The hired thugs in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
|Leaders|| Charlie Cutter|
|Appearances||Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception|
|Voice actors|| JB Blanc|
The hired thugs are an antagonist faction that appear in the 2011 video game Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
As the name suggests, the hired thugs are a gang of thugs are up for hire; their allegiance changes upon who is paying them. The thugs seem to largely comprise of British, Irish and French males. Among the weapons wielded by the thugs are AK-47s, Sawed-Off Shotguns and Arm Micros.
 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
In London, the thugs are present in the "The Pelican Inn" public house when treasure-hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake and antique-dealer Victor "Sully" Sullivan make a deal with Talbot for Sir Francis Drake's ring. When it transpires that Talbot is offering fake money, Nate and Sully call the deal off. Talbot leaves the public house, but not before ordering Charlie Cutter and the thugs to attack Nate and Sully. On the first floor of the public house, the thugs are defeated by Nate and Sully, before a particularly large thug attacks Nate, taking the fight to the ground floor of the public house.
On the ground floor, more thugs are beaten by Nate and Sully, before the large thug returns and fights Nate in the public house's toilet. In the toilet, Nate is able to defeat the large thug, but as he and Sully attempt to escape more thugs are on hand to attack them in the kitchen. Nate and Sully are able to defeat these thugs too, but Cutter and several thugs regroup and attack Nate and Sully in the alley behind the public house. Cutter and the thugs are able to subdue Nate and Sully, and the thugs leave when Talbot arrives with his client Katherine Marlowe.
Talbot later takes some of the thugs to a chateau in Eastern France, tracking Nate and Sully as they search for clues to the location of Iram of the Pillars, a mythical lost city in the Rub' al Khali desert. The thugs work alongside Marlowe's agents as they battle Nate and Sully in the chateau's courtyards. The thugs and agents are easily disposed of, and Nate and Sully are able to retrieve one-half of the amulet that will eventually lead to Iram. When Talbot is able to take this amulet from Nate and Sully, he orders the thugs to set fire to the chateau with Nate and Sully still inside. However, Nate and Sully are able to escape, defeating a number of thugs as they do so.
Although this marks the end of the adventure of the thugs, it is not the end of the faction, as despite their heavy losses it appears that there are numerous thugs that can fill the voids left by those killed in action.
There is no set roster for the gang of thugs - indeed they seem to be expendable and great in number. Charlie Cutter and Talbot both spend time as the de facto leader of the gang, while five other thugs are named and given an identity:
- Mickey can be identified by his bald head and the sleeveless jacket that he wears.
- Remi is identifiable from his bald head and the racing jacket that he wears.
- Ron can be identified by his shaved head and the evening jacket that he wears.
- Tommy is identifiable from the flat cap and leather jacket that he wears.
- Winston can be identified from his shaved hair and the hiking vest that he wears; he is often seen with a Sawed-Off Shotgun.
 Behind the scenes
The hired thugs first appear in the 2011 video game Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. The voice work for the thugs is provided by six actors, including two who also voice other characters in the Uncharted series: JB Blanc voices Roberto Guerro and Marlowe's agents, while Fred Tatasciore voices Daniel Pinkerton, Zoran Lazarević's soldiers, the Guardians and the Descendants.
Five of the hired thugs are available as Villain skins in the multiplayer component of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. The skins can be purchased individually from the PlayStation Store; alternatively, Mickey, Ron and Tommy can be purchased as part of Rogues Skin Pack 1, while Remi and Winston can be purchased as part of Rogues Skin Pack 2.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hennig, Amy (dir.), Naughty Dog (2011). Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Sony Computer Entertainment.
- ↑ "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Tech Info" on GameSpot
- ↑ "DLC Roll Out: Uncharted 3 Co-op Adventure DLC Brings UNCHARTED Series First" on Naughty Dog Blog