- Has his own page, owing to his impact on the wider franchise.
Total Watson and general Audience Surrogate, Welsh woman Gwen Cooper joined Torchwood after investing a little too far in a police investigation. Functions as The Chick and/or The Heart, so much so that a coked-up-alien-fish calls her out on it.
Curiously, Gwen is an identical relative of one Miss Gwyneth (as the Doctor gleefully tells her, a "spatial genetic multiplicity"), which may explain her talent for using resurrection gimmicks. Does not take crap from anyone.
- Action Mom: With the start of Miracle Day she has a daughter named Anwen, and as of the end of Revolution Of The Daleks, a son. During the events of the former, Anwen stays with Rhys as Gwen (understandably) doesn't want to accidentally kill Anwen.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever bring up her affair with Owen, even if you are Owen. Jack wasn't spared her wrath either despite holding her at gunpoint.Gwen: I got to get back Rhys.Jack: Yeah, because you're so in love with Rhys, you spend half your time in Owen's bed.Gwen: (punches Jack in the face) FUCK YOU!
- Bound and Gagged: In "Escape to LA".
- Break the Cutie: While she certainly went through her fair share of hardship beforehand, Children of Earth utterly destroys any innocence she may have had left.
- Do Not Go Gentle: Gwen is well aware that neither she nor Ianto have a chance against a Dalek, yet is still the first one to pick up an assault rifle without hesitation, planning to at least go out in a blaze of glory; "like Owen, like Tosh".
- Easily Forgiven: She's the one who screws up the most, but suffers few if any consequences until Adrift.
- Expy: Bears a resemblance to Rose in her role.
- Fair Cop: Was a police officer before joining Torchwood.
- Field Promotion: Of sorts after Series 1. While Jack is having adventures with the Doctor, she takes over Torchwood as the de facto leader since Cardiff is pretty much a 24/7 battlefield for weird alien shit and the actual commander was MIA. In the post miracle day audios, she takes command once more - mostly because every other elligible member is super dead.
- Grand Theft Me: Ng takes over her body in the Big Finish audios.
- Happily Married: In series 2, she ties the knot with Rhys, and the two of them remain happily together for the rest of the series.
- It's All About Me: Despite her status as The Heart, she displays an astounding capability for selfishness. Her lowest point sees her confess her cheating to her boyfriend, then drugging him so he'll forget. She even has the gall to outright demand his forgiveness while he's passing out!
- The Heart: Female emotional center, something rarely associated with the Number Two of a team.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Nearly all the problems in her relationship with Rhys in the first series are a direct result of her being unable to talk about anything that happens to her in her job. Thanks to Jack's intervention this gets quite a bit better in series 2, though.
- Naïve Newcomer: In series 1, she freaked out over most of the stuff the other Torchwood members considered as normal as their morning coffee.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Finally retires from Torchwood at the end of Aliens Among Us, months of possession and the murder of her mother having pushed her over the edge.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: By series 2, she can calmly ask a pedestrian if they've seen a blowfish driving a sports car in complete deadpan. By series 4, she's become just as casual about extreme danger as Jack, and freaks out newcomers by treating the end of the world like a game.
- Took a Level in Badass: From local bobby to badass alien hunter.
- UST: With Jack. However, both are not only aware of it on some level, there are some things they would defy or even kill each other over regardless by series 4.
- The Watson: Takes on the Companion role in Torchwood.
Dr. Owen Harper
Oh, Owen. Torchwood's resident Dr. Jerk medical officer, Owen likes alcohol, sex, and being shockingly intelligent on occasion. Has a very nasty Establishing Character Moment in his first episode when he uses an alien pheromone spray on himself to date rape both a random woman and her boyfriend. From that point on, though, he goes through absolute emotional hell about once every three episodes (possibly as a form of karma), and gradually becomes a much more agreeable, likeable person. Deeply Troubled, but Cute ("I'M BROKEN, TOSH!"). Also functions as The Lancer. Is also the only member of Torchwood Three to never have met the Doctor.
- Abusive Parents: "Adam" hints that his mother wasn't very kind to him - he describes the day she kicked him out, when he was 16, as "the nicest thing you've ever done for me, Mum".
- And I Must Scream: The worst part wasn't when he died, or when he was revived as a deathless, sentient zombie when Jack used one of the alien Resurrection Gloves on Owen. Or even when Owen discovered that his body, while immortal, was no longer able to digest food or heal injuries naturally, making him rather fragile. No, the worst came in "Exit Wounds", when Owen was trapped in the control room of the Turnmill Nuclear Power Plant and faced the decision to vent the radioactive steam from the overheating core through the room he was in, in a Heroic Sacrifice to save the plant from going into meltdown. As he told Tosh over radio, the fact that this body was already dead meant that he wouldn't die quickly from the massive dose of radioactivity but instead would be trapped inside his body while it was slowly being consumed by the radioactive waste shredding his cells. He shut off the radio before he vented the system as to spare Tosh having to listen to his screams... assuming he was still able to scream, that is.
- Anything That Moves: Has a penchant for suggesting wild sex any time the world's about to end. Once propositioned Ianto and Tosh when he thought they only had a few minutes left to live. Spends a lot of time trying to find new "Fuck Buddies" as well as one night stands.
- Attractive Zombie: A minor case when he's resurrected as a zombie. It doesn't do nearly enough to stop girls from finding him gorgeous. Too bad for Owen that no bodily function means no more blood flow...
- Back from the Dead: Which they all assume at first, but when he doesn't expire from the second resurrection glove's use it turns out he Came Back Wrong.
- Badass Normal: Prior to dying, he's a fair hand in a fight.
- Break the Cutie: Starts the series completely broken, with no sign of "cutie" left. Gradually works his way back up, only to be broken over and over again. Eventually, we catch a glimpse of what he was like before Torchwood, and it turns out that he was a genuine cutie indeed - the process leading up to his joining was an epic Trauma Conga Line. (In fact, Adam's interpretation of him wasn't even that far off.)
- Came Back Wrong: He's killed off then brought back with the Resurrection Glove, though he comes back particularly broken. He can't heal - at all, so even a minor cut is permanent and a serious problem. He can't eat or drink or sleep, and the way he flushes out anything that he did consume is beyond horrifying (to the point where resident Seen It All Jack describes it as the most disgusting thing he's seen in his entire life), and he also can't really feel much of anything. In dire situations, this actually makes him a veritable tank as he also can't die (again), but more often than not, he's a ridiculously Squishy Wizard.
- Character Development: Owen's introduction was date rape — he used alien pheromones to make two people uncontrollably attracted to him. Two episodes later, he gets to experience the feelings of a woman being raped and murdered through a telepathic artefact, and promptly performs a complete HeelFace Turn on the issue. In the episode "Out of Time", he actually falls in love with someone, is dumped days later, and as a result (and after a period of violent mourning) generally becomes a nicer person.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: What his final death was.
- Combat Medic: Owen is the team's doctor, but also does things like swing out the window of a moving vehicle and shoot at cars while driving.
- Deadpan Snarker: Excessively so. Its partly why he comes off as a jerk.
- Disappears into Light: Not a regular example but when he dies for good, he's engulfed in a great flash of light, almost like an ascension.
- Face Death with Dignity: Initially freaked out over dying, but after being talked down and comforted by Toshiko, he calmly Disappears into Light.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Frequently, which becomes hilarious once he loses the ability to digest anything.
- Jerkass: A deeply unpleasant man. His Establishing Character Moment where he attempts to gang-rape a group via an alien-pheromone pretty much sums it up. Even after undergoing some much needed Character Development, he's still a bit too mean-spirited and cruel to count as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. His few redeeming qualities however are worth having him around: The fact that he's damn good at his job; his fierce loyalty to the team; the fact that he knows that he's a very shitty person, doesn't pretend otherwise, and generally has the decency to remain at an emotional distance.
- Leitmotif: A sad and painful theme that becomes prevalent after he dies once.
- Kavorka Man: While naturally a subjective trope, he's very successful with women despite not being classically handsome, or even particularly charming.
- Killed Off for Real: Hard to tell how having his type of immortality reacts with his body being atomized. But for all intents and purposes, yes. By the end of Miracle Day, he's probably very definitely dead.
- The Lancer: Despite being a medic, Owen's the one usually on field-support with a gun in hand next to Jack, even after Gwen shows up as the resident Action Girl.
- Only Mostly Dead: From mid-series 2, when he's a suicidal zombie.
- Our Liches Are Different/Our Zombies Are Different: Take you pick as to which he is. He becomes either a non-magical lich or a revenant zombie. Seems to be closer to lichdom than zombiedom as his mind is about as unaffected as it can be after coming back from the dead. Whilst he can ambulate just as well as a living human, he can't feel pain (in fact, he can't even feel pressure when he accidentally slices his hand open) and he can't eat, drink, breathe or experience gag reflex. He also can't heal, and any injuries are permanent. It's indicated that if he [[spoiler:hadn't died when he did, the supernatural energy keeping his consciousness in his corpse would've eventually dissipated within the next thirty years or thirty minutes.]]
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: His first episode saw him date raping two people. Just a few episodes later, he got to experience rape from the other side through a telepathy gizmo, which gave him rather a lot to think about.
- Red Right Hand: Evoked when he breaks his own little finger in an act of defiance. Since it can't heal, he wears one black leather glove from that point on.
- Revenant Zombie: Played With. He's resurrected as this midway through Season 2. He retains his personality, memories and mindset completely intact, and on the surface he still looks completely like a physically-normal and living man, but his brain is about the only organ in his body that's still alive. That being said, he's not really driven by a specific purpose of his own volition in this state — actually, an entire episode is dedicated to him struggling with the way he now is and generally feeling depressed.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He's particularly foul-mouthed, even by Torchwood standards.
- The Snark Knight: He's the snarkiest in the cast, in a dark sort of way.
- Token Evil Teammate: Starts out as this in series 1 — first by date-raping two people in the very first episode, then by starting an affair with Gwen, who's in a monogamous relationship and uses him to cheat on Rhys (though it does take two to tango on that one). The first series has him slowly working his way towards a HeelFace Turn, an arc that properly kicks into gear in series 2.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: After he turns undead, Weevils are scared shitless of him, to the point they worship him like he was a god. He eventually gets wise to this and weaponizes it.
- Death personified also avoids him like the plague (he's already dead and there's nothing for it to feed on), and the Nostrovites (carnivorous shape-shifters) won't touch him because he "smelled a bit off."
- Trauma Conga Line: Gets a new trauma every couple of episodes, possibly as recompense for his horrific Establishing Character Moment. Starts out broken, breaks more throughout series 1 and eventually kills Jack. Breaks again in series 2 and becomes a suicidal zombie.
- Season 2 reveals that he underwent a fairly horrific one before he joined Torchwood; he was originally a sweet, lovely and caring young doctor who was deeply in love with his fiancée. Then, she seemed to develop some kind of debilitating motor-neurone disease. After that, there was a Hope Spot when it appeared to be an operable brain tumour... then it turned out that it was an alien parasite that released chemicals that killed Owen's fiancée and the entire operating team (the lead surgeon being a friend of Owen's), and to add insult to injury, Jack stepped in to steal the body and the brain, knocking out Owen when he tried to stop him. Owen then spent everything he had trying to track Jack down and demand his fiancée's body back and just what the parasite was, while Jack's vanishing trick and Retcon making it look like he was mad, until Jack finally confronted him. No wonder he's such a miserable bastard when we first meet him.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Shortly after being brought back, he attempts to drown himself in Cardiff Bay. After an hour or so of standing hopefully under the water, he comes back out and seems to give up on suicide being possible.
Dr. Toshiko Sato
The first member of Torchwood to appear in the Whoniverse, Tosh first met the Doctor in London. She's Team Torchwood's resident brainy chick. Tosh has your answer to just about everything, and can wield a gun to boot. A great example of Intelligence Equals Isolation, or maybe simply I Just Want to Have Friends, made even more heart-breaking by her epic unrequited love with Owen.
- Ascended Extra: Was only meant to have her small role in Doctor Who, then RTD transferred her character to Torchwood (even justifying why she'd been a medic there rather than a tech expert). It all paid off handsomely. Oddly enough, she is the only member of the Torchwood team besides Jack to interact with the Ninth Doctor. She never even meets the Tenth.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Her plan to get the team into the Pharm has Ianto calling her "warped on the inside". She responds by smiling happily.
- Boxed Crook: Because she stole plans for a superweapon - and handed them over to terrorists holding her mother - she was due to be held without charge by UNIT until Hell froze over. Because the plans were flawed and she still made them work, Torchwood got very interested.
- Broken Bird: Was tortured by terrorists, and subsequently tortured by UNIT for seemingly cooperating with terrorists, before Jack rescued her and offered her a job.
- Break the Cutie: But then just about all the characters exhibit this by the time the show is through with them...
- Dark and Troubled Past: Most members of Torchwood have good bits of this, but Tosh has it spades. She was secretly imprisoned by UNIT for colluding with terrorists just to save her mother. If it wasn't for Jack, she would've lived out the rest of her life as an enemy of the state.
- Leitmotif: The theme used when she died.
- Shipping Torpedo: Not fond of the relationship between Owen and Gwen, partly because of how they treat her when she finds out, and partly because of her own unrequited feelings for Owen.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: She had a miserable existence and had been tortured in isolation at one point. When she had started finding happiness with Torchwood, Jack's brother Grey shot her in the gut and her stomach slowly bled out and Toshiko died in the midst of enduring Owen's death.
Responsible for getting the Torchwood team where they need to be, Ianto also can make a mean coffee and looks great in a suit. Started out as The Big Guy, but eventually was revealed to have a Dark and Troubled Past in his own right. He was initially part of Torchwood London and witnessed the Battle Of Canary Wharf. Becomes Jack's fuckbuddy after a while, and his exclusive boyfriend in series 2. He gets to meet the Doctor.
- Almighty Janitor: Whilst his official job role is to clean up after the team and ply them with coffee, he is shown to be staggeringly competent at just about anything the team throws at him, including combat, tactical, and tech roles, alien/dinosaur care, and one brief stint as a wedding fairy. He also ends up being the one who permanently seals the Rift. Whilst being dead at the time. Not bad going for the tea-boy.
- Ascended Extra: Gained more prominence in later episodes than earlier.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Ianto initially dresses in plain, smart Marks & Spencer office suits, before gradually opting for flashier and more colourful suits as the series progresses, marking him coming out of his shell.
- Battle Butler: Originally just the coffee guy stuck in the office, before developing into an active field agent and alien-slayer.
- Berserk Button: Do not hurt Jack. It doesn't matter that he's immortal and near-indestructible. Meek and quiet Ianto Jones will stop at nothing to keep his lover safe!
- Breakout Character: Easily one of the show's biggest breakout stars, which is notable as he was never intended to be a major character and was constantly in consideration to be killed off. When he eventually was Killed Off for Real, he was important and popular enough for a real life shrine to be erected in his honour in Cardiff.
- Butt-Monkey: "No broken bones. Slight loss of dignity. No change there."
- Character Death: Famously died in Jack's arms after being poisoned by the 456 in Children of Earth.
- Deadpan Snarker: From late Series 1 onwards, he starts sounding like he's doing a Mystery Science Theater 3000 commentary of the script.
- Easily Forgiven: Averted Trope, as he was given a month's suspension after the events of "Cyberwoman", which were mostly his fault.
- Expy: Became more and more like Vince, especially in his relationship to Jack, as the series progressed.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Sort of. In the series, he claims he's not into men, just Jack. In the novels however, he identifies as bisexual. It's hard to tell really - he's a good liar.
- The Kirk: Alternates between this and The McCoy.
- Leitmotif: "Ianto Jones", a lonely theme that gets an even sadder variation with "The Ballad of Ianto Jones".
- The Masochism Tango: Seems addicted to it.
- The McCoy: Alternates between this and The Kirk.
- Morality Chain: Word of God says that if Ianto hadn't died, Jack wouldn't have had hit the Moral Event Horizon in "Day Five".
- Noodle Incident: We never found out how he and Jack first started "dabbling".
- Photographic Memory: Provided he uses his mind palace in the form of his old house. In the tie-in novel, The House That Jack Built, he accesses it to remember the personal details of anyone who regularly uses a particular car park.
- Relationship Upgrade: He goes from (apparently) loathing Jack to shagging him in Series 1. Series 2 builds on the "relationship" part, with them agreeing on an actual date in the first episode. He comes out to his family in Children Of Earth.
- The Reliable One: Resents being this in the first series.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Always dressed in a smart suit.
Other Recurring Characters
Gwen's boyfriend/fiancé/husband. A regular sweet Welsh lad who drives a lorry. Gwen tries to keep Torchwood a secret from him, which of course backfires spectacularly.
- Action Survivor: When he first gets involved with Torchwood, he's not badass per se, but he is willing to do some dangerous things on Gwen's behalf.
- Badass Normal: Eventually, not only does he become surprisingly desensitized to the weirdness around him, he's even willing to stand up to some of the freakier aliens. He even scares the shit out of Oswald Danes in series 4.
- Back from the Dead After being stabbed to death by Bilis Manger in the series 1 finale, he was brought back to life via the Rift after it was opened and time was re-wound, thus preventing his death from taking place in the first place.
- Berserk Button: He is shlubbish, out of shape, even a little dim sometimes. He's not in Jack's league, and he knows it. Gwen loves him anyway. Don't hurt her, or the secret conspiracy keeping Britain safe from alien invasion? It won't have the resources or ability to save you.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When confronted by the alien responsible for impregnating his fiance, ruining his wedding and impersonating his mother, Rhys comes at it with a freaking chainsaw. Unfortunately, it spluttered out just as he was about to use it.
- Happily Married: To Gwen, from Series 2 onwards.
- Muggle: He's comically ordinary, in contrast to Gwen's dangerous life of alien-fighting.
- Naked People Are Funny: It's shown (twice!) in the first series that Rhys believes morning tea tastes better if you brew it naked.
Sergeant Andy Davidson
Gwen's friend (and ex) at the Welsh police who's a bit miffed when she suddenly leaves the force for Torchwood. Is very fond of Just Following Orders and a bit snarky.
- Ascended Extra: He must hold some sort of record, at least within Doctor Who. Originally a bit part, he had A Day in the Limelight in "Adrift" and significant supporting roles in Children of Earth and Miracle Day. Then he was bumped up to a starring role in Big Finish's Torchwood continuation, with the character eventually becoming an actual member of Torchwood in 2016. Then, in the Doctor Who: Stranded miniseries, at Russell T Davies's suggestion he finally became a companion of the Eighth Doctor.
- Fair Cop: Though more cute than hot.
- Friend on the Force: Originally just for Gwen, but eventually the whole team taps him (not like that) from time to time.
- Just Following Orders: The main thing that restrains him from helping Torchwood, though he finally realizes which side he's on in Children of Earth when he finds out what the government are doing.
- Just Friends: With Gwen, his ex. He's quite frank about his feelings for her, but he refuses to angst about it, and manages to just become mates with Rhys.
- Locked Out of the Loop
- Muggle: At first he shares the role of Token Normal with Rhys in Gwen's Torchwood life.
- Police Are Useless: Though he starts showing his use in Miracle Day.
- Also subverted when he joins in during a riot against the army in Children of Earth.
- Also subverted when he becomes a main character in the audios.
- Also subverted when he joins in during a riot against the army in Children of Earth.
- Refused by the Call: He wants Gwen to recommend him for a job with Torchwood, but she refuses because she doesn't think he's cut out for that life. Eventually, he has joined the organization by the time of the Big Finish audios Red Base and Stranded (after Gwen has left, incidentally).
An office girl who has a very confusing first day when her job suddenly involves aliens. Goes off to investigate and quickly gets mixed up with Torchwood.
- Naïve Newcomer: She comes across as quite naïve and clueless to the venal inner workings of a government department, prompting her disillusionment.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Russell T Davies admitted that she was created to be one for Martha Jones, as Freema Agyeman was unavaliable while filming Law & Order: UK. Although her role as the beleaguered office assistant better resembles Martha's sister Tish, or her cousin Adeola.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite Gwen suggesting that she get a job with Torchwood in Children of Earth, Lois is nowhere to be seen in Miracle Day. Admittedly, Torchwood is officially defunct after Children of Earth.
A perfectly normal middle-aged woman with a perfectly normal young son, Steven. Spent much of her life in the witness protection program. Tries to cope with Jack, her unageing father, as best as she can.
- Absurdly Youthful Parent: Inverted. She looks older than her own father, who (aside from a single grey hair) doesn't age at all, a fact that makes her deeply uncomfortable.
- Action Mom: She's more than capable of looking after herself, keeping a loaded gun hidden in her house for her family's safety. Like father, like daughter.
- Generation Xerox: Despite lacking her father's immortality, she is confident, sexy and dark-haired like him, as well as handy with a gun. Her preference for long coats even resembles Jack's wardrobe.
- Remember the New Guy?: She is Jack's never-seen-or-mentioned-before daughter. It is stated that she asked him to stay away due to his condition. Jack has revealed that he's been in relationships numerous times before (and we even get to meet some of these people), and he mentions how painful he finds it that he can't age while they will, so the Series 3 reveals did come with some hefty foreshadowing.
- Trauma Conga Line: She went through repeated abuses during the 456 incident, topped off when Jack sacrificed her son to overload and destroy the 456, burning him out in the process.
- Wham Line: One can be forgiven for initially assuming that Alice is some estranged ex-lover of Jack suffering from MayflyDecember Romance syndrome, with Steven being their illegitimate son. Then she calls Jack "dad".
- You're Not My Father: An implied variant. The final reaction she gave Jack for sending Steven to his death was maximum contempt and a clear, palpable impression that she NEVER wanted to see him again.
The head of Torchwood 1 in the early 21st century, a reasonably benevolent employer who operates by the motto "if it's alien, it's ours". Eventually, her actions allowed the Cybermen to infiltrate Torchwood, resulting in her own assimilation, though it turned out Yvonne's devotion to Queen and Country were stronger than the Cybermen anticipated.
- Adaptation Expansion: The Big Finish audios give her A Day in the Limelight or two.
- Affably Evil: Unpleasant though she is, she is at least unfailingly polite to the Doctor, bar a few moments of snark at his expense, even taking the time to applaud him on arrival.
- Ambiguously Bi: Comments on how attractive Toshiko is when she infiltrates the Hub in "One Rule". She has an ambiguous night with a female masseuse as well, so whether she is bi or not depends mainly on whether she shares her counterpart's interest in Andy.
- Benevolent Boss: Makes a point of knowing her employee's names, and doesn't bat an eyelash when two of them nip off to "double-check the readings". This makes up much of her personality.
- Fantastic Racism: "We must defend our borders against the alien." Even if said alien is harmlessly just passing by, Hartman's policy is Shoot to Kill on Sight.
- Fate Worse than Death: She gets her organs scooped out and put in a Cyber-suit, something no-one deserves.
- The Ghost: Despite being the original face of Torchwood's main London branch, she makes no appearance in Torchwood the series, since she died in her Doctor Who debut and the spin-off only focuses on the Cardiff branch, Torchwood Three. However, she returned in the Big Finish audio ranges and eventually got her own dedicated spin-off range, Torchwood One.
- Madness Mantra: "I did my duty, for Queen and country. I did my duty, for Queen and country. Oh God..."
- Politically Incorrect Villain: She imperialist, working for the resurrection of the British Empire. Also, the Fantastic Racism.Jackie Tyler: But there isn't a British Empire.Yvonne: Not yet.
- Shipper on Deck: A flashback in the Big Finish range has her telling Ianto to just ask Lisa out already.
- Undying Loyalty: Her patriotic fervour outweighs Cyber-conditioning.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Ghost Shift incident began when she and Torchwood decided to use a Negative Space Wedgie as a source of fuel, with the express hope of solving any potential energy problems Britain would ever have. As the Doctor points out, prodding a NSW with a stick is a stupid idea on any level.Doctor: "Shall we back off? Shall we play it safe? Nah," you thought. "Let's make it bigger!"
- Ancient Astronauts: Implied to be a very early arrival on Earth.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: A weird horned humanoid demon.
- Big Bad: Of Season 1, though it's not clear until the end of the season.
- Kaiju: On par with Godzilla.
- Physical God: Even able to drain the life out of people simply by them being in his shadow.
- Schmuck Bait: According to the Torchwood case files that accompanied the first series, a lot of the dead recovered in the aftermath were found with camera and video phones still in their hands.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Son of the Beast who was sealed within the Cardiff Rift.
- Walking Wasteland: His shadow causes anyone caught in it to instantly die.
Jack's long lost brother. During their childhood, Jack was separated from him during a savage alien raid on their home, failing to protect Gray by letting go of his hand in fear, resulting in their father's death and Gray being dealt a terrible lot of servitude to those murdering creatures. By the time they reunited, Gray was beyond begrudged at Jack for the hell on earth he went through, and started a crusade to get Jack as close to dead as he could due to his immortality, and take down a few of his friends who would die permanently to spite him.
- Ax-Crazy: Easily the least stable villain in the series.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Gray endured years of torture at the anonymous alien invaders' hands, which shaped him into the monster he became.
- Big Bad: Of Season 2, though it's not clear until the very end.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Jack's Abel. Their relationship is uncannily similar to the Doctor and the Master (not brothers, but close enough).
- Deadly Hug: Embraces Jack when they reunite, then promptly jams a sword straight into Jack's chest.
- Death Seeker: "I've heard people say death is such a waste. Hmpf. I imagine it more as a relief."
- Foil: Similar to John, Gray is one to Jack, but more in the sense that he opposes his brother in almost every aspect despite having the same origin in the Boeshane Peninsula. Whereas Jack was blessed with a carefree, adventurous life throughout time and space, Gray was kidnapped from an early age and brutalised into submission by a warlike alien race until he became an unfeeling husk. Whereas Jack is bright and loud in both personality and dress sense, Gray is stoic and wears a plain brown jumper. About the one thing they do have in common after their paths diverged, however, is their shared Death Seeker tendencies, albeit for different reasons.
- Freudian Excuse: Gray's monstrous actions in the name of hurting Jack are a result of being abandoned by his brother when they were both children.
- Hero Killer: This guy manages to kill both Owen (an impressive feat, considering Owen is an undead zombie and technically unable to die) and Tosh, along with making Jack die many times over by burying him alive under what would become Cardiff.
- Killed Off for Real: Presumably when the Hub exploded, although it's never mentioned or cleared up for sure.
- Leitmotif: A very vocal and tragic theme.
- The Man Behind the Man: Specifically John, who he has wired to explode if he doesn't comply.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Ultimately, what his whole gambit in the second season boils down to: revenge against Jack for not saving him.
- Satellite Character: His whole character revolves around getting revenge on Jack, and not much else beyond that. Even Lampshaded by Lachlan Nieboer in the Declassified for Exit Wounds.Lachlan Nieboer: He's just very, very bitter and hates his brother a very great deal. And that's- that's it. That's just the measure of his personality.
- Separated-at-Birth Casting: Looks and (especially) sounds a lot like Jack.
- The Sociopath: Although he has an insanity defence thanks to his Freudian Excuse, Gray's sheer sadistic satisfaction at the torment and pain he inflicts on others, especially his brother, is enough to make one question if he was always psychotic.
- The Stoic: Gray rarely shows emotion, with his rage at Jack usually being confined to Tranquil Fury.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to him when the Hub exploded in Children of Earth?
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He didn't want to become a monster, but is so consumed by sadness and rage that he can't stop himself.
- Addled Addict: It holds an entire planet to ransom purely to satisfy its crippling drug dependency on human children's bodily chemicals.
- Big Bad: Of Children of Earth, given that it's the main cause of all of the misery.
- Creepy Monotone: Its voice never changes tone or intonation. This makes it all the more alien and scarier.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": They are nicknamed the 456 because that was the radio frequency they used to contact humanity. They apparently like the name as well, so it sticks.
- Evil Is Petty: The 456 don't actually need the human children for anything. They simply want them because they use their hormones to get high. The army general is beyond appalled when he deduces this.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Mainly because it must breathe in a gaseous atmosphere, and the concoction of gases could affect its voice pitch. A concoction, which may we add, is highly toxic to humans, and it has to sit in a box that acts as a controlled environment where humans can only enter by donning protective suits.
- Fate Worse than Death: The politicians almost wish that the 456 simply killed the children when they discover what the monster actually does to them. Any child unfortunate enough to find themselves in the 456's grasp gets hooked up to its body and slowly drained over the course of decades, kept alive and probably fully conscious the whole time. The 456 claim that the children feel no pain and get to live forever, but their fate is nauseatingly horrific whichever way you slice it.
- Hell Is That Noise: Whenever sufficiently enraged (or suddenly freakingnote out for no discernible reason), the 456 goes into a frenzy of raptor-like screeching, slamming its heads against the glass container, and puking up disgusting green fluid.
- Hero Killer: It murders Ianto using a virus.
- Invasion of the Baby Snatchers: Its whole reason for holding Earth hostage is to capture children to get high off their hormones.
- Knight of Cerebus: While Abaddon and Gray were hardly harmless, the 456 brought a new level of darkness and moral ambiguity to the series.
- Leitmotif: A deeply unsettling score of synthesised, screechy discordant notes plays whenever it's on screen.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Given that it has to remain in a tank of gasses to remain alive, this makes sense.
- No Name Given: Their species is never identified by a proper name, with "The 456" being an alias derived from the frequency they used to contact humanity. They actually prefer to be called the 456.
- Nothing Is Scarier: We never get a clear glimpse of what it looks like... and that's probably for the best.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: Or rather, millions of forsaken children. And not even powered. It uses the children to get high.
- Starfish Aliens: It resembles a three-headed plucked swan, possibly indicative of three minds working in tandem, and oh, yeah... It's getting high off children. No wonder half the things it says sound deranged.
- Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: The 456 is likely one of the most advanced races seen in the series, seemingly capable of travelling through space without need of any kind of vessel (or at least, one that can't be detected by satellites), releasing deadly viruses, and simultaneously possessing every child on planet Earth. As the politicians summise, its technology and abilities are simply far, far beyond human understanding, which is what makes it such a terrifying threat.
- Vagueness Is Coming: Possessing the children to say ominous threats like "We are coming" is its main M.O. for scaring humanity into submission.
- Your Head Asplode: How it dies, before burning up and vanishing into the sky.
Prime Minister Brian Green
- Deadly Euphemism: He implicitly orders Torchwood and everything associated with the original 456 encounter to be "blank paged".
- Deadpan Snarker: With a dose of Insane Troll Logic. He justifies to the Americans that he can't be held responsible for concealing the 456 since he too was a child when they first made contact with Earth in 1965.
- Dirty Coward: The minute he learns about the 456, he makes arrangements to cover his own arse while putting poor John Frobisher in the line of fire, which he blatantly continues to do until Frobisher finally breaks.
- Dissonant Serenity: Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of his character is how casual he is when discussing the fates of millions of children, predictably reducing the issue down to a way of sifting out the poorest, least academically successful "units" from society, which he deems as a potential long term benefit considering the overpopulation crisis.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears his spectacles on the tip of his nose, and he's the kind of guy who can easily order a man to sacrifice his own children, straight to his face.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Without a doubt, Green is one of the vilest, most despicable characters in the entire franchise, yet he's completely human, and the UK Prime Minister at that. Even his predecessor, The Master, had the excuse of being a despotic alien psychopath. Green pretty much embodies everything wrong with humanity and our potential to become worse monsters than anything else out there in the universe.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Brian Green seems to be a cipher for then-current UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
- Outside-Genre Foe: Merely a very self-serving politician in a world full of aliens, demons and immortal madmen. He would be more at home in a serious political drama series, yet he's one of Torchwood's most despicable foes.
- The Sociopath: Evidently, he has no compassion or regard for anyone but himself.
- Villain with Good Publicity: His main goal is not the protection of his country from the 456, but to maintain a salvageable public image amid the whole affair. He successfully convinces many parents to willingly give up their children to a bogus vaccine program (the government's obvious ploy to sell the kids off to the 456 for a Fate Worse than Death) and gets away with the whole thing unscathed... Almost.
Torchwood's Token Evil Teammate. She was just like the rest of the Torchwood staff at the beginning- a normal, fairly approachable person with a share of her own secrets, and you couldn't tell that she was hurting beneath the congenial work personality. Except Suzie was the most broken of them all. She had a very hateful and cynical personality brewing under the surface, but mounds of guilt more than anything. After she got caught killing people as test subjects for the Resurrection Gauntlet, she tried to murder Jack. When he resurrected, she gave in to despair and capped herself. But she had a "Plan B" in the lurch to come back to life just in case she did bite the bullet.
- Abusive Parents: She seems to hate her cancer-ridden father, implying this.
- Antagonistic Offspring: She murders her own father.
- The Chessmaster: Suzie even planned for her own death and resurrection.
- Dead Star Walking: Dies in the first episode, but comes back.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted, she's mentioned both in "Fragments", during Ianto's flashback, and in the finale of Children of Earth, as one of the people that Jack feels guilty for not being able to save.
- Gambit Roulette: Her Thanatos Gambit in "They Keep Killing Suzie" relies on a lot of precise events lining up. See main page for details.
- Hero's Evil Predecessor: Was killed off at the same time that Gwen joined and views her as a replacement. They're also the only two team members who were able to use the first Resurrection Gauntlet.
- It's All About Me: Her motives, while sypmathetic, are rather selfish.
- My Death Is Only The Beginning: You have no idea...
- The Resenter: To Gwen, who she sees as a superior replacement to her.
- Synchronization: She and Margaret Blaine/Blon Slitheen in the aptly-named Big Finish audio Sync, due to alien phlebotinum.
- Thanatos Gambit: Though done in reverse applied to herself in "They Keep Killing Suzie".
- Tragic Villain: At the end of the day, she just doesn't want to die.
- Above Good and Evil: Deadbeat Escape makes it clear that he sees himself this way. Akin to the titular regulator in a clock, he is someone who is there when time needs fixing.
- Affably Evil: He's rather polite and mild-mannered.
- Almighty Janitor: Takes on this role in A View To A Kill as the caretaker of Ritz Towers, having the tenants kill each other just to get better apartments. And because human aggression powers a rift transmitter he uses to summon God.
- The Dragon: To Abaddon, since he can't act on his own.
- Enemy Mine: In hindsight, his actions in A View To A Kill are this as later audios reveal he has a feud with the Committee, who are enemies of Torchwood, and his summoning of God leads to the destruction of the Committee and their homeworld.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's furious at the idea of killing a colony of a protected species like bats. He ends up trapping the man responsible on a train for all eternity.
- In the same story he's irked with Rowena for cheating at an auction she ends up suffering the same fate.
- Evil Versus Evil: In the audios he has an ongoing feud with the Committee.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: It's not until near the end of the first series finale that we find out what he wants.
- Long Bus Trip: It took fully ten years for him to show up again, in Series 5, "Aliens Among Us".
- Manipulative Bastard: Arranges for any number or Torchwood staff to fully open the rift.
- Pet the Dog: He spares Zoe Blake from an And I Must Scream fate in Dead Man's Switch thanks to her being the only one of the three guest characters who was in any way polite.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only appears in one out of the twenty four episodes of Aliens Among Us and God Among Us but he's responsible for summoning God to Cardiff which leads to the events of the rest of the arc.
- Time Master: He can be in any time period, teleport to different planes of time and even temporarily stop time.
Captain John Hart
Jack's former boyfriend of five years, also from the 51st century. A member of the Time Police, and — like Jack used to be before meeting the Doctor — a bit of a con man. Has a flair for the dramatic and wears cowboy gear for no discernible reason beyond Rule of Cool. Also shares Jack's love for standing on top of buildings.
- Affably Evil: Walks the line between this and Faux Affably Evil. He's generally quite friendly, in a snarky, totally inappropriate sort of way. However, you take your eye off him at your own risk, because he is totally amoral (if not without standards) and will stab you in the back.
- Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Wears jeans, cowboy boots, a T-shirt...and a Hussar jacket.
- The Cameo: His mugshot makes a brief appearance in a list of criminals in the Doctor Who episode "Time Heist".
- Deadpan Snarker: In pretty much every spare moment.
- The Dragon: To Gray. Not through any choice of his own, though.
- Extreme Omnisexual: Once eyed a poodle. However, his opening scene does indicate that he has some kind of tastes, at least as far as humans are concerned, picking out the people he was attracted to.
- Evil Counterpart: Of Jack himself, right down to his incredibly anachronistic wardrobe, being a charming omnisexual rogue ex-Time Agent and his chosen name being an alias, that he adopted simply to parody Jack's own.
- Expy: Of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is even played by the same actor, James Marsters. He acts a lot like pre-Badass Decay Spike (if not even more unhinged), and Jack even acts a lot like Angel around him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He still loves Jack, enough to turn against Gray in the end.
- Even Evil Has Standards: As the second series progresses, he finds himself disgusted with Gray's plan of destroying Jack's life.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: Spent two weeks (that lasted over 5 years) in a timeloop with Jack.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Has one on his belt, though he doesn't use it, preferring pistols and poisons, probably wearing it to invoke this trope.
- Leitmotif: A spaghetti western/soap opera-sounding theme with a guitar and organ.
- New Old Flame: Jack's ex, who pops up out of nowhere. Then again, Jack is an immortal time traveller who Really Gets Around, and extremely secretive at the best of times.
- Pet the Dog: In the finale, he's shown to still love Jack and have some sense of honour. He's still amoral but not genuinely evil as he first appeared to be.
- Psycho Ex-Boyfriend: Subverted. He looks like he's blowing up Cardiff just so Jack will pay attention to him, but he's actually being forced into it by Gray.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Jack's Blue, being impulsive, easily bored, and willing to cause mayhem for his own amusement - though on his second appearance, he's not actually blowing up Cardiff for his own amusement, he genuinely has no choice in it.
- Anti-Villain: He only wanted to protect his family and do his job as best he could.
- Beleaguered Bureaucrat: He considers himself a paper-pushing government orderly who would prefer to keep his head down, yet he's inconveniently thrust into the role of ambassador for the entire human race and forced to awkwardly negotiate with a hostile alien species.
- Butt-Monkey: Brian Green sums him up as "a good man, but expendable", then proceeds to blatantly manipulate and undermine John into acting as a scapegoat for the British government.
- Driven to Suicide: He eventually kills himself after killing his whole family after the debacle of the 456.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: John's colleague Bridget Spears deeply admires him for his strong work ethic, which allowed him to work his way up the ladder in an extremely corrupt British government and become fairly successful. Nevertheless, she predicts that his entire life's work and legacy will be forgotten, with no family left to continue his name.
- I Have Your Wife: He orders for Jack's middle-aged daughter and young grandson to be held hostage, to ensure Jack's compliance.
- Just Following Orders: Which the Prime Minister manipulates to no end.
- Pater Familicide: He kills himself after killing his entire family rather than give them up to the 456.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Everything he does is on the orders on the Prime Minister. The only line he adamantly refuses to cross is sacrificing his own daughters.
- The Scapegoat: Is blatantly used by Prime Minister Brian Green to take the hits for his morally reprehensible actions.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Green attempts to force John to sacrifice his own children to the "vaccination program", simply to validate the British government's false public image as equal victims to the 456. John refuses, then proceeds to kill his entire family, including himself. Ironically, had he gone along with Green's callous demand, his children would have been spared, since Jack found a way to save the day anyway.
- Tranquil Fury: Being constantly pushed to the brink of sanity by the ridiculous demands of both the 456 and his uncaring boss, John clearly has a deep well of the old Malcolm Tucker rage boiling beneath the surface, but he's much better at keeping a lid on it.
- UST: With Bridget Spears.
- You Look Familiar: In-universe:
- Peter Capaldi previously played Caecilius in the Doctor Who story "The Fires of Pompeii". RTD and Steven Moffat have stated that he's a descendant. The death of Frobisher's family was Time balancing out for the Tenth Doctor saving Caecilius and his family.
- Capaldi went on to play none other than the Twelfth Doctor. "The Girl Who Died" explains that when he regenerated into this form, the Doctor subconsciously chose to have Caecilius' face as a reminder of his duty to save anyone he can no matter what. Moffat later elaborated at the 2015 Doctor Who Festival that the tragic fate of Frobisher also factored into the Doctor's choice — just because Time and Space fight back against the Doctor's efforts to save others doesn't mean he should give it up — but they couldn't fit that detail into the episode.
Characters Introduced in the Big Finish Audios
The Committee of Erebus
An alien organisation and one of the oldest enemies of Torchwood. They've colonised various worlds but always have an eye on Earth.
- Big Bad: Serve as one for the audios and even the series as they're stated to be behind the Families from Miracle Day.
- Collective Identity: Seem to be this.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: They won their war with the KVI in just 32 minutes.
- Demonic Possession: Practice a form of this on a man (played by David Warner) in a retirement home when they need to communicate. They stop doing this when he is killed in a tsunami that they engineered.
- The Disembodied: They abandoned their physical form at some point.
- Evil Versus Evil: Their feud with Bilis Manger.
- Gone Horribly Right: It turns out they were created at the request of Queen Victoria and Tsar Nicholas II in order to test Torchwood's (and Russia's KVI's) capabilities as Earth's line of defense against aliens. They became a genuine threat when invading and colonising various worlds turned out to be quite profitable for them and their attacks on Earth became genuine.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Committee of EREBUS.
- One-Winged Angel: Take this form at the end of "God Among Us" and are destroyed by Orr who is wielding the powers of God.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: They're imprisoned inside Object One, aka 'The Bad Penny'.
A rogue Torchwood agent from the 1950s. Was reprimanded for using temporal light projection technology so he occasionally turns up in the present day but only as a hologram. Betrayed Torchwood to work as a spy for the Committee. Maybe.
- Ambiguously Evil: His long term plans aren't really clear, it's not even clear if he has any, he certainly has no qualms about having blood on his hands.
- Ambiguous Situation: in The Torchwood Archive he is working to bring the Committee back to life but in "God Among Us" he has turned on the Committee for betraying him and ended up trapped back on Flight 405. While the former story chronologically takes place later it's possible that it takes place earlier in Norton's timeline given his access to (non-physical) time travel technology.
- And I Must Scream: Turns out he reached the present physically not through normal time travel but by being stuck on a plane that was lost in the Rift for DECADES. He ends up back there at the end of "God Among Us 2".
- Awesomeness by Analysis: After a lifetime of extreme caution he is very good at knowing when he's about to be betrayed.
- Camp Gay: Was apparently alienated from his parents because of it.
- The Chessmaster: Proves to be a pretty adept one in Goodbye Piccadilly.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Has betrayed both Torchwood and the Committee in his time. He observes that he's often on the receiving end of it too.
- Eating the Eye Candy: His response to his forever nude friend, Alejandro's, habit of constantly bending over."Like the slopes of Santorini"
- Fish out of Temporal Water: In "Another Man's Shoes" he's thrown by how out in the open gay culture is relative to his own time that he ends up using apps to have sex with men in the double digits over the course of a single day and earnestly proposes marriage to one of them.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: With Tyler Steele.
- Freudian Excuse: Attempts to invoke this, having had to live as a gay man in the 1950s. Mr Colchester doesn't buy it, also being a gay man and one who had to live through the AIDS crisis.
- Has a Type: In his own words, bad boys.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Who he's working for at any given time is hard to work out. In the end, the only side he truly seems to be on is his own.
- Insistent Terminology: He is NOT a ghost.
- Manipulative Bastard: Very good at playing various factions against each other (ideally ones that are all out for him) to ensure he walks out alive.
- Non-Action Guy: Ends up on the receiving end of physical violence quite often, it's practically a running gag in "Goodbye Piccadilly". Nevertheless, he manages to be the only character of note (other than Andy) to survive.
- Old Flame: One of Jack's, of course.
- Really Gets Around: Not normally (although he certainly is fairly active) but once free of the constraints of the 50s he rapidly becomes this.
- Screw Yourself: While in Tyler's body he has sex with Tyler who is in HIS body.
- Sissy Villain: In as much as he can be said to be a villain, he is very gay and very camp and really no immediate physical threat at all. He is still extremely dangerous.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: ALEXIS!
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Normally he lacks a physical presence in episodes set in the present day so it's impressive that his attempts to pass off suddenly gaining one as "hard light" work as long as they do. Obviously he has actually physically travelled forward this time.
A civil servant who was assigned to assist Gwen and Jack in the rebuilding of Torchwood after the Miracle.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Attacks a Sorvix by wrecking it's life support unit with a drill.
- Back from the Dead: After Dying of a gunshot wound in the back of a car he seemingly comes back in Night Watch. At first he is assumed to be a ghost of some kind but as the episode goes on it becomes more and more ambiguous, it ends just before it's confirmed either way. The next episode confirms that he has indeed been resurrected.
- Badass Baritone: He's played by the very gravelly voiced Paul Clayton. When Jack's in his body he attempts an intimidating monologue about how on some planets such voices are lethal weapons, all the while enjoying how deep Colchester's voice can go.
- Bury Your Gays: He is mortally wounded at the end of "Aliens Among Us".
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Threatens to inflict this on the Committee at one point but doesn't bother when he realises that they would simply leave the body they're inhabiting were he to do it.
- Combat Pragmatist: There's the incident with a drill (above) but the ruthlessness with which he dispatches his and Colin's attackers in A Kill to a View with kitchen implements shows this too.
- Covert Pervert: He's gay but somewhat stuffy so it's a surprise when Orr mentions that they can feel the love that he and Colin had in the back of their car.
- Deadpan Snarker: Even in the World of Snark of Torchwood he stands out.
- Dark and Troubled Past: What flashbacks we hear in "Tagged" imply this. Then there's the little matter of how a curmudgeonly middle aged man who is described as having a rather 'floppy' physique is quite so... lethal.
- Gayngst: Averted. As Colin says at Colchester's funeral while the people around him always wished he wasn't gay, he himself was secure with it.
- Distracted by the Sexy: While scouting a club with Ng a stripper comes out and he is slightly awed by his size.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Turns up for a single scene in The Torchwood Archive before his proper introduction in "Aliens Among Us".
- Embarrassing First Name: St. John.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: With Jack.
- Good Is Not Nice: His first ever scene has him threatening to torture an old man possessed by the Committee and in A Kill to a View he makes sure to tell the woman he's about to kill (albeit in self-defense) that he's already killed her partner. Bilis Manger is impressed with the latter especially for how unnecessarily malicious it was. In general he seems to have no problems with proposing lethal force solutions to problems.
- Happily Married: To Colin, indeed, he's so satisfied with his marriage that Orr turns into Colin in his presence (albeit a slightly younger version).
- Irony: He is resurrected by God due to an unwitting wish from Tyler, a man whom he hates. He takes the news well, all things considered.
- Manly Gay: Used to be this given he was once in the special forces. By the time of the series he's more of a Straight Gay but still just as threatening.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His actions in A View To A Kill enable Bilis Manger to complete his plan of summoning God. While in the long run this isn't necessarily bad as God's presence leads to the destruction of the Committee and Colchester's own resurrection in the moment it seemed as though he had just unwittingly aided the villain and killed two women.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Downplayed. He has the odd grumble about feminists and millennials but when it comes to his actual interactions with people of all backgrounds he's perfectly polite and accepting. Except in the case of Tyler who, when they first meet, is quite genuinely awful.
- Remember the New Guy?: He's already an established part of the Torchwood team when he's introduced, his first meeting with them is alluded to but hasn't been portrayed.
- Sharp-Dressed Man / Badass in a Nice Suit: How he is portrayed on the covers.
- Wham Line: His introduction after his resurrection."Harkness, would you mind telling me what you're doing with my husband?!"
- Would Hit a Girl: The people who attack him and Colin are a lesbian couple, that doesn't stop him from killing them both.
- Wrong Insult Offense: Tyler claims that the reason Colchester dislikes him is because he's a young gay man and Colchester is homophobic and bigoted in general. Colchester responds by mentioning his husband, who happens to be Muslim.
A disgraced former journalist who attempts to join Torchwood. After failing to do so he ends up working at the Mayor's office as an unofficial liaison between the city and the organisation.
- Break the Haughty: Goes through it HARD, starting in Zero Hour but truly hits rock bottom in Hostile Environment.
- Character Development: Losing a man he had fallen for and being stripped of all his money and status gradually forces him to be a more decent person. In the final set of "God Among Us" Orr remarks on how novel it is that he has started caring for other people.
- Disappointed by the Motive: When he finds the man behind the drones in Hostile Environment he's unimpressed but not surprised to see he's 'just a bloke' who is trying to make money off abuse of the homeless. He then kills him.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Notes that a man whose pictures he is showing to Ng is pretty fit. He makes this observation right after telling her that the man is both dead and a sexual predator.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: With Norton Folgate.
- Friends with Benefits: 'Friends' is overstating it (at first) but this is his relationship with Jack.
- Hypocrite: Attempts to paint Mr Colchester as a bigot but he's the one who demeans and misgenders Orr while Colchester is perfectly pleasant with them.
- Irony: He never liked Colchester but felt guilty after his death so he wishes that he were still alive while unwittingly talking to God. She then makes it happen, resurrecting a man he hated.
- Jerkass: To begin with.
- Mistaken for Prostitute: In Hostile Environment, he eventually becomes so desperate for money that he finds the man who propositioned him and prostitutes himself for real.
- Paparazzi: Used to be this, apparently he had few qualms about violating celebrities' privacy.
- Pretty Boy: Multiple characters note how attractive he is, this isn't always good (see above).
- He is described in the extras by the largely gay male writing team that he is the kind of man who you would thirst follow on instagram but that you would definitely not want to be friends with.
- Rage Breaking Point: The entirety of Hostile Environment is one for him. When he finds the man behind it all he burns him to death.
- Really Gets Around: Is perusing Grindr in his first episode and in Night Watch he's at a chemsex orgy. He gradually does this less and is taken aback by how unrestrained Norton is when it comes to picking up guys.
- Riches to Rags: Riches might be overstating it but as a former journalist working for the Mayor of Cardiff he is pretty comfortable. Then the Mayor is eaten and replaced by Ro Jedda. He is initially allowed to stay on but when Ro is killed by Yvonne he is left jobless and soon finds himself living on the streets.
- Screw Yourself: Has sex with Norton when they've swapped bodies.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Always wears a suit on the covers.
- Spear Counterpart: To Gwen; like her he's introduced as a potential new Torchwood agent but unlike her he botches it at the end of his first episode and is denied membership.
- He eventually becomes a member of the team after the events of Hostile Environment. Partly because he's finally proven himself but also because he has nowhere else to go.
- Straight Gay.
- Trauma Conga Line: Tyler goes through it hard in the series, losing a boyfriend in Zero Hour, having brutal hallucinations that insult him in Night Watch, but peaking in Hostile Environment where he is tortured with experimental drugs and left out on the street with no one to help him in one of the most burtal episodes imaginable.
Mr Colchester's stay at home husband.
- Ascended Extra: He only appears in a couple of episodes of "Aliens Among Us" but is much more prominent in "God Among Us", especially in the first and third sets.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Rhys, being the partner of a Torchwood agent who knows about their dangerous job.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Kind of, Ramon Tikaram makes an uncredited cameo in the first "Aliens Among Us" set when Orr turns into him in the presence of Mr Colchester. He turns up for real in the next set.
- Happily Married: To Mr Colchester.
- Properly Paranoid: He's afraid to leave the flat in his first episode due to how Islamaphobic he believes the city is becoming. The events of The Empty Hand prove him terrifyingly correct.
- Straight Gay.
- Token Religious Teammate: He's Muslim and the only recurring character in Torchwood to have a stated religion. It actually becomes an asset in Scrape Jane as the monster they're facing operates on Clap Your Hands If You Believe principles.
- Twofer Token Minority: Gay and Muslim.
A being that has taken control of Gwen's body and will do anything to keep the fact secret. Is eventually revealed to be a creature known as the Herald who arrives on worlds to make way for the arrival of God. Sickened by seeing so many worlds die she fled through the Rift to Cardiff.
- All for Nothing: All the deaths she causes to hide herself from God turn out to have been pointless because God comes to Cardiff and finds her anyway.
- Anti-Villain: What she does is horrible but when we learn exactly WHAT she's running from it's not surprising (if still unjustified) that she went to the extremes she did to protect herself. Come "God Among Us" she is more of an Anti-Hero.
- Apologetic Attacker: At the end of Tagged, she really doesn't want to kill anyone but feels that she has to, she makes this clear even as she explains that she's going to make it look like a suicide.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She did NOT enjoy her time as God's herald.
- Easily Forgiven: Sort of, while she becomes a member of the Torchwood team after her true identity is revealed it's more because she is the only one who knows God than due to any particular trust on their part. Also, her actions prove to be the breaking point for Gwen, causing her to finally leave Torchwood.
- Grand Theft Me: Is pulling one on Gwen throughout Aliens Among Us. She is forced out of her body at the end and becomes a character and being in her own right.
- I Did What I Had to Do: How she justifies everything she did to stay secret.
- Improperly Paranoid: While it is understandable that she is scared, her inability to trust anyone on Earth does nothing but harm in the long run. Had she not possessed Gwen and simply told Torchwood that she was God's Herald and they needed to protect her and she could help them then they would likely have aided her and at least two people wouldn't have been murdered to protect her secret. As it is, even her fear of God turns out to not be entirely founded has God has grown tired of all the death they end up causing too and seeks to put an end to it.
- Meaningful Name: N.G. aka Not Gwen.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Her instinctive response when people realise or even suspect who she is (or isn't) is to kill them, this leads to her killing Gwen's mother, Mary.
- Pet the Dog: At Mary's funeral she lets Gwen have a moment to say goodbye to her mother.
- Questionable Consent: Her encounter with Jack is full of this given that he is under the influence of an alien STI (which she doesn't know about) and she is pretending to be Gwen. It's noted in the extras that the only way Jack and Gwen would ever actually have sex is if neither was in full control of their faculties.
- Really 700 Years Old: Presumably, given that she is God's herald and God is unfathomably old, it's not really said how long they worked together for.
- Token Evil Teammate: As of "God Among Us", although the 'evil' part isn't really accurate she has arguably committed worse sins than any other member of Torchwood.
- Twofer Token Minority: Seemingly bisexual and played by a woman of colour.
- Wham Line:TYLER: "You haven't told me your name?NG: "Really? Gwen, Gwen Cooper, nice to meet you".
An alien who is described as a sexual psychomorph. After being rescued from indentured prostitution by Torchwood they join the team.
- All-Loving Hero: Their natural instinct is to try and please people.
- It gets played with interestingly in "God Among Us" as God gives them her powers and with them her imperative to appease everyone's desires. Orr finds this pretty exhausting though and becomes much more disdainful of the crowds of people around them as a result, they even long for the much simpler times when they could just turn into a form that someone is attracted to and have sex as it least that could sometimes be fun.
- Anything That Moves: Not to the same extent as Jack but as someone who can shapeshift into the ideal sexual partner for anyone they naturally have pretty broad tastes.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: They're wearing a suit on the covers of "God Among Us" which is the series where they gain reality warping powers.
- Came Back Wrong: Played with. They were never actually dead but after reforming from being briefly reduced to liquid in a bucket they have the powers of God and are struggling to wield them.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: They are imbued with the powers of God to save the world and they use them to destroy a being called the Committee of Erebus. The modern setting and scifi trappings are all that stops them from being a full on Crystal Dragon Jesus.
- The Empath: The nature of their abilities grants them this too, when they have the powers of God this ability gets elevated.
- Ethical Slut
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Their profession before joining Torchwood.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: The shape they take is caused by the desires of those around them. That said, they seem to prefer the form (or at least the voice since the covers of "God Among Us" show them with silver skin) of Catrin Parry (the late wife of the man they were sent to by the Sorvix) as Mr Parry was a man they actually somewhat liked.
- The Lost Lenore: Used to be in a relationship with a member of their own species.
- Naïve Newcomer: They aren't fully aware of just how awful humans can be and their ability to reflect and absorb emotions makes such realisations hard to process. In "Tagged" they deliberately incite online abuse against themselves and note that it seems to be more vitriolic when they present as a woman, especially one with darker skin. The ordeal renders them unconscious.
- Non-Human Non-Binary: Uses they/them pronouns.
- No Social Skills: They're nice enough but their tendency to candidly talk about sex and their shapeshifting genitalia wrong foots some people.
- Not Quite Dead: Gets liquefied at the end of Night Watch but reforms offscreen and comes back in A Mother's Son.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Not normally but asking Bethan if she wanted to have sex with them while they take the form of her dead son was not a good move. In their defense they were dealing with a lot at the time.
- Power Incontinence: Gains the powers of God but struggles to control them.
- Reality Warper: They're able to make it rain, channel energy from explosions and destroy the Committee when they have the powers of God.
- Twofer Token Minority: Non-binary and played by the mixed race (Irish Jamaican)Sam Béart.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Threatens to become this when they have the powers of God but they're able to focus on the Committee instead and destroy them and their homeworld of Erebus.
- Affably Evil: To a chilling extent in the first set, then it turns out she isn't actually evil.
- All-Loving Hero: What she ultimately becomes. Because she couldn't make lives better at a cosmic scale without accidentally destroying whole worlds, once she has lost her power she decides to continue her work at a smaller scale by doing something as simple as opening a tea shop.
- Bad Boss: Given how terrified Ng is when she turns up it's likely. Turns out it wasn't intentional though.
- Beneath Suspicion: Who'd have thought that the kind old Scottish woman that attends Colchester's funeral is really the alien God that the Sorvix and Ng were all terrified of.
- Benevolent Genie: Her method of answering prayers is reminiscent of this. Tyler wishes that Colchester were alive while talking to her and so she resurrects him. However, despite her intentions this has a darker side as when she goes to a world she tries to answer everyone's prayers, to fulfill every desire. The problem is that everyone has different desires and as a result the conflicting prayers and wishes end up tearing the world apart. Despite this, she keeps going to new worlds, each time hoping that it will be different.
- Big Bad: Is set up as this the reality is more complicated.
- Big Good: What she aspires to be.
- Brought Down to Normal: Turns out to have done this to herself at the end of the first set as she gave her powers to Orr. After Orr uses her powers to destroy the Committee she is still alive if powerless and resolves to live a normal life.
- Did You Just Have Tea With Cthulhu: Very fond of this trope, whenever she talks to someone she likes to have tea and biscuits at hand. After being Brought Down to Normal she plans to open a tea shop.
- Dissonant Serenity: She presents as nice and calm and she maintains this demeanour even after Orr explodes into liquid in front of her, it would be funny if it weren't terrifying. It's less creepy in hindsight as Orr turns out to be fine in the long run.
- The Dreaded: The Sorvix are all terrified of her When she arrives on Earth they all immediately flee.
- God in Human Form: When she arrives on Earth she takes the form of an elderly Scottish woman.
- Eldritch Abomination: So ancient no one know's where she's from, powers that warp reality and her oncoming presence causes half the city of Cardiff to lose it and start chanting that 'God is coming', she fits this quite nicely. The fact she is genuinely well intentioned ends up being even more of a surprise as a result.
- God Is Evil / God Is Good: Is apparently the former she actually wants to be the latter but isn't very good at it.
- God Is Flawed: The most accurate summary of her.
- Obliviously Evil: She seems to think she's doing good despite the fact that every world she goes to dies. Her reaction to having apparently liquefied Orr is to muse that she will need a bucket. It turns out she actually is acutely aware of the harm she causes and hates it but because of what she is she's driven to try again and again. Her seemingly killing Orr was her actually giving Orr her power, hoping that they'd be able to do what she couldn't.
- Not So Stoic: At the and of "God Among Us 2" when she realises that a tsunami is heading towards Cardiff and hundreds are about to die.
- Out-Gambitted: At the end of "God Among Us" 2 She's out maneuvered by the Committee.
- Overarching Villain: It turns out she was responsible for preventing Orr's death via exploding necklace in their first episode. It also turns out she isn't actually a villain.
- Reality Warper: As God, obviously, her powers are not without limits though, resurrecting Colchester requires her to let some things through the Rift leading to the events of the first set. She also gives up her powers to Orr.
- Time Abyss: Even she's not sure where or when she's from, all she knows is what she does.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She believes in the essential goodness of people and the abilities of the Torchwood team to save the world the ending of Eye of the Storm breaks this faith for a while but she ultimately regains it.
The former head of Torchwood One, who intends to depose Jack Harkness. She's actually an alternate universe Yvonne from Pete's World, giving her a separate folder.
- "By The Dawn of Tomorrow, I'll have the whole of Torchwood. The Base. The Team. I'll Even Let You Keep The Coat."
- Anti-Villain: Clearly conflicted about working for the Committee.
- Anti-Hero: Morphs into this over the course of "God Among Us".
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: When the team is forced to go on the run at the end of Thoughts and Prayers she resolves to stay with Andy.
- Ambiguously Bi: While this Yvonne (Pete's World) has a relationship with Andy, prime universe Yvonne may have slept with a female masseuse in One Rule. As such, it's doubly ambiguous whether this version of Yvonne shares that and is bisexual, as well as the debate over the implications of if the original is. This may also qualify for But Not Too Gay.
- Back from the Dead: Averted. She's a version of Yvonne from another universe, the parallel world introduced in "Rise of the Cybermen".
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: She kills Ro jedda, the Sorvix leader.
- Benevolent Boss: Like her prime counterpart, an excellent example. She prides herself on workplace etiquette, refers to herself multiple times as a "people person," and her organized leadership is used to draw a direct contrast with Jack.
- The Coup: Manages to oust Jack as the leader of Torchwood when his actions in The Empty Hand cause them to lose faith in him.
- Depraved Bisexual: As noted above, Yvonne qualifies for Ambiguously Bi. But if she is, she definitely has the depraved part down.
- Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: After the events of See No Evil she and Andy are clearly about to do this. The Night Sun arrives before they can but they later end up in a relationship regardless.
- HeelFace Turn: Pulls one at the end of part two of God Among Us, , turning on the Committee to try and save Cardiff.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Is fully prepared to pull one to help Orr destroy the Committee but she ultimately survives.
- Love Redeems: At least one factor of her HeelFace Turn is her growing feelings for Andy.
- That said Tyler, who obviously has a completely platonic relationship with her is the one to talk her into turning on the Committee at the climax of Eye of the Storm.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Relatively speaking. She is very feminine in appearance but with Andy she has the more masculine and assertive personality, he is probably the nicest and most demure regular in the audios.
- Manipulative Bastard: Very much so, especially in Poker Face where she takes over Torchwood in a matter of hours.
- The Mole: Is revealed to be one for the Comittee.
- No Social Skills: Interesting example as, while she's excellent at being the affable office manager, she is hopeless in literally any other situation. During her "Freaky Friday" Flip with Andy she has to have an interview which will determine his return to field work, she keeps blowing it and wiping the memory of the interviewer because she keeps acting like she's the one in charge, eventually she realises she has to act more humbly.
- Opposites Attract: Occasionally evil ruthless manager and nationalist Yvonne Hartman ends up falling for the kind and guileless Andy Davidson.
- Screw The Rules Ihave Connections: Often invokes this she loses all of them at the end of "God Among Us".
- Worthy Opponent: She's impressed with Bethan for outwitting her and even offers her retcon so she won't have to live with the pain of her son's death.
- Woman Child: Very subtle but she shows a striking inability to deal with complicated or heavy emotions, the best she can offer a person dealing with grief is to help them forget the person they're grieving for.