Characters: NCIS: Los Angeles

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"Is this an interrogation or a date?"

G. Callen (Chris O'Donnell)

  • Broken Pedestal: Is a bit upset with Hetty when he finds out he's just one of many agents she's recruited and trained from broken homes. He seems to forgive her though.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Son of a ex-Russian Army officer imprisoned in a gulag camp in Siberia and a Romanian mother.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As a contrast to his partner's more typical fighting style.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To give just one example, Callen and Hetty are in a graveyard remembering the dead. Hetty remarks she wants to just be gone: no flowers on the grave, etc. Callen says it won't happen, because he hears Granger's going to have her stuffed.
  • Feuding Families: The almost 70 year old feud between Callen's family and the Comescu family is the reason why he is an orphan.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sam.
  • Last Name Basis: At one point, Callen asks Hetty why she never calls him by his first name (though she usually calls most of the other agents by their last names, too). She responds, "It's not a name. It's a letter."
  • Last of His Kind: Callen is apparently the only living member of his family, which a certain Eastern European crime family has been hellbent on wiping out.
  • Omniglot: G can speak English, Arabic, French, German (Which some people says has an Austrian accent), Italian (With a Northern accent), Polish, Russian and Spanish. He says that he can speak Czech and Romanian. In "Allegiance", he can speak Turkish. But Sam chews him out for not speaking the right words.
  • One-Letter Name: Due to the paperwork with his full name on it getting lost by the foster system.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: His time in foster care was rather rough.
  • Parental Abandonment: His father is a question mark, and his mother was killed by the Comescus.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Callen witnessed his mother's murder but suppressed the memory most of his life.

"Yeah, I see where you're going with this. Popeye ate spinach, Popeye was a sailor, so... we're looking for a crew member with giant forearms, smoking a pipe."

Sam Hanna (LL Cool J)

  • Big Brother Instinct: According to Nate, it's his biggest weakness: trying to protect everyone.
  • Cultured Badass: Among other things, he's a trained sommelier.
  • Cunning Linguist: If there's a foreign language the team needs, Sam probably has it.
  • Genius Bruiser: A former Navy SEAL and all around Scary Black Man. As previously mentioned he speaks three additional languages fluently and can handle himself in Farsi, and he has extensively studied sharia law and the Qur'an. Justified: They don't let Dumb Muscle into the SEALs.
  • Happily Married: Although it isn't brought up much, to the point where Kensi and Deeks were very surprised when he offhandedly brought it up while interrogating a suspect. Callen knew about them, though.
  • Omniglot: Sam speaks native English with Arabic, Japanese and Spanish. He's familiar with Farsi, but he didn't speak the language for a long time. In "Allegiance", he can speak Korean. But G chews him out for not speaking the right words.
  • Parental Abandonment: At least to his kids. The only thing Sam doesn't like is that extended hours makes him miss out on his kids' lives like school graduation.
  • Scary Black Man: He uses his height and musculature to intimidate when he's working or using an alias, and even with his coworkers, he carries a strong aura of "Do NOT mess with me."

"Anybody want to put a leash on him before we go another round right here?"

Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah)

  • Disappeared Dad: He died.
  • Eye Scream: To a degree. Kensi - and, of course, the actress - has an unusual birthmark on the white of one of her eyes which gives her a distinctive look (but otherwise has no effect on her vision). Viewers who might not be aware of this unusual trait might think that Kensi, or the actress, has some sort of eye injury or a completely dark eyeball depending on the lighting and camera angle. In reality, of course, neither is the case.
  • Friendly Sniper: She enjoys the usual camaraderie with her colleagues, has an "are they or aren't they" relationship with another agent, and often takes part in the show's humor. And the in the next scene she is cold-bloodedly sniping bad guys to death. She doesn't fit the "loner" aspect of the trope, but otherwise ... shudder.
  • Good Is Not Soft: A kind-hearted character, the subject of a longstanding ship pairing ... with one of the highest body counts of any female character in network TV history. See also Friendly Sniper, above.
  • Lad-ette: Views of her home are basically that of a bachelor pad.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Perhaps the inevitable result of being the only female regular under the age of 40 (until Nell came along, but Nell's not that sort of character), although she's fairly mild compared with some - but a lot stronger than Ziva David.
  • Omniglot: She can speak English with Portuguese and Spanish. (In real life, Daniela can speak the last two languages fluently aside from English, which doubles as a The Cast Showoff). In "The Dragon and the Fairy", she displays her proficiency in French.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Nell's Girly Girl.
  • Written-In Infirmity: Kensi is sent on a assignment to Afghanistan in Season 5 due to Daniela Ruah's pregnancy.
  • Wrench Wench: She was an only child, so her father taught her everything he'd teach a son, including things like fixing a car and wiring a house.

Nate "Doc" Getz (Peter Cambor)

  • Put on a Bus: At the start of season 2.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In season two, Nate goes away for an episode or two, comes back, and somehow picked up the ability to shoot. Everyone wonders what happened.
    • Turns out He's become a deep-cover agent in an ongoing terrorist investigation, then a sleeper agent in Egypt. Serious level in badass.
    • Non-Action Guy: He used to be—his desire to carry a gun and end up in the field were mostly Played for Laughs. Then he took the aforementioned level of badass.
"The million dollar question is do you know what you're doing?"

Dominic "Dom" Vail (Adam Jamal Craig)

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"I was attacked by a hell hound."

Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen)

  • Abusive Parents: His dad tried to shoot him at least twice. Or maybe once. The show is a little unclear about it.
  • Afraid of Needles: He faints when Hetty gives him a shot in 3x21
  • All Take and No Give: Despite his Butt Monkey tendencies, he would probably be this wasn't it for casual hints from the team that they do care... which become increasingly less casual.
  • Ascended Extra: Got promoted from recurring character to principal cast in season 2.
  • Berserk Button: A dirty cop once mocked a woman Deeks had a relationship with; a fellow cop that the dirty one had framed for his activities after she'd been killed by a crimelord. Deeks pulled his gun on the man, and after surrendering it to Sam, proceeded to beat the hell out of him with his bare hands.
  • Butt Monkey: As the newest on the team, G, Sam and his partner Kensi all tend to pick on him, though he tends to either shrug it off or play it up. In one or two tense episodes, it's implied he sets himself up for teasing to lighten the mood.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: For variable levels of chivalry and perversion.
  • Distressed Dude: After being shot twice, kidnapped, used as bait, beat up on numerous occasions, and being involved in more explosions than this troper can count - honestly, the only person who MIGHT rival him is Callen, and that's only because he's the last surviving member of a family that's been feuding with another for decades and everybody wants to kill him.
    • Though he may count, at times, as a Badass in Distress since he does tend to get himself out of those messes.
      • Considering he saved Kensi's life by shooting the baddie before he could kidnap her after racing down a couple flights of stairs to get to her when he worked it out in his head that he was the bait to lure her out of hiding. And that was after he'd been shot. Twice.
  • Drama Queen: He is always freaking out in the worst times. Normally used for comical relief.
  • Friend to All Children: Seems to have a knack for bringing kids out of their shells.
  • Heroic BSOD: Seems to be falling into this after being brutally tortured during the season 4 finale.
  • Hidden Depths: Grew up playing the violin, and seems to be able to sing as well. Also, was a public defender before he became a cop.
  • Nice Guy: Every Christmas Eve, he volunteers at a soup kitchen.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: If this show had been about the L.A.P.D., Deeks would have been The Hero. Next to G, Sam, and Kensi, however, he's The Chick.
  • Real-Life Relative: Olsen is the RL brother-in-law of Daniela Ruah; she's married to his brother (who is also the stunt double for Deeks!)

    NCIS Support Personnel 

"I broke the internet."

Eric Beale (Barrett Foa)

  • Adorkable: Very.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: He and Nell can lapse into this when she feels he doesn't give her enough importance, or when they get competitive. It's mostly playful and benign.
  • Closet Geek: A very, very transparent closet—one that embarrasses him occasionally around Nell. Varies between this and Proud to Be a Geek.

"Do they always expect miracles?"

Nell Jones (Renee Felice Smith)

  • Badass in Distress: She's been taken hostage a few times. The first used her as a human shield so she unloaded his gun. The second manages to take her gun so she pulls a knife and stabs him repeatedly.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: She and Eric lapse into this when she feels he doesn't give her enough attention, or when they become slightly competitive. It is mostly playful and benign.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Unlike Eric, she is field trained and carries a gun when in the field. She hasn't had to use it that often, but she has captured a few suspects and disarmed a trained opponent who had taken her hostage and was using her as a human shield.
  • Cry Cute: Well almost. In "Free Ride", she almost went to this since Nell wants to spend the holidays with her family. Due to the case, she can't leave until it's solved.
  • Girly Bruiser: Once escaped from a gunman holding her hostage.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Generally averted, occasionally played painfully straight.
  • Exposition: What she's commonly used for.
  • The Lad-ette: According to a profile created for her by her sister. Subverted when it turns out that, among other things, she doesn't know anything about football.
  • Number Two: Hetty appears to be training her as a potential successor.

"Bugger."

Henrietta "Hetty" Lange (Linda Hunt)

  • And Starring: Hunt gets the 'With'.
  • The Atoner: She has blamed herself for the deaths of several agents to a point that she has tried to resign. Three times. All she does is change the date on the letter.
  • Genre Savvy: Her team always approaches her desk one at a time unless called over. When Callen and Hanna walk up to her together:
    Hetty: I sense impending mayhem. And perhaps an outrageous petty cash request.
  • Guile Hero: She is once called The Duchess of Deception
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Since when did Gaia become the head of an NCIS branch?
  • Mama Bear: Hetty does some long distance Mama Bearing when Sam and Callen are held hostage by militia— she uses her "political capital" with Sec Nav to send them backup in the form of fighter jets.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Hetty, like a certain Edna Mode, is modeled after of costume designer Edith Head. In "Imposters" she mentions to have worked with Bette Davis on Death on the Nile, so Hetty might actually be Edith Head in the NCIS universe.
  • Not So Above It All: At the end of the street racing episode, Hetty spots Eric's Segway in the empty office. The last few seconds of the episode is her riding it, whooping.
  • Not So Stoic: Snaps at Callen when he challenges her on recruiting and losing so many vulnerable agents. See his Broken Pedestal moment, above.
  • Noodle Incident: Has many, often from the Expansion Pack Past being a Mysterious Past.
    • She once ruled Nicaragua for 72 hours. "Don't ask."
    • "Hetty, plus tequila, plus mechanical bull, equals bar fight."
  • Omniglot: English and German and in "Allegiance", Welsh.
  • Parental Substitute: To Callen. She's always had a special connection to him given their shared history.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents died shortly after being freed from a Nazi concentration camp and she was adopted.
  • Took a Level in Kindness : Though she proved kind and caring since the pilot, she reached new levels in season 2 and 3.

Owen Granger (Miguel Ferrer)

  • Guile Hero: He prefers to manipulate targets into revealing something or tricking them into leading NCIS to something unwittingly.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: When a suspect working for a Private Military Contractor demands to speak with his lawyer, Granger hands him his phone and lets him dial. As the suspect raises the phone to his ear, Granger fires his pistol right next to the suspect's ear, then tells him the next bullet is going into his head unless he talks.

    Others 

Mike Renko (Brian Avers)

Lara Macy (Louise Lombard)

     Antagonists 

Isaak Sidorov

A former Russian FSB agent turned ruthless arms dealer. He gets on the radar when he steals at least three nuclear bombs. He apparently has a long history with Quinn, whom is, unbeknownst to him, Michelle Hanna, Sams wife.
  • Ax-Crazy: Quinn points out that her clients aren't usually as happy to see her as him. His response? "They don't enjoy killing as much as I do. "
  • The Chessmaster: By the time the NCIS team goes after him, he's already gotten his hands on at least three nukes.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He used it to find the nukes. In the Season 4 finale, he captures Sam and Deeks and uses Electric Torture and a dentist drill on them, respectively.
  • Dangerously Genre Saavy: As a former spy, he'sgood at figuring out he's being played. Just discovering that his cell phone was missing was enough to tell him that Quinn wasn't who he thought.
  • Knight Of Cerebrus: Just the mere mention of his name is enough to make any conversation tense.

Marcel Janvier (The Chameleon)

  • Asshole Victim: Suffers various severe injuries throughout the show. No-one feels sorry for him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Has absolutely no concern for other's life and is possibly the most psychotic villain in the show.
  • Big Bad: Of the finale of Season 3 and the premier of Season 4
  • Body Horror: First, he is shot in the face by Callen. Then has one of his hands cut off by Vaziri.
  • The Chessmaster: Single-handedly manipulates NCIS multiple times into doing what he wants, including wiping out a family of arms dealers, manipulates Sam, Kensi and Deeks to almost getting blown up all to get his revenge and screw with Callen.
  • Covert Pervert: Implied in his debut episode to have a liking to women with tattoos. Whether this is true or not is never confirmed.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Will act incredibly polite towards you while describing how he will kill you.
  • Hero Killer: Responsible for the deaths of both Lauren Hunter and Mike Renko
  • Roaring Rampageof Revenge: Literally his entire reason for living is to get revenge on Callen for shooting him in the face.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: In the Season 5 premier, during his escape from Callen, Marcel constantly updates his strategy to the point of cutting off parts of his own skin just to get rid of the tracking residue Callen placed on him.