Characters: Covert Affairs
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Played by Piper PeraboAnnie Walker is a talented CIA officer. She entered into the CIA because she got "burned by love" when she "let her guard down", a reason that makes Auggie say she "fits the profile" of a typical CIA worker. She is compassionate, and genuinely desires to help those she meets on missions. She speaks seven languages, including Spanish, English, and Russian, and is able to hold her own in a fight.
- Action Girl
- All Women Love Shoes: In the pilot, Annie's cover story to go back to the scene of the shooting is that she wants to retrieve her Louboutins.
- Broken Bird: She grows out of it, though.
- Aaaand right back into it with the events of Season 3.
- Combat Pragmatist
- Combat Stilettos: Usually averted.
- Cowgirl Agent: Annie has never met an order from her superiors that she hasn't broken into itty pieces.
- Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose
- Cunning Linguist: Did you read that part where she speaks seven languages?
- Doesn't Like Guns: Technically, but it's justified in that 1) she's suppose to be a museum curator in most of her covers so guns would break her cover and 2) she never completed gun training before being brought up from the Farm so she probably isn't even allowed to use a gun unless she's forced to. This is true until post-"Horses to Water" in season 2, she specifically asks Joan to get "shooter and bodyguard" training. Blown totally to bits as of season 4's "Dig for Fire, when it's revealed that she's now routinely carrying on US soil, technically against the CIA's rules, because she nearly died from a gunshot wound received in season 3's "Glass Spider".
- Genki Girl
- High-Class Call Girl: Annie impersonates one in the pilot.
- Improbable Weapon User: So far the best examples are a bottle of Vodka and a pair of handcuffs. Oh, and a bottle opener. Does siccing Auggie on an opponent count?
- Just Friends: With Auggie, although her reaction to his engagement with Parker says a few things about her real feelings.
- Killed Off for Real: Subverted by Annie adopting the strategy employed by Auggie's ex-girlfriend.
- Lethal Chef
- Moe Stare
- Sexual Extortion: She sees no problem in seducing male contacts to build a rapport, such as the apparent Big Bad of Season 3. As Lena points out however, the CIA has a bit of a self-aware Double Standard when it comes to this, so it doesn't mind.
- She's Got Legs
- What Beautiful Eyes
- You, Get Me Coffee: She gets upgraded to walk-in work, though! And then lunch duty! And it is always noted that whenever she goes into the field, it's limited to situations where her skills would be useful such as being a liaison.
Played by Christopher GorhamAuggie Anderson worked as a CIA special operative, but was blinded on a mission in Iraq. As he put it, he got out to look at what he thought was a dead dog, and the "next thing [he] knew, [he] was Ray Charles". This turns out not to be true.
- Alliterative Name
- Anger Born of Worry: For Annie, in season 5.
- Blind Mistake: Uses this trope deliberately to coincidentally be there whenever Annie needs him.
- Big Brother Instinct
- Big Brother Mentor
- Byronic Hero: He's the Nice Guy version of this. Intelligent and charismatic? Check, Dark events in his past that he feels the need to atone for? Check. Resistance to authority? Check. Cynical and Jaded? It's subtle but it's there.
- Chick Magnet
- Disability Superpower/Hyper Awareness
- Disabled Snarker
- Drowning My Sorrows: Tries this after his fiancee breaks up with him when she learns he's CIA. Lands him in jail when he ends up in a bar fight.
- Handicapped Badass
- The Handler: To Annie.
- Just Friends: With Annie.
- Not anymore.
- Mission Control
- Mr. Fanservice
- My Guy Back Home: To Annie on a lot of episodes as he typically has to stay home while she goes on missions. Occasionally they work together in the field and once in a while it is Annie who is the Girl Back Home.
- Nerds Are Virgins: Awesomely subverted with Auggie, who is most certainly a ladies' man.
- Nerves of Steel: In an unfamiliar house, after finding a corpse, Auggie realizes the killer is still there, standing yards away, silently. So he slowly, carefully exits the building, and then calls for backup.
- Nice Guy
- Rage Breaking Point: When Auggie snaps, better run for cover. His career over five seasons features two arrests for assault, putting Henry Wilcox in a choke hold and decking Arthur. Seriously, Beware the Nice Ones.
- Shirtless Scene: Often.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Apparently lots of them do.
- Techno Wizard
Played by Kari MatchettIn early seasons Joan is the head of the DPD and wife of Arthur Campbell, Director of Clandestine Services (DCS). Recently (as of early season four) moved up as DCS herself.
- Action Survivor: Joan doesn't show it much since she is no longer a regular field agent, but in "Welcome to the Occupation" she and another agent take five armed kidnappers down while being unarmed.
- Berserk Button: Do not hurt one of her people, or prevent her from helping them when they're in danger.
- Combat Stilettos
- Da Chief
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: As soon as she's polygraphed, she pieces together why Arthur set things up the way he did. Though she admits she had no idea him having a son from an old relationship 30-some years before was even likely.
- Iron Lady
- A Mother To Her People
- First thing Joan does when she meets Annie after months of thinking her former operative dead? Gives her a hug, administers first aid, and asks if she needs cash.
- Pregnant Badass: In Into the Fire she cleans up a crime scene, cracks a safe, blackmails a senator in the middle of a Senate Intelligence Committee meeting, and then gets promoted, thus becoming the CIA's highest ranked female employee ever.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: At least to her own people. Not so much when other agencies get involved, most notably the FBI, at least from their perspective.
Played by Sendhil RamamurthyHis father was the head of the CIA. Because of this, he seems to have issues relating to people in the workplace. He was also sent to befriend Annie to get information about Ben Mercer from her.
- Ambiguously Brown: Lampshaded. Jai is played by Chicago native of Indian descent Sendhil Ramamurthy: his father is white and his mother's ethnicity has not been elaborated upon, and Annie's sister calls him "the George Clooney of... wherever he's from!"
- Anti-Hero: He's much more morally gray than either Auggie or Annie.
- But Not Too Foreign: His father is from America and he met his mother in India while the former was stationed in the country as a CIA agent.
- The Chessmaster: Jai is turning into one. Jossed as of season 3 premier.
- Deadpan Snarker
- I Am Not My Father
- In the Blood: The Wilcox ruthlessness.
- Killed Off for Real
- Mr. Fanservice: In-Universe.
- Smug Snake: Sometimes.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy
Played by Peter GallagherArthur Campbell is the head of the National Clandestine Service. He is married to Joan Campbell. Recently stepped down as DCS, ostensibly due to an extramarital affair, his successor is Joan.
- Da Chief: To all the other chiefs.
- Happily Married: To Joan (for the most part, and it takes a lot of effort, but they make it work).
- Notably, Arthur is given the opportunity to run for Senator, and turns it down because he doesn't want to put Joan through the immense scrutiny that would entail.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Yanks with Tanks: A former officer in the US Navy.
- Your Cheating Heart: Joan was his mistress before he divorced his wife. Thus, one of the few things Joan is concerned about is that Arthur's going to stray again.
Played by Hill HarperCalder is initially the station chief in Colombia, but rapidly moves up the promotion ranks in the CIA. As a consequence he becomes a thorn in Annie's and Auggie's sides.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not the nicest of people, but is a good guy deep down.
- Wild Card: He appears initially to be working for Henry Wilcox. However, the truth is, he's not wholly on anybody's side. He's after "the truth", as he sees it. It just so happens that dovetails with Annie's mission of getting rid of Henry.
Played by Anne DudekDanielle Brooks is Annie Walker's sister. She is married, has two children (both girls), and lets Annie live in her guest house.
Played by Eion BaileyBen Mercer is a wanted person by the CIA. He and Annie Walker spent three weeks together in Sri Lanka, and fell deeply in love, but he left in the middle of the night, only leaving a note which read, "The truth is complicated, forgive me".
Played by Gregory ItzinFormer head of the CIA, father of Jai, and general manipulative prick.
- Big Bad: Of season 4
- The Chessmaster: In spades. He even manages to do it while imprisoned!
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Has his moments in season 4, being a former spy immersed in a world of spies.
- Decapitated Army: At one point head of a sprawling corporate espionage empire with moles seemingly everywhere, he has since been reduced to seeking asylum in China, but before he can get out of Hong Kong, Annie shoots and kills him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones/Even Evil Has Standards: Is genuinely shocked and saddened by the idea that he would sacrifice his own son for his Chessmaster schemes. He seems to care for his ex-wife, but it has a possessive edge to it as revealed in Season 4.
Played by Oded FehrEyal Levin is a Mossad agent who has frequently crossed paths with Annie and have worked together on several joint CIA-Mossad operations.
- Badass Israeli
- Deadpan Snarker
- Hero of Another Story
- With Friends Like These...: Whenever we see him he has a hidden agenda that is somehow opposed to the United States' best interest. He's more or less a good guy but that doesn't stop him from lying to and manipulating the Americans to make sure Israel comes out ahead.
Played by Sarah ClarkeLena Smith is the head of a rival departmant to Joan's. She recruits Annie into her department to seduce and turn Russian FSB agent Simon Fischer, but is eventually revealed to be a FSB double agent when she executes Simon and tries to frame Annie as a mole. She is later hunted down and killed by Annie in Moscow.
- Big Bad: Of the first half of season 3.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
- Crazy-Prepared: How she was able to get away from the CIA when her FSB allies assassinated CIA operatives trying to look for her thanks to the information she provided.
- Double Agent
- For the Evulz: she doesn't have much of a reason for her constant backstabbing
- Manipulative Bitch
- The Mole
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Subverted.
- The Rival: To Joan.
- Smug Snake
- The Sociopath
- Treacherous Advisor
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Annie and Simon were no longer useful to her so she shot them both (Annie survived, but Simon didn't).
Played by Manolo CardonaThe leader of the ALC (a Colombian terrorist group). He's actually a CIA operative, and Arthur's son
Played by Nic BishopHead of Mcquaid Security. Annie has several encounters with him during season 5. And it eventually becomes romantic. In previous years, he served in the US Navy with Arthur, who was his mentor, and after Arthur resigns from the CIA, offers him a top-level position at his firm.
- Bad Ass: Not surprising considering his job. He can definitely put up a fight.
- Crazy-Prepared: Has plenty of safehouses scattered all over the globe. In addition, he maintains at least one safehouse with a weapons cache to be used purely as a trap in case anyone came after him.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has quite the wit.
- Honest Corporate Executive: To Annie's surprise, he turns out to be this.
- Love Interest: For Annie halfway through season 5
- Nice Guy: Ryan has always had Annie's back even when she was dismissive of him.
- He's also very concerned about his people and their welfare, and when it looks like his company is going to lose all its contracts, his first worry is for his employees.
- Private Military Contractor: A fairly positive example. Mc Quaid is out to make money, but he is also a patriot who loves America.
- Uncle Pennybags: Basically funds Annie's hunt for Belevko halfway through Season Five.
- Yanks W Ith Tanks: Mc Quaid was a Navy SEAL prior to starting his firm.
Played by Shawn DoyleGeorgian Diplomatic who masterminded the Chicago bombings and several other hits.
- Big Bad: Of season 5.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Winds up on both sides of this trope.
- It's Personal: His brother was killed in a prisoner exchange gone wrong. He vows vengeance on Auggie's squad, who participated in the exchange.
- Knight of Cerebus: Hell yes. The show is at it's darkest when he shows up and has Auggie kidnapped and tortured.
- The Sociopath: A textbook example. He sees people as mere pawns as demonstrated when he coldly shoots Caitlin Cook after she's no longer useful to him
- VillainousRescue: Shoots Caitlin Cook as she's fighting Annie in the midseason finale. He does this to tie up loose ends, but it's actually what ends up making Annie suspect him in the first place.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: See The Sociopath above.