Due to the Loads and Loads of Characters of the entire series, we're just going to name the main characters, or at least those which have some kind of Character Development, such as being the main guys of a game or having appeared across more than one game.
- "I've ran Thunder Cash in the wackiest conditions the Liandri could dream up: magma-filled volcanoes, zero gravity, fucked-up aliens, you name it. This shit here's a cakewalk."— Unreal Tournament III, to Reaper in the Act II intro.
The closest thing the Unreal franchise has to a main character.
As FenTech's finest creation, Malcolm is an artificially boosted Tournament warrior. He was the winner of nine Liandri Grand Tournaments from 2293 to 2301. In the tournament of the year 2302 (Unreal Tournament 2003), he joined forces with his former enemies Brock and Lauren, of the Iron Guard team. The team managed to go to the finals, where they meet the Juggernaut team, led by Gorge. Gorge's team won the Tournament, with Gorge breaking both Malcolm's winning spree and his spine.
After these Tournaments, he broke up with Brock and Lauren, who returned to lead the Iron Guard team. Malcolm went back to the Thunder Crash team as well. Both teams participated in the 2303 tournament (Unreal Tournament 2004) but it's unknown which team won that Tournament.
In the off-season (Unreal Tournament III), he's hired by the Izanagi Corporation as the commander of their security forces. He's in charge of the Ronin team, advising them between their missions.
In the 2304 Tournament (Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict), he was featured as a Combat Commentator, alongside Liandri's robot commentator, for the Ascension Rites, due to the spinal injury caused by Gorge at the end of the 2302 Tournament.
Set to come back in the Unreal Tournament 4 reboot as a playable character.
- A Day in the Limelight: Has his own ladder in Unreal Championship 2.
- Advertised Extra: Present in all kinds of promotional material for Unreal Tournament III, got relegated to a non-playable cameo role in the full game.
- Ascended Extra: Though there were some hints in Unreal Tournament, such as Thunder Crash being the default team, and him being the default face, for the ladder, there he was just a selectable skin. Then came Unreal Tournament 2003 and it was revealed that he was the 9 time champion of the Tournament. He went on to be the franchise's main face.Malcolm: Sounds like you know my rep.
Reaper: Yeah, who doesn't? Most grand tournament trophies, ever. Leader of Thunder Crash, AKA Thunder Cash...
Malcolm: Aight. I get it.
Reaper: ...all of which makes you a highly decorated... civilian.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: As shown above, he wouldn't have been contracted by Izanagi or Liandri if he wasn't famous as being the biggest Tournament champion of the story.
- Attack Drone: His "Sentinel" adrenaline combo in Unreal Championship 2 activates allies which fire upon nearby enemies.
- Badass Beard
- Bald, Black Leader Guy: Though that hat always accompanied him. He's the leader of Thunder Crash, A.K.A. "Thunder Cash".
- Breakout Character: From being just a playable character with a barebones story in Tournament to a final boss and leader in 2003/2004 to an important character in Championship 2 to a main storyliner (which was meant to be playable) in III. How much of this was because he was the first face the player could choice back in the first Tournament is left to anyone's guess.
- The Cameo: Appeared in Fortnite as a survivor for the "Save the World" mode.
- Combat Commentator: In UC2 he's a color commentator for the televised Ascension Rites, even getting to interview a Skaarj before his match.
- Cool Shades: In every game except III.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a few snarky moments in Unreal Championship II:
- Demoted to Extra: Though he's important to the storyline of III, he can't be chosen as playable.
- Final Boss:
- In 2003, after the player defeats his team of him, Brock and Lauren.
- In 2004, only if Thunder Crash is the best ranked Godlike team after the gametype ladders.
- In Championship 2 he's the final boss of Gorge's ladder. And the inverse is also true. Also, he and Lauren are the final opponents in Sapphire's ladder.
- The Glasses Come Off: In the intro movie for 2003.
- Heal Thyself: His "Heal" adrenaline combo in Unreal Championship 2.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Out of the three bosses, he's halfway between ClanLord's Attack! Attack! Attack! and Xan's Crazy-Prepared attitudes.
- Missile Lock-On: His "Homing" adrenaline combo in Unreal Championship 2 makes his projectiles to home on his enemies.
- The Mole: Considering his actions in Unreal Championship 2 and Unreal Tournament III.
- More Than Meets the Eye: He appears to be an heroic character. He isn't.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
- The Rival: Gorge, after Unreal Tournament 2003.
- Scary Black Man
- Secret Character / Promoted to Playable: In 2003, 2004 and UC2. In the latter, you must complete a game in each gametype against human opponents to unlock him.
- Defeat Means Playable: In 2003 and 2004.
- Soul Brotha: He's of African descent and, in Unreal Tournament III, he has also the urban accent. However, most of the other factors are averted with him.
- Spell My Name Withan S: The first Tournament game spelt his name as Malcom.
- Treacherous Advisor: To the Ronin team in III.
- Wolverine Publicity: Expect to find him in any Unreal game, even as a cameo character. Well... starting from Unreal Tournament 2003, at least.
Malcolm's most trusted ally, he led the Iron Guard team alongside his girlfriend Lauren. He's defined as both a ladies man and a hothead with shades of Badass Bookworm. It's rumoured that he killed his mentor, but that his father bribed the authorities.
He was hired, alongside the original Iron Guard team, by the illegal weapons seller Jihan Nyhn, as their bodyguards. Nyhn had plenty of arenas which the team used for their personal training. After Nyhn's death, the team found a way to vent their bloodlust in the Tournament.
Brock and Lauren joined forces with then-champion Malcolm for the 2302 tournament (Unreal Tournament 2003) but lost the final match against Gorge and his band of Juggernauts. Infighting and recrimination made the team to split-up, with Brock and Lauren returning to lead a reformed Iron Guard. It is unknown if the team succeeded in that Tournament.
In the off-season, (Unreal Tournament IIInote ) he tried to ambush Gorge because of Malcolm's dethroning. Gorge easily killed him, and Lauren committed suicide shortly after. Both were brought back by both Liandri and Phayder corporations via the expensive Necrification process. Brock lost all of his memories, thus making him a remorseless killing machine.
- A Day in the Limelight: Has his own ladder in Unreal Championship 2.
- Alien Blood: As a Necris, he has nanoblood.
- Ascended Extra: Same deal as with Malcolm. However, he was part of his team.
- Back from the Dead / Was Once a Man: As Necris in Unreal Championship 2. He even gains many of the Nightamre's taunts."Thank you, necris process.""Life is pain — get over it!""I'll be back, again and again."
- Badass Crew: Iron Guard
- Badass Bookworm
- Breakout Character: Same deal as Malcolm: playable character with barebones story in Tournament, final sub-boss in 2003, leader of his own team in 2004.
- The Casanova
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His official bio for Unreal Championship 2 states that he tried to ambush Gorge after he dethroned Malcolm. Needless to say, Gorge killed him in a matter of minutes.
- Deceptive Disciple
- Demoted to Extra: After 2003 he led the mid-tier Iron Guard team in 2004 and was playable in Championship 2 as an undead, though without any kind of storyline importance (at least in the Ascension Rites; he gets his own ladder, though). III doesn't feature him in any form.
- Final Boss: Of Lauren's ladder in Championship 2.
- Official Couple: With Lauren.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: His "Wraith" adrenaline combo in Unreal Championship 2 turns him into a ghost with X-Ray Vision which allows him to see enemies through the walls.
- Power Nullifier: His "Fear" adrenaline combo in Unreal Championship 2 stops the enemy from using adrenaline combos.
- Retcon: His relationship with Lauren.
- Secret Character / Promoted to Playable: In 2003 and UC2. In the latter, you must complete Lauren's ladder to unlock him.
- Defeat Means Playable: In 2003.
- Vampiric Draining: His "Vampire" adrenaline combo in Unreal Championship 2 regenerates his health by damaging his enemies.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: His "Ethereal" adrenaline combo in Unreal Championship 2 makes him to be seen slightly out of position.
- Brock: How do I look?
Lauren: Not as good as me, baby.— UT2003 intro movie
Another of Malcolm's most trusted allies, and a former Tournament champion, she leads the Iron Guard team alongside her boyfriend Brock. In her beginnings, she was the daughter of a family of poor asteroid miners. She became famous when she murdered their parents' competition, which made her the ideal candidate for the Tournament.
She was hired, alongside the original Iron Guard team, by the illegal weapons seller Jihan Nyhn, as their bodyguards. (Her Unreal Tournament backstory says that she was rumoured to be Nyhn's lover) Nyhn had plenty of arenas which the team used for their personal training. After Nyhn's death, the team found in the Tournaments their way of venting their bloodlust.
Brock and Lauren (now an Official Couple) joined forces with Malcolm for the 2302 tournament (Unreal Tournament 2003) but lost the final match against Gorge and his band of Juggernauts. Infighting and recrimination made the team to split-up, with Brock and Lauren returning to lead a reformed Iron Guard. (Unreal Tournament 2004) It is unknown if the team succeeded in that Tournament.
In the off-season, (Unreal Tournament III) she's seen leading the Axon security forces in Taryd. After the Ronin team defeats them, Lauren joins the Ronin team for the remaining events.
Before the 2304 Tournament, (Unreal Championship 2) her boyfriend Brock was killed by Gorge, driving her to suicide. Both of them were brought back by both Liandri and Phayder corporations via the expensive Necrification process. Although Lauren recovered some of her memories, she's now only marginally sane.
- Action Girl: She was part of the team led by Malcolm in 2003 and is the leader of Iron Guard, being also a Tournament champion.
- A Day in the Limelight: Has her own ladder in Unreal Championship 2.
- Alien Blood: As a Necris, she has nanoblood.
- Ascended Extra: Same deal as with Malcolm. However, she was part of his team.
- Badass Crew: Iron Guard
- Breakout Character: Same deal as with Malcolm and Brock: barebones story and playable in Tournament, sub-boss in 2003, co-leader of Iron Guard with Brock in 2004, leader of the Iron Guard faction (and unlockable) in III and playable with storyline influence in Championship 2.
- Driven to Suicide: In Unreal Championship 2, after losing her boyfriend, but...
- Final Boss: Of Raptor's ladder. Also of Sapphire's ladder, alongside Malcolm.
- Official Couple: With Brock.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Her "Wraith" adrenaline combo in Unreal Championship 2 turns her into a ghost with X-Ray Vision which allows her to see enemies through the walls.
- Retcon: In her bio in the first game, she was said to be the lover of the infamous weapon seller Jihan Nyhn. A tournament game later, those were turned into rumours, and her relationship was instead with her "school sweetheart" Brock.
- Secret Character: In 2003.
- Defeat Means Playable: In 2003, again.
- Sixth Ranger: In Unreal Tournament III.
- Slipknot Ponytail: Cut after Unreal Tournament 2004.
- Trash Talk: In UC2:"Your warm blood makes you slow, Anubis!"
- Vampiric Draining: Her "Siphon" adrenaline combo in Unreal Championship 2 summons a cloud which drains other players' health. Her "Vampire" adrenaline combo also regenerates her health by damaging her enemies.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: Her "Ethereal" adrenaline combo in Unreal Championship 2 makes her to be seen slightly out of position.
Loque is a suspected Phayder captured snooping around the Io Directorship buildings. The Phayder have become more active as of late and are believed to be responsible for at least 6 tac-nuke bombings against NEG installations in the past month.
Loque is Phayder Master for the Necris Black Legion, a Dark Chaplain, responsible for maintaining the morale of the group.
Originally a customizable practice-session bot and a Deathmatch ladder opponent, Loque is a Phayder assassin who was put in the Tournament after the NEG captured him, under suspicion of planting 6 tactical nuclear bombs.
He returns in Unreal Tournament III, leading the Necris army which invaded Taryd, and is the first Necris opponent the player fights against (in Act III: The Liandri Conflict) if the right choices are made.
- Ascended Extra: From a customizable practice-session bot in Unreal Tournament to a full-fledged character in Unreal Tournament III.
- Breakout Character: First he was given his own match in the ladder of the Game of the Year Edition (beforehand, he shared a match with other 5 fighters in the retail version, before pre-GOTY patches removed him from the ladder). Then, when III featured the Necris as the primary bad guys, he returned as one of the toughest opponents in the campaign and the first Necris you fight against, if you follow the right path.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: What contributed to his infamous reputation and status as a breakout character. While the ladder version of him wasn't much to speak of compared to the other fighters in the same match, both as a default practice session customizable character and then in his UT3 appearance, his accuracy is set at maximum, meaning that any shot he fires, at least with hitscan weapons, will hit.
A former rebelling Killer Robot, Xan was created in the LBX-7683 asteroid, and was put in stasis lock after leading the robot uprising in said asteroid. Xan was also a 9-time Tournament champion. The first 7 tournaments weren't officially counted, as the event was still underground at the time. However, he won an eighth time in the first official Tournament in 2291. (Unreal Tournament) Malcolm dethroned him in the 2293 tournament.
He was rebuilt twice, first as Xan MKII (for one of the bonus packs and the console versions of the first Tournament) and then as MKIII. He was seen leading his own team, "The Corrupt", in this suit in Unreal Tournament 2004. The status of him and his team after that Tournament are unknown.
Xan is also the owner of several stages such as the Tempest High Tower and the Rook Castle.
- Badass Boast: Virtually anything he says."Run, human."
- Cyber Cyclops: In any of his versions.
- Final Boss: Of Tournament and 2004, the latter only if The Corrupt is the best ranked Godlike team after finishing the gametype ladders.
- Red Herring: The original UT bio for him said that of the many rumors about his identity, the most popular was that he was secretly the chairman of Liandri, pouring tournament profits into funding the construction and improvement of a suit of Powered Armor to maintain his status as tournament champion.
- Retcon: He bleeds red in UT, suggesting he is a human in Powered Armor or possibly a Hollywood Cyborg. In 2004, he bleeds purple and is counted as a robot for mutators.
- Rubber Band A.I.: The better you do in the final fight with him, the more aggressive he becomes. Considering that, in an FPS, the computer has the ultimate advantage, this can make things very difficult.
- Secret Character: In UT and 2004 which, once again, leads to...
- Defeat Means Playable: In 2004, The Corrupt must be the best ranked of the Godlike teams in order to face him.