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Shadow Company is a different breed. No more vodka-drunk Ultranationalists. They're trained like we are.
~ Captain John "Soap" MacTavish describing the Shadow Company.

The Shadow Company is the main antagonistic faction of the 2009 video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. It is an elite unit of private military contractors who are led by the versatile and compatible General Shepherd, the former commander of Task Force 141.


The Shadow Company made their first appearance in the mission "Loose Ends" during the third action of the game, under the command of General Shepherd. They appeared as an elite unit of private military contractors stationed in their underground base "Site Hotel Bravo" somewhere in Afghanistan.

Shepherd became supreme commander of the Shadow Company in his manhunt for Vladimir Makarov and he had given a blank check to use any resources needed. When Shepherd's special ops unit, Task Force 141, was collecting intelligence at Makarov's safe house in Georgian-Russian border, the Shadow Company briefly appeared as friendlies to extract Simon "Ghost" Riley and Gary "Roach" Sanderson. However, Shepherd betrayed them by shooting them and secured the DSM before his soldiers dumped the bodies in a ditch and Shepherd set them on fire using a cigar.

In "The Enemy of My Enemy", he tried to eliminate John Price and John "Soap" MacTavish, who were looking for Makarov at the vehicle boneyard in Eastern Afghanistan, but the duo managed to escape by driving their vehicle into their Russian informant Nikolai's C-130 Hercules.

In "Just Like Old Times", while resided in their command base, it was infiltrated by Price and Soap, who were on a suicide mission to kill Shepherd for his betrayal of Task Force 141 and the murders of Ghost, Roach, Rook and the other Task Force members. When Shepherd realized that the base was compromised, he ordered his new troops to help him escape on a Zodiac while ordering a full evacuation of Site Hotel Bravo and destroying the base in the process, but he still failed to kill Price and Soap.

In the final campaign mission "Endgame", Price and Soap used a Zodiac to pursue Shepherd around the river all the way to the waterfall where Price destroyed Shepherd's helicopter and they dangled down into the river below. After regaining conscious, Soap headed to the helicopter crash site and after killing the two remaining soldiers, tried to kill Shepherd, but Shepherd fought back and recalled his reasons why he was doing this after he pinned Soap down and stabbed him with the knife Soap was using. As Price tackled Shepherd away, they fought in hand-to-hand combat until Shepherd gained the upper hand. After Soap woke up, he pulled the knife out of his wound with his last strength and managed to kill Shepherd by expertly throwing a knife through his eye just as he looked up.

The Shadow Company is absent from Modern Warfare 3. However, a container with their logo can be seen.



  • They are the first enemy faction in the Call of Duty series to be American.
  • They wear black combat uniforms and black leather boots.
  • They are the only COD faction to be completely wiped out.
  • They appear in COD online as a faction pitted against Task Force 141.
    • Their logo in COD online is the Tropas logo from Black Ops.

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