The enemies of XIII.
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The Conspiracy of the XX
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- Government Conspiracy: Their numbers include high-ranking military personal, members of Congress, staffers in the White House, and the President.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: The ideological motivations of some of them are pretty clearly fascistic in essence.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: While they want to take over the country, it's not as clear what they intend to do once they've accomplished that. Sergeant Dennis Quinn might have given a clue when saying he wants to rid America of "niggers, fags and Jews".
Wally Sheridan (I)
- Allohistorical Allusion: The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. He doesn't die of it though.
- Batman Gambit: The whole operations leading to his election to the presidency.
- Big Bad: Number I of the Conspiracy.
- The Chessmaster: He manipulates just about everyone over the course of the story.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He asks XIII why he saved "that worthless black woman" instead of Kim who know much about the conspiracy. XIII replies that an asshole like him can't understand.
- Faux Affably Evil: He acts like a nice guy when pretending to help Amos and XIII investigate SSH2.
- The Idealist: Seems to share his brother's political ideas. It's all a lie.
- Mole in Charge: He winds up leading the conspiracy to take over America while also serving as the president.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Wally Sheridan is the brother of an assassinated American president and he is a presidential candidate with a progressive and pacifist platform. During his campaign, he is the target of an assassination attempt. The Mafia supports his family's political agenda. He is based on Robert F. Kennedy, but unlike his real-life model, he survives the assassination attempt.
- President Evil: He's the president of America, and he's evil to the bone.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The public loves him on account of his charisma and the sympathy he garnered after the death of his brother.
Calvin Wax (II)
- Better to Die than Be Killed: He shoots himself in the head, setting off the self-destruct for his base in the process, rather than give up.
- Evil Chancellor: Calvin Wax is a counselor of President Galbrain, then he becomes Secretary of Defense. He is also an evil conspirator.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses, and he's willing to kill huge quantities of people to get what he wants.
- Number Two: He serves as this in the conspiracy.
William S. Standwell (III)
- The Butcher: His nickname during the war in Asia.
- The Dragon: To Calvin Wax.
- General Ripper: Standwell is said to have killed many civilians in a past conflict. He is also ready to start World War III right after the establishment of a dictatorship in the US.
- Eye Patch Of Power: He has an eyepatch and he is one of the strongest bosses in the game.
- Eye Scream: Carrington burnt his eye with a cigar.
Senator Clayton Willard (V)
Admiral Franklin Edelbright (VII)
- General Ripper: A Navy version. He works on behalf of a conspiracy that is planning on killing a huge number of people, including fellow US soldiers.
Jasper Winslow (IX)
Colonel Seymour D. Mac Call (XI)
Steve Rowland (XIII)
- Faking the Dead: He faked his own death in a helicopter crash.
- Missing Mom: Steve Rowland's mother died in an accident when she came back from his wedding.
Kim Rowland (née Carrington) (XVII)
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She falls in love with Wally Sheridan, then with Steve Rowland, who are both involved in the conspiracy.
- Double Agent: Kim Rowland has worked for Wally Sheridan all along. He asked her to infiltrate the counter-espionage services. The counter-espionage services used her to infiltrate the conspiracy led by Wally Sheridan.
- He Knows Too Much:
- The conspiracy wants to kill her after the assassination of William Sheridan because of that.
- In Thirteen to One, Wally Sheridan orders to kill her, because she knows that he is Number I.
- I Have Your Wife: She has obeyed Wally Sheridan for years, because he has held her son hostage.
- Missing Mom: Her mother died when she was 8 years old.
- Reverse Mole: Kim Rowland was an infiltrated agent in the conspiracy.
Dr. Edward W. Johansson (XX)
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He's a demented neurosurgeon who gleefully conducts horrible experiments on prisoners, and even goes after his own staff when they displease him.
Other Major Antagonists
The Mongoose (born Schreiner)
A famous, scarily competent and very elusive hitman. The Conspiracy of the XX hires him to get rid of XIII.
Tropes in XIII:
- Assassin Outclassin': Never succeeds to kill XIII despite trying his very best.
- Bald of Evil: He's bald, and one of XIII's fiercest enemies.
- Cold Sniper: He's a very proficient marksman with sniper rifles.
- Determinator: Never gives up on trying to eliminate XIII.
- Evil Old Folks: He's always drawn with wrinkles.
- He Knows Too Much: Number I kills him in "The Trial" when he's about to reveal crucial informations about him and the Conspiracy of the XX.
- HeelFace Turn: In "The Trial", after Number I shoots him, he makes crucial revelations on TV, notably the bank where he left compromising documents for what's left of the Conspiracy of the XX.
- Lean and Mean: He has a lanky build, which contributes to making him unsettling.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His nickname is evocative of his personality.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He is known by his nickname, "The Mongoose".
- Passing the Torch: Irina Svetlanova took over his professional killing business after his death.
- Professional Killer: He is a hitman hired to kill XIII and various other characters.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: He always manages to find his preys.
- Villains Out Shopping: When XIII finds him again to capture him and bring him to the televised trial in "The Trial", the fearsome Mongoose is relaxing at his villa on a remote island wearing a bathrobe and slippers, surrounded by armed bodyguards.
Tropes in XIII Mystery:
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was born with the name "Schreiner", and was a woodworker apprentice in the ruins of post-World War II Berlin. He became a Professional Killer to bribe Communist authorities of East Germany into freeing his master woodworker and Parental Substitute. It was All for Nothing when said woodworker committed suicide after realizing what Schreiner had become.
- Who Shot JFK?: He tried assassinating President William Sheridan, but it turned out he was Lured into a Trap by the Conspiracy, as Steve Rowland killed Sheridan instead and the blame was put on the Mongoose and his mentor hitman. That didn't prevent the Conspiracy and the Mongoose to settle things with the former hiring the latter to track and kill XIII.
- The Baroness: She is a cruel and sexy Professional Killer.
- Battleaxe Nurse: Her disguise the first time she confronts XIII.
- Diabolical Mastermind: She becomes the chief of her own SPECTRE-like organisation of hitmen and professional assassins, Executor, after the death of the Mongoose.
- Eye Scream: She lost an eye during her first encounter with XIII.
- Legacy Character: To the Mongoose after "The Trial".
- Professional Killer: She is the assistant of the Mongoose and she has to kill XIII.
- Big Bad: He is the main antagonist to XIII from "The Trial" to "The Last Round".
- Cigar Chomper: Rarely seen without a cigar in his mouth.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Killed his own sister Carla Giordino (XIII's mother) by mistake.
Felicity Rowland (née Brown)
- The Baroness: In Operation Montecristo, unlike in her previous appearances, she has good aiming skills with firearms (she kills five people in this episode, and most of them are soldiers and CIA agents), and she's able to save her own skin without assistance.
- Black Widow: Felicity plans the murder of her husband, then kills her lover Matt.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: She was the nurse who took care of Jeremie Rowland, then she married him. Jeremie's love was probably sincere, but she was clearly faking her feelings for Jeremie.
- Gold Digger: Felicity is a young attractive woman who will marry or be the mistress of any man as long as he's rich, and as long as she will be able to dispose of him and inherit in the marriage case.
- High-Class Call Girl: She was one when she lived in Las Vegas, as showed in The XIII Mystery: The Investigation.
- Karma Houdini: In Where the Indian Walks, Felicity is not punished for the murders of Jeremie and Matt Rowland. In the end of Full Red, we hear that she had to disappear from the Rowlands' estate, but still she gets no real punishment for her crimes. Averted in the end of El Cascador, when she spends some time in prison for the crimes she committed in Costa Verde.
- Lady Macbeth: She encourages Matt Rowland to kill his brother, whom she married out.
- MayDecember Romance: She is the young wife of the old Jeremie Rowland. Jeremie's love was probably sincere, but Felicity was clearly faking her feelings for Jeremie, as a prime example of Gold Digger.
- The Mistress: To a number of villains (Matt Rowland, Ortiz, Peralta), but she's always self-serving.
- Token Evil Teammate: She briefly teams up with XIII and his friends at the end of Operation Montecristo.
- Took a Level in Badass: In her first appearances, Felicity was an evil woman, but she only used her charms as weapons. In Operation Montecristo, she still uses her charms, but, if necessary, she resorts to assault rifles too. In total, she kills five people in this episode, and most of them are soldiers and CIA agents.
- Trophy Wife: A number of rich men want to marry her, solely because she's gorgeous. Unfortunately for them, she's cunning, manipulative and a Gold Digger.
- The Vamp: A dangerous seductress, in a nutshell.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The old and handicapped Jeremie Rowland and the young and attractive Felicity.
- Wicked Stepmother: Wanted to frame Steve Rowland for the murders of Jeremie and Matt Rowland.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on her old husband with Matt, who is himself a married man. In Costa Verde, she cheated on Ortiz with Peralta.
- Corrupt Hick: He controls everything in the Deep South town of Greenfalls, including the police.
- Dirty Old Man: He raped Judith Warner in her youth. Then he paid for her studies and drugstore.
- Good Ol' Boy: Doesn't have much tolerance for anything he considers anti-American.
- I Own This Town: So rich that he managed to acquire every major business in Greenfalls.
- The Klan: He was (or still is) a Klansman.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: As befitting for a Klansman, he hates Catholics, Jews, black people, left-leaning ideas and so on and so forth.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: His wealth allows him to control the local police in Greenfalls.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He's Greenfalls' main benefactor, as well as a Klansman who had a journalist murdered.
- Witch Hunt: Participated in a witch hunt at the time of the Red Scare. Jonathan Mac Lane/Fly ended up being a major victim of it.