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WARNING: Only spoilers from the current season (Season 2) are whited out.
Played By: David StrathairnThe current director of the CIA's National Clandestine Services. He appears to be familiar with Alan Fitch and Reddington alike.
- Big Bad: After the death of Fitch and Berlin, the Director steps up as the most visible antagonist.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His team was able to take out most of Reddington's men in "Leonard Caul" without much difficulty.
- Evil Old Folks: He's in his older years, and is very evil indeed.
- Faux Affably Evil: The Director is able to feign politeness, but is unable to hide his contempt and condescension for long.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He might be a psychotic megalomaniac, but he's a psychotic megalomaniac with eyesight problems.
- Oh Crap!: A mild one when he sees Kenneth's tongue at the end of "Quon Zhang".
- Praetorian Guard: He has a team of agents at his call, being responsible for the events of "Leonard Caul".
- We Have Reserves/Zerg Rush: The main tactic his team employs to even the odds against them.
Thomas "Smiling Tommy" Connolly
Played By: Reed BirneyThe current American Assistant Attorney General. He knows Harold Cooper way back when he was a prosecutor for the Attorney General's office.
- Amoral Attorney: Slowly becomes one after he joins the Alliance.
- Character Death: Keen kills him after he reveals that he manipulated some of the events in the 2nd season, such as arranging Cooper's medical trials for his own benefits since they weren't real.
- The Corrupter: To Cooper; he's been corrupting him with subtle manipulations so that the Cabal can easily interfere with his actions.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a quick wit that is apparent in all his scenes.
- Everyone Has Standards: "Leonard Caul" suggests that he didn't like the idea of leaking information to the Director of National Clandestine Services.
- Jerk Ass Has A Point: While Connolly acted like a jerk towards Richard Denner, the judge prosecuting the case against Cooper and Liz, he has a point when he told him that there are special courts that can take on cases that are related to national security. Connolly also mentions that Denner's position does not allow him to take on the case forwarded by Detective Wilcox. Later when he demands to Cooper to arrest Liz on the spot, he reminds him that Reddington has taken advantage of his informant status to help his underworld empire gain an advantage over his enemies/rivals.
- Poisonous Friend: For Cooper and the task force, keeping them safe from indictment in an utterly slimy manner.
- The Reveal: The events of "Leonard Caul" took place because of him so that he can join the Alliance.
Played By: Alan AldaA mysterious individual from Reddington's past, apparently connected to a larger organization of some kind. He is on a Senate committee investigating the task force in the aftermath of the Garrick attack (which he was ultimately behind), and Fowler secretly reports to him.
- Affably Evil: Fitch is a very civil guy, even when he has you tied up on the verge of death.
- Anti-Villain: He seems to regard all of his actions as ultimately being for the good of his country; he has a cordial if uneasy friendship-of-sorts with Reddington and although he claims responsibility for over 700 deaths in his role as Assistant Director of National Intelligence he appears to regard all of them as necessary and generally does not condone needless violence. His final act is to save the life of the bomb disposal expert trying to disarm the explosive around his neck, and to give advice to Reddington on how to deal with the rest of his group, many of whom he regards as dangerous extremists. Overall, a pretty decent guy who happens to have a lot of blood on his hands.
- Bigger Bad: He's the one who hired Garrick.He also happens to secretly be the Decembrist, the Blacklister responsible for manipulating Berlin into thinking that Reddington killed his daughter.
- Death by Irony: Fitch had ruined Berlin's life by killing the man's fellow Soviet hardliners with a bomb. Berlin makes sure to return the favor when they finally meet up by securing his own bomb around Fitch's neck
- Face Death with Dignity: He tells the bomb disposal expert trying to save his life to leave and save himself rather than die with him needlessly; he also has a final friendly talk with Reddington and gives him warnings about how his group will react to his death as a last favour to him.
- Friendly Enemy: Fitch says himself he actually likes Reddington, despite everything. And even in his dying moments, Fitch still leaves behind useful information for Reddington. He mentions two members of the group, Mitchum and Hobbes, who might be convinced to be allies to Red. Fitch also tells Reddington the existence of a safe in St. Petersburg, with the combination being his wife's birthday, 8/30/44.
- Gambit Pileup: Pretty much the entire first season and the first half of season 2 occurred because of a bombing he orchestrated decades ago to prevent a coup in the then-collapsing Soviet Union, framing Red for the "murder" of Berlin's daughter to pit the two against each other (and Berlin was apparently just one of many such pawns), deciding that working with Red was better than fighting him, then having to hide the fact that the whole reason Red was fighting Berlin was his fault in the first place while still keeping Red as an ally. And that's all before the events of the show even started! Goes Up to Eleven when you realize that he sent Anslo Garrick to abduct Red in revenge for Red turning FBI informant, only to discover that the reason Red turned informant was because Berlin was too formidable an enemy for Red to face alone, and Red later turns to Fitch himself for help to fight Berlin and Fitch agrees; in other words, Fitch has spent this entire show playing a chess match against himself!
- Genre Savvy: He's quite knowledgeable regarding Reddington's M.O.
- Government Conspiracy: Appears to represent one, and he himself is Assistant Director of National Intelligence.
- Go Out With A Bang: Killed by an explosive device around his neck placed there by Berlin.
- Hazy Feel Revolving Door: Despite the events of Anslo Garrick, Fitch even seems to be a pseudo-ally to Red at times.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Is unapologetic for setting Berlin on Red on the grounds that Red was and is a dangerous criminal who stole some extremely sensitive intel and tried to blackmail Fitch's group with it, although he accepts the consequences when Berlin finds out he was played and turns against him. Also his attitude to all the operations he has masterminded and people he has had killed in the name of defending his country (it should be noted that he takes his job seriously enough to have kept count of every man who died on his watch and so only kills when he feels it is necessary).
- The Man Behind the Man: To Garrick. Also turns out that he played Berlin like a fiddle.
- Mole in Charge: Fowler answers to him both in public (his role being the Assistant Director of National Intelligence) and as part of their criminal conspiracy.
- Nebulous Evil Organization: Represents one.
- Pet the Dog: While detained in a box in an attempt to defuse the bomb on his neck, Fitch reflects on all the agents he has sent to die over the years, agents that were "good people who died in the service of their country". He knows the FBI bomb tech in the box with him cannot disarm the bomb. He tells the man to leave because he does not want to have another death on his hands.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Impeccably dressed.
- We Are Everywhere: States such. He seems to be right. Fowler reports to him in his public persona.
Walter Gary Martin
Played By: Jason Butler HarnerAn official in the Department of Justice, he manned the black ops task force between the 1st and 2nd seasons. He is also in league with Fitch.
- Dirty Cop: It's revealed he's working for Alan Fitch, and helps break Red out of custody.
- Jerkass: Martin is a condescending asshole when interacting with just about anyone.
- Smug Snake: He's very pleased with himself for no discernible reason.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: After Cooper is injured, Martin takes over the task force.
Played By: Jane AlexanderAn official at the Department of Justice, she's the head of its Criminal Division and is in charge of making sure that the FBI's secret task forces does it duty of apprehending the names of individuals Reddington supplies through his blacklist. She also recruits retired CIA agent Meera Malik to make sure that task force does its job.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She was an Obstructive Bureaucrat at worst for most of her appearances, until we find out that she's actually the one who orchestrated the attack on the Post Office and thus murdered several of her own people, to cover up a criminal conspiracy she is involved in.
- Character Death: Killed off by Red in the 13th episode.
- Evil All Along: She's The Mole everyone was looking for.
- Jerkass: While her reasons for being a Obstructive Bureaucrat are more or less justified, she could at least try to be less abrasive and disrespectful about it. Justified because she's actually a villain.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Applies to her, but only because she's skeptical of Reddington's condition for a possible pardon for all his crimes.
- Mole in Charge: She's the head of the Criminal Division, and also responsible for providing the information on the black site to Garrick's team.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: Not entirely, but has some shades of it due her treatment of Cooper and his team.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Became this after being informed that Fitch's party was covertly doing surveillance on her. Later on, it turns out she and Fitch were working together from the start.
- Smug Snake: Revealed as this after her secret is uncovered. She massively overestimates how valuable she is, and ends up on the wrong end of Reddington's gun for this.
Played By: Ralph Brown
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Compared to the other Cabal members, he's practically a saint.
Jolene Parker/Lucy Brooks
Played By: Rachel BrosnahanA mysterious woman who claims to be a substitute teacher and has been attempting to seduce Tom, but definitely has an ulterior agenda. Her real name is Lucy Brooks, and she has been spying on Red. She works for whoever Tom does, and was sent to make sure he remembers he only married Elizabeth because she is his target.
- Ambiguously Evil: While she definitely isn't who she claims to be, it's not clear on whose side she is on. It's looking increasingly like the bad guys, though.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: It's clear from the start that her intentions towards Tom and Liz are far from benign. Turns out, she was sent to make sure he was still evil.
- Character Death: Killed by Tom by suffocating her with a blanket.
- Chekhov's Gunman: We have actually seen her way before her debut; she was the girl whose body the Stewmaker supposedly got rid of, the one whose photo Red stole at the end of that episode. Later, Red runs her name through ViCAP.
- Consummate Liar: The audience knows from the start that she isn't who she claims to be, but she puts on a good act.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She is visibly disturbed by how ruthless Tom is. Ironic, since she was sent to make sure he was still evil in the first place.
- Faking the Dead: According to Red, her real name is Lucy Brooks and she faked her death to elude him.
- Manipulative Bitch: She's quite adept at manipulating people, as seen in how she worms her way into Tom's life.
- Punny Name: A Cover Version of the Dolly Parton song "Jolene" plays over her and Tom at one point; since it's established that Jolene is a fake name, she might well have chosen it for that very reason.
- Too Dumb to Live: Cowboy warned her that Tom would kill her; despite already being freaked out by his ruthless behavior, she didn't listen. She paid for it.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed off one episode after we find out what she was after in the first place. We barely saw the "real" her, just her Jolene Parker alias.
Played By: William SadlerThe adoptive father of Elizabeth Keen.
- The Atoner: According to him, he must make up for some mistake he committed by telling the truth. What mistake is still unknown. Unfortunately for him, Reddington disagrees.
- Character Death: Reddington gives him a Mercy Kill combined with He Knows Too Much.
- Cool Old Guy: Seems to have been a pretty decent dad to Liz. He's implied to have trained her as a Con Artist and a thief, but this might just make him cooler.
- Deadpan Snarker: Constantly uses sarcasm to ease the tension with his daughter.
- He Knows Too Much: Red kills him to prevent him from telling Keen the truth. According to Reddington, her knowing the true identity of her biological father would put her life in danger.
Played By: Adriane LenoxThe Deputy Attorney General and Fowler's replacement overseeing the Task Force in Season 2. It is unknown if she has any connection to the Cabal.
- Black Boss Lady: She's the overseer of the FBI Task Force although unlike most examples she's not a cop herself.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She goes to great pains to consider any political implications of the Task Force's actions which may make her seem like an Obstructive Bureaucrat. However, she goes to equally great pains to protect the Task Force.
Naomi Hyland/Carla Reddington
Played By: Mary-Louise ParkerA woman who was kidnapped by mercenaries hired by Berlin courtesy of Lord Baltimore, she was living a normal life married to Frank Hyland with their only daughter, Jessica.
- Starting a New Life/Witness Protection: After Reddington went underground, she was accused of being an accomplice before she proved herself innocent. The FBI decides to put her in another place with a new name for herself and her daughter.
- You Can't Go Home Again: What Naomi felt after she was forced to relocate from her old house.
- Walking Spoiler: Hard to describe her without spoiling since she has a significant role in the second season.
- Woman Scorned: How Naomi feels after Reddington abandoned her in the 1980s.
Played By: Lee TergesenNaomi's "legitimate" husband after being given a new life.
- Oh Crap!: How Frank reacted after he found that Naomi was once married to Reddington before she was given a new life and name.
- Starting a New Life: Like Naomi, Reddington arranged for Frank to move out.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Naomi with another woman. Reddington and Vargas were, however, able to straighten things out with him.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Reddington tells him that he needs to move after his residence was attacked by Lord Baltimore.
Played By: Paul ReubensOne of Berlin's arms dealers operating in the eastern coast of the United States. He's also secretly in league with Reddington's group as his Double Agent/The Mole on the inside.
- Afraid of Blood: Vargas is actually so scared of blood that he could possibly faint.
- Double Agent/The Mole: Works for Reddington as his agent in Berlin's group as one of the man's arms dealers.
- Serious Business: When he's threatening the woman having an affair with Frank, Vargas gets very upset over her lack of treatment in taking care of her dog.
- Weapon of Choice: He uses a silenced Walther PPK. Red takes it from him and blasts one of his traitorous subordinates with it.
Played By: Sahr NgaujahA Cameroonian warlord whom Reddington extorted for information about Berlin.
Samuel Aleko A.K.A. The Samoan
Played By: Dante NeroA former confidential informant of Meera Malik, later employed by Elizabeth to hold Tom Keen prisoner.
Played By Scottie ThompsonMilos Kirchoff's biological daughter. Thought dead by Berlin, she is tracked down by Reddington to clear up the misunderstanding that started their war.
Played By: Franklin Ojeda SmithA Metro Police officer and DC harbormaster who found Tom Keen in the boat where he was imprisoned.
Played By Janel MoloneyThe Director's assistant. She is a liaison between the NCS and FBI.
Det. Martin Wilcox
Played By: Michael KostroffA Detective investigating the DC harbormaster's disappearance.
Judge Richard Denner
Played By: John FinnA Superior Court judge who hears the case against Elizabeth in the death of the DC harbormaster.