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Nadine: "This one arms dealer demanded to speak to the "man in charge," then tried backing out when I informed him I was running the show."
Chloe: "Ugh. What did you do?"
Nadine: "Broke both his legs."
—Nadine speaking with Chloe Frazer.
Nadine Ross
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Nadine Ross, as she appears in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
Biographical information

Status:

Alive

Birth:

c. 1980s (age 30-35), South Africa

Nationality:

South Africa Flag (Flat) South African

Political information

Affiliates:

Chloe Frazer
Samuel Drake
Shoreline (Orca, Knot) (formerly)
Rafe Adler (formerly) †
Asav (formerly) †

Occupation:

Former leader of a paramilitary organization (inherited)
Mercenary (formerly)
Treasure Hunter

Game information

Appearances:

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Voice actor:

Laura Bailey

Motion-capture actor:

Laura Bailey

Nadine Ross is a former South African mercenary later turned treasure hunter, and the former leader of the paramilitary organization Shoreline, which was eventually hired by businessman Rafe Adler to aid him in his search for the mythical pirate colony of Libertalia.

Nadine is introduced as the secondary antagonist of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and returns as the deuteragonist of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

In both of her appearances, Nadine is voiced and motion captured by Laura Bailey.

Biography

"Nadine Ross runs Shoreline, a small but effective paramilitary organization based in South Africa. Trained in all manner of martial arts and a crack shot, she is a formidable opponent. Her no-nonsense attitude has earned her the fierce loyalty of her men. You would do well to stay out of arm's reach when she's nearby."
— Official Uncharted 4: A Thief's End bio.

Not a lot is known about Nadine. She took over Shoreline after the death of its original founder, her father. Nadine and her unit are known to have had a prior run-in with Victor Sullivan, though he was able to gain the upper hand.

During Chapter 17 of A Thief's End, Elena Fisher reveals that Shoreline entered a few civil wars that ended in defeat, speculating that they hope the discovery of Libertalia will help restore their reputation.

A life full of war and confrontation has led to Nadine becoming a very strong and capable woman and military figure. Nadine is also a very tough fighter and is able to comfortably hold her own in a number of different confrontations, even while battling both Sam and Nathan Drake.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2016)

Main article: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Rossi Estate

"Feel so out of place here. Can't tell you what a relief it is to run into another English speaker... even if you are American."
— Nadine speaking with Sully at the auction.

Nadine and her partner Rafe are first seen at the Rossi Estate auction, where they are trying to buy the second St. Dismas cross. The duo are unsuccessful however, with the Drake brothers and Victor Sullivan stealing it instead. Nate then has an encounter with Nadine whilst hiding in the library, with Nadine trying to take the cross from Nate. Nadine is shown to be very strong in this scene, as she comes close to overpowering Nate.

Saint Dismas Dormitories
Nadine: "I still owe you from last time."
Nate: "Throwing me out a window didn't do it for you?"
―Nadine catches Nate and Sam beneath the St. Dismas cathedral.

They then proceed to follow the only lead they have, and continue digging up the St. Dismas cathedral in Scotland. There, they overhear both Nate and Sam discussing the next clue which lies in Madagascar.

Pro Deus Quod Licentia

"Hey, Nate, you know I'm always game but my partner... Well, she prefers to... mitigate unnecessary risks."
— Rafe speaking on Nadine's behalf.

Due to Shoreline's sheer man power, Nadine and Rafe quickly gain the upper hand in the search. However, they once again lose this advantage as the Drakes track down the correct watch tower.

Knowing that they cannot outsmart Nate, Sam, and Sully, Rafe tracks their phones and intercepts their messages, finding the location of both the tower and Libertalia as a result. He then uses Shoreline's forces to unleash a full assault on Sam in the hopes of killing him. Nate rescues him and the two escape, but Rafe proceeds to track them to Libertalia, with Nadine accompanying him along with the remaining Shoreline mercenaries.

Libertalia
Nate: "Come on, Nadine, really? We know you're a bad-ass and all, but... there's two of us."
Nadine: "You don't think my men are on their way here right now? All I have to do is buy some time. That's if I don't finish you myself."
―Nadine preparing to square off with Nate and Sam.

She eventually heads off the brothers, and confronts them both about the treasure and the number of her men that they have killed. A lengthy fight between the three ensues and, although she initially has the upper-hand, she is eventually overpowered due to a surprise assault by Nathan. Sam then holds her hostage until Rafe arrives, whereupon he threatens to kill Nadine. Rafe doesn't let this affect him and calls Sam's bluff, with Nate having to stop him from killing Nadine by jerking his hand away just as he fires. This leaves a dent in the trust between both Rafe and Nadine, as he would have let her die.

A Thief's End

"Hell, I'd say he's earned it. God knows you didn't."
— Nadine approving of Sam taking the rest of "Rafe's" treasure.

The two then use Sam to lead them to the wreck of Henry Avery's ship. Once there, Nadine refuses to board due to an unforeseen number of traps that Avery had set up to frighten off intruders. She instead tries to leave the island with a small amount of the treasure but Rafe forces her to cooperate, having paid off her Shoreline mercenaries to obey him.

Once aboard, Rafe and Sam's carelessness causes the traps to be set off, wiping out her last remaining soldiers. A desperate and frustrated Nadine then lectures Nate and Rafe on the cost of finding the treasure, using the long deceased bodies of Thomas Tew and Henry Avery as proof. She then traps the three in the burning hold of the ship, taking both of the guns with her, and leaves Libertalia by herself with some parts of Avery's gold. Her fate after that is unknown but it is assumed that she will rebuild Shoreline from scratch with Avery's gold.

Single-player skins and variants

  • Nadine Ross (Auction)
  • Nadine Ross (Scotland)
  • Nadine Ross (Island)
  • Nadine Ross (Island End)
  • Default Outfit

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (2017)

Main article: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Nadine is first seen helping Chloe Frazer when fighting Asav's insurgents on the rooftop of the Pink Lotus, whilst also telling Frazer that she's late. She also says that she had a street route planned out to secure the disc currently in possession of Asav, but now has to improvise as Chloe's fight has alerted both Asav and his insurgents to their location. They steal the disc then make their escape via the river.

It is revealed that she lost her all her golds and the control of Shoreline from her treacherous lieutenant Orca resulting in her partnering with Chloe Frazer, the two set out to find the Tusk of Ganesh, a mystical artifact located in India. She now works alone, as Shoreline is under her former lieutenant's command. Though in the beginning she called it a "temporary setback," by the end of the game she has renounced all ties to Shoreline.

Before the events of Lost Legacy and A Thief's End, Nadine worked with and had a relationship with Asav in order to establish her reputation. She doesn't outright state if it was of a romantic nature, but she regards it with disgust and regret, and claimed it "proved useful at the time."

Throughout the game it is shown that she and Chloe are getting closer and are opening up to one another. After they find common ground, in that both of their fathers have died, they find out that Asav has Nathan Drake's brother, Samuel Drake. Asav refers to Sam, all throughout the game, calling him his "expert". Frazer then reveals that she had initially been partners with Sam before he went missing and told Chloe to find help. The pair fight but then reunite when they are close to finding the Tusk. After the girls almost drown, they rescue Sam and continue on their mission to retrieve the tusk. They find out that Asav was planning to sell the tusk, to Nadine's former lieutenant Orca in exchange for a bomb. After they take out Orca, they see the blueprints for the bomb and go off to stop the train, that has the bomb. Chloe goes off the change the rail tracks and redirect the train. In their last encounter with Asav, the bomb accidentally drops on his legs, preventing him from escaping before it goes off. Throughout the fight they see that the train is heading for a broken bridge, and escape just in time, before the train blows up. They take a moment and have a talk, joined by Sam as they watch the sunset and spectate the city in astonishment.

In between the credits, there is a scene that features our main characters - Chloe Frazer, Nadine Ross and Samuel Drake - eating pizza with a little girl (seen in the opening scenes of the game) called Meenu. This scene is a reference to the start of the game, where Chloe promises Meenu free pizza if she lets Chloe go to the truck. While this scene plays out, Sam is talking to our two main protagonists about selling the Tusk to a private collector rather than the Ministry of Culture. Both Nadine and Chloe ignore him whilst Meenu stops him and tells him that he ruined the moment, while offering him a slice of pizza. Sam takes it and is quiet reluctantly. The scene fades out, leaving only the music on the radio playing, while the game switches to the longer credits.

It's presumed that, after the finale, she and Chloe officially join up as partners. She also quits being a mercenary and abandoning Shoreline to ruin.

Single-player skins and variants

  • Nadine Ross (City)
  • Nadine Ross (Rural)
  • Nadine Ross (Auction)
  • Nadine Ross (Scotland)
  • Nadine Ross (Island)
  • Nadine Ross (Island End)
  • Default Outfit

Multiplayer

Nadine Ross appears in A Thief's End multiplayer and The Lost Legacy multiplayer. She is available straight away and is on the Villains side.

Skins and variants

Skins
  • Nadine Ross
  • Formal Nadine
  • Winter Nadine
  • Combat Nadine
  • Prison Nadine
  • Flight Suit Nadine
  • Pirate Nadine
  • Western Nadine
  • Apocalypse Nadine
  • Warrior Nadine
  • Biker Nadine
  • Savage Starlight Nadine
  • Racecar Nadine
  • Skeleton Savage Starlight Nadine
  • India Nadine
  • Adventurer Nadine
  • Skeleton Nadine
  • Skeleton Nadine Wraith
  • Skeleton Nadine Compiler
  • Skeleton Nadine Gold
Pre-Set Outfits
  • Nevermore Nadine
  • Nuclear Nadine
  • Nollie Nadine
  • Navigator Nadine
  • Knuckle-Up Nadine
  • Notorious Nadine

Character Design

Personality

Nadine is cool-headed, sensible, and risk-averse, knowing when to quit while she's ahead but also determined to finish a job. When faced with danger, she usually handles it head-on, as evidenced by her confident willingness to fight Nate and Sam on her own. She's amiable enough toward allies, but her patience wears thin quickly when she doesn't get results. Unlike any mercenary, she does not work for her client; she simply associates to benefit them both.

A demanding leader, she shows fierce loyalty towards her men and expects the same in return. She seems to care for her men, as she scorns Sam and by extension Nate for killing them, and also doesn't want to risk the few she has left when Rafe wishes to board Avery's death trap of a ship. Nevertheless, she does not tolerate treachery in any way, ruthlessly killing multiple Shoreline soldiers and her former second-in-command, Orca for cutting her out of her own company then using it as a black market weapons trade.

When Rafe demands that she tell her men to stop using the dynamite so liberally while in Scotland, she deliberately sidesteps the request and instead tells him that they'll inform him before they "do anything drastic." She believes they've made more progress doing things her way than Rafe's, and her unwillingness to concede with his decisions shows how stubborn she can be. Despite her stubbornness, she is the only villain in the series to know when it's time to stop in term of pursuing obsession. As the result, it makes her the only villain to survive in the end.

She appears to have a soft spot for animals; in Lost Legacy she regards a group of gray langur monkeys with excitement, and readily supplies Chloe with trivial facts about most animals they come across, such as elephants, bats, and flamingos. Her knowledge may come from the site Wikipedia, as she refers to it by name when Chloe mocks her for calling a catapult a trebuchet. Though just as strong and fierce, Nadine shows a more human side, expressing warmth and teasing fondness. She is also like any mercenary, deeply obsessed with money, although she charges in advance to get more.

Despite her professional stance and ruthless attitude on a mission, Nadine is not above making personal relationships, even for simple “means to an end” as with Asav (which was only implied to be romantic that ended badly). However, she grew to be quite close friends with Chloe despite a rocky start due to their similar backgrounds of being thrusted into a world because of their fathers and motivations. Also, because of this Nadine grew closer to Sam, even though she originally desired to kill him upon discovering he was working for Asav and her aggressive attitude later but more in a playful and jocular sense.

Skills

She is a highly accomplished and effective martial arts expert who excels in hand to hand combat, easily being able to hold her own against both Nate and Sam at once, both of whom are significantly bulkier than her in appearance. However, in the final battle of The Lost Legacy and during the game, she is nearly overpowered by Asav, the main villain of the game.

Weapons

Nadine carries a fictional two tone hybrid of a Heckler & Koch USP and a Glock 17. For all intents and purposes, it is simply a Gen 3 Glock 17 frame fitted with a USP slide and hammer.

Appearances

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Trivia

  • Nadine Ross became a topic of controversy after the reveal that Laura Bailey, a white actress, would be portraying a black character.[1] Neil Druckmann has since defended Laura Bailey's performance,[2] stating that a character's appearance should not be influenced by the actor. He cites Ashley Johnson and [[wikipedia:Troy Baker]|Troy Baker]]] as examples of actors who share no resemblance to their respective characters. He also mentioned the game features a white character played by a black actress. Bailey additionally stated that she was unaware of Nadine's skin tone when she auditioned for the part. [3]
  • Nadine is the only major antagonist to not die during the events of the game.
    • She is also the only major antagonist to become a protagonist in a later game.
  • Nadine is left handed, or at least has a dominant left eye. An example of this is when she is carrying her drink in her left hand whilst talking to Sully during a scene at the Rossi Estate in A Thief's End.
  • She is one of the toughest antagonists Drake has faced so far in one-on-one combat, initially having the upper-hand against both him and Sam; a feat that not even Zoran Lazarević or Talbot were able to achieve.
    • It does, however, take both her and Chloe to win a fight against Asav -- even then, throughout the game their brawls are usually one-sided and staggeringly brutal.
  • Nadine is, just like Rafe, an antagonist that came close to successfully killing Nathan Drake. She threw him out of a window twice (which Nate survived due to blind luck) and easily defeated him in a hand to hand fight.
  • According to Sully, she is the money-up-front sort of person, who demands payment first before any services. This trait makes her unable to be bought by a third party during any mercenary work.
  • Nadine is fond of monkeys and cobras.
  • Like most South Africans, Nadine speaks Afrikaans.
  • The garment Nadine and Chloe wear in their "City" skins is called a kurta.
  • In the later stages of Lost Legacy, namely starting in Chapter 9, Chloe will occasionally call Nadine "china." This is cockney rhyming slang for "mate."
  • Nadine refers to Chloe as "Frazer" for many scenes in The Lost Legacy (particularly in scenes where Chloe is killed by the actions of the player) until near the end of the game, where she then refers to her as "Chloe". As Chloe always refers to Nadine by her first name with few exceptions, this shows that Nadine begins to trust Chloe as a partner as the game nears its end.
    • Interestingly, however, she always refers to Rafe Adler as Rafe rather than his surname, suggesting she viewed Chloe's job as quick cash before they became friends.
    • However, it is important to note there are exceptions where Nadine refers to Chloe by her name.

Gallery

See Nadine Ross/Gallery

References

  1. Hillier, Brenna (12/6/2015). "Uncharted 4 PSX panel reveals more about Nadine Ross, addresses casting Controversy". VG247. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  2. Church, Nate (12/7/15) "Developer: Stand ‘110%’ by Decision to Cast White Voice Actor for Black Character in ‘Uncharted 4’". Breitbart. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  3. Dunning, Jason (2/9/16) "Laura Bailey Responds to Uncharted 4 Casting Controversy". PlayStationLifeStyle. Retrieved June 23, 2016.