John "Soap" MacTavish is one of the player characters from the first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and general protagonist of the Modern Warfare games.
Sgt. MacTavish is a newly recruited SAS trooper under the command of Captain Price. After surviving the events of the first game, he is promoted to Captain and placed in command of Task Force 141, and becomes a key player in hunting down Vladimir Makarov.
In the AWA fics, Soap is among the people who was given a second chance to live again at ZeroTopia. In the AWA fic, Soap is a student at the AWA Academy.
Soap has black hair styled in a mohawk, black facial hair and has blue eyes. He wears a greasy-white shirt, black camouflage pants, black fingerless gloves and black strapped boots. He also wears a loose black turtleneck underneath his shirt and a sunglasses dangling at the hems.
Not much is known about Soap's early life except he was born Roman Catholic. He is from Scotland, which is evident by the Scottish flag seen on his dog tags, along with his Scottish accent.
Soap is a very determined man, fell down from an exploding building & dying from massive blood loss?? Doesn't stop him from gunning down any enemy that gets too close with his pistol. He is also very loyal.
Soap is a skilled gunman and is good in wielding knives.
- Soap is the first character from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to be introduced in the AWA fics.
- In the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 E3 2009 Preview, Soap had an English accent.
- Soap's line, "Dogs... I hate dogs" is a reference to Indiana Jones' line, "Snakes... I hate snakes." It is also a humorous reference to his multiple encounters with attack dogs in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Finally, Soap's dislike of dogs appears all throughout his field journal, with comical illustrations to boot. This is also the quote on the Soap Legend Pack patch.
- Soap has a tattoo of a revolver on the back of his neck.
- As seen in the cutscene for "Stronghold", Soap had received the three highest decorations available to British Commonwealth military personnel during his career. These awards are (in order of rank), the Victoria Cross, the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross and the Distinguished Service Order.