Ranger is the main character of Quake. While initially unnamed and referred to as 'QuakeGuy' 'Player ' 'The hero (Mission packs)' or 'Quake's Protagonist', a character named "Ranger" appeared in Quake 3 Arena with the exact same appearance and a description that matches the events endured by the protagonist of Quake. He is the sole survivor of Operation Counter-Strike and his mission is to take down the enemy leader "Quake".

Ranger is voiced by Trent Reznor.[1]


Ranger is a marine in the special forces. He receives a telephone call at 4 A.M., and arrives at the secret installation by 5:30. The commander tersely explains that once they perfect the Slipgate device, they’ll be capable of utilizing them to instantly transport people and cargo from one place to another. But an enemy, codenamed "Quake", is using his own Slipgates to insert his forces inside of some of Earth’s bases in order to kill, steal, and kidnap. Being their "best man", Ranger is in charge of Operation Counterstrike, finding Quake, and stopping him. Ranger has the full authority to requisition anything that he requires.

Around the time of the Operation Counterstrike, he is one of the many marines sent to defeat the enemy leader, codenamed "Quake". All marines sent through were killed, except for Ranger. Ranger then travels through 4 different dimensions, each more hellish than the last, to collect the four magic Runes that, when combined, will open the gate to the lair of Quake. In the second dimension, Ranger learns that Quake is actually Shub-Niggurath from Lovecraftian myth, the evil mother of all creatures. After collecting all 4 Runes, a large hole in the main dimension select room leads to Shub-Niggurath's Pit. Ranger cannot kill her with normal weapons, and must fight through many of her minions before finding the Teleporter that will teleport him to Shub-Niggurath's platform. He spawns inside the beast, taking up her space, causing her to explode, and leaving Ranger victorious.

Scourge of Armagon

Main article: Quake Mission Pack 1: Scourge of Armagon Story

After defeating Shub-Niggurath, Ranger travels back to his home base on Earth only to find that some of the forces of Quake have still remained alive, and that Armagon has taken over as the leader of Quake's army planning on destroying earth by using an device called "The Rift".

Dissolution of Eternity

Main article: Quake Mission Pack 2: Dissolution of Eternity Story

Having defeated Armagon, Ranger returns to Earth once again only to find that Quake's dark army has initiated yet another plan to destroy Earth. Ranger then begins his quest for killing Quake's main commander, the Dragon and save Earth once and for all from Quake's dark reign.

Traits and Appearance

Ranger appears to be a very muscular man wearing an advanced suit of brown combat boots and Yellow Armor. His pants are a bright shade of orange. These traits can be changed in the Multiplayer menu, but that does not have an effect on the main game. Ranger wears white gloves which are not seen when using the Axe, which he wields in his right hand. His voice is fairly deep. When he uses the Ring of Shadows, it becomes apparent that his eyes are brown, although his gibbed head contains a few blue pixels. Curiously, his gibbed head is larger than that of his full model. His face can bleed purely by drowning.

Ranger does not talk through the game in a manner similiar to the Doom protagonist, his goals often involve talking little and killing everything he comes across.

Ranger has an total monster count of 1.803 not counting mission packs and not reachable monsters. (Hard/Nightmare Skill only)

Sound Effects

Ranger jumping
Ranger landing
Ranger landing dolorously
Ranger experiencing damage
Ranger being burnt from Slime or Lava
Ranger continually drowning
Ranger gasping for air
Ranger dying (normal)
Ranger being Gibbed
Ranger being killed by drowning
Ranger being telefragged



  • Adrian Carmack often used vivid colors in his testing process for experimentation, which resulted in conflicts with other members of the id Software team. While Adrian intended Ranger's colors to be for testing purposes, John Carmack locked down the file so that nobody could change it [2]
  • Ranger appears as a collectible marine guy action figure named "Quakeguy" in the Doom 2016 reboot.
  • Ranger shares the same jump and pain sounds with Bitterman.
  • Ranger is the most recurring character in the series, making appearences in each Mission Pack and both Quake III Arena and Quake Champions.


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