MW3 Campaign characters list – All characters in Modern Warfare 3

MW3 Campaign characters list – All characters in Modern Warfare 3
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is finally here and an exciting new season is underway! The game promises a lot of new features but like many CoD games, the campaign are usually noteworthy for its beloved characters. So allow us to take you through the MW3 characters list which includes every character that’s been confirmed to appear in Modern Warfare 3. 

Like many other players, we can barely hold back our excitement to reunite with Task Force 141 and pick up from where we left off with Modern Warfare 2. If you’re just as eager as we are, then be sure to go over our Modern Warfare story so far guide for a quick refresher.

A picture of a man with a mustache and a hat from the MW3 characters list.
MW3 characters/ Credit: Activision

MW3 characters list

  • Captain John Price – (Returning)
  • Vladimir Makarov – (Returning)
  • Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley – (Returning)
  • Kyle ‘Gaz’ Garrick – (Returning)
  • John ‘Soap’ MacTavish – (Returning)
  • Colonel Alejandro Vargas – (Returning)
  • General Shepherd – (Confirmed)
  • Phillip Graves – (Returning)
  • Alex Keller – (Confirmed)
  • Farah Ahmed Karim – (Confirmed)

Since Modern Warfare 2019, the Modern Combat series got a fresh reboot from Activision. Some fan-favourite actors from the Task Force 141 members were recast and new characters were added to the franchise. So let’s take a look at the confirmed characters we know are in Modern Warfare 3. 

Captain John Price

Amidst the roster of MW3 characters, a bearded man finds himself comfortably seated within a plane.
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It’s almost impossible to discuss Call of Duty without mentioning the name – Captain Price. In an official reveal of the MW3 characters list, we found out that Price will return in MW3. Price has been a fan-favourite character who has always been a protagonist in Modern Warfare games and he’ll be returning once again to lead Task Force 141 against the ultimate threat.

Vladimir Makarov 

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This infamous character is considered by many to be the franchise’s best villain. Makarov made his first appearance in Modern Warfare 2 (2009) and has since lingered in the minds of players due to his heinous ambitions. He was also a discreet antagonist in the first Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare before becoming the main villain in Modern Warfare 3 (2011). We now know that Makarov will be the main antagonist in Modern Warfare 3. The iconic, yet detested villain is back in the franchise after nearly 15 years. 

Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley 

One of the MW3 characters, a skeleton, can be seen wearing a helmet in a dark room.
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Similar to Price, Ghost is one of the franchise’s most beloved characters after playing an integral role in Modern Warfare 2 (2009). Many unforgettable moments from the original MW2 involved Ghost and we’re happy to see Price’s second-in-command soldier back in Modern Warfare 3. 

Kyle ‘Gaz’ Garrick 

Two characters from the Modern Warfare 3 game, both wearing hats, are standing together.

While he’s not the most beloved, Gaz is known for his unfailing loyalty and as Price’s right-hand man who will stop at nothing to see a mission to the end. After making an appearance in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Gaz went on to become an integral character in Modern Warfare (2019). 

Farah Ahmed Karim

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Commander Farah Ahmed Karim was a main character in Modern Warfare 2019. She made a comeback in Modern Warfare 2’s campaign but didn’t leave much of an impact due to her minimal role. After picking Taskforce 141 over her brother Hadir, Karim is also in Modern Warfare 3 and you’ll play the game’s first open combat mission using the character.

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Farah’s hidden dialogues

There are several hidden dialogues throughout the MW3 campaign and unless you pay attention to the tiny bits of details around you, you’ll miss them. One interesting hidden dialogue is Farah’s during the Precious Cargo mission where she says different lines after killing enemies. It’s an interesting mission if you’ve always wanted to see the female commander in action.

Johnny ‘Soap’ MacTavish

A man with a British flag in front of a modern city.

Soap is yet another important character that players would love to see return in Modern Warfare 3. He first appeared in the first Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and has since been a critical part of Price’s special Task Force 141, along with Gaz and Ghost.

Modern Warfare 3 confirmed characters

Modern Warfare 2 ended on a high note but left us with just enough of a cliffhanger to know there’s a whole lot more to come. A lot is being kept under wraps in regard to the characters for Modern Warfare 3. So here are the unconfirmed characters that are likely to return in November. 

General Shepherd 

A close up of a bald man in a military uniform from the Modern Warfare 3 characters list.
General Shepherd in MW2 (2022)

Our MW3 characters list wouldn’t be the same without Shepherd. Many players will recognise Shepherd as a controversial character in the Modern Warfare series. His shocking betrayal in Modern Warfare 2 (2019) made him an infamous character, especially after laying waste to Ghost. 

Just when we thought the character has changed with the reboot, Shepherd is still a sneaky backstabber who likely cannot be trusted. But, surprisingly, despite his betrayal once again coming to pass as it did in the original, he remains alive and at large in MW2. We expect him to return and uphold his negative reputation in MW3. 

Phillip Graves 

A uniformed man stands before an audience.

Just like Shepherd, Graves is a character known for betrayals and controversy. He became a part of the Modern Warfare series in Modern Warfare 2’s campaign and has since left his mark for a potential return. Despite his apparent death during the MW2 campaign, he subsequently returned as part of MW2 and Warzone Season 5. Will this new canon stick in the campaign? We’ll have to wait and see.

Alex Keller

A man with a mustache is standing in a dark room from the Modern Warfare 3 characters list.
Alex Keller in a dark room from the Modern Warfare 3 characters list.

Keller first appeared in Modern Warfare 2019 as part of the CIA’s Special Activities Division. He worked with Farah Karim’s Urzikstani Liberation Force to fight against Roman Barkov’s regime. Considering how MW2’s campaign ended, we could be seeing Keller once more in Modern Warfare 3. 

Modern Warfare 3 is now available to play and based on our MW3 review, you should expect to see new characters as with every new Call of Duty game.

For now, Season 1 is underway and it’s been intense due to all the new content that’s been added to the game. So intense that you might not survive alone, so be sure to check out the Blackcell bundle which comes with unique exclusive contents like weapons and operator skins.

MW3 Characters FAQs

Who are the main members of Task Force 141?

Captain Price, Ghost, Gaz and Soap are the main members of Task Force 141.

Why does Ghost never show his face?

Ghost’s mask is a symbol of his anonymity and his mysterious past. It also helps to protect his identity from enemies. is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API / Last updated on 2024-04-15