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Nikita Mears
"I was the first recruit to get out, and I'm going to make certain I'm not the last."
Played By: Maggie Q
Voiced By: Erica Edwards (Latin-American Spanish), Mie Sonozaki (Japanese)

A former runaway and drug addict, Nikita was pulled from Death Row and trained as a spy and assassin for secret government agency, Division. After Division murdered her fiance, she turned rogue and is now on a mission to take them down.
  • Abusive Parents: Although Nikita had a succession of foster parents, the most prominent in the series are Gary Mears, who prostituted Nikita when she was a girl, and his wife Caroline, who did nothing about it.
  • Action Girl: Consistently one of the most dangerous fighters in the cast, and is generally regarded as one of Divison's best and brightest both before and after her betrayal. She can drop men twice her size with little effort and is extremely skilled with a wide variety of weapons and firearms.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Birkhoff calls her "Nikki". She in turn refers to him as "Nerd".
  • Anti-Hero: Nikita starts off wanting both revenge and to stop Division destroying people's lives (like her fiancee's), then moving towards wanting redemption. In Season 2 she wantas to destroy Division only so they will stop chasing her and Michael. Her reasons are more complex than just to do the right thing.
  • The Atoner: Pretty much defines her character, although this turns into Chronic Hero Syndrome overtime where she compulsively tries to save everyone she runs across (trained agents and assassins trying to kill her nonewithstanding), or rather stop any op designed to hurt people at ridiculous cost to herself.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: One of the defining aspects of her character is her willingness to go to the ends of the earth to help and protect those she loves, especially in later seasons. If Nikita promises that she'll save somebody, she will, damn it, even if she's unarmed, out of resources, faced with an army of lethally trained killers, or all of the above. This actually becomes a point of contention between her and Alex in Season 3, as the mission to finally shut down Division for good is repeatedly sidetracked by Nikita's heroism flaring up.
  • Cop Killer: Nikita came to Division's attention after she was sentenced to death for killing a cop while high on ketamine (she was so high she didn't even remember doing it). Division faked her execution and brought her to their training facility. The full story is more complicated: The cop was dirty and was threatening her foster mom. Nikita moved to protect her and accidentally shot the cop with his own sidearm.
  • Cursed with Awesome
    Owen: When Division gave you the ability you to kill, they also gave you the ability to protect.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Contributed to her Broken Bird status. She did NOT have an easy time in the foster system.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While not to the extent of Michael or Alex, Nikita will usually have a quip equipped just in case a situation calls for it.
  • Death Faked for You: Like all Division agents, in this case by staging her death by lethal injection.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She never wears shoes in her home, a run down dusty old gallery. She also tends to lose her shoes in the middle of a mission often.
  • Knight in Sour Armor
    Birkhoff: No matter how many times the people she loves let her down, she keeps doing the right thing. 'Cause that's the only thing she knows how to do.
  • Lady of War: Yes, she is a badass, and yes, she is equally at home on the battlefield and in the ballroom. Justified: Miranda trains all female Division agents for this.
  • Master of All: There's a reason why she was considered Division's top agent.
  • No Name Given: She's just "Nikita" for the first season and a half. Then her surname is given away almost in passing by a news broadcast of Percy spray-painting her name on a parked car.
  • Omniglot: Nikita can speak a lot, including English, French, Cantonese (Which Maggie can speak in real life due to her experience in the Hong Kong entertainment industry), Russian, Czech, Polish and Arabic.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: a very odd variation, in that she's rebelling in a Chaotic Good way against a corrupt government syndicate that fairly easily falls into the Lawful Evil category. However, due to Division's status as part of the government, and a good chunk of their operations having to do with national security (as long as there is money in it), everyone inside Division and the US government looks on Nikita and all those who follow her as traitors.
  • Race Lift: This Nikita is of Vietnamese descent.
    Birkhoff: "You know this means you'll never be president."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Alex, Red to Michael. Her greater experience means she's cooler under pressure than Alex (especially early in the series), but she's still more passionate than the calm and collected Michael.
  • Second Love: For Michael. He was her mentor and later partner at Division and they became attracted to each other, but Michael was still being the Crusading Widower over Kasim Tariq's murder of his wife and daughter. After their discovery that Tariq was a Division agent and his bomb was set on Percy's orders (in order to help him infiltrate al-Qa'ida undercover), they go for it.

Alexandra Udinov
"I am Alexandra Udinov, daughter of Nikolai Udinov, and this is your reward."

Played By: Lyndsy Fonseca, Eliana Jones
Voiced By: Gaby Ugarte (Latin-American Spanish, seasons 1-2), Anette Ugalde (Latin-American Spanish, seasons 2-4), Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese)

The daughter of a Russian oligarch, Alexandra Udinov ended up as a sex slave and drug addict after being smuggled to America. Nikita rescued her, got her clean, befriended her and trained her up to be a mole within Division.

  • Action Girl: While not in Nikita's league, she's definitely earned this.
  • Broken Bird: Family murdered and house burned by Division at about age ten, sold into sex slavery by the man who was supposed to protect her, is addicted to heroin by her pimp, escapes her pimp but not the habit, and is finally rescued again by Nikita. The only thing that keeps her alive for a while is her desire for revenge.
  • Cassandra Truth: Seems to do this quite often.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Develops a mean suckerpunch between the first two seasons, and plays Obfuscating Stupidity for all it's worth, most notably when she infiltrates Russia in Season 2.
  • Daddy's Girl: her original motive was to avenge her father's death and the loss of his company. Somewhat subverted when she realizes that he was actually grooming her to take over his rather evil company.
  • Death Faked for You: Twice, even. Nikita claimed to Division to have killed Alex but instead had one of the Udinovs' servants sneak her to safety (which backfired). Then Division faked her suicide after she and Nikita framed her.
  • Decomposite Character: Created to play out the traditional Nikita beats, while Nikita herself played the role of former agent in a mission of revenge.
  • Determinator: She shows some traits of this in getting revenge for her father. Also shown when she fights roan in the season 2 finale. Immediately after he breaks her wrist her response is to kick him in the head.
  • Deuteragonist: the second Hero of the show, after Nikita.
  • Driven to Suicide: In a flashback she's shown to have tried to poison herself while Nikita was getting her clean from her heroin addiction, but Nikita forces her to upchuck the overdose of pills before it can do any permanent damage.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Leaves Nikita in season 1 finale and goes to work for Oversight and Amanda.
    • Face–Heel Revolving Door: After Nikita aids her attempt to rescue her mother from Semak, they reconcile, and she returns to Team Nikita.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She really doesn't want to run Zetrov.
  • Junior Counterpart: To Nikita.
  • Mafia Princess: It is implied that her father was not precisely "innocent".
    • Given that Gogol is a subsidiary company of Zetrov, this is very likely.
  • Master of All: Is constantly compared to Nikita, despite possessing only a fraction of her experience.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Pulled off in the eponymous episode "Alexandra."
  • The Mole: To Division, in Season One. She tried to be a mole to Nikita in the Season Two opener, but Sean Pierce spoiled that plan. And after a brief return as Nikita's mole in Division, she's now bankrolling Team Nikita.
  • The Not-Love Interest: The relationship between Alex and Nikita is one of the main emotional elements of the series, despite the fact that each have romantic interests of their own.
  • Omniglot: Alex can speak English, German and Russian.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Her cover after regaining control of her father's conglomerate Zetrov, a lavish unemployed lifestyle powered by a company trust fund.
  • Sex Slave: As a part of her Dark and Troubled Past, which she has to confront.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: First she has to shoot Thom, and later has a lot of problems with Nathan because of her spy life.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Nikita; their relationship falls apart at the finale of Season One. They reconcile halfway through Season Two.
  • Wild Card: Her obsession with taking down her father's murderers plus lingering moral qualms made her an unreliable ally for both Nikita and Division for the first season and a half.

Michael Bishop
"You scare the crap outta me, but I love you anyway."
Played By: Shane West
Voiced By: Ricardo Tejedo (Latin-American Spanish), Shunsuke Sakuya (Japanese)

A former US Navy intelligence officer, Michael is a highly ranked member of Division who is tasked with bringing Nikita in. However, his past with her and his own moral code means he's often conflicted.

Toward the end of season 1, Michael joins Nikita's cause after discovering that his boss is behind a tragic event in his past. He also enters a romantic relationship with her.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In a third season episode Nikita cuts off his hand when he's pinned by it under a burning car in order to save his life.
  • A Father to His Men: To Division recruits. Although we didn't see much of it, it's been heavily implied and Lampshaded by Nikita, Birkhoff and most recently Amanda.
  • Death Glare: Or "goatee of intimidation", as Birkhoff calls it.
  • The Dragon: To Percy, later The Lancer to Nikita
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Michael often goes head-to-head with Percy over his running of Division, and the only reason he's even working for them is to get revenge for his family.
  • Determinator: Especially where Nikita or his family are concerned.
  • Guttural Growler: Michael's voice is gravely and incredibly sexy. Lampshaded by Nikita in 1x09, Nathan in 1x14 and Alex in 1x16.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: Michael wasn't completely happy with Division, but truly believed that he was acting in America's best interests.
  • Master of All: So much so that he was placed in charge of hunting Nikita, despite the emotional factor; he was the only one who could.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: For much of the first season, this was his attitude towards Division, because he believed Division to be eventually acting in America's best interests.
  • Only One Name: His last name - Bishop - isn't revealed until the second to last episode of the series. It occasionally gets lampshaded
    Alex: "What is Michael's real last name, anyway?" (scene cuts away)
  • Patriotic Fervor: Has brought back all the good of this trope and none of the bad. Michael sincerely believes in his country and that Division - if run by the right people - is a necessary force for good in the world. Probably comes from being a former Naval Intelligence Officer. Nikita allows that the only way Division could ever be worth saving is if Michael was in charge.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Especially during Season 1. Nikita even lampshades this, adorably, in 1x18.

Percival 'Percy' Rose
"People want to believe God has a plan for them. They don't want to know that anyone else does."
Played By: Xander Berkeley

Percy is the ruthless creator of Division, acting as its head during season 1. He's discovered many damaging government secrets during his long career, and has stored them in several 'Black Box' data carriers. He cannot be simply killed due to a surgically implanted chip that'll send a signal that will release the information if he dies, therefore plunging the world into chaos.

He's deposed from power by his subordinate Amanda in season 2, and imprisoned below Division. However he continues pulling strings, and has now escaped his cell to wreak havoc and eventually retake Division.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Suffice to say, he's not just some pencil-pushing bureaucrat he initially came off as. The suit itself is also symbolic for him - a sign of control.
  • Big Bad: For Season 1 and the latter half of Season 2.
  • The Chessmaster: In "Betrayals", he compares his battle with Nikita to a chess game.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Percy has many plans.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Probably the most triumphant example in the series.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Division is basically SPECTRE, and that makes Percy Blofeld. In Season 2, he even holds the country to ransom with a (fake) Kill Sat.
  • Disney Villain Death: In the Season 2 finale, courtesy of Nikita dropping him several stories.
  • Evil Genius: The man has a crazy high IQ and photographic memory, and is utterly unrepentant in his evilness.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He comes off as very charming and sophisticated at first glance, but it's all a superficial veil disguising his sociopathy.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: When you hear the name "Percy", an evil ass kicking genius is the last thing on your mind. Ultimately subverted in that his full name, Percival Rose, actually comes off as pretty badass and diabolical, though it isn't revealed as such until much later in the show.
  • Ironic Death: The last thing he says is his Nikita's name, just like she wanted.
  • Knight Templar: Seems to have shades of this.
  • Hannibal Lecture: His new weapon of choice now that he's been imprisoned is taunting and psychoanalyzing his captors.
  • In with the In Crowd: His only motivation in life.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He enjoys the finer things in life - vintage wines, premium earl grey tea, and his expensive suits.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Surprisingly strong and combat capable for a man his age. That said, his speciality is firmly being The Chessmaster.
  • Nice Hat: Sports one after he escapes his prison.
  • Photographic Memory: It's revealed in season two that he didn't just create the black boxes, he is one.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Even when he is imprisoned by Division, once he gets to put on his suit again, we know he is back in the game.
  • The Spymaster: The nation's finest.
  • The Sociopath: Percy embodies both the trope and exhibits the most telling traits of Antisocial Personality Disorder, unable to understand the worth of loyalty, compassion, or empathy but easily willing to manipulate and use these traits in others. He easily betrays and manipulates others without a thought, but gets angry when others betray him unexpectedly as it damages his massive ego and belief in his own narcissistic goals and self-image. The only emotion he ever seems to genuinely exhibit is anger, and although he gains gratification from destroying other people, proving to himself that he is superior to them, he isn't able to affect anything other than a desire to possess and dominate. He shows many traits common with highly intelligent and highly organized serial killers, although without the psychosexual compulsion to live out violent fantasies, instead gaining self-gratification from dominating others at the top of a vast organization subject to his every whim (which is why he is always trying to be at the top and always in control).
  • Torture Technician: Does this to Alex (but through her feelings, of course) and almost to Michael in "Betrayals"
  • Villain Ball: Contributes directly to his death. He had won. He had everything. He'd escaped with his life despite everyone wanting him dead, he'd outwitted everyone who wanted to put a bullet in his brain, he was going to leave Division with full immunity...but he was too arrogant and evil to walk away completely and tried to kill Nikita.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Within Division. Most of them don't even consider the idea that he might be the bad guy until the Marines arrive to depose him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has a mild one in "Pandora" after his Batman Gambit is ruined. He has a truly epic one, however, in the season 2 finale when he tries to kill Nikita by throwing her down a silo, snarling, "DOWN THE HATCH!" like a crazed animal.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Percy truly believes in Division's duty to the nation but to him the only issue is money. He reasons if he is funded more, he wouldn't have to hire Division out for illegal side missions.
  • Wicked Cultured: During his imprisonment asks for books in exchange for his help. And to discuss matters with Amanda over A Nice Cup of Tea.

Seymour Birkhoff / Lionel Peller
"I'm not a spice girl, and I was never ever obscure. I was elusive, and a little dangerous. I was a legend."
Played By: Aaron Stanford

Once an infamous cyber-criminal with near-unmatched technical and surveillance skills, Birkhoff was brought on as Division's head technician. His growing uneasiness about the organization's shadier dealings ultimately results in him leaving Division and defecting to Nikita's side, after which he becomes a steadfast (if snarky) ally to her cause.
  • Badass Boast: "BOW before Shadow Walker!" Subverted as he's arrested minutes after that.
  • Badass Bookworm: He lacks the frontline training of Nikita or Michael, but is both willing and able to throw a mean punch when the situation warrants it, and is a surprisingly good shot for a man who normally spends his time behind a desk.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In the fight in "383 Walnut Lane" he surprises the agent he's fighting with some computer parts, and then goes for the eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sports one of the driest wits of the main cast. He can match barbs with Nikita any day of the week.
  • Insult of Endearment: Nikita often calls him 'nerd'. It started as her way of insulting him, but as they become friends it instead becomes more of an endearing nickname. She is the only one he allows to call him that.
  • Jerkass: Becomes more a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in the second season.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: In Season One, a CIA grab team attempts to snatch Birkhoff; the first two men are taken by surprise at how prepared Birkhoff is to defend himself, and he almost escapes, when a third agent grabs him from behind.
    • Later, in Season 2, he fights off a trained Division agent using just some computer parts. He loses, but he puts up enough of a fight to stay alive long enough for Nikita to finish off the Division man. "Shadow Walker" shows him sparring with Michael.
  • Mission Control: While capable of fighting if he has to, he's much more useful when he's seated at a desk with access to a computer, so he often ends up serving this role to Nikita (or whoever else he's backing up at the time).
  • Mook–Face Turn: Leaves Division after Season One, and eventually allies himself with Nikita and Michael.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He inadvertently cements Percy's reconquest of Division by providing Amanda's Engineered Public Confession.
  • Pet the Dog: His brief friendship with the Engineer. Also his friendship with Michael, which eventually leads to his doing a Heel–Face Turn when he helps Michael escape Division with a black box.
    • When Alex learns that Sean planted a GPS tracker in her father's watch, he stops her from destroying it, saying he can remove the tracker without harming the watch.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: During season 1. He's just doing his job, and is clearly skeeved out by the way Division does business. It eventually becomes too much for him, and he quits.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Despite having access to high-tech weaponry, his personal gun is a big revolver.
    • Averted after Division kidnaps him; he switches to a semiautomatic, possibly because it's easier on his injured hand.
  • Sour Supporter: Of Nikita and Michael in Season 2, at least at first. He later becomes less sour as the season progresses, especially after Nikita saves him from Division. By Season 3, this attitude is gone entirely.
  • The Smart Guy: Initially the Evil Genius to Division, he becomes this after his Heel–Face Turn in Season 2.
  • Techno Wizard: "I own Division." If it's networked, Birkhoff can hack into it.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Was the somewhat reluctant financier of Team Nikita throughout Season Two, until his money - all twenty million of it - was lost.

Amanda / Helen Collins
"I've done this before. All the drug addicts that wind up here as recruits, I'm practically running a rehab clinic."
Played By: Melinda Clarke

Known as the "Inquisitor", Amanda is responsible for mentally breaking down recruits before manipulating them into giving their loyalty to Division. She often acts as an adviser to Percy.

In season 2 Amanda deposes Percy as head of Division and allies herself with Alex. She attempts to rob Percy of the power he still holds by finding the Black Box master drive.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Her tenure as head of Division is a complete disaster.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: She had a thing for Percy, but he believes that she's incapable of love.
  • And I Must Scream: She ends the series locked in a full body restraint in the middle of the world's most inescapable prison, facing a life of never having contact with a live human being again.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 2 and 3, and arguably of the show as a whole given how much her actions drive the episode-to-episode plot of the series. She's more of a Big Bad Wannabe in the second season, having not fully grasped the strain of taking command, but definitively grows into this role in Season 3.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Mr. Jones in the fourth and final season.
  • The Chessmaster: She's a firm believer of pulling strings on others, as she said to Nikita "Deception is more important than brute force." This is apparently used against her in the series finale by Nikita.
  • Evil Twin: Played with. She's definitely evil, but apparently her twin was no angel, either.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her father locked her in his basement and "experimented" on her with electrodes.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Near the end of the series she gets a ghastly one on her cheek courtesy of Ryan, which she notes she could have removed but decides not to as a reminder to never let her guard down around anyone.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: In Season 2, it takes her a ridiculously long time to figure out that Roan is Percy's mole in Division.
  • It's All About Me: Especially anything that Nikita does or fails to do.
  • The Sociopath: Percy accuses her of being this, although she does seem to show genuine emotion once in a blue moon.
  • The Starscream: To Percy by the end of Season 1, to Oversight in Season 2, and then again to the Invisible Hand in Season 4.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Is in a secret partnership with Ari, which appears to also be sexual.

"You'll be ok, Alex. You're strong... Stronger than me. I knew it the day I met you."
Played By: Ashton Holmes

A young Division recruit on the verge of becoming a full agent. He tries to take care of new recruits and soon develops a romantic interest in Alex.
  • Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: Accidentally shot by Alex as they struggle for a gun. She frames him as Nikita's mole in Division to protect her own cover.

"What do you think I'm doing? I'm kicking your ass!"
Played By: Tiffany Hines

An aggressive Division recruit, Jaden often clashes with Alex and develops a heated mutual rivalry with her.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Had a thing for Thom, but Thom only seemed to have eyes for Alex. Of course, Alex eventually accidentally kills Thom in self-defense and, to maintain her cover, frames him as Nikita's mole in Division.
  • Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: After Nathan shoots her to save Alex, Alex tries to duplicate the trick she used with Thom. Unfortunately, Amanda had had a listening device implanted in her in addition to the killswitch, and overheard Alex calling Nikita for advice on what to do with the body.
  • Rape as Backstory: She came to Division's attention for killing her abusive boyfriend after he raped her.
    Jaden: People I work for? They thought I showed initiative.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In "Girl's Best Friend" she delivers an epic one to an arms dealer she and Alex have been sent to kill, accusing him of Compensating for Something with his gun and comparing him to the abusive boyfriend she killed with a knife after he raped her.

Sean Pierce
"I got a merit badge in lying."
Played By: Dillon Casey

A Navy SEAL and agent of Oversight, the council in charge of Division, Sean is sent to keep an eye on Amanda to ensure she doesn't become out-of-control as Percy did.
  • Commanding Coolness: It's eventually revealed that Sean is a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy. (For those unfamiliar with Navy ranks, he's a Major by the Army/Air Force/Marine Corps rank structure.)
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Sean does start to question Division and Oversight for some of their "questionable" methods, and he planned to get back to the Navy after making sure Nikita won't be a threat to his mother.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: How "bad" he is is debatable, but he obviously cares very much about his mother, and the only reason he's still working for Oversight is because she's a member.
  • Honey Trap: He briefly attempts this with Alex trying to use her to get to Nikita. He ends up in a real relationship with her after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Oversight is eliminated, he becomes allied with Nikita.
  • The Political Officer: Is supposed to be this towards Division; unlike most examples, he isn't as annoying, due to being an operator himself.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Very often seen in nice suits.

Ryan Fletcher
Played By: Noah Bean

A junior CIA agent and analyst who was attempting to uncover Division, which was regarded as an urban legend among his peers. After discovering the truth, he became an ally of Nikita.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He originally cottoned to Division's existence by spotting the telltales of its operations (once Nikita starts screwing them up, anyway). Later he figures out Oversight's moneymaking techniques by analyzing news reports from inside a prison cell.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ryan had been framed in a government cover-up, narrowly executed, demoted, imprisoned and held captive at Division while his mother believes he's dead.
  • Death Faked for You: Amanda has his death faked and takes him prisoner, so she can use him against Oversight.
  • Determinator: Of the crusading kind.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Of the non-lethal variety. In "Pandora" he pulls a gun on the Director of Central Intelligence to help Nikita escape, knowing he'll spend the rest of his life in prison. It works out in the long run, sort of, but he's lost his career for good.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In "Pandora", he helps Nikita escape CIA headquarters by holding the director of the CIA at gunpoint, despite knowing he'll probably be sent to jail for the rest of his life. It eventually works out for him.

Owen Elliot / Sam Matthews
"You don't hide from your sins, you face them."
Played By: Devon Sawa

Originally a 'cleaner' for Division, Owen was later made into a Guardian. As a Guardian, he's responsible for keeping one of Percy's many black boxes safe and secure. While on mission, he fell in love with a civilian who was subsequently killed by Division. He now works to bring down Division while sometimes assisting Nikita.
  • The Atoner: Trying to atone for everyone he killed while working for division and all of his tattoos represent someone he has killed.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Used to be chemically augmented like other Guardians into a Lightning Bruiser, before he managed to detox from the Regimen. This makes taking on other Guardians a risky proposition - he and Michael combined were barely able to defeat one Guardian. Still, even while off the Regimen, he remains a badass.
  • Deal with the Devil: Agreed to work with Gogol to hunt down the three remaining Guardians and Black Boxes.
  • Enemy Mine: Attempted to do this with Gogol, but Ari turned the tables on him.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After getting his original memories back.
  • Foil: Similar to Nikita in almost every way but not quite an Evil Counterpart.
  • Functional Addict: Initially this; all Guardians use the Regimen, a specialized series of chemical supplements that turn them into Lightning Bruisers. Withdrawal tends to make them nuts, but Owen successfully goes through detox.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: First he was Division, then worked with Nikita, then turned on her under the influence of a Fantastic Drug, but was defeated and went to search for the cure. Then joined forces with Gogol. Later, he's left Gogol and is allied again with Nikita and Michael. Then he gets his memories back and fights only for himself.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His Roaring Rampage of Revenge is steadily turned him into this for a while.
  • Identity Amnesia: In "Consequences", he reveals that he doesn't remember anything about his life before Division. This later gets fixed.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Has several scenes where he takes his shirt off.
  • Second Love: With Alex after the death of Sean and him getting over Emily
  • Super Serum: Percy forces his Guardians to partake in dangerously enhancing drugs called the Regimen, which boosts their physical abilities to extreme levels.
  • Wild Card: He is an ally to Nikita and the others, but his goals sometimes puts him against her and this got worse when he got his original memories back making him have more selfish goals and more willing to do immoral things to accomplish them even if it means betraying his former friends.
    • But at the end of the series he is back on their side and has a relationship with Alex.


Played By: Rob Stewart

Percy's loyal right-hand man and the most notable "cleaner" working for Division. He's often engaged for Percy's most personal and sensitive missions.
  • Cleanup Crew: Roan's main job in Division, until he openly joins Percy who has gone rogue.
  • Curbstomp Battle: When Alex and Sean take on Roan together, he hands them their asses. Given that the former is Nikita's prized pupil and the latter is an ex-Navy SEAL, that says a lot.
  • Creepy Monotone: With the exceptions of right after Nikita splashes him with his own jug of hydrofluoric acid and after Percy's death, invariably uses the same supremely quiet, emotionless confident tone of voice about everything.
  • Dark Is Evil: Unless he needs to be disguised for a mission, he always dresses all in black.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Whenever he says more than two words, that is.
  • Determinator: One devoted to Percy. Birkhoff even refers to him as "the Terminator" at one point.
  • Does Not Understand Sarcasm: He repeatedly takes Michael's snarking at face value in Season 1.
  • The Dragon: He is this to Percy and Division.
  • The Dreaded: Confronting Roan tends to elicit one reaction from most people, including the main characters.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: In "Pandora", Nikita splashes him with his own "cleaning" acid, and he's later seen with burns all over the right side of his face.
  • Implacable Man: It takes a bomb blast or a face full of acid to keep him down for more than a few seconds.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: See above. He got splashed with his own cleaning acid.
  • Licked by the Dog: Carla tenderly touches Roan's face and asks him sympathetically what happened to him. His answer? "You met her."
  • Made of Iron:
    • At one point he gets his ass kicked by Owen and tossed over a railing, falling several stories. The next time he's seen, he's no worse for wear.
    • After a missile wipes out a Division assault team he is leading, he just gets up and dusts himself off.
  • Pet the Dog: Minor, but he closes Nikita's eyes when he thinks she's dead. An odd show of professional respect.
  • The Quiet One: Except for a couple episodes, what he's said could fill an index card... double spaced.
  • The Stoic: The only time he ever shows any real emotion is when he realizes that Percy's dead.
  • Villainous Friendship: Seems to have one with Percy as he's notably upset when Percy dies.

Played By: Lyndie Greenwod

Birkhoff's replacement as Head Technician within Division.
  • Ship Tease: When Birkhoff interacts with her on the computer screen he flirts with her and when he finally meets her face to face in the season 2 finale he kisses her.
  • The Mole: In season 3 she was secretly giving information to Amanda because Amanda put a kill chip inside her head.
  • Worthy Opponent: While working for Division against Nikita her computer skills rival Birkhoff's and he even acknowledges this at one point.

Carla Bennett
"Sometimes you have to put what's right ahead of your personal feelings, for the greater good."
Played By: Erica Gimpel

Nikita's old caretaker.
  • Composite Character: Although she shares a name and a few superficial elements with Carla from the original TV series, she has a greater resemblance to a different character, Adrian.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Nikita was mentored by Division's co-founder? Even Carla couldn't believe it.
  • Death Faked for You: Her specialty. That's one of the reasons why Percy approached her.
  • She Knows Too Much: Amanda has been trying to kill Carla because she saw Amanda with Ari Tasarov.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The only ones she seems to completely trust is Percy and Roan, of all people.
  • The Mentor: She is this to Nikita as flashbacks reveal that she was helping her with her drug addiction.
  • The Mole: She was secretly contacting Percy behind Nikita's back.
  • Remember the New Guy?: The second episode with Carla focused on how some of the characters actually knew off her while they were in Division.
    • Birkhoff remembered Amanda freaking out after Carla's prints showed up on a crime scene.
    • Amanda vaguely threatened to kill Nikita during their first session if she didn't tell her about Carla.
    • Michael witnessed Amanda executing the agent who had faked Carla's death.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Attempts to betray Nikita and the others to Percy.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Repeatedly contacting Percy, raising Nikita's suspicions, and then trying to escape the safehouse, and pulling a gun on Birkhoff, after being confronted leading to Birkhoff shooting her.
  • Tragic Dream: Her desire to reform Division.
  • Walking Spoiler: In her introduction she is revealed to be one of the original creators of Division.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: As the original creator of Division, her attention was to help people in the prison system get their lives together by having them work for the government and secretly protect the country and her goal in the present was to bring Division back to her original vision by killing Amanda who she blames for corrupting it by working with Percy who she doesn't realize is also to blame for the corruption.

Nathan Colville
"I'm Nathan. Alex's neighbour."
Played By: Thad Luckenbill

Alex's new neighbor following her graduation and subsequent move into a civilian apartment.
  • Cassandra Truth: Returns to Alex's apartment after she tells him she is a government assassin. Thinking this is her trying to break up with him in a cruel way, he leaves. When he returns, Jaden is in Alex's apartment and he mockingly asks if she is "another government assassin." This, arguably unexpectedly ends in Nathan having to shoot Jaden to protect Alex, probably realizing that Alex really was a government assassin.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Alex's hallucinations in "Echoes" shows her subconscious desire to settle down, as they are, in that particular dream state, married with a daughter. Played rather humorously when Alex asks if he has "seen a little girl" (asking about her younger self that has been running around her subconscious with her) and he merely states that he was perfectly capable of looking after their daughter.
  • Nice Guy: Just a normal, friendly civilian who likes Alex.
  • Put on a Bus: Never seen again after he kills Jaden and runs for it.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Thanks to having to go on the run from Division.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Reacts badly to Alex's truth, and Jaden's death.


Played By: John Billingsley

A so-called doctor who routinely inspects Division. It is later revealed he is the supplier of Division's next-gen technologies, including the kill chips and prosthetic masks.

Philip Jones
"Our success relies on us being invisible."
Played By: David S. Lee

The mysterious leader of MDK Industries and part of The Invisible Hand. Amanda joins him after she thinks they can help her defeat Nikita.

He first appears in season 2, but becomes a prominent character towards the end of season 3 and throughout season 4.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: In his own words, he's not a fighter, he's a negotiator.
  • War for Fun and Profit: Plans to profit massively from a war between the US and Pakistan. Averted: That's what he wanted team Nikita to think, part of a bigger plan that involves sacrificing his entire company all just to make Nikita think she's won so he and his group can continue business without any further interruptions. One of the group members calls him out for such an expensive sacrifice...and it works at first...but then.

Patrick Miller

Played By: William deVry

One of Percy's Black Box guardians.
  • Knife Nut: Pulls four knifes in his first appearance, including one in his boot.

Daniel Monroe

Played By: Sebastien Roberts

The one-time fiance of Nikita. He dies prior to the series and his death motivates Nikita's desire to take down Division.

Cassandra Ovechkin
"In our world, families are a liability. Our loved ones are our weaknessess."
Played By: Helena Mattson

An old lover of Michael with many secrets.
  • Reverse Mole: Cassandra was infiltrated by MI-6 into Ovechkin's circles, and her handlers were overjoyed when she became his wife. And then if that wasn't enough, it's revealed that she's actually a Gogol agent, sent to infiltrate MI-6.
  • Working with the Ex: She was in a sexual relationship with Michael, as part of a Honey Trap Division ran on her. She later has to work with him a few times to get herself and her son out of danger.

Senator Madeline Pierce (Oversight codename "Gemini")

Played By: Alberta Watson

One of the leading members of Oversight and the mother of Sean Pierce.
  • Remake Cameo: Alberta Watson was a regular cast member in La Femme Nikita, where she played Amanda's equivalent, also named Madeline.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Blown up by one of Nikita's enemies in her Division days in exchange for Percy giving him Nikita.

Sergei Semak
"What I did, I did to win her. I will always want her by my side."
Played By: Peter J Lucas

Originally the right-hand man of Nikolai Udinov, Semak made a deal with Oversight to have his boss assassinated. He became the CEO of Zetrov and head of Gogol.
  • Enemy Mine: Semak was a mole to Oversight, and promised that if they'd help him remove Nikolai Udinov, he'd make Zetrov more friendly to American interests - a promise he reneged once Udinov was dead. Percy actually saw this coming.
  • The Mole: Was a mole in Zetrov to Oversight. See Enemy Mine.
  • Klingon Promotion: Eventually ends up on both ends of this.
  • Love Makes You Evil: His love of Katya is what drove him to be what he is.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Betrayed his friend, backed out of his deal with Oversight and lied to the woman he loved about what happened to her family.

Kasim Tariq

Played By: Haaz Sleiman

An old friend of Michael who joined Al-Qaeda and murdered his former friend's family. He is later revealed to have been a Division agent, with the true target being Michael so that he could gain a position of trust within Al-Qaeda. He betrayed Division and joined Al-Qaeda for good.
  • Becoming the Mask: Was a Division mole who was assigned to kill Michael, thereby allowing him to infiltrate Al-Qaeda; he later changed his loyalties to Al-Qaeda because he distrusted Percy.

Ari Tasarov
"If I wanted you'd be dead."
Played By: Peter Outerbridge

The leader of Division's Russian counterpart and rival, Gogol.


Played By: Bug Hall

"They're training us to be James Bond. What's wrong with that?"

Was a recruit until he "graduated" and became a guard. He didn't want to be a guard and went on a rampage. Presumed dead but actually became a cleaner.


A group of prominent Americans who were secretly funding Division.

    One Shot Characters 

The Engineer
Played By: Jon Gries

A reclusive technological expert, who helped Percy build his Black Boxes.
  • Neck Snap: Percy breaks his neck after he teaches Birkhoff how to alter the programming of the Black Boxes.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Rendered himself redundant by teaching his secrets to Birkhoff, so Percy murders him to minimize the security risk of having more than one person able to do it.

Dana Winters

The only Guardian in the United States. She is stationed in a little Pennsylvania town.

Ramon Esquivel

"Freedom isn't given. It is taken."

Lone terrorist captured by Nikita. Percy crippled him and forced him to work for Division.
  • Cruel Mercy: Ramon blamed Nikita for not killing him and sparing him his fate in the chair.
  • The Face: He takes credit for murders Division commits.

Prince Erik of Georgia

Prince of Georgia who Division targets for assassination.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Only married Christina to unite their rival families. He's actually in love with her assistant.
  • Medical Monarch: He was an army medic. This is actually lampshaded.
    Nikita: "Doctor"? Is that an honorary title for royals?
    Erik: Yes. I'm a doctor of the tango.

Princess Christina of Georgia

Princess of Georgia who hires Division to have her husband killed.—-


Nikita's ex-partner who got imprisoned.

"Valeri Ovechkin"

A Division covert operative who has been impersonating the President of Belarus.—-
  • Becoming the Mask: Percy himself said "Valeri" was starting to think he was an actual world leader.
  • He Knows Too Much: Killed everyone who knew he was a fake after Percy was deposed.