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Locus / Samuel Ortez
"I'm not a monster. I'm a soldier, like you."
Locus without his helmet 

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 Heel–Face 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.

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  • 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: Him apparently lacking 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 (PTSD is a strong candidate, as Santa notes that he was "broken by war").
  • Antagonist Abilities: invoked 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 very similar 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 this 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 Heel–Face 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/crazy. 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.
    Grif: (after receiving Locus' commands to snap out of his nuttiness): Aaah! Fuck, your voice is still so scary!
  • 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 and Villain Ball moments? They piss him off big time.
    • Calling him insane/crazy. Lopez finds this out the hard way.
  • 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.
  • Bounty Hunter: He and Felix started out as this, essentially, since they tracked down criminals and turned them in for the reward money.
  • 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.
  • Co-Dragons: Locus and Felix are the leaders of the Space Pirates, employed by Hargrove to oversee the Chorus war and the genocide of the planet's inhabitants.
  • 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. One of stand out moments is his helmet being felt up by Grif to make sure he's real and his reaction to getting a hug from Caboose after freeing him.
    Locus: (Stuck in a one-sided hug to his waist with his arms stretched out into the air) I hate this...
  • 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 Heel–Face 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."
  • 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 Heel–Face 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. 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: He has two even before his Character Development. The first is that he disapproves of making people suffer and that if you're going to kill someone you make it quick and clean. The second is that while he's willing to betray the people he's pretending to work with like the Feds he balks at killing his actual partners in the Space Pirates. Notably, Locus compromises on both of these principles when they are shown due to Felix talking him into it, highlighting how Felix is The Corrupter towards Locus.
  • 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. He also questions Washington and the Reds in Season 12 as to why they assign meaning to robots like Lopez and Freckles.
  • 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 Counterpart:
  • 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.
  • Foil:
    • 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 Heel–Face Turn.
    • He's also one to Agent Washington, as they're both talented professional soldiers who had to do some really horrible 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 Knight of 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.
    • To the Meta. They're both soldiers who eventually left the UNSC after their will was broken and were manipulated into working with a sociopath. However, the Meta was left Brainwashed and Crazy and sought only to attain Sigma's goals, while Locus definitely has his own interests outside of Felix, even if he's still completely under his thumb. And while the Meta ultimately dies at the hands of the Reds and Blues, still nothing but a slave to Sigma's whims, Locus achieves redemption after having a Heel Realization and survives.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse: During the war, Locus started off as actually being rather compassionate and moral, but his superiors drilled into him that he was nothing more than a suit of armor and a gun. The horror of war completely broke him and left him a Shell-Shocked Veteran, and he was unable to integrate back into society in spite of his best efforts due to Felix using his PTSD to manipulate him into becoming a mercenary.
  • 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...
  • Good Costume Switch: After his Heel–Face Turn, he incorporates an additional color scheme into his armor (white), giving himself a friendlier appearance.
  • Guttural Growler: He speaks with a deep, gravelly voice.
  • 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.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Santa helps him realize that not only is Felix controlling him, but also fears him, he rightfully chooses to leave him for dead and instead helps the Blood Gulch Crew by activating the Communication Temple for them. 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 find out 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.
    Locus: I'm not a soldier. I'm a monster. Like you.
  • He Knows Too Much: He does this to Donut and Doc's pilot.
  • 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: invoked 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Heel–Face 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.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: He doesn't bat an eye when Lopez insults multiple times, but snaps when he word-for-word calls him insane.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Post Heel–Face Turn, he's atoning for his sins and has become genuinely heroic, but that doesn't mean he's any less cold, serious, and caustic.
  • 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 soldier, 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: invoked 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. Even after his Heel–Face Turn, his very presence makes things more serious, though he serves as The Comically Serious to the Reds and Blues.
  • 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.
    • 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. Since he's bilingual, he can 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 worthless 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.
    • Although on an 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 armor 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.
    • 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?
      Locus: Fine.
      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!
  • "Not So Different" Remark: 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 (or rather, the Meta under Sigma's influence) sought perfection by wanting 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!
    Felix: WHAT?!
    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.
  • Personality Powers: His active camouflage allows him to disappear from view and hide - Locus himself is accused of hiding from his own actions by Washington.
  • 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.
    • In Season 14, while Felix justifies holding a mob boss's son for ransom as a Pay Evil unto Evil scheme that will come with a hefty paycheck, Locus rationalizes how the plan will result is a positive outcome for the city by limiting the mob boss's resources.
  • 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 similar to 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.
  • The Quiet One: He's rather terse, especially compared to his partner. This comes in handy during Season 14, as Locus not saying anything during the call with Ruben hides the fact the there are three bounty hunters from him, with Ruben assuming Siris is Locus.
  • 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 would instead make amends for his misdeeds personally.
  • 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 similar. 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!
  • 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 also uses a silenced shotgun during the club raid in his arc in Season 14.
  • 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. 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.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: The stoic, professional Straight Man to Felix's cheery, laid-back Wise Guy.
  • Strong and Skilled: Unlike Felix, Locus both has the power and the capability to keep up with Super Soldiers like Wash and Carolina.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • 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 choice 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.
    Santa: (Appearing) Why have you come here, meddler?
    Locus: To kill the simulation troopers.
    Santa: Will this secure your victory over their forces?
    Locus: No...
    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.
  • 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 Happened to the Mouse?: After taking Washington to the hospital in Season 15, he tries to contact the Reds and Blues in Season 16, only for Grif to make an effort to ignore it, leaving his whereabouts and actions unknown.
  • 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 Heel–Face Turn at the last minute.
  • Why Don't You 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.