The Cast and Characters of SyFy’s Deadly Class

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The cast and characters of the SyFy program Deadly Class and a brief description of each character and their story (with spoilers).

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Benjamin Wadsworth Plays Marcus

Marcus' (Benjamin Wadsworth) face.
Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Marcus

Marcus is a half-Nicaraguan (by his father) orphan who is accused of arson. You see, at the age of 9, his parents were killed by a mental patient, Barbara Salinger, who jumped to her death and squashed his parents upon impact. Since that time, he was in the system and found himself at Sunset Boys Home. According to Marcus, the place was a sweatshop where they abused him (he has the physical and mental scars to prove it).

However, while it is noted he didn’t kill the staff and children of the home, he does kill a homeless man in the pilot.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

Benedict Wong Plays Master Lin

Master Lin (Benedict Wong) talking to Marcus.
Master Lin (Benedict Wong)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Master Lin

Master Lin is the current headmaster of King’s Dominion and we learn he is continuing the legacy of his great-grandfather. A man who immigrated to America for a better life yet found the same debauchery and callousness her thought he escaped from. Because of that, he started the King’s Dominion to train creative problem solvers – mostly in the form of creating those who disrupt the system. Something Master Lin continues in the form of teaching, recruitment, and more.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Master Lin had a daughter and wife at one time but they died when a freight liner hit them. That driver, and their boss, were Master Lin’s first kills.

Lana Condor Plays Saya

Saya (Lana Condor) talking to Marcus in the girl's bathroom - with tats showing.
Saya (Lana Condor)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Saya

The princess of the Kuroki Syndicate and, according to Billy, the valedictorian/ prom queen of King’s Dominion is a bit of a mystery. She is one of the first to take note of Marcus, even is the one who successfully onboards him. However, it isn’t clear whether it was out of friendship, a crush, or solely because Master Lin assigned her to. Leaving you to wonder what are Saya’s goals and as a princess of the Yakuza, what is waiting for her once she graduates?

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • It seems Saya may have lost her parents as well, or at least she did her homework and made it seem that was true to lure Marcus in.
  • For reasons not yet known, Master Lin has coerced Marcus’ fate to be tied to Saya’s. Which, considering she may have genuine feelings for Marcus, isn’t too bad for her.
  • She practices Bushido.
  • Saya is part of the Kuroki gang in Tokyo and didn’t leave Japan on good terms.
  • Her sword is her prized posession since it was the last gift of her father’s and the only thing from her family that she values.

María Gabriela de Faría Plays Maria

Maria (María Gabriela de Faría) out of her dia de los muertos attire.
Maria (María Gabriela de Faría)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Maria

A member of the Soto Vato, Maria is a bit of a femme fatale. One which tries to use Marcus to kill her ex-boyfriend Chico, who is either abusive or just annoying. However, there might be some genuine interest in Marcus. But, taking note King’s Dominion is like the Hogwarts of assassins and everyone likely has their specialties, Maria’s might be more than knives and Marcus maybe but a fly in a Black Widow’s trap.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Maria takes pills, Valporate, either for migraines or for a bipolar disorder.
  • Despite being treated as a legacy, it is revealed Maria is actually a rat. It is just, with being used repeatedly by Chico’s people to make people vulnerable enough to attack, she earned her place as a legacy.

Michel Duval Plays Chico

Chico (Michel Duval) threatening Marcus for looking at and talking to Maria.
Chico (Michel Duval): me and you are going on a date.

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Chico

Chico is the head of the Soto Vato and is known as a “legacy” kid because he is the son from a big name cartel. He is known for stabbing people, even his own cousin, for looking at Maria the wrong way.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Chico knows Maria tried to have him killed but since he has loved her since his childhood, plans to marry her and have kids with her, she is forgiven.
  • He formerly had a little brother, but he was killed.

Liam James Plays Billy

Billy (Liam James) making friends with Marcus at lunch.
Billy (Liam James)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Billy

Like Marcus, Billy has no connections to a major crime organization, government agency, or anything of note. He is a nobody that got lucky and luckily found a community of goths, punks, and other outcast to give him some form of protection. Something that he offers Marcus access to and thus Billy becomes Marcus’ first friend at the school.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Billy has a crush on Petra.
  • Has a little brother named Teddy, and the reason he is at King’s Dominion is because his father is in debt to the mob and basically sold his son to them to become an assassin. Leading to the mob sending Billy to King’s Dominion to be trained to fight for them.

Luke Tennie Plays Willie

Willie (Luke Tennie) with a scowl on his face.
Willie (Luke Tennie)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1

Who Is Willie

Willie is someone who is a legacy but really is not about the family business. While his mom is an OG, he considers himself a pacifist. Yet, to keep up his cred, and stay alive, he fronts like he is hard and gangster. Something he confesses to Marcus who might become his new friend.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Willie gained his reputation from allegedly killing some gang members who broke into his home. However, the truth is, while he did kill the gang members he also killed his dad in the process. His mom covered for him by saying Willie’s kills were out of revenge. Thus explaining why Willie is a pacifist for in trying to kill others he ended up causes collateral damage.

Jack Gillett Plays Lex

Lex (Jack Gillett) trying to make a point.
Lex (Jack Gillett)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Noise, Noise, Noise”

Lex is one of Billy’s best friends, but also a bit of an ass. Like Marcus, he isn’t a legacy kid but comes from a blue-collar family. Something which he is either a bit ashamed of or has other problems with.

Who Is Lex At The End of Season 1

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

Isaiah Lehtinen Plays Shabnam

Shabnam (Isiah Lehtinen) smiling
Shabnam (Isiah Lehtinen)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Noise, Noise, Noise”

Shabnam is a legacy kid, through parents working for the US government, and is one of the first non-rats that Marcus befriends. He is also part of the “Goop Patrol” and is bullied by other legacy kids.

Who Is Shabnam At The End of Season 1

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Ryan Robbins Plays Rory

Rory (Ryan Robbins) as he threatens Willie's life.
Rory (Ryan Robbins)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Noise, Noise, Noise”

Rory is Marcus’ first kill and the person who used to run a local homeless village – with an iron fist and fear.

Who Is Rory At The End of Season 1

A dead man.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  •  There was a time Rory had a family, but then he went off the deep end and left them behind.

Henry Rollins Plays Mr. Denke

Mr. Denke (Henry Rollins) talking to Marcus.
Mr. Denke (Henry Rollins): You have the thing this place is supposed to nurture.

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Noise, Noise, Noise”

The instructor for the poison lab, Mr. Denke, like Master Lin, sees promise in Marcus. Also, with Mr. Denke either being queer himself, or having friends in the community, he supports Marcus wanting to kill Ronald Reagan.

Who Is Mr. Denke At The End of Season 1

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Sean Depner Plays Viktor

Viktor (Sean Depner) participating in the legacy hazing of rats.
Viktor (Sean Depner)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Snake Pit”

A KGB legacy kid, Viktor has his moments of seeming unlike the rest of the legacy kids and maybe someone who is just happy to be aware from home, and doesn’t understand American customs. However, with duping Petra and leaving her to Brandy’s torture, he proves he is just like the rest.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Siobhan Williams Plays Brandy

Brandy (Siobhan Williams) revealing to Petra that Viktor played her.
Brandy (Siobhan Williams)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Snake Pit”

Princess of some kind of Dixie Mafia, Brandy is all kinds of crazy but usually her temper only flares up when provoked.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

Taylor Hickson Plays Petra

Petra (Taylor Hickson) in her regular attire.
Petra (Taylor Hickson)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Noise, Noise, Noise”

Raised in a religious cult, Petra has experienced quite a bit of trauma but in King’s Dominion, she has found some normalcy. Between Billy and Lex, she has two friends who sometimes are like brothers to her and once Marcus joins, they create what is almost like a family. One which comes to her aide after Viktor violates her feelings.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

Sam Jin Coates Plays Yukio

Yukio (Sam Jin Coates) before he makes a call about Saya.
Yukio (Sam Jin Coates)

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 4 “Mirror People”

The only thing we know about Yukio, currently, is that he is tasked with trying to get Saya back to Japan.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

Tom Stevens Plays Chester

Chester (Tom Stevens) showing up to see Sandy.
Chester (Tom Stevens)

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 4 “Mirror People”

Chester is an associate of Marcus, from back in the orphanage days, and is also Shandy’s brother. We’re led to believe he is the one who actually burned down the orphanage.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

Brian Posehn Plays Shandy

Sandy (Brian Posehn) still in Shabnam's house.
Sandy (Brian Posehn)

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 4 “Mirror People”

A small time drug dealer, and a bit of a loser depending on who you ask, Shandy probably isn’t the most ambitious guy you’ll ever come across. However, he appears to be far nicer than his brother Chester.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

Season/ EpisodeSynopsisDirector, Writer, and Introduced ActorsTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 4 “Mirror People”Marcus steps up to be there for Saya and Billy, and these alliances will come of great use as Chester gets closer and closer to King’s Dominion.
Director(s)Alexis Ostrander
Writer(s)Miles Orion Feldsott
Air Date2/6/2019
Introduced This Episode
YukioSam Jin Coates
ChesterTom Stevens
ShandyBrian Posehn
  • An Opportunity To Reconcile: Marcus, Chico, Petra, Viktor, Saya, Master Lin
  • There In Your Time Of Need: Master Lin, Saya, Marcus, Maria, Willie, Chico
  • We All Need Friends: Chester, Sandy, Billy, Marcus
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Snake Pit”With a legacy dance on the horizon, hazing hits King’s Dominion hard. However, it isn’t as difficult as the decision Master Lin is forced to make.
Director(s)Adam Kane
Writer(s)Krystal Houghton Ziv, Kevin Rodriguez
Air Date1/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
ViktorSean Depner
BrandySiobhan Williams
  • A Complicated Sisterhood: Saya, Chico, Maria
  • The Princess & The Russian: Petra, Brandy, Viktor, Marcus, Billy, Willie, Mr. Denke, Chico
  • It’s Hard To Say Goodbye: Mr. Denke, Master Lin
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Pilot”Deadly Class contains it all. Diversity, violence, teen angst, and not a single character who feels like a waste of screen time.
CreatorRusso Brothers
Director(s)Lee Toland Krieger
Writer(s)Rick Remender, Miles Orion Feldsott
Air Date




Genre(s)Action, Drama
Good If You LikeTeenagers Behaving Badly

Possible Love Triangles

Teen Drama That Includes Violence & Manipulation

Introduced This Episode
MarcusBenjamin Wadsworth
Master LinBenedict Wong
SayaLana Condor
MariaMaría Gabriela de Faría
ChicoMichel Duval
BillyLiam James
WillieLuke Tennie
Season 1/ Episode 2 “Noise, Noise, Noise”How Willie got his rep is revealed, why Saya is so focused on Marcus, and the show shifts its tone to remind us that there are friendships had in secret.
Director(s)Adam Kane
Writer(s)Rick Remender
Air Date1/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
LexJack Gillett
PetraTaylor Hickson
ShabnamIsaiah Lehtinen
RoryRyan Robbins
Mr. DenkeHenry Rollins
  • A Friendly Competition Between Girls: Marcus, Chico, Saya, Maria
  • Even A Rat Needs Friends: Marcus, Lex, Petra, Billy, Willie, Shabnam
  • The Insider: Master Lin, Saya, Marcus, Rory

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