It can’t be denied that nearly every character in Money Heist is extremely brave. After all, it takes major guts to commit to and/or deal with the some of the largest robberies in the world. The stakes couldn’t be higher, with plenty of opportunities for life-threatening danger, sinister double-crosses, dramatic acts of bravery and, yes, cowardice too.
Among all the high-stakes situations that occur in the series, some characters have definitely stepped up more than others. Whether it be mentally or physically, any form of bravery is admirable in these dynamic characters.
Denver is known for his bold and fiery personality. In a way, he is brave for the way he speaks his mind no matter what he’s thinking. One example of Denver really showcasing his bravery is in season 3 when he rushes out of the bank holding boxes full of highly classified government secrets, risking his life to put pressure back onto the police.
Despite this, Denver is definitely not the smartest of Money Heist characters. In another example from season 3, his relationship with Stockholm hits a rocky patch when Denver wrongfully assumes she has instead become interested in Rio, ultimately showing that he is not brave enough to properly and actively communicate with his loved ones.
10 Alison Parker
Finding herself in the midst of the first heist as the team’s “little lamb,” Alison Parker not only had to deal with being a pawn of a hostage, but she was also sexually harassed by a classmate just before the heist began when he tried to share an explicit photo of her.
After dealing with the emotional turmoil of her unfortunate circumstance, Alison was still able to riskily steal her phone back from the robbers and successfully to delete the picture. This move allowed the police to gather the identifies of Tokyo and Rio, an act of bravery for every hostage involved that put the robbers’ plan in danger. While Alison’s bravery shone through in that moment, it doesn’t measure up to the intensity of situations that the other Money Heist characters found themselves in.
Especially during season 3, Rio has had to endure a lot of hardship. After being kidnapped by government officials, Rio managed to survive months of physical and mental torture. Though traumatized, he came out of it strong and willing to continue to fight with his heistmates. He was even brave enough to break up with Tokyo because he knew it was the best decision for the both of them.
However, in the earlier seasons, Rio proved to be a bit less courageous in a few instances. He was quite impulsive and reckless while dating Tokyo, which jeopardized the heist in many ways. He also nearly gave in when his parents started working with the police in hopes of getting him a lighter sentence should he be caught.
In the season 2 finale, Berlin displayed one of the bravest acts of the entire series when he chose to die at the hands of the police. By doing so, he successfully ensured that the heist could be completed safely and his fellow robbers would make it out alive.
While sacrificing oneself for others is indeed a noblest gesture to make, Berlin often showed just how much of a coward he actually was. His power trip during the first heist was a clear indication of his true insecurities, and even the bravest of actions cannot excuse him sexually assaulting Ariadna.
Generally agreed to be the most badass of the robbers, Nairobi is a great example of someone consistently bold and brave. She takes over as the group’s leader when necessary and is always courageous enough to speak her mind to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the heists.
Especially given Nairobi’s troubled past of being thrust into crime and being forcibly estranged from her son, Nairobi bravely manages to maintain her strong persona, although her longing for her son puts her in a major weak spot. This is most evident when she ends up being shot by police after being taunted with her son’s presence.
Being the burly man that Helsinki is, he often puts his strength to use when it comes time to physically fight by always being on the front lines of battles. Especially when Nairobi’s life is threatened, he bravely steps up to defend his close friend.
One of the biggest examples of Helsinki’s consistent bravery throughout the series is when he makes the difficult decision to kill his own brother, Oslo, to put him out of his misery. Helsinki can sometimes let his emotions get the best of him, such as when he falls in love with Palermo. This prevents him from showcasing the true extent of his bravery all the time.
Tokyo is a notoriously bold character who loves to instigate fights. She always wears a brave face, ready for battle at any moment. It’s impossible to forget some of her most iconic moments in the show, such as when she rides back into the Royal Mint on a motorcycle in season 2, or when she managed to escape Gandía’s capture in season 4.
Nearly every move that Toyko makes is brave in someway, but, sometimes, they end up being terrible decisions that impact the whole group. This is evident when she shoots at police in season 1, and for most of the series when she puts her relationship with Rio over the established plans.
4 The Professor
The Professor is always making extremely bold moves while managing the heists behind the scenes. Morals aside, organizing one of the biggest crimes of all time is arguably among the bravest things a person can do given the massive risk involved. Plus, getting with Raquel while the first heist was actively happening is perhaps the boldest move in the entire series.
While The Professor excels at executing his interesting and brave heist tactics, he notably does so from afar. Because he is not often on the front lines, he is technically at much less risk than his counterparts at any given moment.
3 Lisbon (Raquel)
Lisbon is a character who has had to endure massive amounts of pressure throughout the heists from both the robbers and the police. She bravely risks her life, career, and family multiple times just to do what she thinks is right. When she gets caught by police in season 4, she doesn’t snitch on her heistmates, once again showcasing her dedicated bravery to the team.
Of course, Lisbon has her weak spots. While she doesn’t reveal information to the police in season 4, she does get close to doing so. And though viewers are likely not rooting for the police, the law enforcement characters see Lisbon as a coward and traitor for joining the criminals.
2 Stockholm (Monica)
Stockholm can easily be considered extremely brave for the sole fact that she has closely dealt with the universally hated character Arturo. Additionally though, Stockholm’s ability to survive such a high stakes hostage situation was thanks to her bravery when it came to interacting with the robbers, even after being in a vulnerable state from just finding out about her pregnancy.
Stockholm has some of the best character development in the series, eventually becoming one of the bravest of them all. In season 3, she courageously volunteered herself to join the robbers in the second heist. When she became one of them, she came in with full force and was able to assert herself as an equal. Her powerful voice and skill with her gun would fool anyone who didn’t know she wasn’t part of the group in the first place.
One of the bravest characters in Money Heist is also perhaps the most underrated. Being a hostage rather than a robber, Ariadna had to adapt quickly to every situation thrown at her without any sort of preparation. The worst of this was of course Berlin’s inhumane treatment towards her.
Berlin continually assaulted Ariadna, manipulated her, and coerced her into high risk, life-threatening situations all the way until the very end. Everything she experienced was undoubtedly traumatizing, and yet she was brave enough to go along with it all in order to stay alive. Nearly every other character put themselves in their dangerous situations, but Ariadna was forced into hers, all while staying incredibly strong.