Characters: Carnivāle

Carnies

Ben Hawkins (Nick Stahl)

Samson (Michael J. Anderson)

Clayton "Jonesy" Jones (Tim DeKay)

Sofie Agnesh Bojakshiya (Clea Duvall)

Apollonia (Diane Sallinger)

Libby Dreifuss (Carla Gallo)

Dora Mae Dreifuss (Amanda Aday)

Rita Sue Dreifuss (Cynthia Ettinger)

Felix "Stumpy" Dreifuss (Toby Huss)
  • Bumbling Dad: He really does love his daughters, but he's not the brightest bulb in the box.
  • Henpecked Husband: Rita Sue wears the pants in that family and everyone knows it.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Toby Huss also played Artie, Strongest Man In The World on The Adventures of Pete & Pete.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: All his dubiously-legal hijinks - pimping his wife and daughters, blatantly cheating the public, shilling fake healers, gambling - are so obviously due to his devotion toward his family.
    • Well, except for the gambling, since he's generally terrible at it, which leads them into trouble. Still, with everything else that's the part of his character most depicted as a failing.
  • Pervert Dad: Yeaaaah, with the pimping and the exploitation...
  • Racist Dad

Ruthie (Adrienne Barbeau)

Lodz (Patrick Bauchau)

Lila (Debra Christofferson)

Gabriel (Brian Turk)

Affiliated with the New Canaan Ministry

Brother Justin Crowe (Clancy Brown)

Iris Crowe (Amy Madigan)

Norman Balthus (Ralph Waite)

Tommy Dolan (Robert Knepper)
  • Deal with the Devil: Ironically referred to exactly as such by Brother Justin. Since Tommy still thinks Justin is a simple man of god, he jokes "Oh come on, I'm not that bad." Justin replies "No, you're not."
  • Intrepid Reporter
  • Retroactive Recognition: Yes, that is T-Bag playing a good guy.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To be fair, no one in-universe sees Iris coming as the arsonist, and no one could predict how far Justin would go to protect her and how manipulative he can be.

Varlyn Stroud (John Carroll Lynch)

Eleanor McGill (K Callan)

Other Characters

Henry Scudder (John Savage)

Management AKA Lucius Belyakov (voiced by Linda Hunt)
  • Ambiguous Gender: Never seen in the flesh, goes by the gender-neutral alias "Management", and is voiced by a woman despite being the very male Lucius Belyakov in a previous life. Apparently, casting off his physical body also caused Belyakov to cast off his gender.
  • Big Good: Arguably since his goal is to save the world from the Apocalypse
  • The Faceless
  • The Ghost: From the perspective of anyone who isn't Ben, Lodz or Samson, at least. In more ways than one, considering he's Lucius Belyakov, who took on an incorporeal bodiless form after he was near-fatally mauled by a bear.
  • Good Is Not Nice
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: It kind of freaks people out to discover Hetty is Management.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Discussion has been had about renaming the trope "Management".
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: There's a curtain separating his bed from the rest of the trailer.