A list of characters in the Canadian television series Continuum. Warning! Unmarked spoilers ahead!
Kiera is a police officer with the Vancouver City Protective Services (CPS) in the year 2077 who was sent back into the year 2012 along with the members of Liber8 during their aborted execution.
- Action Girl: In addition to being a police officer, Kiera is a military veteran with combat experience. She demonstrated her hand to hand fighting skills in numerous episodes.
- Adorkable: She has her moments. They are few and far apart, but they're there.
- Alliterative Name: Her name and last name begin with the same sound.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Being tall, beautiful and dark haired, she fits the physical description. And her personality has been shown to be quite severe and reserved, except when the stress makes her crack.
- Anti-Hero: Unscrupulous Heroine with hints of Pragmatic Heroine.
- Anti-Villain: Kiera is initially a Type III. She believes in doing what is right (to an extent) and desires to enforce the law and protect civilians from the dangerous and radical Liber8 and "criminals" who threaten them... however, she works for a brutal police state that is run by Corrupt Corporations that have stripped people of their freewill and civil rights and the "law" she is enforcing is meant to keep people under their control. She nevertheless believes in the system and that it is the best for the people. Even if she does not always agree with their methods.
- Black Sheep/White Sheep: A matter of perspective. "Minute Man" shows Kiera joined the military and later CPS because she genuinely believes in the system. Her mother and sister, by contrast, see the system for what it is and are disappointed that Kiera's going along with it. So on the one hand, Kiera is rebelling against her mildly criminal relatives, but on the other, she's doing it by joining the evil corporate system.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Her CPS uniform grants her enhanced strength, speed, and reflexes, along with numerous technological tools.
- Dating Catwoman: Possibly invoked on her part. She sleeps with Kellogg in the penultimate episode of season 1. Whether or not she did this to gain access to the stole piece of the time-travel device which was in his possession, or she slept with him out of loneliness and getting the stolen piece back was secondary is up for interpretation.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments.
- Enemy Mine: Attempts this with Liber8 in the pilot to hitch a ride with them back to 2077. As expected, the truce falls apart spectacularly when their plan to return to the future backfired.
- Establishing Character Moment: Just about the first thing we see Kiera do is perform a cybernetically assisted Sherlock Scan to spot a man who's wanted for painting graffiti, and then deliver a brutally efficient smackdown on him when he resists arrest. This tells us that Kiera is an extremely tough and capable Action Girl with augmented capabilities, but also that she's a devoted lawkeeper in a society where the laws are of questionable morality.
- Everyone Has Standards: While no saint herself, Kiera clearly is disturbed and disgusted with many of the more severe methods of Liber8 and her own government. While willing to resort to rather questionable actions herself, it's clear that she has lines she won't cross.
- Fair Cop: On top of being played by a former model, Kieras looks have garnered unwanted attention from a friend of her husbands.
- Fake American:
- In-universe, Kiera is a Canadian pretending to be an American while working with a Canadian police department.
- To make things even more brain-bendy, Rachel Nichols is herself American, playing someone from Vancouver.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: It takes her quite a while to adjust to life in 2012.
- It's All About Me: Kiera has a somewhat bad case of this. Her primary goal is ensuring that she returns to her happy life in the future, regardless of any political or social ramifications of maintaining the status quo. This is a sore point between her and Alec in the third season, since she treats his temporal meddling to save Emily as a huge betrayal because of the risk it poses to her own future.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Preforms this on Garza to get her to give up information on Travis and Liber8. It doesn't work as well as she had hoped.
- Kill and Replace: After she arrives in Alec's new timeline, her counterpart is killed, so she has to essentially dispose of her own body and take her place.
- Knight Templar: See Anti Villainess for more details.
- Nominal Hero: Shades into this as Season 3 comes on. The process begins with her endorsing Julian's torture in Season 2, but her increasingly sour attitude and the increasing moral ambiguity of everyone's aims make her less "the hero" and more "the viewpoint character", although she remains relatively sympathetic.
- Posthumous Character: In Season 3, in a sense. There are Red and Green versions of both Kiera and Alec, but while Green Alec is a major character, Green Kiera's first appearance is directly after being killed. Her corpse, however, continues to play a major role.
- Statuesque Stunner: Besides being gorgeous, Kiera stands 5'10"(178cm) and towers over every other female character on the show and most of the male ones as well.
- Token Good Teammate: Of CPS, to a degree. Through multiple flashbacks it has been shown that despite enforcing their laws and working for them, even believing wholeheartedly in the system and the "law" that she enforces. On multiple occasions she has shown displeasure, or mild disgust, with many of the more brutal or unethical methods of her higher-ups against the populace.
- Trapped in the Past: And desperate to get back.
- Unreliable Narrator: Unintentionally about future history. She just repeats the distorted version of it that she was taught in school.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Resorts to some questionable actions in her efforts to stop Liber8 and get back to her family in 2077.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Gets a very well deserved one from Alec when she stands idly by while two detectives torture his stepbrother Julian for information on Liber8.
- She also gets called out by Carlos as well for her extreme interrogation techniques against Garza.
A Teen Genius who grows to become the most powerful man in the future Kiera comes from. Kiera's first and most useful ally in 2012.
In the season 2 finale, Alec uses the time travel device to take himself back a week; he arrives in 3x01 "Minute by Minute", slightly prior to the events of 2x11 "Second Guess". The timeline created by Alec's time jump is known as the Green timeline, and it contains two Alecs - the one who jumped back, Red Alec (sometimes also called Scar Alec), and the one whose future changed as a result, Green Alec (sometimes also called Other Alec). For convenience, this folder contains tropes pertaining to Alec before and after he becomes Red Alec, while Green Alec gets his own folder.
- FaceHeel Turn: Implied in the season 2 finale but turns in season 3. Somewhat. Once Green Alec Sadler had taken over PIRON, he had become an insufferable prick, driving away a lot of people, including Kellog. But then, he started to use stuff that shouldn't have been created in the first place, leading Red Alec to go and stop him, which leads to Green Alec's death. The worst part is that he even gloats to Kiera that without him, her future dies with him and removes the shard of time travel device that had been impaled in his throat by Red Alec.
- Future Badass: Alec Sadler from 2077.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: In Season 3, Alec takes a bullet graze just as he jumps back in time, leaving a short scar above his left eyebrow. It fades through the season, but for the first couple of episodes it's a very bold identifying mark for Red Alec.
- Hollywood Hacking: He's shown to out-hack technology he shouldn't even be able to understand.
- Hollywood Nerd: Despite being a reasonably good looking fellow, the show would have us believe that Emily is the first girl that has shown an interest in him.
- Karmic Death: Red Alec kills Green Alec with the same time travel device that Red Alec used to create the Green timeline.
- Manipulative Bastard/The Chessmaster: Future!Alec has been shown to be the master mind behind Liber8's Time Travel escape and by extension all the events of the show, manipulating Theseus, Kagame and Garza towards different aims.
- One-Man Industrial Revolution: The first season heavily implies that he was responsible for most of the technological developments in Kiera's future.
- Teen Genius: Not only does he invent most of the major technologies of the next 65 years, he's running systems capable of interfacing with that tech from his personal workshop in the present. Also, he can out-hack a trained engineer from that time.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: For Kiera in 2012. In the third season, he is forced to avert this so that Green Alec cannot monitor Kiera and discover his tampering with the timeline.
A terrorist group from the future. Their use of time travel to escape their execution sets the show's plot in motion.
The founder and Leader of Liber8.
- A Father to His Men: Most of Liber8's core members view him this way, seeing him as the man who opened their eyes to the injustices of the Corporate Congress. Travis and Sonya in particular see him as a paternal mentor.
- Affably Evil: He is the mastermind behind the murder of tens of thousands of people, but he's impeccably charming and polite.
- Back for the Finale: He shows up in the new 2077 where Kiera arrives at the end of the series, alive and a good man.
- Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Occurs in the Season 1 finale, when he triggers a suicide bombing on the day of his birth. He even instructs Sonya to visit the hospital the day of to ensure his family (and baby him) are well looked after following his death.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Arrived to 2012 a few days (and episodes) later than the rest of Liber8, as he was slightly farther from the time-travel device when it was activated.
- The Chessmaster: Prefers subtler, more psychological means of winning new supporters instead of outright violence.
- Manipulative Bastard: In "Waning Minute", he ultimately wins over Sonya by arranging the destruction of an off-grid farming community, all just to demonstrate to her the brutality of the NAU.
- Minored in Ass-Kicking: The 65-year-old Kagame is able to briefly hold his own in hand-to-hand combat against Kiera, a highly trained and much younger Protector. It helped that her Protector suit had been damaged previously.
- Noble Demon: To a certain extent. While he is perfectly willing to kill huge numbers of people to further Liber8's agenda, he does possess a very strict set of morals, most prominently including I Gave My Word.
- Posthumous Character: He turns up numerous times after dying as a Suicide Bomber at the end of Season 1, both in Flashbacks and Hallucinations. He finally appears for real chronologically after his death in the new Timeline, as a genial old man with no terrorist inclinations.
- Thanatos Gambit: Sacrifices his life in the first-season finale in order to pave the way for Liber8.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The Gleaner community risked utter annihilation to give him shelter. He repays them by making sure they do get annihilated, all so he can recruit Sonya into Liber8.
- With Us or Against Us: The reason he looks down on the Gleaners. He believes that accommodating the Corporate Congress by bargaining with them is wrong.
A former Captain in the Corporate Congressional Military, before being experimented on and becoming a Super Soldier. A high ranking member of Liber8 and Kagame's right-hand man. He later becomes the joint leader of Liber8 with Sonya following Kagame's death.
- The Brute: Liber8's main enforcer, he originally fulfills this role, but as the series progresses he becomes more of a thinker.
- Bad Boss: To any follower who is not a member of the original Liber8 team. He is perfectly willing to sacrifice them at a moment's notice to further their goals.
- Badass Long Coat: Sports a leather one every once in a while.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT tell Travis you agree with his views while he's got you at gunpoint. Do NOT get a member of the original Liber8 killed due to your own idiocy, and for god sakes, DO NOT SHOOT HIM IN THE BALLS.
- Brought Down to Badass: Enough bullets will do this to him, but will not stop him. Exemplified when Carlos shoots him five times, including through the chest, shoulder, leg, and arm, and it barely slows him down during their ensuring fight. Later, he shrugs off multiple machine gun slugs to the chest during his Dying Moment of Awesome.
- Clark Kent Outfit: A subtle version. Despite being a supersoldier with guns of steel, he doesn't go to great lengths to show off his impressive physique, usually letting his imposing height and Badass Longcoat do most of the intimidating.
- Cursed With Awesome: His addiction to the Super Soldier Drug. It increases his strength, durability, and speed tenfold, but he needs to take it at regular intervals or else face withdrawal, the effects of which are lethal and not pleasant to watch.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: A downplayed example. It is heavily implied that a combination of psychological trauma, the Super Soldier Drug, and his military-grade CMR turned the once kind and shy family man into the psychopathic terrorist he is today.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Not friendship exactly, but his respect for Carlos jumps several levels after Carlos survives two fights with him. He even dies to save Carlos' life.
- Distaff Counterpart/Evil Counterpart: Throughout the course of Season 2 and 3, he is revealed to be one to Kiera. They both are former soldiers with a CMR implanted in their brains, both are acting from a skewed view of morality based on their experiences in the future, both have super-powers granted from advanced technology, and both have young children that were erased from existence the moment they time-traveled.
- Dragon-in-Chief/Dragon with an Agenda: He was Kagame's dragon, but even when the old man was alive, he showed a tendency to do what he thought was best.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Dies in a Taking You with Me attack on a heavily armored future commando who has just slaughtered half the police force.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He deeply loves Sonya, and flashbacks show that he intentionally allowed himself to be captured and imprisoned indefinitely to save his ex-wife and daughter from being implicated in his crimes.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even though hes usually the one generating this reaction in his colleagues, "Minute to Win It" shows hes very uncomfortable with turning people into People Puppets, as he considers this to be one of the primary atrocities of the bad future they came from.
- First-Name Basis: Like most of the members of Liber8, he is almost exclusively referred to by his first name. Even when discussed by the police and politicians who have never met him, he is still called "Travis".
- Implacable Man: Even Kiera in her full Protector Powered Armor has a hard time fighting him. Once he gets his own suit, all she can do is run.
- Insistent Terminology: He almost always refers to Kiera by her title of "Protector", which he uses ironically. When he calls her by name, it is usually when trying to have a sympathetic conversation with her.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: He pulls this during a prison brawl while protecting Julian, shattering one assailant's arm and using the protruding bone to slash another's throat.
- HeelFace Turn: He toys with it at the end of Season 3, having allied with Kiera in order to stop an even worse future than the one they came from. Eventually cemented during his Dying Moment of Awesome when he allows himself to be blown up to save Carlos and the surviving members of the Vancouver PD.
- Healing Factor: Originally only implied after he survives (barely) Sonya shooting him point-blank four times in the heart, and is back on his feat within the week. Later confirmed to be part of his cybernetic enhancements and based on nanotechnology.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Garza.
- Killed Off for Real: In the penultimate episode of season four.
- No-Sell: Kiera freaks out when she discovers he can do this with headshots once he gets a Protector suit. Without it, he treats bullets more like Annoying Arrows.
- Made of Iron: He can pretty much ignore anything short of a bullet, and even shooting him barely slows him down.
- Magical Defibrillator: Turns out, he's got a built in one.
- Mr. Fanservice: Downplayed. He rarely takes his shirt off, but is chiseled like a marble statue underneath.
- Psychotic Smirk: He rarely smiles, but when he does, run.
- Rasputinian Death: Gets this twice. In the first timeline, Kiera shoots him in the balls, electrocutes him with a live wire, and throws him down an elevator shaft, and he later shown to be on life-support in the Freelancer prison, before being erased along with the timeline. In the new Green Timeline, he gets shot four times in the chest with a machine gun, brawls with the shooter, and detonates multiple grenades in his face before finally going down.
- Starting a New Life: He attempts to persuade Sonya to start over in a cabin in the mountains, once they know they have successfully changed the future. She gives him a noncommittal answer, then becomes a suicide bomber without telling him, leaving Travis devastated.
- Scary Black Man: Being the tallest and most physically imposing member of Liber8, he doesn't hesitate to scare and intimidate people into compliance.
- Super Soldier: He was one of the prototypes for a program that was latter abandoned.
- Super Strength: Comes with being a Super-soldier. He tosses people around like rag dolls.
- Refuge in Audacity: How he ends the gang war in Vancouver. He waltzes into a gang bar unarmed, informs the members that their boss isn't coming, gives them a speech about how We Can Rule Together, orders them to stop the war, then presents their superiors' severed heads to their scared Mooks, gets about ten guns drawn on him, then offers to let them join him. They do.
- Taking You with Me: Pulls an epic one during the climax of the penultimate episode. Having slaughtered the majority of the Vancouver Police Department, Kellog's Commando finally faces Travis and cannot defeat him in a fight, despite superior weaponry and technology. Travis proceeds to arm-lock him, then detonate all 4 grenades on the commando's bandolier at once. The resulting explosion destroys and Police HQ.
- Tattoo as Character Type: The tattoo on his neck signifies his service in the military. "Third Airborne, RRF Brigade, Captain...AWOL".
- They Would Cut You Up: Kellog explicitly threatens to do this to him when he is imprisoned, as he both hates Travis and wants to profit from reverse engineering the advanced technology inside him. This is one of the final factors cementing Travis's eventual HeelFace Turn.
- Tranquil Fury: His go-to mode. In fact, he only seems to turn it off when alone with Sonya.
- Unholy Matrimony: Travis and Sonya have this relationship during the first season. And again by the end of the second.
- Villainous BSoD: Gets hit hard when he hears the news that Sonya committed suicide. He arguably never recovers.
- Was Once a Man: He has shades of this, and flashbacks show that he used to be almost a completely different person prior to being experimented on. He partially blames the CMR on this personality change:
- We ARE Struggling Together: His usual argument to get people to agree with his motives, and sincerely tries to explain it to Kiera multiple times. She doesn't seem to really understand until the end of Season 3. He uses it successfully, along with a healthy dose of Decapitation Presentation, to unite the Vancouver organized crime rings under the leadership of Liber8.
- Would Hit a Girl: Kills several young women in the effort to eliminate Kiera's grandmother, before killing Kellog's grandmother instead.
A member of Liber8 and Kagame's chosen successor.
- Out with a Bang: She kills a guy like this in episode 3.
- Dark Action Girl: Although she doesn't get as many chances to show it off, she's a good enough fighter to go toe to toe with Garza.
- Dragon Ascendant: After Kagame's death.
- Evil Genius: It's not brought up very often, but she was the architect of the Super Soldier program.
- The Medic: Shes usually the one patching up her fellow Liber8 members, and is the one to manufacture Travis' super soldier drug.
- Purple Prose: Her preferred writing style, to the point that in "So Do Our Minutes Hasten" Kiera is able to determine that a Liber8 press release wasnt written by Sonya because it wasnt pompous enough.
- Red Baron: Known as "the Queen of Hearts" in Kiera's future (doubtless because her surname is Valentine)
- Take a Third Option: When offered a morally reprehensible position in the Super Soldier program that she knew she couldnt safely refuse she decided to neither accept nor decline but just disappear instead. Later, after infiltrating the project, she is given a choice between killing the test subject (Travis) when the experiment is deemed a failure, or possibly facing jail time or execution for refusing, decides to kill her superior and escape with Travis.
- Taking You with Me/Suicide Attack: Does this to Dillon, effectively killing her and doing unknown damage to him.
- Undying Loyalty: Sonya's loyalty to Kagame is absolute.
- Unholy Matrimony: Travis and Sonya have this relationship during the first season. And again by the end of the second.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before joining Liber8 she vehemently disagreed with the NAU and its Super Soldier program, but placed more emphasis in helping the sick.
Jasmine Henry Garza
A soldier and member of Liber8.
- Blood Knight: She enjoys the fighting a little too much.
- Dark Action Girl: A former soldier, and extremely good fighter.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: In one of the Season 3 webisodes, Ingram reveals to her that he knows her password is "Henry", her middle name. She says it's a family name and threatens him if he tells anyone.
- Karma Houdini: Of all of Liber8, she seems to most enjoy killing people. Despite her considerable body count over the course of the show, she's the only member of the group left alive (and free) at the end of the series finale.
- Last-Name Basis: Her first name is brought up so little that the casual viewer wouldn't know it was Jasmine.
- Morality Chain: To Alec, in a very twisted variation. At the request of his future self, she is his "fail-safe" in that if he starts to go down the road that will lead to the corrupt future they came from, she will kill him. Even though she didn't do it the first time (it ended up being more of a Scare 'Em Straight tactic), it is clear that it's not over yet.
- Ms. Fanservice: "Second Listen" has a full-body shot of Garza naked from behind.
- Tattooed Crook: Mostly because Luvia Petersen has them (she co-owns a tattoo shop), but they fit her character.
- Villainous Crush: She gets extremely flirty with Kiera (although she may be just trolling her).
- Worthy Opponent: Develops a level of respect with Kiera in the third season premiere.
A former member of Liber8 who deserts from the group in Season One.
- Affably Evil: charming and charismatic, even when he has a grenade in the table.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Throughout the course of the series Kellog betrays every single person and faction in the story. Multiple times. Taken to the next level in season four, when he realises his future self is planning on travelling back in time to steal his own kidneys.
- Dating Catwoman: He and Kiera sleep together in the season one finale, before she realises just how untrustworthy he really is.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: As soon as he gets settled in 2012, Kellog looks up the woman who will be his grandmother and tries to help her and her family. He takes it quite badly when Travis kills her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: One of the reasons that drive him to leave Liber8.
- Future Me Scares Me: His future self is planning to come back and murder him to steal his organs. Later, he intends to become this to an even farther-back version of himself, meaning to pull off a Kill and Replace.
- The Hedonist: Once he gets enough money, Kellog enjoys all the luxuries 2012 has to offer to the fullest.
- Help Yourself in the Future: Becomes his main motivation once he breaks off from Liber8.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Does this in the final episode, when he decides to cut his losses and use the time portal to go back to the date he originally travelled to, and kill murder every one of his teammates and allies (including Kiera) when he arrives.
- Last-Name Basis: You can count the number of times he's been called Matthew on one hand.
- Magnificent Bastard: Zig-Zagged. Tries to be this during the majority of the series, and usually fails. However, he finally succeeds by tricking Green Alec to sign over control of Piron to him, apparently by burying the damning documents in a mountain of paperwork he gets Alec to sign.
- The Man Behind the Man: Is attempting to become this for Alec and his future corporation, Sadtech.
- Offing the Offspring: He kills his future daughter by burying a corkscrew in her back. In his defense, he didn't know about the relationship at the time.
- Oh, Crap!: His final moments are an epic one.
- Psychotic Smirk: Originally just annoyingly smug, he begins to develop one towards the end of Season 3, and it's damn near his constant expression come Season 4.
- Smug Snake: He could practically be the Trope Codifier for this one. The man NEVER stops smirking at just about everyone, and seems to revel at the chance to flash his pearly whites.
- Trapped in the Past: His final fate in the series finale. Alec and Kellog arrange for him to be sent back to pre-Columbian times, where he's unlikely to survive for long.
- Turncoat: Kellog offers to betray Liber8 in exchange for Kiera letting him stay in 2012.
- Wild Card: He will side with Kiera or Liber8 depending on what benefits him at the moment. Come season 3, he becomes something like Alec Sadler in another timeline, and takes over Alec's job to boot.
A member of Liber8 and former SadTech engineer.
- Black and Nerdy: The only member of Liber8 that could be considered a nerd, he also happens to be black.
- The Engineer: His actual job description when he worked for SadTech; he handles all the technical aspects of Liber8's operations.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Evil Genius: He's one of the smartest characters in the show and he puts those brains to the service of a terrorist organization.
- Gadgeteer Genius: To escape from a mental hospital he kitbashes the TV remote so it can be used to lock or unlock every door in the place — and also, somehow, transform a therapy dog into an attack dog.
- I See Dead People: First implied with Kagame then confirmed with Chen. It's suggested to be a side-effect of time travel.
- Sanity Slippage: Apparently as a result of Temporal Sickness.
- The Unfettered: After his Sanity Slippage.
A member of Liber8.
- The Brute: The only characterization that get got before being killed was that of brutal, bullheaded enforcer.
- Deadpan Snarker: Revealed in flash-backs to be perhaps the snarkiest member of Liber8, although you would never know it from his personality prior to this.
- Killed Off for Real: In the series premiere. The Freelancers appropriated his body from the morgue and have it hooked up to some kind of life-support, though.
- Knife Nut: He is skilled with all sort of blades to the point of fighting toe to toe with three protectors at once and killing two of them.
- Posthumous Character: He gets most of his Character Development via flashback in "Waning Minute", long after he was killed.
- The Quiet One: Zigzagged trope. He barely says two words in the first two episodes he appears, but in "Waning Minute" it's revealed he is quite the Deadpan Snarker who won't shut up unless inclined.
- Sacrificial Lion: Killed in the second episode, and one of the very few characters to not get resurrected (although he does play a major role in season three's Whole Episode Flashback).
- Smug Snake: His characterization while alive in "Waning Minute".
- Tattooed Crook: Has a very distinctive tattoo over his right eye.
- Super Soldier: Implied to have been experimented on by the same program as Travis.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: The first member of Liber8to die in 2012.
A member of Liber8.
- Back from the Dead: Much to Kiera's consternation.
- The Brute
- The Dragon: To the Traveller.
- Didn'tThinkThisThrough: How he gets killed in the first place. Basically, he believed threatening Kellog would be a good idea, and that by killing Kiera he could assume leadership of Liber8. However, he underestimated Kellog's deviousness and Kiera's ingenuity in a fight.
- Hero Killer: He's the one who killed the Kiera from the new timeline, though he had some help.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Both Kiera and Liber8 believe him to be just another anti-corporate terrorist; in fact, he's a member of an ancient cult/secret society dedicated to protecting the space-time continuum.
- The Mole: He's shown to have been a Freelancer before Liber8 went back in the past, though it's not clear why exactly he went back with them. His explanation for not stopping them is a vague insistence that it would have violated his beliefs.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: While not stupid per se, he originally presents himself as an overly ambitious Liber8 muscle with little thought beyond power and his Blood Knight tendencies. It is later revealed that he is actually a religious fanatic who is far more aware of the realities of the situation with time-travel than any of the other characters.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Unexplained Recovery: He reappears at the end of the second season, somehow alive and a Freelancer. "3 Minutes to Midnight" implies that he's from an alternate future, but "The Dying Minutes" shows that in fact his dead body was taken from the morgue by the Freelancers and resurrected by a mysterious cloaked figure by merging him with someone else, probably his other self from another timeline.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: The second member of Liber8 to die in 2012. However, he comes Back from the Dead later.
Vancouver Police Department
Detective Carlos Fonnegra
Kiera's partner with the present-day police.
- By-the-Book Cop: With shades of Cowboy Cop. While he more or less plays by the rules, he is willing if necessary to go beyond the rules or at least bend them to get justice.
- His development (honest cop struggling against his own darker nature as well as the corruption of the department) mirrors that of Commissioner Gordon. Especially obvious when Kiera's doing her Batman thing.Kiera: I'll let you know when I'm ready. Wait for my signal.
Carlos: Heh, will it take the shape of a giant bat against the moonlit sky?
Carlos: Seriously? Forget it.
- By the end of the third season, not only is he in charge of the department while Dillon recovers, he's taken to dressing in a big trenchcoat like Gordon.Carlos: So this is how it's gonna be from now on? I'm Commissioner Gordon and you're—
Kiera: Ooh, wait, I know this one...
Carlos: ...forget it.
- His development (honest cop struggling against his own darker nature as well as the corruption of the department) mirrors that of Commissioner Gordon. Especially obvious when Kiera's doing her Batman thing.
- Fair Cop: Other characters comment on how handsome he is.
- Frame-Up: He was nearly killed to cover up the affair and murder of a young reporter and friend of his to keep his Sleazy Politician of a former friend, Jim Martin, had with her so that he could stay in the running for union president so Liber8 could use his position to control all the activity in the port. They nearly succeeded.
- Friend on the Force: Becomes partner and confidant to Kiera in the police force.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Wages a defensive one when Garza decides to attack him in mid-shower.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Doesn't find out the truth about Time Travel until half-way through season 2.
- Mr. Fanservice: The only reason Garza tries to kill him while he's in the shower.
- Lampshaded in season 3:Betty: I guess dental isn't the only perk
- Lampshaded in season 3:
- Nice Guy: Very much so. Despite their rocky start, and the subsequent issues that follow throughout their partnership and the problems that follow their investigation into Liber8. He has proven himself to be nothing more then an honest, trustworthy, loyal and fair cop and genuinely an all around good guy.
- Silver Fox: Begins to develop this in Season 3, and it becomes full blown Salt and Pepper in Season 4.
- Token Good Teammate: In a show in which characters range from well-intentioned but misguided to full-on sociopathic, Carlos stands out as probably the only character to never compromise his morality or break the rules.
- Undying Loyalty: To his childhood friend Jim Martin; who he would do anything for, even lie for, if necessary to protect him. That is until it is revealed he had an affair with a young reporter, an affair that got her killed and nearly got him killed as well. To top it all off he later found out that Martin was receiving campaign contributions from Liber8 so they can use his position to control port activity. ending their friendship for good.
- And, to some extent, to Kiera as well. Despite her initially dishonesty with him he still goes to bat for her whenever someone questions her credibility as his partner and his friend. Even if he isn't sure at times that he can completely trust her.
A colleague of Det. Fonnegra, who generally handles the computer side of their cases.
- Chessmaster Sidekick: To Carlos it's a combination of her actually being that good and wanting to impress him.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: To an extent. Betty doesn't seem to have considered herself ever to be working against the VPD, but Dillon, Carlos and Kiera are just starting to accept her again when Nealon kills her in 3x08 "So Do Our Minutes Hasten".
- Hollywood Nerd: The most excited she's ever been about a case was when it involved a virtual reality video game.
- Instant Death Bullet: She falls victim to a street hit in the Season 3 timeline.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Has no idea about the Time Travel aspect of Liber8's activities.
- The Mole: Eventually, she starts feeding information to Liber8 from inside the VPD.
Inspector Jack Dillon
Carlos and Betty's superior officer at the VPD.
- A Father to His Men
- Benevolent Boss
- The Dragon: Becomes one for Green Alec during Season 3, and in Season 4 very reluctantly for Kellog.
- Expy: Originally starts out as a relatively generic Da Chief, but eventually becomes one for Jordan Durham, Markinson's character from Caprica.
- Knight Templar: He starts to become this in season two, willing to do whatever is necessary to take down Liber8 and bring order to the city.]
- Locked Out of the Loop: Has no idea about the Time Travel aspect of Liber8's rampage.
- Papa Wolf:It is rather unwise to screw with anyone under Dillon's command.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: To some extent. He is rather tolerant of Kiera and Carlos' antics and is willing to let Kiera work in his department, despite her mysterious background, due to her extensive knowledge of Liber8. Recognizing what a useful asset she would be to his department in their manhunt for them. This is eventually subverted when he starts to Jumping Off the Slippery Slope in the second season.
- Put on a Bus: Dillon is hospitalised by Sonya blowing herself up less than a foot away from him in 3x13 "Last Minute". Carlos oversees the precinct while he recovers. The bus comes back in Season 4.
- Redemption Equals Death: He finally disavows himself from Kellog and the Escher protocols that he helped to write, gives Carlos enough evidence to arrest and prosecute Kellog, is finally let into the loop regarding the time travel plot, and then is promptly killed during the assault on the time travelling commandos' compound in Season 4.
- Start of Darkness: His inability to properly deal with Liber8, then losing his job over it, pushes him along a dark path.
- Two-Faced: After Sonya literally explodes in his face, the entire left side of his body is covered in scars, and he is forced to walk with a cane. Doesn't stop him from being a badass though.
- The Stoic: Always has a calm, unflappable, professional, and serious demeanor.
- Not So Stoic: Although he has his moments; such as whenever Kiera or Carlos disobey his direct orders, or when he comes to blow with Agent Gardiner over his continuous accusations over Kiera's trustworthiness.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: After his Start of Darkness, he becomes increasingly willing to use whatever means at his disposal to make Vancouver a safer city. These methods include Jack Bauer Interrogation, using his own daughter as a mole in Liber8, and even approving of the health-monitoring HELO bracelets (which can also be used to subtly mind-control anyone wearing them.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Starts to become this by the end of season 2.
Kiera's husband. He is an executive at SadTech.
- Living with the Villain: Greg's revealed to have been involved in the conspiracy to send Liber8 back in time, hence his major Oh, Crap! during the series premiere when he realized that Kiera was present in the execution chamber.
- Your Cheating Heart: Kiera discovers that Greg had an affair with one of their best friends, which she only discovers when said friend casually reveals it after Kiera apologizes to her for nearly sleeping with her own husband.
- Adult Fear: Kiera has no idea how time travel works in her universe, and is therefore constantly terrified that she's going to wipe Sam from existence.
- Children Are Innocent: He's a very sweet, gentle, and loving little boy.
- Living Macguffin: Getting back to him is Kiera's main motivation throughout the series.
Kiera's sister, who died before the events of the series.
Alec's mother and Julian's stepmother
- Love Martyr/Extreme Doormat: She went along with Roland's anti-corporate grassroots campaign to support her husband, willingly choose to commit perjury in order to protect Julian, who was on trial for shooting a cop and domestic terrorism, and later turns out to have been married to Mr. Escher (aka Marc Sadler).
Ann's husband and Alec's stepfather. An anti-corporate grassroots campaign organizer.
- Alliterative Name
- Association Fallacy/Guilt by Association: He is mistaken as the leader of the hostage-takers in "Family Time", due to being an anti-corporation demonstrator, when he's actually one of the hostages himself. He ends up being killed by an ERT team as a result.
- Poor Communication Kills: He is gunned down by the police due to a series of fumbled attempts at communication that left them under the impression that he was masterminding a hostage situation, rather than his son Julian.
Julian Randol a.k.a. Theseus
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Kiera fears this might be true after she tortured and nearly killed him. It actually leads to the opposite because he makes a total HeelFace Turn afterwards.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: During Season 1. He later makes a HeelFace Turn.
- In the Past, Everyone Will Be Famous: He will become the future mass murderer/terrorist Theseus.
- HeelFace Turn: Starts being against violence and for educating people after he get's tortured and nearly killed by the police.
- Karma Houdini: On more than one occasion.
- Manipulative Bastard: Pretends like he's helping the police to stop the chaos in the city while he actually manipulated Lucas into starting it.
- Never My Fault: Refuses to accept that it was his own actions that led to his father's death.
- Police Brutality: Is a victim of this after he gets out of prison.
- Prison Rape: Implied in season 2. Is being seen with bruises on his face and arms, flinches when another inmate approaches and reacts with fear and submissive behavior when someone comes close to him in the bathroom.
- Rivals Team Up: Starts working together with his step-brother in Season 4.
- The Mole: Gets hired by Alec as an advisor for social and political responsibilty while actually spying for Sonya and Carlos.
- Took a Level in Badass/Took a Level in Kindness: Manages to combine both of these, when he rejects the violence of Liber8 and wholeheartedly embraces the ideals of nonviolence his father stood for. In doing so, he also is able to shift the focus of his entire youth terrorist organization to a legitimate civil disobedience movement. Carolos of all people is so impressed he even joins the movement in one timeline.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Begins the series as this, to the point that he very nearly becomes a suicide bomber for Liber8. Snaps out of it after major Character Develop Ment kicks in.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: By 2077, he is a legend among Liber8, while he has been built into a virtual Satan by the Corporate Congress.
- Action Girl: She demolishes and kills a Freelancer that comes snooping around Alec's house.
- Becoming the Mask: She was just supposed to be The Mole but as of "Second Wave" she's fallen in love with Alec for real.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Up until "Second Degree" she seemed be a rather ordinary girl whose main talent is being The Mole. Then, when a stranger accosts her in Alec's home, she kills him in the ensuing brawl with skill and experience.
- The Cutie/Heroes Want Redheads: Her beauty tends to extreme adorableness and she has red hair. She's also Alec's love interest.
- Deal with the Devil: Twice. First, she signs on with Escher to watch Alec, apparently to escape her Dark and Troubled Past. In the season 3 timeline, Kellog recruits her to assassinate Escher, then hits her with the revelation that he was Alec's father to keep her under his control.
- Foot Focus: While she sneaks down a flight of stairs in "Second Degree".
- Hooked Up Afterwards: The final scene of the series shows that she and Alec got back together and lived their whole lives with one another.
- In Love with the Mark: Emily legitimately falls for Alec. When she admits this to Escher, he actually views it as a plus for her work, and uses it to manipulate her into doing as he says so Alec doesn't learn the truth.
- The Mole: She was assigned by Mr. Escher to keep tabs on Alec.
- Ms. Fanservice: Particularly in "Second Degree".
- Waif-Fu: Not that she's much of a waif, but the Mook she curbstomped was much taller, larger and better-armed than she was.
- Walking Spoiler: She factors into seasons 2 and 3 in a pretty big way, if somewhat indirectly for the latter.
Assorted Time Travelers
An ex-Freelancer, he's a shadowy figure with powerful connections, who appears to know something about Liber8 and Kiera's true origin.
- Bad Boss: To Emily.
- Boom, Headshot!: How he is killed in season 3.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: It's implied that he reverse-engineered future technology recovered during his time as a Freelancer to found his multinational company Piron. Also a more literal example, as he greatly resembles the Trope Namer in both appearance and occupation.
- Compound Interest Time Travel Gambit: Uses his knowledge of the future to build a corporate empire. His company, Piron, still exists in 2077.
- Evil Mentor: To Alec and possibly Dillon.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: His motives remain totally unknown until the season 2 finale: he is Alec's father and desires control over time, calling it "the family business".
- Killed Off for Real: In season 3, by Emily under orders from Kellogg.
- Mysterious Backer: Although it's clear he has his own ulterior motives, he is honestly pretty helpful to Kiera and, to an extent, the police department. Later less helpful than detrimental, as he becomes Dillon's Evil Mentor and leads him (and the entire police department) on a gradual Start of Darkness towards a Day of the Jackboot-style dystopian path.
- Time Master: His ultimate goal is to control time alongside Alec, calling it "The Family Business."
- Walking Spoiler: He is Marc Sadler, Alec's father.
Claims to have been an employee of the same prison where Liber8 escaped from, thrown back in time to 1992, rather than 2012.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander/Sanity Slippage: The effects of Time Travel on his mind have made him ... odd. Doubled when he's given the first HALO bracelet. It initially makes him appear totally sane, and he even gets a makeover. And then he beats the crap out of a random guy, thinking him to be a Freelancer, and tries to murder Julian to stop Theseus.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He initially appears to be a schizophrenic homeless man wandering the streets of Vancouver. Turns out, he's actually a genius-level engineer and time-traveler, and can handle himself ably in a fight
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Gets a major makeover after being mellowed out by the HALO Bracelet, including haircut, shave, and becomes a Badass in a Nice Suit.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Because of the memory recall drug Flash, Alec comes to believe Jason is his father, Marc Sadler. Turns out to be subverted, however; Alec only assumed Jason was his father due to the DNA match, and the season 2 finale reveals that Jason is in fact his son.
- Temporal Sickness: Jason spent some time in a mental institution after being stranded in 1992. It's implied his mental health was not aided by being locked up by the Freelancers for some time.
- Walking Spoiler: He's Alec's son.
Kiera's Protector partner in 2077. Liber8's time travel escape sent her back in time to the year 1975.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Her Protector uniform has all the same abilities as Kiera's.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Had it even worse than Kiera, having been sent back to the 1970s instead of 2012.
- Temporal Sickness: Implied to have suffered this, similar to several other people displaced by the time jump. It may be what led to her contracting Alzheimer's Disease by the time of her death.
A militant order dedicated to stopping time travelers from changing history.
Tropes that apply to the Freelancers as a group.
- Ancient Conspiracy: A secret order founded in the 12th century by a time traveler from the 22nd.
- Even Evil Has Standards: They find the merging process used to resurrect Curtis highly distasteful.
- Glassy Prison: Where they keep temporal violators that they capture.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Throughout the second season. Their origin and motivation are revealed in the Season 3 premiere.
- Hypocrite: Kiera accuses them of this for not sacrificing one of their own to stop Liber8 from time traveling in the first place.
- Knight Templar: Kiera even outright calls them a "cult", given their apparent single-minded focus on preserving some sort of "orthodox" timeline.
- The Men in Black: Their uniform is a black suit with a dark shirt and black tie. Their behavior usually also matches this trope to a T.
- A Million Is a Statistic: Played with. Due to Rubber-Band History, thousands of people can die without greatly affecting the timeline, which they take as carte blanche to be extremely Trigger Happy. However, certain individuals have such a profound effect in history that the Freelancers have to be extremely careful around them.
- Nonindicative Name: Despite being called "freelancers" by everyone in and out of universe, they are anything but. In fact, theyre the most disciplined and cohesive organization in the show, with a rigid hierarchy.
- The Order: Explicitly described as one by the Freelancers themselves.
- Time Police: The closest thing the setting has to one. Theyre dedicated to neutralizing time travelers, but they themselves avoid Time Travel as much as possible and members are locally recruited.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Their goal of preventing time travelers from tampering with history is pretty reasonable and even praise-worthy. However, they resort to some pretty horrific methods to achieve it.
The head Freelancer of the chapter active in 2012 Vancouver.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Shes nowhere near as quick as her subordinates to resort to lethal force.
- Enemy Mine: In season 3 she and Kiera are working together to preserve the future Kiera comes from.
- Mr. Exposition: She's the first person to give any kind of explanation about what the rules of Time Travel are in the show.
Implied to be the time traveller who went back to the 12th Century to found the Freelancer Order, he has access to technology beyond anything else seen in the show.
- Back from the Dead: His technology has the ability to do this, apparently by "merging" the corpse with someone else. In "The Dying Minutes" we see him do it to Curtis.
- Black Cloak: His outfit, on which Tron Lines appear when he uses his technology.
- Clarke's Third Law: When he uses his technology to resurrect Curtis he looks like a sorcerer straight out of a fantasy story.
- The Faceless: His hooded cloak and beard prevent any identification. The audience can only be sure that he's male.
- In the Hood: His cloak incorporates a convenient hood that conceals his face.
- Really 700 Years Old: If he really is the Founder of the Freelancers, that means that by 2012 hes almost a thousand years old. On the other hand, the very fact that he's a time traveller means he doesn't have to have actually lived through all that time. (On the gripping hand, it could mean he's actually even older.)
A group of soldiers from 2035 who have come back in time as a result of Brad's failure to change the timeline. In their future, Kellog is their leader.
An amnesiac time traveller from 2035 whose only memory is the name "Kiera Cameron".
- Amnesiac Dissonance: A generally friendly guy when he doesn't have his memories, and forms a fast bond with Kiera when they meet on account of shared experiences. Was in fact sent back to fix his future, and killed Past!Kiera when she stumbled upon him and Chen. When he learns the truth, he opts out.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: He has distant and confusing memories of the future, which serves only to convince him that he may be crazy.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: He was sent back in time to stop Liber8 and Kiera from inciting a war which tears civilization apart. Turns out Liber8's preferred outcome is much worse than Kiera's time.
Brad's commanding officer, the one who sent him back in time.
A tough female soldier from 2035.
- Dark Action Girl: She effortlessly demolishes Kellog's bodyguards with her bare hands as means of introduction.
- In the Back: She dies when Kellog stabs her in the back with a corkscrew.
- Luke, You Are My Father: She's Kellog's daughter, as she tells him right after he's fatally stabbed her.
- The Quiet One: She doesn't say much, even by the standards of her taciturn colleagues.
CSIS Agent Gardiner
A Canadian intelligence agent who is deeply suspicious of Kiera due to her anomalous background.
- Boom, Headshot!: The means of his demise at the hands of the Freelancers.
- The Determinator: Say what you want about Gardiner, the man is not the type to give up when he believes something is amiss.
- Good Is Not Nice: He genuinely wants to solve crimes and do his job to his fullest. Although, he isn't exactly all that nice or polite about how goes about doing it.
- Hero Antagonist: Towards Kiera. Although the 'hero' part is a matter of perspective; on one hand, Gardiner is simply doing his job. On the other hand, he sometimes goes so far in prying into Kiera's past that it seems he really has it out for her.
- Inspector Javert: He's sure Kiera's not on the level, and is itching to prove it.
- Jerkass: If his rude, antagonistic personality doesn't convince you; then taking away the only thing (a little animated toy soldier) a time traveling cop has left to remember her son from the future by, and then mocking her with it to goad information out of her, sure will.
- Killed Off for Real: When his investigations get too close to uncovering the Freelancers.
- Worthy Opponent: Was starting to finally build something resembling mutual respect with Kiera.
A politician and Carlos's childhood friend.
- Driven to Suicide: He is implied to have killed himself after his association with Liber8 came to light and torpedoed his career.
- Killed Off for Real: By his own hand in "Minute Man".
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He thought he could con both Travis and Sonya into eliminating each other for him. When they realized they had been played, they decided to end their feud with each other and joined forces to get revenge.
- Sleazy Politician: He will do anything and get in bed with anyone if it means getting elected Mayor. Including Liber8.
- Your Cheating Heart: He was having an affair with Alicia Fuentes.
A popular news anchor in 2012 Vancouver. She has her own TV show.
Alec Sadler, CEO of Piron (Green Alec or Other Alec)
Alec jumps back in time using the time travel device in the Season 2 finale. He arrives chronologically slightly prior to 2x11 "Second Guess" - obviously there is an Alec already present. That Alec is Green Alec, who becomes a different person as the result of the events of 2x11 playing out differently to how they originally did, thanks to the interference of the time-travelling Alec (Red Alec).
As a result of finding out about Emily's betrayal while she was alive, and finding out about Escher being his father only after Escher was killed, Green Alec is significantly less sympathetic toward Emily and more attached to what he imagines Escher to have been.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: After Escher's assassination, Green Alec inherits his controlling interest in Piron. As a result of this and other factors in play, he develops into an increasingly unsympathetic character (although the corruption is less of the 'actually corrupt' school and more of the 'ruthlessly pragmatic and self-interested' school).
- Evil Costume Switch: Red Alec leaves his hair natural, and, while he wears a lot more black, he wears the same casual-to-semi-formal kinds of clothes he wore prior to the divergence. Green Alec, on the other hand, styles his hair and wears mostly business suits.
- FaceHeel Turn: Green Alec becomes disaffected from Kiera and begins to work toward a different future, setting off a sequence of events which ultimately lead him into evil.
- Moral Event Horizon: Alec drills into Green Kiera's corpse and takes her CMR. Red Kiera realises this when her CMR fails to detect Green Kiera's at the latter's Viking funeral; she regards Alec's act as this trope.
- Other Me Annoys Me: This is apparent within minutes of their first meeting in the Sad Tech lab - after a tense discussion with Red Alec, Green Alec deliberately jostles him while departing. It goes downhill from there, culminating with Green Alec trying to kill Red Alec in 3x13 "Last Minute", a fight Red Alec wins by stabbing him in the neck.
- Unstoppable Rage: In 3x13 "Last Minute", Green Alec is in this state from the moment he's rushed off the stage at the keynote. It starts out as Tranquil Fury, but this is the moment at which he goes from attempting to (violently) warn Red Alec off to actively killing the shit out of him.