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    Liz Ortecho 

Liz Ortecho

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Portrayed by: Jeanine Mason

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.


  • Adorkable: In high school especially.
    Liz: Screw the bio project!
    Max: Totally!
    Liz: ...I’m gonna do it tomorrow.
    Max: [bashful] Yeah, me too.
  • Action Survivor: Liz. 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: With Kyle, who works to help her uncover the mystery.
  • 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.
  • Sex with the Ex: With Kyle.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives Max a piece of her mind several times.

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    Max Evans 

Max Evans

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Portrayed by: Nathan Dean Parsons


  • Adorkable: In high school especially.
    Liz: Screw the bio project!
    Max: Totally!
    Liz: ...I’m gonna do it tomorrow.
    Max: [bashful] Yeah, me too.
  • Almost Kiss: Several times with Liz.
  • Anti-Hero: Max does several morally grey things, though it’s implied some of his aggression and subsequent actions are a side-effect of using his powers to save Liz.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: To Liz.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drunk with Power: Absorbing lightning in the season 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.
  • 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.
  • Happily Adopted: By the Evans.
  • Healing Hands: His main power.
  • Secret Keeper: Keeping the secret that he and his siblings are aliens, obviously, but also that Isobel killed three girls under mysterious circumstances.
  • Shock and Awe: His other power.
  • Synchronization: When he and Michael get into a fight, he reveals that he feels his siblings' pain, physical and emotional.
  • 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


  • Ambiguously Bi: The nature of her relationship with Rosa is unclear and could be read as romantic, given they hold hands and stargaze, planned to go to the cinema together, which sounded a lot like a date, and Isobel suggests they run away together. Made even more ambiguous considering Isobel doesn’t remember their interactions and the later reveal that during these blackouts she was being controlled by another alien. The alien that controlled her off and on was obsessed with Rosa, but the two act distinctly different and Isobel is clearly in control during some of the more intimate memories.
  • Beauty Mark: Has one on her cheek.
  • Happily Adopted: By the Evans.
  • Heroic BSoD: Upon realizing she murdered three people.
  • Ice Queen: In high school.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Noah, unbeknownst to him.
  • 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.
  • Mind Manipulation: Can read and manipulate people’s thoughts.
  • 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.
  • 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


  • Adaptational Sexuality: Michael was straight in the original book series and earlier TV show; here, Michael is bisexual.
  • Badass Bookworm: He apparently gets into a lot of fights and has powerful telekinesis but is also a genius and got a full ride to college.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Alex, who also has had a rough upbringing and a love for music.
  • Bi the Way: He likes both men and women, and indirectly, then directly, refers to himself as bisexual.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mind over Matter: Has the power of telekinesis.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Badass Gay: Is gay and a veteran. Even before he joined the Air Force however, it’s shown he can throw a punch, which Kyle learns the hard way.
  • 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, but played by Tyler Blackburn here, who is of Native American descent. Word of God says Alex is half Native American on his mother’s side.
  • 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.

    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. The only time he deliberately harms anyone is injecting Isobel and he regrets it.
  • Amicable Exes: With Liz. They sleep together more than once but neither wants to go further than that.
  • 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.
  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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. Whether these powers are genuine or not is ambiguous.
  • 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.

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