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Portrayed by: Gerald McRaney
- Wasteland Elder: In the aftermath of a series of nuclear bombings, small-town Colorado mayor and retired Army Ranger Johnston Greene struggles to keep his town safe and stable amidst threats like nuclear fallout, the cessation of outside food shipments, and Trigger-Happy looters. Even after he's voted out of office in favor of a more gung-ho rival, Johnston remains a force for wisdom and stability. Phil Constantino, the sheriff turned mayor of the neighboring town of New Bern, also starts out as such a character but quickly turns into a Wasteland Warlord.
Portrayed by: Pamela Reed
Portrayed by: Skeet Ulrich
Portrayed by: Kenneth Mitchell
Portrayed by: Darby Stanchfield
Portrayed by: Brad BeyerThe eldest of the Richmond family and head of the household after the death of his parents.
Portrayed by: Shoshannah SternStanley's hearing-impaired little sister.
- Handicapped Badass: Goetz sends some of his men to kill Bonnie because she has evidence of his embezzling. Despite being a deaf, rural farmgirl, she picks up a shotgun and manages to kill most of the men sent to kill her before she finally goes down.
Portrayed by: Lennie James
Portrayed by: April Parker Jones
Portrayed by: Jazz RaycoleThe elder daughter of Robert and Darcy Hawkins.
- Badass: Allison adapts very well to life after the collapse of social order, much to her mother's chagrin. After learning how to shoot a gun, she doesn't hesitate to kill to save her father's life, and is able to justify it because she did what was necessary to protect her family.
- The Stoic: Allison seems to suffer no emotional trauma after shooting Sarah while the latter was trying to kill Robert, and simply accepts it as doing what had to be done. This is in spite of her being a teenager with no prior combat experience.
Portrayed by: Sterling Ardrey
Portrayed by: Ashley Scott
- White Sheep: Emily is an honest teacher, while her father and late brother are crooks.
Portrayed by: Sprague Grayden
- Wrench Wench: She's very technically knowledgeable, demonstrating detailed knowledge on how to repair air filtration systems, computers, and cars, just to name a few.
Portrayed by: Erik Knudsen
- Beware the Nice Ones: Dale is a shy, mild-mannered, soft-spoken young man that avoids confrontation, especially when the show first starts. This doesn't stop Dale from shooting an unarmed Mitch Cafferty when he finds out that the latter killed Gracie Leigh, his surrogate mother.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Before the bombs, Dale started out as the town loser living in a trailer park and working at the general store. After the events of season 1, he's the major runner of trade in town, with an army behind him. By the end of season 2, he's the chief smuggler of controlled goods under J&R's nose, and is the leader of Jericho's organized 'crime' against J&R's tightly controlled commerce.
- My Parents Are Dead: Both of his parents were out of town when one of the bombs went off. Unfortunately, they were in one of the targeted cities. He finds out via a voicemail message they were leaving at the moment of the detonation.
Portrayed by: Michael GastonJohnston's rival in the mayoral race.
- Internal Reformist: After the flaws of the ASA become apparent, Gray still goes to serve in their Congress, hoping he can call attention to their more extreme methods and get people to rethink them. The series finale reveals that he's failed miserably, and he's quick to give up on the new government.
- Jerkass: Takes every opportunity to try and garner the peoples' favor over Johnston Green in his bid to become mayor, even in the midst of the apocalypse.
- Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: In spite of his constant jerkass behavior, Gray actually does respect Johnston and does care about the people of Jericho, he's just very bad at cooperating and handling himself under pressure.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Gray has some tough and harrowing offscreen adventures while scouting the area in the first part of season 1. He comes home with tales of some frightening Apocalypse Anarchy and reports about which cities were destroyed by the nukes.
- Put on a Bus: Gray disappears from the show for two long periods of time, although The Bus Came Back on each occasion. In season 1, he departs Jericho a few days after the bombs go off to scout the neighboring communities. Early in season 2, he goes to Cheyenne to serve in the new Congress.
Portrayed by: Alicia CoppolaAn IRS agent from New York sent to Jericho in order to audit Stanley Richmond's farm.
- Badass Bureaucrat: Is able to carve through J&R's paperwork to expose someone embezzling money from the company, and is able to see through a bad deal given to Stanley regarding ownership of his farm.
- City Mouse: From a world of Starbucks, paperwork, taxis, and organization, to Jericho's small town of farms and having no practical skills in the nuclear apocalypse. After her and Stanley become a couple, she does what she can to adapt to her new situation.
- Mama Bear: Once she cares about someone, she will be very protective of them, such as when Bonnie is dating a boy in town, and watching out for Stanley in regards to J&R's predatory business offers regarding his farm.
- Skewed Priorities: Millions are dead, he entire country's social structure has collapsed, and everyone around her is facing starvation and death by bandits, and she continues hounding Stanley about the back taxes he owes the now non-existent IRS. Revealed later to be denial when she finds out Washington DC is destroyed, and collapses in grief that everything she's worked for is gone.
Portrayed by: Beth Grant
- Parental Substitute: Gracie treats Dale like a son and is closer to him than most in town. Following the death of his parents, she effectively becomes a sort of adoptive mother to him, even letting him sleep in her store.
Portrayed by: Clare Carey
- The Bartender: Mary is often shown serving drinks to the other main characters.
Portrayed by: Candace Bailey
Portrayed by: Shiloh Fernandez
Dr. Kenchy Dhuwalia
- Played by: Aasif Mandhvi
- Lovable Coward: He has a decent moral compass and provides some comic relief, but will sometimes fold under pressure and threats, something that he's honest about.
- Open Heart Dentistry: He's a plastic surgeon, but must treat several people suffering from fever, gunshot wounds, strokes, or pregnancy complications. Not all of his patients survive.
Fire Chief Carroll
- Played by: Alex Carter
- Dropped After the Pilot: He appears in the pilot as a minor yet notable town leader. Afterward, he's never seen again, with Gail briefly mentioning that he and his men left town to try to provide aid to the bomb victims in Denver.
Jericho Law Enforcement
Portrayed by: Bob Stephenson
Portrayed by: Richard Speight Jr.
Criminals and Antagonists
Portrayed by: D.B. Sweeney
Portrayed by: Clayne Crawford
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He is a particularly odious career criminal who seems to have an Even Evil Has Standards moments after it looks like Jonah killed Gracie Leigh. only for it to turn out that he's the one who killed her.
- The Star Scream: He frames Jonah for murder to try and usurp his leadership.
Portrayed by: James Remar
Portrayed by: Timothy OmundsonBefore the bombs, he was Sheriff of the city of New Bern. Through a coup, he became mayor as well, and turned into an aspiring dictator. He's the primary antagonist of season 1, with plans to invade Jericho.
- Evil Counterpart: For Johnston Green and Gray Anderson, in that he's the leader who pulled his town together after the crisis like Johnston, and is politically ambitious like Gray Anderson, but without the level-headedness of Johnston or conscience of Anderson.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: After the AS Army moves in, runs a terrorist group against them, as opposed to Jericho's more civilized relationship with them.
Portrayed by: Erin DanielsBefore the bombs, she was an ordinary grad student working on her Dissertation in Russian Literature. After the bombs, she was a starving refugee who joined a group posing as US Marines in order con people out of food and survive. She is later seen in New Bern as one of their prisoners.
- Alliterative Name: Maggie Mullen.
- Heel–Face Turn: Maggie goes from a forced Con Artist just to survive to pulling cons on New Bern's leadership to help out Jericho by helping Jake and Eric escape.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: She helps the people from Jericho escape New Bern, and gets severely injured for her troubles.
- Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: After her injuries, she disappears from the show.
Major Edward Beck
- Played by: Esai Morales
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a Reasonable Authority Figure, but he goes full Inspector Javert following the murder of the sociopathic Goetz.
- Obliviously Evil: He acts as the local representative of the season 2 antagonists but doesn't realize that they're the antagonists, and turns on them once they do.
- Played by: David Meunier
- Anti-Villain: He assists the antagonistic Constantino, but never happily and never with anything particularly bad. In his first episode, he even saves several of the main characters from being lynched by a third antagonistic faction.
- Mr. Exposition: He provides several Info Dumps about the state of affairs in New Bern, and is the first one to describe how the country is now the Divided States of America.
- Noble Top Enforcer: Russell assists Constantino, who is a major enemy of Jericho. However, he constantly attempts to broker truces between Jericho and New Bern, and is especially concerned about trying to keep his old friend Heather from being killed.
- Played by: Daniel Benzali
- Played by: Xander Berkley
- Played by: Sienna Goines
- Played by: Chris Kramer
- Hero of Another Story: He's a member of Hawkins' team of spies and is first mentioned about halfway through season one, but spends most of the series offscreen having adventures of his own. He only shows up in person for a few episodes of season 2.
- Properly Paranoid: He mentions that he never trusted Sarah, who turns out to be a traitor.
- Played by: Emily Rose
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Trish is blonde, compassionate, and well-intentioned.
- Hidden Depths: She's fluent in sign language and quickly befriends Bonnie.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Trish is a low-ranking business executive at a thoroughly corrupt company, but is pretty benevolent herself. She tries to help the people of Jericho during her time in town, orders Goetz to put a stop to his embezzling, and fires Goetz (cancelling his protection from prosecution) after he kills Bonnie.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She's horrified when her attempts to intimidate Goetz into abandoning his embezzlement scheme cause him to kill Bonnie in an effort to get rid of the evidence.
- Put on a Bus: She and her coworkers are pulled out of town in the penultimate episode after Stanley kills Goetz.
- Played by: Christopher Weihl
- Played by: Adam Donshik