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     The Tracys 

The Tracy Family in general

  • Ace Pilot: All of them are aces at manning their own vehicles. They are skilled enough to fly each other's if need be, such as Alan piloting Thunderbird 1, Virgil piloting Thunderbird 3 and Scott piloting the Fireflash, a plane that isn't even part of the International Rescue fleet.
  • Expansion Pack Past: According to Word of God, they all have had impressive careers before forming International Rescue. Jeff was an astronaut, Scott was an air force pilot, Gordon was an olympic swimmer, Alan was a race car driver, etc.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: All of them are excellent shots, but Virgil and Gordon stand out.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Runs in the family.
  • Theme Naming: All five Tracy brothers were named after members of the Mercury Seven, a famous crew of dashing American astronauts.

Jeff Tracy

Voiced by: Peter Dyneley

Ex-astronaut and wealthy philantropist. Patriarch of the Tracy family and founder and leader of International Rescue.

  • Fiction500: Big time. All of International Rescue - the island, the vehicles, the world-wide spy network - was funded by his past exploits as an astronaut.
  • The Idealist: Played straight. Jeff Tracy made his incredibly ambitious ideal of a global rescue organization come true by virtue of his wealth and Brains' genius.
  • Overprotective Dad: A strange example for a man who routinely sends his kids into danger. Explored in Atlantic Inferno, when he goes on vacation and temporarily hands leadership over to Scott. Scott does well enough, but he can't stop himself from constantly worrying and meddling.

Scott Tracy

Voiced by: Shane Rimmer

Eldest son of Jeff Tracy and principal pilot of Thunderbird 1, a hyper-fast reconnaissance vehicle. With his moblie base, he oversees and leads many operations. He also co-pilots Thunderbird 3 together with Alan.

  • The Captain: While Dad is in overall charge, Scott takes the place of field leader.
  • Captain Obvious: Occasionally. He is always first on the scene and has to bring his brothers up to speed, pointing out every obvious detail.

John Tracy

Voiced by: Ray Barrett (series and Thunderbirds Are Go), Keith Alexander (Thunderbird 6)

Second son of Jeff Tracy and operator of Thunderbird 5. He ostensibly shares this duty with Alan, which would also make John a principal pilot of Thunderbird 3, but...

  • A Day in the Limelight: He gets into action in a grand total of one episode: Danger At Ocean Deep. Even then, he didn't do much.
  • Hero of Another Story: John claims he has been on "a dozen or so" rescues, despite Danger At Ocean Deep being the only episode in which we see him take part in one.
  • The Unfavorite: Gerry Anderson hated this character with a vengance. To what extent? He was initially unimpressed with the design of Thunderbird 5, but he approved it anyway so that John would be stuck in space for most of the series.
  • What Could Have Been: John was originally conceived to be the pilot of Thunderbird 2.

Virgil Tracy

Voiced by: David Holliday (Series 1), Jeremy Wilkin (Series 2 and movies)

Third son of Jeff Tracy and pilot of Thunderbird 2. As such, he is often right in the heart of the action.

  • The Big Guy: Not so much his character, as his plane, Thunderbird 2, was the powerhouse of International Rescue.

Gordon Tracy

Voiced by: David Graham

Fourth son of Jeff Tracy and principal pilot of Thunderbird 4.

  • Deadpan Snarker: His "thing" was being a bit more mouthy than the other brothers.
  • Fight Magnet: Gets into no less than three shootouts during the series.
  • Hot-Blooded: Usually lighthearted, he tends to get pretty exited in action compared to his brothers. For instance, when TB2 is grounded for repairs during an emergency, Gordon seriously proposes piloting TB4 on a trans-oceanic trip and the rest of the family have to gang up on him to make him realize that idea is dangerous and completely impractical.
  • Talking to Himself: While this was all over the place in the series, Gordon is the most obious example, as he basically sounds like Brains without the stammer. His VA, David Graham, also did Kyrano, Parker and many one-off characters.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: As the underwater craft and smallest Thunderbird, TB4 was used only occasionally. He takes turns with Alan and Brains for backup on TB2.

Alan Tracy

Voiced by: Matt Zimmerman

Youngest son of Jeff Tracy, principal pilot of Thunderbird 3, and all-round crewmember to the point of being a jack-of-all-trades. He often comes along in Thunderbird 2, flies Thunderbird 1 when Scott is unable to do so and shares duties with John monitoring Thunderbird 5.

  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Alan can be quite upset when Tin-Tin shows interest in another man. This is especially evident in "End of the Road" and "Ricochet". To add insult to injury, in both episodes Alan ends up having to rescue his rival.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He has a crush on Tin-Tin, especially evident in End Of The Road. The romance never really takes off, as the series had other things on its mind.

Grandma Tracy

Voiced By: Christine Finn

Mother of Jeff, grandmother of the five Tracy Brothers. She lives in her own house at first, but later in the series moves in with Jeff and the boys. Usually a background character.

  • No Name Given: Everyone refers to her as either mother, grandma or mrs. Tracy.

     The Tracy Island Crew 


Voiced by: David Graham

The Brains of the team. Designer and engineer of the Thunderbirds machines, as well as many other cool vehicles and revolutionary innovations.

  • Badass Bookworm: As the series progresses, he comes along with the brothers more often, and proves to be as competent and fearless as they are. He eventually becomes the pilot of Thunderbird 6.
  • Forehead of Doom: His puppet has a truly enormous forehead. Probably overlaps with My Brain Is Big.


Voiced by: David Graham

Housekeeper of Tracy Island. He once had his life saved by Jeff Tracy and is eternally grateful for the fact. He repays him by occasionally spying on International Rescues on behalf of The Hood. It is unclear whether he is entirely aware of this.

  • The Butler Did It: although he does it under influence of The Hood, and probably doesn't even realize himself what's going on.
  • The Mole: The Hood is his half-brother, and has psychic influence over him.
  • Zombie Infectee: He never cares to tell anyone about his connection to The Hood. As the series was cancelled, the plotline never got resolved.

Tin-Tin Kyrano

Voiced by: Christine Finn

Kyrano's beautiful daughter, who has been taken under the wing of International Rescue and lives on Tracy Island.

  • Faux Action Girl: She is a full-blown member of IR and even has a uniform (seen twice). Even then, she usually ends up in need of rescue. A notable exception occurs in one novel, in which she recues Scott and Virgil from her uncle.

     Lady Penelope and Parker 

Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward

Voiced by: Sylvia Anderson

London Agent, blue-blooded lady, owner of a fancy house and a fancier automobile and Ensemble Darkhorse, Lady Penelope is the heir of British aristocracy and International Rescue's go-to lady for espionage, intelligence and investigation.

  • Depending on the Writer: Either a cool, collected Badass who takes no shit from anyone, or a spoiled, pompous Neutral Female who panics as soon as she fears she might get her hands dirty. Most episodes have her lean toward the first, fortunately.
  • Fashion Model: In both major incarnations she is a fashion-model. Thus she has a groovy 1960's fashion sense (right down to her pink Rolls-Royce), as well as give her reason to pop up anywhere in the world whenever the Tracy family needs her assistance in a mission. She just happened to be attending a show or gala nearby.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Her appearance was loosely based on Sylvia Andersons', although Sylvia holds she was oblivious to the fact at the time.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: Is invariably called out to every mission, no matter where in the world, despite specifically being the London agent. See the episode The Imposters for a good example of this (although she did team up with IR's local agents in the area)

Aloysius "Nosey" Parker

Voiced by: David Graham

Lady Penelope's Cockney Battle Butler, Parker has quite the past as a burglar and serial bank robber. Lady Penelope saved him from a life of crime, leaving him utterly devoted to 'er Ladyship. His vast underworld connections sometimes come in handy.

  • British Accents: Speaks in a thick Cockney accent. Hilarity Ensues when he tries to sound posh.
  • Butt Monkey: He's occasionally a victim of slapstick, most notably in "The Cham-Cham".
  • Cool Old Guy: Despite his past, he is a faithful butler and a loyal agent of International Rescue. Not to mention the times where his vast underworld connections prove beneficial.
  • Punch Clock Hero: A few episodes establish that Parker's days as a burglar aren't quite behind him. Arguably the most prominent example is in "Vault Of Death". Upon hearing there was an problem at the bank, he believes it to be a robbery conducted by an old cellmate (when Parker was convict) nicknamed Light Fingered Fred. Parker is unwilling to foil the plans of whom he considers an old friend and attempts to divert Penelope and Lord Silton away from the bank. The actual emergency was that a member of staff, Lambert, was trapped in the vault with the air was being pumped out and the bank needed the one key that could open the vault. Even though he didn't know it, Parker's diversions could very nearly have cost Lambert his life.
  • The Rat: Still has many connections with the underworld that come in handy.
  • Satellite Character: His character revolves entirely around Her Ladyship. He rarely has interactions with anyone else.

     The Hood 
Voiced by: Ray Barrett (series and Thunderbirds Are Go), Gary Files (Thunderbird 6)

A mysterious terrorist with Psychic Powers and a perchant for masquerade who lives in a palace, deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia. He violently opposes International Rescue and will put everyone and everything in danger to steal their secret technologies. He often works alone, but has been known to sell his services to even greater and more mysterious powers.

  • All There in the Manual: "The Hood" is never mentioned as a name or alias for this character in-series. The only aliases he goes by in-series are "Mr. Stutt", "Agent 7-9" and "Black Phantom".
  • Evil Gloating: Although usually with no audience.
  • Evil Is Petty: Nothing is beneath him, including endangering children to get to his enemies or smashing a mechanical camera-mouse because it took the wrong pictures.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Often when he's in disguise, such as in "The Mighty Atom".
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes glow green when he uses his psionic powers.
  • Greed: The very first words in the series, as spoken by him:
    "International Rescue... If only I knew their secrets, I would be the wealthiest man in the world!"
  • The Heavy: He is most certainly this in all episodes he's in.
  • Latex Perfection: Disguises himself perfectly, using rubber masks. To his credit, it must be a lot easier to pass off as a convincing puppet than as a human this way.
  • Leitmotif: He has his own sinister sounding theme music.
  • Mr. Exposition: By way of his constant monologuing to himself.
  • Out of Focus: His appearances became fewer as the series progressed, to the point of him being absent altogether in the second season. He does show up in both movies, but his role in Thunderbird 6 is little more than a cameo.
  • Red Scare: Defied trope. With the Cold War going on, the Andersons deliberately avoided making the main villain Russian, giving him an Oriental flavour instead.
  • Thinking Out Loud: Constantly. This guy just won't shut up to himself. He peppers it up with Evil Laughter and the occasional Incredibly Lame Pun.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: In a generally light and optimistic show aimed at kids, he habitually causes disasters that could potentially kill hundreds or thousands of people should International Rescue fail, just to give himself opportunities for industrial espionage.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: Justified - International Rescue's whole concept is reacting to disasters, and he causes them so that he can be on the scene already to spy on them.
  • Unknown Rival: Most of the The Hood's schemes revolve around stealing all of International Rescue's secrets and selling them to the highest bidder. Conversely, International Rescue is barely aware of his existence, apart from a vague notion that they have "enemies". Though "Martian Invasion" brings the latter up for debate:
    Virgil: You know Scott, I've been wondering whether that "Stud" could be the agent that's been after our plans ever since we went into the rescue business.
    Scott: Yeah, I was wondering the same thing myself Virgil. Anyway, whatever disguise he wears...we'll get him. One day.
    • And if the tie-in comic books are canon, this trope is definately averted since in said comics The Hood directly confronts International Rescue multiple times.

     Commander Norman 

Commander Norman is the director of London International Airport. He has been present for several rescues effected by International Rescue, including their first ever mission.

Voiced by: Peter Dyneley