History Characters / BurnNotice

21st Feb '17 9:02:03 AM ScrewySqrl
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* LanternJawOfJustice: naturally, it is ''BriceCampbell'' after all.

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* LanternJawOfJustice: naturally, it is ''BriceCampbell'' ''Creator/BruceCampbell'' after all.
21st Feb '17 9:01:20 AM ScrewySqrl
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* LanternJawOfJustice

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* LanternJawOfJusticeLanternJawOfJustice: naturally, it is ''BriceCampbell'' after all.
16th Feb '17 7:15:56 PM TheWanderer
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* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Or so Michael explains to Riley in the opening of the back half of season 6. He was running ops around the globe and using Anson to do it. Card's explanation...]]

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* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Or so Michael explains to Riley in the opening of the back second half of season 6. He was running ops around the globe and using Anson to do it. Card's explanation...explanation differs slightly, see DragonWithAnAgenda.]]



* DragonWithAnAgenda: [[spoiler:Is more or less that he was another of Anson's blackmail targets/tools, and had to take Anson out (and Nate, incidentally/accidentally) to protect his career and keep serving his country... albeit illegally.]]

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* DragonWithAnAgenda: [[spoiler:Is [[spoiler:This is more or less that Card's version of events about his partnership with Anson and the Burned Spies Organization. After trying to use the Organization to do the right thing while avoiding bureaucracy, he was became another of Anson's blackmail targets/tools, and had to take Anson out (and Nate, incidentally/accidentally) to protect his career and keep serving his country... albeit illegally.]]



* FamousLastWords [[spoiler:His CatchPhrase.]]

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* FamousLastWords [[spoiler:His CatchPhrase.[[spoiler:To Michael: "I'm so proud of you, son." A few episodes earlier Gray had explained how Card always used Michael's DaddyIssues to manipulate him. Hearing Card do it again, just after committing cold-blooded murder, made Michael snap and immediately kill Card.]]
4th Feb '17 10:24:39 PM acdc827
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* PsychoForHire

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* PsychoForHirePsychoForHire: To quote Michael:
-->''"This man is a freelance psychopath."''


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-->''"If I could take that shot back..."''
18th Nov '16 9:25:05 PM captainpat
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* WomanInWhite: Fiona hardly ever wears anything else. See WomanInBlack for when she doesn't. Notably, Fi wears [[WomanInBlack a black dress]] in "Where There's Smoke". Appropriately and as per the trope, she is the dangerous one during the episode.

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* WomanInWhite: Fiona hardly ever wears anything else. See WomanInBlack for when she doesn't. Notably, Fi wears [[WomanInBlack a black dress]] in "Where There's Smoke". Appropriately and as per the trope, she is the dangerous one during the episode.
8th Nov '16 9:24:11 AM creader
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Takes pains to

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Takes pains toto come off as this to Michael.
* ScaryBlackMan: Can be, once Michael invokes his ire.
* VillainousBreakdown: Suffers it in his last appearance, because of the threat of Michael leaving him at Simon's mercy in federal prison.

!!Anson Fullerton (Creator/JereBurns)

-> ''"Michael, you can do anything you put your mind to, or at least anything I put your mind to."''

DIA psychiatrist and latest victim of Dead Larry, who is holding his wife hostage in exchange for helping break into the British consulate. He is later revealed as the "client" who hired Larry for the job in the first place. After blackmailing Michael to do his bidding, he outs himself as the founder (and last remaining member) of the Burned Spies organization. [[spoiler:He gets gunned down by the same bullet that kills Nate just a few episodes into season 6.]]
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Averted, he's probably the least capable recurring character in the show's history -- including Maddy. That said, when he has the psychological advantage, he can at least delay someone like Michael long enough in a fight to come up with an exit strategy.
* BestServedCold: Not terribly happy about Michael dismantling his organization.
* BigBad: Arguably the whole series, as he was one of the main architects of the Burned Spies Organization. Somewhat unusually in what is otherwise very close to being a WorldOfBadass, he's a NonActionBigBad, as being the chess master and playing mental games is his specialty. The only thing that may undermine his claim to be the BigBad is [[spoiler:after he spends the second half of Season 5 tormenting Team Westen and the first half dozen episodes of Season 6 on the run from both Michael and the intelligence community, he is suddenly killed off and the group must deal with several further antagonists. So despite the far reaching consequences of his actions, which completely reshaped the lives of Michael and everyone, it may demote him to the rank of ArcVillain.]]
* TheChessmaster: Has had a personal interest in Michael for years prior to the first episode. To put this in perspective, Madeleine complains to Michael that he missed his father's funeral by eight years. [[spoiler:Anson was using Frank to learn about Michael and was the one who had him killed.]]
* CrazyPrepared: Anson demonstrates such an insanely meticulous degree of awareness/paranoia that when ''anything'' in his schemes goes wrong, [[XanatosSpeedChess he's either got something else up his sleeve]], and/or enough leverage against Michael to force him into a HeadsIWinTailsYouLose conundrum.
* DecoyDamsel
* DiabolicalMastermind
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* EnemyMine: In "Depth Perception", Michael is forced to work with Anson to help Beatriz.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He works HARD at averting this trope, in Episode 16 of Season Five. [[spoiler: And gets Michael to understand the villain.]]
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"Enjoy the moment, Fredo. I'll be out in a week."]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: The reason he's killed by a sniper literally seconds before he can be taken into CIA custody.]]
* HiddenVillain: Although he built and had a hand in directing the Burned Spies Organization, he never appeared until Season 5.
* InternalAffairs: Before becoming disenchanted with his job. "Hated to see all that talent[[note]]Translation:sociopaths[[/note]] go to waste."
* JerkAss: Revealed at the end of "Acceptable Loss" that [[spoiler:Frank Westen wanted to make up with his son shortly before his organization decided [[HeKnowsTooMuch he knew too much]] and killed him]], apparently [[ForTheEvulz for no other reason]] than to hurt Michael.
** There is also an argument to be made that [[spoiler:he really thought he was helping Mike get closure on his Dad. He is, after all, honestly interested in Mike's mind and mental health, and pointed out that Mike did used to say he ''wanted'' his dad dead.]]
* KarmaHoudini: And you thought [[JokerImmunity Larry]] was bad.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty:[[spoiler: But it wears off surprisingly fast in season 6.]]
* MadBomber: His preferred method of killing.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Turns out there wasn't any "wife" being held for ransom. "I think her name was Some Lady."
* ManipulativeBastard: He literally asks Michael to tell him insights into his psychology as part of payment for an EnemyMine situation.
* {{Pornstache}}: Until he shaves it off in season 6.
* ParentalSubstitute: Tries to cultivate this dynamic between him and Michael. He isn't very successful at it in the long run but of all the father figures Michael has, Anson is the one most prone to acting like a proper parent, often addressing Michael calmly and patiently.
* PsychoPsychologist: While affiliated with Internal Affairs, he analyzed spies like Michael to determine whether they should be burned; This became the seed for the burned spies organization. Unbeknown to Michael, he also stood in as his parents' therapist.
* SmugSnake: Becomes incredibly smug and cocky when his true nature is revealed. Given his sheer skill at manipulation, [[InsufferableGenius he may have the right to]].
* SoftSpokenSadist
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:It takes a lot of doing, but when Michael and the CIA start to make the walls close in on him in season 6, he is visibly flustered and starts making uncharacteristic mistakes.]]
* WaistcoatOfStyle
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Major Recurring Villains]]

* '''NOTE:''' Please limit inclusion here to characters who either have at least three appearances or a significant role in a seasonal arc or half season arc. Also, please order the characters according to when they first appeared on the show.

!! Larry Sizemore (Tim Matheson)

-> ''"[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident I feel a rash of heart attacks coming on.]] The wife? Dead! The kid? Dead! The drug dealer? '''[[KillEmAll Dead!]]'''"''

Michael's whackjob former partner[=/=]mentor during Michaels' black ops days. He faked his death years ago, and became a freelance assassin for hire. It's a RunningGag that it's impossible to make him actually die for real... [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat but he may have finally been killed off for good at the end of Season 5.]]
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Not only is he a violent nutcase for hire, but he'll also raid Michael's fridge and eat his yogurt without asking. YouBastard.
* AxCrazy:
--> '''Michael''': If I let him out of my sight, that's when he starts killing everyone.
* BadassInANiceSuit: One of the perks of being a highly paid assassin is that he can always afford to walk around in a nice suit.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Brennen in "Out of the Fire."
* BelatedBackstory: A season six episode explains how things were like back when he was with Michael.
* BodyCountCompetition: One of Larry's pastimes.
-->'''Sam''': That's a Santa Marta tattoo. Six tears. The guy's a pro with half a dozen kills.
-->'''Larry''': 'Pro'? That's kinda generous. Six is a promising start, I guess.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* TheCorrupter: His apparent mission in life is to talk Michael into crossing the MoralEventHorizon.
* CuttingTheKnot: Due to guilt over his past misdeeds and the lives those misdeeds cost, Michael favors complex strategies that are (usually) non-lethal or cause a target to be the cause of his own undoing. Larry, who is pretty much amoral and AxCrazy, (and thus immune to PangsOfConscience) just kills whoever is in his way and moves on.
-->You are so busy looking 10 moves ahead that you don't see the move that is right in front of you.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Michael has screwed Larry over several times. Larry would kill a dozen people to get out of a parking ticket but he won't kill Michael. WordOfGod says Larry loves Michael. Not like that. Well, maybe a little like that. Who knows? Larry's crazy.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He really does believe that Michael and he are alike, which is usually his downfall.
--> '''Michael:''' You know the difference between us? I really do understand you. You only ''think'' you understand me.
* EvilCounterpart: Larry is what Michael might have turned into if he'd stayed in black ops.
** Pointed out in season 3 that Larry also has a personal intimate relationship with Michael, like Fiona.
* EvilMentor: Larry faked his own death in Bosnia and is now a PsychoForHire ProfessionalKiller who truly believes that MurderIsTheBestSolution. Larry also likes to invoke NotSoDifferent in regards to himself and Michael. Particularly notable in the season 4 finale when Larry wonders where all the darkness and anger Michael had went. On par for being the evil mentor, Larry also laments that Michael is losing the things that made him able to do bad things with a smile.
* FakingTheDead: "Fifteen people watched Larry walk into an oil refinery right before it blew up. Apparently, it was his way of taking early retirement." Also, he was foiled this way in his first appearance as a ProfessionalKiller, as Michael was able to fake the death of Larry's target and get her safely out of the way.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Naturally. He's played by Tim Matheson, who specializes in this trope. Meeting Larry at a party, you'd probably think he was charming, funny, and the sort of guy that you'd like to hang out and have a few laughs with. Then he'd stick a knife in your side without missing a beat or dropping his smile.
* FriendlyEnemy: At least until his appearance in the 5th season summer finale. Apparently, spending time in an Albanian prison made him just a little bit '''upset''' with Michael.
* InSeriesNickname: "Dead Larry," and "Undead Spy."
* JokerImmunity: In fact, the [[FunWithSubtitles subtitles]] took to calling him things like [[LampshadeHanging "Spy With Nine Lives"]].
* KarmaHoudini: Despite killing more people per episode than some MythArc villains do in a whole season, he never received any comeuppance until his third appearance. (And even then, it didn't stick and Larry was eventually able to escape the prison he was sent to.)
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Brennen and some of his other victims really did have it coming.]]
* KillEmAll: His modus operdani.
* KnifeNut
* LaughablyEvil: He's quite funny and likable. He's also quite AxCrazy.
* LikeASonToMe: To Michael Westen, [[AbusiveParents this is not a positive statement]].
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: He swears by it.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Played rather subtly in the Season 5 summer finale - after [[spoiler:Fiona blows up the office that Larry's in and (with a little help from the new MythArc villain) inadvertently destroys a little more than she meant to]], the paper at the end of the episode says [[spoiler:"'''2''' people killed" (namely, the two [[RedShirt security guards]]).]] Later another character refers to Larry in the past tense and while we have scene or two where we see him in flashbacks, we don't ever see him in the present again.
* NietzscheWannabe: He justifies killing people for money on the basis that people die anyway, and he all but calls himself an {{Ubermensch}} while talking to Michael in "Enemies Closer."
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: His fate as of mid-Season 5. Though, since "surviving that" is how he got his nickname, he's probably still not dead.
* NotQuiteDead: It's his M.O. His [[FunWithSubtitles subtitles]] tend have previously referred to him as "Larry: Undead Spy," "Larry: Spy with Nine Lives," and "Larry: Unfriendly Ghost."
* NotSoDifferent: He and Michael ''did'' run a lot of missions together, doing a lot of the same things...
* ProfessionalKiller: Definitely an assassin.
* PsychoForHire
* RunningGag: [[MemeticMutation Yes, dead Larry]].
* SlasherSmile: In contrast to Michael TheStoic.
* TheUnfettered: He gives Michael a speech about it in his second appearance.
* UnwittingPawn: For Anson in "Dead to Rights."
* VillainousBreakdown: At the end of "Out of the Fire."
* WeCanRuleTogether: His entire motivation is to get Michael to work with him again. He'll do ''anything'' to get Michael to work with him again.

!! Tyler Brennen (Jay Karnes)

-> ''"Forcing. Such an ugly word. Encouraging? Incentivizing? No, you're right. Let's go with forcing."''

A former Military Intelligence officer turned arms dealer. Michael first encounters him in season 2, where he foiled a deal Brennan had going with some South Americans. Ever since then Brennan has wanted revenge and to use Michael formidable talents for his own ends. One of the very few foes Michael cannot outwit, or at least not with significant difficulty.
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* ArmsDealer
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:One of the few times the audience can cheer when Larry kills someone.]]
* BadassInANiceSuit
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Larry in "Out of the Fire."
* TheChessmaster
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Everyone else in the show tends to fall to the InstantDeathBullet or being in an explosion. Brennan spends a solid minute with Larry twisting a blade in his chest and bleeding like a stuck pig.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler: His death.]] Larry puts it well:
-->You are so busy looking 10 moves ahead that you don't see the move that is right in front of you.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:How some fans feel about his death.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Strapping a bomb with a dead-man's switch to ''a kid'', just to show he meant business.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Michael beats him in "End Run" by locating his daughter and bluffing that he's sent an assassin to kill her if Brennen goes through with his plan to kill Michael and Nate. Brennen is completely furious about his daughter being threatened and has to back off.
* EvilCounterpart: Brennen is what post-burning Michael might have become if he hadn't been surrounded by {{Morality Pet}}s.
* HostageForMacGuffin[=/=]IHaveYourWife: Does this in every single episode he's in.
* InsufferableGenius: Even ''Larry'' thinks he's "kind of a dick."
* LastNameBasis: Michael doesn't even ''learn'' his first name until the end of his second appearance.
* MoralMyopia: He is totally outraged that Michael would threaten to have his daughter murdered if he doesn't do what he's told, despite, as several tropes above show, that is basically his own M.O.
* PragmaticVillainy
* SmugSnake
* VillainBall: Despite being cunning in many other ways, he keeps making the same mistake over and over: leaving Michael unattended for long periods of time.
** For that matter, when teaming up with Larry [[spoiler:he makes the mistake of leaving Michael's mentor unattended or with Michael for long periods of time. Larry may be evil, but Brennan obviously did not expect how much Larry really just wants to turn Michael to the dark side.]]

!! Tom Strickler (Ben Shenkman)

-> ''"The enemy of [[EnemyMine your enemy is...]] your [[SubvertedTrope financial opportunity]]."''

So-called "Agent to the Spies", he's essentially a manager to talent like burned spies, ex-special forces, etc. He sets them up with gigs paid for by shadowy figures that he has contacts with, and in return he gets 10%. He appears in Season 3 offering to cut Michael in on a similar deal and promising that he has the connections to help Michael with the burn notice. Unfortunately, he is not the sort of guy who is trustworthy. At all.

* ArcVillain: First half of season 3, although he doesn't actually become antagonistic until his final appearance.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:One of the extremely few people that Michael kills with his own hands.]]
* KnowledgeBroker
* LastNameBasis: Is called Strickler almost exclusively.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: He actually does manage to get some movement going on Michael's burn notice, much to the shock of Michael's contact Diego Garza. He also has all sort of unsavory underworld connections, which causes Garza to freak out when he learns that Michael was working with Strickler.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes[=/=]PoisonousFriend: Even when he's being helpful to Michael, Team Westen tends to regard him as this.
* TheyWereHoldingYouBack: His opinion of [[spoiler:Michael's relationship with Fiona.]]
* ToxicFriendInfluence

!! Mason Gilroy (Chris Vance)

-> ''"Most people bore me, especially Americans. Always some structure to report to, some memo to file. For all your talk of rugged individualism, in my experience this is a nation of sheep. I see opportunities and I take them. It's much simpler that way, much more fun."''

One of the people that Strickler represented. He's a ruthless former black ops agent who has turned freelance, working for anyone and any cause if they pay him well enough, regardless of how much potential damage it may do to the world.

* AmbiguouslyGay
* ArcVillain: Second half of season 3. [[spoiler:Until Simon explosively upends him.]]
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: After all the build up he was finally going to do something... and someone we hadn't even met yet mortally wounds him off screen. Granted, that someone turned out to be Simon, and doing something like that is exactly Simon's modus operandi.]]
* EvilBrit
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Can only understand selfish motives such as greed, which is why he falls for Michael pretending to be like him.
* [[spoiler:HoistByHisOwnPetard]]
* FauxAffablyEvil
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Michael believes and Gilroy hints that he'll do any job if the money is right. Gilroy also hints, however, that he'll do a job if it entertains him enough.
* PsychoForHire
* TheSociopath: Repeatedly referred to as one, and Michael thinks that Gilroy is worse than the people who burned him. So far as he knows, they don't sell nuclear secrets on the black market.
* TheUnfettered: Honestly, just look at his character quote.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Pulls this on Claude, a thief Gilroy hired and who (unbeknownst to Claude and Gilroy) had been sabotaged by Michael. [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch Apparently Claude did not survive the complications resulting from a broken ankle]].
* [[spoiler:YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness: Done to him by Simon.]]

!! John Barrett (Creator/RobertPatrick)

The CEO of Drake Technologies, a telecom, technology, and infrastructure company that has been part of a conspiracy to forment wars and destabilize entire countries so that Drake Technologies can then go in and rebuild everything afterward at massive profit. Jesse was investigating his activities prior to being burned, and the Burned Spies Organization views him as a dangerous threat to its agenda.

* ArcVillain: First half of of season 4.
** [[spoiler:FillerVillain: In the grand scheme of things, he served mostly as a plot device sandwiched between Vaughn's agenda and Michael.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: His hat.
* TheCorrupter: Strongly hinted that his money, resources and connections make him this, especially when he sends an active duty Army Colonel to try to snatch a MacGuffin out of the hands of Team Westen.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: And he's perfectly willing to do anything for more.
* RealityEnsues: He's an out of shape middle-aged man who takes part in a massive gunfight between his mooks, Team Westen, and Vaughn's men. Regardless of how much he's been built up as a potential BigBad, [[spoiler:it makes sense that he'd be dead by the end of the fight. (Although he ''almost'' managed to escape.)]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* WarForFunAndProfit: Although the rebuilding afterward is where he makes his money.
* XMustNotWin: He's the X in question as far as the Burned Spies Organization and Team Westen is concerned.

!!Tyler Gray (Kenny Johnson)

-> ''Nice try, Westen. I know who you are and I know'' '''''what''''' ''you are. The only mistake I made is not killing you sooner.''

A former US Marine sniper, and one of the foremost snipers in the world. [[spoiler:After ending his time in the Marines, Gray became a mercenary for cash, except when good old Uncle Sam needs him, at which point he'll do whatever job is asked of him, no questions asked. It's hinted that Card regularly offered him unofficial, off the books work to further Card's agenda. When Card was afraid that Anson would spill the beans on the links between the two and how Card had used the Burned Spies Organization for his own pro-America purposes, he had Gray kill Anson, resulting in Nate also being killed by the same bullet.]]

* ColdSniper
* [[spoiler:DeceasedFallGuyGambit: Card apparently planned to use him for this. Michael tried to prevent it, but Gray was killed anyway and Michael subsequently killed Card.]]
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: Of the sudden, unexpected death variety.]]
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn: Begins to cooperate with Team Westen and maybe looking at changing his worldview, but...]]
** [[spoiler:HeelFaceDoorSlam: He is suddenly killed in the process of trying to help Team Westen, and before his character arc goes any further.]]
* [[spoiler:JerkassHasAPoint: Michael tells him off for shooting Anson with Nate, an innocent, in the way. Gray then relates the conditions under which he made the shot on Anson. He is ''not'' exaggerating when calls it a once in a lifetime shot, and on top of that he had no idea who the hell Nate was at the time. Gray was so far away he would have had to take the ''curvature of the world'' into account as he pulled the trigger.]]
* MyCountryRightOrWrong
* [[spoiler:MyGodWhatHaveIDone]]
* [[spoiler:ThePowerOfFriendship: He's won over to Michael's side in large part due to this. Gray entirely believes that Michael is the monster that his file and Card make Michael out to be... until he sees Michael lying under torture to cover for the rest of Team Westen. As Gray himself says, the man who did the things from Michael's file would have never put himself on the line for others like that.]]
* ProfessionalKiller
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Is subjected to minor versions from both Michael and Madeline, due to his willingness to shoot someone other than his target.]]
* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn: Is one for Card.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: It's impossible to talk about Gray without tripping over several other plot twists.
* [[spoiler:WeAreStrugglingTogether: Even when he's won over to Team Westen's side, they do not exactly work together well.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:"The Family" (Season 7)]]

!!Randall Burke (Adrian Pasdar)

* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: One of his associates, with whom he planned to steal a truck full of valuable computer eqiupment, finds out what the stuff is ''actually'' worth and hikes the price of his sevices accordingly. Burke is not amused and "politely" urges him to think twice. [[spoiler:The associate brandishes a knife which Burke promptly jams into the guy's spleen.]]
--> [[spoiler:[[BondOneLiner "There's your little something extra."]]]]
* [[spoiler:TheDragon: After being set up for 3 episodes to be the new ArcVillain, he turns out to be the Dragon for the mysterious leader of the organization, rather than the leader himself.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Blows himself up to kill the leader of the Russian blacksite, and make a hole in the wall for Micheal and Sonya to use.]]
* NobleDemon

!!Sonya Lubjenko (Alona Tal)

* ActionGirl
* BadassInDistress: In her first episode she's a prisoner in a Russian Black Site.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The closest trope. She's fine with character. It's timing that's her issue. Twice, she claims the opposition will take five minutes to arrive. They are there in seconds.
** Of course, she also trusts Michael, so...
* TheDragon: Appears to be this to James, now that [[spoiler:Burke is dead.]]
* {{Foil}}: To Michael. She has the same keen analytical mind, {{Determinator}} streak, legendary reputation, and private regrets about sacrificing any chance for a normal life.
* LivingMacGuffin: Burke says she's the "key to everything."
* NotSoDifferent: Shares a few of these moments with Michael, [[spoiler:which draws them to sleep together.]]
* ShroudedInMyth: After busting her out, Sam and Jessie realize that she's probably a certain legendary Russian operative who wreaked havoc at the CIA a few years ago.

!!James Kendrick (John Pyper-Ferguson)

* AffablyEvil
* BigBad: Of season 7.
* AFatherToHisMen: An evil variation on this; he is fiercely devoted to the members of his organization, and he inspires the same in his people. Of course, if one of his people ''doesn't'' show that same level of devotion to the team, James will quite calmly shoot him in the head.
* FinalBoss: The final main villain of the series.
* KnightTemplar
* TheManBehindTheMan: To Burke, the public face of the organization. No one, not even Agent Strong who'd been working for ''years'' to take the organization down, even knew he existed until Michael got to him.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: His motto for missions, to the point where he'll execute someone if they leave a team member behind.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: His backstory is something of a Deconstruction of this concept. Facing a situation where he had to choose between following his orders and following his conscience, he chose his conscience...and wound up having to do things that were just as bad, if not worse, than what he'd been ordered to do. The consequences of doing the "right" thing in a Morally Grey world where there ''is'' no objectively "right" decision forced him to snap and go rogue. By the time we meet him, he's long past justifying his actions and lives by his own moral code.
* TakingYouWithMe: Tries to pull this off with his death in the series finale. [[spoiler:He fails to take Michael and Fiona with him. Barely.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Has a surprisingly brief one [[spoiler: when Michael shoots Sonya,]] before he starts issuing orders to his men.
* VisionaryVillain: He may do unsavory things but he has a definite vision of how to make the world a better place and is so strongly committed to it he'd even willingly sacrifice himself to ensure the Family can carry on.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Tries to pull this on Michael. [[spoiler: It almost works.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist
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[[folder:Government Figures and Employees]]
!!Agent Harris & Agent Lane

[[ThoseTwoGuys Two FBI agents]] tasked with leaning on Sam in season 1 to conduct surveillance on Michael. Sam, in turn, acts as Michael's double agent to only feed them ''just'' enough info to keep Harris and Lane's superiors happy (and help get a real crook or two turned in). They eventually get reassigned once Michael stirs up enough trouble to be someone else's problem, but one or both of them turn up as allies of Michael in later seasons.
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* TheBusCameBack: Three times so far.
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: Not actually defeated, per se - somebody higher up the food chain, ominously, had them taken off the assignment. They're also not really his friends.
* PutOnABus: A couple episodes before season 1 ended.
* ThoseTwoGuys

!! Jason Bly (Alex Carter)

-> ''"Man, I have to say, Miami's treated me pretty well."''

A CIC agent sent in ostensibly to investigate Michael in season 1 when Michael is freshly burned, but really to convince him to sit down and shut up about wanting his job back. Michael eventually puts together information to blackmail Bly into leaving him alone, although Bly attempts to return the favor in season 2, at which point the two call a truce. He reappears again in season 6.
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* BruceWayneHeldHostage: Alongside [[EnemyMine Michael]] in "Bad Breaks".
* TheBusCameBack: In the Season 6 premiere "Scorched Earth", [[spoiler: interrogating Fi]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* FireForgedFriends: After the events of "Bad Breaks", he actually helps Michael and they part amicably.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Michael tries to tell him he didn't really deserve to be burned, Bly momentarily loses his cool and tells Michael he [[KarmaHoudini should be in jail]]. Later we find out what the government thinks Michael did. Bly was really understating the case.
* HeroAntagonist: For all he's a SmugSnake, he really is on the side of angels and the dossier he has on Michael would make anyone think Michael was a monster.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Or at least of a somewhat reasonable person.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: He isn't one himself, but he ''really'' knows how to make use of them, seeking to inflict "a slow death, drowning in red tape" on Michael.
* OutGambitted: A bunch of things he thought were going well for him turned out to be Michael setting him up to look corrupt. And to rub it in, after dumping TheReveal about this in Bly's lap, [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Michael drives off]] in the [[CoolCar Ferrari]] that Bly thought was his!]]
* PunchClockVillain: Sure, he's obnoxious about it, but he's just doing his job.
* PutOnABus: Michael blackmails him into boarding one in S1, only to see him return with a grudge ([[FireForgedFriends which gets resolved]]) in "Bad Breaks". Disappeared afterward, until...
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:In the sixth season finale.]]
* SmugSnake: When he has (or thinks he has) the upper hand on Michael. Cue MacGyvering or other such plot development to prove him wrong.

!!Detective Michelle Paxson (Moon Bloodgood)

-->''Stuff's been blowing up pretty steadily since you arrived in Miami. So are you going to answer my questions, or am I going to pick my way through everything you own?''

A Miami Detective who shows up investigating Michael at the start of season 3, almost immediately after he turned down Management's offer to help him stay off the radar. She makes the connection between Michael and some of the group's [[StuffBlowingUp flashier pyrotechnics]], and promptly starts hounding the team and staking out all the spots where they store their equipment. She keeps the pressure up for several episodes, causing a number of problems for Team Westen before Michael helps her catch a dangerous criminal she's been trying to bring down for years. She reluctantly backs off at that point, but notes that if Michael slips or she ever hears of him becoming a criminal for real, she'll arrest him.
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* ByTheBookCop: As by the book and honest as you can possibly get.
* EnemyMine: And to make charges stick on said enemy, she has to swear that he was using the explosives she was trying to tie to Michael and Fiona.
* FairCop: Is played by a model.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: Michael and Fiona comment on this, although Michael denies it.
-->'''Fiona:''' Was that flirting or does she hate you?\\
'''Michael:''' I am ''not'' her type.
* PutOnABus
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: She's a pain in the ass obstacle for the Team, but in real life if Team Westen was making all those explosions go off in your city, you'd want them arrested too.

!!Diego Garza (Otto Sanchez)

-->''I assume you're here because you want back in? Trying to reach out? I don't want this to hurt your feelings, but I'd like you to get the hell out of here.''

A laid back CIA field agent who is quite happy with his position working undercover at the Miami Airport overseeing an import/export business instead of risking his life in the field. He reluctantly becomes Michael's official Agency contact during the first half of season 3, [[spoiler:but is killed by Gilroy before Garza can tell Michael more about Strickler's connections.]]
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* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:The cleaners who come to town after Strickler's death think so.]]
* MauveShirt
* NeverSuicide: [[spoiler:His death is officially ruled as one, and given he's shown chugging some alcoholic beverage in a panic right before his offscreen demise, it's not completely implausible to a medical examiner...]]
* OhCrap:
--> [[spoiler:"What the hell were you doing working with Strickler? Do you know what sort of people he was in bed with?!]]
* RetiredBadass: He essentially considers his current job a paid retirement, and he is ''not'' rocking the boat.
-->I have 20 years with the company. I've seen villages burned, kids orphaned. I've been shot. Twice. Then they transferred me here. Now, you know what the hardest part of this job is? That forklift over there turns funny. Now, if I report back that I made contact with a burned spy, do you know [[ReassignedToAntarctica where they'll send me]]? Me neither.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Other agents would view his current position as this. Garza, who has had enough danger in his life, ''loves'' it.

!!Congressman Bill Cowley (Creator/JohnDoman)

-->'''Sam:''' Sir? I'm a war vet ok, this is about my disability. I'm one of your constituents.\\
'''Cowley:''' [[JerkAss Yeah, but just one.]] *Rolls up window and drives away*

A blowhard congressman on the House Intelligence Committee with ambitions of reaching higher office. The team first encounters him midway through season 4, when they attempt to blackmail him into helping their client, a retired CIA Agent, get into Witness Protection. Cowley isn't interested in helping, but is forced to due to circumstances of the episode. [[spoiler:In a last ditch effort to get the existence and identity list of the Burned Spies Organization into the open, Sam approaches him and tries to enlist him. Cowley is eventually convinced of the truth and brings a group of Marines to save the rest of Team Westen from certain death at Vaughn's hands.]]
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* BadBoss
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler:In the season 4 finale.]]
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: [[spoiler:Done en masse to Vaughn and his mooks.]]
* CorruptPolitician: Illegally sent troops into Columbia in '86, which turned out to be a disastrous bloodbath. He shrugs off both the deaths of the soldiers who took part in this and attempts to use the information against him, stating that he has someone ready to take the fall for him.
* {{Jerkass}}: Just look at the way they established his character in the quote.
* TheLoad: In both episodes, although [[spoiler:it's somewhat alleviated when he brings TheCavalry to save Team Westen.]]
* PhotoOpWithTheDog: Team Westen keeps approaching him at these...
* SkepticNoLonger: In both episodes he offhandedly dismisses what Team Westen says, then his eyes get opened.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: And at least partially thanks to Team Westen, much to their chagrin.

!!Marvin "Marv" Paterson (Robert Kind)

-->''I never believed what they said about Jesse, but I'm not about to do any favors for a couple of burned spies. I'm sorry.''

A veteran counterintelligence agent at the DOD who has worked counter-intel for nearly 30 years. He was also Jesse's former handler, and although he believes Jesse was given a raw deal when he was burned, Marv doesn't dare speak up about it for fear of losing everything. Despite his reluctance to have anything to do with burned spies in general and Team Westen in particular, with a little arm twisting he helps them several times with information and resources. [[spoiler:When Michael uncovers the full list of members of the Burned Spies Organization, he tries to convince Marv to help them bring it to the government. Unfortunately Brennan and Larry threaten Marv's family and force him to turn it over to them instead, and kill Marv along the way.]]
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* FriendOnTheForce: Essentially becomes a reluctant, Intelligence version for the team.
* YourCheatingHeart: His affairs lead him into being blackmailed a time or two.

!! Max (Grant Show)

A capable and friendly CIA operative who becomes Michaels' partner in hunting down the members of the Burned Spies Organization early in season 5. After that he continues to be Michael's partner on some small scale CIA work while Michael is gradually worked back into the Agency. [[spoiler:Is very suddenly murdered in an attempt to frame Michael.]]
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* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler:And unlike the norm, he doesn't have anything cryptic to say as he's dying - just musings about his wife. It takes a bit before it's realized in-universe that Max was just an unwitting fall guy.]]
* ByTheBookCop: Although he does, with some convincing, give Michael some help with Michael's side jobs.
* MauveShirt
* NiceGuy
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* SacrificialLion

!!Agent Dani Pearce (Lauren Stamile)

-->''You guys were there when I needed it. I said I wouldn't forget and I haven't.''

Initially assigned to look into the death of [[spoiler:Max]], Pearce eventually becomes Michael's de facto handler in the CIA and takes over the role of SixthRanger from Jesse. Because she's an agent in good standing unlike Jesse who quit due to his idealism and Michael due to his CowboyCop-like attitude, Pearce has both a lot more resources at her disposal but also a lot more responsibilities riding on her shoulders. Nevertheless, while her relationship with Team Westen has not always been smooth, by season 6, Pearce has come to owe them a lot. As a result, she has taken to helping them out - often without any CIA knowledge and usually by bending rules (helping the team out by helping out on other agency business in the same location). In this role, she serves in a similar capacity as Jesse when Jesse is unavailable or in the field himself - MissionControl and analytics. Eventually she breaks too many rules trying to help the team, and is ReassignedToAntarctica.
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* ActionGirl
* BestServedCold: She finds out that the man who killed her fiancee is now a protected CIA asset, convinces him that he's dying, arranges for him to unknowingly give up the information he's holding, and then reveals what she's done done complete with CruelMercy.
-->I'm not killing you, Ahmed, but believe me, your life is over.
** RevengeBeforeReason: She was fully willing to destroy her career to get revenge.
* BrainyBrunette
* CowboyCop: Isn't called a "[[FunWithSubtitles CIA Bloodhound]]" for nothing. [[spoiler:It finally catches up with her in season 6.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Her fiancee was murdered years ago.
* {{Determinator}}: She's like a pit bull when it comes to an investigation.
* ReassignedToAntarctica
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Eventually comes more and more to this mindset after hanging around Team Westen long enough.

!!Rebecca Lang (Creator/KristannaLoken)

A CIA field operative who is introduced as part of a team that Pearce assembles for Michael to command in his first major operation back in the CIA. Is secretly being blackmailed by Anson (who is threatening to turn over information about her brother's whereabouts to a criminal organization that wants to kill her brother) and is one of the agents he intends to use in rebuilding the Burned Spies Organization. [[spoiler:She eventually winds up helping Michael and the CIA track down Anson, although she disappears anyway, claiming she doesn't trust the CIA to protect her brother and is going to make sure it gets done.]]
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* {{Blackmail}}: Is the victim of it, courtesy of Anson.
* DarkActionGirl
* TheDragon: Essentially this to Anson in early season 6.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:... for a given value of face, anyway.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:And she has suspiciously bad timing about it, since she bolts right around the time that Anson and Nate are both killed. Michael tracks her down and puts a bullet in her shoulder before she convinces him that she had nothing to do with it.]]

!!Tom Card (John C. [=McGinley=])

-> ''"Imagine that you're onto holding two bottles. They drop on the floor, what happens? They both break. But it's how they break that's important. Because you see while one bottle crumples into a pile of glass, the other shatters into a jagged edged weapon. The same environment that forged older brother into a warrior... crushed baby brother. Don't get me wrong, Mrs. Westen, Michael '''is''' damaged. But he also happens to be a little boy who just wants to protect his mother and his baby brother. Which means that everyone that Michael ever helped actually has to thank... you."''

-> ''"I'm proud of you, son."''

Michael's training officer. As with Frank and Larry, Tom serves as something of a father figure to Michael. He acts as a middle ground between the two extremes of Frank and Larry. Like Frank, the relationship between Michael and Tom is at times antagonistic and based more around what the other can do for them. Like Larry, Tom taught Michael the skills he would need later in life. His contribution to Michael's life comes in transitioning Michael from petty criminal escaping his home life by entering the military to budding young spy with enough potential to attract Larry's mentorship and Anson's eye.
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* ArcVillain: [[spoiler:First half of season 6.]]
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Or so Michael explains to Riley in the opening of the back half of season 6. He was running ops around the globe and using Anson to do it. Card's explanation...]]
* BoomHeadshot
* CatchPhrase: "I'm proud of you, son."
* ConsummateLiar
* DragonWithAnAgenda: [[spoiler:Is more or less that he was another of Anson's blackmail targets/tools, and had to take Anson out (and Nate, incidentally/accidentally) to protect his career and keep serving his country... albeit illegally.]]
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Dr. Cox]]. Tom has so many of the same mannerisms as Dr. Cox (the "attention whistle" and the way he rants) that you almost expect him to call Michael a girl's name or "newbie." It probably helps that they are played by the same actor. [[spoiler:Subverted in the end however, as Cox is a KnightInSourArmor crossed with GoodIsNotNice, while Card is ultimately a self serving manipulator only looking out for himself and his agenda]].
* FairWeatherMentor
* FamousLastWords [[spoiler:His CatchPhrase.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: ... a distant, strict, demanding, jerkish father.
* ItsAllAboutMe: In his first appearance, Michael deduces from Card's impatient attitude that he ''needs'' one of his ops to end sunny side up in order to save his slipping CIA career. [[spoiler:Reinforced hard after TheReveal that he paid Nate's killer to lure Michael into a suicide mission, just out of fear that Michael might find out he was in cahoots with Anson.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:{{Subverted}}. That's the mask he wears. In truth, he's a ''MASSIVE'' JerkWithAHeartOfJerk.]]
* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler:His pre-mortem BreakingSpeech is ''all'' about this.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:In a sense. Card was one of Anson's "clients" on certain unspecified black ops, and most likely, was the one who supplied Anson with the encrypted communications device found in his apartment during season 5.]]
* MotorMouth: Quite the fast talker.
* PetTheDog: His speech to Maddy, [[spoiler:even though it's subverted a few minutes later when he calmly orders Michael's assassination after lying to both of them]]. Also, in his first appearance he seemed genuinely disgusted by the [[CorruptCop Corrupt Agent]] and passionate about doing the job right.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem
* TheSvengali
* TheUriahGambit: [[spoiler:Attempted this in the Season 6 mid season finale. Although he didn't intend to marry Fiona.]]
* WalkingSpoiler
* WellDoneSonGuy: One of several father figures that inspires Michael to be this. [[spoiler:He's as bad as the rest of them. Michael has really shitty luck in this department.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:He claims that people like him and Michael have to 'make calls' and for all his treachery, he seemed like he legitimately wanted to advanced the goals of and protect the interests of the United States. ]]

!!Olivia Riley (Sonja Sohn)

Counter-Intel legend send in to capture Michael Westen after [[spoiler:the murder of Tom Card]]. Judging from her actions, she seems to be another person manipulated by [[spoiler:Card]], as she took it ''quite'' personal upon learning of his death.
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* AntiHero: CIA operative and specialist of counter-intelligence who wants to bring down Michael badly. Even after telling their side of the story, [[spoiler:including the bit about Card collaborating with Anson,]] she couldn't care less.
* ArcVillain: Second half of season 6. Though she starts off relatively sympathetic, by the end she's plunged into outright villainy by [[spoiler:betraying the CIA and the DEA to a cartel just to kill Team Westen without ruining her career]].
* BadBoss: A mild version in that when a field agent comments that there are live explosives and they have no real protection against that (eg bomb defusal equipment), she remarks that she'll just find an actual field agent that will do it. That is she seemed more interested in catching Westen right then and there.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: With a heavy helping of SmugSnake about it. [[spoiler:Sends one of her guys to beat up Jessie than blames it on said guy, claims she has the document on his mother's murder, when it was just a bunch of empty papers and never planned on helping; then [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope loses what little sympathy she had left]] when enlists the help of a Drug Cartel just to have Westen killed, and later tortures Sam in the hospital just for kicks.]] Why did she do all of this? Was it because he [[spoiler:killed a CIA agent despite knowing it was in self defence]]? Nope, it was because he was ruining her reputation.
* BullyingADragon: Sam outright tells Riley this is what she did [[spoiler: when she sent a Cartel Hit Squad after Michael's mother. Stating she no longer had to try to find Michael, as he was now coming after her]].
* CerebusSyndrome: Know the voiceovers we hear before utilizing them against the perp? Contextually, it's kind of similar here, except now Westen is on the receiving end of them. Olivia is able to utilize conventional and unconventional means of catching, trailing, and interrogating perps. She successfully catches Sam's lies and plans out defensive and offensive strategies against Team Westen.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Michael.
* {{Determinator}}: Pretty much her defining character trait as she claims she'd travel to the ends of the earth to catch Michael.
* TheDreaded: Both Michael and Jessie exchange OhCrap faces when they realize who they're up against. After they explain to Fi that she's literally wrote the book on counter-intelligence, it doesn't really make the situation any better.
* {{Foil}}: To Michael, moreso than any antagonist in the series to date. To an extent, she's also something of a foil to Jesse who had a similar history with Michael. This aspect of her character is particularly notable in the latter part of season six. [[spoiler: It's been stated by WordOfGod that Michael tends to (or use to) value his own reputation and such over that of others. Olivia shares this with him... but will cross more lines than he will to preserve it, given that she lacks the family he does.]]
* HeroAntagonist: When she has Michael cornered, she orders her team to take the shot no matter what... even when the field agents can clearly see that Michael is unarmed and surrendering.
* HyperAwareness: Much like Michael, she is able to notice tiny features that can tell whether a perp is lying or not. This is evident when she catches Sam wince when she analyzes that Michael is bound to be at a weapons storage as opposed to where Michael is.
* [[{{INeverSaidItWasPoison}} I Never Said When]]: Catches Sam in a lie when he tries to say the boat picture was taken a couple of weeks ago when the scar on the side of the boat was done six months ago.
* InspectorJavert: Though at the end she even loses this aspect. [[spoiler: Where a Javert will still follow and believe he is following the law, Riley goes as far as to hire a Drug Cartel hit squad and deliberately betraying the CIA and DIA to kill Westen and his team rather than bring them in. She even clearly makes reference to the fact she knows what she is doing is illegal.]]
* JerkAss: More so with every episode.
* [[spoiler:JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Steadily becomes more of a jerkass throughout season 6, before outright torturing Jesse and Sam and betraying the CIA and DEA to a cartel. Even her own men clearly notice a more extreme aspect in her personality since she has been chasing them, starting to believe she would be capable of trying anything.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: She's damn good at her job, and it shows in her debut episode. See also CerebusSyndrome.
* ShadowArchetype: Think of her as Michael if he were fully manipulated by Tom Card.
* PerpSweating: Several kinds, legal and [[MoralEventHorizon illegal]].
** Maddie: arrests her and lets her stew (emphasis on "stew") in an interrogation room for some length of time, then smokes a cigarette when she finally does start asking questions, just to make Maddie (the chain smoker, mind) even more upset.
** Jesse: when he acts like a smartass during his detainment, sends in a burly underling to [[TortureFirstAskQuestionsLater beat the crap out of him]] until she feels he "[[JerkAss understands the gravity of the situation]]".
*** Which in a way shows the differences between her and Westen. Where She would allow her guys to use torture, Westen and his team would only suggest using this to scare them and never actually hurt them.
** Sam: subverted; she barely even tries to get answers out of him. Instead, [[spoiler:since he's laid up in the hospital and can't resist, she switches his morphine for a "stimulant" that increases his sensitivity to pain... ''[[ForTheEvulz for no reason!]]'']]
* SmokingIsCool
* TragicVillain: When she first appears, she is just an agent doing her job since she doesn't know all the facts. However, she continues to pursue Michael after he explains what Card was planning. Her obsession with catching Team Westen leads to her crossing major lines and becomes her downfall.
* WeWillMeetAgain: Tells Michael as such after their first encounter.

!!Andrew Strong (Jack Coleman)

* AntiHero
* BadBoss: Plays it painfully straight with Michael, but subverted with the rest of his team who don't seem to mind him. [[spoiler:''His'' boss, the Deputy Director of the CIA, proves to be even less charming and may explain Strong's more desperate acts.]]
* {{Blackmail}}: It's his EstablishingCharacterMoment, even.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: [[spoiler:He might not have been responsible for pulling [[PsychoForHire Simon]] out of prison, but he sure did see ''nothing'' wrong with sending him to aid Michael, provided the job got done. Commence everything imaginable going wrong.]]
* InspectorJavert: His years-long obsession with catching Randall Burke prompted his wife to take the kids and split. Then again, he isn't the most pleasant person on Earth as it is...
* {{Jerkass}}
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Doesn't really get any comeuppance for his JerkAss ways or questionable methods.]]
* KnightTemplar: Contrasted against James. [[spoiler:Both are willing to throw law and due diligence to the winds for their goals, but Strong has more or less elevated it to the level of a personal vendetta.]]
* MarriedToTheJob
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:"Overkill" doesn't begin to describe what Simon does for Michael on Strong's paycheck. Rather than catching James, [[HeroicBSOD quite the]] [[FaceHeelTurn opposite happens]].]]
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: To paraphrase: Go on this physically, psychologically and morally draining deep cover op to apprehend this [[CrazyPrepared extremely cautious terrorist]] for us; refuse and [[spoiler:you, the most notorious/hated spy in the CIA, spend the rest of your days with your friends & family in a detention facility. A clean slate awaits everyone if you succeed but failure or death is unacceptable]]. No pressure.
* PetTheDog: Unpleasant looming presence though he is, Strong is a decently skilled field agent and is responsible for talking down [[spoiler:James's former Special Forces squadmate]] from blowing up Jesse.
** Gets a repeat performance in the series finale by [[spoiler: getting Jesse and Sam released from custody despite a lot of people wanting them in jail. And plays hardball in order to get Michael a star on the CIA Memorial Wall.]]
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[[folder: Other Recurring Characters]]
!!Raymond "Sugar" Mosley

-> ''"I've got guns and duct tape."''

The drug dealer who lived downstairs from Michael in the pilot, until Michael shoots him and convinces him to move. He shows up later asking for help, and after a turn as the client of the week he becomes friendly with Team Westen. Afterward he becomes a source of information and insight into Miami's drug world.
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* DefeatMeansFriendship
* HeelRealization: Pre-series -- He used to bully and neglect his mentally challenged cousin Dougie. When Dougie rescued him from some hostiles despite the mistreatment, Sugar realised what a JerkAss he had been towards him.
* HiddenDepths: Sugar has a mentally challenged cousin named Dougie that Sugar would ''die'' to protect... [[spoiler:at least in part because Sugar used to pick on Dougie, but Dougie saved Sugar anyway when Sugar needed it.]]
* TheInformant: After his turn as a Team Westen client, he gets called on several times to give the team info on targets in the drug world. Mostly this just adds up to telling them what bad news the latest VillainOfTheWeek is.
* LeeroyJenkins: He spends the entire episode as a Client being a Leeroy.
* TheLoad
* NoodleIncident: [[spoiler:Got released, and Team Westen helps make it up to him.]]
** PutOnABusToHell: After the aforementioned season 6 cameo, Jason Bly tells Michael in the finale that Riley found out about the phone call anyway, arrested Sugar, and is doing god-knows-what to him in some unknown prison. This becomes FridgeHorror when it's later seen [[TortureFirstAskQuestionsLater what she's willing to do]] to Jesse and Sam.
* {{Stupid Crook|s}}: Initially. In one of the most iconic MacGyvering scenes of the series, Michael outwits him with ''duct tape''.[[note]]And a gun, but mostly duct tape and garage tools.[[/note]] Gradually wises up with every appearance, though.

!!Barry Burkowski ([[RunningGag the money launderer]])

-> ''"You want me to make two hundred grand just, *poof*, appear in your numbered account? Michael, I'm good, but I can't just will that kind of money into existence."''

A metrosexual money launderer who nevertheless manages to look like a graying [[Series/DinersDriveInsAndDives Guy Fieri]] with extra piercings. Team Westen goes to him for information and financial advice time and time again, and he has been the key to making a number of their plans work.

* BigFun
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:Got released, and Team Westen helps make it up to him.]]
* PutOnABusToHell: [[spoiler:Got sent to prison for four months.]]
* CampStraight
* TheDandy
* KnowledgeBroker
* SpikyHair

!!Seymour

-> ''"[[CaptainObvious You are such a badass]]. It's kind of [[RuleOfCool awesome]]. You need my help? Okay. One condition.[[IJustWantToBeBadass You got to teach me some of these moves]]."''

A rather flighty gun runner that Michael encounters in the second season, he has useful connections in the world of gun runners and specialty guns. His aforementioned flighty and weird nature (and his tendency to draw Michael into his problems, including shootouts with other crooks) is somewhat less useful.
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* CloudCuckooLander
* GeniusDitz: While he is an idiot most of the time he does seem skilled at modifying weapons somewhat as he makes water shells for Mike to shoot through a demo trap. He also manages to stay in business so he isn't quite as dumb as he looks. His "jackass" bodyguard on the other hand is a complete moron.
* NewAgeRetroHippie
* ShipperOnDeck: He makes matching custom daggers for Mike and Fi and tells them they should be together.
* {{Stupid Crook|s}}
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* AmazonChaser: Part of his attraction to Fiona is ''because'' she's trigger happy.



* TheAtoner[=/=]HeWhoFightsMonsters: The result of having worked with Larry, who turned Mike from an average unexceptional spy into a world-class operative. It's also by the hand of Larry that some of Mike's quirks are what they are. [[spoiler: It was Mike blowing up a building with farmers in it in order to get to the warlord they were hiding and him ''not caring'' that became a wake up call as to the slippery slope he was traveling down. Hence his Determinator attitude to finishing the job with minimal collateral damage.]]

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* TheAtoner[=/=]HeWhoFightsMonsters: TheAtoner: The result of having worked with Larry, who turned Mike from an average unexceptional spy into a world-class operative. It's also by the hand of Larry that some of Mike's quirks are what they are. [[spoiler: It was Mike blowing up a building with farmers in it in order to get to the warlord they were hiding and him ''not caring'' that became a wake up call as to the slippery slope he was traveling down. Hence his Determinator attitude to finishing the job with minimal collateral damage.]]



** His other BerserkButton is Fiona, as anyone who harms her finds out.
** In the later seasons as he's come to rediscover his humanity, his button has grown to include his mother, Nate, Sam, and Jesse ie his family and friends.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[spoiler:Fights a man in an illegal street fight during the season seven opening as part of his cover. Mike actually KILLS HIM once he's already beaten. It's extremely unsettling to see him do it without a second thought when you consider how rarely Mike has directly killed anyone in the first six seasons. FridgeHorror sets in once you remember that Michael has been there for nine months just building his cover.]]

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
**
[[spoiler:Fights a man in an illegal street fight during the season seven opening as part of his cover. Mike actually KILLS HIM once he's already beaten. It's extremely unsettling to see him do it without a second thought when you consider how rarely Mike has directly killed anyone in the first six seasons. FridgeHorror sets in once you remember that Michael has been there for nine months just building his cover.]]



* ParentalAbandonment: Due to his father's abuse, his mother's weirdness, his own dangerous line of work and his brother's gambling issue, Michael makes an effort to avoid his family. He mentions that a lot of spies are this way.

to:

* ParentalAbandonment: PapaWolf: Hurting any member of Team Westen is a ''big'' mistake.
* ParentalAbandonment:{{Inverted}}.
Due to his father's abuse, his mother's weirdness, his own dangerous line of work and his brother's gambling issue, Michael makes an effort to avoid his family. He mentions that a lot of spies are this way.



* TranquilFury: If Michael's yelling, it's probably because he's pretending to be someone else. If he's ''not'', it certainly doesn't mean he's not [[UnstoppableRage pissed]].
** Demonstrated excellently in "Out of the Fire" (toward [[spoiler:Larry]], who knows ''exactly'' how much he's pissed off Michael), and in "Last Stand", when [[spoiler: Vaughn reveals he has Madeline held hostage]].

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* TranquilFury: If Michael's yelling, it's probably because he's pretending to be someone else. If he's ''not'', it certainly doesn't mean he's not [[UnstoppableRage pissed]].
**
pissed]]. Demonstrated excellently in "Out of the Fire" (toward [[spoiler:Larry]], who knows ''exactly'' how much he's pissed off Michael), and in "Last Stand", when [[spoiler: Vaughn reveals he has Madeline held hostage]].



* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Gender-flipped. Hurting Fiona is ''not'' a wise move.



* ActionGirl: Fiona is probably the most dangerous of the three, if only because she is so unpredictable and TriggerHappy.
** Specifically, she's probably the least well-trained and deadly of the three in hand-to-hand combat and gunplay, but she's the most willing to use them.

to:

* ActionGirl: Fiona is probably the most dangerous of the three, if only because she is so unpredictable and TriggerHappy.
**
TriggerHappy. Specifically, she's probably the least well-trained and deadly of the three in hand-to-hand combat and gunplay, but she's the most willing to use them.



* BerserkButton: Don't hurt a child anywhere ''near'' Fiona.

to:

* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
**
Don't hurt a child anywhere ''near'' Fiona.



* SexIsViolence / SlapSlapKiss: Lampshaded by Michael. "Violence is foreplay for you."
* ShesGotLegs: Fiona's wardrobe is mostly miniskirts, short shorts and cocktail dresses slit to the waist.
** Intentional and justified; WordOfGod has that Gabrielle Anwar (Fi's actress) picks out much of her own wardrobe. It's likely she knows she has great legs and wants to show them off. It's also helpful in-universe, as normally people look at a woman dressed like that and don't expect her to be so particularly dangerous—especially in Miami, where most women her age and younger dress somewhat loosely anyway because it's so hot and humid.

to:

* SexIsViolence / SlapSlapKiss: : Lampshaded by Michael. "Violence is foreplay for you."
* ShesGotLegs: Fiona's wardrobe is mostly miniskirts, short shorts and cocktail dresses slit to the waist.
**
waist. Intentional and justified; WordOfGod has that Gabrielle Anwar (Fi's actress) picks out much of her own wardrobe. It's likely she knows she has great legs and wants to show them off. It's also helpful in-universe, as normally people look at a woman dressed like that and don't expect her to be so particularly dangerous—especially in Miami, where most women her age and younger dress somewhat loosely anyway because it's so hot and humid.



* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther[=/=]VitriolicBestBuds: With Fiona, though it takes a while.

to:

* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther[=/=]VitriolicBestBuds: AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With Fiona, though it takes a while.



* BerserkButton: Hurting children, along with the rest of Team Westen.

to:

* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
**
Hurting children, along with the rest of Team Westen.children.



* TheNicknamer: Played subtly. While everyone else calls Michael Westen "Michael", even Fiona, Nate, and Maddie, Sam calls him "Mike" or "Mikey". He also calls Madeline "Maddie" while Fi tends to go with "your mom" or "Madeline" and Jesse prefers the more formal "Mrs. Westen".



* TheNicknamer: Played subtly. While everyone else calls Michael Westen "Michael", even Fiona, Nate, and Maddie, Sam calls him "Mike" or "Mikey". He also calls Madeline "Maddie" while Fi tends to go with "your mom" or "Madeline" and Jesse prefers the more formal "Mrs. Westen".



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Takes pains to come off as this to Michael.
* ScaryBlackMan: Can be, once Michael invokes his ire.
* VillainousBreakdown: Suffers it in his last appearance, because of the threat of Michael leaving him at Simon's mercy in federal prison.

!!Anson Fullerton (Creator/JereBurns)

-> ''"Michael, you can do anything you put your mind to, or at least anything I put your mind to."''

DIA psychiatrist and latest victim of Dead Larry, who is holding his wife hostage in exchange for helping break into the British consulate. He is later revealed as the "client" who hired Larry for the job in the first place. After blackmailing Michael to do his bidding, he outs himself as the founder (and last remaining member) of the Burned Spies organization. [[spoiler:He gets gunned down by the same bullet that kills Nate just a few episodes into season 6.]]
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Averted, he's probably the least capable recurring character in the show's history -- including Maddy. That said, when he has the psychological advantage, he can at least delay someone like Michael long enough in a fight to come up with an exit strategy.
* BestServedCold: Not terribly happy about Michael dismantling his organization.
* BigBad: Arguably the whole series, as he was one of the main architects of the Burned Spies Organization. Somewhat unusually in what is otherwise very close to being a WorldOfBadass, he's a NonActionBigBad, as being the chess master and playing mental games is his specialty. The only thing that may undermine his claim to be the BigBad is [[spoiler:after he spends the second half of Season 5 tormenting Team Westen and the first half dozen episodes of Season 6 on the run from both Michael and the intelligence community, he is suddenly killed off and the group must deal with several further antagonists. So despite the far reaching consequences of his actions, which completely reshaped the lives of Michael and everyone, it may demote him to the rank of ArcVillain.]]
* TheChessmaster: Has had a personal interest in Michael for years prior to the first episode. To put this in perspective, Madeleine complains to Michael that he missed his father's funeral by eight years. [[spoiler:Anson was using Frank to learn about Michael and was the one who had him killed.]]
* CrazyPrepared: Anson demonstrates such an insanely meticulous degree of awareness/paranoia that when ''anything'' in his schemes goes wrong, [[XanatosSpeedChess he's either got something else up his sleeve]], and/or enough leverage against Michael to force him into a HeadsIWinTailsYouLose conundrum.
* DecoyDamsel
* DiabolicalMastermind
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* EnemyMine: In "Depth Perception", Michael is forced to work with Anson to help Beatriz.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He works HARD at averting this trope, in Episode 16 of Season Five. [[spoiler: And gets Michael to understand the villain.]]
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"Enjoy the moment, Fredo. I'll be out in a week."]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: The reason he's killed by a sniper literally seconds before he can be taken into CIA custody.]]
* HiddenVillain: Although he built and had a hand in directing the Burned Spies Organization, he never appeared until Season 5.
* InternalAffairs: Before becoming disenchanted with his job. "Hated to see all that talent[[note]]Translation:sociopaths[[/note]] go to waste."
* JerkAss: Revealed at the end of "Acceptable Loss" that [[spoiler:Frank Westen wanted to make up with his son shortly before his organization decided [[HeKnowsTooMuch he knew too much]] and killed him]], apparently [[ForTheEvulz for no other reason]] than to hurt Michael.
** There is also an argument to be made that [[spoiler:he really thought he was helping Mike get closure on his Dad. He is, after all, honestly interested in Mike's mind and mental health, and pointed out that Mike did used to say he ''wanted'' his dad dead.]]
* KarmaHoudini: And you thought [[JokerImmunity Larry]] was bad.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty:[[spoiler: But it wears off surprisingly fast in season 6.]]
* MadBomber: His preferred method of killing.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Turns out there wasn't any "wife" being held for ransom. "I think her name was Some Lady."
* ManipulativeBastard: He literally asks Michael to tell him insights into his psychology as part of payment for an EnemyMine situation.
* {{Pornstache}}: Until he shaves it off in season 6.
* ParentalSubstitute: Tries to cultivate this dynamic between him and Michael. He isn't very successful at it in the long run but of all the father figures Michael has, Anson is the one most prone to acting like a proper parent, often addressing Michael calmly and patiently.
* PsychoPsychologist: While affiliated with Internal Affairs, he analyzed spies like Michael to determine whether they should be burned; This became the seed for the burned spies organization. Unbeknown to Michael, he also stood in as his parents' therapist.
* SmugSnake: Becomes incredibly smug and cocky when his true nature is revealed. Given his sheer skill at manipulation, [[InsufferableGenius he may have the right to]].
* SoftSpokenSadist
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:It takes a lot of doing, but when Michael and the CIA start to make the walls close in on him in season 6, he is visibly flustered and starts making uncharacteristic mistakes.]]
* WaistcoatOfStyle
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Major Recurring Villains]]

* '''NOTE:''' Please limit inclusion here to characters who either have at least three appearances or a significant role in a seasonal arc or half season arc. Also, please order the characters according to when they first appeared on the show.

!! Larry Sizemore (Tim Matheson)

-> ''"[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident I feel a rash of heart attacks coming on.]] The wife? Dead! The kid? Dead! The drug dealer? '''[[KillEmAll Dead!]]'''"''

Michael's whackjob former partner[=/=]mentor during Michaels' black ops days. He faked his death years ago, and became a freelance assassin for hire. It's a RunningGag that it's impossible to make him actually die for real... [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat but he may have finally been killed off for good at the end of Season 5.]]
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Not only is he a violent nutcase for hire, but he'll also raid Michael's fridge and eat his yogurt without asking. YouBastard.
* AxCrazy:
--> '''Michael''': If I let him out of my sight, that's when he starts killing everyone.
* BadassInANiceSuit: One of the perks of being a highly paid assassin is that he can always afford to walk around in a nice suit.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Brennen in "Out of the Fire."
* BelatedBackstory: A season six episode explains how things were like back when he was with Michael.
* BodyCountCompetition: One of Larry's pastimes.
-->'''Sam''': That's a Santa Marta tattoo. Six tears. The guy's a pro with half a dozen kills.
-->'''Larry''': 'Pro'? That's kinda generous. Six is a promising start, I guess.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* TheCorrupter: His apparent mission in life is to talk Michael into crossing the MoralEventHorizon.
* CuttingTheKnot: Due to guilt over his past misdeeds and the lives those misdeeds cost, Michael favors complex strategies that are (usually) non-lethal or cause a target to be the cause of his own undoing. Larry, who is pretty much amoral and AxCrazy, (and thus immune to PangsOfConscience) just kills whoever is in his way and moves on.
-->You are so busy looking 10 moves ahead that you don't see the move that is right in front of you.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Michael has screwed Larry over several times. Larry would kill a dozen people to get out of a parking ticket but he won't kill Michael. WordOfGod says Larry loves Michael. Not like that. Well, maybe a little like that. Who knows? Larry's crazy.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He really does believe that Michael and he are alike, which is usually his downfall.
--> '''Michael:''' You know the difference between us? I really do understand you. You only ''think'' you understand me.
* EvilCounterpart: Larry is what Michael might have turned into if he'd stayed in black ops.
** Pointed out in season 3 that Larry also has a personal intimate relationship with Michael, like Fiona.
* EvilMentor: Larry faked his own death in Bosnia and is now a PsychoForHire ProfessionalKiller who truly believes that MurderIsTheBestSolution. Larry also likes to invoke NotSoDifferent in regards to himself and Michael. Particularly notable in the season 4 finale when Larry wonders where all the darkness and anger Michael had went. On par for being the evil mentor, Larry also laments that Michael is losing the things that made him able to do bad things with a smile.
* FakingTheDead: "Fifteen people watched Larry walk into an oil refinery right before it blew up. Apparently, it was his way of taking early retirement." Also, he was foiled this way in his first appearance as a ProfessionalKiller, as Michael was able to fake the death of Larry's target and get her safely out of the way.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Naturally. He's played by Tim Matheson, who specializes in this trope. Meeting Larry at a party, you'd probably think he was charming, funny, and the sort of guy that you'd like to hang out and have a few laughs with. Then he'd stick a knife in your side without missing a beat or dropping his smile.
* FriendlyEnemy: At least until his appearance in the 5th season summer finale. Apparently, spending time in an Albanian prison made him just a little bit '''upset''' with Michael.
* InSeriesNickname: "Dead Larry," and "Undead Spy."
* JokerImmunity: In fact, the [[FunWithSubtitles subtitles]] took to calling him things like [[LampshadeHanging "Spy With Nine Lives"]].
* KarmaHoudini: Despite killing more people per episode than some MythArc villains do in a whole season, he never received any comeuppance until his third appearance. (And even then, it didn't stick and Larry was eventually able to escape the prison he was sent to.)
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Brennen and some of his other victims really did have it coming.]]
* KillEmAll: His modus operdani.
* KnifeNut
* LaughablyEvil: He's quite funny and likable. He's also quite AxCrazy.
* LikeASonToMe: To Michael Westen, [[AbusiveParents this is not a positive statement]].
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: He swears by it.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Played rather subtly in the Season 5 summer finale - after [[spoiler:Fiona blows up the office that Larry's in and (with a little help from the new MythArc villain) inadvertently destroys a little more than she meant to]], the paper at the end of the episode says [[spoiler:"'''2''' people killed" (namely, the two [[RedShirt security guards]]).]] Later another character refers to Larry in the past tense and while we have scene or two where we see him in flashbacks, we don't ever see him in the present again.
* NietzscheWannabe: He justifies killing people for money on the basis that people die anyway, and he all but calls himself an {{Ubermensch}} while talking to Michael in "Enemies Closer."
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: His fate as of mid-Season 5. Though, since "surviving that" is how he got his nickname, he's probably still not dead.
* NotQuiteDead: It's his M.O. His [[FunWithSubtitles subtitles]] tend have previously referred to him as "Larry: Undead Spy," "Larry: Spy with Nine Lives," and "Larry: Unfriendly Ghost."
* NotSoDifferent: He and Michael ''did'' run a lot of missions together, doing a lot of the same things...
* ProfessionalKiller: Definitely an assassin.
* PsychoForHire
* RunningGag: [[MemeticMutation Yes, dead Larry]].
* SlasherSmile: In contrast to Michael TheStoic.
* TheUnfettered: He gives Michael a speech about it in his second appearance.
* UnwittingPawn: For Anson in "Dead to Rights."
* VillainousBreakdown: At the end of "Out of the Fire."
* WeCanRuleTogether: His entire motivation is to get Michael to work with him again. He'll do ''anything'' to get Michael to work with him again.

!! Tyler Brennen (Jay Karnes)

-> ''"Forcing. Such an ugly word. Encouraging? Incentivizing? No, you're right. Let's go with forcing."''

A former Military Intelligence officer turned arms dealer. Michael first encounters him in season 2, where he foiled a deal Brennan had going with some South Americans. Ever since then Brennan has wanted revenge and to use Michael formidable talents for his own ends. One of the very few foes Michael cannot outwit, or at least not with significant difficulty.
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* ArmsDealer
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:One of the few times the audience can cheer when Larry kills someone.]]
* BadassInANiceSuit
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Larry in "Out of the Fire."
* TheChessmaster
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Everyone else in the show tends to fall to the InstantDeathBullet or being in an explosion. Brennan spends a solid minute with Larry twisting a blade in his chest and bleeding like a stuck pig.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler: His death.]] Larry puts it well:
-->You are so busy looking 10 moves ahead that you don't see the move that is right in front of you.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:How some fans feel about his death.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Strapping a bomb with a dead-man's switch to ''a kid'', just to show he meant business.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Michael beats him in "End Run" by locating his daughter and bluffing that he's sent an assassin to kill her if Brennen goes through with his plan to kill Michael and Nate. Brennen is completely furious about his daughter being threatened and has to back off.
* EvilCounterpart: Brennen is what post-burning Michael might have become if he hadn't been surrounded by {{Morality Pet}}s.
* HostageForMacGuffin[=/=]IHaveYourWife: Does this in every single episode he's in.
* InsufferableGenius: Even ''Larry'' thinks he's "kind of a dick."
* LastNameBasis: Michael doesn't even ''learn'' his first name until the end of his second appearance.
* MoralMyopia: He is totally outraged that Michael would threaten to have his daughter murdered if he doesn't do what he's told, despite, as several tropes above show, that is basically his own M.O.
* PragmaticVillainy
* SmugSnake
* VillainBall: Despite being cunning in many other ways, he keeps making the same mistake over and over: leaving Michael unattended for long periods of time.
** For that matter, when teaming up with Larry [[spoiler:he makes the mistake of leaving Michael's mentor unattended or with Michael for long periods of time. Larry may be evil, but Brennan obviously did not expect how much Larry really just wants to turn Michael to the dark side.]]

!! Tom Strickler (Ben Shenkman)

-> ''"The enemy of [[EnemyMine your enemy is...]] your [[SubvertedTrope financial opportunity]]."''

So-called "Agent to the Spies", he's essentially a manager to talent like burned spies, ex-special forces, etc. He sets them up with gigs paid for by shadowy figures that he has contacts with, and in return he gets 10%. He appears in Season 3 offering to cut Michael in on a similar deal and promising that he has the connections to help Michael with the burn notice. Unfortunately, he is not the sort of guy who is trustworthy. At all.

* ArcVillain: First half of season 3, although he doesn't actually become antagonistic until his final appearance.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:One of the extremely few people that Michael kills with his own hands.]]
* KnowledgeBroker
* LastNameBasis: Is called Strickler almost exclusively.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: He actually does manage to get some movement going on Michael's burn notice, much to the shock of Michael's contact Diego Garza. He also has all sort of unsavory underworld connections, which causes Garza to freak out when he learns that Michael was working with Strickler.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes[=/=]PoisonousFriend: Even when he's being helpful to Michael, Team Westen tends to regard him as this.
* TheyWereHoldingYouBack: His opinion of [[spoiler:Michael's relationship with Fiona.]]
* ToxicFriendInfluence

!! Mason Gilroy (Chris Vance)

-> ''"Most people bore me, especially Americans. Always some structure to report to, some memo to file. For all your talk of rugged individualism, in my experience this is a nation of sheep. I see opportunities and I take them. It's much simpler that way, much more fun."''

One of the people that Strickler represented. He's a ruthless former black ops agent who has turned freelance, working for anyone and any cause if they pay him well enough, regardless of how much potential damage it may do to the world.

* AmbiguouslyGay
* ArcVillain: Second half of season 3. [[spoiler:Until Simon explosively upends him.]]
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: After all the build up he was finally going to do something... and someone we hadn't even met yet mortally wounds him off screen. Granted, that someone turned out to be Simon, and doing something like that is exactly Simon's modus operandi.]]
* EvilBrit
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Can only understand selfish motives such as greed, which is why he falls for Michael pretending to be like him.
* [[spoiler:HoistByHisOwnPetard]]
* FauxAffablyEvil
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Michael believes and Gilroy hints that he'll do any job if the money is right. Gilroy also hints, however, that he'll do a job if it entertains him enough.
* PsychoForHire
* TheSociopath: Repeatedly referred to as one, and Michael thinks that Gilroy is worse than the people who burned him. So far as he knows, they don't sell nuclear secrets on the black market.
* TheUnfettered: Honestly, just look at his character quote.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Pulls this on Claude, a thief Gilroy hired and who (unbeknownst to Claude and Gilroy) had been sabotaged by Michael. [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch Apparently Claude did not survive the complications resulting from a broken ankle]].
* [[spoiler:YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness: Done to him by Simon.]]

!! John Barrett (Creator/RobertPatrick)

The CEO of Drake Technologies, a telecom, technology, and infrastructure company that has been part of a conspiracy to forment wars and destabilize entire countries so that Drake Technologies can then go in and rebuild everything afterward at massive profit. Jesse was investigating his activities prior to being burned, and the Burned Spies Organization views him as a dangerous threat to its agenda.

* ArcVillain: First half of of season 4.
** [[spoiler:FillerVillain: In the grand scheme of things, he served mostly as a plot device sandwiched between Vaughn's agenda and Michael.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: His hat.
* TheCorrupter: Strongly hinted that his money, resources and connections make him this, especially when he sends an active duty Army Colonel to try to snatch a MacGuffin out of the hands of Team Westen.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: And he's perfectly willing to do anything for more.
* RealityEnsues: He's an out of shape middle-aged man who takes part in a massive gunfight between his mooks, Team Westen, and Vaughn's men. Regardless of how much he's been built up as a potential BigBad, [[spoiler:it makes sense that he'd be dead by the end of the fight. (Although he ''almost'' managed to escape.)]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* WarForFunAndProfit: Although the rebuilding afterward is where he makes his money.
* XMustNotWin: He's the X in question as far as the Burned Spies Organization and Team Westen is concerned.

!!Tyler Gray (Kenny Johnson)

-> ''Nice try, Westen. I know who you are and I know'' '''''what''''' ''you are. The only mistake I made is not killing you sooner.''

A former US Marine sniper, and one of the foremost snipers in the world. [[spoiler:After ending his time in the Marines, Gray became a mercenary for cash, except when good old Uncle Sam needs him, at which point he'll do whatever job is asked of him, no questions asked. It's hinted that Card regularly offered him unofficial, off the books work to further Card's agenda. When Card was afraid that Anson would spill the beans on the links between the two and how Card had used the Burned Spies Organization for his own pro-America purposes, he had Gray kill Anson, resulting in Nate also being killed by the same bullet.]]

* ColdSniper
* [[spoiler:DeceasedFallGuyGambit: Card apparently planned to use him for this. Michael tried to prevent it, but Gray was killed anyway and Michael subsequently killed Card.]]
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: Of the sudden, unexpected death variety.]]
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn: Begins to cooperate with Team Westen and maybe looking at changing his worldview, but...]]
** [[spoiler:HeelFaceDoorSlam: He is suddenly killed in the process of trying to help Team Westen, and before his character arc goes any further.]]
* [[spoiler:JerkassHasAPoint: Michael tells him off for shooting Anson with Nate, an innocent, in the way. Gray then relates the conditions under which he made the shot on Anson. He is ''not'' exaggerating when calls it a once in a lifetime shot, and on top of that he had no idea who the hell Nate was at the time. Gray was so far away he would have had to take the ''curvature of the world'' into account as he pulled the trigger.]]
* MyCountryRightOrWrong
* [[spoiler:MyGodWhatHaveIDone]]
* [[spoiler:ThePowerOfFriendship: He's won over to Michael's side in large part due to this. Gray entirely believes that Michael is the monster that his file and Card make Michael out to be... until he sees Michael lying under torture to cover for the rest of Team Westen. As Gray himself says, the man who did the things from Michael's file would have never put himself on the line for others like that.]]
* ProfessionalKiller
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Is subjected to minor versions from both Michael and Madeline, due to his willingness to shoot someone other than his target.]]
* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn: Is one for Card.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: It's impossible to talk about Gray without tripping over several other plot twists.
* [[spoiler:WeAreStrugglingTogether: Even when he's won over to Team Westen's side, they do not exactly work together well.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:"The Family" (Season 7)]]

!!Randall Burke (Adrian Pasdar)

* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: One of his associates, with whom he planned to steal a truck full of valuable computer eqiupment, finds out what the stuff is ''actually'' worth and hikes the price of his sevices accordingly. Burke is not amused and "politely" urges him to think twice. [[spoiler:The associate brandishes a knife which Burke promptly jams into the guy's spleen.]]
--> [[spoiler:[[BondOneLiner "There's your little something extra."]]]]
* [[spoiler:TheDragon: After being set up for 3 episodes to be the new ArcVillain, he turns out to be the Dragon for the mysterious leader of the organization, rather than the leader himself.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Blows himself up to kill the leader of the Russian blacksite, and make a hole in the wall for Micheal and Sonya to use.]]
* NobleDemon

!!Sonya Lubjenko (Alona Tal)

* ActionGirl
* BadassInDistress: In her first episode she's a prisoner in a Russian Black Site.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The closest trope. She's fine with character. It's timing that's her issue. Twice, she claims the opposition will take five minutes to arrive. They are there in seconds.
** Of course, she also trusts Michael, so...
* TheDragon: Appears to be this to James, now that [[spoiler:Burke is dead.]]
* {{Foil}}: To Michael. She has the same keen analytical mind, {{Determinator}} streak, legendary reputation, and private regrets about sacrificing any chance for a normal life.
* LivingMacGuffin: Burke says she's the "key to everything."
* NotSoDifferent: Shares a few of these moments with Michael, [[spoiler:which draws them to sleep together.]]
* ShroudedInMyth: After busting her out, Sam and Jessie realize that she's probably a certain legendary Russian operative who wreaked havoc at the CIA a few years ago.

!!James Kendrick (John Pyper-Ferguson)

* AffablyEvil
* BigBad: Of season 7.
* AFatherToHisMen: An evil variation on this; he is fiercely devoted to the members of his organization, and he inspires the same in his people. Of course, if one of his people ''doesn't'' show that same level of devotion to the team, James will quite calmly shoot him in the head.
* FinalBoss: The final main villain of the series.
* KnightTemplar
* TheManBehindTheMan: To Burke, the public face of the organization. No one, not even Agent Strong who'd been working for ''years'' to take the organization down, even knew he existed until Michael got to him.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: His motto for missions, to the point where he'll execute someone if they leave a team member behind.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: His backstory is something of a Deconstruction of this concept. Facing a situation where he had to choose between following his orders and following his conscience, he chose his conscience...and wound up having to do things that were just as bad, if not worse, than what he'd been ordered to do. The consequences of doing the "right" thing in a Morally Grey world where there ''is'' no objectively "right" decision forced him to snap and go rogue. By the time we meet him, he's long past justifying his actions and lives by his own moral code.
* TakingYouWithMe: Tries to pull this off with his death in the series finale. [[spoiler:He fails to take Michael and Fiona with him. Barely.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Has a surprisingly brief one [[spoiler: when Michael shoots Sonya,]] before he starts issuing orders to his men.
* VisionaryVillain: He may do unsavory things but he has a definite vision of how to make the world a better place and is so strongly committed to it he'd even willingly sacrifice himself to ensure the Family can carry on.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Tries to pull this on Michael. [[spoiler: It almost works.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Government Figures and Employees]]
!!Agent Harris & Agent Lane

[[ThoseTwoGuys Two FBI agents]] tasked with leaning on Sam in season 1 to conduct surveillance on Michael. Sam, in turn, acts as Michael's double agent to only feed them ''just'' enough info to keep Harris and Lane's superiors happy (and help get a real crook or two turned in). They eventually get reassigned once Michael stirs up enough trouble to be someone else's problem, but one or both of them turn up as allies of Michael in later seasons.
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* TheBusCameBack: Three times so far.
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: Not actually defeated, per se - somebody higher up the food chain, ominously, had them taken off the assignment. They're also not really his friends.
* PutOnABus: A couple episodes before season 1 ended.
* ThoseTwoGuys

!! Jason Bly (Alex Carter)

-> ''"Man, I have to say, Miami's treated me pretty well."''

A CIC agent sent in ostensibly to investigate Michael in season 1 when Michael is freshly burned, but really to convince him to sit down and shut up about wanting his job back. Michael eventually puts together information to blackmail Bly into leaving him alone, although Bly attempts to return the favor in season 2, at which point the two call a truce. He reappears again in season 6.
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* BruceWayneHeldHostage: Alongside [[EnemyMine Michael]] in "Bad Breaks".
* TheBusCameBack: In the Season 6 premiere "Scorched Earth", [[spoiler: interrogating Fi]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* FireForgedFriends: After the events of "Bad Breaks", he actually helps Michael and they part amicably.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Michael tries to tell him he didn't really deserve to be burned, Bly momentarily loses his cool and tells Michael he [[KarmaHoudini should be in jail]]. Later we find out what the government thinks Michael did. Bly was really understating the case.
* HeroAntagonist: For all he's a SmugSnake, he really is on the side of angels and the dossier he has on Michael would make anyone think Michael was a monster.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Or at least of a somewhat reasonable person.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: He isn't one himself, but he ''really'' knows how to make use of them, seeking to inflict "a slow death, drowning in red tape" on Michael.
* OutGambitted: A bunch of things he thought were going well for him turned out to be Michael setting him up to look corrupt. And to rub it in, after dumping TheReveal about this in Bly's lap, [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Michael drives off]] in the [[CoolCar Ferrari]] that Bly thought was his!]]
* PunchClockVillain: Sure, he's obnoxious about it, but he's just doing his job.
* PutOnABus: Michael blackmails him into boarding one in S1, only to see him return with a grudge ([[FireForgedFriends which gets resolved]]) in "Bad Breaks". Disappeared afterward, until...
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:In the sixth season finale.]]
* SmugSnake: When he has (or thinks he has) the upper hand on Michael. Cue MacGyvering or other such plot development to prove him wrong.

!!Detective Michelle Paxson (Moon Bloodgood)

-->''Stuff's been blowing up pretty steadily since you arrived in Miami. So are you going to answer my questions, or am I going to pick my way through everything you own?''

A Miami Detective who shows up investigating Michael at the start of season 3, almost immediately after he turned down Management's offer to help him stay off the radar. She makes the connection between Michael and some of the group's [[StuffBlowingUp flashier pyrotechnics]], and promptly starts hounding the team and staking out all the spots where they store their equipment. She keeps the pressure up for several episodes, causing a number of problems for Team Westen before Michael helps her catch a dangerous criminal she's been trying to bring down for years. She reluctantly backs off at that point, but notes that if Michael slips or she ever hears of him becoming a criminal for real, she'll arrest him.
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* ByTheBookCop: As by the book and honest as you can possibly get.
* EnemyMine: And to make charges stick on said enemy, she has to swear that he was using the explosives she was trying to tie to Michael and Fiona.
* FairCop: Is played by a model.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: Michael and Fiona comment on this, although Michael denies it.
-->'''Fiona:''' Was that flirting or does she hate you?\\
'''Michael:''' I am ''not'' her type.
* PutOnABus
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: She's a pain in the ass obstacle for the Team, but in real life if Team Westen was making all those explosions go off in your city, you'd want them arrested too.

!!Diego Garza (Otto Sanchez)

-->''I assume you're here because you want back in? Trying to reach out? I don't want this to hurt your feelings, but I'd like you to get the hell out of here.''

A laid back CIA field agent who is quite happy with his position working undercover at the Miami Airport overseeing an import/export business instead of risking his life in the field. He reluctantly becomes Michael's official Agency contact during the first half of season 3, [[spoiler:but is killed by Gilroy before Garza can tell Michael more about Strickler's connections.]]
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* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:The cleaners who come to town after Strickler's death think so.]]
* MauveShirt
* NeverSuicide: [[spoiler:His death is officially ruled as one, and given he's shown chugging some alcoholic beverage in a panic right before his offscreen demise, it's not completely implausible to a medical examiner...]]
* OhCrap:
--> [[spoiler:"What the hell were you doing working with Strickler? Do you know what sort of people he was in bed with?!]]
* RetiredBadass: He essentially considers his current job a paid retirement, and he is ''not'' rocking the boat.
-->I have 20 years with the company. I've seen villages burned, kids orphaned. I've been shot. Twice. Then they transferred me here. Now, you know what the hardest part of this job is? That forklift over there turns funny. Now, if I report back that I made contact with a burned spy, do you know [[ReassignedToAntarctica where they'll send me]]? Me neither.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Other agents would view his current position as this. Garza, who has had enough danger in his life, ''loves'' it.

!!Congressman Bill Cowley (Creator/JohnDoman)

-->'''Sam:''' Sir? I'm a war vet ok, this is about my disability. I'm one of your constituents.\\
'''Cowley:''' [[JerkAss Yeah, but just one.]] *Rolls up window and drives away*

A blowhard congressman on the House Intelligence Committee with ambitions of reaching higher office. The team first encounters him midway through season 4, when they attempt to blackmail him into helping their client, a retired CIA Agent, get into Witness Protection. Cowley isn't interested in helping, but is forced to due to circumstances of the episode. [[spoiler:In a last ditch effort to get the existence and identity list of the Burned Spies Organization into the open, Sam approaches him and tries to enlist him. Cowley is eventually convinced of the truth and brings a group of Marines to save the rest of Team Westen from certain death at Vaughn's hands.]]
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* BadBoss
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler:In the season 4 finale.]]
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: [[spoiler:Done en masse to Vaughn and his mooks.]]
* CorruptPolitician: Illegally sent troops into Columbia in '86, which turned out to be a disastrous bloodbath. He shrugs off both the deaths of the soldiers who took part in this and attempts to use the information against him, stating that he has someone ready to take the fall for him.
* {{Jerkass}}: Just look at the way they established his character in the quote.
* TheLoad: In both episodes, although [[spoiler:it's somewhat alleviated when he brings TheCavalry to save Team Westen.]]
* PhotoOpWithTheDog: Team Westen keeps approaching him at these...
* SkepticNoLonger: In both episodes he offhandedly dismisses what Team Westen says, then his eyes get opened.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: And at least partially thanks to Team Westen, much to their chagrin.

!!Marvin "Marv" Paterson (Robert Kind)

-->''I never believed what they said about Jesse, but I'm not about to do any favors for a couple of burned spies. I'm sorry.''

A veteran counterintelligence agent at the DOD who has worked counter-intel for nearly 30 years. He was also Jesse's former handler, and although he believes Jesse was given a raw deal when he was burned, Marv doesn't dare speak up about it for fear of losing everything. Despite his reluctance to have anything to do with burned spies in general and Team Westen in particular, with a little arm twisting he helps them several times with information and resources. [[spoiler:When Michael uncovers the full list of members of the Burned Spies Organization, he tries to convince Marv to help them bring it to the government. Unfortunately Brennan and Larry threaten Marv's family and force him to turn it over to them instead, and kill Marv along the way.]]
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* FriendOnTheForce: Essentially becomes a reluctant, Intelligence version for the team.
* YourCheatingHeart: His affairs lead him into being blackmailed a time or two.

!! Max (Grant Show)

A capable and friendly CIA operative who becomes Michaels' partner in hunting down the members of the Burned Spies Organization early in season 5. After that he continues to be Michael's partner on some small scale CIA work while Michael is gradually worked back into the Agency. [[spoiler:Is very suddenly murdered in an attempt to frame Michael.]]
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* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler:And unlike the norm, he doesn't have anything cryptic to say as he's dying - just musings about his wife. It takes a bit before it's realized in-universe that Max was just an unwitting fall guy.]]
* ByTheBookCop: Although he does, with some convincing, give Michael some help with Michael's side jobs.
* MauveShirt
* NiceGuy
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* SacrificialLion

!!Agent Dani Pearce (Lauren Stamile)

-->''You guys were there when I needed it. I said I wouldn't forget and I haven't.''

Initially assigned to look into the death of [[spoiler:Max]], Pearce eventually becomes Michael's de facto handler in the CIA and takes over the role of SixthRanger from Jesse. Because she's an agent in good standing unlike Jesse who quit due to his idealism and Michael due to his CowboyCop-like attitude, Pearce has both a lot more resources at her disposal but also a lot more responsibilities riding on her shoulders. Nevertheless, while her relationship with Team Westen has not always been smooth, by season 6, Pearce has come to owe them a lot. As a result, she has taken to helping them out - often without any CIA knowledge and usually by bending rules (helping the team out by helping out on other agency business in the same location). In this role, she serves in a similar capacity as Jesse when Jesse is unavailable or in the field himself - MissionControl and analytics. Eventually she breaks too many rules trying to help the team, and is ReassignedToAntarctica.
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* ActionGirl
* BestServedCold: She finds out that the man who killed her fiancee is now a protected CIA asset, convinces him that he's dying, arranges for him to unknowingly give up the information he's holding, and then reveals what she's done done complete with CruelMercy.
-->I'm not killing you, Ahmed, but believe me, your life is over.
** RevengeBeforeReason: She was fully willing to destroy her career to get revenge.
* BrainyBrunette
* CowboyCop: Isn't called a "[[FunWithSubtitles CIA Bloodhound]]" for nothing. [[spoiler:It finally catches up with her in season 6.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Her fiancee was murdered years ago.
* {{Determinator}}: She's like a pit bull when it comes to an investigation.
* ReassignedToAntarctica
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Eventually comes more and more to this mindset after hanging around Team Westen long enough.

!!Rebecca Lang (Creator/KristannaLoken)

A CIA field operative who is introduced as part of a team that Pearce assembles for Michael to command in his first major operation back in the CIA. Is secretly being blackmailed by Anson (who is threatening to turn over information about her brother's whereabouts to a criminal organization that wants to kill her brother) and is one of the agents he intends to use in rebuilding the Burned Spies Organization. [[spoiler:She eventually winds up helping Michael and the CIA track down Anson, although she disappears anyway, claiming she doesn't trust the CIA to protect her brother and is going to make sure it gets done.]]
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* {{Blackmail}}: Is the victim of it, courtesy of Anson.
* DarkActionGirl
* TheDragon: Essentially this to Anson in early season 6.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:... for a given value of face, anyway.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:And she has suspiciously bad timing about it, since she bolts right around the time that Anson and Nate are both killed. Michael tracks her down and puts a bullet in her shoulder before she convinces him that she had nothing to do with it.]]

!!Tom Card (John C. [=McGinley=])

-> ''"Imagine that you're onto holding two bottles. They drop on the floor, what happens? They both break. But it's how they break that's important. Because you see while one bottle crumples into a pile of glass, the other shatters into a jagged edged weapon. The same environment that forged older brother into a warrior... crushed baby brother. Don't get me wrong, Mrs. Westen, Michael '''is''' damaged. But he also happens to be a little boy who just wants to protect his mother and his baby brother. Which means that everyone that Michael ever helped actually has to thank... you."''

-> ''"I'm proud of you, son."''

Michael's training officer. As with Frank and Larry, Tom serves as something of a father figure to Michael. He acts as a middle ground between the two extremes of Frank and Larry. Like Frank, the relationship between Michael and Tom is at times antagonistic and based more around what the other can do for them. Like Larry, Tom taught Michael the skills he would need later in life. His contribution to Michael's life comes in transitioning Michael from petty criminal escaping his home life by entering the military to budding young spy with enough potential to attract Larry's mentorship and Anson's eye.
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* ArcVillain: [[spoiler:First half of season 6.]]
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Or so Michael explains to Riley in the opening of the back half of season 6. He was running ops around the globe and using Anson to do it. Card's explanation...]]
* BoomHeadshot
* CatchPhrase: "I'm proud of you, son."
* ConsummateLiar
* DragonWithAnAgenda: [[spoiler:Is more or less that he was another of Anson's blackmail targets/tools, and had to take Anson out (and Nate, incidentally/accidentally) to protect his career and keep serving his country... albeit illegally.]]
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Dr. Cox]]. Tom has so many of the same mannerisms as Dr. Cox (the "attention whistle" and the way he rants) that you almost expect him to call Michael a girl's name or "newbie." It probably helps that they are played by the same actor. [[spoiler:Subverted in the end however, as Cox is a KnightInSourArmor crossed with GoodIsNotNice, while Card is ultimately a self serving manipulator only looking out for himself and his agenda]].
* FairWeatherMentor
* FamousLastWords [[spoiler:His CatchPhrase.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: ... a distant, strict, demanding, jerkish father.
* ItsAllAboutMe: In his first appearance, Michael deduces from Card's impatient attitude that he ''needs'' one of his ops to end sunny side up in order to save his slipping CIA career. [[spoiler:Reinforced hard after TheReveal that he paid Nate's killer to lure Michael into a suicide mission, just out of fear that Michael might find out he was in cahoots with Anson.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:{{Subverted}}. That's the mask he wears. In truth, he's a ''MASSIVE'' JerkWithAHeartOfJerk.]]
* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler:His pre-mortem BreakingSpeech is ''all'' about this.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:In a sense. Card was one of Anson's "clients" on certain unspecified black ops, and most likely, was the one who supplied Anson with the encrypted communications device found in his apartment during season 5.]]
* MotorMouth: Quite the fast talker.
* PetTheDog: His speech to Maddy, [[spoiler:even though it's subverted a few minutes later when he calmly orders Michael's assassination after lying to both of them]]. Also, in his first appearance he seemed genuinely disgusted by the [[CorruptCop Corrupt Agent]] and passionate about doing the job right.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem
* TheSvengali
* TheUriahGambit: [[spoiler:Attempted this in the Season 6 mid season finale. Although he didn't intend to marry Fiona.]]
* WalkingSpoiler
* WellDoneSonGuy: One of several father figures that inspires Michael to be this. [[spoiler:He's as bad as the rest of them. Michael has really shitty luck in this department.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:He claims that people like him and Michael have to 'make calls' and for all his treachery, he seemed like he legitimately wanted to advanced the goals of and protect the interests of the United States. ]]

!!Olivia Riley (Sonja Sohn)

Counter-Intel legend send in to capture Michael Westen after [[spoiler:the murder of Tom Card]]. Judging from her actions, she seems to be another person manipulated by [[spoiler:Card]], as she took it ''quite'' personal upon learning of his death.
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* AntiHero: CIA operative and specialist of counter-intelligence who wants to bring down Michael badly. Even after telling their side of the story, [[spoiler:including the bit about Card collaborating with Anson,]] she couldn't care less.
* ArcVillain: Second half of season 6. Though she starts off relatively sympathetic, by the end she's plunged into outright villainy by [[spoiler:betraying the CIA and the DEA to a cartel just to kill Team Westen without ruining her career]].
* BadBoss: A mild version in that when a field agent comments that there are live explosives and they have no real protection against that (eg bomb defusal equipment), she remarks that she'll just find an actual field agent that will do it. That is she seemed more interested in catching Westen right then and there.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: With a heavy helping of SmugSnake about it. [[spoiler:Sends one of her guys to beat up Jessie than blames it on said guy, claims she has the document on his mother's murder, when it was just a bunch of empty papers and never planned on helping; then [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope loses what little sympathy she had left]] when enlists the help of a Drug Cartel just to have Westen killed, and later tortures Sam in the hospital just for kicks.]] Why did she do all of this? Was it because he [[spoiler:killed a CIA agent despite knowing it was in self defence]]? Nope, it was because he was ruining her reputation.
* BullyingADragon: Sam outright tells Riley this is what she did [[spoiler: when she sent a Cartel Hit Squad after Michael's mother. Stating she no longer had to try to find Michael, as he was now coming after her]].
* CerebusSyndrome: Know the voiceovers we hear before utilizing them against the perp? Contextually, it's kind of similar here, except now Westen is on the receiving end of them. Olivia is able to utilize conventional and unconventional means of catching, trailing, and interrogating perps. She successfully catches Sam's lies and plans out defensive and offensive strategies against Team Westen.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Michael.
* {{Determinator}}: Pretty much her defining character trait as she claims she'd travel to the ends of the earth to catch Michael.
* TheDreaded: Both Michael and Jessie exchange OhCrap faces when they realize who they're up against. After they explain to Fi that she's literally wrote the book on counter-intelligence, it doesn't really make the situation any better.
* {{Foil}}: To Michael, moreso than any antagonist in the series to date. To an extent, she's also something of a foil to Jesse who had a similar history with Michael. This aspect of her character is particularly notable in the latter part of season six. [[spoiler: It's been stated by WordOfGod that Michael tends to (or use to) value his own reputation and such over that of others. Olivia shares this with him... but will cross more lines than he will to preserve it, given that she lacks the family he does.]]
* HeroAntagonist: When she has Michael cornered, she orders her team to take the shot no matter what... even when the field agents can clearly see that Michael is unarmed and surrendering.
* HyperAwareness: Much like Michael, she is able to notice tiny features that can tell whether a perp is lying or not. This is evident when she catches Sam wince when she analyzes that Michael is bound to be at a weapons storage as opposed to where Michael is.
* [[{{INeverSaidItWasPoison}} I Never Said When]]: Catches Sam in a lie when he tries to say the boat picture was taken a couple of weeks ago when the scar on the side of the boat was done six months ago.
* InspectorJavert: Though at the end she even loses this aspect. [[spoiler: Where a Javert will still follow and believe he is following the law, Riley goes as far as to hire a Drug Cartel hit squad and deliberately betraying the CIA and DIA to kill Westen and his team rather than bring them in. She even clearly makes reference to the fact she knows what she is doing is illegal.]]
* JerkAss: More so with every episode.
* [[spoiler:JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Steadily becomes more of a jerkass throughout season 6, before outright torturing Jesse and Sam and betraying the CIA and DEA to a cartel. Even her own men clearly notice a more extreme aspect in her personality since she has been chasing them, starting to believe she would be capable of trying anything.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: She's damn good at her job, and it shows in her debut episode. See also CerebusSyndrome.
* ShadowArchetype: Think of her as Michael if he were fully manipulated by Tom Card.
* PerpSweating: Several kinds, legal and [[MoralEventHorizon illegal]].
** Maddie: arrests her and lets her stew (emphasis on "stew") in an interrogation room for some length of time, then smokes a cigarette when she finally does start asking questions, just to make Maddie (the chain smoker, mind) even more upset.
** Jesse: when he acts like a smartass during his detainment, sends in a burly underling to [[TortureFirstAskQuestionsLater beat the crap out of him]] until she feels he "[[JerkAss understands the gravity of the situation]]".
*** Which in a way shows the differences between her and Westen. Where She would allow her guys to use torture, Westen and his team would only suggest using this to scare them and never actually hurt them.
** Sam: subverted; she barely even tries to get answers out of him. Instead, [[spoiler:since he's laid up in the hospital and can't resist, she switches his morphine for a "stimulant" that increases his sensitivity to pain... ''[[ForTheEvulz for no reason!]]'']]
* SmokingIsCool
* TragicVillain: When she first appears, she is just an agent doing her job since she doesn't know all the facts. However, she continues to pursue Michael after he explains what Card was planning. Her obsession with catching Team Westen leads to her crossing major lines and becomes her downfall.
* WeWillMeetAgain: Tells Michael as such after their first encounter.

!!Andrew Strong (Jack Coleman)

* AntiHero
* BadBoss: Plays it painfully straight with Michael, but subverted with the rest of his team who don't seem to mind him. [[spoiler:''His'' boss, the Deputy Director of the CIA, proves to be even less charming and may explain Strong's more desperate acts.]]
* {{Blackmail}}: It's his EstablishingCharacterMoment, even.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: [[spoiler:He might not have been responsible for pulling [[PsychoForHire Simon]] out of prison, but he sure did see ''nothing'' wrong with sending him to aid Michael, provided the job got done. Commence everything imaginable going wrong.]]
* InspectorJavert: His years-long obsession with catching Randall Burke prompted his wife to take the kids and split. Then again, he isn't the most pleasant person on Earth as it is...
* {{Jerkass}}
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Doesn't really get any comeuppance for his JerkAss ways or questionable methods.]]
* KnightTemplar: Contrasted against James. [[spoiler:Both are willing to throw law and due diligence to the winds for their goals, but Strong has more or less elevated it to the level of a personal vendetta.]]
* MarriedToTheJob
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:"Overkill" doesn't begin to describe what Simon does for Michael on Strong's paycheck. Rather than catching James, [[HeroicBSOD quite the]] [[FaceHeelTurn opposite happens]].]]
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: To paraphrase: Go on this physically, psychologically and morally draining deep cover op to apprehend this [[CrazyPrepared extremely cautious terrorist]] for us; refuse and [[spoiler:you, the most notorious/hated spy in the CIA, spend the rest of your days with your friends & family in a detention facility. A clean slate awaits everyone if you succeed but failure or death is unacceptable]]. No pressure.
* PetTheDog: Unpleasant looming presence though he is, Strong is a decently skilled field agent and is responsible for talking down [[spoiler:James's former Special Forces squadmate]] from blowing up Jesse.
** Gets a repeat performance in the series finale by [[spoiler: getting Jesse and Sam released from custody despite a lot of people wanting them in jail. And plays hardball in order to get Michael a star on the CIA Memorial Wall.]]
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[[folder: Other Recurring Characters]]
!!Raymond "Sugar" Mosley

-> ''"I've got guns and duct tape."''

The drug dealer who lived downstairs from Michael in the pilot, until Michael shoots him and convinces him to move. He shows up later asking for help, and after a turn as the client of the week he becomes friendly with Team Westen. Afterward he becomes a source of information and insight into Miami's drug world.
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* DefeatMeansFriendship
* HeelRealization: Pre-series -- He used to bully and neglect his mentally challenged cousin Dougie. When Dougie rescued him from some hostiles despite the mistreatment, Sugar realised what a JerkAss he had been towards him.
* HiddenDepths: Sugar has a mentally challenged cousin named Dougie that Sugar would ''die'' to protect... [[spoiler:at least in part because Sugar used to pick on Dougie, but Dougie saved Sugar anyway when Sugar needed it.]]
* TheInformant: After his turn as a Team Westen client, he gets called on several times to give the team info on targets in the drug world. Mostly this just adds up to telling them what bad news the latest VillainOfTheWeek is.
* LeeroyJenkins: He spends the entire episode as a Client being a Leeroy.
* TheLoad
* NoodleIncident: [[spoiler:Got released, and Team Westen helps make it up to him.]]
** PutOnABusToHell: After the aforementioned season 6 cameo, Jason Bly tells Michael in the finale that Riley found out about the phone call anyway, arrested Sugar, and is doing god-knows-what to him in some unknown prison. This becomes FridgeHorror when it's later seen [[TortureFirstAskQuestionsLater what she's willing to do]] to Jesse and Sam.
* {{Stupid Crook|s}}: Initially. In one of the most iconic MacGyvering scenes of the series, Michael outwits him with ''duct tape''.[[note]]And a gun, but mostly duct tape and garage tools.[[/note]] Gradually wises up with every appearance, though.

!!Barry Burkowski ([[RunningGag the money launderer]])

-> ''"You want me to make two hundred grand just, *poof*, appear in your numbered account? Michael, I'm good, but I can't just will that kind of money into existence."''

A metrosexual money launderer who nevertheless manages to look like a graying [[Series/DinersDriveInsAndDives Guy Fieri]] with extra piercings. Team Westen goes to him for information and financial advice time and time again, and he has been the key to making a number of their plans work.

* BigFun
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:Got released, and Team Westen helps make it up to him.]]
* PutOnABusToHell: [[spoiler:Got sent to prison for four months.]]
* CampStraight
* TheDandy
* KnowledgeBroker
* SpikyHair

!!Seymour

-> ''"[[CaptainObvious You are such a badass]]. It's kind of [[RuleOfCool awesome]]. You need my help? Okay. One condition.[[IJustWantToBeBadass You got to teach me some of these moves]]."''

A rather flighty gun runner that Michael encounters in the second season, he has useful connections in the world of gun runners and specialty guns. His aforementioned flighty and weird nature (and his tendency to draw Michael into his problems, including shootouts with other crooks) is somewhat less useful.
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* CloudCuckooLander
* GeniusDitz: While he is an idiot most of the time he does seem skilled at modifying weapons somewhat as he makes water shells for Mike to shoot through a demo trap. He also manages to stay in business so he isn't quite as dumb as he looks. His "jackass" bodyguard on the other hand is a complete moron.
* NewAgeRetroHippie
* ShipperOnDeck: He makes matching custom daggers for Mike and Fi and tells them they should be together.
* {{Stupid Crook|s}}
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Takes pains to come off as this to Michael.
* ScaryBlackMan: Can be, once Michael invokes his ire.
* VillainousBreakdown: Suffers it in his last appearance, because of the threat of Michael leaving him at Simon's mercy in federal prison.

!!Anson Fullerton (Creator/JereBurns)

-> ''"Michael, you can do anything you put your mind to, or at least anything I put your mind to."''

DIA psychiatrist and latest victim of Dead Larry, who is holding his wife hostage in exchange for helping break into the British consulate. He is later revealed as the "client" who hired Larry for the job in the first place. After blackmailing Michael to do his bidding, he outs himself as the founder (and last remaining member) of the Burned Spies organization. [[spoiler:He gets gunned down by the same bullet that kills Nate just a few episodes into season 6.]]
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Averted, he's probably the least capable recurring character in the show's history -- including Maddy. That said, when he has the psychological advantage, he can at least delay someone like Michael long enough in a fight to come up with an exit strategy.
* BestServedCold: Not terribly happy about Michael dismantling his organization.
* BigBad: Arguably the whole series, as he was one of the main architects of the Burned Spies Organization. Somewhat unusually in what is otherwise very close to being a WorldOfBadass, he's a NonActionBigBad, as being the chess master and playing mental games is his specialty. The only thing that may undermine his claim to be the BigBad is [[spoiler:after he spends the second half of Season 5 tormenting Team Westen and the first half dozen episodes of Season 6 on the run from both Michael and the intelligence community, he is suddenly killed off and the group must deal with several further antagonists. So despite the far reaching consequences of his actions, which completely reshaped the lives of Michael and everyone, it may demote him to the rank of ArcVillain.]]
* TheChessmaster: Has had a personal interest in Michael for years prior to the first episode. To put this in perspective, Madeleine complains to Michael that he missed his father's funeral by eight years. [[spoiler:Anson was using Frank to learn about Michael and was the one who had him killed.]]
* CrazyPrepared: Anson demonstrates such an insanely meticulous degree of awareness/paranoia that when ''anything'' in his schemes goes wrong, [[XanatosSpeedChess he's either got something else up his sleeve]], and/or enough leverage against Michael to force him into a HeadsIWinTailsYouLose conundrum.
* DecoyDamsel
* DiabolicalMastermind
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* EnemyMine: In "Depth Perception", Michael is forced to work with Anson to help Beatriz.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He works HARD at averting this trope, in Episode 16 of Season Five. [[spoiler: And gets Michael to understand the villain.]]
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"Enjoy the moment, Fredo. I'll be out in a week."]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: The reason he's killed by a sniper literally seconds before he can be taken into CIA custody.]]
* HiddenVillain: Although he built and had a hand in directing the Burned Spies Organization, he never appeared until Season 5.
* InternalAffairs: Before becoming disenchanted with his job. "Hated to see all that talent[[note]]Translation:sociopaths[[/note]] go to waste."
* JerkAss: Revealed at the end of "Acceptable Loss" that [[spoiler:Frank Westen wanted to make up with his son shortly before his organization decided [[HeKnowsTooMuch he knew too much]] and killed him]], apparently [[ForTheEvulz for no other reason]] than to hurt Michael.
** There is also an argument to be made that [[spoiler:he really thought he was helping Mike get closure on his Dad. He is, after all, honestly interested in Mike's mind and mental health, and pointed out that Mike did used to say he ''wanted'' his dad dead.]]
* KarmaHoudini: And you thought [[JokerImmunity Larry]] was bad.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty:[[spoiler: But it wears off surprisingly fast in season 6.]]
* MadBomber: His preferred method of killing.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Turns out there wasn't any "wife" being held for ransom. "I think her name was Some Lady."
* ManipulativeBastard: He literally asks Michael to tell him insights into his psychology as part of payment for an EnemyMine situation.
* {{Pornstache}}: Until he shaves it off in season 6.
* ParentalSubstitute: Tries to cultivate this dynamic between him and Michael. He isn't very successful at it in the long run but of all the father figures Michael has, Anson is the one most prone to acting like a proper parent, often addressing Michael calmly and patiently.
* PsychoPsychologist: While affiliated with Internal Affairs, he analyzed spies like Michael to determine whether they should be burned; This became the seed for the burned spies organization. Unbeknown to Michael, he also stood in as his parents' therapist.
* SmugSnake: Becomes incredibly smug and cocky when his true nature is revealed. Given his sheer skill at manipulation, [[InsufferableGenius he may have the right to]].
* SoftSpokenSadist
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:It takes a lot of doing, but when Michael and the CIA start to make the walls close in on him in season 6, he is visibly flustered and starts making uncharacteristic mistakes.]]
* WaistcoatOfStyle
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Major Recurring Villains]]

* '''NOTE:''' Please limit inclusion here to characters who either have at least three appearances or a significant role in a seasonal arc or half season arc. Also, please order the characters according to when they first appeared on the show.

!! Larry Sizemore (Tim Matheson)

-> ''"[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident I feel a rash of heart attacks coming on.]] The wife? Dead! The kid? Dead! The drug dealer? '''[[KillEmAll Dead!]]'''"''

Michael's whackjob former partner[=/=]mentor during Michaels' black ops days. He faked his death years ago, and became a freelance assassin for hire. It's a RunningGag that it's impossible to make him actually die for real... [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat but he may have finally been killed off for good at the end of Season 5.]]
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Not only is he a violent nutcase for hire, but he'll also raid Michael's fridge and eat his yogurt without asking. YouBastard.
* AxCrazy:
--> '''Michael''': If I let him out of my sight, that's when he starts killing everyone.
* BadassInANiceSuit: One of the perks of being a highly paid assassin is that he can always afford to walk around in a nice suit.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Brennen in "Out of the Fire."
* BelatedBackstory: A season six episode explains how things were like back when he was with Michael.
* BodyCountCompetition: One of Larry's pastimes.
-->'''Sam''': That's a Santa Marta tattoo. Six tears. The guy's a pro with half a dozen kills.
-->'''Larry''': 'Pro'? That's kinda generous. Six is a promising start, I guess.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* TheCorrupter: His apparent mission in life is to talk Michael into crossing the MoralEventHorizon.
* CuttingTheKnot: Due to guilt over his past misdeeds and the lives those misdeeds cost, Michael favors complex strategies that are (usually) non-lethal or cause a target to be the cause of his own undoing. Larry, who is pretty much amoral and AxCrazy, (and thus immune to PangsOfConscience) just kills whoever is in his way and moves on.
-->You are so busy looking 10 moves ahead that you don't see the move that is right in front of you.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Michael has screwed Larry over several times. Larry would kill a dozen people to get out of a parking ticket but he won't kill Michael. WordOfGod says Larry loves Michael. Not like that. Well, maybe a little like that. Who knows? Larry's crazy.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: He really does believe that Michael and he are alike, which is usually his downfall.
--> '''Michael:''' You know the difference between us? I really do understand you. You only ''think'' you understand me.
* EvilCounterpart: Larry is what Michael might have turned into if he'd stayed in black ops.
** Pointed out in season 3 that Larry also has a personal intimate relationship with Michael, like Fiona.
* EvilMentor: Larry faked his own death in Bosnia and is now a PsychoForHire ProfessionalKiller who truly believes that MurderIsTheBestSolution. Larry also likes to invoke NotSoDifferent in regards to himself and Michael. Particularly notable in the season 4 finale when Larry wonders where all the darkness and anger Michael had went. On par for being the evil mentor, Larry also laments that Michael is losing the things that made him able to do bad things with a smile.
* FakingTheDead: "Fifteen people watched Larry walk into an oil refinery right before it blew up. Apparently, it was his way of taking early retirement." Also, he was foiled this way in his first appearance as a ProfessionalKiller, as Michael was able to fake the death of Larry's target and get her safely out of the way.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Naturally. He's played by Tim Matheson, who specializes in this trope. Meeting Larry at a party, you'd probably think he was charming, funny, and the sort of guy that you'd like to hang out and have a few laughs with. Then he'd stick a knife in your side without missing a beat or dropping his smile.
* FriendlyEnemy: At least until his appearance in the 5th season summer finale. Apparently, spending time in an Albanian prison made him just a little bit '''upset''' with Michael.
* InSeriesNickname: "Dead Larry," and "Undead Spy."
* JokerImmunity: In fact, the [[FunWithSubtitles subtitles]] took to calling him things like [[LampshadeHanging "Spy With Nine Lives"]].
* KarmaHoudini: Despite killing more people per episode than some MythArc villains do in a whole season, he never received any comeuppance until his third appearance. (And even then, it didn't stick and Larry was eventually able to escape the prison he was sent to.)
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Brennen and some of his other victims really did have it coming.]]
* KillEmAll: His modus operdani.
* KnifeNut
* LaughablyEvil: He's quite funny and likable. He's also quite AxCrazy.
* LikeASonToMe: To Michael Westen, [[AbusiveParents this is not a positive statement]].
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: He swears by it.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Played rather subtly in the Season 5 summer finale - after [[spoiler:Fiona blows up the office that Larry's in and (with a little help from the new MythArc villain) inadvertently destroys a little more than she meant to]], the paper at the end of the episode says [[spoiler:"'''2''' people killed" (namely, the two [[RedShirt security guards]]).]] Later another character refers to Larry in the past tense and while we have scene or two where we see him in flashbacks, we don't ever see him in the present again.
* NietzscheWannabe: He justifies killing people for money on the basis that people die anyway, and he all but calls himself an {{Ubermensch}} while talking to Michael in "Enemies Closer."
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: His fate as of mid-Season 5. Though, since "surviving that" is how he got his nickname, he's probably still not dead.
* NotQuiteDead: It's his M.O. His [[FunWithSubtitles subtitles]] tend have previously referred to him as "Larry: Undead Spy," "Larry: Spy with Nine Lives," and "Larry: Unfriendly Ghost."
* NotSoDifferent: He and Michael ''did'' run a lot of missions together, doing a lot of the same things...
* ProfessionalKiller: Definitely an assassin.
* PsychoForHire
* RunningGag: [[MemeticMutation Yes, dead Larry]].
* SlasherSmile: In contrast to Michael TheStoic.
* TheUnfettered: He gives Michael a speech about it in his second appearance.
* UnwittingPawn: For Anson in "Dead to Rights."
* VillainousBreakdown: At the end of "Out of the Fire."
* WeCanRuleTogether: His entire motivation is to get Michael to work with him again. He'll do ''anything'' to get Michael to work with him again.

!! Tyler Brennen (Jay Karnes)

-> ''"Forcing. Such an ugly word. Encouraging? Incentivizing? No, you're right. Let's go with forcing."''

A former Military Intelligence officer turned arms dealer. Michael first encounters him in season 2, where he foiled a deal Brennan had going with some South Americans. Ever since then Brennan has wanted revenge and to use Michael formidable talents for his own ends. One of the very few foes Michael cannot outwit, or at least not with significant difficulty.
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* ArmsDealer
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:One of the few times the audience can cheer when Larry kills someone.]]
* BadassInANiceSuit
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Larry in "Out of the Fire."
* TheChessmaster
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Everyone else in the show tends to fall to the InstantDeathBullet or being in an explosion. Brennan spends a solid minute with Larry twisting a blade in his chest and bleeding like a stuck pig.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler: His death.]] Larry puts it well:
-->You are so busy looking 10 moves ahead that you don't see the move that is right in front of you.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:How some fans feel about his death.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Strapping a bomb with a dead-man's switch to ''a kid'', just to show he meant business.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Michael beats him in "End Run" by locating his daughter and bluffing that he's sent an assassin to kill her if Brennen goes through with his plan to kill Michael and Nate. Brennen is completely furious about his daughter being threatened and has to back off.
* EvilCounterpart: Brennen is what post-burning Michael might have become if he hadn't been surrounded by {{Morality Pet}}s.
* HostageForMacGuffin[=/=]IHaveYourWife: Does this in every single episode he's in.
* InsufferableGenius: Even ''Larry'' thinks he's "kind of a dick."
* LastNameBasis: Michael doesn't even ''learn'' his first name until the end of his second appearance.
* MoralMyopia: He is totally outraged that Michael would threaten to have his daughter murdered if he doesn't do what he's told, despite, as several tropes above show, that is basically his own M.O.
* PragmaticVillainy
* SmugSnake
* VillainBall: Despite being cunning in many other ways, he keeps making the same mistake over and over: leaving Michael unattended for long periods of time.
** For that matter, when teaming up with Larry [[spoiler:he makes the mistake of leaving Michael's mentor unattended or with Michael for long periods of time. Larry may be evil, but Brennan obviously did not expect how much Larry really just wants to turn Michael to the dark side.]]

!! Tom Strickler (Ben Shenkman)

-> ''"The enemy of [[EnemyMine your enemy is...]] your [[SubvertedTrope financial opportunity]]."''

So-called "Agent to the Spies", he's essentially a manager to talent like burned spies, ex-special forces, etc. He sets them up with gigs paid for by shadowy figures that he has contacts with, and in return he gets 10%. He appears in Season 3 offering to cut Michael in on a similar deal and promising that he has the connections to help Michael with the burn notice. Unfortunately, he is not the sort of guy who is trustworthy. At all.

* ArcVillain: First half of season 3, although he doesn't actually become antagonistic until his final appearance.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:One of the extremely few people that Michael kills with his own hands.]]
* KnowledgeBroker
* LastNameBasis: Is called Strickler almost exclusively.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: He actually does manage to get some movement going on Michael's burn notice, much to the shock of Michael's contact Diego Garza. He also has all sort of unsavory underworld connections, which causes Garza to freak out when he learns that Michael was working with Strickler.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes[=/=]PoisonousFriend: Even when he's being helpful to Michael, Team Westen tends to regard him as this.
* TheyWereHoldingYouBack: His opinion of [[spoiler:Michael's relationship with Fiona.]]
* ToxicFriendInfluence

!! Mason Gilroy (Chris Vance)

-> ''"Most people bore me, especially Americans. Always some structure to report to, some memo to file. For all your talk of rugged individualism, in my experience this is a nation of sheep. I see opportunities and I take them. It's much simpler that way, much more fun."''

One of the people that Strickler represented. He's a ruthless former black ops agent who has turned freelance, working for anyone and any cause if they pay him well enough, regardless of how much potential damage it may do to the world.

* AmbiguouslyGay
* ArcVillain: Second half of season 3. [[spoiler:Until Simon explosively upends him.]]
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: After all the build up he was finally going to do something... and someone we hadn't even met yet mortally wounds him off screen. Granted, that someone turned out to be Simon, and doing something like that is exactly Simon's modus operandi.]]
* EvilBrit
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Can only understand selfish motives such as greed, which is why he falls for Michael pretending to be like him.
* [[spoiler:HoistByHisOwnPetard]]
* FauxAffablyEvil
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Michael believes and Gilroy hints that he'll do any job if the money is right. Gilroy also hints, however, that he'll do a job if it entertains him enough.
* PsychoForHire
* TheSociopath: Repeatedly referred to as one, and Michael thinks that Gilroy is worse than the people who burned him. So far as he knows, they don't sell nuclear secrets on the black market.
* TheUnfettered: Honestly, just look at his character quote.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Pulls this on Claude, a thief Gilroy hired and who (unbeknownst to Claude and Gilroy) had been sabotaged by Michael. [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch Apparently Claude did not survive the complications resulting from a broken ankle]].
* [[spoiler:YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness: Done to him by Simon.]]

!! John Barrett (Creator/RobertPatrick)

The CEO of Drake Technologies, a telecom, technology, and infrastructure company that has been part of a conspiracy to forment wars and destabilize entire countries so that Drake Technologies can then go in and rebuild everything afterward at massive profit. Jesse was investigating his activities prior to being burned, and the Burned Spies Organization views him as a dangerous threat to its agenda.

* ArcVillain: First half of of season 4.
** [[spoiler:FillerVillain: In the grand scheme of things, he served mostly as a plot device sandwiched between Vaughn's agenda and Michael.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: His hat.
* TheCorrupter: Strongly hinted that his money, resources and connections make him this, especially when he sends an active duty Army Colonel to try to snatch a MacGuffin out of the hands of Team Westen.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: And he's perfectly willing to do anything for more.
* RealityEnsues: He's an out of shape middle-aged man who takes part in a massive gunfight between his mooks, Team Westen, and Vaughn's men. Regardless of how much he's been built up as a potential BigBad, [[spoiler:it makes sense that he'd be dead by the end of the fight. (Although he ''almost'' managed to escape.)]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* WarForFunAndProfit: Although the rebuilding afterward is where he makes his money.
* XMustNotWin: He's the X in question as far as the Burned Spies Organization and Team Westen is concerned.

!!Tyler Gray (Kenny Johnson)

-> ''Nice try, Westen. I know who you are and I know'' '''''what''''' ''you are. The only mistake I made is not killing you sooner.''

A former US Marine sniper, and one of the foremost snipers in the world. [[spoiler:After ending his time in the Marines, Gray became a mercenary for cash, except when good old Uncle Sam needs him, at which point he'll do whatever job is asked of him, no questions asked. It's hinted that Card regularly offered him unofficial, off the books work to further Card's agenda. When Card was afraid that Anson would spill the beans on the links between the two and how Card had used the Burned Spies Organization for his own pro-America purposes, he had Gray kill Anson, resulting in Nate also being killed by the same bullet.]]

* ColdSniper
* [[spoiler:DeceasedFallGuyGambit: Card apparently planned to use him for this. Michael tried to prevent it, but Gray was killed anyway and Michael subsequently killed Card.]]
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim: Of the sudden, unexpected death variety.]]
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn: Begins to cooperate with Team Westen and maybe looking at changing his worldview, but...]]
** [[spoiler:HeelFaceDoorSlam: He is suddenly killed in the process of trying to help Team Westen, and before his character arc goes any further.]]
* [[spoiler:JerkassHasAPoint: Michael tells him off for shooting Anson with Nate, an innocent, in the way. Gray then relates the conditions under which he made the shot on Anson. He is ''not'' exaggerating when calls it a once in a lifetime shot, and on top of that he had no idea who the hell Nate was at the time. Gray was so far away he would have had to take the ''curvature of the world'' into account as he pulled the trigger.]]
* MyCountryRightOrWrong
* [[spoiler:MyGodWhatHaveIDone]]
* [[spoiler:ThePowerOfFriendship: He's won over to Michael's side in large part due to this. Gray entirely believes that Michael is the monster that his file and Card make Michael out to be... until he sees Michael lying under torture to cover for the rest of Team Westen. As Gray himself says, the man who did the things from Michael's file would have never put himself on the line for others like that.]]
* ProfessionalKiller
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Is subjected to minor versions from both Michael and Madeline, due to his willingness to shoot someone other than his target.]]
* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn: Is one for Card.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: It's impossible to talk about Gray without tripping over several other plot twists.
* [[spoiler:WeAreStrugglingTogether: Even when he's won over to Team Westen's side, they do not exactly work together well.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:"The Family" (Season 7)]]

!!Randall Burke (Adrian Pasdar)

* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: One of his associates, with whom he planned to steal a truck full of valuable computer eqiupment, finds out what the stuff is ''actually'' worth and hikes the price of his sevices accordingly. Burke is not amused and "politely" urges him to think twice. [[spoiler:The associate brandishes a knife which Burke promptly jams into the guy's spleen.]]
--> [[spoiler:[[BondOneLiner "There's your little something extra."]]]]
* [[spoiler:TheDragon: After being set up for 3 episodes to be the new ArcVillain, he turns out to be the Dragon for the mysterious leader of the organization, rather than the leader himself.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Blows himself up to kill the leader of the Russian blacksite, and make a hole in the wall for Micheal and Sonya to use.]]
* NobleDemon

!!Sonya Lubjenko (Alona Tal)

* ActionGirl
* BadassInDistress: In her first episode she's a prisoner in a Russian Black Site.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The closest trope. She's fine with character. It's timing that's her issue. Twice, she claims the opposition will take five minutes to arrive. They are there in seconds.
** Of course, she also trusts Michael, so...
* TheDragon: Appears to be this to James, now that [[spoiler:Burke is dead.]]
* {{Foil}}: To Michael. She has the same keen analytical mind, {{Determinator}} streak, legendary reputation, and private regrets about sacrificing any chance for a normal life.
* LivingMacGuffin: Burke says she's the "key to everything."
* NotSoDifferent: Shares a few of these moments with Michael, [[spoiler:which draws them to sleep together.]]
* ShroudedInMyth: After busting her out, Sam and Jessie realize that she's probably a certain legendary Russian operative who wreaked havoc at the CIA a few years ago.

!!James Kendrick (John Pyper-Ferguson)

* AffablyEvil
* BigBad: Of season 7.
* AFatherToHisMen: An evil variation on this; he is fiercely devoted to the members of his organization, and he inspires the same in his people. Of course, if one of his people ''doesn't'' show that same level of devotion to the team, James will quite calmly shoot him in the head.
* FinalBoss: The final main villain of the series.
* KnightTemplar
* TheManBehindTheMan: To Burke, the public face of the organization. No one, not even Agent Strong who'd been working for ''years'' to take the organization down, even knew he existed until Michael got to him.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: His motto for missions, to the point where he'll execute someone if they leave a team member behind.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: His backstory is something of a Deconstruction of this concept. Facing a situation where he had to choose between following his orders and following his conscience, he chose his conscience...and wound up having to do things that were just as bad, if not worse, than what he'd been ordered to do. The consequences of doing the "right" thing in a Morally Grey world where there ''is'' no objectively "right" decision forced him to snap and go rogue. By the time we meet him, he's long past justifying his actions and lives by his own moral code.
* TakingYouWithMe: Tries to pull this off with his death in the series finale. [[spoiler:He fails to take Michael and Fiona with him. Barely.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Has a surprisingly brief one [[spoiler: when Michael shoots Sonya,]] before he starts issuing orders to his men.
* VisionaryVillain: He may do unsavory things but he has a definite vision of how to make the world a better place and is so strongly committed to it he'd even willingly sacrifice himself to ensure the Family can carry on.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Tries to pull this on Michael. [[spoiler: It almost works.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Government Figures and Employees]]
!!Agent Harris & Agent Lane

[[ThoseTwoGuys Two FBI agents]] tasked with leaning on Sam in season 1 to conduct surveillance on Michael. Sam, in turn, acts as Michael's double agent to only feed them ''just'' enough info to keep Harris and Lane's superiors happy (and help get a real crook or two turned in). They eventually get reassigned once Michael stirs up enough trouble to be someone else's problem, but one or both of them turn up as allies of Michael in later seasons.
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* TheBusCameBack: Three times so far.
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: Not actually defeated, per se - somebody higher up the food chain, ominously, had them taken off the assignment. They're also not really his friends.
* PutOnABus: A couple episodes before season 1 ended.
* ThoseTwoGuys

!! Jason Bly (Alex Carter)

-> ''"Man, I have to say, Miami's treated me pretty well."''

A CIC agent sent in ostensibly to investigate Michael in season 1 when Michael is freshly burned, but really to convince him to sit down and shut up about wanting his job back. Michael eventually puts together information to blackmail Bly into leaving him alone, although Bly attempts to return the favor in season 2, at which point the two call a truce. He reappears again in season 6.
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* BruceWayneHeldHostage: Alongside [[EnemyMine Michael]] in "Bad Breaks".
* TheBusCameBack: In the Season 6 premiere "Scorched Earth", [[spoiler: interrogating Fi]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* FireForgedFriends: After the events of "Bad Breaks", he actually helps Michael and they part amicably.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Michael tries to tell him he didn't really deserve to be burned, Bly momentarily loses his cool and tells Michael he [[KarmaHoudini should be in jail]]. Later we find out what the government thinks Michael did. Bly was really understating the case.
* HeroAntagonist: For all he's a SmugSnake, he really is on the side of angels and the dossier he has on Michael would make anyone think Michael was a monster.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Or at least of a somewhat reasonable person.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: He isn't one himself, but he ''really'' knows how to make use of them, seeking to inflict "a slow death, drowning in red tape" on Michael.
* OutGambitted: A bunch of things he thought were going well for him turned out to be Michael setting him up to look corrupt. And to rub it in, after dumping TheReveal about this in Bly's lap, [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Michael drives off]] in the [[CoolCar Ferrari]] that Bly thought was his!]]
* PunchClockVillain: Sure, he's obnoxious about it, but he's just doing his job.
* PutOnABus: Michael blackmails him into boarding one in S1, only to see him return with a grudge ([[FireForgedFriends which gets resolved]]) in "Bad Breaks". Disappeared afterward, until...
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:In the sixth season finale.]]
* SmugSnake: When he has (or thinks he has) the upper hand on Michael. Cue MacGyvering or other such plot development to prove him wrong.

!!Detective Michelle Paxson (Moon Bloodgood)

-->''Stuff's been blowing up pretty steadily since you arrived in Miami. So are you going to answer my questions, or am I going to pick my way through everything you own?''

A Miami Detective who shows up investigating Michael at the start of season 3, almost immediately after he turned down Management's offer to help him stay off the radar. She makes the connection between Michael and some of the group's [[StuffBlowingUp flashier pyrotechnics]], and promptly starts hounding the team and staking out all the spots where they store their equipment. She keeps the pressure up for several episodes, causing a number of problems for Team Westen before Michael helps her catch a dangerous criminal she's been trying to bring down for years. She reluctantly backs off at that point, but notes that if Michael slips or she ever hears of him becoming a criminal for real, she'll arrest him.
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* ByTheBookCop: As by the book and honest as you can possibly get.
* EnemyMine: And to make charges stick on said enemy, she has to swear that he was using the explosives she was trying to tie to Michael and Fiona.
* FairCop: Is played by a model.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: Michael and Fiona comment on this, although Michael denies it.
-->'''Fiona:''' Was that flirting or does she hate you?\\
'''Michael:''' I am ''not'' her type.
* PutOnABus
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: She's a pain in the ass obstacle for the Team, but in real life if Team Westen was making all those explosions go off in your city, you'd want them arrested too.

!!Diego Garza (Otto Sanchez)

-->''I assume you're here because you want back in? Trying to reach out? I don't want this to hurt your feelings, but I'd like you to get the hell out of here.''

A laid back CIA field agent who is quite happy with his position working undercover at the Miami Airport overseeing an import/export business instead of risking his life in the field. He reluctantly becomes Michael's official Agency contact during the first half of season 3, [[spoiler:but is killed by Gilroy before Garza can tell Michael more about Strickler's connections.]]
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* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:The cleaners who come to town after Strickler's death think so.]]
* MauveShirt
* NeverSuicide: [[spoiler:His death is officially ruled as one, and given he's shown chugging some alcoholic beverage in a panic right before his offscreen demise, it's not completely implausible to a medical examiner...]]
* OhCrap:
--> [[spoiler:"What the hell were you doing working with Strickler? Do you know what sort of people he was in bed with?!]]
* RetiredBadass: He essentially considers his current job a paid retirement, and he is ''not'' rocking the boat.
-->I have 20 years with the company. I've seen villages burned, kids orphaned. I've been shot. Twice. Then they transferred me here. Now, you know what the hardest part of this job is? That forklift over there turns funny. Now, if I report back that I made contact with a burned spy, do you know [[ReassignedToAntarctica where they'll send me]]? Me neither.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Other agents would view his current position as this. Garza, who has had enough danger in his life, ''loves'' it.

!!Congressman Bill Cowley (Creator/JohnDoman)

-->'''Sam:''' Sir? I'm a war vet ok, this is about my disability. I'm one of your constituents.\\
'''Cowley:''' [[JerkAss Yeah, but just one.]] *Rolls up window and drives away*

A blowhard congressman on the House Intelligence Committee with ambitions of reaching higher office. The team first encounters him midway through season 4, when they attempt to blackmail him into helping their client, a retired CIA Agent, get into Witness Protection. Cowley isn't interested in helping, but is forced to due to circumstances of the episode. [[spoiler:In a last ditch effort to get the existence and identity list of the Burned Spies Organization into the open, Sam approaches him and tries to enlist him. Cowley is eventually convinced of the truth and brings a group of Marines to save the rest of Team Westen from certain death at Vaughn's hands.]]
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* BadBoss
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler:In the season 4 finale.]]
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: [[spoiler:Done en masse to Vaughn and his mooks.]]
* CorruptPolitician: Illegally sent troops into Columbia in '86, which turned out to be a disastrous bloodbath. He shrugs off both the deaths of the soldiers who took part in this and attempts to use the information against him, stating that he has someone ready to take the fall for him.
* {{Jerkass}}: Just look at the way they established his character in the quote.
* TheLoad: In both episodes, although [[spoiler:it's somewhat alleviated when he brings TheCavalry to save Team Westen.]]
* PhotoOpWithTheDog: Team Westen keeps approaching him at these...
* SkepticNoLonger: In both episodes he offhandedly dismisses what Team Westen says, then his eyes get opened.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: And at least partially thanks to Team Westen, much to their chagrin.

!!Marvin "Marv" Paterson (Robert Kind)

-->''I never believed what they said about Jesse, but I'm not about to do any favors for a couple of burned spies. I'm sorry.''

A veteran counterintelligence agent at the DOD who has worked counter-intel for nearly 30 years. He was also Jesse's former handler, and although he believes Jesse was given a raw deal when he was burned, Marv doesn't dare speak up about it for fear of losing everything. Despite his reluctance to have anything to do with burned spies in general and Team Westen in particular, with a little arm twisting he helps them several times with information and resources. [[spoiler:When Michael uncovers the full list of members of the Burned Spies Organization, he tries to convince Marv to help them bring it to the government. Unfortunately Brennan and Larry threaten Marv's family and force him to turn it over to them instead, and kill Marv along the way.]]
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* FriendOnTheForce: Essentially becomes a reluctant, Intelligence version for the team.
* YourCheatingHeart: His affairs lead him into being blackmailed a time or two.

!! Max (Grant Show)

A capable and friendly CIA operative who becomes Michaels' partner in hunting down the members of the Burned Spies Organization early in season 5. After that he continues to be Michael's partner on some small scale CIA work while Michael is gradually worked back into the Agency. [[spoiler:Is very suddenly murdered in an attempt to frame Michael.]]
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* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler:And unlike the norm, he doesn't have anything cryptic to say as he's dying - just musings about his wife. It takes a bit before it's realized in-universe that Max was just an unwitting fall guy.]]
* ByTheBookCop: Although he does, with some convincing, give Michael some help with Michael's side jobs.
* MauveShirt
* NiceGuy
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* SacrificialLion

!!Agent Dani Pearce (Lauren Stamile)

-->''You guys were there when I needed it. I said I wouldn't forget and I haven't.''

Initially assigned to look into the death of [[spoiler:Max]], Pearce eventually becomes Michael's de facto handler in the CIA and takes over the role of SixthRanger from Jesse. Because she's an agent in good standing unlike Jesse who quit due to his idealism and Michael due to his CowboyCop-like attitude, Pearce has both a lot more resources at her disposal but also a lot more responsibilities riding on her shoulders. Nevertheless, while her relationship with Team Westen has not always been smooth, by season 6, Pearce has come to owe them a lot. As a result, she has taken to helping them out - often without any CIA knowledge and usually by bending rules (helping the team out by helping out on other agency business in the same location). In this role, she serves in a similar capacity as Jesse when Jesse is unavailable or in the field himself - MissionControl and analytics. Eventually she breaks too many rules trying to help the team, and is ReassignedToAntarctica.
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* ActionGirl
* BestServedCold: She finds out that the man who killed her fiancee is now a protected CIA asset, convinces him that he's dying, arranges for him to unknowingly give up the information he's holding, and then reveals what she's done done complete with CruelMercy.
-->I'm not killing you, Ahmed, but believe me, your life is over.
** RevengeBeforeReason: She was fully willing to destroy her career to get revenge.
* BrainyBrunette
* CowboyCop: Isn't called a "[[FunWithSubtitles CIA Bloodhound]]" for nothing. [[spoiler:It finally catches up with her in season 6.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Her fiancee was murdered years ago.
* {{Determinator}}: She's like a pit bull when it comes to an investigation.
* ReassignedToAntarctica
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Eventually comes more and more to this mindset after hanging around Team Westen long enough.

!!Rebecca Lang (Creator/KristannaLoken)

A CIA field operative who is introduced as part of a team that Pearce assembles for Michael to command in his first major operation back in the CIA. Is secretly being blackmailed by Anson (who is threatening to turn over information about her brother's whereabouts to a criminal organization that wants to kill her brother) and is one of the agents he intends to use in rebuilding the Burned Spies Organization. [[spoiler:She eventually winds up helping Michael and the CIA track down Anson, although she disappears anyway, claiming she doesn't trust the CIA to protect her brother and is going to make sure it gets done.]]
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* {{Blackmail}}: Is the victim of it, courtesy of Anson.
* DarkActionGirl
* TheDragon: Essentially this to Anson in early season 6.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:... for a given value of face, anyway.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:And she has suspiciously bad timing about it, since she bolts right around the time that Anson and Nate are both killed. Michael tracks her down and puts a bullet in her shoulder before she convinces him that she had nothing to do with it.]]

!!Tom Card (John C. [=McGinley=])

-> ''"Imagine that you're onto holding two bottles. They drop on the floor, what happens? They both break. But it's how they break that's important. Because you see while one bottle crumples into a pile of glass, the other shatters into a jagged edged weapon. The same environment that forged older brother into a warrior... crushed baby brother. Don't get me wrong, Mrs. Westen, Michael '''is''' damaged. But he also happens to be a little boy who just wants to protect his mother and his baby brother. Which means that everyone that Michael ever helped actually has to thank... you."''

-> ''"I'm proud of you, son."''

Michael's training officer. As with Frank and Larry, Tom serves as something of a father figure to Michael. He acts as a middle ground between the two extremes of Frank and Larry. Like Frank, the relationship between Michael and Tom is at times antagonistic and based more around what the other can do for them. Like Larry, Tom taught Michael the skills he would need later in life. His contribution to Michael's life comes in transitioning Michael from petty criminal escaping his home life by entering the military to budding young spy with enough potential to attract Larry's mentorship and Anson's eye.
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* ArcVillain: [[spoiler:First half of season 6.]]
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Or so Michael explains to Riley in the opening of the back half of season 6. He was running ops around the globe and using Anson to do it. Card's explanation...]]
* BoomHeadshot
* CatchPhrase: "I'm proud of you, son."
* ConsummateLiar
* DragonWithAnAgenda: [[spoiler:Is more or less that he was another of Anson's blackmail targets/tools, and had to take Anson out (and Nate, incidentally/accidentally) to protect his career and keep serving his country... albeit illegally.]]
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Dr. Cox]]. Tom has so many of the same mannerisms as Dr. Cox (the "attention whistle" and the way he rants) that you almost expect him to call Michael a girl's name or "newbie." It probably helps that they are played by the same actor. [[spoiler:Subverted in the end however, as Cox is a KnightInSourArmor crossed with GoodIsNotNice, while Card is ultimately a self serving manipulator only looking out for himself and his agenda]].
* FairWeatherMentor
* FamousLastWords [[spoiler:His CatchPhrase.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: ... a distant, strict, demanding, jerkish father.
* ItsAllAboutMe: In his first appearance, Michael deduces from Card's impatient attitude that he ''needs'' one of his ops to end sunny side up in order to save his slipping CIA career. [[spoiler:Reinforced hard after TheReveal that he paid Nate's killer to lure Michael into a suicide mission, just out of fear that Michael might find out he was in cahoots with Anson.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:{{Subverted}}. That's the mask he wears. In truth, he's a ''MASSIVE'' JerkWithAHeartOfJerk.]]
* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler:His pre-mortem BreakingSpeech is ''all'' about this.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:In a sense. Card was one of Anson's "clients" on certain unspecified black ops, and most likely, was the one who supplied Anson with the encrypted communications device found in his apartment during season 5.]]
* MotorMouth: Quite the fast talker.
* PetTheDog: His speech to Maddy, [[spoiler:even though it's subverted a few minutes later when he calmly orders Michael's assassination after lying to both of them]]. Also, in his first appearance he seemed genuinely disgusted by the [[CorruptCop Corrupt Agent]] and passionate about doing the job right.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem
* TheSvengali
* TheUriahGambit: [[spoiler:Attempted this in the Season 6 mid season finale. Although he didn't intend to marry Fiona.]]
* WalkingSpoiler
* WellDoneSonGuy: One of several father figures that inspires Michael to be this. [[spoiler:He's as bad as the rest of them. Michael has really shitty luck in this department.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:He claims that people like him and Michael have to 'make calls' and for all his treachery, he seemed like he legitimately wanted to advanced the goals of and protect the interests of the United States. ]]

!!Olivia Riley (Sonja Sohn)

Counter-Intel legend send in to capture Michael Westen after [[spoiler:the murder of Tom Card]]. Judging from her actions, she seems to be another person manipulated by [[spoiler:Card]], as she took it ''quite'' personal upon learning of his death.
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* AntiHero: CIA operative and specialist of counter-intelligence who wants to bring down Michael badly. Even after telling their side of the story, [[spoiler:including the bit about Card collaborating with Anson,]] she couldn't care less.
* ArcVillain: Second half of season 6. Though she starts off relatively sympathetic, by the end she's plunged into outright villainy by [[spoiler:betraying the CIA and the DEA to a cartel just to kill Team Westen without ruining her career]].
* BadBoss: A mild version in that when a field agent comments that there are live explosives and they have no real protection against that (eg bomb defusal equipment), she remarks that she'll just find an actual field agent that will do it. That is she seemed more interested in catching Westen right then and there.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: With a heavy helping of SmugSnake about it. [[spoiler:Sends one of her guys to beat up Jessie than blames it on said guy, claims she has the document on his mother's murder, when it was just a bunch of empty papers and never planned on helping; then [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope loses what little sympathy she had left]] when enlists the help of a Drug Cartel just to have Westen killed, and later tortures Sam in the hospital just for kicks.]] Why did she do all of this? Was it because he [[spoiler:killed a CIA agent despite knowing it was in self defence]]? Nope, it was because he was ruining her reputation.
* BullyingADragon: Sam outright tells Riley this is what she did [[spoiler: when she sent a Cartel Hit Squad after Michael's mother. Stating she no longer had to try to find Michael, as he was now coming after her]].
* CerebusSyndrome: Know the voiceovers we hear before utilizing them against the perp? Contextually, it's kind of similar here, except now Westen is on the receiving end of them. Olivia is able to utilize conventional and unconventional means of catching, trailing, and interrogating perps. She successfully catches Sam's lies and plans out defensive and offensive strategies against Team Westen.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Michael.
* {{Determinator}}: Pretty much her defining character trait as she claims she'd travel to the ends of the earth to catch Michael.
* TheDreaded: Both Michael and Jessie exchange OhCrap faces when they realize who they're up against. After they explain to Fi that she's literally wrote the book on counter-intelligence, it doesn't really make the situation any better.
* {{Foil}}: To Michael, moreso than any antagonist in the series to date. To an extent, she's also something of a foil to Jesse who had a similar history with Michael. This aspect of her character is particularly notable in the latter part of season six. [[spoiler: It's been stated by WordOfGod that Michael tends to (or use to) value his own reputation and such over that of others. Olivia shares this with him... but will cross more lines than he will to preserve it, given that she lacks the family he does.]]
* HeroAntagonist: When she has Michael cornered, she orders her team to take the shot no matter what... even when the field agents can clearly see that Michael is unarmed and surrendering.
* HyperAwareness: Much like Michael, she is able to notice tiny features that can tell whether a perp is lying or not. This is evident when she catches Sam wince when she analyzes that Michael is bound to be at a weapons storage as opposed to where Michael is.
* [[{{INeverSaidItWasPoison}} I Never Said When]]: Catches Sam in a lie when he tries to say the boat picture was taken a couple of weeks ago when the scar on the side of the boat was done six months ago.
* InspectorJavert: Though at the end she even loses this aspect. [[spoiler: Where a Javert will still follow and believe he is following the law, Riley goes as far as to hire a Drug Cartel hit squad and deliberately betraying the CIA and DIA to kill Westen and his team rather than bring them in. She even clearly makes reference to the fact she knows what she is doing is illegal.]]
* JerkAss: More so with every episode.
* [[spoiler:JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Steadily becomes more of a jerkass throughout season 6, before outright torturing Jesse and Sam and betraying the CIA and DEA to a cartel. Even her own men clearly notice a more extreme aspect in her personality since she has been chasing them, starting to believe she would be capable of trying anything.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: She's damn good at her job, and it shows in her debut episode. See also CerebusSyndrome.
* ShadowArchetype: Think of her as Michael if he were fully manipulated by Tom Card.
* PerpSweating: Several kinds, legal and [[MoralEventHorizon illegal]].
** Maddie: arrests her and lets her stew (emphasis on "stew") in an interrogation room for some length of time, then smokes a cigarette when she finally does start asking questions, just to make Maddie (the chain smoker, mind) even more upset.
** Jesse: when he acts like a smartass during his detainment, sends in a burly underling to [[TortureFirstAskQuestionsLater beat the crap out of him]] until she feels he "[[JerkAss understands the gravity of the situation]]".
*** Which in a way shows the differences between her and Westen. Where She would allow her guys to use torture, Westen and his team would only suggest using this to scare them and never actually hurt them.
** Sam: subverted; she barely even tries to get answers out of him. Instead, [[spoiler:since he's laid up in the hospital and can't resist, she switches his morphine for a "stimulant" that increases his sensitivity to pain... ''[[ForTheEvulz for no reason!]]'']]
* SmokingIsCool
* TragicVillain: When she first appears, she is just an agent doing her job since she doesn't know all the facts. However, she continues to pursue Michael after he explains what Card was planning. Her obsession with catching Team Westen leads to her crossing major lines and becomes her downfall.
* WeWillMeetAgain: Tells Michael as such after their first encounter.

!!Andrew Strong (Jack Coleman)

* AntiHero
* BadBoss: Plays it painfully straight with Michael, but subverted with the rest of his team who don't seem to mind him. [[spoiler:''His'' boss, the Deputy Director of the CIA, proves to be even less charming and may explain Strong's more desperate acts.]]
* {{Blackmail}}: It's his EstablishingCharacterMoment, even.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: [[spoiler:He might not have been responsible for pulling [[PsychoForHire Simon]] out of prison, but he sure did see ''nothing'' wrong with sending him to aid Michael, provided the job got done. Commence everything imaginable going wrong.]]
* InspectorJavert: His years-long obsession with catching Randall Burke prompted his wife to take the kids and split. Then again, he isn't the most pleasant person on Earth as it is...
* {{Jerkass}}
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Doesn't really get any comeuppance for his JerkAss ways or questionable methods.]]
* KnightTemplar: Contrasted against James. [[spoiler:Both are willing to throw law and due diligence to the winds for their goals, but Strong has more or less elevated it to the level of a personal vendetta.]]
* MarriedToTheJob
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:"Overkill" doesn't begin to describe what Simon does for Michael on Strong's paycheck. Rather than catching James, [[HeroicBSOD quite the]] [[FaceHeelTurn opposite happens]].]]
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: To paraphrase: Go on this physically, psychologically and morally draining deep cover op to apprehend this [[CrazyPrepared extremely cautious terrorist]] for us; refuse and [[spoiler:you, the most notorious/hated spy in the CIA, spend the rest of your days with your friends & family in a detention facility. A clean slate awaits everyone if you succeed but failure or death is unacceptable]]. No pressure.
* PetTheDog: Unpleasant looming presence though he is, Strong is a decently skilled field agent and is responsible for talking down [[spoiler:James's former Special Forces squadmate]] from blowing up Jesse.
** Gets a repeat performance in the series finale by [[spoiler: getting Jesse and Sam released from custody despite a lot of people wanting them in jail. And plays hardball in order to get Michael a star on the CIA Memorial Wall.]]
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[[folder: Other Recurring Characters]]
!!Raymond "Sugar" Mosley

-> ''"I've got guns and duct tape."''

The drug dealer who lived downstairs from Michael in the pilot, until Michael shoots him and convinces him to move. He shows up later asking for help, and after a turn as the client of the week he becomes friendly with Team Westen. Afterward he becomes a source of information and insight into Miami's drug world.
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* DefeatMeansFriendship
* HeelRealization: Pre-series -- He used to bully and neglect his mentally challenged cousin Dougie. When Dougie rescued him from some hostiles despite the mistreatment, Sugar realised what a JerkAss he had been towards him.
* HiddenDepths: Sugar has a mentally challenged cousin named Dougie that Sugar would ''die'' to protect... [[spoiler:at least in part because Sugar used to pick on Dougie, but Dougie saved Sugar anyway when Sugar needed it.]]
* TheInformant: After his turn as a Team Westen client, he gets called on several times to give the team info on targets in the drug world. Mostly this just adds up to telling them what bad news the latest VillainOfTheWeek is.
* LeeroyJenkins: He spends the entire episode as a Client being a Leeroy.
* TheLoad
* NoodleIncident: [[spoiler:Got released, and Team Westen helps make it up to him.]]
** PutOnABusToHell: After the aforementioned season 6 cameo, Jason Bly tells Michael in the finale that Riley found out about the phone call anyway, arrested Sugar, and is doing god-knows-what to him in some unknown prison. This becomes FridgeHorror when it's later seen [[TortureFirstAskQuestionsLater what she's willing to do]] to Jesse and Sam.
* {{Stupid Crook|s}}: Initially. In one of the most iconic MacGyvering scenes of the series, Michael outwits him with ''duct tape''.[[note]]And a gun, but mostly duct tape and garage tools.[[/note]] Gradually wises up with every appearance, though.

!!Barry Burkowski ([[RunningGag the money launderer]])

-> ''"You want me to make two hundred grand just, *poof*, appear in your numbered account? Michael, I'm good, but I can't just will that kind of money into existence."''

A metrosexual money launderer who nevertheless manages to look like a graying [[Series/DinersDriveInsAndDives Guy Fieri]] with extra piercings. Team Westen goes to him for information and financial advice time and time again, and he has been the key to making a number of their plans work.

* BigFun
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:Got released, and Team Westen helps make it up to him.]]
* PutOnABusToHell: [[spoiler:Got sent to prison for four months.]]
* CampStraight
* TheDandy
* KnowledgeBroker
* SpikyHair

!!Seymour

-> ''"[[CaptainObvious You are such a badass]]. It's kind of [[RuleOfCool awesome]]. You need my help? Okay. One condition.[[IJustWantToBeBadass You got to teach me some of these moves]]."''

A rather flighty gun runner that Michael encounters in the second season, he has useful connections in the world of gun runners and specialty guns. His aforementioned flighty and weird nature (and his tendency to draw Michael into his problems, including shootouts with other crooks) is somewhat less useful.
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* CloudCuckooLander
* GeniusDitz: While he is an idiot most of the time he does seem skilled at modifying weapons somewhat as he makes water shells for Mike to shoot through a demo trap. He also manages to stay in business so he isn't quite as dumb as he looks. His "jackass" bodyguard on the other hand is a complete moron.
* NewAgeRetroHippie
* ShipperOnDeck: He makes matching custom daggers for Mike and Fi and tells them they should be together.
* {{Stupid Crook|s}}
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** Season Four has her delivering multiple WhatTheHellHero moments to Michael, helping Sam blackmail a congressman, searching a suspect's house, distracting a cemetery guard for Fiona, and pulling a CrowningMomentOfFunny[=/=]CrowningMomentOfAwesome StealthHiBye on Michael and Jesse. Maddie has become a full-fledged {{Badass}}.

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** Season Four has her delivering multiple WhatTheHellHero moments to Michael, helping Sam blackmail a congressman, searching a suspect's house, distracting a cemetery guard for Fiona, and pulling a CrowningMomentOfFunny[=/=]CrowningMomentOfAwesome StealthHiBye on Michael and Jesse. Maddie has become a full-fledged {{Badass}}.badass.
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* YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness

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* YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness
SmallRoleBigImpact: Played with. Cowan is the one who signed the burn notice, but when they finally meet, he chides Michael for thinking only one man was responsible for forcing him out, freezing his assets, and so forth.
* WrongGenreSavvy: He admits he didn't expect Michael to fight the burn notice so hard or make progress getting answers.
* YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness: Between Michael refusing to stay down and actually finding him, the Organization was most displeased. A sniper kills Cowan when he starts telling Michael the truth about his situation.



* LeftHanging: For several seasons fans never knew whether Michael really did arrange for Vaughn to be thrown into prison alongside Simon. In the final season, however, we learn that the CIA almost immediately got Simon out of prison and put him back to work for The Company. So while we may not know exactly what happened to Vaughn after that final encounter, we know he wasn't sharing a cell with Simon.

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* LeftHanging: For several seasons seasons, fans never knew whether Michael really did arrange for Vaughn to be thrown into prison alongside Simon. both Simon and an unseen Belgian assassin that Vaughn ratted on to reduce his sentence. In the final season, however, we learn that the CIA almost immediately got Simon out of prison and put him back to work for The Company. So while we may not know exactly what happened to While Vaughn after that final encounter, was apparently spared being in prison with Simon, we still don't know if the same holds true for the assassin he wasn't sharing a cell with Simon.betrayed.
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* WigDressAccent: Most of Michael's disguises, though he usually just restyles his hair instead of getting a wig. The personae he adopts are what sells them. The shows producers and writers call them "mini-sidles", because it's a mini-role for Donovan to play and they let Michael [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sidle up to the mark]].
** Subverted in "Sins of Omission". Michael is facing a DangerouslyGenreSavvy ex-CIA agent, so he and Fiona break into the man's house and wait for him as...''themselves''.

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* WigDressAccent: WigDressAccent:
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Most of Michael's disguises, though he usually just restyles his hair instead of getting a wig. The personae he adopts are what sells them. The shows producers and writers call them "mini-sidles", because it's a mini-role for Donovan to play and they let Michael [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sidle up to the mark]].
** Subverted in "Sins of Omission". Michael is facing a DangerouslyGenreSavvy very cunning ex-CIA agent, so he and Fiona break into the man's house and wait for him as...''themselves''.



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] repeatedly by Michael. To the point when Michael first approached the man, he didn't use any alias. He went as "Michael Westen, burned spy" as anything else would have been seen through and likely gotten him killed.



* VillainBall: Despite being DangerouslyGenreSavvy in many other ways, he keeps making the same mistake over and over: leaving Michael unattended for long periods of time.

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* VillainBall: Despite being DangerouslyGenreSavvy cunning in many other ways, he keeps making the same mistake over and over: leaving Michael unattended for long periods of time.



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Michael calls her out on this, [[spoiler: stating he knows that she most likely falsified records to make it look like he was actually the one in contact with the Cartel. Making it look like the Cartel killed him for double crossing them. He was right.]]
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