Outer Planets Alliance
- Fighting for a Homeland
- Quality Vs Quantity: Actually, the Belters arguably have the largest total number of spaceships in the Sol system, compared to Mars and Earth...it's just that they're all civilian ships. At any one time, most Belters live and work on their small "rock hopper" ships, not on their asteroid bases. Nonetheless, they have nothing that can compare to the military-grade warships and dreadnoughts of the UNN or MCRN. Consider that The Expanse was originally conceived of as a tabletop RPG before being developed as a novel series: Mars is at the "high quality low quantity of ships" end of the spectrum, while the Belters are at the opposite extreme of "low quality high quantity" (with Earth balanced on the middle of the spectrum).
- Home Field Advantage / Weak, but Skilled: the formal military fleets of Earth and Mars scoff at the OPA, who are basically Space Truckers — but the Belters live their entire lives in space, used to braving the dangers of the asteroid belt and the strain of living in low-g. The Belters are playing on their own turf in space combat, and can fly circles around UNN or MCRN fleets in hit-and-run attacks, flying through rough debris fields where Inner ships wouldn't dare.
- Tattoo as Character Type: Members of the OPA can be identified by the various tattoos they sport.
- Many, such as Naomi, have a stylized tattoo around their necks that feature an off-center gap. These symbolize contact burns from faulty helmet connection collars that many older Belters, like Anderson Dawes, have on their necks.
- Other Belters have the stylized anarchy symbol of the OPA on them in visible places.
- Going further, the various OPA factions have their own tattoo cultures and members can be easily identified by the marks on their bodies.
- Vehicular Turnabout: Due to not having their own military shipyards, most of the ships available to the OPA are either looted Earth and Mars ships, or most often, simply civilian ships they've haphazardly retrofitted with weapons (i.e. in Season 2, a troop drop-pod is literally a refitted cargo container with the "FedEx" logo still on the side). The salvaged top-of-the-line Martian corvette Rocinante crewed by the Canterbury survivors is actually one of the most advanced ships they have access to. Not to mention, of course, the OPA affiliates at Tycho shipyard contracted to build a massive generational starship for the Mormon Church, only to commandeer it for their own uses and eventually retrofit it into a giant Belter warship, the O.P.A.S. Behemoth.
- We ARE Struggling Together: The Outer Planets Alliance is more of an idea than a unified movement. A common refrain is "There's OPA, and there's OPA".
- "OPA" is actually an umbrella term used to generally refer to a collection of independent terrorist cells that ostensibly seek to form an independent Belter nation. Some are incredibly violent and are willing to make targeted assassinations while others seek to foster good will and act through diplomacy.
- Anderson Dawes (on Ceres) and Fred Johnson (on Tycho) have managed to band several cells to try and work together for their common goal. By presenting a unified front, they hope to set themselves up as a legitimate government for the future Belter nation. But these two groups have differing views on how to move forward with Dawes seeking legitimacy through force while Johnson seeks legitimacy through diplomacy.
- Word of God explicitly compares the OPA to rival factions of the Irish Republican Army, among many others throughout history: loosely affiliated different cells which sometimes can be browbeat to come together towards a unified goal.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: The OPA (Outer Planets Alliance) claims to fight for the Belters, but Earth considers them to simply be a terrorist group.
As a Belter, the world of politics has never been open to him, but this Ceres Liaison to the Outer Planets Alliance works tirelessly behind the scenes to rally the laborers and other less legitimate elements behind the cause.
A true Belter down to his brittle bones, Anderson Dawes' neck is scarred from early model space suits whose contact points would cook the skin beneath them. Having grown up on Belter ships in some of the worst poverty found anywhere in the solar system, he has seen the toll that exploitative corporations and debilitating taxation can take on human life. As a result, he is determined to right the wrongs visited upon Belters ... and isn't afraid to get his hands dirty in the process.
After Col. Fred Johnson committed one of the worst acts of brutality in Belter history, it was Anderson Dawes who found him, saved his life, and gave him purpose advocating for Belters.
- Ascended Extra: Dawes was a relatively minor OPA member in the original book, but here he's a very powerful OPA leader.
- Anti-Villain: Of the Well-Intentioned Extremist variety. He really is entirely sincere in his beliefs, and is genuinely fighting for the freedom of his people, in what he believes is the best way. His motives are ultimately heroic - and to achieve those motives, he will do anything.
- Bad Boss: In general, he has little compunction in sacrificing others for his goals or even his own personal beefit. He sent Julie on a dangerous mission, which she undertook believing that Dawes would never willingly endanger or abandon her. When everything goes wrong and she winds up stranded on Eros, she desperately sends him a distress call which he cruelly never answers. It's heavily implied that he ignored it because her failed mission would damage his own reputation.
- Cold Equation: He tells Miller the story about his sister, suffering the ill-effects of a life spent in zero gravity without access to hormone boosting medications, and having to end her life because there wasn't enough for the rest of the family. While he tries to frame it as a tragic story about the hard-scrabble lives of Belter rock hopper, Miller dismisses it as a sign that Dawes is willing to let others die while being unwilling/unable to make the sacrifice himself.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The death of his sister turned him into the passionate, ruthless terrorist that everyone respects or fears.
- Deadpan Snarker: The first thing he says to Miller after his own goons beat the crap out of him? "You can't do that to him. He's Star Helix!" He otherwise has a fairly sharp sense of humor.
- Distinguishing Mark: He has a prominent scar on his neck that he doesn't try to hide. These are the result of faulty space suit seals that caused burns on the wearers' skin. It is a mark shared by a generation of older Belters and the founding members of the OPA. Later generations tattoo similar marks onto their necks as a sign of allegiance.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: In a sense, the bad cop to Fred Johnson's good cop. It just happens that they're dealing with different groups of people.
- Faux Affably Evil: As befitting a terrorist leader, he's a very charismatic man who's able to sway people into Undying Loyalty. After the Canterbury's destruction he stops a Belter assault on a Martian deckhand, saying that Belters must try and show the rest of the Solar System that they are civilized, peaceful people to be taken seriously, not violent animals. In private, he favors openly violent methods and demonstrates the depths of his cruelty and ruthlessness. He has no qualms about summarily executing people if he believes they won't be of use to him.
- Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: Holden grumbles about how all ships docking at Ceres are forced to pay tribute to Dawes but Naomi counters that by saying that Dawes used that "Belter Tax" to better the lot of poor Cereans.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Dawes is ruthless and will resort to violence without a second thought when he thinks it is beneficial to his cause, and is every bit as willing to be diplomatic, compromise, make deals, and work within the system, whenever he thinks that is beneficial to his cause.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: By Season 3 his faction and Fred Johnson's faction have an uneasy peace and are working together to crew the Behemoth. Neither side is particularly happy about the arrangement, but it mostly works.
- Token Evil Teammate: Nominally on the same side as the heroes, much as they might wish he wasn't.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Dawes is a ruthless, manipulative user who's perfectly willing to sacrifice others either for the cause or to save himself, but to the Belters he's a hero with a lot more street cred than the much more even-tempered Fred Johnson.
- We ARE Struggling Together: With Fred Johnson, whose life he once saved and whom he mentored into becoming a powerful OPA leader. These days, they often find themselves at odds due to Johnson's more peaceful methods. Dawes sees him as soft, and takes anything less than unquestioning obedience as betrayal.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's genuine in his desire to gain independence for the Belt and elevate the Belters to a new, better life. He's also an incredibly dangerous terrorist willing to screw over anyone at any time to achieve his goals.
Captain Klaes Ashford
A commander in the newly formed OPA Navy, appointed by Fred Johnson and Anderson Dawes to act as Drummer's First Officer aboard the Behemoth. Has an extremely shady and unscrupulous past as a violent pirate, and immediately begins making moves to undermine her.
- Adaptational Badass: He's much more intimidating and manipulative than his book counterpart, who's introduced as more of an uptight, incompetent control freak.
- Adaptational Heroism: He's also much more benevolent than his book counterpart, squashing a proposed mutiny, adamant about saving Drummer after her Heroic Sacrifice, and offering the Behemoth as a sanctuary for any injured requiring gravity to heal. Though he is the villain of the season finale, it's out of a genuine desire to save lives, whereas his book counterpart was just trying to get petty revenge against Bull and Pa for stealing his command.
- Ambiguously Evil: He comes across as a very slippery figure. He has a pirate past, Drummer clearly distrusts him, he's far too comfortable with casual violence and there's a general air of menace about him. That said, he does seem sincere in his motivations to see the Belters achieve a better life. His actions in "Fallen World" — namely, risking his life to save Drummer's and offering the Behemoth's Centrifugal Gravity to the wounded UN/MCR personnel — go a long way toward painting him as a Knight In Sour Armor.
- The Atoner: He was once a ruthless pirate, but is now trying to create a more peaceful world for the next generation.
- Badass Boast: When Diogo starts making mutinous statements, Ashford puts the younger Belter back in his place.Ashford: Tread carefully, good my boy.
Diogo: You been bossmang from da time before me or half the Beltalowda on this ship was born.
Ashford: Yeah, that's true. I have. And I've drunk real Earth whiskey out of a UN Admiral's mug and then scuttled her ship. I flew dark past a Martian battle group, and they never even knew I was there. And I've seen friends breathe the vacuum and watched my only child burn. So when I tell you to tread carefully, you would do well to stop talking.
- Badass Grandpa: Ashford is in his older years (especially since it was established in Season One that the average life expectancy for a Belter is around 65 years), but he's as sharp and dangerous as ever. When an old enemy (and much younger man) throws a punch, Ashford easily dodges it and lays his opponent on the floor.
- Deadpan Snarker: One of the best. One feels that he's just about the only character who can verbally spar with Avasarala.Ashford: (on Maneo) Ah, they'll be naming babies and ships after him for 50 years.Drummer: If the galaxy is still here in 50 years.Ashford: Your optimism makes me feel young again.
- A Father to His Men: After ordering his crew to report to the medbay for mandatory blood donations to help with a medical emergency, Ashford immediately departs for the medbay for his mandatory blood donation, because he won't subject his crew to something he isn't willing to go through himself.
- Hero Antagonist: Is technically an antagonist for a couple episodes, but has genuinely heroic motives and is just operating off incomplete information. He gets off fairly lightly as a result, and Drummer even offers to share a drink with him (which he declines) after the conflict is resolved.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted. Though it could be Villainous Sacrifice - depends on your point of view. When all the ships were trapped by the Slow Zone as the Nucleus was ramping up an electromagnetic discharge to destroy the entire Sol system, Ashford made the call to use the Behemoth's comm laser to slice and destroy the ring. It would've doomed everyone inside to a slow and agonizing death, but the system would be safe and no one else would try and enter the Ring. Thankfully Holden, and Anna, managed to convince everyone there was a better way.
- Incoming Ham: He announces himself with quite the flourish.
- Mythology Gag: In a conversation with Naomi about how he came to be in command of the Behemoth:Ashford: "You were expecting mutiny?"
- No Sense of Personal Space: He tends to get very close to people, especially Drummer, as a method of intimidation.
- Number Two: He's meant to act as one to Drummer, but he wastes no time undermining her authority.
- Outliving One's Offspring: He tells Diogo that he witnessed his only child burning to death.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Ashford engages in some sharp verbal back-and-forth with Drummer; their hatred for each other is downright palpable. Every other word is a thinly-veiled insult.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He tells Diogo off for suggesting that he replace Drummer as captain. As Drummer suggests later, it's not because he doesn't want to replace her, but he doesn't want a mutiny on his hands when he does it.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When the OPA gets a chance to move up as an equal player in the solar system, he's quick to temper Drummer's more violent methods with the reality that they need to present themselves as civilized people, which means not spacing morons for a dumb decision. Even though Naomi doesn't trust him, she agrees he's in the right, convincing Drummer to play along. He makes an apparently-genuine effort to reconcile with Drummer despite their mutual animosity, even quashing the beginnings of a mutiny that would have put him in the captain's chair (especially noteworthy as his book counterpart actually let the mutiny happen and took over the ship). During a disaster situation, he also offers the Behemoth as a medical facility to all the surrounding ships, regardless of factional affiliation, because it's the only vessel currently capable of generating gravity.
- Space Pirates: He ran a pirate crew before rejoining the OPA after the Time Skip. It's a source of friction between him and Drummer.
- Token Evil Teammate: Subverted. Ashford is set up as this, with an extremely violent criminal past and ties to Anderson Dawes' radical militant faction of the OPA, but turns out to be rather even-tempered and moderate.
- The Starscream: Drummer accuses him of thinking he should be in command, and he easily admits so with a side helping of snark. He insinuates that Drummer was chosen as a political move, whereas he has the right experience. It doesn't take him long to start undermining her authority in clever little ways.
- Two-Faced: One side of his face (and due to the way he favors his arm, possibly the entire side of his body) is badly burned.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: When he realizes Holden was telling the truth about the risk the protomolecule station poses to humanity, he tries to destroy the Ring so it will never again pose a threat, even though this would strand everyone already inside it and doom them to a slow death. As he sees it, even if they were to somehow avert disaster now, humanity could never be trusted not to screw up and get everyone killed. Ironically, doing this would have caused the very disaster he hoped to avert, but he was stopped in time.
- You Are in Command Now: Unlike his book counterpart, who takes command of the ship through a mutiny, Show-Ashford is thrust into the captain's chair when Drummer is medically incapacitated.
Juliette Andromeda Mao
The high-society daughter of one of Earth's wealthiest and most powerful people, Julie was never content with the life of a socialite or cutthroat enough for business. A champion light spacecraft pilot, she became well-known after garnering a number of wins on the Near Space Regatta circuit. After a falling out with her father, she rejected all of his wealth and support in order to start a new life out in the Belt. Joining a student organization — The Far Horizons Foundation — with ties to the Outer Planets Alliance, she worked tirelessly for the betterment of Belters... right up to the day she went missing.
- Advertised Extra: Despite the character being the primary motivation for most of the cast, especially Miller, she makes very brief and sporadic appearances and never directly interacts with anyone else before Miller finds her controlling Eros.
- Defector from Decadence: Her family is so wealthy that the mere mention of their name raises eyebrows. She became involved in promoting Belter rights while in university and decided to dedicate herself to that cause, to the shame of her family. Messages between herself and her father show that spite plays a huge role in her decision to turn her back on wealth and privilege.
- Dying Alone: Played with. Her original body dies alone, begging for her mother, but after becoming the core personality of Eros, when she crashes into Venus, she impacts with Miller beside her.
- Eye Scream: Not that she's alive to feel it (probably) but by the time Miller and Holden find her on Eros, her left eye has been destroyed by an outcropping of crystallised protomolecule.
- Living MacGuffin: She's primarily a plot device and not a character in her own right until "Leviathan Wakes" when she gets the opening narration, which gives her some characterisation. Later on she's shown to be directly piloting the protomolecule-controlled Eros, and Miller has to reach out to her to get her to steer it away from Earth.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Thanks to some bizarre circumstances involving the protomolecule, she nearly wipes out all life on Earth by setting Eros on a collision course with the planet, under the mistaken belief she is flying her ship there. When Miller gets through to her, she changes course and hits Venus instead.
- Missed Him by That Much: The last shot we see that is implied to be from Julie's perspective is a shot of Miller entering her hotel room. She's never seen him before that point, which implies that she is, in fact, seeing him then. Given the timing, it's implied she died less than a minute before he arrived — or indeed may still be in the last seconds of life.
- Morality Pet: She's Miller's main motivation for trying to reform himself.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: The search for her, whether the ones searching know it or not, drives the plot of the first eight episodes. They find her dead in the shower of a crappy hotel on Eros, consumed by the protomolecule which had infected the Anubis. But later Miller surmises that her consciousness melded with the protomolecule and he's able to meet her on those bizarre terms.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If she'd just been a little more careful getting off the Anubis, the protomolecule would have been destroyed for good when Amos nuked the ship in "Salvage". Since she got infected on the way out, those behind the conspiracy were able to extract a viable sample of it from her body, allowing them to complete their original plan of infecting Eros.
A rock hopper who tried to set up a graywater theft operation on Ceres before being busted by Miller. After a rough encounter with Martian border patrol left him stranded in deep space, he joined up with the OPA as a soldier. And, despite how they first met, he harbors no ill-will towards Miller and cheerfully attaches himself to the former detective when the two meet by happenstance in the middle of an OPA operation.
In Season 3, he's joined the brand-new OPA Navy as a lieutenant and is serving beneath Ashford aboard the OPA Behemoth.
- Ascended Extra: In the books, he's just a young OPA grunt that Miller has a couple of friendly conversations with. The series gives him a multi-season story arc.
- Asteroid Miners: He used to work as one with his uncle before the mounting tensions in the solar system ended this career and forced him into the life of a small-time gangster on Ceres instead.
- Born Lucky: In the first season, he happens to be caught stealing water by a merciful Miller rather than a more spiteful cop or gangster. Then he's thrown out the airlock in the middle of deep space with nothing but the air in his suit tank to sustain him, yet he's eventually picked up by a passing ship. In the second season, he's shot in the head and survives because his opponent was using a gel gun designed for crowd control. Then he survives a shrapnel storm with nary a scratch even as Miller, who was nearby, suffers a suit puncture. Dawes uses him as a diversion when kidnapping Cortázar, which results in his arrest and imprisonment, only for him to get a pardon after the Time Skip and end up under Ashford's command. His luck runs out when Naomi drops an elevator on him in "Abaddon's Gate".
- The Bus Came Back: He returns after the Time Skip, now a full-fledged member of the OPA under Ashford's command.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Seems to be just a hapless criminal that clues Miller in on the fact Ceres gangs are leaving the station. Then he gets a subplot later in the season and turns up again in Seasons 2 and 3.
- Dumb Muscle: Basically his entire character condensed into two words. Diogo is about as bright as the asteroids he used to mine with his uncle, and whoever he's currently working for is constantly exploiting this to let him do the dirty work without asking questions or understanding his bosses' true agendas.
- Ironic Echo: The first thing he says to Miller when they're reunited? "Stay away from da aqua!" Same words Miller shouted at him when he cut him loose after stealing water.
- Large Ham: Goes up several levels of ham after joining OPA, including shouting at Miller across a room and proudly proclaiming that he's "Invincible Me!" after getting shot with a gel gun.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Diogo's relationship with his Uncle Mateo was largely vitriolic in life. After his death, Diogo idolizes Mateo and his Senseless Sacrifice against the Inners. He repeats the process after Miller tries to sacrifice himself for Diogo, despite Miller's distaste for Diogo's philosophy on life. He later claims (or misremembers) Miller's final words as "Continue the fight for the Belt! You must live. Just Live!" instead of a teasing "Go get laid, kid."
- Odd Friendship: He and Miller become friends after meeting again in season 2, with Miller providing a moderating voice for Diogo's boundless enthusiasm.
- Oh, Crap!: His face is screaming this for the split-second he has between realizing he's about to be turned into paste by a falling elevator, and the moment the cabin hits him.
- Rank Up: Goes from small-time criminal on Ceres to being part of Fred Johnson's assault teams, and then even further to joining the newly formed OPA Navy as a lieutenant under Ashford's command.
- Smug Snake: When Naomi encounters him again in "Delta-V", Diogo snidely taunts her about Cortázar, showing no remorse for his actions. It's clear that he's as stupid and easily led as ever. Ashford at least puts him in his place, pointing out that Naomi's done more for the Belt than he ever will.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: He's set up for an epic battle with Camina Drummer in the Season 3 finale, only to abruptly be turned into roadkill by a large elevator Naomi dropped on him from way above.
- Too Dumb to Live: More than a few people have this opinion of Diogo. Miller considers him to be a naive idiot for attempting to steal water from right under the nose of the Governor of Ceres in the middle of the territory of the Loca Greiga, one of the station's most vicious gangs.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After Dawes massively inflates his ego following the Eros incident, he starts genuinely living up to his In-Series Nickname of "Little Shit." Fittingly, no one mourns his death.
- Unwitting Pawn: His eagerness to live for the Belt makes him distrust Johnson and leads Dawes to use him for his own ends.
Frederick "Fred" Lucius Johnson
The Chief of Operations at Tycho Station's colossal mobile construction platform, Frederick Lucius Johnson oversees the construction of space stations, the spinning up of asteroids, and in recent years the construction of mankind's first generation starship: the Nauvoo.
A retired Colonel with the UN Marines, Fred is notorious for his involvement in a UN military action that will live on in infamy. Since his disgrace he has sought solace and penance working to better the life of Belters all over the system.
Fred is an outspoken advocate for the Outer Planets Alliance, a Belter advocacy group who seek legitimacy, but are often accused of terrorism.
- The Atoner: The events at Anderson Station troubled him so much that he turned his back on the UN and Earth and joined the OPA, becoming one of its leading figures.
- Awesome by Analysis: When Holden tries to bluff his way into a strong bargaining position, Johnson instantly and smoothly dismantles his power play.That's a Corvette-class Martian frigate that typically crews thirty. I only see two of you. That tells me that you're trying hard to hide your numbers. Tactically, if there were more, as a show of force, you would've brought them out. I'm guessing there are two to four people left on your ship, and I'm confident there's no Martian Navy on board. If they were, they'd be out here speaking with me now. You walked off that ship because you're in charge. At least you think you are...
- Badass Baritone: He has Chad Coleman's deep, commanding voice.
- Berserk Button: It is alright to disagree with him. He won't take too kindly, however, to people actively trying to undermine him or advocating open violence. He's thrown people out of airlocks for that.
- The Butcher: Some people know him as the "Butcher of Anderson Station" from when an indiscriminate UNN assault on a Belter station resulted in the deaths of all those on board, including young children. Season 2 reveals that he wasn't aware that the Belters had surrendered since the UNN fleet was jamming all signals from the station, and his disillusionment at being manipulated resulted in his defection to the Belt.
- Colonel Badass: During his UN days; although he's no longer a colonel, he's a very formidable figure.
- A Father to His Men: He tries to make sure that the OPA factions aboard Tycho all get fair access to corporate contracts and will only send people into harm's way if he thinks there is no other choice and the decision weighs heavily on him.Johnson: I thought I was done with this...sending people to their deaths.
Drummer: Everybody here is a volunteer.
Johnson: That was the old trick. Getting them to believe it was their own idea.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: Depending on whether or not someone agrees with his political stance. People almost always agree that Johnson is focused on the bigger picture and has one of the best understandings of the current situation in the solar system.
- The Men First: When the Black Sky faction's attempt to take over Tycho Station ends with Drummer bleeding out from a gutshot and Johnson himself almost suffocating, he refuses to accept the rescue team's help until Drummer has been stabilized first.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He's known as the Butcher, and although he's ashamed of the incident that led to him gaining that name, he isn't above using that reputation to intimidate his enemies.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Subverted. He describes Miller as "a depressed, suicidal ex-cop... who got the job done."
- No Respect Guy: Just about every faction has a reason to hate him. The Belt hates him for what he did to Anderson Station, Earth hates him for joining the OPA, and many members of the OPA stifle under the command of an Earther who committed a war crime against the Belt.
- Out of Focus: After playing an important supporting role in Seasons 1 and 2, his screentime in Season 3 amounts to about three minutes in total.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to Dawes, his approach to the OPA is much more diplomatic and more willing to hear people out.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His ultimate goal is justice for the Belters and strives for peace between Earth, Mars, and the Belt. Doesn't mean he won't throw an OPA agent out the airlock when they interfere with that peace. Or capturing nukes and a protomolecule sample to use as deterrents.
Tycho Station's Assistant Director of Operations and Fred Johnson's second-in-command. Following the Time Skip mid-Season Three, Drummer had been made commanding officer of the OPA Behemoth, formerly the LDSS Nauvoo.
- Action Girl: She wastes no time defending Fred from a rogue Belter assault on Tycho's control platform.
- Ambiguously Bi: Was previously in a relationship with Anderson Dawes and grows close to Naomi over the course of the series. Before attempting her (ultimately aborted) Heroic Sacrifice, she asks Holden to pass on a final message to Naomi that basically screams "Tell her I loved her."
- Authority Equals Asskicking: There's a very good reason Fred made her head of Tycho security. There's a good reason why she's captain of the Behemoth, too.
- Broken Pedestal: Drummer used to adore Anderson Dawes and even had a relationship with him, but she switched her loyalty to Fred Johnson after some sort of falling out. She's also grown to regard Fred as having "delusions of grandeur" to an extent, although she still considers him her boss.
- The Captain: She's made captain of the Behemoth once it's been retrofitted.
- Chewing the Scenery: Her Rousing Speech in "Intransigence" includes no small amount of shouting and fist-pumping.
- Composite Character: She takes on a lot of Sam Rosenberg's role from the books. In season 3, she also takes on most of Bull's role, since he was Adapted Out.
- Contralto of Danger: She's a tough-as-nails Action Girl with a very deep and assertive voice.
- The Cynic: As evidenced by her character quote, Drummer has a pretty dark outlook on life in general. Doesn't stop her from trying to improve the lot of her people any way she can, though.
- The Determinator: Nothing will keep this woman down for long; not a gutshot, not losing control of her legs due to a spinal injury - nothing.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Her preferred method of dealing with traitors and troublemakers is to space them while making the rest of the crew watch. This becomes a point of conflict between herself and Ashford, who believes the Belt needs to set a better example than that.
- Fake Guest Star: Even though Cara Gee is still billed as a guest star, Drummer is a major character throughout the second half of Season 3.
- Flipping the Bird: Played for Laughs when she gives Fred Johnson the finger Belter-style after he jokingly ordered her to get him coffee. She's smirking the whole time, as is he, so it merely serves to reinforce how close they are.
- Handicapped Badass: She gets paralyzed from the waist down in an accident aboard the Behemoth in Season 3. Her reaction? Fashion herself a set of crude robotic leg prosthetics from spare parts on her sickbed and continue being badass for the rest of the season.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- In "Fallen World", Drummer and Ashford are pinned by a survey vehicle, Drummer impaled by it against a railing while Ashford is pinned to it by a broken crane arm. Unable to deactivate the mag clamps holding the vehicle, Drummer eventually decides to force it to drive forward, crushing her so the significantly less injured Ashford will be free to move and tend to the rest of the crew. She survives, but is severely injured.
- In "Abaddon's Gate", Drummer, Holden, and Naomi are running from a power armor-equipped Diogo in an elevator shaft. Drummer's injuries slow her down, so she decides to stay behind and use grenades to take out Diogo in a suicide attack, like Bull did in the books. Fortunately, Naomi manages to drop the elevator on Diogo instead before Drummer can go through with it.
- The Lancer: She ably assists Johnson in running Tycho as well as in handling the station's OPA operations. She also serves as an encouraging voice for when Johnson hesitates at sending people into battle. "The Seventh Man" seem to hint that her loyalty towards Johnson isn't unwavering, but she still sides with him over Dawes.
- Made of Iron: After the Black Sky's abortive attack on Tycho Station's command center leaves her bleeding out on the floor from a shot to the gut, she goes from almost dead to furiously walking it off with nothing but the most basic treatment of her wound. Granted, the 'verse's medical technology is much more advanced than ours, but that's still a damn badass thing to do.
- Mysterious Past: At some point she used to work for Dawes instead of Fred. He's still rather cozy around her, but it's obvious from her disinterest that something happened between the two.
- Nightmare Fetishist: When the Rocinante returns to Tycho Station after their battle with the stealth ship at Thoth Station, Drummer gives the crew a damage assessment. While Holden and Co. are suitably disturbed to learn that one shot missed the Roci's reactor core by mere inches, Drummer is positively bubbling over with glee at the thought of how close the others came to being melted in an instant.
- Number Two: To Fred Johnson, to whom she's fiercely loyal.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Not at firstsee her Disproportionate Retribution attempt abovebut Drummer ultimately becomes one thanks to Naomi and Ashford's combined influence. Somewhat ironically, she replaces Ashford as the reasonable authority figure aboard the Behemoth after he turns into a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Undying Loyalty: Even after getting shot in the stomach she refuses to betray Fred's trust.