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For characters from ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', see [[Characters/TorchwoodMiracleDay that series' character sheet]].


!Torchwood Three

[[folder: Captain JackHarkness]]
!!Captain Jack Harkness / Javic Piotr Thane
->'''Played by:''' Creator/JohnBarrowman (2006–present)

--> ''"Have faith: with a dashing hero like me on the case, how can we fail?"''

Captain Jack Harkness is the man in charge at Torchwood: knowledgeable, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal immortal]], [[EvenTheGuysWantHim absolutely gorgeous]]. Originally introduced in parent show ''Series/DoctorWho'', he revived after dying, and given a spinoff because of aforementioned reasons. At his core, oscillates between TeamDad and ActionHero. We've definitely seen him be the ScienceHero as well, though usually other members of the team (read: [[AsianAndNerdy Tosh]]) have that down.

For tropes from ''Series/DoctorWho'' see [[Characters/DoctorWho the respective character page]]

%%* ActionHero:
* AgeWithoutYouth: Albeit at a much slower rate. This is partially an AuthorsSavingThrow for if/when Barrowman starts to show his age, unlike the actors who work in ''Highlander'' shows.
%%* AndIMustScream: On many different occasions.
%%* AntiHero
* ArtifactAlias: The name of Captain Jack Harkness is an alias that he took from a deceased American volunteer pilot to mix in with UsefulNotes/WW2 era London. He still goes by that title for most of his appearances, well after it serves any purpose. In fact, his true name is never revealed.
** Finally averted in 2017 AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho production ''The Lives of Captain Jack''. After twelve years we finally learned his true name: [[spoiler:Javic Piotr Thane]]
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: He always dresses in a 1940s military style, and when forced to wear anything else, he is not happy about it.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: He seems to think so too, stealing it from an RAF pilot and all.
** [[spoiler: His real name, Javic Piotr Thane, isn't too shabby either.]]
* BackFromTheDead: It happens again and again and again... and again...
%%* BadassBookworm
%%* BadassInCharge: For Torchwood-3.
* BadassGay: He's from a future where everyone is omnisexual, so he'll flirt with men, women, aliens, whatever floats his boat. And as for the badass part, he's a former companion of the Doctor, he leads an incarnation of Torchwood, he fights the bad guys and doesn't afraid of anything, to the point where he asks Ianto out on a date while in the middle of a gunfight.
* BadassLongcoat: Of the World War II greatcoat variety.
* BerserkButton: Do NOT touch his Hand-In-A-Jar.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He can go from dashing and witty to deeply scary and holding a gun in Your face in a matter of seconds.
* BiTheWay: Jack is attracted to men and women and anything in between, as well as non-humanoid aliens. It's stated in Doctor Who that in the 51st century almost every human is bisexual.
* BodyHorror: His body regenerates layer by layer, and pops him back into consciousness as soon as he's able to live again... even if his skin isn't done regenerating yet. He does a lot of screaming at times.
* BreakingSpeech: For a hero, he's frighteningly good at these.
* BrokenAce: As the series progresses, you definitely see that Jack is having trouble dealing with the shitload of angst he's gotten handed with him. He takes [[spoiler: Ianto's death]] especially hard.
* BroughtDownToNormal: In the first episode of ''Miracle Day'', he discovers that while the rest of the world has become TheAgeless, he's now mortal again. [[spoiler:He regains his immortality by the end of ''Miracle Day''.]]
%%* ByronicHero
%%* CainAndAbel: The Abel to Gray's Cain.
%%* TheCaptain
* CampGay: Often puts on this persona when he wants people to underestimate him. And to piss off Rex.
* TheCasanova: He will hit on any girl. Or any guy. Or any''thing'' for that matter. If it has a semblance of a personality, Jack will flirt with it.
* CartrightCurse: Granted, [[spoiler:his immortality means he can't find a lifelong partner anyway]], but as it turns out [[spoiler:they have a habit of dying in messy ways (such as Estelle and Ianto). Alice's mother Lucretia was a rare lucky one, and even she grew to resent Jack for his eternal youth prior to her death of old age.]]
%%* TheCharmer
* ChekovsGun: His aforementioned Hand-In-A-Jar has both saved the universe ''and'' almost doomed it. It allowed The Master to reconfigure the TARDIS into his paradox machine and effectively rule the world for an entire year. But it was also responsible for the [[ItMakesSenseInContext birth of Doctor-Donna and the Ten Clone]] effectively help defeat Davros.
* ChivalrousPervert: Has the occasional flirt with Gwen (and jokingly invites her for a threesome) and has a snog with his ex-boyfriend shortly before he asks his sometime 'dance partner' Ianto on a date. Has been happily married at least once, and is still good friends with his ex-girlfriend from the 1940s, pretending to be his own son. Makes sure to spend quality time with [[spoiler: his daughter and grandson]] and takes responsibility for them. The world is ending (again), he goes on a complete bender, gets smashed drunk, hooks up with a random bartender... and because he happens to be mortal that day (long story), he still [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome insists on using condoms]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: Was the Time Agency's top interrogator for 10 years. Considering other members included John Hart, and he is shown to do this on occasion, this is somewhat chilling.
* CursedWithAwesome: After episode one of ''Miracle Day'', it's clear how lucky he's been with his type of immortality.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Quite a lot of his dark history has come back to bite him in the ass.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathByOriginStory: He was killed by Daleks on ''Series/DoctorWho'' and was revived and made immortal by a [[PhysicalGod temporarily god-like]] Rose Tyler. Every time he died subsequently, he then returned to life. When we meet him at the start of the series, his death and resurrection happened 138 years ago. His death, abandonment by the Doctor, and immortality, more or less created the Jack we see here.
* DeathIsCheap: Explictly immortal so it's okay.
* EthicalSlut: For the most part, extremely ethical about it, to the point where if someone in a monogamous relationship kisses him, he probably won't kiss back. Jack probably could have seduced Gwen away from Rhys if he had really tried to, but instead he was the one telling her to keep some small measure of normality in her life. Despite his desire for Gwen to have a normal relationship with Rhys, he has cast her longing looks in the series.
* {{Expy}}:
** Comes across as a hybrid of the Doctor and Stuart from Series/QueerAsFolk.
** A BadassLongcoat who is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld that investigates the paranormal with a FiveManBand, which is a more adult {{Spinoff}} of a previous show? [[Series/{{Angel}} Wait, what show are we talking about?]] Just check the main images for ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Creator/RussellTDavies was pretty heavily inspired by Creator/JossWhedon.
* ExtremeOmnisexual: "You people and your quaint little categories...."
%%* GoodIsNotSoft
%%* GoodThingYouCanHeal
%%* HealingFactor
* TheHero: Main good guy, or as close to one ''Torchwood'' gets.
%%* HurtingHero
* IconicItem: His BadassLongcoat.
* ImmortalityHurts: Especially if it's well within reason that he has died '''''over a billion times'''''. He was once buried alive. He suffocated to death and came back every few minutes for ''two thousand years''. That's not the worst that's happened to him.
%%* ImmortalLifeIsCheap
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Jack is well aware of the sexual tension between himself and Gwen. He also goes to many lengths to make sure her relationship with Rhys succeeds.
%%* LanternJawOfJustice
%%* LargeHam: Occasionally.
* TheLeader: The brash type.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJd5ldQXJdo "Captain Jack's Theme"]], a barnstorming (literally) action theme that also captures Jack's subtle mystique. According to Ben Foster, he wrote the theme around the phrase "here he comes in a ruddy great tractor", as the theme first plays when Jack... drives through a barn in a tractor.
* LimitedWardrobe: Always wears some variation of a blue shirt, dark trousers held up by suspenders, brown boots and an RAF greatcoat. (When it's destroyed, Ianto finds a new one for him within a day ''while the world is ending''.) While there was some variation in earlier series, his outfit goes completely unchanged for the duration of ''Miracle Day''.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: While dying a lot isn't fun, living a lot provides a lot of opportunities for tail. It also comes in handy in his line of work.
* LoveableSexManiac: According to Ianto, Jack's style in bed is "innovative... bordering on the avant-garde." When he's joined up with ''three Doctors'' (Ten, Doctor-Donna and the Hand Clone), he makes it clear they ''don't'' want to know [[AThreesomeIsHot what he's thinking.]]
* MeanBoss: His management style involves a lot of snapping and shouting at people who question him and he seems to consider explaining his more unpopular decisions to be a completely foreign concept (which is unfortunate, because he's almost always right).
* MrFanservice: He's the character most likely to get naked (which was also {{Lampshaded}} in ''Doctor Who''). Finally gets a proper (and quite magnificent) sex scene in series 4.
* MrViceGuy: You'd think it would be his lust that gets him into trouble, but it's actually his brashness.
* MysteriousPast: Other than his immediate family, birthplace, and former occupation, almost nothing is known about him. What is known normally isn't pretty.
* NoNameGiven: "Jack Harkness" is not his real name, but one he stole from a World War II pilot and has used ever since.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: His CampGay persona.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Despite being very ''very'' sexually active.
* OffingTheOffspring: More specifically, [[spoiler:Offing the ''Grand''-Offspring]]. Not that he had much of a choice in the matter, though, especially after having crossed the DespairEventHorizon [[spoiler:over Ianto's death previously]].
* OutOfTimeOutOfMind: 1874 years of unending torture didn't seem to bother him too much. It is possible that he simply stayed dead for the duration of it, but it can't be known.
* PapaWolf: Hurt his Team and you are in for a world of pain. The Doctor has mercy. He doesn't. This is best shown on two separate occasions: first when he tricks a StarfishAlien in human form that manipulated Tosh via sex and emotions into teleporting into the heart of the sun, and when his team was captured by cannibals and he performed a BigDamnHeroes with a tractor and a pump action shotgun. A TeamDad for many the same reasons.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Now past the 2000 mark.
%%* ReallyGetsAround
* ResurrectiveImmortality: He can technically die, but only for a short while (in at least one case, for several days) due to a mixture of this and FromASingleCell.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Has seen more pain and destruction than any other good-aligned character in the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}, except the Doctor and [[HeroOfAnotherStory possibly Rory Williams]]. Becomes even more traumatised after the events of ''Children of Earth''. Manages to weaponise that fact from the get-go in ''Miracle Day'', when he's able to suggest experimenting on the ''horrifyingly'' gruesome victims of Miracle Day's consequences, without being halted by his own emotions.
* TheSlowPath: Has had to wait from 1869 to 2008 for the Doctor to fix his vortex manipulator, and again from 27 AD to 2009 (with many, ''many'' deaths).
* {{Troll}}: Sometimes plays up his CampGay persona just to mess with people. Taken UpToEleven with [[TheComicallySerious Rex]].
%%* TheSpock
%%* TimePolice: Formerly.
%%* TouchedByVorlons
%%* {{UST}}: With Gwen.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Dying a lot and centuries of waiting isn't fun.

[[folder: Gwen Cooper]]
!!Gwen Cooper
->'''Played by:''' Creator/EveMyles (2006–present)

--> ''"Oh, bollocks to serenity!"''

Total [[TheWatson Watson]] and general AudienceSurrogate, Welsh Gwen joining Torchwood is where the series begins. Functions as TheChick and/or TheHeart, so much so that a coked-up-alien-fish [[LampshadeHanging calls her on it]]. An identical relative of one [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead Miss Gwyneth]] (as the Doctor gleefully tells her, a "spatial genetic multiplicity"), which may explain her talent for using resurrection gimmicks. Does not take crap from anyone.

%%* ActionGirl
%%* ActionMom: With the start of ''Miracle Day''.
%%* BadassNormal
* BerserkButton: Don't ever bring up her affair with Owen, even if you are Owen. Jack wasn't spared her wrath either despite holding her at gunpoint.
--> '''Gwen:''' I got to get back Rhys.
--> '''Jack:''' Ya because you're so in love with Rhys, [[YourCheatingHeart you spend half your time in Owen's bed.]]
--> '''Gwen:''' -punches jack in the face.- [[PrecisionFStrike FUCK YOU!!!!]]
%%* BoundAndGagged: In "Escape to LA".
* BreakTheCutie: While she certainly went through her fair share of hardship beforehand, ''Children of Earth'' utterly destroys any innocence she may have had left.
* TheChick: Female emotional center
%%* DeadpanSnarker: As of ''Miracle Day''.
%%* {{Deuteragonist}}
* DoNotGoGentle: Is fully aware that neither she nor Ianto have a chance against a Dalek, yet is still the first one to pick up an assault rifle without hesitation, planning to at least go out [[DyingMomentOfAwesome in a blaze of glory]].
* EasilyForgiven: She's the one who screws up the most, but suffers few if any consequences until Adrift.
* {{Expy}}: Bears a resemblance to [[Series/DoctorWho Rose]] in her role.
* FairCop: Was a police officer before joining Torchwood.
* FieldPromotion: Of sorts after Series 1. [[Series/DoctorWho While Jack is having adventures with the Doctor]], she takes over Torchwood as the de facto leader since Cardiff is pretty much a 24/7 battlefield for weird alien shit and the actual commander was MIA.
%%* HappilyMarried: From Series 2 onwards.
%%* TheHeart
%%* TheKirk
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: Nearly all the problems in her relationship with Rhys in the first series are a direct result of her being unable to talk about anything that happens to her in her job. Thanks to Jack's intervention this gets quite a bit better in series 2, though.
* NaiveNewcomer: In series 1, she freaked out over most of the stuff the other Torchwood members considered as normal as their morning coffee.
%%* PregnantBadass: In series 3.
* ShellShockedVeteran: By series 2, she can calmly ask a pedestrian if they've seen a blowfish driving a sports car in complete deadpan. By series 4, she's become just as casual about extreme danger as Jack, and freaks out newcomers by treating the end of the world like a game.
* TookALevelInBadass: From local bobby to badass alien hunter.
* {{UST}}: With Jack. [[spoiler: However, both are not only aware of it on some level, there are some things they would defy or even kill each other over regardless by series 4.]]
* TheWatson: Takes on the Companion role in Torchwood.

[[folder: Owen Harper]]
!!Dr. Owen Harper
->'''Played by:''' Creator/BurnGorman (2006–08)

--> ''"This is Owen's voicemail, don't leave a message."''

Oh, Owen. Torchwood's resident DrJerk [[CombatMedic medical officer]], Owen likes [[INeedAFreakingDrink alcohol]], [[AnythingThatMoves sex]], and being [[BrilliantButLazy shockingly intelligent on occasion]]. Has a ''very'' nasty EstablishingCharacterMoment in his first episode when he uses an alien pheromone spray on himself to date rape both a random woman and her boyfriend. From that point on, though, he goes through absolute emotional hell about once every three episodes, and gradually becomes a much more agreeable, likeable person. Incredibly TroubledButCute ("[[EmotionalTorque I'M]] [[CaptainObvious BROKEN]], TOSH!"). Also functions as TheLancer. Is also the only member of Torchwood Three to never have met the Doctor.

* AbusiveParents: "Adam" hints that his mother wasn't very kind to him - he describes the day she kicked him out, when he was 16, as "the nicest thing you've ever done for me, Mum".
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:The worst part wasn't when he died, or when he was revived as a deathless, sentient zombie when Jack used one of the alien Resurrection Gloves on Owen. Or even when Owen discovered that his body, while immortal, was no longer able to digest food or heal injuries naturally, making him rather fragile. No, the worst came in "Exit Wounds", when Owen was trapped in the control room of the Turnmill Nuclear Power Plant and faced the decision to vent the radioactive steam from the overheating core through the room he was in, in a HeroicSacrifice to save the plant from going into meltdown. As he told Tosh over radio, the fact that this body was already dead meant that he wouldn't die quickly from the massive dose of radioactivity but instead would be trapped inside his body while it was slowly being consumed by the radioactive waste shredding his cells. He shut off the radio before he vented the system as to spare Tosh having to listen to his screams... assuming he was still able to scream, that is.]]
* AnythingThatMoves: Has a penchant for suggesting wild sex [[PreClimaxClimax any time the world's about to end]]. Once propositioned Ianto and Tosh when he thought they only had a few minutes left to live. Spends a lot of time trying to find new "[[FriendsWithBenefits Fuck Buddies]]" as well as one night stands.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Which they all assume at first, but when he doesn't expire from the second resurrection glove's use it turns out he CameBackWrong.]]
%%* BadassNormal
* BiTheWay: Hypnotizes a woman using alien pheremones in his first appearance, until her boyfriend shows up... at which point he promptly hypnotizes him too.
* BreakTheCutie: Starts the series completely broken, with no sign of "cutie" left. Gradually works his way back up, only to be broken over and over again. Eventually, we catch a glimpse of what he was like ''before'' Torchwood, and it turns out that he was a genuine cutie indeed. (In fact, Adam's interpretation of him wasn't even that far off.)
* CameBackWrong: He's killed off then brought back with the Resurrection Glove, though he comes back particularly ''broken''. He can't heal - at all, so even a minor cut is permanent and a serious problem. He can't eat or drink or sleep, and the way he flushes out anything that he ''did'' consume is ''[[BrainBleach beyond horrifying]]'' (to the point where resident SeenItAll Jack describes it as the most disgusting thing he's seen in his entire life), and he also can't really feel much of anything. In dire situations, this actually makes him a veritable ''tank'' as he also can't die (again), but more often than not, he's a ridiculously SquishyWizard.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:What his final death was]].
* CombatMedic: Owen is the team's doctor, but also does things like swing out the window of a moving vehicle and shoot at cars while driving.
* DeadpanSnarker: Excessively so. Its partly why he comes off as a jerk.
* DisappearsIntoLight: Not a regular example but [[spoiler:when he dies for good, he's engulfed in a great flash of light, almost like an ascension.]]
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler: "It's all right. Oh, God."]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Initially freaked out over dying, but after being talked down and comforted by Toshiko, he calmly DisappearsIntoLight.]]
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Frequently, which becomes hilarious once he loses the ability to [[spoiler: digest anything]].
* {{Jerkass}}: A ''deeply'' unpleasant man. His EstablishingCharacterMoment where he attempts to gang-rape a group via an alien-pheromone pretty much sums it up. Even after undergoing some much needed CharacterDevelopment, he's still a bit too mean-spirited and cruel to count as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. His few redeeming qualities however are worth having him around: The fact that he's damn good at his job; his fierce loyalty to the team; the fact that he ''knows'' that he's a very shitty person gives him some sense of self-control.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix9VXII53Mk A sad and painful theme]] that becomes prevalent after he dies once.
%%* KavorkaMan
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Hard to tell how having his type of immortality reacts with his body being atomized. But for all intents and purposes, yes. By the end of ''Miracle Day'', he's probably very definitely dead.]]
* TheLancer: Despite being a medic, Owen's the one usually on field-support with a gun in hand next to Jack, even after Gwen shows up as the resident ActionGirl.
%%* TheMcCoy
%%* OnlyMostlyDead: From mid-series 2.
* OurLichesAreDifferent / OurZombiesAreDifferent: Take you pick as to which he is. He becomes either a [[spoiler: non-magical lich or a revenant zombie. Seems to be closer to lichdom than zombiedom as his mind is about as unaffected as it can be after coming back from the dead.]]
* PetTheDog: Owen's introduction was date rape -- he used alien pheromones to make two people uncontrollably attracted to him. Two episodes later, he gets to experience the feelings of a woman being raped through telepathy, and promptly does a complete HeelFaceTurn on the issue. In the episode "Out of Time", he actually falls in love with someone, is dumped days later, and as a result (and after a period of violent mourning) generally becomes a nicer person.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: His first episode saw him committing date rape on two people. Just a few episodes later, he got to experience rape from the ''other'' side through a telepathy gizmo, which gave him rather a lot to think about.
* RedRightHand: Evoked when he breaks his own little finger in an act of defiance. Since [[spoiler: it can't heal]], he wears one black leather glove from that point on.
%%* SirSwearsALot
%%* TheSnarkKnight
* TokenEvilTeammate: Starts out as this in series 1 -- first by raping two people in the very first episode, then by starting an affair with Gwen, who's in a monogamous relationship and uses him to cheat on Rhys. The first series has him slowly working his way towards a HeelFaceTurn, an arc that properly kicks into gear in series 2.
* TooSpicyForYogSogoth: After he [[spoiler: turns undead]], Weevils are scared shitless of him, to the point [[spoiler: they worship him like he was a god.]] He eventually gets wise to this and weaponizes it.
** [[spoiler: Death personified also avoids him like the plague (he's already dead and there's nothing for it to feed on)]], and the Nostrovites (carnivorous shape-shifters) won't touch him because he "smelled a bit off."
* TraumaCongaLine: Gets a new trauma every couple of episodes. Starts out broken, breaks more throughout series 1 and eventually [[spoiler: kills Jack]]. Breaks again in series 2 and becomes [[spoiler: a suicidal zombie]].
%%* TheUndead

[[folder: Toshiko Sato]]
!!Dr. Toshiko Sato
->'''Played by:''' Naoko Mori (2006–08)

--> ''"I'm going to have to dig down into the system memory and see if I can find any remnants of deleted or temporary files. Completely illegal, of course."''

The first member of Torchwood to appear in the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}, Tosh first met the Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon London]]. She's Team Torchwood's [[TheSmartGuy resident brainy chick]]. [[MrExposition Tosh has your answer to just about everything]], and can [[BadassBookworm wield a gun to boot]]. A great example of IntelligenceEqualsIsolation, or maybe simply IJustWantToHaveFriends, made even more heart-breaking by her [[ObliviousToLove epic]] [[SleepsWithEveryoneButYou unrequited love]] with Owen.

* AscendedExtra: Was only meant to have her small role in ''Series/DoctorWho'', then RTD transferred her character to ''Torchwood'' (even justifying why she'd been a medic there rather than a tech expert). It all payed off handsomely. Oddly enough, she is the only member of the ''Torchwood'' team besides Jack to interact with the Ninth Doctor. [[spoiler:She never even meets the Tenth.]]
%%* AsianAndNerdy
%%* BadassBookworm
%%* BadassNormal
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Her plan to get the team into the Pharm has Ianto calling her "warped on the inside". She responds by smiling happily.
* BoxedCrook: Because she stole plans for a superweapon - and handed them over to terrorists holding her mother - she was due to be held without charge by UNIT until Hell froze over. Because the plans were flawed and she still made them work, Torchwood got very interested.
* BrokenBird: Was tortured by terrorists, and subsequently tortured by UNIT for seemingly cooperating with terrorists, before Jack rescued her and offered her a job.
* BreakTheCutie: But then just about [[DeusAngstMachina all the characters]] [[TraumaCongaLine exhibit]] this by the time [[DarkerAndEdgier the show]] is through with them...
* BiTheWay: Has a relationship with an alien woman named Mary.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Most members of Torchwood have good bits of this, but Tosh has it spades. She was secretly imprisoned by UNIT for ''colluding with terrorists'' just to save her mother. If it wasn't for Jack, she would've lived out the rest of her life as an enemy of the state.
%%* CartwrightCurse
%%* GoOutWithASmile
%%* HotScientist
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4ve22Thlzw The theme used when she died]].
* UnrequitedTragicMaiden: Is hopelessly and blatantly in love with Owen, who in turns [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk acts like an absolute shitstain towards her]].
* ShippingTorpedo: Not fond of the relationship between Owen and Gwen, partly because of how they treat her when she finds out, and partly because of her own unrequited feelings for Owen.
%%* TheSpock
%%* TheSmartGuy
* TokenMinority: Made even better by the fact that she is, indeed, the brainiac... and Asian.
%%* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection

[[folder: Ianto Jones]]
!!Ianto Jones
->'''Played by:''' Gareth David Lloyd (2006–09)

--> ''"I clear up your shit. No questions asked and that's the way you like it. When did you last ask me anything about my life?"''

Responsible for getting the Torchwood team where they need to be, Ianto also can make a mean coffee and [[{{Fanservice}} looks great in a suit]]. Started out as TheBigGuy, but eventually was revealed to have a DarkAndTroubledPast in [[DysfunctionJunction his own right]]. He was initially part of Torchwood London and witnessed the Battle Of Canary Wharf. Becomes Jack's fuckbuddy after a while, and his exclusive boyfriend in series 2. He gets to meet the Doctor.

* AlmightyJanitor: Whilst his official job role is to clean up after the team and ply them with coffee, he is shown to be staggeringly competent at just about anything the team throws at him, [[spoiler:including combat, tactical, and tech roles, alien/dinosaur care, and one brief stint as a wedding fairy. He also ends up being the one who permanently seals the Rift. Whilst being dead at the time.]] Not bad going for the tea-boy.
* AscendedExtra: Gained more prominence in later episodes than earlier.
%%* BadassInANiceSuit
%%* BadassNormal
%%* BattleButler
* BerserkButton: Do '''not''' hurt Jack. It doesn't matter that he's immortal and near-indestructible. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Meek and quiet Ianto Jones]] will stop at nothing to keep his lover safe!
%%* TheBigGuy
* BiTheWay: Starts having sex with Jack halfway through series 1. They properly begin dating and become romantic in series 2. Doesn't openly identify as bisexual: it's "just Jack". (He ''does'' identify as bisexual in the novels, so that's either DependingOnTheWriter, or simply because Ianto lies ''a lot''.) Feels comfortable with being Jack's boyfriend in the context of Torchwood, but ''quite'' uncomfortable with it around his family.
%%* BoundAndGagged: ''Countrycide''
%%* BreakTheCutie
* ButtMonkey: "No broken bones. Slight loss of dignity. No change there."
* DeadpanSnarker: From late Series 1 onwards, he starts sounding like he's doing a ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' commentary of the script.
* EasilyForgiven: AvertedTrope as he was given a month's suspension after the events of "Cyberwoman".
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:A thousand years’ time…you won’t remember me.]]
** [[spoiler: In the audio "The House of the Dead", the last words of a recreated Ianto are, "Right, then. Best get a move on. Goodbye, Jack!"]]
* {{Expy}}: Became more and more like [[Series/QueerAsFolk Vince]], especially in his relationship to Jack, as the series progressed.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Sort of. In the series, he claims he's not into men, just Jack. In the novels however, he identifies as bisexual. It's hard to tell really - he's a good liar.
* TheKirk: Alternates between this and TheMcCoy.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZdPFMWKbso "Ianto Jones"]], a lonely theme that gets an even sadder variation with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHYVYHDKMaI "The Ballad of Ianto Jones"]].
%%* LoveMakesYouCrazy
* TheMasochismTango: Seems addicted to it.
* TheMcCoy: Alternates between this and TheKirk.
* MoralityChain: WordOfGod says that if Ianto hadn't [[spoiler: died]], Jack wouldn't have had hit the MoralEventHorizon in "Day Five".
* NoodleIncident: We never found out how he and Jack first started "dabbling".
* PhotographicMemory: Provided he uses his mind palace in the form of his old house. In the tie-in novel, ''The House That Jack Built'', he accesses it to remember the personal details of anyone who regularly uses a particular car park.
* RelationshipUpgrade: He goes from (apparently) loathing Jack to shagging him in series one. Series two builds on the "relationship" part, with them agreeing on an actual date in the first episode. He comes out to his family in ''Children Of Earth''.
* TheReliableOne: Resents being this in the first series.
%%* RightHandHottie
%%* SharpDressedMan
%%* SleepingWithTheBoss
%%* SubmissiveBadass
%%* WelcomeBackTraitor
* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: It could be called "all the boring admin the specialist members don't get stuck with". According to Jack, his responsibilities are cleanup, getting them from A to B and [[RightHandHottie looking good in his suits.]]

!Other Recurring Characters

[[folder: Rhys Williams]]
!!Rhys Williams
->'''Played by:''' Kai Owen (2006–present)

--> [Singing along] ''"Who'd you trust to transport your goods? Harwoods! You won't be sorry with a Harwoods lorry!"''

Gwen's boyfriend/fiancé/husband. A regular sweet Welsh lad who drives a lorry. Gwen tries to keep Torchwood a secret from him, which of course backfires spectacularly.

* ActionSurvivor: When he first gets involved with Torchwood, he's not badass per se, but he is willing to do some dangerous things on Gwen's behalf.
%%* AgentMulder
* BadassNormal: Eventually, not only does he become surprisingly desensitized to the weirdness around him, he's even willing to stand up to some of the freakier aliens. He even scares the shit out of Oswald Danes in series 4.
* BackFromTheDead [[spoiler:After being stabbed to death by Bilis Manger in the series 1 finale, he was brought back to life via the Rift after it was opened and time was re-wound, thus preventing his death from taking place in the first place.]]
* BerserkButton: He is shlubbish, out of shape, even a little dim sometimes. He's not in Jack's league, and he knows it. Gwen loves him anyway. Don't hurt her, or the secret conspiracy keeping Britain safe from alien invasion? It won't have the resources or ability to save you.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: When confronted by the alien responsible for impregnating his fiance, ruining his wedding and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking impersonating his mother]], Rhys comes at it with a freaking ''[[ChainsawGood chainsaw]]''. Unfortunately, it spluttered out [[NegatedMomentOfAwesome just as he was about to use it]].
%%* HappilyMarried: From Series 2 onwards.
%%* {{Muggle}}
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: It's shown (twice!) in the first series that Rhys believes morning tea tastes better if you brew it naked.
%%* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In ''Children Of Earth''.
%%* SecretKeeper
* SixthRanger: For Torchwood on occasion, most prevalent during the episode "Meat".
* UnderstandingBoyfriend: Eventually. [[spoiler: Further upgraded to Understanding Husband.]]
%%* UnfazedEveryman

[[folder: Sergeant Andy Davidson]]
!!Sergeant Andy Davidson
->'''Played by:''' Tom Price (2006–present)

--> ''"If she's anti-terrorist, I would not mind being Uncle Terrorist."''

Gwen's friend (and ex) at the Welsh police who's a bit miffed when she suddenly leaves the force for Torchwood. Is very fond of JustFollowingOrders and a bit snarky.

%%* DeadpanSnarker
* FairCop: Though more cute than hot.
* FriendOnTheForce: Originally just for Gwen, but eventually the whole team taps him (not like that) from time to time.
* JustFollowingOrders: The main thing that restrains him from helping Torchwood, though he finally realizes which side he's on in ''Children of Earth'' when he finds out what the government are doing.
* JustFriends: With Gwen, his ex. He's quite frank about his feelings for her, but he refuses to angst about it, and manages to just become mates with Rhys.
%%* LockedOutOfTheLoop
%%* {{Muggle}}
* PoliceAreUseless: Though he starts showing his use in ''Miracle Day''.
%%* TookALevelInBadass: At the end of ''Children of Earth''.

[[folder: Lois Habiba]]
!!Lois Habiba
->'''Played by:''' Creator/CushJumbo (2009)

An office girl who has a very confusing first day when her job suddenly involves aliens. Goes off to investigate and quickly gets mixed up with Torchwood.

%%* NaiveNewcomer
%%* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: For Martha
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Despite Gwen suggesting that she get a job with Torchwood in ''Children of Earth'', Lois is nowhere to be seen in ''Miracle Day''. Admittedly, Torchwood is officially defunct after ''Children of Earth''.

[[folder: Alice Carter]]
!!Alice Carter
->'''Played by:''' Lucy Cohu (2009)

A perfectly normal middle-aged woman with a perfectly normal young son, Steven. Spent much of her life in the witness protection program. Tries to cope with Jack, her father, as best as she can.

%%* BreakTheCutie
%%* {{Muggle}}
* RememberTheNewGuy: She is Jack's never-seen-or-mentioned-before daughter. It is stated that she asked him to stay away due to [[Really700YearsOld his condition]]. Jack has revealed that he's been in relationships numerous times before (and we even get to meet some of these people), and he mentions how painful he finds it that he can't age while they will, so the [=CoE=] reveals did come with some hefty foreshadowing.
%%* TraumaCongaLine

!Main Villains

[[folder: Abbadon]]

* AncientAstronauts: Implied to be an early colinizer of earth.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: A weird horned humanoid demon.
* BigBad: Of Season 1, though it's not clear until the end of the season.
* {{Kaiju}}: On par with Godzilla.
* PhysicalGod: Even able to drain the life out of people simply by them being in his shadow.
* SchmuckBait: According to the Torchwood case files that accompanied the first series, a lot of the dead recovered in the aftermath were found with camera and video phones [[TooDumbToLive still in their hands]].
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler:Son of the Beast]] who was sealed within the Cardiff Rift.
* WalkingWasteland: His shadow causes anyone caught in it to [[OneHitKill instantly die]].

[[folder: Gray]]
->'''Played by:''' Lachlan Nieboer; Ethan Brooke (young) (2008)

-->''"I want you to suffer. I want your life. This is Cardiff. 27AD. The city will be built here, over the next 2,000 years. Your grave will be the city's foundations. Your blessing of life becomes a curse. Each time you revive, with a throatful of earth, each time it chokes you afresh, and you thrash on the edge of death'', '''''you think of me.'''''''"''

Jack's long lost brother. During their childhood, Jack was separated from him during a savage alien raid on their home, failing to protect Gray by letting go of his hand in fear, resulting in their father's death and Gray being dealt a terrible lot of servitude to those murdering creatures. By the time they reunited, Gray was beyond begrudged at Jack for the hell on earth he went through, and started a crusade to get Jack as close to dead as he could due to his immortality, and take down a few of his friends who would die permanently to spite him.

* AxCrazy: Easily the least stable villain in the series.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: he never would have become a monster, if not for that fateful day...
* BigBad: Of Season 2, though it's not clear until the very end.
%%* CainAndAbel: The Cain to Jack's Abel.
* DeadlyHug: Embraces Jack when they reunite, then [[spoiler:promptly jams a sword straight into Jack's chest]].
* DeathSeeker: "I've heard people say death is such a waste. Hmpf. I imagine it more as a relief."
* HeroKiller: This guy manages to [[spoiler: kill both Owen (an impressive feat, considering Owen is an undead zombie and technically unable to die) and Tosh, along with making Jack die many times over by burying him alive under what would become Cardiff]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Presumably when the Hub exploded, although it's never mentioned or cleared up for sure.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQsrrSzwfmU A very vocal and tragic theme]].
* TheManBehindTheMan: Specifically John, [[spoiler: who he has wired to explode if he doesn't comply]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Ultimately, what his whole gambit in the second season boils down to: revenge against Jack for not saving him.
* SatelliteCharacter: His whole character revolves around getting revenge on Jack, and not much else beyond that. Even {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Lachlan Nieboer in the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4jJ5iruoew Declassified]]'' for ''Exit Wounds''.
-->'''Lachlan Nieboer:''' He's just very, very bitter and hates his brother a very great deal. And that's, that's it. That's just the measure of his personality.
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: Looks and (especially) sounds a lot like Jack.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: What happened to him when the Hub exploded in ''Children of Earth''?]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: He didn't want to become a monster, but is so consumed by sadness and rage that he can't stop himself.

[[folder: The 456]]
!!The 456
->'''Voiced by:''' Simon Poland (2009)

--> ''"You will die. And tomorrow, your people will deliver the children."''

* BigBad: Of ''Children of Earth'', given that it's the main cause of all of the misery.
* CreepyMonotone: Its voice never changes tone or intonation. This makes it all the more alien and scarier.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Mainly because it must breathe in a gaseous atmosphere, and [[FridgeBrilliance the concoction of gases could affect its voice pitch]]. A concoction, which may we add, is highly toxic to humans, and it has to sit in a box that acts as a controlled environment where humans can only enter by donning protective suits.
* HeroKiller: [[spoiler: It murders Ianto using a virus.]]
* InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers: Its whole reason for holding Earth hostage is to capture children to [[spoiler: get high off their hormones.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: While Abbadon and Gray were hardly harmless, the 456 brought a new level of darkness and moral ambiguity to the series.
* NonActionBigBad: Given that it has to remain in a tank of gasses to remain alive, this makes sense.
* NothingIsScarier: We never get a clear glimpse of what it looks like... and that's probably for the best.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:Or rather, millions of forsaken children. And not even powered. Uses the children to ''get high''.]]
%%* PsychopathicManchild: A possible interpretation.
* StarfishAliens: It resembles a three-headed plucked swan, possibly indicative of three minds working in tandem, and oh, yeah- [[spoiler: it's getting high off ''children.'']] No wonder half the things it says sound deranged.
* YourHeadAsplode: [[spoiler: How it dies]].

!Recurring Villains

[[folder: Suzie Costello]]
!!Suzie Costello
->'''Played by:''' Creator/IndiraVarma (2006)

--> ''"She's a real find, this one. Gwen Cooper. She's better than me. She's so much better. ''[crying]'' I was never any good. Jack, I'm sorry."''

Torchwood's TokenEvilTeammate. She was just like the rest of the Torchwood staff at the beginning- a normal, fairly approachable person with a share of her own secrets, and you couldn't tell that she was hurting beneath the congenial work personality. Except Suzie was the most broken of them all. She had a very hateful and cynical personality brewing under the surface, but [[TheWoobie mounds of guilt]] more than anything. After she got caught [[MoralEventHorizon killing people as test subjects for the Resurrection Gauntlet]], she tried to murder Jack. When he resurrected, she gave in to despair and [[BoomHeadshot capped herself]]. But she had a "Plan B" in the lurch to [[BackFromTheDead come back to life]] just in case she did [[DrivenToSuicide bite the bullet]].

* AbusiveParents: She seems to hate her cancer-ridden father, implying this.
* AntagonisticOffspring: She murders her own father.
* TheChessmaster: Suzie even planned for her own death and resurrection.
* DeadStarWalking: Dies in the first episode, but [[spoiler: comes back]].
* GambitRoulette: "They Keep Killing Suzie" relies on a lot of precise events lining up. See main page for details.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Her motives, while sypmathetic, are rather selfish.
* MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning: You have no idea...
%%* OnlyMostlyDead
* TheResenter: To Gwen, who she sees as a superior replacement to her.
* ThanatosGambit: Though done in reverse applied to herself in "They Keep Killing Suzie".
* TragicVillain: At the end of the day, she just doesn't want to die.
%%* WrenchWench

[[folder: Billis Manger]]
!!Bilis Manger
->'''Played by:''' Murray Melvin (2007)

* AffablyEvil: He's rather polite and mild-mannered.
* TheDragon: To Abaddon, since he can't act on his own.
* HiddenAgendaVillain: It's not until near the end of the first series finale that we find out what he wants.
* ManipulativeBastard: Arranges for any number or Torchwood staff to fully open the rift.
* TimeMaster: He can be in any time period, teleport to different planes of time and even temporarily stop time.
%%* TheWatchmaker
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He's never captured or killed, simply disappearing after Abaddon is released and later defeated. As such, it's very likely that he's still out there and biding his time in another time period.

[[folder: Captain John Hart]]
!!Captain John Hart
->'''Played by:''' Creator/JamesMarsters (2008)

--> ''"Here's what's going to happen: everything you love, everything you treasure, will die. I'm gonna tear your world apart, Captain Jack Harkness, piece by piece. Starting now."''

Jack's former boyfriend of five years, also from the 51st century. A member of the Time Police, and -- like Jack used to be before meeting the Doctor -- a bit of a con man. Has a flair for the dramatic and wears cowboy gear for no discernable reason. Also shares Jack's love for standing on top of buildings.

* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Wears jeans, cowboy boots, a T-shirt...and a Hussar jacket.
* BadassGay: More like Badass Omnisexual, but the effect is the same.
* TheCameo: His mugshot makes a brief appearance in a list of criminals in the ''Doctor Who'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]".
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:To Gray, not through any will of his own, though.]]
* ExtremeOmnisexual: Once eyed a ''poodle''.
* EvilCounterpart: Of Jack himself, right down to his incredibly anachronistic wardrobe, being a rogue ex-Time Agent and his chosen name being an alias, that he adopted simply to parody Jack's own.
* {{Expy}}: Of Spike from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and is even played by the same actor, Creator/JamesMarsters. He acts a lot like pre-BadassDecay Spike (if not even ''more'' unhinged), and Jack even acts a lot like ''Series/{{Angel}}'' around him.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He still loves Jack, enough to turn against Gray in the end.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: As the second series progresses, he finds himself disgusted with Gray's plan of destroying Jack's life.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* GroundhogDayLoop: Spent two weeks (that lasted over 5 years) in a timeloop with Jack.
%%* KatanasAreJustBetter
* {{Leitmotif}}: A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngUmg2ggLQI spaghetti western/soap opera-sounding theme with a guitar and organ]].
%%* NewOldFlame
* PetTheDog: In the finale, he's shown to still love Jack and have some sense of honor. He's still amoral but not genuinely evil as he first appeared to be.
* [[PsychoExGirlfriend Psycho Ex-Boyfriend]]: Subverted. He looks like he's blowing up Cardiff just so Jack will pay attention to him, [[spoiler:but he's actually being forced into it by Gray.]]
%%* StrawNihilist
* WhyAmITicking: He ends up with a bomb strapped to him in both of his appearances.

[[folder: John Frobisher]]
!!John Frobisher
->'''Played by:''' Creator/PeterCapaldi (2009)

->''"If ever you think of John Frobisher, just remember that it wasn't his fault."''
-->-- '''Bridget Spears'''

* AntiVillain: He only wanted to protect his family and do his job as best he could.
%%* ButtMonkey
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: He eventually kills himself after killing his whole family after the debacle of the 456.]]
* JustFollowingOrders: Which the Prime Minister manipulates to no end.
* PunchClockVillain: Everything he does is on the orders on the prime minister.
* TheScapegoat: Is blatantly used by Prime Minister Brian Green to take the hit for his morally reprehensible actions.
* YouLookFamiliar: In-universe:
** Creator/PeterCapaldi previously played Lucius Caecilius lucundus in the ''Doctor Who'' story "The Fires of Pompeii". [[WordOfGod RTD and Steven Moffat have stated]] that he's a descendant. The death of Frobisher's family was Time balancing out for the Tenth Doctor saving Caecilius and his family.
** Peter Capaldi went on to play none other than the '''Twelfth Doctor'''. "The Girl Who Died" explains that when he regenerated into this form, the Doctor subconciously chose to have Caecilius' face as a reminder of his duty to save anyone he can no matter what. Moffat later elaborated at the 2015 Doctor Who Festival that the tragic fate of Frobisher also factored into the Doctor's choice -- just because Time and Space fight back against the Doctor's efforts to save others doesn't mean he should give it up -- but they couldn't fit that detail into the episode.