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The healthy human mind doesn't wake up in the morning thinking this is its last day on earth. But I think that's a luxury, not a curse. To know you're close to the end is a kind of freedom. Good time to take... inventory. Outgunned. Outnumbered. Out of our minds. On a suicide mission. But the sand and rocks here stained with thousands of years of warfare... they will remember us. For this. Because out of all our vast array of nightmares this is the one we choose for ourselves. We go forward like a breath exhaled from the earth. With vigor in our hearts and one goal in sight: We. Will. Kill him.
~ Price speech in Modern Warfare 2 "Just Like Old Times".
Ah, no, no, no, no, no! Soap! No! No! No! Soap! {...} Get off me!... I'm sorry.
~ Price's final words to Soap after he dies.
Prisoner #627. I'm coming for you, Makarov.
~ Captain Price to Makarov in the opening cutscene of "Dust to Dust".

Captain John Price is the main protagonist of the Call of Duty Modern Warfare series, a major character in Call of Duty: Online and Call of Duty: Heroes, as well as being a playable skin in Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Call of Duty: Mobile (where he also appears as a featured character in the Mobile comics).

He is a British S.A.S. Captain and sniper who later reformed into Task Force 141, having participated in the Second Russian Civil War and World War III. He played a pivotal role in stopping the Russian Ultranationalists and the Four Horsemen: Imran Zakhaev, Victor Zakhaev, Khaled Al-Asad, and his arch-nemesis Vladimir Makarov, from destroying the west during the Second Russian Civil War and World War III.

He was voiced by Billy Murray in the series, who also played Johnny Allen in EastEnders. In Find Makarov and Find Makarov: Operation Kingfish, he was portrayed by David Kinsman. In Call of Duty: Mobile, he is voiced by Barry Sloane, who voices the 2019 reboot iteration of the character.

Biography

SAS

Lieutenant

I was just a 'Leftenant' back then...doing some wetwork. Chernobyl. Christmas for the bad guys. Even a decade later, a lot of 'em still used it to get their hands on nuclear material...a lot of 'em, including one Imran Zakhaev.
~ Captain Price telling his story of Zakhaev's attempted assassination.

Not much is known about Price's past, but he was born in Britain and joined the Special Air Services' 22nd Regiment. He would become the protégé of his senior officer MacMillan, and became the regiment's designated sharpshooter. In 1996 as a Lieutenant, he and MacMillan were assigned to Alpha Team to assassinate Russian Ultranationalist leader Imran Zakhaev, traveling across Pripyat. Although Price shot Zakhaev and thought to have killed him, he only shot and removed his left arm and Zakhaev got away. Price was forced to carry and protect MacMillan after the latter's legs were injured from a falling helicopter, and the two managed to hold out until rescue arrived. Price would think that he killed Zakhaev, and continued his services.

Captain

Right… What the hell kind of name is Soap, eh? How'd a muppet like you pass Selection?
~ Captain Price to Soap, his famous quote.

Some time before the events of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Price was promoted to Captain. He recruited and trained Sergeant "Soap" MacTavish along with Gaz, before they were deployed to a ship containing a nuclear warhead at the Bering Strait. At the end of the mission, Price saves Soap from falling into the ocean and to his death. Then his team is deployed to Russia to save there Loyalist informant going by the codename of "Nikolai", and are assisted by the Loyalist leader Kamarov.

A few missions later, Price and his team go to the safehouse of Al-Asad to capture him. Price interrogates Al-Asad on who gave him the bomb that killed millions, but is given his phone by Gaz. After learning that Imran Zakhaev is still alive from the phone call, Al-Asad is executed. The captain then goes on to explain his past encounter with Zakhaev, and how he is connected to recent events. Price's team is then deployed to capture Zakhaev's son, Victor Zakhaev. But the mission fails when he commits suicide, and Imran then launches nuclear missiles as revenge. Price and the team then work on stopping the missiles, and succeed in deactivating them before they could on western soil.

After stopping the missiles, Price and his team race to leave the area, but are stopped when a bridge is destroyed. When SSgt. Griggs and Gaz are killed, Price gives Soap his M1911 to kill Zakhaev and his bodyguards. Price and Soap are extracted to a hospital in Russia after said action.

Task Force 141

Operation: Kingfish

Following Zakhaev's death, Price and Soap were reassigned to Task Force 141 under the leadership of General Shepherd, where the two met British soldiers Simon "Ghost" Riley and Gary "Roach" Anderson. The task force were assigned to eliminate Vladimir Makarov, a member of the Ultranationalist who established himself as the new leader after Zakhaev's death, and was committing acts of terrorism. In 2013, Task Force 141 were assigned to eliminate Makarov in the Ukraine, where Price, Soap and Roach worked with Delta Force operators Sandman and Derek "Frost" Westbrook. During the raid to find Vladimir, the team was ambushed by Ultranationalist forces, and Captain Price covered his allies as they escaped. Price was then captured by the Ultranationalists, and sentenced to the Gulag and given the prisoner code "627".

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Have to trust someone to be betrayed. I never did.
~ Captain Price to Soap on Shepherd's betrayal.

Price returns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 having been broken out of a Russian gulag by now Captain "Soap" MacTavish and Task Force 141, as the unit gathered intel that Makarov's greatest enemy was a prisoner in the gulag. After learning that the world has broken into a war by the Russians after a massacre caused by Ultranationalist Vladimir Makarov, Price launches EMPs at Washington D.C. which ends up saving Sgt. Foley, Cpl. Dunn, Pvt. Ramirez, and other Rangers and allows them to take back the White House from the Russian army.

Following his mission, Price and Soap travel to Afghanistan to find intel on Makarov, as Ghost and Roach are sent to eliminate Makarov at his safe house. After learning that General Shepherd betrayed Task Force 141, Price and Soap engage in one objective, kill Shepherd. In the mission Endgame, Price shoots down Shepherd's pave low and before Shepherd attempts to execute Soap, he and Price gets into a fist fight and Price is overpowered. After Shepherd is killed, Price and Nikolai extracts Soap while on the run for killing Shepherd and Task Force 141 is then disavowed.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

This is for Soap.
~ Captain Price to Yuri before fighting Makarov's men.

Price and Soap are now disavowed for the murder of General Shepherd, being labeled war criminals. Price and Nikolai get the fatally wounded Soap to a safehouse that is under attack by Vladimir Makarov's Inner Circle. 2 months after Soap's recovery from his wounds, Price, Soap, Nikolai, and a new ally called Yuri are still focusing on Task Force 141's main mission, take down Vladimir Makarov. After Soap's death, Yuri reveals that he knew Makarov but betrayed him because of the massacre at Zakhaev International Airport, making it hard for Price to trust him.

During the Stronghold mission, He and Yuri infiltrated the old castle near Prague to retrieve intel on Makarov. He learns that Makarov is sending his men to Berlin to capture Russian President Boris Vorshevsky's daughter, Alena. During the mission Down the Rabbit Hole, Price and Delta Force attempt to rescue the Russian President Boris Vorshevsky and his daughter from Makarov's men and succeeded but with the loss of Team Metal and the wounding of Yuri.

After the end of World War III, Price and Yuri go to Hotel Oasis in the Arabian Peninsula to finally kill Makarov. After a Little Bird destroys the upper area of the hotel, badly wounding Yuri, Price continues up to the roof to prevent Makarov getting away again. When he was just about to be killed by Makarov, Yuri shoots Makarov in the shoulder which gets Yuri killed, but buys Price enough time to restrain Makarov and wrap a cable around his neck and break down through the glass roof, causing Makarov to be hung and cut by shards of glass. After Makarov's death, Price survives the fall and smokes a cigar under Makarov's dead body.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Main article: John Price (2019)

Bravo Six, going dark.
~ Captain Price in the reveal trailer for Modern Warfare.

Captain Price appears in reboot Call of Duty: Modern Warfare from 2019, as an one of main protagonist, and is a playable operator in and Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War from 2020. Captain Price is also playable in Cold War's zombies, where he has his own voice lines.

He is voiced by Barry Sloane, who voices the original character in Call of Duty: Mobile.

Call of Duty: Mobile

Captain Price is a playable skin in Call of Duty: Mobile, and appears as a featured character in the Mobile comics.

In the comics, Captain Price is the field leader of the United Anti-Terrorism Coalition, a task force assigned to stop the terrorist group - the Five Knights and later the Dark Covenant.

Quotes

Just another day at the office.
~ Captain Price's first words in the Modern Warfare series.
That's a new squadron record, Soap. Not bad at all.
~ Captain Price if Soap beats Gaz's squadron record.
Nice shot. MacMillan would've been proud.
~ Captain Price on Soap's accuracy in the mission "Blackout".
Ghost, come in! This is Price! We're under attack by Shepherd's men in the boneyard! Soap, hold the left flank! Do not trust Shepherd! I say again, do not trust Shepherd! Soap, get down!
~ Price after learning of Shepherd's betrayal, failing to warn Ghost and Roach.
They're dead, Soap. Shepherd's cleaning house.
~ Price to Soap on Shepherd's betrayal.
Since when does Shepherd care about danger close?
~ John Price in "Just Like Old Times", a reference to Cpl. Dunn's previous statement.
Don't bother. This was a one-way flight, mate.
~ Captain Price to Nikolai.
This is for the record. History is written by the victor. History is filled with liars. If he lives, and we die, his truth becomes written - and ours is lost. Shepherd will be a hero, 'cause all you need to change the world is one good lie and a river of blood. He's about to complete the greatest trick a liar ever played on history. His truth will be the truth. But only if he lives, and we die.
~ Captain Price in the opening cutscene of "Endgame".
I thought I told you this was a one-way trip!
~ Captain Price to Nikolai.
Your moves are miscalculated, and underestimating your enemies—your biggest mistake. You will find the will of a single man can be broken.
~ Captain Price in the Redemption trailer.
The life you knew before is gone. Today, we fight to bring it back.
~ Captain Price in the Modern Warfare 3 trailer.
Your world as you knew it is gone. How far would you go to bring it back? Shepherd created a war, but only we knew the truth.
~ Captain Price in the opening of Modern Warfare 3.
They say truth is the first casualty of war. But who defines what's true? [...] Truth is just a matter of perspective. The duty of every soldier is to protect the innocent, and sometimes that means preserving the lie of good and evil—that war isn't just natural selection played out on a grand scale. [...] The only truth I found is that the world we live in is a giant tinderbox. All it takes...is someone to light the match.
~ Price in the cutscene of "Turbulence".
Soap TRUSTED you. I thought I could too. So WHY IN BLOODY HELL, DOES MAKAROV KNOW YOU?!!
~ Captain Price to Yuri.
There's a clocktower in Hereford where the names of the dead are inscribed. We try to honor their deeds, even as their faces fade from our memory. Those memories are all that's left, when the bastards have taken everything else.
~ Price in the cutscene of "Stronghold".
There's a simplicity to war. Attacking is the only secret. Dare—and the world yields. How quickly they forget that all it takes to change the course of history...is the will of a single man.
~ Captain Price in "Dust to Dust".
My war ends with you.
~ Price to Makarov.
Ladies and gentlemen, we're going dark.
~ Captain Price to his team in the Mobile comics.

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Trivia

  • His favorite brand of cigars are Villa Clara's.
  • He is rarely seen not wearing a hat on his head, only exception is "Crew Expendable".
    • In Modern Warfare 2 Remastered, the developers added his hat falling off during his fight with Shepherd. This revealed that he has a bald spot on the top of his head.
    • In the remastered version of Modern Warfare 2, in his fight with Shepherd, Price's hair is shown when his signature hat falls off.
  • His signature weapon through all three games is the M4A1.
    • Strangely, on his MW3 character card for Mountain Dew, it states that his weapon is the CM901 and MSR, weapons he never uses in the campaign.
  • His appearance in Blackout makes him the first non-Treyarch character in appear in one of their Call of Duty games.
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