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Characters: Da Vincis Demons

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Leonardo da Vinci

The Man Himself
Played By: Tom Riley

  • Bi the Way: Turns out he is a sodomite, as he doesn't like being defined and labelled by something silly like sexuality.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He is of course Leonardo da Vinci and seems to have put more of his plans into actual action, like the rotating Cannon than the historical da Vinci ever did.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Leonardo is a good character, but he can sometimes be a dick.
  • Large Ham: He hams it up when he straps down that magister and threatens to smear his image forever by showing everyone a photo of him fucking a pig. And many other times, such as when he turns down the Vatican's offer with his new guns while putting on a show of his loyalty for Lorenzo.
  • Missing Mom: He mother's whereabouts have been unknown since his childhood.
  • Sanity Slippage: After Leonardo is arrested, some are convinced he has slowly lost his mind in prison. Even Leo himself wonders that. And given his behavior at the trial...

Lucrezia Donati

Played By: Laura Haddock

  • Action Girl: When it comes down to it, she can usually handle herself.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Although not much is known besides the fact that she was Lorenzo's mistress.
  • The Mole: She uses her relationship with Lorenzo as a means to gather information for Rome.

Lorenzo de' Medici

Played By: Elliot Cowan

  • Revenge Before Reason: When he gets mad enough. When Lorenzo thought Becci betrayed him, he had the man who had taught him as a child and advised him all of his life sentenced to a painful death, despite several others criticizing this and even suggesting that Becci might not have been the spy.

Giuliano de' Medici

Played By: Tom Bateman

  • Back for the Dead: He was set up to look killed, but turned out to be alive, only to actually be killed.


Played By: Gregg Chillin

  • Ambiguously Brown: His exact race is unknown, as he's very dark for an Italian. He's implied to be a Half Breed, of some sort, and fans usually assume that he is of Arab decent. Or perhaps Persian since Zoroaster is the name of a famous Persian religious figure.

Nico, full name Niccolò Machiavelli

Played By: Eros Vlahos

  • Butt Monkey: He's been both tortured and kidnapped by Riario.
  • Historical-Domain Character: He's clearly based on Niccolò Machiavelli.
    • The second season finale has given us his full name, and his character isn't just based on Machiavelli, he is Machiavelli.

Girolamo Riario

Played By: Blake Ritson

  • The Reveal: Later in the series it's revealed that Riario and Lucrezia are cousins.
  • Torture Technician: He threatens to castrate Zoroaster, and have him become a castrato singer on the Vatican choir.

Vanessa Moschella

Played By: Hera Hilmar

Clarice Orsini

Played By: Lara Pulver

  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Clarice and Lorenzo's marriage was arranged. They're pretty happy together, even with Lorenzo's infidelity.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's a lady, but much more knowledgeable and canny than most would assume.

     Rome and Allies 

Federico da Montefeltro/Duke of Urbino

Played By: Vincent Riotta

  • Red Right Hand: He has a missing eye, which is a sign of his villainy.

Francesco (Alessandro) Della Rovere/Pope Sixtus IV

Played By: James Faulkner

  • Acting for Two: James Faulkner plays both Sixtus and his brother.
  • Bald of Evil: His baldness marks him as evil.
  • Cain and Abel: He's the evil sibling. His brother, the real Francesco, is the good one.
  • Evil Twin: To Lucrezia's father, the real Francesco Della Rovere.
  • Large Ham: KISS THIS RING!!
  • Manipulative Bastard: He tries tempting Da Vinci with the Vatican Secret Archives, and claims that the Turk is actually a secret agent of the Ottoman Empire to discourage Da Vinci.
  • Knight Templar: His ultimate plan is taking Florence and the rest of Italy to wage war against the Ottoman Empire.
  • Pedophile Priest: The first we see of him, he's naked in his bath with a young boy and a knife on the boy's neck.
  • The Usurper: To Francesco, the true Pope Sixtus. He is shown to have initiated a cue, in the second season.

Francesco de' Pazzi

Played By: Elliot Levey

Lupo Mercuri

Played By: Nick Dunning

  • The Brute: He strangles those poor nuns, obviously feeling pleasure from it, all the while claiming to be doing the work of God.
  • Face-Heel Turn: He's apparently a fallen Son of Mithras.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Gets a well-deserved beating from Sixtus.
  • Kill It with Fire: His ultimate solution for the "possessed" nuns is burning them all.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • Seems to be one for Zoroaster, doing the heavy work for Riario much like Zoroaster does for Leonardo.
    • To Leonardo, as he's a fallen Son of Mithras who became guardian of the Vatican Secret Archives, whereas Leonardo was offered to become one by Sixtus and refused.

    Florence and Allies 

Captain Nazzareno Dragonetti

Played By: Ian Pirie

The Prisoner/ Francesco Della Rovere/ Pope Sixtus IV

Played By: James Faulkner

  • Acting for Two: He has the same actor as Sixtus.
  • Cain and Abel: His brother had usurped the papacy from him, in addition to attempting to drown him as a child. According to Lucrezia, Alessandro has always resented the fact that Francesco is the firstborn.
  • Smart People Play Chess: He is usually seen to be playing the Chinese game of go, and is shown to be quite capable of strategy.
  • Shadow Archetype: To the Pope. The similarities in their deception are discussed by Lucrezia and The Turk.
  • Walking Spoiler: His exact nature is a major reveal, during season 2.

    Sons of Mithras 

Al-Rahim/The Turk

Played By: Alexander Siddig

  • The Obi-Wan: To Leonardo, as his most frequent contact with the Sons of Mithras.

The Abyssinian

The Jew

Cosimo de' Medici/The Italian

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