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Chains' clown mask
Career information
Role Support
(PAYDAY: The Heist)

Enforcer & Muscle

Affiliation(s) Military
The Payday Gang
Biographical information
Also known as Nicolas (presumably)
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Language(s) English
Age 35 - (PAYDAY: The Heist)
37 - (PAYDAY 2)
Physical description
Hair color Black
Eye color Hazel
Ethnicity African American
PAYDAY information
Appearance(s) PAYDAY: The Heist
PAYDAY: The Web Series
Portrayed by Howard Thompson:
(PAYDAY: The Heist)

Damion Poitier:
(PAYDAY: The Web Series)

Voiced by Howard Thompson:
(PAYDAY: The Heist)

Damion Poitier:

"Don't you be tricky now! Chains hates tricky."
—Chains shouting at cops and civilians

Chains, also known as Nicolas, is a playable character. A 10-year military veteran, he wears a white, blue, and pink mask, and is voiced by Howard Thompson. In Payday 2, Chains is 37 years old.

In Payday 2 and the Web Series, he's portrayed by Damion Poitier.

According to Bain, he has just recently acquired and decrypted several classified FBI files regarding the background and criminal history of Dallas along with Wolf, Hoxton, and himself. The files have been released.


PAYDAY: The HeistEdit

In his childhood he was in and out of foster homes and Juvenile detention Centers. 

Always eager to test his limits and challenge death, Chains went after the most extreme component within the Navy, the U.S. Navy SEALs. He got there, but his itchy trigger finger and generally unreliable personality caused him to get kicked out fairly fast.

Chains left the Navy and went into the world of mercenary troops, offering his military expertise to the highest bidder. On the open market, he was paired up with all the scum of the earth and sent on missions to all four corners of the world.

Soon, the majority of Chains' acquaintances were criminals who came and went in the mercenary teams, either doing robberies and kidnappings as a change from the fighting, or the other way around. Chains, always looking for a new adrenaline fix, was quickly swept into this way of living.

Chains maintains the military lingo he was taught during his time in the Military. He has reached 35 years of age and has cheated death so many times now that he considers himself invincible, and he often challenges current threats to try to kill him.


Two years later, after the entire crew have moved to Washington D.C. Chains continued his crime spree alongside Dallas and Wolf, along with a new member who joined and temporarily took over the mantle of Hoxton.

According to the CrimeFest description of the new hitman John Wick, Chains and Wick were former comrades during their time in the military. Apparently Wick has just resurfaced after a time of "going dark" to lend Chains (and his buddies) a hand.

In the John Wick introduction trailer, Chains is seen holding a blonde woman in one of his safehouses. This probably hints at Chains having a girlfriend or lover. The same woman also addresses him by name, Nicolas. [1]

The FBI Files Edit

We regard this one as the Enforcer in the gang. He tends to bring the biggest gun and a lot of ammo to feed it. Breaking down his movement, style and technique, it is obvious that “Chains” is ex-military. It is likely he was special forces, and, based on overheard conversation, possibly even a former Navy SEAL.

“Chains” appears to have a daredevil personality, and a strong conviction that he cannot be hurt or killed.

Recently, we know that “Chains” was taking refuge in a Swedish safehouse. It was believed that he had been killed when Swedish police raided the safehouse, but “Chains” has since resurfaced in Washington.


Achievements (Payday 2)Edit

Original Heisters Original Heisters
In the First World Bank job, complete the heist from start on the OVERKILL difficulty or above with a full player lobby using all 4 characters from the PAYDAY: The Heist crew, Reinfeld Shotguns and Bernetti 9 Pistols.



  • During development, the following nicknames were scrapped: Grizzly, Deadlift, Brick Wall, and Alcatraz.[2]
  • Chains wears a white-pinstripe suit during heists, regardless of armor.
  • Chains, along with Jacket and Dragan are currently the only playable heisters in the series not to have a confirmed family or relative, as both Dallas and Hoxton have brothers, Houston is the aforementioned brother of Dallas and CloverWolf, Wick, and Jiro all have families.
  • During development, Sony's game testers believed that the name "Chains" could be considered racist because of the United States' history of slavery. Overkill contemplated changing the spelling to "Chanes" or "Chaynes", but ultimately decided that the name was being over interpreted.[3]
  • Chains gets his nickname from the hardened military lifestyle he once occupied.
    • Unfortunately, due to how the games in the series are designed, much of his presumed military training have been excluded, or severely downplayed to almost mundane levels for the sake of development. Such experiences may include endurance training, weapons handling and target practice, all of which are not reflected in how he still cannot run for any longer than a standard crook, still reloads certain weapons slowly, still cannot control the recoil of his weapons, his shots are still inaccurate when using a basic weapon such as an AMCAR, or his inability to set up, or aim down the sights of LMGs, and so forth. Gameplay-wise, a military-hardened Chains is no better than a businessman-turned-heister Wolf who got most of his knowledge of heisting from crime movies and not real experience.
  • Chains was apparently intended to be a Spanish or Chilean during the earlier stages of development, as assets related to him are indexed as such in the game files.
  • Chains will sometimes talk in third person.

PAYDAY: The HeistEdit

  • Chains' voice actor, Howard Thompson, also voices the Jamaican drug dealer in Panic Room.[4]
  • Chains is depicted as the "Support" in the "Upgrades" menu.
  • Chains' Secret mask bears the illustration of Yggdrasil, the mythical tree connecting the nine worlds in Nordic lore. Said illustration also appears as a painting in Counterfeit and played a small role in the PAYDAY Secret ARG.


  • Chains is depicted as the "Enforcer" in PAYDAY 2.
    • He can be seen wielding a Reinfeld 880 on the background of his skill tree.
      • Chains is also the only crew member to wear armor as opposed to a buttoned two-piece suit in his Skills menu background.
  • Chains, along with Dallas, can be seen wielding an HK416 in the first episode of the webseries. During the opening of the first episode he can be seen adjusting the rear sight while briefing on the van.
    • Strangely, his HK416 is replaced by an M4A1 when the police assaults the bank vault, although this is likely a continuity error, as it is not uncommon for film producers to mix up weapons of similar designs in-between different scenes.
  • In the Web Series, Chains appears to be younger and he lacks the scar on his head.
    • Like Dallas, Chains simply has gone through a character re-design, with his new voice actor, Damion Poitier, also lending his likeness to the character. Rather interestingly, Chains may sometimes speak in the voice of Howard Thompson, his actor in PAYDAY: The Heist, most likely due to his response lines being recycled from the first game.
  • When throwing a grenade in PAYDAY 2, Chains may say "Surprise, motherfucker", a reference to Dexter.
  • The AI Chains wields a regular Mark 10 during stealth and a CAR-4 with Holographic sight during live combat.
  • Before putting on his mask in PAYDAY 2, Chains can say "Walk through the valley, shadow of death, et cetera et cetera" - referencing a modified rendition of the Psalm 23:4 of the Bible that was included in the song Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio.
  • Chains, like all the heisters, appear in the Official PAYDAY Christmas Carol, and his line is on the first Day, which he says he was given a "broke dick piece of shit drill."
  • Chains apparently hired the armored truck driver in the Hoxton Breakout heist, as Hoxton complains to him about the truckbed's uncomfortability.
  • In the Introduction Of John Wick trailer, it is shown that Chains has a Falcon rifle with a drum magazine and a Bernetti 9 tucked under his bed at his home. It is also revealed that he goes by the name Nicolas in civilian life, though it is unknown if this is his real name. He is also revealed to have a lover in Sweden, though the exact nature of their relationship is unknown.
    • Chains' Falcon will occasionally swap to a Gewehr 3 at various points in the trailer.
  • Chains is the only crew member that is not shot or injured in the Hoxton Breakout trailer.
    • Houston is shot by a prison guard at the start after pushing Chains out of the line of fire of said prison guard, Hoxton's leg is injured by a piece of rebar during the initial explosion, Wolf is shot by a Bulldozer at the Control Room, and Dallas is hit in his bulletproof vest by the same Bulldozer.




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