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Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle)Edit

A nerdish bookworm, Flynn is brilliant beyond compare. By the time he was 31 years old Flynn had obtained 22 academic degrees (12 Bachelors, 6 Masters, and 4 Ph.D.s), including four in Egyptology, a Ph.D. (or two) in Comparative Religions, and a Ph.D. in Cryptology. In the beginning of The Quest for the Spear, his Egyptology professor signs off on his 23rd degree, however it is unknown if this is a masters or bachelors.

Practically addicted to learning, Flynn would have continued being a perpetual student had one of his professors not kicked him out of college, insisting that he get some real-world experience. Upon receiving an invitation, Flynn applied for a job as a librarian in New York. Unexpectedly, he was successful in his job interview and was recruited into an ancient clandestine order of Librarians who have protected a range of historical and often magical items (such as the Ark of the Covenant) for centuries.

Flynn is, effectively, a polymath, highly intelligent and resourceful. His years of study have made his powers of observation and deductive skills comparable with those of Sherlock Holmes. His ordinary skills (which did not qualify him for the job) include knowledge of the Dewey decimal system, the Library of Congress, research paper orthodoxy, web searching, and the ability to set up an RSS feed. En route to his first mission, Flynn managed to decode the previously untranslated Language of the Birds in just over seven hours, a feat that no other Librarian (save one, who created the book) had been able to accomplish. Flynn rapidly evolves into a brave hero, not easily overwhelmed by the supernatural.

When Flynn was still quite young his father was shot by an unknown assailant. It took many years for Flynn to identify the murderer, and discover the reasons behind it. He took clarinet lessons when he was young, and when he was nine years old he attended a book signing of Stephen Hawking where he began to argue with Hawking about the correctness of the central thesis of the book.

His geeky bookishness is coupled with a razor-sharp wit that unfortunately has a habit of manifesting itself at the worst times. Flynn really hates being corrected. He is a bit awkward meeting women, as well as too busy globe-trotting and fighting evil to maintain a relationship, and so his mother is constantly trying to set him up on dates. By the end of the third movie he has embraced his destiny as the Librarian.

During The Librarians, he is forced to step back from his usual duties as the Librarian when the Library is displaced in time in an accident, prompting him to recruit some of the unsuccessful Librarian 'applicants' from when he got the job to take up Flynn's usual responsibilities of retrieving and protecting supernatural artefacts while he tracks it down, although he will return when the situation requires his expertise.

Charlene (Jane Curtin)Edit

A doleful library employee who interviews Flynn for the job of 'The Librarian'. Flynn was granted the job of Librarian when he was able to tell Charlene very specific things about her only a few minutes after their first meeting, based solely on his keen observation (among them, having mononucleosis, being divorced two months before, owning three cats, and breaking her nose as a child).

Charlene is rather bureaucratic, threatening to dock Flynn's pay should he break something and insisting that he must keep his receipts if he wishes to get refunded for his adventures. Charlene keeps a humorless facade when Flynn makes jokes. In her words, she does not "do funny."

Dean Devlin had speculated that Charlene had in her youth served as the Guardian to a Librarian as Nicole did. This was officially introduced as part of her history in the episode "... and the Fangs of Death."

In the TV series' first episode, "And the Crown of King Arthur", after Dulaque's attack to the Library, Judson and Charlene cast a spell to sever the Library from this plane in order to protect it.

In the season three episode "And the Fangs of Death", Charlene has retired to a remote Incan temple and wants nothing to do with the Library. Carsen seeks her out, and she agrees to return to help defeat Apep, but the next day her servants are dead and she's missing. Carsen goes looking for her, finally finding her in Shangri-La in the episode "And the Fatal Separation". He discovers she's been hiding amidst Sterling Lam's collection of supernatural beings and artifacts. Fearing Apep could use her to access the Library, she's planning on severing her connection to it by giving up her immortality. Finally, Jenkins sends her to another plane of existence, where she rejoins Judson. In the next episode, she talks with Flynn through a mirror.

(Note: In the movie "The Quest for the Spear", Charlene's recent divorce is first mentioned. In the movie, "Curse of the Judas Chalice", Charlene reveals more about her divorce, saying her duty to the Library is what cost her her marriage, and calling her ex husband "Gaston". This may well be a fake name for Galahad, whom it is revealed in the episode "And the Fatal Separation" was her love, and over whom she chose dedication to Judson. In fact, in the episode "And the Eternal Question", Jenkins (aka Galahad) tells Cassandra that his true love (whom we later find out is Charlene) chose another AFTER he "had already pledged his heart to her for all eternity", which is a strong indication that he and Charlene had married before she chose to remain eternally with Judson and the Library).

    • (Also interesting to note that the movie "Curse of the Judas Chalice" and the episode "And the Eternal Question" are both about vampires, linking the two storylines. It makes sense that the lost love Charlene mentioned in the movie and the lost love Galahad mentioned in the episode are two sides to the same tragic loss).

Judson (Bob Newhart)Edit

Judson as he is introduced seems to have previously served in the role of 'The Librarian' and now acts as a mentor to those who take up the mantle. In the first movie he seems to have thought very highly of the previous Librarian, Edward Wilde, and was saddened to hear of his death. He showed a tattoo from a time he served in the Marines and is VERY handy in a fight. He enjoys buying things on eBay and loves flying kites. He is somehow able to use mirrors and illusions to communicate with the Librarian anywhere in the world, frequently at less than convenient times and places.

It is hinted in the Curse of the Judas Chalice that Judson may be the original founder of the Library, although the suggestion that he might be over 2000 years old is something he finds "insulting". In season three, however, it is confirmed that he is the original Librarian and that Charlene was his Guardian. In the first season, he appears as a spirit, having passed on from his mortal form. When the Serpent Brotherhood invade the Library, he and Charlene conduct a ritual that severs the Library from our plane of existence. Charlene later goes to join him in another plane of existence towards the end of season three.

Margie Carsen (Olympia Dukakis)Edit

Flynn’s mother, Margie is constantly worried about her son and encourages him to get a job, find a bride, and be happy. She likes to give surprise birthday parties and likes singing karaoke. It is revealed in the series premiere of "The Librarians" that she eventually died.

Introduced in Quest for the SpearEdit

Edward Wilde (Kyle MacLachlan)Edit

Edward Wilde was the preceding 'Librarian' before Flynn, and he was considered to be very good. He worked with Nicole for two years during which time she fell in love with him. During an adventure in the Antarctic involving the Serpent Brotherhood, Wilde had to build an igloo to shelter himself and Nicole. He made it appear to Nicole that he had been killed by the Serpent Brotherhood, but in reality Edward staged his own death to ally himself with the Brotherhood in an effort to steal the Spear of Destiny and take control of the world.

Nicole Noone (Sonya Walger, played by Rachel Nichols in the TV series)Edit

Nicole is an adventurer who works for the library as the Librarian's Guardian, and usually serves as the brawn to the Librarian's brains. She is the youngest of three siblings and the only girl. Her mother is English, and her father is South American (Argentine), but she never bothered to learn Spanish. She never had any pets, and her favorite stone is jade. She is fearless, loves adventure, and is an excellent fighter. She developed feelings for the previous Librarian, Edward Wilde, and felt an overwhelming sense of guilt when he was apparently killed. Judson told Flynn to "trust no one", a pun of Nicole's surname Noone.

In The Librarians its revealed that Nicole got trapped five hundred years in the past while going after H.G. Wells' Time Machine with Flynn. She becomes angry and bitter that Flynn never returned from her. Now immortal, Nicole acts as the primary antagonist of the fourth season, causing the death of Jenkins, the dissolution of the Library and a rift between the Librarians. After the Library is restored, Flynn uses an artifact to go back in time to the moment that Nicole first became immortal in order to right his wrong of never going back for her. Flynn convinces Nicole that she needs to remain in the past and still have her adventures, but this time to have them for the Library instead of against it. Nicole agrees, stating that she realizes now she is the Guardian of the Library itself instead of Flynn and promises that she will see Flynn again in five hundred years. When Flynn returns to the future, he finds that time has been altered and all of the evil that Nicole caused has been undone. Only Flynn and Baird ever remember Nicole's evil actions.

Introduced in Return to King Solomon's MinesEdit

"Uncle" Jerry (Robert Foxworth)Edit

Jerry was a close friend of Flynn's father whom he met in 1967, and knew both of Flynn's parents when they met and began courting. Jerry is wealthy and runs a global import-export business. In the course of an adventure to discover King Solomon's Mines Flynn discovers that Jerry had always been jealous of Flynn's father, and wants to use the power of the Mines to turn back time so he can win the affections of Margie Carsen, who he feels was stolen from him. It also turns out Jerry was the unknown figure who shot Flynn's father, after Carsen refused to tell Jerry about the Mines.

Emily Davenport (Gabrielle Anwar)Edit

Emily is an archaeologist who holds twenty-five degrees, three more than Flynn, and can argue convincingly about ancient history, Biblical texts, and geography. Emily teams up with Flynn to search for King Solomon's Mines, and may still be in Africa trying to prove that the Queen of Sheba actually ruled most if not all of Africa.

Introduced in Curse of the Judas ChaliceEdit

Professor Lazlo / Vlad (Bruce Davison)Edit

An elderly, crippled man who is a brilliant professor at the University of Bucharest. Seemingly harmless, he is taken hostage by the villainous Kubichek, who wants Lazlo to lead him to the Judas Chalice. Later it is revealed that he is none other than Dracula/Vlad the Impaler himself. After eating a victim infected by Cholera hundreds of years ago, he became weakened, into an almost human crippled form. Since then he has searched for the Judas Chalice, hoping to reawaken his evil powers. After drinking from the Judas Chalice, Dracula regains his powers and battles Flynn and Simone Renoir. Flynn is able to trick Dracula with the Judas Chalice and then impale him through the heart with a stake made from an Aspen tree, the same kind of tree that Judas Iscariot hung himself from. Dracula dies, releasing the souls of all of his victims and burning to ash in the process.

Simone Renoir (Stana Katic)Edit

A gorgeous young New Orleans jazz-club singer, who uses her hypnotic performances to charm an off-guard Flynn. Turned into a vampire some 400 years ago, Simone considers it her two-fold destiny to find the man who condemned her soul to walk the night forever to exact vengeance, and to help protect one of the clues leading to the Judas Chalice. She teams up with Flynn to outwit those hoping to find the Chalice and use it for their evil agenda. While protecting the Chalice, Simone recognizes Professor Lazlo as her sire. Lazlo turns out to be Dracula who restores his powers with the Chalice, leading to a battle between Dracula, Flynn and Simone. Though Simone is defeated, Flynn kills Dracula uses a stake made from an Aspen tree. With Dracula, her sire, dead, Simone's soul is finally able to find peace. Simone rejects Flynn's offers to return to New York with him or to turn Flynn so that he can spend eternity with her. Instead, Simone chooses to watch the sunrise for the first time in centuries with Flynn, allowing herself to be killed by the sunlight so that she can finally rest in peace.

Sergei Kubichek (Dikran Tulaine)Edit

A former KGB agent and Secretary of Defense for the Russian Federation, Kubichek longs for the restored order and power of the former Soviet Union. He is the mastermind of a risky plot to secure the Judas Chalice, resurrect Vlad Dracula, and use him to create an army of invincible vampire soldiers. Unfortunately, the plan backfires when Professor Lazlo reveals himself to be Count Dracula and is vampirized as a result. Nonetheless, he retained his goal to revitalize the Soviet Union. He is later killed by a grenade from Ivan, who is killed in the process.

Introduced in The LibrariansEdit

Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn)Edit

A counter-terrorism agent who is selected by the Library as the Librarian's Guardian, generally called "Col. Baird". Her first name was revealed in "And Santa's Midnight Run," and was inspired by her being born at midnight on Christmas Eve.

Jacob Stone (Christian Kane)Edit

An Oklahoma cowboy and a genius with an IQ of 190 and extensive knowledge of art history and architecture. He has spent twenty years of his life writing literature on European and Native American art history under multiple pseudonyms including Dr. Oliver Thompson, James McKelvie, and Griffin Griffould. He was invited to interview for the position of the Librarian 10 years ago (when Flynn was successful), but did not respond to the invitation because he felt obligated to help keep his family's oil rigging business afloat. He was a "Librarian-in-training", working alongside Ezekiel Jones and Cassandra Cillian, until being promoted at the end of "And the Loom of Fate". He is currently banned from the Vatican Museum for attempting to rearrange the art there while under the influence of the Apple of Discord.

Cassandra Cillian (Lindy Booth)Edit

A mathematician and scientist with synesthesia - the special gift of auditory and sensory hallucinations linked to memory retrieval. Cassandra is a rare case with which all five of her senses can be connected to her memories at any given time. Her synesthesia is linked to a tumor, described as the size of a grape, which is expected to be lethal but is under control at present (though it does cause nosebleeds). She was invited to attend the interview process to become 'the Librarian' 10 years ago (when Flynn was successful), but was in hospital at that time. She was a "Librarian-in-training", working alongside Ezekiel Jones and Jacob Stone, from the end of the pilot until being promoted at the end of "And the Loom of Fate".

In the episode "And the Cost of Education", Cassandra is invited by the Lake, a secret organization of women who study magic and science, because she had traveled within two worlds and was knowledgeable about magic and science. However she declines to join them because of her loyalty to her current job as a Librarian. After reporting to Jenkins, it is said to be complicated for the intervention of the Lake.

In the episode "And the Eternal Question" she forced to get the tumor removed and as a result keeps her mathematical abilities, as well gain the power to communicate telepathically.

Ezekiel Jones (John Kim)Edit

A world-class thief who looks out for no-one but himself. He is also a "master of technologies" and fan of classic crimes who enjoys playing the role of international man of mystery. He was invited to attend the interview process to become the 'Librarian' 10 years ago (when Flynn was successful), but he is a loner and decided not to attend the interview because he believed he received the letter by mistake. He was a "Librarian-in-training", working alongside Cassandra Cillian and Jacob Stone, from the end of the pilot until being promoted at the end of "And the Loom of Fate".

In the season two episode "And What Lies Beneath the Stones," Jones confesses that in the past he was recruited by MI6 to use his skills as a thief on behalf of the British government, which he is embarrassed about.

Jenkins / Galahad (John Larroquette)Edit

The new quartet's reluctant, sometimes cantankerous caretaker; he has worked at The Library's branch office, known as 'The Annex', "for longer than anyone knows," and has extensive knowledge of ancient lore. In the episode "And the Loom of Fate" Jenkins was revealed to be Sir Galahad, Knight of the Round Table. In "And The Graves of Time", he gives up his immortality to bring Nicole Noone back to life after she's killed by a revengeful Rasputin. He's at first unprepared to handle the many shortcomings of being an older human, (poor eyesight and hearing, the need to eat) but soon comes to accept that this is his life now for however long that may be. His immortality is returned in "And the Echoes of Memory" when Flynn makes Nicole work for the Library instead of against it, and changes history.

Dulaque / Lancelot du Laque (Matt Frewer)Edit

The mysterious immortal leader of the Serpent Brotherhood. In the episode "...And the Apple of Discord" it is heavily implied that he is either Sir Lancelot or Sir Hector de Maris when one of the members of the Conclave calls him "The son of Ban". Dulaque was established to be Sir Lancelot in the episode "And the Loom of Fate".

Lamia (Lesley-Ann Brandt)Edit

Dulaque's second-in-command in the Serpent Brotherhood. Believes that bringing magic back and achieving power will allow them to make the world a better place. She is a skilled martial artist and sword fighter. Dulaque kills her in "And the Loom of Fate".

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