This is a page listing characters that make up the cast of Liberty's Kids.
A 14-year-old (in 1773) journalist for Dr. Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette, James dreams of covering the biggest story in the colonies.
- Been There, Shaped History: Can't avoid getting involved in historical events, despite Sarah constantly urging him to remain an observer only. He assists Paul Revere on his midnight ride, tows the first submarine into battle, and even stops a mob from attacking a Declaration signer who turned tory.
- Heroes Want Redheads: James is shown to be quite fond of Sarah very early on.
- Parental Abandonment: James' parents were killed in a house fire when he was an infant.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Is completely swept up in revolutionary fervor at first, but as he matures, he witnesses atrocities committed by both sides, and ends the Revolution with a much more sober viewpoint.
Fifteen in 1773. Sarah is a high class English lady who has come to America in search of her father. She is staying with the Franklins until her father returns from Ohio. She quickly gets caught up in the events of the American Revolution, and becomes a journalist to balance out James' idealistic and one-sided viewpoint.
- Blue Blood: She's the daughter of a wealthy British officer and war hero.
- Deadpan Snarker: So very much.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Holds herself aloof at first as a proper British lady of high breeding, but soon warms up to the orphan urchins she lives and writes with.
- Disappeared Dad: Sarah's father has been on the frontier in Ohio for years, and neither she nor her mother even know if he's alive.
- Fake Brit: Sarah's voice actress, Reo Jones, is American.
- Fiery Redhead
- Girly Bruiser : Sarah is a very proper English lady and a Nice Girl but she is independent and sometimes hard edged
- HeelFace Turn: Sarah eventually sides with the American patriots, and fully adopts America as her own country.
- Nice Girl: Sarah is a very mature, kind, and polite girl.
- Proper Lady: Sarah is dignified, mature, polite, and very ladylike.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Is perfectly capable of defending herself, even if she is a proper lady.
- Team Mom: Acts as this not just to Henri, but to the impulsive James as well.
- You Got Spunk: Demonstrates this throughout the series, but a particularly notable example is when she dares to call Washington out for returning slaves who fought for the British to their owners.
Eight years old in 1773, Henri is a young French orphan who lives with James and Moses. He loves food and finding mischief.
- Ascended Fanboy: Is eventually adopted by his idol, the Marquis de Lafayette.
- Big Eater
- Gratuitous French: Is extremely proud to be French, and would rather use his native tongue than speak English.
- Happily Adopted: By the Marquis de Lafayette at the end of the series.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Starts at this, but eventually grows out of it.
- Made a Slave: The captain of Henri's ship on his way to America enslaved him to pay off his deceased parents' debt.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: While none of the fictional characters age, it's more noticeable with Henri, who was not even an adolescent when the show began, and ends the series still prepubescent 16 years later.
- Overly Long Name: Henri Maurice Richard DuTois LeFebvre. Rivaled on the show only by Lafayette.
- Parental Abandonment: Henri's parents died of an illness during their voyage from France to America.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Put on a Bus: To France with Lafayette.
- Tagalong Kid
An ex-slave trafficked from Africa who worked hard to earn his freedom, Moses now works for Dr. Franklin as a mechanic and press operator. He acts as the guardian to James and Henri, and teaches them printing and journalism in Franklin's absence.
- Grease Monkey: He's a mechanic and blacksmith, and seems to genuinely love his job.
- Hidden Depths: Tall, athletic, and mechanically minded, but he also loves poetry, plays the glass armonica, and is a skilled teacher.
- Immigrant Patriotism: Sympathizes with the colonial struggle for independence, despite being made a slave in the colonies, and considers himself an American.
- Made a Slave: Like many black Americans of that era, Moses was born free in Africa and trafficked to the colonies.
- Magical Negro
- Nice Guy: Moses is kind-hearted, protective, and caring.
- Parental Substitute: To James and Henri.
- Worf Effect: He's tall, strong and intimidating, so when he does get beat up in one episode, it's clear that whoever did it was no one to mess around with.
- Big Fun: Pokes fun at himself for his weight and does not mind when others do the same.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Loves flirting with the ladies, but he is always extremely proper about it. Well, in the show, anyway. Real life, maybe less so.
- Cool Old Guy: Franklin is this in spades.
- Deadpan Snarker: Was well known for this, and used it to great effect in France.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: The third youngest of 17, and the youngest of the boys.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: In the series, Franklin's roles as an inventor, amateur meteorologist, oceanographer, journalist, author, and postmaster general are all explored to at least some extent. To say nothing of his obvious involvement in politics.
- A Father to His Men: Very much so, especially toward Lafayette. Historically, Hamilton took issue with Washington's paternal treatment of him.
- But Now I Must Go: Is eager to retire to his farm at Mount Vernon after the war, and has to wrest this right from his own officers, some of whom want him to declare himself king.
- Cincinnatus: He is called this by historians, both contemporary and modern, for turning down the chance to seize power and make himself king.
- Deadpan Snarker: I hope you're as good at killing redcoats as you are at chasing children.
- Four-Star Badass: Gets promoted from colonel to general in his first appearance, and is head of the army. And, actually, he has six stars, as legally, no one in America is allowed to equal his rank.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: Yes, Washington is definitely one of the greatest heroes of America's earliest history, but as is exceedingly common in media portrayals, the fact that he owned slaves is never mentioned, and he is painted as being at least tolerant of the cause of abolition (in reality he was stubbornly neutral on the subject, and avoided addressing it at all during his presidency). His head servant William Lee is only seen in one scene in the entire series, and he refers to Washington as sir rather than master. This is notable as this series goes to great effort to show the Grey and Gray Morality of other historical characters, such as Thomas Jefferson and Benedict Arnold.
- Large and in Charge: The show makes liberal use of camera angles that show off Washington's height and give a sense of his authority and no-nonsense attitude.
- Man Hug: Not fond of these, but he does share two with Lafayette.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Baron von Steuben and Ben Franklin both call Washington's willingness to learn from and listen to his underlings his genius.
- Reluctant Hero: Did not particularly want the job as commander-in-chief of the army, but accepted it out of necessity to the cause.
- The Stoic: It takes a lot to get Washington truly rattled. Only two people manage it, and one is Benedict Arnold.
- Washington also wasn't big on laughing, probably due to dental problems. But Lafayette manages to make him burst out laughing with one of his stories.
- Worthy Opponent: When King George hears that Washington has rejected the chance to seize power and make himself king, he calls Washington the greatest man in the world.
Marquis de Lafayette
- The Ace: Turned out to be one of the army's most brilliant tacticians.
- Adorkable: Fanboying over Washington? Check. Extreme optimism even in the worst times? Check. Lots of cheek kissing and man hugs? Check. Embarrassing story about sneaking out against orders? Check.
- All-Loving Hero: In real life, he bore a grudge against the English for forcing him to grow up without a father. In the series, he wants to be friends with literally everyone, including the English-born Sarah. He's also the only member of Washington's staff who is civil and respectful to Charles Lee, also English born, who proves to be hopelessly incompetent in American warfare, and who openly slanders Lafayette's idol Washington.
- Ascended Fanboy: Came all the way from France to become this to Washington.
- Blue Blood: He's the Marquis de Lafayette, after all. But he's far from stingy, and is shown in the series to be extremely generous.
- But Now I Must Go: Likes to announce his departure in this manner.
- Fake Nationality: Voiced by Georgian actor Ben Beck.
- Gratuitous French: In his first episode. After that, he rarely uses French words or phrases.
- Immigrant Patriotism: Quickly adopts America as his own country, before even setting foot there.
- Jumped at the Call: Immediately made plans to sail for America when he heard about the Revolution.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Lafayette is positively gaga over Washington. His primary goal in coming to America is meeting his hero.
- Man Hug: Is quite fond of these, and is literally the only man in history to get away with glomping George Washington.
- Overly Long Name: Fortunately, he only says it once, and insists on being called Gilbert.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Of the Historical Domain Characters, Lafayette by far provides the most laughs.
- Values Resonance: Lafayette and his two best friends, Hamilton and Laurens, were committed abolitionists. Lafayette and his wife bought a plantation in South America and gave it to slaves whom they rescued, so they could have a safe place to live and work as free people. In-universe, Lafayette expresses dismay and outrage at the fact that Moses' brother has to remain on the run after the Revolution instead of being granted his freedom. He also promises to do everything in his power to help American spy James Armistead gain his freedom in return for his instrumental role in the battle of Yorktown.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: More so than even James, and never fully loses this tendency even after witnessing the horrors of war. It would take him being chased out of France, hunted, imprisoned for five years, then used as a political pawn by a dictator to jade his vision even slightly.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Wore a dress and a woman's wig to sneak out of France (though he claimed it was a merchant's cloak).
- Alternate Character Interpretation: An in-universe example, as Sarah begins to wonder what Arnold's true motives were, and whether he no longer believes everything he said about American freedom.
- Broken Pedestal: For a lot of characters, but especially for Sarah and Washington.
- Establishing Character Moment: When we first meet him, he's demanding that Ethan Allen give him full control of the Green Mountain Boys, stating that he has the authority from congress to take over, and he is dismayed at the utter lack of respect he receives for his haughty entrance and attitude.
- FaceHeel Turn: The trope codifier.
- Foregone Conclusion: American audiences (and everyone else who had previously watched Benedict Arnold being portrayed in other exported works of fiction) go into this series knowing Arnold eventually betrays America. The characters, however, are taken completely by surprise when it happens.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: During the first five years of the war, he was integral to many of our successes in battle. But he's remembered only for what he did from 1780 onward.
- It's All About Me: Arnold allegedly betrayed America because he felt he was not receiving the recognition he deserved from Congress.
- Jerkass Woobie: You can't help but feel sorry for him at times, even knowing what he will eventually do.
- Memetic Badass: Sarah sees Arnold as this at first.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The hot-headed, arrogant red to Washington's level-headed, humble blue.
- The Resenter: Most of his episodes deal with the fact that he was constantly spurned by congress and higher ranking brass (except Washington) for promotions and recognition of his military contributions. This is eventually what made him decide to betray America.