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Spartacus (Andy Whitfield, Liam McIntyre)

"Forge your own path, or join with us, and together we shall see Rome tremble!"

Spartacus (real name unknown) is a Thracian warrior who becomes a famous gladiator in the arena, later to build a legend upon himself during the Third Servile War. For the first season, he served as a gladiator in Batiatus' Ludus under the direction of Doctore and rivaled the then-Champion of Capua, Crixus. Later, he and many of the gladiators broke free from captivity and began an armed rebellion against Rome.

  • The Ace: Establishes himself as one in Blood and Sand. He not only becomes the top gladiator at the ludus, but is a brilliant military tactician and a charismatic leader (not to mention quite good in bed, apparently).
  • Animal Motifs: The serpent.
  • Arc Symbol: The red serpent that Sura mentioned to him. Also the rain.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: After he slays Sedullus the Germans quickly fall into line and recognise that he is the one in charge.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: In addition to becoming the top gladiator in Batiatus' ludus, he personally leads the rebels into battle and is easily one their best fighters.
  • Badass Baritone: When he starts being portrayed by Liam McIntyre. The late Andy Whitfield was more of a Guttural Growler.
  • Badass Beard: In episode 1. It's back as of War of the Damned.
  • Badass Cape: In the pilot and in War of the Damned.
  • Badass in Charge: Of the rebels.
  • Bash Brothers: First with Varro, then with Agron, Crixus and Gannicus.
  • Battle Couple: First with Sura, then with Mira.
  • Berserk Button: Treating or referring to Varro's Heroic Sacrifice as a Shoot the Dog moment for Spartacus is a bad idea.
  • The Berserker: When Spartacus is possessed by the gods, he turns into a nearly unstoppable fighter.
  • Big Good: To the rebels from Season 2 onwards.
  • Blond, Brunette, Redhead: During the course of the story, he has been involved with two brunettes, a blonde (but not the blonde he was expecting), and ultimately with a redhead.
  • Blue Oni: To Crixus' Red.
  • Butt-Monkey: When he first arrives in Batiatus' service.
  • Cartwright Curse:
    • His wife Sura is murdered by Batiatus to ensure that he has nothing to distract him from glory in the arena.
    • Mira is killed by a thrown axe that Spartacus dodged.
    • He once had sex with Ilithyia, in a bizarre incident where neither of them consented. She gets gruesomely murdered by Lucretia.
    • Averted in the case of Laeta, who survives the final battle.
  • Celibate Hero: After Mira's death, he seems to have taken up Oenomaus' practice of refraining from drink and women. Then subverted, when he and Laeta become Friends with Benefits for the last three episodes and also with a little wine for the final pep rally/tribute in "The Dead and the Dying" remarking that he himself can be inconsistent from time to time.
  • Character Title: The show is named after him (or at least the name he was given as a gladiator). Doubles as a Protagonist Title, except for the prequel.
  • Chick Magnet: Being a former hedonist, he Really Gets Around prior to his marriage. Later, Mira falls head-over-heels for him, Licinia and some of Ilithyia's friends lust for him, even Ilithyia herself "thinks" of him, and finally Laeta quickly gets drawn to him.
  • Condemned Contestant: His life as a gladiator begins because he survives his execution by gladiator against all odds in the pilot.
    • Later in the first season he ironically serves as the executing gladiator for Solonius.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: The main way he manages to outmanoeuvre the Romans. Gannicus initially dismisses him as a "reckless fool" but recognises it is his "bold strategy" that has managed to keep the Rebels alive.
  • Cruel Mercy: He spares Ilithyia's life after letting her know her husband would rather kill him than save her, and that he doesn't really love her.
  • Crusading Widower: Thanks to Sura's Plot-Triggering Death.
  • Cultured Badass: Beats Batiatus in a friendly game of chess.
  • Death by Irony: Throughout the show, Spartacus is shown and commended as an excellent spear thrower. Guess how he died...
  • Defiant to the End: Subverted. Spartacus did defy Crassus' Worthy Opponent speech to him, but he was rescued by Agron and Nasir right before Crassus execute him.
  • Determinator: He let's nothing short of crippling wounds stop him from achieving his goals, be it trying to get back to Sura, becoming champion of the ludus or leading a rebellion. Notably, it takes no fewer than three spears in the back to bring him down in the end, and he still lived long enough to be carried to the foot of the mountains to give a farewell speech to his followers.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Sura did. Spartacus himself died while Agron, Nasir, Laeta, Sibyl, and the remaining slaves are around him during the finale.
  • Dies Wide Open: Although Agron closed them afterwards.
  • Doomed by Canon: On the other hand, historically speaking his body was never found...
  • Doomed Moral Victor: It's a Foregone Conclusion that his rebellion ultimately fails, though he lives on in legend.
  • Dual Wielding: After he kills Theokoles, Batiatus makes him learn this style as in-universe invocation of Rule of Cool.
    • Awesome, but Impractical: He largely drops the style in Vengeance, instead preferring to use one sword and one free hand for defense, though that was more to do with the lack of swords among the rebels. It firmly becomes his main style by the time of War of the Damned.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Killed lots of Mooks (including the Mook Lieutenant) and defeated Crassus himself in one on one combat before reinforcement had him Impaled with Extreme Prejudice with spears thrice.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Double Subverted. After being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice thrice, Spartacus solemnly accepted the fact that he'll be executed but is rescued by Agron and Nasir. However, before he finally succumbs to his fatal wounds, he is more than happy to be with his wife again and even told Agron that he shouldn't shed a tear for him for said reason as well as dying as a free man.
  • A Father to His Men: By Season 2.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Crixus, by first season's end. They have a falling out in Season 3, but part on amicable terms.
  • Genius Bruiser: Spartacus is both a formidable fighter and strategist.
  • Glass Cannon -> Lightning Bruiser: At first, he has poor defensive and counter-attacking skills and mainly focused on the offensive. After Oenomaus' training and his own battle experiences (both in the pit and the arena), his defense and counter-attacks dramatically improved, making him an almost invincible fighter.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While he holds ethical standards regarding the treatment of fellow slaves, friends, and followers, he also can be rather surly, particularly between in the middle episodes of Blood and Sand. Later, he tries to keep his followers from murdering Romans just for kicks, but he kills soldiers and civilians alike when he deems it crucial to the rebels' success.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After his wife dies.
  • Happily Married: To Sura.
  • Has a Type: Mira, his Replacement Love Interest to Sura, is also a dark-eyed brunette and an Action Girl. However, Laeta, his next Love Interest]] is a subversion, she being a blue-eyed redhead and Roman noble.
  • The Hero: At best. At worst, he's a Pragmatic Anti-Hero out of necessity, but his intentions are always good.
  • The Hero Dies: Although they Never Found the Body.
  • Hero Protagonist
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Finds Laeta quite attractive.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Varro in Blood and Sand. Later with Agron in Vengeance and War of the Damned. Even though Agron is gay, the trope still holds, as they both pursue other romantic relationships while being solidly loyal to each other.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Honor Before Reason: At times.
  • I Die Free: Perfectly reflected in his Famous Last Words.
    Spartacus: "Do not shed tear. There is no greater victory than to fall from this world, a free man."
  • If I Kill Him I Will Be Just Like The Romans. He lives and breathes this. Listing it as why he spares Nasir (which works out), Ilithyia (which doesn't work out so well), and the Roman captives in War of the Damned.
    • In the final case, the other rebels get sick of it and decide to kill all the Romans.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Via spears, thrice! This eventually leads to his death.
  • In a Single Bound: He really jumps high.
  • In the Back: He actually manages to defeat Crassus, and then three Roman soldiers throw spears into his back.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Throughout much of Blood and Sand he is moody and asocial at times, though he didn't really go that far in terms of Jerkass behaviour (especially compared to other gladiators like Crixus and Barcus) and is a good man at heart. It's also implied to be more of a facade he's putting up, out of grief over being Made a Slave and losing his wife, and not knowing who to trust.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Was forced to kill his best friend Varro.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: By the end of Season 1.
  • Lady Killer In Love: With Sura. He was The Hedonist before falling for her.
  • The Leader: Fits every type (The Mastermind, Levelheaded and Charismatic) except Type III (Headstrong).
  • Le Parkour: The infamous shield-leap to start the Gladiator Revolt in the Season 1 finale.
  • Living Legend: In Season 1, he gains fame as a badass gladiator who slayed 'the Shadow of Death'. By W Ar of the Damned, he's become famed as the leader of the slave revolt.
  • Looks Like Jesus: In his first appearance.
  • The Lost Lenore: Twice. First his wife, then Mira. Varro could be considered a platonic version of this, made worse by the fact he was forced into killing him himself.
  • Love Redeems: Both Sura and Spartacus himself have openly stated that he was quite The Hedonist before their marriage.
  • Made a Slave: As punishment for deserting the Roman army, which kick-starts the entire series.
  • Made of Iron: In War of the Damned, despite being stabbed in the back by Ceasar, he continues to fight without any signs of a slowdown.
  • Magnetic Hero: The guy picks up tens of thousands of followers by the end.
  • The Mourning After: He never truly gets over the death of his wife, Sura. This ultimately dooms his relationship with Mira. Although he developed feelings for Laeta eventually, it's strongly implied Sura was always his One True Love - on his deathbed, he expresses happiness that they will be reunited at last.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Named After Somebody Famous/No Name Given/That Man Is Dead: His Thracian name is never revealed. Batiatus labels him Spartacus, after a legendary Thracian king, because Glaber never bothered to learn his name. Afterwards they make a point of never letting him utter his original name in order to separate him from his past life.
  • Near-Death Experience: After his fateful match against Varro.
  • Never Found the Body: While he is mortally injured in front of Crassus, he is taken away by Agron and Nasir before he dies. The viewers see him die, but the Romans never claim the body.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: He's filled with grief when his forces kill a Roman child and her mother, and tries to prevent any surviving Roman civilians from being killed.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: As he puts it, if a single life has no value then no-one's does.
  • Perma-Stubble: For most of Blood and Sand and Vengeance. At the beginning of Blood and Sand and all through War of the Damned, he has a full-grown Badass Beard instead.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Eventually becomes this, especially in War of the Damned. He's more than willing to use violence against the Romans and even fellow rebels if they threaten the others, but he prioritises the well-being of his people above all, and whilst he'll slaughter Roman soldiers left and right and has little sympathy for slave masters such as Batiatus, he disagrees with harming innocent civilians.
  • A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: He's the central protagonist and title character and the primary leader of the rebel forces; by War of the Damned, many of his followers even regard him as their 'king', given his monikers of 'King Spartacus' and 'the Rebel King'.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Sura's ribbon and his Badass Cape in the final season.
  • Rebel Leader: The main one.
  • Red Baron: The Bringer of Rain, The Slayer of the Shadow of Death, The Rebel/Slave King.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Spartacus doesn't really want to be fighting a war, but does so on behalf of the people suffering under Roman enslavement and to protect those who have already been freed.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He has a problem with this when it comes to avenging Sura, as both Mira and Crixus point out. First by trying to kill Batiatus, despite Mira telling him will result in every single slave being killed for it. In Vengeance he has apparently learned his lesson by moving against Glaber alone, so no one else will die. Mira calls him out for not thinking of how the rebellion would suffer with him dead; and Crixus points out that Spartacus has again not thought of the Roman reprisal. Killing a praetor would result in Rome sending an entire army, which they cannot fight.
  • Second Love: Arguably for Laeta.
  • Sex Equals Love: How he and Sura ended up together. Averted with Mira. Though he is fond of her and starts a relationship with her after they hook up, he never quite falls in love with her, to her disappointment.
  • The Strategist: The very best in the series.
  • Super Mode/Unstoppable Rage: Spartacus sometimes goes into a sort of battle trance where he is nigh unbeatable. Batiatus and Lucretia describe it as him fighting "like a man possessed by the gods themselves", and Ashur echoes it in Season 2, stating that calling in a second squad of soldiers would be pointless as "Spartacus is possessed by the gods". Given the series has a bit of Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane going on, they could be right about that. Or he could be just that much of a badass.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Liam McIntyre is 6'1, while the late Andy Whitfield was 5'11.
  • Team Dad: To the rebels by the end of the second season.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Subverted. Oenomaus and Crixus schooled him the hard way. Oddly, this trope begins to plays straight after his Gladiator training.
  • Tragic Bromance: Varro's death haunts Spartacus to the end of the series.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Sura's ribbon, the only momento he has of her after both her enslavement and death.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The first season is this for him in a nutshell.
  • Traumatic Haircut: His long hair was forcibly chopped. Oddly, Gladiators such as Barca and Gannicus retained theirs.
    • It appeared as though the haircut was primarily to antagonize him, and to convey that he was supposed to behave properly now.
  • The Un-Reveal: His real name.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Due to The Other Darrin being in effect. The late Andy Whitfield was a Guttural Growler to the max, while Lima McIntyre is a straight-out Badass Baritone.
  • Worthy Opponent: After Spartacus' final battle, Marcus Fucking Crassus pretty much calls him this. Spartacus seems to return the feeling, but with emphasis on the "opponent" part; whatever respect he may have for the Roman General's intelligence and capabilities, he ultimately despises what Crassus stands for: Rome, and the oppression it represents.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Ilithyia is the only exception. Probably made easier by the fact that the Romans didn't employ female soldiers.

     Doctore Oenomaus 

Doctore Oenomaus (Peter Mensah)

"It is never an easy thing to see a friend once loved, now absent breath."

Oenomaus is the gladiator trainer in Batiatus' Ludus, traditionally referred to only by the title of "Doctore". At a young age, he was recruited into the ludus by former lanista Titus Batiatus, whom he came to see as a father figure. After the downfall of the House of Batiatus, Oenomaus believed he had lost his purpose in the world and retired himself to die in The Pit. However, with the help of Spartacus and the other Rebels, he eventually finds a new purpose and joins the Rebels' cause, quickly being recognized as a mentor. He was married to Melitta before her death.

  • Team Dad: To the gladiators and even some of the house slaves. Later, becomes one to the rebels.
  • Token Good Teammate: For House Batiatus before his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the House of Batiatus, especially Quintus' father. He becomes increasingly disillusioned however, and by the middle of Vengeance he switches allegiance to the rebels.
  • Whip It Good: Mostly in Season 1, in his role as Doctore.


Crixus (Manu Bennett)

"I will not die a faceless slave forgotten by history."

Crixus is the former Champion of Capua, introduced into Batiatus' Ludus as a slave desiring the life of a gladiator, whom eventually fights his way up to become one of the top gladiators of the ludus. During the arrival of Spartacus in Blood and Sand, Crixus is seen as champion and becomes the lover of Naevia.

  • Always Save the Girl: If Naevia is in trouble, he'll do anything and everything to save her, regardless of the long-term effects on the others or himself. This tends to backfire; in the first season, when he realises Ashur raped Naevia by tauntingly groping her in front of him, he attacks front of everyone in the ludus, thus revealing he and Naevia's Secret Relationship (and playing right into Ashur's hands, he having deliberately done this to set Crixus off). In Vengeance, Crixus's main motivation for the first half of the season is finding Naevia at any costs and leads what is effectively a Suicide Mission into the mines to rescue her, resulting in many deaths and Crixus getting captured.
  • Animal Motifs: The octopus.
  • Arc Symbol: Tiberius' sword in the final season.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: As you might imagine, the gladiatorial champion of Capua got there by kicking lots and lots and lots of ass.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: As Spartacus discovers in episode 3.
  • Badass Baritone: With a deep, husky voice.
  • Badass Beard: In Gods of the Arena and War of the Damned.
  • Badass Cape: In War of the Damned.
  • Badass in Charge: Of the Gallic gladiators and later, about half the rebels when they break off from Spartacus's group.
  • Badass Long Robe: In Spartacus Vengeance, full effect.
  • Battle Couple: With Naevia by Season 2's end.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Lucretia and Ilythia seem to think so. Naevia doesn't seem to have any complaints either.
  • The Big Guy: Subverted; Crixus is a fair bit more well muscled than the rest of the gladiators, a visible testament to his badass status, but he's shorter than most (which is repeatedly commented on in the prequel season). Manu Bennett is 5'11" to be exact. Yes, we know. He is however the physically strongest of the main characters and one of the most battle-ready.
  • Blood Knight: Tones it down by the end of Blood and Sand and throughout Vengeance, where he's more concerned about finding his girlfriend. Then he goes right back to this mentality again in War of the Damned, to the point where he splits off from Spartacus to continue fighting the Romans, rather than try to flee the Republic. In hindsight, it wasn't a very good idea...
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Naevia in Blood and Sand, before helps her take several levels in badass.
  • The Brute: At first.
  • Cant Act Perverted Towards A Love Interest: Has shades of this. When he's with Lucretia, he easily spouts off all sorts of cheesy, Purple Prose tinged lines, all of which is an act. When he's around Naevia, though, whom he genuinely loves, he turns into a bumbling schoolboy. He outright admits to her he's no good at being truly romantic, he knowing little but fighting in the arena.
  • Catchphrase: As a gladiator, "Capua! Shall I begin?" He modifies it to "Shall we begin?" for his Rousing Speech in s3e8.
  • The Champion: In Blood and Sand, he's Champion of Capua and adored by the arena crowds. Lucretia in particular is a fan. However, he's truly this trope to Naevia; he subtly dedicates his arena victories to her after falling for her, is devoted to her and remains a hero in her eyes even after he loses favour with the Romans, with Naevia even stating she dreamt of him coming to rescue her when she's banished from the ludus.
  • Chick Magnet: Lucretia uses him as a lover, Naevia falls in love with him, and Ilithyia desires him. He loves Naevia, pretends to be interested in Lucretia out of duty, and doesn't seem to care about Ilithyia. The prequel also added Gaia and Diona to the list of women lusting over him.
  • Death by Irony:
    • "I will not die with a Roman sword in my back". Will a spear suffice?.
    • In the Season 2 finale, he suggested that they should decapitate Ashur (who was Glaber's messenger) as a reply to Glaber's offer. After he is defeated by Crassus, the latter decided to do the same as a warning for Spartacus.
  • A Death in the Limelight: "Separate Paths" highlights the historical event where Crixus seperates from the main army, killing legions of Romans and ends with his fall.
  • Dies Wide Open: As seen in his decapitated head.
  • Doomed by Canon: The historical Crixus will be the second of Spartacus' general to fall. He died at Mt. Garganus near the end of the war.
  • Drama Queen: Hands down the most overtly emotional of the protagonists (outside of battle). Especially when contrasted to Spartacus, Gannicus and even Agron, all of whom prefer more internalized forms of dealing with their feelings.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: After his injuries temporarily keep him from fighting.
  • Due to the Dead: His funeral in The Dead and the Dying.
  • Dumb Muscle: At his worst.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: The character who the most received the most. At the end of Gods of the Arena, his long hair and beard is cut off, symbolizing his transformation from rookie gladiator into the Champion of Capua. By War of the Damned, he's grown hair and beard again, though he's better groomed, showing he has started to reclaim his own identity and reject his slavery.
  • Face Death with Dignity: The fact that he's going to die after he's defeated sinks in really fast. He doesn't cry and beg, or try to fight back (which he isn't really capable of doing anyway on account of his wounds). Instead, he just stares at Naevia in his last moments, silently trying to offer her comfort.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Crixus is a downplayed Lightning Bruiser at best, but his tendency to have his back unguarded somehow makes him a textbook Glass Cannon.
    • His thirst for revenge has him recklessly lead an army to Rome. Crassus is waiting for them, Crixus does not survive.
    • Arguably his biggest flaw is that he's never able to let go of his gladiator mentality and think like a soldier. All of his combat training is for arena combat; unlike Spartacus, who was a warrior in his tribe before joining the Roman auxillery, Crixus was taken as a slave before he would have been trained even among his own people. This is the direct cause of his recklessness; despite the fact that he's an excellent warrior and an extremely charismatic leader, he's a terrible strategist.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Spartacus, by first season's end.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: During the fight with Theokoles. He got better.
  • Glory Seeker: He relishes the chance to fight the "Shadow of Death" and even during the slave revolt he believes victory in defeating the Romans would become legendary. In Gods of the Arena, his main motivation is to become Champion of Capua.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: One of his major flaws.
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Agron in Vengeance.
  • Hidden Depths: He possesses a soft and senstive side, usually around Naevia, whom he is devoted to. He also extends sympathy to Barca over killing Auctus and reveals his continued grief over the massacre and enslavement of his family when he was just a child.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Hot-Blooded: If Crixus feels strongly about something, everyone will know about it.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Naevia.
  • Humiliation Conga: Goes through a MAJOR one starting with his fight with Theokoles. First, he was severely wounded in the fight, rendering him incapable of contributing anything aside from a last minute save by blinding the giant with his cast off helmet. Second, his wounds take a long time to heal, rendering him invalid for weeks on end and thus people begin to think he'll never be a major contender again. Next, his place as the star in the ludus is taken by Spartacus who proceeds to return the curbstomps Crixus gave him before, thus showing that Spartacus has surpassed him in skill after a very short time (a major blow to his ego). And finally he's only kept from getting shipped off to Damascus because he just happened to save Spartacus from being strangled in the bath and because of the good graces of Lucretia (who's obsessed with him). It's only when Spartacus is rendered invalid due to an infection and Crixus is sent to replace him for the primus that he manages to regain the favor of the crowd and Batiatus.
  • Hypocrite: Chastises Spartacus for attempting to assassinate Glaber, as he claims that such an act will provoke greater reprisals from the Romans than their group can handle. He then proceeds to drag the rebels around raiding the villas of the Roman aristocracy, which just makes them into a more obvious threat which Glaber (ironically) is under intense pressure from Rome to stamp out. Crixus also leads most of his own supporters on a Suicide Mission to rescue his beloved Naevia that gets some of them killed.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: With a spear In the Back courtesy of Tiberius, which is the reason for his defeat.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: His Seasons 1 and 2 hairstyle is way too modern for Ancient Rome.
  • Jerk Jock: At first. He develops into more of a Loveable Jock.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Manu Bennett has claimed he bases Crixus off of people he knew when he was younger, who he hated when he first met but became his friends later. Case in point, he is loyal to his comrades with a strong sense of honor and is also devoted to his Love Interest Naevia, treating her with kindness and respect.
  • Killed Off for Real: Historically accurate.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: By the end of Blood and Sand.
  • Knight Templar / Unscrupulous Hero: Becomes this by War of the Damned. Like Spartacus, he wants to free slaves from Roman tyranny, but he has very different ideas about how to do this, including burning down Rome itself. He also has a tendency to choose more ruthless methods of doing so and isn't above killing civilians either.
  • The Lancer: Shares the role with Agron and Gannicus in War of the Damned. He's the authority-clashing type and the rebel forces' official Number Two, not to mention being Spartacus' former rival.
  • Large Ham: He really loves to give a speech on glory and dying in war.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Downplayed. He has great athleticism, but he relies more on using his strength than speed and prefers grounded attacks. Crixus at one point bulldozes his way past a dozen Romans and effortlessly neck lifts a Roman soldier with just one hand.
  • Living Legend: Is the Champion of Capua before Spartacus's arrival, known as the 'Undefeated Gaul' due to (almost) never being defeated in battle.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: In War of the Damned at times, as Spartacus is concerned his Revenge Before Reason and Blood Knight tendencies make him unreliable. Crixus does not take it well.
  • Looks Like Jesus: In both the prequel and the final season.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Rarely but evident. He chastises Spartacus for pursuing vengeance of Glabor because it would illicit the attention of Rome. Yet he runs rampant around Capua killing Romans to find Naevia.
  • Love Redeems: In Blood and Sand, falling in love with Naevia brings out his softer side and gives him something to live for besides glory in the arena. Double Subverted in War of the Damned.
  • Made of Iron: Survives grevious injuries inflicted by the Shadow of Death. Only one other person has survived such trauma.
  • Magnetic Hero: He is very charismatic and really knows how to rile up the crowds or his troops.
  • Morality Pet: To Naevia in War of the Damned. Although she's Took a Level in Jerkass and is exceedingly ruthless towards those she views as enemies, she is always loving and supportive towards him and almost seems like her old self around him at times (when she's not egging him on to go behind Spartacus back and kill all Romans, that is).
  • Mr. Fanservice: His very first introduction in the series involves him wearing nothing at all.
  • Near-Death Experience: Numerous times. Good thing Spartacus is usually there to watch his back. He probably learned this the hard way when he parted ways with him.
  • Not So Different: With Spartacus in the Season 1 finale. He even laments that had things been different, they would have been as brothers; and even though they stand in each others way, both of them are fighting for a just cause.
  • Number Two: The official second in command of the rebel forces.
  • Offing the Offspring: Stabs Lucretia in the womb while knowing she's pregnant with their child, saying he'd rather see their child dead than "suckled at [her] breast".
  • Off with His Head!: What killed him.
  • Rebel Leader: One of Spartacus' generals. He is the defacto leader of the Gauls and has enough clout to command several thousands in his own campaigns sans Spartacus.
  • Red Baron: The Undefeated Gaul.
  • Red Oni: To Spartacus' Blue.
  • Revenge Before Reason: In War of the Damned.
  • The Rival: To Spartacus, at first. Starts showing signs of this again in the third season.
  • Secret Relationship: At first with Naevia.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: With Naevia in Blood and Sand.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He is 5'11.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Especially in Season 1.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As of Season 2. He tries to honour the spirit of Naevia by treating the Syrian Nasir with niceness despite his unabashed disdain towards Syrian people. He's also very understanding and supportive of Naevia whilst she's coping with the trauma of being raped.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He killed several Roman noblewomen during the ludus massacre, which includes stabbing a pregnant Lucretia in the stomach, though in fairness Lucretia kinda deserved it after everything she did to him and those he cares about throughout the season. In War of the Damned, he also seems to have no qualms about killing or hurting female prisoners in Sinuessa.


Varro (Jai Courtney)

"Live...and see my family provided for...And know I would have done the same."

Varro is a gladiator in the house of Batiatus. He was once a free Roman man, but voluntarily became a gladiator in Batiatus' ludus to pay off his momentous gambling debts. He rose from being a common recruit to becoming one of the more formidable gladiators in the ludus. Varro is the husband of Aurelia, father of Janus, and a friend to Spartacus.

  • Action Dad: To his young son, Janus.
  • Animal Motifs: The eel.
  • Bash Brothers: With Spartacus.
  • Canon Foreigner
  • The Confidant: To Spartacus.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On a very bad day, he starts snarking about his predicament.
  • A Death in the Limelight: "Party Favors", the same episode he dies, focused on him a lot.
  • Dies Wide Open: Though they were closed when his body was returned to Aurelia.
  • Due to the Dead: One of the fallen characters honored in The Dead and the Dying.
  • Expy: His appearance (blond with curly hair) is likely closer to the Real Life Crixus than Manu Bennet's. His role is also very similar to the Crixus of the Stanley Kubrick film.
  • Face Death with Dignity: After Numerius gives the thumbs down, he pretty much accepted his fate and even calmly asks a reluctant Spartacus to kill him. When Spartacus hesitates, he actually grabs his sword and plunges it into his own neck to encourage him to finish him off.
  • The Gambler: His gambling addiction is the whole reason he had to become a gladiator.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Is a very good-meaning man with blonde hair.
  • Happily Married: To Aurelia. Well, mostly. His gambling addiction caused some problems for them, and they hit a rough patch due to Varro's poor reaction to finding out she was pregnant by rape, but they undoubtedly loved one another and he tried to be a good husband.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When Spartacus is ordered to kill him, he cannot. Varro, knowing Spartacus will be punished for disobedience if he doesn't, grabs his wrist and forces his sword into his chest.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Spartacus.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats
  • The Lancer: To Spartacus for most of Season 1.
  • Nice Guy: Zig-zagged. He is usually affable and well-meaning, but is a Jerkass to his wife, blaming her for being raped and accusing her of cheating on him. He then cheats on her with a prostitute out of anger. That being said, he snaps out of it after Spartacus calls him out on his behaviour and expresses extreme regret of his treatment of Aurelia. He threatens to kill the man who raped her, vows to try harder to be a better husband and father and even says he will accept and love Aurelia's unborn Child by Rape as if it were his own, simply because it's part of Aurelia. His wife later states that even though he was far from perfect, he genuinely loved her and their son, and he was a loyal friend to Spartacus.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His fate, coupled with Sura's, is what drives Spartacus to start a rebellion.
  • Retirony: The episode where he dies spends about 45 minutes making a point of Varro establishing a happy future for him with his wife and children once he leaves the ludus. It's so conspicuous it would have been more surprising had he not died at the end.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The series heavily builds him as The Lancer to Spartacus but he dies near the end of Blood and Sand.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Played straight.
  • Trapped by Gambling Debts: The reason why he, a Roman citizen, became a gladiator.


Sura (Erin Cummings)

Sura is Spartacus' Thracian wife and inspiration, tragically taken from him after he deserts from the Roman auxiliary by his most hated enemy, Gaius Claudius Glaber.


Naevia (Lesley-Ann Brandt, Cynthia Addai-Robinson)

"You were right. It is no easy thing, to cleave a man's head from his shoulders in one blow."

Naevia is a former slave in the House of Batiatus, owned by Lucretia, who later becomes Crixus' love interest. She is banished from the Ludus after their love affair is discovered. She is eventually found by the Rebels, and joins their cause alongside her lover.

  • Action Survivor: In Vengeance. She eventually graduates to Dark Action Girl.
  • Affectionate Pickpocket: She steals a key to the gate separating the gladiator cells from the villa by flirting with a guard, in order to be with Crixus. However, Crixus sees them together and assumes Naevia's affections have turned from him until she explains what she was really doing.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Mostly only towards Crixus in the first season, until their Relationship Upgrade. Becomes a straighter example in the third season.
  • Ambiguously Brown: More so when played by Lesley-Ann Brandt, who has mixed ancestry. Naevia is said to be Phoenician, who originated from the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • Anti-Hero: Develops into an Unscrupulous Hero by War of the Damned.
  • Arc Symbol: Tiberius' sword in the final season.
  • Arranged Marriage: Late in Blood and Sand, she is given as a wife to Ashur against her will. Fortunately for Naevia, it doesn't last long.
  • Ax-Crazy: Unfortunately descends into this in War of the Damned. She snaps out of it after Spartacus saves her life and Crixus dies.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Wears this type of outfit during Crixus's funeral games and during the final battle.
  • Battle Couple: With Crixus, starting late in Vengeance.
  • Beautiful Slave Girl: Somewhat averted; Lucretia protects her virginity, if only so she will be worth more later. She is eventually given to Ashur, to Lucretia's disgust and Crixus's rage. Her outfits definitely fit the type, though.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Ultimately subverted. She is blinded by her hate and desire for vengeance against the Romans after being abused and raped by Roman elites - even encouraging Crixus to turn against Spartacus due to him forbidding the killing of Roman citizens - and a bit too fond of using violence to solve her problems. But she redeems herself in the end, most notably by choosing to spare Tiberius to save her comrades, despite the fact he killed Crixus.
  • Betty and Veronica: She's the Betty to Lucretia's Veronica for Crixus in Blood and Sand.
  • Big "NO!": In "Separate Paths" when Tiberius stabs Crixus in the back, seriously wounding him.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Justified in "Victory", as she was fatally stabbed in the throat.
  • Blood Knight: Becomes this by the end of Vengeance; she just about lives for fighting the Romans at Crixus' side and idn't too impressed by Spartacus' attempts to avoid more bloodshed. Although there are a few instances in War of the Damned where she expresses a desire to live a more peaceful life and raise a family with Crixus. After Crixus is killed, she willingly takes part in the Last Stand against Crassus to buy the non-combatants time to escape, feeling she has little else left to live for.
  • Born into Slavery: She tells Crixus she was born in the ludus and so has been a slave all her all life.
  • Braids of Action: Naevia's hair evolves with her story. When she was still a body-slave she had long, loose hair. When she got cast away her hair was cut as punishment. By War of the Damned, her braided hair shows her development into a Dark Action Girl.
  • Broken Bird: From Vengeance onwards, due to being repeatedly raped, tortured and sent to the mines.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Crixus in Blood and Sand. She later ditches the 'gentle' part.
  • The Bus Came Back: In Vengeance, when the rebels finally track her down.
  • Canon Foreigner
  • The Chick: Less so in War of the Damned.
  • Childhood Friend: To Diona; they were raised together and she states they've "been as one" for as long as she can remember.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Believing that Crixus died so that she could escape, and knowing how many others died in the attempt, she angrily chastises the rebels for throwing away so much to rescue her. Notably, she chastises Agron, who was the one opposed to the rescue from the start. When he tells her this, she says he should have tried harder to talk them out of it.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Being repeatedly raped and battered then banished to the mines destroyed the last of her innocence. By War of the Damned, she is a hardened and ruthless warrior, a far cry from the sweet and naive house slave she was in earlier seasons. She also tends to be a lot more suspicious of people and their intentions, sometimes to the point of paranoia.
  • Dark Action Girl: In War of the Damned, she has become skilled enough in combat to fight alongside Crixus and the other warrior rebels, though she's also become a lot darker in her personality. She's more of an Anti-Hero rather than truly evil, but she makes it plain she despises all Romans (even civilians) and has no qualms about killing them. She mutilates an innocent Roman baker, doesn't stop the rebels from abusing the Romans, causes tension between Crixus and Spartacus that backfires on all the rebels and kills Attius on the wrongful assumption he freed their prisoners. She's not a completely immoral person though and is fighting against Roman oppression.
  • Defiled Forever: Sees herself as this after being repeatedly raped. However, Crixus and the majority of the other characters make it very clear that they don't and she isn't presented as being so by the narrative either. Naevia herself eventually stops thinking this way; notably, when Ashur points out that killing him won't take away her memories of being assaulted, she states that although this is true, "It is a fucking start".
  • Despair Event Horizon: Comes close to crossing this twice; first after being repeatedly raped and banished to the mines, then again after Crixus is killed. Ultimately subverted, as she manages to bounce back (more or less) in time.
  • Devoted to You: Crixus is very devoted to her; in Blood and Sand he subtly dedicates his arena victories to her and is inspired to fight for her (as opposed to just personal glory) whilst in Vengeance his driving motivation is finding her and keeping her safe, no matter how many Roman villas, mines or legions he has to tear his way through to achieve that.
  • Distinguishing Mark: She has a butterfly tattoo on her back, which is Lucretia's personal symbol identifying her body slave. In Vengeance, the rebels are able to identify Naevia in the mines from the tattoo.
  • Distressed Damsel: In Vengeance, where she spends much of the season either trapped in the mines or threatened by enemies, needing to be rescued quite a bit. She then starts taking levels in badass by learning how to fight.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Until War of the Damned.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Subverted in Vengeance. Agron reports that a dying Roman told him Naevia is dead, but it later turns out he lied – Naevia is actually in the mines, which in Agron's mind means she’s as good as dead anyway and that any attempt to rescue her would be suicide. She's later found alive.
  • Fag Hag: Especially after her rescue, when she was suffering severe PTSD from having been repeatedly abused and raped. When she was not with Crixus she was usually with Nasir and sometimes Agron.
  • Fatal Flaw: Arguably her impulsiveness/lack of foresight. In the prequel season, she tried to help Diona escape, but it was very rushed with no real planning. As a result Diona is captured and executed. In Blood and Sand, she grows somewhat careless about her Secret Relationship with Crixus, leading to Ashur finding out, who uses this to hurt both Naevia and Crixus. In Vengeance she panics and tries to run from Roman soldiers, causing Nasir to be badly injured (though this one is more justified in that she was clearly traumatised and not thinking straight). It gets particularly bad when combined with her Revenge Before Reason attitude in War of the Damned, leading to conflict between Crixus and Spartacus that divides the rebels. Her fighting style also reflects this (see Glass Cannon).
  • Freudian Excuse: She's very clearly suffering from PTSD after being repeatedly raped and tortured between the first and second seasons. She starts getting better by the end of Vengeance, but never really gets over it and it serves as fuel for her desire for revenge against the Romans at any cost in War of the Damned.
  • Glass Cannon: In War of the Damned. Despite taking several levels of badass to become a Dark Action Girl, she still has poor to none defensive and counter-attacking skills.
  • Groin Attack: Defeats Ashur this way; when he gets too cocky and lowers his guard after knocking her to the ground, she slashes him between the legs with her sword.
  • Hates Being Touched: At first in Vengeance, due to being abused and raped. She gets better about it by the end of the season.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: After Crixus is killed in "Separate Paths". She spends the first part of "The Dead and the Dying" going through a Heroic BSoD, but by the end she's ready and willing to fight alongside the rebels once more, participating in Crixus's funeral games and joining them in their Last Stand against Crassus, before finally falling in battle herself.
  • Heroic BSoD: Is going through one for most of Vengeance, on account of her Trauma Conga Line, though she comes out of it by the end of the season. She goes through another one briefly out of grief and trauma when Crixus is killed in front of her.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Diona, at first.
  • Howl of Sorrow: When she's forced to watch Crixus die, she's reduced to screaming and sobbing hysterically.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Crixus.
  • The Ingenue: In Blood and Sand and particularly Gods of the Arena. She is young, beautiful, virginal and quite naïve and innocent. It doesn't end too well for her.
  • Lady Macbeth: To Crixus in War of the Damned, encouraging him to defy Spartacus' orders, kill the Roman prisoners and attack Rome itself.
  • Last Girl Wins: Crixus ultimately only ever loved her, not Lucretia, which he makes abundantly clear.
  • Living MacGuffin: The first three or so episodes of Vengeance revolve around the rebels trying to track her down, whilst freeing any slaves and killing any Romans in their path.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: In the first two seasons, when she is a body slave and at her most feminine, she wears her hair long and loose. By the time she's started taking up combat lessons, her hair has been cut short. In the final season she has grown her hair again, though by this point she's wearing it in braids.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Has shades of this in Blood and Sand. When Crixus buys her a necklace, she initially accepts it...then turns it down because she's not allowed jewellery. When Crixus is forced to give it to Lucretia to explain away why he has it, Naevia is annoyed and jealous. However, as she points out, Crixus didn't let her fully explain her reasoning and she makes it clear she does return his feelings.
  • The Millstone: To the rebels in Season 2's "Empty Hands", though it's somewhat justified in that she's obviously severely traumatised.
  • Morality Pet: To Crixus in Blood and Sand, where hes a Jerk Jock, and in War Of The Damned, where hes an increasingly ruthless Anti-Hero. No matter how he acts around everyone else, Crixus softens up considerably around Naevia and treats her with nothing but kindness and respect. And may the gods help you if you lay a hand on her.
  • Near-Death Experience: In the mines and also against Crassus under Crixus' lead.
  • Nice Girl: Is this in Blood and Sand and Gods of the Arena, before taking some serious levels of jerkass between Vengeance and War of the Damned, although she is occasionally still nice.
  • Nice Job Breaking It Heroine:
    • In War of the Damned. And how!
    • Previously, in Gods of the Arena, she encourages and helps Diona to escape from the ludus, attempting to protect her from further abuse. Unfortunately, Diona is soon recaptured and executed for trying to run away.
  • Not So Different: In the final season, she became quite the Lady Macbeth as Lucretia was.
  • The Paranoiac: By War of the Damned, she is convinced all Romans are callous, two-faced monsters just waiting for an opportunity to strike once they've lowered their guard. She arguably meets five of the seven criteria for this trope. note 
  • Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: In Vengeance, she finds herself unable to have sex with Crixus after being rescued from the mines as it triggers horrible flashbacks to her being raped. She laments that her abusers have even taken his touch from her and tends to hang out with Nasir or occasionally Agron, both of whom are gay, the implication being that she doesn't have to worry about them trying to abuse her. By the end of the season, however, she overcomes this.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite being a paranoid jerk and borderline Ax-Crazy for much of War of the Damned, she shows a softer side by training Diotimos and a few other recruits to fight. She is encouraging and jovial with him and is genuinely upset when he dies, doing what she can to comfort him. After learning that Gannicus was right about Attius being innocent, she also apologises to him with genuine humility. Unfortunately, the fallout of her earlier accusations makes this ring hollow for Gannicus.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Seems to be this with Nasir in Vengeance, until she becomes more comfortable around Crixus again.
  • Promotion to Closing Credits: An odd variation in Vengeance. Cynthia Addai-Robinson (her second actress) is the one who received this treatment, not Lesley-Ann Brandt (her original).
  • Properly Paranoid: Zig zagged in War of the Damned. It turns out she's right about there being a mole in the rebel forces, but the primary target of her suspicions is actually innocent.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: In the penultimate episode of Blood and Sand, she is banished from ludus to be sent from villa to villa as a "gift", after Lucretia finds out about her relationship with Crixus.
  • Rank Up: In the finale of Gods of the Arena, Lucretia promotes her to her personal body slave following Melitta's death.
  • Rape as Drama: Though it mostly happened off-screen, she was first raped by Ashur, then passed around as a Sex Slave to various dominuses as punishment for her relationship with Crixus. After being rescued, Sedullus tries to rape her as well, though she manages to fight back this time and is rescued by Agron.
  • Rape Leads to Insanity: When she's found by the rebels in Vengeance, she's an emotional wreck, acting on pure instinct and barely capable of stringing together coherent sentences. She gets much better by the end of the season, though she's clearly got PTSD and in War of the Damned, she starts slipping into Ax-Craziness.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Increasingly shows signs of this in Blood and Sand and even as far back as Gods of the Arena, such as helping Diona escape and stealing a guard's key to secretly meet up with Crixus right under her domina's nose – she even has the nerve to deliver a Shut Up, Hannibal! to Lucretia by the end of the first season. This side of her comes out in full force in Vengeance, where she joins the rebels.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Dies with Spartacus and the remaining rebel forces in the finale after spending half of the season causing tensions within the group.
  • Rejected Apology: After realising she was wrong for blaming Attius for their escaped prisoners, she apologises to his close friend Gannicus (she can't apologise to Attius himself because she killed him in a fight). Gannicus doesn't accept it, to her disappointment, probably because his friend died for no reason and Naevia initially refused to accept she'd made a mistake, resulting in a huge fight between Gannicus and Crixus, during which she clobbered Gannicus with a rock. It also only caused further tensions between the rebels, who really need to be sticking together at this time. That being said, Gannicus appears sympathetic towards her after Crixus is killed along with half their army, leaving her traumatised, and is very upset when he sees her die in battle, perhaps suggesting a case of Forgiven, but Not Forgotten.
  • Revenge Before Reason: In War of the Damned.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Diona in Gods of the Arena.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Is a bit of one to Crixus in Blood and Sand. However, from the prequel series onwards she becomes a lot more fleshed out and independent character (funnily enough, she and Crixus don't actually even interact with each other in Gods of the Arena despite this being when they first meet).
  • Screaming Warrior: She tends to scream and yell a lot in battle.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Played straight.
  • Secret Keeper: She is forced to keep quiet about what really happened to Barca, who was secretly killed by Batiatus after being framed by Ashur. When Oenamaus starts asking questions, she warns him that his inquiries could endanger her. After she is banished and has nothing left to lose, she tells Oenamaus the truth about Barca.
  • Secret Relationship: At first with Crixus.
  • Separated By A Wall: Technically a door with bars separates her from Crixus in Blood and Sand, also serving as a visual metaphor for their social statuses keeping them apart. At most, they can hold hands and kiss a bit...until Naevia ends up stealing a spare key from a guard.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: In War of the Damned, she's been consumed by her hatred of the Romans, to the point that she considers even innocent civilians to be as evil and deserving of death as the soldiers.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • When a jealous Lucretia begins beating and insulting her for her Secret Relationship with Crixus, Naevia defiantly states that Crixus doesn't truly love her. Lucretia doesn't take this well.
    • In Vengeance, when Ashur mockingly states that his death won't heal her scars or take away the memory of him raping her, Naevia states "You are right. It will not. But it is a fucking start" before proceeding to brutally hack his head off with a sword.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: She starts out as a kind, innocent house slave wearing blue or occasionally white dresses, and by the end she's a Dark Action Girl who dons black and dark blue (or purple) make-shift armor.
  • Slut-Shaming: Lucretia physically attacks her and calls her a whore for daring to sleep with Crixus without her permission...even though she herself has been cheating on her husband with Crixus for years. It's not just because Naevia had sex of her own free will, but also because Lucretia is bitterly jealous that Crixus has affections for another. Lucretia exacts a horrible punishment for Naevia by turning her into a Sex Slave.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Crixus, mostly in Blood and Sand.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: Played straight for a while in Vengeance, when Crixus was lead to believe she was dead, only for it to turn out she was actually still alive. Ironically, Crixus ends up being Stuffed in the Fridge to her in the final season.
  • Stylish Protection Gear: Tends to wear this in War of the Damned. Whilst many of the rebels just tend to shove clothes and armour on rather haphazardly, Naevia seems to have made an effort to coordinate her outfits so that they look cool and stylish, whilst also remaining practical to fight in.
  • Their First Time: Lucretia has intentionally preserved Naevia's virginity, saying she will give her as a wife to a deserving gladiator rather than make her a Sex Slave. However, Naevia takes her sexuality into her own hands by secretly meeting up with Crixus. When Lucretia finds out, she is NOT happy.
  • Those Two Girls: With Diona in Gods of the Arena.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Ultimately subverted. She does some very harsh, very brutal things, and kills several people who didn't deserve it. But in the end, she chooses to forego personal vengeance against Tiberius to save the lives of five hundred captured rebels, showing she still has some good in her.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Learning sword fighting with Crixus and castrating and killing Ashur who started her descent into hell. She becomes a full-fledged Dark Action Girl in War of the Damned.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In War of the Damned. And how. She gets a bit better towards the end of season.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Lucretia brutally hacks her hair off after discovering her Secret Relationship with Crixus.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her outfits are mostly blue. After Crixus' death, she switched to purple.
  • Vengeful Widow: She's technically not a widow per se, as she and Crixus were never married, but they were as devoted to each as a married couple, and she certainly wants Tiberius dead for causing her lover's death. Ultimately subverted, however; whilst she wallops and humiliates Tiberius, she spares him so he can be exchanged for five hundred captured comrades.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: To Crixus in War of the Damned. Unfortunately, she takes this to some insane levels, slicing in half an innocent Roman citizen's hand for 'allegedly' reaching for a sword to attack Crixus, and also bashing Gannicus's head with a rock whilst he is fighting with Crixus.
  • Virgin in a White Dress / Woman in White: Almost always wears white in Gods of the Arena, before being promoted to Lucretia's personal body slave. She occasionally wears white in Blood and Sand. Notably, she never wears white again after the first season and gradually shifts to much darker clothing, probably reflecting her Character Development.


Mira (Katrina Law)

"I am not the past. I stand beside you now."

Mira is a former house slave serving Lucretia in the House of Batiatus. She helps Spartacus during his uprising, becomes a fighter, and later becomes his love interest during the beginning stages of the Third Servile War.

  • Absolute Cleavage: A few of her outfits have this.
  • Action Girl: Especially in Vengeance, where she receives formal combat training.
  • Action Survivor: Initially one, until she gets proper training in the second season.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Played with. She falls in love with Spartacus and they enter a relationship. However, although Spartacus cares for Mira and respects her, he is still not over his wife and does not fully return Mira's feelings, to her disappointment. They eventually break up because of it.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Mostly in Blood and Sand. She becomes friendly in Vengeance.
  • Amicable Exes: She and Spartacus seemed to be headed this way after their break up late in Vengeance. They still respect each other and get along, and Mira expresses a hope that his next relationship is more successful. Unfortunately, she is killed not long after.
  • Archer Archetype: She's The Smart Guy of the rebels, tends to think in a rational manner and becomes a skilled archer in Vengeance. However, her reaction to the Bed Trick from the first season and Angst over her relationship with Spartacus subverts this.
  • Badass Spaniard: She's from Spain and becomes pretty badass in Vengeance.
  • Battle Couple: With Spartacus in Vengeance.
  • Beautiful Slave Girl / Sex Slave: She is a very beautiful slave and it's implied she is often used as a concubine by the ludus; she is also repeatedly sent to Spartacus to 'service' him. To his credit, he turns her down as she is not there willingly; it's implied this what made her fall in love with him and eventually become his willing lover.
  • Canon Foreigner: Although she may be partly based upon a real woman whom Spartacus had a relationship with during the rebellion.
  • Character Death: In the finale of Vengeance, she takes an axe to the chest whilst covering the rebels' escape up Mount Vesuvius after some of them (namely Nemetes) foolishly attempted to attack the Romans.
  • Chastity Dagger: Although she herself isn't chaste, after being freed from slavery she is determined to never be victimised and abused by anyone again. Beginning in Vengeance, she starts carrying a knife with her to protect herself and to protect other freed slave girls from men who would harm them.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl/Love Makes You Crazy/Woman Scorned: Upon learning of the Bed Trick in Season 1, she didn't react well trying to strangle Ilithyia. She claims she's doing it as a favour to Spartacus (who is reluctant to kill her himself because she's likely pregnant with his child), but Spartacus doesn't take it well either way, with it actually being the catalyst for their break-up.
  • Cool Big Sis: To the other slave girls, Naevia especially.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Spartacus and Naevia's arms after being mortally wounded on Mount Vesuvius.
  • Distracted from Death: Spartacus is too busy trying to get medical attention for her to realise she's already died.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: In Blood and Sand. She starts wearing sandals in Vengeance.
  • Due to the Dead: Spartacus makes a point of wrapping her body in vines, due to being unable to burn or bury her. She's also one of the fallen characters mentioned in The Dead and the Dying.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Lucretia finds her very beautiful and can't understand why Spartacus wouldn't want her, insisting it must be something she did. Saxa also gives her a victory smooch after they win a competition together.
  • Foreshadowing: In her first appearance, she's wearing a mask of the goddess Diana - the goddess of hunting who is often depicted with a bow.
  • Glass Cannon: While she can deliver great damage to her opponents (armed or unarmed), they were usually able to strike her back.
  • Guile Heroine: She's good in making anything and everything work for her and her team's advantage.
  • Heroic Seductress: She occasionally uses her beauty and sex appeal to help the rebels - in one case in particular, she pretends to let a dominus have his way with her before drawing his own knife on him and threatening him into giving her what she wants.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: The Shoot the Dog moment in Vengeance is a good example.
  • Instant Expert: She masters the bow very quickly. Though Lucius indicates that she has a natural skill.
  • Knife Nut: She uses knives before she becomes an archer. Played somewhat realistically, in that she is outclassed by the trained gladiators and Roman soldiers.
  • Lady in Red: Her most common and well-known outfit is red, highlighting her attractiveness. Which she wore to the very end.
  • Lady of War: The most calm and collected Action Girl in the entire series.
  • Latin Lover: She is from Hispania after all. See also Male Gaze and Ms. Fanservice.
  • Long-Range Fighter: She becomes fond of archery upon learning it.
  • Male Gaze: Her character first appears completely naked, save for a mask. She gets her kit off again a few scenes later in an attempt to seduce Spartacus.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Much like Crixus, the viewers first get a clothesless introduction to Mira's character and she tends to wear outfits with Absolute Cleavage, as well as being a Heroic Seductress from time to time.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has a bit of this reaction after the Shoot the Dog moment in Vengeance, saying she "only meant to wound", not kill her target.
  • Mythology Gag: The scene introducing her to Spartacus bears striking similarity to the introduction of Spartacus and Varinia in Spartacus, possibly Foreshadowing their future relationship.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: After Naevia's apparent death in the mines, Mira tells Spartacus she will not suffer the same fate and determines to learn how to fight properly so she can defend herself, also encouraging other former house slaves to learn combat as well.
  • Only Sane Man: In Vengeance. Spartacus wants revenge, Agron wants to fight, and Crixus wants to find Naevia. She seems to be the only main character who simply wants to get out of dodge and start a new life while they still can and one of the few people that can sway Spartacus.
  • Replacement Love Interest: To Spartacus for Sura, though Word of God is that Sura will always be his one true love. Katrina Law believes that Mira loves Spartacus because he still loves his wife deeply. Given how Season 2 ends, Spartacus now has the unenviable privilege of possessing not one but two Lost Lenores.
  • Sacrificial Lion: She is killed in the finale episode of Vengeance, being one of six major characters to die in the finale, to remind us that Anyone Can Die and give Spartacus and the others the extra motivation they need to fight back and defeat Glaber. Wrapping her body in vines actually gives Spartacus the idea to use them to rappel down the mountainside and sneak up on the Romans. Spartacus also uses her death, along with Sura's and Varro's, to spur him into an Unstoppable Rage against Crassus in the finale of War of the Damned.
  • Second Love: A subverted one to Spartacus. He begins a relationship with her months after his wife's death, but is still in love with Sura and makes it clear he always will be. Spartacus tries to love her as much as he can, but it's not enough for her and it finally leads to their breakup in Vengeance.
  • Shoot the Dog: In Vengeance she sees the traitorous Chadara trying to escape with their map and supplies whilst everyone else is distracted by Spartacus and Gannicus' fight. Being too far away, Mira shoots Chadara with an arrow to stop her. Though she saves Gannicus and by extension the other rebels, she knows Chadara wasn't truly evil but desperate and even states she didn't intend to kill her.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Is not interested in anyone but Spartacus.
  • The Smart Girl: See Guile Heroine above.
  • Street Smart: She's quick-witted, resourceful, usually pretty savvy when it comes to reading people and knows her way around Capua. See also Guile Heroine.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Katrina Law is 5'8.
  • Team Mom: In Vengeance to an extent, being both caring towards the rebels and serving as a voice of reason.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She has gone from a slave girl/concubine in Blood and Sand to having a pretty impressive kill-count building up in Vengeance.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Spartacus. A notable example in season two; when it looks as though they are surrounded by Romans, Spartacus tells her to flee, but she refuses to abandon him and is prepared to go down fighting at his side.
  • Vasquez Always Dies: Inverted. She is the first prominent Action Girl of the rebellion to be killed off and is a more dignified Lady of War, whilst boisterous Ladette Saxa outlives her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Calls Spartacus out on his selfishness a few times; it's a sign of how close they are that he lets her get away with it.
      • Vengeance gives us this gem:
      Mira: We need a leader! Not some angry boy who can barely piss without spraying everyone around him!
      • While she's chewing out Spartacus for almost getting himself killed, the line refers to Agron; had Spartacus died, he would have been the angry boy left to lead them.
    • She herself gets this treatment from Spartacus for trying to strangle Ilithyia.
  • Woman in White: Wears white during the rebels' uprising against the House of Batiatus during the finale of Blood and Sand; her dress of course gets rather blood-spattered during the massacre.


Agron (Daniel Feuerriegel)

"It is a heavy thing, to rob a man of life. Less so that of a Roman shit."

One of the later recruits to Batiatus' Ludus, Agron is a skilled fighter and one of Spartacus' chief lieutenants during the rebellion. Never having been fond of the Romans in the first place, Agron harbors a visceral hatred towards the Romans ever since he lost his brother Duro during the upheaval at Batiatus' ludus. Agron is fond of and loyal to Spartacus. After the death of his brother, he goes on to become the lover of Nasir.

  • Adaptation Name Change: Ultimately subverted as Castus appeared in the final season.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Averted in that he doesn't seem to be aloof at all; if anything, his temper is worse than his brother's, and his major story in Blood and Sand deals with him learning to stop being so overprotective of Duro.
  • Animal Motifs: The crab.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: As Spartacus' most trusted lieutenant and loyal friend, it's not unusual for Agron to take command of the rebellion in his stead. The fact that he's a complete badass helps, too.
  • Badass Gay: Perhaps the best example on television. Agron is a gifted gladiator and one of Spartacus' best lieutenants in the rebellion, literally charging and slashing his way through hordes of Romans. And he doesn't try to hide his homosexuality in the slightest, embracing it and Nasir without shame.
  • Badass in Charge: When Spartacus isn't around or leading a mission, Agron sometimes takes command since he's one of Spartacus' most senior and trusted lieutenants.
  • Badass Long Robe: On occasion in Vengeance.
  • Badass Normal: Of all the Rebel Leaders, he is the only one who didn't became a Champion of the ludus or in the arena. And he outlived those who did.
  • Battle Couple: With Nasir.
  • Bash Brothers: In Blood and Sand with his brother. With Spartacus for the rest of the series.
  • Berserk Button: He's got quite a few of them, but the biggest ones seem to be messing with his brother and touching or flirting with Nasir.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He is always looking out for Duro. In fact, Batiatus' plan to split them up so that Agron, the more talented and valuable gladiator, would stop risking himself to protect Duro in the arena was a major motivator in convincing Agron to join with Spartacus in rebelling.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Duro.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His weapon in the Final Battle.
  • Blood Knight: Agron absolutely loves killing Romans, especially after his brother's death. He often has to be restrained, although he does get better as the series progresses and Nasir calms him down a bit.
  • Canon Foreigner: Zig-Zagged. See Decomposite Character below.
  • Catchphrase: Fucking Gauls. And in War of the Damned, it seems to be "Fuck the Gods."
  • The Confidant: Is Spartacus' only actual friend, as Crixus and Gannicus are both too tempermental in their own ways.
  • The Consigliere: Spartacus frequently bounces ideas off of him and looks for an opinion. He also trusts Agron with more detail about his plans than he does with the others.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Loves Nasir hugely, and is rather paranoid about any other men expressing interest in him even if Nasir is not responding to their advances.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: He survives it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Agron has his moments, most often with Spartacus and Nasir.
  • Decomposite Character: He has the historical Castus' entire role and characterizations while the TV's Castus only shares the name and fate.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Goes on to live his life peacefully at the end with his lover, Nasir.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In Season 2.
  • Expy: Comparable to Varro in the first season. Ultimately, he is this to the real-life Castus.
  • Gay Best Friend: To Spartacus.
  • Gratuitous German: Gratuitous, often incoherent, German. But to be fair, the series predates even the Old German language.
  • Handicapped Badass: After being crucified, he can no longer grip a sword. Nasir fashions a shield with a sword and spike sticking out of it that can be strapped to his arm, allowing him to fight, regardless.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He has tempered a bit, though.
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Crixus in Vengeance. They really don't get along at times, especially when Crixus blatantly questions or defies Spartacus.
  • Hetero/Homosexual Life Partners: With Spartacus, and completely at peace with their Incompatible Orientation.
  • Hot-Blooded: Big time. Mira, rather accurately, describes him as "an angry boy who can barely piss without spraying everyone about him". He cools off and matures considerably by the time of War of the Damned.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: In Vengeance.
  • Impaled Palm: Which in turn prevents him from gripping anything, much to his dismay.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He tells Nasir to go with Spartacus to the Alps, because he can't bear the thought of anything happening to him.
  • Jerkass
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: To Duro. His death devastates Agron and leads to him seeking active vengeance against the Romans at Spartacus' side.
  • The Lancer: Shares the role with Crixus and Gannicus in War of the Damned. He's The Reliable One type and also functions as the (and more active) Number Two to Spartacus when Crixus is too emotional.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Though not a top tier one.
  • Manly Gay: Probably one of the most extreme examples on television to date.
  • Morality Chain: Nasir is this for him.
  • No One Could Survive That!: He survived his crucifixion.
  • Not Quite Dead: After Crixus' army falls, many thought he was among those who perished. Obviously, they were shocked to find out otherwise.
  • Number Two: Subverted. He seems to be Spartacus' second-in-command in Vengeance, but it is stated that Crixus is officially Spartacus' successor should he fall in battle. He does, however, share The Lancer role with the former along with Gannicus.
  • One Head Taller: Than Nasir.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Probably due to not being a former Champion, he is the most overlooked Rebel Leader by the Romans in War of the Damned.
  • Perma-Stubble
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Is a Francophobe who has problems taking orders from Gauls.
  • Promotion to Closing Credits: In Vengeance.
  • Properly Paranoid: Sometimes, his suspicions turn out right.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: His Catchphrase in the final season invokes this.
    Fuck the Gods.
  • The Reliable One: His loyalty to Spartacus is personal friendship, not just because they share common cause.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Duro's death. Stephen DeKnight has stated that his favorite cut scene from the finale involves Agron killing "everyone." His first scene in the second season involves him stabbing a Roman soldier several times, then smashing his head over and over against a rock; apparently, he never got over the "anger" stage of grief.
  • Sole Survivor: Of all the Rebel Leaders of Spartacus' rebellion, he is the only one who survives the series.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: See Decomposite Character above.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: The tallest of Spartacus lieutenants. Also Tall, Dark, and Snarky.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In War of the Damned.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Spartacus. The one time he leaves Spartacus' side to go with Crixus, it ends pretty badly for him. Despite being incapable of holding a sword, he insists on fighting alongside him in their last stand against Crassus and risks his life to reach a mortally wounded Spartacus and carry him away from the battlefield to die peacefully. He also buries his body in a secret location where the Romans will never find it.
  • Yaoi Guys: With Nasir.


Barca (Antonio Te Maioha)

"...But you know of my affection of delicate things."

He is one of the top gladiators in Batiatus' Ludus, becoming famously known as the Beast of Carthage after (reputedly) defeating his father Mago in the arena. He is the lover of Auctus, and later Pietros.

  • Condemned Contestant: Became a gladiator after almost his entire clan was taken prisoner and the men were forced to fight each other until only one remained. The last person he killed was his father. This earned him the nickname The Beast of Carthage.
  • Death By A Thousand Cuts: Was Impaled with Extreme Prejudice numerous times and was ultimately killed by Batiatus via Slashed Throat.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Wears his hair in dreadlocks.
  • Due to the Dead: One of the fallen characters honored in The Dead and the Dying.
  • Glass Cannon: He could actually pass for a Lightning Bruiser if he doesn't get hit way too often.
  • Informed Ability: Barca is often touted as one of the ludus' best gladiators, as implied by his Always Second Best status above. However, his fight scenes aren't really impressive, especially compared to the other gladiators.
  • Jerk Jock: Especially in Gods of the Arena. He has a habit of bullying rookie gladiators, particularly choosing very humiliating or degrading methods (such as urinating in the rookies's porridge). He continues being a {[Jerkass}} to the Syrians, especially Ashur, even after they receive the mark of the brotherhood, as he doesn't feel they earned it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is pretty much a Jerk to everyone except the people he loves. He was affectionate with Auctus and kept caring for his pigeons after he died. He is very tender in his relationship with Pietros, and his desire for freedom is based mostly on his wish to better Pietros' circumstances.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: According to rumour, he was forced to fight and kill his fellow tribesmen, including his own father.
  • Manly Gay: He's said to be one of Batiatus' best gladiators and is very openly gay.
  • Warrior Prince: Formerly, at least according to rumor.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Doubled subverted. He seemingly follows Batiatus's order to kill Ovidius's son, but then tells Pietros he didn't. However, it turns out He lied to spared Pietros' feelings. This backfires, as Ashur uses this to orchestrate Barca's death.
  • Yaoi Guys: With Pietros.


Aurelia (Brooke Williams)

"He was not a perfect man; but he was mine! He was mine!"

Aurelia is a Roman woman and wife to Varro. She becomes a slave in order to pay off her late husband's debts, but is later freed during the revolt. Spartacus then sends her away, although with unexpected consequences.


Medicus (David Austin)

"Get the fuck out! Out!"

Medicus is the devoted and skilled doctor for the House of Batiatus, tending the injured Gladiators after their many battles.



Pietros (Eka Darville)

"Which direction shall we travel and how far?"

Pietros is a slave in Batiatus' Ludus, serving the gladiators and as Doctore's assistant of sorts. He is the lover of Barca.


Duro (Ande Cunningham)

"I would rather die before I kill my own brother!"

Duro is a Germanic gladiator serving in the ludus of Batiatus. His brother, Agron, also serves Batiatus as a gladiator.


Segovax (Mike Edward)

"Spartacus is a man to be held as an example. The slave ignites the arena. One day the flames shall set him free."

Segovax is a Gaul slave bought by Batiatus in the markets to train in Batiatus' Ludus and was put under Illithiya's patronage.


Rhaskos (Ione King)

"Varro, the dice call your name!"

Rhaskos is a gladiator in Batiatus' Ludus. He joins Spartacus and the other freed slaves in seeking vengeance, and becomes one of the more prominent rebels.


Gnaeus (Raicho Vasilev)

"He will be missed. Especially his lips on my cock."

Gnaeus is a Dacian slave and gladiator in the house of Batiatus.

  • Berserk Button: He doesn't take the mocking of his fighting-style well.
  • Butt-Monkey: He gets constantly humiliated throughout the series.
  • Disney Death: Subverted. Spartacus pushes him off a cliff for what he did to Pietros, and his fall took long enough to see his blood splatter on the rocks.
  • Kick the Dog: He frequently raped Pietros following Barca's death. And mocks his suicide.
  • Perma-Stubble: In Gods of the Arena.
  • Unknown Rival: To Barca.
  • You All Look Familiar: Raicho Vasilev also played two different characters in the series. Other than that, he's also Liam McIntyre's stunt double.


Rabanus (Andrew B. Stehlin)

Rabanus is a Sardinian rebel and former gladiator in the House of Batiatus.

     The Veteran 

The Veteran (Shayne Blaikie)

The Veteran is a Greek slave and former gladiator for Batiatus, and later a rebel under Spartacus' command.


Hamilcar (Siaosi Fonua)

"This is where gladiators sleep, not dogs!"

Hamilcar is one of several gladiators in Batiatus' Ludus.

  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: One of the few fallen characters who wasn't honored in The Dead and the Dying.
  • Informed Ability: After Gnaeus becomes unfit to fight Crixus in the Primus, Doctore and Batiatus settle for him as replacement before Spartacus asserted himself. Many argue that the likes of Barca and Rhaskos are the better replacements, if not the better first choice.
  • Jerk Jock: Said the page quote to Spartacus after being condemned to the pit.
  • Odd Friendship: With Duro.


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