Characters: Left Behind

This is a list of characters from the Left Behind book series and its related adaptations and spinoffs.

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     Tribulation Force  

Rayford Steele

Played by:
Brad Johnson (Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, Left Behind: World At War)
Nicholas Cage (Left Behind 2014)

An airliner pilot who lost his wife and son to the Rapture. Becomes one of the founding members of the Tribulation Force.

  • Author Avatar, with a dash of compensating for something: The guy's surname is Steele, for crying out loud. Fred Clark specifically identifies him as the avatar for LaHaye.
  • Badass Grandpa: Eventually becomes this when Kenny is born.
  • Final Guy: Rayford survives the tribulation by the skin of his teeth.
  • Happily Married: To his second wife Amanda White for about three months.
  • Insistent Terminology: 'Captain'' Rayford Steele. Always Captain Steele. While the character doesn't explicitly insist on it, the author is very careful to write his name this way when being addressed by others.
  • Jerkass: Comes off as one quite a bit. He does get some humanizing touches throughout the series, and he even gets blatantly called out on his asshole tendencies in one book to counterbalance this.
  • Madonna–Whore Complex: Appears to have this, although the story doesn't seem to consider this a flaw
  • Manly Tears: Sheds these when he meets Jesus face to face.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: To his wife Irene and his son Raymie after they have been raptured.
  • Overprotective Dad: Subverted in that he just lets Buck come over and wait to talk to Chloe about his supposedly two-timing her and doesn't help Chloe in the slightest in her wanting to get rid of Buck.
  • The Scapegoat: Was made into this when Carpathia was assassinated, when clear evidence showed that Chaim Rosenzweig was the real assassin.

Chloe Steele

Played by:
Janaya Stephens (Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, Left Behind: World At War)
Cassi Thomson (Left Behind 2014)

The daughter of Rayford Steele who gets left behind, becoming a founding member of the Tribulation Force and the wife of Buck Williams.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blond-haired in the books and the 2014 movie, became dark-haired in the 2000-2005 films.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After Chloe is captured by the GC, among the things the GCNN report is that she was expelled from her university for making threats against the faculty, aborted two fetuses (with another daughter dying under unknown circumstances), and naming her son Jesus Savior Williams.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the beginning of the series, we're told that she studies Computer Science. Later on, she needs Buck to show her how her new computer works.
  • The Chick
  • Driven to Suicide: In the 2014 movie, until she gets a call from Buck that stops her from going through with the act.
  • Happily Married: To Buck Williams.
  • Incessant Music Madness: Was subject to listening to "Hail Carpathia" all night in her cell when she was captured by the GC. She gets to give some of her own when she sings some Christian hymns in her solitary confinement cell, which annoys a GC guard.
  • Mama Bear: To her son Kenny.
  • Public Execution: Was given one in Armageddon.
  • Straw Feminist: She was this early in the book series, before she changes.
  • Together in Death: With her husband Buck.

Cameron "Buck" Williams

Played by:
Kirk Cameron (Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, Left Behind: World At War)
Chad Michael Murray (Left Behind 2014)

A newsmagazine reporter who witnessed the Rapture on the same flight Rayford was the pilot of. Becomes one of the founding members of the Tribulation Force.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blond in the books, became brown or dark-haired in the films.
  • Author Avatar: For Jerry Jenkins.
  • Happily Married: To Chloe Williams.
  • Informed Ability: His writing skills, at least early on. Later, we do get to see some of his actual writing in universe, and it is somewhat mediocre.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Something of an Informed Attribute - he rarely asks useful questions, he writes in Purple Prose, and he buries stories out of self-preservation.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: One of Chloe's most frequently mentioned attributes is her virginity; both she and Buck are virgins when they begin dating, and remain as such until they are married.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Chloe accused Buck of two-timing her because of her encounter with a fellow female co-worker outside his apartment delivering stuff and talking to her fiancee on the phone, assuming that Buck was her fiancee. Fortunately this got straightened out.
  • Official Couple: He and Chloe were meant to be this from Day One.
  • Papa Wolf: To his son Kenny.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Carpathia sees through his "George Oreskovitch" routine. Twice.
  • Purple Prose: Yet he's a journalist
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Was ready to go on this in Armageddon when the Global Community captured his wife.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Feebly attempts this with Nicolae Carpathia when he is offered a job in Nicolae's inner-circle.
  • Screw Your Ultimatum!: Does this to Carpathia in Armageddon.
  • The Villain Sucks Song: Crafts one called "Fail Carpathia".
  • Together in Death: With his wife Chloe.
  • Voice of the Resistance: Second to Tsion Ben-Judah's, his online publication The Truth disseminates the information that the Global Community-controlled press doesn't want the general public to know about Nicolae Carpathia.

Bruce Barnes

Played by:
Clarence Gilyard (Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force)
Arnold Pinnock (Left Behind: World At War)
Lance E. Nichols (Left Behind 2014)

A pastor who was left behind due to his unbelief in God. Becomes one of the founding members of the Tribulation Force.

  • Hypocrite: For a pastor, he was dabbling more in his own lusts and interests than he was in pursuing his own faith. At least he was willing to admit that was what caused him to be left behind with the unbelievers.
  • Good Shepherd: He's not this trope and it's the reason he was left behind.
  • The Mentor: To Rayford, Chloe, Buck, and the Young Tribulation Force in Left Behind: The Kids.
  • Race Lift: Was Caucasian in the books, made African-American in the films.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: In Tribulation Force he becomes the first member of the Tribulation Force to die.

Tsion Ben-Judah

Played by
Lubomir Mykytiuk (Left Behind II: Tribulation Force)

A rabbi who during the Tribulation found the proof that Jesus Christ was the prophesied Messiah of the Jews. Becomes a member of the Tribulation Force.

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Earned the ire of his fellow Israelis by declaring that Jesus is the Messiah, wanted in the murders of his wife and stepchildren, and accused of "fleecing his flock" millions of Nicks.
  • Badass Israeli
  • Badass Preacher: In Armageddon, when he turns over leadership of Petra to Chaim Rosenzweig so he can preach Jesus Christ to the Jews remaining in Jerusalem while helping them to defend their city against the Global Community Unity Army on the day of Jesus' second coming.
  • The Mentor: After Bruce Barnes is killed during the Second Seal Judgment.
  • Screw Your Ultimatum!: Does this to Carpathia in Armageddon.
  • Together in Death: With his wife who was murdered in Nicolae.
  • Voice of the Resistance: During the Tribulation, his name became synonymous with the Tribulation Force preaching true biblical Christianity that Christians were pejoratively called "Judah-ites".

Chaim Rosenzweig

Played by
Colin Fox (Left Behind: The Movie)

The scientist who came up with the Miracle Gro that got bartered for a seven-year peace treaty. Becomes a member of the Tribulation Force.

Mac McCullum

Rayford's co-pilot when he was working for Carpathia. Later became Carpathia's main pilot until faked his own death to escape into the underground with the Tribulation Force.

Donny Moore


A former Middle East arms dealer who became a believer.

Abdullah Smith

Mac's co-pilot when he was working for Carpathia, who later faked his own death to escape into the underground with the Tribulation Force.

  • Badass Bookworm
  • Broken Bird: He starts off as a Muslim, but when his wife Yasmine and their two children, Bahira and Zaki become Christians, they leave him following one argument too many. This drives Abdullah into a state of depression, where he loses himself in booze and women, eventhough he wants his family back.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly to McCullum in the form of one liners.
  • Faking the Dead: Does this to escape from New Babylon.
  • The Pilot
  • The Quiet One: Regarded as such by his employment records for the GC.

Ken Ritz

A charter pilot who was working for the Tribulation Force.

Floyd Charles

Leah Rose

A former nurse working at Brigham Young Hospital, who becomes a member of the Tribulation Force.

  • Broken Bird: Prior to becoming the head nurse at Brigham Young Hospital, Leah Rose had quite the checkered past. From a broken household to a teenage drug addict who slept around, aborted a pregnancy and nearly killed herself several times before she finally cleaned herself up, got her GED and after getting married, her husband put her through nursing school and the pair adopted two boys. After their children were taken in the Rapture, she and her husband tried to kill themselves. Her husband succeeded. She didn't. In the end, she became a believer.
  • The Medic

T.M. Delanty

David Hassid

The tech guy in New Babylon working as a mole for the Tribulation Force.

Gustaf Zuckermandel, Jr.

Hannah Palemoon

A medic in New Babylon who was a believer.

Ming Toy

A former prison guard at Buffer in Belgium who is part of the Tribulation Force.

  • Faux Action Girl: When she is introduced, a lot is made of her experience as a prison guard with combat skills — but from then on, she pretty much divides her time between office work and babysitting.
  • Happily Married: To her second husband Ree Woo.

Chang Wong

The tech guy in New Babylon working as a mole for the Tribulation Force, who is Ming Toy's brother.

  • Driven to Suicide: He contemplates suicide when he sees that he has been forced to bear the Mark of the Beast despite being a believer, but David Hassid talks him out of it.
  • Heel-Face Door Slam: Averted in his case concerning the Mark of the Beast, as it was forced upon him after his becoming a believer while he was drugged by his parents.
  • Reverse Mole: Working as a techie for Carpathia while secretly informing the Tribulation Force of any Global Community activities.
  • Teen Genius

Naomi Tiberias

The tech girl in Petra.

Eleazar Tiberias

The father of Naomi Tiberias.

  • Overprotective Dad: Mostly to the extent of his own culture, though he does allow Naomi to go with Rayford and Abdullah to get Chang out of New Babylon during the plague of darkness.

Dwayne Tuttle

A member of the Tribulation Force who works as a pilot for the International Commodity Co-op, along with his wife Trudy.

Hattie Durham

Played by:
Chelsea Noble (Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, Left Behind: World At War)
Nicky Whelan (Left Behind 2014)

The flight attendant who worked alongside Rayford Steele as his intended love interest. She later became Nicolae Carpathia's personal assistant and then departed from him to go underground, eventually becoming a believer.

Steve Plank

The former editor-in-chief of Global Weekly, who became a believer under the alias of Pinkerton Stephens and an undercover mole.

  • Body Horror: He wears an artificial face to hide how disfigured his actual face looks.
  • No One Could Survive That: Though horribly disfigured, he managed to survive the Wrath of the Lamb earthquake.
  • Put on a Bus: In Tribulation Force, when he was hardly heard from since World War III.
    • The Bus Came Back: Returned in The Mark, though as his new identity Pinkerton Stephens.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: He was thought to have been killed during the Wrath of the Lamb Earthquake, but is pretty much alive...yet horribly disfigured, and going by the name Pinkerton Stephens.

George Sebastian

Lionel Whalum


     Millennium Force 

Raymie Steele

The son of Rayford Steele and his first wife Irene, who was raptured along with his mother.

  • Chaste Hero: The nature of his new body and mind renders him permanently unable to seek a romance with anyone.
  • The Mentor

Kenny Bruce Williams

The son of Buck and Chloe Williams

  • Dead Guy Junior: He was named after Buck and Chloe's compatriots Ken Ritz and Bruce Barnes.
  • Happily Married: To Ekaterina Risto during the Millennium.
  • The Hero
  • I Want My Mommy: In the Dramatic Audio version of Armageddon when he learns from his dad that his mom died and went to be with Jesus.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Kenny gets involved in a situation where he is framed for being a traitor of the Millennium Force. It turns out that the whole thing was the work of Qasim Marid, a mole who was working for The Other Light.

Zaki Ababneh

The son of Abdullah Smith

Bahira Ababneh

The daughter of Abdullah Smith

     Global Community 

Nicolae Carpathia

Played by:
Gordon Currie (Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, Left Behind: World At War)

Becomes the Supreme Potentate of the Global Community. The Antichrist of the series.

Leon Fortunato

Originally the Supreme Commander of the Global Community, later became the High Reverend Father of Carpathianism. The False Prophet of the series.

Peter Mathews

The leader of Enigma Babylon One World Faith during the Tribulation.

Viv Ivins

  • The Dark Chick
  • Evil Mentor: To Marilena Carpathia
  • Left Hanging: Her fate in the books, though implied through the events of Glorious Appearing that she doesn't live to enter into the Millennium.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name consists of the Roman number VI repeated three times, hence 666.
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: Her fate in the Dramatic Audio presentation, as she is killed by a giant hailstone.

Suhail Akbar

The Security and Intelligence Chief of the Global Community.

  • The Brute: The longest-surviving one in Carpathia's cabinet.

Guy Blod

Jim Hickman

  • Despair Event Horizon: His getting Ramon Santiago killed when he spilled the beans about something overheard from Nicolae's offices led to his suicide.

Loren Hut

Walter Moon

  • Calling Your Attacks: Becomes a victim of an Ironic Echo from Nicolae Carpathia in the Dramatic Audio when he fails in getting Tsion Ben-Judah off the air with his messages.


A mole working for the Global Community posing as Georgiana Stavros


Jesus Christ

Eli and Moishe

The two witnesses




Marilena Carpathia

The mother of Nicolae Carpathia who appears only in the prequel stories.

  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: In the prequel novel The Rising, Marilena Carpathia wishes to become a mother. Enter Viviana Ivansova (Viv Ivins), who makes the following proposal to her: join our group and swear loyalty to her lord, and she will have the baby she so desperately desire. Marilena should have read the fine print about what her son will become in the future.
  • Deal with the Devil: See above.
  • Heel-Faith Turn: Attempts this when she was poisoned and near death. Whether she was saved or not is up for debate.

Irene Steele

Played by:
Chrisite MacFayden (Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force)
Lea Thompson (Left Behind 2014)

The wife of Rayford Steele

  • Crisis of Faith: Irene Steele experiences this before switching to New Hope Baptist Church.
  • I Warned You: Turns out that she and her church were right all along about the Rapture.

Verna Zee

Was Lucinda Washington's replacement as the editor-in-chief of the Chicago Global Weekly office.

Ivy Gold

Played by:
Krista Bridges (Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force)

Buck Williams' assistant in the 2000-2005 Cloud Ten Pictures film series.

  • Captain Ersatz: Of Alice Nelson from the Left Behind books, both of whom were mistaken for Buck Williams' fiancee by Chloe.

Jonathan Stonagal

Joshua Todd-Cothran

Dirk Burton

Gerald Fitzhugh

Played by:
Louis Gosset, Jr. (Left Behind: World At War)

The President Of The United States at the time that the Tribulation started.

  • Bald Black Leader Guy: In the 2000-2005 films, as played by Louis Gosset, Jr.
  • No One Could Survive That: Survives a plunge from a high-rise office in Left Behind: World At War.
  • Race Lift: Caucasian in the books, became African-American in the films.
  • Taking You with Me: Near the end of Left Behind: World At War, President Gerald Fitzhugh attempts to take down Nicolae Carpathia by having a missile being fired directly toward him while he was meeting Carpathia in his office. Unfortunately, Carpathia survives.

Bo Hansen

  • Dying Curse: According to T.M. Delanty, upon finding out that his brother Samuel was killed while escorting Hattie Durham, Bo Hansen got wasted in a bar, pulled out a gun, cursed Nicolae, God and the world, and killed himself.
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: Attempts to get his hands on the wealth Ken Ritz had stashed at Palwaukee Airport when the plague of locust demons strikes.

Enoch Dumas

The leader of The Place

  • Put on a Bus: In The Remnant, when he and all the members of The Place fled Chicago before it was nuked.

Alternative Title(s):

Left Behind 2014, Left Behind 2000