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Characters: Alias

Characters in the TV series Alias.

Due to the insanely ambiguous nature of every and all characters involved, they will simply be listed under very broad "Good Guys" and "Bad Guys - some more, some less obvious than others.

The Organizations:

  • CIA: The Central Intelligence Agency - The most obvious "Good Guys" in the series, since most of the main cast are affiliated with them.
  • Alliance of Twelve: An organized crime collective formed of elite veteran intelligence operatives. They mainly deal with weapons, intelligence and occasional blackmail. The Alliance operates individually via twelve "SD" cells, with only the leaders of each cell acting as "senior partners" of the Alliance itself.
  • SD-6: The Alliance SD cell headed by Arvin Sloane. The cell poses as an elite CIA black-ops division, and it's this ruse that Sloane uses to recruit new operatives.
  • The Man: A mysterious crime organization headed by the mysterious "Man", they seek to apparently destroy all competition (Alliance of Twelve included) as well as oppose the CIA.
  • The Covenant: A terrorist organization formed by former KGB and Central Committee operatives following the fall of the Soviet Union. They are followers of Rambaldi, albeit extremists of the worst kind.
  • APO: Authorized Personnel Only - a covert black ops joint task force created by the CIA and Arvin Sloane to put a dampen on international terrorists. In truth, the organization was truly formed for the sole purpose of capturing Elena Derevko, the true leader of the Covenant.
  • Prophet Five: An extremely powerful organization compromised of twelve individuals, they are essentially a "step-up" of the Alliance of Twelve. Their influence is nearly limitless as it their power. Much like the Alliance, they too operate through individual cells posing as covert CIA installations.
  • The Shed: One of Prophet Five's fake CIA cells, led by Gordon Dean and Kelley Peyton.
  • K-Directorate: A criminal society founded by former members of the KGB and the Russian Mafia. They are in direct competition with the Alliance of Twelve and FTL.
  • FTL: A criminal organization founded by members rooted in Chinese intelligence and the Triad. Despite competing with the Alliance and K-Directorate for nearly as long as the two organizations existed, the entirety of FTL was destroyed single-handedly by Sark.
  • Followers of Milo Rambaldi: Anyone who bears the "Eye of Rambaldi" (a tattoo) on their body is a devotee of the prophet and inventor Milo Rambaldi. There are followers of him found in all of the above organizations, but most of them are part of the Covenant.


     The Good Guys: 

Syndey Bristow

Portrayed by Jennifer Garner

Affiliations: SD-6 / CIA / APO

The main character. Looking for a sense of "self-fulfillment" in her life, she was recruited from grad school into what she believed was a CIA black-ops unit called SD-6, but was actually a terrorist organization. Upon learning the truth she joins up with the real CIA to bring down the Alliance from within as a double-agent.
  • Action Girl
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: In Season 3.
  • Babies Ever After
  • Bad Ass In Distress: She is captured and tortured a lot.
  • Broken Bird: Mostly in season one, when she's avenging the death of her fiance and dealing with the double-agent lifestyle.
  • Cain and Abel: Sydney and Nadia, who do their best to avert the prophecy that claims this. Unfortunately, it sort of comes to pass in "Before the Flood", when Nadia is infected by the tainted water and zombified. Sydney doesn't kill her though, and eventually, she recovers.
  • The Chosen One: Despite doing her best to tell Destiny to go screw itself.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even under torture. A good example is her line in the pilot to Suit and Glasses:
    Okay, this is important. Write this down. E-M-E-T-I-B. Got that? Now reverse it.
  • Deep Cover Agent
  • Determinator
  • Double Agent
  • Hurting Hero: In Season 3, when she suffers from Laser-Guided Amnesia and a Time Skip.
  • In the Blood: Sydney has inherited her extreme amounts of badass from both her parents; she has all of Irina's fiery temper and unpredictability, but tempered by Jack's pragmatism and ability to forgive.
  • Manchurian Agent: Along with the rest of the kids in Project Christmas, Sydney was programmed to have certain skills and intelligence levels.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Literally, with her fiance, Danny. Figuratively with her and Vaughn, before SD-6 is taken down.
  • Master of Disguise
  • Ms. Fanservice: Played straight, subverted, zigzagged, and weaponized in any given episode.
  • Omniglot: *deep breath* Is at least conversant in Russian, German, Greek, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, Romanian, Hungarian, Hebrew, Uzbek, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Indonesian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Vietnamese, Polish, Serbian, Czech, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian.
  • Pretty in Mink: Has worn a few furs when going undercover, often as a socialite.
    "Don't touch the fur... all right, you may touch the fur, once.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Sydney is pregnant in season five because Jennifer Garner was.
  • She-Fu
  • Spy Couple: With Vaughn.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: This is her default state. She's always being forced to work with somebody that she'd really, really like to kill.
  • They Do: With Vaughn.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In "Nocturne," she gets exposed to a hallucinogenic drug and conceals her condition from the rest of APO because she doesn't want to be removed from the field. As a reasonable person would expect, this puts her and the rest of her field team in danger when the drug's effects start to get worse.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?
  • Wig, Dress, Accent:
  • You Can't Fight Fate: She's still The Chosen One.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Along with every other color under the sun, thanks to dye and wigs. One of Sydney's most iconic looks is her blue hair and fetish getup from the season one finale.

Jack Bristow

Portrayed by Victor Garber

Affiliations: SD-6, CIA, APO

Sydney's father and Sloane's "former best-friend", also a double-agent for the CIA. A legendary game-theorist and strategist, Jack is excellent at espionage but crap at personal relationships - this has led to a rather soured social relationship with her. The one thing that will always be true however is that he has Sydney's welfare at heart, and be damned if anyone gets in the way of him protecting her.
  • Action Dad
  • Anti-Hero
  • Badass: Respected by absolutely everyone as a man not to be screwed around with. Sydney in particular becomes rather giddy (compared to her usual father-daughter angst) when she sees him in action for the first time.
    • Badass Bookworm: The best game-theorist and strategist in the world. Will totally wring your scrawny neck and beat the snot out of you, should he feel the need. He wears a Badass Longcoat
  • Berserk Button: Go ahead, threaten his only daughter. See where it gets you.
  • Brutal Honesty: As a hilarious scene in the pilot first demonstrates.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Dating Catwoman: Between seasons two and three, when Irina was a traitor and Jack was suspected of it too. It was really all about teaming up to find their daughter.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It comes out of nowhere, and is usually directed toward people he doesn't like. Basically, if he's cracking jokes, you're four ways fucked - or already dead.
  • Disappeared Dad: Emotionally, not physically. After Laura's death, he didn't know how to deal with a small child and being a spy, so he kept Sydney at arms' length.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Jack ostensibly works for the CIA while keeping tabs on SD-6/whatever Sloane is up to/whatever Irina is up to. Ultimately, he's out for one person: Sydney.
  • Friendship Moment: Any time he figured out that Vaughn or Will or Marshall wasn't just a waste of space.
    • One of the most heartwarming is his hugging Will in return after trading a Rambaldi artifact for Will's life and saving Will from torture. It's still awkward and Jack doesn't quite like the guy, but he's important to Sydney and worth saving.
    • He and Sloane occasionally had these. There was a great one that zigzagged the trope all over the map in season three, when Jack helps Sloane fake his own death and they share a bottle of the same wine Sloane used to fake his wife's death two years ago.
  • Give Her A Normal Life: What he tried to do for Sydney. He later tells Sloane that the moment Sloane recruited Sydney into SD-6 was the moment he decided to betray Sloane.
  • Guile Hero
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: So many times he's probably the proto-example.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Has always been willing to do "whatever it takes" to protect his family. Irina's deception and faked death turned that Up to Eleven.
  • Jerkass Façade
  • Knight in Sour Armor
  • Knight Templar Parent
  • The Lancer: To his daughter Sydney.
  • No Social Skills: He simply just doesn't see the need for them.
  • Overprotective Dad: As Vaughn is constantly finding out, there isn't a limit to how far Jack will go to protect his daughter.
  • Papa Wolf: Never ever harm Sydney. He once shot his own wife because he believed they were trying to kill Sydney.
  • Perp Sweating: Don't make Jack interrogate you. Just tell him what he needs to know.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes into kill mode when someone threatens Sydney.
  • Spy Couple: With Irina.
  • The Spymaster
  • Taking You with Me: His now-iconic response to Sloane attaining immortality.
    You beat death, Arvin. But you couldn't beat me.
  • Team Dad
  • The Masochism Tango: Irina marries Jack for his secrets, he brainwashes their kid, she fakes her own death, he becomes a bitter shell of a man, she betrays him to Sloane and is doubled, he shoots her double in the head, she gets better and comes after him, he forces her out of a building at gunpoint . . . and so it goes.
  • The Stoic: Most of the time.
    • Not So Stoic: When it comes to his daughter, and to a lesser extent, his wife.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Perfectly willing to murder and torture to get the job done, particularly if the job involves protecting Sydney.
  • Torture Technician: A rare heroic example. His talent for torture is never presented as anything less than the vicious, horrible thing it is. When you really have to worry is when he's cracking jokes right and left.
    Jack: I'm actually hoping you don't tell us what we need to know. There's a 50/50 chance Sydney cuts the right wire. I'm willing to take those odds if it means I can stand here and watch you turn into an animal.
    Elena: You're not a gambling man, Jack.
    Jack: I didn't used to be, but it's been a rather interesting year for me. It's lead me to reevaluate my life. I'm trying to have more fun these days.
  • Triang Relations: #9 with Irina and Katya (but not at the same time), #8 with Irina and Sloane (but not a triad situation, Irina was married to Jack but had an affair with Sloane, who was Jack's best friend).

Michael Vaughn / Andre Michaux

Portrayed by Michael Vartan

Affiliations: CIA / APO

Sydney's CIA handler, who very quickly falls for her. Vaughn's father was also an agent, killed by Irina Derevko on a mission he didn't even agree with. Turns out this is only a half-truth. His real name is Andre Michaux, and both he and his father have been working all their lives to bring down Prophet Five - the real reason for his father's death.
  • Babies Ever After
  • Badass: While he started out as mostly a Non-Action Guy, he eventually proves that he's a capable agent of almost Sydney's caliber in the field.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: We find out in season five that Vaughn's real name is Andre Michaux, and his father wasn't working for the CIA, but rather, Prophet Five.
  • Everyone Looks Sexier If French: Technically he's Creole, but he's fluent enough in French to come off as a native.
  • Faking the Dead: In Season 5.
  • The Handler
  • Heroic BSOD: Lauren's betrayal and double-agent status pushes Vaughn over the edge. He becomes obsessed with hunting her down, and in the S3 finale, kills her in cold blood..
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: With Sydney in S1 to "Phase One".
  • Nice Guy
  • Spy Couple: With Sydney.
  • They Do: With Sydney.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He survives, but standing there and looking at Sydney running from a wall of water in the season one finale was stupid. It's his own fault he gets trapped.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Being betrayed by the woman you thought was your wife and a fellow agent will do that to you. Luckily, when your co-worker and future father-in-law has been through the same thing, he can help with the coping mechanisms and provide excellent weaponry.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Weiss, to Ho Yay levels.

Marcus Dixon

Portrayed by Carl Lumbly

Affiliations: SD-6 / CIA / APO

Sydney's field partner at SD-6 and one of her closest friends, she struggles with lying to him the most when she becomes a double agent. When SD-6 falls, Dixon reluctantly joins the real deal, and rises through the ranks to become Director of the CIA's Joint Task Force.
  • Achilles in His Tent: His initial attempt to cope with the truth about SD-6 and Sydney's double-agent status is to cut off all ties with his former team, the intelligence world and Sydney in particular to the point of refusing to get involved even when his personal knowledge is vital for a mission. Only when Sydney gets captured trying to replace him does he throw off his anger and save the day.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Dixon should provide the page image.
  • Cool Old Guy: Does pretty well for himself as a field agent.
  • Genius Bruiser
  • Happily Married: Is the resident family man of the show.
  • Heroic BSOD: After the death of his wife at Sloane's hands, Dixon goes rather spectacularly off the rails. He starts popping Vicodin, almost tortures a man to death, and then tricks the entire CIA into thinking he's going to blow himself and a mook up to get Sloane's whereabouts. He gets better, though.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Sydney.
  • The Mentor: To Sydney.
  • Older and Wiser
  • Omniglot: Speaks nine languages, but "techno isn't one of them".
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Scary Black Man: Subverts it - Dixon is the most level-headed guy around. Except for that one time he went off the rails due to his wife's death.
  • The Spymaster: Upon his promotion to JTF Director.
  • Token Minority
  • Tragic Mistake: In "Truth Takes Time", Dixon serves as a CIA sniper on the assault on Sloane's villa. He accidentally shoots Emily Sloane, who had been helping the CIA, instead of her husband. Later, Sloane takes revenge by having Diane Dixon killed.

Marshall Flinkman

Portrayed by Kevin Weisman

Affiliations: SD-6 / CIA / APO

The resident technical wizard for SD-6, and later, the CIA. Marshall's gadgets and knowhow make him a good guy to have around . . . if you can get him to stop babbling.

Eric Weiss

Portrayed by Greg Grunberg

Affiliations: CIA / APO

Vaughn's best friend, and later Sydney's. A CIA agent great with a sarcastic quip in a crisis, he's also one of the most reliable guys on the team.

Will Tippin

Portrayed by Bradley Cooper

Affiliations: CIA

Sydney's best friend, a reporter who begins piecing together the strange circumstances surrounding Danny's (Sydney's fiancee) death. He eventually becomes an analyst for the CIA after Vaughn picks up on his talents.

Assistant Director Kendall

Portrayed by Terry O'Quinn

Affiliations: FBI / CIA / Followers of Rambaldi

In charge of the FBI/CIA Joint Task Force and Operation "Bring Down the Alliance", he's something of an antagonist to Sydney due to his by the book approach. Turns out he's the best kind of guy, going out of his way to protect Sydney for nearly two years after she was captured and brainwashed. It was then revealed that he was not just a FBI agent, but the director of the Department of Special Research, specializing in keeping many of Rambaldi's artifacts safe. It was through his and Sydney's combined efforts during her two "missing years" that they uncovered most of his artifacts and kept them safe.
  • Bald of Awesome: Evolves into this in S3.
  • Fake Guest Star: Despite appearing in nearly every episode of season two.
  • Jerk Ass
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not nearly as big as Jack's, but still a very decent guy given his complete asshole facade.
  • Mr. Exposition: Nigh constantly. An entire episode is devoted to Kendall interrogating Sydney and recapping what we know about the series.
  • No Name Given: We never learn his first name.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: On the surface.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Despite being bald, Kendall fits.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After the events of season two. A couple years and a demotion drive him to save Sydney and do what no one else in the series is apparently capable of - tell her the complete truth about who he is, who he works for, and what happened to her during those missing two years.

Nadia Santos

Portrayed by Mia Maestro

Affiliations: APO

Sydney's long-lost sister, who grew up in an orphanage in Argentina and was secretly watched over by her Aunt Elena. Worked for Argentinian intelligence before joining APO. She is in fact Sydney's step-sister, with her father being Sloane. And for some reason, she's the key to unveiling one of Rambaldi's endgames through the injection of "Rambaldi fluid" as well as a key to one of his prophecies - the one in particular where she and Sydney are forced to fight.

Rachel Gibson

Portrayed by Rachel Nichols

Affiliations: The Shed / APO

A young analyst who worked for The Shed before learning that it was really a branch of Prophet Five. She was then rescued by Sydney and brought into APO with Sydney as her handler.
  • Dating Catwoman: Subverted. She's attracted to Sark when she thinks he's a civilian, but wants nothing more to do with him after learning he's with the bad guys.
  • Naïve Newcomer
  • Odd Friendship: With Marshall.
  • Plucky Girl: Probably would have morphed into a full Action Girl (like everybody else) if the show had lasted long enough. As it is she's not much of a fighter, but she does her best.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A twenty-something girl approached by what she believes to be the CIA but is actually a terrorist organization headed by an evil mastermind. She then joins up with the real CIA to bring her former employers, who have hurt people she loves, down. Remind you of anybody?
  • Undercover as Lovers: With Sark, at one point.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Sark, of course.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Starts out as a mousy analyst, and eventually becomes a field capable agent.

Thomas Grace

Portrayed by Balthazar Getty

Affiliations: APO

Brash, snarky agent who joins APO after Weiss leaves. His wife was killed years ago by an enemy agent, and seeing APO as golden resource decides to chase after revenge.

Emily Sloane

Portrayed by Amy Irving

Affiliations: None

Arvin Sloane's beloved wife and a mother figure to Sydney who is dying of cancer. She reveals to Sydney that she's always known Sloane wasn't a businessman and knows about SD-6. After faking her own death with Sloane's help, she ultimately decides to act as an informant to the CIA on his illicit activities, no longer able to keep it to herself. At the last minute, however, she retracts the decision and decides to stay with Sloane - right up until Dixon accidentally shot her.

     The Bad Guys: 

Arvin Sloane

Portrayed by Ron Rifkin

Affiliations: The Alliance Of Twelve / SD-6 / APO / Prophet Five

The ultimate Big Bad of the series. An SD-6 cell director and member of the Alliance, then allied with Sark and Irina, then headed up APO. An obsessive devotee of Milo Rambaldi, Sloane will do anything to further his own endgame - whatever it may be. Which is to say, immortality.
  • Abusive Parents/Knight Templar Parent: He shuffles between these two tropes with alarming frequency.
  • And I Must Scream: His fate is eternal life, but trapped alone and underground, unable to die. That's what you get when you try to out-gambit Jack Bristow.
  • Affably Evil
  • Arch-Enemy: Sydney considers him as such.
  • Artificial Human: Has a double, nicknamed "Arvin Clone".
  • The Atoner: He genuinely becomes one of the good guys (if not completely distrusted) at the start of the fourth season, and does what he can to atone and find the Bigger Bad Elena Derevko. Unfortunately, it just wasn't meant to be.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's not as combat capable as he was in his younger days, but he's still one tough old bastard, as McKenas Cole discovers.
  • Benevolent Boss: He is genuinely fond of his employees, and still regards ex-ones like Jack and Sydney with respect even after he finds out that they really were CIA and had been working to bring him down.
    • In one early episode Sark compliments him on the genius of running a fake government agency and having duped pretty much everybody working for him; Sloane is offended and warns him to never insult his people again, or take them for idiots.
    • In another, he advocates going after The Man with everything the Alliance has got mostly because The Man attacked SD-6 and killed some of his people.
    • On the other hand, sometimes harshly subverted, as when he is perfectly willing to abandon Marshall to be tortured to death when he's captured by Sark's men.
  • Better The Devil You Know
  • Big Bad
  • The Chessmaster: The embodiment of this trope in the Alias universe.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
  • Civilian Villain: During seasons three and four.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Dearly loves his wife, Emily.
  • Evil Counterpart / Foil: To Jack. After 4 seasons of supremacy, he is Out-Gambitted rather magnificently.
  • Evil Former Friend: He and Jack were best friends when working at the CIA.
  • Fallen Hero
  • Friendly Enemy: He tries mightily for this, but Sydney and Jack shut him down at every opportunity.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door
  • Hero Killer
  • It's Personal: With The Man for attacking SD-6 and killing some of his people.
  • Joker Immunity: To the extent that he survives his own execution in Season 3.
  • Klingon Promotion: He (somehow) assumes control of Prophet Five's assets by having Kelly Peyton assassinate the Twelve.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Extraordinarily skilled in this regard, rivaled only by Irina.
  • The Mole: Or so he claims to be, in regards to his apparent Face-Heel Turn of teaming up with Elena in season four. He says he only allied himself with her to save Nadia and undermine Elena, but Jack doesn't particularly care for the details.
  • Mole in Charge: Of APO. No one really believes his intentions are good, but poisoning the world's water supply in the name of keeping his cover is a bit too much devotion.
  • Moral Myopia: Regarding his wife's death.
  • Not Me This Time: He had nothing to do with Sydney's disappearance and had no involvement in the Covenant until he was recruited to infiltrate them for the CIA. Doesn't stop Sydney from constantly accusing him of being the secret mastermind behind it all.
  • Offing the Offspring: He accidentally kills his own daughter.
  • Pet the Dog: Any of his scenes with Emily, whom he truly loved, and a few times with Nadia.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Dixon accidentally kills Emily, so Sloane has someone rig Diane Dixon's car with a bomb and has her killed.
  • Sanity Slippage: After accidentally killing his own daughter, he starts hallucinating that she's still alive and talking to him.
  • The Spymaster: Inarguably the best in the business: as he is pardoned and hired by the CIA to lead a covert branch that resembles SD-6
  • The Starscream:
    • When the Alliance orders him to kill his wife, he fakes her death, scams them out of $100 million, manipulates the CIA into taking them down, then goes off to start his own crime syndicate.
    • He decides to get out ahead of Prophet Five's inevitable exercise of You Have Outlived Your Usefulness by sending Kelly Peyton to wipe out the Twelve.
  • Tragic Villain: He was a complete bastard until he became The Atoner. Following Nadia's death, he became this.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?
  • Why Are You Not My Daughter?: He served as Sydney's guardian angel during Jack's long absences while she was growing up, and he considers her to be a substitute for the children he never had. She...does not take this attitude well.
  • Wicked Cultured

Julian Sark

Portrayed by David Anders

Affiliations: The Man / SD-6 / The Covenant / Prophet Five / Followers Of Rambaldi

The mysterious and cultured young lieutenant to "The Man." A clever criminal and "businessman" with self-described "flexible loyalties," he'll switch several different sides at the drop of a hat. No one's really sure what he wants, but according to him, he just wants to be on the "winning end."
  • Action Survivor: Sark always escapes a bad situation. 9.5 times out of 10. That .5? Even if he's caught, he'll still escape somehow. It's a Running Gag.
  • Affably Evil: He is usually polite and almost never raises his voice. He even says "please" and "thank you" during very tense situations.
  • Amazon Chaser: He is very attracted to action girls. He was romantically involved with badass females such as Allison Doren and Lauren Reed, plus he has a long-running crush on Sydney Bristow. The more these ladies showcase their skills, the more turned on he is.
  • Anti-Villain/Noble Demon: Depends on the year, month, week, day, and hour.
  • Badass: He single-handedly destroys FTL, whom the Alliance, K-Directorate and the CIA have been trying to shut down for decades.
  • Bastard Understudy: He considers Irina Derevko to be a mentor.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Lauren Reed.
  • Beta Couple/Spy Couple/Unholy Matrimony: With Allison Doren. He also has an on-again, off-again relationship with Lauren Reed.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Shares the seat with Lauren Reed in Season 3.
  • Blonde Guys Are Evil
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Due to a severe case of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, Sark very easily comes off like the least trustworthy person in the entire series. That being said, he does have a code in there somewhere, and there's an entire episode ("A Man of His Word") devoted to showcasing him to be a person, who at the very least, keeps to his promises.
  • Breakout Villain: Sark was supposed to be a one-off character, a gofer for K-Directorate or Irina or the Alliance. Fan reaction to David Anders was so great that he became more and more high-profile, eventually taking over the Big Bad mantle in the series finale flash-forward.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder/Heel-Face Revolving Door/Reliable Traitor/Wild Card: His loyalties are self-described as "flexible." He admits in the series finale that all he ever wanted was to come out on the winning side.
  • Cool Shades/Sinister Shades: Stylish sunglasses are his favourite fashion accessories.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: When static appears on the monitors of the Asiatic Space Agency, Sark immediately determines that someone must be attempting to sabotage the launch, and he orders the countdown to be initiated ahead of schedule. His action endangers Sydney's life sooner than she expected, giving her less time to complete her mission and escape.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even when he's weaponless, he's still armed with plenty of quips.
  • The Dragon: To Irina mostly, and to a lesser extent Arvin in Season 2.
  • Drink Order: He prefers the pricey and rare Chateau Pétrus 1982 (a fact that the Covenant is aware of), which is a strong indication of his sophisticated tastes.
    • He also has a fondness for high-end champagne. He even nonchalantly pops off the cork from the bottle while completely surrounded by numerous agents with lots of guns.
    • When he adopts the alias of Bob Brown, an American, he orders beer at the bar. This choice of drink is supposed to hint that Bob is middle-class, unlike Sark's posh Englishman routine.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He finds Bomani's cavalier exercise of You Have Outlived Your Usefulness to be "extravagant."
  • Even the Guys Want Him: In "No Hard Feelings," an Italian prisoner (who is presumably experiencing Situational Sexuality) licks his lips at the sight of Sark, and tells the young man that he will be very popular here. When Sark fakes a seizure, the Italian cell mate then calls out for help by shouting, "The beautiful man is dying!"
  • Evil Counterpart/Foil: To Agent Vaughn. Just as Michael was Sydney's handler, Julian also served the same role to Allison; both men then developed a romantic relationship with their charge. Vaughn and Sark are also attracted to the same two women (i.e. Sydney and Lauren), which resulted in a "love square" in Season 3.
  • Genre Savvy: In "Echoes," he sees right through Michael and Jack's plot to secretly track him to CRF headquarters despite their careful attempts to ensure that Sark doesn't suspect anything. Just for the heck of it, Julian decides to lead his armed pursuers to an abandoned building in Johannesburg which has absolutely nothing to do with CRF.
  • The Handler: He is this to Allison Doren in Season 2.
  • The Heavy: In both Seasons 2 and 3.
  • I Am Very British: Very posh, but not once does he ever come across as forced or unnatural.
  • Improbable Age: Becomes the head of a multi-billion-dollar international crime syndicate while still in his early twenties.
  • Joker Immunity
  • Karma Houdini: Still free and pulling capers as of the Distant Finale.
  • Last Name Basis: He's always Sark or Mr. Sark. His first name isn't even revealed until Season 3.
  • Manly Tears: He visibly and audibly sobs after he sees Lauren's corpse.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste/Sharp-Dressed Man: He's impeccably groomed and enjoys wearing elegant, tailored suits along with expensive shoes.
  • Mouth of Sauron: For "The Man" in Season 1.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He appears shirtless in a few scenes, which is no doubt for the benefit of his numerous fangirls.
    • In Season 3's second episode, Sark speaks to Sydney from a CIA cell. Is a form-fitting black t-shirt really standard prison garb for international terrorists? Probably not, but it's Sark.
  • Nerves of Steel: He handles most situations with cool professionalism and a few choice quips. A few scenes go out of their way to show his obscene self-confidence:
    • In Season 2, Sydney sees him standing behind some (bulletproof) glass and shoots at him multiple times. He doesn't even flinch.
    • It happens again in Season 3.
    • In Season 4, he lures a CIA assault team to an empty building in order to make a deal. Facing nine very tense men aiming rifles at his head, he calmly pops the cork off a champagne bottle.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Sark is very efficient when he carries out his own or his employers' plans.
  • Not Me This Time: He didn't have anything to do with Sydney's disappearance.
  • Pretty Boy: Lampshaded by Daniel Ryan in "Facade," who had never met Sark face-to-face, but was informed that the young man was a pretty boy.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In Season 2.
  • Self-Made Orphan: After discovering that his father is not only alive but working with Sydney, he has the Covenant assassinate him.
  • Shirtless Scene: His toned chest is always bare whenever he has a bedroom scene.
  • The Stoic: He possesses a calm, controlled demeanour, and rarely displays his emotions in an overt manner.
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: Sark's loyalties are to the highest bidder or Irina, whoever gets there first.
  • Villainous Crush: He has a thing for Sydney (which he makes clear when Lauren dresses up as her in Season 3) and continues to flirt with Rachel long after she makes it clear that she's no longer interested.
  • We Can Rule Together: The first time he meets Sydney, he offers her a job.
  • Western Terrorists
  • Wicked Cultured: He is always well-dressed, eloquent, and is a connoisseur of fine wine and champagne.
  • You Killed My Father: He's quite cross with Sydney about it.

Irina Derevko / Laura Bristow

Portrayed by Lena Olin

Affiliations: The Man / Prophet Five / Followers Of Rambaldi

Sydney's mother, who isn't quite as dead as everyone thinks. She shows up in season two as a prisoner of the CIA and gains Sydney's trust. Irina will always be out for herself, though. She's the real face of "The Man", with Khasinau as her decoy. Despite appearing KIND of benevolent to Sydney, she's arguably the other Big Bad in the series, seeking the same thing as Sloane and destroying anyone who gets in her way - be it Sydney or Jack.
  • Action Mom
  • Affably Evil
  • Archnemesis Mom
  • Back from the Dead: Twice. Once in "Almost Thirty Years", and again in "The Descent".
  • Becoming the Mask: Part of the reason she faked her death the first time is because she was too attached to her family. And really, how much of her marriage to Jack was a lie?
  • Better The Devil You Know: Jack comes to regard her in this way - better her than Sloane or the Covenant or other assorted terrorists.
    Irina: We both know how this is supposed to play out. You bring me back to the States, turn me over to your superiors.
    Jack: I thought you could reach the border by daybreak.
    Irina: What about the Agency, what will you tell them?
    Jack: What I think they already know - that no one can hold on to Irina Derevko for too long.
  • Big Bad: As the true power behind "the Man," she was this for Season 1.
  • Big Bad Mom
  • Boxed Crook: In Season 2.
  • Cloning Blues: Was "doubled" as part of Project Helix. Luckily, the Irina that Jack executes over her attempts to kill Sydney isn't the real one.
  • Deep Cover Agent: Practically the personification of the trope.
  • Deliver Us from Evil: Subverts and lampshades the trope. Getting pregnant was an accident, but Irina claims she kept her child because it gave her a greater hold on Jack. She also claims - to Sydney's face - that she could have easily terminated the pregnancy or killed Sydney, but she realized her daughter was innocent. She claims to love Sydney, but that doesn't make Sydney immune from danger at Irina's hands.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Double!Irina and Jack. Subversion, too, as it's Jack who shot her. Tear Jerker, too.
  • Dies Wide Open
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Out. For. Herself.
  • Evil Matriarch
  • Evil Mentor: To Julian Sark. She taught him much of what he knows about the criminal world.
  • The Hecate Sisters: The Mother, to Elena's Crone and Katya's Warrior/Maiden, despite being the youngest of the Derevko sisters. Due to the importance of Sydney in both the show and to Rambaldi, Irina is definitely coded as the Mother.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Irina is out, first and foremost, for herself.
  • Karmic Death
  • Knight Templar Parent
  • Lady of War
  • The Man Behind the Man: Almost literally, since she, and not Khasinau, is truly "the Man."
  • Manipulative Bitch / Magnificent Bitch: Has to have been, considering she lived a lie for eight years and then continued to twist just about everyone, up to and including world governments, around her little finger.
  • The Masochism Tango: Irina marries Jack for his secrets, he brainwashes their kid, she fakes her own death, he becomes a bitter shell of a man, she betrays him to Sloane and is doubled, he shoots her double in the head, she gets better and comes after him, he forces her out of a building at gunpoint . . . and so it goes.
  • Mata Hari
  • Missing Mom: Well, until she comes back.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Have you seen her biceps? S2 had her in tank tops, but her bra-and-panties scene in "Passage Pt. 1" and the leopard-print minidress from "A Dark Turn" definitely qualify as well.
  • Parental Substitute: Sark considers her to be a mother figure of sorts.
  • Shipper on Deck: In Season 2, she openly encourages the Sydney/Vaughn 'ship.
  • Spy Couple: With Jack. Any time they have to be Undercover as Lovers (or just married), it's hilarious, due to the inherent awkwardness of her having betrayed him.
  • Thanatos Gambit: "Laura" fakes her death because her superiors at the KGB are growing suspicious of how attached she is to her fake family, Jack and Sydney.
  • Triang Relations: #9 with Jack and Katya, #8 with Jack and Sloane (but not a triad situation, Irina was married to Jack but had an affair with Sloane, who was her husband's best friend).
  • Trojan Prisoner: Played with. Irina was the CIA's prisoner for an entire season, and Jack suspected her of precisely this motive - however, she's really playing her own endgame and never overtly betrays the CIA while she's there or uses her intel to harm them after she escapes.

McKenas Cole

Portrayed by Quentin Tarantino

Affiliations: SD-6 / The Man / The Covenant

A former SD-6 top operative who has a major bone to pick with Arvin Sloane - one of the many reasons he chose to become an agent of "The Man." Despite getting apprehended by the CIA after his successful infiltration of SD-6, he somehow managed to get out and become the second most powerful man in The Covenant - the details of which are a "good story."
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Badass: Was Sloane's best operative until Sydney showed up.
  • Combat Pragmatist: The guy is downright efficient in his methods, and plans for nearly everything. If it wasn't for Vaughn showing up out of nowhere, he would've completely won.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The first time he fights with Sydney, she doesn't manage to get a single hit in on him.
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • Genius Bruiser: The only man who successfully managed to bring SD-6 down to a screeching halt - partly in thanks to his unorthodox Badass Crew.
  • It's Personal: He has a grudge against Sloane, and clearly allows it to get in the way of his mission.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His appearance marks the point where both Sydney and Sloane discover they've got major competition in the intelligence world.
  • Large Ham: Noted in-universe.
    Sloane: I can't be the first person to have difficulty taking you seriously, can I?
  • The Man In Front Of The Man: He's the "face" of The Covenant - the true leader being Elena.
  • Motor Mouth
  • Never My Fault
  • Noodle Incident: When Sark asks him when he was released from CIA custody, all he replies is "That's a good story."
  • Torture First, Ask Questions Later: He keeps torturing Sloane long after it becomes clear that, first, Sloane isn't going to talk and, second, he doesn't need Sloane's information anyway.
  • Torture Technician: And a pretty damn good one - too bad Sloane's really good at withstanding torture.
  • Unexplained Recovery: No one knows how he got out of CIA custody to become a leader of the Covenant. He doesn't like sharing the details either.
  • Unholy Matrimony: His relationship with Toni is a subversion on both ends. They seem like Sickening Sweethearts, but she's a Deep Cover Agent using him to penetrate the Man's network and he cares so little about her that he hardly blinks after killing her in a fit of rage.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the second half of "The Box," when his men start disappearing and it becomes clear that Sloane isn't going to break, he throws a temper tantrum that ends with randomly killing his girlfriend.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After his appearance in Season 3, which established him as a major player in the Covenant, he was never seen or even mentioned again.

Kelly Peyton

Portrayed by Amy Acker

Affiliations: The Shed / Prophet Five

The ultimate Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. She was an agent of The Shed, and Rachel's supposed best friend. In truth, she was Dean's dragon and was just as manipulative - if not way more ambitious - than he was. After Dean was taken out, she became a member of Prophet Five and served Irina alongside Sark.

Gordon Dean

Portrayed by Tyrees Allen

Affiliations: The Shed / Prophet Five

The leader of The Shed, and a member of Prophet Five. Like Sloane, he too used his installation as a ruse for the CIA. Unlike Sloane, he could not keep the deception up as efficiently and was quickly exposed and forced on the run.

Renée Rienne

Portrayed by Élodie Bouchez

Affiliations: None

A terrorist and the eighth most wanted individual on the CIA's blacklist. She once worked with Vaughn to investigate Prophet Five. Occasionally teams with Sydney to help take them down, but makes it clear that she's not a part of their team, and never will be.

Lauren Reed

Portrayed by Melissa George

Affiliations: NSA / The Covenant

NSA agent who marries Vaughn during Sydney's two-year absence. Is later revealed to be a double agent in league with the Covenant and Sark.

Elena Derevko

Portrayed by Sonia Braga

Affiliations: The Covenant

The eldest of the Derevko sisters and the leader of the Covenant, she is widely regarded as the worst and most ruthless of them all. Elena watched over Nadia in Argentina because she knew Nadia would become important. She also poisoned the water supply in Svogda to activate a giant Mueller Device, but her plan (somewhat) failed and was eventually executed by Irina.

Arvin Sloane? / Ned Bolger

Portrayed by Joel Gray

Affiliations: The Covenant

The ultimate Big Bad of the series. A Covenant cell director, then a member of... Wait, what?

His real name is Ned Bolger, and he was a U.S. Army corporal with a brainwave pattern staggeringly similar to that of Sloane's. This made him the ideal test subject to clone Sloane's brain onto a another person. Thus, Bolger actually became Arvin Sloane. He was programmed as such for several reasons: To access many of Sloane's resources to aid Elena in developing a giant Mueller Device, to frame the real Sloane for many of his activities, and to distract APO and Vaughn long enough to finisher her plan. He was ultimately caught and exposed for what he was - possibly becoming a vegetable.

Calvin McCullough

Portrayed by Angus Scrimm

Affiliations: SD-6 / The Covenant

A senior operative at SD-6, McCullough was one of the few agents privy to the truth behind Sloane's operation. He was primarily in charge of psychological examination, mental interrogation, and lie detecting. Everybody loves McCullough.

In truth, he was something of a Dirty Coward playing both sides for his own survival. After he escaped Sloane's dissolution and destruction of the Alliance of Twelve, he allied himself with Elena Derevko and created "Arvin Clone" for her using his own brain scans of Sloane from his days at SD-6. When Sloane discovered he was behind the experiment, he hastily poisoned his own coffee and committed suicide.

Anna Espinosa

Portrayed by Gina Torres / Jennifer Garner

Affiliations: K-Directorate / Prophet Five / Followers Of Rambaldi

A rival spy who works for K-Directorate and who is acknowledged to be Sydney's equal, if not superior, in the field. A fanatic follower of Rambaldi, like Sloane she too will go to any lengths to claim his endgame. Including shifting her own body to be the same as that of Sydney's.

Zhang Lee

Portrayed by Rik Young

Affiliations: FTL / The Covenant

Dr. Zhang Lee, more commonly known as "Suit N' Glasses" or the "Sadistic Dentist of Asian Persuasion", he was a "communications expert" for FTL before lending his expertise to The Covenant. Despite being very good at his job, his luck of late has been rather bad as his latest torture subjects were Sydney, Will and Marshall. Things just got worse and worse for him.

Francie Calfo / Allison Doren

Portrayed by Merrin Dungey

Affiliations: SD-6 / The Covenant

Francie was Will and Sydney's best friend growing up and going to college. That is, until she was killed and doppleganged by an assassin named Allison Doren posing as Francie for some time. Eventually, the ruse was gone and she and Sydney got into a fight that ended in a draw. She was later killed by Will Tippin as payback for killing Francie.

Yekaterina "Katya" Derevko

Portrayed by Isabella Rosselini

Affiliations: K-Directorate

The middle Derevko sister. She is just as morally ambiguous as Irina, but not nearly as ruthless as Elena. She and Jack have an...interesting relationship.

Kazari Bomani

Portrayed by Djimon Hounsou

Affiliations: The Covenant

A wealthy African Arms Dealer who once did quite a bit of business with Arvin Sloane. When Sloane defected back to the CIA during the Time Skip, he provided the intel that brought Bomani down. Early in Season 3, Sark and the Covenant break him out of jail and he soon achieves a nebulously high-ranking position within the organization.

Roberts

Portrayed by Michael Kenneth Williams

Affiliations: N/A

A professional thief and contract mercenary hired by "Arvin Sloane" (Actually Ned Bolger) to steal a number of items for a Rambaldi device. In addition to this job, he was also hired to string Vaughan along with bogus information regarding his father's death.

Avian

Portrayed by Oz Perkins

Affiliations: The Covenant

Elena Derevko's right-hand man and hacker, a mysterious mook who carries out her dirty work while she plays the part of "Sophia." Very arrogant, to say the least.

Alexander Khasinau

Portrayed by Derrick O'Connor

Affiliations: The Man

The true identity of "The Man" - the elusive leader of the mysterious organization opposing everyone and everything. He seeks to usurp the Alliance of Twelve and control all weapons and intelligence trade routes. In truth, he's The Dragon to the real "Man", Irina Derevko. In the past, he also served as her handler in the KGB when she infiltrated the US as "Laura Bristow".
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