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!!Max Guevara/X5-452 (Creator/JessicaAlba)

* ActionGirl: "She was designed to be the perfect soldier, a human weapon."
* BadassBiker: Of both the motorbike and bicycle variety.
* CatGirl: Not in appearance, but she has some feline DNA, which gives her extraordinary strength, speed... and [[MateOrDie heat cycles]].
* ChildSoldiers: Manticore started training them ''very'' young.
* ClassyCatBurglar: In third-world America, she needs alternate means of income than her minimum wage.
* CoolBigSis: Tries to be one to Joshua (despite being younger than him).
* TheChosenOne: [[spoiler: revealed in the final book, Sandeman created her for this purpose, so save all the {{Muggles}}.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: "Don't tell me you're one of those people... because a butterfly farted in India, you and I are sat right here, right now, sharing a cup of coffee that tastes like ''goat piss''".
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: All the X5s are super soldiers, complete with enhanced strength, endurance, agility and speed.
* HellBentForLeather: Seems to be a transgenic thing.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Mostly due to FantasticRacism towards transgenics. It doesn't help that her [[VillainWithGoodPublicity arch enemies have inserted themselves into the military, police, hospitals]].
* IJustWantToBeNormal: "All I wanted was a nice, normal life."
* MeaningfulName - after guerilla leader Che Guevara
* MsFanservice: Most noticeable in ''Gill Girl'', where she has to pretend to be a stripper/dancer to get into the club.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: She's fond of them. Sometimes mid-ass-kicking one-liners too.
* SayMyName: [[spoiler: When she finds Tinga, complete with BigNo.]]
* ScannableMan: All transgenics have barcodes.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Think she's beautiful normally? Wait until you see her in a PimpedOutDress.
* SheFu: Tiny, slender and full of acrobatic ass-kicking.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: She can be sweet and kind, especially towards Joshua and Cindy. Or she can be "such a bitch", especially to Alec. Sometimes she can switch in a heartbeat.
* SuperSoldier: See ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl above.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Shades of it with Kendra and Original Cindy.
* TomboyishName: Max, which is not short for Maxine, or "Maximum Girl".
* TykeBomb: See ChildSoldiers above.
* UnkemptBeauty: Complete with her tomboyish nature, Max doesn't usually take care of her appearance. She still looks beautiful.
* WomanInBlack: Often in leather too, especially when about to burgle something.
* YouAreNumberSix: The X5s gave each other names. Manticore gave them numbers. This is shown unpleasantly at the start of season 2, where part of Max's reindoctrination involves identifying herself as 'X5-452'. [[spoiler: If she refuses, she's locked in a box for a week.]]

!!Logan Cale/Eyes Only (Michael Weatherly)

* TheAllegedCar: a Pontiac Aztek.
* GeniusCripple: His spine is damaged in the very first episode, leaving him paraplegic. He is still invaluable as a hacker and general computer whizz.
* GreenEyedMonster: Only on one occasion, but he jumps to the conclusion that [[spoiler: 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.]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: 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.
* HollywoodHacking: It's made very aesthetically pleasing, and very simple. Sometimes all it takes is one button click.
* IntrepidReporter: 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.
* KnightInSourArmor - 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.
* KnowledgeBroker: Comes with being able to hack into anything, and being filthy rich.
* NiceGuy: Most of the time.
* ObfuscatingDisability - After his walking problem is solved by an exoskeleton
* PermaStubble: Perhaps to emphasise that his work takes priority over everything else.
* PhraseCatcher: 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."
* SecretIdentity - Reporter Logan Cale vs Eyes Only.
* StoicSpectacles: He usually keeps his cool in any situation, though this is notably averted [[spoiler: at the end of season 1, when Max is shot.]]
* VoiceOfTheResistance: For both the transgenics and the [=S1W=].

!!Original Cindy/Cynthia [=McEachin=] (Valerie Rae Miller)

* BadassGay: She's not afraid to "lay the smackdown on you."
* ADayInTheLimelight: "Shorties In Love" is the only episode in either season to give her character any kind of real focus.
* DopeSlap - called upon occasionally to give these to Max; see "Heat" for a particularly good example (Max: "Thanks. I needed that").
* MeaningfulRename - to Original Cindy, shedding her timid childhood persona
* SassyBlackWoman: Not afraid to tell it like it is, even if it gets her in trouble sometimes.
* ShrinkingViolet: Her original personality.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Original Cindy picked this up from her previous girlfriend, Diamond, along with a dose of confidence and sass.
* TwoferTokenMinority - African American and lesbian
* UndyingLoyalty: To Max
* UnfazedEveryman: 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=])

* DeadpanSnarker: Especially to his workers.
* {{Jerkass}}: Aside from constantly belittling his employees, he also exhibits FantasticRacism towards transgenics.
* NerdGlasses - partial example, as he wears glasses and has a less-than heroic personality.

!!Kendra Maibaum (Jennifer Blanc)

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: She disappears late in season 1 and is never heard from again.

!!Donald Lydecker (John Savage)

* TheAlcoholic - hasn't had a drink for 10 years when the show starts, but that doesn't last the season.
* AbusiveParent - closest thing the X5s had to a parent.
* BigBad - in Season One
* ColonelBadass - although following the ConservationOfNinjutsu, his badassery goes up exponentially when he's by himself.
* CoupDeGrace - delivers several.
* {{Determinator}}: He gave up alcohol through sheer force of will. He even goes to an AA meeting to gloat about it.
* EnemyMine - and he uses the associated saying
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Lydecker establishes himself as both a {{determinator}} and a complete [[{{Jerkass}} 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 OffTheWagon is delicious.
* GlassesPull: Often at dramatic moments.
* HeartbrokenBadass - after his wife's pre-series death.
* LukeIAmYourFather - discussed and lampshaded. He isn't related to Max, but did include some of his dead wife's DNA in her.
* MercyKill - 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.
* NeverFoundTheBody: His car is driven into the water early in season 2, and he's never heard from again.
* OffTheWagon: When Manticore turns on him, and he's holed up with a captured Max in a motel, he breaks out the whiskey.
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* PapaWolf - He gets ''extremely'' upset when "his kids" are endangered.
* StoicSpectacles: Moreso than Logan, the mission is his primary objective.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He actually thinks his treatment of the X5s was good for them, and made them stronger.

!!Alec [=McDowell=]/X5-494 (Creator/JensenAckles)

* BackupTwin: Twinned with Ben.
* ADayInTheLimelight: "The Berrisford Agenda" is very much an Alec episode.
* DeadpanSnarker: "Hell, I wanna get rid you, and I only just met you!"
* HandsomeLech: In "Gill Girl," he's the one who finds out about the captured transgenic, because he was at a strip club at the time.
* HeelFaceTurn: 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: 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.
* LovableRogue - called one outright by Logan; starting as a LovableTraitor
* MeaningfulName - derived from "smart alec", actor Malcolm Mc[=McDowell=], and Malcolm's ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' character Alex
* MrFanservice: At least two shirtless scenes in the series, to show off those finely chiselled abs.
* PrettyBoy: "Say what you like, Manticore sure knows how to make 'em pretty."
* ScannableMan: Has a barcode on the back of his neck.
* SuperSoldier: All the X5s are super soldiers, complete with enhanced strength, endurance, agility and speed.
* TykeBomb: Trained to be super soldiers since they were kids.
* YouAreNumberSix: 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:

* BecomingTheMask: He was supposed to get close to Rachel's father so that he could kill him. Instead, he came to care for Rachel herself.
* ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory: He kills the real Simon and steals an ID badge, but that's as much effort as we see.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: See above.
* InLoveWithTheMark: He falls for Rachel and attempts to abort the plan to assassinate her father.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When he sees the car explode, knowing that he planted the bomb.
* SharpDressedMan: Dresses in a fancy suit, befitting a man teaching the rich elite.
* StoicSpectacles: Completely different from his joker personality as Alec.
* TeacherStudentRomance: His cover is that he's Rachel's music teacher. He falls for her instead.

!!Joshua (Creator/KevinDurand)

* {{Adorkable}}: Joshua has very little experience with the outside world, and reacts with adorable excitement to a lot of new things. "Tricks and treats!"
* BeastMan: Part dog, part man.
* BeastAndBeauty - the Beast to Max's Beauty.
** And Annie's Beauty.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's pretty damn scary when he gets his hands on [[spoiler: Ames White]].
* CloudCuckooLander: Sometimes gives off this vibe because of his naivety.
* CuteLittleFangs: He has canine choppers, though they're very white.
* {{Expy}} - is rather similar in appearance and mannerisms to Vincent from the ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast'' TV series.
* GeniusBruiser: Can seem simple due to his lack of world experience, but has a high IQ.
* GentleGiant: Easily the sweetest member of the team, though he towers over Max (and everyone else).
* TheHeart: Joshua is everyone's friend, even [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Alec]] and [[SugarAndIcePersonality 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!")
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With either Annie or Max. Adorably [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] with Max and Joshua's nicknames: 'little fella' and 'big fella' respectively.
* HulkSpeak: "Max and Joshua outside with out there people."
* NiceGuy: One of the nicest in the series.
* ReclusiveArtist: [[invoked]] For obvious reasons, he sold his paintings to the gallery via Alec.
* ScannableMan: A notable aversion. He is the only transgenic without a barcode, because he was the first one created.
* ThirdPersonPerson: See HulkSpeak above.
* UnskilledButStrong: 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.
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: Most of the time, Joshua is very sweet. [[spoiler: 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)

* PairTheSpares: looked like she and Alec were going this way, until they didn't
* LaResistance: An important member of the [=S1W=], who fight against police brutality and corruption in Seattle.
* RomanticFalseLead - served as a {{Foil}} for Max and Logan

!!Ames White (Martin Cummins)

* BigBad: in Season Two
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: played straight with his son, but subverted with his wife, whom he kills.
* FantasticRacism: He and his Familiars ''really'' hate transgenics. They are very dismissive of ordinary people too.
* SmugSnake: He especially loves gloating when he has someone at his mercy.

!!Zack/X5-599 (William Gregory Lee)

* AndIMustScream: After [[spoiler: Manticore recaptures him, he's used as a organ donor, providing a heart to Max and liver and kidneys to others. While still alive.]]
* BigBrotherInstinct: Most of his BigDamnHeroes moments are due to this. He also shoots [[spoiler: himself in the head so his heart can be used to save Max.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: in his last episode
* ChildSoldiers: Manticore trained them young.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: unapologetically kills Vogelsang (the information broker Max hired, who was later squeezed down by Lydecker) to protect his siblings
* NeuroVault: 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.
* ScannableMan: Has a barcode on his neck.
* SuperSoldier: All the X5s are super soldiers, complete with enhanced strength, endurance, agility and speed.
* TykeBomb: See ChildSoldiers above.
* YouAreNumberSix: His designation is 599. He and his siblings gave each other the names they use now.

!!Ben/X5-493 (Creator/JensenAckles)

* ChildSoldiers: Trained from childhood to kill.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: He captures people and hunts them down, ripping out their teeth to prove his faith to 'The Lady'.
* LetThemDieHappy: Max asks him to tell her about 'the good place' (from one if his childhood stories), before snapping his neck.
* MercyKilling: His leg is injured after fighting Max, and Manticore is closing in. Rather than go back, he asks Max to kill him.
* PrettyBoy: Naturally, he's played by JensenAckles.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: His hideout is covered with words like 'Mission' and 'Duty', reminiscent of the propaganda slides they were shown whilst children at Manticore.
* ScannableMan: Has a barcode on his neck.
* SerialKiller: See HuntingTheMostDangerousGame.
* TheStoryteller: In order to explain the things that happened to them as children, Ben would make up stories. Max theorises that when he got into the real world, he couldn't handle the amount of unexplainable things, and it broke him.
* SuperSoldier: All the X5s are super soldiers, complete with enhanced strength, endurance, agility and speed.
* TykeBomb: See ChildSoldiers above.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: The flashbacks show him telling stories to keep the others entertained.
* YouAreNumberSix: His designation is 493, named Ben by his siblings.

!!Elizabeth Renfro/Madame X (Creator/NanaVisitor)

* BlondesAreEvil: Bright blonde, and easily the nastiest piece of work in the series, other than White.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: In Season 2. Until Manticore is deactivated
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: A live-action version!
* EvilerThanThou: She ousts Lydecker from his position of season one BigBad.
* {{Expy}}: of the Intendant from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
* HaveYouToldAnyOneElse: Usually asks this before killing her [[BadBoss coworkers]] or business partners.
* ObviouslyEvil: The moment you see her, you know she's bad news, in particular because she's a SmugSnake.
* OlderThanTheyLook: According to Nana Visitor, Renfro used transgenic DNA to retard the aging process.
* SmugSnake: Most of her time spent with Max is her gloating through nasty means, e.g. turning up the monitor so Max can hear the heartbeat of Zack's heart inside her chest.
* TakingTheBullet: Does this for Max, because [[ChosenOne "[she's] the one we've been looking for..."]]

!!Tinga/X5-656 (Lisa Ann Cabasa)

* BabyFactory: Renfro's plans for her, due to her being able to pass along her SuperSoldier genes to her chlidren.
* ChildSoldiers: Raised by Manticore to be a soldier.
* HappilyMarried: Until Manticore catches up with them.
* HellBentForLeather: Like Max, Zack and Alec, she wears a leather coat.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: The tank she is placed in kills her.]]
* MamaBear: Tinga gives herself up to Lydecker to save her son's life.
* PeopleJars: [[spoiler: Max finds her in one after she is captured by Renfro.]]
* RapunzelHair: "It's like she hasn't cut it since the escape."
* ScannableMan: Has a barcode on her neck.
* SuperSoldiers: All the X5s are super soldiers, complete with enhanced strength, endurance, agility and speed.
* TykeBomb: See ChildSoldiers above.
* YouAreNumberSix: Her designation is 656. She was named Tinga by her siblings, and later named herself Penny when she settled down into a normal life.

!!Brin/X5-734 (Nicole Bilderback)

* ChildSoldiers: Raised by Manticore to be a soldier.
* ConsummateProfessional: Once reindoctrinated, she acts like the perfect soldier Manticore always wanted.
* TheDragon: Becomes one for Renfro for a while.
* FaceHeelTurn: After being taken back to Manticore, she is reindoctrinated and becomes "one of them now."
* IDontWantToDie: Said word for word, and the reason she allows Manticore to recapture her.
* LockedInAFreezer: Done by choice, because the cold slows down her rapid aging.
* RapidAging: She is afflicted with a disease that causes rapid aging. Her only options were to die or return to Manticore.
* ScannableMan: Has a barcode on her neck.
* SuperSoldiers: All the X5s are super soldiers, complete with enhanced strength, endurance, agility and speed.
* TykeBomb: See ChildSoldiers above.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: She doesn't show up in season 2, despite Max spending a whole episode at Manticore, and her fate is not mentioned at all.
* WomanInBlack: Her military outfit after returning to Manticore.
* YouAreNumberSix: Her designation is 734, named Brin by her siblings.