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
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.
- 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
- Played By: Amy Hargreaves
- Played By: James Rebhorn
- Character Outlives Actor: Confirmed to be alive in the Season 4 premiere despite James Rebhorn's death.
- The Character Died with Him: Dies of a stroke during the penultimate episode.
- It Runs in the Family: Like his daughter Carrie, he had bipolar disorder.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Sandwiches (possibly a compulsion in the same way Carrie listens to nothing but jazz).
The Brody Family
Sergeant Nicholas Brody
Played By: Damian Lewis
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil
- Broken Pedestal: To his family, friends and even the whole country, when his suicide video is released to the public.
- Character Death: Is hanged at the end of season 3.
- Consummate Liar: He's able to beat a lie detector. Close to a deconstruction at several points in that the lies start to take a toll and he just wants everything to be over, even if it means jail.
- Covered with Scars: He has an impressive collection across his chest and back, unsurprisingly given that he was tortured for years.
- Cynicism Catalyst/ Despair Event Horizon: The death of his pupil Issa in a drone attack sets Brody in the path of revenge against the Vice President.
- Another Despair Event Horizon in "Tower of David," in which after the Imam is killed and he's brought back to his prison, he loses his will to fight.
- Dating Catwoman
- Deadpan Snarker
- Decoy Protagonist: The series began with him being just as important to the main plot as Carrie Mathison. However, he's slowly Demoted to Extra in season 2, and Out of Focus for majority of season 3—until the end where he's once again given a protagonist role, before he's Killed Off for Real during the final episode of season 3.
- Deep Cover Agent: Carrie believes him to be one. He is, but goes to a good version after his Heel-Face Turn.
- Evil Redhead
- Face Death with Dignity: Accepts his execution without any resistance, staying composed to the very end.
- Face Heel Revolving Door: One possible interpretation.
- Face-Heel Turn: Carrie is convinced Brody has undergone one.
- Fake American
- Fake Ultimate Hero
- Faking the Dead: After "The Choice".
- Fallen Hero
- Heel-Face Turn: After "Q&A."
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His role in Vice President Walden's Demise
- Last Name Basis: Even to his wife, who has the same surname.
- The Main Characters Do Everything: Despite being a prominent and valued public face, he is tasked with an ill-conceived petty errand by the Abu Nazir's organization; the relocation of a bomb-maker.
- And despite mostly being Out of Focus in Season 3, Nicholas Brody is forced by the CIA to complete an assassination mission in Iran to replace an Iranian leader with a compromised puppet for the US.
- Not Quite Dead
- Out of Focus: In Season 3.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Reformed, but Rejected: Has shades of this, even after Abu Nazir falls thanks to him, he's still the guy who wore a vest of explosives.
- Semper Fi: Sergeant.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran
- Tempting Fate: In Season 3 he promises to comeback and repair the relationship with his daughter and be with Carrie permanently after the assassination mission in Iran. Though he completes the mission, Brody ends up getting captured and hung in the end.
- Villain Protagonist: Goes back and forth on this. He started out as one, then had a Heel-Face Turn in "Q & A". Then, he was forced to have a Face-Heel Turn at least for one mission by Nazir to keep Carrie alive in "Broken Hearts".
- Villain with Good Publicity: Congressman Brody in Season 2, then ambiguously inverted in the finale when he's an Anti-Hero with an inescapable past.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Unlike Nazir, who essentially wants the demise of the West and cannot be considered well-intentioned, Brody, before his Heel-Face Turn, wants to specifically punish Americans who he sees as culpable in unnecessarily killing civilians, including a child he came to care for. This does not make him justified, but makes him somewhat sympathetic and fitting this trope. He wants to purify the West, not destroy it.
- Your Cheating Heart
- You're Insane!: His standard deflection against Carrie.
- Zen Survivor
Jessica Brody, née Lazaro
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.
- 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
- All Girls Want Bad Boys
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: She grows out of this during season 1. Completely averted in Season 2. She typically shows more maturity than her parents.
- Broken Bird: It's clear that the drama surrounding her family took its toll on her.
- Bungled Suicide: In the gap between seasons 2 and 3.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Called out her mother in season 1 for sleeping with her husband's best friend, then her father in season 2 for being such a poor father.
- Character Development
- Coming-of-Age Story
- Deadpan Snarker
- Erudite Stoner
- Fiery Redhead
- Guilt Ridden Accomplice: To Finn Walden and his vehicular manslaughter.
- Hidden Depths
- Meaningful Rename: Adopts her mother's maiden name because she doesn't want anything related to her father's legacy.
- The Millstone: Starting season 3, as a result of her Romantic Plot Tumor. She has nothing positive to contribute to the main spying plot. The one time her actions do get the CIA involved, that's when she almost blows Carrie and Saul's half-season worth of a long game.
- Morality Chain: To Brody. She's able to talk him out of committing the suicide bombing in the Season 1 finale, even though she doesn't realize that's what she's doing.
- Must Make Amends: She tried to apologize to the family her boyfriend hit and run, and then admit fault to the police when that doesn't work out.
- Sitting on the Roof
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Finn Walden. Played with due to the fact that the families are not openly enemies, and only her father has any clue as to the kind of vile snake Finn's father really is.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Or maybe maturity.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: Not so much in Season 3, however.
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?
Central Intelligence Agency
Played By: Mandy Patinkin
- 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.
Played By: David Harewood
- Ambition Is Evil: A careerist who acts as a prolongation of Walden's agenda from time to time.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Not quite, but his hair is kept very short, bordering on this trope.
- Da Chief
- The Danza
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Albeit effectively.
- Fake American
- Inspector Javert: Namechecked by Saul. Starts to fit the role by the end of Season 2.
- Kick the Dog: After Saul learns that he and the vice president used drone strikes against terrorists while disregarding the possible civilian casualties of such an endeavor, he confronts Estes about it. Estes condescendingly points out to Saul that his threat to release this information is hollow as it will damage the nation at large by giving Middle-Eastern terrorist organizations "the best recruitment tool since Abu-Ghraib," essentially hiding behind Saul's patriotism to cover his own ass.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat
- Pet the Dog/Honest Advisor: He voices his concern to the Vice President about targeting civilians.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He is a competent boss at his own right. It's just that, unlike Carrie, he is limited by CIA bureaucracy. Played with in that he shares Walden's agenda and this makes him an obstructive antagonist or worse when it fits him.
- Your Cheating Heart
- Working with the Ex
Played By: David Marciano
- Bald of Awesome
- Deadpan Snarker
- A Friend in Need: He is one of the terribly few characters who stick to Carrie in rain or shine.
- Meta Guy
- Only Sane Man: Often seems like the sensible one when he's working with Carrie and his brother Max.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: For season 2. He goes back to being a guest star in season 3.
- The Reliable One: Carrie relies on him and his brother Max for surveillance work.
- Those Two Guys: with his brother Max, who is The Quiet One.
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.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Brushed aside in the chaos of the season 2 finale's huge explosion to the point that the audience was uncertain of his fate until the producers confirmed his death.
- The Mole: Wrongly Accused of being one for Al-Qaeda, due to racial profiling.
- Token Enemy Minority: Muslim-American CIA analyst of Lebanese and Guatemalan descent.
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.
- Kill the Cutie
- Killed Off for Real: Gets stabbed in the back by Haqqani during his assault on the US Embassy in Islamabad.
- New Meat: Brought in as green replacement after the CIA is crippled.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: In Season 4. Third billing no less. Then gets killed off 10 episodes later.
- The Smart Girl: Very good at following the money related to terrorism.
- Token Enemy Minority: Muslim-American CIA analyst of Iranian descent.
Senator Andrew Lockhart
Played By: Tracy LettsA subcommittee boss who grills the CIA for its failures and is appointed director of the CIA by the President in Season 3.
- Jerkass Has a Point
- Mole in Charge: Sort of, Saul is able to catch him receiving intelligence from a Mossad agent, implying that he is an Israeli agent
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: In his first scene, he's hauled prominent CIA officers before his Senate subcommittee, apparently hindering their work. Unwittingly, this is factored in by Saul in a scheme to lure the Iranians.
- Strawman Political: He's spends much of Season 3 doing nothing but oppose Saul at every turn, and criticize the CIA without offering any tangible solution (other than using more drone strikes). However, he does become more of a Reasonable Authority Figure after being blackmailed by Saul into allowing his operation to go through.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Set up as this, he's very hardass and is determined to undo Saul's policies, shifting the importance of field assets in favor of drones.
Major Mike Faber
Played By: Diego Klattenhoff
- Fake American: Played by a Canadian actor.
- Parental Substitute: To Brody's children. Openly for Chris, it takes Dana some time to admit it.
- Promoted to Opening Titles / Demoted to Extra: Klattenhoff is promoted to series regular for season 2, but goes back to being a guest star with greatly reduced screen time for season 3 after getting a starring role in NBC's The Blacklist.
- Put on a Bus: It is implied that between Seasons 2 and 3, he offers to move in with the Brodys, but Jessica turns him down.
- Rank Up: Promoted from Captain to Major at some point.
- The Reliable One: He's always there to help.
- Romancing the Widow: After several years of mourning, turns out Jessica is not a widow.
- Romantic Runner-Up: Played straight after Brody returns from captivity. A new situation, still untold, arises after Brody's marriage falls apart.
- Semper Fi: As the one Marine without a deep trauma, he's the only straight and proud example among the main characters.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Brody.
- Your Cheating Heart
Vice President William Walden
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
- 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.
- Played By: Timothee Chalamet
- It's All About Me
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He's introduced offering a blindly gung-ho opinion during a debate, later on he looks like a pleasant kid to date, by his spoiled and selfish tendencies become clearer over time and he is revealed to be exactly like his father's son when he refuses to own up a hit-and-run.
- Like Father, Like Son
- Played By: Marc Menchaca
- The Alcoholic
- The Cassandra: Realizes immediately the falsity of Brodie's public-relations created image as gung ho war hero, and he correctly assesses Brodie's motives in the second season, unlike most other people who interact with Brodie While the exact theory he reaches isn't accurate, he is completely correct that Brodie is up to no good and had something to do with Walker's terrorist plot/Walker's death.
- Conspiracy Theorist
- Disabled Snarker
- Jerkass Has a Point: Obnoxious behavior aside, Captain Faber starts to give credit to Lauder's theories.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "You are so full of shit, Brody."
- Semper Fi: Former PFC.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran
- What the Hell, Hero?: Rebukes Brody for becoming a propaganda icon for a war they both grew to despise
- Played By: Brianna Brown
- Butt Monkey
- High-Class Call Girl: Mostly fits the type, though technically not a call girl.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold
- Ms. Fanservice
- Sacrificial Lion
- The Mole
Abu Nazir Network
Played By: Navid Negahban
- Beard of Evil: He shaves it off in Season 2, however.
- Beardness Protection Program: Shaves his beard and takes off the glasses permanently. This makes him unrecognisable even to the viewer.
- Big Bad: The closest thing the show has to one.
- Burial at Sea: After all, the Americans give him a ceremonial burial. Apparently, the same one given to Osama bin Laden.
- The Chessmaster
- The Determinator: Not even death hinders his plans.
- Face Death with Dignity
- Fake Nationality: The Iranian-born Navid Negahban plays the Palestinian Arab and Pakistan-born Abu Nazir.
- First Name Basis: About the only person to consistently call Brody "Nicholas".
- Eviler Than Thou: He calls Osama bin Laden a coward for hiding instead of working in the frontline like he does.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Meaningful Name: Abu Nazir means, roughly, "father of foreboding" in Arabic.
- Not So Different: He's amused to realize that Carrie also came to love Brody while "breaking" him.
- Offstage Villainy: Most of his heinous acts are part of his backstory and not shown onscreen.
- Promoted to Opening Titles
- Stoic Spectacles
- Suicide by Cop
- Thanatos Gambit: He gives up his own life to convince the CIA his plans are no longer a threat. He kills Walden - the man he was specifically after - shortly beforehand to complete the illusion... and then the bomb goes off.
- Visionary Villain: He believes that even if it takes 300 years, his cause will prevail.
Played By: Chris Chalk
- Cold Sniper: And the best marksmanship of his unit.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Killed by Brody, his blood brother, under orders from Nazir
- Face-Heel Turn
- He Knows Too Much: Kills a hunter who witnesses his target practice in the woods. In turn, he knows too much about Brody and Nazir and gets killed for it.
- Not Quite Dead
- OOC Is Serious Business: The unlikeliness of Walker missing several consecutive shots doesn't go unnoticed by other characters.
- Pet the Dog: Bounds and gags a woman during an assassination. This witness seems like a prime candidate for termination, but he leaves the scene without harming the woman, and even shows some sympathy towards her.
- Scary Black Man
- Semper Fi: Corporal.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
Played By: Omid Abtahi
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- Love Makes You Evil: He is not really committed to the terrorist cause, he is mostly in it dragged by his wife.
Played By: Marin Ireland
- Anti-Villain: Type III.
- Dating What Daddy Hates
- Driven to Suicide
- Maligned Mixed Marriage
- Western Terrorists: In a way; she comes from a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant background but is part of a Middle East-based terrorist group.
Played By: Zuleikha Robinson
- Evil Brit
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: She is aware that Brody has never really been committed to the cause, and therefore never takes Brody in her plans without isolating him first. Her savviness is best shown when Carrie tries to play her usual Good Cop/Bad Cop routine.Roya: Have you ever had someone who somehow takes over your life, pulls you in. Makes you do things ... that you know are wrong, but you can't help yourself? Do you have anyone like that?Carrie: Yes.Roya: Well, I’ve never been that stupid, you idiot whore! You think you understand me? You think this is some fucking game?
- The Handler: Brody's for Nazir.
- Hot Scoop
- Massive Numbered Siblings: The youngest of six siblings.
- Oxbridge: Oxford. Of Palestinian descent, she narrowly averts being Majored in Western Hypocrisy by being a first/second-generation Londoner.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: After being captured, she seems to open up a Not So Different angle during an interrogation, only to immediately deny any commonality and end the debrief with an enraged Hannibal Lecture directed at Carrie.
- Villainous Breakdown: She is reduced to a screaming wreck after she is captured.
Played By: Mido Hamada
The 12/ 12 Conspiracy
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.
- 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.
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.