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    Liz Ortecho 

Liz Ortecho

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Portrayed by: Jeanine Mason
"My brain is my superpower."

A biomedical researcher and daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants. After being resurrected by Max Evans, she discovers the existence of the aliens and works to uncover the truth behind her sister’s death.


  • Action Survivor: No combat skills, no alien superpowers, just Nerves of Steel. When Wyatt tries to kill her, she starts Counting Bullets, then ambushes him while reloading. Later when he tries to burn her alive in a wooden box soaked with fuel, she waits for the fire to weaken the box and kicks her way out.
  • Almost Kiss: Several times with Max.
  • Amicable Exes: Liz is great friends with Kyle, her high school boyfriend, who helps her uncover the mystery throughout season 1 and who will later claim Liz as Family of Choice in season 2. She and her ex-fiance are also on good terms.
  • Badass Normal: No powers, but incredibly smart, tough and determined.
  • Brainy Brunette: She has at least three degrees and is highly sought after in her field.
  • Determinator: She is extremely tenacious, as can be seen in her investigation into Rosa’s death.
  • Family Business: Her father runs the Crashdown Café, where she and her sister worked as waitresses when they were younger. When Liz returns, she helps out by waitressing again.
  • First Episode Resurrection: Is shot and then brought back by Max in the first episode, which forms a temporary Psychic Link between them and kickstarts the plot.
  • For Science!: Years of frustration at not being allowed to research with human cells have left her embittered towards medical ethics as a whole, and leads her to go too far in the other direction in the hopes that she can actually do something with what she's found on the aliens.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Liz has quite a nice one with her name embroidered on it.
  • Mad Scientist: Liz's behavior in season 2 has her edging towards Mad Scientist or possibly Well-Intentioned Extremist as she repeatedly violates boundaries in pursuit of what she believes is the greater good.
  • The Perfectionist: When she was younger, she always sought to be perfect to gain her mother's love and approval, and also because she feared that if she was anything less than perfect it would lead to increased scrutiny on her parents. Now, she's still got plenty of the tendencies but she's more resentful of the people that made her feel that way.
    Diego: You don't have to be the perfect daughter of the perfect immigrant!
    Liz: Yes, I do, because the imperfect daughter is in a box in the New Mexico desert!
  • Runaway Fiancée: Breaking up with Diego by leaving town and ghosting him was not her finest moment.
  • Sex with the Ex: With Kyle.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives Max a piece of her mind several times. And he gives it right back.

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    Max Evans 

Max Evans

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Portrayed by: Nathan Parsons
"You asked me what I am? I'm just a guy from Roswell."

Reserved small-town cop Max is actually a Human Alien, but keeping his head down and maintaining The Masquerade was a lot easier before the love of his life came back to town and he accidentally saved her life.


  • Almost Kiss: Several times with Liz.
  • Angst Nuke: Max has one at the end of "Tearin' Up My Heart" (season 1 episode 3) that takes out the power for the whole city.
  • Anti-Hero: Max's first priority is protecting his family and his secret, and he's done plenty of morally grey things in their defense. Use of his powers also affects his mental state, which doesn't help matters any.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: To Liz, in season 1 episode 3.
  • The Atoner: Remarks to Liz in the pilot episode that he became a cop to help him sleep at night. It later turns out that this is due to him killing a drifter when he was young and the Evil Feels Good nature of her powers.
  • Came Back Wrong: Max's main fear early in season 2, when he's afraid he'll be dangerous if he's brought back to life.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Max's healing hurts him to the point where he can barely stagger away.
  • Children Forced to Kill: When he was younger, he killed a man in defense of Isobel.
  • The Chosen One: Possibly. Noah hints that Max is at least important enough to be used as collateral should the aliens ever return. Season 2 elaborates on this and it appears that the truth is a lot darker than that, if him being chained up by the aliens as a child is any indicator.
  • Cowboy Cop: Shows shades of this once Liz comes back to town, especially after she is almost killed by Wyatt. Liz and Cameron call him out on it, saying he doesn't get to change the rules for people he dislikes.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Last shot of season 1.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He covers up the death of the three girls by making it look like Rosa drove drunk and crashed. The story of a drunk Mexican girl with undocumented parents killing two white girls swiftly leads to retaliation against her family and racial tensions in Roswell.
  • Drunk with Power: Absorbing lightning in the season 1 finale and killing Noah messes with Max's head a bit, to the point where he starts to feel invincible. He heals Michael's hand without thinking of the consequences and tries to bring Rosa back to life. He succeeds at the cost of his own.
  • Emotional Powers: Electrical sources malfunction around him when he is feeling strong emotions, particularly sexual ones. He comments to Liz that he finds this very annoying and wishes he had greater control over his power.
  • Everyone Can See It: Both in their high school days and in the present, Max is not subtle about his feelings for Liz.
  • Evil Feels Good: It's eventually revealed that killing someone using his powers feels really good, something that frightens Max and prompts a lot of his darker actions.
  • Evil Doppelgänger: As revealed in the season 2 finale, Max has an evil doppelganger who was posing as a farmer in 1947 and has been in stasis since.
  • Happily Adopted: By the Evans.
  • Healing Hands: Max's "signature" ability, though he seems to need electricity to do it—at the very least, using it makes the local electrical infrastructure blow out.
  • Human Alien: Like his siblings, Max is only superficially human.
  • I Am a Monster: Due to the nature of his powers and his rage issues, he starts to believe that he's "the devil" their mothers were hiding from. The fact that the aliens saw fit to chain him up and he had episodes as a child makes him even more uncertain, although Isobel argues that it could just as well be a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of his rage issues coming out of his abuse and trauma.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: As noted by Michael, Max is the sibling least willing to admit that he's an alien.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Liz.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Loses his memories of Liz after returning from the dead in season 2.
  • Only Mostly Dead: In season 2, he's got at least some residual brain activity despite his heart being, as Michael put it, shredded, thanks to Bizarre Alien Biology. He can still communicate with Rosa and begs her to put him out of his misery.
  • Power Incontinence: Max can control electricity, but he's often just barely in control.
  • Psychic Link: A side effect of Max using his healing ability on someone is a temporary psychic link between them.
  • Secret Keeper: Keeping the secret that he and his siblings are aliens, obviously, but also that Isobel killed three girls under mysterious circumstances.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Unlike his bisexual siblings, Max has been in love with Liz since childhood.
  • Shock and Awe: His main power; he's able to channel it into healing or destruction.
  • Super Cop: Though he very rarely uses his powers while on the job.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: How Max's anger issues usually manifest.
  • Suppressed Rage: Max has clear anger issues, which tend to come out as inappropriate shouting or, sometimes, more physical things like fist-clenching.
  • Synchronization: When he and Michael get into a fight, he reveals that he feels his siblings' pain, physical and emotional.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Max seems to deliberately avoid forging connections, and the only other relationship we know about is a strictly Friends with Benefits thing with Cam.
  • They Would Cut You Up: All three siblings fear this, but it's Max's articulation of this fear to Liz in the first episode that establishes it as a particular concern of his.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: When he was younger, he was envious of his siblings' powers and wondered when he'd get his. He found out when he killed someone.
  • Twin Telepathy: Their adoptive mom even comments that they always seemed to know what the other was thinking. Telepathy is really Isobel's thing, not Max's, but he can "call" her. There seems to be a strong subconscious component as well, since Max knows immediately when Isobel is injected with the death serum and is shown to not be sleeping well due to her psychic absence when she is in stasis in her pod.
  • Walking Techbane: How Max's electricity powers usually work out for him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Is on the receiving end of several, including from Liz and his partner Cameron.

    Isobel Evans-Bracken 

Isobel Evans-Bracken

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Portrayed by: Lily Cowles

Max's twin sister Isobel seems to be one of Roswell's more prominent citizens, with a role in organizing major town events. She's primarily a telepath, though she's displayed a touch of both Max's electricity powers and Michael's telekinesis.


  • Beauty Mark: Has one on her cheek.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted. When she finds out she's pregnant by Noah, she uses the alien serum to abort the pregnancy, nearly dying in the process. Given the strong Child by Rape connotations, no one blames her for it, just reprimands her for risking her life needlessly when they would have helped.
  • Happily Adopted: By the Evans.
  • Heroic BSoD: Upon realizing she murdered three people.
  • Human Alien: Like her brothers, Isobel is only superficially human.
  • Ice Queen: In high school.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Noah, unbeknownst to him. Except not. He's an alien, like her.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: How Isobel's Mind Manipulation powers seem to work—more of an influence than a command.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Keeping secrets damages both her marriage and mental health, causing her to have an identity crisis.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The fact she was the one who killed Rosa and the two other girls is kept hidden from her by her brothers.
  • Mental World: When Isobel is using her powers on someone, she enters their Mental World.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Isobel does not like her telepathy powers for this reason. In season 2 she comments that she inadvertently learned far more about her mother's long-ago ex-boyfriend than she ever wanted to know.
  • Mind Manipulation: Can read and manipulate people’s thoughts.
  • Power Incontinence: Isobel made a comment about inadvertent mind reading during season 2, suggesting that her powers are to some extent not under her conscious control.
  • Stepford Smiler: Has shades of this; she imitates a perfect life and marriage to hide her true identity, but keeping secrets takes a toll on both her mental health and her marriage.
  • Telepathy: Her power.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The first season is not kind to her. First, her brother is hurt and her secret is exposed, then her marriage unravels under the weight of all her secrets, then she learns she killed three girls while blacked out, then she learns that her husband is a Serial Killer who has been possessing her on and off ever since she was 14.
  • Twin Telepathy: Telepathy is Isobel's main power, but she's especially good at reaching her twin brother Max.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Another alien mind controlled her during the blackouts, forcing her to murder Rosa and the two other girls.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Max and Michael after finding out they kept the fact she killed three people hidden from her.

    Michael Guerin 

Michael Guerin

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Portrayed by: Michael Vlamis
"My genius increases when I'm pissed off."

Michael wasn't adopted by the Evans and had a very difficult childhood. Though the three found each other again by age 11 and were inseparable thereafter, their different circumstances have made Michael feel resentful and Max feel guilty. As an adult he's a loner, and is much less integrated into town life than his siblings.


  • Adaptational Sexuality: Michael was straight in the original book series and earlier TV show; here, Michael is bisexual.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Alex, who also has had a rough upbringing and a love for music.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: All three siblings are bright—Max is shown reading classic literature for fun—but Michael might well be the smartest of the lot, and the only one shown to be mathematically inclined. He turned down a full college scholarship to be a junkyard mechanic with a secret shed full of alien tech.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Any hope he had of playing guitar was ruined when Sergeant Manes crushed his hand with a hammer for defending Alex from him. It healed poorly and he's struggled with it ever since.
  • Closet Key: Alex is this for him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Judging by his comment that the system put him at ‘the mercy of criminals,’ the reveal in a flashback that he had been subjected to a violent exorcism that left a nasty scar on his arm, and the fact that in high school he is homeless and living in a truck, it’s safe to say that Michael has had a rough life.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He works as a mechanic and is secretly trying to build alien technology.
  • Gay Cowboy: Michael cultivates a cowboy image and is definitely not straight.
    Alex: Does the macho cowboy swagger thing ever get old with you?
    Michael: Did it get old for you?
  • Inconvenient Attraction: Seems to consider his feelings for Alex as a weakness.
    Michael: It’s just him, you know? Screws me up.
  • Human Alien: Like his siblings, Michael is only superficially human.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Alex, unbeknownst to Alex himself. At least, at the beginning.
  • Lovable Rogue: Is arrested on a regular basis and has no respect for anybody, but manages to be charming nonetheless.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He’s antagonistic, especially to Max, but cares a lot about his siblings and Alex.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: Late in season 2, the antagonists force him to build a bomb.
  • Mind over Matter: Has the power of telekinesis.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: When Max had a breakdown in their group home, Michael took the fall for it to try and protect him. As a result, Michael was labeled as 'disturbed' and the Evans passed him over for adoption, leading to his Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Secret Keeper: Keeping the secret that he and his siblings are aliens, obviously, but also that Isobel killed three girls under mysterious circumstances.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: With Alex.
  • The Engineer: Michael is very technically and manually oriented and is a superb mechanic.
  • There's No Place Like Home: Unlike his siblings, Michael wants nothing to do with Earth after all the abuse and misery he's suffered, and has been secretly trying to rebuild his ship and go back to his home planet.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: He finally meets the rest of the aliens, including his mother, and feels maternal love for the first time when they connect. Then they all die in an explosion that he triggered trying to free them.

    Alex Manes 

Alex Manes

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Portrayed by: Tyler Blackburn


  • Abusive Parents: Sergeant Manes is outright called abusive by his own son Alex, who considers losing his leg in Iraq to be less traumatic than living under his roof. At first it just seems to be general emotional abuse, as he's very controlling of his son and very disappointed when he figures out he's gay, but when he found out that Alex and Michael had sex in the toolshed, he brandishes a hammer and breaks Michael's hand with it when he gets in the way.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Alex was straight in the original book series and earlier TV show; here, he is gay.
  • Artificial Limbs: Lost a leg in Iraq and has a prosthetic.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Michael, who also has had a rough upbringing and a love for music.
  • Brutal Honesty: Outright tells Liz she’s being a bad friend to Maria.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has shades of this.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Is involved with Michael, who is a man, a criminal and an alien. His father has issues with all three.
  • Fantastic Racism: Defied. He outright refuses to indulge in his father's prejudice against aliens, seeing it as just another form of bigotry. He decides to use Project Shepherd to hunt down an alien serial killer, then shut it down for good.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Michael, unbeknownst to Alex himself.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: It's heavily implied that he did something in Iraq that severely disillusioned him about the US government. He's not exactly shocked when he finds out about the horrible things they did to aliens in Caulfield, and he chides Kyle for trying to justify it when the government kills them.
    Alex: That's the coldest reality about war. You're just doing what you're told, then all of a sudden, things are burning, people are screaming. And then you look around and you realize, the evil is you.
  • Out of the Closet, Into the Fire: In high school, he’s fairly open about being gay and draws negative attention both from Kyle and his friends and his own father.
  • Race Lift: White in the original book series and TV show, half-Navajo here.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: With Michael.
  • Transparent Closet: Alex tells Kyle that his father figured out he was gay before he did and tried to beat it out of him. In high school as well, apparently many people guessed he was.
  • White Sheep: Both his father and his brother are involved in horrible experiments on aliens and are completely okay with genociding the entire species, something that horrifies him when he finds out. He eventually decides Michael is his Family of Choice. His brother Gregory also counts, having moved back to their mother's hometown to escape their family.

    Kyle Valenti 

Kyle Valenti

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Portrayed by: Michael Trevino


  • Actual Pacifist: Comes with the territory as a doctor. He mentions that when he was still in his internship, there was a school shooting, and the perpetrator was among the people being treated. When he asked who it was, his teacher pointedly told him it didn't matter and that his job was to treat everyone.
  • Amicable Exes: With Liz. They sleep together more than once but neither wants to go further than that and though he still does harbor some feelings for her, they see each other as family.
  • Broken Pedestal: When he realizes that his father was involved in the horrific experiments at Caulfield, he doesn't even lash out at the alien that killed him, saying that if he helped torture them, he deserved it.
  • Confess in Confidence: Refuses to divulge the identity of his handprinted patient to Jesse Manes.
  • Determined Doctor: Roswell's only choice for the sick or hurt alien, in part because he just doesn't give up.
  • Jerk Jock: Was this in high school.
  • Race Lift: White in the original book series and TV show, Latino here.
  • Reformed Bully: A homophobic bully in high school, but a Nice Guy in the present day who regrets how he acted.
  • Sex with the Ex: With Liz.

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    Maria De Luca 

Maria DeLuca

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Portrayed by: Heather Hemmens
"I wanted to be the fun friend. I love being the fun friend."

  • Adaptation Species Change: She's human in the books, here she discovers she has alien ancestry.
  • The Bartender: Owner and bartender at the Wild Pony.
  • Best Friend: To Liz and Michael, as well as Rosa in high school.
  • The Caretaker: To her mentally unwell mother.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The only one of the main cast who is completely oblivious to the supernatural. Rosa and Kyle know, while Alex has stumbled upon an alien artifact. The only clue Maria gets is her mother, who she believes is mentally unwell, talking about aliens.
  • Power Limiter: Her family necklace suppresses her powers.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: When she's experimenting with her powers in season 2.
  • Race Lift: A blue-eyed blonde white girl in the original book series and TV show, a black woman here. Maria says her family were the only black people in Roswell when she was growing up.
  • Seers: She does palm-readings and is stated to have inherited Psychic Powers from her mother. Season 2 confirms they're real, due to her grandmother being experimented on at Caulfield.
  • Secret Keeper: She finds out the truth in "Good Mother" and immediately calls out everyone around her for concealing it.
  • Stepford Smiler: She puts up a cheery front but is actually struggling with her situation.
    Maria: I wanted to be the fun friend. I love being the fun friend.
  • Uneven Hybrid: Maria's grandmother Patricia was half-alien, making Maria herself 1/8 alien.

Supporting Characters

    Deputy Jenna Cameron 
Portrayed by: Riley Voelkel
Max Evans' partner on the Chaves County sheriff's force.

    Sheriff Michelle Valenti 
Portrayed by: Rosa Arredondo
Kyle Valenti's mom, Max Evans' boss and the head of the Chaves County sheriff's office. She succeeded her late husband Jim as sheriff.

  • Connected All Along: As a young deputy, she was the one who responded to Max, Michael, and Isobel being found abandoned at age 7. She also did a great deal of the followup work on their case, so she knows better than anyone how inexplicable their sudden appearance really was.
  • Da Chief: She's Max and Cam's boss; true to this trope, she's occasionally shown performing the political side of her job, like reassuring prominent citizens that their concerns are heard.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She and her family are devoted to law and order, though she's not such a By-the-Book Cop that she won't bend the occasional rule.
  • Secret Chaser: In season 2 especially. She's aware that Max is hiding something; she's partially but not completely right about what he's hiding.
  • The Sheriff: The modern-day version; she's the chief law enforcement officer for the county.

    Mimi DeLuca 
Portrayed by: Sherri Saum
Maria DeLuca's mother.
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     Rosa Ortecho 
Portrayed by: Amber Midthunder
Seen in flashbacks throughout season 1, Rosa was Liz's older sister. She died when she was 19 and Liz was 17.
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: Liz idolized her beloved big sister and wondered how Rosa could possibly make such disastrous choices—but Rosa was a scared kid in a very difficult situation who was masking insecurities with attitude.
  • Broken Bird: Rosa struggled with untreated mental illness and addiction throughout her life.
  • Came Back Strong: Max passed on a bit of his Shock and Awe powers when he resurrected her.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: She's adjusting to the present day after ten years dead.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Rosa is struggling to master her new powers.
  • Human Popsicle: Rosa was in stasis for 10 years, and is still 19 while her younger sister is 28.
  • Psychic Link: The handprint Max left while resurrecting her seems permanent, and so's the psychic link between them.
  • Shock and Awe: Max's power and now Rosa's too.
  • Touched by Vorlons: She inherited some of Max's powers when he revived her.
  • Walking Techbane: Rosa is even worse at controlling her Shock and Awe powers than Max.

     Jesse Manes 
Portrayed by: Trevor St. John
Chief Master Sergeant Jesse Manes is Alex's dad and the head of Project Shepherd.
  • Abusive Parents: He was emotionally and violently abusive to Alex, now that Alex is an adult the violence has stopped the emotional abuse is still very much present. His son Flint buys completely into his father's bigotry and seems to be the model son, but he privately admits to Alex he did it out of fear of their father's retribution, while his wife and oldest son Gregory outright fled the house.
  • Bait the Dog: He has a number of sympathetic moments with his sons in season 2, which suggest that he might have regretted what he did to them and seeks to make amends. Nope. He's just using them and if anything he's gotten worse, as he's now willing to kill Alex.
  • Dramatic Irony: Part of his reason for hating aliens is that he looked up to his uncle Tripp, who was murdered by one. His uncle was actually helping the aliens and tried to instill those same values in Jesse, but Jesse's father found out, killed him, and blamed it on the aliens.
  • Jerkass: Whether it's a shockingly brutal attack on Michael or his overt coercion of Kyle, Manes never misses an opportunity to be a dick.
  • Men Don't Cry: One of his many beliefs about what it means to be a man. He says that he avoided telling Alex about his uncle Tripp because he didn't want to cry in front of him.
  • The Men in Black: Chief Manes was the head of Project Shepherd, a now-closed investigation into the Roswell incident.
  • Wanted a Gender-Conforming Child: And in his case, "gender conforming" meant "masculine to the point of toxicity". Alex got the worst of it as he was gay, but it's clear that none of the Manes sons were spared from it.
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