Daniel Bernstein
Daniel Bernstein
Visitor Friends recruit
Stanley Bernstein (father)
Lynn Bernstein (mother)
Abraham Bernstein (paternal grandfather)
Portrayed by
David Packer

Daniel Bernstein was a human teenager who collaborated with the Visitors after the First Invasion. He was the only son of Stanley and Lynn Bernstein and the grandson of Abraham Bernstein.


When the Visitors arrived on Earth, Daniel lived with his family in Los Angeles. During this period of his life, he had problems with keeping a job, quitting one job after another, much to the chagrin of his parents. He seemed to have few if any friends.

Shortly after arriving on Earth, the Visitor Youth recruitment program was created, enlisting young people in order to promote easier acceptance of the Visitors. Daniel, showing newfound opportunism, willingly signed up in the program and was given a brown Visitor-style uniform. This was his first step in becoming one of the most dedicated supporters of the Visitors' cause.

Having proved his loyalty to the Visitors more than once, Daniel would soon be promoted to higher ranks, becoming the second-in-command of the Visitor Youth corps under his friend Brian. (V: The Original Miniseries) One year after the First Invasion, he would play a more prominent role in the Visitor war effort. He was given command of Visitor troopers that were guarding important prisoners, including Juliet Parrish of the Resistance when they were located at Visitor Security Headquarters in Los Angeles.

Serving the Visitors soon transformed Daniel into a ruthless and brutal creature capable of vile deeds, just like his masters. He brutally murdered Ruby Engels, an elderly woman whom he had known for his entire life, when he discovered she was spying on the Visitors for the Resistance in their security headquarters.

Shortly afterward, Daniel was framed by the Resistance for the disappearance of Brian and, after being tortured, was hauled away to be used as food for the Visitors on the orders of Steven. (V: The Final Battle)

Personality and traits[]

Daniel seemed to be a normal, insecure teenager before the Visitors came to Earth. He experienced the same types of problems most Earth teens face: an adolescent identity crisis, little success in dating young women his own age (Robin Maxwell continually gently rebuffed his advances), finding part-time work that he could succeed in. He often argued with his parents in a rude manner when they tried to help him or give him advice. When he joined the Visitor Youth recruits, his personality began to change significantly. He became very selfish, arrogant and surrendered his family to the Visitors for having hidden the Maxwell family - namely Robert Maxwell, his wife Kathleen and their daughters Robin, Polly and Katie - because Robert was an anthropologist and blacklisted as a threat to the occupying force. Daniel's parents were arrested, despite Daniel requesting amnesty for them, and his father tortured aboard one of the Visitors' motherships by Diana.

Turning in the Maxwells served as an act of revenge on Daniel's part after learning that Robin, for whom he had always had feelings, was attracted to his Visitor friend Brian. The Maxwells managed to escape from Visitor captivity and join the Resistance. (V: The Original Miniseries, V: The Final Battle)

The incident with the Maxwells led to his parents going into hiding after their release from custody and his grandfather being murdered by the Visitors. In the weeks leading up to his death, his grandfather Abraham, a survivor of the Holocaust in Europe, was disgusted that Daniel was collaborating with fascists. (V: The Original Miniseries)

Daniel used his position to gain everything he wanted. During the preparations for the Visitor conference at Los Angeles Medical Center, he decided to show off by making a doctor lick his boots. Daniel also thought that his rank would attract pretty girls. He believed that this strategy had worked when he gained the attention of a young nurse named Maggie Blodgett. Unfortunately for him, Maggie was a member of the Resistance who used him to extract information about the Visitors, leading directly to Brian's capture and later Daniel's death at the hands of the Visitors when Caleb told them that Daniel had sold out Brian. (V: The Final Battle) Caleb took the opportunity to frame Daniel for his murder of Ruby Engels, a valuable member of the Resistance, who's mastery of disguise aided them greatly in obtaining key intelligence information.