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Saying Dark has Loads and Loads of Characters would be an understatement, and this page attempts to list all the important ones. Note that while spoilers in body text are not whited out, due to the heavily mysterious nature of the show's story, many of the trope names themselves are spoilers. So watch out.

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    The Doppler family 

Charlotte Doppler

Actor: Karoline Eichhorn (2019), Stephanie Amarell (1986)

  • Agent Mulder: Together with Peter, she tries to unravel the mysteries of time travel in Winden throughout season 2
  • Animal Motif: Birds. As a young girl in 1986, Charlotte is seen sketching a dead bird in her notebook.
  • The Beard: Her marriage with Peter has been strained since she discovered her husband's habit of visiting male prostitutes. They pretend to still be normal, but sleep in separate bedrooms, a fact that has not gone overlooked by their daughters.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Seems like this compared to Ulrich.
  • Cowboy Cop: Turns into this in season 2, investigating the mysteries of Winden secretly on her own time.
  • Da Chief: As an adult, she is constantly beleaguered by Ulrich's Cowboy Cop shenanigans.
  • Happy Marriage Charade: Remains married to Peter, but only for the sake of their daughters.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Finds out that Noah is her father...and that her mother is still alive.
  • My Own Grampa: Turns out to be her own grandmother, as her own daughter turns out to be her mother.
  • Skeptic No Longer: When she finds Ulrich's picture in a 1953 newspaper.
  • Rogue Agent: Tries to investigate the mysteries of Widen without the oversight of her new superior, Clausen.

Peter Doppler

Actor: Stephan Kampwirth

  • Gayngst
  • Happy Marriage Charade: Remains married to Charlotte, but only for the sake of their daughters.
  • Innocent Bystander: Going down into the bunker for some quiet self-reflection/self-loathing one night resulted in him becoming intimately involved in unlocking the mysteries of time travel in Winden with his wife.
  • Madness Mantra: Begins reciting the "Serenity Prayer" in moments of emotional stress.
  • Skeptic No Longer: Having seen the bodies of dead children appear through a rip in space-time before his eyes, he rather quickly becomes accustomed to the idea of time travel.

Franziska Doppler

Actor: Gina Stiebitz

  • Berserk Button: People, especially her parents, keeping secrets from others (though her parents arguably have a pretty good reason for doing so.)
  • Fiery Redhead: She is rather easily set off.
  • Hypocrite: Is furious when others keep secrets from her, but has more than a few secrets herself.
  • Implied Death Threat: After she, Magnus, Elisabeth, and Martha capture Bartosz in the cave and he refuses to tell them anything about the Time Machine he's carrying, they tie him up and leave him in the cave. They return the next night, and when Bartosz continues to refuse to divulge information, Franziska very calmly mentions that the human body can only survive so long without water. Bartosz quickly gives in.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Magnus spies on her leaving money in a box at the train tracks, which he later sees get picked up by Benni. He concludes that she is a prostitute, and angrily confronts her over this. In actuality, she was helping Benni to afford her hormone drugs, since her father was no longer her patron. Naturally, this leads to their breakup.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's an attractive woman who has several scenes in various states of undress throughout the series.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: She and Magnus have a lot of arguments and a lot of intense eye contact, and end up in a relationship.

Elisabeth Doppler

Actor: Carlotta von Falkenhayn, Sandra Borgmann (2053)

  • Apocalypse Cult: 2053 Elisabeth leads a sort of post-apocalyptic religion seemingly based upon Sic Mundus/The Travelers.
  • Cheerful Child: At least, she was.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Defying normal expectations of a deaf young girl, she can be quite the wise-ass.
  • Future Badass: Is a ruthless leader of survivors in the future.
  • My Own Grampa: Turns out to be her own grandmother, birthing Charlotte with Noah.
  • Pet the Dog: Spares Jonas from being hanged in the future after he ventures into the Dead Zone.
  • Prophet Eyes: Is blind in one eye in the apocalyptic future, and constantly rants about the "prophecy."
  • Secret Keeper: In the post-apocalyptic future, she hides the existence of the dark matter time orb in the old nuclear plant from others, executing anyone who ventures into the "dead zone".
  • Tragic Keepsake: Still keeps her animal hat and looks upon it fondly, even in the post-apocalypse.
  • Wasteland Elder: Basically becomes this. She appears to be one of the oldest people in 2053 Winden

Helge Doppler

Actor: Hermann Beyer (2019), Peter Schneider (1986), Tom Philipp (1953)

  • The Atoner: In his dementia-addled state, he travels back to 1986 in an attempt to put an end to everything he and Noah were doing. It didn't work.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a child, he was attacked with a rock by Ulrich and locked in a room to die.
  • Ear Notch: Highly identifiable by his heavily scarred left ear.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Old Helge kills himself by ramming his car into 1986!Helge's.
  • Madness Mantra: "I can change the past."
  • Out, Damned Spot!
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Seems to have affection for Noah after his release from the time bunker.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: His inversion of this trope is a sign of his immaturity as an adult.
  • Reluctant Psycho: Suffered brain damage as a result of Ulrich's attempt to kill him, and clearly feels tremendous guilt over the acts Noah manipulates him into performing.
  • Talking to Themself: Does this a lot in the throes of dementia And then literally when 2019!Helge travels back to 1986.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: His favourite snack appears to be chocolate bars, of the Raider brand(before it was renamed as Twix in the 90's).

Greta Doppler

Actor: Cordelia Wege

  • Freudian Excuse: The reason she's so hard on Helge is that a man raped her, and because of the timing, she doesn't know whether the rapist or her husband is Helge's father.
  • Iron Lady: She's a rather strict, dour, cold woman.
  • My Beloved Smother: She's very controlling over her son.
  • Tough Love: From her perspective.

Berndt Doppler

Actor: Michael Mendl (1986), Anatole Taubman (1953)

  • Family Man: When his son goes missing, nothing else, not even the opening of his nuclear power plant, takes precedence in his mind.
  • Good Parents: Has an apparently warm, happy relationship with his son.
  • Papa Wolf: Orders Egon to do everything possible to find his son.

    The Kahnwald family 

Jonas Kahnwald

Actor: Louis Hofmann(2019), Andreas Pietschmann (as future Jonas)

  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Bartosz' Veronica and Martha's Archie.
  • Broken Bird: Pretty much. The suicide of his father left him shaken and went to a mental institution afterwards and the revelation his dad is the young boy that goes missing in his town and his crush is his aunt makes things worse.
    • Season 2 makes it worse with being stuck in the Bad Future for six months, thrown into 1921 (when the Sic Mundus Creatus Ist door in the Winden caves was made), meets his Omnicidal Maniac future self, tricked into leading his father/Mikkel to suicide, and all into it witnessing Martha die by said genocidal maniac future self in order to preserve the timelines. Yikes.
  • Byronic Hero: Dear lord, yes.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Jonas has a lot of these. Often envolving Martha and combined with Erotic Dream.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: And future.
  • Death Seeker: Didn't seem too troubled that saving Mikkel would erase him from existence. It's mentioned that this gets worse when he gets older.
  • Future Me Scares Me: He's...not particularly enthused about becoming Adam.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Is blood-related to the entire Nielsen family.
  • My Future Self and Me: He's able to interact with his future selves with no complications.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Returns to 1986 seemingly with the intention of returning Mikkel to the present at the expense of his own existence, only to be captured and thrown into a Bad Future to suffer.
    • Made worse in Season 2 when he tries to prevent Michael's suicide in 2019...only to realize Adam tricked him into causing said suicide.
  • Raincoat of Horror: Jonas is often seen wearing a distinctive bright yellow raincoat.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: At the end of Season 2, after spending a year under the mentorship of Future Claudia, Jonas sets aside his yellow raincoat and dons a dark blue one, showing his shift toward becoming The Stranger.
  • Surprise Incest: Jonas kisses and has sex with Martha, only to discover that she is his aunt.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: He is the Stranger, and Adam.
  • Unwitting Pawn: What he turns out to be at the hands of his future self, Adam.

Hannah Kahnwald

Actor: Maja Schöne (2019), Ella Lee (1986)

Michael Kahnwald

Actor: Sebastian Rudolph (2019), Daan Lennard Liebrenz (1986)

  • Broken Bird: Ye the gods..., considering who he is, it's not obvious he wouldn't be mentally well in the end...
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As we learn why under the Nielsen family page...
  • Nice Guy: A surprisingly breath of fresh air in the world of Dark too: Michael in his own episode in Season 2 is shown to be a loving, kind heart and genuinely loving person who loved Jonas and Hannah dearly. Which makes his suicide a lot more heartbreaking.
  • Posthumous Character: Committed suicide a few months before the start of the series.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: He is Mikkel Nielsen.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Jonas' attempts to prevent him from hanging himself were for naught.

Ines Kahnwald

Actor: Angela Winkler (2019), Anne Ratte-Polle (1986), Lena Urzendowsky (1953)

  • Distinguishing Mark: Has a prominent mole on her upper lip.
  • Jerkass: Averted, thanks to Hannah's hatred of her, as her interactions with Mikkel showcase that she's actually a loving woman.
  • My Beloved Smother: Turns out to have been secretly drugging Mikkel with sleeping pills in an attempt to keep him calm and safe.
  • Parental Substitute: Adopts Mikkel since she can't have children of her own.
  • Secret Keeper: She had already known that Mikkel was Michael years afterwards and even was the one who took the suicide note that Michael/Mikkel left behind.

    The Nielsen family 

Ulrich Nielsen

Actor: Oliver Masucci (2019), Ludger Bökelmann (1986, young), Winfried Glatzeder (1987, old)

  • Berserk Button: Is prompted to attack Egon and break out of the hospital upon being shown a picture of Mikkel taken in 1986.
  • The Bully: Somewhat shown to be this in 1986.
  • Cowboy Cop: Seems like this compared to Charlotte.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Still deeply affected by his younger brother's disappearance in 1986.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Is actually Jonas' grandfather.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His attempt to kill Helge as a child in 1953 not only failed, but likely caused the brain damage that made Helge so vulnerable to manipulation by Noah.
  • Sanity Slippage: Becomes more injured, disheveled, and unstable as his desperation to find his son increases.
  • Trapped in the Past: Arrested and then incarcerated in a mental institution back in the mid 50s...and still there as of 1987.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Teenage Ulrich was a smoking, troublemaking, hard rock fan, brooding over his missing brother.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Gruesomely attempts to kill a child Helge in 1953 to prevent the disappearance of Mads and Mikkel in the future.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Ulrich cheats on his wife with Hannah.

Katharina Nielsen

Actor: Jördis Triebel (2019), Nele Trebs (1986)

  • Abusive Parents: Received a beating from her mother as a teenager when her mother found out she had sex with Ulrich.
  • Brutal Honesty: She'll say exactly what she thinks of someone, feelings be damned.
  • The Bully: Somewhat shown to be this in 1986, especially to Regina. To be fair, she was falsely led to believe that Regina was the one who told police that Ulrich had raped her... However, she clearly had been horribly bullying Regina long before that.
  • The Determinator: Is not dissuaded by anyone, anything, or any explanation in her desire to get her son and husband back.
  • Former Teen Rebel: From smoking, swearing Alpha Bitch who once tied a girl to a tree for kicks to the school principal.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Is actually Jonas' grandmother.
  • Sanity Slippage: Gradually falls apart after the disappearance of Mikkel and then Ulrich.
  • You Already Changed the Past: Is warned by future Jonas that her attempts to get Mikkel back will fail for this reason.

Mikkel Nielsen

Actor: Daan Lennard Liebrenz

  • Children Are Innocent: He's probably the only kid within the universe of Dark that's a good kid, showing he loves doing magic and overall is shown bonding with all the characters, including Jonas who's his future son.
  • Kid from the Future: Mikkel interacts with the teenage Ulrich and Katharina and claims that they're his parents, but everyone dismisses him, and the two are already dating besides.
  • Stage Magician: Is shown to be talented with slight of hand tricks and idolizes Houdini.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: He becomes trapped in 1986, adopted by Ines Kahnwald and grows up to become Michael Kahnwald, Jonas's father.

Magnus Nielsen

Actor: Moritz Jahn

Martha Nielsen

Actor: Lisa Vicari

  • Alternate Self: Another version of her shows up to save Jonas from the apocalypse after this universe's Martha is killed.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie to Jonas' Betty and Bartosz' Veronica.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Is actually Jonas' aunt.
  • Killed Off for Real: Is shot by Adam in front of Jonas.
  • Posthumous Character: Almost immediately after the Martha we know is killed, a different Martha appears...with a different haircut, a different attitude, and apparently from a different universe...
  • Sanity Slippage: With Jonas's behavior after learning she's his aunt and Mikkel's disappearance, she pretty much is a Broken Bird by the end of the first season.

Mads Nielsen

Actor: Valentin Oppermann

  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Was Ulrich's brother who disappeared and was killed by Noah as the first test subject of his time machine bunker only to end up in 2019.

Jana Nielsen

Actor:Tatja Seibt (2019), Anne Lebinsky (1986), Rike Siedler (1953)

  • Sanity Slippage: Her mental state hasn't exactly been stable since Mads disappeared.

Tronte Nielsen

Actor:Walter Kreye (2019), Felix Kramer (1986), Joshio Marlon (1953)

  • Covered with Scars: As a child, his arms were covered in cigarette burns, some scarred over, some more recent...
  • Happy Marriage Charade: He and Jana are very unhappily married, but put up with each other for appearances' sake. Jana even lies to the police and says that Tronte was with her the night Mads disappeared, because she didn't want to go through the scandal of having his affair with Claudia revealed.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Once had an affair with Claudia Tiedemann.

Agnes Nielsen

Actor:Antje Traue

  • Abusive Parents: Implied. Her son's arms are covered in cigarette burns, and she's shown smoking prominently. However, it's hinted she may have been lying about her husband being dead, so it's also possible Tronte's father may have been the abuser, and she eventually decided to escape with Tronte.
  • Ambiguously Gay: She appears to be subtly hitting on Doris Tiedemann, who remains indifferent at first, but later on appears to reciprocate her feelings.
    • As of season 2, this is no longer ambiguous.
  • Apocalypse Cult: Is revealed to be a member of Sic Mundus.
  • Creepy Child: Comes across as a bit of one when she's seen in 1921.
  • Femme Fatale: Gives off strong vibes of this in her interactions with her brother.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: After being seen working with Claudia, Noah, and Adam, it's difficult to tell what her ultimate motivations are.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: She's extremely bold, flamboyant, fashionable, and surprisingly unperturbed for a widow and single-mother.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Is revealed to be the estranged sister of Noah.
  • Sibling Murder: Shoots her brother Noah dead on Adam's behest in the Season 2 finale.

    The Tiedemann family 

Bartosz Tiedemann

Actor: Paul Lux

  • A Chat with Satan: His conversation with Noah gives off VERY strong hints of this.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Jonas' Betty and Martha's Archie.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cares for Jonas and even covered up for him when he vanishes due to his father's suicide. Although...
    • We Used to Be Friends: He and Jonas's friendship crumbles after Martha tells him about their kiss and his frustration with how Jonas has been distant.
  • Unwitting Pawn: What he ultimately realizes he was to Noah, far, far too late.

Regina Tiedemann

Actor: Deborah Kaufmann (2019), Lydia Maria Makrides (1986)

  • Florence Nightingale Effect: The second thing she does after meeting her future husband is get him some bandages for his bullet wound.
  • Nerd Glasses: Teenage Regina sports a pair of these, leading to the nickname "Four Eyes."
  • Rescue Romance: She and Aleksander meet when he comes upon Katharina and Ulrich bullying her and pulls a gun to make them back off.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Her appearance improves as a teenager as her relationship with Aleksander goes on.
  • Shrinking Violet: She was a very shy teenager, making her an easy target for bullies.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Due to being a career woman and later investigating the wormhole, her mother is not a huge presence in her life.

Claudia Tiedemann

Actor: Julika Jenkins (1986), Gwendolyn Gabel (1953), Lisa Kreuzer (future Claudia)

  • Big Good: Implied if The Stranger/Future Jonas gives any indication with her actions to stop him and prevent more of the loops.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Upon assuming leadership of the power plant, she learns about the massive stockpile of improperly disposed-of toxic waste barrels and agrees to continue hiding their existence. (Although, to be fair, she's not just motivated by her own profit, but by the fact that if the plant is shut down, it will economically devastate.)
  • Failure-to-Save Murder: Essentially allows her father to die after she caused him to fall and hit his head.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: 1987 Claudia time travels to 2020, and she's a bit confused and overwhelmed by the technology she encounters.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She bluntly tells people that everyone has to make sacrifices to guarantee that the loop is broken - down to killing themselves. She also manipulates people into following the original path of the loop without showing any qualms. She does show softness towards her father though, apologizing to him for the things she'll do to him, and telling him that he's a good person the world doesn't deserve.
  • It Was with You All Along: Helge's cryptic warning about the "White Devil" haunted Claudia's father, Egon, for 33 years. He realizes, in the very last moments of his life, that the White Devil was in fact his own daughter, and why future Claudia said "I'm sorry" as her first words to him in 1954.
  • Mismatched Eyes: One of her defining traits.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction to accidentally causing her father's death.
  • Mysterious Backer: Claudia is the one who gave Tannhaus the blueprint for the time machine, and the one who told the Stranger to use it to destroy the wormhole. Noah claims she is "the dark", but then again, it's Noah.
  • No Social Skills: The adult Claudia, especially during her time in The ’80s, is extremely awkward in her dealings with other people, either going full Ice Queen on them or having enormous trouble expressing affection and similar emotions. A bit strange because neither her younger nor her older selves display this trait.
  • Not Quite Dead: Was said to be dead but appears to Bartosz and is shown around in the final episode of Season 1.
  • Parents as People: She loves her daughter, but is a workaholic (especially because, as a female boss in the 1980s, she feels she has something to prove), and sincerely regrets never properly being there for Regina.
  • Posthumous Character: Despite being killed by Noah in 1954, she continues to appear afterwards, thanks to her time traveling.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Goes to her death fully aware of what is about to happen, and does not resist.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Noah just before she is killed.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: As far as we know, the poor French delegation is still waiting on her...
  • You Already Changed the Past: A variation on this. 1987 Claudia, thanks to time travel, knows the date of her father's death. Unfortunately, in her attempts to prevent it, she ends up causing it.

Egon Tiedemann

Actor: Christian Pätzold (1986), Sebastian Hülk (1953)

  • Innocent Bystander: Is framed as such over the course of Season 2, and outright called one by his daughter, being a small town cop with no real aspirations outside of police work, as he becomes more and more affected by the machinations surrounding the town.
  • Inspector Lestrade: Poorly handles the case of Mads Nielsen, and Ulrich considers him an incompetent drunk. He also very quickly jumps to conclusions when Hannah accuses Ulrich of rape, despite Katharina, the supposed victim, denying it wholeheartedly (although the fact her abusive mother hit her after the rumors went around didn't help, as he clearly assumed the bruise was Ulrich's work).
    • In the 50s, Egon assumes that suspicious stranger Ulrich is responsible for the disappearance of Helge and the murder of the two boys at the plant. To be fair, Ulrich did imply to have something to do with Helge, but there's a big jump from that to the other two boys.
  • It Was with You All Along: He had been haunted by young Helge's warnings about the "White Devil" since 1954. In his last few moments of consciousness in 1987, he realizes that the White Devil is his own daughter, who had just accidentally caused his death. He also realizes that why she said "I'm sorry" to him 33 years before.
  • Jerkass: Nobody likes him, and he is more remembered for being an old-school, nigh-incompetent, cop by both Ulrich in 2019 and his superiors in 1986.
    • Develops into Jerkass Woobie throughout Season 2 as we see more of his home-life and relationships, and him actively trying to piece together the mystery of the missing children.
  • Police are Useless: From the perspective of Ulrich, who sees Egon as an incompetent drunk who botched the search for his missing brother.
  • Something Only They Would Say: A phrase uttered by his young daughter in 1954 makes him realize that the wild-haired old woman with Mismatched Eyes who came to his police station earlier may have also been his daughter.

Doris Tiedemann

Actor: Luise Heyer

  • Ambiguously Bi: It's hinted that one of the reasons why she left Egon is because she fell for Agnes Nielsen.

Aleksander Tiedemann aka Boris Niewald

Actor: Peter Benedict (2019), Béla Gabor Lenz (1986)

  • Becoming the Mask: Adjusts rather well to his life as Aleksander.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Enough so that he felt the need to take on a new identity.
  • Forced into Evil: Is blackmailed by Hannah into trying to ruin Ulrich's life.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Marries the nerdy Regina, and ends up with a powerful job and the most normal marriage of anyone in Winden.
  • Given Name Reveal: Claims that he took his wife's last name because she was an only child, and wanted to keep her name alive. He claims his "real" last name is Köhler...
  • Happily Married: Surprisingly, seems to have the most normal and loving relationship with his spouse out of any of the adults in Winden.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Apparently took Regina's last name when he married her. This may be because he was inheriting the 'family business' from Regina's mother. But also probably to hide his identity even further. If he kept using the original false identity's last name it would be easier for people to look that person up or encounter his relatives and have questions.
  • Oh, Crap!: His reaction to Clausen's revelation that his real last name is also Köhler, and that he had a brother named Aleksander who disappeared around the time "Aleksander" first came to Winden...
  • Secret Identity: His supposed actual name is Boris Niewald. Since he stole the his current identity from a man he (presumably) murdered, he takes Hannah's threats of blackmail very seriously.

    Sic Mundus/The Travelers 

Sic Mundus (in general)

  • Apocalypse Cult: What it is revealed to be.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: They are based out of an opulently-decorated lair deep underground.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: To Sic Mundus and Adam, this is a command. Adam's lies, manipulation, and false hope were to ultimately ensure that everything—including the apocalypse—happened exactly as it was "supposed" to.


Actor: Mark Waschke, Max Schimmelpfennig (young)

  • Creepy Monotone: Speaks almost exclusively in this.
  • Dark Messiah: Believes himself to be a messiah, but tends to rather gruesome methods. In Season 2, it turns out he doesn't think of himself as a messiah, but of Adam, who certainly fits the Dark Messiah bill, too.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Does quite clearly have a soft spot in his heart for his family, particularly his daughter and his wife/girlfriend.
  • Forced into Evil: His teenage self is clearly distraught about having to kill a lapsed member of Sic Mundus on Adam's orders. Adult Noah just dryly tells him he'll get used to it eventually.
  • Heel Realization: Comes to realize that Adam has lied to him, and everything he had ever done was not to save the world after all...
  • Knight Templar: Seems to honestly believe that his actions are necessary, seeing the world as "doomed" to destruction and the "time bunker" as the "ark" to set everything anew.
    Noah: "Their lives exist only to be sacrificed for a higher goal. Jonas, Mikkel, the children, they're nothing but unfortunate, yet necessary chess moves in an eternal war between good and evil."
  • Leitmotif: Noah's appearance on screen, either in person or as a drawing, is always accompanied by sporadic, dissonant, sinister-sounding electronic chords. He keeps it even after it turns out he has sympathetic motives and isn't a complete bad guy.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Is the brother of Agnes, the father of Charlotte, and husband/grandfather of Elisabeth.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Oh, yes.
  • Meaningful Rename: Adam was the one who named him Noah - and by the end of Season 2, he lives up to his namesake since due to his warning to Charlotte, Peter and Elisabeth are both in the bunker when the apocalypse hits.
  • Not So Stoic: Seems to be at least slightly touched when !1954 Helge runs up to hug him...and is horrified when he realizes that Adam has lied to him. In his conversation with his long-lost daughter, Charlotte, he is also far from calm, even rambling when he tells her about her early childhood.
  • Not with the Safety on, You Won't: He can handle a shotgun just fine but doesn't seem to have a clue how a semiautomatic pistol works. It's what foils his attempt at killing Adam in the Season 2 finale. Doubly unfortunately for him, his sister Agnes is still on Adam's side and knows full well how to handle said pistol.
  • Oh, Crap!!: Gets this look when he realizes he's unable to kill Adam, and then his sister his ordered to kill him...
  • Older Than They Look: Pops up in 1953, 1986, and 2019, and hasn't seemed to age a day.
    • Subverted in Season 2: after the introduction of his teenage self, we see that he ages normally, but really just time travels a lot as a middle-aged man.
  • Red Herring: Season 1 does a lot to set him up as the main bad guy of the story - only to have him turn out to be The Dragon to Adam in Season 2, and not even entirely bad besides.
  • Sinister Minister: Noah is a mysterious, ominous man of the cloth.
  • Super Identikit: The identikit picture of Noah that the 2019 cops construct from the description provided by a mute girl looks like they traced a passport photo of him.
  • Talking to Themself: Has a few conversations with his !1921 self.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Confronts Adam at the end of Season 2, accusing him of really wanting to destroy humanity and using Noah to do his dirty work.
  • Time Travel Romance: With Elisabeth Doppler. She meets him first when she's 8 and he's in his forties; he first meets her when he's a teenager and has been send forward in time from 1921 to 2020. At some point, they have a daughter: Charlotte - which leads to Elisabeth becoming her own grandmother.
  • The Mutiny: Turns against Adam after he figures out his real agenda.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Realizes himself to be this a little too late.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Apparently really did believe everything he was doing was for the greater good...but realized that the truth had been hidden from him the whole time.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Several, in fact.
  • Wrong Side All Along: Realizes this after he obtains the final pages.


Actor: Dietrich Hollinderbaumer

  • Apocalypse Cult: The leader of Sic Mundus, the group of "travelers" dedicated to starting the world anew with the destruction of the old.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Essentially believes that everything, including the apocalypse, must happen exactly as it does, and goes to extreme lengths to ensure this.
  • Big Bad: Appears to be this as of season 2.
  • Covered with Scars: So heavily that he appears to have been fried from head to toe.
  • Distinguishing Mark: He points out the scar on his throat from the near-hanging in 2053 as proof to Jonas that they are one and the same.
  • Facial Horror: His skin is gruesomely wrinkled and burned-looking as a result of frequent time traveling during Jonas' life.
  • The Fatalist: Is all of this, an apathetic and bitter man who feels the end of all existence and time is fitting to "free" humanity from God and Time.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Is horrifically scarred across his entire body and face, and is the Big Bad of the series.
  • The Grotesque: His appearance. He dresses very sharp...but his burnt face gives a lot of horrifying implications.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Dresses like this.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Possibly the biggest one in the series.
  • Meaningful Rename: Names himself Adam at some point likely to mark that he's abandoning Jonas' and the Stranger's ideals and Claudia's path.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Doesn't want to create a new world as humanity will still be slaves to Time/God. He wants to destroy the world entirely so that humanity can finally be free from the time knot.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: He wants to destroy Time/God, which he considers to be one and the same. Subverted in that it seems he does not see God as being a sentient entity, per se.
  • Start of Darkness: Shoots and kills (this world's version of) Martha to set off the "pain" that will lead Jonas to become him.
  • Talking to Themself: When he meets his past self...Jonas.
  • The World Is Always Doomed: His philosophy.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Has Agnes kill her brother Noah after he attempts to stop Adam.

The Stranger

Actor: Andreas Pietschmann, Louis Hoffmann (2019)

  • Covered with Scars: While not as bad as his elderly counterpart, his body has dozens of visible scars.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: And future.
  • Distinguishing Mark: Points out a scar on his arm and the story behind it to prove to Hannah that he is Jonas.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has significant back and neck scars but a more or less clean face, and tends to be a well-meaning character.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The Stranger wasn't villainous to say the least, but indifferent to everything. Upon finishing his task in the events of Season 1 however, he begins to move away from trying to prevent his transformation into Adam. Eventually, he makes the disastrous decision of kidnapping Martha in a futile attempt to save her, which allows Adam to bring about the apocalypse.
  • The Stoic: Or at least always being somber anyway. The Stranger more or less always has a sense of strict or somber aura, and even acts indifferent when he meets his 2019 self.
    • This facade begins to crack in season 2, and shatters entirely when he believes he can save Martha.
  • You Already Changed the Past: Warns his grandmother, Katharina, that her attempts to get Mikkel back are doomed to fail, for this reason.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: The Stranger tells this to Jonas, his past self of 2019 that he cannot change what will happen to them, as everything is predetermined. When Jonas shows frustration about this, The Stranger responds with cold indifference that he was once confused as well but will understand.


    Winden Police 

Torben Wöller

Actor: Leopold Hornung

  • Eye Scream: For two seasons he's had a patch over his right eye. He explicitly refuses to talk about it, and it remains unexplained to this day...
  • Inspector Lestrade: Of a sort. He's mostly around the station following Charlotte and Ulrich's orders, but he finds it hard to keep up with either of their lines of reasoning and favors more traditional if futile methods of investigation, such as investigating the car tracks that may be linked with Erik's disappearance.
  • The Mole: By Episode 9, it's revealed that Aleksander has Torben on the plan to hide the barrels of toxic wasted resulting from the 1986 accident at the nuclear plant. Not only this, Aleksander relies on him to find dirt on Ulrich when Hannah Kahnwald blackmails him into destroying Ulrich's life.
  • Number Two: To either Charlotte or Ulrich, whoever is taking charge at the moment. Basically the go-to policeman shown whenever Charlotte or Ulrich needs something done around the station.

Investigator Clausen/Köhler

Actor: Sylvester Groth

  • Cowboy Cop: He's frighteningly ruthless in his pursuit of the truth, seemingly not caring one bit about the distress he constantly causes in the ones he interrogates. Even his colleagues are seriously unnerved by his antics. And then he waves his service piece in Aleksander's face during the latter's interrogation at the cop shop, which in Real Life would be the last thing he ever did as a policeman.
  • Does Not Drive: He doesn't have a driver's license, so he constantly requisitions Charlotte or Wöller to drive him places. In fact, this seems to be almost the only thing he uses them for.
  • Given Name Reveal: After Aleksander claims his real last name is Köhler while being interrogated, Clausen reveals that his real last name is Köhler too...and that his brother was named Aleksander, and that he disappeared about 1986, around the time Aleksander first appeared in Winden. And this Aleksander is definitely not his brother...
  • Hypocrite: He keeps pointing out how everyone in Winden is lying to further their own hidden agendas, but although he seems to be honest most of the time, he also had ulterior motives for coming to Winden himself.
  • Jerkass: He may mean well, but his methods and behavior don't endear him to anyone.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He's the one who orders the nuclear waste (which actually contain "time particles," a.k.a The God Particle) to be unearthed, which eventually unleashes the apocalyptic event.
  • Mysterious Note: Reveals that his reason for coming to Widen started with a letter sent by someone hinting that possible clues to his brother's disappearance in 1986 could be found there.
  • Strange Cop in a Strange Land: Constantly remarks on how strange and secretive people in Winden seem to be.


Erik Obendorf

Actor: Paul Radom

  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Was apparently the school's drug dealer and his disappearance and stash at the Winden caves kick starts Mikkel's disappearance and dies halfway due to Noah's machine.

Jürgen Obendorf

Actor: Tom Jahn

  • Red Herring: Ulrich approaches him about his son's disappearance as he suspects him, but it's obvious he didn't do it.


Actor: Anton Rubtsov

Yasin Friese

Actor: Vico Mücke

  • Too Dumb to Live: Despite two children going missing beforehand and a dead child appearing, he decides to go to school alone. He promptly get abducted and killed by Noah.

HG Tannhaus

Actor: Christian Steyer (1986), Arnd Klawitter (1953)

  • Mr. Exposition: Serves to explain how black holes and in a sense how timelines work, eventually becoming antiquated with The Stranger and Claudia.
  • Posthumous Character: Is mentioned to have passed sometime between 1986 and 2019 by Charlotte.
  • Promotion to Parent: Raised Charlotte after the supposed deaths of her parents.


Actor: Lea van Acken

  • Apocalypse Cult: Is part of Elizabeth's cult in 2052.
  • Crisis of Faith: Has one when Jonas reveals the true nature of the "portal to paradise" in the exclusion zone.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a single, long scar running diagonally across her face, and is not overly disfigured at all. She's also the most friendly character in the 2052 time period.
  • Unknown Relative: The presence of her photo on Adam's photo-wall of the four families strongly implies that she's related to at least one of them in some way.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Is last seen only halfway through season 2, being held up by gun point by Elizabeth after leaving the reactor room. Fortunately, Lea van Acken's announced return for season three seems to indicate this isn't the end of her story.


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