Characters: Terra Nova
This is a list of characters in Terra Nova.
open/close all folders
Played By: Jason O'Mara
- Berserk Button: Don't touch his kids. Or his wife.
- Cowboy Cop: Though oddly enough, Da Chief is still cowboy enough himself to rather appreciate it. Though as far as Terra Nova and Taylor is concerned, he's basically the -only- cop in town. Everyone else is technically part of the security force.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Prison, in this case.
- Happily Married
- Overprotective Dad: Jim has shown signs of this towards his daughter's dating life.
- Papa Wolf: Don't mess with his kids. Ever.
- A great example happens in the finale. Josh has gotten himself into trouble protecting Skye from Lucas, and is currently being beaten by Phoenix soldiers. Skye tells Jim. Cut to a few minutes later, where Jim brains Lucas with a cane and beats the crap out of every soldier that tries to restrain him. They had to hold him at gunpoint to end it.
- Rags to Riches: Sort of. Jim goes from being an escape convict in the first episode to pretty much Taylor's right hand man and at one point temporary Commanding Officer of Terra Nova.
- Troll: Though he clearly doesn't have a problem with Reynolds dating his daughter, he seems to enjoy messing with Reynolds since he's always so serious.
Played By: Shelley Conn
- Absurdly Youthful Mother
- Ambiguously Brown
- Guile Heroine
- Hospital Hottie
- Hot Scientist: Though she dresses reasonably, is married, and has children.
- Mama Bear: Up until the season finale, she's simply an amazing mother, a brilliant scientist and an incredibly-gifted doctor. But when her son and husband are captured and tortured, she takes merely thirty seconds to out-badass almost every other character to appear in the first season. And how.
Played By: Landon Liboiron
- Distracted by the Sexy: Generally, if Skye is going somewhere or doing something, you can bet he's easily persuaded into going along.
- The Load: More so in the pilot episode.
- Rebellious Spirit: Ranging from the Deadpan Snarker variety to occasional Jerkass.
- Too Dumb to Live
- Took a Level in Badass: In the season finale.
Played By: Naomi Scott
- Ambiguously Brown
- Book Worm
- Girl Next Door
- Girlish Pigtails: Shown in the season one premier, in order to make her seem older after the Time Skip.
- Hollywood Nerd: Of the Type 2 variety.
- Moment Killer
- Miss Exposition
Played By: Alana Mansour
Terra Nova Residents
Commander Nathaniel Taylor
Played By: Stephen Lang
- A Father To His Time-Travelling Community
- Asskicking Equals Authority
- Big Good
- Cool Old Guy
- Dark and Troubled Past: Mind Raped by Somalian and Russo-Chinese terrorists not the worst thing he went through before signing up for the Terra Nova project, and there are still lots of folks on the other side who are out for his blood. This includes his own son who has hated him ever since he failed to save his mother in Somalia when he was a teenager.
- Fingerless Gloves
- My Greatest Failure: Taylor couldn't save his wife in Somalia which to his son Lucas's hatred of him along with his Start of Darkness.
- Parental Substitute: to Skye.
- Reynolds as well. He's apparently been giving him dating advice.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Sometimes. Other times (as in the end of the murder mystery ep) he's more Screw the Rules, I Make Them!.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right
- Sympathetic Murder Backstory: Taylor killed his commanding officer when he arrived in alternate past earth to relieve him of command of the Terra Nova colony shortly after he learned the truth about the project. That those behind Terra Nova are trying to find out how to make the portal go both ways so they can exploit the resources on the Terra Nova side.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: It's becoming clearer as the series progresses that will do just about anything to protect his vision of Terra Nova's future. Including killing his friend and former commander. Although it was self defense. And they were trying to loot Terra Nova too so...
Played By: Allison Miller
- Action Girl
- High Heel-Face Turn
- I Have Your Wife: The Sixers are forcing her cooperation through exclusive access to the cure for her mother's condition.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: More recently, she's starting to help Josh find a way to bring his 2149-era girlfriend to Terra Nova.
- The Mole
- Ms. Fanservice
- Punch Clock Villain
Played By: Milo Hamada
Lieutenant Alicia Washington
Played By: Simone Kessell
- Action Girl
- Combat Medic: Who served in an enormous mess in Somalia before a nasty hit took her out of action. Still manages to kick loads of ass.
- Defiant to the End: She pretty much says "screw you" before Lucas killed her.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: Not that Taylor needs a super awesome sidekick ... but he damn well has one.
- Killed Off for Real
- Noodle Incident: Plenty between her and Taylor. Also somewhat justifies her low rank since it seems she's unwilling to outrank Taylor due to respect and camaraderie.
- The Lancer: To Commander Taylor.
- Subordinate Excuse: Strongly implied towards Taylor.
- Vasquez Always Dies
Played By: Dean Geyer
- Meet Cute: When first running into Maddy.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Though he's not an officer, he is excruciatingly, even old-fashionedly polite to Maddy and her parents when it comes to intimacy issues."I would like to declare my intentions toward your daughter."
- Satellite Love Interest: To Maddy. What exactly do we know about this guy?
- He did volunteer to take over guard duty for the Shannons' house when the pterodactyls were swarming the colony. He got knocked unconscious for his efforts, but he was certainly more competent at it than the three Shannon siblings at any rate.Jim (to Maddy): That's how you know a boy likes you.
- He did volunteer to take over guard duty for the Shannons' house when the pterodactyls were swarming the colony. He got knocked unconscious for his efforts, but he was certainly more competent at it than the three Shannon siblings at any rate.
Played By: Rod Hallett
- Deadpan Snarker
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Might come with his job of Chief Science Officer.
- Working with the Ex
Played By: Damien Garvey
- Affably Evil: Though he's more jerkass than evil.
- The Bartender
- Deadpan Snarker
- Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- The Mole: To a limited extent. He does business with the Sixers, but it's clear there's someone else in the camp that's actively betraying the colony.
- Noodle Incident: At least to anyone that isn't Boylan, Taylor, or Jim, why Taylor tolerates Boylan (and conversely, why Boylan is ultimately loyal to Terra Nova and will help Taylor). Ironically, said Noodle Incident is also seemingly responsible for his current state as Taylor had to bribe him to prevent him from being a good soldier and reporting Taylor's murder.
Played By: Christine Adams
- I Have Your Wife: Her backers in the future are holding her daughter in order to ensure her cooperation. Interestingly, this is a tactic that she herself is not above using.
- Kick the Dog: Blackmailing a Sixer child into spying for her by threatening to hurt her brother.
- Pet the Dog: When that falls through, however, she admits she was bluffing and lets the hostage rejoin his sister in the far more salubrious neighbourhood that is Terra Nova, no strings attached.
- Punch Clock Villain
- Rebel Leader
The Phoenix Group
- Antagonistic Offspring
- Bad Boss
- Big Bad
- Brother-Sister Incest: Okay, so Skye may not technically be blood-related, but Lucas takes her treatment of his father as a father-figure as being enough to make them brother and sister. And then proceeds to come on to her in an extremely creepy fashion.
- Made of Iron
- Man Behind the Man: The Sixers work for him by proxy.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason he hates his father so much is because he failed to save his mother in Somalia when he was fourteen years old. The finale reveals that they were captured by rebels and Taylor had to choose between them to decide who lived. He picked Lucas. Lucas not only believes he should have died, but that Taylor blames him for it.
- Large Ham
- Not Quite Dead: Skye shoots him twice in the chest. In the couple of minutes she and Taylor stop paying attention to him, he's vanished.
- Psychotic Man Child: Why is he so eager to help destroy mankind's last hope for survival? To spite his father, that's why.
- Psychotic Smirk: Often.
- Self-Made Orphan: He really wants to do this. Comes pretty close, too.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Skye considers trying to beat the ignition code for a vehicle out of Lucas, but believes he would enjoy it.
- Villainous Incest: Towards Skye. They're not actually related (Taylor is a father figure to her rather than her actual father), but he refers to her as a sister nonetheless. This doesn't stop him from constantly touching her affectionately flirting with her.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In the season finale, it was revealed that Somalia was, in Lucas' mind, simply the last straw in what had been a childhood/early adolescence where he was on the receiving in of his father's disappointment/disapproval. Considering what a total brat he is, one should take this with a grain of salt.