Meet the Operators of Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War

From the CIA’s most elite joint forces members to ex-special forces mercenaries, this the intel you need to know about those who fight for NATO and the Warsaw Pact.

by Shawn Dwyer on November 23, 2020

“We’ve got a job to do.” – Russell Adler, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

The Operators of Black Ops Cold War are the best in the business. Whether it’s carrying out the classified assignments of NATO and the Warsaw Pact, or joining forces to discover unnatural anomalies as Requiem, these Operators will get the job done by any means necessary.

Totaling 13 in all at launch, these Operators work best in the shadows and each have their unique backgrounds, service affiliation, citizenship, and even blood type. When you first hit the Operators tab, you’ll have a tough choice to make: Will you side with NATO, led by the US and the Western allies, or with the Warsaw Pact, headed by the Soviet Union?

After you’ve selected your favorite division, you can pick the Operator you want to play, take a look at their bio and background, and see the Operator in full preview mode, complete with a 360-degree view. Whether a member of British intelligence out to avenge the loss of a loved one or a fanatical genius hell-bent on fighting for the Soviet state, each Operator has a personal backstory as unique as the clandestine agency they work for.

Here are all 13 Operators available to play as in Black Ops Cold War at launch. Note that some Operators require you to unlock them before they become available. Check out the Prestige Primer for Tips on how to unlock them all.

11 of the Operators are currently available to play as in Warzone.

Vargas and Hunter will be available in Warzone on December 10.



Sims, Lawrence

Service Affiliation: MACV/SOG

First Language: English

Blood Type: B-

Citizenship: USA

Date of Birth: 2/4/1942

Background: A technological genius with special forces training, Sims joined MACV-SOG in 1967, serving on Russell Adler’s team in Vietnam. He always provides a steady hand and sense of humor under pressure, no matter the circumstances.

Park, Helen A.

Service Affiliation: MI6

First Language: English

Blood Type: A-

Citizenship: UK

Date of Birth: 7/20/1952

Background: While studying as a young prodigy at Oxford, Park lost her brother to a terrorist attack. With new focus she joined MI6, and quickly became one of their leading experts on international paramilitary organizations.

Adler, Russell

Service Affiliation: MACV/SOG, CIA

First Language: English

Blood Type: AB-

Citizenship: USA

Date of Birth: 2/12/1937

Background: Trained as a Green Beret, Adler entered the CIA’s Special Activities Division in 1959, after which he only appears sporadically in the Agency’s records. While an undisputed leader, he is an enigma to all that serve with him.

Baker, John

Service Affiliation: Navy SEAL Scout Sniper

First Language: English

Blood Type: O+

Citizenship: USA

Date of Birth: 2/19/1950

Background: Reluctantly following in his father’s footsteps, Baker enlisted and qualified as a Navy SEAL. He saw action in Operation Condor as a Scout Sniper. His temper never bothered Adler, who recruited him to help hunt down Perseus.

Woods, Frank

Service Affiliation: USMC, CIA-SAD, MACV-SOG

First Language: English

Blood Type: B-

Citizenship: USA

Date of Birth: 3/20/1930

Background: A self-reliant loner resulting from a youth spent on the streets, Woods trained as a Marine before entering the CIA’s Special Activities Division. Years spent as a POW in Vietnam prove his sheer resilience.


Service Affiliation: U.S. Army Ranger

First Language: English

Blood Type: A+

Citizenship: USA

Date of Birth: 3/12/1957

Background: First generation of this family born on US soil; his father served as a translator for US forces during the Korean War. Enlisted in 1977, volunteered and passed selection for the US Army Rangers in 1979.

Song, K

Service Affiliation: ROK-SWC

First Language: Korean

Blood Type: A+

Citizenship: South Korean

Date of Birth: 8/2/1958

Background: Counter-terrorism expert, and member of the ‘White Tiger’ 707th Special Mission Group of the Republic of Korea Army Special Warfare Command. Song is an expert in SCUBA and air assault operations.


Vargas, S

Service Affiliation: Ex-National Army of Colombia, M-19

First Language: Spanish

Blood Type: O-

Citizenship: Colombian

Date of Birth: 5/6/1955

Background: Trained in Jungle Warfare and anti-narco operations, Vargas joined the M-19 guerilla group to fight against a government he considered corrupt and the cartels he believed to be pulling their strings.

Powers, J

Service Affiliation: Ex-USMC

First Language: English

Blood Type: AB+

Citizenship: USA

Date of Birth: 4/17/1954

Background: Former Marine Lieutenant Powers was accused of being a foreign agent and fled to the USSR. It remains plausible that the CIA may have engineered the scenario, attempting to embed her within the Soviet intelligence apparatus.

Portnova, Yirina

Service Affiliation: KGB

First Language: Russian

Blood Type: B-

Date of Birth: 11/7/1955

Citizenship: Russian

Background: A child mathematical genius, Portnova worked in cryptology before being inducted into KGB Directorate V. Brilliant, deadly, and fanatically loyal to the state, she represents a threat either on or off the battlefield.

Beck, Ingo

Service Affiliation: Diensteinheit IX (Service Unit 9)

First Language: German

Blood Type: B+

Citizenship: German

Date of Birth: 2/14/1942

Background: Expert in demolitions and bomb disposal, Beck is a tactical operator serving in Diensteinheit IX. Calm and dependable, he defuses tense situations with the dry humor of someone who regularly handles explosives.

Garcia, Mendo

Service Affiliation: DGI

First Language: Spanish

Blood Type: O-

Citizenship: Cuban

Date of Birth: 12/12/1942

Background: Growing up on the streets before joining a pro-revolutionary street gang, Garcia is a ruthless assassin employed by the DGI. His face is the last thing his victims see, as he coldly watches the light go out of their eyes.

Stone, Harry

Service Affiliation: Ex-SAS

First Language: English

Blood Type: O+

Citizenship: UK

Date of Birth: 5/6/1948

Background: Member of the 22 SAS Special Projects Team, trained in Hostage Rescue and CQB Tactics. Dishonorably discharged, he became a mercenary selling his skills to the highest bidder. His service records remain classified.

No matter who you choose, it’s up to you to live up to their legacy and outlast the competition in Warzone, succeed in carrying out the operations of Multiplayer, or surviving the undead hordes in Zombies.

Execute the mission.


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