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A trio of gangs known collectively as The Syndicate. They serve as the main antagonists of Saints Row: The Third, along with STAG.
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The Luchadores - Inactive

A Group of masked wrestlers who sell and abuse steroids along with running some of Steelport's many casinos. They drive powerful trucks and seem to focus more on brute strength than the other two gangs, with specialists that can soak up almost as much damage as a brute while wielding high-powered grenade launchers. Their base of operations is the Three Count Casino near the docks where they are implied to carry out most of their business.
    In General 
  • BFG: One of their most powerful weapons can best be described as a grenade MINIGUN. (See Grenade Spam below.)
  • Grenade Launcher: What their specialists wield in combat.
  • Grenade Spam: Their specialists have minigun-like devices that can shoot out roughly half a dozen grenades PER SECOND!
  • Hummer Dinger: Their preferred vehicles are neon-festooned, pimped-out Bulldogs.
  • Masked Luchador: An entire gangs worth.
  • Mighty Glacier: Their specialists are extremely slow moving, but can inflict a lot of damage to make up for it.
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    Killbane 

Killbane, the Walking Apocalypse (Eddie Pryor)

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Appearances: Saints Row: The Third | Saints Row IVnote  | Saints Row: Gat Out of Hellnote 
A short-tempered, masked wrestler. Head of the Luchadores and Big Bad of 3 right beside Temple.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He begs the Boss not to unmask him and even offers to teach the Boss the secret of his Apoca-Fists in exchange to show how desperate he is.
  • All There in the Manual: The games guide explains that he uses steroids to keep up with the younger wrestlers, though that he suffers roid rage because of it. This would explain a lot.
  • And I Must Scream: In "Gat Out of Hell", Vlad punishes him for his attempted coup by torturing him for the rest of eternity.
  • Anti-Climactic Unmasking: Should you choose to unmask him. Underneath the mask, he's just an average-looking, middle-aged man with receding, buzzed-short blond hair.
    Bobby: We have seen the face of the Walking Apocalypse and to be honest, it's a man with a receding hairline.
  • Attention Whore: One of the reasons he turned against Angel was because he was more popular with the gang's members and started to overshadow Killbane.
  • Bad Boss:
    • During the attack on the Saints at the Hughes Bridge, he continues attacking even when his Luchadores get in the way.
    • When Matt suggested that the DeWynters take over for Loren, Killbane smacks him with a chair. He beats the living shit out of his own gang when he loses to Boss in Murderbrawl (even if you choose to let him keep his mask), snaps Kiki's neck when she and her sister try to leave, only has his position of power because he took it by force... Yeah... not the best man to work with.
    • Actually subverted when Matt Miller is defeated and he flees Steelport. It seems like Eddie's going to kill him (even Matt thinks so), but in the end, all he does is express how sad he is that Matt's decided to leave out of fear for his own life and is actually pretty understanding (despite almost breaking Matt's neck by accident while talking with his hands). As Matt walks away, Killbane stops him... and tells him that he can list Killbane as a reference any time.
    • In general, it seems that he's somewhat reasonable as long as you don't fuck up and remember to show him the respect he thinks he deserves.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Shares the role of the main antagonist with Cyrus, the leader of STAG.
  • Big "NO!": If you choose to rip off his mask during Murderbrawl XXXI.
  • Berserk Button: Don't disrespect him. He doesn't like when someone uses his real name, but he's willing to let it go with a simple correction, as seen when Jane Valderamma used it during their interview. What got Kiki killed is repeatedly using his name to talk down to him.
  • The Brute: Huge and muscular? Check. Lots of strength? Check. Killbane's role? Gang leader.
  • Death by Irony: Over the course of the game, he commits many Moral Event Horizons such as delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to his own gang and snapping Kiki's neck when she tried to leave. So how does he finally die if the Boss chooses to go after him? A No-Holds-Barred Beatdown followed by a Neck Snap to finish him off.
  • Dented Iron: After a plane crash the Boss can hurt Killbane with his/her bare fists unlike in Murder Brawl.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Even despite her insolence, his murdering of Kiki was way over the line.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Hates being called Eddie. He accepts it once during a radio interview with Jane, politely asking that she call him "Killbane" but Kiki could not take the hint and keeps calling him that to get under his skin, which leads to him killing her. This is Truth in Television among pro wrestlers, as it is considered disrespectful for anyone other than family and close friends to call a wrestler by their real name (even fellow wrestlers usually refer to each other by their wrestling names when out-of-character). They usually don't go on killing sprees over it, though.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Takes control of the Syndicate after the Saints kill Loren.
  • Evil Counterpart: Both Killbane and the Boss are crimelords-turned-pop-culture-icons. The main difference is in how they treat their gangs: the Boss will fight to the death for the Saints while Killbane kills his minions at the slightest provocation.
  • Expy: Of several characters.
    • His name, look, near superhuman strength, obsession with defeating the protagonist, and high intellect are similar to the Batman villain Bane.
    • His obsession with his career and loss of his mask seems like a combination of Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Rey Mysterio.
    • His refusal to be called by his real name is similar to the two Trope Namers.
  • Genius Bruiser: After the death of Phillipe, Killbane proves to be a strategist with — fittingly for a wrestler — a good sense for public opinion. His only real weakness is his temper, which makes all that fly out the window.
  • Hannibal Lecture: He says that the Boss should thank him and the Syndicate for helping the Saints rediscover their killer instinct after having "sold out".
  • Heel: Killbane was one in the ring, which evolved to outside the ring, too.
  • Hidden Depths: At first, he just seems like an egotistical brute, but in addition to being a skilled tactician, an adept manipulator of media and public opinion, and being capable of making allusions to Classical Mythology and T. S. Eliot poems on the fly, he also lets Matt leave the Syndicate no strings attached. Looking back on his actions over the first half of the game, this comes off as rather surprising.
  • Karma Houdini: In the last mission, he'll get away if you choose to save Shaundi. Doubly applies if you didn't unmask him earlier. As of IV, he dies along with most of humanity after Earth is blown up.
  • Killed Off for Real: Even though the "Kill Killbane" ending is non-canon, he was killed along with the destruction of Earth.
  • Klingon Promotion: Takes control of the Syndicate via self-election after Phillipe is killed despite the DeWynter sisters being the actual heirs to the empire.
  • Large Ham: Loves to make egotistical and grandiose speeches about how great he is.
  • Made of Iron: The man can take a lot of punishment and is completely unfazed by mere punches from the Boss.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "They call me 'Killbane, the Walking Apocalypse'."
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He delivers one to his OWN GANG, and all just because he lost to the Boss in Murderbrawl:
    Luchador mook: "Killbane! It was just a match!"
    Killbane: *slams the mook into a wall head first* "IT'S MY FUCKING REPUTATION!"
  • No-Sell: In his boss fight, punching Killbane is completely ineffective and the Boss is forced to whack him with various weapons thrown onto the stage.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After Matt failed to kill the Saints and plans to leave the Syndicate, Killbane, who beats up and kills his underlings at even the slightest provocation, just lets him leave, even saying that he'd be willing to be a reference for him. Matt is so scared that he flees to England and becomes a data handler for MI-6 agent Asha Odekar.
  • Cutscene Boss: He takes him out via quick time events in the Kill Killbane ending.
  • Post-Final Boss: In the "Save Shaundi" ending, Killbane is fought in the epilogue as the villain of the "Gangstas in Space" film. Though it's not actually Killbane, just an actor playing him.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Promotional art shows him wearing a rather flamboyant pink feather boa (probably as an homage to Hulk Hogan's red and yellow feather boas). While he never wears it in-game, he does keep a pink handkerchief in his suit pocket.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Killbane will constantly taunt the Saints and sees himself as unstoppable. While he is capable, Killbane isn't exactly a sensible leader like Loren. His ego cracks if you choose to unmask him in the ring in front of a live audience, something he greatly fears. If you decide to go after Killbane at the end of the game, even after barely surviving a plane explosion, he'll still taunt the Boss on how he'll choke them until their last words are thanking Killbane.
  • Smug Snake: He wrote a play depicting a ridiculously one-sided version of his and Angel's backstory and has scheduled it to be performed for five years just to spite Angel, none of his schemes more complicated than using his muscle to intimidate people work out, and his reaction to being publicly humiliated by the Boss is to try to skip town.
  • Wicked Cultured:
    • Despite the whole wrestler/crimelord job and being rather insane, he actually comes off as rather intelligent and well-learned when not angered. He references a T. S. Eliot poem during one confrontation, and is fairly erudite in his radio interview (at least before he starts cussing).
    • He also seems to have a working knowledge of Greek mythology, which he likes to throw into his speech. He uses a reference to Apollo correctly with Viola, he uses Icarus as a euphemism for the Boss at one point as well. His only major slip up is a Roman history topic when he references the burning of the Rome as "Caesar playing his fiddle" when that was (supposedly) Nero. But by then, his sanity is less-than totally in line. On the other hand, Caesar was a title given to the Roman emperors, including Nero.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He nonchalantly snaps Kiki's neck after she and her sister try to leave The Syndicate.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Goes through this if he's unmasked. Or even if he isn't.
  • Zero-Effort Boss: In "Murderbrawl XXXI," his Boss Battle is just a series of quick time events. Your second fight with him may also be a series of QTEs, or may be an actual fight, depending on your choices.

The Deckers - Inactive

A group of teenaged cybergoths who specialize in hacking. Under the leadership of Matt Miller, they carry out most of their operations from their base in the Burns Hill Reactor. They have female specialists who move extremely fast and attack with powerful shock hammers as well as dual SMGs. They are also the only gang to use melee weapons with all of their their foot soldiers carrying swords.
    In General 

  • Cyber Punk: Their gang is heavily themed after this.
  • Dark Action Girl: Their specialists are rollerblading Perky Goth girls, with dual-wielded SMGs and a Shock Hammer.
  • Drop the Hammer: Their specialists' main form of attack.
  • Evil Brit: Like their boss, most of them speak with British accents.
  • Fragile Speedster: Their specialists can't take many hits, but are extremely fast and move quickly enough to make most explosive and charge weapons like the airstrike completely useless about 90% of the time.
  • In the Hood: A few of their members wear these.
  • Sinister Scythe: The shock hammers carried by their specialists have one of these attached for a secondary attack that doesn't spend charges.
  • Teens Are Monsters: If there's Matt's age and their theme to go along, most of the Deckers are probably still in high school, and they're no less dangerous or brutal as the other gangs.
  • Teen Genius: Apparently, it's a requirement amongst the Deckers to be both underaged and a technical prodigy.
  • Teleport Spam: The female specialists love doing this.
  • Tron Lines: Both their cars and personal clothing evoke this aesthetic with a color scheme of black with shock blue edges.

     Matt Miller 

Matt Miller

Played By: Yuri Lowenthal
Appearances: Saints Row: The Third | Saints Row IV | Enter the Dominatrix | How the Saints Save Christmas | Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
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A British hacker and head of the Deckers. Responsible for getting Kinzie drummed out of the FBI. Survives 3 and becomes an ally come IV.

  • Anti-Villain: Of the Jerkass variety. Sure, he's a malicious Troll in the cyber world, but he also seems to be the Only Sane Man in regards to the Syndicate, with Phillipe's death and Killbane going crazy with power. If he isn't a Noble Demon, he's pretty sympathetic.
  • Adorkable: Especially in IV where we see even more just how dorky Matt can really be.
  • A God Am I: To a certain extent, in the Deckers trailer, he says "Don't you get it? I'm God in here" when Boss confronts him in cyberspace. He also taunts the Boss after causing their helicopter to crash referring to himself as a "cybergod".
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: This actually ends up saving his life. By offering to leave the Deckers and helping the Boss with a vehicle or weapon discount, the Boss lets him walk away unharmed.
  • Alliterative Name: Matt Miller.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Besides his pretty blatant crush on Kinzie and Asha, various dialogue that got Dummied Out of the final game suggests that he likes to get touchy-feely with Johnny and that his Keith David fanboying enters Stalker with a Crush levels. Plus, there's that thing about him writing slash fanfic of Nyte Blayde, which puts a whole different spin on his self-insertion stories. Some ambiguity is removed in How the Saints Saved Christmas, as he asks Santa for both a Bloody Canoness body pillow and a Nyte Blayde body pillow.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He's a big fan of Keith David and he's overjoyed to meet him in IV.
    • He's also such a Roddy Piper fanboy that it makes Roddy uncomfortable.
    • The Boss ends up enjoying his Nyte Blayde fanf—er, "expanded universe fiction" so much that he/she use his/her authority as sole surviving world leader to grant Matt all rights to the entire Nyte Blayde franchise.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Likely turning 18 as of Saints Row IV, he's easily the youngest major member of the Saints, and no less competent as the others.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: One-sided with Kinzie. He may be in a heated hacking competition with her, but if you call him along with CID in IV, you might find out he's downloaded naked pictures of her. Kinzie doesn't appear to be too interested in him, though. Seems to have redirected his lust towards Asha in IV.
  • Berserk Button: Badmouth NyteBlayde near him and he'll go nuts.
    • Ruin his carefully constructed NyteBlade training simulation/fanfiction at your own peril.
  • The Cracker: He's the resident hacker of the Syndicate.
  • Character Development: When we first meet him in Saints Row: The Third, he's a shy, cowardly teenager who belies a truly malicious Troll when given a computer. After nearly being killed and saved by the Boss, he becomes infinitely nicer and more courageous, to the point he even joins the Saints in their quest to bring down Zinyak. Plus, we also get to see his better qualities and his sheer dorkiness.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After being nearly killed by the Saints in The Third, he becomes an official member in IV.
  • Dirty Coward: Although considering he's a scrawny nerd while the boss has Charles Atlas Superpowers, it may not be cowardice so much as a desire not to piss off the guy who could kill you if given half a choice any more than you already have.
  • The Dragon: To Killbane in The Third. His cyberform even looks a bit like a dragon.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Looks very feminine in Saints Row IV even after toning down most of the Guyliner and makeup from the previous game.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Is pretty horrified to see Killbane kill Kiki in cold blood after she threatened to leave. He also points out earlier that Kiki and Viola were the rightful owners of the Syndicate after Phillipe is killed, not him or Killbane. This second action gets him a chair across the face.
  • Evil Brit: Complemented by his obnoxiousness over voice chat. As summed up by The Pixel Show, within seconds of his introduction trailer:
    Kit Harrison: Wahey, Tron guy! Matt Miller! He laughs 'cos he's a cyber punk!
    • Evil Sounds Deep: Not so much in the real world as in cyberspace, where his voice is modulated to sound deep and menacing.
  • G.I.F.T.: This exchange sums things up nicely.
    Matt: "Don't you get it? I'm God in here!"
    Boss: "That's just fine, 'cause in the real world, you're just a bitch with a keyboard."
    • Latin!Boss even says that she is never letting her kids play video games. The. Boss. That's how extreme Matt is.
  • Guyliner: Together with dark blue lipstick and black nail polish, as part of his gothic-punk style. Much less pronounced in Saints Row IV, but it's still there.
  • The Handler: To Asha in Saints Row IV
  • Heel–Face Turn: After the events of the third game, Matt went to work for MI-6 and later for the Saints.
  • Her Codename Was Mary Sue: In Saints Row 4, Matt designs a Nyteblade "expanded universe fiction", wherein he's Nyte Blade's best friend and the boss is his sidekick.
  • Humongous Mecha: His avatar in cyberspace is a giant draconic robot/suit of armor.
  • Interface Screw: When the Boss enters the Decker's user net, Matt can do things like induce lag or invert controls to make things harder for them.
  • Improbable Age: One of the top three members of the Syndicate - an international, globe-spanning operation, mind you - is also barely old enough to drive. Becomes a minor Crowning Moment of Awesome when you realize the Deckers - a gang 100% composed of Teen Geniuses - were literally in a position as one of the most powerful criminal syndicates in the world before the Saints brought them down.
  • Kick the Dog: During the mission "Deckers.Die", the "Debug Screen" includes the message Why Did You Let Johnny Die?
    • You can also find a virtual headstone that reads "Here lies Johnny Gat. He died like a little bitch."
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Matt is a huge fan of Nyteblade, which is sometimes brought up in his dialogue, but becomes a plot point in SR4.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: To Asha's masculine girl.
  • Mission Control: In the fourth game together with Kinzie, due to them having the most knowledge about IT.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: In his romance scene in IV, Boss propositions Matt by saying he doesn't have to die a virgin. Matt does ask to be called "Nyteblade" note , and Boss reluctantly agrees. Although this might just be an assumption of the Boss' that Matt doesn't bother to correct, since Kinzie states during one of the heli-assault missions that he does have a girlfriend who lives in Burns Hill.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Looks a lot like Jared Leto in Saints Row IV.
  • Non-Action Guy: The only time he even bothers fighting is in cyberspace where he has several advantages, while in the real world he is constantly getting kicked around by Killbane.
    • Still admits to being one in SR4, although he admits getting more enthusiastic with doing things "personally".
  • Not So Different: In IV, cyber-Julius can make him realise that what he tried to do in "Deckers.Die" is similar to what Zinyak is trying.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Both Loren and Killbane get plenty of hype while Matt is portrayed as a pathetic weakling for the first half of the game. The fact that he spends a good portion of his screen time getting kicked around or taunting the player make him seem like just a kid in way over his head. Then the mission "Deckers.Die" rolls around and he confronts the Boss in cyberspace as a massive dragon knight. This is pretty much the only real boss fight in the game, seeing as both the other two Syndicate leaders go down without much fuss or effort. One moment before that stands out as well: Shaundi and the Boss finally corner Killbane and are about to execute him with a sniper rifle. Seconds before Shaundi can take the shot, however, the helicopter they are driving spirals out of control thanks to him and crashes, almost killing them and allowing Killbane to escape. This action makes him indirectly responsible for the Sadistic Choice at the end of the game when the player must choose between letting Killbane make a clean escape from Steelport or letting Shaundi, Viola, and Burt die. Matt may be a punk, but he does get some badass moments for himself.
  • Official Couple: After much ship teasing (mostly one-sided on Matt's part), Saints Row: Gat out of Hell confirms that Matt and Asha are an item by Shaundi saying "I can't believe Asha sleeps with you."
  • One Steve Limit: With Matt, Maero's tattoo artist. Lampshaded in Saints Row IV when cyber-Maero tells Miller about his Matt, and how it ended with the Boss burning his entire arm. Matt meekly states that he knew this little story wasn't going to end well.
  • One-Winged Angel: His cyberform.
  • Only Sane Man: He is the only one of the three bosses who takes the Saints seriously from the start and tries to warn the others not to underestimate them. He's also the only rival gang leader to say Screw This, I'm Outta Here! when cornered by the Boss.
  • Promoted Fanboy: In IV, the Boss makes him the sole owner of all rights to the Nyte Blayde franchise.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is willing to negotiate with the boss and offer him deals that, unlike Maero's, are quite reasonable. So reasonable, in fact, that the boss takes him up on his second deal. (The player has the choice of agreeing to the first or not.)
    • Seeing how he was the only one to take the danger of the Saints serious, it's possible he had the whole offer prepared.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being beaten in virtual reality, Matt manages to get the Boss to spare him by getting him a discount on either weapon or vehicle upgrades. Afterwards he leaves Steelport and joins MI-6.
  • Sissy Villain: And it is most likely why he's still breathing.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Shows some hints of this towards Kinzie. He seems to act like the little kid on the playground that teases and hurts his crush as he doesn't know how else to act. In the fourth game, it's revealed that he has a very large (and almost certainly illicit) collection of naked photographs of Kinzie.
  • Still Wearing the Old Colors: Still wears his Deckers' tie with his spacesuit in IV.
  • Teens Are Monsters: To the point where seeing him in the virtual reality simulator Boss might claim she will never let her kids play video games lest they turn out like Matt.
  • Teen Genius: Bizarrely, Matt Miller is only 16, according to Kinzie.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Kinzie after joining the Saints. Even though they eventually develop a working relationship, Kinzie never fully forgives him, as one of her idle dialogue lines in Gat out of Hell has her wishing that Matt was in Hell rotting.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In 3, he was a gang leader at Kinzie's level with a computer but utterly inefficient and shy in the real world. In 4, he almost escaped the Zin ship by hacking the doors by himself and was able to equip Boss' robot with guns in the middle of a firefight, helping Boss defending their ships in a AA gun, but the real level-taking happens after his Nyteblayde fanfiction/simulation is derailed by Zinyak and he must kill Nyteblayde. After that, he noticeably becomes as badass as the rest of the Saints. The Boss goes as far as claim he "really earned his place among The Saints" during the simulation crashing.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Despite being a troll of the highest order in SR3, and being responsible for ruining Kinzie's FBI career in the backstory, the opening of SRIV has him working with Asha and the Saints to stop a fearsome terrorist. When said terrorist launches a nuke, and the Boss is trying to disable it, Matt admits over the radio that had he known the Boss of the Saints would risk his life to save millions of innocent people, he wouldn't have caused him so much trouble back in Steelport.
  • Trash Talk: He comes off as a mix of every type of online troll and douche bag all rolled together into a single entity. Even his gang like to taunt the player regardless of how well they are doing in a fight.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Likely the only reason he's kept around is because of his hacking skills. This might also be why Killbane was so willing to let him leave.
  • Yaoi Fanboy: An Interface Screw at the end of one of the missions reveals that Matt apparently writes Nyte Blayde Slash Fic in his spare time.

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Morningstar - Inactive

European arms dealers who also deal in human trafficking and prostitution. Their BDSM club "Safe Word" is one of their primary sources of income and the place they store most of their sex slaves. Despite being fairly weak compared to the Deckers and Luchadores, they are the only gang with access to helicopters that serve as transport vehicles for their specialists, who are snipers grouped into pairs and wielding high-powered rifles.


    In General 
  • Arms Dealer: Their leader, Phillipe Loren, even owns a designer gun store in Steelport called Powder (which the Saints raid early in the game).
  • Badass Longcoat: It can be hard to see unless they appear on the ground, but their specialists wear these.
  • Bald of Evil: Their specialists again.
  • Boring, but Practical: Unlike the other gangs who use swords, shock hammers, and grenade machine guns, all they use are standard guns and high powered sniper rifles in the case of their specialists. Of course, said sniper rifles are probably the most powerful gun in the game, can't be picked up when the specialist dies, and have a pretty good range of effectiveness. The only real weaknesses they do have are the laser sights mounted on the gun that give away their location.
  • Cold Sniper: Their specialists.
  • Meaningful Name: Morningstar is a (primarily European) nickname for Lucifer, the name of a medieval weapon and (somewhat reaching) a nickname for the planet Venus, named for the Roman goddess of love. For a European criminal organisation who all dress in red and black and dabble in both the arms trafficking and sex industries, it's quite fitting.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Their primary color is red, but their gang also features a lot of black as well (along with a few splashes of pink here and there). A good example would be their gang vehicles which are painted red and black with a bright red underglow effect.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The game can't seem to decide whether their name is "Morning Star" or "Morningstar".
  • Starter Villain: Story-wise, they are the first Syndicate gang dealt with and primarily populate the starting areas.
  • Stripperiffic: Their female members are pretty hardy considering the outfits they wear during gunfights. This is because they were intended to be a separate gang of ex-prostitutes, but the concept was merged with another gang.

    Phillipe 

Phillipe Loren

Played By:
Jacques Hennequet (Saints Row: The Third)
JB Blanc (Saints Row IV)
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The ruthless Belgian leader of the Morningstar syndicate.
  • Affably Evil: He is a gentleman and appears to have been, if not liked, at least well-respected by his fellow Syndicate members. He dotes on Kiki and Viola as if they were his daughters, and Viola even remembers him fondly in a conversation with Mayor Reynolds if the player character has both of them as homies. When Mayor Reynolds refers to him as French by mistake, Viola corrects him by saying that he was actually Belgian.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Makes sense, his entire gang is basically the Steelport mafia. Even his mooks dress nice.
  • Berserk Button: Do not call him French. He. Is. Belgian.
    Johnny: Same thing.
  • Big Bad: Played with. He gets hyped in the trailers as the Big Bad. In the final release, he is this... for the duration of Act I. Killbane ultimately takes his place.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Subverted. Almost everyone calls him French, despite his actually being Belgian.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Cutscene Boss:
    • For all the build up he gets as the Big Bad in the trailers and early game, he ends up simply being crushed to death by the boss at the end of act 1. He doesn't even fight the player in game before then either.
    • Averted in IV, where he is a legitimate boss battle, albeit an optional one.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He is hyped up as the overall boss of the Syndicates... And is the very first gang leader defeated.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Despite the fact the Morningstar engages in sex slavery and trafficking, he happily employs women. The DeWynters Sisters are implied to have always liked him because he didn't condescend to them about their sex.
  • Eyepatch After Timeskip: Gained after recovering from Gat slamming his head into an airplane window.
  • Gratuitous French: Completely averted; he does have a very strong accent, but he never shoehorns French words in his sentences. The only time he is heard speaking French in the Third game, it is a complete sentence and it can be attributed to him being very pissed off about the events taking place at that moment.
    • "Oh, putain de merde !... Ouvrez-moi cette porte ! J'veux sa tête !!!" note 
  • Killed Off for Real: Flattened by a giant steel ornament.
  • Knife Nut: Takes out a large security guard with a knife in the trailer and also stabs Johnny Gat with one.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He always appears wearing a stylish red suit, speaks both French and English, and is flanked by two tastefully dressed ladies with masters degrees in economics.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: He has a plausible French accent, but not the right one. His voice actor uses the French dialect from France instead of Belgian French, which has a different accent.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Especially in the trailer where he steps out of his car, lights up a cigarette, calmly hands it to one of his assistants, takes out a knife, and stabs a large Saints security guard to death with it (all in the span of a few seconds) before finally walking on board an elevator while his assistant hands him back his cigarette. He does all of this without even saying a word or changing his expression.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": While Philippe is a common name in Belgium (it is even the name of their current ruler, king Philippe of Belgium), Loren's first name is written Phillipe, which is a very strange way to spell it.
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    The DeWynter Twins 

Kiki and Viola DeWynter

Kiki Played By: Megan Hollingshead (Saints Row: The Third), Ashly Burch (Gat out of Hell)
Viola Played By: Sasha Grey

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Twin sisters with Master's degrees in economics. They run the Morning Star's human trafficking and prostitution rings, while fronting as art dealers.
  • Action Girl: While they're both business school graduates, the sisters aren't afraid to get their hands dirty.
  • Ambiguously Brown: They have pretty dark skin, possibly because they were originally going to be Asians, but were changed to avoid the stereotype of Asian women serving an older male villain. They're likely just tanned Europeans since DeWynter is a popular surname in Belgium aka Phillipe's home country.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Viola swears vengeance on Killbane after he murders Kiki.
  • Brainy Brunette: Both twins are this, having Master's degrees in economics.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Kiki continuously calls Killbane by his real name in order to get under his skin. She does it one time too many and Killbane snaps her neck with one hand, killing her. Viola isn't exactly better as she antagonizes Oleg, reminding him they kept him prisoner, on her meeting with The Boss, and will occasionally mock the Saints' losses. Luckily the Boss and Oleg have better tempers than Killbane.
  • Casting Gag: Viola has issues with a revealing outfit. She's voiced by ex-porn star Sasha Grey.
  • Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: Viola attempts to be this to Boss upon joining the Saints, and she's played by Sasha Grey no less. She does at least save Boss from zombification, which was nice of her.
  • Co-Dragons: Loren's right-hand women: his personal assistants and the heiresses to his empire.
  • Coordinated Clothes: They are dressed in identical dark gray sweaters, leather skirts and go-go boots, the only difference being the colors of the rims on their sunglasses.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Viola, especially to the Boss.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • The reason why their friendship with Zimos ended and they turned him into a sex slave? Zimos slept with one of them, but then forgot which one. Being mad is understandable, but dang.
    • Kiki is on the receiving end of some when Killbane gives her a Neck Snap. What did she do? She called him by his real name after deciding to leave the Syndicate.
  • Enemy Mine: Viola ends up working with the Saints in order to take down Killbane after he kills Kiki.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Their Audio logs in Gat out of Hell have them doing this.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Viola gets this reaction from the rest of the Saints due to the Enemy Mine situation. With the exceptions of The Boss, Kinzie, and Pierce (and even Pierce is still somewhat snide to her) - the other Saints hate her.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Viola defects and joins the Saints after her sister's death.
    • Kiki in "Gat Out Of Hell" as well, to the point of considering and calling Kinzie her sister if you rescue her and Viola as her.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: The twins can be distinguished by their voices and color of their glasses' rims: Viola's are white, Kiki's are pink. After Kiki's death, Viola starts wearing her glasses. Kiki's voice is deeper than Viola's in The Third, though after Ashly Burch replaced Megan Hollingshead in Gat out of Hell, it's far more difficult to tell their voices apart.
  • Ironic Name: "Viola" means "violet" in Italian and she is in a gang who opposes the Saints, who use purple as their color Double irony, she eventually leaves the Syndicate and joins up with them, making it a Meaningful Name.
    • Could also double as an Unfortunate Name and, arguably, a Meaningful Name, since "Viola" is the third person past historic singular for "Violer", which means "to violate" or "to rape" in French. Though neither of the DeWynters have a history of rape (that we know of), they were involved in the human trafficking ring and worked for a gang that engages in sex slavery.
  • It's Personal: Viola has a grudge on Killbane after he kills Kiki. This is the main reason she joins the Saints.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She lectures the Boss on how their impulsive stunts got Gat killed. The Boss isn't able to come up with a retort.
  • Killed Off for Real:
  • Likes Older Men: Viola's compliments on Cyrus Temple's features when The Boss disguises as Temple to rescue Shaundi.
    "Cyrus is very powerful and statuesque".
  • Naughty Nun: Viola during one of the later missions.
  • Only Sane Man: After joining the Saints, Viola tries, unsuccessfully, to assume the role of the Boss' Cloudcuckoolander's Minder.
  • Pet the Dog: It's implied that she formed some kind of friendship with Kinzie during the time between The Third and IV, based on their homie conversation and interactions in Hell. Gat informs Viola of how much Kinzie misses her during their reunion, which Viola thinks is sweet. When Kinzie begins to annoy Kiki, Viola assures Kiki that "she grows on you" and insists that the two get along.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kiki's the red to Viola's blue, as her insistence on talking down to Killbane is what got her killed.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Even after she joins the Saints, Viola is still very snide and standoffish towards them. She does seem to have a soft spot for Kinzie, and in Gat out of Hell, she admits that she loved working with the Saints and grew to like every one of them. "Except for Shaundi. Fuck that bitch!".
  • Stripperiffic: While they normally avert this poor Viola is forced to dress like this during one of the missions after she joins the Saints. She is not at all happy about this.
  • Sweater Girl: Both sisters provide a nice contrast to the many less tastefully-dressed women roaming the streets of Steelport. In fact, when Viola has to drop this look in favor of a much more stripperiffic costume for a mission, she gets pretty upset about it.
  • Thicker Than Water: The sisters are loyal to one another before anyone else. After Killbane murders Kiki, Viola decides to throw her lot in with The Boss (who themselves had already killed her mentor.)
  • Think Twins: They both have Master's degrees in economics, and are in charge of the Morningstar's prostitution ring.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Viola suffers seeing her beloved father figure, Phillipe Loren, killed by the Saints, her and her sister's rightful position as head of the Syndicate taken by Killbane, her sister's brutal murder by Killbane via Neck Snap, and being forced to dress in an incredibly skimpy outfit for a mission after she joins the Saints. Oh, and then she dies if the player decides killing Killbane is more important than rescuing her, Burt Reynolds, and Shaundi. All of this happens over the course of a few days/weeks.
  • Wicked Cultured: They front as art dealers and even made a painting for Zimos before their falling out. Viola also mentions being a fan of William Shakespeare, becoming an even bigger fan after meeting him in Hell.
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