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


!Torchwood Three

[[folder: Captain JackHarkness]]
-->[[Characters/DoctorWhoJackHarkness Has his own page]], owing to his impact on the wider franchise.

[[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 (possibly as a form of karma), and gradually becomes a much more agreeable, likeable person. Deeply 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: Prior to [[spoiler: dying]], he's a fair hand in a fight.
* BiTheWay: Hypnotizes a woman using alien pheromones in his first appearance, until her boyfriend shows up... at which point he promptly hypnotizes him too.
** In a less horrifying example, when the world seems like it's about to end he bluntly propositions Ianto and Tosh. The latter just stares while Ianto, who's also BiTheWay, snarks, "Just when I thought that the end of the world couldn't get any worse."
* 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 - the process leading up to his joining was an epic TraumaCongaLine. (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.
* CharacterDevelopment: 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 and murdered through a telepathic artefact, and promptly performs 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.
* 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, doesn't pretend otherwise, and generally has the decency to remain at an emotional distance.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix9VXII53Mk A sad and painful theme]] that becomes prevalent after he dies once.
* KavorkaMan: While naturally a subjective trope, he's very successful with women despite not being classically handsome, or even particularly charming.
* 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, when he's a suicidal zombie.
* 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.]]
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: His first episode saw him date raping 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: He's particularly foul-mouthed, even by Torchwood standards.
* TheSnarkKnight: He's the snarkiest in the cast, in a dark sort of way.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Starts out as this in series 1 -- first by date-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 (though it does take two to tango on that one). 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, possibly as recompense for his horrific EstablishingCharacterMoment. Starts out broken, breaks more throughout series 1 and eventually [[spoiler: kills Jack]]. Breaks again in series 2 and becomes [[spoiler: a suicidal zombie]].
** Season 2 reveals that he underwent a fairly horrific one before he joined Torchwood; he was originally a sweet, lovely and caring young doctor who was deeply in love with his fiancée. Then, she seemed to develop some kind of debilitating motor-neurone disease. After that, there was a HopeSpot when it appeared to be an operable brain tumour... then it turned out that it was an alien parasite that released chemicals that killed Owen's fiancée and the entire operating team (the lead surgeon being a friend of Owen's), and to add insult to injury, Jack stepped in to steal the body and the brain, knocking out Owen when he tried to stop him. Owen then spent everything he had trying to track Jack down and demand his fiancée's body back and just what the parasite was, while Jack's vanishing trick and Retcon making it look like he was mad, until Jack finally confronted him. No wonder he's such a miserable bastard when we first meet him.
%%* TheUndead
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Shortly after being brought back, he attempts to drown himself in Cardiff Bay. After an hour or so of standing hopefully under the water, he comes back out and seems to give up on suicide being possible.

[[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.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: She had a miserable existence and had been tortured in isolation at one point. When she had started finding happiness with Torchwood, Jack's brother Grey shot her in the gut and her stomach slowly bled out and Toshiko died in the midst of enduring Owen's death.
%%* 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''.
** Also subverted when he [[spoiler:joins in during a riot against the army]] in ''Children of Earth''.
%%* 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: She went through repeated abuses during the 456 incident, topped off when [[spoiler:Jack sacrificed her son to overload and destroy the 456, burning him out in the process.]]
* YoureNotMyFather: An implied variant. The final reaction she gave Jack [[spoiler:for sending Steven to his death]] was maximum contempt and a clear, palpable impression that she NEVER wanted to see him again.

!Main Villains

[[folder: Abbadon]]

* AncientAstronauts: Implied to be a very early arrival on 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, 2017)

* 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.
* LongBusTrip: It took fully ten years for him to show up again, in Series 5, "Aliens Among Us".
* 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. The ExpandedUniverse establishes that he got away, and the character resurfaces later.

[[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 discernible reason beyond RuleOfCool. Also shares Jack's love for standing on top of buildings.

* AffablyEvil: Walks the line between this and FauxAffablyEvil. He's generally quite friendly, in a snarky, totally inappropriate sort of way. However, you take your eye off him at your own risk, because he is totally amoral (if not without [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]]) and ''will'' stab you in the back.
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Wears jeans, cowboy boots, a T-shirt...and a Hussar jacket.
* BadassGay: More like Badass Omnisexual, but the effect is the same. He is incredibly dangerous.
* TheCameo: His mugshot makes a brief appearance in a list of criminals in the ''Doctor Who'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]".
* DeadpanSnarker: In pretty much every spare moment.
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:To Gray. Not through any choice of his own, though.]]
* ExtremeOmnisexual: Once eyed a ''poodle''. However, his opening scene does indicate that he has some kind of tastes, at least as far as humans are concerned, picking out the people he was attracted to.
* EvilCounterpart: Of Jack himself, right down to his incredibly anachronistic wardrobe, being a charming omnisexual 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.
* GroundhogDayLoop: Spent two weeks (that lasted over 5 years) in a timeloop with Jack.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Has one on his belt, though he doesn't use it, preferring pistols and poisons, probably wearing it to invoke this trope.
* {{Leitmotif}}: A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngUmg2ggLQI spaghetti western/soap opera-sounding theme with a guitar and organ]].
* NewOldFlame: Jack's ex, who pops up out of nowhere. Then again, Jack is an immortal time traveller who ReallyGetsAround, and extremely secretive at the best of times.
* PetTheDog: In the finale, he's shown to still love Jack and have some sense of honour. 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.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red Oni to Jack's Blue, being impulsive, easily bored, and willing to cause mayhem for his own amusement - though on his second appearance, he's not actually [[spoiler: blowing up Cardiff]] for his own amusement, he genuinely has no choice in it.
%%* StrawNihilist
* VillainousBSOD: Jack reappearing, alive and well, after Hart drop kicked him off a building, leaving him splayed over a park bench leaves him in utter shock.
* 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 subconsciously 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.