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Jacket's character icon.

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Jacket's profile image in the FBI Files.

Jacket's sketch in the FBI Files.

Jacket's paper craft model.

Career information
Role Sociopath
Signature weapons
Ranged Jacket's Piece
Melee Carpenter's Delight
Biographical information
Also known as Richard (mask persona)
Miami Maniac
Nationality USA American
Language(s) None (mute)
Various (voice tapes)
Age Unknown
Physical description
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Hazel
Height 5' 11''
Build Athletic
Ethnicity Caucasian
Appearance(s) PAYDAY 2
Portrayed by Unknown
Voiced by Carmen Duran Garcia
Damien Faity Rougier
Antonella Giannini
Holger Buhr
Quotes Quotation page
Room Jacket's Hangout
Internal name jacket
FBI Description
FBI Files: A true enigma. We have no intel on this guy, and his habit of communicating through an 80’s model dictaphone means we don’t even have a voice. All we really know is that he is dangerously psychotic - a sociopath. His Profile is to get close and cause as much traumatic damage as possible with high damage melee weapons.

It is possible that “Jacket” is related to a series of slaughters that took place in Miami, Florida, where authorities are still looking for a masked psychopath communicating through a tape recorder.
""The following presentation has been approved for mature audiences only.""
—Jacket upon masking up.

Jacket is a violent criminal originating from Miami. This is the ninth character made available to the community in PAYDAY 2.

He was released alongside Hotline Miami 2 on March 10, 2015 for the PC edition of the game, along with his signature weapons, the Jacket's Piece and Carpenter's Delight.



Although Jacket is the last one to brag – he doesn’t speak at all – his achievements in the criminal underworld are widely known. Allegedly, he once wiped out the entire Russian mafia in Miami all on his own. His background in the military and his unflinching attitude towards over-the-top violence has made him an excellent hitman – or “messenger” as some like to call it. For unknown reasons he remains completely mute and chooses to communicate only with the help of a tape recorder – playing back bits and pieces of language learning tapes, PAs and documentary narrations instead of speaking.


  • Jacket is the only playable guest heister to originate from a video game.
  • As noted in the original Hotline Miami, "Richard" could be Jacket's real first name, as the 50 Blessings organization names the animal masks in the game after their respective owners.
    • Jacket's mask in PAYDAY 2-related contents differs significantly from its home game counterpart, the rooster head being much larger and more rounded, while the cockscomb and wattle are smaller and much shorter in length. It is also a simple rubber shell laid over the gang's usual ballistic masks instead of a fully-feathered one used in the source material.
  • While Jacket is canon, Jacket's canonicity had been previously debated. With the release of the FBI Files, however, Jacket has been heavily implied to be a canon part of the PAYDAY universe. While the files state that he might have been the very same person, it is also loosely suggested that the PAYDAY 2 Jacket is a separate individual inspired by the character's MO. Because of the large number of unknowns at hand, his relationship to the Hotline Miami Jacket remains uncertain. Dennis Wedin of Dennaton Games left the relationship between the two up in the air when asked about it.[1]
    • If the former case is canon, his involvement in the 1985 Hawaiian conflict during Hotline Miami 2 implies that Jacket could be anywhere from 46 to 67 years of age by the time PAYDAY 2 took place, dependent upon his age of enlistment. However, in his character description, his age group is marked simply as "unknown".
      • Although, this is contrary to the fact that not only are San Francisco, Hawaii, and Miami all not nuclear wastelands, that the cold war didn't escalate into the Soviet-American war, nor was there any Russo-American Coalition in the Payday universe.
      • Jacket's age can be narrowed down further if the description of the Vicious outfit's Rockaway Beach variant is canon as it explains that he was a Roadie in 1983 in exchange for alcohol and drugs, heavily implying Jacket be around, if not exactly drinking age (21) at that time, making him likely tie Jiro for the second oldest member of the Payday gang.
    • It has been officially confirmed that Jacket and the other crossover characters are canon. [2]
    • He may just be a fan of the game Hotline Miami that is in his room.
  • As Dennaton Games have yet to reveal Jacket's true face, his appearance as depicted in PAYDAY 2 is likely not canon to Hotline Miami.
  • Jacket is the first character in the PAYDAY series that doesn't have a known actor, though there have been debates among both the Hotline Miami and PAYDAY playerbases about his resemblance to Jonatan Söderström, founder of Dennaton Games and creator of Jacket's videogame series.
  • Jacket is the first heister in the game to forgo a suit entirely, the second being Bodhi, instead wearing his signature varsity letterman jacket and jeans.
  • Jacket's first appearance in the PAYDAY universe was in the teaser trailer for Hotline Miami, appearing with a baseball bat near the end of the video, presumably there to finish off the Russian mobster Wolf was interrogating.
    • During the lead up to Jacket's introduction, he walks down a hallway off-camera and taps his baseball bat on the ground similar to a scene in the movie Inglorious Basterds.
  • Jacket is the first heister who doesn't speak, but rather communicates through "an 80s model dictaphone". He does audibly pant after running low on stamina, however.
    • Jacket uses a tape recorder which plays all manner of phrases taken out of their intended context, most often language tapes, physical fitness tutorials, fun facts, airplane PAs, and automated voicemail systems. He plays back "Arms outstretched" instead of telling cops to put their hands up when dominating them, and sometimes refers to other heisters with related words instead of their names (or their names in different languages), such as calling Dallas "Texas" or referring to Wolf as "canine predator" or "Herr Wolf" ("Mister wolf" in German).
      • This aspect of Jacket's voice lines being cobbled together from whatever tapes Jacket can find contrasts rather sharply with some of his other lines, e.g. "Please apply cable ties to the civilians" or the First World Bank speech.
    • Jacket is, technically speaking, the first character to be "voiced" by more than one voice actor, his tape being voiced by a total of four. This is mostly due to the tape having multiple languages.
    • It is unknown how he activates the tape recorder while both hands are visible or he's carrying a two-handed weapon. This is probably for gameplay reasons.
    • Given the amount of quotes Jacket can speak, the tape is likely very, very long. The game attempts to recreate the rewind\fast-forward effect of a tape, but it is unrealistic due to the speed of the tape getting rewound\fast-forwarded. It is possible that the tape player, and the tape, were specifically modified to do exactly this, however.
      • Alternatively, he may swap between cassette tapes in different situations, e.g. different tapes for stealth, loud, or being in the safehouse, to simplify the process which could explain the surplus of tapes on the floor of his room in the Safe House.
    • The tape has lines in Spanish, German, French, and Italian; see /Quotes.
      • He may also have tapes which teach Russian, as he sometimes refers to Sokol as "falcon" (the Russian word "sokol" literally means "falcon"), but he uses audio from them rarely if at all. This is likely to reduce spending on voice actors.
    • Though the tape recorder is rather loud, the audio will not alert security guards and civilians during stealth nor will it bring suspicion in casing mode. The reason is most likely for gameplay reasons.
    • Jacket's cassette player may be a Walkman as they were popular during the 80s.
    • Although the English voice on Jacket's tape recorder never curses, lines which use other languages swear frequently; one line used when a Taser is killed simply states "Ci vediamo all'inferno" ("See you in Hell") in Italian, and one low-health line claims that "I need an appointment with the doctor" is translated into German as "Ich brauch einen verschissenen Arzt" ("I need a fucking doctor").
    • Most of the lines in French talk about cigarettes in some way, referring to a French cultural stereotype. None of the lines in other languages acknowledge stereotypes in this manner. This could also be a reference to Jacket himself, who, in Hotline Miami, can often be found smoking during his time with the Ghost Wolves unit and after killing the leader of the Russian Mafia.
  • Similar to John Wick, Jacket too had reportedly wiped out a Russian mob on his own. This is a reference to his actions in Hotline Miami, although he wasn't the only active vigilante in that game (at least two other vigilantes were operating in concert, unbeknownst to one another, which are the Biker and Richter).
    • Jacket is also a promotional crossover like Wick, though unlike Wick he does not come free.
    • Like Wick, he doesn't wear the latex gloves like the rest of the crew, instead opting to wrap bandages around his hands in a similar fashion to that of a boxer. This leaves his fingers uncovered, which is an unusual choice for an individual of criminal nature as it would make him likely to leave fingerprints behind.
    • Alongside Wick and Chains, Jacket is the third heister with a background in an elite military unit, the fictional Ghost Wolves.
    • Jacket shares some similarities with Jimmy. They are both crossover characters, both are alleged psychopathic killers in their respective source materials with multiple personalities, are notable for killing large numbers of Russians and both ultimately perished at the (near) conclusion of their story arcs.
  • Aside from Wolf, Jacket is currently the only other heister to be shown visibly injuring/killing a special unit in promotional media, in this case a Cloaker. Jacket was apparently able to wipe out the Cloaker's entire SWAT entourage, binding and visibly frightening him before finishing him off with a hammer, all by himself without any sign of injuries or struggle. Wolf was shot once by the Bulldozer, and he still had to struggle a fair bit before finally being able to overpower his opponent in the Hoxton Breakout trailer.
    • What appears to be the helmet of a Taser can be barely made out in the scene slumped against the wall.
  • Jacket's Character Pack trailer was made in Source Filmmaker. Overkill thanks "Porky-da-Corgi" for help with the trailer.
  • After Dragan, Jacket is the second heister to not be inducted into the gang by another crew member. Although he was involved in getting the hotline to The Commissar, and thus helping The Dentist free Hoxton, he did not actually appear as a playable heister until later on.
    • It is possible that Wolf had recruited Jacket, as they both appear in the Hotline Miami DLC trailer. Alternatively, the Dentist could have introduced him to the team as some sort of a new "asset" to the raid on the Commissar's hideout, and the heister just chose to stay with them after the heist.
  • Contrary to Hotline Miami and his appearance in the trailer for the DLC, Jacket in-game has his varsity jacket opened to reveal his t-shirt underneath. This was likely done to reveal the Lightweight Ballistic Vest armor, as it would otherwise be completely concealed.
  • Jacket's recorder will sometimes play a GenSec automated answering tape when interacting with a pager, as well as clips referencing an "automatic paging system".
  • When the Hype Train initially ended, Jacket's hair was shown as brown in the "goal completed" image, instead of his in-game blonde hair. This was later corrected.
  • Jacket's character icon uses the Richard Begins mask's inventory icon rather than that of his default mask, Richard Returns.
  • According to Aldstone, Jacket apparently has a habit of "borrowing" the butler's cellphone and listening to his voice messages, much to his displeasure. This is a reference to Hotline Miami, in which Jacket and other 50 Blessings operatives are given their targets through cryptic messages on their answering machines.
    • However, the answering machine in the common area on the safehouse's first floor does not seem to make any similar references, nor does it behave any differently when interacted with by Jacket as opposed to any of the other heisters.
  • During the Prison Nightmare heist, two of the hallucinations that can be heard from Jacket's tape recorder are "You are responsible" and "Your name is NOT Jacket", suggesting that he might not hold his real identity responsible for his actions, instead telling himself it is his Jacket alter ego that is committing the crimes.
    • However, if the Hotline Miami sequences where internal voices talk to Jacket in his coma are accounted for, he may simply be aware of his actions and reminding himself of who he truly is.
  • Jacket has the most quotes in the safehouse - one for every heister (including one where he talks to himself), as well as at least a dozen or so other lines mostly concerning trivia facts about 80's technology.
    • These lines exclude Scarface, Sangres, Ethan, Hila, Duke, and Joy. This is due to the fact that none of these characters have been released before the Hoxton Housewarming Party event.
      • Although Jacket has callout lines for Scarface (Like most heisters he refers to him as "Tony") in heists and multiple other crew members have safe house lines for Duke, though the former may be because of the Search for Kento event and the latter is probably for story reasons as Duke is quite involved with the Payday 2 Secret ARG.
    • In addition to the lines used when talking to Jacket in the safehouse, players can interact with a tape recorder on a counter in Jacket's room which plays another batch of lines different from what Jacket says.
      • This tape recorder is present even when playing as Jacket, so he likely keeps it as a spare or for mixing tapes.
  • Before he was a playable heister, Jacket was implied to be the reduced mobsters asset in day 1 of Hotline Miami.
    • This could still be the case although it's not as likely as Jacket can be played in the heist.




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