The 10 Most Likable Characters In Call Of Duty: Vanguard

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There are no war games where every single character is likable, and Call of Duty: Vanguard is no exception. The game is structured so the player controls four individuals fighting Nazis all over the globe.

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The playable Sergeant Arthur Kingsley, Lieutenant Polina “Lady Nightingale” Petrova, 2nd Lieutenant Lucas Riggs, and U.S. Navy pilot Wade Jackson are part of the six-person Vanguard task force. However, these aren’t the only characters the players get to meet, and some make more like-worthy impressions than others.


8 Jannick Richter

Jannick Richter the nazi in Call of Duty Vanguard

Among Call of Duty: Vanguard‘s recognizable cast members is Dominic Monaghan from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Monaghan plays Jannick Richter, Nazi interrogator.

Nothing about Richter is likable (though Monaghan’s performance is fun). He makes this clear early on when he executes Richard Webb in order to get the man’s teammates to talk. Richter is ruthless, cruel, and feels no trepidation about striking a woman across the face. Fortunately, Richter starts to understand he’s on the wrong side when he tries to interrogate Lucas Riggs. He opens the interrogation room door and, instead of his Nazi cohorts being alive and well, they’re all on the floor dead. The Axis Powers are about to lose, Richter knows it, and the look on his face betrays that fact. That defeated moment is easily the most likable of Jannick Richter’s scenes.

7 Wade Jackson

Wade Jackson in Call of Duty Vanguard

As far as the begrudged hero goes, U.S. Navy pilot Lieutenant Wade Jackson is okay. He and his tail gunner, Mateo, participate in the historic battle of Midway. They soar through smoke-laden skies and dive bomb towards the Japanese armada.

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Jackson is okay here because he speaks very little. He’s competent in the skies, but down on the ground, he has a real tendency to complain. This includes the standard ranting about how “he’s not supposed to be here” (in the middle of ground warfare). Easily the most forgettable of Vanguard‘s playable characters.

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6 Lucas Riggs

Lucas Riggs firing a gun in Call of Duty Vanguard

The best games like Call of Duty: Vanguard typically have a character like Lucas Riggs. He’s a gung-ho war hero who stands up for his mates and doesn’t fear death. Aside from Operation “Phoenix,” the game’s first mission, it takes Riggs quite some time to enter the narrative.

He’s the playable character in the 7th and 8th missions (of 9 total): “The Rats of Tobruk” and “The Battle of El Alamein.” The latter mission is the stronger of the two, and part of that is due to Riggs’ very likable camaraderie with his friends. Private Des Wilmot and British Lieutenant Richard Jacobs share some excellent dialogue exchanges with Riggs, and when one of them falls, the playable character’s reaction is endearing. His superior officer, Commander Hamms, attempts to take down the Australian flag in favor of the British flag (which is both disrespectful to the fallen soldier and ignorant of his contribution to his fellow soldiers’ survival). Riggs hauls off and hits Hamms in the jaw, securing himself some jail time.

5 Richard Webb

Richard Webb in Call of Duty Vanguard

With an exciting video game battle soundtrack blaring behind him, Richard Webb has several heroic, exciting moments. Unfortunately, he’s an NPC, but he’s still a member of the Vanguard.

Webb’s most likable quality is his dynamic with fellow Sergeant and friend Arthur Kingsley. They have a bond that makes the player think they’ll help one another to survive the war, then remain friends afterward. Webb’s time to shine is in “Phoenix,” where his dynamic with the remainder of the Vanguard is on display. He’s a team player that tells others to keep going and stay strong. Unfortunately, the character has his time cut short by Richter.

4 Mateo Hernandez

Mateo Hernandez in the cockpit in Call of Duty Vanguard

Gunner Mateo Hernandez is the one side character who stands above their chapter’s primary character. As Aviation Machinist Mate to Wade Jackson, Hernandez is an expert both in gunning down planes and wisecracking.

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He’s a man who seems to have accepted the terrible situation facing the world and has chosen to make the best of it. Like Jackson, he loves being in the skies, but he also seems like he’d be a little better on the ground than the pilot.

3 Boris Petrova

Boris and Polina Petrov in Call of Duty Vanguard

Lt. Polina Petrova’s father doesn’t have much time in the game, but he makes a heck of an impact. Polina’s loss of her father is a big motivation for her arc, and it’s easy to see why. Boris is portrayed by Elya Baskin, the loveable landlord from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and he delivers a loving performance.

The player believes the Petrovas’ family dynamic, and when it’s swiftly (and dramatically) ruptured, Polina’s quest for revenge feels fully organic.

2 Lt. Polina Petrova

Call of Duty Vanguard Polina Petrova

One of Vanguard‘s two great character contributions to the overall franchise is Polina Petrova. Armed with one of the most powerful weapons in Call of Duty (Boris Petrova’s sniper rifle, “Requiem”) she’s a crack shot with the personality of a true hero.

Later in the game, she’s referred to as “Lady Nightingale.” It’s a reference to her combat prowess and her ability to unite soldiers (even non-Russian). She’s an inspirational figure with a worthy quest and is just about the most likable presence in Vanguard.

1 Arthur Kingsley

Call of Duty Vanguard Operator Arthur Kingsley

Sergeant Arthur Kingsley is likable not for his commanding ability, but for how he commands. Kingsley doesn’t put his men and women in positions that he himself would not assume.

His promotion to leading taskforce Vanguard feels both warranted and satisfying. If any member has the ability to unite six total members from all around the world, it’s Kingsley. “Lady Nightingale” can do the same, but Petrova tends to reject that nickname the same way she rejects anything besides revenge. Kingsley, however, just wants to see the war end, and he knows how to maximize each of his squadmates’ strengths. He wouldn’t be able to do that if no one liked him.

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