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.
The New OrderEdit
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") when she entered the same compartment as Blazkowicz. She then inspects Blazkowicz and tests him via some pictures to see if he is of Aryan descent. She then reveals that she was merely toying with Blazkowicz, and the pictures are actually just vacation pictures and old war photos, claiming she can spot an "impure" with her naked eye.
Frau Engel is not seen 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, taunting Blazkowicz up close 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
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, stating that everyone must submit to her will while she is in charge of the flying fortress.
After witnessing Bubi's death at the hands of B.J. Blazkowicz, 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) and driving her away.
She later manages to capture B.J. with help from his treacherous and racist father, whom he kills with a hatchet. Weeks later, Engel decapitates him on international television, but BJ 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 Pro-Nazi English band Die Käfer (based on 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 and tries to shoot him, 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 Ubercommanders under her to tie up loose ends so no one can be her successor to continue her work in the occupational US.
In 'The New Order', Irene is a fairly aged woman with blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin, 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.
Frau Engel has proven to be one of the most, if not the most, vile and evil antagonists in the series, rivaled only by Deathshead. Cold, cruel, merciless, violent and arrogant, Engel killed with almost child-like glee and sadism; happily murdering Caroline, Super Spesh, and nearly B.J. Irene had a penchant for toying with her victims, usually before killing them; such as when she played with severed head of Caroline and chuckling over a nearly-dead Super Spesh, before shooting him. However, unlike Deathshead, she never seems to take B.J. seriously due to her arrogance.
Engel's sanity is something of question too, considering her unusually high enthusiasm and dark sense of humor when committing her crimes. Her temperament changed from seriousness to playfulness while testing B.J. She displayed signs of psychopathy, including a complete lack of empathy, remorse, and regard for others.
As a parent she was a horrible role model, trying to raise her good-natured daughter Sigrun into an unfeeling and mindless follower of the Nazi party, and subjecting her to extreme abuse whenever she disobeyed her. In an interview with Jimmy Carver in Hollywood, she admits she was considering euthanizing Sigrun simply because of her physical condition. One of her quotes abords the Eva Hammer suggests that Irene wanted Sigrun to become healthier in order to improve her self-image as a general, not out of concern for the well being of her daughter. When being interviewed, she put on the facade of a caring mother who loved her daughter and was devastated when she left her.
The only people Irene cared for and respected were Deathshead, Bubi, and other members of the Nazi party, and their deaths moved Engel to spend months searching for B.J.
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 have developed some attraction towards B.J. This is shown in a scene where Engel 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." Moments before B.J.'s execution she whispers "We would have been... so good together. Darling... you're breaking my heart." Engel would eventually meet her end at the hands of B.J., earning her long deserved death and finally paying for all her sins.
- 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.
- 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: 5 boys, 1 girl (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.
|Resistance||BJ Blazkowicz · Anya Oliwa · Caroline Becker · Fergus Reid · Prendergast · Private Wyatt · Tekla · J · Klaus Kreutz· Max Hass · Bobby Bram · Set Roth · Bombate ·|
|Nazis||Wilhelm Strasse · Irene Engel · Bubi · Friedrich Keller · The Knife|
|Others||Gates · Benson|
|Resistance||BJ Blazkowicz · Anya Oliwa · Caroline Becker · Fergus Reid · Private Wyatt · Max Hass · Bobby Bram · Set Roth · Bombate · Super Spesh · Sigrun Engel · Grace Walker · Horton Boone· Mary Sue 'Professor' Ellington· Paris Jack|
|Nazis||Adolf Hitler ·Irene Engel · Kommandant Gruber · Peter Trumbauer|
|Other||Sabine Vogel·Rip Blazkowicz· Zofia Blazkowicz|