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Rachel Gibson (Rachel Nichols in Alias) with a black coat

Rachel Gibson

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Rachel Gibson
  • Other Aliases: Mockingbird, Oracle, Lydia Sand
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed mother, father, brother and sister
  • Group Affiliation: APO, CIA ; formerly The Shed
  • Base Of Operations: California
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 110 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde

Powers and Abilities

Rachel started out as a mainly technical operative, with some self-defence training, being primarily a computer specialist, but she has moved into more field work, including undercover work. She has had further training in armed and unarmed combat, which she continues to build upon.


A computer genius, Rachel was recruited by Gordon Dean into The Shed, which she was told was a black ops division of the CIA. In actually it was an agency of the independent covert agency, Prophet Five, although most of the staff were unaware of this. Working there she developed a friendship with field agent Kelly Peyton.

After being captured by Sydney Bristow of APO, she learned the truth about The Shed, and was recruited to help infiltrate them. She managed to acquire some of the information, but soon realised that Dean had detected her intrusion, finding a bomb in his office. She managed to get far enough out to survive the explosion, but the rest of her colleagues were apparently killed.

She joined APO, the pregnant Sydney operating as her handler when she went out in the field. Dean attempted to have her punished for her betrayal, trying to have her killed, or trying to have her family killed, requiring APO to put them in protective custody. Sydney took Rachel under her wing, letting her move in with her while she established herself in LA. She also grew close with fellow geek Marshall Flinkman, and field agent Thomas Grace, who helped train her in combat.

On her first solo field mission, she had to go undercover to get close to a computer specialist hidden on a highly guarded oil platform. She successfully acquired the information, but her escape was hampered by finding a number of guards dead. She was confronted by Kelly Peyton, realising her friend had known the truth about The Shed all along. They fought briefly, but Rachel found herself outclassed. She saved Kelly from one of the remaining guards, and her backup arrived in time to drive Peyton off.

She was part of the team that set a trap for Dean. Initially supervising the operation surveillance, when she realised she was the only one who could stop Dean escaping, she confronted him. He knocked her aside contemptuously, but she managed to get the better of him, knocking him out. He soon died in custody, apparently of suicide.

On another mission she attended a conference in a hotel in São Paulo, she has time between the operation, and has a brief fling with fellow guest Bob Brown, before successfully getting the information. When Jack Bristow is captured acting on the information, it’s discovered that the information was also acquired by mercenary Julian Sark, whom Rachel recognizes as Bob.

She and Sydney confront him, and hire him to help them rescue Jack. Rachel joins the team that raids the Sudanese base he’s held at, where she has to defuse a bomb Sark was handcuffed to by his former employer.

They encounter again when Rachel and Marshall are kidnapped by Sloane, whom Sark is now working for, and Sark has to, reluctantly, torture her to gain her assistance. She resists, until Marshall tells her that Sydney told him they should cooperate. They succeed, and APO arrive in time to stop them being executed.

Back at APO, they soon realise that bombs have been set there, and hurriedly evacuate while Tom and Dixon search for the bombs. Tom finds them, and manages to slow them down, but stays with them to give enough time for everyone to get clear. He calls Rachel to speak to her in his last seconds as the bombs count down, and they admit their affections for one another.

When APO captures Peyton, Rachel uses her knowledge of her former friend to help get information out of her that helps them stop Sloane.

Rachel is still working for the CIA several years later, when she on a deep undercover operation.


Friendly and pleasant, Rachel was initially very nervous about working in the field, freezing up on one of her first operations, but she overcame this with experience, becoming more confident.


Tom: “I fight dirty.”
Rachel: “Dirty ?”
Tom: “Go for the eyes, the throat, the nuts-”
Rachel: “The nuts ?!”
Tom: “—cause as much damage, inflict as much pain as humanly possible.”
Rachel: “I don’t know if I can do that.”
Tom: “Well then, you shouldn’t be here !”

Tom Grace: “They’re ready for us. We’ve got to go.”
Rachel: “Do you want to come over here and do the advanced binomial calculus ? Because I’d be more than happy to stand there and watch.”

Rachel: “Oh, my God, you’re…”
Kelly: “Not dead ?”
Rachel: “I was gonna say evil, but…”


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Dex: 04 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Upholding The Good
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Government Agent
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 016 HP: 020

Acrobatics: 02, Artist (Actor): 04, Detective (Clue Analysis, Identification Systems): 05, Gadgetry: 05, Martial Artist: 03, Military Science (Cryptography): 06, Military Science (Demolitions): 03, Scientist (inc. computer science): 07, Thief (Pickpocket, Security Systems): 05, Vehicles (Land): 04, Weaponry (Firearms): 03

Expertise (Hacking), Languages (Italian)

APO (High), Intelligence Community (Low)



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

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

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

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

Design Notes

Her skills improve throughout the season as she gets more practice in the field, and she probably continues to improve afterwards, getting closer to or equal to Sydney’s levels (she was introduced as a possible replacement should Garner decide to leave the show, but it was cancelled before the season ended).

By Gareth Lewis

Source of Character: Alias TV series, Character played by Rachel Nichols

Helper(s): wikipedia, KalEl el Vigilante

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