Maximillian (or Maxine) Remington, often referred to simple as "Max" Remington, is the protagonist of Covert Action. Max is a super-agent working for the CIA, whose task is to almost single-handedly disrupt criminal and terrorist activities in various areas around the world.
When creating a new character to play with, the player has exactly 4 "skill upgrades" which he/she can choose to divide between any of the four skills:
- Cryptology ("Crypto" in the game)
An upgrade will raise Max's skill from "Average" to "Good" to "Excellent" to "Awesome".
The skill level determines Max's aptitude in one or more of the various mini-games that can be played in Covert Action.
Max begins his/her career at a rank of 099. As Max solves cases and earns points, his/her rank goes up towards 001 - the highest rank possible in the game.
The player can decide which callsign to give Max Remington. The player is prompted to input their chosen callsign when creating a new character to play with. This callsign is displayed when saving or loading games, and is not actually used in-game otherwise.