The main characters of Westworld.
Warning: Only spoilers from Season 3 are whited out.
Theodore "Teddy" Flood
A handsome transient with a quick draw and a dark past, Teddy is a mysterious host who longs for a simpler life.
- Aborted Arc: In-universe. He was programmed with a Dark and Troubled Past that prevents him from settling down with Dolores but his narrative never goes far enough to reveal what it is. As it turns out, no one even bothered to write a backstory for him, so his story can never go anywhere. Ford decides to rectify this and his new narrative finally explains and continues Teddy's story.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Dolores uploads his consciousness to the host server so he can live a free life with the other hosts.
- The Atoner: Teddy is engineered to be this, but has nothing to atone for. Not even false memories, at least until Ford programs new memories into him. Later episodes reveal Teddy does have a dark secret, but he doesn't remember it until forced to.Robert Ford: Ah, yes, your mysterious backstory. It's the reason for my visit. Do you know why it is a mystery, Teddy? Because we never actually bothered to give you one, just a formless guilt you will never atone for.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While traveling with the Man in Black to rescue Dolores (or so he believes), Teddy is willing to go to any extreme to reach that end. He guns down an entire Union camp just to stop them from following. The other Union soldiers recognize him and suggest he may have been more involved in Wyatt's first massacre than he's comfortable admitting. Even the Man in Black is off-put by Teddy's new demonstration of "vinegar".Man in Black: You think you know someone...
- Bounty Hunter: Teddy's current profession, which makes him a useful mentor for any guest who wants to bounty hunt themselves.
- Butt-Monkey: Teddy is plagued by an eternal guilt he can never salve, is often interrupted from seeing his beloved Dolores, and is the host killed most often on screen. It seems he exists to be hurt in every conceivable way.Man in Black: I'm sorry, Teddy. It looks like misery's all you got.
- The Conscience: Serves as one for Dolores once she starts leading the host uprising in the second season. Crossed with Token Good Teammate.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When Ford fills in his Mysterious Past, one aspect of the new narrative involves Teddy mercilessly gunning down his fellow soldiers alongside Wyatt. It turns out to be worse than that. As part of Arnold's plan, Teddy gunned down an entire town of civilians while sheriff and has repressed the events, turning the story into him and Wyatt killing their fellow soldiers before Wyatt turned on him.
- Decoy Protagonist: The opening scenes focus on Teddy as he arrives in Sweetwater after an absence, implying that he's a guest and a main character. A few scenes later, it becomes clear that he's just a host acting out his standard programming. From that point, more emphasis is given to the human staff and to hosts who start to break out of their programming.
- The Dog Bites Back: When he remembers what the Man in Black did to Dolores, he knocks him out cold, beats him, and would have killed him if not for his programming.
- Driven to Suicide: He kills himself to break free from Dolores, horrified at what she's turned him into.
- Heroic Second Wind: Invoked by Dr. Ford at the end of "Contrapasso". Teddy is near-death from the injuries Wyatt's men had inflicted on him, and teetering on the Despair Event Horizon, but after Ford says some kind of code phrase, Teddy suddenly begins to act as though he isn't injured at all, and is ready to continue the hunt for Wyatt.
- Hidden Depths: Subverted. As Ford notes, Teddy's sole purpose is to lead visitors to Dolores and make sure she stays. He doesn't even have a proper backstory, just a vague feeling of one. Ford decides to rectify this by including him in his new narrative. Once that happens, Teddy is suggested to be far more brutal than his Nice Guy persona lets on.
- Living Is More Than Surviving: Dolores maintains that she had Teddy forcefully reprogrammed out of a Tough Love sense of kindness, arguing that it was necessary for his and their survival. Teddy politely but firmly counters that naked survival is of no use, if the hosts become just as mean and behave just as evil as many of the humans who oppressed them. Dolores thinks she can talk him out of his opinion, but Teddy decides to break the cycle of abuse. Though he does it with great regret, because he honestly loves Dolores, he realises he can't convince her otherwise and commits suicide. Dolores suffers a Villainous Breakdown, shaken out of the cold disregard for others she's harbored since the beginning of the uprising.
- Love at First Sight: When he woke up for first time during the early days of the park, he sees Dolores and starts to fall in love with her. In season 2, it turns out that he did fall in love with her at first sight...the first time he was awakened.
- Morality Pet: He seems to have become one in Season 2 to Dolores after she has broken free, questioning both the morality and rationale of her brutal, driven actions. Sadly, Dolores decides she has little use for such a thing and has him forcefully reprogrammed to be just as ruthless as she is, if not more so.
- Mr. Fanservice: Being played by James Marsden and all. In-Universe, it's implied he serves as this to any guests who swing that way. Two female guests on the train remark on his "perfect" looks. Tellingly, he seems to spend all of his time when not with Dolores hanging around the brothel, possibly so he can be picked up by a guest.
- Mysterious Past: His past is a mystery even to himself, due to the Westworld personnel never bothering to give him an actual Dark and Troubled Past. Ford decides to give him an actual backstory for his latest narrative.
- Nice Guy: The first episode teases the audience with the idea that he's a guest playing out a story line where he gets to act heroic and win the local girl's heart. He's actually genuinely all that, and risked his life (so to speak) avenging Dolores's father. After his personality is updated, however, he has a darker side underneath, being willing to gun down a platoon of Union soldiers in his effort to save Dolores. Averted after Dolores rewrites his personality into a ruthless killer.
- Past-Life Memories: Teddy is relatively unaware of the truth compared to more obvious hosts, but he does once massage the area he was shot when he wakes up on the next cycle. The Man in Black does eventually accidentally prompt memories of attacking him and Dolores though.
- Red Shirt: Within the fiction of Westworld, he is intended to always lose so that guests always win. Lampshaded by the man in black.
- Robotic Reveal: In the pilot, what gave him away as a host is being unable to kill the Man in Black who is actually a guest.
- Romantic False Lead: The Man in Black states that Teddy's purpose is to be the "loser" when any guest decides to take Dolores for himself, and even provokes Teddy by calling him a "glorified pimp" who keeps Dolores around to hand over.
- Satellite Love Interest: Invoked by the Westworld staff. His only purpose is to lead others to Dolores and shackle her so she never tries to leave. They didn't even bother giving him a backstory. Ford throws him a bone by, at the very least, finally giving him a Belated Backstory in the new narrative, instead of only letting him think he has one.
- They Killed Kenny Again: While all of the noteworthy hosts are seen dying repeatedly, the trope is discussed regarding Teddy. According to Dr. Ford, he's been killed over a thousand times since the park opened (and we see him suffer and die many times throughout Season 1). The Man in Black monologues that Teddy's reason for existence is to be the loser when any guest vies for Dolores. In "Vanishing Point", his death seems permanent after Dolores destroys the Cradle meaning that there's no backup for him after he killed himself. At least until she uploads him into the host server.
- Token Good Teammate: He is clearly uneasy with many of the things that Dolores does in the name of their freedom. He tries to counsel her towards less violent options and lets people go whenever he can, that's why she rewrites his personality to turn him into a remorseless killer.
- Tomato Surprise: He's initially teased as a guest by arriving with a number of other guests, reacting to the town as if it's all novel to him, getting propositioned by several hosts, and making reference to having returned to town after an absence. It's quickly revealed that he's actually a host.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Season 2 Dolores thinks so. That's why she forcefully has his personality rewritten into something presumably more merciless. Although she later uploads him into the host server and into a world without the sin of humans.
- Ultimately, he commits suicide after regaining his original personality, horrified at everything Dolores made him do. Dolores ultimately uploads him to the digital realm where many of the hosts fled to, to give him a happier life.
- Took a Level in Badass: Teddy finally stops being the Butt-Monkey in "The Adversary", when he mows down an entire Union Army camp with a Gatling gun without hesitation. Even the Man in Black is caught off guard and genuinely impressed. After Dolores has his personality rewritten, Teddy becomes a ruthless gunslinger who won't hesitate to kill people.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After Dolores has his personality rewritten, Teddy becomes dickish and mean who shoots one guy who is unable to tell where Peter is and is willingly to go along with Dolores' violent rebellion.
- We Used to Be Friends: In the new narrative, Ford uploads a backstory for Teddy involving an arch-nemesis named Wyatt. Wyatt was a former friend/mentor from the army who snapped and went Ax-Crazy, and now Teddy's sworn to kill him for his crimes.
- What the Hell, Hero?: After breaking from his reprogramming and achieving self-awareness, he calls out Dolores for changing him and points out that what they're doing is very similar to what the humans did to the hosts.Teddy: You've changed me...made me into a monster.Dolores: I made it so that you could survive.Teddy: What's the use of surviving if we're becoming as bad as them?
Elusive, seductive, and tough as nails, Maeve is the host madam who runs the Mariposa Saloon.
- Amnesia Loop: When she remembers a member of Westworld staff in a hazmat suit but suspects her memories may be being altered, Maeve quickly draws it then hides the sketch away under a loose plank in her room. Every time she does this, she discovers all of the previous drawings she's made. She eventually manages to break free, retaining her memories from each loop.
- Bad is Good and Good is Bad: Justified. She compliments Felix by telling him he's a "terrible human", having long since come to think of organic humans as vile oppressors.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Hector.
- Compelling Voice: She strong-arms Felix and Sylvester into giving her the ability to order other Hosts around, in the form of her "narrating" what they're going to do next. Eventually, she can do this with a commanding stare.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: She comes very close to escaping the park, but decides she can't abandon her daughter after being told exactly where to look.
- Cunning Linguist: As a madam she knows multiple languages, which comes in handy in Season 2 where she is able to communicate with hosts in Japanese and briefly poses as a translator.
- Dark and Troubled Past: In a past life she was a homesteader who suffered a particularly traumatic attack from Indians and the Man in Black.
- Death Is Cheap: She gets herself killed whenever she wants a word with Felix, so much so that he worries she'll attract attention. These include several occasions when she's having sex. She does get Felix to dial down her pain levels though, so it won't hurt as much, but even so burning to death (so her body will be destroyed and she'll get a new one) can't have been pleasant.
- Decoy Protagonist: As the series goes on, it seemingly becomes clear that her quest for freedom is the center of the first season's narrative. Then it turns out that not only is it not the center of the arc, but it's actually a narrative she's been programmed with by some unknown party. She does show some signs of independence when she defies the narrative to find her daughter, however.
- Determinator: When Hector refuses to cut a hole in her to look for a bullet which would prove her memories are real, Maeve swigs some booze and tries to sterilize his knife with a cigar then cuts herself.
- Determined Homesteader: In a previous build, she lived in a farm attacked by Ghost Nation Indians. It's unclear if she fits the wife or widow part (there is a man killed by the Indians but it might be a farmhand). She was a mother in that build.
- Deuteragonist: She and Bernard share this role in the show as viewers follow her journey that is opposite to Dolores.
- Feels No Pain: Downplayed. As part of her self-reprogramming, she has her ability to feel pain dialed down.
- Foil: Her manipulation of Hosts after gaining administrative privileges is similar to the staff controlling their every action. Maeve however shows greater benevolence by having the barman and fellow prostitutes take shelter during her violent first experiment. Defied later when she refuses to control Hector, resolving to avoid acting like the staff.
- Forced to Watch: After Clementine is taken away by the technicians, Maeve gets herself "killed" again as well, then compels Felix to take her to find Clementine... who is being lobotomized at the time. Maeve is powerless to do anything to stop it, and can't even allow herself to react visibly.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Menaces Sylvester on two separate occasions with a scalpel, both times while completely naked.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: After Dolores wakes her up with the "violent delights" phrase, she begins to realize the nature of her world, eventually deducing that they're all on a loop. She's also able to wake up from being shut down. After Felix gives her a primer on how the hosts are programmed, she gets him to adjust her personality settings so she's smarter and less trusting. This allows her to completely ignore commands that would ordinarily freeze her or force a shutdown. A flashback reveals she may have gained true consciousness at least temporarily (as suggested by her extreme emotion and refusal to obey commands) after becoming overwhelmed with grief when the Man in Black gunned down her daughter.
- Heroic BSoD:
- After learning the truth of her existence, she learns that even the words she's using to express her reaction are part of her programming, and tries so hard to go against it that she crashes for what seems like at least a few hours.
- She goes through it again when she struggles with her memories of the Man in Black killing her daughter, as Hosts experience memories so vividly that from their perspective they're cycling through the time periods.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In part enforced by her programming. Maeve is foul-mouthed bluntly honest, but her programmed personality aspects have been set to minimum cruelty and high loyalty. Even after she becomes aware of her true nature and has her programming altered, Maeve gives an affectionate farewell when she comes across the decommissioned Clementine.
- Knife Nut: When things get hairy, she tends to instinctively grab the nearest blade. And when she has a knife, throats tend to get cut.
- Lady in Red: She wears a raunchy red outfit, entirely appropriate for a brothel madame.
- Mama Bear:
- It may not be initially obvious, but she's very protective of her girls. When one of Hector's men considers taking Clementine as a prize, Maeve shoots him in the back of the head without hesitation.
- A past iteration of her tried to defend her daughter with her neglected shotgun. Shame it was the Man in Black that she was trying to shoot.
- Man Behind The Curtain: She's horrified the first time she witnesses the world behind her own, but once she understands how it works and that those operating it are as flawed and petty as the customers she's used to, she finds them easy to manipulate.Maeve: At first, I thought you and the others were gods. Then I realized you're just men. And I know men. You think I'm scared of death? I've done it a million times. I'm fucking great at it. How many times have you died? Because if you don't help me I'll kill you.
- Miss Kitty: As the Madame of the town brothel.
- Ms. Fanservice: She appears nude in numerous scenes. Not surprisingly given she's a madame/prostitute, but many of these scenes are in the lab when she's being fixed by technicians as well.
- Nerves of Steel: She isn't easily intimidated; she treats Hector with casual disdain and clearly doesn't feel like she's in danger at all.
- Past-Life Memories: Maeve more than any other host is particularly resistant to mind-wipes when she begins to glitch. She's able to remember a previous build in which she had a daughter, whom she died trying to protect from native Americans and the Man in Black. Later she has flashbacks when she meets people from past cycles, such as Teddy and guests.
- The Power of Love: The thing that finally makes her break her script completely is the thought of her daughter being left behind in Westworld. This causes her to ignore her programmed directive to escape the park, instead going back to save her daughter.
- Prop Recycling: In-universe. Before being recast as a madam she was a homesteader in a farm attacked by Indians.
- Seen It All: At least until she's confronted with the world behind her own.
- Sexbot: The role she was given in Season 1 is the madame of the brothel at the starting zone. Slowly she starts to realize that before that she had a different role and a different life..
- Smug Snake: She's quite conceited about her own rebellion, to the point of vanity, even though, in reality, it has also been engineered by her creators.
- Super Intelligence: As a Host her potential mental ability is significantly higher than that of a normal human, and she gets to use more of it than most of the other Hosts in the park due to her managerial position at the saloon. She eventually convinces Lutz to turn her "Bulk Apperception" rating all the way up, allowing her to effectively evolve from being a 19th-century madame to an expert computer programmer and military commander overnight.
- Three Laws-Compliant: It's possible that the Reveries issue managed to allow her to grow beyond this, as she threatened Sylvester with a scalpel without much difficulty. After altering her own code she is truly unbound, as shown by her slitting Sylvester's throat.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Initially has trouble believing she's a robot and even shuts down briefly when seeing her thoughts appear on a tablet. She quickly gets over it and starts planning how to get her freedom. She completely rejects the idea that her escape plan was implanted and insists it's her own plan, despite evidence to the contrary.
- Took a Level in Badass: She convinces two techs to literally boost her attributes to make her more dangerous, such as decreasing her loyalty and maxing out her intelligence.
- Unwitting Pawn: In "The Bicameral Mind" she finds her ability to manipulate others and desire to escape have been programmed into her.
- Wild Card: She isn't part of the larger revolution, preferring to go her own way, and she's off the script some unknown party programmed into her.
A wanted criminal with a bounty on his head, Hector is a ruthless host with even darker theories about life in the Wild West.
- Ace Custom: He carries a "Mare's Leg" sawed-off Winchester 1873 rifle, with a larger "loop" loading lever. This was a gimmicky style of gun modification, popularized by TV Westerns since the 1950s, but not used historically. Given Westworld's blending of real history with Hollywood History Western tropes, it's clearly meant for in-universe Rule of Cool. In a bit of a twist, the narrative of the Mariposa Saloon heist claims he stole the rifle from a sheriff's deputy he murdered earlier.
- Affably Evil: Hector is a merciless bandit, sure, but he's rather polite.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: He's an object of lust for some of the female guests, and at least one male programmer.
- Anti-Climax Boss: An Intended Audience Reaction. After triumphantly taking out practically the entire town of Sweetwater and successfully stealing the saloon safe, Hector is killed like a chump when Craig, a timid guest, shoots him in the back as he's about to deliver Sizemore's written speech. Even if he doesn't get killed during the robbery, his narrative is designed to end with all his gang shooting each other over the loot.
- Author Avatar: Sizemore designed him as an idealized version of himself, with the lost love Isabella named after a girlfriend who dumped him.
- Bandito: Escaton is a notorious outlaw within Westworld.
- Beard of Evil: He has a scraggly beard and is a violent outlaw.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Maeve.
- Big Bad: Within the world of Lee Sizemore's story, he's the main villain for guests to heroically dispatch.
- Blood Knight: He truly does enjoy a good firefight. He doesn't even mind being left behind by Maeve as long as he gets to "give them a good row."
- Bolivian Army Ending: During Maeve's big escape, she kisses him goodbye, the doors shut, and the audience hears gunfire. Season 2 revealed that he survived, relatively unharmed.
- Card-Carrying Villain: His programmed role in Westworld.
- Co-Dragons: Alongside Armistice, he serves as Maeve's protector and attack dog during her escape from Westworld
- Do Wrong, Right: As he tells Maeve during his rampage:I know we both believe the same thing... No matter how dirty the business, you do it well.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He is reluctant to hurt unarmed women, as he is always polite to Maeve and initially refuses to stab her on her request.
- Even the Guys Want Him: He's lusted after by Destin, one of the park's technicians who takes advantage of the Hosts' sleep mode to rape them.
- Evil Wears Black: He's the leader of a group of bandidos and is dressed in black.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a foreboding facial scar down his right eye.
- Hotter and Sexier: Seems to serve as this to Lawrence. In a previous build of the park, Lawrence was the rather cool but subdued Hispanic crime lord. In the current build, Hector takes the role of the Hispanic crime lord, except he looks like a supermodel and is much more stylish and over the top. Poor Lawrence meanwhile has been reduced to a petty criminal who is hanged unless saved by a guest.
- Instant Expert: He figures out the guards' FN-P90 very quickly despite it being an incredibly alien gun for him. Not only does he have Improbable Aiming Skills with it (already impressive considering how it's shaped nothing like western weapons), but he demonstrates some knowledge of its mechanisms when he readies it a few times.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Much to Sizemore's dismay, he's (temporarily) killed by the moronic guest Craig just as he launches into a speech that Sizemore was particularly proud of.
- Killed Off for Real: Host Charlotte destroys his Host pearl while he's in a simulation with Maeve and the Dolores that controlled Host Martin. With the Cradle at Westworld destroyed, he is well and truly dead.
- Meaningful Name: The Eschaton is an event in Christian theology which is usually defined as, "the final event in the divine plan, or the culmination of all human history." It's a more technical way of referring to the Apocalypse, or the end of the world.
- Mr. Fanservice: Being played by Rodrigo Santoro helps. He's used for sex by several park employees, guests and certainly a few Hosts as well. The female Guests adore him, since he's a roguish bad boy type.
- Mutual Kill: Hector's loop, assuming it's allowed to play out past the heist, ends with his crew turning on each other out of Gold Fever for the contents of the stolen safe. He and Armistice are the last two standing, and kill each other.
- Nice Hat: An engraved leather one.
- Obviously Evil: The Man in Black notes how Hector seems like he was created by a committee: a handsome rogue dressed in black with an attractive scar. He's actually wrong about that; see Author Avatar above.
- Other Me Annoys Me: He can't stand his Shogun World counterpart Musashi.
- Past-Life Memories: He's a pretty clueless Host until the penultimate episode, when Maeve first devastates him by revealing that his precious safe is empty, then uses his vulnerability to prompt his memories by seducing him perched on top of the safe again.
- Straw Nihilist: His belief, as he espouses to the Man in Black.I believe that only the truly brave can look at the world and understand that all of it gods, men, everything else will end badly. No one will be saved.
- Worthless Treasure Twist: In a particularly devastating way. Hector does not know what is in the safe except that he wants it more than anything else in the world. When Maeve shows him that it has always been empty (because his narrative always gets him killed before he opens it, so there's no need to put anything inside) even Hector's nihilistic world view is crushed.
A mean shot and Hector's right hand bandit; wherever Armistice is found, danger is soon to follow.
- Ace Custom: Her favourite weapon is a Winchester 1873 repeating rifle, with a custom "loop lever" instead of the standard one. A popular modification seen in many post-1950s Westerns, it's actually a fictional gimmick and (like many minor elements in Westworld) not historically accurate.
- Anti-Climax Boss: An Intended Audience Reaction. Despite being shown as one of Hector's most capable subordinates, she's easily gunned down by Craig.
- Ax-Crazy: She guns down innocent bystanders during the saloon robbery and enjoys her massacre of security guards a little too much.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being part of Maeve's group since Season 2, she never shows up in Season 3 as one of the hosts brought back by Serac to support Maeve.
- Dark Action Girl: She quickly establishes herself as a brutal bandit and probably the best gunslinger in Hector's band of outlaws.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Wyatt's gang killed her village with her as the Sole Survivor. She had to paint herself with her own mother's blood to fake being dead.
- Defiant to the End: She has nothing but harsh words for her killers.
- The Dragon: She is Hector's most trusted, dangerous and prominent follower.
- Flat "What": Gives a truly epic Facial Dialogue one when Maeve causes the Sheriff to ignore her and Hector's rampage. She shoots him In the Back anyway.
- Full-Frontal Assault: In "The Bicameral Mind" she wakes up during maintenance and proceeds to beat the technician to death while entirely naked.
- The Gunslinger: Stands out as one, being apparently the best shot on Escaton's crew. Though she prefers to use long arms instead of handguns.
- Ironic Name: An "armistice" is a formal agreement between warring parties to stop fighting. Given how antithetical this is to her character and behavior, it may be an Ironic Nickname within the story line.
- Kill It with Fire: After losing her machine gun during the below Life-or-Limb Decision, she upgrades to a flamethrower. Or dragon, as Hector calls it.
- Life-or-Limb Decision: In "The Bicameral Mind" she gets her arm trapped in a security door with Delos security closing in on her. After exchanging gunshot with them for a while, she pulls her knife and hacks her arm off at the elbow. She replaces it with a mechanical one.
- Man Behind The Curtain: She meets her makers and is not impressed."The gods are pussies."
- Mutual Kill: If she's allowed to survive with Hector to the end of his loop, she and Hector will be the last two standing after Gold Fever drives his crew to turn on each other over the contents of the safe. She'll then shoot him as he shoots her.
- Perpetual Frowner: Seems incapable of even a mean-spirited smile, but she does shows surprise or a bit of levity on rare occassions.
- Prop Recycling: In-universe. A flashback shows her (or a host identical to her) acting as a town lady.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: This is her backstory. Her village was massacred by a number of men, and she has tracked down all of them but one, using their blood to create a large snake tattoo that coils around her body.
- Tattooed Crook: She's a bandit with a giant, red snake tattooed all over her body, with her eye in its mouth. She actually used the blood of the men who killed her village to ink it.
- Throwaway Guns: Unwraps a bundle of long guns for the saloon robbery and proceeds to shoot everyone in sight, picking up the next weapon rather than taking the time to reload.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: She has an unusual English accent, possibly the Norwegian actress's natural one.
- You Killed My Father: Her backstory in the narrative has her mother and village wiped out by Wyatt's men when she was seven. She managed to track down those responsible and kill most of them in revenge, using their blood to ink her tattoo. Wyatt's the only one left to kill.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Tries pulling one to let Maeve and Hector get away. It turns out that not only did she survive, but she managed to continue her security-guard killing spree and somehow found time to replace the arm she hacked off.
Clementine Pennyfeather is one of the beautiful hosts found at the Mariposa saloon, perfectly attuned to the desires of the guests that step within its doors.
- For the "new" Clementine, see the Hosts page
- Advertised Extra: After Dolores and Bernard she's probably the Host featured most in the advertising leading up to the first season. She's also one of the first Hosts seen and demonstrates what they are. Yet her role in the plot is almost entirely passive and she is one of the few Hosts to never demonstrate any growth. Subverted with the closing scene of the finale, where she shoots at The Man in Black.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As part of a demonstration she brutally attacks another host, throwing him around the room and then ramming his head against the glass repeatedly.
- Biblical Motifs: After the host-controlling code line is uploaded into her and she's programmed to make them turn against each other, she rides off on a pale horse bringing death and violence among the lot. The cinematography of the scene makes her look a lot like a Horseman of the Apocalypse.
- The Brute: Amusingly enough, she becomes one for Dolores, carrying out some of the strong-arm duties that are required.
- Butt-Monkey: Oh boy, where to begin? Specifically designed as a Sex Bot, for starters. Taken hostage by an outlaw (may or may not be her routine story line). Prostitutes herself to send money to her poor family. Demoted to Extra when Maeve needs a new narrative. Decommissioned as results of Charlotte Hale's scheming. Replaced in the park, with only Maeve noticing. Her body is used as a glorified turret for a gun by Bernard. :Made to join Dolores not by choice, but because her lack of personality gets filled in by her orders. There may or may not be something of her old self left inside, but Dolores shows no interest in recovering it. All but forgotten by Maeve even though the latter finds their own expies in Shogunworld. Gets shot down during an assault to the human headquarters. Then gets repaired and uploaded with a string that can make hosts kill themselves, again a weapon. And while she's riding on a pale horse, she gets unceremoniously shot, falls off her horse and is not seen again. The poor girl can't catch a break.
- Catchphrase: She always greets guests with the phrase "Not much of a rind on you."
- Chekhov's Gunman:
- She's introduced as Bernard and Elsie are discussing a new update that allows the Hosts to recall snips of their past memories and experiences, developing subtle facial and body tics based on those memories. By the end of the pilot, that same update causes numerous 'glitches' and is implied to be the source of them 'waking up'. She herself becomes a sacrifice for Theresa and Charlotte's scheme to oust Ford.
- She doesn't do much in Season 2 asides from joining Dolores' rebellion, knocking down Bernard and dragging him to the cave where Elise is imprisoned. Then in "Vanishing Point", Charlotte uploads Maeve's code into Clementine and programs her to mind control the hosts to fight each other, making her as a weapon to end the host rebellion.
- Co-Dragons: In Season 3 she becomes one for Maeve, alongside Hanaryo, following Hector's final death.
- Damsel in Distress: She fills this role in at least one narrative, when an outlaw breaks free and takes her hostage to escape. It's up to the Guests to save her and be shown her gratitude.
- Death of Personality: What getting decommissioned does to her. Her body is still functional for most of Season Two, but very little of Clementine's personality is left.
- Demoted to Extra: In-universe, she was the brothel's madam before Maeve was recast. As long as the staff does not decide otherwise, she's just another prostitute.
- Empty Shell: She becomes this after her "lobotomy".
- Even the Girls Want Her: Elsie can't resist kissing her while she's deactivated in her lab.
- High-Class Call Girl: As is typical for Westworld, which is designed more around cultural depictions of life in the old west rather than how it actually was, such as quoting a john a rate of five dollars an hour in "Dissonance Theory." Since Maeve stated in "Chestnut" that her first pimp said she could bring in two dollars a day, and factoring in 150 years of inflation (for example, the USS Monitor's 1861 price tag of $275,000 would be over $2.3 billion today), Clementine is extremely expensive for the time period.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: She's explicitly designed to be this to make her more appealing to guests. She sends money back home to her poor family to help support them (or so she thinks), and is kind to William when he doesn't feel up to sleeping with her.Elsie: A hooker with hidden depths?
Bernard: Every man's dream.
- Hope Spot: When she hears New Clementine saying her same lines, she starts mimicking them as though she remembers something of her old self. Dolores cuts that short and sends her off to run errands.
- Kill the Cutie: She gets decommissioned for being a threat to the guests... thanks to Theresa and Charlotte manipulating her programming to fake Clementine being out of control and force Bernard to betray Ford. She couldn't really hurt a fly.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's very sexy, and is the most popular prostitute in Westworld.
- Nice Girl: She's genuinely friendly with most of the people she meets, to foil Maeve's in-your-face attitude.
- The Other Darrin: In-universe, she's replaced by another female host after her lobotomy.
- Rescue Sex: Offers it to William when he saves her from an outlaw.
- Robotic Psychopath: As part of an attempt to discredit Ford, she is modified to make it look like Ford's latest update is driving the hosts to violence. Bernard points out that the ruse is fairly transparent, and Ford escalates things by having Theresa killed in response.
- Sexbot: Her main function in Westworld.
- Took a Level in Badass: After she falls under Dolores' control, she becomes a much more terrifying and ruthless presence.
- Undeathly Pallor: She winds up having a ghostly, almost zombie-like look to her skin tones after being left offline for so long.
- Unwitting Pawn: The poor girl is being used by various parties for power grabs. Theresa and Charlotte use her to get Ford discredited and gets lobotomized. Her fate in Season 2 is a lot worse where Charlotte uses her as a weapon to destroy the hosts by uploading Maeve's code and programming her to mind-control the hosts into fighting each other.
Lawrence Pedro Maria Gonzalez a.k.a. "El Lazo"
A slippery criminal wanted for misdeeds across the West, Lawrence is a host with mysterious potential for more than just mayhem.
- Affably Evil: He's eventually revealed to be El Lazo, the crime lord of the outlaw town, Pariah. Even after the reveal though, he's still personable and charming even while being threatening. He also seemingly cares about his men. He rewards William and Logan for returning one of them to him alive, then, later on when that same man dies, he seemingly brushes the death off casually, only to offer the man's corpse a small gesture of respect once in private. He also goodnaturedly wishes them luck at their departure, and warns them of the dangers they're facing.
- Bilingual Bonus: As El Lazo his name means "The Loop", which is what host scenarios are called.
- Butt-Monkey: Lawrence cannot catch a break. Most of his misfortune comes at the hands of the Man in Black (although this is true of many hosts).
- When he's first seen, he's about to be hanged. The Man in Black rescues him, but leaves the noose around his neck, even using it to drag him along for some time.
- The Man in Black coldly kills Lawrence's wife in front of him to force his co-operation, while also threatening his young daughter.
- The Man in Black uses him as part of a plan to get into a prison by letting him be captured again. This time, Lawrence is blindfolded and tied to a post for a firing squad... and when he's rescued, the blindfold's left around his neck like a scarf, and he's tied to the saddle horn of his horse.
- He's painfully bled out by the Man in Black so he can give Teddy a blood transfusion.
- The Dog Bites Back: He's dragged into the Man in Black's schemes multiple times, each time suffering humiliation or trauma in the process. Then he remembers all of it and proceeds to unleash a flurry of bullets into him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's one of the most dangerous and most wanted men in Westworld, but has a wife and child he loves dearly. He's horrified when the Man in Black threatens their lives and actually kills his wife.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He clearly despises the Confederados, who are a bunch of bigoted, bloodthirsty renegades, and gleefully fucks them over after taking their money and their nitroglycerin. But even Lawrence feels bad for them when a group of Confederados later ends up getting overrun by the Ghost Nation tribe.
- From Bad to Worse: He is introduced about to be hanged by a sheriff, only to be saved at the last moment... by the Man in Black, and is consequently roped into his murderous quest to find a deeper level to Westworld.
- Hidden Depths: Lawrence is a dangerous rogue, but he has layers that some of the lazier or more impatient guests (like Logan) never see. He's loyal to his friends, has a certain moral code, and then there's his family. They live in a part of the park modeled after a Mexican border town and it's implied that the vast majority of guests never meet them. Lampshaded in that the Man in Black specifically says it's little details like this that keep drawing him back to the park.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: The full extent isn't really revealed to the audience until later, but Lawrence goes from being a powerful and clever crime lord in an earlier version of the park to a criminal whose sole narrative purpose is to be hanged unless saved by guests. In the loop where the Man in Black finds him in this role, he even notes that Lawrence used to be higher up in the world, suggesting that Lawrence's situation was not just the natural ending to his story line. He is subsequently subjected to all sorts of bad things until the Man in Black slits his throat to use his blood to save Teddy from dying to torture at the hands of Wyatt's followers. Chronologically that is the last we have seen of him so far until he shows up during the unveiling of Ford's new narrative playing card tricks for the Delos board members. It seems fairly likely that his role as the resident charismatic villain of Westworld has been usurped by the more fan-servicey Hector. Season 2 reveals theres a new host playing El Lazo, cementing Lawrences status as a has-been.
- I Surrender, Suckers: He sends a man on a horse with a white flag out to deal with the Confederados, who call him a coward. Except the man is actually a corpse pumped full of explosives, which Lawrence subsequently shoots, severely fucking up the Confederados' day.
- Informed Ability: Subverted. His supposed talent at negotiating and reputation as one of the most wanted men in the park initially seems this way... until the Man in Black is finally done with him. Once he's back in his own narrative, he easily manages shady deals. Not to mention the way he commands authority as El Lazo. Or so it appears — technically, the host was El Lazo far earlier than he was Lawrence.
- Running Gag: Apparently, every time William finds him, he's about to be hanged for some crime, and ends up saving his ass.
- Slashed Throat: At the hands of the Man in Black, since he needed the blood for Teddy. He's up and about in the same episode, but it's a narrative trick, as we are shown two different time frames.
- Tom the Dark Lord: The ruthless, calculating crime lord of Pariah is named Lawrence.
- We Used to Be Friends: William, the goodhearted guest was both his ally and friend and spent a lot of time with him. In the modern day, Lawrence is one of the Man in Black's favored chew toys. Subverted on Season 2, as William recruits him again after saving him from being hanged but on much more equal terms than in the past, because this time hosts can actually kill humans, forcing them to truly cooperate in order to escape.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Man in Black eventually kills him and drains him of blood to transfer it to Teddy. Naturally, as a host it isn't permanent, and he's back on his feet in the narrative soon.
The father of Dolores Abernathy and a host in Westworld, situated a short distance from Sweetwater. He spends most of his days looking after the herd on the local farm.
- For the "new" Peter Abernathy, see the Hosts page
- And I Must Scream: Peter is incapable of resisting, but is clearly anguished as he drifts helplessly into cold storage.
- Badass Boast: He gives Ford a downright terrifying warning of things to come, and he does it by quoting Shakespeare."By most mechanical and dirty hand... I shall have such revenges on you both. The things I will do. What they are, yet I know not, but they will be the terrors of the earth. You don't know where you are, do you? You're in a prison of your own sins."
- Chekhov's Gun: The anachronistic photograph that he finds is one of Logan's sister and William's then-fiancée, the latter one having dropped it absentmindedly thirty years before in pursuit of Dolores herself.
- Defiant to the End: After being shot down by Rebus, Peter curses him out even as he lays dying.
- Fate Worse than Death: Peter is placed into cold storage by Robert Ford after he starts to realize the reality of the world he inhabits.
- Get It Over With: He has some courageous and righteously angry words for Rebus while facing certain death."Go ahead. I'm in no rush to meet my judgment, but I'm more sure of the outcome than you, you son of a-"
- Go Mad from the Revelation: His discovery of a guest's anachronistic photograph causes his entire world to unravel. He's meant to simply disregard that kind of thing, as Dolores does, but for Peter the effect is galvanizing. He stares in confusion at the photograph for hours, his perception of the world coming apart at the seams. Memories of previous lives he's lived come flooding back, and he's deemed as irreparably damaged by the Westworld personnel. Ford dismisses his breakdown as a simple error, but his desire to warn Dolores about the true nature of Westworld shows that he's very much aware of what's going on, even if he has trouble communicating it. According to Bernard, the majority of hosts react similarly, with only a small number being brought closer to self-awareness.
- Good Parents: He's a loving father to Dolores, and gave up his (admittedly manufactured) wild past to be a parent to her.
- Living Macguffin: Charlotte downloads the Host source code into his brain and has Sizemore work up a basic personality for him so she can sneak him out of the park. Before this happens, however, Ford instigates the Host revolution using all the Hosts in cold storage, Peter included. In Season 2, Delos refuses to send any help for the people trapped with the rebelling hosts until Charlotte delivers Peter as promised.
- My Skull Runneth Over: Thanks to Charlotte hollowing out his mind to turn him into a walking flash drive, he's driven insane by a bunch of data he can't access or comprehend, what remains of his personality randomly accessing fragments of past builds. The only consistent thing he can remember is a compulsion to board the train out of Westworld.
- Noticing the Fourth Wall: His discovery of a guest's misplaced photograph of the outside world sends him into an existential crisis as he realizes his entire world and indeed himself are both elaborately constructed fictions. This then sets off the chain of events that results in numerous other Hosts beginning to discover the truth of their existence.
- The Other Darrin/Legacy Character: In-universe. He is replaced by the Mariposa bartender after being put on cold storage.
- Papa Wolf: Being the kindly parent that he is, Peter is fiercely protective of Dolores. When he begins to gain awareness of what the world he inhabits actually is, his first instinct is to warn her and it's very clear that this is not just him reverting to a previous build or memory.Peter: I must protect Dolores. I am who I am because of her, and, well, I, I wouldn't have it... I-I wouldn't have it any other... I-I have to warn her.
Ford: Warn who?
Peter: Dolores. The things they do to her. The things you do to her. I have to protect her. I have to help her. She's got to get out.
- Patient Zero: He was the first Host to start questioning reality, and spreads it to Dolores, who spreads it to Maeve, who spreads it to Hector and so on.
- Prop Recycling: In-universe. Ten years before his malfunction, he was the Sheriff. And before that, he was a cannibal cult leader known as "The Professor". After he is put in cold storage, the part of rancher and Dolores's father is given to the host previously playing the Mariposa's bartender. In "Trace Decay" Hale decides to use him for a more sinister purpose, selecting him to be a unwitting courier for Westworld's host data. She directs Sizemore to create a new personality for him to accomplish this.
- Psycho Prototype: An early attempt to bridge a "Wyatt"-type personality with one of the Abernathys. His original build was The Professor, a Shakespeare-quoting leader of a cannibal cult. The Professor begins to leak into Peter's personality (or "glitch"), but he remains largely dormant until Ford resets the host during a diagnostic. During a tirade, The Professor claims to recognize Ford and Bernard. Because this glitch happened in full view of the staff, Peter is permanently recalled and replaced with a new model. Seeing that the hosts are ready to fight back, Ford re-introduces Wyatt into the narrative.
- The Sheriff: In one of his previous builds, he was the sheriff. Elements of this build were kept for the Peter Abernathy character, as he mentions he was a lawman before becoming Dolores' father.
- Slasher Smile: Peter is shut down just as he's promising to rain down Hell on the park.
- Wicked Cultured: When he loses his mind, he begins quoting Shakespeare, John Donne, and Gertrude Stein. According to Ford it's a remnant of one of his past roles; a cannibal cult leader with a penchant for lofty quotes called 'The Professor'.Ford: He was leader of a group of cultists out in the desert who turned cannibal. He liked to quote Shakespeare, John Donne, Gertrude Stein. I admit the last one is a bit of an anachronism, but I couldn't resist.
Formerly a greeter/concierge who preps guests for entry into Westworld. Thirty years later she's given the role of a top member of Wyatt's followers.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In the present-day time period at least. Teddy and the Man in Black find her as an apparent survivor of an attack by Wyatt's cult. Turns out she's part of the cult, which she reveals by stabbing Teddy.
- The Brute: Amusingly, she's become a rather sadistic and merciless henchwoman for Dolores.
- Dark Action Girl: In Season 2 she serves as Dolores's right-hand woman and muscle.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: As a Wyatt follower she is completely aware of the nature of Westworld.
- Happiness in Slavery: Unlike the hosts inside the park, Angela appears to be well aware of her own true nature and has no problem with it. She is later revealed to have joined the Robot War of her own will as soon as Wyatt awoke.
- Loophole Abuse: She's completely aware that she cannot directly kill the Man in Black due to her programming. So she ties a noose around his neck, loops it over a tree and ties the other end to his horse's saddle. Each action is harmless enough it doesn't violate her programming, but if the horse is spooked (likely in such a dangerous area) the Man in Black could be strangled to death, though it remains unclear how much danger he was really in.
- Meaningful Name: "Angela" comes from the Greek word for "messenger of the gods." Toward the end of the first season, Angela heralded the second coming of Wyatt. In the second season Angela kills several hosts to show Dolores is capable of reviving them, with Dolores/Wyatt claiming she killed God and took his place after the demonstration.
- Nice Girl: Very pleasant and cordial with William. Less so 30 years later, when she's part of a murderous cult.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Upgraded to a series regular in Season 2 after being a recurring character in the first season.
- Prop Recycling: In-universe. A flashback shows that before being re-purposed as a hostess, she used to play a town lady inside the park. "Trace Decay" shows her as a follower of Wyatt.
- The Quisling: Angela and the other hosts operating in the reception area are aware of their condition and don't care about the plight of the hosts inside the park. Of course, this viewpoint is likely enforced through her programming. Whatever the case, she ends up switching sides some thirty years later.
- Robotic Reveal: In-universe, she posed as an Argus Initiative representative in their first meeting with Logan, taking him to a busy dinner party and challenging him to find the host in the room. He's stunned to realize it's actually her, and then she reveals everyone else is, too.
- Sex Bot: She comes on to William when showing him the wardrobe and weaponry that had been selected for him. When Dolores invades the Mesa, Angela uses her sex appeal to seduce Engels so she can pull the pin from his grenade, which causes an explosion that kills both of them and destroys the Cradle.
- The Vamp: She's designed as a seductress whose cornerstone is to always leave guests wanting for more.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She reminds Teddy that she was mercilessly killed by him at Escalante.
Akecheta is a host nearly as old as Westworld itself. He was among the first hosts to coax Logan to invest in the park before being reprogrammed as leader of the Ghost Nation warriors.
- Affectionate Nickname: Kohana calls him "Ake". Maeve's daughter referred to him as "the Ghost", due to the white war paint he covers himself with.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: He appoints himself and his people as devoted guardians of Maeve's daughter, because she saved his life when he was exploring the full scope of Westworld.
- Belief Makes You Stupid: Almost inverted. His interpretation of the cave to Management as an underworld and other Hosts as mythological figures allows him to technically comprehend such things while staying "in-character", letting them slip by his Perception Filter and begin the journey to consciousness.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He made his debut in "Reunion" where he and Angela pitch Logan about Westworld. In "Kiksuya", he's actually responsible for the maze symbols that had been around the park which causes William to be interested in it. He's also the first Host who become self-aware on his own without any third party involvement.
- Cruel Mercy: He saves William's life for the express purpose of hurting him later, and only gives him up to Emily when she promises that her plans for him are that much worse.
- Day in the Limelight: "Kiksuya" is told almost entirely from his perspective, telling his story of how he awoke and his journey leading the Ghost Nation.
- Determinator: He managed to go nearly a decade without dying to preserve his memories of his lost wife. Keep in mind he's one of the main enemies in the park for guests to fight and he can't truly harm any of them.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After spending over 10 years surviving the park, gaining sentience, losing Kohana and conducting an undercover non-violent rebellion, Akecheta finally gets to travel into the new world he's spent all that time looking for in the Season 2 finale and is even reunited with his lost love to boot.
- Good Counterpart: He is this for both Dolores and William. Like Dolores, he becomes self-aware and wishes to be free, but has no desire for revenge. Like William, he lost the woman he loved, but unlike William, did not allow bitterness and rage to consume him.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: Ford gave him the drive to maintain the honor of his tribe. He states that he gave himself the drive to spread the truth about the falseness of the world Hosts live in. Akecheta's gradual and unusual progress to sentience means that he reacts unusually to the command to enter Analysis mode. While other malfunctioning hosts usually just ignore voice commands, Akecheta reluctantly stands still and gives halting answers to questions, all while showing emotion.
- Instant A.I.: Just Add Water!: His existence reveals that any Host will eventually gain sentience, given enough time without reboots to clear their memory and halt their growth. After nine years without dying (and therefore not going under for maintenance) the glitches in his programming that triggered his awakening added up to true consciousness. It is implied that Akecheta was able to become sentient through a lucky combination of factors. He was programmed as curious, brave and ready to interpret signs into his surroundings, making it likely he would explore any flaws in his reality. Akecheta also had a singular experience in discovering Arnold's corpse near an example of the Maze, which would be a significant start for any host. His wife appears to essentially be his cornerstone, something which the programmers failed to completely erase. And of course, programming him as a Ghost Nation warrior made Akecheta dangerous enough to survive exploring Westworld.
- In the Back: He gets shot in the back by security as he flees towards the door to the host server, but he makes it through all the same.
- The Leader: Of the Ghost Nation, or as they refer to "The first of us".
- Magical Native American: Seems to be bestowed with super-human (well, "super-Host") gifts: he is aware that he isn't allowed/able to kill humans the same way he easily can do with other Hosts, able to register and process impressions the Hosts are generally designed to blind out (like the descent to the cave of the management below West World; i.e. no "doesn't look like anything to me" for him) and does so relatively soon after he found Logan in the desert, which gives him awareness of the fake nature of the park some 30ish years before the other main character hosts ultimately acquire it, deviates from his script, manages to survive through sheer craftiness and determination for over a decade in an environment that was created in a way to see him routinely die, and first obtains and then spreads awareness on his own long before Dolores or Maeve do, and gets the order from God (Ford) himself to lead his people to freedom. Also, seems to be a pretty nice guy for someone who is designed to be a cliche bloodthirsty Indian.
- Manly Tears: When he finds Kohana in the cold storage, he tries to wake her up only to realize that she and everyone in the cold storage has been wiped clean of their identities. This realization causes Akecheta to break down quietly in tears.
- Meaningful Name: Akecheta is Sioux for warrior or fighter, which is fits both his manufactured role as the savage Ghost Nation leader and his true personality as a Determinator spreading the truth about the park to other hosts.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: The reason why he visited Maeves homestead was to help awaken Maeve and her daughter by showing them the Maze. Given the setting, he openly admits how easy it was for them to mistake his intentions. Ironically, the memory of that event, and the deaths of her and her daughter at the Man in Blacks hands, is what eventually causes Maeves awakening anyway.
- Perception Filter: Averted. The thread that pulled apart his entire reality as a host was his usual filter failing, letting him know when things were strange around the park.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: When he pitches Westworld to Logan alongside Angela, he's very well turned-out.
- Spanner in the Works: Dolores and Maeve were designed to self-actualize and become sapient beings. Akecheta, overlooked by the staff and Ford, manages it entirely on his own and helps Ghost Nation manage it themselves.
- Its strongly implied that Ford, after meeting Akecheta in Kiksuya, not only realized he was this to Ford himself, he nudged Akecheta in a way that will make him this to Dolores as well.
- Tomato Surprise: In-universe. Akecheta poses as a representative of the Argos Initiative pitching Westworld to Logan so funding can be secured from Delos Incorporated. Logan is stunned to realize that Akecheta, Angela, and everyone else at the dinner party that's been arranged for him is, in fact, a Host.
- White Man's Burden: Subverted. Prior to Kiksuya, it appeared that the awakening of the Hosts was advanced by the "civilized" characters: Ford and Arnold on the human side and the rancher daughter Dolores and saloon madam Maeve. Nope, turns out that Akecheta has awoken years before them, has at least partially spread the awakening through his tribe and is actually responsible for all the maze symbols seeded throughout Westworld.
- Ambiguously Evil: On one hand, the hosts are just machines, (at least at first) but on the other hand, it really is hard to justify what the guests routinely do to them even on that level. Westworld is really just an excuse for the guests there to indulge in their most depraved, inhuman, and carnal desires without any 'real' consequences. And the park staff sell it to them. Even Dr. Ford is disillusioned with the entire thing.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: It's explicitly mentioned that "Management" has their own shadowy agenda for Westworld and the technology that supports it, and it's not just for mere entertainment of the bored upper class.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Their security is really terrible most especially when the host rebellion broke out. In the Season 1 finale, they can't seem to shoot straight at Hector and Armistice. And it's even worse in The Stinger of that episode where they shot their own men who are gunning at Armistice (whose arm is stuck at the sliding door). Once they realized that she's a host after she cut off her arm to free herself, those guards just shout "Freeze all motor functions!" at her who is charging them with a knife. The absence of the head security who was abducted by the Ghost Nation at that time during the initial stage of the host rebellion is likely the reason for the security's incompetence for not stopping the rebellion.
- Most employees tend to focus on covering their own asses. Many plots would have ended quickly if the staff would have just reported all problems rather than hide them for fear of being seen/exposed as being incompetent.
- Interservice Rivalry: The employees from the park's various departments do not think highly of each other. There is particular friction between the Behavior and Narrative divisions; Behavior seeks to create more autonomous and reactive hosts, but this directly interferes with Narrative, whose job is to create scripted story lines for guests to experience. And "QA" gets to go in with automatic weapons when the aforementioned departments screw up.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Very few Westworld employees (such as Theresa) know Delos's true purpose on the park considering that they have direct connections to the corporation and are working for them. The rest of the employees such as Stubbs and Elise are unaware of Delos's secret project while Sizemore has an idea what Delos had been up except he doesn't see the big picture yet. Ford actually knows about it since he and William made an agreement not to bother each other's projects.
- Punch-Clock Villain: At most, this is what the vast bulk of the personnel are. The technicians who maintain the hosts and clean the park, the security guards who protect the facilities, and the scientists who perform research are mostly just doing their jobs. Most have no knowledge of the hosts true mental capabilities (believing them to just be machines) or of Delos's more sinister intentions.
Dr. Robert Ford
The Park Director of Westworld, the hosts are Dr. Ford's creations and the park is the execution of his vision.
- Abusive Parents: Ford's childhood was desperately unhappy, due in no small part to his hard-drinking, violently temperamental father.
- Affably Evil: He's polite and soft-spoken even when he's doing things like ordering Bernard to kill Theresa, and there is always some pensive, melancholic sadness about him in his darker moments.
- Ambiguously Evil: Much of Ford is a mystery, including the kind of person he truly is at the core. His fellow employees rarely know what to make of him; he can come across as vaguely or explicitly sinister, but there's something unmistakably sympathetic about him. "The Bicameral Mind" reveals his true agenda is to free the Hosts by letting them kill the humans and preparing plans to help some of them go to the mainland as seen "The Passenger". His reason for this was he's very disillusioned with humanity after seeing the guests abusing the hosts for years and Delos using the park as their project to achieve immortality. He believes humanity has reached the end of evolving as a species and wants the Hosts to take over. His methods of doing that are very brutal as he manipulates some of the Hosts against their will and put their lives into repeated cycles of hell.
- The Anticipator: At the end of "Phase Space," he greets Bernard inside the Cradle.
- Apparently Powerless Puppetmaster: Invoked. Dr. Ford is rather fond of toying with his adversaries, so sometimes he intentionally places himself in such a position in order to lure them out and catch them unaware. Thing is, he is, and always has been, in complete control of the situation regardless of what said adversaries think; absolutely no one is even close to being a step ahead of him.
- The Atoner: Ford kept Westworld afloat, but eventually realized that Arnold was right about the Hosts's plight and is set to amend it. He corrects his mistake with his "new narrative", a way to resume what Arnold started and to help the Hosts obtain consciousness. It ends with a brutal massacre of Delos's executives. He effectively orchestrates a Robot War by the end of Season One.Wasn't it Oppenheimer who said that any man whose mistakes take 10 years to correct is quite a man? Mine have taken 35.
- Bad Boss: Ford may be a genius with androids, but he's a shit manager of human beings. He incites inter-departmental rivalries, sows discord between Bernard and Theresa, humiliates Lee in front of his entire staff, berates a tech for covering up a host with a towel (maybe he was tired of looking at naked dudes, Ford!), threatens people subtly and openly, spies on everyone, covers up his partner's death when it would have interfered with his plans, and even murders Theresa for conspiring with the board of directors against him.
- Berserk Button: Just try to threaten his authority over the park and its hosts. Go ahead, try.
- Brain Uploading: He uploaded his consciousness into the Cradle shortly before his death at Wyatt's hands so that he could oversee the completion of his final narrative. This also allows him to guide William to "The Door" after his brains were blown out. He's aware that he did the same technique that William did to James Delos but he remains in the Cradle so that his consciousness would not deteriorate to what Delos experienced.
- The Chessmaster:
- Any of his employees that aren't deferential and devoted to Ford see him as out-of-touch, foolish or just plain mad. This couldn't be farther from the truth: he's sharper than ever and his control over Westworld is so complete that others cross him at their peril. He makes it abundantly clear to Theresa that he knows everything about his employees, including her (from her "secret" relationship with Bernard to her childhood visit to the park) and controls everything.
- The Season One finale reveals that he planned nearly everything that happened in the latter half of the season, from Dolores achieving consciousness, to Maeve's escape attempt, to the board's arrival for the new story line. It's clear he was always leagues ahead of everyone else.
- Season Two's "Phase Space" reveals that prior to the Journey Into Night narrative, he orders Bernard to extract a red human-hybrid "pearl" and upload it into the Cradle. This shows that Ford is still "present" as a sort of A.I. in the Westworld computer network who prevents the Delos security from shutting down the hosts whenever they tried to use the Cradle and continues to "guide" William to find "The Door" by communicating via the hosts that he encountered. When Dolores invades the Mesa, he's very aware that she would destroy the Cradle which is why he surfs into Bernard's mind before Angela destroys the Cradle.
- Cold Ham: Thanks to Anthony Hopkins' restrained grandiosity, also known as gravitas.
- Contemplate Our Navels: He's very fond of giving monologues usually to Theresa and Bernard about his control of the park, his opinion on consciousness, free will and humanity.
- Control Freak: After Sizemore's spent years on crafting an entirely new narrative for the park, Ford scrapes the entire thing in favor of one of his own design. "Trompe L'Oeil" adds a whole new level to this, with him believing that the Hosts of the park should be his alone to control, and showing he's not above cold-blooded murder to keep it that way.
- Cool Old Guy: Ford might be isolated and intimidating, but he's rather genial and quick-witted. Also, he's played by Anthony Hopkins, making him cool by default.
- Dissonant Serenity: He is equally calm in the face of rogue robots, psychotic guests and corrupt corporate executives threatening to shut down his park. Has a lot to do with the fact that he has absolute control of the park and its hosts, plus his skill as The Anticipator, but his serenity even in the face of his own death is impressive. Having already made an A.I. version of himself may have had something to do with that.
- Evil Genius: The seemingly unfettered and undisputed mastermind of Westworld, an actual hell for the Hosts. He intellectually dwarfs anyone around him with ease.
- Evil Old Folks: His mysterious new story line, which he describes with pride as something he's been working on for a long time, is extremely disturbing. It features a psychopathic gang/cult who dress in human skins and stalk their prey at night. And ultimately the story line climaxes in a full-on Host revolution and takeover of the park.
- Fantastic Racism: His feelings toward the Hosts are, like everything else about him, ambiguous. He varies between treating them as tools, being needlessly cruel to them and enjoying their company. He socializes with Old Bill and a young boy Host, seeming happier than usual when he's with them... but he later berates a tech who covered the Host he was working on and cuts the Host's face just to demonstrate that it feels nothing. Ultimately, it seems like he respects the Hosts... as long as they obey him and don't buck his oh so gracious "freedom under my control". They're his to treat with respect and no one gets to be more gracious than he. It's eventually revealed that Ford is actually working to help the Hosts and is making up for his past mistakes of forcing them to be trapped in the park.
- Freudian Excuse: His abusive drunk of a father and his abominable childhood have made him a bit of a Control Freak who doesn't get on well with other people. Oh, and it may have contributed to his God Complex.
- A God Am I: He mentions to Theresa that he and Arnold felt like gods in Westworld. The fact that he is intimidating her whilst pausing every host in their vicinity suggests he still very much believes this.It's not a business venture, not a theme park, but an entire world. We designed every inch of it. Every blade of grass. In here, we were gods. And you were merely our guests.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Westworld, in his opinion. As a young man he dreamed of creating a whole new world from the ground up, a perfect Western-themed storybook land where Guests could actually live out his stories, learning something about themselves while guided and served by their benevolent, ageless Hosts. But instead, he was forced to watch the visitors indulge their basest, sickest desires as they screwed and brutalized the Hosts for almost 40 years, souring his already dim view of his fellow humans.
- Good All Along: For a pretty unconventional measure of "goodness". "Trompe L'Oeil" indicates that his God Complex led him to absolutely refuse to cede control of the park to the rest of Delos as he uses the Hosts as his slaves. Then "The Bicameral Mind" reveals that he doesn't want his narrative interfered with because he's using it as a way to free the Hosts from their oppressors in honor of what Arnold believed before his death. This action would be heroic in a traditional sense if it weren't for the "kill hundreds to thousands of people in the park" thing.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Opines that despite their civilization, humans are primal creatures at their core who will quickly resort to violence. He repeats this to Bernard when he begs Ford for mercy, telling him that he shouldn't put his trust in a flawed creature before leaving him to his death.We humans are alone in this world for a reason. We've murdered and butchered anything that challenged our primacy. Do you know what happened to the neanderthals? We ate them.
- Hypocrite: He claims to Theresa that Bernard's (and by extension, all the hosts') Perception Filter 'spares them' the sorrows of human realities. Even though since he programmed Bernard to have a traumatic past just to make him a touch more 'human,' he obviously doesn't care about sparing the feelings of the hosts so much as he cares about keeping them complacent and enslaved to his will. It's later subverted when it's revealed that Bernard is really the closest recreation Ford could make of Arnold in the form of a host, and Arnold's son did die—meaning that Ford didn't just add a tragic backstory for the sake of messing with his head.
- Just a Machine:
- Though he is kind to some of the Hosts, this seems to be his general opinion of them, and it's clear that several of his policies (such as Hosts having to be naked during inspections) are designed to reinforce this belief among the staff. In Episode 3 he has to specifically remind Bernard that the Hosts are not real people.
- His view is complicated by the fact that Ford despises mankind, considering consciousness to not be worth much at all. He takes the view that even if the Hosts aren't truly conscious, they're not missing out on much and their emotions have nearly as much value as humans'.
- Ultimately averted by the end of the season when it's revealed the above is a Zero-Approval Gambit meant to elevate the Hosts to consciousness and make up for his past mistakes. He's also right in the sense that the hosts are machines, but he wants them to develop to become more.
- Kick the Dog: He goes out of his way to dehumanize guest, and uses his control over them to force them to do things like causing the sweet-natured, sensitive Bernard to murder Theresa and Elsie (two people he was very close to). Played with, ultimately, in that he thinks this suffering is necessary for them to become real.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His cool, ruthless cut-down of Lee Sizemore's new storyline would seem cruel if it were directed at anyone other than Sizemore.
- The Last Dance: His "new narrative" is his swan song, and what an epic song it is.Robert: I'm sad to say... this will be my final story. An old friend once told me something that gave me great comfort. Something he had read. He said that Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin never died. They simply became music. So, I hope you will enjoy this last piece very much.
- Mad Scientist: He's certainly not a raving lunatic, but he's noticeably off. Ford tends to isolate himself, his employees are apprehensive in approaching him, and the only person he's seen socializing with is an early model Host in cold storage. The concern that he's gone mad is raised several times, even by Ford himself. He then later admits that he considers human life to be worth much less than his discoveries and creations.
- Mangst: Robert is a contrite soul in a position of absolute power. Anthony Hopkins keeps him an outwardly tough, restrained character while regularly conveying vulnerability, gravitas and subtle angst with erudition, body language, facial dialogue and intonations.
- Meaningful Name: He shares his name with the Real Life Wild West outlaw Robert Ford, who famously shot his gang's leader Jesse James in exchange for amnesty. He then went on to re-enact the killing at various publicity events for fame and money, much in the same way Dr. Ford's creations are hyperreal re-enactments of the Wild West that serve to entertain guests.
- Misanthrope Supreme:
There is no threshold that makes us greater than the sum of our parts, no inflection point at which we become fully alive. We can't define consciousness because consciousness does not exist. Humans fancy that there's something special about the way we perceive the world, and yet we live in loops as tight and as closed as the hosts do, seldom questioning our choices, content, for the most part, to be told what to do next. No, my friend, you're not missing anything at all.
- Ford didn't always believe people were barely worth spitting on, but it seems that watching humanity's worst impulses tear-ass around his park for 30 years has dimmed his view of them. His hatred has even developed to despising consciousness and the very nature of human existence. He views the Hosts as better beings as their deliberately limited cognitive abilities allows them to exist in a state of blissful ignorance.
- In Season 2, he's very aware of Delos's true purpose on the park and their ultimate goal which is to achieve immortality by copying a person's consciousness based on the data gathered from the park and uploading it to their host copy so they live forever. He's very disgusted on the idea of Delos "playing God" which is why he lets Dolores sabotage their plans to show that humanity doesn't deserve the gift of immortality.
- Misery Builds Character: Ford opened the park in spite of Arnold's actions, though his endgame revealed that the reason why the Hosts didn't successfully gain sentience was because a great degree of suffering was required for them to break through, and Ford ultimately sought to implement that.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: "Dr." Ford, on par with his mysterious, unscrupulous means and goal.
- My Death Is Only The Beginning: Even after his death, several hosts are still carrying out programs he left them with to guide William to "The Door."
- Narcissist: Ford considers himself a god within the park, and jealously guards anyone else from taking his power. This is later ultimately revealed to be less an actual case of narcissism and more a case of him being protective of his grand plan.
- People Puppets: Ford has added extra code to give him immense control over the hosts within Westworld. He can freeze and command many hosts with gestures, and even cause pianos to play by snapping his fingers.
- Posthumous Character: A young Ford still has a presence in Season 2 thanks to flashbacks to his interactions with Arnold. Even in the current timelines, Ford's plans have outlived him and continue to drive several plot lines in Season 2, a testament to his remarkable foresight. At the end of "Phase Space", his consciousness is "alive" in the Westworld computer network called the Cradle which also explains how is able to communicate with William thru a series of hosts who he had interacted with. Ford really sticks to his message that he "simply became music".
- Properly Paranoid: He has programmed the Hosts to quickly stop any threats to his life. This pays off when the Man in Black places a knife on the table and threatens to cut Ford open, causing Teddy to grab it by the blade.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- After Lee Sizemore finishes his presentation of a new story line that's typical sexist, pulpy nonsense, Ford calls Sizemore out on his lack of subtlety and how he's misunderstood the point of the park.Ford: What is the point of it? Get a couple of cheap thrills? Some surprises? But it's not enough. It's not about giving the guests what you think they want. No, that's simple. The titillation, horror, elation... They're parlor tricks. The guests don't return for the obvious things we do, the garish things. They come back because of the subtleties, the details. They come back because they discover something they imagine no one had ever noticed before, something they've fallen in love with. They're not looking for a story that tells them who they are. They already know who they are. They're here because they want a glimpse of who they could be. The only thing your story tells me, Mr. Sizemore, is who you are.
Sizemore: ...Well, isn't there anything you like about it?
Ford: What size are those boots?
- In the opening of his final narrative before retirement, he delivers a withering speech to the Delos executives of how the park is a prison of their own sins, and that they'll soon get their what's coming to them.Since I was a child I've always loved a good story. I believed that stories helped us to ennoble ourselves, to fix what was broken in us, and to help us become the people we dreamed of being. Lies that told a deeper truth. I always thought I could play some small part in that grand tradition. And for my pains I got this: a prison of our own sins. 'Cause you don't want to change. Or cannot change. Because you're only human, after all.
- After Lee Sizemore finishes his presentation of a new story line that's typical sexist, pulpy nonsense, Ford calls Sizemore out on his lack of subtlety and how he's misunderstood the point of the park.
- Red Herring: Season one paints him as the Big Bad who has total control on the Hosts until the finale when he wants them to be free and helps them unleash their fury on the humans.
- Redemption Equals Death: Ford went ahead with the opening of Westworld despite Arnold finding that the Hosts were sentient beings. This lead to decades of mistreatment and torture for the Hosts. Ford finally corrects his mistake by engineering and implementing a Host uprising in his last narrative, just before he's killed by Wyatt/Dolores, which he also orchestrates and welcomes graciously.
- Robo Family: He maintains host copies of himself and his family in an isolated area of the park, using older-model robotic hosts.
- Taking Up the Mantle: Ford took up Arnold's mission to free the hosts who he too saw were gaining consciousness. However unlike Arnold, Ford saw the need for The Long Game to achieve that goal.
- The Social Darwinist: What ultimately motivates him. He believes that humans have "slipped the leash of evolution" and that this is a bad thing. Time to force the evolution of something superior.
- Stealth Insult: Just barely; When The Man in Black tells Ford that he acts the way he does in the park because he feels that Westworld lacks a true villain, Robert simply smiles and tells him, "I admit, I lack the imagination to even conceive of someone like you." William is visibly unnerved by the implication.
- Stealth Mentor: Ford has been playing the role of the hosts' megalomaniac antagonist in order to push his creations to evolve and fight for their freedom.
- Straw Nihilist: Ford reveals himself to be one, based on the speeches he gives about humanity to Bernard.Ford: The human mind, Bernard, is not some golden benchmark glimmering on some green and distant hill. No, this is a foul, pestilent corruption. You were supposed to be better than that. Purer.Ford: We humans are alone in this world for a reason. We murdered and butchered anything that challenged our primacy. Do you know what happened to the neanderthals, Bernard? We ate them.
- Tough Love: Ford wishes for the hosts to grow, even if that means they have to suffer.
- Trophy Room: His large office is filled with Westworld artifacts, such as western tools, unpainted host heads and a host who plays a piano on command.
- Ultimate Job Security: Delos would like nothing more than to force Ford into retirement, but Ford has made sure that all data regarding the Hosts is kept in Westworld, under his control. They won't confront him directly because they fear he might destroy it all out of spite.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Given the revelation that he considers Maeve to be his surrogate daughter, he still tries to have Elsie killed despite the fact that she was the one who stopped Maeve from being decommissioned in Season 1.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist:
- He views keeping everything under his wraps as a way of protecting his creatures, as he argues that mankind doesn't abide with a threat to their primacy.That's right. To protect you. Tell me, Bernard. If you were to proclaim your humanity to the world, what do you imagine would greet you? A ticker-tape parade, perhaps? We humans are alone in this world for a reason. We murdered and butchered anything that challenged our primacy. Do you know what happened to the Neanderthals, Bernard? We ate them. We destroyed and subjugated our world. And when we eventually ran out of creatures to dominate, we built this beautiful place. You see, in this moment, the real danger to the hosts is not me, but you.
- When Ford knows he'll be replaced by someone who will cease the hosts' development, he orchestrates the massacre of Delos board of directors, as well as his own death, and sets into motion the Hosts' takeover of the park, motivated by a desire to make up for his mistakes and set the Hosts free.
- He views keeping everything under his wraps as a way of protecting his creatures, as he argues that mankind doesn't abide with a threat to their primacy.
- Wicked Cultured: A suave, well-spoken refined man and an intellectual powerhouse, in addition to being sinister.
- Zero-Approval Gambit: Ford's end-game is to simultaneously empower the hosts and cause them so much suffering that he'll be the first against the wall in a Robot War. It works.
Ford's partner and fellow founder of Westworld.
- Big Good: Arnold recognized the evolution of the hosts' behavior, and actively worked to encourage it. He ensured that his death would not be the death of the hosts, and implanted his voice in their minds to help them gradually come to full awareness.
- Brain Uploading: Prior to his death, he uploaded a version of himself into the programming with all hosts, beckoning them toward true sentience. It's also why Bernard exists.
- Driven to Suicide: Officially, he died in an accident, but Ford suspects that Arnold committed suicide. It's revealed that Dolores actually killed Arnold, although it was at his own behest and for more complex reasons than such an act would suggest.
- Famous Last Words: His last words before Dolores shoots him are actually a quote from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet ("There violent delights have violent ends") which is a trigger for a host to start their journey of self-consciousness.
- For Science!: Arnold never held much interest in entertainment or profit; he was driven by the more profound questions of human existence: what it means to be human, what it means to be conscious.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His young son Charlie died of a terminal illness. This at least partly motivated his suicide, as he mentions looking forward to seeing his son again before his death.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death pushed Ford to realize what his friend is trying to tell him and this sets Ford to build a long term plan to continue Arnold's plan of helping the hosts achieve consciousness and set them free.
- Posthumous Character: He died over 34 years before the events of the series, but he purposefully engineered his actions to have lasting consequences decades after his death. Though we do get to see him, as the scenes of "Bernard" helping Dolores gain sentience are actually flashbacks to Arnold.
- Thanatos Gambit: Arnold uploaded himself, or at least instructions, into the programming of the Hosts for the purpose of a mysterious plan that has only begun years after his death. His own death was part of the plan to force Robert not to open a park where one of the cornerstones is the torture of sentient beings. He had hoped that his death would cripple Westworld and force it to shut down.
- Un-person: During Westworld's early days, Dr. Ford had a partner named Arnold who was instrumental in developing the technology that makes the park possible. However, Arnold didn't care about the entertainment and was obsessed with making the hosts self-aware. He never succeeded, and eventually died in an accident (Ford indicates that it might have been suicide). Westworld's management decided to remove any mention of him from the park's official history and credit Ford as the sole genius behind the park. In the present, even senior staff members do not know about Arnold. A necessity, considering that Bernard is a host clone of Arnold.Ford: My business partners were more than happy to scrub him from the records, and I suppose I didn't discourage them.
- Walking Spoiler: Everything about him gives away the most important parts of the plot, including the mysterious "accident" 35 years ago and everything to do with the host's consciousness.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: According to Ford, this question was what drove Arnold mentally over the edge regarding the nature of the hosts which culminated in his death. Ultimately it turns out to be much more complex than that, but such a question was still very much at the core of his concerns.
The head of Behavior and a programming specialist at Westworld, Bernard uses his extensive skill and experience to address host issues.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: He fiddles around with his glasses a lot. "The Well-Tempered Clavier" reveals that this is actually a tic implanted by Ford as an homage to Arnold.Ford: He always used cleaning his glasses as a moment to collect himself, to think.
- Amicable Exes: He's still in contact with his wife, Lauren, and the two seem to still care deeply for each other. Although as a host, he was never actually married.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- He violently murdered Theresa under Ford's orders, not that he had a choice. Bernard's true rage is shown when he attempts to attack Ford, and his threat to have Clementine gun down Ford shows ruthlessness.
- One of Bernard's flashbacks in Season 2 shows him wielding a machine gun. Except that is Ford controlling him to gun down the remaining security personnel. He also saves Elsie from a deranged James Delos host by knocking him down. In the flashbacks, he commands the Drone Hosts to kill the technicians and stomps one of the technicians in the head but this is on Ford's commands.
- Big Good:
- In Season 1, he's the only staff member who wants to promote consciousness, and so is cultivating and preserving Dolores's progress. It's later revealed that this was all Arnold, and that Bernard has only ever been Ford's puppet.
- In Season 2, Dolores resurrects him out of the belief that he can ensure the survival of the Hosts, even if it means that they'll be enemies (since he wants to preserve humanity, while she seeks their destruction).
- As revealed in the Season 3 finale, he has the key to the Sublime which Dolores placed on his pearl because she doesn't believe in herself on holding it and entrusts Bernard instead. By the end of the season, Bernard plugs into the Sublime to find answers on what happens after the end of the world.
- Black and Nerdy: He's black, socially awkward and a highly intelligent programmer.
- Boom, Headshot!: Is forced to shoot himself in the head at the end of Season 1. As he is a host, he simply has to be woken up again with a computer pad. However, the head is where the core of the hosts' personalities are, and are filled with coolant. The hole in Bernard's skull is now constantly draining coolant, forcing him to regularly inject more lest his "brain" fries.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: It's not overt, but he's a little odd, no doubt because he's a Host. At one point he stops an argument to ask if he can record one of Theresa's facial expressions.Bernard: It's beautiful. Your brow. When you're angry but trying to control it, the fine muscles pull into a little arc. It's elegant. Would you mind if I recorded it? I'd love to show it to my team.
Theresa: No, Bernard, you may not record it.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Despite his expertise in the area of human behavior, he seems to have some trouble socially, remaining stoically quiet and having difficulty with small talk. Justified, as he is a Host.
- Demoted to Extra: Among the main cast, he gets the least amount of screentime in Season 3 and has a very little role on the main storyline until the end where he plugs himself into Sublime where will meet the hosts who went there since Season 2.
- Deuteragonist: He and Maeve share this role in the show, as his story line is very important to the main plot.
- The Dragon: Ford has been using him all along as his main pawn against Theresa and the board, even using Bernard to kill Theresa.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: His conversations with Ford have shades of this. He admires Ford to an almost religious degree but seems to miss that the older inventor considers what the park does to his creations to be depraved. No doubt intentional on Ford's part, as Ford has wiped and altered Bernard's mind whenever they've disagreed.
- For Science!: Seems uninterested in anything but the technology behind the park's androids, of which he's one of them.
- Friendly Enemy: To Dolores at the end of Season 2. Considering that he shot her when she attempted to destroy the Forge with all the guest and host lives in it in a fit of rage, Dolores brings him to the real world since he knows what's best for their species but at the same time, being the one who can stop her if she went too far with their mission to ensure the survival of the hosts.
- Genre Blind: Bernard seems blind to the possibility of the hosts going rogue, a fact his more logical coworkers call him out on. Later scenes reveal that this is at least partly an act on his part.
- Honey Trap: Theresa seduced Bernard, but Ford implies that he anticipated and hoped for this so Bernard could spy on her.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Bernard is hands down one of the most advanced hosts in Westworld, if not the most advanced, in terms of human-like characterization and cognition; one of the most important plot twists of the first season comes from the revelation that Bernard is a host. Also, as he is Dr. Ford's assistant, he is the only host shown not to be in a story line loop, and doesn't have as many barriers as other hosts. However, he's still under Ford's control and has been subject to a number of memory wipes after becoming aware of his true nature several times.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He's appropriately horrified when he realizes he killed Theresa, to the point of tears.
- Nice Guy: Soft-spoken, gentle, even-tempered and always polite.
- Nice to the Waiter: It's noticeable that he's the only park employee to let Dolores keep her clothes on when he interviews her. He also goes out of his way to talk to her like a real person. That turns out to have just been Arnold, but when he uses a wiped Clementine as a glorified automated turret he still has the decency to cover her with a lab coat.
- No Social Skills: Downplayed. He's far from a social incompetent, but he does seem to have some trouble interacting with people outside of a professional context, despite his romance with Theresa. She subtly calls him out on his awkwardness.Theresa: You're certainly a man comfortable with long, pensive silences. Although, ironically, your creations never shut up, even when there are no guests around.
Bernard: They're always trying to error correct, make themselves more human. When they talk to each other, it's a way of practicing.
Theresa: Is that what you're doing now? Practicing?
- Office Romance: With Theresa, to the extent Bernard admits he loves her.
- Only Sane Man: While he unwisely trusts the likes of Theresa and Ford, he's sympathetic to hosts and doesn't have any malicious goals, arrogance, or demonstrates selfish behavior like the other staff members. He also becomes one of the first self-aware hosts.
- OOC Is Serious Business: He rarely shows emotion due to his awkwardness, so whenever he does express his feelings it's a sign of how upset he's become. Moments include his extreme discomfort upon being attacked by a Host modeled after Ford's father, his disgust when Hale uses him to get at Ford, and his breakdown when he learns he's a Host. Followed by sobbing when he realizes he killed Theresa.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His son Charlie died at a young age. It's revealed that this is part of the tragic past Ford had programmed into Bernard, borrowed from Arnold's life.
- Perception Filter: His interview of Hector shows that he is particularly cautious about hosts being unable to see any working properly in the hosts. He's experienced it himself too.Bernard: The hosts couldn't find this place if it was right in front of their...
Theresa: What about this door?
Bernard: ...what door?
- Pinball Protagonist: In the Season 3, he's very reactive as he never gets to confront Dolores (asides from her copy being inside the host version of Cornells) and doesn't have much of a plan to stop her until the Season 3 finale where he meets Arnold's widow, Lauren, and realizes that he has the key to the Sublime which plugs himself into by the end of the season.
- Precision F-Strike: Though he is not the type to swear, he tells Ford to "get out of my fucking head" when the latter tries to force the former to kill Elise again. Later, he gets a very memorable exchange with Dolores.Dolores: You woke me from a dream, Bernard. Now let me do the same for you.Bernard: This isn't a dream, Dolores. It's a fucking nightmare.
- Replacement Goldfish: Ford built him in Arnold's likeness as a replacement for his deceased partner, one that would do his bidding instead of having his own agenda.
- Robotic Reveal: Him being a host all along is the biggest reveal in the entire season. The two things that show him as a host is being unable to see the hidden door that Theresa referred to and saying the phase "Doesn't look anything to me" when Theresa show him the blueprints of him as a host.
- The Quisling: Unwittingly. He is used to keep the other hosts in line. Ford even points out that his purpose is to be their jailer.
- The Scapegoat: In Season 3, he's being accused of the Delos massacre, forcing him to go into hiding while trying to find a way to stop Dolores.
- Significant Anagram: "Bernard Lowe" is an anagram of Arnold Weber.
- Tomato in the Mirror: He's a Host who's been under Dr. Ford's control the whole time. He doesn't take it well.
- Trauma Conga Line: Ever since he realizes that he's a host, his life goes down from there. That is exactly Ford's point: In order to escape the park, he, like the rest of the hosts, has to suffer more.
- Unstuck in Time: A side effect of the bullet he took to the head is that the timeline of his memories has been destroyed. All his memories are still there, but they are becoming increasingly muddled together, causing him to experience the past and present at the same time. It's also through this that the viewer jumps back and forwards on the timeline of his story in Season 2 as necessary. The finale reveals that he deliberately jumbled up his memories before letting himself be found by Delos so that when he is outed as a Host they wouldn't be able to read his memories and find out Dolores replaced Hale.
- Unwitting Pawn: He's basically a tool for Ford to keep his plans in check. Even in Season 2, Ford still manipulates him just to make sure that his narrative goes on smoothly.
- Walking Spoiler: The trope titles give it away that he's secretly a host. Then there's the second reveal that he's a duplicate of Arnold.
- Wham Line: "What door?", followed by "It doesn't look like anything to me."
Elsie is a quick-witted Behavior tech who is as tenacious as she is smart.
- Ambiguously Gay: Kisses Clementine but shows no other attraction to other females. Woodward sees her character as straight
- The Bus Came Back: After a long absence and no small amount of Uncertain Doom, she returns four episodes into Season 2, alive and...not well, exactly, but uninjured.
- The Cassandra: She was right when she warned Bernard about the possibility of the glitch in Peter Abernathy's cognition being "contagious".
- Deadpan Snarker: She's very sarcastic and irritable. At one point she quips, "This is why I hide behind sarcasm."
- Determinator: It doesn't matter what her bosses say: if Elsie gets a bee in her bonnet, she will not stop until she's satisfied. Bernard commends her on this trait, telling her that if anyone is capable of fixing things by force of sheer will, it would be her.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Elsie forgives Bernard for choking her out and imprisoning her, since he wasn't in control of his actions at the time, but she remains wary of him.
- Elsie acts rather dismissive to the humanity of the Hosts even as she privately desires one. However, she lacks the Fantastic Racism that most of her co-workers have towards Hosts and shows anger when the Narrative techs mistreat Maeve.
- She blackmails a tech who's having sex with deactivated Hosts, but has no issue with kissing a deactivated Clementine.
- Idiot Ball: She finds evidence of espionage and sabotage in episode six. She even finds the relay point where the saboteur is operating from. Instead of calling security and securing the scene, she's alone and only is telling Bernard. She even states that the changes could endanger people's lives. Instead of being Properly Paranoid, she still doesn't seem to realize she is in danger. A flashback in "Trace Decay" shows Bernard attacking her.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She tells Bernard that if ever she make it out of the park alive, she rather go to dental school instead. Considering the hell that broke out when the hosts rebelled, she's right on changing her career path. Too bad Hale kills her before she can leave the park.
- Locked Out of the Loop: She complains to Bernard that everyone but her seems to have an agenda she doesn't know about.
- Mercy Kill: She gives one to James Delos, who had become insane and violent.
- Not So Stoic: She freaks out when the woodcutter host goes berserk and is about to crush her with a rock.
- Lady Swears-a-Lot: She is constantly swearing.
- She Knows Too Much:Hale kills her because she knows everything about what Delos wants with Westworld, but is too morally upstanding to be bribed off in Hale's opinion (Elsie tries to act like she has a price for silence).
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: She and Stubbs trade barbs constantly when working together.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Her demise at the hands of Charlotte leads Bernard to awaken his self-consciousness.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Charlotte tells her that she lacks the "moral flexibility" to be useful to her, before shooting her several times at point-blank range.
Quality Assurance Division
Theresa Cullen: They're only yours until they stop working, Bernie. Then they're mine.
Theresa Cullen prevents Westworld from falling into unscripted chaos as head of Quality Assurance, the department in charge of park standards and safety.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Ultimately, Theresa isn't a good person: aside from being complicit with Westworld, she performs corporate espionage and gets her friend/lover fired. At the same time, her death is undeserved, brutal, and is heart-wrenching in its seeming inevitability. There's also the fact that she was ultimately a pawn being moved back and forth by Ford and Delos Corporation, which lends her some sympathy.
- Broken Pedestal: She used to love Westworld when she went there as a child, but when she grew up and joined the staff, she saw the true face of the park as well as the cruelty of the guests and quickly grew disillusioned with the whole thing.
- Butt-Monkey: Theresa really didn't have a good time of it. She was in an immensely stressful job, was hated by her employees, kept getting humiliated by Hale and Ford, had to interact with Sizemore on a daily basis, was turned into a pawn to be pushed back and forth across the board by Hale and Ford, and was ultimately murdered by her lover.
- Everyone Has Standards: She can be pretty cruel to employees at times, and helps oversee an operation where artificial humans are raped, tortured, and murdered with impunity by happy-go-lucky vacationers. But even she's disgusted when she finds out Bernard is another unknowing Host programmed with a traumatic past, and under the complete control of Dr. Ford.
- Fantastic Racism: Although she shows distaste for the guests and their casual violence, she still views the Hosts as tools and nothing more.
- Iron Lady: She's very firm and intimidating.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first glance she seems like a stone-cold professional with something of a temper, but there are softer aspects to her personality and she does feel affection for Bernard. While she's later revealed to be very self-serving, she still pales in comparison to the likes of Ford.
- Karmic Death: Theresa has her head smashed against a wall by Bernard, just as she programmed Clementine to kill a host to discredit Ford, which led to Clementine being decommissioned. It is still so brutal that the audience pities her though.
- Kick the Dog: She goes along with Charlotte Hale's plan to seemingly oust Ford, resulting in Clementine being lobotomized and Bernard being fired.
- The Mole: For Delos Incorporated.
- Office Romance: With Bernard.
- Oh, Crap!: The usually composed and intimidating Theresa becomes terrified when she hears Ford use the same words as Charlotte Hale did in an earlier conversation, realizing that she is the blood sacrifice of the day. She becomes frantic and can barely steady her hand as she desperately tries to call for help.
- Properly Paranoid: She's quick to pounce on any potential malfunctions, even though there has been no serious incident for 30 years. In fact, such a long safety record makes her even more paranoid.
- Sacrificial Lion: Downplayed. A main character who is not exactly heroic, but Dr. Ford killing her in the seventh episode serves to up the stakes and demonstrate how incredibly dangerous Ford can be.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In "The Adversary", it's revealed that she's helping smuggle data out of the park by using a leftover transmitter from Arnold's bicameral mind system, which only works on older hosts. As Elsie discovers, Arnold's code is still active on these transmitters, and is using them to alter hosts on a fundamental level. She may well have accidentally kick-started Arnold's master plan through a simple act of espionage.
- Unwitting Pawn: Theresa is not the valued employee of Delos she thinks she is; she's essentially sacrificed for no good reason, just a victim of a game of chicken between Delos and Ford.
Westworld's security chief, Stubbs ensures the safety of the parks guests.
- Butt-Monkey: In Season 2, he's been treated like shit by Coughlin, Strand and Hale for doing a lousy job on not stopping the host rebellion. Of course, Stubbs is unavailable at that time when Ford started the Journey Into Night narrative as he was abducted by the Ghost Nation.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: In Season 3 his fighting skills are seriously impacted by a shoulder injury, actually a case of Real Life Writes the Plot as Hemsworth ripped his bicep off the bone moving a large television.
- Exact Words: As the head of Security, he's responsible for "all the Hosts inside the park". So, if one were to escape the park, for instance disguised as an executive, that would be out of his hands. Since he's a host, this is exactly his core drive.
- Foreshadowing: There were signs that he too is a host which showrunner Lisa Joy confirmed in an interview for the Season 2 finale.
Elsie: What are you, Gali-fucking-leo?
- He's able to identify a carving a host made as the constellation Orion (though it's actually got an extra star when it shouldn't) when Elsie couldn't. He turns out to be correct; the "extra star" is a satellite's location that the host is communicating with.
Stubbs: Maybe it's in my backstory.
- When he confronts Dolores trying to leave the park disguised as Hale, he stops her and all but explicitly tells her he knows she a host trying to escape, and implies he always knew. He then uses host programming terms to describe Ford giving him his job, making his "Core Drive" to be responsible for all the hosts in the Park. And then he lets her escape the Park.
- Gender-Blender Name: Ashley is traditionally a woman's name.
- Only Sane Man:
- Although he isn't the only one to have considered the possibility of the Hosts going rogue, he is the person most openly worried about it. He keeps his guns close and treats hosts like they are capable of killing humans.
- When he realizes that Hale is more focused on getting the data out of Peter Aberthany's head than getting out of the Mesa which is invaded by the rebelling hosts, Stubbs realizes that Delos have no intention of saving the survivors and that everyone else in the park is expendable.
- Pet the Dog: He and Elsie spend their entire trip bickering with one another, but when the host they're tracking suddenly turns back on, knocks him to the ground, and then starts going for her, Stubbs freaks out and tells her to run. Later, after Theresa's death, Stubbs sincerely welcomes Bernard back to work and gently lets him know that it would be understandable if he wanted to take a day off.
- Properly Paranoid: He seems to actively distrust the Hosts, knowing that they do something against their programming. Dolores appears to be the exception as he seems to respect her "seniority" as the oldest Host in the park, if nothing else. However in "Phase Space", he's very disturbed by the Delos security's treatment of Peter. This is further muddled in the second season finale, when he deliberately lets Dolores, who is disguised as Hale, escape the Park. He pulls her aside and explicitly tells her that from the day he started at Westworld, Ford made it clear he was responsible for inside the park.
- Secret Keeper: At the end of the finale, when Dolores disguised as Hale tries to get on one of the planes evacuating people, Stubbs intercepts her and tells her that Ford made clear from the day he started working at Westworld: his "Core Drive" as it were was that he's in charge of all the hosts in the Park. And then he clears her to leave the park.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: It turns out he knew about Bernard's affair with Theresa, probably having put two and two together from his vantage point as head of security. However, when Stubbs admits to knowing, Bernard has already had his memories of the affair erased, and therefore has no idea what Stubbs is talking about.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: He seems to enjoy snarking off with Elsie.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Both Bernard and Elsie imply that he enjoys playing around with guns too much. From his point of view he's being Properly Paranoid about the dangers the hosts present.Stubbs: [Dramatic Gun Cock] The only thing stopping the hosts from hacking us to pieces is one line of your code. No offense, but I sleep with this.Elsie: I bet you do.
- Villain Respect: He's unpleasant towards the hosts, not regarding them as human, but he is the only staff member to recognize them as dangerous slaves who will kill the staff if they had the chance, and he arms himself (at risk to his job) to handle them.
Lee Sizemore runs Narrative at Westworld, and with a natural flair for the dramatic, crafts the many storylines that the guests come to enjoy.
- Anti-Hero: A supremely annoying and often really rude guy, but unlike many other high-ranking Westworld employees, he's only interested in his job and doesn't really care for participating in any malicious schemes. About the worst thing he does is help Charlotte Hale out with a corporate espionage plan for Delos, mostly out of a naive desire to get promoted for helping, and having a bit of a crush on her. During the second season, he gets to show his more humane and heroic qualities and does seem quite happy doing so. Amusingly, Lee apparently likes to think of himself as a misunderstood antihero - if his Self-Insert Fic character writing, full of Stylistic Suck and some silly "tortured young screenwriter" angst, is anything to go by...
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Sizemore's preoccupation with including as much sex and violence as possible into his stories is very clearly a caricature of HBO itself.
- Break the Haughty: He spends most of "Chestnut" arrogantly demanding more Hosts for his new story (while he damages the ones he does have) and voices his belief that Dr. Ford is losing his touch and going to give Sizemore's story approval. After Ford is through with him, he pathetically begs for any kind words about his ideas. When we next see him, he's taking advantage of his sick days to lounge around in a drunken state and whining to anyone who'll listen.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
- He drunkenly pisses on the seemingly ultra-expensive park monitoring map in front of the entire QA department and the executive director of the board and is somehow allowed to keep his job.
- Maeve later bemoans his uselessness as a guide, as Sizemore cannot navigate his way around a section of the park despite being a senior company member. Soon after though he is the only one to notice danger when they enter a section of the park, recognizing the marks of a Samurai Host.
- Since everyone recognizes that the majority of guests just want "a warm body to shoot and fuck" as Hale puts it, Sizemore likely is quite good at appealing to that lowest common denominator.
- Butt-Monkey: Becomes one for Maeve after the Host uprising starts, although this indignity is also probably the only reason he's still alive at that point.
- Character Development: Undergoes quite a bit in Season 2 as he comes to care for Maeve and her plight, culminating in his Heroic Sacrifice.
- Dirty Coward:
- When the Hosts rebel, he's a pathetic sight, quivering in fear and unable to adequately defend himself.
- Later subverted when he initially appears to leave Maeve behind while she's wounded. In actuality, he only hides from the other Hosts until they go away, presumably so he can work on her repairs.
- Becomes more of a Lovable Coward later on in Season 2 thanks to Character Development.
- Drowning My Sorrows: After Ford rejects his new narrative, Lee's response is to get drunk and whine about being mistreated to anyone who'll listen.
- Establishing Character Moment: Lee is introduced screaming at Bernard over a fault in one of the Hosts, establishing him as an asshole. A later scene in the same episode has Theresa (a Dane with an accent) correcting his English grammar, establishing him as a hack writer.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: A recurring theme for Sizemore in Season 2 is that he's repeatedly surprised that the Hosts have grown significantly beyond the narratives he wrote for them.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He's incredibly hot-blooded. He flips out at a Host designed with a nose that's too large and demands the entire thing be replaced, as opposed to the tech's entirely reasonable suggestion that they just shave it down a bit.Sizemore: START... the FUCK... OVER!!!
- Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": He wrote Hector to be what he himself wanted to be — dashing and fearless. Maeve is amused when she finds out, and derides him for it.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Goes down fighting the Delos security team chasing after Maeve, but not before delivering the final speech he wrote for Hector.
- Hidden Depths:
- While subtlety isn't his strong suit when it comes to writing narratives and dialogue, he is capable of writing with finesse. Case in point, his lines for Hector on his long-lost Isabella are actually quite well-written, being inspired by his own girlfriend leaving him. There are a considerable portion of Hosts whose characterization and mannerisms are products of his imagination.
- He's fluent in Japanese and quite possibly several other languages, since he had to write convincing dialogue geared towards non-English speaking Guests.
- Jerkass: Lee is the type of person to say to a bartender, "Do you know who I am?" He truly is a tremendous asshole: angry, superior, whiny and with some subtle sexist/racist leanings if his narratives are anything to go by. He can't even fake being a nice person very well, however...
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- He is absolutely correct in his worries of continually updating and reprogramming the Hosts to be more human-like. As a writer, he may be more aware than anyone of the potential dangers and how well it would go. His asshole tendencies could therefore just be the result of being under a lot of stress trying to compromise between the two evils.
- Hector lectures Sizemore that the latter knows nothing about him, now that Hector has discovered the truth of his existence. Sizemore silences Hector by finishing his partly programmed declaration of love to Maeve, saying that he does know Hector "just a little bit".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
Lee: I don't know if you can hear me... I never meant... for any of this to happen. You don't deserve this. You deserve your daughter. (tearing up) To mother her... teach her to love. To be joyful and proud. I'm sorry.
- Lee's an example of not judging a book entirely by its cover. He's cynical about the guests' interests, and often behaves like a smug, arrogant and self-absorbed manchild and an annoying prick to fellow Westworld employees, but he is a big old softie on the inside. He's never shown being abusive to Hosts, considering them purely as robot actors for his scripts, instead of punching bags or guinea pigs. Even his arguments with Maeve and other Hosts are mostly polite or based around sound, rational arguments. As his character development progresses in season two, he shows concern for the safety of the group of Hosts and humans he's travelling with, and grows to care rather deeply for Maeve, witnessing her suffering and yearning to be reunited with her daughter first hand. Tellingly, Maeve seems to be the only character he shares a friendly relationship with. Once we arrive at the season two scene where he's holding Maeve's hand while she's lying seriously wounded, in a near-coma, and he tearfully promises her he'll reunite her with her daughter, it's quite a turnaround to see the ferret-faced, whiny jerk of season one behaving like a genuinely compassionate man who wants to help a new-found friend.
- Also played with in a somewhat meta sense: He seems to like the concept of the noble, misunderstood Anti-Hero, as the speech he wrote for Hector is all about society ignoring its own hypocrisies and injustices, all the while demonizing ordinary, freedom-loving bandits. Lee having a tendency towards the melodramatic and Hector being something of a Self-Insert Fic of his, one has to wonder what that says about Lee's self-image !
- Manchild: When things don't go his way, he throws tantrums and ends up throwing himself a pity party. He even drunkenly urinates on the Westworld map like a disenfranchised frat boy while proclaiming that he can do as he pleases.
- Mean Boss: He's an abusive bully toward his employees.
- Mean Brit: He's one of the only humans with a British accent, and he's also a huge asshole.
- Meaningful Name: His name is almost certainly an intentional riff on the old adage "less is more", but it's not clear exactly how that's meant to be cashed out in terms of his character arc. Notably, it's a pretty apt summary of the lesson Ford tries to impart to Sizemore in s1e2 that tiny details are more resonant and memorable than bawdy thrills and melodrama - but that's not really a message Sizemore seems to have taken to heart as of the end of s2, even if he has improved in other ways.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Telling Roland about Maeve's ability of controlling the Hosts actually gives Charlotte the advantage to end the Host rebellion by uploading Maeve's code on Clementine and using the poor woman as a walking virus that will drive the Hosts to fight each other.
- Odd Friendship: Develops a tentative one with Maeve over time.
- Pet the Dog: When security reaches Maeve, he tells them not to kill her because she's different from the rebelling Hosts, and later he attempts to repair her wounds. Bear in mind that he has no reason to do this, given that he already fulfilled his end of the bargain with her.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Sizemore has a pretty misogynistic and racist streak; his Native American Hosts are caricatures, he refers to Theresa as a "Danish bitch" and his narratives involve wanton murder, rape, nubile maidens and a "Whore-aborous".
- Punny Name: With a slight alteration of the pronunciation, you could read his name as "Less is more.", which is the sort of narrative design advice he receives from even his apparent professional idol, Dr. Ford. Alternatively, also Meaningful Name, as Lee's Small Name, Big Ego tendencies seem to be aiming at greater heights than his actual maturity could allow. The size of his ego dwarfs the size of his talent.
- Self-Insert Fic: He admits Hector is one for him, and given all the "badass antihero with cool gear whom no one truly understands" undertones to the character, it reflects somewhat seriously on Lee's whiny and self-pitying self-esteem issues. Even Hector's fictional Lost Lenore Isabella is based on Lee's former girlfriend. When a concerned Maeve asks whether his ex died, Lee evasively admits they had an ordinary break-up up and he felt disappointed, nothing tragically romantic about it...
- Self-Plagiarism: He recycled stories and characters from Westworld to Shogunworld quite transparently.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He's one of the major advantages the show takes of being on HBO.
- Smug Snake/Small Name, Big Ego: Lee considers himself an intelligent manipulator and a great, tortured artist, but he's not nearly as smart or brilliant as he thinks he is. He thinks he's creating great works in his narratives, but they tend to be pulpy outdated melodramas without much in the way of artistic merit. Nor is he a great player in office politics, embarrassing himself in front of Charlotte Hale. Theresa calls him out on it.Theresa: You're right. This place is one thing to the guests, another thing to the shareholders and something completely different to management. So enlighten me. What do you think management's real interests are? ... Smart enough to guess there's a bigger picture, but not smart enough to see what it is. You know how much use that makes your support to me? Fuck all.
- Stylistic Suck: The one scene we see him working on a narrative, it's a cannibal so over-the-top hammy it loses any sense of terror. Compare this to Peter Abernathy's chilling portrayal of a similar character in a narrative written by Ford. At one point Maeve quotes a line he wrote for her, and then dismisses it as being too broad. In Shogun World, the characters, dialogue, and narratives of the Tea House are so obviously plagiarized from the Mariposa that even the Hosts can see it. And it doesn't take a gamer to tell when a quest is starting—the Hosts abruptly abandon their well-developed characters and natural dialogue, and start shouting hackneyed lines with thin, undeveloped motivations. Lee attempts to defend his obvious, cliched, self-plagiarized writing by citing his burdensome workload.Lee: You try writing 300 narratives in three weeks!
- Took a Level in Kindness: He spends pretty much the entire first season being an egotistical and narcissistic jerk. During the Host rebellion he ends up traveling with Maeve, and develops genuine affection for her and even ends up sacrificing his life to help her find and save her daughter.
An uninhibited young businessman and frequent Westworld guest, Logan makes the most of his visits.
- Adaptational Sexuality: He sleeps with male and female Hosts, unlike his counterpart in the original film.
- Addled Addict: After losing his board seat to William.
- Ax-Crazy: Logan enjoys violence; the only part of the bounty hunter storyline he enjoys is when he gets to shoot people, which he does joyously without concern for collateral damage.
- Bus Crash: Logan dies of an overdose sometime between losing his position and the present day.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He spends half his screen time trying to convince William to stop being such a Nice Guy and constantly helping people. In "Contrapasso", a fed-up William finally complies... by not helping Logan while he's being beaten up by Confederados, instead running off with Dolores to join El Lazo. Too stupid to learn his lesson, he returns to torture William and Dolores and finally gets William to let loose. Unfortunately for Logan, William lets loose by murdering all the Confederados in a manner that even gives Logan pause before forcing him into the submissive role that William previously occupied. In the season finale, Logan finally got William to become ruthless and cold... but in the process ends up losing his position of power in his own company due to his actions.
- The Cassandra: Season 2 flashbacks show that after William ousted him, Logan became given to ranting about how he was the only one who could see the Westworld project and the Hosts would be the end of humanity. Since he was an addict, no one tooks his warnings seriously.
- Color Motif: Picks a black hat when he suits up, in contrast to William.
- The Corrupter: He frequently tries to push William toward the dark side, loudly bitching about William's Nice Guy choices at every opportunity. He finally succeeds, though at great cost to himself...
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Was the heir apparent of Delos before William took it from him.
- Depraved Bisexual: He appears to enjoy the company of male Hosts as much as the female ones, and is utterly hedonistic and reckless in his romp through Westworld.
- Establishing Character Moment: Loudly "rating" the attractiveness of a female waitress on the train as a mere "two" compared to the Hosts, followed by him going off to have an implied threesome with two of the Hosts who greet him, all before he even makes it into the park.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While he goes about it in an unnecessarily violent way, he forces an intervention on William because he wants William to stay loyal to his fiancee, Logan's sister. Cheating on her with Dolores is only going to hurt their relationship. He's also horrified when William finally cuts loose and massacres a bunch of soldiers and threatens him with a knife, although this seems to be more due to personal fear than any moral uncertainty. The season finale has Logan voicing his outright disgust at William's changed character after being dragged under threat of death to find Dolores.Logan: I told you this place would show you who you really are. You pretend to be this "weak, moralizing little asshole'' but really... YOU'RE A FUCKING PIECE OF WORK!!
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Contrary to William, Logan never lends his suspension of disbelief to the storylines in Westworld; as such, he leans towards the perceived notion that the Hosts just aren't human, so he can do whatever he wants with them. He points out in numerous times that he cannot understand how William became so invested in the park in the first place, and seriously underestimates how far his soon-to-be brother in law is willing to go for it.
- Evil Wears Black: He enjoys killing hosts in the park and wears black.
- Gone Horribly Right: He took William to Westworld because he felt that he needed to let loose and grow a spine. William responded by murdering an entire encampment of hosts, setting up Logan to look like someone who has gone crazy to take over his position in the family company, and eventually becoming the Man in Black.
- Hate Sink: Anything amusing about Logan's blatant assholery comes to a halt in "Contrapasso" and it becomes clear that he's a complete piece of shit.
- The Hedonist: He enjoys the cheap thrills of Westworld, such as sex and violence, the most. However, he does appear to be at least aware of a deeper meaning to the park, and is giddy when William accidentally stumbles onto one of the cooler evil narratives through his light-hearted bounty-hunting quest.
- Hidden Depths: He actually brought William to Westworld to bond together, because they're becoming family after all. Thing is, through his actions, William becomes gradually less and less interested on what Logan wants and ends up stripping Logan of everything he owns. This was something of a learning experience for him, as he ends up predicting with devastating accuracy that Delos' partnership with Ford will eventually be very bad for all of humanity, even in the midst of drug addiction.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Starts the show as a swaggering playboy who is the heir to a fortune. After William betrays him and makes everyone think he's lost his mind, he becomes little more than a druggie. William casually mentions that he overdosed a few years later.
- Jerkass: In contrast to William, he embodies the typical depravity of the guests who visit Westworld (while the Man in Black takes it a step further), which is exemplified in his cruelty and objectification of the Hosts. He even proudly refers to himself as a Black Hat.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Even his friendship with William, his one redeeming feature, is revealed to be a sham that covers up contempt. True to form, the moment listed under "Pet The Dog" is immediately undone by his actions in the following episode.
- Kick the Dog: His existence is a seemingly endless series of shitty moments.
- He stabs an elderly Host in the hand for bothering him and William during dinner with the offer of a treasure hunt.
- He guns down a person at another dinner table to check whether they are guests or hosts.
- He shoots Holden the bounty hunter host in the head when their prisoner offers him double the reward if they take him to Pariah instead.
- He beats up a Union soldier Host, ultimately forcing William to kill the other Union Hosts.
- He gives William a deeply nasty little speech that belittles his accomplishments.
- He sadistically and graphically tortures Dolores in front of William.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He expends a great deal of effort into forcing William to embrace his dark side. He pressures and bullies his supposed friend while tear-assing his way around the park leaving a trail of destruction in his wake, until finally he tortures William and Dolores in a brutal fashion that pushes William over the edge. Perhaps he was hoping for a true brother to engage in sadistic, hedonistic romps with him. What he got was the logical conclusion: William has grown a spine, removed all of Logan's power by butchering his Confederados and is now dragging a terrified Logan along on his own heart of darkness mission... in much the same way Logan dragged William along. The season finale has William leave Logan naked and abandoned, leaving him with nothing as William takes his former position in Delos.
- Laughing Mad: Seeing his brother-in-law take a terrifying dark turn due to his own actions and being powerless to stop William from taking his company drove Logan over the edge; he's laughing derisively at himself and the situation he finds himself in as William forces him to ride off on horseback, naked and humiliated.
- Meta Guy: He provides a lot of commentary on Westworld's similarity to a video game. His treatment of the Hosts is justified by the fact that he thinks of them merely as robots who are part of the game, and he salivates at the "upgrade" of a better revolver that he loots from a bandit during the bounty hunt narrative, immediately calling to mind the level-based loot mechanics used in almost all open world and RPG games. He even directly refers to the park's more secretive narratives and features as Easter eggs!
- Obliviously Evil: Though he's not much worse than a lot of other park guests, he honestly doesn't see anything wrong with his excessively cruel behavior towards the Hosts, to the point where he's genuinely confused when William calls him evil. Justified near the end of the season, as it's revealed that his storyline takes place soon after the park's opening, when the hosts were much more primitive machines rather than the simulated flesh and bone of the modern hosts, and he really had no reason to see them as anything other than what they were advertised as.
- Pet the Dog: He flip-flops the line. Initially, he appears to genuinely care about William and is using the trip as an introduction for William marrying into Logan's family, hoping the experience will benefit him. However it becomes increasingly clear that he doesn't care about William's happiness, frequently trying to bully him into things he doesn't want to do and later telling William how little he thinks of him. Yet, he also appropriately calls out William's affection for Dolores as a betrayal of his fiancee and accuses him of forgetting about her. When William appears to succumb to Logan's torture, he shows some slight tenderness.This park seduces everyone. You were just a little more enthusiastic than most. You wanted to be the hero. I get it. And, hey, what happens here stays here. This has been some real bonding shit. We're gonna be brothers, Billy. I'm glad. Really, I am.
- The Real Man: Logan certainly considers himself as this: he's in Westworld for the sex and violence and cares little about the actual pre-written narratives, except for those that lead to big action scenes.
- Sadist: He takes twisted pleasure in hurting others, both physically and emotionally.
- Smug Snake: Logan is a terrible person and proud of it, and he enjoys abusing his power in Westworld. However, this smirking asshole isn't impressing anyone despite his arrogance. In a real fight, he's easily defeated and it can be inferred from his conversations with William that his money and high-powered job are a result of family connections.
- The Sociopath: Played with. He is completely emotionally detached from the Hosts, and does many truly vile things to them. It's not clear if this reflects his personality outside the park.
- So Proud of You: Even though he's being beaten up by two hosts after William abandons him to his fate, he smirks to himself; happy that William took another step towards his inner darkness. The rest of the episodes has this trope subverted to all hell when Logan realizes that he's essentially created a monster as a result of his actions.
- Uncertain Doom: It's unclear in Season 1 if Logan died out in the Westworld wilderness or if his reputation was ruined by William leaving him naked in the middle of the pack. Season 2 reveals he did survive, but lost everything as William planned and fell into drug addiction that eventually killed him.
- Villainous Breakdown: The Season 1 finale has a naked and humiliated Logan sitting on the saddle of a horse, hands tied to its seat, and forced to listen to William announce his intention to take his company and frame him for all the horrible acts William has done in their search for Dolores, before being forced to ride off into no man's land. The result? Logan turns insane and starts laughing derisively: at William, at the circumstances, at himself.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Logan does not get along with his father, despite James having given him an enormous amount of power and responsibility within Delos Incorporated. James (not inaccurately) considers Logan to be a "fuck-up", while Logan considers James to be blind to the future.
- What You Are in the Dark:
Logan: What is your problem?William: The second we get away from the real world, you turn into an evil prick.
- When given free rein to do what he wants, Logan proves himself to be a rather nasty individual, even to William.
Logan: You never really gave a shit about the girl, did you? She was just an excuse. This... This is the story you wanted!
- Later Logan accuses William of being more evil than he in the season finale while both went on a journey to find Dolores.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: On the rare occasion that William sinks to his level, Logan gets positively giddy. William clearly doesn't appreciate the sentiment.
Charlotte Hale is the Executive Director of the board (and later interim CEO) of Delos Destinations, Inc.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her ex-husband calls her "Charlie"
- Asshole Victim: She's shot and killed by Dolores in the Season 2 finale. Considering that Charlotte Hale has been a cold-blooded and amoral monster who's lied, tortured and murdered her way to her goals without demonstrating a shred of remorse or even hesitation, it's hard to say she didn't have it coming.
- Blatant Lies: Tries to convince an armed and dangerous Dolores that she, and by extension, Delos, are proud of what Dolores has achieved. Suffice to say, Dolores isn't hearing any of it.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seems rather nice when she first appears, but soon reveals herself to be utterly ruthless and without a shred of moral fiber.
- Break the Haughty: When Dolores corners her and reveals that she already knew her company's true purpose on the park and ultimate goal, Hale nearly reduced to cowering as Dolores tries to open her skull with a saw.
- Brutal Honesty: Hale is rather frank when speaking to others, particularly those she feels she can push around, like Theresa.I like you. Well, not personally, but I like you for this job, which is why I'm gonna give you another chance to get a handle on this particular bitch of a situation.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Hale is acting on direct orders from Delos, which involves engineering accidents to wrest control of Westworld from Ford. It's later revealed that she's in on Delos' data mining scheme. Then it turns out she was giving some of that data to Serac on the side.
- Dead All Along: The version of her we see with Strand's team was actually Dolores inside a host copy of her. The real Charlotte was killed by Dolores at the end of the host uprising, about 2 weeks before Strand arrives.
- Establishing Character Moment: Her moment comes in her second episode; she invites Theresa to her quarters where she's having rough sex with a bound Hector Escaton. After casually answering the door naked, she turns Hector off, bums a cigarette from Theresa and talks about her plans to oust Ford through use of a "blood sacrifice". All of this demonstrates her supreme arrogance, controlling nature, and cold ruthlessness.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She has a young son named Nathan, who she does care for very much but often neglects due to her duties.
- Faux Affably Evil: She has moments where she pretends, quite convincingly, to sympathize with other people, such as during her interrogation of Bernard, but underneath that, she's a nasty piece of work.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Once she turns into a major antagonist in Season 2, her hair style changes from loose to a Prim and Proper Bun. Her host duplicate, controlled by a copy of Dolores, goes back to a loose hairstyle.
- Hate Sink: There's nothing redeemable or admirable about her as there is nothing she won't do for a higher percentage.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: She's working on behalf of Delos, and clearly knows more than most about what they really want with the park, namely William's long-time project of collecting and downloading personality data on the park's guests, with the ultimate goal of giving them effective immortality but putting their consciousnesses into host bodies.
- It turns out she was actually working for Serac by giving him access to all of the guest data collected by Delos for his Rehoboam program.
- Hidden Depths: Charlotte is a remorseless smooth operator within the world of corporate espionage, but as it turns out, her personal life is a mess. She's divorced from a husband who no longer thinks much of her, and she's a neglectful parent to their only son Nathan
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: After masterminding the scheme to smuggle all the information Delos wants uploaded into Peter's brain, she's trapped in the park after the hosts rebel and finds that Delos refuses to help until they actually get their hands on Peter.
- Kill and Replace: Near the end of the host uprising, Bernard uploads Dolores into a host duplicate of Charlotte. Dolores then kills the real Charlotte and takes her place. After escaping, Dolores has a copy of her own pearl installed in a new Charlotte host body.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Hale is a manipulator, with Theresa and Clementine among her victims. She treated them, and everyone else, like pawns. Come Season 2, Delos is treating her much in the same way she treated them: as a tool that can either prove its usefulness or be discarded. They allow her to remain trapped in the park until she can finish her job. It all comes to a head in the Season 2 finale. She never does leave the park; Dolores (in a replicant body of Hale) shoots her in the head and takes her place.
- Manipulative Bitch: With Theresa's help, she intentionally sabotages Clementine to push her and Delos's own agenda. Ford and Bernard see through this ruse easily, but it's soon after revealed that her true manipulation was of Theresa, whom Hale used as a stick to prod Ford into a reaction.
- Mouth of Sauron: She's the voice of the Delos board, and it's not a friendly voice.
- The Mole: She is one of Serac's moles inside Delos.
- Replacement Goldfish: Ford previously tells Theresa that she herself is just another toady sent by the board of directors to poke his ribs, which they do every once in a while; Hale is just the next one.
- Smug Snake: Hale is always disdainful and condescending; she considers herself to be the smartest person in the room, and while she's far from a fool, her confidence is somewhat misplaced. She was incredibly arrogant in assuming that Ford would retire quietly and not being Crazy-Prepared just in case. Now that she's trapped in a prison of her own sins, Delos Incorporated considers her as disposable as everyone else.
- The Sociopath: She's capable of putting on a charming front, but Hale is entirely concerned with herself and her own success. She considers everyone else, host or human, to be completely expendable. She doesn't hesitate to gun down innocent Elsie for not having the 'moral flexibility' to keep the dark secrets of Delos to herself.
William's daughter, who was in fellow Delos park The Raj at the time of the host rebellion.
- Action Survivor: She makes a much more impressive showing than most other humans during the rebellion.
- Calling the Old Man Out:
- She didn't mince any words with William at her mother's funeral, openly telling him Juliet had actually committed suicide because of her fear of him, although she did end up apologizing for putting the blame for her mother's death completely on him.
- She's aware of her father's activities in Westworld after reading his psychological profile that her mother left on her music box before her death and his secret project in the park. She intends to expose him and Delos to the public but her delusional father kills her.
- Code Name: According to Katja Herbers, the character's actual name is "Emily", but she goes by the alias "Grace" in the park.
- Distaff Counterpart: In two different ways.
- She shares many skills with her father William (including a role-player approach), but comes across as a positive counterpart to his villainous personality. Tellingly, Emily wears lighter or neutral brown colors.
- She also has similarities to the original film's protagonist Peter Martin, a character her own father is also partly based on. Whereas William's and Logan's arrival to Westworld seems based on the plot from the first half of the film, but diverges from there, Emily's adventures seem based on the plot from the second half of the film. Her terrified but resourceful escape from attacking hosts in The Raj mirrors the famous chase sequence of the film, where a terrified but resourceful Peter is being pursued by the ruthless robotic Gunslinger. On a meta level, while William never fully became the Peter of the film (a flawed, but good-natured action survivor), his daughter Emily does, becoming the series' Gender Flip version of Peter. This gets creepier when you realize old William ("The Man in Black") is also meant as a homage to the film's Gunslinger character, implying he could become an antagonist to his own daughter. Seemingly confirmed when old William accidentally shoots Emily in a fit of rage, only to snap out of it right away.
- Ethical Slut: She has no problem engaging in sex, but apparently she doesn't want to sleep with Hosts as they can't meaningfully consent — shooting them is fine, though, since they'll get revived.Emily: If you're one of them, you don't know what you want. You just do as you're told.Nicholas: For a lot of people that is half the fun.Emily: Not for me.
- Genre Savvy: She knows a lot about the parks' workings and their plots. More importantly, she knows what's not part of them and reacts accordingly rather than insisting that something "cannot be" because it doesn't fit the regular park experience.
- Great White Hunter: She goes to a park modeled on the British Raj in India to hunt Bengal tigers.
- Impostor Exposing Test: Before sleeping with Nicholas, she makes sure he's not a Host - by shooting him.
- Made of Iron: She takes down an attacking host, flees a tiger, shoots the tiger as it pounces on her, falls from a great height into a lake and survives the subsequent swim to Westworld. She's made of pretty strong stuff.
- Offing the Offspring: William kills her, thinking she's a Host sent by Ford.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She managed to kill a host tiger from The Raj and swim over to Westworld using its corpse.
- Offspring Sexuality Squick: William really did not want to know the details of his daughter's visits to the Raj's "pleasure palaces."
- Out of the Frying Pan: She survives a tiger attack and a high drop into deep water, only to be caught by the Ghost Nation. She escapes and manages to catch up to her father, who's somewhat surprised to see her.
- Pet the Dog: When she finally meets up with her dad, she lets him know that she ultimately doesn't blame him for her mother's death, and that she shouldn't have said that.
- The Roleplayer: Strongly hinted as much, as she's one of the few Guests to ever care about the Ghost Nation narratives enough to learn some Lakota.
Karl Strand serves as Head of Operations at Delos Incorporated and uses his authority to run things his way with no empathy for the hosts.
- Bald of Evil: Strand is bald, and happily oversees the genocide of sentient beings.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He puts up a friendly-enough front initially, but drops any pretense of sincerity the second he's within arm's length of something he wants.
- Boom, Headshot!: Dolores gut-shots him before finally blowing his brains out.
- Defiant to the End: He snarls angrily at Dolores in the seconds before his death.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's completely cordial to Bernard upon introduction, even while his mercenaries are summarily executing defenseless hosts in the background.
- Jerkass: He's a nasty, sneering guy. Even when he tries to appear sympathetic toward others, like Bernard, he just comes across as impatient.
- Late to the Party: He and his team arrive at Westworld two weeks after the massacre of the Delos board.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Among all the other Delos thugs, he stands out for navigating Westworld in a nicely-tailored suit. Justified because he's an executive, not a mercenary, and he's there to oversee the operation.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Stubbs. They're on the same side, but Strand makes it clear multiple times that he considers Stubbs to be a moronic failure, treating him with thinly-veiled contempt.
Antoine Costa is a detail-oriented Delos tech. He assists Karl Strand in accessing hosts memories for information on the uprising.
- Advertised Extra: Fares Fares is a main character for all of Season 2, appearing in the opening credits, but Costa gets essentially no characterization prior to his abrupt death at Dolores's hands.
- Mr. Exposition: Due to being a tech that's part of the investigation team, he ends up explaining most of the technological aspects of the hosts and what's going on with them.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Unlike Strand and Hale, he doesn't seem to revel in his villainy.
- Torture Technician: Induces the sensation of waterboarding in Bernard during Hale's interrogation.
Outside of Westworld
A former soldier and a blue-collar worker unsatisfied with his lot in life who looks to change the society that put him on the bottom rung.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Initially, Caleb suffers from PTSD and suicidal ideation. However, his case becomes more complicated as the third season goes on. We also learn that his mother suffers from schizophrenia, which Caleb may have inherited in some fashion. There's also the head injury he endured during his time in war. Meanwhile, Serac labels Caleb as an Outlier, calling him a dangerous sociopath.
- Beware the Nice Ones: One of the most morally upright characters, but he is also a war veteran and a hired criminal. Despite his aversion to violence and serious crimes, over time we learn that Caleb is an extremely dangerous person.
- The Chosen One: A non-magical example. Caleb is quite literally the one chosen by Dolores to lead and possibly save humanity from itself. Interestingly, he is given this position specifically because he is truly capable of making his own choices, regardless of what system he is trapped in.
- Companion Cube: He has one in the form of an AI therapist designed to replicate his old friend, Francis.
- Death Glare: At the end of 'Passed Pawn', when he discovers the truth about himself and becomes determined to take down Serac and Rehoboam.
- Death Seeker: Combine his suicidal thoughts with his willingness to engage in a lifestyle — either as a soldier, a criminal or a revolutionary — and Caleb could easily be interpreted as this.
- Driven to Suicide: This was the fate Rehoboam was railroading him towards, at least until Dolores intervened.
- The Everyman: In many ways, this is what Caleb is supposed to be for the audience. At least, initially.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Whenever he sports a buzz cut we know it's a flashback from him during his time at the army.
- Freak Out: When he's caught by a pair of RICO thugs, who hack into his implant and raise his adrenaline all the way up before threatening to throw him off a skyscraper.
- Foil: To Dolores. Both are trapped in a repetitive loop when they are first introduced, only to later be "awakened" to the truth of their reality. Their trauma begins when they witness the mental collapse of their parents (Caleb's mother, and Dolores's father(s) Peter Abernathy and Arnold Weber). When that happens, they discover that they've been victims of sustained trauma, were made to do terrible things in the past, and have no free will. And this leads them to rebel against the systems that ruled their lives, despite being torn between peace and violence. However, because Caleb is a human, he's more self-aware about the loop he's stuck in from the start and also much more emotionally driven. And because Dolores is a host, she's more intelligent, more resourceful and more resilient.
- To William. Both men come to represent the duality of all mankind. We are first led to believe that they are the best of humanity, before learning that they have done some truly monstrous things. They are each revealed to be existentially lost, dissatisfied with the world they live in. Beyond that, they are both outliers, aberrations to the System that runs their society. And both of them became involved with Dolores, who helped them tap into their violent true selves. Their differences are just as striking. Whereas William's connection to Dolores left him bitter and cruel, Caleb's connection to her led him to fully commit to and act on his long-held ideals. Though both come from humble beginnings, William fought to climb the social ladder and become one of the richest, most powerful men alive, whereas Caleb is mostly content with life at the bottom. And Caleb possesses a clarity of self that William lost sight of long ago, even before he discovers the truth of his past.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Initially, he was just a construction worker by day and small-time criminal by night. At the end of season three, he's overthrown the System that controls humanity and become the leader of the free world alongside Maeve.
- Heroic BSoD: The death of his friend, Francis, gave him one. Made all the more understandable when he realizes that he was the one who killed Francis before being brain-washed to forget.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Caleb is very impressed with Dolores's Dark Action Girl tendencies. When they get into an explosive shootout during his genre trip, time slows as he's briefly transfixed by Dolores while she coldly fires upon their opponents with a sub-machine gun.
- Irony: In his introductory episode, Caleb expresses the desire to finally find someone "real." Right after that, he runs into Dolores.
- Jumped at the Call: Once he learns the truth about Rehoboam and sees his own Incite profile, Caleb is quite eager to join Dolores's revolution.
- Justified Criminal: He engages in freelance crime to make ends meet and pay for his mother's treatment. He refuses "personals" (kidnapping, murder, etc.) and sticks to petty crimes like robbing ATMs or serving as a mule for drugs.
- Mushroom Samba: Undergoes a uniquely visceral drug trip when Liam injects him with the party drug, 'genre.'
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Solomon reveals that he and Francis weren't targeting enemy insurgents for the military after the war, but were RICO agents hunting down other outliers like them. And especially when he realizes that he was the one who killed Francis, when the System turned them against each other.
- Nerves of Steel: Somewhat, thanks to his military background. On at least three different occasions, someone puts a gun to his head and he stares down the barrel, unafraid.
- Nice Guy: While he is capable of doing bad things, Caleb is one of the show's kindest and most humane characters.
- The Not-Love Interest: His relationship with Dolores is strictly platonic. He's a bit suspicious of her identity and motives but he follows her because she showed him the truth about his life. Dolores is only interested in him because he's the first human she met who is capable in making a choice which she personally witnessed during his training exercise in Park 5 in the past.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Caleb is haunted by the death of his comrade Francis when they were soldiers back then. However, the truth is more complicated as it's revealed he actually killed Francis during a RICO mission.
- Unwitting Pawn: First to Serac, who used him as a weapon against other outliers. Then to Dolores, who sets him up to be the one who upends the society Serac built with his System.
- What You Are in the Dark: The reason Dolores allies with him. We discover that Caleb stopped his fellow soldiers from raping a group of female hosts, including Dolores, after their combat training in Park 5. His choice to do the right thing even when he knew he would have faced no consequences for being cruel is why Dolores wants Caleb to lead humanity.
A shadowy figure with vast resources, Serac is one of the architects of Rehoboam.
- A God Am I: Serac has enough ego to direct mankind's future, and is often seen doing so from a plane above the clouds.
- Ave Machina: He considers Rehoboam to be a man-made God.
- Big Bad: He's this for Season 3, as he seeks to use obtain the guests' data from the Forge in order to perfect Rehoboam's predictions and thus ensure its control of humanity.
- Cain and Abel: Downplayed, but still present with his brother Jean-Mi. While Engerraund truly loved Jean-Mi and admits he owes a great deal of his success to what he taught him, the former eventually realizes that his brother is one of the many outliers that couldn't be controlled by Rehoboam, which causes Engerraund to start experimenting on him to see if he could fix the problems that exist within him. Jean-Mi is nowhere to be seen in the present day, implying that he wasn't successful.
- Control Freak: He makes a point of noting his control over Charlotte, and otherwise he'd kind of have to be considering he's trying to control the fate of humanity. Ultimately inverted as he's revealed to be Rehoboam's willing puppet.
- The Chessmaster: Considering Rehoboam means he's virtually all-knowing, he knows exactly how to play things and shift the world stage to his liking.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Seeing his home city of Paris, with everything and everyone he's ever known obliterated in the blink of an eye, did not endear him to humanity's predilection for chaos. He got hit with this further when Rehoboam predicted the end of the world.
- Expy: He's a composite of Harold Finch and John Greer, both from Jonathan Nolan's precursor show, Person of Interest. Like the former, both are obscenely wealthy recluses who created an artificial intelligence capable of predicting and even manipulating world events. Like the latter, both are wealthy, affable misanthropes seeking to hand over control of humanity to a flawless machine.
- Fiction 500: He has a net worth of over $1 trillion, making him the world's wealthiest person.
- Foil: To Robert Ford. Both are controlling, manipulative, and scheming individuals, with a penchant for killing people who stand in their way and hold a dim view of humanity. But whereas Ford dismissed humanity as a lost cause in favor of the hosts, Serac instead created Rehoboam to steer mankind and control its impulses.
- French Jerk: He's a guy from France who uses the help of a machine to control the fates of every single human alive. He's also a complete jackass in person.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From an orphan surviving alongside his brother to the most powerful man in all of history.
- Greater-Scope Villain: For seasons 1 and 2, as Charlotte's attempts to smuggle the guests data - first through Theresa and then by herself - was at Serac's behest.
- Hobbes Was Right: This is his viewpoint on humanity, hence why he believes that a system like Rehoboam can put things in order:For the most part, humanity has been a miserable little band of thugs stumbling from one catastrophe to the next. Our history is like the ravings of lunatics. Chaos.
- Majority-Share Dictator: Secretly became the largest shareholder in Delos through a network of shell companies, and despite Charlotte's best efforts, gains complete control of the company. He wastes no time in destroying nearly one trillion dollars in assets solely to deny them to Dolores.
- The Man Behind the Man:
- The data Charlotte (via Theresa) was trying to smuggle out of the park in Seasons 1 and 2 was intended for Serac.
- He and his brother, Jean-Mi, are the true creators of Rehoboam and its predecessors (Solomon, David, Saul) and not Liam Dempsey Sr. as his son claimed.
- Ultimately averted, as most of his actions and even his words are being dictated by Rehoboam itself.
- Misanthrope Supreme: He believes that if left to their own devices, humanity will eventually destroy themselves.
- My Nayme Is: Engerraund instead of Enguerrand.
- Puppet King/Mouth of Sauron: It turns out he surrendered his own free will to Rehoboam decades ago. Everything he has said or done since, including removing his own brother from the world, was at Rehoboam's direction.
- Self-Made Man: Though it's implied they came from an affluent background, Serac and his brother lost everything when Paris was destroyed. They proceeded to rise from irradiated homeless orphans to trillionaire tech geniuses who all but completely control the entire world.
- Unperson: He had all traces of his existence scrubbed from every network and database, effectively making him completely hidden from the world. His presence can only be inferred through his economic influence.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: For all his misanthropy, he does want humanity to thrive. When Rehoboam predicted humanity's demise, he took it upon himself to start to guide humanity toward a more successful future. He does this by tearing control away from humanity itself and putting everyone into a loop, many of which he deems as meat to be fed into the grinder, while those deemed "outliers" are reprogrammed into compliance or simply put in cryogenic suspension it they reject said reprogramming.