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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.

  • Bi the Way: Before she married Rick, she had a fling with Lila Stanton. It was ostensibly a way to spice up their relationship, but it's clear that she developed genuine feelings for Lila.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on her husband with Lila long after their threesome together.


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.
  • Bi the Way: Has three-way sex with both Rick and Jenna. However, her attention was primarily on Jenna and she has developed feelings for her to the point where she wants to build a life with the other woman.
  • 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 form 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.
  • 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.



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 if her speech to Penelope.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Targets week 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.

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