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Falling Skies

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Tom Mason (Noah Wyle)

"...no matter how each of us survive, maybe we owe it to those who didn't, to become the best of mankind."

A former history professor, Tom lost his wife early on in the invasion, and he was left alone to keep his three sons safe. He joined the Massachusetts Militia with his sons, but his second oldest son Ben was captured and put into a harness when the invasion began, but was eventually rescued. Tom serves as Weaver's second in command of the 2nd Massachusetts.
  • Action Survivor: In the first season. He becomes a warrior on his own from the second onwards.
  • Badass Bookworm: Taught college-level American History, and fought a Skitter one-on-one and won.
  • Badass In Charge: He's the leader of Charleston at the start of season 3.
  • Cultured Warrior: He is a history teacher, after all.
  • Crusading Widower: The loss of his wife is a motivation for him.
  • Eye Scream: An alien parasite gets removed from his left eye while he is still conscious.
  • The Hero
  • Living Legend: According to Col. Porter, Tom is fast becoming one.
  • Number Two: To Weaver in seasons 1 and 2. Inverted in season 3, Tom runs Charleston and Weaver is his loyal and most-trusted commander.
  • Papa Wolf
  • President Action: Elected President of Charleston during the time-skip between seasons 2 and 3, Tom only agreed to take the job if they allowed him to keep leading the occasional combat mission. He allowed Arthur Manchester to keep running the day-to-day affairs of government.
  • Properly Paranoid: After returning to the 2nd Mass after the aliens let him go, Tom insists that every keep an eye on him and stop him if he starts acting weird, due to his fears of brainwashing. The parasite in his left eye that Anne extracts that later escapes and goes to Red Eye shows his fears are not unfounded.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Anne Glass.
    • Seems resolved as of Season 2 Episode 6, with them together now.
  • The Smart Guy: For the 2nd Mass.

Hal Mason (Drew Roy)

Tom's oldest son, Hal became a scout for the 2nd Massachusetts alongside his girlfriend Karen.

Ben Mason (Connor Jessup)

"I'm not the math geek you used to push around."

Tom's second oldest son, Ben was captured by the aliens and put into a harness while fighting for the 2nd Massachusetts. He was eventually rescued and freed from the harness, but is now suffering from some side-effects.

Matt Mason (Maxim Knight)

Tom's youngest son, Matt is too young to fight and stays at the camp with the rest of the civilians.

Anne Glass (Moon Bloodgood)

"If this hadnít happened Iíd be dealing with flu shots and erratic mothers."

A civilian doctor, Anne was a pediatrician before the invasion, and now does her best to treat the civilians and soldiers of the 2nd Massachusetts.

Colonel Daniel Weaver (Will Patton)

"You don't have to agree, you just have to follow orders."

A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Weaver is placed in charge of the 2nd Massachusetts. He has little regard for the needs of the civilians with the unit, viewing them as a hindrance to fighting the aliens. He eventually grows out of this viewpoint and comes to rely heavily on Tom's advice.
  • A Father to His Men: A harsh, tough father, but stillÖ
  • Badass
    • Badass In Charge: Lead the 2nd Mass. in seasons 1 and 2. Tom Mason leapfrogs him by becoming President of Charleston in season 3 but Weaver remains his go-to guy for combat missions.
    • Badass Grandpa: The actor who portrays him is sixty years old, and the rough dates the show gives us supports this age.
  • The Captain
  • Control Freak: Called one by his daughter, though this mostly manifests as his Overprotective Dad status and someone pressing his Berserk Button (badmouthing him about his family). He admits he hasn't changed much.
  • Culture Blind
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Upon losing his wife and daughter, Weaver became the Jerk with a Heart of Gold we know today. His daughter, however, implies she was always like that.
  • Death Glare: He practically communicates through those.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Delivery Guy
  • The Determinator
  • Heroic BSOD: Weaver goes through one of these after being exposed to one too many reminders of the family he's lost. He snaps out of it when he finds his wife's glasses and realizes she may still be alive.
  • Hidden Depths
  • Hot-Blooded: Weaver isn't afraid to express his emotions.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While a good person and primarily concerned with the good of the group as a whole, he tends to put the welfare and comfort of his fighters first.
    • His Hidden Heart of Gold is best shown with his interactions with Jimmy, the 13 year old fighter, who he treats as a soldier and a child.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: World-weary and cynic, he remains a determined fighter for the 2nd Mass.
  • The Leader: Type II for the 2nd Mass.
  • The Lost Lenore: The loss of his wife (and daughter) made Weaver quite a bitter man.
  • Made of Iron: Out of the entire main cast, Weaver is the one more likely to be poisoned, shot at, stabbed or be thrown through windows, yet he survives, every time. Lampshaded very frequently, such as Mason's off-hand comment that "Weaver is made of cast iron". However, these wounds are starting to take a toll on him, as seen by his recently discovered heart problems.
  • Nice Hat
  • Old Soldier
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Eventually gets to this point.
  • Sanity Slippage: In "Mutiny". He got better.
    • Suffers a more severe one in season four. He's still sane, but he's..off.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Weaver was quite psychologically damaged by the conflict. He has on hell of a Thousand-Yard Stare.
  • Tragic Keepsake: If you look carefully, you'll notice his hand has a small band wrapped around it. That band belonged to his now deceased wife.

Karen Nadler (Jessy Schram)

A scout with the 2nd Massachusetts, Karen is dating Hal. She is captured by the Skitters during the rescue of Ben and put into a harness. She later returns as the mouthpiece of an Overlord who talks with Tom.

Margaret (Sarah Carter)

A unwilling member of Pope's band of marauders, Margaret helped the captured members of the 2nd Mass escape and kill them. She then joined Tom's squad, and quickly grew close to Hal.
  • Action Girl: Seriously shown in the season three premiere, where she takes on three harnessed kids by herself and when she runs out of ammo charges at the next one with her knife.
  • Badass
  • The Big Girl
  • Broken Bird: Due to her rape by Pope's brother (and other gang members), not to mention the general crapsackiness of the world's current situation. She also had cancer when she was 16.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She slowly opens up to Hal about her past, and it is all tragic and messed up.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Moreso than Hal.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Nonromantic with the entire group over time (and somewhat romantically with Hal), starting with how she treated Jimmy during an attack.
  • Despair Event Horizon: She seems to have crossed it when she had cancer. After she was cured, she could only see the world as fake. It's unclear if she's come back yet, but her rape probably didn't help.
  • Heel-Face Turn
  • Rape as Backstory
  • Ship Tease: With Hal. They have an entire conversation about Skitter reproduction that ends with him asking if they're still talking about Skitters once she brings up polygamy. They become an actual couple in Season 3.
  • The Stoic

Lourdes (Seychelle Gabriel)

A religious member of the 2nd Mass who was in pre-med before the invasion, and now serves as an assistant medic to Anne.

Dai (Peter Shinkoda)

A soldier with the 2nd Massachusetts, Dai is good friends with Tom. He considers himself lucky to have no family, since it means he did not lose anyone close to him in the invasion.

Anthony (Mpho Koaho)

A former Boston cop and a member of Tomís team.
  • Badass
  • The Big Guy
  • Friendly Sniper: His bio on the series website notes he is one of the best shooters in the 2nd Mass.
  • Morality Chain: Slightly for Pope.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves to keep an eye on Pope when he deserts the 2nd Mass after the incident with Jimmy's compass.
  • Number Two: To Anne after she becomes leader of a resistance force when the 2nd Mass is scattered at the start of the fourth season.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Starting to develop this with Pope, though he will still side with the rest of the 2nd Mass in an argument against Pope. Plus he hasn't forgiven him for the fact that one of Pope's marauders killed his friend Click, but also notes that Pope saved his life back in Boston, so he is not sure what to make of Pope.

John Pope (Colin Cunningham)

"Life hands ya lemons, ya blow its friggin' head off."

The leader of a gang of racists and rapists, John captured Tom and his squad in an effort to get the 2nd Massachusetts .50 caliber machine gun and food stores, but failed and was captured by them. He has since joined up with the 2nd Mass as the leader of a squad called the Berserkers who shared his bloodlust and hatred of the Skitters.

     Recurring 

Jimmy Boland (Dylan Authors)

A 13-year-old soldier who fights with the 2nd Mass.

Colonel Daniel Porter (Dale Dye)

The overall leader of the Massachusetts Militia. Later become's one of the commanders of the 1st Continental Army based out of Charleston, South Carolina.

Uncle Scott (Bruce Gray)

Anneís uncle and a biology teacher. He also serves a technician for the 2nd Mass.

Click (Brent Jones)

A member of the 2nd Mass who is best friends with Anthony. Killed early in season 1 by Pope's mauraders.

Doctor Michael Harris (Steven Weber)

A medical surgeon and old friend of Tom.

Mike Thompson (Martin Roach)

A soldier for the 2nd Mass whose son was harnessed.

Rick Thompson (Daniyah Ysrayl)

Mike's formerly harnessed son, but he is none too happy about being freed.

Lieutenant Terry Clayton (Henry Czerny)

Leader of the few surviving members of the 7th Mass, he kept his group alive by giving children to the aliens.

Jamil Dexter (Brandon Jay McLaren)

Jamil is the 2nd Mass' head engineer and vehicle technician, and is in a relationship with Lourdes.

Aloysius "Tector" Murphy (Ryan Robbins)

Tector is a former Marine Gunnery Sergeant who joined Pope's Berserkers. He forms a friendship with Captain Weaver, who helps him recover his confidence and military discipline.
  • Badass
  • Bash Brothers: With Boone.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Fake Guest Star: Tector's gotten more screentime than Dai and a few other main characters in Season 2 and has one of the more fleshed out backstories among the characters.
  • Friendly Sniper
  • My Greatest Failure: While serving in the Marines, Tector led his squad into an ambush that resulted in three of his men dying, and he blames himself he didn't properly look at the map of the area they were going to patrol and realize how dangerous the terrain was. When Boone gets killed, he blames himself again since he had been training Boone.
  • Nice Guy: Espically when compared to the rest of the Berserkers.
  • Number Two: To whoever is leading the Berserkers.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Semper Fi

The Berserkers: "Crazy" Lee (Luciana Carro), Lyle (Brad Kelly), and Boone (Billy Wickman)

The Berserkers are a squad founded by Pope which consists of several members of the 2nd Mass who share his hatred of the aliens. They are usually given assignments which other squads consider too crazy to consider doing. Led by Tom Mason after his return to the 2nd Mass.

Jeanne Weaver (Laci J. Mailey)

Jeanne is Weaver's oldest daugher, who he is reunited with on the road to Charleston.

Arthur Manchester (Terry O'Quinn)

Arthur is Tom's former mentor and the "majority leader" of Charleston's civilian population.

General Bressler

Bressler is the commander of Charleston's military forces.

Denny

An unharnessed girl who fights alongside Ben and the Skitter Rebellion. After the resistance is scattered at the start of Season 4, she is a member of Anne's group.

Marina Perlata

An aide to Tom after he becomes President of Charleston.

Dr. Roger Kadar (Robert Sean Leonard)

Kadar is an agoraphobic scientist in charge of keeping power in Charleston running.
  • Attention Deficit Oh Shiny: He suffers from this whenever talking to Weaver.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: While his conversations make no sense whatsoever, he's one hell of a nuclear scientist.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: It is heavily implied by the way talks about children that he once had a child, and that its death was what caused his current Hikkomori way of living.
  • Hikikomori: Though his case seems a little more justified, since there is a war going outside.
  • Gadgeteer Genius
  • The Smart Guy: The main source of advanced scientifical explanations in Charleston.

    Aliens 

Unnamed Espheni

A member of the alien race that invaded Earth who temporarily held Tom.

Red Eye

A Skitter aboard the ship Tom was temporarily held on. He followed the humans, was captured, and tells the humans through one of the rescued children that he's part of a Skitter resistance. Current location unknown, as he escaped in the attempt by Ricky and Ben to free him.

Cochise (Doug Jones)

Spokesman and member of the Volm species first introduced at the end of season two. Serves as a liaison with the human resistance in Charleston.
  • Aliens Speaking English: The first alien in the series who can speak English without having to speak through a harnessed human.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Speculation on their true objectives have been a great concern in the 2nd Mass.
  • The Comically Serious: Cochise's overly formal way of speaking can be quite amusing at times.
  • Fighting for a Homeland: However, he doubts he will ever get to see his homeland on his lifetime, commenting that he fights so the children of his children might see it.
  • First Contact: His introduction in the finale of season two mirrored many classic examples of such scenes - aside from the fact that Earth was already crawling with other alien species...
  • Healing Factor: When seriously wounded he heals on his own without need for medical attention.
  • I Come in Peace: Cochise and the other Volm are aiding the human resistance as of the beginning of season three, though many people are wondering whether they will turn out to be a case of We Come in Peace ó Shoot to Kill.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after Indian resistance fighter Cochise.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: "Like you, Colonel, I am a soldier. I follow orders, whether I agree with them or not." Says Cochise, regarding his orders to relocate 2nd Mass against their will.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: Looks like this thus far.
  • Spock Speak
  • The Stoic: Always cool-headed.
    • Not So Stoic: His voice cracks up briefly when he is talking about his (deceased) brother.
  • True Companions: With the 2nd Mass.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: His interactions with his father are very reminiscent of this.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Worse than the usual situation, as Cochise not only can't go back to his homeland (because of the war against The Overlords), but he has never seen his homeplanet in his entire life.

Commander Waschak-Cha'ab (Doug Jones)

The Volm in charge of the entire Volm expeditionary force on Earth, and Cochise's father.
  • Acting for Two / Talking to Himself: Doug Jones not only wears the make-up for both of them, but he also voice-acts them both (only with a digital enhancement for Waschak).
  • Big Good: For the Volm. Not so much for humanity
  • The Brigadier
  • Commanding Coolness
  • Hero of Another Story: He's been waging another, much larger and deadlier, war against the Overlords off-screen in the present, and in the past, he fought them across several planets.
  • Humans Are Insane/Humans Are Warriors: Seems to conflate the two because humans are the first race he's encountered who weren't happy to let his people do their fighting for them and go to a reservation
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Same deal as Cochise, he just follows protocol whatever it may be.
  • Old Soldier: His voice, appearance and implied history (being the father of the already adult Cochise) give him the feel of this trope.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Zig-zagged a bit but ultimately played straight.
  • The Strategist: Implied to be the mind behind the entire Volm offensive that turned the tide of the war.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He (at first) forces humans to go to a reservation, but simply so they won't be in harm's way. He genuinely wants the best for mankind.

Scorch

Another high-ranking Espheni, tasked with overseeing the South Carolina Ghetto. He appears to be older than the previous Espheni, and a lot more dangerous.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Uses this tactic very freely.
  • Big Bad: Season 4.
  • The Chessmaster: Already shows a high-degree of skill at playing against Tom Mason, and judging by the way he talks, he seems to have a few cards up his sleeve.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Scorch is quite aware the Espheni's tactics aren't working anymore, so he's using a new approach. Such as Harnessing adults instead of children.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Scorch takes a few, subtle verbal jabs at Mason when they talk.
  • Evil Old Folks: Possibly. If you compare him to the other Overlords, you will notice his skin is far more wrinkled, maybe implying age.
  • I Have Your Wife: Threatens Mason with this.
  • Made of Iron: Survives being pretty much roasted alive.
  • Meet the New Boss: The promo that introduced him mentioned this exact phrase.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Institutes ghettos like those from World War II and uses kidnapped children in a Hitler Youth-style "New Coalition" reeducation camp. Matt explicitly mentions the parallels on the latter. Interestingly, these are the exact behaviors the first Espheni leader in the show used as an example of the worst of humanity.
  • Knight Templar: He is apparently gathering an army to fight a larger threat of some kind.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: "Scorch" is all we've got.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Scorch is always watching with a billion eyes.
  • The Evils of Free Will: "Free will can be dangerous, but I don't have to tell you that." Says Scorch, towards Mason.
  • 24-Hour Armor: He wears some sort of thick steel armor all the time.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: He warns Mason a greater evil is on the way, but he never specifies what exactly he's talking about. It is justified by the fact Mason isn't his ally and he has no reason to share intel with him.
  • Wardens Are Evil: We are talking about a Nazi-style ghetto of innocent people rather than an actual prison, so this trope applies in full force.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In his own words. The entire Espheni invasion is apparently just to gather resources to fight off a greater evil of some kind.

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