A list of major and supporting characters on {{Series/Damages}}. There will be '''spoilers'''.


[[folder: Hewes & Associates]]

!!Patricia "Patty" Hewes
->Played by Creator/GlennClose

A brilliant attorney who wins her high-stakes lawsuits by [[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord any means]] [[PrettyLittleHeadshots necessary]]. Hewes is a tempered-steel IronLady, but still manages to frequently surprise with the depths she'll sink to to PayEvilUntoEvil. Her backstory and true motivations are slowly revealed as the series progresses. Could easily be the poster child for AmoralAttorney, and in any other show, would be the villain.

* AmoralAttorney: She will cross ANY line to win a case.
* AntiHero: Walks the line between types III and IV. [[spoiler: Arguably a VillainProtagonist from the start she certainly becomes this as the series progresses]]
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Gives one of these to [[spoiler: Ray Fiske.]]
* CareerVersusFamily: She had to make this decision once in her Backstory. [[spoiler: Her unborn daughter lost out to her career]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Patty has her moments, one particularly humorous one in the pilot:
--> '''Lawyer:''' Patty if you were a man I'd beat the shit out of you.
--> '''Patty:''' *smiling* If you were a man I'd be worried.
* EasilyForgiven: Averted. Ellen does eventually forgive Patty for being a huge JerkAss [[spoiler: and trying to kill her]] but it takes all of season 2 [[spoiler: and Ellen holding a gun to Patty and almost killing her]] for it to happen. [[spoiler: Arguably, her forgiveness of Ellen after she tried to sell her out to the FBI qualifies.]]
* GoKartingWithBowser: Discusses the case in season 1 with RayFiske whilst walking their dogs.
* [[spoiler: GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion]] Averted. [[spoiler: In a {{Flashback}} she is seen to intentionally induce a miscarriage whilst heavily pregnant so that she can focus on her then up and coming career.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: She is a cold and manipulative person who is vicious and merciless to anyone in her path. The only thing keeping her from being outright villainous to the viewer is that she usually targets people who are even bigger and worse than her.
* TheHeavy: For the final season, in which the machinations of the actual BigBad take a backseat to Patty and Ellen squaring off against each other.
* IronLady: One of the biggest themes in the show is of Patty's willingness to cut out everyone and everything in her life to win. Ellen never knows whether she wants to strive toward becoming her someday or run away at full speed.
* ItsAllAboutMe
* JusticeByOtherLegalMeans: Steps in where the legal system fails.
* ManipulativeBitch: There are several good examples of her [[BuffySpeak magnificent bastardry...]] but arguably the best example is in the resolution to season 2 wherein not only does she win the case but manages to use it as an opportunity to [[spoiler: gain immunity and nullify the case that the FBI and Ellen were building against her.]]
* MoralityPet: Her son Michael.
* MysteriousPast
* PayEvilUntoEvil
* PetTheDog: Gets a few of these moments with her son here and there.
** Also the series hints that she sees Ellen as a surrogate daughter
** She was also [[spoiler: deeply upset by both Uncle Pete and Tom Shayes' deaths.]]
* PowerHair

!!Ellen Parsons
->Played by Creator/RoseByrne

Begins the series as a fresh out of law school intern to Hewes and Associates, personally hired by Patty, who dreams of becoming a corporate lawer. Initially seeing Patty as a role model, she learns that there is a dark side to corporate litigation and that her new boss has no scruples when it comes to winning. Arguably the true protagonist of the series, [[CharacterDevelopment the entirety of season 1]] shows her gradually learning the stakes and becoming a [[ChessMaster chess master]] in her own right.

* AmbitionIsEvil: Ellen's entire problem in a nutshell; even though a sane person would have walked away from Patty after season one, Ellen's driving ambition to be the best sadly keeps her in Patty's orbit in order to be used by her. While Patty spends most of seasons two and three trying to get Ellen to embrace her destiny and let herself be groomed to run the law firm when Patty retires, by season four Patty realizes that Ellen will never bow down to her in order to "get her reward" and wants to outdo Patty (hence her taking on not-Blackwater).
* BrainyBrunette
* BreakTheCutie: The entire first season is this for Ellen.
* BrokenBird
* BrokenPedestal: Heavily implied that Patty Hewes is this for her especially after the events of season 1.
* CartwrightCurse
* FakeAmerican: Ellen is played by the Australian Rose Byrne.
* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler: SUBVERTED. Her demise is revealed in a flashforward at the end of the season 5 premiere, but it isn't until the last fifteen minutes of the final episode that we see she was actually alive]].
* [[spoiler: TheMole:]] In season 2 [[spoiler: for the FBI.]]
* NaiveNewcomer: At the start of the series.
* NotSoStoic
* [[PromotedFanboy Promoted Fangirl]]: Is a big fan of Patty who is a giant in the lawyering world.
* SadisticChoice: A milder version. Given these by Patty throughout season 1 to see if she's more loyal to her career or her family.
* ShootTheDog: Season 5 is partly about how comfortable Ellen has become with doing this. At one point she has to destroy a bereaved teenager's credibility by subjecting the girl to a relentlessly cruel line of questioning. Season 1 Ellen might have had qualms about it. Season 5 Ellen doesn't flinch.
* StepfordSmiler: After the first season finale and up until the end of season 2.
* SupportingProtagonist
* TookALevelInBadass: Compare season 1 Ellen to the Ellen of seasons 2 and 3
* [[spoiler: WelcomeBackTraitor:]] After season 2.
* YouRemindMeOfMe: Patty tells her this in season 2. [[NaiveNewcomer Season 1]] Ellen would have jumped for joy at this. Season 2 Ellen... [[CharacterDevelopment not so much]].

!!Tom Shayes
->Played by Tata Donovan

Patty's partner in her firm and one of the most moral members of the main cast. Unlike Patty he doesn't get many of the high-profile cases because of his stern moral code.

* ButtMonkey
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin [[spoiler: For most seasons Tom is the series ButtMonkey. The one time he tries to play [[TheChessMaster chess master]] with the Tobins (whom he despises for suckering him and countless individuals into losing their life savings in a ponzi scheme) ends with his murder.]]
* [[spoiler: ColdBloodedTorture: His death.]]
* {{Foil}}: He's one to Patty, being a basically decent person working for far less moral employers.
* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler: His demise is revealed in a flash forward at the beginning of season 3]]
* HappilyMarried
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* NiceGuy
* TookALevelInBadAss: Subverted. [[spoiler: It doesn't end well for him.]]

!!Peter "Uncle Pete" [=McKee=]
->Played by Tom Aldredge

Patty's right hand man for several years. According to Patty he is her maternal uncle. [[spoiler: When Ellen becomes a liability in Season 1, he is ordered by Patty to kill her. Luckily Ellen survives the attempt.]]

* [[spoiler: BungledSuicide:]] After he knows the FBI is on to him.
* ChekhovsGunman
* CleanUpCrew
* CoolOldGuy
* DeadPanSnarker
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide:]] An unsuccessful attempt.
* OlderSidekick
* [[spoiler: SickbedSlaying]]


[[folder: Season 1 Characters]]

!!Arthur Frobisher
->Played by Creator/TedDanson

A corrupt executive of a major company. Patty represents his former clients who were defrauded out of millions by his schemes.

* AffablyEvil: Comes off as more of a thickheaded teenager who simply never grew up than really evil
* BigBad: For season 1.
* TheBusCameBack / CommutingOnABus: The latter in season 2, the former in season 3.
* ClearMyName:
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: Initially.]]
* FamilyValuesVillain
* GuiltRiddenAccomplice: Ends up having a decent collection of these.
* [[spoiler: HeelFaceRevolvingDoor]]: Of sorts, after the first season.
* ItsAllAboutMe
* {{Jerkass}}
* [[spoiler: KarmaHoudini]]: After season 1. [[spoiler: Subverted.]]
* MoralityPet: His family, especially his son.
* [[spoiler: MurderIsTheBestSolution]]: Doesn't feel this way at first but eventually gives in [[spoiler: and he went JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.]]
* PutOnABus: In the middle of season 2. [[spoiler: Happens more permanently in season 3 when he finally goes to jail.]]
* [[spoiler: ReformedButRejected]]: Keeps playing this card in seasons 2 and 3. [[spoiler: Its not true though.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* StrangeBedfellows

!!Ray Fiske
->Played by Creator/ZeljkoIvanek

Frobisher's lawyer and insider trader.

* AmoralAttorney: One of the milder ones in the series.
* AntiVillain: Throughout the season he is haunted by dreams indicated his turmoil over this case.
* [[spoiler: AteHisGun]]
* [[spoiler: BiTheWay / IfItsYouItsOkay / StraightGay:]] The storyline isn't explored thoroughly enough to make it clear.
* EvenEvilHasStandards
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Subverted.]]
* [[spoiler:GayngstInducedSuicide: Kills himself in Patty's office after she blackmails him about his sexual orientation.]]
* IncompatibleOrientation: [[spoiler: Wants Gregory Molina who is actually straight.]]
* [[spoiler: SacrificialLion]]
* [[spoiler: WeHardlyKnewYe]]
* WorthyOpponent

!!David Connor
->Played by Noah Bean

Ellen's fiance. He is a doctor and initially disapproves of Ellen joining Patty Hewes' law firm.

* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler: His demise, also counts as a FirstEpisodeSpoiler.]]
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* NiceGuy
* [[spoiler: SacrificialLion]]
* [[spoiler: StuffedInTheFridge]]
* [[spoiler: WeHardlyKnewYe]]

!!Katie Connor
->Played by Anastasia Griffith

David's sister and Ellen's future sister-in-law.

* AdvertisedExtra: After becoming a main cast member in season 2 she contributes a whole lot less to the plot than she did in season 1.
* [[ChekhovsGunman ChekhovsGunwoman]]: [[spoiler: Had a one night stand with a witness Patty wanted to testify against Frobisher. To get closer to the witness Patty hired Ellen, knowing that she was sister-in-law to be to Katie, and tried to get to the witness through her.]]
* DumbBlonde: Subverted.
* FakeAmerican: Anastasia Griffith is a British actress playing an American.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 2.
* UnwittingPawn


[[folder: Season 2 Characters]]

!!Daniel Purcell
->Played by Creator/WilliamHurt

A respected scientist and former friend of Patty in the past. He becomes involved in Walter Kendrick's energy profiteering scam. He has his own secrets that he is trying to hide...

* CorruptTheCutie: In his backstory with Patty.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler: {{Subverted}}. He tried to kill his wife when she found out about his involvement with Kendrick. Unbeknownst to him, she was still alive when he left, only for a hitman hired by the Kendricks to come in and finish the job.)]]
* [[spoiler: LukeIAmYourFather]]: [[spoiler: He's the biological father of Patty's son Michael.]]
* NewOldFlame
* NotSoStoic
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: William Hurt didn't enjoy the fact that he frequently received only fractions of a script at a time which made it difficult for him to navigate his character's arc as he had never worked on a TV series before. This led to him being difficult to work with and caused his arc to be less prominent, with Marcia Gay Harden's character expanded to fill in his role in the plotline and the creation of a new villain in the form of Walter Kendrick.
* SmugSnake
* TheOneThatGotAway: For Patty.

!!Claire Maddox
->Played by Creator/MarciaGayHarden

* AdvertisedExtra
* AscendedExtra: Originally supposed to be a minor character, her role was beefed up when Willaim Hurt's role was scaled back due to behind the scenes issues.
* PutOnABus
* TheRival: For Patty.

!!Wes Kulick
->Played by Creator/TimothyOlyphant

* AbortedArc: In the second season finale when he [[spoiler: saves Patty's life]] it seems to hint at the beginning of some sort of storyline more directly involving the two of them. Unfortunately, the potential arc got shelved thanks to Olyphant becoming unavailable for the third season [[spoiler: other than a couple brief scenes in the finale.]]
** Similarly, his backstory: implied to have a personal reason to hate Frobrisher and his backstory (which falls under MultipleChoicePast) has him either as a disgraced dirty ex-cop or a crook being blackmailed.
* [[spoiler: AntiVillain]]: Starts out like this [[spoiler: until his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* [[spoiler: TheBusCameBack]]
* [[spoiler: TheMole: For Rick Messer.]]
* MultipleChoicePast: One episode implies that he's a dirty ex-cop who owes his freedom to Messer and another implies that he's a criminal that flipped into being his personal slave in exchange for him not arresting him for an unstated crime.
* PutOnABus
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler: Facilitates his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Olyphant getting cast in ''{{Series/Justified}}'' caused the producers to have to shelve any plans they had for the character beyond season 2.

!!Walter Kendrick
->Played by Creator/JohnDoman

* BigBad
* EvilOldFolks
* EvilerThanThou: He's this to Arthur Frobisher.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: To prison.]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: See this trope's entry under Daniel Purcell.

!!David Pell
->Played by Clarke Peters

* BigBad
* ManipulativeBastard

!!Finn Garrity

A whiz-kid mathematician.

* ChekhovsGunman

!!The Deacon
->Played by Darrell Hammond

* CleanUpCrew
* PlayingAgainstType


[[folder: Season 3 Characters]]

!!Joe Tobin
->Played by Campbell Scott

* TheAlcoholic: On the wagon at the start of season 3. [[spoiler: Falls off spectacularly later on which leads to his downfall.]]
* AntiVillain: Is a genuinely nice guy who is shocked at his father's misdeeds and just wants to his family out [[spoiler: at first.]]
* BigBad
* [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn:]] Over the course of the season.
* [[spoiler: LoveMakesYouEvil]]

!!Louis Tobin
-->Played by Len Cariou

* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]
* AntiVillain: A lot of what he did, including [[spoiler: secretly keeping Danielle and Tessa Marchetti in his life]] and even [[spoiler: the Ponzi scheme]] began as attempts to [[spoiler: shield his son from the consequences of potentially life-destroying mistakes.]]
* ParentalNeglect: Zigzagged. Accused by his wife of making his son feel like "a ghost," but also went to great lengths to protect Joe and clean up his messes.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Only appears in a handful of scenes outside of the episode in which he [[spoiler: kills himself]], but his fraud and his neglect of his son are the causes of most of the bad stuff that goes down during the third season.
* {{Ponzi}}

!!Marilyn Tobin
->Played by Lily Tomlin

* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]
* FakeGuestStar
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* IWasQuiteALooker: Mumbles something to this effect during the season finale [[spoiler: just before she commits suicide.]]

!!Leonard Winstone[[spoiler: /Lester Wiggins]]
->Played by Martin Short

* AffablyEvil
* AmoralAttorney
* [[spoiler: DeadPersonImpersonation]]
* [[spoiler: TheDogBitesBack: Despite lying about his identity, Lenny was loyal to the Tobins. Until Joe turned on him. Then he brought them all down and made off with a big chunk of their hidden fortune.]]
* [[spoiler: KarmaHoudini]]
* MysteriousPast
* PlayingAgainstType: Martin Short is more known for his comedy work. His serious turn was nevertheless well received by critics and fans alike and even garnered an Emmy nomination for the role.
* [[spoiler: PutOnABus]]
* WhyAreYouNotMySon: He invokes this in an arguement with Joe, saying that Louis trusted him far more than Joe with the secrets of the scheme and the business and he "was more his son than you ever were." Subverted as Joe laughs that his father called Louis "my little monkey" and didn't like him as anything more than an employee.

!!Julian Decker
->Played by Creator/KeithCarradine


[[folder: Season 4 Characters]]

!!Howard T. Erikson
->Played by Creator/JohnGoodman

A private military contractor with lucrative US government contracts.

* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* FamilyValuesVillain: Gets some genuine PetTheDog moments with his sons, whom he tries to raise properly.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Almost outright stated. No one denied his patriotism, only his execution of that patriotism. Well, except for Boorman, but he's a [[JerkAss jerk.]]
* PrivateMilitaryContractor: CEO of Blackwater Expy Highstar Security.
* [[spoiler: PutOnABus: To prison]]

!!Jerry Boorman
->Played by Creator/DylanBaker

A CIA agent who has collaborated with Howard Erikson on secret operations in Afghanistan.

* BigBad: [[spoiler: Responsible for much, if not all, of the mayhem in season 4.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe
* IRegretNothing: [[spoiler: His last words are "I'd do it again!"]]
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* ManipulativeBastard

!!Christopher Sanchez
->Played by Chris Messina

A high school classmate of Ellen's who works for Highstar Security.

* BeardOfSorrow
* HeKnowsTooMuch
* TheDanza


[[folder: Recurring Characters]]

!!Michael Hewes
->Played by Zachary Booth

Patty's teenage son with [[spoiler: Daniel Purcell]]. He is the closest thing to a MoralityPet that Patty has, although she is not above manipulating him for her own ends.

* BlackmailBackfire: [[spoiler: What ultimately gets him killed.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Tries to kill his mother after she has his girlfriend arrested for statutory rape]]
* TheDutifulSon
* ParentalFavoritism: He's Patty's only child but her soft spot for him puts Michael firmly in this category.

!![[spoiler: Detective]] Rick Messer
->Played by David Costibale

* BeardOfEvil
* DragonTheirFeet: After the case with [[spoiler: Arthur Frobisher]] is more or less resolved he spends the bulk of season 2 tying up his own loose ends related to the case.
* [[spoiler: CorruptCop]]
* [[spoiler: DetectiveMole]]
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* InternalAffairs: [[spoiler: Messer spent several years working in the NYPD Internal Affairs division, where he used his position to protect dirty cops and create a network of friends who all owed him huge favors which he routinely cashed in for evil purposes.]]
* NoodlesIncident: His connection with Wes Kulick; one episode implied that Wes was a dirty cop that lost his job but managed to avoid being arrest for an incident that Messer investigated during his time in IAD (hence Wes owing Messer) while another one implied that Wes was a two-bit crook who Messer was blackmailing into being his informant, and ultimately a spy/assassin.
* PlayingAgainstType: David Costibale is largely known for playing nice guys, the type who are goofy or eccentric and TheWoobie. Rick Messer is quite the polar opposite.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: In the season finale when he goes into a crime scene to retrieve some evidence while the cops are still around... only for him to pocket it and make his way out the door because he's actually a cop.]]
* [[spoiler: VillainWithGoodPublicity]]