The Jockey's modus operandi is to sneak up behind a survivor and leap onto their back. It is his unusual ability to control the movements of his victim's that gives him his name. He is able to jump a fair distance, but not as far as the epic pounces of the Hunter. While in piggyback mode, he will claw at the survivor with his free hand and lean in a direction, causing the Survivor to stumble.
The Jockey, like other special infected, was heavily mutated by the virus. The infection caused the Jockey to develop a hunchback. His lips and the skin surrounding his mouth have deteriorated away. He has large claws, slightly elongated fingers and toes (for better grasping) and wears a loose wife-beater shirt alongside blue boxers. He is known for a strange vocalization, as he laughs
hysterically while he is riding a survivor. The Jockey also has pupils like The Spitter and The Charger. In commentary mode it was said by the developers that the Jockey was a maniac before the infection thus making him "crazy" looking.
There are a few achievements
associated with the Jockey in Left 4 Dead 2. They are:
- A Ride Denied: Kill a Jockey within 2 seconds of it jumping on a Survivor
- Qualified Ride: As a Jockey, ride a Survivor for more than 12 seconds.
- Back in the Saddle: As the Jockey, ride the Survivors twice in a single life.
- Rode Hard, Put Away Wet: As the Jockey, ride a Survivor and steer them into a Spitter's acid patch.