Enjoy it while it lasts! There's always someone out there who is a little faster than you are, and sooner or later there are going to catch up!
~ Darius

Darius is a fictional character and the main antagonist in Need for Speed: Carbon.

He is the leader of the Stacked Deck Crew and at first seemed friendly towards the protagonist, until it was revealed that he set him and Nikki up in the past and towards then. During the final confrontation, he recruits three assistants who are revealed to be the player's previous enemies and victims who Darius had set up in the past, all of whom are Angie, Kenji and Wolf.

He is played by Tahmoh Penikett.


Before Carbon took place (in the timeline of Need for Speed: Underground), he gave the player his heaviuly customized Toyota Supra to use in the race between the 3 main bosses of the city. At the end of the race unknonlgy, all of the cars get hit by EMP guns utilized by the S.W.A.T Team, and the police all arrive on the scene to arrest everyone involved in the race. The player however was able to successfully escape custody, and gets the prize reward of the race given by Nikki, before she too was also arrested by the Palmont Police Department. (Which turned out to be newspaper scraps and empty checks.)

After the player escaped custody by the Rockport Police Department in Need For Speed: Most Wanted, two years have passed and he in his BMW M3 GTR drives back to Palmont City. Suddenly he gets bumped several times by Cross bribed by Darius to tell him that he was out town racing. The player is dragged out of his now totalled BMW. Darius tells him that he requires assistance defeating the three bosses in the various areas of Palmont, afterwards the player confronts Darius again… but Cross was along for a takedown, he then receive a call telling that Nikki betrayed him by make a deal with Cross that make also Cross betrayed him. Darius then hired his bosses that the protagonist fought before for his own team.

Eventually, after the player challenges Darius to a final race in the city, and a final canyon duel at the Eternity Pass canyon, Darius loses to the player and tells him, that he himself, and other racers will always been faster than them. Darius then rides with David's Jaguar XKR away from Palmont City, never to be seen again, as the player reconciles with Nikki as his new girlfriend.


He at first seemed friendly towards the player, since he saved them from being arrested by Cross at the Lookout Point canyon, where the game's prologue is at. But when it all turns out that he was using the player the entire time to increase his own reputation, he turned ruthless, cruel, manipulative, and rude and hostile towards the player at that point.

He seemed very dissapointed when he lost to the player at the end when he surrenders his Audi Lemans Quattro.

He has shown to have some comedic qualities such as when he mispronounces Cross name as Crog or Crawl, which is a running gag throughout all of the cutscenes.


He wears a grey cap with a red jacket with a blue shirt underneath it. He also has sneakers and camouflage cargo pants. His shoes and/or feet are never seen at all.