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Annie Walker
Played by Piper Perabo

Annie Walker is a talented CIA officer. She entered into the CIA because she got "burned by love" when she "let her guard down", a reason that makes Auggie say she "fits the profile" of a typical CIA worker. She is compassionate, and genuinely desires to help those she meets on missions. She speaks seven languages, including Spanish, English, and Russian, and is able to hold her own in a fight.

  • Action Girl
  • All Women Love Shoes: In the pilot, Annie's cover story to go back to the scene of the shooting is that she wants to retrieve her Louboutins.
  • Anti-Hero: Becomes more questionable in Season 3.
  • Broken Bird: She grows out of it, though.
    • Aaaand right back into it with the events of Season 3.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Combat Stilettos: Usually averted.
  • Cowboy Cop: Annie has never met an order from her superiors that she hasn't broken into itty pieces.
  • Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose
  • Cunning Linguist: Did you read that part where she speaks seven languages?
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Technically, but it's justified in that 1) she's suppose to be a museum curator in most of her covers so guns would break her cover and 2) she never completed gun training before being brought up from the Farm so she probably isn't even allowed to use a gun unless she's forced to. This is true until post-"Horses to Water" in season 2, she specifically asks Joan to get "shooter and bodyguard" training. Blown totally to bits as of season 4's "Dig for Fire, when it's revealed that she's now routinely carrying on US soil, technically against the CIA's rules, because she nearly died from a gunshot wound received in season 3's "Glass Spider".
  • Genki Girl
  • High-Class Call Girl: Annie impersonates one in the pilot.
  • Improbable Weapon User: So far the best examples are a bottle of Vodka and a pair of handcuffs. Oh, and a bottle opener. Does siccing Auggie on an opponent count?
  • Just Friends: With Auggie, although her reaction to his engagement with Parker says a few things about her real feelings.
  • Lethal Chef
  • MacGyvering
  • Moe Stare
  • Sexual Extortion: She sees no problem in seducing male contacts to build a rapport, such as the apparent Big Bad of Season 3. As Lena points out however, the CIA has a bit of a self-aware Double Standard when it comes to this, so it doesn't mind.
  • She's Got Legs
  • What Beautiful Eyes!
  • You, Get Me Coffee: She gets upgraded to walk-in work, though! And then lunch duty! And it is always noted that whenever she goes into the field, it's limited to situations where her skills would be useful such as being a liaison.

Auggie Anderson
Played by Christopher Gorham

Auggie Anderson worked as a CIA special operative, but was blinded on a mission in Iraq. As he put it, he got out to look at what he thought was a dead dog, and the "next thing [he] knew, [he] was Ray Charles". This turns out not to be true.

Joan Campbell
Played by Kari Matchett
In early seasons Joan is the head of the DPD and wife of Arthur Campbell, Director of Clandestine Services (DCS). Recently (as of early season four) moved up as DCS herself.
  • Action Survivor: Joan doesn't show it much since she is no longer a regular field agent, but in "Welcome to the Occupation" she and another agent take five armed kidnappers down while being unarmed.
  • Combat Stilettos
  • Da Chief
  • Iron Lady
  • A Mother to Her Men: First thing Joan does when she meets Annie after months of thinking her former operative dead? Gives her a hug, administers first aid, and asks if she needs cash.
  • Pregnant Badass: In Into the Fire she cleans up a crime scene, cracks a safe, blackmails a senator in the middle of a Senate Intelligence Committee meeting, and then gets promoted, thus becoming the CIA's highest ranked female employee ever.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: At least to her own people. Not so much when other agencies get involved, most notably the FBI, at least from their perspective.

Jai Wilcox
Played by Sendhil Ramamurthy
His father was the head of the CIA. Because of this, he seems to have issues relating to people in the workplace. He was also sent to befriend Annie to get information about Ben Mercer from her.

Arthur Campbell
Played by Peter Gallagher

Arthur Campbell is the head of the National Clandestine Service. He is married to Joan Campbell. Recently stepped down as DCS, ostensibly due to an extramarital affair, his successor is Joan.

  • Da Chief: To all the other chiefs.
  • Happily Married: To Joan (for the most part, and it takes a lot of effort, but they make it work). Notably, Arthur is given the opportunity to run for Senator, and turns it down because he doesn't want to put Joan through the immense scrutiny that would entail.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Your Cheating Heart: Joan was his mistress before he divorced his wife. Thus, one of the few things Joan is concerned about is that Arthur's going to stray again.

Calder Michaels
Played by Hill Harper

Calder is initially the station chief in Colombia, but rapidly moves up the promotion ranks in the CIA. As a consequence he becomes a thorn in Annie's and Auggie's sides.

  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not the nicest of people, but is a good guy deep down.
  • Wild Card: He appears initially to be working for Henry Wilcox. However, the truth is, he's not wholly on anybody's side. He's after "the truth", as he sees it. It just so happens that dovetails with Annie's mission of getting rid of Henry.


Danielle Brooks
Played by Anne Dudek

Danielle Brooks is Annie Walker's sister. She is married, has two children (both girls), and lets Annie live in her guest house.

Ben Mercer
Played by Eion Bailey

Ben Mercer is a wanted person by the CIA. He and Annie Walker spent three weeks together in Sri Lanka, and fell deeply in love, but he left in the middle of the night, only leaving a note which read, "The truth is complicated, forgive me".

Henry Wilcox
Played by Gregory Itzin

Former head of the CIA, father of Jai, and general manipulative prick.

  • Big Bad: Of season 4
  • The Chessmaster: In spades. He even manages to do it while imprisoned!
  • Decapitated Army: At one point head of a sprawling corporate espionage empire with moles seemingly everywhere, he has since been reduced to seeking asylum in China, but before he can get out of Hong Kong, Annie shoots and kills him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones/Even Evil Has Standards: Is genuinely shocked and saddened by the idea that he would sacrifice his own son for his Chessmaster schemes. He seems to care for his ex-wife, but it has a possessive edge to it as revealed in Season 4.

Eyal Levin
Played by Oded Fehr

Eyal Levin is a Mossad agent who has frequently crossed paths with Annie and have worked together on several joint CIA-Mossad operations.

  • Badass Israeli
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Hero of Another Story
  • Undying Loyalty: Eventually, over the seasons, he develops this for Annie, even willing to put his career on the line for her and break her out a jail in another country.
  • With Friends Like These...: Whenever we see him he has a hidden agenda that is somehow opposed to the United States' best interest. He's more or less a good guy but that doesn't stop him from lying to and manipulating the Americans to make sure Israel comes out ahead.

Lena Smith
Played by Sarah Clarke

Lena Smith is the head of a rival departmant to Joan's. She recruits Annie into her department to seduce and turn Russian FSB agent Simon Fischer, but is eventually revealed to be a FSB double agent when she executes Simon and tries to frame Annie as a mole. She is later hunted down and killed by Annie in Moscow.

  • Crazy-Prepared: How she was able to get away from the CIA when her FSB allies assassinated CIA operatives trying to look for her thanks to the information she provided.

Teo Braga
Played by Manolo Cardona

The leader of the ALC (a Colombian terrorist group). He's actually a CIA operative, and Arthur's son

Ryan Mcquaid
Played by Nic Bishop

Head of Mcquaid Security. Annie has several encounters with him during season 5. And it eventually becomes romantic. In previous years, he served in the US Navy with Arthur, who was his mentor, and after Arthur resigns from the CIA, offers him a top-level position at his firm.

  • Crazy-Prepared: Has plenty of safehouses scattered all over the globe. In addition, he maintains at least one safehouse with a weapons cache to be used purely as a trap in case anyone came after him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has quite the wit.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: To Annie's surprise, he turns out to be this.
  • Love Interest: For Annie halfway through season 5
  • Nice Guy: Ryan has always had Annie's back even when she was dismissive of him.
    • He's also very concerned about his people and their welfare, and when it looks like his company is going to lose all its contracts, his first worry is for his employees.
  • Private Military Contractor: A fairly positive example. Mc Quaid is out to make money, but he is also a patriot who loves America.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Basically funds Annie's hunt for Belevko halfway through Season Five.

Alec Belenko
Played by Shawn Doyle

Georgian Diplomatic who masterminded the Chicago bombings and several other hits.



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