A 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.
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 wants 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.
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 gun.
No Name Given: She's just "Nikita" for the first season and a half. Then her surname is rather anticlimactically given away 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.
"You scare the crap outta me, but I love you anyway."
Played By: Shane West
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.
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.
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 Mostly US military issue, like the Beretta 92, SIG 226, M1911, M4A1 carbine, 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.
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.
The daughter of a Russian ogligarch, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. He brings the president to his knees and comes close to total world domination until he's finally, finally deposed in the season 2 finale. Nikita drops him down into the depths of Division, killing him.
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.
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.
"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, Birkhoff was brought on as Division's head technician. He remains loyal to Division despite his growing misgivings about the nature of the agency. He leaves Division before season 2, and somewhat reluctantly joins Nikita's cause. In season 4, it's revealed his real name is Lionel Peller, with his dad being the head of the NSA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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. She is revealed as a partner of Ari Tasarov.
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.
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.
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.He eventually proves to be a pretty good guy, and joins Nikita's cause. He also begins a relationship with Alex.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Our organisations have done nothing but support each other."
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. Nikita and Michael look for his help after Michael loses his arm and gets frustrated with his mechanical replacement. Heidecker is able to make one from Michael's DNA using carbon-fibre bone.His death marks the beginning of Nikita's crusade against his parent organisation, The Invisible Hand.
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, shortly before Percy's death, but becomes a prominent character towards the end of season 3 and throughout season 4.
Only in It for the Money: 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.
Played By: Jon Gries
A reclusive technological expert, who helped Percy build his Black Boxes.
The Mole/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 Watson
One of the leading members of Oversight and the mother of Sean Pierce.
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.In season 2 he takes on a role as Percy's greatest asset, until his death at the hands of Alex and Sean in the season 2 finale.
Badass: Arguably the most dangerous individual on a show teeming with them.
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.
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.
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.
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.