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|“||Can't stop the Train, baby.||„|
|~ Cole Train's famous quote.|
|“||Delta Squad is in your house, bitch! You hear that shit? All you grubby-ass bitches are going down! Like, way down! Dead down! So down you ain't gonna know which way is up! Your asses are gonna be crying to your skank-ass Queen, 'Oh Mommy, don't let the bad man hurt us!' Fuck you! We gonna whoop yo momma's ass! WHOO!||„|
|~ Cole's speech to Queen Myrrah.|
Private Augustus Cole, also known as Gus or "The Cole Train" was one of the main protagonists of Gears of War in the trilogy and Gears of War: Judgement, and is a supporting character in Gears of War 4 onward. He also appears in Gears of War: Tactics as pre-order playable character.
He is voiced by Lester Speight.
He was once a successful Thrashball player known for his hard-hitting and flamboyant style. After Emergence Day, Cole joined the military as a Gear soldier, and brought that same "grit and intensity" to the battlefield, which saved his life more than once. Cole has spent most of his military career as a member of either Alpha Squad or Delta Squad, usually being paired with his longtime best friend Damon Baird.
Throughout his career as a Gear, he has rejected every military promotion that has been offered under the grounds that having rank is not going to affect how many Locust he can kill. As part of Delta-One, Cole became part of the most reliable squad of Gears available to the COG, fighting on the frontlines of every major operation near the end of the Locust War. He struck up a friendship with Bernadette Mataki, and continued fighting for the COG as part of Delta after the relocation to Vectes, fighting Stranded Insurgents and the new threat of the Lambent Pandemic.
After the end of Locust War and Lambent Pandemic, Cole became the president of the Coalition Thrashball League, and started a family by having a daughter named Hanna. In Gears of War 4, Cole returns to aid Marcus, his honorary nephew JD, and his allies in fighting the new threat - The Swarm.
Augustus Cole was born in the town of Hanover by his parents, and his mother had a big impact on his life. At some point, Cole became interested in sports and began playing thrashball, and went on to play it professionally due to his sheer strength and abilities. He became a defensive lineman, Cole signed on with the Eagles and later the Hanover Cougars, becoming an international star and millionaire. After winning a championship and becoming MVP, Hanover gifted Cole by creating a statue in his honor. Due to his fortune, Cole repaid his parents by buying them a mansion, despite his mother not liking to live in Jannermont.
After the Coalition of Ordered Governments defeated the Union of Independent Republics, Cole was relived that the Pendulum War was over, but also regretted not joining to fight against the UIR. Cole later survived Emergence Day, the day the Locust Horde emerge and killed thousands of people in mere hors. Cole later learned that his parents were killed by the Locust, something which haunted him for years.
Joining the COG
Wanting to avenge his parents' deaths and to do his part since he didn't fight in the Pendulum War, Cole joined the Coalition of Ordered Governments Army. The next day, Cole informed his teammates, agents and fans that he joined the army, and played his last thrasball game. Due to his popularity, Cole's enlistment caused a huge rise in volunteers for the COG, with local recruitment officials reporting a 390% jump in volunteers. During this, Cole rescued Damon Baird from being beaten by a couple of gears in the bathroom, and the two became best friends.
Gears of War: Judgment
- He was named after Epic Games' level designer Phil Cole.
- He was originally going to be named "Gus the Bus", but it was changed to "The Cole Train" due copyright issues.