A list of the various characters in the Rockstar game ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption''. [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly Some of them are good, some of them are bad, and some of them are ugly]] - but they're certainly interesting.


[[folder: John Marston]]

The main protagonist and playable character. A former outlaw who ran with Dutch Van Der Linde's gang, a huge falling-out with the gang led to John deciding to go straight and try to raise a family. However, the Bureau of Investigations wants to eliminate the gang, and they force John - by holding his family hostage - to take up his guns once again and hunt down and capture or kill the men he once called friends.

* AmazonChaser: [[spoiler:Abigail used to ride with their gang, is often referred to shutting men up, and is even more of a verbal badass than John is. ]]
* AntiHero: John is an AntiHero no matter how you play him, but the KarmaMeter makes it somewhat difficult to ascertain exactly ''what'' AntiHero he is. A player who does consistently good deeds, along with Marston's willingness to help people in need and motivation for the main story for make him more of a [[KnightInSourArmor Type II]] or a light [[GoodIsNotNice Type III]]. A particularly nasty player can make him a [[PayEvilUntoEvil Type IV]] or even a [[VillainProtagonist Type V]].
* TheAtoner: It's right there in the title.
* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead]]: [[spoiler:In Undead Nightmare, [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie John returns to the world as a zombie]].]]
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBaritone
** BadassBeard
** BadassBoast
** BadassCape: The poncho outfit.
** BadassLongcoat: Quite a few of his outfits.
** BadassBandolier: Not at first, but you can get one.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Should the player feel so thus inclined in the Stranger missions.
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Determinator}}: [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=red+dead+redemption++motivational#/art/Red-Dead-Redemption-Motivational-350017186?_sid=10a00f1e This]] picture pretty much sums it up.
* [[spoiler: DyingMomentOfAwesome: Good ''Lord'', is it ever.]]
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Marston Has Standards]]: When ordered to burn down a village by De Santa, Marston is clearly against the idea but is forced to go along with it to maintain the support of the Mexican army. Afterwards, he's pretty disgusted at himself while everyone else is happily pillaging.
* {{Expy}}: Played with, as he resembles Red Harlow physically but not in personality
* FastestGunInTheWest
* GeniusBruiser: Due to his lack of education, he does not qualify for a BadassBookworm, but it becomes clear very quickly that John is extremely intelligent and, had he received an education, could have likely pursued any path he wanted.
* [[GoodParents Good Parent]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: While he can be good or evil depending on how you play, he sure didn't get them "falling over in church", as he puts it.
* TheGunslinger
* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies]]
* HandicappedBadass: There are several hints that point to John being nearly blind in his left eye. He's still quite a sharpshooter however. He even quips, "Looks like I got my eye back" once you killed a few people in Dead Eye mode.
* HappilyMarried: He absolutely adores his wife. In contrast to every other Rockstar protagonist out there, he turns down every other woman's advances without hesitation, always remaining faithful to her.
* HeroicNeutral: Just wants to be left alone with his family.
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice: He allows the government to kill him, so his wife and son can live the rest of their lives in peace. But he doesn't go down [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome without taking a few with him]].]]
** [[spoiler: FaceDeathWithDignity]]
** [[spoiler: TakingYouWithMe[=/=]DoNotGoGentle: Knowing that he is going to die and has to die for his family, Marston is damn well not going down alone.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Ross considers him to be one of these, [[spoiler: to the point that he kills him.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: Reyes even calls him a romantic trying to be a cynic.
* MrFanservice
* NiceGuy: Generally tries to be cooperative with those he's working with and displays a large amount of restraint and patience, not to mention being a very loving father and husband.
** BewareTheNiceOnes: Despite this, he does have his limits and will not hesitate to threaten those he feels aren't holding up their side of the bargain.
* [[spoiler:NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: You feel doing all of those good deeds and side stories don't you? Ross says Hello. John Marston is quite possibly the TropeCodifier. All the good deeds he does throughout the game... is undone when Ross and his men come to kill him.]]
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: He only starts to openly work for the rebels after [[spoiler:Allende and de Santa tried to screw him over and Reyes saved him.]] Otherwise he treats them as a means to an end, though [[MoralityPet he's somewhat sympathetic towards Luisa]].
* OneManArmy: He, by himself, fought off bandits, rebels, wolves, cougars, and the Mexican and US Armies [[spoiler:(if only)]].
* [[EvilParentsWantGoodKids Outlaw Parents Want Good Kids]]: He and Abigail made Jack unaware of their profession, especially in regard to the days of Dutch's gang.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Lampshaded by Bill Williamson - John was always one for "fancy words."
* PapaWolf
* ParentalAbandonment: His mother died in childbirth, and his father died when he was 8, leaving him to grow up in an orphanage until he met Dutch.
* RetiredOutlaw: He simply wants to live his days out in peace with his family.
* RuggedScar: Covered in em'. As he says, he certainly didn't get them "falling over in church".
* WarriorPoet: He's a surprisingly eloquent speaker, something that [[DiscOneFinalBoss Bill Williamson]] points out.
* WildCard: In Mexico, he's willing to work with whomever he thinks can get him to Williamson and Escuella. [[/folder]]

[[folder:New Austin Arc]]
!!Bonnie [=MacFarlane=]
A ranch hand that helps out John early in the game.

* ActionGirl
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: It's implied that by the last time she meets John she's developed a crush on him. However it seemed that she moved on by the epilogue, where it's stated that she's married.
* {{Badass}}
* ChristmasCake: She's 29, which counts for that era.
* DeadpanSnarker
* NiceGirl: One of the friendliest characters that John meets in the game.
* SpiritedYoungLady

!!Marshal Leigh Johnson
The no-nonsense District Marshal of Armadillo.

* {{Badass}}
** BadassGrandpa
* CoolOldGuy
* GunsAkimbo: In cutscenes only, unfortunately.
* KnightInSourArmor
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: To an extent.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:According to the epilogue, he eventually retired as Marshal and moved as far away from Armadillo as he could.]]
* TheSheriff: Despite being a Marshal.

!!Nigel West Dickens
A traveling salesman and a self-proclaimed man of science.

* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Say what you will about Mr. West Dickens. He may be a DirtyCoward, but he also [[spoiler: helps John with an assault on Fort Mercer, complete with shooting some of the enemies]].
* ForScience
* LargeHam: When trying to advertise his wares.
* LovableCoward: Of a sort - he may be a swindler who often cowers behind schoozing and stronger friends when his lies come back to bite him, but he also volunteers a plan to help John face Williamson without being prompted or asked by John at all and is right there with him when the assault happens.
* NiceHat: His top hat.
* NotSoDifferent: He ''never'' lets John mock his line of work without pointing out John's own dubious past in return.
* TheSmartGuy: For the plan to take Fort Mercer.
* SmugSnake
* SnakeOilSalesman: Formerly the page image.
** Could also fall under WorstAid. It's ambiguous whether Mr. Dickens knowingly sells junk or actually believes in the stuff he's peddling, as he never gives up the act even when it's just him and the highly skeptical Marston. If we grant that the in-game cartoon about the dangers of medical science that '''WILL KILL YOU AND LEAVE YOU DEAD''' is about Dickens, it seems that the medicine technically could have useful ingredients, though apparently at the wrong dosages and with the wrong mixtures.
* SmallNameBigEgo
* TheStrategist: Despite seemingly being a hack, he ''does'' devise a plan to assault Fort Mercer that works like a charm, in addition to putting John in touch with the other characters who supply the equipment (namely, a [[MoreDakka gatling gun]]) to make it happen.
* VitriolicBestBuds: His relationship with John to an extent, particularly in Undead Nightmare, when they bid each other a relatively fond farewell. When John later sees West Dickens getting arrested in Blackwater, he gets Ross to pardon him.

An arms dealer that John has to deal with as part of the assault on Bill Williamson.

* TheAlcoholic: John seems to never meet him while he's sober.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday:
--> '''Marston:''' I'm the guy who saved you from gettin' killed back there and who you owe your life to, remember?
--> '''Irish:''' Not really, happens to me all the time.
* {{Buttmonkey}}
* DirtyCoward: Notably, he happens to be "late" during the assault of Fort Mercer, where even West Dickens and Seth fight for a bit. However he'll fight back if he has absolutely no choice.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: [[spoiler:The epilogue states that he managed to get himself killed while [[TooDumbToLive drunkenly fiddling around with a gun]] in an outhouse.]]
* {{Oireland}}
* OnlyKnownByHisNickname: He's simply referred to as "Irish" by all other characters. [[spoiler:The newspaper in the epilogue simply refers to him as an unnamed Irishman.]]
* UndignifiedDeath: [[spoiler:Shot himself while drunkenly fiddling with a gun while in an outhouse.]]
* UngratefulBastard: His response to John saving his life is to send him off, unwittingly, to an almost certain death to avoid repaying his debt.

!!Seth Briars
A maniacal treasure hunter that West Dickens sends John towards.

* ButtMonkey
* CaptainErsatz: Basically they took [[LordOfTheRings Gollum]] and put him in the Wild West.
* DepravedBisexual: States that he's had a wife and child once while implying that his relationship with Moses Forth was more than just partners.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Subverted; while robbing a grave he expresses disgust at one of the corpses he exhumes [[BrotherSisterIncest laying with his sister]]... but that's just because he doesn't like women, full stop.
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:"A glass eye?!? IT'S A GLASS EYE!"]]
* ShoutOut: West Dickens nicknames him [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Seth of the Death]].
** In Undead Nightmare he also plays cards with his now undead friend Moses, in similar fashion [[spoiler: the ending of Film/ShaunOfTheDead shows Shaun playing video games with zombie-Ed]]
* ReverseMole: His role as part of the assault on Williamson is getting inside Fort Mercer and opening the gates for John and the others.
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler:In the epilogue it is mentioned that he actually found real treasure and became rich]].
** He also has a prominent role in the Undead Nightmare DLC and generally fares very well within the Zombie Apocalypse.

!!Bill Williamson
The first of John's former gang members that he has to bring to justice.

* AxCrazy
* BeardOfEvil
* BigBad: Of the ''New Austin'' arc.
* BrainsAndBrawn: With Javier.
* TheBrute
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Think your job's done after killing him? Ross has other plans.
* DumbMuscle: John states that Bill was never the smartest one of the gang.
* EvilFormerFriend
* {{Jerkass}}
* TheSociopath

[[folder: Nuevo Paraiso Arc]]
!!Agustin Allende
The provincial governor of Nuevo Paradiso. A brutal tyrant with a love of sexual violence.

* BigBad: Of the ''Nuevo Paraíso'' arc.
** DragonInChief: To Ignacio Sanchez. Sanchez is the actual leader of the Mexican Army, [[BiggerBad but he never gets directly involved in the story]] and [[TheGhost is never seen in the game]], while Allende personally leads the army and handles Sanchez's operations. He's also Reyes's main target instead of Sanchez.
* TheCaligula: Known for kidnapping young women to serve in his personal harem.
* CoolSword: Never uses it though.
* [[ColonelKilgore Coronel Kilgore]]: His general policy towards rebels is to kill everyone.
* DirtyCoward: Offers Williamson in return for his own life.
* EvilOverlord: For the part of Mexico that John is in, at least.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* TheSocialDarwinist
* WideEyedIdealist: So long ago, but he decided he preferred the easy life. In this way, he and Reyes are NotSoDifferent.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Tries to get John executed, but Reyes pulls a BigDamnHeroes.]]

!!Vincente de Santa
The second-in-command (maybe) of Allende, who openly supports his methods.

* AffablyEvil: Despite strongly supporting Allende's brutal, harsh methods, he appears to be a somewhat jovial, friendly guy.
* DepravedHomosexual: Subverted; while his enemies claims that he is this trope, his [[TheDragon style of villainy]] and [[StraightGay general behaviour]] state otherwise.
** DepravedBisexual: What he does to women, on the other hand...
* DoWithHimAsYouWill: [[spoiler:A possible fate for him. If John decides not to personally kill him, he'll walk away and tell the rebels that he's all theirs, after which they'll proceed to perforate him with bullets.]]
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: When de Santa first meets John, he acts extremely hostile, to the point of having his soldiers aim their weapons at him. A few seconds later he bursts out laughing and explains that he was joking. John is less than amused.
* TheDragon: To Allende. Well, not if you ask Espinoza....
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: He hates Captain Espinoza, and attempts to get him killed along with John by sending them against a large group of rebels equipped only with unskilled new recruits.
* StraightGay: While his homosexuality is strongly hinted at in his interactions with the drink pourer and openly mocked by his enemies, he fits this trope.'
* SycophanticServant

!!Landon Ricketts
A retired American gunslinger, now residing in Mexico protecting the local townsfolk.

* '''''{{BADASS}}'''''
** BadassGrandpa: Despite his age, he is one of the best allies and one of the best fighters John has while in Mexico.
** BadassMoustache: OH HELL YES.
* BerserkButton: He despises seeing innocent people such as Luisa come to harm.
* {{Expy}}: His resemblance to Sam Elliot has been noted.
* FastestGunInTheWest
* LivingLegend
** In Undead Nightmare, he becomes rather more obssessed with maintaing this staus than helping out, leading to a slight BrokenAce situation.
* OneManArmy: In Undead Nightmare, he single handedly keeps Casa Madrugada safe from the Undead.
* TheObiWan: Helps John further improve his Dead Eye skills. [[spoiler: He later does the same for Jack.]]
* PapaWolf: To the citizens of Chuparosa.
* RetiredGunslinger: While his days as a legend of the west are over, he'll pick up that revolver to protect Chuparosa.

!!Luisa Fortuna
A young schoolteacher and a member of Reyes' rebels, who she sees as a great hero.

* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Despite being an otherwise bright person, Luisa actually believes Reyes' lies and thinks that he honestly loves her when in actuality he can't even remember her name.
* LoveMartyr
* MoralityPet: For John. He helps her out not just to forward his own goals but because she's one of the few characters to not earn his contempt. He's also somewhat offended by the fact that Reyes can't even remember her name despite telling her that she will be his wife.
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: Whereas most of the RDR cast look realistic, Luisa looks like she came off a Mexican wall mural - her eyes in particular.
* StupidGood
* [[spoiler:TooDumbToLive]]: [[spoiler: Attacking a group of government soldiers with just a knife was a stupid move]].
* WideEyedIdealist: To the point of being blind to any of Reyes' faults. She also has trouble understanding that John doesn't care about the revolution as much as she does.

!!Abraham Reyes
The leader of the rebels. A charismatic son of nobles who proves to be not nearly as great as he says.

* AffablyEvil: He may be a power hungry wannabe-hero who manipulates civilians into helping him just so that he can take over Mexico, he's very charismatic and polite. He even treats John as if he was his best friend.
* [[spoiler:BigBad]]: [[spoiler:Technically this for Undead Nightmare. He's the one who starts the ZombieApocalypse after taking an Aztec mask he thought would make him invincible.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Saves John from being executed by de Santa, returning the favor from earlier.]]
* GloryHound
* [[spoiler:FullCircleRevolution]]: [[spoiler:It's revealed in the epilogue that after leading the rebellion to victory and becoming Presidente, Reyes becomes just another tyrannical dictator.]]
* IGaveMyWord: At the least, he doesn't try to screw John over and does end up helping him take down Escuella and Williamson.
* {{Jerkass}}: It's pretty clear to John that Reyes is a man obsessed with power more than he is with actually doing any good. He also regularly cheats on Luisa, won't marry her because she's a peasant, and keeps forgetting her name [[spoiler: even after she dies trying to save his life]].
** Undead Nightmare reveals that he abandons all of the girls that he has sex with once they get pregnant. [[spoiler: And his selfish, greedy personality ends up causing the {{Zombie Apocalypse}} [[KarmicDeath as well as his own demise]] when he steals an Aztec mask because he thought it would make him invincible]].
* LargeHam: An absolutely DELICIOUS one.
* ReallyGetsAround: Claims that it's his duty to spread his seed amongst his citizens as future Presidente. In Undead Nighmares it's mentioned that pregnant girls tend to be tossed to the nuns however.

Colonel Allende's other, more competent right-hand man in the war against the rebels.

* {{Badass}}: Unlike De Santa, Espinoza is not afraid to head into combat.
** BadassInCharge: He is an incredibly efficient military commander and he always leads the charge on any battle he's fighting in.
* TheCaptain
* EyepatchOfPower
* FaceDeathWithDignity: When the rebels take Chuparosa, he refuses to flee and continues fighting from the town hall until Marston finally kills him.
* OnlyOneName
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: He severely dislikes De Santa and constantly competes with him for Allende's favor.
* {{Sadist}}: After defeating a rebel platoon in Tesoro Azul, he orders the village burnt and the deceased rebels' wives kidnapped and (most likely) raped to send a message to surviving rebels.
* WeaponOfChoice: He asks John what his favorite weapon is as they ride towards Chuparosa. From his recurrent use of it, the Schoffield revolver appears to be his favorite weapon.
* WorthyOpponent: He appears to hold some degree of respect for Marston, most likely due to his prowess in combat.

!!Javier Escuella
One of John's former gang members and evidently the brains of the group. He aided Bill in going to Nuevo Paraiso to escape from John.

* BrokenPedestal: According to John, he was hit the hardest by Dutch going insane.
* BrainsAndBrawn: With Bill.
* BunnyEarsLawyer
* DirtyCoward: Once John starts gunning for him, he's running the entire time. It makes him calling John a puto (bitch) rather hypocritical.
* EvilFormerFriend

[[folder: West Elizabeth Arc]]

!!Agent Edgar Ross
A federal agent forcing Marston to go after his former gang members. He's holding Marston's wife and son hostage, until he finishes the job... [[spoiler: and even then, Ross still has something up his sleeve...]]

* [[spoiler:AssholeVictim]]
* BigBad: Of the whole game.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: Cold, calculating Blue to Fordham's hot-headed, aggressive Red.
* [[FBIAgent BOI Agent]]
* [[spoiler:[[CreateYourOwnVillain Create Your Own Outlaw]]: Him killing John makes Jack a revenge-driven outlaw.]]
* DirtyCop: He's not above kidnapping someone's family to make them hunt down outlaws that ''he'' should be hunting down.
* DirtyCoward: He ''does'' participate in a few firefights, including [[spoiler: the assault on Beecher's Hope]], but that doesn't quite make up for the fact that he spends the whole game forcing John, by kidnapping his innocent family, to risk life and limb hunting down Dutch's gang instead of doing it himself.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The very first thing we see Ross do is rudely shove a paper boy out of his way as he's escorting John to the train. And if that wasn't enough to let us know that he's hardly a pleasant guy, the next time we see him, he tells John that Abigail "sends her regards" and gives a snide little chuckle.
* {{Expy}}: A [[DirtyCop corrupt law enforcement official]] with an [[SmugSnake irritatingly smug personality]] who forces the protagonist to do his dirty work by [[IHaveYourWife holding family hostage]], claims to be doing what he does for the greater good, and [[spoiler: decides to kill the protagonist after they've done everything he asked?]] Are we talking about Agent Edgar Ross or [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas Officer Frank Tenpenny?]]
* [[spoiler:FakeUltimateHero: At the game's end, [[WrittenByTheWinners the "official" story]] is that Ross was a great hero who brought down Dutch's gang, bringing these murderers and thieves to justice. Almost no one knows that the ''true'' story had Ross force one of the gang's former members - who was desperately trying to go straight and live a normal life - to do his dirty work for him, only to stab him in the back after promising to leave him and his family alone.]]
* [[spoiler: FinalBoss: The main storyline concludes with a duel between him and Jack Marston, at the bank of the San Luis river.]]
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Lights up a cigar as he [[spoiler: watches John take his last breaths, satisfied that Dutch's Gang has been completely wiped out]].
* GloryHound: As much as Ross harps on about morality and how everyone must pay for their misdeeds, when it comes to wiping out Dutch's gang, it's heavily implied at one point that he's also in it for the medals. [[spoiler: And according to his brother, he was awarded a "chestful" of them after taking care of John, fully eliminating the gang.]] He'd be a mere GlorySeeker if his methods weren't so underhanded.
* HeroAntagonist: At his core, he wants to bring about law, order and civilization, and eliminate all those who seek to destroy it. He's an [[JerkAss asshole]] for sure, and his means of accomplishing this end are often underhanded to say the least, but it's hard to fault his basic goals. [[spoiler:One can argue he stopped being this when he backstabs John, who's trying to go straight, after he did exactly what he wanted him to do.]]
* HolierThanThou: Though centered on morality rather than religion.
* InspectorJavert: To John Marston's Valjean; he continues to rage against Marston's supposed monstrousness and in the process [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becomes quite monstrous himself]].
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Wife and Son]]: This is how he gets John under his thumb.
* {{Jerkass}}: While Fordham at least shows gratitude and at least respect occasionally towards John and others, Ross is disdainful towards ''everyone'' he runs into - not just John - and considers himself nobler and morally above pretty much the entire West by default. He constantly refers to the people he protects as savages, fools and scum that should be lucky to have his assistance, and is just in general very unlikeable. He is even disrespectful to those working for him, like Fordham (who he is constantly putting down) and Nastas (who he refers to as a savage).
* {{Hypocrite}}: He claims that what he does is morally right by bringing peace and order to the frontier, but nothing changes the fact that kidnapping a man's [[IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure (innocent)]] family is pretty barbaric way to go about doing so. The best part is that he's also absolutely aware of this, and seems to believe the ends justify the means.
-->'''Marston''': [[NotInThisForYourRevolution My side ain't chosen! My side was given.]] I'd kill you a hundred times before I killed Dutch, if it was an option.
-->'''Ross''': Hallelujah! I think were finally reaching an understanding Mr. Marston!
* KickTheDog: He seems to ''love'' making snide, insensitive remarks about John's family. And one of the first things we see him do is rudely shove a little boy selling newspapers out of his way.
* KnightTemplar: He's aiming to bring law and order to the West and wipe out the gangs, by any means necessary.
* [[spoiler: KarmaHoudini: Until Jack kills him... [[WrittenByTheWinners and even then, he's seen as a hero]].]]
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Goes on a long, increasingly bizarre monologue about Dutch's anarchy at the beginning of the mission "And You Shall Know The Truth...".
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: Between John, and himself, they really aren't. Neither of them can escape their past. John can't escape his past life of crime, while Ross can't his life as a government employee, constantly being pulled back in to work.]]
** Furthermore, it's arguable that he really might not be that different from [[spoiler: ''Dutch''. Both are fighting for what they believe to be best for society, Ross for civilization and Dutch for anarchy, and both display a complete willingness to ShootTheDog if that's what it takes to get there. But the game shows that both of them are hypocrites and neither of they're plans are without flaws anyway. The only real difference is that in the end, Ross is remembered as the hero and Dutch as the vicious outlaw, but then the game points out that had more to do with civilization ultimately triumphing and history being WrittenByTheWinners then any real moral superiority of one over the other.]]
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: When you're hunting him down as Jack, you talk to his wife and brother... and what they say hints that he has sympathetic traits despite being a menace to the Marston family.]]
** Also, he has Nigel West Dickens pardoned after John tells him that West Dickens helped him capture Bill Williamson.
* RecklessGunUsage: He gives John the high-powered pistol by shoving it barrel-first into John's stomach. But then again, he's not too concerned about John's well-being.
** After taking John's gun to [[spoiler: put a bullet in Dutch's corpse so it'll "look better on the report"]], he gives it back by ''tossing it to him''.
* [[spoiler:ResignationsNotAccepted: His wife tells Jack that while he's tried to retire, the government keeps pulling him back in.]]
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Fond of giving long flowing speeches about how he and the law are right and just, and how everything Dutch stood for and every fiber of John's being is morally bankrupt - usually in response to John calling him out on using extortion and kidnapping to further his own ends. Ross - who cannot accept that that John could possibly be a changed man - never lets an opportunity pass to pontificate, often hypocritically, on how lacking in character John is.
* SmugSnake: Both he and Fordham are irritatingly condescending to Marston whenever they meet.
* [[spoiler: TreacherousQuestGiver: Hoo boy...]]
* {{Troll}}: After John has fulfilled his end of the deal and asks about his family, Ross falsely tells him that Abigail was killed in a prison riot the previous week, just to mess around with him. He's lucky that John didn't shoot him right then and there, which he was ready to do before Ross revealed that he was "just joking".

!! Agent Archer Fordham
Ross' ambitious, eager and aggressive apprentice, who follows his orders no matter what.

* [[FBIAgent BOI Agent]]
* TheDragon: To Ross.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: Hot-headed and aggressive Red to Ross' cold, calculating Blue.
* SmugSnake: Though not quite as much as Ross is.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He thanks John if he gets Javier alive. And he even congratulates John after Dutch is taken care of. [[spoiler: He also doesn't seem to show up when Ross kills John, possibly due to the respect he gained for him.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: It is debatable whether he appears in the final attack. If not, he is never seen or mentioned again after John kills Dutch.]]

!! Professor Harold [=MacDougal=]
A "researcher" of Native Americans, [=MacDougal=] is a perfect representation of science of his time.

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Cocaine is a hell of a drug.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Gets kicked out of Yale after [[AxCrazy beating a colleague over the head with a croquet mallet]] and climbing up to the roof completely naked, in what is described as a "savage" attack, likely after a bad trip.]]
* ForScience
* InnocentBigot: Unlike Herbert Moon, who hates practically everybody, [=MacDougal=] is for the most part an UpperClassTwit who believes in [[CriticalResearchFailure crackpot theories and idiotic science]] and doesn't seem to really bear the natives any ill will.
** When the player first meets him, he is apparently comparing blood samples under a microscope. He tells John that those of a Native American seems to be exactly alike in composition to that of a white man, but he seems to be rather pleasantly surprised by the revelation rather than insulted as would be expectable by other racists.
** He also seems genuinely saddened by [[spoiler: Nastas' death, and even posts a paragraph in the Blackwater Ledger paying his respects]].
* TheLoad: Does nothing but make more trouble for you.
* ManHug: Gives one to John as he goes back to Yale.
* TheStoner: Almost always tweaked out on cocaine.

!! Nastas
A local indian who was hired by Edgar Ross to help John hunt Dutch down.

* NatureLover: In his words, "There is no respect for the land anymore." He's very concerned about the future of the forests, what with the West becoming more "civilized", and laments the overhunting of the buffalo. He'll even [[YouBastard call you a bastard]] if he sees you kill an animal during the mission "At Home With Dutch".
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: His reaction to Prof. [=MacDougal=]'s [[YouNoTakeCandle attempt to communicate with him]] has a hint of this.
* NiceGuy: Easily one of the most decent and pleasant people John meets in the game.
* OnlySaneMan: Along with John. In fact, he's one of the most decent people he works with.
* [[spoiler:WeHardlyKnewYe: Sadly, he only appears in three missions, the last of which has him taking a bullet to the face.]]

!!Dutch Van Der Linde
John's former mentor, and Ross's main target.

* [[spoiler:AntiVillain]]
* ArchnemesisDad: Sort of. He adopted John, Bill, and Javier when they were children, and raised them as a part of his gang. [=MacDougal=] even states that the current relationship between John and Dutch is Oedipal in nature.
* AxCrazy
* BigBad: Of the ''West Elizabeth'' arc.
* BloodKnight: By his own admission. He barely believes in the causes he fights for anymore, but keeps killing because it's all he knows how to do.
* BombThrowingAnarchist
* DespairEventHorizon: Went past this a long time ago.
* DespairSpeech: Gives one [[spoiler:right before throwing himself off of a cliff.]]
-->'''Dutch:''' When I'm gone, they'll just find another monster. They have to, because they have to justify their wages. Our time has passed, John.
* DiscOneFinalBoss
* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide]]
* EvilFormerFriend
* {{Expy}}: Bears more than a passing resemblance to the late Creator/LeeVanCleef. Their names are even quite similar.
** ShoutOut
* FallenHero: John believes that he was a good man - "was" being the key word.
* [[spoiler: TheFatalist: He becomes one right before his death.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: See WickedCultured below. Despite fighting civilization in favor of the old, more simple and egalitarian way of life that the Old West allowed men to live, you can tell from looking through caves in Cochinay that he's very well read and likely extremely intelligent. Ultimately, he's probably not that different from the people he's trying to fight: bankers, industrialists and government agents that civilization put in power, and under different circumstances probably would've had the smarts to be one himself. There's other evidence of this as well, he uses a Semi-Automatic pistol in cutscenes and escapes from the bank robbery in an automobile. [[spoiler:It goes to show how not even he could resist the influence of encroaching civilization, and it seems likely that this fact might have been what ultimately drove him over the DespairEventHorizon.]]
* JustLikeRobinHood: A long time ago.
* KickTheDog: The second time we see him, he holds a bank hostage and shoots some poor innocent woman in the head in front of John just to spite him.
* MightyWhitey: A villainous version. He leads the local Native Americans in a pointless guerilla war against civilization.
* ParentalSubstitute: Was this to the rest of the original gang.
* SocialDarwinist: One who is willing to die to make sure that his ideals become reality.
* SociopathicHero: In his own mind he is.
* SoftspokenSadist: His voice is actually pretty innocuous, but he certainly isn't.
* [[spoiler:TragicVillain]]: [[spoiler:In the end, it's revealed that he's just a sad man with not much else to live for.]]
* TriggerHappy
* WickedCultured: Considering that he taught John how to read, Dutch is probably rather well educated for his time. Also, when exploring his lair you can find a well-stocked bookshelf and a typewriter.
* WideEyedIdealist: Formerly. John believed that when Dutch realized that no matter how hard he fought, he could never make a real difference in the world, he snapped.
* [[spoiler:WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds]]

!!Abigail Marston
John's wife. A former prostitute who used to "work" with John's old gang before they got married.

* ClingyJealousGirl: Shows hints of this whenever Bonnie is mentioned, though it's mostly sarcastic.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeterminedHomesteader's Wife: Literally.
* HappilyMarried: With John.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: What she was before marrying John.
* IllGirl: She can be heard coughing heavily in gameplay. [[spoiler:She also dies not long after John.]]
* LethalChef: At least in John's opinion.
* NeverLearnedToRead: The only illiterate member of the Marston family.
* [[VitriolicBestBuds Vitriolic Married Couple]]: She and John are quite sarcastic around each other, but are still very much in love.


[[folder: Minor characters and strangers]]

!![=D.S. MacKenna=]
An eccentric early filmmaker.

* EarlyFilms: He embodies this era.
* LargeHam: And he knows it.
* PunnyName
* [[spoiler:TooDumbToLive]]: In Undead Nightmare.

!!Herbert Moon
The anti-Semitic and racist Armadillo shopkeeper.

* AscendedExtra: In the main game, he's simply a shopkeeper with a penchant for blaming everything on Jews and screaming his name. In Undead Nightmare, he gets a cutscene where he expresses [[HatesEveryoneEqually hatred for nearly everyone]] that isn't a white American male, even though he's never actually ''met'' most other ethnicities.
* AssholeVictim: Nothing stopping you from tying him up and leaving him on the rail tracks if you ever get tired of his racism. And you will.
** [[spoiler: In ''Undead Nightmare'', he is killed by zombies after going into a xenophobic rant.]]
* ConspiracyTheorist: He sometimes states that the Jews killed UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, stating that it's why [[InsaneTrollLogic there's a triangle on the dollar bill]].
** In ''Undead Nightmare'' he blames the Zombies on the "[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Jewish British Catholic Homosexual elites]]", an accusation that leaves John somewhat baffled.
* DumbassHasAPoint: His views on Abraham Reyes are perhaps the only insightful comments he makes.
* HatesEveryoneEqually: In Undead Nightmare, he seems to hate pretty much everyone that isn't Herbert Moon, even though he's never met them.
* SayMyName: He really likes hearing his own name.
* SarcasmBlind: He seems to not pick up that John's just being sarcastic with him.
* ShopKeeper: Of Armadillo

!!Eli and Jonah
The two deputies of Armadillo.

* AmbiguouslyJewish: Which Herbert Moon [[SarcasmMode helpfully]] points out.
* CluelessDeputy
* FatAndSkinny
* ThoseTwoGuys

!!Mother Superior
The most senior nun at Las Hermanas.

* AscendedExtra: Has a VERY minor role in the main game. Is one of the main characters in Undead Nightmare.
* BadassPreacher: Very much so.
* NunTooHoly: Defied. Mother Superior is concerned about even killing a zombie.


[[folder:'''SPOILERS''' - Open at your own risk!]]

!!Jack Marston
The son of John and Abigail Marston. He becomes the player character after "The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed".

* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent
* BadassBookworm
* BestServedCold
* TheDrifter
* DrowningMySorrows: It's implied in one side quest that he's become a very heavy drinker.
* TheEeyore
* {{Expy}}: He looks a lot like [[Film/ThePrincessBride Inigo Montoya]]. Now, [[YouKilledMyFather what are both characters' motivations?]]
* FastestGunInTheWest: Just like pa. It's implied that Landon Ricketts taught Jack everything he knows before his death.
* GenerationXerox: He not only has his father's sharpshooting skills, but has his equipment as well.
* GeniusBruiser
* GoodScarsEvilScars: He got these from a bear he tried to hunt on his own.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Had dreams of being a writer, but his family's death seems to have ended any hopes and dreams he had for the future.
** However, in ''Videogame/GrandTheftAutoV'' it's possible to find a book titled "Red Dead" by J. Marston.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: His name is John Marston, Jr.
* LastOfHisKind: Last living Marston, and fitting in the game's theme of the end of the Western era, one of the few, if not only Western gunslingers left by the game's end.
* LikeFatherLikeSon
* MeaningfulName: Because Jack is usually a nickname for John, he's likely named after his father, symbolizing his eventual fate of [[LikeFatherLikeSon becoming an outlaw like John.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: '''''Massively''''' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. Before John's death, Jack was a kindly, idealistic young man with dreams of being a writer. In the epilogue where you play as Jack, it's revealed that he's become a jaded outlaw who [[WanderingTheEarth drifts from place to place]], haunted by his past, and ultimately has very little reason to live. ''In short, Jack ended up becoming everything his father'' '''didn't''' ''want him to be''. And just to drive it further, even if Jack does manage to get his revenge, [[WrittenByTheWinners Ross is remembered by the masses as a hero who brought some dangerous criminals to justice, John is remembered as a brutal outlaw who learned the hard way that justice is inescapable]], and Jack spends the rest of his days as a depressed, wandering loner with his life completely ruined. [[DownerEnding There is no happy ending for]] VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption.
** However, considering that you can find a book titled Red Dead by J. Marston in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', it's possible that Jack managed to become a writer after the events of the game.
* SonOfAWhore: Just like his father.
* TookALevelInBadass: Before John's death? A bookish, somewhat awkward teenager, always getting himself into trouble. After John's death? He's become a {{Badass}}, [[TurnOutLikeHisFather just like his father]], who hunts down and slays Edgar Ross in a duel as an act of vengeance. Unfortunately, this is the polar opposite of what John wanted his son to be.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: By killing Ross, Jack becomes an outlaw like his father, [[FridgeHorror who didn't wish for him to become one.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: So he kills Ross back.
* YoungGun: When he fights with his father against the US Army, and later presumably trained by Landon Ricketts.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: After the TimeSkip, no one can tell he's 19 years old.