For the player in Most Wanted and Carbon, see - Player (Most Wanted & Carbon)

The Player takes the role of a certain protagonist in Need for Speed: Underground and Need for Speed: Underground 2.

Need for Speed: Underground

The player arrives as a newbie in the street racing scene of Olympic City but quickly starts to make a name for themselves with the help of Samantha and TJ. Soon, the player challenges the best racers of the city, who were listed in a series of ranking boards. Eventually, the player takes on Eddie's Eastsiders crew, the top ranking racers, and defeats them. The final race sees the player being put against Melissa.

Need for Speed: Underground 2

Prior to the events of Need for Speed: Underground 2, the player defeated the best racers of Olympic City and was offered a spot in the crew of an unknown contact. The player refused the offer and was later rammed by an unknown driver, who totalled the player's car.

Six months after the incident, the player arrives in Bayview City. Samantha's friend, Rachel Teller, as well as Tommy help the player get to the racing scene in a similar bid to what Samantha did. After successfully completing a series of sponsor contracts, the player becomes noticed by The Wraiths, led by Caleb Reece, who is revealed to be responsible for the player's crash in Olympic City.[1] Rachel warns the player about his deals of manipulating their sponsorships in order to claim Bayview's racing scene for himself.

The player proceeds to challenge The Wraiths and defeats them, including Nikki Morris, who decided to join the player. Due to his crew's poor performance, Caleb loses his sponsors and challenges the player to a race, which he also loses in the end.


Aside from being able to choose their own car, the player drives certain cars during some storyline events:

  • During the dream sequence of Need for Speed: Underground's prologue, the player drives a "Vortex" entitled Acura Integra Type R. It is unlocked for Quick Race mode after collecting 46,000 style points.
  • During the opening sequence of Need for Speed: Underground 2's prologue, the player is seen driving a Nissan Skyline GT-R. It is unavailable for unlock.


  • The player is never shown in Need for Speed: Underground but is shortly shown during two instances in Need for Speed: Underground 2.



  1. Caleb sports the same tattoo as the driver who crashed the player in Olympic City

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