Characters: Homeland

The Character Sheet for Showtime's Homeland. Beware of spoilers, only spoilers from the third season are meant to be blacked out.

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     The Mathison Family 

Carrie Mathison

"Everyone's not me."

Played By: Claire Danes

  • Action Survivor: Knows when to run and hide when the odds are against her.
  • All There in the Manual: A tie-in prequel novel reveals her full name: Caroline Anne Mathison.
  • The Atoner
  • Broken Bird
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • The Cassandra
  • Classical Anti-Hero
  • Cowgirl Case Officer: She breaks CIA regulations on a customary basis, what leads her superiors to terminate her career, although she hopes for a 10-Minute Retirement.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Known as one in the CIA.
    • Deconstructed Trope as well. Whether or not you're brilliant at your job, you still have to make sense to your boss. Her antics makes her career in the CIA as stable as an egg on a horn.
  • Cool Aunt
  • Crazy-Prepared: "My mom taught me to save for a rainy day." She has an "insurance policy" briefcase containing cash and fake identification stashed away, and a detailed escape route to go with it.
  • Dark Secret
  • Dating Catwoman
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Defective Detective
  • Despair Event Horizon: Two so far. The first is at the end of season 1 when she loses her job and believes herself insane causing her to resort to electroshock therapy. The second is in season 2 after the Beirut arc, when Estes makes clear that she can never get her job back and she attempts suicide.
  • Determinator: She has a reputation for not giving up.
  • Fearless Fool: Zigzagged. Sometimes her fearlessness bears fruit, sometimes it doesn't, but never does she escape reprimands from her boss.
  • Jerkass
  • Jumped at the Call: Presumably with Carrie when she became the CIA's point person on investigating Abu Nazir. She followed her intuition to the point where she was seen by other characters as a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • A Mother to Her Assets
  • Gibbering Genius: If she's off her meds *and* under stress, expect this.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Has very little self esteem to begin with, and the Trauma Conga Line she goes through in the second half of season 1 destroys even that.
  • Hero with an F in Good
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Hauled Before A Senate Sub Committee and then blamed for the attack on Langley.
  • Idiot Hero: Sure she is good at connecting the dots, but she is absolutely abysmal at following orders, which is the point of being a government employee. You can count with fingers the episodes in which she doesn't let her emotions cloud her judgment and does what her bosses tell her to. Her recklessness is such that in season 3 Quinn has to shoot her when she is about to burn an ongoing mission.
  • Immodest Orgasm
  • Knight in Sour Armor
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In the season 1 finale.
  • Like Mother Like Daughter: A very lousy and neglectful parent, just like her mommy.
  • Lima Syndrome: Carrie falls in love with Brody over the course of her surveillance, despite the fact that she believes he's a terrorist.
  • Married to the Job: She's not happy about it, but is starting to become resigned. Double Subverted in the season 2 finale when she puts her personal life before her career but the circumstances and events undo this choice.
  • Missing Mom: Her mom left are Frank's refusal to deal with his condition became too much for her. Carrie understands why she left, but the lack of any reaching out since then is harder to deal with.
  • My Greatest Failure: Two, not seeing 9/11 coming and again with the attack on Langley.
  • Only Sane Man: Carrie thinks she is this, and as of Season 1 she turns out to be right about Brody all along, but the twist of it is that she's not psychologically a sane person either.
  • The Ophelia
  • Plucky Girl
  • Properly Paranoid
  • Really Gets Around: If stuff doesn't work her way one of her first cures is to fuck with it. On the pilot, when her illegal surveillance is discovered and about to be shut down, she tries to do it with Saul. Later she puts on nice clothes and tries to look for a one night stand. In season three, after Carrie figures out she might be made the patsy for the terrorist attack, she's shown during a scene getting into a conversation with a guy about beer while shopping at a grocery store. The next scene shows them both having sex at her house on the stairs. This makes sense given her bipolar disorder and tendency towards mania - a heightened sex drive and promiscuity are often symptoms of an oncoming bout of mania for people with mood disorders, and promiscuity itself is sometimes a symptom of mental illness.
  • Trauma Conga Line
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: In a way. She is perfectly aware of the rotten game she's been playing, and the stake of it, but in the end she still wants to trust in the goodness of her colleagues, and even Brody.
  • You Have to Believe Me

Maggie Mathison

Played By: Amy Hargreaves

Frank Mathison

Played By: James Rebhorn

Frannie Mathison

     The Brody Family 

Sergeant Nicholas Brody

"The fucking CIA thinks I'm working for Al-Qaeda!?"

Played By: Damian Lewis

Jessica Brody, née Lazaro

"I seem to have become one of those women who takes their kids to school in their pajamas."

Played By: Morena Baccarin

  • First Girl Wins: A bit of dialogue in Season Two states she and Nicholas have known each other since the latter was fourteen years old. Completely subverted by Season 3 as Nicholas Brody chose to be with Carrie after he found out she was pregnant with his baby. And Jessica moved on with her life believing that getting back with Nicholas was a mistake.
  • Housewife
  • Important Haircut
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Proper Lady: Or at least appears like it in public. It's one of the consequences of being the wife of a possible Vice President candidate.
  • Stepford Smiler: She's aware she has to be one in public.
  • Where Were You Last Night?
  • Your Cheating Heart: Started to rebuild her life with Faber after mourning MIA Brody for several years.

Dana Brody, later Dana Lazaro

Played By: Morgan Saylor

Chris Brody

Played By: Jackson Pace

  • Demoted to Extra: In the beginning of Season 2.
  • Out of Focus: Considering he doesn't really have a plotline going on, he is generally just "the other guy in the scene" when he does show up. Judging by his behavior towards the end of Season 3, even his own father seems to have forgotten he exists.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?

Grandma Lois

     Central Intelligence Agency 

Saul Berenson

"What the fuck are you doing?"

Played By: Mandy Patinkin

  • Badass
    • Badass Bookworm: He's mostly an office analyst, but he is shown as very competent when he does field work.
  • Being Good Sucks: His service to the country puts a strain on his marriage, and he's given a very hard time when he clashes with Estes over a broken deal.
  • Batman Gambit: Throws Carrie under the bus in the aftermath of the attack on Langley. He doesn't become a Broken Pedestal because it's revealed to be a part of a complex scheme to lure the Iranians.
    • And then there's his followup plan: Turn a war criminal into a puppet for the CIA, and then use the US's most sought after fugitive to assassinate a high-ranking Iranian official so that he could be replaced with said puppet.
  • Big Good: During his stint as head of the CIA. A very balanced leader, unlike other radical and self-serving officials who hold the post throughout the series.
  • Brutal Honesty
  • Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: To Carrie.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Being the head of the agency at a critical time undermines his principles due to a tremendous responsability full of political obstacles.
    We're not assassins, Mira. We're spies. We don't kill our targets if we don't have to. We trawl for 'em, we develop 'em, and then we redirect them against more important targets.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Fettered: A principled spy who stands by his word, defends that deals must be honored and advocates for smart-not-blunt approaches. Fellow spymaster Dar Adul even chides Saul for being too sensitive for the profession, but this righteousness has doubled as a motivation for years.
  • Foil: To David Estes. Both are senior officials at the CIA, but Saul is a principled hero who tries to do the right thing, even if (and when) his career suffers for it.
  • Knight In Sour Armour: The War on Terror is a weary endeavour, but he keeps carrying on.
  • Married to the Job: "It's my weakness. My Achilles' Heel. Whenever they call me, I go."
  • Only Friend: To Carrie's. It works both ways, he is her Only Friend as much she is his. Estes explicitly tells Saul in "I'll Fly Away" that, except Carrie alone, Saul himself really has no allies in the CIA.
    • Subverted in season 3: Despite appearances to the contrary (and assurances to Lockhart), Dar Adul seems to be very much an ally of Saul's.
  • The Last DJ: A veteran who didn't have a higher rank at the CIA because he's not a political animal.
  • The Mentor
  • Only Sane Man: He is the mediator between Carrie's antics and CIA's bureaucracy.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The most balanced official among the powerful characters.
    • Double subverted in Season 3. In the season's first four episodes, it seemed that he was being extremely cruel to Carrie (whether it was somewhat deserved, fans can disagree on). He also had a Kick the Dog scene with an Islamic analyst that looked very bad. But at the end of Episode 4, The Reveal showed that he and Carrie had actually been working together, and Saul had not lost his morality. He then was shown as a Reasonable Authority Figure throughout the rest of the season, although some thought that he had become too much like The Spock, willing to sacrifice individuals' safety for The Needs of the Many.
  • The Stoic: rarely raises his voice or loses his cool, although if he's displeased with you, you will know it.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the third season he is more personally unpleasant and goes in the direction of being The Un Fettered in terms of his willingness to use as sacrifice assets and seek out shady assets for the greater good. Before the reveal at the end of "Game On" (Season 3, Episode 4) he seemed to have taken several levels in Jerkass, but after that it seems at worst he's become more like The Spock, focusing on The Needs of the Many, with a plan to make anti-American terrorism much harder and less likely, although willing to reluctantly break a few eggs if required for that omelet.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Dar
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Javadi, they were close associates when Iran was an American ally under the Shah.
  • You Are in Command Now: At the end of season two, the car bomb decapitates the CIA leadership and leaves him the ranking officer on the scene.

David Estes

"I'm making sure there are no loose cannons rolling around on my deck, because if there are, I need to tie them down."

Played By: David Harewood


Played By: David Marciano


Peter Quinn

Played By: Rupert Friend

  • Badass: The man can give Jack Bauer a run for his money. Give Quinn 10 minutes to Storm the Castle, and he'll storm it.
  • Compassionate Critic
  • Cowboy Cop
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's introduced as a simple analyst with the Directorate of Intelligence. "Two Hats" reveals him to actually be a black ops assassin with the Special Activities Division, sent to eliminate Brody once Abu Nazir's organization is destroyed.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Determinator: Rest? From a little gutshot? Do I look like a pussy?
  • Fake American: Rupert Friend, who plays him, is British.
  • Genre Savvy: Invokes Good Cop/Bad Cop, knows when to call for backup and play dead and consistently warns Carrie not to get emotionally involved again with Brody.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Even characters in-universe notice it. This is probably the cause of most of his friction with people.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: The bad one.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Hidden Depths: His frat boy cockiness and short temper aside, he is Carrie's equal in insight, Saul's match in wisdom.
  • Hitman with a Heart: Somewhat deconstructed in that he often finds himself at odds between what his job requires, and what he believes is the right thing to do.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold => Nice Guy: Bit of a jerk at first, but he slowly becomes one of the show's most empathetic characters.
  • Made of Iron: He took an assault rifle bullet in his guts and got back to work in less than a week.
  • Only Known by His Code Name: Peter Quinn isn't his legal name.
  • Only Sane Man: Certainly comes across as one, especially when put beside Carrie.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: After guest starring in most of season 2's episodes, Friend is a promoted to regular for season 3.
  • Rabid Cop: Subverted. He is brutal in interrogations, but does so on purpose to help a later good cop.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Although it has a tendency to backfire.
  • Sour Supporter: He states outright Carrie is good, but he's equally willing to snipe at her the rest of the time.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Subverted. Estes places him in charge of the Brody taskforce to keep Carrie and Saul in check and both are initially suspicious of him. It turns out that not only is he a competent manager, but is almost as much of a Cowboy Cop as Carrie in his own right. Played with a bit further as he's not even an analyst but a black ops operative with his own agenda.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Subtle and mild examples here and there with Carrie, such as his no nudity taboo and several explicit and awkward remarks.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: In the season three premiere, he takes a riskier and more personally dangerous approach to an assassination rather than blow up a child along with his mark. After he accidentally shoots the kid anyway, he tells Saul he plans to quit once their job is done.

Danny Gálvez

Dar Adal

Played By: F. Murray Abraham.

  • Ascended Extra: Has a minor role in season 2 as Saul's fellow spymaster and cynical old friend. He's Saul's right hand in Season 3.
  • The Chess Master: He cooperates with Haqqani in Season 4 with the intention to destroy Lockart's career and get Saul reinstated as the DCI.
  • Foil: A pragmatic spy (Adal) vs a more principled one (Saul).
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Some scenes hinted that Adal was jealous of Saul's close friendship with Carrie, but seems to get over it by the end of Season 3.
  • Number Two: Under Saul at the CIA in season 3.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite their disagreements, Dar and Saul maintain a friendly relationship.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He comes to an agreement with Haqqani, in Season 4 halting efforts to reacquire the CIA's Network lists in order to destroy Lockhart's career and get a DCI he wants (Saul) to be appointed.

Fara Sherazi

Senator Andrew Lockhart

Played By: Tracy Letts

A subcommittee boss who grills the CIA for its failures and is appointed director of the CIA by the President in Season 3.

     The Americans 

Major Mike Faber

Played By: Diego Klattenhoff

Vice President William Walden

"And fire someone. I don't care who."
Played By: Jamey Sheridan

  • Alliterative Name
  • Ambition Is Evil: The head of an unfeterred family that engages in very reprehensible deeds, because the Presidency means everything.
    Fuck your family [...] The highest office in this land. You don't walk away from that.
  • Asshole Victim: He's a jerk until the very end.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Averted, he went to great lengths to conceal a life-changing drone attack on Iraq and years later the cover-up is still one of his concerns.
  • Create Your Own Villain: He's responsible or at least has a role in Brody turning terrorist due to a drone attack with civilian casualties.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He's betrayed and metaphorically killed by Brody, who as far as Walden knows, is only his political son and protege.
    Brody: You still don't get it, do you? I'm killing you
  • He Who Fights Monsters
  • Jerkass
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A cross between George HW Bush (director of the CIA and Vice-President who succeeded his President) and popular perceptions of Dick Cheney.
  • No Party Given: It's not explictly stated but it's suggested he is a Democrat, as the disgraced Congressman quickly replaced by his protégé Brody is also one. There's nothing to rule out the Invisible President is Obama.
    • Waldon could just as easily be a Republican—House vacancies are filled in a special election, which Brody presumably won between seasons. During season two, it is mentioned that there is a constituent event in Culpeper, VA. In real life, Culpepper is in the Virginia 7th District, which is fairly conservative and is currently represented by Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. All else being equal, that area of Virginia is more likely to elect a Republic than Democrat in a special election, though with Brody's war-hero backstory and the support of the White House, it probably wouldn't matter much.
  • Vice President Evil
  • Promoted to Opening Titles
  • Smug Snake: He has the fewest redeeming features of anyone on this show, including Nazir. His last scene consists of him telling Brody "Fuck your family, nothing's more important than a high office."
  • Slasher Smile
  • Upper-Class Twit: Through his class and connections, he went to an Ivy League University; Dana mocks him implying those qualities allowed him to get a "Gentleman's C".
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: At best. His methods against the terrorists turn him into a He Who Fights Monsters character.
  • Would Hurt a Child: A consequence of his lack of Would Not Shoot a Civilian policy.

Finn Walden

Played By: Timothee Chalamet

Lauder Wakefield

Played By: Marc Menchaca

Lynne Reed

Played By: Brianna Brown

Mira Berenson

     Abu Nazir Network 

Abu Nazir

"Why kill a man when you can kill an idea?"

Played By: Navid Negahban

Thomas Walker

Played By: Chris Chalk

Raquim Faisel

Played By: Omid Abtahi

Aileen Morgan

Played By: Marin Ireland

Roya Hammad


Played By: Mido Hamada

     The 12/ 12 Conspiracy 

Majid Javadi

Played By: Shaun Toub

  • Disc One Final Boss
  • Evil Counterpart: Unlike Abu Nazir and his organization, who were driven by ideology, religion and revenge, Javadi is simply an enemy spymaster. Although he manages terrorist operations, it's just part of the job.
  • Evil Is Petty: Makes a pit stop to brutally murder his ex-wife and daughter-in-law on the way to turn himself into the CIA.
  • Face-Heel Turn/We Used to Be Friends: An ally of Saul under the Shah, he quickly betrayed several spies to ingraciate himself with the new regime of Khomeini.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: He betrayed America's asset during the Iranian Revolution to get on the good graces of the Islamists. Later, after the CIA hit back at the 12/12 masterminds, and then confront him with the evidence that he has been embezzling state money, he agrees to be a mole without putting any fight.
  • The Mole: He was this for the Iranian Revolutionaries inside Savak in the backstory and the CIA is trying to turn him into one for them inside the IRGC.
  • The Sociopath/Faux Affably Evil: He appears to be relatively well adjusted and polite at first, but he is ultimately ruthless, capable of killing in cold blood without hesitation.
  • Stealing from the Till: The CIA is able to coerce him because he embezzled more than $45 million from the Iranian state. He knows too well it's An Offer You Can't Refuse.
  • Straw Misogynist: Stabs his ex-wife to death years after she divorced him just because he can, and then boasts about how he should have stoned her.

Leland Bennett

Peter Franklin

Danesh Akbari

     The Pakistanis 

Haissam Haqqani

  • Bad Ass: Very audacious. He personally commands the group that storms the US embassy.
  • Big Bad: A highly sought taliban leader and the major threat of Season 4.
  • The Chessmaster: Even though he has a lot of help from the ISI, Season 4 can pretty much be summed up as "Watch Haissam Haqqani make the CIA his bitch."
  • Faux Affably Evil: Can be very civil and polite, but he's very ruthless underneath the courtesy.
  • Karma Houdini: Dear Allah is he ever. Aside from taking a bullet from Quinn that forces him to flee the embassy before he can finish killing every last person there, pretty much nothing ever goes wrong for him throughout Season 4. His collaboration with the ISI is so successful that the US ends up outright cutting diplomatic ties with Pakistan.
  • Kick the Dog: Kills his nephew after the boy unwittingly plays into the CIA's hand. Later on he massacres the US Embassy in Islamabad, where he also kills Fara by knifing her in the back despite telling Lockhart he'd let her go and leave if he cooperated with him. He and his men would have then killed every last hostage there if Quinn didn't scare them off.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's basically the Expy of the founder of the Haqqani network, one of the most lethal terrorist organizations based in Northern Pakistan.

Aayan Ibrahim

Played by: Suraj Sharma

  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After the safehouse where he and Carrie are is attacked (actually staged by Carrie) and he flees to Haqqani, he is unceremoniously shot in the head by him after he finds out he (unknowingly) worked with the CIA.



     Inter-Services Intelligence 

Tasneem Qureshi

Aasar Khan

Farhad Ghazi

Bunran Latif