Characters / NUMB3RS

Don Eppes (Rob Morrow)

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

Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz)

Larry Fleinhardt (Peter MacNicol)

  • Absent-Minded Professor
  • Berserk Button: Somewhat Downplayed; The episode "Atomic No.33" has the team deal with a cult; their regards to faith-healing and disregard to medicine and science makes him angry, albeit ina subdued manner. Still, this is probably one of the angriest we've seen him.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A very bright and valuable man; he even went into space once. However, he also sold his home out of not wanting to constrain himself and once had a diet of only white foods, among other quirks, such as staying in bathtubs for a long time.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander
  • The Gambling Addict: A former one, and his experience comes in handy when a prior colleague of his does the same scheme they did when they were younger — card-counting.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar
  • The Lancer: To Charlie.
  • Opposites Attract: Philosophical and dorky Larry is mutually attracted and has a relationship with practical and analytical profiler, Megan. Very much lampshaded how odd the couple are.
  • Parental Issues: Not to the extent of Megan, but he had problems with his father wanting him to become an artist.
  • The Professor
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
  • Smart People Play Chess
  • The Spock

Alan Eppes (Judd Hirsch)

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

Amita Ramanujan (Navi Rawat)

David Sinclair (Alimi Ballard)

Colby Granger (Dylan Bruno)

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

Megan Reeves (Diane Farr)

Liz Warner (Aya Sumika)

Nikki Betancourt (Sophina Brown)

Terry Lake (Sabrina Lloyd)

Ian Edgerton (Lou Diamond Phillips)

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

Robin Brooks (Michelle Nolden)