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Please note that this page covers all of the media in the franchise, not just the games, as all of it is officially part of the universe.

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[[folder: Main Characters]]

!Christopher "Maverick" Blair
This list is alphabetical, but it's appropriate that Blair be its first entry, as he is the PlayerCharacter for most of the franchise's entries and one of its most central figures overall. Heroic, earnest and [[HelloInsertNameHere originally nameless]], he was portrayed by Freddie Prinze Jr. in TheMovie, and by MarkHamill in the later games and the animated series.
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* TheAce: The most famous ace in Confederation history, responsible for ultimately ending the Kilrathi war.
* CallToAgriculture: Blair retired to become a farmer after ''Wing Commander III''. He wasn't much good at it, however, and couldn't turn down the call to return to active duty in the next game.
* ColonelBadass: In ''Wing Commander III'' and ''Wing Commander IV''.
* CustomUniform: In ''Wing Commander III'' and ''Wing Commander IV'', Blair has his last name on the name tag on his uniform, while all other pilots have their callsign on the name tag.
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler: In ''Wing Commander 4'' when he joins the Border worlds.]]
* DrowningMySorrows: in ''Wing Commander III'', after the death of [[spoiler:Vaquero]].
* EnsignNewbie: In the first game, as well as in ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy''.
* FourStarBadass: Upgraded from ColonelBadass to this in ''Prophecy'', where he even flies a mission on your wing [[spoiler:before getting captured by the Nephilim]].
* GotVolunteered: Spirit of all people does this during a rescue mission briefing.
* KnightInSourArmor: In the second game, he's fairly bitter about his career being ruined because no one believed him, but is still willing to take risks and defy orders to do the right thing.
* IHaveManyNames: Bluehair, [[CanonName Blair]], "[[MyGreatestFailure The Coward of the K'tithrak Mang]]," "[[WorthyOpponent The Heart of the Tiger]]," "[[TheHero The Savior of the Confederation]]," "[[LampshadeHanging The guy from Star Wars]]"...
* LeeroyJenkins: For someone whose callsign of "Maverick" is an IronicNickname, he's not always "by the book.:
** In ''Wing Commander II'', he disobeys orders to rescue Stingray and to attack the Kilrathi starbase at the end.
** From ''Wing Commander III'':
*** After failing to defend the ''Behemoth'', Prince Thrakhath appears and taunts Blair with a video of the violent death of his LoveInterest, and challenges him to a personal duel. The player can choose to ignore the challenge and land before the ''Victory'' jumps out of the system that Confed is abandoning, or accept the challenge and become TrappedBehindEnemyLines, even if he succeeds in killing Thrakhath.
*** When TheMole flees the ''Victory'' to spill Confed's plans to the Kilrathi, Blair can go out and give chase, but this indirectly leads to Vaquero's death. (As per the {{novelization}}, this is the canon path.)
* LegallyDead: In ''Prophecy'', Blair is lost when the Nephilim wormhole gate he's seeking to shut down collapses, leaving his fate uncertain. In the sequel ''Secret Ops'', background fiction for the game says that he was declared legally dead.
* MilitaryMaverick: "Maverick" is an IronicNickname, as WordOfGod claims he got his call sign as a sarcastic reference to his by-the-book flying style. However, on occasion he has fit the trope in a non-ironic sense.
* SecondLove: Angel is his first but [[spoiler: after her death]], he can take up with Angel or Rachel in ''Wing Commander 3.'' He, canonically, chooses to hook up with Rachel and they get married in the novels [[spoiler: but she leaves him before the events of ''Wing Commander 4'']]
* TragicMonster: Depending on when you defect from Confed, in ''Wing Commander IV''.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Maniac, eventually.
* YouAreInCommandNow: In ''Wing Commander IV'', Blair is given command of the ''Intrepid'' when Eisen departs for Earth. Subverted in the {{novelization}}, in that a Navy lieutenant is the one to actually give the exact commands to carry out Blair's orders, but is too junior to be made Captain himself. However, Blair was already the CAG by Wing Commander 3, and was shown to have some command-experience from ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy'' so he wasn't quite as ill-prepared for command as is typical for this trope.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: As a result of the limited color palette available to VGA displays of the time the first game came out, the PlayerCharacter was given blue hair. When the series went to [[FullMotionVideo FMV]], this resulted in the last name of the character becoming "Blair".

!Todd "Maniac" Marshall
One of the first wingmen you fly with in ''Wing Commander I''. He's Blair's rival from the Academy, scoring second in their graduating class, and is also something of a {{Foil}}, the [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]] to our Bluehair. Played by Tom Wilson in the later games and animated show, and Matthew Lillard in the movie.
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* TheAce: He's almost as good as his BoisterousBruiser ego says he is (while serving up a [[LargeHam large slice of ham]], particularly when Tom Wilson steps into the role in ''Wing Commander III''). Maniac has the 14th highest kill score in the entire Kilrathi War, behind Blair's 11th Place spot. All the other pilots in the Top 20 are dead. However, he's next to useless when you fly with him, almost never follows orders and runs away at the earliest opportunity. He's quite the match when he challenges Blair to a duel in ''Wing Commander IV'', though.
* BornLucky: How Maniac has managed to survive for so long, according to Blair. He goes on to tell Catscratch that "there's one on every ship, but only one".
* BoisterousBruiser: Especially in ''Prophecy'' where he doubles as a SergeantRock with a [[LargeHam big slice of ham in his jaws at all times]].
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler: Surprisingly, joins the Border Worlds against the Confederation. It's implied, albeit understated, that this is partially due to DudeWheresMyRespect.]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Points out, repeatedly, his accomplishments rival everyone but Blair's but he's only a Major. This is due to his attitude, glory-seeking, and disobedience of orders which would have gotten him kicked out if not for his achievements.
* GloryHound: Generally with realistic consequences.
* GuileHero: one of his most fabled exploits was in coming across two Kilrathi destroyers whilst flying a [[FragileSpeedster dinky little patrol fighter]]. Through judicious taunts and dazzling flying alone, he was able to convince the two ships to ''[[RammingAlwaysWorks smash into each other]]'', with all hands lost. The ''Claw Marks'' manual that came with the first game says it's suspected he just managed it out of pure dumb luck, and was sleeping while autopilot was flying his fighter.
* HiddenDepths:
** He's genuinely rattled by [[spoiler: Vagabound's]] death, and surprisingly points out that certain actions that you can take in ''Wing Commander IV'' might not be entirely moral.
** Similarly in ''Prophecy'' he is shown genuinely disturbed when several of his wingmen end up getting killed when they emulate his reckless style, and he voluntarily steps down from wing commander position.
* HotBlooded: "Ramming speed!!"
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He starts out as a plain-old {{Jerkass}}, but does slowly warm up in the later games, particularly once the series went to live action and Tom Wilson took over the role. However, it isn't until in the second half of ''Prophecy'' where he really developed his character by forging a friendly relationship with the protagonist after the latter became a more than competent pilot.
* LeeroyJenkins: He's uncontrollable in combat, and will charge a fully defended cruiser with all flack guns firing with ten bandits on his six and won't stop until they, or he, are dead. The only time he obeys any orders other than "break and attack" is in the final mission set of ''Wing Commander III''.
* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities: Maniac just can't seem to get and stay past Major. Mostly it's his own fault, though, thanks to his LeeroyJenkins behavior and general {{jerkass}}ishness.
* MajorlyAwesome: Mostly subverted. Maniac holds the rank of Major, but his {{Manchild}} tendencies and erratic flying have prevented him from advancing any further. Still, he ''is'' almost as good as his ego.
* MilitaryMaverick: He's a Film/DirtyHarry-style {{Deconstruction}}, with similar fatality rates among his wingmen and dazzled worshipers. He's so irresponsible he never keeps any promotions past Major. [[spoiler: This contributes to his defecting to the Border Worlds.]]
* RightBehindMe: Maniac falls for this in ''Wing Commander III'' in a discussion with Flint, going off at first Flash and then Blair, not realizing Blair is right behind him.
-->'''Maniac''': The Colonel is a spineless...\\
'''Blair''': I wouldn't finish that sentence if I were you, ''Major.''
* SmallNameBigEgo: Downplayed. His legend ''is'' real... but he certainly doesn't have a modest personality.
* SuicidalOverconfidence: He tends to get killed a lot for blindly charging at the enemy in the original game. Once he gets PlotArmor, this becomes a justified trope: he's ''just that good''. The problem, again, is that nobody else is.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Maniac is loathed by everyone in-universe and out but the writers.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Blair, eventually.
* WorthyOpponent: Maniac sees himself as this to Blair. To his credit, while he's obsessed with one-upping Blair, he absolutely insists that it must happen in a completely fair fight.

!Jeanette "Angel" Devereaux
Originally introduced as a studious, somewhat nerdy Francophone Belgian in the first game, Angel was promoted ahead of Blair, serving as his squadron commander when Blair is assigned to the ''Claw'' as per TheMovie. In between the second and third she serves under him in a different fashion. Played by Saffron Burrows in the movie, and Yolanda Jilot in ''Wing Commander III''.
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* CharacterDeath: She dies as soon as she's introduced in ''Wing Commander III'', although the player doesn't learn of her death until much later, and this sets up the last mission as being one for revenge.
* ColonelBadass: Her eventual rank.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Jazz gets an elbow to the face for trying to hold her hostage at gunpoint during the events of ''Wing Commander II'' and its add-ons, and even stands up to the Kilrathi when captured in ''Wing Commander III''.
* GratuitousFrench: Frequently in combat.
* IAmVeryBritish: In the movie.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Starting in ''Wing Commander II'', she goes from just another pilot to Blair's lover.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: in the second game.
* RightInFrontOfMe: From the movie: "I'm Commander Devereaux, Lieutenant. Your wing commander."
* ThatsAnOrder: She uses several versions of the trope phrase in the movie.

!Geoffrey Tolwyn
First introduced in ''Wing Commander II'' as a toxic combination of ObstructiveBureaucrat and InsaneAdmiral, Tolwyn appears to have something of a vendetta against Blair, believing wholeheartedly in the cowardist propaganda spread against him and resenting the need to take Blair aboard his flagship, the ''Concordia''. Then the third game rolled around and Creator/MalcolmMcDowell stepped into the role...
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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: He seeks to weed out humans who are not fit to fight through horrendous means and seeks dominance over the Border Worlds and the Kilrathi. Yep, [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler that sounds familiar]].
* BigBad: All of the attacks to which Blair is responding in ''IV'' are ultimately arranged by Tolwyn as part of a plot to manipulate the Confederation and the Union of Border Worlds into a conflict.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: In ''Wing Commander IV'', he orders the creation of a bioweapon designed to weed out "weak genetic stock".
* FallenHero: In his heydey, Tolwyn was undoubtedly one of the fleet's best pilots and commanders.
* FourStarBadass: In episode 6 of ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy'', he runs a blockade by playing chicken with a Kilrathi ship, and again in episode 8 he makes a [[WarriorPoet badass quote]] before climbing into a fighter himself.
* GeneralRipper: He was a Space Marshall for all of five minutes, above even admiral, where some of his actions at the lower rank included genetic profiling and eradication of anyone who did not fit his mold through bioweapons.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The near-destruction of humanity during the Kilrathi War led him to conclude that Humanity must evolve into a warrior race via the horrific culling of the weak and near-constant warfare.
* InsaneAdmiral: While it was less pronounced in ''II'' and ''III'', ''IV'' shows him clearly into this territory.
* JerkAss: So much that he makes you miss the days of being with Colonel Halcyon back in Tiger's Claw.
* KnightTemplar: Above all, he ultimately wants to save the human race. What [[InferredHolocaust he]] [[EvilutionaryBiologist will]] [[MoralEventHorizon to]] [[KillEmAll do]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath so]] make him almost as great a threat to humanity as the Kilrathi were. Almost.
* MilitaryMaverick: He is described as tactically brilliant but untrustworthy, too intent on fighting his own war to make a truly effective tool of Confed.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: In the novel ''Fleet Action'', when the [[CatFolk Kilrathi]] Baron Jugaka demanded humanity's surrender, Admiral Tolwyn said, "Direct your inquiry to President Quinson. I'm sure he will tell you to go perform a certain impossible anatomical act." When the baron specified he wanted the fleet's surrender, Tolwyn "replied with what he assumed the President would have said."
* TheSocialDarwinist: Becomes a Type 3 version of this in ''IV''.
* VeteranInstructor: Tolwyn is assigned to provide final training for the eponymous academy's students, in ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy'', due to his being ReassignedToAntarctica.
* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: Almost verbatim during the endgame of ''IV'' [[spoiler: when you choose the right dialogues.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: in ''Wing Commander IV'', albeit zigzagged between the game and the novelization. The game makes it clear that Tolwyn crossed the MoralEventHorizon, but the novel has characters wondering (after his death, to boot) if the ends didn't justify the means.

!Lance Casey
The new PlayerCharacter in ''Prophecy'' and an {{Expy}} to Blair, Casey is the son of a legendary ace from the Kilrathi war. Portrayed by Stephen Petrarca.
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* TheAce: Casey eventually becomes every bit as good as his father was, perhaps even better.
* DeadGuyJunior: The second coming of Iceman.
* EnsignNewbie: How he starts in Prophecy.
* RightBehindMe: He starts bad-mouthing Commodore Blair, who inevitably appears. After being made aware of Blair's presence, he goes into full "recruit greeting a senior officer" mode.
-->'''Casey''': "I must have heard ''everything'' about Blair." (lists off Blair's famous achievements, then pauses when he sees his audience stand at attention) "[[OhCrap Except that he was onboard]] the ''Midway''..." (muttered)
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: was the "someone" in this case. [[AllThereInTheManual The strategy guide]] gives the impression of a [[AltarTheSpeed hastily-arranged wedding]], which was just as well--Iceman still died before Lance was born.
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!Jason "Bear" Bondarevski
Originally appearing in an ExpansionPack to ''Wing Commander II'', Bondarevski was adopted by author William Forstchen as the main character of his ExpandedUniverse novels. Bear, like Blair, eventually reaches flag rank and helps to strike a number of devastating blows against the Kilrathi war machine.
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* AscendedExtra: He went from a character in a minor subplot in ''Wing Commander II'' to becoming a major character in the novels.
* ArtificialLimbs: The ''Wing Commander IV'' {{novelization}} states he lost an arm during the conclusion of the Kilrathi War, which was replaced with a cybernetic substitute. As noted below, later he's offered an UnusualUserInterface, but declines.
* RunningGag: His name. Many attempt to say it, most botch it badly.
* UnusualUserInterface: In the novel ''False Colors'', he's offered the chance to have his cybernetic replacement arm (mentioned above) wired so he's directly connected to his fighter's controls. He declines the offer.

!Janet "Sparks" [=McCullough=]
Introduced in the second game in the same role Rachel was later given in ''Wing Commander III'', she eventually transferred to the ExpandedUniverse novelizations along with Bondarevski.
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* AscendedExtra: After only a brief showing in the games, she becomes significant character in the non-{{novelization}} novels.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Her name is mentioned in dialog, but much of the time she was addressed by her nickname.
* OfficialCouple: she and Bear.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Blair and Angel.
* WrenchWench: Her job aboard the carriers she serves upon is to maintain the spacecraft launching from their decks.

!Kevin "Lone Wolf" Tolwyn
The nephew of the famous admiral, Tolwyn is a novel-only character (though they flirted with the idea of including him in one of the games). He starts out pretty much a SpoiledBrat, but after a bit of BreakTheHaughty (and surviving one of the toughest missions in the war) he matures into a capable and outstanding pilot.

* AcePilot: One of the better pilots in the stories he participates in, maturing into an all-around excellent servicemember.
* GloryHound: He starts out as this in ''End Run'', until it's pointed out that his seeking to kill a fighter, in ''End Run'', left a wounded bomber open to an ambush, killing one of the bomber's crew members in the process.

!Simon "[=McGoo=]" [=LeDuke=]

A character from the collectible card game.
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* NerdGlasses: In the Wing Commander CollectibleCardGame, [[http://ccg.jetlag.us/main.php?g2_itemId=2602&g2_imageViewsIndex=1 his character card]] shows him wearing a pair of these.
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