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Portrayed by: Jordan Bolger
- Chaotic Good: Shaw follows his conscience, which gets him into trouble on more than one occasion. First, 100 years ago, when he helped start the mutiny on the ship rather than abandon the prisoners and second, when he locked the missile system so Diyoza couldn't destroy the bunker.
- Character Death: Dies in the very first episode of Season 6.
- Disposable Pilot: Completely subverted. Shaw betrays the crew by aiding Raven and Murphy, but has to be kept alive because he is the only person who can fly the ship.
- So Happy Together: Ends up in a loving relationship with Raven, then when they're at their happiest, he goes out on a mission and dies.
- Sole Survivor: Is the only member of the original Eligius crew to still be alive in the present day thanks to siding with the prisoners in the past and serving as their pilot.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Despite surviving the Season he's introduced in and being Raven's new love interest he is apprubtly killed in the first episode of the next Season.
- Token Good Teammate: He's this to the Eligius crew.
Portrayed by: Ivana Miličević
- The Ace: She's outright the most clever of any of the characters, and brilliant when it comes to both combat and tactics.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: She was caught when the military sent the very Navy SEALs she trained after her.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Octavia and McCreary for Season 5 since all three want the valley and are willing to do whatever is necessary to control it. She ends up losing this position after her side of the Enemy Civil War is wiped out by McCreary's men
- Character Death: Diyoza ends up dying in the episode "A Little Sacrifice" after catching the Gen-5 that Hope used to try and poison the Disciples water supply and being turned to crystal.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: She's crystallized from the inside by the GEM 9 toxin that her own daughter tried to unleash on a colony of cultists.
- Defector from Decadence: She was a Navy SEALs officer and wanted to help people before she defected and became a terrorist, or in her words, a freedom fighter against the fascist United States government.
- Enemy Mine: Forms one with former Big Bad Duumvirate Octavia in Season 6, and surprisingly, they end up forging an Intergenerational Friendship on the basis of being Not So Different.
- Every Scar Has a Story: She has a thin scar on her neck, courtesy of cutting her own throat as a suicide attempt to escape the authorities. It didn't take.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: She wanted Hope to grow up normally and to not pursue violence. When Hope pursues that darker path, Diyoza tells her that and that she was the first person to not see her as a monster, and her last words to her are telling her to be better than her.
- Famed in Story: Or was, at least. Prior to the first apocalypse, she was a notorious terrorist, with an infamy apparently on par with Hitler and bin Laden. However, by the time she returns to Earth a century later, very few records of that time still exist, and so no one knows who she is at first. The Primes, having been alive during that time, do recognize her, and promptly send her into exile.
- Genre Savvy: By far the most outright of any of the characters, which makes her both an incredibly dangerous foe and an exceedingly useful ally. She's exceedingly quick on the uptake, and an outright brilliant strategist.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Her death is this; sacrificing herself for the most important person in her life: Hope.
- I Am a Monster: She admits to having done terrible things in the past, like killing innocent people.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She's not entirely evil, and considers her more extreme actions merely done for survival.
- Longest Pregnancy Ever: Though it's only about a month for the characters between when she shows up and when we finally see Hope, thanks to the cryopods, Diyoza spent 234 years pregnant with her.
- My Secret Pregnancy: Was pregnant with Mc Creary's child before she was put into cryo and is roughly 5 months pregnant with a healthy baby girl during Season 5. She reveals this slowly to certain characters (Abby, Kane) but not to her crew.
- Not So Different: Believes this about herself and Octavia upon reflection, both willing to push their people to extreme and immoral ends while obsessed with power. Octavia herself ends up agreeing with this, and the two later end up forming an Intergenerational Friendship of sorts.
- Odd Friendship: After spending Season 5 being the opposing Big Bad to Octavia, they forge an Enemy Mine in Season 6 and it ends up becoming a Not So Different Intergenerational Friendship. Then comes Season 7, where they end up raising Hope together for ten years and are probably one of the most closest characters in the show.
- Pregnant Badass: In the 5x09 episode, despite being in the fifth stage, she is able to fight and knock out five armed soldiers (including McCreary).
- Reasonable Authority Figure: To an extent. She is willing to work with Wonkru and listens to Kane's reasoning. However, Octavia's hostility eventually leads her to act against them.
- Ship Tease: She appears to flirt with Kane multiple times throughout Season 5. He's already taken and she never sees him again after that season.
- Storybreaker Power: She's given a hiatus in Season 6 because of this, as massive amount of experience and smarts means she'd pretty much be able to annihilate the threat of Sanctum and the Primes with ease.
- Uncertain Doom: Walks into the mysterious Anomaly, which no one has ever returned from. However, Octavia tries to chase her and walks out of it just fine. It's eventually revealed in Season 7 that she got transported to another planet and spend ten years living there with Octavia before the two were send to Bardo. The only reason Octavia doesn't remember any of that is because the time dilation of the Anomaly erased her memories.
- Written by the Winners: Implied. She's apparently as bad as Hitler and bin Laden, but she considered herself a freedom fighter against a fascist government and she admits with guilt that she killed innocent people. Season 7 gives more weight to her side of the story, as we learn in flashbacks that the U.S. became a corrupt authoritarian regime that even considered environmental activist groups to be terroristic.
- You Got Spunk: She develops a respect for Octavia in Season 5 after witnessing Wonkru's devotion to her, then takes it a step further in Season 6 by trying to personally mentor her.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: She is referred to as a terrorist in the files Raven and Murphy find on her, but she refers to Clarke, Bellamy, and their group as terrorists for attacking them and holding her people hostage, and has many Pet the Dog moments throughout the season.
Portrayed by: William Miller
- Big Bad: While he is initially in a Big Bad Ensemble with Diyoza and Octavia he comes out on top and becomes the Seasons final, and most destructive, villain
- Chaotic Evil: He really doesn't have a plan for what to do when in charge, besides exterminate all of his enemies.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Is shown to engage in this multiple times (shocking Clarke repeatedly, dousing Raven in water and threatening to shock her, holding a knife to Murphy's throat to make Raven talk) and clearly enjoys it.
- Evil Is Petty: Combined with If I Cant H Ave You. He ends up triggering the Damocles bomb, which destroys the last habitable part of Earth, essentially dooming the human race, after realizing he cannot win the battle against Wonkru.
- Secretly Dying: He is one of the prisoners dying from lung disease. However, he is later cured by Abby.
- The Sociopath: Referred to by the director as one of the only truly evil characters in the show's history.
- Villain Respect: He actually seems to like Murphy, and pulls an Enemy Mine with Spacekru at one point when Shaw leaves him for dead.
Portrayed by: Mike Dopud
- Affably Evil: He is soft-spoken and polite to everyone.
- Creepy Souvenir: According to Shaw, before his imprisonment by Eligius, he would cut off the hands and feet of his victims and keep them as trophies.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: His glasses give him the look of a friendly paternal figure. He's actually quite vicious.
- Genre Refugee: He's a cannibalistic serial killer that you'd more likely see in a Police Procedural.
- Gentle Giant: Subverted. He SEEMS like this whenever he is with Abby, but only because of the shock collar he wears.
- Horror Hunger: He describes his desire to kill people as this, and takes a liking to Abby because of her addiction to painkillers, seeing them as kindred spirits.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He takes a bite out of one of the other prisoners to save Abby, and later attacks Kane the same way.
- Restraining Bolt: He's the only prisoner to still wear the shock collars fitted on by the prison guards. He does so voluntarily to keep himself from randomly killing people.
- Secretly Dying: He is one of the prisoners dying from lung disease, and Abby experimenting on him allows her to develop an effective treatment.
Portrayed by: Alaina Huffman
- Berserk Button: She certainly has a temper.
- Death Glare: Shes pretty much glaring in every scene shes in.
- The Lost Lenore: Shes never really the same after her husband dies.
- This Means War!: When her husband, Hatch dies, she loses it, going as far as attacking Raven and blaming her for his death.
Portrayed by: Chad Rook