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Infinity

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    In General 
  • And I Must Scream: In the modded Infinity, they can't die, but they can certainly feel pain. They're trapped on a ship with nothing to do but drink; At one point Walton tries to make a hobby out of bashing his head against a control panel; and the ultimate goal of their escape plan is death, not freedom. Furthermore, Daly once removes Nanette's mouth and nose by waving his hand, turning her into a suffocating marionette in what must be a deliberate reference to the Trope Namer, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: To fit in with the 'wholesome' universe Daly has created, all the digital copies lack any genitals. They don't even have an anus. This is thankfully reversed when they escape his mod.
  • Body Horror: Nanette, Shania, Walton and Gillian are all subject to various forms of it, and it's almost certain that everybody else has had to endure vile 'punishments' at Daly's Reality Warper hands.
  • Clones Are People, Too: The simulated versions on the Callister are fully self-aware replicas of the real people with all their memories and personalities.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After all the horrors they've been put through by Daly, they really did deserve an entire universe to explore for their own amusement. Then again, their first encounter with a player character other then Daly implies they might have to endure many more similarly petulant gamer men. Also Walton isn't shown to be back with the others.
  • Going Native: Once they escape into the internet.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: The only thing they can do to pass the time is drink; their Barbie Doll Anatomy prevents them from other fun alternatives.
  • No Sex Allowed: Daly has prevented this by removing their genitals. It's implied he also invokes this trope because of his stunted sexuality.
  • Trapped in Another World

    Nanette 

Nanette Cole

Science Officer

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Nanette Cole 
Portrayed By: Cristin Milioti

  • Adorkable: Gets adorably flustered when first meeting Daly, her idol.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Looks like it might be played straight, before being sharply subverted. There's a Hope Spot when Nanette seems genuinely interested in him and his hobby (Space Fleet), and it appears like it might develop into a flirtation. Instead, she's warned off by Shania, and though she continues to be nice to him, Daly vows revenge and puts her inside Infinity.
  • Berserk Button: "Okay... stealing my pussy is a red fucking line!"
  • Brainy Brunette: Works at a video game company, geeks out over code, and the digital version of her is a science officer.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Once she gets her bearings in Infinity, she quickly shows herself to have a bit of a sharp tongue.
    (to Daly, mockingly) "You gonna throw a fireball?"
  • Determinator: She will not give up attempting to escape despite repeated failures, Daly possessing godlike powers, and everyone and everything telling her it's hopeless.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Justified; Nanette asking her real-life counterpart nicely didn't work. She blackmails the real Nanette into stealing from Daly, so that he can't recreate them.
  • Guile Hero: A coder determined to trick her way out of the simulation.
  • I Die Free: Proposes destroying the ship in the wormhole because at least being dead means they won't be Daly's slaves anymore. Luckily things go slightly better than that.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for Lowry getting turned into a horrible bug-monster.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Manipulates Daly in the virtual world.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Being new to Daly's private Space Fleet simulation, lots of exposition is needed to get her up to speed with the situation. She’s this in the real world as well as she is new to this job.
  • Nice Girl: When she joins Callister, Daly is wary and put-off by how genuinely nice she is to him.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: In both the real world and the virtual one.
  • Spanner in the Works: Daly probably would have been able to continue playing the game if he hadn't copied Nanette in. Her refusal to accept her situation ultimately helps her lead the crew to safety.
  • Sweater Girl: In the real world, if her photo gallery is anything to go by.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the virtual world, she steels Daly’s Ship, traps him in his own brain and becomes the new captain of the USS Callister.

    Walton 

James Walton

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Portrayed By: Jimmi Simpson

  • Despair Event Horizon: When Daly brings his son into Callister and forces him to watch him be thrown out into space and suffer for all eternity. He's completely defeated by Daly from then, but thankfully, Nanette helps him get out of it.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: "Fuck you to death!"
  • Foil: To Daly, being an openly flirty alpha-male type who once in the game shows moral character and empathy for other digital clones, realizing how much of a monster Daly's god complex has made him and even realizes he may have been partially responsible for it-though by that point he feels Daly is so far past the Moral Event Horizon he refuses to endanger the other digital clones to save him.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Jimmi Simpson says he believes Walton's digital clone wasn't deleted with the rest of the mod.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Says this to Daly, more or less exactly. While the rest of the crew is escaping, Walton starts to apologise for mistreating Daly, before ending by telling him that he no longer feels remorse for it due to Daly crossing the line with the murder of his son.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Volunteers to fix the ship's engine knowing that he will burn to death so the rest of the crew can escape Daly's torture.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Played with. Walton finally tells Daly outright that he ought to have appreciated his hard work and creativity more, and that he regrets having not done so. Daly even seems moved by this...but Walton then says that it doesn't matter, because Daly created a digital clone of Walton's son and pushed him out an airlock.
  • Lovable Coward: His character constantly panics and has to look to Daly for assistance when danger strikes. Just as an act, though, as Daly enjoys humiliating him, as he himself feels humiliated by Walton's belittling attitude and easy charisma.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's short-tempered and belittling toward Daly, is something of a sleaze, and ''plays guitar in his office like a douchebag'' but he loves his son more than life itself, is well-liked by his employees and is a noble person deep down.
    • Jerk Has a Point: Him calling out Daly's Extreme Doormat personality seems abrasive at first, but Daly is in a crucial leadership role, and his refusal to take charge over his subordinates means he's really not doing his job and is potentially harming the company. This kind of behavior leads to a critical update being pushed back (though it at least helped the heroes out in the end).
  • Mean Boss: An interesting case; both he and Daly feel that he exploited Daly's hard work without giving him his due. However, Daly is still second-in-command at the company and clearly doesn't have the skills necessary to keep the company afloat, so they really need each other. Everyone else who works at Callister seems to like him, even if they do consider him to be a player.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: His real life version is generally well-liked by his workers at Callister, even though they all see him as "a bit of a player".
  • Papa Wolf: He doesn't regret screwing over Daly at all because of what Daly did to Tommy, his son who had never wronged Daly.
  • Really Gets Around: Around the office, he's considered a notorious playboy.

    Lowry 

Shania Lowry

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Portrayed By: Michaela Coel

  • Baleful Polymorph: Is turned into a spider alien after she annoys Daly too much.
  • Expy: For Lieutenant Nyota Uhura; of all the expies, she bears the most physical resemblance to her counterpart.
  • Nice Girl: The real-world version of her makes friends with Nanette and helps show her the ropes, and the digital version is the most compassionate about acclimating digital Nanette (the others are so checked-out and cynical they mostly don't help).
  • Sassy Black Woman: Although she can't show it to Daly, Shania is very quick-witted and feisty, as demonstrated in her conversations both in and out of Infinity with Nanette.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Many of the characters in this episode swear a lot, but not as much as she does.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Her default greeting to friends and close coworkers seems to be calling them assholes, but the recipients tend to just laugh it off and return the banter.

    Valdack 

Valdack

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Portrayed By: Billy Magnussen

  • BFG: Wields a quite massive rocket launcher in his final confrontation with Daly. As soon as Daly is out of the picture for a moment, he puts it down and complains about its weight.
  • Death Seeker: When he gets "defeated" by Daly, he practically begs him to put him out of his misery.
  • Evil Laugh: Laughs like this. Nanette rolls her eyes at this antic programmed in by Daly.
  • Evil Makeover: Valdack in the real world is handsome and well-groomed, while in Infinity he's grungy with a scarred face and missing eye.
  • Expy: He is clearly supposed to be a Khan-like figure to Daly's Kirk.
  • Noodle Incident: Justified. We never learn what he did to justify Daly's hatred, but the crew admits it could've been literally anything.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Within Daly's narrative, he's the good captain's archnemesis, frequently appearing to cause trouble and threaten violence. In reality, he's as scared and trapped as everyone else, and on good terms with the rest of Daly's prisoners.
  • Red Right Hand: His missing right eye makes him look more villainous.
  • Unknown Rival: The real world Valdack seems like a cheery and friendly guy and seems to like Daly, or at the very least, shows no animosity towards him. But apparently, Daly hates him enough to not only clone him into the game but also make him the deformed Arch-Enemy. Probably demonstrates the extent to which Daly is spiteful and petty.
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    Elena 

Elena Tulaska

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Portrayed By: Milanka Brooks

  • Ambiguously Gay: One of the few things she actually shows interest in is Nanette's sexy photo collection.
    Elena: She has...gymnastic physique.
  • Break the Haughty: What Daly thinks he's doing to her, as she is pretty rude and dismissive to him despite him being her boss.
  • Canon Foreigner: Although it's not clear where she's from.
  • Emotionless Girl: Both versions are very deadpan and quiet, and don't react very expressively to most things. The real-world version of her is almost always looking at her phone and never says more than a few words to anyone.
  • Expy: Of Seven of Nine, being a sexy alien girl.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Well, teal. And she finds it racist, too.
  • Sexy Secretary: She's the receptionist at Infinity, and she's gorgeous. Implied to be one of the reasons she's in Infinity, as Daly seems attracted to her.

    Packer 

Nate Packer

Helmsman

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Portrayed By: Osy Ikhile

  • Afro Ass Kicker: In Infinity. Outside of Infinity, he's just a nice, peaceful guy.
  • Expy: Of Chekhov, with Dudani, being that he's an intern.
  • Never Live It Down: A victim of this In-Universe. When Walton mentions how Daly got hold of people's DNA, he mentions that he somehow got Parker's "juices" from the bathroom. An exasperated Parker tells him to let that story go already.
  • Nice Guy: Will make coffee for anyone, especially when he's not being forced.

    Dudani 

Kabir Dudani

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Portrayed By: Paul G. Raymond

  • Asian and Nerdy: Invoked within the world of Infinity, befitting their outdated racial stereotypes. Although he is nerdy in real life, so is Nanette and (of course) Daly, as they're all computer programmers.
  • Bollywood Nerd: He is very good with numbers.
  • Expy: Of Pavel Chekhov from the original Star Trek, with some hint of Geordi from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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