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Michael Shaw
Appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops (Nintendo DS)
Rank Sergeant
Affiliations Studies and Observation Group, CIA
Nationality American
Status Alive
Sex Male
Race Caucasian
Weapon M16A1, M14, Mk. 22 Mod. 0, Throwing Knife, Knife, M40

Sergeant Michael Shaw is a CIA-backed operative and main playable character in Call of Duty: Black Ops (Nintendo DS). He is one of the two soldiers the player must extract in the mission "The Recovery Job".


At some point during his career, the CIA Black Ops operative Sgt. Michael Shaw was dispatched to Cuba and assigned to Operation 40, where he likely participated in the Bay of Pigs Invasion during Op-40's attempted assassination of Fidel Castro. Along with Alex Mason, Shaw was captured by the Cuban Military but, unlike Mason, he managed to escape his captors before presumably being taken to Vorkuta. After using a radio to make contact with the CIA and the Extraction Team, he made his way along the coast to the beach where he was extracted via a stolen Hind by the Black Ops team sent in to rescue him and Mason.

He was then attached to the SOG and deployed in Vietnam where he met up with a defector named Yuri Raslov, and Captain Patterson, that had helped rescue him years earlier. After coming up empty on the search for Nova-6, the trio managed to catch the last chopper out of Vietnam.

After this, he was again sent in with Raslov and Patterson to retrieve intel from a Soviet Intelligence Base, and later to destroy a Russian Lab producing a chemical weapon. Shaw was deployed into a secret Russian Submarine Base, with only a Mk. 22 Mod. 0. He managed to plant charges on the Submarine stationed there and then escaped before the charges detonated, single-handedly destroying the submarine and the base.


He is Player One on all maps. When he gets downed, he will yell, "I'm Down!". However, he sounds a little different than in the campaign.


  • Shaw holds the Knife in a slightly different position different to all other playable characters. His right hand is tended more forward and his left hand is held nearer to the body, whereas all other characters hold the Knife with the arms at the same level.

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