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    No. 7, Tom Keen 

Tom Keen/Christof Mannheim/Jacob Phelps (No. 7)

See The Blacklist: Main - Tom Keen

    No. 8, Berlin 

Berlin/Milos Kirchhoff (No. 8)

"I am retribution."
Played By: Peter Stormare

  • Badass: Berlin used a piece of bone to slaughter his way out of a labor camp, went on to become one of the most dangerous men alive, built a massive sprawling organization from the ground up, survived a plane crash, cut his own hand off and takes baths in ice-water.
  • Big Bad: 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 him 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • Genre Savvy: Once he's set up after Season 1, he kicks off the new Season by immediately going for the jugular having Reddington's wife snatched
  • 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. 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 in the end, he finds his daughter alive and well, realizes he's been played and then manages to find the man responsible for misleading him. After killing the man, he and Red celebrate with the latter suddenly shooting him dead
  • 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. 11, Tom Connolly 

Tom Connolly (No. 11)

See The Blacklist: Others - Tom Connolly

    No. 12, The Decembrist 

    No. 16, Anslo Garrick 

Anslo Garrick (No. 16)

"Oh, come on! Play with me!"
Played By: Ritchie Coster

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.
  • Badass: Garrick swaggers into a supposedly impenetrable FBI black site, destroys FBI's SWAT units assigned to protect the compound and manages to hold it for a very long time. Even before that, he survived a bullet to the head and was notorious for being a nigh-unstoppable badass.
  • 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.
  • The Brute: To quote Reddington himself, "Garrick is not a precision instrument; he's a blunt-force object."
  • Character Death: 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.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: He knows quite well how Reddington operates and tries to plan accordingly. It still doesn't save him.
  • 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.21, Luther Braxton 

Luther Braxton.

Played by: Ron Perlman

A cunning, brutal thief who uses wars, catastrophes and other upheaval to steal everything from money to secrets.
  • Badass: Meticulously plans and executes a con to get his men sent to to a offshore, deep cover blacksite, just so he can use them to break out and take over. During his breakout, he efficiently and ruthlessly dispatches the security forces guarding him and the Factory, and even after getting shot, albeit nonfatally, and surviving an explosion, still manages to keep his cool and execute his plans.
  • Beard of Evil: Wears a goatee.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: To be expected of any character 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.
  • 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 gasmask 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.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: 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.
  • 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 

The Scimitar (No. 22)

A 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.

    No. 42, The Kingmaker 

The Kingmaker (No. 42)

Played by: Linus Roache

Red: [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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    No. 47, Frederick Barnes 

Frederick Barnes (No. 47)

Played By: Robert Sean Leonard

Red: 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.
  • 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.

    No. 52, Ranko Sinesia Zamani 

Ranko Sinesia Zamani

"I am giving their plague back to them."
Played by: Jaime Jackson

An 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. 55, Karakurt 

Karakurt (No. 55)

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.

  • Professional Killer: His main job with the SVR.
  • The Dreaded: In the intelligence community for assassinating dissidents/critics/public figures and making them look like criminal acts or natural causes of death.

    No. 57, The Judge 

The Judge (No. 57)

Played By: Dianne Wiest

Red: 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.k.a. Ruth Suzanne Kipling. 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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. 62, Leonard Caul 

Leonard Caul (No. 62)

Played by: Peter McRobbie (First appearance)

An 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/Genre Savvy: 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.
  • 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. 64, The Cyprus Agency 

The Cyprus Agency & Owen Mallory (No. 64)

Played By: Campbell Scott

An 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
  • 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. 67, Ruslan Denisov 

Ruslan Denisov

Played by: Faran Tahir

An 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...

    No. 71, The Kenyon Family 

Justin Kenyon and The Kenyon Family

Played by: Stephen Bogardus

A right wing polygamist cult and militia leader.
  • A God Am I: Believe himself a reincarnation of his own made up entity.
  • 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
  • Self-Made Orphan: David Kenyon killed his father, Justin.

    No. 73, Madeline Pratt 

Madeline Pratt (No. 73)

Played by: Jennifer Ehle

A 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 and Maddox Beck (No. 74)

Played by: Michael Laurence

An off the grid cult leader and biologist, looking to spread an even worse version of the plague.
  • 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.
  • 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 
Played by: Lance Henriksen

A 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.

    No. 82, Dr. Linus Creel 

Dr. Linus Creel (No. 82)

Played By: David Costabile

A 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)

"You will disembowel yourself to my satisfaction."
Played by: Hoon Lee

Former 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 Han

A 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.

    No. 85, The Courier 

The Courier (No. 85)

Played By: Robert Knepper

Red: 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.

a.k.a. Tommy Phelps. 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.
  • 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.
  • Badass: He literally Feels No Pain, and he's armed to the teeth with automatic weapons. He has zero qualms about engaging the FBI in a firefight, and he even manages to escape their custody.
  • 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. 87, Quon Zhang 

Quon Zhang (No. 87)

Played By: Ron Yuan

A 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: 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 Ivanir

A 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, and 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

Once a respected surgeon, now organ thief that keeps bad people alive.
  • 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.

     No. 93, The Deer Hunter 

The Deer Hunter (No.93)

A 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.

    No.94, T. Earl King VI 

T. Earl King (No.94)

Played by: Jeffrey DeMunn.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 97, The Longevity Initiative 

The Longevity Initiative (No. 97)

An initiative to research on how to make people live longer via medical means.

  • Driven to Suicide: Dr. Julian Powell shoots himself rather risking being incarcerated.
  • The Needs of the Many: How Dr. Powell justifies the kidnappings and experimenting on random bystanders.

    No. 101, The Alchemist 

The Alchemist (No. 101)

Played by: Ryan O'Nan

a.k.a. Eric Trettel. A disgraced scientist who now puts his skills to use by helping bad people disappear.
  • 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. 104, Lord Baltimore 

Lord Baltimore (No. 104)

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Played by: Krysten Ritter

a.k.a. Nora Mills. Famed data analyst and mercenary.

    No. 106, The Good Samaritan 

The Good Samaritan (No. 106)

Played by: Frank Whaley

a.k.a. Karl Hoffman. Named "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.
  • 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. 109, General Ludd 

General Ludd & Nathaniel Wolff (No. 109)

Played By: Justin Kirk (Nathaniel Wolff)

General 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.
  • Blonde Guys Are Evil: He's a bad guy and he's blonde.
  • 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.

     No 112, Monarch Douglas Bank 

Monarch Douglas Bank (No. 112)

An international banking corporation, which operates an enormous and totally untraceable money laundering operation thanks to something they call "The Formula".
  • 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. 114, The Mombasa Cartel 

The Mombasa Cartel (No. 114)

An international cartel that does poaching on animals and sell exotic products on the market.
  • 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 Campos, 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 

Vanessa Cruz

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.

  • Anti-Villain: Is a bad guy, but is only after a certain number of investors.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wants to get justice for her husband's death by killing the investors responsible for his death.

     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.
  • Badass: All of them are trained and experienced mercenaries.
  • 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 Keene.
  • 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. 135, Milton Bobbit 

Milton Bobbit (No. 135)

"Every aspect of death fascinates me."
Played by: Damian Young

AKA "The Undertaker". A deformed manipulator who uses other people to carry out his killings.
  • 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 very skilled assassin specialized in murdering people in undetectable ways, making them appear like natural accidents to the unsuspecting public.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: His modus operandi.
  • 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.
  • 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

Red: 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.
  • Action Girl: Pretty much so far in the first season among the Blacklist names.
  • Badass: She's able to defeat Ressler in an elevator car while trying to escape a FBI dragnet, which is quite a remarkable feat.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Her usual MO to avoid detection by law enforcement.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: How she operates.
  • 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.

    No. 161, The Stewmaker 

The Stewmaker (No. 161)

"Energy cannot die. It can only be transformed."
Played By: Tom Noonan

Red: See, Lizzie, now I'm interested. The Stewmaker's in town. You're gonna need a plumber.

a.k.a. Stanley R. Kornish. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Punch Clock Villain: The overall vibe he gives.

    Floriana Campos 

Floriana Campos

"I run my business, and I'm being wined and dined by the city's elite."
Played by: Isabella Rossellini

The leader of the Everhardt 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.
  • 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 Everhardt Cartel, which is the perfect cover for the leader of the Everhardt Cartel.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Reddington kills her.
  • 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: Campos 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 Everhardt Cartel, not knowing he'd married its boss. This is one the things that Red finds particularly disgusting about her.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She's in the business of child sex trafficking.