Characters / Blake's 7

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The Original Seven

    Roj Blake 
Roj Blake

It's time we really hurt the Federation. Oh, we've been hitting at the fingers, the arms. I want to hit at the heart.

Played by: Gareth Thomas (1978-9, 1980, 1981)

The show's original protagonist, the leader of a rebellion against the oppressive Federation (twice) who escaped from a prison planet and now leads a small cell of rebels.

  • Anti-Hero: Usually a Type II or III but toes the boundary of Type IV/Type V in Star One where he knowingly commits to a scheme that will result in the death of millions and only backs out because a race of genocidal aliens conveniently beat him to it.
  • Back for the Dead/Killed Off for Real: He is brought back in the show's very last episode, only to get bloodily shot dead.
  • Badass Armfold: Frequently assumes this pose when being manly and uncompromising.
  • The Bus Came Back: After leaving as a regular cast member at the end of the second season, he reappears in the final episodes of the third (as part of what turns out to be a simulation) and fourth (for real) seasons.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: He often gets sidetracked from the overall rebellion to help individual people or cultures in trouble.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments.
  • Designated Hero: In-universe example, to the Resistance, as he isn't treated as particularly moral by the programme itself. He tends to range between 'Idealistic', Anti-Hero, and Well-Intentioned Extremist; Gareth Thomas describes him, variously, as "a pillock" and "vicious but honourable", so he's probably somewhere between the two.
  • Fake Memories: Had these implanted into him before the start of the series so he thinks he's just an average citizen until he sees a massacre of some rebels that were trying to continue his cause and his real memories return to him.
  • Famed In-Story: Problems come when he starts believing those stories.
  • Frameup: The Federation got Blake sentenced to Cygnus Alpha by implanting Fake Memories in children of Blake molesting them.
  • Famous Last Words: "Avon, I was waiting for you! [BANG BANG BANG] Avon..."
  • Gentleman Snarker: Is generally polite, but can slip in an extremely precise snark, even occasionally outsnarking Avon.
    Avon: "I'm finished. Staying with you requires a degree of stupidity of which I no longer feel capable."
    Blake: "Now you're just being modest."
  • Girly Run: Thomas wasn't a trained athlete, and the lack of space on the sets prevented a lot of running.
  • The Hero Dies: Gets brutally gunned down at the end of the series. By Avon, no less.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: After putting all his hopes into smashing the Federation by destroying their Magical Computer that monitors and relays all communications and failing.
  • The Idealist: Deeply committed to the rebellion, in contrast to most of the people he's leading who just want to stay alive and not get recaptured.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Blake hates Travis because Travis personally killed many of Blake's followers during the previous rebellion.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: He becomes increasingly grim and willing to engage in Dirty Business as the show progresses.
  • The Kirk: The overall moral hero who tends to take a middle path between emotion and pragmatism.
  • Living Legend: He's already famous at the start of the series after leading a previous failed rebellion.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: An out of universe, behind the scenes example. Gareth Thomas knew that the final episode was to be shot in an ambiguous open ended fashion but wanted to be done with the role of Blake forever. He was adamant about making sure that there was no way that Blake could survive. This is why he requested for a different type of gun to be used. Specifically, a gun that could not be mistaken for a stun type weapon. This also explains the addition of the Squib which was usually omitted due to the show's notoriously low budget. His death was bloodier than normal for the timeslot. Notice that apart from pure acting, no one else in the final scene shows squibs or any other visual evidence of being shot. But this was with the intention that those who wished to return for a possible fifth season might credibly survive. However, there is a Blake clone still running around from Season B. Maybe it was the clone who died.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Depending on your interpretation of the character, though he would just say he's good at inspiring people.
  • Principles Zealot: Slides into this at times in his single-minded goal to destroy the Federation.
  • Put on a Bus: He and Jenna are separated from the others in the big battle at the end of the second season and takes two full seasons to encounter them again.
  • Rebel Leader: He led two separate major rebellions against the dictatorial federation.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He is the volatile, charismatic moral lead to Avon's chilly pragmatism.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The Federation Mind Raped him into condemning his own revolution, imprisoned him, drugged him to keep him docile, murdered his family and eventually framed him for child molestation and sent him to a Prison Planet. His decisions subsequently are driven at least in part by a desire for some payback.
  • Rousing Speech: Prone to these, much to Avon's annoyance.
  • Shrouded in Myth: In-universe.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: By the end of the second season he is willing to potentially plunge the whole Federation into logistical collapse in order to win, which he has been warned could potentially lead to mass catastrophe.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Is on the receiving end of this more frequently as the series goes on.
  • With Friends Like These...: Constantly tussles with Avon over whether to go for moral or pragmatic strategies or tactics, even though they stay allies for a long time.

    Kerr Avon 
Kerr Avon

I am not expendable, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going.

Played by: Paul Darrow (1978-81)

A computer fraudster who was part of the crew who Blake escaped with. A cold and snarky man who becomes the show's second protagonist.

  • Accidental Aiming Skills: In "Orac", he shoots off Travis' arm.
    Blake: "Good shot, Avon".
    Avon: "I was aiming for his head".
  • Anti-Hero: Type IV, tending almost towards Anti-Villain at times. He's usually apathetic and selfish but has moments of decency and even nobility (in "Countdown" he chooses to defuse a bomb that's seconds away from wiping out the whole planet even though he could just teleport away). On the other hand, he can be extremely ruthless when pushed (like "Orbit", when he tries to kill Vila to save his own life).
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: When going out on a mission, he has a tendency to pair himself with whoever is the most badass from among whatever crewmembers that are available that he also finds least annoying, leading him to often be paired with either Dayna or Soolin and — more often then not — fighting back to back with them.
  • Big Damn Hero: Because he's both the other biggest badass on the ship and because he's reluctant to personally back Blake's fanatical schemes (and so often stays behind on the Liberator), he often (if reluctantly and with a great deal of "I told you so's") is this.
  • Brutal Honesty: Regularly tells the rest of the crew (and most villains) exactly what he thinks of them.
    Avon: "No, the point is Vila won't trust you whereas he will trust Cally and me."
    Tarrant: "Cally yes, but why you?"
    Avon: "Because he knows what I think of him."
    Tarrant: "You despise him."
    Avon: "Right, but at least I'm consistent about it."
  • The Chains of Commanding: Though power and control attracts him, he tends to reject taking full control because when he is in charge of people he actually feels responsible for their welfare (as evidenced early on with his uncomfortableness with Meegat's reliance on him) and this leaves him heavily stressed and strung between self-interest and the responsibility he feels a person in that position has; this is major factor in his Sanity Slippage after becoming leader of the crew.
  • Changing of the Guard: Becomes the main protagonist in series C when the group gets broken up and Blake cannot be found (really because Gareth Thomas wanted to go on to other things and Paul Darrow was still enthusiastic about his role and Avon was such a big hit with fans).
  • Combat Pragmatist: Any dirty trick in the book, as long as it finishes combat quickly with him as the winner.
  • The Cracker: Was one. He hacked into the Federation banking system and stole 5 million credits before the start of the series, and would have gotten away clean but for "relying on other people", as he put it.
  • The Cynic: He can always be relied upon to argue for the ruthless but survival-oriented choice, and constantly mocks others' moral pretensions.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His lover and partner in crime was apparently tortured to death by the Federation when they were captured... and when he finally gets around to investigating further the revelations end up making things even worse for him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Snark is his native tongue and even in those rare times when he's not speaking it, the accent is apparent in every word.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Snarkily explaining how the door panels work, thus showing off his love of computers and his love of being rude to people he thinks are dumber than him. (Which is, of course, everyone.)
  • Evil Is Hammy - "Evil" is an open question, but it's certainly true that the more embittered and compromised Avon becomes, the more studs he wears, poses he strikes, and lines he delivers in staccato barks.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Blake, eventually becoming With Friends Like These..., and arguably with the others to varying levels.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: He shows strong signs of sexual attraction to Servalan in the later seasons.
  • Forgets to Eat ...and sleep when he's obsessed with something.
  • Girly Run: Not really a trained athlete - he can be rather ungainly when moving fast.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Avon does not like to kill unnecessarily (he is seen to discourage the killing of disabled enemies). He is against the taking of innocent life (but if you're playing the game, you're fair game). He objects to Blake's more blatantly terroristic plans such as destroying the computer system that controls planetary environments. He also does not like dealing with the Space Mafia and he dislikes psychological manipulation (the reason for Blake's phenomenal success). Avon, however, is condescending and a Jerkass and he really does think he's smarter than you are.
  • Good with Numbers
  • Hard Head: For such a badass and paranoid character, he gets knocked out by a Tap on the Head a ridiculous amount of times, only once ("Aftermath") having any aftereffects whatsoever.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Even by the standards of this show, his fondness for tight black leather costumes is notoriously fetishistic.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Very, very hidden under lots of snark and cynicism and even pretended self-interest. Watch what he does, not what he says (usually, anyway).
  • I Gave My Word: Despite his more pragmatic approach and contempt for all things honorable before reason, he does not give his word lightly and will not break it once he has given it ( Except for that one time when he promised to keep Vila safe, but nearly killed him to save his own skin ).
    • Metaphorically True/Exact Words: He may not break his word, but unless one is someone he respects or have solicited from him a very specific and well-worded promise, he can find some way around it.
    Shrinker: "We had a deal."
    Avon: "Did we?"
    Shrinker: "We did. A way out you promised me."
    Avon: "And I'm a man of my word. In the end, that's all there is, really."
    Avon throws a blaster on the floor a little ways away from Shrinker.
    Shrinker: "What's that?"
    Avon:" That's your 'way out.' It's a better deal than you gave any of your victims."
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Occasionally plays gambits in which he allows himself to be captured.
  • Insufferable Genius: At the beginning he is a pure example of this, being incredibly obnoxious and tolerated by the others for his technical skills. After Character Development it becomes clear that he cares for the others (well, sort of, when he's in a good mood) and vice-versa, but he never becomes exactly emollient.
  • Insult Backfire: Pretty much any insult thrown at him regarding his callousness and coldness.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Has a habit of aggressively manhandling women who try to manipulate or deceive him. In one case he's in a life-and-death struggle with a female villain (including her hitting him in the groin) and after subduing her says, "You better get her out of here, I really rather enjoyed that."
  • It's All About Me: He pretends to be this.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Avon spends most of Series 1 and 2 trying to get everyone to try a pair on, with varying success.
  • Just a Machine: His view on Zen and Orac. It bothers him to no end that they talk back and don't always obey orders (as computers should), and he's threatened Zen with reprogramming more than a few times. He's also the only one who consistently refers to Zen, Orac, and Slave as "it" rather than "he" like the others do. Yet despite this, he and Orac are each the only person the other has any intellectual respect for.
  • The Lancer: A pure example of this trope in the first two seasons, as Blake's often-combative, and more ruthless and unpleasant, second lead.
  • Laughing Mad: At the end of "Gold" when he finds out that, instead of inconveniencing and ripping a whole lot of money off of her, Servalan manipulated him into doing something that benefited her immensely.
  • Leaning on the Furniture: He practically never fully sits on anything. (Allegedly, this was sometimes because the notorious leather trousers were so tight that he couldn't actually bend at the hips.)
  • Licenced Sexist: He becomes a hardcore sexist in any episode written by Ben Steed. The most blatant instance is in the episode "Power," where he actually lectures a female villain on how women are inherently less strong than men, and how they should learn their proper place in society. Fortunately the other writers treated Avon in a much more even-handed way, giving him much respect for his female colleagues and even Servalan to a certain extent.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: "Friend" might be stretching it, depending on your definition of "friend." If, for instance, he and a crewmate are on an overloaded spaceship that is going to blow up unless the approximate weight of a human disposed of and there's no way out of the situation, he's going to dump the crewmate; however, if there is the slimmest possible chance to save them, he will do everything Avonly possible for his crewmates.
  • The Lost Lenore: His girlfriend and partner-in-crime Anna Grant, who he believes was tortured to death by the Federation after they were captured.
  • The Mad Hatter: As the series goes on he becomes increasingly mentally unstable and shows it. During the final episodes, he starts deliberately playing it up to intimidate people, and in the very last episode describes himself as a psychopath.
  • Meaningful Name: Avon: A Terrible Aspect (by Paul Darrow) reveals "Kerr" (or "Ker", in the book), is short for Kerguelen, meaning "devestation". (The connection is the Kerguelen Islands - among the most remote places on Earth - which are also known as the Desolation Islands. Kerguelen was actually the name of their discoverer, though. Whether the "Kerguelen=desolation" mistake is on Darrow's part or a natural historical error in the fictional future is unclear.)
  • Misanthrope Supreme - Avon pretends to be this but is in fact the most philanthropic member of the crew.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Tall, Dark, and Snarky Paul Darrow in tight leather? He has a lot of fans.
  • Nominal Hero: At the start he takes up with Blake purely so that he can escape from prison, and stays with Blake because he thinks his chances are better. After he becomes more committed to the rebellion and the other characters he becomes an Unscrupulous Hero.
  • Not Good with People: Type 2. He finds people annoying and too emotional, and prefers the company of machines — though his dislike for certain members of his own species declines somewhat as the series goes on.
  • Odd Friendship: With Cally (with some UST involved). While being on opposite ends of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism and often calling each other out on their differing value systems, they build up rather a good friendship (by "Blake's 7" and Avon's standards), initially because they are both outsiders, but largely because (as Paul Darrow put it) they see exactly what the other is and are willing to accept each other even when they disagree. He respects her opinion and tends to lend it more consideration, she's the only person on the Liberator he exhibits patience with, the only crewmember he directly expresses concern over if they are in trouble, and whose emotional well-being he actually considers and asks about its status.
  • Pet the Dog: He has his moments.
  • The Power of Trust: For someone who frequently says that trusting is stupidity and gets people killed, trust means an awful lot when given to him by someone he respects and he will go through hell and high water to save them, avenge them, or do something they ask of him (if that something is within reason). Conversely, it carries an incredible amount of weight those rare times when he (who frequently warns his crewmates not to trust anyone, especially him) asks his crewmates to trust him.
  • Psycho Sidekick: At the beginning Blake knows just how ruthless he is and tolerates his more vicious actions, because he's so useful.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Paul Darrow has one of the most frightening and ambiguous smiles in TV history. The audience can never tell what it means or portends.
  • Rebel Leader: From Series 3 onwards, not that he wants to be.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Intensely dislikes anyone or anything that tries to control him, and can reliably be counted on to snark at any authority figure whether or not it's good for his health.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Blake's Red.
  • Reverse Arm-Fold: When he's not Leaning on the Furniture.
  • Sarcastic Devotee
  • Sanity Slippage: By the end of the show, is implicitly describing himself as a "psychopath".
  • Ship Tease: With Cally.
  • Slasher Smile: More and more, the more insane he becomes.
  • The Snark Knight: Constantly snarks at others for being herd followers and cannot stand idiocy, and he especially snarks at people in leadership positions, constantly pointing out how they fail at being a leader, but he is just as hard on himself when in a leadership position.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside
  • Sour Supporter: Just 'cause he's (almost) The Lancer to Blake, doesn't mean he has to like it.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Starts wearing them in the third series, right about when he starts to lose it. (They actually caused a minor behind-the-scenes controversy, and many of his spikier outfits were replaced with studded ones next series).
  • The Spock: The logical and cold-blooded team member.
  • Spock Speak
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: The "sugar" part is extremely repressed and restrained, even when it appears, but that makes it even more meaningful.
  • Survivor Guilt: For being the one who survived when Anna Grant didn't.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Not so much the tall part, but he makes up for it with a triple helping of snark.
  • Thinking Tic: If he's not leaning on Orac, he tends to roll game pieces in his hands while thinking when he's on the bridge.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His initial role in the group is as the computer specialist, but as the series goes on (and he eventually winds up in command of Liberator) he spends less time working on computers and more time shooting baddies.
  • Tragic Hero: His twin Fatal Flaws of cynicism and distrust (amped up to eleven by his finding out his lover, Anna Grant, had really been planted on him, then being forced to kill her when she pulled a gun on him - a tragedy in itself) lead him to kill Fire Forged Friend, Blake, believing Blake betrayed him.
  • Verbal Tic: Has a tendency to start out sentences with a sardonically seasoned "well."
  • Would Hit a Girl: Doesn't care if you're male, female, alien, etc.; if someone is threatening his welfare or those of his companions, he doesn't hesitate to hit, stab/shoot in the back, or kill anyone.

    Jenna Stannis 
Jenna Stannis

We're free. We've got a ship. We can go anywhere we like.

Played by: Sally Knyvette (1978-9)

A smuggler and professional criminal, the only female member of Blake's original crew.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Attracted quite a few.
  • Ace Pilot: She is introduced as this, although as the seasons progress Liberator becomes too obviously self-willed for her to be able to show it.
  • Action Girl: Usually one of the more effective characters in a fight. The tendency of some writers to portray her as a Faux Action Girl was actually the main factor in Knyvette leaving the series - she'd signed on to play a badass space pirate, and got tired of getting yet more Neutral Female scripts or being Out of Focus.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Avon.
  • Bus Crash: Blake announces she's dead in the final episode, though he may have been lying to gauge the crew's reaction. The Big Finish episode "Jenna's Story" eventually revealed he was telling the truth - Jenna's dead.
  • Chickification: Sally Knyvette complained that she went from tough space pirate to housewife aboard the Liberator. This led to her leaving the series.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Bounty" focuses on her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Smuggled anything that could be sold on the black market, but drew the line on drugs and Shadow in particular.
  • Hero of Another Story: Though Sally Knyvette never opted to return to the series after being Put on a Bus and Jenna was later the victim of a Bus Crash, more recent tie-in novels and Big Finish audio productions in collaboration with Knyvette make it clear that she got up to quite a few heroic deeds of her own off-screen.
  • Hellbent For Leather: One outfit in particular.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: All the time.
  • Machine Empathy: She can tell the hyperdrive of the London "needs restressing, by the feel of things."
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Out of Focus: Was sadly under-utilised as the series went on. This caused Sally Knyvette to leave. Big Finish went out of their way to avert this, filling out her backstory and giving her meatier dramatic roles in their episodes, which she says she's very happy about.
  • Put on a Bus: She and Blake are separated from the others in the chaos of the space battle at the end of the second season.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Blake.

    Vila Restal 
Vila Restal

I hate personal violence, especially when I'm the person.

Played by: Michael Keating (1978-81)

A likeable, if self-serving, professional crook who becomes, surprisingly, the emotional core of the crew.

  • The Alcoholic: Becomes one as the series goes on, largely to deal with his stress and after Gan dies.
  • Amazon Chaser: Tends to be attracted to women who could easily wipe the floor with him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Is constantly the butt of jokes and snarking, even from Cally.
    Vila: Why do I get all the dirty jobs?
  • Characterization Marches On: The first episode implies that he's a kleptomaniac, as opposed to the professional thief of later episodes.
  • Chivalrous Pervert.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Openly lacks courage or very much morality, and often ends up on the receiving end of others' disdain.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "City on the Edge of the World" is largely centred around him. He accidentally leads an alien race to their Promised Land, gets to show off just how good a safecracker he actually is, and has sex for the only time in the season.
  • Depending on the Writer: Vila suffers from this the most. How intelligent, capable, brave and sober he is depends on who's writing, Terry Nation or Chris Boucher.
  • The Eeyore: Very pessimistic. Not without good reason, mind.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Trying to take Blake's watch shows he's a thief, though it's presented initially as being a compulsive behaviour rather than something he does because he's good at it, as in later episodes.
  • Famous Last Words: A sarcastic "Sorry" to the Federation spy he attacks after she shoots Dayna.
  • If I Were a Rich Man: Though it's pointed out that he'd soon become bored and start looking for something to break into.
  • It's All About Me: He acts very self-centred, and it's only a mild exaggeration.
  • Little Guy, Big Buddy: His and Gan's friendship looks rather like this. Vila is the shortest member of the crew who's Motor Mouth and kleptomania tend to get him into trouble; the friendship he strikes up with Gan, who is more than happy to prove his friendship by intimidation or violence, is often is his protection.
  • Master of Unlocking: He can get through practically any lock in the universe, and is very proud of it.
  • The McCoy: Generally the member of the central trio who reacts emotionally to things.
  • Motor Mouth: When he's extremely frightened.
  • Non-Action Snarker: While often the target of snarking, he frequently gets in some of his own.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Is the only member of the crew who never bothers with the pretense that they're rebels.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: His favourite tactic for avoiding dangerous situations. Though a bit of a unique example because he is often shown to actually be an idiot in many cases, overindulging in drink and thinking with the wrong head mostly, but when it comes to being a thief and especially dealing with security systems he seems to have a touch of genius.
  • One-Liner: Loves using these.
  • Playing Drunk: At one point, he pretends to be drunk so he can make a suggestion on how to fix the current problem (atmosphere leaking out of a hole in the hull) in the form of a rambling reminiscence, but not be called on to undertake the repair himself (because you couldn't give such a dangerous task to someone who was obviously drunk).
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Taking "plucky" in its vaguest sense.
  • Sarcastic Devotee
  • The So-Called Coward: He's not in it for Blake's revolution and knows that most of his comrades think he's cowardly, incompetent and generally expendable, but he's surprisingly brave (and badass) when someone who's shown him some respect is in trouble.

    Olag Gan 
Olag Gan

Well, I'm with you.

Played by: David Jackson (1978-9)

A convicted murderer who acts as Blake's primary muscle, despite an essentially phlegmatic personality.

    Cally 
Cally

My people have a saying: A man who trusts can never be betrayed, only mistaken.

Played by: Jan Chappell (1978-80)

A telepathic alien rebel who joined Blake's crew after the rest of her team were killed.

  • Action Girl: Sometimes (see Depending on the Writer).
  • Ambiguously Human: She's an Auron, but what that means varied from one series to the next, from an alien to an artificially advanced clone.
  • Badass Pacifist: Her characterization tends to round out to this.
  • Blessed with Suck: In the reverse of the usual convention, she's able only to talk to non-telepaths, not to hear them or read their minds. This is occasionally useful for secret communication, but mostly her telepathy translates into being vulnerable to getting possessed or Mind Raped with disturbing frequency.
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Chickification: Was introduced as a kickass fighter, but gets handed the Distress Ball often enough that this is toned down a bit.
  • Clones Are People, Too: In one of the hardest-SF portions of the show, she and her clone-sister Zelda are quite clearly different people with different personalities and motivations.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "The Web", "Shadow", "Children of Auron" and "Sarcophagus" all focus on her.
  • Death Seeker: Had this attitude in her first appearance, calling her future crewmates, "companions for my death".
  • Depending on the Writer: She's always on the idealistic side of the crew, but depending on the episode this means she's either a passionate fighter or a passionate pacifist.
  • The Empath: Though she can't read non-telepaths, she can occasionally pick up the feelings and intentions of others.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Knocking Blake over with her gun, and speaking to him telepathically combines her fighter nature with her dislike of actual violence, and demonstrates her telepathy.
  • Famous Last Words: By their absence; Avon knows what they were, but he won't tell.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: She should never be left to guard anyone who should be restrained.
  • The Heart: Easily the most compassionate of the crew.
  • Human Aliens: Though whether she's a human-looking alien or a species that evolved from humans is also Depending on the Writer.
  • The Idealist: The only crew member besides Blake who believes in fighting against the Federation because it is corrupt and oppressive, rather than because it inconveniences her personal freedom, and operates from a moral center that extends mercy (even though she recognizes that it is not always the practical thing to do) to enemies. She's also questions and ends up eschewing Blake's "the end justifies the means" approach.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed offscreen seconds into the first episode of Series D when the booby-trapped base explodes with her still inside.
  • The Lancer: After Blake is gone, and until her death, she tends to have this role to Avon.
  • Not So Above It All: She's the most reserved member of the crew and even she can't resist snarking at Vila.
  • Odd Friendship: With Avon (with quite a bit of UST on her end). She holds quite a bit of respect for him and his abilities and never snarks about them, only about his more selfish and pragmatic value system. Compared to in many cases with the others where she objects to more pragmatic measures purely on moral grounds, when it is something he posits forth she tends to object based on how it might affect him (like how far he's willing to go to avenge Anna Grant). She's also the only one who shows awareness and consideration for his Hidden Heart of Gold.
  • The Only Believer: In the third season she is the only remaining character in the crew who politically believes in the revolution. Her death leaves them as an entire team of Nominal Heroes.
  • Only One Name: Seemingly a thing with Auronar.
  • Psychic Powers
  • Psychic Radar: She pulls this trick to sneak up on Blake when she's introduced.
  • Ship Tease: With Avon.
  • Survivor Guilt: Her initial reason not to want to return home, after she was the only one of a rebel squad to survive. This was later retconned into her having been exiled and not wanting to admit it to the others.
  • Telepathy
  • You Can't Go Home Again

    Zen/Liberator 
Zen / Liberator

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Voiced by: Peter Tuddenham (1978-80)

An incredibly powerful alien battleship that Blake and Jenna stumbled on and befriended.

  • The Aesthetics of Technology / Technology Marches On: The visual interface Zen provides for the crew is a sufficiently alien-looking bank of blinking lights.
  • Catch-Phrase: On carrying out an order, "Confirmed."
  • Killed Off for Real: Along with the rest of Liberator in the series 3 finale.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Liberator is faster than any known ship (until Scorpio is souped up), has insanely good firepower and shields, and even has auto-repair systems that start repairing damage the moment it is made, making it the most fearsome ship in the galaxy.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Zen using "I" when telling the crew how sorry he is that he has failed them as he is dying as Liberator is being destroyed.
  • Restraining Bolt: In early episodes something stops him being too helpful to the crew, although this mostly ends after the encounter with Liberator's creators.
  • Sapient Ship

The Federation

    Servalan 
Servalan

Your time is running out, Blake. Your time and your luck.

Played by: Jacqueline Pearce (1978-81)

The utterly ruthless and self-centred head of the Federation armed forces, and later the Federation itself. You might think that she's the kind of sexy female villain who is just looking for a man to seduce and reform her. You would be very, very wrong.

  • Bad Boss: She habitually bullies her staff and occasionally kills them for failure or because it's convenient for her schemes.
  • The Baroness: One of the typical examples of the coldly ruthless female villain whose sexiness is almost entirely manipulative.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: She only shows interest in men who can outwit her and/or show no fear of her power, however she's only interested for as long as they can keep ahead of her and death is the consequence of not being able to do so.
  • Big Bad: In the first two seasons she is the highest ranking on-screen member of the Federation, and by the third season she has become President.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She is this to Space Command staff, most of whom seem to find her a charming lady. (Until she outmanoeuvres them.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Often guarded by female mutoids.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: She benefits from a heroic version of this, especially from Tarrant in "Sand", when she was responsible for his brother's death in the previous season. The reverse is also true thanks to her love of Evil Gloating.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: If only on-screen appearances count, being her minion, informant or fellow conspirator is statistically more deadly than being on her hit list. Avon wisely turns down a We Can Rule Together offer for this reason.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just as much as Avon.
  • Dirty Coward: She's not a physical coward, but because It's All About Me she loses several encounters with the Liberator's crew because they're willing to risk everything and she is not.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil
  • Faux Affably Evil: Very charming and polite, even when killing and torturing people.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: With Avon in the later seasons. It becomes especially clear when he plants a half-sincere, half-"Take That!" Kiss on her, and she doesn't kill him. Which for Servalan is the equivalent of the average woman ripping her clothes off and leaping on him.
  • Hires For Their Looks: As Travis notes, she has a tendency to "surround herself with beautiful men."
  • It's All About Me
  • Karma Houdini: She is left entirely free and active at the end of the show.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Paul Darrow's Lucifer novels, Avon's lover kills her during her last-ditch attempt to finally capture Orac.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Married to the Job: She states that "power became [her] lover" when her boyfriend left her. It has to be said that the rebel's work-life balance is also terrible.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Servalan is viciously cunning and chillingly evil. Jacqueline Pearce is warm and frequently Adorkable.
  • More Deadly Than the Male
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: In the Verse itself.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Justified in that she's a politician and not a soldier. However she's more than capable of killing when required; Vila comes across a field of dead bodies she's left behind in "Moloch".
  • President Evil: Eventually.
  • Pretty in Mink: Quite frequently wears fur coats.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Travis' Red.
  • Rich Bitch
  • Sleazy Politician
  • Smug Snake
  • The Sociopath
  • Unperson: In "Terminal", she's overthrown by the Federation High Council while hunting the Liberator to replace the Federation fleet. They install a new government dominated by the secret police instead of the military, and officially erase her from existence and pretend her period as president did not occur. She hides under an assumed name as Commissioner Sleer and manages to become a high ranking secret police commander and oversees a program of retaking Federation colonies that declared independence after the alien invasion using mind control drugs. People recognize her and she murders them as needed to hide her true identity.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Subverted; it's the Ambiguously Evil Avon and Tarrant who catch Servalan's interest, not the noble Blake.
  • We Can Rule Together: Seemingly part of her UST with Avon - in "Death Watch" she says she doesn't see him as an enemy, but as a future... partner.
  • Woman in White: Until they changed the designer during the second season, when she starts wearing black or red occasionally. In Series D she switches to black full-time.

    Travis 
Travis

You'd better kill me, Blake. Until one of us is dead, there'll never be a time when I won't be right behind you.

Played by: Stephen Greif (1978); Brian Croucher (1979)

A senior Federation military officer, soaked in blood and desperate to shed some of Blake's.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Blake.
  • Arm Cannon: His left arm was blown off by Blake in the incident which made him intent to get revenge, and he gets outfitted with a prosthetic arm that has blasting capabilities.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Badass Armfold: Plus the occasional Dynamic Akimbo.
  • Bad Boss: Treats his Mutoid followers very badly.
  • Blood Knight
  • The Dragon: To Servalan, initially.
  • Eyepatch of Power
  • Girly Run: From the hips down (he was being doubled by another actor); in a documentary on the series, they point out that the director wanted a pell-mell run, but the set was so small that doing that would have resulted in smacking into (or, just as likely, straight through) the far wall. The attempt to find a compromise between artistic vision and safety results in sort of a bouncy, skipping... thing...
  • Hell-Bent for Leather
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Travis hates Blake because Blake inflicted the injuries that cost him his eye and hand.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Avon in the Series B finale.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: In his final episodes, sells out humanity to an alien invasion just so he can get another chance to kill Blake.
  • Only One Name
  • Painted-On Pants: His leather trousers are really tight.
  • Progressively Prettier: Not any reflection on the actors, but when the character was recast his makeup was also heavily redesigned to make him look much less facially disfigured.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Servalan's Blue.
  • Sanity Slippage: He starts off as ruthless, cruel and obsessive, but fairly rational. By the end of S2, he's completely Ax-Crazy.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: He benefits from this, because Blake knows that he can beat Travis, and as long as Travis is alive he'll be the one the Federation sends.

Later recruits to the Seven

    Orac 
Orac

There seems little point in wasting time on such an explanation since you will be incapable of understanding it.

Voiced by: Derek Farr (1978); Peter Tuddenham (1979-1981)

A supercomputer with a very human personality. Unfortunately, not a nice human personality.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: While Orac he doesn't have homicidal tendencies, he is frequently reluctant to follow orders given to him, dismissing them as irrelevant waste of time.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Fascinating! Truly fascinating!"
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: On a couple of occasions.
  • Everything Is Online: As explained under Magical Computer below, he can access just about any electronic system in the universe, sometimes remotely.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: In its introductory episodes Orac is shown to be capable of extrapolating the future, and destroying hostile vessels by detonating their missiles before they are launched. Both would have been very useful abilities when fighting the Federation...if they'd ever been used again.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's very clever, but don't expect him to be useful unless he feels like it, and he loves rubbing how clever he is into the faces of the inferior meatbags.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Hardly ever shows any sign of mellowing or actually caring about people.
  • Killed Off for Real: Orac is the only unambiguous Sole Survivor of the series, but in Paul Darrow's "Lucifer" novels, he is finally destroyed, twenty years after Gauda Prime.
  • Magical Computer: Orac has the ability to take-over any computer that utilizes "tarriel cells", which includes all Federation computer systems and, oddly, those of Zen and The System as well. Justified in terms of Federation ones, since his creator Ensor designed the key component used in all those systems and secretly installed a backdoor into it.
    • Orac is also able to operate the teleport without human assistance, even though Zen who is integrated into the ship itself cannot.
  • Pick Your Human Half: Physically, he's a perspex box of lights and circuitry. But personality-wise (and despite what Avon will tell you) he's a Ridiculously Human Robot - arrogant, lazy, sarcastic, amoral, and rarely willing to do anything helpful without protracted begging and flattery.
  • Sole Survivor: Only regular character to definitely survive the final TV episode - if only because he wasn't actually there at the time.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His whereabouts at the end of the series are unknown. Presumably, Avon hid him somewhere.

    Dayna Mellanby 
Dayna Mellanby

I like the ancient weapons: the spear, the sword, the knife. They demand more skill. When you fight with them, conflict becomes more personal... More exciting.

Played by: Josette Simon (1980-1)

A weapons enthusiast whose father was murdered by Servalan, causing her to join Avon's crew purely because it seemed the best chance of getting revenge on her.

  • Action Girl
  • Blood Knight: See character quote.
  • Crazy-Prepared
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Animals" focused on her.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Saving Avon from some angry natives with her bow and arrow.
  • Expy: Her introduction compares her to Miranda from The Tempest, although her personality turns out to be completely the opposite.
  • Faux Action Girl: Dayna swings between this and Action Girl, however much of the time it's justified as she's still the youngest and least experienced member of the crew, and can get nervous when she's unarmed or dealing with things that she's not familiar with.
  • Genius Bruiser: Is not only an expert with any weapon one could name, she is also a brilliant designer and builder of new ones.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Most notoriously in one episode where she produces a heat-seeking self-propelled bomb on wheels the size of a Roomba between two shots, while wearing a skintight leather catsuit and not carrying any kind of container.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the Series D finale.
  • Stepford Smiler: Usually she appears to be a very cheerful Blood Knight... until Servalan pops up, in which case it becomes clear that the grief and rage she feels over her father's murder is quite undiminished.
  • Twofer Token Minority
  • You Killed My Father: Dayna's reason for joining the Liberator crew is to get revenge on Servalan for killing her father.

    Del Tarrant 
Del Tarrant

What are you doing on my ship?

Played by: Steven Pacey (1980-1)

A charming, questionably moral guy who thinks he's a sexy, charismatic space hero. Unfortunately, that isn't the kind of universe he lives in.

  • Ace Pilot
  • Always Identical Twins: He and his brother Dieter.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Terry Nation had an odd attachment to the surname Tarrant, and very frequently included a character of that name in his works.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Death-Watch and Sand focused on him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Albeit not to the same extent as Avon.
  • Depending on the Writer: Whether or not he's a cold, calculating mercenary or a heroic and chivalrous sort. (This wasn't really the fault of the writers, as there were major changes in the conception of the character after Steven Pacey was cast, and the characterisation depended on which edition of the show bible the writer got.)
  • Establishing Character Moment: Disguised as a Federation officer, he casually introducing himself to Avon and Dayna and asking what they're doing on his ship.
  • Improbable Age: Has supposedly served as a Federation captain, then deserted to work as a smuggler and mercenary before taking part in the fight against Andromeda and then joining Blake's crew. It doesn't help that this Back Story was originally written for an older actor, but it's implied In-Universe that Tarrant might be lying about some of it. He was definitely a former Federation officer, so he just be a deserter who made up the appropriate background to fit in with this gang of rebels and former criminals.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the Series D finale.
  • Leader Wannabe: Pretty much names himself leader off the bat and is extremely frustrated that the others only listen to him when they feel like it or he actually suggests something useful and that they usually follow Avon's lead over his.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Quite consciously if you believe Word of God.
  • One Steve Limit: A different character named Tarrant appeared in the show's very first episode, as the Federation's Agent Provocateur within the rebels. This is due to Terry Nation's trademark use of the name.
  • Playing Gertrude: An unusual take on this as it was more in sound than appearance. Tarrant was supposed to be a little older than Steven Pacey was at the time (early 20s). Pacey spoke his lines in a lower voice to reflect this. Today, his natural voice is not that dissimilar to how it sounded on the show.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: As a Federation officer, until he decided Screw This, I'm Outta Here!, went AWOL, and became a...
  • Space Pirate: Worked as a smuggler and mercenary before joining the Liberator crew.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Nominally for Blake, but as many wags over the years have pointed out, as the blond ace space pilot with lots of '80s Hair he's more one for Jenna.
  • Too Clever by Half: He is quite good at his specialties, and he knows it (not forgetting to make sure others know it), however he doesn't have the wisdom and experience that could save him from making rather large oversights in the enthusiasm for his audacious plans.

    Soolin 
Soolin

I don't give my allegiance at all. I sell my skill.

Played by: Glynis Barber (1981)

A cold and emotionally scarred gunslinger who joins the Seven after her boyfriend tried to kill them, and also her.

    Slave/Scorpio 
Slave/ Scorpio

Yes, Master.

Voiced by: Peter Tuddenham (1981)

The crew's ludicrously subservient second spacecraft.


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