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* [[Characters/OzOthers Other Inmates]]

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* [[Characters/OzOthers Other Inmates]]Prisoners]]
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The character sheet for {{Oz}}.

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The character sheet for {{Oz}}.
Series/{{Oz}}.
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* [[Characters/OzPrisonGuards Correctional Officers]]

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* [[Characters/OzPrisonGuards Correctional Officers]]
Officers]][[note]]Sean Murphy, Claire Howell, Len Lopresti, Diane Wittlesey, Clayton Hughes, Dave Brass, Mike Healy, Karl Metzger, Eddie Hunt[[/note]]
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* [[Characters/OzPrisonAdmin Administrative Staff]]

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* [[Characters/OzPrisonAdmin Administrative Staff]]Staff]][[note]]Ray Mukada, Gloria Nathan, James Devlin, Martin Querns[[/note]]
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* [[Characters/OzMain Main Characters]]

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* [[Characters/OzMain Main Characters]]
Characters]][[note]]Augustus Hill, Tobias Beecher, Ryan O'Reily, Kareem Said, Leo Glynn, Tim [=McManus=], Sister Peter Marie Reimondo, Miguel Alvarez, Vernon Schillinger, Simon Adebisi, Chris Keller[[/note]]
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[[folder:The Gays]]

* CampGay: Tony Masters, Downing, Alonzo Torquemada, Billie Keane, and Fiona. The exceptions are Jason Cramer, Richie Hanlon, and Ronnie Balrog.
* TheGoomba: With the noted exception of Jason Cramer, most of the Gays are considered weak and not good at fighting
* ManlyGay: Again, Richie Hanlon and Jason Cramer. Richie Hanlon is TheEveryman and a ButtMonkey, while Jason Cramer is a violent sociopath and a KarmaHoudini
* TransEqualsGay: Nat Ginzburg is not gay, but transgender, however, because she is trans, the administration puts her in The Gays. Fiona on the other hand, is simply a drag queen.
* VillainousCrossdresser: Every single one except Richie Hanlon and Jason Cramer

!!Alonzo Torquemada
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Alonzo_Torquemada_1185.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I can control all of Em City!"'']]
->'''Played By''': Bobby Cannavale

A disgraced nightclub owner and the leader of the Gays in the final season of the show. He imports a lot of designer and synthetic drugs into the prison, and takes a liking to Miguel Alvarez, protecting him from the rest of the Latinos.

* AgentPeacock
* CampGay: The dyed blonde hair, the bizarre fashion sense...everything about him is this.
* CelibateHero: Despite the fact he owns nightclubs and is involved in the drug trade, he insists that he is a celibate virgin.
* CoolestClubEver: Once again, is implied to have run successful straight clubs as well.
* TheDandy: He's very camp and proud of his appearance.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's rather personable and witty...and also a dangerously insane manipulator. It's heavily implied that he'll take control of Oz through the drug trade.
* LeftHanging: He has a grand plan to take over Em City's drug trade and make the Gays a powerful gang, even trying to make an alliance with Chucky Pancamo, leader of the powerful Italian gang. However, this all happens in the last three episodes of the series, so we never really know if his plan would have worked out.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Ran one of these joints.

!!Nat Ginzberg
->'''Played By''':

* AffablyEvil
* BewareTheSillyOnes
* CampGay
* ConvenientTerminalIllness
* DeadpanSnarker
* FaceDeathWithDignity
* TransEqualsGay
* VillainousCrossdresser

!!Richie Hanlon
->'''Played By''': Jordan Lage

->''Prisoner #98H462. Convicted June 3, 1998. Posession and distribution of a controlled substance. Sentence: 8 years, up for parole in 5.''

->''"I love to take it in the ass."''

A low-level drug dealer and openly gay inmate. He is the initial leader and spokesman of the Gays.

* AffablyEvil
* BlackComedyRape: He is raped and humiliated several times by the Aryans, but shrugs it off, or at least hides his emotional trauma very well.
* ButtMonkey
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's repulsed by rapists and tries to help catch the men who attacked Glynn's daughter.
* TheEveryman
* ShowerOfLove: Erm, well, he thought he'd get one when he was saved from Death Row. It ends horribly for him.
* StraightGay: He's not that masculine, but he's neither CampGay nor a VillainousCrossdresser, like most of his gang.

!!Jason Cramer
->'''Played By''': Robert Bogue

->''"There's only two things I know how to do. Fight and suck."''

A witty inmate incarcerated for killing and chopping up his boyfriend. Partakes in the fighting tournament in Season 3 and is one of the few gay inmates taken seriously by the other prisoners.

* {{Badass}}
** BadassGay
* DeadpanSnarker
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He becomes enraged when he thinks the Latinos are going to attack his lover. Of course O'Reily said it so it wasn't true.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Though it seems fairly obvious he committed the crime he was incarcerated for--as he'd tried to ship his dead boyfriend's body parts in the mail--he ends up being acquitted because of how erroneously his case was handled. The lead investigator in the case fabricated forensic evidence because he had known the case against Jason wasn't strong enough, and the jury in Jason's first trial convicted him after a homophobic juror went on a tirade and bullied his fellow jurors into voting guilty.]]
* LeatherMan: Semi-example. He wears a black leather biker jacket several times, and is the most masculine and aggressive of the gay inmates, but doesn't show other biker and BDSM tendencies that most leathermen show.
* ManlyGay

!!Ronald 'Ronnie' Barlog
->'''Played By''':

* NeckSnap
* TurnCoat

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[[folder:The Gays]]

* CampGay: Tony Masters, Downing, Alonzo Torquemada, Billie Keane, and Fiona. The exceptions are Jason Cramer, Richie Hanlon, and Ronnie Balrog.
* TheGoomba: With the noted exception of Jason Cramer, most of the Gays are considered weak and not good at fighting
* ManlyGay: Again, Richie Hanlon and Jason Cramer. Richie Hanlon is TheEveryman and a ButtMonkey, while Jason Cramer is a violent sociopath and a KarmaHoudini
* TransEqualsGay: Nat Ginzburg is not gay, but transgender, however, because she is trans, the administration puts her in The Gays. Fiona on the other hand, is simply a drag queen.
* VillainousCrossdresser: Every single one except Richie Hanlon and Jason Cramer

!!Alonzo Torquemada
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Alonzo_Torquemada_1185.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I can control all of Em City!"'']]
->'''Played By''': Bobby Cannavale

A disgraced nightclub owner and the leader of the Gays in the final season of the show. He imports a lot of designer and synthetic drugs into the prison, and takes a liking to Miguel Alvarez, protecting him from the rest of the Latinos.

* AgentPeacock
* CampGay: The dyed blonde hair, the bizarre fashion sense...everything about him is this.
* CelibateHero: Despite the fact he owns nightclubs and is involved in the drug trade, he insists that he is a celibate virgin.
* CoolestClubEver: Once again, is implied to have run successful straight clubs as well.
* TheDandy: He's very camp and proud of his appearance.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's rather personable and witty...and also a dangerously insane manipulator. It's heavily implied that he'll take control of Oz through the drug trade.
* LeftHanging: He has a grand plan to take over Em City's drug trade and make the Gays a powerful gang, even trying to make an alliance with Chucky Pancamo, leader of the powerful Italian gang. However, this all happens in the last three episodes of the series, so we never really know if his plan would have worked out.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Ran one of these joints.

!!Nat Ginzberg
->'''Played By''':

* AffablyEvil
* BewareTheSillyOnes
* CampGay
* ConvenientTerminalIllness
* DeadpanSnarker
* FaceDeathWithDignity
* TransEqualsGay
* VillainousCrossdresser

!!Richie Hanlon
->'''Played By''': Jordan Lage

->''Prisoner #98H462. Convicted June 3, 1998. Posession and distribution of a controlled substance. Sentence: 8 years, up for parole in 5.''

->''"I love to take it in the ass."''

A low-level drug dealer and openly gay inmate. He is the initial leader and spokesman of the Gays.

* AffablyEvil
* BlackComedyRape: He is raped and humiliated several times by the Aryans, but shrugs it off, or at least hides his emotional trauma very well.
* ButtMonkey
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's repulsed by rapists and tries to help catch the men who attacked Glynn's daughter.
* TheEveryman
* ShowerOfLove: Erm, well, he thought he'd get one when he was saved from Death Row. It ends horribly for him.
* StraightGay: He's not that masculine, but he's neither CampGay nor a VillainousCrossdresser, like most of his gang.

!!Jason Cramer
->'''Played By''': Robert Bogue

->''"There's only two things I know how to do. Fight and suck."''

A witty inmate incarcerated for killing and chopping up his boyfriend. Partakes in the fighting tournament in Season 3 and is one of the few gay inmates taken seriously by the other prisoners.

* {{Badass}}
** BadassGay
* DeadpanSnarker
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He becomes enraged when he thinks the Latinos are going to attack his lover. Of course O'Reily said it so it wasn't true.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Though it seems fairly obvious he committed the crime he was incarcerated for--as he'd tried to ship his dead boyfriend's body parts in the mail--he ends up being acquitted because of how erroneously his case was handled. The lead investigator in the case fabricated forensic evidence because he had known the case against Jason wasn't strong enough, and the jury in Jason's first trial convicted him after a homophobic juror went on a tirade and bullied his fellow jurors into voting guilty.]]
* LeatherMan: Semi-example. He wears a black leather biker jacket several times, and is the most masculine and aggressive of the gay inmates, but doesn't show other biker and BDSM tendencies that most leathermen show.
* ManlyGay

!!Ronald 'Ronnie' Barlog
->'''Played By''':

* NeckSnap
* TurnCoat

[[/folder]]
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[[folder:The Christians]]

* ButtMonkey: Every member except Timmy Kirk.
* CorruptChurch
* CovertPervert: Despite their saintly veneer, nearly all of the Christians are sex offenders and child murderes, save for Cloutier and Gougeon.
* DeathSeeker: Like ALL of them!
* EverybodysDeadDave: At the end of the series, only two Christians are confirmed to still be alive; Samuel Gougeon and Harden.
* GoldfishPoopGang: Even less violent than the Muslims and considered the weakest of all the gangs.
* HolierThanThou
* Hypocrite
* NonActionGuy: They never participate in the boxing tournament, the only gang not to do so.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Timmy Kirk upon joining the Christians. He's the only member to actually kill other inmates, and is the most violent of them all. William Cudney is a close second in this regard, as he is a psychopathic and fanatical child murderer, but never gets to kill anyone on the inside.
* LightIsNotGood: Despite their saintly appearance, they are one of the most psycho of all the gangs. Most of their members are guilty of the worst crimes, generally sex crimes and violent crimes against children, and the creepiest thing of them all is that most have no sense of self-preservation. At all.
* PedophilePriest: Robert Sippel, the gang as a whole could be considered the layman equivalent of this.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Jeremiah Cloutier and Samuel Gougeon are the only ones in the Christians who are not child murderers or rapists. Jonathan Coushaine has elements of this, seeing as he is a kindly and calm man with no violent tendencies whatsoever, but he is implied to be a rapist, althopugh it is never confirmed.
* WouldHurtAChild: All but two are either child murderers or sexual perverts of all kinds, including pedophiles.

!!Rev. Jeremiah Cloutier
->'''Played By''': Luke Perry

->''Prisoner #00C966. Convicted December 27, 2000 - Embezzlement and petty larceny. Sentence: nine years, up for parole in five.''

A charismatic TV evangelist caught embezzling from the church.

* AintTooProudToBeg
* AndIMustScream
* AntiVillain
* TheAtoner: Trying to make up for embezzling money from his church.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard

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[[folder:The Christians]]

Gays]]

* ButtMonkey: Every member except Timmy Kirk.
CampGay: Tony Masters, Downing, Alonzo Torquemada, Billie Keane, and Fiona. The exceptions are Jason Cramer, Richie Hanlon, and Ronnie Balrog.
* CorruptChurch
* CovertPervert: Despite their saintly veneer, nearly all
TheGoomba: With the noted exception of Jason Cramer, most of the Christians Gays are sex offenders and child murderes, save for Cloutier and Gougeon.
* DeathSeeker: Like ALL of them!
* EverybodysDeadDave: At the end of the series, only two Christians are confirmed to still be alive; Samuel Gougeon and Harden.
* GoldfishPoopGang: Even less violent than the Muslims and
considered the weakest of all the gangs.
* HolierThanThou
* Hypocrite
* NonActionGuy: They never participate in the boxing tournament, the only gang
weak and not to do so.
good at fighting
* LethalJokeCharacter: Timmy Kirk upon joining the Christians. He's the only member to actually kill other inmates, ManlyGay: Again, Richie Hanlon and Jason Cramer. Richie Hanlon is the most TheEveryman and a ButtMonkey, while Jason Cramer is a violent of them all. William Cudney is a close second in this regard, as he is a psychopathic sociopath and fanatical child murderer, a KarmaHoudini
* TransEqualsGay: Nat Ginzburg is not gay,
but never gets to kill anyone transgender, however, because she is trans, the administration puts her in The Gays. Fiona on the inside.
other hand, is simply a drag queen.
* LightIsNotGood: Despite their saintly appearance, they are VillainousCrossdresser: Every single one of the most psycho of except Richie Hanlon and Jason Cramer

!!Alonzo Torquemada
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Alonzo_Torquemada_1185.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I can control
all the gangs. Most of their members are guilty of the worst crimes, generally sex crimes and violent crimes against children, and the creepiest thing of them all is that most have no sense of self-preservation. At all.
* PedophilePriest: Robert Sippel, the gang as a whole could be considered the layman equivalent of this.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Jeremiah Cloutier and Samuel Gougeon are the only ones in the Christians who are not child murderers or rapists. Jonathan Coushaine has elements of this, seeing as he is a kindly and calm man with no violent tendencies whatsoever, but he is implied to be a rapist, althopugh it is never confirmed.
* WouldHurtAChild: All but two are either child murderers or sexual perverts of all kinds, including pedophiles.

!!Rev. Jeremiah Cloutier
Em City!"'']]
->'''Played By''': Luke Perry

Bobby Cannavale

A disgraced nightclub owner and the leader of the Gays in the final season of the show. He imports a lot of designer and synthetic drugs into the prison, and takes a liking to Miguel Alvarez, protecting him from the rest of the Latinos.

* AgentPeacock
* CampGay: The dyed blonde hair, the bizarre fashion sense...everything about him is this.
* CelibateHero: Despite the fact he owns nightclubs and is involved in the drug trade, he insists that he is a celibate virgin.
* CoolestClubEver: Once again, is implied to have run successful straight clubs as well.
* TheDandy: He's very camp and proud of his appearance.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's rather personable and witty...and also a dangerously insane manipulator. It's heavily implied that he'll take control of Oz through the drug trade.
* LeftHanging: He has a grand plan to take over Em City's drug trade and make the Gays a powerful gang, even trying to make an alliance with Chucky Pancamo, leader of the powerful Italian gang. However, this all happens in the last three episodes of the series, so we never really know if his plan would have worked out.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Ran one of these joints.

!!Nat Ginzberg
->'''Played By''':

* AffablyEvil
* BewareTheSillyOnes
* CampGay
* ConvenientTerminalIllness
* DeadpanSnarker
* FaceDeathWithDignity
* TransEqualsGay
* VillainousCrossdresser

!!Richie Hanlon
->'''Played By''': Jordan Lage

->''Prisoner #00C966. #98H462. Convicted December 27, 2000 - Embezzlement June 3, 1998. Posession and petty larceny. distribution of a controlled substance. Sentence: nine 8 years, up for parole in five.5.''

A charismatic TV evangelist caught embezzling from ->''"I love to take it in the church.

ass."''

A low-level drug dealer and openly gay inmate. He is the initial leader and spokesman of the Gays.

* AintTooProudToBeg
AffablyEvil
* AndIMustScream
* AntiVillain
* TheAtoner: Trying to make up for embezzling money from
BlackComedyRape: He is raped and humiliated several times by the Aryans, but shrugs it off, or at least hides his church.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
emotional trauma very well.



* DoingInTheWizard: His mystical, unexplained disappearance from the hospital in season 5 [[spoiler:was actually the bikers finishing the exact same job they started, sealing him back inside a wall to die]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: Deconstructed. When Luke Perry first joined the show, everyone was assuming that Luke Perry would be subjected to a prison rape storyline for maximum shock value. What his character got was so gruesome and grotesque, that being raped would have been a kinder fate for the character.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* TheRival: To Mukada, but they eventually put their differences behind them and become friends.

!!William Cudney
->'''Played By''': Will Cote

->''Prisoner #99C124. Convicted February 10, 1999 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibly of parole.''

A psychotic and fanatical Christian inmate.

* ColdSniper: How he killed his victim.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: O'Reily is sickened by him.
* HolierThanThou: Looks down on the inmates gambling or lusting after women despite being a child killer.
* {{Hypocrite}}
* KnightTemplar
* MoralMyopia
* RevengeByProxy: He killed the child of the doctor who performed his wife's abortion, so in his mind he's 'paying him back'.
* TooDumbToLive
* WouldHurtAChild: Kill one, actually.

!!Samuel Gougeon
->'''Played By''': Blayne Perry

->''Prisoner 97G141. Convicted August 5, 1997 for manslaughter in the first degree. Sentence: 19 years, up for parole in 10.''

A kind-hearted and benign Christian inmate imprisoned after a fatal hunting accident.

* {{Keet}}: A milder version of this trope, keeps a relatively optimistic demeanor despite his surroundings and is a very devout Christian.
* {{Megane}}: A kind, klutzy, and somewhat adorable version. Essentially he's a male equivalent of a {{Meganekko}}.
* NiceGuy: Arguably one of the kindest inmates in Oz.
* NerdGlasses
* TokenGoodTeammate: One of only two Christian inmates who is not a sex offender or child murderer, and the only one who is confirmed to have survived the series. In a show where AnyoneCanDie, doubly so for good-natured characters, that's pretty amazing for a minor to mid-tier character.

!!Robert Sippel
->'''Played By''': David Lansbury

->''Prisoner 88S510. Convicted March 10, 1988, for sexual abuse in 2nd degree. Sentence: 15 years, up for parole in 10.''

A guilt-ridden ex-priest and child molestor.

* TheAtoner: He turned himself in, and continues to feel deep guilt about his crime even after his time is up.
* PedophilePriest: He molested a young boy.
* TooDumbToLive: Why would a child molester willingly come back to HIS OLD CELL just for a place to sleep? Sure enough, [[spoiler:the Aryans crucify him on the gym floor just hours later.]]

!!Jonathan Coushaine
->'''Played By''': Bryan Callen

An easy-going Christian inmate and initial leader of the Christians. Was once a high school teacher and as a result, teaches the GED classes in OZ.

* AffablyEvil: He's never much of a plotter or schemer, and is easy to get along with.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Disappears without explanation in Season 3.
* NiceGuy
* NoodleIncident: It's never revealed how he entered OZ, but it's implied he may be a sex offender.
* PutOnABus

!!Harden

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* DoingInTheWizard: His mystical, unexplained disappearance EvenEvilHasStandards: He's repulsed by rapists and tries to help catch the men who attacked Glynn's daughter.
* TheEveryman
* ShowerOfLove: Erm, well, he thought he'd get one when he was saved
from the hospital in season 5 [[spoiler:was actually the bikers finishing the exact same job they started, sealing him back inside a wall to die]]
Death Row. It ends horribly for him.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Deconstructed. When Luke Perry first joined the show, everyone was assuming StraightGay: He's not that Luke Perry would be subjected to masculine, but he's neither CampGay nor a prison rape storyline for maximum shock value. What VillainousCrossdresser, like most of his character got was so gruesome and grotesque, that being raped would have been a kinder fate for the character.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* TheRival: To Mukada, but they eventually put their differences behind them and become friends.

!!William Cudney
gang.

!!Jason Cramer
->'''Played By''': Will Cote

->''Prisoner #99C124. Convicted February 10, 1999 - Murder
Robert Bogue

->''"There's only two things I know how to do. Fight and suck."''

A witty inmate incarcerated for killing and chopping up his boyfriend. Partakes
in the first degree. Sentence: Life imprisonment without fighting tournament in Season 3 and is one of the possibly of parole.''

A psychotic and fanatical Christian inmate.

few gay inmates taken seriously by the other prisoners.

* ColdSniper: How {{Badass}}
** BadassGay
* DeadpanSnarker
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He becomes enraged when
he killed thinks the Latinos are going to attack his victim.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
lover. Of course O'Reily is sickened by him.
said it so it wasn't true.
* HolierThanThou: Looks down on KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Though it seems fairly obvious he committed the inmates gambling or lusting after women despite being a child killer.
* {{Hypocrite}}
* KnightTemplar
* MoralMyopia
* RevengeByProxy: He killed the child of the doctor who performed
crime he was incarcerated for--as he'd tried to ship his wife's abortion, so in his mind he's 'paying him back'.
* TooDumbToLive
* WouldHurtAChild: Kill one, actually.

!!Samuel Gougeon
->'''Played By''': Blayne Perry

->''Prisoner 97G141. Convicted August 5, 1997 for manslaughter
dead boyfriend's body parts in the mail--he ends up being acquitted because of how erroneously his case was handled. The lead investigator in the case fabricated forensic evidence because he had known the case against Jason wasn't strong enough, and the jury in Jason's first degree. Sentence: 19 years, up for parole in 10.''

A kind-hearted and benign Christian inmate imprisoned
trial convicted him after a fatal hunting accident.

* {{Keet}}: A milder version of this trope, keeps
homophobic juror went on a relatively optimistic demeanor despite tirade and bullied his surroundings fellow jurors into voting guilty.]]
* LeatherMan: Semi-example. He wears a black leather biker jacket several times,
and is a very devout Christian.
* {{Megane}}: A kind, klutzy,
the most masculine and somewhat adorable version. Essentially he's a male equivalent of a {{Meganekko}}.
* NiceGuy: Arguably one
aggressive of the kindest inmates in Oz.
* NerdGlasses
* TokenGoodTeammate: One of only two Christian inmates who is not a sex offender or child murderer, and the only one who is confirmed to have survived the series. In a
gay inmates, but doesn't show where AnyoneCanDie, doubly so for good-natured characters, that's pretty amazing for a minor to mid-tier character.

!!Robert Sippel
->'''Played By''': David Lansbury

->''Prisoner 88S510. Convicted March 10, 1988, for sexual abuse in 2nd degree. Sentence: 15 years, up for parole in 10.''

A guilt-ridden ex-priest
other biker and child molestor.

BDSM tendencies that most leathermen show.
* TheAtoner: He turned himself in, and continues to feel deep guilt about his crime even after his time is up.
* PedophilePriest: He molested a young boy.
* TooDumbToLive: Why would a child molester willingly come back to HIS OLD CELL just for a place to sleep? Sure enough, [[spoiler:the Aryans crucify him on the gym floor just hours later.]]

!!Jonathan Coushaine
->'''Played By''': Bryan Callen

An easy-going Christian inmate and initial leader of the Christians. Was once a high school teacher and as a result, teaches the GED classes in OZ.

* AffablyEvil: He's never much of a plotter or schemer, and is easy to get along with.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Disappears without explanation in Season 3.
* NiceGuy
* NoodleIncident: It's never revealed how he entered OZ, but it's implied he may be a sex offender.
* PutOnABus

!!Harden
ManlyGay

!!Ronald 'Ronnie' Barlog



One of the more mysterious Christian inmates, often seen in the flock of William Cudney and Jeremiah Cloutier. When Timmy Kirk becomes head of the Christians, Harden acts as one of Kirk's mooks. One of only two Christian inmates to survive the end of the series.

* BitPartBadGuy
* ChekhovsGunman: Helps Augustus Hill bring down Supreme Allah
* EliteMook: Acts as this to Timmy Kirk
* FlatCharacter: Harden is a Christian inmate who is quiet, obedient to whoever is in charge of the Christians, and often appears in the background. That's really it.
* NoodleIncident: It is never revealed how he got into Oz.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Gays]]

* CampGay: Tony Masters, Downing, Alonzo Torquemada, Billie Keane, and Fiona. The exceptions are Jason Cramer, Richie Hanlon, and Ronnie Balrog.
* TheGoomba: With the noted exception of Jason Cramer, most of the Gays are considered weak and not good at fighting
* ManlyGay: Again, Richie Hanlon and Jason Cramer. Richie Hanlon is TheEveryman and a ButtMonkey, while Jason Cramer is a violent sociopath and a KarmaHoudini
* TransEqualsGay: Nat Ginzburg is not gay, but transgender, however, because she is trans, the administration puts her in The Gays. Fiona on the other hand, is simply a drag queen.
* VillainousCrossdresser: Every single one except Richie Hanlon and Jason Cramer

!!Alonzo Torquemada
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Alonzo_Torquemada_1185.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I can control all of Em City!"'']]
->'''Played By''': Bobby Cannavale

A disgraced nightclub owner and the leader of the Gays in the final season of the show. He imports a lot of designer and synthetic drugs into the prison, and takes a liking to Miguel Alvarez, protecting him from the rest of the Latinos.

* AgentPeacock
* CampGay: The dyed blonde hair, the bizarre fashion sense...everything about him is this.
* CelibateHero: Despite the fact he owns nightclubs and is involved in the drug trade, he insists that he is a celibate virgin.
* CoolestClubEver: Once again, is implied to have run successful straight clubs as well.
* TheDandy: He's very camp and proud of his appearance.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's rather personable and witty...and also a dangerously insane manipulator. It's heavily implied that he'll take control of Oz through the drug trade.
* LeftHanging: He has a grand plan to take over Em City's drug trade and make the Gays a powerful gang, even trying to make an alliance with Chucky Pancamo, leader of the powerful Italian gang. However, this all happens in the last three episodes of the series, so we never really know if his plan would have worked out.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Ran one of these joints.

!!Nat Ginzberg
->'''Played By''':

* AffablyEvil
* BewareTheSillyOnes
* CampGay
* ConvenientTerminalIllness
* DeadpanSnarker
* FaceDeathWithDignity
* TransEqualsGay
* VillainousCrossdresser

!!Richie Hanlon
->'''Played By''': Jordan Lage

->''Prisoner #98H462. Convicted June 3, 1998. Posession and distribution of a controlled substance. Sentence: 8 years, up for parole in 5.''

->''"I love to take it in the ass."''

A low-level drug dealer and openly gay inmate. He is the initial leader and spokesman of the Gays.

* AffablyEvil
* BlackComedyRape: He is raped and humiliated several times by the Aryans, but shrugs it off, or at least hides his emotional trauma very well.
* ButtMonkey
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's repulsed by rapists and tries to help catch the men who attacked Glynn's daughter.
* TheEveryman
* ShowerOfLove: Erm, well, he thought he'd get one when he was saved from Death Row. It ends horribly for him.
* StraightGay: He's not that masculine, but he's neither CampGay nor a VillainousCrossdresser, like most of his gang.

!!Jason Cramer
->'''Played By''': Robert Bogue

->''"There's only two things I know how to do. Fight and suck."''

A witty inmate incarcerated for killing and chopping up his boyfriend. Partakes in the fighting tournament in Season 3 and is one of the few gay inmates taken seriously by the other prisoners.

* {{Badass}}
** BadassGay
* DeadpanSnarker
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He becomes enraged when he thinks the Latinos are going to attack his lover. Of course O'Reily said it so it wasn't true.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Though it seems fairly obvious he committed the crime he was incarcerated for--as he'd tried to ship his dead boyfriend's body parts in the mail--he ends up being acquitted because of how erroneously his case was handled. The lead investigator in the case fabricated forensic evidence because he had known the case against Jason wasn't strong enough, and the jury in Jason's first trial convicted him after a homophobic juror went on a tirade and bullied his fellow jurors into voting guilty.]]
* LeatherMan: Semi-example. He wears a black leather biker jacket several times, and is the most masculine and aggressive of the gay inmates, but doesn't show other biker and BDSM tendencies that most leathermen show.
* ManlyGay

!!Ronald 'Ronnie' Barlog
->'''Played By''':
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[[folder:The Homeboys]]

* GangBangers: Most of them fit into this archetype, save for Adebisi and Paulie Markstrom
* ArchEnemy: The Italians, and to a lesser extent, the Latinos. In Seasons 3 and 4, it becomes anyone who isn't black as well as the Muslims.
* ScaryBlackMan: Again, Adebisi and Malcolm Coyle
* TokenGoodTeammate: Jefferson Keane, Poet, Augustus Hill in Season 1, before he became part of The Others

!!Jefferson Keane
->'''Played By:''' Leon

->''Prisoner #97K186. Convicted May 14, 1997 - Two counts of murder in the first degree. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. [[spoiler: Later convicted of another count of murder in the first degree and sentenced to death.]]''

The original leader of the Homeboys. A deeply troubled man, he converts to Islam after meeting Kareem Said.

* TheAtoner

to:

[[folder:The Homeboys]]

Christians]]

* GangBangers: Most ButtMonkey: Every member except Timmy Kirk.
* CorruptChurch
* CovertPervert: Despite their saintly veneer, nearly all
of them fit into this archetype, the Christians are sex offenders and child murderes, save for Adebisi Cloutier and Paulie Markstrom
Gougeon.
* ArchEnemy: The Italians, DeathSeeker: Like ALL of them!
* EverybodysDeadDave: At the end of the series, only two Christians are confirmed to still be alive; Samuel Gougeon
and to a lesser extent, Harden.
* GoldfishPoopGang: Even less violent than
the Latinos. In Seasons 3 Muslims and 4, it becomes considered the weakest of all the gangs.
* HolierThanThou
* Hypocrite
* NonActionGuy: They never participate in the boxing tournament, the only gang not to do so.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Timmy Kirk upon joining the Christians. He's the only member to actually kill other inmates, and is the most violent of them all. William Cudney is a close second in this regard, as he is a psychopathic and fanatical child murderer, but never gets to kill
anyone who isn't black as well as on the Muslims.
inside.
* ScaryBlackMan: Again, Adebisi LightIsNotGood: Despite their saintly appearance, they are one of the most psycho of all the gangs. Most of their members are guilty of the worst crimes, generally sex crimes and Malcolm Coyle
violent crimes against children, and the creepiest thing of them all is that most have no sense of self-preservation. At all.
* PedophilePriest: Robert Sippel, the gang as a whole could be considered the layman equivalent of this.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Jefferson Keane, Poet, Augustus Hill Jeremiah Cloutier and Samuel Gougeon are the only ones in Season 1, before the Christians who are not child murderers or rapists. Jonathan Coushaine has elements of this, seeing as he became part is a kindly and calm man with no violent tendencies whatsoever, but he is implied to be a rapist, althopugh it is never confirmed.
* WouldHurtAChild: All but two are either child murderers or sexual perverts
of The Others

!!Jefferson Keane
all kinds, including pedophiles.

!!Rev. Jeremiah Cloutier
->'''Played By:''' Leon

By''': Luke Perry

->''Prisoner #97K186. #00C966. Convicted May 14, 1997 December 27, 2000 - Two counts of murder in the first degree. Embezzlement and petty larceny. Sentence: Life imprisonment without nine years, up for parole in five.''

A charismatic TV evangelist caught embezzling from
the possibility of parole. [[spoiler: Later convicted of another count of murder in the first degree and sentenced church.

* AintTooProudToBeg
* AndIMustScream
* AntiVillain
* TheAtoner: Trying
to death.]]''

The original leader of the Homeboys. A deeply troubled man, he converts to Islam after meeting Kareem Said.

* TheAtoner
make up for embezzling money from his church.



* BeingGoodSucks: Though his conversion to Islam brought him inner peace, it lost control of his gang to the maniacal Adebisi.
* BeingEvilSucks: Keane cannot catch a break no matter his alignment.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His love for his family helps drive his desire to turn his life around.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: He does achieve a kind of redemption, but just as things are going well, he's manipulated toward a death sentence.

to:

** BadassBeard
* BeingGoodSucks: Though ButtMonkey
* DoingInTheWizard: His mystical, unexplained disappearance from the hospital in season 5 [[spoiler:was actually the bikers finishing the exact same job they started, sealing him back inside a wall to die]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: Deconstructed. When Luke Perry first joined the show, everyone was assuming that Luke Perry would be subjected to a prison rape storyline for maximum shock value. What
his conversion to Islam brought him inner peace, it lost control of his gang to character got was so gruesome and grotesque, that being raped would have been a kinder fate for the maniacal Adebisi.
* BeingEvilSucks: Keane cannot catch a break no matter his alignment.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His love for his family helps drive his desire to turn his life around.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: He does achieve a kind of redemption, but just as things are going well, he's manipulated toward a death sentence.
character.



* TheStoic: Especially when compared to Adebisi or Johnny Post.

!!Arnold "Poet" Jackson
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Poet_5813.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"It's kinda fucked up, leaving. Everybody else is staying. It's like waking up from a dream."'']]
->'''Played By:''' muMs the Scehemer

->''Prisoner #96J352. Convicted February 15, 1996 - Armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of a deadly weapon. Sentence: 16 years, eligible for parole in nine. [[spoiler: Granted early release in 1998. Returned as inmate #98J448, convicted July 20, 1998, on one count of 2nd degree murder. Sentence: 26 years, eligible for parole in 19.]]''

A high-ranked Homeboy who writes and performs poetry.

* AscendedExtra
* TheCastShowoff: muMs the Schemer wrote every one of the poems his character recited.
* ChronicVillainy

to:

* TheStoic: Especially when compared TheRival: To Mukada, but they eventually put their differences behind them and become friends.

!!William Cudney
->'''Played By''': Will Cote

->''Prisoner #99C124. Convicted February 10, 1999 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibly of parole.''

A psychotic and fanatical Christian inmate.

* ColdSniper: How he killed his victim.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: O'Reily is sickened by him.
* HolierThanThou: Looks down on the inmates gambling or lusting after women despite being a child killer.
* {{Hypocrite}}
* KnightTemplar
* MoralMyopia
* RevengeByProxy: He killed the child of the doctor who performed his wife's abortion, so in his mind he's 'paying him back'.
* TooDumbToLive
* WouldHurtAChild: Kill one, actually.

!!Samuel Gougeon
->'''Played By''': Blayne Perry

->''Prisoner 97G141. Convicted August 5, 1997 for manslaughter in the first degree. Sentence: 19 years, up for parole in 10.''

A kind-hearted and benign Christian inmate imprisoned after a fatal hunting accident.

* {{Keet}}: A milder version of this trope, keeps a relatively optimistic demeanor despite his surroundings and is a very devout Christian.
* {{Megane}}: A kind, klutzy, and somewhat adorable version. Essentially he's a male equivalent of a {{Meganekko}}.
* NiceGuy: Arguably one of the kindest inmates in Oz.
* NerdGlasses
* TokenGoodTeammate: One of only two Christian inmates who is not a sex offender or child murderer, and the only one who is confirmed
to Adebisi have survived the series. In a show where AnyoneCanDie, doubly so for good-natured characters, that's pretty amazing for a minor to mid-tier character.

!!Robert Sippel
->'''Played By''': David Lansbury

->''Prisoner 88S510. Convicted March 10, 1988, for sexual abuse in 2nd degree. Sentence: 15 years, up for parole in 10.''

A guilt-ridden ex-priest and child molestor.

* TheAtoner: He turned himself in, and continues to feel deep guilt about his crime even after his time is up.
* PedophilePriest: He molested a young boy.
* TooDumbToLive: Why would a child molester willingly come back to HIS OLD CELL just for a place to sleep? Sure enough, [[spoiler:the Aryans crucify him on the gym floor just hours later.]]

!!Jonathan Coushaine
->'''Played By''': Bryan Callen

An easy-going Christian inmate and initial leader of the Christians. Was once a high school teacher and as a result, teaches the GED classes in OZ.

* AffablyEvil: He's never much of a plotter
or Johnny Post.

!!Arnold "Poet" Jackson
schemer, and is easy to get along with.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Disappears without explanation in Season 3.
* NiceGuy
* NoodleIncident: It's never revealed how he entered OZ, but it's implied he may be a sex offender.
* PutOnABus

!!Harden
->'''Played By''':

One of the more mysterious Christian inmates, often seen in the flock of William Cudney and Jeremiah Cloutier. When Timmy Kirk becomes head of the Christians, Harden acts as one of Kirk's mooks. One of only two Christian inmates to survive the end of the series.

* BitPartBadGuy
* ChekhovsGunman: Helps Augustus Hill bring down Supreme Allah
* EliteMook: Acts as this to Timmy Kirk
* FlatCharacter: Harden is a Christian inmate who is quiet, obedient to whoever is in charge of the Christians, and often appears in the background. That's really it.
* NoodleIncident: It is never revealed how he got into Oz.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Gays]]

* CampGay: Tony Masters, Downing, Alonzo Torquemada, Billie Keane, and Fiona. The exceptions are Jason Cramer, Richie Hanlon, and Ronnie Balrog.
* TheGoomba: With the noted exception of Jason Cramer, most of the Gays are considered weak and not good at fighting
* ManlyGay: Again, Richie Hanlon and Jason Cramer. Richie Hanlon is TheEveryman and a ButtMonkey, while Jason Cramer is a violent sociopath and a KarmaHoudini
* TransEqualsGay: Nat Ginzburg is not gay, but transgender, however, because she is trans, the administration puts her in The Gays. Fiona on the other hand, is simply a drag queen.
* VillainousCrossdresser: Every single one except Richie Hanlon and Jason Cramer

!!Alonzo Torquemada
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Poet_5813.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Alonzo_Torquemada_1185.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"It's kinda fucked up, leaving. Everybody else is staying. It's like waking up from a dream."'']]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I can control all of Em City!"'']]
->'''Played By:''' muMs By''': Bobby Cannavale

A disgraced nightclub owner and
the Scehemer

->''Prisoner #96J352. Convicted February 15, 1996 - Armed robbery, attempted murder, possession
leader of a deadly weapon. Sentence: 16 years, eligible for parole the Gays in nine. [[spoiler: Granted early release in 1998. Returned as inmate #98J448, convicted July 20, 1998, on one count the final season of 2nd degree murder. Sentence: 26 years, eligible for parole in 19.]]''

A high-ranked Homeboy who writes
the show. He imports a lot of designer and performs poetry.

* AscendedExtra
* TheCastShowoff: muMs
synthetic drugs into the Schemer wrote every prison, and takes a liking to Miguel Alvarez, protecting him from the rest of the Latinos.

* AgentPeacock
* CampGay: The dyed blonde hair, the bizarre fashion sense...everything about him is this.
* CelibateHero: Despite the fact he owns nightclubs and is involved in the drug trade, he insists that he is a celibate virgin.
* CoolestClubEver: Once again, is implied to have run successful straight clubs as well.
* TheDandy: He's very camp and proud of his appearance.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's rather personable and witty...and also a dangerously insane manipulator. It's heavily implied that he'll take control of Oz through the drug trade.
* LeftHanging: He has a grand plan to take over Em City's drug trade and make the Gays a powerful gang, even trying to make an alliance with Chucky Pancamo, leader of the powerful Italian gang. However, this all happens in the last three episodes of the series, so we never really know if his plan would have worked out.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Ran
one of the poems his character recited.
these joints.

!!Nat Ginzberg
->'''Played By''':

* ChronicVillainyAffablyEvil
* BewareTheSillyOnes
* CampGay
* ConvenientTerminalIllness



* FauxAffablyEvil
* GreekChorus
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: In the first season, he was only shown in cameos performing in the canteen, and credited simply as "poet" as a common noun. When he was [[AscendedExtra ascended]] the writers decided that "Poet" was his street name.

!!Kenny Wangler
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Kenny_Wangler_7727.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' JD Williams

->''Prisoner #97W566. Convicted July 6, 1997 - murder in the first degree (16 years old tried as an adult). Sentence: 20 years, eligible for parole in six.''

A 16-year-old inmate who quickly becomes a member of the Homeboys.

* BigBadWannabe: He tries to convince others to call him 'Bricks', acts like a big shot, and thinks he's a badass. In reality, he's a pathetic pawn of more powerful inmates.
* TheBully
* ButtMonkey: To Adebisi.
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath]]
* TagalongKid: Literally, as he is only sixteen when he first joins the Homeboys.
* TeensAreMonsters
* SmugSnake
* TheSociopath: Despite the best efforts of the prison staff, he ends up being a monstrous little creature.
* UnwittingPawn

!!Burr Redding
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Burr_Redding_2256.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I take a shit in this world, I see reality and I make the best of it."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Anthony Chisholm

->''Prisoner #01R289. Convicted January 11, 2001 - Murder in the first degree, seven counts of attempted murder. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.''

A half-crazed Vietnam vet who ran the streets where Augustus Hill grew up in, and acted as a foster father to the boy. He eventually controls the Homeboys post-Adebisi. A lot of what befalls Augustus is Burr's fault.

* TheAtoner: After [[spoiler:Augustus is killed.]]
* AxCrazy

to:

* FauxAffablyEvil
FaceDeathWithDignity
* GreekChorus
TransEqualsGay
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: In the first season, he was only shown in cameos performing in the canteen, and credited simply as "poet" as a common noun. When he was [[AscendedExtra ascended]] the writers decided that "Poet" was his street name.

!!Kenny Wangler
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Kenny_Wangler_7727.jpg]]
VillainousCrossdresser

!!Richie Hanlon
->'''Played By:''' JD Williams

By''': Jordan Lage

->''Prisoner #97W566. #98H462. Convicted July 6, 1997 - murder in the first degree (16 years old tried as an adult). June 3, 1998. Posession and distribution of a controlled substance. Sentence: 20 8 years, eligible up for parole in six.5.''

->''"I love to take it in the ass."''

A 16-year-old inmate who quickly becomes a member low-level drug dealer and openly gay inmate. He is the initial leader and spokesman of the Homeboys.

Gays.

* BigBadWannabe: AffablyEvil
* BlackComedyRape:
He is raped and humiliated several times by the Aryans, but shrugs it off, or at least hides his emotional trauma very well.
* ButtMonkey
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's repulsed by rapists and
tries to convince others to call him 'Bricks', acts like a big shot, and thinks help catch the men who attacked Glynn's daughter.
* TheEveryman
* ShowerOfLove: Erm, well, he thought he'd get one when he was saved from Death Row. It ends horribly for him.
* StraightGay: He's not that masculine, but
he's neither CampGay nor a badass. In reality, he's a pathetic pawn VillainousCrossdresser, like most of more powerful inmates.
* TheBully
* ButtMonkey: To Adebisi.
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath]]
* TagalongKid: Literally, as he is only sixteen when he first joins the Homeboys.
* TeensAreMonsters
* SmugSnake
* TheSociopath: Despite the best efforts of the prison staff, he ends up being a monstrous little creature.
* UnwittingPawn

!!Burr Redding
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Burr_Redding_2256.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I take a shit in this world, I see reality and I make the best of it."'']]
his gang.

!!Jason Cramer
->'''Played By:''' Anthony Chisholm

->''Prisoner #01R289. Convicted January 11, 2001 - Murder
By''': Robert Bogue

->''"There's only two things I know how to do. Fight and suck."''

A witty inmate incarcerated for killing and chopping up his boyfriend. Partakes
in the first degree, seven counts fighting tournament in Season 3 and is one of attempted murder. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.''

A half-crazed Vietnam vet who ran
few gay inmates taken seriously by the streets where Augustus Hill grew up in, and acted as a foster father to the boy. He eventually controls the Homeboys post-Adebisi. A lot of what befalls Augustus is Burr's fault.

* TheAtoner: After [[spoiler:Augustus is killed.]]
* AxCrazy
other prisoners.



** BadassGrandpa: Even the younger Homeboys were terrified of him.
* BeardOfEvil
* {{Jerkass}}
* ParentalSubstitute: To Augustus
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His attempts to get the Homeboys to stop selling drugs are a bit... extreme, to say the least.

!!Omar White
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Omar_White_210.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I ain't no drug abuser. Truth is, I treat my drugs better than most."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Michael Wright

->''Prisoner 01W711. Convicted January 4, 2001 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: 75 years, up for parole in 20.''

An unstable homeboy and drug addict.

* ButtMonkey
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim]]
* HiddenDepths
* [[spoiler:SlashedThroat]]
* TalkativeLoon
* UncleTomfoolery

!!Moses Deyell
->'''Played By:''' Erik King

->''Prisoner 00D718. Convicted February 3, 2000 - Two counts of murder in the first degree. Sentence: Death.''

An inmate on Death Row for killing his girlfriend and her husband after discovering she was married.

* AffablyEvil: Can be pretty friendly and polite.
* {{Badass}}
* BaldOfAwesome
* [[spoiler:BetterToDieThanBeKilled]]
* {{Determinator}}
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Gets the hospital staff to look at Nat Ginzberg as he doesn't want to see him endure the pain of a slow death from AIDS.

!!Malcolm "Snake" Coyle
->'''Played By:''' Treach

->''Prisoner #99C122. Convicted January 17, 1999 - Grand larceny, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault of a police officer. Sentence: 50 years, eligible for parole in 20.''

An intimidating and psychotic prisoner.

* AwesomeMcCoolname
* BaldOfEvil
* ForTheEvulz: Why he committed the murders.
* HiddenDepths: Originally sent to Oz on armed robbery charges, but Hill finds out about [[spoiler: Coyle murdering an entire family...for fun, including an EIGHTEEN MONTH OLD INFANT.]]
* TruthInTelevision: Child killers do NOT last very long in maximum security prisons. [[spoiler: He's no exception.]]

!!Johnny Post
->'''Played By:''' Tim [=McAdams=]

A loyal homeboy henchman of Jefferson Keane.

* {{Badass}}
* DefiantToTheEnd
* KillItWithFire
* MauveShirt
* UndyingLoyalty: to his fellow Homeboys.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Aryans]]

* ThoseWackyNazis
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
* BadGuysPlayPool
* BigBad
* PrisonRape: Their main tactic of choice when dealing with enemies and newer, weaker inmates
* BaldOfEvil
* ArchEnemy: The Muslims
* DrugsAreBad: Firm believers in this, which is why they avoid conflict with the Homeboys for the most part. Ironically, the only other gang that holds this belief are their main rivals.

!!James Robson
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/James_Robson_7286.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"It's funny, here I am, 36 years old I got nowhere to run. You know, and I--I guess what...what I want to know is, is it okay to do whatever is necessary... to survive?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' RE Rodgers

->''Prisoner #97R492. Convicted November 7, 1997 - Murder in the first degree, assault. Sentence: Life imprisonment, eligible for parole in 25 years.''

One of the Aryan leaders and Schillinger's closest friend.

* AbusiveParents
* AscendedExtra: Originally, he was only meant to appear as a prisoner who got the tip of his penis bit off, but Fontana was so impressed by Rodgers' acting that the character was given a bigger role.
* AssholeVictim: Quite literally.
* AssShove
* BaldOfEvil
* BreakTheHaughty
* ButtMonkey: In his tenure in Oz, he gets the tip of his penis bitten off, he gets recessive gums, gets "spooned" by Cutler, and is sodomized by Cutler and Clarence Seroy. Granted he deserves almost all of it.
* TheDragon: to Schillinger.
* FreudianExcuse: His father was not only physically abusive, but sexually abused his son all the while tormenting him about never showing any sign of "weakness."
* FauxAffablyEvil
* HiddenDepths
* LargeHam: Does a lot of yelling, screaming, and sometimes even ''barking''. Robson acts out a lot.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Most if not all of Robson's butt-monkey moments are these
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
* RapeAsBackstory
* RapeAsRedemption
* {{Took a Level in Kindness}}: In Season 6.
* VillainousFriendship: He's pals with Vern.

!!Mark Mack
->'''Played By:''' Leif Riddell

->''Prisoner #96M542. Convicted June 1, 1996 - Murder in the second degree, vandalism (as a hate crime). Sentence: 70 years, eligible for parole in 40.''

A hard-headed and bullish Aryan.

* TheBrute
* DumbMuscle
* HotBlooded
* {{Jerkass}}
* KarmicDeath
* MauveShirt
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
* TooDumbToLive

!!Andrew Schillinger
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Andrew_Schillinger_3062.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I gotta tell you something Dad, my whole life youíve crammed into my head how superior we white folks are. I donít see the truth in that."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Fred Koehler

->''Prisoner 99S333. Convicted February 16, 1999 - Murder in the second degree, possession of narcotics. Sentence: 50 years, up for parole in 20.''

Schillinger's youngest son and drug addict.

* AbusiveParents
* ButtMonkey
* FreudianExcuse:
* HotBlooded
* MoralityPet: Almost for Schillinger, but averted at the last minute.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivered a devastating one to his father after kicking his drug habit.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Averted.

!!Wolfgang Cutler
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Wolfgang_Cutler_3695.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"You and me? We're gonna spoon. Now bend the fuck over."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Brendan Kelly

->''Prisoner #02C773. Convicted February 20, 2003 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.''

An Aryan-Biker with a sadistic sexual appetite.

* AssholeVictim
* BaldOfEvil
* BeardOfEvil
* BiTheWay:
* BondageIsBad
* GoodVictimsBadVictims: Lampshaded; contracts AIDS from parties unknown but never finds out about it. Ironically, his infecting Robson ends up allowing him the courage to renounce his evil past.
* {{Jerkass}}
* KarmicDeath
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
* TooDumbToLive
* {{Troll}}: After his death, he leaves everything to Alvarez just to make people crazy.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When he first appeared in season five, Cutler attempts to join the Aryans but he is told he has to kill Karim Said, as murdering someone is the only way to become a member of the gang. After he fails to kill Said, he disappears until season six, where he is shown to be a member of the group. How he managed to get in or who he killed, is never stated.
* WastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Cutler having AIDS; it's not revealed until after he is killed off, eliminating a decent storyline for the character and the show.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Bikers]]

* AllBikersAreHellsAngels
* HellBentForLeather
* HufflepuffHouse: Classic example, with the exception of Jaz Hoyt and Scott Ross, all the Bikers are minor characters and pawns of the Aryans.

!!Jaz Hoyt
->'''Played By:''' Evan Seinfield

->''Prisoner #98H432. Convicted August 12, 1998 - aggravated assault in the first degree. Sentence: Eight years, eligible for parole in four. [[spoiler: Later, confessed to four counts of murder in the first degree and is sentenced to death. Sentence overturned after he was found insane.]]''

One of the more prominent biker characters, he is often allied with the Aryans.

* AxCrazy
* BoisterousBruiser
* TheBrute
* DumbMuscle
* HiddenDepths: He dropped out of Harvard and comes from a very wealthy family.
* PetTheDog: He's the one who organized the donation for Rebadow's dying grandson.
* SanitySlippage

!!Scott Ross
->'''Played By:''' Stephen Gevedon

->''Prisoner #97R518. Convicted June 4, 1997 - Possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute, 3rd conviction. Sentence: Life imprisonment without parole.''

->''"I'm gonna give you ten minutes to get your hands off my dick."''

A drug dealer, old friend of Schillinger and leader of the Bikers. He has a past connection to Wittlesy, and is disliked heavily by almost everyone.

* AnythingThatMoves
* {{Blackmail}}: Tries this on Diane. He, among other reasons, gets shot by her for it.
* DepravedBisexual
* JerkAss
* SmugSnake

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Italians]]

* AffablyEvil: Nino Schibetta, Antonio Nappa, and Frank Urbano.
* ArchEnemy: The Homeboys, and later on, the Aryans.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: A favorite tactic of the gang as a whole.
* TheMafia
* TheOldCountry: Nino Schibetta and Antonio Nappa are implied to be from Italy, the rest of the gang are first and second-generation Italian-Americans
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Subverted. Chucky Pancamo starts out as a more brute and muscular replacement to Joey D'Angelo in Season 1, as both are the gang's main enforcers and start out as TheDragon to the leader of the Italians. However, Pancamo goes through major character development and becomes an AscendedExtra, to the point of becoming a core character in the later seasons. D'Angelo is simply an EliteMook who is injured and PutOnABus shortly after.

!!Chucky Pancamo
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Chucky_Pancamo_5380.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' Chuck Zito

->''Prisoner #97P468. Convicted June 4, 1997 - Sentence: 35 years, eligible for parole in 15.''

The Italian muscle who slowly rises to become leader through circumstance.

* AmbitionIsEvil: Averted. He rises to power through sheer luck as opposed to any ambition or power playing.
* AscendedExtra: Went from being a heavy that followed Peter Schibetta around without saying much to a very prominant character.
* {{Badass}}: He's played by ''Chuck Zito''. The man was a bodyguard for Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mickey Rourke, Sylvester Stallone and Charles Bronson. That's a laundry list of badass people and Chuck was in charge of protecting them! He's also a former boxer and president of the Hell's Angels.
* TheBigGuy
* BoisterousBruiser
* TheBrute
* BrooklynRage
* TheDitz: Noticeably less intelligent than O'Reilly or Adebisi.
* TheDragon: Starts out as this to Peter Schibetta and Antonio Nappa.
* DragonAscendant: Becomes the leader of the Italians partway through Season 3 and keeps it until the end of the series. Also, one of the few gang leaders to survive the end of the show.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Seems genuinely sorry for Tobias when his son was murdered and angry that Hank Schillinger got off, even it only came out as a "That sucks!".
* FauxAffablyEvil

!!Antonio Nappa
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Antonio_Nappa_3740.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Like God, man can finally create man in his own image and then sit back and watch all sorts of shit hit the fan."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Mark Margolis

->''Prisoner #98N744. Convicted June 4, 1998 - Murder in the second degree. Sentence: 80 years, eligible for parole in 50.''

Replaces the Schibetta leadership, and is far more old-school and thoughtful than Nino or Peter.

* AffablyEvil
* {{Badass}}
** BadassGrandpa
* BaldOfAwesome
* BaldOfEvil
* CoolOldGuy
* TheDon
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Like most on OZ, he harbors quite homophobic views. Still, he manages to get along with his eventual cellmate, transvestite Nat Ginzberg.
* TheOldCountry: Along with Nino, he is implied to be from Italy proper, rather than a first or second-generation Italian-American like Ortolani or Pancamo. His name and accent certainly indicate it.

!!Peter Schibetta
->'''Played By:''' Eddie Malavarca

->''Prisoner #98S112. Convicted May 19, 1998 - Five counts of extortion: money laundering. Sentence: 35 years, eligible for parole in 20.''

->''"And so because I got one quick shot of poison instead of ground glass, I'm not as good as Pop, right?"''

The son of Nino, Peter is handed the Italian leadership but is unable to keep it.

* BigBadWannabe: Tries to be like his father but is eventually too inexperienced to pull it off and fails tragically.
* BreakTheHaughty
* ButtMonkey: With emphasis on the butt part.
* DontTellMama actually it's Don't tell Papa [[spoiler: after he is raped and hallucinates his father being alive he doesn't want him to know of the rape]]
* RevengeBeforeReason [[spoiler: eventually leads to his death]]
* RapeAsDrama
* WellDoneSonGuy
* PrideBeforeAFall
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex towards his father and the Family's expectations
* [[spoiler: PrisonRape]] as well as [[spoiler: RapeLeadsToInsanity]]
* DisproportionateRetribution

!!Nino Schibetta
->'''Played By:''' Tony Musante

->''Prisoner #95S604. Convicted December 12, 1995 - Two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Sentence: 120 years, eligible for parole in 70.''

->''"What the fuck's wrong with this country? In the old days, murder was murder. You killed someone, it was business."''

A mob boss and initial leader of the Italians.

* AffablyEvil: He's quite polite and cultured most of the time.
* BadassLongRobe: Specifically a bathrobe. He wears a bathrobe in most of his scenes, and is certainly a badass character, given he's arguably the most powerful gang leader in Season 1 and one of the most effective leaders in the series.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: He inflicts these, and is also a victim of it.
* TheDon
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes
* EvenEvilHasStandards
* TheOldCountry: Implied to be Italian-born, along with his close friend Antonio Nappa
* HonorBeforeReason: His refusal to give up information on his gang.
* MoralityPet: His recently deceased wife.
* WickedCultured

!!Dino Ortolani
->'''Played By:''' Jon Seda

->''Prisoner #96C382. Convicted December 12, 1996 - One count of murder in the first degree, assault with a deadly weapon. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.''

A hot-tempered and self-destructive Italian who becomes Beecher's sponsor.

* DeathSeeker
* DecoyProtagonist: Writer Tom Fontana had to argue for this, as it was unheard of to focus on one major character, only to kill him in the first episode.
* DespairEventHorizon.
* HairTriggerTemper
* HotBlooded
* KillItWithFire
* PapaWolf: Wouldn't allow his kids to see him in OZ.
* PosthumousCharacter
* TroubledSympatheticBigot

!!Don Zangi
->'''Played By:''' John Palumbo

One of the foot soldiers of the Italians, starts out as a silent Mook for Nino Schibetta, but becomes a prominent soldier and enforcer for the gang.

* AscendedExtra: Literally. Starts out as a background character hanging around with Nino Schibetta and doing nothing. Later becomes a mid-tier character and close friend of Chucky Pancamo.
* BurgerFool: He never has a crime flashback and is strongly implied to have been working at a pizza restaurant before ending up in Oz. If this is true, he may be the only member of the Italian gang who wasn't a member of the Mafia.
* CrypticBackgroundReference: His job on the outisde was a pizza delivery boy. It's mentioned several times, but never prominently brought up, only as a few quips in random conversation.
* EliteMook
* TheMafia: Subverted, he is part of a gang of Mafiosos in prison, and most likely has connections, but is very young and as stated before, implied to be a simple pizza boy. He may or may not be a member of the Family at all. Zhangi is certainly not a made man.
* MookLieutenant: Becomes this as the series progresses.
* NoodleIncident: It's never stated or shown why he's in Oz or the nature of his connections to the rest of the Italians.

!!Joey D'Angelo
->'''Played By:''' Goodfella Mike G

->''"I have a boss, he tells me what to do."''

Nino Schibetta's right-hand man and initial enforcer of the Italians.

* TheBrute: Though nowhere near as much of a brute as Chucky Pancamo or Jaz Hoyt
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Last seen recovering from his injuries in the hospital, and is never seen after that. No explanation is given to his disappearance, as he was a prominent member of the Italian gang, and Nino's other thugs, Zhangi and Mario Seggio DID return to Em City. Fanon assumes he's either transferred to another prison.
* TheDragon: Serves as this to Nino Schibetta in the first half of Season 1.
* EliteMook
* HotBlooded
* {{Joisey}}: Has a typical appearance of a young New Jersey guido gangster, right down to his North Jersey accent and manner of dress.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Deals it out and is a victim of one as well
* NoodleIncident: How he got into Oz is never explained, all we know is he's one of Nino Schibetta's most trusted men, and is either a low-ranking thug or a mid-level made man. It's never really clear.
* PutOnABus

!!Gaetano Cincetta

An unseen hitman on the outside often in contact with the Italians

* ChekhovsGunman: Inadvertently starts a war between the Italians and the Aryans after [[spoiler:killing Hank Schillinger.]]
* TheMafia
* TheUnseen
* TheUnfought

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Latinos]]

* TheCartel: Mixes in with GangBangers, as figures such as El Cid Hernandez are hitmen and other figures for the cartels, while others such as Miguel Alvarez and Carlo Rodrigo are street-level cholos
* HufflepuffHouse: Borderline example, they are one of the biggest gangs in Em City, and one of the core players in the contraband trade along with the Italians and Homeboys, but other than Miguel Alvarez and Enrique Morales, don't really do much in the show overall
* RuthlessForeignGangsters

!!Enrique Morales
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Enrique_Morales_6899.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' David Zayas

->''Prisoner #00M871. Convicted April 6, 2000 - Murder in the second degree. Sentence: 25 years, up for parole in 15.''

A highly intelligent and powerful inmate who quickly becomes the Latino leader.

* AffablyEvil
* BadassInCharge
* BeardOfEvil
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes
* EvilGenius: Probably the smartest gang leader in the series.
* GeniusBruiser
* ManipulativeBastard
* SharpDressedMan: Seen in his flashback.
* WifeBasherBasher

!!Carmen "Chico" Guerra
->'''Played By:''' Otto Sanchez

->''Prisoner #96G522. Convicted June 4, 1996 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: 53 years, up for parole in 17.''

The unambitious and unimaginative henchman to several Latino leaders.

* AscendedExtra: The only other Latino character to survive all the way through the show, outliving several other extras with no lines.
* BodyHorror: What he does to himself.
* FlatCharacter: He pretty much exists to taunt Alvarez time and again, and cozy up to whomever is leading the Latinos at the moment.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Tips off McManus about Omar White having drugs, triggering a shakedown... but forgets he has them on his person as well.
* {{Jerkass}}
* UnknownRival: to Alvarez, who's aware of his existence and hatred, but cares very little. They eventually bury the exhausting hatchet.

!!Raoul "El Cid" Hernandez
->'''Played By:''' Luis Guzmán

->''Prisoner #98H498. Convicted July 10, 1998 - Murder in the second degree. Sentence: 36 years, up for parole in 20.''

A legendary Latino gangster, he takes over the gang from Alvarez and immediately ostracizes him for his Caucasian-like features. He controls his third of the drug trade with a respected iron fist, but eventually lack of success in offing Alvarez gets to him, and he goes nuts.

* AffablyEvil
* {{Badass}}
* TheCartel: Implied to be a hitman for one of these organizations.
* PerpetualFrowner
* SatisfiedStreetRat
* SouthOfTheBorder: Stated to be a Mexican gangster, whereas the majority of the Latinos are Puerto Rican or Cuban.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Irish]]

* TheIrishDiaspora
* TheIrishMob
* MauveShirt: Every member of the Irish whose surname isn't O'Reilly. Timmy Kirk is a subversion. As a member of the Irish, he is definitely a minor character, but when he joins The Christians, he becomes a significant character.
* OireLand: Padraic Connolly, the rest of the Irish have more of a Southies style to them.
* TheTroubles: Again, Padraic Connolly.
* WhiteGangBangers


!!Cyril O'Reily
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Reily_3946.jpg]]
->'''Played By''': Scott William Winters

->''Prisoner #98P284. Convicted July 1, 1998 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: Life imprisonment, up for parole in 60 years. [[spoiler: Convicted in 2002 of murder in the first degree and sentenced to death.]]''

Ryan O'Reily's mentally-retarded younger brother, who suffered a head injury protecting Ryan and now requires constant supervision. An honest and good-hearted person, he is prone to outbursts of complete rage and is easy to fool -- a bad combo in a place like Oz, which is full of ManipulativeBastard types.

* Main/BewareTheNiceOnes: He's indearingly innocent most of the time. But when he goes off, its best to be somewhere else.
* Main/ButtMonkey
* Main/CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He's VERY good at boxing.
* DumbMuscle
* Main/HairTriggerTemper
* Main/MoralityPet
* Main/PsychopathicManchild
* SanitySlippage: The entire 'Jericho' arc.
* SiblingsInCrime: with Ryan, although he probably doesn't understand what's happening much of the time and is more of an UnwittingPawn.
* Main/YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: You really, REALLY wouldn't.

!!Timmy Kirk
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Timmy_Kirk_6357.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[CatchPhrase How'd you like a blowjob?]]"'']]
->'''Played By''': Sean Dugan

->''Prisoner #96K423. Convicted April 16, 1996 - Manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child. Sentence: 12 years, up for parole in seven. [[spoiler: Convicted of Conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree in 2002 and sentenced to death.]]''

An Irish inmate who undergoes several religious conversions following a meeting with Jeremiah Cloutier.

* AscendedExtra: Pretty much existed as an O'Reily subordinate who saw Shirley Bellinger's vagina before getting a major role in Seasons 4 through 6.
* ChurchMilitant
* [[spoiler:CruelAndUnusualDeath]]
* DepravedBisexual
* [[AGodAmI A Devil Am I]]
* EvilRedhead
* FauxAffablyEvil
* {{From Nobody to Nightmare}}
* [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Heel Faith Revolving Door]] First Catholic, then Protesant, then...Satanist. Then proclaiming to be Satan himself. He's nothing if not willing to change.
* KnightTemplar
* ManipulativeBastard
* SanitySlippage
* SmugSnake
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
* WouldHurtAChild

!!Seamus O'Reily
->'''Played By''': Kevin Conway

->''Prisoner #03P138. Convicted February 3, 2003 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: 34 years, up for parole in 16.''

The abusive, aggressive father of Ryan and Cyril. He's sent to OZ after being convicted of murder.

* AbusiveParent
* TheAlcoholic
* ButtMonkey: His life has been one long bout of misery.
* HotBlooded
* {{Jerkass}}
* NeverMyFault
* YourCheatingHeart

!!Liam Meaney
->'''Played By''': Seth William Meier

A soldier of the Irish and one of Ryan O'Reilly's henchmen. Replaced Timmy Kirk's position after Kirk joined The Christians.

* BitPartBadGuy
* EliteMook
* FlatCharacter: He doesn't really do much other than act as one of Ryan O'Reilly's mooks.
* MauveShirt
* NoodleIncident: It's never explained how he got into Oz.

!!Daniel Meehan
->'''Played By''': Malachy McCourt

* CoolOldGuy
* GoodShepherd:
* IrishPriest
* NoDeadBodyPoops: Averted.
* OireLand: Played by a native Irish actor, though never explicitly mentioned in the show.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Christians]]

* ButtMonkey: Every member except Timmy Kirk.
* CorruptChurch
* CovertPervert: Despite their saintly veneer, nearly all of the Christians are sex offenders and child murderes, save for Cloutier and Gougeon.
* DeathSeeker: Like ALL of them!
* EverybodysDeadDave: At the end of the series, only two Christians are confirmed to still be alive; Samuel Gougeon and Harden.
* GoldfishPoopGang: Even less violent than the Muslims and considered the weakest of all the gangs.
* HolierThanThou
* Hypocrite
* NonActionGuy: They never participate in the boxing tournament, the only gang not to do so.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Timmy Kirk upon joining the Christians. He's the only member to actually kill other inmates, and is the most violent of them all. William Cudney is a close second in this regard, as he is a psychopathic and fanatical child murderer, but never gets to kill anyone on the inside.
* LightIsNotGood: Despite their saintly appearance, they are one of the most psycho of all the gangs. Most of their members are guilty of the worst crimes, generally sex crimes and violent crimes against children, and the creepiest thing of them all is that most have no sense of self-preservation. At all.
* PedophilePriest: Robert Sippel, the gang as a whole could be considered the layman equivalent of this.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Jeremiah Cloutier and Samuel Gougeon are the only ones in the Christians who are not child murderers or rapists. Jonathan Coushaine has elements of this, seeing as he is a kindly and calm man with no violent tendencies whatsoever, but he is implied to be a rapist, althopugh it is never confirmed.
* WouldHurtAChild: All but two are either child murderers or sexual perverts of all kinds, including pedophiles.

!!Rev. Jeremiah Cloutier
->'''Played By''': Luke Perry

->''Prisoner #00C966. Convicted December 27, 2000 - Embezzlement and petty larceny. Sentence: nine years, up for parole in five.''

A charismatic TV evangelist caught embezzling from the church.

* AintTooProudToBeg
* AndIMustScream
* AntiVillain
* TheAtoner: Trying to make up for embezzling money from his church.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
* ButtMonkey
* DoingInTheWizard: His mystical, unexplained disappearance from the hospital in season 5 [[spoiler:was actually the bikers finishing the exact same job they started, sealing him back inside a wall to die]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: Deconstructed. When Luke Perry first joined the show, everyone was assuming that Luke Perry would be subjected to a prison rape storyline for maximum shock value. What his character got was so gruesome and grotesque, that being raped would have been a kinder fate for the character.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* TheRival: To Mukada, but they eventually put their differences behind them and become friends.

!!William Cudney
->'''Played By''': Will Cote

->''Prisoner #99C124. Convicted February 10, 1999 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibly of parole.''

A psychotic and fanatical Christian inmate.

* ColdSniper: How he killed his victim.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: O'Reily is sickened by him.
* HolierThanThou: Looks down on the inmates gambling or lusting after women despite being a child killer.
* {{Hypocrite}}
* KnightTemplar
* MoralMyopia
* RevengeByProxy: He killed the child of the doctor who performed his wife's abortion, so in his mind he's 'paying him back'.
* TooDumbToLive
* WouldHurtAChild: Kill one, actually.

!!Samuel Gougeon
->'''Played By''': Blayne Perry

->''Prisoner 97G141. Convicted August 5, 1997 for manslaughter in the first degree. Sentence: 19 years, up for parole in 10.''

A kind-hearted and benign Christian inmate imprisoned after a fatal hunting accident.

* {{Keet}}: A milder version of this trope, keeps a relatively optimistic demeanor despite his surroundings and is a very devout Christian.
* {{Megane}}: A kind, klutzy, and somewhat adorable version. Essentially he's a male equivalent of a {{Meganekko}}.
* NiceGuy: Arguably one of the kindest inmates in Oz.
* NerdGlasses
* TokenGoodTeammate: One of only two Christian inmates who is not a sex offender or child murderer, and the only one who is confirmed to have survived the series. In a show where AnyoneCanDie, doubly so for good-natured characters, that's pretty amazing for a minor to mid-tier character.

!!Robert Sippel
->'''Played By''': David Lansbury

->''Prisoner 88S510. Convicted March 10, 1988, for sexual abuse in 2nd degree. Sentence: 15 years, up for parole in 10.''

A guilt-ridden ex-priest and child molestor.

* TheAtoner: He turned himself in, and continues to feel deep guilt about his crime even after his time is up.
* PedophilePriest: He molested a young boy.
* TooDumbToLive: Why would a child molester willingly come back to HIS OLD CELL just for a place to sleep? Sure enough, [[spoiler:the Aryans crucify him on the gym floor just hours later.]]

!!Jonathan Coushaine
->'''Played By''': Bryan Callen

An easy-going Christian inmate and initial leader of the Christians. Was once a high school teacher and as a result, teaches the GED classes in OZ.

* AffablyEvil: He's never much of a plotter or schemer, and is easy to get along with.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Disappears without explanation in Season 3.
* NiceGuy
* NoodleIncident: It's never revealed how he entered OZ, but it's implied he may be a sex offender.
* PutOnABus

!!Harden

to:

** BadassGrandpa: Even BadassGay
* DeadpanSnarker
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He becomes enraged when he thinks
the younger Homeboys were terrified of him.
* BeardOfEvil
* {{Jerkass}}
* ParentalSubstitute: To Augustus
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His attempts to get the Homeboys to stop selling drugs
Latinos are a bit... extreme, going to say the least.

!!Omar White
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Omar_White_210.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I ain't no drug abuser. Truth is, I treat my drugs better than most."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Michael Wright

->''Prisoner 01W711. Convicted January 4, 2001 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: 75 years, up for parole in 20.''

An unstable homeboy and drug addict.

* ButtMonkey
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim]]
* HiddenDepths
* [[spoiler:SlashedThroat]]
* TalkativeLoon
* UncleTomfoolery

!!Moses Deyell
->'''Played By:''' Erik King

->''Prisoner 00D718. Convicted February 3, 2000 - Two counts of murder in the first degree. Sentence: Death.''

An inmate on Death Row for killing
attack his girlfriend and her husband after discovering she was married.

lover. Of course O'Reily said it so it wasn't true.
* AffablyEvil: Can be pretty friendly and polite.
* {{Badass}}
* BaldOfAwesome
* [[spoiler:BetterToDieThanBeKilled]]
* {{Determinator}}
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Gets the hospital staff to look at Nat Ginzberg as he doesn't want to see him endure the pain of a slow death from AIDS.

!!Malcolm "Snake" Coyle
->'''Played By:''' Treach

->''Prisoner #99C122. Convicted January 17, 1999 - Grand larceny, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault of a police officer. Sentence: 50 years, eligible for parole in 20.''

An intimidating and psychotic prisoner.

* AwesomeMcCoolname
* BaldOfEvil
* ForTheEvulz: Why
KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Though it seems fairly obvious he committed the murders.
* HiddenDepths: Originally sent
crime he was incarcerated for--as he'd tried to Oz ship his dead boyfriend's body parts in the mail--he ends up being acquitted because of how erroneously his case was handled. The lead investigator in the case fabricated forensic evidence because he had known the case against Jason wasn't strong enough, and the jury in Jason's first trial convicted him after a homophobic juror went on armed robbery charges, but Hill finds out about [[spoiler: Coyle murdering an entire family...for fun, including an EIGHTEEN MONTH OLD INFANT.a tirade and bullied his fellow jurors into voting guilty.]]
* TruthInTelevision: Child killers do NOT last very long in maximum security prisons. [[spoiler: He's no exception.]]

!!Johnny Post
->'''Played By:''' Tim [=McAdams=]

A loyal homeboy henchman of Jefferson Keane.

* {{Badass}}
* DefiantToTheEnd
* KillItWithFire
* MauveShirt
* UndyingLoyalty: to his fellow Homeboys.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Aryans]]

* ThoseWackyNazis
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
* BadGuysPlayPool
* BigBad
* PrisonRape: Their main tactic of choice when dealing with enemies and newer, weaker inmates
* BaldOfEvil
* ArchEnemy: The Muslims
* DrugsAreBad: Firm believers in this, which is why they avoid conflict with the Homeboys for the most part. Ironically, the only other gang that holds this belief are their main rivals.

!!James Robson
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/James_Robson_7286.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"It's funny, here I am, 36 years old I got nowhere to run. You know, and I--I guess what...what I want to know is, is it okay to do whatever is necessary... to survive?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' RE Rodgers

->''Prisoner #97R492. Convicted November 7, 1997 - Murder in the first degree, assault. Sentence: Life imprisonment, eligible for parole in 25 years.''

One of the Aryan leaders and Schillinger's closest friend.

* AbusiveParents
* AscendedExtra: Originally, he was only meant to appear as a prisoner who got the tip of his penis bit off, but Fontana was so impressed by Rodgers' acting that the character was given a bigger role.
* AssholeVictim: Quite literally.
* AssShove
* BaldOfEvil
* BreakTheHaughty
* ButtMonkey: In his tenure in Oz, he gets the tip of his penis bitten off, he gets recessive gums, gets "spooned" by Cutler, and is sodomized by Cutler and Clarence Seroy. Granted he deserves almost all of it.
* TheDragon: to Schillinger.
* FreudianExcuse: His father was not only physically abusive, but sexually abused his son all the while tormenting him about never showing any sign of "weakness."
* FauxAffablyEvil
* HiddenDepths
* LargeHam: Does a lot of yelling, screaming, and sometimes even ''barking''. Robson acts out a lot.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Most if not all of Robson's butt-monkey moments are these
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
* RapeAsBackstory
* RapeAsRedemption
* {{Took a Level in Kindness}}: In Season 6.
* VillainousFriendship: He's pals with Vern.

!!Mark Mack
->'''Played By:''' Leif Riddell

->''Prisoner #96M542. Convicted June 1, 1996 - Murder in the second degree, vandalism (as a hate crime). Sentence: 70 years, eligible for parole in 40.''

A hard-headed and bullish Aryan.

* TheBrute
* DumbMuscle
* HotBlooded
* {{Jerkass}}
* KarmicDeath
* MauveShirt
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
* TooDumbToLive

!!Andrew Schillinger
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Andrew_Schillinger_3062.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I gotta tell you something Dad, my whole life youíve crammed into my head how superior we white folks are. I donít see the truth in that."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Fred Koehler

->''Prisoner 99S333. Convicted February 16, 1999 - Murder in the second degree, possession of narcotics. Sentence: 50 years, up for parole in 20.''

Schillinger's youngest son and drug addict.

* AbusiveParents
* ButtMonkey
* FreudianExcuse:
* HotBlooded
* MoralityPet: Almost for Schillinger, but averted at the last minute.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivered a devastating one to his father after kicking his drug habit.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Averted.

!!Wolfgang Cutler
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Wolfgang_Cutler_3695.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"You and me? We're gonna spoon. Now bend the fuck over."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Brendan Kelly

->''Prisoner #02C773. Convicted February 20, 2003 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.''

An Aryan-Biker with a sadistic sexual appetite.

* AssholeVictim
* BaldOfEvil
* BeardOfEvil
* BiTheWay:
* BondageIsBad
* GoodVictimsBadVictims: Lampshaded; contracts AIDS from parties unknown but never finds out about it. Ironically, his infecting Robson ends up allowing him the courage to renounce his evil past.
* {{Jerkass}}
* KarmicDeath
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
* TooDumbToLive
* {{Troll}}: After his death, he leaves everything to Alvarez just to make people crazy.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When he first appeared in season five, Cutler attempts to join the Aryans but he is told he has to kill Karim Said, as murdering someone is the only way to become a member of the gang. After he fails to kill Said, he disappears until season six, where he is shown to be a member of the group. How he managed to get in or who he killed, is never stated.
* WastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Cutler having AIDS; it's not revealed until after he is killed off, eliminating a decent storyline for the character and the show.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Bikers]]

* AllBikersAreHellsAngels
* HellBentForLeather
* HufflepuffHouse: Classic example, with the exception of Jaz Hoyt and Scott Ross, all the Bikers are minor characters and pawns of the Aryans.

!!Jaz Hoyt
->'''Played By:''' Evan Seinfield

->''Prisoner #98H432. Convicted August 12, 1998 - aggravated assault in the first degree. Sentence: Eight years, eligible for parole in four. [[spoiler: Later, confessed to four counts of murder in the first degree and is sentenced to death. Sentence overturned after he was found insane.]]''

One of the more prominent biker characters, he is often allied with the Aryans.

* AxCrazy
* BoisterousBruiser
* TheBrute
* DumbMuscle
* HiddenDepths: He dropped out of Harvard and comes from a very wealthy family.
* PetTheDog: He's the one who organized the donation for Rebadow's dying grandson.
* SanitySlippage

!!Scott Ross
->'''Played By:''' Stephen Gevedon

->''Prisoner #97R518. Convicted June 4, 1997 - Possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute, 3rd conviction. Sentence: Life imprisonment without parole.''

->''"I'm gonna give you ten minutes to get your hands off my dick."''

A drug dealer, old friend of Schillinger and leader of the Bikers. He has a past connection to Wittlesy, and is disliked heavily by almost everyone.

* AnythingThatMoves
* {{Blackmail}}: Tries this on Diane. He, among other reasons, gets shot by her for it.
* DepravedBisexual
* JerkAss
* SmugSnake

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Italians]]

* AffablyEvil: Nino Schibetta, Antonio Nappa, and Frank Urbano.
* ArchEnemy: The Homeboys, and later on, the Aryans.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: A favorite tactic of the gang as a whole.
* TheMafia
* TheOldCountry: Nino Schibetta and Antonio Nappa are implied to be from Italy, the rest of the gang are first and second-generation Italian-Americans
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Subverted. Chucky Pancamo starts out as a more brute and muscular replacement to Joey D'Angelo in Season 1, as both are the gang's main enforcers and start out as TheDragon to the leader of the Italians. However, Pancamo goes through major character development and becomes an AscendedExtra, to the point of becoming a core character in the later seasons. D'Angelo is simply an EliteMook who is injured and PutOnABus shortly after.

!!Chucky Pancamo
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->'''Played By:''' Chuck Zito

->''Prisoner #97P468. Convicted June 4, 1997 - Sentence: 35 years, eligible for parole in 15.''

The Italian muscle who slowly rises to become leader through circumstance.

* AmbitionIsEvil: Averted. He rises to power through sheer luck as opposed to any ambition or power playing.
* AscendedExtra: Went from being a heavy that followed Peter Schibetta around without saying much to a very prominant character.
* {{Badass}}: He's played by ''Chuck Zito''. The man was a bodyguard for Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mickey Rourke, Sylvester Stallone and Charles Bronson. That's a laundry list of badass people and Chuck was in charge of protecting them! He's also a former boxer and president of the Hell's Angels.
* TheBigGuy
* BoisterousBruiser
* TheBrute
* BrooklynRage
* TheDitz: Noticeably less intelligent than O'Reilly or Adebisi.
* TheDragon: Starts out as this to Peter Schibetta and Antonio Nappa.
* DragonAscendant: Becomes the leader of the Italians partway through Season 3 and keeps it until the end of the series. Also, one of the few gang leaders to survive the end of the show.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Seems genuinely sorry for Tobias when his son was murdered and angry that Hank Schillinger got off, even it only came out as a "That sucks!".
* FauxAffablyEvil

!!Antonio Nappa
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Like God, man can finally create man in his own image and then sit back and watch all sorts of shit hit the fan."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Mark Margolis

->''Prisoner #98N744. Convicted June 4, 1998 - Murder in the second degree. Sentence: 80 years, eligible for parole in 50.''

Replaces the Schibetta leadership, and is far more old-school and thoughtful than Nino or Peter.

* AffablyEvil
* {{Badass}}
** BadassGrandpa
* BaldOfAwesome
* BaldOfEvil
* CoolOldGuy
* TheDon
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Like most on OZ, he harbors quite homophobic views. Still, he manages to get along with his eventual cellmate, transvestite Nat Ginzberg.
* TheOldCountry: Along with Nino, he is implied to be from Italy proper, rather than a first or second-generation Italian-American like Ortolani or Pancamo. His name and accent certainly indicate it.

!!Peter Schibetta
->'''Played By:''' Eddie Malavarca

->''Prisoner #98S112. Convicted May 19, 1998 - Five counts of extortion: money laundering. Sentence: 35 years, eligible for parole in 20.''

->''"And so because I got one quick shot of poison instead of ground glass, I'm not as good as Pop, right?"''

The son of Nino, Peter is handed the Italian leadership but is unable to keep it.

* BigBadWannabe: Tries to be like his father but is eventually too inexperienced to pull it off and fails tragically.
* BreakTheHaughty
* ButtMonkey: With emphasis on the butt part.
* DontTellMama actually it's Don't tell Papa [[spoiler: after he is raped and hallucinates his father being alive he doesn't want him to know of the rape]]
* RevengeBeforeReason [[spoiler: eventually leads to his death]]
* RapeAsDrama
* WellDoneSonGuy
* PrideBeforeAFall
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex towards his father and the Family's expectations
* [[spoiler: PrisonRape]] as well as [[spoiler: RapeLeadsToInsanity]]
* DisproportionateRetribution

!!Nino Schibetta
->'''Played By:''' Tony Musante

->''Prisoner #95S604. Convicted December 12, 1995 - Two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Sentence: 120 years, eligible for parole in 70.''

->''"What the fuck's wrong with this country? In the old days, murder was murder. You killed someone, it was business."''

A mob boss and initial leader of the Italians.

* AffablyEvil: He's quite polite and cultured most of the time.
* BadassLongRobe: Specifically a bathrobe.
LeatherMan: Semi-example. He wears a bathrobe in most of his scenes, and is certainly a badass character, given he's arguably the most powerful gang leader in Season 1 and one of the most effective leaders in the series.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: He inflicts these, and is also a victim of it.
* TheDon
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes
* EvenEvilHasStandards
* TheOldCountry: Implied to be Italian-born, along with his close friend Antonio Nappa
* HonorBeforeReason: His refusal to give up information on his gang.
* MoralityPet: His recently deceased wife.
* WickedCultured

!!Dino Ortolani
->'''Played By:''' Jon Seda

->''Prisoner #96C382. Convicted December 12, 1996 - One count of murder in the first degree, assault with a deadly weapon. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.''

A hot-tempered and self-destructive Italian who becomes Beecher's sponsor.

* DeathSeeker
* DecoyProtagonist: Writer Tom Fontana had to argue for this, as it was unheard of to focus on one major character, only to kill him in the first episode.
* DespairEventHorizon.
* HairTriggerTemper
* HotBlooded
* KillItWithFire
* PapaWolf: Wouldn't allow his kids to see him in OZ.
* PosthumousCharacter
* TroubledSympatheticBigot

!!Don Zangi
->'''Played By:''' John Palumbo

One of the foot soldiers of the Italians, starts out as a silent Mook for Nino Schibetta, but becomes a prominent soldier and enforcer for the gang.

* AscendedExtra: Literally. Starts out as a background character hanging around with Nino Schibetta and doing nothing. Later becomes a mid-tier character and close friend of Chucky Pancamo.
* BurgerFool: He never has a crime flashback and is strongly implied to have been working at a pizza restaurant before ending up in Oz. If this is true, he may be the only member of the Italian gang who wasn't a member of the Mafia.
* CrypticBackgroundReference: His job on the outisde was a pizza delivery boy. It's mentioned
black leather biker jacket several times, but never prominently brought up, only as a few quips in random conversation.
* EliteMook
* TheMafia: Subverted, he is part of a gang of Mafiosos in prison, and most likely has connections, but is very young and as stated before, implied to be a simple pizza boy. He may or may not be a member of the Family at all. Zhangi is certainly not a made man.
* MookLieutenant: Becomes this as the series progresses.
* NoodleIncident: It's never stated or shown why he's in Oz or the nature of his connections to the rest of the Italians.

!!Joey D'Angelo
->'''Played By:''' Goodfella Mike G

->''"I have a boss, he tells me what to do."''

Nino Schibetta's right-hand man and initial enforcer of the Italians.

* TheBrute: Though nowhere near as much of a brute as Chucky Pancamo or Jaz Hoyt
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Last seen recovering from his injuries in the hospital, and is never seen after that. No explanation is given to his disappearance, as he was a prominent member of the Italian gang, and Nino's other thugs, Zhangi and Mario Seggio DID return to Em City. Fanon assumes he's either transferred to another prison.
* TheDragon: Serves as this to Nino Schibetta in the first half of Season 1.
* EliteMook
* HotBlooded
* {{Joisey}}: Has a typical appearance of a young New Jersey guido gangster, right down to his North Jersey accent and manner of dress.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Deals it out and is a victim of one as well
* NoodleIncident: How he got into Oz is never explained, all we know is he's one of Nino Schibetta's most trusted men, and is either a low-ranking thug or a mid-level made man. It's never really clear.
* PutOnABus

!!Gaetano Cincetta

An unseen hitman on the outside often in contact with the Italians

* ChekhovsGunman: Inadvertently starts a war between the Italians and the Aryans after [[spoiler:killing Hank Schillinger.]]
* TheMafia
* TheUnseen
* TheUnfought

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Latinos]]

* TheCartel: Mixes in with GangBangers, as figures such as El Cid Hernandez are hitmen and other figures for the cartels, while others such as Miguel Alvarez and Carlo Rodrigo are street-level cholos
* HufflepuffHouse: Borderline example, they are one of the biggest gangs in Em City, and one of the core players in the contraband trade along with the Italians and Homeboys, but other than Miguel Alvarez and Enrique Morales, don't really do much in the show overall
* RuthlessForeignGangsters

!!Enrique Morales
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Enrique_Morales_6899.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' David Zayas

->''Prisoner #00M871. Convicted April 6, 2000 - Murder in the second degree. Sentence: 25 years, up for parole in 15.''

A highly intelligent and powerful inmate who quickly becomes the Latino leader.

* AffablyEvil
* BadassInCharge
* BeardOfEvil
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes
* EvilGenius: Probably the smartest gang leader in the series.
* GeniusBruiser
* ManipulativeBastard
* SharpDressedMan: Seen in his flashback.
* WifeBasherBasher

!!Carmen "Chico" Guerra
->'''Played By:''' Otto Sanchez

->''Prisoner #96G522. Convicted June 4, 1996 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: 53 years, up for parole in 17.''

The unambitious and unimaginative henchman to several Latino leaders.

* AscendedExtra: The only other Latino character to survive all the way through the show, outliving several other extras with no lines.
* BodyHorror: What he does to himself.
* FlatCharacter: He pretty much exists to taunt Alvarez time and again, and cozy up to whomever is leading the Latinos at the moment.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Tips off McManus about Omar White having drugs, triggering a shakedown... but forgets he has them on his person as well.
* {{Jerkass}}
* UnknownRival: to Alvarez, who's aware of his existence and hatred, but cares very little. They eventually bury the exhausting hatchet.

!!Raoul "El Cid" Hernandez
->'''Played By:''' Luis Guzmán

->''Prisoner #98H498. Convicted July 10, 1998 - Murder in the second degree. Sentence: 36 years, up for parole in 20.''

A legendary Latino gangster, he takes over the gang from Alvarez and immediately ostracizes him for his Caucasian-like features. He controls his third of the drug trade with a respected iron fist, but eventually lack of success in offing Alvarez gets to him, and he goes nuts.

* AffablyEvil
* {{Badass}}
* TheCartel: Implied to be a hitman for one of these organizations.
* PerpetualFrowner
* SatisfiedStreetRat
* SouthOfTheBorder: Stated to be a Mexican gangster, whereas the majority of the Latinos are Puerto Rican or Cuban.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Irish]]

* TheIrishDiaspora
* TheIrishMob
* MauveShirt: Every member of the Irish whose surname isn't O'Reilly. Timmy Kirk is a subversion. As a member of the Irish, he is definitely a minor character, but when he joins The Christians, he becomes a significant character.
* OireLand: Padraic Connolly, the rest of the Irish have more of a Southies style to them.
* TheTroubles: Again, Padraic Connolly.
* WhiteGangBangers


!!Cyril O'Reily
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->'''Played By''': Scott William Winters

->''Prisoner #98P284. Convicted July 1, 1998 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: Life imprisonment, up for parole in 60 years. [[spoiler: Convicted in 2002 of murder in the first degree and sentenced to death.]]''

Ryan O'Reily's mentally-retarded younger brother, who suffered a head injury protecting Ryan and now requires constant supervision. An honest and good-hearted person, he is prone to outbursts of complete rage and is easy to fool -- a bad combo in a place like Oz, which is full of ManipulativeBastard types.

* Main/BewareTheNiceOnes: He's indearingly innocent most of the time. But when he goes off, its best to be somewhere else.
* Main/ButtMonkey
* Main/CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He's VERY good at boxing.
* DumbMuscle
* Main/HairTriggerTemper
* Main/MoralityPet
* Main/PsychopathicManchild
* SanitySlippage: The entire 'Jericho' arc.
* SiblingsInCrime: with Ryan, although he probably doesn't understand what's happening much of the time and is more of an UnwittingPawn.
* Main/YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: You really, REALLY wouldn't.

!!Timmy Kirk
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Timmy_Kirk_6357.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[CatchPhrase How'd you like a blowjob?]]"'']]
->'''Played By''': Sean Dugan

->''Prisoner #96K423. Convicted April 16, 1996 - Manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child. Sentence: 12 years, up for parole in seven. [[spoiler: Convicted of Conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree in 2002 and sentenced to death.]]''

An Irish inmate who undergoes several religious conversions following a meeting with Jeremiah Cloutier.

* AscendedExtra: Pretty much existed as an O'Reily subordinate who saw Shirley Bellinger's vagina before getting a major role in Seasons 4 through 6.
* ChurchMilitant
* [[spoiler:CruelAndUnusualDeath]]
* DepravedBisexual
* [[AGodAmI A Devil Am I]]
* EvilRedhead
* FauxAffablyEvil
* {{From Nobody to Nightmare}}
* [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Heel Faith Revolving Door]] First Catholic, then Protesant, then...Satanist. Then proclaiming to be Satan himself. He's nothing if not willing to change.
* KnightTemplar
* ManipulativeBastard
* SanitySlippage
* SmugSnake
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
* WouldHurtAChild

!!Seamus O'Reily
->'''Played By''': Kevin Conway

->''Prisoner #03P138. Convicted February 3, 2003 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: 34 years, up for parole in 16.''

The abusive, aggressive father of Ryan and Cyril. He's sent to OZ after being convicted of murder.

* AbusiveParent
* TheAlcoholic
* ButtMonkey: His life has been one long bout of misery.
* HotBlooded
* {{Jerkass}}
* NeverMyFault
* YourCheatingHeart

!!Liam Meaney
->'''Played By''': Seth William Meier

A soldier of the Irish and one of Ryan O'Reilly's henchmen. Replaced Timmy Kirk's position after Kirk joined The Christians.

* BitPartBadGuy
* EliteMook
* FlatCharacter: He doesn't really do much other than act as one of Ryan O'Reilly's mooks.
* MauveShirt
* NoodleIncident: It's never explained how he got into Oz.

!!Daniel Meehan
->'''Played By''': Malachy McCourt

* CoolOldGuy
* GoodShepherd:
* IrishPriest
* NoDeadBodyPoops: Averted.
* OireLand: Played by a native Irish actor, though never explicitly mentioned in the show.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Christians]]

* ButtMonkey: Every member except Timmy Kirk.
* CorruptChurch
* CovertPervert: Despite their saintly veneer, nearly all of the Christians are sex offenders and child murderes, save for Cloutier and Gougeon.
* DeathSeeker: Like ALL of them!
* EverybodysDeadDave: At the end of the series, only two Christians are confirmed to still be alive; Samuel Gougeon and Harden.
* GoldfishPoopGang: Even less violent than the Muslims and considered the weakest of all the gangs.
* HolierThanThou
* Hypocrite
* NonActionGuy: They never participate in the boxing tournament, the only gang not to do so.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Timmy Kirk upon joining the Christians. He's the only member to actually kill other inmates,
and is the most violent of them all. William Cudney is a close second in this regard, as he is a psychopathic masculine and fanatical child murderer, but never gets to kill anyone on the inside.
* LightIsNotGood: Despite their saintly appearance, they are one
aggressive of the most psycho of all the gangs. Most of their members are guilty of the worst crimes, generally sex crimes gay inmates, but doesn't show other biker and violent crimes against children, and the creepiest thing of them all is that most have no sense of self-preservation. At all.
* PedophilePriest: Robert Sippel, the gang as a whole could be considered the layman equivalent of this.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Jeremiah Cloutier and Samuel Gougeon are the only ones in the Christians who are not child murderers or rapists. Jonathan Coushaine has elements of this, seeing as he is a kindly and calm man with no violent
BDSM tendencies whatsoever, but he is implied to be a rapist, althopugh it is never confirmed.
* WouldHurtAChild: All but two are either child murderers or sexual perverts of all kinds, including pedophiles.

!!Rev. Jeremiah Cloutier
->'''Played By''': Luke Perry

->''Prisoner #00C966. Convicted December 27, 2000 - Embezzlement and petty larceny. Sentence: nine years, up for parole in five.''

A charismatic TV evangelist caught embezzling from the church.

* AintTooProudToBeg
* AndIMustScream
* AntiVillain
* TheAtoner: Trying to make up for embezzling money from his church.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
* ButtMonkey
* DoingInTheWizard: His mystical, unexplained disappearance from the hospital in season 5 [[spoiler:was actually the bikers finishing the exact same job they started, sealing him back inside a wall to die]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: Deconstructed. When Luke Perry first joined the show, everyone was assuming
that Luke Perry would be subjected to a prison rape storyline for maximum shock value. What his character got was so gruesome and grotesque, that being raped would have been a kinder fate for the character.
most leathermen show.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* TheRival: To Mukada, but they eventually put their differences behind them and become friends.

!!William Cudney
->'''Played By''': Will Cote

->''Prisoner #99C124. Convicted February 10, 1999 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibly of parole.''

A psychotic and fanatical Christian inmate.

* ColdSniper: How he killed his victim.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: O'Reily is sickened by him.
* HolierThanThou: Looks down on the inmates gambling or lusting after women despite being a child killer.
* {{Hypocrite}}
* KnightTemplar
* MoralMyopia
* RevengeByProxy: He killed the child of the doctor who performed his wife's abortion, so in his mind he's 'paying him back'.
* TooDumbToLive
* WouldHurtAChild: Kill one, actually.

!!Samuel Gougeon
->'''Played By''': Blayne Perry

->''Prisoner 97G141. Convicted August 5, 1997 for manslaughter in the first degree. Sentence: 19 years, up for parole in 10.''

A kind-hearted and benign Christian inmate imprisoned after a fatal hunting accident.

* {{Keet}}: A milder version of this trope, keeps a relatively optimistic demeanor despite his surroundings and is a very devout Christian.
* {{Megane}}: A kind, klutzy, and somewhat adorable version. Essentially he's a male equivalent of a {{Meganekko}}.
* NiceGuy: Arguably one of the kindest inmates in Oz.
* NerdGlasses
* TokenGoodTeammate: One of only two Christian inmates who is not a sex offender or child murderer, and the only one who is confirmed to have survived the series. In a show where AnyoneCanDie, doubly so for good-natured characters, that's pretty amazing for a minor to mid-tier character.

!!Robert Sippel
->'''Played By''': David Lansbury

->''Prisoner 88S510. Convicted March 10, 1988, for sexual abuse in 2nd degree. Sentence: 15 years, up for parole in 10.''

A guilt-ridden ex-priest and child molestor.

* TheAtoner: He turned himself in, and continues to feel deep guilt about his crime even after his time is up.
* PedophilePriest: He molested a young boy.
* TooDumbToLive: Why would a child molester willingly come back to HIS OLD CELL just for a place to sleep? Sure enough, [[spoiler:the Aryans crucify him on the gym floor just hours later.]]

!!Jonathan Coushaine
->'''Played By''': Bryan Callen

An easy-going Christian inmate and initial leader of the Christians. Was once a high school teacher and as a result, teaches the GED classes in OZ.

* AffablyEvil: He's never much of a plotter or schemer, and is easy to get along with.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Disappears without explanation in Season 3.
* NiceGuy
* NoodleIncident: It's never revealed how he entered OZ, but it's implied he may be a sex offender.
* PutOnABus

!!Harden
ManlyGay

!!Ronald 'Ronnie' Barlog



One of the more mysterious Christian inmates, often seen in the flock of William Cudney and Jeremiah Cloutier. When Timmy Kirk becomes head of the Christians, Harden acts as one of Kirk's mooks. One of only two Christian inmates to survive the end of the series.

* BitPartBadGuy
* ChekhovsGunman: Helps Augustus Hill bring down Supreme Allah
* EliteMook: Acts as this to Timmy Kirk
* FlatCharacter: Harden is a Christian inmate who is quiet, obedient to whoever is in charge of the Christians, and often appears in the background. That's really it.
* NoodleIncident: It is never revealed how he got into Oz.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Gays]]

* CampGay: Tony Masters, Downing, Alonzo Torquemada, Billie Keane, and Fiona. The exceptions are Jason Cramer, Richie Hanlon, and Ronnie Balrog.
* TheGoomba: With the noted exception of Jason Cramer, most of the Gays are considered weak and not good at fighting
* ManlyGay: Again, Richie Hanlon and Jason Cramer. Richie Hanlon is TheEveryman and a ButtMonkey, while Jason Cramer is a violent sociopath and a KarmaHoudini
* TransEqualsGay: Nat Ginzburg is not gay, but transgender, however, because she is trans, the administration puts her in The Gays. Fiona on the other hand, is simply a drag queen.
* VillainousCrossdresser: Every single one except Richie Hanlon and Jason Cramer

!!Alonzo Torquemada
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I can control all of Em City!"'']]
->'''Played By''': Bobby Cannavale

A disgraced nightclub owner and the leader of the Gays in the final season of the show. He imports a lot of designer and synthetic drugs into the prison, and takes a liking to Miguel Alvarez, protecting him from the rest of the Latinos.

* AgentPeacock
* CampGay: The dyed blonde hair, the bizarre fashion sense...everything about him is this.
* CelibateHero: Despite the fact he owns nightclubs and is involved in the drug trade, he insists that he is a celibate virgin.
* CoolestClubEver: Once again, is implied to have run successful straight clubs as well.
* TheDandy: He's very camp and proud of his appearance.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's rather personable and witty...and also a dangerously insane manipulator. It's heavily implied that he'll take control of Oz through the drug trade.
* LeftHanging: He has a grand plan to take over Em City's drug trade and make the Gays a powerful gang, even trying to make an alliance with Chucky Pancamo, leader of the powerful Italian gang. However, this all happens in the last three episodes of the series, so we never really know if his plan would have worked out.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Ran one of these joints.

!!Nat Ginzberg
->'''Played By''':

* AffablyEvil
* BewareTheSillyOnes
* CampGay
* ConvenientTerminalIllness
* DeadpanSnarker
* FaceDeathWithDignity
* TransEqualsGay
* VillainousCrossdresser

!!Richie Hanlon
->'''Played By''': Jordan Lage

->''Prisoner #98H462. Convicted June 3, 1998. Posession and distribution of a controlled substance. Sentence: 8 years, up for parole in 5.''

->''"I love to take it in the ass."''

A low-level drug dealer and openly gay inmate. He is the initial leader and spokesman of the Gays.

* AffablyEvil
* BlackComedyRape: He is raped and humiliated several times by the Aryans, but shrugs it off, or at least hides his emotional trauma very well.
* ButtMonkey
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's repulsed by rapists and tries to help catch the men who attacked Glynn's daughter.
* TheEveryman
* ShowerOfLove: Erm, well, he thought he'd get one when he was saved from Death Row. It ends horribly for him.
* StraightGay: He's not that masculine, but he's neither CampGay nor a VillainousCrossdresser, like most of his gang.

!!Jason Cramer
->'''Played By''': Robert Bogue

->''"There's only two things I know how to do. Fight and suck."''

A witty inmate incarcerated for killing and chopping up his boyfriend. Partakes in the fighting tournament in Season 3 and is one of the few gay inmates taken seriously by the other prisoners.

* {{Badass}}
** BadassGay
* DeadpanSnarker
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He becomes enraged when he thinks the Latinos are going to attack his lover. Of course O'Reily said it so it wasn't true.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Though it seems fairly obvious he committed the crime he was incarcerated for--as he'd tried to ship his dead boyfriend's body parts in the mail--he ends up being acquitted because of how erroneously his case was handled. The lead investigator in the case fabricated forensic evidence because he had known the case against Jason wasn't strong enough, and the jury in Jason's first trial convicted him after a homophobic juror went on a tirade and bullied his fellow jurors into voting guilty.]]
* LeatherMan: Semi-example. He wears a black leather biker jacket several times, and is the most masculine and aggressive of the gay inmates, but doesn't show other biker and BDSM tendencies that most leathermen show.
* ManlyGay

!!Ronald 'Ronnie' Barlog
->'''Played By''':
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!!Shirley Bellinger
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Shirley_Bellinger_2187.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"All I wanted was for someone to pay attention and now that they finally are, I see that my life then, or now, isn't worth shit."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Kathryn Erbe

->''Prisoner 97B642. Convicted December 6, 1997 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: Death. [[spoiler: Sentence commuted in 1999, then commutation of sentence revoked in 2000.'']]

[[TheSmurfettePrinciple The sole female inmate of Oz]]. She sparks quite a few romance attempts, notably from Adebisi. Cunning and manipulative, she seduced many guardians to obtain small favors.

* AffablyEvil: She's quite friendly despite being completely insane.
* DistaffCounterpart: Is pretty much this to all the other inmates.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Which makes her foul mouthed moments even funnier.
* HelloNurse: She is very attractive indeed... and she knows it.
* ManipulativeBitch
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Richie Hanlon and Nat Ginzburg.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: She's openly racist and turned down Adebisi for being black. [[VillainousBreakdown He doesn't take it well]].
* StepfordSmiler: She talks brightly about her own upcoming death.
* TheSociopath
* TheSmurfettePrinciple
* TearsOfFear
* TheVamp: She has no problems with using sex as a weapon to get what she wants.
* VillainousBreakdown: When she is about to be executed.

!!Bob Rebadow
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Bob_Rebadow_6094.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"God told me."'']]
->'''Played By:''' George Morfogen

->''Prisoner 65R814. Convicted September 9, 1965 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: Death. Commuted to life.''

An elderly inmate serving a life term after being convicted for murder committed in a fit of rage in the 1960s. As a survivor of a botched execution and prison veteran, he is considered to be quite wise and often provides fatherly advice to Beecher and others.

* {{Badass}}: How else can you describe a guy who spends everyday with the most vicious killers and never seems remotely scared?
* BadassGrandpa
* BaldOfAwesome
* ButtMonkey: Quite a bit but he always seems to recover.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: He's generally regarded as crazy due to claiming to talk to God. Not only does he often given very good advice and guidance, but he sometimes shows knowledge he couldn't possibly have known otherwise.
* CoolOldGuy
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Busmalis.
* JayWalkingWillRuinYourLife: He was sentenced to death for a purely impulsive killing that was painted as premeditated.
* NiceGuy
* OddCouple (with Busmalis)
* OnlySaneMan
* TheOldConvict

!!Agamemnon Busmalis
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Agamemnon_Busmalis_8140.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' Tom Mardirosian

->''Prisoner 98B242. Convicted March 10, 1998 - Grand theft larceny, breaking and entering. Sentence: 10 years, up for parole in four.''

A bank burglar who tries numerous times to escape OZ and strikes up a friendship with Rebadow.

* CloudCuckoolander
* CoolOldGuy
* NiceGuy
* NiceHat: His fishing hat.
* OddCouple: With Rebadow.
* TunnelKing: Utilized for robbing banks; his reason for being in Oz (and modus operandi for several escape attempts).

!!Yuri Kosygin
->'''Played By:''' Olek Krupa

A quiet and thoughtful Russian inmate, who previously worked as a hitman.

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!!Shirley Bellinger
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Shirley_Bellinger_2187.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"All I wanted was
Homeboys]]

* GangBangers: Most of them fit into this archetype, save
for someone to pay attention Adebisi and now that they finally are, I see that my life then, or now, Paulie Markstrom
* ArchEnemy: The Italians, and to a lesser extent, the Latinos. In Seasons 3 and 4, it becomes anyone who
isn't worth shit."'']]
black as well as the Muslims.
* ScaryBlackMan: Again, Adebisi and Malcolm Coyle
* TokenGoodTeammate: Jefferson Keane, Poet, Augustus Hill in Season 1, before he became part of The Others

!!Jefferson Keane
->'''Played By:''' Kathryn Erbe

Leon

->''Prisoner 97B642. #97K186. Convicted December 6, May 14, 1997 - Murder Two counts of murder in the first degree. Sentence: Death. Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. [[spoiler: Sentence commuted in 1999, then commutation Later convicted of sentence revoked in 2000.'']]

[[TheSmurfettePrinciple The sole female inmate
another count of Oz]]. She sparks quite a few romance attempts, notably from Adebisi. Cunning and manipulative, she seduced many guardians to obtain small favors.

* AffablyEvil: She's quite friendly despite being completely insane.
* DistaffCounterpart: Is pretty much this to all the other inmates.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Which makes her foul mouthed moments even funnier.
* HelloNurse: She is very attractive indeed... and she knows it.
* ManipulativeBitch
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Richie Hanlon and Nat Ginzburg.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: She's openly racist and turned down Adebisi for being black. [[VillainousBreakdown He doesn't take it well]].
* StepfordSmiler: She talks brightly about her own upcoming death.
* TheSociopath
* TheSmurfettePrinciple
* TearsOfFear
* TheVamp: She has no problems with using sex as a weapon to get what she wants.
* VillainousBreakdown: When she is about to be executed.

!!Bob Rebadow
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Bob_Rebadow_6094.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"God told me."'']]
->'''Played By:''' George Morfogen

->''Prisoner 65R814. Convicted September 9, 1965 - Murder
murder in the first degree. Sentence: Death. Commuted to life.''

An elderly inmate serving a life term after being convicted for murder committed in a fit of rage in the 1960s. As a survivor of a botched execution
degree and prison veteran, he is considered to be quite wise and often provides fatherly advice to Beecher and others.

* {{Badass}}: How else can you describe a guy who spends everyday with the most vicious killers and never seems remotely scared?
* BadassGrandpa
* BaldOfAwesome
* ButtMonkey: Quite a bit but he always seems to recover.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: He's generally regarded as crazy due to claiming to talk to God. Not only does he often given very good advice and guidance, but he sometimes shows knowledge he couldn't possibly have known otherwise.
* CoolOldGuy
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Busmalis.
* JayWalkingWillRuinYourLife: He was
sentenced to death for a purely impulsive killing that was painted as premeditated.
* NiceGuy
* OddCouple (with Busmalis)
* OnlySaneMan
* TheOldConvict

!!Agamemnon Busmalis
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Agamemnon_Busmalis_8140.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' Tom Mardirosian

->''Prisoner 98B242. Convicted March 10, 1998 - Grand theft larceny, breaking and entering. Sentence: 10 years, up for parole in four.''

death.]]''

The original leader of the Homeboys.
A bank burglar who tries numerous times deeply troubled man, he converts to escape OZ and strikes up a friendship with Rebadow.

Islam after meeting Kareem Said.

* CloudCuckoolander
* CoolOldGuy
* NiceGuy
* NiceHat: His fishing hat.
* OddCouple: With Rebadow.
* TunnelKing: Utilized for robbing banks; his reason for being in Oz (and modus operandi for several escape attempts).

!!Yuri Kosygin
->'''Played By:''' Olek Krupa

A quiet and thoughtful Russian inmate, who previously worked as a hitman.
TheAtoner



* BewareTheQuietOnes
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Seems to be the quintessential cold-hearted assassin until revealing his MonsterSobStory to a fellow Mafiyoso, his stoic facade finally melting into murderous glee (the last thing we see on his face).
* TheDreaded
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Making a shank out of the temple pieces of your glasses definitely qualifies.
* TheMafiya
* ProfessionalKiller
* PutOnABus: Thrown out of Em City and out of sight, forever.

!!Donald Groves
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Donald_Groves_1337.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I only ate my mom. I was saving my dad for Thanksgiving."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Sean Whitesell

->''Prisoner 97G414. Convicted July 3, 1997 - Two counts of Murder in the first degree. Sentence: Life imprisonment without parole. [[spoiler: Convicted later August 21, 1997 - One count of Murder in the first degree in connection with death of corrections officer Lawrence Smith. Sentence: Death.]]''

A quiet young inmate sent to OZ for killing and eating his parents. He possesses all the qualities that would normally make him a target of stronger inmates, but the disturbing nature of his crime combined with a creepy, solitary demeanor means he's left alone by others.

* AffablyEvil: Calm, polite, friendly and utterly homicidal.
* TheAtoner: Feels extremely guilty for murdering the guard and breaks down in tears when meeting the guard's mother says she forgives him.
* BewareTheQuietOnes
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Exactly what goes on in Groves' head is a complete mystery.

to:

* BewareTheQuietOnes
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Seems
BeingGoodSucks: Though his conversion to be Islam brought him inner peace, it lost control of his gang to the quintessential cold-hearted assassin until revealing maniacal Adebisi.
* BeingEvilSucks: Keane cannot catch a break no matter
his MonsterSobStory to a fellow Mafiyoso, alignment.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His love for
his stoic facade finally melting into murderous glee (the last thing we see on family helps drive his face).
desire to turn his life around.
* TheDreaded
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Making
HeelFaceDoorSlam: He does achieve a shank out kind of the temple pieces of your glasses definitely qualifies.
redemption, but just as things are going well, he's manipulated toward a death sentence.
* TheMafiya
RedemptionEqualsDeath
* ProfessionalKiller
* PutOnABus: Thrown out of Em City and out of sight, forever.

!!Donald Groves
TheStoic: Especially when compared to Adebisi or Johnny Post.

!!Arnold "Poet" Jackson
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Donald_Groves_1337.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Poet_5813.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I only ate my mom. I was saving my dad for Thanksgiving.[[caption-width-right:350:''"It's kinda fucked up, leaving. Everybody else is staying. It's like waking up from a dream."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Sean Whitesell

muMs the Scehemer

->''Prisoner 97G414. #96J352. Convicted July 3, 1997 February 15, 1996 - Two counts Armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of Murder in the first degree. a deadly weapon. Sentence: Life imprisonment without parole. 16 years, eligible for parole in nine. [[spoiler: Convicted later August 21, 1997 - One Granted early release in 1998. Returned as inmate #98J448, convicted July 20, 1998, on one count of Murder in the first 2nd degree in connection with death of corrections officer Lawrence Smith. murder. Sentence: Death.26 years, eligible for parole in 19.]]''

A quiet young inmate sent to OZ for killing high-ranked Homeboy who writes and eating performs poetry.

* AscendedExtra
* TheCastShowoff: muMs the Schemer wrote every one of the poems
his parents. He possesses all the qualities that would normally make him a target of stronger inmates, but the disturbing nature of his crime combined with a creepy, solitary demeanor means he's left alone by others.

character recited.
* AffablyEvil: Calm, polite, friendly and utterly homicidal.
* TheAtoner: Feels extremely guilty for murdering the guard and breaks down in tears when meeting the guard's mother says she forgives him.
* BewareTheQuietOnes
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Exactly what goes on in Groves' head is a complete mystery.
ChronicVillainy



* ImAHumanitarian
* PsychopathicManchild: The first thing he did after knocking his parents out? Change the T.V. to cartoons.
* TheSociopath
* TheStoic
** NotSoStoic
* TheQuietOne
* VillainousBreakdown

!!Desmond Mobay/Johnny Basil
->'''Played By:''' Lance Reddick

An undercover cop sent into OZ to uncover the source of the drug trade. However, things soon become very real for him.

to:

* ImAHumanitarian
FauxAffablyEvil
* PsychopathicManchild: The GreekChorus
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: In the
first thing season, he did after knocking was only shown in cameos performing in the canteen, and credited simply as "poet" as a common noun. When he was [[AscendedExtra ascended]] the writers decided that "Poet" was his parents out? Change the T.V. to cartoons.
* TheSociopath
* TheStoic
** NotSoStoic
* TheQuietOne
* VillainousBreakdown

!!Desmond Mobay/Johnny Basil
street name.

!!Kenny Wangler
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Kenny_Wangler_7727.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' Lance Reddick

An undercover cop sent into OZ to uncover
JD Williams

->''Prisoner #97W566. Convicted July 6, 1997 - murder in
the source first degree (16 years old tried as an adult). Sentence: 20 years, eligible for parole in six.''

A 16-year-old inmate who quickly becomes a member
of the drug trade. However, things soon become very real for him.
Homeboys.

* BigBadWannabe: He tries to convince others to call him 'Bricks', acts like a big shot, and thinks he's a badass. In reality, he's a pathetic pawn of more powerful inmates.
* TheBully
* ButtMonkey: To Adebisi.
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath]]
* TagalongKid: Literally, as he is only sixteen when he first joins the Homeboys.
* TeensAreMonsters
* SmugSnake
* TheSociopath: Despite the best efforts of the prison staff, he ends up being a monstrous little creature.
* UnwittingPawn

!!Burr Redding
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Burr_Redding_2256.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I take a shit in this world, I see reality and I make the best of it."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Anthony Chisholm

->''Prisoner #01R289. Convicted January 11, 2001 - Murder in the first degree, seven counts of attempted murder. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.''

A half-crazed Vietnam vet who ran the streets where Augustus Hill grew up in, and acted as a foster father to the boy. He eventually controls the Homeboys post-Adebisi. A lot of what befalls Augustus is Burr's fault.

* TheAtoner: After [[spoiler:Augustus is killed.]]
* AxCrazy



* BaldOfAwesome
* BecomingTheMask

to:

** BadassGrandpa: Even the younger Homeboys were terrified of him.
* BaldOfAwesome
BeardOfEvil
* BecomingTheMask{{Jerkass}}
* ParentalSubstitute: To Augustus
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His attempts to get the Homeboys to stop selling drugs are a bit... extreme, to say the least.

!!Omar White
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Omar_White_210.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I ain't no drug abuser. Truth is, I treat my drugs better than most."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Michael Wright

->''Prisoner 01W711. Convicted January 4, 2001 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: 75 years, up for parole in 20.''

An unstable homeboy and drug addict.



* TheMole
* [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath]]
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight

!!Alvin Yood
->'''Played By:''' Tom Ligon

->''Prisoner 01Y218. Convicted January 20, 2001 for aggravated assault of a minor. Sentence of 12 years, up for parole in seven.''

A middle-aged former sheriff sent to OZ for assaulting a suspect.

* BigEater
* CoolOldGuy
* DeadpanSnarker
* NiceGuy: So much that even inmates who detest cops genuinely like him and he seems to get on fine with everyone.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Why he was sent to OZ.
* TheSheriff: He was this before he was sent to OZ.

!!Mark Miles
->'''Played By:''' Mike Quill

->''Prisoner 97M573. Convicted July 10, 1997 - three counts of murder in first degree. Sentence: Death.''

A Death Row racist who killed his entire family.

* EvilIsPetty: When he can't commit murder, he settles for intense racism, homophobia and just being a very unpleasant person.
* {{Jerkass}}
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath]]

to:

* TheMole
[[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim]]
* [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath]]
HiddenDepths
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight

!!Alvin Yood
[[spoiler:SlashedThroat]]
* TalkativeLoon
* UncleTomfoolery

!!Moses Deyell
->'''Played By:''' Tom Ligon

Erik King

->''Prisoner 01Y218. 00D718. Convicted January 20, 2001 for aggravated assault of a minor. Sentence of 12 years, up for parole in seven.''

A middle-aged former sheriff sent to OZ for assaulting a suspect.

* BigEater
* CoolOldGuy
* DeadpanSnarker
* NiceGuy: So much that even inmates who detest cops genuinely like him and he seems to get on fine with everyone.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Why he was sent to OZ.
* TheSheriff: He was this before he was sent to OZ.

!!Mark Miles
->'''Played By:''' Mike Quill

->''Prisoner 97M573. Convicted July 10, 1997
February 3, 2000 - three Two counts of murder in the first degree. Sentence: Death.''

A An inmate on Death Row racist who killed for killing his girlfriend and her husband after discovering she was married.

* AffablyEvil: Can be pretty friendly and polite.
* {{Badass}}
* BaldOfAwesome
* [[spoiler:BetterToDieThanBeKilled]]
* {{Determinator}}
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Gets the hospital staff to look at Nat Ginzberg as he doesn't want to see him endure the pain of a slow death from AIDS.

!!Malcolm "Snake" Coyle
->'''Played By:''' Treach

->''Prisoner #99C122. Convicted January 17, 1999 - Grand larceny, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault of a police officer. Sentence: 50 years, eligible for parole in 20.''

An intimidating and psychotic prisoner.

* AwesomeMcCoolname
* BaldOfEvil
* ForTheEvulz: Why he committed the murders.
* HiddenDepths: Originally sent to Oz on armed robbery charges, but Hill finds out about [[spoiler: Coyle murdering an
entire family.

* EvilIsPetty: When he can't commit murder, he settles
family...for intense racism, homophobia and just being a fun, including an EIGHTEEN MONTH OLD INFANT.]]
* TruthInTelevision: Child killers do NOT last
very unpleasant person.
long in maximum security prisons. [[spoiler: He's no exception.]]

!!Johnny Post
->'''Played By:''' Tim [=McAdams=]

A loyal homeboy henchman of Jefferson Keane.

* {{Jerkass}}
{{Badass}}
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath]]DefiantToTheEnd
* KillItWithFire
* MauveShirt
* UndyingLoyalty: to his fellow Homeboys.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Aryans]]

* ThoseWackyNazis



* VillainousBreakdown

!!Richard L'Italien
->'''Played By:''' Eric Roberts

A remorseless Death Row inmate who reveals himself to be a SerialKiller.

* AffablyEvil
* AxCrazy
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Averted. Upon being told that he is going to be executed for killing one women, he reveals the name of another women he killed. Not stopping there, he recites the names of another ''37'' women he's murdered, that no one ever knew about.
* HeManWomanHater: He exclusively kills women, but claims to love them...he believes that when you love someone, they possess you. He will not be possessed.
* SerialKiller
* VillainousBreakdown: When he's executed, he halts his flippant attitude and shows fear.

!!Nikolai Stanislofsky

A clever and cunning Russian Jew.

* TheChessmaster: Even outfoxed Ryan O'Reilly, the only character to do so.
* DeadpanSnarker
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Knew he was going to die and made peace with it.
* JewishAndNerdy: A bit of a tech genius as well as a clever criminal.
* KilledOffForReal
* KosherNostra
* TheMafiya

!!Jahfree Neema

* MalcolmXerox
* ScaryBlackMan
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Kareem Said.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt?

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Homeboys]]

* GangBangers: Most of them fit into this archetype, save for Adebisi and Paulie Markstrom
* ArchEnemy: The Italians, and to a lesser extent, the Latinos. In Seasons 3 and 4, it becomes anyone who isn't black as well as the Muslims.
* ScaryBlackMan: Again, Adebisi and Malcolm Coyle
* TokenGoodTeammate: Jefferson Keane, Poet, Augustus Hill in Season 1, before he became part of The Others

!!Jefferson Keane
->'''Played By:''' Leon

->''Prisoner #97K186. Convicted May 14, 1997 - Two counts of murder in the first degree. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. [[spoiler: Later convicted of another count of murder in the first degree and sentenced to death.]]''

The original leader of the Homeboys. A deeply troubled man, he converts to Islam after meeting Kareem Said.

* TheAtoner
* {{Badass}}
* BeingGoodSucks: Though his conversion to Islam brought him inner peace, it lost control of his gang to the maniacal Adebisi.
* BeingEvilSucks: Keane cannot catch a break no matter his alignment.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His love for his family helps drive his desire to turn his life around.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: He does achieve a kind of redemption, but just as things are going well, he's manipulated toward a death sentence.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* TheStoic: Especially when compared to Adebisi or Johnny Post.

!!Arnold "Poet" Jackson
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Poet_5813.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"It's kinda fucked up, leaving. Everybody else is staying. It's like waking up from a dream."'']]
->'''Played By:''' muMs the Scehemer

->''Prisoner #96J352. Convicted February 15, 1996 - Armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of a deadly weapon. Sentence: 16 years, eligible for parole in nine. [[spoiler: Granted early release in 1998. Returned as inmate #98J448, convicted July 20, 1998, on one count of 2nd degree murder. Sentence: 26 years, eligible for parole in 19.]]''

A high-ranked Homeboy who writes and performs poetry.

* AscendedExtra
* TheCastShowoff: muMs the Schemer wrote every one of the poems his character recited.
* ChronicVillainy
* DeadpanSnarker

to:

* VillainousBreakdown

!!Richard L'Italien
->'''Played By:''' Eric Roberts

A remorseless Death Row inmate who reveals himself to be a SerialKiller.

BadGuysPlayPool
* AffablyEvil
BigBad
* AxCrazy
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Averted. Upon being told that he is going to be executed for killing one women, he reveals the name
PrisonRape: Their main tactic of another women he killed. Not stopping there, he recites the names of another ''37'' women he's murdered, that no one ever knew about.
* HeManWomanHater: He exclusively kills women, but claims to love them...he believes that
choice when you love someone, they possess you. He will not be possessed.
* SerialKiller
* VillainousBreakdown: When he's executed, he halts his flippant attitude and shows fear.

!!Nikolai Stanislofsky

A clever and cunning Russian Jew.

* TheChessmaster: Even outfoxed Ryan O'Reilly, the only character to do so.
* DeadpanSnarker
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Knew he was going to die and made peace
dealing with it.
* JewishAndNerdy: A bit of a tech genius as well as a clever criminal.
* KilledOffForReal
* KosherNostra
* TheMafiya

!!Jahfree Neema

* MalcolmXerox
* ScaryBlackMan
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Kareem Said.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt?

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Homeboys]]

* GangBangers: Most of them fit into this archetype, save for Adebisi
enemies and Paulie Markstrom
newer, weaker inmates
* BaldOfEvil
* ArchEnemy: The Italians, and to a lesser extent, Muslims
* DrugsAreBad: Firm believers in this, which is why they avoid conflict with
the Latinos. In Seasons 3 and 4, it becomes anyone who isn't black as well as Homeboys for the Muslims.
* ScaryBlackMan: Again, Adebisi and Malcolm Coyle
* TokenGoodTeammate: Jefferson Keane, Poet, Augustus Hill in Season 1, before he became part of The Others

!!Jefferson Keane
->'''Played By:''' Leon

->''Prisoner #97K186. Convicted May 14, 1997 - Two counts of murder in
most part. Ironically, the first degree. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. [[spoiler: Later convicted of another count of murder in the first degree and sentenced to death.]]''

The original leader of the Homeboys. A deeply troubled man, he converts to Islam after meeting Kareem Said.

* TheAtoner
* {{Badass}}
* BeingGoodSucks: Though his conversion to Islam brought him inner peace, it lost control of his
only other gang to the maniacal Adebisi.
* BeingEvilSucks: Keane cannot catch a break no matter his alignment.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His love for his family helps drive his desire to turn his life around.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: He does achieve a kind of redemption, but just as things
that holds this belief are going well, he's manipulated toward a death sentence.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* TheStoic: Especially when compared to Adebisi or Johnny Post.

!!Arnold "Poet" Jackson
their main rivals.

!!James Robson
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Poet_5813.org/pmwiki/pub/images/James_Robson_7286.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"It's kinda fucked up, leaving. Everybody else funny, here I am, 36 years old I got nowhere to run. You know, and I--I guess what...what I want to know is, is staying. It's like waking up from a dream."'']]
it okay to do whatever is necessary... to survive?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' muMs the Scehemer

RE Rodgers

->''Prisoner #96J352. #97R492. Convicted February 15, 1996 November 7, 1997 - Armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of a deadly weapon. Murder in the first degree, assault. Sentence: 16 years, Life imprisonment, eligible for parole in nine. [[spoiler: Granted early release in 1998. Returned as inmate #98J448, convicted July 20, 1998, on one count of 2nd degree murder. Sentence: 26 years, eligible for parole in 19.]]''

A high-ranked Homeboy who writes and performs poetry.

* AscendedExtra
* TheCastShowoff: muMs the Schemer wrote every one
25 years.''

One
of the poems Aryan leaders and Schillinger's closest friend.

* AbusiveParents
* AscendedExtra: Originally, he was only meant to appear as a prisoner who got the tip of
his penis bit off, but Fontana was so impressed by Rodgers' acting that the character recited.
was given a bigger role.
* ChronicVillainy
AssholeVictim: Quite literally.
* DeadpanSnarkerAssShove
* BaldOfEvil
* BreakTheHaughty
* ButtMonkey: In his tenure in Oz, he gets the tip of his penis bitten off, he gets recessive gums, gets "spooned" by Cutler, and is sodomized by Cutler and Clarence Seroy. Granted he deserves almost all of it.
* TheDragon: to Schillinger.
* FreudianExcuse: His father was not only physically abusive, but sexually abused his son all the while tormenting him about never showing any sign of "weakness."



* GreekChorus
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: In the first season, he was only shown in cameos performing in the canteen, and credited simply as "poet" as a common noun. When he was [[AscendedExtra ascended]] the writers decided that "Poet" was his street name.

!!Kenny Wangler
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Kenny_Wangler_7727.jpg]]
->'''Played By:''' JD Williams

->''Prisoner #97W566. Convicted July 6, 1997 - murder in the first degree (16 years old tried as an adult). Sentence: 20 years, eligible for parole in six.''

A 16-year-old inmate who quickly becomes a member of the Homeboys.

* BigBadWannabe: He tries to convince others to call him 'Bricks', acts like a big shot, and thinks he's a badass. In reality, he's a pathetic pawn of more powerful inmates.
* TheBully
* ButtMonkey: To Adebisi.
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath]]
* TagalongKid: Literally, as he is only sixteen when he first joins the Homeboys.
* TeensAreMonsters
* SmugSnake
* TheSociopath: Despite the best efforts of the prison staff, he ends up being a monstrous little creature.
* UnwittingPawn

!!Burr Redding
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Burr_Redding_2256.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I take a shit in this world, I see reality and I make the best of it."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Anthony Chisholm

->''Prisoner #01R289. Convicted January 11, 2001 - Murder in the first degree, seven counts of attempted murder. Sentence: Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.''

A half-crazed Vietnam vet who ran the streets where Augustus Hill grew up in, and acted as a foster father to the boy. He eventually controls the Homeboys post-Adebisi. A lot of what befalls Augustus is Burr's fault.

* TheAtoner: After [[spoiler:Augustus is killed.]]
* AxCrazy
* {{Badass}}
** BadassGrandpa: Even the younger Homeboys were terrified of him.
* BeardOfEvil
* {{Jerkass}}
* ParentalSubstitute: To Augustus
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His attempts to get the Homeboys to stop selling drugs are a bit... extreme, to say the least.

!!Omar White
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Omar_White_210.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I ain't no drug abuser. Truth is, I treat my drugs better than most."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Michael Wright

->''Prisoner 01W711. Convicted January 4, 2001 - Murder in the first degree. Sentence: 75 years, up for parole in 20.''

An unstable homeboy and drug addict.

* ButtMonkey
* [[spoiler:DroppedABridgeOnHim]]



* [[spoiler:SlashedThroat]]
* TalkativeLoon
* UncleTomfoolery

!!Moses Deyell
->'''Played By:''' Erik King

->''Prisoner 00D718. Convicted February 3, 2000 - Two counts of murder in the first degree. Sentence: Death.''

An inmate on Death Row for killing his girlfriend and her husband after discovering she was married.

* AffablyEvil: Can be pretty friendly and polite.
* {{Badass}}
* BaldOfAwesome
* [[spoiler:BetterToDieThanBeKilled]]
* {{Determinator}}
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Gets the hospital staff to look at Nat Ginzberg as he doesn't want to see him endure the pain of a slow death from AIDS.

!!Malcolm "Snake" Coyle
->'''Played By:''' Treach

->''Prisoner #99C122. Convicted January 17, 1999 - Grand larceny, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault of a police officer. Sentence: 50 years, eligible for parole in 20.''

An intimidating and psychotic prisoner.

* AwesomeMcCoolname
* BaldOfEvil
* ForTheEvulz: Why he committed the murders.
* HiddenDepths: Originally sent to Oz on armed robbery charges, but Hill finds out about [[spoiler: Coyle murdering an entire family...for fun, including an EIGHTEEN MONTH OLD INFANT.]]
* TruthInTelevision: Child killers do NOT last very long in maximum security prisons. [[spoiler: He's no exception.]]

!!Johnny Post
->'''Played By:''' Tim [=McAdams=]

A loyal homeboy henchman of Jefferson Keane.

* {{Badass}}
* DefiantToTheEnd
* KillItWithFire
* MauveShirt
* UndyingLoyalty: to his fellow Homeboys.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Aryans]]

* ThoseWackyNazis

to:

* [[spoiler:SlashedThroat]]
* TalkativeLoon
* UncleTomfoolery

!!Moses Deyell
->'''Played By:''' Erik King

->''Prisoner 00D718. Convicted February 3, 2000 - Two counts
LargeHam: Does a lot of murder in the first degree. Sentence: Death.''

An inmate on Death Row for killing his girlfriend
yelling, screaming, and her husband after discovering she was married.

* AffablyEvil: Can be pretty friendly and polite.
* {{Badass}}
* BaldOfAwesome
* [[spoiler:BetterToDieThanBeKilled]]
* {{Determinator}}
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Gets the hospital staff to look at Nat Ginzberg as he doesn't want to see him endure the pain of a slow death from AIDS.

!!Malcolm "Snake" Coyle
->'''Played By:''' Treach

->''Prisoner #99C122. Convicted January 17, 1999 - Grand larceny, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault of a police officer. Sentence: 50 years, eligible for parole in 20.''

An intimidating and psychotic prisoner.

* AwesomeMcCoolname
* BaldOfEvil
* ForTheEvulz: Why he committed the murders.
* HiddenDepths: Originally sent to Oz on armed robbery charges, but Hill finds
sometimes even ''barking''. Robson acts out about [[spoiler: Coyle murdering an entire family...for fun, including an EIGHTEEN MONTH OLD INFANT.]]
a lot.
* TruthInTelevision: Child killers do NOT last very long in maximum security prisons. [[spoiler: He's no exception.]]

!!Johnny Post
->'''Played By:''' Tim [=McAdams=]

A loyal homeboy henchman
LaserGuidedKarma: Most if not all of Jefferson Keane.

* {{Badass}}
* DefiantToTheEnd
* KillItWithFire
* MauveShirt
* UndyingLoyalty: to his fellow Homeboys.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Aryans]]

* ThoseWackyNazis
Robson's butt-monkey moments are these



* BadGuysPlayPool
* BigBad
* PrisonRape: Their main tactic of choice when dealing with enemies and newer, weaker inmates
* BaldOfEvil
* ArchEnemy: The Muslims
* DrugsAreBad: Firm believers in this, which is why they avoid conflict with the Homeboys for the most part. Ironically, the only other gang that holds this belief are their main rivals.

!!James Robson
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/James_Robson_7286.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"It's funny, here I am, 36 years old I got nowhere to run. You know, and I--I guess what...what I want to know is, is it okay to do whatever is necessary... to survive?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' RE Rodgers

->''Prisoner #97R492. Convicted November 7, 1997 - Murder in the first degree, assault. Sentence: Life imprisonment, eligible for parole in 25 years.''

One of the Aryan leaders and Schillinger's closest friend.

* AbusiveParents
* AscendedExtra: Originally, he was only meant to appear as a prisoner who got the tip of his penis bit off, but Fontana was so impressed by Rodgers' acting that the character was given a bigger role.
* AssholeVictim: Quite literally.
* AssShove
* BaldOfEvil
* BreakTheHaughty
* ButtMonkey: In his tenure in Oz, he gets the tip of his penis bitten off, he gets recessive gums, gets "spooned" by Cutler, and is sodomized by Cutler and Clarence Seroy. Granted he deserves almost all of it.
* TheDragon: to Schillinger.
* FreudianExcuse: His father was not only physically abusive, but sexually abused his son all the while tormenting him about never showing any sign of "weakness."
* FauxAffablyEvil
* HiddenDepths
* LargeHam: Does a lot of yelling, screaming, and sometimes even ''barking''. Robson acts out a lot.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Most if not all of Robson's butt-monkey moments are these
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
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