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    San Francisco DedSec
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The Anti-Hero Team of 2. They're a group of hacktivists working to take back the city.

  • Anti-Hero Team: Data thieves and anarchists, fighting for a better tomorrow.
  • Ascended Extra: They go from being minor antagonists to the heroes of 2.
  • Badass Adorable: The titular members (Marcus, Wrench, Sitara, Josh) are cute and quirky in their own way, but they are young hackers who can get physical.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: While hacking ability is inherently neutral, due to our heroes' methods, and standing with the law, they're effectively Black Hat Hackers (the stereotypical "evil hacker" who does so without express permission of the organization they're hacking), except for a genuinely good cause.
  • Berserk Button: Swatting is something everyone in the group will not tolerate and will go after anyone who does so, especially if done under their name. The fact that Marcus can gain the ability to summon a SWAT team on people is never discussed however.
    • They hate pedophiles even more.
  • Big Brother Instinct: You go after one member and everyone else will do everything in their power to take you down... then make a video about it.
    • This doesn't just extend to the group, however. Should anyone be caught in a retaliation aimed at them, such as a pharmaceutical company firing people who've looked up the group on search engines DedSec will jump at the call to defend and help them.
  • Bomb Throwing Anarchist: While they usually have heroic or at least non-malicious motives, they not only have no problems with 3D-printing firearms but Marcus is free to be as destructive as he wants to be to achieve their goals and no one seems to care how he does things.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Their usual in-game targets are those who try to attack them publicly or attempt to hack them.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: They remain with black coloring and a skull motif, but they're far from the He Who Fights Monsters group of the first game.
  • Defector from Decadence: According to Horatio, the San Francisco chapter uses similar tactics as the Chicago one but is otherwise far more dedicated to doing actual good and has no connection to the Council of Daves.
  • Expy: Like the first game, of Anonymous.
  • Hacked by a Pirate: They like to use the Grim Reaper as their personal logo and their followers use LED masks with skulls made of ASCII characters.
  • Not So Different: In a conversation with Josh, Marcus does acknowledge the fact that they steal private information for their own purposes like the corporations they're opposing but he deems it a necessary evil.
  • I Call It "Vera": They call their server Kiki.
  • Leitmotif: In-game, their successful hacks are usually accompanied by Schiller's Ode to Joy.
  • Nerd: Aside from their obvious obsession with tech, they constantly sling pop-culture references at each other, and their main hackerspace is located in the basement of a tabletop gaming store.
  • Playful Hacker: They are Grey Hat hackers who commit pranks and the occasional cyber crimes against corrupt institutions and individuals.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: All of them are very up-to-date on modern culture.
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: How their smear videos usually end: “DedSec has given you the truth. Do what you will.”
  • Techno Wizard: As masters of Hollywood Hacking, they're pretty much capable of doing anything with computers and smartphones.
  • Troll: True to their roots, a lot of their actions usually involve causing havoc and humiliation on their targets via pranks, scams or airing their dirty laundry.
  • True Companions: They are a very tight-knit group.
  • Vigilante Man: They are vigilantes who despite primarily targeting corporations for white-collar crimes are not above taking on street gangs and corrupt cops. Also, despite being primarily hacktivists they are willing to condone lethal force and don't really seem to care too much for collateral damage.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: No matter how you act, there will always be both sides of the debate raging between the two.

    Marcus Holloway/Retr0
"It's gonna be a hell of a fight turning them back into people."
Voiced by: Ruffin Prentiss (English), Yuuya Uchida (Japanese), Dmitry Kurta (Russian)

The Player Character of 2. He has a grudge against the justice system, after being wrongfully arrested. To sate this grudge and save the city, he joins DedSec to fight against the new ctOS.

  • 20 Minutes into the Future: While the game is pretty straight set in 2016, there's a very small but notable example in that, while Bluetooth earbuds were first on the market in 2015, Marcus' style of earbuds connected by a loose wire so one can hang them over their neck when not using them wouldn't be released till 2017.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Quite enthusiastic around the ladies but doesn't shy away from throwing Wrench's flirtations right back at him either. But it's more likely they are just messing with each other.
    Wrench: As much as I enjoy our banter and underlying sexual tension...
    Marcus: I'm hurt! I thought we'd moved on to overt sexual tension.
  • Anti-Hero: Pragmatic Hero, unlike Aiden. He seems to genuinely be in it for the people, and has an understandable grudge against the system.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Seems to be a huge fan of DedSec when he starts, and introduces T-Bone to the crew, who he admires as a hacking legend. He's also pretty excited about helping out Aiden Pierce in a sidequest.
  • Badass Beard: Has a goatee with a mustache.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Easily one of the biggest ways to piss him off is to hurt a member of DedSec, either physically or emotionally. Sure enough, after the FBI arrests Wrench, gives him a beating and steals his mask, Marcus raids one of their safe houses.
  • Black and Nerdy: He enjoys old-school music, movies, and hacking culture in general.
  • The Charmer: Word of God describes Marcus as "charismatic; someone who people would rally behind."
  • Clear My Name: The tutorial has him hacking into the ctOS database to erase his records due to them listing him as a dangerous citizen.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: He has quite a mouth on him.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
    • As opposed to the revenge-driven criminal Aiden Pearce, Marcus Holloway is a decent person who was arrested for a crime he didn't have anything to do with, and is now looking to dismantle the system that incriminated him to begin with.
    • He's also a lot more social than Aiden. One of the first scenes in the game is Marcus making friends with DedSec, getting drunk, and waking up in someone's apartment with his clothes missing. Aiden would never do that.
    • While Aiden made use of ctOS hacks, he's making use of DedSec equipment to do so and isn't much of a tech guy himself. Marcus, meanwhile, has a background in computer science and much more knowledge about the systems he's exploiting.
  • The Cracker: You have to be one to hang in a group like DedSec.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He will shoot, hack, sneak, whip, and otherwise cheat in combat if it ensures his victory.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: In the game you are given the option to make him a barefooter.
  • Drone Deployer: He can use remote-controlled drones to get the job done.
  • Ensign Newbie: He is literally the newest member to DedSec (to where the first mission is your final test to become a member), but it doesn't take long before he appears to be leading the group more than Horatio does. Though they really did not like it when he brought Raymond into the group before asking them.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Can resort to lethal force if the player chooses to make him do so.
  • The Heart: Helps DedSec out of their funk after Dušan tricks them into helping sell ctOS 2.0.
  • The Heavy: He does all of the missions that require leg work where the rest of the team provide him info. Except for the last 2 of the 3 missions.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Marcus gets into Cuteness Proximity when he pets dogs on the street.
  • Hipster: His default DedSec attire gives him the look of one and has various clothing options that make him look even more hipster-ish. Amusingly, Marcus doesn't consider himself this. Wrench isn't buying that line.
  • I Call It "Vera": Nearly every one of Marcus' purchasable weapons are nicknamed in one fashion or another (most being Fun with Acronyms and StealthPuns on coding). This ranges from his "Thunder Ball" flail, to the 2EZ Stun Gun. Most of the weapons were likely named by Wrench, but Marcus has the Thunder Ball and 2EZ before he even joins the group.
  • Improvised Weapon: He uses a billiard ball tied to a ring on his finger via a bungee cord as his melee weapon.
  • Killer Yo-Yo: Wields a billiard ball threaded onto a length of paracord as a makeshift flail, the "Thunder Ball" as his melee weapon.
    • The devs got the idea by looking up DIY melee weapons online, since that's what Marcus would have done.
  • Le Parkour: Much more pronounced than Aiden.
  • Nice Guy: A decent, reasonable man working towards revolution and against the injustices of the system. He gets along well with his friends in DedSec, and can even be warm with his interactions with random pedestrians.
  • Scary Minority Suspect: The ctOS considers him one. He initially sits at an 82% risk level. After deleting his criminal record and all stored digital records he's still at 42% simply because he's an unemployed black man with a gun license.
  • Shipper on Deck: Acts as Wrench's wingman in one scene.
    Marcus: Do you think my friend's mask is hot or creepy?
    Waitress: Both.
  • Ship Tease: Him and Sitara have a few moments here and there.
  • The Smart Guy: He discovered an affinity for computers at a young age. In fact, his interest in computer science is why a predictive system marks him as the prime suspect in a high-tech robbery before the start of the game.
  • Static Stun Gun: He carries a stun gun that can be used to non-lethally dispose of enemies at range.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: When Lenni suggests she has cancer, he is genuinely sympathetic to her, until she immediately admits she is screwing with him.
  • Team Dad: He's shown to be incredibly caring towards his team - Wrench and Josh in particular - and basically spends his free time looking after them, breaking up fights, watching their eating habits etc.
  • Unperson: Did this to himself as part of his initiation into the team, but also primarily to get some heat off his back over false charges. Unfortunately, Blume knew what he was up to and remade his records with even worse charges. Fortunately, after he meets T-Bone, T-Bone erases his records once again.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Doesn't really have a choice in the matter, due to a large amount of women involved in law enforcement and crime in Watch_Dogs 2.
  • Younger and Hipper: In comparison to Aiden. By Watch Dogs 2, Aiden is 42 years old while Marcus is only 24.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: With regards to the Zodiac Killer, who considers Marcus his 'kindred spirit'. He also considers it misplaced since he's just finding the bodies and notes; DedSec's doing the decoding.
    Marcus: For the record, I am not that freak's kindred spirit! You guys solved his cryptograms and shit!

Fuckin' Hey, man.
Click here to see him without his mask 
Voiced by: Shawn Baichoo (English), Noriaki Sugiyama (Japanese), Nikolai Bystrov (Russian)

The resident engineer of DedSec, and Marcus' closest friend.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Has a crush on a waitress (who appeared exactly once) and takes every opportunity to flirt with Marcus. Whether jokingly or not is up for debate but since he is a massive Troll at every opportunity it is most likely the former.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: The final mission has you temporarily controlling Wrench as he assaults Blume's backup data storage vault.
  • Anti-Hero: Along with the rest of DedSec, the Heroic Comedic Sociopath type.
  • Bomb Throwing Anarchist: He tends to advocate the most destructive and chaotic actions, unlike the rest of DedSec. He even uses a grenade launcher in the endgame.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Swears quite a bit including dropping the F-bomb of San Francisco, the abominable word "Frisco."
  • Dark and Troubled Past: According to the FBI's psych profile, he may have grown up in an abusive home. It was so bad that he used the mask to display his emotions (as well as to hide a disfiguring birthmark).
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Wears all black, but is on the side of good.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His dialogue drips with wit and snark.
  • Drop the Hammer: One scene in game him smashing a toaster with a sledgehammer to get a chip out.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Marcus claims it's Reginald after stealing a list of DedSec identities from Prime_Eight. However, he later says he doesn't know Wrench's real name so this is most likely a joke.
  • Enemy to All Living Things: Wrench is seriously scared of animals, period. He actually warns Marcus not to get him a puppy as he might kick it out of instinct.
  • Expressive Mask: Up to Eleven. His seems to communicate with LED's placed on it in order to simulate eyes by using ASCII characters. The result has him expressing emotions in a similar manner to emoticons, such as @_@, X_X, and ^_~. Kinda like Zer0.
    • An FBI profile suggests it's his way of dealing with usual debilitating shyness, and his change in personality when they take it from him would suggest they're right. In other words, the mask literally is his facial expression.
  • Flipping the Bird: Is a fan of doing this.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: His mask features a series of LEDs that can express ASCII characters that match his emotions.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears a leather studded vest.
  • Keet: He's very energetic when participating in their endeavors in taking down Blume.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Marcus does this to him at one point in a side mission. However, since they're shown to be incredibly close this is more than likely payback for Wrench implying he was betting on Marcus getting arrested in said side mission.
    Marcus: Ladies. Gentlemen. Wrench.
  • Nice Guy: He's downright friendly to his allies in DedSec despite his intimidating attire.
  • One-Man Army: The final mission has him blasting through Umeni security forces armed to the teeth.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When he finds out that the Bratva kidnapped and almost killed Marcus he decides that blowing their entire operation to bits with way too much explosives is the only way to exact revenge.
  • Robot Buddy: Wrench Jr.
  • Security Blanket: His mask. When the FBI steals it, he's a whole lot quieter and deflated than usual, likely because it hides his birthmark.. He confirms this in a later dialog when he responds to Marcus suggesting he "air out his mask and relax" by saying he needs the mask because it's what keeps him calm.
  • The Stoner: Has been stealing Josh's prescriptions.
  • Tattooed Crook: His arms are covered with tattoos of various symbols, along with the Anarchist 'A' on his neck.
  • Troll: His sense of humor often involves making fun of Marcus in some way or another. Marcus and Sitara usually rein him in when he goes overboard teasing Josh though.
  • Two-Faced: Underneath his mask is a red birthmark that takes up a good chunk of the left side of his face.
  • Younger Than He Looks: His face is finally revealed when the FBI take his mask. He doesn't exactly look like he's in his twenties.

    Sitara Dhawan
I want people to wake the fuck up.
Voiced by: Tasya Teles (English), Yuu Asakawa (Japanese), Irina Kireev (Russian)

The de facto leader and artist of SF DedSec. A calm but passionate young woman who wishes to raise people's awareness of the technology that surrounds them and expose Blume's corruption.

  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: In the final mission, you temporarily control her as she hacks into the laptop of Dusan's personal assistant.
  • Berserk Button: Compromising DedSec's name is one of the easiest ways to piss her off.
  • Brains and Bondage: She is very intelligent and it is hinted in several conversations she is interested into some kinky stuff.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She's of Indian descent.
  • Character Blog: Sitara operates one on Tumblr.
  • Child Prodigy: She was incredibly smart in school and taught herself how to hack from a young age.
  • Cool Big Sis: How she comes off towards Team DedSec
  • Cultured Badass: She is an artist after all and the one behind all their videos. She also studied marketing and psychology.
  • Defector from Decadence: She left her first team of artists because they were more concerned with money than spreading a message.
    • Horatio's audiolog about her states she has nothing to do with her family because they're the type of business people she fights against with Dedsec.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Does not like T-Bone's involvement in DedSec. In every scene both Sitara and Ray are in, you can see her roll her eyes or sniping at him. It is more that she does not like the fact that Ray is using DedSec to settle a vendetta with Blume and seemingly goes to Marcus behind her and DedSec's back to start operations without them.
  • Hidden Depths: She was forced by her parents to to apply to Nudle and to do so, she had to take an extremely hard test. Apparently she scored a 96% to which when she brought up her score to fellow member of DedSec and Nudle employee, Horatio, he refused to tell her his score.
  • Hypocrite: Part of Sitara's conflict with T-Bone comes from how she fears he's using Marcus as a weapon against Blume. Thing is, this also is a truncated description of her relationship with Marcus, barring that he willingly volunteers to be Dedsec's point man.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Averted, to her parents' displeasure.
  • Mama Bear: Subtly threatens T-Bone against turning Marcus into his Tyke Bomb against Blume.
  • Meaningful Name: "Dhawan" can mean either "Runner" or "Messenger". Sitara is a skilled urban explorer, and she's also the one most responsible for spreading DedSec's public message.
  • Not So Different: She moved away from [[LA]] because of how shallow the celebrity culture was, only to see that Silicon Valley was just as shallow.
  • Not So Stoic: She breaks down a bit after the failed !NVite hack, as well as any time DedSec's brand is compromised.
  • The Leader: De facto, but she's the Levelheaded type.
  • Rich Kid Turned Social Activist: Her parents are rich and she has a college degree, presumably from an Ivy League School, could easily get an upscale job noted by her scoring exceptionally high on an extremely hard test, is a self taught hacker which entails that she knows encryption as well as decryption, and is quite capable of doing anything she wants. Unlike Marcus, there is no record holding her back. Unlike Wrench, there is no crippling anxiety/physical deformity holding her back. Unlike Josh, she does not have the stigma of autism or mental illness. She does not have a personal vendetta against ctOS other than the sheer ideology behind it and is against oppression in general. The difference is that she is so committed to the ideology that she actively turned down her parents money and influence and created her own.
  • The Stoic: She doesn't seem to react strongly to much of anything. Even when the normally quiet Josh is freaking out in one scene, she remains calm and collected.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only girl in the core DedSec group.
  • Team Mom: She is as caring and supportive of her team as Marcus, but with a stricter undertone than him.
    • Marcus said it on her and T-Bone: "I get it, Thanks Mom and Dad."
  • Tranquil Fury: When Marcus finds info on a pedophile she is unusually quiet and angry. She's also quite angry when she finds out a Troll responsible for swatting game streamers has been flying DedSec colors.

    Josh Sauchak/Hawt Sauce
Voiced by: Jonathan Dubsky (English), Andrey Mishutin (Russian)

Josh is a hacker of DedSec, he's socially awkward, mostly quiet with little to say and doesn't seem as emotional as the other members. He also doesn't understand some slang words unless they're explained to him, such as "cornhole". However, he is a genius hacker who can break through just about any security system.

  • Badass Boast:"Don't fuck with the Hawt Sauce."
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: At the end of the Human Conditions DLC, he uses Lenni's likely-fake endearment towards him - due to him having autism - against her. By acting inquisitivenote  about the stolen nanotech she was hauling out of the building, he uses the large case as cover to run a program from his phone underneath it, bricking all of the nanotechnology in Lenni's possession before she leaves. Not bad for his only real DedSec field assignment.
  • Endearingly Dorky: A dweeb, but well-intentioned and well-liked by the other members of DedSec. He uses this skill on Lenni to destroy the Nanotech which she carried on a case
  • Gadgeteer Genius: One of DedSec's two chief engineers alongside Wrench. However, he's better at building tech while Wrench is better at disassembling and analyzing it.
  • The Heart: Often is the one who says DedSec should be involved because it's the right thing to do, or insert-opponent-here is doing something ethically wrong and should be stopped for that reason.
  • In the Hood: He's seen with a green hoodie jacket.
  • It's All My Fault: Subverted - he blames himself for not spotting sooner that a lot of DedSec app downloads came from dead/fake accounts but everyone else calms him down since he spotted it at all.
  • It's Personal: Against Lenni for hacking their network and her video which affected him quite badly.
  • Lack of Empathy: Assumed by the ctOS but notably averted in-game. Horatio's recording on Josh makes it clear that he's dedicated to helping people despite his social awkwardness. His ctOS profile, on the other hand, claims he has stunted emotional growth and it's made him effectively unemployable.
    • Even before he joins DedSec he attempts to undermine the ctOS by himself and at one point he starts working on a wiki teaching everyday people how to disable the surveillance features in their technology.
  • Late to the Punchline: When Sitara talks about "cornholing" New Dawn, she has to explain to Josh the word means "where the corn goes after you eat the corn". It takes him nearly a minute to understand what the word means when it's used as a verb:
  • Nice Guy: Despite having No Social Skills, Josh is one of the nicest members of DedSec, to the point Sitara introduces him as a "sweetheart".
  • No Social Skills: He admits he's got Asperger Syndrome, meaning that he's socially awkward and focuses more on nitpicking grammar, but is also DedSec's chief engineer, capable of making a rocket car run on remote control.
  • Not So Above It All: He doesn't understand why Marcus and Wrench think CyberDriver's overuse of the 'cyber' prefix is so funny, but he eventually makes a single 'cyber' joke much to Marcus' delight.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: After having a Heroic BSoD after Lenni hacks into DedSec's home computer, he gets legitimately angry.
    " Let's cornhole these motherfuckers."
    • The closest he comes to raising his voice in rage is finding out that Wrench has been stealing his prescriptions.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: One of the logs you find in the Hackerspace which tells how they recruited Josh was that he used a dollar store Halloween mask for facial recognition to pick him up, and his specific way of speaking also gave him away even when using a voice filter.
  • The Smart Guy: While the group are all highly tech-savvy, Josh is considered the best coder of the group.

    Horatio Carlin/Ratio
Voiced by: Michael Xavier (English), Anton Savenkov (Russian)

DedSec's chief of field operations and a programmer at Nudle, he mobilizes the troops against enemy hackers (which basically means he's the go-to guy for online missions and activities).

  • Black Dude Dies First: Aside from the fact that Marcus is also black, it is played straight. He is the only other black dude in DedSec, his death happens very early in the story, and he is notably the only member who dies.
  • Character Death: Murdered by the Tezcas for refusing to give up info on DedSec.
  • Clear My Name: He needs Marcus to prevent a co-worker who installed a keylogger on his work computer exposing him as a DedSec member or else he'll be fired or jailed.
  • The Generic Guy: Compared to the other characters he has the least fleshed-out personality.
  • The Leader: Serves as this at the start of the game... Until he gets killed off.
  • The Mole: He's a Nudle employee, serving as DedSec's inside man.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Clearly intended to serve as this, with Marcus going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the Tezcas with the full support of every member of DedSec across San Francisco. Except he has no role in anything apart from his one storyline mission, so the emotional impact is somewhat minimal.
  • Out of Focus: Even before he dies he doesn't play any part during the side missions. This is likely because there's nothing stopping you from putting them off until after his death. That and he seems to be the only member with a dayjob.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: He's not in the game's marketing, probably because his murder is so early into the game.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: The only time he personally contributes to a mission is helping Marcus infiltrate Nudle since he happens to work there.
  • Token Minority: To Nudle, as out of 1000 employees, only 3 are black. He finds it worse that they're all on the same mailing list.
  • Undying Loyalty: Raymond Kenny credits him that after Marcus destroys the Tezcas and avenging his death.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: A major reason why he hates his co-workers at Nudle. Someone once complimented him on being so "well-spoken".

Voiced by: John Tench (English), Nikita Prozorovsky (Russian)

T-Bone Grady, aka Raymond Kenney, the creator of ctOS and the man behind the Northeast Blackout and one of the previous characters of Watch_Dogs 1. Click here to see tropes concerning him in the first game.

  • Cool Old Guy: He is 55 by the events of Watch_Dogs 2, but can still keep up with the millennial members of DedSec.
  • Dirty Old Man: He spends the night at Swelter Skelter with a female member of the Sons of Ragnarok, who turns out to be the bride of the leader, which forces him and Marcus to leave the desert early.
  • It Seemed Trivial: He mentions he ticked off the Tongs awhile back where an old lady with a meat cleaver chased him for three blocks. It is never specified but from what we learn about from some audio logs it is heavily hinted that he actually ran into Auntie Shu.
  • The Mentor: Helps the San Francisco members out by using his experience in Chicago to take down Nemec.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: He's the protagonist of the Bad Blood DLC of the first game.
  • Something We Forgot: He remembers that he forgot about Frewer and left him in the desert.
  • Spanner in the Works: He told the San Francisco DedSec about the Bellwether when he joined the team. The knowledge of this program ends up aiding the group in taking down Dušan.
  • The Stoner: The first time he meets the team, they join him in taking acid-laced mushrooms.
  • Team Dad: He becomes this for the SF DedSec team in the second half of the game.

    Wrench Junior 

A HAUM security robot captured by Marcus during a heist on a HAUM Electronics van. It was re-purposed for DedSec.

  • Can't Use Stairs: It's built like a Dalek, meaning that it cannot climb stairs.
  • Companion Cube: Despite being an automated drone Wrench is extremely attached to it. When Ray comes up with the plan to use it as a bomb, Wrench treats it as a personal attack and Marcus agreeing to the plan as a betrayal of sorts.
  • Expy: For actual security robots such as the Knightscope K5 and the AnBot.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Wrench Junior is used as an EMP bomb against Tidis.
  • Robot Buddy: For Wrench, hence the name.
  • Taking You with Me: In essence, what he's used for.

Blume Corporation

    Dušan Nemec
❝ You're fighting a war nobody gives a shit about."

The Chief Technology Officer for Blume Corporation in San Francisco.

  • Affably Evil: As shown in most of his scenes, he mostly thinks of himself as a working stiff who just wants to do his job. If his job didn't involve being one of the sleaziest and most intrusive corporate scumbags known to man by default company policy, he'd be a pretty okay guy.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a well-groomed beard.
  • Big Bad: The mastermind behind Blume's plots to profit off of private information.
  • But Not Too Foreign: His name indicates that he's of Croatian background.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the Chief Technology Officer for Blume, which gives him a considerable amount of power within Blume and in the Bay Area in general.
  • Female Gaze: Happens a bit during his yoga scene.
  • Hates Being Touched: When Steven Bader puts his hands on him in a fit of anger, Dusan judo-chops him in the neck and tells him that he'll be pressing charges for that.
    • That said, when Marcus hits him during Looking Glass, he's somewhat impressed and notes that Marcus has a decent punch.
  • Hipster: Embodies the exclusive, upper-class culture of Silicon Valley, wearing a thick beard and a topknot despite being a corporate executive, while practicing Yoga in his spare time.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Justified, since his specialty is in programming against hacker groups like DedSec. That said, the sheer amount of information he has accumulated from Blume, and having connections with nearly every antagonist group in the game, from tech corporations like Nudle, Haum, etc., to criminal hacking groups like Prime_Eight, and even the FBI. make him dangerous through how many people he influences alone. And that's not getting into how savvy he is, like unplugging Marcus' backdoor virus in the Blume system, baiting DedSec with phony followers, and using Marcus' eventual investigation into the phony followers to trap him with police surrounding the building. Also, while he never directly fights Marcus, he is shown going through physical training exercise numerous times and also effortlessly judo-chops Steven Bader, incapacitating him when he get's too physically close to him, so it might be a bit of a Subversion.
  • Punny Name: His name - pronounced du-shan - sounds very similar to "Douche", which other characters often use to just call him a Douche.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He views DedSec as a problem only he can solve.
  • Smug Snake: Dusan Nemec becomes so overconfident that DedSec can't touch him that he fails to consider that they could catch him rigging an election or discovering he used Bellwether to play the stock market. He's left speechless after Marcus reveals he's been exposed.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: He tells Marcus that "a few fucking civilian casualties is the cost you have to pay for the betterment of the world."
  • Villain Respect: He's a Jerkass about it, but he does acknowledge T-Bone's skills as a programmer.
  • Villains Out Shopping: He meets Marcus while he's on his morning jog (although he may have been looking for him at the time). He also does Yoga during one early scene.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He's the CTO of Blume in San Francisco. It's undone when he's busted for insider trading.



    Lenni Kastner 

The leader of Prime_Eight, a hacking organization that is a consistent rival to DedSec.

  • Angrish: Every time she's failed, she descends into angrily yelling a bunch of nonsense mixed with actual swearing.
  • At Least I Admit It: She sees DedSec as just petty criminals like her, but unlike her they hid behind a thin veneer of being idealists.
  • Bad Boss: Slaps her tattoo artist for hurting her when she's talking to Marcus.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: DedSec note that she might be an irritating Psychopathic Womanchild, but her coding is one of the best.
  • Cats Are Mean: Her avatar online is a cat... which poops everywhere.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Drops a ton of obscenities during her Villainous Breakdowns.
  • The Cracker: Unlike DedSec, Prime_Eight hacks for their own gain.
  • Cyborg: Lenni appears to be a proponent of the biohacking scene, wearing an implant in her left arm. She aspires to be a full fledged Transhuman given the fervor she talks about nanotechnology with.
  • Enemy Mine: Joins with DedSec to take down a crooked nanotech corporation's experiments.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted in the Human Conditions DLC, where she helps Marcus in investigating experimentation on the city's homeless because she wants to use them to find the nanotech they've been experimented with to take for herself.
  • Fat Bitch: She's caustic, abrasive, and well over 200 pounds heavy.
  • Foil: To DedSec. While DedSec is made up of whistleblowers and activists who want to help the people of the Bay Area, Prime_Eight hacks for personal profit and associates with criminal organizations.
  • Hate Sink: Lenni is malicious to everyone she meets, between Josh and Marcus, and is intentionally massively annoying to boot. She is a cowardly psychopath, through and through.
  • Hidden Depths: Played with as she is a Transhuman and nanotech enthusiast who wishes to save the world through both. Subverted in the fact her enthusiasm for nanotechnology just makes her more likely to condone criminal, even murderous, behavior involving it.
  • Interface Screw: How she announces herself - her cat avatar starts appearing on your screen after completing the Nudle mission.
  • Only in It for the Money: Prime_Eight's primary motivation for hacking is to make money.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: She's clearly an adult, yet she acts more a homicidal, bratty teenager.
  • Remember the New Guy?: During the Desert Party, Marcus clearly knows who Lenni is despite this being the first time in game they have ever met.
  • The Rival: To DedSec. Is one of the few enemies who actually gives them any real challenge.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: She scoffs at DedSec's "do-gooder" attitudes.
  • Smug Snake: She's too overconfident for her own good, plus she has a Villainous Breakdown every time they thwart her plans.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She thinks she's hot shit, even appearing as herself on her hack videos, but DedSec puts her in her place quite quickly.
  • Troll: One of Lenni's goals is to humiliate DedSec and drag their name through the mud for her own enjoyment.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Marcus during Human Conditions as she and he absolutely loathe one another.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Prone to these when her schemes are disrupted.
  • Villainous Crush: She develops one on Josh during the events of Human Conditions and it's every bit as toxic and creepy as it sounds, with her regarding him more like someone to be babied and fawned over than an actual romantic partner. Josh weaponizes this against her in order to trick her into letting him get close enough to disable her nanites without her noticing.

Enemy Factions


The various criminal gangs that operate in the Bay Area, stretching from Silicon Valley down to Oakland and filling every neighborhood in between; The 580s, the Tezcas, the Auntie Shu Boys, Bratva, and Sons of Ragnarok.

  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: The Sons of Ragnarok, who go everywhere wearing patched leather vests and marked motorcycles. They're also the only criminal faction to have elites, but go to Prime Eight for their Jammers.
  • Armor Is Useless: The criminal factions don't get armored enforcers like in the first game. This time, they're just fat guys in a Kevlar vest who still take several rifle magazines to the chest without flinching.
  • Dirty Cop: One side mission reveals several gangs are working with these to carry out their actions under the nose of ctOS.
  • Generic Ethnic Crime Gang: Several of the gangs.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The only gang to avert this is the Sons of Ragnarok; all criminal gangs have both male and female members serving their needs.
  • Human Traffickers: Bratva and the Auntie Shu boys.
  • The Mob Boss Is Scarier: It's implied that Auntie Shu is a force that terrifies anyone under her control.
  • Neighborhood-Friendly Gangsters: The 580s allegedly used to be this, spreading their drug money through Oakland to help the needy.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Auntie Shu, now apparently an elderly woman, is described as being one of the most ruthless crime lords in San Francisco.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Tezcas are meant to be an equivalent to the Zeta Cartel, which Anonymous had a very disastrous feud over. In this game however, it's the hackers that can come out on top.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: The Sons of Ragnarok are noted as being connected to the Aryan Nations, and while apparently not full Neo-Nazis they have seen a spike in "white-only" chapters.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: With the right upgrades Marcus can flag a target of his choice for a nearby gang, causing them to send a squad down on them.
  • Tattooed Crook


The government forces tasked with stopping and arresting DedSec; the San Francisco PD, Oakland PD, FBI, and Umeni Corporation officers.

  • Armor Is Useless: Averted. Both the enforcers and elites both wear proper armor that you'd expect from elite cops.
  • Demonic Spiders: Once your heat gets high enough, either police department will come after you. If they get a helicopter on your tail, then good luck.
  • Dirty Cop: As mentioned above, both the SFPD and OPD are working with the gangs. The most egregious offender, however, is the FBI. Instead of trying to recruit and hire hackers, they're essentially press-ganging them until DedSec puts a stop to it. Worse, they're actively working with Blume and Nemec to do it.
  • Elite Mooks: All three groups use elites along with the four basic classes of enemy NPC.
  • Inspector Oblivious: At the end of the game, a trio of cops pass Marcus in a building. Marcus having just hours ago been on the FBI's Most Wanted List.
  • Law Enforcement, Inc.: Umeni gives off this feeling, given that they guard massive campuses and even have their own patrol cars.
  • Private Military Contractors: Umeni-Zulu. Given the scale of the technologies they're tasked with guarding against the likes of DedSec, it's somewhat reasonable.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Like with the gangs, Marcus can flag a target of his choice for arrest and bring the cops down on them.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Can be played on Umeni. They're the only "legal" faction that you can call the police to arrest.

New Dawn

    Jimmy Siska 

A movie star, and a member of the New Dawn.

  • Broken Pedestal: Marcus is an old fan of his, but admits he's ashamed to wear his old shirts due to his connections to New Dawn.
  • Church of Happyology: Is a member of the New Dawn, although he is beginning to have doubts about the religion.
  • Defector from Decadence: He ultimately leaves the New Dawn (mostly because they kidnapped him and tried to "re-educate" him), and helps to star in a DedSec recruitment video denouncing the New Dawn as not just a scam religion, but an outright criminal organization.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Tom Cruise and John Travolta, action movie stars who became Scientologists.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: After Marcus' pep talk helps him come to terms with his life choices and he leaves New Dawn.


    Steven Bader 
The CEO of Haum Electronics. His company is in league with Blume by providing information on its users.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He openly calls out DedSec on public television. Things sort of go downward for him thereon.
  • Butt-Monkey: After bragging about how HAUM is "hacker proof", DedSec hacks his devices during a live news broadcast, Dušan hits him in the throat and presses legal charges against him, and finally DedSec hacks his treadmill during his workout, speeding it up so that he falls flat on his face, giving Wrench material to create a viral video. Sitara later informs Marcus that since his wife found out that he used his own family to test out the HAUM security, she divorced him.
  • Never My Fault: During the Driver SF mission "HAUM's dirty Laundry" we overhear a colleague of the client telling her that Bader is blaming the whole HAUM 2.0 debacle on her, when in fact his bragging is what brought DedSec down on him.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's based on Aaron Barr, former CEO of computer security company HBGary who publicly claimed to have infiltrated Anonymous and had his career ruined because of it.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He had another patron at the gym he goes to kicked off a treadmill so he could use it. Said patron was a new recruit in DedSec.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Owner of HAUM Electronics.

    Mark Thruss 
A known politician who wants to get the elections rigged in his favor by using ctOS.
  • Bald of Awesome: He cultivates this image, but he's a moron of a politician and is only winning the election thanks to !NVite manipulating voters for him and hacking polling stations.
  • Blackmail: Is subjected to this by Nemec after DedSec starts going after him.
  • Corrupt Politician: He's being helped to influence the election by !NVite and Blume behind the scenes (illegally) in exchange for cracking down on hackers and serving as Blume's mouthpiece.
  • No Party Given: There's no info on what political party Thruss belongs to.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: A known politician in the Bay Area.

    Gene Carcani 
A wealthy businessman who owns a pharmaceutical company. He plans to keep Bobo Dakes' new album to himself by paying off the singer.
  • 0% Approval Rating: According to Wrench, Gene is the "the most hated man in America", and humiliating and tricking him into donating millions to leukemia researching gets DedSec followers.
  • But Not Too Foreign: His name indicates that he's of Albanian heritage. Of course, most of the characters pronounce his surname incorrectly. This is likely in reference to the man he is a parody of, Martin Shkreli, who is also of Albanian-Croatian descent, and also served as chair of the board for the National Albanian American Council.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Gene jacked the prices of leukemia medication, and wants to use his money to bribe Dakes into giving the only copy of his latest rap album.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: An obvious one for Martin Shkreli, since both are called "The Most Hated Man in All of America", both made a fortune by dramatically increasing the market prices of drugs meant to treat life-threatening diseases (AIDS medicine for Shkreli, Leukemia medicine for Carcani), and both have attempted to buy the only copies of rare record albums from hip-hop artists - in Shkreli's case, he tried to purchase Wu-Tang Clan's "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" (successfully) and Kanye West's "The Life of Pablo" (unsuccessfully), while in Carcani's case, he's trying to purchase an unnamed album from a Kanye West Expy, Bobo Dakes.
    • The mission he's involved in is a direct reference to Martin Shkreli's claim that he was conned out of $15 million in Bitcoin by someone claiming to represent Kanye West.
    • Also one for Heather Bresch, who got in the news in 2016 after being accused of raising prices of EpiPen.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Carcani realizes he was tricked into donating his money, his breakdown has to be seen to be believed.

Cameos from Watch_Dogs

    Aiden Pearce 

Aiden makes a cameo in one of Marcus' side missions, pursuing Lucky Quinn's remaining criminal associates.

  • Aside Glance: Two very quick ones. When you first take control of the camera in his cell he glances up at it, but quickly goes back to ignoring it. Then after he escapes he turns back and gives a quick nod to the camera before moving off.
  • Badass in Distress: Gets locked up in a Bratva hideout, which leads to a mission where Marcus bails him out.
  • But Now I Must Go: A nonverbal example. As soon as, to the best of his knowledge, someone called his guard, he breaks out of his cell and runs off to continue his mission.
  • Hero of Another Story: Exactly what's his mission is never explained, but it has nothing to do with what DedSec is up to.
    • Given the context of phone calls in the mission Aiden appears in, as well as a disturbing crime scene involving shipping containers and a forlorn, blood soaked pair of heels, it's likely that Aiden was captured while continuing his crusade against human trafficking.
  • Horrifying Hero: Despite being thrilled to have helped him out Marcus makes it quite clear that he's happier Pearce doesn't know who he is as he's a terrifying individual.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: Marcus talks about his exploits quite excitedly and is pretty thrilled to get a chance to work with him.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: He's the protagonist of the previous game who has a very brief role in the game.

    Jordi Chin 
Aiden's old criminal contact, he stars in the "Human Condition" DLC in which he and Marcus deal with the Bratva.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: While Marcus hacks his way through the cameras on Anton's yacht he sees Jordi murdering Bratva guards with terrifying efficiency. Anton himself gets disarmed immediately and spends the next half minute being thrown around the room before Jordi snaps his neck.
  • Enemy Mine: He and Marcus are working together on the basis that Jordi will murder Marcus and his friends if he doesn't comply. He also tries to use Marcus as a distraction by framing him for his crimes so the police/Bratva go after him instead.
  • Hidden Depths: Apparently, Jordi had a thing for TabletopRPGs, at some point. His description '...You rolled some dice, you killed a bunch of shit, and you got some cash', points to maybe an older edition of D&D.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He complains about having to deal with hacktivist nerds like DedSec... Despite earlier complaining about the new editions of D&D.
  • Unperson: Just like in the previous game, he has no profile in ctOS.
  • No Name Given: While fans of the game know who he is, Marcus and the rest of DedSec never learn his name.
  • Pocket Protector: During their first encounter Marcus tries to shoot him with his taser, only to hit him in the wallet in his back pocket.
    Jordi: You shot me in my wallet, and put a hole in my brand new Billy Finns.
  • Professional Killer: He's now primarily working as a contract assassin.
  • Shot in the Ass: Marcus shoots him in the ass using his Stun gun and see pocket protector. all about it.
    Jordi: (Points his gun at Marcus) Who shoots a guy in the ass?! Drop it.


    Miranda Comay 

A friend to Marcus and his family, she's in the San Francisco City government as a councilwoman who provides info for him.

  • Blackmail Backfire: While she's personally upset about New Dawn leaking her surgery photos, her public reaction is that she has nothing to hide and the leak doesn't seem to affect her politically at all... and when DedSec becomes interested in taking out New Dawn they have a councilwoman on their side.
  • Connected All Along: She's first introduced with a news report on her surgery photos being leaked. When Marcus meets her in person a couple missions later it's quickly established that they know each other; she's a friend of Marcus' family.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Miranda got bad expose when New Dawn leaked photos of her gender reassignment surgery.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She does not approve of DedSec's acts. That said and all, she is willing to listen to Marcus when they first meet about exposing New Dawn's shadier practices. She also tips them off about the FBI hunting them.
    • She's also willing to trade information about corrupt cops killing civilians based on her trust in Marcus alone.
  • Transgender: New Dawn show just how despicable they are by using photos of her surgery against her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She co-operates with DedSec and she isn't one for manners to them.
    Miranda: (after a rendezvous with Marcus in an Uber Expy) I'm going to give you a shit rating in the Driver app.


    The Zodiac Killer 

A mysterious killer who terrorized San Francisco and eluded the San Francisco Police Department for many years, he makes a return to the city after being gone.

     The Shuffler 

An unknown entity that is believed to live in-between the cracks in the walls, and you are only able to hear him shuffling around them. Many who have went out looking for him have mysteriously disappeared.

  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Completing the mission and the Shuffler will give you the Shuffler outfit, which gives Marcus a unique melee attack where he causes the target to hover in the air and crushed into a ball with all of the bone crunching sounds.
  • Ear Worm: One of the tapes states how no matter what she did she constantly heard a shuffling noise in her ear get louder and louder, to the point she jammed a q-tip in her ear so deep she damaged her ear drums.
  • Guide Dang It!: It is completely impossible to do his mission, let alone even know about him, without a guide.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: The fate of those who try to make sense of the knowledge it gives you. It decides that if you want to know as much as you do now, you must want to know everything about it. So it drags you into its realm, and tells you everything. The sheer volume of information, let alone its content, is enough to drive people insane if not just kill them outright.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It has been considered everything from a hoax, a CIA project to induce delusions, to outright real.
  • Secret Level: There is nothing referring to this side mission anywhere in the game aside from a few random text talking about the urban legend. The mission itself doesn't appear until after Raymond joins DedSec.
  • Urban Legends: It is stated to be one, but if you complete the mission it would appear he is real.

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