|~ Nathan's catchphrase.|
Nathan "Nate" Drake (born Nathan Morgan) (born in 1976) is the main protagonist and playable character of the Uncharted video game series. He is an American treasure hunter, fortune seeker, and action pro who became obsessed with the famous English explorer Sir Francis Drake at a young age, to the point of adopting his last name as his new one.
Nathan is voiced and motion-captured by Nolan North, who also voices Vashryon in Resonance of Fate, Desmond Miles in the Assassin's Creed series, Edward Richtofen in Call of Duty zombies, Superboy in Young Justice, The Prince in 2008s titular game, Smokescreen in Transformers Prime, Hades in 2005s God of War, Blaze in Blaze and the Monster Machines, The Fish in 2003's The Cat in the Hat video game, The Hero of Bower Lake in Fable II, Sideswipe in Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen video game, Deadpool in numerous media and games, Alex Mason in Call of Duty: Black Ops – Declassified, The Boss ("Nolan North" voice) in Saints Row IV and Saints Row: Gat out of Hell, and Superman in Young Justice: Legacy.
In 1981, Cassandra had been suffering from an unknown terminal illness, which led her to commit suicide. Following her death, Nathan and Sam's father decided to give up his hold of his sons, and both were entrusted to a Catholic orphanage, the Saint Francis' Boy's Home. In addition, their father sold their mother's possession, including her archeological work and was never heard from again.
The brothers spent the next few years in the orphanage, during which Nathan took interest in books and was taught Latin by the nuns, and learning how to free-run and climb from Sam. During his time at the orphanage, he grew to dislike most of the staff, notably Sister Catherine, but he became fond of Father Ryan Duffy. Around this time, Sam was kicked out of the orphanage due to participating in criminal activities. Sam would support himself and Nathan by getting a job, and would keep in touch with his brother.
By the late 1980s, Nathan was teased by an older boy named Edward, who insulted his parents, and the two later fought. Nathan was suspended from a retreat with the rest of the orphanage, and received a lecture from Sister Catherine. After she left, Nathan noticed lights signs by Sam, and the brothers left the orphanage as Sam informed Nathan that he was leaving for at least for a year due to his new job. Nathan was shocked and angered by this, Sam decided to cheer his brother up by revealing he tracked down their mother's possession, and the two decided to steal them.
The brothers broke in the house to retrieve their mother's possessions, and were confronted by the owner, Evelyn. After she learned that the two were Cassandra's sons, she revealed herself to be their mother's friend and former employer. Cassandra told them of a theory Cassandra had that they were the illegitimate heirs of Francis Drake, and additionally of her research on Henry Avery. However, Evelyn had called the police due to their break-in. Evelyn attempted to call off the cops, but soon died from heart failure, prompting them to escape.
Afterward, the brothers decided to honor their mother on her theory on being Francis Drake's heirs, changing their names to Samuel and Nathan Drake. The two would protect each other in the following years and get each other out of jail, and the two would continue researching Henry Avery and Sir Francis Drake. According to Sam, Nate would through a "magic phase" where he went by "Nate the Great", and would do magical tricks.
Around the early 1990s, Nathan went to Cartegena, Columbia to find Sir Francis Drake's ring, which was on display at a museum. Nate witnessed a man copy the display's case key lock before being thrown out by guard, and decided to follow the middle-aged man to see what he was up to. Nate climbed across a building to see the man receive a fake key to open the display, and later pick-pocked his wallet to get it. Nate was caught by the man, and gave him his wallet, but secretly took the copied key from the wallet.
Once it was evening, Nate returned to the museum, but was confronted by the man whose name was Victor, and his employer Katherine Marlowe. Nate refused to give Marlowe the ring, and escaped from her agents with the aid of Victor. Afterward, Nate and Victor introduced themselves, and became partners. Victor told Nate to call him "Sully", and the former would later meet his brother, who didn't see "eye to eye" with him.
With his brother and Sully, Nate become a capable treasure hunter and adventurer, and would befriend other individuals such as the Indonesian pirate Eddy Raja and treasure hunters Harry Flynn and Jason Dante, all who would become his enemies later in life. According to Eddy, he holds a grudge against Nate since he double-crossed him on a job, but Nate justifies this by saying Eddy was planning on double-crossing him. In addition, Nate met Chloe Frazer during his career, and began a relationship with her before breaking it off.
Towards the late 1990s, Nate and Sam met with Rafe Adler, who wanted part in their search for Henry Avery's treasure. The group used Rafe's wealth to bribe Vargas, the warden of a Panamanian prison to find a clue from Joseph Burnes' cell. During his time in prison, Nate would fight a notorious inmate named Gustavo, and fought him once to get to Burnes' cell by Vargas. Nate climbs his way to Burnes' cell, and finds the cross of Saint Dismas, and noticed that it was hollow and half-broken. Nate returned to Vargas, lying that he didn't find anything, and told him to find blueprints to the prison. Nate reunited with Sam and Rafe, and Sam reveals that there is a Saint Dismas cathedral in Scotland, which was Avery's last known location.
The trio were confronted by Gustavo and his friends, which led to a short fight where Gustavo was beaten by Vargas. The Saint Dismas cross was discovered by Vargas, and decided to take the trio to his office to discuss their lies. Rafe kills him when he tries to blackmail them to get part of the cut, and the trio are forced to run away from the guards. During the escape, Sam is shot by the guards, leading Nate to cry in grief, and reluctantly leave with Rafe. The two continued to work on finding Avery's treasure in Scotland, but Nate found it fruitless due to Sam's "death" and not finding anything on Avery. Nate decided to leave the quest, and decided to not mention Sam's "death", but continued searching for Sir Francis Drake.
In the game Drake's Fortune, Drake's main firearm is the PM-9mm, later on he switches to the 92FS-9mm, both guns will actually appear in cut-scenes with Drake. Towards the end of the game Drake is either restricted to an SAS-12 or M4.
In Among Thieves, Drake's main firearms are the .45 Defender and the 92FS-9mm. Drake can be seen with a Tranquilizer Dart Gun and an M4 during cut-scenes. In the game his default assault rifle is the AK-47.
The Para 9 is his main weapon in the game Drake's Deception. The game is still in development so it's possible for this to change. Drake also uses the silenced pistol in two chapters, when going through the underground hideout in London and fighting Marlowe's men at their airfield.
Drake's signature weapon in A Thief's End appears to be a handgun however it's impossible to know the make and model of the weapon until the game comes out. His signature weapon in the game is the Para.45, and the HS39 appears to primary assault rifle, since if the player starts a chapter without playing the previous, it will be his primary weapon.
Skills, Abilities, and Weaknesses
|“||I don't fumble, I improvise.||„|
|~ Nate to Chloe.|
Even when he was a teenager Drake was an incredibly skilled free runner and climber. He is able to jump from high distances without any harnesses or security and possesses massive upper body as well as tolerance for pain. He was able to climb a derailed train despite the fact that he was shot and confused of his surroundings, though his gunshot wound was clearly hurting him he was strong enough to not let go. As he was a thief since he was only a teenager, Drake is a skilled pickpocket, able to steal Victor Sullivan's wallet from him; however, Sully noticed but Drake was able to swipe the key he was searching for in the first place.
Another example of his thieving skills was when he and Harry Flynn broke into an Istanbul museum without any of the guards noticing until Flynn revealed his treachery and purposefully shot a glass case to attract the guards. Despite his "shoot first, ask questions later" persona Drake is also skilled with stealth takedowns and chokeholds, being able to overpower and knockout multiple security guards without killing them. He normally stealthily snaps his enemies necks while creeping up on them, and his allies trust him when going into situations where they can use stealth.
Drake is very capable when it comes to unarmed fighting, close to being a One-Man Army. He is able to overpower Navarro's mercenaries, Lazarevic's soldiers, Marlowe's agents and Nadine's soldiers despite their militaristic background and training, this also includes much larger and stronger despite the fact that they are combatively advanced than he is. He is also surprisingly intelligent, thinking up the theory with the help of his older brother that Sir Francis Drake faked his death when he was only a teenager and is bilingual, able to speak fluently in Latin and Spanish. He also deduced that Lazarević, who he believed was searching for the Cintamani Stone, was actually looking to drink from the sap of the Tree of Life which would make him invincible. In A Thief's End, he came up with a theory that Avery was recruiting wealthy pirates, which prove to be true after solving numerous puzzles. Additionally, Drake has shown himself to be clever and quick-thinking, such as taking Cutter's notes from Talbot in Yemen, or using the resin to defeat Lazarević.
Drake's main proficiency is with guns. He possesses a trained hand and a very good marksman, he himself even remarks, "damn, I'm a good shot!" He is good handguns, semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, and as it's revealed crossbows. He is also good with grenades and other explosives, and is even capable of wielding heavy machines guns in Drake's Deception and A Thief's End.
Drake's greatest abilities are his luck and indomitable will, as he has survived many incidents that are deemed impossible. Though luck is not a ability, Drake is considered lucky by both his allies and enemies, with a Shoreline enemy noting that Drake should "count his blessings". When at near death, he often tells himself to push on, which proved to be successful in surviving in the desert for at least two days, or survive the train incident.
However Drake is not invincible and can also be overwhelmed or overpowered an opponent an example was in the Rub Al' Khali when he was pinned down by countless of Talbot's agents, Drake, for a moment, believed it was the end for him. He can also be injured or ambushed an example is when Harry Flynn was able to shoot him on-board a train while he was arguing with Chloe Frazer. Though he was able to tolerate the pain from the gunshot wound he slowly succumbed to it because of the harsh conditions, and nearly died in the desert due to the heat and dehydration. His improvised and self-made fighting style, while effective against most opponents, can be overcome by more trained and smarter combatants such as Nadine who quickly defeated Drake in a one-on-one fight in their first encounter. He was also close to being killed by Rafe, and only survived due to Sam giving him a sword and cutting the tight rope holding Avery's treasure.
|“||Y'know, people are always telling me how lucky I am. But the truth is, everything I touch turns to shit.||„|
|~ Nathan claiming that he's not as lucky as people believe.|
Nathan possesses the "every-man" persona; Nate has a dry humor, is quick to help others, but can also be temperamental and indifferent to violence and death. He is focused mainly on his work but will help others of their lives are at risk. He has demonstrated the abilities to read Latin and Spanish. Aside from being quirky at times, Nate can be surprisingly tactical. He will scan an environment and use stealth if the odds are stacked against him before charging headfirst into a gunfight. A prime example is when Zoran Lazarević augmented himself with sap from the Tree of Life. As he became too powerful to attack head-on, Nate used the sap around the area, which was explosive, to wound him and bring him back to his mortal state.
Nate is very protective of his friends and loved ones, he is quick to help those who he cares about when they are in need. He shows great loyalty, as he didn't fall for Marlowe's manipulations on Sully, and later carried Jeff across Nepal despite barely knowing him. He is famously quick-witted, finding humor in many of the dangerous situations he finds himself in. Even Nate's own mistakes earn his pronounced chuckles before finding a way around them. Despite being desensitized to killing, Drake is moral and takes no pleasure in murdering people. but at the same time, it is entirely unavoidable and the people he is forced to kill are bad in their own right.
A defining trait of Nate's, as noted by many of his friends and allies, is that he is unbelievably lucky; the whole reason Sully ends up opting out of the search for Shambhala is because he doesn't have Nate's luck, and he is constantly shown to survive hectic situations without any permanent damage. Nate, however, strongly disagrees with this, claiming that if he really was as lucky as everyone says he is, then all the crazy situations he gets into wouldn't happen to him in the first place.
Nate tends to remain emotionally unaffected by the increasing number of men he kills throughout his adventures, but still finds it unethical for himself and others to be killed in cold-blood. Despite the body count he has stacked up over the years (albeit always in self-defense), Drake is able to maintain a surprisingly light-hearted personality. That said, Nate seems to prefer to avoid killing if he can help it, and draws the line at killing innocent people such as security guards.
As his adventures are both dangerous and often criminal, Drake tries to remain armed and ready for opposition, and has adapted quickly to a large assortment of weaponry. Because of this, he can hold his own in both firearm and hand-to-hand combat, even against trained soldiers. Drake's past has not been shown to have given him any professional military training, but he does demonstrate great proficiency when fighting, this may well have been just picked-up throughout his travels. Drake's climbing skills are considered unmatched and has stated more than once that his line of work is never easy, but that he is driven more by the thrill of the hunt rather than the promises of treasure.
One of Drake's flaws is his obsession with treasure hunting and thrill-seeking, which makes most his allies that he's trying to prove something. Despite giving up the life of treasure hunting in A Thief's End, he stills seeks his former life, and reluctantly decides to return to it when Sam returns to his life. However, Nate has shown how to contain his obsession with treasure hunting, as he decided to leave the search for El Dorado after Sully's apparent death, and decided to leave Libertalia after realizing how much he has put at stake. He also has shown himself to possess a bit of a hair trigger, which is shown when a bully insulted his mother, or when Flynn insulted Sully in front of him.
- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss
- Uncharted: Drake's Trail
- Playstation All-Star Battle Royale
- Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
- Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (mentioned only)
Drake is voiced by Nolan North (5 games, 1 internet game, 1 motion comic and 1 novel)
- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss
- Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
- Uncharted: Eye Of Indra
(motion comic prequel to Drake's Fortune)
- Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth
- Uncharted: Drake's Trail
(now-defunct web game for promotional purposes, non-canon)
- As a teenager, Nathan was voiced by Billy Unger, who also portrays Chase Davenport in Lab Rats, while as a pre-teen, he was portrayed by Britain Dalton, who will portray Lo'ak in James Cameron's Avatar 2 and Avatar 3.
- Nolan North stated in an interview that Nate is an orphan, Amy Hennig also revealed in a twitter post that he doesn't have any close family. This is confirmed to be the case in Uncharted 4, which shows him in an orphanage.
- In the internet game; Drake's Trail, Nate's home address is seen as: 160 Guard Ave, Apt. 3, Key West, Florida. A portion of this address appears in Nate's journal in Among Thieves, although the city and state are obscured (see image here).
- Nate shares his initials with Naughty Dog, the developers of the Uncharted series. NDI is written on the back of Nate's gun holster, which stands for Naughty Dog Industries or Incorporated.
- In Drake's Trail, Nate's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Nate shares some similiarties with a previous Naughty Dog character (Crash Bandicoot) as:
- They are heroes.
- They have sidekicks.
- They have brothers.
- They have two blondies as love interests.
- They have father figures.
- Nate's date of birth is mentioned in Drake's Trail as being January 11, 1982. From this date of birth, he would be 25 in the first game, 27 in the second, and would be 29 in the upcoming third game, assuming each game is two years apart. However, this date of birth may be inaccurate as the canon of Drake's Trail is disputed. It was also stated by Amy Hennig in an interview that Nate is in his mid-thirties, but this could be seen as a joke as it could've been a sympathetic remark for the interviewer who was in his mid thirties. 
- Nate claims to have Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns.
- In Uncharted 2, when Flynn catches Nate after he jumps onto a ledge, he remarks that he has put on some weight and that he should lay off the doughnuts, which appears to be a reference to the 'Doughnut Drake' skin. It may also refer to how Nate has bulked up slightly in the time passed between Drake's Fortune & Among Thieves. Amy Hennig confirmed in an interview that Nate was skinnier than intended in the first game.
- Nate has a large scar on the right hemisphere of his forehead.
- To date Nate has the most skins out of all the characters, with a total of 7 different skins and 33 limited edition skins.
- In both games, Nate chooses about midway through the game to give up. However, he is always talked out of it, or is shown something that keeps him going. In Drake's Fortune, Elena talks Nate out of leaving by showing him that Sully is still alive. In Among Thieves, Nate and Tenzin find Schafer's expedition, showing what harm the Cintamani Stone could do.
- Nate is 6 feet, 1 inch(es) tall, based on Nolan North's own height. Height appears to be based off the voice actor's own height. Elena would be 5'4, Chloe 5'8, and Flynn would be around 6'5.
- Nate and Zoran are the only characters to have Doughnut character skins.
- Nate came 16th on the Top 50 favorite game characters in the 2011 edition of the Guinness World Records.
- Nate is a very good artist. If you flip through all the pages of his journal near the end of the game, you will find many expertly drawn images of items and objects he encounters during the story. He also makes parodies of some things; such as the Angry Eddy RIP drawing. It is a picture of one of the huge gargoyle-like faces in "Path of Light" saying "I kill you, Drake!" It is believed that he drew it in memory of Eddy Raja, who was killed by a Descendant in Drake's Fortune.
- Nate, along with Elena and Sully, appeared in Gamer's Heart Japan for a few seconds of footage. He wore his Uncharted 3 outfit.