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     Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser  
Played by: Caitríona Balfe

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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 discovers it.
    • In Season 6, Claire discovers ether and plans to use it as an anesthetic. People erroneously claim ether brings people back from the dead and think Claire could be a witch.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Claire has a talk with Laoghaire in "By 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.
  • Bitch Slap: After Malva claims she and Jamie slept together and he is the father of her baby, Claire slaps Malva across the face.
  • Burn the Witch!: Claire and Geillis are accused of witchcraft, with this as a punishment.
  • Convicted by Public Opinion: When the Committee of Safety arrest Jamie and Claire for their alleged crimes, the townsfolk believe they are guilty even before a trial. The members of the Committee of Safety make things worse when they vocally declare who Jamie and Claire are and what their crimes are in every village they travel to. This behavior leads to a violent riot where Jamie and Claire’s wagon is stoned, injuring Claire.
  • The Corpse Stops Here: After Claire finds Malva murdered, she tries to save the baby by performing an emergency C-section. Unfortunately, the baby was dead, putting Claire under suspicion of Malva's murder.
  • 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.
  • Good Stepmother: After a bumpy start given that Claire's sudden return from the dead puts the nail in the coffin of Jamie's marriage to Laoghaire, Claire gets along very well with Jamie's stepddaughter Marsali and they come to regard each other as family.
  • 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.
  • Guilty Until Someone Else Is Guilty: Until Malva’s murderer is found, Claire is sent to prison for a crime she did not commit.
  • 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.
    • Throughout Season 6, Lionel Brown manifests as Claire’s deepest subconscious fears and insecurities.
  • 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.
  • Headache of Doom: Both Claire and Tom suffer from an illness that causes painful headaches and terrible nightmares. These symptoms are different from dysentery that infected Fraser's Ridge.
  • Heroic BSoD: Claire is suffering PTSD after she was kidnapped and gang-raped in Season 5. Lionel Brown even haunts her as a manifestation of her fears and insecurities. Claire turns to ether to hide her emotions.
  • It's Probably Nothing: As Jamie and Claire leave Wilmington, Claire hears someone whistling a modern tune. When Jamie asks what is wrong, Claire says it was just the wind. It turns out to be the thief who stole Flora MacDonald's jewels, who is possibly Donner.
  • 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.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Tom and Allan assume Claire murdered Malva after seeing Claire in Malva’s blood. Later, almost everyone in Fraser’s Ridge believes Claire is guilty of murder.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Spends a fair bit of time out of her kit, whether it's changing, having a love scene, or (sadly often) nearly being assaulted.
  • Mushroom Samba: Under the influence of ether, Claire sees Malva threatening her in her home. As it turns out, Malva was not in her home or knocking on the door, but it was Lizzie.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Both Claire and Tom have nightmares during their illnesses.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished:
    • After fixing Tom Christie’s hand, he goes back to abusing Malva.
    • Claire’s medical instinct to save people leads her to try to save Malva’s baby. Unfortunately, the baby was dead, and people believed Claire murdered Malva.
  • Oh, Crap!: The look on Claire's face when Randall foils her pretense of being a spy for Sandringham.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: Claire thinks she is dreaming when she sees Malva embracing Jamie. It was not a dream, but Jamie was not encouraging anything sexual with Malva. In "The World Turned Upside Down", Claire takes ether, but she does not know if Malva was really in her home.
  • Parental Substitute: Claire and Jamie take in Fergus and eventually de facto adopt him. Claire also becomes a mother to Jamie's stepdaughter Marsali in the New World.
  • 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.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Mrs. Bug and Malva cut Claire’s hair during her illness, believing it would help her fever.

     Jamie Fraser 
Played by: Sam Heughan

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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.
  • Badass in Distress: A repeated trait for Jamie. Despite being formidable, he can't always avoid trouble, requiring Claire, Murtagh, Lord John Grey, or some other combination of family and friends to mount a rescue.
    • He's also frequently injured, requiring Claire's attention.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Jamie is capable of mounting a badass rescue himself, particularly when Claire's life is at risk. Some examples include infiltrating Fort William with only an empty gun to rescue Claire from Jack Randall, breaking up a witch trial where Claire was being punished for witchcraft, and mounting a posse to find and dispatch the group of men who kidnapped Claire.
  • Body Horror: Jamie's body is a map of scars, each with a story. He 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.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Jamie is renowned in several countries as a legendary fighter and a brilliant strategist, but his deepest desire is to be a husband and a father. Although he didn't get to raise his own children, roughly once a season he takes a kid under his wing (Fergus, Young Ian, Marsali, Joan, Josiah and Keziah, etc.) and he will do whatever it takes to keep them and the rest of his family safe.
  • Captain Morgan Pose: Jamie is fond of propping a leg up on a nearby boulder or ledge when he's talking or listening to someone, particularly in the early, kilt-wearing seasons.
  • The Champion: Besides Chronic Hero Syndrome, Jamie really has a thing for declaring himself someone's protector, from his sister, to Claire, to Fergus, to Young Ian, and more.
  • Childhood Friends: Jamie and Ian Murray. Ian was originally to be Jamie's second-in-command, equivalent of Dougal to Colum, until Jamie was exiled from his home because of Black Jack Randall's frame job.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: It is nearly impossible for Jamie to look the other way when he sees someone being harmed or taken advantage of. He will try to resolve it often at a personal cost to himself.
  • Clear My Name: The overarching plot of 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: Jamie has endured a significant amount of physical and emotional torture at the hands of Black Jack Randall, particularly in Wentworth prison.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: It pains Jamie to go against Lord John Grey, but due to Jamie’s knowledge of the American Revolution from Claire and Brianna, he knows he will have to go against the Loyalists since they will lose The American Revolution.
  • 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.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Although Jamie is normally presented as very enlightened, early in his marriage to Claire, he falls into what is considered appropriate behavior for his time. One such case his when he whips Claire for failing to obey his orders. Claire and the audience rightfully see this as Domestic Abuse and it take several days for Claire and Jamie to reconcile and only after Jamie apologizes and promises never to raise a hand to her ever again.
  • Distressed Dude: Jamie is captured and imprisoned nearly as often if not more often than Claire is. He is imprisoned and has to be freed by an outside force in each of the first three seasons.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Jamie is acknowledged as extremely attractive in-universe. This is not limited to the ladies. He attracts a fair amount of male attention as well. Captain Randall (in a particularly horrifying fashion) and the Duke of Sandringham express interest in him while Lord John Grey is in love with him.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Was a mercenary in France for two years and has weathered many battles by the time he meets Claire.
  • Every Scar Has a Story: Jamie has a vast collection of scars each of which ties in to a season long plot
    • He has a scar from a bullet hole above his right clavicle from where he was shot in the ambush Claire warned him and Dougal about in the first episode.
    • His back is horrifically marred due to receiving several hundred lashes by Black Jack Randall across three different occasions. The scars run from his shoulder blades all the way down to his tailbone
    • The middle finger and ring finger of Jamie's left hand have long vertical scars from compound fractures that broke the skin when Black Jack repeatedly smashed his hand with a mallet; the palm of that hand bears a stigmata scar in the center from where Black Jack nailed his hand to a table
    • On his rib cage, Jamie has a small circular scar from where he branded himself with Black Jack's signet ring and then later cut out the offending mark
    • On his left flank, he has a scar from being stabbed by the MacDonald brothers when he was standing as Second for the Duke of Sandringham during a duel
    • On his inner left thigh, he has a long, raised scar from where he was knifed by Black Jack Randall during the Battle of Culloden. This injury nearly killed Jamie
  • 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: In season 1, Jamie was framed for the murder of a sergeant in Fort William during an attempted prison break. In season 2, his signature is forged, declaring him a supporter of the Stuart and therefore a traitor to the Crown.
    • After Jamie and Young Ian return from the Cherokee, Jamie and Claire have sex in their barn. Unbeknownst to them, Malva is spying on them. When Malva announces she is pregnant with Jamie’s child, she claims she’s seen Jamie naked, including his scars, framing him for adultery.
  • Freemasons: To create peace between the Protestants and Catholics in Ardsmuir Prison, Jamie becomes a Freemason and persuades the other prisoners to do so to prevent any more unnecessary fighting.
  • Guile Hero: Jamie is very quick on his feet, able to convince people of things with ease. 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Jamie very often sacrifices his own happiness to ensure the safety of his loved ones.
    • He submits to a sexual assault to ensure Claire's safety
    • He sends Claire back through the stones so she and their unborn child will be safe
    • He signs over Lallybroch to his nephew, signing away his lairdship and birthright, so that his family and tenants won't lose their lands.
    • He surrenders to the Redcoats so that they will stop harassing the Lallybroch residents, even though it means he'll likely spend the rest of his life in prison
    • He declines a pardon from the Dunsanys so that he can stay near his son, William, even though he can't let anyone know that William is his son.
  • Hot-Blooded: Jamie can be this sometimes.
  • 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.
  • Magnetic Hero: Jamie is a natural Leader of Men. No matter where he goes, from Ardsmuir Prison to the New World, it won't be long before he has a gathering of people who are fiercely loyal to him and willing to fight to the death with him or for him.
  • Man in a Kilt: Of the Mr. Fanservice variety.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Malva announces she is pregnant with Jamie’s child and that she and Jamie have had consensual sex multiple times. Jamie vehemently denies this, but Malva insists it is true. Thanks to Mrs. Bug, everyone on Fraser’s Ridge hears of this rumor and believes Jamie is an adulterer.
  • 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 Grey.
  • Omniglot: Over the course of the series, Jamie is shown to speak/understand Gaelic, English, French, Latin, Greek, some Chinese, and several indigenous American languages. In the books, he also speaks Hebrew.
  • 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 stepdaughters 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 stayed 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.
    • When Roger is 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 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 take in Fergus and eventually de facto adopt him. Later, Jamie becomes stepfather to Marsali and Joanie, and also acts as substitute father to Young Ian now that they live in America while Ian's parents are still in Scotland.
  • Rape as Drama: Jamie's rape by Black Jack Randall is a series-long (and lifelong) Trauma Button that also helps him relate to others who have been assaulted.
  • Rape and Revenge: Rape is a major Trauma Button for Jamie and he is emphatic that any such abuse must be with a death sentence for the perpetrator.
    • Jamie and Claire kill the Redcoats who attempt to sexually assault Claire.
    • During the Battle of Culloden, Jamie kills Jack Randall, the man who raped him in season 1 and Fergus in season 2.
    • In case of mistaken identity, Jamie nearly beats Roger to death when the latter is incorrectly identified as the man who raped Brianna. Jamie spends most of season 5 attempting to kill the true rapist, Stephen Bonnet.
    • Jamie gives Murtagh permission to kill the Duke of Sandringham for his role in Mary Hawkin's rape.
    • In Season 5, Jamie and the men of Fraser's ridge form a posse and kill the men who kidnapped Claire. She can't remember which ones raped her, so they simply Leave No Survivors.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: Unfortunately, Jamie has been faced with more than one of these.
    • 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.
    • At Helwater, Lady Geneva demands he sleep with her or she will reveal his Jacobite past and get him sent back to prison as well as tell the Redcoats that his family back in Lallybroch have been involved with the Jacobites again. He begrudgingly agrees to stay out of jail and keep his family safe.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: After season 1, Jamie gets very good at making powerful friends. This is a good thing because he's equally good at making powerful enemies.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Jamie's looks are acknowledged in-universe as extremely attractive to the point that it routinely attracts unwanted attention. Over the series, more than one of his season-long arc conflicts are initiated solely due to someone being attracted to him when Jamie would rather they not be, including Black Jack Randall, Laoghoaire MacKenzie, the Duke of Sandringham, Lady Geneva, and more.
  • Take Me Instead: Part of Jamie's repeated heroic sacrifices.
  • The Team Normal: Unlike Claire, he is unable to use the magic of the stones and time-travel, which creates problems when Claire goes through the stones alone, and means the only way for her to be with him is to choose to live in the past. Fans have asked if Claire could not simply carry him through the stones, but that's unlikely to happen.
  • Undying Loyalty: Jamie gives many oaths over the course of the series and always tries to fulfill them, but frequently finds them clashing with each other. Most prominently, after he beats Claire for the first time he rethinks it and promises her he'll never beat her again and will always protect her.
  • A Taste of the Lash: He has horrific scars on his back from Black Jack Randall's brutal whipping at Fort William. 
  • Thinking Tic: When Jamie is trying to think under pressure, he taps the forefinger and middle finger of his right hand against his thumb in an unconscious twitch.

Other Major Characters

     Frank Randall

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.
  • Adaptational Sympathy: Show Frank is more sympathetic than Book Frank, having had his racist and sexist rants removed as well as giving him one single, long term extramarital affair with a woman he deeply loves rather than a spate of nameless, faceless women he sleeps with over the twenty years he's with Claire. The show also added in Frank's emotional struggle in Claire's absence and his deep feelings for Claire, allowing the audience to feel bad for him rather than him being a faceless obstacle to Jamie and Claire's happiness.
  • 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.
  • Taking the Kids: His greatest fear is divorcing Claire and her taking Brianna away from him, even though this is something she'd never do; Frank waits until Brianna is legally an adult to leave Claire.
  • 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, though he has a very different personality.
    (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.

     Brianna Randall 

Played by: Sophie Skelton

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The daughter of Claire and Jamie. Claire and her first husband, Frank, raise Brianna in the 20th century.

  • Arranged Marriage: While Bree is pregnant with Jemmy, 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. This leads to her and Lord John faking a betrothal to put off any other suitors while Bree's parents and Ian try to find Roger.
  • 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 and Lord John Grey agree to enter into a fake engagement while waiting for Roger's return, in order to stave off the other potential suitors, who are interested because Aunt Jocasta intends to leave River Run to her.
  • 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. While her attitudes are well ahead of the time, she adjusts much better to life on Fraser's Ridge than Roger, since she already had experience shooting and camping.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Brianna is undeniably feminine but is very good at masculine pursuits. In the modern day, she is good with cars and interested in engineering. When traveling back in time, she is good enough with guns to even stun Jamie, a career soldier.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: Brianna uses her engineering skills in the 18th century to create matches, a spinning wheel for Marsali, and blueprints for indoor plumbing on Fraser's Ridge.
  • 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. She only found out he wasn't her real father after his death, and they were 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 (and she knows that drowning is his worst nightmare). 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 for a year and a day 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. She is also noted to strongly resemble Jamie's mother Ellen, whom he inherited his height and red hair from.
  • Their First Time: Brianna and Roger, after handfasting, have sex in a closed up smithy. 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.
    • In Season 6, Brianna and Roger discover that Jemmy is Roger's son, since he grows the same mole on his head.

     Roger Wakefield MacKenzie 
Played by: Richard Rankin

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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.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: In comparison to Brianna, Roger feels useless and does not know what to do with his time besides working as a lay minister and helping Amy with her home. He later decides to study to become an ordained minister.
  • 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, who already knew how to shoot and had outdoorsy experience, 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.
    • Ultimately, this becomes subverted when Roger shows he does care for others; Roger returned from escaping the Mohawk to give Father Alexandre a Mercy Kill when he knew the Mohawk could recapture him.
  • Like Father, Like Son: In this case, "Like Great Uncle, Like Grand Nephew." In Season 6, after deliberation, Roger decides to pursue a career as a minister like his great uncle Reverend Wakefield.
  • 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 for Cheating: In Season 6, Roger spends time repairing Amy McCallum's home since her husband died. Brianna questions Roger why he spends so much time with Amy when he is needed with his wife and son. Later, when Roger walks in on Malva and Obadiah Henderson hooking up inside the church, Malva threatens him to stay silent, or she will tell Fraser's Ridge that he kissed Amy. Roger denies this, but Malva mentions that it looks suspicious for a married man to spend more time with a widow than with his wife and child.
  • 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 Roger pulling Brianna into the street and arguing with her heatedly and she knows Brianna was raped that night, unaware Brianna consensually lost her virginity to Roger hours before Bonnet raped her. Jamie beats Roger nearly to death and afterward tells Young Ian to get rid of him, and Young Ian sells Roger to the Mohawk. Later, when Brianna learns 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 for a year and a day outside formal proceedings). Unfortunately, the two argue right after, and Roger leaves. Later in the Season 5 premiere, Roger and Brianna legally marry.
  • Non-Action Guy: Is initially considered this by the 18th century settlers, including Jamie. He can't shoot a gun (while his wife is a deadeye), doesn't know how to fight, has never fought in a war, and doesn't even know how to shave himself properly with an 18th century blade. He is fairly decent at thinking on his feet, using diplomacy and his knowledge of folk song to calm tensions.
  • Preacher Man: Roger decides to become the lay minister at the church on Fraser's Ridge. By the end of Season 6, he decides to receive training to become an ordained minister.
  • 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 suicidally depressed over the collapse of his relationship with his Mohawk wife after their miscarriages.
  • Their First Time: Brianna and Roger, after handfasting, have sex in a closed up smithy. 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.
  • Your Son All Along: After Brianna cuts Jemmy's hair because of lice, she finds a mole on the top of his head. Roger notes that he has the same mole on his head and that the mole is genetic. Brianna and Roger make the connection that Jemmy must be his son.

     Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser
"Only in France, does a king need an audience to shite."
Played by: Duncan Lacroix
Jamie's godfather, and his "right-hand man". He is extremely loyal to Jamie. Murtagh is a distant cousin of Jamie's father Brian Fraser on one side and nephew by marriage of Mrs Fitz on the other.

  • 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.
  • December–December Romance: With Jocasta in Season 4
  • Like a Son to Me: He views Jamie as this.
  • Pining After Protagonist's Parent: Murtagh has always been in love with Ellen MacKenzie Fraser, even after her death. His love for Ellen was the initial basis for Murtagh's devotion to Jamie, although the relationship eventually evolved, particularly after Brian Fraser's death, with Murtagh becoming Jamie's loyal, ever-present companion, confidant, and father figure. Murtagh explicitly sees Jamie as the closest thing he'll ever have to a son of his own.
  • Rebel Leader: In seasons 4 and 5, Murtagh is revealed to be the leader of the Regulators, the rebel group opposing the Crown's heavy taxation of the colonists.
  • Secret-Keeper:
    • In Season 2, Claire and Jamie tell him that Claire is from the future. Which he doesn't learn in the books.
    • In season 4, Murtagh becomes one of the few people who is aware of the existence of all three of Jamie's children. He explicitly states that he will keep this secret just as he has kept all of Jamie's other secrets.
  • 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.

     Fergus Claudel Fraser

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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.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Acts as this to Young Ian.
  • 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.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Marsali admits to Claire that Fergus drinks because he believes he is useless and should have been there to protect Marsali and Claire from the attackers in Season 5.
  • 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. Also essentially by Jenny and Old Ian, since he grows up at Lallybroch with their kids and Jamie isn't always present (being either in prison, an indentured servant, or in a blue funk).
  • 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.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Jamie stops Fergus from committing suicide after Jamie witnesses Fergus slash his arm.
  • 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.
  • Proud Beauty: When Claire meets Fergus again after returning to the past and notes that he's grown into a handsome young man, his response is to agree with her.
  • 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.

     (Young) Ian Murray 
Played by: John Bell
The youngest son of Ian and Jenny Murray. He is commonly referred to as Young Ian to avoid confusion with his father.

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  • 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 wolfdog, Rollo, go on many adventures together. He won him in a game of chance, hence the name (as in "roll 'o the dice").
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Young Ian sees Kaheroton marrying Wahionhaweh and having a child with her as a betrayal since Kaheroton knew Young Ian loved Wahionhaweh and Young Ian saw him as a brother. By the end of the episode, Young Ian and Kaheroton make up.
  • 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 taking 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 proposes to her to save her honor when she becomes pregnant, even though they are first cousins. Brianna has to tell 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 learns 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.
  • The One That Got Away: During Young Ian's time with the Mohawk, Young Ian fell in love and married Wahionhaweh. They were happily in love, but after her multiple pregnancy losses, the Mohawk banished Young Ian from their village. Sadly, Young Ian is still in love with her, but he cannot be with her again.
  • 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: As of late Season 5, he knows that Claire, Brianna and Roger are from the future.
  • Ship Tease: With Malva. The two flirt with each other, and Young Ian admits to Claire that he slept with her. But nothing happens between the two of them after that because Young Ian is still in love with Wahionhaweh, and Malva is murdered.
  • 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's villains, and when Young Ian manages to pass the Mohawk's test (which Roger failed), he is declared one of them, and Young Ian looks over the moon with happiness.
  • Tragic Stillbirth: Young Ian's wife, Wahionhaweh, suffered from pregnancy losses, resulting in Young Ian’s banishment from the Mohawk. Young Ian later names his stillborn daughter, Iseabaìl.
  • 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

     Mrs Graham

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.

     Reverend Reginald Wakefield 
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.

     Colum MacKenzie 
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 with Colum's wife Letitia, 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.
  • Shipping Torpedo: Colum initially opposes Jamie and Claire's marriage. He wants Jamie to lead Clan MacKenzie until Hamish is of age, but knows Jamie will not have enough support to be elected clan leader while married to an English woman while the Highlanders and the English are at war. It is not until he is on his deathbed that he finally admits that Claire and Jamie are good for one another and that's more important than clan politics.

     Mrs Glenna Fitzgibbons
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.

  • Kindly Housekeeper: She is in charge of running Castle Leoch smoothly.
  • Mama Bear: Mrs. Fitz cares for her staff, including her granddaughter Laoghaire, and takes Claire in when she first arrives.

     Geillis Duncan

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.
  • Face–Heel 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.
  • Foil: To Claire. They're both time travelers who become part of the extended MacKenzie bloodline (through Claire marrying Jamie and Geillis having an affair with Dougal), but Claire went back in time by accident the first time and for love the second time, whereas Geillis went back on a self-appointed mission to change history so that the Jacobites won. Both of them are skilled with herbs and suspected of witchcraft because of it, but Claire is The Medic and Geillis is a Master Poisoner.
  • 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.
  • Serial Rapist: In season 3, it is revealed that Geillis has kidnapped, raped, and murdered a number of young boys believing that their virginity strengthens her witchcraft abilities.
  • 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.
  • Wrong Time-Travel Savvy: Geillis has written an entire notebook of notes on how to travel through time. One of her beliefs is that time travel requires a human sacrifice so she killed her husband and attempts to kill Young Ian. However, Claire, Brianna, Roger, and Jemmy have all passed through the stones without having to kill anyone. It is possible, however, that their travel is anchored by having a loved one on the other side while Geillis is time traveling for purely self-serving purposes, requiring her to use alternative methods.

     Rupert MacKenzie

Played by: Grant O Rourke

One of Dougal MacKenzie's men. He is best friends with Angus Mhor.

  • Adaptational Comic Relief: In the books, he is Colum's quiet body man. In the show, he's one half of a bickering friendship with Angus, quick to tell a dirty joke to make everyone laugh.
  • 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.
  • Team Member in the Adaptation: In the books, Rupert is Dougal's bodyguard and only around to carry out Dougal's orders. In the show, he is still shown to be Dougal's right hand man, but has a much warmer relationship with Jamie, Claire, and Murtagh.
  • Those Two Guys: With Angus.

     Angus Mhor

Played by: Stephen Walters

One of Dougal MacKenzie's men. He is best friends with Rupert.

  • Adaptational Comic Relief: In the books, he's a big, hulking, silent bodyguard. In the show, he's a small, squirrelly, quick tempered man who is off the Butt-Monkey of the conversation.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: His saving of Rupert's life at Prestonpans indirectly leads to his death, as he is severely hit by a cannon blast shortly after and sustains fatal internal injuries.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Rupert.
  • Team Member in the Adaptation: Angus is only mentioned once or twice in the books, as a big, silent, hulking bodyguard for Collum who has no dialogue. As Collum's bodyguard, he does not leave the castle. In the show, he is of much slighter build and serves as comic relief, traveling with Dougal, Jamie, and Rupert.
  • Those Two Guys: With Rupert.

     Jenny Fraser Murray
"Love forces a person to choose. You do things you never imagined you could do before."
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.

     Ian Murray

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.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost his right leg when he went to war in France with Jamie.
  • Best Friends-in-Law: Jamie and Ian have been friends since they were children and Jamie is ecstatic to learn that Ian is Jenny's husband and the father of her children.
  • Best Friend Manual: On several different occasions, when Jenny or Claire are conflicting with Jamie or he's struggling within himself, Ian is able to give insight that helps resolve the issue, highlighting his deep understanding of what makes Jamie tick.
  • Blood Brothers: Ian and Jamie have survived war together and there's not much they wouldn't do for each other. Over the course of the series, Ian marries Jamie's sister to keep her safe, kills a man who is threatening Lallybroch, and willing goes to jail multiple times rather than reveal Jamie's whereabouts. It is hinted in the story that Jamie is the reason Ian made it back from the war in France.
  • Childhood Friends: With Jamie Fraser.
  • Happily Married: To Jenny.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is this to the people of Lallybroch.

Season 2 Characters

     Mother Hildegarde
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. This makes Claire quite useful to her, as one of the few volunteers with some medical training.
  • 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.

     Master Raymond
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.

     Louise de Rohan

Played by: Claire Sermonne

A French noblewoman whom Claire befriends in Paris.

  • 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, though she reluctantly sleeps with him at Claire's suggestion after becoming pregnant by Charles, so that she can pass the baby off as his own. "Sex? With my husband? But my lover would be furious!"

     Mary Hawkins

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.
  • The Ingenue: When Claire meets Mary, she doesn't even know that sex is necessary to make babies and says that she's sure Claire's (who is visibly pregnant) husband is too much of a gentleman to "trouble her in that way", which the French ladies present find hilarious. Claire then gives her the 'birds and the bees' talk offscreen that her family neglected to.
  • 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, and lays Sandrigham's head at her feet.
  • 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, who are separated too soon by his fatal illness and never wed though they have a child together (who is legally his brother Black Jack's).
  • 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.

     Alexander Randall 
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 as was believed. Alex and Mary Hawkins conceive a child together. Because Alex is fatally ill and too unwell and financially insecure to wed Mary, he pleads for Jack to wed Mary in his place so Jack, who is a commissioned officer, can provide for Mary and their child after Alex's death (and even if Jack dies, because he's an officer she'll get a widow's pension). Jack agrees to marry her, promising Alex he will protect and provide for Mary. As a result, Mary and Alex's child is recorded as the child of Mary and Jack.
  • 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, who are separated too soon by his fatal illness and never wed though they have a child together (who is legally his brother Black Jack's).
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Alex was a kind and loving person who dies of an illness at a young age.

     Fiona Graham
Played by: Iona Claire

Mrs. Graham's granddaughter.

Roger: Do you hear anything?
Fiona: The stones dinna call to me.
Episode 4.07 Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Secret-Keeper: Fiona knows that Claire and Brianna have gone through the stones. Additionally, she takes Roger to the stones and watches him go through.
  • Shipper on Deck: She supports Roger and Brianna being together.

Season 3 Characters

     Lord John Grey 
Played by: David Berry

An English soldier and diplomat who befriends Jamie.

  • Ability over Appearance: In the novels, Lord John is described as blond and 5'6". David Berry is a 6'1" brunet that the casting directors loved on sight.
  • 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.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Initially opponents on opposite sides of the Jacobite Rebellion, Lord John and the Frasers trade off turns saving each others' lives, freedom, and reputation. Although Lord John is hopelessly in love with Jamie, he, Jamie, and Claire are able to settle into a friendship of mutual respect and trust.
  • Hero of Another Story: Every time Lord John appears, his life circumstances have significantly changed, indicating that he has a complex life outside of his interactions with the Frasers. He first appears in season 2 as a sixteen-year-old aspiring soldier. In season 3, he's a major assigned to Ardsmuir prison and mourning his lover, and later he's married and been promoted to Governor of Jamaica. In season 4, he's widowed and has been assigned to the colonies. Furthermore, outside of the TV series, Lord John Grey has his own spin-off series of books, many of which do not feature more than a passing mention of Jamie.
  • 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.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Lord John is in love with Jamie, who is straight.
  • Mayfly–December 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.
  • 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. Additionally, he can be counted on to do the right and honorable thing rather than whatever is easiest, most expedient or most popular.
  • 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.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Lord John is one of the few people who can beat Jamie in a game of chess. The two enjoy playing together because they rarely experience a real challenge when playing others.
  • 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.

     Joe Abernathy 
Played by: Wil Johnson

A close friend of Claire's in the 20th century. Like Claire, he is a surgeon, and was part of the same graduating class.

  • 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.

     Geneva Dunsany

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 (the groomsman on her estate, 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, specifically threatening him with the consequences for his family if she exposed him as a former Jacobite rebel.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Geneva is far more spoiled and aggressive than her sister Isobel.

     Isobel Dunsany 
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 not knowing he was 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.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Isobel is far nicer and less rebellious than her sister Geneva.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Isobel, a very kind and innocent woman, dies of dysentery on the boat coming to America.

     Marsali MacKimmie 
Played by: Lauren Lyle
Laoghaire's daughter and Jamie's stepdaughter.

  • 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.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: In Season 5, Brown's men attack a pregnant Marsali, causing her to fall and become unconscious. Fortunately, both she and the baby are alright. Fergus mistakenly thinks the attack has something to do with their son's dwarfism, which adds to his guilt about not having been there, but Claire assures him it doesn't work like that.
  • 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 with an injection of water hemlock after he and his men kidnap and rape Claire.

     Yi Tien Cho/Mr. Willoughby 
Played by: Gary Young
A Chinese exile living in Edinburgh who works for Jamie.

  • 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 onboard the Artemis. He often is the target of racism and discrimination.

     William Ransom 
The son of Geneva Dunsany and Jamie Fraser.

  • 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

     Jocasta Cameron
The youngest sister of Ellen, Colum, and Dougal MacKenzie. She currently lives in North Carolina at River Run. She has been widowed three times; all of her husbands were members of the Cameron family and by each of them she had one daughter, all now deceased.
  • December–December Romance: With Murtagh in Season 4.
  • The Matchmaker: Jocasta tries to set up Brianna with an Arranged Marriage before Brianna gives birth, so she does not have a child outside of marriage. This leads to Bree and Lord John faking an engagement so as to ward off any other suitors while Claire, Jamie and Ian look for Roger.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: All three of her daughters died at a young age. After the Battle of Culloden, Hector accidentally shot 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 considers making Brianna her heir and ultimately 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 people. Claire and Jaime try to get her to free them. However, it turns out this is impossible even if a slave owner is willing to do it, since North Carolina law requires that for the slaves to be freed each one of them individually would have to have done something like save a life, and the slave owner would also have to put up a bond for every person freed, which is far beyond Jocasta's means. Jocasta later frees her loyal butler Ulysses after he saves her life from Gerald Forbes.
  • 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.

    William Tryon

Played by: Tim Downie
The Royal governor of North Carolina who gives Jamie 10,000 acres of land in North Carolina to control.
  • 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 Mac Farlane
A slave who serves as Jocasta's butler at River Run.
  • 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.

     John Quincy Myers

Played by: Kyle Rees

A resident of North Carolina's backcountry who befriends the Frasers.

  • Big Damn Heroes: He, along with Jamie and the men on Fraser's Ridge, help rescue Claire from her captors.
  • The Bus Came Back: John Quincy Myers returns in Season 6 to help Young Ian and the Cherokee rescue Jamie from the Committee of Safety.
  • 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.

    Ta'wineonawira (Otter Tooth)

Played by: Trevor Carroll
A Mohawk man who is a time traveler from the 20th century.
  • Cassandra Truth: Most of the Mohawk rejected his predictions of doom, finding them disturbing, although a few take his words seriously and make a deal with Claire to help rescue Roger in exchange for Otter Tooth's opal necklace.
  • 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
The healer of the Cherokee in North Carolina, who befriends Claire.

     Lizzie Wemyss

Played by: Caitlin O Ryan

Brianna's maid who traveled with her from Scotland to North Carolina. Brianna took Lizzie on at the port of Inverness at the pleading of her father, a bookkeeper who had fallen on hard times and become an indentured servant to a man who wanted Lizzie as 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.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Lizzie reveals she is pregnant, but she doesn't know if Josiah or Keziah is the father. It does not bother her as she is in love with both of them and is happy if either of them is the father. (Genetically speaking, it wouldn't make a difference anyway, since Jo and Kezzie are identical twins, and even a modern blood test wouldn't be able to tell who the father was.)
  • My Own Private "I Do": After Jamie finds out Lizzie is pregnant, he has Lizzie and Keziah handfasted before they can officially marry. Later, Lizzie and the brothers trick Roger into officiating a handfast ceremony between her and Josiah as well.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Lizzie mistakes Roger as Brianna's rapist because she saw a heated argument between Roger and Brianna in Wilmington, and Stephen Bonnet raped Brianna later that night. Unfortunately, she was unaware Brianna and Roger consensually had sex that same night. Due to this miscommunication, she unintentionally has Roger beaten by Jamie and sold to the Mohawk by Young Ian.
  • Sex Slave: Averted, as she flees Scotland with Brianna before she is sold as a concubine.
  • Ship Tease: With Young Ian in Season 4, but nothing comes of it as he joins the Mohawk in Roger's place. In Season 5, she is teased with Josiah Beardsley and in Season 6, she turns out to be in a relationship with both him and his twin brother Keziah (with the knowledge and consent of all parties).
  • Love Triangle: Type 9: Lizzie is in a polyamorous relationship with Josiah and Keziah Beardsley.

    Gerald Forbes

Played by: Billy Boyd
Jocasta's lawyer from Cross Creek.
  • 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
A Mohawk warrior who bought and tormented Roger.
  • The Bus Came Back: Kaheroton returns in Season 6 after his last appearance in Season 4.
  • 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.
  • If I Do Not Return: Kaheroton gives Young Ian his wampum bracelet and tells Young Ian to return to his wife and son if he does not survive his duel with Scotchee Cameron.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • He torments and abuses Roger, but still cares for Johiehon and later is like a brother to Young Ian.
    • Kaheroton also loves his wife, Wahionhaweh, and their son.
  • 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.
  • Raised by the Community: Young Ian asks Kaheroton if he is raising Johiehon's daughter. Kaheroton tells Young Ian that the village will raise her but the baby will live with Johiehon's sister.
  • Second Love: Having lost Johiehon, he later marries Wahionhaweh when she splits with Ian. He and Wahionhaweh have a son.


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.

    Father Alexandre Ferigault
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

     Josiah and Keziah Beardsley
Played by: Paul Gorman

Young orphaned 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.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: The easiest way to tell them apart is that Keziah is deaf and Josiah isn't.
  • Indentured Servitude: Both twins were sold to the Beardsleys as indentured servants by the captain of the ship their family came to America on, after their parents died on the journey. 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.
  • Justified Criminal: Josiah is branded a thief, but the only reason why he steals food is to feed himself and his brother.
  • Love Triangle: Type 9: Josiah and Keziah are in a polyamorous relationship with Lizzie.
  • My Own Private "I Do": After Jamie finds out Lizzie is pregnant, he has Lizzie and Keziah handfasted before they can officially marry. Later, Lizzie and the brothers trick Roger into officiating a handfast ceremony between her and Josiah as well.
  • Sibling Triangle: Both Josiah and Keziah are happily in a relationship with Lizzie.
  • The Tonsillitis Episode: Both Josiah and Keziah have tonsillitis; they are the first to use Claire's penicillin.

     Fanny Beardsley
Played by: Bronwyn James

The widow of Mr. Beardsley and the owner of Josiah and Keziah Beardsley.

  • Chocolate Baby: Her baby girl was fathered by an escaped slave she had an affair with, so she is half black and obviously not the child of Fanny's husband.
  • 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. Fanny had an affair with an escaped slave who fathered her baby, and says that unlike her husband he was 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.

     Isaiah Morton
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.

     Richard Brown
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.
  • It's Personal: Richard claims he is arresting Claire because he believes she murdered Malva. Richard also acknowledges what his brother and the other men did to Claire was wrong and unforgivable. But then he tells Claire how Lionel was his brother, and he loved him, making all of Richard's actions against Claire personal.
  • 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.
    • Jamie and Claire believe Richard arresting Claire for Malva's murder is revenge for Lionel's death.
  • Vigilante Militia: Forms one with his brother and other residents of the backcountry to protect themselves from Native Americans.

     Wendigo Donner
Played by: Brennan Martin
A member of Lionel Brown's gang who is a time traveler and a Native American activist.
  • 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 from the men who go on to rape her, even after Claire said she has gems and knows where the stones are.
    • Also, he escapes Jamie, Fergus and Young Ian's execution of most of the rest of the gang.
  • 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.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: He's Native American and many of the foes of Brown's "safety watch group" are Native Americans, albeit different tribes.
  • Karma Houdini: He escapes and is not killed for taking part in Claire's kidnapping.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: At the end of "Give Me Liberty," he is in prison after stealing Flora MacDonald's jewels to get back to the 20th century.
  • 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.

Season 6 Characters

    Tom Christie
Played by: Mark Lewis Jones

The father of Allan Christie and Malva Christie. He was imprisoned at Ardsmuir Prison, where he met Jamie Fraser. He and his family settle on Fraser's Ridge.

  • Abusive Parents: Tom verbally and physically abuses his children, especially Malva. Malva reminds him of her deceased mother and constantly reminds Malva of her mother’s fate.
  • As the Good Book Says...: Tom frequently quotes from the Bible. At Ardsmuir, Tom used the Bible to quell the prisoners, but it did not work.
    • Tom reads the Bible instead of taking ether during his surgery.
  • Black-and-White Morality: Tom does not understand why Jamie would take the blame and receive a flogging for a crime he did not commit. Tom does not see it as justice, while other prisoners see it as heroic and selfless.
  • Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off!: After being humiliated by Jamie, Tom takes his anger out on Malva and tries to beat her after he spilled milk with his bad hand. But since he can not hold the belt, he cannot beat her. After Claire operates on his hand and it has time to heal, he is able to beat Malva again.
  • Dry Crusader: Tom does not drink alcohol, but he reluctantly drinks some whiskey during his surgery because he did not want to take Claire’s ether.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Tom is against Malva learning medical/healing practices from Claire, because it reminds him of her mother who was hanged as a witch.
  • Freemasons: Tom is a member of the Freemasons. When he is a prisoner in Ardsmuir, Jamie finds this out and asks him to consider letting the other prisoners become Freemasons to end the divisions and fights between the Catholics and Protestants.
  • The Fundamentalist: Tom is a deeply religious person who expects everyone to live religiously. He uses religion to be abusive towards his children, especially Malva. One of the first things he does when he arrives in Fraser’s Ridge is question why a church has not been built.
    • After Malva’s death, Tom was concerned if Malva had enough time to confess her sins to make it to heaven before she died.
  • Headache of Doom: Both he and Claire suffer from an illness that causes painful headaches and terrible nightmares. These symptoms are different from dysentery that infected Fraser's Ridge.
  • Heal It with Booze: He refuses to use Claire’s ether but reluctantly drinks whiskey to prevent the pain of his surgery.
  • Holier Than Thou: Tom thinks he is morally better than most people, especially Jamie.
  • Indentured Servitude: Tom tells Brianna and Roger how he was indentured as a schoolmaster after his time at Ardsmuir.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Both Claire and Tom have nightmares during their illnesses.
  • Skip the Anesthetic: Tom decides to forgo Claire’s ether because he believes it is the devil’s work and chooses to read from the Bible. Claire tells him it will be painful, and Jamie gives him a glass of whiskey.
  • You All Meet in a Cell: Tom meets Jamie in Ardsmuir Prison.

    Allan Christie
Played by: Alexander Vlahos

The son of Tom Christie and brother of Malva Christie. He and his family settle on Fraser's Ridge.

  • Big Brother Instinct: Allan is distraught when Tom beats Malva with his belt.
  • Defiled Forever: After Malva announces she is pregnant, allegedly with Jamie’s child, Allan tells Jamie how Malva is now ruined.
  • Missing Mom: Allan’s mother died when she was young.  She was hanged for being a witch.
  • Mistaken for Betrayal: Before Richard Brown lets Allan Christie go for stealing the powder horn, he claims Allan is a rebel who stole gunpowder. Tom quickly states that Allan is not a traitor and is loyal to the King.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: After Claire invites Malva to observe Marsali's examination, Allan tells Claire that Malva has duties at home and can not join Claire.
  • A Taste of the Lash: Jamie belts Allan after Richard Brown catches him with a stolen powder horn.

    Malva Christie
Played by: Jessica Reynolds

The daughter of Tom Christie and sister of Allan Christie. She and her family settle on Fraser's Ridge.

  • The Apprentice: Malva is intelligent and eager to learn medical practices from Claire.
  • Blackmail: When Roger walks in on Malva and Obadiah Henderson hooking up inside the church, Malva threatens Roger to stay silent, or she will tell Fraser's Ridge that he kissed Amy. Roger denies this, but Malva mentions that it looks suspicious for a married man to spend more time with a widow than with his wife and child.
  • Desecrating the Dead: Malva broke off the fingers of the Sin Eater to create her love charm.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Malva is very curious about love and romance. But living in the 18th century with her religious overprotective father and brother prevent her from seeking love without judgment. She even creates a love charm to make someone fall in love with her. In the end, her search for love gets her pregnant, shamed, and killed.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Malva becomes pregnant and claims Jamie is the father. Jamie vehemently denies this, but Malva claims it was consensual and she was trying to comfort Jamie when Claire was sick.
  • Missing Mom: Malva's mother died when she was young. She was hanged for being a witch.
  • The Peeping Tom: Malva spies on Claire and Jamie having sex in the barn and sees Jamie's scars on his back. Since she knows what Jamie looks like naked, she was able to claim that Jamie slept with her and is the father of her child.
  • Really Gets Around: Malva hooks up with Obadiah Henderson and Young Ian. Additionally, Claire states that she may have been with other men. Later, Malva becomes pregnant and the father of the baby is unknown, although she incorrectly claims it is Jamie.
  • Ship Tease: With Young Ian. The two flirt with each other, and Young Ian admits to Claire that he slept with Malva. But nothing happens between the two of them because Young Ian is still in love with Wahionhaweh, and Malva is murdered.
  • Slashed Throat: Malva is found dead with a slashed throat in the Fraser's garden.
  • Slut-Shaming: Due to Deliberate Values Dissonance, Tom made Malva confess her "sin" of getting pregnant out of wedlock in front of the congregation.
  • Traumatic C-Section: After Claire finds Malva murdered, she tries to save the baby by performing an emergency C-section. Unfortunately, the baby was dead, putting Claire under suspicion of Malva's murder.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: Even though Malva claims Jamie is the father of her baby, other men, including Young Ian and Obadiah Henderson, have slept with Malva, and it is unknown who the father is.

    Wahionhaweh (Emily)
Played by: Morgan Holmstrom

A young Mohawk woman who became Young Ian's wife.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Young Ian had trouble pronouncing her name and called her Emily.
  • Happily Married: To Young Ian, until Young Ian was banished after her pregnancy losses.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: During Wahionhaweh's marriage to Young Ian, she had trouble carrying her pregnancies to full term, with all of them ending in stillbirths or miscarriages. After Young Ian left and she remarried Kaheroton, she became pregnant and gave birth to a son.
  • Second Love: After her pregnancy losses, Wahionhaweh decides to separate from Young Ian and marry Kaheroton. Additionally, Tsotehweh tells Young Ian that Wahionhaweh's mother chose Kaheroton for her. When Wahionhaweh speaks to Young Ian about this, she is sorrowful but tells him that it must be. Before the duel, Kaheroton gives Young Ian his wampum bracelet and tells him to go back to Wahionhaweh if he dies. Young Ian notices that the wampum bracelet, a token of Wahionhaweh's affection, is nearly identical to his, realizing Wahionhaweh and Kaheroton may actually be in love.
  • Tragic Stillbirth: When she was married to Young Ian, she suffered pregnancy losses. These resulted in Young Ian's banishment from the Mohawk and her remarriage to Kaheroton.


     Jonathan Wolverton Randall

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.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Says so himself in Season 1:
    Randall: I dwell in darkness, madam, and darkness is where I belong.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Black Jack tortures Jamie in Wentworth to an unimaginable degree.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Before Black Jack came to Lallybroch, Jamie Fraser was just a teenager working on his family's farm. Then Black Jack sexually assaults his sister and imprisons Jamie for "interfering" with British officers when he attempts to protect her. He nearly whips Jamie to death, the scars of which will be used to raise funds for the Jacobite Uprising, and frames Jamie for murder which sends Jamie into hiding at Castle Leoch, where he falls in with Jacobite sympathizers. After Black Jack brutally rapes and tortures Jamie, the Frasers flee to France where they fall in even deeper with the Jacobites. Jamie is pushed into being a Jacobite officer and eventually leads his men into battle on Culloden Moore where he kills Black Jack in battle as repayment for all the harm Black Jack has done to Jamie's friends and family
  • Depraved Bisexual: Enjoys employing sexual sadism on victims of either gender.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: Jack Randall isn't Frank's direct ancestor as was believed. 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 and financially insecure to wed Mary, he pleads for Jack to wed Mary in his place so Jack, who is a comissioned officer, can provide for Mary after Alex's death (and even if Jack dies, because he's an officer she'll get a widow's pension). Jack agrees to marry her, promising Alex he will protect and provide for Mary. As a result, Mary and Alex's child is recorded as the child of Mary and Jack.
  • Karma Houdini: Reluctantly Invoked by Claire making Jamie promise not to duel him in Season 2, since Black Jack has to live at least long enough to be Frank's ancestor, much as Jamie would love to kill him in revenge for all he's done.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: As seen in Season 3, Black Jack's luck finally runs out at the Battle of Culloden.
  • 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.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Many of the things Captain Randall does would get him arrested, if not executed, if he wasn't under the protection of the Duke of Sandringham.
  • Serial Rapist: By the time of his death, he has raped or attempted to rape four members of the recurring characters. And this is actually tamer than in the books where he is suspected of routinely raping his prisoners and there is a question as to whether he's had sexual relations with his younger brother, Alex.
  • 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.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: The most generous thing one can say about him is that his awareness of his attraction to men in a culture and era that believes that's reprehensible has led him to believe he's a monster beyond redemption. However, it doesn't seem he needed much excuse to act like one...
  • Would Hit a Girl: In season 1, we see him sucker punch Claire and order another soldier to repeatedly kick her while she's on the ground. In a flashback, we see him slam Jenny face into a post hard enough to knock her out.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: His descendant Frank is proud to be related to him, and only knows he was a captain and served honorably, likely inspiring Frank in his own military career.

     Dougal MacKenzie

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.
  • Bald of Authority: The War Chieftain, Dougal is the only bald Highlander in the fighting force of Clan MacKenzie. In addition to being in charge of the fighting men, he serves as the right-hand of and enforcer for his brother, Colum, the Clan's Laird, going where Colum's disabled legs don't allow him to travel, imbued with full authority to act in the best interest of the Clan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 with Colum's wife Letitia, 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.
  • A House Divided: Colum wants to remain neutral and protect Clan MacKenzie and their property; Dougal wants to declare all in for the restoration of a Stuart king. This leads to the brothers bumping heads frequently to the point that Colum exiles Dougal for the safety of the clan.
  • Intergenerational Rivalry: Dougal fears that Jamie will supersede him as the heir apparent for Chief of Clan MacKenzie. This leads to him doing some particularly cruel and manipulative things to Jamie including estranging him from his Lallybroch family for years by falsely telling him Jenny had a Child by Rape with Jack Randall that was his fault, having him beat more harshly than required during a hall meeting, forcing him to show his flogging scars to drum up anti-English sentiment in each town despite knowing the scars deeply embarrass Jamie, and commanding him to marry Claire knowing that marrying an English wife will greatly reduce support for Jamie as clan chief.
  • 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.

     Laoghaire MacKenzie

Played by: Nell Hudson

Laoghaire is Mrs. Fitz's granddaughter and is of the MacKenzie clan. She starts the series as a teenage 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 publicly 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. Joanie, 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.
    • Marsali later confirms in Season 5 that her father was abusive.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Claire after Claire marries Jamie.
  • Loving a Shadow: Laoghaire has spent a lifetime in love with the idea of Jamie. She has gone to extremes to be with him, attempting a love spell, putting an ill-wish under Jamie and Claire's marital bed, and even setting up Claire to be executed as a witch. However, when Jamie and Laoghaire finally do get together, their life experiences have made them miserably incompatible. They spend two years locked in a Sexless Marriage, for most of which they lived apart. However, when Jamie attempts to move on, Laoghaire goes full Yandere unable to bear letting go of the man she believed she was destined to be with.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Laoghaire attempts to have Claire executed for witchcraft, believing that in Claire's absence, Jamie's affections would quickly fall back to Laoghaire. In reality, when Claire and Jamie are separated with no hope for reunion, Jamie falls into unassuageable grief and it's nearly seven years before he can bear to have even a one night stand with another woman and will be another decade before he's finally convince to remarry with Laoghaire. Even then, he does it more so for the chance to be father to her daughters than any true affection or desire for Laoghaire herself.
  • 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.

     Father Bain 
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. However, after hurling the standard accusations he admits that he was wrong.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's still dogmatic, but after prayerful consideration he comes to the conclusion that Claire did more good by saving the boy than he did by condemning her, and that HE'S the one who's sinned in the eyes of God.
  • 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.
  • Heel–Face Turn: During Claire's trial, he admits he accused her out of jealousy and pride and retracts his accusations, even tearfully begging forgiveness for failing his congregation with his sinfulness.
  • 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 poisonous leaves.

     The Duke of Sandringham 
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.

     Le Comte St. Germain

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 onboard.

  • 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.

     Prince Charles Edward Stuart

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."
  • Entitled Bastard: He doesn't appreciate the sacrifices the Scots are making to help him in his attempt to regain the throne. He feels entitled to their assistance, ordained by God, and doesn't really care what happens to the Highlanders. He even demands that wounded British soldiers be treated ahead of the wounded Jacobites, despite the Jacobites being his own men. But he's more concerned about what the British will think of him after the war is over.
  • 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.
  • Harmless Lady Disguise: After Culloden, Prince Charles disguises himself as an old woman to escape Scotland.
  • 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.

     Stephen Bonnet

Played by: Ed Speleers
An Irish pirate and smuggler.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Before he can slowly drown (which Bree knows is his worst nightmare), 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.
  • Downfall by Sex: Although Bonnet has always been a scoundrel, it's raping Brianna that sets him on the path to his ultimate fate.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After getting away with robbing Jamie and Claire, pushing sick 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 while he's being executed by drowning. It's unclear if this is revenge or mercy, since he'd told her earlier about his nightmare of drowning, or a little of both.
  • 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.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He rapes Brianna in a pub as her "payment" for returning Claire's wedding ring to her.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Claire and Jamie help Bonnet escape to freedom, since he claims to have been unjustly sentenced like their friend Gavin. He wasn't. 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.

     William Buccleigh MacKenzie

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. Even if Roger had been flirting with her, the latter would be a gross overreaction.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: He gets Roger hanged for hugging his wife, even after his wife tells him Roger saved her and their son's lives on the boat to America.
  • Identical Grandson: He is the son of Geillis Duncan and Dougal McKenzie and looks exactly like his father except his hair hasn't grayed yet.
  • Unknown Relative: He does not know Roger is his relative and was hugging Morag because she's his ancestress. He just thinks Roger is hitting on his wife.

     Lionel Brown

Played by: Ned Dennehy
A resident of Brownsville and the brother of Richard Brown.

  • Asshole Victim: Marsali kills him with an injection of water hemlock for kidnapping and raping Claire.
  • Domestic Abuser: Lionel abuses his wife when she does not want to sleep with him.
  • Entitled Bastard: He asks Claire and Marsali to save his life, even though he'd had Claire gang-raped and 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.
  • Hallucinations: Throughout Season 6, Lionel Brown haunts Claire to remind her of her deepest subconscious fears and insecurities.
  • 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 mass execution of his gang by the Fraser family so that 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, using a syringe of water hemlock.
  • 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 after Brianna realizes that a snake's fangs are a natural syringe.