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Dragovich... Kravchenko... Steiner... All must die.
~ Viktor Reznov

Viktor Reznov (April 21, 1913 – October 6, 1963) is a central protagonist in Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops. Reznov also appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops II as a hallucination, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

He is voiced by Gary Oldman, who also portrayed James Gordon in the Nolan Batman series, and Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films.

Biography

World War II

Reznov first appeared in World at War, as a Sergeant in the Red Army. He appeared throughout World at War 's Russian campaign as a compatriot of the player-controlled Dimitri Petrenko. Reznov and Petrenko lead the Red Army's assault on Stalingrad and were instrumental in the death of Nazi General Heinrich Amsel, and later were heavily involved in the Red Army's advance through Germany to Berlin. During the Battle of Berlin, Reznov watched Petrenko raise the Russian flag atop the Reichstag.

Nova 6

Months after the end of World War II, both Reznov (now promoted to Captain) and Petrenko were members of Unit 45 of the 3rd Shock Army, under the command of Major General Nikita Dragovich and Colonel Lev Kravchenko, to capture Freidrich Steiner, an ex-Nazi scientist who developed a deadly nerve agent known as Nova-6. However, they were betrayed, and Dragovich tested the poison on them, then made off with Steiner and the Nova-6. Reznov managed to escape, but Petrenko was not so lucky, and soon succumbed to Nova-6.

Black Ops

Reznov was later captured and imprisoned in the Vorkuta prison camp. After spending nearly two decades in Vorkuta, Reznov befriended Alex Mason, a former U.S. Marine and CIA operative, who'd also dealt with Dragovich, Kravchenko, and Steiner; he had, in fact, been brainwashed and was intended to become a Soviet sleeper agent able to understand numbers broadcasts, and with the goal of assassinating the American President, John F. Kennedy.

But after Mason was thrown into Vorkuta, Reznov sabotaged Mason's programming and re-programmed him to go after the three. Reznov and Mason would rally the other prisoners and would successfully overthrow Vorkuta. However, Reznov wasn't able to make it out, and was killed (cause it currently unknown, but it's assumed that he was killed during the escape).

Five years later, however, in 1968, Mason (now a member of the MACV-SOG) begins seeing visions of Reznov, first believing him to be a Russian defector in Hue City, Vietnam. The imaginary Reznov accompanies Mason during his entire quest to eliminate Dragovich and his men, in Vietnam, and into Laos, where they encounter Kravchenko.

After Kravchenko's apparent death, "Reznov" accompanies Mason on an authorized assault of Rebirth Island, location of Steiner's Nova-6 research and development laboratory. Upon locating Steiner, Mason apparently witnesses Reznov shoot Steiner to death. However, CIA operatives Jason Hudson and Grigori Weaver, who had arrived on Rebirth Island earlier to retrieve the doctor, witnesses Mason shooting Steiner, proclaiming and believing he is Reznov.

During Mason's interrogation, Hudson and Grigori Weaver revealed that the real Viktor Reznov had been dead for five years, having been killed in the escape from Vorkuta. Having brainwashed Mason, Reznov was able to complete his personal objective of killing Dragovich, Kravchenko and Steiner; leading Mason to become obsessed with pursuing them in spite his other objectives, inadvertently continuing Reznov's posthumous legacy. The Reznov witnessed by Mason was a guardian angel-like hallucination, possibly developed by multiple personality disorder.

After Mason finally killed Nikita Dragovich, he heard the voice of Reznov commending him for doing what Reznov himself could not do and for completing his legacy.

Black Ops II

In 1986, Mason encounters Kravchenko once again. This causes Reznov's brainwashing effect to kick in, urging Mason to kill Kravchenko. Mason is finally freed from the brainwashing effects once Kravchenko is killed by him or Woods (players choice).

After his death, Mullah Rahmaan betrayed Mason and his team, and they are left to die in the desert. Mason apparently saw Reznov on a horse coming to rescue them, but Woods later tells Alex's son, David, that it wasn't him.

Quotes

Mason! You did it Mason! You did, what I could not.
~ Reznov's voice to Mason at the end of Black Ops.

Gallery

Trivia

  • He is about 5’11 and 216 lbs.
  • There is foreshadowing to Reznov being a hallucination:
    • When first introducing Reznov to Woods and Bowman, they don't greet him, or say anything about him at all.
    • When in the rat tunnels, Swift will question Mason before his death.
    • He has his right index finger, except in "Rebirth", where he has it. This is probably due to Mason being Reznov himself.
    • In gameplay, there is no friendly fire penalty for Reznov except for "Vorkuta", the only mission he is alive in.
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