BEWARE OF SPOILERS. Due to the nature of the show, with its many Walking Spoiler characters, twists, and turns, the only spoilers whited out are those for the current season "24: Live Another Day". Proceed with caution!
The Bauer Family
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Kimberly 'Kim' Bauer
The daughter of Jack and Teri Bauer, was a target of terrorists during Day 1 because of her relation to Jack. On Day 2, she was the au pair for a young girl whose father turned homicidal. By Day 3 she worked as an intelligence agent at CTU Los Angeles, where she met Chase Edmunds and eventually left CTU with Chase to start a life. She was later involved with a clinical psychologist named Barry Landes after she believed her father had been killed.
By Day 7, Kim was married and had a daughter named Teri. She learnt of the subpoena of her father and tried, unsuccessfully, to contact him. When she finally managed to reach him she learnt that he had been infected with a lethal pathogen that would kill him within a day or two, and so decided, against her father's wishes, to undergo a dangerous stem cell treatment that could save his life.
- Action Girl: In season 7.
- Bare Your Midriff: She wears a shirt that shows her belly during the first half of Day 1.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin': She snuck out to hang with friends, and wound up being dragged into an extremely traumatic kidnapping ordeal.
- Contractual Immortality: Word of God was that they could never kill her off because, after Teri's death, for Jack to lose his daughter too would throw him headlong over the Despair Event Horizon (he even says as much late in Season 7). This didn't please many fans, as she is The Kimberly — the Former Trope Namer for "Damsel Scrappy."
- Daddy's Girl: Her devoted, if rocky, relationship with her father is one of the most important and integral in the series. In a special video Jack ensures that he knows this.Jack: (from his final video message from her) I'm running out of time sweetheart, and you're not going to see me again, but I need you to know that you are the love of my life... I am so proud of you!
- Demoted to Extra: She is one of the most important characters in the first three seasons. In Season 4 she doesn't appear at all, in Season 5 she has a minor, two-episode role, in Season 6 she is absent, and in Season 7 while having a slightly more major role her screen time is limited compared to the first three seasons. In Season 8 she appears in the first two episodes only before finally being Put on a Bus for good.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In Live Another Day we learn that she managed to escape her father's world entirely, and is living a quiet, happy life with two kids.
- Ms. Fanservice: Particularly when she wears a thin tank top with no bra when... staying in a cabin with a deranged Mountain Man. Huh.
- Properly Paranoid: In Day 1, she refused to give her location to CTU because she was afraid someone else was also working with the Drazens. Unfortunately for her mother, she was correct.
- Revenge Before Reason: Was the victim of it twice, and it went badly for both of the ones doing it. See Victor Drazen below. There was also Gary Matheson from season 2, who was almost able to get away with beating his child and killing his wife, but couldn't resist trying to kill Kim when he realized she was in the house.
- It's also implied that she could be the victim of this again in the final episode due to Jack's own brief time following this trope, which is why near the end he asks Taylor and Chloe to make sure that whatever happens, she's protected.
- So Proud of You: One of the major reasons for Jack's final recording towards her is to ensure that he is incredibly proud of the woman Kim has become, and the family she has been able to gain.
- Took a Level in Badass: She gets closer to being a genuine Action Girl each season she shows up, and arguably is one in Season 7 (she sure kicks some ass when she needs to). As she pointed out after her turn as an Action Girl in Season 7, she was a CTU agent.
- Trapped by Mountain Lions: Trope Namer for one incident in Season 2 when she came face to face with a literal mountain lion, which was fairly brief and easily resolved as far as her plotlines go. Are you starting to understand some of the antipathy towards the character?
The wife of Jack Bauer and mother of Kim Bauer. During Day 1 she was embroiled in a hostage crisis with terrorists who wished to coerce and frame her husband. Despite surviving several highly dangerous situations, she fell victim to one of CTU's most dangerous deep-cover moles.
- Action Survivor: She's a housewife who goes full Mama Bear during Day 1, managing to show just how capable she can be.
- Butt-Monkey: Teri goes through emotional and physical hell through Day 1. If something is too horrible to happen to Kim, it happens to Teri.
- Character Death: Nina ties her up and shoots her in the stomach.
- Dead Guy Junior: Kim's daughter is named after her.
- Easy Amnesia: She briefly succumbs to amnesia after she thinks Kim was killed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: A non-fatal one. She convinces a guard to rape her instead of Kim. While that guard has his pants and his wits around his ankles, she steals his cellphone.
- The Lost Lenore: To Jack, who considers her death My Greatest Failure.
- Mama Bear: To Kim. She goes through hell and back to save her daughter.
- My Greatest Failure: For Jack. Her death haunts him, and he blames himself for failing to protect her. It's especially traumatic because Jack knew her killer so well and never suspected she was The Sociopath.
- Sacrificial Lion: As soon as she died, it was pretty much the writers' policy that any of your favourite main characters could, and most of the time WOULD, die.
- Rape as Drama: She willingly gives herself to a villain who was going to rape Kim.
- She Knows Too Much: Killed because she happened upon proof of Nina's treachery.
- Trauma Conga Line: Her daughter is kidnapped, she's kidnapped, she's frequently attacked, at one point she's raped, gets amnesia due to trauma, and is finally killed by her husband's ex-lover who she hated anyway. All of this in the course of a single day.
The son of Phillip Bauer and brother of Jack Bauer. He was married to Marilyn Bauer and the couple had one son, Josh. He was the chief executive officer of his father's company, BXJ Technologies.
Graem was the head of a group of conspirators at BXJ who were working with President Charles Logan and Alan Wilson during the Sentox nerve gas conspiracy of Day 5. During Day 6, he was involved in a cover-up at BXJ to hide the damage done by a sub-contractor, the terrorist collaborator Darren McCarthy.
- Alas, Poor Villain: For all his crimes, he is sort of reduced to a pathetic mess before being killed by his own father.
- Bald of Evil: One of 24's many bald bastards.
- Bigger Bad: During Day 5.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In Day 6, where he's quickly shifted to the background in the wake of the sadistic Fayed and Graem's own corrupt father and is killed off fairly early on.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Jack's Abel, though this wasn't revealed until Day 6.
- Character Death: Graem is murdered by his own father to prevent him from talking.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the CEO of BXJ Technologies...and partially responsible for detonating a nuclear bomb on American soil.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: When he discovers Jack is back in town, he instantly starts to suspect his wife will begin an affair with him.
- The Dragon: To Phillip.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In spite of his many, many, many, many, many flaws he does seem to love his son.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Graem wears glasses and is responsible for countless murders.
- He Knows Too Much: Phillip doesn't think he'll last during interrogation, and kills him to protect himself.
- Knight Templar: Graem is willing to kill or die for his country.
- Not So Different: He tries to claim to be the same as Jack, although his actions tell a much different story.Graem: I love my country! And in the real world, sometimes that means you have to do things, terrible things...even unforgivable things, for the sake of your country. But you know all about that, don't you, brother? We're the same. I mean, look at me. We're the same!Jack: WE ARE NOT THE SAME!
- The Un-Favourite: Phillip clearly would've preferred the much stronger Jack to be his dragon, but Graem was all he had.
- The Reveal: He isn't revealed as Jack's brother until Day 6.
- Smug Snake: Graem is extremely confident over the phone with Logan, but not when confronted with actual force.
- Spell My Name with an "S": During Day 5, he was often referred to as "Graham" (even by the show's captions) until Day 6 revealed his name as "Graem Bauer", also listed as "Graeme Bauer" in Jack's CIA file during Day 9.
- Unwitting Pawn: Graem honestly believed that all of his crimes were to help the United States and that his father felt the same way, but as Jack finds out from Phillip later, the latter only ever cared about himself and was using Graem all along. It doesn't help that Phillip killed Graem for knowing too much prior to that.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He clearly looks up to his father.
The wife of Graem Bauer and the mother of Josh Bauer.
- Awful Wedded Life: Marilyn does not like being married to Graem. God knows why they got married in the first place, let alone how they stayed married for as long as they did. They constantly fight, Graem is obsessively jealous and Marilyn instantly believes Jack when he tells her that Graem tried to kill him.
- Mama Bear: For her son, Josh. She threatens CTU itself when he's in danger.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The stunning, beautiful Marilyn is married to bald, short Graem.
- Working with the Ex: With Jack being the ex in this case.
The son of Graem Bauer and Marilyn Bauer, as well as the nephew of Jack Bauer.
Other Family Members
The father of Jack and Graem Bauer, as well as the grandfather of Kim and Josh Bauer. He founded the company BXJ Technologies and served as its chief executive officer, until he left the position to his son Graem. After Phillip's daughter-in-law, Teri, was killed by Nina Myers, Phillip and the rest of his family lost contact with Jack.
Phillip was complicit in the Sentox nerve gas conspiracy, which was headed by his son Graem, Alan Wilson and President Charles Logan, and involved Christopher Henderson and James Nathanson. Phillip also worked with his son to cover up the theft of five Russian suitcase nukes, during the events of Day 6. After the unsuccessful cover-up, he planned to assist Cheng Zhi in an effort to spur China's ascendancy as sole world superpower. This plot was thwarted by his son Jack, and Phillip was subsequently killed during an air strike on one of his oil rigs at the end of Day 6.
- Asshole Victim: The only regret Jack had when he died was that he was getting off easily.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Jack. He is probably the worst father in the entire show. Compared to him, Jack is a saint, and one wonders how he came so good.
- Bad Boss: He killed his own son Graem after he took the blame for crimes that Phillip was also involved with.
- Big Bad: Of Day 6.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Cheng Zhi in Day 6. Also a Triumvirate with Charles Logan and Alan Wilson.
- Character Death: Jack leaves him on one of his own oil rigs, and he's killed in the ensuing airstrike.
- Characterization Marches On: In the first half of Day 6, he's portrayed as a fanatical patriot who's trying to cover up his unwittingly supplying terrorists with weapons of mass-destruction. When he returns later in the season, he's become a Defector from Decadence who feels that America's status as a world power is in terminal decline, and intends to defect to the Chinese. Out-of-universe this is probably the result of the writers realizing that his initial characterization made him too similar to Christopher Henderson; in-universe, it's probably him trying to conceal the truth from Jack, knowing that he would be seriously annoyed to find out that he's defecting to the same people who kidnapped and tortured him for over a year.
- The Chessmaster: Phillip sees most people as pawns to be used, and he uses them well.Graem: Make a plan and stick to it. You taught us that, remember?Phillip: Sometimes you have to make adjustments.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Of BJX Technologies.
- Evil Old Folks: He is pushing the 70's, and is one of the worst villains in the show.
- Face Death with Dignity: Phillip accepts his incoming demise with remarkable grace.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's good at faking emotion and geniality.
- It's All About Me: To him, all it matters is himself, his company and his legacy. He would sell his own country if it is of any advantage.
- Karma Houdini: Jack actually points out Phillip will die without being held accountable for the events of Day 6.Jack: You're getting off easy.
- Large and in Charge: He's 6' 7" of Big Bad Archnemesis Dad.
- Lean and Mean: He's tall and thin, not to mention an utter sociopath.
- Manipulative Bastard.
- Never Found the Body: The last we see him he's stranded on the oil rig right before it's destroyed in the air strike that Vice President Daniels approved, but the chances of his survival are highly unlikely.
- Offing the Offspring: He ruthlessly murders his son own Graem, tries to kill his other son Jack numerous times and threatens the life of his grandson.
- Old Soldier: Phillip may be in his older years, but he's still a badass capable of defeating much younger men. He's also a grandparent to Josh and Kim.
- The Patriarch: Of the Bauer family.
- The Sociopath: Oh yes. Phillip kills without remorse and is outright labelled as a sociopath by Karen Hayes.
- He kills his own loyal son because he might implicate him, then he tries to kilñ his other son for the same reason, puts his grandson in harms way, same for his daughter in law. First, because he was trying to cover up his mess with the nuclear weapons, not giving a fuck if thousands more were killed becaude of them. And then, he allies with the Chinese and helps them to get a device which, if they get, would produce a war between the three powers. He also took part in the Sentox conspiracy. For Philip, the most important thing is his company and his legacy.