Day 5 Prequel Edit
This guy is a classic "forbidden character" and I cannot believe I've forgotten to add him here until now. What's better is that he's a Villain At Large. He gets to drive away for coffee at the Mercenary Inn, after his poor accomplice in the BMW gets completely pwnt by Jack in his trusty (and apparently more maneuverable) Toyota.
- Appeared in Season 5 Prequel
BMW driver Edit
Anybody who watches the Season 5 Prequel and fails to notice that it is essentially a Toyota car advertisement needs to take a step back and open their eyes. Additionally, anybody who disagrees with my assertion that this is quite possibly the most excellent car advertisement of all time probably drives a neon pink Geo Tracker.
Anyway, Toyota had fun with this and had Jack in a Toyota outperform a mercenary who was driving a Beemer. It's not that much of a stretch, really. Jack could use a rusted-out Model-T Ford to outperform a fighter ace flying a goddamn Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. Big thanks go out to Acer, who actually figured out the stunt driver who was behind the wheel.
Day 5 Edit
First executed hostage Edit
Before Anton Beresch starting blowing away people on his live camera feed, he had one of his goons (next, below) execute a moron who thought it would be a good idea to call the cops. It's a good thing the hostage tried to make that call, too. I mean, the cops clearly had no idea that an airport terminal was just taken in a bloody siege. Nor did they hear the giant explosion outside. Nor did they see the freshly charred and gutted truck that was busy belching fire.
Very special thanks to William.Y.Fremont for bringing this guy to my attention for addition here.
- Appeared in Day 5: 9:00am-10:00am
Beresch separatist Edit
This angry looking fellow was ordered by Beresch to kill the hostage (seen directly above) who tried to call for help. This is the action that caused the reaction from Meghan and her little son. He and Ibrim then dragged the corpse away.
CTU staffer (John McCain) Edit
World-famous US Senator John McCain, a fan of the show, made an obscure appearance during Season 5 when he handed Audrey Raines some paperwork. It was during a split screen, making him all the more difficult to spot; the character he played couldn't be less significant, so it should go without saying that the only reason I'm including him as a "Forbidden" is the notability of the actor.
Gassed girl Edit
A girl was poisoned with the horrific Sentox gas at the Sunrise Hills Shopping Mall. But Jack famously saved her with an atropine injection. She had a huge amount of screen time for a forbidden character, and was very important to the drama of that episode.
- Appeared in Day 5: 2:00pm-3:00pm
- Portrayed by Grace Moorea Phillips (daughter of Lou Diamond Phillips)
Nathanson's attacker Edit
One of the mercenaries sent by Ostroff to kill Nathanson had a great amount of camera time. Especially when he walked over to Nathanson and took aim for the kill; the camera had two distinct angles of this man. He's a beast! Despite his size, of course, he was no match for Jack.
CTU Sentox attack survivors Edit
Read the brief section toward the end of this page labeled "SignorSimon" about the fellow contributor who posted the pics and content about the first four of these CTU survivors. Essentially, these characters, another female staffer, and some of the main characters were locked in a hermetically-sealed CTU room from nerve gas. They survived, and are arguably note-worthy given this fact and their relatively high screen time.
- Appeared as a group in Day 5: 6:00pm-7:00pm and Day 5: 7:00pm-8:00pm, perhaps numerous other appearances before and after individually
Wilshire headshot agent Edit
One of the two nameless agents who went with Jack and Curtis into the Wilshire Gas Company. He was killed in a headshot by a long-distance pistol round from Vladimir Bierko... through a tiny window in which his face was barely visible. Nice shot you separatist billionaire!! It's a scene that's very easily missed, go watch it again!
This character has a great story attached to him too. From '06 July 6 to '08 April 7, the information on this wiki's page for Steve (Day 5) was erroneously for this character, and it was assumed that Matt Huhn was the man in the picture seen here. It was created in good faith, no doubt, by User:Falconfan. So convincing was this information that many users (yes, including myself, as evidenced by the page's history) unwittingly contributed to the page and User:Lud even innocently uploaded an image of the character he thought the page was written for. (This is a link to the last incorrect version of that page. The red-linked "Sam.png" is the exact same image you see here, I just brightened and re-uploaded with a different name.) However, after a long period of suspicion, I found out who Matt Huhn really was, and that he played a Secret Service agent. The rest is history.
- Appeared in Day 5: 9:00pm-10:00pm
Bluetooth cabalist Edit
Here he is. From my experience, this is absolutely the quintessential forbidden character. This guy's at the top of the laundry list of Season 5 villains, even above President Logan, and he was never named or verifiably arrested. When I created this shrine in worship of the Cabal, it was essentially for him and Robert Joseph. Read the "Blue Rook" section at the bottom of this page about my further history with this character.
Hero flight passenger Edit
During Jack's hijacking of Flight 520, a burly passenger (who no doubt was afraid of another 9/11) made a move to rush Jack and subdue him. Jack threatened him to sit back down; nobody was harmed. He even had a face close-up before this point, where he sits in open-mouthed fear of Jack.
This character was so notable for me that I fudged something of an entry for him, but over on the Flight 520 list of passengers section. I was even able to determine who played this character: stunt actor Bill Leaman. The image seen here is the same one I grabbed for the Flight 520 page.
Day 6 Edit
Bus driver Edit
After taking a hearty swig of "Middle Easterner" flavored Haterade, this bus driver ignored the crap out of a potential passenger because of the man's race and the recent rash of suicide bombings. Too bad the driver didn't drink "Asian dude" Haterade because that's exactly who blew up his bus moments later. This bus driver is notable because he was the central visual representative of all the pedestrians & bus riders who were looking at the rejected passenger with suspicion.
- Appeared in Day 6: 6:00am-7:00am
CTU staffer (Stephen Merchant) Edit
Funny man Stephen Merchant made a cameo appearance during the Season 6 opener. The camera lingered on him just a fraction of a second too long for my taste (as if the producers were boasting, "look who we got to appear!"). Like the cameo of John McCain in the prior season, the staffer which Merchant played couldn't be less significant, so it should go without saying that the only reason I'm including him as a "Forbidden" is the notability of the actor.
Agent Mark's partner Edit
After CTU Agent Mark spoke on the phone, the camera panned away and randomly lingered on his unnamed partner for such a ponderously long period of precious 24 time that the cameraman should have been arrested for stalking. It's really just odd how long this guy was on-screen. So long that the original uploader of Mark's image was deceived and the wrong guy was seen in the article for some months.
- Appeared in Day 6: 11:00am-12:00pm
Witness & cop Edit
At 1:22pm, a distraught woman is briefly seen giving a witness report to an LAPD officer. She is the person who witnessed the corpse of Darren McCarthy being dumped in the street by Rita Brady. I really enjoyed how the show-runners took the time to actually film this witness for us to see firsthand. Normally, you would just hear about it secondhand from Chloe. Also, the witness looks special, like some crew member's mother or something.
- Appeared in Day 6: 1:00pm-2:00pm
General Habib's sons Edit
Mohmar Habib of Season 6 had to endure a trial similar to Syed Ali of Season 2: his own countrymen threatened his family to make him work with Americans who wanted to stop terrorism in progress. However, unlike Ali, General Habib had to watch this drama in person (not via video feed). This is when we got to see two young men, certainly his sons, being threatened by a soldier. And, also unlike Ali, General Habib did not break completely. He took a risk and tipped off his co-conspirator. I wonder if CTU informed the politician who was with the soldiers, seen interrogating General Habib, that he lied to them... and if Habib and his boys were kept alive.
- Appeared in Day 6: 10:00pm-11:00pm
Speaker of the House Edit
The white-haired man in this image is almost certainly supposed to be the Speaker of the House. Though I nominated this image for deletion, the funny discussion that ensued over at the AFD page made me withdraw the nomination and then add this gentleman right here. Just look at the dude! He's the definition of the "that guy" phenomenon in a photo.
- Appeared in 24: Redemption
Day 7 Edit
Dubaku henchman 2 Edit
This fellow was prominently beside Dubaku's subcommander during the Stanswick Power Plant scene. Yes, he looks suspiciously like Udo, but upon examining the man's hairline and lines on his cheeks, I'm fairly certain this is another actor (and hence another character).
- Appeared in Day 7: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Marika's driver Edit
Ryan Burnett chose a driver from his crew to pick up Marika for Iké Dubaku. Burnett offered to have the driver kill Marika, indicating that this wasn't just a "driver", he was actually a mercenary and murderer. He got off scot-free when Dubaku sent him away.
A highly notable character in my opinion, and the opinion of at least one other contributor, Thief12, who uploaded a perfect image of him.
- Appeared in Day 7: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Burnett's mercenaries Edit
Ryan Burnett had such a haggard crew of "mercenaries". I am unable to summon a snarky comment; all I can say is that Burnett's ubiquitous men were so non-threatening that it ruined the scene for me.
- Appeared in Day 7: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Dr Beardfacé Edit
Dr. Beardfacé from Scrubs actually had a cameo on 24 in one of the busy hospital scenes. Simply awesome.
Clueless Secret Service Edit
This guy as an impressive amount of face-time on camera. That is, until Abo stabs him through the chest in a particularly graphic kill which initiates Benjamin Juma's mini-war against the Secret Service.
- Appeared in Day 7: 7:00pm-8:00pm
"Released" hostage Edit
Apparently, running around the White House and murdering staffers and Secret Service agents wasn't enough to satisfy Benjamin Juma's bloodlust. He just had to go and shoot one more dude's brains out. Definitely a memorable scene since the murder either made you jump in your seat or grin expectantly. Or both, as happened in my case.
Ambulance driver Edit
At the end of episode 12, Robert Galvez stabbed an unnamed EMT to death and then held the ambulance driver at gunpoint. Almost certainly killed by Galvez later, this character was the last face seen in the episode. But what really caught my eye about this guy was the fact that he's been in the show before: this as-yet-unidentified background extra also played the obscure Secret Service agent Frank Wells way back in Season 4. Neat, eh? Think I'll ever learn this actor's name?
- Appeared in Day 7: 2:00am-3:00am
Prion cabal operative 0 Edit
The guy that knocked down Patricia Eames with evil Binaca spray and then killed her with a tiny shot of god-knows-what is a shoe-in for the Forbidden list. He had great screen time and exposure for a silent character, and was an important part of the Eames and the Al-Zarian operations. In fact, he was the first operative seen from the prion variant cabal besides Tony. I've labeled this man "Operative 0" here because Harbinson was specifically labeled "Operative #1" in the credits.
- Appeared in Day 7: 2:00am-3:00am, Day 7: 3:00am-4:00am, Day 7: 4:00am-5:00am
- Portrayed by Randall Archer
Day 8 Edit
Bikini sunbather Edit
The first time we see Arlo Glass, he's staring at a rather attractive woman sunbathing in a bikini using the surveillance camera of a CTU drone. A bad first impression for someone who's supposed to be protecting America. Thanks to William.Y.Fremont for the image!
- Appeared in Day 8: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Creeped-out bystander Edit
An obvious pick for a list with these criteria, this fellow saw Jack manhandling Victor Aruz in an alley and casually called 911, summoning this officer and his partner. Major credit for not being noticed by Jack; very rarely does something nearby go completely unnoticed by Jack. I was expecting Jack to see this guy make the call and get prepared, but I was wrong. And I was surprised the actor wasn't credited, as he had quite a few good moments on screen. Special thanks to Pyramidhead for uploading this image!
- Appeared in Day 8: 4:00pm-5:00pm
- (Possibly played by Raymond Anthony Thomas; big thanks to Thief12 for discovering this lead...)
Jack Bauer carried Renee Walker, who was suffering from a fatal gunshot wound, into a cab which was waiting for fares outside the Hotel Chelsea. The cabbie rushed them through the streets, even weaving through oncoming traffic, and got them there in less than two minutes. Renee succumbed to her wound despite all the efforts made. Too bad the dude didn't have a line. Very special thanks to Acer for determining the identity of this character's performer, and correcting an error I had made about him too.
Oleg's widow & infant Edit
On what must have been the worst day for her, the wife of Oleg Bazhaev lost her husband and her brother-in-law to violence, watched the family business crumble, and had to endure her rich father-in-law getting thrown into prison for terrorism. Don't you just love how gorgeous women stumble over each other to land the risk-addict alpha male types? Now look where she's at. Well-fed baby though! SignorSimon discovered this character and grabbed this excellent shot for the list here.
- Appeared in Day 8: 9:00am-10:00am
Logan-hating Secret Service Edit
While some of the Forbidden Characters could be somewhat easy to miss, this guy isn't. Not if you saw Day 8: 9:00am-10:00am. When Charles Logan arrives at the UN Building, a Secret Service agent opens the door for him, and openly stares him down with a look that could freeze helium. Logan is horrified and bitches loudly to Pillar to have the man reassigned. Classic. Loved that scene. I laughed out loud and was grinning for an hour afterward.
Very special thanks to William.Y.Fremont for reminding me about this guy and for uploading the great pic. Also worth noting that another user thought him memorable enough to add to the Unnamed Secret Service agents article, too. Stinks the guy didn't have any lines, otherwise we could leave him there.
- Appeared in Day 8: 9:00am-10:00am
Day 9 Edit
Yelling guard Edit
This security guard at the United States Embassy in London was knocked out by Jack. Gunman6 added him, complete with new image and citation, to Unnamed security guards. Alas, this does not qualify as dialogue, so here the latest Forbidden character comes to rest.
- Appeared in "2:00pm-3:00pm".
Audrey's murderer Edit
This Chinese operative working for Cheng Zhi killed two CIA agents and Audrey Boudreau in Malden Park. He escaped from the scene of the shooting and apparently remains at large. The character sparked a relatively large discussion which continued for much of April 2015 (Forum:Cheng shooter who killed Audrey) to amend the inclusion criteria so he could appear in Unnamed terrorists.
Honorable mention Edit
There are a few more nameless and line-free characters who I don't even consider notable enough per se to qualify as Forbidden, but are worthy of some kind of mention because I was able to track down the background extras who portrayed them:
Users who've made entries for "forbiddens" Edit
Below is a list of contributors who have created articles or unnamed entries for one or more of these characters. The reason why I'm listing these is to demonstrate that, over the history of this project, there has been a real interest for articles/unnamed entries for these characters among frequent and respected users. Let me know if I've missed anyone.
Blue Rook (me) Edit
I chose to list the users in alphabetical order so I'd be first. I want to be first so people immediately can see that I'm not compiling a "list of morons/rogues/etc" or some kind of similar insult. If you're listed here, don't for a second assume this is a place for people I consider to be clueless or violators of policy. I'm here too!
Shortly after arriving at the wiki in April 2007, I made a page for the two unnamed conspirators working with Graem Bauer and Ron. The page was deleted and I had this discussion with elder editors and found out why. Since then, the name (Robert Joseph) of one of the two has been revealed, but the fourth guy still remains unnamed. Recently, another user, Gonzalo84, added red-links for this character, as well.
Falconfan, Lud Edit
Falconfan created a page for a forbidden character, but it seems he did it more out of misunderstanding and incomplete data. Still, however, he believed that the unnamed, no-lines "Wilshire headshot agent" was notable enough, and figured he was the one played by Matt Huhn. User:Lud even added the image. For months, the forbidden character these users created content for masqueraded in the spot of the named one whom Matt Huhn really played.
Simon added perhaps the largest collection of "forbidden" characters to the Unnamed CTU agents page; only 1 (possibly 2) was permissible for inclusion. Since then, they have been relocated to the gas attack page where all the survivors are listed (much like how I put the "hero passenger" on the Flight 520 page). Simon also uploaded the original image for Agent Mark's unnamed partner (seen up here).
Thief12 made an unnamed terrorists entry for the character labeled as "Marika driver", and even uploaded a great pic. Another excellent, but forbidden, character.
Blue Rook's userspace index Edit
- User:Blue Rook - central user page & home of my "Villains @ Large" article
- User talk:Blue Rook - contact me here
- / Barnstar - home of the Dead-On and Owned! Awards
- / Contributions - a shamelessly arrogant showcase of my work, and a few humorously-captioned pictures
- / Forbidden characters p1 & p2 - characters forbidden from having encyclopedia entries at the wiki (!)
- / Gredenko ultranationalists - working list of all of Gredenko's goons
- / Help me ID this man - a mystery recurring background actor... finally solved!
- / ImageContribs & older images- two galleries that serve as a careful account of all my uploaded images
- / Season 7 villain checklist - just a random checklist for the Season 7 villains
- / Season 7 opinions - my critiques, positive and negative, posted during the airing of Season 7
- / Shrine - home of my shrine to the Bluetooth Cabal of Day 5
- / GhostGallery - a hand-selected list of currently-unused images for which you're welcome to find a spot