List of characters in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune featured a diverse range of characters. The main story in the game is the race between primary protagonist Nathan "Nate" Drake and treasure-hunter Gabriel Roman to the legendary treasure of El Dorado. Both parties have a number of allies, and all characters have their own story to tell. Naughty Dog, the developers behind Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, wanted a large cast of characters so that the story of the game was character-driven. Found on this page is a list of characters in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.
 Nathan Drake
Main Article: Nathan Drake
Nathan "Nate" Drake is the primary protagonist in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Voiced by Nolan North, Nate is an American explorer and treasure-hunter said to be a descendant of the legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake. Being funded by journalist Elena Fisher's cable television show, Nate is able to retrieve Drake's coffin from the ocean off the coast of Panama. In the coffin, Nate discovers Drake's journal, which holds clues to the location of the fabled treasure of El Dorado. Using these clues, Nate and his companions - Elena and the antique-dealer Victor "Sully" Sullivan - set off on an adventure that takes them across South America to an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. However, these are not the only ones searching for the treasure, and they must compete with British treasure-hunter Gabriel Roman, whom Sully owes a large sum of money to.
Nate was developed as an "ordinary guy," and a leading character that players could readily relate to. Naughty Dog wanted to have a character that was different to the main characters of their other two game franchises: Jak in the Jak and Daxter series and Crash Bandicoot from the Crash Bandicoot series. Both of these characters were very pronounced and recognisable, and with the Uncharted series, Naughty Dog wanted to introduce a character that was more realistic and humble. Reception to Nate was largely positive. A review in The Toronto Star called Nate "charming" and "funny enough", while gaming website GamingExcellence called Nate "a very likeable everyman".
 Elena Fisher
Main Article: Elena Fisher
Elena Fisher, voiced by Emily Rose, is a journalist and the host of a cable television show. It is this cable television show that initially funds Nathan "Nate" Drake's expedition to raise Francis Drake's coffin from the ocean. The coffin contains Drake's journal, which contains clues to the location of the fabled treasure of El Dorado. Although Nate and his partner Victor "Sully" Sullivan attempt to leave Elena behind and go after the treasure for El Dorado themselves, Elena is able to catch up with them. With the belief that Sully is dead, Elena then takes over as Nate's main sidekick for a large portion of the game as Elena and Nate race against British treasure-hunter Gabriel Roman to find El Dorado.
Elena was conceived with the intention of being Nate's sidekick and love-interest during the game. The character of Elena was largely praised in reviews for the game. The Toronto Star called Elena "snarky" and "tough", while a review on gaming website GamingExcellence praised Elena for being "down to earth".
 Victor Sullivan
Main Article: Victor Sullivan
Victor "Sully" Sullivan, voiced by Richard McGonagle, is an antique-dealer and explorer. Nate confides in Sully that he believes the legendary explorer Francis Drake knew of the location of the fabled treasure of El Dorado, and so the two begin searching for it. However, Sully owes a large sum of money to British treasure-hunter Gabriel Roman and informs Roman of this discovery in order to appease him. Roman later catches up to Sully and Nate and shoots Sully. Although Nate escapes and leaves Sully behind because he believes him to me dead, Sully is actually not killed in the confrontation, and is later reunited with Nate while on the island said to hold El Dorado.
Sully was intended to act as a father-figure and a mentor to Nate. The reception to Sully was generally positive, with a review for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune on gaming website IGN calling him "loveable".
 Gabriel Roman
Main Article: Gabriel Roman
Gabriel Roman is the primary antagonist of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune for the first half of the game. Voiced by Simon Templeman, Roman is a British treasure-hunter who is owed a large sum of money by Victor "Sully" Sullivan. In order to appease Roman, Sully informs him that he is on the trail of the fabled treasure of El Dorado and will be able to pay him soon. However, Roman wants the treasure for himself and tracks Sully and explorer Nathan "Nate" Drake to the rainforest, where Roman holds the two at gunpoint. Roman then shoots Sully, but not before forcing Nate to hand over all information he has on the location of El Dorado. Although Nate is able to escape, Roman now has all the information required to find the location of El Dorado, so he, his right-hand man Atoq Navarro and Navarro's group of mercenaries begin their search for the treasure.
Main Article: Atoq Navarro
Atoq Navarro, voiced by Robin Atkin Downes, is a South American archaeologist who acts as Roman's right-hand man and leads a team of mercenaries against Nathan "Nate" Drake as both Roman and Nate search for the treasure of El Dorado. Although he initially takes on a lesser role in the first half of the game, Navarro later proves to be knowledgeable on the subject of El Dorado. He fools Roman into opening the statue of El Dorado, which begins turning Roman into a Descendant. However, Navarro kills Roman before the transformation is complete. After killing Roman, Navarro takes over as the game's main antagonist, as he intends to use the statue of El Dorado as a biological weapon against the world.
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Eddy Raja, voiced by James Sie, is an Indonesian pirate who is an old friend of Nathan "Nate" Drake. Eddy leads a group of pirates that are hired by Gabriel Roman to provide additional security on the island that holds El Dorado. Eddy comes close to capturing Nate on one occasion, but Nate's companion Elena Fisher is able to break Nate out of the jail he is being held in. Despite being ridiculed by Roman and Atoq Navarro for his superstitions, Eddy is actually the first person to become aware of the Descendants on the island, as the creatures wipe out a number of Eddy's pirates. For his superstitions and his pirates' inability to defeat Nate, Eddy is dismissed by Roman, who considers Eddy to be a fool.
Main Article: Atoq Navarro's mercenaries
The group of mercenaries led by South American archaeologist Atoq Navarro are explorer Nathan "Nate" Drake's most common foes for the latter half of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. The group of mercenaries are tasked with helping British treasure-hunter Gabriel Roman find the treasure of El Dorado, while also battling Nate and his allies. The mercenaries sometimes cooperate with the band of pirates led by Eddy Raja, although they prove to be much more efficient than their counterparts. However, they are not efficient enough; a number of the mercenaries are defeated by Nate and his allies, while the rest are killed the Descendants, the creatures that inhabit the island.
 Eddy Raja's pirates
Main Article: Eddy Raja's pirates
The band of pirates led by Eddy Raja prove to be explorer Nathan "Nate" Drake's most common foes for the first half of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. They are hired by British treasure-hunter Gabriel Roman to provide additional security on the island that is said to hold the treasure of El Dorado. The pirates can be seen throughout the game battling Nate and his allies, sometimes cooperating with Atoq Navarro's mercenaries. However, the pirates prove to be largely inept and less-skilled than the mercenaries, and a number of them are killed by Nate and his allies. Furthermore, a number are them are killed by the Descendants, the creatures that inhabit the island.
Although Nate encounters a number of pirates during Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, only two of these are named and given any sort of identity. These are Mac and Prakoso, the latter of which is the last pirate left alive (along with Eddy) after the pirates are attacked by the Descendants.
The Descendants, voiced by Steve Blum and Fred Tatasciore, are the mutated remains of the humans that previously inhabited the island that holds El Dorado. These humans were infected by a virus inside the statue of El Dorado, and have taken it upon themselves to protect the treasure. The Descendants prove to be an aggressive race, attacking both explorer Nathan "Nate" Drake's and treasure-hunter Gabriel Roman's allies. Furthermore, the Descendants also kill off a number of Eddy Raja's pirates and Atoq Navarro's mercenaries.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "One and One: Naughty Dog’s Josh Scherr" on Wired
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Tech Info" on GameSpot
- ↑ "PAX 07: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Preview" on Shacknews
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Uncharted: Drake's Fortune review on The Toronto Star online
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Review" on GamingExcellence
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Uncharted: Drake's Fortune review on GameSpot
- ↑ Victor Sullivan Profile
- ↑ Uncharted: Drake's Fortune review on IGN
- ↑ "Evan Wells Interview - Page 3" on Joystiq