Characters / NUMB3RS

Don Eppes (Rob Morrow)

  • Chick Magnet: Seriously, the guy has had at least five girlfriends.
  • Informed Judaism: Starts out lapsed but becomes more interested in Judaism over the course of the series.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: When one guy went after Charlie, Don walked right into his office and told him right to his face that he would take him down hard for going after his brother.
  • Papa Wolf: Threatening his family, team or associates is a good way to make Don pissed at you. Exploited in an episode. The Russian mob intentionally went after his brother and team as an elaborate distraction from their scam.
  • The Unfavourite: Not intentionally, but due to being a math child prodigy, Charlie required a lot more of their parents' attention when they grew up. Alan has some guilt about it and Don initially has some resentment, but they get over it.

Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz)

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: He is younger than Don by 5 years. While he didn't pester him, Charlie's advanced mind often made things awkward for the both of them growing up.
  • Defective Detective: Charlie, a mathematical genius who uses his talents to help his FBI agent brother solve crimes, has emotional difficulties to the point that he locks himself in the garage to work on unsolvable problems when he can't deal with life. However, he overcomes this early on.
  • Non-Action Guy: While he does later learn to shoot firearms, he is still primarily best when at the brains.
  • The Scully: Reacts this way to psychics in constrast to the more open minded Larry.
  • Smart People Play Chess: To the point that the only chance they have at beating him is for two people to play him while also distracting him.
  • The Storyteller: Charlie teaches math with stories.
  • The Strategist: Charlie would probably qualify with his ability to mathematically predict the moves of evildoers.

Larry Fleinhardt (Peter MacNicol)

  • Absent-Minded Professor
  • Berserk Button: Somewhat downplayed; The episode "Atomic No.33" has the team deal with a cult; their regards to faith-healing and disregard to medicine and science makes him angry, albeit in a subdued manner. Still, this is probably one of the angriest we've seen him.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A very bright and valuable man; he even went into space once. However, he also sold his home out of not wanting to constrain himself and once had a diet of only white foods, among other quirks, such as staying in bathtubs for a long time (which is related to the home thing)
  • The Gambling Addict: A former one, and his experience comes in handy when a prior colleague of his does the same scheme they did when they were younger — card-counting.
  • Opposites Attract: Philosophical and dorky Larry is mutually attracted and has a relationship with practical and analytical profiler, Megan. Very much lampshaded how odd the couple are.
  • Parental Issues: Not to the extent of Megan, but he had problems with his father wanting him to become an artist.
  • Put On A Space Shuttle/The Space Shuttle Came Back: Left in "Brutus" for doing research on the ISS. Landed safely in the "The Art of Reckoning".

Alan Eppes (Judd Hirsch)

  • Informed Judaism: Is lapsed and didn't make it a major influence in his sons' lives.
  • I Want Grandkids: Alan takes the proactive approach, giving solid relationship advice to Don and Charlie.
  • Team Dad: Not just to his sons, but to their co-workers as well, serving as an impromptu father figure. He serves something of an older brother figure to Charlie's mentor Larry.
    Alan: I'm going to give you the same advice I give to all the geniuses I know.
    Larry: And that is?
    Alan: Don't be an idiot.
    Larry: Ah. (nodding)

Amita Ramanujan (Navi Rawat)

  • Arranged Marriage: Amita was in one and knew the guy as a good friend since she was young. Her parents invited him back to try and win Amita over and she does greet him warmly. When Charlie voices his concerns though, she explains that is gay, something Charlie and her parents weren't aware of. Not only does Amita realize how awkward it made Charlie feel, but what her parents attempted to do.
  • Gamer Chick: As revealed in the episode "Primacy". Even when she was supposed to lose, her gaming reflexes kicked in and she won anyway.

David Sinclair (Alimi Ballard)

  • Dark and Troubled Past: He grew in a rough neighborhood with troubled family members. He once described having to dodge gangs to graudate high school.

Colby Granger (Dylan Bruno)

  • Cold Sniper: Of course, all the FBI agents have to be this to a degree, but somehow Colby ends up having to shoot criminals more often than the others.
  • Fake Defector: Colby turns out to have been a triple agent for several years. This causes a fair bit of drama and angst, since the rest of the cast find out about the "defector" part well before they find out about the "fake".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With David.
  • Hidden Depths: Is fluent in Spanish, which comes in handy when the team investigates the case of missing Spanish girls.

Megan Reeves (Diane Farr)

Liz Warner (Aya Sumika)

Nikki Betancourt (Sophina Brown)

Terry Lake (Sabrina Lloyd)

Ian Edgerton (Lou Diamond Phillips)

  • Anti-Hero: Out of the FBI, Ian's the one most willing to use extreme means to complete his task, most apparent during "Ultimatum", and shows no hesitation in killing. He's still an overall a good guy, though.
  • Cold Sniper: You bet it! It sort of comes with being the fifth?.. Fourth?.. Third best sniper in the country. He lives up to the reputation, too. If he's in an episode, he'll usually outshine the agents by being the one to take out the criminal of the week.

Robin Brooks (Michelle Nolden)