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Elliot Alderson

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"I never want to be right about my hacks, but people always find a way to disappoint."
Played by: Rami Malek

Our protagonist. Elliot Alderson is an unassuming young man who possesses an almost superhuman level of expertise in hacking, which he indulges in to escape from what he sees as a slowly deteriorating, hollow society. Through his hacks, Elliot finds comfort in helping those who need it, but is eventually pulled into a plot by a hacker group known as fsociety. The leader of this group, who is identified as Mr. Robot, seeks to format the debts of the world owed to E Corp, a multinational conglomerate responsible for covering up a toxic waste scandal that killed Elliot's father, Edward. Seeing this as an opportunity to strike back at the corporate evil he so desperately wants to vanquish, Elliot agrees to help fsociety in bringing power back to the people.

As time goes on, Elliot becomes acquainted with fsociety's lieutenant, Darlene, and cooperates with a rogue hacker group originating from China. This group, calling themselves the Dark Army, coordinate a simultaneous attack with fsociety to irrevocably destroy any and all debts to E Corp. What should be a time for celebration ultimately turns into an even deeper conflict when Elliot discovers that Darlene is his sister, and that not only Mr. Robot is his father, but a hallucinated alternate personality that has been responsible for the entire operation without Elliot's knowledge. Committing himself to erasing Mr. Robot, Elliot learns that the Dark Army has more weight in what the news media dubs the "5/9 hack", and that his actions only condemned the world to a slow death via a global economic depression.


  • Abusive Parents: Growing up, Elliot was a target of physical, emotional, and verbal abuse by his mother. One particular memory from his childhood is his father Edward pushing him out of the second-story window of their house after Elliot revealed Edward's leukemia diagnosis to the rest of the family. This is later revealed to be untrue, as Elliot seemingly experienced a psychotic breakdown and took the plunge of his own volition.
  • Accentuate the Negative: According to Elliot, this is how he manages to read people so efficiently.
  • Action Survivor: In the span of a year, Elliot has fallen off of a pier, out of a window, beaten to a pulp and imprisoned, shot, and held hostage by terrorists. Needless to say, he has been put through the wringer quite a bit.
  • Actual Pacifist: As far as Elliot is concerned, a terminal is the only weapon he really needs. Even then, he is vehemently against using violence to advance his goals, and is horrified by Mr. Robot's original plan to annihilate Steel Mountain and the Dark Army's stage two attack.
  • A Darker Me: When his Mr. Robot personality assumes control, Elliot displays much more violent tendencies, and is noticeably bolder and coarser. This ends up becoming a crucial plot point in season three, when Angela reveals that she can detect Mr. Robot's presence by his unwavering eye contact.
  • Adorkable: Downplayed, but shows on occasion. Some examples include him feebly asking Shayla if he could kiss her, and taking up Tyrell's offer to join him for lunch with the awkward line, "sure, I eat lunch."
  • Alone in a Crowd: Elliot's disillusionment with society keeps him from having a meaningful social life.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Several times throughout the series, most notably with Tyrell in "eps2.9_pyth0n-pt2.p7z" and Vera in "eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf"
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Confirmed to suffer from clinical depression, social anxiety disorder, and dissociative identity disorder. He also suffers frequent hallucinations involving Mr. Robot, and he hallucinates a handful of much more complex, horrifyingly violent scenes on top of that. He immediately diagnoses himself with schizophrenia, but Word of God states that he was wrong, which might point to psychotic depression instead. In addition, Elliot’s social difficulties and prodigious hacker skills might be worthy qualifications for an autism diagnosis.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Elliot appears to be biracial; his father is white but he and his mother are noticeably browner.
  • Amnesiac Hero: While not the most shining example of a hero, Elliot is nonetheless a victim of psychogenic amnesia brought on by the dissociative episodes he experiences through Mr. Robot's hijacking of his consciousness.
  • And Then What?: Elliot is asked this by Mr. Robot in regards to relinquishing the encrypted data to E Corp. Elliot rationalizes it as an act of self-absolution rather than a genuine fix-all.
  • Anti-Hero: Of the Knight In Sour Armor variety.
  • The Atoner: Once 5/9 starts to wreck the global economy and ruin the lives of countless innocents around the world, Elliot realizes the error of his ways and sets out to undo what he once thought was the key to a better future for all.
  • Badass Baritone: Speaks with a shaky but deep croon.
  • Bad Liar: Sometimes. For example, Angela sees through his "fell asleep on the train" excuse almost immediately when she asks him why he wasn't home.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Good-hearted and uniquely attractive, being a subject of much fan adoration in this regard.
  • Because I'm Good at It: Elliot admits to Darlene that while Mr. Robot is a tangential cog in 5/9, Elliot himself reveled in the idea of it so much that he is as much to blame as Mr. Robot.
  • Being Good Sucks: Despite trying his best to do the right thing, Elliot always ends up in uglier situations when the cards inevitably go against him. This is firmly cemented with Shayla's death and his failure to stop stage two.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting any innocent people or his loved ones and betraying and manipulating him.
  • Big Good: Begins his growth into this during the last few episodes of season two, and completes the transformation by the end of season three.
  • Blackmail: How Elliot usually approaches the individuals he hacks.
  • Brainy Brunette: He has dark black hair and is shown to be extremely smart.
  • Break Them by Talking: His ability to read people (see above) often gives him plenty of ammunition against them, and he uses it quite efficiently in the form of truly venomous lectures.
  • Brought Down to Badass: When backed against a wall, Elliot's ingenuity increases ten-fold. This trait has undoubtedly saved his neck numerous times throughout the course of the series.
  • Broken Ace: A smart and talented hacker who has a Dark and Troubled Past and struggles with severe depression and anxiety.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: About as weird and unstable as they come while also repeatedly displaying his technical brilliance. While he breaks several codes of conduct at his Allsafe workplace, his boss puts up with it because Elliot's skills have saved the company. He is also referred to as a "master" by the Dark Army, and it is later revealed that Whiterose has only kept him alive because of his handiness as a hacking prodigy.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: According to Elliot, we are experiencing the show as a made-up construct in his head. As such, we are often directly addressed by him and later Mr. Robot.
  • Broken Bird: Hoo boy. Abused as a child? Check. Lost his father to leukemia? Check. Nearly raped in prison? Check. Beaten nearly to death? Check. Held hostage on two separate occasions by criminals and terrorists? Check. Shot at point-blank range? Check! Had his mental illness manipulated by his own childhood best friend and forces him to engineer a terrorist act that kills thousands of people? CHECK! This doesn't even include the massive internal conflict he continues to face due to having dissociative identity disorder.
  • Broken Hero: If the above entry doesn't clue you in, has put up with a ''significant'' amount of trauma. Despite this, he has incredible motivation and a drive to do the right thing.
  • Broken Pedestal: Season three features a particularly nasty example of this. Elliot learns that throughout the season, Angela has been coaxing Mr. Robot to come out so the two of them and Tyrell can see stage two to its completion. Elliot is left utterly gobsmacked by this betrayal and callously wishes for Angela to suffer along with him in the wake of the bombings.
  • Byronic Hero: Fits the trope to a T. He is in a near-constant state of depression and anxiety and is driven by vengeance, which ends up causing much bigger problems than he intended.
  • Cartwright Curse: Elliot, as good as he tries to be, has the worst luck when it comes to love. His girlfriend Shayla is brutally murdered and left for him to find in a car trunk, and his childhood friend/crush Angela ends up using his dissociative identity disorder against him to further the development of stage two.
  • Character Tics: Pulls back his hoodie when entering a scene, and puts it on again when leaving. He also has a tendency to get lost in his thoughts when people try to communicate with him, and struggles to make eye contact with them because of his sheer ineptitude when it comes to socializing. That last example ends up becoming a meaningful plot element in season three, as it is a tell to Angela that Mr. Robot is in control.
  • Character Development: From the pilot, Elliot is shown to be incredibly awkward and shy, often retreating into his thoughts to cope with the anxiety he feels when socializing and going about his life in general. He allows himself to be enchanted by a juvenile fantasy about sticking it to E Corp and getting back at the suits whom he believes are all guilty of killing his father. By the end of season three, Elliot has not only found out what he truly wants in life, but is able to bounce back from his depression and anxiety to seek recovery in fixing his mistakes, putting his need for vengeance to rest, identifying his actual enemies, and becoming his own man despite Mr. Robot's "presence".
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: To a fault. Most of his heroic actions end up burning him, sometimes permanently.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: In season one, he rants about the existence of "the top one percent of the top one percent": a shadowy organization of individuals who control the world and subsist on their own greed and power. He is not wrong.
  • Consummate Liar: Constantly lies to people just so they can hear what they want to hear and move on. Meanwhile, his inner thoughts betray his true feelings.
  • Covert Distress Code: "Init one," which he shares with Darlene.
  • Cowardly Lion: Elliot's anxiety leaves him a teeth-chattering mess in the worst of times, but he still manages to push through it, especially when there is no other choice.
  • Creepy Good: Elliot lives on a totally different frequency than everyone else, but he is still a good person, if a little misguided and sometimes unpleasant to be around.
  • Cry Cute: Whenever Elliot cries, the usual reaction is to want to give him a hug.
  • Cute Bruiser: Elliot is relatively short and doesn't engage in physical violence all that often, but he has shown considerable strength when he (as Mr. Robot) nearly strangles Tyrell to death after shoving him across the room and into a wall. Elliot later manages to wrestle himself free from two Dark Army thugs during his confrontation with Grant in the barn.
  • Dare to Be Badass: How Mr. Robot recruits him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Elliot's father died from leukemia early in his childhood, and he later become a target of severe abuse of his mother.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He wears a black hoodie but is a good person.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Following stage two and the murders of Trenton and Mobley. Distraught that nothing he has done has stopped Mr. Robot from coming back to cause more damage through Elliot, he puts his affairs in order and heads to the Coney Island beach to overdose on morphine. Only the arrival of Trenton's little brother pulls him back from the brink.
  • Deep Cover Agent: Has been one for Allsafe and E Corp itself.
  • Distressed Dude: Usually ends up in situations where he gets attacked, kidnapped or imprisoned by various villains he comes across.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: He is so beautiful and sexy to the point that it attracts both girls and boys, especially Tyrell.
  • The Fettered: Out of other main characters, he is shown to be more morally upstanding, has more values and is willing to do what's right.
  • Fatal Attractor: Is there anyone in Elliot's life who isn't a psychopath or doesn't turn out to be a False Friend just using him?
  • Flaw Exploitation: As a vigilante hacker, this is to be expected.
  • Foil:
    • To Angela. Both want to get justice for the death of their parents that was caused by E Corp. As of season 3, while Elliot still remains the most kind-hearted and humble character on the show, Angela becomes an increasingly power hungry and cruel Sociopath who is willing to do anything to get her way. Even go as far as to gaslighting Elliot
    • To Dom. Both are heroes who suffer from social anxiety and depression and both of them want to take down the Dark Army and put an end to 5/9. But while Elliot is forcibly associated with the people who caused it, Dom is an FBI agent hunting them down. "Shutdown-r" had shown a lot of contrasting character development between them. While Dom was emotionally broken and lost her will to take down the Dark Army after being threatened by Irving into becoming their mole, Elliot was also traumatized from the experience at the barn but became more brave, strong and confident and vowed to take them down and get justice for the people who died because of them.
  • For Great Justice: Why Elliot spearheads 5/9.
  • For Happiness: Why he ultimately puts an end to 5/9.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Elliot "just a tech" Alderson gathers a troupe of like-minded hackers to bring down capitalism and usher in an economic disaster the likes of which have never been observed before. This is not even counting opening the door for a league of cyber-terrorists to blow up seventy-one buildings in a systematic attack worse than 9/11. However, very few people even know of the man behind the malware.
  • Functional Addict: Deconstructed. While Elliot holds down a job at Allsafe and moonlights as a vigilante hacker with no difficulties, he admits that his dependence on morphine is unrealistic in the long run.
  • Going Cold Turkey: While on the road trip to Steel Mountain, Elliot goes through the worst of his withdrawal symptoms and has to sweat it out in a hotel before resuming the mission.
  • Good Is Not Soft: While he is more kind and caring towards others, don't try and piss him off.
  • Hates Being Touched: Is uncomfortable with people being in his personal space at all, and recoils if touched.
  • The Heart: He is shown to be way more level headed and down to earth than the other main characters. He is also the only one who wanted to take down E Corp in a more correct way without hurting innocents.
  • Heroic Willpower: What keeps him going during the amount of hell he goes through.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Acknowledges himself as the problem in season three, and tries to rail against the consequences of his actions. This ends up backfiring dramatically.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Has this when he is unable to save Shayla.
    • In "Kill Process" he goes through one after he finds out about Angela's betrayal and it gets worse when he finds out that 71 E Corp buildings were destroyed.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Downplayed. Though he is attractive, there are instances where he lets his hoodie down, most notably in "Daemons" and "Metadata".
  • Hollywood Nerd
  • Humble Hero: Unlike others, he doesn't desire to be a leader or become rich and powerful. He is content with the way his life is.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Blames himself for Shayla's death because his specific request for suboxone led her to Fernando Vera.
    • He later blames himself for the deaths of Gideon, Cisco, Romero, Trenton, and Mobley caused by 5/9 or the Dark Army.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: The fact that he is played by Rami Malek, you can't help but want to take him home with you, given the amount of hell he is put through.
  • In the Hood: So much so that it could practically be welded to him.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Straddles the line between this and Creepy Blue Eyes.
  • Insufferable Genius: Never turns down an opportunity to explain when someone is wrong and/or being stupid.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Elliot's intense world-views and philosophies leave him without a whole lot of people to genuinely converse with.
  • It's All My Fault: Has a tendency to blame himself for almost everything that happens.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: The dynamic between him and Mr. Robot. This is taken to its logical conclusion in season three, with Darlene even name-dropping the trope.
  • Kick the Dog: Poor Bill....
  • Knight Templar: Mr. Robot-influenced Elliot is this.
  • Kuudere: Of the type 3 variety. He is antisocial to the point that it alienates practically everyone in his life and has more than a few screws loose, but given enough time, his noble qualities shine through the cracks.
  • Made of Iron: No matter how many injuries he ends up with, he survives and remains unscathed.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Despite having no social skills, he still a good hearted person who genuinely wants to help everyone.
  • Moe: He is so adorable and cute to the point that most of the fandom are protective of him and concerned about him.
  • Morality Pet: Is one for Angela, Darlene, Tyrell, and Leon.
  • Mushroom Samba: His adderall binge.
  • My Greatest Failure: Has two.
    • Shayla's death, coming to the conclusion that she would still be alive had he not indulged in his drug addiction.
    • 5/9, once he comprehends the level of turmoil and suffering the hack caused.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: By the end of season two, the weight of Five/Nine begins to suffocate him until he cannot allow any more innocent people to suffer because of his blood lust against E Corp.
    • "eps3.5_kill-process.inc" takes this Up to Eleven when the Dark Army uses his plan to keep the paper records out of the New York recovery facility to target the seventy-one other facilities instead. Elliot can only look on in a state of shock as he realizes the gravity of his failure and mistake.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Elliot is rarely ever happy, but when he shows a genuine smile, it is always striking.
  • Only Sane Man: By the end of season 3, he ends up being this. While most of the main characters, mainly Angela and Dom, were broken and damaged beyond repair, Elliot is the only one who is able to keep going and remain strong
  • Pet the Dog: Quite literally, when Elliot "adopts" Flipper.
  • Playful Hacker: For lack of a better term.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes
  • Recovered Addict: By the time season 3 rolls around, Elliot has stopped being addicted to drugs.
  • Save the World: Elliot's motivation for creating fsociety and launching the hack. It later turns out that his actions only made the world worse. He tries to make this right in season three.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Bribing him is a useless tactic.
  • Sherlock Scan: As explained above, his skill at reading people. Elliot is also shown to have the ability to survey and memorize the littlest things in his environment without any effort, such as a license plate.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: He is short than most of the male characters on the show and is the most smartest one.
  • Shrinking Violet
  • Single Man Seeks Good Woman: One of the reasons why he likes Angela.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Comes with the territory of having social anxiety disorder, although Elliot isn't the most clear-cut example of a hero.
  • Split Personality: Elliot and Mr. Robot are both vying for control.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Most of the times Elliot is shown to be cynical and aloof but deep down he is a good person who cares deeply for others.
  • Supporting Protagonist: In season 2. While he was still important to the story, most of the season focused on Darlene, Angela, and Dom.
  • Surprise Incest: Subverted. Elliot kisses Darlene because he has genuinely forgotten who she is. Darlene is naturally upset and quite horrified.
  • Talking to Themself: Whenever he converses with Mr. Robot, he is actually doing this, much to the concern of everyone around him.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed. While some of the main characters are not that bad and Elliot himself is far from perfect, he is still the only person who doesn't desire to be a leader, gain power or have a god complex like Mr. Robot, Tyrell, Angela, Joanna, Whiterose, and Price.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: Elliot has a rather loose grip on reality because of his relationship with Mr. Robot, and fully accepts that whatever he experiences may be part of his delusions.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Poor Elliot. A constant victim of harassment by sociopaths, a shooting, Attempted Rape, emotional and mental abuse, a beating etc.
  • Trust Password: Darlene attempts to invoke this with Elliot as a means of keeping watch for when Mr. Robot comes out.
  • Truth in Television: A common symptom of major depressive disorder (and social anxiety for that matter) is a pervasive feeling of loneliness, even when in the company of friends, family, or general acquaintances. Elliot still prefers solitude even though he loathes it, as he cannot connect with others normally. This is the reason as to why he hacks everyone around him.
    • People with dissociative identity disorder have triggers that provoke their alter(s) to come out, such as individuals associated with the sufferer's trauma, colors, sounds, certain dates, etc.
  • Un-person: When Elliot searches online for records of himself after remembering that Darlene is his sister, he discovers that he is a ghost, presumably having wiped all traces of himself when Mr. Robot was in control.
  • Unreliable Narrator: We're putting this a little too lightly.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By diverting the paper records around the country, Elliot unwillingly makes the other seventy-one facilities targets of the Dark Army's cyber-bombing attacks.
  • Will Not Be A Victim: At the end of Season 3, after he reconciles with Mr.Robot, Elliot decides to stand up for himself and vows to take down Whiterose and the Dark Army now that he found out that they are the real problem, not E Corp.
  • Wham Line: "You're gonna make me say it, aren't you? I am Mr. Robot."
  • What You Are in the Dark: Because we are his imaginary friend, we see how Elliot really behaves and thinks when he is alone. For example, during the first Allsafe hack, he allows the rootkit to remain in server CS 30.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Bites Elliot in the ass come the season two finale as part of a unique Meta Twist. He banks on Tyrell being another one of Mr. Robot's "mind tricks" and ends up getting shot while trying to sabotage stage two.
  • You Can See That, Right?: Asks this in some fashion on a regular basis.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Averted. Elliot believes Tyrell to be another illusion by Mr. Robot to control him, but Tyrell is in fact very real, and shoots a very real bullet into Elliot's stomach.
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    Mr. Robot 

Mr. Robot

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"I'm only supposed to be your prophet. You're supposed to be my God."
Played by: Christian Slater

"You have to dig pretty deep, kiddo, before you can find anything real. We live in a kingdom of bullshit. A kingdom you've lived in for far too long."

The supposed leader of fsociety who recruits Elliot into the fold. It is only after unleashing the 5/9 hack that Elliot realizes who Mr. Robot truly is: a split personality that was created by him to avoid loneliness, and modeled after his deceased father. As time passes, Mr. Robot becomes more dangerous and unwilling to cooperate with Elliot, and seeks to overwrite his control completely as the true architect of 5/9 and see his "revolution" through to the end.


  • All Men Are Perverts: Has a tendency to behave in an irreverent manner, specifically towards those of the opposite sex.
  • Anti-Villain: Zig-zagged. He is a ruthless insurrectionist, but has clearly noble intentions for societal change. However, the cognitive dissonance that exists between him and Elliot contributes to much of the conflict in the series, with Mr. Robot flat out becoming Elliot's arch nemesis during season three. This changes once Mr. Robot finally accepts that his revolution was a sham from the get-go, and Whiterose is demonstrated to be the true villain that him and Elliot must destroy.
  • Ax-Crazy: Even before the reveal of his true nature, he acknowledges his casual insanity and uses it as an intimidation tactic. Following the hack, he's willing to have the Dark Army blow up a skyscraper full of innocent workers if it gets what he wants. Ultimately, though, he tells Elliot that if he had known the real plan, he would have found another way — because that's what Elliot would have done.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Once his identity is revealed, he takes the position of one of the series' main antagonists, orchestrating the conflict alongside Whiterose and Phillip Price. Following Stage 2, however, he gets into an Enemy Mine with Elliot and grows disillusioned with the Dark Army, so his position as this is put into question — especially once he recruits Tyrell to take down Whiterose, tips off Elliot that she has someone in the FBI, and finally reconciles with Elliot in an apparent Heel–Face Turn.
  • Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: Downplayed. His proposed revolution has a strong anarchist vibe to it, and he's more than willing to blow people up to make it a reality, even if his explosive device of choice is more likely to be an unlimited power supply than a real bomb. Yet even he would have balked at what the Dark Army does in Season 3, had he known.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Does some of this in the Season 1 finale and in Season 2 when he actually interrupts Elliot's monologues to the viewer. Of course, what we know about Mr. Robot by that point makes it painfully obvious as to how he is able to do so.
  • Dead All Along: In Season 1. Despite appearances, he's nothing more than a hallucination of Elliot's dead father Edward.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it in "Frederick & Tanya", when Irving shows him that his entire revolution was All for Nothing and that he could never be Just Like Robin Hood because the rich and powerful have profited from all of his actions. This pushes him to recruit Tyrell again, this time with the two of them as rogues with only one goal — bringing down the shadowy players behind the scenes by whatever means necessary.
  • Destructive Saviour: To the core. Mr. Robot even lampshades this in a conversation with Elliot:
    "I'm supposed to be your prophet; you're supposed to be my God."
  • Enemy Within: Throughout Elliot's life, and especially from Season 2 on when he's elevated to Big Bad status. In "Kill Process", he outright resorts to making Elliot lose minutes of time and throw himself against walls to make him submit.
  • Expy: A blatant one of Tyler Durden throughout the first season. While he diverges enough in personality from Tyler throughout the second season that it's no longer as blatant, the scheme he masterminds is ultimately quite close to Project Mayhem.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Potentially. The last two episodes of Season 3 have him recruiting Tyrell to take down White Rose, helping Elliot find The Mole in the FBI, and reconciling with him on the subway platform while also revealing that — in a rare display of Good All Along — he was the one who set the stage for Five/Nine to be undone, and coded the necessary data into a picture of Elliot and his father.
  • Imaginary Friend: It's heavily implied in "Don't Delete Me" that Mr. Robot has been around since Elliot's childhood, serving as a more ideal version of his father following the window incident and Edward's subsequent death in the theater lobby. Whether this is what formed him or he's been around even longer is unknown.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: What his dynamic with Elliot becomes in Season 3, as they've broken apart thanks to Tyrell shooting him to the point that only one can be awake at any given time and they must wrestle for control with each other to avoid losing time.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: His ultimate goal, as the leader of fsociety, is to create the largest incident of wealth redistribution in history. When the 5/9 hack fails to do this immediately, he resorts to working with the Dark Army on a much more destructive plan. After Stage 2 and his confrontation with Irving, he realizes he could never truly do this because his enemies have done nothing but profit off his attacks.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He only wears his Mr. Robot jacket, flannel shirt, t-shirt, ratty jeans, and glasses. The only differences are whether he's wearing a baseball cap and scarf. It's one of the first clues that Mr. Robot is not real.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Played with in "Kill Process". When he realizes that Stage 2 as he understands it is pointless because of Elliot's paper records delaying scheme, and that White Rose was playing him, he immediately lets Elliot secure the recovery building. It's clear that he never had compunctions about slaughtering thousands of workers, just not without a point.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: In contrast to Elliot, who Hates Being Touched, Mr. Robot's not afraid maintain eye contact or physically intimidate people.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Since he is a split personality of Elliot, Mr. Robot has no true name apart from what Elliot identifies him as.
  • Pet the Dog: He has a few moments where he shows affection for Elliot, such as when he helps Elliot through his morphine withdrawal. Later on, he tries to distract Elliot from the brutal beating he is going through by creating a sitcom-like dreamworld. He assures him that "all I was trying to do was take those punches for you." And when Elliot proves to him that Stage 2 is pointless, he stops beating Elliot up and works with him to stop the recovery building's destruction. Everything that follows marks the beginnings of an apparent Heel–Face Turn.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Not to a large extent, but he does remark that Middle Eastern Trenton has some "Allahu Akbar" in her. Somewhat ironic, given that Elliot himself is bi-racial and played by an actor of Egyptian descent.
  • Sanity Slippage: Insofar as a Split Personality can go crazier by himself; it becomes apparent in Season 2 that something is causing him and Elliot to "break apart" and lose time with each other, which causes him to become much more desperate and less controlled. When Krista draws him out during a therapy session with Elliot, he lets some pertinent information slip after ranting about how Elliot should be seeing more, before quickly withdrawing.
  • Split Personality: His presence signals to the audience that he is either co-fronting with Elliot (in scenes when the two are together) or in control of their body (in scenes by himself). Occasionally (such as the scene with Tyrell reciting the Red Wheelbarrow poem) he appears as Elliot, to show that it's how other characters view him.
  • Team Dad: Appears to literally be to Darlene and Elliot, but ultimately averted with The Reveal that the Mr. Robot we see is actually a delusion and split personality of Elliot, who is about as far from this trope as a team leader can get.
  • Übermensch: He believes in his own morality that the world should be molded into and will work with anyone to make it happen.
  • Walking Spoiler: It is impossible to discuss Mr. Robot's role in the series without first establishing the fact that he doesn't even exist.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to create a more equal and free society by destroying data centers of the biggest debt owners. He also has no issue with the threat of killing people to make sure it happens - even his own subordinates.
  • The Wonka: He oscillates between this and The Caligula frequently.

    Darlene 

Darlene Alderson

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"I'm a menace to society!"
Played by: Carly Chaikin

"Even your stupid hoodie can't protect you, bitch!"

Fsociety's lieutenant, and coder of the Five/Nine hack. Darlene's flippant nature puts her and Elliot at odds, but soon, the two find common ground with each other as they fight to save the world from debt. Elliot soon learns however that he and Darlene share more than a common goal: she is his sister.


  • Abusive Parents: Shares them with Elliot.
  • Batter Up!: Takes a baseball bat to Cisco's face after looking through his computer and finding evidence of betrayal.
  • Big Brother Worship: Downplayed, but it's there. Darlene says that Elliot is the best person she knows, and gives him total credit for pulling off everything it takes to take down Steel Mountain and change the world.
  • Bi the Way: "I said I wasn't a lesbian. I never said I didn't like girls."
  • Broken Bird: Especially after Cisco's death.
  • Commitment Issues: Darlene is furious and put off when her boyfriend proposes to her, and decides to "disappear" for a few days afterwards.
  • Cool Shades: Has several pairs of these.
  • Damsel in Distress: In her backstory. When she was a young child, she was kidnapped from a theme park by a strange woman and taken to the woman's home. In an interesting take on this, Darlene didn't actually mind being kidnapped; when recounting the story to Cisco, she claims that the woman was the first adult to treat her like she mattered, and admits to often wondering what her life would be like if the police hadn't rescued her the next day.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "succ3ss0r.p12" has Darlene, Trenton and Mobley as its focus. Elliot doesn't show up at all.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bitter sarcasm makes up a significant portion of her dialogue.
  • Deuteragonist: Season two pushes her to the forefront along with Elliot and Angela.
  • Determinator: When she wants to do something, it will happen. It doesn't matter if you're her colleague, her significant other, her Dark Army contact, or her childhood friend. Darlene does not give up.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: She starts to slip into this as Season 2 progresses, notably in "succ3ss0r.p12" where she murders Susan Jacobs and realizes she doesn't feel bad about it at all. After Cisco gets killed, she tries to atone for her actions (and protect herself) by snitching for the FBI and helping her brother stop Stage 2.
  • Honey Trap: To get into the FBI's Sentinel, she goes with Dom to the latter's apartment after getting her drunk and has sex with her. Unfortunately, Dom is wise to her trick and catches her trying to steal her ID.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: She confesses to Cisco that she never felt special or important in her life. Part of her reason for taking part in the 5/9 hack was to finally feel like she mattered.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Darlene is abrasive, aggressive, sarcastic, and increasingly ruthless, but she's still a good person at heart.
  • Heroic BSoD: Goes through one for the majority of season 3 after the diner shooting.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Darlene does want to seek justice, but she's certainly on the darker end of the moral scale.
  • The Mole: She's become an informant for Dom and the FBI after Cisco's murder.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Quite a bit of her scenes involve her being naked, half-dressed, or otherwise showing skin. She even uses this to her advantage when seducing Dom.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The dark to Angela's light.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Darlene's initial appearances are filled with overtones of this, as we see her take a sudden sharp interest in Elliott, asking him questions then insulting him, showing up at his apartment unannounced, and so on. Subverted when it all turns out to be just normal bratty kid sister behavior.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: To Elliot. Darlene comes into his house unannounced, uses his shower, borrows his clothing, and gives him Too Much Information about her personal life. She sees no issue with this behavior. Ultimately subverted, however, since Darlene is Elliot's sister and he's just forgotten her existence.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Elliot's Blue Oni.
  • Thicker Than Water: She breaks Fsociety's rules about no electronic contact to exchange numbers with Elliot for this reason.
  • Show Some Leg: She distracts police officers using this tactic.
  • Stun Guns: She uses one to short out Susan Jacobs' pacemaker, killing her.
  • Surprise Incest: Not to her, but to Elliot and the audience. He kisses her, having forgotten she's his sister.
  • They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite her turbulent relationship with Cisco, her last scene with him has her showing genuine affection and laughing as they eat together. She later confesses to Dom that he was "probably the love of my life."
  • Wham Line: Delivers one to Elliot in the first season, when it's revealed that she's his sister.
    "Did you forget again? Did you forget who I am?"
  • You Are in Command Now: Following the 5/9 hack and Elliot's temporary imprisonment, she takes up leadership of Fsociety. With the original group dissolved and Mr. Robot focusing on working with the Dark Army, she secretly abandons this position and becomes an FBI informant.

    Angela 

Angela Moss

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"I have an idea that will change the world. I know it sounds really stupid, but I know how to do it. I think it could actually work."
Played By: Portia Doubleday

“I have value, and even though you don't see it, they do.”

Elliot's childhood friend, who lost her mother to leukemia from the Washington Township toxic waste scandal. Angela becomes a close confidant to Elliot, only for them to drift away as the Five/Nine hack tears the world apart. As Elliot fights with Mr. Robot to undo the damage he has caused, he begins to question just whose side Angela is really on.


  • Ambiguous Allegiance: Season two is rather coy about showing whose side she is really on, and it only gets worse come season three. Here, she actively works against Elliot and manipulates him. Even by the finale, it is still unclear whether she "wants retribution" against the Dark Army just for herself or for everyone Whiterose has harmed.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Despite having dated men, she does enjoy a rather searing kiss with Shayla.
  • Berserk Button: Getting disrespected and undermined. Also being called out on her morally ambiguous actions that she sees as doing the right thing. Elliot and Darlene learn this the hard way.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Whiterose, Mr.Robot, Tyrell and the Dark Army in Season 3.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Approaches it a few times whenever it looks like her goals are going to be rendered pointless, but fully crosses it after assisting the Dark Army in Stage 2, only for thousands of people to die because of it. In her despair, she latches onto the delusion that she can bring everyone back by rewinding the news reports, and is clearly shown to be a shell of her former self.
  • Deuteragonist: In Season One, she's the only other character with a consistent story arc running parallel to Elliot's. Darlene usurps the position in the second season, but Angela is still a major focus.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Invoked by a salesman as she's buying new shoes after getting blood on them from the EVP's public suicide, who says that's "really cold". Her response? "I don't know who you think you're talking to, but I'll try the Pradas next."
  • Domestic Abuse: After her Face–Heel Turn, she subjected Elliot to one by constantly gaslighting him to summon Mr.Robot to complete Stage 2 and after he found out about this, she blamed him for being a hypocrite and made him feel guilty for calling her out by openly mocking his mental illness struggle.
  • Dumb Blonde: Averted, much to the chagrin of Terry Colby.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Dips into a Hazy Feel Turn when she joins E Corp, only to enter it full swing by the second season finale when White Rose enlists her. In the third season, she has discovered the nature of Elliot and Mr. Robot, and actively awakens and works with the latter to restart the Dark Army's plan.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a young helpful but strong woman who wanted to get justice for her mother's death to a cold, borderline sociopathic Corrupt Corporate Executive who is willing to betray anyone to get what she wants.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Elliot says she's "one of the good ones."
    • Increasingly subverted over Seasons 2 and 3, as her time at E Corp and working for the Dark Army makes her a lot more morally ambiguous.
  • He Knows Too Much: Drugs and kidnaps Elliot to her apartment when he wakes up in the Dark Army safehouse and sees her working with Tyrell, intent on keeping Mr. Robot awake as long as possible from that point to minimize damage.
  • Hypocrite: In 'Stage 3', she accuses Elliot of tricking her into telling him about Whiterose's plan after seeing Leon in his apartment when she herself was the one who was manipulating him for the majority of Season 3.
  • Kick the Dog: Her treatment of Elliot throughout season 3 is this.
  • Only Friend: Seems to have been this to Elliot, up until recently.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: An in-universe one. The stress of her day results in her briefly becoming a Rich Bitch in a shoe-store. This, despite her new E Corp job, being poor as hell and an otherwise Nice Girl.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She spent the majority of season 3 psychologically abusing Elliot for Stage 2. But after Stage 2 becomes successful, she herself ends up having a mental breakdown as a result and goes through Sanity Slippage in the future episodes.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name echos her angelic nature, or at least the angelic view Elliot has of her.
  • Motive Rant: Delivers a chilling one regarding her Face–Heel Turn at the end of the third season premiere.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: At the end of "Runtime Error", she realizes that she's just helped people who have no intention of preserving the lives of the people in the recovery building, and that her actions have enabled a real terrorist attack. Continues into "Kill Process" and the subsequent episodes, where she starts undergoing full-on Sanity Slippage.
  • Never My Fault: After Whiterose's brainwashing, Angela begins to psychologically abuse Elliot and controlling him, and when he finds out about what she did to him, she blames him and Darlene for her betrayal and gets angry at them.
  • Sanity Slippage: She totally snaps once she realizes the true nature of Stage 2 and her part in the deaths of thousands of people, spending the entire afternoon trying to rationalize that the people who died are okay by rewinding the TV recordings of the E-Corp facilities blowing up.. She seems to be recovering from it, after her talk with Phillip Price, her father, who advise her to accept what she had done and live with it
  • Shadow Archetype: Post her Face–Heel Turn, she became one for Elliot. Both of them had lost their parents due to E Corp's negligence and wanted to bring them to justice. But while Elliot realised his mistakes and tried to improve himself, Angela became even more corrupted and worked with the Dark Army to complete Stage 2. Even going as far as to betraying Elliot and hurting others.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After being brainwashed by Whiterose in Season 3, Angela becomes increasingly selfish and uncaring to the point that she starts using Elliot's mental illness and works with Mr.Robot without feeling any remorse about it believing that this is what Elliot wanted when he didn't. She even fires him from E Corp to prevent him from stopping Stage 2 and when he finds out, she guilt trips him for being Mr.Robot. She comes out of this when she finds out Whiterose lied to her.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Elliot was one to her.
  • Unwanted Assistance: When Elliot tries to bail her out in front of Colby, she chastises him and begs him to let her lose on her own next time.
  • Villain Protagonist: Goes down this path in Season 3, as she works with Mr. Robot and the Dark Army for the sake of revenge. She undergoes a Villainous Breakdown once she realizes her actions killed thousands, and is reduced to a virtually powerless paranoiac by the time martial law is imposed. Price's revelation and pep talk in the season finale might set her back on track.
  • We Used to Be Friends: After joining the Dark Army, she grows more and more estranged from Elliot and Darlene and later has a falling out with both of them over her betrayal and eventually disowns them.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Her response to Elliot and Darlene when they call her out on her betrayal is to blame them for starting this whole thing in the first place.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Elliot and Darlene give her this when they find out that she was responsible for facilitating the success of Stage 2 and exploiting the former's mental illness. Sadly, Angela was having none of it and it backfired. For a while at least.
  • You Are What You Hate: Spent most of the show trying to fight against E Corp which is full of Corrupt Corporate Executive. After being brainwashed by Whiterose, she herself became the corrupt and evil individual whom she's been fighting against.

    Tyrell 

Tyrell Wellick

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"Unfortunately, we're all human. Except me, of course."
Played by: Martin Wallström

"Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he can rob the world."

A high-ranking E Corp employee. His struggle to become the CTO drives him to increasingly dangerous and insane lengths, which ultimately bring him into conflict with Elliot... until Mr. Robot recruits him.


  • A Day in the Limelight: "Legacy" focuses entirely on him, finally revealing his activities from "Zero Day" up until "Python".
  • A God Am I: He believes the 5/9 hack essentially made him and Mr. Robot into this. The news of his wife's murder and the unimportance of the CTO position he's strived for knocks this delusion out of him.
    Tyrell: I think about you a lot, Elliot. I think about that night when we became gods.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: When he realizes that Joanna has been killed, and that he'll never see his son again, he breaks down and starts crying.
  • All for Nothing: After three seasons of endless humiliation and failed schemes, he finally gets cleared of all previous charges and is promoted to CTO like he always wanted — only to find out that the position is utterly worthless from an embittered Price, meaning he started getting involved in the conflict that would ultimately ruin his life for the sake of a symbolic title.
  • Always Someone Better: The reason Tyrell was passed up for the (official) decision of CTO.
  • Ax-Crazy: Tyrell is very impulsive/emotional: he pays a homeless man to let Tyrell use him for a punching bag, and kills his business rival's wife during spontaneous sex. His Sanity Slippage only gets worse from there.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: While at first he's made out to be the main threat, it grows ever clearer that Tyrell is in over his head and undergoing a steady mental breakdown. Once his plan to become CTO fails miserably and he gets fired from his job altogether, the real threats begin to expose themselves while he's stuck floundering for something to do. Even when he starts working for Mr. Robot and the Dark Army, he's not that much of a problem.
  • Bi the Way: Is married to a woman, but sleeps with men throughout the show. As of the S2 finale, he reveals that he is in love with Elliot (confirmed by Word of God).
  • Break the Haughty: Thanks to a villainous example of a Trauma Conga Line throughout the first season. As if being passed for the promotion he'd been working on wasn't bad enough, he kills his rival's wife on an impulse by accident, bringing stress and suspicion to him and his wife enough to have her tell him flat out she wants to leave him now that the baby has arrived, and then he gets fired from his job as SVP at E Corp. It has not been a good few weeks to be Mr. Wellick
  • Butt-Monkey: No matter which side he's playing for, it rarely goes well for Tyrell for very long.
  • Defector from Decadence: He turned against E Corp on the night of the hack and joined the Dark Army with Mr. Robot. Season 3 reveals that this was not quite of his own volition.
  • The Dragon: He's become Mr. Robot's right-hand man come Season 3, serving directly under him in the Dark Army. He goes through a brief Dragon Ascendant phase after Robot becomes a Broken Pedestal to him, but his wife's death, the shattering of his faith in the Dark Army, and Price's Breaking Speech push him back to Robot's side by season's end.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's a ruthless Psychopathic Manchild, sure, but Tyrell genuinely adores his wife and their son, and looks absolutely broken when Joanna says she wants to leave him. He also shows a lot of affection for Mr. Robot/Elliot in Season 2, and is extremely distressed when he has to shoot him. He starts crying on the phone when he talks to Angela and tells her that he loves him. Unfortunately for him, Elliot becomes a Broken Pedestal for him and he finds out his wife is dead, reducing him to a sobbing, screaming fit.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Fires three of his subordinates for their casual homophobia in his presence. Admittedly this is because of his own sleeping with men, but also because he won't stand for people deriding MSMs around him.
  • Enemy Mine: Joins up with fsociety.
  • Expy: He's basically a tech savvy Patrick Bateman.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts like a friendly and personable executive who cares about the lower employees and never forgets his roots. This is all a ruse to hide the Ax-Crazy psychopath that lurks beneath his Mask of Sanity. By the end of Season 2 though, he's lost the Faux part and has become genuinely Affably Evil, at least toward Elliot.
  • The Ghost: Throughout the second season, when he's missing and implicitly pulling strings from the shadows. This finally ends in "Python," and what he was doing during that time is depicted in "Legacy."
  • Heel Realization: He tells Elliot that he doesn't feel guilty for strangling Knowles's wife because it gave him a thrill of power over his victim.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Averted with enthusiasm. Tyrell's hacking of server 30 is pretty dead on, and any hacks he's shown pulling off later are as accurate as the rest on the show.
  • Honey Trap: Tyrell's preferred method of manipulation, showing himself being both willing to seduce a man so he can hack his cellphone and his rival's wife with the intention of sabotaging his rival's career.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: "Legacy" makes it pretty clear he loves Mr. Robot, not Elliot.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Ultimately subverted. He sees himself as a master of manipulation and he does pull off a few victories, but his obsession with being in control leads to numerous mistakes and, eventually, causes him to accidentally murder the woman he was manipulating. When he manages to get involved in much bigger schemes, he's little more than a pawn, easily swayed from one side to another by more powerful and competent people than himself.
  • No, You: All he can manage to respond with to Mr. Robot's claims he's become a puppet for the Dark Army is "No puppet, no puppet! You're the puppet!"
  • Psychopathic Manchild: In addition to being Ax-Crazy, Tyrell throws tantrums when he doesn't get something he wants. When his Undying Loyalty to Mr. Robot shatters, he childishly trashes the safehouse in front of Angela and demands that Elliot be immediately removed from the project. Robot even calls him out on this after deserting the Dark Army.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: A variant. While not explicitly clueless, most businessmen in E Corp are presented as technologically illiterate and otherwise unaware. Tyrell knows more than he lets on (even for the interim CTO), and uses this public persona to his advantage.
  • Sanity Slippage: As crazy as he already was, he's gotten worse by the Season 2 finale, talking about how the new strike against E Corp will make Mr. Robot and himself gods, and crying as he stops Elliot's interference with a shot to the stomach. A flashback in Season 3 reveals that this was due to Irving's manipulation causing Mr. Robot's gun to jam when he tried to shoot him, convincing him that they had become gods, followed by months of near isolation while he was in hiding.
  • The Scapegoat: The 5/9 hack and all ensuing carnage since has been pinned on him, and everyone in power is happy with this. When he's set up to be caught in the aftermath of Stage 2, though, Irving has it arranged so that his hideout looks like the prison cell of a tortured, unwilling hostage. He's then able to point the finger at Trenton and Mobley, framing them for his crimes.
  • Sleeping Their Way to the Top: Tyrell Wellick manipulates and seduces both men and women to try to become CTO of E Corp, such as when he slept with a male secretary to steal information about his rivals.
  • Smug Snake: Believes himself to be the Big Bad of E Corp and a Magnificent Bastard who is able to outsmart everyone around him. He's actually excessively overconfident and arrogant and is obviously losing control of both himself and his plan.
  • The Sociopath: Superficial and fake charm, Lack of Empathy for most people, manipulative behavior and general tendency to view humans as objects, violent and erratic personality and appears to have no moral standards whatsoever.
  • The Unfettered: There are no lengths he won't go to get what he wants.
  • Tragic Villain: Downplayed for sure. While he's a sociopathic and arrogant murderer, you gotta feel bad for the guy seeing how miserable his life is despite being extremely wealthy and elitistic. He is constantly being chased by the FBI, so much that he can barely go out. His wife is abusive and arrogant, even more so than himself. He will never see his child again. He is being manipulated by the Dark Army and one of his better friends Irving who only sees him as a pawn. Once he becomes the CTO of E Corp, as he always wanted, he realizes that it is utterly useless. Santiago reveals to him extremely coldly that his wife is dead... yeah, it's safe to say that his life has gone downhill way to much and in an undeserved way for sure.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Zig-zagged, his accent in English is generally neutral but when he gets emotional it goes to a strange Humphrey Bogart-esque place.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He murders Sharon Knowles.

    Joanna 

Joanna Wellick

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"Do you really want to say no to me?"
Played by: Stephanie Corneliussen

"Hvis du har gjort ham noget, så slår jeg dig ihjel." Translation 

Tyrell's wife, who repeatedly proves herself the more competent of the pair.


  • Back for the Dead: Dies in her second scene of the third season, right after enjoying the fruits of her manipulation against Scott Knowles.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Her moral code, what little she has of one, is utterly alien. When she has the parking attendant killed, she specifically has him paralyzed and set down before he's shot, as she believes murder is only okay if the victim has time to realize why they're being killed.
  • Body Horror: Pops her own amniotic sac with a small fork just so the authorities will pass up on interrogating her husband.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Evil and deeply into extreme BDSM, where she's near-choked by restraints or a knife is run across her skin and she intentionally flinches so that it cuts her a little.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Doesn't really seem too bothered when her husband goes missing. However, the Danish phrase that she says to Elliot shows her true feelings: "If you've done something to him, I'll kill you."
  • Fan Disservice: Make no mistake, she IS Ms. Fanservice, but she is also so toxic that she pretty much destroys everything around her. Not even Tyrell was immune to this. Seeing her partially undressed is closer to seeing the light on an Anglerfish, than anything you’d actually want to tangle with.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Speaks Danish at home.
  • Karmic Death: After two seasons spent manipulating men to suit her own ends and playing a critical role in Tyrell's Sanity Slippage, her car gets intercepted by the false lover she tricked into implicating Scott Knowles and getting Tyrell off. When she has her bodyguard brush him off in her usual style, he shoots the car up, killing her.
  • Lack of Empathy: She shows absolutely no sympathy for Scott Knowles, whose wife and unborn child her husband recently murdered.
  • Lady Macbeth: Joanna is well aware of the steps Tyrell is taking to become CTO of E Corp - in fact, she helps him plan it out.
  • Man Behind the Man: It's strongly hinted that she is the brains of Tyrell's operation, and that her influence is what causes Tyrell to become so unstable.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Has an uncanny talent for reading people to determine their motives and manipulate them to further her goals. Tyrell is no exception. This trait is best seen in the Season 2 finale: she intentionally incites Scott Knowles into violence by insulting his dead wife, knowing that he will beat her but not kill her. He calls 911, so that the police know he was the one who hurt her. Joanna then returns home to her boyfriend, who was bartending on the night of Sharon's murder, and convinces him to get revenge on the man who hurt her by lying to the police that he saw Scott come down the stairs after killing Sharon. She implicates the man she hates for giving her false hope and clears her husband of blame in one fell swoop. However, someone she manipulates eventually lashes back.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A lot of her scenes have her in various states of undress.
  • The Sociopath: She has little to no empathy, and is more than willing to screw over other people to further her own goals. Even Scott Knowles ranting at her about how she and her ex-husband destroyed his life and killed his baby gets no other reaction from her than cold insults.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: She gets shot rather anti-climactically in the second episode of season 3.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Had a child at 15 whom she gave up for adoption. She never told anyone who "didn't need to know." Even Tyrell was in the dark until after their son was born.
  • The Omniscient: Certainly gives off this impression. After Elliot talks to her for just a couple minutes, he already grows paranoid that she is somehow aware of his "imaginary friend".
  • The Unfettered: Like husband, like wife.
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    Price 

Phillip Price

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"We all know, a con doesn't work without the confidence."
Played by: Michael Cristofer

"You see, I'm a mercenary. I don't play fair. I play what I want. You deal with a mercenary, then all decorum gets tossed out the window. So you go ahead with your cute threats and your watch beeps. Order will not protect you anymore, my friend. I will rain chaos, even if it hurts me. Because I would rather see you lose than win myself. Oh. That's all the time I have."

The CEO of E Corp.


  • Affably Evil: Price has a genuinely casual attitude, a calm nature and a quick smile. It's easy to forget he's an amoral Corrupt Corporate Executive. In the second episode of the second season, he even gives Angela incriminating evidence against two of the E Corp employees who wronged her.
  • A God Am I: He wants to effectively be seen as one.
    "I intend to leave a legacy, the standard of which was set by God when he created the Earth and man after his own image. Anything less is not worth mentioning."
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: One of the main villains of the series, and the only one separate from the Big Bad Duumvirate of Mr. Robot and White Rose. Or so it seems.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Despite being introduced as a potential Big Bad for the series as the head of E Corp, he doesn't do a lot that's as actively malicious as Mr. Robot or White Rose, and in fact doesn't directly meet Elliot during Season 2 like the others frequently do. After Stage 2 ruins him and he's revealed to be White Rose's pawn, he's confirmed to be a full-on Decoy Antagonist and is taken out of the picture before he can ever meet Elliot from a position of power; he does meet Mr. Robot later on, but barely speaks to him in favor of bitterly snarking at Tyrell.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Once again, CEO of E Corp. He's the head of the snake.
  • The Corrupter: He slowly becomes one for Angela, luring her onto a dark path. It's Whiterose who drives her to a full Face–Heel Turn though, which doesn't make either of them happy.
  • Decoy Antagonist: Far from the Big Bad he was made out to be, he's revealed in the aftermath of Stage 2 to be nothing more than another pawn of White Rose — one in a continuous line of puppet CEOs, who gets deposed and will be replaced for failing to do her bidding perfectly.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Angela notices he's completely unphased by his corporation losing 400 billion dollars, a loss that should ruin E Corp and may collapse the world economy altogether. Season 3 reveals that this is because he was in on the plan and knew who the architects were — when E Corp suffers another series of monumental losses ending with Stage 2, he's clearly much more shaken up and angry.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first interaction with another character in the end of the first season has him offering Angela money and time off after an E Corp staffer shoots himself in front of her, but being completely callous and unconcerned for the actual suicide victim.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being a Corrupt Bureaucrat with quite a God Complex, and for all the manipulations he's pulled, he does care for Angela, his daughter, in his own way. He also seems to regret that he was being cruel to the woman he loved in his quest for power.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Calls White Rose a "sadistic fuck" to her face when she says that the Stage Two bombings were "an opportunity to teach a lesson." And this is coming from a man that allowed a global financial crisis to occur, which also ruined millions of lives.
  • Hidden Depths: As time goes on, he's slowly revealed to be less of a sociopathic asshole than previously thought, and demonstrates real feelings and things he cares about. He also seems genuinely hurt when Angela denies his invitation to celebrate his secret birthday party, and has to awkwardly excuse himself.
  • Hitler Cam: He has one of these when addressing E Corp's executives.
  • Lack of Empathy: Zig-zagged. In the first season finale, he offers Angela money and time off after she witnesses a gruesome suicide, but shows no concern for and actively speaks ill of the actual suicide victim.
  • Last Episode, New Character: He has a few brief scenes scattered throughout the first season, each revealing a bit more about his personality and importance, but it isn't until the season finale that he becomes a prominent character and starts interacting with the cast.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In the finale of Season 3, he reveals to Angela that he is her biological father.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: So far, his only villainous actions have been undertaken in board rooms and other offices, where he exerts his charisma and will to get his way. Elliot and Mr. Robot have yet to even see him in person. And he gets deposed by White Rose just before his first onscreen meeting with Robot.

    Dom 

Agent Dominique "Dom" DiPierro

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"I think I'm gonna need more caffeine to survive the day."

Played by: Grace Gummer

"Swear to God, the only reason why I think I've gotten this far... Is because I have no life."

An FBI agent who starts hunting down Fsociety members following the 5/9 hack.


  • Action Girl: Downplayed, but she's handy with her gun and not afraid to charge into a dangerous situation alone.
  • Action Survivor: So far, she has survived two shootouts with automatic rifle-wielding Dark Army members and several other intense situations.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: One of her first scenes has her graphically masturbating to online dirty talk.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: From her subtle behavior and the self-help guide she checks out, it's clear that she has some form of social anxiety disorder.
  • Badass Gay: She uses gender-neutral pronouns for a few scenes when talking about her love life and fantasies, leaving her Ambiguously Gay, but "Metadata" confirms that she does this to avoid being judged or discriminated against in her workplace for being a lesbian.
  • Cassandra Truth: Not many people believe her when she starts insisting that the Dark Army and the Chinese government are involved in the situation.
  • Commitment Issues: Seems to have these. When her old girlfriend proposed marriage to her, she excused herself to the bathroom and escaped out of the building.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After getting kidnapped by Santiago, watching Irving brutally murder him, and then getting threatened into tearfully agreeing that she'll be the Dark Army's new mole in the FBI, she goes cold and says that her life is ruined.
  • The Determinator: She is determined to solve the 5/9 case, even after her boss and colleagues ( the former of whom is White Rose's mole) refuse to believe her, her requests are ignored, Fsociety hack the FBI and heavily disrupt their investigation, and she barely survives two shootouts.
  • Fair Cop: A very attractive FBI agent.
  • FBI Agent: The main representative of the FBI from the second season onward.
  • Hero Antagonist: Dom is a kind woman who seems to have only noble goals at heart, and she explicitly states that she hates corruption and evil people. However, she leads the hunt for Elliot and Fsociety from the second season on, and thus becomes a problem for them to deal with. With Elliot's moral shift in the third season and Angela turning into one of the main antagonists of the season, she goes from this to an outright Deuteragonist.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She's desperately lonely, but bad with people. It's why she focuses so much on her career. She even asks her electronic personal assistant if she loves her and if they are friends. When Darlene pulls a Honey Trap on her in "Stage 3", she's overjoyed just to be with someone, even though she acts on her suspicion shortly after.
  • Lack of Empathy: Not normally, but she slips into this when confronting the people she's hunting. In the second season finale, she coldly reveals to Darlene that they know everything about Fsociety and describes the deaths of people like Romero and Cisco in an even tone of voice, despite Darlene's clear discomfort.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Very kind to the owner of the sandwich shop she frequents.
  • No Social Skills: Downplayed for a more realistic take on social anxiety. She can navigate social and business situations well enough, but she sometimes visibly panics and slips up, or says something at the wrong time that causes her embarrassment.
  • Oral Fixation: She's rarely seen without a lollipop in her mouth.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Darlene after the events of "Shutdown", calling her out on being a terrible person and being key to ruining her life and getting her involved in the Dark Army.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Her more questionable moments would make her an Inspector Javert if Elliot and Darlene weren't genuine criminals with numerous severe crimes under their belts. All she wants is to find them and bring them to justice.
  • Workaholic: Her job is her whole life.

    White Rose 

White Rose / Minister Zhang

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"You hack people. I hack time."

Played by: B.D. Wong

"The concept of waiting bewilders me. There are always deadlines. There are always ticking clocks."

The leader of the Dark Army, and the Chinese Minister of Security.


  • Bad Boss: If an underling of hers becomes a liability, or would serve her cause more dead than alive, she has no compunctions about disposing of them.
  • Big Bad: After "Kill Process" and "Frederick & Tanya". With Mr. Robot undergoing a temporary Enemy Mine with Elliot, Tyrell arrested and still being used as a pawn, and Price revealed as her puppet before falling into ruins, she's clearly the main antagonist — further cemented by organizing the deaths of Trenton and Mobley to cover her tracks.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: One of the main villains of the series, along with Mr. Robot (whom she works with) and Phillip Price.
  • The Chessmaster: She has her fingers in every pot in the world, has numerous moles reporting to her from high-up places (including Dom's boss in the FBI and Price himself to an extent), and is watching everyone run around from afar while she works toward her nebulous goals.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Is playing both sides, allying herself with both the hackers and E Corp. The third season ramps this up even further by revealing that she plans to betray Elliot as soon as he has completed his cause.
  • Clock King: In her own words, she "hacks time," keeping everything to a very strict timetable and requiring Ludicrous Precision or extreme improvisational abilities of all her underlings. The transfer of the Washington Township plant to the Congo taking slightly longer than the projected month is enough to send her into a fit.
  • Corrupt Bureaucrat: Of a sort, since she's actually China's Minister of Security.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone in the hacking world fears her, and not without reason.
  • Evil All Along: She was already considered less than moral as the head of the Dark Army, but the first season finale reveals that she's close allies with the CEO of Evil Corp and is Playing Both Sides. The second season properly elevates her onto the Big-Bad Ensemble, and the third season reveals her to be the ultimate Big Bad.
  • Excrement Statement: Urinates on the grave of an E Corp CEO that she had killed in a plane crash.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In her own words.
    "Do not mistake my generosity for generosity."
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: It's heavily implied that she is responsible for a lot of real-world events. "Legacy", at least, officially confirms that she backed the election of Donald Trump. She also has several monologues about parallel universes that question whether she knows she's not in the real world.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: We know she's planning something, it has something to do with the Washington Township plant and the annexation of the Congo, and that she's willing to kill to keep it on schedule, but what her plans actually are is a complete mystery. The plant apparently contains a device resembling the Large Hadron Collider, and if Angela's words are anything to go by, it might involve time itself — though Whiterose's tendency to lie through her teeth and Angela's Sanity Slippage make this questionable.
  • Hidden Depths: During a conversation with Dom about the concept of parallel realities (during which she is presenting as a man), she starts cracking and tearing up when she hits upon the subject of people being born into different identities. It's one of the few moments where she is shown in a remotely sympathetic light.
  • Ludicrous Precision: As part of her Clock Queen tendencies.
  • Meaningful Name: White Rose is an anagram for "otherwise". Fitting for a person who weighs every option AND has a way of getting people to do what she wants via threats.
  • Not So Stoic: In "stage3.torrent", news that one of her plans will take longer than expected sends her into a momentary Villainous Breakdown, shattering glasses against the wall and appearing to suffer a panic attack.
  • Only Sane Man: Much shrewder and more wary of Fsociety's capabilities than her E Corp allies like Price.
  • Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: She gives this impression as an alternative interpretation of her existential role within the series. Her ability to manage both gender personnas effortlessly, plus the general mystique surrounding her that only seems to grow as the series progresses, kind of gives the impression she is ‘beyond gender.’ This is one of the rarer cases where its clear the character defines her gender, rather than her gender defining her.
  • Playing Both Sides: She's the leader of the Dark Army, a benefactor of E Corp, China's Minister of Security, and generally toying with every other faction and person, most of whom she plans to backstab. White Rose is playing every side in existence.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Elliot's narration refers to White Rose as "he" until they meet in person.
  • Shout-Out: If it wasn't already very obvious from the top, White Rose is blatantly inspired by BD Wong's character in M. Butterfly.
  • Transgender: Sam Esmail and other members of the crew refer to her as female in interviews, even when talking about her public persona, making it clear that she's a transgender woman, not a crossdresser.

    "You" 

Elliot: Maybe I should give you a name. But that's a slippery slope. You're only in my head. We have to remember that.

You, me, us, the Audience. "We" are Elliot's Imaginary Friend, either collectively or individually, that Elliot talks to, providing narration for the show.


  • Featureless Protagonist: We have no features beyond being Elliot's friend.
  • No Fourth Wall: In the second season, we get to take an active role in some parts, such as when Elliot asks us to look around his apartment for something Mr. Robot might have been after.
  • Second-Person Narration: The recipient of the narration.
  • You Didn't Ask: We apparently could have been more forthcoming with things we may have figured out about Elliot.
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