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[[folder:Voreni Household]]

!Lucius Vorenus


->''"[[CosmicPlaything Fortune pisses on me]]."''

One of the two protagonists. We first meet him as a centurion of the 13th Legion in Gaul who has not seen home nor his family for 8 years and wishes nothing but going back to them. Vorenus is an impeccably honest and most honorable man that values tradition, law and loyalty to the Roman Republic above all... something that will bring him innumerable problems. Played by Kevin [=McKidd=].

* AbusiveParent: To his daughters and to Niobe's son occasionally, though he flip-flops. This is due to the nasty temper mentioned below.
* BadassBoast: "I AM [[EverybodyHatesHades THE SON OF HADES]], I FUCK CONCORD ON HER ARSE!"
* BashBrothers: With Titus Pullo.
* BattleCry: "Thirteenth!!!"
* BeardOfSorrow: After [[spoiler: Niobe and Caesar's death, as well as the supposed death of his children.]]
* BerserkButton: People who are disloyal, as the Greek mercenary who suggested betraying [[spoiler: Pompey]] found out.
* BreakTheHaughty: His principles crumble when confronted by real problems the higher up he goes in the social ladder.
* CelibateHero - Devoted to his wife.
* ColonelBadass: As a centurio primus pilus, a "First Spear Centurion", his status and responsibilities approximate (though not completely, see DrillSergeantNasty below) roughly to that of a Lieutenant Colonel in a modern army
* CosmicPlaything: See his character quote above.
* CreepySouvenir: He carries a Germanic warrior's ''penis'' as a lucky charm. [[spoiler: He also keeps [[DecapitationPresentation Erastes Fulmen's head]] after decapitating him.]]
* CulturedWarrior: He often cites examples from Roman history during his HonorBeforeReason rants, sometimes talks about other cultures (eg. the Egyptian gods) as if he's read up about them and the reason he was sent on the mission to find Caesar's stolen eagle in the first place was because his superior officer thought he was clever. His {{Badass}} qualifications are impeccable.
** As he is on operations inside foreign countries, his position as centurio primus pilus and later Prefect would mean, learning about enemy culture and traditions was part of his job.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Many, but most notably in one situation where Lucius Vorenus decides that the most ethical thing to do is kill a little boy. It's heartbreaking to see how torn he is between "doing the right thing" and killing his wife's bastard, and listening to his instinct to not kill a child.
* DrillSergeantNasty: One in the pilot, mellows in later episodes. As a ''centurio primus pilus'' the overall discipline of the legion would be one of his (many) responsibilities.
* FieryRedhead: He has a ''nasty'' temper.
* FireForgedFriends: With Pullio, and strangely enough with Marc Antony by the end of the series. Although Vorenus doesn't approve of Antony's hedonistic ways, he eventually realises they share the same self-destructive urges.
* HeroicBSOD: Once the Unstoppable Rage has worn off, Vorenus has one of these after believing his whole family is dead
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Pullo.
* HonorBeforeReason: Much of his sense of honor is DeliberateValuesDissonance, however.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As much of a screwup he is as a father, he does love his children, and does have some of his own personal morals.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Because of his sense of loyalty.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Though rather than be above the silliness he started off above the corruption. Vorenus eventually goes from being a honorable soldier to the Godfather of Rome's criminal underworld.
* OddCouple: With Pullo.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: It's amazingly funny to compare that to the dirtbags he serves, who would screw AnythingThatMoves.
* PapaWolf: Will go to any lengths to get his children back in season two.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: With Niobe. After a rocky start, they grow to love each other... or at least ''he'' does.
* PerpetualFrowner: Vorenus seems to frown even when he smiles.
* PetTheDog: His treatment of Caesarion.
* ProfessionalKiller: Erastes Fulmen hires him to be this, but Vorenus has trouble accepting it and quits. [[YouHaveFailedMe This is the origin of their conflict.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Is the blue to Titus's red in Season 1, but the roles appear to be reversed in Season 2.
* ReturningWarVet: To his sorrow he realizes he only has talent with violence.
* TenMinuteRetirement - How many times has this man failed to stay away from politics?
* UndyingLoyalty: To the point of being {{lampshaded}}:
-->'''Octavian''': That man turns loyalty into a vice.
* UnstoppableRage: More than once. But the stand-out example is when he slaughters Erastes Fulmen's entire gang.
* WhatTheHellHero: Vorenus has an unfortunate amount of these. Lampshaded by one of his interactions with DaChief Marc Anthony. Vorenus himself had this reaction when Pullo killed one of his slaves just because them slave was in a relationship with the girl Pullo loves.
* WideEyedIdealist: Sort of. He still believes in the Republic, while everybody else sees it as rotten to the core.
* YouGetMeCoffee: The first time they are in Egypt, Vorenus has to remind Pullo to go form with the other soldiers. They are friends, but he still outranks him.

!Titus Pullo


->''"Here I come, girls! I'm gonna drink all the wine, smoke all the smoke, and fuck every whore in the city!"''

The other protagonist. Pullo is an impulsive, boisterous and wholly irreverent legionary in the 13th Legion serving under Vorenus, who he befriends nonetheless after going on a mission with him. The two then return to Vorenus' house in Rome as HeterosexualLifePartners. Played by Ray Stevenson.

* TheAlcoholic: Drinks heavily, at least early on in the series.
%%* AntiHero: Type IV-V
* BashBrothers: With Vorenus.
* BattleCry: "Thirteenth!!!"
* BeenThereShapedHistory: It's even lampshaded in "How Titus Pullo brought down the Republic"
* BerserkButton: Insulting the 13th Legion.
* BodyHorror: Gets a skull fracture during a street brawl. The treatment of the time (centuries before the invention of anaesthetics) ain't pretty.
%%* BoisterousBruiser
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: He's like a combination of a teddybear and a grizzly bear.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He TookALevelInKindness after marrying Eirene.
* ChivalrousPervert: With Eirene.
* ClusterFBomb: "I'm Titus Fucking Pullo, Cunt!"
* CoolUncle: Takes on this role for the children after Vorenus leaves them in his care.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Kills Eirene's poor lover, who was very kind, polite, and respectful to him.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Pullo is a war rapist and multiple murderer but is presented as heroic because he is a loyal friend to Vorenus. Raping the enemy's women was completely normal behavior for Roman legionnaires.
* TheGamblingAddict: Lampshaded by Vorenus in season two.
* GladiatorGames: Pullo is sentenced to fight and die in the arena. After being provoked he kills five of the gladiators instead in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* HappilyMarried: To Eirene. Even though he [[spoiler:killed the man she loved in a fit of rage.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Vorenus.
* HeroicBSOD: Pullo has one towards the end of Season One when Vorenus rejects him.
%%* HotBlooded
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Octavian.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: With Gaia as they come close to a NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization.
* LoveableSexManiac: He REALLY enjoys women.
* LoveAtFirstSight: To Eirene.
* MaleFrontalNudity: In season two.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: You done with flogging me? I was just beginning to enjoy it...
* MurderTheHypotenuse: He is only ably to marry Eirene after he kills her betrothed.
* OddCouple: With Vorenus.
* ProfessionalKiller: Becomes one when Vorenus throws him out of his home. It's a FallenOnHardTimesJob.
* RedOniBlueOni: Is the red to Lucius's blue, at first. In the second season, the roles are surprisingly reversed.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: [[spoiler: Cicero]] attempts to buy Pullo when he is sent to assassinate him, but Pullo declines the offer and does the job, even though he admires the man and doesn't hide it.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Vorenus. There's really nothing Pullo wouldn't do for him. His wife even lampshades it, complaining that he loves Vorenus more than he loves her.
* UnstoppableRage: Once you get him angry you will regret it.

!Niobe of the Voreni


->''"I don't want people dying in my house!"''

Vorenus' wife through an ArrangedMarriage and mother of two daughters, [[OneSteveLimit both named Vorena]]. At the start of the series she has been in charge of the Voreni household for eight years while her husband was at war in Gaul. She also has a son from her brother in-law who she tries to pass as her eldest daughter's when Vorenus returns home. Played by Indira Varma.

* [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Big Sister]]: To Lyde.
%%* ApronMatron
* ArrangedMarriage: How [[HappilyArrangedMarriage happy]] is debatable.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: After Vorenus discovers her secret in the first season finale.]]
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry
* [[GoodAdulteryBadAdultery Good Adultery]]: She was told her husband was dead.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Even makes them herself.
%%* {{Housewife}}
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: Guess who ended going against that quote?]]
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler: Technically [[DrivenToSuicide voluntary]], although she would have probably been targeted by Erastes Fulmen if she had survived anyway. Her death sets Vorenus' plotline for Season 2.]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Believing Vorenus to be dead she slept with her sister's husband.



->''"[[YouNoTakeCandle I'm plegant!]] Whatever you call it!"''

A Germanic slave that Vorenus and Pullo rescue from a band of Pompeian soldiers early in Season 1. Pullo is instantly infatuated with her, and after a while he has her freed and marries her. Played by Chiara Mastalli.

* [[BettyAndVeronica Betty]]: To Gaia's Veronica.
* CuteMute: At first.
* DistressedDamsel: How she is introduced.
* KillTheCutie: Courtesy of Gaia.
* LongestPregnancyEver: Because of [[ScrewedByTheNetwork HBO's decision]] to cancel the show in the second season, the writing team had to compact the story lines planned for the second, third ''and'' fourth seasons into one in order to give the story some closure. This lead to Eirene remaining pregnant during historical events that happened in the span of two whole years.
%%* MadeASlave
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: It's not until the very last episode she is in that her real name is revealed - Adela. In RealLife, the Romans used to give the slaves new names based on perceived qualities of them. Eirene in particular is Greek for "peace".
* TheRival: To Gaia.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Her Germanic origins are not revealed until the last episode she's in.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Learns to speak Latin but not perfectly.

!The Voreni Children

[[PlanetOfSteves Vorena the Elder, Vorena the Younger and Lucius]]. [[CaptainObvious All of them named after Lucius Vorenus]].

* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Vorena the Elder.
* DefiledForever: Vorenus refuses to find a husband for elder Vorena, as he believes that anyone who would accept a former prostitute would not be worthy of her.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Niobe's death, followed almost immediately by Erastes Fulmen taking and selling them as slaves.]]
* FamilyThemeNaming: As was custom at the time both of Vorenus' daughters were named for him (Vorena the Elder and Vorena the Younger). Baby Lucius has his grandfather's (actually stepfather's) first name and presumably cognomen as well.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: When elder Vorena refuses to forgive her father, she tells Pullo that it was her father who taught her to be so hard and uncompromising. Pullo can only agree.
* MadeASlave: By Erastes Fulmen.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Because of HBO's screwing the second season. Otherwise the younger Voreni would have been recast at least once per season to account for the time passed.
* OneSteveLimit: The Vorenas.
* [[TheQuietOne The Quiet Ones]]: Only Vorena the Elder, played by British actress Coral Amiga had real lines. The younger children were played by Italian actors that didn't know English.
* SexSlave: Vorena the Elder in season two.
* StepfordSmiler: She pretends to love her father, but eventually the facade cracks.
* TakingTheVeil: Vorena the Elder towards the end of the series.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: None of them forgive Vorenus for killing their mother, though it's implied they reconcile at the end.



->''"Your husband is a damn fool! You hear me?! He is a fool!"''

Niobe's younger sister and barren wife to Greek fishmonger Evander. Played by Esther Hall.

* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: To Niobe.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: First is Evander's death, and then she and her nephews are made slaves.]]
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Is (quite reasonably) upset with Niobe.
* LawOfInverseFertility: She can't conceive. Her sister has an affair with her husband and ends up pregnant.
* MadeASlave: By Erastes Fulmen.
* TakingTheVeil: Her way of coping with the tragedies she's suffered.
%%* WomanScorned

!Evander Pulchio

Lyde's husband, a Greek fish dealer. [[spoiler: Pullo and Octavian kill him secretly to protect the Voreni honor.]] Played by Enzo Cilenti.

* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler: Gets his thumbs cut-off]] before he dies.
%%* LawOfInverseFertility
* NeverFoundTheBody: Because they threw his body in the sewer.
* PrepareToDie: Told this by Octavian in the most nonchalantly way possible.
* YourCheatingHeart: Cheats on his wife with his sister-in-law.


[[folder:Julii Household]]



->''"Our men must win or die. Pompey's men have... other options."''

The famous Roman general and stateman turned dictator. Played by [[Creator/CiaranHinds Ciarán Hinds]].

* AntagonistInMourning: "HE WAS A CONSUL OF ROME!". Caesar when presented with Pompey's head
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: One of the reasons why he rose to such power.
%%* BadassCape
* BigBad and BigGood: To the senate, he's the former. To a large part of the Roman Army and to the people of Rome he's the latter.
* BloodOnTheDebateFloor: His famous death.
* {{Chessmaster}}: Subverted as he lets his empathy get in the way.
* CultureClash: The Egyptians present him with the head of Pompey thinking they are going to gain his favor. Caesar is enraged instead.
* DarkSecret: Caesar has epilepsy and is terrified that anyone might find about it. This is because [[DeliberateValuesDissonance according to Roman tradition]] epilepsy was a result of having been cursed by the Gods, and the people would refuse to being led by a man subject to it.
* EasilyForgiven: Caesar can be ruthless but manages to fit this trope fairly well. He spares Vorenus and Pullo on one occasion (possibly more, but I can't remember) and his response to Brutus and Cicero trying to surrender is to hug them, apologise to Brutus while kissing his cheek, beg them to tell him that Pompey, an even bigger enemy, is still alive, and then, drag them off to have food since it must have been awhile since they had a decent meal. More than one character points out that forgiving people is Caesar's shtick, doing double duty as a way to be seen as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and to make people beholden to him.
** According to the DVDCommentary this was also a way of humiliating his enemies, given Roman values (if he'd clapped Brutus and Cicero in chains, it would have shown them as {{Worthy Opponent}}s).
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: He privately mourns the death of his daughter, then says "Pompey will need a new wife". It shows hi politically mindedness and his tendency to use people as his pawns.
* EtTuBrute: Might not have said the words, but his eyes told it anyway.
* FatalFlaw
** {{Pride}} - "It's only Hubris if I fail".
** HorribleJudgeOfCharacter - Underestimating Brutus.
* FatherToHisMen: TruthInTelevision. Caesar took great care of his soldiers and knew many of them by name. They followed him out of love, not duty.
%%* FourStarBadass
* GenreSavvy: Zigzagged. He spared Vorenus and Pullo despite letting Pompey escape because they both [[PlotArmor managed to survive unlikely things]]. He also sent the two on an important mission to get Cleopatra. On the other hand, he ignored warnings of a bad omen which lead to his assassination. But, then again...
* LikeASonToMe: Octavian. Brutus as well.
* ManlyTears: He cries while conducting [[AntagonistInMourning Pompey's funeral]].
* NiceToTheWaiter: He's friendly to his slave servants.
* PhotoOpWithTheDog: He's beloved by the people of Rome
* ThePlan: Engages in one of these.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Acts like one when the situation calls for it.
* RousingSpeech: Julius Caesar's speech just before he marches on the walled capital Rome with only an armed gang. And wins.
* ShutUpHannibal: To Ptolemy XIII in "Caesarion".
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: How his actions are justified.
* YouShouldKnowThisAlready: He's going to die.

![[UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}} Gaius Octavian]]


->''"It's not the killing. It is the waving about of swords I find tedious. I dare say I can kill people readily enough, as long as they're not fighting back."''

One of the main protagonists. A brilliant yet antisocial young man who through years of manipulation, becomes Rome's first emperor. Played by Max Pirkis in his teenage years and by Simon Woods as a young adult.


* BadassBookworm: Reads philosophy and bashes people with big sticks
* BastardBoyfriend: He bluntly admits to Livia that he is going to hit her before they are married because that excites him sexually. [[InvertedTrope He ends discovering that he is more excited if Livia hits him instead]].
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Has blonde hair and is something of a VillainProtagonist.
* BreakTheCutie: It happens, but he becomes much stronger ([[NoSympathy and more ruthless]]) as a result.
* BrotherSisterIncest: With Octavia.
* BrutalHonesty: One of his trademarks.
* TheChessmaster: One of his other trademarks.
* DeadpanSnarker: Frequently engages in this, giving him some of the best one-liners on the show.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Subverted when he becomes an adult in the second season.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* FromNobodyToNightmare
-->'''Aggripa:''' He's a powerful man.
-->'''Octavia:''' So everyone says, I cannot believe it -- my little brother.
-->'''Aggripa:''' Your little brother has an army ten thousand strong.
* HappilyArrangedMarriage: Octavian and Livia seem to fit this trope, in a very twisted version of it.
* InfoDump: A great deal of Roman politics are revealed through Octavian.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Titus Pullo.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: With his wife Livia.
* LegacyCharacter: Sees himself as this after Caesar names him adoptive son and lone heir in his will.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Played with. His mother and sister pretty much hate him by the end of the series. He values his relationship with Pullo and Vorenus (especially the former) to a touching degree but it comes off as mostly one-sided. He does have a supportive wife and TrueCompanions Maecenas and Agrippa by his side though.
* LoveAtFirstSight: To Livia.
* ManipulativeBastard: One of the best of the series.
* MistakenForGay: He helps [[SecretKeeper Posca]] take Caesar [[LampshadeHanging into a closet]] to attend him while Caesar is having a seizure so nobody else sees it. Later, Atia sees Octavian and Caesar getting out of the clsoet and thinks that her son and uncle are having an affair... and [[DeliberateValuesDissonance she is delighted with the idea]] since it could [[EvilMatriarch provide her with more power]].
* MommyIssues: To say the least. Atia even comments on it in the second season.
* NoSympathy: None towards anyone.
* ThePlan: Very good at this.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: At the start of the series he is the NaiveNewcomer that is our window into Rome's complicated political system, but halfway through the second series he has commited enough monstrous actions that he has undoubtly entered VillainProtagonist territory.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue to Mark Antony's Red.
* SecretKeeper: After he discovers that Caesar has epilepsy.
* [[FamilyThemeNaming Sibling Theme Naming]]: His sister is named Octavia. This was common Roman custom, as seen in the Voreni example listed before.
* TheStoic: Rarely emotes and barely cracks a smile and talks in a complete monotone.
* TimeShiftedActor: Max Pirkis played Octavian as a child but was too young to portray him as a man in his twenties so in season two he is replaced by Simon Woods.
* TookALevelInJerkass: By the time he returns to Rome, he appears to have transitioned into an unsympathetic villain.
* TrueCompanions: With Maecenas and Agrippa.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Though perhaps here better called 'Underestimating [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastardry]]'. In particular, the entire second season consists of people dismissing Octavian as a threat because of his 'youth and inexperience' only to find themselves outmaneuvered, marginalized, and quite often killed off.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Has an almost frightening insight to political strategies.
%%* VillainProtagonist
* XanatosSpeedChess: Octavian's best tactic. He even uses this to become the first emperor.
%%* YoungConqueror
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: At the start of the series.

!Marc Antony


->''"I shall be a good politician. Even if it kills me. [[ImpliedDeathThreat Or if it kills anyone else]], for that matter."''

Julius Caesar's right hand man and a talented soldier and politician in his own right, though he is hampered by his many flaws. In the aftermath of Caesar's death, he is one of the most powerful men in Rome, putting him in direct conflict with Octavian, Caesar's heir. Played by James Purefoy.

%%* AffablyEvil
* AnythingThatMoves: As he puts it, "I'm not rising from this bed until I've fucked someone". Especially given, as a condition of marriage, Atia demands that Antony get rid of all the house slaves — male or female — that he's bedded.
* {{Badass}}: His intellectual CurbStompBattle of the Council after the death of Caesar prove him this.
* BadassBoast: Mark Antony buggers boys like Octavian for his morning snack, meaningfully understates his masterful speech as "I got a bit carried away" and "has an angry mob that will roast and eat your 'men of quality' in the ashes of the Senate House!"
* BeardOfSorrow: Mark Antony grows a beard after Octavian crushes his rebellion. By a historical account, this actually happened.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With both Atia and Cleopatra.
* BerserkButton: Too many to count. Telling him that "A woman's role always suited you best" is probably the one to avoid.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Famously commits suicide rather than be killed by Octavian.
* BloodKnight: Lampshaded by Caesar in his first scene, when Brutus asks why he keeps such a vulgar man around. "He likes to fight."
* BreadAndCircus: Trying to invoke a ZeroPercentApprovalRate, he cuts off grain shipments from Egypt to Rome for pragmatic reasons, knowing the common people will blame Octavian for the lack of food.
%%* ByronicHero
* CoitusUninterruptus: Happens occasionally.
* CountryMatters: Wholeheartedly embraces this trope, to the point that "Juno's cunt!" is his {{catchphrase}}.
* DaChief: To Vorenus.
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Along with Cleopatra during the series finale.
* DemocracyIsBad: Antony plays the elections card when negotiating the aftermath of Caesar's assassination. The conspirators are horrified as they would have to validate their taken for granted powers. They reach a compromise and no democracy is needed.
* DissonantSerenity: During the Battle of Philippi, Octavian is peering into the dust kicked up by two virtually identical Roman armies slogging it out hand-to-hand.
-->'''Octavian:''' What's going on?
-->'''Antony:''' ''(casually munching on some bread)'' Noooo idea.
* TheDragon: To Caesar.
%%* DudeWheresMyRespect
* DyingAsYourself: In Roman attire and by a proper Roman sword.
* EnemyMine: Teams up with Octavian against the senatorial forces.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Strolling into Caesar's tent covered in blood, bantering with Brutus, and then, when given a mission to accomplish on a strict budget, unabashedly [[StealingFromTheTill stealing half the money anyway]]. One of his first outdoors activities has him fornicating a peasant while his guards watch and his cohorts wait.
* EvilVersusEvil: His conflict against Octavian.
* GenreSavvy: Learns from Caesar's mistakes, avoids any kind of [[EasilyForgiven clemency]] and engages in ThePurge. Unfortunately, he consistently underestimates Octavian.
%%* FourStarBadass
* GoingNative: In Egypt, with the the pertinent debaucheries attached to the post.
* {{Guyliner}}: When he's in Egypt. This is presented as ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow by the propagandists.
* HairTriggerTemper: As quite a few people find out the hard way.
%%* HandsomeLech
%%* HotBlooded
* IBangedYourMom
-->'''Octavian:''' I see you're still the same crude, arrogant lech you always were. ''(strides out)''
-->'''Antony''': That's right, just the same. AND STILL FUCKING YOUR MOTHER!!
* ImpliedDeathThreat: A RunningGag with the character.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: In a bittersweet touch, Antony is surprised when Vorenus says goodbye to him with those parting words.
-->'''Antony''' Has it?
%%* JerkAss
* MaleFrontalNudity: A season one episode has Vorenus being summoned to speak to him while he (Antony) is being cleaned with oil, buck naked.
* ManipulativeBastard: While he usually prefers a blunt approach, he outmaneuvers everyone during the eulogies of Caesar and gets to control Rome in the aftermath.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Playful example with Caesar. Atia tries to turn Antony into TheStarscream but it backfires for her when Antony realizes out loud "what a wicked old harpy you (Atia) really are".
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Twice; one in the Roman Senate and another in Egypt. He doesn't stop until the offender is dead.
* NotSoDifferent: From Vorenus of all people, in Egypt they talk about their byronesque/doomed shared nature
-->'''Vorenus:''' You're no coward, but you do have a strong disease in your soul. It will eat away at you until you die [...] I recognize the symptoms, I have the same sickness.
* ThePurge: After he makes peace with Octavian, Mark Antony hands him a loooooong list of Roman citizens he wants slaughtered. The next day he comes up with more names, as he's got so many enemies it takes a while to remember them all.
%%* RatedMForManly
* ReallyGetsAround: To the point where Atia demands that when they marry he will get rid of all slaves (male and female) he has bedded.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red to Octavian's Blue. Which is funny considering when they reluctantly choose to have an alliance (what is to be the Second Triumvirate), Octavian wears the standard red-and-gold Roman armor while Mark Antony wears custom blue-and-white armor.
* RousingSpeech: Subverted for Antony's speech after Caesar's funeral (the one that became known as Shakespeare's famed, although entirely fictional, "Friends, Romans, countrymen" speech). We see the results of his speech, and even have several characters describe what happened, but none of the actual speech is shown or heard.
* ShootTheMessenger: Or beat his brains out with the scroll he was reading from.
* SleazyPolitician: Makes no secret of it either.
* SlouchOfVillainy: He's visibly bored and laid-back when he's presiding senatorial sessions.
%%* UnstoppableRage
%%* VillainousBreakdown
%%* VillainProtagonist
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Cuts off the grain supplies to Rome, but the people blame Octavian instead. Octavian has to engineer the circumstances that turn the people against him.
* WackyFratboyHijinks: In Egypt. This being ''Series/{{Rome}}'', they are taken UpToEleven.
* YouShouldKnowThisAlready: Antony and Cleopatra hook up, but it doesn't end well.

!Atia of the Julii


-> ''"I know who you are. I can see you. You are swearing now that some day... some day you will destroy me... Remember, far better women than you have sworn to do the same. Go and look for them now."''

Caesar's niece and mother to Octavian and Octavia, plus long-time lover of Mark Antony. Atia is an extremely ambitious and EvilMatriarch supreme that stops almost at nothing to get what she wants. She's the real power force in the Julian household... at least, until Octavian grows enough to overrule her. Played by Polly Walker.

* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Parent]]: Especially to Octavia, at first.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Atia firmly believes this to be true. Which is why she arranges for Octavian to visit a brothel, so that he can become a real man.
* BadassBoast: Besides the quote, there is also "By the five Furies, if I was not a gentle woman, I would have you flayed, and hung from a bracket at the door!"
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Marc Antony.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Firm believer in this.
* BloodBath: In the first episode Atia takes a shower in the blood pouring down from a slaughtered bull during a ritual to ensure the safe travelling of her son to Gaul.
* BreakTheHaughty: By the end of the series her son is the most powerful man in the known world and will remain that to the day he dies, in part because of her constant scheming and her upbringing of him. Yet the love of her life has abandoned her and then committed suicide, and BitchInSheepsClothing Livia has surpassed her in influence over and respect from Octavian. Plus, Octavian himself now seems to take a sadistic pleasure in making his mother quietly suffer, and will no doubt ensure she lives by the standards of a proper Roman matron (i.e. ''his'' rules) from now on.
* {{Chessmaster}}: She likes to think she's this but since her plans fail at least half the time and she seems to act on whim a lot she's more of a SmugSnake.
%%* ClingyJealousGirl
* CoitusUninterruptus: With Antony a few times.
%%* ControlFreak
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: These don't manage (nor aim) to make Atia sympathetic to the viewer, but they do make her an unexpectedly funny character. Examples include nonchalantly discussing about how the family should commit mass suicide, being overjoyed when thinking that her son and uncle have an incestuous affair or threatening to have her son's books burned if he doesn't go to a brothel and loses his virginity.
* DisproportionateRetribution: I don't like that Plebeian friend of my daughter. She's a bad influnce. [[spoiler: Let's have her entire family murdered, her house sacked and the poor girl gang raped.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Parading around naked in front of her son.
* EvilIsPetty: "And your [husband's] slaves, what a fuss [over you divorcing him]! I swear, you must be feeding tham too much!
* EvilMatriarch: Atia is the epitome of this trope, at least according to modern values. When judged by Roman values, it is clear that her action, even the most ruthless ones, are done out of a genuine concern for her children's survival in the cut-throat world of ancient Roman politics.
%%* EvilRedhead
%%* FemmeFatale
* [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Fortune Save Us From The Queen]]: One has to conclude she'd be this, if Mark Antony had gone with her plan of marrying her and proclaiming himself king.
%%* GreenEyedMonster
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Wears several of them.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Atia is portrayed as seductive, manipulative and evil. There's absolutely no historical evidence for this; Tacitus actually describes her as a pious, devoted mother and an ideal Roman matron.
%%* IdleRich
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* LadyMacbeth: Mostly to Mark Antony, but a rather inefective one.
* ManipulativeBitch: Hands down one of the best.
* MomentofAwesome:In the final episode of the second season when she puts her son's wife Livia in her place.
* MyBelovedSmother: Towards both her children but fails to be this to Octavian once he's grown up.
* ObviouslyEvil: As nice as Polly Walker can be to the eyes, she plain looks evil when dressed as a Roman patrician woman.
* PetTheDog: She appears to be more sympathetic towards Octavia in the latter half of Season 2, during her VillainousBreakdown.
%%* RichBitch
* ShutUpHannibal: A rare villainous example, but she does deliver one to Livia. Though by this time, Atia's status as a villain has [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain decayed]].
* TheRival: To Servilia, Livia, Calpurnia (arguable UnknownRival in this case) and even Cleopatra herself. In short, Atia doesn't like any other woman that dares to seem capable of gaining prominence in the Julian household.
%%* SmugSnake
%%* TheVamp
* WomanScorned: She takes offense on Cleopatra for stealing Antony and pits Octavian against them (even more).
* YouJustToldMe: By Atia to expose Octavia's relationship to Agrippa.

!Octavia of the Julii


->''"Please, Castor, let mother [kill me]! [[DeadpanSnarker I won't deny her one last pleasure]]. It would be undaughterly."''

Octavian's older sister and {{Woobie}} supreme of the series. Being the only woman of marrying age in the family makes her the perfect UnwittingPawn of Atia and later Octavian to gain political influence. Played by Kerry Condon.

* ADateWithRosiePalms: There's a scene where she masturbates in bed when she becomes attracted to Servilia. She tries "praying the gay away" the next morning
* ArrangedMarriage: [[spoiler:Set up with Pompey and actually gone through with Antony]]
* BiTheWay: With Servilia in season one.
* Buttmonkey: of the Julii
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: [[MyBelovedSmother Atia]] hilariously sees her as this.
-->'''Octavia:''' Mother I would rather it were not you who killed me. If you have no objections.
-->'''Atia:''' Why ever not? You can't still be angry with me!
%%* BreakTheCutie
* BrotherSisterIncest: Servilia encourages her to do this in order to get Octavian to reveal secrets about Caesar. She does sleep with him but he sees right through the ruse.
* DeadpanSnarker: Runs in the family.
* FamilyThemeNaming: As was custom at the time. She and her brother Octavian had a father named Octavian. In season two her daughter's name is Antonia (though it's unclear if Antony is the father, or if Agrippa is).
* FunctionalAddict: Smokes drugs (possibly hashish or opium) during one low point.
* HappilyMarried: To Glabius. Atia of course has them divorced [[spoiler: and ultimately Glabius killed.]]
* HeroicBSOD: More than once.
* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: Her baby either belongs to Marc Antony or Agrippa.
%%* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces
%%* NiceGirl
* StarCrossedLovers: With Agrippa
* TokenGoodTeamMate: Though she becomes darker and more cynical as the show goes on.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Octavia turns out to be indirectly responsible for the deaths of Julius Caesar and [[spoiler:Niobe.]] [[BiTheWay Seduced]] by Servilia, Octavia asks Octavian to tell her some secret that she can pass to Servilia and the Pompeiian camp (they, of course, expecting it to be about Caesar) but all Octavian tells her is Vorenus' wife's affair. Servilia initially dismisses this piece of information but it becomes useful when Vorenus becomes Caesar's glorified bodyguard, and is used to drive him away from Caesar so Brutus and co. can kill him, unleashing the whole second round of war and political assassinations. Meanwhile, Vorenus confronts Niobe [[spoiler: and she kills herself out of honor.]] [[FromBadToWorse It only gets worse.]] [[spoiler:With Caesar dead, Vorenus is also vulnerable and Erastes Fulmen goes to his house to kill him. However, since Vorenus is out to bury his wife, he only finds his children and sister-in-law there, and he enslaves them to get back at Vorenus.]]

!Livia Drusilla


->''"Oh, I don't mind really, but it is really I who should go first. If you consult the priests, I'll think you'll find the wife takes precedence."''

Octavian's wife, a smart, no-nonsense young patrician girl who has no fear of challenging Atia. Played by Alice Henley.

%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
* EvilCounterpart: To Octavia. To her family (and especially her mother), Octavia is little more than a tool that can be used to forge political alliances and gain more power. Livia also marries for power, like Octavia, but it's her who decides to do so, and her mother does not control her in the least. Once married, Octavia is submissive and lets her husband decide [[LieBackAndThinkOfEngland what to do with her]], while Livia soon reins Octavian in.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Oh yes. Octavian warns her before their marriage that he will beat her for sexual pleasure. Turns out he gets even more turned on by her beating him.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Neither she nor Octavian are very nice, but they seem like a very good match.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: She receives a brief but powerful one from Atia in the final scene, and you tell it hit the mark. Livia is NOT going to enjoy having Atia for a Mother-In-Law. (Then again, if you believe the historical accounts about Livia - or have read/watched IClaudius - it's possible that ''Atia'' is not going to survive having Livia as a daughter-in-law!) Even if Livia wasn't as bad as her enemies say, she was definitely the most important woman in the real Octavian's life and spent a lot of time whispering suggestions in his ear--which would sting for Atia, who clearly would want to be the matriarch of her son's rule.
* TheRival: Takes Servilia's place as Atia's. It's a pity the series was cancelled early.


Caesar's wife. Played by Haydn Gwynne.

* ArrangedMarriage: Perfectly normal for a Roman woman, particularly a noblewoman, but not great when your husband has a libido you could hold up a house with.
* HonorBeforeReason: Will not leave Rome until Caeser's will has been read even as people could very well be looking to kill her.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: She senses danger as the Ides drew near.
%%* WomanScorned



->''"The Roman people are not crying out for clean elections. They are crying out for jobs. They are crying out for clean water, for food, for stability and peace."''

An old, wise and educated Greek slave owned by Caesar, who he tutored when he was young. Nowadays he acts as his personal manservant, counsilor and confident. He is free to speak his mind, which includes a lot of [[ServileSnarker snark]]. Played by Nicholas Woodeson.

* AlmightyButler: To Caesar.
* TheConsigliere: Continues to play this role to Antony even after Caesar dies and frees him in his will.
%%* CoolOldGuy
* HappinessInSlavery: In fairness he is a very well cared for slave.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Acts as Rome's de facto executive power under Antony, who is bored by most of the things related to statemanship.
%%* NonActionGuy
%%* NiceGuy
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Somewhat unexpectedly with [[spoiler:Jocasta]]. Triples as UglyGuyHotWife and MayDecemberRomance.
* SecretKeeper: To Caesar.
* ServileSnarker: So very much.
* UndyingLoyalty: Just one word - ''"[[TearJerker Domine!]]"''. But only to Caesar, as it turns out. Once a freeman, Posca eventually betrays Antony when he realises he can't win.

!Marcus Agrippa


->''"I would go with you to Hades... [[OffendingTheCreatorsOwn to Britain even]], if I thought we had the right."''

A young, humble Roman general of rural origins and old friend to Octavian. He loves Octavia, but his loyalty to her brother will never let him pursue her. Played by Allen Leech.

* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove
-->'''Agrippa''': I know you are kind, and full-hearted, and beautiful, and I would tear down the sky for you if you asked me to.
* {{Foil}}: Agrippa and Brutus are forgiven for a past betrayal but Agrippa refuses to betray Octavian a second time, unlike Brutus did with Caesar.
%%* CountryMouse
%%* GenreSavvy
%%* InnocentBlueEyes
* LoveAtFirstSight: Falls in love with Octavia instantly.
%%* TheMcCoy
* NiceGuy: One of the nicest characters within the series. He detests unnecessary violence such as Antony's [[ThePurge purge]] of senatorial enemies. He also instantly admits to having an affair with Octavian's sister once Octavian calls him out on it, and then promptly apologizes for doing so.
* NouveauRiche: Wasn't born into money which is a source of insecurity for him.
* NumberTwo: To Octavian.
* StarCrossedLovers: with Octavia
* TrueCompanions: With Octavian and Maecenas.
* UndyingLoyalty: to Octavian.

!Gaius Maecenas


Another friend of Octavian and third in the PowerTrio of young men that give birth to the Roman Empire. In contrast to Agrippa, Maecenas is a politician from a wealthy urban family who has a talent for rethoric and his own personal goals beyond those of Octavian. Played by Alex Wyndham.

* AnythingThatMoves: He was bisexual in real life and is implied to be fitting this trope very well in the series, though we never actually see him in bed with anyone.
* {{Bishonen}}: Fits the trope to a T.
* NonActionGuy: While Agrippa leads Octavian's armies in the field, Maecenas fights Octavian's battles on a different scene. Basically he runs the whole PR machine.
%%* SleazyPolitician
* TheSmartGuy: Can hold his own against Octavian.
* TrueCompanions: With Agrippa and Octavian.


Head slave of the Julii Household. Played by Manfredi Aliquo.

%%* HappinessInSlavery
%%* MookLieutenant
* SuddenlySexuality: He is suddenly revealed to be homosexual and likes young boys. This is a plot point in the series.
* UndyingLoyalty
-->'''Atia''': And then you must kill yourself. Your survival would be most unsavory.
-->'''Castor''': I would not dream of living, domina.


An old female slave to the Julii, working mostly as a handmaiden to Atia. Played by Lydia Biondi.

* HappinessInSlavery: Very devoted to Atia.
%%* OldMaid
* UndyingLoyalty: Would kill (and die) for her mistress.


The first husband of Octavia. Played by Roberto Purvis.

* HappilyMarried: To Octavia, until Atia forces a divorce on them.
%%* MurderTheHypotenuse
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler: Or a random killing in a chaotic civil war.]]


[[folder:Junii Household]]

!Marcus Junius Brutus


->''"Only tyrants need worry about tyrant killers."''

A quiet and awkward young Patrician torn between doing what he believes it's right and what others expect of him - particularly his [[MommasBoy mother Servilia]] and his ParentalSubstitute, Julius Caesar. Played by Tobias Menzies.

* TheAlcoholic: Hits the jar in the second season.
* CompellingVoice: When he wanted to be, he was one hell of an orator. Must have learned from Cicero.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Starts off ignorant and uninterested in politics but when pushed too far he proves himself to be handy with a knife and capable of leading an army into battle.
* CultureClash: While trying to recruit men for a campaign against Octavian he uses the fact that he was the man that gave the last stab that killed Caesar as a BadassBoast in order to impress some Anatolian princes and make them agree to provide his army. They are disgusted instead, finding that killing an already injured man that can't defend himself is cowardly and shameful.
* DeadpanSnarker: One of his trademarks.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: After telling some Asian nobles of him dealing the death blow against Caesar, expecting to be hailed as a hero against tyranny, he is promptly laughed at by the nobles and labeled a coward for killing a man who was already fatally wounded.
* EtTuBrute: He was the perpetrator of this trope towards Caesar.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Also a DyingMomentOfAwesome and an IronicEcho to how Caesar died.
* FamilyBusiness: Reluctantly enters politics, which has been the playfield of the Junii for the last ''500'' years.
* {{Foil}} - Brutus loves Caesar but hates his politics. Verinus has no personal affection for Caesar (and Caesar sees him as a pawn) but comes to understand that his dirty way of doing things is necessary to keep Rome running.
* GenerationXerox: His ancestor established the Roman republic after killing Rome's tyrannical king. For this reason his mother and the other conspirators are pressuring him to turn against Caesar, in order to present his death as the overthrow of a tyrant. Brutus resists for a while but Caesar too is nervous about his past and tries to have him sent elsewhere -- it proves the final straw.
* [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Gods, What have I done?]]: After killing Caesar.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Cassius.
* HonorBeforeReason: Forcibly rejects the idea of poisoning Caesar.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Sort of. In late season one he feels betrayed by Caesar and gives in to his mother, going along with the plot to kill the dictator. He goes through with it, but then Antony comes in and they share a look where Brutus' guilt is written all over his face. He then cries out in agony over what he's done. However he seems to get over it rather fast, and stays allied to Cassius to the very end.
* IronicEcho: "You too, Mother?" when Servilia suggests he should join Pompey's side. In the same scene he explains to his mother that Caesar may take Rome but eventually some ambitious man would kill him...
* MaleFrontalNudity: Hilariously became much more popular with the fanbase after he took a naked swim in season two.
%%* MommasBoy
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: His desperation after Caesar's assassination is downright heartbreaking.
* RightBehindMe: Happens to him in "Pharsalus" while insulting Pompey. He doesn't mind.
* RichIdiotwithNoDayJob Before entering politics
%%* TragicHero
* WellDoneSonGuy: Towards both Caesar and his mother.
%%* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters

!Servilia of the Junii


->''"Gods of the Junii, with this offering I ask you to summon Tyche, Megaera and Nemesis, so that they witness this curse. By the spirits of my ancestors, I curse Gaius Julius Caesar. Let his penis wither. Let his bones crack. Let him see his legions drown in their own blood. Gods of the inferno, I offer to you his limbs, his head, his mouth, his breath, his speech, his hands, his liver, his heart, his stomach. Gods of the inferno, let me see him suffer deeply, and I will rejoice and sacrifice to you."''

Brutus' mother and long time mistress to Julius Caesar. Servilia ''is'' a bitter and evil woman, but her dangerousness always falls one level short of her main rival's, Atia of the Julii. Played by Lindsay Duncan.

* BitchInSheepsClothing: Plays the poor victim very well but often is just as vicious and manipulative as her enemies.
* BiTheWay: With Octavia.
* CompositeCharacter: Takes traits from Porcia Catonis, Brutus' wife who is omitted in the show.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Is subjected to this at the hands of Atia.
* {{Curse}}: Throws a bunch at Caesar and Atia.
%%* DrivenToSuicide
* DyingCurse: Throws it to Atia during her last rant.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:As Antony puts it, now THAT's an exit.]]
%%* EvilMatriarch
%%* EvilOldFolks
%%* EvilRedhead
* EvilVersusEvil: Her conflict with Atia.
%%* GrandeDame
* ManipulativeBitch: Though not quite on par with Atia.
* TheMistress: To Caesar.
* MyBelovedSmother: To Brutus.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Much like Atia. At least the historical character was really involved in Caesar's murder, if only incidentally.
%%* IdleRich
* TheRival: To Atia.
%%* SmugSnake
* TakingYouWithMe: Her final curse against Atia involves [[spoiler: killing herself.]]
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Certainly though she was pulling one, as she killed herself as a sacrifice to curse Atia. And Atia's fortunes do take a nosedive after that...]]
%%* TheVamp
* VillainousBSOD: Brutus' death.
* WickedWitch: She certainly knows creepy rituals, [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready but has no magic powers at all]]. [[RealAfterAll Or does she?]]
* WomanScorned: SO very much. Just read that quote.

!Cato the Younger


->''"Ah, so in fact this is not a humiliating defeat at all, but a rare species of victory!"''

A stubborn, staunch traditionalist senator and defender of the Republic, and as a result declared enemy of Caesar. Also half-brother to Servilia and uncle to Brutus. Played by Karl Johnson.

* AgeLift: The RealLife Cato was actually younger than Caesar.
%%* CommanderContrarian
%%* CoolOldGuy
* DeadpanSnarker: Just see his quote above!
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: We must save the Republic by making sure those dirty plebs don't get their hands on the government!
* DemocracyIsBad: One of his biggest problems with Caesar.
%%* DrivenToSuicide
%%* GrumpyOldMan
* HeroicBSOD: After losing the Battle of Thapsus.
* LimitedWardrobe: Stands out among the Senate by wearing always a simple black toga. The only time he averts this is when putting on armour.

!Gaius Cassius Longinus


->''"Thus ever for tyrants!"''

Another fellow senator and close friend of Brutus. He masterminds Caesar's assassination. Played by Guy Henry.

* FatalFamilyPhoto: Or "Fatal Promise of a Birthday Cake for Next Year".
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Brutus. In real life, part of their alliance was cemented on the fact that Cassius was married to Brutus' sister, but this is not mentioned in the show.
* PoisonousFriend: Turns Brutus against Caesar.
* RichBitch: Believes the Senate should be restricted to wealthy Romans.


A slave property of Servilia. Played by Suzanne Bertish.

%%* DrivenToSuicide
* HappinessInSlavery: To Servilia.
* UndyingLoyalty: To the point of [[spoiler: committing suicide after her mistress does.]]


[[folder: Pompeii Household]]

![[UsefulNotes/PompeyTheGreat Gnaeus Pompey Magnus]]


->''"It seemed impossible to lose. That is always a bad sign."''

Once a mighty conqueror and hero of the Republic, Pompey is a jaded Consul of Rome living mostly of past glories by the time the show starts. When Caesar tries to seize power he sides with the Senate against him. Played by Kenneth Cranham.

%%* AdiposeRex
%%* AntiVillain
* ArrangedMarriage: His marriage to Julia, daughter of Caesar, is specifically pointed as the only thing that makes the two get along. Her DeathByChildbirth sets the show in motion. Later, an attempt to solve their conflict by making him marry Octavia falls through.
%%* TheChainsOfCommanding
* DecapitationPresentation: Gets his head on a plate offered to Caesar by the Egyptians, who wish to congratiate with him. He is supremely pissed.
* DirtyOldMan: The marriage was cancelled, but he made use of his "rights" with Octavia anyway.
* EtTuBrute: He gets offed by a once soldier of his, now working as a mercenary for the Egyptians.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: His entire campaign against Caesar consists of retiring and defeat.
* GloryDays: Clings to his.
* GreenEyedMonster: He is jealous of Caesar for "stealing the love of the people" from him.
%%* GrumpyOldMan
* HeroicBSOD: After losing the Battle of Pharsalus.
* KingIncognito: After losing the Battle of Pharsalus, he escapes disguised as a Greek trader.
* TheMagnificent: The last part of his name means "the Great."
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Is actually a great general in his own right but can't hold a candle to Caeser. This bothers him a lot.
* RetiredBadass: More or less. He hasn't retired everything but he's no longer leading armies at the start. That changes.
* YouShouldKnowThisAlready: Nah, he doesn't manage to defeat Caesar.

!Quintus Valerius Pompey


->''"Kill him too, what does it matter?"''

Pompey's son and a military leader in the Senate faction. Played by Rick Warden.

* TheAlcoholic: Becomes one after his father's defeat.
%%* AxCrazy
* CompositeCharacter: He is loosely based on Pompey's two historical sons, Gnaeus Pompey the Younger and Sextus Pompey.
* TheDragon: To his father.
%%* HotBlooded
* InSeriesNickname: "Neptune's Scourge".
%%* JadedWashout
%%* TheResenter
* TortureTechnician: Serves as this for his father.
%%* VillainousBSOD


[[folder:The Roman Underworld]]

!Erastes Fulmen


->''"I took your children in payment for your many slights to me. I fucked them. Then I killed them. And then I threw them in the river."''

A ruthless businessman who controls Rome's most powerful criminal gang, the Aventine, under a pretense of legality. Played by Lorcan Cranitch.

%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
%%* TheBully
%%* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* DecapitationPresentation: [[spoiler: An enraged Vorenus chops off his head and keeps it as a trophy.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Vorenus refuses to work for him and later stops his thugs from killing an indebted man in front of his shop (mind you, not from killing him ''[[DeliberateValuesDissonance at all]]''). Erastes [[spoiler: sells Vorenus' family in slavery.]]
* TheDon: Rules the Aventine collegium in season one.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Erastes threatens to disjoint any of his men who take part in the anarchy after Caesar's death, as it's supposed to be a time of mourning for a consul of Rome. [[HypocriticalHumor He delivers this threat while in a room full of his men drinking and whoring]].
-->We observe the fucking decencies!
%%* EvilIsPetty
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Even after seeing how Vorenus and Pullo have massacred all his men, Erastes doesn't lose control to his fear.]]
* HiddenDepths: He absolutely hated how Brutus and Antony turned Caesar's funeral into a circus.
%%* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub
%%* TheNapoleon
%%* NonActionGuy
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Knowing that he is going to die anyway, Erastes falsely tells Vorenus that he has raped and killed his family, and then desecrated their bodies dumping them in the Tiber, just to spite him.]]



->''"I told you I'm not a whore."''

A former brothel supervisor tasked with keeping the customers on line, who is hired by Vorenus after [[spoiler: he takes over Erastes Fulmen's gang]]. While technically a slave, Gaia is a tough and vindicative woman that stops at nothing to get what she wants. Played by Zuleikha Robinson.

* ActionGirl: Can certainly hold her own in a fight and takes part in a mob war.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Tries it with Vorenus, and after [[CelibateHero not getting a response]], with Pullo.
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: In a DramaticIrony [[spoiler:she's fatally stabbed after saving Pullo's life, only to be strangled by him on her deathbed.]]
* DeathbedConfession: [[spoiler: After being wounded in battle, she confesses to Pullo that it was her who murdered Eirene. Pullo suffocates her and throws her body in the river.]]
%%* FemmeFatale
%%* GroinAttack
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: She kills the heavily pregnant Eirene by putting an abortive solution in her tea and replaces her in Pullo's bed.]]
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: What happens when Pullo tries to 'punish' her.
* QuitYourWhining: To Pullo, [[spoiler: on her deathbed.]]
* TheRival: To Eirene.
%%* ServileSnarker
* [[BettyAndVeronica Veronica]]: To Eirene's Betty.



->''"The truth? The truth is I have known you as a brother. The truth is that I saved your life at Gergovia. Took an arrow for it. The arrow's still in there, the truth is I'd do it again brother. The truth is that I've been nothing but a good soldier to you and a good fucking friend. Do what you have to do Pullo. I'll [[SeeYouInHell see you in Hades]]."''

A former legionary of the Thirteenth. After returning from Gaul, Vorenus gets him and his other comrades lands in Germania but Mascius loses his concession playing dice. He then returns to Rome and joins the Aventine gang after hearing that [[spoiler: Vorenus has taken over it.]] Played by Michael Nardone.

* AndZoidberg: Vorenus makes him third-in-command beneath Pullo, much to his annoyance as Mascius used to outrank him.
-->"Oh I get it, third fucking man and all that!"
* BashBrothers: Read the quote.
%%* TheGamblingAddict
* OldFriend: To Pullo and Vorenus.
* RockBottom: Becoming an underworld enforcer is an improvement for him, after losing his land to his gambling.
-->'''Vorenu:''' This isn't the army, brother. We here, we're pimps, knifemen, thieves. You sure you're sunk so low?
-->'''Mascius:''' I walked here from Capua. I slept in ditches. And when I get here, they say a black-hearted villain has taken over the Aventine college. He's in league with the gods below, they say. And his name is Lucius Vorenus. Well I thought to myself, "Mascius, old boy, your luck has changed.".
* UndyingLoyalty: To Vorenus and Pullo.
* [[spoiler: WronglyAccused: After the Aventine's secretive and illegal transport of gold for the Triumvirs goes awry and the gold is taken, the conclusion is that an inside man must have revealed knowledge of the mission, and both Vorenus and Pullo accuse Mascius who was in charge of said operation. He was innocent and was almost killed for it.]]



Captain of the Caelians gang and uneasy ally to Vorenus. Played by Daniel Cerqueira.

%%* TheDon
* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler: Pullo bites off his tongue and keeps him in a cage as a message for others.]]
%%* KickTheSonOfABitch
%%* NonActionGuy
%%* SmugSnake
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Erastes Fulmen.


[[folder:Other Romans]]

!Marcus Tullius Creator/{{Cicero}}


->''"When confronted by a hungry wolf, it is unwise to goad the beast, as Cato would have us do. But it is equally unwise to imagine the snarling animal a friend and offer your hand, as Pompey does."''

The renowned [[Creator/{{Cicero}} Roman politician, intellectual and master orator]], leader of the moderate faction in the Senate. Cicero distrusts Caesar's and later Mark Antony's actions but lacks the spine to take direct action against them. Played by David Bamber.

* ArchEnemy: To Mark Antony.
* CompellingVoice: The orator of the ancient world, and arguably one of the greatest public speakers who has ever lived.
* DeadpanSnarker: UpToEleven in the series.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Very much so and without a doubt. Arguably the most dignified death in the series.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Mark Antony threatens to have [[CreepySouvenir his hands]] cut and nailed to the Senate's doors. Guess what happens years later.
%%* NiceGuy
%%* NonActionGuy
* OnlySaneMan: It certainly seemed that way.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: One of the great masters of this trope. The one that he gave Mark Antony was an epic TakeThat and quite possibly one of his biggest moments.
* ShooTheDog: To his slaves, the day of his own murder, so they won't be hurt.
* WorthyOpponent: With Caesar. They tended to be on different sides of a debate - especially during the civil war - but they shared a respect for each other. Cicero was genuinely surprised by the assassination of Caesar.

!Metellus Scipio

A prominent general in the senate faction and member of the famous Scipio family. Played by Paul Jesson.

%%* DemotedToExtra
* DrivenToSuicide: Has his throat cut.
* ThoseTwoGuys: In a way, with Cato.



->''"I've been dishonoured!"''

A young Plebeian woman, daughter of a rich merchant and close friend of Octavia. Played by Camilla Rutherford.

* BrainlessBeauty: Comes off as rather ditzy most of the time.
%%* DefiledForever
* FunctionalAddict: Smokes opium.
* GoingNative: After moving to Egypt.
* NouveauRiche: Why Atia hates her.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: To Posca, once he's gained liberty. She weeps on her wedding day but by the next episode they seem very happy together.
* PoisonousFriend: She is considered as such by Atia.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler: Atia has her entire family murdered and she sexually assaulted.]] ''[[DisproportionateRetribution All because she doesn't like her]].''
* TalkativeLoon: Looks like this to Octavia and Atia after a time living in Egypt.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Is married off to Posca.


A Roman General sent by the Senate to defeat Antony, only to have his entire army defect to him on the spot. He then switches sides too and ends up as Antony's second in command. He later becomes the least powerful of the Triumvirate formed with Antony and Octavian, but gets Africa for his troubles... for a while. Played by Ronan Vibert.

* ButtMonkey: To Antony and Octavian.
%%* DefeatMeansFriendship
* GeneralFailure: His entire army defects to Antony.
* NumberTwo: To Antony after defection.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Gets sent off to govern the province of Africa.

!The Newsreader


->''"This month's public bread is provided by the Capitoline Brotherhood of Millers. The Brotherhood uses only the finest flour: true Roman bread for true Romans."''

A public servant that cries news and [[ProductPlacement advertisements]] at the Forum in front of the Roman Senate. Played by [=Ian McNeice=].

* BookEnds: He appears in both the pilot and the last episode making the same announcement, offering a reward for a missing slave, "runaway or stolen". It's used to show that despite the vast historical changes happened in the span of the series, the life of the average citizen remains the same.
* TheConstant
* KentBrockmanNews
* LargeHam
* MilkingTheGiantCow: Does this mainly to make the news seem slightly more interesting.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: His job consists on screaming whatever propaganda the government of the time hands to him, and it changes as wildly and quickly as the composition of that government does. He never questions it.
* NoNameGiven
* ProductPlacement: Another nice historical touch.

[[folder: Egyptians]]

!Queen UsefulNotes/CleopatraVII


->''"You have a rotten soul."''

The infamous last Hellenistic monarch of Egypt, a beautiful and ambitious woman that is well aware of her powers of seduction. Played by Lyndsey Marshal.

* o%ApprovalRating By the Romans. Not sure what the Egyptians think of her.
* AGodAmI: As in real life, Cleopatra believed herself to be the goddess Isis incarnate.
* ArrangedMarriage: To her [[BrotherSisterIncest younger brother]] Ptolemy, as per the Egyptian custom.
%%* BadBoss
* TheBabyTrap: Her child is actually fathered by Pullo, having decided to hedge her bets by seducing another Roman before meeting Caesar, to ensure she'll have a child.
* CradleOfLoneliness: Does this with Antony's body when she sees through Octavian's lies.
* DrivenToSuicide: Once she realizes she can't control Octavian the way she could Antony and Caesar.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: She is incensed when Vorenus refuses to sleep with her.
* FemmeFatale
* FunctionalAddict: To opium.
* GenreSavvy: She reads MagnificentBastard Octavian like an open book and realizes that his promises to forgive her are bull, even after the death of Mark Antony.
* {{Irony}}: Before her death, she claims that Octavian has a "rotten soul," presumably for planning to kill her adolescent son. Cleopatra's not the nicest person herself, having quite similarly secured her own throne by trampling the body of another child, her own brother.
* LadyMacbeth: To Antony.
* MsFanservice: Spends most of her time in see-through dresses and other skimpy outfits. Also appears naked a few times.
* NubileSavage: In the Romans' eyes.
* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Is able to beat Atia of all people at this game.
%%* PowerHair
* PrepareToDie: Achillas' assassins tell her this in her debut episode, "Caesarion". She gets better.
* ReallyGetsAround: Beds three main characters.
%%* {{Stripperific}}
* SexyWalk: Several MaleGaze shots of her walking away from the camera.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: On the receiving end from Vorenus.
* TheVamp: According to Roman propaganda.
* VillainousBreakdown: She holds it together during her meeting with Octavian, but loses it at the palace once she realizes that Octavian means to murder her son. Or, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation she realizes that he won't let Cleopatra twist him around her little finger like the last two Roman rulers did]].
%%* YoungConqueror
* YouShouldKnowThisAlready: She hooks up with Antony, but it doesn't end well.

!King Ptolemy XIII


->''"Vassal?'' Vassal? ''I am no vassal! I am King!"''

The naïve child king of Egypt, younger brother and husband to Cleopatra. Played by Scott Chisholm.

%%* AChildShallLeadThem
* AdiposeRex: On the way to become one.
* AGodAmI: Expected, since he is a Pharaoh.
* ArrangedMarriage: To Cleopatra.
%%* BadBoss
%%* BoisterousWeakling
* CultureClash: With Caesar.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: He expects nothing but to be worshipped. [[ShutUpHannibal Caesar puts him quickly in his place]].
%%* {{Guyliner}}
* KingBobTheNth
* OhCrap: When Cleopatra shows up in the palace in "Caesarion".
* PuppetKing: And in complete denial about it.
* RoyalBrat
* SmallNameBigEgo: He is a lot less powerful than he thinks he is. Caesar puts him in his place.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard:
-->'''[[ProfessionalButtKisser Pothinus]]''': Behold Ptolemy! He of the two lands! He of sage and bay! Behold Ptolemy! Son of Ra! Ptolemy the Divine!



->''"Brother Osiris, [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya let me live to spit in his face, and remind him of this day!]]"''

Prince of Egypt, son of Cleopatra and (allegedly) Caesar. Played by Nicolo Brecci and Max Baldry.

* AGodAmI: Rasied to believe this.
* AppealToVanity: While fleeing Octavian, a Roman soldier makes him reveal himself by asking for his blessing in Egyptian. Consider that at no point did the Roman guards hide their identity.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: [[spoiler:Caesarion was Titus Pullo's son and successfully escaped Octavian to live as a plebeian in Rome.]]
* HistoricalInJoke: The show not so much implies but is clear that he is actually the son of Titus Pullo.
* ParentalSubstitute: Vorenus becomes a substitute father to him [[spoiler:until he's brought together with his real father, Pullo]].
%%* RoyalBrat
* SmallNameBigEgo: Sometimes played for comedy.
%%* TimeshiftedActor


->''"Majesty commands you will enter her."''

A trusted slave in the service of Cleopatra. Played by Kathryn Hunter.

%%* BrutalHonesty
%%* HappinessInSlavery
* ParentalSubstitute: To Cleopatra.
* UndyingLoyalty: She keeps serving Cleopatra until she kills herself (with Charmian's help), then commits suicide in turn.
%%* YouNoTakeCandle



->''"A simple extortion. If we don't pay him, they will put Cleopatra on the throne."''

The Egyptian Prime Minister and regent to King Ptolemy. He goads the young monarch against his older sister-wife, Cleopatra. Played by Tony Guilfoyle.

* AmbiguouslyGay: It might not be the case in the original version, but the Spanish dub makes him flamboyant.
* BadLiar: And [[SmugSnake he thinks]] he can fool [[MagnificentBastard Caesar]] and [[HypercompetentSidekick Posca]]...
%%* BaldOfEvil
* CultureClash: He kills Pompey and presents his head to Caesar thinking that it will gain his trust. Caesar is enraged instead.
* DirtyCoward: When the consequences come looming, he blames others for his own mistakes.
%%* EunuchsAreEvil
%%* EvilChancellor
%%* GutturalGrowler
%%* {{Guyliner}}
* ProfessionalButtKisser: To Ptolemy.
* RuleOfThree: In an example of BlackComedy, [[spoiler: he is decapitated after Theodotus and Pompey's executioner and their heads put on spikes outside of the royal palace.]]
%%* SissyVillain
%%* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness
%%* SmugSnake
%%* SmugSmiler

!Theodotus of Chíos


->''"Forget Rome! Rome is doomed. The people tear off their flesh like mad dogs. In ten years the city will be a forgotten ruin."''

Ptolemy XIII's Greek rhetoric tutor. Played by David de Keyser.


* DeathByAdaptation: Type II. In RealLife he [[spoiler: escaped the war in Egypt and was murdered later in Asia Minor by Brutus.]] In the show, he is [[spoiler: executed along with Pothinus.]]
%%* {{Guyliner}}
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: What he thinks about Rome and its power.
%%* SmugSmiler



->''"I could raise the whole city with a word."''

The commander of the Egyptian army loyal to Ptolemy XIII. Played by Grant Masters.


* AppealToVanity: He is reluctant to attack Caesar and gain Rome's wrath as a result. Theodotus makes him act by questioning his popularity.
* DoomedByCanon: His fate is unrevealed and the war against Caesar happens off-screen, but you know he won't prevail.[[note]]In Real Life, he was murdered by Cleopatra's younger sister Arsinoe, who supported Ptolemy, and replaced as commander of the army by her lover, Ganymedes.[[/note]]
* GenreSavvy: He is unwilling to wage war against Caesar.
* TheQuietOne: In comparison to the more verbose Pothinus and Theodotus.
* [[RealMenWearPink Real Men Wear Whigs and Face Paint]]

!Lucius Septimius


->''"Working for the gyppos, sir. It's not the legions, but one must earn's one's salt."''

A Roman veteran serving as mercenary in the Egyptian Army. Played by David Kennedy.


* BodyguardBetrayal: He murders Pompey (under whom he served) when he comes to Egypt seeking refuge.
* DecapitationPresentation: He beheads Pompey after killing him. [[spoiler: And is in turn beheaded by Caesar.]]
* ForcedToWatch: Kills Pompey within sight of his wife and children.
* OhCrap: When he is exposed as Pompey's murderer.
%%* OnlyInItForTheMoney
%%* PleaseShootTheMessenger
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler:After Caesar demands Pompey's killer to kill him himself, Pothinus cons Septimius into surrendering himself.]]


[[folder: Jews]]

!Tevye a.k.a. Timon


->''"[[TheDogBitesBack I am not a fucking animal!]]"''

A largely secularized Jewish horse trader (at least when he is among non believers) who has lived for decades in Rome and often serves as a mercenary for Atia, be it as a hitman or a bodyguard. He also expresses a strong lust for her, preferring to be paid in sex rather than money. Played by Lee Boardman.

* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:Accidently kills Levi during a knife struggle with him, in an effort to stop him from assassinating Herod.]]
%%* BeardOfEvil
* BodyguardBetrayal: He finally breaks and [[BodyguardBetrayal attacks Atia]] when she tells him to [[spoiler:[[EvenEvilHasStandards mutilate]] [[WouldntHitAGirl Servilia]].]]
* BodyguardCrush: On Atia.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[YourCheatingHeart Infidelity aside]], he is devoted to his family, none of whom knows what he does for a living.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** [[spoiler: Standing up to Atia when she orders him to cut Servilia's face after abducting and torturing her.]]
** [[spoiler: His brother's attempt to rekindle him with religion ends with planning a zealot SuicideAttack on Herod during a visit to Rome. Timon backs down in the last moment because he realizes that it will accomplish nothing.]]
* HeelFaithTurn: Played with. [[spoiler:He abandons his role as Atia's hitman in favor of reconnecting with his religion, but he ends up becoming a zealot. Eventually played straight when he decided to not assassin king Herod.]]
%%* HitmanWithAHeart
%%* IcyBlueEyes
* NiceHat: The only recurring character to almost always wear one.
%%* ProfessionalKiller
%%* PunchClockVillain
* PutOnABus: Took the family back to the Holy Land.
* [[RaisedCatholic Raised Jewish]]
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules:
** Glabius attempts to buy Timon [[spoiler:when Atia sends him to kill the other.]] Timon refuses.
** Shows again, but the other way around, when he has [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere enough of]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards Atia's shit]].
** In a more shallow note, Timon obviously values more Atia's tail than her gold.
* TwoFaced: His personality is a 180º turn when he serves Atia to when he is with his family.
%%* YourCheatingHeart


Timon's brother, a [[TheFundamentalist zealot]] that moves to Rome in the second season after getting in trouble in Judea. [[spoiler:He is actually in a [[SuicideAttack suicide mission]] to kill King Herod during a visit to the city]]. Played by Nigel Lindsay.


* AbortedArc: It's obvious that Levi was meant to stay around for a whole season and that [[spoiler: his death]] would have some influence on Timon's later development, given that the show was expected to explore Judea [[ScrewedByTheNetwork in a fifth season]] and that Timon is last season travelling there.
* TheFundamentalist: As a member of the Zealots, which makes him a declared enemy of King Herod because he is a Roman imposed puppet.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Tries to get his brother to rediscover his Judaism by joining him in killing Herod. Timon has doubts, they struggle, and Levi ends stabbed by the knife he planned to use to kill his enemy.]]
* OldFriend: Introduced in the second season after not being named in the first. Then again, Timon was not exactly a main character in the first season.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: He comes to Rome to live with his brother because his opposition to Herod threatened his survival in Judea. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]: It's a cover to assasinate Herod who has also come to Rome to meet his Roman overlords.]]


Yes ''that'' Herod, the client-King of Judea. Played by René Zagger.


* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: His throne is entirely dependent of Roman support.
* AbortedArc: As part of Timon and Levi's storyline in the second season, his involvement in this was cut to a minimum. Herod would probably have appeared again if the show had reached the five seasons envisioned by Heller, [[WordOfGod with the last one depicting Judea immediately before the birth of Christ.]]
%%* BeardOfEvil
%%* GuyLiner
%%* PuppetKing
* RealMenWearPink: Specifically, jewels in his hair and...
%%* SleazyPolitician
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: His appearance in the series predates the birth of Jesus for about 30 years.