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    Josh Futterman, aka Future Man 
Portrayed by: Josh Hutcherson
  • Action Survivor: Initially just a normal, underachieving janitor, after fighting in the past and present and training with Tiger and Wolf, he does Take a Level in Badass.
  • Butt-Monkey: If anything bad happens, it will happen to Josh.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: He lacks many traits usually found in heroes, such as courage and being able to fight, but he's still far more moral than his other two compatriots.
  • Loser Protagonist: He starts off as a janitor who still lives with his parents.
  • Messianic Archetype: He's viewed as the Chosen One by Tiger and Wolf who claims that he can save the world from the Bad Future. He's also been given the code name "Jesus" by the Pointed Circle and wears white robes that make he appear as Jesus.
  • Nice Guy: Josh is usually polite and decent to the people he talks to.
  • Only Sane Man: Being an average person in modern times, Josh is the most grounded of the characters and is typically the voice of reason to Wolf and Tiger, often trying to encourage them to take less violent alternatives.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Near the end of the first season, he's able to at least hold his own in a fight.

Portrayed by: Eliza Coupe
  • Blood Knight: Both her and Wolf are this initially.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being a hardcore Action Girl, she feels out of place and wants to know her history. The DNA kit Diane provides her helps with this. She is also great at being a nanny, though seeing as how she takes care of her team members, this isn't a stretch.
  • The Leader: Seemingly was the leader of the Resistance in at least one timeline and the leader of Wolf and Josh in the present.
  • My Greatest Failure: Leading her entire team to their deaths in the tunnel, except for Wolf. Later revealed this is a constant in all timelines, except Owl and Dingo survive while Wolf and Tiger die. This is actually a relief for her.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Both Tiger and Wolf are gassed by Biotics in the last episode. Wolf starts dying, but Tiger is unaffected, revealing her to be a Biotic all along. We don't get to see past her initial reaction before she time travels.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The more time she stays in the past, the more easy going she becomes. Especially after travelling to kill baby Kronish only to end up as a nanny to him, developing a strong maternal instinct for children in general.
  • Would Harm A Child: Almost eager to, at least until she becomes a nanny for baby Kronish.

Portrayed by: Derek Wilson
  • Addled Addict: During his stint in the 80s/90s, he develops a crippling cocaine addiction. Upon returning to 2017, Josh and Tiger force him to quite cold turkey by tying him to a bed.
  • Bi the Way: Wolf will happily have sex and get romantically involved with people regardless of gender.
  • Blood Knight: Both him and Tiger are this initially.
  • Demolitions Expert: He is most seen using explosives (grenades, mines, etc.) to blow stuff up. He even carries a 'gobulator', a device filled with deactivated Biotic brain bombs.
  • Hidden Depths: He is an amazing chef, and has the ability to easily pick up new things like languages. He learns Na'vi in a very short amount of time, though admittedly there aren't many words in the Na'vi language.
  • Suicide by Cop: After burning out as a restaurateur in the 90s, he eventually gets Skarsgaard to kill him by contacting him and taunting him about Santiago. Upon learning this, Tiger goes back in time to stop Skarsgaard.
  • Supreme Chef: He develops a natural talent for cooking. After he chose to stay in the 80s, he operated a very successful restaurant that serviced the stars of the time.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Similar to Tiger, he becomes far less of a Blood Knight than initially portrayed. Especially after learning how to cook.
  • Would Harm A Child: Almost eager to.

    Doctor Elias Kronish 
Portrayed by: Keith David
  • Expy: Of Miles Dyson of the Terminator series, as a well-meaning black scientist whose research leads to the apocalypse.
  • Face Death with Dignity: To save the future, Kronish willingly injects himself with a needle full of the most deadly diseases on the planet so Josh doesn't have to dirty his own hands.
  • Mad Scientist: Averted. Apart from the animal testing that leads to countless dead possums, no matter the timeline, he is a very morally conscious person who just wants to help everyone. Even in the seemingly Bad Future, it turns out that his supposedly secretive ways were simply his attempt at heeding Josh's advice from the 80s to keep his research from getting to the wrong hands.
  • Straight Gay: He is revealed to be a closeted gay man who chose to remain in an unhappy marriage with his wife rather than running away with the love of his life. In an alternate timeline, he remains with his boyfriend, who later dies due to tetanus.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His search for a miracle cure eventually leads to the Biotics taking over Earth and exterminating the rest of humanity.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: No matter what changes to the timeline the protagonists do, Kronish eventually becomes a scientist whose research leads to the Biotics. Even in a timeline where he goes out of his way to keep his research as private as possible.

    Detective Vincent Skarsgaard 
Portrayed by: Robert Craighead
  • By-the-Book Cop: As doggedly determined as he is, he follows protocol to a tee and makes it clear that he wants to apprehend the heroes rather than just shooting them. It takes being goaded about his dead partner by the one who killed him for him to pull the trigger.
  • Scars Are Forever: One trait that remains consistent throughout the timelines are the scars he received from Tiger. He later gets scars on the other side of his face too.
  • Secret Keeper: At the end of the series, after dealing with all the time travel, he actually believes Josh did what he had to do to stop Kronish. Other than Josh, it seems he's the only one who has an idea of the truth.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: No matter where we find him in the various timelines, he’s a policeman of some sort, and he’s still trying to avenge the death of his partner, Santiago, at the hands of Wolf and Tiger.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After apprehending Josh, his life seems to be looking up. He's no longer a traffic cop and it's implied that he's planning on hooking up with Santiago's widow.

    Doctor Stu Camillo  
Portrayed by: Haley Joel Osment
  • Big Bad: Of Season 2. He's the one that created the cure that led to the Bad Future and masterminding the plan to download his followers' conciseness into his mainframe while killing off the rest of humanity.
  • Jerkass: He's very degrading towards Josh, and in one timeline where he is a partner of the company is critical of Kronish. In the Bad!2017 however, he is a soft-spoken and harmless person instead. However by the year 2162, he's become far worse than a Jerkass.
  • Mad Scientist: He becomes this in his plan to "save" humanity via brain uploading. He uses thousands of people as test subjects which results in their deaths and after his first successful attempt of uploading someones mind he immediately deletes it. In the future, he is coercing, and later forcing, everyone to upload their consciousness into his mainframe where he will have complete control. When none of this works out, he decides to unleash his killer robots to wipe out everyone.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims to be "saving" humanity by uploading their consciousness into his mainframe, but in truth he just wants complete control over it.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Despite being a particularly intelligent fellow, his demeanor is comparable to that of a petulant child. One particular example of this is when he throws a temper tantrum when the people of the Mons learn about Stu's true intentions, before ordering his killbots to murder them all.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Feels this way for Ty-Anne, Tiger's genetic duplicate he adopted as his daughter.
  • The Reveal: There is no Mars launch. Stu's plan is to upload all of surviving humanity into his mainframe, called MARS, via Brain Uploading and kill of the rest.
  • Villainous B So D: As a computer consciousness, this literally happens to Stu at the mere sight of Josh. Note that the Josh he is familiar with is a convicted terrorist from his own time and Stu is terrified that somehow Josh is alive and possibly after him.

    Gabe Futturman  
Played by: Ed Begley Jr.
  • Good Parents: He loves Josh unconditionally and is very patient with Wolf in regards to teaching him how to cook.
  • Happily Married: As far as he's concerned, there is no woman more attractive to him than his wife.
  • I Have No Son!: In the alternate timeline where "JFutz" put them in a nursing home, he bluntly tells Josh that he no longer gets to call him dad.

    Diane Futurman  
Portrayed by: Glenne Headly
  • Good Parents: Like her husband, she is very loving towards her son.

    Jeri Lang  
Portrayed by: Glenne Headley
  • Deep Cover Agent: She is a Biotic sleeper agent sent back in time.
  • Love Interest: To Josh.
  • We Can Rule Together: She offers a variant to Josh. While they would not rule anything, she offers him the chance to join the Biotics and betray Tiger and Wolf. This would then lead to the Biotics completely defeating the Resistance.
  • Your Head A-Splode: All over Josh.
    • In the season 2 alternative future, this happens again. Except this time instead of her head exploding, the rest of her explodes, leaving her head perfectly intact. Tiger finds it both ironic and humorous.

Portrayed by: Jon Daly
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: While infiltrating Kronish's tower, Owl begins walking funny and talking weirdly. Moments later it is revealed he was myrmed back in the future.
  • The Smart Guy: Seemingly the most knowledgeable when it comes to technology. At least before getting myrmed.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: In the original timeline, he was myrmed: he was implanted with a small burrowing worm-like creature in his brain that slowly destroyed his intelligence and killed him. In the new timeline, when he and Dingo travel to the present, it seems he was rescued before this happened. Turned out it is another constant.

Portrayed by: Carla Gallo
  • Blood Knight. Similar to Tiger and Wolf when they first travel back in time. This turns out as a bad thing as without the characterization, she's the one that technically cause the biotic to swarm the tower

Portrayed by: Eliza Coupe
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Zigzagged, as while she was obfuscating her spoiled brat persona as mention below, her personality is different enough to separate her from the original Tiger.
  • Replacement Goldfish: She is for Stu. Ty-Anne is Tiger if Tiger had been raised as a relatively normal girl.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Ty-Anne is an adult woman who acts like a spoiled teenager and speaks with an obnoxious high pitched whine. She is really Achilles, the leader of the Pointed Circle.

Portrayed by: Derek Wilson
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Uploads his consciousness into Stu's mainframe knowing he might die. He does die without getting close to killing Stu.

Portrayed by: Seth Rogen
  • Unreliable Narrator: While he has Josh, Tiger, and Wolf incarcerated in Ultra-Max, he informs them of all of their numerous time crimes, including the destruction of a cluster of planets, and tries to turn the team against each other. He also informs them that each time they time traveled they didn't change the future, they created an alternate timeline, meaning all of their efforts were wasted, to break their spirits. Come the The Reveal, that Ultra-Max is an advertisement for heavy duty menstruation products and they are in an Amusement Parkof Doom, his explanations are made quite questionable.


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