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Our grip tightens around the black heart of Berlin. The Führer demands all to shed their last drop of blood in it's defense. The old, the young, the weak. If they stand for Germany, they die for Germany. Building by building. Room by room. One rat at a time.
~ Reznov to his troops in World at War.
Dragovich... Kravchenko... Steiner... All must die.
~ Viktor Reznov's catchphrase to Mason.

Captain Viktor Reznov (Russian: Виктop Peзнов; April 21, 1913–October 6, 1963) is a major character in the Call of Duty franchise's Black Ops series. He serves as one of the two deuteragonists (alongside Sgt. Roebuck) of Call of Duty: World at War, the deuteragonist of Call of Duty: Black Ops, a posthumous character in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and a supporting character in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. He is also a playable character in the season nine pass of Call of Duty: Mobile.

He is voiced by Gary Oldman, who also portrayed James Gordon in the Nolan Batman series, Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim Cratchit in 2009s A Christmas Carol. in Black Ops 4, he was voiced by Piotr Michael, who will voiced Jason Hudson in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and also voiced Sarge in Kingdom Hearts III and he was Count Dracula in the 1992 movie Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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

Next thing you know, he starts talkin' to the Russian. F***in' Reznov. Good ol' Tricky Vik.
~ Woods to David Mason in "Old Wounds".

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

My father was a musician in Stalingrad. During the German occupation, the sound of his violin filled the air with magnificent music – Korsakov, Stasov – many of the great nationalist composers. To my countrymen, it was a symbol of hope. To the Germans, it was a symbol of defiance. Even now, his music still haunts me. The Nazis slit his throat while he slept. Collaborating with any Nazi is a betrayal, a betrayal against all of Mother Russia. Dragovich and Kravchenko were not troubled by such matters. They looked only to advance towards their own interests and agendas....
~ Reznov to Mason, explaining his father's death and Dragovich.
The rotten cancer of the Fascist Reich ravages Europe like a plague. Their relentless drive into our motherland steals the lives of men, women, and children alike. The arrogance of their leaders is matched only by the brutality of their soldiers. These are the darkest days of the Nazi occupation of Stalingrad.
~ Reznov explaining the Nazi's push into Stalingrad.
With my life. He and us are not so different... We are all soldiers, without an army. Betrayed. Forgotten. Abandoned. In Vorkuta, we are ALL brothers...
~ Reznov in "Vorkuta".
Brave comrades of Vorkuta, the time has come to rise against our oppressors! Today we show the hearts of true Russians! We have all given our blood for the motherland. We have answered her calls without question. We gave our youth, our hearts, our very souls for her protection ... as brothers, we fought side by side against the German fascists. We crawled trough dirt and blood and sand to achieve our glorious victory ... Not for medals, or glory, but for what was right. We fought for revenge ... And when Berlin fell, how did our leaders repay us? We returned not to rapturous welcome ... but to suspicion and persecution. In the eyes of our leaders we were already tainted by the capitalist West. Torn from the arms of our loved ones, we found ourselves here... this place... this, this terrible place. Here we have languished, with no hope for release... No hope for justice. We have toiled in Dragovich's mines until the flesh peeled from our bones... We have watched our comrades succumb to sickness and disease... We have been starved. We have been beaten. But we will not be broken! Today, we will send a message to our corrupt and arrogant leaders. Today, my comrades... Vorkuta... BURNS!!!
~ Reznov's speech during the Vorkuta uprising.
The pain... is difficult, isn't it?
~ Hallucination Reznov to Mason in "Revelations".
We are brothers, Mason. We are the same.
~ Hallucination Reznov to Mason.
Mason! You did it Mason! You did, what I could not.
~ Reznov's voice to Mason at the end of Black Ops.

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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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