No TV series becomes a classic without great characters. Patrick [=McGoohan=]'s postmodern masterpiece, ThePrisoner is no exception.

No recurring character in ThePrisoner has [[NoNameGiven a name]].
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::'''Number Six''', '''The Prisoner'''
Rebellious ex-spy captured by the unknown powers that run the UncannyVillage.

* AntiHero: Type III, though his rough nature is mainly due to never being quite sure who to trust.
* AuthorAvatar
* BerserkButton: Do not ever, ever kill an innocent woman. [[FateWorseThanDeath He might just let you live to regret it.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Both a weakness and a strength; many No. 2s don't see out of their point of view of looking out for oneself, but the ones that are GenreSavvy enough to realise this trait are often the most dangerous to The Prisoner.
* CulturedBadass: Knows Goethe in the original German and is well known for quoting Shakespeare.
* DeadpanSnarker: His abundant snark is one of the highlights of the show.
* {{Determinator}}: And how.
* FacialDialogue: Lots. If you pay attention, there is quite a lot less verbal dialogue in this show than other shows of its time period and even today, and you will suddenly realise how much this show depends on [=McGoohan's=] FacialDialogue.
* GeniusBruiser: Both a thinker ''and'' a fighter.
* GoodIsNotNice: He's very brusque and prickly, but fundamentally compassionate.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: He was a champion boxer and it is his preferred method of hand-to-hand combat.
* HeroicWillpower: Mind-bending techniques repeatedly fail on him.
* KnightInSourArmor: He is cynical and paranoid in the extreme (he really has to be to survive in The Village) but he still really cares about people and tries his best to help and protect others who resist The Village.
* LimitedWardrobe: Pretty much always wears the distinctive black-with-a-little-white suit, which resembles a modified school uniform.
* LonersAreFreaks: constantly used against him, but not completely true or untrue.
* MysteriousPast
* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Is a master at this and a lot of the time this is the only way he really has to fight back.
* ProperlyParanoid: About ninety percent of the time, though he occasionally lets his guard down in hopes of finding an ally and occasionally The Village plays on his justified paranoia to make it go into unjustified territory.
* RebelliousSpirit
* SarcasticClapping: Very prone to it.
* TheSnarkKnight
* SuppressedRage: While in The Village seems to live in a constant state of this, and the few times [[RageBreakingPoint his control snaps]] it is devastating to his enemies.
* TechnicalPacifist: Refuses to kill anyone, [[spoiler: at least until they push him too far]].
* TranquilFury: What happens when he reaches his RageBreakingPoint; notably constructing the systematic destruction of the psyche of a No. 2 who had driven a woman to suicide.
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'''''Other Residents Of [[UncannyVillage The Village]]'''''

::'''The Butler'''

A silent, obedient little person in a tuxedo. Manservant to Number Two.
* BattleButler - In ''Once Upon a Time'', when Number Six assaults Number Two at one point, The Butler takes out a small bat (I think it's the kind to kill fish with) and knocks out Number Six.
** In the next episode, he gets a ''submachine gun''.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]
* HypercompetentSidekick: In the final two episodes.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal
* TheVoiceless

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::'''The Supervisor'''

A bald bespectacled man, also known as Number Fourteen. Head of Village security and direct subordinate of Number Two. Given to delivering his lines in an exaggeratedly cold and emotionless RoboSpeak voice ("'''Orange... alert. Orange... alert.'''"); his actor, Peter Swanwick, had been diagnosed with cancer just before the series began filming, and he deliberately played the role [[LargeHam larger than life]] in order to make an impression.

* BaldOfEvil: Really!
* FourEyesZeroSoul: One of the most soulless in history.
* NamesTheSame: Has the same number as Number Two's personal assistant in ''Hammer into Anvil''.
* NotSoStoic: The one time his robotic facade breaks is in ''Hammer into Anvil,'' when that episode's Number Two directly accuses him of treason and fires him; he's ''hurt''.

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'''''The Number Twos'''''

* AffablyEvil: Many Number Twos act like they're the Prisoner's best friend (or would like to be, if he'd just give them a chance). Some of them seem more sincerely friendly than others.
* TheDragon: To Number One.
** DragonInChief: At least within the village, their authority is basically absolute. There may be other superiors elsewhere but we never see them.
* EvilLaugh: The intro to every episode concludes with one.
* JustTheFirstCitizen
* WickedCultured: ''None'' of the officials picked for this important position qualify as anything short of intellectual.

::'''Guy Doleman'''

The first one. Escorts Number Six around the Village on his first day, just to reinforce the Village's self-sufficiency and inescapability. Gives the Prisoner an idea of No.2's power (and establishes an atmosphere of menace) by ordering the entire Village to halt right before Number Six's eyes, and siccing Rover on the one Villager who fails to comply.

* BecomingTheMask: Regarding the Village: "It will grow on you." For better or worse, he's ''right.'' Number Six doesn't truly assimilate, but he does ''acclimate'' over time.
* MrExposition: Certainly one of the more memorable examples of this trope.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: His introduction, complete with Number Six's preferences [[YourFavorite already laid out for him]].

::'''George Baker'''

The second one. Younger than Doleman's No.2, and replaces him (without explanation, of course) over the course of the first episode. Where Doleman is FauxAffablyEvil, Baker's No.2 is blunt and matter-of-fact about Number Six being a prisoner.

::'''Leo [=McKern=]'''

The [[EnsembleDarkhorse famous one]]. Takes a psychological approach to interrogating Number Six. In many ways, an amalgamation of all the best aspects of the other Number Twos.

* AffablyEvil
* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead]]
* BenevolentBoss: His immediate subordinates seem to genuinely like him rather than fear him.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]
** Turns into a [[spoiler: HeelFaceRevolvingDoor]] in the comic adaptation, with implications in the original show justifying it. [[spoiler: In his first appearance, he's clearly directly interested, even friendly in his overtures with Number Six. In his second, his supervisors directly threaten him with Rover, and his response is to remind them of his loyalties.]]
* LargeHam
* MoodSwinger: He's alternately very jolly and very, ''very'' frustrated from moment to moment.
* MysteriousPast: Various statements made during ''Once Upon A Time'' raise many questions about his back story and make him the most cryptic and mysterious Number Two.
* NotSoDifferent: Number Six casually asks him if he realizes he's as much much a prisoner as he is. He freely admits it, saying they're both "lifers".
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The shave and haircut that they give him prior to [[spoiler:his resurrection]]. It was added in because [=McKern=] had gotten a trim prior to being called back for another episode.
* VillainousBreakdown: While he was relatively calm and collected in ''The Chimes of Big Ben'', he becomes more and more agitated and worked up throughout ''Once Upon A Time'' and finally breaks completely when [[spoiler:his methods backfire on him and give Number Six the upper hand]]. Rumor has it that [=McKern=] had a minor heart attack while filming this episode because of the sheer insensity required to portray this breakdown.
* WickedCultured: Is as enamoured of Shakespeare as The Prisoner.


::'''Eric Portman'''

Hosts a sham "election" in the Village in "Free For All", in which he convinces Number Six to actually run for the "office" of Number Two -- and brainwashes him repeatedly into acting like a slick electoral candidate, much to the disgust of Number Six. Also provides No.6 with a chauffeur/assistant called Number 58, who (despite her apparent lack of English skills) is a fairly obvious [[TheMole Mole]].

* DrowningMySorrows: He's found drunk in a secret alcohol lab, but that too was a ruse to get Six to drop his guard.

::'''Patrick Cargill'''

From "Hammer Into Anvil." A particularly ruthless Village official, who has no trouble committing psychological torture or ''physically'' threatening recalcitrant Villagers -- he obviously feels irritated by the standing order that Number Six must not be "damaged".

* CulturedWarrior: He quotes Goethe in the original German when justifying his brutal methods: ''"Du musst Ambose oder Hammer sein."''
** MisaimedFandom: [[invoked]]He knows the quote, but he doesn't know that it's the hammer that breaks first, not the anvil. His whole episode is basically watching that hammer smash itself apart on Six's anvil.
* ParanoiaFuel: {{in-universe}} Number Six completely overloads him with it.
* ThoseWackyNazis: It's implied pretty heavily that they dug this guy up from the wreckage of postwar Germany -- although he does a good job hiding his accent.
* VillainousBreakdown: Number Six does a hell of a job exploiting this man's paranoia, to the extent that he becomes convinced that Number Six was sent by his superiors to spy on him.
* YouLookFamiliar: Patrick Cargill also plays Thorpe, a colleague of Number Six, in "Many Happy Returns". The show makes no attempt to suggest that they're the same person, but if they are, that would make Thorpe TheMole.

::'''John Sharp'''

From "A Change Of Mind"

* FatBastard: Rivals, if not exceeds, Leo [=McKern=] as the most physically imposing No.2.
* HurricaneOfAphorisms: "The slowest mule is closest to the whip," among others.
* LonersAreFreaks: He hopes to break No.6 by hammering on this trope -- essentially introducing new policies that convince the other Villagers to openly ostracize the Prisoner, playing on his genuine feelings of loneliness.

::'''Colin Gordon'''

From "The General" and "A. B. and C." An unusually nervous No.2 with an inferiority complex. His smug attitude toward the Prisoner is belied by his constant milk-drinking (presumably for an ulcer), his habit of occasionally lashing out at his assistants, and his obvious fear of No.1.

* EvilCannotComprehendGood: One of the few Number Twos who never asks Number Six why he resigned, because he thinks he already knows the answer. He's convinced Number Six was going to sell out to one of three enemy operatives he knew: [[TitleDrop A, B, or C]], and spends that episode trying to find out which one. Of course, he's completely wrong about why Number Six resigned.
* TheRival: He really, really doesn't like Number Six, and he's one of the only Number Twos who makes no effort to hide this fact.
* VillainousBreakdown

::'''Andre van Gyseghem'''

The oldest No.2, who seems to have been with the Village the longest; we actually witness his official "retirement" in "It's Your Funeral". Claims that all the other Number Twos were actually interim replacements for him, although that could just be what his superiors told him -- they're not above lying to a No.2, and (as he realizes, much to his horror) they're not the sort of people who fritter money away on things like pensions for retirees who just won't die. One of the only Number Twos other than Mc Kern to receive a sympathetic portrayal.

::'''Mary Morris'''

--> ''This is your world now. '''I''' am your world now.''

From ''Dance of the Dead''. Although she uses both, she seems to prefer using spies rather than hidden surveillance.

* EvilGloating
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl and Her Cat]]
* PassiveAggressiveKombat
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Not the only female Number Two, but the only one with a starring, front-and-center role.
* VillainousCrossdresser: As Peter Pan for the carnival.

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::'''Number One'''

The apparent leader of the village who has his proxies carry out his will. Almost any time he is discussed, it is with a sense of fear or dread. Number Six himself would like to meet him, if only to have some of the mystery surrounding the village explained.

* BadBoss: To the Number Twos
* BigBad
* DramaticUnmask
* TheDreaded
* [[spoiler: EnemyWithout]]: Confirmed (but not how) [[WordOfGod by Patrick McGoohan.]]
* EvilLaugh
* LargeHam: Definitely has a taste for theatrical flair, if his revealing his number badge is anything to go by.
* LaughingMad
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: I! I! I! I! I! I! I!]]
* TheManBehindTheMan
* [[spoiler:NonActionBigBad: He may (or may not) be the man behind the scenes, but the only things we actually see him doing are laughing in Number Six's face and then running away from him.]]
* [[spoiler:MindScrew]]
* RoomFullOfCrazy: [[spoiler: lives in a fully armable nuclear rocket filled with globes of the earth.]]
* [[spoiler:TheUnreveal]]
* TheUnseen: Until the series finale, [[spoiler:and even ''that'' appearance is debatable]].

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::'''Rover'''

The Village's last line of law enforcement. [[EldritchAbomination A massive balloon-like ball of featureless white material that emits electronic roars and suffocates refractory Villagers into submission.]]

* TheBrute
* HellIsThatNoise: Rover's 'roar.'
* [[spoiler:NiceJobFixingItVillain: Kills Number Six's doppleganger (mistaking him for the real [=McCoy=]) in ''The Schizoid Man'', thus allowing Number Six to assume the man's identity and (nearly) escape.]]
* MechanicalMonster: Well, this is what they were going for, anyway: it's a security device, and yet also alive, somehow.
* NoNameGiven: Only once in the series is Rover ever referred to by name (ironically enough, by the Prisoner himself). When the Prisoner first asks what it actually is, No.2's typically obfuscatory response is "That would be telling."
** Before the original "Rover" mechanism sunk and they exchanged it with a balloon, he was to be named in the first episode by No. 2.
* OnceAnEpisode: Even when it doesn't actually chase anybody, Rover always appears in some kind of context.

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::'''Number Forty-Eight'''
A fellow prisoner who appears in the series finale. He has an unusual obsession with the song ''Dry Bones''; most of his lines simply consist of lyrics from said song. [[spoiler:Along with the Butler and Leo [=McKern=]'s Number Two, he helps Number Six finally escape the Village]].

* CloudCuckooLander
* EarWorm: Just try not to sing "Dem Bones" after watching "Fallout."
* MindScrew: The fact that [[spoiler:he both looks and dresses like The Kid/Number Eight (who had already died several episodes prior), not to mention that none of the other characters (Number Six included) ask if he's the same person or even bring this similarity up.]] He's just one of the many things that make ''[[GainaxEnding Fallout]]'' what it is.
* NiceHat
* OneSceneWonder
* TalkativeLoon
* YouLookFamiliar: With The Kid from ''Living in Harmony'' and the photographer from ''The Girl Who Was Death''.

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::'''The Kid'''
An odd, menacing character who shows up in the western-themed episode, ''Living in Harmony''.

* BecomingTheMask: A rather horrifying example: [[spoiler:Number Eight seems all too happy to keep acting like the Kid even after the experiment is over, violent tendencies and all.]]
* [[spoiler:DuelToTheDeath]]
* TheDragon: To The Judge
* NiceHat
* TheRival: To Number Six
* StalkerWithACrush
* TheVoiceless: Subverted in that, once he's [[spoiler:revealed to be Number Eight,]] he talks about as much as any of the other characters.
* YouLookFamiliar: With Number 48 and with the photographer in ''The Girl Who Was Death''

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::'''Number Fourteen'''
Number Two's right-hand man in ''Hammer Into Anvil''. (Not the same Fourteen as the Supervisor.)

* TheCassandra: He's the only one who sees Six's ParanoiaGambit for what it is.
* [[spoiler:DisneyVillainDeath]]
* TheDragon: To Patrick Cargill's Number Two.
* [[spoiler:DuelToTheDeath]]
* GeniusBruiser
* ItsPersonal
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: His proposal on dealing with Number Six.
* NamesTheSame: Has the same number as the Supervisor for some reason.
* TheRival: To Number Six
* UnwittingPawn: Even when he recognizes what Number Six is up to, he ''still'' winds up contributing to Number Two's breakdown.

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