These are the 24 greatest '24' characters in my personal opinion. I was originally going to do an article on the 24 most important characters to the show but I didn't want to work on something of such detail just yet. That would also be another list entirely as I am missing some very high profile characters of the show.
So...enjoy my list! :D
Dead last in this ranking out of my tops because of how big of a major brat she was to Jack in the beginning of the series & 5. I don't particularly really enjoy her storylines or what she has to offer but Jack loves her and that's good enough for me. Plus, Elisha is one of my favorite actresses ever so I'm kind of required to like her because of that.
So hilarious! I loved her banter with Sean in the early part of season 7. "You're a little bitch, you know that?" - "You're a little bitch." Some simple dialogue like that could only be sarcastically pulled off by Janeane. As much as I don't like how she let her politics get in the way of initially taking the job, she did good with the role.
A really funny guy. His sense of humor appeals to me, I love his snark. I loved him from the get-go & his storyline in season 2 is so heartbreaking and Xander did so well with it. I don't really think we got to see enough of his character though for me to place him any higher.
I love Kim Raver, I think she's a fantastic actress and I always love any work she does. I'm slightly conflicted on Audrey mainly because of the last half of season 4 and how she treated Jack. I understand why she withdrew from him, but it doesn't mean I have to like it. If you want Jack, you should be able to handle the full package. When she started to choose Paul towards the end is what places her so low on my list. Seasons 5 & 6 I absolutely love her in though which is why she still gets a ranking.
I actually also really love Marie. She was fascinating because I guess you'd typically wouldn't expect a rich, pretty white girl to be a terrorist. Anyway, I do love Kate. People make fun of her quite frequently but I still love her. I think she was Jack's best match outside of Teri, since she actually lived and didn't go crazy and all.
Jean Smart is such a great actress, obviously. Martha has some of the funniest lines of season 5 - "I look like a wedding cake." and her character was fascinating from start to finish. She's a little off her rocker, but wouldn't you be too if you were married to Charles? He treated her as though she were insane too so that probably added a bit to her instability.
I just love the entire Palmer family, except Sandra. They were all so epic. I think Wayne is the less important of him/David/Sherry but it doesn't make me like him any less. He was slightly annoying in season 3, but he made up for it by being kickass in every other season he was in. He made a good President too - I'm not going to compare him to David, because that isn't fair, but he was good in his own right.
It's not that I'm defensive of him, because I think his actions during the series are repulsive. He's a weasel and has no redeeming qualities but he's such a perfect villain because
of that reason. Gregory Itzin is just a great actor also - definitely deserving of that Emmy nomination.
I came to really appreciate Shohreh Aghdashloo as an actress because of her role in season 4. She played such a fantastic three-dimensional villain. She cared about the safety of her son and was willing to risk everything to protect him yet she still believed in her cause in the first place and was also willing to attack LA if her son couldn't be saved. Nobody else could have played that like Shohreh.
BAMF!! I don't need to explain why I love her because of the fact that she was in SO few episodes...it's pretty clear why she is loved.
If you had asked me before I did my series rewatch how much I liked Renee, I probably would have told you I didn't - at all. I didn't like her in early season 7 because of her holier-than-thou status towards Jack but she got better. I liked her more and more with each viewing. It also helps that I LOVE Annie Wersching an insane amount. Knowing that Annie really is enthusiastic about the show and loves it like we do actually helps.
I just thought she was a great, powerful character. I loved her scenes with Taylor, because they made me hate Taylor who was previously another strong character. She stood her ground against her and Necar was really superb in the last few episodes of the season when she had to display her heartache over Omar dying and then having to stand with Suvarov with a poker face.
I do not LOVE Tony like many others do but I can see why they do. I actually didn't used to like him - I hated some of the things he did that were against Jack, and I still don't like them but I've learned to get past them. He deserved the beatdown that Jack gave him in season 7, but I think that was his best season by far.
The more I think about her, the higher she gets on my list. She might very well be lower on my list if I were to *really* sit down and think about it, but at this moment...here's where she ranks. She's like a mini wannabe Sherry Palmer! She is SO hateful & spiteful and deserved to go to prison for sure but she really was so much fun to watch. The show needed someone like Sherry for years and Olivia she was.
Such a sweet, lovable teddy bear of a guy - and they just HAD to kill him! BUT WHY?!!!!! I will always mourn him and his death scene just absolutely kills me. I can never make it through that scene without breaking down. There was just nothing wrong his character. :(
I love him. I wish we had the last two seasons with him in it. He was great to watch in 6, and I love his accent and relationship with Chloe and his total charming ways. They really should have done more with his character development after 6 - explore him some more since he was so distraught after giving Fayed the arming system.
Such a good guy, never did anything wrong, and died in a really heroic way - saving his President and his country. If you have to go in 24, that's the way to do it. He was kind of the moral backbone of the entire show - or at least seasons 4-7.
I had difficulty ranking seven and six on this list. I go back and forth really...it doesn't mean I like seven any less than I do six but this is as it is. Tom was the comical relief of season 6, alongside Morris. But he was more so subtle about it than Morris was. He didn't *try* to be funny, and he was a BAMF for the entire season. Another character I was really disappointed in that they didn't continue their storyline.
This is someone you wouldn't think would be on anyone's top character list but I just love him. I always have. Even when he went behind David's back in season 2, I loved him. His heart was in the right place, he just didn't go about it in the right way. Mike was always fun to have around the show, and he was a great advisor to the President's he served under.
I loved him from the start. Anil Kapoor is SO charming irl (I haven't met him, but I mean through interviews) and he talks highly of 24 so I was excited to see him as a new cast member for season 8. He was an honorable family man, which sounds strange considering he emotionally cheated on Dalia with Meredith, but at the end of it all he always wanted to do what was right. His last few episodes were such an emotional ride. I will quote another 24 friend of mine here: "He was the Middle Eastern David Palmer."
True that. That is the highest compliment you can receive.
LOVE her. Insanely so. Every episode she was in was quite honestly some of the best of the show. The writers made the biggest mistake of their career by killing her. She brought something special & fun to the show that was never to be seen again except in season 7 with her mini-offspring Olivia Taylor. Such a fantastic villain, and easily the show's best.
She reminds me of me. Scary, I know. She's an awkward, techy, stubborn brat, but at the end of the day you know you can always count on her because she is fiercely loyal. The bond that she and Jack share is truly special, never to be duplicated anywhere else. She really is a unique breed.
The greatest protagonist EVER. I really hate the turn his character took in season 3 when he approved the hit on Ryan (because really, if you ever payed attention to the show at all, you'd know David would have NEVER gone through with that). He's just a fantastic, moralistic character who also has a unique & special bond with Jack that will never be duplicated either. His death traumatized me for life.
He is my favorite character in anything ever, and always will be. I can go into great detail about why I love him (seriously...I could write an entire article which I just might do!). Kiefer is the greatest television & dramatic actor and he plays Jack to a T. Nobody else could ever play him ("When Jack Bauer found out Kiefer Sutherland was to play him in 24, Jack killed Kiefer. Jack gets played by no man."
). Anytime something bad happened to Jack, I lost sleep over it. I'm not even joking....if the episode ended on a cliffhanger anyway. I was SO worried that he wouldn't come back after his season 5 kidnapping, and I was literally on the edge of my season for the series finale. You cannot kill Jack Bauer. That will be the death of me also - I am only okay with the show being over because I know at least he's alive. If they decide to kill him in the movies, so help anyone in my path....