Characters: Band of Brothers
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Colonel Robert F Sink (Cpt Dale Dye)
The man who commanded the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment throughout the war.He is the highest-ranking officer among the cast credited in the opening.
- Badass Moustache: It suits him well.
- Cool Old Guy: Considerably older than the rest of the cast. Real-life Sink was in his late 30s during WWII, but in the series he looks to be fiftysomething.
- Foil: To Lt. Colonel Strayer, who has a Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die mentality going for him and seems a bit of a coward as well.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He is shown as competent, level-headed and harboring no illusions about his men having any desire to lose their lives. A major exception is in episode 8, when he shows really bad judgment and orders a very dangerous mission into enemy territory.note
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Was known in real life to tell his subordinates, "You should have just shot the S.O.B. and saved us the trouble," when men under their command committed court martial-level offenses. In the series, tells the NCOs he could have them all shot when they threaten to resign if Sobel isn't replaced.
Major Richard "Dick" Winters (Damian Lewis)
The central character of the series, with the biggest number of POV episodes (#2, 5, 10 and, arguably, 1). Starts the series as a 2nd Lieutenant and is eventually promoted to Major thanks to his competence, tactical genius and general badassery.He is portrayed as a model leader (is calm and unflappable, cares about his men, can hold his own in combat) and an all-around good person (even if he's considered overly straight-laced by some).
- A Father to His Men: Leads his men from the front. When Dike clams up mid-battle, he tries to go out to help them, only for Colonel Sink to stop him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's a Major because he's badass. Unfortunately, his promotion means he's a Desk Jockey for the later half of the series.
- Badass: The guy goes out into the field of battle, leading from the front. The last time he fires his weapon, he faces down several platoons of Germans before the rest of Easy Company even reaches him.
- Catch Phrase:
- "Hang tough".
- "Follow me!"
- The Captain: Is this or Majorly Awesome for most of the series.
- The Fettered: Not to the point of Honor Before Reason though, since this is WWII we're talking about.
- Gentleman Snarker: On occasion, contradicting Nixon's claim that he lacks a sense of humor.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Unlike practically every single other character, he doesn't swear and says things like "For Pete's sake" instead.
- The Hero
- Hero Protagonist: He's the closest thing the series' has to a main character.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Nixon. After the war, the two get jobs at a company run by Nixon's father.
- Humble Hero: Even though he rises through the ranks, his personality never changes.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: As summarized by Nixon, "no flaws, no vices, no sense of humor". It's a bit of a deconstruction as well: Winters' men respect him, but are slightly suspicious of his moral behavior (in the first couple of episodes only).Guarnere: I like Winters, he's a good man. But when the bullets start flying, I don't know if I want a Quaker doing my fighting for me.
- The Leader: Everyone in Easy company thinks he's a great leader.
- Neat Freak: All members of Easy Company forego shaving during the Battle of the Bulge (firstly, why bother, secondly, the conditions are unfavorable, thirdly, facial hair helps to keep warm). Winters, however, resolutely breaks out his shaving kit every morning.
- Not So Stoic: The normally cool and collected Winters freaks out when a stray bullet strikes Nixon's helmet. He also accepts an offered drink of wine in the aftermath of the Brecourt Manor assault. Also when 1st Lt. Dike freaks out during the assault on Foy, he becomes so irate that he almost goes in to relieve Dike himself, until Sink reminds him he's the battalion commander and he can't go out. Winters tells Speirs to relieve Dike only because he was the first person Winters saw.
- Officer and a Gentleman: He doesn't curse, he doesn't drink, and he rarely raises his voice when out of combat. He also treats everyone he meets with respect and politeness.
- One-Man Army: In episode 5, he leads a charge on an entire company of SS, who are so surprised by him they start running away. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Crossnote for his actions in the climax of episode 2. The only he wasn't awarded the Mo H for that one was because someone else had already been awarded one during D-Day and had used up the "one per unit" allocation. After the release of this series a grassroots movement sprang up to have his medal upgraded, which Winters himself disagreed with.
- Real Men Love Jesus: He comes from a family of Mennonites, though he and his parents did not practice.
- Red-Headed Hero: Real-life Winters was blond, though.
- Shirtless Scene: Gets one in the final episode.
- Starving Student: His backstory. He had to give up sports and social activities in favor of part-time jobs that paid for his college studies.
- The Stoic: He's not particularly emotive, and the times when he smiles can be counted on one hand.
- Smug Straight Edge: Winters has elements of this, since he believes drinking clouds judgment. Ironically, his two best friends in the company (Nixon and Welsh) are notorious drinkers.
- You Are in Command Now: On D-Day, the plane carrying Easy's CO and HQ section is shot down, leaving Winters the highest-ranking officer and effectively making him acting CO, until he's officially promoted to the position.
Captain Lewis Nixon (Ron Livingston)
Nixon is a 2nd battalion intelligence officer (eventually moved to a regimental position), known for his sardonic wit and his apparently endless supply of Vat69 whisky. He comes from a very privileged background (complete with prep schools and a sophisticated international upbringing), unlike the majority of Easy Company men who had to endure the hardships of The Great Depression.Throughout the series he develops a drinking problem (which gets him demoted from Intelligence to Operations) and a disenchantment with how things are run in the army. He is Winters' best friend and frequent confidant.Episode 9, "Why We Fight", is from his POV.
- Accidental Hero: Winters claims Nixon may be the only man in the entire 101st (certainly the only named character) with 3 combat stars on his jump wings.note This despite being one of the most prominent Non-Action Guys in the series, having not once fired a weapon in combat.
- The Alcoholic: Frequently shown taking quick nips and Drinking On Duty.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Just look at the picture.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Or, rather, Brilliant But Drinking/Drunk/Hungover.
- Cultured Warrior: Was a graduate of Yale and can tell the difference between Sebastian Bach and Beethoven.
- Deadpan Snarker: In contrast to Winters.
- Desk Jockey: As an Intelligence officer, this is his position. But unlike many men in his position, he is unafraid of battle and travels to the front often to understand the situation and is never seen behind the desk.
- Divorce Assets Conflict: His wife takes everything after the divorce, including the family dog. He even provides the page quote for this trope.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: The ending narration reveals that, after a string of failed marriages, he found the right woman, sobered up and got his life back together.
- To Winters. The two are both brave and competent officers, but they differ in just about everything else - background, attitude towards the war, role in it (Nixon's combat experience is limited for obvious reasons) and general moral makeup. Their friendship is thus a textbook case of Opposites Attract.
- He's also a foil to Dike, who enjoyed a similarly privileged upbringing with all the perks it's bound to bring, yet has none of Nixon's competence.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Winters.
- Ivy League: He graduated Yale.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: Succumbs to this in Episode 9 where he bears the responsibility for writing letters home to soldiers who died in his third combat jump.
- The Lancer: To Winters; the latter's stringent moral standards contrast Nixon's cynical and more obviously flawed persona.
- Nepotism: His father runs his own company, which helps Nixon secure jobs for himself and Winters there after the war.
- Non-Action Guy: Gets through the war without firing his gun even once.
- Non-Idle Rich: Comes from a very wealthy family.
- Not a Morning Person: What with all the hangovers, it's to be expected.
- Screw the War, We're Partying!: Subverted. While Nixon does use drinking as a way to cope with the horrors around him, he's generally shown to be a good officer despite his alcoholism.
Capt. Herbert Sobel (David Schwimmer)
The training officer at Camp Toccoa. He's petty and nasty, finding fault with the smallest (occasionally imagined) infractions, which earns him the hate of Easy Company men. He's obsessed with Easy being the best company in the Division and drills his men to near-perfection by methods that are somewhat sadistic. As it often happens, he himself is not particularly competent and as a result is relegated to being a supply officer.Episode 1, "Currahee", is from his POV.
- Artistic License – Gun Safety: Spends much of "Currahee" running around with his .45 in hand and his finger on the trigger. Most seriously, when asked to select three of his men to be "wounded" during a field exercise, he does so by pointing his pistol directly at their faces, sweeping the muzzle across a number of other men in the process. Note that this may have been a deliberate choice on the part of the filmmakers, as it illustrates Sobel's deficiencies as a field commander, as well as his disregard for his men's welfare.
- Bungled Suicide: Attempts to shoot himself later in life, only for the bullet to severe his optical nerves and render him blind for the remaining 20 or so years of his life.
- Catch Phrase: "Hi-ho, Silver!"
- Chicago: His hometown.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Nearly every member of Easy Company has gone on record as saying that they personally hated Sobel, but admit that he gave them motivation to unite as a unit, and his over-the-top training standards made them the best troopers in the army.
- Due to the Dead: Sadly averted. Sobel received no services at the time of his death in 1987, despite the fact that he served in many battles and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retirement. The only member of Easy Company to seek him out was Bill Guarnere, who paid Sobel's membership dues into a veterans group but otherwise had no contact with the man.
- Evil Is Petty: Evil is a stretch, but he is extremely petty and nearly wrecks Dick's career over a screw-up that Sobel himself made.
- Glory Seeker: He wants Easy to be the best company in the Airborne and is visibly distraught when command is taken away from him. All in all, he's shown as lacking in competence and unflappability rather than determination or desire to prove his worth.
- Jerkass: He cares more about his own career than his men.
- Ironic Fear: While not overtly stated, he looks extremely nervous during Easy's first actual Training Jump. He keeps a lid on his fear, as he is the CO of a paratrooper company.
- The Neidermeyer: Pushes Easy Company very hard just to further his own career. While his Training from Hell is effective, in the field he's shown to be incompetent to the point where every NCO in the company resigns rather than trusting him in combat.
- Liebgott even intimates (and none too discreetly) that he may frag Sobel as soon as they are in combat.
- Never My Fault: He refuses to acknowledge that he is a poor combat leader and tries to sabotage Winters instead.
- The Resenter: To Winters. It is especially evident when by the end of the war he has to salute the (by that time higher-ranking) man he used to bully.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He becomes noticeably nicer to Easy men once he becomes a regimental supply officer.
- Zero-Approval Gambit: Everybody at Easy loathes him, yet the men end up being the best-trained soldiers in the Airborne thanks to his training.
Capt. Ronald "Ron" Speirs (Matthew Settle)
Initially one of Dog Company's platoon leaders, he takes command of Easy during the Battle of the Bulge and stays with them for the remainder of the war.Fearless, professional and nonchalant, Speirs is perhaps the most absurdly badass member of Easy and one of the few to stay in the army once the war's over. He is the subject of many rumors regarding his treatment of German prisoners of war and the fact that he shot one of his own men for disobedience.
- The Big Guy: To a T.
- Blood Knight: Probably the only one in the series (unless you also count Guarnere, who is a less obvious example).
- Brave Scot: Edinburgh-born, though moved to the States as a child.
- Creepy Awesome: In-universe. Men of Easy respect yet also find him extremely frightening at the same time.
- Dissonant Serenity: His default mood.
- Divorce Assets Conflict: His first wife takes away his war spoils after their divorce.
- Establishing Character Moment: His first appearance in the series occurs in episode 2. It's the infamous scene with the German POWs, which isn't even shown onscreen in its entirety.
- Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die:
Speirs: The only hope you have is to accept the fact that you're already dead. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you'll be able to function as a soldier is supposed to function: without mercy, without compassion, without remorse. All war depends upon it.
- The speech he gives to Blithe. Unlike most examples of the trope, it actually works.
- In an interesting twist, Speirs applies this trope to himself, not just the soldiers under his command.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: While most soldiers participate in looting German homes, none (save for Pvt More) are as prolific as Speirs. (He also attempts to steal Perconte's lighter at some point).Vest: Boy, your folks are sure gonna have quite a collection by the time you get home, sir.
[pause; Speirs stares at Vest, then slowly smiles]
Speirs: Finders keepers.
- Memetic Badass: In-universe, since the stories about him become more and more overblown with each retelling. He even encourages this mystique about himself.
- Nerves of Steel: Where to begin? At Brecourt, while tasked with taking out the fourth artillery gun, instead of methodically working his way forth, he jumps out of the trench (exposing himself to fire) and charges straight for the gun, and disables it, without even hesitating. And later at Foy, the man ran through German lines to reestablish contact with I Company, straight past German soldiers and tanks and hooked up with I Company. Then once he was done, he ran back through the German line again and returned to Easy Company, when most men would have rather stayed where they were.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers this to a drunk New Meat who shot one of The Squad.
- One Last Smoke: He supposedly guns down a number of German prisoners after handing them cigarettes and afterwards gets amusement out of offering smokes to Easy men, who are understandably horrified every time.
- One-Man Army: Just read this entry.
- Pet the Dog: His interactions with Lipton.
- Refuge in Audacity: His daring run through the German line in episode 7 is successful only because the Germans can't believe what they're seeing. Note that he really made this run in real life!
Father (Captain) John Maloney (Doug Cockle)
The regimental chaplain, who administers last rites to dying soldiers even when under fire.
- Badass Pacifist: The below-mentioned DSC that he was awarded was for going into an active battlefield, unarmed, to provide comfort to the wounded and Last Rites to the dead and dying.
- Badass Preacher: He got the Distinguished Service Crossnote for his actions during the Battle of Carentan.
- Irish Priest: Of Irish descent.
- The Irish Diaspora: His fellow Irish-American Malarkey even quips that the Irish are "crazy fools" after seeing him administer Last Rites amongst gunfire.
First Lieutenant Lynn "Buck" Compton (Neal McDonough)
Buck was a star athlete at UCLA and played pitcher for the college baseball team. Considered to be one of the best officers of Easy, despite being overly friendly with his men and treating them as fraternity brothers rather than subordinates.
- A Father to His Men: Deconstructed. He's shown as being very close with his NC Os. When several of them are killed and wounded at Bastogne, he breaks down and ends up being pulled off the line.
- Back for the Finale: He's evacuated at the end of episode 7, is absent for the next 2 episodes and returns to Easy at the very end of episode 10.
- Break the Badass: His reaction to the loss of his friends in "The Breaking Point" was used to not only relate Compton's personal story, but to help show the viewers just how shitty it was for the troops during the Battle of the Bulge.
- "Dear John" Letter: Gets one during the Battle of the Bulge, a fact which does nothing good for his already low morale.
- Establishing Character Moment: Being reprimanded by Winters for gambling with the soldiers.
- Freak Out: Suffers a major breakdown after seeing Guarnere and Toye lose their legs in an artillery barrage.
- Hello, Attorney!: Becomes a prosecutor (later a judge) after the war.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: How he swindles Babe out of cigarettes in a game of darts.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Especially prominent in Bastogne.
- Lovable Jock: A college athlete and one of the best men in Easy.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name, Lynn, is never mentioned in the series.
- Shot in the Ass: In Holland, lengthwise ("one bullet, four holes").
- Workplace-Acquired Abilities: His baseball skills serve him well in combat, since he's ridiculously good at timing his grenade throws.
1st Lt Norman Dike (Peter O'Meara)
Serves as company leader during the Battle of the Bulge, which is highly unfortunate since he's incompetent, cowardly and takes to hiding in his foxhole instead of trying to run things. He is eventually relieved of his duty by Winters, much to the joy of Easy men.
- Dirty Coward: Received the name "Foxhole Norman" for his tendencies to hide in his foxhole. After a vicious artillery shelling, instead of personally helping the company he is in charge of, he runs away for help.
- The Ditherer: Unable to make any combat-related decisions.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Foxhole Norman", which says everything you need to know about him.
- Establishing Character Moment: When given directions by Major Winters to prepare Easy Company to head to Bastogne, Dike immediately delegates all work to officers under him, with the apparent intention of contributing precisely nothing to the preparations himself. He misses the brief but scathing look from Winters that this earns him.
- Foil: To Nixon. Both come from similarly rich and privileged backgrounds (complete with Ivy League colleges and nepotism), yet Nixon is a capable officer and a good person while Dike is incompetent and cowardly.
- Ivy League: Graduated Brown.
- Karma Houdini: His irresponsible behavior gets men killed, yet he never gets any comeuppance.
- Kicked Upstairs: The book reveals he became an aide to General Eisenhower.
- The Neidermeyer: To the point when Lipton has to ask Luz not to add fuel to the fire with his impersonations.
- Nepotism: How he got to be Lieutenant in the first place.
- Pet the Dog: Oddly averted. He awkwardly strikes up a conversation with Lipton, as a fraternization attempt... but then Lipton realizes Dike's not even listening. Dike even walks away abruptly while Lipton is given his first chance to reply.
1st Lt Henry Jones (Colin Hanks)
A young officer fresh out of West Point, he joins Easy late, at Haguenau, and the war-hardened veterans of Easy brush him off as naive and incompetent. However, he exceeds their expectations and proves his worth in combat.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The soldiers of Easy Company write him off as useless, but change their opinion of him after he acquits himself well in the patrol and even manages to take charge of the chaos that ensues afterwards.
- Ensign Newbie: Turns up as a replacement for Buck Compton and begs to be put on the patrol to get some experience. He doesn't stay in the company long though.
- Kicked Upstairs: Sadly, since he has all the makings of a good leader. Ironically, the book notes that he died in a car accident shortly after his promotion.
- Naïve Newcomer: Naïve, yes, but by no means incompetent.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Much to the relief of Easy Company men.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite being fresh out of training, and as such, unused to the bending of rules and regulations that combat necessitates, he is quite reasonable. After Major Winters tells a patrol that they were to ignore Colonel Sink's orders to go out on another patrol, Jones looks on disapprovingly for a moment before letting it go when he realized how pointless and dangerous the mission would be for the exhausted men of Easy.
1st Lt Thomas Meehan (Jason O'Mara)Easy's CO after Sobel and before Winters, he's killed when the plane with Easy's CO and HQ sections is shot down.
- Face Death with Dignity: In contrast to Evans, who is visibly frightened.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As a replacement to the incompetent Sobel, Meehan was seen as this by his men. He treated his fellow officers with respect and clearly outlined the Invasion plan of Normandy for the men. Unfortunately, before this could be proven in combat, his plane was shot down in Normandy and he perished.
1st Lt Harry Welsh (Rick Warden)
An invariably cheerful Easy Company CO and a friend to Nixon and Winters. While in training he would often get demoted for picking fights but would inevitably get promoted again thanks to his leadership abilities.A Running Gag involves him lugging his reserve parachute all through Normandy in hopes of turning it into a wedding dress for his bride, Kitty. Spoiler: the plan works 100%.
- The Alcoholic: Not very noticeable in the series (especially in comparison to Nixon), but real-life Welsh was famous for his crazy drunken exploits.
- Although in "Carentan," he's obviously drunk (or at least tipsy) while reassuring Blithe in the trench. He even offers Blithe a sip of his canteen, strongly implied to be filled with booze, not water.
- Idiot Ball: Making a fire during the siege of Bastogne, which a) wastes precious supplies, b) calls attention to their position and c) gets himself wounded in an ensuing barrage when the enemy sees the fire.
- My Girl Back Home: Kitty, his bride-to-be.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Very much a "follow me" kind of leader, who charges first into enemy territory to set an example for the troops.
1st Lt Frederick "Moose" Heyliger (Stephen McCole)Easy company's CO after Winters is promoted. Served as commander in Holland and led Easy during its rescue of survivors of the British 1st Airborne Division. Replaced by Dike after being wounded by one of his own men. Appears in Episode 5, "Crossroads."
- The Cavalry: Awarded the British Military Cross for leading Easy in Operation Pegasus, the rescue of stranded British paratroopers.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Moose" was a reference to his large stature.
- Unfriendly Fire: Wounded by one of his own men after he forgot the password at a checkpoint.
2nd Lt Carwood Lipton (Donnie Wahlberg)
A quiet and unassuming NCO, Lipton is the focus of episode 7, "The Breaking Point", wherein he tries to keep Easy Company's morale up while Lt Dike hides in his foxhole and Lt Compton slowly falls apart.Thanks to his leadership abilities and his good heart, the Battle of the Bulge goes smoother than it could have, and Lipton is given a commission in recognition of his bravery.Appears in all 10 episodes.
- Cigarette of Anxiety: After a mortar shell (which is, thankfully, faulty) lands in his and Luz's foxhole, Luz lights a cigarette and Lipton, previously a non-smoker, takes a drag as well. He picks up smoking after the event.
- Disappeared Dad: His father died in an automobile accident when Lipton was 10.
- Every Scar Has A Story: Gets a nasty cheek gash at Carentan, which then slowly fades to a (very noticeable) scar.
- Field Promotion: After the Battle of the Bulge.
- Groin Attack: He suffers a shrapnel wound to the groin, which thankfully doesn't cause any permanent harm.
- Humble Hero: When Spiers tells him the rest of Easy Company considers him their true leader after the disastrous time of Dike in the role, Lipton has no idea what he's talking about.
- Morality Pet: For Speirs, who shows a caring human side in his interactions with Lipton.
- The Reliable One: He was the only reason Easy company got through Bastogne.
- Sergeant Rock: His job, before he gets his Field Promotion.
- Team Mom: A rare male example. Speirs credits him with keeping Easy Company intact during the Battle of the Bulge.
- While Rome Burns: He spends the entirety of one of the artillery barrages laughing because the display reminds him of fireworks.
2nd Lt Thomas Peacock (David Nicolle)An Easy officer, whose default reaction to anything is either to get confused or to panic. He's not a good commander, but definitely not for lack of earnestness and trying on his part.
- Butt Monkey: His ineptitude, unlike Lt Dike's, is Played for Laughs, mostly because he's such a Nice Guy.
- Desk Jockey: He was a supply officer before being transferred to Easy.
- The Ditz: He leads his platoon, yet cannot tell when his map is upside down; much to the chagrin of his NC Os.
- Kicked Upstairs: Reassigned during the Battle of the Bulge on a stateside recruiting drive. The soldiers are all glad to see him go home, both because he is a genuinely nice guy that they like, and also because his tactical skills are almost nonexistent.
- Nice Guy: His men personally think good of him and recognizes that he tries, but he is not adept at commanding.
2nd Lt Ed Shames (Joseph May)An Easy officer who "thinks he has to yell all the time". Holds the distinction of being the only 2nd Lieutenant in the regiment who is also a platoon leader.
- Genre Savvy: Despite his hot-blood, he is seen making reasonable suggestions at times, such as when he recommends falling back during Bastogne (enemy artillery knew their exact position, and he recommended moving to avoid a direct barrage) and when he tells Dike to call Winters (trying to snap Dike out of his BSOD by putting him in touch with higher command).
First Sergeant William Evans (Simon Pegg)
Sobel's right hand man. He's killed on D-Day when the plane carrying Easy Company's HQ and CO sections is shot down.
- Bit Character: Has 3 lines, despite the actor's name being in the opening credits of episode 1.
- The Dragon: To Sobel. Although it is intimated that he knows what's going on when Luz impersonates Major Horton and gets Sobel into trouble, but doesn't say anything so as not to be annoying.
Technical Sergeant Donald Malarkey (Scott Grimes)
The everyman of the series, Malarkey is a college student who enlists after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Never seriously wounded, he ends up serving more time on the front lines than any other member of Easy Company.One of the few characters to appear in all 10 episodes.
- Beard of Sorrow: Grows one after two of his best friends die in the Battle of the Bulge.
- The Irish Diaspora: Is subject to a lot of Irish cracks by the rest of the company.
- Heroic Fatigue: Shows signs of combat fatigue after episode 7, but keeps on going nonetheless.
- Nice Guy: YMMV, but this is his defining characteristic. He fraternizes with the enemy as early as episode 2, when he chats up a German POW.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Refuge in Audacity: During one of the battles he spots what he thinks is a Luger on one of the dead Germans and crawls out into the open to retrieve it. The only reason he's not shot is because the enemy confuse him for a medic.
- Shower of Angst: When he receives news that he has to lead a patrol after being in combat longer than any Easy Company paratrooper.
- Team Chef: On at least a couple of occasions.
- Those Two Guys: With Muck.
- Tragic Bromance: Again, with Muck.
- Unfortunate Names: "Malarkey" is slang for bullshit, as Capt. Sobel points out in episode 1.
Staff Sergeant Sgt John "Peewee" Martin (Dexter Fletcher)
One of Easy's NCOs. He's promoted to sergeant in the very first episode and to Staff Sergeant later in the series. Portrayed as reasonable, reliable and a man of few words.
- Deadpan Snarker: With emphasis on the snarking.
- Death Glare: Often employs this, to great effect.
- Happily Married: To a woman named Patricia.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the book, he gets a medical discharge due to cartilage issues in his knees. He only mentions this condition to the medics after he is passed over for promotion one too many times.
- Self-Made Man: He founds his own company after the war and becomes a multimillionaire.
- Sergeant Rock: In episode 4, under 2nd Lt Peacock, and once again in episode 8, under Ensign Newbie 1st Lt Jones. He's not particularly happy about the role being thrust on him.
Staff Sergeant William "Wild Bill" Guarnere (Frank John Hughes)
A young man of Italian descent, remarkable for his reckless abandon in battle (he's not called "Wild" for nothing), a tendency to go AWOL from hospitals and very blunt demeanor. Despite his apparent harshness, he is a true friend, as evidenced in episode 7 when he disregards artillery fire and tries to drag the injured Toye to relative safety, an attempt that proves futile when his leg is blown off.
- A Friend in Need: If a friend needs him, he will risk life and limb to save them. The last time it happened, it actually did cost him a limb.
- An Arm and a Leg: He got a leg blown off by artillery fire while trying to pull Toye, who had suffered a similar fate moments before, to cover.
- Badass: One of the most badass characters in the series.
- Blood Knight: It's not particularly evident in the series, but real-life Guarnere was described as a "natural-born killer" of the same caliber as Speirs.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Often the loudest Easy Company paratrooper and one of the first who is ready to fight.
- Determinator: Just like Toye, he consistently runs away from hospitals without waiting for his wounds to heal.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Gonorrhea"
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Babe Heffron.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be a harsh prick sometimes, but underneath that is a good friend who will risk his life for anybody.
- Major Injury Underreaction: He manages to make a few quips when his leg is blown off in Bastogne.
- No One Gets Left Behind: His modus operandi. He gets the wounded Compton to safety in episode 4, organizes a party in search for Bull Randleman in the same episode, and attempts to drag Toye to a foxhole during the Battle of the Bulge.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Between the events of "Replacements" and "Crossroads" he was wounded while leading a platoon on a mission. The men were too spread out, he used a stolen motorcycle to go between them, was shot by a sniper, crashed and injured his leg.
- Philadelphia: He has the characteristic Philly accent and bonds with Babe Heffron thanks to their shared background.
- Rated M for Manly: He's tough, edgy, and wisecracking.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Shortly before the drop into Normandy, he learns his brother has been killed in Italy. He takes it out on every enemy he runs across once he lands.
S/Sgt Denver "Bull" Randleman (Michael Cudlitz)
A calm, large soldier who is occasionally given flak for his farmboy sensibilities. He is described by Dick Winters as "one of the best" in the company.Episode 4, "Replacements", is from his POV.
- The Big Guy: The man didn't receive the nickname, "Bull" for nothing. Out of all the men in Easy Company, he is easily recognized for being the biggest man there.
- Cigar Chomper: More so than the other smokers in Easy Company, who mostly smoke cigarettes.
- Gentle Giant: He's one of the only Toccoa men who's friendly to replacements.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: No one calls him Denver during the series.
- Papa Bear: He's very protective of the men in his squad, including replacements who nobody usually cares for.
- Southern-Fried Private: He has the "folksy wisdom" part down.
- Trapped Behind Enemy Lines: In episode 4. He makes it back, despite being shot and stabbed.
S/Sgt Darrell "Shifty" Powers (Peter Youngblood Hills)
A mild-mannered, soft-spoken young man from rural Virginia and the best sharpshooter in the company.One of the six characters to appear in all 10 episodes (along with Winters, Nixon, Lipton, Malarkey and Roe).
- Friendly Sniper: The man can spot an artillery piece hiding as a tree amongst a whole forest, yet he will still be hospitable and humble to his friends.
- Humble Hero: Whenever anyone praises him for his marksmen feat, he politely shrugs it off.Shifty: Oh no, I'm not that great a shot. Now Pa, he was an excellent shot! Excellent shot! I declare, he could shoot the wings off a fly.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: To the point of Reality Is Unrealistic since real-life Shifty Powers was every bit as good with his gun as his in-series counterpart. Then again, his father was apparently an even better shot.
- To clarify, in Real Life, he was credited for two major feats during the Battle of the Bulge. One, having just run a farm field under fire, he threw himself to the ground, and, using the iron sights on his rifle, shot a machine gunner between the eyes who was a couple hundred yards away, in a building, and busy shooting at Shifty and the rest of his platoon at the time. Second, he located an enemy artillery battery by noticing, in the middle of a forest, that a tree had appeared overnight a mile down the road, which turned out to be part of the battery's concealment. To reiterate, this man was able to tell that there was one more tree in the forest one morning than the day before. One tree. In a forest. A mile away. And he didn't even have a box of scraps.
- The book mentions that he kept getting written up during inspections because his rifle had a divot in the barrel. Becoming tired of constantly being in trouble for something he couldn't fix, he got a replacement rifle but couldn't get used to it and confessed that he never hit anything he intended afterwards. Luckily the fighting was dying down by this point and he was sent home soon after.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His name, "Darrell Powers" is only spoken in the last episode.
S/Sgts Charles "Chuck" Grant (Nolan Hemmings) and Floyd Talbert (Matthew Leitch)Easy NCOs who do not get much focus devoted to them.
- The Mechanic: Talbert.
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- Grant is shot by a drunken replacement and his eventual fate is left unknown. The real Grant survived the wound and went on to own a cigar store until his death.
- Talbert became a 'mountain man' who lived off the land and acted as a guide to hikers for money.
S/Sgt Joseph Toye (Kirk Acevedo)
One of Easy's Staff Sergeants; a miner before the war.He earned 4 Purple Hearts, the highest total for Easy.
- Agony of the Feet: He picks up trenchfoot at Bastogne after his boots are destroyed in an artillery attack. Though his whole lower leg is blown off before it can do much damage.
- Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on the deadpan.
- Determinator: He was wounded numerous times. Whenever this happened he, undeterred by his injuries, would inevitably head back to the line without spending much time convalescing, or wait until a mission was completed before getting medical attention. At least until he lost his leg in the Battle of the Bulge and returned to the USA.
- Guttural Growler: Has a very raspy voice.
- Made of Iron: Takes two point-blank grenade explosions without any serious injury in episode 2, and when he loses his leg and hit by German artillery twice, he's still conscious and able to banter with Guarnere.
- Mercy Kill: He puts a wounded horse out of its misery in episode 2.
Sgt Warren "Skip" Muck (Richard Speight, Jr)
Member of the mortar squad along with Penkala and Malarkey, and the latter's best friend. His playful sense of humor can almost, but not quite, rival Luz's.He's among the few Easy men to have gone to college.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Comes from a very large Catholic family.
- My Girl Back Home: The sweet Faye Tanner.
- Plucky Comic Relief: To a lesser extent than Luz, but it's there.
- Sacrificial Lion: While many characters die throughout the series, he's the one with the biggest number of episodes and amount of screen time among them.
- Those Two Guys: With Malarkey.
- Tragic Keepsake: Malarkey keeps Muck's rosary after the latter's death.
Sgts James "Moe" Alley Jr (George Calil), Burton "Pat" Christenson (Michael Fassbender), Myron "Mike" Ranney (Stephen Graham)Easy NCOs who don't get much screentime devoted to them. All three survive the war.
- Advertised Extra: Not when in originally aired, but as of now Christenson's actor is one of the most famous faces connected with Band of Brothers.
- Bit Character: Ranney and Alley.
- Casting Gag: At one point late in the series Winters asks Christenson if he or his men know German; none do, including Christenson. Fassbender is German-born.
- Hidden Depths: Christenson is a talented artist, a fact which is not evident in the series.
- Nice Guy: Christenson, who consistently treats the replacements in a friendly manner, unlike most of Easy men.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Ranney, who isn't seen after the first couple of episodes. Especially Ironic, as it was Ranney who proved the closing quote of the series ("I cherish the memories of a question my grandson asked me the other day when he said, "Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?" Grandpa said "No, but I served in a company of heroes.")
Sgt Edward Tipper (Bart Ruspoli)An Easy NCO who gets wounded in Carentan
- Beleaguered Assistant: He is visibly annoyed by Sobel's inability to read the map he's carrying.
- Eye Scream: His eye gets destroyed when he gets hit by a shell in Carentan.
- For the Lulz: When he goes along with Luz's Major Horton imitation to trick Sobel.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of him, he is wounded by a shell and being attended to by Liebgott. In real life, he was sent to a hospital in England to have his eye removed and returned to the US. As of 2015, he is one of the only members of Easy company who is still alive.
Technician 4th Grade George Luz (Rick Gomez)
A Portuguese American from a family of 10 whose talents include a) being able to imitate just about anyone and b) causing trouble. Whenever wacky hijinx ensue, it's usually thanks to him.Despite his lightheartedness, he is a highly competent paratrooper and one of the few Easy men to be with the company from Toccoa to Germany (he manages to get through war unscathed).As the ending narration reveals, it is a testament to the sheer force of his personality that 1,600 people attended his funeral in 1998.
- Communications Officer: He's one of Easy's radiomen.
- Heroic BSOD: A minor one in episode 7.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Has a remarkable talent for parodying and mimicking. His actor, Rick Gomez, is well-known for his voice-acting work.
- Plucky Comic Relief: His irreverent sense of humor is what kept the other men's morale up throughout the war. He's responsible for most of the funny moments in an otherwise grim series.
- The Prankster: He tricks Sobel into cutting a farmers fence and letting cows onto the base by imitating Major Horton.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: He's already seen most the the movies shown to the soldiers and knows the lyrics to "Oklahoma".
- Sad Clown: Considering the setting, he has elements of this (especially after episode 7), but it's not particularly noticeable.
- The Scrounger: A minor example compared to works of fiction, but he unfailingly manages to procure cigarettes, including two packs of Lucky Strikes during the siege of Bastogne when supplies are extremely scarce.
- Smoking Is Cool: While many characters smoke, he's the one most often seen with a cigarette, which lends a certain je ne sais quoi to the character.
- Those Two Guys: With Perconte.
T-4 Frank Perconte (James Madio)
A young man of Italian background, most often seen in the company of Luz.He survives the war and works as a postman afterwards. Until his death on October 24, 2013, he was the oldest surviving veteran of Easy Company.
- Chicago: His hometown.
- Global Ignorance: Wonders whether Berlin is situated in the Alps.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar across his left eyebrow.
- Happily Married: He meets and marries his wife between Camp Toccoa and D-Day landings.
- Neat Freak: He is very fastidious, especially about brushing his teeth.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Less so than Luz. He is fond of wise cracks and is the target of playful jokes from his buddies.
- Shot in the Ass: As per Easy Company's tradition, natch.
- Those Two Guys: With Luz.
T-4 Eugene "Doc" Roe (Shane Taylor)
The company's medic, he steadfastly performs his highly stressful job in the direst circumstances, including under fire, and as a result starts to suffer from Combat Exhaustion as war goes on. While compassionate, he is reluctant to form any emotional attachment to other soldiers (since it's easier to have a random soldier, rather than a friend, die in your arms). However, he starts to connect with others during the Battle of the Bulge.He is half-Cajun, and his knowledge of French helps him strike a friendship with a nurse in Bastogne.Appears in all 10 episodes and is the POV character for episode 6.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Quiet, gentle little Roe is probably the only one who can just yell at his superior officers for doing something stupid (like giving a wounded man too much morphine and thus putting his life in danger) and they'll just meekly listen and do as he says. It was Winters and Welsh he was yelling at, but still.
- Contemplate Our Navels: Episode 6 is dedicated to him trying to find meaning in his role.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: During the siege of Bastogne, when he's sickly and cold.
- Heroic BSOD: A minor one in episode 6.
- It Never Gets Any Easier: Subverted.
- The Medic: Obviously. Although he actually had no medical experience before the war, and was only given the job because the army was in such desperate need of medics.
- The Quiet One: Portrayed as introspective and introverted.
- Ragin' Cajun: Subverted. He's one of the quietest and gentlest characters.
- Survival Mantra: Recites a single sentence out of the Prayer of St Francis whenever he needs to give himself some peace and reassurance.
Corporal Walter "Smokey" Gordon (Ban Caplan)
One of Easy's machine gunners.
- Deadpan Snarker: After being shot in the spine and paralyzed, he nonchalantly points out to Compton: "Lip, you're standing on my hand."
- Handicapped Badass: A minor version of the trope; he's colorblind and lied his way through the Army test upon enlistment.
- Hidden Depths: He writes a poem about Talbert getting wounded by an overly nervous sentry, which is aptly called, "The Night of the Bayonet.".
- Made of Iron: Received three purple hearts in the Normandy Campaign, and was wounded a fourth time in the Battle of the Bulge and was paralyzed. He survived, but never returned to Easy Company.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His name, Gordon, is only mentioned a few times in the first episode. For the rest of the series he is known as "Smokey".
Corporal Donald Hoobler (Peter McCabe)
A cheerful young man who dreams of obtaining a Luger to bring home as a souvenir. His wish is fulfilled in the woods of Bastogne, but the Luger dischages and causes Hoobler's death.
- Blood Knight: Not to the same degree as Speirs, but he's definitely portrayed as highly enthusiastic about the war.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Hoobler was a great shot in the Company, but was still behind Shifty in terms of accuracy.
- Pants-Positive Safety: Averted.
- Reckless Gun Usage: What gets him killed.
Technician 5th Grade Joseph Liebgott (Ross McCall)
The only Jew in the company other than Sobel, Liebgott is an angry young man whose participation in the war is motivated by his hatred for Nazis.After the war, he returns to cab driving and cuts off all contact with other members of Easy.He is a big fan of Dick Tracy novels.
- Artistic License – History: In real life, Liebgott was a practicing Roman Catholic. In the series, he's Jewish.
- Cunning Linguist: One of the two employed by Easy (along with Webster). His parents emigrated from Austria, which is where his knowledge of German comes from.
- Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on the deadpan.
- The Fellowship Has Ended: Post-war.
- Hot-Blooded: He's very eager to kill Nazis, especially after discovering the concentration camp.
- Informed Judaism: Understandable, given that real-life Liebgott was actually Roman Catholic. Men of Easy thought he was Jewish due to his appearance, name and hatred of Germans, and he went along with the assumption.
- Manly Tears: In episode 9, after the discovery of a concentration camp.
- Matzo Fever: Dreams of marrying a Jewish girl with "big titties and a smile to die for".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Webster's blue.
- San Francisco: His hometown.
Private First Class Alex Penkala (Tim Matthews)
Part of the mortar squad along with Muck and Malarkey, and their best friend.
- Character Death: Along with Muck, when a mortar shell lands in their foxhole.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Comes from a family of 13.
- Satellite Character: He's portrayed mainly through his interactions with Muck and Malarkey, both of whom get more screen time and character development.
PFC David Kenyon Webster (Eion Bailey)
A Toccoa veteran who misses the entirety of Battle of the Bulge while recuperating from a wound and is thus treated as New Meat upon his return to the company. His significant diplomatic skills help him win back the trust and respect of others.Episode 8, ""The Last Patrol", is from his POV.
- Can't Believe I Said That: Almost word-for-word in "Replacements", concerning his exclamation of "They got me!" after he's shot. Especially humorous in light of the next trope...
- Cultured Warrior: Is erudite and intellectual, unlike most of Easy Company men.
- Cunning Linguist: Along with Liebgott.
- Dismotivation He could've easily gotten a commission to be an officer with his family connections, but he wanted to be in trenches with the Average Joes.
- Foil: To Guarnere. While Wild Bill is eager to get back to the line after being wounded, Webster stays in the hospital until fully healed. This is not the only contrast (e.g. Webster is well-spoken, WASP, erudite, etc), but it's the one expressly pointed out in-series.
- Ineffectual Loner: Self-consciously intellectual, he's as ambivalent about the other Easy men as they are about him.
- Ivy League: Was a Harvard scholar before enlisting.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Real-life Webster strongly disliked both the army and the war and kept fighting due to a sense of duty.
- Must Make Amends: Webster finds himself a pariah when rejoining Easy after a lengthy stay in the hospital... the other men feel he rode out the horrible battle of Bastogne in a warm hospital bed. Webster repairs the damage by minor and patient acts of kindness towards his comrades and volunteering for a dangerous mission. They accept him again as one of them.
- Never Found the Body: His eventual fate, as revealed by the ending narration (he was lost at sea in 1961).
- OOC Is Serious Business: His confrontation with the German baker.
- Precision F-Strike: Webster is normally well-mannered, so when he starts spewing rants at the surrendering Germans in episode 9 the effect is quite jarring.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Liebgott's red.
- Tranquil Fury: He doesn't raise his voice when threatening the baker, making it more chilling.
- Warrior Poet: Becomes a journalist and a writer after the war.
PFC Edward "Babe" Heffron (Robin Laing)
A friendly and amiable soldier who joins Easy Company in Carentan. Unlike most replacements, he fits in easily with the company and is lucky enough to make it through the war.
- "Dear John" Letter: Gets one between episodes 3 and 4.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Guarnere.
- New Meat: In episode 3. He's also the most notable of replacements and receives the most screen-time out of the replacements.
- Nice Guy: The blunt and harsh Guarnere adores him, he's the first to reach out to Doc Roe, and all in all one gets the feeling he didn't get that nickname for nothing.
- No One Gets Left Behind: He's forced to leave his foxhole buddy John Julian to die on the German line, an event which shakes him up and makes him feel guilty for years to come.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Babe's real name comes up in episode 6, when he asks Doc Roe not to use it. Apparently, only "the goddam nuns" call him Edward.
- Philadelphia: Sports a distinct Philly accent, same as Guarnere.
PFC Ralph "Doc" SpinaEasy Company's other medic - more personable and friendly than Doc Roe but growing increasingly dissatisfied with his role in combat.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Invoked.Spina: Only virgin I know is the Virgin Mary.
PFCs John Janovec (Tom Hardy) and Robert "Popeye" Wynn (Nicholas Aaron)Easy Company privates; Popeye is a Toccoa veteran and Janovec a replacement that joins Easy in Germany.
- Coitus Ensues: Janovec in episode 9.
- Establishing Character Moment: Janovec is first seen fraternizing with a German girl, in the only sex scene in the series.
- Character Death: Janovec, in a traffic accident soon after VE-day.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Popeye.
- Shot in the Ass: Popeye, which starts the Easy Company tradition.
Pvt Roy Cobb (Craig Heaney)
A soldier who has been in the army way longer than other Easy Men yet never got a promotion. This has made him somewhat unfriendly, especially to new recruits. He is portrayed as a complainer and a bit of a coward.
- Drinking On Duty: In episode 8.
- Hypocrite: Chews out Pvt Miller for wearing the regimental distinction badge despite not having fought in Normandy. Cobb didn't either; on D-Day, the plane he was in was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Shrapnel penetrated the hull of the plane and punched through one of Cobb's legs. The rest of his platoon made the jump and fought in Normandy. Cobb was left on the plane, returned to England, and spent the next month in an Army hospital
- Jerkass: He's not portrayed as a pleasant individual. Especially when talking to replacements.
- Perpetual Frowner: He's almost never seen without a smile, and is always in a sour mood. The only time he does smile is when "Bull" returns from behind enemy lines.
- The Resenter: To other Easy men whose military careers are more successful.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's led away by military police at the end of episode 8 and isn't seen again in the series. The reason is that he got drunk, attacked Lt Jones, and was discharged as a result.
Pvt James Miller (James McAvoy)
Introduced in episode 4 as one of the titular replacements.
- Sacrificial Lamb: His death in the very episode he is introduced is meant to illustrate the alarmingly rates of casualities that new replacements were prone to; before the seasoned veterans, and in the extent of the audience, gets to know them.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in the episode in which he is introduced.
Pvt Albert Blithe (Marc Warren)
A young man who suffers severe shell-shock during D-Day landings and has to try and overcome his fear of death and wounds.He's the POV character for episode 3 "Carentan".
- Angst: He's practically the living embodiment of the emotion.
- Death by Adaptation: A strange meta example. The veterans of the Easy company had assumed that Blithe had died, since they didn't hear from him after 1948, which lead Stephen Ambrose to assume the same thing when he wrote the book, and the mistake was then carried over the TV series. But in fact, the real-life Blithe lived quite a bit longer than his series counterpart.note
- Flower from the Mountaintop: In a symbolic gesture, he takes one off a dead German's body.
- Heroic BSOD: Enough to cause hysterical blindness.
- Took a Level in Badass: By the end of "Carentan".
Pvt Alton More (Doug Allen)
A private within Easy and one of Malarkey's good friends. Infamous for his looting tendencies, he brings to the States an unusual war spoil - two albums full of Hitler's personal photos.
- Kick the Dog: When he loots the musette bags of his fallen comrades in Normandy.
- Heel Realization: Complete with Tears of Remorse, when he finds baby booties in one of the bags.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Noted for looting whenever he can. In episode 3, More and Malarkey steal an Army motorcycle, which in the next episode is brought to light by Capt. Sobel. By the end of the war, after securing Hitler's Eagle Nest, he steals Hitler's personal photo album.
- Satellite Character: Often seen besides his fellow mortar squad, especially Malarkey.
Pvt John "Cowboy" Hall (Andrew Scott)An Able Company soldier who gets lost during D-Day landings and joins Winters & other Easy men in Brecourt Manor Assault.
- Accidental Mis Naming: A Meta-Example. In real life, his name was John Halls.
- Communications Officer: He's Able's radioman.
- Character Death: He's the first man to die under Winters's command.
- Insult of Endearment: Guarnere first calls him "Cowboy" as an insult, but later on as a nickname.
- Non-Indicative Name:Popeye: This here is Hall; Able Company.Guarnere: Known as "Cowboy".Liebgott: You from Texas?Hall: (deadpan) Manhattan.
- New York City: Hails from Manhattan.
Pvt Patrick "Paddy" O'Keefe (Matthew Hickey)A replacement for Easy Company who shows up near the end of the series.
- Accidental Mis Naming: Perconte calls him various Irish surnames because he doesn't care enough to learn his real one. He finally calls him O'Keefe during his breakdown at the concentration camp.
- Break the Cutie: He goes into a Heroic BSOD when the company discovers the concentration camp.
- Innocently Insensitive: He doesn't realize how much his eagerness to fight the Germans offends the vets who have actually been through combat.
- Naïve Newcomer: His attitude leads to him receiving a "The Reason You Suck" Speech from Perconte.
- New Meat: The reason why Perconte treats him with disdain.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He is very eager to fight the Nazis, much to the annoyance of the vets.
Renee Lemaire (Lucie Jeanne)
A Belgian girl who works as a nurse at the hospital in Bastogne and strikes a friendship with Doc Roe.Her character is a tribute to all the civilians who helped the war effort.
- Blessed with Suck: Doc Roe notes that she has a "healing touch", which seems to calm wounded and dying soldiers. He calls it a gift from God; she retorts that God would never be so cruel as to bestow something like this upon a person.
- The Smurfette Principle: The female with the longest screen time within the series.
- Tastes Like Friendship: She gives chocolate to Roe in their first meeting.
- Token Minority: The only woman, and only civilian, in a very large cast.
- Tragic Keepsake: Subverted. Doc Roe doesn't keep her headscarf and uses it as a bandage instead.