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Det. Jacob "Jake" Peralta
Played by: Andy Samberg
"Eyes closed, head first, can't lose!"A cocky, arrogant and immature but talented NYPD detective stationed in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct. Although extremely capable, he refuses to take his job seriously. His disdain for the rules and authority figures and his drive to single-handedly prove his superiority to everyone around him brings him into immediate conflict with his new commanding officer.
- Adorkable: He can be.
- Agent Peacock: While capable of being a badass when the need arises, he's not quite the uber-macho John McClane Cowboy Cop type he so desperately wants to be.
- All Love Is Unrequited: The Season 2 premiere sets Peralta up to be this towards Santiago. Unlike many cases, however, although he initially attempts to deny he ever felt anything for her and has no desire to ruin her relationship, he eventually decides to be open and forthright about it with her. It's also implied that Santiago is not entirely unreceptive to his feelings, since when he tried to deny them she was clearly a bit disappointed about it.
- Santiago is confirmed to at least have had feelings for him in the past, when Jake had moved on. As of Season 3, this trope is no longer in effect.
- Ambiguously Bi: Jake asks Holt's art teacher out in "The Wednesday Incident", although it's not made clear whether it's a serious proposal. Given that both times Jake asked someone out, male or female, was after they'd revealed that Holt had vented at length about him, he could also be trying to make friends and give them his version of events.
- Ambiguously Jewish: In the first season, at least; it's heavily implied that he's half-Jewish on his mother's side but he's not actually confirmed Jewish until "Charges and Specs" (the last episode of season one), where we cut to a scene at his Bar Mitzvah.
- Bad Impressionists: Played for laughs; Peralta prides himself on his spot-on impression of Holt, but this is pretty much limited to barking "Peralta, that's enough!" in a slightly stern voice. Gina seems to like it, though:Gina: Captain Holt, is that you? No, wait — it's Jake, nailing your voice exactly.
Jake: Right? The trick is to find a key phrase you know exactly how he'd say. Mine is, "Peralta, that's enough!"
Gina: Seriously Jake, this is getting scary.
Amy: [Slightly seductively] If you ever want to bust out that Holt impression at home... I'd be okay with that.
- In season three, Amy also seems to like Jake's impression of Holt, although this is implied to be less to do with quality and more to do with Amy's infatuation with Holt:
Jake: [Surprised] Oh! Okay. Duly noted. Super disturbing, but I'm definitely gonna do it!
- Berserk Button:
- When Dustin Whitman calls him "Joke Peralta," it's enough to fling Peralta into arresting him with zero evidence.
- In "Old School," when Peralta punches out his former "hero" for derisively calling Holt a "homo."
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Lampshaded, so far.Jake: Humility over! I'm amazing!
- Book Dumb: He's only read fifteen books in his lifetime, he's very bad at basic math, and his spelling and penmanship leaves much to be desired.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Whenever he has to do any actual paperwork far from the action, or soldier through a "slump," he's in agony.
- Broken Pedestal: Poor Jake seems doomed to discover that every man he idolized before Captain Holt is an irredeemable jerk:
- In "Old School", he's is initially thrilled to meet his idol, reporter Jimmy Brogan, who wrote a true crime novel about 1970s New York cops that inspired Peralta to become a cop. He gradually becomes disillusioned with Brogan's hard-edged 'old school' ways until he eventually punches Brogan after Brogan makes a homophobic slur about Captain Holt.
- In "Captain Peralta", while freely admitting that his dad was an unrepentant philanderer who made life very difficult for his mother, Jake is still excited to see the man and spend time with him for the first time in several years. Turns out his father only showed up to get Jake to help him beat a drug smuggling charge.
- In "The 9-8", Jake discovers that his first partner on the force, Stevie, to whom he was very close, has a habit of planting evidence on suspects he "knows" to be guilty if he can't prove it legitimately.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Good at crime solving, but it comes so naturally to him that he doesn't have the patience to actually work through cases when he isn't instantly successful. He tends to goof off and play around at work, particularly reenacting his many favorite cop films.
- Butt Monkey: His coworkers have a tendency to make him into this sometimes by blaming him for things that aren't actually his fault. And surprisingly for his character, he usually just accepts this as true and tries to fix the mistake. For example, in "Ava", both Terry and his wife continually get angry at Jake for everything going wrong whilst she's giving birth, even though he is literally the only character taking things seriously and trying to help her. His response to the criticism is to just work harder.
- Cannot Spit It Out: For most of the first season, Peralta has this regarding his feelings towards Santiago; in "The Bet" Boyle likens his childish trolling of her to a fourth-grader who pulls the pigtails of the girl he has a crush on because he doesn't know how else to express what he truly feels, and in "Operation: Broken Feather" he gets very closed-off and cagey when Santiago presses him about the real reasons that he's so vehemently opposed to her accepting a promotion to the Major Cases unit. Does spit it out right before he goes undercover in "Charges and Specs".
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Possibly implied in "Old School" after an epic evening of drinking with 'old school' reporter Jimmy Brogan. His increasingly incoherent drunken texts to Santiago suggest that he finds hard liquor a bit difficult to cope with, and the next morning he's a shattered hungover wreck for hours.
- Though in fairness to Peralta, Brogan is apparently ordering his liquor "drinks" by the bottle, as opposed to by the glass like most normal people who care remotely about their livers might.
- Catch Phrase: He has a tendency to refer to things he finds brilliantly practical as "smort." (Not "smart," "smort.")
- Has a tendency to pronounce "Nice" as "Noice" too.
- Character Development: Noticeably becomes more mature in season 2.
- Character Tics: Bites his lower lip a lot especially when nervous.
- The Chessmaster: In "Halloween." Which is ironic, considering his chess experience comes from learning how to shoot chess pieces with a BB gun. He doesn't even know how the pieces move.
- Childhood Friends: With Gina. Andy Samberg and Chelsea Peretti are also this in Real Life.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A mild example; he has some very strange ideas about how the world works.Jake: Is the sky just a big blue hat that the world wears?
Rosa: No. And no one has ever thought that.
- Cowboy Cop: He claims that he doesn't like following the rules. It's played with, however, as several episodes demonstrate that while he wants to be a 1970s-style Cowboy Cop so much, he's actually more by-the-book than he appears and despises the stereotyping that came with the '70s Cowboy Cop detectives.
- Crappy Holidays: Hates Thanksgiving with a passion. He doesn't want to celebrate, he just wants to eat disgusting food and watch football. He actively badmouths the holiday during the entire Thanksgiving episode. This is down to having miserable memories of them growing up, with his mother being to busy at work and his father having left them.Jake: Thanksgiving is the worst. The Pilgrims were murderers and turkey tastes like napkins.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: His immaturity, arrogance, distain for certain police protocols and slightly out their personality aside, Peralta is very good at his job. Best shown in the fist episode where he is introduced playing around for several minutes at the sight of a crime scene, only to then reveal he'd already solved the case before his partner even got to the scene. Likewise despite his youthful appearance and average build, he has no problems holding his own and coming out on top in fight.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can never stop himself from snarking even when it's not appropriate.
- Deep Cover Agent: Becomes one for the FBI in "Charges and Specs" in order to take down the Ianucci crime family.
- Defiant Captive: He was one in "Sabotage". He was held at gun point, kidnapped, and was Bound and Gagged for half the episode. Him being tied to a chair and held at gun point never stopped him from trying to reason out with his captor and making a daring escape.
- Disappeared Dad: His dad walked out when he was a kid. This actually causes a temporary truce with the fire department, as Fire Marshall Boone's dad did the same thing, and is the reason why he's so jittery about Jeffords getting back in the field — he doesn't want Jeffords' daughters to grow up without a father.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He can come in for a bit of this treatment. While his own immaturity and irreverent behavior doesn't help matters, the people around him can sometimes look down on him or assume that's all there is to him without considering his tremendous loyalty, competence and determination. For one example, in "Ava" Sgt. Jeffords is driven to panic by the thought of his wife giving birth while under the care of Jake, whereas in fact Jake was tremendously calm, helpful and supportive, and it was in fact everyone else in the precinct who made things much harder than they had to be.
- Embarrassing Nickname: It turns out his mob nickname while undercover is "Jake Lady-Hands".
- And his grandmother calls him "Pineapples."
- Eagle-Eye Detection: Jake's success as a detective relies a lot on this, he's very good at noticing when the details fit together and when they don't.
- Evil Counterpart: The Pontiac Bandit aka Doug Judy, who shares his Pop-Cultured Badass and Agent Peacock tendencies and love of Batman Gambits, except in the role of a Lovable Rogue rather than a Cowboy Cop.
- Fair Cop: Peralta is a fairly attractive man who gets a lot of attention from women in-show.
- The Fettered: For all Jake's desire to be a Cowboy Cop he is a firm believer in law and order. Likewise Jake has shown on multiple occasions that underneath all his love for his job, he is motivated by a very strong sense of justice, and his zealousness in the pursuit of it is honestly incredible. Jake also really dislikes anything that interferes in justice's path, be it office politics or clever defence lawyers. Jakes is always willing to suffer in the pursuit of what is right.
- Freudian Excuse: It's implied a lot of his issues with authority and his Man Child tendencies stem from his Disappeared Dad and the fact that his mother had to work long hours to support them, often leaving him alone for long stretches of time.
- Freudian Slip:
- The aforementioned Freudian Excuse leads to Jake inadvertently blurting out "Thanks, Dad" after Holt briefs him on one of his cases — within earshot of the whole precinct.
- While trying to ask Amy out in Season 2 and becoming increasingly frustrated by her inattention, he tries to riff on the Running Gag where he takes a mildly suggestive comment of hers out of context and adds "...the name of your sex tape!" Only on this occasion, it comes out as "...the name of our sex tape! [Beat] What?! No!"
- Genius Ditz: An incredibly competent detective, but has only ever read 15 books and thinks 'coitus' is pronounced 'colitis'.
- Graceful Loser: In the second Halloween episode, after Holt explains how he beat Peralta in their bet.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears a leather jacket almost all the time.
- Hero-Worshipper: For all his irreverence and apparent disrespect, he clearly looks to Holt as a father-figure and idol.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Charles.
- Hidden Depths: In "The Bet", Boyle suggests that his teasing behavior towards Santiago is concealing genuine feelings for her. It's also been indicated at times that his Man Child behavior is a defense mechanism stemming from a rather sad childhood and lonely adulthood. And for all his goofing off, he's genuinely devoted to being a good cop to the point of almost being The Perfectionist — in "Undercover", he considers his undercover operation a complete failure and is driven to misery because one of the targets got away. To put this in context, there were sixteen targets, and as Boyle, Holt and the FBI point out, Peralta's work directly led to the other fifteen being arrested and convicted.
- Hyper Awareness: Downplayed, he can miss things (such as the fact his Captain was Gay, despite an article declaring it it being framed on Holt's wall), however Jake is incredibly observant and often picks up details that the others miss.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: Took tap for three years, is a proficient ballroom dancer, likes being the little spoon, and his favorite artist is secretly Taylor Swift.Peralta: She makes me feel things.
Jeffords: She makes ALL OF US feel things!
- Insufferable Genius: He's arguably the most brilliant detective in the department and doesn't hesitate to toot his own horn about it.
- It's All About Me: Peralta is a good detective, but incredibly narcissistic; he often tries to shut out his team-mates from investigations so he can collect all the glory (which backfires on him in "The Vulture" when his delays in solving a high-profile case due to this create an opening for Major Cases to seize jurisdiction away from him just before he solves it) or tries to take over if someone else is the primary detective (and if he can't, tends to slack off instead).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Down to a tee. His arrogant self-absorption, immaturity and conviction of his own brilliance is balanced with a genuinely friendly, likable and empathetic nature. He's genuinely a very caring friend, if a bit thoughtless at times, and frequently pulls out all the stops to make the people he loves happy. Even if his plans go wrong and he makes things worse for them, he doesn't try to defend himself or pass off the blame like he does with many other things - he just works non-stop to make things right.
- Kansas City Shuffle: Peralta wins the Halloween bet with Holt by distracting Holt with a series of lame attempts to break into Holt's office. While Holt was busy thwarting Peralta, the other detectives worked their way through Holt's security precautions and stole his Medal of Valor.
- Loophole Abuse: In the pilot, Peralta first skirts the "must wear ties" rule by wearing it tied around his torso under his shirt. Later, he puts on the tie, but isn't wearing pants.
- Malaproper: He has a tendency to mangle common analogies and sayings.
- Manchild: Very immature and Book Dumb. Also cracks jokes at the wrong time and teases his coworkers.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Played with; Jake is clearly established as having had at least three sexual relationships that we know of, but is nevertheless clearly very bashful, childish and immature about sex so clearly isn't quite a 'man' by the standards of the trope.Holt: Your use of the word 'horrible' leads me to believe the matter was sexual in nature, given your obvious immaturity.
Peralta: [obviously embarrassed and nervous] Pfft! I've had sex!
- Men Can't Keep House: His desk and locker are extremely messy, and his horrendous spending habits are reflected in his apartment. This is in contrast to Santiago, who's more of a Neat Freak, and Holt, who's a stickler for the rules.Holt: Here are two pictures. One is your locker, the other is a garbage dump in the Philippines. Can you tell which... is which?
Peralta: ...That one's the dump?
Holt: They're both your locker!
Peralta: Gah! I should've guessed that. He's good.
- Momma's Boy: A mild example; Jake is clearly very devoted to and protective of his mother Karen.
- Never My Fault: Reflexively blames others when he's at fault. Often he admits to it immediately after (although primarily because it is, in fact, glaringly obvious who is really at fault and the people he's talking to are not complete imbeciles), but his reflex is to shift the blame.
- The Nicknamer: Frequently gives nicknames to people and he's quite good at them, such as calling twelve criminals "The Dirty Dozen".
- No Social Skills: Peralta is on the "lesser" side of the scale; he can be very charming when he wants to be, but his immaturity and Cloud Cuckoolander tendencies frequently get in the way.
- Not So Above It All: For all his vocal dislike of everything related to the fire department, he jumps at the chance to have a turn on the fire pole when Fire Marshall Boone offers it to him.
- Odd Couple: He tends to generate this dynamic with his co-workers:
- With Holt, he's the irreverent young white detective to Holt's stern, serious and experienced African American captain.
- With Santiago, he's a childish, laid back foil to her driven, professional go-getter.
- With Boyle, he's the cool guy to Boyle's awkward bumbler. Despite this, they're best friends (although Boyle's Yes-Man tendencies towards Peralta no doubt help here).
- With Diaz, he's the friendly, sociable one while she's... not.
- With Jeffords, he's a head-in-the-clouds and immature bachelor while Jeffords is a grounded and devoted family man.
- Odd Friendship: He is a friendly, hyperactive goofball while Rosa is a grumpy and aggressive badass. Despite this, they've been close friends ever since their police academy days and have an unshakeable trust in each other.
- The One That Got Away: He's still obsessed with Jenny Gildenhorn, the girl who dumped him at his Bar Mitzvah.
- Only Sane Man: For all his goofiness, childishness and immaturity, he takes this role a lot more often than you'd think (which might give you some idea about the general level of sanity operating within the Nine-Nine). Sure, he has some slightly strange ideas about the world, some gaps in his knowledge base and he's riddled with daddy issues, but he's in many ways a lot less eccentric and a lot more down-to-earth than several of his co-workers, lacking Holt's robotic stoicism, Amy's dorky neuroses, Charles's Creepy Goodness, Rosa's aggressive lack of social skills, Gina's all-consuming narcissism and Scully and Hitchcock's dimwittedness.
- Pants-Free: In the pilot, Peralta at first resists putting on a tie as Captain Holt asked him. Later, he is seen at a desk in records wearing one, and Holt commends him for it. Then Peralta stands up, revealing that all he has on under his waist is a Speedo. Then Holt calls everyone in to see Peralta's hard work...
- Parental Neglect: His dad abandoned him when he was seven and his mother was forced by this to work more in order to support them both, leaving him alone for long periods of time. Both of which have clearly caused several of his issues.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Rosa. They knew each other from the police academy and trust each other completely, yet there is not even a hint of romantic attraction between them.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: He prefers Die Hard, but he'll reference everything from Captain Phillips to Game of Thrones at the slightest opportunity.
- Sad Clown: For all his goofiness and laid-back demeanor, Jake is a mess of self-esteem and abandonment issues who deals with emotions by making inappropriate smartass quips.
- Sore Loser: A self-admitted example; in "The Bet", when Holt expresses concern over the effects that the bet between Peralta and Santiago might have on their working relationship:Holt: You are colleagues, and the fallout from this bet has the potential to put a strain on your professional relationship.
Peralta: Only if I lose. I'm a terrible sport.
- Granted he seems to have outgrown this by Season two.
- Spanner in the Works: When Jeffords and Holt were trying to make the Precinct run more efficiently in "Operation: Broken Feather," everything falls apart when Peralta comes back from his case.
- Stalker with a Crush/Stalker Without A Crush: Peralta seems to keep a lot of tabs on both Jenny Gildenhorn, the girl he had a crush on as an adolescent, and Eddie Fung, the boy who stole Jenny away at Peralta's Bar Mitzvah.
- Stepford Snarker: Lampshaded in "The Party" where he admits it's a defense mechanism.Kevin: Because he's gay, Raymond has been put through hell by his colleagues, many of whom — to put it frankly — look exactly like you.
Peralta: Devastatingly handsome? [Kevin frowns] Sorry, I'm not comfortable with emotions.
- The Storyteller:
- He's a variation of this - he jumps at the chance to invent elaborate fake identities, each complete with a Troperiffic backstory.
- Double Subverted in "Tactical Village", where he abandons his "Agent Rex Buckingham" persona when things get serious.Jake: I'm playing a new character - a no-nonsense detective whose only goal is to set this course record. [beat] His name is Vic Kovack, he's an ex-Navy Seal who was double crossed and Left for Dead. I don't have time to go into his backstory!
- Sweet Tooth: His idea of a healthy breakfast? Gummi bears wrapped in a Fruit Roll-Up.Holt: I pity your dentist.
Peralta: Ah. Joke's on you, I don't have a dentist!
- Technician vs. Performer: The Performer to Santiago's Technician.
- This Loser Is You: Book-dumb, has a terrifyingly unhealthy diet, and is in crushing debt.
- Too Clever by Half: A common Aesop of the show is Peralta realizing that he's bitten off more than he can chew and that he needs to remember he's part of a team, and the rest of the precinct can help him.
- Undying Loyalty: For all his competitiveness and immaturity, he's a very good friend when it comes down to the crunch. He'd walk through fire for the people on his squad and, if he ever oversteps the line, will pull out all the stops to make amends.
- Unsportsmanlike Gloating:
- He really rubs it in when he wins his bet with Santiago.
- He also makes a point of gloating to Holt after he wins his bet with him in "Halloween". It's lampshaded by Holt, and Peralta concedes the point:Holt: Huh. A poor winner. I would never have guessed.
Peralta: Yeah, you would have.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Santiago. For all his teasing and pranking, he clearly respects and admires her a great deal.
- Workaholic: It's pretty clear that while he may not appear to take it seriously, he doesn't actually have much in his life outside of his job. He also has a noted tendency to bury himself in work as a way of distracting himself from problems in his personal life (such as his unrequited crush on Santiago).
- White Male Lead: The detectives of the 99 and the supporting and oneshot characters are diverse in terms of race and gender, but Jake is the principal protagonist and is young and white. He does subvert the "vaguely Christian" part by being Jewish, though.
- Yes-Man: Surprisingly he's this in "Lockdown" when he temporarily becomes the commanding officer of the precinct, in the sense that he's over-working to keep everyone calm and happy during the quarantine and reluctant to set boundaries and rules. At first this is harmless when he agrees to his coworkers' requests, like lifting the ban preventing Boyle from saying the word 'succulent' (shudder), but devolves into a precinct-wide riot and where Hitchcock's nap couch is set on fire.
Capt. Raymond "Ray" Holt
Played by: Andre Braugher
"I have zero interest in food. If it were feasible, my diet would consist entirely of flavorless beige smoothies containing all the nutrients required by the human animal."The new commanding officer of the 99th Precinct, which is his first command. Holt is an extremely stern, serious and rules-conscious man who is unimpressed by Peralta's antics. Although an extremely gifted detective, he has been denied his own command for years due to his open homosexuality, thus making him determined to distinguish himself and the 99th Precinct — and even more determined to rein in Peralta while doing so.
- The Ace: This man can pretty much do ANYTHING.
- Aesop Amnesia: No matter how often it is pointed out to him that his feud with Deputy Chief Wuntch is silly, pointless and a distraction from more serious matters, it never seems to sink in.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He's apparently a huge fan. When watching Moneyball, their use of math and numbers to win games was so impressive it almost brought him to tears.
- Badass Gay: Apparently his career is very impressive, though this is deconstructed somewhat as his homosexuality has prevented him from advancing up the ranks. And now he's finally gotten his long-deserved promotion because he's a Twofer Token Minority.
- Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: This gets addressed and out of the way in pilot.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Not quite bald, but very close. Fits the other stereotypes perfectly.
- Black and Nerdy: He can easily get lost in the intricacies of a problem and has a tendency to be Hoist by His Own Petard by overthinking a situation. The statistical analysis of Moneyball was enough to move him to tears. He also finds the use of extremely obscure historical references to be both clever and hilarious.
- By-the-Book Cop: He's older, more experienced, and a stickler for the rules than most of the cast.
- The Captain: Of the 99. His first command, and he wants to show he's earned the position.
- Cassandra Truth: This trope is the reason why Holt comfortably tells Peralta — and only Peralta — the real explanation behind his wrist injury:Holt: I was hula-hooping. Kevin and I attend a class for fitness and for fun.
Peralta: [overjoyed] Oh my God!
Holt: I've mastered all the moves. [produces his phone and shows pictures to Peralta] The Pizza Toss... the Tornado... The Scorpion, the Oopsie-Doodle...
Peralta: Why are you telling me this?!
Holt: [evilly] Because no one... will ever believe you.
[Holt deletes the photos and smirks triumphantly at Peralta]
Peralta: [genuinely furious] You sick son of a bitch!
- The Chessmaster: The second Halloween episode, good lord, the SECOND HALLOWEEN EPISODE!!! He manages to well surpass Jake's efforts the previous years, and perfectly engineer everything that occurs. He also started planning for Peralta's retribution three months before.
- Cold Ham: He is normally very stoic and dignified (to the point of being Comically Serious), but his formal and serious way of expressing himself gives everything he says extra dramatic gravitas. And he does have, in his own words, a "flair for the dramatic."
- The Comically Serious:
- In contrast to Peralta's jovial attitude. He's definitely got a sense of humor, but he's such a rock-hard professional that it never rises above the deadpan. A Running Gag is that, despite the fact that Holt never changes his deadpan, flat delivery style, people from outside the precinct tend to find him utterly hilarious, much to the confusion of the people he works with.Holt: What's this I hear about you being on administrative leave?
Jeffords: A year ago, my wife and I had twin baby girls, Cagney and Lacey.
[Jeffords shows Holt a photo of his daughters]
Holt: [emotionless cop voice] They have adorable chubby cheeks.
- "The Tagger."Peralta: Has anyone ever told you you look exactly like a statue?
- In "The Slump," Holt tells Peralta a story about an unlucky detective named Smitty and gives him a lucky rabbit's foot. At the end of the episode, Holt tells Peralta he was just messing with him, in the same deadpan tone.
- And explored in the "M.E. Time"," where all the other cops relate their experiences with Holt relating what should be either incredibly good news (going on holiday with his husband) or incredibly bad news (a fire which damaged several precious heirlooms) in the same flat monotone, making it impossible to determine what his mood is at any given moment. It's also subverted in the same episode, as when the cops are telling their stories, Scully pitches in with one. We then cut to a flashback which involves Holt, clearly very pissed off, tearing Scully a new one:Holt: [screaming] This is the most incompetent, worthless report I have ever read in my life! [slams the report on his desk] Get your act together or so help me God, you won't live to see retirement!
[cut back to present]
Scully: It's like, "What's that guy thinking?"
- In "The Party," we meet Holt's husband Kevin, an equally sober and serious man who apparently considers Holt to be the funny one in the relationship. Furthering this belief are the guests at the party who proclaim Holt as incredibly hilarious.
- The followup episode, "Full Boyle," also shows him thinking of an opening joke for a crowd:Holt: "Do you know what the toughest part of being a black, gay police officer is? ...The discrimination." ...I believe that's what you call observational humor.
- He repeats it to a crowd of African-American gay and lesbian police officers later in the episode and they crack up. Meanwhile, Gina looks on with a Flat "What." and a perplexed expression similar to Peralta's.
- "Undercover" reveals that he was apparently just as serious and stuffy when he was a little boy:Holt: [on Jeffords impersonating a seven-year-old] Feel free to consult the script I prepared for you.
Jeffords: Okay, but it's a little stilted. "I am feeling trepidation at the prospect of a parentless existence"? No kid talks like that.
Holt: Those lines were lifted verbatim from my boyhood diary.
- In contrast to Peralta's jovial attitude. He's definitely got a sense of humor, but he's such a rock-hard professional that it never rises above the deadpan. A Running Gag is that, despite the fact that Holt never changes his deadpan, flat delivery style, people from outside the precinct tend to find him utterly hilarious, much to the confusion of the people he works with.
- Consummate Professional: Very serious, and always on-task in the precinct.
- Cultured Badass: Is a tough, competent police officer who knows enough about classical music to have a personal preference in flautists note , wears monogrammed pajamas, uses the Abyssinian Civil War as a reference point in arguments and is married to a classics professor.
- Da Chief: Of the 99 precinct.
- Deadpan Snarker: Overlapping with The Comically Serious. Basically a straight-faced rock in a uniform, he's exceedingly deadpan and he knows the best way to deal with Peralta is through snarkiness. His husband Kevin, an equally stoic man, seems to view him as "the funny one" in the relationship.
- Defrosting Ice King: Gradually warming up to the precinct. He even did a group pop-and-lock with Peralta at the end of "Christmas," and "The Party" revealed that it wasn't his husband who invited them as they thought, but rather Holt insisted and even told his husband that he likes them.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: In "The Bet," every single time Holt tries to apologize for something he tells Jeffords' wife, he gets Jeffords into more trouble.
- A Father to His Men: He very much is the father figure to the precinct, especially Peralta.
- First-Episode Spoiler: The fact that he's homosexual is treated as a surprise reveal in the pilot episode, but is naturally referred to frequently in later episodes.
- Food Pills: One of Holt's oddities is that a variation of this is his preferred type of food:Holt: If it were feasible, my diet would consist entirely of flavorless beige smoothies containing all the nutrients required by the human animal.
- The Gadfly: He loves messing with Peralta.
- Graceful Loser: Played With and Subverted. When Peralta outwits him in "Halloween", he seems almost impressed, and later concedes defeat (and the amount of paperwork he now has to do) with good humor. The next Halloween, however, it's revealed that Holt was absolutely furious about losing to Jake and had been planning his revenge for an entire year and was already working on beating Jake the next year as well. It is suggested that Holt was initially and would have continued to be a lot more graceful about the situation had Peralta not spent most of the evening on the first occasion immaturely gloating, however.
- Happily Married: Despite not talking about his home life very often.
- Hates Small Talk: Not as much as Rosa, but close.Rosa: We talked about emotions for twenty minutes.
Holt: Dear God.
- Hidden Depths:
- His husband and (non-colleague) friends think he has the coolest sense of humor.
- He's also shown to be an amazing ballroom dancer in "Charges and Specs".
- He and his husband attend a hula-hoop class, where Holt has mastered all the moves.
- Kicked Upstairs: During the season 2 finale, he's forcibly promoted back to Public Relations against his wishes, by Wuntch.
- Large Ham: He can get very dramatic from time to time... and yet still somehow manages to combine this with The Stoic.
- Mean Boss: He's mostly a Reasonable Authority Figure but he can touch on this from time to time, particularly with Peralta and Santiago. With Peralta it's more justified since Peralta tends to bring it on himself with his immaturity and flippant attitude to his job, but for all her sucking up Holt can be a bit nastier to Santiago than is perhaps necessary. For example, he spends most of "M.E. Time" taking his worrying over the precinct stats for his first month as commander out on her quite harshly, and in "The Apartment" Jeffords calls him out for only being interested in playing mind games with Santiago during her evaluation when she's one of his best detectives and is only trying to improve herself.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: Peralta notices that Holt's pajamas are monogrammed with the initials R. J. H. and he keeps trying to guess what the J stands for.Holt: My middle name... is Jacob.
- N-Word Privileges: Implied when Peralta says he can't sing along to his favorite "very explicit" rap songs when Captain Holt is in the car with him.
- Nobody Over Fifty Is Gay: Averted; Andre Braugher, who plays Holt, is in his early fifties at time of writing. While Holt's exact age has never been mentioned it's been established that Holt was a detective in the late 1970s, which would place him in his early-to-mid fifties at youngest.
- No Social Skills: His robotic, stoic nature frequently suggests that he barely seems to understand how humans work at times.
- Not So Above It All: Holt has an imposing demeanor, but he has as many foibles as the rest of the cast: for example, his temporary obsession with a Candy Crush-expy.
- Played for Laughs in "Thanksgiving": Holt reacts with typical weariness when Peralta eagerly suggests that they role-play as "Barley and Jimes", but when one of the suspects they're following gets embroiled in an out-of-control family argument he ends up drawing upon the backstory Peralta gave 'Jimes' to stop them fighting:
- His plan to avenge himself on Peralta in "Halloween II" over Peralta's victory in the previous Halloween bet.
- Not So Different:
- The flashbacks we see of 1970s!Holt imply that he was more similar to Peralta than contemporary surface appearances would suggest.Peralta: Wow, I think I really would have gotten along with young Ray Holt.
Holt: Yes, that's why I decided to change everything about my life.
- He can be just as childish, petty and vindictive when it comes to his feud with Wuntch as she is with him. Although as she is his Evil Counterpart, unlike her he normally knows where the line is.
- The flashbacks we see of 1970s!Holt imply that he was more similar to Peralta than contemporary surface appearances would suggest.
- Only Sane Employee: As Da Chief, wrangling his subordinates is actually his job on paper. Played with, in that the series gradually reveals that he's not without his own goofy eccentricities; he's just very stoic about them.
- Papa Wolf: He's quite protective of his precinct, even if the people threatening them are his direct superiors.
- Parental Substitute: Holt gradually becomes one for Peralta. In the opening for "The Apartment," Peralta accidentally calls Holt "dad", for which everyone mocks him. Made pretty clear in "Captain Peralta".
- Passing the Torch: Passes leadership of the organization for African-American homosexual police officers to a younger cop, symbolizing how far they've come as group (Holt was the sole founding member).
- Perpetual Frowner: He rarely expresses any other emotion, and he has a hard face when he says he's happy.
- Pull the Thread:
- Holt has a tendency to do this with Santiago when she's in ass-kissing mode with him to reveal the holes in logic, false modesty or insincerity that she's tying herself in while doing so:Holt: The D.A wanted me to personally thank you for your work on the James Street drug bust.
Santiago: [modestly] It's why we do this, sir.
Holt: ... For praise?
Santiago: [cornered] Uhhh...
- When Holt's life is threatened in the episode "Christmas" and Peralta gets bodyguard duty instead of Santiago.Holt: Okay, the next time someone threatens to kill me, I'll come straight to you.
Santiago: Thank you sir. I can't wait.
Santiago: [cornered] Uhhh...
- Holt has a tendency to do this with Santiago when she's in ass-kissing mode with him to reveal the holes in logic, false modesty or insincerity that she's tying herself in while doing so:
- Rainbow Motif: As seen with his binders.◊ There's also a pride flag usually visible in his pen holder.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite his sternness and strictness, he's a very fair, reasonable commanding officer.
- Right Behind Me: Holt appears behind Peralta several times in the pilot.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He has an open rivalry with Deputy Chief Wuntch that goes back decades. She is one of the few people in the world who can get him to break his usual stoicism and openly show anger and frustration.
- Stealth Mentor: Holt acts this way towards Peralta and Santiago:
- His by-the-book strictness is gradually forcing Peralta to take his job seriously and become a better cop and better person. Lampshaded by Wuntch, who sneeringly refers to Peralta as Holt's "pet project".
- It's more subtle with Santiago, since he on the surface resolutely refuses to act anything like a mentor to her. But this is gradually having the effect of helping her develop confidence and belief in herself rather than a need to rely on someone else's advice and good opinion.
- The Stoic: Basically an impassive statue come to life.
- Straight Gay: The revelation of his sexuality is a surprise moment at the end of the first episode. Although he's not in the closet and doesn't try to hide it, several detectives throughout the series don't realize he's gay (although several of these particular detectives aren't exactly exemplars of the profession, it should be noted) and he generally displays very few characteristics that would otherwise code him as such. It is also Played With here, in that Holt does have several features of stereotypical Camp Gay characters, they're just harder to notice because he is so reserved. He is fussy, neat, and cultured, for example, and is an amazing ballroom dancer.
- Team Dad: He acts as the strict parental figure to the precinct, getting every member to reach their potential through discipline, and he is willing to put his team first in every decision he makes.
- The Tetris Effect: After becoming addicted to a Candy Crush Expy called Kwazy Cupcakes (the 'w' is backwards), it starts to comically interfere with his work, shown when he tells two men in a prison lineup to switch positions so that three people with the same-colored shirt are standing next to each other.Holt: [awed voice] Cupcake match...
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: Played for laughs — his extreme stoicism means that he often has to spell out exactly what he's feeling or thinking because otherwise his colleagues are completely unable to tell.Holt: Both of you have done exemplary work, which I appreciate.
Peralta: And I can tell that from the absolutely no indicators on your face.
- Twofer Token Minority: Within the NYPD. He's black and homosexual, and as is frequently noted throughout the series he's had to face prejudice both because of his skin color and his sexuality. Part of the reason why he was promoted up the ranks was because the NYPD was eager to show that they were becoming more and more progressive. Unfortunately for Holt, though, that meant being assigned to Public Relations so that the public could see a black gay officer in a public role when all he really wanted was to be a cop and command his own precinct. He's also the founding member of an organization for African American gay and lesbian police officers, with about 50 members.
- Underestimating Badassery: For a given value of 'badass', anyway; in the early episodes particularly, he has a tendency to underestimate Peralta and think that his surface goofiness is all that there is to him.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: He refuses to lie, insisting that integrity is the right solution to any problem. His only exceptions are when children under the age of six ask about Santa Claus — he rambles about the impossibility of proving a negative, which he feels is meaningless but keeps the kids happy — and when he apologises to his OB-GYN ex-boyfriend for throwing said ex-boyfriend's antique duck decoy into the trash, when in fact he didn't throw it into the trash, but off a bridge. He also lies to Scully and Hitchcock in one episode, but that might just be because it's Scully and Hitchcock.
- A more serious O.O.C. Is Serious Business type aversion happened during the events of The Wednesday Incident, where it turned out he'd been lying to his husband about going to his fencing classes because he was hiding the fact he'd been (lightly) stabbed during an attempted mugging. Kevin was very immediately upset by that revelation.
Det. Amy Santiago
Played by: Melissa Fumero
"Sergeant, why am I here? I'm always incredibly appropriate. In high school, I was voted 'Most Appropriate.'"Peralta's partner, with whom she shares a vitriolic, competitive but nevertheless solid friendship, with occasional hints of a deeper attraction. Extremely ambitious and competitive, she is a driven over-achiever determined to prove herself a better detective than Peralta and the other detectives in the squad. She deeply admires Holt and frequently tries to ingratiate herself with him to persuade him to act as her mentor — with often disastrous results for herself in the process.
- Action Girl: Capable of dropping perps twice her size.
- Her attempts to kiss up to Holt often leave her looking like this. She also tends to get goofy when she's extremely pleased about something (such as when Holt complimented her Thanksgiving toast and when Peralta admitted he thought she was a great detective).
- She eventually takes this Up to Eleven with her shame-cigarettes. She makes smoking adorable.
- Actually Pretty Funny: For all her exasperation with Peralta's goofy antics and teasing, there are several moments where she is visibly trying not to crack up at them.
- Ambiguously Bi: In "Beach House", it's confirmed that she tends to get a bit lecherous after four drinks, but the only people we see her actually flirting with are Rosa and Gina.
- Ambition Is Evil: Averted. Amy is probably the most vocally ambitious member of the precinct, and makes no secret that she plans to be a captain herself one day. However, she's also an incredibly ethical person, to the point of being a goody two-shoes, and has not done anything underhanded or 'evil' in order to secure her ambitions. Although her ambitions do at times end up making her look like an Adorkable Yes-Man.
- Badass Adorable: Is a sweet, caring, somewhat insecure young woman, who is truly still the teachers pet at heart. She is also an awesome detective, who can defeat much bigger perps in a fight.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Almost always dresses in smart pantsuits, to go with her formal serious outlook and personality.
Santiago: Why does it look better on you! [stomps off, distraught]
- Parodied in "Undercover", when we see in flashback that she once came to work wearing exactly the same outfit as Boyle.
- The B Grade: She's unsurprisingly extremely grade-conscious.Santiago: I haven't gotten an F since I failed recess in second grade! [mocking voice] "Teachers need a break too, Amy!"
- Berserk Button: She finds her boyfriend Teddy's obsession with pilsners really irritating.
Santiago: Sorry?! You bumbling son of a bitch! You just ruined my life! I hope you get hit by a truck and a dog takes a dump on your FACE![Terry picks Santiago up in a fireman's lift and carries her away.]Santiago: I HOPE YOU GET ANEURYSM AFTER ANEURYSM AFTER ANEURYSM!
- Also, if she's on a diet, do not accidentally step on her almond.
- Birds of a Feather: Non romantic version. A large part of why she respects Holt so much is that he's just as strict on the rules as she is. Later episodes show he can be just as competitive as her as well.
- Born in the Wrong Century: She seems to be this taste-wise; her home is furnished in such a way that her work colleagues, upon arriving for her Thanksgiving dinner, mistakenly assumed that she lived with her grandmother, and outside of the smart and professional pant-suits she wears for work she tends to favor dresses that sometimes look on the old-fashioned side.
- Blind Without 'Em: Revealed to be such in "48 Hours" when Peralta tries on her glasses. (Her contact lenses had dried up).
- Brainy Brunette: Santiago is a book smart brunette who was almost valedictorian in high school.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's a bundle of neuroses most of the time, but she's still very good at her job.
- Competition Freak: Explained by Jeffords:Jeffords: She's got seven brothers, so she's always trying to prove she's tough.
- Crappy Holidays: She hates Halloween because she thinks it's an excuse for jerks to dress up in costume and cause trouble — so she's not pleased when forced to go undercover at a rave to bust some drug dealers.
- Fair Cop: Santiago is an attractive, competent detective.
- Freudian Excuse: She's the youngest child and only daughter of a large and competitive family, and her struggles to distinguish and define herself against her brothers have led her to overcompensate when working with others. To a lesser degree, it's implied she still holds a grudge over being passed over for high-school valedictorian.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Sweet goody-two shoes Amy is very feminine, since she dresses in pink or blue blouses, decorates her apartment with doilies, is fond of sewing, and is the Girly Girl to Rosa's Tomboy. However, she is also extremely competitive, very ambitious, with dreams of being captain one day, and she really enjoys the action of chasing perps on the job. She is a police officer, which is not a particularly girly profession, so her having a tomboy streak isn't that unexpected.
- Go-Getter Girl: Always goes above and beyond what's asked of her.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She gets jealous of Peralta over how much he gets attention from Holt. Never mind that the attention Peralta usually gets from Holt is negative.
- I Can't Dance: When going undercover as a ballroom dancer.Peralta: How did you manage to step on both my feet...at the same time?
- I Have Brothers: Seven, in fact. This is the given reason for Santiago's competitive streak and desire to prove her toughness.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: For all her tendency to get arrogant and competitive, she's a bundle of neuroses when it comes down to it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her competitiveness and ambition can lead her to come off as a bit snide and mean at times, but ultimately she's very sweet and good-hearted.
- Lethal Chef: She apparently considers baking soda to be an appropriate substitute for salt. When she prepares a large Thanksgiving feast none of the dishes are deemed edible by her guests.
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The kind goody-two-shoes Light Feminine to Gina's narcissistic and mean-spirited Dark Feminine.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: What we've seen of her personal life so far suggests she's this.
- Love Revelation Epiphany: Possibly. According to Teddy, she got "confused" about her feelings when Peralta brought up his.
- Man Child: While not as bad as Peralta, she's still pretty immature and childish in many ways — specifically, where Peralta is basically the class clown who never grew up, Santiago acts like she's still running for high school valedictorian.
- Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: She finds several of her boyfriend Teddy's habits increasingly irritating over the first half of season two, but his obsession with Pilsners really seems to get up her nose to the point of being what triggers her break-up with him. Played with, however, in that Teddy seems to feel that unresolved feelings for Jake may have played more of a part on Amy's side of things, and it's implied that he's not that far off.
- Nerd Glasses: Normally she wears contacts, but as revealed in "48 Hours," her actual glasses are beyond goofy.
- Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: A colleague mentions the hot sauce she's pouring is hot. In response, she dumps half the bottle on her sandwich just to prove how tough she is.
- No Social Skills: She gets nervous, awkward and flustered easily, leading her to babble, stumble over her words, and do strange things out of sheer panic.
- Not So Different: A Running Gag of the show is that people apparently consider Santiago to be "the female Hitchcock". Since Santiago is a driven, competent, attractive and professional go-getter and Hitchcock decidedly isn't on any of those counts, she is bewildered by this.
- Also with Jake. Both are competitive and dedicated to their work, and both are rather childish and immature (albeit in different ways).
- Outnumbered Sibling: She's the youngest of eight kids and the only girl.
- Oh Crap!: In "The Bet", after producing a last-minute felony arrest that puts her ahead of Peralta:Santiago: Suck it, Peralta!
Peralta: [unconcerned] Oh no.
Santiago: [triumphant] That's right, "oh no"! [realizes; dawning horror] Oh no. You don't seem worried. Why don't you seem worried?!
- The Perfectionist: She describes herself as "a little OCD." This is a bit like saying that the Atlantic Ocean is "a little wet."Peralta: What? No you're not. [he reaches out and slightly adjusts Santiago's shirt collar; Santiago freezes up] Boop!
Santiago: ... I can leave it there.
Santiago: It doesn't bother me.
Peralta: I know.
[several agonised seconds later, Santiago readjusts her collar]
Peralta: [triumphant] There it is.
- Pink Means Feminine / True Blue Femininity: She's frequently seen wearing pink or blue in contrast to Diaz's Woman in Black.
- Pregnant Badass: Played With: She dons a fake pregnant belly as part of her cover in "Maximum Security", an episode in which her main concern is proving to Jake and the rest of the squad that she is just as Badass as Rosa. She not only convinces them, but the prisoner she's been sent in to spy on.
- This trope also goes for Amy's actress, Melissa Fumero, who of course was really heavily pregnant when the episode was filmed and still got to participate in the more action-type scenes for the first time in half a season.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Frequently wears her hair in this style, which perfectly suits her exceedingly meticulous and formal personality.Gina:' Did you get on the cover of Hair-Pulled Back magazine?
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Just to Holt. She desperately wants his approval.
- The Resenter: As mentioned above, she tends to get jealous of the attention Peralta gets from Holt.
- Self-Induced Allergic Reaction: In attempt to suck up to him, she agrees to adopt Holt's puppies... but it's revealed she's terribly allergic to dogs when she tries to hold one.
- Shutting Up Now: From "Charges and Specs":Santiago: ...My name is Amy Santiago and I'm done talking.
- Smoking Is Cool: Inverted. Amy is rather straight-laced, nerdy and a goody-goody...and is the only character with a cigarette habit.
- Spicy Latina: She totally subverts this by being a buttoned-up, Adorkable and klutzy goody two-shoes with a competitive streak and plenty of neuroses and insecurities.Santiago: Can you magically make everybody kind, sober and fully dressed?
Peralta: "Kind, Sober and Fully Dressed." Good news, everyone! We found the name of Santiago´s sex tape!
- Teacher's Pet: She was apparently this as a little girl... or at least wanted to be this as a little girl, since it's implied that the teachers weren't overly fond of her either ("Teachers need a break too, Amy!").Holt: Santiago, when I greet the Deputy Chief I want you there by my side to make a good impression. No offense, but you are something of a teacher's pet.
Santiago: [proudly] None taken! People love their pets.
[Diaz gives her a withering stare]
- She also gloats loudly over everyone when assigned the code-name "Hall Monitor" in "Halloween II".
- Technician vs. Performer: The Technician to Peralta's Performer.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Diaz. She's the sweet, pastel blouse-wearing Girly Girl to Rosa's tough, black leather jacket-wearing Tomboy.
- Town Girls: She's the Go-Getter Girl neither to Rosa's grumpy Badass Biker butch and Gina's Alpha Bitch dance enthusiast femme.
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Hinted at the end of "The Road Trip". She breaks up with Teddy, but Peralta remains with his girlfriend Sophia. Furthermore, Amy reluctantly confessed to possibly having feelings for Peralta prior to this.
- Unsportsmanlike Gloating: In keeping with her over-competitive streak, she has a tendency to strut and gloat whenever she gets an advantage over any of the others, Peralta especially. Not that Peralta's much better, mind.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Peralta. For all her eye-rolling and snark at his behavior, she clearly respects him and enjoys his company more than she lets on.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Gal: In regards to her family and to Holt.
- Yes-Man: She tries to be this to Holt, but Holt constantly finds ways to call her on her bullshit.
Det. Rosa Diaz
Played by: Stephanie Beatriz
"Next time I catch him shaving I'm gonna punch him so hard in the mouth that he bites his own heart."An extremely tough and bad-tempered detective in Peralta and Santiago's unit. Her permanent scowl, sour disposition and willingness to use violence successfully intimidate most of the perps she encounters in her day-to-day work — and most of her colleagues as well.
- Action Girl: She can easily take down people twice her size, owns an impressive arsenal of weapons, and has a Death Glare that can cow most perps (and most of her colleagues). There's a reason everyone's so intimidated by her.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: From what little we can get about her personal life, aside from a handful of exceptions she appears to fall solidly in this trope. It's implied that she's had a fling with The Vulture and she spends much of "Adrian Pimento" lusting after the rather tortured and messed-up titular undercover detective. Deconstructed in "Charges and Specs", where she admits that the only reason she's been the one to end all her relationships is because most of the guys are messed-up losers, and that she enters these kind of relationships precisely so that she'll be able to be the one to end it.
- Aloof Ally: The fact that she scares off most people and most of her colleagues know very few things about her (including Jake, who was in the Academy with her) is often played for laughs.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Tall, aloof, and intimidating to those around her. The only emotion she frequently displays aside from her aloof exterior is a Hair-Trigger Temper, although after Season 1, she begins to openly show signs of other emotions, such as nervousness and a genuinely big smile.
- An Axe to Grind: She owns an axe (along with multiple other weapons, including nunchucks and throwing stars), and finds the idea that someone wouldn't own an axe baffling.Holt: If someone broke into your apartment, and you weren't cops, wouldn't you be scared?
Diaz: Depends. How many guns do I still have hidden?
Diaz: Do I still have my knife? Nunchucks? Axe?
Holt: It was a hypothetical question.
Diaz: I know, but I want to play it out. Do I still have my throwing stars?
Santiago: This has taken a strange turn.
Diaz: Fine. I'd be scared. We're on it. (gets out of chair) What kind of woman doesn't have an axe?
- Beauty Mark: Under her right eye.
- Berserk Button: She's surly and aggressive a lot of the time anyway, but technology failing on her seems to really piss her off; her Establishing Character Moment in the opening credits is her slapping her computer, she once destroyed a defective printer with a battering ram, and after Holt switches her computer monitor with a malfunctioning one (for reasons of his own) it takes all of five seconds of frustrated prodding for her to start screaming and smashing it.
- The Big Gal: While Terry may have the strength of this archetype, Rosa has the typical personality (and is no slouch in the strength department, either). She's gruff, mean, and has a very short temper, and she's the quickest of the cast to resort to physical and violent solutions.
- Biker Babe: While we've never actually seen her ride one, it's how she gets to work and she's often seen carrying a motorbike helmet. Her typical wardrobe of leather jackets and pants (or tight jeans) matches the archetype as well.
- We finally see her on her bike in "The Pontiac Bandit Returns." Yeaaaaaah.
- Birthday Hater: She despises birthdays. Once, she punched Scully for wishing her a happy birthday.Rosa: Anyone over the age of six celebrating a birthday should go to hell.
- Blood Knight: She really loves fighting and is not afraid of getting physical. Her "happy place" involves her beating the crap out of a slimy defense attorney.
- Boots of Toughness: Rosa wears leather motorcycle boots that are as tough as she is.
- Breakup Bonfire: Her preferred method of dealing with breakups (or at least anything that makes her "feel"), as she demonstrates to Boyle in "Charges and Specs"?Rosa: Burn. Everything.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: She is incredibly aggressive and is quick to resort to violence to solve her problems, but she does care a lot about her friends and values her friendships with them.Terry: I knew it! I knew you were a big softy.
Rosa: You tell anyone, I break your face.
- Brutal Honesty: Rosa is blunt when criticizing others and doesn't sugarcoat anything. This causes problems when in more formal settings, like a courtroom.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: For all her extreme anger issues, she still manages to be a very effective detective.
- Character Development: While her default mood is still The Stoic, in season 2 Diaz clearly smiles more often than in season 1. The most notable example of this is in "The Pontiac Bandit Returns", where she becomes so elated over busting the Giggle Pig drug ring that her reaction surprises even herself.
- Contralto of Danger: She has the deepest voice of all the female characters and she's definitely one of the toughest cops in the precinct.
- Control Freak: It's subtle, and well-hidden beneath her blunt, tough and cool exterior, but a closer look reveals that practically everything Rosa does is about rigidly maintaining control over every aspect of her life. Her job and personality is centred around giving her power and authority over others. She stubbornly refuses the help of others even when she needs it rather than relinquish any control over the situation. She keeps her personal life secret so that no one has information (and thus power) that they could potentially use over her. She keeps people at arm's length and her emotions tightly under control in order to maintain her relationships the way she wants them. She only dates certain guys (until Marcus) so that she is always the one to end things when the time comes, thus preventing a situation where someone else might have the power to control how the relationship progresses / ends. And so forth. The reason she's able to maintain an unflappable exterior is that she's usually in control; whenever something does go wrong, she tends to melt down quickly (she's almost reduced to tears when kids make fun of her instead of being intimidated by her, technology failing on her sends her into a violent tantrum, etc.).
- Cool Bike: Her preferred mode of transport.
- Deadpan Snarker: Gives Holt a run for his money.
- Death Glare: Often used to cow perps, coworkers, or pretty much anyone into submission.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Diaz tends to be a little rough when pushed or reacting to unwanted tickling (a one-handed wrist lock without even dropping her coffee). However, it's played for laughs in part because Diaz terrifies just about everyone and is clearly overreacting, and is just as violent when dealing with women who annoy her.
- Fair Cop: Diaz is fairly easy on the eyes, but her surly attitude distances her from this trope a bit more. She does attract her own share of attention however.Rosa: Fear is a powerful aphrodisiac.
- Good Is Not Nice: She's strictly on the good side when it comes to morality, but she's abrasive, violent, and extremely bad-tempered.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Her Establishing Character Moment (which is also in the credits) has her snapping and smacking her computer.
- Happy Place: Rosa is instructed to go to her "happy place" when she's nervous at the witness stand. Her happy place turns out to be... rather violent. See Nightmare Fetishist for more details.
- Hates Being Touched: When Hitchcock tries to tickle her to get her to smile, she quickly gets him into a wrist lock without even dropping her coffee.
- Hates Small Talk: She's visibly disturbed by the prospect of having to make small talk during a dinner with Holt and his husband.Kevin: Rosa, tell us about your family?
Rosa: I...have one.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Usually wears a leather jacket. Hell, for Thanksgiving she promises to wear her "formal leather jacket" ("it's the one without any blood on it").
- Hidden Depths: Went to ballet school, has a soft spot for Boyle, is in a book club, enjoys the idea of film festivals, finds the movie Something's Gotta Give hilarious, loves Gilmore Girls, and was genuinely pissed at how the show ended. Most surprising of all, she was a model student at her Catholic school before transferring to the dance academy.
- She comes across as surly and misanthropic, but she genuinely wants to connect with people on an emotional level and is fearful of the possibility she won't be able to maintain a long-term romantic relationship.
- Diaz is really afraid of that. After breaking up with Marcus, she cries, saying that if she couldn't maintain a relationship with a nice guy like him, she couldn't do so with anyone. She only seems stoic on the surface.
- She regularly does yoga to keep herself centered.
- She apparently presents a completely different persona to her neighbors. As "Emily Goldfinch", she's cheerful and chatty and has a tastefully decorated apartment. She also implies that "Rosa Diaz" might not be her real name.
- Hypocritical Humor: She doesn't seem entirely aware of just how awful her temper is.Rosa: [to Holt and Jeffords] You think I have an anger problem? I don't. You are both dead to me.
- Ironic Name: You'd expect someone named after a flower to be dainty and feminine. Rosa is none of those things.
- Jerkass: She can cross into this from time to time; in addition to her general surly, mean attitude, she tends to take active and malicious pleasure in any misfortunes that befall her coworkers (such as Amy's disastrous dinner party in "Thanksgiving" and Jake's car getting totalled by Gina in "Cheddar". She also mercilessly and cruelly bullies an inexperienced uniformed officer over a mislabelled piece of evidence in "Unsolved".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Scary as she is, she's probably the nicest person in the precinct to Boyle. Despite him being an Abhorrent Admirer to her, she's still polite to him and turns him down in a mature and sensitive (for her) way. Likewise, as much as she likes to hide it, its clear she does value the friendships she has with the other members of precinct, and she always has her friends' backs.
- The Lad-ette: She is very foul-tempered and sexually confident, loves violence and motorcycles, and owns a ridiculous amount of weapons. Her perfect date: "Cheap dinner, watch basketball, bone down".
- Limited Wardrobe: She's usually only seen wearing a black or grey shirt with a black leather jacket and pants. Charles lampshades this:Charles: What do you need extra closet space for? You only have one outfit!
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Diaz is the Masculine Girl to both Terry's and Boyle's Feminine Boys. Rosa is a stoic, tough, and short-tempered Badass Biker Lad-ette who is Hell-Bent for Leather and loves gratuitous violence, while Terry is a motherly and nurturing Gentle Giant who is very in touch with his emotions and loves farmer's markets and painting, and Boyle is a sensitive Extreme Doormat foodie who played with dollhouses and read Nancy Drew books growing up and loves romantic comedies like 27 Dresses.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Stephanie Beatriz is not nearly as surly and aggressive as Rosa Diaz. She also tends to wear much brighter colors, and has a much higher-pitched voice than Diaz.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: She can easily take on people over twice her size, even though she doesn't seem especially muscular.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Her idea of a "happy place"?
- No Social Skills: Her anger issues along with her stoicism make social situations very difficult for her.
- Odd Friendship: She is a grumpy and aggressive badass while Jake is a friendly, hyperactive goofball. Despite this, they've been close friends ever since their police academy days and have an unshakeable trust in each other.
- Only Sane Man:
- Holt and Terry are this on a professional level, but Diaz is the one who takes care of the personal side. For all of her anger issues and being scary as hell, she is the one who regularly calls out her co-workers when they are being irrational (Boyle with still living in his ex's basement, Peralta's infatuation with Amy that goes nowhere, Santiago's need to win at everything) and she also gives them solid advice and helps to make their situations better.
- This said, her anger issues can easily put her on the other side of the trope as well:[on a co-worker who shaves at the desk he shares with Rosa]
Boyle: Why don't you just ask him to stop shaving at his desk?
Rosa: He denies even doing it; I don't know why. Next time I catch him shaving I'm gonna punch him so hard in the mouth he bites his own heart.
Boyle: ... Could that be why he denies doing it?
Rosa: [as if this is a revelation] Oh yeah, you could be right, yeah.
- Perpetual Frowner:
- She's nearly always seen scowling — so much so that when she does smile, it usually comes across as discomforting.Amy: Ugh, she never smiles. Is her mouth broken!?
- At the end of "The Pontiac Bandit Returns", Rosa is so happy at the Giggle Pig bust that she's been smiling nonstop.Rosa: [grinning ear to ear] How do people do this with their face muscles normally?
- She's nearly always seen scowling — so much so that when she does smile, it usually comes across as discomforting.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Jake. They knew each other from the police academy and trust each other without any hesitation, but they have shown no romantic interest in each other. Rosa even calls Jake her closest friend in the world. They're so close that they can communicate via slight nods of the head... through writing.Amy: (confused) You want me to write [in a letter to Jake] that you nodded slightly?
Rosa: He'll know what it means.
- Rugged Scar: Has a small scar on her brow, which fits in perfectly with her personality.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: From what little we've seen Rosa's sister is her polar opposite in every way, being an irrepressibly enthusiastic and cheerful Happily Married mother with a fondness for pink cardigans.
- Sour Supporter: She does in general trust Jake's decisions on the field, but does not hesitate to call him out if she thinks he's doing something stupid.Rosa: Hey, if Jake says the guy did it, that usually means the guy did it.
Jake: Thank you. Everyone listen to Rosa.
Rosa: No, I'm still furious at you.
Jake: Okay, no one listen to Rosa, she is clearly an accomplice to this crime.
- Spicy Latina: Downplayed. She's a hot-tempered, strong-willed, sexually confident Latina Biker Babe Badass who's not afraid to get physical, but she's more stoic and deadpan than the typical example. Her short temper is also not a result of her being overly emotional or passionate, but rather because she's usually in a really bad mood.
- The Stoic: She's usually very deadpan and keeps her emotions deeply hidden.
- They're Called Personal Issues for a Reason: It's Not Hyperbole to say that Rosa would rather climb out a window than discuss feelings. She loathes telling people anything about herself. She'll mention personal details in the context of giving her opinion to other members of the precinct, but goes into crisis mode when faced with the prospect of a dinner party where she'll have to talk about her family extensively. She even once drank 5 shots to tell Jake her boyfriend's name even after admitting Jake is her closest friend.Rosa: (with visible effort) I have...two sisters. (pause) I have to leave this. (leaves the dinner table)
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Santiago. She's the violent and grumpy Tomboy to Santiago's goody-two shoes Girly Girl. She's also the Tomboy to Gina's high-maintenance, dance-loving Girly Girl.
- Tomboyish Voice: Diaz speaks with a very deep, gruff voice most of the time, emphasizing her Lad-ette nature.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Diaz may be an aggressive and surly take-no-crap Lad-ette, but she was a classical dancer and trained in ballet at the American Ballet Academy for some time, loves the series Gilmore Girls, and does yoga in her spare time.
- Town Girls: She's the grumpy Badass Biker butch to Gina's Alpha Bitch dance enthusiast femme, and Amy's Go-Getter Girl neither.
- Tsundere: She's abrasive and rude to most people, but she has a softer and genuinely kind side to her that she shows to the other members of the main cast and other people close to her on occasion, such as in "Sal's Pizza" when she reassures Amy that she always has her back, so she shouldn't feel the need to constantly compete with her, or in "The Mole", when she reassures Terry after he starts worrying about his kids' futures that she thinks Cagney and Lacey will grow up wonderfully since he's a great dad.Rosa: (to Amy) We work at a police station full of dudes. We gotta have each other's backs, okay?
Amy: You saying you have my back?
Rosa: Yeah, I got your back. (Amy smiles) Don't smile, I'm still mad at you.
Amy: I thought we were having a moment?
Rosa: Moment's over. Shut up!
- The Unsmile: See Perpetual Frowner above.
- Vocal Evolution: Stephanie Beatriz played Rosa with a higher-pitched voice in early episodes before settling on a lower gruffer tone.
- When She Smiles: It's a very rare occurrence, but when she smiles, it's a thing of true beauty.
- Woman in Black: She's a threatening woman who dresses predominantly in black.
Sgt. Terence "Terry" Jeffords
'Played by: Terry Crews
"Why are you giving candy to a baby in the first place? Don't give candy to a baby! They can't brush their teeth!"The sergeant of the unit. Although a physically strong and capable detective, his ability to do his job has been hampered by the recent birth of his twin daughters, which have left him neurotic about the dangers of his job and obsessed with the possibility of dying in the line of duty.
- The Ace: During the NYPD v. FDNY football game, the fire marshal points out every play is give Jeffords the ball. He challenges Peralta to score a touchdown... which he does by grabbing the ball and having Jeffords pick him up and carry him into the end zone, taking down everyone in the way. He was also apparently this as a cop before the birth of his daughters and subsequent breakdowns — Holt mentions at one point that he was the precinct's champion marksman, and his backstory and nickname as the "Ebony Falcon" implies that he was a bit of a super-cop before getting married and having kids.
- Action Dad: He has twin daughters. As of season 3, he now has another baby daughter.
- Badass Beard: Has a short Goatee.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: As Sergeant, he's second-in-command to Holt and not above yelling to get his way. He's a bit more neurotic and sensitive than the typical example, however.
- Bald of Awesome: A Badass Action Dad and brilliant police officer/detective without a single hair upon the top of his head.
- Berserk Button: Cats. Though it not that he actually hates the animals themselves, just his old co-workers keep sending him a cat once a year to mock him over a ridiculous claim he made in stress 20 years ago.
- Big Eater: He requires at least 10,000 calories a day.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's built like a brick wall and, while violence isn't his first solution to problems, is still capable of great physical feats, but he's an incredibly soft-hearted man who loves everyone in his precinct like his own children.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A intelligent and capable police officer, hampered only by his fear of dying on the job.
- Cultured Badass: To a lesser extent than Holt, but he's able to speak knowledgeably about French New Wave cinema, among other topics. He's also a brilliant artist and speaks fluent Japanese.
- Doting Parent: He adores his daughters. Gina even states his twitter is mostly filled with photos of them.
- Dynamic Entry: Jeffords' return to the field is tackling a guy who already shot Boyle in the ass and had a gun trained on Peralta and Holt from offscreen.
- Emotional Bruiser: Terry is the biggest, toughest man in the main cast. He's also a huge softie, who wears his emotions on his sleeve.
- Fair Cop: He's a very attractive and muscular man who serves as the show's Mr. Fanservice, and he's an NYPD sergeant.
- Formerly Fat: Used to be fat before he lost it and replaced it with a lot of muscle. Liable to gain serious weight if he discovers a new food that he can't resist, e.g. cacao nibs in season 2.
- Genius Bruiser: Jeffords' is a giant wall of muscle, and he's awesome in a fight. However he's also highly intelligent and well read, graduating from Syracuse with Summa Cum Laude. He's also Bilingual, and knowledgeable in a variety of matters.
- Gentle Giant: Easily the tallest and most muscular cast member but also the friendliest and sanest.
- Happily Married: Very happy with his wife and daughters.
- The Heart: He's the most sensitive and mature one of the group, acting as the Team Mom, and is good at settling disagreements and keeping the group together.
- Height Angst: Feels very insecure about his height when his brother in law visits.
- He's Back: Jeffords returns to the field when he learns Holt's life is in danger. After tackling the perp from offscreen, he even exclaims "Terry's back!"
- Hidden Depths: Fan of foreign cinema and farmer's markets, can speak Japanese, and is secretly a talented artist.
- Intimidation Demonstration: Often crushes an object in his hand in order to intimidate someone. This includes a Magic 8-Ball and his own cell phone.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: He doesn't have to dance after every touchdown he scores. He chooses to dance. He's also very emotional, nurturing to his subordinates, a gifted artist, and a huge softie. He's basically a huge, muscle-bound teddy bear of a man.
- Lovable Coward: In season one, since he's had kids he's suddenly very afraid for his own well-being out of fear of leaving them fatherless. He more or less gets over the worst of it by the middle of the season , and by the end is back on active duty with the other detectives. Peralta notes that he's no longer the Ebony Falcon, who had no fear. He's now the Ebony Antelope, willing to drink from the water hole where there may be crocodiles but still focused on self-preservation.
- Lust Object: For Gina, she is very attracted to his physique.
- Man Child: He's normally one of the more mature and stable members of the precinct, but he becomes this in the first two episodes of Season Two. It's invoked on both occasions, however, since in the first episode he's actually been ordered to act as a seven-year-old by Holt as part of a drill (he still gets very in-character, however), and in the second episode he's regressed under the influence of not-quite-powerful-enough anaesthetics.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: He's the Feminine Boy to Diaz's Masculine Girl. Terry is a motherly and nurturing Gentle Giant who is very in touch with his emotions and loves farmer's markets and painting, while Rosa is a tough and short-tempered Badass Biker Lad-ette who puts up a stoic front, is Hell-Bent for Leather and loves gratuitous violence.
- Muscle Angst: He's concerned about the possibility of losing muscle mass. In an episode where his brother-in-law was visiting, it was revealed he has additional angst due to the guy being even bigger, leading to Terry working out obsessively (including doing chin ups in his sleep).Terry: I can feel my body starting to digest itself.
- Mr. Fanservice: The series draws a lot of attention to Terry Crews giant muscles. Gina openly lusts after him.
- Nice Guy: He's basically a kind-hearted softie when all is said and done.
- Number Two: As sergeant of the precinct, he's number two to the Captain, Holt.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: He makes up excuses to stay at the station rather than return home when his brother-in-law is visiting him (who teases him for being small—Terry may be big, but his brother-in-law stands at least a head taller).
- Only Sane Employee: Second-in-command of the precinct, he usually manages the detectives at a more personal level than Holt. "Operation: Broken Feather" and "The Party" both show that he knows the detectives well enough that he can actually use their insane tendencies to make them more effective.
- Only Sane Man: He's steadily become this for the precinct since getting over his anxiety issues in Season One, frequently reacting to both the neurotic goofiness of his subordinates and Holt's off-the-planet robotic stoicism with bafflement and exasperation. That being said he's not without his own quirks.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Though not the highest authority in the office, he's the second-in-command and very fair to his subordinates.
- Red Baron: He was known as "the Ebony Falcon" before he got relegated to desk work.
- Scary Black Man: He zig-zags this trope — physically, he's quite muscular and imposing, and he does have a bit of a temper, but his temper is for a large part bluster and when you get to know him personality-wise he's clearly a bit of a softie. However, when he gets really riled up, he does get pretty damn intimidating. He also enjoys invoking this trope by playing the Scary Black Man in lineups.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: The shooting incident. And when he had a spider on his head.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Not really, but he started acting like one after his kids were born, which is why he compulsively avoids going into the field.Peralta: Is he seriously assigning me to the records room? Why do we even have a records room? The computer's been invented, right? I didn't dream it?
Jeffords: You're lucky, man. I wish I could get assigned here full time. You could not be farther from the action.
- Shipper on Deck: Might be one for Jake/Amy, as seen in "Unsolvable."
- Spiders Are Scary: At least he thinks so. He freaked out when Jake brought a tarantula to the office and decided to leave when the spider escapes the cage.
- Team Dad: Mostly this is Holt's role, but he can sometimes slip into this, especially in 'The Party', when he has to wrangle his more childish co-workers.
- Team Mom: While he has elements of Team Dad, he generally plays this role, being more nurturing to his subordinates. In "The Apartment" he even compares himself to a mother hen, with the precinct being his chicks.Jeffords: Jake, you know I love you like I love one of my daughters.
- Theme Twin Naming: Jeffords named his twin daughters Cagney & Lacey.
- Third-Person Person: Not an extreme example, but often refers to himself as "Terry" during exclamations.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Terry looooves yogurt.
- Trigger Happy: Jeffords became so scared of getting killed on the job that he panicked and emptied his gun into a mannequin in a department store. At the start of the series, he is on desk duty because of this. In a subsequent episode, it turns out there was a second incident shortly afterward in which he emptied his gun into a piñata. (This, of course, gives Jake the opportunity to grab some candy.)
Det. Charles Boyle
Played by: Joe Lo Truglio
"You know, some jobs take brains, some jobs take muscles, some jobs take dainty little fingers. Did I ever tell you I had to wear a woman's wedding ring?"A bumbling, awkward and eager-to-please detective in the unit with an unrequited crush on Diaz. Although clumsy and prone to accidents, he is a hard worker and succeeds through his willingness to 'grind' through his cases. He is good friends with and extremely supportive of Peralta. A 'foodie', he takes anything to do with cuisine deadly seriously.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Rosa for the first half of Season 1. Unlike most examples, she turns him down definitively but politely and isn't mean to him. Well, isn't very mean. She's still Rosa, after all.
- Ambiguously Bi: He describes Peralta and Diaz to be his "fantasy threesome". He's also had a number of innuendos with Peralta over the course of the other episodes.
- Amusing Injuries: He gets shot in the butt.
- Berserk Button: Other officers suspecting him of or themselves being incompetent at their jobs really seems to tick him off; he gets vocally annoyed with Jake for slacking off on the job as his secondary officer in "M.E. Time", Amy and Rosa's refusal to take him seriously over his suspicions of Marvin Miller's guilt in "The Wednesday Incident" really gets him worked up, and he loses his cool with Scully and Hitchcock's incompetence very quickly in "Sabotage". This is likely because Boyle, as Jeffords points out in the pilot, is not naturally gifted at his job and so works very hard in order to excel at it.
- Veganism is a deal-breaker for an uber-foodie like Boyle.
- Birds of a Feather:
- His attraction to Vivian, who's also a foodie and also has a tendency to move too fast in relationships.
- Same with Genevieve. They are both foodies that love dogs and have a tendency of sharing too much.
- Brutal Honesty: In "The Bet", he starts dropping "truth-bombs" on everyone thanks to a dose of particularly strong pain medication.
- Butt Monkey: Often picked on by pretty much everyone but Scully and Hitchcock. Unlike the other two, however, Boyle is reasonably competent and most of the teasing he receives is fairly good-natured.
- Character Development: It's subtle, but he starts becoming a bit less of a doormat in season two, and is more likely to stand up for himself (albeit not incredibly successfully) than just passively accept his poor treatment. He also loses his crush on Rosa after coming across Vivian and hasn't looked back since.
- The Chew Toy: If anyone is going to get his face shoved in gelato, shot in the butt, or accidentally stomp on his own muffin while banging his head into a counter, it is Charles Boyle.
- Creepy Good: Played for laughs. He's a genuinely kind-hearted, friendly and gentle man who just wants to be loved and tries his hardest to help out in any situation. He's also incredibly socially inept, has no social skills or internal filter whatsoever, and seems determined to find the creepiest way possible to express his thoughts on any given subject.
- Determinator: How he solves cases. Not through intelligence or luck, just working very, very hard.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Although Boyle is a fairly nice guy, the trope is deconstructed with him; his poorly-concealed yearning for Diaz makes him the subject of scorn and disapproval from his workmates and Diaz herself bluntly points out that he's making things awkward and should move on to find someone else.
- He appears to have moved on to a fellow foodie who it turns out is just as dogged as he is.
- Lampshaded in "The Apartment" where, after having fun together playing a prank on another co-worker, Boyle apologizes to Diaz for his clingy and weird behavior towards her throughout the season.
- Extreme Doormat: To everybody, though especially to Jake, his ex-wife (and her new fiancé), and Vivian. He willingly high-fives Jake over jokes at his own expense, lives in his ex-wife's new boyfriend's basement and is just grateful that the rent is low and he's allowed into the nicer areas of the house when they're away on expensive vacations, and was willing to quit his job and move to Canada just to avoid a confrontation that might upset his new fiancée.
- Interestingly, Rosa is probably the least guilty of anyone of taking advantage of this trait, since she makes a point of treating him with kindness and respect even while attempting to convince him that nothing will ever happen between them.
- He lampshades this in "Thanksgiving", acknowledging that he's a compulsive people pleaser and that "it's a serious problem".
- Fourth Date Marriage: With Vivian — they meet at Kevin's party and get it on from there. They're engaged in an exceedingly short amount of time. Ultimately subverted, however, since they ultimately break up after failing to negotiate a satisfactory resolution to Vivian's desire to move to Ottawa for her career versus Boyle's desire to remain in New York.
- Freudian Excuse: Implied; his panicked reaction when Peralta and Terry try to force him to choose between them suggests that he has extremely combative and dysfunctional parents who often force him to choose between them ("This is just like Christmas dinner at my parents' house — why do they have separate dining rooms?!") which may be the source of his eager-to-please nature, and his constant yearning for Diaz is implied to have something to do with his divorce.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Due to his low self-esteem, he gets jealous very easily. When Peralta gets back from his undercover assignment in "Undercover", Boyle over-casually asks if he made "a mafia best friend" while he was working undercover. The closest Jake can think of is some guy called Derek who he did a couple of jobs with and barely knows. Boyle nevertheless spends the rest of the episode reacting like a jealous lover. Or when Peralta meets his old partner, Boyle is openly jealous.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Downplayed for Boyle. He's not physically gifted, and he isn't as clever as Peralta or Santiago, but he closes cases by working harder than everyone else. Jeffords describes him as a "grinder."
- Hero-Worshipper: He genuinely seems to view Peralta as "the greatest man who ever lived."
- Heroes Love Dogs: He loves dogs and has had three dogs over the course of the series.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jake.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Rosa, who has a boyfriend and consistently rebuffs his advances, although she does care about him. He eventually gets over his infatuation with her.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: Vehemently insisted as a child that "Grandma bought [the dollhouse] for both" him and his sister, and is a fan of Nancy Drew. He apparently also has professional-level calligraphy skills.
- Likes Older Women: In addition to his relationship with Vivian, he also mentions that he lost his virginity to a woman in her fifties and had sex with his college friend's grandmother.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Feminine Boy to Diaz's Masculine Girl. Boyle is a sensitive Extreme Doormat foodie who played with dollhouses and read Nancy Drew books growing up and loves romantic comedies like 27 Dresses, while Rosa is a tough and short-tempered Badass Biker Lad-ette who is Hell-Bent for Leather and loves gratuitous violence.
- Nice Guy: Boyle is extremely likable and friendly; he even gets along well with his ex-wife's new boyfriend (who was also his landlord and, as is revealed in season 3, was his divorce attorney before he hooked up with his ex-wife).
- No Social Skills: He has a tendency to blurt out whatever thoughts go through his head regardless of how weird or creepy they come across.
- Obsessed with Food: He's a known foodie and he spends a lot of episodes talking about good food.
- Parental Neglect: A downplayed example; on the whole, he gets on very well with and shares lots in common with his father Lynn, but Lynn has made it quite clear on several occasions that Charles is lower down on his list of priorities than perhaps is appropriate for a father to position his son.
- Pinocchio Nose: He starts talking like a 19th century British gentleman when he's lying or trying to conceal something.
- Serious Business: Boyle is a huge foodie and takes anything to do with food incredibly seriously.
- Shipper on Deck: He's the first to point out that Peralta might have feelings for Santiago, as well as pushing Peralta to make his feelings known for her. If there was any lingering doubt that he ships Jake/Amy hard, his reaction when learning that they kissed as part of their undercover roles in "Johnny and Dora" can only be described as a squeegasm.
- Shot in the Ass: In "Christmas," when Taking the Bullet for Rosa.
- Taking the Bullet: Boyle saves Rosa's life by diving in front of her and taking two in the butt. One HELL of a jump.
- Too Much Information: Has a tendency to over-share with his colleagues whenever he's in a relationship that's going well.Boyle: Jake, I gotta tell ya; the engaged life is amazing. Especially sexually.
Peralta: [uncomfortable] Well, I don't wanna pry...
Boyle: [cheerfully] Oh, you're not prying; I want you to know this.
- Unlucky Everydude: As the Butt Monkey who actually has to work hard to become a competent detective, he's this.
- Yes-Man: Especially with Rosa and Peralta. He admits in "Thanksgiving" that he's a compulsive people-pleaser and that "it's a serious problem."
Regina "Gina" Linetti
Played by: Chelsea Peretti
"Gina Linetti. The human form of the 100 emoji."The precinct's civilian administrative support. She's extremely sarcastic, possesses a tendency to troll and bully her co-workers, and at times appears to exist within her own very strange universe. Outside of the precinct, she's a member of an amateur dance group.
- Alpha Bitch: She is basically a high school teen princess-bully who never quite grew out of it.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She may be a narcissistic cloudcuckoolander, but she is still surprisingly efficient at her job. See the entry for The Cuckoolander Was Right.
- Constantly seems divorced from reality.Holt: So, Gina, civilian administrators, like yourself, often have their ear to the ground. What do Santiago and Peralta have riding on this bet of theirs?
Gina: I will tell you, on six conditions. Number one: you let me use your office to practice m' dance moves. Second...
Holt: How 'bout this: you tell me, and I won't suspend you...without pay.
Gina: Oh, that sounds great. The deal is, if Amy gets more arrests, Jake has to give her his car. It's an old Mustang and is pretty sweet. If he gets more arrests, she has to go on a date with him. He guarantees it will end in sex. I bet on at least some over-the-clothes action, at the very least, some touching...
Holt: That's enough, Gina.
Gina: [undeterred] I could see him showing up in a silk robe...
Holt: That's enough, Gina. Thank you.
- Believes that psychiatrists are just people who weren't smart enough to become psychics.
- In the episode 'Sal's Pizza', Gina gets paired with Jeffords to find a new IT guy for the department. During her interviews, she's her typical strange self-grilling one applicant on what his favorite Jay-Z song is, deliberately startling another by tossing her water on him, and grosses out another by flossing right in front of her.
- As it turns out, Gina displays an in-universe psychological condition that had heretofore only been considered a theory and never seen in an actual human.Gina: [speaking to a group of psychologists eagerly taking notes] All men are at least 30% attracted to me.
[jump cut to a larger group of psychologists surrounding Gina]
Gina: My mother cried the day I was born because she knew she would never be better than me!
[jump cut to an even larger group of psychologists surrounding Gina]
Gina: At any given moment I’m thinking about one thing: Richard Dreyfuss hunkered over eatin' dog food.
Psychologist: Complete overlap of ego and id. It's been theorized but I never thought I'd see it.
Gina: I'm exquisite!
- Constantly seems divorced from reality.
- Collector of the Strange: A whole rack of lycra bodysuits.
- Comedic Sociopath: Takes pictures while Boyle's coat is on fire.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right:
- In the end of 'Sal's Pizza', she has good reasons for all of her actions - she grilled the first applicant because some of the less savvy detectives (i.e. Scully and Hitchcock) would ask the same tech questions over and over again, she startled the second because he'd be working with Rosa, and grossed out the last applicant because a police precinct can see some pretty gross stuff. She then taps a much better choice for the job: the teenage hacker they'd just arrested, since he already hacked the system and thus knew its weak points, and he'd want a job to afford an apartment so he could get away from his mother, who was the one who sold him out.
- She also pegged Holt for being gay as soon as she saw him.
- Former Teen Rebel: Apparently, she was one of the "at-risk" kids targeted by the Junior Police Program.
- The Gadfly: Constantly trolls her coworkers. An excellent (if subtle example) occurs when she accompanies Holt and Jeffords to the firing range. The reason she makes up for wanting to go is because the police precinct in her area is awful... and she lives in the 99's area.
- Hidden Depths:
- Gina turns out to be more mature than Jake when it comes to finances and surprisingly thrifty. She's already saved enough money to buy his grandmother's apartment for a real estate opportunity and offers to rent it to Jake so he doesn't have to move out when it goes co-op.
- In "Halloween II", Gina reveals that she's been going to night school in order to complete her bachelor's degree and ended up neglecting her beloved dance troupe in the process.
- It's All About Me: As far as Gina's concerned, the entire universe revolves around her and exists to benefit her personally.
- Jerkass: She can be a bit of a bully, particularly to Boyle and Santiago (and Scully and Hitchcock, but then everyone looks down on them). Her sense of humor tends to be rather snide and cutting in general.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Arguably more like "a small nugget of gold buried deep in a heart of iron", but she has been shown to have a slightly kinder side from time to time.
- Know When to Fold 'Em:
- In the pilot, she makes a list of demands for Holt when he asks her a question. As soon as Holt makes an offer to not have her suspended without pay, she instantly accepts it and gives him the information.
- She takes great pleasure in uncovering and exposing Holt and Jeffords' efficiency scheme in "Operation: Broken Feather", but recognizes when her gloating has gone just a little too far:Holt: Okay, message received. Jeffords and I will get right to work.
Gina: Great! That will be all. Thank you.
Holt: [coldly] Get the hell out of my chair.
Gina: [instantly capitulating] Alright, I pushed it a little bit on that one. Ohh-kay. Bye. [scurries quickly out of Holt's office]
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: The narcissistic and vain Dark Feminine to Santiago's Adorkable goody two shoes Light Feminine.
- Meaningful Name: Most likely a coincidence, but her full first name, Regina, brings to mind another Alpha Bitch—Regina George of Mean Girls.
- Morality Pet: So far, the only person we've seen who she genuinely seems to love and care about over herself is her mother.
- Narcissist: Jake might have an ego, but Gina truly believes that the world revolves around her and that everyone in her vicinity should make allowances to make her life easier.
- Jeffords explains to Holt he was able to distract her by putting a mirror on desk:Terry: She's like a cockatiel sir, fascinated by her own reflection.
- According to Rosa, a significant part of Gina's day involves checking herself in every reflective surface in the station. That includes Amy's lips.Rosa: What kind of urgent matter could Gina possibly attend to? She's already checked herself out in every reflective surface around the precinct.
Amy: Including my lip gloss! She says she looked better when I frowned!
- Jeffords explains to Holt he was able to distract her by putting a mirror on desk:
- No Social Skills: Gina can be very charming, but her fundamental narcissism means that she's usually utterly disinterested in the people she's interacting with to begin with.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "The Ebony Falcon," Gina's apartment gets broken into, and while for the most part she remains her snarky self, Holt knows Gina's more scared than she lets on. Santiago and Diaz finally understand how bad it is when Gina stays at work late:Gina: Uh, you know me, I love working. Can't tear me away from my work. I just love requisitions, and corporate records, and just... you know, message from people for Holt.
- Pet the Dog: Every so often:
- When revealing her and Boyle's casual relationship in "The Mole", she admits to Boyle that despite her vocal disgust over their hook-ups she did have fun with him.
- She takes care of the melancholy "Six-Drink" Amy in "Beach House" when no one else is around.
- Despite her intense hatred and horror of the prospect of Charles's dad marrying her mother, she throws herself whole-heartedly into making sure they have a perfect wedding day.
- Phoneoholic Teenager: She's an adult version of this. She's perpetually on her phone, constantly checking social media or playing games. In one Cold Open, the rest of the precinct have a competition to see who can get her to look away from her phone. Charles' greeting, Jake's midmorning dance party, Amy's informing her of George W. Bush's death (to which Gina responds, "Who dat?"), and even Rosa's blowing an airhorn in her ear couldn't get her look up from her phone.Holt: You left your phone on your desk and I assumed you were dead!
Gina: Uh, I would clearly by buried with my phone.
- Really Gets Around: Her psychic predicted she would have a "sensuous encounter" with a guy named Mark. Gilligan Cut to a bar..Gina: [very drunk] Is anyone here named Mark?! [three guys raise their hands] [pointing] You're good.
- Sticky Fingers: Terry has to specifically ask Rosa to make sure Gina doesn't steal anything at Holt's birthday party. Unfortunately, Gina's already stolen a bagful of hats and scarves. It's later revealed she's also stolen a drawerful of silverware as well as a clock that doesn't belong to Holt or his husband.
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: In "Charges and Specs," Gina decides that the English language is no longer sufficient to "capture the depth and complexity of my thoughts" and so begins describing Emojis to express herself. This leads to nonsense sentences like "The fact you have him on trial is cat doing Home Alone face!" and "Our friendship is little boy holding little girl's hand!" (She uses emoji-speak again in "Boyle-Linetti Wedding.")
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The dance-loving, fashionable Girly Girl to Rosa's Badass Hot Tempered Tomboy.
- Too Much Information: Gina to Holt about the probable outcome of Peralta and Santiago's date if he wins their bet. See Cloudcuckoolander, above, for sordid detail.
- Town Girls: She's the Alpha Bitch dance enthusiast femme to Amy's Go-Getter Girl neither and Rosa's grumpy Badass Biker butch.
- Woman Child: She acts like a high school Alpha Bitch most of the time to everyone else.
Dets. Norm Scully and Michael Hitchcock
Played by: Joel McKinnon Miller and Dirk Blocker
"Not to brag, but Scully and I have a combined total of fourteen arrests."Two extremely incompetent veteran detectives in the unit, with a combined fifty years of experience. They make good coffee. After thirty years this is apparently the only reason they're still on the force.
- Ascended Extra: They were initially background characters with occasional lines to show that they were complete humps in contrast to the main characters. They became more and more prominent as the first season progressed and even get involved in the team's antics outside the office.
- Butt Monkey: Both are described in the first episode by Jeffords as "basically worthless, but they make good coffee", and every episode they appear in sees them live down to that description in some way, shape or form.
- The Ditz: Both of them seem barely aware of their surroundings or what's going on at the best of times.
- Drives Like Crazy: When Hitchcock drives its insane enough to make Rosa scream in terror.
- Expy: They're both an expy for Jerry from Parks and Recreation, which was created by many of the same staff. One key difference exists, however; while Jerry appears to have a very happy and successful life outside of the office to the point of being The Ace, the available evidence suggests that this cannot be said for either Scully or Hitchcock.
- They also lack Jerry's remorseful demeanor about his mistakes. Where as Jerry will feel bad and try to make up for his mistakes, Scully and Hitchcock have more of an "it's your fault for thinking we could do something right" attitude.
- Extreme Omnivore: Both show a tendency to eat anything available, regardless of putrescence or being alive; Scully once enthusiastically continued eating rancid Chinese food just because it was free (although he subsequently came down with food poisoning, and Hitchcock once inexplicably swallowed his own goldfish.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Both of them. Their staggering incompetence is enough that even Captain Holt hates them, and is openly relieved whenever some accident befalls them to get them out of the way.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Mostly because everyone else hates them.
- Hidden Depths: They display the occasional flash of insight to show that there is a reason why they became detectives. They're able to deduce that there is a hidden bathroom in the precinct just by observing Boyle, and Hitchcock, of all people, goes on a hot streak when Jake falls into a slump.
- Both apparently had major problems with cocaine in the mid-1980s.
- Scully appears to be quite a good opera singer (if prone to annoying his co-workers by bursting into song with little prompting).
- Hitchcock's lack of real hidden depths is lampshaded in "The Party" when Scully is told to talk about opera, and Hitchcock is told to say absolutely nothing.
- Judging from his reactions to Scully's singing, it seems as if Hitchcock has an appreciation for Italian opera.
- Scully's demonstrated a pick-pocketing ability and he also speaks fairly fluent French (after having been left behind at the Louvre as a child and learning the language out of necessity because his parents didn't realize he was missing until they were back in the US).
- The Load: They contribute nearly nothing. Lampshaded in "Tactical Village".[during a training simulation]
Jeffords: Scully, I want you to do nothing. Just stand next to me and say, "Yes Sarge."
Scully: Okay, Sarge.
Jeffords: C'mon, man.
- Lazy Bum: Both of them. They happily stay in the office as they hate to move around.
- Man Child: Scully at least gives off the impression of being, in Peralta's words, "some kind of weird giant baby" that someone's given a flat-top haircut and a police badge to.
- Mauve Shirt: Even when they've been Promoted to Opening Titles they generally contribute almost nothing to the plot, mostly because no one wants anything to do with them.
- Mistaken for Gay: Some of Holt and Kevin's friends mistake them for a gay couple.
- Nausea Fuel: In-universe, Scully has a lot of problems with his body and apparently constantly informs people about them much to their disgust.Scully shows Jake the sole of his foot, which looks swollen and has an orange discoloration
Jake: I don't see anything.
Scully: That's because it's all wart!
- Scully's feet smell so bad even Hitchcock gets involved in disposing Scully's shoes.
- No Social Skills: Hitchcock and Scully just seem to live in their own strange, not-very-bright little world.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: To a degree, at least; every so often it's suggested that they could actually be competent detectives if they wanted to be, but they've just decided to just sit back and lounge around the squad room doing paperwork and running down the clock until retirement. In "Sabotage", for example, after Boyle loses his patience with their laziness they end up solving the crime before him. The fact that they both seem to consider displaying the bare minimum of competence required to do their jobs as evidence that they're super-cops, however, suggests that the stupidity isn't entirely an act:Scully: If we're away from our desks for too long they'll update our computers and we'll lose Minesweeper. So please don't tell anyone about the amazing work we did today.
Charles: I never said 'amazing'. You just kinda did your jobs.
Hitchcock: There you go. [winks]
Charles: No. Really. I mean you also broke a window!
Scully: Now you get it.
- Obsessed with Food: They are always eating. Though unlike Boyle, they eat junk and fast food.
- Permanent Elected Official: In "Jake and Sophia", it turns out that Scully is the precinct's union representative mainly because no one else wants the job, and he only takes it because the annual meetings provide a party sub. True to form, he's hopeless at the job.Rosa: He's been our rep for twelve years and he still pronounces 'union' as 'onion'.
- Police Are Useless: The straightest examples on the entire show. Neither of them contribute very much and are pretty much kept around for their coffee. Peralta even said that Hitchcock is still at the lowest grade of detective despite the length of his service.
- Prematurely Bald: Hitchcock apparently went bald at fifteen.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: Starting from the second season, Dirk Blocker and and Joel McKinnon Miller have "Starring" credits appearing in the first act after the title sequence.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Hitchcock, at least; while Scully seems to have a more realistic understanding of his place on the pecking order (and appropriately low self-confidence), Hitchcock seems convinced that he's a lot brighter and cooler than he is, and appears to view himself as Peralta's best friend-in-waiting.
- Those Two Guys: They're practically inseparable. To the extent that they show up to their self-evaluations together. Hitchcock once called himself Scully by accident.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: One of the running gags of the show is that Hitchcock will find any reason to take off his shirt.
FDNY and Law Enforcement
Fire Marshall Boone
Played by: Patton OswaltThe dimwitted marshall of the fire department, who harbors an intense hatred for the 99.
- Disappeared Dad: When Jake reveals his dad walked out on him as a child, Boone reveals the same thing happened to him, and they amazingly manage a temporary truce.
- Donut Mess with a Cop: Has a tendency to fall back on donut jokes.
- Jurisdiction Friction: Between the NYPD and the FDNY.
- Missing Mom: She's dead.
- Self-Serving Memory: He claims that Jake overstepped his boundaries and started the fight. While the former is a fair point, in reality Boone threw the first punch.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Peralta.
- Your Mom: He attempts to defy this when, in a war of words with Peralta, he makes a comment that leaves a perfect opening for a 'Your Mom' joke but then instantly points out that his mother happens to be dead "so let's tread lightly on the response." Peralta, who apparently had one ready to go, finds this unfair.
Det. Warren "The Vulture" Pembroke
Played by: Dean WintersA detective from the Major Crimes Unit known as "The Vulture" for his tendency to take over cases that are near-finished and take all the credit for them.
- Bad Boss: The Vulture is just as arrogant and obnoxious as he ever was when put in charge of the SWAT team in "Hostage Situation". He first claims one of his officers will shoot Jeffords if ordered. Then, when the officer in question flatly denies this, the Vulture instead orders him to go onto a rooftop apparently for no tactical reason — or, indeed, any reason whatsoever beyond throwing his weight around. The long-suffering reaction of the officer as he obeys the second order says it all. And, of course, when briefly in charge of the Nine-Nine he regularly abuses his position as captain and routinely insults all the officers in the precinct.
- Bi the Way: He aggressively flirts with everyone he competes with, be they male or female.
- Cavalier Consumption: One flashback has him reaching the same floor as Jake and Rosa by elevator, bag the perp they just chased up there, then throw his half-eaten apple at them in exchange.
- Everyone Has Standards: One thing he won't do is fart in Church.
- Fur and Loathing: He has a whale skin jacket.
- Homoerotic Subtext: He seems very fixated on Jake's "big white ass."
- In Universe Nickname: "The Vulture" for his trend of claiming jurisdiction over practically-solved cases so he can take all the credit without doing any of the work.
- Jerkass: He fits in this trope like a glove, what with his constant swooping in to steal cases that our main characters have almost solved to claim the credit, his obnoxious and bullying "alpha male" personality, his unwelcome advances towards Santiago, his strange obsession with Peralta's "big white ass" and his Vladmir Putin-collection underwear.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He stole Boyle's coffee in a flashback, so it's quite fitting that they stall him in a later episode with Boyle spilling coffee on him.
- First-Episode Spoiler: First episode of season three, at least: He becomes the Nine-Nine's new captain after Holt is transferred and their previous replacement dies.
- Running Gag: He has a habit of walking onto a scene while eating an apple and carelessly throwing it somewhere he shouldn't.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: The entire squad possesses a burning hatred of him, with good reason.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In-Universe. He routinely takes "unsolved" cases after 98% of the work has been done. It's shown in montage that he's actually done this as Diaz was about to break down a suspect's door, and as Santiago was in the middle of reading the suspect's Miranda Rights. And he stole Boyle's coffee.
Deputy Commissioner Podolski
Played by: James M. ConnorAn arrogant, intimidating senior officer with a tendency to use his position to bully subordinate officers in a way that benefits him and his family.
- Dirty Cop: A relatively mild example so far; he uses his position and influence in the department to prevent his delinquent son from facing any kind of punishment for his crimes. It's hinted that he might be corrupt in more serious ways, however, since he tries to get Peralta to back off from investigating a local dignitary over connections to drug smuggling and brings Peralta up on charges over it. Not only do the FBI confirm that the dignitary is, in fact, involved in criminal activity, they also note that the criminal syndicate he works for apparently has NYPD officers on the payroll.
- Jerkass: Is not a particularly nice man.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Is clearly not above using his position as a high-ranking police officer to abuse the laws in ways that benefit him or that stick it to people who displease him.
Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch
Played by: Kyra SedgwickAn old partner of Holt's who is now his direct superior. Once a friend, due to a number of hazy incidents in their mutual past the two now dislike each other intensely, which bleeds into their working relationship.
- Bad Boss: She doesn't inspire much warmth from the officers of the Nine-Nine, and for good reason. In "Johnny and Dora", she's shown to be perfectly willing to transfer Holt's best detectives to terrible precincts and ruin their careers just to spitefully punish Holt.
- Batman Gambit: Her main tactic, she normally can accurately predict how Holt will act and use this to her advantage.
- Birds of a Feather: Averted between her and Holt. Despite the fact that they have very similar personalities - coupled with the fact that Wuntch clearly thought this trope was in effect before she learned Holt was gay - the two of them can't stand each other now.
- The Chessmaster: Wuntch is incredibly good at detailed plans, so much so that even Holt can't keep up with her.
- Dirty Cop: A mild example. She sent an Internal Affairs agent, lying that there was a mole in the Nine-Nine, to get dirt on Holt. It got Jake suspended for awhile. She's likewise perfectly happy to destroy multiple cops' careers over her petty rivalry with Holt.
- Drunk with Power: She's not above abusing her newfound power over Holt in petty ways to screw him over.
- Evil Counterpart: To Holt. While 'evil' is a bit strong (although Holt himself would certainly find it appropriate), for all that they're Not So Different it has been frequently established that Holt has a much more rigid set of ethics than Wuntch does, and is generally more honourable, honest and decent than her. While both are petty towards each other with regards to their feud, Holt is a Reasonable Authority Figure who can usually be counted on to do the right thing at the end of the day no matter if it costs him personally, while Wuntch is a Bad Boss who frequently abuses her authority for spiteful and petty ends.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Again, "evil" is stretching it, but Wuntch does show at least one redeemable quality. When Holt believed Wuntch wrote him a terrible recommendation letter because of his sexuality, Wuntch later reveals that his sexuality is one of the few things she respects about him. She also seemed rather appalled that Holt would assume she was hateful enough to use someone's sexuality to destroy their career.
- Jerkass: Even ignoring her rivalry with Holt, Wuntch is not a nice woman. For example she had a picture of herself, specifically placed up so she could be constantly looking down on everyone.
- Not So Different: Both Wuntch and Holt are incredibly stoic, pedantic and sticklers for the rules, and it's clear that their feud equally brings out their petty sides.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: For Captain Holt.
- Smug Snake: While she is very good at planning and manipulation, at times teetering on Magnificent Bastard territory, the effect is undone by her rather smug and oily personality and tendency to childishly gloat over Holt whenever she gets an advantage over him.
Capt. Seth Dozerman
Played by: Bill HaderAfter Holt is transferred, Captain Seth Dozerman takes his position. He is obsessed with efficiency and gets under the Nine-Nine's skin quite easily.
- Bad Boss: His ruthless quest for efficiency borders on harassment, including "Dozer-pads" which keep track of how long it takes to close cases and where you are, as well as have the ability to broadcast "Dozer-blasts" to everyone. Rosa is fed up by his management to the point of insubordination.
- Foregone Conclusion: Nobody thinks Holt is going to be away from the Nine-Nine forever. It's just a matter of time until Dozerman is out of the picture. In fact, he dies halfway through his introduction episode, to be replaced by The Vulture.
- Hidden Depths: Apparently he had a taste for orgies with prostitutes under the guise of fishing trips.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Immediately takes a liking to Jake, believing him to be a model of efficiency.Dozerman: I like you. I could tell from the moment I walked in here that we were one and the same: detail-oriented, love crunching numbers... Bet your apartment's immaculate. Probably eat off the floor.
Peralta: And I do.
- Ignored Epiphany: After his heart attack, and learning he has a weak heart he ponders the meaning of this. Only to decide to be even harder on the precinct than before.
- Ironic Name: For a man with "Doze" in his name, he is a controlling, efficiency-obsessed jerk.
- The Neidermeyer: He cares nothing for endearing himself with the precinct, and instead jumps straight to shouting at them and demanding they work harder, upon first meeting them.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Wuntch put him in charge of the Nine-Nine, and he wastes no time trying to implement new policies (see Bad Boss).
- Walking Spoiler: His very existence as a character can only be explained by Holt not being at the Nine-Nine.
- Your Cheating Heart: In "The Funeral" we discover he and his wife had just finished marriage counseling after incidents involving prostitutes.
Det. Adrian Pimento
Played by: Jason MantzoukasA detective who returns to the Nine-Nine after a twelve-year stint undercover in a brutal criminal organisation. The length of time he was undercover and his experiences have left him with some adjustment issues.
- Becoming the Mask: He spent so long undercover as "Paul Sneed" that he's having difficulty remembering that he's actually Adrian Pimento.
- Broken Ace: Adrian is regarded as a hero by Holt, but he clearly is a mass of issues as a result of being undercover for 12 years.
- Comically Missing the Point: In his debut episode, he's seen doing Tai Chi in his underwear. When Jake asks why, he says that if he took them off, then Jake would see his privates. Later when he and Jake are working a B&E, he's describing the best way to rob a convenience store and misinterprets Jake's "cut it out" gesture as him contributing the idea of slitting the owner's throat in the robbery.
- Defective Detective: Where to begin? He has anger management and trust issues, is suffering through a full-blown identity crisis, has manic mood-swings and generally comes off as a wee bit unstable.
- Faking the Dead: Adrian, Jake and Terry fake his death in "Paranoia" to lure out the person who called the order.
- Fish out of Water: He'd fit in like a glove on a show about dark, brooding, tortured cops struggling with their own fractured psyches and the blurred lines between crime and criminals. On the light-hearted and cheerful Brooklyn Nine-Nine, however, he sticks out like a sore thumb.
- Grumpy Bear
- Remember the New Guy: He knew Hitchcock and Scully at the Nine-Nine before he went undercover.
Played by: Matt WalshA detective who works the weekend shift at the Nine-Nine, Lohank shares a desk with Rosa, and is constantly aggravating her with his poor hygiene. He does not have a very happy life.
- The Chew Toy: Everytime we learn about Lohank's personal life, a fresh series of disasters seems to have befallen him.
Played by: Marc Evan JacksonCaptain Holt's husband, a university lecturer who shares Holt's unique sense of humor.
- Birds of a Feather: With Holt. Though apparently they consider themselves quite different, with Kevin insisting that Ray is "the funny one" in the relationship, much to everyone else's bewilderment.
- Happily Married: While its sometimes a bit hard to see due to how little they express any kind of emotion, even with each other, they are a legitimately happy couple who have been together for years and clearly deeply love each other.
- Name's the Same: Aside from a 'z' instead of an 's', he has the same name as a certain Hollywood actor. Lampshaded In-Universe by Jake: "Kevin Cozzner? Is he the star of Danzzes with Wolvezz?"
- Put on a Bus: He spends most of Season 3 taking a research sabbatical in Paris.
- The Stoic: Even more than Holt.
- Straight Gay: Just like Holt.
Played by: Nick CannonCaptain Holt's nephew who's staying with Holt and Kevin while in New York. He ends up getting romantically involved with Rosa.
- Flat Character: We know he's Captain Holt's nephew, he's into Rosa... "Boyle-Linetti Wedding" reveals that he watches Bones... and "Captain Peralta" suggests that he likes Beyoncé. That's pretty much it.
- Nice Guy: So far he's the only love interest in the show not to have any major quirks; he's just a nice, well-balanced guy who's interested in Rosa.
- Satellite Love Interest: Despite having another relation to the main cast (he's Holt's nephew as well as Rosa's boyfriend), he gets even less characterisation than Teddy did.
Played by: Stephen RootCharles's five-times divorced father, who works as a florist. He becomes romantically involved with Gina's mother, Darlene.
- Opposites Attract: He falls in love with Gina's mom, Darlene.
- Parental Neglect: A downplayed example. He clearly loves his son Charles and the two get on very well, but there are some hints that Lynn ranks Charles lower in his affections and priorities than is perhaps appropriate for a father to do with his son.
- Unfortunate Names: Takes Darlene's name when they get married, becoming Lynn Linetti. Gina is appalled.
Played by: Sandra BernhardGina's mother who becomes romantically involved with Charles's father, Lynn.
- Opposites Attract: She falls in love with Charles's dad, Lynn.
Played by: Jamal DuffTerry's brother-in-law who often bullies Terry for his height.
- Always Someone Better: He's even bigger than Terry is. Keep in mind that Terry is portrayed by Terry Crews.
- Basso Profundo: Has a deep, deep voice.
- Big Brother Bully: Or rather, brother-in-law to Terry.
- Jerkass: Even ignoring him mocking Terry's height and muscle mass, he also does other mean things like steal Terry's food.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Downplayed, Zeke doesn't hate Terry and even shows occasional moments of awe and respect. But he does happily push him around and undermine him in his own home.
Played by: Bradley WhitfordJake's father who abandoned him and his mother when he was a kid.
- Disappeared Dad: Left Jake and his mom when he was a kid.
- Heel Realization: In "Karen Peralta", he claims that "The Reason You Suck" Speech that Jake delivered to him in his previous appearance has been a catalyst for him to try and change his ways. Whether it'll stick is anyone's guess.
- Parental Abandonment: Walked out on Karen and Jake when Jake was a child.
- Your Cheating Heart: Roger was a womanizer and was damn proud of it.
Played by: Katey SagalJake's mother, who raised him mostly single-handed after his father left them.
- Granola Girl: She makes a living teaching elementary school art and seems to have a more hippy-ish outlook on life than her son or ex-husband. Her fashion sense and the decor around her home point to these tendencies, too.
- Nice Girl: She's shown to be a kind, loving, basically well-balanced person whose only possible failing is deciding to take back her cheating ex; not to mention a rare example of the single mother archetype in a workplace sitcom, in that she raised her son alone without falling into My Beloved Smother territory, and Jake neither turned out badly nor resented her for it.
- Parental Neglect: A downplayed and justified example, since the main reason she wasn't able to spend more time with Jake was because she had to work a lot more in order to support them as a single mother. While this did arguably contribute in part to Jake's issues as a grown-up, unlike with Roger it's made clear that Jake understands the situation and holds no ill-will to his mother for it.
Det. Teddy Wells
Played by: Kyle BornheimerAn ex of Amy's whom she begins dating again after meeting up with him at a training session.
- Flanderization: While he never had much characterization to begin with, every mention of him in the second season is pretty much "he's obsessed with pilsners."
- New Old Flame: He and Amy used to date, and restart their relationship after he moves to Brooklyn. They begin dating again, just in time for Peralta to realize that he might like her.
- Nice Guy: He seems affable and genuinely seems to care about Amy. She describes him as a "good listener."
- Romantic False Lead: He seems to be set up to be this for Peralta and Santiago. Confirmed in Episode 2x09 "The Road Trip", when he and Amy break up due to - among other things - his uncomfortable awareness of her feelings for Jake.
- Satellite Love Interest: He's not given much characterization aside from the fact that he's obsessed with Pilsner and brews his own.
- Spear Counterpart: In his first appearance he seems to be this for Amy, who even mentions that they met at "code camp", which everyone else finds unbelievably dull, and they start off with a lot in common. However, after his Flanderization in Season 2 even Amy admits to finding him boring.
- Trademark Favourite Food: Or drink, in this case. Teddy is super into pilsners.
Played by: Marilu HennerA food author and friend of Holt and his husband who becomes romantically involved with Boyle, with whom she shares several similarities.
- Birds of a Feather: With Boyle. They have many things in common, most notably great taste in food and a tendency to move too fast when starting a relationship.
- Disposable Fiancé: In "Charges and Specs" she breaks off their relationship because he didn't want to move to Canada with her.
- Fourth Date Marriage: She and Charles get engaged extremely quickly.
- Make-Out Kids: An older-couple version. Vivian and Charles need little provocation to start making out.
- Mrs. Robinson: Charles is several years younger than her.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: She and Charles have a very...loving relationship.
Played by: Eva LongoriaA woman Jake meets in a bar and instantly develops a strong romantic attraction to. Things are complicated by the discovery that Sophia is a defense attorney, meaning she's often tasked with defending the people Jake has arrested during their trials.
- Adorkable: Despite being far more professional than Jake while working, in her off-hours it's clear that she has just as childish a sense of humor.
- Birds of a Feather: She and Peralta get along incredibly well because they share so many interests and ideas.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Comes with the territory of being Jake's Distaff Counterpart.
- Distaff Counterpart: Her interests and personality quirks match Jake's almost exactly.
- Friendly Enemy: With Jake, as they're on opposite sides when Jake testifies against the people he arrests.
- Love Interest: For Jake, and his first serious attempt at a relationship since getting rejected by Amy.
- Nice Girl: She's shown to be good friends with Amy despite knowing that Jake used to have a crush on her until very recently. She doesn't even get mad when she finds out that the feeling was, and quite possibly still is, mutual, and despite obviously being upset is generally very mature and kind about the whole situation. She actually tries to help Amy handle her break-up with Teddy, despite suspecting that Jake might want to leave her once Amy was single. He didn't.
- Romantic False Lead: Appears to be this for Jake with regards to Amy.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Amy, possibly explaining why Jake is instantly so crazy about her. They're both Adorkable and ambitious Latina women with whom he shares a good deal of witty banter. They even dress nearly identically.
- Working with the Ex: She and Jake react this way once each discovers what the other does for a living and learning that they will be attending the same trial on opposite sides. However, they'd only had a one-night stand at that point, and eventually decide to continue with their relationship.
Played by: Chris ParnellSophia's boss, who possesses a very addictive personality and quickly comes into conflict with Peralta as a result of it.
- Functional Addict: At first. And it develops to Addled Addict.
- The Gambling Addict: Initially, it seems that Geoffrey's vices are limited to the occasional weekend at Atlantic City, and he and Peralta initially bond over a series of increasingly ridiculous minor bets. Unfortunately, it quickly becomes clear that Geoffrey's addictions go much, much deeper.
- Idiot Ball: Drugs do not do wonders for this man's intelligence.
- Jerkass: In addition to his massive drug addictions and resulting criminality, he apparently went the very cheap route for his father's funeral, fathered two illegitimate children with his cleaning lady only to sabotage her political asylum hearing, and appears to consider one of his children uglier than the others.
- Knight of Cerebus: By the standards of this show, at least. While still played for laughs, his second appearance involves him taking Jake hostage and threatening to kill him, making it more of a Black Comedy than normal.
- Mood-Swinger: Very much so.
- Never My Fault: He blames Peralta for his life falling apart. A fairer look at the situation would suggest that Hoytsman's massive drug addictions and failure to take responsibility for them probably had more to do with it.
- Saying Too Much: He has a tendency to cheerfully blurt out information about whatever he's currently high on, regardless of how inappropriate or unfortunate this is for him.
Played by: Kevin DorffThe bartender of Shaw's Bar; the bar the Nine-Nine often visits
- The Bartender: Naturally.
Doug Judy, a.k.a "The Pontiac Bandit"
Played by: Craig RobinsonAn amiable low-level criminal and notorious car thief who serves as Peralta's nemesis.
- Actually, I Am Him: The Reveal in "The Pontiac Bandit" is that Doug Judy, who'd claimed to be a reformed ex-cahoot of the titular car thief, actually was the Bandit the whole time. Peralta and the rest of the 99 don't realize this until it's too late.
- Actually, That's My Assistant: To rub salt in the wound re: the above trope, the man Judy claimed was the Pontiac Bandit was actually his hairdresser.
- Affably Evil: Well, "evil" is probably a bit strong, but Judy is a notorious and unrepentant criminal who is also a pretty likable and charming guy. Seems to become more affable with each appearance, to the point where you actually WANT Peralta to fail.
- The Bad Guy Wins: In all of his appearances so far, Judy has come out on top over Peralta and the other cops.
- Batman Gambit: Excels at these.
- Calling Card: He only ever jacks Pontiacs, hence the name.
- The Chessmaster: He has a knack for pulling long cons over the cops in order to escape their custody.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Judy turns down stealing cars to help distribute Giggle-Pig because he objects to the drug trade.Judy: I said no, 'cause drugs are stupid. Except for weed and sex pills. Man has needs.
- Friendly Enemy: Doug seems to genuinely like Peralta (although he likes making a fool out of him more), and even after being betrayed and humiliated by him Peralta has a hard time staying mad at him. In "The Cruise", he and Amy also get along very well.
- Gentleman Thief: He's not exactly a 'gentleman', but he's pretty much a modern-day version of this trope.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his criminality and his gleeful running rings around him, Judy seems to sincerely like Jake and, in "The Cruise", seems genuinely invested in helping him with his relationship with Amy.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The fact that he's the Pontiac Bandit is treated as a genuine twist at the end of his first appearance, but all his subsequent appearances naturally reference that fact.
- Lovable Rogue: Devious criminal he may be, you can't help but love the dude. And that includes Peralta, despite himself.
- Lust Object: Rosa is this for him.
- Not So Different: Both Doug and Peralta are rather kooky, affable pop-culture fixated guys who excel at their chosen professions and, discounting their standing on opposite sides of the law, mesh rather well personality-wise.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Peralta, though since this is a police-based comedy he throws a little more of the dramatic counterpart trope Arch-Enemy into the mix, too.
Played by: Dennis HaysbertAn old friend of Holt's who's currently working as an FBI Agent. Holt brings him in to help expose Jimmy "The Butcher" Figgis' inside man at the FBI, only to learn too late that Figgis has two moles—one of whom is Bob himself.
- The Comically Serious: He shares Holt's formal, humorless demeanor, leading Jake to exclaim "Oh my God, there's two of them."
- Evil Counterpart: For Holt. They have similar personalities and have a history of not being given the proper respect for it despite being a hard worker and competent. While Bob got fed up with this and became a mole, Holt remained loyal and determined to uphold the law.
- FBI Agent: But he eventually becomes a Dirty Cop.
- Knight of Cerebus: Just like his boss, he's a legitimate threat in an otherwise comic series. He murders Ryan Whealon during the few moments that Holt is gone from Whealon's hospital room, then takes Holt hostage when he's discovered.
- Manipulative Bastard: He goes along with the heroes' plan to break into the FBI so he can lead them to Ryan Whealon, Figgis' other mole, then kills Whealon at the first opportunity. If Holt hadn't walked in at just the wrong moment, he might have gotten away with it.
- Massive Multiplayer Scam: He's the victim of one. After the Nine-Nine captures him, he refuses to talk—until they trick him into thinking that Figgis is trying to kill him.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Bob's reason for becoming The Mole, as mentioned during his brief Motive Rant.Bob: I spent 14 years bringing down a Mexican cartel. You know what they gave me for it? A letter of commendation with my last name misspelled.
Holt: In all fairness, Bob, who spells "Anderson" with three Ns?
- The Mole: He became one when he decided that Figgis would treat him better (and pay him more) than the FBI did.
- Spell My Name with an "S": See Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal. He takes it way too seriously.
Jimmy "The Butcher" Figgis
A notorious crime boss who's behind the attempt on Adrian Pimento's life. He also had two moles inside the FBI until the Nine-Nine discovered them. They destroy his operation, but he escapes and vows revenge.
- Big Bad: The most powerful villain the cops of the Nine-Nine have ever faced.
- The Dreaded: Anyone who's dealt with him is afraid of the guy.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His sister Maura is in prison in Texas.
- The Ghost: So far his only appearance in the show has been in a disguised voice call to Jake at the end of Season 3.
- Knight of Cerebus: While the show's had their share of bad guys, this one is treated with absolute dread by the 99.
- Mooks: He sends several of them to the hospital to deal with the heroes.