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* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheFBI The FBI]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheRezidentura The Rezidentura]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheIllegalsProgram The Illegals Program]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheSovietAssets The Soviet Assets]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheOtherCharacters The Other Characters]]

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* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheFBI The FBI]]
Federal Bureau of Investigation]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheRezidentura The Rezidentura]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheIllegalsProgram The Illegals Program]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheSovietAssets The Soviet Assets]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheOtherCharacters The Other Characters]]


* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheSovietAlliesandAssets The Soviet Allies and Assets]]

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* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheSovietAlliesandAssets The Soviet Allies and Assets]]


* [[Characters/TheAmericansMain Main Characters]][[note]]Elizabeth Jennings, Philip Jennings, Paige Jennings, Henry Jennings, Stan Beeman, Sandra Beeman, Frank Gaad, Chris Amador, Martha Hanson, Nina Sergeevna, Arkady Votov, Oleg Burov[[/note]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansRecurring Recurring Characters]][[note]]Claudia, Vasili Nikolaevich, Matthew Beeman, Gregory Thomas[[/note]]

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* [[Characters/TheAmericansMain Main Characters]][[note]]Elizabeth Jennings, Philip Jennings, Paige Jennings, Henry Jennings, Stan Beeman, Sandra Beeman, Frank Gaad, Chris Amador, Martha Hanson, Nina Sergeevna, Arkady Votov, Oleg Burov[[/note]]
[[Characters/TheAmericansTheJenningsFamily The Jennings Family]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansRecurring Recurring Characters]][[note]]Claudia, Vasili Nikolaevich, Matthew Beeman, Gregory Thomas[[/note]][[Characters/TheAmericansTheBeemanFamily The Beeman Family]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheFBI The FBI]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheRezidentura The Rezidentura]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheIllegalsProgram The Illegals Program]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansTheOtherCharacters The Other Characters]]


* [[Characters/TheAmericansMain Main Characters]][[note]]Elizabeth Jennings, Philip Jennings, Paige Jennings, Henry Jennings, Stan Beeman, Sandra Beeman, Frank Gaad, Chris Amador, Martha Hanson, Nina Sergeevna[[/note]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansRecurring Recurring Characters]][[note]]Claudia, Arkady, Vasili Nikolaevich, Matthew Beeman, Gregory Thomas[[/note]]

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* [[Characters/TheAmericansMain Main Characters]][[note]]Elizabeth Jennings, Philip Jennings, Paige Jennings, Henry Jennings, Stan Beeman, Sandra Beeman, Frank Gaad, Chris Amador, Martha Hanson, Nina Sergeevna[[/note]]
Sergeevna, Arkady Votov, Oleg Burov[[/note]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansRecurring Recurring Characters]][[note]]Claudia, Arkady, Vasili Nikolaevich, Matthew Beeman, Gregory Thomas[[/note]]


* [[Characters/TheAmericansMain Main Characters]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansRecurring Recurring Characters]]

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* [[Characters/TheAmericansMain Main Characters]]
Characters]][[note]]Elizabeth Jennings, Philip Jennings, Paige Jennings, Henry Jennings, Stan Beeman, Sandra Beeman, Frank Gaad, Chris Amador, Martha Hanson, Nina Sergeevna[[/note]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansRecurring Recurring Characters]]Characters]][[note]]Claudia, Arkady, Vasili Nikolaevich, Matthew Beeman, Gregory Thomas[[/note]]


!Series/{{The Americans}}

The character sheet for ''TheAmericans''.

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!!Matthew Beeman
->'''Played By:''' Daniel Flaherty

The teenage son of the Beemans. He forms a friendship with Paige.

* DeadpanSnarker
* WhenYouComingHomeDad
[[/folder]]


[[folder: The Soviets]]
!!Claudia
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ta_102_121213_092_full_6177.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I know you better than you know yourself. And you don't know me at all."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Margo Martindale

->''"Have you been following the sad progress of this countryís Equal Rights Amendment? Honestly, it makes me chuckle. These women here need to learn what you and I have known forever -- you canít wait for the laws to give you your rights. You have to take them, claim them every second of every day of every year."''

A ruthless undercover KGB agent who operates as the Jennings' handler. Although initially benevolent, her relationship with the Jennings soon grows tense.

* [[spoiler:BestServedCold]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* ColdBloodedTorture: Subjects [[spoiler:Elizabeth and Philip to this.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes
* FauxAffablyEvil
* TheHandler: To Phillip, Elizabeth, and likely others.
* KnightTemplar
* [[spoiler:LaserGuidedKarma: In a nice bit of instant justice, Elizabeth snaps and almost drowns Claudia in the basin she was going to dunk Elizabeth in.]]
* [[MouthOfSauron Mouth Of Russia]]
* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong
* NeverMessWithGranny
* [[spoiler:NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Receives one from Elizabeth.]]
* NotSoDifferent: From Elizabeth, particularly in regards to her past.
* OldSoldier
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Elizabeth and Phillip. They have a tense relationship that's more pronounced on their side.


!!Arkady
->'''Played By:''' Lev Gorn

A higher-up at the Russian Embassy.

* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Displays some empathy towards his workers and is not particularly hardass by Soviet standards.
* SadisticChoice: Gives one to [[spoiler:Nina in ''The Colonel''.]]

!!Vasili Nikolaevich
->'''Played By:''' Peter von Berg

The 'rezident' at the Russian Embassy. He's targeted by Nina as a source of information and [[spoiler:later framed as a mole by Stan Beeman.]]

* DirtyOldMan: Carries on an affair with Nina, who's young enough to be his daughter.
* [[spoiler:{{Frameup}}: Stan frames him as TheMole at the Russian Embassy to protect Nina's identity...and possibly because he's also angry that Vasili is sleeping with her.]]
* MayDecemberRomance: With Nina, although only he is under the illusion of it being a 'romance'.
* PunchClockVillain: Like most of the other characters, he's only doing his job and his status as 'villain' is only in the eyes of the FBI and Nina.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Others]]
!!Gregory Thomas
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ta102_121112_014_full_6038.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Me and her against the world. We were willing to sacrifice our lives, our families. You know. Whatever it took."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Derek Luke

A former black militant who now works as an agent for the Jennings. Passionate and driven, he [[spoiler:is in love with Elizabeth and previously had an affair with her. The KGB frames him for the murder of Agent Chris Amador, and he is subsequently killed in a shoot-out with police.]]

* AngryBlackMan: Subverted. He comes off as a fairly nice, even-tempered guy. His anger is really the frustration that comes with the fact that the woman he loves is unable to be in a genuine relationship with him.* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: He takes the fall for Amador's murder and chooses SuicideByCop. 'Heroic' is probably not the best term however.]]
* ScaryBlackMan: He's friendly enough, but he's also ruthless enough to work with the KGB.
* [[spoiler:SuicideByCop: He wanders toward cops with the full intention to getting gunned down, since he doesn't want jail or Moscow and Elizabeth won't run away with him.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: To Elizabeth and 'the cause'.
* [[spoiler:YourCheatingHeart: He carried on an affair with the married Elizabeth.]]
[[/folder]]


!!Elizabeth Jennings / Nadezhda
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jennings_elizabeth_9872.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"You know what I wish as I fall asleep every night? That Iíll wake up and not be worried."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Keri Russell

A Soviet KGB officer posing undercover in America as one half of a married couple. She is coldly pragmatic and utterly dedicated to the cause.

* ActionGirl / DarkActionGirl
* ActionMom
* ArmorPiercingSlap
* ArrangedMarriage
* {{Badass}}
* DeepCoverAgent
* DoNotCallMePaul
* FakeAmerican: ironically enough, played by an actual American
* FemmeFatale
* HiddenDepths
* HoneyTrap
* IceQueen
** DefrostingIceQueen
* {{Jerkass}}
* MsFanservice
* MyCountryRightOrWrong
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: On [[spoiler:Claudia.]]
* PowerOfTrust: With Gregory. Why she tries to convince the KGB to work with him concerning [[spoiler: his exfiltration]].
* [[spoiler:RapeAsBackstory]]
* SympatheticPOV
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Claudia.
* UndercoverAsLovers
* VillainProtagonist
* WigDressAccent
* [[spoiler:YourCheatingHeart]]

!!Phillip Jennings / [[spoiler: Misha]]
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jennings_philip_4983.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' Matthew Rhys

A Soviet KGB officer posing undercover in America as one half of a married couple. He's more conflicted than his wife, having grown to like his American life and family.

* ArrangedMarriage
* {{Badass}}
* BecomingTheMask
* BullyHunter

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!!Elizabeth Jennings / Nadezhda
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jennings_elizabeth_9872.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"You know what I wish as I fall asleep every night? That Iíll wake up and not be worried."'']]




!!Matthew Beeman
->'''Played By:''' Keri Russell

A Soviet KGB officer posing undercover in America as one half
Daniel Flaherty

The teenage son
of a married couple. She is coldly pragmatic and utterly dedicated to the cause.

* ActionGirl / DarkActionGirl
* ActionMom
* ArmorPiercingSlap
* ArrangedMarriage
* {{Badass}}
* DeepCoverAgent
* DoNotCallMePaul
* FakeAmerican: ironically enough, played by an actual American
* FemmeFatale
* HiddenDepths
* HoneyTrap
* IceQueen
** DefrostingIceQueen
* {{Jerkass}}
* MsFanservice
* MyCountryRightOrWrong
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: On [[spoiler:Claudia.]]
* PowerOfTrust: With Gregory. Why she tries to convince the KGB to work
Beemans. He forms a friendship with him concerning [[spoiler: his exfiltration]].
* [[spoiler:RapeAsBackstory]]
* SympatheticPOV
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Claudia.
* UndercoverAsLovers
* VillainProtagonist
* WigDressAccent
* [[spoiler:YourCheatingHeart]]

!!Phillip Jennings / [[spoiler: Misha]]
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jennings_philip_4983.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' Matthew Rhys

A Soviet KGB officer posing undercover in America as one half of a married couple. He's more conflicted than his wife, having grown to like his American life and family.

* ArrangedMarriage
* {{Badass}}
* BecomingTheMask
* BullyHunter
Paige.



* DeepCoverAgent
* FakeAmerican
* GoingNative
* HoneyTrap
* HotDad
* MrFanservice
* PapaWolf
* PunchClockVillain
* SympatheticPOV
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Claudia.
* UndercoverAsLovers
* VillainProtagonist
* WigDressAccent
* [[spoiler:YourCheatingHeart]]

!!Paige Jennings
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jennings_paige_1069.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' Holly Taylor

The willful teenage daughter of the Jennings. She forms a friendship with Matthew Beeman.

* BrattyTeenageDaughter
* DeadpanSnarker

!!Henry Jennings
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jennings_henry_2331.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' Keidrich Sellati

The young son of the Jennings.

* BringMyBrownPants: He has an 'accident' after [[spoiler:the incident with a random creep.]] For a kid his age and the kind of situation he was in, it's hard to blame him.
* CheerfulChild: He gets along pretty easily with his parents, in slight contrast to Paige who's hitting the rebellious stage.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Does this to the aforementioned weirdo.
* TookALevelInBadass: He suddenly turns awesome when a possible weirdo picks up him and Paige. He [[spoiler:decks the guy with a case of beer so they can escape.]]

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* DeepCoverAgent
* FakeAmerican
* GoingNative
* HoneyTrap
* HotDad
* MrFanservice
* PapaWolf
* PunchClockVillain
* SympatheticPOV
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Claudia.
* UndercoverAsLovers
* VillainProtagonist
* WigDressAccent
* [[spoiler:YourCheatingHeart]]

!!Paige Jennings
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jennings_paige_1069.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' Holly Taylor

The willful teenage daughter of the Jennings. She forms a friendship with Matthew Beeman.

* BrattyTeenageDaughter
* DeadpanSnarker

!!Henry Jennings
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jennings_henry_2331.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' Keidrich Sellati

The young son of the Jennings.

* BringMyBrownPants: He has an 'accident' after [[spoiler:the incident with a random creep.]] For a kid his age and the kind of situation he was in, it's hard to blame him.
* CheerfulChild: He gets along pretty easily with his parents, in slight contrast to Paige who's hitting the rebellious stage.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Does this to the aforementioned weirdo.
* TookALevelInBadass: He suddenly turns awesome when a possible weirdo picks up him and Paige. He [[spoiler:decks the guy with a case of beer so they can escape.]]
WhenYouComingHomeDad



[[folder: The Beemans]]

!!Agent Stan Beeman
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/beeman_stan_3115.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"The thing about racquetball is itís not about power and speed. Itís about strategy. About making your opponent move too fast, tire out, and then make a mistake."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Noah Emmerich

An FBI agent tasked with rooting out Soviet spies. After spending a long time undercover with a white supremacist group, he and his family have moved into the Jennings' neighbourhood. A professional and highly driven man, Stan's homelife isn't as well-composed as the man himself.

* {{Badass}}
** BadassBaritone
** BadassBoast: He gets two great ones in "Safe House".
-->''"If anything happens to [[spoiler:Amador, Vlad is dead.]] I will personally send you his balls to wear around your neck to wear at your next May Day parade."''

-->''"If you don't tell me where he is you will never get dropped at my master's feet. My bite will go hard and you will know you are dead before your heart stops beating."''
* CowboyCop
* DatingCatwoman: Unbeknown to him, Nina is not as naive and innocent and she appears to be.
* DeepCoverAgent: Spent some time undercover as a white supremacist. It is implied he he did unsavory things to maintain his cover.
* {{FBI Agent}}
* GenreSavvy: His personal experience gives him and additional edge and makes him even more competent.
* TheHandler: To Nina.
* HeroAntagonist
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* LanternJawOfJustice: An overall squared build.
* LetMeTellYouAStory
* MarriedToTheJob: Overly-committed to his duty at first, he alienates his wife even before his job becomes tangled with an affair.
* ProperlyParanoid
* [[spoiler:RevengeBeforeReason: He brutally kills a Russian embassy worker for basically no reason other than to avenge Amador's death.]]
* TheStrategist: Puts together a beautiful misdirection gambit that pays off.
* TheStoic
* [[spoiler:YourCheatingHeart: With Nina.]]

!!Sandra Beeman
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/beeman_sandra_6205.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' Susan Misner

Stan's caring wife who feels her marriage being put to the test after her husband returns from undercover work a changed man.

* NotSoDifferent: From Elizabeth. Both are keeping up a charade of a perfect marriage for outsiders but have severe problems that are tearing their families apart.
* PromotedToOpeningCredits: Susan Misner becomes part of the main cast in season 2 after recurring in season 1.
* StepfordSmiler: Part of what makes her NotSoDifferent from Elizabeth. She and Stan appear as a happy couple, but they're distant and Sandra doesn't feel like she knows him anymore.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives a scathing and heartbreaking one to Stan after a night out with Elizabeth.

!!Matthew Beeman
->'''Played By:''' Daniel Flaherty

The teenage son of the Beemans. He forms a friendship with Paige.

* DeadpanSnarker
* WhenYouComingHomeDad

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[[folder: The Beemans]]

!!Agent Stan Beeman
Soviets]]
!!Claudia
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/beeman_stan_3115.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ta_102_121213_092_full_6177.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"The thing about racquetball is itís not about power and speed. Itís about strategy. About making your opponent move too fast, tire out, and then make a mistake.[[caption-width-right:350:''"I know you better than you know yourself. And you don't know me at all."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Noah Emmerich

An FBI agent tasked with rooting out Soviet spies. After spending a long time undercover with a white supremacist group, he
Margo Martindale

->''"Have you been following the sad progress of this countryís Equal Rights Amendment? Honestly, it makes me chuckle. These women here need to learn what you
and his family I have moved into known forever -- you canít wait for the Jennings' neighbourhood. A professional and highly driven man, Stan's homelife isn't as well-composed as the man himself.

* {{Badass}}
** BadassBaritone
** BadassBoast: He gets two great ones in "Safe House".
-->''"If anything happens
laws to [[spoiler:Amador, Vlad is dead.]] I will personally send give you his balls to wear around your neck rights. You have to wear at your next May Day parade.take them, claim them every second of every day of every year."''

-->''"If you don't tell me where he is you will never get dropped at my master's feet. My bite will go hard and you will know you are dead before your heart stops beating."''
* CowboyCop
* DatingCatwoman: Unbeknown to him, Nina is not as naive and innocent and she appears to be.
* DeepCoverAgent: Spent some time
A ruthless undercover KGB agent who operates as a white supremacist. It is implied he he did unsavory things to maintain his cover.
* {{FBI Agent}}
* GenreSavvy: His personal experience gives him and additional edge and makes him even more competent.
* TheHandler: To Nina.
* HeroAntagonist
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* LanternJawOfJustice: An overall squared build.
* LetMeTellYouAStory
* MarriedToTheJob: Overly-committed to his duty at first, he alienates his wife even before his job becomes tangled
the Jennings' handler. Although initially benevolent, her relationship with an affair.
the Jennings soon grows tense.

* ProperlyParanoid
[[spoiler:BestServedCold]]
* [[spoiler:RevengeBeforeReason: He brutally kills a Russian embassy worker for basically no reason other than BitchInSheepsClothing
* ColdBloodedTorture: Subjects [[spoiler:Elizabeth and Philip
to avenge Amador's death.this.]]
* TheStrategist: Puts together EvenEvilHasLovedOnes
* FauxAffablyEvil
* TheHandler: To Phillip, Elizabeth, and likely others.
* KnightTemplar
* [[spoiler:LaserGuidedKarma: In
a beautiful misdirection gambit that pays off.
nice bit of instant justice, Elizabeth snaps and almost drowns Claudia in the basin she was going to dunk Elizabeth in.]]
* TheStoic
[[MouthOfSauron Mouth Of Russia]]
* [[spoiler:YourCheatingHeart: MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong
* NeverMessWithGranny
* [[spoiler:NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Receives one from Elizabeth.]]
* NotSoDifferent: From Elizabeth, particularly in regards to her past.
* OldSoldier
* TeethClenchedTeamwork:
With Nina.Elizabeth and Phillip. They have a tense relationship that's more pronounced on their side.


!!Arkady
->'''Played By:''' Lev Gorn

A higher-up at the Russian Embassy.

* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Displays some empathy towards his workers and is not particularly hardass by Soviet standards.
* SadisticChoice: Gives one to [[spoiler:Nina in ''The Colonel''.
]]

!!Sandra Beeman
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/beeman_sandra_6205.jpg]]
!!Vasili Nikolaevich
->'''Played By:''' Susan Misner

Stan's caring wife who feels her marriage
Peter von Berg

The 'rezident' at the Russian Embassy. He's targeted by Nina as a source of information and [[spoiler:later framed as a mole by Stan Beeman.]]

* DirtyOldMan: Carries on an affair with Nina, who's young enough to be his daughter.
* [[spoiler:{{Frameup}}: Stan frames him as TheMole at the Russian Embassy to protect Nina's identity...and possibly because he's also angry that Vasili is sleeping with her.]]
* MayDecemberRomance: With Nina, although only he is under the illusion of it
being put to the test after her husband returns from undercover work a changed man.

'romance'.
* NotSoDifferent: From Elizabeth. Both are keeping up a charade of a perfect marriage for outsiders but have severe problems that are tearing their families apart.
* PromotedToOpeningCredits: Susan Misner becomes part
PunchClockVillain: Like most of the main cast in season 2 after recurring in season 1.
* StepfordSmiler: Part of what makes her NotSoDifferent from Elizabeth. She
other characters, he's only doing his job and Stan appear his status as a happy couple, but they're distant and Sandra doesn't feel like she knows him anymore.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives a scathing and heartbreaking one to Stan after a night out with Elizabeth.

!!Matthew Beeman
->'''Played By:''' Daniel Flaherty

The teenage son
'villain' is only in the eyes of the Beemans. He forms a friendship with Paige.

* DeadpanSnarker
* WhenYouComingHomeDad
FBI and Nina.



[[folder: The FBI]]
!!Agent Chris Amador
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ta-1_1-5_full_1765.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I am as unencumbered as bedbugs in a flophouse."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Maximiliano Hernández

An FBI agent and Stan Beeman's partner. In contrast to Stan, he's much more easy-going and snarky. [[spoiler:After finding Phillip leaving Martha's home, a confrontation leads to his capture and eventual death.]]

* {{Badass}}
* BaldOfAwesome
* CowboyCop
* [[spoiler:DefiantToTheEnd]]
* [[spoiler:DiesWideOpen]]
* {{FBI Agent}}
* HandsomeLech
* HiddenDepths: He is a Nam vet.
* [[spoiler:[[BlackDudeDiesFirst Hispanic Dude Dies First]]]]
* [[spoiler:HoistByHisOwnPetard]]
* ReallyGetsAround
* RightForTheWrongReasons: His suspicions towards Phillip are not professional ones but motivated by the GreenEyedMonster.
* TheVietnamWar: A veteran.
* StalkerWithACrush: To Martha.
* TokenMinority: As one of only three minorities in his department, they can't fire him, and he can rough up suspects if he likes.
* WorkingWithTheEx: He is Martha's exboyfriend.

!!Agent Frank Gaad
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gaad_frank_9060.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"They kill us. We kill them. That's the world that we live in."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Richard Thomas

->''"This isn't a cold war. There's nothing cold about the covert violent exchanges between the United States and the Soviet Union. They've killed not only our agents, but our citizens. And for that they'll pay."''

The FBI supervisor, an intense man eager to root out Soviet spies even at the expense of others.

* BadassBoast: After [[spoiler:Amador is killed.]]
-->''"This will not stand."''
* DaChief: For the FBI.
* {{Determinator}}
* AFatherToHisMen
* {{FBI Agent}}: The supervisor, even.
* HeroAntagonist
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* KnightTemplar
* NotSoDifferent: From Claudia. Both are fervent believers who can be ruthless in their strive to succeed.
* RevengeBeforeReason: After [[spoiler:Amador is killed]], he seems to take it as a personal slight.

!!Martha Hanson
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hanson_martha_2350.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' Alison Wright

An FBI clerical worker who is unwittingly providing vital information to Phillip under a cover identity.

* ChristmasCake: A middle aged woman who has been yearning for the right man for a long time. This is what makes her so vulnerable to the SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan scenario fabricated by Phillip.
* ImmodestOrgasm: When in bed, she is extremely...'vocal'.
* PromotedToOpeningCredits: For the second season.
* UnwittingPawn: Of Philip's.

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[[folder: The FBI]]
!!Agent Chris Amador
Others]]
!!Gregory Thomas
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ta-1_1-5_full_1765.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ta102_121112_014_full_6038.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I am as unencumbered as bedbugs in a flophouse.[[caption-width-right:350:''"Me and her against the world. We were willing to sacrifice our lives, our families. You know. Whatever it took."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Maximiliano Hernández

An FBI
Derek Luke

A former black militant who now works as an
agent for the Jennings. Passionate and Stan Beeman's partner. In contrast to Stan, he's much more easy-going driven, he [[spoiler:is in love with Elizabeth and snarky. [[spoiler:After finding Phillip leaving Martha's home, a confrontation leads to his capture previously had an affair with her. The KGB frames him for the murder of Agent Chris Amador, and eventual death.he is subsequently killed in a shoot-out with police.]]

* {{Badass}}
* BaldOfAwesome
* CowboyCop
* [[spoiler:DefiantToTheEnd]]
* [[spoiler:DiesWideOpen]]
* {{FBI Agent}}
* HandsomeLech
* HiddenDepths:
AngryBlackMan: Subverted. He is comes off as a Nam vet.
* [[spoiler:[[BlackDudeDiesFirst Hispanic Dude Dies First]]]]
* [[spoiler:HoistByHisOwnPetard]]
* ReallyGetsAround
* RightForTheWrongReasons:
fairly nice, even-tempered guy. His suspicions towards Phillip are not professional ones but motivated by anger is really the GreenEyedMonster.
* TheVietnamWar: A veteran.
* StalkerWithACrush: To Martha.
* TokenMinority: As one of only three minorities in his department, they can't fire him, and he can rough up suspects if he likes.
* WorkingWithTheEx: He is Martha's exboyfriend.

!!Agent Frank Gaad
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gaad_frank_9060.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"They kill us. We kill them. That's the world
frustration that we live in."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Richard Thomas

->''"This isn't a cold war. There's nothing cold about
comes with the covert violent exchanges between the United States and the Soviet Union. They've killed not only our agents, but our citizens. And for fact that they'll pay."''

The FBI supervisor, an intense man eager to root out Soviet spies even at
the expense of others.

* BadassBoast: After [[spoiler:Amador
woman he loves is killed.unable to be in a genuine relationship with him.* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: He takes the fall for Amador's murder and chooses SuicideByCop. 'Heroic' is probably not the best term however.]]
-->''"This will not stand."''
* DaChief: For the FBI.
* {{Determinator}}
* AFatherToHisMen
* {{FBI Agent}}: The supervisor, even.
* HeroAntagonist
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* KnightTemplar
* NotSoDifferent: From Claudia. Both are fervent believers who can be
ScaryBlackMan: He's friendly enough, but he's also ruthless in their strive enough to succeed.
* RevengeBeforeReason: After [[spoiler:Amador is killed]], he seems to take it as a personal slight.

!!Martha Hanson
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->'''Played By:''' Alison Wright

An FBI clerical worker who is unwittingly providing vital information to Phillip under a cover identity.

* ChristmasCake: A middle aged woman who has been yearning for
work with the right man for a long time. This is what makes her so vulnerable to KGB.
* [[spoiler:SuicideByCop: He wanders toward cops with
the SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan scenario fabricated by Phillip.
full intention to getting gunned down, since he doesn't want jail or Moscow and Elizabeth won't run away with him.]]
* ImmodestOrgasm: When in bed, she is extremely...'vocal'.
UndyingLoyalty: To Elizabeth and 'the cause'.
* PromotedToOpeningCredits: For [[spoiler:YourCheatingHeart: He carried on an affair with the second season.
* UnwittingPawn: Of Philip's.
married Elizabeth.]]



[[folder: The Soviets]]
!!Claudia
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I know you better than you know yourself. And you don't know me at all."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Margo Martindale

->''"Have you been following the sad progress of this countryís Equal Rights Amendment? Honestly, it makes me chuckle. These women here need to learn what you and I have known forever -- you canít wait for the laws to give you your rights. You have to take them, claim them every second of every day of every year."''

A ruthless undercover KGB agent who operates as the Jennings' handler. Although initially benevolent, her relationship with the Jennings soon grows tense.

* [[spoiler:BestServedCold]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* ColdBloodedTorture: Subjects [[spoiler:Elizabeth and Philip to this.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes
* FauxAffablyEvil
* TheHandler: To Phillip, Elizabeth, and likely others.
* KnightTemplar
* [[spoiler:LaserGuidedKarma: In a nice bit of instant justice, Elizabeth snaps and almost drowns Claudia in the basin she was going to dunk Elizabeth in.]]
* [[MouthOfSauron Mouth Of Russia]]
* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong
* NeverMessWithGranny
* [[spoiler:NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Receives one from Elizabeth.]]
* NotSoDifferent: From Elizabeth, particularly in regards to her past.
* OldSoldier
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Elizabeth and Phillip. They have a tense relationship that's more pronounced on their side.

!!Nina
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I do everything for you. I do my best."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Annet Mahendru

A Russian embassy worker who is ensnared by Stan Beeman and forced to work as a mole. She gradually proves herself to be more savvy than she seems, and [[spoiler:even begins an affair with Beeman.]]

* BlackBraAndPanties: She seems to favour them, and adds to her role as MsFanservice.
* {{Blackmail}}: Faces this from Stan Beeman, forcing her to work as TheMole.
* [[spoiler:DoubleAgent: Becomes one for the KGB after she confesses to being TheMole.]]
* HoneyTrap: For Vasili.
* [[LieBackAndThinkOfEngland Lie Back And Think Of The USSR]]: Does this with her boss.
* TheMistress: [[spoiler:She's Stan Beeman's 'other woman']]
* TheMole: At Beeman's behest.
* MsFanservice: She tends to get the majority of sexy scenes.
* OnlyOneName: Yet to acquire a surname.
* PromotedToOpeningCredits: For the second season.
* [[spoiler:SadisticChoice: In ''The Colonel''.]]
* {{Sensual Slav|s}}: Her beauty does not go uncommented on, and she knows how to use it.
* StealingFromTheTill: Steals fancy stuff from the Soviet embassy. This allows the Americans to blackmail her.
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: In some of her post-sex scenes.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Beeman. [[spoiler:They do.]]

!!Arkady
->'''Played By:''' Lev Gorn

A higher-up at the Russian Embassy.

* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Displays some empathy towards his workers and is not particularly hardass by Soviet standards.
* SadisticChoice: Gives one to [[spoiler:Nina in ''The Colonel''.]]

!!Vasili Nikolaevich
->'''Played By:''' Peter von Berg

The 'rezident' at the Russian Embassy. He's targeted by Nina as a source of information and [[spoiler:later framed as a mole by Stan Beeman.]]

* DirtyOldMan: Carries on an affair with Nina, who's young enough to be his daughter.
* [[spoiler:{{Frameup}}: Stan frames him as TheMole at the Russian Embassy to protect Nina's identity...and possibly because he's also angry that Vasili is sleeping with her.]]
* MayDecemberRomance: With Nina, although only he is under the illusion of it being a 'romance'.
* PunchClockVillain: Like most of the other characters, he's only doing his job and his status as 'villain' is only in the eyes of the FBI and Nina.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Others]]
!!Gregory Thomas
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Me and her against the world. We were willing to sacrifice our lives, our families. You know. Whatever it took."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Derek Luke

A former black militant who now works as an agent for the Jennings. Passionate and driven, he [[spoiler:is in love with Elizabeth and previously had an affair with her. The KGB frames him for the murder of Agent Chris Amador, and he is subsequently killed in a shoot-out with police.]]

* AngryBlackMan: Subverted. He comes off as a fairly nice, even-tempered guy. His anger is really the frustration that comes with the fact that the woman he loves is unable to be in a genuine relationship with him.* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: He takes the fall for Amador's murder and chooses SuicideByCop. 'Heroic' is probably not the best term however.]]
* ScaryBlackMan: He's friendly enough, but he's also ruthless enough to work with the KGB.
* [[spoiler:SuicideByCop: He wanders toward cops with the full intention to getting gunned down, since he doesn't want jail or Moscow and Elizabeth won't run away with him.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: To Elizabeth and 'the cause'.
* [[spoiler:YourCheatingHeart: He carried on an affair with the married Elizabeth.]]
[[/folder]]


* [[Characters/TheAmericansMain Main Characters]]
* [[Characters/TheAmericansRecurring Recurring Characters]]



[[folder: The Jennings]]


!!Elizabeth Jennings / [[spoiler: Nadezhda]]
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!!Elizabeth Jennings / [[spoiler: Nadezhda]]
Nadezhda
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* [[spoiler: YourCheatingHeart]]

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* [[spoiler: YourCheatingHeart]]
[[spoiler:YourCheatingHeart]]



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* {{Badass}}
** TookALevelInBadass: He suddenly turns awesome when a possible weirdo picks up him and Paige. He [[spoiler:decks the guy with a case of beer so they can escape.]]



* CheerfulChild: He gets along pretty easily with his parents, in slight contrast to Paige who's hitting the rebellious stage.




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* TookALevelInBadass: He suddenly turns awesome when a possible weirdo picks up him and Paige. He [[spoiler:decks the guy with a case of beer so they can escape.]]



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* PromotedToOpeningCredits: For the second season.
* StepfordSmiler

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* NotSoDifferent: From Elizabeth. Both are keeping up a charade of a perfect marriage for outsiders but have severe problems that are tearing their families apart.
* PromotedToOpeningCredits: For Susan Misner becomes part of the second season.
main cast in season 2 after recurring in season 1.
* StepfordSmilerStepfordSmiler: Part of what makes her NotSoDifferent from Elizabeth. She and Stan appear as a happy couple, but they're distant and Sandra doesn't feel like she knows him anymore.



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* BadassBoast: After [[spoiler:Amador is killed.]]
-->''"This will not stand."''
* DaChief: For the FBI.
* {{Determinator}}



* BadassBoast: ''"This will not stand."''
* DaChief
* {{Determinator}}
* {{FBI Agent}}

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* BadassBoast: ''"This will not stand."''
* DaChief
* {{Determinator}}
* {{FBI Agent}}Agent}}: The supervisor, even.



* NotSoDifferent
* RevengeBeforeReason

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* NotSoDifferent
NotSoDifferent: From Claudia. Both are fervent believers who can be ruthless in their strive to succeed.
* RevengeBeforeReason
RevengeBeforeReason: After [[spoiler:Amador is killed]], he seems to take it as a personal slight.



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* ImmodestOrgasm

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* ImmodestOrgasmImmodestOrgasm: When in bed, she is extremely...'vocal'.



* UnwittingPawn

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* UnwittingPawnUnwittingPawn: Of Philip's.



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* PromotedToOpeningTitles

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* PromotedToOpeningTitlesPromotedToOpeningCredits: For the second season.









* PromotedToOpeningCredits: For the second season.









* [[PromotedToOpeningCredits: For the second season.]]

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* [[PromotedToOpeningCredits: PromotedToOpeningCredits: For the second season.]]

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