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)
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 evil aliens conveniently beat him to it.
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.
I am not expendable, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going.
Played by: Paul Darrow (1978-81)
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.
Tarrant: "Why would Vila trust you? 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 seriess 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 stolde 500 million credits pre start of the series, and would have gotten away clean but for "relying on other people" as he put it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sanity Slippage: By the end of the show, is implicitly describing himself as a "psychopath".
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.
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 killFire 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.
We're free. We've got a ship. We can go anywhere we like.
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.
Non-Action Snarker: While often the target of snarking, he frequently gets in some of his own.
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.
Beware the Nice Ones: A generally kind, affable fellow, he'll also cheerfully rip through anyone who threatens his friends, and then there's the times his limiter implant malfunctions... To put it this way, it took the combined effort of the rest of the crew to bring him down.
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.
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.
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.
The Lancer: After Blake is gone, and until her death, she tends to have this role to Avon.
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.
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.
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.
OOC 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.
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.
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.
Orac is also able to operate the teleport without human assistance, even though Zen who is integrated into the ship itself cannot.
The Other Darrin: Originally, Orac had the same voice as Ensor, the scientist who built him. However, Derek Farr, who played Ensor and Orac in Orac's first episode, was unable to commit to a regular role.
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.)
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.
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 trade mark use of the name.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quick Draw: Her specialty. She even out-drew herself once (It Makes Sense in Context), and another time shot two guards that were trying to sneak up on her and Avon before Avon (who had been the fastest on the draw until she joined) could even draw his gun.