!!Randy "Ryo" [=MacLean=]
The first protagonist of the story. A new detective at the 27th precinct that is made Dee's partner at the beginning of the story. He's Japanese-American who was driven to become a police officer by the murder of his parents. He has a very kind and soft spoken outward demeanor but on the inside has many conflicts about his own identity as a man. He often scolds Dee for his advances but deeply cares for his partner and has taken in the orphaned Bikky. He also looks out for Bikky's friend Carol whenever she is in need.

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NobuoTobita (Japanese); Creator/TerrenceStone (English)
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* BeautifulDreamer
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* {{Bishonen}}: Dee says he's beautiful and Diana calls him a pretty boy.
* BigDamnHero: Once for Dee and for another would be victim.
* BiTheWay[=/=]ButNotTooBi: He had a budding romance with a girl as a teenager and at the beginning of the manga he identifies himself as straight, but by the end of the manga he calls himself a gay man. The truth is some form of either these tropes or a case of IfItsYouItsOkay for Dee.
* ButNotTooForeign: Half-American, half-Japanese
* CloudCuckooLander: It's repeatedly mentioned how out of it he can be.
* CowboyCop: He has his moments.
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DeadpanSnarker: Has his moments.
* FairCop
* FriendToAllChildren
* {{Gayngst}}: Has plenty ongoing issues with this.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: To Dee who was in a HeroicBSOD after the orphanage had been bombed.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: First claims he's straight when Dee makes advances, a tactic that he drops very early on.
* ImplausibleDeniability: Likes to adamantly deny he's not jealous when someone else kisses Dee even if it's obvious.
* TheIngenue: Yes, Ryo is a rare male version. In the English version, other characters even jokingly call him 'Sandra Dee', an actress known for playing ingenues.
* LuminescentBlush: Very often thanks to Dee.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: For someone who scolds Dee for his advances and wants to be left alone, he sure lets Dee kiss him a lot and gets jealous when others kiss Dee. Not to mention the times he ''voluntarily'' kisses Dee.....
* MrFanservice: Cute, kindhearted {{moe}} guy who ends up bare chested several times courtesy of Dee.
* {{Mukokuseki}}: He doesn't look Japanese yet people can tell by looking at his eyes.
* NewspaperThinDisguise: Of course it fails when Alicia spots him.
* NiceGuy
* ParentalAbandonment: They were murdered when he was 18.
* PostKissCatatonia: After his third kiss with Dee (if you count the FakeOutMakeOut). Snaps out of it when Dee says Carol's gone missing.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The sensitive one with Dee.
* SexForSolace: Propositions Dee for this but gets [[ArmorPiercingSlap slapped]] instead.
* SherlockScan: Naturally since he's a talented detective.
* ShowerOfAngst: Act 14.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: [=MacLean=]/[=McLean=]/Maclane/Mclane.
* SpitTake: Ryo gets a couple good ones on two separate occasions when he's asked if he and Dee are lovers.
* StraightMan: To Dee's wise guy antics.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TeamMom: Even Bikky considers Ryo as sort of his mom.
* TransparentCloset: At first, [[EveryoneCanSeeIt everyone]] seemed to think he was into Dee but him.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type B. He's the sweetest and kindest dude off-work, but when he gets pissed...
-->'''Dee''': ... Dear God, but you can be one catty '''[[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]'''!
* UptightLovesWild: Ryo for Dee which he won't admit.

!!Dee Laytner
The second protagonist of the story. A detective of the 27th precinct and later the 52nd, he is head over heels in love with his partner Ryo. Often pounces Ryo but has principles and will always look out for Ryo. He is easily amused, well liked but often thought of as obnoxious by the others. He was raised in an orphanage and still sends gifts to the children despite claiming he hates children. He's there for Bikky and Carol whenever they need help even if Bikky isn't particularly fond of him.

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TomokazuSeki (Japanese); Doug Stone credited as Sandy Lang (English)
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* AboveTheInfluence: Will not actually take advantage of Ryo.
* AccidentalPervert: Along with Bikky, accidentally walks in on Carol nude in the bathroom.
* ArmorPiercingSlap[=/=]GetAholdOfYourselfMan: To Ryo.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:In the final chapter of the first series. Ryo ''finally'' reciprocates.]]
* {{Badass}}: He grew up not to be a half-assed cop like he promised. Still lazy with paperwork though.
* BeautifulDreamer
* BerserkButton: Go ahead and threaten Ryo ''and'' children around Dee. See what happens.
* {{Bishonen}}: According to himself, he's not just pretty but ''uber hot'' when Drake calls him a pretty boy.
* BigDamnHero: A couple of times but mainly for Ryo in England.
* BiTheWay
* ButtMonkey
* CheshireCatGrin: Which Ryo should beware....
* ChivalrousPervert: As said above, he can be very pushy in his Ryo chase, but when Ryo is incapacitated or comes on him when drunk, he won't take the bait. Not to mention he's damn loyal to his friends/coworkers.
* ClickHello: To Leo Grant.
* CowboyCop: The poster boy of this trope in the 27th precinct.
* [[spoiler: DarkAndTroubledPast]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially with dealing with the chief and JJ.
* {{Determinator}}: Is utterly determined to make Ryo fall for him.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Patiently waited for Ryo to sort his feelings out for two years.
* DudeHesLikeInAComa: When Dee kisses Ryo while he's alseep.
* DynamicEntry: Dee gets a few good ones.
* FairCop
* FriendToAllChildren: Despite claiming to hate them.
* GreenEyes: Feisty, energetic and sexy!
* HeroicBSOD: After his "Mother" got hurt when the orphanage he grew up in had been bombed.
* HeroStoleMyBike: Steals a motorcycle in England to save Ryo.
* ImagineSpot: Dee has few. Usually when fantasizing about Ryo.
* InsistentTerminology: Dee always clarifies for everyone to know that he is not gay but actually bisexual.
* LovableSexManiac
* MrFanservice
* OrphanageOfLove: Was raised in one and still visits.
* ParentalAbandonment: Was literally abandoned by his unknown parent(s) when he was a very small child.
* PluckyComicRelief: Much comic relief comes from Dee failing to ensnare Ryo.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Was banned from using automatic firearms for a time but did just fine with a revolver. Eventually asks for permission to carry an automatic again and he's granted to carry one.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The manly man with Ryo.
* SmokingIsCool: Has been smoking since he was at least 15.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Dee explains Laytner is a made up name based on Latener but in Fake II, Dee's business card spells his name as 'Latener'.
* [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tall, Dark, Snarky]] [[TallDarkAndHandsome and Handsome]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Bikky.

!!Bikky

A half caucasian, half African-American orphan that Dee and Ryo meet as a witness during a case. He immediately is hostile towards Dee but takes a liking to Ryo who bonds with him. He's taken in by Ryo and very protective of Ryo. Bikky decides it's his job to protect Ryo from the perverted Dee to Dee's chagrin.

->'''Voiced by:''' RicaMatsumoto (Japanese); Mona Marshall (English)
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* AccidentalPervert: Accidentally walks in on Carol nude in the bathroom with Dee.
* BrattyHalfPint
* [[spoiler:{{Bishonen}}]]
* DarkSkinnedBlond: He's the result of mixed-ethnicity.
* HappilyAdopted
* [[HasTwoMommies Has Two Daddies]]
* HotBlooded
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* MistakenForGay: Carol initially thought Bikky's homophobia was because he was a closeted gay. Bikky proved her wrong when he kissed her and declared he was going to be her first boyfriend. Carol didn't mind in the slightest.
* MomentKiller: Many times and [[GenreSavvy always on purpose.]]
* MouthyKid
* PrecociousCrush: On Carol and Diana.
* TagalongKid
* [[spoiler:ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Carol]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Dee and Lai.

!!Carol
A girl who seemed to live the life of a street urchin until she became a witness to a crime. She pick pocketed Ryo and was caught by Dee. Afterwards she came to rely on Ryo (and to a lesser extent Dee) for help. She is very close to Bikky and she often visits him at Ryo's home.

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/WakanaYamazaki (Japanese); Stevie Bloch (English)
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* ActionSurvivor: She fought off her kidnapper and escaped by jumping out a third story window!
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Tall, not actually dark-haired, very aloof for her age and tends to attract trouble.
* ClingyJealousGirl: For a while towards Bikky. Got out of it and apologized for it.
* MomentKiller: Has her fair share of interrupting Dee and Ryo.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Ryo and Dee.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Carol/Cara/Cal/Chal?
* StreetUrchin: In the past.
* TagalongKid: Sometimes.
* {{Tsundere}}: To Bikky
* YaoiFangirl: She's getting there.

!!Berkley Rose
The Commissioner of the 27th precinct that transferred into that job after taking an interest in Ryo when he met him and Dee during their vacation in England. He is very mature, confident and serious with a piercing gaze. Dee dislikes him and views him as a serious threat over Ryo's affections.

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MasashiEbara (Japanese); SteveKramer (English)
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* BadassBaritone
* {{Bishonen}}
* BiTheWay: Or likely IfItsYouItsOkay towards Ryo.
* FairCop
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Gives the impression and he can be quite the JerkAss, but isn't a bad person per se.
* HopelessSuitor: For Ryo.
* NotSoDifferent: Ryo notes he and Dee are very much alike and one reason he and Dee don't get along.
* StoicSpectacles

!!Diana Spacey

A special agent for the FBI that teams up with the detectives of the 27th precinct during a case. She tends to dress provocatively and is a very confident strong woman that can handle herself well. She becomes close friends with Ryo and he confides in her. She openly flirts with Ryo to tease Dee and Berkley. Dee likes to refer to her as a "sea hag".
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* ActionGirl
* BadassLongcoat
** BadassInDistress: In act 8.
* CheshireCatGrin
* CombatStilettos
* CoolShades
* DemotedToExtra: Only appeared in the OAV's opening sequence!
* LadyOfWar
* LikeBrotherAndSister: How Berkley sees their relationship, much to Diana's eternal frustration. [[spoiler: In ''Like, Like, Love'' though Berkley ''finally'' wises up and initiates a RelationshipUpgrade when he gets word that she might get married to a colleague.]]
* NoblewomansLaugh: At the end of Act 8.
* ShipperOnDeck: Also for Ryo and Dee.
* TheTease
* ChildhoodFriendRomance:[[spoiler:To Berkley in ''Like, Like, Love''.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Dee. Mildly on the best bud part.

!!Jemmy Jay "J.J." Adams
An old friend of Dee that graduated with him at the police academy. He loves and worships Dee.. to the annoyance of Dee. He's cheerful and eccentric but also the precinct's best shot.

->'''Voiced by:''' TetsuyaIwanaga (Japanese); Gary Gillet (English)
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: For Dee of course. Not that JJ gets the hint.
* {{Bishonen}}
* BrokenPedestal: For Max Fork.
* [[spoiler:BunnyEarsLawyer: Cheerful, loud, eccentric, kind of annoying but efficient when getting the job done. Even the other guys are surprised.]]
* CampGay: PlayedForLaughs
* CrazyJealousGuy: PlayedForLaughs, and hitting more traits of the ClingyJealousGirl trope (Only with a dude)
* [[spoiler:CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass]]
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Does this to Dee in FAKE II.
* [[spoiler: FriendlySniper]]
* [[spoiler: GeniusDitz: Yes, he acts like a kid and clings to his adored Dee. No, he's not exactly incompetent when in the job. Yes, his sniping skills are top notch.]]
* TheGlomp: sometimes to Dee when Dee fails to dodge it or hide from JJ.
* HopelessSuitor: Towards Dee.
* {{Keet}}
* MomentKiller: Although not as bad as Bikky.
* TheNoseKnows: Subverted in Fake II volume 3.
* OneOfTheKids
* SniperRifle


!!Drake Parker
One of the detectives at the 27th that has known Dee for many years. He is JJ's partner. He is often seen hanging out with Ted and is Dee's drinking buddy outside of work.

->'''Voiced by:''' KenichiOno (Japanese); Bob Bobson (English)
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* TheBigGuy
* FairCop
* MarriedToTheJob: Decides to take this route after one too many failed relationships. [[spoiler: J.J. has other ideas, though...]]
* NiceGuy: Seems the least annoyed with J.J.'s antics and even early on in the series was shown comforting J.J. whenever the latter got upset with Dee's relationship with Ryo.
* [[spoiler:PairTheSpares: With J.J. in ''Like Like Love'']]
* [[spoiler:SettledForGay: With J.J. in ''Like Like Love'']]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
--> "Chief! I've managed to apprehend Ben Lloyd, sir! I nabbed him all by myself and definitely without anyone's help!"
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Ted.

!!Ted
Is also a detective at the 27th. He is often doing all the computer related work on cases. He has known Dee for many years and is one of drinking buddies outside of work.

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KazuhiroNakata (Japanese); SteveKramer (English)
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* FairCop
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Drake.

!!Chief Warren Smith
The beleaguered police chief of the 27th precinct. He is seen as a father figure by many of the officers but constantly yelling at Dee for his shenanigans. Thanks to Dee, many of the officers call him nicknames like 'Old Badger' (Old Tanuki) and 'Walrus'.

->'''Voiced by:''' YousukeAkimoto (Japanese); Anthony Mozdy (English)
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* ByTheBookCop: Or so he wishes everyone were.
* DaChief
* HawaiianShirtedTourist: Dressed so when he's leaving to go on vacation.
* InSeriesNickname: "Badger (Old man tanuki)/Walrus" which he hates.
* MomentKiller: He interrupts Dee and Ryo while he and Dee are laid up ''in the hospital''.
* MyGreatestFailure: What happened during the Hale case when he was younger.
* RelationshipVoiceActor: it's not the first time he and Creator/TomokazuSeki [[GGundam have worked together closely]].

!!Rikka "Kai" Kaito
The new chief of the 52nd precinct. He's very serious and appears to have a mysterious past driving his police work.

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* CoolShades
* DarkAndTroubledPast[=/=]MysteriousPast
* FriendToAllChildren: They even call him the "Candy Man".
* SweetTooth
* TallDarkAndSnarky