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    Harvey Specter 
Portrayed by: Gabriel Macht

  • The Ace: Deconstructed in a sense. His huge win record has made him arrogant and self-serving. Although this ruthlessness wins cases for the clients he ends up annoying a lot of people (including the department heads), which has begun to backfire, especially since Daniel Hardman was plotting with Louis to get rid of him.
  • Amoral Attorney: He will often use questionable and underhanded tactics to win a case or close a deal, but he will also go out of his way to help out an innocent person even if it jeopardizes the case. His 'crusades' are usually motivated by his ego: he is showing off what a great lawyer he is. However, he seems able to sacrifice his ego if the case is really important.
  • Awesome McCoolname
  • Berserk Button: Harvey on cheating.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Mike.
  • The Charmer
  • Cynical Mentor
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Even Amoral Attorneys Have Standards: Harvey is quite angry to learn that the district attorney suppressed evidence and put an innocent man in jail. He also frequently makes it clear that there are lines he'd never cross and expects Mike not to cross them either. He's quite offended when Louis accuses him of trying to take all the credit for a win they received together:
    Harvey: I'd never do that Louis. But you would and that's your problem.
  • A Father to His Men: To the younger associates.
  • Freudian Excuse: Harvey does not take his mother's cheating well, even all these years later, at all.
  • Hello, Attorney!
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: As the series progresses, he starts to get this kind of relationship with Harvey.
  • Humble Hero: Harvey has shades of this. While he will gloat over his own genius, he will also give praise when it is due. Even to Louis.
  • Hyper Awareness
  • Insufferable Genius
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • The Lancer: Though in practice he's The Dragon or even a Dragon with an Agenda. The agenda being his own ego.
  • Married to the Job: He's so committed to his work that he isn't able to get into a romantic relationship of any kind.
  • The Movie Buff
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Must Have Caffeine
  • Number Two: To Jessica.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Harvey creates the vibe of an Amoral Attorney as bait for crooks - they have a harder time predicting his moves, since they expect him to act just like them.
  • Office Romance: Subverted; Donna and Harvey did hook up once, but it was after the two of them resigned from the DA's office. When Harvey takes Jessica's offer to work at Pearson-Hardman and asks her to come as his secretary, she asks for one of her conditions for both to forget about that night, because she does not want to have an affair with anyone she works with, and he accepts.
  • Papa Wolf: Harvey seems to have turned into one, despite his protestations to the contrary. In season two premiere he becomes fiercely protective of Mike, to the point where he throws his Plausible Deniability out the window to save Mike's job. This coming from the man who, twelve episodes earlier, had said: "I have to put my own interests above yours. It's nothing personal."
    • Over time, it becomes more and more of a Parental Substitute as the two get closer. It doesn't help that Harvey has a Freudian Excuse and Mike has no one else in his life.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Donna and Jessica, despite occasional Ship Tease with both of them.
    • Though in the past, he and Donna did have a fling.
  • Pride
  • Romance on the Set: Gabriel Macht's wife in real life, Jacinda Barrett, starred in various episodes of season two as Harvey's love interest Zoe Lawford.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: He has very strong rules about personal conduct as a lawyer and he won't compromise himself to play office politics, even when Jessica wants him to do the bidding of another Senior Partner. Above all, Harvey won't betray his clients and lie to them, and he expects them not to lie in return.
  • Sexy Mentor: To Mike.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man
  • Shout-Out: Harvey and Mike are compared to Batman and Robin in-universe (after fans made such comparison for two whole seasons).
  • Stern Teacher
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: In a flashback we see that Harvey's push to become a partner in the firm was motivated in large part by a desire to make his father proud. His father dies the day before the promotion becomes official and Harvey never had a chance to tell him.
    • Interesting for this trope: it seems like his father was already proud of him.

    Michael "Mike" Ross 
Portrayed by: Patrick J. Adams

  • Badass Bookworm: The fact that he's able to outsmart Harvey in the pilot episode pretty much proves this. And as if that isn't enough, in the second season premiere, he does it to Jessica.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Mike fits most of the trope conventions before he starts working as a lawyer. Once he starts working in the firm he's shown to be a dedicated employee, regularly working through the night when required.
  • Hello, Attorney!
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He was this with Trevor, until the pilot episode that wrecks their friendship. As the series progresses, he starts to get this kind of relationship with Harvey.
  • Hyper Awareness
  • Hypocrite: Mike's defining character trait, combined with an astonishing lack of self awareness.
  • Justified Criminal: In the premiere, Mike only agrees to act as a drug courier so he can pay for his grandmother's medical treatments. We later find out that he only agreed to help people cheat on the LSATs because he needed the money to pay for full time care for his grandmother.
  • Married to the Job: Mike's life pretty much revolves around Harvey and Jessica. Not just because he's passionate but also because he really has no friends or family outside of the firm.
  • The Movie Buff
  • New Meat
  • Nice Guy
  • Number Two: To Harvey. Mentioned by name in "War" as such.
  • Office Romance: He begins a secret relationship with Rachel in season 3, after letting her in on his secret.
  • Photographic Memory
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right
  • Shout-Out: Harvey and Mike are compared to Batman and Robin in-universe (after fans made such comparison for two whole seasons).
  • The Stoner: Use to be one until he woke up one day and saw where he was heading thanks to the mistakes of others.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Taught by Experience
  • Token Good Teammate
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the season two premiere Mike has more confidence than at the beginning of the series and is willing to stand up for himself when threatened. When a women he tried to help backstabs him in a lawsuit, he turns the tables on her and forces her to accept a settlement. He later calls out Trevor on his betrayal and points out that he knows so much about Trevor that he could make his life hell if he wanted.
  • Two First Names
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist

     Pearson-Hardman Law Firm members 

Donna Paulsen

Portrayed by: Sarah Rafferty

Rachel Zane

Portrayed by: Meghan Markle

  • Book Dumb: Not exactly, but there isn't a trope for Test Dumb. Rachel isn't a lawyer because she can't pass law school entrance exams or the bar. It's not a lack of intelligence or knowledge, but simple test anxiety.
    • Which is why she is so proud when Mike tells her she has finally passed the LSATs in the second season.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's the firm's best researcher.
  • The Chick: Shares this role with Donna.
  • Femme Fatale: Rachel dips her toe into this category in "Normandy".
  • Hello, Attorney!
  • Hyper Competent Sidekick
  • Mixed Ancestry: Rachel is half-black, a nod to her actress Meghan Markle.
  • Morality Pet: To Louis.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Nice Girl: Despite allusions to a less than moral past, she is definitely this. She is generally friendly to everyone in the office and will even go out of her way to help those in need, even if they have mistreated her. Her interactions with Louis' associate are a good example.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Her parents are loaded, but she still wants to make her own way.
  • Office Romance: As of the third season, he begins a secret affair with Mike.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Despite being smart, accomplished, beautiful, and having a spine to even stand against her father, Rachel simply doesn't measure up to Mike (legal prodigy /w photographic memory), Donna (the all-knowing), Louis (ruthlessly effective and financial wizard), Harvey (do I need to even begin?), and Jessica (one of the few capable of pulling one over on Harvey). Poor Rachel doesn't really have much going for her in the department of "extraordinary ridiculous superhuman craziness".
  • The Perfectionist: Deconstructed, as her perfectionism makes her afraid to make mistakes.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: It's worth noting that Rachel is most attracted to Mike whenever he is acting selfless or sticking to his ideals, and promptly calls him out or straight up ignores him whenever he veers from the good path.
  • Two First Names
  • Well Done Daughter Gal: Rachel can be partly said to be driven by this, though there's more to it than that.

Louis Litt

Portrayed by: Rick Hoffman

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Monica and later Donna.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Ambiguously Bi
  • Amoral Attorney: Whenever he is trying to show he is a better lawyer than Harvey (i.e. almost always).
  • Anti-Villain
  • Bad Boss: Louis actually takes pride in how badly he treats the new associates.
  • Camp Straight
  • Catch Phrase: "You just got Litt up". Katrina even got it printed into a cup for him as a gift.
  • Crazy Cat Man: Louis, though he only has one cat, gets this with quality not quantity.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Louis, even after going over to Hardman's side, wouldn't vote to fire Harvey when Hardman called for it, and voted to get rid of Hardman after finding out that Hardman faked the memo that caused the lawsuit against the firm.
  • Fat Comic Relief: He's the only regular member of the main cast who's not trim and conventionally attractive. Which doesn't stop him from being one of the most popular characters.
  • A Father to His Men: Louis, though a sadist teacher to his associates, cares for them on some level. Showing weakness may not be liked but when he was quitting and saw Mike come out of an elevator with a bloody face, he dropped his stuff and rushed to help Mike, taking him to the bathroom to get cleaned up without a second thought.
    • Likewise, though he was determined to make Katrina respect him, he nevertheless ultimately assisted her in her case even as he was trying to make a fool of her.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: How he sees himself most of the time which is certainly not how everyone else sees him.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: On a shooting range, Louis is shown to be an extremely good marksman. All his shots are either headshots or a tight center of mass clustering.
  • Informed Judaism
  • Insufferable Genius: When it comes to financials.
  • Jerkass
  • Pet the Dog: He has his moments, though they're usually take a while to happen and they're often for selfish reasons. Which makes the moments when he's sincere even more surprising, at least to everyone but himself.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Deconstructed; while he's a brilliant lawyer in his own right, he keeps getting crapped on, and his greatest desire is just to be respected and liked. He's also just as well-developed a character as anyone else on the show, and arguably a Breakout Character.
    • Further deconstructed in Season 4, where his wacky antics as he tries to cover up a serious mistake lead to Mike figuring out something is up. Once he does that, and goes to Harvey, they figure out what he's probably hiding in a few minutes.
  • Smug Snake
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Monica.
  • Stern Teacher
  • Token Evil Teammate
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While being basically Mike's and Harvey's antagonist at the beginning of the series (when the stakes weren't that high yet), he was shown to be very loyal towards the people he respects towards the end of season two.
  • The Unfavorite: He mentions to Donna that his father always preferred his sister Esther to him in an episode, and he's shown to be happy when he learns that she broke her leg.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Louis will not give in for anyone or anything. Except American Ballet Theatre tickets.

Jessica Pearson

Portrayed by: Gina Torres

Kyle Durant

Portrayed by: Ben Hollingsworth

Katrina Bennett

Portrayed by: Amanda Schull

  • Alpha Bitch: Her default mode with most people other than Louis.
  • Catch Phrase: Doesn't have one herself, but she's apparently a fan of "You just got Litt up!". Going so far as to trademark it and get it printed on a mug in order to cheer Louis up.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Just as Harvey wanted 'another him', Katrina ultimately wins Louis' position as his personal associate by the fact that she went to war with Louis (and almost won), among other things. He appreciated the fact that she gave him respect and treated him as a threat.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Gets a job at Pearson & Hardman by essentially blackmailing Harvey - he'd get a win, she'd get a job. Subsequently, picks a fight with Mike in order to try and take his spot and ends up with Louis.
  • Foil: What Mike is to Harvey, Katrina is to Louis. She shares Louis' hyper-competitive streak, his killer instinct, his penchant for trying to win respect through intimidation, fear, and humiliation. And as with Mike to Harvey, she also shares Louis' passion for the arts, his pool of references and hobbies, and respects/looks up to him as a mentor.
  • Hello, Attorney!
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Hey, it's the bat monster from Grimm!
  • The Movie Buff: Well, more like tv shows buff... in an episode in which she and Mike are forced to work together, the two grow closer due to both being fans of The Wire and The Sopranos.
  • Number Two: To Louis. So much so, that when Nigel seeks to win a mock trial against Louis, he intentionally sends Katrina to another country so Louis can't call on her help.
  • Put on a Bus: During Louis' mock trial, so that she can help him, Nigel sends her to Barcelona.

    Darby International 

Dana "Scottie" Scott

Potrayed by: Abigail Spencer

Edward Darby

Potrayed by: Conleth Hill

Stephen Huntley

Potrayed by: Max Beesley

  • Evil Brit
  • Number Two: To Darby. It's even explicity mentioned that he's to him what Harvey is to Jessica, making him very much this trope.

    Former staff of Pearson Hardman 

Daniel Hardman

Portrayed by: David Costabile

  • Big Bad: Of season 2.
  • Consummate Liar: The whole reason why Harvey doesn't trust him when he returns to the firm is because, if he lied about founding his wife's cancer treatment, he could lie about anything.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on his wife Alicia with Monica Eton five years prior to the beginning of the story.

Zoe Lawford

Portrayed by: Jacinda Barrett

Harold Gunderson

Portrayed by: Max Topplin

  • Butt Monkey
  • The Chew Toy: For the first two seasons, until Louis fires him on a tantrum and the audience realizes it isn't funny anymore.
  • The Dog Bites Back: His testimony on Louis' mock trial was clearly this (although Rachel is able to twist it to Louis' favour in the end).
  • Plot Allergy: He's allergic to cats, yet Louis assigns him to take care of his cat Bruno.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: He sues Louis from his new firm,

    Other characters 

Cameron Dennis

Portrayed by: Gary Cole

  • Big Bad: Season 3, at least the first half. And we later learn the real bad guy is Stephen, who got all those people killed and was going to place the blame on Ava.
  • Evil Mentor: To Harvey.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: He sports a cop mustache in season three and the ten years ago flashbacks. Not in season one.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He's infamous for burying evidence in order to incriminate people he knows are guilty.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Harvey tries to pull this during Ava Hassington's murder trial, since Dennis used to be all about "putting the bad guy behind bars" no matter what, and Ava is, against all odds, innocent.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: A darker version of this trope; Cameron twists and bends the law, going as far as to committing illegal acts such as burying evidence, if he thinks the person is guilty and should be locked up.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a single appearance in season one, he comes back as the Big Bad of season three.

Trevor Evans

Portrayed by: Tom Lipinski

  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mike, prior to the pilot episode.
  • Poisonous Friend: To Mike.
  • The Load: For Mike. Everything that went wrong for Mike between his tenure at the University and the beginning of the series was because of Trevor's douchebaggery. But because they were the best of friends before that Mike stood by him no matter what.
  • The Stoner


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