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Founders

Note that the other Rossum co-founder is on a different page for spoilery reasons.

    Clyde Randolph 

Clyde Randolph

Played By: Adam Godley

The inventor of the imprinting process and co-founder of Rossum. Original Recipe Clyde was betrayed by his business partner and became the attic's first occupant-victim. An imprint of him, modified to be unambitious and obedient, now runs things at Rossum.

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Leadership

    Clive Ambrose 

Clive Ambrose

Played By: Philip Casnoff, Enver Gjokaj & Nate Dushku

"You won't give up this body. That's fine, I won't resist. Right now I'm having this same conversation in ten other bodies in ten other Dollhouses around the country."

Face of the Rossum Corporation.

  • Body Surf: As of "Epitaph One," he's in at least eleven separate human bodies. Later he joins Harding in constantly jumping from body to body to maintain his power over the ruined world of "Epitaph Two: Return."
  • Trademark Favorite Food: His original body was allergic to shellfish, so after that's no longer a concern, he develops a real sweet tooth for them.

    Matthew Harding 

Matthew Harding

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"Everyone likes to take a little something home from the office once in a while."
Played By: Keith Carradine & Noah Harpster

Adelle's direct superior in the Dollhouse.

  • Big Bad: Even though Clyde and Boyd are the true heads of the corporation, Harding is always the more immediate and driving threat throughout the series.
  • Body Surf: As of "Epitaph Two: The Return", he and Clive Ambrose have apparently been switching bodies repeatedly.
  • Cigar Chomper: See the picture.
  • The Hedonist: After the apocalypse, he throws himself into this role. He stuffs his face and quickly 'ruins' bodies.
  • Jabba Table Manners In the dystopian future, Harding completely lets his appetites run amok once he gains the ability to shed old bodies and inject his mind into new ones. He even jokes about "blowing up" his latest "suit" (to the tune of 300 pounds or so) in "Epitaph Two: Return."
  • Villainous Glutton: In the future, since he can get away with overeating when he has another body-suit waiting for him.

    Nolan Kinnard 

Nolan Kinnard

Played By: Vincent Ventresca

Highly skilled neuro-chemist working for the Rossum Corporation. Knew Priya before she became a doll; when she refused his advances, he drugged her to make her appear psychotic and manipulated the Dollhouse into taking her on as a "humanitarian" case.

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Dollhouse Staff

    Laurence Dominic 

Laurence Dominic

"It's easy to be attached to your assigned active. In fact it's necessary, but don't think of them as children; think of them as pets. When your child starts talking for the first time, you feel proud. When your dog does, you freak the hell out."
Played By: Reed Diamond

The Dollhouse's original head of security and DeWitt's number two. He takes his job very seriously but is contemptuous of the dolls themselves. Saves a special dislike for Echo, whose autonomy he considers a security risk. Revealed to be The Mole for the NSA, wiped and put in The Attic.

  • Deadpan Snarker: 90 percent of his dialogue post Spy In The House of Love counts as this.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Absolutely loathes Adelle and would literally be anywhere else in the world than work with her. Even after the world goes to shit, he makes his distaste for her known.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Conquers his nightmares to become self-aware within the attic, sets himself to hunt down the attic's resident serial killer, remains behind when the others escape to free the minds of the attic's prisoners, manages to kill and revive himself to escape the attic.

    Dr. Claire Saunders 

Dr. Claire Saunders

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"My entire existence was constructed by a sociopath in a sweater vest; what do you suggest I do?"
Played By: Amy Acker

Chief medical officer at the Dollhouse, she was attacked by Alpha during his composite event and left with bad facial scarring. She is the Dollhouse employee with the most concern for the emotional well-being of the actives. Revealed to be Whiskey, a doll, implanted with a personality based partially off the previous (male) Dr. Saunders, who was killed by Alpha.

  • Broken Bird: As of her discovery that she's a former doll.
  • Foreshadowing: In 1x08, Caroline demands the release of all the dolls. Guess who's quite casually at the front of the crowd.
    • In another episode, Mr Dominic seems to ask for a strong drink while panicking. Nope, he's just calling "Saunders" under the name he associated her with most.
  • Hospital Hottie: Despite the facial scarring.
  • Jerkass: She hides it under a veil of care and kindness, but she deeply resents nearly everything about her life and passive-aggressively takes it out on those around here, especially Topher. It culminates with her actively psychologically abusing him in Season 2.
  • Scars Are Forever: Averted in "Epitaph One." Her face has been healed.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: She despises Topher. She believes this is a result of Topher's programming, but he reveals she very much hates him of her own free will.
  • Troll: And not at all played for laughs. She continually plays one prank after another on Topher, each one more cruel than the last in an effort to torture him.

    Ivy 

Ivy

"My talents go beyond asking if he wants chocolate chip or oatmeal."
Played By: Liza Lapira

Topher's assistant in the imprint room. She thinks she's here to use her knowledge and technical skills to work the cutting-edge imprinting technology. Topher thinks she is here to bring him snacks. The male fans of Dollhouse think she's here because who doesn't love a cute Asian techie. Joss Whedon thinks she's here so she can become a suspect for the spy in "A Spy in the House of Love."

  • Beautiful All Along: It's notable that by the second season, her character both gets more screen time and starts to get better attention from wardrobe and makeup and playing up her attractiveness a lot more. Particularly notable in "A Love Supreme" when she's wearing eye shadow and lipstick as well as sporting a perm/hairstyle.

    Dr. Saunders 

Dr. Saunders

Played By: Joe Howard

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    Blevins 

Blevins

Played By: Marco Sanchez

    Sophie Alvarez 

Sophie Alvarez

Played By: Angel Desai

    Joe Hearn 

Joe Hearn

Played By: Kevin Kilner

    Selena Ramirez 

Selena Ramirez

Played By: Valerie Cruz

    Stewart Lipman 

Stewart Lipman

Played By: Ray Wise

  • Groin Attack: Courtesy of Adelle.
  • Jerkass: He's dismissive and condescending to Adelle.
  • Slimeball: He shifts fully into this mode when Adelle briefly flirts with him.

    Bennett Halverson 

Bennett Halverson

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"Now's not the time for 'why.' I like this void. This evil, simple world. Just pain. Over and over again. No reason, no end, no in-between. You can't even pass out. We shut down everything that stands between you and blinding, searing pain."
Played By: Summer Glau

Topher's counterpart at the Dollhouse located in Washington, D.C. A former friend of Caroline, who was left to die by her in the pastnote , which has made her bitter - understandable since Caroline's abandonment left Bennett with a paralyzed left arm. Extremely shy and awkward, and has a huge geek-crush on Topher.

  • Adorkable: When she's not being...
  • Ax-Crazy: Just a bit.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Poor social skills, obsessive control issues, emotionally closed off.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She has her ... quirks, but it's obvious everyone puts up with her because of her genius.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Subjects Echo to this, as revenge for leaving her to die.
  • Disabled Love Interest: To Topher.
  • Fake Memories: Well, kind of. The memory of the night Caroline left her behind in the Rossum lab isn't entirely fake, but it is distorted by Bennet's unstable mind. Caroline did leave her behind, but she pinned her Rossum Corp badge on her and told her to tell security that she was working late when Caroline broke in, sparing her from being outed as an accomplice. When Caroline told Bennett that only one of them had to get caught, she was referring to herself.
  • Pet the Dog: Advising her assistant not to question Rossum's motives, and attempts to comfort Madeline Costly.
  • Pretty Little Headshots: Oh so averted. When Dr. Saunders kills her, the exit wound splatters both Topher (who was standing behind her) and a computer screen across the room.
  • Red Right Hand: Or, in this case, Black Left Hand.
  • Revenge: On Caroline.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Caroline. They even wash each other's hair.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Topher, though kind of delayed. He punched her, she returned the favor with a hell of a right hook, and cue the kissing.

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