An idealistic, naïve trainee in the French Secret Service.
- Country Mouse: Technically not, since he's a Parisian just like his colleagues, but the more senior agents spend most of the first series treating him as a rube by mocking his cheap, unfashionable suit.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Effortlessly takes out two FLN men before Jacquard, ostensibly his trainer, even knows what's happening.
- Fish out of Water
- Good Is Not Dumb: He might be naive and moral, but he's more competent than his senior trainers.
- Happily Adopted: He was taken in by one of his father's friends after his father was killed in the war, and loves the man dearly.
- I Dentical Grandson: Is the spitting image of his father.
- Naïve Newcomer
- Only Sane Man
- Your Cheating Heart: He cheats on Sophie with Clayborn, rationalizing it as part of his mission. To his credit, despite ostensibly being straight, he then has sex with a man, in the name of the same mission. The whole thing is a gambit by the Colonel to get him to break it off with Sophie.
In charge of Algerian intelligence.
- Going Native: Zig-zagged. Jacquard truly loves Algeria and feels at home there, but, rather than honoring the Algerians' desire for independence, he wants it to remain a French possession. He even passes information to the OAS when President de Gaulle allows Algeria self-determination.
- Grammar Nazi: He has no patience for anyone, particularly Americans, butchering the French language.
- Mighty Whitey: Not really, since the entire show is satire, but he's treated this way by Moktar and others, who refer to him as "Sidi Jacky."
Head of the Africa desk.
- The Casanova: He has fathered a number of children on the job, whom he does not support.
- Dance of Romance
- Disappeared Dad: i.e., him.
- In Love with the Mark
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: Briefly. When he falls in love with Irène Mercaillon, he shows up to work in a bright red suit; that ends, though, when Moïse tells him, "Put on a proper suit. This isn't the circus."
Responsible for Eastern bloc intelligence.
- Cassandra Truth: He correctly guesses what Merlaux is up to in season 2; when he explains his theory, though, everyone just laughs, assuming it's just one more of Calot's eccentricities.
- Catchphrase: Q.E.D.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He's an odd fellow, and with odd ideas a lot of the time.
- Crazy Awesome: The madness that makes Calot completely dysfunctional most of the time also makes him perfectly suited to life in Moscow.
- Driven to Madness: The show implies (especially in season 2) that Calot is the way he is because of prolonged immersion in the Insane Troll Logic of the USSR. (This would also be an instance of Crazy Sane.)
- Talking to Themself: He actually hallucinates a doppelgänger.
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: Two, actually. First, he dreams about making love to Marie-Jo with his doppelgänger; later, he actually sleeps with the Creepy Twins he picks up in East Germany.
The only female agent in the Service. Given the sexism in her workplace, it's not too surprising that she runs off with a Cuban revolutionary.
- Ambiguous Situation: She defected to Cuba, or maybe it was A Match Made in Stockholm.
- The Ace: Clearly the most competent agent, although most of her feats are off-screen.
- Hello, Nurse!
- Honey Trap: Her expense report in the first episode has her spending over a million francs on lingerie, and she's later seen seducing an African diplomat. On Mercaillon's orders, she seduces Merlaux.
- Ms. Fanservice: She has a couple of scenes of her in lingerie.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her lover may or may not be Che Guevara.
- Passed-Over Promotion: Moïse wants to take Clayborn on as his protégée, but the Colonel finds the idea of promoting a woman laughable (he literally laughs), and instead promotes the clearly unqualified Lechiot.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Clayborn is by far the most competent agent in the shop, but the menfolk are too busy staring at her chest to notice.
George "Moïse" Préjean
Chief of operations. Part badass secret agent, part harried middle manager.
- Benevolent Boss
- Closet Gay
- Meaningful Name: He is both the day-to-day leader of the team and the intermediary between the lower-ranking agents and the Colonel.
- Papa Wolf: When two obnoxious CIA agents disparage Jacquard, Moulinier, and Calot, Moïse will have none of it: "Nonsense. They are exceptional. I hope you have agents of that caliber in your own service."
- Reasonable Authority Figure
A secretary or general office girl; later promoted to agent by Moïse.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: After she stages Merlaux's death, she walks into the office with a newfound confidence and a new outfit befitting an independent woman instead of a meek secretary.
- Spy Catsuit: wears quite a few after being promoted agent.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Even Moïse, the most enlightened man in the Service, takes a long time to realize how skilled and talented Marie-Jo is.
Lechiot/Gomez/SchmidPlayed By: Antoine Gouy
Like the drummers of Spinal Tap, the accountants of the Service tend to meet bad ends. Fortunately, there's always another one waiting in the wings.
- Character Tics: Schmid whips his hair often.
- Hidden Depths: Lechiot was a poor fit for his eventual position, but he apparently was a member of the French resistance in the war.
- It Is Pronounced Tropay: It's Schmid, not Schmidt.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat
- Pet the Dog: Schmid is visibly touched when Moïse pronounces his name correctly.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Gomez seems to know something bad is coming, and asks Moïse for the day off just before Moïse is arrested by Mercaillon. Good self-preservation instincts; too bad he drowns while on vacation.
- True Neutral: Even Schmid, the most obstructionist of the accountants, never acts out of spite or malice, and he's even helpful once or twice. He simply serves a higher power: proper procedure and paperwork.
Le Colonel Maurice Mercaillon
Head of the French Secret Service.
- Big Bad
- Covert Pervert: Uses a peep show booth for meetings with his two Mooks; all three of them are, of course, Distracted by the Sexy.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: the Colonel may be a collaborator and a whole bunch of other things besides, but he loves his family and is devastated when his wife leaves him.
- Heel Realization
- Hoist by His Own Petard: When he blackmails Moïse, Moïse blackmails him right back.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He refuses to pronounce Moktar's name correctly; he mocks Moktar's halal diet; and he hurls at least half a dozen homophobic epithets at Moïse.
- Pragmatic Villainy: When it was expedient, he collaborated with the Nazis, but now he seems to be genuinely devoted to General de Gaulle.
- Sanity Slippage: After the dissolution of his family, he starts behaving erratically.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Both at home and at work, the Colonel strongly resists the societal changes that are brewing in the early 1960s.
- Housewife: she is at first your typical 50's-60's bored bourgeois housewife.
- Innocent Bigot: despite becoming more liberal after leaving her husband, she is still horrified when Sophie tells her that she fell in love with an Arab. Baby steps.
- Really Gets Around: after hooking up with Moulinier, she states that she does not want to settle with a husband and has a significant number of lovers.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: after leaving her husband, she wears more modern and colorful dresses, reflecting her new-found independence.
- Your Cheating Heart: her blonde-haired, Wagner-loving son is the offspring of a German soldier.