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Jack Bristow (Victor Garber in Alias)

Jack Bristow

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Jonathan Donahue Bristow
  • Other Aliases: Raptor
  • Marital Status: Marriage probably annulled
  • Known Relatives: Sydney Bristow (Daughter), Irina Derevko (Laura Bristow, former wife), Yekaterina “Katya” Derevko (sister-in-law), Elena Derevko (sister-in-law, deceased), Michael Vaughn (Andre Micheaux, son-in-law), Isabelle (granddaughter), Jack (grandson)
  • Group Affiliation: APO, CIA; formerly SD-6
  • Base Of Operations: California
  • Height: 62 Weight: 195 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black-Grey

Powers and Abilities

Jack is a highly experienced agent, with an extensive history of undercover work, and an expert in lying. He has a wide array of skills applicable to his profession, and is an accomplished armed and unarmed combatant.

He is a superior strategist, applying it both in the planning stage of missions, and on the fly, whether in regards to missions or manipulations of his colleagues to meet his goals.


A two-minute sequence featuring Jack and his wife.


Recruited to the CIA, Jack became close friends with colleague, Arvin Sloane. Jack headed the Project Christmas program for the CIA, assessing the possibilities of training young children to model them into being prepared for a future career in espionage, although the project was eventually dropped.

He met, fell in love with and married Laura, a professor of English, and they had a daughter, Sydney. Laura apparently died in a car accident while Sydney was still young, and Jack learned soon after that she was actually a KGB spy named Irina Derevko. Suspected of complicity, Jack was taken into custody for a long while.

He named Arvin and his wife Emily as Sydney’s temporary guardians. But even after he was cleared, he couldn’t raise her himself, hiring nannies to look after her.

After a while he was recruited by Arvin into SD-6, working for the Alliance of Twelve, a criminal intelligence agency, although he was actually a double agent for the CIA.


Arvin recruited Sydney into SD-6 without Jack’s knowledge, and when he learned that she had gotten a job at Credit Dauphine, the front company for SD-6, he ordered her to quit it. He did not reveal what he knew about it, since she didn’t know he worked there or about his time with the CIA.

The argument drove further distance between them, with Sydney continuing to work there despite his wishes, eventually becoming a field agent.

When he learns that Sydney told her fiancé Danny about her job, he tries to get him to safety before SD-6 security section has him executed to contain the information leak. He fails to get to Danny in time.

When Sydney refuses to come back to SD-6 after Danny’s murder, she becomes a security risk too. However, Jack rescues her from a retrieval squad. He confesses that he also works for SD-6, and what it actually is.

He takes her to an airplane he has arranged to take her into hiding. She refuses, and retrieves an artefact for SD-6, proving her loyalty, and then turns herself in to the CIA offering to be a double agent. They accept her, and he then learns that her father also still works for them.

Director of Operations

He moves into the main SD-6 office, working with Sydney, and using his position as Director of Operations to help cover her CIA counter-missions.

When Sydney is taken into custody by the FBI based on some Rambaldi prophecies, Vaughn tells him that another CIA agent, Haladki, was formerly FBI, and so will know where she’s being kept. Jack roughs him up, threatening to kill him unless he talks. When he does, Jack warns him to tell no one about their meeting, and then leads Vaughn and Weiss in freeing Sydney, allowing her to prove her innocence.

He later suspects that Haladki may be a mole for Khasinau, and then believed to be the man. Jack kidnaps and tortures Haladki, who confesses. Realising that he would also have reported that Sydney was a double agent, Jack executes him.

When Irina turns up alive, and turns herself in to the CIA, Jack does everything he can to keep Sydney away from her influence. He even frames Irina for trying to kill Sydney. He admits his culpability when he realises the effect it would have on Sydney, but continues to keep a close eye on Irina, even though they grow closer again, through working together.

When Irina finally makes her escape, having done what she wanted in custody, she seduces Jack the night before, convincing him that the tracker she was equipped with for her meeting with Sloane could give her away. He agrees and removes it, but secretly implants her with another, which later allows them to catch up to her, although she again manages to escape.

Is Sydney dead?

When Sydney is believed to be dead, Jack receives evidence that she isn’t, and contacts Irina for help finding her. When the NSA learns of his contact with Irina, he’s taken into custody. It’s a year later when the amnesiac Sydney turns up alive, and forces the NSA to release her father. Reunited, he helps her in her quest to recover her memories.

When Jack learns that Irina has put a contract out on Sydney’s life, he sees the only way to protect her being to kill Irina. So he gains CIA authorization, then arranges to meet Irina, where he kills her. Sydney later learns that he had killed Irina, which drives a wedge between them.

This lasts until she learns why he did so, which Jack hadn’t told her because he didn’t want her to know what her mother had done.

Along with most of the team he moves over to the CIA’s new black ops unit, Authorized Personnel Only (APO), where he works as Sloane’s deputy, taking over when matters involving Rambaldi come up. Jack and Arvin were also aware that Elena Derevko had been making moves, and they ran a private investigation on her.

Authorized Personnel Only

It was only after they discovered that she had accessed their system via her identity as the owner of the orphanage Nadia (Arvin’s daughter and Sydney’s half-sister) had been brought up in, that they revealed their information.

The investigation of Elena also revealed that it had been Elena who had set up Sydney’s assassination, to provoke Jack into killing the double shed set up to look like Irina. They located and rescued Irina, and she joined them in tracking down Elena. Once Elena’s plot has been dealt with, Jack lets Irina go, rather than return her to US custody.

With Sloane having allied with Elena, although he changed sides again to help defeat her, he’s removed from directorship of APO, with Jack taking his place. Jack tries to help him stay out of jail, but even he is surprised by how Sloane overcomes the problems to return to duty, and Jack remains suspicious of him.

Shortly after Sydney discovers she’s pregnant, Vaughn is shot and left for dead by rogue CIA agent Gordon Dean, working for Prophet Five. With Vaughn badly wounded, knowing Prophet Five wouldn’t stop until he was dead, Jack arranged to have his death faked, and Vaughn transported to a safe house in Bhutan, with only Jack and Sydney knowing the truth within APO.

Prophet Five

They focussed APOs resources on finding Prophet Five, learning that it was a powerful covert organization, with operatives highly placed within most governments and intelligence agencies around the world, including America and the CIA.

Sydney goes into labour while they’re infiltrating a Toronto bank to recover a Rambaldi artefact, along with Irina, whom they realise has been working with Prophet Five. They’re forced to accept Irina’s help when a Prophet Five squad raid the building. While Jack deals with their enemies, Irina delivers their granddaughter, Isabelle, before disappearing.

They manage to identify the heads of Prophet Five, but the information is soon rendered useless when Sloane, who by now was openly working for Prophet Five, performs a coup, killing the leadership, and blowing up APO headquarters. Tracking him to Rambaldi’s Tomb, Jack, Sydney and Vaughn raid it. During the ensuing gunfight, Sloane is shot dead, and Jack is critically wounded.

Sark manages to escape with a Rambaldi device, and Jack orders Sydney and Vaughn to follow him, even though they all know he won’t survive until help arrives. After Sydney and Vaughn depart, Jack gets hold of a belt of explosives, and re-enters the tomb.

He discovers that Sloane fell dead in a pool of a Rambaldi fluid which has returned him to life, making him immortal. Arvin offers to share it with Jack, who refuses, detonating the explosives, killing himself and leaving Sloane trapped for eternity.

Sydney and Vaughn later have a son, whom they name after Jack.


Stiff and formal, Jack has an imposingly professional persona. The betrayals he’s endured have left him emotionally distant, even from his own daughter, and he has trouble connecting, although he has grown closer to Sydney during their time working together. He is a consummate strategist, looking at all the angles of a situation, determining who wants what, and how to get them to do what he wants.

Ruthless and able to be coldly brutal when necessary, Jack has done nasty things as part of his job, and doesn’t flinch when called upon to do so. His primary agenda is always the protection of Sydney (and later her children too), and he will go to whatever lengths he feels are necessary (torture, murder, betraying his country) to ensure her safety, despite her wishes.


“Just so we’re clear : you report this conversation, you’ll never wear a hat again.”

(Being questioned by Adrianne Kane)
Kane: “With whom have you had intimate contact over the past ten years, Agent Bristow ?”
Jack: “I’m curious to know where you’re going with this.”
Kane: “More secrets have been revealed through pillow talk than through torture. If there’s a prostitute or a stewardess out there you think may have heard you talking in your sleep, I need to know about it.”
Jack: “There is one way for you to verify if my nocturnal activities are a security risk, Ms. Kane, but somehow I think we’d both prefer the torture.”

Irina: “I remember the first time you introduced me to Sloane. You were both working at the CIA, he came to the house for dinner. You were true friends.”
Jack: “Yes. We shared a similar unsentimental patriotism… and a devotion to our wives. But Sloane changed and… it was Rambaldi that did it. I’m not sure what it is – he never told me – but Sloane has a personal connection to Rambaldi.”
Irina: “I lived for years with the same obsession, to find a higher meaning in Rambaldi’s work. I never understood how you managed to avoid getting caught up in it.”
Jack: “I had something neither of you did.”
Irina: “Sydney.”

Sydney: “Thanks. You told Kendall your judgment wasn’t to be trusted and then agreed with me to reinforce his doubt.”
Jack: “Kendall’s ego predisposes him to favour decisions in which he is overruling others. You argue your way, I’ll argue mine.”

Weiss: “Come on, there’s got to be a way. What would Jack do in this situation ? Jack is the king of this sort of thing.”
Marshall: “Well, first he’d probably glower a bit, right ? And then he’d probably blackmail or torture somebody. Right ?”

Jack: “It must have been lost in the mail.”
Sydney: “Your invitation ?”
Jack: “Unless it was an e-vite. I don’t read… e-vites.”

Elizabeth (talking about Sydney): “Unless she’s wearing a very convincing disguise.”
Jack: “—I’m going to be a grandfather. A very young grandfather.”

Jack: “You do not leave edged weapons within the reach of children.”
Sydney: “She’s four weeks old, Dad.”
Jack: “Particularly young Bristow women !”
Sydney: “She can’t even hold her head up. I think we’re safe.”

“You beat death, Arvin, but you couldnt beat me.”


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Jack Bristow

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 07 Wil: 08 Min: 07 Occupation: Government Agent
Inf: 06 Aur: 06 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 020 HP: 025

Artist (Actor): 08, Artist (Pianist): 04, Charisma: 07, Detective: 06, Medicine: 04, Martial Artist: 04, Medicine (Surgery): 04, Military Science: 06, Thief (Forgery, Locks and Safes, Security Systems, Stealth): 05, Vehicles (Land): 05, Weaponry (Firearms): 06

Expertise (Parachuting), Iron Nerves, Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish), Leadership (see Game Theorist section below), Scholar (Lying)

SIA (Protect Sydney {and Isabelle})

APO (High), Intelligence Community (Low)

Game Theorist

Jack is a master strategist, often using Game Theory to work out the optimal way to carry out a mission. In game terms this allows him to assign HPs via Leadership prior to the mission beginning. The HPs are assigned to a particular action, and if this does not occur for any reason, the HPs are lost.

Emergency Caches

Jack has a number of caches set up in unknown locations, which he has set up for emergencies. They contain a large assortment of weapons, medical supplies, and other unidentified stuff. They also have safes, from one of which he withdrew $3M without emptying it. In effect he has access to 17 APs of Wealth if needed.


As an agent of the CIA, Weiss has access to their resources when on missions. Sometimes his job requires that he kill those who present a threat to his country, and the CIA provide a measure of protection from legal repercussions (and loss of HP awards), so he has the Licence to Kill Advantage (found in the literary James Bond write-up on WORG).

CIA contacts also allow him the Omni-Connection Advantage, along with a Low-level Connection to the CIA. He also has access to more resources than on his own, having effectively 10 APs of wealth, provided he can justify it as necessary for his mission.

He has a level of authority provided by his position, along with the associated responsibilities, and so has Medium-level Government Credentials.

If he goes rogue, he could expect the CIA to bring their resources to bear on trying to bring him in, giving him the Enemy Drawback.

Previous Stats

Prior to the fall of SD-6, Jack had the Secret Identity Drawback.

By Gareth Lewis

Source of Character: Alias TV series, Character played by Victor Garber

Helper(s): abc.go.com/primetime/alias/profiles/cia_bristowj.html (defunct), wikipedia, KalEl el Vigilante

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