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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".

Captain John Price is one of the main characters and the main protagonist of the Call of Duty Modern Warfare series.

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.

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.
In 1996 as a Lieutenant, he attempted to assassinate Russian Ultranationalist leader Imran Zakhaev under order of then Captain MacMillan. Although Price shot Zakhaev and thought to have killed him, he only shot and removed his left arm and Zakhaev got away. Price was force to carry and protect MacMillan after the latter's legs were injured from a falling helicopter. 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.
In Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, now holding the rank of Captain and along with then Sergent "Soap" Mactavish and Gaz, Price and Bravo Team 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". A few missions later, Price and his team go to the safehouse of Al-Asad to capture him. After learning that Imran Zakhaev is still alive, Al-Asad is executed. Price's team is then deployed to capture Zakhaev's son, Victor Zakhaev. But the mission fails when he commits suicide. Zakhaev then launches nuclear missiles, but are then deactivated. After 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

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. 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. 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. Price and Nikolai get the fataly 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 reveils 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 got intel Makarov send 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 such, 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.

Quotes

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.
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.
Soap TRUSTED you. I thought I could too. So WHY IN BLOODY HELL, DOES MAKAROV KNOW YOU?!!
~ Captain Price to Yuri.
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".

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Trivia

  • Favorite brand of cigars are Villa Clara's.
  • He is rarely seen not wearing a hat on his head, only exception is "Crew Expendable".
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