"Preparation will only take you so far. After that you got to take a few leaps of faith."
The younger brother of Lincoln Burrows and a successful structural engineer. When Lincoln is sentenced to death, Michael purposefully gets himself thrown in prison so he can carry out an elaborate break-out plan. After the break-out, Michael and Lincoln are tracked by the Company and try to expose the truth behind the conspiracy.
Abusive Parents: When Lincoln's in juvie, Michael is put in care of a very abusive man who keeps him locked up and beats him up until Aldo saves him.
Gambit Roulette: There's a lot of luck and chance involved in his plan to save his brother.
Guile Hero: Michael isn't the best fighter in the show, so he escapes situations using his wits. A good example would be when he outsmarts Sammy by tricking him into using Michael's escape tunnel in SONA. He'd rigged the tunnel to cave in.
"The innocent people in your life, you have to keep them innocent. If that means walking away from them, that's what you gotta do."
Played By: Dominic Purcell
"I've never given a damn about what people thought of me. Never. Last couple of days - got to admit, you know... Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth... Lincoln Burrows. I'm going to go down in history with these freaks. [pauses] Bitch of it all is - I didn't do it."
The older brother of Michael Scofield, Lincoln is a small-time thug who is wrongfully sentenced to death for the murder of the Vice President's brother. Michael breaks him out of prison, and from then on they work to expose the truth behind the conspiracy.
Deal with the Devil: In the second half of season 4, when he agrees to work for The Company in exchange for Michael getting surgery.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Debatable. Yes, his brother dies, but he eventually has to get over it, and in the end of the story he's living happily with Sofia, LJ, Sara and his nephew, so it sort of counts.
The Lancer: To Michael, particularly in seasons 2 and 4.
Meet Cute: He meets Sofia when he threatens her with a gun and steals Whistler's bird book from her. They end up together.
Near Death Experience: Halfway through the first season, he's strapped to the electric chair and was almost sentenced to death, but was saved at the last minute by the information Aldo delivers to the judge.
The Unfavorite: Christina]] directly states that Michael was the preferred son, due to being her actual biological son, and Lincoln being adopted. Word of God later confirmed this was a lie, but Christina's preference was still real.
Your Cheating Heart: His relationship with Veronica ended because he got Lisa pregnant, implying that he slept with Lisa while he was still dating Veronica.
"Welcome to Prisneyland, Fish."
Played By: Amaury Nolasco
"Didn't Fox River teach you anything man? 'Cause the same rules apply out here. It doesn't make a difference if you're guilty or innocent. It's who survives."
A petty thief and Michael's cellmate. Sucre is deeply devoted to his girlfriend Maricruz Delgado, and eventually joins the break-out crew so he can be with her.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Sucre goes through absolute hell. He's imprisoned, humiliated, beaten up, comes close to death a dozen times, watches close friends die and travels across the United States while chased by the FBI.
Yank the Dog's Chain: His constant attempts to be reunited with Maricruz are thwarted, time and time again.
Theodore ‘T-Bag’ Bagwell
"Don't be frightened. Teddy's home."
Played By: Robert Knepper
"I am not the animal you think you see before you. I am the laws of karma all come down wrong."
A vicious and highly intelligent white supremecist gang leader serving multiple life sentences. T-Bag manages to worm his way into the break-out team and serves his own purposes, frequently changing allegiances.
Affably Evil: Has to be the most likeable paedophile, serial killer, rapist, bigot on TV.
Interrupted Suicide: After failing to stop Michael escaping the county, and losing his job as a result, he heads home, with his shotgun tucked into his coat. He goes into his bedroom and prepares to kill himself, before his mother comes to the door and mentions the massive bounties on the Fox River Eight. *Cue Idea Bulb*
Wild Card: In season 2, after Geary betrays him. It lasts until Mahone hires him to find Haywire.
Alexander 'Alex' Mahone
"I don't want either of you. I JUST WANT MY LIFE BACK!"
Played By: William Fichtner
"There's one big difference between you and I, Michael. You just proved it. You can't kill. And that's what it's going to take to stop me because I don't have the same reservations. I can't. So whether it's today in Gila, or tomorrow in Albuquerque, or two months from now in Panama... I will get you. I don't have a choice."
A troubled FBI agent tasked with tracking down the Fox River Eight. He's secretly being blackmailed by the Company to kill the Fox River Eight, and is constantly looking for a way out.
Addiction Displacement: He replaces his medication with heroin in Sona, due to them being the next best thing. After a failed trial, he tries to quit and replaces his addiction by staring at a picture of his son provided by Lang every time he feels like he's losing it.
Functional Addict: In Season Two. Not so much when he's trapped in Sona during Season Three and turns to heroin.
Genius Bruiser: While his major attribute is being extremely intelligent, he's actually one of the, if not the best fighters in the series. He bests even Big Guy Lincoln and can effortlessly plow through entire squads of mooks if necessary. If it wasn't for his psychological issues and woobie status he'd be the biggest badass in the series by far.
"You think I give a damn about justice? I just want to do to them what they did to me."
Played By: Marshall Allman
Gretchen: "What's so funny?"
LJ: "You, thinking you can outsmart my uncle."
The son of Lincoln Burrows and Lisa Rix. He has a difficult relationship with his parents, but comes to realize the truth after being attacked by company agents.
A Man Is Not a Virgin: Played with. In season 2, Lincoln asks him when did he start noticing girls, and LJ replies that a couple of years ago, he was with the girl who lived next door and helped him with his homework. It's unknown if the relationship got sexual or not, and all LJ says is that "she certainly earned her money for the lessons".
Deadpan Snarker: Most prominently in season 1. He doesn't have time to snark anymore when he's on the run.
Driven to Suicide: Mahone is forced by the Company to kill all of the Fox River 8, and after C-Note is caught, Alex sends him a rope and tells him that if he commits suicide, he'd look after his family, otherwise Kacee would go back to jail and Dede to the foster system.
"You push anything into a corner too far and the claws will come out."
Played By: Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
"I'm just a soldier in this war, Lincoln, just like you."
A ruthless company agent blackmailing Lincoln and Michael to break James Whistler out of SONA. After numerous failures, the Company tries to have her killed only for her to escape and begin working against them.
Bi the Way: The way she leans on towards Sofia while commenting on how beautiful she was leaves little to the imagination. Also, when she's in prison, she seduces a female guard in exchange for a favor.
Heel-Face Turn: Sort of; she doesn't work for the company anymore, but she's not liked with the good guys either. So, she sort of just works for herself. Still, you have to admit she did some changing in the movie when she allows Sara to leave without her, turning herself in so that Sara isn't caught.
An infamous mobster who Michael needs to fund parts of the escape. He becomes something of a co-leader of the break-out team with Michael, but begins to lose the mob connections that made him valuable.
Absentee Actor: Had his throat slit by T-Bag and was in the hospital for six episodes because of Peter Stormare's obligations to shoot some weird Volkswagon commercials.
The Atoner: For a short while after he experiences an attack of guilt when his henchman inadvertently kills a young boy.
Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: Played with. He is a thief, but just a pickpocket. He's only in prison because he stole a baseball card that he thought was worthless, but was actually worth $300,000, slapping him with grand larceny.
Heel Face Door Slam: He finally grows a backbone to protect the rest of the Fox River Eight, and is promptly killed by Mahone.
"I had the honor of attending Mount Fort Military Academy, whose mission it is to ensure the greatness of this country and its future leadership, by encouraging patriotism, building a strong moral foundation, and providing a service of men committed to the values of honor and freedom of the country. But, first and foremost, they taught you this."
Face Death with Dignity: When he's confronted by the Scylla team, he reacts in a rather calm manner and accepts that he's going to die. He just wants a good showing at the last, trying to kill the team before he's gunned down.