This is a list of characters in ''Series/TerraNova''.


[[folder: Shannon Family]]
!!Jim Shannon
->'''Played By:''' Jason O'Mara
* {{Badass}}
* BerserkButton: Don't touch his kids. Or his wife.
* CowboyCop: Though oddly enough, DaChief 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.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Prison, in this case.
* HappilyMarried
* OverprotectiveDad: Jim has shown signs of this towards his daughter's dating life.
* PapaWolf: Don't mess with his kids. Ever.
** A great example happens in the finale. [[spoiler: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.]]
* RagsToRiches: 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.

!!Elizabeth Shannon
->'''Played By:''' Shelley Conn
* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* {{Guile Hero}}ine
* HospitalHottie
* HotScientist: Though she dresses reasonably, is married, and has children.
* MamaBear: 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''.

!!Josh Shannon
->'''Played By:''' Landon Liboiron
* DistractedByTheSexy: Generally, if [[LoveInterest Skye]] is going somewhere or doing something, you can bet he's easily persuaded into going along.
* TheLoad: More so in the pilot episode.
* RebelliousSpirit: Ranging from the DeadpanSnarker variety to occasional {{Jerkass}}.
* TooDumbToLive
* TookALevelInBadass: In the season finale.

!!Maddy Shannon
->'''Played By:''' Naomi Scott
* {{Adorkable}}
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* BookWorm
* GirlNextDoor
* GirlishPigtails: Shown in the season one premier, in order to make her seem older after the TimeSkip.
* HollywoodNerd: Of the Type 2 variety.
* MomentKiller
* [[MrExposition Miss Exposition]]

!!Zoe Shannon
->'''Played By:''' Alana Mansour
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* GirlishPigtails
* TagalongKid

[[folder: Terra Nova Residents]]

!!Commander Nathaniel Taylor
->'''Played By:''' Creator/StephenLang
* [[AFatherToHisMen A Father To His Time-Travelling Community]]
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
** BadassGrandpa
** CommandingCoolness[=/=]ColonelBadass
* BigGood
* CoolOldGuy
* DarkAndTroubledPast: {{Mind Rape}}d by Somalian and Russo-Chinese terrorists not the worst thing he went through before signing up for the Terra Nova project, [[spoiler: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]].
* FingerlessGloves
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:Taylor couldn't save his wife in Somalia which to his son Lucas's hatred of him along with his StartOfDarkness]].
* ParentalSubstitute: to Skye.
** Reynolds as well. He's apparently been giving him dating advice.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sometimes. Other times (as in the end of the murder mystery ep) he's more ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight
* [[spoiler: SympatheticMurderBackstory: 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.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: It's becoming clearer as the series progresses that will do just about anything to protect his vision of Terra Nova's future. [[spoiler: 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
* ActionGirl
* [[spoiler: HighHeelFaceTurn]]
* [[spoiler:IHaveYourWife: The Sixers are forcing her cooperation through exclusive access to the cure for her mother's condition.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: More recently, she's starting to help Josh find a way to bring his 2149-era girlfriend to Terra Nova.
* [[spoiler:TheMole]]
* MsFanservice
* [[spoiler: PunchClockVillain]]

->'''Played By:''' Milo Hamada
* FingerlessGloves
* PapaWolf: To his idiot kid, Tasha.

!!Lieutenant Alicia Washington
->'''Played By:''' Simone Kessell
* ActionGirl
* {{Badass}}
* CombatMedic: Who served in an enormous mess in Somalia before a nasty hit took her out of action. Still manages to kick loads of ass.
* [[spoiler: DefiantToTheEnd: She pretty much says "screw you" before Lucas killed her.]]
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Not that [[ColonelBadass Taylor]] needs a super awesome sidekick ... but he damn well has one.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* NoodleIncident: 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.
* TheLancer: To Commander Taylor.
* SubordinateExcuse: Strongly implied towards Taylor.
** YMMV. She and Taylor are very much like [[Literature/CiaphasCain Jurgen and Cain]]. Unless you'd say there was HoYay between those two ...
* [[spoiler:VasquezAlwaysDies]]

!!Mark Reynolds
->'''Played By:''' Dean Geyer
* MeetCute: When first running into Maddy.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: 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."
* SatelliteLoveInterest: 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): [[BrickJoke That's how you know a boy likes you.]]

!!Malcolm Wallace
->'''Played By:''' Rod Hallett
* DeadpanSnarker
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Might come with his job of Chief Science Officer.
* WorkingWithTheEx

!!Tom Boylan
->'''Played By:''' Damien Garvey
* AffablyEvil: Though he's more jerkass than evil.
* TheBartender
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Jerkass}}[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* [[spoiler:TheMole]]: [[spoiler: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.]]
* NoodleIncident: 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 NoodleIncident is also seemingly responsible for his current state as [[spoiler: Taylor had to bribe him to prevent him from being a good soldier and reporting Taylor's murder.]]


[[folder: Sixers]]

->'''Played By:''' Christine Adams
* AntiVillain
* [[spoiler:IHaveYourWife: Her backers in the future are holding her daughter in order to ensure her cooperation.]] Interestingly, this is a tactic that [[EvenEvilHasStandards she herself]] [[AvertedTrope is not above using]].
* KickTheDog: Blackmailing a Sixer child into spying for her by threatening to hurt her brother.
** PetTheDog: 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.
* [[spoiler: PunchClockVillain]]
* RebelLeader


[[folder:The Phoenix Group]]
!!Lucas Taylor
* AntagonisticOffspring
* BadBoss
* BigBad
* BrotherSisterIncest: 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.
* {{Jerkass}}
* MadeOfIron
* ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:The Sixers work for him by proxy.]]
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* LargeHam
* [[spoiler:NotQuiteDead]]: [[spoiler:Skye shoots him twice in the chest. In the couple of minutes she and Taylor stop paying attention to him, he's vanished.]]
* PsychoticManChild: [[spoiler: Why is he so eager to help destroy mankind's last hope for survival? To spite his father, that's why.]]
* PsychoticSmirk: Often.
* SelfMadeOrphan: He ''really'' wants to do this. Comes pretty close, too.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Skye considers trying to beat the ignition code for a vehicle out of Lucas, but believes he would enjoy it.
* VillainousIncest: 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.
* WellDoneSonGuy: [[spoiler: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.]]

* BigBadDuumvirate
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Shooting a Brachiosaur while it was having lunch. Unprovoked.
* {{Jerkass}}
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath]]: [[spoiler:Shoots a harmless dinosaur, gets eaten by a not-so-harmless dinosaur.]]
* SmugSnake