[[folder:Harvey Specter]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Gabriel Macht

* TheAce: 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 [[spoiler: plotting with Louis to get rid of him]].
** BrokenAce
* AmoralAttorney: 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.
* AwesomeMcCoolname
* BerserkButton: Harvey on cheating.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Mike.
* TheCharmer
* CynicalMentor
* DeadpanSnarker
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Amoral Attorneys Have Standards]]: Harvey is quite angry to learn that the district attorney [[spoiler: 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.
* AFatherToHisMen: To the younger associates.
* FreudianExcuse: Harvey does not take his mother's cheating well, even all these years later, at all.
* HelloAttorney
* HeterosexualLifePartners: As the series progresses, he starts to get this kind of relationship with Harvey.
* HumbleHero: Harvey has shades of this. While he will gloat over his own genius, he will also give praise when it is due. [[spoiler: Even to Louis]].
* HyperAwareness
* InsufferableGenius
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* TheLancer: Though in practice he's TheDragon or even a DragonWithAnAgenda. The agenda being his own ego.
* MarriedToTheJob: He's so committed to his work that he isn't able to get into a romantic relationship of any kind.
* TheMovieBuff
* MrFanservice
* MustHaveCaffeine
* NumberTwo: To Jessica.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Harvey creates the vibe of an AmoralAttorney as bait for crooks - they have a harder time predicting his moves, since they expect him to act just like them.
* OfficeRomance: Subverted; [[spoiler: 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.]]
* PapaWolf: 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 [[spoiler: he throws his PlausibleDeniability 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 ParentalSubstitute as the two get closer. It doesn't help that Harvey has a FreudianExcuse and Mike has no one else in his life.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Donna and Jessica, despite occasional ShipTease with both of them.
** [[spoiler: Though in the past, he and Donna did have a fling.]]
* {{Pride}}
* RomanceOnTheSet: Gabriel Macht's wife in real life, Jacinda Barrett, starred in various episodes of season two as Harvey's love interest Zoe Lawford.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: 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.
* SexyMentor: To Mike.
* SharpDressedMan
* ShoutOut: Harvey and Mike are compared to Franchise/{{Batman}} and Comicbook/{{Robin}} in-universe (after fans made such comparison for two whole seasons).
* SternTeacher
* WellDoneSonGuy: 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. [[spoiler: 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.

[[folder:Michael "Mike" Ross]]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Patrick J. Adams

* BadassBookworm: 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''.
* BrilliantButLazy: 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.
* HelloAttorney
* HeterosexualLifePartners: 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.
* HyperAwareness
* {{Hypocrite}}: Mike's defining character trait, combined with an astonishing lack of self awareness.
* JustifiedCriminal: 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.
* MarriedToTheJob: 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.
* TheMovieBuff
* NewMeat
* NiceGuy
* NumberTwo: To Harvey. Mentioned by name in "War" as such.
* OfficeRomance: He begins a secret relationship with Rachel in season 3, after [[spoiler: letting her in on his secret.]]
* PhotographicMemory
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight
* ShoutOut: Harvey and Mike are compared to Franchise/{{Batman}} and Comicbook/{{Robin}} in-universe (after fans made such comparison for two whole seasons).
* TheStoner: Use to be one until he woke up one day and saw where he was heading thanks to the mistakes of others.
* TheSmartGuy
* TaughtByExperience
* TokenGoodTeammate
* TookALevelInBadass: 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.
* TwoFirstNames
* WideEyedIdealist

[[folder: Pearson-Hardman Law Firm members]]
!Donna Paulsen
->'''Portrayed by:''' Sarah Rafferty

* TheChick: Shares this role with Rachel.
* DatingCatwoman: Gender-flipped in regards her relationship with [[spoiler: Stephen Huntley.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* FieryRedhead
* GirlFriday
* GuileHero
* TheHeart: Combined with something of a MoralityPet. 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. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Rachel.
* HyperAwareness
* HyperCompetentSidekick
* MamaBear: To Mike.
* MsFanservice: A tall voluptuous redhead with a penchant for low-cut dresses, she's like Joan from ''MadMen'' with a slightly smaller chest.
* MustHaveCaffeine
* NumberTwo: To Harvey.
* OfficeRomance: Subverted; [[spoiler: 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.]]
* TheOmniscient: Donna knows pretty much everything that goes on in the office.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Harvey, and to a lesser extent, with Mike and Louis.
* PoisonousFriend: To Harvey when he stubbornly refuses to testify against an old boss. [[spoiler: She worked for him as well, and has no qualms turning over evidence of his illegal activities]].
* ReactionShot: [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzonk9vSB21r45er3o1_500.png Donna]] [[http://static.tumblr.com/ezfojqr/686lrqp8d/donna.gif may well be]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1mkk92u9h1r45er3o1_500.png the goddamn]] [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lpwit2HKyq1qafrbxo2_250.gif Jedi Knight]] [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lpwit2HKyq1qafrbxo3_500.gif of this trope]].
* SassySecretary
* SecretKeeper: For Harvey in general.
* SexySecretary
* TeamMom: For the entire firm.

!Rachel Zane
->'''Portrayed by:''' Meghan Markle

* BookDumb: 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 [[spoiler: she is so proud when Mike tells her she has finally passed the [=LSATs=]]] in the second season.
* BrainyBrunette: She's the firm's best researcher.
* TheChick: Shares this role with Donna.
* FemmeFatale: Rachel dips her toe into this category in "Normandy".
* HelloAttorney
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Donna.
* HyperCompetentSidekick
* MixedAncestry: Rachel is half-black, a nod to her actress Meghan Markle.
* MoralityPet: To Louis.
* MsFanservice
* NiceGirl: 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.
* NonIdleRich: Her parents are loaded, but she still wants to make her own way.
* OfficeRomance: As of the third season, he begins a secret affair with Mike.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: 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".
* ThePerfectionist: {{Deconstructed}}, as her perfectionism makes her afraid to make mistakes.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Louis, to a degree.
* SheCleansUpNicely
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: 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.
* TwoFirstNames
* WellDoneDaughterGal: Rachel can be partly said to be driven by this, though there's more to it than that.

!Louis Litt
->'''Portrayed by:''' Rick Hoffman

* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Monica and later Donna.
* AlliterativeName
* AmbiguouslyBi
** Not anymore. He outright makes clear he is not attracted to men when he suspects someone is attracted to him.
* AmoralAttorney: Whenever he is trying to show he is a better lawyer than Harvey (i.e. almost always).
* AntiVillain
* BadBoss: Louis actually takes pride in how badly he treats the new associates.
* CampStraight
* CatchPhrase: "You just got Litt up". Katrina even got it printed into a cup for him as a gift.
* [[CrazyCatLady Crazy Cat Man]]: Louis, though he only has one cat, gets this with quality not quantity.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Louis, even after going over to Hardman's side, [[spoiler: 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]].
* FatComicRelief: 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.
* AFatherToHisMen: Louis, though a sadist teacher to his associates, cares for them on some level. Showing weakness may not be liked but when [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: ultimately assisted her in her case even as he was trying to make a fool of her.]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: How he sees himself most of the time which is certainly not how everyone else sees him.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: 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.
* InformedJudaism
* InsufferableGenius: When it comes to financials.
* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: What he's become.
* PetTheDog: 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 CharacterDevelopment on his part. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Donna and Rachel, to a degree.
* PluckyComicRelief: 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 BreakoutCharacter.
** Further deconstructed in Season 4, where [[spoiler: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''.]]
* SmugSnake
* StalkerWithACrush: To Monica.
* SternTeacher
* TokenEvilTeammate
* TookALevelInKindness: 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.
* TheUnfavorite: 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.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Louis will not give in for anyone or anything. Except American Ballet Theatre tickets.

!Jessica Pearson
->'''Portrayed by:''' GinaTorres

* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* TheAtoner: Jessica sees herself as this. Her sin was trusting [[spoiler: 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]].
* BerserkButton: Jessica does ''not'' respond well to threats, from whoever they may be, as it's frequently pointed out through the show.
* BlackBossLady
* TheChessmaster: She was explicitly called this by Robert Zane.
* HelloAttorney
* [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey, It's That Girl]]: GinaTorres is a very well-known actress, listing it all might take a long time...
* IronLady
* TheLeader: Type I.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Harvey.
* PrettyInMink: Wore a silver fox fur wrap to a date.
* SexyMentor: To Harvey.
* SheCleansUpNicely
* StatuesqueStunner
* SternTeacher
* TeamDad: Jessica is the authority figure that intervenes to make Louis and Harvey play nice.

! Kyle Durant
->'''Portrayed by:''' Ben Hollingsworth

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome
* TheRival: To Mike in season 1.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Despite being introduced as Louis's best pupil and Mike's rival, he disppears after season one.

!Katrina Bennett
->'''Portrayed by:''' Amanda Schull

* AlphaBitch: Her default mode with most people other than Louis.
* CatchPhrase: 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.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: 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.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: 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.
* HelloAttorney
* HeyItsThatGuy: Hey, it's the bat monster from {{Grimm}}!
* TheMovieBuff: 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 TheWire and TheSopranos.
* NumberTwo: 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.
* PutOnABus: During Louis' mock trial, so that she can help him, Nigel sends her to Barcelona.
** TheBusCameBack: She returns from Barcelona in the episode "Bad Faith".


[[folder:Darby International]]
! Dana "Scottie" Scott
->'''Potrayed by:''' Abigail Spencer

* AffectionateNickname: She's called Scottie by Harvey since they met in Harvard.
* DatingCatwoman: Her relationship with Harvey gives off this vibe in season one.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: She's an antagonist in season one, an ally in season two and an antagonist again in season three.
** [[spoiler: Back to the good guys! For now.]]
* HelloAttorney
* YourCheatingHeart: Cheats on her fiancée with Harvey. Harvey was unaware of her engagement, but it caused him a short HeroicBSOD when he found out.

! Edward Darby
->'''Potrayed by:''' Creator/ConlethHill

* ArmouredClosetGay: He was in the past; as he confesses to Jessica, the times were different in the past, and back when he was with [[spoiler: Ava's father]] he stayed in the closet.
* HeyItsThatGuy: He's mostly recognized for portraying Varys from ''Series/GameOfThrones''.
* StraightGay

! Stephen Huntley
->'''Potrayed by:''' Max Beesley

* [[spoiler: EvilBrit]]
* NumberTwo: To Darby. It's even explicity mentioned that he's to him what Harvey is to Jessica, making him very much this trope.


[[folder:Former staff of Pearson Hardman]]
! Daniel Hardman
->'''Portrayed by:''' David Costabile

* BigBad: Of season 2.
* ConsummateLiar: 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.
* YourCheatingHeart: Cheated on his wife Alicia with [[spoiler: Monica Eton]] five years prior to the beginning of the story.

! Zoe Lawford
->'''Portrayed by:''' Jacinda Barrett

* DeadpanSnarker
* HelloAttorney
* TheOneThatGotAway: To Harvey. Just when he starts to really fall in love with her, she has to return to England.
* PromotionToParent: She takes custody of her niece Olivia when her brother is diagnosed with a terminal condition.
* PutOnABus: Towards the end of season 2.
* RomanceOnTheSet: Actress Jacinda Barrett in married to Gabriel Macht (who plays Harvey) in real life.

!Harold Gunderson
->'''Portrayed by:''' Max Topplin

* ButtMonkey
* TheChewToy: For the first two seasons, until Louis fires him on a tantrum and the audience realizes it isn't funny anymore.
* TheDogBitesBack: His testimony on Louis' mock trial was clearly this (although Rachel is able to twist it to Louis' favour in the end).
* PlotAllergy: He's allergic to cats, yet Louis assigns him to take care of his cat Bruno.
* WhosLaughingNow: He sues Louis from his new firm,


[[folder:Other characters]]
! Cameron Dennis
->'''Portrayed by:''' Gary Cole

* BigBad: Season 3, at least the first half. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* EvilMentor: To Harvey.
* GoodHairEvilHair: He sports a cop mustache in season three and the ten years ago flashbacks. Not in season one.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: He's infamous for burying evidence in order to incriminate people he knows are guilty.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: 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.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: 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.
* TheBusCameBack: After a single appearance in season one, he comes back as the BigBad of season three.

! Trevor Evans
->'''Portrayed by:''' Tom Lipinski

* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Mike, prior to the pilot episode.
* PoisonousFriend: To Mike.
* TheLoad: 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.
* TheStoner