Characters: Dark Angel

Max Guevara/X5-452 (Jessica Alba)

Logan Cale/Eyes Only (Michael Weatherly)

  • The Alleged Car: a Pontiac Aztek.
  • Genius Cripple: His spine is damaged in the very first episode, leaving him paraplegic. He is still invaluable as a hacker and general computer whizz.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Only on one occasion, but he jumps to the conclusion that Max and Alec are in a relationship based on seeing them having a friendly conversation outside Max's apartment. He then gets drunk and confronts Max with his suspicions.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: His role in Eyes Only gets him some heat, despite trying to get the truth out. Siding with the transgenics doesn't do him any favours either.
  • Hollywood Hacking: It's made very aesthetically pleasing, and very simple. Sometimes all it takes is one button click.
  • Intrepid Reporter: To the point that he can't even go on a holiday without trying to find out the truth about some police brutality that occurred after the Pulse.
  • Knight in Sour Armor - Lost some of his idealism over time. The prequel novel "Before the Dawn" shows that he was against killing bad guys and chewed Max's brother Seth out for doing so, but by the time of the series he's over it. Blaming himself for getting Seth killed, which he hides from Max until "After the Dark", may have something to do with it.
  • Knowledge Broker: Comes with being able to hack into anything, and being filthy rich.
  • Nice Guy: Most of the time.
  • Obfuscating Disability - After his walking problem is solved by an exoskeleton
  • Perma Stubble: Perhaps to emphasise that his work takes priority over everything else.
  • Phrase Catcher: As Eyes Only: "This is a streaming freedom video bulletin. It cannot be traced, it cannot be stopped and it is the only free voice left in this city... This has been a streaming freedom video bulletin. Peace, out."
  • Secret Identity - Reporter Logan Cale vs Eyes Only.
  • Stoic Spectacles: He usually keeps his cool in any situation, though this is notably averted at the end of season 1, when Max is shot.
  • Voice of the Resistance: For both the transgenics and the S 1 W.

Original Cindy/Cynthia McEachin (Valerie Rae Miller)

  • Badass Gay: She's not afraid to "lay the smackdown on you."
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Shorties In Love" is the only episode in either season to give her character any kind of real focus.
  • Dope Slap - called upon occasionally to give these to Max; see "Heat" for a particularly good example (Max: "Thanks. I needed that").
  • Meaningful Rename - to Original Cindy, shedding her timid childhood persona
  • Sassy Black Woman: Not afraid to tell it like it is, even if it gets her in trouble sometimes.
  • Shrinking Violet: Her original personality.
  • Third-Person Person: Original Cindy picked this up from her previous girlfriend, Diamond, along with a dose of confidence and sass.
  • Twofer Token Minority - African American and lesbian
  • Undying Loyalty: To Max
  • Unfazed Everyman: In the last episode of season 2, Normal actually mistakes her for a transgenic, because she's that comfortable with them and supportive.

Normal/Reagan Ronald (J.C. MacKenzie)

Kendra Maibaum (Jennifer Blanc)

Donald Lydecker (John Savage)

  • The Alcoholic - hasn't had a drink for 10 years when the show starts, but that doesn't last the season.
  • Abusive Parent - closest thing the X5s had to a parent.
  • Big Bad - in Season One
  • Colonel Badass - although following the Conservation of Ninjutsu, his badassery goes up exponentially when he's by himself.
  • Coup de Grâce - delivers several.
  • Determinator: He gave up alcohol through sheer force of will. He even goes to an AA meeting to gloat about it.
  • Enemy Mine - and he uses the associated saying
  • Establishing Character Moment: Lydecker establishes himself as both a determinator and a complete dick when he goes to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting for the sole purpose of telling them how weak they are. You see, when he gave up drinking, he did it cold turkey under his own willpower. He didn't whine about how he had a disease and he needed help. The irony when he later falls Off The Wagon is delicious.
  • Glasses Pull: Often at dramatic moments.
  • Heartbroken Badass - after his wife's pre-series death.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father - discussed and lampshaded. He isn't related to Max, but did include some of his dead wife's DNA in her.
  • Mercy Kill - at the end of season one, he's about to kill Max and then himself. She convinces him otherwise with a boot to the head.
  • Never Found the Body: His car is driven into the water early in season 2, and he's never heard from again.
  • Off The Wagon: When Manticore turns on him, and he's holed up with a captured Max in a motel, he breaks out the whiskey.
  • Papa Wolf - He gets extremely upset when "his kids" are endangered.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Moreso than Logan, the mission is his primary objective.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He actually thinks his treatment of the X5s was good for them, and made them stronger.

Alec McDowell/X5-494 (Jensen Ackles)

  • Backup Twin: Twinned with Ben.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "The Berrisford Agenda" is very much an Alec episode.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "Hell, I wanna get rid you, and I only just met you!"
  • Handsome Lech: In "Gill Girl," he's the one who finds out about the captured transgenic, because he was at a strip club at the time.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Starts off working for Renfro to track down Eyes Only. When Manticore explodes, he's in it for himself for a while, until he eventually befriends Max and the gang.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be a selfish jerk sometimes, but he can also be kind. Most noticeable with Joshua. He also has a moment with Max at the end of Hello, Goodbye, after she tells him about Ben.
  • Lovable Rogue - called one outright by Logan; starting as a Lovable Traitor
  • Meaningful Name - derived from "smart alec", actor Malcolm McMcDowell, and Malcolm's A Clockwork Orange character Alex
  • Mr. Fanservice: At least two shirtless scenes in the series, to show off those finely chiselled abs.
  • Pretty Boy: "Say what you like, Manticore sure knows how to make 'em pretty."
  • Scannable Man: Has a barcode on the back of his neck.
  • Super Soldier: All the X5s are super soldiers, complete with enhanced strength, endurance, agility and speed.
  • Tyke Bomb: Trained to be super soldiers since they were kids.
  • You Are Number Six: Known by Manticore as X5-494. It's Max who names him 'Alec'.

494 provides examples of the following further tropes while posing as Simon Lehane:

Joshua (Kevin Durand)

  • Adorkable: Joshua has very little experience with the outside world, and reacts with adorable excitement to a lot of new things. "Tricks and treats!"
  • Beast Man: Part dog, part man.
  • Beast and Beauty - the Beast to Max's Beauty.
    • And Annie's Beauty.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's pretty damn scary when he gets his hands on Ames White.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Sometimes gives off this vibe because of his naivety.
  • Cute Little Fangs: He has canine choppers, though they're very white.
  • Expy - is rather similar in appearance and mannerisms to Vincent from the Beauty and the Beast TV series.
  • Genius Bruiser: Can seem simple due to his lack of world experience, but has a high IQ.
  • Gentle Giant: Easily the sweetest member of the team, though he towers over Max (and everyone else).
  • The Heart: Joshua is everyone's friend, even Alec and Max can't resist him. Most noticeable at the start of The Berrisford Agenda, where he invites everyone to dinner. He's also unfailingly supportive about people's problems ("Virus bitch going down!")
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With either Annie or Max. Adorably lampshaded with Max and Joshua's nicknames: 'little fella' and 'big fella' respectively.
  • Hulk Speak: "Max and Joshua outside with out there people."
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest in the series.
  • Reclusive Artist: invoked For obvious reasons, he sold his paintings to the gallery via Alec.
  • Scannable Man: A notable aversion. He is the only transgenic without a barcode, because he was the first one created.
  • Third-Person Person: See Hulk Speak above.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Joshua never uses the military/martial arts combat moves we see the other transgenics use. Since he seems to be stronger than them though, this doesn't work to his disadvantage. Noticeable in Designate This, when Max and Alec are trying to saw through bars on a window, since they can't remove it. Eventually, Joshua walks over and yanks the whole thing off the wall with ease.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Most of the time, Joshua is very sweet. However when the Familiars attack Jam Pony in Freak Nation, he's tossing them around like rag dolls (while the other transgenics have a much tougher time). When he gets his hands on Ames White, Joshua comes very close to ripping him in half.

Asha Barlow (Ashley Scott)

Ames White (Martin Cummins)

  • Big Bad - in Season Two
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones - played straight with his son, but subverted with his wife, whom he kills.
  • Fantastic Racism: He and his Familiars really hate transgenics. They are very dismissive of ordinary people too.
  • Smug Snake: He especially loves gloating when he has someone at his mercy.

Zack/X5-599 (William Gregory Lee)

  • And I Must Scream - After Manticore recaptures him, he's used as a organ donor, providing a heart to Max and liver and kidneys to others. While still alive.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Most of his Big Damn Heroes moments are due to this. He also shoots himself in the head so his heart can be used to save Max.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy - in his last episode
  • Child Soldiers: Manticore trained them young.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother - unapologetically kills Vogelsang (the information broker Max hired, who was later squeezed down by Lydecker) to protect his siblings
  • Neuro-Vault: Apparently, Manticore trained them to forget information in case they are captured by the enemy. Zack does exactly this when Manticore captures him, so that he can't reveal the locations of his siblings.
  • Scannable Man: Has a barcode on his neck.
  • Super Soldier: All the X5s are super soldiers, complete with enhanced strength, endurance, agility and speed.
  • Tyke Bomb: See Child Soldiers above.
  • You Are Number Six: His designation is 599. He and his siblings gave each other the names they use now.

Ben/X5-493 (Jensen Ackles)

Elizabeth Renfro/Madame X (Nana Visitor)

Tinga/X5-656 (Lisa Ann Cabasa)

Brin/X5-734 (Nicole Bilderback)