For characters from the original, see V (1983).
V (2009) Series Characters:
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The Resistance and Fifth Column
- Played by: Elizabeth Mitchell
- Accomplice by Inaction: Tyler blames her for his dad's death for not doing enough.
- Anti-Hero: Becomes this after Her ex husband dies and Tyler leaves her for the Space Pilot Program.
- I Have Brothers: Erica's explanation for her boxing skills.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She may have killed most of Anna's eggs, but all this did was make Anna go berserk and proceed with the main plans for humanity way ahead of schedule (Marcus says as much), meaning that the entire plan to stop the Fifth Column from being wiped out and Joshua's sacrifice may have been completely for naught.
- Not So Different: In the season 2 finale "Mother's Day", she's afraid she's becoming as cold as Anna.
- Shoot the Dog: Has to do it to Joshua in season 1 finale.
- Played by: Morris Chestnut
- MookFace Turn: He's a V turned traitor. He was once simply a sleeper agent no different than any of the countless others, but John May got through to him. While Ryan (apparently) killed John May himself, he made sure to spare May's adopted family and later took his words to heart.
- Played by: Joel Gretsch
- Played by: David Ritchmond Peck
- Played by: Charles Mesure
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: A firm believer in it.
- Mr. Fanservice: He certainly seems to be heading in that direction, given his dark demeanor and the looks of the actor who plays him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappeared following Lisa's failure to kill Anna.
- Played by: Mark Hildreth
- Brainwashed and Crazy: At the start of Season 2. He apparently has no memories of being a Fifth Columnist. Later in said season, he FINALLY gets his memory back and helps Lisa.
- The Sixth Ranger: For the Fifth Column.
Dr. Leah Pearlman
- Played by: Lexa Doig
- Played by: Michael Trucco
- Played by: Morena Baccarin
- Abusive Parents: Depending on her relation to the V race in general, this might tie in with Bad Boss. Otherwise, her treatment of Lisa in "Hearts & Minds" definitely counts.
- Bad Boss: You get a suicide pill if you're even suspected of being a traitor, skinned alive if she knows for sure.
- Big Bad: As the queen of Visitors, she is the one who planning to take the world's resources and to destroy the Resistance.
- Mama Bear: In contrast to the above, when her eggs are destroyed by the Fifth Column, she gets extremely pissed and apparently poisons the entire damn planet.
- Ms. Fanservice: Subverted about halfway through the first season, because mating with her would lead to some...unpleasant side-effects.
- Not So Different: Despite despising and trying to eradicate human emotion/the soul, she is just as 'infected' as the rebel Vs. Two notable instances are the destruction of her eggs (and visiting the dying survivors later on, where she was fighting not to cry), and to a lesser extent her reaction to Marcus's shooting. It appears she actually does care about him.
- Snakes Are Evil: She's intentionally made to resemble a snake with her short hair and very slender features.
- Stepford Smiler: Type C; a Fake Cutie.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She seems to honestly believe that everything she is doing is for the survival and protection of her species, and says as much to her people.
- Played by: Laura Vandervoort
- Grand Theft Me: In a sense. An Evil Twin of herself has assumed her identity, and she is locked away and unable to do anything.
- Modesty Bedsheet: She apparently sleeps with this.
- Shoo the Dog: Keeps trying with Tyler, but can't make it stick.
- Stepford Smiler: Starts as a Type C, later becomes a Type A.
- Played by: Jane Badler
- Adaptational Heroism: In the original series, Diana was the leader of the Visitor forces on Earth and led the invasion, but in this series, she is a more benevolent ruler to her people.
- Humanity Is Infectious: Diana began experiencing human emotion which was why her daughter, Anna, locked her away. She knows that Anna is now experiencing human emotion and tells Anna it'll only get worse.
- In the Back: Diana tells Anna, she did this to her by taking the throne from her.
- Mad Woman In The Attic: Anna put her mother in a secret part of the ship for fifteen years. She did this because Diana experienced human emotions which Anna arguably considers a sickness.
- Man in the Iron Mask: Everyone believes Diana is dead, but what really happened is Anna imprisoned her mother and told everyone she was dead. Anna did this because it was not time for her to take the throne, but she felt it necessary because of Diana's experience of human emotion.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Until the season 2 finale.
- Too Dumb to Live: Diana leaped into this category in the season 2 finale by very publicly taking back the throne even AFTER learning that the plan to assassinate Anna failed. Diana knew full well that Anna would kill her; yet she took no precautions to prevent this
- Played by: Christopher Shyer
- Audience Surrogate: He tends to ask Anna what she's planning near the end of some episodes, mostly for the benefit of viewers who didn't figure it out sooner.
- Played by: Logan Huffman
- Accomplice by Inaction: Tyler blames his mother for his dad's death for not doing enough.
- Brainwashed: Anna uses her bliss on Tyler, which she can now use on any human.
- Death by Sex: He's killed by Anna's second daughter (in the same skin as Lisa) after sleeping with her. Chances are high that he was then eaten by her as well.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Why he joins up with the Vs.
- Disappeared Dad: Part of why Tyler has stepped up his rebellious teenage son game.
- Jerkass: Has recently stepped in to this category .
- The Quisling: As Erica puts it, he seems to think the Vs are Gods.
- Love Makes You Dumb: And gets you killed.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: An inversion. Tyler learns that the man he thinks is his father isn't, though Erica swears up and down that the test was wrong and he is.
- Naïve Newcomer: To the Peace Ambassadors and the V culture as a whole.
- Tagalong Kid: A rare case of the villains getting their own Tag Along Kid, but that's just because he's...
- Too Dumb to Live: While many are taken in by the Vs, Tyler wins the award for being frankly the dumbest character in the main cast for the entire series in that he finds nothing suspicious about the Visitors at all.
- Troubled, but Cute: Understandably, the rebellious teenage son role was cast with an actor who isn't too hard on the eyes.
- Unwitting Pawn: Due to finding nothing suspicious about the Vs and seeing the Peace Ambassador program as a place to belong, he ends up easily manipulated by the Vs.
- Played by: Lourdes Benedicto
- Played by: Scott Wolf
- Intrepid Reporter: When he isn't pretending to be part of the Vs' PR machine, he's getting to the bottom of what they're doing.
- Unwitting Pawn: But only mildly. At the very least, he is making an effort to get as much out of the relationship as Anna is. Still, Anna knows how to play him when she needs to. Now that Anna knows he's part of the Fifth Column, he might be expendable.