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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 Crew/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.
- Irony: Scott's background was in the USAF, while his namesake (Scott Carpenter) was an aquanaut. Gordon takes part in the underwater missions and spent a year commanding a deep-sea bathyscaphe. Gordon Cooper was in the USAF.
- Knight In Shining Armour: The moment they show up, most problems will be solved.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Runs in the family.
- Nice People: Some of the nicest.
- Theme Naming: All five Tracy brothers were named after members of the Mercury Seven, a famous crew of dashing American astronauts.
- Science Hero: They use science, awesome vehicles and gadgetry to save the day.
Jeff TracyVoiced by: Peter Dyneley (original), Guillermo Romano (Latin American Spanish dub, series), Salvador Delgado (Latin American Spanish dub, movie); Played by: Bill PaxtonEx-astronaut and wealthy philantropist. Patriarch of the Tracy family and founder and leader of International Rescue.
- Ace Pilot: Implied as he was a colonel in the USAF before becoming an astronaut.
- Adapted Out: Absent from the remake.
- A Father to His Men: Literally and figuratively. He is compassionate and fatherly not only to his actual sons, but to most people he meets.
- Bill Paxton actually became this during filming of the 2004 movie to the actors playing the other Tracys.
- 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.
- Cigar Chomper: Often seen with a cigar.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Jeff's design was based off of Lorne Greene.
- Cool Old Guy: He was in the USAF and was an astronaut before starting International Rescue.
- Expy: Of 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.
- Gentleman Snarker: He has his moments. The Big "SHUT UP!" was pretty memorable.
- Good Parents: He's a loving dad towards his sons.
- 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.
- Nice Guy: he's intelligent, kind and has a good sense of humour
- 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.
- Pragmatic Hero: One of Jeff's rules for International Rescue is that it focus on actually saving people and preventing disasters, instead of catching the criminals or terrorists who cause the problems. He does avert this on a couple of occasions, however.
- 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 TracyVoiced by: Shane Rimmer (original), Luis Bayardo (Latin American Spanish dub, series), Sergio Gutiérrez Coto (Latin American Spanish dub, movie); Played by: Philip WinchesterEldest 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.
- A Day in the Limelight: Gets plenty of screentime, but "The Uninvited" is completely his episode.
- The Ace: He was an Ace Pilot in the USAF.
- Ace Pilot: Scott was decorated for valour by the USAF.
- 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.
- Big Eater: Loves to help himself to some of Grandma's apple pie. He eats an entire pie by himself in "The Uninvited".
- 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.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: To an extent. His puppet's features were based off of Sean Connery.
- 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 Ship/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.
- Deadpan Snarker: "The things I do for International Rescue..."
- 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.
- Nice Guy: Scott is quite a friendly guy.
- Number Two: Jeff is the Big Good of the series, while Scott is the field commander. He plays this role somewhat to Alan when acting as co-pilot to Thunderbird 3.
John TracyVoiced by: Ray Barrett (series and Thunderbirds Are Go), Keith Alexander (Thunderbird 6), Jorge Lapuente (Latin American Spanish dub, series), Luis Alfonso Mendoza (Latin American Spanish dub, movie); Played by: Lex ShrapnelSecond 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.
- Expansion Pack Past: John is said to be the quietest and most intellectual of the brothers. Part of his background is his expertise in electronics and (fittingly) astronomy. Regarding the latter, he has written and published four textbooks and has also discovered the Tracy Quasar system.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: John's facial features are based on those of actor Charlton Heston and pop star Adam Faith.
- 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.
- Nice Guy: He's somewhat friendly.
- 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.
Virgil TracyVoiced by: David Holliday (Series 1), Jeremy Wilkin (Series 2 and movies), Miguel Córcega (Latin American Spanish dub, series), Josť Gilberto Vilchis (Latin American Spanish dub, movie); Played by: Dominic Colenso (2004 film)Third son of Jeff Tracy and pilot of Thunderbird 2. As such, he is often right in the heart of the action.
- Badass Baritone: Out of all the Tracy brothers, his voice is the deepest. As far as badass goes, he handles the heavy lifting.
- Bash Brothers: With Scott. More often than not, the two of them handle the rescue of the week together. They work well as a team and clearly have a strong bond.
- The Big Guy: Not so much his character, as his plane, Thunderbird 2, was the powerhouse of International Rescue. The remake took this trope and ran with it.
- Colour Coded Characters: His sash is a canary yellow.
- Comicbook Fantasy Casting: Virgil's facial features are based on those of actor Robert Reed.
- Cool Ship/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.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Somewhat regarding his ability to operate many of the pod vehicles, his background in several arts, and being an engineer.
- Manly Man and Sensitive Guy: Sensitive Guy to Scott's Manly Man. Scott is the straight talker with military training, while Virgil is soft-spoken and likes to play the piano.
- Nice Guy: Virgil shares a compassionate side of responsibility like his brothers, never placing technology above human needs, even if it means placing his own life in danger.
- Troll: He has Alan stand with his racing trophy for ages so he can do a painting, This is the result.
Gordon TracyVoiced by: David Graham (original), ? (Latin American Spanish dub, series), Yamil Atala (Latin American Spanish dub, movie); Played by: Ben TorgersenFourth son of Jeff Tracy and principal pilot of Thunderbird 4.
- A Day in the Limelight: Single-handedly saves not one but two Fireflashes in "Operation Crash-Dive".
- 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 however it is unknown if this is a shard universe) and commanded a deep sea self-propelled submersible and spent a year beneath the ocean investigating marine farming methods. (Similar to Scott's namesake) On another note, he was in a near lethal hydrofoil speedboat crash at over 400 knots. He also designs SCUBA equipment.
- 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.
- Made of Iron: Implied in his Expansion Pack Past where he survived a nasty hydrofoil speedboat crash at 400 knots.
- Nice Guy: Gordon is good-natured, high spirited, and possesses a strength and resilience that makes him a well respected member of the IR organisation.
- No Indoor Voice: Especially during "Day Of Disaster", when Brains needs him to be quiet. Helps that he is voiced by David Graham, who also voiced the Daleks.
- Real Award, Fictional Character: Gordon is an Olympic champion at the butterfly stroke.
- 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 TracyVoiced by: Matt Zimmerman (original), Miguel Córcega (Latin American Spanish dub, series), Aarón Díaz (Latin American Spanish dub, movie); Played by: Brady CorbetYoungest 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.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Move - And You're Dead" is his main one, but he got plenty of screentime as the series went on.
- Bishounen: He's exceptionally pretty, although he still has the Tracy jawline.
- Colour Coded Characters: His sash is off-white.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The reason he bears the most resemblance to Virgil is because his facial features are also based on Robert Reed.
- 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.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Alan isn't this trope for being the youngest of the Tracy brothers at Twenty-One. He happens to have a job coveted by most kids- being an astronaut. It helps that he was also a professional race car driver and a rock climber. He is also given a fair bit of spotlight despite his main Thunderbird not seeing much use. Despite being the more moody of the brothers, he avoids being The Scrappy sort of Kid-Appeal Character.
- Lovable Jock: He's the most sporty of the Tracy siblings,(race car driver, and rock climbing) and he's a nice guy.
- Meaningful Name: Like John, it is more meaningful as he is actually an astronaut like his namesake. (Alan Shepherd)
- Nice Guy: Alan is caring and deeply romantic and though the youngest of his brothers, displays a great maturity in his responsibly to the organisation.
- 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 TracyVoiced By: Christine Finn (original), Sylvia Gray (Latin American Spanish dub, series)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.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Move - And You're Dead", which was meant to be her introduction, but see below...
- Continuity Snarl: Played with. She was originally not going to appear until "Move - And You're Dead", episode 9 in production order. However, when the episodes were lengthened to an hour, she was added in the extra scenes shot for many of the previous episodes.
- Granny Classic
- Nice Girl: She's a kindly Grandmother.
- No Name Given: Everyone refers to her as either mother, grandma or Mrs. Tracy.
The Tracy Island Crew
BrainsVoiced by: David Graham (original), Pedro D'Aguillón Jr. (Latin American Spanish dub, movie); Played by: Anthony EdwardsThe Brains of the team. Designer and engineer of the Thunderbirds machines, as well as many other cool vehicles and revolutionary innovations.
- A Day in the Limelight: He plays the protagonist in "Desperate Intruder", which also develops his character. He also gets to save the day in "Sun Probe" and "Lord Parker's 'Oliday".
- The Atoner: In "Desperate Intruder", he wants to atone for endangering the mission by going after the treasure himself. Of course, this ends up causing more trouble.
- 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.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Brains' facial features are based on those of actor Anthony Perkins.
- Conveniently an Orphan: His parents died in a hurricane that hit Michigan.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He's the brains.
- Forehead of Doom: His puppet has a truly enormous forehead. Probably overlaps with My Brain Is Big.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Mr. Exposition: As far as the scientific aspects of the series goes, Brains lends some context.
- Nice Guy: Very well mannered and friendly.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Although engineering is his main forte, he is shown to be into chemistry in "Danger At Ocean Deep" and archaeoligy in "Desperate Intruder".
- Only Known by Their Nickname/Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep" : His real name is never mentioned in the series. Everybody just calls him Brains. He occasionally goes by the alias of "Hiram K. Hackenbacker", which the 2004 film used as his real name. In the 2015 series, his name is Hiram again.
- The Perfectionist: Brains is stated to never be fully satisfied with his work.
- Science Hero/Nerd Action Hero: In addition to his merits as a scientist, he is a competent rescuer in his own right.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: The only bespectacled member of the main cast, and by far the cleverest.
- Speech Impediment: Ah, ah, speaks with ah, ah, a bit of ah, ah, a s-s-stammer.
- Technobabble: Most of his "explanations" don't make much sense.
- Techno Wizard: He designed the Thunderbirds craft and all of the gadgets.
- The Smart Guy: He is an engineering genius.
KyranoVoiced by: David Graham (original), Fernando Rivas Salazar (Latin American Spanish dub, series); Played by: Bhasker PatelHousekeeper of Tracy Island. He once had his life saved by Jeff Tracy and is eternally grateful for the fact. He does his bet... but there's the downside of him being mindcontrolled occasionally spying on International Rescues on behalf of The Hood, his evil older brother. 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.
- Expansion Pack Past: He is an expert botanist and was developing synthetic food when he met Jeff.
- Extreme Doormat: He's incredibly servile and humble towards everyone else, although in "The Mighty Atom" he is seen to stand up for himself against Parker.
- I Owe You My Life: He and his daughter were saved by Jeff before the series starts, though we don't know exactly how.
- The Mole: Unwillingly, as Hood is his half-brother, and has psychic influence over him.
- Nice Guy: Though it gets to the point where he's a doormat.
- Weak-Willed: The Hood has the poor old guy in his power. Kyrano is utterly powerless to stop him, and not brave enough to tell Jeff or anyone else about this.
- Supreme Chef: He was head chef at the Paris Hilton once.
- Vague Age: His birth certificate was lost.
- Yes-Man: To Jeff Tracy. The man can do no wrong in his eyes.
- 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 KyranoVoiced by: Christine Finn (original), Amparo Garrido (Latin American Spanish dub, series), Sherlyn González (Latin American Spanish dub, movie); Played by: Vanessa HudgensKyrano's beautiful daughter, who has been taken under the wing of International Rescue and lives on Tracy Island. She's ostensibly Brain's assistant technician, although she performs many roles.
- Ace Pilot: In Thunderbird 6, she's doing some impressive stunt flying to mess with Parker.
- Brainy Brunette: She's dark haired and the assistant of Brains.
- The Chick: Very much plays the role of the caring one. She is always trying to calm and reassure everyone.
- Distressed Damsel: From day one. She's been one of the rescuees in no less than six episodes, plus "Thunderbird 6".
- Expansion Pack Past: She has degrees in higher mathematics, advanced technical theory, and engineering.
- 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 rescues Scott and Virgil from her uncle.
- It should be noted that she mostly works with Brains, and is fully capable too with her background in engineering.
- Good with Numbers: Tin-Tin has a degree in higher mathematics.
- Hidden Depths: Her educational background involves higher mathematics, advanced technical theory and engineering. She is also shown to be a pilot, SCUBA diver, and skiing (both the regular and water).
- Master of the Mixed Message: To Alan. They are often seen in loving embrace one moment, the next she sees another guy and forgets all about Alan.
- The Medic: Plays this role in "The Uninvited" nursing Scott back to health.
- Neutral Female: Although she is often involved with IR missions in some capacity, she mostly just hangs around.
- Nice Girl: She's very nice.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her relationship with Alan is rather ambiguous, and she often falls for other men.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female inhabitant of the island, save for Grandma Tracy.
Lady Penelope and Parker
Lady Penelope Creighton-WardVoiced by: Sylvia Anderson (original), Queta Lavat (Latin American Spanish dub, series), Itatí Cantoral (Latin American Spanish dub, movie); Played by: Sophia MylesLondon-based Agent of IR, 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.
- Action Girl: In the 2004 movie, at any rate; one of the few good elements in the eyes of fans.
- Badass in Distress: She's often a genuinely competent woman who gets captured by the bad guys.
- Big Brother Mentor: According to tie-in material for Captain Scarlet, she was one for Dianne Simms A.K.A Rhapsody Angel.
- Big Fancy House: Her mansion is impressive.
- Blue Blood: She comes from a line of aristocrats.
- Christmas Cake: Supplementary material usually give her age as late twenties or early thirties.
- 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.
- Drives Like Crazy: At first, as seen in "Vault Of Death". She gets better, as seen in "Brink Of Disaster".
- 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.
- Girly Bruiser: In the 2004 film; she beats the stuffing out of the Hood's lackeys while wielding a parasol.
- I Am Very British: The most British character in a British show mostly starring Fake Americans, Penny combines quite a lot of British stereotypes. She's a posh aristocrat with a cockney butler, lives in a stately home, keeps a Stiff Upper Lip at all times and loves her tea.
- Impoverished Patrician: Big Fancy House and jewellery collection notwithstanding, it is occasionally implied she's not particularly rich. She gives guests a tour of her home ("Trapped In The Sky") and calls on Jeff when someone needs financial help ("Brink Of Disaster", "The Duchess Assignment").
- Ink-Suit Actor: Her appearance was loosely based on Sylvia Andersons', although Sylvia holds she was oblivious to the fact at the time.
- Instant Costume Change: The 2004 film has her do this frequently, even when she logically shouldn't be able to; this was lampshaded by Jonathan Frakes on the DVD Commentary.
- Lady of Adventure: A lovely, plucky young woman who loves going on adventures.
- 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). The 2004 movie at least somewhat justifies her presence, as Alan, Tin-Tin and Fermat need her help against the Hood (with the other Tracys having been trapped aboard Thunderbird 5 by the Hood's missile) and in turn they head for London with her.
- Master of Disguise: When she is disguised as Wanda Lamour, even Parker doesn't recognise her.
- Nice Girl: One of the nicest secret agents you could ask for.
- Non-Idle Rich: Like Jeff, she poses as a Rich Idiot with No Day Job, but goes on plenty of adventures.
- Not So Stoic: Stays calm in the face of danger. Loses it in the presence of mice.
- Pretty in Mink: Has a full-length mink coat.
- Troll: In Vault of Death she deliberately drives FAB-1 in a manner that scares the hell out of Parker. (Granted the latter was up to something.)
- Spot of Tea: Even her icon on Scott's Mobile Command Center is a teapot.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Now we have a justification in "Alias Mr. Hackenbacker."
Aloysius "Nosey" ParkerVoiced by: David Graham (original), Juan José Hurtado (Latin American Spanish dub, series), Raúl de la Fuente (Latin American Spanish dub, movie); Played by: Ron CookLady 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.
- Butt-Monkey: He's occasionally a victim of slapstick, most notably in "The Cham-Cham".
- Catch-Phrase: Yes, m'lady.
- 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.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Vault Of Death", which details his past as a safecracker.
- Expansion Pack Past: He was a master thief before joining International Rescue.
- Gag Nose: He's among the most caricatured puppets in the show. Presumably, his schnoz earned him his nickname.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Try counting the number of times Penelope compliments his shooting.
- Lovable Rogue: Penelope is certainly charmed by his criminal past.
- Nice Guy: Putting aside his past, he's generally good natured.
- 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.
- Yes-Man: To Lady Penelope. Yes, m'lady is his Catch-Phrase, after all.
Voiced by: Ray Barrett (series and Thunderbirds Are Go), Gary Files (Thunderbird 6) , Gabriel Pingarrón (Latin American Spanish dub, movie); Played by Ben KingsleyA mysterious terrorist with Psychic Powers and a penchant 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.
- Adaptational Badass: The 2004 movie not only amped up his Psychic Powers, but also had him succeed in his goal to steal the Thunderbird craft, and he nearly dropped Alan into The Mole's spinning drill turbines. (Bonus points for IR actually being aware of his existence too.)
- 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".
- Bald of Evil: He's the only bald character ever to appear in the series.
- Big Bad: Except when a Bigger Bad hires him.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: His frowner head in particular has huge, bushy eyebrows.
- Card-Carrying Villain: From his appearance to his accent, from his villainous lair to his clothing. He seems to make an effort to look s evil as possible.
- The Chessmaster: He manipulates people using disguises, hypnosis and sabotage, mostly for the purpose of bringing out International Rescue.
- 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".
- Giant Hands of Doom: His puppet was given much bigger hands than any other, in order to make him look more powerful.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes glow yellow when he uses his psionic powers. (The 2004 movie has them glowing red instead.)
- 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.
- Laughably Evil: His moments of pure evil are offset with moments of comic relief. Although he is known to terrify children, his scenery chewing and Butt-Monkey antics make him less scary.
- 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.
- No Name Given: He's never addressed by any name in the series, not even "The Hood" (that's All There in the Manual).
- 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.
- Psycho for Hire: He's occasionally hired by some wealthy Evil Overlord.
- 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.
- Smug Snake: One damn smug and snooty villain, who rarely goes beyond Unknown Rival with the heroes and often uses his kindly and meek brother for his own purposes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Also averted in the 2004 movie, which has him telling the Tracys (trapped on Thunderbird 5) that he is The Hood- though he says it so casually it almost sounds like he came up with it on the spot- and he is quite visible.
- Subverted in one episode where his submarine gets into a direct shootout with Gordon in Thunderbird 4. Gordon wins and sinks the Hood's ship, although he doesn't realize who the Hood is.
- 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.
Recurring and one-off characters
Commander NormanVoiced by: Peter DyneleyCommander Norman is the director of London International Airport. He has been present for several rescues effected by International Rescue, including their first ever mission.
Captain HansonVoiced by: David GrahamThe pilot of the Fireflash during her maiden voyage. He's among the many people rescued by International Rescue that day, and later returns the favor buy helping them investigate the Fireflash sabotage. Appears in "Trapped in the Sky" and "Operation Crash-Dive", and has a few cameos.
- I Owe You My Life: The reason he helps Scott pilot Fireflash in "Operation Crash-Dive".
Eddie KerrVoiced by: Matt ZimmermanA journalist who appears in "City of Fire", "The Mighty Atom" and "The Impostors".
Sir Jeremy HodgeVoiced by: Peter DyneleyA British scientist and International Recue agent who has helped set up the organization in the past. Appears in "The Perils of Penelope".
Light-Fingered FredVoiced by: David GrahamParker's old cell mate and fellow bankrobber. Appears in "Vault of Death".
LilVoiced by: Sylvia AndersonThe cook who works for Lady Penelope. Appears in "Vault of Death".
- One-Scene Wonder: Her scene Vault of Death, her interaction with Parker is pretty memorable. Other than that she only makes two cameo roles.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Parker.
General XVoiced by: Matt ZimmermanAn unseen Evil Overlord who hires The Hood in "Martian Invasion".
- Bigger Bad: He lets The Hood do his bidding.
- The Voice: His face remains unseen. He's behind a veil when talking to The Hood.
Warren GraftonVoiced by: David GrahamThe corrupt CEO of a railway company, who appears as both the villain and the rescue victim in "Brink of Disaster".
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He organizes theft and embezzlement to fund his corporation and has zero regard for human life.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He's a Corrupt Corporate Executive who wears glasses.
- The Pollyanna: When Jeff points out all the flaws in his scheme, he brushes it off with a "You worry too much". Even after everything he's been working for has blown up in his face, he's still confident he can stay out of jail. When he's in jail, he still believes his railway will be a succes.
- Tempting Fate: He seems to make an effort to prove nothing can go wrong by making his railway system as unsafe as possible.
The Erdman Gang
- Mad Bomber: They were going to bomb a nuclear facility in order to destroy England.
- Karma Houdini: While the members who were about to bomb a nuclear facility are killed at the climax, it is left up in the air as to what happened to the man who made Tom Prescott bomb his own building.
- Red Scare: The leader seems to have a Russian accent.
- Western Terrorists: Three of the members seem to come from America.
Eddie HousemanVoiced by: Ray BarrettThe co-owner of a road construction company and an old flame of Tin Tin's. Appears in "End of the Road".
- Married to the Job: He constantly talks about his road. To Tin Tin. Who lives on a tropical island. He puts his life on the line to save his road.
- Honor Before Reason: He goes ahead and clears the mountain himself despite the heavy weather, in order not to let his company down.
- The Rival: He's a rival to Alan for Tin Tin's affections. Naturally, Alan isn't too thrilled about having to recue him.
Doctor GodberVoiced by: Ray Barrett
- Bad Boss: He shoots his henchman for attempting to stop the train from killing Lady Penelope.
- Greed: He wants Professor Borender's formula for money.
- Monster of the Week: Only appears in the episode "The Perils Of Penelope" where he was the main antagonist.
Ned CookVoiced by: Matt Zimmerman (original series), Justin T. Lee (Thunderbirds 1965)A stubborn journalist and TV show host who would do anything for a good story. Appears in "Terror in New York City" and again in "The Abominable Snowman".
- Going for the Big Scoop: He's very single-minded in his pursuit of good stories. He risks his life and even tries do defy International Rescue for it.
- I Owe You My Life: Dedicates his first TV appearance after his rescue to International Rescue.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a jerk towards Scott at first, when he refuses to hand over his tape of Thunderbird One. After his rescue, he is firmly on IR's side.
Jeremiah TuttleVoiced by: Peter DyneleyAn American International Rescue agent and good friend of Jeff Tracy.
The Duchess of RoystonVoiced by: Ray BarrettA friend of Penelope's who has fallen on hard financial times due to her gambling problem. Appears in "The Duchess Assignment".
- Beehive Hairdo: And purple, to boot.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Both Sylvia Anderson and Christine Finn couldn't find a good voice for the character. Ray Barrett asked if he could have a go. Hilarity Ensued.
- The Gambling Addict: The cause of her misfortune.
- Large Ham: Both Barrett and the puppet makers went to town with this one.
- Static Character: After she's been rescued and her financial troubles are over, she goes right back to gambling.
CulpVoiced by: David Graham
- Beard of Evil
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He ends up getting eaten by the "alligators" that he turned into giant monsters at the climax of the episode.
- Monster of the Week: He only appears in "Attack Of The Alligators" where he was the villain.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: He lets out a high pitched scream when his boat is attacked by the alligators.
Francois LemaireVoiced by: Ray BarrettAn extremely camp French fashion designer who appears in "Alias Mr. Hackenbacker".
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his exccentricity, he's a fashion genius who discovered a revolutionary new fabric.
- Guyliner: He wears glittery green makeup around the eyes.
- Maurice Chevalier Accent: Part of is French Funny Foreigner schtick.
Wilson and LindseyWilson voiced by: Ray BarrettLindsey voiced by: Matt Zimmermann
- Adventurer Archaeologist
- Badass Beard: Wilson has one.
- Drives Like Crazy: Wilson, which causes them to lose their supplies when their trailer gets detached and explodes.
- Gold Fever: When Scott arrves in the pyramid, Lindsay, instead of accepting rescue, instead engages Scott in a gun fight since he honestly thinks Scott wants to steal the treasure he and Wilson just found. It could be partly because of the water he drank from the fountain earlier (although Wilson also drank it, and he keeps his cool).
- Perma-Stubble: Lindsay has one.
- Sanity Slippage: Lindsay goes crazy under the influence of the Gold Fever
- I Owe You My Life: They mention at the end of the episode that they are indebted to International Rescue.
OlsenVoiced by: David Graham
- Dragon-in-Chief: To the air force that were attacking the RTL 2.
- He Knows Too Much: He attempts to kill Lady Penelope, Tin-Tin and Parker when he finds out they are on to him.
- Kill It with Fire: Uses a blowtorch to cut the cable car wires.
- Monster of the Week: Only appears in "The Cham-Cham" where he was the villain.
- Wicked Cultured: He divides his time between playing the piano, writing delightful musical arrangements for superstars and sending evil killer jets after cargo planes.
Rick O'SheaVoiced by: Ray BarrettA mercurial pirate radio broadcaster who becomes the object of Tin Tin's affection in "Riccochet".
- Catch-Phrase: "Rick... *riccochet noise* O'Shea!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is obviously quite vain and acts pretty jerky towards his sound guy, but does care for him. He's also a pretty good sport about Alan punching his lights out.
- Lovable Coward: He's paralyzed with fear when Alan has to evacuate him out of his satellite. Alan has to snap him out of it... with his fist.
- The Rival: Alan sees him as a rival for Tin Tin's affection. So when the time comes to rescue O'Shea, Alan has no qualms about punching him in the face.
The Black Phantom
- Big Bad: Of Thunderbird 6.
- Character Death: According to Word of God, he is killed when Scott and Virgil blow up his base.
- Luke, I Might Be Your Father: On the commentary for Thunderbird 6, Sylvia Anderson refers to him as "Hood Jr." implying that he may be related to The Hood.
- The Man Behind the Man: To the Imposter!Captain Foster
Captain Foster (Imposter)
- Dragon-in-Chief: To The Black Phantom.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Imposter!Foster. He continues to be The Heavy long after Big Bad The Black Phantom has been killed.
- Faux Affably Evil: Imposter!Foster is perfectly personable and a very convincing airhost, joining his guests for dinner on several occasions. His charm gradually fades when his cover is blown, though.