Best Characters Out of All Call of Duty Games

The Top Ten

1 Captain MacTavish - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Soap was of course the best character in Modern Warfare Series. From the starting in Modern Warfare 1 Price says "What the hell kinda name is soap". Sure he regrets saying that later. He was with Price's group right from the start till the death of Imran Jakhaev by his hands whom Price and McMillan tried to snipe but couldn't kill 15 years ago! He then went for Operation King fish with Price, Ghost and Sandman where Price was taken captive but they thought he was dead. Here though Ghost played a vital role still I don't understand, It isn't enough for people to like Ghost and move him to number 1. After that we see him in Modern Warfare 2 as the acting commander and captain of the Task Force in Cliffhanger. Whenever I see an enemy by playing as roach and turn towards him he snipes out the bastard saying "He's mine" and that too within a second or two.I really like that part too where they made an inhuman jump from one platform of Ice to another one at the start of ...more

He was the best character ever made not in Call of Duty, but in the games history ever! We don't know a lot about him, but we can love him, because we start the Modern Warfare with him, and he is back in MW2 as an NPC and a playable character too. He was a hero, he killed every bad character. Soap should have killed Makarov too, to make him a real legend, but the game creators have killed him, and with him they have killed one of the best game sequels, the Modern Warfare too. He was the most likeable character, he had more to do, and his death was a tragedy and really painful. It shows a message: "It doesn' t matter you liked him, we killed him to end it right here, right now. " He wouldn't die in a table, and Makarov wouldn't get that prize to have a good feeling about his death. It would be nicer, if Soap could kill him and then Makarov should realize, that he can't get everything, what he wants. Makarov got Soap's death, and Soap got what? He killed Zakhaev and Shepherd, ...more

Soap Mactavish was the best Call Of Duty Character.

Captain MacTavish is awesome! He saves Roach a bunch of times, he kills General Shepherd and Imran Zakhaev, and he does all the work in combat!

2 Ghost - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Ghost - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Of all the characters in the games, Ghost is the only one that I felt horrible when he died, I actually had emotion about him and wanted to kick Shepard ass for it

The most badass I can think of. I didn't know him long, but the mask, glasses, attitude, intelligence, and heroics made me pissed when he died.

The most epic Call of Duty guy in history shepard should go to hell for killing him - decorulez97

The friendship ties in the series have always been very strong. But it is the first name that comes to my mind when it comes to call of Duty with its mask, voice and moment of death.

3 Captain Price - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 & 2 Captain Price - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 & 2 Captain John Price is a main fictional character in the Call of Duty series, being one of three characters to be featured in all of the games in the Modern Warfare series, the others being Captain John "Soap" MacTavish and Nikolai.

Ok he is like 50 years old with arthritis and he still whoops ass and he never dies and he never will.

Father price


Price has been around since the first game, he has an awesome voice, is really tough without trying to be, and HE HAS A BEARD!

4 Frank Woods - Call of Duty: Black Ops

Woods is the best character hands down, there was no one so badass and immortal like him, he would take so many people out and is the epitome of American Badass


By the way he is not dead he survived. You can find evidence on YouTube

Coolest character ever! I really hope he somehow comes back. The missions with him were my favorite.

5 Alex Mason - Call of Duty: Black Ops

Mason is a pretty relatable character with his ptsd and overrall instability

I think Alex Mason is the best character of the Call of Duty franchise

I think he was the best as he and david mason saved the world from menendez

Just badass

6 Sergeant Reznov - Call of Duty World at War

Reznov Is badass

Nobody save you multiple time like reznov

A true soldier, valuing the brother who stood by his side because he knew he was fighting for him too. I can't believe that he isn't ahead in terms of this position, he deserves to be No-2 to say the least. A true hero with awe inspiring quotes and the courage of a lion. Stalingrad, Berlin, you name it, if you want to win the Battle you call the Red Devil, Viktor Reznov.

The true legend, he was such an enigmatic character in Black Ops I and that made me love him. One of the only characters I truly cared about apart from Mason and Soap. Best communist ever.

7 Gary "Roach" Sanderson - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

In all honesty, I believe the roach should be one of the top modern warfare characters, if not the best. He was took part in many of the significant missions while he still served Task force 141, such as the Gulag, cliff hanger, take down, etc. Even though we don't know much about Roach as a person and don't get to hear him speak let alone see his face, a bond between the player and character is formed. Let's face it, I can't name any other character in the modern warfare series whose missions had epic phases, like : Escaping from a Russian military force that is chasing you down a mountain slope, fleeing from hundreds of Militia rebels in a slum, knowing that your brothers in arms may desert you if you don't make it in time, rescuing a true icon in the modern warfare series (captain price), breaching rooms (come on, we all loved that little matrix moment when you would aim the barrel of your gun through the debris of the wall, taking out all hostile targets in the room) and dodging ...more

Roach is obviously the best Call of Duty character, even though you can't see him you form a sort of bond with him. So when he died I was more sadder for him than anyone else. And he was in all major task force 141 missions like cliffhanger and takedown and stuff and him and mactavish took down an entire Russian base in cliff hanger ROACH for the win

Modern Warfare 2 was the first Call of Duty game I played and Roach is the character that stands out the most in my mind. The fact that characters can die in this game was broken out early when Joseph Allen died so when I was playing Roach, all his narrow escapes actually kept my heart pumping thinking he might not make it. Then comes the ending where you make it alive one last time, then get betrayed, and killed. Being a faceless/voiceless main character, you don't get to know much about Roach in other areas but playing him, you find he's a great soldier who can rely on and support his team. He would of survived his last mission but part of his team betrayed him so yea.

I was sad when I died. - Roach

8 Gaz - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Anyone who doesn't love Gaz is probably too young to have played Cod4. Had he not been killed off in Cod4 and had appeared in the following games he would probably be top of this list

Gaz is #1. He is the best and will always be number #1. By the way, he is a very good character, and is a kind person.

Gaz is a character, very intelligent and one of the best ones

I think gaz rocks. But I found out (self taught myself) that gaz is ghost. Think about it both have the same voice both have a thing for acog sights and both are British.

9 Yuri Petrenko - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

He died like a legend

He is just like price and soap COMBINED!
Even if soap died for yuri,
he didn't actually mean to kill soap.
he is also a badass too!
he took the risk to save price!
now that's a he! #uva badass

Awesome character! Saves Captain Price's life and lives so much danger.

A pretty good Russian character... Yuri is a total warhead!

10 Nikolai - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 & 2



Brave, Loyal and Awesome is what describes this legend.

A genius! He's very funny!


The Contenders

11 Captain Victor Reznov - Call of Duty: Black Ops

Best Call of Duty character should be number 1

Victor reznov are one of the most memorable characters of all time! He is a bad ass soviet soldier that he will do anything to get his country back from him! Also if you have a fight with this guy. You will lose your face in a tragic FIST accident!

The stereotypical badass Russian that has to say cambrad at least once on each sentence!

His my favorite character he surive all missions

12 Cpt. Price - Call of Duty 2

Never saw any evidence saying it isn't the same captain price.

This Price isn't the same as Captain John Price in Modern Warfare. Pretty much every Call of Duty up till 3 had a captain price.

Captain Price was the best character in the Call of Duty franchise.

This guy has been the leader in almost all modern warfares this guy had gone from a lutendent on all chilled up to the best leader in Call of Duty history

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13 Makorav - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Definitely the best villain in the entire Call of Duty franchise and certainly one of its best characters too.

Such a bad guy, but awesome bad guy!

He is the best Call of Duty villain I have ever seen. Hope we get to see his life in Spetsnaz sometime. And he is 1# in killing Americans.

Ok I'll say this right now the reason I really love this character is because he's so ruthless and basically starts world war 3 by himself. I know people don't like him cause he killed so many characters but that's why I like him he's the best villain and is amazing should at least be 3

14 Staff Sergeant Griggs - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

I don't know

Griggs is a complete badass, he can take woods any day and should be right on top of that list. He would kick your ass for not voting for him!

Griggs is one of those big black badasses and is awesome and is very underrated.

I didn't really care for Griggs until the final scene when he risks his life Soap. The only reason Price had the time to slide Soap the gun was because Griggs gave him the time. - bilbro29

15 David Mason - Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Made it high up in the Navy ranks

Dude! This guy is just about as kind as you can get in a war game. Yeah yeah, sounds weird. But hear me out. If you chose to shoot Harper while you were playing as Farid, David doesn't freak out. He just calms down Farid and says he had no choice, and let me remind you that Harper was Alex's best friend. That takes some serious gut. Bless this guy.

He is the best chacter in Call of Duty

He saved the world from total war.He should be in the top ten.

16 Sandman - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

No even joking, this guy risked his life with his badass squad to save the president of russia, he built the foundation for victory.

Most remebered person in MW3. No doubt he is the best.

Sandman and his men died bravely,such badass!

He just wins. Team Metal Leader and Master Sergeant. People don't push him around.

17 Derrick Frost - Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 3

Didn't say a word but he does more work than sandman grinch and truck combined

By far one of the more talented and skilled members of the whole franchise.

The only surviving member of his squad.

He doesn't even speak

18 Captain MacMillan - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

He says awesome tag lines and best of all he's Scottish and has an epic accent!

I like how he say : "Good night ya bastard! "

Just an amazing guys

Best sniper, best stealth soldier, has the best accent et cetera.

19 Sergeant Roebuck - Call of Duty: World at War

Literally was Captain Price's Dad as a wee lad. The best character there ever will be insanely underrated. 1. Macmillan 2. Ghost 3. Soap

Great leader, cares about his men and won't back down to his enemies, and has many followers

He makes WaW such an awesome game, he deserves at least a place in the top 10 go Rodebuck

One of the best Sergeants in the series - bman1994

20 Lev Kravchenko - Call of Duty: Black Ops

He did nothing but kill random people. Should he really be this high on the list?

He is really cool

21 Sgt. Marcus Burns

This guy is very good he never died in Call of Duty was still alive after the train crash and did everything he needed to do

Never got to know him much. Shouldn't be so high on the list.

22 John F. Kennedy - Call of Duty: Black Ops

Best zombies character of all time

It's our president he should be higher



23 Jason Hudson - Call of Duty: Black Ops

Bad ass in bo1 got his throat slit in bo2 RIP

Come on people! He showed the true meaning of friendship. He made woods kill Mason to save Mason's son David, not his life. Later on When Menendaz prompts to kill all them three, he sacrifices himself so David can see another day. He didn't did it for woods. Woods was crippled, injured and he had no one to cry for him. If Woods gave himself up instead of Hudson then I am sure the events of 2025 would have never happened. Hudson would have killed Menendaz for his friends and for he world

You do realize there talking about him from Black ops 1 not the second one - Ethan-metal1

Coolest badass ever! Especially his shades, too bad he got killed

Mr Shades. A complete boss, the stereotypical hard as nails fed. Epic in the Kowloon mission. Why Ian' t Jennifer up the list?

24 Sgt. Foley - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

This guy is awesome. He really does know how to take out a target

He is an awesome leader.

Ooh Rah

Fkn annoying, his missons aren't as fun.

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25 Corporal Dunn - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Him and foley stay all though the ranger campaign is mw2
That's my opinion, he should not be left out, he awesome
Put him on the list he knows how to hit a target. And he does not get killed. He can kill anyone anywhere
Cpl. Dunn represent

Corporal Dunn stuck with the rangers till the end! He gets my vote any day of the week. He made sure his squad got home to their families. Move him up!

He has night vision with his helmet, I really think he should have been in the top ten.

Dunn and Foley always stick together and wreck bad guys.

26 Bowman - Call of Duty: Black Ops

Played by Ice cube and he is a pretty good fighter and soldier. I was so pissed when he died! He was the best out of them and will always be - robertoantonioortuso

Its Ice Cube! He desreves top 10 spot

He's one bad ass mo fo

27 Tank Dempsey - Call of Duty: World at War

This marine is a badass, hardcore awesome character he should at least be in the top tens

28 Pvt. Dimitri Petrenko Call of Duty World at War

He is one of the best call of duty characters ever I have no idea how he isn't on this list for 1 he survived waw he was a badass sniper saved reznov so many times I was so pissed when kravchenko killed him especially with nova gas wow.

Really 23 did you guys even play waw he gets shot multiple times and still puts the Russian flag up in Berlin

Love the relationship between him and Reznov. Level-headed and reliable. He wouldn't make a good leader but he's damn good at following an order. Tragic death just makes me appreciate him even more.

Dude this guy was in finest hour in the Russian tank mission as a support character, funny how in world at war he is the protagonist in the Russian campaign

29 Raul Menendez - Call of Duty: Black Ops II

When I haven't played the BO series, I thought Soap or Price were the goat. Just finished BO2. And this guy, he is something else.

He is a very good brother, very loyal, he never forget his sister and he's very professional!

Why is he so low? Raul was such a bad ass villain, probably the coolest villain in any video game that I've ever seen

Menendez is the second best villain after makarov he didn't deserve 46th

30 Nikolai Belinski - Call of Duty: World at War

Biggest badass ever and he got 20 I would give him 2nd after ghost

Three words: Demon hell pigs!

31 Mike Harper - Call of Duty: Black Ops II

I think this guy is literally the coolest. On my first play through I killed him, and instantly afterwards I regretted it and I regretted it so much, I went back and replayed the whole game just to keep him alive, even if it meant the virus would continue. Such a great character and I think Michael Rooker did a brilliant job voicing him. I just don't understand why this guy isn't in the top ten as he is the most badass character in the franchise...

If I play this game for a hundred times, I'm never going to kill harper.

When I ACCIDENTALLY killed Harper I cried in the corner. He was my favorite character.

He had one of saddest deaths after his death I was almost crying

32 Yuri - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

He saved price

He's already on this list stupid

33 Captain Gideon - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

He knows how to survive! At the end when ATLAS and the villain Justin Irons were dead, and you were left hanging on the side of a building, I though Gideon was dead, but no, this guy just keeps on living. #Notgonnadie

I think his phrase says enough

Seriously after playing the campaign of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Gideon is known in the ranks with Captain Price, Captain MacTavish (Soap), Ghost and Captain MacMillan. Gideon definitely needs to be way higher on this list

He should seriously be higher on the list. At least top 15.

34 Keegen P. Russ - Call of Duty: Ghosts

Keegan has the deepest and manliest voice out of all the other characters put together. He deserves to have an excellent backstory, come out on missions in Call of Duty: Ghosts II, and be a playable character within the game as well. Keegan should be placed as the number one best character of the entire Call of Duty franchise. "He's right on time. Time to earn the mask."

He is often "the quiet one" but he is a savage - Ethan-metal1

This guy has to be the most badass guy in Call of Duty Ghosts. He makes the most badass takedowns and kills in the whole game!

It is a great person in Call of Duty ghost with its remarkable skills

35 Logan Walker - Call of Duty: Ghosts

He is the one most like Simon ghost Riley and that makes him a total badass

Just awesome! He kills silently, intelligently, has got a badass mask and is the younger which means he will get stronger.

This guy is an ultimate badass has a mask of simon ghost riley and the skills of soap

Logan is ghost son he is just like him

36 Vladimir Makarov - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 & 3 Vladimir Makarov - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 & 3

I've always had a thing for villains, and Makarov was always my favorite. I love his whole diminer and how cruel his character is which makes it kind of refreshing killing him in MW3. And his voice is just so evil sounding and maniacal. Makarov should be higher on the list than 13.

37 Lieutenant Vasquez - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

People say Griggs is underrated but the real underdog is Lt. Vasquez. He kicks ass, he leads his men, and he's a Gung Ho Marine! Sermper Fi

OMG, what the hell is he doing number 10 on the list? He should at least be number 3, because he's different from the other characters, he's looks kind of like a body builder!

He was a good soldier. He shouldn't have died the way he did.

Vasquez do everything! - JarRgs

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38 Paul Jackson: Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare

This guy is badass. I mean, he survived a helicopter crash and almost survived a nuke!

Why did you people forget... Sgt Paul Jackson ---! MAN this guy is cool... And he also have on of those saddest deaths in Call of Duty MW

Really sad death only one to see what a nuke can do but then dies right after.

He is the one I felt legit bad for.

39 Grinch - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

He sacrificed himself, give him some credit

He is awesome character andhis weapons is BEAST


ı don't know why but ı lıke this guy... He is little stupid but ı think its ok

40 Riley - Call of Duty: Ghosts

This dog can take anything, anyone down he kills like a beast and is the coolest dog ever

Riley is the one who got shot in sin city a level with a sniper then Logan has to carry him around.

Best character ever who doesn't love a dog that always has your back

Awesome dog that wrecks bad guys

41 Chloe Lynch - Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Hottest player in Call of Duty History

It's like your in love with her

Karma right

42 Sergeant Dixon - Call of Duty 3

"Ok, listen up. We're on a top secret mission to get coffee and donuts. Problem is, the Germans drank all the coffee and ate all the donuts. So now we gotta go kick their asses."

This game reminded me of brothers in arms hells highway

Litteraly the best character in the series!

43 Ethan - Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Easily top 15 - Ethan-metal1

He is just good
Nothing more to say

This is what you get when you mix a great personality and a badass robot

The only character I cared about

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44 Private James Ramirez - Modern Warfare 2

Takes orders but is so cool. Just way too cool. Ramirez would take out an AC-130 with a Throwing Knife if Foley told him too. Ramirez is just awesome.

This guy did the most work than anybody on this list. He was a great soldier.

Ramirez should be in the top 10 he does everything

"Ramirez, do everything! " Always he does everything!

45 Sgt. "Brooklyn" Bloomfield - Call of Duty 2: Big Red One

By far the best character, I almost cried when he died, and I never cry. He was such a realistic character and you actually got close to him in the game, but why is he on here twice?

So friendly, so fun, so loyal, always saving your life, and his death saddened everyone.

The very few people who've played this game got to experience what an amazing character Brooklyn was. He was really deep, fun, and had great dialogue. Minor spoiler: Perhaps the saddest death in the series.

One of my favorite characters in Big Red One (as was just about all of the other main characters in it), a real shame that not a lot of people actually know of Big Red One or it's characters, they were the best.

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46 Abigail "Misty" Briarton - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies mode

Very tough, reasonable and sexy hot chick

Finally a female perms cbar

She insexy and very badass
She in sexy and very badass

47 Pvt. Nichols - Call of Duty 3

Could he be the younger Papa Nichols from Drake & Josh since Papa Nichols fought in Europe against the Nazi's since older Nichols thought he was still in WWII and thought Craig and Eric were German Nerds - bman1994

Baddest player in the game always risking his life for his men

Silent but badass

48 Elias Walker - Call of Duty: Ghosts

Elias use to be leader of the ghosts until he got shot by Rorke ( brainwashed ) shot him 3 times in front of logan's and hesh 's eyes.

I like elias he is captin of the ghosts and dad of Hesh walker and Logan. Warker

49 General Shepherd - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Total dark twisted badass mastermind

He IS THE WORST! Anyway he's a bad guy

50 Edward Richtofen - Call of Duty: World at War

Why is eddy hear he is one of the best characters ever he's under Paul Jackson for God sake what is wrong with this world lol

What's not to love about an insane nazi scientist turned saviour of the world?

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