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Harvey Reginald Specter
Portrayed by: Gabriel MachtA vicious and highly-skilled litigator. Harvey came from humble beginnings and was working as a mailroom clerk before Jessica Pearson recognized his potential and arranged for him to go to Harvard. After graduating from law school, he worked as a prosecutor before joining Pearson Hardman as an associate and quickly working his way up to being a name partner at the newly-christened Pearson Specter.
- 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.
- Always Save the Girl: Harvey has displayed that he would be willing to do anything to save and protect Donna, even if he has to cross some moral lines to do it. For example, in "Intent", Harvey was willing to commit obstruction of justice and let Liberty Rail get away with murder in order to set Donna free from her charges of felony fraud. It is clear that Harvey's weak spot is Donna and it takes Donna being in danger to get a normally calm, cool and collected Harvey to absolutely lose it, both emotionally and morally.
- 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.
- Anti-Villain: Type I. Harvey is very morally gray and has crossed some lines but he is still fairly noble at the same time. Harvey definitely has a degree of standards and lines that he will never cross and even if he attempts to cross lines, his intentions for doing so are mostly good or noble.
- Type II. Harvey is emotionally stunted and doesn't express how he feels for the fear of appearing weak, vulnerable and helpless. He has also suffered a very rough childhood by growing up in a dysfunctional family and home life. Therefore, Harvey has made himself emotionally vacant at times, much to other people's (primarily Donna and Mike) dismay. He has a Freudian Excuse as to why he lashes out at others and displays the kind of aggressive and cold behavior that he does. Despite his generally callous and vicious personality, he does have Undying Loyalty to the few people that he values and loves.
- Type III. Harvey may be a ruthless and tough lawyer but he has very good intentions. He has good goals as well as good intentions but the way that he tries to achieve them can veer into morally gray territory. There are instances where Harvey's sense of morality can be considered questionable and he needs others such as Donna and Mike to call him out on his behavior and actions.
- Awesome, but Impractical: He's an excellent closer, but his narcissism, his abrasiveness when dealing with the other partners and his tendency to do stupid shit, like hiring Mike, make him almost more trouble than he's worth.
- Awesome McCool Name: Well, of course. He is as the night.'Harvey' also means 'battle worthy.' Appropriate for a lawyer of his class.
- Batman Gambit: Harvey's modus operandi. A particularly good example comes in 'She Knows': when his first (and second) plan fails, he uses the failure to create the necessary leverage for his next plan to work.
- Berserk Button: Harvey hates infidelity. It all stems back to his mother and her history of cheating on his dad growing up. Because of his mothers cheating, he has judged and condemned anybody who has committed infidelity.
- Donna or anything to do with her. If anyone so much as hurts her or attacks her in any way, they better watch out because Harvey will not take it well. He is extremely protective of her and he is willing to bend the rules to protect her or use his fists to defend her honour. It makes sense, since Donna represents his humanity as well as his morality. She is therefore a major trigger for him in regards to expressing his emotions and feelings, whether negative or positive.
- Big Brother Instinct/Big Brother Mentor: To Mike. Harvey has become somewhat of an older brother figure, a mentor figure and even a father figure for Mike. Harvey has basically guided Mike throughout the course of the show. When Harvey realizes Mike's job is in trouble. Donna's Sherlock Scan explicitly states that Harvey is "protective in an older brother manner." He routinely puts his job on the line to save Mike.
- Broken Ace: In many ways. Working for the DA wasn't the start of it, but it helped. He has an almost pathological fear of looking weak and will go to great lengths to preserve an image as a win-at-any-cost Amoral Attorney. A former lover points out that this dooms any romantic relationships he has since he cannot open up and show vulnerability. Furthermore, Harvey has a far more difficult time trusting women than is healthy, and it takes Donna to even *try* to slap him out of it.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Harvey is the Brooding Boy to Donna's Gentle Girl. Harvey is more of The Stoic who is sullen, brooding and cynical and doesn't really open up or show emotions while Donna is more of the The Pollyanna who is optimistic, hopeful and cheerful and has strong emotional intelligence. It is Donna that is often the one to break Harvey out of his sullen moods and broodiness and gets him to either open up emotionally and crack a smile.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Harvey and his feelings towards Donna, much to her chagrin. His inability to admit that he's in love with her is the main reason why she makes her decision to leave and work for Louis in the Season 4 finale.
- The Casanova: Harvey is very flirtatious and promiscuous when it comes to women. He doesn't seem to be the commitment type and seems to be more into one night stands and flings.
- The Charmer: Comes with the turf of being a closer. Harvey is very arrogant, cocky and brash but at the same time, he is also incredibly charismatic.
- Commitment Issues: Harvey cannot seem to be in a commited romantic relationship with a woman for too long. It's mostly because of his serious trust and abandonment issues which stem all the way back to his issues with his mother.
- Cynical Mentor: Heck, it's the only reason he became a mentor in the first place: the drugs falling out of the case was only a cherry on top of the darkly amusing package that walked through the door.
- Deadpan Snarker: Slightly, yes. Say, like, every five minutes.
- 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.
- He is also a man of his word. If he says he has someone's back, he really does till the end. Unless of course you screw him over.
- Fatal Flaw: His pride, in the form of arrogance, which tends to piss people off. It also makes him extremely reluctant to admit when he screwed up. Note that this is the same basic flaw as Louis.
- A Father to His Men: To the younger associates.
- Foil: To Louis. They share much of the same traits and behaviors with the major difference being that if Harvey 'plays the man', Louis 'plays the law'. It is Louis' strict adherence to the letter of the law (especially when it benefits him) that most people tend to dislike him for whereas Harvey's approach at least makes him seem somewhat charming.
- Freudian Excuse: Harvey does not take his mother's cheating well, even all these years later, at all.
- Freudian Trio: The Ego to Louis' Id and Jessica's Superego.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Oh boy, Harvey definitely has a strong jealous and possessive streak, especially where Donna is concerned. It seems as though Harvey is always proven to be jealous when Donna gets romantically involved with other men.
- Hello, Attorney!: He's not hard on the eyes. And, he knows it.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: As the series progresses, he starts to get this kind of relationship with Mike.
- Honor Before Reason: Harvey refuses to testify against an old boss of his even though it could get him disbarred. He knows that the man is guilty but he still refuses.
- 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: Multiple instances of it. Sometimes per episode.
- The "I Love You" Stigma: At the end of Season 4, Harvey confessed to Donna that he loved her. However, there ended up being a major fallout after he confessed his love to her because Donna questioned on how he loved her (meaning whether he loved her romantically or not). Harvey's response was non existent which implies that he does not know what kind of feelings that he has for Donna or he is too afraid to admit his true feelings about Donna. It turns out that Harvey confessing his love for Donna only complicated their relationship even more to the point where Donna ended up leaving Harvey to go and work for Louis.
- Insufferable Genius: Oh, hell, yes. He can get terribly smug about being rather good at what he does. It occasionally bites him, but he usually manages to pull the bacon off the flames.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He got a little surprised about how many times he can get tempted to exercise the gold.
- The Lancer: Though in practice he's The Dragon or even a Dragon with an Agenda. The agenda being his own ego.
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Donna. Despite being Platonic Life Partners, his relationship with Donna has strong romantic undertones and their interactions come off as a married couple at times, especially when they bicker and banter with each other.
- Love Confession: To Donna at the end of Season 4. Harvey ends up telling Donna he loves her after sharing a deep and tender moment together. It should be noted that Harvey has never said "I love you" to anyone's face, not even to Scottie. Donna, as expected, isn both shocked and confused by Harvey's declaration of love.
- 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: You name a film, and it probably has been mined.
- Mr. Fanservice: And, knows it.
- Must Have Caffeine: One of the ways to get on his good side when there is bad news is to preface it with the right coffee. Unfortunately, it might not be enough coffee.
- 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.
- The season 4 finale leaves their relationship uncertain, as Harvey told Donna he loves her in the season's penultimate episode.
- 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."
- 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: His crowing joy... and, his major problem. The number of times he's got himself in and out of trouble thanks to his 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.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Harvey is the Savvy Guy to Donna's Energetic Girl. While Harvey is more stoic and emotionless, Donna is more emotional and upbeat.
- 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.
- This and Honor Before Reason comes back to bite him (at least internally) in "Blind-sided". A client's son ends up killing someone while driving. The opposing ADA takes his deal only if he hires her at Pearson Hardman. Plus, he later finds out that the son who he thought was innocent was actually stoned at the time. But by then, he's already hired the ADA. He's clearly not happy with the fact that he took a bribe to save someone who was irresponsibly guilty (more so because he got Mike involved). This scene plays out entirely in the reflection of his office window with Donna appearing over his shoulder.
- Sexy Mentor: To Mike.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Well, of course. It's in the name of the show, for starters.
- Shout-Out: Harvey and Mike are compared to Batman and Robin in-universe (after fans made such comparison for two whole seasons).
- Stern Teacher: Oh, yeah. He really doesn't believe in spoon-feeding. Forget deep-ends, he goes for rapids.
- Undying Loyalty: To Donna, Mike and Jessica. He is willing to do anything for them and has consistently shown his loyalty to them.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Donna. Even though Harvey and Donna are established as Platonic Life Partners, it is evident that there is a degree of romantic feelings between the two of them although they are both too stubborn to admit it. This trope is especially fitting since Harvey and Donna did have a fling with a side of Office Romance in the past.
- "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.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Donna of course. Harvey's relationship with Donna constantly dallies between Platonic Life Partners who are Just Friends to seeming like a couple who have Unresolved Sexual Tension and constantly bicker Like an Old Married Couple depending on the writing and the season. Many fans constantly speculate whether or not Harvey and Donna will stay friends or if they will finally stop being stubborn and get together romantically once and for all. The ambiguity or the status of their relationship increases even more at the end of Season 4 when Harvey and Donna confess that they love each other.
- Flashbacks show that Harvey and Donna did have sexual or romantic feelings for each other in the past but had put their feelings for each other to the side for the sake of having a professional working relationship, mostly because of Donna's conditions of not being sexually or romantically involved with men that she works for or works with.
Michael "Mike" Ross
Michael James "Mike" Ross
Portrayed by: Patrick J. AdamsMike is an associate at Pearson Specter who is renowned for his photographic memory. He also has a secret: he's not actually a lawyer. He never even graduated from university. But Harvey saw potential in Mike and hired him anyway with the two, and a select few, working to maintain the ruse lest everyone involve is imprisoned for fraud.
- Adorkable: Mike is very nerdy and a bit awkward at times, but he is also incredibly endearing despite his occasional quirkiness and dorkiness.
- 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.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: While not necessarily evil, he is committing fraud in order to be lawyer. He is also extremely devoted to his grandmother and is happy to be making enough money to properly take care of her. He's devastated when she passes away suddenly before being able to move into the apartment he'd bought for her.
- Hello, Attorney!: Takes him a few episodes to dress the part, but... yes.
- 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: There's reason why Harvey took him on: they have about the same level of it.
- 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. In fact, the only reason he's unable to get into Harvard is because the dean's daughter was the one who got caught buying test answers from his friend Trevor, and Mike couldn't let Trevor take the fall. The dean, whose daughter is now blacklisted (her own fault) and his own career at risk, takes it out on Mike and ensures that no law school will take him.
- 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: Another reason why Harvey took him on — they trade Shout Outs and quotes from day one.
- New Meat: Starts out very much like this. Has to get to grips with a very steep learning curve. For several reasons.
- Nice Guy: Yes-no. At heart, he's a big softie. But, he can let the thrill of the hunt shut it off if he's not careful. He tries to remember that, though. But, occasionally slips.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: After Trevor got caught selling test answers, Mike realized that Trevor would never sell him out and take the blame himself. So, he went to the dean and confesses. Not only did the dean kick him out, but he used his contacts to blacklist Mike from going to law school. Apparently, the dean's daughter was the one who got caught buying said answers, and the dean chose to blame solely Mike for it. Had Mike stayed quiet, the dean would've had no proof of Mike's involvement beyond suspicion.
- 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: Early episodes even showed him playing back memories in perfect detail (in black-and-white) and noticing things he didn't the first time around.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: He regularly comes into conflict with Jessica and Harvey because he wants to take on social justice cases that won't bring in a meaningful amount of money into the firm. It's not that they don't understand his desire to help, but
- Sharp-Dressed Man: It takes a while for him to understand that not all suits are made equal. He finally starts dressing on Harvey's level in Season 4 when he becomes an investment banker and has money to spend on extremely high-end suits.
- Sherlock Scan: Combined with his excellent memory, Mike can put clues together fast such as how a thug supposedly threatening him in jail is actually an undercover cop.
- 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: Oh, yes. Very much. And, it's not just due to his phenomenal memory.
- Taught by Experience: On the job experience, even.
- Token Good Teammate: Surprisingly enough, the fraud is usually the less morally ambiguous lawyer in the room.
- 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: His first name Michael or Mike is masculine first given name and his surname Ross is also commonly a masculine first given name.
- Undying Loyalty: To Harvey. Mike would never turn on Harvey even when things get really bad between them.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Mike is very idealistic and naive by nature. This also makes him very easily influenced.
Louis Marlowe Litt
Portrayed by: Rick HoffmanLouis is an ambitious lawyer who wants nothing more than to have his name in lights by the firm's entrance, but his off-putting behavior makes it difficult for him to win enough allies amongst the senior partners to make that dream a reality. He is a financial whiz who's been described as being like a bloodhound when it comes to finding irregularities. He is so good, in fact, that he brings in more billables than most other lawyers in the firm. He also oversees the firm's associates and does his utmost to make their lives a living hell so that only the very best remain. His dream finally comes true in Season 4 when the firm is renamed Pearson Specter Litt.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Monica and later Donna. Louis kept asking out Monica Eton every day she worked at Pearson Hardman. The only reason she did not file a sexual harassment complaint was that it would have made her look weak in the eyes of her coworkers. After she left, he moved on to Donna, who tends to be much more vocal with her disapproval. Unless Louis has theatre tickets.
- Alliterative Name: Louis' first and last name begin with the same letter: L. Louis Litt.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Louis makes a video conference call to his parents from his tablet to give them some good news. Louis's father is in his underwear and has no problem with the fact that everyone on the other end can see this. When Harvey walks in, they ask to speak with him. Louis immediately ends the call.
- Ambiguously Bi: Subverted. He outright makes clear he is not attracted to men when he suspects someone is attracted to him.
- Amoral Attorney: Whenever he is trying to show he is a better lawyer than Harvey (i.e. almost always).
- Anti-Villain: Type II. He is treated badly because he treats others badly. He is constantly made fun of and never given credit, unlike Harvey, despite making the firm a lot of money, usually in a way that doesn't damage the firm's reputation. He tricked Mike into smoking marijuana while attempting to win a client, and then used this information to blackmail him. When Donna told him not to enter Harvey's office, he insulted her. He treats the associates like crap. Louis is given credit, but he wants the attention Harvey receives. Louis almost cost the firm a potential client and literally badgered a witness to death. The manner in which Louis asked to be made partner is why he was shot down. Jessica interpreted it as a threat, so she said no. Also, she can only name one Senior Partner a year, which went to Harvey. Harvey is Louis' nemesis in his own mind. Although they respect each other as lawyers they are highly competitive, always vying for more power and respect.
- The Atoner: Louis qualifies as he committed the same sin. Jessica refers to her sin and this is why she is creating the "Louis Litt Rehabilitation Program," so he can remove the stank of Hardman from him.
- Bad Boss: Louis actually takes pride in how badly he treats the new associates. A lot of this can be attributed to the firm's Training from Hell approach to training new lawyers, but Louis tends to take it way beyond that. He makes Harold take care of his cat even though it is clearly evident that Harold is extremely allergic. This comes back to bite him when a rival firm poaches some of his best fifth-year associates with a promise of a nicer boss than Louis and other perks.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: Louis tells Rachel that she wasn't accepted to Harvard because of his supposed rift with Sheila, instead of the truth: that she was good, but wasn't good enough for Harvard It doesn't work.
- Camp Straight: Despite being canonically straight, he does have some effeminate mannerisms, traits and interests (such as ballet and theatre for example).
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Louis is very snarky and sarcastic and he is one of the sources of sarcastic comedy and wit on the show.
- Despair Event Horizon: Louis very nearly crosses it when he realizes he's become so repellent to Harvey that he is immediately the first suspect when skullduggery is suspected.
- Didn't Think This Through: Harvey, Mike and Jessica note this is one of Louis' key flaws, that he'll jump into a situation without figuring out all the angles. The results can range from looking like a joke to getting himself (and the firm) into serious hot water.
- The best example is when he discovers the truth about Mike and immediately uses it to get himself rehired and a name partner. Louis figures he can fire Mike and Jessica can't do anything about it as he holds leverage with the secret. Instead, Jessica points out that by using the information for his own profit, Louis automatically became part of the fraud and is as exposed as the rest if he reveals it.
- When the firm meets a lawyer regarding their possible bankruptcy, Louis hires a bunch of actors to pose as the staff (who left) to make the office look busier. Jessica coldly snaps that the point of this meeting is that the firm needs desperate financial help and making them look like "business is usual" isn't going to aid that.
- 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.
- Every Man Has His Price: Louis' go-to bribe consists of high-end, hard-to-get tickets to concerts, plays, etc. However, if you really want to get Louis on your side, you bribe him with respect. When Daniel Hardman gives him a digital voice recorder it is more than just a fancy gadget but a sign that Hardman knows about Louis's work and appears to respect him as a member of the firm.
- Fatal Flaw: His pride and insecurities thereof keeps leading him to make boneheaded, petty decisions that often cause a lot of trouble for everyone. As the show establishes, when he can keep it under control, he's a very good lawyer. Note that this is the same basic flaw as Harvey.
- Fat Comic Relief: He's the only regular member of the main cast who's not trim and conventionally attractive, emphasized by the fact that he wears suits which are much too small for him. This 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.
- Flanderization: While he starts as an unsympathetic yet very competent Bad Boss-type with a few quirks (his soft spot for cats and a couple of unusual hobbies), by season three these quirks started overriding his professionalism, making him go to a mock trial for custody over a cat with an opposing (and equally eccentric) lawyer that isn't even his in the first place, and later totally flunks extremely important negotiations with said lawyer because of that cat. The other guy told him that he didn't read the cat the letters he wrote her.
- Foil: To Harvey. They share much of the same traits and behaviors with the major difference being that if Harvey 'plays the man', Louis 'plays the law'. It is Louis' strict adherence to the letter of the law (especially when it benefits him) that most people tend to dislike him for whereas Harvey's approach at least makes him seem somewhat charming.
- Freudian Trio: Louis is the Id to Harvey's Ego and Jessica's Superego. Louis is the most emotional of the three and he acts very impulsive at times. Harvey is more stoic and emotionless (although he can lose his temper from time to time) and provides a balance between Louis and Jessica and Jessica is super emotionless, ruthless and manipulative.
- Friendly Enemy: Louis realizes too late, almost too late, that he and Harvey are actually this and not true enemies. Harvey may not have liked him but respected him a great deal but his siding with Hardman ended it. Only when Louis helps Harvey save a client not just from a bad deal but keep him to the firm does Harvey forgive him.
- 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: It has been implied that Louis is Jewish although it is left ambiguous as it has never been outright confirmed that he is Jewish. His portrayer is Jewish though.
- Insufferable Genius: When it comes to financials.
- It's All About Me: Has this problem after he uncovers Mike's secret and becomes more petty than ever. Donna calls him out on his ultra-selfish, oh-woe-is-me attitude.
- Jerkass: Louis can be a major jerk at times which results in putting other people in danger. He can also be incredibly smug and condescending especially when things don't go his way.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: What he's become, mostly thanks to the bond and friendship he has with Donna. It could be argued that many of Louis' heartfelt and heartwarming moments are with Donna. He also has a degree of Undying Loyalty to Jessica, Harvey, Rachel and Mike and he views them as family.
- Never My Fault: He's always quick to shift responsibility to others even if it's blatantly obvious that he's the one who caused the mess in the first place.
- 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.
- A straight example comes in season 4 that demonstrates a lot of Character Development on his part. When Mike is at his lowest, Louis at his highest, and Louis still upset with Mike for using his relationship with Sheila as leverage, Louis stops Mike from making a very terrible decision and gives up his happiness to help Mike out.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Donna and Rachel, to a degree.
- 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, which leads to self-sabotage. 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.
- Small Name, Big Ego: While there's no doubt that he's an excellent lawyer and that he brings in more money than any other lawyer at the firm, he consistently overestimates his worth and often fails to realize that Jessica would have no problem losing the income if it means not having to deal with the drama he causes.
- Smug Snake: While Louis is by no means stupid, as he is a brillant attorney, everytime he lets his emotions dictate what to do, the results as always disastrous. He is prone to do very risky and stupid things to boost his ego, and his plans always backfire at him.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Monica.
- Stern Teacher: Louis definitely doesn't play and he takes the law seriously despite his wacky and unpredictable antics.
- Token Evil Teammate
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Upon finding out Mike's secret and that people he considered to be friends have been hiding it from him, Louis lashes out at everyone with the express purpose of running Mike out of the firm. it doesn't last long and 2 episodes later he is teaching Mike to drive.
- 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.
Donna Roberta Paulsen
Portrayed by: Sarah RaffertyHarvey's assistant and legal secretary. They've been working together ever since Harvey was at the DA's office and many of Harvey's great victories would not have been possible without her help. She is one of the most powerful figures in the office, to the point where not even the most senior members of the firm dare to take her head on.
- Action Survivor: She may not be a lawyer like Harvey, Rachel, Louis, Jessica and even Mike (who is technically not a lawyer but knows a lot about the law and was going to become a lawyer), but she can definitely keep up with them and can even outsmart them at times. She is much more aware of what is going on in the firm than all of the other characters combined. It should also be noted that other characters often come to her for help when they need it.
- Adorkable: Although Donna is a Ms. Fanservice who is sexy, she is also very quirky, dorky and has a lot of eccentricities. She is seen as the main source of comic relief on the show. Many fans comment on how they find Donna to be very endearing and likeable, resulting in her status as a Breakout Character.
- All-Loving Hero: Along with being The Heart of the entire firm as well as a Morality Chain and Morality Pet for the majority of the other characters (such as Harvey, Louis, Jessica, even Mike at times), Donna is also the type of person who tries to see the good or the best in everyone, even if they don't necessarily deserve it. In an environment which is filled with lots of hostility, Donna is the one who provides love, affection, comfort and support for others when it's required.
- Almighty Janitor: While not a lawyer, she wields an incredible amount of influence because she is just that good at her job. Even Jessica will turn to her for advice.
- Her value is demonstrated in monetary terms when Louis takes a look at her salary and then asks if an extra zero was added by accident. As it turns out, Harvey considered her to be so valuable that he's been paying her out of his own pocket (unbeknownst to her) on top of what the firm pays and it's implied that the firm only covers a small portion of her pay check.
- Always Save the Girl: A variation. Donna has a habit of prioritizing Harvey and his well being over her own. She has Undying Loyalty to him and she is willing to put herself in the line of fire for him.
- Audience Surrogate: It seems that a large portion of the audience see the show, the story and the characters through Donna's eyes and point of view. In addition, Donna seems to say exactly what the audience would feel or think.
- Awesome by Analysis: Her Hyper Awareness, Sherlock Scan abilities, and eidetic memory on the details she picks up equals this. Then there's her general professional skills which are just as good.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Generally speaking, Donna's a Nice Girl, but that doesn't mean that one should get on her bad side. She will stand up for herself or for those she cares about.
- Big Good: Arguably, Donna is the most moral and good person at the firm, despite a few illegal mistakes. In addition, she is also The Heart and a Morality Pet for all of the other character, especially Harvey and Louis.
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards Mike and Rachel. She is strongly protective of both of them and looks out for them as much as possible.
- Breakout Character: Donna is often seen as or considered to be more of a supporting character or a sidekick for the main characters Harvey and Mike, but she is considered to be a fan favorite and is generally widely loved by the audience.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Donna is the Gentle Girl to Harvey's Brooding Boy. Donna is more upbeat and optimistic while Harvey is more brooding and stoic. It is often Donna that gets a normally serious and aggressive Harvey to smile and laugh from time to time.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Donna may have her fair share of quirks and eccentricities but she is also the best legal secretary at Pearson Specter Litt and arguably in New York City. She is also incredibly competent at helping others when they need it and she has proven she is smart, intuitive and sharp.
- Buxom Is Better: Donna has large assets and she definitely loves to show them off in low cut dresses.
- The Chick: Shares this role with Rachel. Overlapped with her also being the Morality Chain, The Heart and Team Mom.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Shows shades of this at times regarding Harvey but for the most part, she is more supportive of Harvey and his romantic relationships than anything else. If anything, it is Harvey that is often the jealous one in regards to Donna and other guys that she is romantically involved with.
- Closer to Earth: She may be more of a supporting character, a sidekick for Harvey and Mike, and a female character (in a series that is male dominated) but she has proven that she is much wiser and at times smarter than the male characters. She is also more rational and level headed than the often emotional Rachel and she is less ruthless and aggressive than Jessica. Donna is also considered to be the moral center and The Heart of the firm.
- The Confidant: To everyone, but primarily to Harvey and Mike. Harvey especially is very emotionally dependent on her and Donna is the one who keeps Harvey in check and advised him to make smarter and logical decisions. She is typically the go to person whenever they (and everyone else) is having a problem that needs to be fixed. In addition, others often go to her for advice and rely on her to confide to her about their problems.
- The Conscience: For pretty much everyone but especially for Harvey and Louis. She is often the one that makes the two of them question their morality and whether or not they are doing something wrong. It often takes either a talk or a lecture from Donna to get either Harvey or Louis to second guess their actions.
- The Consigliere: For Harvey. She is basically his Number Two and Harvey's voice of reason as well as his main Morality Pet. It is often Donna and he advice that gets Harvey to question his actions and whether or not he is doing the right or wrong thing.
- Covert Pervert: Donna may be the Nice Girl who is The Heart but she has no problem using her sexuality to get what she wants. She is ask the queen of making unintentional (as well as intentional) sexual innuendos.
- The Cutie: Donna is kind, caring, sweet and lovable. It also helps that she is relatable to the audience.
- Daddy's Girl: Flashbacks show that Donna had a very close relationship with her father, James. In fact, she was so close to her father that when Harvey insulted him, she lashed or at him in anger, even going so far as to personally attack Harvey by bringing up his mommy issues. Despite her father's shadiness and irresponsibility, Donna would never miss an opportunity to defend him. Donna seems to idolize him and puts him on a pedestal, with Harvey even pointing out to her that she is a blind spot when it comes to her father.
- Damsel in Distress: Even though she is perfectly capable of looking out for herself and is often the one trying to look out for everyone else's best interests, Donna is also the one that finds herself in trouble from time to time and it is normally one of the male characters such as Harvey, Mike or Louis (or a combo of all of them) that has to save her or get her out of trouble.
- Dating Catwoman: Gender-flipped in regards her relationship with Stephen Huntley, who turned out to be a criminal.
- Deadpan Snarker: Donna is very spunky, snarky and sarcastic. She is considered to be the source of comic relief on the show.
- The Determinator: Donna is one of the most determined and persistent characters on the show. When she sets her mind on something, she will see it to the end and will never give up, even when the situation of circumstance looks bleak.
- Expy: Her overall characterization is very similar to Felicity Smoak from Arrow, even though the character of Felicity was created after Donna.
- The Face: Donna is The Heart and the Team Mom of the firm. Her character tends to revolve around her interpersonal relationships with other characters. She is also the one to always give advice, comfort and support to other characters when it is needed.
- The Fashionista: Donna wears expensive clothes in the form of a variety of fancy and colourful dresses and skirts. Not to mention that expensive bags, purses and high heel shoes. Donna is a fashion extraordinaire just like the other female characters Rachel and Jessica.
- Fiery Redhead: Donna is very passionate, emotional, fiery and spunky. She is very feisty and she is not afraid to call people out on their nonsense.
- Genki Girl: Donna has a very sociable, energetic and bubbly personality. She can be very practical, logical and serious at the same time though.
- Girl Friday: For Harvey, Mike and Louis. She is often the one who helps them out when they need information for cases and what not. Donna is the considered to be the "Go To Girl" whenever a problem or issue comes up and needs to be solved.
- Girly Girl: Donna is very feminine and girly in both personality and appearance. What makes Donna extra girly is the fact that she has the strongest feminine spirit put of the female characters. Jessica is feminine but she is an Iron Lady with more of an edgy and masculine spirit and Rachel, who is also feminine, can be more Girl Next Door at times.
- Guile Hero: Donna often uses manipulation and smarts to get what she wants. Even though she is not a lawyer, she has proven that she is very smart, quick, sharp and savvy.
- The Heart: For the entire firm. Combined with something of a Morality Pet and a Morality Chain. More so than Mike, she's usually the one everyone looks towards for stability and the one to question if they're crossing moral and ethical lines. Which makes the story arc where she destroys a memo all the more shocking, all else aside, as it is a major ethical line she has crossed.
- Hello, Nurse!: Along with being an obvious Ms. Fanservice. It certainly helps that Donna knows she's sexy and attractive and uses it to her advantage to get what she wants and it often works in her favor.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Donna seems to be popular with the opposite sex and she has the affection, admiration, love or appreciation of all three of the male characters in Harvey, Mike and Louis.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rachel, which borders on Big Sister Instinct on behalf of Donna towards Rachel. Donna and Rachel have a very close bond and relationship. Donna is always looking out for Rachel's best interests and Rachel always comes to Donna for advice, comfort and support. It is apparent how much they love and respect each other.
- Hyper Awareness: Often aware of minor details around the office. As she puts it, "I know what I know."
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Barring Jessica, she's possibly the most consistently competent person at the entire law firm.
- In-Series Nickname: "RED" (because she is a redhead).
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In regards to Harvey. Donna is willing to make sacrifices or put herself in the line of fire for Harvey and for the sake of his happiness.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To practically everyone, but especially to Harvey and Louis and to a lesser extent, Mike and Rachel. Harvey has shown that he can not function without Donna in his life. This was seen in Season 5 when Harvey had a complete emotional breakdown when Donna chose to leave Harvey and work for Louis. Harvey was so distraught over Donna's departure that he suffered severe panic attacks and had to go to therapy to cope with the loss of Donna. It shows that Harvey is strongly dependent on Donna for everything in his life, everything from work to personal life. Louis is very emotionally dependent on her and is strongly attached to her. Louis has even had fears and insecurities about Donna abandoning him or choosing Harvey over him. It is often Donna and her comfort and support that gets Louis to feel better about himself. In regards to Rachel, she is very dependent on Donna for emotional comfort and support as well as advice during times of trouble or need. Mike is also dependent on Donna at times and like Rachel, often turns to her during times of need or when he needs support and advice.
- Mama Bear: To Mike. She is extremely protective of him. Going after Mike is a really bad idea because Donna will definitely get even.
- Morality Pet/Morality Chain: For everyone but especially Harvey and Louis. She is considered to be The Conscience for the two of them and gets them to think about their morality. Without Donna and her influence, it has been shown that Harvey and Louis end up making immoral, impulsive and rash decisions that often end badly. She is also the one who plays the role of mediator and peacemaker between Harvey and Louis and she is the one who keeps both of them in check and from constantly going after each other as rivals.
- Motor Mouth: Donna talks a lot. And once she gets going, sometimes she cannot stop especially when she is passionate or excited about something.
- Ms. Fanservice: A tall voluptuous redhead with a penchant for low-cut dresses, she's like Joan from Mad Men with a slightly smaller chest.
- Must Have Caffeine: Donna is a huge coffee lover. There is never a time when Donna does not have coffee in her possession.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Donna definitely has spades of nerdi-ness with how smart, quick and savvy she is. That doesn't stop her from being a Ms. Fanservice at the same time though.
- Nice Girl: Donna is very kind hearted, selfless, caring, and giving. After all, it comes with being The Heart of the firm. Not to mention that she is the nicest one in a generally hostile environment filled with aggressive and competitive individuals. However, she is a case of Beware the Nice Ones and she can turn into a Fiery Redhead if she is provoked into anger or defense mode.
- Number Two: To Harvey. She is basically his right hand woman, his confidant and his Morality Pet.
- Office Romance: Subverted. Donna and Harvey did sexually cross the line 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 work for him 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. Although it is very clear over the seasons that there is a degree of Unresolved Sexual Tension and romantic feelings on the behalf of both parties though both refuse to acknowledge it.
- The Omniscient: Donna knows pretty much everything that goes on in the office.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Harvey, and to a slightly lesser extent, Mike and Louis. She is very close with Harvey and the two share a very deep emotional connection and bond. They are also very inseparable. She has a very close relationship with Louis and he seems to strongly idolize and worship her. And Donna has Big Sister Instinct and Mama Bear tendencies towards Mike and she is very protective of him.
- Plucky Girl/The Pollyanna: For the most part, Donna is actually the most optimistic and hopeful character on the show. She is also the one to try to relieve tension among situations and other characters from time to time.
- Poisonous Friend: To Harvey when he stubbornly refuses to testify against an old boss. She worked for him as well, and has no qualms turning over evidence of his illegal activities.
- Reaction Shot: Donna◊ may well be◊ the goddamn◊ Jedi Knight◊ of this trope◊.
- Sassy Secretary: Donna is very sarcastic and witty. She always has a solid come back and good one liners, which often results in Snark-to-Snark Combat with other characters, especially Harvey.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Donna is the Energetic Girl to Harvey's Savvy Guy. Donna is normally more optimistic, upbeat and cheerful while Harvey is more serious, brooding and stoic.
- Secret Keeper: For Harvey in general.
- Sexy Secretary: Donna is a physically appealing Ms. Fanservice and she is a legal secretary at Pearson Specter Litt.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Normally, Donna always looks sexy and beautiful in her work attire but when she dresses more formally and wears fancier dresses, she is absolutely stunning.
- She's Got Legs: There's a deleted scene of Donna in "War" where she is wearing a shorted black dress which reveal her long legs◊.
- Sherlock Scan: In "She Knows", Donna noticed a slight change in Harvey's behavior and him wearing a different color suit is all she needs to figure out that Jessica knows that Mike did not go to Harvard.
- To Louis in "Asterisk" where she notices that Louis is extremely happy about something he does not want to talk about. She notices that he is wearing a different type of suit, asks him what kind of suit it is and realizes that Louis has been promoted to senior partner. It's the suit Louis specifically bought to wear after being promoted.
- Donna with Rachel in "Normandy" with Harvard's decision. Rachel's rejected.
- Over the course of the first three seasons, this has become one of her primary talents.
- Statuesque Stunner: Donna is the second tallest female character on the show after Jessica, who is 5'10". Her portrayer Sarah Rafferty is 5'9". In addition, her height is even more emphasized when she wears high heels (she shoots up to 5'11" or 6'0").
- Team Mom: For the entire firm. She is the maternal figure of the firm and represents the motherly character who looks out for everyone's best interests.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Harvey. Although Harvey and Donna are currently at Platonic Life Partners status, it's evident that there are still unresolved feelings of attraction between them.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Harvey. Harvey and Donna's relationship seems to constantly dally between Platonic Life Partners who are Just Friends to seeming like a couple who has Unresolved Sexual Tension and interacts Like an Old Married Couple depending on the writing and the season. Many fans desire to see Harvey and Donna to stop being stubborn and finally admit their feelings for each other.
- Emphasized even more when it was revealed in Season 3 flashbacks that Harvey and Donna did have sexual or romantic feelings for each other by decided to put their feelings on the back burner so that they could have a good professional working relationship.
- Women Are Wiser: Donna seems to be much more wise, logical and practical in her thinking and outlook than her male counterparts such as Harvey, Louis and even Mike at times.
Rachel Elizabeth Zane
Portrayed by: Meghan MarkleA paralegal at the firm. Rachel wants to be a lawyer but had to put that dream on hold because she suffers from severe test anxiety that prevents her from getting an adequate score on the LSATs. She eventually manages to get over it and does well on the exam, but fails to get into Harvard Law School. Instead, she decides to go to Columbia after pressuring Jessica into paying her law school tuition and to make an exception to the firm's policy that it will only hire Harvard graduates. She and Mike have been in a relationship since Season 3.
- Almighty Janitor: To emphasize how important paralegals are to a law firm and just how good she is in that regard, Rachel has her own office. While it's smaller than that of a partner, it's still larger than that of an associate.
- 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. She is also The Smart Girl and is very intelligent despite never feeling like she is good enough.
- The Chick: Shares this role with Donna.
- Femme Fatale: Rachel dips her toe into this category in "Normandy".
- Hello, Attorney!: Rachel is very physically appealing and she has an abundance of sex appeal.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Donna. The two have developed a very close bond and Rachel always comes to Donna when she needs advice comfort or support. In fact, it seems as though Donna has Big Sister Instinct towards Rachel and looks out for her as much as possible.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Rachel is very competent at her job as a researcher and a paralegal at the firm despite not being a lawyer yet. The best lawyers are heavily dependent on her when it comes to information regarding cases.
- Mixed Ancestry: Rachel is half-black and half white, which is a nod to her portrayer Meghan Markle who is also biracial in real life. Rachel's mother is white and her father is black.
- Morality Pet: To Louis. She keeps Louis in check and stops him from acting impulsive and rash by letting his emotions get the best of him.
- Ms. Fanservice: Rachel shows a lot of skin and she seems to have no problem using her sexuality to get what she wants.
- 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.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Louis, to a degree.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Rachel is actually very Girl Next Door but when she dresses up, she can be quite chic and sophisticated.
- 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: Her first name Rachel is a feminine given first name while her surname Zane is commonly a masculine given first name.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Gal: Rachel can be partly said to be driven by this, though there's more to it than that.
Jessica Lourdes Pearson
Portrayed by: Gina TorresThe firm's managing partner. She got to where she is both by being an excellent lawyer and by knowing how to manipulate everyone around her in order to ensure that the outcome is always in her favor.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Always Someone Better: Harvey's good, but Jessica's even better. Even if a situation gets bad enough for Harvey to start panicking, Jessica's already thought of multiple winning strategies with contingencies for each possible outcome without changing the serene expression on her face.
- The Atoner: Jessica sees herself as this. Her sin was trusting Daniel Hardman nearly blindly. This almost brought the firm she helped build to ruin five years ago. And with her as one of the scapegoats.
- Berserk Button: Jessica does not respond well to threats, from whoever they may be, as it's frequently pointed out through the show.
- Black Boss Lady
- The Chessmaster: She was explicitly called this by Robert Zane.
- Freudian Trio: The Superego.
- Hello, Attorney!
- Iron Lady
- The Leader: Type I.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Harvey.
- Pretty in Mink: Wore a silver fox fur wrap to a date.
- Rage Breaking Point: In "Faith" (season 5), after it seems that Hardman has her cornered and that she will have no choice but to leave the firm, for the first time ever in the series Jessica can't contain her frustration and takes it out on the furniture.
- Sexy Mentor: To Harvey.
- Statuesque Stunner
- Stern Teacher
- Tantrum Throwing: Jessica never loses her cool, but when she is finally pushed over the edge, her reaction is to throw a few objects in her office. Her tantrum doesn't last long, and she calms down quickly afterwards.
- Team Dad: Jessica is the authority figure that intervenes to make Louis and Harvey play nice.
- Verbal Tic: Has a tendency to insert "goddamn" into phrases when upset, especially when it comes to names. EG: "Mike goddamn Ross".
- Xanatos Speed Chess: It doesn't matter how well or how badly things are going. It's (almost) guaranteed that Jessica will manipulate events so that she comes out on top even as everything burns around her.
Pearson Specter Litt
An incredibly powerful New York law firm. It came under the control of Jessica Pearson after she and Daniel Hardman staged a coup against the original name partners. It's now known as Pearson Specter Litt after a series of internal conflicts, financial troubles, and backroom deals.The firm is notable in that it has a long-standing policy of only hiring Harvard Law School graduates.
Portrayed by: Ben Hollingsworth
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome
- The Rival: To Mike in season 1.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite being introduced as Louis's best pupil and Mike's rival, he disppears after season one.
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!
- 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.
- The Bus Came Back: She returns from Barcelona in the episode "Bad Faith".
An international law firm based in Britain. It merged with Pearson Hardman (which became Pearson Darby) after investing in the financially struggling firm.
Potrayed by: Conleth Hill
- Armoured Closet Gay: He was in the past; as he confesses to Jessica, the times were different in the past, and back when he was with Ava's father he stayed in the closet.
- Straight Gay
Dana "Scottie" Scott
Potrayed by: Abigail Spencer
- Affectionate Nickname: She's called Scottie by Harvey since they met in Harvard.
- Dating Catwoman: Her relationship with Harvey gives off this vibe in season one.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: She's an antagonist in season one, an ally in season two and an antagonist again in season three.
- Back to the good guys! For now.
- Hello, Attorney!
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on her fiancée with Harvey. Harvey was unaware of her engagement, but it caused him a short Heroic B.S.O.D. when he found out.
Potrayed by: Max Beesley
Former staff of Pearson Hardman
Portrayed by: David Costablie
- 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.
Portrayed by: Jacinda Barrett
- Deadpan Snarker
- Hello, Attorney!
- The One That Got Away: To Harvey. Just when he starts to really fall in love with her, she has to return to England.
- Promotion to Parent: She takes custody of her niece Olivia when her brother is diagnosed with a terminal condition.
- Put on a Bus: Towards the end of season 2.
- Romance on the Set: Actress Jacinda Barrett in married to Gabriel Macht (who plays Harvey) in real life.
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. He then gets fired from his new job without even being told why.
- 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 and even manages to one-up him, until Louis goes after his career. After Rachel points this out to Louis, Louis gives in and accepts Harold's original statement.
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.
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. As Mike's grandmother put it, Trevor is an anchor.
- At the same time, after getting caught selling test answers, which Mike got for him, he refuses to give up his friend, claiming that he got the answers all by himself.
- The Stoner
Portrayed by: Eric Close
- Amoral Attorney: He considers himself the same as Harvey in this regard, except, unlike Harvey, he has crossed the line long ago and has no problems with using underhanded tactics and hitting people below the belt.
- Evil Counterpart: To Harvey. He even went to Yale, the rival law school to Harvard, Harvey's alma mater. He even has a brief affair with Donna, knowing how much that bothers Harvey.