly into the third problem they face...
- The Space Pirates used tractor beams to track unsuspecting ships onto Chorus in order to murder their inhabitants and sell their weaponry for their own purposes. In Episode 18, after they abandon Crash Site Alpha to protect the Communications Temple, five members of the united Chorusan forces were able to sneak in and use the tractor beam to crash the Tartarus into the Purge Tower, effectively killing two birds with one stone.
- Elite Mooks: They wield Forerunner weapons and are much more dangerous than the Federal Army or New Republic soldiers. Three of them even pose a threat to Carolina.
- Even Evil Has Standards: The mooks are stated to tune out Felix's rather petty insults and behavoir due to it being overbearing and not having much they can do about it.
- Freudian Trio: A twisted, evil parody is formed out of Locus, Felix, and Sharkface, albeit with some mixing and matching:
- Sharkface, for whom revenge is his primary motivation, has a rougher, more reckless fighting style, bringing flamethrowers to a fist fight, and relying on his status as Dented Iron to No-Sell hits. He's Id in combat. However, his interactions with the other two are more cold and logical, making him a bit of a Superego there.
- Felix is the most skilled in the area of social conventions, the best at concealing his treacherousness, and is a clear-cut case of The Sociopath. His M.O is as the Superego. On the other hand, his interactions with the other two members are marked by impulsive and emotional behaviors, so there he's the Id.
- Locus wants so very badly to just be the Superego, but Washington has successfully triggered two separate cases of Villainous Breakdown, showing a struggle between his usual status as a Consummate Professional and a Shell-Shocked Veteran. He's the Ego, and actually retains that label in his interactions with the other two, at one point breaking up an argument between the two.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: One of the pirates, Zachary Miller, is brutally tortured by Dr. Grey. Then at the end of the episode, he gets fatally shot by one of his own teammates. Considering he was one of the pirates that killed all of Gray's friends, it's very hard to pity him.
- Laughably Evil: When they actually talk to each other, they're just as prone to idiocy and bickering as everyone else in the series.
- Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves: An unusual example, but the helmets of female pirates are ovoid while male pirates wear more rectangular ones.
- Muave Shirt: Zachery Miller. He's given just enough time to develop a personality and establish his character before he's killed.
- Omnicidal Maniac: They've all been hired to help wipe out an entire planet for a quick buck.
- Outside-Context Problem: In Season 12. The only protagonists to be aware of their existence were Carolina and Epsilon, both of whom were MIA, until their attack on the Fed outpost in "Cloak And Dagger."
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Zachary is killed by another pirate once he starts spilling his guts.
- Space Pirates: What they are most commonly referred to. However, they actually aren't, as they're a group of mercenaries employed by Hargrove and led by Locus and Felix to create conflict on Chorus and rule the planet from the shadows.
- Walking Spoilers: The mere fact that there is a third party in the civil war is the twist that turns the Chorus story arc on its head during Season 12. They are also this due to being under the control of Charon Industries.
- You Have Failed Me: If they fail to prevent their gear from being stolen, they're...taken care of.
Felix / Isaac Gates
A gray and orange mercenary introduced in Season 11 and one of the three leaders of the Space Pirates, employed by the Chairman to manipulate the New Republic. He serves as one the primary antagonists of The Chorus Trilogy, and the most proactive one in Season 12.
Felix and Locus were allies during the great war, but they never liked one another. Felix couldn't return to civilian life after that, and the Chairman hired him and Locus to push the Civil War. He acts opposed to Locus and the Federation, he does what he can to keep the Reds and Blues alive and explain the New Republic's situation to them and says that the New Republic is hoping that these "legendary heroes" can tip the balance of the war into the Republic's favor. No one suspects that he's lying about his true allegiance, of course.
He is The Sociopath, downright evil, and one of the biggest (if not the biggest) dicks in the series. He is also a skilled manipulator and one of the reasons why this Civil War has not ended. His motivation for both evil and amusement, and is happy to kill everyone on Chorus, in whatever way possible. In comparison to Locus, his partner, he is the more evil of the pair, preferring to twist the knife rather than kill and get on with it, but is also the less dangerous one for giving his opponents the opportunity to exploit his gloating. At the end of Season 13, he is betrayed by Locus and thrown out of the side of the Communications Temple by a grenade blast. His death is confirmed by Locus being able to use the Great Key afterwards.
- Adorkable: The way he makes a joke about armor to Wash. Before Wash even reacts to said joke, Felix just apologizes and sheepishly says he was only trying to lighten the mood. The way he shows off his light shield also fits neatly under this, along with him sticking his tongue out at Tucker while wearing his helmet and then awkwardly telling Tucker to shut up when the latter points this out to him. This drops quickly once he turns out to be Evil All Along, however, suggesting it to be part of his facade. It was likely an Invoked Trope, to make himself appear less threatening. Later scenes imply that those previous moments were ultimately just extensions of his actual Psychopathic Manchild personality.
- Antagonist Abilities: His Hardlight Shield is practically invincible, even allowing him and Locus to survive the explosion created by the Tartarus' crash into the Purge temple, and thus makes the heroes' lives difficult whenever they have to fight him. It allows Felix to just calmly stride towards an enemy shooting at him, while his opponents have to resort to outside-the-box tactics (like sticky grenades or just attacking from all directions) if they want a chance to beat him.
- Anti-Hero: Season 14 revealed that he and Locus used to be this. Along their partner Siris, they actually captured criminals and turned them in for a reward.
- Arch-Enemy: To Tucker, due to revelations in Episode 10 of Season 12. All his interactions with Tucker initially seemed to be an attempt to make him into a better soldier and leader, and to accept the grim realities of war. After revealing his true colors, Felix takes a cruel pleasure in torturing Tucker for his actions and his failures, making things quite personal between the two. He even goes out of his way in his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to mock Tucker for what he did as a member of the New Republic. They also have appropriately opposite Weapons of Choice, with Tucker wielding a Laser Blade while Felix has a Hard Light Deflector Shield. Unfortunately for Felix, Create Your Own Hero comes into effect, and Tucker starts getting the better of him time and time again, something Felix's ego can't handle. He even gets an energy sword of his own (though while Tucker gained his by accident, Felix gained his from a by proxy murder), and when his Villainous Breakdown begins during his futile last attack on the Blood Gulch Crew, it's Tucker he screams at to come out and face him. And in the end, Tucker is the one who kills him by tossing him a grenade (just like how Felix had Tucker toss him a grenade right before revealing himself to be Evil All Along).
- Ask a Stupid Question...:Felix: Sharkface, Locus, whatever happened to normal fucking names? I mean, am I crazy?
Aiden Price: Well...
Felix: DON'T! ...psychoanalyse me.
- Asshole Victim: No tears are shed when he falls to his death from the Temple of Communication in "The End Is Near."
- Ax-Crazy: Felix is a violent, sadistic sociopath who will twist the knife into his enemies for sick kicks. This comes to head in the Season 13 finale, during his Villainous Breakdown he completely loses it and only cares about killing the Reds and Blues.
- Bad Boss: Felix is not a pleasant employer to say the least. Not only does he constantly berate his own men (to the point that most of the Space Pirates have learned to just tune him out when he's talking) once he actually has the Key needed to initiate the purge he see's no problem using it to kill everybody on Chorus not immediately protected from the blast (which would include almost all of his own men).
- Badass in a Nice Suit: During his and Locus' backstory segments in Season 14, he has an orange tie, handkerchief and sunglasses (the effect is slightly ruined by his preference for having the sleeves rolled up, though).
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In Episode 19 of Season 13, he tells Locus to just forget about orders and the mission for once in his life. He does.
- Big Bad Friend: Hidden in plain sight as an ally to Kimball and the Reds and Blues, he's actually a villain, although far from the main one.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Legitimately deadly and a tough opponent to either out-fight or out-wit, but he's less threatening than his partner Locus due to the latter's refusal to play ball with his enemies and they're both ultimately subordinates to Hargrove. His final fight with the Blood Gulch Crew has him get utterly humiliated before being killed off.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Wash from being shot by Locus twice. Ultimately revealed to be an Invoked Trope when it turns out it was all a set up with Locus.
- Big Good: Subverted - While Kimball may be the leader of the New Republic, she makes it clear the only reason they're still around is Felix, but he's actually working for Control, and a primary antagonist.
- Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: His insults devolve into this during his Villainous Breakdown.Felix: You're all a bunch of pathetic... stupid losers!
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Starts off quite affable, but once the Reds and Blues agree to help he gets gradually more jerkass-y until he's revealed as a straight-up villain.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: He has a tendency to monologue and gloat which leads to the whole scheme being busted wide open due to Tucker's helmet cam. He even acknowledges it in Season 13, when he tells Locus he knows he let the survivors trigger the alarm, and that he had more fun because of it.
- Broken Bird: Subverted, as while he shows signs of this and it's seemingly confirmed in Episode 3 of Season 12, he's not only anything but broken, he's more upbeat than his partner.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Felix is not really on anybody's side but his own. He'll ally with others but for only as long as it serves his purpose to do so. As soon as he sees no more use for them he'll gladly cast them off and even kill them or at least allow them to die.Felix: Locus, when have we ever looked out for anyone other than ourselves?
Locus: ...They trust us.
Felix: And what, that gives them some sort of immunity? Survival isn't a right, it's a privilege. It's earned. That's the one thing we've always agreed on. If they deserve to live then they'd be strong enough to stop us and smart enough never to trust anyone.
- Color-Coded Characters: He's heavily associated with the color orange, providing a clear contrast to Locus's green.
- Combat Pragmatist: Felix generally prefers a pragmatic combat option, sacrificing a soldier if it means a mission's success. When he himself is in a fight he's not above fighting dirty, and will resort to cheap shots, booby traps and other underhanded tactics to get an edge over an otherwise superior opponent. Subverted when he and Locus have the Blood Gulch Crew at gunpoint and Felix just starts ranting, much to Locus' frustration.
- Co-Dragons: He and Locus are Hargrove's right-hand men, though Felix is arguably the true Dragon when his manipulations of Locus are exposed.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Kicks the collective ass of Tucker, Simmons, Caboose, Grif, and their Lieutenants early on in Season 12. Felix then later wipes the floor with Tucker on his own in "Fed vs. New," with Tucker only surviving due to both Felix's Motive Rant and Locus forcing both himself & Felix to retreat after the truth of the Chorus Civil War is broadcast to the entire planet.
- And in turn, he gets his own ass thoroughly kicked when the Blood Gulch Crew Zerg Rush him in "The End Is Near."
- Dead Guy Puppet: Inflicts this on Captain Meyers of the Tartarus, purely for shits and giggles.Felix: (imitating the late Meyers) At ease, gentlemen.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the classic "generally attractive and charismatic Deadpan Snarker Jerk with a Heart of Gold White Male Lead" archetype seen in countless Hollywood films. His "charismatic and lovable dick" persona is just a facade he puts on to manipulate people, and he's actually a high-functioning sociopath who has been hired to goad the planet he's on into a bloody civil war that Leaves No Survivors. His dismissive attitude towards death and ability to crack jokes during the Chorus Civil War just shows how psychotic he is and how he's a Psychopathic Manchild that gets off on making others suffer for his own amusement. Even his attractive physique is revealed to just be a facet of his vanity and need to make himself come across as appealing to other people so they can do whatever he wants them to do. Felix even directly mocks the archetype he was portraying during the reveal of his true villainous nature in Season 12:Tucker: Dude! That's Locus, your enemy!
Felix: Right, and I'm the charismatic mercenary with a gruff exterior, but a heart of gold. A little too romantic don't you think?
- Deflector Shield: Has a Hard Light one built into his armor as his Weapon of Choice.
- Dirty Coward: The second his final battle with the Reds and Blues goes south he starts to visibly panic, to the point he practically begs Locus for help.
- Disney Villain Death: Continuing the Charon and RvB tradition of bad guys falling to their deaths. However, his death is confirmed shortly after by the sword being bonded to Locus.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Well, he wasn't as evil back then, but during his days bounty-hunting with Locus and Siris, he was still the most inclined to violence and Kick the Dog of the three. Even so, he was just as horrified as the other two when Ruben Lozano made it clear he was perfectly willing to let his son Gabriel die and call him a "parasite". Though his horror may have had less to do with the immorality of Lozano's actions, and more to do with the fact that he had just lost his only form of leverage against a very pissed of and powerful Mob boss. Additionally, both he and Siris were completely stunned when Locus opted to simply murder Gabriel after it became clear that Gabriel had outlived his usefulness to the three.
- Every Man Has His Price: Says this regarding the Reds and Blues, and how they are Not So Different for only working with the New Republic to help their friends.
- Evil All Along: It's revealed midway through Season 12 that he's directly working for the main antagonist of the story arc.
- Evil Counterpart: He is this to both Tucker and Locus.
- Like Tucker, both have a Great Key and in Season 14's Merc Trilogy (set before the events of The Chorus Trilogy), he is shown to be a bit of a womanizer.
- Like Locus, they are both mercenaries and are initially depicted as each other's moral opposite - Felix is first presented as Locus's Good Counterpart with Locus being presented as Felix's Evil Counterpart, and as the story progresses their counterpart roles are shown to be reversed.
- Evil Gloating: He kicks it into high gear after he shows his true colors, taunting the Blood Gulch Crew about how they've helped with Control's plan. True to this trope, this buys enough time for Carolina to save the Reds and Blues. He was doing it as a form of therapy after dealing with the Reds and Blues on his side. He does it again in Episode 18, only for it to bite him in the ass when Tucker and Church are revealed to have been recording what he has said, and it is broadcast to Armonia (where the Rebels and the Feds are fighting).
- Exact Words:
- With the exception of telling the Reds and Blues that they were some of the galaxy's greatest soldiers, he never actually lied to them.
- F In the opening episode of Season 13, when he boards the prison ship, he assures his new "friends" that they won't find anyone else on the defunct Pelican he rode in on. Turns out everyone else on that Pelican had active camo, so of course they wouldn't find them.
- In the same episode, he and Locus are trying to recruit the inmates of a prison ship to bolster their side's numbers. As part of his speech, Felix offers to let any prisoner who doesn't want to join them "off the ship". Once the inmates make their decisions, Felix immediately blasts everyone who didn't join him out into space. Hey, they're off the ship, aren't they?
- False Friend:
- He fakes his friendship to the Reds and Blues to gain their trust before betraying them.
- He's also this to Locus in a manner of speaking. While he makes no secret of the fact that he doesn't like Locus and that they are not friends, the pair of them form a pretty effective team. However, he's also manipulating Locus through the entire campaign, being abusive and condescending, and using Locus' PTSD to keep him under his thumb, because deep down he's scared shitless of his partner. When Locus finally realizes this and turns on Felix, the first thing Felix does is try to kill him.
- This is his main way of infiltration and accomplishing stealth missions. He works his way into someone's forces and uses his charms and social skills to gain their trust, like he did with the New Republic and crew of the Tartarus. He pretends to be supportive and makes people think of him as a friend until he has everything he needs and stabs them in the back without hesitation.
- Fatal Flaw: His massive ego. Felix ultimately causes more problems for himself than he can deal with by being as boastful and arrogant as he possibly can to people he should really just shoot dead when he has a chance. Also if he feels even the slightest bit upstaged in any way he will quickly abandon rational thought just to soothe his injured pride. This trait eventually gets him killed. He went after the Reds and Blues because he couldn't stand that they nearly killed him when destroying the Purge Tower and was horribly outmatched. It also causes Locus to turn against him in the end because Locus realizes that Felix knew he couldn't cope with the trauma of war and went out of his way to keep Locus under his control by not letting him do so. The reason for that? Locus was the better soldier.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's a pretty casual, jokey kind of guy, even when he's being openly and unapologetically evil. This just serves to show how much of a Jerkass he is. He even says that he and Kimball were "friends" while telling Locus to kill her quickly.
- Primarily towards Tucker. Both of them initially are only fighting in the war for personal gain, Felix wants to be paid and Tucked just wants to find his friends. They are both cynical and sarcastic and the two of them are arguably the most skilled members of the New Republic. However, towards the end of Season 12, Felix is still fighting for his own gain, disregarding the lives of the inhabitants on Chorus and enjoying the violence and suffering he causes. Tucker however, grows to care a great deal about the people on Chorus, to the point where he selflessly risked his own life to save them. Tucker is also shown to dislike violence and war, only getting his hands dirty when he has to, and prefers to knock out or capture his opponents, whereas Felix takes a sadistic pleasure in killing his enemies. Tucker also values his friends and teammates in the Blood Gulch Crew, whereas Felix merely manipulated them for his own interests and only tried to keep Locus alive since he's aware of Locus being stronger than him. It even fits into their primary Weapons of Choice - Tucker has a Laser Blade, while Felix has a Hard Light Deflector Shield.
- A bit towards Washington. Wash starts out as an ally in the first part of a trilogy to the Reds and Blues only to become their enemy in the second part. In contrast, Felix pretends to be their ally in the first part only to show his true nature in the second part of the trilogy, but unlike Wash, Felix is never redeemed; the redemption part instead goes to Locus, who is Wash's other Foil.
- He's also a pretty clear one towards Locus. They're introduced as two mercenaries on different sides of the Chorus Civil War and were former comrades, the former a friendly and talkative Jerk with a Heart of Gold, the latter a ruthless and cold Consummate Professional. ...Or so it seems on the surface. In reality, Felix is a sadistic Manipulative Bastard who puts on a phony friendly appearance to use people to his own ends, while Locus is actually a very conflicted man that puts on the mask of being an emotionless killer to avoid having to face his guilt over the many atrocities he took part in both during and after the Human-Covenant War. Also, while Locus prefers to be quick and efficient with his kills, Felix enjoys toying with his victims because it amuses him. Felix is eventually outed as irredeemably evil and gets a Karmic Death, while Locus successfully pulls a HeelFace Turn and instead becomes The Atoner.
- For the Evulz: He pretty much has no motivation besides getting paid, but even that doesn't ultimately matter to him. He outright states that the feeling of power over his victims means more to him than any amount of money.
- Hard Light: Really likes to a Deflector Shield made of this that's built into his armor.
- Hate Sink: While most villains are either too entertaining or too badass to genuinely hate, the sole exception is Felix. Although he at first seems Lovable Rogue Jerk with a Heart of Gold, he gleefuly shows his True Colors halfway through season 12 when it's revealed that he's been manipulating the Reds and Blues into perpetuating a civil war with goal of killing everyone on both sides. In a show which has its share of Jerkasses, Felix is the only character whose sociopathy is not Played for Laughs, and is hated by the fans possibly more than the guy who's actually paying him to commit his atrocities.
- The Heavy: He and Locus are this to Hargrove. In the end, Felix is the true one because he manipulated Locus into going along with the genocide in the first place and he pushes to kill the Blood Gulch Crew long after Locus has stopped caring about them
- Hired Guns: A mercenary working for the rebels on the planet the Blood Gulch Crew crashed on. Subverted, as he's working for Control and has intentionally infiltrated the New Republic. He finds out the hard way that describing himself as a "freelancer" is a quick way to get him on the Blood Gulch Crew's nad side.Felix: I'm a freelancer.
(Hears seven guns being cocked.)
Felix: (in a panicky tone of voice) No, I-I mean I'm a mercenary! You know, a gun for hire!
- Humiliation Conga: On the receiving end during his final fight against the Blood Gulch Crew, aka the same people he dismissed as losers.
- Hidden Depths: When he didn't pass the true warrior test, he mentioned he saw "shit straight from his nightmares". Said "shit straight from his nightmares" just so happens to be Locus realizing he doesn't need Felix while Felix needs him.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: After he takes a level in jerkass in Season 12. To some extent. He's not just Only in It for the Money, he's trying to take down Locus. Though in truth, it's an Inverted Trope. He has a niceness facade as shown in Season 12's Episode 10. He's actually allied with Locus, and really is a massive asshat.
- Hypocrite: As if Felix wasn't enough of an asshole already, he tends to call people out on traits that he himself shows. Just to give a few examples:
- Calls Locus crazy, but it's actually him that seems to have gone off the deep end. Also, see Never My Fault.
- He mocks Locus, Wash and Sharkface for using pseudonyms instead of their real names, but he never uses his own real name on Chorus.
- During their battle in "Fed vs. New", Felix makes fun of Tucker for using a sword. Come Season 13, Felix gets his hands on the Great Key for Chorus, incorporating a sword into his fighting style with nary a complaint.
- Additionally, for all of the times that he accuses the people he fights of being cowards or not attacking him, one of his Weapons of Choice is a Hard Light Deflector Shield (aka something meant to be used defensively).
- Felix claims to be a Social Darwinist who repeatedly tries to kill off anyone weaker than him under the Insane Troll Logic of "If they didn't want to die, they should be strong enough to stop me and smart enough not to trust me in the first place." However, as Santa later reveals to Locus in "The End is Near", Felix has been psychologically manipulating Locus to stay with him since he's actually aware of Locus being the stronger of the two and that Felix needs Locus to survive. In reality, by Felix's own philosophy of Might Makes Right, he deserves to be abandoned and murdered.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Helped to recruit the Reds and the Blues into the opposing armies by telling them that they would help inspire the teams and help win the war, intending them to spur on the conflict between the two parties even further and hasten along their own destruction. Instead, the Reds and the Blues end up inspiring both sides to not just end the conflict, but work together, and even provide a united front against Felix and Locus' own forces, ultimately winning the war and bringing peace to Chorus. Furthermore, the Reds and Blues (with assistance from Locus, who pulls a Betrayal by Inaction on Felix as part of his own HeelFace Turn) are the ones to directly kill him, with Sarge incapacitating his Deflector Shield with a sticky grenade long enough for Tucker to throw a grenade at his feet that hurls him to his death.
- I'll Kill You!: You'd think he'd end up saying this to his rival Locus, but in actuality he says his own version of this when it's revealed that Tucker has broadcast his entire Motive Rant to the capital, where all the Republic and Federation troops are currently stationed. Should've kept the mouth shut, really.
- Irony: After insinuating that the Blood Gulch Crew were worthless in combat if not for the Freelancers in their party, he gets his ass whooped by the Reds and Blues without Wash and Carolina to back them up.
- It's All About Me: Everything he does, he does for himself. But arguably the most damning example is his treatment of Locus. Deep down, Felix is scared of his partner, because no matter how much he may say they need each other, Locus can survive on his own, but Felix can't. So he does everything in his power to keep Locus from getting the help he needs, and staying by his side to protect him when he gets in over his head.
- It's Personal:
- His rivalry with Locus, as it's rooted in how they were former teammates who hated each other, but couldn't do anything about it because they were on the same side during the Great War. Kimball speculates that the sentiment might be mutual. Turns out that it's all a ruse - they still hate each other, but they manage to be professional about it.
- Later, when he reveals his true colors to the Reds and Blues, he takes the time to deliver a rather vindictive "The Reason You Suck" Speech, implying that he considers having had to put up with them pretty damn personal, too.
- After Tucker gets the better of him at the end of Season 12, he really seems to want some payback for being made to look foolish and having his cover blown. He even refers to the rest of the Blood Gulch Crew as "Lavernius Tucker's less important but equally annoying friends" at one point, and generally holds a special level of hatred for Tucker in Season 13.
- Jerkass: His true colors. Between willingly attempting to commit genocide and twisting the knife on the Reds and Blues on how much they helped, he could very well be the biggest asshole in the series, and that's saying a lot. He's so bad that even his own men just tend to tune him out, as mentioned in Episode 10 of Season 13.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He seems genuinely concerned when the guys leave and goes to retrieve them against Kimball's orders, until it turns out that he actually left so he could kill them all. Turns out he's far worse than we expected, and he and Locus are manipulating the entire conflict. While he's gloating to them, he mentions Jerk with a Heart of Gold more or less by name, and makes fun of them for believing he was one.
- Just Between You and Me: Felix rants to Tucker that he and Locus just had to put forth a few sob stories to the heads of each army to pit them against each other. Tucker then mocks him and calls on Church to do so. Felix, confused, asks what Church is, to which Tucker smugly responds with, "Oh, this is Church. He's the A.I. that helps me run my equipment."
- Kick the Dog: As The Sociopath, he takes great delight in doing this. Examples include rubbing the Blood Gulch Crew's collective face in how they've been successfully manipulated in helping wipe out the innocent Chorusans, gleefully murdering the Tartarus crew before blasting everybody who won't/can't fight for them out the airlock, threatening Price by implying he might let Sharkface in on his previous career if he gets out of line, and constantly grinding Locus under his boot by exploiting his PTSD to his own advantage. He also takes a disturbing amount of pleasure in repeatedly hitting and stabbing Tucker when they face off at the end of Season 12.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: When he and Locus apprehend Gabriel Lozano, it's clear Felix is really enjoying making Lozano piss his pants by rattling off a list of his crimes and mocking him in the first episode, and psychologically, then physically torturing him in the second episode by shooting him in the leg to get a few good screams out of him. Locus doesn't participate in this in the least, simply shooting him in the head when it's clear that Lozano is both of no actual use to them as a hostage and heard Felix use their real names while arguing.
- Killed Off for Real: Blasted to his death at the Communications Temple, and given that Locus can now use his sword, he's confirmed dead this time.
- Knife Nut: It's clear after The Reveal that knives let him get up and personal with his victim. He's pretty awesome at throwing them as well.Felix: (poses after throw killing a Fed Mook) I am fucking awesome!
- Knight of Cerebus: When Felix gets involved in the show, things go downhill slightly, even though he's not a bad guy and Locus is worse. When Felix is revealed as a villain, though, things stop being funny completely until Felix's Laughably Evil qualities are emphasized.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He gets killed off by the Blood Gulch Crew with the assistance of Locus - aka, he's murdered by the very same people he repeatedly called weaklings and losers who didn't stand a chance against him (and keep in mind the Reds and Blues wouldn't even be his problem in the first place if Felix had actually let them get slain by Locus' firing squad in "Cloak and Dagger" instead of going on a Motive Rant), all while they're being assisted by his former partner that he had been subjecting to a psychologically abusive relationship.
- Last Villain Stand: When Locus abandons him in Episode 19 of Season 13, he decides that he's going to try to kill him, too, by using his SAW on as many people as possible. Given he's surrounded by more than seven experienced soldiers even before Locus changed sides, this goes about as well as could be expected.
- Laughably Evil: Stands out in particular among the other Space Pirates. He is known for making sarcastic and witty comments at every possible moment, and will not hesitate to make fun of other people. In fact, some of the funniest scenes in The Chorus Trilogy are of Felix constantly pushing the blame of events away from himself while acting more like an childish and obnoxious douche than the heartless killer he really is.
- Lean and Mean: Not apparent in the machinima style, but in Season 14 he's shown to be very skinny when out of armor, especially compared to Locus.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Part of the reason for his defeat at the hands of the Reds and Blues is him blindly charging into the multiple traps they've set up for him in the Communications Temple.
- Leitmotif: "Soul Clef XI" is one for both him and Locus.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Though ironically, he initially only used it to protect Wash, not himself. And winds up using it to shield other people quite often. Turns out that was intentional as a way of getting Wash's trust.
- Manipulative Bastard: To pretty much everyone. First Kimball and the New Republic, then the Reds and Blues, and that's not even getting into how much effort he puts into keeping Locus under his control.
- Meaningful Name: "Felix" is a given name descended from Latin that means "happy" or "lucky." It's quite the appropriate codename for a Psychopathic Manchild like him.
- Mr. Exposition: As of Episode 16 in Season 11. And once again in Episode 10 of Season 12. Only this time, it doubles as a Motive Rant.
- Never My Fault: After Carolina saves the Blood Gulch Crew from execution, Felix is quick to reproach Locus for being sloppy enough to allow her to infiltrate his team. Never mind the fact that Felix gave Carolina ample time to prepare herself for the rescue by delving into a Motive Rant on why he hated the Reds and Blues, whereas Locus simply wanted to shoot them and be done with it. When Locus points out the hypocrisy of this in a threatening tone, Felix notes that they shouldn't be throwing blame around.
- This unwillingness to take blame continues into the end of Season 12, where, upon speaking to CEO Hargrove, he says they lost because the Reds and Blues got lucky, but Locus admits it was because they (read: Felix) were sloppy and underestimated them.
- Season 14 reveals that this was not a new trait, as he clearly showed it back during the Lozano job.Siris: Why weren't you on comms?
Felix: (the one who threw his headset in the toilet) That is... entirely his fault. (points at Locus, who glares in response)
- No Name Given: According to the Ultimate Fan Guide, "Felix" is an alias. A hint towards this comes in this tidbit of dialogue. Season 14's credits reveal his full name to be Isaac Gates."Sharkface", "Locus". Whatever happened to normal fucking names?
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Seeing as the New Republic has no recognizable currency, they pay him in alien weaponry that was initially found on Chorus. He then intends to sell the tech off for cash, then use it to buy a TV the size of a billboard. Later revelations seem to make him out to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold that's more emotionally invested than once thought. However, even further plot events reveal that he is indeed only in it for money, just not from the New Republic.
- Not So Different:
- He actually compares Washington to Locus in this manner.
- Come Season 12, Episode 3, it's revealed he's also just as self-centered and snarky (See Took a Level in Jerkass and Sociopathic Hero below) as Tucker can be, though Tucker at least has the decency to feel bad for this and actively strives to be a better person.
- Come Season 12, Episode 10, he's revealed to be just as bad as Locus - or perhaps even worse, considering that in Episode 19 of the same season, Locus implicitly acknowledges hidden feelings of guilt for his actions that he tries to hide under his Just Following Orders facade, a trait Felix does not share. And in Season 13, it's shown in a flashback from "Locus of Control" that Felix used to be much more like Locus during their time in the Great War, being a Consummate Professional and following orders.
- Not Quite Dead: After the Tartarus lands on him and Locus in Episode 18. He dies for real in the following episode.
- Odd Name Out: His code name "Felix" is a real name in contrast to other code names like Locus, Siris and Sharkface.
- Off Hand Back Hand: Does this with his Hard Light shield to Tucker as the latter lunges at him with his energy sword.
- Again in "Club" when he shoots a goon from around a table he and Locus use for cover.
- Oh, Crap!:
Pirate: There's a bomb on the reactor!
- Upon seeing Locus pursuing him in Season 11. Though actually it's because Locus told him by radio that they are to leave the Reds and Blues alive.
- Played for Laughs in Season 11's "FAQ", where he calls himself a "freelancer" and then has to hurriedly correct himself to being only a mercenary when every member of the Blood Gulch Crew (except for Caboose, who was blind at the time) instantly cocks their guns at him.
- He gets another one in Season 13, Episode 16 along with Locus when they find out that Armonia's nuclear reactor was about to explode.
Locus: Get us out of here!!
- Has a major one upon realizing the Blood Gulch Crew and their friends are dropping a goddamn spaceship on him and Locus in "Great Destroyers".
- He gets a large number in quick succession during his final confrontation with the Blood Gulch Crew before getting killed off, as part of his well-earned Humiliation Conga leading up to his Undignified Death.
- He just has enough time to panic and raise his arms when he gets blasted by Doc/O'Malley with a rocket launcher.
- He has another moment when his attempt to shoot Caboose with his own rifle backfires spectacularly.
- He starts to really panic when he realizes he's finally lost control of Locus.
- His final one is when he's pinned down with a sticky attached to his light shield and Tucker casually tosses a grenade at his feet.
- Only Sane Man: When Wash isn't around to play the part, he becomes the most competent individual of the Blood Gulch Crew members in the New Republic. However, much like Church, Epsilon, Wash, and Captain Butch Flowers before him, he is one of the few examples of someone with actual mental problems in the shownote and so is a subverted example.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: What is his gut reaction when his Evil Gloating has managed to let the Blood Gulch Crew (especially Tucker) completely upset his plans and stopped the Civil War? To try to kill all of the Blood Gulch Crew then and there, starting with Tucker. No gloating, just do it. Fortunately for them, Locus stops him by insisting they stick to protocol and leave.
- Pet the Dog: In the darkest way possible. After Locus and the recruited prisoners from the Tartarus spring the trap for the armies of Chorus at Crash Site Alpha, he asks Locus to make sure Kimball dies quickly since "We were friends once, after all."
- The Power of Hate: His hatred of Locus drives him to win and is what keeps him from leaving Chorus no matter how much alien tech he acquires. Except it's all a lie. Although his hatred of the Blood Gulch Crew seems to be motivating him now.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: A Downplayed Trope; His comments about a blonde and bisexual bridesmaid he met at "Amnesia" hints at having a fetishistic view of both women and bisexual people.
- Pragmatic Villainy: In Season 13, this is mixed in with Dirty Coward. Felix constantly seems to show concern for Locus throughout the season (after Hargrove's threat and going through the gateway) but if looked at closely, he doesn't actually acknowledge Locus's emotions themselves. It turns out that he just wants Locus to protect him because he knows that Locus can survive on his own while Felix cannot. In the end, Felix does not actually care about Locus himself, who leaves him to die when the truth comes out.
- Psychopathic Manchild:
- In Season 13, he throws a temper tantrum upon realizing that the Great Key is useless as long as Doyle is alive.
- He throws a much more epic one during Season 13 Episode 19, furiously screaming at the Blood Gulch Crew about how he is infinitely superior to them in a desperate attempt to heal his wounded pride.
- And once again, Season 14 shows him throwing a tantrum as he starts to lose control of the hostage situation with the Lozanos. His temper and lack of impulse control are clearly a long-standing liability, possibly the result of trauma from the war, and likely the reason he thinks he needs to keep Locus on-side.
- Raised Hand of Survival: At the end of Episode 18 of Season 13.
- Reality Ensues:
- Beats the New Republic's Reds and Blues along with their Lieutenants easily in "Training Daze", as he's a professionally trained veteran who survived one of the worst battles in UNSC history and they're all utilizing terrible tactics or even just blindly charging straight at him. Similarly, he defeats Tucker handily in "Fed vs. New" later on in the same season for virtually all of the same reasons mentioned above (though Tucker does better here than before due to him being both more careful and him indulging Felix's Evil Gloating).
- And this later gets turned around on him in Season 13. To further clarify, he gets defeated very quickly in "The End Is Near" when the Blood Gulch Crew all fight him in the Control Room for the Communications Temple. Sure, Felix still might be enough of a badass to take on two of the upper-leaderboard Freelancers in two-on-two combat with Locus at his side, but that won't help him any when he gets outnumbered eight-to-one and the simulation troopers are carefully baiting him into multiple traps that he's repeatedly blundering into, each of which successively wears him down and leaves him open for a final (and mortal) blow.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to the Reds and Blues after his true motivations and allegiance are revealed, venting all pf the anger he's gotten pent up from having to deal with their antics. Specifically, he calls them a bunch of idiots, man children, and losers, singling out Tucker in particular.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The gloating, sociopathic, and Hot-Blooded Red Oni to Locus' cold Blue Oni.
- The Reveal:
- Not only is he Evil All Along, but he is also part of a plan to kill off all human life on Chorus.
- His name is revealed to be Isaac Gates in Season 14.
- Revenge Before Reason: With the loss of the majority of the Space Pirate's army, Crash Site Alpha as well as the Tartarus, the war on Chorus had become something of a Foregone Conclusion. Given that Carolina and Washington had presumed him dead when the Tartarus was destroyed, Felix would have been smart to pull a Screw This, I'm Outta Here! with the injured and exhausted Locus. However, instead of fleeing, an absolutely enraged Felix travels all the way to the Comms Tower to try and kill the Blood Gulch Crew, despite there being nothing to actually gain for him at that point. Predictably, this action causes him to suffer a humiliating defeat to the Reds and Blues that culminates in an Undignified Death.
- The Rival:
- To Locus. Turns out they had been Friendly Rivals during the Great War, not liking each other but performing well. When Locus went to work for the Federation, Felix saw it as a personal challenge to see who was really better. Turns out they're working together, though they still do hate each other.
- Additionally, after Tucker bests him in "Fed vs. New," Felix utterly despises the former sim trooper throughout Season 13, seeing him as the only real threat among the Reds and Blues and even going out of his own way to antagonize him.
- Sarcasm Failure: The key point in his Villainous Breakdowns is that he completely loses his cool, sarcastic demeanor, and simply says I'll Kill You!.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Why he didn't return to civilian life after the Great War. Though honestly, he wasn't much better during it either.
- Small Name, Big Ego: A very Downplayed Trope. Felix has a high opinion of himself but both has the skills to support it and generally only plays himself up in passive ways. His rants about superiority and being a Social Darwinist however show that he ultimately isn't as strong or as smart as he thinks he is, as most of his success comes from Locus' support.
- Smug Snake: A high functioning example who repeatedly backs up his boasts, succeeds despite the risks, and is a brilliant manipulator. On the one hand, he is extremely smug all the time, with the sole exception of when he is losing, even if it's a completely unnecessary risk to be in whatever situation he is in. What's more, he never actually learns from his mistakes, just blaming them on everybody else.Felix: (after taking out a prison ship's crew by himself, talking to Locus) Before you say anything, yes, I know they triggered the alarm, and yes, I did have more fun because of it, thank you for asking.
- Social Darwinist: He believes that he has the right to kill anyone who isn't as strong as he is. This is re-affirmed in Season 13 Episode 17. Ironically, it turns out the reason he kept Locus around is because he knew Locus was stronger than him, and so Felix needed him to make sure he could survive his new line of work as a mercenary.Felix: Survival isn't a right, it's a privilege. It's earned.
- Sociopathic Hero: Laughs off the deaths of the soldiers under Tucker's command and states that the info he got was far more valuable, and later even gives a lecture about how Every Man Has His Price. Come Episode 10, it turns out he actually just qualifies as...
- The Sociopath: He makes it very clear that he doesn't care about his allies' lives, and acknowledges that others usually do. After The Reveal, it also turns out Felix is completely okay with slaughtering an entire colony's population for a paycheck. He's also a checklist of sociopathic traits. He takes the time to toy with his prey before finishing them, even explaining what was really going on. He's very good at feigning emotions and motives. Everything he does is in line with what will benefit him, even allying with someone he hates (Locus). He appears to lack regard for human suffering, flippantly saying he'd nuke the planet from orbit as if it was deciding to buy a pizza, and says how if the inhabitants killed each other, "Well, that's just a tragedy!" as if it's a joke. In addition, he blatantly admits and displays that he does not care for the lives of others.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and Locus hated each other during the war, which led to a bitter rivalry afterwards. Though actually, it led to a bitter partnership, as even though they hate each other, they work quite well together and continue to do so until just before his end.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: Given his personality as a Psychopathic Manchild, it makes sense.Felix: I! AM EXTREMELY! FRUSTRATED!
- Those Two Bad Guys: Becomes this with Locus after The Reveal. They're almost never apart, repeatedly fight together, and their conversations show a lot of the operations on Charon's side of the war.
- Thrown Out the Airlock: Does this to the prisoners aboard the Tartarus to separate those who can't/won't fight from those who can. It was just one in an entire string of Kick the Dog moments he has in the opening to Season 13
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 11, he was nice, friendly, serious, and seemed to genuinely care about the fate of the New Republic. In Season 12, particularly Episode 3, it's revealed that he's much more brash, self-centered, and snarky than he previously let on. Episode 10 reveals this to be an inversion, as this is more in-line with his real personality.
- Toxic Friend Influence: "Friend" is stretching it a bit, but Felix is this to Locus, using his PTSD to manipulate him, preventing him from getting help for his trauma and encouraging his 'just following orders' mindset, because he needs him to survive. It's no coincidence that Locus realizing this is what truly triggers his HeelFace Turn.
- Undignified Death: In stark contrast to Doyle only a few episodes previously. He's utterly humiliated in combat by the people he'd been calling losers all season and dies panicking and afraid.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Downplayed even more so than with Locus, but Season 13's "Locus of Control" shows Felix to not have been The Sociopath while acting as a UNSC trooper in the Great War, instead coming across more as just another coldly logical soldier trying to survive against the Covenant's onslaught. Additionally, the Merc Trilogy in Season 14 shows that while he was still a Jerkass back then, he wasn't as self-centered and ultimately psychotic as he would be during The Chorus Trilogy, with the Lozano job helping kick-start both his and Locus' Protagonist Journey to Villain.
- Villain Ball: Stops Locus' firing squad from killing the Reds and Blues so he can monologue, chew them out and explain their plan — giving Carolina time to save the day. He does this again when he rants over how much he has enjoyed gradually destroying Chorus instead of just killing Tucker when he had the chance, allowing his entire monologue to be caught on tape by Epsilon and subsequently broadcast to both the New Republic and the Federal Army of Chorus. Locus calls him out on this behavior both times, with it being repeatedly justified by Felix's Evil Is Petty tendencies.
- Villainous Breakdown:
Felix: You... You're DEAD!
- After Tucker tricks him into exposing his true colors to the New Republic and Federal Army of Chorus, his confident persona collapses, leaving only white-hot anger.
- He breaks down in spades as he's facing down the Blood Gulch Crew in the Control Room of the Communications Temple, completely flipping out when he realizes the so-called idiots he has been mocking throughout the two seasons have him beat dead to rights.
- His last one occurs when he realizes that there's no escape from the grenade that Tucker threw at him without dropping his shield and triggering the sticky grenade that Sarge stuck on it. He dies in the throes of this one.
- Villainous Friendship: Not really the case - Felix is likely too much of a Sociopath to form a genuine friendship with anybody - but he tries to invoke this with Locus, whom he highly depends on. It ultimately fails, as Locus gets fed up with his role in Hargrove's plot and his partner's Stupid Evil tendencies.
- Villains Never Lie: Felix plays with this, using Exact Words and Metaphorically True. The only known exception was the "some of the galaxy's greatest soldiers" comment to the Reds and Blues.
- Walking Spoiler: He's revealed to be a major villain halfway through Season 12, despite acting like a hero beforehand. His character after this twist is nearly completely different.
- Weak, but Skilled: Compared to Locus, Wash, and Carolina, Felix is a good straight-up fighter, but clearly doesn't match them. He makes up for this by fighting dirty, and is at least quick enough to hit Carolina, later stabbing her in the thigh to even the odds.
- Weapon of Choice: Not only is he a Knife Nut, but he often utilizes a Hard Light Deflector Shield in combat.
- We Have Reserves: He really doesn't care about his soldiers getting killed off, simply shrugging it off as "Fewer people, bigger cuts". When he's pretending to be an ally he attempts to convince Tucker to adopt the same attitude towards his own men after two of them die on a mission.
- Ironically, he makes the "Fewer people, bigger cuts" remark at a point in the story when they don't have reserves. He says this just after the destruction of Armonia had devastated their forces and killed most of their best soldiers, leaving just a relatively small force of recruited prisoners at their disposal. This force is too thinly spread to hold the tractor beam, resulting in even more heavy losses when Wash and Carolina crash the Tartarus into the Purge Temple.
- We Used to Be Friends: Never friends, but at least on the same side as Locus. Although Season 13 shows that they have some form of camaraderie, and they even joke around with each other a bit, but it's ultimately more of Pragmatic Villainy than actually caring.
- Before his true alligence was revealed, he seemed to be friends with Kimball, and coldly tells Locus to kill her quickly because of their previous relatinship.
Locus / Samuel Ortez
A sinister gray and green mercenary introduced in Season 11 and one of the three leaders of the Space Pirates, in the service of the Chairman to manipulate the Federation. He serves as one the primary antagonists of The Chorus Trilogy, and the most proactive one in Season 11.
Locus first appears to be the most dangerous and zealous member of the Federation who no doubt harbors grim intentions for the "legendary heroes" and the rest of Chorus. He spies on the Reds and Blues throughout the season, and does his best to sabotage any possibility of their rescue, including murdering the pilot who brings Donut, Doc, and Lopez to the crash. While Locus was always treated as antagonistic, the reveal is that he's not working for the Federation at all, but rather manipulating them for the Chairman's purposes, makes him more sinister.
He fashions himself out as an emotionless killer who would kill and get on with it so that the job would be done. However, he has a very creepy fascination with Agent Washington that breaks his emotionless killer personality. In comparison with Felix, he is very serious about his job, and a firm believer of Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?, never doing any Evil Gloating. This makes him the more dangerous of the pair, yet at the same time, the less evil one. Throughout Season 13, Wash and Santa inspire him to make a HeelFace Turn at the last moment, turning on Felix and letting him be killed before escaping from the Reds and Blues with Chorus's Great Key.
Season 14 reveals his real name to be Samuel Ortez.
- Affably Evil: He's rather civil to Doc and Donut's pilot, then shoots him in the back when he's going for the phone and calmly reassures him that his ship will be destroyed. Later on, when interacting with the prisoners, he's curt with them but never really disrespectful. Even when he's threatening people with death, he's not rude about it. He's just doing what has to be done. Ironically he's ultimately more civil than Felix.
- Aloof Ally: To the Reds and Blues in Season 15. He saves them from the Blues and Reds, but only because he was already after the Blues and Reds for his own reasons. Once he ensures that the Reds and Blues go after them, he takes Washington to a hospital and goes back to his own matters. He also doesn't exactly seem thrilled to be working with a bunch of imbeciles.
- Ambiguous Disorder: His apparent lack of free will, that fact that he left his name behind, his denial towards his actions being anything but evil and insistence that he's a "true soldier", and how he acts towards Washington all seem to indicate that there's something wrong with him, though it's unknown what is (though PTSD is a strong candidate, as Santa notes that he was "broken by war").
- Ambiguously Brown: As revealed in his and Felix's prequel episodes in Season 14, though his last name being Ortez indicates that he's of Latino ancestry, which also explains why Locus is bilingual in both English and Spanish.
- Antagonist Abilities: His Active Camouflage Enhancement to his armor can make him impossible to see and even lets him seemingly disappear into thin air, all of which makes him a terrifying opponent on the battlefield. The aforementioned enhancement also lets him serve as a Cold Sniper with virtually no impunity due to it being incredibly hard to track his fire back to a source. Additionally, his ability to act as a Stealth Expert due to this enhancement gives a lot of Paranoia Fuel to the Reds and Blues, and they're forced to come up with some outside-the-box tactics to get past him. For instance, Wash has to trick him into revealing his own position at Crash Site Alpha through psychological manipulation, and later cuts his own hand and hurls the spray of blood around him to find Locus' position during their fight in "Great Destroyers".
- Anti-Hero: Season 14 revealed that he and Felix used to be this. Along their partner Siris, they captured criminals and turned them in for a reward. He later becomes this in the present as of Season 15.
- Arch-Enemy: To Washington during The Chorus Trilogy. Locus sees the two as Not So Different right off the bat, and tries to justify his Dark and Troubled Past by proving it to Wash while trying to make their animosity personal. Unfortunately, Wash defies the Not So Different by proving how different they truly are, leaving Locus to stew in his guilt, until he decides to become The Atoner.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Possesses an enormous and rather brittle ego. This makes him very easy to provoke. Fortunately, he's also more susceptible to being fooled.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: As shown by Season 14, Episode 9, he has a scar on his face in the same shape as the X that marks his Locus helmet.
- The Atoner: What he becomes after his HeelFace Turn as of Season 13, Episode 19.Tucker: Just because you saved us doesn't mean you can leave, asshole! You killed innocent people!
Locus: I know. I'm going to make things right. But not from inside a cell.
- Ax-Crazy: According to Felix, which is why he goes by the name of his armor instead of his actual name. Wash is kind of freaked out by this. Locus himself denies this, taking offense to Lopez calling him insane. Actually, it's Felix who has the mental disorder. However, Locus' behavior still seems to indicate that Locus may not be sane anyways.
- Badass Baritone: Locus's deep voice adds to his menace, especially since when he uses it while holding his own with enhanced Freelancers like Carolina and Wash.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: During his and Felix's backstory segment in Season 14, he has a green tie, handkerchief and sunglasses as they clear out a club full of armed goons.
- The Bad Guy Wins: For Season 11, anyway. To date, he's the only bad guy to end a season in a better position than when they started (Maine and Wash lacked the info needed to proceed). He has three POW's in his custody and drives both teams from the canyon.
- Bait the Dog: While he did destroy Freckles, he does download his program on a flash drive....which turns out to be also a Tracking Device for the Space Pirates to find the crew.
- Berserk Button: Felix's Evil Gloating? That's what pisses him off big time.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Played with. He clearly doesn't like gloating, claiming that if you want opponents to suffer, you have to do it quickly. However, he still let Felix monologue on and on and didn't shoot the Reds, so he's clearly not as immune to this as he'd like to be.
- Broken Bird: Implied after his past history is revealed.
- Character Development: Locus has made good on his promise to stop killing and make things right. He's become a Technical Pacifist who will only shoot to incapacitate, and he's been tracking down the Blues and Reds because they inadvertently killed a colony of refugees, with the implication that he was already helping that colony beforehand.
- Cold Sniper: Uses a Sniper Rifle to observe the teams without being detected, and he's also possibly the best shot of any character in the show. He can nail you with a lethal shot if he wants you dead, or a non-lethal shot if he wants you alive with equal ease. You really need to be creative to get him to waste a shot.
- Color-Coded Characters: He's heavily associated with the color green, contrasting from Felix's orange.
- The Comically Serious: Season 15 has him helping the Reds and Blues, and the clash between his stoic demeanor and the others' wackiness (especially a Grif gone loony from isolation) is nothing short of hilarious.
- Consummate Professional: He views himself as this, following order even though he is most dangerous member of the Federal Army of Chorus. In Episode 18 of Season 12, Washington sees right through this, and identifies him as trying to justify his mass murdering tendencies with this philosophy, and failing.Washington: You keep trying to play yourself off as some sort of weapon. That you don't care about anyone or anything. But the fact that you're trying so hard to understand me breaks your entire act! No matter how hard you may want to be, you're not a machine, you're a murderer. But you hide behind the idea in your head, because you're too afraid to take responsibility for what you've done.
- Cool Starship: In Season 15, he has an alien spaceship called A'rynasea. According to Joe Nicolosi, he obtained it through a quest after getting the sword.
- Cool Sword: Acquires the Chorus Great Key after Felix is offed.
- Dark Is Evil: His armour is very dark and he's one of the bad guys.
- Dark Is Not Evil: After he made a HeelFace Turn, his armor is still dark. However, he incorporates a bit of white into his armor in Season 15. He's even been described by the writers as a "dark paladin."
- Darth Vader Clone: A deep-voiced antagonist in dark armor who terrifies everyone, is actually The Dragon to someone higher up, and commands an army of white-armored soldiers. Bonus points for having been a former soldier in a devastating Great Offscreen War. Further points for pulling a HeelFace Turn against his evil partner, who then falls to their death, and for acquiring his own energy sword.
- Deadpan Snarker: As The Chorus Trilogy progressed, a cold snark came out from under his stoicism, largely aimed at Felix. He also displays this trait in Season 15, likely as a result of working with the Reds and Blues.I, for one, believed every word and found that very moving. Now can we go, please?!
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: For the supposed Consummate Professional Sociopathic Soldier that only seeks to serve their master. Locus goes out of his way to present himself as an unfeeling and emotionally detached professional soldier-for-hire - doing whatever his mission requires, no matter how terrible or morally questionable, with the justification that he is Just Following Orders. In truth, he is just as human as anyone else, and was deeply traumatized by what happened to him during the Human-Covenant War. Assuming this role of an unquestioning soldier is just a way for Locus to cope with his trauma. Unfortunately, this leaves him easy prey for Felix's manipulation and control. This facade gradually falls apart as he fights against Wash during The Chorus Trilogy, with the latter repeatedly calling him out on his hypocrisy. This forces Locus to question what he is doing, eventually culminating in a HeelFace Turn.
- Demoted to Extra: After being one of the main antagonists in The Chorus Trilogy, he has a mere supporting role (albeit an important one) in Season 15.
- The Dragon: While both he and Felix are Co-Dragons to the Chairman, Locus is the one who usually directly reports to him and receives orders. Apparently, Felix's lack of communication with Hargrove is so common that the latter snarkily points it out when Felix is actually present and contributing when Locus reports to Hargrove in Season 13.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He commands the Federal Army more directly than Doyle does, and will take whatever actions he considers necessary to complete his mission, even if it's in conflict with the desires of his superiors.Turns out that he and Felix are actually this to a third party with Locus not actually working for the Federation of Chorus.
- The Dreaded: The rebels send as many men as they can to try and reinforce the Reds and Blues, when they hear that he's around. Heck even his own allies fear him. And as it turns out, Felix is scared of him as well.
- Easily Forgiven: Zig-Zagged. The Blood Gulch Crew makes it very clear to him that even though he helped them, he still killed lots of innocent people, and that they will find him. However, when they do meet again, they grudgingly accept his help since they have no other options.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Hates sacrificing his men, in contrast to Felix.
- Evil Costume Switch: Kitted out in brown and green while he was a UNSC soldier, switching to darker colours when he was hired by the Federal Army.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Cited in the director's commentary for Season 11, Locus seems to be curious regarding people's motivations and what prompts them to act selflessly towards others. He questioned the pilot that dropped off Donut and Lopez in Season 11 as to what he was going to do before killing him, just for the express purpose of learning his answer. And he questioned Washington and the Reds in Season 12 as to why they assign meaning to robots like Lopez and Freckles.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Deliberately compared to Washington and the other Freelancers, as he forsook his own name, taking on only his call sign as the name of his armor. Having the similarities called out by Felix unsettles Wash greatly.
- He's presented as this to Felix, being the Federation's counterpart to him. But of course the truth is that they're both evil.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a very deep, rumbling voice, and he definitely doesn't have any good intentions for Chorus or the Reds and Blues. Until Season 13, Episode 19, that is.
- Expy: Per Word of God, his characterization in Season 15 is heavily based on William Munny.
- To his own partner, Felix, both personality wise and thematically. Personality wise, he's Stoic, professional, and has hints of being a Noble Demon contrasting Felix's Hot Bloodedness, Manipulative Bastard tendencies, and utter amorality. Thematically, Felix is introduced as an affable ally only to be revealed as a cruel and selfish villain. Locus on the other hand is introduced as a cruel and terrifying villain only for his more heroic traits to be slowly revealed over the course of the series culminating in his Heel Realization and HeelFace Turn.
- He's also one to Agent Washington, as they're both talented professional soldiers who had to do some really terrible things in the line of duty. However, the difference is that Wash is actually trying to be a better person, while Locus has actively chosen to become a cold-hearted killer. Locus's confusion as to why Wash didn't become just like him is also what helps eventually set him on the road to redemption.
- To Wyoming, the other Cold Sniper antagonist in the series. Wyoming is Laughably Evil, while Locus is a Knightof Cerebus. Both are soldiers trying to fulfill their orders and play The Dragon to the Big Bad of the season(s). However, Locus is cold, calculating, and to the point while Wyoming is hammy, prideful, and likes to draw things out. Locus constantly makes use of his armor ability, while Wyoming only uses his at the very end. However, Locus is manipulated by his partner, and ultimately strives to redeem himself for what he had done. While Wyoming is a manipulator, attempting to put all the pieces into motion before his (final) death.
- Follow the Leader: In-Universe. After Felix gave them a significant amount of trouble, the Federal Army decided to counter the New Republic's hiring of a mercenary by hiring one from Felix's old squad who would presumably be just as dangerous if not more so. They presumed correctly.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: It's revealed in Season 14 that, sans helmet, he has a diagonal cross scar on his face, just like the diagonal cross on his helmet...
- He Knows Too Much: He does this to Donut and Doc's pilot.
- The Heavy: Of Season 11. He's not in charge of the Federal Army of Chorus, but he's the face of it to the Reds and Blues, even though he isn't truly working for the Federal Army. He and Felix are actually both this to the Chairman, who wants everyone on Chorus dead. In the end however, Felix is the true Heavy.
- HeelFace Turn: After Santa helps him realize that he is being controlled by Felix, he chooses to abandon him and instead helps the Blood Gulch Crew activate the Communication Temple. He then disappears, vowing to make things right
- Heel Realization: Begins down this route in Episode 7 of Season 13, after seeing his fear in the trials for becoming a true warrior that he had become a monster rather than a soldier, and that Felix has become even worse than him. Cemented in Episode 19 of the same season, when Santa flat out spells out that he is what Felix is afraid of, letting him realize that he was keeping him following orders to make sure he never got out of his dependence on Felix and his Shell-Shocked Veteran status. Spelled out in his Shut Up, Hannibal! to Felix.
- Hero Killer: Everyone we see who isn't deliberately on his side is absolutely terrified of him, to the point where when Felix asks for "a shitload of guns" to fight him, he is given the affirmative on this request from New Republic command without any questions. This is made nearly literal when he ends up sniping Sarge and Washington to unconsciousness, and captures them, Donut, and Lopez.
- Hero of Another Story: It's hinted in Season 15 that he's been up to a lot since obtaining the Great Key of Chorus, between his alien spaceship and his apparent connection to a wiped out colony of refugees. Joe Nicolosi later elaborated on this in an interview, saying that getting the sword triggered a quest (much like when Tucker got his back in Season 3), and he's gotten much further on the quest than Tucker ever did.
- Hired Guns: Much like Felix, only in the service of the Federal Army. In reality, he and Felix have been hired to make sure Chorus's population are wiped out via fueling their civil war.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: When he gathers a team of four men to help him hunt down the Reds, he says they are "going hunting".
- Icy Gray Eyes: The only character in the Season 14 backstory segment to not get simple black pupils, instead getting gray eyes. Combines elements of aloof and unapproachable with a dangerous and expert marksman.
- I Take Offense to That Last One!: He doesn't bat an eye when Lopez calls him a douche multiple times, but snaps when he indirectly calls him insane.
- Insistent Terminology:
- Repeatedly refers to himself as a "soldier." This becomes troubling when it's strongly implied he takes the term to mean "a suit of armor with a gun." Now we know why he calls himself Locus...Locus: (To Washington) No, I'm not a monster, I'm a soldier. Like you.
- Inverted when he finally gets out from under Felix' boot.No, I'm not a soldier, I'm a monster. Like you.
- The Season 14 prequel episodes showed that he insisted that Felix and Siris refer to each other by codenames only, mostly whenever they started an argument.
- Repeatedly refers to himself as a "soldier." This becomes troubling when it's strongly implied he takes the term to mean "a suit of armor with a gun." Now we know why he calls himself Locus...
- Invisibility Cloak: Possesses a Cloaking Unit that appears similar to Tex's.
- Ironic/Meaningful Echo: Gives both at once to Felix, after having a Heel Realization then prompt HeelFace Turn, thanks to both Santa's Armor Piercing Questions and realizing that Felix has manipulated him.Locus: I'm not doing this for a reward. I'm not doing this because someone told me to. I'm doing this for me.
- Just Following Orders: Seems to have internalized this philosophy as his entire morality. While he doesn't use it as an excuse per se, he does state that is the entire purpose of a solider, which he insists he is.
- Just Testing You: When Tucker, Freckles and Wash kill Locus's men with ease in Season 11, he says that he only threw his men at him to see if they were "the real deal".
- Karma Houdini: While Locus eventually does change his ways and works towards helping innocent people as much as he can, the mercenary never really suffers any repercussions for his role in the death of many people beyond being humiliated once or twice, with him even getting to keep the Laser Blade that Felix essentially stole from the Chorusans for himself. That being said, Word of God seems to imply that he is truly atoning for his crimes offscreen and that will serve as his appropriate punishment.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's almost never Played for Laughs, and his presence causes the comedic season to become a hell of a lot darker. The attack his men launch on the Blues is shown in a serious light, and he's dangerous enough for Felix to freak out when he sees him. Furthermore, the battle in the canyon in Episode 18 is played completely seriously.
- Know When to Fold 'Em:
- Though he could have easily killed the Blood Gulch Crew during episode 18 of Season 11, as well as episode 18 of season 12, he seems to have decided that it wasn't worth it for one reason or another. In the latter example, the Blood Gulch Crew had already exposed him and Felix to the population of Chorus, so there was little point in continuing the fight when the scheme was already ruined.
- And in Season 13, when the Tartarus is destroyed, he realizes that they've lost and would rather go lick his wounds, but Felix insists they finish things.
- Language Barrier: Averted, as he's bilingual, and is even the first person to actually understand Lopez's insults. Turns out to be a Chekhov's Skill in Season 15, as when the other Reds and Blues send Lopez into space to find help. If he'd run into anyone else, they most likely wouldn't understand him, but luckily, Locus finds him and answers the cry for help.
- Laughably Evil: In a sense. While he's actually a legitimately terrifying Knight of Cerebus, he provides the role of an amusing Straight Man to Felix's Psychopathic Manchild antics and is often shoved into the role of The Comically Serious/Only Sane Man.
- Leitmotif: "Soul Clef XI" is one for both him and Felix. He adopts a slightly more upbeat version of the theme in Season 15.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Just like Felix, he is a ruthless mercenary with the blood of thousands on his hands. Unlike Felix, he does not engage in pointless cruelty and has at least some semblance of a conscience. He becomes a full-blown Good Counterpart by the end of Season 13.
- Meaningful Name: Locus takes his name from his armour. Felix explains that after going nuts he no longer recognizes his real name.
- On a more ironic level, ''locus'' is the Latin word for place or location. Locus is a Stealth Expert, and is known for using his Active Camouflage to vanish on the spot, making his actual location unknown.
- On yet another level, the reason Locus goes by the name of his armour type is because his CO told him back in the war that a soldier is nothing more than a suit of armour with a gun and no will of their own. This is the archetype Locus aspires to live by until he finally realises that Felix is using that to manipulate him into being his puppet.
- More Dakka: The first character in Red vs. Blue to wield a SAW.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The fact that it is a SAW helps, but the simple act of reloading after killing three New Republic troopers in the space of five seconds is utterly chilling due to how casual it appears.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: In contrast to Felix, he opts to skip any pretense and just shoot whoever is in his way as soon as possible. Notably, this makes him perhaps the first antagonist in Red vs. Blue to never underestimate the potential threat of the Blood Gulch Crew.
- Not So Above It All: Despite his criticisms of Felix's tendency to waste time and monologue, he's shown to be obsessed with Washington, trying to lecture him throughout their fight rather than just kill Wash then and there. Then Felix trips him up with some clever word play.
- And then there's this little exchange from "Locus Of Control":Felix: Oh, bullshit! I know what this is about! Why do you know I'm not the true warrior.
Locus: Because you're you.
Felix: Yeah, and being me is awesome! (Locus gives him a flat stare) Alright, look, why don't we both go in and let the giant alien thing decide?
Felix: Good. Just don't cry to me when you lose.
Locus: I won't. (Beat) Lose. I-I won't lose.
Felix: (chuckling) Too late, fucked it up!
- And then there's this little exchange from "Locus Of Control":
- Not So Different: How he sees himself and Agent Washington, that is the way Locus envisioned how Washington was during his time as an actual Freelancer agent. Washington doesn't agree.
- Not So Similar: Locus compared himself to the Meta/Agent Maine and believed that they both sought perfection by being the perfect weapon. The Counselor corrects Locus by telling him that while he seeks perfection by being a soldier and following orders, the Meta sought perfection by striving to be human.
- Not So Stoic: He can emote, but it's scary. For example, when Carolina reveals her infiltration, Locus is pissed.Locus: KILL THEM!
- Later, in Season 13, Episode 7, his experiences in the alien temple's testing realm leave him noticeably shaken.
- In Season 13, Episode 16, upon discovering that Doyle is about to blow up Armonia's reactor, he loses his usual grim-yet-composed monotone when shouting orders at the crew of the Tartarus.Locus: Get us out of here!!
- Oh, Crap!: Shares this reaction with Felix when they find out that Doyle's rigged Armonia's nuclear reactor to explode.Pirate: There's a bomb on the reactor!
Locus: Get us out of here!!
- One-Man Army: In the Battle of the Canyon, he manages to mow down a ton of Republic soldiers, wound and capture Sarge, Donut and Wash, and badly damages Freckles.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, as there is also another character in the same faction that shares his real name.
- Only Sane Man: Well, when your partner is Felix, it's hard to be anything else.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Come Season 12, we learn that part of his status as the Consummate Professional is that he doesn't Kick the Dog any more than he has to—not out of morality, but because it's inefficient to do so. It's why he disengages from the fight at the end of Episode 18.
- Psychological Projection: Throughout The Chorus Trilogy, he repeatedly incorrectly assumes whoever he gains an interest in is like him: wanting to be the perfect weapon. To list it off:
- He immediately assumes Washington (and the Freelancers, but Wash especially) to be Not So Different from himself because the two are skilled soldiers who forsook their original names. Wash, however, is ridden by guilt of his past experiences but strives to redeem himself; whereas Locus ignores his guilt behind the idea that right and wrong don't matter.
- While discussing it with Aiden Price, Locus reveals a fascination of the Meta (and by extension, Sigma and Maine), who sought perfection. Locus assumed this meant the Meta wanted to become the perfect weapon, but Price corrects him that Sigma sought to become human, not a tool.
- When the subject changed to Maine, Locus showed disdain for Maine's belief that his orders would help the greater good. However, Price also revealed that Maine felt that if he just followed orders blindly, he would have simply been a slave.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The no-nonsense, cold Blue Oni to Felix's Red Oni.
- The Rival: To Felix (as they used to be on the same team during The Great War) and possibly Washington. Episode 10 of season 12 reveals that he was working with Felix the whole time. Locus is still obsessed with Washington, though.
- Scary Black Man: As seen in Season 14, he has a fairly dark complexion, though he's actually Hispanic rather than ethnically black/African.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Expresses both this and Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! when he calls out Felix for wanting him to kill the simulation troopers. He's not doing this for the reward (which was pretty much null and void by then), and he wasn't doing it because someone told him to: he was refusing to help Felix for Locus only.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: By his own admission, Locus belongs in a cell for all the people he's killed. However, he'd much rather make amends for his misdeeds personally.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: So very much. Particularly in regards to the "the war never ended for him" part. Locus insists that he's still a soldier, and is very quick to insist that he's Just Following Orders, and displays a very fractured mind and PTSD; it's apparent that him choosing to abandon his identity beyond his suit and weapons is some kind of coping mechanism for what he experienced. Felix has taken advantage of this and nudged him away from getting real help, so that he can keep using him as his partner, resulting in the killing machine we have now. He realizes this in Episode 19 of Season 13, and abandons Felix, going off to really help people instead.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Knocks a pilot off his feet with one before he can make the call about the Reds and Blues' crashed ship. His seems to be considerably more accurate than Sarge's.
- He uses a silenced shotgun during the club raid in his arc in Season 14.
- Shadow Archetype: Tying into his role as an Evil Counterpart to Washington. And they both seem to know it, and eventually loathe it. In particular, Locus's initial introduction and explanation of his actions triggers a trip down memory lane for Washington to the time when he was part of the Big Bad Duumvirate with the Meta and shot Donut while...Just Following Orders. Their similar color patterns, serious contrast to their main companions, history of working for the same boss, and similar role as The Stoic members of their teams drive Locus to have an obsession with Washington, almost like he's seeking acknowledgement by a Worthy Opponent on how they're Not So Different. But they are. Washington found out that he was doing some very wrong things, and seeks to make up for them. Locus presumably discovered something similar...and he got worse. At least until Episode 19 of Season 13 where it seems Locus is also beginning down the path to becoming The Atoner just like Wash did.Washington: I know I used to be a real piece of shit. But at least I'm trying to do something about it!
- Skull for a Head: His helmet in Halo 4 gives this impression.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Intentionally makes himself out to be the "mission comes first" version, but is implied to be just using this as a coping mechanism for his shattered psyche. It's also an Enforced Trope as shown by the nightmare flashback he has in Season 13, as described under Used to Be a Sweet Kid.
- Stalker Without a Crush:
- Intercepting Wash's signal leads him to the teams' makeshift bases, where he watches them for a few episodes.
- Continues his fixation on Washington after Wash gets captured as seen by Journal Entry 004 on the Rooster Teeth website. And just before getting ready to shoot the Blood Gulch Crew in "Cloak and Dagger," he tells Washington that he was a fascinating soldier.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Very good at this, as shown when he leaves combat in Episode 15.
- The Stoic: Rarely emotes. But when he does, like in Episode 10 of Season 12, it is outright terrifying.
- Sunk Cost Fallacy: The real motivation behind his belief in Just Following Orders. In his mind, he has to keep obeying because admitting he has a choice now would mean admitting he had a choice in all his previous actions.
- Technical Pacifist: Makes a vow to never kill another person, but is still willing to shoot someone as long as they can be shot in a part of the body that they can live without.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Worked very well with Felix during the war, even though they despised each other. Turns out to still be the case.
- That Man Is Dead: Forsook his own name in favor of a codename, much like Washington.
- The Dog Bites Back: Turns out, by the end, Felix has been manipulating his PTSD to have muscle on his side. Locus isn't happy about this.
- They Call Him "Sword": Locus is just a nickname, but besides maybe Felix nobody knows what his original name was. Though it later turns out that it's Samuel Ortez.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Becomes this with Felix after The Reveal. They're almost never apart, repeatedly fight together, and their conversations show a lot of the operations on Charon's side of the war.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Locus says he's sworn to never take another life after Chorus (though kneecappings are still an option if need be).
- Tranquil Fury: When Lopez accuses him of being insane, Locus gets a little pissed off and refutes the claim angrily without so much as raising his voice, causing the accuser to panic and beg for his life.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Felix. As Santa notes, despite Felix's claims, only Felix needs Locus in order to survive. The reverse it not true at all. Felix manipulated and perpetuated Locus' PTSD in order to keep himself alive. When Locus figures this out, he is not happy.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Extremely downplayed version. It's shown through the flashback in Season 13 that he used to be a far more conscientious soldier, being the reasonable and moral counterpart to the trigger-happy, sociopathic Felix when they both served in the UNSC. Locus is horrified at how he's changed.
- Villainous Breakdown:
Santa: (Appearing) Why have you come here, meddler?
- It's subtle, but he does go through one near the end of Season 12. When he first starts fighting Washington, he's cloaked and taking potshots at Wash. But as Wash continues to take apart his Consummate Professional image, he becomes more and more infuriated, to the point that he abandons all discretion and just tackles Wash.
- After his and Felix's scheme is revealed at the end of Season 12, he noticeably stutters when he tells his men to follow protocol. Whether it's due to rage or just being stunned that his plans have failed is unclear.
- In Episode 19 of Season 13, he has a very impressive one, though not nearly as much as Felix. After failing his mission and told to go after the Reds and Blues by Felix anyway, without being ordered to by a higher power, Locus can't even bring himself to stand up, much less fight, having no idea what to live for. This, with some help, prompts him to change sides, since he realizes he's been doing this for the wrong reasons.
Locus: To kill the simulation troopers.
Santa: Will this secure your victory over their forces?
Santa: Then what purpose will it serve?
Locus: I don't know...
Santa: Then why are you trying?
Locus: I don't know...
Santa: What do you know?
Locus: I don't know!
- Villain Protagonist: Technically this in Season 13 as while Epsilon gets most of the focus, Locus himself also has a large amount of focus in the plot and Character Development.
- Weapon of Choice: Ultimately averted. While he may lean toward the "power" weapons, Locus may have the largest arsenal of any character in the series, from sniper rifles to shotguns and everything in between, as well as some alien tech. That being said, he's ultimately shown using just a Sniper Rifle in Season 15, and the aforementioned weapon is easily the most frequently used weapon he's seen with.
- We Used to Be Friends: Or at least allies with Felix. Although Season 13 shows that they have some form of camaraderie however, and they even joke around like it to a degree, but it's more of Pragmatic Villainy than actually caring.
- What Have I Become?: When he goes into the gateway, he sees himself becoming what he is now, and is horrified. This eventually causes him to pull a HeelFace Turn at the last minute.
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: A firm believer in the principle that if you have to kill someone, it's counterproductive to engage in Bond Villain Stupidity.
- You're Insane!: He makes it very clear that he isn't, and accusing him of being crazy results in Tranquil Fury.
A vengeance-seeking red and black mercenary and one of the three leaders of the Space Pirates, in the service of the Chairman after he was rescued from the Tartarus. He serves as one the primary antagonists of The Chorus Trilogy, and the most proactive one in Season 13.
He first appeared as one of the Insurrectionist's Elite Mooks wielding a flamethrower in Season 9, fighting Wash and Carolina in Episode 15, and getting defeated when Carolina drops a Gravity Hammer on him. He survives the battle and ends up imprisoned by the UNSC in the prison ship, the Tartarus at the start of Season 13. He joins Locus and Felix to fight for Charon Industries so that he can get revenge against the Freelancers. He is eventually gunned down by Wash and Kimball after fighting Carolina in Armonia during Episode 16, sealing his fate for good as his body is caught in the explosion of Armonia's reactor.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Played With. While his ultimate death is unceremonious, he is portrayed as a man who is consumed by revenge above all else to avenge his fallen True Companions. Wash and Kimball don't bat an eye before mowing him down, her failure to get through to him drives Carolina's motivation to let Temple live in season 15.
- All There in the Manual: His real name was made up in a livestream (Terrence Ephemera Sharkface), and never said in the show. It's unknown if it's even canon as it was kind of a joke.
- Animal Motifs: His is a shark, ironically enough. His helmet visor is painted with a shark's mouth akin to old-school nose art, and a tattoo of a shark jaw on his chest.
- He also has a large tattoo of a shark Wreathed in Flames on his back.
- Armor Is Useless: Averted; his armor was bulletproof and undoubtedly a major factor in his surviving past his initial debut
- Ascended Extra: Goes from a minor Elite Mook in Season 9 to a major antagonist in Season 13.
- Atrocious Alias: He actually calls himself "Sharkface", which Felix makes fun of. When he ambushes the group in Episode 10, the following dialogue ensues:Caboose: Jinkies! It's Sharkface!
Tucker: Caboose, if you're gonna give him a nickname, don't make it that stupid.
- Bilingual Bonus: One of his tattoos is an excerpt from The Art of War.
- Black Eyes of Evil: His left eye is pitch black. Whether it's naturally like this or the result of the damage of being hit with a Gravity Hammer to the face is unknown.
- Boom, Headshot!: Granted, it's not with a gun, but he still gets a Gravity Hammer to the face.
- Characterization Marches On: His original appearance in Season 9 had him as a comedic opponent against Carolina and Wash with a rather outlandish armor design. Contrast that with Season 13 where he not only gets lines, but is more serious in general, with his armor being more subdued to reflect that.
- Cyborg/Dented Iron: In Season 13, Epsilon remarks that his body is "a pincushion," filled with mostly plates and staples, and after a bio-scan, sees "no weak points, only reinforcements."
- Combat Pragmatist: He's not above using tricks to get the edge on his opponents.
- Deader Than Dead: To make sure his death sticks, Doyle makes the nuclear reactor of Armonia explode, destroying the base and taking Sharkface's body with it.
- Defiant to the End: He's offered a chance to surrender peacefully at the end of his last fight, but he just goes on a rant about how he'll hunt them down and kill them all so long as he's alive. Naturally, it becomes blindly apparent why leaving him alive is a bad idea.Sharkface: Over? No. You can break me, burn me, bury me alive; but as long as I'm still breathing it will never be over. I will hunt you. I will burn you! As long as I'm alive, you're all as good as dead! (Wash and Kimball shoot him dead)
- Disability Superpower: After surviving having a skyscraper dropped on him, his body is now all plates and staples, but while it's relatively easy to knock him down, all the medical treatments have made it very difficult to knock him down to the point where he won't get up again. He's also pretty much immune to pain because he's in constant pain anyway so he'll just soak it up, and even dislocating his shoulder won't stop him. He'll just pop it back in and shrug it off.Sharkface: You're very efficient at administering pain, Carolina, but pain is something I've learned to live with.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: After being one of the main Co-Dragons of Season 13, he is quickly shot to death by Wash and Kimball in Episode 16. Word of God said this was intentional so as to represent how Sharkface's quest for revenge had corrupted him to the point where his ultimate death deserved to be unceremonious.
- Dual Wielding: With a pair of wrist-mounted flamethrowers in Season 13.
- Elite Mook: Like all the red-armored ODST troopers.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Or at least friends that are like family. And then they all die while he's recovering from having a building collapse around him.
- Evil Gloating: As he stumbles towards Carolina in his final moments, injured and clearly defeated, he uses his last words not to beg for his life or forgiveness, but to threaten her and Wash, telling them that as long as he's alive, he'll continue to hunt them down. It's what ends up getting him killed.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Unsurprising given his size, but his voice in season 13 is very deep.
- Eye Scream: It's never directly stated why he has a literal black eye but it seems to be because he took a Gravity Hammer to the face during Season 9.
- The Faceless: In Season 9. Season 13 shows what he looks like beneath his helmet.
- Fatal Flaw: Revenge. He's allowed himself to be so consumed by it that it blinds him by the end of his and Carolina's final fight and he is killed by his hate-filled rant
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: His initial weapon is a M7057 Flamethrower that he can utilize with enough proficiency to prematurely detonate grenades in mid-air. He installs two miniature flamethrowers into his suit as shown in his fight with Carolina.
- Giant Mook: He seems to be the largest of the Insurrection's Elite Mooks.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He's revealed to have several burn scars, with most of the left side of his face covered by a burn scar that looks vaguely like a shark's "smile".
- Hidden Depths: Much like the Insurrection Leader/"C.T.", we discover in Season 13 that Sharkface is more than just a Faceless Mook. The rest of that Quirky Miniboss Squad was the only family he ever had, and he didn't take it well when the Freelancers killed them all after they'd nearly done the same to him. Now he's dying to get even with any remaining members of Project Freelancer.
- Mad Artist: With his tattoos, exotic hairstyle, use of war paint, and his armor and weapon designs, he definitely gives off this impression. It even comes through in his dialogue.Sharkface: You can't. Rush. Art. Counselor.
- Made of Iron:
- In Season 9, he takes handgun and battle rifle fire like it's nothing, and it takes a Banshee launched by a grenade to the face just to stun him. He also survived a Gravity Hammer to the face.
- In Season 13, this is one of the ways he, a mere Elite Mook, is able to pose a major threat to Carolina, one of the greatest fighters in the series. Even with her leg injury, she's clearly the superior hand-to-hand fighter, but Sharkface absolutely will not go down no matter how many hits he takes, due to having learned to become accustomed to pain after all his injuries.
- Major Injury Underreaction: He doesn't even react to a dislocated shoulder, he just calmly-and audibly-puts it back in its socket.
- Not Quite Dead: After his bout with Agents Washington and Carolina, he is assumed to be dead, but it turns out he is alive and has been imprisoned by the UNSC.
- Phrase Catcher: "What the fuck is with this guy?!"
- Pyromaniac: Wields a flamethrower and is covered in burns, including half his face being burned off.
- Reality Ensues: He tried to use his flamethrowers on a moving train with broken windows in his final battle, but inertia plus wind resistance begged to differ.
- Revenge Before Reason: He was so focused on his revenge that it clouds his judgement, resulting in him being shot down in the street like a mad dog.
- Revenge by Proxy: While they did fend him off, neither Carolina or Washington actually caused the building to be dropped on him or kill any of his friends. But they're the last connections to Freelancer that he knows of and that's good enough for him.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His motivation for hunting down Washington and Carolina are for killing all of his friends, the only family he's ever known, as well as blowing up a building on him and leaving him for dead. Ironically, the worst that Wash and Carolina actually did to him was to fend him off in Season 9, and everything else was done by other people.
- Shadow Archetype: To Carolina: both are intense and angry examples of Dented Iron veering into Empowered Badass Normal (Carolina has an overworked AI unit with armor enhancements and a bad leg wound, Sharkface has numerous injuries repaired and reinforced like a Cyborg) and both are suffering from Survivor's Guilt from their respective groups.
- Smarter Than You Look: Despite seemingly no smarter than your average criminal by appearance alone, Sharkface is rather smart in using both his gear and his surroundings to his advantage, it catches both Carolina and Epsilon off guard their first encounter with him.
- Sole Survivor: Thanks to Project Freelancer.
- Suddenly Voiced: In season 9, he has no lines. In season 13, he suddenly has a lot to say.
- Tattooed Crook: As seen in the first episode of Season 13, he has several tattoos. He's also in prison.
- Threatening Shark: His Animal Motif. In addition to the shark-face Nose Art on his helmet visor (in Season 9) and assault rifle (in Season 13), he has a tattoo of a flaming shark, gill-like scars on the left side of his face, and a solid black eye.
- Took a Level in Badass: Though already a badass soldier, in Season 13 he has a rematch with Carolina, who now has Epsilon and several armor enhancements to help her, and wins, mostly likely due to the fact that Church is starting to wear down to the point of shutting down during the fight.
- Too Dumb to Live: Regardless of how determined he was on his quest of revenge, swearing to hunt down the people who have you at gun point and are telling you to surrender is a pretty good way to get yourself killed.
- Two-Faced: The left side of his face is burned in a manner that makes him look almost shark-like.
- Undignified Death: There's not much dignity to be found in being beaten and ranting in the street before being put down like a mad dog.
- Walking Spoiler: Being a major antagonist of Season 13, mentions of him spoils the reveal that he survived the events of Season 9.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: He's treated as a disposable Elite Mook by both Felix and Charon as a whole, but he is portrayed as a man who lost everything to Freelancer, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get revenge. Realizing this is what drives Carolina to try and apologize for her past actions due to her and her comrades having the same mentality at the time.
Three ex-soldiers of Charon Industries who were abandoned at a base in the middle of a frozen wasteland.
As a group
- Foil: As with the Triplets, they're one to the Blood Gulch Crew (Red Team in particular). If the Reds and Blues can be considered the best of the worst of what Freelancer had to offer, these three soldiers are the worst of the best that Charon has to offer. Amazingly, even the Blood Gulch Crew are implied to be more competent than they are.
- Insistent Terminology: As Sherry keeps reminding her colleagues, they're ex-Charon Industries since they were abandoned to die.
- Not So Different: To the Triplets.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: According to Sherry, the only reason why they weren't executed is because their incompetence would have been contagious to the person who'd have to dispose of their bodies afterward. As such, they were abandoned to die on an unknown frozen planet with nothing but a base full of booze to keep them company... well, at least until the Triplets were left there too.
- Shout-Out: Their introductions are a reference to Newhart, where one character introduces himself as Larry and his brothers as Darryl and Darryl.
- Single-Biome Planet: They were abandoned on a frozen ice world. Most fans seem to believe that they were abandoned on Sidewinder (though there's no real evidence for/against this in the series).
- Small Role, Big Impact: They only appeared in a single episode of Season 14, but they and the Triplets seem to have been the main inspiration for the Red Team vs. Blue Team simulation conflict that Project Freelancer concocted to help test their agents.
- Spiritual Successor: Inverted, with it being all but stated that they and the Triplets were (collectively speaking) the main inspiration for the Red vs. Blue simulation troopers of Project Freelancer.
- Token Good Teammate: A collective case for Charon Industries. They're the only soldiers in their employ to have never done terrible things (at least from what we can see) and were only abandoned to die due to their gross incompetence.
- True Companions: Just like the Triplets.
- Uncertain Doom: There hasn't been any proof that they're dead in the present day, though they'd have to beat pretty unfavorable odds to survive (they're on an irrelevant and slightly hostile planet with presumably scarce resources and another group of soldiers wanting their blood to boot).
- Badass Gay: As per Word of God.
- Deadpan Snarker: As reflecting her status as the Only Sane Man.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: As she tells Ohio, she really wants a chance to prove herself and have an actual purpose.
- Gaydar: Sherry has the ability to read people's body language to absurd specificity. When meeting the "Triplets", one of the things she picks up on is that Ohio is a lesbian. And mind, this is while they're far enough apart that they have to yell back and forth to communicate.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not as noticeable as Ohio's, but she does care about her soldiers/friends just as much as Ohio cares about Iowa and Idaho.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: In a sense, at least. She's the only one of both the Triplets and the other abandoned Charon soldiers to not serve as an Suspiciously Similar Substitute/Foil to a member of the original Reds and Blues, instead just being Not So Different to Ohio of the Triplets. At most, her Sherlock Scan could be seen as a loose parallel to Sarge's Bat Deduction/Insane Troll Logic, but even that's honestly stretching for a comparison.
- Not So Different: Sherry and Ohio, who are from opposing factions, are both de facto leaders of a trio of "worst soldiers" and realize that they're both looking for a purpose in life.
- Only Sane Man: Sherry is the only one of the three Charon soldiers to realize that their "assignment" is nothing more than a glorified death sentence.
- Sherlock Scan: She can tell a lot about a person from their body language."Yeah, it's a fun party trick! Only thing I'm good at!"
- Straight Gay: As confirmed by the episode writer.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Sherry calls out Ohio for shooting her in the foot to give them all a purpose in life.
Darryl and Terrill
- Epic Fail: Terrill once accidentally detonated a base trying to heat up a cup of coffee.
- Expy: Heavily downplayed, but they share the Those Two Guys dynamic seen with Grif and Simmons, with Terrill being more of a Professional Butt-Kisser towards Sherry like Simmons towards Sarge, and Darryl being a Lazy Bum akin to Grif.
- Lazy Bum: Downplayed, but Darryl is more of this than Terrill, with him being the happier of the two concerning their base being only stocked with White Russians (the drink, not the type of person).
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Downplayed, but Terrill is easily the more eager out of the two to earn Sherry's (non-existent) respect and even tries to make her feel better after having accidentally insulted her.
- Shipper on Deck: Terrill cheerily suggests that Sherry and Ohio could date, and seems pretty keen on the idea as the episode goes on.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Heavily downplayed, but they share the Those Two Guys dynamic seen with Grif and Simmons, with Terrill being more of a Professional Butt-Kisser towards Sherry like Simmons towards Sarge, and Darryl being a Lazy Bum akin to Grif.
- Those Two Guys: They're barely distinguishable from each other.