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The Altered Timeline

A set of characters whom appear in the slightly altered/rewritten timeline throughout Season 4. Only characters who are substantially different, or play different roles compared to their prime timeline selves will be listed here - and only the differing tropes.

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Main Characters

    Lincoln Lee 

Lincoln Lee

"You understand what you're saying? Those families are going to spend the rest of their lives wondering what happened to their loved ones, looking for answers. Can you imagine what that would be like? To have that... that hole in your life."

Portrayed by Seth Gabel
First Appearance: Season 3, Episode 17: "Stowaway"
Episode Appearances: 18 of 100

A minor character in the original timeline, where his first experience with Fringe division was solving the case and mystery behind Dana Gray's apparent immortality. Despite his inexperience with dealing with the strangeness that Fringe Division deals with daily, he quickly demonstrated himself as a brilliant investigator and ally, establishing a close friendship with Peter.

In the amber timeline, he joins Fringe Division after the death of his partner.
Tropes associated with Special Agent Lee:

    Nina Sharp 

Nina Sharp

See Massive Dynamic

"I'm nothing if I can't be a resource for you."

"We create technology. How it is used is not our concern."

Portrayed by Blair Brown
First Appearance: Season 4, Episode 1: "Neither Here Nor There"
Episode Appearances: 13 of 100

The CEO of Massive Dynamic following William Bell's death. She is close to Olivia, and has raised the Dunham sisters since they were children, but has a stormy relationship with Walter.

Following Jones' downfall and Bell's disappearance...again, she has been offered an executive position in Fringe Division by both Broyles and Senator Van Horne. What happened between then and 2036 that landed her in a wheelchair is a mystery.
Tropes associated with Nina:

    Walter Bishop 

Walter Bishop

See Main Characters: A Side (Seasons 1-3)

"She bought my ignorance with baked goods while she carried out her plan to steal pieces of the machine with the — it was that damn Portuguese sweet bread!"

Portrayed by John Noble
First Appearance: Season 3, Episode 22: "The Day We Died"
Episode Appearances: 35 of 100

The brilliant scientist who once worked with William Bell, Walter has spent 17 years maximum security mental institution but now he works with Fringe Division. The death of his son (and the subsequent death of alternate Peter) has been eating away at him for decades, and he has now become something of a paranoid trainwreck who refuses to leave the safety of his Harvard lab.
Tropes associated with Walter:
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Even more of an issue with this version of Walter. See Evil Me Scares Me
  • Badass Grandpa: He gets his brain back in the Bad Future number two. He kills an Observer and destroys the Massive Dynamic building. Badass.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Terrified of turning into the man he was before he lost his those parts of his brain. Considering that man considered destroying two universes, he's got a point.
  • Fatal Flaw: Hubris.
  • Hikkikomori: He is a complete shut in.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Lives permanently in the year 2167.
  • I See Dead People:
    • He has been seeing hallucinations of Peter all over his lab. As a result, he tried to lobomize himself.
    • After taking "Black Blotter", he's haunted by visions of Carla Warren.
  • Kick the Dog: Telling Nina that William never loved her was a bit of a dick move.
  • Sanity Slippage: Walter is already pretty crazy. Season 4's Walter cranks it Up to Eleven.
    • 4x19. He gets even more brain damage. And the he gets better... and arguably worse.
  • Shipper on Deck: Eventually.
    Walter: Look... there's my son and his girlfriend!
  • Odd Friendship: With Fauxlivia.
  • Papa Wolf: Harm Olivia and he'll leave you sealed in amber with one hand less.
  • Properly Paranoid: Seeing his dead son pop up from another timeline has freaked him the hell out. Because of his past mistakes and guilt, he utterly refuses to have anything to do with Peter.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized
    Walter: Resistance must take place at any opportunity. We are insurgents and this... is anti-matter. You're smart, you do the math.
    *cue the entire Massive Dynamic building and the Observer and mooks inside disintegrating*
  • Took a Level in Badass / Took a Level in Jerkass: He gets his brain back in 4x19 - his whole brain. At that point, he stops being our loveable crazy Walter, and turns into Walternate 2.0, essentially.
    Simon: I think you're just what we've been waiting for— someone to show people that we don't just... have to accept our fate... that we can fight back, that we can use our will and our imagination to make a better world, a better life.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: He makes Astrid do all of the field analysis while he looks through a camera.
  • We Used to Be Friends:
    • Loathes Nina Sharp because he blames her for alternate Peter's death. They made up at some point between Season 4 and 5.
    • Has a major falling out with William Bell.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: He much prefers Yiddish to Sumerian. Apparently, Bell's father taught him Yiddish, whom he found to be a "charming man."
    Walter: Megif avagin frim dim Tish.
    Lincoln: Excuse me?
    Walter: It's Yiddish. It means "May I please be excused from the table?" No. You. May. Not!


    Walter Bishop (B) 

Secretary Walter Bishop / "Walternate"

"Well, the outcome is still the same. I couldn't save our son then. And I can't help him now."

Portrayed by John Noble
First Appearance: Season 3, Episode 22: "The Day We Died"
Episode Appearances: 2 of 100

The current Secretary of Defense, the alternate Walter Bishop is the direct head of Fringe Division. He has begrudgingly accepted cooperation between the two sides to fix the problems of their worlds, but he still seems to be keeping some secrets...
Tropes associated with Walternate:
  • Anti-Villain/ Anti-Hero
  • The Chessmaster
  • Combat Pragmatist: The way in which he exposes and disposes of Brandon was downright efficient.
  • Consummate Liar: Peter was rather impressed by his ability to lie through his teeth to his wife.
    "I must say, that was a brilliant performance. You almost looked genuinely surprised to see me, which we both know is not the case. "
  • Enemy Mine: He feels Peter is the only person he can trust because he is truly neutral, and as such, wants him to be the rope that binds the two universes against the new shapeshifters.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Properly Paranoid: He has a gut feeling somewhere that his men were slowly being replaced with human-based shapeshifters.


David Robert Jones

"I’m sure you have an abundance of questions. But I doubt I'd answer any of them. Besides which, we don't have much time. I imagine you'd like to avoid unnecessary deaths."

Portrayed by Jared Harris
First Appearance: Season 4, Episode 8: "Back To Where You've Never Been"
Episode Appearances: 5 of 100

Jones again, and back pulling Big Bad duties once more for the fourth season. A biological terrorist extraordinaire, not much is known about him except that he is the one behind the human based shapeshifters, and that he is slowly replacing high-clearance individuals with his copies.

In truth, he's merely The Dragon to the real Big Bad, William Bell.
Tropes associated with Jones:
  • A God Am I: His goal is to be the god of an advanced race, the Fringe Agents presume.
  • Affably Evil: As much so as his counterpart from the original timeline, with his affability serving as an especially unnerving contrast to his ruthless character in this universe, where he is allowed more leeway as an antagonist due to its altered circumstances.
  • Back from the Dead: In the displaced timeline, Peter was never there to kill him, hence his spree of terror continues.
  • Body Horror: Oh, he's still a big fan of it - this time using a gas that melts people alive. But at the same time, is somewhat a victim of it. While still healing, his teleporation from Germany has left him quite scarred.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 4.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Creating Life Is Bad: Is growing his own shapeshifters in test tubes.
  • Demoted to Dragon
  • Diabolical Mastermind / Evil Genius
  • Didn't See That Coming: Didn't see Peter coming. And Peter knows it.
    Peter: You're not from here, are you?
    Peter: No. Actually, it was the scars
    Lincoln: Did you see that? His pulse just went up.
    Peter: The last time I saw you, you were completely falling apart — molecular disintegration due to transporting out of a German prison. They had to wrap you in bandages just keep you from turning into a puddle on the floor. It seems like you figured out a way to heal yourself. Do you mind if I ask? What was it — some sort of... DNA graft?
    Jones: (visibly nervous) I've never met you in my life.
  • The Dragon: To William Bell.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He claims to love his shapeshifter creations. It doesn't stop him from killing them, however.
  • Evilutionary Biologist
  • Immune to Bullets: Disintegrating and reintegrating has a few "fringe benefits", as Olivia finds out.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: That's what you get for inflicting all that Body Horror on those poor innocent people.
  • Mad Scientist: The guy was making upgraded shapeshifters without anyone knowing.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Is trying to destroy both universes in order to create his own.
  • Spot of Tea: He expresses and shows his affinity for the beverage frequently, at one point musing that "Matcha is one of the few things I'm going to miss."
  • Unwitting Bishop
  • Xanatos Speedchess: He played both Fringe Divisions with the same ease and skill as Miles Davis plays the trumpet.
  • You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: Was a sacrificial "bishop" to Bell's endgame.

     Leland Spivey 

Leland Spivey

"Maybe confusion's an unforeseen side effect?"

Portrayed by Monte Markham
First Appearance: Season 4, Episode 7: "Wallflower"
Episode Appearances: 2 of 100

Jones's right-hand man, and occasional grunt for the alternate Nina Sharp. He handles most of their dirtiest work.

    The Shapeshifter 

The Shapeshifter / "Nadine Park"

"One man shouldn't stand in the way of progress, not even William Bell."

Portrayed by Michelle Krusiec
First Appearance: Season 4, Episode 1: "Neither Here Nor There"
Episode Appearances: 3 of 100

An agent of the new human-based shapeshifter force. She was shot and killed by Peter after Jones made his grand debut and escape.
Tropes associated with the Shapeshifter:



"I needed to be more than I am. Something unique. Doctor Jones understood that. He promised to make me like no one else. I was to be the first of a new breed of human beings. But I was a disappointment."

Portrayed by Max Arciniega, Tim Guinee, Kirby Morrow (pictured left)
First Appearance: Season 4, Episode 17: "Everything In Its Right Place"
Episode Appearances: 1 of 100

The first human-based shapeshifter created by Jones. He was, essentially, a failure - he can't hold a single form for too long, nor can he survive without a form. After he was tossed away by Jones, he survived by preying on rapists and serial killers as they were preying on their victims - rescuing them, and taking on the offender's form in the process. Following a nice lecture from Lincoln after he was captured, he completly defected and helped apprehend "Meana". He's currently working with Walter and Peter to find a way to stop Jones.
Tropes associated with Canaan:

    Philip Broyles (B) 

Philip Broyles / "Dopple-Broyles"

"I buried an agent today. A good man. And I’m also well aware that Agent Lee isn't the first casualty of our... collaboration. Some day I’ll have to account for what I’ve done, but..."

Portrayed by Lance Reddick
First Appearance: Season 4, Episode 8: "Back To Where You've Never Been"
Episode Appearances: 5 of 100

The head of Fringe division on the alternate side. In exchange for curing his son, he acts as a mole for Jones.
Tropes associated with Broyles:

    Brandon Fayette (B) 

Brandon Fayette / "Evil Brandon"

"I’ve identified a signal that we might be able to trace. If I’m right, it should lead us to whoever's responsible for these new shapeshifter prototypes."

Portrayed by Ryan McDonald
First Appearance: Season 4, Episode 8: "Back To Where You've Never Been"
Episode Appearances: 1 of 100

The chief scientist of the Department of Defense. Or would be, if he wasn't replaced by a shapeshifter. Is rather quickly disposed of and dissected by Walternate.
Tropes associated with Brandon:


Nina Sharp / "Meana"

"You really have no idea. Philip is irrelevant. He's just another pawn. This changes nothing, Agent Dunham. I know Jones, and he will come for me."

Portrayed by Blair Brown
First Appearance: Season 4, Episode 7: "Wallflower." Probably.
Episode Appearances: 7 of 100

Nina Sharp from the alternate universe. For some reason, she has allied herself with David Robert Jones with the goal of activating Olivia's unique abilities, pretending to be the real Nina who was kidnapped by Jones. They succeeded, but at the cost of pretty much all of their men and one of their hideouts.

In the end however, she was betrayed by Canaan and arrested.
Tropes associated with Meana:


William Bell

"It's done, Walter. The final piece has been set into motion. I couldn't stop it now if I wanted to. And I don't! As scientists, we're taught that fate is nothing more than the convergence of a set of probabilities into one potential outcome... that there's no such thing as Divine Intervention. And yet I’d be lying if I said that the circumstances that brought you here to witness this with me, my trusted colleague, my dearest friend, didn't feel like the Hand of God."

Portrayed by Leonard Nimoy
First Appearance: Season 4, Episode 19: "Letters of Transit
Episode Appearances: 2 of 100

Walter's old partner. He was thought to have died seven years ago of Lymphoma (or rather, chose to die in a car crash instead), but is revealed to be very much alive, and in charge. David Robert Jones is revealed to be truly working for him in an effort to collapse the two universes to create a new one. ...Or so he thought. Knowing William, he has has something bigger in store. He also bears an interesting connection to The Man In The X T-Shirt...
Tropes associated with Bell:
  • Aborted Arc: A connection between him and The Man In The X T-Shirt was hinted at during the fourth season finale. Due to Nimoy's unavailability for the final season, nothing came of the connection (with the mystery man abandoned altogether).
  • Affably Evil
  • A God I Am: "If we are capable of being Gods, it is our destiny to do so."
  • Ambiguously Evil
  • And I Must Scream: Ends up sealed inside Amber with what's left of the Fringe team. When Walter gets out twenty years later he leaves him behind and chops off his hand.
  • Badass Boast: "Even if you deny it now, you've always been Playing God. I am."
  • Bigger Bad
  • Big Bad Friend
  • The Chessmaster: Quite literally. He compares his schemes, and all of the people involved to a game of chess.
    "The art of chess…the art, is knowing when a piece is most valuable. And then, in that very moment being willing to sacrifice it. For in the vacuum created by the loss of what is most precious, opportunity abounds."
  • Cult: Has his own cult dedicated to creating a new and superior species through guided evolution and mutation by design. Just one of his schemes.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His appearance was enough of one alone, but he also seems to know something about the impending Observer invasion. He's already designed weapons capable of harming them - such as the gun which Jessica shot September with - and also has developed some sort of "stasis runes" which are capable of trapping them. September remarks that humans should not be capable of this methodology yet.
  • Diabolical Mastermind
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He loved Nina Sharp. Just not enough.
  • Evil Former Friend: To both Nina and Walter.
  • Evil Old Folks
  • Faking the Dead
  • Karma Houdini
  • Mad Scientist
  • The Man Behind the Man: The one behind everything.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Nanomachines: One of his master inventions are self-replicating nanites that are designed to overheat and cause spontaneous combustion in their victims. His "soul magnets" are also possibly nanite technology.
    • Interestingly, his nanites bear the same marking as the one The Man In The X T-Shirt wears...on his t-shirt.
  • Nay-Theist
  • Non-Action Big Bad: While Jones has no issues whatsoever with beating Peter Bishop up with a crowbar, Bell mainly gets others to do his dirty work for him.
  • Omnicidal Maniac
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He sends Astrid to hospital after his Mook shoots her but considering his willingness to terrorize innocents (and ya know... rip apart universes), this may have been him trying to placate Walter.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Sometime before 2015, he did something to Olivia which has made Walter absolutely, terrifyingly furious with him. Astrid didn't seem too forgiving either (then again...one of his mooks did shoot her.)
    • Odds are good that it was having her dosed with Cortexifan, activating her, and then using her as the power supply for destroying two universes. Thus forcing Walter to shoot Olivia to save two universes.
  • Thirty Xanatos Pileup : Has several schemes executed near simultaneously: Dosing Olivia with cortexiphan, infecting people with nanites, hijacking satellites, breeding a mutant army, collapsing two universes together, etc etc... It probably doesn't even come close to ending here.
  • Token Evil Teammate: At some point before the Bad Future, Fringe Division apparently required his assistance. He double crossed them.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Almonds.
  • Wild Card
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Jones was the "bishop" in his game, his most valuable piece. As such, he was meant to be sacrificed from the start.
    • Nina Sharp also gets this treatment from him.
    • Gets a taste of his own medicine when Walter leaves him sealed in amber after taking what he needed from him. A hand.