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Miguel Guerrero

Portrayed By: Gabriel Chavarria

A US Marine who returns home on Purge Night after receiving a cryptic message from his sister, Penelope.

  • Big Brother Instinct: He is extremely protective of his little sister Penelope, to the point that he joined the Marines to avoid prison after brutally attacking her abusive boyfriend.
  • The Determinator: He spends much of the series trying to find Penelope before something terrible happens to her.


Jenna Betancourt

Portrayed By: Hannah Anderson

An anti-Purge proponent and devoted to charitable causes who is accustomed to locking down on Purge Night. Her choice to venture out for the first time leads to an encounter with violence that forces her to deal with deep truths about herself and her marriage.


Penelope Guerrero

Portrayed By: Jessica Garza

A member of a Purge-worshiping cult who pledges to be sacrificed but her faith is tested when exposed to the realities. She's also Miguel's sister.

  • Broken Bird: Willingly joins the purge sacrifice cult because she wanted to reunite with her murdered parents. Granted she was still grieving as was taken advantage of by a cult leader, who is later revealed to be an agent of NFFA.
  • Took a Level in Badass. Goes from being someone who wants to die, into a fighter who helps stop Joe from completing his purge night plans. And she confronts her cult leader, possibly saving the lives on the remaining teens on the blue bus. A year later shows her joining her brother and helping purge victims survive the night.


Lila Stanton

Portrayed By: Lili Simmons

A young, rich, and rebellious woman who refuses to fit in with the pro-Purge socialite crowd. Her confidence and charm mask a vulnerability that will be exposed as she attempts to deal with unfinished business before the sun rises.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: It is said by Rick that Lila was "not well" at one time, implying some unknown mental health issue she went through at some point between her relationship with him and Jenna and the Purge.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: She is probably closer to this. She has feelings for Jenna and wants to build a life with her.
  • In the Back: Is stabbed in the back by Jenna after she snaps and tried to kill Rick.
  • These Hands Have Killed: A flashback shows that she went through the family ritual of committing her first murder on purge night, making it clear that she is capable of doing so like her parents. And this was shown after she killed Rick and Jenna's next door neighbor to save Jenna's life.
  • Yandere: Decides to murder Rick once it became clear she couldn't separate him from Jenna, and Jenna refusing to leave him.


Jane Barbour

Portrayed By: Amanda Warren

A dedicated and hardworking finance professional who is convinced that she has hit an insurmountable glass ceiling at her firm, so she hires a Purge-assassin.

  • Black Dude Dies First: Is the first main character to die during the series by Joe's hands.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Her boss passes her up for promotion, so she hires a Purge-assassin to kill him on Purge Night. She eventually comes to regret the decision.
  • Hypocrite: Calls out a co-worker for killing a colleague who was up for the same promotion, when she herself has hired a Purge-assassin to kill her boss because he passed her up.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: As soon as she realizes that she is no better than the co-worker who killed her colleague to ensure her promotion, she leaves the safety of her office building to try and stop the assassin she hired.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Joe about how childish and pathetic he's acting after he kidnapped her over a bad date. He strangles her to death after she tries to fight for her life soon afterwards.


Rick Betancourt

Portrayed By: Colin Woodell

After a lifetime of bootstrapping, he is finally climbing the social ladder, but currying favor with the pro-Purge elite presents unexpected challenges to his marriage, as he and his wife must agree on what moral price they'll pay to achieve the American dream.

  • Ambition Is Evil: Determined not to a live a life of poverty like how he grew up, he does whatever it takes, including willing to kill on Purge night to please a rich investor, only stopping from doing it because of his wife. And its later revealed that he used a loophole to screw Joe out of a contract not paying him for his work.
  • The Atoner: Spends Purge night trying to make things right with his wife for some of the selfish things that he done.
  • Redemption Equals Death: is killed just when it seemed like he made things right with his wife.


Joe Owens

Portrayed By: Lee Tergesen

An armored, masked, and seemingly ordinary man who drives through town, intervening acts of Purge violence while listening to the taped lectures of Bobby Sheridan, a motivational life coach.

  • Angry White Man: Is mad at the world for taking away what he believes are his rights as a "true" American, often making statements you'd hear on extreme right-wing platforms.
  • Bad Samaritan: Throughout the series, he seems to be intervening to rescue people from the Purge. In reality, he's just kidnapping people who he feels have wronged him in some way so that he can kill them at his leisure.
  • Bait the Dog: Throughout most of the episodes, it seems like he is a masked vigilante saving people from getting purged. Turns out he targeted those people to purge himself, for various reasons ranging from petty slights, to being genuinely wronged.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He kidnaps Penelope because he held the door for her while she was carrying a heavy bag and she didn't thank him. He also kidnaps Jane because she rightfully abandoned him on a date, after undermining her accomplishments to say the least.
  • Freudian Excuse: His back story shows how he was a hardworking man who gets screwed over by the system when the company he works at laid off the whole work force and shipped the jobs to Mexico. And its later revealed that Rick took advantage of him and screwed him out of paying him. And he was bullied as a kid.
  • Kill It with Water: Miguel shoots him in the kneecaps and kicks Joe into an abandoned swimming pool to drown.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Makes clear that he believes the country is being taken away from good hardworking American's to please the unworthy minorities. He accused Jane of getting by off affirmative action, while on a date with her, which is why she ditched him. And he accused Penelope of being a leech sucking the life out of America, because she is a Latina, and uses her not thanking him for holding the door for her one day as proof.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: At heart, he's an overgrown little boy with massive entitlement issues.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Telling a protective former Marine you'll "take care" of him and his sister next Purge probably wasn't the smartest idea. It gets him knee-capped and kicked into a pool to drown.


Marcus Moore

Portrayed By: Derek Luke

A doctor with a distant relationship with his son and traumatized from an attack during Purge Night.


Ryan Grant

Portrayed By: Max Martini

A police officer planning to commit a bank robbery on Purge Night with some fellow officers.

  • Defector from Decadence: He and his partners turned to bank robbery due to being disillusioned by other members of the department being involved with a drug cartel.


Esme Cardona

Portrayed By: Paola Núñez

An NFFA surveillance agent investigating Ryan’s heist and Drew’s murder.


Ben Gardner

Portrayed By: Joel Allen

A college student out for the first time in Purge Night.

  • Serial Killer: He develops a bloodlust on his first purge that causes him to keep killing even when it's not purge night.



David Ryker

Portrayed By: William Baldwin

The Managing Partner at Jane’s investment firm, and her boss. Handsome, confident, and powerful, David leads his team with alacrity and intelligence. He appears to be a big Jane supporter but in fact may be standing in the way of her career advancement. David also harbors a Purge night secret.

  • Asshole Victim: Is shot dead by Jane after she is rescued from his Purge party were women are used as art displays.
  • Freudian Excuse: Admits to Jane that his father was even worse than him when it involved dealing with women, and was racist on top of it, something he claims he's not.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: While it's made clear he is sexist towards women, it is not until the reveal during purge night that you realize how little he thinks of them, seeing women as nothing more than objects and not even human beings.


Albert Stanton

Portrayed By: Reed Diamond

One of the New Founding Fathers of America.



Portrayed By: Fiona Dourif

The much-adored, charismatic cult leader, dispensing blessings to her fawning followers.

  • Asshole Victim: She is shot dead by Joe as she is giving another one of her manipulative speeches to try and regain control over Penelope.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: She gets shot dead in the middle of her speech to Penelope.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Targets weak minded and traumatized teens and convinces them that sacrificing their life on Purge night is a divine and beautiful thing.
  • The Sociopath: Willingly leads teenage children to get sacrificed on Purge night for the NFFA, and shows not one bit of remorse for it. The only emotion she shows is anger, if she feels something is getting in the way of her completing the job for money.



Portrayed by: Connor Trinneer

Esme’s boss.

    Bobby Sheridan 

Bobby Sheridan

Portrayed by: Dermot Mulroney

A pro-Purge radio host and life coach that Joe listens to.

  • The Corruptor: For people like Joe and Ben, who get further warped by his encouraging the Purge lifestyle.
  • Karma Houdini: Never suffers for his actions.
  • Smug Snake: He's an unapologetic pro-purger who basks in his famed influence and is smug, assured and threatening abasing an anti-Purge guest on his show.


Pete The Cop

A former soldier and cop turned anti Purge bar owner.
Portrayed By: Dominic Fumusa

  • The Bartender: He owns Pete's Cantina and allows locals to hide in it during the Purge
  • Good Samaritan: He joins Miguel in trying to rescue Penelope and various others.
  • Living Legend: He's a respected figure among his own generation for proving a Truce Zone in his bar for people to hide in, as well as having once stopped a group of Dirty Cop's from using the Purge for their own sleazy goals.
  • Sidekick: He joins in Miguel's efforts on Purge night, (initially just with information in exchange for his car but later more willingly and actively) although he although he carries his own just as well.
  • Restrained Revenge: When a man taking refuge in the bar tries to kill him (Pete arrested his brother once back in his cop days) Pete chooses not to exercise his right to kill the guy but does kick him out of the bar.



Portrayed By: Paulina Galvez
The Stanton's maid and an agent of an anti-NFFA resistance group.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Catalina helps Jenna and Rick escape from the anti-NFFA group because Jenna treated her better than the other Stanton guests ever did.
  • The Mole: It's implied she was the one who let an anti-NFFA resistance group in the Stanton estate with the intention of killing everyone inside.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Catalina more or less invokes this when asked why she's part of an anti-Purge group intent on slaughtering a large number of NFFA members and donors at the manor she works in.
    Catalina: Sometimes, revolution is the only way to make the world a better place.



Portrayed By: Christopher Berry
A rancher and associate of Pete who is secretly working with a pro-Purge crowd.
  • Affably Evil: A very charming guy who kidnaps people and sells the man to be killed and tortured on a Purge night.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A Verizon call manager before he reinvented himself as a rancher and purge collector.
  • Only in It for the Money: His actions are done to fund his lifestyle.
    Rex: Living the dream ain't cheap.



Portrayed By: Jessica Miesel
A good-natured but ambitious co-worker of Jane who is unfortunately inspired by her when she finds out Jane is trying to kill David.



Portrayed By: Adam Stephenson
A coworker of Jane.
  • Nice Guy: He tells Jane that he's happy for Allison being promoted instead of him and is willing to keep working for the next opportunity.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Jane not telling Allison about her decision to promote her (or Mark's acceptance of that) in time cause Allison to stab Mark for a promotion she already had.



Portrayed By: Sabrina Gennarino
The leader of the Matron Saints, a group of vigilantes who protect women and punish men who harm them during Purge Night.
  • Action Mom: She tells Jane she has four daughters and she's a well-armed fighter who along with her friends is willing to brave danger on Purge night.
  • Badass Teacher: The rest of the year, she teaches self-defense classes.
  • Braids of Action: She's a heroic vigilante with braided hair.
  • The Leader: Madelyn is clearly the shot-caller of her group.
  • Mark of Shame: Madelyn and the other Matron Saints brand the foreheads of abusers.
  • Mr. Exposition: Madelyn and her group reveal more about the darkness and inequality of Pruge night the NFFA try to hide by talking about how three women die for every man on Pruge night and every year the night sees untold thousands of rapes.
  • My Card: She gives a card with a phone number to Jane after she insists on leaving the Saint's refuge, in case she gets in danger later on.
  • Vigilante Militia: She leads a group of vigilantes who work to save innocents and punish those who hurt women under the cover of the Purge.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: The matron saints brand "pig" on the forehead of men who hurt women on Purge Night.

    European Corespondent 

European Corespondent

Portrayed By: Mark Ashworth
A British journalist seeking Purge stories along with an American coulleague.
  • Good Samaritan: He briefly gived Miguel a ride in looking for Penelope.
  • Intrepid Reporter: While he doesn't take too many risks he is trying to document the history Oreos of the purge o keep his own nation from adopting it for themselves.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: When Miguel accused him of having a Holier Than Thou attitude about the Purge in his efforts to keep it out of Europe, he digresses, making it clear he does not consider his own culture as holding the moral high ground.
    Corespondent: Have you ever heard of the Congo? The Atlantic slave trade? Europeans invented the purge.
  • No Name Given: He's only known by his job title.



Portayed By: AzMarie Livingston
A mercenary who operates on Purge Night without fear of arrest and is hired to kill David Ryker.



Portrayed By: Rochele Aytes
Marcus's second wife.

    Vivian Ross 

Vivian Ross.

Portrayed By: Charlotte Schweiger.
Esme's surveilance trainee and later ally in her new agenda.

    Kelen Stewart 

Kelen Stewart

Portrayed By: Danika Yarosh
Ben's girlfriend and a fellow student who makes some unsettling discoveries about his activities.



Portayed By: Denzel Whittaker
Marcus's son and a classmate of Ben's. He also becomes involved in Esme's investigation of his teacher's death.



Portrayed By: Devyn Tyler
Marcus's ex-wife and Darren's mother.



Portrayed By: Matt Shively.
A friend and fraternity brother of Ben.
  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: When he tries to block the frat house against Ben's return.
  • Actual Pacifist: He won't shoot Ben with a crossbow even when Ben isn't making it clear he'll come back after him and refuses to kill another prisoner of Ben in exchange for his own life, causing Ben to duct tape a machete into his hands and shove it into the victim personal
  • Run or Die: His brother died on a past Purge night and he knows to do this.
  • Villainous Rescue: He escapes from Ben in the confusion when another crowd of purgers pick his captor as their target.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Ben are close until Ben gets obsessed with killing. Turner is at first worried by the strange changes in Ben, then is horrified and disgusted by the truth. For his part Ben tries to get Turner to join him but after being refused is prepared to kill Turner.


Tommy Ortiz

Portrayed By: Jonathan Medina
Ryan's former cop colleague turned fellow bank robber. Tommy spends most of the season as a prisoner after surveillance monitors prove he remained at a crime scene just past the end of the Purge and the immunity coming with it.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With his fellow prisoners, who he encourages to wait for rescue with.
  • Happily Married: He and his wife Lisa have a son together and she shows a lot of concern for his predicament.
  • The Lancer: He seems to be Ryan's most trusted and able partner.
  • Safecracking: Tommy is their expert at getting into vaults.


Sarah Williams

Portrayed By: Chelsea Ramos
Another member of Ryan's group.
  • The Lancer: To Ryan for the middle section of the season, while Tommy is in jail and before the final Purge night.


Doug Vargas

Portrayed By: Jaren Mitchell
Another ex-cop working with Ryan, Tommy and Sara.



Portrayed By: Tyler Rushing
An anti-Purge hacktivist.


Sam Tucker

Portrayed By: Jay Ali
One of Marcus's neighbors.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: He and the others are trying to kill Marcus but respect his decision to spare Clint when he has a chance to kill him, and draw the line at Clint trying to kill Marcus's family instead of him, purging Clint instead.



Portrayed By: David Maldonado
A neighbor of Marcus.
  • Crusading Widower: He has it in bad for Marcus due to the death of his wife in Marcus's operating room.

    Andrea Ziv 

Captain Andrea Ziv

Portrayed By: Christine Dunford
Ryan's old boss.
  • Dirty Cop: Unrepentantly in bed with a drug cartel.



Portrayed By: Damien D. Smith.
An old friend of Marcus and Tonya's new husband.



Portrayed By: Mariano Tejada
Esme's younger sister.


Isabel Shaw

Portrayed By: Jen Kobler
A detective hired by Marcus to investigate who tried to Purge him.

     Professor Adams 

Professor Drew Adams

Played By: Alvis-Marie Barnes
A college professor and former friend of Esme's after Sofia disappeared.
  • Cool Teacher: She was a caring woman respected by her students.
  • He Knows Too Much: The NFFA killed her because of a study she did gathering interviews of purgers who said the Purge Night didn't vent their impulses and they wanted to keeep killing year round.


Sydney Rivera

Portrayed By: Hannah Alline
A reporter critical of the purge and guest speaker on Bobby Sheridan's show.
  • Ignored Expert: She correctly argues that killing once a year during the Purge inspire some people to continue killing the rest of the year and that those crimes are being covered up. Sheridan and the NFFA aren't interested in hearing it.



Portrayed By: Peyton Wich
One of Ben's fraternity brothers.


Andy Tran

Portrayed By:' Lawrence Kao
A slimy, pro-Purge classmate of Ben.
  • He Knows Too Much: Killed because Ben confided his murders in him and Andy's reaction made him afraid he'd talk.
  • Not Good with Rejection: He fantasizes about killing girls who reject him for the Purge night.
  • Not Quite Dead: Ben stabs him and then tries to cover it up with a fire, but Andy survives long enough to stagger to an elevator, where his body is found, exposing his death by violence to the Campus (although the government tries to pretend it was a suicide).

    Anti-Purge Co-ed 
Played By: Hayden Guthrie
A student at Ben's college who antagonizes him at a fateful time.
  • Killed Offscreen: Ben is seen following her in a mask at the end of the episode and the next episode mentions a girl being killed on the campus.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She shows up at a party with a t-shirt saying "Remember: Say NO to the Purge" and talks back to a couple pro-Purge kids. As a result, she ends up targeted by a Serial Killer.
  • Sexy Spectacles: She has a nice pair of glasses one and a somewhat attractive look.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She's only in a couple scenes of one episode and doesn't even have a name, but is the first person Ben puts a pre-meditated effort into targeting, helping cement his new bloodlust and emphasize his journey toward being a Serial Killer. This public murder also makes concerns about people killing outside of the Purge Night more publicized.

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