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Corpus

One of the three biggest factions in Warframe, and the second enemy faction that the Tenno are likely to encounter. While they're the closest thing to a stable civilization in Warframe's universe, they're also ruled by abusive and exploitative sadists who encourage profit and self-interest at any cost.

Virtually nothing is beneath the average Corpus if it's in the name of profit.


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We serve the Corpus. We are the Corpus.
"May our ledgers become ocean, our margins see Centauri. In the name of Profit..."
Alad V

A massive mercantile conglomerate, the Corpus make heavy use of mechanical proxies and brainwashed crewmen to do their bidding.

They use shielded robots to support their somewhat frail workers in combat, as well as specialized drones that can boost the shields of allies or lay mines. Their areas of operation are usually somewhat higher-security with Tenno-scanners and laser barriers, as well as heavy robots that are deployed whenever the alarms go off.


  • Animal Theme Naming: Most of the Corpus Mecha-Mooks are named after animals: Moa, Osprey, Jackal, Hyena, Raptor.
  • Attack Drone: Two major varieties: The Moa, man-sized shielded bipedal walkers armed with plasma repeaters by default. One variant augments it with the ability to Shockwave Stomp, another replaces it with a cover-penetrating railgun, and the most powerful is a fusion of Corpus and Orokin technology that sports a short-ranged beam attack and the ability to deploy its very own Attack Drone. Speaking of which, those are the Ospreys, flying things that have minelaying, shield-leeching or shield-providing subtypes. The Fusion Moa's own Drone is armed with twin plasma guns for More Dakka.
  • Baby Factory: The rarity of female Corpus mooks is due to this, since the vast majority of Corpus crewmen are explicitly described as purpose-bred. The lore remains unclear of how exactly these baby factories are... ah... "staffed".
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Their status as a merchant-cult leads them to do some pretty horrendous things, since they value profit (almost as a sacrament) above any moral concerns. On the other hand, they also help the Tenno in the name of profit. They can even have violent rivalries caused by wasting money.
  • Capitalism Is Bad: An extreme example of how far the trope can be taken; George Orwell would be proud. Interestingly enough their mortal enemies, the Grineer, signify the opposite extreme on the spectrum.
  • Drone Deployer: It's sort of their thing: since their crewmen also double as workers, most have the ability to deploy and command smaller robots. Techs can deploy Shield Ospreys, Snipers can lay down fabrication pads for Ratels and the Nullifiers emit their energy bubbles via an orbiting Projector Drone. Even their robotic Fusion Moas can deploy Attack Ospreys as a last-ditch offensive in case they're heavily damaged.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy:
    • Say what you will about them, at least they know the Infestation is too dangerous to experiment on. As such, they have a permanent ban on Infested biotechnology, which even such profit-obsessed zealots seem to obey.
    • There are a few exceptions. Alad V was expelled from the Corpus and subsequently Infested, driving him to engage in Mad Science and developing the Mutalist variants of some Infested and particular weapons, until he regained enough sense to cure himself. When given the opportunity to win a bet with the Infested Warframe Nidus as the wager, Nef Anyo was simultaneously disgusted and excited to win an ancient Orokin artifact that incorporated the infestation so thoroughly.
  • Facial Markings: Might indicate rank or membership in the various Corpus groups. All of the human Corpus in the game have them, even the Crewmen.
  • Fair Weather Friend: With the Grineer. Some of the time, they're favorite trading buddies. The rest of the time, the two factions are moments away from annihilating one another. Much less to be said about how often they're willing to help out the Tenno in the name of profit.
  • Glass Cannon: When levels are equal, Corpus units are always more fragile than Grineer ones, but they can put out some nasty DPS. Elite Crewmen and Fusion Moa in particular can shred all but the most tanky Warframes in an instant.
  • Good Fortune from God: Particularly prominent from Nef Anyo and Anyocorp. Nef promises the Void will take notice of, bless, and give returns on any investments and donations, coincidentally in ventures that Anyocorp has ownership in. It's not strictly known if Nef himself believes this or if he's simply a Con Man on top of being a major business magnate, but the fact his initial appearance was modeled off of U.S. televangelists and that he has went so far as to make a temple makes it all the more transparent that he crosses profit and religion more than other Corpus.
  • Greed: The player's Tenno remarks that the Corpus reminds them of the Orokin with their selfishness and greed. Cephalon Fragments lore entry and Vauban Prime trailer reveal that their greed disgusted even the Orokin, who condemned them as a merchant cult, despite the Corpus looking up to and seeing themselves as inheritors of the Orokin.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Amalgams - created by hybridizing Corpus crewman/machinery and sentients, they create a whole host of new units with powers unlike any in the game before.
  • An Ice Person: Besides having exploding barrels full of Liquid Nitrogen in their bases, as well as being the creators of the Glaxxion freeze-ray, the Corpus seem to have a preference for setting up their bases on frozen planets. Said cold environments are detrimental to their energy shields.
  • Legend Fades to Myth: When the Orokin still ruled the solar system, "corpus" was a generic word; there were a bunch of them. The Capital-C Corpus we know today seems to simply be the last one standing, and they've devolved quite badly from how little they really remember. The strict business quota the Orokin imposed is now a religion focused around greed and avarice, and they suffer borderline Machine Worship whenever they find something left over from Orokin ruins.
  • Mega-Corp: They're one of the two major powers in the solar system (opposite the Grineer) and control the outer planets and the Solar Rails that ferry supplies to the rest of the system. They also hold a monopoly on manufacturing supplies and use this to manipulate the Grineer Empire when it comes to trade negotiations.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: To the point they could claim to be One Nation Under Copyright.
  • Oh, Crap!: The default reaction of Corpus capture targets upon coming face-to-face with their pursuers:
  • Only in It for the Money: Literally their religion. They swear an oath to act in self-interest above all else and the concept of charity seems offensive to them.
  • Proud Merchant Race: They are described as a "Merchant Cult" — they literally worship the concept of profit. They rely on automation and cheap slave labor. See also the rest of the tropes about them. Enough said.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Exemplified here.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: The dismal situation of Fortuna shows that not only are the Corpus not above slavery, but that they treat their slaves horribly, forcing them to take on massive, crippling debts and piling on more and more debts to ensure that their slaves remain under their control.
  • Spider Tank: Various Raknoid proxies, deployed by the Corpus on the Orb Vallis region on Venus. Depending on the model, they vary greatly in their arsenal and in size, from house cat-sized (Mites) to Humongous Mecha-tier (Orb Mothers).
  • Suicide Attack: Demolyst units and their derivatives, the demolishers, are meant for this - they will run up to a Disruption Conduit, light a fuse and, if not stopped, explode, taking the conduit with them.
  • Stealth Pun: They put the Profit in Prophet.
  • The Remnant: Heavily implied, at least; 'corpus' is an Orokin word, and one of Simaris's files is about a group of refugees calling themselves such fleeing from the Grineer after the fall of the Empire. Hunhow even calls Alad V an Orokin, implying he either isn't aware that the Corpus are entirely separate, or he is aware that they are descendants of the Orokin, or sees absolutely no distinction between the Orokin and the Corpus.
  • Violation of Common Sense: Oxium Osprey, a drone that is made of valuable resources, namely Oxium (which is lighter than air), almost counts itself as Bling of War. Instead of adding weapons to take advantage of its lessened loadnote , it's rigged to kill itself as it charges at you when it loses its almost non-existent shields. While this keeps you from gathering Oxium all by yourself, anything else to keep this unit from existing is almost nil due to its weak weaponry.
  • Weak Turret Gun: Corpus turrets are a double subversion/heavy zig-zag; the turrets themselves are powerful (though inaccurate), and well-armoured whilst they're folded up (to the point of being completely immune to even abilities like Crush or Avalanche), but once deployed they are fairly easy to destroy, and you can easily disable them by shooting out the much more fragile security cameras giving them targeting data.
  • We Have Reserves: The board stopped bankrolling Alad V in the Gradivus Dilemma due to the money he was wasting, not the lives he was spending.
  • Weapon of Choice: Corpus weapons are boxy, sharp, and overall "high-tech" energy weapons rather than projectiles most of the time. Despite what you'd think, many of them are piercing in nature, suitable for dealing with Grineer and Tenno armor, although actual electric or incendiary damage weapons aren't uncommon.

Rogues

Many Corpus — the Perrin Sequence, the Mycona, Darvo, Sigor Savah — have found themselves defecting from their profit-obsessed lifestyle, finding new ways of life on the fringes of both the Grineer and Corpus empires. This section lists notable individuals who, while born in the Corpus, have their own affiliations.

    Darvo Bek 
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Hey, Tenno! Good to see you!
"I'm detecting a large security force heading your way. It's the Gri- no wait it's the Corpus. Definitely the Corpus."

A Corpus merchant who is always eager to take Tenno platinum by any means possible.


  • Adorkable: Somewhat. This extends to Darvo's Totally Legit Sale, a discount campaign where players pick which items are the best, so he can flush the rest.
  • Arms Dealer: A non-villainous example. It's lampshaded here and here that most of his merchandise are smuggled or stolen.
    Darvo: My competition would be upset if they knew I was selling this stock so cheap. Come to think of it, they would be upset to know I was selling this stock at all... they're probably still looking for it.
    Darvo: I found this great merchandise after it fell off the back of a Corpus shuttle. Actually, to be more precise, the entire back of the shuttle fell off after it took a direct hit from a Formorian. So, not such a lucky day for those guys, heh. But good for you, right?
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Done subtly, he has Corpus letters "SM" on his personal icon, thought to mean "Salesman".
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Like Alad V, he easily dismisses the Grineer as "unforgivable" shortly after mentioning his mother. Considering who his father is, it's quite reasonable.
  • Despite the Plan: Claims triumphantly at the beginning of the "Ties That Bind" mission that he has disabled the Oxium Hyena prototypes, leaving only regular security to deal with. It comes as no surprise to players when they come back online.
  • Foil: To his father, and by extent to Alad V.
  • Friend in the Black Market: More of an inferred example, since he's a Corpus merchant selling items to the Tenno, even with the occasional special offer, "Darvo's Deals".
  • Friendly Enemy:
    • Even before he broke ties with his father and the Board, he never took any active role against the Tenno, and no visible role against the Infested or Grineer; and he's pretty happy to be doing business with open enemies of the Corpus.
    • On the other hand, some Corpus and Grineer authorities seem to be pretty happy to work with the Tenno if it means that the Tenno are on their side, so it may not be all that unusual for a Corpus merchant to work with the Tenno.
    • He also defends the Tenno, verbally at least, during 'Ties that Bind' when Frohd Bek calls them Betrayers, insisting that they're not (but he does not elaborate beyond that).
  • Guns Akimbo: Sports a Dual Cestra as a Weapon of Choice when holding off enemies for his life.
  • Loveable Rogue: He's quite friendly and helpful to the Tenno, despite being a smuggler, arms dealer, black marketeer, and hijacker. He also has a tendency to hide some important details. But he never sells to the Grineer, and he always tries to help out the Tenno.
  • Mission Control:
    • Very briefly, in a mission where he hires the Tenno to infiltrate a "ship of his that was not in his possession", to retrieve something of his. It was a ruse to lure out the Stalker and have the Tenno neutralize him on Darvo's behalf.
    • Upon the release of Update 12, it was done again with the "Ties That Bind" mission, wherein players were asked to rescue him from his father, Frohd Bek.
    • Done again in the Blackout Tactical Alert as well, where you redirect abandoned cargo ships for his own profit.
    • Now he takes this up more regularly. After the Tenno rescue Clem, Darvo gives a weekly mission in which the Tenno and Clem run interference for his other agents as they steal goods from the enemy of the week.
  • Odd Friendship: Darvo and Clem have a very good rapport, especially considering Grineer/Corpus mutual hatred might as well be genetic in nature at this point.
  • Ponzi: A subtle yet benevolent example. He and his operatives actively raid Corpus merchandise and technology in order to obtain his own profit, although the Corpus themselves aren't honest dealerships either.
  • Put on a Bus: He disappeared for a while after he put an equipment bundle of the Stalker's equipment on the market. Apparently, Stalker wasn't happy about it. He returns later, after dealing with the Stalker, opening with a market special.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Almost one hundred and five years old. By Corpus standards, he's still roughly a teenager.
  • Refusal of the Call: Turned down a position on the Board. His father was not pleased, having groomed Darvo for such a position from a young age, and had him kidnapped and put to work on a counter-strategy against the Grineer's impending "Project Tethra" as a result.
  • War for Fun and Profit: He cares about the Grineer-Corpus conflict only so far as it may be profitable.
  • We Sell Everything:
    • He has his fingers in the market, which sells blueprints and low-end items for credits; and high-end items, premade equipment, and equipment bundles for platinum.
    • He can also take everything, from Prime Components to Common Mods, but merely giving out a rather a fraction of the value. Not that you give all your items away to the Lotus or anything.
  • Wham Line: "Nothing personal, father. It never has been. I only work for myself."
    • The entirety of "Ties That Bind" doubles as a Wham Episode, given Warframe's lack of lore up until that point.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Like father like son, apparently.

    Sigor Savah 
"My name is Sigor Savah, Morphology specialist with Nef Anyo's Venusian terraforming expedition."
Ghoul Journal Fragment "Augur"

An Ex-Corpus Morphologist who came to the Ostron village of Cetus, seeking out as much information as he could on the Grineer's Ghouls before disappearing; but not before leaving his notes with Konzu. His goal in seeking out information about the Ghouls was to find out whether or not the Grineer managed to use them to dig out the remains of the Khora Warframe, which he believed was on the Plains of Eidolon. Prior to defecting from the Corpus, he was part of the team that discovered Khora's Ace Custom Kavat, Venari, known to them as "Specimen VK-7", and was the only Corpus to befriend her.


  • Aborted Arc: His story was most likely supposed to continue and conclude in a quest that had been planned to be released alongside Khora and allow the players to obtain her. However with the developers eventually deciding to provide a different method of acquisition for her through a new game mode, not releasing any quests for her, his ultimate fate remains unknown and his character arc left hanging.
  • Alliterative Name: Sigor Savah.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Prior to his Heel–Face Turn, he notes that business and profit came first before pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge to the Corpus and to him by extension; as a result, he was planning on running a few tests on Specimen VK-7 before selling her off to one of his higher-ups at Anyo Corp and making a killing off of the money he would undoubtedly get from such a sale. Then VK-7 revealed that she was Not Quite Dead...
  • Defector from Decadence: He left the Corpus because he developed a conscience regarding Specimen VK-7 once she started to show just how smart she really was.
  • Heel–Face Turn: A Corpus scientist who developed a conscience and defected because he befriended an animal who sought him out to revive her master. While he's not really an ally to the Tenno, he ultimately does consider the Ostrons his friends and also calls himself a better man than a scientist.
  • Meaningful Echo: His journal entries mention that he is a better scientist than a saboteur when his defense of Specimen VK-7 is botched by Corpus air filters, then conclude with him noting that he is a better man, it turns out, than a scientist.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Since last time we hear about him he disappeared into the Plains, trying to find trace of Khora, he most likely simply perished there, without achieving his goal.
  • The Voice: The Update that introduced him only featured his voice, narrating the Ghoul Journal Fragments you can get as a reward for doing Ghoul Purge bounties.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Once he determines that his coworkers are going to hunt down Specimen VK-7 and kill her, he seals his Heel–Face Turn in by standing between them and her cave and pleading her case, while carrying a bomb filled with a tranquilizer. While his attempt to knock out his former friends with the tranquilizer's aerosol form failed, VK-7 did escape.

     The Mycona 
See the Colonies page.
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     Ergo Glast and the Perrin Sequence 
See the Syndicates page.

Bosses

    Alad V 
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And now, let me show you the future! Zanuka! KILL!
"You have loyalty issues, Tenno. My Zanuka project will fix that for you!"

A member of the Corpus who reports to their board of directors. Became a boss in Update 11. Drops parts for Valkyr.


  • "Ass" in Ambassador: His title is "Grineer Relations." He frequently uses Fantastic Racism, calling them "test-tube dogs", and his solution to the Grineer's claim that they had Fomorian ships was to suggest laughing in their faces because they clearly couldn't have the ships.
  • Back from the Dead: The big reveal in the "Suspicious Shipments" was that Alad V had survived in the form of Mutalist Alad V. Check out the Infested tropes for more about that form.
  • Batman Gambit: Successfully pulls one off when he hands Warden Gharn over to the Wolf of Saturn Six to lure out and capture the latter and use him and his "pack" for his experiments.
  • Butt-Monkey: Alad V has gone through a lot of misfortune — losing the favor of the Corpus Board, getting infested, the Stalker and his acolytes going after him. That said, he brings most of it on himself, by virtue of being Alad V.
  • Consummate Professional: His private transmissions in Disruption reveal him to be this when dealing with other Corpus.
  • Continuity Snarl: With the reshuffle of the solar map, events on Eris are only accessible long after Alad V's appearance in The Second Dream, meaning it's easy to interpret his infestation as happening afterwards when in fact it happened around about the time the Tenno was at Saturn.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: The Gradivus Dilemma had a tough argument and it ends with a majority supporting the Grineernote . Despite of the choice was claimed to save the Tenno from the Corpus, it was instead revealed that hundreds of Tenno were already delivered to Alad's experimentation.
  • The Dandy: His design is based on a futuristic fop — being more of a bureaucrat than a general — and he won't fight the Tenno directly so long as he has robotic proxies.
  • Deal with the Devil: The Devil in the Wolf's hunt for Gharn. Alad provided him with the opportunity to kill Gharn, but the moment the Wolf's back was turned, Alad turned him and his pack into Amalgams. In Operation: Hostile Mergers, the ambiguous deal that Alad had with the Lotus from the Second Dream is implied to be the creation of Amalgams, as a part of the Lotusnote  assists him for her own personal ambitions.
  • Destination Defenestration: The PS4 trailer has Mag use Pull to throw him out a window.
  • The Dog Bites Back:On the giving and receiving end of this.
    • After he turned the Wolf into an Amalgam, the latter promptly threw off his shackles and turned on Alad.
    • After being forced into working for the Sentient, he gives the Tenno an opportunity to strike destroy the Ropalolyst, the Eidolon Natah used to keep him in line.
  • Dual Boss: You fight him and Zanuka together, and you can only kill Alad if you take Zanuka down first, as Zanuka will come to Alad's aid and revive him otherwise.
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: Averted both in the "Tubemen Of Regor" and the "Shadow Debt" events, where he hires Tenno to perform a task necessary to save his life. In both cases he pays you fair and square — surprising, considering his reputation. Even better, his main reason for this upfrontness appears to be genuine gratitude, even if he tries to hide it. Granted, that doesn't stop him from remaining indignant and condescending, being incredibly reluctant to actually reward them. Even when they protect him from the Stalker and his Acolytes, he's still a smug prick to them.
  • Enemy Mine: In "Second Dream", he's recruited by the Lotus to help the Tenno out in exchange for a future favor.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely cares about Zanuka and see it as his pet, imploring you to leave "her" alone if defeated.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Alad V might be an all-around scumbag hated by everyone, but even he knows that the Sentients are too much for him and is willing to work with the Tenno and Lotus, albeit with the promise of a favor from them.
    • This seemingly passed with the Jovian Concord where he starts creating the Amalgams and works in partnership with Natah , but the Partnership fragments reveal that he thought he was exploiting a former business associate for Tau salvage. The moment he realized that associate was in fact a living Sentient mimic, it was far too late.
  • Evil Virtues: Gratitude, of all things — when the Tenno helped him during the Tubeman of Regor and Shadow Debt operations, he made sure they were paid very well for their efforts. This is especially notable for Shadow Debt, as the Tenno had already repaid the favor they owed him for helping them during The Second Dream, meaning he had no obligation to reward them — yet he did.
  • Fan Nickname: "Salad V".
  • Fantastic Racism: Refers to the Grineer as "dogs" and the Tenno as "eyeless". Almost hilarious considering his title of "Grineer Relations" means he's supposed to be a diplomat.
  • Flunky Boss: In addition to fighting with Zanuka by his side, MOAs and Osprey drones continuously spawn in the arena during the fight.
  • Foil: To Nef Anyo, in many ways.
    • Alad is smug as hell, while Anyo at least appears to be more polite. They are also both acts put on for the Tenno; Anyo is the poster boy for Faux Affably Evil and obviously just wants to scam money out of people, while Alad is normally a Consummate Professional who knows how precarious his position is.
    • Alad appears to believe that it is possible for the Corpus (or at least himself) to understand the secrets of the void and learn how to profit from them, while Anyo treats the void as an entity to be worshiped and that it can grant favor.
    • Alad seems to specialize in biotechnology (given the nature of the Warframes and his experiments with the infested) while Anyo focuses more on robotics (the Bursas, Razorbacks and Orbs).
      • On top of this, Alad seems to do his own research, while Anyo is more a pure businessman who simply has researchers working for him.
    • Even their appearances highlight this: Anyo wears an absolutely ridiculous (and impractical) outfit, showing off how he tends to work through manipulation and doesn't need to get his hands dirty. Alad, in contrast, wears a more practical, if no less tacky, body suit/lab coat, showing that, even if he will complain about it, he's willingly to get involved personally when the situation calls for it.
    • Also, Anyo is high on the Corpus social ladder and very successful, while Alad is barely allowed in the Corpus at all after his debacle with the infested.
  • Heroic Willpower: Definitely not "heroic", and may not be exactly "willpower", but he did manage to fight off Infestation's control over his mind to start looking for the cure. By the time of the "Shadow Debt" event he seems to have made a complete recovery.
  • Hidden Depths: Ordis listening on on Corpus communication during Disruption shows a lot of his taunting, smug mannerisms are an act he puts on for the Tenno; with other Corpus, he's extremely professional, to the point, and nervous when the Tenno are around.
  • It's All About Me: The Tubemen of Regor event involves Alad V begging and offering to pay the player to steal data form the Grineer that might cure his infested body. He even says "If you're going to save a life, it should damn well be mine!"
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Alad V's name is pronounced "Alad Vee," not "Alad the Fifth" or "Alad Five". (Also, as per his Fan Nickname, "Alad" is pronounced the same way as "salad," rather than any other way the spelling might suggest.)
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In his own words during the Gradivus Dilemma, he finds the Grineer becoming more arrogant and full of themselves as they expand throughout the Origin system so much that they would betray the Corpus themselves someday, which he instead started the war on Mars first, but ended horribly. Frohd Bek learned this the hard way, as the last mission of the Archwing, Councilor Vay Hek himself started an interplanetary war against the Corpus by releasing an entire fleet of ships with components made by the Corpus, such as the Fomorian Cores by Project Tethra.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Gets a hint of this after dismissing the Tenno as "Betrayers", upon realizing the Lotus had stolen the Moon with the Tenno in it before the Grineer War struck in the Origin system.
  • Not So Different: One of the things he says of you if you support the Corpus during the Gradivus Dilemma. He gets a little junky, salvaging parts on the Moon much like your average arms-dealer in the Relay.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: While he seems to work with robotics first and foremost, he's also branched out into Infestation biology, the creation of horrific Warframe/robot hybrids made from skinned Valkyrs, and — going by the upcoming Jupiter update — Sentient biotech.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: If you support the Grineer against him and the Corpus during the Gradivus Dilemma, he will call you out as hypocrites.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: While his intentions may not be as clear as Darvo's, he is almost cured of the Infestation and is fully aware of the Sentients' destructive potential and their likelihood of destroying all civilizations in the Origin system like they did with the once powerful Orokin empire and forcing him to help the Lotus and the Tenno to reroute the problem.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • His month of abject failure has not had the best effect on his mind — he's reduced to working with Infested biotechnology. This will clearly end well.
    • It ended with Alad trying to create a new Infested empire and becoming Infested himself. Which doesn't qualify as 'ending well'.
    • During Operation: Tubemen of Regor, he regained enough control over himself to ask the Tenno for help pilfering Tyl Regor's research, which he believed would let him develop a cure for the Infestation. Most Tenno ultimately chose to support him over Nef Anyo, who wanted the research destroyed to spite Alad V. Surprisingly enough, it paid off, and Alad has been Infestation-free and sane (by his standards, at least) ever since.
  • Smug Snake: Subverted during Disruption. He's taunting and smug even as you muck with his Amalgam project, but Ordis taps into inter-Corpus communication and reveals a far more professional side to his personality — as well as the fact Disruption is playing into his hands; he's not happy with how the Sentients have him over a barrel, so by getting the Tenno to get rid of the Amalgams, it's removing a mistake of his and giving him needed combat data.
  • The Starscream: Implied to be the reason why he helps you with the Ropalolyst — without its supervision it'd be easier for him to use his Amalgams for his own profit and leaving the Sentients less control over their cooperation.
    • That said, he never entered that partnership knowing who he'd work for, or how much of his already limited resources it would consume.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Has little, if any, interpersonal skills or ability to tell when he's Bullying a Dragon.
  • Trauma Conga Line/Humiliation Conga: The month of the Gradivus Dilemma was not a good month to be Alad V. First, he kicked off a war between the Grineer and the Corpus by trying to steal Tenno cryopods, and was an abject failure at swaying the Tenno to his side. The board promptly withdraws funding for his war, leaving him in massive debt, and an angry CEO sending the Tenno and Corpus personally after him to collect what's due. The Tenno find him, smash the crap out of Zanuka and free the remaining Tenno, and personally give him a discount on their ammunition supplies. Or possibly throw him into a gas giant, soon to be crushed. And then he was reduced to working with Infested biotech, something the Corpus has an understandable prohibition on working with.
  • Unexplained Recovery: So... how did he survive after either being repeatedly shot by several Tenno with weapons that are ludicrously overpowered against flesh, or possibly thrown into the high-gravity depths of a gas giant?
  • Villainous Valor: Upon discovering he was being used as an Unwitting Pawn by Sentients, he promptly started shooting at them rather than be blackmailed by them; only them decimating his forces and placing the Ropalolyst outside the Gas City to remind him that they could blast it at any time brought him to heel, and even then, he created the Disruption Mission as a way to quietly sabotage their operations.
  • Voice of the Legion: He suddenly begins yelling with a reverberating voice after Zanuka is killed in "The Profit" trailer.
  • Wild Card: At current moment it's the best way to describe him. After he was effectively expelled from the Corpus, he worked with the Infested, the Sentients, and even calls some favours from the Tenno after his assistance in the Second Dream quest, but owes allegiance to no one. He will deal with whoever it is necessary to deal to gain profit, but ultimately he's out for himself.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The Disruption game mode introduced with the Hostile Mergers event lets him come out on top no matter how the Tenno perform against his Amalgams. If the Tenno take them down, he gets data on weaknesses to fix for the next generation. If the Amalgams thwart the Tenno instead... well, he's created something that can stop the Tenno. That said, he hasn't thought through every angle; if the Tenno do well for a prolonged period of time, he'll start panicking about the drain on his resources that he's been using as bait. And even THAT works to his advantage, as destroying the amalgams is his way of getting back at Natah for forcing him into making the Amalgams in the first place.

    Frohd Bek 
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Actualize... Synergy... Synergize! Growth... Profit... GROFIT!
"You can't hide, ride, or bribe your way out of this, Alad. You've been downsized and your fat head is about to suffer cutbacks. Literal cutbacks."

The current Chairman of the Corpus board. Started out as just another board member, albeit one with a distinct hatred for Alad V.


  • The Chessmaster: Hires the Tenno to clear out the Infestation on his fleet of spaceships in return for telling them where Alad V is hiding — at which point they pop over and kill him, which is precisely what Bek wanted anyway.
  • Enemy Civil War: From the perspective of the Tenno, Bek is engaged in this with Alad V.
  • Enemy Mine: Perfectly willing to work with the Tenno if it gets him closer to taking down Alad V — not to mention he convinces the Tenno to do the lion's share of the work getting his ships cleared of the Infestation. From the opposite perspective, Lotus outright says that she doesn't trust him, but she trusts his hatred for Alad V.
  • Ermine Cape Effect: Surprisingly averted. He is a very high-ranking member of the Corpus, at least on par if not more influential and high-standing than Alad V or Nef Anyo. Despite that he wears the same outfit used by regular Corpus crewmen unlike Nef and Alad, who wear opulent outfits showing off their wealth and status.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Claims to have started "from nothing" and may have a simple Crewman before working his way to the top.
  • Evil Cripple: The guy has a severe breathing problem. When we first met him he spoke in a very slow, almost whisper-like voice and generally sounded as if he had trouble taking air in. Lately his voice has changed to something more normal, if still very raspy and breathy. Turns out "they rebuilt his larynx".
  • Evil Mentor: He was the Mentor to Ergo Glast of the Perrin Sequence in the past.
  • Hypocrite: How does working with the Grineer and throwing out your already aggravated subordinates/Chairman out of the board can make you win the war for your own faction, and telling that your own son is not making profits better than you?
  • Killed Off for Real: It's implied that he dies along with the Animo Project after you send enough defective Ambulas models directly into his ship, as his transmission for an escape pod is immediately cut-off. However, it's revealed in the Jovian Concord that Frohd survived his brush with the Tenno and continues to lead the Corpus Board.
  • Klingon Promotion: His dialogue clearly indicates he's shooting for this outcome towards Alad. To replace his seat for his son, Darvo.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Had this coming in the final mission of Archwing, as he finds out that Project Tethra, the same project that has been making Fomorian ships for the Grineer, has been used against the Corpus themselves under the command of Councilor Vay Hek.
  • Overprotective Dad: He really doesn't like Darvo hanging out with "The Betrayers" (the Tenno).
  • Parental Hypocrisy: He does not approve of Darvo's course in life, despite Darvo clearly making a lot of platinum from his new ventures.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Outright states that the Tenno are "too dangerous and too profitable to provoke." This doesn't last forever, though. After becoming Chairman and completing his Ambulas project, he has no compunction about demonstrating the lethality of his new robots on Tenno volunteers.
  • Punny Name:
    • His first name looks suspiciously similar to "fraud"... but it's a total misnomer, as he's not been particularly fraudulent. Perhaps not entirely honest with his motives, but not hugely underhanded either.
    • First, he gets the Tenno to help clean up infested Corpus ships in exchange for Alad's location. The Tenno then effectively put Alad out of the picture for him.
    • Later, he finds a rogue arm of the Corpus that have also been conducting research on a new type of Infested spore. So he gets the Tenno to 'clean up' the mess, conveniently eliminating the rogue scientists and their army's command structure in the process.
  • Really 700 Years Old: As Darvo's father, he could be several centuries old.
  • The Resenter: Shades of this. In full effect when the Tenno threaten the Ambulas Reborn project.
  • Self-Made Man: Likes to think of himself as such, citing that he has started low in the Corpus hierarchy and climbed all the way to the top through his own hard work. Ergo Glast calls him out on that, telling that he never actually did any work himself, but rather took credit for the work of others and got rich from that.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Much more pronounced than Alad V, not only does he keep telling the Tenno about his deviant plans to thwart them, he also works for the fascist, racist Grineer empire during the previous updates. Until Councilor Vay Hek uses all his assets against him.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Speaks slowly and quietly, with a very hoarse voice. Voldemort-esque. Ambulas Reborn gives him a notably different, more natural-sounding if still raspy voice. Apparently his larynx was rebuilt. Now he speaks in an accent very similar to his sons.
  • You Are Grounded: He locked up Darvo in a high-security Corpus ship, guarded by Oxium Hyenas.

    "The Sergeant" 
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Orokin secrets cannot remain hidden forever! Start talking!
"Fashion victims about to become murder victims!"

The final boss of the Phobos systemnote , a Corpus sergeant who has taken to stealing Tenno cryopods for his own ends. Drops blueprints for Mag.note 


  • Almighty Janitor: Despite being a Sergeant he has enough influence to both trade Tenno cryopods on the black market and control the Phobos solar rails; these jobs are normally associated with Chairman Alad V and armies of hundreds of Tenno, respectively.
  • The Artifact: In the early Beta stage of the game, every boss was a Boss in Mook Clothing that acted as a placeholder until their unique character models could be developed. The Sergeant is a throwback from that era, being a simple re-texture of an existing crewman model with some extra abilities. As of the Ambulas Reborn event, he's the last case of this in the Corpus (the Infested still have the Phorid, who is likewise just a big red Charger). There's also the fact that he can still appear as a boss in Sorties against Nef Anyo, despite now being a completely unrelated character.
  • Decomposite Character: Nef Anyo's new design debuted with the False Profit event, but his reworked boss fight wasn't ready yet. Rather than dealing with the side-effects of temporarily removing the Mars boss fight, DE simply kept the boss fight as-is and stripped off the name, resulting in the Sergeant.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: Is the most fragile boss in the game, and so mostly depends on his cloaking, grenades, and allies.
  • Hypocrite: Some of his taunts include mocking the Tenno's fashion sense (while wearing a giant shoebox/trashcan on his head) and challenging them to face him (often while cloaking and running away). Justified, Corpus personnel rely heavily on limit jumpsuit codes, so any slight changes is an equivalent Informed Attractiveness to Tenno who managed to grasp with Character Customization.
  • Large and in Charge: He is inexplicably massive compared to just about everybody, especially other Crewmen.
  • King Mook: He looks like any other Corpus except he's really tall and has a black suit.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Despite his portrait here, his visor is usually red. It's switched back and forth in the past, or may appear to be red in the codex but blue in the game; most likely bugs.
  • Useless Useful Stealth: A rare case of this applying to an enemy. Originally, when he cloaked himself, the game would still show an indicator with his position, making it easy to keep hitting him with a Herd-Hitting Attack or melee. This was eventually fixed.
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    Nef Anyo 
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Congratulations, Tenno. Just remember: On the Index, nothing stays up forever.

A Corpus aristocrat who struck it rich when he realized he could pull a giant Ponzi scheme on everyone in the solar system. The Lotus caught on, and employed the Tenno to bankrupt him with his own "Void offerings" in Operation: False Profit. He would later return in the Divine Will event, where he challenges everyone to take on his new Razorback drone, and later resurfaces running the Index betting arena. But his first truly big achievement comes when he subjugates and enslaves the Solaris colonies on Venus, having him put large swathes of land and a whole culture of people under his heel for him to exploit.


  • Arch-Enemy: Seems to have a history of rivalry with the Perrin Sequence leader, Ergo Glast.
  • Bad Boss: Judging from some of his comments for the Index, the fate of his brokers after they lose their match is really not enviable. Hardly surprising. And then there's his frighteningly callous treatment of the Solaris people in Fortuna. Then you get more details and realize he's even worse!
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Ends up on the recieving end of this. He is the owner of the Index arena and is not above rigging certain matches in his favour. During the Glast Gambit quest the Tenno use bets in the Index to win from Anyo the lives of colonists he had kidnapped, and succeed after they discreetely remove Nef's rigging from the game and beat his fighters fair and square.
  • Canned Orders over Loudspeaker: You can hear broadcasts with his announcements and preachings in Fortuna.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: He certainly looks the part, and speaks like it too.
  • The Dreaded: His title alone didn't contribute to his hilarious Ponzi scheme as it strips all of his adversaries for cash, but the resulting project he conducted that created a series of powerful walkers were the ones that are feared which even the Lotus herself warns you about their presence, a Bursa.
  • Facial Markings: He has tattoos that invoke an awful mustache and sunken eyes.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He doesn't seem to notice most of his "investors" are hostile armed space ninjas. Unfortunately for you, his Bursas don't make the same mistake.
  • The Fundamentalist: Nef's talk and his installations around Orb Vallis opens up the Corpus theology a bit. While they worship profit and revere the Void, Nef takes it further by combining his industrial and research facilities into shrines.
  • The Gambling Addict: Runs the Index arena, and a good high-stakes bet is one thing that he can't resist.
  • Graceful Loser: Tenno winning at the Index don't get much of a rise out of him at first, basically shrugging and saying that "The Void giveth, and The Void taketh away" in response. Then comes the Glast Gambit, at which point Neffy becomes a...
  • Hate Sink: Neffy's smarmy demeanor, Blatant Lies, and association with the incredibly annoying Bursa event have earned him a reputation with the players as a target of hate, so much so that most of them sided with Alad V against him in a recent event — the same Alad V who most players outright hated for abducting and dissecting Tennonote . And then Fortuna dropped. Good cripes. More specifically, the man has in one fell swoop become a character who has commits civil-rights atrocities on a daily basis, casually forces his workers into SadisticChoices and horrific punishment, and his smarm has been kicked Up to Eleven.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: Nef can probably walk around, but he'll have a hard time sitting down or getting through doors. A drawing of him in The Glast Gambit shows that there are holes for him to properly move his arms and legs.
  • Incompetence, Inc.: Anyocorp, mostly due to his own short-sighted imbecility and pointlessly cruel treatment of the workers in Solaris. There's a heavy undertone to certain Solaris missions that even if they hate the man they still rely on him for survival, so they're hiring Tenno — sworn enemies of the Corpus — to save him (And likely the Solaris themselves) from his own incompetence. With what we're shown of his operations and how often they've risked massive property damage and loss of life, it's a wonder how they're able to turn a profit at all!
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: He claims to be the "prophet of profit". Following the title, the name of the event he's tied to is called "Operation: False Profit".
  • Kick the Dog: In the Glast Gambit, he leaves Mycona helpless against the Infestation, and kidnaps several children all to get the attention of Glast. The Tenno respond in kind.
  • Never My Fault: He ignores the Solaris engineers and activates the Orokin terraforming tower before it is ready. When it predictably fails, he orders the fifty least efficient workers in Fortuna repossessed.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His decision to quickly dump large amounts of coolant under Venus' surface and harvest surfacing Thermia for quick profit ended up providing the Tenno with the means to destroy one of his own Orb Mothers.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Despite being a regular recurring antagonist Nef does not get his hands dirty, preferring to rely on custom drones and agents.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: His initial appearances did not do much to make people respect him — first he runs a Ponzi scheme with his bursas which ends with him being tricked in return by the Tenno, then he vainly boasts about his invincible Razorbacks that got scrapped in record time. The Glast Gambit makes him slightly more serious by turning him into a callous child kidnapper, but the way he is dealt with thrashes all of that newly-found cred. And then the Fortuna happens, where he suddenly upgrades to a full-fledged dictator. He subjugates the people of Solaris and forces them into slave labor. He keeps them in check with crippling debts, inhuman working conditions. armed reposession/kill squads and orbital bombardments. Under his reign Corpus has people mortgage their own body parts (up to and including heads), to be reposessed and replaced with crude boxy cybernetics, making them look barely human. And all that done for no other reason than profit and his own vanity.
    • And if taking over Orb Vallis and Fortuna weren't enough, he developed the Raknoids to patrol and protect his newfound holdings, including the Orb Mothers, an entirely new class of robot that incorporates Sentient technology.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: His treatment of the workers in Solaris is bad enough, but when players get more details of his operations it becomes clear that Anyo is a complete moron who embodies the worst of brain-dead corporate management and has to be saved from his own incompetence almost as often as Solaris busts up his operations. To wit:
    • He orders an Orokin cooling tower reactivated after the people whose entire job revolves around knowing how to get it working again tell him that this will break it, then blames Solaris when this is exactly what happens. In case you haven't noticed by this point, Orokin constructs are highly-advanced Lost Technology that the Corpus as a whole dedicate themselves to scavenging and reverse-engineering, and this particular construct (a coolant tower) would have let Anyo exploit even more of Venus' untapped resources for profit if he'd just listened to the experts. His actions cost Anyocorp an irreplaceable asset that would have made him a proverbial mint, and his petulant lashing out at Solaris afterward not only serves zero useful purpose, but convinces Eudico to reactivate Vox Solaris and start fighting him again!
    • Then there's the Buried Debts event, in which Anyo's aggressive terraforming and mining causes Thermia fractures, which cause extreme tectonic damage to the Orb Vallis. Eudico points out that Nef could fix it, but he's too near-sighted and focused on harvesting the thermia for immediate profit to worry about the Vallis exploding under his damn feet.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Near the end of the Glast Gambit, he outright cheats by having the goals insta-kill any Tenno trying to cash in their points and is able to get away with it because he's the one running the games in the first place.
  • Self-Made Man: In one of his canned Fortuna announcements, he claims to have once been a debtor who worked his way up to where he is now. Whether that's true or not is unclear, but his entire system is designed to keep anyone else from doing the same thing.
  • Shout-Out: To Mistborns Lord Ruler; a hyper religious Evil Overlord who controls a slave race on a harsh, volcanic world and threatens them with nightmarish punishments, and treats the planet like his own personal Mega-Corp.
  • Shrine to Self: He had a skyscraper-sized statue of himself built on the plains of Venus.
  • Sinister Minister: His in-universe advertising campaign is clearly styled after televangelists. His new design is intended to embody the Corpus religion of greed.
  • Smug Snake: About a year after the whole False Profit incident, Nef comes back with a prototype Razorback proxy. He boastingly claims it's impervious to absolutely everything and dares every Tenno in existence and his rivals in the Corpus to try and destroy it; the theory is that he can stream footage of the battle to his potential investors who were on the fence about funding him. Thirty minutes later, Razorback is a pile of scrap metal on the floor and his own Bursa robots are shooting at him.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: His sales pitch and Dastardly Whiplash appearance also evoke the image of a greasy peddler of a fake or nonexistent product.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Two so far, and each time it's cathartic as hell.
    • Goes through an incredibly satisfying one at the end of the Glast Gambit quest, after Ergo Glast baits him into losing an exorbitant fortune in a bet Nef thought was rigged in his favour.
    • He has another one in the Vox Solaris quest when his important investors' demonstration into his reclaimed terraforming tech is interrupted by the Tenno on the orders of Solaris United, as he desperately tries to pretend everything is fine until he finally loses his spine and starts begging a labor union head for mercy. He's left with the investors angrily booing him and leaving, unimpressed by his lack of spine and inability to control Solaris.
  • Weird Beard: Part of his helmet. Corpus characters continuously scroll down it. Concept art indicates it goes all the way down to his knees.
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": He sends out Taxmen to "repossess" any Solaris who fall too deeply into debt. This means not only taking back their mechanical parts, but taking any biological parts if their debts are too deep. But he doesn't kill anyone.
  • 0% Approval Rating: The Solaris hate him with the burning intensity of a thousand suns, and it's implied by one Solaris that other Corpus want him to fail. Considering that he's nearly destroyed the impossibly valuable Orb Vallis twice through the outbreak of Thermia fractures and destroying a terraforming tower, and one of his experiments (Exploiter Orb) very nearly destroys Fortuna, this is... not an unreasonable assessment.

Corpus Proxies

    Ambulas 
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Offensive system conclusion: Enemy combustion.
"This is the future: Power. Precision. Prestige! The pinnacle of the war-smith's art!"
Frohd Bek

The galaxy's tiniest, angriest Moa, controlled by the advanced Animo project. Ambulas may be no bigger than a normal Moa, but it is by far the most dangerous of them all. With the Ambulas Reborn update, Ambulas have been upgraded to a much more powerful version. Drops blueprints for Trinity.


  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Not yet, but it has a networked learning AI. As such, Ergo Glast fears that the Corpus might share the fate of the Orokin.
  • Degraded Boss: An interesting case, as rather than happening during the game's completion, it occured during the game's development. The original Ambulas followed the typical boss pattern, where you have to clear levels of its region before reaching its own level, where you fight it. The new Ambulas can be found on "regular" levels first, and needs to be defeated multiple times before you can move onto the "boss" level. In the actual boss battle the Ambulas itself plays a secondary role, and the main focus of the fight is using the destroyed Ambulas proxies to take out a larger threat in a Puzzle Boss way. Plus, the proxies you fight on the "boss" level are no different from the ones you met before, ultimately making the Ambulas more like an afterthought in its own boss battle.
  • Flunky Boss: Inverted. Almost every mission on Pluto triggers an event where Frohd would send an Ambulas model to hunt you down.
  • King Mook: To the Moas and the Bursas models. It even has enough weapons to make Zanuka look tame.
  • My Greatest Failure: The Animo project was built by Ergo Glast, the leader of the Perrin Sequence, but only to be taken by Frohd Bek in order to further expand his control over most of the Corpus proxies. You get to destroy it and Frohd Bek along with it.
  • Odd Name Out: Isn't named after an animal. The Reborn version is apparently equipped with an Animo processor, a networked AI capable of learning.
  • Palette Swap: The Profit-Taker Orb has two red-colored Terra Ambulas as subordinates.
  • Shockwave Stomp/Playing with Fire: Uses a variant of the Shockwave MOA's groundpound that leaves a persistent flaming circle around him. His rework loses the fire, but instead lets lose a series of stomps.
  • Trojan Horse: Serves as this against its own creator, Frohd Bek, when Tenno reprogram Ambulas units before they are transported off to his ship to activate and destroy it from the inside.
  • Wolfpack Boss: While not sent in full groups like the Hyena Pack, Ambulas drones pop out moments after their destroyed copies are towed away for repairs, forcing you to fight them continuously. After the first is defeated they start coming two at a time.

    The Jackal, the Lynx, and Razorback 
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"Prototype engagement test: Ready. Tenno destruction analytics: Recording."

The bosses of Venus, Orokin Sabotage, and the periodic Razorback Armada event respectively, these Proxies are some of the deadliest Corpus inventions yet. Their multiple powerful weapon systems, heavy shields, and robust construction all come together to make them a considerable threat to the Tenno. The Jackal drops blueprints for Rhino.


  • Advancing Boss of Doom: As of Update 18, the Razorback has become the Corpus equivalent to the Grineer's Balor Fomorians, as when their control reaches a certain threshold, the Corpus unleash an entire Razorback Armada and sics it on a Relay. Unlike the Balor Formorians, however, the Armadas don't actually destroy the Relays if they reach them, instead "merely" taking them over for the Corpus.
  • Decomposite Character: The Hyena Pack (see below) were created to replace the Jackal-class Hyena as the boss of Neptune. Rather than remove the old Hyena entirely they renamed it the Lynx, gave it some new tricks, and sent it to guard the Corpus Void Keys in the Void Sabotage mission.
  • Degraded Boss: Jackals show up as regular enemies on the Orb Vallis once the alert goes high enough. Fortunately, they lack their advanced shielding and will go down to enough fire like any other enemy.
  • Drone Deployer: Jackal can spawn Mine Ospreys, and Lynx can shoot out remote turret guns and special Shield Drones.
  • Mini-Boss: An inactive Lynx appears in the middle of one Grineer Spy vault. If you trip the alarm it'll wake up and you'll be forced to fight it.
  • Palette Swap: The Jackal and Lynx share the same model, but the Jackal is larger and yellow, while the Lynx is smaller with a teal and black paint job. Orb Vallis Jackals are black and gray. The Razorback is an exception, incorporating parts of the Bursa and Zanuka designs.
  • Puzzle Boss:
    • The Jackal's shields render its main body completely impervious to damage. Its legs, however, are not, and taking out one of them will knock the Jackal off-balance, rendering it vulnerable.
    • The Razorback lacks even that weakness, but it is still vulnerable to precisely one thing: the attacks of its own Bursa flunkies. Defeating it requires first hacking open the pens holding the Bursas, then hacking the Bursas themselves to fire on the Razorback's legs and open it up to the Tenno's attacks.
  • Shockwave Stomp: The Jackal can use the Shockwave MOA's stomp attack.
  • Spider Tank: They are quadrupedal attack robots.
  • Underestimating Badassery: They will make statements such as "Trivial threat detected".
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: The Jackal acts as this, as it is the first boss that can't be defeated (at least easily) by firing a ton of bullets into it, instead requiring the player to Attack Its Weak Point for massive damage.

    The Raptors 
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Synthesizing Attack Patterns: Tactics generated.
"Analyzing Threat Intelligence: Under-developed."

Introduced in Update 9, reworked in The Silver Grove, these overgrown Ospreys are built by the factory boss on Europa. Drops blueprints for Nova.


  • Beam Spam: Raptor RV favors this fighting style.
  • Death from Above: They fly in the air and fire upon the Tenno from high above them.
  • Degraded Boss: The Terra Raptor SX is a regular enemy on the Orb Vallis that appears at high alert levels.
  • Drone Deployer: Raptor MT will spawn special Nemes RT drones.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: Raptor is the first boss in Warframe with the ability to fly. Upon release, bugs in its AI often used this ability to flee the arena in which it is spawned, flying onto the high cliffs surrounding the arena and taking pot-shots at players from impossible-to-reach areas with its rockets (where even sniping it down would completely deny the player any loot), or even flying clear across the map (off of it, sometimes) to avoid players. Thankfully, this has since been patched out. The irony of said bugs is that the frame most capable of reaching him in such cases- Nova and her Wormhole- is the very frame whose blueprints Raptor drops.
  • King Mook: It's a giant Osprey drone. However, it's downplayed as of The Silver Grove; they are still giant Osprey drones, but are clearly a different model, styled after the Bursa.
  • Palette Swap: The reworked Raptors all share the same model in different colors.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Killing off a Raptor will only spawn another right after you destroyed it. Throwing their cores in the factory shafts where they spawn is the only way to destroy the factory that builds them and the Raptors themselves for good.
  • Speaking Simlish: They speak a very high pitched Corpus dialect.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Their rework, that also gave them their voice, came with no prior announcement.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Its primary attack method is to unleash a volley of rockets capable of one-shotting players, while it also occasionally stoops down to drop landmines. Thematically fitting, given that it drops the parts for the Nova warframe. Now Raptor NS' main way of fighting.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Much like the Jackal, the Raptors are constantly throwing out dismissive taunts.

    The Hyena Pack 
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The Pack is watching you.
"The Pack grows excited. We have been waiting for this."

New prototypes for the Hyena proxy that were funded by Frohd Bek. Originally a special boss fight for the Ties That Bind story event, they can also be fought on Neptune. They drop parts for Loki.


  • Degraded Boss: Four new Hyena variants appear as regular enemies on the Orb Vallis at high alert. Corpus Disruption missions also feature Hyenas as a Demolisher unit.
  • Dual Boss: If their Assassination mission is undertaken by a solo player, a random two of the Hyenas will be fought instead of the full pack of four.
  • Elemental Powers/Mega Manning: The Oxium Hyena Pack shares the distinct abilities of the Elemental-based Warframes, such as Frost, Ember, Volt and Rhino.
  • Elite Mook: Hyena NG has been used as a semi-common enemy in the Hyena Facility Tactical Alert and a Proxy Rebellion event.
  • Head Swap: The Oxium Hyenas take their general shape, agility, AI, and basic attacks from Zanuka, and their heads from the Jackal (and by extension the old Hyena).
  • Informed Attribute: Before the Update 12 rework the so-called "Hyena Pack" consisted of a single proxy, despite its name and the Lotus describing it as being designed to hunt in packs.
  • Meaningful Name: Each has the chemical symbol for a different element or compound, reflective of their abilities. The ice-wielding Hyena is LN2 (Liquid Nitrogen, which is liquid at low temperatures); the fire-wielding Hyena is NG (Nitroglycerin, an explosive compound); the electricity-wielding Hyena is Th (Thorium, named after Thor); and the shrapnel-firing Hyena is Pb (Lead, which is commonly used in bullets).
  • Palette Swap: The entire Hyena Pack share the same models, with four different paint jobs.
  • Revision: Oxium Hyenas are the new versions of the previous model of Hyena proxy.
    Darvo: Faster, meaner, deadlier than before. An excellent product, really.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Oxium Hyenas, replacing Jackal variants, are even more agile, and have more anti-Tenno capabilities.
  • Wolfpack Boss: The Hyena Pack comprises four Hyena proxies, each with a different set of abilities and matching paint job.

    The Zanuka Project 
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Zanuka... KILL!
"Let me introduce you to my latest line of robotics... hybridized with Warframe components!"
Alad V, "The Profit" Trailer

Thanks to Alad V's Zanuka Project, the Corpus have access to a set of deadly proxies using parts of Warframes, created through experimentation on captured Tenno. The original Zanuka field test model is kept by Alad V himself as a sort of robot dog and bodyguard, and comes as a package deal with Alad on Jupiter. As if that wasn't bad enough, an upgraded Zanuka Hunter (formerly "The Harvester") is deployed by Alad V to hunt down and capture Tenno who support the Grineer in Invasion missions, to be used as subjects for more Zanuka Project proxies.


  • Anti-Magic: The Zanuka Hunter has a projectile version of the Stalker's Dispel ability.
  • Dual Boss: As stated above, Alad V and Zanuka are fought together. Zanuka has a very powerful shield that has to be disabled by attacking Alad before it can be hurt.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: The Zanuka Hunter's main weapon is a plasma gun.
  • I Shall Taunt You: While the Zanuka Hunter is silent, Alad V will taunt the player just before the Hunter spawns and while you fight it.
  • Mega Manning: Zanuka's abilities include copies of the Jackal's rocket barrage, Nova's Antimatter Drop and the Stalker's Dispel.
  • Mini-Boss: The Zanuka Hunter may appear at random during a mission when a member of the cell has its Death Mark, not unlike the Stalker.
  • Nonstandard Game Over: If the Zanuka Hunter manages to incapacitate you, your current mission is aborted, and you are forced to undertake a special mission to recover all your equipment (including your powers). You can't do any other mission with the equipment used to fight the Zanuka Hunter until you successfully complete this one.
  • Palette Swap: The Zanuka Hunter is physically identical to the original model but with a red and gray paint job.
  • Was Once a Man: Or rather, was once a Tenno, given that the Zanuka are made from Warframe parts. Zig-Zagged: The Tenno are seperate from the Warframes, but the latter are implied to have some degree of sentience and possibly sapience...

    The Orb Mothers 
Three gigantic Raknoid proxies guarding Nef Anyo's Orb Vallis project. Each of them is stationed at one of the larger bases: the Profit-Taker Orb oversees the Enrichment Labs, the Exploiter Orb patrols the Temple of Profit and an as yet unnamed Orb is stationed near the spaceport.
  • An Ice Person: The Exploiter can generate a deadly snowstorm around her, and freeze over the floor where she is fought. It's just as much a defensive measure as an offensive one, since she's outright invulnerable in the cold.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: They are taller than Teralysts, and as quadrupeds they are even longer and wider as well.
  • Barrier Change Boss: Once weakened, Profit-Taker's shield can only be damaged by one specific damage type, remaining completely immune to everything else. This vulnerability cycles throughout the fight, shifting in a fixed pattern after a set period of time or after players inflict enough of the "right" damage on it, though it's also possible to force it to shift by hitting it with either your Operator attacks or a fully-mastered Paracesis.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Exploiter has a very bombastic demeanour, contrasting Profit-Taker's more subdued and sinister one.
  • Evil Teacher: The Exploiter has the personality of a strict old schoolmarm, declaring that Solaris United will not be "spared the rod" and demanding that the Tenno look at her while she's talking to (read: trying to kill) them.
  • Flunky Boss: Exploiter is backed up by a swarm of Mite Raknoids in the early stages of her fight, and summons Coolant Raknoids to assist her later on.
  • It Can Think: While proxies have always shown a degree of intelligence, the Orb Mothers appear to possess true sentience, likely owed to the, well, Sentient technology incorporated into them.
  • The Juggernaut:
    • Profit-Taker's energy shield is based on Sentient technology making it extremely durable AND it's buffed by a satellite-based shield projector atop of that, and its armored outer shell is made of materials normally used for Corpus warship hulls. Normally, it is immune to anything and everything the Tenno can throw at it, so the majority of its heist focuses on finding a way to weaken its defenses to give the Tenno a fighting chance.
    • Exploiter's armor plating is outright invulnerable in the cold, and she can coat her vents in impenetrable ice. As such, her fight revolves around using condensed Thermia to melt through her defenses in order to deal damage.
  • Machine Monotone: Profit-Taker speaks in a very human-like voice, but it always sounds like a hissing whisper and never has any inflection.
  • Misery Builds Character: Exploiter invokes this trope almost verbatim, claiming that "hardship builds character" and enduring winter's chill makes one strong while she attempts to freeze you to death.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: As per Word of God they are programmed to think this, making them highly defensive of their territory. Accordingly, the Exploiter views the Coolant Raknoids she summons as her children and is enraged when they are destroyed.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: The Orb Mothers are heavily armored and completely immune to all conventional forms of attack. Each one requires specific steps to be taken to make it possible to defeat them.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You can tell that Profit-Taker is absolutely livid with you when, during your final fight with it, it fumbles for words in one of its messages and loses the rhythm of its rhyming.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Outside of its heist, Profit-Taker is content with lounging on the roof of a research facility it is protecting, mostly indifferent to the Tenno. At most it will shell you with artillery if you're nearby and the Vallis alert level is high enough (again, not even moving from its spot), but otherwise your Tenno could zip around right in front of its face on Archwing, and Profit-Taker won't even scratch. Similarly, the third (currently unnamed) Orb Mother can be found wallowing in a small lake, refusing to do anything at all, even if a Tenno jumps on its head and starts dancing. Only the Exploiter averts this, patrolling the northwest corner of the map and attacking any Tenno that come near.
  • Playing with Fire: Though Exploiter is An Ice Person normally, she switches to fire-based attacks during the second phase of her boss fight, after her cooling vents are destroyed.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Exploiter has something of a habit of this, slipping into such speech patterns several times.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Profit-Taker speaks exclusively in rhymes.
  • Spider Tank: They are titanic versions of the Raknoids found throughout the Vallis. In case that name alone didn't make it obvious, they're explicitly based on spiders.
  • Taking You with Me: After she sustains fatal damage, Profit-Taker still continues to request shieldcharge from her satellite. The resulting detonation covers a substantial area, and does enough damage to instantly kill most Warframes. Exploiter likewise self-destructs upon her defeat; her explosion is smaller but comes far more quickly.
  • Time-Limit Boss: At the climax of your fight with Profit-Taker, the Corpus will regain control of their satellite that boosted its shields — leaving you with roughly 5 minutes to finish Profit-Taker off before they realign the satellite back at it and make it invulnerable.
  • Tranquil Fury: Subverted. One would be forgiven for thinking that Profit-Taker is just a well-programmed and emotionless Corpus proxy similar to other mechanical bosses because of its deceptively flat unchanging tone of voice — but through the context ofts messages it's clear it is not. During its Stage 3, Profit-Taker is pissed when you weaken its shield and force it off its perch, gloats as you (then) futily flail at its shield, and at Stage 4 gets positively furious as you inflict more and more damage on it. It's not exactly tranquil, it's just the full extent of its fury does not come across with its communication capabilities.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Exploiter gradually goes through one throughout her boss fight; as you disrupt her coolant system and destroy her cognition blocks her thought processes become increasingly erratic and deranged as her mental capacity erodes, creating this effect. By the end of the first phase she marches on Fortuna with the intent of burning the entire colony to the ground, prompting Eudico to state that her mind's completely snapped.

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    John Prodman 
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"Employee of the Month"
Written on his poster, in Corpus language

Once a regular Prod Crewman fighting in the infested asteroids within the Grineer territory, John Prodman takes up stage pitted against the Tenno in one of the Corpus' most gruesome arenas in the Origin system, the Index.


  • Aerith and Bob: By virtue of him originating from fanon. Among the characters named Alad, Frohd, Nef, Darvo, Pelna, Armis etc. he's a guy called John.
  • Ascended Meme: Like Clem, John Prodman is originally a fan character, coming from one player's after-action report about a lowly Prod Crewman who somehow managed to survive a boss fight with Phorid and even land the killing blow on it.
  • Badass Normal: Being a mere Prod Crewman who nevertheless managed to survive a boss fight against a hulking infested monstrosity that is Phorid and his infested spawn lands him into this category.
  • Bonus Boss: He only appears in the Index after an hour passes in a single match. Defeating him earns you an autographed poster of him that you can hang on a wall in your ship.
  • Custom Uniform: Wears a differently coloured uniform from other Prod Crewmen as well as a syandana.
  • King Mook: Memetic status aside, this is what he is for regular prod crewmen.
  • Memetic Badass: The original post about his fight against the Phorid was titled The Most Badass Ever In Warframe, and it only grew from there. By now, he's transformed into Warframe's Chuck Norris.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: Unlike the other Brokers, if you manage to drop his life to zero, instead of croaking he scoffs at the Tenno and teleports away with a Badass Arm-Fold.
  • The Voiceless: Unlike Clem (another ascended fan character) John does not have any catch phrases, or any dialogue lines at all for that matter.
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