Fox River State Penitentiary
Warden Henry Pope
The dedicated warden of Fox River State Penitentiary.
- Being Good Sucks: Pope is one of the most morally upright characters in the entire series; he's dedicated to rehabilitation and acts as something of a mentor figure to Michael Scofield during his stay. Michael rewards his generosity by using him for his escape plan, holding him at gunpoint and leaving him tied up in his office. Pope ultimately loses his job because of his trusting nature.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He might be a good man, but piss him off and you will feel the consequences.
- Big Good
- Bound and Gagged: By Michael when they break out of Fox River.
- Butt-Monkey: At the end of Season 1 and beginning of Season 2. Michael has put together an escape plan right under his nose, he gets locked in his own office closet to make sure he can't warn anybody, fails to recapture the prisoners, and resigns out of disgust when the mismanagement of Fox River comes to light.
- The Bus Came Back: Halfway through Season 2, Michael and Sara request his assistance in finding the recording Frank Tancredi left behind.
- Cool Old Guy: He's played by Stacy Keach, so this is a given.
- A Father to His Men: Pope considers the staff of Fox River to be his responsibility as much as the inmates, and holds a fatherly affection for both Michael and Bellick.
- Happily Married: Despite his earlier infidelity, he still has a very loving relationship with his wife. He asks Michael to help him build a miniature Taj Mahal as a gift to his wife for their anniversary.
- Put on a Bus: After the Fox River 8 escape, Pope retires in disgrace. He's only seen twice more in the Season 2 before disappearing completely.
- Wardens Are Evil: Averted. Pope is a very affable man who genuinely cares about every staff member and inmate in Fox River. He's a believer in rehabilitation, not punishment.
- Your Cheating Heart: He had an illegitimate son while married to his wife; said son fell into petty crime and died prior to the start of the series.
Warden Ed Pavelka
The Warden at the prison after Pope quit after the Fox River Eight escaped.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: He adopts a very tough stance, showing no mercy whatsoever for the inmates under his care.
A correctional officer at Fox River, and is usually seen with C.O. Stolte.
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: He's not a bad person, but he doesn't always pay attention to his work and gets easily distracted by the secretary.
- Distracted by the Sexy: He's so busy with carrying on an affair with Pope's secretary that he fails to even suspect the hole being dug in the shed.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on his wife with Pope's secretary.
A correctional officer at Fox River. He likes to talk about sports with C.O. Patterson and has a teen aged son called Josh.
- The Dragon: The closest thing Bellick has to one.
A correctional officer at Fox River. He is known for corruption and inmate abuse.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When T-Bag finally catches up to him, he begs for his life and offers to split the (stolen) money 50-50 with him. It doesn't work.
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: The incompetent, bumbling sidekick to Bellick's bad cop. No wonder he's the one who has to pick through T-Bag's stool.
- Bounty Hunter: In Season 2, with Bellick.
- The Bus Came Back: Geary is fired for corruption in Season 1, but returns in Season 2 to testify against Bellick. They later team up to hunt down the Fox River Eight.
- Butt-Monkey: Bellick treats him like this, such as making him sift through excrement, leading to Geary's betrayal.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He has a tendency to betray the people he works for; it catches up to him.
- Dirty Guard: Geary is bottomlessly corrupt, frequently stealing from the inmates and accepting bribes.
- Dirty Coward: Attacks Bellick when his back is turned in order to steal the money.
- Dirty Old Man: When he gets the money, Geary immediately spends it on three young prostitutes who he wants to perform a 'Cleveland Steamer'. Don't look it up.
- The Dragon: To Bellick in Season 2, until his inevitable betrayal.
Other Staff Members
Warden Henry Pope's secretary. She has an illicit affair with corrections officer Louis Patterson.
The Prison Chaplain. He helps Lincoln through his ordeal of dying in the electric chair, and gives guidance to Abruzzi when he sees the image of Jesus Christ on his Prison Cell wall.
A nurse and friend of Sara Tancredi. She is shown to be the only person who Sara interacts with regularly inside and outside the prison.
- Black Best Friend: To Sara.
- Put on a Bus: After Season 1.
- Satellite Character: Towards Sara.
Fox River's longest-serving inmate (thirty-two years) and he tells Scofield that he has sixty more years left on his sentence.
- Badass Grandpa: Absolutely. He defeats Bellick, a much younger man in a one-on-one fight. He sustains a fatal stab wound that he keeps secret for an entire day and engages in an escape attempt, all the while bleeding to death.
- Back for the Finale: He visits Michael during a coma dream in the last season.
- Dead Person Conversation: With Michael in Season 4, although it's strongly implied to be only a hallucination inside Michael's mind.
- Gentleman Thief: As DB Cooper in the past.
- In-Series Nickname: "The Old Head".
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: He has a cat named Marilyn, the reason why he keeps using transfer blocks to remain in Fox River.
- Nice Guy: Has far fewer sins than some of the other prisoners.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Does this to Bellick when he finds out the hole they're using to dig out of the prison.
- The Old Convict: He is one of Fox River's longest-serving convicts (thirty-two years). Sometimes he acts like a mentor to Michael, especially in the beginning of the first season.
- Papa Wolf: The only reason he decided to join the escape in the first place is because his daughter was ill and he would never have a chance to see her alive again otherwise.
- Posthumous Character: In Season 4 he appears inside Michael's mind during Michael's brain surgery to aid him in figuring out the Company's plot.
- Retired Badass: Was this until Michael comes to the prison.
- Secret Identity: As D.B. Cooper.
- Secret Stab Wound: Keeps it a secret until the day of the breakout.
David Tweener Apolskis
A prisoner of Fox River. It is later revealed that he was arrested after swiping a T206 Honus Wagner Baseball card and is charged with grand larceny. T-Bag gives him the nickname "Tweener" due to his affinity for African American culture, and harasses him until Michael Scofield intervenes.
- Adorkable: Him trying to make friends, flirting after his escape, and singing John Denver evokes this.
- Butt-Monkey: Tweener's life has been one long stretch of uninterrupted bad luck.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Drops one on T-Bag when he first approaches him.
- Dirty Coward: Borders on Lovable Coward sometimes. It's Alternative Character Interpretation, really.
- Grew a Spine: Despite being The Mole in Season 1, he doesn't betray the rest of the Fox River 8 in Season 2 despite all that was offered.
- Groin Attack: On his prison rapist.
- Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: Played with. He is a thief, but just a pickpocket. He's only in prison because he stole a baseball card that he thought was worthless, but was actually worth $300,000, slapping him with grand larceny.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: He finally grows enough of a backbone to protect the rest of the Fox River Eight, but is promptly killed by Mahone.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: You never know if he's on the inmates' side or on Bellick's side. He probably doesn't know either.
- In-Series Nickname: Has one in prison, like most prisoners: "Tweener".
- The Mole: Bellick forces him to become the rat, and it gets even worse when he can't provide him any new information.
- Prison Rape: He's a victim of this due to being a small prisoner unaffiliated with any gang. Bellick, who uses him as a mole, uses this as a punishment against him by handing him over to the likes of Avocado.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: He tries to speak and act like an African-American, leading him to not fit in with either black or white inmates (hence his nickname "Tweener"). He even tries to write a rap:Tweener: Inside these walls / I creep and I crawl / Lookin' for a way out / But I know there's gonna be no easy route / This is gonna be a 12-round... a 12-round bout... / With Bellick and T-Bag on my mind / This grind in here...
- Rape as Drama: First, T-Bag constantly disturbs and threatens to abuse him, to the point where he cries in his cell while T-Bags sings that he's "coming", and it only stops when Michael intervenes. Later, it actually happens when Bellick moves him to Avocado's cell for not giving him any useful information.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Lane Garrison, the actor playing Tweener, was driving while intoxicated and got into a car accident that killed one of his passengers, and was subsequently sent to jail for vehicular manslaughter. This happened while he was still on the show and the writers accelerated his being written out of the series because they knew there was next-to-no chance of him avoiding jail time.
- Redemption Equals Death: He sends Mahone to the wrong location, which gives Michael and the others the precious time they need to escape. Mahone guns him down for his troubles.
- Tag Along Kid: He is the youngest member of the Fox River 8, and is often seen as a nuisance to the other ones.
Charles Haywire Patoshik
A mentally ill inmate who was briefly Michael's cellmate. Becomes one of the Fox River Eight.
- Abusive Parents: Implied to be the reason he killed them. Confirmed in the case of his father, at least. He tells Sasha in Season 2 that he was a drinker and abusive towards him.
- Butt-Monkey: The other Fox River 8 members always screw him up, especially Michael.
- Cloudcuckoolander: In Season 1, he believes that Michael's tattoos are a "pathway to hell". In Season 2, he decides to build a raft to go to Holland after seeing an oil painting.
- Creepy Monotone: Had some shades of it, when sharing his cell with Michael at least.
- The Cuckoo Lander Was Right: He's the only one that notices the true purpose of Michael's tattoos.
- Cute and Psycho: Of a non-Ax-Crazy variety.
- Dead Person Conversation: In Season 3, he appears to Alex in visions.
- Driven to Suicide: After being cornered on a tower, Mahone gently convinces him to jump. He does.
- Frameup: Michael pretends Haywire attacked him to send Haywire back to the psycho ward.
- Humble Goal: Played for laughs in Season 2, with his dream to go to Holland...on a raft he made himself.
- Hyper-Awareness: He is the only one in Fox River who notices the pattern on Michael's tattoos.
- In-Series Nickname: "Haywire".
- Insane Equals Violent: He killed his own parents and has a reputation for acting out. Michael uses this to get him transferred. Averted later when it seems he's ready to kill a blind woman, but instead just makes off with one of her paintings.
- The Insomniac: He doesn't sleep because of his "neuroanatomic lesion affecting his reticular activating system", getting in the way of Michael's plan since he could never dig in his cell.
- The Mentally Disturbed: Unambiguously mentally disturbed, though he doesn't go into the psych ward until Michael pretends that he attacked him.
- Out of Focus: Probably gets the least focus of any of the prisoners that escape. He only appears in three episodes after breaking out, and doesn't know about Westmoreland's money.
- Photographic Memory: He remembers all of Michael's body tattoos completely and with exact detail. This works to Michael's advantage when he needs Patoshik to remember a piece where Michael's skin was burned too badly to read anymore.
- Plucky Comic Relief: In Season 2, where he is first shown eating ice cream and drinking soda directly from a machine, and then building a raft to go to Holland.
- The Rain Man: Despite being not quite well in the head, he quickly figures out that Michael's tattoos are a map and later helps him finish them.
- Self-Made Orphan: He killed his abusive parents.
Sucre's cousin. Manche works in the laundry and becomes invaluable to the escape team when they have to reformulate their escape-plan.
- Butt-Monkey: He's the only member of the escape team to not make it out due to his own incompetence and panic, leading to his mockery.
- Clean Up Crew: He works on the prison laundry, after all.
- Death by Falling Over: Falls on a rock while trying to kill T-Bag.
- Dirty Coward: He nearly ruins the escape by not waiting his turn, gives up the names of the escapees, and reveals critical information to Bellick under threats.
- I'm a Humanitarian: After not eating for days, he tries to kill T-Bag in order to eat him. It doesn't work.
- Nervous Wreck: He's constantly terrified. When you keep getting threatened by the likes of T-Bag and Bellick, wouldn't you be?
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Only has a handful of appearances before his death in season four.
C-Note's right hand man in his black gang in Fox River.
- Beard of Evil: When he's seen in Season 2.
- The Bus Came Back: He turns up in Season 2 for a brief cameo, complete with new Beard of Evil.
- Eye Scream: C-Note splashes chemicals in his eyes to gain the upper hand.
Abruzzi's right-hand man at Fox River.
An inmate who is assigned as Tweener's cellmate
- The Bus Came Back: He returns in Season 2 as Bellick's cellmate.
- Fat Bastard: He's large, overweight and a notorious rapist of weaker inmates.
- Groin Attack: A victim of this by Tweener, whom he raped repeatedly.
- In-Series Nickname: "Avocado".
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His first name is never revealed. It's also unclear if Balz-Johnson is his actual surname or his idea of a joke.
- Prison Rape: He's known for raping weaker inmates, something Bellick takes advantage of to threaten Tweener.
- Rape as Drama: His repeated rape of Tweener causes the latter to nearly breakdown, which guilts Michael into helping him.
Seth 'Cherry' Hoffner
A young inmate who shares a cell with T-Bag.
- Broken Bird: His repeated rape by T-Bag and being forced to lie about a murder weigh heavily on his mind.
- Driven to Suicide: Seth hangs himself rather than remain T-Bag's plaything.
- The Quiet One: Due to nerves at first, but eventually T-Bag purposefully enforces it.
- Prison Rape: A victim of this by T-Bag.
- Rape as Drama: He is constantly nervous and horrified due to being raped by T-Bag, even begging for Michael's help (unsuccessfully). Eventually, he commits suicide.
- Shrinking Violet: His quiet, nervous disposition is part of what gets him targeted by Trokey and T-Bag.
An inmate who was a friend of T-Bag's.
- Asshole Victim: A non-fatal example.
- Frameup: T-Bag frames him as the murdered of Bob Hudson by putting a picture of the guard's daughter under his bed and forcing Cherry to accuse him.
The leader of another black gang at Fox River consisting of himself and four others.