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Played By: Maggie QA junkie from the street, Nikita Meers was pulled from Death Row and trained as a spy and assassin for secret government agency, Division. However, after Division murdered her fiance she turned rogue and is now on a mission to take them down.
- Action Girl: But also a Guile Hero.
- 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.
- Badass: Almost absurdly so. Everyone who know treats her as a matter of very serious concern.Tasarov: You fought Nikita... it wasn't a fair fight.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Michael and/or Alex, on occasion.
- Battle Couple: With Michael.
- Broken Ace
- Broken Bird
- 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.
- Crazy-Prepared: Nikita generally succeeds in achieving this.
- Cursed with AwesomeOwen: When Division gave you the ability you to kill, they also gave you the ability to protect.
- Dark Action Girl: Nikita before her Heel–Face Turn.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Contributed to her Broken Bird status. She did NOT have an easy time in the foster system.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death Faked for You: Like all Division agents, in this case by staging her death by lethal injection.
- Femme Fatale
- Genre Savvy: Nikita, knowing that if she helped Gogol they would merely take over when Division fell.
- She also realized Carla was in contact with Percy very quickly.
- Heel–Face Turn: Pre-series.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Alexandra.
- Invincible Hero - Most of the time.
- Knight in Sour ArmorBirkhoff: 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.
- The Lancer: Moves in and out of this position with regards to Michael, especially in Season 2.
- The Mentor: For Alex.
- 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. At least that's what Percy invented for her.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.
- Shoot the Dog: Not afraid to do this (see: Kasim).
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Michael.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Michael was her instructor at Division when they fell in love.
Played By: Shane WestA 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.
- Anti-Villain: Before his Heel–Face Turn during Season 1.
- The Atoner: Becomes one in "Pandora".
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Nikita.
- Battle Couple: With Nikita.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: There are many clues given that Michael had an inkling that Alex was working with Nikita before the events of 1x16 but that he chose to ignore them. Also, mistrusting Kelly, Nikita's old Division partner, in 2x04 and immediately questioning Cassandra about Max's paternity also show this trope.
- Dating Catwoman
- Deadpan Snarker
- 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.
- Genre Savvy: Knowing that the hot girl with dark hair and long legs in a towel girl uniform was Nikita undercover definitely counts as this.
- Guttural Growler: Michael's voice is gravely and incredibly sexy. Lampshaded by Nikita in 1x09, Nathan in 1x14 and Alex in 1x16.
- Heel–Face Turn: During Season 1.
- Hidden Depths: As the Series has progressed, more and more of Michael's abilities and personality traits are hinted at and shown - the fact that he always stands like a soldier, his hand-to-hand combat, his chosen weapons note , his abilities with said weapons, his background in Naval Intelligence, his hints of being the Spymaster and the Trainer for Nikita - but they always leave the hint that there is more to him.
- Knight in Sour Armour: Michael wasn't completely happy with Division, but truly believed that he was acting in America's best interests.
- The Lancer: In an interesting inversion of this trope, Michael and Nikita move in and out of this trope in regards to each other.
- The Mentor: to Alex. And Nikita pre-Series.
- The Mole: Following his Heel Face Turn
- 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 lampshadedAlex: "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.
- Second Love: Nikita is his.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Nikita. Quite a lot since the episode "Echoes".
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Nikita.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: Nikita even calls him out on this in 1x09. "Tall, smokey voice, very sexy."
- Teacher/Student Romance: Nikita was his student at Division when they fell in love.
Played By: Lyndsy FonsecaThe daughter of a Russian oligarch, Alexandra Udinov ended up as a junkie prostitute after being smuggled to America. Nikita rescued her, got her clean, befriended her and trained her up to be a mole within Division.At the end of season 1, it is revealed that the Division agent who killed Alex's father was in fact Nikita, and Alex subsequently joins Amanda to take down the man who ordered the hit. She acts in an antagonistic role in season 2, before forgiving Nikita and joining her again.She recovered Zetrov though she doesn't run it and she continues working with Nikita.
- Action Girl: While not in Nikita's league, she's definitely earned this.
- Badass: While early on she isn't as good as Nikita or Michael, in season 2 she kills Roan.
- Becoming the Mask
- 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
- 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.
- Double Agent
- 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.
- Fallen Princess: Sort of. Her father was head of a Russian Mega Corp. and she grew up in luxury. Lampshaded in "Alexandra", where her former pimp refers to her as the princess daughter of the new czars, the oligarchs, even likening her lifestory to that of Anastasia Romanov.
- Fallen Heroine
- Genre Blind: Doesn't see that her using Division to get revenge for her family's death exactly mirrors Michael's story. Look what happened to him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Nikita.
- Hidden Depths: She's almost as good as Birkhoff with computers. She tried to play this down when she was a double agent.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She really doesn't want to run Zetrov.
- Mafia Princess: It is implied that her father was not precisely "innocent".
- 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.
- Omni Glot: Alex can speak English, German and Russian.
- Revenge Before Reason: Alex has a significant stumbling block when it comes to Zetrov, although she's started to get better.
- 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.
- Second Love: With Owen/Sam, somewhat surprisingly
- Sex Slave: As a part of her Dark and Troubled Past, which she has to confront.
- Supporting Protagonist: For most of Season 1 and until Michael's Heel–Face Turn.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: Was a washed out junkie when Nikita met her a year ago. Is now a Division agent, and very dangerous.
- 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.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
- You Killed My Father
Percival 'Percy' Rose
Played By: Xander BerkeleyPercy 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.
- Ambition Is Evil: Percy is a Social Climber and all he wants is a seat at the table.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Backstab Backfire
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Suffice to say, he's not just some bureaucrat he initially came off as.
- 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.
- The Corrupter
- 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
- Faux Affably Evil
- Genre Savvy:
- Never completely trusted Michael, his right hand man.
- Oversight ordered him to assassinate the Udinov family to allow Sergei Semak to seize Zetrov, in exchange for Zetrov becoming friendlier to American interests. He warned Oversight that Semak would go back on the deal, and he was right.
- 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.
- In with the In Crowd: His only motivation in life.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Minored In Ass Kicking: Surprisingly strong and combat capable for a man his age, that said, he's better off as The Chessmaster.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Photographic Memory - he's a walking Black Box himself.
- 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.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: until he got out.
- 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.
- Smug Snake
- 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
Played By: Aaron StanfordOnce an infamous cyber-criminal, Birkhoff was brought on as Division's head technician. He remains loyal to Division despite his growing misgivings about the nature of the agency.
- Badass Boast: "BOW before Shadow Walker!" Subverted as he's arrested minutes after that.
- 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
- In-Series Nickname: Nikita calls him "Nerd".
- 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
- Mook–Face Turn: Leaves Division after Season One, and eventually allies himself with Nikita and Michael.
- Insult of Endearment: Nikita often calls him 'nerd'. It started as her way of insulting him but as they worked together they became friends so now it is her way of showing him affection. She is the only one he allows to call him that.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He inadvertently cements Percy's reconquest of Division by providing Amanda's Engineered Public Confession.
- Non-Action Guy: Initially. Averted in "383 Walnut Lane".
- 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.
- 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.
- The Smart Guy
- Techno Wizard: "I own Division." If it's networked, Birkhoff can hack into it.
- Took a Level in Badass: Between Seasons One and Two, and again after he was kidnapped and tortured by Division. He now keeps a gun close by at all times.
- 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
Played By: Melinda ClarkeKnown 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.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Her specialty.
- The Baroness
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: See Freudian Excuse.
- Big Bad: For Season 3.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Mr. Jones in the fourth and final season.
- Big Bad Wannabe: She tries really hard to be the major threat in Season 2, but she can't play at Percy's level.
- 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.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
- The Consigliere: In the first season. Percy even refers to her as such as part of a long season 2 Hannibal Lecture.
- Creepy Monotone
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dragon Ascendant
- 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.
- Manipulative Bitch
- More Deadly Than the Male
- No Name Given: We never do find out her surname.
- Not So Stoic: Her mask of calm slips when she's really stressed.
- Psycho Psychologist
- Self-Made Orphan: Not that Daddy didn't deserve it...
- The Social Expert
- The Sociopath: Percy accuses her of being this, although she does seem to show genuine emotion once in a blue moon.
- Smug Snake: season 2.
- 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.
- Stepford Smiler
- Torture Technician: When she appears, Nikita is terrified.
- Twin Switch
- Unholy Matrimony: Is in a secret partnership with Ari, which appears to also be sexual.
- Wicked Cultured
Played By: Ashton HolmesA 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.
- All Love Is Unrequited: For Alex.
- Butt Monkey
- 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.
- The Mentor: For Alex, at first, and other recruits.
- Pensieve Flashback
- The Stoic
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Alex.
Played By: Tiffany HinesAn 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.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Dark Action Girl
- Deadpan Snarker
- 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.
- Evil Counterpart: To Alex.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- 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 Rival: To Alex.
- She Cleans Up Nicely
- "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.
- Took a Level in Badass
Played By: Dillon CaseyA 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.)
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Dragon: To Oversight.
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Mr. Fanservice
- 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.
Played By: Noah BeanA 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.
- The Chains of Commanding: Shows signs of this in Season 3.
- Da Chief: His role in the new, improved Division in Season 3.
- 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.
- Nice Guy
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In Season 3.
- 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.
- Smart Guy
- Sealed Good in a Can: He was in prison for the first half of season 2.
- Took a Level in Badass: See above.
Played By: Erica GimpelNikita's old mentor.
- 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.
- He 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: to Nikita.
- The Mole: For Percy.
- 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
- 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.
- Tragic Dream: Trying to reform Division.
- Walking Spoiler
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
Played By: Thad LuckenbillAlex'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.
Owen Elliot / Sam Matthews
Played By: Devon SawaOriginally 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
- Badass: A job requirement for one of Percy's Guardians; in his first episode, Owen beats Nikita and Roan in their respective fights.
- 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.
- The Big Guy
- 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
- 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.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Wild Card
Played By: John BillingsleyA 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.
- For Science!
- Mad Doctor: Kill chips much?
- The Medic: To The Invisible Hand.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: His bubbly personality and jovial British accent couldn't be further from who he is inside.
Played By: David S. LeeThe 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.
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Amanda in Season 4.
- The Chessmaster: He certainly plays Nikita like a fiddle.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Chief Financial Officer of MDK Industries.
- Evil Brit
- The Man Behind the Man: Behind Percy and later, Amanda.
- The Man In Front Of The Man: He, in turn, fronts for a larger group.
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Manipulative Bastard
- 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.
- Wicked Cultured
Played By: William deVryOne of Percy's Black Box guardians.
- The Brute
- Elite Mook
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
- Knife Nut: Pulls four knifes in his first appearance, including one in his boot.
- Undying Loyalty
Played By: Sebastien RobertsThe one-time fiance of Nikita. He dies prior to the series and his death motivates Nikita's desire to take down Division.
- Death by Origin Story: Owen Elliot killed him on orders from Division so Percy could keep hold of Nikita. It backfired.
- Nice Guy: From what we saw.
- Posthumous Character
Played By: Helena MattsonAn old lover of Michael with many secrets.
- Death Faked for You
- Double Agent: She is, in fact, a Gogol agent working as The Mole within MI6.
- Honey Trap: Was a victim of this, with Michael.
- Jumped at the Call
- Miss Fanservice
- Reverse Mole: Cassandra was infiltrated by MI6 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 MI6.
- 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 WatsonOne of the leading members of Oversight and the mother of Sean Pierce.
- Casting Gag: Alberta Watson played Madeline (the equivalent of Amanda) in La Femme Nikita
- The Chessmaster
- Iron Lady
- Mama Bear
- Sacrificial Lion: Blown up by one of Nikita's enemies in her Division days in exchange for Percy giving him Nikita.
Played By: Rob StewartPercy'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.
- Badass: Arguably the most dangerous individual on a show teeming with them.
- The Brute: His role in Season 1.
- Cleanup Crew: Roan's main job in Division, until he openly joins Percy.
- 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, emotionlessly 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: In Season 2.
- The Dreaded: Confronting Roan tends to elicit one reaction from most people, including the main characters.
- Enigmatic Minion
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- 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 faceful 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.
- Professional Killer
- Psycho for Hire
- 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.
- Villainous Valour
- Undying Loyalty: for Percy.
Played By: Peter J LucasOriginally 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.
- Bad Boss
- Bodyguard Betrayal
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Disc One Final Boss: For Alex in season two.
- 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.
- The Man Behind the Man
- 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.
- The Starscream: To Nikolaid Udinov.
Played By: Lyndie GreenwodBirkhoff's replacement as Head Technician within Division.
- Evil Counterpart: To Birkhoff in Season 2.
- Mission Control
- Non-Action Guy
- Punch Clock Villain
- Worthy Opponent: Birkhoff acknowledges this at one point.
Played By: Haaz SleimanAn 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.
- Bald of Evil
- 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.
- Evil Former Friend
- Face Death with Dignity
- The Fundamentalist
- The Mole
"If I wanted you dead...you'd be dead."
Played By: Peter OuterbridgeThe leader of Division's Russian counterpart and rival, Gogol.
- Affably Evil
- Bilingual Dialogue: He can speak English and Russian.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: He kills Sergei Semak, his supposed ally and boss.
- The Chessmaster
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
- The Corrupter
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: When he and his superior have to meet with Sergei Semak to explain why their security failed to stop an assassination, he makes sure that there is a loaded gun within easy reach of Semak. He then makes himself look like the competent one and waits for the inevitable You Have Failed Me and a promotion to his superior's freshly vacated position. He figures out who Alex really is with only a few clues and takes immediate action.
- Deadpan Snarker: Percy's match.
- Dragon with an Agenda: To Sergei Semak. He considers Semak an idiot and wants to replace him.
- Dragon Ascendant: For all of one episode before he's removed as head of Gogol and forced on the run.
- Evil Counterpart: to Percy and with Gogol as the Evil vs. Evil counterpart of Division.
- Klingon Promotion: Kills Semak as part of a plan to take over Zetrov.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Unholy Matrimony: Is in a secret relationship with Amanda.
- Smug Snake
- The Starscream
- Wicked Cultured
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.
- Badass: Standard requirement for a cleaner. During his rampage, he took out at least half a dozen guards without even blinking.
- Chekhov's Gunman: became more important in season 2.
- Jumped at the Call: Robbie was very eager to become an agent.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Robbie suffered Sanity Slippage after being Passed-Over Promotion.
- Spanner in the Works: Robbie's rampage forced Michael to abort his mission to catch Nikita.
OversightA group of prominent Americans who were secretly funding Division.
- Five-Bad Band
- Hades/Adm. Bruce Winnick: The Leader
- Ares/Gen. Edward Adams: The Brute
- Midas/Jonathan Gaines: The Evil Genius (the money man)
- Chronos/Philip Ramsey: The Dragon (makes sure the White House is kept in the dark)
- Atlas/George Trenton: The Dark Chick (Only member with no known government ties)
- Gemini/Sen. Madeline Pierce: The Heart (Though almost no one listens to her)
- Horrible Judge of Character: They very badly misjudged Percy. They thought they could control him. His Black Boxes fouled that up.
- Nebulous Evil Organization
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming
- Token Minority: Atlas is the only African-American in the group.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Even after they are all killed.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
One Shot Characters
Played By: Jon GriesA reclusive technological expert, who helped Percy build his Black Boxes.
- Bald of Awesome
- Eccentric Mentor: To Birkhoff, briefly.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard
- Neck Snap: Percy breaks his neck after he teaches Birkhoff how to alter the programming of the Black Boxes.
- Techno Wizard
- 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 WintersThe only Guardian in the United States. She is stationed in a little Pennsylvania town.
- High-Heel–Face Turn: After falling in love.
- Karma Houdini: Dana was involved in Operation Sparrow the whole time. She already cut a deal with Percy to let her and her new family go.
- The Smurfette Principle: Dana is the only female Guardian.
"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 GeorgiaPrince 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 GeorgiaPrincess of Georgia who hires Division to have her husband killed.—-
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Tries to have Erik killed so she can take the throne.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Plays up the Disney Princess image.
KellyNikita's ex-partner who got imprisoned.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Character Death
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Kelly was the by the book agent while Nikita was the loose cannon.
- Evil Counterpart: To Alex. Nikita's callous treatment of her turned her bad.
- The Mole: She was working for Gogol.
"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.
- Neck Snap: Courtesy of Sean Pierce.
- No Name Given: Aside from who he is impersonating.
- Undying Loyalty: To Percy. It is not mutual.