This is a listing for characters in the STARZ adaptation Outlander.
For the book series, see here.
Beware of unmarked spoilers if you're not up to date on the episodes.
- Played by: Caitriona Balfe
A former World War II nurse who finds herself trapped in the year 1743 in Scotland after she accidentally walks through a standing stone in Craigh na Dun while on a second honeymoon with her husband Frank Randall.
- Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Though she tries to avert this, during her stay in the 18th century, Claire falls deeply in love with Jamie Fraser and ultimately chooses to stay and make a life with him.
- Arranged Marriage: She and Jamie. Jamie's uncle Dougal arranges for them to be married. This later becomes a Perfectly Arranged Marriage, in which she and Jamie fall in love and are Happily Married.
- Attempted Rape: Claire is nearly raped several times in the first half-season alone.
- Been There, Shaped History: Claire acts as a healer for Charles Stuart's army and other soldiers in the Jacobite Uprising. Before this point, she and Jamie try to prevent the Uprising because Claire knows that the Jacobites will be defeated at Culloden, ending the Highlander way of life. Claire and Jamie try to thwart Charles's plans to get money from France to finance the rebellion, but their efforts fail. Unable to stop the Uprising, Claire and Jamie do everything they can to change history to make the Jacobites victorious at Culloden, but they fail.
- In Season 5, Claire discovers penicillin 150 years before Alexander Fleming discovered it.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- Claire has a talk with Laoghaire in "In The Pricking of My Thumbs" about the girl's feelings for Jamie and her relentless pursuit of him. Claire ends up slapping her after Laoghaire spitefully insults her.
- Claire seriously gives it to Laoghaire after Laoghaire tries to apologize to her for almost getting her burnt at the stake in "The Fox's Lair."
- Big Damn Heroes: Claire helps orchestrate the plan to break Jamie out of Wentworth Prison.
- Burn the Witch!: Claire and Geillis are accused of witchcraft, with this as a punishment.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Claire is this in the first season when she accidentally went through the stones into the 1700s.
- Good Is Not Nice:
- In "La Dame Blanche," Claire and Jamie plan to use Louise de Rohan to undermine Charles's Jacobite cause; by making him jealous and angry enough to reveal his affair with Louise, which resulted in her pregnancy. Never mind that it would ruin Louise as well.
- Claire also convinces Alex Randall to give up wooing Mary Hawkins; by telling him that Mary would be better off without him as he is dying from an illness. This is to ensure Mary weds Black Jack Randall and conceives Frank's ancestor.
- Guile Hero:
- At the end of "The Fox's Lair," she pretends to be having a vision to persuade The Old Fox to fight for the Jacobites. Though it doesn't work, it does help convince Young Simon to stand up to his father and go to war in his stead.
- In "Je Suis Prest," she instigates a ruse to trick a young English captive into giving up vital information about the English army.
- Hallucinations: During her rape scene in season 5, Claire hallucinates that she is back in the 1960s with Jamie and her family from the 1770s. She also hallucinates that a car accident kills Brianna, Roger, and Jemmy. This hallucination probably happened because Claire was using it as a coping mechanism.
- Happily Married: In the very beginning of the series, she is happily married to Frank. Then she goes through the stones and meets Jamie, and ends up marrying him and choosing to stay with him instead of returning to Frank.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: After months of trying with Frank, Claire finally becomes pregnant by Jamie at the end of season 1.
- The Medic: Claire was a combat nurse during the Second World War, and is used to dealing with blood, horror, and violent deaths. In the 18th century, she acts as a physician to the people of Castle Leoch and to Jamie, who she treats multiple times for serious injuries, although she is not qualified as a doctor.
- After Claire returns to the 20th century, she attends medical school and becomes a surgeon.
- Mama Bear: For her daughter Brianna.
- Mercy Kill: Claire performs this on Colum MacKenzie in Season 2 and a slave named Rufus in Season 4.
- Claire euthanizes Rufus with poisoned tea when he is about to be torturously killed for cutting an overseer's ear off after he whipped him.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Claire's attempt to rescue Jamie from Wentworth Prison fails dismally. She's captured, and Jamie has to agree to Black Jack's terms to get Claire released.
- Oh, Crap!: The look on Claire's face when Randall foils her pretense of being a spy for Sandringham.
- Parental Substitute: Claire and Jamie to Fergus.
- Later to Marsali.
- Poor Communication Kills: Claire realizes that if she told Jamie it was Bonnet who raped Brianna, it might have saved Roger since Jamie would not have mistaken Roger for the man who raped Brianna, and Roger wouldn't have been sold to the Mohawk.
- Pregnant Badass: During her and Jamie's stay in Paris, Claire is pregnant in the middle of Jamie and Murtagh's plot against Charles Stuart. She even comes up with a plan to help them thwart Charles's intention to gain the support of the French banks for the Uprising.
- Rape as Drama: In order to get Jamie released from prison in Paris, Claire is forced to let King Louis XV sleep with her.
- In Season 5, Claire is kidnapped and gang-raped by Lionel Brown and his men.
- Scarpia Ultimatum: When Randall catches Claire trying to break out Jamie, he offers a Sadistic Choice to Jamie: Let himself be used for sex for one night or see Claire be raped and tormented by Randall instead. Unsurprisingly, Jamie chooses to give himself.
- Claire also has to sleep with King Louis XV to get Jamie released from prison in Paris.
- Second Love: Jamie is this for Claire when she goes through the stones and falls in love with him, eventually no longer loving Frank.
- Shipwrecked: After escaping the Porpoise, Claire becomes shipwrecked on Hispaniola in the Caribbean. Father Fogden and Mamacita find her and take her in.
- After a storm destroys the Artemis, the crew gets shipwrecked and land on the coast of Georgia.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: She swears a lot, something the 18th-century men are shocked about. She started this habit while working as a nurse during World War II. Her favorite curse is 'Jesus H Roosevelt Christ!', which she picked up from a young soldier stationed in France.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Claire returns to the 20th century pregnant with her and Jamie's child.
- Starting a New Life: Claire and Frank's second honeymoon to Scotland is this, as they try to reconnect after being apart during the war years. After Claire steps through the stones and falls in love with Jamie, she chooses to stay with him and make a life for herself in the 18th century.
- After Claire returns to Frank through the stones, he takes her to live in Boston, so that they can have a fresh start without any reminders of Jamie Fraser.
- Statuesque Stunner: Claire is a beautiful tall woman who frequently gets the attention of many men, including Frank, Jamie, Dougal, and King Louis XV.
- Survivor's Guilt: Is revealed to be plagued by this in "Je Suis Prest," as she relives the events leading up to the death of a soldier she'd befriended during the War.
- Time-Travelers Are Spies: In the first season, Claire is accused several times of being a spy because of her uncanny knowledge of events to come.
- Tragic Stillbirth: Claire loses her daughter after stressfully watching Jamie and Jack Randall fight in a duel, made worse since she vehemently told Jamie not to fight Jack Randall. Later, Mother Hildegarde baptizes her baby, names her Faith, and buries her in the hospital cemetery.
- Played by: Sam Heughan
A red-headed Scot whom Claire meets and is later arranged to marry in 18th century Scotland.
- Arranged Marriage: He and Claire. Jamie's uncle Dougal arranges for them to be married. This later becomes a Perfectly Arranged Marriage, when he and Claire are Happily Married.
- Awesome McCoolname: James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.
- Badass in Distress: The Watch captured him, and though he manages to escape, the Watch re-captured him and sent him to Wentworth Prison to be hanged. It takes the combined effort of Claire, Murtagh, and Dougal's men to break him out.
- Big Damn Heroes: Jamie busts into Fort William with only an empty gun to rescue Claire from Jack Randall.
- Body Horror: Jamie carries the scars of Randall's brutal whipping of him at Fort William on his back. In Wentworth, his left hand is mutilated by a hammer, leaving it badly damaged and grotesque.
- Brave Scot: He's a brave Scottish man who has risked his life for the people he loves, including his sister, Jenny, his wife, Claire, and his children. He also is a leader to his men during Culloden.
- Childhood Friends: Jamie and Ian Murray.
- Clear My Name: One of the plots in the first season revolves around Jamie's attempts to gain a pardon from the English Crown and eradicate the price on his head. He needs to reveal who murdered the man who Jamie was accused of killing.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Jack Randall tortured and raped Jamie in Wentworth Prison, the night before he's meant to be hanged.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was arrested years ago for 'obstruction' and brutally whipped twice as punishment at Fort William, resulting in some horrific scars on his back. He was also framed for murder at the same time and got a price on his head, making him unable to go back home to Lallybroch as its rightful laird.
- Domestic Abuse: Jamie belts Claire to punish her for endangering the lives of the men, including him. Though he intends to belt Claire in the behind twelve times, he loses his temper when Claire resists him and ends up beating her so much that her bottom's still sore days later. Because of this, Claire refuses to speak to Jamie or even let him into her bed for days, and Jamie has to find a way to get back into her good graces. A case of Deliberate Values Dissonance, since in Jamie's time, the "chastising" of a woman by her husband with a belt or rod isn't considered domestic abuse (slapping her or beating her with fists would be), but in Claire's it certainly is. Later, she impresses this on him at knifepoint in bed and he swears never to do it again.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Randall (in a particularly horrifying fashion) and the Duke of Sandringham express interest in him while Lord John Grey is in love with him.
- Fingore: Jamie's hand after Randall tortures him.
- First Love: Claire, for whom Jamie is her Second Love. After they fall in love with one another, they become each other's One True Love.
- Frame-Up: Jamie was framed for the murder of a sergeant in Fort William during an attempted prison break.
- Guile Hero: In "Je Suis Prest," Jamie takes part in a ruse to trick a young English captive into giving up vital information about the English army. Initially, Claire is the one who starts off the ruse by pretending to be an English captive, but then Jamie takes it up a notch by getting physical and threatening to ravish Claire if William Grey doesn't speak.
- Happily Married: To Claire. Their marriage is arranged at first by Dougal, but Claire and Jamie fall in love and are each other's True Loves.
- Hot-Blooded: Jamie can be this sometimes.
- I Choose to Stay: Jamie chooses to stay at Helwater than to return home out of love for his newborn son William and to watch him grow up. Despite wanting to claim William as his child, Jamie can't because Willie will be outed as illegitimate if he does. The Dunsays, the family of William's mother Geneva, must keep the scandal of William's true parentage under wraps. However, to have as much of a hand in raising Willie as possible, Jamie stays at Helwater as a groom, where he and Willie develop a close and loving relationship. When Willie is 8 years old, people begin to notice Willie's growing resemblance to Jamie, and Jamie is forced to separate from his son to protect him. Jamie and Willie are heartbroken when Jamie must leave.
- It's All My Fault: Jamie blames himself for his father's death, thinking that if he'd taken up Randall's offer of the use of his body in place of flogging, then his father would never have had the stroke that killed him.
- Man in a Kilt: Of the Mr. Fanservice variety.
- Mistaken Identity: Since Jamie hadn't known it was Stephen Bonnet who raped Brianna and he has never seen Roger before, Jamie mistakes Roger as the man who raped Brianna when Brianna's maid Lizzie identifies him as Brianna's rapist. Lizzie mistakes Roger as Brianna's rapist because she had witnessed a heated argument between Roger and Brianna, and Stephen Bonnet raped Brianna that night, unaware Brianna consensually lost her virginity to Roger hours before Bonnet raped her. Jamie nearly beats Roger to death and afterward, tells Young Ian to get rid of him, and Young Ian sells Roger to the Mohawk. Later, when Brianna realizes what's happened, she's devastated and immediately tells Jamie, Young Ian, and Lizzie it wasn't Roger who raped her but Bonnet who did. Jamie, Lizzie, and Young Ian are horrified, and Jamie and Young Ian resolve to get Roger back.
- Mr. Fanservice: He is very attractive and has a lot of Female Gazey Shirtless Scenes. Throughout the series, he gets the attention of Claire, Laoghaire, Annalise de Marillac, Madame Jeanne, the silversmith's wife, and other women. He has also gotten the attention of Black Jack Randall, the Duke of Sandringham, and Lord John Gray.
- Overly Long Name: James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.
- Papa Wolf: He is this for his biological children (his daughter Brianna and his son Willie), his foster son Fergus, his nephew Ian, and his step-daughters Marsali and Joan.
- In Season 2, Jamie finds Jack Randall raping Fergus. Jamie attacks Randall, challenging him to a duel — despite his promise to Claire not to kill Randall so his descendant Frank will be born.
- In Season 3, Jamie kills Ludovic Ransom when Ransom threatens his newborn son, Willie. Jamie chooses to stay at Helwater over returning home so he can be part of Willie's life, but eventually, Jamie must leave Helwater to protect Willie.
- During a flashback depicting Jamie's life after Claire returned to the 20th century, it is revealed he married and stay married to Laoghaire MacKenzie for the sake and well-being of her two children. He promises Joan that even though he doesn't love her mother, he'll always love and look after Joan and her sister Marsali.
- In Season 3, Jamie fights to save Young Ian and Brianna from Geillis Duncan.
- In Season 4, Jamie beats Roger to a bloody pulp because he mistakenly thinks Roger raped his daughter Brianna, not aware that it was Stephen Bonnet who raped her. When Jamie does learn it was Bonnet, he tells Murtagh to find Bonnet and bring him back, so he can kill him. Jamie tries to make amends with Brianna for what he did to Roger, and he and Claire go on a month's long journey to get Roger back from the Mohawk.
- Roger is told everything and finds himself overwhelmed and unsure if he wants to return to Brianna after learning that her child might not be his, but conceived when Bonnet raped Brianna. Jamie warns Roger that he better be sure in his decision to return to Brianna because Jamie would rather he be hated by his daughter for not coming back with Roger than for Roger to break her heart again.
- Parental Abandonment: His mother died in childbirth with a child who didn't survive; his father died of a stroke while watching Jamie's second flogging at Fort William.
- Parental Substitute: Claire and Jamie to Fergus.
- Rape as Drama: Randall rapes Jamie in Wentworth Prison.
- Rape and Revenge: Once he discovers Randall is alive, he is set on getting vengeance for his rape. However, Claire convinces him to let Randall live for at least one more year so that Frank can be born and even makes him promise not to duel Randall until then. He ends up breaking that promise, though not to avenge his rape, but to avenge Fergus's.
- Jamie kills Jack Randall during the Battle of Culloden.
- In Season 5, Jamie and co. kill the men who kidnapped Claire. She can't remember which ones raped her, so they simply Kill Them All).
- Scarpia Ultimatum: Jamie is faced with this in Wentworth, when Claire is caught trying to break him out of prison. Randall tells him that he'll let Claire go if he lets him make use of his body without resisting. Jamie agrees to it.
- Take Me Instead: Jamie offers to trade himself for Roger's release and asks Young Ian to make this offer to the Mohawk. When the Mohawk accept the offer, it's revealed Young Ian has offered himself in Jamie's place, so Jamie and Claire can return to Brianna with Roger. Jamie and Young Ian are heartbroken over having to part.
Other Major Characters
- Played by: Tobias Menzies
Claire's husband in the 20th century and Brianna's adoptive father. Frank is a historian with a great interest in the Jacobite uprising and his family tree.
- Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Subverted. After Claire's disappearance, Frank tries to move on with his life but never forgets Claire or falls out of love with her.
- Adult Fear: His wife disappears very suddenly while they are on honeymoon together in Inverness.
- First Love: He was this for Claire.Claire: Oh, Frank. If you're still close enough to hear me, I did love you. Very much. You were my first love.
- Good Parents: Despite his troubled marriage, he is a wonderful father (Claire acknowledges this) to Brianna, sharing a deep bond and loving her unconditionally, putting off his happiness out of fear of losing her.
- Happily Married: To Claire before Claire's disappearance. They are happy, in love, and planning a future when Claire mysteriously vanishes at Craigh na Dun.
- Happy Marriage Charade: After Claire comes back, they try to make their marriage work again when they agree to raise Claire's unborn child (fathered by Jamie) together. However, Frank gives Claire the condition that while he is alive, she must let Jamie go. Frank genuinely loves Brianna as his own daughter, but Claire finds she cannot return the romantic love she once felt for Frank since she is still in love with Jamie. Claire and Frank put up the pretense of being happily married for Brianna's sake, but their marriage deteriorates behind the charade. When Claire first suggests a divorce, Frank is afraid of losing Brianna to the 1950s/60s custody laws. However, he later asks Claire for a divorce after Brianna has turned 18.
- Identical Grandson: Frank and his ancestor Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall. Played with in that it is discovered Frank is directly descended from Black Jack's brother Alexander, not Black Jack himself.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Frank is close friends with Reverend Reginald Wakefield, who shares his love of Jacobite history.
- The Mistress: Once Frank realized Claire no longer loves him, he began dating his graduate student, Sandy. He even invited her to Claire's medical school graduation party, to Claire's horror.
- Nice Guy: Played With. Frank is genuinely a good man and friendly to those around him, but Beware the Nice Ones because he also harbors a more violent side when provoked, as seen in the mid-season 1 finale when he is lured into being robbed and gives a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to one of the robbers.
- Non-Action Guy: Frank is usually this. However, as seen in the mid-season 1 finale, he can be violent and go on the offensive if he has to.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Frank gives one to one of the robbers in the TV series' mid-season finale.
- The Plot Reaper: Frank's death is convenient for Jamie and Claire's reunion.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: He looks eerily like his indirect ancestor Jonathan Randall.(Claire meets Jonathan Randall after coming through the stones for the first time):
Claire: Frank? What the devil are you doing?
Claire: ...You're not Frank.
Jonathan Randall: No, madam, I'm not.
Claire: Who the bloody hell are you?
Jonathan Randall: I'm Jonathan Randall, esquire.
- Unrequited Love: While Frank remains in love with Claire for quite some time after her return from the 18th-century, Claire cannot return what she felt for him before she fell in love with Jamie. Claire still cares for Frank but is no longer in love with him because Jamie is her True Love.Frank: Might you have forgotten him, with time?
Claire: That amount of time doesn't exist.
- Played by: Sophie Skelton
The daughter of Claire and Jamie. Claire and her first husband, Frank, raise Brianna in the 20th century.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Brianna slaps Jamie and punches Young Ian after she finds out they beat and sold Roger to the Mohawk.
- Arranged Marriage: Her great-aunt Jocasta tries to set her up with the eligible bachelors in the area so Brianna would not have a baby out of wedlock.
- Burn the Witch!: When Laoghaire asks how Brianna knows her parents die in a fire, she accuses Brianna of being a witch. Luckily, Joanie rescues Brianna and sends her to Lallybroch.
- Child by Rape: Played With. Brianna realizes she is pregnant two months after the night Stephen Bonnet raped her, which happened hours after she had consensual sex with Roger. At first, Brianna believes she is pregnant from the rape by Stephen Bonnet and not from Roger because Roger pulled out during sex. However, Brianna later realizes that the withdrawal method to prevent pregnancy is not foolproof and tells Claire she isn't sure if her child was conceived as the result of the rape or sex with Roger.
- Daddy's Girl: Brianna was very close to her adoptive father, Frank.
- Fake Relationship: She gets into a fake engagement with Lord John Gray while waiting for Roger's return and to stave off the potential suitors.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Brianna is from the 20th century but goes back in time to the 1770s to warn her parents that they die in a fire.
- Good Girls Avoid Abortion: When Brianna gets pregnant, possibly from rape, Claire gives her the option of a surgical abortion if that is what Brianna decides. After Brianna thinks it over, she decides to keep the child, regardless of the child's paternity.
- Happily Adopted: By Frank. Though she only found out he wasn't her real father after his death, they were still very close.
- Like Parent, Like Child:
- She followed in Frank's footsteps and studied history at Harvard. But once she finds out that he is not her real father, she begins doubting her career choices, ultimately transferring from Harvard to MIT to study mechanical engineering.
- She also has similar mannerisms to Jamie.
- Luke, You Are My Father: In the episode "The Birds and the Bees," Brianna introduces herself to Jamie as his daughter after some initial awkwardness when they meet. Jamie certainly knew about his daughter Brianna but believed she was currently in the 1970s. Though he's seen photos of her when Claire brought some with her from the 20th-century in Season 3, he initially doesn't recognize Brianna when she meets him in the 18th-century, but it quickly becomes clear to him Brianna is his daughter.
- Mercy Kill: Brianna shoots Bonnet before he's slowly drowned. Roger asks if it was mercy, or to make sure that he's dead. She doesn't answer.
- My Own Private "I Do": Roger and Brianna participate in a handfasting ceremony (an old Scottish custom in which a couple gets temporarily married outside formal proceedings). Unfortunately, the two argue right after, and Roger leaves. Later in the Season 5 premiere, Roger and Brianna legally marry.
- New Parent Nomenclature Problem: After meeting Jamie, Brianna doesn't know what to call him. She settles with Da.
- Rape as Drama: Stephen Bonnet, the man who had robbed her mother of her wedding ring, raped Brianna. This rape is offscreen, made worse when more than six people hear it going on and do nothing (although it's shown as being less Bystander Syndrome than them just being indifferent to rape; the producers said that's relevant to the period).
- Rape and Revenge: Brianna gets Stephen Bonnet put to death for his crimes, including his rape of her.
- Shooting Lessons From Your Parents: Frank taught her to shoot.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She resembles her biological father, Jamie, in both looks and mannerisms. Claire points this out to her in "Dragonfly in Amber", while trying to convince her that her father was an 18th century Scottish Highlander.
- Their First Time: Brianna and Roger, after handfasting, have sex in a closed up shop. It is also Brianna's first time, as she is a virgin before this. Unfortunately, they fight afterward, which causes Brianna to leave.
- Who's Your Daddy?: Brianna isn't sure if Roger or Stephen Bonnet is her son's father since the rape took place on the same day she had consensual sex with Roger.
- Played by: Richard Rankin
The adopted son of Reverend Wakefield, who was his mother's biological uncle. On his biological father's side, Roger is distantly descended from the illegitimate son of Dougal MacKenzie and Geillis Duncan. He is a historian and is attracted to Claire's daughter Brianna.
- Bookworm: Roger is a historian at the University of Oxford. So when he goes back in time, he struggles with adjusting to living off the land and being a soldier.
- Slowly becomes a Badass Bookworm in Season 5 when he helps rescue Claire and defend Fraser's Ridge.
- Culture Clash: When Roger is sold to the Mohawk, Roger unintentionally offends them by interrupting when others are speaking and pointing. This causes problems for Roger.
- Driven to Suicide: Averted. After he nearly died by hanging and losing his voice, Roger is contemplating suicide as he looks down a cliff.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Roger is from the 20th century but goes back in time to the 1770s to search for Brianna. He has worse problems adjusting to life on Fraser's Ridge than Brianna since his only real skills are in teaching and singing, and while universities existed back then they're not closeby.
- Happily Adopted: Reverend Wakefield, his great uncle, adopted him when he was young.
- I Didn't Tell You Because You'd Be Unhappy: Roger finds out, through Fiona, that Claire and Jamie die in a fire. Instead of telling Brianna, he hides the truth but accidentally reveals it to her after they consummate their relationship. Unfortunately, Brianna already knew and wanted to know why he didn't tell her when he first found out. As a result, the two fight and Roger leaves.
- It Runs in the Family: Roger is distantly descended from the illegitimate son of Dougal MacKenzie and Geillis Duncan. Like Geillis, he has the ability to time travel.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: While imprisoned by the Mohawk, Roger tries to tell Father Alexandre how love is pointless, and he should only look after himself. This comes after being brutally beaten up by Jamie and sold to the Mohawk without understanding why. Father Alexandre does not understand Roger's cynicism toward love.
- Made a Slave: Double Subverted. Due to the misunderstanding and miscommunication between Brianna and her family regarding who her rapist is, Jamie beats Roger, and Young Ian sells him to the Mohawk. The Mohawk force Roger to walk over 700 miles from North Carolina to Upstate New York and frequently abuse Roger. Although according to Young Ian, the Mohawk plan on using him to replace another member of their tribe who died or is ill and do not plan on killing him. Unfortunately for Roger, he is useless to the Mohawk due to his lack of physical skills and kept as a prisoner.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Brianna became pregnant the same night she and Roger had consensual sex and she was raped by Stephen Bonnet. Since Roger pulled out and the withdrawal method is not foolproof, Brianna does not know who the father is. Nevertheless, Roger raises and loves Jemmy as his own.
- Mercy Kill: Roger comes back when he's escaping the Mohawk to save Father Alexandre Ferigault from torture by tossing a barrel of alcohol on the stake where he's burning, which then consumes him.
- In Season 5, Roger smothers a girl dying slowly of burns from a fire.
- Mistaken Identity: Since Jamie hadn't known it was Stephen Bonnet who raped Brianna and he has never seen Roger before, Jamie mistakes Roger as the man who raped Brianna when Brianna's maid Lizzie identifies him as Brianna's rapist. Lizzie mistakes Roger as Brianna's rapist because she had witnessed a heated argument between Roger and Brianna, and Stephen Bonnet raped Brianna that night, unaware Brianna consensually lost her virginity to Roger hours before Bonnet raped her. Jamie nearly beats Roger to death and afterward, tells Young Ian to get rid of him, and Young Ian sells Roger to the Mohawk. Later, when Brianna realizes what's happened she's devastated and immediately tells Jamie, Young Ian and Lizzie it wasn't Roger who raped her but Bonnet. They are horrified, and Jamie and Young Ian resolve to get Roger back.
- My Girl Is Not a Slut: In Season 4, Roger proposes to Brianna, but she refuses because she believes they are moving too fast. Brianna still wanted to sleep with Roger, but Roger refused because they aren't married, and he believes a woman should remain a virgin and shouldn't be sleeping around. Brianna calls out his hypocrisy when Roger says he's had sex before marriage. This is a form of Deliberate Values Dissonance since they are from the mid-20th century when sex before marriage is still taboo.
- My Own Private "I Do": Roger and Brianna participate in a handfasting ceremony (an old Scottish custom in which a couple gets temporarily married outside formal proceedings). Unfortunately, the two argue right after, and Roger leaves. Later in the Season 5 premiere, Roger and Brianna legally marry.
- The Professor: He is a history professor at the University of Oxford before he goes back in time to the 18th century to find Brianna.
- Talking Down the Suicidal: In Season 5, Roger stops Young Ian from killing himself when Young Ian is upset over the woman he lost.
- Their First Time: Brianna and Roger, after handfasting, have sex in a closed up shop. Unfortunately, they fight afterward, which causes Brianna to leave.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: After nearly dying and losing his voice when he's hanged for being mistakenly condemned as a Regulator, Roger gets PTSD, with classic symptoms: depression, flashbacks, and suicidal ideation. Brianna mentions her friend, a Vietnam veteran, had similar symptoms when he returned from war.
- Worth Living For: Roger sees Brianna during his PTSD flashbacks and realizes Brianna and Jemmy are worth living for and they need him back in their lives.
- Played by: Duncan Lacroix
- Decapitation Presentation: Beheads the Duke of Sandringham and presents Mary Hawkins with his head after finding out he planned the attack on Mary and Claire.
- DecemberDecember Romance: With Jocasta in Season 4
- Like a Son to Me: He views Jamie as this.
- Secret Keeper: He knows that Claire and Brianna are from the future.
- Spared by the Adaptation: A variation. In the novels, Murtagh died at Culloden while saving Jamie from Jack Randall. In the series, he survives the battle but is sent to America as a prisoner. In Season 4, Jamie finds him working as a blacksmith and as a leader of the Regulators. Murtagh later dies in Season 5, protecting Jamie from another soldier.
- Undying Loyalty: To Jamie Fraser. He was in love with Ellen MacKenzie Fraser and swore to watch over her son.
- Played by: Romann Berreux, César Domboy
A ten-year-old pickpocket whom Jamie meets in a Paris brothel and hires into his service to have him steal documents from Prince Charles and spy on him. He becomes like a son to Jamie and Claire and returns with them to Scotland when they leave France. When the Jacobite uprising occurs, he insists on accompanying Jamie, Claire, and Murtagh on the road to fight for Prince Charles.
- An Arm and a Leg: Fergus loses his left hand at the wrist.
- Body Horror: He is branded by Jack Randall in Paris, while Randall is raping him.
- Cheerful Child: He is surprisingly upbeat, considering his background as an orphaned street kid forced into thieving (and maybe other unsavory things) to stay alive.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Jamie and Claire during their stay in Paris.
- Happily Adopted: Fergus is unofficially adopted by Jamie and Claire Fraser during their stay in Paris and ends up accompanying them back to Scotland. Later, when he marries Marsali and the officiating priest needs him to have a surname, Jamie tells him to use Fraser.
- Happily Married: With Marsali after they settle in America, and they have quite a few children, too.
- Heartwarming Orphan: His parents are possibly dead, leaving him an orphan.
- Ladykiller in Love: A conversation with a protective Jamie reveals that Fergus has been involved with several girls, but has been monogamous since he started seeing Marsali.
- Not Blood Siblings: Fergus marries Marsali, although Jamie is Fergus's foster father and Marsali's stepfather. It helps that they weren't raised as one household, with Marsali and her sister usually being with their mother and Fergus being at Lallybroch with Jenny, Ian, and their children.
- Parental Substitute: Jamie and Claire are this for him. Claire, in particular, seems to have taken up a mothering role toward him, especially after losing her daughter Faith, who was stillborn.
- Rape as Drama: Jack Randall rapes him in a Parisian brothel. This is the event that sends Jamie over the edge and causes him to break his vow to Claire to not duel Randall until after the birth of Randall's child.
- Son of a Whore: He was born to one of the prostitutes in Madame Elise's brothel; he doesn't know which.
- Starting a New Life: Fergus accompanies Claire and Jamie back to Scotland after the couple's disastrous stay in Paris.
- Street Urchin: Before being adopted by Jamie, Fergus spent his childhood in the streets, occasionally taking shelter in a brothel, and thieving to survive.
- Played by: John Bell
- Break the Cutie: Young Ian, a very enthusiastic, young man, gets kidnapped by pirates, raped by Geillis, and loses his love during his time with the Mohawk.
- Canine Companion: Young Ian and his dog, Rollo, go on many adventures together.
- For Want of a Nail: Since Jamie was still recovering from the gunshot wound Laoghaire gave him, Young Ian volunteers to swim to the island where the jewels are kept. Unfortunately, pirates come and kidnap Young Ian. This leads to a chain of events, leading Claire, Jamie, Fergus, and Marsali to the Caribbean, and eventually, the American Colonies, where they choose to stay and live.
- Gang Initiation Fight: Young Ian participates in running the gauntlet, where the Mohawk form two rows to strike out and attack him. Unlike Roger, who failed, Young Ian passes, and the Mohawk accept him.
- Going Native: After offering himself in exchange for having Roger freed from captivity, the Mohawk adopt Young Ian, an outcome he is very pleased with. Upon his reappearance, he wears a Mohawk hairstyle and clothing, along with carrying a bow.
- Hidden Depths: Since Young Ian spends a lot of time with the Cherokee, he learns how to speak Cherokee and some Mohawk, which comes in handy when he, Jamie, and Claire are trying to rescue Roger, and when Young Ian offers himself in place of Roger to the Mohawk.
- Interrupted Suicide: Roger stops Young Ian from committing suicide with boiled hemlock over losing his love.
- Kissing Cousins: Young Ian becomes attracted to Brianna and even proposed to her, even though they are first cousins. Furthermore, Brianna tells Jamie cousin marriage is not acceptable in her time.
- Mistaken Identity: After Jamie beat Roger, Young Ian sold Roger to the Mohawk, thinking he was the man who raped Brianna. Later, when Brianna realizes what's happened, she's devastated and immediately tells Jamie, Young Ian, and Lizzie it wasn't Roger who raped her but Bonnet. Jamie, Lizzie, and Young Ian are horrified, and Jamie and Young Ian resolve to get Roger back.
- Rape as Drama: After Young Ian is kidnapped by the pirates and sent to Geillis, he is interrogated and raped by her offscreen. Later in Season 4, Young Ian confides in Jamie and tells him Geillis coerced him into "unspeakable things."
- Secret Keeper: He knows that Claire, Brianna, and Roger are from the future.
- Take Me Instead: Young Ian offers himself in Jamie's place, so Jamie and Claire can return to Brianna with Roger. Jamie and Young Ian are heartbroken over having to part, and Young Ian makes Jamie promise not to come back for him because he gave his word he will stay. This trope is played with since the Mohawk aren't among the series' villains, and when Young Ian manages to pass the Mohawk's test, he is declared one of them, and Young Ian looks over the moon with happiness.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Young Ian brings back a young barmaid to Jamie's print shop to sleep with. Unbeknownst to him, a man after Jamie follows and interrogates Young Ian, resulting in a fight between the two, ultimately setting the print shop ablaze.
Season 1 Characters
- Played by: Tracey Wilkinson
Reverend Wakefield's housekeeper.
- Cassandra Truth: When Claire disappears, she's the only one who realises that she's gone through the stones. She tries to convince Frank and the Reverend of it, but they refuse to believe her.
- The Confidant: She is this to Claire after Claire returns to the 20th century. Claire confides in her about her love for Jamie Fraser and what happened to him.
- Secret Keeper: Mrs. Graham is one of the few people in the 20th century who know the truth about the stones on Craigh na Dun. She's also the only one Claire confides in.
- Played by: James Fleet
A minister who resides in 20th century Inverness. He becomes close friends with Frank Randall due to their shared love of Jacobite history.
- Good Shepherd: He is a kind reverend, good adoptive father to Roger, and a good friend to Frank. He is also there for Frank when Claire goes missing.
- Great Big Library of Everything: Reverend Wakefield has a large Scottish history collection and considers himself an amateur historian.
- Intergenerational Friendship: He is close friends with Frank Randall, who shares his love of Jacobite history.
- Parental Substitute: Reverend Wakefield adopted Roger, his grand-nephew.
- Played by: Gary Lewis
The chieftain of Clan Mackenzie, and brother to Dougal. He is also Jamie's uncle. Colum has Toulouse-Lautrec syndrome. In contrast to Dougal, he is very pragmatic and calculating.
- Berserk Button: Colum MacKenzie may be a benevolent man, but comment on his crooked legs, and you are in for a world of trouble unless you are Claire.
- Burn the Witch!: Colum orchestrated the witch trial for Geillis to prevent Dougal and Geillis from marrying each other. This resulted in Claire's arrest as well.
- Family Relationship Switcheroo: His disease renders him infertile, but because he is the chieftain, he needs an heir. Dougal is the biological father of Hamish, but Hamish and the public believe Colum is his father.
- Handicapped Badass: He has those crooked legs, but it never shows when he wields authority. During the pledges of fealty, he is standing without support for hours, never flinching.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Due to the progression of his disease, he wants to end his life but is unable to do it himself.
- Large Ham: He has his moments. He is even hamming it up in Gaelic.
- Mercy Kill: Colum asks Claire to perform this when his disease is progressing, and his pain is too much to bear.
- Played by: Annette Badland
Nicknamed "Mrs. Fitz," she is the kindly headwoman of Castle Leoch. She is Laoghaire's maternal grandmother and Murtagh's aunt by marriage.
- Played by: Lotte Verbeek
An attractive red-headed Scottish woman who resides in Cranesmuir, a village close to Castle Leoch. She is the fiscal's wife. Claire befriends her while she is out picking herbs. Geillis is rumoured to be a witch and sells ill-wishes, abortions, and the like to anyone who wishes to pay for them. Unbeknownst to Claire, Geillis is a time traveller from the year 1968, with plans to influence the outcome of the Jacobite rebellion.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the books, she was blonde.
- Blood Bath: She bathes in goat's blood in front of Young Ian in Season 3.
- Burn the Witch!: She and Claire are arrested for witchcraft, with this as a punishment.
- FaceHeel Turn: Not that she was ever really a Face to begin with, given that she was an unapologetic serial black widow, but she and Claire had been on friendly terms despite that. In Season 3, she goes full-blown antagonist, raping Young Ian and several other young men (most of which she murdered afterward) and planning to go forward in time and kill Brianna to fulfill a prophecy that would land a Scottish king on the throne. She's so bad that she's acquired the epithet 'the Bakra', an Afro-Caribbean word meaning 'devil'. Claire puts an end to her.
- Fiery Redhead: She is a redhead with a feisty and strong-minded personality.
- Heroic Sacrifice: During the witch trial, she chooses to confess to the accusations about her and admits to being a witch to give Claire and Jamie time to escape. Her death is not shown, but the implication is clear as she is carried by the mob to the stake. However, her execution was delayed because she was pregnant, and Dougal managed to smuggle her to safety after she gave birth.
- Human Sacrifice: Geillis sacrifices her 1960s husband because blood gives her more control over where in time she goes through the stones.
- Mysterious Past: Not much is known about her past before she married Arthur Duncan. She reveals in "The Devil's Mark" that she is a time traveller from 1968.
- Off with Her Head!: Claire kills Geillis with a machete.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: She has quite a mouth on her. Notable moments include her swearing in "The Devil's Mark," which hints at her true origin in the 20th century.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: It's revealed in "The Devil's Mark" that she's been poisoning her husband with arsenic for months so that he dies before discovering her pregnancy, leaving her free to wed her lover Dougal MacKenzie. When he accidentally discovers the truth on the day of the banquet, Geillis poisons his food with cyanide, which kills him instantly.
- Wicked Witch: Whether she's a witch or not, she practices the trappings of dark magic and believes in much of it herself.
- Played by: Grant O'Rourke
One of Dougal MacKenzie's men. He is best friends with Angus Mhor.
- Eye Scream: During "Vengeance is Mine," he's shot in the eye by an English bullet. Claire has to quickly operate to save him once their group is safe inside the chapel. He survives but loses the use of that eye.
- Face Death with Dignity: Rupert stands strong and fearless before executed for treason.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Angus.
- Those Two Guys: With Angus.
- Played by: Stephen Walters
One of Dougal MacKenzie's men. He is best friends with Rupert.
- Played by: Laura Donnelly
Jamie's sister, and the unofficial Lady of Lallybroch, as she and her husband Ian have been managing the castle and lands in Jamie's absence.
- Action Girl: When English soldiers take her brother and Claire is determined to go and search for him, Jenny, despite having given birth only a few days earlier, straps on a couple of pistols, mounts a horse, and tracks the English patrol to their camp in the forest, whereupon she traps a soldier, tortures him into revealing that he's a courier, and enables them to find out where Jamie has gone. She is fully prepared to kill the courier, to stop him revealing that they are looking for Jamie, except that Murtagh gets there first.
- Attempted Rape: Black Jack attempted to rape her, but he wasn't able to get it up. So, she laughed at him hysterically because it was the only thing she could think of.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Has these moments with Jamie.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has quite the dry wit.
- Happily Married: To Ian Murray.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Jenny gives this to an English soldier by heating the ramrod of his musket in the campfire and applying it to the soles of his bare feet, getting him to reveal what they've done with Jamie.
- Played by: Steven Cree
Jenny's husband and Jamie Fraser's childhood friend. Unlike his wife and friend, he rarely loses his temper and is usually easy-going and calm. He is extremely loyal to Jamie.
Season 2 Characters
- Played by: Frances de la Tour
An elderly nun whom Claire befriends in Paris. She runs L'Hopital des Anges, a hospital dedicated to treating the poor of the city. They have no proper doctors on staff, relying on volunteer work. She owns an adorable dog named Bouton trained to pinpoint various ailments, and is also, incidentally, a musical prodigy and the goddaughter of Louis XIV, the Sun King.
- Child Prodigy: Mother Hildegarde could play from memory anything she heard and composed her first piece at the age of seven.
- Critical Staffing Shortage: Mother Hildegarde runs L'Hopital des Anges with no proper doctors on staff and relies on volunteers.
- It Will Never Catch On: She is surprised when Claire is familiar with Johann Sebastian Bach, who at the time is a local musician she is in correspondence with. She mentions that she doesn't think he is very good and won't go anywhere with his career.
- The Medic: She runs the hospital and heals the poor to her best ability.
- Tragic Stillbirth: Mother Hildegarde helps deliver Claire's stillborn daughter, names her Faith, baptizes her, and buries her in the hospital cemetery.
- Played by: Dominique Pinon
An apothecary whom Claire befriends in Paris.
- A Friend in Need: He sneaks into the L'Hopital when Claire is suffering from childbed fever and helps her recover by somehow pulling the infected detached placenta from her womb.
- Earlier, Claire goes to him after hearing news of a planned witch-hunt which will end in blood and begs him to leave Paris to be safe. Raymond is touched by her concern for him, especially seeing that she put her own life at risk to try and help him.
- Mysterious Past: His background is unknown, though many things hint at his true origins, such as the pattern on his jacket and the items in his apothecary shop. In the books, he is a time traveler originally from 2000 BC, possibly the first time traveler, and others such as Claire and Geillis are distantly descended from him.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: He slips some poison into the chalice during the trial in Versailles, knowing that St. Germain would have no choice but to drink it and die.
- Played by: Claire Sermonne
A French noblewoman whom Claire befriends in Paris.
- Cool Pet: She owns a pet monkey that bites.
- Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Louise asks Claire to give her an abortifacient after she becomes pregnant from her affair with Prince Charles. However, Claire warns her that the herb used is highly toxic and very risky to take. She eventually changes her mind and passes the baby off as her husband's.
- Gossipy Hens: She engages in gossip with the noblewomen of Paris, to Claire's annoyance.
- Sexless Marriage: Louise tells Claire that she has not been intimate with her husband for a while.
- Played by: Rosie Day
A timid, stuttering Englishwoman whom Claire befriends in Paris, where her father has sent her to marry a French nobleman she doesn't care for. She is the Duke of Sandringham's goddaughter, Frank's ancestress, and destined to marry Jonathan Randall.
- Defiled Forever: After her rape, she believes she lost all value as a potential wife because no respectable man in 18th-century noble society will marry her.
- Nice Girl: There isn't a mean bone in her body. She is probably one of the nicest characters in the series so far, along with her Love Interest Alex Randall.
- Rape as Drama: A thug rapes Mary in an alley when she and Claire are walking home from L'Hopital des Anges.
- Rape and Revenge: In "Vengeance Is Mine," she takes revenge on the man who raped her by stabbing him in the heart. Murtagh executes the man who was behind Mary's rape (Sandringham), further avenging Mary.
- Shrinking Violet: When Claire first meets her in Paris, she appears to be very shy and nervous. During the Paris storyline, she seems to gain some confidence in herself, though it's seemingly reversed when she's raped and has to deal with the fallout. By the time Claire reunites with her in Sandringham's house, she's grown a backbone.
- Starcrossed Lovers: She and Alex.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "Vengeance Is Mine," when she helps Claire make contact with Jamie (though she only finds the courage to do so after seeing that Claire's attempt to bring a message to Munro failed), stands up to Danton when he tries to roughly manhandle her, and in the end, straight-up kills the man who raped her. She also doesn't flinch at all when she sees her godfather brutally beheaded in front of her — though it does horrify her. Afterward, Mary suggests they leave the house.
- Played by: Laurence Dobiesz
Jack Randall's brother. He is a secretary in the employ of the Duke of Sandringham. During a trip to Paris, he meets and falls in love with Mary Hawkins.
- Family Relationship Switcheroo: Alex Randall is Frank's direct Randall ancestor, not Jack Randall. Alex and Mary Hawkins conceive a child together. Because Alex is fatally ill and too unwell to wed Mary, he pleads for Jack to wed Mary in his place so Jack can provide for Mary after his death. Jack agrees to marry her, promising Alex he will protect and provide for Mary. As a result, everyone believes Mary and Alex's child is the child of Mary and Jack.
- Ill Man: He suffers from an intense cough that eventually kills him.
- Morality Pet: He is possibly the only person that Black Jack ever loved, or indeed felt any genuine affection for.
- Nice Guy: In sharp contrast to his brother, Alex is always unassuming, soft-spoken, and concerned for the well-being of others.
- Starcrossed Lovers: He and Mary.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Alex was a kind and loving person who dies of an illness at a young age.
- Played by: Iona Claire
Mrs. Graham's granddaughter.
- Bearer of Bad News: Fiona shows Roger an 18th-century obituary that says Claire and Jamie die in a fire.
- Muggle with a Degree in Magic: She knows about the magic of the stones, but cannot hear the buzzing or go through them.
Fiona: The stones dinna call to me.
Season 3 Characters
- Played by: David Berry
An English soldier and diplomat who befriends Jamie.
- The Beard: He marries Isobel Dunsany, even though he is gay.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's not averse to tossing out a pointed quip or two, should the situation call for it.
- An Officer and a Gentleman: He's an experienced, decorated military man, as well as being the son of a minor noble house. As such, he is invariably polite in almost all situations.
- Honorable Marriage Proposal: He offers to marry Brianna when she is pregnant to salvage her reputation. Neither of them wants to be married, as Brianna is already handfasted to Roger, and John is a gay man, but they care for each other and agree to draw out the engagement until Roger appears.
- MayflyDecember Friendship: With Brianna, who is a time traveler from the 1960s.
- Nice Guy: Probably one of the kindest characters in the series. He saves Brianna from an unwanted marriage by proposing to her, he raises William and loves him like a son, and saves and frees Jamie, even if many others would not.
- Parental Substitute: To Jamie's son William. Jamie asks Lord John to serve as a father to his son and look after him in his stead after he and Lord John both realize Jamie must leave Helwater. Lord John and his wife Isobel agree to raise Willie, promising Jamie they will look after his son.
- Straight Gay: He keeps up a respectable image, even marrying his childhood friend Isobel Dunsany for the sake of looking after her nephew (who also is the son of his unrequited love Jamie Fraser), mainly because homosexuality during this time carried a death sentence under English law. As he tells Brianna, he was also physically intimate with Isobel despite his orientation.
- Played by: Wil Johnson
A close friend of Claire's in the 20th century. Like she, he is a surgeon.
- Bearer of Bad News: He tells Claire Frank died in a car accident.
- The Medic: Joe Abernathy is a surgeon at the same hospital as Claire in Boston.
- Shipper on Deck: He supports Claire reaching out to her old flame, without realizing he is an 18th century Highlander.
- Token Minority: Joe Abernathy is the only African-American in his medical class. He bonds with Claire, who is the only woman in their class.
- Played by: Hannah James
The headstrong and spoiled daughter of Lord and Lady Dunsany.
- Death by Childbirth: She dies giving birth to her son, Willie.
- Old Man Marrying a Child: Geneva is a teenager headed into an Arranged Marriage with a man old enough to be her grandfather; as such, she wants her first time to be with Jamie (whom she is attracted to) and not her soon-to-be husband.
- Sexual Extortion: She uses her power over Jamie to coerce him into having sex with her.
- Played by: Tanya Reynolds
The sister of Geneva and youngest daughter of Lord and Lady Dunsany. She is in love with Lord John Grey and hopes to marry him.
- The Beard: Isobel married Lord John Grey, despite not knowing he is gay.
- Childhood Friends: Isobel, her sister Geneva, Lord John Grey, and his brother Harold have known each other since they were children.
- Incompatible Orientation: She has a crush on Lord John Grey, who is gay.
- Parental Substitute: She and Lord John Gray raise William as their son after her sister dies during childbirth, and Jamie kills Geneva's husband.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Isobel, a very kind and innocent woman, dies on the boat coming to America.
- Played by: Lauren Lyle
- Elopement: She elopes with Fergus on the ship to Jamaica. Jamie tries to return her to shore, as Laoghaire will be furious about the whole thing. Marsali then neatly explains that if he doesn't allow her to marry, she'll lie and say they've already consummated the marriage.Marsali: I'll either be marrit, or ruined.
- Happily Adopted: She and her sister are very fond of their stepfather Jamie and vice versa; in fact, a large part of why he married Laoghaire was to be a father to them. Her biological father was abusive and she was glad when he died. She comes to see Claire as a mother figure, too, once they become neighbours on Fraser's Ridge in America.
- Happily Married: With Fergus after they settle in America, and they have quite a few children, too.
- The Medic: Trained by Claire in the medicinal arts to assist her, which she picks up quite readily.
- Not Blood Siblings: Marries Fergus although Jamie is Fergus's foster father and Marsali's stepfather. It helps that they weren't raised as one household, with Marsali and her sister usually being with their mother and Fergus being at Lallybroch with Jenny, Ian, and their children.
- Rape and Revenge: In Season 5, Marsali kills Lionel Brown after he and his men kidnap and rape Claire.
- Played by: Gary Young
- The Exile: He left his scholar position in Imperial China's government to avoid becoming a eunuch; although this would have been part of being selected for a honored post, he did not want to lose his manhood since he was in love with womankind.
- Race Fetish: He believes Scottish women treat him this way.
- Token Minority: The only Chinese man employed by Jamie in Edinburgh and sailor on board the Artemis. He often is the target of racism and discrimination.
- Played by: Clark Butler and Oliver Finnegan
- Child by Rape: Geneva blackmailed Jamie into having sex with her. Soon after, she became pregnant with William.
- Like Father, Like Son: William rides horses well like his father, Jamie.
- Oblivious Adoption: He does not know that Jamie is his biological father.
- Spoiled Brat: He is a hot-blooded young earl raised in wealth.
- Strong Family Resemblance: As William gets older, he starts to resemble Jamie. Jamie decides to leave Helwater before more people notice.
Season 4 Characters
- Played by: Maria Doyle Kennedy
- DecemberDecember Romance: With Murtagh in Season 4.
- The Matchmaker: Jocasta tries to set Brianna with an Arranged Marriage before Brianna gives birth, so she does not have a child outside of marriage.
- Outliving One's Offspring: All three of her daughters died at a young age. After the Battle of Culloden, Hector accidentally killed his daughter Morna during a dispute with a British officer. Jocasta and Hector regretfully left her body behind to escape.
- Rejecting the Inheritance: She bequeaths Jamie as the heir to River Run, but since Claire and Jamie are against slavery, they refuse.
- Later, Jocasta bequeaths River Run to Jemmy (Brianna and Roger's son).
- Serial Spouse: Jocasta is currently on her fourth husband, Duncan Innes.
- Slave Liberation: Discussed with Jocasta by Claire since Claire opposes slavery, but Jocasta owns over a hundred. She, along with Jamie, tries to get them freed by Jocasta. However, it turns out this is impossible since North Carolina law requires the slaves must have done something, like save a life, and the slave owners must put up a bond for every person, which is far beyond Jocasta's means. Jocasta later frees her loyal butler Ulysses after he saves her life.
- Sympathetic Slave Owner: She and her third husband, Hector Cameron, purchased River Run with the Jacobite gold Hector smuggled for Prince Charles Stuart. Jocasta owns slaves and claims she treats them well, despite the monstrosities on the plantation, such as the attack and lynching of Rufus.
- Vorpal Pillow: She is almost killed by Gerald Forbes when he becomes jealous over the specificities of her will. Luckily, Ulysses comes in and saves her.
- Played by: Tim Downie
- Antagonistic Governor: He is the Royal governor of North Carolina who continues to raise taxes, negatively affecting the townspeople of North Carolina. Accordingly, the Regulators revolt against his taxes.
- Deal with the Devil: Claire tells Jamie that signing the land offer means Jamie must fight for the British Redcoats when the time comes, including fighting the Regulators and eventually the American Revolution. Jamie also must find men to live off the land and tax them.
- Must Make Amends: After wrongfully hanging Roger as a traitor, he gives him 5,000 acres of land.
- Price on Their Head: Tryon releases a Wanted poster of Murtagh and demands Jamie to hunt him, without realizing they are related and Jamie is hiding him.
- Played by: Colin MacFarlane
- Crime of Self-Defense: Ulysses goes in hiding, and eventually to London, since killing a white man is illegal, even if done to protect Jocasta.
- Neck Snap: He does this to Gerald Forbes to prevent him from killing Jocasta.
- Slave Liberation: Ulysses reveals to Jamie and Claire that Jocasta freed him after her husband died, but he stayed on, possibly because he cares about her.
- Played by: Kyle Rees
A resident of North Carolina's backcountry who befriends the Frasers.
- Bears Are Bad News: John Quincy Myers gets attacked by Tskili Yona, a man in bearskin exiled from the Cherokee. Claire saves his life while Jamie hunts and kills Tskili Yona.
- Mountain Man: He is a large man who hunts and traps animals, hangs out with Native Americans, and lives in North Carolina's backcountry. He teaches the Frasers about Native American culture and language, specifically the Cherokee.
- Played by: Trevor Carroll
- Defiant to the End: After getting struck in the face, Otter Tooth talked through the blood and spoke only words of warning. Soon after, his head was cut off.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: He went back in time to tell the Mohawk the dangers the colonists pose to Native Americans.
- Ghastly Ghost: Otter Tooth appears as a ghost to Claire when she is lost in a storm. His apparition's head is scalped.
- Mineral Macguffin: The Mohawk believe Otter Tooth's opal allows the one who possesses the stone to see Otter Tooth's ghost and know how the Mohawk's story will end.
- Posthumous Character: Otter Tooth is dead when the story begins.
- Talkative Loon: Otter Tooth exclaimed that the Mohawk will be forgotten, and the Iroquois Nation will be no more. Even after he died, his voice still followed the Mohawk soldiers who killed him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Although he intended to warn the Mohawk of the injustices Native Americans will face from colonists, his actions, such as scalping white men, were too extreme for the Mohawk, and he was soon banished.
- Played by: Tantoo Cardinal
- Commonality Connection: Adawehi and Claire bond over being healers.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Adawehi dreams of her death.
- Flaying Alive: Gerhard Mueller kills her and scalps her head after he incorrectly believes the Cherokee caused the death of his family.
- The Medic: She is the Cherokee healer who lives in North Carolina.
- Played by: Caitlin O'Ryan
Brianna's maid who traveled with her from Scotland to North Carolina. Brianna saved Lizzie from becoming a concubine.
- Hired Help as Family: Even though Lizzie is Brianna's maid, the Frasers treat her like family.
- The Ingenue: Very innocent and naïve, but unintentionally caused the fiasco with Roger.
- I Owe You My Life: She is indebted to Brianna for saving her life from becoming a concubine.
- Poor Communication Kills: Lizzie mistakes Roger as Brianna's rapist because she saw a heated argument between Roger and Brianna, and Stephen Bonnet raped Brianna that night. Unfortunately, she was unaware Brianna and Roger consensually had sex that same night. Due to this miscommunication, she unintentionally has Roger beaten and sold to the Mohawk.
- Sex Slave: Averted, as she flees Scotland with Brianna before she is sold as a concubine.
- Played by: Billy Boyd
- Abhorrent Admirer: He purses Brianna, even though she is not attracted to him and does not want to marry him.
- Amoral Attorney: Forbes was Jocasta and Stephen Bonnet's lawyer. He went behind Jocasta's back to help Bonnet take the inheritance from Jemmy. Ultimately, he tried to kill Jocasta over greed.
- Greed: His downfall; he tries to kill Jocasta, believing he will not get enough of her money if she changes her will to give large sums of it to her family. Ulysses comes in and kills Forbes, saving Jocasta.
- Inheritance Murder: He is upset with Jocasta wanting to change her will to make provisions for her various family and friends instead of leaving all her money to Jemmy (to whom she's leaving River Run), because Stephen Bonnet promised he'll get a cut once Bonnet uses his supposed status as Jemmy's father to take control of River Run. Forbes then tries to kill Jocasta to prevent the alterations.
- Rejected Marriage Proposal: Forbes almost proposed to Brianna; he even had a ring for her. Fortunately, Lord John Grey saved Brianna by announcing they were engaged.
- Vorpal Pillow: Gerald uses a pillow to try to kill Jocasta when he becomes jealous over the specificities of her will. Luckily, Ulysses comes in and saves her.
- Played by: Braeden Clarke
- Green-Eyed Monster: He is jealous when Roger speaks to Johiehon.
- Hopeless Suitor: Kaheroton gives Johiehon a gift and is kind to her, despite Johiehon being in love with Father Alexandre.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He torments and abuses Roger, but still cares for Johiehon.
- Love Triangle: Type 4; Kaheroton is in love with Johiehon, but Johiehon and Father Alexandre are in love with each other.
- Not So Stoic: He is a tough and honorable warrior, but when he is around Johiehon, he softens. He is completely devastated when he witnesses Johiehon walk into the pyre to join Father Alexandre. Afterwards, he is in tears holding her baby.
- In a happier example, he celebrates Young Ian's acceptance into the Mohawk.
- Played by: Sera-Lys MacArthur
The Mohawk healer of Shadow Lake who shows Roger kindness.
- Driven to Suicide: She joins Father Alexandre on the pyre, leaving their baby daughter behind.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: Johiehon nursed Father Alexandre when he became ill. The two fell in love and had a baby together.
- Gratuitous French: She speaks French to Roger; she may have learned French from Father Alexandre.
- Love Triangle: Type 4; Johiehon and Father Alexandre are in love, but Kaheroton is in love with Johiehon.
- The Medic: Johiehon is the Mohawk healer of Shadow Lake. She brought Father Alexandre back to health and helped an injured Roger.
- Nice Girl: Johiehon is friendly and helpful to Roger; she gives him herbs to help soothe the pain in his shoulder. Additionally, she defends Roger after his Culture Clash with Kaheroton.
- Together in Death: Johiehon realizes she cannot live a life without her love, Father Alexandre, and walks right into the pyre to join him.
- Played by: Yan Tual
A Jesuit priest who spent time converting the Mohawk to Christianity.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He is burned alive slowly on a pyre until Roger throws alcohol on the flames to give him a quick death.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: When Father Alexandre became ill, Johiehon, the healer of the community, brought him back to health. He claims her touch made him fall in love with her.
- Honor Before Reason: Double Subverted. When Father Alexandre couldn't baptize the baby due to his conflicting religious beliefs, the Mohawk imprison him. At first, Roger talks him out of sacrificing his life, and Father Alexandre helps dig the hole to escape with Johiehon and their baby. But once the morning comes, Father Alexandre decides he cannot live a life of sin and decides to die on the pyre.
- The Missionary: Father Alexandre went to the Mohawk community to spread the word of God.
- Oh My Gods!: Since he is a priest, he takes offense when Roger says the Lord's name in vain multiple times.
- Sacred Scripture: Father Alexandre's requirement for baptism is that both parents are Christian and in a state of grace. Since he believes he was not in a state of grace after breaking his vow of celibacy, he refuses to baptize his child, causing strife with the Mohawk.
- Together in Death: Both Father Alexandre and Johiehon die on the pyre together, leaving their baby daughter behind.
- Vow of Celibacy: He broke his vow of celibacy when he slept with Johiehon.
- Played by: Carmen Moore
A Mohawk woman who is curious about Otter Tooth.
- The Exile: The Chief banishes her after she helps Claire, Jamie, and Young Ian free Roger. The Chief also banishes her after she disobeys his rule of not pursuing Otter Tooth's stone.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Initially wary of Jamie, Claire, and Young Ian, she decides to help them rescue Roger if she can get Otter Tooth's opal. Unfortunately, she fails.
- Mineral Macguffin: The Mohawk believe Otter Tooth's opal will allow the one who possesses the stone to see Otter Tooth's ghost and know how the Mohawk's story will end.
- Seeker Archetype: Wahkatiiosta is searching for answers about Otter Tooth, his opal, and what becomes of the Mohawk. Unfortunately, her attempt finds her banished from her village.
Season 5 Characters
- Played by: Paul Gorman
Young identical twin brothers who were indentured to the Beardsleys. The Frasers first meet Josiah as a trapper who sometimes visits Fraser's Ridge; Jamie asks him to become a tenant because his hunting skills will be useful. Later, they discover the twins' situation after Josiah helps Keziah escape.
- Bad Bedroom, Bad Life: While living with the Beardsleys, the twins slept in the stables.
- Ear Ache: Keziah became deaf after being boxed in the ears too many times.
- Indentured Servitude: Both twins were sold to the Beardsleys as indentured servants. They were both abused, starved, and boxed, resulting in Keziah's deafness. Claire and Jamie go to the Beardsleys to find their indentured servitude papers to free them.
- Mistaken for Thief: Josiah is branded as a thief, but the only reason why he steals is to feed himself and his brother.
- The Tonsillitis Episode: Both Josiah and Keziah have tonsillitis; they are the first to use Claire's penicillin.
- Played by: Bronwyn James
The widow of Mr. Beardsley and the owner of Josiah and Keziah Beardsley.
- The Dog Bites Back: She kept her husband alive after his stroke to torture him to get back at all the abuse he did to her.
- Domestic Abuse: Her husband abused her (along with his previous wives).
- Missing Mom: Fanny abandons her daughter because she was not ready to be a mother. Later, the Browns adopt her daughter.
- Sympathetic Adulterer: Her husband abused her and the twins, and killed his previous wives. Unlike her husband, Fanny claims her baby's father is a good man.
- Tally Marks on the Prison Wall: Fanny marked 2 years 3 months and 5 days on the wall, indicating the amount of time since she's been taken from her home and married to her abusive husband.
- Played by: Jon Tarcy
A soldier from Granite Falls who enlists in Jamie's militia.
- Starcrossed Lovers: Isaiah falls in love with Alicia Brown, despite his already being in a loveless marriage and Alicia's entire family hating him. They run away in the middle of the night to be together.
- 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: During the Battle of Alamance, the Brown brothers shoot him in the head. Luckily, Claire saves his life.
- Played by: Chris Larkin
A resident of Brownsville and the brother of Lionel Brown.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: He and his brother have a Jamaican man and a Native American man in their safety watch group and don't seem to judge them.
- This becomes subverted because Richard and his brother are possibly framing Native Americans for attacks in the backcountry and still believe they are a threat.
- Family Honor: Richard and the entire Brown family despise Isaiah Morton for having an affair with Alicia Brown. They believe Alicia is ruined because of him. He and his brother try to have Isaiah killed.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: He and Lionel try to have Isaiah Morton killed during the Battle of Alamance for his affair with Alicia Brown.
- Revenge: After Jamie brings Lionel's dead body back to Brownsville, Richard subtly hints that he will seek revenge for his brother's death.
- Vigilante Militia: Forms one with his brother and other residents of the backcountry to protect themselves from Native Americans.
- Played by: Brennan Martin
- Betrayal by Inaction: He finds another time traveler from his time who can get him home, but refuses to help her, ending in her rape. Even if he does not take part in the rape, he is just as guilty for letting it happen.
- Dirty Coward: He refuses to rescue Claire, even after Claire said she has gems and knows where the stones are.
- Also, he escapes Jamie and co.'s execution.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: He is a time traveler from the 20th century, trying to save Otter Tooth. He knew Claire was from the future from her mannerisms and Dr. Rawlings's medical advice.
- Karma Houdini: He escapes and is not killed for Claire's kidnapping.
- Send in the Search Team: He is from the 20th century searching for Otter Tooth.
- Vigilante Militia: He joins the safety watch group created by the Browns.
- Played by: Tobias Menzies
The Big Bad of season 1. Jack Randall (called 'Black Jack' for his dark heart) is the commander of the garrison at Fort William. He has a dangerous obsession with Jamie Fraser and is determined to hunt him down at any cost.
- Asshole Victim: Jamie kills him during the Battle of Culloden.
- Big Bad: Of the first season.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Black Jack tortures Jamie in Wentworth to an unimaginable degree.
- Depraved Bisexual: Enjoys employing sexual sadism on victims of either gender.
- Family Relationship Switcheroo: Jack Randall isn't Frank's direct ancestor. Frank's direct Randall ancestor is Alex Randall, Jack's younger brother. Alex and Mary Hawkins conceive a child together. Because Alex is fatally ill and too unwell to wed Mary, he pleads for Jack to wed Mary in his place so Jack can provide for Mary after his death. Jack agrees to marry her, promising Alex he will protect and provide for Mary. As a result, everyone believes Mary and Alex's child is the child of Mary and Jack.
- Sadist: He takes pleasure in tormenting his prisoners.
- Scarpia Ultimatum: When Randall catches Claire trying to break out Jamie, he offers a Sadistic Choice to Jamie: Let himself be used for sex for one night or see Claire be raped and tormented by Randall instead. Unsurprisingly, Jamie chooses to give himself.
- Sex Is Violence: He enjoys violent sex a lot, as seen by his torture/sex sessions with prisoners who catch his fancy.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Black Jack Randall is very soft-spoken and terrifyingly sadistic.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He bears a strong resemblance to his brother Alex and his descendant Frank.
- Played by: Graham McTavish
The War Chief of Clan MacKenzie, brother to Colum MacKenzie and uncle of Jamie Fraser. He is a staunch supporter of the Jacobite cause and will do anything to see the Stuarts back on the British throne.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Claire. He is attracted to her and makes passes at her constantly, but she dislikes him greatly.
- Action Dad: He has three offscreen daughters who live in Beannadcht with his wife Maura while he goes about Clan MacKenzie's business. He's also the biological father of Colum's son Hamish and Geillis Duncan's unborn child but isn't allowed to acknowledge either.
- Badass in Charge: He is War Chief of Clan MacKenzie and in charge of any official business outside of Castle Leoch.
- Big Damn Heroes: He helps rescue Claire from Fort William in "The Reckoning."
- Brains and Brawn: The brawn to Colum's brain. Dougal is the war chief of the MacKenzies and meant to aid Colum in times of war.
- Family Relationship Switcheroo: Colum's disease renders him infertile, but because Colum is the chieftain, he needs an heir. Dougal is the biological father of Hamish, but Hamish and the public believe Colum is his father.
- Hopeless Suitor: Dougal is attracted to Claire and propositions her on her wedding night, but she refuses him, stating that she's with Jamie. On another occasion, he asks her to marry him when they believe Jamie is dead, and she is left unprotected, but she rejects him again.
- The Confidant: To his brother Colum.
- The Exile: He is exiled to Beannadcht in "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" by Colum as punishment for going behind Colum's back to raise money for the Jacobite cause.
- Large and in Charge: Since his brother Colum cannot physically fight, as the war chief, Dougal is in charge of all military matters regarding Clan MacKenzie.
- Master Swordsman: He is one of the strongest fighters in the series.
- Murder in the Family: Jamie kills Dougal in self-defense before the Battle of Culloden.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is extremely loyal to Charles's cause and willing to do anything to see the Stuarts restored on the English throne.
- Played by: Nell Hudson
Laoghaire is Mrs. Fitz's granddaughter and is of the MacKenzie clan. She starts the series as a teenaged girl who falls in love with Jamie Fraser and feels that she must have him at any cost. During the 20 years when Claire returns to the 20th century, it is revealed Laoghaire has been married three times, has two daughters (Marsali and Joan) by her second husband, and her third marriage was to Jamie, who married her to be a father to her children. However, their marriage fails, and they end up living apart.
- Abusive Parents: Her father was controlling and was going to beat her publically for supposed wantonness. Jamie chivalrously taking the beating in her place is what first attracted her to him.
- Berserk Button: Laoghaire is very nice to Brianna when she finds Bree injured in the woods and takes her into her home... until she mentions who her mother is.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
- She is very attractive, but has a vindictive and jealous side that comes out when she sees Jamie return to Leoch married to Claire.
- She also rescues Brianna when she is alone, injured and cold and treats Brianna with kindness until she finds out who Brianna's mother is.
- Burn the Witch!:
- At the end of "By the Pricking of My Thumbs," Laoghaire is behind Claire's arrest for witchcraft. She gives Claire the letter allegedly from Geillis that causes Claire to be in Geillis's house when the mob arrives to arrest Geillis. Laoghaire has a smug smile on her face as the police take Claire away. She also later appears as a witness during Claire's trial, accusing her of using love spells and giving evidence that would damn Claire to burn.
- Laoghaire tries to do the same to Brianna, who has travelled from the 20th century to save Jamie and Claire when she learns a house fire will take their lives. When Brianna confides she must find her parents because there will be a fire, Laoghaire asks Brianna how she knows this and declares Brianna to be a witch just like her mother, vowing to have her arrested for witchcraft. Joan, Laoghaire's youngest daughter, helps Brianna escape the room Laoghaire locked her in and gets her to Lallybroch.
- Domestic Abuse: Jamie confides to Claire that he thinks Laoghaire had been abused before he married her, possibly by one of her previous two husbands:Jamie: I tried to be gentle wi' [Laoghaire], but it was no use. Maybe it was her first husband, Hugh, or her second husband, Simon. Well, nobody kens what happens in the marriage bed. She was hurt. I could see the fear in her eyes. So I left. I couldn't bear the thought of someone being afraid of my touch.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Claire after Claire marries Jamie.
- Unrequited Love: For Jamie, starting after he takes a beating from her father in her place.
- Yandere: Towards Jamie. After Claire returns to the 18th century and he leaves Laoghaire to go back to her, Laoghaire shoots at and wounds him.
- Played by: Tim McInnerny
The local priest in 18th century Inverness. He develops a hatred of Claire after Claire goes against him to heal Mrs. Fitz's sick nephew.
- Burn the Witch!: Father Bain participates in Claire's witch trial, using Claire's healing of Mrs. Fitz's nephew against her.
- The Fundamentalist: He is feared in his community and is known to use aggressive methods to condemn anyone who he believes is sinning and is suspicious of anyone who intrudes on his religious responsibilities.
- Hollywood Exorcism: Father Bain believes Mrs. Fitz's nephew is possessed and performs an exorcism to rid of his "demons", even though the boy was only sick from eating poisoned berries.
- Played by: Simon Callow
An important English nobleman rumoured to be a secret supporter of the Jacobites. Claire and Jamie first meet him when Jamie attempts to negotiate with him to get a pardon from the English king, allowing him to return permanently to Lallybroch as laird. Later the couple is reintroduced to him in Paris. Though he seems at first glance a bumbling fool, he hides a cunning and ruthless mind.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The Duke may seem like a bit of a ditz, but he has a scheming and cunning mind behind all that Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Averted, as he did not care that the attack he ordered on Claire resulted in his goddaughter Mary's rape.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He puts on a ditzy and easy-going façade to hide his cunning Chessmaster personality.
- Off with His Head!: After revealing he planned the attack on Mary and Claire, Murtagh beheads him.
- Played by: Stanley Weber
A French noble who becomes an enemy of Claire after she insists on telling the truth and causing his ship (and the valuable shipments that are on it) to be destroyed due to there being a case of smallpox on board.
- Killed By The Adaptation: In the books, the poison Master Raymond arranged for him to take was secretly nonfatal (since Raymond could tell that St. Germain was unknowingly one of his descendants). This doesn't appear to be the case in the show.
- See You in Hell: His last words to Claire.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: He poisons a pregnant Claire after she intervenes in one of his business deals.
- Played by: Andrew Gower
AKA Charlie, or Bonnie Prince Charlie. Son of James Stuart (the Old Pretender to the English throne), and keen to see his dad become king. As such, the instigator (historically speaking, anyway) of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745.
- Catchphrase: "Mark me."
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Claire had heard the stories from the 20th century, noting Charles as a wise, cunning, and inspirational leader. She's thus thrown when she discovers the real man is an arrogant drunk who is so convinced of his "destiny" that he ignores the advice of others. When she returns to the 20th century, Claire is visibly disgusted going through a museum with a display (complete with a statue) celebrating Charles as an iconic man when she remembers the idiot who led thousands of his men to slaughter and ruined Scotland.Claire: They took a fool and made him into a hero.
- It's All About Me: Charles thinks that the world revolves around him, his ambitions, and everyone else's job is to serve him. For example, he holds his empty glass expecting someone to fill it up for him. Justified because he's been raised in a family that believes it has a divine right to the English throne.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: The historical Charlie was this for the Highlanders in general, and his series counterpart is shaping up to follow suit.
- Upper-Class Twit: It's never entirely clear whether Charlie is this or whether he's using Obfuscating Stupidity, but he does give a very strong impression of not having all the lights on upstairs. Unfortunately, he's just canny enough to be dangerous.
- Played by: Ed Speleers
- Boom, Headshot!: Before he can slowly drown, Brianna shoots him in the head.
- Connected All Along: Bonnet randomly encounters the main characters throughout Season 4. First, Jamie and Claire free him in North Carolina, but he returns to attack and rob them. Second, Bonnet returns to Scotland, where he meets Roger. Roger asks to join his crew since Bonnet is returning to the Colonies. Third, Bonnet meets Brianna in a pub in North Carolina, where he rapes her.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: After getting away with robbing Jamie and Claire, pushing children out of a ship, raping Brianna, escaping prison and custody, and getting away with other crimes, he finally gets his comeuppance with Brianna shooting him in the head.
- Never Learned to Read: After Bonnet kidnaps Brianna, Brianna reads her favorite novel, Moby-Dick, to him. He doesn't realize the book in her hands is about agriculture and animal husbandry and she's reading from memory.
- Pirate: Stephen Bonnet is a pirate and smuggler. Notably, he steals Claire's wedding ring and the money Claire and Jamie were going to use to return to Scotland.
- Prison Escape Artist: With the help of Jamie and Claire, Bonnet escapes the noose.
- Bonnet was able to escape prison and the ensuing explosion because the keys used to free Murtagh were left on the floor.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He rapes Brianna in a pub as "payment" for returning Claire's wedding ring to her.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Claire and Jamie help Bonnet escape from prison. Later, he returns with thieves to rob Claire, Jamie, and others on the boat.
- Would Hurt a Child: Bonnet throws any smallpox-infected person overboard from his ship, including children.
- Played by: Graham McTavish
The illegitimate son of Dougal MacKenzie and Geillis Duncan and ancestor of Roger. He is the husband of Morag, who emigrated from Scotland.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: When he witnesses Roger hug his wife, he attacks Roger and gets him hanged.
- Felony Misdemeanor: He gets Roger hanged for hugging his wife, even after his wife tells him Roger saved her and their son's life on the boat to America.
- Identical Grandson: He is the son of Geillis Duncan and Dougal McKenzie and looks exactly like his father.
- Unknown Relative: He does not know Roger is his relative. He just thinks Roger is hitting on his wife.
- Played by: Ned Dennehy
- Asshole Victim: Marsali kills him for kidnapping and raping Claire.
- Domestic Abuser: Lionel abuses his wife when she did not want to sleep with him.
- Entitled Bastard: He asks Claire and Marsali to save his life, even though he did not deserve it.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: He and his brother have a Jamaican man and a Native American man in their safety watch group and don't seem to judge them.
- This becomes subverted because Lionel and his brother are possibly framing Native Americans for attacks in the backcountry and still believe they are a threat.
- Family Honor: Lionel and the entire Brown family despise Isaiah Morton for having an affair with Alicia Brown. They believe Alicia is ruined because of him. He and his brother try to have Isaiah killed.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: He and his brother try to have Isaiah Morton killed during the Battle of Alamance for his affair with Alicia Brown.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He and his men kidnap, beat, and gang rape Claire.
- Save the Villain: Lionel survives the execution, so Jamie can question him. Claire knows she cannot kill him due to her Hippocratic Oath. This becomes subverted when Marsali decides to kill him for Claire.
- Vigilante Militia: Lionel forms one with his brother and other residents of the backcountry to protect themselves from Native Americans.
- Wrecked Weapon: Lionel destroys Claire's 20th-century needle as she is trying to give him penicillin. Luckily, Claire reconstructs another one.