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Andre Lyon
Trai Byers as Andre Lyon - Empire Season 3 Official Cast Photo.jpg
General Information
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Resides in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (formerly)
New York City, New York
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Occupation(s): Broker at Stanton & Wallace (formerly)
Chief Financial Officer of Empire Entertainment
President of Gutter Life Records
Aliases: Dre
Nephew (by Tariq Cousins)
Baby Bro (Jeffery Kingsley)
Family and Friends
Family: Lucious Lyon (father)
Cookie Lyon (mother)
Jamal Lyon (brother)
Hakeem Lyon (brother)
Jeffery Kingsley (paternal half-brother)
Anika Calhoun (stepmother; formerly)
Unborn son †
Bella Lyon (niece)
Prince Lyon (nephew)
Walker Lyon (son)
Quincy Brooks (stepson)
Other Relatives: Leah Walker (grandmother)
Joe Walker † (grandfather)
Tariq Cousins (paternal uncle)
Bunkie Williams(maternal cousin)
Carol Hardaway (maternal aunt)
Candace (maternal aunt)
Olivia Lyon (ex-sister-in-law)
Unborn sister † (deceased)
Princess Lyon(niece)
Luther Hardaway (cousin)
Keisha Hardaway (cousin)
Tanya Hardaway (cousin)
Franklin (cousin)
Brianna (cousin)
Relationships: Rhonda Lyon(wife; deceased)
Deputy Mayor Raquel Alvarez (affair)
Michelle White (former attraction)
Nessa Parker (ex-girlfriend)
Charlotte Frost (affair)
Detective Pamela Rose (ex-girlfriend; imaginary due to prescription pills)
Teri Brooks-Lyon (wife)
Friends: Vernon Turner(formerly; deceased)
Michelle White (formerly)
Employer: Lucious Lyon
Jamal Lyon (temporarily)
Hakeem Lyon (briefly)
Enemies: Vernon Turner † (deceased; formerly) Anika Calhoun
Shine Johnson
Tiana Brown
Additional Information
Interests: Becoming CEO of Empire
Education: University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School)
Vulnerabilities: Bipolar disorder
Strengths: Financial Expertise
Empire Chronology
First Appearance: Pilot
Portrayer: Trai Byers

Andre Martin Lyon is one of the main characters in the television series Empire. The eldest son of Lucious and Cookie Lyon, he is the CFO of Empire Entertainment and the president of Empire's spin-off subsidiary label Gutter Life Records. A graduate of Wharton Business School, Andre oversees the financial aspects of Empire, working alongside his father to ensure the company’s fiscal strength. He is portrayed by actor Trai Byers, and he first appeared in "Pilot".

While in Wharton Business School, Andre learned that he was Bipolar. Since then, Andre has struggled maintaining control and in occasions, had hallucinations culminating in having a split personality with his alter ego being his half-brother, Jeff Kingsley who took control and almost murdered his wife Terry Brooks-Lyon.


Andre is the oldest and most educated of the three Lyon sons. He has shown signs of his advanced intelligence and cunning from an early age. When he was a child, he was playing with a pile of Lego while singing along with his father, right before the police raided their house. Seeing his panicking father put his gun in an obvious hiding place, Andre quickly took the gun and hid it under his Lego pile to avoid suspicion before the police arrived and were unaware of this act. Once the police left, Andre revealed to his father of the act and the latter embraced his son as thanks for helping and his safety.

Many years later, he graduated from the Wharton Business School. While a student, he met and eventually dated Rhonda Lyon, who would later become his wife. It is revealed in "The Outspoken King" that he has bipolar disorder, but is more focused on gaining control of Empire and thus disregards his mental health. He is very jealous of the talent and attention his younger brothers receive, even though he gets Empire through so much things. He feels that were it not for him, there would not be an IPO and Empire would not have gone through going public so well. Andre has achieved a lot for Empire, but his lack of musical talent as well as Rhonda's presence have greatly strained his relations with his father.


Season 1

Andre first appears as the highly educated son of the Lyon family; he believes that he is the most qualified to inherit the Empire Entertainment company because of his education and financial aspects. Therefore, in order to impress his father and win the spot, Andre's wife, Rhonda, encourages him to use manipulation to jeopardize his family. At firsthand, Andre attempts to convince his mother, Cookie, to manage Jamal and his music career, mostly to create friction between Jamal and Hakeem, who is managed by Lucious. 

The Outspoken King This is the episode we discover Andre suffers from Bipolar disorder. We discover this when his wife, Rhonda tries to persuade him to go to the doctor because he was talking in his sleep about himself in a third person. In the episode, we also discover the 'blowjob bib'.

The Devil Quotes Scripture
Andre and his wife Rhonda attends Bunkie's funeral. Later in the episode, Andre needs information about witness who says he saw Lucious kill Bunkie. To get the information, he needs Andre has sex with the Mayor over her deck in her office. Rhonda starts questioning how he got the information and he comes clean. But surprisingly, Rhonda is not mad and her and Andre indulge in a foreplay where she askes him to call her by the Mayors name. Later on in the episode they attend a family dinner, the dinner goes dangerously OK.

False Imposition
Andre covers for his father when the police asked what he was doing the night Bunkie died. There is also a flashback scene of a younger Andre covering for his dad. Andre also tells Vernon that he always covered for his father before learns of Bunkie's act and Lucious killing him.

Dangerous Bonds
Rhonda finds Tiana, Hakeem's girlfriend, kissing a woman and shows Andre. They decide to record this and put it online to any sites that follow Hakeem or Tiana. Also Andre puts his manipulating skills to work when he manipulates some of Hakeem's friends to rob Jamal.

Out, Damned Spot
Andre and Rhonda attends Lucious and Anika's engagement party and seem genuinely happy for them. When Andre is alone in his office Vernon comes in and starts choking Andre thinking he knew about Luscious killing Bunkie but Andre explains to him that he had no idea and that he just covered for his dad cause he was used to it. When Vernon then leaves Andre calls Rhonda and tells her about Luscious was the one that killed Bunkie. Later, in the men's toilet, Vernon apologizes to Andre.

Season 2

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Season 3

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Season 4

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Season 5

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Andre is very intelligent. He uses his intelligence and manipulation in order to keep Empire up and running. He is a very good businessman. Andre has shown to be good at fighting. This is shown when he managed to hold his own against Vernon but was overpowered quickly.


Andre is brilliant, manipulative, devious, and determined to get Empire Enterprises at any cost. He is pushed to the side by his father due to his lack of musical ability and tries to make it up by winning his father's favor. Andre has a high opinion of himself, as he believes that he is the most qualified heir to the company through a business perspective, using the help of his equally-cunning wife to tear his family apart so that he is the last one left standing to inherit it.

Due to his mental illness, Andre sometimes behaves in stark contrast to his usual calm demeanor. During a possible manic episode in "The Outspoken King", he becomes very sexual with Deputy Mayor Alvarez in order to obtain information about Bunkie's murder case. Later, he reenacts the encounter with Rhonda. In "Out, Damned Spot", a while after Vernon Turner put Andre in a choke hold to force him to confess about him covering up for his dad, Andre threatens to slit his throat, only for Turner to coolly remind him to take his medication.



Rhonda Lyon (wife)

Andre and Rhonda met during a first year mixer at Wharton, when she was seeing someone snobby; however, Andre deduced she was just dating him to make it in the world and that was in act, and they eventually dated and got married. They are often shown throughout the series engaging in foreplay, and are suggested to have a very sexual relationship. They are a married couple, but have been shown to both commit adultery multiple times. However, they both seem knowledgeable about each others cheating, and encourage one another to go through with it if it means that it will help them gain control of the Empire. At one point, in,"The Lyon's Roar", Andre refers to their various affairs as a "game". Rhonda seems alright with it at first, but when Andre asks her to have sex with an elderly man in a wheelchair, she expresses her dislike for the "game".

Though they may have their issues, Rhonda seems to show concern for Andre's well being. She comforts him often during his bipolar episodes, and reminds him to take his medicine. She offers him advice, and cooperates with him to take over control of the Empire.

Lucious originally did not really approve of their relationship and believes that white people will never accept Andre. Very soon, he starts to open up after seeing her and Andre dig up Vernon after Andre made a vague remark on him. Lucious and his lawyer Thirsty Rawlings (Andre Royo) track down Andre and Rhonda's car and find them digging up Vernon's body. Lucious is pleased and allows Andre to return, with Rhonda being happy and after learning of his grandchild gives both gifts to help.

Deputy Mayor Raquel Alvarez (affair)

In the show's first season Lucious sends Andre to meet Deputy Mayor Raquel Alvarez, Lucious' connect in City Hall. Lucious needs information from her regarding the witness in Bunkie's murder and Andre has sex with her in order to obtain the information.

In the show's second season Lucious sends Andre to her again to get Freda Gatz's charges dropped, but as Andre has given up his open relationship and infidelity, he instead blackmails her to get the charges dropped.

Nessa Parker (ex-girlfriend)

In the third season, Andre met Nessa after Lucious sent him to talk to Nessa and he was able to convince her to sign with Empire. Shine later finds out and tries to kill Andre but Lucious and Andre vested him to sign as well.

Later on, Nessa came to see Andre alone as they were developing a chemistry. She kisses him and he is uncomfortable, since he recently lost his wife and Nessa tried to leave after acknowledging his loss. However, Andre is motivated to have sex with her by Rhonda's illusion tells him it's okay to give in, leading to a bizarre ghost threesome.

Afterwards, Andre started a sexual relationship with Nessa, which Hakeem was jealous of since he was attracted to her. Andre even helped pit Nessa and Tiana against each other.

While it only looked liked sex, Andre grew real feelings for her after Nessa learns about his illness and tells him she won't give him his medicine and she clarifies that she wants him to tend to it himself and will stay by his side. This makes him happy and they embrace.


Lucious Lyon (father)

Lucious is Andre's father. Andre is Lucious' only son without musical talent so Andre believes that Lucious treats him differently than he treats Jamal and Hakeem. Lucious has experienced his mother's bipolar condition and she nearly ended up committing suicide so he finds it difficult to trust Andre. As a child, Andre sometimes covered for his father as seen when he hid a gun before police raided their home and Lucious put it in an obvious spot. After the event, Lucious was proud his son helped him and the latter did this in future years as well.

In the show's second season, Andre turned on Lucious and tried to remove him from power over Empire but fails. Andre soon realizes he cannot leave Empire and begs his father for forgiveness though he doesn't do it but admits he doesn't hate him. Once Lucious is released from custody, he allows Andre to return to Empire after Andre digs ups Vernon's body and learning he covered for him. When Lucious finds out that Rhonda is pregnant, he buys the couple a house proving how much their relationship has improved.

Even though, Andre nearly killed him in a car explosion that cost him a leg, Lucious forgives him and continues to show love for Andre.

Cookie Lyon (mother)

Cookie is Andre's mother. At the end of the show's first season Andre, Cookie, Hakeem and Anika plan a hostile takeover to remove Lucious as CEO.  The plan blows up in their face thanks to Mimi Whiteman. Andre and Cookie have a great relationship.  Andre initially teams up with his mother and Hakeem to create Lyon Dynasty but he quickly realizes that he belongs at Empire.  Cookie did not get upset, instead she supported Andre's decision.

Jamal Lyon (brother)

Jamal is Andre's younger brother. In the show's first season Andre gets Hakeem's friends to rob Jamal while he is recording at Ghetto Ass Studios. Andre tells his brother that he set up the robbery in order to get baptized. While Hakeem hesitates before forgiving his brother, Jamal immediately forgive Andre for his mistake showing how much he loves and supports him.

Hakeem Lyon (brother)

Hakeem is Andre's youngest brother. In the show's first season Andre leaks a video of Tiana making out with her girlfriend humiliating Hakeem. Andre also sends Hakeem's friends to rob Jamal, leading Jamal to believe Hakeem set up the robbery. 

In Empire's second season Andre confesses his past mistakes to his brothers in order to get baptized. Hakeem was shocked Andre nearly set their brother up to get killed, he hesitates to forgive him but does.

In the third season, Andre started a sexual relationship with Nessa, who Hakeem was attracted to. Andre even helped pit Nessa and Tiana against each other, causing a bigger rift between him and Hakeem.

Vernon Turner (uncle figure)

Vernon was one of Lucious' good friends and the Lyon brothers considered him their uncle.  Vernon is Chairman of the Board at Empire and Lucious relies on him for advice and support.

Andre's wife, Rhonda, kills Vernon in the first season's finale episode by hitting him over the head with a candlestick.  Andre and Vernon were fighting and Rhonda panicked, ultimately murdering her husband's uncle. In order to be accepted back at Empire Lucious tells Andre that he has to give him something that no one else could provide. After Prosecutor Roxanne Ford (Tyra Ferrell) lies about having Vernon in custody Lucious is convinced that his legal problems will go away if he can make Vernon disappear forever. Once Andre makes it a vague remark, Lucious and his lawyer Thirsty Rawlings (Andre Royo) track down Andre and Rhonda's car and find them digging up Vernon's body.  Lucious is pleased and allows Andre to return to Empire. Lucious puts Vernon's dead corpse in Roxanne Ford's car.