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In General

Vera Buckley

  • Agent Scully: As a scientist, she takes the longest to believe the supernatural things occurring.
  • Astral Projection: Her power, called "Spirit Walking."
  • Hollywood Atheist: Averted, Vera is an atheist who initially doubts the things she's told at the start of the series but comes to believe when shown incontrovertible evidence, and is not shown as wrong for doubting earlier or otherwise portrayed poorly.
  • Missing Child: Her son Michael, who has been missing for seven years.
  • Modesty Towel: When Alan tracks her down in her hotel room at Houston she's only wearing a towel, implied to have been taking an offscreen Shower of Angst.
  • Remote, Yet Vulnerable: She leaves her body behind when using her Astral Projection powers, and if she doesn't come back in six minutes, she dies.
  • Undercover as Lovers: With Alan in Metamorphosis
  • Working with the Ex: Vera finds herself having to work with her ex-boyfriend, Leo Travers, who left her years before.

Rose Arvale
Played by: Anna Diop

  • Evil All Along: She's actually the Horseman of Death.
  • Hospital Hottie: An attractive hospital nurse.
  • The Leader: She's the one who assembles the team and acts as their leader. Until she's revealed to be a Horseman.
  • Mercy Kill: As a nurse she performed this on soldiers in Afghanistan and on elderly patients at the Houston Hospital.
  • Omniglot: Her power of "understanding." She can even read binary. Since she's not really a Messenger, it's unclear whether she truly has this power or just knows enough languages to deceive the others.

Raul Garcia

Played by: J. D. Pardo

Peter Moore
Played by: Joel Courtney

Joshua Silburn, Jr.

Played by: Jon Fletcher

  • Church of Saint Genericus: The evangelist, Joshua Silburn Junior, starts out as the youthful "face" of an evangelist TV show; aside from the interaction of the show's premise with his religion, he could be a leader of any relatively mainstream Christian church.
  • Fainting Seer: His power, which causes him to have what looks to others to be a seizure.

Erin Calder

  • Action Mom: She's a single mom, but that doesn't stop her from trying to Save the World.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Using her powers too much cause her own health and body to deteriorate.
  • Domestic Abuse: Erin's husband grew increasingly paranoid and controlling once their daughter Amy was born, to the point that he wouldn't even let them leave the house. She left with Amy, but he tracked them down.
  • Healing Hands: Her power.
  • Informed Judaism: The only time we find out she's Jewish is in a quick recital of the Messengers' faiths/belief systems in the finale.
  • Official Couple: With Raul.
  • Swiss-Army Tears: Her tears have healing properties.

Koa Lin
Played by: Jessika Van

  • Attempted Rape: Koa Lin is nearly raped by a man in a casino after she's caught cheating at cards. She uses her ability to assume his form and beat him up.
  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: She's Asian and uses her martial arts skills to fight Raul.
  • The Gambler: Basically her job. She was in the middle of a high stake game, when they wave hit her and she fell uncouncious, revealing she was cheating, which put her in a lot of trouble.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Koa suffers from memory loss, some of the most basic memories have become blurred like a card trick her father taught her at the age of 6. Joshua believes it comes from the fact she borrows someone else's identity and in turn she loses her own.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She's very pale, with long black hair.
  • Sixth Ranger: Seventh, actually. She joins the other Messengers in "Metamorphosis." Then Rose is revealed to be a Horseman, meaning Koa really is the sixth.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Her power. She can apparently acquire knowledge from the people she's impersonated as well (learning martial arts through doubling a man when he had attempted to rape her, for instance).

Zahir Zakaria

Played by: Winston Duke



The Man
Played by: Diogo Morgado

The Devil himself.

  • Deal with the Devil: Makes one with the other Messengers to bring Joshua, who had been killed by Rose, back to life.
  • A God Am I: Declares this when the Horsemen betray him.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Has fiery red wings much like the Horsemen's.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While he causes quite a bit of trouble in his own right, the Horsemen remain the primary antagonists. The Devil only helps them along as long as it amuses him but claims he doesn't actually want them to destroy the world, and even helps the Messengers against them once they reject him.
  • Naked on Arrival: After he fell naked on earth, he stole the clothes of the first guy he met (and possibly killed him).
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Man's (Satan's) eyes glow red from time to time

The Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Sen. Cindy Richards

Played by: Lauren Bowles

The Horseman of War.

Leland Schiller

Played by: Sam Littlefield

The Horseman of Pestilence.

  • Ignored Epiphany: Got talked out of his first attempt to attack the hospital, then went right back and did it again.

Rose Arvale

Played by: Anna Diop

The Horseman of Death.

  • Woman Scorned: This is actually what caused her to become the Horseman of Death.

Vincent Plowman

Played by: Jamie Bamber

  • Red Herring: He's initially believed to be the Horseman of Famine, but it turns out his brother is.

Mark Plowman

Played by: Riley Smith

The Horseman of Famine.

  • Cain and Abel: With Vincent.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He starts out as a decent guy who protests against his brother's unethical business practices, but he ends up killing his brother and becoming the Horseman of Famine.

    Other Characters 

Alan Harris

Played by: Craig Frank

Vera's fellow astronomer and best friend.

Amy Calder

Played by: Madison Dellamea

Erin's young daughter. She's also The Antichrist.

Nadia Garcia

Played by: Brittany O'Grady

Raul's teenage niece. Actually his daughter.

Joshua Silburn, Sr.

Played by: Victor Slezak

Joshua's father.

  • Abusive Dad: Joshua's father beat him when he was a child, controls everything in his life, has an affair with his daughter-in-law, blackmails her and nearly kills her when she refuses to cooperate.
  • Domestic Abuse: His physical abuse to Joshua's wife is what gets Joshua to have him arrested.
  • Jerkass: Make Joshua's life a living hell.

Eliza Shepard

Played by: Jennifer Griffin


Played by: Zeb Sanders
Vera and Leo's son, who was kidnapped at an airport and placed in the care of another family.


  • Abusive Dad: The Man paints Him in this light.
  • Big Good: As the one who gave the Messengers their mission.
  • The Ghost: Never appears directly.