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Tank Dempsey
NZ Dempsey
Appears in Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Zombies
Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Rank Corporal (formerly)
Affiliations United States Marine Corps (formerly),
Marine Recon Team (formerly)
Nationality American
Status Alive (As of Moon)
Birth Before 1917
Sex Male
Hair Blond (Brown in Origins)
Eyes Blue
Race Caucasian
Weapon M1911, any weapon obtained by the player.
Wunderwaffe DG-2 (First Strike poster)
Mauser C96 (Origins)
MG08/15 (Origins intro and poster)
Remington New Model Army (Origins intro)
Equipment Stielhandgranate, M67 Grenade, Knife, Mk 2 Grenade (Unusable), Fragmentation Grenades
Timeline Zombies Timeline
Voice Actor Steve Blum
Level Nacht der Untoten (Black Ops verison), Verrückt (Black Ops verison), Shi No Numa, Der Riese, Kino der Toten, Ascension, Call of the Dead (Heard only), Shangri-La, Moon and Origins
"Tank Dempsey! Kicking ass and making messes!"
— Tank Dempsey

Corporal Tank Dempsey is an American Marine who fought in the United States Marine Corps, and is a playable character in the Zombies game mode. His player indicator color is white (shared with John F. Kennedy and Sarah Michelle Gellar), but is randomized in Moon and Origins.

Biography Edit

"Tank Dempsey: American hero. Hand him a loaded weapon, a good woman, and something to shoot at and he is happy. Enrage him and he will rip your guts out and use them as a bandolier.

Dempsey was selected for this mission after he showed his true grit at the battle for Peleliu. Remarkable though it may seem, his unit was captured during the early raids before the main invasion, and he spent 2 weeks in a rat infested bamboo cage submerged in malarial water. Well that did not stop The Tank. After he gnawed his way through the cage, he then gnawed his way through his captors armed only with a Bobby pin and his Medal of Honor which he keeps secreted in various body cavities.

Now you know there is no before the war for Dempsey, and there is no after. There is only the legend of Tank Dempsey, and how he will win the war for the rest of us."

— Tank's biography added with Map Pack 2 in Call of Duty: World at War.

Letters Edit

Tank Dempsey letter Origins BOII
Dempsey's first letter.
"November 19, 1917
It seems beyond doubt that Fritz is up to no good. Air reconnaissance suggests prototype armored weaponry is being tested in Northern France. Scuttlebutt reads like the ramblings of a mad man; strange lights in the sky... a mysterious plague... even giant metal men.
I'll be at the site within the week to learn the truth with my own eyes...
— Tank Dempsey
Tank Dempsey letter 2 Origins BOII
Dempsey's second letter.
"April 14, 1918
After far too long waiting on the sidelines, we finally got our first taste of combat. Our actions at Belleau Wood seem to have brought their Spring Offensive to a grinding halt. We even heard talk that Fritz has nicknamed us the 'Devil Dogs', following the allround ass kicking they took... and that's fine by me.
We intercepted communications suggesting that we're not the only nation to learn of the enemy's plans. Scuttlebutt is that the Russians & Japanese are looking to grab a slice of the action. Things are going to get interesting.
— Tank Dempsey

Appearances Edit

Quotes Edit

Main article: Shi No Numa/Quotes#Tank Dempsey



  • Dempsey, when drinking Stamin-up, refers to it as being sour.
  • Origins is the only map in which Dempsey wears gloves.
  • Dempsey and Polonsky from Call of Duty: World at War share the same character model.
  • In Origins, Dempsey slightly resembles Alex Mason.
  • Dempsey uses the same first-person character model in Call of Duty: Black Ops as Mason in the mission "Payback".
  • Dempsey hates Edward Richtofen, who in turn hates him as well. In Origins, however, Dempsey and Edward Richtofen seem to get along.
  • Dempsey seems to disrespect Nikolai Belinski, however he does not seem to actually hate him.
    • In the Original Characters Trapped Easter egg, Dempsey and Nikolai appear to be drunk together, demonstrating how Dempsey does not actually hate him.
  • Dempsey treats Takeo Masaki with much respect, but Takeo does not seem to return the same feeling, until Shangri-La where he begins to subtly reciprocate, and shows it more openly on Moon.
  • Dempsey's favorite weapon seems to be the BAR. He also seems to like the M16 in Call of Duty; Black Ops, and also appears to like heavy weaponry, such as the MG08/15MG42 and HK21.
  • Dempsey often calls the Wunderwaffe DG-2 the “Wonder Waffle", which has sparked a trend among the community, who often do the same.
  • Rarely, while using the Pack-a-Punch machine, Dempsey will sing the jingle for Juggernog.
  • Dempsey was featured in Treyarch's Shi No Numa example map, nazi_zombie_kyassuru. [citation needed]
  • By the time of Kino der Toten, Dempsey has grown a small beard, and by the time of Ascension, he is covered in dirt and blood. This blood is gone in Shangri-La and returns in Moon.
  • Dempsey will occasionally break the fourth wall. One example is a quote from Kino Der Toten, where, when out of ammo, he will sometimes say, "Hey, player! Drop the chips and get me some ammo!"
  • In a file on the computer terminal, it says that part of Dr. Maxis' super-soldier experiments were Dempsey, Nikolai, and Takeo.
  • When Pack-a-Punching a weapon on Ascension, he may say, "Richtofen... I don't like him. I think I saw him before Shi No Numa but... I can't quite remember. In fact, I can't remember much at all before then." Likely referring to Richtofen having his memory wiped.
  • Along with Takeo Masaki, Nikolai Belinski and Edward Richtofen, he is found in Call of the Dead involved in the Original Characters Trapped Easter Egg.
  • In Call of Duty: World at War, the player who is Dempsey will always be the host of the game, while in Call of Duty: Black Ops, it is randomized. Additionally, if the player is playing on Shi No Numa or Der Riese solo in Call of Duty: World at War, they will always be Dempsey.
  • Dempsey's favorite Perk-a-Cola is Juggernog and his least favorite is Quick Revive.
  • Dempsey has a five-year-old daughter.
  • Dempsey was briefly mentioned by Richtofen on Green Run, along with Nikolai.
  • Dempsey has a strong dislike for fish, as mentioned when he is disgusted each time after drinking a Quick Revive soda.
  • Dempsey, like Richtofen due to their appearance in Origins, has an impressive service record of at least 28 years (1917-1945).
  • Based on the Origins intro cutscene, Dempsey may be left-handed or ambidextrous. He holds both the MG 08 and the Remington New Model Army in his left hand. He also has his pistol holster on his left hip.
    • His holster disappears during gameplay and when he enters Richtofen's bunker in the intro.
  • Dempsey has fought in the Battle of Belleau Wood which was where the US Marines earned the nickname "Devil Dogs".
  • Dempsey says that Double Tap tastes chewy when he drank it.


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