The eldest child of Ben and Rachel Matheson. She sets out to find her uncle and rescue her brother after the latter is taken captive by the Monroe Republic. She is caring and determined, but her idealism often leads to her clashing with others.
Took a Level in Badass: She becomes a badass throughout the series, standing strong to the likes of Strausser and Neville.
Bathtub Scene: In, appropriately enough the episode "Sex and Drugs"
Break the Cutie: It starts with her father dying suddenly, and Danny getting kidnapped. She spends a long time trying to find him, going betrayal and losing Maggie...only for Danny to die when she finds him.
The Caretaker: Of Danny, hence why she's so set on getting him back.
The Conscience: You can almost see her dancing on Miles' shoulder, telling him to be a good boy.
Culture Blind: Granted, she's been purposefully kept sheltered for most of her life and their settlement is supposedly out of the way... but how does someone spend 15 years growing up in a post-Blackout world and still not fully grasp how things work there?
The Heart: She's usually in favour of taking the moral route, which puts her at odds with Miles and others.
Hope Bringer: Her actions lead to the slaves being freed in Episode 2, and La Résistance getting an advanced weapon. In another episode a ship full of conscripted recruits are freed because of her insistance on helping one of them.
Idiot Hero: To the point of irritating Miles a lot, though she is slowly getting better. This is lampshaded in season 2 when Miles acknowledges that he can't stop her from doing anything and instead pleads with her to "keep the stupid to the minimum".
In "Everyone Says 'I Love You'" she is able to track Aaron using his bootprints, making this the first time in the season and a half since the series premeired that Charlie has put her supposed top-level skill to use.
Innocent Blue Eyes: Her big blue eyes highlight her role as a naive newcomer to the savage world around her.
"That uncle you knew when you were little? Not dead. I just, I can't be him right now."
A former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant-turned-tavern owner, pursued by the Monroe Republic Militia. As Ben Matheson's brother, he is later revealed to be one of the founding fathers of the Monroe Republic, having established it with Sebastian Monroe after the collapse of the United States. He is also the former commanding general of it's militia, and is responsible for making them as brutally efficient as they are now. However, he later became disillusioned with the Republic, unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Monroe; and deserted, becoming dependent on alcohol over guilt of the Republic's atrocities against civilians. The militia now considers Miles a traitor, and seeks to capture him as well as the rest of the Matheson family.
The Atoner: Miles did some pretty brutal stuff and was probably more brutal than Monroe at first. He did some very bad things while trying to keep the Monroe Republic going and blames himself for what Monroe and the Republic have become. He also blames himself for not being able to kill Monroe years ago and thus allowing Monroe's reign to continue. He is trying to atone for all of this by helping Charlie rescue Danny and later by leading the rebellion against Monroe.
Jerkass Has a Point: Zig-Zagged. He often calls out Charlie for her attitude problems/questionable decisions. While these are generally accurate assessments from a viewer standpoint, no one in-story seems to agree with them.
That Man Is Dead: Says this in one episode in reference to his pre-catastrophe nicer self. Then at the end of the episode admits that he isn't dead, he just can't be him under the present circumstances.
The Matheson family matriarch presumed dead by her husband and children. She's actually been held captive by General Monroe for many years, who hopes she'll eventually break and tell him why the lights went out. When Charlie rescues Danny, Rachel is found and finally freed.
Actor Allusion: Elizabeth Mitchell and Zeljko Ivanek were married in Lost, and when they meet for the first time in the show, Horn asks if she remembers him.
Badass: In the present day, she's withstanding torture and being snarky with the Big Bad.
Took a Level in Badass: At the start of the blackout, when she shoots a man who tries to steal food and threatens Charlie. Later on, she murders Jaffe to save her own skin. In the midseason finale, she stabs Strausser through the heart!
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Defied. When Jaffe proves more useful and more cooperative than her, Monroe decides to use him instead, and have Rachel and Danny killed. She responds by killing Jaffe.
"Me? I was an insurance adjuster. Most of my job was figuring out whether the things people said lined up with the truth. Lucky for me it's a skill that never goes out of style."
A high-ranking and feared member of the Monroe Republic, he is tasked with bringing Ben Matheson to General Monroe. When his mission goes awry, he settles for Danny instead, hoping to appease Monroe and continue climbing the ranks. He is revealed to be the father of Jason, with whom he has a strained relationship. He has since had to defect to the Georgia Federation, but has been granted a similar rank to what he had in the Monroe Republic.
Because I'm Good at It: Implied to be the reason why he was personally assigned by Monroe to find the Matheson brothers.
Break the Cutie: "Soul Train" reveals Neville's origins as a kindly, mild-mannered family man who would go the extra mile for one of his clients. Then the blackout happens...
Break the Haughty: The events of the season one finale bring him to the height of power and then his ambition is quashed when Philadelphia and Atlanta are nuked and his wife is presumed dead. When season 2 starts, he is a shell of a man.
From Nobody to Nightmare: He was fired from his job on the day of blackout. While that wasn't the only thing that set him off, it was just the first spark.
Even Evil Has Standards: He takes care of and defends Jason who has been injured, remarking that he draws the line at leaving his only son to die helpless and alone.
when the representative of the US Government in Exile public claims to have 'incontrovertible proof' that the Monroe Republic and Georgia nuked each other, Neville is stirred from his despondency and appears to have found a new purpose in life in subverting the new government. He may yet pull off a full Heel-Face Turn as a result.
Knight Templar: Played with; Neville is very religious (possibly to the point of being The Fundamentalist) and sees his work for the Monroe Republic as part of a holy mission. Only his penchant for Pragmatic Villainy keeps him from landing completely in this trope.
"And the punchline was the Blackout. When the world went back to being one giant schoolyard, and the Billy Underwood’s are in charge and I am weak and afraid."
Formerly a rich executive at Google, Aaron is a teacher in a small post-blackout village and friend of Ben Matheson. When Ben entrusts him with certain knowledge, Aaron sets out with Charlie and Maggie to rescue Danny.
Informed Judaism: Refers to himself as 'an agnostic Jew from Minnesota' but other than that we see no other indicators of Jewish heritage. Justified in that the plot to this point has afforded few opportunities to delve into this aspect of Aaron's life, and that he placed the emphasis on agnostic.
Smart People Wear Glasses: Remarkably undamaged after fifteen years, too. In the "Sex and Drugs" flashbacks he is mostly without them so it's possible he got another pair later perhaps after he met Ben.
Cry for the Devil: It's not hard to sympathize with the backstory of someone who lost his entire family, clung to his best friend because he was the only person he had left in the world, got betrayed by him, and then clung to the hope of reuniting with him so that things could go back to the way they were. When Miles tells him they are not family and he means nothing to him, the anguish on Monroe's face is heartrending.
It gets even worse when we discover he began his Start of Darkness began shortly after both his wife and unborn child died, due to complications during the birth. The look on his face as he stumbles out of the tent they were in, with there blood on his hands, before breaking down to tears before Miles, is heart breaking to say the least.
Even Evil Has Standards: In a Big Damn Heroes moment for the villain, comes out of nowhere to rescue Charlie from a bar full of thugs in North Texas who have drugged her with the intent of gang-raping her, then nurses her back to health. This despite the fact that Charlie means to kill him at the first opportunity she gets.
Frozen Face: In the present, as the General, his expression rarely changes, creating an eerie, dull-eyed murderous mask. Flashbacks show he wasn't always this way.
Genre Savvy. In the second half of season 1 he tells Neville to kill Miles if he gets the chance knowing that having him brought in alive is a fools errand.
Joker Immunity: Miles has had at least three opportunities to kill Monroe (two of which we've seen onscreen) and Neville actually had him disarmed, handcuffed, and in custody in the season one finale—only to be rescued by Miles. In the second season Monroe survives a court-ordered lethal injection when Rachel pumps him full of barbituates to simulate death. Somehow the plot keeps coming up with reasons to keep Bass Monroe in the game.
Pragmatic Villainy: When an official from Texas is demanding proof that the Patriots do not intend to keep their end of a bargain, Bass kills the official, hoping to set up the Partiots and force Texas into a war with them.
Poisonous Friend: The Monroe Republic was based on Miles's ideas of how to survive post-Blackout. Monroe ended up adopting that vision as his own and when Miles was not willing to amp the brutality even further, Monroe took that extra step on his own. A lot of Monroe's anger at Miles stems from the fact that Miles did not appreciate his friend's 'help'.
This pops up again in season 2 when Monroe kills a Texan official in order to start a war between Texas and the Patriots since he sees it as a necessary action that Miles would be unwilling to take.
Sanity Slippage: While he seems to have it together for the early episodes, after Miles declares they are no longer family, the cracks really begin to show. It comes to a head when he executes Jeremy, one of the oldest (and only) friends he had left.
Semper Fi: He was a Marine sergeant before the Blackout.
Start of Darkness: Three years after the Blackout, the group of survivors led by Miles was running out of food. Miles suggested that they raid a neighboring camp and take what they need but Monroe vehemently refused. Then Monroe's wife and child died during childbirth and Monroe reached a Despair Event Horizon. He led the raid on the other camp and left no survivors.
Villainous Breakdown: Gets one in "Kashmir" when he learns that the "amplifier" Rachel was making is really a Time Bomb to make an assassination attempt against him. This marks the first time that he screams at someone on screen.
When Miles confronts him, and basically disowns ever being "family" to him, his debatable grip on sanity seems to snap for good.
We Used to Be Friends: With Miles, before Miles tried to assassinate him for Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: the precipitating incident is when Bass orders the rebel executed for bombing the cafe he was at, and orders that the rebel's family be taken and executed as well, just for being related to him.
When He Smiles: He may be a villain and rarely change expression, but as flashbacks and Miles' hallucination show, he can look absolutely radiant when he dares to be happy.
Lt. Jason Neville
"What'd I do wrong? I did everything you asked me too. I hurt people. Killed people. For you."
A soldier of the Monroe Republic, he first attempts to infiltrate Charlie's group but is quickly discovered by Miles. From then on, he pursues them with little success. He is later revealed to be Jason, the son of Tom and Julia Neville. He has a soft spot for Charlie and lacks the ruthless efficiency of his comrades.
The Mole: Follows Charlie's group to find Miles before being outed as Militia.
The Reveal: Revealed to be Neville's son in "Soul Train".
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Refuses to cooperate with his father in calling in the airstrike on the rebel base in Annapolis. Although Tom claims that Jason is only doing so because he's smitten with Charlie, this is only part of the reason why Jason was reluctant: he was seen earlier showing extreme reluctance to attack noncombatants with overwhelming firepower.
Papa Wolf: He gives Miles a very stern talking-to regarding Rachel. Later delivers a very blunt warning to the Patriot representative in Willoughby regarding harm to either Rachel or Miles, despite not exactly being a member of the Miles Matheson Fan Club.
An old flame of Miles and current member of the rebellion against the Monroe Republic. Miles convinces her to join Charlie's group, but her desire to strike at the Monroe Republic sometimes conflicts with the main goal of saving Danny.
Several people in "Sex and Drugs" refer to her as Latina, but those are probably all just educated guesses, as none of them know her personally. Alonso herself is of mixed Hispanic/Asian heritage.
Bass Monroe appears to have a dossier on her given that she's a known member of the resistance, so her ethnic background may be part of that. And Miles was in a relationship with her at one point, so of course he'd know. The others, not so much...
Dying Moment of Awesome: In the season one finale, they make it inside the Tower, but need to get down to level twelve. They set up a trap for the men guarding the way, but their leader spots the tripwire and motions everyone to step over it. Nora grabs a fire extinguisher, jumps out into the main hallway full of men with automatic guns, and hurtles the fire extinguisher down the hall to trip the wire and send the whole placeup in flames. Unfortunately, she takes a round to the liver for her trouble and soon bleeds out.
Dying Moment of Awesome: When Miles is knocked out during the chopper attack on the rebel HQ, Danny picks up the rocket launcher and takes out the helo with the power amplifier - but is accidentally killed when enemy fire from a falling chopper nearly cuts him in half.
Ill Boy: Having asthma in the post-apocalypse sucks.
The father of Charlie and Danny, husband of Rachel and boyfriend of Maggie Foster. He was part of the initial development team for the technology that caused the blackout. In the first episode, he is killed during a stand-off with the Monroe Republic.
Chew Toy: starting with his Death by Origin Story, we subsequently learn that Rachel was cheating on Ben with Miles even before they were married with a strong implication that Charlie at least is not Ben's daughter. Consistently portrayed as weaker-willed than Rachel, who left him high and dry with two young children (one of them very sickly) to care for. It is hard to find a single scene in the series where Ben is shown as anything other than a victim in one way or another. One hopes that Ben's subsequent relationship with Maggie worked out a lot better, as the poor man deserved some happiness in life!
Cuckold: See above. The relationship beteen Miles and Rachel started at least six years prior to the blackout.
Tragic Keepsake: She caries around her iPhone, despite it being nonfunctional for the past fifteen years, because it contains the only photos she has of her children back in England - even though she admits that it's highly likely her children are dead, and they probably barely remember her at all if they're still alive.
A member of Ben Matheson's original science team responsible for creating the technology that started the Blackout. She is found living alone and in hiding by Danny, before later being kidnapped by her old boss Randall Flynn. She has one of the pendants.
"Mrs Matheson, I'm sorry, but you need to choose which one of your children I'm going to kill."
Soft Spoken Sadist: Extremely polite and courteous to Rachel even as he goes about his business. His fatherly speech to the stable boy in "Sex and Drugs" (given while sharpening his knife) is one of the creepiest things seen in the series so far.
Tom Neville's beloved wife, Julia has stayed by her husband's side all the way through the post-blackout world. She now enjoys a position of some importance as the wife of a respected military man. However, she also harbours secret ambitions to elevate herself and her family further.
The Bus Came Back: Was not in Atlanta when the nuclear strike took place, and ended up a refugee until a marriage of convenience with a high-ranking Patriot official. She is now working with Neville again on the down-low to bring down the President.
Your Cheating Heart: Revealed by Jason while coming down from mind-control drugs administered by the Patriots:
Jason: "Dear sweet Julia...everyone knows Colonel Ross was banging her like a bass drum!"
Honest Advisor: Even up to the very end, he's completely honest with Monroe about both his loyalty and Monroe's questionable sanity.
It Gets Easier: First encountered about six months after the blackout, when he's being beaten and robbed (and soon to be killed) by a pair of bandits from whom Miles and Bass rescue him. By his last appearance, he's become Neville's replacement and Bass Monroe's most trusted advisor—and quite willing and able to kill for the Monroe Republic.
Never Found the Body:He's killed off-screen by a single gunshot in a room full of Mooks. On a show like this, that makes his death questionable.
A Monroe Republic captain who appears in the episodes "Children of Men", and "The Dark Tower". He is the youngest Monroe militia captain to date, and is not blindly obedient to Monroe. He ends up helping Tom Neville launch a successful coup in taking over the Monroe Republic.
Appearing in "Letter from Julia", "Soul Train", and "Ties That Bind", the colonel is the husband of Anita Faber, the father of Stephen Faber, and friends of the Nevilles. However, that friendship turns out to be limited, when Jason Neville ends up in terrible danger. The Nevilles use the information that Stephen is a Rebel to save Jason's life. This results in Stephen's death, and John being tortured because his loyalties are in doubt. The fate of the Faber family is not revealed.
The Assistant Secretary of the Department of Defense, he was the employer of Ben Matheson and his team. Since the blackout, he has kidnapped Grace Beaumont for an unknown purpose. He also has one of the pendants.
Suicide Mission: Deliberately done. His mission was to get the power back on and nuke the two most militarily troublesome successor governments to the USA. He seems to have carried his Well-Intentioned Extremist attitude to the logical end, and shot himself when it was clear Miles and Rachel could not possibly stop the nukes in time.
Mouth of Sauron: For the Patriots, especially since Justine has switched sides and...died.
Smug Snake: He's extremely pleased with himself whenever something goes his way.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Dr Horn, whom he dislikes. Horn wants to execute anyone in his way to find Aaron, but Truman has put some effort into crafting a good public image and doesn't want it ruined so suddenly.
Hot Teacher: She's the headmistress of the school in Willoughby.
Stuffed into the Fridge: She's killed by Horn, and stays dead because...well, why? The nanites brought Aaron back to life, but they only turn up after her death to kill Horn.
Token Romance: Other than setting the stage for the manifestation of Aaron's powers—and even then, not consciously by him the relationship between Cynthia and Aaron really doesn't connect to the larger plot. She mainly exists to be used as bait by the Patriots, but Aaron being the type of guy he is wouldn't let anyone come to harm on his account, relationship or not.
We Hardly Knew Ye: Despite being a major character for half a season, doesn't get much in the way of development.
Mama Bear: To her daughter; she killed a man who tried to hurt her.
Nice Girl: Priscilla is a pretty pleasant person all-round.
Put on a Bus: Aaron abandoned her when it became clear that his general uselessness would get her killed.
The Bus Came Back: Aaron encounters Priscilla again in the Plains Nation and is instrumental in saving her from a bounty hunter attempting to return her to the Monroe Republic, allowing as much reconciliation between Aaron and Priscilla as is realistically possible under the circumstances.
Fate Worse Than Death: She considers her life with Titus to be one; she's weak, bedridden, in pain and is just barely surviving because her husband forcefully gives her blood transfusions from innocent people.
Ill Girl: She's diabetic, which is a death sentence in the post-electricity world. Her husband finds ways to keep her alive, although she's not a fan of his methods.
Ambiguously Evil: On one hand, she seems to run a nice and stable place in Georgia. On the other hand, there are implications that she wouldn't mind using a small nuclear bomb and anthrax to win against Monroe.
Genre Savvy: In the first season finale, the minute she realizes that power has been restored worldwide is the minute she decides to break out every tank and plane Georgia has in an all-out assault on Philadelphia. Considering that the Monroe Republic wiped out half her troops with one drone strike, she clearly doesn't want to take any chances.
Nora Clayton's sister and a bounty hunter. She is revealed to be working for Strausser, so that she can lure Miles's team into a trap, as well as get Aaron's pendant. She is left to go back to Texas alone.
Bounty Hunter: Her job, although we never really see her in action.
Put on a Bus: To Texas. With Nora dead, it doesn't seem likely she'll turn up again.