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{{Infobox/soldier
 
|name = Henry Blackburn
 
|name = Henry Blackburn
 
|rank = [[File:USMC SSgt.png|25px]] Staff Sergeant (E-6)
 
|rank = [[File:USMC SSgt.png|25px]] Staff Sergeant (E-6)
 
|affiliation = [[File:1st Recon Battalion.png|25px]] [[1st Reconnaissance Battalion]], [[United States Marine Corps]]
 
|affiliation = [[File:1st Recon Battalion.png|25px]] [[1st Reconnaissance Battalion]], [[United States Marine Corps]]
|game = [[File:Battlefield 3 Icon.png|25px]] [[Battlefield 3]]|status = Alive
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|game = [[File:Battlefield 3 Icon.png|25px]] [[Battlefield 3]]
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|status = Alive (as of 2014)
 
|nickname = Black
 
|nickname = Black
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|actor = Gideon Emery <small>(Voice/Model)</small>
 
|first = [[Semper Fidelis]]
 
|first = [[Semper Fidelis]]
 
|last = [[The Great Destroyer]]
 
|last = [[The Great Destroyer]]
|image = [[File:Blackburn - OpGuillotine.jpg|300px]]
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|image = [[File:Blackburn2.png|300px]]
|caption = Henry Blackburn during interrogation
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|caption = SSgt. Blackburn, during interrogation
|weapon = [[M9]], [[Benelli M4|M1014]], [[AKS-74u]], [[M4 Carbine|M4A1]], [[Mk11 Mod 0]], [[SCAR-H]], [[870 Combat|870MCS]], [[M40|M40A5]], [[MP7]], [[M416]], [[SG553]], and any other weapon picked up in the campaign.}}
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|weapon = [[M9]], [[Benelli M4|M1014]], [[AKS-74u]], [[M4 Carbine|M4A1]], [[Mk11 Mod 0]], [[SCAR-H]], [[870 MCS|870MCS]], [[M40|M40A5]], [[MP7]], [[M416]], [[SG553]], [[FGM-148 Javelin]], [[SMAW]], [[M240B]], [[M249 SAW]], and any other weapon picked up in the campaign.}}
 
 
{{Quote|You can't just walk away from the threat!|Blackburn while being interrogated during [[The Great Destroyer]]}}
 
{{Quote|You can't just walk away from the threat!|Blackburn while being interrogated during [[The Great Destroyer]]}}
   
'''Staff Sergeant Henry "Black" Blackburn''' is a character in ''[[Battlefield 3|Battlefield 3's]]'' single-player campaign. He is a playable character and the main protagonist in the story.
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Staff Sergeant''' Henry "Black" Blackburn''' is a character in ''[[Battlefield 3|Battlefield 3's]]'' single-player campaign. He is a playable character and the main protagonist of the story.
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
===Squad Missions===
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===Squad Deployment===
Henry is a Staff Sergeant in the [[1st Reconnaissance Battalion]] of the [[United States Marine Corps]], serving in squad Misfit 1-3. He is deployed in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan and Tehran, Iran in the war effort against the [[People's Liberation and Resistance]] in 2014, and is also the one who killed the game's main antagonist, [[Solomon|Solomon. ]]
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Blackburn is a Staff Sergeant in the [[1st Reconnaissance Battalion]] of the [[United States Marine Corps]], serving in squad [[Misfit 1-3]]. He is deployed in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Tehran, Iran in the war effort against the [[People's Liberation and Resistance]] (PLR) in 2014.
   
He, and [[Dimitri Mayakovsky|Dimitri "Dima" Mayakovsky]] are the main protagonists of the story in ''Battlefield 3'''s Single Player campaign, and Blackburn is the player-controlled character in the vast majority of the missions in the game, spanning with 7 out of the 12 missions.
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===Missions===
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He and [[Dimitri Mayakovsky|Dimitri "Dima" Mayakovsky]] are the main protagonists of the story in ''Battlefield 3'''s single-player campaign, and Blackburn is the player-controlled character in the vast majority of the missions in the game, spanning 7 out of the 12 missions.
   
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He is first seen in the ''[[wikipedia:In medias res|in medias res]]'' introduction to the single player campaign, where he jumps on a New York City subway train that has been hijacked by the PLR. He storms each car on the train until he enters the last one where he is ambushed by Solomon.
===Personal Life===
 
Not much is known about Henry's personal life except for some facts revealed during the game's loading screens stating that Henry was born on Buffalo, New York<ref>As seen on a text stated on the loading screen of Operation Swordbreaker.</ref>. His father's name is Michael Blackburn who fought during the [[Vietnam War]], and according to Henry he would have random outbursts by the traumatized effects of the War. His mother's name is not known, and he also has a girlfriend/fiancee named Charlene. His grandfather George Blackburn fought in the European Theatre of [[World War II]].
 
   
==Gallery==
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The game then moves 8 hours backward in the story to the point where Henry Blackburn is being interrogated by two CIA officers, [[Gordon]] and [[Whistler]], in a CIA office near [[wikipedia:Hunters Point, Queens|Hunterspoint, Queens]]. Blackburn is in custody after killing his commanding officer, Captain [[Quinton Cole]], inside [[Amir Kaffarov]]'s villa after he threatened to shoot him and Dimitri Mayakovsky, who had revealed [[Solomon|Solomon's]] plans to set off two nuclear devices in Paris and New York City.
   
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Blackburn is interrogated by the two agents, summarizing his involvement in the war for them, and how he became aware of a nuclear bomb plot. The agents also wish to know what faction threatens the city with nuclear devices. Blackburn explains the events of the war from his first mission until the last one.
battlefield3-launch-trailer-134x150.jpg|Staff Sergeant Blackburn in the Launch Trailer for ''Battlefield 3''
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===Personal life===
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Not much is known about Blackburn's personal life except for some facts revealed during the game's loading screens stating that he was born in Buffalo, New York.<ref>As seen on a text stated on the loading screen of Operation Swordbreaker.</ref> His father's name is Michael Blackburn. He fought during the [[Vietnam War]], and according to Henry, Michael would have random outbursts by the traumatized effects of the war. His mother's name is not known, and he also has a girlfriend/fiancee named Charlene. His grandfather, George Blackburn, fought in the European Theater of [[World War II]].
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==Gallery==
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battlefield3-launch-trailer-134x150.jpg|SSgt. Henry Blackburn as seen in the Launch Trailer for Battlefield 3.
 
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*His voice and character model are portrayed by English actor Gideon Emery.
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*Blackburn's squad's call sign, as heard from radio chatter throughout the campaign, is Misfit 1-3. This could be a reference to [[Bad Company]].
*Blackburn's rank is revealled as Staff Sergeant in an HUD text when he gets out of the LAV-25 in [[Operation Swordbreaker]].
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*Blackburn's squad's callsign, as heard from radio chatter throughout the campaign, is Misfit 1-3.
 
 
*Blackburn is a Designated Marksman, as he is the squad member who carries sniper rifles such as the [[Mk11 Mod 0]] in [[Operation Swordbreaker]] and the [[M40A5]] in [[Night Shift]].
 
*Blackburn is a Designated Marksman, as he is the squad member who carries sniper rifles such as the [[Mk11 Mod 0]] in [[Operation Swordbreaker]] and the [[M40A5]] in [[Night Shift]].
*In [[Fear No Evil]] when the player plays as [[Jonathan Miller]], Blackburn can be seen fully for the first, and only time in-game.
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:*This is also briefly emphasized by [[Christian Matkovic]] in Operation Swordbreaker while he gives the AT4 to Blackburn, by mentioning to him "You're the best shot."
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*[[File:FNE - Blackburn head.jpg|thumb|250px|Blackburn's head can be seen peeking from a beachhead on the left of the building]]In [[Fear No Evil]], when the player plays as [[Jonathan Miller]], Blackburn can be seen fully during gameplay for the first and only time in-game.
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*Despite being a Staff Sergeant and the highest ranking Marine of Misfit 1-3, he is not in command of the squad. Ironically, everyone else of lower rank is usually giving orders to Blackburn.
 
*Despite being a Staff Sergeant and the highest ranking Marine of Misfit 1-3, he is not in command of the squad. Ironically, everyone else of lower rank is usually giving orders to Blackburn.
*In the "Fault Line" trailers, Blackburn is sleeveless and both of his arms are completely visible. However, this is only visible when he engages the PLR insurgent while trying to disarm an IED. In the final version however, his sleeves are rolled up to his elbow.
 
*He wore black USMC Engineer gloves in the trailers, but the color has changed to the standard USMC Combat gloves (Brown/Black) in the actual game.
 
*Despite several scripted injuries and accidents were encountered by Blackburn on his missions, he still remains alive, and this does not affect the status of gameplay. The scripted injuries are;
 
**He is covered by rubble on an earthquake in Iran (Operation Swordbreaker)
 
**The bus he was going to cross was hit by an RPG (Uprising)
 
**While manning an HMMV Humvee turret, a PLR shot the vehicle with an RPG (Uprising)
 
**The Misfit and Haymaker squads were ambushed by the PLR with an RPG hitting a flammable tank (Operation Guillotine)
 
**Blackburn, along with Montes, jumped from the second floor window of the CIA building (The Great Destroyer)
 
**He also jumped on a running train (The Great Destroyer)
 
**He was grazed by a bullet from Solomon in a train window (Semper Fidelis and The Great Destroyer)
 
**The stolen police car driven by Montes crashed on the SUV of Solomon (The Great Destroyer)
 
*When Miller fails to cover Blackburn in Fear No Evil, the Mission Fail screen will pop up and say "Black was Killed" instead of "Blackburn was Killed".
 
   
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*In the "Fault Line" trailers, Blackburn is sleeveless and both of his arms are completely visible. However, this is only visible when he engages the PLR insurgent while trying to disarm an IED. In the final version, however, his sleeves are rolled up to his elbow.
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*He wore the black gloves issued to the USMC [[Engineer]] class from multiplayer in the trailers, but the color has changed to the standard real-life Marine Corps combat gloves which are the Coyote Brown Oakley SI Assault gloves in the actual game.
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*If Miller fails to cover Blackburn in Fear No Evil, the Mission Fail screen will pop up and say his nickname "Black was Killed" instead of a formal "Blackburn was Killed."
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*He is the Great-Grandson of the playable character from {{BF1}}, [[Clyde Blackburn]].<ref>https://twitter.com/jaqubajmal/status/1264989286836973569?s=21</ref>
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*Both his and [[Preston Marlowe]]'s fathers and grandfathers fought in the [[Vietnam War]] and the European Theater of [[World War II]].
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*During the opening cutscene to The Great Destroyer, Blackburn's fellow Marine David Montes is brought into the room by the CIA Agents. After the agents leave, the two have a brief conversation. This is the only time in the game that Blackburn is seen speaking to another member of Misfit 1-3, as he is silent during gameplay. It is also the only time that Blackburn is seen speaking to someone other than the CIA Agents.
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*A casting call for the game originally referred to Blackburn as just being a Sergeant.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20110714041239/http://forums.electronicarts.co.uk:80/battlefield-3/1403075-bf3-main-campaign-characters.html BF3 list of main campaign characters - Electronic Arts UK Community] - originally posted June 2, 2011, retrieved from the Internet Wayback Machine on May 4, 2017</ref>
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**His description in the casting call says, "''American USMC Sergeant. Tough, idealistic, direct and honest to a fault.''"
   
 
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For other similarly named characters, see Blackburn



"You can't just walk away from the threat!"

— Blackburn while being interrogated during The Great Destroyer


Staff Sergeant Henry "Black" Blackburn is a character in Battlefield 3's single-player campaign. He is a playable character and the main protagonist of the story.

BiographyEdit

Squad DeploymentEdit

Blackburn is a Staff Sergeant in the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion of the United States Marine Corps, serving in squad Misfit 1-3. He is deployed in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Tehran, Iran in the war effort against the People's Liberation and Resistance (PLR) in 2014.

MissionsEdit

He and Dimitri "Dima" Mayakovsky are the main protagonists of the story in Battlefield 3's single-player campaign, and Blackburn is the player-controlled character in the vast majority of the missions in the game, spanning 7 out of the 12 missions.

He is first seen in the in medias res introduction to the single player campaign, where he jumps on a New York City subway train that has been hijacked by the PLR. He storms each car on the train until he enters the last one where he is ambushed by Solomon.

The game then moves 8 hours backward in the story to the point where Henry Blackburn is being interrogated by two CIA officers, Gordon and Whistler, in a CIA office near Hunterspoint, Queens. Blackburn is in custody after killing his commanding officer, Captain Quinton Cole, inside Amir Kaffarov's villa after he threatened to shoot him and Dimitri Mayakovsky, who had revealed Solomon's plans to set off two nuclear devices in Paris and New York City.

Blackburn is interrogated by the two agents, summarizing his involvement in the war for them, and how he became aware of a nuclear bomb plot. The agents also wish to know what faction threatens the city with nuclear devices. Blackburn explains the events of the war from his first mission until the last one.

Personal lifeEdit

Not much is known about Blackburn's personal life except for some facts revealed during the game's loading screens stating that he was born in Buffalo, New York.[1] His father's name is Michael Blackburn. He fought during the Vietnam War, and according to Henry, Michael would have random outbursts by the traumatized effects of the war. His mother's name is not known, and he also has a girlfriend/fiancee named Charlene. His grandfather, George Blackburn, fought in the European Theater of World War II.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Blackburn's squad's call sign, as heard from radio chatter throughout the campaign, is Misfit 1-3. This could be a reference to Bad Company.
  • This is also briefly emphasized by Christian Matkovic in Operation Swordbreaker while he gives the AT4 to Blackburn, by mentioning to him "You're the best shot."
  • FNE - Blackburn head

    Blackburn's head can be seen peeking from a beachhead on the left of the building

    In Fear No Evil, when the player plays as Jonathan Miller, Blackburn can be seen fully during gameplay for the first and only time in-game.
  • Despite being a Staff Sergeant and the highest ranking Marine of Misfit 1-3, he is not in command of the squad. Ironically, everyone else of lower rank is usually giving orders to Blackburn.
  • In the "Fault Line" trailers, Blackburn is sleeveless and both of his arms are completely visible. However, this is only visible when he engages the PLR insurgent while trying to disarm an IED. In the final version, however, his sleeves are rolled up to his elbow.
  • He wore the black gloves issued to the USMC Engineer class from multiplayer in the trailers, but the color has changed to the standard real-life Marine Corps combat gloves which are the Coyote Brown Oakley SI Assault gloves in the actual game.
  • If Miller fails to cover Blackburn in Fear No Evil, the Mission Fail screen will pop up and say his nickname "Black was Killed" instead of a formal "Blackburn was Killed."
  • During the opening cutscene to The Great Destroyer, Blackburn's fellow Marine David Montes is brought into the room by the CIA Agents. After the agents leave, the two have a brief conversation. This is the only time in the game that Blackburn is seen speaking to another member of Misfit 1-3, as he is silent during gameplay. It is also the only time that Blackburn is seen speaking to someone other than the CIA Agents.
  • A casting call for the game originally referred to Blackburn as just being a Sergeant.[3]
    • His description in the casting call says, "American USMC Sergeant. Tough, idealistic, direct and honest to a fault."

ReferencesEdit

  1. As seen on a text stated on the loading screen of Operation Swordbreaker.
  2. https://twitter.com/jaqubajmal/status/1264989286836973569?s=21
  3. BF3 list of main campaign characters - Electronic Arts UK Community - originally posted June 2, 2011, retrieved from the Internet Wayback Machine on May 4, 2017
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