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The Best Characters On 'Homeland'

Updated May 6, 2020 4.3k votes 462 voters 3k views24 items

We’re ranking the best Homeland characters. The tense spy series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody. As Carrie’s investigation into Brody leads her further down the rabbit hole, tensions rise as friendships are tested. Below you'll find a list of Homeland characters along with the actor who plays them and one of their most memorable quotes.

Now well into its eighth season, Homeland has a hearty roster of awesome (as well as awful) characters. Famed media personality Brett O’Keefe made his debut in season six, and Max Piotrowski, a surveillance expert and confidant, became a Homeland regular in season 7. You'll see many other Homeland character names on the list below, including Peter Quinn and Dana Brody. Which character is your favorite?

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  • 1

    Peter Quinn

    Rupert Friend
    446
    23

    "My reality has a dreaminess. And my thoughts keep disappearing." 

  • 2

    Saul Berenson

    Mandy Patinkin
    292
    43

    "You don't know a godd*mn thing. You're the smartest and the dumbest f*cking person I've ever known."

  • 3

    Max Piotrowski

    Maury Sterling
    204
    37

    Quinn: "What did she say?"
    Max: "That you're being kind of an a**hole. Also, there's some pills you need to take."

  • 4

    Fara Sherazi

    Nazanin Boniadi
    144
    52

    "Okay, I'm trying to be balls in here, but I'm not into suicide."

  • 5

    Carrie Mathison

    Claire Danes
    190
    103

    "It's the lies that undo us. It's the lies we think we need to survive. When was the last time you told the truth?"

  • 6

    Nicholas Brody

    Damian Lewis
    146
    102

    "I'm more alone than I was in the bottom of that hole in Iraq."

  • 7

    Dar Adal

    F. Murray Abraham
    109
    91

    "Did I do anything, anything at all, to suggest I was curious about the sound of your voice?"

  • 8

    David Wellington

    Linus Roache
    57
    63

    "Right now, we're trying to prevent what was once fondly known as the capital of the Confederacy from burning to the ground."

  • 9

    Mike Faber

    Diego Klattenhoff
    79
    102

    "So, is this a peace negotiation?"

  • 10

    Abu Nazir

    Navid Negahban
    69
    100

    "Generation after generation must suffer and die. We are prepared for that. Are you?"

  • 11

    Jessica Brody

    Morena Baccarin
    65
    115

    "I really thought we turned a corner this morning. You're hiding something. I can see it in your eyes."

  • 12

    Senator Andrew Lockhart

    Tracy Letts
    56
    102

    "What the f*ck? What the f*cking f*ck?!"

  • 13

    Jonas Hollander

    Alexander Fehling
    38
    72

    "You want to tell me what happened today? It's all over the Internet, a mysterious blonde woman in the Hauptbahnhof tunnels with a gun."

  • 14

    Allison Carr

    Miranda Otto
    48
    98

    "You can't shove democracy down people's throats!"

  • 15

    Elizabeth Keane

    Elizabeth Marvel
    38
    83

    "Feels good, doesn't it? To finally hear the truth."

  • 16

    Dante Allen

    Morgan Spector
    24
    61

    "I don't know what you think you found out about me, but it's a fantasy. Like every other thought in that f*cked up brain of yours."

  • 17

    Chris Brody

    Jackson Pace
    39
    89

    "I have this feeling things are going to get pretty wild soon."

  • 18

    Otto Düring

    Sebastian Koch
    30
    78

    "You're either born with wings or not."

  • 19

    David Estes

    David Harewood
    50
    114

    "My colleague has never learned how to take "no" for an answer."

  • 20

    Mira Berenson

    Sarita Choudhury
    35
    89

    "You know how crazy everyone says you are? You're crazier than that."

  • 21

    Dana Brody

    Morgan Saylor
    48
    121

    "Whatever we felt... we broke it. We killed it... just the same way that we killed that woman."

  • 22

    Vice President William Walden

    Jamey Sheridan
    26
    81

    "The president is not protecting this country, he's just riding out his term."

  • 23

    Brett O'Keefe

    26
    83

    "The word 'menopause' never crosses my lips again, swear to God."

  • 24

    Laura Sutton

    Sarah Sokolovic
    17
    99

    "You spent the last ten years killing people. It's not enough just to stop. You need to do something."

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