Captain William Rush (ウィリアム・ラッシュ大尉, Wiriamu Rasshu-tai'i) is one of the three main protagonists in Time Crisis 4.
Rush is of Irish American descent with brown hair and turquoise eyes.
Rush wears a military uniform which is a blue shirt whose sleeves are folded up to short-length and long blue pants, and brown combat boots. There is body armor over the shirt and knee pads over the pants. He also wears elbow pads and gray gloves. As for equipment, there is a goggle on the body armor, gun holsters attached behind the body armor which house his HK G36C assault carbine and Mossberg 590 compact cruiser, magazine holsters attached to the back of the pants, a sheath containing a knife attached to his lower left pant leg, and a gun holster attached to his right pant leg which houses his HK MK 23 handgun. There is a radio earpiece taped to his left ear.
Rush comes from a long line of military-oriented families who pledged allegiance to the United States (his late father is a Lieutenant General). As a West Point Military Academy Graduate, Rush defined his own character on the battlefield as an important asset of the U.S. special forces. Throughout his service in the U.S. Army, Rush has served in Delta company and Task Force 11. Also, he is responsible for taking down a group of rogue U.S. Marines who has sided with a South American drug cartel. Serving as a member of the U.S. Internal Surveillance Group's Special Operations Division, Rush's patriotism and loyalty to his country is considered to be second-to-none personality although he can be stubborn and emotionless at any time.
Rush is called by his superiors Lieutenant General Larry Garfield and Brigadier General David Maxwell to investigate a hideout used by an European terrorist organization called W.O.L.F. (Western Order Liberation Front). The group is after a top secret military weapon, but the U.S. Army's Internal Surveillance Group (ISG) is unable to discern the weapon the terrorists are after or whom their contact is, leading the ISG to suspect that it is an inside job. After infiltrating the terrorist hideout in Pier 5, California, Rush discovers that the terrorists have already acquired the top secret weapon and from the handset device obtained from the defeated terrorist leader, they are going to have a weapon trade-off in the afternoon at San Francisco. After being told by Elizabeth Conway about an information leak incident at the airport, Rush heads to the airport to help V.S.S.E. agents Giorgio Bruno and Evan Bernard before advancing further to stop a truck shipment of Terror Bites and defeat all enemies, They discovered U.S. Army dog tags on the enemies' bodies which reveal that the terrorists are soldiers like Rush himself.
Back at the ISG headquarters, Rush questions his superiors about the identity of the soldiers he had defeated. Lieutenant General Garfield tells Rush that they are from the Biological Weapons Special Operations Unit, or known as the Hamlin Battalion. Soon after, Rush is forced to thwart the enemies' plot to occupy Dam #18 in California by himself despite it being a national emergency. This is because Brigadier General Maxwell is concerned about the reputation of the U.S. military being possibly damaged should the V.S.S.E, by extension other countries, will get involved in the operation if the methods used by the U.S. military to thwart the enemies' plot get out of hand.
While traveling by helicopter to the dam, Rush is informed by Elizabeth Conway that there are anti-aircraft weapons along the flight path, causing him to travel by foot through a forest to reach the dam. After he destroyed all the anti-aircraft weapons and defeated the enemies, Rush defeats the occupation leader, Frank Mathers who responds by destroying the dam via explosion. Barely escaping from the collapsing dam, Rush discovers from the recovered data found in a hard disk that the occupation of the dam is nothing more than a distraction so that the main unit could steal a large number of Terror Bites from a military research facility. With no leads on the use of the Terror Bites and defeating the Hamlin Battalion being too much to handle by himself, Rush considers deploying a military unit which is rejected by Brigadier General Maxwell who fears that the existence of the Hamlin Battalion will be made public. Rush then requested for the assistance of the V.S.S.E. agents. The request is accepted after Lieutenant General Garfield assured Brigadier General Maxwell that he will take full responsibility for his actions.
While heading to the military research facility in Wyoming, the helicopter is shot down by anti-aircraft weapons, forcing Rush and the V.S.S.E. agents to travel by foot through a cave and a national park to reach the research facility. By the time the enemies along with their leader, Jack Mathers, are defeated, the Terror Bites are already gone. Elizabeth Conway then tells the men that the Hamlin Battalion attacked Buckley Air Force Base near Aurora, Colorado, prompting the men to rush to the base. As Rush, Giorgio, and Evan invade there from the outside, a couple of Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAVs) departed the base without warning. The Colorado National Guard has already been deployed but is little help against the Terror Bites, so Rush decides to lead the Guardsmen toward an entrance. While advancing inside the base, Rush re-encounters the V.S.S.E agents who have earlier defended themselves from Wild Dog (who used a grappling gun to snare the helicopter in an attempt to crash it into a tower) and landed their helicopter safely. While moving along, Elizabeth Conway informs that Wild Dog is inside the base. The V.S.S.E. agents decide to go after the mercenary, leaving Rush and the National Guard soldiers to go on a different route. While Rush defeats more enemies inside the base, Wild Fang, who has installed a tractor-beam device onto his right leg, challenges him to a man-to-man fight. The fight ends with Rush defeating Wild Fang, knocking him into the path of a UCAV.
With Wild Fang defeated, Rush and the National Guard soldiers arrive at the lowest section of the base, defeating more enemies. After Gregory Barrows blows up the stairs that lead to the control panel, Rush orders the National Guard soldiers to form a human ladder for the V.S.S.E agents to climb up. After Barrows is defeated, he gives the V.S.S.E agents the final lift needed to get to the control panel to stop the UCAVs.
If the player has 80 or less machine gun rounds while fighting Beetle Terror Bites, Rush will give 80 machine gun rounds. This does not happen in stage 2-1/chapter 8 when they first appear but happens in the 4th screen battle.
At the start of stage 3-3/chapter 15, the player will receive a maximum of 3 stacks of Rush's machine gun ammunition totaling 297 machine gun ammunition. The amount of machine gun ammunition received is based on player's remaining machine gun ammunition. Regardless, Rush will always give machine gun ammunition unless the player's machine gun ammunition is at maximum capacity.
Rush has strong durability as proven in stage 2-3/chapter 10. Despite sustaining many physical injuries and one electrocution injuries due to his weak offense when brawling Jack Mathers, a boss who has complete advantage over Rush in terms of physical ability, he is able to deliver a finishing uppercut to Mathers, effectively killing him.
Each of Rush's life unit is determined by an energy bar which decreases by a certain amount from every enemy shot or projectile, and increases if Rush remains still or picks up a recovery item. However, falling from too high a spot which can happen if Rush falls off from Dam 18 will result in instant death regardless of the number of life units. This also applies if Rush uses a firearm in areas contaminated with flammable gas. Finally, Rush can pick up body armor which can absorb enemy hits in a similar way to the energy bar.
Rush's default ammunition capacity for each weapon is as follows: 16 rounds inside handgun with 160 reserve handgun rounds, 70 rounds inside machine gun with 250 reserve machine gun rounds, 8 shells inside shotgun with 24 reserve shotgun shells, 3 hand grenades, and 2 rounds inside grenade launcher with 2 reserve grenades. Maximum ammunition capacity of each weapon is as follows: 336 (16 + 320) handgun rounds, 570 (70 + 500) machine gun rounds, 56 (8 + 48) shotgun shells, 6 hand grenades, and 8 (2 + 6) grenades. In addition, all weapons when reloaded will be to maximum magazine capacity except for the shotgun which shells are reloaded one at a time and can be interrupted. Finally, all weapons are refilled, if there is less than default amount after a stage is completed, up to default amount of 160 reserve handgun rounds, 250 reserve machine gun rounds, 24 reserve shotgun shells, 3 hand grenades, and 2 reserve grenades.
Rush's maximum equipment capacity is as follows: 1 knife with an infinite number of slashes, 5 UPDs (ultra pulse device) which is a specially designed anti-Terror Bite weapon, and infinite amount for shield which provides protection from all frontal attacks at the expense of visibility from every enemy shot absorbed and being unable to use any weapons.
What's going on here? Is there some group here besides the terrorists? What happened here? (Beth: Were they fighting amongst themselves? Please be careful. I'm getting multiple readings from inside the warehouse.)
William Rush, after hearing a fight outside the black warehouse
Chapter 3/Stage 1-1
I'm Captain Rush from the Joint Intelligence Division. I'm investigating the weapons trafficking just like you guys.
William Rush, introducing himself to the two V.S.S.E. agents
The creature that just attacked you is a biological weapon developed by our military, codenamed "Terror Bite". (Beth: Take a left at the next corner.) Looks like they've already got their hands on a few specimens. No matter what happens, we've got to stop the next trade.
William Rush, explaining the type of weapon that the "terrorists" used to attack the two V.S.S.E. agents
Are you okay?
William Rush, helping the V.S.S.E. agents if any multi-screen battle was failed
Here, use this.
William Rush, tossing machine gun ammo to the V.S.S.E. agents when fighting Beetle Terror Bites (first quote)
Take my extra ammo.
William Rush, tossing machine gun ammo to the V.S.S.E. agents when fighting Beetle Terror Bites (second quote). He also says this at the start of stage 3-3/chapter 15 if players are low on or out of machine gun ammo
(Beth: A tunnel's up ahead!) If they go in there we won't be able to track them! We've got to stop the truck before it reaches the tunnel! Shoot the tires with this rifle! You've got to stop that truck! (Beth: There's not much time left to catch them!)
William Rush, when the V.S.S.E. agents began using sniper rifles
Yeah! We did it!
William Rush, after the V.S.S.E. agents shot the truck's back tires with sniper rifles
Chapter 5/Stage 1-3
Whoa! An anti-tank rifle, one-handed? Who is this guy?
William Rush, surprised by Marcus Black's ability when the latter uses an anti-tank rifle to blast a vehicle in front of him
The truck was destroyed, but I managed to get some evidence. Now we just need to finish off their leader!
William Rush, if players fail the third screen battle
The enemy leader is escaping! Get him!
William Rush, if players succeed the third screen battle
He was from the U.S. military?! (Evan: This one, too.) (Giorgio: And all these guys over here. They're not terrorists.) I can't believe it... You mean... We were fighting against our own men? (Giorgio: Looks like we're gonna have to do some more investigation.)
William Rush, discovering that the "terrorists" are U.S. military soldiers after looking at Marcus Black's dogtag
Occupying a dam? What are they trying to do? Lieutenant General, this is a national emergency. We've got to send our forces... (Maxwell: If this gets out of hand, then the VSSE, and by extension other countries, will get involved. We need to be discreet about this. Captain, I think you know that our military's reputation is at stake here. I need you to regain control of that dam on your own.) ...Yes, sir. Please arrange for backup from the Air Surveillance Center.
William Rush's reaction about the Hamlin Battalion occupying Dam #18 in California
So... That's the dam, huh? I'm going in!
William Rush, before investigating the dam
Just what in the hell do you think you're up to?
William Rush, questioning Frank Mathers' motives
Look, just tell me what you're trying to accomplish here!
William Rush, threatening Frank Mathers to spill out his motives
Pretty big words... ... For a bunch of guys sneaking around selling weapons for pocket change.
William Rush, telling Frank Mathers that the Hamlin Battalion's "rational" actions are nothing more than a cover to survive through illegal means (selling weapons to terrorist organisations)
They've already destroyed a dam. This is too much for me to handle myself. If you could deploy a military unit, then... (Maxwell: Didn't I make myself clear, Captain? If we don't handle this discreetly, the existence of the Hamelin Battalion will be made public. That's exactly why we sent you out there with the Air Surveillance Center. I don't recall giving you the authority to question my orders.)
William Rush, requesting military assistance in the aftermath of the destruction of Dam #18 by the Hamlin Battalion
Could I at least have the assistance of the two VSSE agents?
William Rush, after Brigadier General Maxwell refused to have any other group within the U.S. military to be involved in the matter so that the Hamlin Battalion would not be known to the public
That weapons trade we stopped yesterday was just the tip of the iceberg. The Bio-Weapon Special Ops Unit is behind this. (Beth: Also known as the Hamelin Battalion. They're a top secret military unit.) They're trying to steal the Terror Bites to use in a large-scale military operation. It's imperative that we get to the facility before they do. Special Ops elites betraying their country? I just can't understand why they would do something like this.
William Rush, upon discovering the Hamlin Battalion's next action
Use the flashlight to find enemies and attack! Keep an eye out for enemies hiding behind the rocks! (Beth: I'm having difficulty getting a signal.) Looks like we're on our own this time. The enemy may come out from the darkness!
William Rush, when he and the V.S.S.E. agents entered the dark part of the cave
It's the exit! Quicksand! It's pulling you in! Not now! Pull yourself up!
William Rush, when he and the V.S.S.E. agents reached the exit only to have Hamlin solders attacking them
I took care of 'em. Let's get outta here.
William Rush, if players succeed the fourth screen battle as the V.S.S.E. agents succeeded climbing back up on their own
Chapter 9/Stage 2-2
They're coming one after another... Charge!
William Rush, telling the VSSE agents to advance even under enemy fire