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Introduced in Little Brother
Marcus Yallow/w1n5t0n/m1k3yThe star of the story, which is told from his perspective. He is a teenager attending Cesar Chavez High School, in San Francisco, California. In his spare time, he enjoys creating gadgets and hacking computers. However, after a terrorist attack destroys the Bay Bridge, he and his friends are caught by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for suspicious behaviour. Refusing to give up his rights, Marcus is subjected to mild torture before being released back into society, which now regards stopping terrorism to be more important than one's well-being. Angered by their blatant disregard for civil liberties, Marcus establishes a vendetta against the DHS. Taking on the alias of M1k3y, he uses his knowledge to reveal and abuse all of the loopholes that show the flaws of the system.
Darryl GloverMarcus' best friend. Is harbouring a long-term crush on Vanessa. During the frenzy following a terrorist attack, he is stabbed in the chest. Marcus and his other comrades try to get help, but are mistaken for terrorists and captured by the DHS. For almost the entirety of Little Brother, it is unknown not only where Darryl is, but if he's even still alive. He is, and Marcus and Barbara find and rescue him near the end of Little Brother. He returns in Homeland, developing his relationship with Van, and convinces Marcus to release the Darknet Docs.
Jose Luis Torrez, AKA JoluOne of Marcus' original three friends. Although he never took a major role in the group before the terrorism attack, his programming skills and access to the technology at a company called Pigspleen are vital when Marcus is first establishing his plans. He eventually leaves Marcus's efforts to ensure his safety. He and Marcus remain good friends, and he reappears in Homeland, where he helps Marcus with the Darknet Docs and gives him advice at the end of the story. He is pursuing a relationship with Kylie.
Vanessa "Van" PakOne of Marcus' friends before the bombing of the Bay Bridge, who gets caught and imprisoned alongside Marcus, Darryl and Jolu. Her parents are Korean immigrants. She decides not to follow Marcus' anti-DHS movement, for fear that it'll only make things worse in the long run. The end of Little Brother reveals that she has had a crush on Marcus all along. However, she suppresses these feelings and ends up in a relationship with Darryl.
Angela "Ange" CarvelliAn attractive, blonde-haired friend of Jolu's that attends the same school as Van. Marcus meets her during his campaign to show that the DHS has taken security measures too far. She is supportive of Marcus' actions against the DHS, and the two begin dating soon after they meet.
Frederick BensonOne of the three vice-principals of Cesar Chavez High School. Dislikes Marcus due to his history of finding ways to get around the school rules, and supports the security measures the DHS enforce after the terrorist attack. He returns briefly in Homeland, when the Darknet Docs reveal that he was spying on his students.
Ms. GalvezMarcus's Social Studies teacher. Marcus likes her because she allows her students to have discussions about current events in her class. She eventually gets fired after a discussion involving the DHS gets out-of-hand.
Mrs. AndersenMarcus's second Social Studies teacher. She appears after a heated in-class discussion about the DHS leads to Ms. Galvez's early dismissal. She supports the belief that one's happiness and freedoms should be supressed if it means liberty can be enforced.
Charles WalkerA student in Marcus' Social Studies class that supports the rules that the DHS are enforcing. He is a football player, a bully, and a snitch.
Lillian YallowMarcus' mother. She views the DHS's methods of terrorist locating and preventing to be extreme and against the rights of civillans, but does not go as far as Marcus does to protest against their actions.
Mr. YallowMarcus' father. Although he supported free rights, Marcus' sudden disappearance led to him thinking the worst, and he began blindly supporting the DHS. He eventually comes round to Marcus' side after he explains to him what really happened on the day of the terrorist attack. He kicks off the rest of the book by sending Marcus to Barbara Stratford.
Major General Graeme SutherlandThe commanding officer for Northern California DHS operations. After Marcus' first attempts to sabotage the DHS, he announces that they will increase its staffing and analyst levels. When he later calls Trudy Doo's illegal concert to a show of support for terrorism, it is revealed that he had a hand in capturing and imprisoning Marcus' friends after the terrorist attack.
Trudy DooThe singer/front-woman of the anarcho-feminist band 'Speedwhores'. She is also the founder of Pigspleen, a company that creates programs for use on the internet. She employs Jolu and Marcus while they are establishing the Xnet, which is a government-interference-free method of online communication accessed through Microsoft Xboxes. Later on, her band holds an illegal concert that supports M1k3y's beliefs. She re-appears in Homeland, attending a protest alongside Marcus and Liam, and pushes Marcus into his People's Mic speech relating to the Darknet Docs.
Barbara StratfordAn investigative reporter working for the "Bay Guardian" newsletter. She is also a friend of Marcus' mother, who decides to report his story once he reveals how he was detained by the DHS. She is a crucial part of the climax of the story, when she leads a team of police into the prison on Treasure Island and begins to arrest the members of the DHS.
Ron GloverDarryl's father. A retired Navy radio operator, he enters a period of despair after Darryl fails to return home.
NOTE: All spoilers for Little Brother will remain unmarked in this section. All spoilers for Homeland, however, will be marked.
ZebA homeless man Marcus runs into on the streets, Zeb shared a cell with Darryl after the DHS took them both away under false pretences. He slips Marcus a note that lets him know what happened to his best friend and it is later used to back up Barabra Stratford's story. Marcus ends up living with him (during which time he finds out that Zeb is a freegan – he only eats food that has been thrown away by somebody else) until he is kidnapped again by the DHS. He returns in Homeland as Masha's love interest, although they are revealed to be having relationship issues in the book's final chapter. He is thought to have been kidnapped (by Zyz) throughout the book.
MashaA girl who, while working for the DHS, IMs Marcus with the offer of protection from the DHS. She meets up with him at the VampMob, and is revealed to be the pink-haired girl who photographed Marcus and his friends during the game of Harajuku Fun Madness at the beginning of the story. She eventually kidnaps him when he tries to resist. He escapes from her, with her phone, and on it the picture that proves Darryl's existence and disappearance at the hands of the DHS. She returns in Homeland, at Burning Man, and gives Marcus a USB containing the torrent for the Darknet Docs. She is kidnapped along with Zeb by Carrie Johnstone shortly after.
Liam and NateLiam and Nate are two amateur jammers that show up at the end of Little Brother to help Marcus, who they recognize as m1k3y, and give him temporary shelter from the DHS. They idolize m1k3y and look up to him in every way. They appear again in Homeland, where Liam is now working for Joseph Noss's campaign alongside Marcus, and Nate shows up for a brief scene. Liam still idolizes m1k3y, and when Marcus is fired/forced to quit at the end of the book, Liam says that he is going to quit afterwards.
Severe Haircut Woman/Carrie JohnstoneThe true Big Bad of the story, Carrie Johnstone (known for most of Little Brother as "Severe Haircut Woman") is a war criminal working for the DHS. She is present at both of Marcus's kidnappings, and constantly interrogates and tortures him, going as far as waterboarding him in the climax of Little Brother. She is trialled for her crimes after being caught by Barbara Stratford, but gets off free. She returns in Homeland, where she kidnaps Masha and Zeb at Burning Man, and is now working as the head of security for Zyz. Marcus eventually releases the d0x on her prepared for him by members of Anonymous, which is implied to be the start of her downfall. Her fate is unconfirmed though.