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[[folder:Olivia Pope & Associates - Current Members]]

!!Olivia Pope [-(Creator/KerryWashington)-]
->''[[BadassBoast Some people have bark, some people have bite, I have both.]]''

The leader of Olivia Pope & Associates, and the central character of the series.
* TenMinuteRetirement: At the end of Season 3. She's back for good at the end of the first episode of Season 4.
%%* AloofDarkHairedGirl
%%* TheAtoner
%%* AwesomenessByAnalysis
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
%%* BlackBossLady
%%* TheChessmaster
%%* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler:Is a member of one. See the trope entry on the main page for details.]]
* DarkMistress: [[spoiler:Is a version of this for President Grant, what with her being his mistress and being a part of TheConspiracy to get him elected.]]
%%* {{Determinator}}
%%* {{Guile Hero}}ine
%%* GutFeeling
%%* {{The Hero}}ine
* HopeBringer: Basically called one by her dad, of all people.
---> '''Eli''': In the face of darkness, you drag everyone into the light. ...At least I like to think that is the point of ''you''.
* JerkassFacade: Despite having a cold appearance and unfeeling demeanor she actually harbors a softer caring side, especially with her employees, and is probably the most emotional person in the show. Even more so she is tough but sympathetic with her clients, and despite taking underhanded tactics herself to help most of them she usually pushes the people she works for to do the right thing, and never shies away from showing those that do her respect, even when it cost them their careers.
* KidWithTheLeash: Olivia is this to Huck, which he bluntly tells her in Season 3 [[spoiler: when he's apologizing for what happened with Quinn.]]
%%* KnightInSourArmor
* PoisonousFriend: [[spoiler:To Abby, when she made her believe David was a domestic abuser to break them up...and then comforted her afterwards.]]
%%* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem
%%* TheSocialExpert
* TheSpock: A strange example, as she is the heroine.
%%* StarCrossedLovers: With President Grant.
%%* SugarAndIcePersonality
* ThisIsUnforgivable: When [[spoiler: Abby says she holds her responsible for Harrison's death,]] Olivia ''loses it'' and gives her a blistering TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that culminates with Olivia stating this trope verbatim.
* VillainProtagonist: In all honesty, Olivia is actually this. She is the protagonist and she did [[spoiler: agree to have the election rigged so that Fitz would win and become President of the United States]]. By the end of season 2, it will all come back to haunt her.
* WomanInWhite

!!Quinn Perkins [[spoiler: AKA Lindsay Dwyer]] [-(Katie Lowes)-]
->''[[DareToBeBadass I want to be a gladiator in a suit.]]''

The newest addition to Olivia's team (and the one through whose eyes the series is introduced). Has a mysterious past which is gradually revealed throughout seasons one and two.

* ActionGirl: She's becoming one, [[spoiler: via her new gig as a spy.]]
* BadassBookworm: She's become quite the hacker via Huck sharing his skills with her. [[spoiler: Makes her quite useful to B6-13.]]
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
* ClassicalAntiHero: At first. [[spoiler: She TookALevelInBadass courtesy of joining B6-13.]]
* CorruptTheCutie: [[spoiler: To the point where she joins B6-13.]]
* DatingCatwoman: With Gideon.
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: To Charlie after her FaceHeelTurn.]]
* FaceMonsterTurn: From baby-faced newbie to [[spoiler: torture-obsessed spy]] in less than three seasons!
* FakeDefector: Maybe. [[spoiler: She deliberately let herself be seen on one of Huck's security cameras taking the Daniel Douglas file. Whether she's faking or just wants to keep OPA "in the loop" remains to be seen.]]
%%* GutFeeling
%%* TheHeart
* HeroWorshipper: Which almost leads to BrokenPedestal. As of Season 3, that pedestal is ''gone.''
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler: Her real name isn't Quinn, and she didn't exist in that identity until two years ago. Not only is her name falsified, but it's stated that agents from all corners of the US government have warrants for her real identity. As season two reveals: her real name is Lindsay Dwyer, she was framed for a bombing that killed seven people, and the conspiracy surrounding why stretches to not only Olivia, but the Supreme Court, the First Lady, the president's most trusted adviser, and the national security of the United States.]]
%%* HonorBeforeReason
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler: In "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" Huck ambushes her in her home and tells her "There's still a gladiator in you." And then he kisses her.]]
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: [[spoiler: Uses it in the Season Two finale when Huck freezes up. This may be one of the things that triggers Olivia to focus more on her employees, although it's not clear if she knows about it.]]
%%* MadBomber: Allegedly...
%%* TheMcCoy
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Briefly becomes this for B613 after a complicated series of events leads to her unknowingly murdering a watchman on video camera. However, Huck quickly finds her out. He apparently tortures her, but a series of flashbacks at the end of "YOLO" reveals that it's more complicated than that. It's not yet clear how this is going to play out.]]
** Turns out, [[spoiler: she didn't take Huck's torture well. She quits working with the team and finds new employment ''by joining B6-13 for real.'']]
%%* MysteriousPast
%%* NaiveNewcomer
%%* TheWatson: In the first season.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: [[spoiler: As of mid-Season 3, she and Olivia Pope and Associates.]]
%%* WideEyedIdealist
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: When she joined B6-13, she began a relationship with Charlie, only to end up being [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown caught with her pants down]] with Huck by Abby and Harrison. She later tells Charlie, who didn't take it well and responds by tanking whatever chances she had with Huck by telling her where Huck's family is.]]

!!Huck/[[spoiler:Diego Muñoz]] [-(Guillermo Diaz)-]
->''You took in a wild monster and you groomed me and petted me and trained me to sit at your feet, but that doesn't make me puppy, Liv. That just makes me a very loyal monster.''

A former marine and CIA official who now works as the technical support in Olivia's firm. He is extremely loyal to Olivia and, while his CIA training led him to enjoy hurting people (and made him very good at it), he tries to avoid doing so, and attends AA meetings to try to cope with this.
%%* AntiHero
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
%%* BunnyEarsLawyer
* ColdBloodedTorture:
** Just one of the many skills "the Agency" (presumably the CIA) taught him. The Agency also taught him to enjoy it, a fact which horrifies him.
** [[spoiler:Is the victim of it when he is thought to be the shooter that tried to kill the president. And we learn that he was kept in a dark hole for ''two months'' in order to make him forget about his wife and baby.]]
%%* TheCutie
* ExactWords: He tells Quinn he won't spill any more blood, so when [[spoiler:something needs to be done about treacherous Vice President Andrew Nichols, Huck induces a stroke and sends Nichols into a coma.]] However, no more than a few episodes later this promise seems to have been entirely forgotten, as [[spoiler:Huck slashes Susanne Thomas' throat purely to prevent her from talking, and Quinn helps him cover it up.]]
%%* GoodIsNotSoft
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler: Huck's dossier is apparently thicker than most spy novels, most of it is redacted, but he has CIA/espionage/military training as an assassin and Olivia trusts him to break a dictator's wife and children out of the embassy with only five minutes' leeway. He's also spent time homeless and suffering from PTSD, begging on the DC subway, which is when Olivia found him. He also falls for a woman he thinks is a fellow addict, but she turns out to be a spy and assassin like him.]]
* MadnessMantra : "Seven fifty two". [[spoiler:The hour at which he met his son again, while he was homeless in the metro.]]
%%* MysteriousPast
%%* TheQuietOne
* RetiredBadass: He does not want to hurt people anymore. This does not mean he does not still enjoy doing so.
* RetiredMonster: According to him, [[spoiler: especially considering B6-13 trained him to effectively and thoroughly torture people and very much enjoy it.]] He says as much to Olivia during a somewhat WhatTheHellHero speech that informs Olivia that she is his KidWithTheLeash.
---> '''Huck''': “No, ''you'' went too far.”
---> '''Olivia''': “Excuse me?”
---> '''Huck''': “You took in a wild monster, and you groomed me and petted me and trained me to sit at your feet. But that doesn’t make me a puppy, Liv, that just makes me a very loyal monster. So I didn't go too far, I went exactly as far as my leash allows. And you hold the leash."
* SecretSecretKeeper: In "Blown Away" he says to Olivia, "Do I tell you who to love? No! So don't tell me!" This strongly implies he knows about [[spoiler: Olivia and Fitz, and never told Olivia.]]
%%* ShellShockedVeteran
%%* TheSmartGuy
%%* TokenEvilTeammate

!!Marcus Walker [-(Cornelius Smith, Jr.)-]
->''That's how I gladiate.''
A neighborhood activist and former candidate for mayor of Washington DC. He joins OPA in Season 5, but is different from his fellow gladiators. He is not as beholden to Olivia as they are, and is willing to go "off script" when the need arises.

* MalcolmXerox: Starts out like this when he first appears in "The Lawn Chair," commenting on Olivia's Prada purse and how she got a white Republican elected president twice.
---> '''Marcus''': “Your black card's not getting validated today."
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Not entirely, but he's willing to get paid by OPA until they run out of money.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Toyed with. Like Harrison, he's young, black and charismatic. Unlike Harrison, he's not as willing to be shady to "slay dragons."
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dishes these out.


[[folder:OPA - Former Members]]
!! Abby Whelan [-(Darby Stanchfield)-]
->''I would gladly follow you over a cliff, but you gotta show up.''

Current White House Press Secretary, formerly an investigator for OPA and Olivia's NumberTwo. {{BetaCouple}}d with David Rosen.

%%* BrutalHonesty
%%* TheChick
%%* TheConfidant: to Olivia
* DatingCatwoman: In season two, she [[spoiler: sleeps with David Rosen mainly to distract him from his investigation into Pope and Associates. Then she starts falling for him - before Harrison fakes her into believing David is an abuser, triggering her into leaving him. The truth is revealed, but they do not reunite until season 3, becoming the show's BetaCouple.]]
* DomesticAbuse: The victim thereof, and what brings her to Olivia's attention (and eventually team).
%%* FieryRedhead
%%* {{Guile Hero}}ine
%%* TheHeart
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler: Abby likes Stephen, and was married to a famous U.S. politician until she ran away. Their marriage had a history of domestic abuse and he's still searching for her.]]
* {{Housewife}}: A dead ringer for [[Series/DesperateHousewives Bree van de Kamp]] before Olivia gets her out of her situation.
%%* TheKirk
%%* NotSoStoic
* TheResenter: "Seven Fifty-Two" reveals Abby is starting to resent Olivia for [[spoiler: the debt she owes her, regarding her divorce from Charles. Abby wonders if that debt cost her a chance to be genuinely happy with David.]]
* RousingSpeech: Gives a great one to Olivia.
%%* SecretKeeper
%%* WomanInBlack

!!Harrison Wright [-(Columbus Short)-]

A lawyer who works for OPA and [[UndyingLoyalty Gladiator to the core]].

%%* AntiHero
%%* GuileHero
%%* GoodIsNotSoft
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler: Harrison was convicted of insider-trading. He was also involved with something called Clearwater.]]
* TheLancer: Becomes this to Olivia in Season 2.
%%* RagsToRiches
%%* TheSmartGuy
%%* TeamDad
* UndyingLoyalty: To Olivia, no questions asked.

!!Stephen Finch [-(Creator/HenryIanCusick)-]
A Scottish-born litigator who worked for Olivia during season one. Between seasons one and two he was PutOnABus.

%%* AntiHero
%%* TheAtoner
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:Returns in season four to save Olivia from her captors.]]
%%* TheCasanova
%%* TheCharmer
%%* GoodIsNotSoft
%%* GuileHero
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler: Stephen was a hotshot lawyer, then had a breakdown in the middle of a trial where he was defending a large company that had destroyed a few lives through their chemical manufacturing.]]
%%* TheLancer
* PutOnABus: Between seasons 1 and 2 he marries his fiance and moves to Boston.

[[folder:The White House]]

!! President Fitzgerald Grant [-(Creator/TonyGoldwyn)-]
->''You must really hate me for falling in love with you.''

The President of the United States of America and Olivia's lover. He is a popular president overall, in large part due to Olivia's work in his campaign and presidency. Currently serving his second term in office.

* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: His HeroicBSOD in the wake of his dead son included his attempt at this.]]
%%* {{Badass}}
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BigGood: When Olivia really needs help, he's there. Also, what he is to the American people.
* {{Determinator}}: Nothing can keep him from fulfilling his duties as President. [[spoiler: Not even being shot in the head and possible brain damage.]]
* GenreSavvy: Immediately figuring out that Mellie induced her pregnancy to manipulate him definitely counts.
* GreenEyedMonster: This comes out in "Hunting Season."
%%* GuileHero
* HeroicBSOD: Cannot function after the events of the Season 3 finale.
* HiddenDepths: He was involved in something called "Operation Remington" during the first Gulf War. The details are so redacted even Cyrus (the White House Chief of Staff) doesn't have access to it. [[spoiler: During his stint as a fighter pilot, Fitz was ordered to shoot down a passenger plane that was being used as part of a terrorist plot by Maya Pope.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Tries so hard to be this when everyone around him isn't.
%%* TheIdealist
%%* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* NiceToTheWaiter: According to Morris the guard.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: A few characters snark about how handsome he is. His opponent in the election called him a matinee idol.
%%* SlaveToPR
%%* StarCrossedLovers: With Olivia Pope.
%%* SympatheticAdulterer
* WhenHeSmiles: Is always attractive but when he smiles with Olivia his whole face changes.

!!Mellie Grant [-(Bellamy Young)-]
->''So cheers, baby. Drink up. I live to fight another day.''

The First Lady of the United States.

%%* AffablyEvil
%%* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* AmbitionIsEvil: She will do anything to stay in the White House and clearly has designs on building her own political career when Fitz's term ends.
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
* BrainyBrunette: When she says she is smart enough to run a war or the CIA, she might not be exaggerating.
%%* BrokenBird
* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler:Is a member of one. See the trope entry on the main page for details.]]
* DrowningMySorrows: Fairly common coping mechanism in Season 3, escalates to constant inebriation in the months after [[spoiler:Jerry's death.]]
%%* {{Guile Hero}}ine
* HeroAntagonist: She floats in and out of this role.
* StepfordSmiler: Mellie believes EVERYONE is a StepfordSmiler to one extent or another.
-->'''Mellie:''' Pretending is what's real.
-->'''Fitz:''' What?
-->'''Mellie:''' Every married couple alive pretends. They pretend they don't hate their in-laws or their husband's stupid jokes or their wife's laugh or that they don't actually love one of their children more than the others. Marriage is, well, it's almost all pretend. For everyone. That's the reality. That's what's real. Buying into the delusion that there's any other way to live together, to get through an entire life together, that's, well that's the fantasy. That's pretending.
-->'''Fitz''': Did I do this to you? Or have you always been like this? Because if it was me, [[TearJerker I'm sorry. I'm sorry.]]
* SympatheticAdulterer: Or not. She had chances with [[spoiler:Andrew Nichols, Fitz's former lieutenant governor,]] but turned him down.
** [[spoiler: Until she started having an affair with him, that is.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Once she finds out about Fitz and Olivia, she beings handing these out from time to time to her husband. [[spoiler: She hands out a blistering one in the first of Season 4, regarding her husband's attempted suicide in the wake of their murdered son.]]
%%* TroubledButCute

!!Cyrus Beene [-(Jeff Perry)-]
->''[[HeelRealization Were we ever people? Or did serving at the pleasure of the President just help us to shed our pesky skins and unmask us as the monsters we really are?]]''

President Grant's Chief of Staff.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: He sarcastically mentions sitting shiva for [[spoiler:Amanda Tanner]].
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:May be shaping up to be one of these, but it's still not entirely clear what his motivations are. Compared to Hollis Doyle, though, he's downright ''heroic''.]]
%%* TheChessmaster
%%* CoolOldGuy
* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler:Is a member of one. See the trope entry on the main page for details.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Cyrus proves [[KickTheDog time and time again]] that he will throw anyone under the bus to preserve the reputation of President Grant and the White House. However, [[spoiler: after being front and center to his fake fiance's homophobic parents' hatred of their own son, and learning of how they sent him to conversion therapy camps]], he simply can not do the same to him.
* GayConservative: And a ''married'' one at that.
* HappilyMarried: They have their problems, but Cyrus and James love each other.
** Pretty safe to say this is no longer the case by the time Season 3 roles around. Their marriage exists at this point pretty much ''only'' on the basis of career benefits and emotional blackmail.
* HeelRealization: Happens to him in "A Door Marked Exit." A little odd, given the other nasty stuff he's done.
* KillTheOnesYouLove: Cyrus orders [[spoiler: a hit on his husband to prevent him from testifying against him in regards to [[TheConspiracy Defiance.]]]] He calls it off at the very last second.
** [[spoiler: And now his husband is dead via Cyrus calling in a favor from B6-13. But Jame's death was unintentional this time.]]
%%* KnightInSourArmor
%%* ManipulativeBastard
%%* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: For all of "A Door Marked Exit."
%%* PoisonousFriend: To both Olivia and Fitz at times.
%%* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Cyrus gives these to Fitz pretty often when he gets into a sulky mood over Olivia or Mellie.
%%* StraightGay
* TraumaCongaLine: By "YOLO" and "A Door Marked Exit," it's clear the show is trying to break him as much as it's trying to break Olivia. He now seems to believe he is literally the devil. [[spoiler: having his husband cheat on him, then realizing he was indirectly responsible for murder can do that to a man.]]
** [[spoiler: And now his husband is dead, unintentionally via a favor that Cyrus himself called in.]]
%%* TreacherousAdvisor
* TrueCompanions: With Olivia and Fitz. At the end of the day he will be there for them.
* UndyingLoyalty: To President Grant. In "State of the Union," he Lampshades that his loyalty is to unhealthy extremes.

!!Vice President Andrew Nichols [-(Jon Tenney)-]
Fitz's former Lieutenant Governor and current Vice President of the United States

* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Courtesy of Huck.]]
* TheConspiracy: "Where the Sun Don't Shine" reveals he is part of one [[spoiler: to start a war in West Angola.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: He smugly tells Fitz that Olivia has been kidnapped.]]
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Except maybe not so ignored. [[spoiler: He's in love with Mellie, and she's aware of this.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:After Olivia is rescued, Huck does something to him that induces a stroke and causes him to go into a coma, invalidating the need for complicated legal procedures to depose him. It's unclear whether he will even recover.]]
* MillionairePlayboy: Has this image, although all the women he's dated are "age appropriate." He also never got married because [[spoiler: he's in love with Mellie.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Or so he seems at first. Later episodes reveal he's not.


[[folder:DC Professionals]]
!!David Rosen [-(Joshua Malina)-]
-->''Use your imagination. I'm wearing a ten-gallon white hat. Just for the record.''

Assistant U.S. attorney who has a friendly rivalry with Olivia. Becomes Attorney General in Season 4.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Judging by the name and the matzoh ball soup references.
%%* TheChessmaster
* DatingCatwoman: Starts seeing [[spoiler: Abby]] in season two. They become the show's BetaCouple in season three.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After Olivia effectively ruined him, causing him to have to resort to high school teaching, her office lends a hand and helps him get back up.
* TheDeterminator: [[spoiler:Cracking Olivia's 4-digit safe code to get the Defiance datacard took a while.]]
%%* HeroAntagonist: Becomes this in Season 2.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* SurvivorGuilt: Has this after [[spoiler: Jake kills James, Vanessa Chandler and Shelby right in front of him]]. Being forced to cover it up doesn't help matters.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Worried about this at times. He still has his conscience, as he says.
* VitriolicBestBuds: What he grows into with Olivia, though he's technically her boss.

!!James Novak [-(Dan Bucatinsky)-]
Cyrus Beene's journalist husband.

* CampGay: While an exceptional journalist, James is also quite fixated on the idea of having a "fat, smushy baby" and, in a flashback to the early days after Fitz's election, excuses himself to make wedding plans after he and Cyrus are newly engaged.
* DatingCatwoman: What counts more as a journalist's enemy than a politician behind a massive conspiracy and cover-up? Especially when he contemplates putting a hit out on you.
* HouseHusband: James quit his job some time before the series began because his husband promised him a baby. Unfortunately for Cyrus, he didn't [[IncrediblyLamePun deliver]], which led to James returning to his work.
* IntrepidReporter: Much to his husband Cyrus's annoyance at times.
* MistakenForCheating: While investigating [[spoiler: the vote-rigging Conspiracy]], the lies about his location and the frequent calls from [[spoiler: David Rosen]] make his husband think he's having an affair.
** [[spoiler: And then he actually does cheat on Cyrus season 3. With [[ArmoredClosetGay Sally Langston's husband]]. It's complicated.]]
* SympatheticAdulterer: When he realizes that his husband Cyrus [[spoiler: set him up to be an unwitting HoneyTrap for Sally Langston's husband]], he decides to actually go through with it [[spoiler: [[TheDogBitesBack and sleeps with him]]]]. Partially because he's learned how morally bankrupt his husband actually is and what he [[TheConspiracy has done]] and also because he cannot ''believe'' that Cyrus set him up like that.
* ReallyGetsAround: Before he dated his husband, James was (to quote his husband) "a bit of a slut". Which Cyrus found quite appealing.

!!Former Vice President Sally Langston [-(KateBurton)-]
The former Vice President of the United States, a religious conservative. She and President Grant had a tenuous relationship, since he mostly offered her the VP spot to appeal to the religious right while she mostly accepted for the sake of his endorsements in future endeavors. Cyrus and Olivia both dislike her. [[spoiler: Eventually split from the administration to run against Fitz.]]

%%* AmbitionIsEvil
* JerkassHasAPoint: Much of her dislike of the main characters stem from her not getting the Supreme Court Justice she wanted in favor of Verna Thornton.
* MissionFromGod: How she sees her political career.
* SamusIsAGirl: The fact she is a woman is a bit of a surprise after the way Cyrus described her in the episode before her first appearance.
* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler:Becomes this after finding out her husband is gay and cheating on her.]]
** [[spoiler:Well, technically she already knew he was gay. It was the cheating on her part - and the fact that it was with the husband of her main rival at the White House, no less, who's a reporter and could bring it up in an article if he chose - that really upset her. That and the fact that he implied in their final argument that she never would have gotten anywhere in her political career without him.]]

!!Billy Chambers [-(Matt Letscher)-]
Initially chief of staff to Vice President Sally Langston.

* BettyAndVeronica: Was teased as the Betty to Fritz's Veronica for Olivia ([[SoCoolItSAwesome as Archie, obviously, being Olivia...]]).
%%* EvilAllAlong
* HannibalLecture: [[spoiler: Gives a pretty [[EvilIsHammy spittle-soaked]] one to David Rosen in "White Hat's Back On".]]
* KickTheDog: A very subtle one when he mocks the agent guarding the door.
%%* KnightTemplar
* MaliciousSlander: [[spoiler: Something he's trying to instill]].
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
%%* SurroundedByIdiots
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: After roughly a season of not being seen, is revealed towards the end of season two to have been "Albatross", a mole that has been causing the Grant administration problems for most of the season.]]

!!Leo Bergen [-(Paul Adelstein)-]
Sally Langston's campaign manager

* AllJewsAreCheapskates: "Apparently, God's servant can't fly coach."
%%* DistaffCounterpart: To both Olivia and Cyrus.
* HeelFaceTurn: In Season 4, Leo deliberately tanks the senate campaign of Abby's ex-husband after learning Charles used to brutally beat Abby. At least part of his motivation is he is sweet on Abby.
%%* TheBusCameBack: In "Baby Made A Mess."

!!Gideon Wallace [-(Brendan Hines)-]
A reporter for the (fictional) tabloid newspaper ''The D.C. Sun'' who is investigating the Amanda Tanner scandal and begins dating Quinn Perkins.

%%* {{Adorkable}}
%%* DatingCatwoman
%%* HeKnowsTooMuch
%%* IntrepidReporter
%%* NiceGuy
%%* SacrificialLion

!!Amanda Tanner [-(Liza Weil)-]
A former White House intern who had an affair with President Grant [[spoiler:at the urging of Billy Chambers, whom she was dating and who hoped to use the resulting scandal to bring down the White House.]]

%%* HeroAntagonist: At first.
%%* InnocentBystander
%%* NotEvilJustMisunderstood
%%* SacrificialLion

!!Alissa [-(Creator/BrendaSong)-]
David Rosen's assistant.

* AsianAirhead: Almost, as she is apparently clever, but shallow...
%%* BrutalHonesty
%%* ConvictionByCounterfactualClue
* DeadpanSnarker: Surprisingly enough, considering some [[ValleyGirl other]] [[AsianAirhead tropes]] she's associated with.
-->'''David:''' Stop calling me 007. You're using it sarcastically.
%%* GirlFriday: For David.
%%* ValleyGirl

!!Justice Verna Thornton [-(Debra Mooney)-]

* ArmorPiercingQuestion - When [[spoiler: Olivia is berating her for hiring an assassin to kill the president, and implies that Verna did it to avoid implicating herself in the election rigging]], Verna throws her argument back in her face.
--> '''Verna''': "Then [[spoiler: turn me in.]] Go ahead. You're such a pillar of courage, go over to Justice and tell them [[spoiler: I shot the president.]]...except you ''can't'', can you?"
* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler:Is a member of one. See the trope entry on the main page for details.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: She was part of the election rigging that put Fitz in the presidency, because she legitimately believed in him.]]
** She also [[spoiler: hires an assassin to kill him to put the election rigging genie back in the proverbial bottle.]]

!!Hollis Doyle [-(Gregg Henry)-]
An oil man who made a major contribution to the Grant campaign and expects favours in return.

* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler:Is a member of one. See the trope entry on the main page for details.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[spoiler:Of the oil company variety.]]
* EvilVirtues: He will stand up when the President of the United States enters the room.
* {{Expy}}: Of J.R. Ewing. It is possible he thinks that is how Texas billionaires are supposed to act.
* NotMeThisTime: It turns out he didn't [[spoiler: hire Becky to shoot the president.]]
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: [[spoiler:He repeatedly refers to both Cyrus and his husband, James Novak, as each being the other's "wife". Cyrus is not amused.]]

!!Elizabeth "Lizzie Bear" North [-(Creator/PortiaDeRossi)-]
The head of the RNC.

* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler: Is part of one to start a war in West Angola for unknown reasons. It includes kidnapping Olivia to influence Fitz.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: After [[spoiler:her coup attempt with Andrew Nichols fails]], she seems to undergo this. Some of this is due to pressure from Huck and other sources, but she also genuinely seems to repent her actions. She becomes [[spoiler:Mellie Grant]]'s enthusiastic campaign advisor and takes over as [[spoiler:Chief of Staff at the end of season four.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: She was only known as "Lizzie Bear" until "Inside the Bubble."
* PowerHair: Bright blonde as well.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: PortiaDeRossi officially joined the main cast in Season Five.
* SlaveToPR: She has concerns where President Grant's second term is taking the Republican Party.
* SouthernBelle: Based on her accent.
* StrawmanPolitical: Slightly subverted. She wants Fitz to act like a "Real Republican," but doesn't seem too hamfisted about it. [[spoiler: Until we find out she's part of TheConspiracy to start a war in West Angola.]]
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Maybe. [[spoiler:She sent a sex worker named Michael to Cyrus as part of a plan to get him out of the way. When it fails, she uses her backup plan: kidnapping Olivia to influence Fitz.]]
* UnexpectedSuccessor: Takes over as [[spoiler:Chief of Staff after Cyrus is fired]] at the end of Season 4.


[[folder: B613 Affiliates]]
!!Jake Ballard [-(Scott Foley)-]
-->''[[TheDeterminator I'm a Navy man. Navy men do not give up.]]''

A naval officer who seems to be particularly close to the President, he is also introduced as a romantic interest of Olivia's in the latter half of the second season. Grant assigns him to spy on and protect Olivia from various threats.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Starts to feel them after taking over [[spoiler: B6-13]].
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: He monologues about this in "No Sun on the Horizon." It {{Jossed}} a fan-theory that he and Fitz are half-brothers.
* DeadlyEuphemism - He uses this to [[spoiler: ''threaten Olivia.'']]
---> '''Jake''': "[[spoiler: James Novak]] died in a car jacking. Accept that, and the world keeps spinning."
---> [[spoiler: '''Olivia''']]: "And if I don't?"
---> '''Jake''': "''Bad things happen to good people all the time.''"
* DoggedNiceGuy
** "Nice" doesn't really describe him anymore.
* HiddenDepths: He was involved in something called "Operation Remington" with Fitz Grant during the first Gulf War. At the start of the third season, Cyrus had to get his security clearance raised to read about it. It horrified him. [[spoiler: Fitz shot down a passenger plane as part of a terrorist plot by Maya Pope. Jake was presumably Fitz's co-pilot or wingman on the mission.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Olivia calls him as much [[spoiler: by comparing him to her father, who he inherited Command from.]]
%%* OldFriend: Of Fitz.
* SuperDickery: [[spoiler: "Honor Thy Father" was advertised as though Jake had pulled a FaceHeelTurn and was trying to prevent David's case against B613. In reality, he was actually trying to help, and it was David's assistant (a B613 agent) who was threatening the case.]]
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: Ponders this at certain times.
* YanksWithTanks: Was in the Navy with Fitz.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: [[spoiler: Takes Rowan/Eli's place as Command of B6-13.]]

!!"Control"/[[spoiler:Rowan Pope]] [-(Joe Morton)-]
Jake Ballard's current and Huck's former boss, he is also implied to be the head of the CIA's classified B613 program. His actual name was not given for much of the series. [[spoiler:However, the season two finale has Cyrus refer to him as "Roland" and reveals that he is Olivia Pope's father. Season Three gives him the nickname "Eli" and the complete name of "Rowan Pope". Not that this is a surprise, given B613 members tend to use assumed names.]]

* BigBad: [[spoiler: Of Season 4.]]
** BiggerBad: [[spoiler: Of Season 3, as its revealed he used Maya to further his own gains and get himself reappointed as Command.]]
* TheChainsOfCommanding: He gives a speech to Olivia about this, saying that the number of people he's responsible for ordering the deaths of weighs on him ''every day.''
--> "183. That is the number of people I am responsible for killing... I always suffered a bit with each one. The responsibility of ''that'' - the gravity of that, the ''weight'' of it - It marks me, it stains me, it never leaves me. ''I am responsible.''"
* TheChessmaster: Implied before, but proven as of Season 4 episode 8. [[spoiler: He ''utterly dismantles'' the protagonists' plans to take him down. Jake Ballard's files were replaced with blank pages and had been long before Jake even gave them to David Rosen. He also reveals that he knew Olivia was leading him into a trap ''the entire time,'' that the tactical team waiting outside to kill or capture him are already dead, and that the only reason he came to that restaurant was to give Olivia a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and to inform her that she is entirely on her own from this point forward.]] He then exits the restaurant, gets in his car and leaves, ''completely unmolested.''
* DeadlyEuphemism: He is quite fond of these.
---> "When I say the word 'fire,' I am employing a ''euphemism.''"
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Or at least not completely evil. It turns out at the end of "YOLO" that the case against Olivia's mother was not fabricated.]]
** EvilVersusEvil - Jake outright tells Olivia that just because [[spoiler: her mother was the true villain]] does ''not'' mean that [[spoiler: her father]] is good; he is still a bad guy, and is still the man who did horrible things to him and Huck.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Of season 4. Much of the season's first half is Jake, Fitz, and Olivia trying to bring him down, and he ultimately leaves during the mid-season finale after it becomes clear that Olivia is willing to kill him. The true BigBad turns out to be Andrew. At least, it seems that way at first. He is the BigBad of the last few episodes of season 4.]]
* FakeGuestStar: After his first episode, he appeared in an unbroken string of 25 episodes that included the ''entire third season''. In fact, disregarding one absence, the string lasted an additional eight episodes. For anyone keeping track at home, that's a better attendance record than several members of the main cast.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In the season 4 finale Rowan [[spoiler: basically wipes out B613 on his own, killing every agent who knew him by sight and torching every shred of evidence and gloats to Olivia that "Command is dead, I'm just Eli Pope now." Remembering the billions of dollars of the B613 account, Olivia arranges for her father to be arrested for long-term embezzlement of his "job" at the Smithsonian. When he snaps that he'll beat it no time, Olivia fires back his own words that he's no longer Command but just a simple man with no power and no one to help and leaves Eli to rot in jail.]]
%%* LargeHam
%%* LukeIAmYourFather: To Olivia.
* OhCrap: When he has this face at the end of "Paris is Burning," you know it is serious.
---> Jake: "The Lourve is on fire."
---> Rowan/Eli: "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lazarus One?]]"
---> Jake: "Looks like it."
---> Rowan/Eli: "And Nero fiddled while Rome burned."
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: At the end of "Paris is Burning." It might be the only time in the series he has looked frightened.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: He gives a vicious one to Fitz in "A Door Marked Exit," calling him a "boy" who never had to work for anything.
* TrueFinalBoss: [[spoiler: Of season 4.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: No matter what deplorable deeds he's done, he remains convinced that it's for the good of the Republic. [[spoiler:At least as far as Olivia's mother goes, he was right.]]
** And he legitimately believes his actions [[spoiler: and the actions of Jake Ballard by proxy]] do have a legitimate point.
---> "[[CrapsackWorld If there are no more white hats]], [[InherentInTheSystem if the deck is]] ''[[InherentInTheSystem always]]'' [[InherentInTheSystem stacked]], and if [[HumansAreBastards everyone you love is a monster]], there ''is'' in fact ''someone'' worth saving."
---> Olivia: "Who?"
---> "''Everyone.'' Everyone is worth saving. Even the monsters, even the demons, [[RousseauWasRight everyone is worth saving.]] In the face of darkness, you drag everyone into the light."
* YouHaveFailedMe: Not yet, but [[spoiler: when helping to sabotage Fitz and employ Sally Langston against him, he outright threatens Sally's political adviser with this, complete with DeadlyEuphemism]].
---> "If you fail me, then you are ''[[ImpliedDeathThreat fired.]]''"

!!Becky Flynn/[[spoiler:Kate]] [-(Susan Pourfar)-]

* ComplexityAddiction: [[spoiler: She was careful to set up Lindsay Dwyer as a suspect for the Cytron bombing. She could have set up Huck for shooting President Grant, but didn't.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler: when Huck turns against her, she responds by murdering every member of the family that Huck had taken a liking to, including their dog. And they would've had absolutely no idea ''why.'']]
* DistaffCounterpart: [[spoiler: Both she and Huck are professional killers, which she sees as making them perfect for each other.]]
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler: Formerly a member of B613 before going freelance. Set up the Cytron bombing for Hollis Doyle and shooting President Grant for Verna Thornton.]]
* NamesTheSame: {{Invoked}}. "Like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms."
%%* ShootTheDog: Literally, in her case.
* StalkingIsLove: First took a "professional curiosity" in Huck, which later turned to love the more she learned about him.

!!Charlie [-(Creator/GeorgeNewbern)-]
A former co-worker of Huck's in B6-13.

* BadassBoast: "I killed a king once. He had a crown and everything."
* EasilyForgiven: Rejoined B6-13 with little difficulty.
* EvilMentor: For [[spoiler: Quinn]] starting in "Icarus."
%%* PsychoForHire
%%* SweetTooth
* WeUsedToBeFriends: George Newbern says Huck was the closest thing to a friend Charlie ever had.

[[folder:And the Rest]]

!!Maya Pope [-(Khandi Alexander)-]

* AffablyEvil / FauxAffablyEvil: Can be quite charming with both the good guys and the bad guys. And she will flat-out murder you if she thinks you are disrespecting her.
* BoxedCrook: [[spoiler: Becomes this in season four after being "rescued" from Eli and held in a real prison.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: She has a genuine concern for Olivia's well-being. She sees UnfortunateImplications in how, politically speaking, Olivia is "the help." [[spoiler: In season four, she agrees to help David, Huck and Quinn in return for a television with basic cable, so she can see Olivia on various news shows.]]
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:She's alive, and has been kept in prison for 22 years.]]
** [[spoiler:Twice now! Once again presumed dead in-between three and four, only to be revealed to be alive, and kept in prison again by Eli.]]
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: She tells Adnan Salif, "I don't make bombs, I make money."
* TheUnfettered: According to Khandi Alexander, [[spoiler:Maya has become this after 22 years locked up by Eli.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: Will definitely become this.

!!Adnan Salif [-(Nazanin Boniadi)-]
Harrison's former boss

* TheDreaded: Harrison is utterly terrified of her.
* SamusIsAGirl: Mentioned a few times before being revealed as a woman. [[spoiler: And Harrison's former and current lover.]]