|~ Tyrell when greeting Elliot|
Tyrell Wellick is a recurring character and one of the major antagonists of the USA Network drama series Mr. Robot, being a high executive at the villainous E Corp.
He is portrayed by Swedish actor Martin Wallström, who made his American debut through the series.
Despite the fact that he works for the company whom the hacker group Fsociety is targeting, he does not appear to act against them and only seems to act in his own interests.
He is the main antagonist of Season 1, the secondary antagonist of Season 2, and a supporting antagonist of Season 3.
Tyrell is present when E Corp is given a tour of All Safe. He briefly encounters Elliot Alderson, a tech. They bond over the same software they use as Elliot is shocked to hear he uses an outdated engine. Later in the episode, he has Elliot escorted by some of his men to a conference room. He asks Elliot to become a part of E Corp to which Elliot refuses. Tyrell is later seen becoming very anxious about his promotion seeing runner-up and respected colleague Scott Knowles as an immediate threat. He has intercourse with a homosexual receptionist of his with the sole interest of hacking into his phone. He has dinner with Scott Knowles and his wife during which he blatantly shows interest in Scott's wife Sharon. Intentionally walking in on her in her bathroom and thanking her for a wonderful evening. She later tells Scott who confronts Tyrell about it. When Scott is chosen as CTO a ceremony is held in his honor. Sharon approaches Tyrell who orders her to meet her on the roof with the intention of sleeping with her on his Joanna's directive. The two briefly speaks as she admits Scott plans on firing him as well as being intrigued by Tyrell. The two engage intimately as Tyrell impulsively strangles her to death. Police question Tyrell as a person of interest in Sharon's murder. Upon hearing this information he is fired but during so he discovers more information on Elliot's involvement with F Society. He confronts Elliot and intimidates him into bringing him to the carnival warehouse. Elliot awakes in Tyrell's SUV with Tyrell's whereabouts being unknown to Elliot.
Tyrell has gone into hiding and hasn't been seen since confronting Elliot. It is shown Elliot (possibly under the influence of Mr. Robot) grabbed a gun hidden in a popcorn machine by Darlene. Elliot grabs hit as he walks off screen towards Tyrell. Elliot experiences brief hallucinations of Tyrell's voice and asks what Mr. Robot did to him to which he refuses to answer. Joanna agrees to testify he hadn't come home on the night of Sharon Knowles' death in exchange for the remaining amount of Tyrell's severance package to which Scott refuses.
Tyrell eventually gets in contact with Elliot through an encrypted message and meets him in a taxi. Elliot, believing Tyrell to be dead, does not believe his senses, though he follows Tyrell to an abandoned warehouse to complete "Phase 2," which would destroy a building containing all of E-Corp's paper documents and files (saved to be restored digitally following fsociety's first hack) and permanently cripple them. Elliot, who fears for the loss of life that would result in his actions, tries to shut down the program, forcing Tyrell to shoot Elliot in the stomach, where he is then taken to the hospital to recover.
It is revealed that the incident with Tyrell shooting Elliot was because of Irving manipulating Tyrell into accidentally shooting him. He wakes up with a bunch of Dark Army men watching cartoons on a TV and instantly asks where Elliot is. A man named Williams says that he will answer, but first needs to test Tyrell's loyalty. He asks a bunch of questions, and the result indicates into Tyrell not being loyal, admitting that he killed Sharon Knowles. Despite what he's done before, Tyrell is shown to be quite loyal to the people he truly likes, such as Elliot.
During season 3, Tyrell is so wanted by officials like police and the FBI that he barely can go out. Whenever he does go out, he has to go to places that are often very suburban where people rarely reside in. Once he becomes CTO of E Corp, like he always wanted to become, it is revealed to him that the position is absolutely worthless. His life becomes even more miserable though when Santiago captures him and coldly reveals to him that his wife has been killed. Santiago, being a mole for the Dark Army, threatens Tyrell that he will do something horrible to his son if he doesn't do what the Dark Army tells him to do.
Tyrell is intelligent and very perceptive, and he takes much pride in this, so much so that it can be interpreted as unbridled vanity.
He is also extremely intolerant towards failure, and is often prone to sudden fits of anger and/or violence, much like when he attacked a homeless man after learning that he would be passed over for a coveted promotion (which he slapped himself over as he flubbed his prepared statement).
He appears to be loyal to his company, E-Corp, but he will do whatever is necessary to climb the corporate ladder, even when it's against E-Corp's interests, much like when he deduces Elliot Alderson's role in the Allsafe hack that was framed on his superior, Terry Colby but decides not to act against him to ensure that he can still attain his prior title of CTO.
Despite being a psychopath, Tyrell admires his wife and son. When he hears that they are both pretty much gone from his life, he gets a mental breakdown and starts crying for his life. His wife Joanna is also quite manipulative and arrogant to him, which only makes him even more tragic.
When it truly comes down to it, Tyrell is a power hungry, self-obsessed, falsely affable psychopath. But deep down also a sympathetic and loyal man who has a miserable and tragic life.