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"For your crime. You will die like vermin. I will hunt you down. At the end of the earth I will find you. Your skin charred and your fats rendered. Your kind exterminated. In the end, I will feed your flesh…to the furnace."
―Frau Engel to B.J. after being wounded by Herr Faust.[src]

Obergruppenführer Frau Irene Engel is the secondary antagonist of Wolfenstein: The New Order, and the main antagonist of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

HistoryEdit

A leading figure behind Bund Deutscher Mädel (League of German Girls), the female wing of the Nazi Party, Frau Engel has dedicated her life to the Nazi cause. Having done her duty, raising six, according to her definition, "Aryan" children to serve the Fatherland and exhibiting steadfast loyalty to the Nazi Party, she quickly rose up to their ranks.

She was extremely abusive to her daughter, Sigrun due to her kindness and benevolent nature, which can be a cause for her future downfall. According to herself, her fanatic faith to the Nazi causes is more important than her own daughter. In June 1956, Irene and Sigrun met Adolf Hitler, but he chastised Sigrun for her weight to her mother, causing Irene to slap and humiliate her daughter two days before her birthday.

The New OrderEdit

"No one leaves my camp."
―Frau Engel to the resistance before their escape.[src]
Frau Engel is first seen on the night train to Berlin. Alongside her is her younger lover Hans Winkle, whom she affectionately named Bubi (German for "little boy"). She and Hans enter the same compartment as the undercover Blazkowicz. She makes B.J. sit with them before proceeding to test his true Aryan nature with a series of seemingly random pictures. After a few minutes of this "test" Irene confesses that the whole thing is a playful ruse, the pictures being just vacation pictures and old war photos, since she is able to spot an "impure" just by looking at them. Her focus is then consumed by Hans and she lets B.J. go.

Frau Engel does not appear again until Blazkowicz enters Camp Belica near Zagreb in Annexed Croatia. She is seen walking on the balcony, overseeing the delivery of new prisoners. After Blazkowicz is caught trying to steal the Detronic battery, Engel is present as Blazkowicz, Set Roth, and the other prisoners are about to be executed by Herr Faust. B.J. and Roth manage to seize control of the robot and use it to attack Engel and her soldiers. Engel survives but her face is horrifically disfigured. She taunts Blazkowicz before the robot tosses her aside. Just as Blazkowicz and the prisoners try to escape, Engel reappears with two assault rifles and opens fire on the fugitives, shouting "No one leaves my camp!"

She later spearheads the assault on the Kreisau Circle's base, leading to the deaths of Klaus Kreutz and several others. She is last seen on a computer screen in Deathshead's compound as Blazkowicz is ambushed by Bubi and injected with a powerful tranquilizer. As Bubi attempts to gut Blazkowicz while Engel watches, B.J. bites Bubi in the neck and stabs him to death. Engel looks on in shock and horror via video feed and then shuffles away whimpering, never seen again afterwards.

The New Colossus Edit

"You think you're a hero? William Joseph Blazkowicz?"
―Frau Engel to an incapacitated Blazkowicz[src]
Frau Engel returns as the main antagonist of the game. She is shown to have had her jaw completely fixed (with some scars on her jaw, a crooked left eyebrow and an inability to close the left side of her mouth) and has been relentlessly hunting down BJ. Judging by her collar insignia, she was promoted to Obergruppenführer (Lieutenant General). It is revealed that Hitler gave her the command of the Ausmerzer to hunt down the Resistance group and she is shown to be tyrannical and extremely bossy to her subordinates, demanding that everyone submit to her will while she is in charge of the flying fortress.

Having witnessed Bubi's death at the hands of B.J. Blazkowicz in the previous game, Engel spends the next five months ruthlessly hunting the Kreisau Circle, culminating in an assault on the Eva's Hammer in the north Atlantic.

Once B.J. surrenders and is brought before her, Engel mocks his new crippled state while gloating about her plans to publicly execute him. She then hands her daughter Sigrun a fire axe and browbeats her to decapitate Caroline Becker. After Sigrun refuses to do her dirty work, she mocks her daughter and proceeds to chop off Caroline's head. When she is about to chop off Fergus/Wyatt's head, Sigrun spontaneously realizes she can no longer tolerate her mother's evil ways and rushes at her, causing Irene to accidentally chop something off her intended target (an arm for Fergus, an ear for Wyatt). Despite her so-called perfect and healthy able-body based on Nazi's ideology, she is helpless against an adrenaline-induced Sigrun as her enraged daughter pins her to the ground. Irene then desperately cries out the nearby super soldier to successfully help her from Sigrun's choke and cowardly runs away from the scene.

She later manages to capture B.J. with help from his treacherous father, though the latter is killed during this endeavour. Weeks later, Engel decapitates him on international television, but B.J. is revived thanks to the efforts of Set Roth in a head transplant operation.

Irene later appears in Los Angeles as a guest on The Jimmy Carver Show, alongside the English band Die Käfer (The Beatles). After BJ and the Resistance take control of the Ausmerzer, BJ and the rest of his team (minus Sigrun due to her pacifist nature, although she gives them permission to kill her mother) infiltrate the talk show studio to finish her. At first, she gloats about B.J.'s execution to Carver and "bemoans" her daughter's defection. When B.J. reveals himself, however, she is visibly horrified. Engel shoots at B.J. with her outdated pistol (the player can take five shots before dying if they stand idle) but he manages to chop her right hand off. She tries to use her remaining hand to draw a knife and stab BJ, but he splits her face open with his hatchet, ending her cruel life and avenging Caroline and Super Spesh.

In order to make sure her legacy dies completely, Grace Walker asks B.J. to assassinate all Übercommanders under her to tie up loose ends so no one can be her successor to continue her work in the occupied USA.

The Freedom ChroniclesEdit

Engel does not directly appear as a character in Curtis Everton's graphic novels. in The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe Volumes 1 and 2, she is seen on propaganda posters around the streets of Springfield, Illinois, in the Secret Police Headquarters in the town and in Roderick Metze's hideout at the Topeka Space Center. A novel titled "Irene Engel: Victory" bears her name and face on its cover in The Diaries of Agent Silent Death Volume 1; it is unknown if this book exists in the Wolfenstein setting proper or only within the in-universe fiction that comprises the Freedom Chronicles.

Military RanksEdit

  • Group Leader of the Bund Deutscher Mädel (1936 - 1939)
  • Reich Leader of the Bund Deutscher Mädel (1939 - 1948)
  • Commandant of Belica Labor Camp (Wolfenstein: The New Order)
  • Obersturmbannführer (Wolfenstein: The New Order)
  • Chief der Polizei (Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus)
  • Commander of the Ausmerzer (Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus)
  • Obergruppenführer (Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus)

AppearanceEdit

In The New Order Irene is a fairly aged woman with blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin, fitting the Nazi’s “Aryan” description. She dressed in a black-colored nazi uniform with a Nazi banner around her left arm. After the events at Camp Belicia, most of her face was able to be reconstructed, with the exception of large, visible scars around her mouth. In The New Colossus, the only notable difference in her appearance is her face, with her scars still visible, but nearly healed, and her face being somewhat younger-looking. It is unknown if better medical technology or simply the five-month time period contributed to this.

PersonalityEdit

Frau Engel is little more than a psychopath with serious mental instability. Throughout the games, in particular The New Colossus, Irene proves to be a cruel, vicious, violent and merciless woman who kills anyone deems inferior or traitorous with child-like glee. She is intensely sadistic, reveling in the killing and suffering she inflicts on others, as shown with Caroline, Super Spesh and nearly B.J. Engel rarely, if ever, demonstrates compassion or consideration for others, even her own daughter. The only people Irene seems to care for and respect are Deathshead, Bubi, and other members of the Nazi party. Their deaths move Engel to spend months hunting for B.J. However, whether or not Engel truly cared for Bubi is questionable, as she recovers quickly from his death and never mentions him again.

As a parent, she is a horrible role model; trying to raise her good-natured daughter Sigrun into an unfeeling and mindless follower of the Nazi party, often subjecting her to extreme abuse whenever she disobeys. In an interview with Jimmy Carver in Hollywood, she admits she considered euthanizing Sigrun simply because of her weight. One of her quotes aboard the Eva Hammer suggests that Irene only wanted Sigrun to become healthier in order to improve her own image as a general, not out of any real concern for the well being of her daughter. When being interviewed, she puts on the facade of a caring mother who loved her daughter and was devastated by her defection. Despite being domineering towards Sigrun, Irene shows real fear and panic when Sigrun finally stands up to her; pinning Irene down with the fireaxe and prompting Irene to order a Supersoldier to save her. This is the first hint at Irene's cowardly nature and her unwillingness to be violent in any instance where she does not have total control of the situation.

Irene is otherwise totally disrespectful towards others (especially non-Germans). If B.J. listens during her interview with Jimmy Carver, Engel can be heard angrily correcting Jimmy for not pronouncing a German word correctly.

An interesting aspect of Engel is her relationship with B.J. Despite her initial hate for him due to her disfigurement and the deaths of Bubi and Deathshead, she appears to develop some attraction towards B.J. This is shown when Irene sings a song in German to an incapacitated B.J. in a seemingly affectionate tone. Afterwards, she puts her handgun in his mouth, muttering: "That's it... how does it taste? The gunpowder of the bullet that killed your friend. (...) You're so boring." This, along with the fact that Irene had a relationship with Bubi, who was nearly thirty years younger than her, implies Irene possesses some degree of sexual deviance.

QuotesEdit

The New OrderEdit

"You can put the coffee on the table. He's harmless. Put the coffee on the table."
―Frau Engel's first words in The New Order to B.J.[src]
"Wait a minute. Let me look at you. Yes...Very nice Aryan features. Don't you think so, Bubi? {...} Sit down, please."
―Frau Engel in Chapter 4.[src]

The New ColossusEdit

"Sigrun. Why are you breathing so heavy?"
"I don't know, mother."
"Oh, you don't know? These ones. Bring them in for questioning."
"Yes, mother."
"You haven't been doing the exercises we agreed upon. You haven't been following your diet."
"Forgive me, mother. I had a small slice of cake yesterday. Only a small slice."
"Stupid girl. You disgrace your blood line, your race. What will they say when you are sent to work that fat off at the health facility? The daughter of a general. What a disgrace! Show me your cheeks, girl. You're not even worth the slap. He is up there. I'm sure of it. Fall back inside. I will lure him out."
"Yes mother. Inside men!
"
―Irene and Sigrun Engel at the beginning of The New Colossus[src]
"You think you're a hero, William Joseph Blazkowicz? Pull the cripple up! Let me tell you...you're not. Only the degenerates rats of the slum admire you. The filthy dregs festering in the ghetto. But once they see you...this will change. I shall put you on international television. Look everybody...Is...is this how a hero looks like? A crippled wretch of a man...peeing in a tube? Everyone will see what a useless joke you are. Drop him!"
―Irene Engel to B.J. in the Ausmerzer.[src]
"Thank you. You. Pull her up by the collar. Bow your head."
"Don't be silly. The resistance does not bow.
"
―Irene and Caroline.[src]
"Mother."
"Sigrun. Quiet. I'm working.
"I thought you would set them free?"
"I am setting her free. I'm setting her head free from her body."
"But you said."
"And you said you would do your exercises and lay off the sugar...but what did my men find when they searched your room? Chocolate, cookies, lemonade, candy! Not to mention the sick things you wrote in your diary. You want to set her free? Okay...Take this. Take it! Go on there. Set her head free from her body."
"You read my diary?"
"Do it, or so help me...bad things will happen to you. Do it! Do it, do it! Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it now."
"I can't, mother."
"Now!"
"No! I can't do it!"
"But what you can do...is fill a diary...full of perversions and words of treason. Some of them even in English! Page up and page down...your dirty mind pouring out...while your body swells up with disgusting blubber like a sea cow. Don't you understand the position you've put me in? I'm compelled by law to report you."
"You had no right to read it.
"
―Sigrun and Irene's argument.[src]
"Caroline Becker. Leader of the Kreisau Circle. The criminal mastermind. {...} I think not. I think...You're just another...subhuman!"
―Irene Engel executing Caroline.[src]
"Did you see that? Well, I've had a lot of practice. Look at this. How strange. One moment she was here. And now she's gone. Were these eyes ever filled with a lover's gaze...do you think? Kiss, kiss, kiss, hm?"
"This is not funny?"
"You want some kisses too? Like it said in your diary? On your plump cheeks. What about down there? Sigrun, do not make me choose...between you...and the strength of my beliefs...because you will lose.
"
―Irene and Sigrun amidst Caroline's death.[src]
"And now...you. Also another friend of yours, yes?"
"Mother. Please stop. No more."
"Move."
"No!
"
―Irene and Sigrun before the latter tackles her.[src]
"Help me!"
―Irene calling for the Super Soldier while being held down by Sigrun.[src]
"Blazkowicz...Really? Do you want to love and cherish me...til death do us part?"
"Give me it."
"Would you like to kiss the bride now? But not before the wedding. Put him to sleep. I need you to rest now...while I prepare...the ceremony.
"
―Irene and B.J. at Mesquite.[src]
"Cut, cut! Zimmermann...You are talented. You should be in the movies - audition for Helene. Idiot! He was dead as soon as he walked into the building. Brave little darling, I am yours and you are mine. Darling, so lovely and...Open your mouth. Open. Open it! That's it. How does it taste? Shhh. How does it taste...the gunpowder...of the bullet that killed your friend. How does it feel? Do you love the taste? Oh...You hear that? It's my attack force...moving in on your friends in the garage. You're so boring. I gonna go down there now and...join in on the fun."
―Irene to B.J. after killing Super Spesh.[src]
"Citizens of the glorious Reich. This is a day of triumph. A week ago, our brave forces captured...William Joseph Blazkowicz alive. He was found in a farmhouse outside the city of Dallas...in a swift raid conducted without casualties. And now the dangerous criminal leader...will face the justice he denied...to all of his victims. The glorious Reich will not relent until this war is won! Sieg Heil!"
―Irene Engel's speech as the Nazified Lincoln Memorial to execute Blazkowicz.[src]
"We would have been...so good together. Darling...you're breaking my heart."
―Irene to B.J. before executing him.[src]
"You are dead! I severed your head from your shoulders! I killed you!"
―Engel's last words before her death by Blazkowicz.[src]

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Frau Irene Engel carries a gold Handgun 1946 that can be collected as a treasure during the chapter 8 Camp Belica level.
  • Her name translates to 'Mrs. Angel'.
  • Her first name, Irene, is the Greek word for "peace", quite ironically.
  • Because she is not physically present during the final assault on Deathshead's compound, Frau Engel is the only surviving antagonist of The New Order.
  • According to the prisoners at Camp Belica, she is known there as the "Angel of Death", both referencing her surname and merciless attitude. This nickname is also shared by the infamous Nazi scientist, Josef Mengele.
  • Frau Irene Engel's cruel and inhumane treatment of her camp's prisoners might have been based on Nazi Commandant Ilse Koch, the notorious warden of Buchenwald.
  • After extensive surgery, a team of medical experts by Deathshead himself managed to recreate most of Frau Engel's face, but the scars will remain forever.
  • She is the mother of Sigrun Engel. Her abusive treatment of her daughter backfires horribly since Sigrun reveals every military secret of the Nazis to BJ and the Resistance.
  • Her demise is similar to Rip Blazkowicz since they both mistreated their own children and are, thus, karmically murdered with a hatchet.
  • Like all Nazis, her arrogance causes her to underestimate B.J., despite his high Nazi kill count.
  • Frau Engel has 6 children, including Adalwardus and Sigrun.
  • Frau Engel has served in the Nazi Party for 29 years.
  • Her rank on the killing board is General, despite her different color insignia.
  • In Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, during B.J.'s execution, Frau Engel says to B.J. "We would have been... so good together. Darling... you're breaking my heart." This may imply that Frau Engel may be envious of B.J.'s aptitude and affinity for violence. Frau Engel also refers to B.J. as "Darling" in earlier scenes and even puts her gold Handgun 1946 in his mouth with obvious sexual inferences. It can be roughly implied with this kind of behavior that Frau Engel has a hidden sexual attraction to Blazkowicz. It may also simply be her obvious insanity seeping through, however. Furthermore, it is also shown that Bubi is nothing more than a sexual object to her than a true lover since she recovers from his death very quickly and never seems to mention him to B.J.
  • Engel’s attraction towards B.J. is further implied in an image released by Bethesda, which depicts her licking the left side of B.J.’s face while he remains incapacitated.
  • It is highly unlikely that a women in the Nazi Party in real life would have been allowed to join the SS let alone achieve the rank of Obergruppenführer due to the Nazi party’s views on women and motherhood.