|Age:||Late 30's - Early 40's|
|Affiliation:||U.S. Army Rangers, SSC, T.W.O., La Guadaña cartel|
|Profession:||war vigilante, La Guadaña cartel lieutenant|
|Played by:||Josh Ryan (AoT)|
Nolan North (T40D)
Joe Flanigan (TDC)
|Games:||AoT, T40D, TDC|
|First game:||Army of Two|
|Appears in:||3 games|
Elliot Salem is one of the two main protagonists of the Army of Two series. He originally worked for SSC but later formed T.W.O with his former longtime partner, Tyson Rios. A hero in the series during the first two games; in the third game, Salem eventually went insane after a seemingly fatal incident caused his partner to abandon him. This causes him to become the secondary antagonist of Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel.
Elliot Salem's transition from being a small time teenage "gangsta" to a battle hardened warrior was made easy by the Louisiana State Penal System. Choosing to serve his country rather than his fellow inmates, Elliot joined the US Army Rangers. While you can take Elliot out of the hood, you can't quite take the hood out of Elliot. His shady background shows through as he is quick to accept morally questionable missions with the promise of a big payout, or take risks that other soldiers would consider too dangerous. Fortunately for him, Rios is always there to help steer him right and make him think before he acts.
Salem and Rios may bicker, but there's no denying that on the battlefield, the two make a great team. As Rios devises strategy, Salem executes it. Without fear, regret or remorse, Salem is able to run headlong into battle and rip apart any adversary- often before his foes realize what just hit them.
Never having really grown up, Elliot acts like a child, curses like a sailor, and parties like a rock star. His terrible spending habits paired with his excessively materialistic lifestyle keep him in constant financial trouble - no matter how much money he makes, or what his nagging buddy Rios tells him.
The Devil's CartelEdit
On the first mission of Alpha and Bravo, in which they are to save a woman named Fiona, Salem hastily decides to escape, as the hostile force has become aware of their presence and reinforcements are inbound. Rios stays with Fiona and the new operatives, claiming Fiona is innocent. Salem soon finds a pickup truck and begins to drive away when it is hit by an RPG. Alpha and Bravo rush to save him, followed by Rios, who sustains a severe wound to his leg from an explosion from the now burning truck.
More enemies quickly arrive, and the new partners are forced to split up: one protecting Rios, and the other looking for Fiona and calling for an extraction. As she is picked up along with an operative, their teammate and Rios soon board the helicopter, as well. At the end of the mission, Salem is presumed dead.
Five years later, Salem returns as "El Diablo", which translates to "The Devil" in Spanish, a top lieutenant of the Mexican cartel known as "La Guadaña". El Diablo is first discovered to be Salem when Alpha and Bravo are captured along with Mayor Juan Angelo Cordova. He executes Cordova, and leaves the two operatives alive, who soon escape. After escaping their bonds, Bravo claims that he knew El Diablo was Salem, as the mask was a dead giveaway. Salem later found out the two were freed, then geared up after they regrouped with Chuy and Baker. Alpha and Bravo are then ordered by Rios to capture him.
Soon after capturing Fiona, he was confronted by the duo and Rios. Salem murdered Fiona, and nearly killed Rios. However, Alpha and Bravo still pursued him, and eventually got into a fight in a courtyard. Shortly after, his vehicle was destroyed, leading to his capture and imprisonment. There is then a cinematic in which Salem is in his prison cell, engraving "Alice" on the wall, in memory of Alice Murray, a T.W.O. mission coordinator who died in a helicopter crash during the events of The 40th Day. Later, Elliot is seen being freed from his cell by an unknown character.
Partnership with RiosEdit
Rios and Salem each have their own opinions on things. Salem is a money mad contractor and Rios is a tactical and strong headed man. The two have their differences yet they are still best of friends in the thick of things. Showing that an Army of Two is much better than an army of one.
Salem tends to be much more trigger happy than Rios and as such, Rios tends to be a more level headed influence on his partner. They banter easily and often appeared unphased by what they see, though there are times when Salem expresses extreme dislike for what they do and it is implied that were Rios not with him, that he may end up taking more risks for money or simply because parts of the job anger him. Salem and Rios both have personalities that complement each other. Rios is the calming influence while Salem is the gung ho one of the partnership. As such, they each bring something different to the table in terms of a fight and friendship and it is their differences that make them get along so well.
Behind the ScenesEdit
|Army of Two|| Army of Two:|
The 40th Day
| Army of Two:|
The Devil's Cartel
- In The 40th Day, Salem often uses two handguns in cutscenes but can only use one in game
- Salem appeared MySims SkyHeroes by EA. To visit Elliot's page on the MySims Wiki, click here.
- In Army of Two, Salem will often anger Rios by bringing up subjects unrelated to the objective.
- In the cartel compound during the final mission of The Devil's Cartel, just before Salem kills Fiona, Salem mentions he "took a bullet for [Rios]" and "laid down [his] life for [Rios] because [Rios] wanted to save Shanghai" hinting that the "shoot partner" choice of the final decision in The 40th Day was canon and Rios shot Salem. Salem survived with no apparent physical injury (though it did cause Salem to distrust Rios from then on)