Sergeant Gary "Roach" Sanderson - The main playable character. He is a British member of Task Force 141 and a friend of Ghost. He appears as the playable character in the mission "Cliffhanger". He is saved by Soap just as he is about to fall off a cliff. In the second mission in Brazil, Roach, Soap, and Ghost hunt down for the right hand man weapons dealer, with Roach shooting him in the leg. In his final appearance, Roach, Ghost, Ozone and Scarecrow capture the house with the intel inside and the team uses the DSL to transfer the files. At the end of the mission, Roach and Ghost are killed by Shepherd in betrayal and set on fire by Shepherd's cigar, as the rest of Shepherd's men look on.
United Kingdom Lieutenant Simon "Ghost" Riley - A non-playable character in Modern Warfare 2. He also appears in Modern Warfare 2: Ghost. He appears in the mission "Takedown". Ghost and Soap interrogate Rojas' right hand man. He further appears in the missions "Hornet's Nest" and "The Only Easy Day...Was Yesterday". On the "Gulag" mission, he stays in the control room to unlock the gates of the prison by hacking the enemy's security system. His final appearance is in "Loose Ends", where he, along with Roach, is sadly shot and killed by Shepherd in betrayal . He is voiced by the English actor Craig Fairbrass.
U.S Army Rangers Playable Character
United States Private James Ramirez - A playable character. He is an 75th Ranger Regiment based on the east coast of the United States during the start of the Russian Invasion . His first appearance is in "Wolverines!" where his team is sent to extract a VIP codenamed "Raptor" from invading Russian forces. Second, Ramirez and the rest of the team go to Washington, D.C. that is damaged by the Russian Invasion. His final appearance is "Whiskey Hotel" where after struggling through the Washington D.C. war-zone Ramirez and the team attempt to retake the White House from Russian forces, upon reaching the roof, Ramirez uses the flares to stop the Hammerdown deployment. His name has been used as an internet meme as Foley gives him an order.
United States Private First Class Joseph Allen (also known as Alexei Borodin) - A playable character for a short time. He is introduced in "S.S.D.D", completing the assault course. He then goes undercover as part of Vladimir Makarov's crew in the skippable "No Russian" level. However at the end of the mission, it is revealed that Makarov knew of Allen's true identity as a CIA agent, and shoots him, leaving his body behind as a catalyst for Russia turning on the USA.
Russia Codename: "Nikolai" - He returns from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, now appearing to be a mercenary pilot with a number of fixed wing and rotary aircraft at his disposal. He comes to Task Force 141's aid in "Hornet's Nest" and "The Enemy of My Enemy", and provides logistical support to Price and MacTavish in "Just Like Old Times" and "Endgame".
United States Lieutenant General "Gold Eagle" Shepherd - He is revealed as the main antagonist in Modern Warfare 2. He is both the commander of Task Force 141 and also the U.S. Army Rangers. In Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, he lost 30,000 men when Khaled Al-Asad set off a nuclear bomb. Angry and disillusioned by this and the world's refusal to listen to his warnings of Russia becoming an ultra-nationalist state, Shepherd begins to operate on his own. He heads Task Force 141 and hunts Russian terrorist Vladimir Makarov, eventually ordering his elite soldiers, Shadow Company, to eliminate them both. He is revealed to be responsible for the Russian-American war, his goal being to make America once again undisputed as the sole world superpower- and himself as the hero who made it so. Shepherd is killed at the end of the final mission by Soap, who throws a knife into Shepherd's head. He is voiced by Lance Henriksen.
Soviet Union Vladimir R. Makarov - The secondary, but first revealed, antagonist throughout the game. He is a terrorist and also an Ultra-nationalist leader, replacing Imran Zakhaev. In the "No Russian" mission, he and his team, including undercover CIA agent Joseph Allen, attack Zakhaev International Airport in Moscow, killing a large number of civilians and Russian police. In the end of the mission, Makarov, aware of Allen's true identity, kills the agent, leaving him behind to be discovered by Russian police, leading the Russians to believe that it was a U.S. led attack, causing a war between Russia and the United States. At the end of the game, he supplies Price and MacTavish with intel leading them to Shepherd's location, albeit reluctantly, and goes into hiding. He is voiced by the voice actor Roman Varshavsky.
Brazil Alejandro 'Alex the Red' Rojas - An arms dealer based in Rio de Janeiro. A former armorer, he began selling weapons on the side. It is implied that he is arming the local gang with stolen FALs from the local FN factory. He supplied Makarov and his unit with their equipment during their massacre at the Zakhaev International Airport in Moscow. In an attempt to find Makarov, Task Force 141 traces the shell casings and identifies them as his. The group hunts Rojas down in his residential favela and he is eventually captured by Captain MacTavish. He is soon after tortured by Ghost and reveals that their best shot at reaching Makarov is a man that Makarov has a personal grudge against, locked up in a Russian Gulag, who is later revealed to be Captain Price. Depending on the player's actions as Roach, Rojas can either be left on the streets of Rio de Janeiro for the Brazilian Militia to find, or Roach can kill him himself.
United States Oxide - Oxide is a radio operator for General Shepherd and second in command,right hand of general. He is who gave orders to many squads of Shadow Company. In "Just Like Old Times", he can be heard telling Butcher Seven to check out the section that Captain "Soap" MacTavish and Captain John Price took out as well as on the radio chatter heard between Shadow Company throughout the level. Oxide's true fate is unknown, but considering that he isn't heard after the explosive room is breached, he is most likely dead. This is supported as the bomb room looks like it was a command center, given there is a map with markers on it, and computers, which the standard areas of Shadow Company do not possess. Others members of Shadow Company are Butcher, Disciple, Vinson, Lambert, Excalibur, Avatar One and Thunder Two-One.
U.S. Army Rangers
United States Corporal Dunn - Dunn is a Ranger member. He is also with Hunter Two-One. He appears in "S.S.D.D." and lets Joseph Allen into the Pit training. He also appears in "Team Player" to escort Allen and Foley. In Virginia, they fight through and get into Washington, D.C. In the end of the mission, he and his team say that they might launch a counter attack against Russia. He is voiced by Barry Pepper.
United States Sergeant Foley - Sgt. Foley is a Ranger member. He is also the acting leader of Hunter Two-One. He is seen in "S.S.D.D." training Allen. In the second mission, he leads his squad and clears the school that is overwhelmed by OpFor milita. During the Russian Invasion, Foley leads Ramirez and the rest of the squad to hold off the remaining Russians. In the White House, they are able to take control and get to the roof, using flares to stop the bombing (known as the "Hammerdown Protocol"). He is voiced by Keith David.
United States Overlord - The callsign that gives information about enemy strength and/or location. He appeared in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. In Modern Warfare 2, he gives order to the U.S. Rangers mostly Hunter Two-One. He also appears in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to Delta Force. He is voiced by Glenn Morshower.
Task force 141 Characters
United States Chemo - A Task Force 141 soldier who takes part in the operation in Rio de Janeiro to escape from the Favela. Alongside with Soap, Ghost, Roach and Rocket to get to Nikolai's Pave Low.
Canada Rocket - A Task Force 141 soldier who takes part in the operation in Rio de Janeiro to escape from the Favela. Alonside with Soap, Ghost, Roach and Chemo to get to Nikolai's Pave Low.
United Kingdom Archer - Sniper for Task Force 141 during the assault on Makarov's safehouse on the Georgian-Russian border alongside Toad. His fate is left ambiguous after Shepherd's betrayal.
United States Toad - Sniper for Task Force 141 during the assault on Makarov's safehouse on the Georgian-Russian border alongside Archer. His fate is left ambiguous after Shepherd's betrayal.
United States Scarecrow - A Task Force 141 soldier who takes part in the operation at Makarov's safehouse. He assists Roach, Ghost and Ozone in clearing the building before remaining to help defend the DSM during its file transfer. Depending on the player's actions during the battle he will either be killed by Ultra-nationalists, or will survive to flee with the rest of his unit to extraction. If Ozone is dead, he will stop halfway to the extraction zone to hold off the Ultra-nationalists and eventually be killed. If Ozone survives, there is a probability he will take on this role and Scarecrow will continue on with Roach and Ghost, only to be hit and killed by a mortar.
Canada Ozone - A Task Force 141 soldier who takes part in the operation at Makarov's safehouse. He assists Roach, Ghost and Scarecrow in clearing the building before remaining to help defend the DSM during its file transfer. Depending on the player's actions during the battle he will either be killed by Ultra-nationalists, or will survive to flee with the rest of his unit to extraction. If Scarecrow is dead, he will stop halfway to the extraction zone to hold off the Ultra-nationalists and eventually be killed. If Scarecrow survives, there is a probability he will take on this role and Ozone will continue on with Roach and Ghost, only to be hit and killed by a mortar.
Canada Royce - A Task Force 141 soldier who takes part in the operation in Rio de Janeiro to capture Alejandro Rojas for information on Makarov. After capturing Rojas and staying with Ghost to interrogate him, Captain MacTavish passes command over Roach and Meat down to Royce. The three head into the favela where they encounter the Brazilian Militia in full force, resulting in a firefight. Royce is eventually overwhelmed by the militia and killed in most scenarios, being shot in the back by a sniper if Roach manages to escort him through the favela.
Canada Meat - A Task Force 141 soldier who takes part in the operation in Rio de Janeiro to capture Alejandro Rojas for information on Makarov. After capturing Rojas he is placed under the charge of Royce and Roach by Captain MacTavish, accompanying the two into the favela where they engage hostile militia forces. He displays that he is fluent on Portuguese, clearing out the civilians before the engagement occurs. He is usually the first to be killed by the militia's overwhelming numbers, even if Roach attempts to protect him. In the unlikely event that he survives to the end of the favela at the expense of Royce, Meat is shot in the back and killed by a sniper.
Australia Rook - A Task Force 141 soldier who accompanies Soap and Price on the mission to Afghanistan to seek out Makarov. After Shepherd's betrayal is revealed, he is the only other member of the team still alive, and tries to drive Soap and Price into Nikolai's plane. Before he can reach the ramp, he is shot and killed by one of Shepherd's men, forcing Soap to take control of the vehicle from the passenger seat.
Australia Driver - A Task Force 141 American Austrailan soldier/driver who drives Soap and Roach in Rio de Janeiro. He was shot and killed by Rojas's assistant.
Soap's Journal Task force 141 members
United Kingdom Buck - A Task Force 141 member that was skilled in the SAS.
United Kingdom Crane - A Task Force 141 member that was skilled in the SAS.
United Kingdom Gridlock - A Task Force 141 member that was skilled in the SAS.
United Kingdom Marlin - A Task Force 141 member that was skilled in the SAS.
U.S military Members
United States Sgt Arnett - Sergeant Arnett was a U.S. Army Ranger. He appears at the end of the campaign mission "S.S.D.D.", among the soldiers mobilizing to go into combat. Arnett arrives at the part when the Humvees arrive, an alarm is heard, and soldiers are bringing in wounded.
United States Pvt Walden - Is a US Army Ranger. Private Walden appears at the end of the mission "S.S.D.D.", among the soldiers mobilizing to go into combat. Walden arrives at the same time Arnett arrives.
United States Pvt Sandler - A US Army Ranger who appears prominently in the mission Second Sun, following the EMP that devastates the Russian forces in Washington. He travels through the city to the White House alongside other Ranger survivors including Foley, Dunn, Ramirez, McCord and a sixth Ranger with a randomly generated name and rank who is killed by Russian paratroopers in an ambush. Sandler will likely be killed by Russians in the Second Sun mission while McCord survives, though in an apparent developer oversight McCord does not appear in Whiskey Hotel and instead Sandler appears in his place. Regardless, Sandler is almost always killed by Russian gunfire during the assault on the White House.
United States Pvt McCord - A US Army Ranger who appears prominently in the mission Second Sun, following the EMP that devastates the Russian forces in Washington. He travels through the city to the White House alongside other Ranger survivors including Foley, Dunn, Ramirez, Sandler and a sixth Ranger with a randomly generated name and rank who is killed by Russian paratroopers in an ambush. McCord survives to the Presidential Bunker, but in an apparent developer oversight does not appear in the next mission 'Whiskey Hotel', Sandler taking his place despite dying whilst fighting Russian soldiers. Regardless, he is almost always killed by Russian gunfire during the assault on the White House.
United States Pvt Morgan - A US Army Ranger who appears in the mission "Wolverines!" where he, Foley, Dun and Ramirez are attacked by a BTR, later going to the place where the helicopter fell raptor and being found with the other rangers.
United States Pvt Wade - A US Army Ranger who was part of the unit of soldiers that extracted Ramirez and his squad from the roof of the Department of Commerce building at the end of 'Of Their Own Accord'. He survives the crash landing of the UH-60 after being shot down by Russian SAM sites, taking part in the Ranger's last stand prior to the detonation of the EMP that saved the unit. As Ramirez regained consciousness at the beginning of Second Sun, Wade handed Ramirez an M4A1 and told him to stay down before being shot in the head by a paratrooper.
United States Pvt Vaughan- A US Army Ranger working as a runner for Colonel Marshall, traveling alone through Washington to inform US soldiers of the impending assault on the White House. After informing Ramirez's unit, he carries on his mission and his fate is left unknown.
United States Colonel Marshall - The commander for the assault against the Russian occupied White House.
United States Raptor - A High-Value Individual rescued in "Wolverines!". He carries valuable information in a briefcase.
United States H.V.I. - He was said to be in possession of critical intelligence documents. General Shepherd then informed Sergeant Foley's squad to rescue him from a panic room at the end of "Exodus". His challenge code was 'Icepick' and the countersign was "Phoenix'. When Sgt. Foley, Corporal Dunn and Private James Ramirez reached the house with the panic room, a crashed C-130 Hercules had blown a large chunk of the house apart, and it had already been invaded by Russians. Upon entering the panic room, the Rangers discovered the H.V.I. dead, and a Dead Russian Soldier outside the room.
United States William Cullen - Was a US Government official Secretary of Defense. He is then heard in the cutscene for "Second Sun", speaking to General Shepherd about the EMP that Captain Price launched towards Washington, D.C. He personally grants Shepherd a "blank check" to use any resource available to the United States military.
United States Pvt Wells - A US Army Ranger appearing in "Wolverines!" defending 'Nate's Restaurant', the structure the Rangers chose to defend Raptor inside from the approaching Russian paratroopers. Wells speaks with Sergeant Foley on his arrival, informing him of Raptor's location and the supply drop they received on the building's rooftop. During the defense of Raptor, Wells is likely to be killed by Russian soldiers. In the rare event he survives the assault, he will join the convoy heading for Arcadia but will not reappear in later missions.
United States Sat1 - The call-sign for an unnamed astronaut who is only playable at the beginning of "Second Sun". He is killed shortly after the player assumes control by the EMP Price set off over the United States, accidentally destroying the International Space Station and sending Sat1 flying into space before he is struck and killed by a piece of the station's debris.
Afghanistan Hamed - He is seen in the level "S.S.D.D.", as an Afghan translator working with Sgt. Foley to train the new recruits. He and Foley started training the militia themselves after Joseph Allen helped train them. Hamed's model may appear in the beginning of the level "Team Player" as one of the soldiers firing across the bridge.
Brazil Alejandro's assistant - The assistant of Rojas in Rio de Janeiro. He is briefly seen at the beginning of the fifth mission 'Takedown', killing three Militia soldiers and the driver of Soap and Roach's car. He flees the Task Force, only for Roach to shoot him in the leg and incapacitate him. Soap and Ghost proceed to take him into a garage for interrogation, his fate beyond this point left unknown.
Soviet Union Major Petrov - A Russian officer in charge of the Ultra-nationalist airfield in the Kazakhstan mountains that secured the crashed United States satellite containing the ACS module Roach and Captain MacTavish are sent to recover in the game's third mission. Regardless of how quiet the player is on infiltration, Petrov becomes aware of the infiltrators presence and has his men ambush MacTavish as he secures parts of the satellite. While MacTavish is held at gunpoint, Roach detonates a pack of C4 placed on the airfields fueling station as a distraction to slaughter all the present Russian forces. Petrov is heard only in voice as he demands Roach to surrender over a megaphone or broadcast system, no present Ultra-nationalist appearing to be an officer or utilizing any kind of megaphone.
Soviet Union Viktor - One of the Ultra-nationalist terrorists who took part in Makarov's operation at Zakhaev International Airport in Moscow. He is armed with an M4A1 and displays the most keen thirst for blood in the group, single handedly slaughtering an entire waiting room full of Russian civilians. He is the only terrorist to survive the operation aside from Makarov, Anatoly and the driver; escaping the police in an ambulance as FSB close in. Later in the mission 'Exodus', Ramirez and his squad search the house of an HVI desired by Shepherd in Washington D.C. The HVI is found killed in his panic room, a dead Russian in a paratrooper uniform found dead outside the room. The soldier is identical to Viktor both in face and neck tattoos, which Dunn comments on as he takes photos.
Soviet Union Lev - One of the Ultra-nationalist terrorists who took part in Makarov's operation at Zakhaev International Airport in Moscow. He is armed with an M240 and is distinct as he is the only member of the unit with a brown suit. He is killed in the engagement with the FSB on the runway outside the airport, either dying during the firefight or being killed by a sniper in the event he outlives the FSB soldiers.
Soviet Union Kiril - One of the Ultra-nationalist terrorists who took part in Makarov's operation at Zakhaev International Airport in Moscow. He is armed with a Striker shotgun, distinct for his notable patriotic tattoos of Joseph Stalin. He is killed in the engagement with the FSB on the runway outside the airport, either dying during the firefight or being killed by a sniper in the event he outlives the FSB soldiers.
Soviet Union Anatoly - One of the Ultra-nationalist terrorists who took part in Makarov's operation at Zakhaev International Airport in Moscow. He did not directly have a hand in the slaughter, instead being in the ambulance the unit used as a getaway vehicle alongside the driver.
U.S Navy Seals
United States Worm - A member of Navy Seals. He, Soap, Ghost, Roach, and Price are the only surviving member of infiltration in the mission Gulag. He is not seen after and only says one line: "Who's Soap?"
United States Zach - A member of Navy Seals. He, Soap, Ghost, Roach, Robot and Peasant were all recovering the hostages at the oilrigs.
United States Robot - A member of Navy Seals. He, Soap, Ghost, Roach, Zach and Peasant were all recovering the hostages at the oilrigs.
United States Peasant - A member of Navy Seals. He, Soap, Ghost, Roach, Zach and Robot were all recovering the hostages at the oilrigs.