XCOM: Enemy Within – Secret Hero Units [Easter Eggs]

Thanks to Redditor Kharnzarro, we’ve learned the name of the first unlockable hero unit in XCOM: Enemy Within. If you’re a truly hardcore fan of XCOM, you might just recognize the name William Carter. Don’t know him? We aren’t surprised — he’s the fedora-clad protagonist of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Get him, and even more heroes on your team, with the cheat codes below.

Need help navigating the new dangers in the world of XCOM? Check out our Enemy Within campaign guide for tips and tricks for victory. Or find even more secrets on the XCOM: Enemy Within cheats page.

Enemy Within – New Hero Units

Note: Input these names when customizing the squad to create hero units. Disables achievements / trophies.

  • William Carter
    The lead character of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Includes his stylish ’50s fedora.

  • Enemy Unknown – Previous Hero Units

  • Sid Meier
    Co-Founder of Firaxis and creator of Civilizations, Pirates, and more.
  • Ken Levine
    Co-Founder of Irrational Games, the developer behind Bioshock, Freedom Force, and System Shock 2.
  • Joe Kelly
    Popular comics author that’s worked on Superman, Spider-Man, and many other famous characters.
  • Otto Zander
    Hero and survivor of GuavaMoment’s XCOM Let’s Play series from the Something Awful Forumes.
  • Chris Kluwe
    Vikings punter and World of Warcraft fan, he won hero unit privileges after defeating Firaxis’ Garth DeAngelis in an online match.
  • Found more hero unit names? List them in the comments, and we’ll add your contribution with credit.

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    Extra Thanks: [Commenter Sean the General]

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    5 Comments on XCOM: Enemy Within – Secret Hero Units [Easter Eggs]


    On November 12, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Good to know there’s at least some good blood between firaxis and the late 2k marin.


    On November 29, 2013 at 8:49 am

    You forgot William Carter. Also Chris Kluwe works on ps3 as well just tested it.


    On November 29, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Sorry didn’t read the first part about carter disregard the first part of my comment.

    Sean the General

    On December 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Chris Kluwe works on Xbox as well

    Kevin Thielenhaus

    On December 16, 2013 at 11:30 am

    @Sean the General: Thanks for the tip! I believe Kluwe, at one point, was only available on PC because of the exclusive patch. It looks like he was added in with the Enemy Within expansion, so I removed the note and added thanks for your contribution!