A quick guide to the characters of Fox's hit show

By Jeff Jensen
Updated September 11, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT


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Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv)
Fringe‘s lead investigator and — thanks to a drug given to her as a child by Walter — a mega-powered wonder woman. She can perceive alternate realities, and this season, she gets superhearing.

Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson)
The Quippy Guy Who Explains Everything to the Audience, Peter will emerge as team leader in season 2, leveraging his many mysterious underworld connections to seek out and crack Fringe cases.

Walter Bishop (John Noble)
His old experiments are at the root of the Fringe weirdness — as well as the reason for his own mental instability. Is he also the mythical leader of a terrorist cell? Don’t ask: The addled genius has memory issues.

Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick)
The Fringe Division’s loyal, suffers-no-fools boss has been aware of the Pattern for years. The new season will reveal more about his heroic past, as well as his romantic link to a key Fringe player.

Nina Sharp (Blair Brown)
The public face of Massive Dynamic, the monolithic company owned by Walter’s sinister ex-colleague William Bell (Leonard Nimoy). She always knows more than she’s telling — and she has a robot arm!

Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo)
Despite reports that Olivia’s FBI partner had been dropped due to Fox budget cuts, Charlie will most definitely be back. But the season premiere’s very last scene will bring a radical change for the fan fave.

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