Main Characters: B Side / Red Universe
(Alternate) Fringe Division
Tropes associated with the Alternate Fringe Division:
- The Ace: They're extremely skilled at basically everything.
- Darker and Edgier: A lot more ruthless than the normal Fringe Division.
- In-Series Nickname: Invoked so it's easier to differentiate them from the main characters.
- Police are Useless: Due to the various vortex and tears of space fabric, Fringe Division almost entirely replaced standard police in the alternate world.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to the other universe's Blue, being more aggressive and militarized.
Olivia Dunham / "Fauxlivia"
- "You know, being you and living your life, only made me more homesick for my universe. It must be hard to develop trust in people when all you've got is yourself. It must be terribly lonely."
Portrayed by Anna Torv
An Alternate Fringe Division agent working directly for the Secretary of Defense, she is tasked with infiltrating our universe's Fringe Division and posing as Olivia Dunham, while simultaneously coaxing Peter into completing the Wave Sink Device.
Tropes associated with Fauxlivia:
- Action Girl: Just as good as normal Olivia.
- Action Mom: Becomes one.
- Anti-Villain: She's just trying to save her universe.
- Back for the Finale: Returns to provide crucial help to the A-side Team near the end of the series.
- Badass Longcoat: In 2036.
- Becoming the Mask: Bolivia starts absorbing some of A-Olivia's traits.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be nice, when she's just manipulating the A-Fringe Team.
- Blood Knight: Not exactly, but she seems not to have many qualms about killing innocent people. Also seems to have no problem working with the shapeshifters, all of whom are responsible for several deaths.
- Break the Haughty: In both timelines.
- Defector from Decadence: Ends up defecting.
- Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: Like his alternate, Lincoln is madly in love with her. To the point of crossing universes.
- Drowning My Sorrows: She doesn't drink and, unlike Olivia, has a no tolerance for alcohol. But she does finish off a few glasses when Lincoln dies.
- Femme Fatale Spy: Hilariously lampshaded by Walter. He actually calls her Mata Hari in Season 4 (even when there was no Peter for her to seduce).
- Fiery Redhead: A lot more aggressive than regular Olivia.
- Friendly Sniper: She's a fairly cheerful woman most of the time. She also has an Olympic gold medal in marksmanship.
- Happily Married: To the Lincoln Lee from the Blue Universe.
- Heartbroken Badass: In season 3, when Frank leaves (admittedly for a good reason). In season 4, Frank leaves again and then Lincoln dies.
- HeelFace Turn: As of "6:02 am".
- Hot-Blooded: Very aggressive.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Has an Olympic gold medal in marksmanship. Put to good use in "Everything In Its Right Place"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She fluctuates between smug bitch and fun loving, affectionate friend depending on whether or not you're in her good books.
- Manipulative Bitch: With regards to Peter.
- Made of Iron
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: When she takes A-Side Olivia's place (immediately after a mission to the B-side, which has both shapeshifters and alternates), no one really notices that her personality has changed entirely.
- Mystical Pregnancy: After she returns from the blue universe pregnant with Peter's child, her pregnancy is nightmarishly accelerated by Walternate.
- Odd Friendship: With Walter.
- Pregnant Badass: With her son.
- Psychotic Smirk: Prone to these every now and then.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She likes the "nice guys" apparently.
- Smug Snake: Comes across as this every now and then. Her confrontation with our Olivia and her "I could befriend a vacuum cleaner" comment to Newton after she's given him a virus to off himself with stand out.
- The way she mocks Walternate when he realizes that our universe activated the machine and turned it against the alternate universe also counts.
- Spot the Imposter: Spotting that she's not A-side Olivia.
- Stepford Smiler: She has a tendency to smile when she's miserable.
Secretary Walter Bishop / "Walternate"
- "Nature doesn't recognize good and evil, Philip. Nature only recognizes balance and imbalance. I intend to restore balance to our world. Whatever it takes."
Portrayed by John Noble
The Big Bad for the second and third seasons. A former US Government scientist, and current Secretary of Defense, the alternate universe's Walter Bishop is a stark contrast with ours: Calm, calculating, and manipulative, he freely uses the Fringe Division to attain his goals.
Tropes associated with Walternate:
- Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: And utterly terrifying!
- Archnemesis Dad: For Peter Bishop.
- Big Bad: Of the first 3 seasons.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Alternate Character Interpretation aside, the guy looked genuinely heartbroken after his son was kidnapped and (like his opposite) tried to drink himself into oblivion to stop the pain.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's extremely protective of children, and refuses to use them for any scientific experimentation, no matter how beneficial. Interestingly, despite being the Big Bad, he draws the line where our Walter does not. This is a result of his son being kidnapped, which our Walter did not experience.
- Mad Scientist: A cool-headed example.
- Manipulative Bastard: "I'm still a scientist Brandon; I just have a much larger laboratory."
- Omnicidal Maniac: As of "6:02 A.M.", most definitely.
- "The Day We Died" took this Up to Eleven."You destroyed my universe, son. ...And now, I'm going to destroy yours."
- "The Day We Died" took this Up to Eleven.
- Papa Wolf: He still loves his son, and wants him back just as much as anything. ...Or does he?
- President Evil: Let's be honest, Walternate practically rules this universe.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: in "The Day We Died", he would destroy the A Universe to avenge the loss of the B Universe.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He always dresses in a grey suit.
- Tranquil Fury: Walternate never raises his voice but has been almost perpetually pissed off since his introduction.
- The Unfettered: Will stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to save his universe, only at the cost of another one.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Occasionally came off as this. Not so much in the final.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Due to losing Peter, he's extra protective of children in general. He refuses to even consider testing cortexiphan on children. However, in the Bad Future of the S3 finale, over the last 15 years he's become willing to destroy the entire A Universe— and especially Peter— out of pure revenge.
- You Have Failed Me: He has Broyles killed pretty quickly after discovering that he helped Olivia escape.
Philip Broyles / "Dopple-Broyles"
- "Two weeks into the job, we had that vortex in the East River. A hundred and sixty-five people swallowed up. Half of 'em kids. And it's gotten even worse since then. Now we may actually have a chance to start to put our world back together. Fix it. Only thing is, to do that, we're gonna have to go to war. A lot of lives will be lost. An unimaginable number. And I don't know if I can live with that. There may be another option, but it could put everything at risk. Either way, who am I to play God With other people's lives? Who am I to make that choice?"
Portrayed by Lance Reddick
The direct head of Fringe Division as Colonel, working for the Secretary of Defense. Broyles is...he's actually not terribly different to his counterpart.
Tropes associated with Dopple-Broyles:
- Bald, Black Leader Guy: He's bald. He's black. He's a leader.
- Benevolent Boss: Like A-side Broyles, he's very accommodating.
- Da Chief: As the nearby authority figure.
- Death Glare: Just look at his face.
- Happily Married: He never divorced and has a happy family life.
- HeelFace Turn: Switches sides upon realizing Olivia's right.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To buy time for Olivia to leave.
- Honor Before Reason: His reason for helping Olivia.
- Killed Off for Real: Shot to death by Fringe Guards.
- Papa Wolf: With regards to Olivia.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Indebted to Olivia for saving his son's life and catching the "Candyman", he ends up helping our Olivia get back to her universe. She gets back, but it doesn't end so well for him...
- The Stoic: Very little emotional range.
- You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: Says Walternate.
- Zen Survivor: Very calm despite all the losses.
Astrid Farnsworth / "Astrid-Instance"
- "Thirty-seven people in the intersection, twenty-two cars, four trucks, two buses, wind speeds of five to ten miles an hour, and that is just to start. In total, we are talking about a hundred and twenty variables in a dynamic system of differential equations. I can't solve that kind of a problem, much less manipulate the outcome to my advantage."
Portrayed by Jasika Nicole
A young Fringe Division agent, she mainly works as mission support for the team. Unlike her smart and friendly counterpart from our universe, this Agent Farnsworth is calculating to the point of seemingly lacking any and all emotions; in fact, she doesn't lack emotions, but has trouble expressing them. She appears to lack certain other social skills as well.
Tropes associated with Agent-Instance:
- Adorkable: Due her Ambiguous Disorder, she is quite adorably awkward.
- Ambiguous Disorder: She's Autistic, though it's not actually directly stated.
- Emotionless Girl: Is very economic with emotions.
- The Igor: Again like normal Astrid.
- Mission Control: For the B-side Fringe team.
- Military Brat: Military family.
- Not So Stoic: In her one Centric Episode, she expresses emotions.
- The Rain Man: While not outright stated in the show, Jasika Nicole states that she based her performance of alt-Astrid on her autistic sister.
- The Shadow: Milo from The Plateau can be considered this to Altstrid. Both are very calculative, to the point of showing little emotion. Her statement about recursive predicions highlights this.
- Spock Speak: Overly formal.
- The Stoic: Stoic to a fault.
Charlie Francis / "Scarlie"
- "Livvy, this job isn't what it was ten years ago. Youve got alternate universes. I mean, it just — just wasn't part of my training, you know? I mean, how are we supposed to fight these people? Truth is, Livvy, this makes me feel obsolete, you know?"
Portrayed by Kirk Acevedo
Fringe Division agent, and longtime friend of Olivia's and Lincoln's, he usually accompanies them on missions.
Tropes associated with Scarlie:
- Body Horror: He has spiders growing inside him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very sarcastic.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The whole spider incident seems to have left him heavily scarred.
- Never Live It Down: In-universe, no-one is ever going to let him forget that he's infected with arachnids.
- Noodle Incident: A particular past case ended up with Charlie having worms infesting his body...
- Only Sane Man: For the B-side Team.
- Put on a Bus: Nowhere to be seen since Season 4 started. Apparently he married Bug Girl.
Lincoln Lee / "Alt-Lincoln"
- "You kidding me? I have my own, like... Cone of Silence when it comes to secrets. What is it?"
Portrayed by Seth Gabel
A key agent of the alternate Fringe Division, he reports directly to Colonel Broyles. Is a longtime friend of both (B)Olivia Dunham and Charlie Francis.
Tropes associated with Lincoln:
- A Death in the Limelight: Late in season 4.
- Alliterative Name: Lincoln Lee.
- And I Must Scream: The burns he suffered early on.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: To Fauxlivia while she was giving birth.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: One of his abilities.
- Bad Liar: Man can't lie for shit.
- Badass Bookworm: Not only is he a badass Captain of the alternate Fringe Division, but also knowledgeable in science, notably bio-chemistry and physics.
- Berserk Button: Harming Fauxlivia.
- Colonel Badass: Got promoted to this following Broyles' death.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially compared to his prime universe counterpart.
- Delivery Guy: With Henry.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Olivia has no interest in him.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Tyrone.
- Everyone Can See It: Everyone knows he's in love with Fauxlivia.
- Fun Personified: A very fun person.
- The Good Captain: Good. and a Captain.
- Killed Off for Real: Was shot by Maddox as he was trying to transfer and protect Canaan.
- Mission Control: Commands the B-side Fringe Division.
- Secret Keeper: Subverted. He can't keep a secret for shit.
Brandon Fayette / "Evil Brandon"
- "Alive or dead? How do you want to send back their Olivia? Alive or dead? Because I feel there are very valuable parts for study and I would just have to replace her mass."
Portrayed by Ryan McDonald
The chief science officer of the alternate Department of Defense, he answers directly to Secretary Bishop and is responsible for the brainwashing of the prime universe Olivia.
Tropes associated with Fayette: