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Nathan Drake, real name unknown

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 Oh, crap!

An amateur archaeologist, professional treasure hunter, sometime criminal and occasionally a stand-up guy. Nate believes that he's a descendant of legendary privateer Sir Francis Drake, even though the historic record is that Francis had no children. Drake's Deception reveals that Nate was not born "Nathan Drake": he was abandoned by his parents before he turned five, became obsessed with Sir Francis during his time in a state home (named St. Francis), spent his youth as a street criminal in Central America and took the name "Drake" as part of a Changeling Fantasy. Played by Nolan North.

  • Acrofatic: You can turn Drake into this when you buy the "Doughnut Drake" skin from the in-game store.
  • Action Survivor: In the tradition of Indiana Jones.
  • Actor Allusion: Rick The Adventure Core in Portal 2 is also voiced by Nolan North, and seems to be an Affectionate Parody of Nathan Drake.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Granted, Nate is more of a treasure hunter than an archaeologist. This is best indicated by the time he broke into a museum to retrieve an important clue; apparently he's done so before as well. His motivations and skills fit the trope, though; while he does like money, he also has a natural, intense curiosity and interest in undiscovered history, as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of the ancient world and the ability to speed-read at numerous dead languages. He could probably earn more than a few PhDs in archaeology should he ever decide to sit still for more than ten minutes in a row.
  • Anti-Hero: Type II. Nate has no qualms about skirting the law or even blatant robbery, but he goes to near suicidal lengths to save Jeff and will throw himself into dangerous situations for the greater good.
  • The Artful Dodger: As a teenager.
  • Badass
  • Berserk Button: Do not. Fuck. With Nate's friends. He'll suffer a brief Heroic BSOD and then reboot into Seek and Destroy.
  • Blood Knight: Marlowe believes that Nate is this, "getting off" on the bloodshed and constantly cheating death.
  • Born Lucky: Naughty Dog have put forward the notion that Nate's 'health' actually represents his luck, meaning he wades into firefights and bullets just miss him until he pushes it too far. In Among Thieves, it's suggested that this is the sole reason he's survived...well, anything. He disagrees vehemently. If he was really lucky, this crazy shit wouldn't keep happening to him.
  • Break the Haughty: Once per game.
  • Catch Phrase:

 Oh, crap!

Here we go...

I haven't thought that far ahead.

  • Changeling Fantasy: Invoked in-universe. After his mother's committed suicide and his father gave him up to an orphanage, Nate became obsessed with Sir Francis Drake and came to think of himself as Francis' heir, to the point of even taking on the name "Drake". Whether or not he actually believes the story is debatable, but it seems to serve as a lot of his motivation. After all, sic parvis magna.
  • The Charmer
  • Chick Magnet: As per the above trope. A page in his notebook is full of girls' phone-numbers. Presumably he's slowed down by the third game.
  • Cosmic Plaything: The universe either really likes Nate or really, really hates him. Or maybe both. It sure does like lobbing him into incredible danger with no preparation at all. And smashing him into things.
  • Cunning Linguist: Drake can read outdated Latin dialects along with a number of other ancient languages, and speaks English, Spanish, Indonesian, Arabic and, by the end of the second game, Tibetan.
  • Dark Secret: Despite his posturing, Nate is not an heir of Sir Francis Drake -- his surname isn't even "Drake" -- and he's been lying about it for twenty years. He's just an orphan who became obsessed with Sir Francis and created his own Changeling Fantasy. It drives his obsession with uncovering the artifacts of Drake's Fortune and Drake's Deception.
  • Deadpan Snarker

  Nate: "Hinky"? You act like you've never seen a German U-Boat in the middle of the jungle before.

  • Determinator
  • Doom Magnet: In his own words, "Everything I touch turns to shit." It's not always played for laughs, either.
  • Expy: Confirmed to be based somewhat on Nathan Fillion.
    • His appearance and snarky personality was specifically based on Johnny Knoxville.
    • And find one non-whip-related Indiana Jones trope that doesn't show up here.
    • He also shares some things with Aladdin - when he was young he used to be a Street Urchin.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Half. Tuck.
  • Green Eyes
  • Guest Fighter: He makes his fighting game (and guest character) debut on Play Station All Stars Battle Royale.
  • Happily Married: Or at least engaged to Elena at the end of Drake's Deception.
  • Indy Ploy: Not a single thing he does in the games is planned out beforehand, because anything he does plan out falls apart spectacularly.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Naughty Dog claims that he's this. He backstabs people, flagrantly breaks the law and has a streak of scary ruthlessness and vindictiveness that comes out when he's at his worst; but for the most part he seems to have more of a Jerkass Facade, and not a very good one.
  • Loveable Rogue
  • Made of Iron: As much as he complains - and he complains a lot - stack up all the injuries he canonically suffers and you'll arrive at the conclusion he ought to be crippled.
  • Mouthy Kid: Back in his younger days.
  • One-Man Army: This prompts Lazarevic's Not So Different speech.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother committed suicide while he was still an infant, and his father gave him up to a state institution when Nate was 5. Which leads to...
  • Perma Stubble: Oddly enough, subverted in two opposite ways in "Among Thieves:" his usual stubble is replaced by a full beard in just this instalment, yet in the Borneo chapter he is clean-shaven.
  • Pet The Yak: Walking through the Tibetan village, there's the option to have Nate pet a few yaks and goof around with some local kids. No reason but cute and re-establishing Nate's niceness, it seems.
  • Save the Villain: Attempts to save Marlowe when she falls into quicksand, but she's too far and goes under before he can pull her out.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Tempting Fate: After the first few explosions, you'd think he'd know better.
  • Walking Disaster Area: He doesn't mean it. In fact, given his occupation he'd be happier if it didn't happen. Still; everywhere Nate goes, chaos, gunfire, explosions and destruction probably aren't far behind.
    • This is mentioned in the last chapter of Drake's Deception, when Nate inadvertently causes the entire city of Ubar to collapse.

 Sully: Three goddamned bullets. How the Hell did you do this with three goddamned bullets?!

  • Wet Sari Scene: Nate gets a lot of these, and it's notable for him being a) a dude, and b) a video game character.

Elena Fisher

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 I sure hope you know what you're doing.

A video journalist who was working for a low-budget cable news program when she first encountered Nathan Drake. In the second game she's moved up to a more investigative role, tracking Lazarevic even though NATO thinks he's dead. Played by Emily Rose.

  • Action Girl: Becomes a dab hand with guns, despite not having a background in them, and thinks nothing of breaking free from a guy twice her size to shout a warning to Nate. Gets even better in the later games.
  • Almost Kiss: She and Nate almost kiss at the end of Drake's Fortune but are interrupted by Sully.
  • Demoted to Extra: Sadly in Drake's Deception, she's not seen until the middle of the game when she tags along through most of a single chapter. When Drake goes after a captured Sully, he tells her stay behind so as not to risk her welfare. Unlike the first game, she completely understands and helps Drake one more time by helping him get on Talbot's plane, then bows out until the ending.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: You know that she's taken a level in badass in Among Thieves because she's sporting the memetic half-tuck.
  • First Girl Wins: Elena is the first girl we meet, and she's the girl Nate ends up marrying at some point between the events of Among Thieves and Drake's Deception.
  • Girl of the Week: Lampshaded.

 Elena Fisher, last year's model.

  • Hair of Gold: Likely the most idealistic character in a cast full of criminals and cynics, and likely also the only blonde.
  • Happily Married: To Nate, at the end of Drake's Deception.
  • Hot Scoop: It's what gets Elena tangled into Nate's adventures in the first place.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Elena is pretty good at her job, even learning various languages to help.
  • Nice Gal: Unlike Nate, who is ultimately gooey in the middle but has loose morals and can be a real bastard if he sets his mind to it or he's pushed too far, Elena is gooey all the way through, inside and out. She's not in it for money (although it sure is nice) or adventure (although she likes that, too) but to do what's right.
  • Not Quite Dead: At the end of Among Thieves, Elena comes close to dying at Flynn's hand.
  • Plucky Girl: Lampshaded by Flynn.
  • Precious Photo: Among Thieves shows that Nate keeps one of her in his notebook. Surrounded by flowery illustrations, no less. Seems like she most likely was "the one who broke his heart" prior to the game's events after all.
  • Took a Level In Badass: She was no slouch in Drake's Fortune, but she clearly spent some XP points between the first and second games; she walks into a war-zone of her own accord chasing a war criminal who's been officially declared dead, and participates in both driving and gunplay without any hesitation.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Nate through the entirety of the first game, and then averted at the end of the second where they finally do become a couple.

Victor "Sully" Sullivan

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 A metaphor ain't gonna pay your bills, kid.

Charming and roguish, Sully is Nate's oldest friend and companion on many of his adventures. Has a well-known propensity for much younger women, gambling and bad business deals. Played by Richard McGonagle.

  • Anti-Hero: Type I.
  • Badass Grandpa: Sully is 60 come the start of Drake's Deception and yet doesn't show it at all.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Nate.
  • Characterization Marches On: Though somewhat subtle, Sully's characterization in "Drake's Fortune" slightly clashes with that of the other games. The main conflict of the game is brought about by Sully's carelessness and Sully's freedom from his debt is only brought about by Nate bailing him out. In every other game in the series, Sully often offers wisdom and holds Nate back from rash decisions, and Sully's tendency to bail Nate out of the situations he gets himself into are frequently referenced.
  • Cool Old Guy: In spades. Sully doesn't act his age at all.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Among Thieves, where he only appears long enough to bail Nate out of a Turkish prison and help him out in Borneo. When stuff gets real, he gets Genre Savvy and decides to opt out of the latest adventure. He gets a more active role in Drake's Deception.
  • Dirty Old Man: Lampshaded, repeatedly. And Sully himself seems more than aware of it.

 Nate: You're a dirty old man, Sullivan!

Sully: Uh-huh.

  • Disney Death: Has one of these in the first game. Twice in the third game, though the second time was due to a Mind Screw.
  • The Fagin: To Nate during his Artful Dodger youth. But it's the positive interpretation; even though he trained a kid to be a better thief, he also raised and loved Nate like his own son.
  • Give Me Back My Wallet: How Drake and Sully first met. He even says it word for word.
  • Heel Face Turn: The third game revealed he used to work for - and was romantically involved with - Marlowe. But when she sicced her goons on a young street child, Nate, over a ring she was trying to steal, he decided her employ wasn't worth it and took the boy in himself.
  • Like a Son to Me: This is the entire point of Drake's Deception; Nate's parents didn't raise him, Sully did, and the old guy all but outright says he loves Nate like a son.
  • Memetic Mutation: Victor Goddamn Sullivan!
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Zig-zagged. He's seemingly killed early on in Drake's Fortune, only to turn up alive and possibly-traitorous later in the game.
    • As of the third game despite some near misses, he's still truckin'. Good thing, too; his apparent death is Nate's Berserk Button.
  • Moment Killer: At the end of the first game. By Drake's Deception, he's Genre Savvy enough to leave the lovebirds alone.
  • Morality Chain: Though Nate is far from a psychopath, Dante from "Golden Abyss" insinuates that his lack of corruption or fixation on money over love of history ("going soft") is due to the influence of Sully's good nature.
  • Papa Wolf: To Nate. Sully was just seconds from shooting Cutter to keep Nate safe.
  • Parental Substitute: He basically adopted Nate and raised him like a son.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Sully thinks so, judging by the way he chomps on those cigars.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Early on in Among Thieves.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: The reason he turned on Marlowe and adopted Nate.

Chloe Frazer

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 Oh, is that an ancient Tibetan ritual dagger in your pocket?

A professional thief, amateur treasure hunter, old flame of Nate's and general sexpot. Chloe has a "mostly professional" relationship with Flynn at the beginning of Among Thieves, but schemes with Nate to leave him in the dust once the Museum job is finished. Played by Claudia Black. Returns in Drake's Deception.

  • Action Girl: Chloe can more than take care of herself.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Just look at her.
  • Beta Couple: She and Charlie Cutter are hinted to be this by the time of Deception.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Played with; Chloe is always on Nate's side despite her actions. Flynn is another story.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong
  • Girl of the Week: Lampshaded by Elena.
  • Heel Face Revolving Door: Wow. Where to start? She shows up with Flynn, but schemes with Nate to leave Flynn in the dust, but then Flynn screws Nate over and he assumes that Chloe was in on it, except then Chloe helps get him out of jail and leads him to Borneo, but then when Flynn shows up she holds them at gunpoint, only to then free Nate and Sully and give them the dagger... and that's just in the first four chapters! At least Flynn was consistent.
  • Hot Amazon
  • Land Down Under: Played by Claudia Black.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • New Old Flame: Introduced as an apparent old flame of Nate's who's come back into his life.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Averted with Nate. Sexual tension is pretty successfully resolved during one of the game's first cutscenes, and their relationship for the rest of the game (when she's not going through the Heel Face Revolving Door) is... well, sexual.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Gabriel Roman

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 You two should realise by now that I plan for every contingency.

A crimelord, loan shark and amateur treasure hunter, Roman loaned a large sum of money to Sully before the events of Drake's Fortune and attempts to collect by trailing Nate and attempting to snatch El Dorado before anyone else can. Played by Simon Templeman.

Atoq Navarro

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 I'm the only person on this island who knows what the hell he's doing!

The leader of a mercenary group and the most knowledgeable and professional treasure hunter in Drake's Fortune (save Nate himself), Navarro works for Roman as his main lieutenant. Unlike Roman, Navarro can actually go toe-to-toe with Drake. Played by Robin Atkin Downes.

Eddy Raja

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 That's right you, ugly konyok! Don't mess with Eddy Raja!

The head of a group of pirates who go after Nate and Elena at the beginning of Drake's Fortune and later works for Roman and Navarro as hired muscle. He's superstitious and believes in the curse of the island. Played by James Sie.

  • Affably Evil: He's a loud-mouthed, none-too-bright jerk, actually, but he means no real malice, and when his men start dying mysteriously, he'd rather give up than throw more lives chasing treasure.
  • Never Found the Body
  • Enemy Mine: He and Nate really, really dislike each other, but when backed up against the wall by zombies, they don't waste any time arguing.
  • The Rival: Intensely competitive with Nate whenever they meet.

Sir Francis Drake

 There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.

A legendary English Privateer who lived in the 1500s and was particularly feared and hated by the Spanish of the time. He's particularly well-renowned for commanding the English Royal Navy to victory over the Spanish Armada. He supposedly died in 1596, but Nathan Drake (his supposed descendant) finds evidence that Francis faked his death instead.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Harry Flynn

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 No hard feelings, yeah?

A professional thief and an old friend of Nate's who crosses paths with him on various jobs. He's cunning, manipulative and ruthless, but doesn't have a mind for puzzles and relies on others for historic information. Like Nate, he has a tendency to crack wise. Played by Steve Valentine.

  Nate: Thank you for that update, Captain Obvious.

 Flynn: There's a guy above you, there's a guy above you!

Nate tosses the guy off the roof.

Flynn: There's a guy below you, there's a guy below you!

  Flynn: (to Elena) Sorry love, this isn't a movie, and you're not the plucky girl who reforms the villain and saves the day. It's just not done like that. (primes hand grenade)

Zoran Lazarevic

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 Compassion is the enemy. Mercy defeats us.

A Serbian war criminal, arms dealer and commander of a large military force who was responsible for murder and torture on a horrific scale. He admires men like Genghis Khan, Hitler and Pol Pit, and seeks the Cintamani Stone in order to harness its power and become invincible. NATO believed that Lazarevic had been killed in a bombing raid prior to the events of Among Thieves, though Elena Fisher thought otherwise and sought to prove it. Played by Graham McTavish.


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 [speaking Tibetan]

A Tibetan explorer and father of one who doesn't speak a word of English. He rescued Nate from the train wreck and accompanied him through the ice cavern and the battle in the mountain village. Played by Robin Atkin Downes with dialogue by Pema Dhondup.

Karl Schafer

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 So they have beaten you, eh? Your quest is over?

Schafer is a German former treasure hunter who has lived in the Tibetan village for seventy years after being carried in, wounded and dying (much like Drake is during Among Thieves). He initially appears as a humorous mentor figure, but is revealed to have a dark past. Played by René Auberjonois.

  • The Atoner: He led the Nazis right to Shambala's doorstep and almost gave them the power of the Tree of Life's sap, which led to...
    • I Did What I Had to Do: ...Murdering the entire Nazi expedition to keep them from finding the Cintamani Stone.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Ironic Echo: Schafer came to Tibet to find the Cintamani Stone and was brought to the village, wounded and near-death, after having to be rescued from the snowfields. Seventy years later, Nate arrives in the exact same way, and Schafer sees it as this trope.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Tortured to the death by Lazarevic.


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 Is it always like this with him?

Elena's cameraman who accompanies her to Nepal. Played by Gregory Myhre.

Marco Polo

 I did not tell half of what I saw for I knew I would not be believed.

Italian explorer who made a historical over-land journey to the far east where he met Kublai Kahn. By retracing his footsteps Nate and crew hope to locate the city of Shambhala.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Katherine Marlowe

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 I merely want what's mine.

The head of an Ancient Conspiracy that dates back to the court of Queen Elizabeth I, Marlowe is the main opponent of Nate and Sully's quest to find Iram of the Pillars. She believes that Sir Francis Drake's ring, and whatever secrets it still holds, are rightfully hers. Played by Rosalind Ayres.

Charlie Cutter

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 Typical bloody Yank. All talk.

A British thug who works for Katherine Marlowe, but he's quickly revealed to be an ally of Drake's. Played by Graham McTavish.


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 Don't trust Drake.

Marlowe's second-in-command. He basically plays a similar role to Navarro and Flynn from the first and second games, acting as Drake's dark counter in the third game. He's the ruthless and cunning dragon to Marlowe (also much like Navarro to Roman and Flynn to Lazarevich), and he's not afraid to use dirty tricks - or to throw people away when they're of no further use to him or his organisation. The one exception, and the person to whom he gives his absolute loyalty, is Marlowe. Played by Robin Atkin Downes.

  • Disney Villain Death: Well, presuming the rounds fired into his chest didn't kill him before he fell.
  • Big No: After Marlowe's death.
  • The Dragon: To Marlowe.
  • Evil Brit
  • Evil Counterpart: Word of God suggests that he's this to Nate. They're the same age, same physical fitness, and even seem to have the same luck. The only difference is their morals. It's also shown in how they dress; Talbot is well dressed in a dark suit, Nate is scruffier, and in more neutral colours.
  • Final Boss
  • Knife Nut: In the final battle, he pulls out a combat knife and becomes distinctly less refined.
  • Last-Name Basis: His first name is never mentioned. Or maybe Talbot is the first. Not even that is known.
  • Mind Screw: His favourite tactic. His tarot symbol is The Magician, after all.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: At one point, Cutter shoots Talbot in the chest only to have him show up, totally unscathed, a few moments later. Cutter flips right out at the sight, demanding to know how he survived, but it's never explained how he did, be it a bulletproof vest or something more mystical.
    • Word of God states it was just him using black ops tricks like a bulletproof vest and an escape rope in order to appear more intimidating.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Talbot seems to enjoy his nice suits.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: He walks behind a corner that leads to a dead end and is gone when Sully and Nate reach the corner. He also has a habit of abruptly appearing when you least expect him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He flips out when Marlowe is killed, and concentrates solely on killing Nate, rather than escaping the rapidly collapsing Ubar.
  • Villainous Friendship: Although he's a Dragon, he seems to be a very loyal and protective one, up to the point where he sounds sincerely desperate when begging Drake to save Marlowe's life when he himself is too far to help.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Twice in a single chapter. When his man is swarmed by deadly spiders, Talbot grabs the artifact and doesn't even acknowledge his pleading agent as the guy dies. Not five minutes later, he traps the East End Thugs in the burning chateau with Nate and Sully, whom he had previously hired to burn the building in the first place. Not quite as blatant as Lazarevic, but ruthless nonetheless.


 See you in hell, habibi.

A pirate Marlowe hires to get rid of Drake. Played by Sayed Badreya.

  • Faux Affably Evil: Hey, he might have Drake tied to a chair and be preparing to beat him within an inch of his life, but he's willing to bargain! Very polite of him, considering he was hired to kill Nate and dispose of his body.
  • Large Ham: He pretty over the top, his accent just adding to his silliness.
  • Pirate
  • Taking You with Me: Drake manages to fatally wound him after spring his trap. He manages to catch up to Drake as he escaping the capsized ship and, knowing he can't possibly survive or escape, shoots the glass roof and lets the rushing water in.
  • The Unfought
  • Villains Never Lie: Subverted. He never had Sully; by claiming to and threatening him as a hostage, he'd expected Nate to crack and give up the location of Iram of the Pillars. Unfortunately, the threat instead spurred Nate into tearing the whole pirate encampment apart to rescue his friend. Whoops.


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Leader of a desert tribe. He saves Drake during his fight with Marlowe's goons in an abandon settlement and becomes an ally after Drake reveals he out to stop her. Played by T.J. Ramini.

  • Exposition Fairy: Pretty much his role in the game. He tells the tale of the city of Ubar and the Djinn that was cast into the heart of it. Drake pieces this together once Sully and he reach the city and realizes what Marlowe's truly after.

T.E. Lawrence

 All men dream. But not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to realise it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men. For they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. This, I did.

Also known as Lawrence of Arabia, T.E. Lawrence was a real-life Adventurer Archaeologist who worked and travelled in the Middle East in the early 1900s. During World War I, he was a British Army intelligence office and was instrumental in the Arab campaign against the Ottoman Empire. After the war, he spent some time as an advisor to Winston Churchill and served in other British armed forces under assumed names. He died in a motorcycle accident in 1935 after swerving his motorcycle off the road to avoid two young boys on bicycles. In Drake's Deception, Nate and Sully will be using records of Lawrence's time working as an archaeologist in the Middle East in order to find Iram of the Pillars.

Uncharted - Golden Abyss

Joe Dante

An old friend of Nate's, with connections to Sully, and a fellow treasure-hunter, but unlike Nate, he has no particular appreciation for history, just the money. His mouth gets him into and out of trouble all the time.

  • Obviously Evil: Downplayed; "obviously untrustworthy." Almost from the moment he opens his mouth it's clear he's not on the level and Chase tells Nate right after they meet that Dante's obviously going to try to cut both her and Nate out of the deal.

Marisa Chase

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