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No. 4: Mr. Kaplan
Mr. Kaplan/Kathryn Nemec (No. 4)See The Blacklist: Reddington's Associates — Mr. Kaplan
No. 7: Tom Keen
Christof Mannheim/Jacob Phelps/Tom Keen (No. 7)See The Blacklist: Main — Tom Keen
No. 8: Berlin
Berlin/Milos Kirchoff (No. 8)
Played By: Peter Stormare
"They say he started in the Red Army and then the KGB, and he was notorious for sending off his enemies to the war camps in Siberia. Then, towards the end of the Cold War, some stories began to circulate that his daughter had fallen in love with a dissident. She was captured, imprisoned. But, you see, the Colonel — he knew his way around. He arranged so she could escape. When the Kremlin found out, they decided to make an example of him, so they sent him off to Siberia to rot away with his enemies. It is said that they could hear him every night praying for his daughter's safety, that she would never be found. And one day, something arrived in his cell. It was a pocket watch he had given his daughter, and inside was a picture of her. And a few months later, something else arrived — her ear. And then a finger. His enemies sent her back to him piece by piece. No one knows how he did it, but he did — some say that he carved a knife from one of his daughter's bones — and slaughtered all the men that had held him captive for so many years. Then he vanished, disappeared. A ghost hunting, searching for the man responsible for his daughter's death."One of Reddington's nemeses. Prior to the series, Kirchoff started out in the Red Army, rose to the rank of Colonel and later became a member of the KGB. Notorious for sending his enemies to the gulags in Siberia, he was a loyal servant of the Soviet Union.
— Milos Kirchoff
- Alas, Poor Villain: Berlin's death is actually a solemn occasion. After a humanizing moment where he has dinner with his daughter in an awkward, futile attempt to bond with her, he has a last drink with Red and reminisces about a treasured childhood memory. He comes across as a twisted, achingly lonely man with nothing left to live for.
- Big Bad: Of Season 1 and the first half of Season 2. He's the mastermind behind a campaign against Reddington's organization and the reason Red turned himself into the FBI in the first place and the man Tom and Jolene, amongst others, ultimately report to.
- Character Death: With him achieving his goal, Berlin and Red have a drink, downing several shots of Vodka the latter then draws his Browning Hi-Power and shoots him three times.
- The Chessmaster: With assistance from Dr. Nikolaus Vogel, he organizes his own complicated jailbreak using five infected victims.
- The Dreaded: The guy is a full 8 ranks higher than Anslo Garrick. Hence he's rightfully feared. Even Red, information broker to top them all has no clue who he is.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's entirely motivated by revenge for the death of his daughter. She later turns out to be alive, and in fact to be a Soviet dissident while he was an old Soviet hardliner, and thus they are political enemies. She regards him as a monster, but this trope is still played straight as he cares for her nonetheless.
- Evil Cripple: After hacking off his hand and replacing it with a menacing prosthetic Hook Hand.
- Expy: His background )and its reveal) make it clear he's one of Keyser Soze.
- Face Death with Dignity: After Fitch is killed and both Red and Berlin share a bottle of vodka, Red pulls a revolver. Berlin is briefly shocked but ultimately just closes his eyes and waits.
- Faux Affably Evil: Once he has established himself a couple of months later, Berlin makes an effort to put up a facade, while maintaining ruthless internal motives.
- Greed: The only thing he cares more about than revenge is his money.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Red has no idea why this person hates him so much, but considers him the most dangerous and determined enemy he has ever faced, in terms of how obsessed he is to destroy Red and his organization. Season 2 reveals (and Season 1 strongly implies) that he mistakenly blames Red for the brutal torture-murder of his daughter.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: In wanting to ruin his life, Berlin kidnaps Naomi Hyland, Red's wife, in the Season 2 premiere and later, he cuts off Naomi's finger and sends it to Red, telling him that he would be mailing more pieces to her. For a moment, it even looked like he was going to rape her.
- Papa Wolf: He does all that he does to get revenge for his daughter. As it turns out she was never dead, and she actually hates him; even so, when she turns up alive, he still cares for her, and mostly accepts that she doesn't want him in her life.
- Pyrrhic Victory: What his arc amounts to. Berlin does manage to achieve everything he set out to do, getting revenge on the man who 'killed' his daughter with the added bonus of finding out his daughter is alive. However, he also finds out that she hates him for the monstrous things he's done and he's unable to even have a conversation with her. Revenge and hatred has twisted him so thoroughly that he has no idea how to function without that goal. He doesn't seem all that bothered when Red finally kills him.
- Large Ham: It comes with being played by Peter Stormare. He's eaten most of the scenery by now.
- One Last Drink: Red shares a bottle of vodka with him before killing him, acknowledging that both of them were played.
- Revenge Before Reason: Subverted. He chooses money over vengeance when Red holds his financial assets hostage in return for his ex-wife.
- Unwitting Pawn: Red denies having anything to do with the death of his daughter and suggests that some unknown enemy framed him in order to pit the two against each other. Turns out it was Fitch, although the plan was set in motion back when he and Red were enemies instead of frenemies and by the time of the series he didn't actually want Berlin to succeed; also, the daughter in question was alive all along.
- Weapon of Choice: According to Vargas, Berlin prefers to arm his men with small arms that have either Russian or Eastern European origin.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: He has a vague European accent, although it's suggested and later confirmed that he's Russian.
No. 10: Dembe Zuma
Dembe Zuma (No. 10)See The Blacklist: Main — Dembe
No. 11: Tom Connolly
Tom Connolly (No. 11)See The Blacklist Cabal — Connolly
No. 12: The Decembrist
See The Blacklist Cabal — Fitch
No. 13: Ian Garvey
Ian Garvey (No. 13)
Played By: Jonny CoyneA US Marshal on the pursuit of Raymond Reddington for over a year. He is responsible for the death of Tom Keen and the disappearance of the mysterious suitcase.
- Big Bad: He serves as this for the second half of Season 5.
- Bring Him to Me: Garvey captures Tom in "The Kilgannon Connection" and tries to use this to get Reddington with no success.
- Character Death: During "Ian Garvey: Conclusion", Ian is cornered in a pub and attempts to shoot Red, hitting him in the shoulder but suffering three shots to the heart himself and later dying in hospital
- Dirty Cop: He's a US Marshal and he has no qualms about killing anyone standing in his path to Reddington's capture.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: 20 years ago, he put Reddington's other daughter Jennifer under witness protection. Ever since then, Ian has become a surrogate father to her and is possibly the only person he loves.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears glasses and is one of the more vile blacklisters.
- He Knows Too Much: Once he figures out Detective Singleton (the cop investigating Tom's death) has fallen into this, he stabs him and dumps him in a side alley.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: The only reason he isn't immediately shot is because Red is actively hunting the duffel bag of bones Garvey stole from Tom, which is constantly being moved from place to place.
No. 14: Alexander Kirk
Alexander Kirk / Constantin Rostov (No.14)
Played By: Ulrich Thomsen
An oligarch with powerful influences in the Russian and American governments. He is an old enemy of Reddington's, and is the man who ordered the abduction of Elizabeth Keen in season 3. It is eventually revealed that he is her father.
- Alone with the Psycho: Liz spends time alone with him after he has her kidnapped. He tried to play happy families and insists he's only acting int he interests of his family, but he still finds the time to try and have Tom Keen murdered and shoot an innocent fisherman.
- Anti-Villain: His motives are selfish as he wishes to reunite his family whether they like it or not, plus he wants to use their blood to save himself, but he nonetheless genuinely cares for them and he is justifiably bitter about his wife cheating on him with a guy who turned into a notorious criminal who proceeded to develop a relationship with the daughter Kirk thought was his own, and even if she wasn't biologically his he still raised her from birth thinking that she was and isn't totally wrong to see her as his daughter anyway.
- Always Someone Better: Considers himself to be this to Reddington — smarter, richer, and more deserving of his family. Given the circumstances, this is less out of arrogance and more out of bitterness.
- Arch-Enemy: He and Red hate each other and and It's Personal between them; the grudge between the two is older than between Red and any other Blacklister too — given exactly what happened between them, it's understandably Kirk who is the more embittered of the two, something even Red would grudgingly admit.
- Being Evil Sucks: When he finally gets his hands on Red he starts to torture him...then begins to break down and lament that he used to be a much better person, one who didn't resort to murder and violence to achieve his desperate goals, before Reddington showed up in his life. Red doesn't disagree with him.
- Big Bad: Serves as the ultimate mastermind behind the events of the latter half of season 3.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He is a wealthy Russian billionaire who managed to avoid a prison sentence by supporting the right people. He is perfectly willing to use criminal means and connections to achieve his ends as well.
- Dark Lord on Life Support: He has inherited an illness from his fathers' side of the family. He requires regular blood transfusions to keep him alive.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely cares for Liz and her child, believing them to be his own relatives, but even when thats revealed to not be the case he still feels some measure of concern for them, and they are basically his step-family and he did raise Liz as his own daughter for a time. Granted, he also is hoping that he can use their blood to cure himself of a fatal disease, possibly against their own will, but when push comes to shove its shown he's at least heavily ambivalent about this and doesn't really like the idea of hurting them to save his own skin.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: While is an enemy of Reddington, we initially have no idea what their history is or if it has anything to do with why he tried to have Liz kidnapped; it's later revealed that she is his daughter but not biologically.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He is unapologetic about the murderous lengths he has gone to in order to see his family again, on the grounds that his family was stolen from him by a ruthless and obsessive Diabolical Mastermind (namely, Reddington) and violent means were thus the most likely to work.
- Love Makes You Evil: Ultimately, he claims that what drove him to such violent extremes was losing his family and obsessing over it for years, and he regrets alienating Liz over it.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Claims to be Elizabeth Keen's father, whom she had previously thought dead. As it transpires, he is telling the truth...but, unfortunately for him, she's the product of an affair and they aren't blood relatives.
- The Resenter: He resents Reddington for stealing his family from him...which, all things considered, is understandable from his perspective, even if the actual truth is a bit more complex.
- Revenge Before Reason: Red offers him one last chance for a cure to save his life in return for sparing his; Kirk decides to die and just torture Red to death until Red reveals a secret that prompts Kirk to spare him.
- Sadistic Choice: He offers one to Red: Would you like to be injected with drug #1, which causes a heart attack, or drug #2, which causes suffocation?
- Secret Identity: Alexander Kirk is an alias; his real name is Constantin Rostov.
- Tragic Villain: Kirk is obsessive, ruthless and criminal, but he has a fatal and painful blood disease, his wife cheated on him with Reddington (who then tells him that she was actually a Russian spy and Red was her assignment, something Kirk did not even know), and it turns out that his daughter isn't actually "his" daughter biologically and his obsessiveness ends up alienating her anyway. Kirk may be a murderous lunatic, but it's not hard to feel sympathetic towards him.
No. 16: Anslo Garrick
Anslo Garrick (No. 16)
Played By: Ritchie Coster
"Garrick is not a precision instrument. He's a blunt-force object and seemingly immune to bullets. I can attest to this first-hand having put one in his head years ago at point-blank range."A former compatriot of Reddington's, who made the mistake of crossing him, earning him a bullet in the head. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to put him down, and he's back for revenge. He specializes in rescuing VIPs from heavily guarded facilities like black sites and prisons with a team of mercenaries he personally leads in field operations.
— Raymond 'Red' Reddington
- Badass Boast: He makes one. The scary thing is, he pretty much backs it up."Red, did you really think there was a distance you could cover, or a hole deep enough that you could hide in? There is nowhere in this world that I cannot reach you, Red. Fortification be damned!"
- Bad Boss: He doesn't show much concern for his subordinates. He executes one of his wounded mercenaries after being struck by a bullet that ricocheted from the bulletproof glass used for Reddington's cell. He does later on say he is upset that he lost so many men though, and that some of them he had known for a long time, so perhaps he is only this trope to the newer recruits.
- The Brute: To quote Reddington himself, "Garrick is not a precision instrument; he's a blunt-force object."
- Character Death: He's stabbed in the neck by Reddington.
- Crazy-Prepared: Not only does Garrick have an infiltration and ex-filtration out of the Post Office, his team also manages to secure a few decommissioned black sites in Virginia to serve as covert bases and observation posts.
- Deadpan Snarker: Garrick has a very sardonic sense of humor.
- Double Agent / The Mole: He's the one responsible for setting up Reddington for the assassination attempt in Britain years before the series started.
- The Dreaded: When his name is mentioned, Reddington makes something of an Oh, Crap! face and goes on a lengthy lecture as to why (which is proven correct as he speaks).
- Dumb Muscle: Garrick is far from an idiot, but he's short-tempered, impatient and thinks with his gun, leading him to make mistakes. He is, however, a fairly good military tactician.
- Evil Army: He runs one called 'The Wild Bunch'.
- Establishing Character Moment: Blitzkrieging through the Task Force's defenses and delivering the aforementioned Badass Boast.
- Expy: He gives a strong vibe of a live action Zaeed Massani.
- Famous Last Words: "You're not actually feeling something, are you, Red?" to which Red answers: "Regret."
- Faux Affably Evil: Jokes around and chats with Reddington and Ressler, calmly executes one of his wounded mercs (who was wounded in the first place because Garrick fired a round at bulletproof glass, which bounced off and hit the merc) and kills Luli just because he can.
- Foil: To Reddington. Reddington is Affably Evil, refined, intellectual and cares for his associates. Garrick is Faux Affably Evil, all brute force, a "blunt-force instrument" as Reddington calls him and he cares nothing for his team. This is made painfully obvious when Reddington and Garrick are talking through the holding cell.
- Green-Eyed Monster: It's quite clear he envies Reddington to a great extent.
- Hero Killer: Murdered Luli with his own hands.
- Immune to Bullets: Reddington half-jokes he's this, considering he survived a bullet in the head.
- Kick the Dog: His killing of Luli and attempted killing of Dembe.
- Knight of Cerebus: Oh, hell yes. He is the second highest-ranking blacklist name of Season 1 and he does more damage than all the previous ones put together. In particular, he murders Luli in cold blood. The effects of Garrick's rampage are felt throughout the rest of the season.
- Meaningful Name: Garrick means "one who rules by the spear," a fancy way of saying "someone who murders to get what he wants."
- Private Military Contractors: Leads a team of elite mercenaries called the Wild Bunch.
- Psycho for Hire: Specialized in extraction of high-value targets, to be specific.
- Red Right Hand: His horrible facial scars.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His entire motivation.
- Stupid Evil: All of Garrick's tactical brilliance goes right out the window when he finds out that Red has locked himself and Ressler in the cell, and he becomes entirely too focused on trying to force them out. Subverted when it turns out he's actually been hired to kidnap Red so forcing them out really is his only option.
- Two-Faced: The right half of his face is scarred and disfigured (and one side of his mouth is seemingly stitched open).
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Inverted. Multiple times, he considers or gets very close to actually killing Reddington, but keeps reminding himself that Reddington is worth more alive than dead. That's because he's been hired to extract Reddington, and his employers won't let him kill Red.
No.17: Sutton Ross
Sutton Ross (No. 17)
No.18: Susan Hargrave
Susan Hargave (No. 18)
Played By: Famke Janssen
The co-head of Halcyon Aegis, a secretive military intelligence firm. She has an estranged husband, Howard, who is an old friend of Reddington.
- Adult Fear: Her young son Christopher went missing one day from their home. She hasn't seen him since.
- Ascended Extra: Eventually got a starring role in The Blacklist: Redemption.
- Bullying a Dragon: Seriously underestimated how much kidnapping Elizabeth Keen would piss Red off.
- Friendly Enemy: Red treats her as one due to an implied shared history.
- Luke, You Are My Father: According to Reddington, Tom Keen is her son, though he only tells him and not her.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Sees herself as one at least. From her perspective, she is only doing what she is hired to do, and that can be anything from kidnapping and murder, to rescuing hostages and taking down terrorists, depending on the contract.
- The Strategist: She masterminds highly sophisticated military and intelligence operations. Reddington says she has one of the keenest strategic minds he has ever known.
No.19: The Capricorn Killer
The Capricorn Killer (No. 19 / Sharon Fulton)
- Affably Evil: Everytime she appears onscreen, she always has a smile and is always speaking in a calm manner, even when confronted by Keen about the murders she was involved in.
- Secret Test of Character: Fulton reveals that she orchestrated and copied the original Capricorn Killer to bring out the darker impulses within Keen. When that succeeds, she tries recruiting Keen into an organization but is ultimately rejected.
- Professional Killer: As well as being a therapist, she is also the one behind the Capricorn murders and if not for her willingness to try and recruit Keen, nobody would have even suspected her involvement.
No.21: Luther Braxton
Luther Todd Braxton
Played by: Ron Perlman
"Boy, things got nasty in Belgrade, didn't they? It's funny -- up until then, I was aimless, just an ordinary thief, but after Belgrade, I became known as the man who bested the great Ray Reddington."A cunning, brutal thief who uses wars, catastrophes and other upheaval to steal everything from money to secrets. He breaks out of his prison and begins a search for something known as 'The Fulcrum'.
— Luther Braxton
- A Taste of Their Own Medicine: He spends most conversations with Red bragging about an incident in Belgrade where he killed and strung up an associate of Red's named Henkel. So Red does the same to Braxton.
- Beard of Evil: He wears a goatee.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has an intimidatingly deep voice, due to being played by Ron Perlman.
- Forced to Watch: Well, more like 'forced to listen,' but close enough. Just to show the FBI that he's not screwing around, he allows them to speak to the warden of the blacksite right before blowing his brains out over the radio, and then uses the CIA's own 'enhanced interrogation tools' to strangle Samar in order to force Cooper to hand over the code to access the Fulcrum.
- Genius Bruiser: As well as being physically imposing, he is able to engineer an escape from his maximum-security and take over the complex.
- Large and in Charge: A very large and physically intimidating man. Then again, he's played by Ron Perlman.
- MacGyvering: He rigged his own cell to electrocute any guard that stuck the key into the lock of his door, used a sheet as a makeshift gas-mask for when they threw in teargas to subdue him, used sparks caused by his overhead light to set another guard on fire, and then used those guards' own guns to take out the rest.
- Smug Snake: High-functioning, but all the same. He's very proud of having bested Red in the past, but trading on past glories is no way to get by...as he finds out to his detriment.
- Who's Laughing Now?: You can see just how eager he and his men are to turn the CIA's torture devices against them by how they gleefully tormented them, while making the FBI listen to every bit of it.
No. 22: The Scimitar
Played By: Waleed F. ZuaiterA hired assassin/conman who would work for anyone at a good price. He's known in the underworld for assassinating a Sunni tribal leader, who was part of the Awakening Councils in Iraq.
- Crazy-Prepared: How the Scimitar stays one step ahead of the FBI. This includes the creation of a fake DSS agent.
- Face Death with Dignity: He stares down a vengeful Agent Navabi with nothing but defiance.
- Omniglot: In the episode, he speaks English and Farsi.
- Only in It for the Money: His motivation despite his political ties.
- Private Military Contractor: The Scimitar is this, but he's usually hired by Iranian intelligence agencies.
No. 23: Zarak Mosadek
Zarak Mosadek (No. 23)
No. 24: The Director
The Director (no. 24)See The Blacklist Cabal — NCS Director
No. 25: Anna-Gracia Duerte
Anna-Gracia Duerte (no. 25)
No. 26: Lawrence Dean Devlin
Lawrence Dean Devilin (no.26)
No. 29: Dr. Bogdan Krilov
Dr. Bogdan Krilov (no.29)
No. 30: Smokey Putnum
Smokey Putnum (no.30)A man with a high bounty on his head and whom Reddington is seeking. He becomes an associate in the money laundering side of Red's criminal empire.
No. 31: Zal Bin Hasaan Shahan Navabi
Zal Bin Hasaan (no.31)
Played By: Sammy SheikThe younger brother of Mossad agent Samar Navabi. He witnessed his parents' murder at a very young age. He faked his own death after carrying out his very first bomb attack, adopted the pseudonym "Zal Bin Hasaan", and began a career as a feared and vicious terrorist. He evaded capture for many years, despite the best efforts of an elite Mossad task force dedicated to hunting him down.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be an innocent and peaceful student protestor living on the run from the Iranian authorities only to be captured and locked up by a notorious Iranian terrorist; in truth, he actually is said notorious Iranian terrorist, and an unapologetically murderous one to boot.
- Cain and Abel: He is Samars' younger brother. While she isn't exactly a saint — being a ruthless Mossad agent and Torture Technician when required — Shahan is an outright terrorist who is responsible for the deaths of over a hundred innocent people an expresses zero remorse for his deeds.
- Faking the Dead: How he managed to stay ahead of his enemies for decades.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Refuses to kill his sister when he has the chance, but only because he needs her alive so he can torture her for information later. He also calls their murdered father "weak" for not being a ruthless extremist as well.
- Misplaced Retribution: Part of the reason Samar joined Mossad is that she believed that the Iranians murdered her brother in a suicide bombing. It was actually a suitcase bomb...and her brother was the one who brought it, murdering 41 people to ruin peace talks.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims to be motivated by ideology but everything points to him enjoying taking the most sadistic and horrific actions possible.
- Would Hurt a Child: His Offstage Villainy includes the mass-murder of men, women and children.
No. 32: Mr. Solomon
Mr. Solomon (no. 32)See The Blacklist: Others — Solomon
No. 34: Isabella Stone
Isabella Stone (no. 34)The wife of a man convicted for laundering money, she has since become a "character assassin" who ruins the reputations of the guilty.
- Cruel Mercy: Red believes torture wouldn't work on her so he instead informs her that he helped her husband escape and could reunite them. She immediately caves. He then reveals her husband remarried and would be sickened by what she's become.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Her husband was sent to prison and killed on what she is convinced were false charges, ruining her own reputation for standing with him. She thus sets out to make others feel her pain by ruining the lives and reputations of philanthropists.
- The Dreaded: Red has an Oh, Crap! expression when he learns she's the woman against him.
- Frame-Up: Her MO, basically ruining the lives of people by framing them for various crimes from a fashion designer made to look like she was using child labor to a respected doctor framed for his wife's murder. Played with as the people she goes after are all apparently corrupt in other ways.
- Framing the Guilty Party: Targets several of Red's various associates even thought their crimes weren't as brutal as her own (and in one case, never even realized Red was financing his medical work).
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from being an accountant's wife to one of the most terrifying women in the underworld.
- Insane Troll Logic: How she justifies herself as a Well-Intentioned Extremist. She believes she only hurts the guilty and ignores the innocents she harms along the way.
- Manipulative Bastard: Is a master of destroying people's reputations and the nature of their operations.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: How she sees her actions, particularly how she targets Raymond's associates thinking she's helping the FBI in bringing Red down.
- Would Hurt a Child: The people killed in her actions involve children.
No. 37: Greyson Blaise
Greyson Blaise (No. 37)
No. 38: The Troll Farmer
Bo Chang A.K.A. The Troll Farmer (No. 38)
Played By: Aaron YooAn expert in distractionary tactics, the Troll Farmer used social media to create diversions on behalf of fugitives, corporations, even governments. With his army of agile social media manipulators, he orchestrated elaborate disinformation campaigns that drew attention away from his clients' operations.
- Blatant Lies: Is very good at making these appear legitimate through proliferation.
- But Not Too Foreign: Bo appears to be an American of Chinese/Korean origin.
- Harmless Villain: He's never a threat to Red or his associates as well as guilty of little more than diversion tactics.
- Not What I Signed Up For: Is less than pleased to be working for Elizabeth and Red since the former is even more wanted than the latter.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: On the receiving end of one when he tells Reddington not to use his services again, so Reddington reveals Bo's location to Ressler and the FBI.
No. 41: The Artax Network
The Artax Network (No. 41)Not a group per say, but a network of satellites stationed around the globe thought to be defunct. It has been hijacked and reactivated by a mercenary group who use it to carry out abductions which leads to them tracking and accidentally killing Agent Keen, through which they can access every security camera in the city.
- Karma Houdini: They are one of the few Blacklisters to evade the task force.
- Government Conspiracy: Though the mercenary group are private contractors, they are occasionally hired by the government — and likely other foreign governments — to do their dirty work.
- Sinister Surveillance: They are able to access seemingly any security camera in a given area and thus are able to both follow and evade law enforcement agencies as well as track any person 24/7.
- You Are Too Late: Once they figure out the FBI are on their way, the hackers immediately proceed to destroy all of their systems and data and cleanly escape without leaving a trace.
No. 42: The Kingmaker
The Kingmaker (No. 42)
Played by: Linus Roache
"[The Kingmaker is] single-handedly responsible for the rise and fall of some of the world's most pivotal politicians and statesmen."The scandal maker to end all scandal makers. The puppeteer behind the rise and fall of influential politicians around the globe.
— Raymond "Red" Reddington
- Beard of Evil: A goatee to be specific.
- Boom, Headshot!: Ressler shoots him in the back of the head.
- Character Tic: Inhales deeply through his left nostril when surprised or annoyed.
- The Chessmaster: His entire job is moving political pieces for his own gains.
- Evil Brit: He has a very refined British accent.
- Manipulative Bastard: Specifically, he uses the media as a tool to engage in libel or manufactured scandals.
- No Name Given: All the names he goes by are aliases. His actual name is never revealed.
- The Sociopath: The Kingmaker shows zero concern for loss of life and when a hireling expresses horror at the endangerment of a child, the Kingmaker becomes a little confused as to why it matters.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Not so much him as his catspaws. He arranges for lots of sympathy votes via tragedies which he makes around them. He also does a lot of Hero with Bad Publicity actions.
No. 43: The Djinn
Nasim Bakhash A.K.A. The Djinn (No. 43)
Played By: Christine TawfikA matchmaker of sorts, the Djinn paired clients with what they most desired: greed, lust, revenge. The fantasies she orchestrated included the kidnap and rape of a British princess, the mauling of a big-game poacher and the vivisection of a drug dealer as he was eaten alive. Not your typical wish-fulfillment scenarios.
- The Bad Guy Wins: While Red does dupe her/him into being arrested, (s)he nevertheless succeeds in her/his scheme to torture her/his Asshole Victim father (though he does survive) both physically (via crucifixion) and financially (via hostile takeover of his company).
- Body Horror: The Fridge Horror mentioned below under Transgender.
- Do with Him as You Will: A villainous variation and her business operation. On behalf of clients, she has the one they hold a grudge against kidnapped and taken someplace private, where the clients get to submit them to some kind of Cold-Blooded Torture.
- Freudian Excuse: Due to extreme Parental Abuse.
- Parental Abuse: Was forced to undergo a sex change to female against his will by his father because of his homosexuality.
- Pronoun Trouble: The correct etiquette for transgender people is to refer to them by their preferred pronoun (usually corresponding with their gender identity), but the Djinn underwent gender reassignment unwillingly, and the show doesn't make clear what the character's preferred pronoun is. Note how this entry uses both male and female pronouns. For the record, the show originally uses female pronouns to refer to the character, but that's mostly before The Reveal about the Parental Abuse. After that point, the character is mostly addressed directly, side-stepping the need for third-person pronouns.
- Revenge: One of many things he offers to his clients, and his ultimate motive.
- Samus Is a Girl: A... triple subversion? When we meet the first person we believe to be the Djinn, she's female. But then we find out she's just a face for The Man Behind the Man, who also appears female. But then we find he was forced to undergo a sex change by his Abusive Father due to his homosexuality.
- Self-Made Man: Part of her/his own Revenge against her/his father involves this — since Djinn was disinherited out of her/his family's company, (s)he just hostile-takeovers (via the money gained from years of Do with Him as You Will services) it instead.
- Transgender: A rare example of a person who was forced to undergo gender reassignment against their will. Despite originally (and presumably still) identifying as male, he now has a female body. Due to the nature of gender reassignment, it is extremely unlikely that he will ever be able to have a truly male body again, which creates no small amount of Fridge Horror.
- Truth in Television: This usually comes as a surprise to most, but while being gay is punishable by death in the Islamic Republic of Iran, being legitimately transsexual is not. In other words: if you're attracted to men as a man, undergoing a sex change actually is the only legal way out for you.
No. 44: The Endling
The Endling (No. 44)
No. 46: The Debt Collector
The Debt Collector (No. 46)
Played By: Wade WilliamsA hired killer who specializes in killing people who have hurt someone else.
- Almighty Janitor: Literally works as a janitor as his day job.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He has no delusions about who he is and admits that he kills only because he enjoys hurting people, not out of any sense of justice.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His career as a killer began when he targeted the man who hurt his wife in a car accident. They are still married sevral years later.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears glasses and is a complete sociopath.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: He exclusively kills people who have wronged someone else on behalf of that person's loved ones.
- Revenge: His stock and trade.
- The Sociopath: A self-admitted one.
No. 47: Frederick Barnes
Frederick Barnes (No. 47)
Played By: Robert Sean Leonard
"Barnes has always operated with a certain level of...detachment—always the designer, the seller. Never the delivery agent of his own weapons. But if Barnes is now willing to use his work to kill indiscriminately, then he is, quite literally, the most dangerous man in the world."A former military scientist and known genius who worked in creating and developing WMDs for the U.S. military under DARPA, now a chemical weapons killer for hire.
— Raymond "Red" Reddington
- Anti-Villain: Barnes is motivated by love for his son and takes no pleasure in his acts, acts which are nevertheless monstrous.
- All for Nothing: It's all but stated that by the time the FDA finishes testing the cure he developed for his son's rare condition, the boy will be dead.
- Character Death: Liz shoots him to prevent him from injecting his son with an untested cure. This, notably, is an action Liz comes to regret or at least question.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His son.
- Faux Affably Evil: He acts like most of Robert Sean Leonard's characters—calm, very polite, somewhat awkward. Then he lets a trainload of people die horrifying deaths.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He will go to any lengths to save the life of his son.
- Mad Scientist: A genius at designing biological weapons, he's gone off the deep end and started publicly using them to commit mass murder.
- A Million Is a Statistic: He'll sacrifice the whole damn country in pursuit of a cure for his son's rare condition.
- Not So Different: In terms of being similar with Reddington to help their children after being estranged.
- Papa Wolf: Willing to kill thousands, even millions, to save his son, Ethan.
- Put Your Gun Down And Step Away: He pulls this on Liz. It works the first time. It doesn't the second time.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is just trying to cure his son from a rare disease.
- Would Hurt a Child: Barnes is willing to murder a child amongst the other train passengers. Even after seeing the boy, he continues with his plan without hesitation.
No. 48: The Kilgannon Corporation
The Kilgannon Corporation (No. 48)
No. 50: Arioch Cain
Played By: Olivia Boreham-WingA young woman who has posted a massive bounty for Elizabeth Keen's death.
- Continuity Snarl: There's no way anyone could have known she was the actual assassin, so she couldn't be on the Blacklist.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Elizabeth is nearly killed thanks to a bitcoin assassination contract posted by what turns out to be a teenage girl.
- Karma Houdini: Arioch gets away with nothing more than a stern talking to by Elizabeth.
- Out Of Context Problem: Red is able to deal with the site host easily enough but not the actual contractor since she's never committed a crime before.
- Revenge: Her driving motivation is to avenge her mother, whose death she attributes to Elizabeth due to the government's lie she's a Russian spy.
No. 51:Mr Raleigh Sinclair III
Mr Raleigh Sinclair III (No 51)
No. 52: Ranko Sinesia Zamani
Ranko Sinesia Zamani
Played by: Jaime JacksonAn ex-Serbian military officer-turned-terrorist, with some very big plans for New York. He previously saw action in the Bosnian Wars when he served with the former Yugoslav People's Army in the 1990s.
- Affably Evil: He and Red get along very well with the latter having hired him to cripple Tom Keen.
- All There in the Manual: His number was never given on-screen, but was confirmed by Word of God in the callback materials for season 2.
- "Pilot" mentions that he's a native of Bihać.
- Best Served Cold: Zamani believes this after NATO forces destroy a covert WMD facility that led to the death of his immediate family. Liz sums up his thoughts nicely.
- Faking the Dead: Ranko does this in '07 to throw law enforcement off his tail before he surfaced in 2013.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: His full name can be seen in one of the computer screen in the "Post Office" when the FBI is being debriefed on his personal history.
- Revenge by Proxy: Why part of his plan involves kidnapping a General's daughter.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His family's death triggered his actions.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Reddington took advantage of his personal connections to Zamani in order to show the FBI that the Blacklist is relevant.
- Secretly Dying: The reason for his entire scheme.
- Starter Villain: Basically in-universe. Reddington even comments he's just a small fish compared to what he has in store.
- Suicide by Cop: He chooses to be killed since he's dying anyway, and presumably to prevent the FBI from torturing the whereabouts of his bomb out of him.
- Visionary Villain: Zamani is convinced that he'll have a legacy in the history of terrorism after he could successfully launch another terror attack in North America.Zamani: Raymond. Today... On this day, I am giving their plague back to them. In sixty years, they will be talking about this day about my legacy.
- Western Terrorists: Leads a number of terror attacks worldwide after the end of the Bosnian Wars.
- Would Hurt a Child: He wants to get revenge for the death of his family by killing a lot of American children.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Is dying of a terminal illness, which is why he's launching his attack.
No. 53: The Thrushes
The Thrushes (No. 53)An organization of hackers which commit terrorist acts for a combination of money as well as thrills.
No. 54: Ilyas Surkov
Ilyas Surkov (No.54)
No. 55: Karakurt
"Karakurt is known in the intelligence community as the left hand of the SVR."An assassin who works for the SVR And also on behalf of the Alliance, his job was to kill any Russian critic at home and overseas.
— Raymond 'Red' Reddington
- Beard of Evil: As played by Andrew Divoff.
- Butt-Monkey: Things do not go well for Karakurt, from the moment he sets foot in America. He's repeatedly beaten, captured and dragged around.
- The Dreaded: He's widely-feared in the intelligence community for assassinating dissidents/critics/public figures and making them look like criminal acts or natural causes of death.
- Enemy Mine: He teams up with his captors, Tom and Ressler, to defend himself from the Cabal.
- Living MacGuffin: Tom captures him and he's used as the key to exonerating Elizabeth and taking down the Director.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: He undergoes surgery to change his appearance from Michael Massee to Andrew Divoff.
- Playing Possum: He pulls this off with the Cabal's operatives after they invade the cabin he's being held within.
- Professional Killer: His main job with the SVR.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Cabal try to have him killed at every opportunity, forcing him to receive plastic surgery. With some outside help, he survives to become a Living MacGuffin.
No. 56: The Cook
The Cook (No. 56)
No. 57: The Judge
Ruth Suzanne Kipling A.K.A. The Judge (No. 57)
Played By: Dianne Wiest
"Every culture has a justice myth, an avenging angel who exacts retribution for the weak and innocent. Golem for the Jews, Tu Po for the Chinese. The Ancient Greeks had Adrestia, the Goddess of Revenge. And we have The Judge."A mysterious appeal hearer for the condemned. If a prisoner feels they were wrongly convicted, they can submit their case. And if The Judge deems them innocent, the people who put them away are made to pay.
— Raymond "Red" Reddington
- Anti-Villain: The Judge genuinely believes that her cause is righteous and takes great pains to study every case, going after people she honestly thinks deserve it.
- Amoral Attorney: The Judge could be considered a subversion, only taking cases if she's absolutely sure that the client has been wrongfully convicted, and refusing to hand down a sentence that exceeds what the client received. She also doesn't take payment. That being said, she is still taking the law into their own hands, and in at least one case, turns out to have been dead wrong.
- Evil Matriarch: Her followers and even her prisoners refer to her as "mother." Granted, she's a more-sympathetic example than most.
- Freudian Excuse: She says that her father was the victim of a miscarriage and that this set her on the path she took.
- Graceful Loser: The Judge accepted being arrested by law enforcement after she found out that Cooper was only trying to hunt down an American Muslim terrorist.
- Hanging Judge: Though The Judge carefully considers each and every case, "defendants" aren't given much chance to defend themselves and sentencing is swift and brutal.
- Honor Before Reason: She let one of her victims go because the man he wrongly put away had been released and didn't want her victim to serve an unfair longer sentence. She did this knowing that it would likely lead to her arrest, as it does, simply because she felt it was justice. Likewise, she backs down once she discovers that her latest case really was guilty.
- Hypocrite: Subverted. Red rationalizes that her Honor Before Reason (see above) prevents her from invoking this, even if she knows doing so would let her get away. He's right.
- Knight Templar: Utterly convinced that the legal system is flawed and that she is balancing the scales back towards true justice.
- Milkman Conspiracy: She is the co-founder of the Amnesty Collective, a prison rights group that protests the death penalty and offers support to the imprisoned. It is through this that she makes contact with the convicts who are pleading their cases. The organization itself seems to be legit and does real work, but a handful of its members at least are involved in her Judge activities.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: The Judge hands down sentences that directly correspond to those received by their clients. If the client goes away for 12 years, the victim does the same. If the client is executed, then so is the victim.
- Shrouded in Myth: Red only knows The Judge as an urban legend and the FBI have never even heard of her. It's not known if most prisoners believe in The Judge either, given that only a handful of cases are taken.
- Sinister Minister: She is a "spiritual adviser" as part of her day job. When she attempts to execute Harold, she reads him his last rites.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Her prisoners refer to her as "mother."
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Blames her victims for her punishing them. If they had done their job properly, The Judge wouldn't be going after them in the first place.
No. 59: The Apothecary
Asa Hightower A.K.A. The Apothecary (No. 59)An expert poisoner capable of creating custom made chemicals that disguise his victims' deaths as natural causes such as anheurysms, overdoses or allergic reactions, thus making them near impossible to detect.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Keeps his wife prisoner with drugs and subjects her to repeated sexual abuse.
No. 62: Leonard Caul
Leonard Caul (No. 62)
Played by: Ned Van ZandtAn ex-CIA agent who operated in Nicaragua during the Cold War to spy on the Sardinista government prior to breaking away from the agency in the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal. He later works alongside Reddington to go after the Alliance/Cabal.
- Crazy-Prepared: After he uses a laptop to locate Reddington's sedan, he wipes the hard drive clean in case the police finds it.
- Expy: His appearance and paranoid behavior are reminiscent of Brill.
- Noodle Incident: Whatever he did to earn a place on the Blacklist is never elaborated on, since he's only ever seen working with Reddington.
- Not What It Looks Like: Initially, he's seen as a suspect trying to assassinate Reddington. But he tells Keen that he needs to find him after Fitch's murder since he and Reddington could get into trouble.
No. 63: The Invisible Hand
The Invisible Hand (No. 63)A group of friends that target people who've committed reprehensible but legal acts.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Genuinely believe they're doing the right thing.
No. 64: The Cyprus Agency
The Cyprus Agency & Owen Mallory (No. 64)
Played By: Campbell ScottAn evil "adoption agency" for the wealthy, kidnapping ideal women and knocking them up to produce the perfect child.
- The Bad Guy Wins: While Mallory is stopped at the end, he still managed to obtain his goal — to spread his DNA across several different children in the country, "ensuring his legacy." Mallory himself makes clear being arrested means nothing to him because he already won.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Mallory is the father (via artificial insemination) of every single child, several dozen at least. The mothers are all abducted woman kept comatose for years, at least one of whom was murdered, likely more, and many of whom gave birth to more than one child—falling pregnant, giving birth and falling pregnant again, all while comatose. Hard to get more screwed up than that.
- Con Artist: Michael Shaw has a record as one of these.
- Consummate Liar: Mallory is incredibly convincing while speaking the most Blatant Lies.
- Freudian Excuse: Owen Mallory aka Michael Shaw was a victim of the adoption system. Downplayed since he was a troubled child even before this, but he believes his foster parents rejected him for not being perfect, and the parents themselves admit they had marital problems at the time.
- Hollywood Personality Disorders: Mallory had an "Attachment Disorder," the details of which are left ambiguous, but getting dozens of woman pregnant, repeatedly, mainly because he wants to leave a legacy, seems pretty attached.
- Mad Doctor: The Galatea fertility clinic, where the woman are held, is run by these.
- Mandatory Motherhood: One of the most evil and twisted examples ever.
- Milkman Conspiracy: A seemingly benevolent — if somewhat elitist — adoption agency makes its money by breeding the perfect child and selling them on. Oh, and the boss cares less about the money than he does about fathering the children.
- The Sociopath: While Mallory's exact disorder is left vague, he displays strong symptoms of sociopathy.
No. 65: Miles Mcgrath
Miles Mcgrath (No.65)A former tech giant turned "criminal incubator" who finances crimes with the help of Alexander Kirk. He hires a mercenary team to steal a virus vital for Kirk to survive.
- Expy: Of known personalities who made Facebook like Eduaro Saverin and Mark Zuckerburg.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Not nearly as rich or as powerful as his equivalents in real life due to having lost his company.
- The Sociopath: The episode mentions that he was removed from his startup because the board of directors didn't want a psycho running On Screen.
- Smug Snake: Not nearly as smart as most Blacklisters as he's easily fooled by Red as well as the team.
- We Could Rule Together: Offers this to Red but is turned down since all he needs from Miles is for him to be shut down.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Red only helps him until he has the virus then leaves him for the FBI.
No. 66: Mato
Mato (No.66)An infamous Native American bounty hunter hired by Alexander Kirk to kidnap Elizabeth Keen.
No. 67: Ruslan Denisov
Played by: Faran TahirAn Uzbek freedom fighter, seeking retribution against an oil company for poisoning his people. He leads the Uzbek guerrilla group known as the Supreme Republic of Uzbekistan.
- Anti-Villain: A lone criminal, fighting against corporate corruption in his home country.
- Graceful Loser:Red: You could run this country, Ruslan. What you've done is that important. You brought a multinational corporation to its knees, saved countless lives. You'll make this country billions. You may go to prison for a bit. But you will emerge a hero.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Inflicts it on a kidnapped employee of the oil company, submerging him in the water they polluted. The effects are not pretty.
- Karma Houdini: Wants to get away after Reddington helps him succeed in taking down the pipeline that is responsible for ruining the health of his fellow countrymen. Reddington reminds him that he eventually needs to accept responsibility.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's seeking justice for years of water poisoning by an oil company. And he'll kidnap and torture to get it.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: The SRU is considered to be terrorists by Tashkent for attacking multinational companies and kidnapping VIPs. However, he's doing this so that he can provide help for his fellow Uzbeks.Ruslan: One man's terrorist, another man's freedom fighter. I don't want your money...
- Xanatos Gambit: Not his but Red's. Reddington's playing the oil company against Reslan Denisov results in the former making billions via insider trading.
No. 68: Pattie Sue Edwards
Pattie Sue Edwards (No. 69)
No. 71: The Kenyon Family
Justin Kenyon & the Kenyon Family
Played by: Stephen BogardusA right wing polygamist cult and militia leader.
- A God Am I: Believe himself a reincarnation of his own made up entity.
- Expy: Justin is a fairly obvious stand-in for Warren Jeffs, former President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who essentially ran a child rapist cult.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In order to maintain a 3-to-1 female:male ratio, Justin Kenyon began sending boys out into the wilderness to die, starting with his own son David. Not only did David survive, but he helped enough of the other discarded boys do the same that they were able to attack the compound and slaughter Justin's adult followers for not being crazy and fundamentalist enough.
- Parental Incest: Implied by them referring to story of Lot's daughters during wedding ceremony.
- Path of Inspiration: The Kenyon's religion exists purely to satisfy Kenyon's perverse needs.
- Self-Made Orphan: David Kenyon killed his father, Justin.
No. 72: Eli Matchett
Eli Matchett (No. 72)
Played By: Don HarveyAn Iowa farmer whose land was adjacent to that of a massive agribusiness, Eli Matchett lost it all when Verdiant Industries' genetically engineered seeds blew onto his property and the company claimed patent infringement. The resulting lawsuit cleaned out his pockets and robbed him of his land. Matchett joined Los Segadores, a group of farmers aiming to take down Verdiant. Collaborating with an inside man at the company, Matchett and his co-conspirators killed Verdiant employees and stole genome blueprints for the proprietary seeds, supposedly to break their patent by open-sourcing it. In truth, he planned to use it to create a crop blight that he hoped would scare the world away from GMO plants.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Red never actually meets him, but sympathizes with his efforts to break Verdiant's food monopoly.Red: He seized his chance to terrify the world, shine one glorious spotlight on the dangers of planting the same seed in fields all over the globe.
- Turns out to be a Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist as the famine was a plot of the Cabal and Verdiant.
- Western Terrorists: A Iowa-based ecoterrorist prepared to wipe out large portions of the world's food.
No. 73: Madeline Pratt
Madeline Pratt (No. 73)
Played by: Jennifer EhleA high-powered socialite, an accomplished thief and an old acquaintance of Red's. She bears a grudge against him for disappearing from a job they were supposed to pull together in Florence.
- Anti-Villain: Unlike most names on the list, there is no indication that she has ever killed anyone. She sells a priceless statue to the Russian mob, but doesn't sell them the location of the suitcase nukes hidden inside said statue. Theft, double-crossing and reckless endangerment are all fair game, though.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: Non-violent (mostly), hobknobs with the rich and powerful, and steals their most priceless and secretive valuables.
- Con Artist: She prefers lying and duplicity to get what she's after.
- Dating Catwoman: Anti-villainous example, since it's her and Red who are an item, and Red is an even bigger criminal than she is.
- Karma Houdini: To date, the only blacklister not in custody or the morgue by the end of her episode(s). Red let her go, and she cheekily steals an expensive painting from him afterwards.
- Manipulative Bitch: Beyond the obvious fact that she's a liar and a thief, she used Red and Liz as a distraction and planned on letting them take the fall to cover up her own theft, while pretending to be their ally. And to betray Red into the hands of the Kings.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The Feds know of her, but think she is just a high-class socialite who dabbles in philanthropy.
- Woman Scorned: Pratt hasn't forgiven Red for disappearing on her before the Florence job; and has added to that grudge for Red's actions with the Syrians, which leads her to sell him out to the King family.
No.74, The Front
The Front & Maddox Beck (No. 74)
Played by: Michael LaurenceAn off the grid cult leader and biologist, looking to spread an even worse version of the plague.
- Hypocrite: In the end, what prevents his victory is the fact that he couldn't go through with his project and kept a batch of antidote in order to save himself and his girlfriend.
- Murder-Suicide: Does this to himself and his wife before the FBI can arrest them.
- Near Villain Victory: Beck comes closer than any Blacklister to achieving his goals. He's undone thanks to a batch of antidote he kept for him and his girlfriend.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Plans to kill much of the world with plague.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Reddington believed that his earlier actions were justified. But his plans to use an ancient plague doesn't sit well with him.
- Western Terrorists: Launched a series of terror attacks against various corporations and hospitals.
No.75, The Major
Bill McCready a.k.a. The Major
Played by: Lance HenriksenA mysterious recruiter who recruits runaways, juveniles and orphans of all races, ethnicities and sexes in order to train them and deploy them as deep cover agents. He was responsible for saving Tom from his juvenile delinquent days.
- Abusive Parents: Is this to Tom Keen.
- Bad Boss: He has no problem killing his own Tyke Bombs, comparing it to putting down a dog.
- Evil Old Folks: He's well into his later years, but he's still neck-deep in criminal activities and espionage.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Due to being played by the legendary Lance Henriksen.
No.76, Miss Rebecca Thrall
Miss Rebecca Thrall (No.76)
No.77, Lady Ambrosia
Lady Ambrosia (No.77)
Played By: Celia WestonA murderer of autistic children who raises them in a kind as well as loving home then kills them when they're about to grow up.
- Abusive Parents: Emotionally abusive with her surviving son.
- Disney Villain Death: How she meets her end.
- Faux Affably Evil: Around the abducted kids? Friendly and sympathetic. Around her son (and just about anyone else)? Verbally (and, sometimes, even physically) abusive.
- Karmic Death: She's thrown by her son, with whom she was abusive, in the well where she had thrown the children she killed.
- The Unfavorite: What drives her crusade. Her two sons were caught in a boating accident and it was her beloved champion swimmer who drowned while his mentally afflicted brother survived.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: How she sees herself, killing children with disabilities (deaf, autism, etc) in order to "spare" them the horrors of growing up in a world where they're "different."
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her surviving son (see The Unfavorite). He's constantly abused and manipulated into helping her with her Would Hurt a Child schemes... until Red finally shows up and gives her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech that exposes her in front of him — after which, he ultimately turns on her via Murder-Suicide.
- Would Hurt a Child: Boy does she ever.
No.78, The Caretaker
Albert Janus A.K.A. The Caretaker (No.78)
Played By: Reg E. CatheyA keeper of secrets who collected documents, recordings and photos and kept them in an impenetrable safe deposit vault. His clients included criminals, governments, billionaires and more — and he only released secrets at their discretion. Clients delivered their vulnerable pieces of media to Janus through the U.S. Post Office's retired pneumatic tube service, and he hid his vault inside the chest cavity of a buried body.
- Anti-Villain: His actions were all just to save his daughter, who he believed to have been kidnapped and being threatened to force him to reveal the secrets his family has been keeping.
- Obliviously Evil: He didn't see anything wrong with kidnapping Rose because he saw it as taking her away from an abusive home, not knowing that she had a loving brother who was looking for her for years.
- The Reveal: It is later revealed that not only did his daughter fake her kidnapping, but that she isn't really his biological daughter and that he kidnapped her when she was little. It is then revealed that the reason that he kidnapped her was because she was being abused by her father and he killed him when he saw him abusing her and he took her to replace the daughter that he had lost.
- Secret Keeper: As stated, his job is to keep the secrets of many including the government and criminals.
- As revealed later he kept a secret form his daughter that, she is not really his biological daughter and that he took her from her family, when he killed her abusive father.
- Secret Legacy: His family has been keeping the secrets for years, passing on the responsibility to each descendant.
Esteban (No. 79)
No. 80, Marvin Gerard
Marvin Gerard (No. 80)See The Blacklist: Reddington's Associates — Marvin Gerard
No. 81, Gaia
Gaia (No. 81)An ex-US Navy pilot who served in Iraq and in Japan during Operation Tomodachi, he became affected by radiation and as such, turned himself to an eco-terrorist crusader.
- Anti-Villain: He's convinced that he needed to do an attack against energy facilities to warn people about the dangers of being affected by harmful side effects.
- Character Death: Killed when Aram hacks his helicopter to stop his next terrorist attack and Cooper presses the button to make him crash into the forest.
- Fallen Hero: Turned to an eco-terrorist after he and his crew got affected by radiation.
- Hero of Another Story: His exploits in Japan when the Tohoku earthquake hit the country.
- Retired Badass: Served in the US Navy pilot in Iraq and Japan.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: Uses spiked drinks to give his victims, usually those involved in potentially harmful environmental projects like fracking, heart attacks.
- Western Terrorists: Was an eco-terrorist after the end of Operation Tomodachi.
- Eco-Terrorist: His specific MO.
No. 82, Dr. Linus Creel
Dr. Linus Creel (No. 82)
Played By: David CostabileA psychology expert who finds average people with the so-called "Warrior gene" and manipulates them to his own ends.
- Anti-Villain: He honestly believes that by engineering killing sprees he can figure out how to stop them in the future as well as prevent the perpetrators from snapping in the first place.
- Boom, Headshot!: Plugged by a sniper working for Red.
- Character Tic: Has trichotillomania, pulling out his hair while he observes his subjects in action.
- Gaslighting: Has this down to a literal science, carefully picking apart the lives of patients under his care because he sees they are potentially violent.
- Manipulative Bastard: Can turn the most seemingly average person into a killer with a few well placed lies.
- More Than Mind Control: His M.O. He doesn't actually brainwash anybody, but he identifies potentially violent individuals and gaslights them into going crazy.
- Psycho Psychologist: He is a hospital therapist who was formerly part of a black-ops government mind control programme, and now uses his skills to actually turn people into killers.
- Thanatos Gambit: He wanted his final victim to ultimately kill him in order to draw attention to his crazed research.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He sincerely believes that perpetrators of random killing sprees should not be held responsible for their actions because they are a victim of circumstances and genetics beyond their own control...and he tries to prove his theory by manipulating people into doing just that, believing that if he can show the world he was right, people with the faulty genes can be identified and cared for to ensure such crimes never happen again.
No. 83: Mako Tanida
Mako Tanida (No. 83)
Played by: Hoon LeeFormer Yakuza boss from Osaka who was nailed by Ressler during his futile hunt for Reddington. Now he's out, and looking for revenge on the agents who put him away. Prior to his escape, Tanida was incarcerated at the Abashiri Prison in Abashiri, Hokkaido.
- Bald of Evil: Like Red, its more of a balding of evil.
- Cardboard Prison: The Japanese government claims the prison he busted out of was inescapable. He proved them wrong.
- Decapitation Presentation: On the receiving end of it, courtesy of Reddington.
- Moral Myopia: He's ready to kill the loved ones of his victims despite being driven by revenge for the death of his brother. He even acknowledges that his first two victims were innocent of this, but killed them anyway.
- Moral Sociopathy: He forces his first victim to kill himself because its the "honorable" thing to do. He threatens to slaughter the mans family if he doesn't do it, but says he will spare them if he does (and he does).In a strange out of character moment, he doesn't extend this offer to Ressler after tracking him down, instead opening fire on the agent and Audrey without warning.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Is this because his younger brother was killed after a joint National Police Agency — FBI task force arrested him.
- Seppuku: Forces his first target into doing this.
- Yakuza: Is one in Japan prior to his arrest.
No. 84: Wujing
Wujing (No. 84)
Played By: Chin HanA master of espionage working as a black ops contractor for the Chinese Ministry of State Security. His job is to hunt down and eliminate foreign spies operating in Chinese territory and their local collaborators. Wujing is posted in America, operating a MSS spy ring through a covert post in a local radio station.
- Bad Boss: Quite fond of delivering a Cruel and Unusual Death to anyone who fails him.
- Berserk Button: He's a fairly calm man, until someone betrays him.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: It's no wonder he's dressed entirely in black.
- Freudian Excuse: He was an unwanted child, so he grew up as an orphan with no name and no one to care for him. This is Truth in Television due to China's one-child policy.
- Shrouded in Myth: How Liz reacts when Red tells her that Wujing is a real spy hunter for the MSS.
- The Spymaster: His actual job.
No. 85: The Courier
Tommy Phelps A.K.A. The Courier (No. 85)
Played By: Robert Knepper
"The next target on the Blacklist is the physical embodiment of both. He's known as the Courier, and his involvement in a transaction virtually guarantees its success. Once he's hired to make a delivery, he can't be bribed, he can't be stopped. If either party attempts to double-cross the other, he kills them both. The perfect middleman for an imperfect world."The perfect middleman, he's a One-Man Army for hire. He's used by the bad guys and government alike operating in a black ops capacity to ensure that an operation is successful. Just don't get in his way or he'll go out of his way to hunt you down and make you pay.
— Raymond "Red" Reddington
- Abusive Parents: His father would strike him and his brother, but since Tommy felt no pain, his father didn't feel like he had sufficient control over him. So he entered him into dogfights.
- Ax-Crazy: His own brother thinks he snapped long ago.
- Character Death: Gets killed due to several gunshot wounds and the loss of blood.
- Crazy-Prepared: He takes advantage of his Feel No Pain power to carry an escape kit inside his own skin.
- Creepy Monotone: He says very little, but what little he says is in this.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His brother. However, the brother warns the FBI that The Courier is so Ax-Crazy that if they try and use this trope against him, they will fail.
- Feel No Pain: He has an actual condition that makes him unable to feel pain.
- Freudian Excuse: He had an awful childhood and some amazingly Abusive Parents.
- Implacable Man: Due his condition. However, this is subverted when his wounds catch up with him and he dies.
- One-Man Army: Reddington mentions losing dozens of agents to this single man.
- The Quiet One: He has about five lines in the entire episode.
- Reality Ensues: After seeing so much badassery, when he's shot repeatedly, you expect him to just shrug it off. And he actually does for a while, but then his wounds overwhelm him and he finally succumbs.
- Silent Snarker: He's The Quiet One, but he doesn't need to talk to snark at his captors.
No. 86: Sir Crispin Crandall
Sir Crispin Crandall (No. 86)
Played By: Harris YulinEccentric billionaire Sir Crispin Crandall believed the mass extinction of humanity was imminent. To prepare, he immortalized several of the world's geniuses using cryogenic preservation. His collection of frozen specimens was held on an airplane that almost never landed, making him nearly impossible to apprehend.
- Artistic License Science: An in-universe example thereof as he's betting heavily on cryogenics working before it's proven to be so.
- Evil Brit: Is very British.
- Evil Old Folks: Is very old.
- Insane Troll Logic: Forgets that cryogenic freezing isn't actually a form of suspended animation but a method of preserving corpses. As such, gets a monumental "The Reason You Suck" Speech from Red who points out he's just been murdering geniuses needed to advance humanity.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gets a great one from Red who points out the idiocy of how, when the day humanity's fall occurs, the people who could have stopped it will have been trapped in freezing and that "betting on the future is a sucker's game."
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: How he sees himself but Red says he's just a nutcase.
No. 87: Quon Zhang
Quon Zhang (No. 87)
Played By: Ron YuanA smuggler who had survived years of working in a Chinese factory growing up, he was employed by the Alliance to smuggle things, including explosive devices when needed.
- Bald of Evil: Sports this, being played by Ron Yuan, who himself is bald.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He has endured in horrible conditions back in China working in factories.
- Red Herring: The FBI (and Reddington) thinks that he's stealing dead bodies of Chinese-American women just to smuggle things. While it was true, Zhang insisted that it was only a diversion to smuggle a Russian agent into American soil.
No. 88: Ivan
Ivan (No. 88)
Played By: Mark IvanirA cyber-criminal with a grudge against Russia who once stole $5 million from an account owned by Reddington. He kills an NSA agent and steals from him the Skeleton Key, a device that lets him hack into any computer system including those controlling infrastructure, making capturing him a top priority. In fact he is innocent, and was framed by a 17-year-old high school hacker who was stalking the daughter of one of the designers of the Key.
- The Cracker: A world-class computer hacker who can afford (and therefore has likely stolen or illegally obtained) $8 million payouts, can rob accounts in the Cayman Islands, has crashed Russian markets, sold government secrets, and disrupted Siberian pipelines.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Red makes a passing mention to Ivan having a brother, with the implication that they are sometime partners-in-crime.
- Karma Houdini: Last seen on a plane with Reddington. It's likely Red was planning to hand him over to the Feds once he'd given them the Skeleton Key, but since he had nothing to do with that it's entirely likely that Red let him go.
- Husky Russkie: Though given his hatred of Russia it's not clear if he is actually Russian (and has a problem with the current government), a separatist of some sort, or from one of Russia's neighbours (his actor is ethnic Russian-Ukrainian and Reddington meets him in Belarus).
- It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: Red more or less admits that he doesn't know whether its pronounced "ee-Van" or "Eye-vin". Red mostly uses the latter.
- Noodle Incident: The aforementioned theft of $5 million from Reddington. That Ivan doesn't appear to recognise Reddington at first crosses this over with But for Me, It Was Tuesday.
- Not Me This Time: He admits to being behind several against of cyber-crime targeting Russia and other criminals, but he denies having anything to do with America and says another hacker has been posing as him.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He didn't attack the United States partly because he has no particular beef with them, partly because he has enough trouble dealing with the Russian authorites and he doesn't want to add American intelligence agencies to his enemies list.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He vanishes after his scene with Red on Red's private plane. Since he was innocent of the Crime of the Week, it's implied that Red and the FBI let him go for now.
No. 89: Dr. James Covington
Dr. James Covington (No. 89)
Played By: Ron Cephas Jones
"His name is Dr. James Covington. A few years ago, he was considered one of the top cardiothoracic surgeons in the country. Now he runs an illegal organ-transplant ring. His operation, if you'll indulge the term, is one-stop shopping for anyone who needs a life-saving organ transplant but who can't or doesn't want to go through conventional channels."Once one of America's preeminent cardiothoracic surgeons, Dr. James Covington was all about saving lives until he tried to transplant adult lungs into a dying little girl and lost his license. Then he went off the grid, setting up an illegal transplant ring, one-stop shopping for anyone in need of a lifesaving organ unavailable through traditional channels. The catch? Covington "leased" his organs for an exorbitant fee, which he donated to children's charities. If clients couldn't pay, their organs were "repossessed," causing their deaths.
— Raymond 'Red' Reddington
- Anti-Villain: His organ loan shark ring is horrific but he raises a lot of valid points and uses the money to fund his work for the disadvantaged.
- Evil Debt Collector: He doesn't sell his illegally acquired donor organs, he rents them. If a former client can't pay the 500K/year fees, he tracks them down and takes the organs back.
- Fallen Hero: Lost his license to practice medicine when he diverted a donor organ so that he could implant it in a critically ill child. The child lived, the intended donor didn't.
- Graceful Loser: Dr. Covington allowed himself to be arrested after he was able to perform an operation on a child in his underground hospital.
- Organ Theft: His stock in trade.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Uses all the profits from his organ-legging operation to fund a clinic to provide free transplants for sick children.
- Villain Has a Point: All of what he says about organ transplants are true.
No. 90: The Travel Agency
The Travel Agency (No.90)
No. 93: The Deer Hunter
Tracy Solobotkin A.K.A. The Deer Hunter II (No.93)
Played By: Amanda PlummerA serial killer who has been active for over a decade, the Deer Hunter's M.O. is targeting large, burly men, and treating them like prey.Actually two separate individuals. The original Deer Hunter was a serial killer, who stalked strong men that reminded him of his abusive father. He murdered his victims with a bow-and-arrow before gutting them, stringing them up, and taking a single bite out of their liver. The second is a copycat, and the original's wife, who killed him and uses the identity to strike at obsessive and abusive husbands and boyfriends.
- Anti-Villain: It's hard not to sympathize with the second Deer Hunter.
- Automatic Crossbows: The killer's main weapon of choice.
- Crazy Cat Lady: The copycat has multiple cats (and even a bird) she voices her rationalizations to.
- Informed Flaw: Both are profiled as physically weak Long Range Fighters. But for a "physically weak" person, the copycat sure can swing blunt objects hard enough to KO people, then even drag one — Liz — all the way back home. And while Liz does end up beating her, it's visibly due to skill instead of strength.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: The copycat Deer Hunter's mission.
- The Paranoiac: Hunter #2 has quite some trust issues — culminating in her frantically invoking Kick the Dog on the abused woman she just "rescued," believing said woman sold her out note .
- Samus Is a Girl: The copycat Deer Hunter.
- Serial Killer: The first Deer Hunter's agenda.
- Vigilante Man: The second Deer Hunter is one of them.
No.94: T. Earl King VI
T. Earl King (No.94)
Played by: Jeffrey DeMunn
"Earl King and his two sons, Tyler and Francis, descendants of a senescent dynasty. Their forefathers built a fortune on the backs of British undesirables, forcing them into decades of indentured servitude — a tradition that has been passed from generation to generation that still continues today."The patriarch of a centuries-old criminal dynasty, who amasses their wealth by holding criminal auctions of stolen merchandise ranging from priceless Van Gogh artwork to yellowcake uranium to living beings.
— Raymond 'Red' Reddington
- Character Death: Earl is shot by Reddington with the revolver that his family had used to settle the score after the auction; might qualify as a Karmic Death.
- Evil Cripple: Confined to a wheelchair, hooked into IV's, and using a voicebox, Earl King qualifies as this, but his evilness preceded his crippling.
- Evil Old Folks: He's well into his old age and ruthless psychopath.
- Noodle Incident: Earl and Red had an incident in Bolivia with some soldiers that resulted in King's confinement to a wheelchair, and likely his use of a voice box.
- Offing the Offspring: Played with, as this apparently a King family tradition to ensure ruthlessness and the continuing survival of the dynasty. Following the close of an auction, the amount of money is tallied up, and the losing sibling is required to play Russian Roulette with an old revolver, with a win ensuring proper motivation to continue to make sales and keep the dynasty going. Losing proves to be a similar motivational force.
No. 95: Mr. Gregory Devry
Mr. Gregory Devry (No. 95)
Played By: Jake Weber
- Con Man: According to Red, he was a talented grifter.
- Good All Along: In reality, he's Red's friend. Passing himself for Reddington was actually a plan devised by both him and Red, in order to help Raymond to keep hiding his relationship with the FBI and to keep a good reputation among other criminals. As an added bonus, thanks to him, Raymond was also able to make another crime boss (the one who was the most suspicious) his scapegoat and to kill him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He allows himself to be killed so that Red can keep hiding his relationship with the FBI.
- The Last Dance: He has terminal cancer. He chose to die while taking part to his best con.
- Secretly Dying: Only Red knew he had terminal cancer. That's the reason why they devised this plan.
- Walking Spoiler: Not for the serie in itself, but for his episode. All the tropes discussed about him spoil the twist at the end of his episode.
No. 97: The Longevity Initiative
Dr. Julian Powell & the Longevity Initiative (No. 97)
Played By: Joshua CloseAn initiative to research on how to make people live longer via medical means.
No. 98:Dr Adrian Shaw
Dr. Adrian Shaw (No. 98)
No. 100: Abraham Stern
Abraham Stern (No. 100)
No. 101: The Alchemist
Eric Trettel A.K.A. The Alchemist (No. 101)
Played by: Ryan O'Nan
"Lizzy, this man is a forensic virtuoso. He's an artist who paints in blood and saliva samples. Human tissue is his canvas."A disgraced scientist who now puts his skills to use by helping bad people disappear.
— Raymond 'Red' Reddington
- Character Death: Gets killed by his own wife with a revolver taken from an armed civilian.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Ultimately averted. He has more concern for himself than his family, whom he is possessive of.
- Faux Affably Evil: He can come across as semi-charming, but there's a definite level of slime beneath the veneer.
- Jerkass: Trettel is a smug bastard who cares more about getting his immunity than saving his daughter's life.
- Leave No Witnesses: He decides to execute one of his clients to leave no evidence that he was involved with her.
- Mad Scientist: Except he's not exactly officially a scientist, because he cheated on his exams and falsified his credentials.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: His entire M.O. The guy can change everything from teeth to DNA.
- Smug Snake: His main attitude towards his work.
- The Sociopath: Trettel has many of the hallmarks; superficial charm, manipulative, callous, lack of remorse or guilt...
No. 102: The Harem
Emma Knightly, Jessica Piha, Margot Rochet, and Sasha Lau A.K.A The Harem (No. 102)
Played By: Jill Hennessy (Margot Rochet), Ito Aghayere (Jessica Piha), Anastasia Griffith (Emma Knightly), Hettienne Park (Sascha Lau)An elite group of female thieves that Liz infiltrates as they prepare for their next heist.
- Fallen Hero: Margot is a corrections officer turned rogue.
- Incompatible Orientation: Margot attempting to seduce Liz in the bathroom and being turned down.
- Karmic Thief: The Harem only steal from other criminals and thieves, but only to cover their tracks.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Margot as she states that she has had girlfriends and when she attempts to make a pass at Liz in the bathroom.
- The Mole: Liz when she infiltrates the group and it is also revealed that Emma is a former British agent who is also secretly working for Red to spy on the group.
No. 103: Alistair Pitt
Alistair Pitt (No. 103)
Played By: Tony ShaloubKnown as a promnestria, a term from Ancient Greek that translates roughly as "matchmaker", Pitt would find some way to get rivaling criminal gangs to unite and then get a cut of whatever profit the newly formed merger resulted in. He usually accomplished this by manipulating people on both sides of the conflict and sometimes arranging for select members to be murdered.
- Ambiguously Gay: He has Camp Gay mannerisms with the way he dresses, walks, and talks, but his sexuality is never clarified.
- Arranged Marriage: He invokes this to get rival crime families to become one family and merge their businesses.
- Character Death: Shot and killed by Reddington.
- It's Personal: Red has him on the Blacklist and goes after him because he arranged for Josephine Molire/Moliere, an old love of Red's and the daughter of an Eastern European arms dealer to be married to Gabriel Stockwell, who was abusive and he beat her to the point that she is now fully paralyzed and catatonic in a wheel chair.
- Pet the Dog: Literally as he always has his two pet dogs with him everywhere he goes and is even shown bathing with them.
- Pragmatic Villain: He gets rival families to make peace with each other and stop fighting only so they will merge their businesses and he gets some of the profits from those mergers in payment for his intervention.
No. 104: Lord Baltimore
Nora Mills A.K.A. Lord Baltimore (No. 104)
Played by: Krysten Ritter
"He's a tracker by trade, but his methods are thoroughly modern. He's made an art of combing through cyberspace, finding the status updates, financial records, and location blips that virtually everyone leaves behind in the modern age."A tracker by trade, Lord Baltimore's methods were cutting edge. Formerly thought by the world to be male, she made an art of combing cyberspace — finding status updates, financial records and location blips — all the digital traces that virtually everyone leaves behind. Using data analytics algorithms, she built dossiers on people who didn't want to be found... and then dealt with them, per her clients' request.
— Raymond 'Red' Reddington
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Due to her Split Personality.
- Cold Sniper: Lord Baltimore is handy with a rifle.
- Cool Guns: Utlizes a Nemesis Arms Vanquish take-down sniper rifle to help blow away the security detail assigned to Red's wife.
- Domestic Abuse: Nora was raped by an uncle as a child.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Played With. It's the original personality that's the villain and the alter personality that's an innocent bystander.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She suffered this after murdering her twin, resulting in her literally becoming her sister until she hears the song that her sister was listening to when she died, which brings her original personality to the fore.
- Private Military Contractors: What she did (legally) prior to being a professional mercenary for hire.
- Samus Is a Girl: 'Lord' Baltimore is a Lady.
- Split Personality: She disguises her work by hiding behind the persona of her dead sister.
- The Unfavorite: She saw herself as this, so she murdered her twin sister and took her place.
No. 105: The Lindquist Concern
The Lindquist concern (No. 105)
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Turns out the one responsible for being in the blacklist was just a mild-mannered employee of a patent office.
No. 106: The Good Samaritan
Karl Hoffman A.K.A. The Good Samaritan (No. 106)
Played by: Frank WhaleyNamed "The Good Samaritan Killer" because he always calls 911 after finishing with his victims.
- Abusive Parents: He suffered under the wrath of an abusive mother.
- All Crimes Are Equal: From Domestic Abuser's to a mom whose kid was injured playing hockey. It's all the same to him.
- Anti-Villain: Is a Vigilante Man seeking to make abusers pay via A Taste of Their Own Medicine. He's still quite a creepy bastard about it, though.
- Apologetic Attacker: Not directly to his victim, but it still counts.
- Character Death: The FBI kills him after he gets cornered.
- Deadly Doctor: He's a nurse, but it's close enough.
- Dissonant Serenity: Affable and almost friendly. Even while describing to a victim how he's going to collapse her lung and break her collarbone.
- Freudian Excuse: His mother abused him as a child, which is why he targets abusers in return.
- Laser-Guided Karma / Pay Evil unto Evil: His M.O. He finds abusive people and inflicts the wounds they inflicted on the innocent.
- Left for Dead: He never kills any of his victims, but leaves them so badly injured that they will die without medical treatment. Their survival is dependent on whether or not an ambulance reaches them in time.
- Motive Rant: A big one towards the end.
- Serial Killer: Technically a serial torturer but at least one of his victims die. Liz mentioned that she was present when another of his victims died. Also, a serial killer is defined by the FBI as having claimed at least three victims.
- Torture Technician: His method of fatally killing his victims eventually.
No. 107: The Architect
The Architect (No. 107)
No. 108: Kings of the Highway
Kings of the Highway (No. 108)
Played By: Marcus Hester, Luke Robertson, Kieran Mulcare, Danielle Burgess & Joe TippettThe latter-day evolution of the age-old tradition of highwaymen, KOTH, or the Kings of the Highway, was a family of wandering junkie thieves led by Cash and his spooky girlfriend Jilly. Along with henchmen Pablo and T-Bone, the Kings made their living by abducting hapless motorists, draining their bank accounts and dumping them on the side of the road — if they were lucky.
- Ax-Crazy: Jilly; even Red tells her she needs help.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: They tend to turn on each other; the higher the payoff, the sooner the betrayal.
- Although it's somewhat zigzagged. The reason why one of them betrays and kills his leader was partly because he didn't want to abandon an other member of the gang who had been captured by Liz, who used him as a bargaining chip to free Reddington.
- Jerkass: They're all pretty nasty in their own ways.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Even if it was because of blind luck, they still managed to capture Reddington himself. That's a feat a lot of more intelligent, powerful and influential people couldn't do.
- Psychopathic Man Child: Jilly turns torture sessions into impromptu tea parties.
No. 109: General Ludd
General Ludd & Nathaniel Wolff (No. 109)
Played By: Justin Kirk (Nathaniel Wolff) & VariousGeneral Ludd is not an individual, but an organization devoted to bringing down the One-Percenters of the world. Sort of a cross between Anonymous, the Symbionese Liberation Army and the Unabomber. They are led by Nathaniel Wolff.
- Anti-Villain: While they are responsible for innocent people's deaths, their motives are presented sympathetically.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: A modern example. Their overall goal is anarchy, if only to bring down the capitalist oligarchies than political ethos.
- Crazy-Prepared: How the group survived despite efforts by police and the FBI to apprehend their members.
- The Chessmaster: Their (incredibly elaborate) plan very nearly succeeds, with them outwitting the FBI twice, only losing due to Reddington's intervention.
- Fictional Counterpart: To Anonymous; the masks are different as they are actually the IP of Warner Bros. This may be zigzagged though; the General Ludd group is fairly small and could easily be hiding in plain sight among other activists.
- Freudian Excuse: Not them as a whole, but their founder, Nathaniel Wolff; his father lost his job (and subsequently committed suicide) due to the actions of the big companies doing as they pleased.
- Knight Templar: They have essentially heroic goals, but they go to extremes that result in innocent deaths to pursue them.
- Ludd Was Right: They take their name from the Trope Namer, but they're more anti-capitalism than anti-technology (indeed, they frequently employ hacking to achieve their ends). Reddington lampshades the irony in this.
- Villain Has a Point: Ressler partially agrees with their message.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: They're willing to kill innocent people to save the world from Corrupt Corporate Executives.
- Western Terrorists: Is one for the General Ludd group.
No 110: Nicholas T Moore
Nicholas T Moore (No. 110)
No 111: Lipet's Seafood Company
New Martyrs Brigade (No. 111)The New Martyrs Brigade is an Islamic terrorist organization based in Libya. Their network exists in several nation-states in the region. Their primary target is Israel, and the New Martyrs launched over 1200 rockets against Israel since the installation of the Iron Dome air defense system. They have committed attacks in 17 different nations. They are ranked number 6 on the Group Threat Index. Lipet's Seafood Company is a front for their organization.
No 112: Monarch Douglas Bank
Monarch Douglas Bank (No. 112)
Played By: Various
"The preferred bank of international criminals, dictators, terrorists, hedge-fund managers."The preferred bank of international criminals, dictators, terrorists and hedge fund managers is headquartered in the United States, with branches in 63 countries and deposits insured by the FDIC. The criminal division is run out of the unassuming Warsaw branch, legendary for laundering funds of the criminal elite without any traceable accounting and in full compliance.
— Raymond 'Red' Reddington
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Most of the bank's high-level executives are in on the take and/or are aware that the banks are being used by criminals and terrorists to launder and hide their money from law enforcement.
- Crazy-Prepared: In relation to keeping the Formula a secret from law enforcement.
- Government Conspiracy: The Bank launders dirty money both for corrupt governments and for shady black-ops programmes ... including the FBI Task Force.
- Karma Houdini: The Bank is never brought to justice and even though it loses its Formula, it is still permitted to go about its business by the end of the episode.
- Photographic Memory: The secret behind The Formula. The reason there are no electronic or paper records of their illegal transactions (while never losing any data) is because they're all stored in the head of one employee with absolute perfect recall.
No. 113: Drexel
Reginald Turner A.K.A. Drexel (No. 113)
Played By: Daniel LondonA performance artist with a cult following, Drexel claimed his work was a form of social commentary. He had a small but rabid contingency of fans, comprising something like an underground protest movement — underground, because his artwork involved murder. Formerly an art history teacher, he opened a gallery to bad reviews, which spurred his reinvention as a cold-blooded killer.
No. 114: The Mombasa Cartel
Geoff Perl & The Mombasa Cartel (No. 114)
Played By: Peter Fonda
"The poor devils who do the killing are the smallest of cogs in a very large machine. And the Mombasa Cartel is the worst of the lot. They operate behind an impenetrable veil of secrecy, enforced by brute terror and a rat's nest of corporate fronts."An international cartel that does poaching on animals and sell exotic products on the market.
— Raymond 'Red' Reddington
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: The enforcers for the cartel turn out to be a crazy family of animal rights extremists, a mother and her two sons, one of whom is a mentally handicapped Psychopathic Manchild with a penchant for Hunting the Most Dangerous Game. His father is her ex-lover, the head of the Cartel, and a public opponent of animal poaching.
- It's Personal: Red loathes the Cartel both for its cruelty to animals and for the fact that it ruthlessly massacres entire families and villages to enforce its will and more specifically, because one of those families belong to Dembe.
- The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: The cartel, which as made billions from poaching endangered animals and selling them on the black market, is having its members targeted for elimination by a radical animal rights group. Subverted when it turns out its actually an internal purge of its members by its leader.
- Multinational Team: The cartel is made up of different nationalities.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Much like Floriana Campo, below, the head of the Cartel is publicly a wealthy philanthropist who on the surface is one of its greatest opponents, although in this case he rationalized it as controlling a problem as opposed to being a shameless reprobate.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The head of the Cartel is opposed to poaching but has reasoned that it will always exist, so better to try and control the trade rather than fight a doomed battle.
- Would Hurt a Child: First thing we see the Cartel do is slaughter an entire family but take the surviving child, who we are led to believe was conscripted as a child soldier and rose through the ranks to be one of their senior members but it was actually Dembe and they instead just sold him into slavery.
- You Killed My Father: The Cartel are the ones who murdered Dembes' family because his father spoke out against them. Dembe himself was abducted and sold into slavery. Though Dembe seems to have (mostly) moved on, Red was apparently so pissed off by this backstory that brining down the Cartel is personal for him on Dembes' behalf.
No. 117: Vanessa Cruz
Played By: Ana de la Reguera
"She doesn't just take their money, she takes their reputations, their freedom, sometimes their lives."The wife of an investor who got killed under strange circumstances, she personally wages a one-man war against the very investors responsible for his death.
— Elizabeth Keen
- Anti-Villain: Is a bad guy, but is only after a certain number of investors.
- Becoming the Mask: Vanessa ends up genuinely falling in love with a woman she intended to use as a pawn. Because of this, she's ultimately unable to go through with her vengeance scheme.
- Bi the Way: She was married to a man, but also has a loving relationship with a woman.
- Femme Fatale: She uses her sexuality as a powerful weapon to lure her targets in.
- Frameup: Vanessa specializes in framing people, and she's very good at it.
- Revenge: Her driving motivation.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wants to get justice for her husband's death by killing the investors responsible for his death.
No 118: The Informant
The Informant (No. 118)
No's 119-122: The Pavlovich Brothers
The Pavlovich Brothers (No's 119-122)
Played By: Goran Ivanovski (Pavlovich Brother #1), Stivi Paskoski (Pavlovich Brother #2), James Biberi (Pavlovich Brother #3) & Renne Gjoninote (Pavlovich Brother #4)A team of Serbian-speaking mercenaries who specializes in either kidnapping or rescuing their targets, ranging from political prisoners or civilians related to their targets. They have seen action in the Balkans in the Yugoslav People's Army, where they have experience in close protection duties.
- Character Death: They get killed by Ressler and an FBI SWAT team.
- Chekhov's Gunman: They were the men who were seen attack the FBI protection detail to kidnap Beth Ryker in the pilot. Red would later enlist them to kidnap Tom Keen.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They do seem to care about each other.
- No Name Given: We never do find out their individual names.
- Punch-Clock Villain: They're just hirelings at the end of the day, and don't seem especially sadistic or cruel, just competent and amoral. Red is even able to hire them to capture Tom.
- Siblings in Crime: It's pretty self-explanatory.
No. 132: The Vehm
The Holy Vehm (No. 135)
Played By: Anthony Carrigan (Harris Holt), Michael Cullen (Cardinal Richards) & others
- Anti-Villain: To some extent. They try to only go after paedophiles, but are revealed to be manipulated by Cardinal Richards to get rid of his rivals in a money laundering scheme (of course, when they find out, they decide to rectify that).
- Bald of Evil: They're largely bald, but wear false hair in public.
- Eunuchs Are Evil: They've all castrated themselves to rid themselves of their urges.
- Groin Attack: They castrate their victims.
- Knight Templar: As literal as possible in modern times — they've fashioned themselves as the successors to a Crusades-based sect (except while that one targeted witches, these guys target pedophiles).
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Their leader really shouldn't have lied to them about their victims.
- Pædo Hunt: They target paedophiles exclusively (or try to) and are former paedophiles themselves.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: They target paedophiles and give them a Cruel and Unusual Death. When they learn that Cardinal Richards lied to them and had them kill people who weren't guilty, Red allows them to catch him. And let's just say that the Cardinal wished that Red just shot him...
- Vigilante Man: Their entire existence is based around attacking others using medieval punishments.
No. 135: Milton Bobbit
Milton Bobbit A.K.A. The Undertaker (No. 135)
Played by: Damian Young
"Yesterday in Brooklyn, a taxi drove into the back of a truck under the 86th Street L train, killing the driver and his female passenger. It's being reported as an accident, but I suspect, in fact, it may be murder, the work of The Undertaker. He's a broker of death, a man who somehow convinces ordinary people to kill on his behalf. Murder/suicide is his signature. How he recruits, nobody knows, but if this accident is his work, it gives you a rare glimpse into the way he operates and a chance to find him."A deformed manipulator who uses other people to carry out his killings.
— Raymond "Red" Reddington
- Anti-Villain: Milton sees himself as one. He hires terminal people to kill for him, and in doing so ensures their family is taken care of financially.
- Character Death: A FBI team led by Liz and Ressler tries to arrest him, but Milton decides to kill himself before they can take him into custody.
- Driven to Suicide: He's always intended to kill himself along with his final victim, but when Ressler just arrests the man, Bobbit has nothing to live for and blows himself up anyway.
- The Noseless: He disguises it with a prosthetic. When he doesn't...it is nasty to look at.
- Odd Name Out: While most Red Baron-dubbed Blacklisters have their nickname as the episode title, Milton is identified by his real name before his nickname of "The Undertaker" is mentioned.
- Patient Zero: For an experimental diabetes drug. The effects of which resulted in his noseless state.
- Revenge: He engages in a revenge scheme against the people involved with the experimental diabetes drug that physically deformed him.
No. 145: The Freelancer
The Freelancer (No. 145)
Played By: Daniel Sauli
"A building collapses in Moscow, a ferry capsizes on the Brahmaputra river. These are the events we've come to expect on the evening news. But in truth, there's always more to the story. Hidden between the facts and figures, the victims and the heroes, there's always a murder. The work of a man who disguises his killings in the headlines of everyday tragedies."A very skilled assassin specialized in murdering people in undetectable ways, making them appear like natural accidents to the unsuspecting public.
— Raymond "Red" Reddington
- French Jerk: Is French
- Master Poisoner: He usually commits mass murder disguised as large scale tragic accidents to conceal his crimes, but he has no problems using quieter methods like poison.
- No Name Given: Only ever known as "The Freelancer." We never even find out his name in his episode, since the focus shifts to the real villain of the week.
- Professional Killer: He's an assassin who covers up his hits in larger tragedies.
- Psycho for Hire: He's a killer-for-hire of the worst sort, one who is more than willing to kill hundreds of innocent people just to get to one person.
- Serial Killings, Specific Target: Or better said, Mass Murder, Specific Target, with a side of Make It Look Like an Accident and Refuge in Audacity as pretty much no-one would suspect that anyone would kill people like battery cattle just to cover up assassinations.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Uses this to his advantage to infiltrate places unnoticed.
- Unwitting Pawn: He was used as a mere distraction by Reddington.
- Would Hurt a Child: Doesn't care that children are sometimes caught in his engineered accidents.
No 152: Gina Zanetakos
Gina Zanetakos (No. 152)
Played By: Margarita Levieva
"Gina Zanetakos is a corporate terrorist. And frankly, she's the best of the bunch."A corporate terrorist for hire, specializing in corporate espionage. She was hired by an unknown corporation to conduct a terror attack in the southern United States.
— Raymond "Red" Reddington
- Action Girl: Pretty much so far in the first season among the Blacklist names.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns in season 3 to team up with her old flame Tom Keen.
- Crazy-Prepared: Her usual MO to avoid detection by law enforcement.
- Femme Fatale Spy: How she operates.
- Ms. Fanservice: She tends to wear form-fitting outfits that emphasize her figure.
- Only in It for the Money: The only reason why she'll agree to do corporate terrorism and espionage. See also Private Military Contractor also.
- Private Military Contractor: Her background as a corporate terrorist.
- The Stoic: She doesn't show much of a emotional range.
- Unholy Matrimony: According to Reddington, she was in a relationship with Tom Keen (or whoever he allegedly is), and the two were partners-in-crime. The exact details are unknown, but considering she's still alive and has escaped custody, they're likely to meet up again.
- The Quiet One: She doesn't talk much. Naturally, a case of Beware the Quiet Ones.
No. 161: The Stewmaker
Stanley R. Kornish A.K.A. The Stewmaker (No. 161)
Played By: Tom Noonan
"See, Lizzie, now I'm interested. The Stewmaker's in town. You're gonna need a plumber."An untraceable one-man-clean-up-crew for any criminal with the money to afford. He's used by criminals, terrorists, dictators and other nefarious elements to get rid of any unwanted bodies and evidence that would implicate them directly.
— Raymond "Red" Reddington
- Affably Evil: He's polite, soft-spoken, even a little shy and seems to lack any genuine sadistic tendencies. He considers his actions to be just part of his job, although his job is evil.
- Anti-Villain: For the most part he's a genial and kindly old man who is only involved in murders after the fact. As shown with Liz though, he's not unwilling to torture or kill if it is requested.
- Badass Bookworm: A brilliant chemist, but also very much able to fight on his own.
- Bald of Evil: He's entirely bald, which likely helps with not leaving even a single strand of hair behind when it comes to disposing of bodies.
- Body Horror: His body is covered with chemical scars, likely from the occasional splash with his own stew.
- Clean Up Crew: A one-man variation. The Stewmaker makes bodies disappear entirely without a single trace.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Kornish stresses that torture isn't his thing, but he was instructed to hurt Liz, so he does.
- Creepy Monotone: He always talks like this.
- Depraved Dentist: He went from being a dentist to a one-man Clean Up Crew.
- Evil Old Folks: He seems to be in his late fifties or early sixties (assuming he's the same age as his actor). He's been active for decades.
- Full-Frontal Assault: He gets naked for his job.
- Karmic Death: Kornish is dissolved alive in his own stew.
- Obliviously Evil: Variation. He has no idea he has such an infamous reputation amongst the criminal underworld and doesn't even know people call him "The Stewmaker". He knows he's committing crimes and he is prepared to use violence if necessary, but he comes across as amoral, more concerned with the art of what he does and blind to the ethics.
- Pet the Dog: Quite literally, as he loves his pet dog and even tells it to "go and play" while he's about to dissolve a body.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Red tosses him into his own stew, painfully dissolving him.
- Malevolent Masked Man: When deploying his gas mask.
- Morality Pet: His dog and his family; he takes his dog everywhere and his family knew him as a lovely, mild-mannered fellow.
- Punch-Clock Villain: The overall vibe he gives is that of a simple man who takes pride in his work.
No. 163: The Forecaster
The Forecaster (No. 163)
- The Heavy: Benjamin serves as Beckner's muscle in assassinating his targets.
- Villain with Good Publicity: David Beckner's a businessman running an investment firm.
- Walking Spoiler: It's best to read the entries after watching the episode, since the middle of the episode reveals that the blacklist name is meant for two persons.
- Would Hit a Girl: Averted, Maggie was kidnapped, although there was the order to get rid of her.
No. 184: Natalie Luca
Natalie Luca (No. 184)
Played by: Elizabeth Lail
- Anti-Villain: Kills people, but in order to help her lover get the necessary supplies and funding so he can recreate her immunity.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: Since her disease makes her deadly to touch.
- Person of Mass Destruction: She is an asymptomatic carrier of a contagious form of meningitis and can kill someone in seconds just by touching them.
- Sympathetic Murderer: At least in one instance; the murder she carries out in the opening of her episode wasn't part of her and her lover's plans, but was done on the orders of someone who threatened to give away their whereabouts to the lab she escaped from.
- Typhoid Mary
- Willfully Weak: She goes to great lengths not to spread her disease willingly, covering up with several layers of clothes whenever she has to go outside.
Played by: Isabella RosselliniThe leader of the Eberhardt Cartel who masquerades as a human rights activist.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A particularly bitchy example indeed, since she is a human rights activist by day and a slave trader by night.
- Broken Pedestal: For Liz, who wrote her thesis on her.
- Engineered Public Confession: Red tricks Floriana into drinking poison and will only give her the antidote if she confesses to the stunned Liz how she's really the leader of the Eberhardt Cartel. She does only to die later and Red basically admit to Liz that there was no antidote.
- Karmic Death: Is poisoned by a cocktail made from the same barbiturates she uses to drug various children
- Manipulative Bitch: By using her charity as a front, she's able to wipe out her criminal competition by directing law enforcement where to go.
- Mole in Charge: Her charity leads the fight against the Eberhardt Cartel, which is the perfect cover for the leader of the Eberhardt Cartel.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Reddington kills her.
- Saying Too Much: At first, Liz doesn't believe Red's talk on Floriana being a child trafficker until the woman calls him by name and Liz realizes only someone truly criminal would know Raymond by sight. Raymond lampshades that with "ooooh, that was a mistake."
- Smug Snake: She's very sure of herself and thinks she's smarter than Reddington. She isn't."You can learn a thing or two from me, Raymond. I'm going to kiss that sweet, young FBI agent on the cheek and say, "good night," and then go down to docks and pick up my next shipment of girls."
- The Sociopath: Campo only cares about herself, and even murdered her own husband in cold blood.
- Til Murder Do Us Part: She murdered her own husband because he was trying to crack down on the Eberhardt Cartel, not knowing he'd married its boss. This is one the things that Red finds particularly disgusting about her.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Up until Red kills her
- Would Hurt a Child: She's in the business of child sex trafficking.