Cole as he appears in Rock and a Hard Place.
M4A1 w/ACOG Scope
Captain Quinton Cole is a character in Battlefield 3's single-player campaign. He is an Officer and the leader of the Misfit units, or "Misfit Actual".
As heard on the capture mission Night Shift, Quinton Cole is referred to by Campo as being a "gloryhound", who would do anything to gain a promotion due to the length of time he had been a Captain, such as demanding Campo and Blackburn to keep Faruk Al-Bashir alive at all costs to increase his prestige. Cole is also shown to be blinded by his strive for glory as he ordered his unit to take on a Russian brigade in Rock and a Hard Place. The move would have been considered suicidal since his unit was totally outnumbered and out gunned. Indeed, majority of the Misfit unit was taken out of commission before they reached Kaffarov. He seems undeterred even when Matkovic and Campo die during the mission Rock and a Hard Place, although he seems somewhat remorseful at their deaths, and his fellow Marines' reactions.
Being the leader of the Misfit units, Quinton Cole is in charge of every US Marine in the game, including the protagonist Henry Blackburn. He was first met briefing the squad on the mission, Operation Swordbreaker, and up to his final appearance and death on the mission, Kaffarov.
During Kaffarov, Cole is shot and killed by Blackburn, under the request of Dmitri Mayakovsky for the greater good. This then lands Blackburn in hot water with the American Government for killing his Commanding Officer.
- In Pre-Alpha stages of the Game, Cole was Caucasian and he had a different face and voice actor.
- Cole (in the actual game) is portrayed by David Harewood.
- In the mission Night Shift, Cole refers to Osama Bin Laden, who was taken out by Seal Team Six. Cole informs his squad to avoid a similar situation happening with Al-Bashir, specifically, "We do not want a Bin Laden-style resolution").
- He is the only notable character in the story mode that is African-American in Battlefield 3. Some generic marines can be seen on Operation Guillotine and Rock and a Hard Place.