Main cast[ edit ] Echo Eliza Dushku is an Active and the protagonist of the series. She is the most popular Active in the Dollhouse, and has shown skills that transcend the limitations of her parameters during the course of her engagements. Prior to having her mind wiped, Echo was a college graduate and political activist named Caroline Farrell.
E-7 Caroline is originally a political activist who accidentally uncovers the Rossum Corporation's illegal activities; her boyfriend is killed during an attempt to infiltrate a Rossum laboratory, and Rossum attempts to have her recruited to Adelle DeWitt's Dollhouse. E-7 While on the run from Rossum, Caroline becomes a terrorist devoted to bringing the corporation down, until she is finally captured. E Throughout the series, Echo becomes increasingly self-aware while in her blank state, and later even vows to discover and restore her original self.
E On achieving full self-awareness, Echo develops a romantic interest in Paul Ballard. Having learned more about Caroline's potentially murky past, she decides to be her own person. E While she is uncertain what having become her own person will mean for her, she agrees to be reunited with Caroline's personality to gain crucial information over Rossum. E Boyd Langton Harry Lennix is introduced at the onset of the first season as a former cop and the Dollhouse handler assigned to Echo.
He has doubts about the Dollhouse's ethics, but largely keeps quiet about them. Later in the season, he's promoted to head of security. E-9 His own "morally compromised" past is not originally revealed, but it is known he has considerable skills and contacts in disposing of dead bodies. E When Echo returns to the Dollhouse after a three-month absence, he allies himself with Paul and Topher in keeping her self-awareness a secret from the Rossum execs. E After regaining Caroline's memories, she discovers that Boyd is one of the two founders of the Rossum Corporation and seemingly installed himself in the Dollhouse to become Echo's handler.
E After attacking Echo, Langton's mind is wiped after Topher finishes a remote wiping device. In a doll state, Langton is fitted with explosives and given a grenade and is commanded to blow up the Rossum building, which he does, killing himself in the process. E Topher Brink Fran Kranz is the scientist who operates Dollhouse's technology and uses it to imprint new personalities on the Actives.
Cynical, ego-driven and seemingly amoral, Topher's knowledge of human behavior allows him to specially craft the various personalities of the Actives for their various missions. In the second season, Topher faces several moral dilemmas, the first when he is required by Rossum to revive a serial killer. E When ordered to permanently surrender the Active Sierra to her real-life rapist, Nolan Kinnard, Topher instead returns her as Priya original personality of the Doll Sierra , who then kills Kinnard in self-defense.
Topher and Boyd help Priya cover up the murder, and Priya agrees to return to the Dollhouse as Sierra. He informs Adelle that he has figured out Rossum's plan as well as the technique to imprint any human being remotely, but she betrays him and surrenders it to her superiors.
E Following this, Topher aligns with Boyd and Ballard's "conspiracy" when he learns of Echo's full self-awareness. E Topher develops strong romantic feelings for Bennett Halverson, whose genius technological achievements he admired long before he met her in person. Bennett appears to reciprocate Topher's feelings, but she is killed before they have the chance to develop a more serious relationship. As the Dollhouse unravels and things spiral out of control, he develops an immense guilty conscience, blaming himself as inventor of the technology for the events that unfold.
Ultimately he creates technology to reverse the process that has wiped the minds of the general population, but sacrifices his own life in order to deploy it. The Dollhouse assigns active November to spy on him by becoming his girlfriend, Mellie. After breaking into the Dollhouse, he works for them under the condition that November is released, E and later takes the role of Echo's handler. The two of them vow to set the Actives free. E When Echo is left out on the streets, Paul finds her and helps conceal her from the Dollhouse for three months while she develops a full self-awareness.
She becomes romantically and sexually attracted to him, but he abstains from sex with her. The two re-enter the Dollhouse to continue their crusade.
E They later form an alliance with Boyd and Topher, but Paul is wiped and left braindead by Alpha. E Topher is able to partially restore Ballard by converting him into an Active, removing one brain function, and imprinting him with the scan Alpha took.
E However, in doing so, it was necessary for Paul's feelings of love toward Echo to be erased. E In the final episode of Dollhouse set ten years in the future, Paul is killed in combat, and his memories and personality are imprinted into Echo.
E-3 The character is also regularly hired out by Adelle DeWitt herself to be her lover, whom she truly appears to love. In his mind-wiped state, Victor is inexplicably attracted to Sierra despite numerous attempts to wipe away his memories of and feelings for her. E-9 Before entering the Dollhouse, Victor was a War in Afghanistan veteran named Anthony Ceccoli suffering posttraumatic stress disorder of which he is cured by the Dollhouse. E In the series finale set ten years in the future, Anthony and Priya share a tense relationship due to his reliance on imprinting technology which Priya considers a dangerous obsession.
Priya later realizes he compromised himself only to protect her and their child, and they reconcile near the end of the series. E Sierra Dichen Lachman is introduced as the newest Active in the Dollhouse; her original mind wipe occurs in the first episode of the first season. She is instinctively drawn to Echo, but lacks her growing self-awareness.
Sierra is a painter named Priya Tsetsang prior to having her mind wiped and becoming an Active. E Unlike the other Actives, Sierra was committed to the Dollhouse against her will by a powerful man, Nolan Kinnard, after she rejected his advances.
He then hires her out periodically for sexual encounters. E-8 During Season 1, she is also raped by her handler in her blank state, only adding to her trauma.
E-6 When Sierra is sent to her original rapist and captor permanently, Topher sends Sierra as her original personality Priya, and she kills Kinnard in self-defense. Boyd and Topher dispose of the body and Priya agrees to return to the Dollhouse to be with Victor, whom she loves.
E Ten years after the events of the series, Priya is shown to have a child with Anthony whom she raises alone, as she mistrusts him and his obsession with imprinting technology. Near the end of the series, Priya realizes Anthony's unwavering devotion to her and introduces their son to him, reuniting the family.
She claims to believe that the aims of the Dollhouse are truly benevolent; however, she displays an increasingly cynical attitude in Season 2, eventually joining the conspiracy against Rossum. Dollhouse is just one of more than twenty worldwide E-6 she answers to a number of superiors at the Rossum Corporation. It is revealed that she has been hiring out Victor as her lover, though she has concealed these activities from others in the Dollhouse by inventing a client referred to as "Miss Lonelyhearts".
E-9 Recurring cast[ edit ] Whiskey Amy Acker is originally introduced in the series as the Actives' general physician Dr. It is revealed in the season one finale that she is in fact an Active. Formerly the Dollhouse's most popular Doll, she was attacked by Alpha with a pair of scissors, causing extensive facial scarring. Shortly afterward, Alpha killed the actual Dr. Saunders, and Whiskey was imprinted with his personality and skill-set to serve as his replacement before the events of the first episode.
Saunders has trouble adjusting to the realization that she is merely Topher's creation, and objects to being wiped or restored as that would be equivalent to dying. She takes leave of the Dollhouse for some time to find herself. E Later, she begins a relationship with Boyd and he brings her back to the Dollhouse for the confrontation with Rossum.
Boyd is later revealed to be one of Rossum's founders and has been working against the group all along. Saunders shoots Bennett through the forehead in front of Topher, E and she is speculated to have been a sleeper active. Between then and flashfoward episode "Epitaph One", Whiskey is re-imprinted with Dr.
Saunders' personality as well as programmer skills. Later, after a time when her scars have been healed, she is seen having reverted to Whiskey, acting as a guardian for the Dollhouse, pointing people towards Safe Haven. When the Dollhouse is breached in "Epitaph One", she lets out a toxic gas which incapacitates the intruders and leaves her own fate uncertain. Laurence Dominic Reed Diamond ,  head of security at the Dollhouse during most of the first season, takes his job very seriously but views the Dolls as more like pets than humans.
He attempts to kill Echo, and also suggests she be retired as an Active and put into "the Attic". E-5 Later, while under the influence of a drug, he attempts to apologize to Echo for his actions. E-9 While in the Attic he becomes a defender of other imprisoned minds against the shadowy killer "Arcane".
He and Echo work together when she arrives in the Attic. E November Miracle Laurie is originally introduced to the series as Mellie, Paul Ballard's neighbor, romantic interest, and confidante, but is in fact a " sleeper " Active.
E-6 Adelle can switch November to a combat-ready personality using verbal codes. E-6 In "Omega", November's original persona and memories are restored and she is released from her contract early with full payment at Ballard's request in exchange for his joining the Dollhouse's staff. She returns to her life as Madeline Costley. E After being approached by Senator Daniel Perrin with evidence of the criminal and sexual acts she was made to perform as an Active, she agrees to testify before Congress about the Dollhouse.
E Unfortunately, this turns out to be a trap; she is denounced by Perrin himself an Active as a liar with faked evidence "disproving" the existence of the Dollhouse. She is subsequently sent to the less scrupulous Washington D. Dollhouse where her mind is forcibly erased and she is re-enslaved. E After Paul rescues her, Adelle chooses to reawaken her as Mellie rather than Madeline during the Dollhouse's confrontation with Rossum, due to her devotion to Paul and Madeline's disloyalty.
E When Mellie's sleeper state is later activated to kill Paul during an invasion of the Rossum headquarters, she commits suicide to prevent herself from harming Paul. E Ivy Liza Lapira is Topher's assistant. While highly skilled and seeing herself as Topher's apprentice, Topher treats her more as a gofer , assigning her menial tasks such as fetching him snacks.
Not wanting to see her get hurt in the battle, Topher tells her to leave and not become like him. Ivy then escapes from the Dollhouse. E Joe Hearn Kevin Kilner is Sierra's handler in the first six episodes, in addition to being the handler of the previous Sierra. Joe Hearn is introduced as a less-dedicated counterpart to Boyd Langton. E-3 He strongly dislikes Echo for her individualism and worries about her influence on Sierra.
DeWitt eventually learns that Hearn has raped Sierra in her blank state a number of times, and has him killed by activating November's combat-ready personality while he's on assignment to assassinate "Mellie". He meets Sierra while she is still aspiring artist Priya Tsetsang. As a means of high-profile courtship he buys one of her paintings and invites her to a party where it is exhibited.
She spurns his advances, and in retaliation he drugs her with psychotropic medications to mimic the symptoms of schizophrenia , then turns her over to the Dollhouse. E When the Dollhouse temporarily restores her original personality, she confronts Kinnard and he gloats that he can have her any time he wants, even making her beg. E-8 He eventually requests that Sierra be sent to him permanently, a demand that Rossum forces DeWitt to obey.
A remorseful Topher imprints Sierra with her original personality, and during her confrontation with Kinnard he produces a knife, leading to her stabbing him.