[[folder: Alex Rider]]
!!Alexander John Rider
[[caption-width-right:119: ''Alex as he appears in the graphic novels'']]

->'''Alex Rider''': "I'm too young to die."

Alex is a young agent for MI6, the British international intelligence service. At no more than fourteen years of age, Alex was forced into this occupation after MI6 noticed Alex's many talents. He has not only worked for MI6, but also the CIA, Scorpia (in Scorpia), and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (in Snakehead).

* AdaptationDyeJob: Alex has "fair" hair in the books, later described as light brown in ''Crocodile Tears''. The film and graphic novels (which came out before ''Crocodile Tears'') have it as blond.
* AntiHero: [[ClassicalAntiHero Type I]] [[CharacterDevelopment -->]] [[MrViceGuy Type II]] or [[PragmaticHero III]].
* BullyHunter: Alex befriended Tom by going after his bullies.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Alex can hardly take a breath of fresh air without being whisked away on another life-threatening, trauma-inducing mission.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Alex is quite nonchalant sometimes about the various death traps and problems he faces....
* ChildSoldier: To put it [[JustForPun bluntly]] he entered his business in a similar manner to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]].
* CombatPragmatist: Has been known to use whatever resources are available to him to win in a fight.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Faces the possibility and escapes this, in Point Blanc, Dr. Grief wants to perform an anaesthetized vivisection on Alex. In layman's terms, he wants to harvest organs from Alex while he's still awake. You may now vomit and shudder. Eventually in Scorpia Rising. Alex is water-boarded by the [[spoiler:CIA]]. Thankfully, [[spoiler: Joe Byrne intervenes.]] Later [[BigBad Razim]] pulls out his own brand.
* DeadpanSnarker: Even--maybe especially--in the face of terrible events. Possibly becomes [[StepfordSnarker something of a coping mechanism]].
* {{Deconstruction}}: Despite not being Horowitz's original intention, the series gradually becomes a deconstruction of the entire idea of spying being a cool or desirable occupation.
** It also rips the KidHero trope apart, demonstrating how traumatic, psychologically scarring and generally awful the whole ordeal is for Alex.
* DespairEventHorizon: Pushed over it [[spoiler: by Razim]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: MI6 as a whole during Ian's funeral as they talk to Alex concerning said death and calling it an "accident", setting up a RedHerring that they might be the {{big bad}}s that killed Ian in the first place. For a more in-depth one, Mr. Blunt shows off the GoodIsNotNice aspect by threatening to deport Jack should Alex refuse to join MI6.
* {{Expy}}: The author wrote him as a teenage Franchise/JamesBond. He even gets unfavourably compared to him a few times by his detractors InUniverse. Case in point his nickname during training: Double O-Nothing.
** On the other hand, he can also be the end result of imagining [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]] as a spy.
* GainingTheWillToKill: Played with. While the BigBad of the book usually ends up dead, and mostly because of Alex, he rationalizes them away as accidents (in that he didn't intend any of them to die or directly have a hand in their deaths). Alex's willingness to kill is treated by the series as a MoralEventHorizon that he has no intention of crossing--when [[spoiler:SCORPIA manipulates him into trying to kill Ms. Jones by showing her ordering his father's death]], Alex still has trouble shooting. Eventually, [[spoiler:he does shoot, but later is told that his shot would have missed despite being at point-blank range, meaning he really can't kill]]. In the last two books, [[spoiler:Alex begins to lose this innocence, doing things that would definitely kill the recipients--in ''Crocodile Tears'', he cuts open a {{mook}}'s protective suit while in a toxic biodome and attaches an explosive to a fuel barrel before rolling it over to the main villain. Finally, in ''Scorpia Rising'', the last book he shoots Julius Grief point-blank in the head while the former was at his mercy, but scrambling for a gun]]. Unusually, this is treated as a good thing, kind of. [[spoiler:Ms. Jones states later that due to Julius' personality and appearance, Alex also symbolically killed off the part of his mind that [=MI6=] created--in other words, the part that killed Julius in the first place]].
* GallowsHumor: ''All the time''. It would be easier to count the times where he ''hasn't'' cracked a joke in the face of terrible events.
* GoodIsNotSoft
* GoodWithNumbers: In Stormbreaker, Alex shows he is adept in mathematics as he solves a problem on the board just after glancing at it.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: He defects to Scorpia in the novel of the same name, but eventually stays a "Face" after learning the truth about what they really have planned.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: It started out with [[BullyHunter taking out Tom's bullies]] then taking out Skoda, and later, Damien Cray.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Described as a spy wanting to be a schoolboy.
** ChronicHeroSyndrome[=/=]InHarmsWay: Who can't seem to keep himself out of high-risk situations even when Blunt isn't blackmailing him (even though he truly hates his "job") and refuses to quit before it's over...once it's started, anyway. (Also an unusual case in that he's usually not truly motivated by the greater good, although that's certainly a factor, instead being at least partially motivated by the well-being of people he cares about. Both tropes are {{downplayed|trope}}.)
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Being a CombatPragmatist, Alex has used unlikely objects to take down his foes. Such as a [[ItMakesSenseInContext snowmobile.]]
* HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath: Suffers one at the end of ''Scorpia Rising'' and [[spoiler:when Jack is killed]].
* InTheBlood: His father, his uncle, and his godfather were all spies before him.
* IronicName: Rider, if it is in the context of horseback riding, the one sport he hates.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Most people that die at his hand have it coming.
* KnightInSourArmour: He hates being a spy, but conscience ultimately forces him to go into it. Well, that and Blunt often making it [[{{Blackmail}} impossible]] [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse to say no]].
* KungFuKid: One of his ways of getting by, since he almost never has a gun.
* LeeroyJenkins: Alex sometimes veers into this, especially in between missions. It's lampshaded in book two when he causes a lot of damage with a crane. Albeit because he didn't finish what he planned and things gust [[IncrediblyLamePun fell out of shape.]]
* MagicalDefibrillator: Subverted. Alex attacks a character with a defibrillator. Given the misuse in other works, and the whole thing being preceded with something along the lines of "he knew what they did, he'd seen a lot of television", those must have been some [[ShownTheirWork pretty accurate]] television shows.
* MasterOfDisguise: One reason he blends in so well to backgrounds.
* MisterFanservice: Discounting ''Stormbreaker'' and it's graphic novel, Alex has appeared shirtless at least once in every novel and graphic novel.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: A possible interpretation of his HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath at the end of ''Skeleton Key''.
** And in Scorpia Rising.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Filters explicit stuff, until Scorpia Rising, where we are basically just told that Alex tells the CIA to go fuck themselves.
* NiceGuy
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine : This happens frequently with Alex. He's dined with every one of the BigBad's in each book.
** Taken to its logical extreme in ''Skeleton Key'' where the villain more or less tries to ''adopt'' him and treats him like his now-dead biological son, after Alex ends up getting captured. Much of the book is the BigBad letting (or rather, forcing) Alex to live with him in his luxury home, getting him to take part in various activities (like horse riding) and telling Alex WeCanRuleTogether. And dining with him, of course. He even forbids his {{Mooks}} and TheDragon from harming him (the latter [[RevengeBeforeReason gleefully disobeys)]] When Alex finally foils his EvilPlan and puts himself at his mercy, [[spoiler: he chooses to shoot himself rather than kill him.]]
* NotQuiteDead: At the beginning of the sixth book.
* ObfuscatingDisability: Alex has been kidnapped and several agencies are looking for him. The bad guys need to get him through an airport without arousing suspicion. How do they do it? [[spoiler: They drug him to make him look like a disabled person, they note that no one looks twice at a disabled person, working this to their advantage.]]
* Omniglot: Can fluently speak French, Spanish as well as some German. It is mentioned [[AllThereInTheManual on the wiki that he speaks basic Latin and Japanese.]]
** He appears to be more fluent in Japanese in the film and graphic novels.
* OurHeroIsDead: The ending of the penultimate chapter and beginning of the final chapter of ''Skeleton Key'' imply that Alex is dead before it turns out that [[spoiler:Sarov killed himself, not Alex.]]
** The end of ''Scorpia'' was ''not'' intended to be this as Horowitz believed the audience would assume Alex would be fine.
** There's a bit of this in Point Blanc too, with MI6 organising a sham funeral to trick Stellenbosch and Dr Grief into thinking Alex was really dead.
* OvertOperative: This isn't a perfect example of this, in that the whole reason for using Alex Rider as a spy is that bad guys are supposed to think that he is {{Just A Kid}}. However, somehow the bad guys almost always find out who is really is and who he is working for, often by looking up his file in their {{Magical Database}}. Given how many times that his cover has been blown, it is amazing that he is still considered useful for covert operations.
** He remains useful due to his unique psychology - though he's an experienced and blooded agent, he doesn't act like one consistently. His enemies are used to ChildSoldiers, but they aren't used to one being so stable. Alex's lifestyle and worldview(a schoolboy who keeps getting blackmailed into covert operations rather than a covert operative who takes time off to go to school) keep him psychologically healthy enough for people to keep seeing the "schoolboy" and forget that they're looking at a fighter capable of disabling men three times his size with his bare hands and [[LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard causing millions in property damage with the contents of the average closet]].
** Ironically enough, the fact that Alex is forbidden from ever carrying or using a gun is also a factor that probably contributes to his success. Without the recourse of direct violence to fall back on, Alex is constantly forced to think outside the box and resort to ideas and tactics that villains are unlikely to expect.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: In ''Scorpia Rising'', [[spoiler:he gets his revenge on Razim for torturing him and killing Jack.]]
* PercussivePickpocket: In Prague in the Czech Republic, Alex learned pickpocketing from his uncle. Alex uses it to swipe matches from the man in charge of SAS training.
* PostClimaxConfrontation: Alex's fight with [[spoiler:his doppelganger]] at the end of ''Point Blanc''.
** It happens again in [[spoiler:''Scorpia Rising'']].
* PrecisionFStrike: Tells the CIA to go fuck themselves.
* PrettyBoy: Thanks to the manga aesthetic of the graphic novels. Not that he's any different in the novels.
* PunchClockHero: He admits as such in ''Scorpia'', but this had been clear from ''Stormbreaker''.
* ReversePsychology: Alex falls for this near the end of ''Point Blanc''. After nearly killing himself at least three different ways to get out of the school, he refuses to help out in the attack...until Wolf comes in and tells him he's JustAKid. Alex immediately demands to go with them, and realizes what he's done five seconds too late.
* RightUnderTheirNoses: During Snakehead, Alex is trapped on the villain's ship and, with nowhere else to hide from the guards, spends a few nerve-wracking hours hiding under [[spoiler: the villain's bed.]]
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: In ''Eagle Strike''.
* ShellShockedVeteran: [[spoiler:Losing every member of his family and then having the only real adult he can trust killed]] really takes his toll on him by the end.
* ShirtlessScene: In all novels and graphic novels except ''Stormbreaker''.
* ShoutOut: Possibly unintentional but the "Rider" part of his name may come from [[Franchise/JamesBond Honey Ryder.]]
* TechnicalPacifist: He doesn't enjoy fighting. Doesn't mean he isn't really good at it.
* TeenSuperSpy: A deconstruction.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Averted. He is often responsible in some way for the deaths of a BigBad or [[TheDragon their lieutenants]] at least once in each novel.
* TortureAlwaysWorks: Torture isn't even used much in the novel, and is usually avoided or interrupted.
** In ''Skeleton Key'' when [[spoiler:Conrad]] places [[spoiler:Alex]] on a Sugar Grinder conveyor belt and threatens to grind him up if he doesn't talk. At first [[spoiler: Alex]] attempts to lie but once that fails he spills everything. [[spoiler:Conrad]] [[ObviouslyEvil being the guy that he is]], decides to... [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness grind him him up anyways.]] [[spoiler: Alex is only saved when Sarov interrupts]].
** In ''Ark Angel'' when [[spoiler: Alex tells Kaspar that he's not Paul Drevin when one of the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep nameless]] {{Mooks}} attempts to cut off one of his fingers.]] [[spoiler: Kaspar threatens to kill Alex if it turns out he's not really Paul Drevin but they purposely allow him to escape the death trap they built for him as it is all part of [[TheChessmaster Nikolei Drevin's master plan]]]].
** And the time in ''Crocodile Tears'' where [[spoiler: Alex]] was dangling over a pool of crocodiles and told [[spoiler:[[BigBad Desmond McCain]]]] '''EVERYTHING''' rather quickly. [[spoiler: Alex is only saved when Ravi interrupts.]]
** And then there was the time [[spoiler: Alex]] spilled his guts to a few CIA agents in ''Scorpia Rising'' to prevent this. They torture him anyway. [[spoiler: He is only saved when their superior Joe Bryne (who knows Alex) intervenes.]]
* [[TrademarkFavouriteFood Trademark Favourite Drink]]: Coke
* TraumaCongaLine: This is his life in a nutshell.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Some of Alex's escapes. In ''Scorpia Rising'', he escapes [[spoiler: because he had a scorpion hidden in a cigarette packet which he'd captured whilst in his cell, which he then placed in the van and tricked Erik Gunter into opening. The ''only'' thing the reader knows about this before it happens is that there is a nest of scorpions in Alex's cell.]]
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Anthony Horowitz didn't expect anyone to believe Alex was really dead at the end of ''Scorpia'' because the gun used by the assassin is completely unsuited to assassination attempts.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Alex misses most of his schooling due to his missions. It's gotten to the point that everyone, both student and faculty, somehow knows that there's something wrong with him and that there's more to him than just "illnesses".
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Alex has been described as this by other characters due to the [[ShellShockedVeteran psychological damage he has taken from his missions, enduring horrors that nobody should have to go through and watching people die]].

!Jack Starbright
[[caption-width-right:100: ''Jack's appearance in the graphic novels'']]

Eight years before the start of Stormbreaker, she came to Britain. She struggled to receive a visa (mentioned by the MI6 director Alan Blunt), before Ian Rider employed her to look after Alex. After Ian died she became Alex's legal guardian. [[spoiler:She is killed by Razim during the events of Scorpia Rising...except she actually wasn't; Razim edited the film that he showed Alex and kept Jack alive just in case. Jack was then taken to serve as a nurse by Eduardo and Giovanni Grimaldi]].


* AdaptationDyeJob: In the novels she has red hair. In the film and graphic novels, she is blonde.
* AscendedExtra: Plays a considerably more active role in ''Eagle Strike'', only to be DemotedToExtra in ''Scorpia''.
** And then she ascends back up in ''Scorpia Rising''.
* {{Blackmail}}: Blunt blackmailed Alex into being a spy by threatening to use information relating to Jack's visa and have her deported and by making sure Alex would be put into an undoubtedly bad institution.
* CoolBigSis: Jack is actually Alex's housekeeper, but he appears to think of her more as one of these.
* FieryRedhead: Gets rather heated up whenever Blunt gets involved.
* InnocentBlueEyes
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: Averted. Razim alters footage of her escape to make it seem as though her escape vehicle was detonated, and the Grimaldi brothers enlist her services as a nurse]].
* KindlyHousekeeper: Jack is a bit younger than most examples of this trope, but she still fits as she cares for Alex even though she technically finished her course long ago.
* NiceGirl: As much as the setting allows.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler:Invoked by Razim. Jack is blown up by a landmine just to make Alex cross the DespairEventHorizon because Razim wished to see how much emotional pain it would cause Alex. But it's actually just an empty car; Jack was extracted and the car detonated later.]]

!Sabina Pleasure
[[caption-width-right:119: ''Sabina as she appears in the graphic novels'']]

Sabina Pleasure is a fifteen year old girl who becomes Alex Rider's close friend when they meet at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in the novel Skeleton Key.


* AdoptedToTheHouse: [[spoiler:Sabina's parents "adopt" Alex, who flies off to America to go live with them.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Rescues an unconscious, drowning Alex after he wipes out surfing the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cribbar Cribbar]] as a result of (though unknown to her at the time) an attack by a [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad]] member.
* CovertPervert: Implied in Skeleton Key where it is mentioned that she likes rude jokes.
* DamselInDistress: In Eagle Strike [[spoiler: [[BigBad Damien Cray]] uses her to get Alex to bring nuclear launch codes]].
* {{Fingore}}: Narrowly [[AvertedTrope averted]]. She nearly has her fingers cut off in Eagle Strike.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Has bright blue eyes.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Technically, as [[spoiler: her father "adopts" Alex in Scorpia Rising.]]
* LoveInterest: Of Alex.
* PityTheKidnapper: Subverted. During her time as a hostage, Sabina attacks Cray several times. Not that we feel bad for Cray at all...
* PunnyName: "It's been a pleasure." WordOfGod states that this was a play on the innuendo-laden names of [[Franchise/JamesBond Bond girls]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the end of "Never Say Die", [[spoiler: the series has returned to the pre-Scorpia Rising status quo, but despite the fact that the Pleasure family are technically still Alex's legal guardians, they're not so much as mentioned.]]

!Tom Harris
[[caption-width-right:118: ''Tom as he appears in the graphic novels'']]

Tom Harris is Alex's best friend from Brookland. He was bullied for two consecutive years before Alex set them straight, but is now the captain of the football team at Brookland, the school which both he and Alex attend.


* AdaptationDyeJob: His hair is black in the books, but in the graphic novels, it is changed to brown.
* BookDumb: Isn't good at the academics, but he is the only one able to beat Alex in sporting events.
* ButtMonkey: For two years he was one, until [[BullyHunter Alex]] sorted them out.
* CacophonyCoverUp: Provides these to help Alex.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Described as having blue eyes.
* KendoTeamCaptain: Now captain of his school's football team.
* TheReliableOne: Does his best to help Alex when needed. [[spoiler: He believed Alex about his occupation in MI6.]]
* SecretKeeper: For the most part, although he does casually blurt out that Alex is a spy to his older brother. His older brother doesn't particularly care, so it's mercifully not damaging.
* UnfortunateNames: He and his brother gripe about being named "Tom" and "Jerry".
* WeNeedADistraction: Provides the distractions.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He's heard from only once after he's [[spoiler: shot in ''Scorpia Rising'']], and it's a passing mention. [[spoiler:The final chapter never bothers to mention if Alex ever talks to him once he returns from Cairo or meets him ever again, despite Alex having agonised over leaving him to go to America in an earlier chapter.]]

!Paul Drevin
* {{Fingore}}: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]: His would-be kidnappers had no qualms about severing one of his fingers. However, they were unaware Alex had taken his place.
* InnocentBlueEyes
* LonelyRichKid
* [[IllGirl Ill Guy]] Alex first met him in St. Dominic's Hospital.
* NerdyInhaler: He has asthma.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Always tries to please his dad.

* AntiVillain
* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:He murders his best friend, to whose son he is godfather, along with his wife, to prove he's loyal to Scorpia. He goes on to more or less ensure his godson will be killed by telling Major Yu about ASIS' plot and removing the battery from the homing device MI6 gives him.]]
* CoDragons: Him and Bill to Winston. Ash plays a much larger role, however.
* {{Expy}}: In many ways, he's a lot like [[Literature/HarryPotter Peter Pettigrew]].
* EvilCripple: After Yassen stabbed him in Malta 14 years ago, he is missing half of his stomach.
* EvilUncle: To Alex.
* EtTuBrute: Alex's reaction.
* TheMole: For Yu.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "[[spoiler:Ash]]" are his initials, his full name being [[spoiler:Anthony Sean Howell.]]
* TheResenter: An interpretation of why he [[spoiler:defected to Scorpia]], he may have just hated how John Rider never helped him out after Malta (albeit, that was due to his own mistake which got several MI6 agents killed or wounded).

!Alan Blunt
* {{Blackmail}}: Blunt blackmailed Alex into being a spy by threatening to use information relating to Jack's visa and have her deported and by making sure Alex would be put into an undoubtedly bad institution.
* CompromisingMemoirs: Discussed briefly after [[spoiler:Alan Blunt is forced to retire in ''Scorpia Rising'']].
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Always wears grey. Heck, his whole appearance looks monochrome.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Shows off GoodIsNotNice through the said {{Blackmail}} above.
* GoodIsNotNice: He is made of this trope. Starting with the {{Blackmail}}.
** The final novel goes UpToEleven when it's revealed at the end that [[spoiler:Alan Blunt arranged for the sniper to attack Alex at his school solely for the purpose of getting an excuse to put Alex on another assignment. That's right, he ''arranged a school shooting'' in order to coerce a fifteen-year-old boy into working as a spy again]].
* GrayEyes: Part of his DeliberatelyMonochrome appearance.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Uses this trope as an excuse for his general stoic attitude and his actions in ''Scorpia Rising''. He even quotes the [[TropeNamer trope naming]] line itself.
* {{Jerkass}}: Rather rude, needless to say.
* KarmaHoudini: ''And how.'' [[spoiler:For arranging a school shooting and taking Alex to Egypt for another mission, he gets a knighthood and to retire and take a vacation with his wife.]]
* KnightTemplar: The actions he takes for his plans to come to fruition scream this.
* ManipulativeBastard: Goes to great lengths to keep Alex 'employed.'
* MeaningfulName: Alan ''Blunt'', to match his abrasive attitude.
* OutGambitted: Despite believing himself to be one step ahead of Scorpia in ''Scorpia Rising'', he is in fact walking into their trap.
* PetTheDog: He shows a surprising amount of concern for Alex in the meeting with the Prime Minister in ''Crocodile Tears''. Then again, he could be doing this to act like he cares, as the government isn't too fond of [=MI6=].
* TheSpymaster: Head of [=MI6=].
* TheStoic: He's often described as seeming completely emotionless.
** NotSoStoic: On the rare occasions he ''does'' show emotion, you know it's serious. When he's telling Alex the truth about how his parents really died in ''Scorpia'', there's "a little pain" in his voice. Then again, considering who he is, he could have been faking it.
* TokenEvilTeammate: "Evil" might be a strong word, but he's certainly got a meaner streak and is more willing to use manipulation compared to the other members of Mi6.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Arranges a school shooting to force Alex to work for him again.]]

!Mrs. [[spoiler:Tulip]] Jones
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: It is outright stated in ''Snakehead'' that Mrs Jones is "not attractive". Compare her appearance in the movie and the graphic novels. Even in earlier novels she was described as "a head shaped like a potato".
* TheChessMaster: Conducts an epic operation using John Rider to humiliate Scorpia and rescue an VIP hostage
* DefrostingIceQueen: As time goes on, she becomes more warm.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: "It made sense. He wouldn't have used that name either."
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She's slightly abrasive but genuinely wants the best for Britain, and eventually for Alex too.
* NumberTwo: Is Alan Blunt's second-in-command.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Shares this with Smithers. Both want the best for Alex and by the end of the series are strongly advocating for him to be let free from Mi6's employment.
** [[spoiler:Mrs. Jones has taken over as head of MI6, and probably makes sure that MI6 will never contact Alex again.]]
* [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She Who Fights Monsters]]: Mrs. Jones [[DefiedTrope defies the trope]] in ''Scorpia''. Although she had the chance to correct Alex [[spoiler: about how his father died]] she didn't because she didn't want to use him [[spoiler: the way Julia Rothman did]].
* TheUnreveal: What did happen to her husband and children?
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Always has a peppermint.
* YouKilledMyFather: Alex is informed by Scorpia about the circumstances of his father's death. [[spoiler: Subverted by ''Scorpia'' with Mrs Jones for John Rider.]]

!Derek Smithers
* BadassBookworm: As the gadget guy of MI6, he fits this trope well.
* BigFun: He's slightly fat, but he's a very enjoyable guy.
* ChekhovsGun: WordOfGod stated that Smithers has had a gadget that has appeared, unknown to the reader, in every book to up to the 8th book, ''Crocodile Tears''. This was finally revealed in ''Scorpia Rising'', book 9. And that gadget is [[spoiler:Smithers' own fat. In fact, he's very thin and fit but has been wearing a special suit that has made him look fat all along]].
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: You think his weight problems hinder him? You'd be right, but [[spoiler:he's surprisingly effective at getting rid of the Scorpia team that come his way]]. And then he's revealed to [[spoiler:not even be fat]].
* DarkSecret: To be revealed in ''Scorpia Rising'' as per WordOfGod, it's that [[spoiler:Smithers is actually a thin man wearing a special suit that only makes him look fat]].
* [[spoiler: FakeBrit: In-universe example, as after removing his FatSuit it turns out the "real" Smithers is Irish, rather than the "public school" accent he affects.]]
* DeadlyDelivery: Fails miserably in ''Scorpia Rising'' [[spoiler: when Smithers uses an X-Ray scanner to prove that the delivery man was carrying a gun and the package was empty. He then gets rid of him with a trapdoor under a welcome mat.]]
* [[spoiler: FatSuit]]
* GadgeteerGenius: His job.
* GadgetWatch: He gives Alex one in ''Snakehead'' that can send out a distress signal.
* LiteralSurveillanceBug: ''Scorpia Rising'', when [[spoiler: Smithers disguises an electronic bug as a dead cockroach.]]
* NiceGuy: Extremely caring for Alex and often holds reservations about putting him in danger, so for that reason he does his best to make sure he's well protected. In ''Scorpia Rising'', he even agrees to go along with Alex's plan to
* {{Pun}}: A lot of his gadget names, including the 'fan club' and the 'Chamber of Secrets'. This therefore makes him a PungeonMaster.
* PutOnABus: He's left MI6 by the time of "Never Say Die", making it the first book in the series he's completely absent from.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Subverted. He's set up to die, but manages to dispose of most of the Scorpia agents sent after him and escapes.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: shares this with Mrs Jones in MI6, by the end of the series he's arguing with Alan Blunt on letting Alex go from employment with MI6.
** [[spoiler: He makes sure Alex is backed up when he goes rogue in Eagle Strike.]]
* ShoePhone: Every single one of his gadgets. He never actually invented a shoe that works as a phone, though (at least in the books, anyway).
* StuffBlowingUp: Several of Alex's gadgets; Smithers notes when giving him the exploding pens in ''Crocodile Tears'' that he "likes his explosions".

!John Crawley
* BoringButPractical: His attire looks like it came from the 'boring businessman' section. Probably deliberately too, as he is supposed to appear as a banker.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome / DemotedToExtra: He disappears after ''Skeleton Key''. He shows up very briefly in ''Ark Angel'' and ''Crocodile Tears'', but in both cases he does very little (his involvement in the latter is about half a page that could have been served by another generic MI6 character). [[spoiler: He makes something of a higher-profile return in ''Never Say Die'', though.]]
* TheGenericGuy: His main distinguishing feature is that he has the kind of face one can forget while looking at it.
* HeroesLoveDogs: He is shown walking his dog in ''Skeleton Key'' and seems to be rather fond of it.
* InformedAttribute: He says that he is skilled in Martial Arts and is a proficient marksman.
* MasterOfDisguise: It is known that he can blend in just about anywhere, including the Wimbledon committee.
* NoodleIncident: Crawley has gone up against Scorpia, and does not have positive memories of that time.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Like Smithers, he is more of a decent human being towards Alex.

!Fox/Ben Daniels
* AnimalMotifs: His codename was 'Fox'.
* AscendedExtra: He was a background character in ''Stormbreaker'' but then played a much larger role in ''Snakehead'', as he is promoted to Special Operations.
** ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: ...and immediately after that novel he pretty much vanishes.
** TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: He's back in "Never Say Die".]]
* BigDamnHeroes: He saves Alex's life by killing Anan Sukit who was attempting to shoot Alex after he had beaten Sukit's fighter "Sunthorn" in an arena fight.
* DyeOrDie: It is implied that he is trained to disguise himself. In each of the novels, Ben is said to have black hair cut short, though the extra chapter in "Resistance to Interrogation" describes how "his fair hair was damp and untidy".
* OopNorth: It is safe to say that he is from Liverpool.
* SelectiveObliviousness: During the SAS training in Stormbreaker, instead of bullying Alex like Wolf him and the rest of the trainee group ignore Alex. However he interacts with him in the extra chapter "Resistance to Interrogation" Ben explains what is happening before helping lift the lid off a drain for Alex to crawl through to get out of the place where they are being held.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Assists Alex in Snakehead when he is needed. In Snakehead, he follows Alex whilst he prepares and goes on a mission to infiltrate the Snakehead with his godfather, Ash. He later rescues him in a helicopter.
* TookALevelInKindness: Initially rather frosty towards Alex in ''Stormbreaker'', but warms up to him considerably in ''Snakehead''.

* BigDamnHeroes: Saves Alex from being killed by Eva Stellenbosch.
* TheCaptain: Now the leader of an SAS rescue unit.
* JerkassRealization: After Alex [[ItMakesSenseInContext kicks him out of a plane to prevent him from being "binned"]].
* ReversePsychology: Used this with Mrs. Jones in "Point Blanc" when Alex refuses to take part in a [[spoiler: raid on Point Blanc]]. Wolf comes in and tells him he's JustAKid. Alex immediately demands to go with them, and realizes what he's done five seconds too late.
* TookALevelInKindness: See JerkassRealization above.
* TrainingFromHell: Subjects Alex to this, to a degree.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He's wounded in the raid in ''Point Blanc'', and never heard from again apart from a line confirming he survived.
** It is mentioned in ''Ark Angel'' that Alex, in the hospital, receives a card from him, mailed from Baghdad.
** [[spoiler: He returns in ''Never Say Die'', alongside Fox.]]

!Ian Rider
* TheAce: Shown the was one as he taught Alex everything he hew prior to his death.
* PosthumousCharacter
* WideEyedIdealist: Smithers implies this in ''Scorpia Rising''.
-->[[spoiler: People think that being a spy is fun and exciting. Your uncle was a bit like that. It was all a big adventure as far as he was concerned - and look what happened to him.]]

!!Joe Byrne

The head of the CIA throughout the series.

* AFatherToHisMen: He appears genuinely upset when his employees die.
* BigGood: For the CIA.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Unlike many of the other Americans, Byrne is willing to give Alex a chance and is much more cautious about his well-being than Blunt is.

!!Tom Turner

A CIA member that Alex is assigned to work with throughout ''Skeleton Key''.

* AdaptationalHeroism: In the American version, he is very friendly to Alex and even speaks up for him against his partner, Troy. All of his {{Jerkass}} moments are given to her instead.
* AdaptationNameChange: To "[[AwesomeMcCoolName Glen Carver]]" in the American version.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:[[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice Skewered repeatedly]] with a trap and then has his remains disposed of.]]
* DistressedDude: Was briefly held hostage by the [[DiscOneFinalBoss Salesman]].
* GoodIsNotNice: While undoubtedly a good guy, he's a bit abrasive.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Zigzagged. While abrasive towards Alex, he does show concern when he gets himself in trouble, and is undoubtedly committed to the job. He is also good friends with Agent Troy.
* UngratefulBastard: Alex saves him from the Salesman. Turner snaps at him for almost getting them both killed.

!!Belinda Troy

A CIA member that Alex is assigned to work with throughout ''Skeleton Key''.

* AdaptationalHeroism: In the American version, though not to the same extent as Turner/[[AdaptationNameChange Carver]], but she is treated more sympathetically in the narrative.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:[[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice Skewered repeatedly]] with a trap and then has her remains disposed of.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: While undoubtedly on the side of good, she's rather abrasive.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Zigzagged. While abrasive towards Alex, she does show concern when he gets himself in trouble, and is undoubtedly committed to the job. She is also good friends with Agent Turner and is concerned when the Salesman tries abducting him.


!!Regular Antagonists

!Herod Sayle

->'''Herod Sayle''': "You're never too young to die."

Herod Sayle is the BigBad of Stormbreaker. On the surface, Herod seems like a generous, good-natured businessman who is always willing to give something back to society, as somebody who does not want anyone to endure the hardships and suffering he had to as a child. When he was younger, he was an unusually hardworking, dedicated student with a knack for coming up with new ideas in order to improve people's lifestyle. He is also shown to be quite humble when he plans to do something for the others out of gratitude as opposed to profit. However, there is a reason why [[ForegoneConclusion he is on the list.]]


* AprilFoolsPlot: Taken to the most lethal of extremes.
* TheClan: Back in Lebanon, he had a family consisting of 15 people. (This is including himself.)
* BigBad: Of Stormbreaker.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Seems to be an insanely generous entrepreneur. The reality however...
* BulletHolesAndRevelations: The end of ''Stormbreaker'': Sayle has a gun pointed at Alex and two shots are fired.[[spoiler: But they went from Yassen's gun into Sayle's chest.]]
* ButtMonkey: His school years.
* DisproportionateRetribution: He planned to kill millions of innocent schoolchildren as revenge for the Prime Minister bullying him at school.
* EvilIsPetty: The motive for his evil plan? To get back at the Prime Minister for bullying him in school.
* FreudianExcuse: Was bullied a lot by the future Prime Minister and his posse. This [[DisproportionateRetribution really doesn't justify his actions though.]]
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Eight brothers and four sisters.
* MeaningfulName: Shares his with the biblical king who practised infanticide. Though his name was changed to Darrius in the movie and graphic novel version.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Y'know [[Literature/TheBible Herod]] Sayle?
** Also PunnyName on "Harrods sale".
* PianoDrop: Him saving tourists from one is what enables him to move to Britain.
* PetMonstrosity: Has a freaking Portuguese Man O' War (which is constantly [[ScienceMarchesOn mistaken for a jellyfish]]). [[spoiler: He arranges to have Alex killed by it.]]
* RaceLift: Twice. He was Lebanese in the book, but for the Americanized version he is from Egypt. In the movie version of ''Stormbreaker'', Herod Sayle becomes Darius Sayle- a kid from a redneck "trailer park" family who moved to England.
* SmugSnake: SO confident his plan will succeed, and so wrong.
* TragicBigot: He hates British people because of their bullying of him.
* UnusualPetsForUnusualPeople: Who here keeps a pet Portuguese Man O' War?
* VerbalTic: "Bliddy", at least in the book.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:On the receiving end of this from Scorpia.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: Like any Alex Rider BigBad. [[spoiler: Had Nadia Vole send Alex into the Man O' War's tank.]]

!Mr. Grin
* AllThereInTheManual: His original name was Sean Green.
* BattleButler: To Sayle.
* CoDragons: With Nadia Vole, to Sayle.
* GlasgowGrin: It's the source of his name, since he can't speak--he lost his tongue when he got the scars.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: The KnifeNut variation.
* KnifeNut: He is an expert with knives.
* KnifeThrowingAct: Mr Grin in ''Stormbreaker'' used to be part of a knife-throwing act in which he would catch a knife between his teeth during the act's finale. As a result of the act going horribly wrong due to his mother distracting him, he now sports a GlasgowGrin and [[TongueTrauma has difficulty speaking properly]].
** Not that this has discouraged him.
* RedRightHand: His GlasgowGrin.
* TongueTrauma: As part of his backstory, he tried to catch a knife in his teeth.
* TheUnintelligible: He lost his tongue.

!Dr. Hugo Grief
[[caption-width-right:119:Dr. Grief as he appears in the graphic novels.]]

->'''Dr. Grief''': "But to rule the world in the twenty-first century requires something much more than military strength. Where does the real power lie? In politics. In prime ministers and presidents... but you will also find power in the Media, in science, in the Internet... modern life is a great tapestry and if you wish to control it all you have to seize it strand by strand."

Dr. Grief is the BigBad of the second Alex Rider novel "Point Blanc." He [[EvilTeacher runs a school]] for hopeless cases that come from wealthy backgrounds. However, he is a shameless [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain racist, sadistic]] MadScientist, who wants to rule the world.


* AmoralAfrikaner: To a T.
* BigBad: Of Point Blanc.
* CarFu: [[spoiler:Killed by a flying snowmobile that [[HellishCopter blows up his helicopter]].]]
* TheChessmaster: His complex plan takes decades to get going.
* [[spoiler: Cloning Blues: Causes them.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Dr. Grief wants to perform an unanesthesized vivisection on Alex. In layman's terms, he wants to ''[[{{Squick}} give his class a biology lesson]]'' using Alex ''while he's still awake''. You may now vomit and shudder. [[invoked]]
* EvilAlbino: AllThereInTheManual
* EvilPlan: Obtaining the children of very influential wealthy families is the start. [[spoiler:His ultimate plan involves surgically altering loyal, racist clones of his back to their wealthy and influential parents, so that when they inherit their assets by hook or by crook, they'll eventually restore apartheid as well as possibly other stuff- this time, on a global scale.]]
* EvilTeacher: Grief and [[TheDragon his dragon]] Mrs Stellenbosch are the only teachers at Point Blanc.
* {{Expy}}: [[MadDoctor Grief]] may be an expy of [[ThoseWackyNazis Josef]] [[MadDoctor Mengele]].
* MadScientist: Quite clearly insane.
** He appears to share similarities with Dr. Josef Mengele, a Nazi scientist.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr Hugo Grief.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Doctor Grief, anyone?
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Amongst other things, Hugo Grief is also an utterly unrepentant White Supremacist.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Not so much "red eyes" as "red shades", but the effect is the same.
** He is an EvilAlbino.
* ShoutOut: Dr. Grief's ultimate plan in ''Point Blanc'' is essentially [[spoiler: Film/TheBoysFromBrazil taken UpToEleven.]]
* StuffBlowingUp: [[spoiler:The exploding snowmobile that killed Dr. Grief]].

!Mrs Stellenbosch
* BrawnHilda: Fits the trope to a T.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: She's ridiculously strong to the point that she almost comes across as superhuman.
* TheDragon: Grief's right-hand woman.
* EvilRedhead: Has ginger hair.
* EvilTeacher: She and Grief are the only teachers at Point Blanc.
* ForeheadOfDoom: Has a high, domed forehead.
* {{Gonk}}: At one point, she puts on make-up to try and look pretty. The result, according to the book, looked more like a man in drag.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: She is a chain-smoker.
* JerkJock: She's a former weightlifter.
* MultipleGunshotDeath: [[spoiler: Gets pumped full of bullets by Wolf.]]
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Just like her boss, she is a shameless white supremacist.
* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: She was Miss South Africa for five years in a row for weightlifting.
* VillainousBreakdown: Running into Alex [[spoiler: during the raid on Point Blanc.]]

! Baxter
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: He looks a lot like Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the comic book version.
* TheGamblingAddict: He signed up to work for Dr. Grief because he had gambling debts.

!General Alexei Sarov
* AffablyEvil
* AlasPoorVillain
* BulletHolesAndRevelations: The penultimate chapter ends with the statement that Sarov, face to face with Alex, "raised his gun and fired a single shot". [[spoiler: A few pages into the next chapter, it's revealed that Sarov [[DrivenToSuicide shot himself]] after Alex rejected him as a father figure.]]
* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide]]: By Alex's rejection of him, and the failure of his plan.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: He still goes by "The General."
* FourStarBadass: He actually tries fighting at the end too and does an okay job.
* GildedCage: Sarov keeps Alex in a very nice place during his captivity. Sarov even comments on this.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler: Sarov intends to portray his nuking of Murmansk as an accident caused by a defective submarine, which he will then blame on the Russian government being run by idiots.]]
* MonsterSobStory: Losing his son and watching the USSR breaking down.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Taken to its logical extreme in ''Skeleton Key'' where the villain more or less tries to ''adopt'' him and treats him like his now-dead biological son, after Alex ends up getting captured. Much of the book is the BigBad letting (or rather, forcing) Alex to live with him in his luxury home, getting him to take part in various activities (like horse riding) and telling Alex WeCanRuleTogether. And dining with him, of course. He even forbids his {{Mooks}} and TheDragon from harming him.
* NukeEm: [[spoiler: Sarov intends to kill millions of people by nuking a nuclear submarine repair shipyard, [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident making it look like an accident]], and blaming it on the Russian government's incompetence.]]
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: The of his son is part of what drove him to villainy.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to Conrad's Red.
%% RenagadeRussian: A disillusioned former Soviet general who wants his country back. (redlink)
* TitleDrop: His Cuban island the island that he lives on, Cayo Esqueleto translates to "Skeleton Key".
* TragicVillain
* VillainTakesAnInterest: Wanted Alex to join him and become his adopted son.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: An interpretation of him.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Quite possibly the most sympathetic villain in the series.

* AxeCrazy
* BloodKnight: The guy enjoys fighting.
* BodyHorror: The paragraph describing his appearance is ''not'' flattering. Getting blown up by a bomb one is carrying tends to do that to a person.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: His badly damaged body is good for throwing people off and making them assume he's not a capable combatant. They're very wrong.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Blew up his school for getting a detention.
* TheDragon: Plays this part to a T.
* HandicappedBadass: He shouldn't even be alive, never mind up and about.
* MadBomber: Used to be one before his... accident.
* MismatchedEyes: One eye is red and permanently bloodshot.
* NoOneShouldSurviveThat: He was blown up by a bomb. ''Whilst he was carrying it.''
* PsychoSupporter: Sarov at least has a noble goal from his mindset. Conrad just wants to kill things.
* PunnyName: Probably on the word "comrade."
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Sarov's blue.
* RedRightHand: Probably the most extreme example in the series. He was blown up by one of his own bombs and then surgically put back together with metal parts added. The operation was not completely successful, resulting in mismatched body.
* TortureAlwaysWorks: Conrad places Alex on a Sugar Grinder conveyor belt and threatens to grind him up if he doesn't talk. At first Alex attempts to lie but once that fails he spills everything. Conrad [[ObviouslyEvil being the guy that he is,]] decides to... [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness grind him him up anyway.]] [[spoiler: Alex is only saved when Sarov interrupts.]].
* TwoFaced: As a result of the above.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Long colourless hair on half his head.

!Damian Cray
* AbusiveParents: [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]]. Despite having a spot-on singing voice, and although he wanted to become a pop star, his parents forced him to learn classical music.
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* BlofeldPloy: In "Eagle Strike", Damian Cray orders Yassen to kill Alex and Sabina. Yassen refuses, saying he "does not kill children". [[spoiler: Flustered, Damian snatches his gun, and instead of shooting Alex and Sabina, turns the gun on Yassen.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:[[ItMakesSenseInContext He goes off his trolley and is vaporized]] by a jet engine.]]
* DeathByMaterialism: Literally played straight in ''Eagle Strike'' when Charlie Roper is trapped inside a bottle-shaped room and then killed when [[spoiler:Damian Cray]] fills the room with two million dollars’ worth of quarters (the two million dollars Roper was due to be paid for betraying his country). In other words, ''8,000,000 quarters.''
** ''[[{{Pun}} "Blood Money!"]]''
* DisproportionateRetribution[=/=]EvilIsPetty: He arranged the death of a journalist who objected to the violence in his video games, and later told Alex he planned to kill him before he found out he was a spy, on the basis that Alex had done too well at what was supposed to be an extremely difficult game.
* DrugsAreBad
* {{Expy}}: He's an evil Music/EltonJohn.
%%Not sure we can get away with this - leaving it out just in case [[CompositeCharacter: or one of those vegans [[RuleOfCautiousEditingAndJudgment (the unbearably self-righteous kind though.)]]]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: While he can be calm and civil, it usually doesn't last very long.
* NukeEm: His plan involves him launching nuclear missiles at various areas of the world to end the drug trade.
* PianoDrop: How his parents die.
* PinkMist: [[spoiler: This is ''all'' that is left of him after he gets sucked into a TurbineBlender.]]
* PleaseSpareHimMyLiege: Yassen to Damien.
* PsychopathicManchild: Has a tendency to fly into violent tantrums whenever things don't go his way.
* SelfMadeOrphan: He lost his parents in an accident when a car fell on them from a falling structure. [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident It wasn't an accident.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: One way of looking at his ideals. He has animal testers, illegal whalers and landmine sellers killed, and launches a nuclear strike on several countries to stop productions of illegal drugs.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Fortunately, Yassen wouldn't.]]

!Nikolei Drevin
* ColonyDrop: He plans on [[spoiler: blowing up Ark Angel and having it collide with Washington D.C., destroying the Pentagon's evidence regarding his illegal activities.]]
** InsuranceFraud: Ark Angel was going massively over budget, so [[spoiler: Drevin also planned on destroying it to get the insurance.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Tries to be polite but cracks of his true personality show over time.
* ManBehindTheMan: For the first half of Ark Angel, Kaspar is made out to be the BigBad. Guess who it really is?
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: This Russian oligarch who happens to own a Premier League side is certainly not Roman Abramovich.
* VillainousBreakdown: After his son is shot. (He lives, though.)
* WouldHurtAChild: He arranged for his own son to be kidnapped as a Force Three stunt, and even arranged for them to cut his finger off just so the threat would seem credible. He shoots him later, but that is an accident (he's aiming for Alex). Still doesn't change anything, though.
* YouHaveFailedMe: After Stratford East's star striker, Adam Wright, misses a penalty against Chelsea, Drevin has him killed by Force Three.

!Kaspar/Magnus Payne
* AwesomeMcCoolName / NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Magnus. Payne.
* BaldOfEvil
* BodyHorror: The Earth tattoo on his face is... well, not pretty.
* DragonInChief: To Drevin, at least for the first half of the book.
* InTheBack: [[spoiler:He gets kicked in the chest and falls on his own knife.]]
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Alex can't tell where he's from, though works out that he's definitely not English.

!Desmond [=McCain=]
* BaldOfEvil: Described as very notable.
* {{Foil}}: To Damien Cray, in that both are British celebrities heavily involved in charity work. But while Cray does want to make a positive difference in the world, Desmond only cares about his own wealth.
* HeelFaithTurn: [[spoiler: But it was all a ruse.]]
* LineOfSightName: His name comes from the bag of oven chips he was found wrapped in as an abandoned baby.
* SinisterMinister
* ScaryBlackMan: When he drops the act of politeness.
* WeCare: His charity exists purely to gain whatever profit it can from the disasters by keeping as much of the donation money as it can. Perhaps taken to its extreme when he starts engineering disasters to get people to donate.

!Myra Beckett
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Eaten alive by crocodiles.]]
* TheDragon: To [=McCain=].
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Flipping between TheStoic and just plain AxCrazy.
* UnholyMatrimony: Intends to marry [=McCain=].

!Vladimir Sharkovsky
* BadBoss: To Yassen, and he happily admits it. He forces the kid to taste his meals for poison, treats him like a slave and happily lets his son abuse him.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: An immensely wealthy businessman who has contacts with the mafia, politicians and the police, and has apparently killed who knows how many people to get to his current position. [[spoiler:He also cuts corners at a certain pesticide factory, indirectly causing the events of ''RussianRoulette'']].
* EvilCripple: Becomes one after surviving an attempt on his life, suffering a broken neck in the process.
* GetItOverWith: [[spoiler:After seeing Yassen apparently preparing to force him to play russian roulette, Sharkovsky flat out refuses to co-operate, telling Yassen that he can kill him if he wants, but he won't play along with him.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Gets shot by the kid he kept as a slave for three years, who also happens to be the last survivor of the town that was ultimately destroyed thanks to Sharkovsky's earlier actions]].
* ThoseWackyNazis: Is implied to be a Nazi or at the very least a sympathizer, having both a nazi tattoo and an anti-jewish one.
* WouldHurtAChild: Specifically, would hit a child, throw him off a bridge and into a river, make him play russian roulette, use him as a food taster if he survives, and have him beaten up by his henchmen when he tries to escape.

->'''Julia Rothman''': "They could have added kidnapping, blackmail, terrorism, drug trafficking and vice, but that wouldn't make a word. Anyway, we've got to be called something, and I suppose SCORPIA has a nice ring to it."
* BondVillainStupidity: Averted in Scorpia Rising, as Razim needs Alex alive and without any physical marks on him. He also refuses to tell Alex what he is planning.
* ColdBloodedTorture: An obvious instrument they use. Played straight in ''Scorpia Rising'' with [[TheSociopath Razim]], who wants to create a measurable unit of pain and slowly kills people with various horrific instruments, like knives, syringes and many more, to measure the pain that they feel. He tortures a French spy; the author manages to spare the readers the details, though. ...Unless you ''[[BileFascination want]]'' to read about that stuff...
** It's later mentioned that he does several more "experiments" with [[spoiler: Julius.]] Again, the details are thankfully spared.
* ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination: [[spoiler:SCORPIA's plot in ''Scorpia Rising'']].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Sanity wise: SCORPIA condemned [[spoiler:Damian Cray]] as a [[AxCrazy madman]].
* FunWithAcronyms: SCORPIA: Sabotage, [=CORruPtion=], Intelligence, Assassination. Yes, the P ''is'' a bit of a stretch. The narration [[LampshadeHanging remarks]] at one point that whoever came up with the name had probably been watching a little too much ''Franchise/JamesBond''.
--->'''Julia Rothman:''' They could have added kidnapping, blackmail, terrorism, drug trafficking and vice, but that wouldn't make a word. Anyway, we've got to be called something, and I suppose Scorpia has a nice ring to it.
* GainingTheWillToKill: SCORPIA runs an assassination school, so naturally, this is part of the curriculum.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Zeljan Kurst, leader of Scorpia.
** SCORPIA themselves.
* InternalReveal: In ''Scorpia Rising'', [[spoiler:the reader is aware pretty much from the start that Alex's mission is a trap to deliver him to Scorpia]].
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The plot of ''Snakehead'', where Scorpia have to destroy a conference aiming to wipe out poverty but avoid the organisers looking like martyrs.
* ManBehindTheMan: Scorpia's admitted to [[spoiler: being behind book one's villain's plan by selling him the virus strain he implanted in the stormbreakers.]] It's very possible that [[spoiler: they're behind some of the other villain's actions if not all of them.]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: There's a Scorpia member named [[LightIsNotGood Dr Light.]]
* NebulousEvilOrganisation: Scorpia. They're the villains of three books.
* RedRightHand: SCORPIA has a few.
* ResignationsNotAccepted: The opening chapter of ''Scorpia'' has one of the titular organisation's senior members offed in this fashion. [[EvenEvilHasStandards He refuses to participate in Scorpia's latest project]]: a biological weapon that [[spoiler: specifically targets children.]] He is given a "retirement present" from his former co-workers, which turns out to be [[spoiler: a box filled with deadly scorpions.]]
* TheSyndicate: SCORPIA is basically the series's version of [[Literature/JamesBond SPECTRE]].
* UriahGambit: In ''Scorpia Rising'', [[spoiler:Zeljan Kurst has Levi Kroll killed and false evidence placed on his cadaver in order to lure MI6 -- and Alex -- into a trap.]]
* VillainDecay: InUniverse example; Scorpia's credibility is seriously affected when a fourteen-year-old boy destroys two of their operations and (indirectly) kills two of their executives within a few months. [[spoiler: The failure of their plan in ''Scorpia Rising'' results in the organisation disbanding.]]

!Julia Rothman
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Really wants to get even with John Rider and MI6 for outwitting her and she thinks she can do this through killing Alex.
* DeathByLookingUp: [[spoiler: Killed by the hot air balloon she was using as a platform for her attack]]. One of the SAS soldiers was actually trying to warn her, not detain her.
* FauxAffablyEvil: She remains calm and polite even while trying to kill children.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Not uncommon for the antagonists in the series, Julia Rothman [[spoiler:is flattened by the satellites on the hot air balloon needed to initiate Invisible Sword]].
* LittleBlackDress: In Scorpia.
* ManipulativeBastard: Isn't a big player in SCORPIA for nothing.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Well actually, her skin is more peach coloured but as far as the hair description.
* ShoutOut: [[spoiler: Her death is like Alec Trevelyan's, the main antagonist from the James Bond movie ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}'']].
* WouldHurtAChild: Herod levels. She says she'd rather not, but if the money pays well...

* DeathByIrony: He has a fear of heights, and ends up being knocked off a hot air balloon from a height of 100 metres. To add insult to injury, he gets knocked off by a [[KillItWithFire fireball]] that Alex sets off by severing the balloon's propane burner. How did he do that? By cutting through it ''with a sword Nile had thrown at him''.
* MasterSwordsman: They're his WeaponOfChoice, though he's not above using other things available.
* ScaryBlackMan
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: When he kills a researcher, though later [[AvertedTrope averted]] when he tries to kill Alex because he was crippled by his fear of heights. Though these are swords that are meant to be thrown, not normal swords.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: His biggest flaw is his crippling acrophobia.

!Major Winston Yu
* BondVillainStupidity: A really bad case, as [[OrganTheft his plan for Alex]] doesn't even require him to be alive.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:The earthquake caused by Royal Blue's early detonation hits his boat and breaks every bone in his body.]]
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: After she died, he went off the rails.
* EvilCripple: While he's not technically disabled, he does have [[MadeOfPlasticine osteoporosis imperfecta]], also known as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin brittle bone disease]]. [[spoiler:This ultimately does him in.]]
* EvilOldFolks
* DeathByIrony[=/=]HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:He's killed by the bomb that he would have destroyed Reef Island with.]]
* {{Foil}}: To Herod Sayle, in that both are foreigners who came from dirt-poor families but, because of extraordinary circumstances, ended up receiving a top-rate education in Britain. While Herod's experiences led to him despising the Brits however, Yu became a huge fan of British culture.
* InTheBlood: His mother was a professional killer in the snakeheads.
* ImmigrantPatriotism: Served with distinction in Northern Ireland but when he was consigned to a desk job at Mi6, this went out the window. Still loves Britain however.
* SmugSnake: He's too confident for his own good.
* WickedCultured: He has a very aristocratic behaviour.
* YellowPeril

!Anan Sukit
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: Would be this if he lived longer.]]
* InTheBack: [[spoiler: Courtesy of Fox.]]
* GladiatorGames: Runs one of these, and forces Alex into it.
* RedRightHand: Has no ears.

!Dr. Bill Tanner
* CoDragons: With Ash, to Yu.
* DrivenToSuicide: Possibly; it's known that he kills himself, but why he does is never explained (it's suggested that he was following orders from Yu after Alex escaped, which given the fate of de Wynter earlier seems likely).
* FauxAffablyEvil: Remains polite even after threatening Alex with a slow and painful death.
* MadScientist: Dissects people to give their organs away.
* SmugSnake: He has to brag about how Alex "can't escape" and gives away how he can escape.

!Yassen Gregorovich
* AccidentalMisnaming: [[spoiler: His name is really Yasha. Sharkovsky misheard it as Yassen, since Yasha had just been beaten up by Sharkovsky's two bodyguards and his face was still swollen. After escaping, Scorpia ran with it.]]
* AffablyEvil
* AllAPartOfTheJob
* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: A rare male example, Sharkovsky orders his men to make sure the captured young Yassen has washed himself throughly before being in his presence as Yassen was living on the streets at the time.
* BlofeldPloy: In "Eagle Strike", Damian Cray orders Yassen to kill Alex and Sabina. Yassen refuses, saying he "does not kill children". [[spoiler: Flustered, Damian snatches his gun, and instead of shooting Alex and Sabina, turns the gun on Yassen.]]
* BookEnds: Both ''Stormbreaker'' and ''Russian Roulette'' end with [[spoiler: Herod Sayle's assassination by Yassen Gregorovich, but from the perspectives of Alex and Yassen, respectively.]]
* BulletHolesAndRevelations: The end of ''Stormbreaker'': Sayle has a gun pointed at Alex and two shots are fired.[[spoiler: But they went from Yassen's gun into Sayle's chest.]]
* CulturedBadass: The fourth book mentions that he listens to classical music and is learning nine languages.
* DoomedHometown: His home village was contaminated with an artificial strain of anthrax, and later destroyed by the Russian government as part of their quarantine/cover-up.
* TheDragon: CoDragons with [[KnifeNut Mr.]] [[MeaningfulName Grin]] in "Stormbreaker" and for Damien Cray in "Eagle Strike."
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Yassen is a professional assassin, but even he [[WouldntHurtAChild refuses to kill children]] and anyone not strictly on his list of targets.
* FateWorseThanDeath: He spent three years working as a virtual slave for Vladimir Sharkovsky.
* ForegoneConclusion: Of course he, Julia Rothman and [[spoiler: John Rider]] will survive ''Russian Roulette''.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:[[ProfessionalKiller Yassen]], arguably, in the end of the fourth book when he tried to stop Damian Cray from killing Alex and [[RedemptionEqualsDeath got shot in the process]]. He dies in Alex's arms after Damian Cray dies]].
* IdealIllnessImmunity: Yassen has never been ill once in his life. He attributes this to his parents giving him an antidote to a powerful strain of anthrax when he was a kid.
* ItsPersonal: For Alex, since Yassen [[YouKilledMyFather killed his uncle]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Dies at the hands of Eagle Strike's BigBad, Damian Cray.]]
* MadeASlave: For three years following a burgulary gone wrong, after he was caught by the rich man he tried to rob.
* MoralityPet: Alex seems to be this for Yassen, who in ''Eagle Strike'' first arranges him to "die" in a bullfight so that Alex can escape and then tries PleaseSpareHimMyLiege on [[spoiler: Damian Cray]].
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Yassen gives one of these in ''Russian Roulette'' when he talks about how people who couldn't afford vodka would use shoe polish as a drug.
* ProfessionalKiller: He's an assassin.
* PunchClockVillain: In it for the money, and nothing else.
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath: He may have not liked John Rider trying to turn him away from being a assassin but when push comes to shove, he won't lay a finger on Alex and is willing to die instead.]]
* {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler:He chooses to spare Damian and go through with the Eagle Strike project because after that, he can retire and return to Russia. Of course, he didn't expect Damian to shoot him later on.]]
* RussianRoulette: Sharkovsky makes him, as a fourteen-year-old, play it after he is captured. [[spoiler: At the end of the book, he returns to Sharkovsky's mansion and plays it again - but this time with five bullets instead of one. [[ForegoneConclusion He survives]], and kills Sharkovsky and his son.]]
* SmallRoleBigImpact: In the main series, he only actually appears in two of the books, twice briefly in ''Stormbreaker'', and acting as TheDragon to Damian Cray in ''Eagle Strike'' before being [[spoiler: killed off.]] Despite that, his actions continue to influence Alex's life for the rest of the series, in addition for being the one indirectly responsible for Alex being railroaded into the spy game from the very beginning (by killing his uncle). Thanks to that, he received his own spin-off novel focusing on his origins.
* StreetUrchin: While he was a kid, he lived as one in Moscow.
* {{Unperson}}: Because of [[DoomedHometown certain events]] in his childhood, there are no records of his existence anywhere in the world. It's this trait which makes him good at his job, since it's much harder to track him down.
* WouldntHurtAChild: He has no qualms about working for an employer intending to kill ''millions'' of children, but objects to directly killing Alex and Sabina. [[spoiler: Though this may be because Yassen worked with Alex's dad]].
* YouAreNotReady: Scorpia sent him out to assassinate a New York lawyer. He had doubts; [[MortonsFork a Scorpia sniper killed her anyway]]. Scorpia knew that this was the case, so he wasn't killed like Grant was.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Uncle]]: Killed Ian Rider.

!John Rider
* TheAce: Frequently described as one of the best agents MI6 ever had. Even [[TheStoic Alan Blunt]] is described as having a soft spot for him.
* BrokenPedestal: To Yassen in Russian Roulette.
* DeepCoverAgent: [[spoiler:Even though he was part of Scorpia, it was all part of his work with MI6.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: He and Alex's mother died before the series began.
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler:While working with Scorpia.]]

!Zeljan Kurst
* CrazyPrepared:
** Earlier, during his meeting with Aniston at the London Museum, he has several SCORPIA agents disguised as civilians or tourists there just in case things turn sour. Sure enough, the police attempt to capture him but most of them end up done in by the various agents.
** He's fully aware that one of his fellow board members might be considering avoiding the usual punishment for retirement by gunning them down when Scorpia begins to hit rock bottom, so he has snipers placed on the root of the Scorpia riverboat to take them out. [[spoiler:This is how Kroll dies.]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: He's the leader of SCORPIA, and the one who orders the [[BigBad Big Bads]] of ''Snakehead'' and ''Scorpia Rising'' to carry out their plots, though he never comes face to face with Alex.
* ManBehindTheMan: In ''Snakehead'' and ''Scorpia Rising'', for Winston and Razim respectively. He comes up with plans, the other Scorpia executives carry them out.

!Levi Kroll
* EyeScream: The result of his PillowPistol.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Managed to do this to himself before we first see him. He lived through it, though.
* PillowPistol: Until it went off.
* TheUnfought: [[spoiler:Is the only major SCORPIA board member to never come face-to-face with Alex.]]
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Pulls a gun on Zeljan of all people and gets assassinated for his trouble.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: He knows retiring from Scorpia just leads to early death. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he misinterprets a comment from Razim as a suggestion that they should kill him, and ends up giving them reason to. Probably what Razim had intended, of course.]]

* AlliterativeName: His real name is Abdul-Aziz Al-Rahim.
* AxCrazy: The things he did while he was a child says a lot about how fucked up he was, and considering that the only development in this as he got older was managing to somewhat conceal this so that you won't be able to tell at first glance anymore, still is.
* TheChessmaster: He plays Alan Blunt like a chump.
* DisproportionateRetribution: As a child, he stabbed his nanny in the leg when she told him off for teasing his sister.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Always goes with a polite and stoic demeanour, but it's entirely fake and just serves to make him even worse.
* ForScience: Takes no pleasure in his experiments. Supposedly.
* [[spoiler: KarmicDeath: ''Yes''.]]
* KickTheDog: Or rather, ''strangle'' the dog.
* KidsAreCruel: He was this as a child, strangling his dog and ratting out his parents to Saddam Hussein alongside his sister. Then he wanted to join the police force and start killing. The officer who was doing the whole "you did the right thing" talk to him wanted to [[EvenEvilHasStandards gun him down]] [[KickTheSonOfABitch there and then]].
* KnightOfCerebus: The series was never light to begin with, but Razim takes it into its darkest moments pretty much single handedly.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: We're told his real name at one point, but he doesn't use it once.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Indirectly; he rats his parents out to Hussein, but doesn't do anything to them himself.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler: He expects Jack to steal a knife when she and Alex are dining with him, as it's part of his plan to cause Alex emotional pain. Alex stealing a cigarette packet at the same meal is ''not'' part of his plan.]]
* TheSociopath: He is characterized by a complete lack of emotions or empathy.
* TheUnsmile: At the end when he's [[spoiler: fallen into the pile of salt and is pleading with Alex to throw him a rope. It's described as looking more like a hideous grimace than anything.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: He completely flips out when he finds out that Alex is still alive.
!Erik Gunter
* FailedASpotCheck: Alex's plan to escape would have failed [[spoiler: if he hadn't noticed the cigarette packet hadn't been there before Alex got into the van.]]
* FallenHero: It is suspected that this happened after leaving his hospital treatment. [[spoiler:The suspicions are true.]]
* SmugSnake: [[spoiler:He tells Alex more or less the whole plan.]]

![[spoiler: Julius Grief]]
* AxeCrazy: He's rather unhinged.
* [[spoiler: BackForTheFinale: He hadn't appeared since ''Point Blanc''.]]
* [[spoiler: CloningBlues: DoubleSubverted. He knows his genetic material is the same as his father's, but he doesn't mind, and when neither Julius nor his "father" knew who Alex ''really'' was, he was OK with becoming a clone of Alex Friend. But then [[GoMadFromTheRevelation once he figured out Alex's true identity...]]]]
* [[spoiler: DemotedToDragon: If one takes the view that the clones ''are'' Grief, which is mentioned several times in ''Point Blanc''.]]
* [[spoiler:LastOfHisKind: Last of the Grief clones]].
* LookBothWays: Downplayed. [[spoiler:Getting hit by a car doesn't outright kill him, but it does leave him wounded for Alex to finish off.]]
* [[spoiler: NotQuiteDead: Remember the fire in ''Point Blanc''? Yeah, he survived that.]]
* WalkingSpoiler
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Actually, a bit far from it.