The Rossum Corporation
FoundersNote that the other Rossum co-founder is on a different page for spoilery reasons.
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.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: "Arcane." Lampshaded: "I thought it sounded badass."
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He's killed off-screen in the Attic.
- Fate Worse than Death: What he considers the Attic to be, and let's face it, he's right.
- Knight Templar: In the Attic, original Clyde is killing people (a) to put them out of their misery, and (b) to help take down the computer mainframe their brains comprise.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His realization after being placed in the Attic.
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."
- Even Evil Has Standards: In a way. He disapproves of Harding destroying his 'bodysuits' through excess.
- 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.
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.
- Fat Bastard: In the future.
- 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.
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.
- Not Good with Rejection: Rejected by a girl you like? Better destroy her entire life, drug her to the point of appearing insane, erase her entire personality and use her as a sex toy to rape and brutalize.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Adelle and Topher are both horrified by his actions.
- Yandere: For Sierra.
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.
- Hero Antagonist: Dang that pesky lack of Sympathetic P.O.V..
- HeelFace Turn: His motivations don't really change between the first season and the second, but the torture and wet works aspects of his personality are downplayed and he stops trying to kill Echo, making him more of a straight-up heroic character.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Shoots eight rounds at his target from point-blank range and doesn't hit her once.
- Jerkass: An utterly unpleasant man, even after his HeelFace Turn.
- 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
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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Half of her dialogue is snark aimed at Topher's expense.
- 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.
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.
- Hot Scientist: Even if Topher won't let her play.
- Me's a Crowd: In the comic series, as shown by this cover: [http://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/Previews/18-758].
- The Igor: Played with in that even though she's Topher's assistant, she's very attractive and far from subservient.
- Only Sane Man: Easily the most stable programmer we meet.
- Punch-Clock Villain: To the point where you forget she's moaning about not being allowed to Strip people of different identities and create Sex Slaves.
- Ship Tease: Between her and Topher.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He thought Whiskey was a bad influence on Alpha.
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.
- Meganekko: Again, lampshaded by Topher.
- 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.