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United States Secret Service

    Aaron Pierce 

Aaron Pierce
"Sir, I apologize for appearing to overstep my bounds, but it's my job to protect you."
Played By: Glenn Morshower

The Secret Service's special agent in charge of the Presidential Protection Detail who was tasked with protecting many Presidents throughout his tenure.

Prior to and during Day 1, he was a bodyguard for Senator David Palmer during his Presidential campaign. Pierce continued to be detailed with Palmer, who was President through Days 2 and 3, and remained loyal to Palmer even after he was unseated by Vice President Jim Prescott. During Day 4, Pierce was again in the bodyguard detail in Washington, D.C., and helped identify the assassin Mandy for President Charles Logan and his new advisor, former President Palmer. Eighteen months later, Aaron saved First Lady Martha Logan, Russian President Yuri Suvarov, and Anya Suvarov from a terrorist motorcade ambush. He was also instrumental in unraveling President Logan's international criminal conspiracy that day.

By Day 6, Pierce was regularly spending time with Martha, but by Day 7, he was no longer with her and was residing in Washington, D.C. He was called upon by Bill Buchanan to inform Olivia Taylor of the attack on her father, at which point he stayed to look after her at her request. He was, however, influential in bringing her to justice for the murder of Jonas Hodges.

  • Ascended Extra: Initially only another supporting Secret Service agent with a few lines, he's become the only character besides Jack to appear in every season (besides season 8).
  • Bald of Awesome: He's bald, and one of the most popular characters on the show.
  • Bodyguard Crush: On Martha Logan, which is ultimately reciprocated.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • First Name Ultimatum: He ends his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Charles Logan by calling him "Charles," rather than "Mr. President" or "Sir".
  • Honor Before Reason: Aaron has great respect and loyalty for the office of President, and takes his job very seriously. He does his job, but keeps his moral compass pointing true north at all times.
  • Implacable Man: The guy's helped fight off the forces of both Vladimir Bierko and Benjamin Juma and both times he came out ticking. Even after suffering some injuries in the latter case, he was still able to assist Ethan Kanin recover some data in exposing Olivia's coverup.
  • Only Sane Man: Within just about any situation, Aaron usually knows exactly what to do.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Charles Logan when he tries to get him to go along with his plans.
    Aaron: There is nothing that you have said or done that is acceptable to me in the least. You are a traitor to your country and a disgrace to your office. And it's my duty to see that you are brought to justice for what you have done. Is there anything else, Charles?
  • Rescue Romance: Things between he and Martha heated up after he saved her.
  • Servile Snarker: Particularly to the inept (and ultimately evil) Charles Logan.
  • Undying Loyalty: To David Palmer.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Calling President Logan "Charles" at the end of his "Reason You Suck" Speech. Now knowing how much of a lowlife he is, he refuses to acknowledge the man as President anymore. It's enough to get even Logan to flinch.

    Brian Gedge 

Brian Gedge

Played By: Warren Kole

A Secret Service agent assigned to protect first gentleman Henry Taylor. He was aligned with Dubaku, as was Edward Vossler.

  • Bodyguard Betrayal: To the entire Taylor family. He kills Roger Taylor and tries to kill Henry.
  • Character Death: Gedge is killed by Henry.
  • Karmic Death: He's killed by the father of the man he murdered in cold blood.
  • The Mole: For Dubaku and Hodges.
  • The Sociopath: He's so remorseless and emotionless, he certainly comes across as this.
  • The Stoic: Rarely if ever shows emotion.

    Edward Vossler 

Edward Vossler

Played By: Mark Kiely

A Secret Service bodyguard and driver of Roger Taylor. Vossler was also a mole for corporate mastermind Jonas Hodges, executive of Starkwood, and part of the massive conspiracy set up within the Taylor administration supporting Sangalan war criminals Benjamin Juma and Iké Dubaku. Vossler had a wife, Carol, and an 11-month old son, Conner.

Like Gedge, he is The Mole working for Starkwood and the Juma regime. He kidnapped Henry Taylor for Dubaku.

    Dale Spalding 

Dale Spalding

A Secret Service agent ordered to kill Jack.


Homeland Security

    Karen Hayes 

Karen Hayes
Played By: Jayne Atkinson

Member of Homeland Security who eventually takes over command of CTU alongside Miles Papazian after the nerve gas attacks in Day 5. Eventually serves as the National Security Adviser to President Wayne Palmer during Day 6.

    Tim Woods 

Tim Woods

Played By: Frank John Hughes

The Secretary of Homeland Security for the Taylor Administration.

  • Bald of Awesome: His head is shaved to the point of near-baldness and he handles himself well in both days he appears.
  • Distressed Dude: He's among the hostages during the takeover of the White House.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He's unaware of Taylor's efforts to cover-up Hassan's death.
  • Nice Guy: He's respectful to Taylor and appreciative of Jack, and is the one who promotes Chloe to head of the CTU New York Branch.
  • Number Two: He's President Taylor's closest adviser apart from Ethan Kanin.
  • Oh, Crap!: He has a bit of this upon finding out that Charles Logan has shot himself when they need him to call off the hit on Jack.
  • Only Sane Man: He's quite possibly the only person in the entire Taylor administration knows what the fuck he's doing at all times. Notably, he's the only one who doesn't make a mind boggling bad decision at any point.
  • Properly Paranoid: Questions Taylor's decision to meet with Jonas Hodge, who he distrusts, and sure enough, during that very meeting, gets a call from Hack that leads to him matching into the Oval Office to arrest Hodge.
  • Taking a Third Option: He recommends against publicly announcing the threat to air traffic, but does propose taking steps to decrease that traffic until the threat has passed.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Taylor Administration.
  • You Have Failed Me: Recommends firing Brian Hastings, which Taylor agrees to.

    Miles Papazian 

Miles Papazian
"Karen, CTU's performance has been considerably less than stellar."
Played By: Stephen Spinella

Member of Homeland Security who eventually takes over command of CTU alongside Karen Hayes after the nerve gas attacks in Day 5.

  • The Bad Guy Wins: The recording that Jack spent a quarter of a season trying to recover is destroyed thanks to this guy, and Jack actually stopped himself from beating the crap out of him. On the bright, Karen did slap him around a bit.
  • Hate Sink: Spends just about all his screentime being a Smug Snake and all-around dick to anyone resembling a good guy in Season 5; ultimately solidifies himself as this after destroying the evidence against Logan.
  • It's All About Me/Only in It for the Money
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Miles is a smug asshole who looks down his nose at everyone else while walking around giving off the impression he loves the smell of his own farts. Then it seems like he might redeem himself by helping Jack and Karen...and subsequently betrays them both.
  • Karma Houdini: Possibly. On the one hand, we never see him get any comeuppance for his actions on-screen. On the other hand, with Charles Logan no longer around to protect him from any fall-out, chances are that at the very least Hal Gardner kicked him out of the cushy White House job that Logan gave him, to say nothing of any potential charges of aiding and abetting a traitor...
  • Lack of Empathy: While Karen at least tries to be sympathetic during the transition of command, Miles has no problem mocking, belittling, and harassing the CTU staff who just watched half their coworkers and friends die in the nerve gas attack.
  • Smug Snake: Yet in spite of this we never get to see him get his ultimate comeuppance.



    Roger Stanton 

Roger Stanton
Played By: Harris Yulin

The head of the NSA. Stanton appears after Eric Rayburn is fired. Stanton and Peter Kingsley conspired to allow the nuclear weapon into the country, planning for the paramilitary group Coral Snake to neutralize the threat at the last minute; the plot is intended to "strengthen the presidency".

  • Artistic License – Military: In real life, the director of the NSA is always a general or admiral, but Stanton appears to be a civilian.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He's put through it by the Secret Service. It works, but comes back to bite President Palmer in the ass when some of his Cabinet see it's use as a sign of mental instability.

    Eric Rayburn 

Eric Rayburn

Played By: Timothy Carhart
  • Ambiguously Evil: It's unclear if he was involved with the Kinglsey conspiracy to let the bomb reach U.S. soil or if he's just an asshole.
  • Jerkass: He lets CTU get bombed by terrorists while doing everything he can to prevent Lynn Kresge from warning them beforehand.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Assuming he's a good guy, he's this. While he does somewhat try and help find the bomb, he out and out admits he's doesn't think they can find it in time and thinks war is inevitable with those responsible.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The second David Palmer learns he intentionally withheld information about CTU's bomb threat until it was too late to do anything about it, he subsequently gets fired.
  • Warhawk: He's more focused on getting President Palmer into a meeting with the Joint Chiefs to plan retaliatory strikes then he is on finding the nuke before it goes off.

    Robert Ellis 

Robert Ellis
"If you could read what what's in my eyes, you'd crawl under a rock and cry."
Played By: Wade Williams

A 'floating' NSA agent who helped plan the (supposed) assassination of Victor Drazen.

  • Retired Badass: Ellis was a highly competent NSA agent, but these days he's hanging out in dive bars.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He only has two episodes under his belt when he bites it.

Other Government Officials

    Sunny Macer 

Dr. Sunny Macer

Played By: Christina Chang
The Technial Director of National Health Services during the third season.

  • The Bus Came Back: After assisting CTU against the Corilla Virus during Day 3, she returns four seasons later to help the FBI after discovery of the Starkwood bio-weapon.

    Blaine Meyer 

Blaine Mayer
"Pardon Jack Bauer, and you're telling every interrogator in the field that it's open season again."
Played By: Kurtwood Smith

A Senator who, during Day 7, conducted an investigation of human rights violations committed by the disbanded Counter Terrorist Unit in Washington, D.C.

  • Character Death: Meyer is shot and killed by Starkwood assassin John Quinn.
  • Hero Antagonist: To Jack; he's investigating Jack for human rights violations. Considering Jack did violate human rights, Meyer is completely justified in his pursuit. Jack comes to realize this and respects Meyer for it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Meyer initially comes across as a smug, short-tempered Obstructive Bureaucrat who wants to see Jack go down and he's unnecessarily insulting toward Jack during the investigation. It's gradually revealed that Meyer actually an honest and honorable man. His seemingly overzealous investigation of Jack is simply due to his desire to ensure that nobody is above the law, not even federal agents. Jack ultimately agrees completely with Meyer, and the two becomes allies who respect each other. Meyer was also investigating Starkwood with the objective of taking them down.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: At first, but really he's a:
  • Redemption Equals Death: Well, not really "redemption" due to his status as a Hero Antagonist, but he agrees to help Jack only to be killed immediately—and given the rather obvious motive Jack would have, it's pretty easy to frame him for Mayer's death.

    Ryan Burnett 

Ryan Burnett
Played By: Eyall Podell

Senator Mayer's Chief of Staff and The Mole for Benjamin Juma.

    Frank Tramell 

Frank Tramell
Played By: Gil Bellows

A State Department official given the task of serving a Federal subpoena to Jack Bauer. He plays a major part in the evacuation of the Sangalan capital.

  • I Gave My Word: He ultimately follows through on his deal with Jack, despite being a very suspicious fellow in general.
  • Jerkass: Tramell is snide and condescending.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Refuses to save the lives of children unless ordered to or it helps him complete his job.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: Subverted. For a second it looks he's going to screw Jack over regarding their deal (that Jack returns to the US to stand trial in return for evacuating the children that Jack and Benton were protecting from Juma), but he ultimately proves himself to be a man of his word.

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