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Nathan Cross

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Bounty Hunter Cross

Nathan Cross (Sergeant Cross or Cross) is one of the main antagonists in Need for Speed: Most Wanted and a minor antagonist in Need for Speed: Carbon. His character is portrayed by Dean McKenzie during cutscenes with the voice of Chris Williams during gameplay.

Need for Speed: Most WantedEdit

Cross first appears during the opening cutscene of Need for Speed: Most Wanted. He pulls the player over shortly after they arrive in the city of Rockport and warns them that street racing in Rockport is finished. He is about to seize the player's BMW M3 GTR but is diverted away by an emergency APB for backup by police dispatch.

He appears again shortly after the player loses to Razor and arrests them for street racing. The player is later released from the police station after Cross is unable to convict them for street racing.

Cross may appear during gameplay once the player reaches Heat Level 5 but will always appear in Heat Level 6 pursuits. Cross appears as a part of the pursuing officers in his Chevrolet Corvette C6.

Cross also appears in the final cutscene of the title after the player defeats Razor and becomes the #1 racer on the Blacklist. Cross calls in 'everyone', (meaning the majority of the Rockport Police Department) as the player aims to leave Rockport in their reclaimed BMW M3 GTR.

Need for Speed: CarbonEdit

Cross appears during the opening cutscene of Need for Speed: Carbon whilst driving a black Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The player is re-entering Palmont City via a canyon road and is unaware of Cross being behind them. Cross suddenly rams the player and nearly forces them off the side of the canyon road. Cross quits his job at the Rockport Police Department in order to become a bounty hunter and catch the player.

The player is tasked with escaping Cross on the canyon road but crashes their car into a construction site and is pinned by Cross. Cross is about to apprehend the player when Darius appears and calls him off.

Cross may appear during gameplay at Heat Level 5 as an independent police unit with the same vehicle he was featured in Need for Speed: Most Wanted.

Cross re-appears after Darius betrays the player. He is called in by Darius to take the player in but is called off by Nikki after Darius leaves. Cross is paid the bounty on the player's head by Nikki and agrees to leave them alone so long as Nikki joins the player's crew.


  • Cross is accompanied by an unnamed female partner in Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
  • The PlayStation 2 demo of Need for Speed: Most Wanted features Cross' Corvette with a yellow stripe livery as opposed to the white tear livery seen in the final game.
  • While in Need for Speed: Most Wanted Cross drives a Chevrolet Corvette C6, in most of the cutscenes he can be seen driving a Chevrolet Corvette C6.R. Unused textures show that at some point of the game's development, Cross' car was going to be a C6.R instead of a C6.
  • Cross' Corvette Z06 is unlockable in Need for Speed: Carbon after the player completes a certain reward card. It is not equipped with Nitrous.
  • The player is capable of driving Cross' Corvette Z06 in the Gold Canyon Challenge on the "Eternity Pass" course against a BMW M3 GTR, as a reference to the opening chase in Need for Speed: Carbon.
  • Cross always drives a Chevrolet Corvette in every game he appears in.
  • Cross is said to be affiliated with Gregory MacDonald whom is a police Lieutenant turned criminal in Need for Speed: Undercover.
  • The scene when Cross shouts "EVERYONE" is a reference to the 1994 French Motion Picture - "Léon: The Professional."
  • Cross' car featured in Need for Speed: Most Wanted can be found in the game files of Need for Speed: Carbon and Need for Speed: World. While in Need for Speed: Carbon, the car will appear at Heat Level 5, it is not used in Need for Speed: World.
  • During some trailers of Need for Speed: Carbon, Cross' RPD Interceptor can seen being driven by players during a Pursuit Knockout event, but this was replaced with the Police Federal Cruiser in the final release.


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