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Nikita

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"I was the first recruit to get out, and I'm going to make certain I'm not the last."
Played By: Maggie Q
Voiced By: Erica Edwards (Latin-American Spanish), Mie Sonozaki (Japanese)

A former runaway and drug addict, Nikita Mears was pulled from Death Row and trained as a spy and assassin for secret government agency, Division. After Division murdered her fiance, she turned rogue and is now on a mission to take them down.


  • Abusive Parents: Although Nikita had a succession of foster parents, the most prominent in the series is Gary Mears, who prostituted Nikita when she was a young girl. His wife, Caroline, did nothing to stop it and eventually died.
  • Action Girl: Used to be a Dark Action Girl under Division, until the death of Daniel consisted in her Heel–Face Turn. She's probably one of the most dangerous fighters on the show and is regarded as one of Divison's best and brightest both before and after her betrayal to the organization. She can drop men twice her size with little effort (even before her official training by Division) and is extremely skilled with a wide variety of weapons and firearms.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Birkhoff calls her "Nikki". She in turn refers to him as "Nerd".
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's usually stoic and focused on missions, though she can often crack smiles and jokes.
  • Anti-Hero: In Season 1, Nikita starts off wanting revenge against Division and to stop them from destroying people's lives (like her fiancee's). She then moves towards seeking redemption for the crimes she was forced to commit under Division as an assassin. In Season 2, she wants to destroy Division on the sole basis that they will stop chasing her and her loved ones. Her reasons are much more complex than just doing the right thing.
  • The Atoner: Pretty much defines her character, although this turns into Chronic Hero Syndrome overtime when she compulsively tries to save everyone she runs across (trained agents and assassins trying to kill her none-withstanding). She will try to stop any operation designed to hurt people at any cost to her own well being.
  • Battle Couple: With Michael, as of the Season 1 finale.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Talking bad about her birth parents that she never got to know will make her furious. A jerk teacher from her recruit days learned this the hard way.
    • Don't hurt Alex, Michael, Birkhoff, or anyone Nikita cares about for that matter.
    • Don't hurt children. Heidecker learned the hard way...
  • Big Damn Heroes: Due to being The Hero, she always comes on time to rescue everyone. For an example, she saved Alex from being raped by her drug dealers just in time and beat the living hell out of them.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards Alex. The two have a sister-like relationship and hurting Alex is a Berserk Button of Nikita's.
  • Broken Ace: She was The Ace back in her Division days, but everything went downhill once they killed her fiancee, Daniel.
  • Broken Bird: She was basically orphaned at birth, moved from one abusive foster family to another, got prostituted by one of her foster parents, became a drug addict as an adult, was forced to become an assassin and the organization she worked for killed her lover who just wanted to give her a good life. That's just saying a few...
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: One of the defining aspects of her character is her willingness to go to the ends of the earth to help and protect those she loves, especially in later seasons. If Nikita promises that she'll save somebody, she will, damn it, even if she's unarmed, out of resources, faced with an army of lethally trained killers... or all of the above. This actually becomes a point of contention between her and Alex in Season 3, as the mission to finally shut down Division for good is repeatedly sidetracked by Nikita's heroism flaring up.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Division trained her to be an excellent fighter. One of the abilities they gave her was to use everything she can get her hands on as a weapon. This includes a vacuum tube, a towel, a purse, a decorative rock inside a piece of cloth, a children's toy... you name it, she can weaponize it in a matter of seconds.
  • Cop Killer: Nikita came to Division's attention after she was sentenced to death for killing a cop while high on ketamine (she was so high she didn't even remember doing it). The full story is far more complicated.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Nikita knows how dangerous Division is, so it's justified. Many characters lampshade this.
    Owen: I had to make sure you weren't armed. Who was I kidding...
  • Cursed with Awesome
    Owen: When Division gave you the ability you to kill, they also gave you the ability to protect.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Contributed to her Broken Bird status. She did NOT have an easy time in the foster system, and one of her foster families forced her into juvenile prostitution.
  • Dating Catwoman: Has a Ship Tease going on with Michael in Season 1 during the time that he's with Division and she's a rogue agent he's assigned to capture.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While not to the extent of Michael or Alex, Nikita will usually have a quip equipped just in case a situation calls for it.
  • Death Faked for You: Like all Division agents, in this case by staging her death by lethal injection.
  • Disappeared Dad: Solid definition of the status of her father. She learned from her foster parents that her mother (who she later learns was named Anh) died giving birth to her due to complications with the delivery. However, there was no information on her father as his name was left off her birth certificate. Michael says this was likely due to Nikita's mother being a Vietnamese woman whose baby's father was American. Nikita has absolutely no clue where her father is or who he could be.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Situational: while she appreciates a good shoe like any other woman, she never wears them for casual wear. She also won't hesitate to abandon them or break off their heels in the middle of a mission if she feels they hinder her.
  • Determinator: Nothing will comes in her way to take down Division.
  • Dragon Lady: A badass Vietnamese woman who's a martial arts expert and knows how to wield a gun - all thanks to her training under Division. Subverted once she quits Division and becomes a good guy.
  • Dude Magnet: Since Division transforms all their female agents into this in order to seduce male targets, Nikita's sex-appeal comes in handy when infiltrating and seducing a target. She was also repeatedly referred to as an excellent Honey Trap in Division. However, she was not exactly fond of these missions and doesn't like talking about them.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Did she ever! Nikita had the worst childhood and adulthood didn't get any better - her mother died giving birth to her, she never knew her father and was horrifically abused by foster parents, even prostituted. As an adult, she was a drug addict on the streets and got so high one night she didn't remember killing a cop and found herself on death row. Then a criminal organization faked her death, abducted her, took her underground, erased her identity and forced her to train to become a brutal assassin. She finds love in a good guy who wants to give her a good life and said organization kills him. Not to mention all the crap she goes through in the show. In the finale, you can damn well bet she earned the happiness and peace she finally got!
  • Femme Fatale Spy: She often uses her beauty and sex appeal to get what she wants during a mission. She learned from Division, after all, who train all female agents to use their beauty as a personal weapon or tool of convenience.
  • Friend to All Children: Nikita is shown to have a soft spot for kids and is protective of them. This is likely due to her personal history of being abused and taken advantage of as a child. Hence, she doesn't want any other kid to endure anything like she had and protect them from traumas like her own.
  • Happily Married: In the series finale, she and Michael finally marry and begin a new happy life together.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Pre-series. She was forced to work as an assassin for the criminal organization Division. Given Division's highly extended resources and power, especially over its agents, she didn't have much of a choice. But the instant they killed her fiance, she plotted a strategic escape and became determined to take them down. Her break out resulted in her being the first agent to ever escape Division's clutches in agent history.
  • The Hero: The Protagonist of the series.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Alex. No matter what comes between them, they always find a way to remain loyal to each other in the end.
  • Invincible Hero: Most of the time. She can take a violent beating, even extended torture, and gets back up ready for more. In Season 2, Nikita finds herself kidnapped by a man she took down during her Division days who wants revenge against her. She undergoes harsh torture in his attempt to break her, but she impressively holds on. It's only when he brings in a captured Michael and begins to torture him right in front of her that Nikita finally begins to break. (But at this point she is able to escape her restraints and fight back.)
  • Knight In Sour Armor
    Birkhoff: No matter how many times the people she loves let her down, she keeps doing the right thing. 'Cause that's the only thing she knows how to do.
  • Lady of War: Yes, she is a badass, and yes, she is equally at home on the battlefield and in the ballroom. Justified: Amanda trains all female Division agents for this.
  • Mama Bear: Nikita loves kids. If she ever learns you hurt or you're about to hurt a kid, run for you life. It shows with Max and Liza above all.
  • Master of All: There's a reason why she was considered Division's top agent and even became something of a legend. In a flashback to her early time as a recruit, Michael felt Nikita couldn't be controlled and felt she should be cancelled. This is after she literally bit off an abusive guard's ear and attacked Amanda when the latter tried talking to her. However, Amanda was highly impressed that the whole time she was talking to her, Nikita was plotting a way to kill her. She turned down Michael's cancellation suggestion because she felt that once they harnessed Nikita's violent instincts, she would become "the greatest agent Division has ever known". She wasn't wrong.
  • The Mentor: To Alex. She rescued her from the streets and trained her for a year to become her mole to tell her Division's plans from the inside.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Like her actress, Nikita is half-Caucasian and half-Vietnamese.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has quite a few scenes in her undies, bikinis and has had an intimate moment with Michael on-screen.
  • Official Couple: With Michael.
  • Omniglot: Nikita can speak a lot of languages, including English, French, Cantonese (which Maggie Q can speak in real life due to her experience in the Hong Kong entertainment industry), Russian, Czech, Polish and Arabic.
  • One-Woman Army: She took on the all-powerful Division organization all by herself, very much has the skills to defend herself and back her quest up and caused so much chaos for Division that she became a high level target demanded to be taken down.
    • In the Season 3 finale, Nikita has a major moment of this. The remainder of the "Dirty 30" rogue agents were sicked on Nikita's friends inside Division. They're in the middle of getting a pretty nasty beat down when Nikita walks in and goes full blown Terminator on them, taking them all down with bad ass ease.
  • Only One Name: She's just "Nikita" for the first season and a half. Then her surname is given away in passing early in season 2: Mears. Later in the series, when asked for her last name, she responds that "it's just Nikita".
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: A very odd variation, in that she's rebelling in a Chaotic Good way against a corrupt government syndicate that falls into the Lawful Evil category. However, due to Division's government status and a good portion of their operations have to do with national security (as long as money involved), everyone inside Division and the US government looks at Nikita and everyone who follows her as "traitors".
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Is fond of doing these.
    [as Nikita is rescuing Alex]
    Drug dealer: Who the hell are you?
    Nikita: Fairy Godmother! [knocks him out]
  • Race Lift: While all the eponymous Nikita's from the previous adaptations were Caucasian, this one is of Vietnamese descent.
    Birkhoff: You know this means you'll never be president.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Alex, Red to Michael. Her greater experience means she's cooler under pressure than Alex (especially early in the series), but she's still more passionate than the calm and collected Michael.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The series is all about this. Nikita vows to take Division down after they kill Daniel, her lover.
  • Second Love: Michael, as she is to him. He was her teacher/handler at Division when they became attracted to each other, even sharing a secret kiss. However, Michael was still a Crusading Widower over Kasim Tariq's murder of his wife and daughter and was unable to move on. Nikita accepted this and soon moved on to Daniel, who became her fiance shortly before his death by Division and making her go rogue. Years later, Nikita and Michael discovered that Tariq was a Division agent who planted the bomb that killed Michael's family under Percy's orders. Finally on the same side against Division, she and Michael give into their long suppressed feelings and become a couple. As she lost her first love, Nikita is determined not to lose Michael and seeing him harmed is a major Bersek Button of hers.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Michael was her teacher/handler at Division when they became attracted to each other. The two had a rough start to their relationship as Nikita was in an unstable mindset due to her traumatic past. After pulling her act together, the two become increasingly comfortable with each other, even playful. They acted on their feelings only once during a mission together when sharing a secret kiss. However, it went no further than this due to Michael's personal mission in avenging his murdered family before moving on. Nikita accepted this and they returned to their previous relationship. However, there was still a clear level of lingering tension between them. It's a running gag that everyone at Division - Percy, Amanda, Birkhoff and even then-recruits - knew that Michael and Nikita had a thing going on.
    Kelly (on her and Nikita's pasts as recruits): Well, I wasn't special like you. I couldn't just bat my eyelashes at Michael and get out of trouble!
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Do NOT hurt Michael if you know what's good for you. Justified, since she lost her previous fiance and doesn't want to lose Michael too. In Season 3, she was even willing to kill the President and sacrifice her freedom after Amanda blackmails her with Michael's life.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Nikita has a soft spot for children, and she struggles to find a way to stop Liza, who is a child and can't be defeated like an adult.
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    Alex 

Alex

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"I am Alexandra Udinov, daughter of Nikolai Udinov, and this is your reward."

Played By: Lyndsy Fonseca, Eliana Jones (young)
Voiced By: Gaby Ugarte (Latin-American Spanish, seasons 1-2), Anette Ugalde (Latin-American Spanish, seasons 2-4), Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese)

The daughter of a Russian oligarch, Alexandra Udinov ended up as a sex slave and drug addict after being smuggled to America. Nikita rescued her, got her clean, befriended her and trained her up to be a mole within Division.


  • Accidental Murder: She accidentally shot Thom, who becomes her first kill. Though killing him framed him as Nikita's mole and cleared all suspicions off Alex.
  • Action Girl: While not in Nikita's league, she's definitely earned this.
  • Addled Addict: How Nikita found her. Her former pimp got her addicted to heroine, and after being shipped to America, she lives on "getting a hit" alone. Thanks to Nikita, she got clean.
  • Adorkable: She definitely has her moments, like when telling Michael she saw a hacking trick in a movie once and declaring that she is "awesome" while showcasing her surprising hacking skills.
  • Attempted Rape: Nikita found her before her drug dealers could rape her and beat them to a pulp before taking her in.
  • Badass Adorable: Alex has her occasional dorky quips, and can kick ass with ease.
  • Badass Boast: Alex knows how to tell these.
    • In "Fair Trade":
    Dirty cop: Who the hell are you?!
    • In "Set-Up":
    Alex: My father was gunned down in front of me when I was 13 years old. I was sold into slavery, but I lived. I came out a drug addict, but I got clean. I've killed dangerous men, and I've watched people I love die in my arms. You want to know what I am? I'm a survivor. So you do me a favor and turn up the music on your way out!
  • Battle Couple: With Sean, later with Sam/Owen.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Sean through Season 2 and Sam/Owen through Season 4.
  • Break the Cutie: She was only a young girl when she witnessed the death of her father and was sold into sex slavery.
  • Broken Bird: Family murdered and house burned by Division at about age ten, sold into sex slavery by the man who was supposed to protect her, is addicted to heroin by her pimp, escapes her pimp but not the habit, and is finally rescued again by Nikita. The only thing that keeps her alive for a while is her desire for revenge.
  • Cassandra Truth: Seems to do this quite often.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Develops a mean sucker punch between the first two seasons, and plays Obfuscating Stupidity for all it's worth, most notably when she infiltrates Russia in Season 2.
  • Daddy's Girl: Her original motive was to avenge her father's death and the loss of his company. Somewhat subverted when she realizes that he was actually grooming her to take over his rather evil company.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Division burned her house down and killed her parents when she was a child before being sold as a sex slave and shipped to the US, where she became a lost, homeless drug addict before Nikita saved her life.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's got her moments. Especially in her recruit days or in Birkhoff's expense.
    Jaden: They say Amanda could pretty up a pig.
  • Death Faked for You: Twice, even. Nikita claimed to Division to have killed Alex but instead had one of the Udinovs' servants sneak her to safety (which backfired). Then Division faked her suicide after she and Nikita framed her.
  • Decomposite Character: Created to play out the traditional Nikita beats, while Nikita herself played the role of former agent in a mission of revenge.
  • Determinator: She shows some traits of this in getting revenge for her father. Also shown when she fights Roan in the season 2 finale. Immediately after he breaks her wrist her response is to kick him in the head.
  • Deuteragonist: the second Hero of the show, after Nikita.
  • Double Agent: She becomes Division's new recruit, but is Nikita's mole unbeknownst to them.
  • Driven to Suicide: In a flashback she's shown to have tried to overdose herself while Nikita was getting her clean from her heroin addiction. However, Nikita forces her to upchuck the overdose of pills before it can do any permanent damage.
  • Expy: Somehow of Anastasia Romanov, minus the princess part. Both their fathers were named Nikolai, and it's even lampshaded at one point.
  • Fallen Princess: While not a princess, she used to have everything: she was born in a wealthy family and had a loving relationship with her parents. Until the tragic day where she witnessed her father being killed in front of her very eyes, got sold into sex slavery and was shipped to America where she became a homeless drug addict. Fortunately, Nikita rescued her and helped her get clean. At one point, her former pimp compared her to Anastasia Romanov for their similar backstories.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Amanda tries to transform her into this, like all the female Division recruits.
  • Freak Out!: Alex has a fear of enclosed spaces, due to hiding under a bed while her house burned down and her family was killed. During a test where she has to deactivate a bomb underneath a car, Alex has a panic attack and is comforted by Thom. Luckily, she faces her fear at the end of the episode.
  • Harmful to Minors: She witnessed the death of her father at only 12 years old and was sold into sex slavery.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Starts as Nikita's partner, until she commits a Face–Heel Turn upon learning Nikita killed her father, re-becomes Nikita's ally, then Amanda brainwashes her and causes Alex to go rogue again, before snapping out of it and becoming a Nikita ally for good.
  • Heroic BSoD: Goes through multiple ones through the series, most notably when she learns Nikita killed her father and when Sean dies and Amanda brainwashed her into wanting to rescue everyone, which led to Sean being killed.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Nikita.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She really doesn't want to run Zetrov. She says this verbatim to her other self in her dream.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Her brainwashing at the hands of Amanda indirectly causes Sean's death, who dies in her arms. She feels guilty due to not being able to save him (like everyone else in her life) and she goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: She has blue eyes, and they show how she was thrown into a dangerous world as such a young age.
  • Junior Counterpart: To Nikita. Both were orphaned drug addicts forced into prostitution in some way, and the reason Nikita is so attached to Alex, is because how she reminds her of how she used to be.
  • Mafia Princess: It is implied that her father was not precisely "innocent".
  • Master of All: Is constantly compared to Nikita, despite possessing only a fraction of her experience.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She gets a scene where she's pole dancing.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Pulled off in the eponymous episode "Alexandra."
    Alex: I am Alexandra Udinov, daughter of Nikolai Udinov. And this is your reward. [shoots him dead]
  • The Not-Love Interest: The relationship between Alex and Nikita is one of the main emotional elements of the series, despite the fact that each have romantic interests of their own.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: During missions, Alex plays the innocent Dumb Blonde to fool those she's trying to infiltrate.
  • Omniglot: Alex can speak English, German and Russian.
  • Protectorate: Nikita will kill through the entire Universe twice to make sure Alex is unharmed.
  • Recovered Addict: Thanks to Nikita, Alex got clean from her heroine addiction before she could start her training of infiltrating Division. Though due to drama, she relapses in Season 1 and Season 3, but thanks to Nikita and her friend's support, she manages to become clean again.
  • Revenge: Nikita encouraged her to seek revenge against the murder of her parents caused by Division. Little does she know, Nikita was the one to kill her father and her mother was alive all along. Though once Semak is killed, she admits feeling empty, and from this moment on, finds other motivations other than revenge.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Her cover after regaining control of her father's conglomerate Zetrov, a lavish unemployed lifestyle powered by a company trust fund.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Once Sean is killed, Alex snaps, to say the least.
  • Sensual Slavs: She's Russian, and she tends to exaggerate a Russian accent in order to pass as an alluring Femme Fatale.
  • Sex Slave: As a part of her Dark and Troubled Past, which she has to confront.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: First she has to shoot Thom, and later has a lot of problems with Nathan because of her spy life.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Eventually becomes this to Sean. After his death, she goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
    • She's also this to Owen/Sam in Season 4.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Nikita; their relationship falls apart at the finale of Season One. They reconcile halfway through Season Two.
  • Wild Card: She's prone to Heel–Face Revolving Door and we have no idea what she'll do next how much she's unpredictable.
  • You Killed My Father: Once she learns Nikita was the one who killed her father since the beginning, she pulls a Face–Heel Turn and vows to take her down.

    Michael 

Michael

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"You scare the crap outta me, but I love you anyway."
Played By: Shane West
Voiced By: Ricardo Tejedo (Latin-American Spanish), Shunsuke Sakuya (Japanese)

A former US Navy intelligence officer, Michael Bishop is a highly ranked member of Division who is tasked with bringing Nikita in. However, his past with her and his own moral code means he's often conflicted.

Toward the end of season 1, Michael joins Nikita's cause after discovering that his boss is behind a tragic event in his past. He also enters a romantic relationship with her.


  • Action Dad: He's Max Ovechkin's biological father and an highly trained spy. He was also in the Navy back when he was the father of 4 year old Hayley.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In a third season, he's pinned under a burning car by his hand and Nikita cuts it off in order to save his life.
  • A Father to His Men: To Division recruits. Although we didn't see much of it, it's been heavily implied and Lampshaded by Nikita, Birkhoff and Amanda that Michael sees the recruits as being like his kids.
  • Anti-Villain: Before his Heel–Face Turn during Season 1. His attachment to Nikita and inability to kill her despite his orders and having many chances to do so is what makes the viewer realize he's different from the rest of Division.
  • The Atoner: Becomes one in "Pandora".
  • Battle Couple: With Nikita.
  • Berserk Button:
    • In Season 1, his particular one was Kasim Tariq. He was determined to kill the man who he thought murdered his family, even if it meant his literal death to see him dead. That is until he finds out Percy was the one who executed the orders and joins Nikita in her fight to destroy Percy and Division. He would get deadly calm at the mere mention of Kasim's name and would fight through hell to get his revenge.
    • Nikita's life being threatened is this by all means. Do not threaten Nikita or put her in harms way around Michael unless you want to see his anger reach new levels. Understandable since he lost his family, is forced to leave his son behind for his safety and repeatedly says Nikita is all he has left that he loves and doesn't want to lose her too. In Season 3, he gets a technological prosthetic hand that he has great difficulty controlling. He's told it will curl into a fist only when he experiences his one true "emotional trigger". It curls very much when Michael overhears Nikita's life being threatened through her comm earpiece.
    • Also, don't threaten to hurt any of his recruits. He will very much protect them like a father does his children, leading to a few remarks about how he acts more like a father than a teacher.
  • Crusading Widower: His reason for joining Division? To avenge the death of his wife Elizabeth and daughter Haley at the hands of Kasim Tariq. Actually, Kasim was supposed to kill Michael under Percy's orders. Once he learns this, he pulls a Heel–Face Turn and joins Nikita in her quest of destroying Division.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: It's entirely justified as to why he has to leave Max behind: he's still a secret government agent that has a war with Division to end. And he can't keep in contact with Cassandra and Max, or even keep a literal photo of them, in case they are discovered and used as leverage against Michael. While he spent time with Max in London, he admitted that he never had a true moment of peace as he was constantly looking over his shoulder - waiting for something to happen. His farewell to Max is especially heart wrenching as Michael knows he is never going to see his son again nor will the boy ever know who his true father is.
  • Dating Catwoman: Has a Ship Tease going on with Nikita in Season 1 during the time where he's with Division and she's a rogue agent.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Second to Birkhoff in sarcastic comments.
    Birkhoff: I mean, [Nikita] was a wreck. I was able to turn the tables on her easy.
    Michael: Yeah, was that before or after she duct-taped you to that springy rocking horse?
  • Death Glare: Or "goatee of intimidation", as Birkhoff calls it.
  • The Dragon: To Percy. Later after his Heel–Face Turn, he becomes The Lancer to Nikita.
  • Disabled Snarker: Even if he lost his hand early in Season 3, that doesn't stop Michael from being snarky as always.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Michael often goes head-to-head with Percy over his running of Division, and the only reason he's even working for them is to get revenge for his family.
  • Determinator: Especially where Nikita or his family are concerned.
  • Guttural Growler: Michael's voice is gravely and incredibly sexy, and it's Lampshaded many times by characters.
    Nathan: He sounds like Batman.
  • Happily Married: In the finale, he and Nikita marry.
  • Heel–Face Turn: During Season 1, where he goes from being Percy's The Dragon right hand man to Nikita's partner - both as rogue agents and lovers.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: Michael wasn't completely happy with Division, but truly believed that he was acting in America's best interests.
  • The Lancer: To Nikita once he switches sides.
  • Master of All: So much so that he was placed in charge of hunting Nikita, despite his well-known emotional factor to her, as he was the only one who had the true capability. In Season 4, Nikita is forced to go on the run after being framed for the President's murder and being hunted by every police and government force in America. While running, she remarks in an off-hand comment that the only person who could actually catch her is Michael... he does.
  • The Mentor: To Alex. And Nikita pre-series.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: For much of the first season, this was his attitude towards Division. He believed Division to ultimately be acting in America's best interests.
  • Official Couple: With Nikita.
  • Only One Name: His last name - Bishop - isn't revealed until the second to last episode of the series. It occasionally gets lampshaded.
    Alex: "What is Michael's real last name, anyway?" (scene cuts away)
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His 4 year old daughter, Hayley, gets killed in an explosion caused by Kasim Tariq under Division's orders by Percy.
  • Papa Wolf: To his biological son Max and, to an extent, Alex. He did lose a child before, so that explains why Michael is so protective in nature.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Has brought back all the good of this trope and none of the bad. Michael sincerely believes in his country and that Division - if run by the right people - is a necessary force for good in the world. Probably comes from being a former Naval Intelligence Officer. Nikita allows that the only way Division could ever be worth saving is if Michael was in charge.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Especially during Season 1. Nikita even lampshades this, adorably, in season 1.
  • Second Love: Nikita, as he is to her. Pre-series, he was happily married to his wife and swore there would never be another woman for him. Sadly, she and their daughter were both murdered shortly afterwards. He then lived his life for the sole purpose of avenging their deaths by means of working at Division. This is how he met Nikita, who became one of his students. As they spent time together, he developed a clear attachment to her and unwittingly fell in love with her. Through flashbacks, it's implied that his growing feelings for her disturbed him and desperately tried to suppress them. (He didn't fool anyone.) By the end of the first season, he can't deny how he feels any longer and kisses her. After becoming a couple, he is desperate to protect Nikita (even at the cost of his own life) and repeatedly says he wouldn't be able to handle losing her. He has even stated that he would rather die alongside her than be without her.
    Michael (to Nikita, after she almost gets herself killed): "Did you ever stop to think about how I would feel if I lost you? You have no idea how much you mean to me, Nikita. No idea."
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Nikita.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Nikita even comments on this in season one. "Tall, smokey voice, very sexy." As he overheard her saying this through her earpiece comm, he takes a moment to appreciate the comment.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He has a prominent sarcastic streak.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Nikita was his student at Division when he fell in love with her. They had a bit of a rough start as Nikita was emotionally unstable from her traumatic past, but they soon became increasingly comfortable with each other. He kissed her after accompanying her on a mission, but was unable to move on until avenging his family. That didn't change the fact that he had already developed significant feelings for her. It's a running gag that everyone - and we mean everyone - knew that he had a thing for her. (Alex was able to figure out he had feelings for Nikita based on comments he would make about her.) Percy even comments that in the ten years Michael worked at Division, the only time he questioned his loyalty was during his relationship with Nikita. Michael tries to act as though he doesn't know what he's talking about, but Percy gives him a look that says he isn't fooling anybody.
  • Vengeful Widow: The death of his wife Elizabeth and his daughter Hayley causes him to seek revenge and join Division.

    Birkhoff 

Seymour Birkhoff / Lionel Peller

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"I'm not a spice girl, and I was never ever obscure. I was elusive, and a little dangerous. I was a legend."
Played By: Aaron Stanford

Once an infamous cyber-criminal with near-unmatched technical and surveillance skills, Birkhoff was brought on as Division's head technician. His growing uneasiness about the organization's shadier dealings ultimately results in him leaving Division and defecting to Nikita's side, after which he becomes a steadfast (if snarky) ally to her cause.


  • Accidental Murder: He didn't mean to kill Carla and was traumatized after doing so. All he wanted was to scare her and refrain her from betraying them to Percy, which Nikita later comforts him with.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Played for Drama. He apologizes in shock when he realizes he shot Carla. It gets worse from there...
  • Badass Boast: "BOW DOWN before Shadow Walker!" Subverted as he's arrested minutes after that.
  • Badass Bookworm: He lacks the front line training of Nikita or Michael, but is both willing and able to throw a mean punch when the situation warrants it. He has a surprisingly good shot for a man who normally spends his time behind a desk.
  • Code Name: His hacker name is "Shadow Walker".
  • Combat Pragmatist: In the fight in "383 Walnut Lane" he surprises the agent he's fighting with some computer parts, and then goes for the eyes.
  • The Cracker: The reason why Division hired him. After his Heel–Face Turn, he becomes more of a Playful Hacker, although his hacking is primordial during infiltration.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sports one of the driest wits of the main cast. He can match barbs with Nikita any day of the week.
  • Distressed Dude: In the Season 2 episode "Fair Trade" where he's captured by Division and tortured by Amanda. Once he is rescued by Nikita, it takes a few episodes for him to process the events and emotionally deal with what happened to him.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Subverted. Sonya initially rejects his advances, but she soon reciprocate his feelings and they become a couple.
  • Insult of Endearment: Nikita often calls him "nerd". It started as her way of insulting him, but as they become friends it instead becomes more of an endearing nickname. She is the only one he allows to call him that.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Birkhoff wore glasses in Season 1, but as of Season 2, he stops wearing them, probably wearing contact lenses instead.
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffers one after killing Carla.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Started as a Jerkass, but he mellowed as of Season 2.
  • Last-Name Basis: Only Sonya calls him Seymour.
  • Meaningful Name: The name "Birkhoff" is a German name meaning "fortification". He serves as one of the strongest allies in Team Nikita with his role as a Mission Control.
  • Megane: He wears glasses, though only in Season 1.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: In Season One, a CIA grab team attempts to snatch Birkhoff; the first two men are taken by surprise at how prepared Birkhoff is to defend himself, and he almost escapes, when a third agent grabs him from behind.
    • Later, in Season 2, he fights off a trained Division agent using just some computer parts. He loses, but he puts up enough of a fight to stay alive long enough for Nikita to finish off the Division man. "Shadow Walker" shows him sparring with Michael.
  • Mission Control: While capable of fighting if he has to, he's much more useful when he's seated at a desk with access to a computer, so he often ends up serving this role to Nikita (or whoever else he's backing up at the time). Some episodes make him a Missing Mission Control where he gets kidnapped and Nikita has to rescue him.
  • Mook–Face Turn: Leaves Division after Season One, and eventually allies himself with Nikita and Michael.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's the brains while Nikita and Michael are the brawn. Though around Season 3-4, he knows how to wield a gun.
  • Official Couple: With Sonya, as of Season 3.
  • Pet the Dog: His brief friendship with the Engineer. Also his friendship with Michael, which eventually leads to his doing a Heel–Face Turn when he helps Michael escape Division with a black box.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Most of the show's humor comes from Birkhoff's sarcastic quips and jokes during tense moments.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: During season 1. He's just doing his job, and is clearly skeeved out by the way Division does business. It eventually becomes too much for him, and he quits.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Birkhoff is probably the most sarcastic character in the series, but he's extremely loyal to Nikita and her team.
  • Sour Supporter: Of Nikita and Michael in Season 2, at least at first. He later becomes less sour as the season progresses, especially after Nikita saves him from Division. By Season 3, this attitude is gone entirely.
  • The Smart Guy: Initially the Evil Genius to Division, he becomes this after his Heel–Face Turn in Season 2.
  • Smug Super: He's good at what he does and he always brags, but it's always Played for Laughs.
  • Techno Wizard: "I own Division." If it's networked, Birkhoff can hack into it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the first two seasons, Birkhoff is the resident Non-Action Guy and is easily captured by enemies and it's up to Nikita to rescue him. However, in the last two seasons, Birkhoff learns more about hand-to-hand combat and wields his own personal firearm, that he's not afraid to use.
  • Undying Loyalty: He was going to let Amanda torture him to death before he reveals anything to her about Nikita.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Was the somewhat reluctant financier of Team Nikita throughout Season Two, until his money - all twenty million of it - was lost in a mission gone wrong.

    Amanda 

Amanda / Helen Collins

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"I've done this before. All the drug addicts that wind up here as recruits, I'm practically running a rehab clinic."
Played By: Melinda Clarke

Known as the "Inquisitor", Amanda is responsible for mentally breaking down recruits before manipulating them into giving their loyalty to Division. She often acts as an adviser to Percy.

In season 2 Amanda deposes Percy as head of Division and allies herself with Alex. She attempts to rob Percy of the power he still holds by finding the Black Box master drive.


  • And I Must Scream: She ends the series locked in a full body restraint in the middle of the world's most inescapable prison, facing a life of never having contact with a live human being again.
  • Asshole Victim: See above.
  • Ax-Crazy: That woman is a goddamn psychopath. She killed her own family and has a grin of pleasure as she tortures people.
  • Badass Boast: "I'm so worst than all of you bitches put together."
  • The Baroness: A classy, poised woman who simultaneously surpassed Percy in terms of villainy.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Her father used her as a guinea pig and kept her locked from the outside world in the basement.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 2 and 3, and arguably of the show as a whole given how much her actions drive the episode-to-episode plot of the series. She's more of a Big Bad Wannabe in the second season, having not fully grasped the strain of taking command, but definitively grows into this role in Season 3.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Mr. Jones in the fourth and final season.
  • Bigger Bad: Once Percy dies in Season 2,
  • Black Widow: She kills her lover Ari in Season 3.
  • Cain and Abel: She's the Cain to her twin Amanda's Abel. Bonus points for actually killing her sibling.
  • The Chessmaster: She's a firm believer of pulling strings on others, as she said to Nikita "Deception is more important than brute force." This is apparently used against her in the series finale by Nikita.
  • The Consigliere: In the first season. Percy even refers to her as such as part of a long season 2 Hannibal Lecture.
  • Creepy Monotone: She speaks in a mellow voice tone, that while she uses to put the Division recruits in comfort, can come off as intimidating.
  • Dark Action Girl: While she's the psychologist, Amanda knows how to kick some ass and give Nikita herself a hard time during hand-to-hand combats.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her father was a Major in the US military who used Helen as a guinea pig since the military refused to let him experiment on people. While it all happened, her twin sister Amanda, her father's favorite, could live a normal life and was spoiled by their father. One day, a guilty Amanda tried to help Helen escape and when Matthew caught them, Helen snapped, killed both of her father and sister before stealing Amanda's identity and setting their house on fire to cover her tracts.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Less than Percy or the main heroes, but she has her moments.
  • The Dreaded: When she appears, even Nikita is terrified.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After years of being used like a guinea pig and almost killed by her father, she stabs him to death and also her twin sister for not intervening for years.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Becomes Percy's right-hand woman once Michael pulls his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Evil Twin: Played with. She's definitely evil, but apparently her twin was no angel, either.
  • Freudian Excuse: "Do you think you're the only one with daddy issues?" Her father was an abusive dick who used her as a guinea pig and was kept locked in the basement while her twin sister Amanda could live a normal life.
  • Good Girl Gone Bad: Who knows how sweet of a girl she was until her father tortured her for years in their basement...
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Near the end of the series she gets a ghastly one on her cheek courtesy of Ryan, which she notes she could have removed but decides not to as a reminder to never let her guard down around anyone.
  • It's All About Me: Especially anything that Nikita does or fails to do.
  • Manipulative Bitch: And HOW. She basically brainwashes the Division agents and loves to pull Xanatos Gambits on Nikita, Alex and Michael.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Like everyone in Division, she can handle herself.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: She's more dangerous and unstable than all the male antagonists combined.
  • Not So Stoic: Her mask of calm slips when she's really stressed.
  • Psycho Psychologist: She comes off as Division's kind shrink who helps recruits move on into their new life style, but she's a Manipulative Bitch through and through. That's not even mentioning her love of torture...
  • Self-Made Orphan: Not that Daddy didn't deserve it...
  • Sibling Murder: She kills her twin sister Amanda as well as their father, and she steals her identity.
  • The Social Expert: Exploited by Amanda and Division in order to manipulate recruits.
  • The Sociopath: Percy accuses her of being this, although she does seem to show genuine emotion once in a blue moon.
  • The Starscream: To Percy by the end of Season 1, to Oversight in Season 2, and then again to the Invisible Hand in Season 4.
  • Torture Technician: Behind her kind psychologist looks, hides a psychotic bitch who loves to torture people.
  • Troubling Unchild Like Behavior: Even if her father's experimentations on her didn't help, she was a young teen when she killed her family in cold blood with a slasher grin across her face.
  • Twin Switch: In the government's eyes, Helen Collins doesn't exist, but Amanda Collins does. So Helen kills Amanda and takes her identity.
  • The Unfavorite: His father spoiled the actual Amanda rotten, while he locked Helen in the basement and used her as a lab rat for her whole life.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Has had secret relationship with Ari, spanning decades.
  • Wicked Cultured: She proves herself to be as capable of a mastermind as Percy.

    Percy 

Percy

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"People want to believe God has a plan for them. They don't want to know that anyone else does."
Played By: Xander Berkeley

The ruthless creator of Division, acting as its head during season 1. He's discovered many damaging government secrets during his long career, and has stored them in several 'Black Box' data carriers. He cannot be simply killed due to a surgically implanted chip that'll send a signal that will release the information if he dies, therefore plunging the world into chaos.

He's deposed from power by his subordinate Amanda in season 2, and imprisoned below Division. However he continues pulling strings, and has now escaped his cell to wreak havoc and eventually retake Division.


  • Ambition Is Evil: Percy is a Social Climber and all he wants is a seat at the table.
  • At Least I Admit It: Even Percy admits that Amanda is incapable of love. He knows he's evil, and calls Amanda out on the fact like she pretends like she isn't.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The man at the top of Division is also more than capable of kicking his fair share of ass. Case in point, during their final confrontation he actually beats Nikita.
  • Backstab Backfire: Just ask Michael.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Suffice to say, he's not just some pencil-pushing bureaucrat he initially came off as. The suit itself is also symbolic for him - a sign of control.
  • Big Bad: For Season 1 and the latter half of Season 2.
  • The Chessmaster: In "Betrayals", he compares his battle with Nikita to a chess game.
  • The Corrupter: Division takes troubled kids out of prison and brainwashes them into killing machines.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Percy has many plans.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Probably the most triumphant example in the series.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Division is basically SPECTRE, and that makes Percy Blofeld. In Season 2, he even holds the country to ransom with a (fake) Kill Sat.
  • Dies Wide Open: After his Disney Villain Death, we get a shot of his opened eyes and blood-dripping mouth.
  • Disney Villain Death: In the Season 2 finale, courtesy of Nikita dropping him several stories.
  • Evil Genius: The man has a crazy high IQ and photographic memory, and is utterly unrepentant in his evilness.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He comes off as very charming and sophisticated at first glance, but it's all a superficial veil disguising his sociopathy.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: When you hear the name "Percy", an evil ass kicking genius is the last thing on your mind. Ultimately subverted in that his full name, Percival Rose, actually comes off as pretty badass and diabolical, though it isn't revealed as such until much later in the show.
  • Knight Templar: Seems to have shades of this.
  • Hannibal Lecture: His new weapon of choice now that he's been imprisoned is taunting and psychoanalyzing his captors.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: His blue eyes reflect how cold his heart is.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He enjoys the finer things in life - vintage wines, premium earl grey tea, and his expensive suits.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: While his speciality is firmly being The Chessmaster, his CIA training becomes very apparent on occasion.
  • Nice Hat: Sports one after he escapes his prison.
  • Photographic Memory: It's revealed in season two that he didn't just create the black boxes, he is one.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: At the end of Season 2, Percy is held captive in a prison in Division's basement while Amanda rules Division. That is, until he got out.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Even when he is imprisoned by Division, once he gets to put on his suit again, we know he is back in the game.
  • The Spymaster: The nation's finest.
  • The Sociopath: Percy embodies both the trope and exhibits the most telling traits of Antisocial Personality Disorder, unable to understand the worth of loyalty, compassion, or empathy but easily willing to manipulate and use these traits in others. He easily betrays and manipulates others without a thought, but gets angry when others betray him unexpectedly as it damages his massive ego and belief in his own narcissistic goals and self-image. The only emotion he ever seems to genuinely exhibit is anger, and although he gains gratification from destroying other people, proving to himself that he is superior to them, he isn't able to affect anything other than a desire to possess and dominate. He shows many traits common with highly intelligent and highly organized serial killers, although without the psychosexual compulsion to live out violent fantasies, instead gaining self-gratification from dominating others at the top of a vast organization subject to his every whim (which is why he is always trying to be at the top and always in control).
  • Torture Technician: Does this to Alex (but through her feelings, of course) and almost to Michael in "Betrayals"
  • Villain Ball: Contributes directly to his death. He had won. He had everything. He'd escaped with his life despite everyone wanting him dead, he'd outwitted everyone who wanted to put a bullet in his brain, he was going to leave Division with full immunity...but he was too arrogant and evil to walk away completely and tried to kill Nikita.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Within Division. Most of them don't even consider the idea that he might be the bad guy until the Marines arrive to depose him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has a mild one in "Pandora" after his Batman Gambit is ruined. He has a truly epic one, however, in the season 2 finale when he tries to kill Nikita by throwing her down a silo, snarling, "DOWN THE HATCH!" like a crazed animal.
  • Wicked Cultured: During his imprisonment asks for books in exchange for his help. And to discuss matters with Amanda over A Nice Cup of Tea.
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    Jaden 

Jaden

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"What do you think I'm doing? I'm kicking your ass!"
Played By: Tiffany Hines

An aggressive Division recruit, Jaden often clashes with Alex and develops a heated mutual rivalry with her.


  • All Love Is Unrequited: Had a thing for Thom, but Thom only seemed to have eyes for Alex. Of course, Alex eventually accidentally kills Thom in self-defense and, to maintain her cover, frames him as Nikita's mole in Division.
  • Bare Your Midriff: While Alex's Division outfit often include a tank top, Jaden is almost always seen in a sports bra as her top.
  • Bitch Alert: One of the chief reasons why Alex is often cavalier about using her as a patsy.
  • Dark Action Girl: Thanks to Division's training.
  • Deadpan Snarker: By moments.
    Birkhoff: Was it that long since you had sex?
    Jaden: At least some of us has had sex.
  • Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: After Nathan shoots her to save Alex, Alex tries to duplicate the trick she used with Thom. Unfortunately, Amanda had had a listening device implanted in her in addition to the killswitch, and overheard Alex calling Nikita for advice on what to do with the body.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Alex.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: In "Girl's Best Friend", she flirts with the main target and is the one to kill him.
  • Friends with Benefits: Implied to have a sexual relationship with Thom.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Most of the time, though indirectly, triggered by Alex.
  • Hot-Blooded: She's determined into being a field agent, and hates feeling inferior to the skilled Alex.
  • Only One Name: Justified. Division fakes their recruit's deaths, thus their old identity doesn't exist anymore.
  • Rape as Backstory: She came to Division's attention for killing her abusive boyfriend after he raped her.
    Jaden: People I work for? They thought I showed initiative.
  • The Rival: To Alex.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In "Girl's Best Friend" she delivers an epic one to an arms dealer she and Alex have been sent to kill, accusing him of Compensating for Something with his gun and comparing him to the abusive boyfriend she killed with a knife after he raped her.
  • Sassy Black Woman: In spades.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In "Girl's Best Friend".
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She had a thing for Thom, who's probably one of the nicest Division agents.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Alex in "Girl's Best Friend".
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Killed by Nathan the instant she was going to finally mend things with Alex.

    Thom 

Thom

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"You'll be ok, Alex. You're strong... Stronger than me. I knew it the day I met you."
Played By: Ashton Holmes

A young Division recruit on the verge of becoming a full agent. He tries to take care of new recruits and soon develops a romantic interest in Alex.


    Owen Elliot 

Owen Elliot / Sam Matthews

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"You don't hide from your sins, you face them."
Played By: Devon Sawa

Originally a 'cleaner' for Division, Owen was later made into a Guardian. As a Guardian, he's responsible for keeping one of Percy's many black boxes safe and secure. While on mission, he fell in love with a civilian who was subsequently killed by Division. He now works to bring down Division while sometimes assisting Nikita.


  • Anti-Hero: Similarly to Nikita, he undergoes a Heel–Face Turn after Division kills his girlfriend Emily and shows that Good Is Not Nice.
  • The Atoner: Trying to atone for everyone he killed while working for division and all of his tattoos represent someone he has killed.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Used to be chemically augmented like other Guardians into a Lightning Bruiser. He detoxed from the Regimen due to its lethal side effects if you find yourself without your daily dosage. This makes taking on other Guardians a risky proposition - he and Michael combined were just barely able to defeat one Guardian. Still, even while off the Regimen, he remains a badass.
  • The Big Guy: To Nikita's team.
  • Cleanup Crew: One of Division's top cleaner, before he became a Guardian.
  • Deal with the Devil: Agreed to work with Gogol to hunt down the three remaining Guardians and Black Boxes.
  • Enemy Mine: Attempted to do this with Gogol, but Ari turned the tables on him.
  • Foil: Similar to Nikita in almost every way but not quite an Evil Counterpart.
  • Functional Addict: Initially this as all Guardians use the Regimen, a specialized series of chemical supplements that turn them into Lightning Bruisers. Withdrawal tends to make them go insane and can even kill them, but Owen successfully goes through detox.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: First he was Division, then worked with Nikita, then turned on her under the influence of a Fantastic Drug, but was defeated and went to search for the cure. Then joined forces with Gogol. Later, he left Gogol and is allied again with Nikita and Michael. Then he gets his memories back and fights only for himself. Then he returns to Team Nikita and particularly partners with Alex.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His Roaring Rampage of Revenge is steadily turned him into this for a while.
  • Identity Amnesia: In "Consequences", he reveals that he doesn't remember anything about his life before Division. This later gets fixed... and isn't a good thing.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Has several scenes where he takes his shirt off.
  • Official Couple: With Alex as of Season 4.
  • Super Serum: Percy forces his Guardians to partake in dangerously enhancing drugs called the Regimen, which boosts their physical abilities to extreme levels.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After getting his original memories back, Owen becomes a condescending Smug Super.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Once he gains his original memories back.
  • Wild Card: He is an ally to Nikita and the others, but his goals sometimes puts him against her and this got worse when he got his original memories back making him have more selfish goals and more willing to do immoral things to accomplish them even if it means betraying his former friends.
    • But at the end of the series he is back on their side and has a relationship with Alex.

    Ryan Fletcher 

Ryan Fletcher

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Played By: Noah Bean

A junior CIA agent and analyst who was attempting to uncover Division, which was regarded as an urban legend among his peers. After discovering the truth, he became an ally of Nikita.


  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He originally cottoned to Division's existence by spotting the telltales of its operations (once Nikita starts screwing them up, anyway). Later he figures out Oversight's moneymaking techniques by analyzing news reports from inside a prison cell.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ryan had been framed in a government cover-up, narrowly executed, demoted, imprisoned and held captive at Division while his mother believes he's dead.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Shows signs of this in Season 3.
  • Da Chief: His role in the new, improved Division in Season 3.
  • Death Faked for You: Amanda has his death faked and takes him prisoner, so she can use him against Oversight.
  • Distressed Dude: Through all 4 seasons, this man is constantly in danger.
  • Determinator: Of the crusading kind.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Of the non-lethal variety. In "Pandora" he pulls a gun on the Director of Central Intelligence to help Nikita escape, knowing he'll spend the rest of his life in prison. It works out in the long run, sort of, but he's lost his career for good.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: He has blue eyes, and is a kind, reasonable man who simply wants to make the world a better place "without secrets".
  • Killed Off for Real: Dies from his injuries after jumping off of a window to escape Amanda.
  • Nice Guy: Probably the most noble, down on earth character in the cast.
  • Non-Action Guy: Compared to the other members of the cast, Ryan is the one with the least fighting skills and is the resident Distressed Dude.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Even if they kissed only once, he and Nikita have a strong friendship. His death destroys Nikita and pushes her to stop this ongoing war with the government once and for all.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In Season 3.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In "Pandora", he helps Nikita escape CIA headquarters by holding the director of the CIA at gunpoint, despite knowing he'll probably be sent to jail for the rest of his life. It eventually works out for him.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: He was in prison for the first half of season 2.
  • The Smart Guy: Though not in Birkhoff's level, he's far from being a fool.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Nikita knows Ryan, whom she thought dead, is the real one talking to her on the phone once he says: "The first time we met, we were in that bunker in Chile. I asked who you were, you said, "Nikita. You hung up on me.""
  • Undying Loyalty: To Nikita.

    Sean Pierce 

Sean Pierce

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"I got a merit badge in lying."
Played By: Dillon Casey

A Navy SEAL and agent of Oversight, the council in charge of Division, Sean is sent to keep an eye on Amanda to ensure she doesn't become out-of-control as Percy did.


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    Roan 

Roan

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Played By: Rob Stewart

Percy's loyal right-hand man and the most notable "cleaner" working for Division. He's often engaged for Percy's most personal and sensitive missions.


  • Asshole Victim: Died of electrocution, and his screams of pain last for a good ten seconds.
  • Badass Longcoat: Is usually wearing a black trenchcoat.
  • The Brute: To Percy, and overall Division.
  • Cleanup Crew: Roan's main job in Division, until he openly joins Percy who has gone rogue.
  • Curbstomp Battle: When Alex and Sean take on Roan together, he hands them their asses. Given that the former is Nikita's prized pupil and the latter is an ex-Navy SEAL, that says a lot.
  • Creepy Monotone: With the exceptions of right after Nikita splashes him with his own jug of hydrofluoric acid and after Percy's death, invariably uses the same supremely quiet, emotionless confident tone of voice about everything.
  • Dark Is Evil: Unless he needs to be disguised for a mission, he always dresses all in black.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Whenever he says more than two words, that is.
  • Determinator: One devoted to Percy. Birkhoff even refers to him as "the Terminator" at one point.
  • Does Not Understand Sarcasm: He repeatedly takes Michael's snarking at face value in Season 1.
  • The Dragon: He is this to Percy and Division.
  • The Dreaded: Confronting Roan tends to elicit one reaction from most people, including the main characters.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He has glasses and is a cold-blooded killer.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: In "Pandora", Nikita splashes him with his own "cleaning" acid, and he's later seen with burns all over the right side of his face.
  • High-Voltage Death: His fate.
  • Implacable Man: It takes a bomb blast or a face full of acid to keep him down for more than a few seconds.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: See above. He got splashed with his own cleaning acid when he tried to get rid of Nikita's body.
  • Licked by the Dog: Carla tenderly touches Roan's face and asks him sympathetically what happened to him. His answer? "You met her."
  • Made of Iron:
    • At one point he gets his ass kicked by Owen and tossed over a railing, falling several stories. The next time he's seen, he's no worse for wear.
    • After a missile wipes out a Division assault team he is leading, he just gets up and dusts himself off.
    • Even Alex and Sean teaming up are struggling against Roan alone.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Once he learns Percy's dead, he is shown to shock great shock and removes his glasses, distraught to learn his boss had died.
  • One-Man Army: He has the upper hand and barely a scratch while fighting Alex and Sean at once, who for themselves are getting their asses trashed.
  • Pet the Dog: Minor, but he closes Nikita's eyes when he thinks she's dead. An odd show of professional respect.
  • Professional Killer: Of course.
  • Psycho for Hire: Is one of Division's most dangerous agents and a remorseful killer and cleaner that's not above killing innocent bystanders.
  • The Quiet One: Except for a couple episodes, what he's said could fill an index card... double spaced.
  • Silent Antagonist: He can speak, but he's quiet, which adds to his creepiness.
  • Silent Snarker: Doesn't even need to speak to be sarcastic as hell.
  • The Stoic: The only time he ever shows any real emotion is when he realizes that Percy's dead.
  • Stoic Spectacles: He wears glasses and is Percy's stoic right-hand man and head cleaner.
  • Two-Faced: Thanks to Nikita splashing his face with acid, the right side of his face is burned.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Allows himself to go apeshit against Alex and Sean after Percy dies.
  • Villainous Friendship: Seems to have one with Percy as he's notably upset when Percy dies.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Percy.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He breaks Alex's wrist and doesn't give her a chance during their final duel.

    Ari Tasarov 

Ari Tasarov

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"If I wanted you dead...you'd be dead."
Played By: Peter Outerbridge

The leader of Division's Russian counterpart and rival, Gogol.


  • The Starscream: To Sergei Semak. He's his trusted right-hand man before he betrays and kills him.

    Madeline Pierce 

Senator Madeline Pierce

Played By: Alberta Watson

One of the leading members of Oversight and the mother of Sean Pierce.


  • Iron Lady: She's a U.S. Senator.
  • Morality Pet: It's shown right away that Sean would do anything for his mother. Her causes him to go a full-on Heel–Face Turn and to kill the man who put the bomb under her car.
  • Moral Pragmatist: Assists Nikita after Percy has the rest of Oversight killed.
  • My Beloved Smother: Uses her relationship with Sean to manipulate him into serving Oversight.
  • Remake Cameo: Alberta Watson was a regular cast member in La Femme Nikita, where she played Amanda's equivalent, also named Madeline.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Blown up by one of Nikita's enemies in her Division days in exchange for Percy giving him Nikita.

    Sonya 

Sonya

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Played By: Lyndie Greenwod

Birkhoff's replacement as Head Technician within Division.


  • Action Survivor: She's a hacker, not an agent, so in situation of extreme danger, Sonya has to improvise. Though she did shoot a Division agent with an automatic rifle when he was gonna shoot Birkhoff.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Birkhoff. He obviously has it for her, but she ignores his advances and snarks at him. That at least before she starts falling for him.
  • Damsel in Distress: She has a kill chip in her head that Amanda could activate any time if she doesn't gives her information. The team has to find a solution to get rid of the kill chip without putting Sonya's life at stake.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When Birkhoff is around, anyway.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Originally meant to have a much more minor role, she instead lasted all the way to the end of the series, becoming a part of Team Nikita in the process.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She's greatly shocked and on the verge of tears when she sees the aftermath of Amanda's torture on a crying Birkhoff.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Birkhoff in Season 2 (even if she's far from being evil).
  • Friendly Enemy: To Birkhoff.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: She replaces Birkhoff as Division's top hacker, but she's simply doing her job and is actually a pretty nice girl.
  • Mission Control: Replaces Birkhoff inside Division, and then works alongside him.*
  • Nice Girl: She's shown to have great morals despite working for Division.
  • Official Couple: Becomes one with Birkhoff.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She makes the transition from Amanda and Percy's Division to Ryan and Nikita's Division without missing a beat.
  • The Mole: In season 3 she was secretly giving information to Amanda because Amanda put a kill chip inside her head.
  • Regretful Traitor: She was blackmailed by Amanda to become her mole otherwise she'd activate her kill chip.
  • The Rival: To Birkhoff.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Usually averted, but she has her moments of sassiness.
    Sonya: Besides, I want revenge for what [Amanda] did to me. Let's bait the bitch.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She eventually reciprocates Birkhoff's feelings once she realizes how caring and nice he is.
  • Tears of Blood: In Birkhoff's nightmare, Amanda activates the kill chip and blood pours out of Sonya's eyes before she falls dead on the floor.
  • Techno Wizard: Just like Birkhoff, she's a skilled hacker.
  • Tsundere: While she's far from having a temper, Sonya initially dismisses Birkhoff's advances and is annoyed by him before starting to fall for him.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: The meak non-action girl Sonya grabbed a goddamn automatic rifle and shot a Division agent traitor who was about to kill Birkhoff.
  • Worthy Opponent: While working for Division against Nikita her computer skills rival Birkhoff's and he even acknowledges this at one point.

    Philip Jones 

Philip Jones

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"Our success relies on us being invisible."
Played By: David S. Lee

The mysterious leader of MDK Industries and part of The Invisible Hand. Amanda joins him after she thinks they can help her defeat Nikita.

He first appears in season 2, but becomes a prominent character towards the end of season 3 and throughout season 4.


  • Non-Action Big Bad: In his own words, he's not a fighter, he's a negotiator.
  • War for Fun and Profit: Plans to profit massively from a war between the US and Pakistan. Averted: That's what he wanted team Nikita to think, part of a bigger plan that involves sacrificing his entire company all just to make Nikita think she's won so he and his group can continue business without any further interruptions. One of the group members calls him out for such an expensive sacrifice...and it works at first...but then.

    Daniel Monroe 

Daniel Monroe

Played By: Sebastien Roberts

The one-time fiance of Nikita. He dies prior to the series and his death motivates Nikita's desire to take down Division.


  • Death by Origin Story: Owen Elliot killed him on orders from Division so Percy could keep hold of Nikita. It backfired.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Nikita.
  • Morality Pet: Dating him made Nikita realize she wanted a normal life, and his death caused Nikita to fake her death and aim to destroy Division.
  • Nice Guy: From what we saw.
  • Posthumous Character: Been dead since the beginning of the series.

    Nikolai Udinov 

Nikolai Udinov

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Played by: Vieslav Krystyan

Alex's deceased father, and the former owner of Zetrov.


  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Although it's implied Zetrov is an energy and multi-media conglomerate, Nikolai was revealed to be colder than he appeared for the sake of his company.
  • Dies Wide Open: Alex witnessed her father's murder. He died looking at her right in the eye.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While "evil" is a big term, it's revealed that Nikolai was far from being innocent. Despite that, he clearly loved his wife and daughter Alexandra, who was his whole universe.
  • Expy: If Alex is inspired by Anastasia Romanov, then Nikolai is inspired by Tsar Nikolai II (and even shares his name with him).
  • Good Parents: Despite being morally ambiguous, Nikolai was a good father to Alex, taking her camping, teaching her survival methods and how to look for herself for the moment she leads Zetrov when she's older.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Contrary to his wife and daughter who have Innocent Blue Eyes, Nikolai's blue eyes shows him as a colder individual.
  • Papa Wolf: He dies protecting Alex.
  • Posthumous Character: He's been dead years before the event of the series, thanks to Nikita.
  • Spirit Advisor: As Alex is held hostage by her former pimp Vlad, she hallucinates her father who tells her to not forget who she is and encourages her to get up.

    Katya Udinov 

Katya Udinov

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Played by: Sarah Clarke

Alex's mother and Nikolai's wife. She's revealed to have survived Operation Pale Fire, and lives with Sergei Semak.


  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Once she sees Semak's true colors after he implies he'll have Alex killed for killing his men, she slaps him and tells him "she sees many things now".
  • Broken Bird: To death of her husband and thinking her daughter died too causes Katya to take a lot of medication to deal with the stress.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: She calls security on Alex, which puts her in great danger, because Semak lied to her that Alex has been brainwashed. She thought she was helping, but she had no idea of Semak's true intentions.
  • The Dog Bites Back: A minor case. Once she learns that Sergei Semak has played her like a fiddle and caused the death of her husband (thus, planning to kill Alex too), she gives him one hell of a slap and breaks off their relationship.
  • Females Are More Innocent: The only reason she acts more as a load and antagonistic to Alex, is because Semak lied to her for years about the truth behind her family's demise. He even told her Alex was brainwashed, which caused her to do the right actions for the wrong reasons.
  • Good Parents: Alex tells Percy that Katya was a "kind and gentle soul", indicating she was a good mother to her.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Just like her daughter.
  • Mama Bear: Invoked by Percy. Once Semak tells Katya he can't let Alex and Nikita killing half of his men slide, she slaps him, showing how strong her love for her daughter is and how she won't let Semak lay a single finger on her daughter.
  • Meaningful Name: Katya is Russian for "pure". Alex calls her mother a pure soul at one point.
  • The Mistress: To Sergei Semak.
  • Not Quite Dead: She survived the assassination of her family while everyone else thought she didn't make it.
  • Parents in Distress: Alex's sole goal in Season 2 is to rescue her mother from Semak's claws.
  • Protectorate: To Alex. As she tells Semak: "You will give me my mother, you son of a bitch."
  • Your Cheating Heart: Nikita understands that the only reason she's still alive, was because she and Sergei Semak were having an affair while Katya was still married with Nikolai. Alex breaks down crying once she learns.

    Robbie 

Robbie

Played by: Bug Hall

"They're training us to be James Bond. What's wrong with that?"

Was a recruit until he "graduated" and became a guard. He didn't want to be a guard and went on a rampage. Presumed dead but actually became a cleaner.

  • Adorkable: His excitement at the idea of being a field agent made him extremely endearing.
  • Break the Cutie: Being promoted to guard destroyed his dreams and ambitions and caused him to go on a rampage.
  • The Bus Came Back: Appeared once in Season 1, and reappeared in Season 3.
  • Cleanup Crew: Eventually promoted to cleaner.
  • Death Faked for You: Twice. First time like all the recruits, second time to be secretly trained to become a cleaner as everyone else thinks he's been cancelled.
  • Evil Former Friend: To Alex. She reunites with him in Season 3 where he became a ruthless cleaners and tells her that he's not the recruit he used to be.
  • Freak Out!: Once he is promoted as a guard, Robbie, who wanted to become a field agent, snaps and goes on a rampage.
  • Jumped at the Call: Robbie was very eager to become an agent.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Robbie suffered Sanity Slippage after being Passed-Over Promotion.
  • Spanner in the Works: Robbie's rampage forced Michael to abort his mission to catch Nikita.
  • That Man Is Dead: Tells Alex during their reunion that he's not the same recruit she used to know.
  • Took a Level in Badass: More competent and skilled as a cleaner than he was as a emotionally unstable recruit.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Alex back when they were recruits.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He holds Alex hostage during his rampage. Even if they were friends, it might've been due to his current emotional unstability. Though it's implied to be played straight as he holds Alex at gun point during their reunion.

    Kasim Tariq 

Kasim Tariq

Played By: Haaz Sleiman

An old friend of Michael who joined Al-Qaeda and murdered his former friend's family. He is later revealed to have been a Division agent, with the true target being Michael so that he could gain a position of trust within Al-Qaeda. He betrayed Division and joined Al-Qaeda for good.


  • Bald of Evil: Is bald and a terrorist.
  • Becoming the Mask: Was a Division mole who was assigned to kill Michael, thereby allowing him to infiltrate Al-Qaeda; he later changed his loyalties to Al-Qaeda because he distrusted Percy.
  • Evil Former Friend: To Michael.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He doesn't fight back while Nikita is obviously gonna shoot him.

    Nathan Colville 

Nathan Colville

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"I'm Nathan. Alex's neighbour."
Played By: Thad Luckenbill

Alex's neighbor following her promotion to Division agent and subsequent move into a civilian apartment.


  • Accidental Murder: He shoots Jaden to save Alex and is visibly distraught that it was fatal.
  • Boy Next Door: Your average Nice Guy who welcomes Alex once she moves to the apartment in front of his and who serves as her newest love interest.
  • Cassandra Truth: Returns to Alex's apartment after she tells him she is a government assassin. Thinking this is her trying to break up with him in a cruel way, he leaves. When he returns, Jaden is in Alex's apartment and he mockingly asks if she is "another government assassin." This, arguably unexpectedly ends in Nathan having to shoot Jaden to protect Alex, probably realizing that Alex really was a government assassin.
  • Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind: He kills Jaden by shooting her in the back right before she can fatally stab Alex.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Alex's hallucinations in "Echoes" shows her subconscious desire to settle down, as they are, in that particular dream state, married with a daughter. Played rather humorously when Alex asks if he has "seen a little girl" (asking about her younger self that has been running around her subconscious with her) and he merely states that he was perfectly capable of looking after their daughter.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Alex is definitely into him.
  • He Knows Too Much: Alex told him her identity and he killed Jaden to save her life. Knowing Division will go after him for this, she tells him to leave town for his security.
  • Heroic BSoD: He's visibly distraught to have accidentally killed Jaden and Alex telling him to leave the city.
  • Mr. Fanservice: An attractive guy who's prone to a few shirtless scenes.
  • Nice Guy: Just a normal, friendly civilian who likes Alex.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He's the one telling Jaden about Alex being an assassin, unknowingly revealing to her that Alex talked about Division and puts her in big trouble until the end of the season.
  • Put on a Bus: Never seen again after he kills Jaden and runs for it.
  • Satellite Love Interest: He replaces Thom as Alex's newest love interest, but disappears towards the end of Season 1.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Thanks to having to go on the run from Division.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After killing Jaden and Alex telling him to escape town, he's never seen again.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Reacts badly to Alex's truth, and Jaden's death.

    Ramon Esquivel 

Ramon Esquivel

"Freedom isn't given. It is taken."

Infamous assassin captured by Nikita. Percy crippled him and forced him to work for Division.


    Sergei Semak 

Sergei Semak

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"What I did, I did to win her. I will always want her by my side."
Played By: Peter J. Lucas

Originally the right-hand man of Nikolai Udinov, Semak made a deal with Oversight to have his boss assassinated. He became the CEO of Zetrov and head of Gogol.


  • Arch-Nemesis: To Alex. He's the reason her father was killed and her life turned to hell, and she's determinate into making him pay for this.
  • Arc Villain: Of the first half of Season 2, before being surprisingly killed by Ari.
  • Alliterative Name: Sergei Samak.
  • Bad Boss: Kills his head of security after the latter fails to prevent the assassination of another of his top men.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The mask he puts on in front of the camera is far from being what he actually is on the inside.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: He was a close friend of Nikolai Udinov and backstabbed him, hired Division to kill him and even manipulated his wife Katya so he could have her for himself.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The head of Zetrov.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: For Alex in season two.
  • Enemy Mine: Semak was a mole to Oversight, and promised that if they'd help him remove Nikolai Udinov, he'd make Zetrov more friendly to American interests - a promise he reneged once Udinov was dead. Percy actually saw this coming.
  • The Mole: Was a mole in Zetrov to Oversight. See Enemy Mine.
  • Klingon Promotion: Eventually ends up on both ends of this.
  • Love Makes You Evil: His love of Katya is what drove him to be what he is.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The person who organized the Division attack on the Udinov mansion.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Betrayed his friend, backed out of his deal with Oversight and lied to the woman he loved about what happened to her family.
  • The Starscream: To Nikolai Udinov.
  • Yandere: Downplayed. The reason he had Nikolai killed is that he could have his company, BUT ALSO his wife to himself.

    Cassandra Ovechkin 

Cassandra Ovechkin

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"In our world, families are a liability. Our loved ones are our weaknessess."
Played By: Helena Mattson

An old lover of Michael's with many secrets.


  • Action Girl: She's a skilled MI-6 agent.
  • Action Mom: The only constant in her life is her son Max.
  • Amicable Exes: She and Michael had an affair, and remain on good terms for their son's sake even if both of them are government agents on constant risks.
  • Death Faked for You/ Put on a Bus: Nikita and Michael fake her death and she disappears with her son so that no one else will come after them again.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: She's a Gogol agent sent to infiltrate MI-6, which assigned her to serve as a honey trap for Valeri Ovechkin, where she was recruited by Division as an asset to help sell their silent assination of the Belarussian president.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Not only did she spybang Valeri Ovechkin and Michael, whenever she shows up, she brings trouble in tow.
  • Honey Trap: Was initially perceived to be a victim of one set up by Michael. In reality, she'd been assigned to serve as one for Ovechkin, and was acting on MI-6 orders when Michael seduced her.
  • Jumped at the Call: She describes herself as a broke teenager who jumped at the chance to do something exciting with her life.
  • Mama Bear: She's ready to everything to keep her son Max from harm.
  • Reverse Mole: Cassandra was infiltrated by MI-6 into Ovechkin's circles, and her handlers were overjoyed when she became his wife. And then if that wasn't enough, it's revealed that she's actually a Gogol agent, sent to infiltrate MI-6.
  • Working with the Ex: She was in a sexual relationship with Michael, as part of a Honey Trap Division ran on her. She later has to work with him a few times to get herself and her son out of danger.

    Max Ovechkin 

Max Ovechkin

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"Gun lady!"

Played by: Illarion Unhuryan

Cassandra and Michael's son, whom the whole universe thinks he's actually Valeri Ovechkin's son.


  • Children Are Innocent: He's a normal young boy who plays with his toys and has no idea of the dangerous world both of his parents are in.
  • The Cutie: A young innocent boy who stares in awe and excitement Nikita beating up bad guys.
  • Death Faked for You / Put on a Bus: Like his mother, his death is faked and he and Cassandra disappear to live a life where no one from the government would go for them.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: He has blue eyes and is an innocent kid who's oblivious of how dangerous the world can be.
  • Language Barrier: Downplayed. He only speaks Belarusian, but his dialogue is translated for the viewers and most of the characters talking to him are [[Omniglot omniglots]].
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Turns out Michael is his biological father, not the man impersonating Valeri.
  • The Nicknamer: He calls Nikita "Gun Lady".
  • Protectorate: Let's just say it's not a good idea to try to do him harm in front of his parents or Nikita.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks a lot like Michael.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: He stares at Nikita beating up villains and awe and he's excited witnessing it. Justified since Max is a young child, thus doesn't understand the gravity of the situation.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: He's too young to understand why Michael isn't coming with him and his mother when the two are on the run.

    Patrick Miller 

Patrick Miller

Played By: William deVry

One of Percy's Black Box guardians.


    Carla Bennett 

Carla Bennett

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"Sometimes you have to put what's right ahead of your personal feelings, for the greater good."
Played By: Erica Gimpel

Nikita's old caretaker.


  • Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain: She has good intentions, but she doesn't link herself with the right people to do so.
  • Broken Pedestal: Nikita is shocked to learn Carla was Percy's mole all along, and Carla is ashamed of it as she dies in Nikita's arms.
  • Composite Character: Although she shares a name and a few superficial elements with Carla from the original TV series, she has a greater resemblance to a different character, Adrian.
  • Death Faked for You: Her specialty. That's one of the reasons why Percy approached her.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies in Nikita's arms.
  • Dies Wide Open: She dies her eyes opened, and a broken Nikita closes them before breaking down.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She was appalled when a rookie police officer shot and killed Sammy, one of the kids she was taking care of, and that his partner wanted to pass this as "self-defense".
  • She Knows Too Much: Amanda has been trying to kill Carla because she saw Amanda with Ari Tasarov.
  • The Mentor: She is this to Nikita as flashbacks reveal that she was helping her with her drug addiction.
  • Parental Substitute: She's the closest thing that Nikita had to an actual mother.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Attempts to betray Nikita and the others to Percy.
  • Tempting Fate: She rubs in Birkhoff's face that he doesn't have the guts to shoot her. Guess what happens next.
  • Tragic Dream: Her desire to reform Division.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: As the original creator of Division, her attention was to help people in the prison system get their lives together by having them work for the government and secretly protect the country and her goal in the present was to bring Division back to her original vision by killing Amanda who she blames for corrupting it by working with Percy who she doesn't realize is also to blame for the corruption.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: She tells Birkhoff he doesn't have it (the killer streak) in him. It just prompts Birkhoff to accidentally shoot her.

One-Shot Characters

    Jill Morelli 
Played By: Julie Gonzalo

A conspiracy-seeking journalist and blogger who stumbles across more than she bargained for.


  • Agent Mulder: She keeps a conspiracy blog.
  • Clear My Name: After she is framed for murdering a newspaper editor.
  • Damsel in Distress: She is Division's newest target and is saved in time by Nikita before they can frame her for a murder she didn't commit.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Has blue eyes and is a wide-eyed conspirationist who has no idea what trouble her conspiration-reveal endeavors can lead her in.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Albeit one with a not-great reputation.
  • Protectorate: Nikita basically becomes her bodyguard in "Kill Jill".

    The Engineer 

The Engineer

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Played By: Jon Gries

A reclusive technological expert, who helped Percy build his Black Boxes.


  • Eccentric Mentor: To Birkhoff, briefly.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Is killed after he and Birkhoff develop a safer way to update the Black Boxes
  • Neck Snap: Percy breaks his neck after he teaches Birkhoff how to alter the programming of the Black Boxes.
  • No Name Given: Only known as "The Engineer".
  • Techno Wizard: Aside from developing the Black Boxes, he also created the Cryptograph, a device that allows its user to hack into anything.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Rendered himself redundant by teaching his secrets to Birkhoff, so Percy murders him to minimize the security risk of having more than one person able to do it.

    Prince Erik of Georgia 

Prince Erik Mukhran of Georgia

Played By: James Gilbert

Prince of Georgia who Division targets for assassination.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: He seems to be rather loved by his kingdom.
  • Authority in Name Only: His royal lineage carries no inherent authority, and he is attempting to rally support to restore the monarchy to power.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Princess Kristina. They married to reunite their rival families.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Only married Christina to unite their rival families. He's actually in love with her assistant.
  • Distressed Dude: He's out to be killed by Division in "Coup de Grace", and Nikita becomes her bodyguard through the whole episode.
  • Medical Monarch: He was an army medic. This is actually lampshaded.
    Nikita: "Doctor"? Is that an honorary title for royals?
    Erik: Yes. I'm a doctor of the tango.
  • Nice Guy: A polite, kind prince. No wonder Leela fell for him.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Very loosely based on David Bagrationi Mukhrani, a real-life Prince of Georgia; although it's not verbally mentioned in the episode, Erik's surname is revealed to be "Mukhran".
  • Prince Charming: In Leela's eyes, anyway.

    Princess Kristina of Georgia 

Princess Kristina Mukhran of Georgia

Played By: Beatrice Rosen

Princess of Georgia who hires Division to have her husband killed.


  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Tries to have Erik killed so she can take the throne.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Prince Erik. They only married to reunite their rival families, but Kristina planned to kill him all along.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Plays up the Disney Princess image on camera, but behind closed doors, is cold-hearted, manipulative and power-hungry.
  • Black Widow: Thankfully defied thanks to Nikita.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Despite telling she didn't care Erik loved Leela, it was a lie. Even if she planned to kill him, his love towards Leela angered her.
  • Evil Plan: Have her husband killed so she can have the throne of Georgia to herself.
  • The Evil Princess: She looks like your sweet typical Disney princess, but she's actually black-hearted and power-hungry, planning to get her husband killed so she can rule Georgia by herself.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Or "Queen To Be". She's a ruthless evil princess who plans to pull a Black Widow on her husband so she can rule Georgia with an iron fist.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Nikita crashes her plan and she's arrested for attempted assassination.
  • Monster of the Week: The main antagonist of "Coup de Grace".
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Even if her goal from day one was to kill Erik, she wants to kill his assistant Leela, who's in love with him, just out of spite.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Very loosely based on Ana Nugzaris asuli Bagration-Gruzinsky, a real-life Princess of Georgia and, until 2013, Prince David's wife. Like the real-life Princess, Kristina's surname is Gruzinsky, as revealed in a profile Nikita peruses.
  • Woman Scorned: Knowing Erik loved Leela probably contributed in the assassination plan.

    Leela Kantaria 

Leela Kantaria

Played By: Kathleen Munroe

Prince Erik's assistant, who's in love with him.


  • Adorkable: She's a cute, polite and bubbly assistant. Mostly when it comes to Prince Erik.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Played with. Prince Erik treats her well, but the assassination attempt against him also puts her in danger.
  • Damsel in Distress: Is held hostage by Division and Princess Kristina, and was gonna be killed by Stephen if not from Alex's intervention.
  • Fingore: Alex breaks her finger to save her life.
  • Nice Girl: She's sweet and polite, and genuinely loves Prince Erik.
  • Second Love: To Prince Erik after Princess Kristina's assassination attempt.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She's in love with Prince Erik, a good prince and king-to-be.

    Irina 

Irina

Played By: Ksenia Solo

A former friend of Alex's, from her time as a sex slave.


    Vlad 

Vladimir "Vlad" Ivanov

Played By: Mark Ivanir

Alex's former pimp.


  • Asshole Victim: Whatever bad thing happens to him is well-deserved.
  • Death by Secret Identity: Spends the entire episode attempting to confirm that Alex is Alexandra Udinov, which Alex only confirms immediately before killing him.
  • Human Trafficking: His stock in trade. Brought Alex, Irina, and others to the United States as sex slaves.
  • The Mafiya: Operating in one of its lower rungs.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite being in the lowest rung of the villain threat scale, and the sort of person who would normally present little threat to Alex, a combination of fortunate circumstances, cleverness, and his knowledge of Alex allow him to become far more dangerous.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He owns a trafficking ring, where young girls are used as sex slaves.
  • Scars Are Forever: Was scarred during an earlier encounter with Nikita.

    Dana Winters 

Dana Winters

Played By: Christina Marie Moses

The only Guardian in the United States. She is stationed in a little Pennsylvania town.


    Kelly 

Kelly

Played By: Katheryn Winnick

A Division agent who was partnered with Nikita during the latter's final mission, and was subsequently imprisoned.


    Valeri Ovechkin 

"Valeri Ovechkin"

Played By: Romano Orzari

A Division covert operative who has been impersonating the President of Belarus.—-

    Nicholas Brandt 

Nicholas Brandt

Played By: Rick Ravanello

An arms dealer taken down, and then tortured, by Nikita, who is freed by Percy and is out for revenge.


    Liza Abbott 

Liza Abbott

Played By: Annalise Basso

A 12 year old girl who got kidnapped when she was 10 and was forced to become a Child Soldier by an ex-Division agent.


  • Action Girl: Trained for two years by Wade to become this at only 12 years of age.
  • Air Vent Passage Way: Since she's small in stature, Wade trained her to crawl through enclosed spaces so she could pass through air vents.
  • Badass Adorable: A cute 12 year old girl who is able to knock out a grown man by herself.
  • Break the Cutie: Gosh, where to start. Liza was only a cheerful 10 year old girl before she was kidnapped walking home from school by an secret government agent, who forced her to become a child soldier or he'd kill her family. She's kept in a basement for two years and goes through a Training from Hell at the hands of her kidnapper in order for her to commit her "graduation mission": detonate a bomb at a Pakistani consulate. Before she can complete her mission, Nikita's words and being reminded of her family causes Liza to break down, while Wade threatens her again through the com. Poor girl definitely deserved that hug from Nikita.
  • Cheerful Child: According to her mother Elaine, Liza was this before her kidnapping.
  • Child Soldier: She got kidnapped by Wade and he forced her into a two year training to become this.
  • Children Are Innocent: She was still 10 when she got captured by Wade. He threatened to kill her family if she ever tried to escape or disobeyed him. It goes without saying that the instant Nikita mentions her mother and makes her deactivate the bomb detonator, she breaks down crying in her arms. Bonus point for her episode being titled "Innocence".
  • Code Name: "Sarah" and "Jessica" are her aliases given to her by Wade.
  • Cry Cute: Despite giving the main characters a hard time, seeing her break down in Nikita's arms is heartwrenching, and you can't help but feel bad for her.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Once Nikita's words get through her, Liza destroyed the bomb's detonator in rage and leaves Wade to Michael's mercy­.
  • Even Bad Women Love Their Mamas: Downplayed. Liza was only "bad" due to the brainwashing and training Wade inflicted on her. The sole reason she never tried to escape was because Wade threatened to kill her mother, whom she is very close of.
  • Evil Redhead: Subverted. Liza was just a sweet girl forced to become a Child Soldier by her kidnapper, who also put the lives of her family at stake if she didn't cooperate.
  • Forced into Evil: Wade left her no choice but to become a child assassin after kidnapping her and threatning to kill her family.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: She has blue eyes and is just a child forced through a dangerous world.
  • Little Miss Badass: Wade's training transformed her into a fighter as competent as Division's agents.
  • Master Actress: Liza can cry on command, as she used it at her advantage to buy the sympathy of a Division guard only to knock him out and steal his weapon in the process.
  • Tragic Keepsake: In Wade's house, Nikita found an Indian chain hidden in her bed, that Liza had on her the day she was kidnapped. She and her mother have matching pairs, and Nikita showing her her mother's made Liza realize how much she misses her and doesn't want to be Wade's recruit any longer.
  • Tyke Bomb: Wade kidnapped her and forced her to become his recruit and assistant in assassination schemes, since no one would ever suspect a child.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She pretends to break down crying to let a Division agent's guard down and the instant he's too close, she knocks him out and escapes Division.
  • Youthful Freckles: Shows how young and innocent she is.

    Heidecker 

"Heidecker"

Played By: John Billingsley

A self-described sales rep for The Shop, who supplies and inspects much of Division's next-gen technologies, including the kill chips and prosthetic masks.


  • Affably Evil: He still has a bubbly and friendly personality.
  • For Science!: The reason behind his evil endeavors.
  • Mad Doctor: Kill chips much?
  • The Medic: To The Invisible Hand.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: His bubbly personality and jovial British accent couldn't be further from who he is inside.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When Nikita sees a plane filled with children, who were most probably kidnapped, she realizes how monstrous Heideicker truly is as he has no problem experimenting on innocent children.

    Matthew Collins 

Major Matthew Collins

Played By: Christopher Heyerdahl

Amanda's father who was in the military and who used her as his guinea pig.


  • Abusive Parent: And how. He tortures Helen as parts of his experiments, and he intimidates his other daughter Amanda into silence.
  • Asshole Victim: Hard to feel bad for him as Helen stabs him to death after putting her through hell her whole life.
  • Back Stab: More like "back slash". Helen slashes his throat from behind when he isn't looking.
  • Hate Sink: So hateable, you can't help but feel bad for Amanda/ Helen.
  • Jerkass: Uses his daughter to make lab experiments for his own selfish goals, and is emotionally abusive with Amanda.
  • Karmic Death: After the hell he put her through, he had his death by Helen's hands coming.
  • Parental Favoritism: Matthew uses Helen as his lab pet while he lets Amanda have a normal life and buys her silence by spoiling her.
  • Would Hit a Girl: As if using his own child as a lab pet wasn't enough, he beats and tortures her.

    *SPOILER CHARACTER* 

Amanda Collins

Played By: Kendra Timmins

Helen's (a.k.a Amanda from Division) twin sister whom she stole her identity.


  • Aloof Big Sister: Even if they're twins, she's still born a few minutes before Helen and it took her years before actually doing something about her father's abuse of her twin.
  • Big Sister Instinct: One day, she couldn't take her sister's abuse anymore and defied her father by trying to escape with Helen. But according to Amanda, it's deconstructed, as her sister wasn't trying to save her. She was trying to save herself, out of guilt of being silent about her abuse for years.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Helen's Cain.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: One day, Amanda had enough of hearing Helen scream in pain and confronted their father about stopping hurting her. Her father didn't let that faze him and even tried to get her to help him hurt Helen in his experiments.
  • Daddy's Girl: Deconstructed. It's clear that she's Matthew's favorite daughter who spoils her, but he intimidates her and buys her silence.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Poor, poor Amanda. She was forced into silence by her father and was too scared to do anything to help her own sister. And when she tried to help Helen, it only resulted in her and her father being killed.
  • Evil Twin: Downplayed. Compared to Helen, she's far from being evil, but remaining silent about her twin's abuse for years don't make her much innocent.
  • Meaningful Name: Amanda means "worthy of love". Helen steals her identity after being denied of love her entire life.
  • Missing Mom: Hers and Helen's mother is nowhere to be seen, probably deceased or divorced from Matthew.
  • The Reveal: As the viewer at the same time as Nikita discover, Amanda isn't the Amanda we all know: Helen is, and she killed Amanda and stole her identity.
  • Wham Shot: Seeing Helen stab Amanda. It's the first hint that shows that the Amanda Nikita impersonated in Amanda's test isn't the one from Division.
  • Youthful Freckles: Amanda has freckles, and it showcases her innocence compared to her family's psychotic tendencies.

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