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|Appears in||Call of Duty: Black Ops II|
|Rank||Cordis Die second-in-command |
|Affiliations||Cordis Die |
|Killed By||David Mason, Farid, or any friendly NPC during Karma (player-determined)|
|Death||June 12th, 2025, Colussus, Cayman Islands (Karma) (player-determined)|
|Weapon||Five Seven, Remington 870 MCS, MTAR, FHJ-18 AA, AN-94, M8A1|
Tac-45 (US disguise only)
Holstered: M1911, M9 (US disguise)
Unknown Tactical Grenades (US disguise)
|Timeline||Black Ops Timeline|
|Voice Actor||Julian Sands (voice and facial capture)|
- "The concept of empathy is understood by him, but... irrelevant."
- — Farid
DeFalco is the alias of the secondary antagonist in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Depending on the player's actions, he could be considered merely the tertiary antagonist. He is the leader of the Mercs commanding the military arm of Cordis Die, and he assists Raul Menendez throughout the campaign. He is stated by Farid to be Menendez's 'number two', and the second-in-command of the Cordis Die organization.
Little is known of DeFalco previous to his encounters in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. All that is known is he joined up with Raul Menendez at some point and joined Cordis Die as his second-in-command and was also placed in charge of the Mercs. He also adopted the codename: "DeFalco", possibly to cover his true identity.
DeFalco made his first appearance in the mission "Fallen Angel." At the beginning of the mission, JSOC operatives observed recorded footage of his exploits in Pakistan; including executing targets for Menendez, and/or meeting with Pakistani officials. He is later seen in person midway through the mission while David Mason and Mike Harper are observing Menendez's meeting with ISI officers in Lahore. DeFalco and Menendez have a brief exchange of dialogue where the latter instructs DeFalco to see to the capture of Chloe Lynch, which he states he will see to personally before departing from Pakistan.
ColossusEditDeFalco next appears in the mission "Karma", where he and his mercenaries storm into Cayman Trench looking for Chloe. When David and Harper arrive to the club in an effort to escort Chloe out, DeFalco unexpectedly arrives and begins taking hostages from the crowd, demanding Chloe give herself up in exchange for their lives. After executing a hostage and preparing to kill a second, Chloe hands herself to him. DeFalco secures Chloe and orders his men to open fire on the JSOC operatives. Mason and Harper then pursue him through the floating city, fighting their way through his men to try and prevent him from escaping with Chloe.
If the player catches up with DeFalco then he will return fire to the player and can be killed in a fire fight. His body will then be carried back to a VTOL by Harper and Salazar.
If the player fails to catch up to him (or intentionally fails) then he will escape with Chloe and survive.
YemenEditProvided he survives the events of "Karma", DeFalco will reappear in "Achilles' Veil", where he will greet Menendez and stand with him and Farid as they address the followers of Cordis Die. However, an American VTOL arrives, which DeFalco shoots down with a rocket and escapes with Menendez. DeFalco and Menendez later meet up with Farid at the citadel where Menendez has Harper hostage. Menendez will then order Farid to shoot Harper, an action that DeFalco further supports. Either Harper or Farid can be killed here but regardless DeFalco will escape while Menendez is captured.
Attack on U.S.S. ObamaEdit
DeFalco will reappear in the level "Odysseus" where he and several hundreds of Mercs attack the USS Barack Obama. DeFalco will rejoin an escaped Menendez and will help take hostages. As Briggs orders Salazar to shoot Menendez and DeFalco, Salazar will betray and shoot his own men.
If Chloe and Farid are on the bridge then DeFalco will strike Chloe to the ground but will be shot in the head and killed by Farid.
If Chloe is on the bridge but Farid is absent then DeFalco will slice her throat before setting her corpse on the ground.
If Farid is on the bridge but Chloe is absent then Farid will shoot DeFalco in the abdomen but will be shot by DeFalco himself as he dies.
If Chloe and Farid are both absent then DeFalco will play no part in Salazar's betrayal.
After Salazar's betrayal (provided DeFalco is still alive at this point), he watches as Menendez uploads a virus allowing him to take control of the entire fleet of U.S. Military drones. DeFalco presumably escaped in the VTOL that Menendez used to escape after doing so.
After a series of drone attacks on cities across the globe thanks to Menendez, the Americans will attack Haiti. Provided he has survived up to this point, DeFalco, Menendez and an unnamed Merc will kill two soldiers to dress up in their uniforms and make their escape, but are intercepted by Mason and Harper. As DeFalco moves in to kill Harper, Mason grabs a KAP-40 and uses it to shoot and kill DeFalco and his subordinate. If DeFalco has not survived, his role will be filled by another Merc.
- DeFalco is the first major antagonist in a Call of Duty campaign who can be fought and killed in a normal firefight, instead of as part of a special scripted event. If the player is fast enough to catch up to him at the end of the mission "Karma", he will attack the player alongside two Mercs, or, alternatively, the player can shoot him from a distance before he leaves the building.
- DeFalco appears to speak Spanish (or at least understand it) as seen when talking to Menendez in the mission "Fallen Angel".
- In Karma, if the player catches up to him, DeFalco will speak in Spanish during the fight, using military jargon and a standard PMC voice rather than his own. This is likely because his NPC is just a remodeled PMC soldier.
- DeFalco has Albinism, as evidenced by his pink eyes, white hair and very pale skin. This can be seen well in "Odysseus", when he kills Chloe Lynch, if he is still alive, Chloe Lynch has been rescued, and Farid is dead.
- It is possible for DeFalco to be killed by any friendly NPC during "Karma". If the player catches up to him during the chase but does not kill him, it is possible for a security guard to tackle him or shoot him.
- DeFalco cannot be gibbed or downed.
- Despite being the leader of the Mercs (PMCs), he is never seen wearing military equipment, apart from his SEAL Team 6 disguise in the mission "Judgment Day", if he is still alive. Most of the time, he wears a grey shirt, a black bubble jacket and a light brown pair of trousers.
- Despite being the Merc leader, the outfit he most often wears is more similar to the Militia outfit.
- DeFalco seems to have a good relationship with Raul Menendez as he is described by Farid as his number two and is seen hugging Menendez during "Achilles' Veil".
- "DeFalco" (De Falco) means "The Falcon" in Latin. This is fitting due to him being Menendez's second-in-command and the commander of the Mercs.
- One of the songs in the official Call of Duty: Black Ops II soundtrack, "DeFalco's Theme", is named after him.
- DeFalco and the Mercs that fight alongside him in "Karma" deal more damage to the player than standard enemies.
- DeFalco is one of four major characters in the game that die regardless of the player's actions, the others being Farid, Hudson, and Kravchenko.
- DeFalco's name is spelled inconsistently throughout the campaign, as DeFalco and Defalco.
- If the player kills DeFalco in Karma, the two mercenaries with him automatically die even if they took no damage.
- He and Farid appear to be rivals.
- DeFalco is the only antagonist who can die in more than one mission.
- In "Judgment Day", if alive, he bears the same military outfit as Javier Salazar.
- DeFalco is the first known character in the series to have pink eyes.