Various (often unnamed) figures
Bandits are typical criminals within the metro, banded together in unorganized groups of cutthroats and murderers.
It has been 20 years since humanity retreated underground, and supplies have turned very scarce. Food, filtered water, and Weapons are extremely precious and valuable. Housing and shelter are even harder to come by with many Stations having strict policies against outsiders. This type of life turns people away from earning a living, and towards the deadliest forms of anarchism, taking what you need to survive. Bandit groups are the result, and they are a real threat. Usually staying in small groups to ensure maneuverability, some gangs band together in hopes of forming their own empires, occasionally taking over entire metro stations. While bandits tend to plunder and kill for what they need, they don't raise an eyebrow at the prospect of torturing and raping their victims, either. Some of them also seem to wear hockey masks as a sort of a symbol.
There are many Bandit groups in the metro, and each gang is usually different, in terms of command structure, weapons, resources, and size. The group that is encountered in Dry Station, are better armed than other gangs, equipped with Kalashes and Shamblers. They seem to stick to Dry station and have poor living mostly living in shacks made from scrap. The gang encountered in the level of the same name are the opposite. They are rather ill-equipped, armed mostly with carbine versions of the Lolife and long gun versions of the Ashot and some other lower-tier automatic weapons. However, they are much larger and cover more territory. They also live in what is presumably mechanic quarters which offers better shelter. A unifying feature of bandit groups seen in both games is that their speech is full of prison jargon and characteristic intonations, indicating that their members were patrons of the Russian penal system before the Great War or adopted the manners of those that were.
Artyom first encounters the bandits while traveling with Bourbon. On the way to Market station (on Lost Tunnel map), Artyom and Bourbon encounter various bandit traps, dead caravanners, and empty camps. The first bandit is drunk and is dealt with silently by Bourbon, this is also the first human kill the player experiences. Shortly after this bandit is killed, the pair infiltrate a bandit camp, where they must fight their way through to get to the next station.
After crossing the surface, the pair eventually reach Dry Station, a bandit base, where Bourbon is captured. Artyom now must the Bandit base, either by engaging the enemy or stealthily navigating his way out. (while Khan aids Artyom by silently killing bandits). Just as Artyom reaches the back of the Bandit base where Bourbon is being held, the bandit leader who is about to execute Bourbon is startled. Bourbon quickly grabs the leader's pistol and fires at him, but before the leader is killed, he grabs a Kalash off the floor and fires at Bourbon. Both are killed. (Bourbon as of Last Light chronicles pack survived the encounter).
For the remainder of the game, the only bandits found are dead ones (if any), since from here on, it is Communist and Nazi territory. The dead bandits found between Riga and Market Station were presumably killed by Hansa patrols or mutants.
Metro Last LightEdit
In one the of the screenshots of Metro Last Light, a man is depicted as going through a surface wetland. The soldier is shown wearing a hockey mask, possibly marking him as a bandit.
In the game, a large group of bandits are encountered in the "Bandits" level, where they ambushed a line of Red Army deserters and refugees, killing most of the convoy's fighters and taking the women and children as captives. The player has a number of opportunities to help and rescue some of the captured refugees or leave them to their fate and proceed down the line to the next level. These bandits encountered here are all lightly-armored and armed and are usually in dark areas, making it fairly easy to sneak up and kill/knock out all of them with the use of stealth.
In Venice, a more organized underground version of bandits are encountered called gangsters. Instead of Attacking everyone on sight, the gangsters rather run Venice in a way being the biggest organization in the whole station. While they don't terrorize the station citizens like ordinary bandits, they do rob and are free to do whatever they want with little to no opposition. A gangster leader named Kisliy is mentioned by Pavel and several of the prostitutes in Venice. He and the brigands under his command assisted the Reds in delivering the virus containers to Oktyabrskaya. Pavel killed Kisliy or another bandit leader in a disagreement before being confronted by Artyom.
Shortly after Pavel is captured by the same gangsters who want revenge against him for killing that same leader. He quickly escapes then fights his way through the bandits camp and base underneath Venice.
Metro Exodus Edit
Bandits are also active on the surface and are present all over post-apocalyptic Russia. They have a particularly large presence in the Volga region, where they attack caravans making their way upriver. They also constantly harass the local populace and frequently come into conflict with the Church of the Water Tsar. It's not uncommon for bandits to kidnap villagers and hold them for ransom, only to kill them when they realize they won't get payed or, alternatively, sell them into slavery.
In the Novels Edit
Bandits are never seen in the Novels, though they are mentioned several times. Bandits periodically raided VDNKh station from the southern tunnels. In one of these raids, they killed Artyom's friend Vitalik, sneaking up on him and shooting him in the back of the head. As a result of these raids, one of the southern tunnels was collapsed to make the station easier to defend. Kitai-Gorod station is run by two criminal gangs, similar to Venice in the Video Games. While one half is run by a Russian gang, the other is run by Caucasian gangs.
In Metro 2034, Istomin and others at Sevastopolskaya station theorize that Tulska station has been taken over by bandits, though this is later proven to be false.
- The hockey masks that some of the bandits wear are identical to the hockey mask worn by Jason Voorhees from the slasher film series Friday the 13th, it is unknown if there is any kind of intentional connection or not to this.
- Bourbon is in debt with the bandits; therefore, he's probably done some shady business with them. He is also possibly a former bandit himself.
- On the level Dry, there are a few bandits that Khan will silently take out with his Helsing, aiding Artyom if he is sneaking around.
- The Bandits around Venice often don gear from the Fourth Reich. This is because the Nazis trade some of their equipment for funds.
- The Bandits are the first hostile faction Artyom will face in Metro 2033, they are also the first hostile human the player will be dealt with in the Metro series.
- Bandits in the Metro series share the same voice actors is the ones in the STALKER games.
- Bandits can sometimes be heard humming Gop-Stop.