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|“||We will watch Europe burn. We will watch the empire of the United States collapse under it's own weight. A world with two superpowers will become a world with one. The Soviet Union. And if the leaders of this new world order squander the opportunity we have provided for them, then they too will be replaced.||„|
|~ Perseus in the Soviet ending.|
|“||And to think after all this time, they still believe I'm Perseus. As if Perseus could ever be an individual, working alone. So American.||„|
|~ Perseus after Bell gives the order to detonate the nukes in Solovetsky.|
He is a rogue Soviet army general and leader of a spy organization named "Perseus", and shares his collective activities with other networks to eliminate the United States' dominance in the world, and also restart Russia from ashes of detonating nukes across Europe.
He is portrayed by Andrey Ivchenko via motion capture, who also played Grigori in Stranger Things, whilst being voiced by William Salyers, who also played Doctor Octopus in Marvel's Spider-Man, Rigby in Regular Show, Victor Valente in The Darkness II, Truman Marsh in Avengers: Ultron Revolution, and Erich Soders in HITMAN (2016).
Not much is known about "Perseus'" background, but he was presumably born in Russia and became an officer in the Soviet Union. Perseus is the leader of a Soviet terrorist organization also known as Perseus. All the other terrorists in his organization are code-named "Perseus" much like himself. It's also implied that Perseus isn't entirely loyal to the Soviet Union, as he intends to are rebuilding his motherland from the ashes since he sees America's influence going through the country.
He has connections to the KGB and Russian Mafia, with whom they share the goal of subverting and ultimately destroying the dominance of the United States and other western countries permanently. His friends include Russian mob boss and arms dealer, Anton Volkov, ex-Stasi agent, Franz Kraus, CIA defector Robert Aldrich, KGB agents, Major Vadim Rudnik, Colonel Lev Kravchenko and Imran Zakhaev, and Iranian terrorists such as Arash Kadivar and Qasim Javadi. He was also close to a Soviet soldier whom he deeply trusted, as the soldier appeared at a meeting with Perseus and other Soviet officials. Perseus was also targeted by the CIA for his actions during the height of the Cold War, and was often nearly killed by Russell Adler, but managed to evade him for decades.
Before the events of the game, Perseus came into contact with the Soviet operative Vikhor "Stitch" Kuzmin, who was sent to the gulag by Kravchenko for failing to stop the Rebirth assault. Finding Kuzmin a broken, Perseus managed to get Stitch to join his cause, and the latter also joined to get revenge on Adler for causing his fall.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Arash Kadivar would later betray Perseus' close associate during an operation in Turkey, but the operative survived the incident and was saved by CIA agent Russell Adler. Adler and the CIA decided to brainwash the operative, so they could give them information on Perseus' plans, and gave him the code-named "Bell" and tasked them with Adler. Despite the loss of his close associate and Kadivar, Perseus continued his plan to destroy the west and Europe, specifically stealing an American nuke from the CIA project Operation Greenlight. However, Perseus' true plan was to detonate all the American nukes across Europe and have the United States take the fall, but needed a scientist who worked on Greenlight. Perseus and his network decided to collect the names of sleeper agents that were programmed by Nikita Dragovich and Friedrich Steiner in the 1960s.
After collecting the names, Perseus had Mount Yamatau's mainframe wiped, so the CIA couldn't follow his trail, and pin-pointed his sleeper agent on Theodore Hastings. Hastings was part of Operation Greenlight, and Perseus had him re-programmed to give him access to all the nukes in Europe, and sent him to Cuba to have them armed for him. When the CIA attacked the facility in Havana, Perseus quickly had Hastings arm the nukes and killed him and the staff before shooting out the cameras. Perseus managed to escape from Havana, and went to a safe location to prepare to signal the detonation of the American nukes. Unbeknownst to Perseus, his close associate "Bell" succeeded in helping the CIA in stopping his associates, but failed to learn of Perseus' location due to the brainwashing.
If "Bell" tells the truth, they will assist the CIA in destroying the AA-guns in Solovetsky Islands and calling in a bombing run to destroy the signals. Perseus and his network will be crippled, and his associates Robert Aldrich and Vadim Rudnik can be eliminated if the player decides to solve the evidence. According to Jason Hudson's superior Emerson Black, Perseus was never found at the compound, and it's presumed that he escaped or was at a different location. If Park is chosen to live, she will be leading a team to find and eliminate Perseus.
If "Bell" lies to Adler and the team, the player has the option to call in the Soviets to set an ambush at Duga-2, which Perseus personally leads. If the player signals the ambush, Perseus helps "Bell" kill Alder, Mason, Woods, and Park/Lazar (if present) and allows them to signal the detonation of the American nukes. After detonating the nukes across Europe, Perseus goes into hiding for the time being, and awaits to further his agendas.
Call of Duty: Warzone
Perseus is a mentioned character in the Verdansk storyline of Call of Duty: Warzone, being referenced in Imran Zakhaev's letter as being his mentor, and helping radicalized his attitude toward the west.
- Perseus is loosely based on the codename of a hypothetical Soviet atomic spy who would've allegedly breached U.S. national security by infiltrating Los Alamos during the development of the Manhattan Project, and consequently would have been instrumental for the Soviet Union in its development of nuclear weapons. However, researchers of the subject point that Perseus never existed and was actually a creation of the Soviet intelligence.
- Perseus is the fourth Call of Duty main antagonist to canonically survive.
- Perseus is the fifth Call of Duty main antagonist to be Russian, behind only Imran Zakhaev, Nikita Dragovich, Vladimir Makarov, and General Barkov.
- However, unlike most of these villains, Perseus is the most honorable and his motives were, in his eyes at least, for the greater good of humanity.