The Cast and Characters of Netflix’s The Protector

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The cast and characters of the Netflix program The Protector with a brief description of each character and their story (with spoilers).

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Çagatay Ulusoy Plays Hakan

Hakan (Cagatay Ulusoy) in the prized shirt his father didn't want to sell.
Hakan (Cagatay Ulusoy)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Hakan

Hakan is an orphan who was raised by Neset and dreamed of owning his own bazaar. One which, similar to his dad, would specialize in antiques. This was the dream he had and would co-run with his friend Memo. However, things change upon learning he is The Protector.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Thus far, he has had two failed businesses.

Cankat Aydos Plays Memo

Memo (Cankat Aydos) talking to Hakan in a bar.
Memo (Cankat Aydos)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Memo

Memo is Hakan’s best friend and is a bit of a slacker. Not that he doesn’t try to help Hakan accomplish their dream, but he sometimes takes the easy way – like trying to gamble to raise the money vs. work hard and saving.

Yücel Erten Plays Neset

Neset (Yucel Erten) smiling while talking to someone.
Neset (Yucel Erten)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Neset

An antique shop owner, Neset adopted Hakan when Hakan was younger and raised him like his son. Though, with Neset against investing in Hakan’s latest venture, their relationship is a little strained.

Okan Yalabik Plays Mr. Erdem

Mr. Erdem (Okan Yalabik)
Mr. Erdem (Okan Yalabik)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Mr. Erdem

Mr. Erdem is a self-made man who had little to no education before becoming one of the top people in, what I want to say is Istanbul’s construction industry. Also, he is a man who hasn’t forgotten where he comes from so after seeing Kazan perform a heroic act in his lobby, and learning he interviewed for his company, he wants to hire him.

Ergun Kuyucu Plays Gokhan

Gokhan (Ergun Kuyucu) talking to Mr. Erdem
Gokhan (Ergun Kuyucu)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Gokhan

One of Mr. Erdem’s competitors who Mazhar gets out of the way.

Mehmet Kurtulus Plays Mazhar

Mazhar (Mehmet Kurtulus) looking towards someone as his associates walk ahead.
Mazhar (Mehmet Kurtulus)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Mazhar

Mazhar bridges the world of Mr. Erdem and the world Hakan finds himself in. He is the one who gets his hands dirty so Mr. Erdem can keep them clean and likely is working solo when it comes to his pursuit of what gives Hakan power. It isn’t confirmed in the first episode whether he is The Immortal or not though.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • He is Mr. Erdem’s private security chief.

Hazar Ergüçlü Plays Zeynep

Zeynep (Haza Erguclu) holding a gun towards Hakan, about to shoot.
Zeynep (Haza Erguclu)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Zeynep

Zeynep is Kemal’s daughter and one of the three known Loyal Ones.

Yurdaer Okur Plays Kemal

Kemal (Yurdaer Okur) smiling at Hakan after seeing he is The Protector.
Kemal (Yurdaer Okur)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Kemal

Zeynep’s father who owns a pharmacy as a cover and is one of the Loyal Ones.

Ayça Aysin Turan Plays Leyla

Leyla (Ayca Aysin Turan) interviewing Hakan.
Leyla (Ayca Aysin Turan)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Leyla

Leyla is one of Mr. Erdem’s program coordinators and probably only second to Mazhar, so it seems, in importance to Mr. Erdem’s business.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Leyla is the General Coordinator of Faysal Erdem.

Mehmet Yilmaz Ak Plays Tekin

Tekin (Mehmet Yilmaz Ak) talking to Mazhar about his attempt to kill Hakan and failing.
Tekin (Mehmet Yilmaz Ak)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2

Who Is Tekin

Tekin is one of Mazhar’s henchmen who handles part of his dirty work. From what it appears, he knows nothing of The Protector or The Immortal.

Sebnem Sönmez Plays Ayse

Ayse (Sebnem Sonmez) with a shotgun in hand.
Ayse (Sebnem Sonmez)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3

Who Is Ayse

She is one of the Loyal Ones whose specific task was guarding the ring which allows the Protector to identify Immortals.

Celal Ozturk Plays Can

Can (Celal Ozturk) listening in on Hakan and Zeynep's conversation, hoping it'll lead to where the Protector's ring is.
Can (Celal Ozturk)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3

Who Is Can

Can is one of Mazhar’s many minions who, possibly for 7 years, has held Ayse captive and has waited for someone to come for the Protector’s ring.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisDirector, Writer, and Introduced Actors

Season 1/ Episode 3

Mazhar and Hakan come face to face, and the trekking of the Protector’s weapons begins.

Director(s)Can Evrenol
Writer(s)Emre Ozpirincci
Air Date12/14/2018
Introduced This Episode
AyseSebnem Sönmez
CanCelal Ozturk

Season 1/ Episode 4

As Zeynep makes some headway in finding the jewel piece, Hakan begins to get distracted from his would-be destiny.

Director(s)Umut Aral
Writer(s)Kerim Ceylan
Air Date12/14/2018
Introduced This Episode
MeteBatuhan Gelener

Season 1/ Episode 2

As the ladies on the show question the leadership of the men in their lives, Mazhar continues his mission.

Director(s)Can Evrenol
Writer(s)Yasemin Yilmaz
Air Date12/15/2018
Introduced This Episode
TekinMehmet Yilmaz Ak

Season 1/ Episode 1

With corporate espionage, a pending fantasy element, and bullets flying, The Protector starts off a bit weird and with a bang.

CreatorNilufer Ipek Gokdel, Seniha Askim Ozbek, Atilla Unsal
Director(s)Can Evrenol
Writer(s)Jason George
Air Date12/14/2018
Genre(s)Action, Fantasy, Drama
Good If You LikeOrphaned Heroes Who Knew Nothing Of The Greatness They’d Become

Secret Societies

Possible Corporate Underworld Stuff

Introduced This Episode
HakanÇagatay Ulusoy
MemoCankat Aydos
NesetYücel Erten
Mr. ErdemOkan Yalabik
GokhanErgun Kuyucu
MazharMehmet Kurtulus
ZeynepHazar Ergüçlü
KemalYurdaer Okur
LeylaAyça Aysin Turan

How each character’s story ends each season is on page 2 – Spoilers!

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