Follow TV Tropes


Characters / XIII: Main Protagonists

Go To

Main Character Index
Main Protagonists | Antagonists | Other Characters

XIII and his most trusted allies.

Beware of spoilers!

    open/close all folders 


XIII, born Jason Mullway

Aliases: Jason Mac Lane, Jason Fly, Alan Smith, Jake Shelton, Steve Rowland, Ross Tanner, Jed Olsen, Hugh Mitchell, Karl Meredith, Kelly Brian, El Cascador

An amnesiac man who was found unconscious on a beach with the number "XIII" tattooed on his clavicle. While looking for clues of his past, he discovered he has deadly close combat skills, and found himself entangled in huge state conspiracies and dark family affairs. He tries to sort all of this mess out with his newfound friends and allies.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Lampshaded by a tramp he meets in a train at the end of "The Day of The Black Sun". Averted most of the time actually, considering he has always escaped death.
  • Amnesiac Hero: XIII is amnesiac. He does not even remember his name.
  • Amnesiac Resonance: Just like Jason Bourne, his combat skills are not at all affected by the memory loss.
  • Badass Beard: There are situations in which he can't shave, such as when he trains with the S.P.A.D.S. or when he's in a penitentiary.
  • Badass in Distress: Whenever he gets captured. He's perfectly able to save his own skin most of the time.
  • Badass Minds Think Alike: His instincts seem to share a connection with those of Jones.
  • Chick Magnet: He never tries to seduce girls, they just come to him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often engages in Snark-to-Snark Combat with Jones.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: He was recruited to impersonate Steve Rowland as part of Carrington's plan to find out who ordered the assassination of William Sheridan, before his amnesia.
  • Determinator: He's not the kind to give up, either in the quest for his past or when he has to stop villains.
  • Disease Bleach: Has a grey streak on his left temple where a bullet scratched him.
  • Genre Savvy: In spite of his amnesia, he often compares his situations with detective novels or movies.
  • Identity Amnesia: Does not remember who he is.
  • Made of Iron: In The Day of the Black Sun, he jumps through a window and falls from the 4th floor and he escapes unhurt. In The Night of August Third, he is shot at point-blank range. The bullet is stopped by a notebook and he is able to get involved in a fistfight a few minutes later.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name, Jason, is a reference to Greek mythology: when he was a child, the hero Jason was raised by an adoptive father, the centaur Chiron.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Sometimes shirtless.
  • Mysterious Past: Even to himself, his past is mysterious because of his amnesia. The numerous mysteries about his past are conveniently used by the authors to expand the series.
  • Name Amnesia: XIII does not remember his own name. In the first episodes, on several occasions, he thinks that he has finally discovered his real name, but he is proven wrong soon thereafter.
  • Oblivious to Love: Action Girl Jones is obviously fond of XIII, but he seems to ignore this when she asks him what she is to him.
  • Surgical Impersonation: XIII is not the real Steve Rowland. He had plastic surgery to impersonate him. The said surgery was very successful, given the fact that Steve's family did not spot the impostor in Where the Indian Walks.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: The protagonist has simple tattoo on the clavicle: the number XIII (Moderate Sized). Amos reveals that this is the mark of the members of a conspiracy (Organizational Emblem) that attempted to kill the president.
  • Training from Hell: Has followed several in his life. The most horrible of these has to be the S.P.A.D.S. training, which often results in the death of the weakest soldiers.
  • "X" Marks the Hero: His XIII tattoo counts.
  • You Are Number 6: He suffers from Name Amnesia and the XIII tattoo is the main clue to his identity. Even when his identity as Jason Fly/Mac Lane/Mullway is established, Jones keeps on calling him XIII.


Lieutenant (later Major) Jones

General Carrington's aide, a brilliant, beautiful and seductive pilot.

Tropes in XIII:

Tropes in XIII Mystery:

  • Dark and Troubled Past: She is the sister of Marcus, a Black Panthers terrorist. General Carrington met her when she tried to prevent an attack Marcus was about to carry out and save her brother by warning as much people as she could about it.

    General Carrington 

General Benjamin "Ben" Carrington

The military leader who deviced the plan to have a pre-amnesia XIII infiltrate the Conspiracy of the XX as Steve Rowland, along with the efforts of his daughter within the organization. His plan didn't quite work out as expected, but he later bumped into XIII again, and together with Jones, Amos and Betty Barnowski, they worked to bring the Conspiracy down. He remained a friend and staunch ally to XIII throughout the comic book series.
  • Cigar Chomper: He always smokes cigars.
  • Cool Old Guy: In Where the Indian Walks, he does not hesitate to jump into a helicopter to pick XIII up on the roof of the house of the Rowlands. In Full Red, he inflicts Standwell a bad wound, then he tries to escape. In The Trial, he sets up alone a complex plan to expose the crimes committed by President Wally Sheridan.
  • A Father to His Men: In Where the Indian Walks, Carrington tells XIII he trained him and the link between them is very strong even if he is amnesiac. Therefore, he does not hesitate to help him to escape from the Sheriff in Southburg. He does not even ask why the Sheriff chases him. Subverted, because it is revealed in SPADS that Carrington did not train XIII and that he helps him for other reasons.
  • Four-Star Badass: In Where the Indian Walks, he does not hesitate to jump into a helicopter to pick XIII up on the roof of the house of the Rowlands. In Full Red, he inflicts Standwell a bad wound, then he tries to escape.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Lee Marvin, anyone?
  • Military Maverick: In The Trial, he neutralize his successor and the vice-president with Knockout Gas, he kidnaps President Wally Sheridan, and he steals the nuclear football.

    Colonel Amos 

Colonel Samuel Wenceslas Amos

A former Mossad agent who moved to the USA in the 1950s and joined the FBI. He investigated the murder of President William Sheridan and tracked XIII down, until General Carrington told him the truth about XIII. He remained a trustworthy ally to XIII and Carrington afterwards.
  • Lethal Chef: XIII admits that he's a terrible cook.
  • Retired Badass: A former IDF commando leader and Mossad agent, then he retired from the FBI after the Conspiracy of the XX is taken down in "Full Red".

    Betty Barnowsky 

Sergeant Elizabeth "Betty" Barnowksy

A Sergeant in the S.P.A.D.S. elite unit. XIII has a brief affair with her, then she gets entangled in his troubles.
  • Action Girl: A given when being The Squadette. In Full Red, she mows down several thugs who wanted to rape her with a M60. In El Cascador, she blows up a military ship, then she shoots down many guards of Roca Negra prison.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: Armand de Préseau grows very fond, as soon as he is kidnapped by her, XIII and Jones in Full Red. In the end of this episode, she goes to San Miguel to meet him. They ended up marrying after some time.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted. She had two abortions. XIII Mystery reveals she had been pregnant with XIII and decided to keep the child but then had a miscariage.
  • He Knows Too Much: She saw Steve Rowland discussing with Mac Call after his supposed death in an helicopter crash. When Mac Call hears it, he decides to kill her.
  • Put on a Bus: She departed to join Armand de Préseau in San Miguel and only reappeared about ten albums later.
  • The Squadette: Being a woman in what's possibly the most manly and sexist military unit on Earth is akin to a nightmare, but she was strong enough to be integrated and survive in it.
  • Tomboy: She never really dressed "feminine", or cared about "looking feminine", evidenced when she has troubles walking with high heels while infiltrating the Full Red military base in disguise. It changed quite a bit after she met Armand de Préseau.
  • Training from Hell: She managed to survive the hellish training of the S.P.A.D.S.

    Armand de Préseau 

Marquis Armand de Préseau

A Frenchman of noble descent and the richest banana plantation owner in San Miguel. XIII, Jones and Betty Barnowsky bumped into him while escaping the Conspiracy of the XX agents who infiltrated the S.P.A.D.S., and they "kidnapped" him in his private jet to go back to the USA and stop the Conspiracy. He didn't mind, finding it all amusing actually, and remained a trustworthy ally and friend to them, falling in love with Betty in the process.
  • Rich Boredom: He's so bored after making a fortune and losing his wife that he enjoys every minute of being kidnapped and used by XIII, Jones and Betty, and ends up becoming a trusted ally and friend to them (and Betty's husband, eventually).
  • Self-Made Man: Became the wealthiest banana plantation owner of San Miguel by sheer force of will, starting with only a shack and the help of Romeo, a young local Indian who became his butler.

    Sean Mullway 

Sean Mullway

A man with plenty of connections to XIII's past.


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: