Characters / Thunderbirds

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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.
  • Badass Family: Each one of the Tracys have a background specialising in the roles they play in a rescue.
  • 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.
  • Knight In Shining Armour: The moment they show up, most problems will be solved.
  • 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.
  • Science Hero: 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.

  • Badass Baritone: Peter Dyneley, his VA, had one by default.
  • Big Good: The founder and head of International Rescue.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": In "Brink of Disaster", Jeff does this to conman Warren Grafton when Grafton complains that the out-of-control monotrain is going too fast.
  • Broken Aesop: "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".
  • Cool Old Guy: He was in the USAF and was an astronaut before starting 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.
  • Gentleman Snarker: He has his moments. The Big "SHUT UP!" was pretty memorable.
  • 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.
  • Mission Control: He stays at HQ and commands the International Rescue teams.
  • Non-Action Guy: Due to being a Retired Badass, he works Mission Control.
  • 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.
  • Retired Badass: Worked as a colonel in the USAF and then became an astronaut who landed on the moon.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: The part he plays.
  • Team Dad: 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.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: In 'Move and you're Dead', Scott in Thunderbird 1 shot at the villains who were responsible for putting Alan and Grandma Tracy on a bridge with a bomb on it.
  • 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.
  • Colour Coded Characters: He has a light blue sash.
  • The Comically Serious: Being in the USAF has helped him keep a cool head, even in the more comedic moments, such as the ending of "Cry Wolf".
  • Cool Plane: 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.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: 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".
  • Mission Control: The field agent variety, as he has TB 1 scope out the Danger Zone.
  • Mr. Exposition: 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, 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.
  • The Generic Guy: He only serves as a space monitor and is pretty much a two-dimensional character, despite his Expansion Pack Past stating he is a professional astronomer who wrote textbooks and discovered a quasar.
  • 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 vengeance. 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.
  • Colour Coded Characters: His sash is a canary yellow.
  • Cool Plane: 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.)
  • Expansion Pack Past: 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 and the Monobrake.
  • Friend to All Children: In "Cry Wolf" he takes part in rescuing two kids in a mine.
  • Heroic Ambidexterity: He is shown painting with both his right and left hands.
  • Hidden Depths: Likes literature, painting and playing piano.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Second only to Gordon.

Gordon Tracy

Voiced by: David Graham

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

  • Colour Coded Characters: His sash is orange.
  • Cool Boat: Thunderbird 4 is a submarine that is decked out with multiple gadgets.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His "thing" was being a bit more mouthy than the other brothers.
  • Expansion Pack Past: 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 Stingray 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.
  • 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.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: 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.
  • 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. 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.

  • Colour Coded Characters: His sash is off-white.
  • Cool Ship: Thunderbird 3 is a SSTO rocket used for space missions.
  • 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.
  • Expansion Pack Past: 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.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: 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 risqué costumes.
  • How We Got Here: 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). 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Like John, it is more meaningful as he is actually an astronaut like his namesake. (Alan Shepherd)
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: All movies, both the puppet ones and (particularly) the live-action ones, focused on him.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: 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.

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

     The Tracy Island Crew 

Brains

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.
  • Mr. Exposition: As far as the scientific aspects of the series goes, Brains lends some context.

Kyrano

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: Unwillingly, as 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.

  • The Atoner: He was a master thief and a criminal in his past.
  • Battle Butler: He drives Fab 1, a pink future Rolls-Royce that will shoot you off the road.
  • 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.
  • Expansion Pack Past: He was a master thief before joining International Rescue.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: On his own he is very dramatic.
  • 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.
  • Master of Disguise: He can disguise himself perfectly, another reason why he is called "The Hood".
  • 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.
  • Psychic Link: To Kyrano, who he uses to gain information.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In Cry Wolf, he endangers children by luring them into a mine and causing its collapse.
  • 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 definitely 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


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