(Note: This is specifically for the Visual Novel.)Be wary of spoilers—especially in the Major Criminals section, where a few names will be left unspoilered for ease of reading (once you open the folders, that is).
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Mal Charles Fallon
The most effective of the SFPD's detectives...not to mention kind of controversial. He's well known for his unwillingness to let authority go, if not unquestioned, then at least without justification. There's a reason for this. His father, a former captain of the police? Corrupt like you wouldn't believe. He began finding out about the corruption around high school (resulting in him acting out quite a bit), and received the ultimate pedestal-breaker when the Flores Cartel tried to assassinate the informant he was escorting—to protect Jacob. Since then, he's been incredibly resolute to be the best cop he can be, in part to redeem the Fallons from Jacob's taint. Didn't do wonders for his personal life, though.Ever since the Maskmaker situation, he's been teamed up with Natara Williams to deal with San Francisco's current Connoisseur-catalyzed serial killer problem. They're a perfect dyad for the task...in more ways than one.
Natara Mansingh Williams
Kenneth Marcus Greene
Ken is introduced as Mal's best friend on the force. Ken is a guy who was always gung ho and like Mal, a bit of a Cowboy Cop. He was also reputed to be something of a playboy but in Season 8, he settled down into a relationship with Amy. Unfortunately, he was killed off later in 8-6.
Maria Yu-Sun Yeong
Captain of the SFPD's homicide division. The daughter of immigrants from South Korea (they left when she was three), Yeong didn't take long to be promoted to the homicide division. It was there that she learned firsthand of Jacob Fallon's little empire, and practically turned exposing him into a second career. Despite all that, though, she actually managed to develop a healthy family. She was pressured into resigning at the end of 9-8, when she disobeyed direct orders from Internal Affairs representative Charles Anders, in order to ensure no one else would be blacklisted. However, Seth Holland later made her Commissioner, and as of 14-9, she's also heading the FBI's Special Task Force for the purpose of stopping Alex Dominguez.
Amy Samantha Chen
The SFPD's data analyst. She has near-genius level IQ, and can work computers lightning-fast. She enjoys working with the police and is usually cheerful. In Season 1, she has a crush on Forensics Specialist Eric Mills, until he is revealed as The Maskmaker and kidnaps her. In Season 8, she starts dating Ken Greene. After Ken's Heroic Sacrifice later in the season, she is never quite the same again. After an undercover operation in Season 9, she quits the force to join the renegade 'hacktivist' group Brimstone.
Kai Sylvester Kalaba
Originally from Hawaii, Kai once ran with a motorcycle gang for a brief time, but then sought to become an astronaut. One problem—he wasn't hale enough, courtesy his asthma. He did, however, pass muster as a forensic scientist, and was brought in to replace Eric Mills after he was exposed as the Maskmaker and apparently drowned.
Blaise Ainsley Corso
Introduced in 7-8-B. She actually was part of the SFPD before the Maskmaker crisis; she'd simply been gone to assist the FBI with investigating terrorist cells. Yeong called her back so she could have all the manpower she could muster to deal with the approaching Kraken disaster. Corso herself is very fond of shooting first and asking questions later, to the point her name has become something of a byword for heedless fervor.
Jeremy Redbird (Jeremy Hushihumma)
Introduced in Season 9. Originally just a particularly rules-oriented police officer in El Dorado, he unintentionally achieved some celebrity status when he brought down an infamous killer with his sharpshooter skills. Not by killing him, but by crippling his vehicle. As a result, Charles Anders decided to bring him to help with his crusade against the Cowboy Precinct of San Francisco. What Anders didn't expect was that Jeremy's resolve to always do the right thing would mature into him understanding that there are times when "right thing" and "proper thing" don't always overlap. After 9-8, he becomes an SFPD detective.
Charles Ryan Anders
Anders's original plan was football, not police. But when an ACL injury blockaded him from that, he ended up joining Austin's K-9 unit, ultimately ascending to detective. Unfortunately for him, the rest of the police force was quick to ostracize him when he informed on his Corrupt Cop partner. Except for Internal Affairs, that is. He was transferred to San Francisco to deal with the remnants of Jacob Fallon's empire. And somehow, his bosses thought there was something fishy about the SFPD's homicide division.Cue Anders going into Guilty Until Proven Innocent mode. He even requisitioned Jeremy Redbird, sort of the ultimate By-the-Book Cop, to assist in his endeavors to permanently repair the SFPD...only to find even Redbird rejecting the severity of his ideals. Ever since Yeong resigned to prevent any other SFPD members from being blacklisted for helping her stop Livewire, Anders has been Acting Captain. Thankfully, he's becalmed to a measure since then.
Real name...Well, we don't have it yet. She currently goes by the name Genevieve Marsden Collins, but the only part that can be said to be genuine is the "Collins", on account of it being the name of her late husband. Even from her teens, she was hungry for death, allying herself with Zero as his adoptive daughter, and constantly on the lookout for instinctive killers to groom, succor, and unleash upon the public. All she asks (usually) is that they bring a few trophies back for her collection. Ironically, despite her bloodlust, Genevieve can't actually kill someone with her own hands. No matter how much she'd like to, something within holds her back, and she is deeply unhappy about it. That leaves her the next option: kill vicariously through her agents.
Real name: Brian Resler. When growing up, he was the constant subject of abuse from his elder sister Rebecca, who thought he was nothing but an unsightly stain. When he was 12, he finally snapped during an excursion to Álcatraz and drowned her, in the process masking her face with sand. Although he was never connected with Rebecca's death (then), he'd already been assigned to the Millbrook Mental Institute on account of his obviously disturbed psyche.The bad news: He caught Genevieve's eye. Under her tutelage, he gulled the Institute into thinking his psychosis and sociopathy had been quelled, and exited into San Francisco as Eric Mills. With Genevieve's connections, he circumvented the SFPD's background checks and became a forensic scientist—allowing him to auto-preclude himself from DNA checks on murders. With a secure screen in place, he began trying to recreate the glory of killing Rebecca and "purifying" her from her viciousness with other redheads. His true past was discovered by Amy, and he was later killed by Natara.
Originally a highly proficient police officer, Jacob began despairing of ever utterly eradicating crime in San Francisco. So, he decided to set his sights on the best possible thing—personally get involved in crime in order to keep it under control, with the help of the Floreses. However, Yeong was not happy with her discovery of Jacob's hypocrisy, and so began a crusade to finally get him behind bars. In the end, though, between Yeong's constant harrying and the kinds of things his alliance with the Floreses required, he finally turned himself in after Mal was nearly killed in an attempt to extinguish an anti-Flores witness.On the other hand, with the assistance of Anna Willis, he was able to personally keep a large chunk of his empire running properly anyway. For all this, his ultimate desire in everything was to keep his family safe. Alienation from his children was an acceptable price. In Volume 6, he actually escapes during a riot instigated by Mad Stranger, and joins forces with the Sálazares, only to double-cross them. That leads to the events of Volume 11, where Pablo Sálazar holds Mal hostage in order to draw Jacob to his execution. In the end, Jacob is mortally wounded in a helicopter crash, but still manages to kill Pablo before he expires.
General and Prime Minister of San Trobida, a tiny South American country. After seizing power, he didn't take long to impel a good chunk of the populace to start producing drugs for him, and start establishing his own drug cartel. During Season 2, he began sending his daughter Esmeralda to the Floreses, ostensibly to help Esteban overthrow Arcangel, but really to forcibly subsume their cartel into his. In Season 11, finally sick to death of Jacob's trickery, he has his goons kidnap Mal as a hostage. This backfires on him in the worst way possible, as Jacob's decision to ensure Mal gets out by recruiting his SFPD comrades ultimately results in his death.
Real name: Eli Rosely. Eli was effectively his father's--and possibly also his mother's--favorite scapegoat. Whenever his father was upset at how his life was turning out, but was unable or unwilling to confront the source, Eli got all the pain in their stead. At least until the night when career outlaw Jeb Cassidy killed Eli's parents right in front of him...but took pity on him and "recruited" him as an assistant in his robberies. During all this, Cassidy came to care far more for his captive than his parents ever did, and so arranged to turn himself in and keep Eli from getting any of the heat. Eli, meanwhile, had come to idolize the man who saved him from a lifetime of abuse, and actually thought that was why his parents were killed. As a result, he became an avenger of abused children in Cassidy's "stead", dressing up as a boogeyman to kill parents he deems deleterious to their children.
Real name: Alex Dominguez. Originally, he was known only through Zero referring to him as Genevieve's adopted son who died young. By season 13, though, this is completely overturned. He's Genevieve's biological son, he's very much alive, and he's even more death-obsessed as she is. Not to mention much more willing to kill with his own hands. Apparently, his goal is to take revenge on her for forcing him to run away. In reality, he wants to get all her other Lilim to start killing right away, and from there go on to produce a world-wide paradise for killers. The real reason for killing her, or at least the foremost one, is so she can't renew her shackles.
Alejandro Pérez/The Ghost
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