Characters: Orange Is The New Black Staff
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Played By: Alysia Reiner
The corrupt prison assistant warden ranking just below the as-yet-unseen warden. Figueroa claims to be a women's advocate for the prisoners but is generally unconcerned with them and refuses to get involved in their problems. Arrogant and condescending, she puts on a tough facade to disguise her own insecurities and somewhat fragile personality.
- Affably Evil: Oh boy, does she know how to turn on the charm.
- The Beard: It is revealed near the end of Season 2 that her husband was having an affair with his male staffer.
- Bigger Bad: All of the problems in the prison are due to 'budget cuts', however turns out the budget has been increasing over the last few years. We see this as we see her shiny new Mercedes. Bought on a government salary.
- The Chessmaster
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: of the rarer government variety. Not only is she embezzling money from Litchfield's budget on herself to buy luxury cars, but she seems to be actively suppressing any information about the various scandals going on in the prison from leaking out and leading to a larger investigation, probably to avoid being audited.
- She has Tricia's body cremated immediately after being discovered even though her death was from drug overdose rather than hanging.
- Has Pornstache merely suspended with pay after being caught in the act having sex with an inmate.
- Strongly tries to dissuade Bennett from filing a report after discovering drugs being smuggled into the prison.
- Desk Jockey: Caputo accuses her of being this, and he's right. She turns up for one day to let the inmates know they can see her whenever they want, then promptly disappears. She doesn't give a damn about a single one of them and doesn't interact with them, as such she has some of the least amount of screen time of all the other staff members.
- Hidden Depths: Despite her corruption and the horrible way she treats the inmates, Fig is shown to have an unhappy life married to a husband who doesn't want to sleep with her, secretly hoping for a baby, struggling with bulimia, and tirelessly enduring fundraising parties where people disrespect her.
- Humiliation Conga: The Season 2 finale fully punishes Fig for her misdeeds from earlier in the series. After catching her husband cheating on her with a male staffer, Fig is found by Caputo crying in her office. After briefly comforting her, Caputo reveals (with a thickly stacked folder in hand) that he has knowledge of her previous embezzlements and plans to tell on her to the warden. In an effort to dissuade him, Fig gives him a blowjob. However, she then finds out that he had given the information to the warden already, and Caputo subsequently takes her job.
- Iron Lady: Fig is stone-cold, but she perceives herself as needing to be to handle the demands of her job.
- Magic Skirt: In one scene, she's sitting on a desk, talking to someone, in a rather short skirt. It's digitally drawn over, likely for the actresses's modesty.
- Surrounded by Idiots: The demands of her job include dealing with the guards being repulsive and Caputo being inept as much as anything.
George "Pornstache" Mendez
"It doesn't matter what you do. It's the doin' that makes you dirty."
Played By: Pablo Schreiber
A corrupt, perverted and seemingly psychopathic prison guard who frequently abuses his authority. He seems to be the most ruthless of all the C Os
, and is seen sexually assaulting and humiliating the inmates at every opportunity. His personality can be both laughably exaggerated as well as frightening.
Played By: Matt McGorry
A prison guard and former soldier who is in a secret relationship with Daya.
- Artificial Limbs: Has a prosthetic leg below his left knee.
- Beware the Nice Ones: John is generally a nice guy, but he has a tendency to abuse his authority when he gets stressed or upset.
- Ignored Confession: At Daya's urging, he tells Caputo he's the father of Daya's child after it was assumed to be Pornstache. Caputo refuses to take action because he doesn't want a scandal immediately after he assumes Fig's job.
- I Want to Be a Real Man: His issues with feeling emasculated tend to have bad consequences for the black inmates, as he takes it out on them when he has a Freak Out!.
- Jerkass Fašade: Like Susan below, Bennett acts rather abrasively towards inmates as part of his job. However, his interactions with Daya are genuinely sweet.
- Noble Bigot with a Badge: Downplayed, but he expressed incredulous horror at Pornstache even considering having sex with Sophia (and the issue was very pointedly not with any of the consent or losing his job issues Bennett later runs into in his own relationship with Daya, if you know what I mean).
- Phony Veteran: Zig-zagged. He did serve in Afghanistan, but his prosthetic leg is not a war wound. He lost it in a dirty hot tub in Orlando.
Played By: Lauren Lapkus
A rookie prison guard, hired onto the prison staff during Piper's time at Litchfield. Fischer used to bag groceries at the store where Piper and Larry shopped, and recalls how Piper used to be a difficult customer. However she is friendly toward Piper, informing her that she does not think any less of her for being in prison, since the only difference between them is that Fischer didn't get caught making mistakes. Piper appreciates her kind words and convinces her to reopen the prison track. She displays a perpetually na´ve and cheerful demeanor, which endears some (especially Caputo) and irritates others. She struggles to come across as authoritative and strict, and her attempts to appear tough do not appear to intimidate any of the inmates at the slightest, who on occasion, even admonish Susan in return.
- Jerkass Fašade: Pushed into dehumanizing the inmates by Caputo due to her kindness towards them. Unfortunately, she picked the wrong day to play rough with Miss Claudette.
- Na´ve Newcomer: In the prison; she hasn't had the opportunity to become strict or apathetic like the other guards.
- Nice Girl: She's a genuinely sweet and thoughtful young woman.
- Oblivious to Love: She never seems to pick up on Caputo's crush on her. In Season 2, when he offers to get her off of work to come watch his band play on Valentine's Day, she misinterprets it as a group invitation and brings along some of the prison staff with her.
- Put on a Bus: Midway through Season 2, she tries to stand up to Caputo, pointing out that the more stringent policies he'd been enforcing could have harmful effects on the inmates. Caputo, frustrated at the abuse he'd been taking from his superiors and possibly spurned by Fischer's ignorance to his feelings, ends up firing her.
- Shrinking Violet: Fischer is too nervous and uncertain to impose any kind of authority in the prison.
Played By: Catherine Curtin
A prison guard, Bell is gruff and displays a general apathy to others. Nonetheless, she tends to be the most professional of the guards and takes her work seriously, especially the occasional visits from the Scared Straight program. During these visits, she displays a much deeper insight into individual inmates' histories and personalities than the other guards.
- Deadpan Snarker: Bell has a very dry sense of humor.
- Hidden Depths: Wanda shares a very tender scene with Scott O'Neil in which they discuss their relationship.
- Jerkass: She's pretty jaded and grumpy, but isn't openly sadistic like Mendez.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Wanda isn't the nicest woman in the world, but she's basically a decent person.
Played By: Joel Marsh Garland
An overweight and generally good-natured prison guard in a relationship with Wanda Bell. He is frequently shown eating, despite claiming to be on different fad diets.
- Big Fun: He's a big guy, and he's pretty damn fun and the inmates prefer him to the likes of Mendez or even Bell.
- Hidden Depths: O'Neill shares a very tender scene with Wanda Bell in which they discuss their relationship. He also wrote 300 words on Civil War memorabilia and is a decent banjolele player.
- Noodle Incident: When ordered to distract the nuns in the Season 2 finale, O'Neill implies through conversation that he'd suffered a fair amount of punishment from his superiors in Catholic school.
- Running Gag: He's always on some kind of new diet plan.
- Token Good Teammate: Of the guards, he's the nicest and therefore one of the more popular guards among the inmates.
Played By: Matt Peters
The sarcastic, uncaring and barely competent young prison guard who runs the electrical shop. He displays blatant racism, and generally doesn't care what the women in the shop do as long as they leave him alone, though he develops a friendship with Nichols. His method of teaching repairs tends to consist of handing his inmates a printed manual for the broken appliance and giving them a few minutes to read before sending them off.
- The Alcoholic: It's strongly implied that him coming into work drunk is a frequent occurrence. It's confirmed to spike his drinks within Litchfield in "Appropriately Sized Pots".
- Fat Bastard / Fat Idiot: Not fat exactly, but certainly tubby. He's also a idiotic jerk.
- Jerkass: He's a lazy racist who treats other people like a genuine inconvenience.
- The Load: Not only does he contribute nothing, he actually causes problems.
- Mr. Fixit: Although at no point is he ever actually shown to successfully fix anything.
- Punch Clock Villain: Luschek's main goal is to sit at the back of his shop and do as little work as possible with as little interaction with inmates as possible.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Makes no attempt to hide his prejudices and flaunts them in front of the inmates.
Played By: Lolita Foster
A female prison guard, she is most often assigned to watch the gate to the prison, allowing approved vendors to deliver goods. While at the gate, she often spends her time reading science fiction books.
- Berserk Button: She does not like it when black inmates call her "sister."
- Meta Guy: Is quite amused by the Piper/Larry/Alex Love Triangle, and derails Pornstache's search for contraband in the vegetable truck.
Sounds like a horror movie, doesn't it? The Vegetable People? Like a giant celery serial killer, carrying a machete, or broccoli lightin' shit up with a flame-thrower. "Who's a smoothie, now, bitches?" (Pornstache has already left) ... Asshole. Shit's funny.
Played By: Brendan Burje
One of the more blunt and assertive correctional officers.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He orders a pregnant Daya to do 20 jumping jacks. Originally seems like one of the most left-field and sadistic Kick the Dog moments in the series, but it turns out it was actually good advice. His blunt delivery was not helpful.
Played By: Germar Terrell Gardner
One of the guards, he often escorts Morello and Rosa to Rosa's chemo appointments.
- Genre Savvy: Checks up on Morello and the van every hour, unlike Susan. Unbeknownst to him, this makes sure Morello doesn't repeat her little road trip.
- Oh Crap: At the end of the finale.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: His checks on Morello do allow Rosa and Yusuf to carry out a "job", though.
Played By: Alan R Rodriguez
A Hispanic correctional officer. Frequently seen, but has had the least development so far.
- Flat Character: Even when compared to Donaldson and Ford, Gallego has gotten very little characterisation so far, except for making constant jokes about Hurricane Wanda and his colleague Wanda.
Played By: Alan R Rodriguez
The prison nurse.