|"We need him alive! Stand down. Stand down, Mason!"
This article contains multiple options that are determined by player choice.
|Appears in||Call of Duty: Black Ops II|
|Affiliations||Sal DeLuca's Mob|
Alive (Purgatory, regardless of the easter egg ending).
|Killed By||Billy Handsome, Sal DeLuca and Finn O'Leary (Reality)|
|Eyes||Blue (right), Green (left) (Heterochromia iridum)|
|Death||December 31st, 1933 (player determined)|
|Weapon||M1911, Snub-Nosed Python, Ray Gun (Poster), AK47, LSAT, MP5, B23R, M1927, FAL, Uzi, any weapon obtained by the player|
|Equipment||Prison Knife, Fragmentation Grenades|
|Voice Actor||Joe Pantoliano|
- "They all look at you the same way don't they, Al? They see a weasel... a rat... You're a survivor, Al, no shame in that."
- — Arlington talking to himself
Arlington was the money handler in Salvatore DeLuca's mob, and was a con man. (Billy claimed he could "con people out of their souls"). He was found to be a part of a Los Angeles heist, leading to his imprisonment on Alcatraz Island. He is known to have had an extensive criminal history.
On Alcatraz, Arlington, Sal, Billy and Finn devised an escape plan. After "lights out", Arlington pretended to be ill so that the prison guard with the keys would open his cell and check on him. He stabbed the guard multiple times with a Prison Knife and stole the keys, releasing Sal, Billy and Finn. Billy supplied the other three with Python revolvers that he had smuggled out of the Warden's "private collection." However, the prison guard that Arlington thought he had killed was resurrected as a zombie. After killing him again, hordes of zombies appeared from the cells and attacked the four. While the others stood and fought the zombies, Arlington ran, but was surrounded and killed, and then sent to the Afterlife.
It is revealed in the audio logs, however, that in reality, Arlington's escape plan never came to be and Sal, Billy and Finn betrayed Arlington, brutally murdering him on the roof of the prison, a crime for which they would all be sentenced to death by electric chair. Upon hearing this, the characters are reminded of what really happened in Alcatraz, and they turn against Arlington again. The fight's outcome is entirely player-determined, and can either end with the death of Arlington, to which the "cycle continues", or the death of the other three mobsters, to which the "cycle is broken".
Arlington seems to be pessimistic and depressed most of the time. He commonly states how hopeless he thinks the mobsters' situation is. If Arlington is completely downed, the player playing as him can hear him talking to himself, and hears Al mention how he knew old promises would catch up to him. Arlington also seems to be the most inquisitive of the situation, and often asks questions relating to how or why they are trapped in a nightmarish iteration of Alcatraz Island. His sense of humor is dry and deadpan, rarely sounding enthusiastic. He also seems to have a larger vocabulary, and uses less slang than the other three mobsters.
At the end of the Pop Goes the Weasel Easter egg, Sal, Bill and Finn can either kill Weasel or Weasel will kill them. Should Weasel die, then "the cycle continues" and the Mobsters must repeat the events of Mob of the Dead again. Should Sal, Billy and Finn die then "the cycle is broken", meaning that the story can progress.
Compared to the other Mobsters, Arlington seems to be the second youngest of the four. He wears the typical prison uniform, but also wears a dark blue jacket with elbow patches and black fingerless gloves over it. He is either balding or has had his head shaven, which he covers with a dark blue flatcap. He also has a small amount of stubble and is covered in blood like the other Mobsters.
- "I've completed the aircraft's schematics, using only components that I know can be found within the grounds. However, everything hinges on gaining the trust and help of some of the facility's most notorious residents.
They may make fun of me sometimes, but they know I can do anything if I set my mind to it. I've planned enough jobs for them in the past to know that I can convince them to join me as Icarus takes flight.
Speaking of Icarus, same old story. The Editor defaced my art, scrawling nasty little comments on every page.
When I get out, I'll show him how wrong he is..."
- — Al's Journal
- Main article: Mob of the Dead/Quotes#Albert Arlington
- Arlington claims the name "Nikolai" sounds familiar to him. This is a reference to Nikolai Belinski.
- Arlington likes Wonder Weapons, such as the Ray Gun, and prefers said weapon over the Blundergat.
- The writing that can commonly be seen scrawled onto various walls around the prison is in Arlington's handwriting, but he claims he "sure as hell can't remember writing it".
- None of the other characters seem to like Arlington. Arlington is aware of this and resents the fact he is looked down upon by the others, feeling the need to prove himself somehow.
- Arlington enjoys drawing, particularly comics.
- Arlington appears to have Heterochromia iridum, as he has two differently colored eyes, the right being blue, and the left green. This trait is shared with Vladimir Makarov from the Modern Warfare series.
- Despite what the others believe, Arlington himself does not seem to understand why they are trapped in Alcatraz nor does he know who is in charge.
- His serial number is either 101A or 872B. Evidenced by them being two of the four numbers used as part of the Pop Goes The Weasel easter egg along with 386A and 481B already belonging to Salvatore DeLuca and Finn O'Leary, respectively.
- Albert was previously to be called Arthur, but this was changed.
- Arlington is holding the Perk-a-Cola "Electric Cherry" in the poster.