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[[folder: The Tracys]]
!The Tracy Family in general
* AcePilot: 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.
* BadassCrew/BadassFamily: Each one of the Tracys have a background specialising in the roles they play in a rescue.
* ExpansionPackPast: According to WordOfGod, 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.
** MultipleChoicePast: As noted in ContinuitySnarl, most of the guides and expanded universe content concerning the team's past exploits contradict each other.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: All of them are excellent shots, but Virgil and Gordon stand out.
* KnightInShiningArmour: The moment they show up, most problems will be solved.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Runs in the family.
* ThemeNaming: All five Tracy brothers were named after members of the Mercury Seven, a famous crew of dashing American astronauts.
* ScienceHero: They are all equipped with gadgets provided by Brains.

!Jeff Tracy
Voiced by: Peter Dyneley

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

* AdaptedOut: Absent from the [[WesternAnimation/ThunderbirdsAreGo remake]].
%%* AFatherToHisMen
* BadassBaritone: Peter Dyneley, his VA, had one by default.
* BigGood: The founder and head of International Rescue.
* BigShutUp: In "Brink of Disaster", Jeff does this to conman Warren Grafton when Grafton complains that the out-of-control monotrain is going too fast.
* BrokenAesop: "Atlantic Inferno". Jeff leaves confident son Scott in charge of International Rescue - cue 'bad decisions', Jeff's ire, and an apparent Aesop of "being in charge is more difficult than it looks". However, Scott makes sensible decisions based on expert advice. Jeff unreasonably censures Scott without listening to the evidence, leaving Scott unable to function. The Aesop sadly becomes "adults are always right, even when they are wrong".
%%* CigarChomper
* CoolOldGuy: He was in the USAF and was an astronaut before starting International Rescue.
%%* {{Expy}}: of [[{{Series/Bonanza}} Ben Cartwright]]
* {{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.
* GentlemanSnarker: He has his moments. The BigShutUp was pretty memorable.
* TheIdealist: Played straight. Jeff Tracy made his incredibly ambitious ideal of a global rescue organization come true by virtue of his wealth and Brains' genius.
* MissionControl: He stays at HQ and commands the International Rescue teams.
* NonActionGuy: Due to being a RetiredBadass, he works MissionControl.
* OverprotectiveDad: 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.
* RetiredBadass: Worked as a colonel in the USAF and then became an astronaut who landed on the moon.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: The part he plays.
* TeamDad: Both literally and figuratively

!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.

* TheAce: He was an AcePilot in the USAF.
%%* AloofBigBrother
%%* BashBrothers: With Virgil. A literal example.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: In 'Move and you're Dead', Scott in Thunderbird 1 [[spoiler:shot at the villains who were responsible for putting Alan and Grandma Tracy on a bridge with a bomb on it.]]
* TheCaptain: While Dad is in overall charge, Scott takes the place of field leader.
* CaptainObvious: Occasionally. He is always first on the scene and has to bring his brothers up to speed, pointing out every obvious detail.
* ColourCodedCharacters: He has a light blue sash.
* TheComicallySerious: Being in the USAF has helped him keep a cool head, even in the more comedic moments, such as the ending of "Cry Wolf".
* CoolShip/CoolPlane: ''Thunderbird 1'', piloted by Scott, is a hypersonic aircraft that is reminiscent of the X-15 and the MiG 19 and 21, designed for getting to the crisis scene as fast as possible for information.
%%* {{Determinator}}
* IsThisThingStillOn: in "Cry Wolf", while Alan gives the two boys a tour around Tracy Island, he greatly brags about his own role in piloting ''Thunderbird 3'', and describes Scott (who always comes along as co-astronaut) as being merely his subordinate. Unfortunately for him, the intercom on the cart they are in is still on and Scott hears everything Alan says. However, he plays the game along and promptly starts addressing Alan as "sir".
%%* ManlyManAndSensitiveGuy: Manly Man to Virgil's Sensitive Guy.
* MissionControl: The field agent variety, as he has TB1 scope out the Danger Zone.
* MrExposition: He is the first at the Danger Zone, and has to assess the danger and figure out which equipment is needed. S

!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, [[TheUnfavorite but...]]

* ADayInTheLimelight: He gets into action in a grand total of one episode: ''Danger At Ocean Deep''. Even then, he didn't do much.
* TheGenericGuy: He only serves as a space monitor and is pretty much a two-dimensional character, despite his ExpansionPackPast stating he is a professional astronomer who wrote textbooks and discovered a quasar.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: 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.
* TheUnfavorite: Gerry Anderson hated this character with a vengeance. To what extent? He was initially unimpressed with the design of Thunderbird 5, but he approved it anyway so that John would [[KickedUpstairs be stuck in space]] for most of the series.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: 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.

%%* BashBrothers: With Scott
* TheBigGuy: Not so much his character, as his plane, Thunderbird 2, was the powerhouse of International Rescue.
* ColourCodedCharacters: His sash is a canary yellow.
* CoolShip/CoolPlane: ''Thunderbird 2'', piloted by Virgil, is a giant less-hypersonic-but-still-fast lifting-body transport for moving the gear that ''Thunderbird 1'' called for. (This one is unsurprisingly the most frequently seen of the lot, appearing in both (all right, all three) movies and all but one episode of the TV show.)
* ExpansionPackPast: He is a graduate of the Denver School of Advanced Technology. It gave him the experience and knowledge to become the pilot of Thunderbird 2 and its many complex auxiliary rescue vehicles, such as the Mole, the Firefly [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and the Monobrake]].
* FriendToAllChildren: In "Cry Wolf" he takes part in rescuing two kids in a mine.
* HeroicAmbidexterity: He is shown painting with both his right and left hands.
* HiddenDepths: Likes literature, painting and playing piano.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Second only to Gordon.
%%* ManlyManAndSensitiveGuy: Sensitive Guy to Scott's Manly Man.
%%* NiceGuy
* TheOtherDarrin: His VA was replaced after season one.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Virgil plays the theme song on a piano at the end of the pilot episode.
* {{Troll}}: He has Alan stand with his racing trophy for ages so he can do a painting, [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/thunderbirds/images/b/bc/Move777.png/revision/latest?cb=20150428225422 This is the result.]]

!Gordon Tracy
Voiced by: David Graham

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

* ColourCodedCharacters: His sash is orange.
* CoolBoat: Thunderbird 4 is a submarine that is decked out with multiple gadgets.
* DeadpanSnarker: His "thing" was being a bit more mouthy than the other brothers.
* ExpansionPackPast: Gordon used to be a Olympic champion at the butterfly stroke and served at this universe's version of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol (the main organisation from ''Series/{{Stingray|1964}}'' and commanded a deep sea self-propelled submersible and spent a year beneath the ocean investigating marine farming methods. On another note, he was in a near lethal hydrofoil speedboat crash at over 400 knots.
* FightMagnet: Gets into no less than three shootouts during the series.
* HotBlooded: 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.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Gordon was recognised as the best marksman on the team, though, and was often utilised when something needed aiming, eg. firing the cable from ''Thunderbird 2'' into the Zero X in the first movie.
* TalkingToHimself: 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.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: As the underwater craft and smallest Thunderbird, [=TB4=] was used only occasionally. He takes turns with Alan and Brains for backup on [=TB2=]. There was that time he fought a saboteur on board a supersonic airliner and had to make a quick fix with his bare hands.

!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.

%%* {{Bishounen}}
* ColourCodedCharacters: His sash is off-white.
* CoolShip: Thunderbird 3 is a SSTO rocket used for space missions.
* CrazyJealousGuy: 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.
* DoggedNiceGuy: 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.
* ExpansionPackPast: He was involved in an experimental rocket project,during this, there was a near-catastrophic accident, resulting in an unexpected disaster. Despite this accident, he went on several lunar missions. He was once a champion racecar driver and for sport, Alan enjoys rock climbing and running, as reinforced in his enthusiasm in exploring Tracy Island's more inaccessible parts, which is his constant source of adrenaline-inducing activity.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "The Perils of Penelope" Alan pouts that his brothers are "off to The Folies" without him, an establishment known in the past for its rather ''[[{{Fanservice}} risqué]]'' costumes.
* HowWeGotHere: The episode "Move - And You're Dead" begins with Alan and grandma stranded on a bridge with a bomb. While ''Thunderbirds 1'' and ''2'' are on their way to save them, Alan recalls how they got into this situation in the first place (which takes up most of the episodes time). [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because Jeff is asking him how he got there in full detail to keep him concentrating, so he doesn't fall unconscious from heat exhaustion and fall to his death, if not triggering the bomb's motion sensor.
%%* KidAppealCharacter
* MeaningfulName: Like John, it is more meaningful as he is actually an astronaut like his namesake. (Alan Shepherd)
* SpotlightStealingSquad: All movies, both the puppet ones and (particularly) the live-action ones, focused on him.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Suffers from this even more than Gordon, as [=TB3=] is the most rarely-seen Thunderbird. He gets compensation as he comes along with Virgil more often.

!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.

%%* GrannyClassic.
* NoNameGiven: Everyone refers to her as either mother, grandma or mrs. Tracy.


[[folder: The Tracy Island Crew]]
Voiced by: David Graham

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

* BadassBookworm: As the series progresses, he comes along with the brothers more often, and proves to be as competent and fearless as they are. [[spoiler: He eventually becomes the pilot of Thunderbird 6.]]
* ForeheadOfDoom: His puppet has a truly enormous forehead. Probably overlaps with MyBrainIsBig.
%%* GadgeteerGenius
* MrExposition: As far as the scientific aspects of the series goes, Brains lends some context.
%%* NerdActionHero
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname / EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep : His real name is never mentioned in the series. Everybody just calls him Brains.
%%* ScienceHero
%%* SmartPeopleWearGlasses
* SpeechImpediment: Ah, ah, speaks with ah, ah, a bit of ah, ah, a s-s-stammer.
%%* {{Technobabble}}
* TechnoWizard: He designed the Thunderbirds craft and all of the gadgets.
* TheSmartGuy: He is an engineering genius.

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 [[TheMole occasionally spying on International Rescues on behalf of The Hood]]. It is unclear whether he is entirely aware of this.

* TheButlerDidIt: although he does it under influence of The Hood, and probably doesn't even realize himself what's going on.
%%* ExtremeDoormat
%%* IOweYouMyLife
* TheMole: Unwillingly, as Hood is his half-brother, and has psychic influence over him.
%%* OldRetainer
%%* WeakWilled
%%* YesMan: To Jeff Tracy
* ZombieInfectee: 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.

%%* BrainyBrunette
%%* TheChick
%%* DistressedDamsel: From day one.
* FauxActionGirl: 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.
%%* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: To Alan.
%%* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female inhabitant of the island, save for Grandma Tracy.

[[folder: Lady Penelope and Parker]]

!Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward
Voiced by: Sylvia Anderson

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

%%* ActionGirl
* BigFancyHouse: Her mansion is impressive.
* BlueBlood: She comes from a line of Aristrocrats.
%%* ChristmasCake
* DependingOnTheWriter: Either a cool, collected badass who takes no shit from anyone, or a spoiled, pompous NeutralFemale who panics as soon as she fears she might get her hands dirty. Most episodes have her lean toward the first, fortunately.
%%* DrivesLikeCrazy: At first. She gets better.
* FashionModel: In both major incarnations she is a fashion-model. Thus she has a groovy 1960's fashion sense (right down to [[CoolCar 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.
%%* IAmVeryBritish
* InkSuitActor: Her appearance was loosely based on Sylvia Andersons', although Sylvia holds she was oblivious to the fact at the time.
%%* LadyOfAdventure
* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: 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)
%%* MasterOfDisguise
%%* NonIdleRich
* NotSoStoic: Stays calm in the face of danger. ''Loses it'' in the presence of [[EekAMouse mice]].
* PrettyInMink: Has a full-length mink coat.
%%* StiffUpperLip
%%* {{Socialite}}
%%* SpotOfTea
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Now we have a justification in "Alias Mr.Hackenbacker."

!Aloysius "Nosey" Parker
Voiced by: David Graham

Lady Penelope's Cockney BattleButler, 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.

* TheAtoner: He was a master thief and a criminal in his past.
* BattleButler: He drives Fab 1, a pink future Rolls-Royce that will shoot you off the road.
* ButtMonkey: He's occasionally a victim of slapstick, most notably in "The Cham-Cham".
* CoolOldGuy: 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.
* ExpansionPackPast: He was a master thief before joining International Rescue.
%%* GagNose
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Try counting the number of times Penelope compliments his shooting.
%%* LovableRogue
* PunchClockHero: 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. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* TheRat: Still has many connections with the underworld that come in handy.
* SatelliteCharacter: His character revolves entirely around Her Ladyship. He rarely has interactions with anyone else.
%%* YesMan: To Lady Penelope.

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

A mysterious terrorist with PsychicPowers 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.

* AllThereInTheManual: "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".
%%* BaldOfEvil:
* BigBad: Except when a BiggerBad hires him.
%%* BigOlEyebrows:
%%* CardCarryingVillain
%%* {{The Chessmaster}}
* EvilGloating: Although usually with no audience.
* EvilIsPetty: Nothing is beneath him, including endangering children to get to his enemies or smashing a mechanical camera-mouse because it took the wrong pictures.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Often when he's in disguise, such as in "The Mighty Atom".
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: 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!"
* TheHeavy: He is most certainly this in all episodes he's in.
* LargeHam: On his own he is very dramatic.
* LatexPerfection: 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.
%%* LaughablyEvil
* {{Leitmotif}}: He has his own sinister sounding theme music.
* MasterOfDisguise: He can disguise himself perfectly, another reason why he is called "The Hood".
* MrExposition: By way of his constant monologuing to himself.
* OutOfFocus: 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.
* PsychicLink: To Kyrano, who he uses to gain information.
* RedScare: Defied trope. With the UsefulNotes/ColdWar going on, the Andersons deliberately avoided making the main villain Russian, giving him an Oriental flavour instead.
%%* SmugSnake
* ThinkingOutLoud: ''Constantly''. This guy just ''won't'' shut up to himself. He peppers it up with [[EvilLaugh Evil Laughter]] and the occasional IncrediblyLamePun.
* {{Vile Villain Saccharine Show}}: Played with: In a generally light and optimistic show aimed at full families, 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.
* VillainsActHeroesReact: 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.
* WouldHurtAChild: In Cry Wolf, he endangers children by luring them into a mine and causing its collapse.
* UnknownRival: 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 definitely averted since in said comics The Hood directly confronts International Rescue multiple times.

[[folder: 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