Characters: Dark Angel

Max Guevara/X5-452 (Jessica Alba)

  • Cat Girl: Not in appearance, but she has some feline DNA, which gives her extraordinary strength, speed... and heat cycles.
  • Cool Big Sis: Tries to be one to Joshua (despite being younger than him).

Logan Cale/Eyes Only (Michael Weatherly)

  • 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.

Original Cindy/Cynthia McEachin (Valerie Rae Miller)

  • 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

Normal/Reagan Ronald (J.C. MacKenzie)

  • Nerd Glasses - partial example, as he wears glasses and has a less-than heroic personality.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Papa Wolf - He gets extremely upset when "his kids" are endangered.

Alec McDowell/X5-494 (Jensen Ackles)

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

Joshua (Kevin Durand)

  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest in the series.
  • Reclusive Artist: invoked For obvious reasons, he sold his paintings to the gallery via Alec.

Asha Barlow (Ashley Scott)

  • Pair the Spares - looked like she and Alec were going this way, until they didn't

Ames White (Martin Cummins)

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.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother - unapologetically kills Vogelsang (the information broker Max hired, who was later squeezed down by Lydecker) to protect his siblings

Ben/X5-493 (Jensen Ackles)

Elizabeth Renfro/Madame X (Nana Visitor)

  • Older Than They Look: According to Nana Visitor, Renfro used transgenic DNA to retard the aging process.