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
  • 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
  • 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

Jeff Tracy

Voiced by: Peter Dyneley

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

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.

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
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Red-Headed Hero
  • 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.

  • Bishounen
  • 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.
  • Kid-Appeal Character
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: All movies, both the puppet ones and 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.

     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.


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.

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.

     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.

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 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".
  • Bald of Evil
  • Big Bad: Except when a Bigger Bad hires him.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Card-Carrying Villain
  • The Chessmaster
  • 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.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Thunderbird 6.
  • Large Ham
  • 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
  • Tin-Tin, I may be your uncle
  • Leitmotif: He has his own sinister sounding theme music.
  • Master of Disguise
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child
  • 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