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[[folder: Carnies]]
!!Ben Hawkins (Nick Stahl)
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Especially in the series finale:
--> '''Jonesy''': What if [Sofie's] dead?
--> '''Ben''': Then God help 'em. God help every single person in that valley.
* AnimalMotifs: Ben ''Hawk''ins to contrast with his adversary, Justin ''Crow''e.
* BankRobbery: According to WordOfGod, this is what went wrong and landed Ben in the chain gang [[NoodleIncident before the series begins]].
* BigGood: [[spoiler: After he kills Management, gaining his powers]].
* BlessedWithSuck: He hates his powers and tries to hide them away so he can live normally.
* BreakTheCutie: Happened to him as a kid due to his insane, abusive mother.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: He gets drunk very easily, which Jonesy comments on.
%%* CrucifiedHeroShot
* DisappearedDad: Not that it isn't justified - Scudder wanted to keep his son safe from his dark nature.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Constantly has dreams that hint at his future.
* FarmBoy: Well, until the First Bank of Oklahoma comes to repossess it...
* FishOutOfWater: A socially awkward farm boy in with a bunch of carnies.
* HatesBeingTouched: You would too if you had a serious case of PsychicDreamsForEveryone or could accidentally kill people if you weren't careful.
* HatesSmallTalk: As he says, he's got nothing to say.
* HealingHands: One of his first powers to be revealed. He's able to restore a crippled girl's use of her legs, and when he was a child he even brought a dead kitten back to life. Still, if he is to give life, [[EquivalentExchange he has to take it from somewhere else first]].
* HeroWithBadPublicity: He's already shady due to [[NoodleIncident whatever he did to land himself in prison and then go on the run]], but with the events of the finale, one imagines Ben's public image is going to nosedive.
* LikesOlderWomen: Ruthie being the main example, though he later regrets it.
* LonersAreFreaks: Antisocial and closed off from everyone else.
* MessianicArchetype: As the Avatar of Light. People who witness his abilities actually start hailing him as the second coming of Jesus.
* MysteriousPast: Revealed bit by bit through flashbacks.
* NaiveNewcomer: To the point where he's everyone in the Carnivale's personal ButtMonkey.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: To Justin.
* TookALevelInBadass: Becomes much more formidable as he comes to terms with his powers and his role as the Avatar of Light.

!!Samson (Michael J. Anderson)
* BadassGrandpa: Fairly old, but proves himself to be fairly resilient under pressure.
* TheBarnum: Downplayed, as his carnival features genuinely supernatural things on display, but when the carnival's in need of a quick buck he's not afraid of resorting to these sorts of tactics.
* DeadpanSnarker: Frequently towards his subordinates.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: Averted. He's one of the most reasonable and down to earth people in the series.
%%* LizLemonJob
* NoBadassToHisValet: Neither Management nor Ben really impress Samson with their powers.
* OnlySaneMan: You'd think Samson would have learned; Avatara are not the most mentally-stable of people.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Samson's solution to the Babylon problem - specifically [[spoiler: Stangler escaping Carny Justice and no one being held accountable for Dora Mae's death? Shoot Stangler between the eyes ''anyway''.]]
* PintsizedPowerhouse: His size isn't an impediment to his badassery.
* WhatTheHellHero: Frequently, to Ben, especially when Ben [[spoiler: kills Management]], the necessity of which Samson cannot understand.

!!Clayton "Jonesy" Jones (Tim [=DeKay=])
* BadassNormal: Isn't one of the freaks, nor does he possess any supernatural abilities, but is a badass nonetheless.
* ColdBloodedTorture: The victim of it, in "Lincoln Highway".
* MrFanservice: Count the number of times Tim [=DeKay=] is shirtless.
* GreaseMonkey: Is often seen working
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler: At least, until he gets better. Then he's just a badass.]]
* HappilyMarried: In season two, to [[spoiler: Libby]].
* TheLancer: To Ben, especially in the latter half of Season Two.
%%* NiceGuy

!!Sofie Agnesh Bojakshiya (Creator/CleaDuvall)
* TheAntichrist: [[spoiler: Revealed to be the Omega in the series finale.]]
* AttemptedRape: Almost gets raped by a couple of mechanics in the first episode. Ben manages to save her, however.
* BiTheWay: Is in love with Ben and has a quick fling with a guy in one of the towns they're passing through, yet also has tension with Libby.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: [[spoiler: In the finale]].
* BrokenBird: Gets progressively more broken over the series.
* ChildByRape: [[spoiler: Was conceived when Justin raped Apollonia]].
* CircusBrat: She was born into the carnival.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: In the series finale]].
* FortuneTeller: Her job in the carnival, which she does with a pack of Tarot cards.
* HeroicBSOD: Multiple times, although to be fair, it really does suck to find out that [[spoiler: your mother tried to kill you because you were the product of a rape, the daughter of the Antichrist, and very probably heir to some serious demonic powers]].
* LipstickLesbian: Or, Lipstick Bisexual. She makes out with Libby, but nothing is ever really made of it.
%%* MissConception
%%* SheCleansUpNicely

!!Apollonia (Diane Sallinger)
* AndIMustScream: Trapped in your own body, unable to communicate except through psychic contact with your daughter? ''AUGH''.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Uses her psychic powers to lock Sofie and herself in the trailer before setting it on fire. Sofie escapes. She doesn't]].
* FaintingSeer: Is permanently comatose.
* HeroicBSOD: A big enough one to make her ''catatonic''.
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler: Attempts to burn Sofie alive in the trailer in a sort of TakingYouWithMe, having possibly foreseen her destiny as the Omega]].
* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler: Justin raped her in the past]].

!!Libby Dreifuss (Carla Gallo)
* CassandraTruth: When she tells her mother about Ben
* HappilyMarried: To [[spoiler: Jonesy]] in season two.
%%* HookerWithAHeartOfGold
* LipstickLesbian: Along with Sofie, it's more like a case of Lipstick Bisexual.
* MissFanservice: Well, she's one of the carnival's strippers, so this is a given.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Her marriage to [[spoiler: Jonesy]] has elements of this in the beginning, but she definitely grows up in "Lincoln Highway".

!!Dora Mae Dreifuss (Amanda Aday)
* AndIMustScream: Not only is she [[spoiler: murdered, but her ultimate fate is to serve as the eternal plaything for a bunch of rapist immortal miners]].
* MissFanservice: Another one of the carnival's strippers.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: The most extreme example in the series. [[spoiler: She's murdered by the miners in Babylon, and then becomes their plaything as a ghost]].
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Horribly, horribly averted in "Babylon".

!!Rita Sue Dreifuss (Cynthia Ettinger)
* EvilMatriarch: Well, less "evil", more "manipulative".
* LadyMacbeth: She manages to talk Stumpy into (or out of) anything.
* ManipulativeBitch: To Stumpy.
* MissFanservice: She is also a stripper.
* PetTheDog: Almost HypocriticalHeartwarming, but when [[spoiler: Dora Mae is killed]], Libby turns up missing as well. Cue Rita Sue frantically searching for her daughter. Libby shows up later, smoking and backtalking Rita Sue - who slaps her, then hugs her tightly.
* StageMom: Teaches her daughters all her stripping and prostitution tricks, and when they don't listen, proves that she's still got it.
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Multiple times.

!!Felix "Stumpy" Dreifuss (Toby Huss)
* BumblingDad: He really does love his daughters, but he's not the brightest bulb in the box.
* HenpeckedHusband: Rita Sue wears the pants in that family and everyone knows it.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: All his dubiously-legal hijinks - pimping his wife and daughters, blatantly cheating the public, shilling fake healers, gambling - are so obviously due to his devotion toward his family.
** Well, except for the gambling, since he's generally terrible at it, which leads them into trouble. Still, with everything else that's the part of his character most depicted as a failing.
* PervertDad: Yeaaaah, with the pimping and the exploitation...

!!Ruthie (Adrienne Barbeau)
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Ben resurrects her in the first season finale after she dies of a snake bite, using trading Lodz's life for hers]].
%%* ChristmasCake
* DeadpanSnarker: Probably her CrowningMomentOfAwesome, among many, is her editorial comment to [[spoiler: Justin forcing Iris to ride the Colossus]] in the finale:
-->[[PrecisionFStrike ''Prick.'']]
%%* EthicalSlut
* ISeeDeadPeople: Begins seeing ghosts after [[spoiler: being resurrected]], including those of [[spoiler: Apollonia and Lodz]].
%%* ReallyGetsAround
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Is killed and resurrected as part of a scheme by Management and Lodz to get Ben to use his full power]].

!!Lodz (Patrick Bauchau)
* BlindSeer: Traded his eyes for psychic powers.
* BondageIsBad: Lodz and Lila have fun with his cane.
* DealWithTheDevil: Shame his psychic powers had to come at the price of [[spoiler: his eyes]]. That's what you get for dealing with Dark Avatars.
* DirtyMindReading: Does this with Lila.
* JunkieProphet: Frequently seen drinking absinthe.
* ManipulativeBastard: Not above this when training Ben. The worst example of this is when he [[spoiler: caused Ruthie's death as part of a scheme from him and management to get Ben to use his power of resurrection]].
* TreacherousAdvisor: To Ben, although he advises Samson as well.
* YouHaveOtlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Management gets Ben to kill him at the end of Season 1 after he's served his purpose]].

!!Lila (Debra Christofferson)
* BondageIsBad: Lodz's cane, meet Lila.
%%* ChristmasCake
* PetTheDog: Lila assisting Ruthie in [[spoiler: wrapping Dora Mae's body in silk and telling stories about how much the Carnivale really loved her]] is absolutely [[TearJerker tearjerking]].
* TheDragon: To Lodz, even [[spoiler: after his death]].
* TheVamp: "When you're done with Grandma, you come see Lila." ''Yowza''.

!!Gabriel (Brian Turk)
* BerserkButton: Do not ''touch'' his Mama.
* TheBigGuy: He's the circus strongman, and is considerably larger than most everyone else.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He may have the mind of a child, but you don't want to piss him off.
* GentleGiant: As long as you don't hurt Ruthie, he's fine.
* MommasBoy: Justified, as he's mentally handicapped, and Ruthie is the only one who can calm him down.

!!Management AKA [[spoiler: Lucius Belyakov]] (voiced by Linda Hunt)
* AmbiguousGender: Never seen in the flesh, goes by the gender-neutral alias "Management", and is voiced by a woman despite being [[spoiler: the very male Lucius Belyakov in a previous life]]. Apparently, [[spoiler: casting off his physical body also caused Belyakov to cast off his gender]].
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler: Lost both legs and one of his arms after being attacked by a bear while hunting Scudder during World War I]].
* BigGood: Arguably since his goal is to save the world from the Apocalypse.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: When he finally appears, as he's horribly scarred from being mauled by a bear]].
* TheChessmaster: Is manipulating ''everything'' in the series.
* TheFaceless: He's always hidden behind a curtain. [[spoiler: He's finally seen in Season 2, and isn't exactly the prettiest thing to look at.]]
* TheGhost: From the perspective of anyone who isn't Ben, Lodz or Samson, at least. In more ways than one, considering [[spoiler: he's Lucius Belyakov, who took on an incorporeal bodiless form after he was near-fatally mauled by a bear]].
* GoodIsNotNice: Undertakes many questionable actions in the pursuit of the greater good.
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: There's a curtain separating his bed from the rest of the trailer.
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[[folder: The New Canaan Ministry]]
!!Brother Justin Crowe AKA [[spoiler: Alexei Belyakov]] (Creator/ClancyBrown)
* AffablyEvil: Most of the time. Right up until he actually gets angry, when despite his tone and expression barely changing from "happy," he suddenly becomes ''fucking terrifying.''
* TheAntiChrist: As the Avatar of Dark.
* AntiVillain: Is very conflicted about his power and genuinely thinks he's doing the right thing.
* BadPowersBadPeople: His primary power basically amounts to MindRape and he's the show's main villain.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Frequently in Ben's visions.
* BrotherSisterIncest: ''Canonical'', too.
* DarkMessiah: Again, he's the Avatar of Dark.
* EvilIsHammy: A born orator, he's prone to making grandiose speeches both in public and private.
* EvilSoundsDeep: He has a magnificently deep voice.
* FoeTossingCharge: Anyone in Justin's way when he finally comes face-to-face with Ben? [[spoiler: Gets ''eviscerated'' by his scythe]].
* GoAmongMadPeople: When he's confined to a mental institution in Season 1.
* HuskyRusskie: Russian by birth and very physically imposing.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Fully embraces his evil in Season 2.
* {{Mangst}}: Justin is the emo-est DarkMessiah ''ever'', until he just embraces the evil.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Initially it seemed that Justin could just show people their darkest sins. As the series progressed it was revealed that he could also use telekinesis, mind control and communicate at a distance, cause injury to others, and had a berserker rage with superhuman strength. Ben's powers of healing on the other hand stayed relatively the same.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: To Ben.
* SinisterMinister: He's a minister and also the closest thing the series has to a BigBad.
* VillainProtagonist: A large portion of the story focuses on him.

!!Iris Crowe (Amy Madigan)
* AxeCrazy: Though her preferred weapon is a boat oar, and the axe is technically meant for someone else to use.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sweet on the outside, crazy on the inside.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Pretty explicit on both sides, though Justin's is sexual in nature and Iris's is emotional.
%%* ChristmasCake
* TheDragon: To Justin, at least until Stroud comes along.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Much debate centers around Iris's true nature after the events of Season Two. Is she still loyal to Justin? Was her [[spoiler: alliance with Norman]] just for appearances? Why did she let [[spoiler: Ben]] go? Is she truly sorry for [[spoiler: setting the Ministry fire]]? And just whose side is she on, anyway?
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Will do ''anything'' for Justin.
--> ''"I did it for you".''
* PetTheDog: Iris may be very dangerous, but she at least has the decency to comfort the traumatised maid after Justin rapes her (the maid).
* PromotionToParent: Iris is arguably one of the only competent mother-figures Justin has ever known. Which makes [[BrotherSisterIncest their relationship]] that much squickier.
%%* StepfordSmiler
* StrongerSibling: Well, ''smarter'' and ''more ruthless'', at any rate.
* TookALevelInBadass: She takes several over the course of the series, even ones that are levels in retrospect (her "punishment" from Justin and plotting with Norman).
* {{Yandere}}: Calm and pleasant on the surface, "[[WordOfGod crazier than a shithouse rat]]" underneath.

!!Norman Balthus (Ralph Waite)
%%* GoodShepherd
* ParentalSubstitute: For Justin and Iris, which makes [[spoiler: Justin's sadistic treatment and killing of him very Oedipal in nature]].
* SacrificialLion: One of the great shockers of the finale is [[spoiler: Justin killing him]].

!!Tommy Dolan (Creator/RobertKnepper)
* DealWithTheDevil: Ironically referred to exactly as such by Brother Justin. Since Tommy still thinks Justin is a simple man of god, he jokes "Oh come on, I'm not that bad." Justin replies "No, [[ExactWords you're not]]."
%%* IntrepidReporter
* LovableRogue: Seems to genuinely care about the migrants and the truth, but is not above underhanded methods or receiving financial compensation for his work.
* UnwittingPawn: To be fair, no one in-universe sees [[spoiler: Iris]] coming as the arsonist, and no one could predict [[spoiler: how far Justin would go to protect her and how manipulative he can be]].

!!Varlyn Stroud (Creator/JohnCarrollLynch)
* AffablyEvil: Is garrulous and friendly, even when he's about to kill you.
* BaldOfEvil: He's not completely bald yet, but has lost most of his hair.
* TheBrute: Justin tasks him with tracking down and killing [[spoiler: Henry Scudder]].
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Is openly misogynist.
* PsychoForHire: He's Brother Justin's personal assassin.

!!Eleanor [=McGill=] (K Callan)
* CloudCuckoolander: She certainly chooses to ignore a lot of the strange goings-on around Justin's ministry.
%%* KindlyHousekeeper
* MagneticPlotDevice: Her coin-stealing in the pilot provides the impetus for the first manifestation of Justin's powers.
* SacrificialLion: Shouldn't have insisted upon telling Justin you saw his BlackEyesOfEvil, Eleanor - [[spoiler: Iris]] didn't appreciate it.
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[[folder: Other Characters]]
!!Henry Scudder (John Savage)
* ArchEnemy: To Management, as [[spoiler: the previous Avatar of Dark]].
* BlackEyesOfEvil: When he uses his powers.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Sort of. And he ended up leaving his son alone with an insane, abusive mother because of it.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite being [[spoiler: the previous Avatar of Dark]], he's a very sympathetic character.
* FacialHorror: [[spoiler: He scarred his own face with sulfuric acid to make him unrecognizable to his pursuers. Ben heals his wounds when they finally meet, thus confirming his identity]].
* MacguffinSuperPerson: Finding him is the objective of both Ben and Justin throughout Season 2.
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!!Ben Hawkins (Nick Stahl)
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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Especially in the series finale:
--> '''Jonesy''': What if [Sofie's] dead?
--> '''Ben''': Then God help 'em. God help every single person in that valley.
* AnimalMotifs: Ben ''Hawk''ins to contrast with his adversary, Justin ''Crow''e.
* BankRobbery: According to WordOfGod, this is what went wrong and landed Ben in the chain gang [[NoodleIncident before the series begins]].
* BigGood: [[spoiler: After he kills Management, gaining his powers]].
* BlessedWithSuck: He hates his powers and tries to hide them away so he can live normally.
* BreakTheCutie: Happened to him as a kid due to his insane, abusive mother.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: He gets drunk very easily, which Jonesy comments on.
%%* CrucifiedHeroShot
* DisappearedDad: Not that it isn't justified - Scudder wanted to keep his son safe from his dark nature.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Constantly has dreams that hint at his future.
* FarmBoy: Well, until the First Bank of Oklahoma comes to repossess it...
* FishOutOfWater: A socially awkward farm boy in with a bunch of carnies.
* HatesBeingTouched: You would too if you had a serious case of PsychicDreamsForEveryone or could accidentally kill people if you weren't careful.
* HatesSmallTalk: As he says, he's got nothing to say.
* HealingHands: One of his first powers to be revealed. He's able to restore a crippled girl's use of her legs, and when he was a child he even brought a dead kitten back to life. Still, if he is to give life, [[EquivalentExchange he has to take it from somewhere else first]].
* HeroWithBadPublicity: He's already shady due to [[NoodleIncident whatever he did to land himself in prison and then go on the run]], but with the events of the finale, one imagines Ben's public image is going to nosedive.
* LikesOlderWomen: Ruthie being the main example, though he later regrets it.
* LonersAreFreaks: Antisocial and closed off from everyone else.
* MessianicArchetype: As the Avatar of Light. People who witness his abilities actually start hailing him as the second coming of Jesus.
* MysteriousPast: Revealed bit by bit through flashbacks.
* NaiveNewcomer: To the point where he's everyone in the Carnivale's personal ButtMonkey.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: To Justin.
* TookALevelInBadass: Becomes much more formidable as he comes to terms with his powers and his role as the Avatar of Light.

!!Samson (Michael J. Anderson)
* BadassGrandpa: Fairly old, but proves himself to be fairly resilient under pressure.
* TheBarnum: Downplayed, as his carnival features genuinely supernatural things on display, but when the carnival's in need of a quick buck he's not afraid of resorting to these sorts of tactics.
* DeadpanSnarker: Frequently towards his subordinates.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: Averted. He's one of the most reasonable and down to earth people in the series.
%%* LizLemonJob
* NoBadassToHisValet: Neither Management nor Ben really impress Samson with their powers.
* OnlySaneMan: You'd think Samson would have learned; Avatara are not the most mentally-stable of people.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Samson's solution to the Babylon problem - specifically [[spoiler: Stangler escaping Carny Justice and no one being held accountable for Dora Mae's death? Shoot Stangler between the eyes ''anyway''.]]
* PintsizedPowerhouse: His size isn't an impediment to his badassery.
* WhatTheHellHero: Frequently, to Ben, especially when Ben [[spoiler: kills Management]], the necessity of which Samson cannot understand.

!!Clayton "Jonesy" Jones (Tim [=DeKay=])
* BadassNormal: Isn't one of the freaks, nor does he possess any supernatural abilities, but is a badass nonetheless.
* ColdBloodedTorture:
[[Characters/CarnivaleTheCarnivale The victim of it, in "Lincoln Highway".
Carnivale]]
* MrFanservice: Count the number of times Tim [=DeKay=] is shirtless.
* GreaseMonkey: Is often seen working
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler: At least, until he gets better. Then he's just a badass.]]
* HappilyMarried: In season two, to [[spoiler: Libby]].
* TheLancer: To Ben, especially in the latter half of Season Two.
%%* NiceGuy

!!Sofie Agnesh Bojakshiya (Creator/CleaDuvall)
* TheAntichrist: [[spoiler: Revealed to be the Omega in the series finale.]]
* AttemptedRape: Almost gets raped by a couple of mechanics in the first episode. Ben manages to save her, however.
* BiTheWay: Is in love with Ben and has a quick fling with a guy in one of the towns they're passing through, yet also has tension with Libby.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: [[spoiler: In the finale]].
* BrokenBird: Gets progressively more broken over the series.
* ChildByRape: [[spoiler: Was conceived when Justin raped Apollonia]].
* CircusBrat: She was born into the carnival.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: In the series finale]].
* FortuneTeller: Her job in the carnival, which she does with a pack of Tarot cards.
* HeroicBSOD: Multiple times, although to be fair, it really does suck to find out that [[spoiler: your mother tried to kill you because you were the product of a rape, the daughter of the Antichrist, and very probably heir to some serious demonic powers]].
* LipstickLesbian: Or, Lipstick Bisexual. She makes out with Libby, but nothing is ever really made of it.
%%* MissConception
%%* SheCleansUpNicely

!!Apollonia (Diane Sallinger)
* AndIMustScream: Trapped in your own body, unable to communicate except through psychic contact with your daughter? ''AUGH''.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Uses her psychic powers to lock Sofie and herself in the trailer before setting it on fire. Sofie escapes. She doesn't]].
* FaintingSeer: Is permanently comatose.
* HeroicBSOD: A big enough one to make her ''catatonic''.
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler: Attempts to burn Sofie alive in the trailer in a sort of TakingYouWithMe, having possibly foreseen her destiny as the Omega]].
* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler: Justin raped her in the past]].

!!Libby Dreifuss (Carla Gallo)
* CassandraTruth: When she tells her mother about Ben
* HappilyMarried: To [[spoiler: Jonesy]] in season two.
%%* HookerWithAHeartOfGold
* LipstickLesbian: Along with Sofie, it's more like a case of Lipstick Bisexual.
* MissFanservice: Well, she's one of the carnival's strippers, so this is a given.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Her marriage to [[spoiler: Jonesy]] has elements of this in the beginning, but she definitely grows up in "Lincoln Highway".

!!Dora Mae Dreifuss (Amanda Aday)
* AndIMustScream: Not only is she [[spoiler: murdered, but her ultimate fate is to serve as the eternal plaything for a bunch of rapist immortal miners]].
* MissFanservice: Another one of the carnival's strippers.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: The most extreme example in the series. [[spoiler: She's murdered by the miners in Babylon, and then becomes their plaything as a ghost]].
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Horribly, horribly averted in "Babylon".

!!Rita Sue Dreifuss (Cynthia Ettinger)
* EvilMatriarch: Well, less "evil", more "manipulative".
* LadyMacbeth: She manages to talk Stumpy into (or out of) anything.
* ManipulativeBitch: To Stumpy.
* MissFanservice: She is also a stripper.
* PetTheDog: Almost HypocriticalHeartwarming, but when [[spoiler: Dora Mae is killed]], Libby turns up missing as well. Cue Rita Sue frantically searching for her daughter. Libby shows up later, smoking and backtalking Rita Sue - who slaps her, then hugs her tightly.
* StageMom: Teaches her daughters all her stripping and prostitution tricks, and when they don't listen, proves that she's still got it.
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Multiple times.

!!Felix "Stumpy" Dreifuss (Toby Huss)
* BumblingDad: He really does love his daughters, but he's not the brightest bulb in the box.
* HenpeckedHusband: Rita Sue wears the pants in that family and everyone knows it.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: All his dubiously-legal hijinks - pimping his wife and daughters, blatantly cheating the public, shilling fake healers, gambling - are so obviously due to his devotion toward his family.
** Well, except for the gambling, since he's generally terrible at it, which leads them into trouble. Still, with everything else that's the part of his character most depicted as a failing.
* PervertDad: Yeaaaah, with the pimping and the exploitation...

!!Ruthie (Adrienne Barbeau)
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Ben resurrects her in the first season finale after she dies of a snake bite, using trading Lodz's life for hers]].
%%* ChristmasCake
* DeadpanSnarker: Probably her CrowningMomentOfAwesome, among many, is her editorial comment to [[spoiler: Justin forcing Iris to ride the Colossus]] in the finale:
-->[[PrecisionFStrike ''Prick.'']]
%%* EthicalSlut
* ISeeDeadPeople: Begins seeing ghosts after [[spoiler: being resurrected]], including those of [[spoiler: Apollonia and Lodz]].
%%* ReallyGetsAround
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Is killed and resurrected as part of a scheme by Management and Lodz to get Ben to use his full power]].

!!Lodz (Patrick Bauchau)
* BlindSeer: Traded his eyes for psychic powers.
* BondageIsBad: Lodz and Lila have fun with his cane.
* DealWithTheDevil: Shame his psychic powers had to come at the price of [[spoiler: his eyes]]. That's what you get for dealing with Dark Avatars.
* DirtyMindReading: Does this with Lila.
* JunkieProphet: Frequently seen drinking absinthe.
* ManipulativeBastard: Not above this when training Ben. The worst example of this is when he [[spoiler: caused Ruthie's death as part of a scheme from him and management to get Ben to use his power of resurrection]].
* TreacherousAdvisor: To Ben, although he advises Samson as well.
* YouHaveOtlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Management gets Ben to kill him at the end of Season 1 after he's served his purpose]].

!!Lila (Debra Christofferson)
* BondageIsBad: Lodz's cane, meet Lila.
%%* ChristmasCake
* PetTheDog: Lila assisting Ruthie in [[spoiler: wrapping Dora Mae's body in silk and telling stories about how much the Carnivale really loved her]] is absolutely [[TearJerker tearjerking]].
* TheDragon: To Lodz, even [[spoiler: after his death]].
* TheVamp: "When you're done with Grandma, you come see Lila." ''Yowza''.

!!Gabriel (Brian Turk)
* BerserkButton: Do not ''touch'' his Mama.
* TheBigGuy: He's the circus strongman, and is considerably larger than most everyone else.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He may have the mind of a child, but you don't want to piss him off.
* GentleGiant: As long as you don't hurt Ruthie, he's fine.
* MommasBoy: Justified, as he's mentally handicapped, and Ruthie is the only one who can calm him down.

!!Management AKA [[spoiler: Lucius Belyakov]] (voiced by Linda Hunt)
* AmbiguousGender: Never seen in the flesh, goes by the gender-neutral alias "Management", and is voiced by a woman despite being [[spoiler: the very male Lucius Belyakov in a previous life]]. Apparently, [[spoiler: casting off his physical body also caused Belyakov to cast off his gender]].
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler: Lost both legs and one of his arms after being attacked by a bear while hunting Scudder during World War I]].
* BigGood: Arguably since his goal is to save the world from the Apocalypse.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: When he finally appears, as he's horribly scarred from being mauled by a bear]].
* TheChessmaster: Is manipulating ''everything'' in the series.
* TheFaceless: He's always hidden behind a curtain. [[spoiler: He's finally seen in Season 2, and isn't exactly the prettiest thing to look at.]]
* TheGhost: From the perspective of anyone who isn't Ben, Lodz or Samson, at least. In more ways than one, considering [[spoiler: he's Lucius Belyakov, who took on an incorporeal bodiless form after he was near-fatally mauled by a bear]].
* GoodIsNotNice: Undertakes many questionable actions in the pursuit of the greater good.
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: There's a curtain separating his bed from the rest of the trailer.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:
[[Characters/CarnivaleNewCanaanMinistry The New Canaan Ministry]]
!!Brother Justin Crowe AKA [[spoiler: Alexei Belyakov]] (Creator/ClancyBrown)
* AffablyEvil: Most of the time. Right up until he actually gets angry, when despite his tone and expression barely changing from "happy," he suddenly becomes ''fucking terrifying.''
* TheAntiChrist: As the Avatar of Dark.
* AntiVillain: Is very conflicted about his power and genuinely thinks he's doing the right thing.
* BadPowersBadPeople: His primary power basically amounts to MindRape and he's the show's main villain.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Frequently in Ben's visions.
* BrotherSisterIncest: ''Canonical'', too.
* DarkMessiah: Again, he's the Avatar of Dark.
* EvilIsHammy: A born orator, he's prone to making grandiose speeches both in public and private.
* EvilSoundsDeep: He has a magnificently deep voice.
* FoeTossingCharge: Anyone in Justin's way when he finally comes face-to-face with Ben? [[spoiler: Gets ''eviscerated'' by his scythe]].
* GoAmongMadPeople: When he's confined to a mental institution in Season 1.
* HuskyRusskie: Russian by birth and very physically imposing.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Fully embraces his evil in Season 2.
* {{Mangst}}: Justin is the emo-est DarkMessiah ''ever'', until he just embraces the evil.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Initially it seemed that Justin could just show people their darkest sins. As the series progressed it was revealed that he could also use telekinesis, mind control and communicate at a distance, cause injury to others, and had a berserker rage with superhuman strength. Ben's powers of healing on the other hand stayed relatively the same.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: To Ben.
* SinisterMinister: He's a minister and also the closest thing the series has to a BigBad.
* VillainProtagonist: A large portion of the story focuses on him.

!!Iris Crowe (Amy Madigan)
* AxeCrazy: Though her preferred weapon is a boat oar, and the axe is technically meant for someone else to use.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sweet on the outside, crazy on the inside.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Pretty explicit on both sides, though Justin's is sexual in nature and Iris's is emotional.
%%* ChristmasCake
* TheDragon: To Justin, at least until Stroud comes along.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Much debate centers around Iris's true nature after the events of Season Two. Is she still loyal to Justin? Was her [[spoiler: alliance with Norman]] just for appearances? Why did she let [[spoiler: Ben]] go? Is she truly sorry for [[spoiler: setting the Ministry fire]]? And just whose side is she on, anyway?
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Will do ''anything'' for Justin.
--> ''"I did it for you".''
* PetTheDog: Iris may be very dangerous, but she at least has the decency to comfort the traumatised maid after Justin rapes her (the maid).
* PromotionToParent: Iris is arguably one of the only competent mother-figures Justin has ever known. Which makes [[BrotherSisterIncest their relationship]] that much squickier.
%%* StepfordSmiler
* StrongerSibling: Well, ''smarter'' and ''more ruthless'', at any rate.
* TookALevelInBadass: She takes several over the course of the series, even ones that are levels in retrospect (her "punishment" from Justin and plotting with Norman).
* {{Yandere}}: Calm and pleasant on the surface, "[[WordOfGod crazier than a shithouse rat]]" underneath.

!!Norman Balthus (Ralph Waite)
%%* GoodShepherd
* ParentalSubstitute: For Justin and Iris, which makes [[spoiler: Justin's sadistic treatment and killing of him very Oedipal in nature]].
* SacrificialLion: One of the great shockers of the finale is [[spoiler: Justin killing him]].

!!Tommy Dolan (Creator/RobertKnepper)
* DealWithTheDevil: Ironically referred to exactly as such by Brother Justin. Since Tommy still thinks Justin is a simple man of god, he jokes "Oh come on, I'm not that bad." Justin replies "No, [[ExactWords you're not]]."
%%* IntrepidReporter
* LovableRogue: Seems to genuinely care about the migrants and the truth, but is not above underhanded methods or receiving financial compensation for his work.
* UnwittingPawn: To be fair, no one in-universe sees [[spoiler: Iris]] coming as the arsonist, and no one could predict [[spoiler: how far Justin would go to protect her and how manipulative he can be]].

!!Varlyn Stroud (Creator/JohnCarrollLynch)
* AffablyEvil: Is garrulous and friendly, even when he's about to kill you.
* BaldOfEvil: He's not completely bald yet, but has lost most of his hair.
* TheBrute: Justin tasks him with tracking down and killing [[spoiler: Henry Scudder]].
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Is openly misogynist.
* PsychoForHire: He's Brother Justin's personal assassin.

!!Eleanor [=McGill=] (K Callan)
* CloudCuckoolander: She certainly chooses to ignore a lot of the strange goings-on around Justin's ministry.
%%* KindlyHousekeeper
* MagneticPlotDevice: Her coin-stealing in the pilot provides the impetus for the first manifestation of Justin's powers.
* SacrificialLion: Shouldn't have insisted upon telling Justin you saw his BlackEyesOfEvil, Eleanor - [[spoiler: Iris]] didn't appreciate it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:
[[Characters/CarnivaleOtherCharacters Other Characters]]
!!Henry Scudder (John Savage)
* ArchEnemy: To Management, as [[spoiler: the previous Avatar of Dark]].
* BlackEyesOfEvil: When he uses his powers.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Sort of. And he ended up leaving his son alone with an insane, abusive mother because of it.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite being [[spoiler: the previous Avatar of Dark]], he's a very sympathetic character.
* FacialHorror: [[spoiler: He scarred his own face with sulfuric acid to make him unrecognizable to his pursuers. Ben heals his wounds when they finally meet, thus confirming his identity]].
* MacguffinSuperPerson: Finding him is the objective of both Ben and Justin throughout Season 2.
[[/folder]]
[[/index]]


* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Ben resurrects her in the series finale after she dies of a snake bite, using trading Lodz's life for hers]].

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* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Ben resurrects her in the series first season finale after she dies of a snake bite, using trading Lodz's life for hers]].



%%* DirtyMindReading

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%%* DirtyMindReading* DirtyMindReading: Does this with Lila.



* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler: Lost both legs and one of his arms after being attacked by a bear while hunting Scudder during World War I]].



* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: When he finally appears, as he's horribly scarred from being mauled by a bear]].



* TheFaceless: He's always hidden behind a curtain. [[spoiler: And then it turns out he doesn't even ''have'' a face, as he's an incorporeal phantom]].

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* TheFaceless: He's always hidden behind a curtain. [[spoiler: And then it turns out he doesn't even ''have'' a face, as he's an incorporeal phantom]].He's finally seen in Season 2, and isn't exactly the prettiest thing to look at.]]



!!Brother Justin Crowe (Creator/ClancyBrown)

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!!Brother Justin Crowe AKA [[spoiler: Alexei Belyakov]] (Creator/ClancyBrown)



%%* BadPowersBadPeople

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%%* BadPowersBadPeople* BadPowersBadPeople: His primary power basically amounts to MindRape and he's the show's main villain.



%%* AffablyEvil
%%* PsychoForHire
* TheDragon: To Justin, replacing Iris.

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%%* AffablyEvil
%%* PsychoForHire
* TheDragon: To Justin, replacing Iris.
AffablyEvil: Is garrulous and friendly, even when he's about to kill you.
* BaldOfEvil: He's not completely bald yet, but has lost most of his hair.
* TheBrute: Justin tasks him with tracking down and killing [[spoiler: Henry Scudder]].
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Is openly misogynist.
* PsychoForHire: He's Brother Justin's personal assassin.



%%* BlackEyesOfEvil

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%%* BlackEyesOfEvil* ArchEnemy: To Management, as [[spoiler: the previous Avatar of Dark]].
* BlackEyesOfEvil: When he uses his powers.



%%* DarkIsNotEvil

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%%* DarkIsNotEvil* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite being [[spoiler: the previous Avatar of Dark]], he's a very sympathetic character.
* FacialHorror: [[spoiler: He scarred his own face with sulfuric acid to make him unrecognizable to his pursuers. Ben heals his wounds when they finally meet, thus confirming his identity]].
* MacguffinSuperPerson: Finding him is the objective of both Ben and Justin throughout Season 2.

Added DiffLines:

* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Initially it seemed that Justin could just show people their darkest sins. As the series progressed it was revealed that he could also use telekinesis, mind control and communicate at a distance, cause injury to others, and had a berserker rage with superhuman strength. Ben's powers of healing on the other hand stayed relatively the same.


%%* BadassGrandpa

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%%* BadassGrandpa* BadassGrandpa: Fairly old, but proves himself to be fairly resilient under pressure.
* TheBarnum: Downplayed, as his carnival features genuinely supernatural things on display, but when the carnival's in need of a quick buck he's not afraid of resorting to these sorts of tactics.



%%* PintsizedPowerhouse

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%%* PintsizedPowerhouse* PintsizedPowerhouse: His size isn't an impediment to his badassery.


Added DiffLines:

* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Uses her psychic powers to lock Sofie and herself in the trailer before setting it on fire. Sofie escapes. She doesn't]].


Added DiffLines:

* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler: Attempts to burn Sofie alive in the trailer in a sort of TakingYouWithMe, having possibly foreseen her destiny as the Omega]].


Added DiffLines:

* ISeeDeadPeople: Begins seeing ghosts after [[spoiler: being resurrected]], including those of [[spoiler: Apollonia and Lodz]].


* BigGood: After he kills Management gaining his powers]

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* BigGood: [[spoiler: After he kills Management Management, gaining his powers]powers]].



%%* BackFromTheDead

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%%* BackFromTheDead* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Ben resurrects her in the series finale after she dies of a snake bite, using trading Lodz's life for hers]].




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* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Is killed and resurrected as part of a scheme by Management and Lodz to get Ben to use his full power]].



* ManipulativeBastard: Not above this when training Ben. The worst example of this is when he [[spoiler: caused Ruthie's death as part of a scheme from him and management to get Ben to use his power of resurrection]].




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* YouHaveOtlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Management gets Ben to kill him at the end of Season 1 after he's served his purpose]].



%%* BlackEyesOfEvil

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%%* BlackEyesOfEvil* BlackEyesOfEvil: Frequently in Ben's visions.



%%* GoAmongMadPeople

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%%* GoAmongMadPeople* GoAmongMadPeople: When he's confined to a mental institution in Season 1.
* HuskyRusskie: Russian by birth and very physically imposing.


!!'''Carnies'''

'''Ben Hawkins (Nick Stahl)'''

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!!'''Carnies'''

'''Ben
[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Carnies]]
!!Ben
Hawkins (Nick Stahl)'''Stahl)



* AnimalMotifs: Ben ''Hawk''ins to contrast with his adversary, Justin ''Crow''e.



%%* BlessedWithSuck
%%* CantHoldHisLiquor

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%%* BlessedWithSuck
%%* CantHoldHisLiquor
* BlessedWithSuck: He hates his powers and tries to hide them away so he can live normally.
* BreakTheCutie: Happened to him as a kid due to his insane, abusive mother.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: He gets drunk very easily, which Jonesy comments on.



%%* DreamingOfThingsToCome

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%%* DreamingOfThingsToCome* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Constantly has dreams that hint at his future.



%%* FishOutOfWater

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%%* FishOutOfWater* FishOutOfWater: A socially awkward farm boy in with a bunch of carnies.



%%* HealingHands

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%%* HealingHands* HatesSmallTalk: As he says, he's got nothing to say.
* HealingHands: One of his first powers to be revealed. He's able to restore a crippled girl's use of her legs, and when he was a child he even brought a dead kitten back to life. Still, if he is to give life, [[EquivalentExchange he has to take it from somewhere else first]].



%%* LonersAreFreaks
%%* MessianicArchetype
%%* MysteriousParent
%%* MysteriousPast

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%%* LonersAreFreaks
%%* MessianicArchetype
%%* MysteriousParent
%%* MysteriousPast
* LonersAreFreaks: Antisocial and closed off from everyone else.
* MessianicArchetype: As the Avatar of Light. People who witness his abilities actually start hailing him as the second coming of Jesus.
* MysteriousPast: Revealed bit by bit through flashbacks.



%%* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou
%%* TookALevelInBadass

'''Samson (Michael J. Anderson)'''

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%%* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou
%%* TookALevelInBadass

'''Samson
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: To Justin.
* TookALevelInBadass: Becomes much more formidable as he comes to terms with his powers and his role as the Avatar of Light.

!!Samson
(Michael J. Anderson)'''Anderson)



%%* DeadpanSnarker

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%%* DeadpanSnarker* DeadpanSnarker: Frequently towards his subordinates.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: Averted. He's one of the most reasonable and down to earth people in the series.



'''Clayton "Jonesy" Jones (Tim [=DeKay=])'''
%%* BadassNormal

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'''Clayton !!Clayton "Jonesy" Jones (Tim [=DeKay=])'''
%%* BadassNormal
[=DeKay=])
* BadassNormal: Isn't one of the freaks, nor does he possess any supernatural abilities, but is a badass nonetheless.



%%* GreaseMonkey

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%%* GreaseMonkey* GreaseMonkey: Is often seen working



'''Sofie Agnesh Bojakshiya (Creator/CleaDuvall)'''
* TheAntichrist [[spoiler: Revealed to be the Omega in the series finale.]]
%%* AttemptedRape
%%* BlackEyesOfEvil
%%* BrokenBird
%%* CircusBrat
%%* FaceHeelTurn
%%* FortuneTeller

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'''Sofie !!Sofie Agnesh Bojakshiya (Creator/CleaDuvall)'''
(Creator/CleaDuvall)
* TheAntichrist TheAntichrist: [[spoiler: Revealed to be the Omega in the series finale.]]
%%* AttemptedRape
%%* BlackEyesOfEvil
%%* BrokenBird
%%* CircusBrat
%%* FaceHeelTurn
%%* FortuneTeller
* AttemptedRape: Almost gets raped by a couple of mechanics in the first episode. Ben manages to save her, however.
* BiTheWay: Is in love with Ben and has a quick fling with a guy in one of the towns they're passing through, yet also has tension with Libby.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: [[spoiler: In the finale]].
* BrokenBird: Gets progressively more broken over the series.
* ChildByRape: [[spoiler: Was conceived when Justin raped Apollonia]].
* CircusBrat: She was born into the carnival.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: In the series finale]].
* FortuneTeller: Her job in the carnival, which she does with a pack of Tarot cards.



'''Apollonia (Diane Sallinger)'''

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'''Apollonia !!Apollonia (Diane Sallinger)'''Sallinger)



%%* FaintingSeer

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%%* FaintingSeer* FaintingSeer: Is permanently comatose.



%%* RapeAsBackstory

'''Libby Dreifuss (Carla Gallo)'''

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%%* RapeAsBackstory

'''Libby
* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler: Justin raped her in the past]].

!!Libby
Dreifuss (Carla Gallo)'''Gallo)



%%* NippleAndDimed

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%%* NippleAndDimed* MissFanservice: Well, she's one of the carnival's strippers, so this is a given.



'''Dora Mae Dreifuss (Amanda Aday)'''

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'''Dora !!Dora Mae Dreifuss (Amanda Aday)'''Aday)



%%* NippleAndDimed
%%* StuffedIntoTheFridge

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%%* NippleAndDimed
%%* StuffedIntoTheFridge
* MissFanservice: Another one of the carnival's strippers.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: The most extreme example in the series. [[spoiler: She's murdered by the miners in Babylon, and then becomes their plaything as a ghost]].



'''Rita Sue Dreifuss (Cynthia Ettinger)'''

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'''Rita !!Rita Sue Dreifuss (Cynthia Ettinger)'''Ettinger)



%%* ManipulativeBitch
%%* NippleAndDimed

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%%* ManipulativeBitch
%%* NippleAndDimed
* ManipulativeBitch: To Stumpy.
* MissFanservice: She is also a stripper.



* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn

'''Felix "Stumpy" Dreifuss (Toby Huss)'''

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* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn

'''Felix
YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Multiple times.

!!Felix
"Stumpy" Dreifuss (Toby Huss)'''Huss)



'''Ruthie (Adrienne Barbeau)'''

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'''Ruthie !!Ruthie (Adrienne Barbeau)'''Barbeau)



'''Lodz (Patrick Bauchau)'''
%%* BlindSeer

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'''Lodz !!Lodz (Patrick Bauchau)'''
%%* BlindSeer
Bauchau)
* BlindSeer: Traded his eyes for psychic powers.



* JunkieProphet: Frequently seen drinking absinthe.



'''Lila (Debra Christofferson)'''

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'''Lila !!Lila (Debra Christofferson)'''Christofferson)



'''Gabriel (Brian Turk)'''

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'''Gabriel !!Gabriel (Brian Turk)''' Turk)



%%* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass

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%%* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass* TheBigGuy: He's the circus strongman, and is considerably larger than most everyone else.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He may have the mind of a child, but you don't want to piss him off.



%%* TheBigGuy

!!'''Affiliated with the New Canaan Ministry'''

'''Brother Justin Crowe (Creator/ClancyBrown)'''

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%%* TheBigGuy

!!'''Affiliated with

!!Management AKA [[spoiler: Lucius Belyakov]] (voiced by Linda Hunt)
* AmbiguousGender: Never seen in
the flesh, goes by the gender-neutral alias "Management", and is voiced by a woman despite being [[spoiler: the very male Lucius Belyakov in a previous life]]. Apparently, [[spoiler: casting off his physical body also caused Belyakov to cast off his gender]].
* BigGood: Arguably since his goal is to save the world from the Apocalypse.
* TheChessmaster: Is manipulating ''everything'' in the series.
* TheFaceless: He's always hidden behind a curtain. [[spoiler: And then it turns out he doesn't even ''have'' a face, as he's an incorporeal phantom]].
* TheGhost: From the perspective of anyone who isn't Ben, Lodz or Samson, at least. In more ways than one, considering [[spoiler: he's Lucius Belyakov, who took on an incorporeal bodiless form after he was near-fatally mauled by a bear]].
* GoodIsNotNice: Undertakes many questionable actions in the pursuit of the greater good.
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: There's a curtain separating his bed from the rest of the trailer.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The
New Canaan Ministry'''

'''Brother
Ministry]]
!!Brother
Justin Crowe (Creator/ClancyBrown)'''(Creator/ClancyBrown)



%%* TheAntiChrist: No, really.
%%* AntiVillain

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%%* * TheAntiChrist: No, really.
%%* AntiVillain
As the Avatar of Dark.
* AntiVillain: Is very conflicted about his power and genuinely thinks he's doing the right thing.



%%* DarkMessiah

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%%* DarkMessiah* DarkMessiah: Again, he's the Avatar of Dark.
* EvilIsHammy: A born orator, he's prone to making grandiose speeches both in public and private.
* EvilSoundsDeep: He has a magnificently deep voice.



%%* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope

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%%* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Fully embraces his evil in Season 2.



%%* SinisterMinister:
%%* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou

'''Iris Crowe (Amy Madigan)'''

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%%* SinisterMinister:
%%* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou

'''Iris
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: To Ben.
* SinisterMinister: He's a minister and also the closest thing the series has to a BigBad.
* VillainProtagonist: A large portion of the story focuses on him.

!!Iris
Crowe (Amy Madigan)'''Madigan)



%%* BitchInSheepsClothing

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%%* BitchInSheepsClothing* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sweet on the outside, crazy on the inside.



%%* KnightTemplarBigBrother: "I did it for you".

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%%* * KnightTemplarBigBrother: "I Will do ''anything'' for Justin.
--> ''"I
did it for you".''



'''Norman Balthus (Ralph Waite)'''

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'''Norman !!Norman Balthus (Ralph Waite)'''Waite)



'''Tommy Dolan (Creator/RobertKnepper)'''

to:

'''Tommy !!Tommy Dolan (Creator/RobertKnepper)'''(Creator/RobertKnepper)



'''Varlyn Stroud (Creator/JohnCarrollLynch)'''

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'''Varlyn !!Varlyn Stroud (Creator/JohnCarrollLynch)'''(Creator/JohnCarrollLynch)



'''Eleanor [=McGill=] (K Callan)'''

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'''Eleanor !!Eleanor [=McGill=] (K Callan)'''Callan)




!!'''Other Characters'''

'''Henry Scudder (John Savage)'''

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\n!!'''Other Characters'''\n\n'''Henry [[/folder]]

[[folder: Other Characters]]
!!Henry
Scudder (John Savage)'''Savage)




'''Management AKA [[spoiler: Lucius Belyakov]] (voiced by Linda Hunt)'''
* AmbiguousGender: Never seen in the flesh, goes by the gender-neutral alias "Management", and is voiced by a woman despite being [[spoiler: the very male Lucius Belyakov in a previous life]]. Apparently, [[spoiler: casting off his physical body also caused Belyakov to cast off his gender]].
* BigGood: Arguably since his goal is to save the world from the Apocalypse
%%* TheFaceless
* TheGhost: From the perspective of anyone who isn't Ben, Lodz or Samson, at least. In more ways than one, considering [[spoiler: he's Lucius Belyakov, who took on an incorporeal bodiless form after he was near-fatally mauled by a bear]].
%%* GoodIsNotNice
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: There's a curtain separating his bed from the rest of the trailer.

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\n'''Management AKA [[spoiler: Lucius Belyakov]] (voiced by Linda Hunt)'''\n* AmbiguousGender: Never seen in the flesh, goes by the gender-neutral alias "Management", and is voiced by a woman despite being [[spoiler: the very male Lucius Belyakov in a previous life]]. Apparently, [[spoiler: casting off his physical body also caused Belyakov to cast off his gender]].\n* BigGood: Arguably since his goal is to save the world from the Apocalypse \n%%* TheFaceless\n* TheGhost: From the perspective of anyone who isn't Ben, Lodz or Samson, at least. In more ways than one, considering [[spoiler: he's Lucius Belyakov, who took on an incorporeal bodiless form after he was near-fatally mauled by a bear]].\n%%* GoodIsNotNice\n* TheManBehindTheCurtain: There's a curtain separating his bed from the rest of the trailer.\n[[/folder]]

Added DiffLines:

* LovableRogue: Seems to genuinely care about the migrants and the truth, but is not above underhanded methods or receiving financial compensation for his work.


* [[RacistGrandma Racist Dad]]

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* [[RacistGrandma Racist Dad]]



* [[BellyDancer Snake Charmer]]

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* [[BellyDancer Snake Charmer]]


* [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou The Only One Allowed to Defeat Justin]]

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* [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou The Only One Allowed to Defeat Justin]]%%* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou



* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]

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* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]%%* ManipulativeBitch



* [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou The Only One Allowed to Defeat Ben]]

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* [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou The Only One Allowed to Defeat Ben]]
%%* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou



* [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Knight Templar Big Sister]]: "I did it for you".

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* [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Knight Templar Big Sister]]: %%* KnightTemplarBigBrother: "I did it for you".


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* BlessedWithSuck
* CantHoldHisLiquor
* CrucifiedHeroShot

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* %%* BlessedWithSuck
* %%* CantHoldHisLiquor
* %%* CrucifiedHeroShot



* DreamingOfThingsToCome

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* %%* DreamingOfThingsToCome



* FishOutOfWater

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* %%* FishOutOfWater



* HealingHands

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* %%* HealingHands



* LonersAreFreaks
* MessianicArchetype
* MysteriousParent
* MysteriousPast

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* %%* LonersAreFreaks
* %%* MessianicArchetype
* %%* MysteriousParent
* %%* MysteriousPast



* TookALevelInBadass

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* %%* TookALevelInBadass



* BadassGrandpa
* DeadpanSnarker
* LizLemonJob

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* %%* BadassGrandpa
* %%* DeadpanSnarker
* %%* LizLemonJob



* PintsizedPowerhouse

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* %%* PintsizedPowerhouse



* BadassNormal

to:

* %%* BadassNormal



* GreaseMonkey

to:

* %%* GreaseMonkey



* NiceGuy

to:

* %%* NiceGuy



* AttemptedRape
* BlackEyesOfEvil
* BrokenBird
* CircusBrat
* FaceHeelTurn
* FortuneTeller

to:

* %%* AttemptedRape
* %%* BlackEyesOfEvil
* %%* BrokenBird
* %%* CircusBrat
* %%* FaceHeelTurn
* %%* FortuneTeller



* MissConception
* SheCleansUpNicely

to:

* %%* MissConception
* %%* SheCleansUpNicely



* FaintingSeer

to:

* %%* FaintingSeer



* RapeAsBackstory

to:

* %%* RapeAsBackstory



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold

to:

* %%* HookerWithAHeartOfGold



* NippleAndDimed

to:

* %%* NippleAndDimed



* NippleAndDimed
* StuffedIntoTheFridge

to:

* %%* NippleAndDimed
* %%* StuffedIntoTheFridge



* NippleAndDimed

to:

* %%* NippleAndDimed



* BackFromTheDead
* ChristmasCake

to:

* %%* BackFromTheDead
* %%* ChristmasCake



* EthicalSlut
* ReallyGetsAround

to:

* %%* EthicalSlut
* %%* ReallyGetsAround



* BlindSeer

to:

* %%* BlindSeer



* DirtyMindReading

to:

* %%* DirtyMindReading



* ChristmasCake

to:

* %%* ChristmasCake



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass

to:

* %%* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass



* TheBigGuy

to:

* %%* TheBigGuy



* TheAntiChrist: No, really.
* AntiVillain
* BadPowersBadPeople
* BlackEyesOfEvil

to:

* %%* TheAntiChrist: No, really.
* %%* AntiVillain
* %%* BadPowersBadPeople
* %%* BlackEyesOfEvil



* DarkMessiah

to:

* %%* DarkMessiah



* GoAmongMadPeople
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope

to:

* %%* GoAmongMadPeople
* %%* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope



* SinisterMinister:

to:

* %%* SinisterMinister:



* BitchInSheepsClothing

to:

* %%* BitchInSheepsClothing



* ChristmasCake

to:

* %%* ChristmasCake



* StepfordSmiler

to:

* %%* StepfordSmiler



* GoodShepherd

to:

* %%* GoodShepherd



* IntrepidReporter

to:

* %%* IntrepidReporter



* AffablyEvil
* PsychoForHire

to:

* %%* AffablyEvil
* %%* PsychoForHire



* KindlyHousekeeper

to:

* %%* KindlyHousekeeper



* BlackEyesOfEvil

to:

* %%* BlackEyesOfEvil



* DarkIsNotEvil

to:

* %%* DarkIsNotEvil



* TheFaceless

to:

* %%* TheFaceless



* GoodIsNotNice

to:

* %%* GoodIsNotNice


<<|CharacterSheets|>>

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<<|CharacterSheets|>>----


* [[spoiler: BankRobbery]]: According to WordOfGod, this is what went wrong and landed Ben in the chain gang [[NoodleIncident before the series begins]].
* [[spoiler: BigGood: After he kills Management gaining his powers]]

to:

* [[spoiler: BankRobbery]]: BankRobbery: According to WordOfGod, this is what went wrong and landed Ben in the chain gang [[NoodleIncident before the series begins]].
* [[spoiler: BigGood: After he kills Management gaining his powers]] powers]



* [[spoiler: TheAntichrist]] [[spoiler: Revealed to be the Omega in the series finale.]]

to:

* [[spoiler: TheAntichrist]] TheAntichrist [[spoiler: Revealed to be the Omega in the series finale.]]



* [[spoiler: BlackEyesOfEvil]]

to:

* [[spoiler: BlackEyesOfEvil]]BlackEyesOfEvil



* [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn]]

to:

* [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn]]FaceHeelTurn



* [[spoiler: StuffedIntoTheFridge]]

to:

* [[spoiler: StuffedIntoTheFridge]]StuffedIntoTheFridge



* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead]]

to:

* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead]]BackFromTheDead



* [[spoiler: BlackEyesOfEvil]]

to:

* [[spoiler: BlackEyesOfEvil]]BlackEyesOfEvil


* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler: At least, until he gets better. Then he's just a BadAss.]]

to:

* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler: At least, until he gets better. Then he's just a BadAss.badass.]]


* RetroactiveRecognition: Tim [=DeKay=] is much more well-known these days as [[WhiteCollar Agent Peter Burke]].



* [[spoiler: MoralEventHorizon: Shooting Jonesy in the finale]].



* HeyItsThatGuy: Toby Huss also played Artie, Strongest Man In The World on Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete.



* [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Knight Templar Big Sister]]: [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Five Words]] - "I did it for you".
* [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]]
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Setting the Ministry on fire, which killed innocent children.]]

to:

* [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Knight Templar Big Sister]]: [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Five Words]] - "I did it for you".
* [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]]
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Setting the Ministry on fire, which killed innocent children.]]
you".



* RetroactiveRecognition: Yes, that ''is'' [[PrisonBreak T-Bag]] playing a good guy.



* HeyItsThatVoice: It kind of freaks people out to discover [[Series/NCISLosAngeles Hetty]] is Management.
* MagnificentBastard: Discussion has been had about renaming the trope "Management".

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