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The Dark Army

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At first believed to be just a significantly organized hacker group who happen to share a common goal with fsociety, the Dark Army turn out to be a much larger criminal syndicate and terrorist group operating as an enclave within the 1%. Rooted in China, the Dark Army are led by the fabled dark web figure Whiterose and are capable of manipulating world events through the seemingly limitless resources that they possess, such as the payrolls of police chiefs, mayors, senators, and presidents. In the greater scheme of things, the Dark Army appear to be seeking a new world order through the implementation of Five/Nine as well as a mysterious project housed in the Washington Township Nuclear Power Plant. This project appears to be of great technological importance, as the Dark Army encourage martyrdom in the name of "the cause" and claim it to be the best gift you can provide. With unfathomable reach and influence, the Dark Army are everywhere, and they are nowhere.


  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Many of its operatives, particularly the Chinese ones, commit suicide rather than face arrest or capture. It is possible some of them have bought into Whiterose's mad project of creating a new world through her nuclear machine.
  • Big Bad: Collectively.
  • Break Them by Talking: The Dark Army's favored method of recruitment is through systematic psychological breakdowns of prospective members via invasive interrogation, gaslighting, and outright brainwashing.
  • Chaotic Evil: Shares traits with both the Intelligent Monster and Terrorist Freedom Fighter flavors. The Dark Army have clear aspirations for societal change, but they wantonly kill and even sacrifice their own, doing so in the name of their mission.
  • The Cracker: The Dark Army are paid by the highest bidders to carry out cyber-based attacks ranging from simple election rigging to economic destabilization.
  • Dark Is Evil: It is quite literally in their moniker. Even from the beginning, the Dark Army are portrayed as suspicious and very dangerous people with a lot of pull.
  • Dissonant Serenity: A singular trait for most of the upper echelon members, such as Irving and Leon.
  • Dwindling Party: By the end, only Leon, Irving and Wang Shu have left the Dark Army for good on their own terms.
  • Enlightened Antagonist: They fancy themselves as such, in accordance with Whiterose's master plan... and all that that implies.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: While Chinese in origin, the Dark Army employ members from numerous ethnic and economic backgrounds.
  • Evil Counterpart: To fsociety.
  • Evil Running Good: The Dark Army have members everywhere. According to Whiterose, not even attorneys and presidents are safe from their influence. It is later revealed they have their fingers even in the FBI.
  • Forced into Evil: If the Dark Army desire something from you, they do not take "no" for an answer.
  • Hacker Collective: They are a legion of black hat hackers and, in comparison to fsociety, are a much darker example.
  • Hope Crusher: The Dark Army are a natural at not only being avid manipulators, but making those that they manipulate suffer as much as possible along the way.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Their reputation as black hat hackers in season one is thrown out of the window once they start murdering people in season two, and display jaw-dropping precision and organization when they are doing it.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Dark Army members sport red oni masks in the same vein as fsociety's iconic Gentlemen masks.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: By season three, it is made apparent that they are way, way more than just an amoral group of hackers. They have their fingers in pots ranging from the underground hacking community to the Chinese government and the FBI, and have access to military grade weapons, hit-men, and are capable of executing a terrorist attack on 71 different locations throughout the United States, simultaneously.
  • Only in It for the Money: This is the reputation that they cultivate, but they have much wider aspirations.
  • The Spook: As a group, the Dark Army are ludicrously precise and secretive in how they conduct their business. Those who do not associate with them are even aware that they exist. This changes in season four when Elliot and Darlene hack the Deus Group and leak all of their private files.
  • Undying Loyalty: The Dark Army's single creed is that sacrificing yourself is the greatest gift you can give to their "cause". Any hint of betrayal or disloyalty marks you for death.
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Leadership

    White Rose 

    The Deus Group 

The Deus Group

A secret cabal of the most wealthy and powerful individuals in the world, founded by Minister Zhang a.k.a. Whiterose in 1989 following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Deus Group have since been responsible for the continued development of modern civilization at the turn of the digital age, having instituted E Corp as their front and dominated every economic sector on the planet.


  • Arab Oil Sheikh: Some of its members are such.
  • Been There, Shaped History: The Deus Group have their fingers in every pie in recent history, ranging from the both Gulf Wars to the implementation of the Internet.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: The Internet was their ticket into the personal lives of almost every citizen in America and beyond, starting with bank accounts and eventually social media.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Many of its members are the topmost businessmen of the world. The CEO of E Corp is chosen by them
  • Covert Group: Their existence is known only to its members.
  • Expy: Of the Illuminati. Every facet of their existence fits the bill for a shadowy, corrupt organization that pulls the strings of the modern world for their own profit.
  • Fiction 500: They are "the 1% of the 1%"
  • The Illuminati: The only thing that prevents them from being the actual Illuminati is that they are never called the Illuminati.
  • The Man: They are the 1% of the 1%, the establishment, controlling the world through bribery, extortion, terrorism, and economy.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Elliot's burglary of the decoy apartment that Freddy Lomax pointed him to ultimately exposes Elliot to the truth of the Deus Group, thanks to Price's intervention.
  • Running Both Sides: The Deus Group runs both E Corp and the Dark Army with the goal to constantly make a profit, regardless if there's a "revolution" like fsociety's.

Management

    Grant 

Grant

Played by: Grant Chang

A close assistant to White Rose, both in her true nature and when she presents as Minister Zhang.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Admit it, you felt bad for him when he nervously commits suicide because Whiterose ordered him to do it for not being worthy of seeing the final results of their project.
  • Ascended Extra: Initially just an assistant to White Rose, before "Stage 3" shows that he's not only Co-Dragons with Irving, but also White Rose's lover and the only Dark Army member shown so far allowed to speak out of turn or call her out on being wrong.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Before he kills himself, Grant pleads for Elliot to "take care of" White Rose.
  • Co-Dragons: With Irving, though he's more personally close to White Rose than Irving seems to be. However, "Shutdown" reveals that Irving was in his position once, and since he kills himself in the same episode, Irving is back on top.
  • The Danza: Shares his actor's name.
  • Driven to Suicide: After White Rose tells him not to execute Elliot and Darlene and breaks off their relationship, he shoots himself in the head. Whether this was out of grief or the same unknown reasons the rest of the Dark Army tend to kill themselves is left ambiguous.
  • Mook Lieutenant: He appears to have a lot of control over the Dark Army's rank-and-file, always being personally followed by a squad of them and presiding over operations where many of them are needed.
  • The Stoic: Rarely visibly emotes, giving a constant stern glower to intimidate those he meets with.

    Wang Shu 

Wang Shu

Played by: Jing Xu

Minister Zhang's new assistant.


  • Brutal Honesty: Even more so than Grant, Wang Shu openly question's Zhang's tolerance for Elliot.
  • The Consigliere: She acts as Minister Zhang's assistant and advisor for his plans for the Congo facility and the operations of the Deus Group.
  • Replacement Goldfish: She takes the place of Grant as Whiterose's advisor after Grant's death.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She quits during Zhang's meeting with Price after Zhang refuses to listen to her advise.
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     Irving 

Irving

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"When we lose our principles, we invite chaos."
Played by: Bobby Cannavale

A fixer employed by the Dark Army. At first inconspicuous, Irving's old-school approach and looks hide a dangerously efficient businessman whom the Dark Army relies upon for hands-on dirty work, mostly involving cleaning up hairy situations that could endanger the Dark Army, its operatives, or their plans.


  • Affably Evil: He has a genuine calm, avuncular personality but is a murderous fixer for a malevolent organization.
  • An Axe to Grind: Uses an axe to brutally murder Santiago.
  • Ax-Crazy: His affable charm is just a front for a bloodthirsty psychopath who relishes in intimidating and killing people.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: His quirks and aloof nature do not account for his expertise as the Dark Army's go-to fixer.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Despite appearing first in season three, Irving is responsible for a lot of the more mysterious goings-on happening behind the scenes throughout season two.
  • Con Man: Spins a sob story about his wife leaving him and taking the kids to Tyrell, only to immediately reveal to someone else that he was making it all up to sell Tyrell on the plan. It's heretofore ambiguous how much of his behavior is just an act.
  • Convenient Replacement Character: While totally different in style and attitude, Irving seems to substitute for Cisco as the main characters' link to the Dark Army in season three.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He has all of the materials in his cab to effortlessly disrupt an FBI pursuit and clean up a death by overdose at a lavish party thrown by New York socialites. Even without these tools, Irving displays unparalleled competence and intelligence that aids him in his endeavors.
  • The Bus Came Back: He briefly returns in Season 4 after being absent for 10 episodes.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When he meets Dom again in Season 4, he's absolutely nonchalant despite the fact that the last time the two had met he had murdered her superior and threatened to violent hack her family to death.
  • The Dragon: Appears to be this for White Rose, as he handles all of the important business she doesn't need to be personally involved in and has been responsible for organizing much of Stage 2. "Stage 3" shows that he shares this position with Grant, who seems to be slightly higher than him on the ladder, while "Shutdown" complicates it when he reveals that he was once in Grant's place many years ago and is somewhat bitter toward White Rose.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He's introduced ordering food from a fast food joint and poking holes in the clerk's logic that he has to wait until his next visit to get a free milkshake even though he has a full reward card. He then takes a Bluetooth call from Tyrell and casually asks if Elliot is dead right in front of the clerk.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: For a guy that lustily axed Santiago to death and kept hacking at the corpse, Irving still found Janice too extreme and is glad Dom killed her.
  • The Fixer: His job. He can solve any problem the Dark Army runs into, acquire anything they need, and accomplish whatever must be done, all by whatever means necessary.
  • Foil: Can be seen as one to Elliot and Mr. Robot. Like them, he's a ruthlessly intelligent, highly skilled Bunny-Ears Lawyer who got involved in a higher cause — Elliot with Fsociety, and Mr. Robot with the Dark Army — hoping to change the way things worked. Like Robot taking his name from Edward's tech store, his apparent name is also emblazoned on his place of business, and it's currently ambiguous whether it's his real name. The difference is that he's not at all delusional, and "Frederick & Tanya" reveals that he simply gave up hope of the system ever changing, but continues to work for White Rose's cause despite this.
  • From a Certain Point of View: His assurances to Angela about the evacuation of the recovery building before Stage 2, which initially seem like outright Blatant Lies. As it turns out, "it's been taken care of" just means the casualties will be in other buildings — the recovery building stopped being the target thanks to Elliot.
  • Karma Houdini: Never suffers any consequences for butchering an FBI agent to death with an axe, and has apparently gotten a book published since then. However, given Santiago’s status as an Asshole Victim one could easily argue that he had it coming.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Employed by the Dark Army but watches reality TV and writes gay self-insert erotica in his free time.
  • Psycho for Hire: While not originally, as the season goes by, Irving goes from a nice guy that only does his job to a sadistic psychopath who totally enjoys what he does.
  • Remember the New Guy?: A justified example. He's been heavily involved in the plot since at least late Season 1, but the only characters to have interacted with him until Season 3 are Mr. Robot, Tyrell and Dark Army guys like Cisco and Leon.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: He's involved with the Dark Army despite having no hope of the system ever changing, embracing his role as just a another cog in a machine designed for the benefit of the wealthy instead.

Operatives

High Ranking Members

    Leon 

Leon

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Played by: Joey Bada$$

Existence can be beautiful or it could be ugly. But that's on you.

A friend of Elliot's in the second season, at that point obsessed with Seinfeld, now with Knight Rider. He's actually a member of the Dark Army sent to watch Elliot's back in prison.


  • Affably Evil: He's a stoner who constantly rambles on about 90s TV shows, gives Elliot life advice, and is generally a good friend to him. He's also a ruthless murderer who will kill anyone his bosses tell him without a second thought.
  • Ass Shove: Finishes off the skinhead prisoner who tried to rape Elliot by curb-stomping a knife up his ass. When he threatens Trenton and Mobley with the same knife later, he tells them they don't want to know where it's been.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: His quote above gives off this vibe.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a serious Cloudcuckoolander, but he's almost a One-Man Army in combat, first taking on four Neo-Nazis singlehandedly, then kidnapping Trenton and Mobley by himself after killing their roommate, and later killing several of Grant's goons before they have a chance to fire. The same episode as the last incident reveals that he can take personal calls from White Rose, implying that he's much higher up on the chain of command than was initially thought.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Downplayed. Despite being a former DA member, Elliot is one of the few people he cares about the most and makes it clear to Dom that he is his priority when she asks him.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's quite strange and it's ambiguous how intelligent he actually is, but he's more than competent enough that Irving still pays him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His rambling obsession with classic TV like Seinfeld makes him seem like a bit of one. He also rambles to Irving about getting to kill Neo-Nazis before realizing he was being asked about Elliot, indicating that it's not an act.
  • Easily Forgiven: Season 4 shows that despite everything that happened in the barn, Leon is on good terms with both Elliot and Darlene.
  • Erudite Stoner: Leon is repeatedly seen rolling up a joint, has some deep insights and tends to cite literature, movies and series.
  • Foreshadowing: If you look closely at his arm, you'll see he has a tattoo in Chinese meaning 'Year of the Dragon'. The Dark Army are a hacker group operating out of China, whose operatives wear dragon masks as disguises.
  • Friend in the Black Market: Offers to hook Elliot up with anything he needs in prison.
    Leon: I'm here to provide you with anything you may need. I can pretty much find anything, and I mean anything. Smokes, pills, hard shit, porn, grandma porn. Some of these guys like that shit. Gay porn. I don't judge, man. Whatever you need.
  • Hero Killer: He may not kill them directly, but he is responsible for the murders of Mobley and Trenton, kidnapping them and holding them hostage until his masked allies arrive to finish the job.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Elliot.
  • Hidden Depths: Gives a surprisingly inspirational speech to Elliot about the beauty of existence.
  • Iconic Outfit: More or less all his outfits have a camo piece in them. this foreshadows the season 4 reveal that he isn't a true believer in the Dark Army but more of a soldier for hire.
  • Karma Houdini: As a consequence of being Easily Forgiven, Leon suffers no consequences for being a Dark Army enforcer and instrumental in the deaths of Trenton and Mobley.
  • Known Only By His Nickname: Leon is not his real name.
  • Morality Pet: Elliot is this for him. He even lampshades it in a deleted scene from "Gone".
  • The Sociopath: Ambiguous. He seems genuinely warm toward Elliot and treats him like a friend, even though he's merely an operative assigned to keep him alive. However, he affects the same casual demeanor to the point of impassive coldness when he's the hostile party in a situation, as seen when he responds to Mobley's pleas to let him and Trenton go by monologuing about Knight Rider and throwing in a few brief acknowledgements that he overhears what's being said about him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Season 4 he leaves the Dark Army and becomes a freelance agent. After Darlene and Elliot bring down the Dark Army and the Deus Group, they hire Leon to get Darlene to safety.
  • Sensitive Guy Manly Man: Manly Man to Elliot's sensitive guy.
  • The Stinger: In the post-credits scene of the second season finale, he meets with a disguised Trenton and Mobley for unknown reasons. "Frederick & Tanya" reveals that he kidnapped them and ultimately condemned them to their deaths.
  • Villainous Rescue: Saves Elliot from getting raped by Neo-Nazis just before it's revealed that he's a Dark Army operative. Later stops Grant from executing Elliot and Darlene by taking out all of Grant's men single-handedly.

    Janice 

Janice

Played by: Ashlie Atkinson

A taxidermist and Dark Army agent assigned to handle Dom in her role as their mole in the FBI.


  • Affably Evil: Much like Irving and León, Janice can be genuinely friendly and charming, but at the same time will kill anyone who her superiors want her to kill.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Was introduced to Dom by her mother, who was trying to act as a matchmaker for her.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: Threatens to kill Dom's family in some cruel and creative (not to mention pretty graphic) ways if she refused to cooperate with the Dark Army.
  • Asshole Victim: Considering she threatened Dom and her family before torturing and stabbing her, a shot to the head by Dom herself was well deserved.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Seems to be a job requirement for upper echelon members of the Dark Army.
  • The Handler: Serves as this for Dom, basically filling the role that Irving did back in Season Three.
  • Kick the Dog: Seems to enjoy tugging on Dom's leash quite a bit.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: While wildly different in appearance, she fills Irving's role as the Dark Army's face in Season 4, an agent with a seemingly mundane occupation who is secretly a sociopathic Psycho for Hire ready to kill anyone who stands in White Rose's way.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Unlike the more flamboyant Ivring, Janice is a a homely woman with an unremarkable appereance and demeanor.

    Santiago 
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    Sandwich Guy 

Sandwich Guy

Played by: Stephen Lin

A member of the Dark Army who is constantly seen munching on a sandwich.


  • Affably Evil: He doesn't speak, but his body language gives off the vibe that he's a rather chill fella despite whom he's working for.
  • Big Eater: As the name implies, he's constantly eating a sandwich.
  • Enigmatic Minion: We never find out his name, backstory or anything.
  • Mook Lieutenant: During the Dark Army takeover of the Washington Township nuclear plant.
  • The Spook: Nothing is ever stated about who he is, what his position is, or why he refuses to speak. However, he's strongly implied to be a high-ranking operative, being put in charge of such important tasks as managing the initial Stage 2 site, serving as the pickup for Angela's data during Stage 2 itself and leading the Dark Army mooks in the take over of the Washington Township nuclear plant..
  • The Voiceless: He never speaks a word, until Season 4.

Minor Members

    Cisco 

Francis "Cisco" Shaw

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"This is some traumatizing shit, you know that?"
Played by: Michael Drayer

A hacker associated with the Dark Army, and Darlene's on-and-off boyfriend. He serves as fsociety's link to the Dark Army.


  • Ambiguously Evil: Whether or not he's actually interested in helping fsociety is kept ambiguous. On one hand, he acts as a link between them and the Dark Army, informs them of the FBI surveillance program targeting them, and helps Darlene dispose of a body. On the other, he's a member of a society who are clearly more interested in using fsociety as pawns than they are allying with them, and, when Darlene hacks into his computer, she finds that he has secretly informed the Dark Army of her location and sent them a photo of herself sleeping. Ultimately however, he seemed to be genuinely interested in helping Darlene and stayed by her side up until his death.
  • Boom, Headshot!: The Dark Army finish him off this way.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On occasion.
  • Fingore: Angry at his insubordination, his Dark Army superiors inject a needle into his index finger then snap it off, leaving the metal inside.
  • He Knows Too Much: Why the Dark Army has him killed. They won't risk him being arrested and revealing what he knows of the Dark Army's plans to the police or the FBI.
  • Meaningful Name: Cisco Systems, a tech company most known for making wireless networking devices, is a fitting name for the link between fsociety and the Dark Army.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He pretends to be an average, slightly obnoxious musician hawking his music out on the street. He's actually a skilled hacker who uses spyware embedded on the disks to hack into his targets' computers and blackmail them.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: Most people only know him as Cisco. His library employee card reveals his real name to be Francis Shaw.
  • Only Sane Man: Interestingly enough, he seems to be this between Darlene and himself; as he will express his discomfort in a situation as well as point out how jaded she seems to be becoming over time.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: In one second, he's happily dining with Darlene in a random restaurant. In the next, a Dark Army assassin sprays bullets through the window, ventilating his head.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: His death is what pushes Darlene over the edge, leading her to become an FBI informant and protect Elliot.
  • Token Good Teammate: Possibly.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Darlene after she contemplates letting a wounded Fsociety member die to keep herself safe. His words get through to her and she agrees to take him to hospital.

    Frank Cody 

Frank Cody

Played by: Erik Jensen

A right-wing talk show host and conspiracy theorist.


  • Mouth of Sauron: While portraying himself as a journalist, he's nothing more than a mouthpiece for Whiterose to shape public perception towards the goals of the Dark Army and the Deus Group.
  • Expy: Of far-right talk show hosts and conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones.
  • Foil: To Elliot himself, spousing the same rethoric but manipulating it to fit the authoritarian goals of the Deus Group.
  • Hypocrite: For all his speeches against "the establishment", he's nothing more than a propagandist for the Deus Group and begins supporting Donald Trump despite considering him a buffoon.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His rethoric cause a Five/Nine truther to murder Gideon Goddard.

    Williams 

Mr. Williams

Played by: Wallace Shawn

An enigmatic Dark Army interrogator.


    Sasan Nouri 

Sasan Nouri

Played by: Nuah Ozryel

A Dark Army operative that stages a fsociety video.


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