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Characters: Hell on Wheels

     Main Characters 

Cullen Bohannon

Played by: Anson Mount
  • Anti-Hero: Type IV. Shades of Type III and Type V depending on his mood. He's brutal, vengeange-obsessed and sometimes an asshole, but he is still fighting for the right cause.
  • Badass Beard: Since the first season.
  • Death Seeker: Becomes one very briefly in season 2, due to murdering an innocent man and feeling nothing about it.
  • A Father to His Men: Becomes this when he becomes Head Engineer.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Elam eventually
  • Guile Hero:
    • Very cunning when he's not blinded by vengeance, not to mention his knowledge of American history and warfare.
    • Season 2 provides further proof to this with him playing Durant and the workers like a fiddle, then executing The Plan he set up to get the workers back to their jobs. It works like a charm.
  • Honor Before Reason: He marries and stays with Naomi out of honor. Even she notes he could just leave her.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: This is mostly his defense when asked about all the murders he had to commit in Hell On Wheels.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is by no means a gentle person, but deep down, he knows what's right.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Bohannon has a extremely pessimistic worldview and trusts no one, but this doesn't keep him from helping those in need.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He is the character with the biggest amount of shirtless scenes. Which surprises no one, considering Anson Mount's muscular physique.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Once he realizes just what he summoned when he asked for Major Bendix's help.
  • Nice Hat: Bohannon has a minor obsession with hats, and he always grabs a hold of one.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Bohannon overrides any sense of self-preservation or logic if revenge is the reward. This in particular blows up ons his face when he murders a innnocent man because of the illusion this man killed his wife.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Cullen participated in the slaughter of wounded soldiers and medics. It is evident this didn't do him good.
  • The Sociopath: He isn't even close to being this, but expresses fear of becoming one after not feeling guilty for his brutal murder of an innocent man.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: He will do everything it takes for the railroad.
    • Sociopathic Hero: Sometimes gets to this point when his actions get more and more extreme.
  • Warrior Poet: A very well-read soldier.

Thomas "Doc" Durant

Played by: Colm Meaney
  • Affably Evil: He is a true gentleman, charming and polite even as profiteering of the slaughter of indians.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Regarding Mrs. Bell.
  • Anti-Villain: A Type I, being a businessman at heart, he keeps his promises.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Fights for his Railroad with tooth and nail.
  • Big Bad: Is shaping up to be this for the third season.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Did it at the end of the first episode. Has not done it since.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: If you want him to play the villain, he'll gladly do it.
  • The Chessmaster: While he routinely suffers from Didn't See That Coming, Durant can outgambit people with the best of them.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: His Corrupt Corporate Executive credentials are all Truth in Television. The real Durant did set up Credit Mobilier to pay himself for building his own railroad, he did use "oxbow" curves to arbitrarily increase the length of the railroad and get more government money, he did bribe senators, and (as mentioned by Bohannon in their first meeting) he did make a lot of money smuggling embargoed cotton out of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He has a few (very few) lines he will not cross.
  • Face-Heel Turn: He was always something of a Jerkass with some soft spots, but as of the third season, he has also decided to destroy Bohannon. Most of his Pet the Dog moments also vanished with the death of Lily Bell.
  • Jerkass: While he has can be quite a gentleman, Durant cares about profit first and foremost, and he loves to remind people of such.
  • Large Ham: Half the appeal of the series is watching Colm Meaney chew the scenery.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As his interactions with Senator Crane demonstrate, Durant is a master of psychological manipulation.
  • Not Me This Time: When a Marshall confronts him over a particular crime, Durant notes he has no clue what he's talking about. Ironically, for the one time in the series, Durant is telling the truth. Doesn't save him from the Marshall's wrath, though.
  • Pet the Dog: Most of his interactions with Mrs. Bell show his kinder nature.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Durant he seeks profit, and nothing more. He won't go out of his way to be evil if it doesn't involve acquiring posessions. However, the same goes for being good.
  • Rags to Riches: He wasn't always a rich railroad baron.
  • Railroad Baron: As mentioned under corrupt corporate executive, he's paying himself to build a railroad with government subsidies.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Bribes senators
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He know many senators and others.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was mostly a Non-Action Guy but in the second season finale he fights the Sioux on his own accord, with a rifle without backing down

Elam Ferguson

Played by: Common
  • Anti-Hero: While Fergurson's plight as a black man in the 1800s is very sympathetic and he has a good sense of morals, he has a tendency to be very selfish and violent.
  • Badass Preacher: Not an official Preacher, but he served as one in his youth.
  • Character Death: Maybe, maybe not.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Bohannon.
  • Scary Black Man: A heroic one, but Fergurson can be a very scary man when he wants to.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Eva; he's black, she's white in the racist 1860s.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Multiple. He starts the series as a common worker of Durant, but after some bouts with the Irish and Bohannon's training, Fergurson becomes a expert marksman, second only to Bohannon himself in Hell On Wheels.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets one from Toole over his treatment of Eva after he gets her pregnant

Lily Bell

Played by Dominique McElligott
  • Character Death: choked by The Swede
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Graphically choked by The Swede.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Lily Bell stabs the man who killed her husband with his own arrow, treks however many miles alone and sews up her own wound before she's rescued.
  • Determinator: Crawled through some five miles of mud, with an arrow wound on her hand, starving and without water, as she was pursued by Indians. Most people would go home and rest after such a experience. Mrs.Bell instead went right back to work.
  • Determined Homesteader's Wife: Was this, until her husband died in the first episode. She then spends the rest of the show as a Determined Widow
  • Guile Heroine: Lily is clever enough to impress Durant, and is matches him in knowledge of economics and psychology. A fitting example being when she escaped a murder attempt by convicing the assassin to side with her.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She trusts The Swede; not a particularly smart thing to do.
  • Proper Lady Snarker: Moresoever around Durant, but it's there.
  • Lady and a Scholar: The most educated person on Hell on Wheels, as well as the kindest.
  • Number Two: To Durant, until Hanna comes along.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Her death is the final straw on Bohannon's sanity, and The Swede's final work.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Bell is a Proper Lady of highest kind, polite and civil in all occasions, but do not try to push her around, for she ''will' fight back with all she has.

     Recurring Characters 

Reverend Cole

Played by: Tom Noonan
  • The Alcoholic: for the first half of the second season
  • The Atoner: his attempts to assist the Sioux and kidnap/kill Durant could be seen as his attempt to atone for his inability to help the Cheyenne in the first season
  • Badass Preacher: He's a priest who fights with a rapier.
  • Character Death: Died for real in the third season.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Showing signs of this in season 2.
  • Cool Sword: A magnificent rapier is his "weapon of choice".
  • Despair Event Horizon: After the Cheyenne's attack on the railway
  • Disappeared Dad: was one to his daughter, until she turned up in Hell on Wheels
  • Disc One Final Boss: He is slain, but the Sioux aren't even half-way done by the time he dies
  • Face-Heel Turn: Started off as one of the most moral white characters of the series, ended up as one of the most villainous.
  • Famous Last Words: "Behold...your legacy."
  • God's Hands Are Tied: What he comes to believe after crossing the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Good Shepherd: He tries but can't quite pull it off because of his lack of faith strength.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He dies with a wide grin on his face.
  • Heel Realization: Right before his death, he apologizes for his sins to Ruth, saying he's been a horrible father.
  • If Jesus Then Aliens: Averted. Despite being a minister, he doesn't believe in urban legends.
  • Knight Templar: "The glory of the Lord will be revealed and all the people will see it, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken." Indeed.
  • Odd Friendship: With The Swede.
  • Only Sane Man: The matter is Indians where he is the only person to even consider the possibility of peace.
  • Preacher Man: Started off as this, gets more ambiguous as season progresses.
  • Sanity Slippage: After the Cheyenne Attack on the railroad, he becomes unhinged and becomes alcoholic. It only gets worse and worse from there.
  • Straight Edge Evil: Played with. He starts his sanity slippage and descent into evil by drinking himself to oblivion, but is little more than a Cloud Cuckoo Lander at that point, he only becomes truly evil after he stops drinking.
  • Those Two Guys: Hangs about with The Swede in season 2.
  • Tragic Villain: He was driven into villainy by the sheer cruelty of the world he lived in, and because of his alcoholism
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He tries to kill Durant to end the massacre of the Indians.

Joseph Black Moon

Played by: Eddie Spears
  • The Atoner: For his past misdeeds as a proud and brave Indian Warrior.
  • Shoot the Dog: Or knife the Reverend rather, the only way to stop his murderous rampage.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Ruth. Fate always intervenes when they're about to get together.

Eva

Played by: Robin McLeavy

Toole

Played by: Duncan Ollerenshaw

Pawnee Killer

Played by: Gerald Auger

Sean and Mickey McGinness

Played by: Ben Esler & Phil Burke
  • The American Dream: Two Irish immigrants trying to make it big in America. They both end up as Deconstructions of the concept.
  • Badass: Mickey post-character development. In season four he even makes short work of a Federal Marshall.
    • Badass Boast: "I built my fortune from the nothing, and I'll do it again. This time without the likes of you, or Durant." Says Mickey in season four.
  • Benevolent Boss: As far as whores go, Mickey is often remarked as being a very good pimp.
  • Berserk Button: Do not mess with Mickey's Casino.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Mickey. Just ask the Butcher (whom he butchered) Or Carl (whom he blackmailed for being an asshole).
  • Brains and Brawn: Sean is the brains, Mickey is the brawn. This is Lampshaded by Sean early in the second season. The dynamic is played with later, when Mickey acquires a better sense of judgement than Sean in a few occasions and fully subverted in Season 3 where Mickey becomes far more intelligent than Sean, who is much more prone to mistakes.
  • Cain and Abel: Season 3 sees the brothers getting increasingly more antagonistic towards each other. In the end, the Abel kills the Cain: Mickey shoots Sean when he gets out of control.
  • Character Death: Mickey kills Sean.
  • The Chew Toy: Sean can't catch a break from mid-season 2 onwards.
  • Character Development: Mickey starts the show as very naive, easily scared and bumbling, but as his time on Hell On Wheels passed by, he became a much more assertive and clever man.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Sean goes flying across it when Mickey abandons him to his fate.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Durant?: Mickey is a pimp, Durant is a master manipulator and one of the wealthiest and most influential men in America who could destroy him with a flick of his wrist, yet Mickey is not afraid to lay the verbal smackdown on Durant, and he barely flinches when Durant makes his (very serious) threats.
  • Greed: Sean's main motivation it makes him a Jerkass.
  • Kick the Dog: Sean trying to profit off people's mysery.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Sean goesn't get to finish his confession before Mickey shoots him dead.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Sean suffers from this. Unless stalking people in the night is a sign of sanity.
  • The Mole: Sean, to Durant in season 3.
  • Nice Guy: Mickey treats everyone with respect and a warm smile.
  • Noodle Incident: Mickey did something in Boston. We're never told what, exactly. Until season 3's "It happened in Boston", in which Mickey explains to us that Sean fell in love with two girls, did some horrifying crime to both of them in a fit of rage.
  • Not So Different: Sean had a burning hatred for the Swede and his way of doing business, but after the Swede is down, he ends up conducting business with the same methods. He does not realize the similarity.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Mickey, when he becomes the chief of the whorehouse.
  • Self-Made Man: Mickey bececomes Mayor of Cheyenne.
  • Those Two Guys: They're always together. As noted by Brains and Brawn, there's a reason for this.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Due his Character Development, Mickey became quite clever and hard to catch, impressing even Durant. By season four he's a small-scale chessmaster.
  • Spanner in the Works: He is indirectly the cause for the assault on Durant, due his murder of Jessup.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Sean on Ruth.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Mickey has the brotherly variation of this, always seeking Sean's approval. He seems to have grown out by season 3.
  • Wild Card: In season four, Mickey decides to give a metaphorical middle finger to both Campbell and Durant, and play things to his own advantage.

Psalms

Played by: Dohn Norwood
  • Ascended Extra: He was a fairly minor character, but from around season three to four, he became one of the major characters.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Psalms is easy going, but not someone you'd want to anger.
  • A Day in the Limelight: It's not much, but season three's "Searchers" sees him having more screentime and characterization than usual, complete with a Motive Rant.
  • The Lancer: To Elam.
  • Meaningful Name: According to himself, his name was chosen by his mother, in homage to a bible verse where God swears to punish the wicked. Thus, Psalms is a very justice focused man.
  • Only Friend: To Fergurson. In season four he becomes this for Bohannon.
  • Rank Up: He becomes one of the worker-bosses in season four.
  • Scary Black Man: Heroic, but Lord in heaven do not piss him off...
  • Torture Technician: He's very good at it.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His relationship with Elam.

Ruth Cole

Played by: Kasha Kropinski
  • Break the Cutie: Woman cannot catch a break. From losing her father to being stalked by Sean to watching Sean get brutally gunned down in front of her.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Sean definitely does it.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: When her father losses his faith, she tears into him.
  • The Conscience: Acts as this for Bohannon in season 3.
  • Fiery Redhead: She doesn't seem it at first but develops it later.
  • Good Shepherd: Is trying to fill the role abandoned by her father with her own stronger faith. Is much better at it than he was.
  • Parental Abandonment: Cole hasn't seen her for most (if not all) of her life, despite knowing of her existence.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Joseph. Fate always seems to get in the way when they're close to being together.
  • Token Good Teammate: She's probably the only member of the railroad who doesn't have some sort of innocent blood in her hands.
  • Values Dissonance: Is kind even to those she considers Godless heathens...such as for instance Catholics and Mormons

Many Horses

Played by: Wes Studi
  • A Father to His Men: He always treats his warriors with outmost respect.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Pawnee Killer is more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist than Many Horses.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: It's something of a character trait for him to deliver these. For example, while talking about the land issues with the US government:
    Sen. Crane: It's not yours, it's the US Government's.
    Many Horses: Did they buy it?
    Sen.Crane: No-
    Many Horses: Did they trade for it?
    Durant: It's not like that-
    Many Horses: Then how can they own it?
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being a major character for three seasons, he's nowhere to be seen in the fourth. Presumably the railroad moved past his territories.
  • Good Parents: Many Horses is the only good parental figure in the show, always wise and supportive.
  • I Have No Son: Towards Joseph, but less ominious than usual: Many Horses says that because he is acknowledging that Joseph is now his own man, and free to trail his own path.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He is perfectly calm and reasonable, even willing to negotiate with the railroad owners (such negotiations fail, but sure as Hell not because of Many Horses).
  • The Stoic: He has yet to smile on screen.

     Antagonists 

Thor Gunderson, aka The Swede

Played by: Christopher Heyerdahl
  • Affably Evil: In the first season. Firmly Faux Affably Evil in the second as you can see by him choking the life out of Mrs. Bell while thanking her
  • Arch-Enemy: Could be considered one for Bohannon considering he's the most recurring enemy of the series.
  • Ax-Crazy: He is a unstable maniac who wants it all to burn.
  • Awesome McCoolname: His first name is the Norse god of thunder, his last name sounds like thunder, and he has a The Magnificent title.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • The Bad Guy Wins: He got everything he wanted in the end of the second season. Even his death was fully part of his plan.
  • Bald of Evil: As of mid-second season.
  • Big Bad: Of the second season, where most of the conflict is directly related to his machinations.
  • Big Eater: Rare is the scene where he is not eating.
  • Blood Knight: Not initially, but eventually became a manipulative battle addict instead of a berserker style battle addict.
  • The Chessmaster: Even when he loses his rank, he can still play things to his advantage and eventually wins
  • Corrupt Hick: Despite being a northerner and an Immigrant, he fits this trope to a T. When he's not out being the Hanging Judge, he's shaking down businesses and bribing officials to look the other way while he robs his employer.
  • The Corrupter: Cole already had a few problems before him, but it was The Swede who gave him his final push into villainy. Also attempts this on Bohannon for very little reason other than "why not".
  • Creepy Mortician: Of the gravedigger variety, as of Season 2.
  • Death Seeker: Eventually gets to this point. Driven to Suicide: His plan for slaughter and destruction of Bohannon's soul complete, he ends his life in peace.
  • The Determinator: Even being turned in a human fireplace barely stopped him
  • The Dragon: To Durant.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: By the second season, he has completely lost his marbles.
  • Evil Counterpart / Foil: As the man himself notes, The Swede is, essentially, Bohannon's dark side personified: A ruthless murderer addicted to battle itself. He is a constant reminder of Bohannon's capacity for evil.
  • Famous Last Words: "I wish you...a good day."
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a humble quartermaster to a corrupting and destructive battle addict.
  • God Guise: It is revealed a few Indians believe him to be the White Spirit. Whether or not he believes it to be true, The Swede uses this belief to his advantage.
  • Hanging Judge: We see him working as a town judge a few times in season one. All of them are related to ordering someone to hang, even when the crime is relatively minor.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Says the trope's name verbatim in season 2, when referring to his current misfortune.
  • Hypocrite: He compares Bohannon to Loki, the "god of chaos" yet his behavior, especially in the second season, is far more disruptive than Bohannon's bordering For the Evulz.
  • I Call It Vera: He has a sawed-off shotgun named Beauty. "She's an old piece, but she shoots true."
  • In Love with Your Carnage: See Mood Dissonance.
  • Inspector Javert: To Bohannon whom he hunts but unlike the typical Javert he's also a Corrupt Cop.
  • It Has Been an Honor: He says this to Bohannon before dying. Bohannon disagrees
  • Knight of Cerebus: The show is pretty grim already, but in the second season, when the Swede enters the scene, you can expect things to get increasingly worse, and in the season finale, even more so.
  • Knight Templar: Thinks the city is a filthy hellhole, and that all actions are justified when the goal is maintaining order.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: The Swede has, more than once, retreated when problems became too great.
  • Lean and Mean: Thin as a rack after his experiences In Andersonville.
  • Light Is Not Good: He is known as "The White Spirit" among the Indians.
  • Made of Iron: Shrugs off third-degree burns without further thought after an afternoon of rest. And then he comes back, even though he fell off a significant height into shallow water, in a shot that heavily implied he died on impact.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Serves as this to both Reverend Cole and The Sioux.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Plays Durant's feeling for Lily to his advantage, plays Crane's greed to his advantage, plays Lily's good heart to his advantage, e.t.c
  • Mood Dissonance: Waltz around in complete happiness while the city burns to ashes
  • Not Quite Dead: Turns out falling from a bridge facefront into the water didn't kill him.
  • Odd Friendship: With Cole.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Small-scale version by the end of the second season. He just wants all to burn.
  • Known Mostly By His Nickname: The Swede, even though he's Norwegian. Zig-zagged in Season 2, where everyone just calls him Mr. Gunderson.

Hawkins

Major Bendix

  • Ax-Crazy: Saying he has poor impulse control would be a massive understatement.
  • The Cavalry: Played with. Being a cavalryman, his techinical job description is to be this to Bohannon, but given he's a unstable lunatic, they only call him when the situation is most dire.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: As summed up by this dialogue, about a massacre that happened no less than a few hours before:
    Bohannon: That woman put up much of a fight?
    Bendix(while holding her decapitated head): I honestly can't recall.
  • Brutal Honesty: Bendix is very blunt about his goals and opinions.
  • Eagleland: His thought-route is a classic Type 2.
  • Fat Bastard: A rather chubby fellow.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He is very casual and chatty about the day he murders people.
  • Majorly Awesome: The evil version. Asshole or not, he seems quite good at his job.
  • Off with His Head!: Fond of this tactic, particularly with Indians.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: A massive bigot against Indians.
  • Rules Lawyer: He very liberal when interpreting Bohannon's telegrams for help. He basically tries to find (far-fetched) ways of justifying Indian slaughter in them.
  • Wicked Cultured: A subversion. He talks a big game with his very elaborated phrenologist speeches, but phrenology is a long-disproved field of science.

Hannah Durant

  • Affably Evil: She's rather polite and civil towards Lily, even though she's planning her downfall.
  • Non-Action Guy: While literally every living being in the railroad (Including Thomas Durant and Lilly Bell) grabs a weapon to fight the Sioux, Hanna screams and hides.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Same thing as Durant. Profit above everything, including good and evil.
  • Proper Lady: She is the living embodiment of the description given on the trope page, only antagonistic.
  • Put on a Bus: Hasn't been seen since the end of the third season.

John Campbell

Played by: Jake Weber.
  • Badass: While never seen in battle, the sheer balls required to march in a Wretched Hive with five people and a piece of paper that says he's the governor and strongarming the entire community to dance to his tune while spiting Durant effortlessly qualifies him.
  • Historical-Domain Character: He was the governor of Cheyenne in real life as well.
  • Hanging Judge: Played with. For the standards of Hell on Wheels, he's absurdly strict with the law. For the standards of a normal city, he's pretty straight-forward (Judge, Jury, and Executioner aside).
  • Hero Antagonist: He opposes Durant, but it's pretty obvious which of them is the most righteous man.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Due the lack of a working law system in Hell on Wheels, him and his crew (about five people) are a walking courtroom that trials anything unlawful on their path.
  • Kangaroo Court: Techinically speaking, his courts are horribly unfair due the entire jury consisting of his own men, but for the standards of order of Hell on Wheels, they're as good as they get.
  • Knight Templar: Sees himself as a guardian of civilization.
  • Number Two: To Ulysses Grant, at least in regards to the railroad.
  • Order Versus Chaos: He firmly represents Order in the chaos-ridden land that is Cheyenne.
  • Out-Gambitted: Possibly the only man to inflict this upon Durant.
  • Twilight of the Old West: While not explicetly linked to this trope, Campbell (as Lampshaded by several character) is almost a physical representation of it: A bringer of order in the lawless lands of the West, civilizing it, taming it and stopping the "any man makes his own law" behavior that characterizes the period and the genre.
  • The Rival: To Durant, for the control of the railroad.
  • Rules Lawyer: Makes this trope into an art form to take power of Hell on Wheels by any means necessary.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: While he does do some pretty shady things from time to time, his sole goal is to bring civilization and order to Hell on Wheels.

     Others 

Sen. Jordan Crane

Played by: James D. Hopkin

"Doc" Whitehead

  • The Atoner: Regarding his misdeeds as member of a gang of thieves.
  • Character Death: He asks Bohannon to shoot him.
  • Combat Medic: Not many doctors can have a fistfight with a Sioux warrior like he did.
  • Death Seeker: Because of his misdeeds as a thief, Whitehead is very glad with death, and actively seeks it.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He is calmly looking at the horizon when Bohannon shoots him.
  • A Good Way to Die: He feels this way at the end, saying he had a good life, and that it's a good way to end his life on Earth.
  • Honor Before Reason: Decides to stay with Durant, even though it's certain he'll die.
  • Morality Chain: For Bohannon. He tries to keep the guy from turning into the Swede.
  • The Medic: Quite literally, in Hawkin's gang (and later on Hell on Wheels, for a brief amount of time).
  • Mercy Kill: He asks Bohannon to shoot him so he will die with a friend by his side.
  • Known Mostly By His Nickname: Everyone calls him "Doc" or Hey, You!.
  • Punch Clock Villain: He served as a medic for a gang of thieves, but only because he had no other option.
  • Token Good Teammate: Alongside Bohannon, he was this in Hawkins' gang.

Declan Toole

  • Ambiguously Evil: At this point, it's very hard to tell if he's evil or not, but Eva and Elam certainly feel very scared of him.
  • Badass: His opening scene has him effortlessly beating down a thief, and he barely blinks at Ferguron's threats.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Well not a "big" stick, but his Weapon of Choice is a police baton and he can surely wreak some havoc with it.
  • Dashingly Dapper Derby: His Nice Hat.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He walks out of a train, sees a thief robbing a man, promptly beats the thief down and gives the man his walllet back. This establishes Declan as a man of old-fashioned values in the crapsack world that is Hell on Wheels.
  • Fair Cop: He apparently was a cop in New York.
  • Honor Before Reason: His motivation is taking Eva's baby (with her consent) to give it a better life. No matter how much trouble even suggesting that causes him.
  • Officer O'Hara: A classic irish copper.
  • Put on a Bus: Or rather, a train. He leaves by train and never returns.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He is calm, collected and cultured, everything Toole was not.

Ulysses S. Grant

Louise Ellison

  • Intrepid Reporter. She is at Hell On Wheels to cover the building of the railroad and does so as honestly as possible
  • Lipstick Lesbian/Ambiguously Bi: She got shipped out west at least partly to keep her away from her boss' daughter but she didn't seem to mind when Bohannon kissed her either. She didn't really respond but that could have been just because she was shocked and surprised.
  • The Narrator: From time to time.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Durant pointed her towards the murders Bohannon commited in revenge and then used her story against him at the trial.

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