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     The Mentalist 

Patrick Jane

Played By: Simon Baker

The titular mentalist, Patrick Jane is a former psychic and stage performer, but took a job with the CBI when the mass-murderer Red John killed his wife and daughter after Patrick badmouthed him on TV, hoping to exact revenge.

Possessing exceptional knowledge of human behavior, extensive meditative and hypnotic training, a refined memory and superhuman deductive skills, Patrick Jane is one of the most valuable agents of the CBI in the fight against crime. Though technically he's not a cop, just a consultant.
  • Abusive Parents: Jane's father was emotionally and financially abusive.
  • Agent Scully: Not just skeptical but actively scornful of any hint of the supernatural.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Makes a rather grand one at the end of the season 6 finale, running to climb on Lisbon's plane and tell her he loves her in front of everyone, despite the fact that she was furious at him for faking a break in a cold case just to have an excuse to go to Florida and stay at a fancy hotel.
  • The Atoner: Whenever a case brings him into contact with someone that he scammed back in his psychic con artist days.
  • Attention Whore: He'll go to just about any lengths to be the center of attention.
  • Awesome by Analysis: To ridiculous and ridiculously awesome degrees all the time. At one point he instantly reads the movements, tactics and habits of a boxer, and gives better practical advice than the man's coach despite possessing no fighting skill himself whatsoever.
  • Badass Bookworm: Presumably, though he's long since mastered his field of expertise by the time the show starts, and so we never actually see him study.
  • Badass: Throughout the entire show, he manages to fire off a grand total of four bullets on two separate occasions, dislikes violence, has no apparent combat training whatsoever and is repeatedly saved by his female boss who's a head shorter than himself. He still manages to be this.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Never seen outside of his trusty suit and waistcoat. Not even when getting ready for sleep. Seriously.
  • Batman Gambit: Possessing exceptional knowledge of human behavior, this is easy.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: For the same reason as Batman Gambit, he's good at this too.
  • Beneath the Mask: Patrick is an outwardly cheerful, optimistic and stable man who rarely loses his cool, but every once in a while the facade cracks, and we catch a glimpse of all the anger, sadness, and loneliness he represses. From "Seeing Red" (1x07);
    Kristina: I think you act assured and arrogant but inside you are troubled with deep guilt and self-loathing. A recent trauma in your past, perhaps? But you're more than a little unstable. (to Teresa) You have your work cut out for you.
    Grace: You are good.
    Patrick: Please. Not to boast, but I had quite a well-known horrible tragedy. A mere half-hour on the internet would tell you that I'm consumed with guilt and self-loathing.
    Kristina: One look in your eyes would tell me that.
  • Berserk Button: He really doesn't like seeing people repeat mistakes he's made in the past.
  • Big Eater: Really likes the cases where there is food in close proximity, see episodes Red Hair and Silver Tape, and Red Herring as prime examples.
  • Blatant Lies: Willing to go as far as to talk out of his arse to draw out the baddie. It can occasionally cross the line into Seamless Spontaneous Lie.
  • Break the Haughty: We've got a glimpse of the con man Jane in "Fugue in Red". Before Red John paid a visit, Jane is basically Charlie Harper with expertise in theatrics and microexpression.
  • Brutal Honesty: When he doesn't care to charm or manipulate you, this is what you get. And if it isn't Ship Tease then you won't like it.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: From the point of view of the CBI, they put up with his antics because he solves cases. Jane however only stays because they're his best chance of catching Red John.
  • The Cassandra: He is never wrong... about anything... ever. But he typically has to spend all of every second episode persuading the other characters that he's not wrong this time.
  • Catch Phrase: Numerous variations of "Oh, I'm not a cop, just a consultant", "Please put the guns down!", and for the first season: "No such thing as psychics".
  • Celibate Hero: Despite being a charmer, he generally goes no further than playful flirting and still wears his wedding ring from his first wife. Up until the end of season 6, when he tells Lisbon he loves her.
  • Circus Brat: He used to be a carny when he was a teenager and he grew up in a traveling carnival.
  • CloudCuckooLander: Has various shades of this.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He buried a suspect alive.
  • Con Men Hate Guns: Jane doesn't usually carry a weapon, and mostly avoids physical violence altogether, but he seems to have a particular dislike of firearms.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Between the father taking advantage of his skills as a child, his background as a phony and the murder of his daughter and wife, not to mention all the guilt, it's absolutely no wonder Patrick is a wreck.
  • Dating Catwoman: With Erica and Lorelei.
  • Distressed Dude: Carrying no weapons, not even a sidearm, and possessing zero practical fighting skills, Patrick often finds himself in this role. Ensue Holding the Floor until Lisbon arrives. Amusingly, Red John's accomplice lampshades this the moment before Patrick finally subverts it by shooting him point-blank with a concealed gun.
  • Handsome Devil: A more benevolent version of this trope.
  • Hates Being Touched: Starting in Season 3 (right after being kidnapped and menaced by Red John), bad things start happening to people who touch him uninvited. Consequences range from being mildly inconvenienced to being framed for murder and used as bait for a serial killer.
  • Heads or Tails: An episode of season 2 has him winning a bet this way. It landed heads 20 times in a row. No wonder they thought he was cheating.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Bordering on Nietzsche Wannabe when challenged.
  • Hurting Hero: See Beneath the Mask above. Occasionally lampshaded.
  • Hyper Competent Sidekick: To Lisbon, technically.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Jane has a lot of fun with his abilities while catching criminals, but when he talks to Lisbon about Rigsby and Van Pelt's relationship...
    Lisbon: Okay, I am not jealous and resentful. That is nonsense.
    Jane: Yet you recall my exact words. There's no shame in it. I feel that way too sometimes. Why does everyone else get to have a normal life?
  • Important Haircut: Inverted. Flashbacks to Jane's days as a Phony Psychic, such as the episode 'Pretty Red Balloon,' has his hair straighter and shorter.
  • Jerk Ass: Sure, he's the hero and he solves lots of cases, but the guy is an asshole. Just how much depends on the episode.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Depsite his love for messing with people, he does occasionally display deep and genuine kindness. He's also a Friend to All Children.
  • Kick the Dog: In "Little Red Book," he ruins (or at least severely damages) the careers of two honest CBI agents simply to get them transferred and replaced by members of his old team.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Jane only seems to own three-piece suits worn with a pair of battered brown shoes he is rather attached to, even getting them resoled in one episode. Following the Retool Jane loses his Waistcoat of Style, but gains some woolen socks (a gift from Lisbon) and a subdued tropical print shirt.
  • Non-Action Guy: For most of the show, Patrick's main utility has been in non-combat situations or as Mission Control. Gradually subverted, considering he's now killed three people, to the point where he now qualifies as a Badass.
  • Non-Action Snarker
  • Non-Idle Rich: It can be assumed Patrick Jane made a lot of money during his years as a psychic and it's been hinted several times.
  • One of the Kids: Has shades of this.
  • Papa Wolf: His motive for joining the police. Also comes out in protective behavior toward children.
  • Phony Psychic: Used to be this. In fact, people still tend to assume he has supernatural powers upon demonstration, despite his constant denials.
  • Photographic Memory: Jane shows this skill while pointing out clues. He has several tricks for remembering things, such as associating facts with places in a "memory palace" and making up stories about objects when he needs to remember them in a specific order.
  • Race for Your Love: At the end of the season 6 finale, Lisbon gets on a plane to Washington and Jane has to fight to get through airport security in order to speak to her. Unfortunately, he forgot his FBI credentials, so he has to settle for climbing a fence, spraining his ankle on the jump down, and limping across the tarmac before the guards realize what he's up to.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He is very fond of those, a failed example of which ultimately provoked the murder of his family. Especially when he identifies the target's actions with his own past failings.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: A very typical attitude in Jane, which Lisbon of course does not approve.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Though rather scruffy.
  • Shipper on Deck: He openly encourages Rigsby and Van Pelt, and keeps their relationship a secret, but is not above manipulating them by using his knowledge of it.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: He's almost always right, but then if he weren't right so often he probably would have been fired years ago.
  • Sleepyhead: Usually on his brown couch at the office. Known to sleep through briefings.
  • Talking Your Way Out: With varying success. Bad guy pointing a gun and Lisbon not around? Only one thing to do... See Distressed Dude above.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Has taken several, with the most important level being killing Red John.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: A terrible influence on his CBI teammates. At various times, he's talked them into planting evidence, coercing confessions, profiling suspects, and committing entrapment, any one of which could get them fired (and some could get them sent to jail). Bosco lampshades this in "Black Gold and Red Blood." On the flipside, however, he is sometimes able to needle them into doing things that they know are right in their hearts, but not strictly within the law.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Tea and eggs.
  • Ultimate Job Security: He's so valuable to the CBI that if his antics ever go too far, it's Lisbon whose job will be in trouble.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Selectively. Red John consistently outmaneuvers him throughout the series, which is lampshaded whenever the Gambit Pileup starts anew. He evens up the game by the season 3 finale. Except it was an accomplice, and Red John probably expected him to die, given that he got said accomplice to pretend to be him.
  • Vigilante Execution: His stated goal is to perform one of these on Red John and he makes good on it. In "Red Menace," he arranged one by proxy, framing a biker gang leader as an informant and leaving him in the clutches of his angry minions.
  • Waistcoat of Style: Until the Retool
  • Worthy Opponent: To Red John.
  • You Killed My Wife and Daughter: His motivation for hunting Red John.

     The CBI Core 

Teresa Lisbon

Played By: Robin Tunney

The Leader of The Team, Senior Special Agent Teresa Lisbon of the CBI stands with the impossible task of keeping Patrick in check. Although Jane's antics are annoying and often lands her in deep trouble, she respects him highly, and often supports his theories in the face of skeptical superiors, and even common sense.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Dead mother, alcoholic father and dysfunctional brothers probably went a long way to develop her Team Mom tendencies.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Whether reacting to Jane's antics or Tasering a violent suspect.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's a lot more lenient with her team than she used to be, Jane and his wacky schemes in particular.
  • Fanservice Pack: In the first season Lisbon was rather frumpy. With season 2, she got the usual upgrades - new hair, better clothes, high heels.
  • The Lad-ette: She grew up among boys, after all.
  • The Lancer: To Patrick, though vice versa could be argued if you believe her to be The Hero instead of Patrick.
  • The Leader: Type Levelheaded. It's her job to keep everyone on track and focused. It's not easy when Patrick is part of the team.
  • Married to the Job: Has little to no social life outside of the CBI. She becomes adorably defensive when interviewed by a visiting camera crew.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Jane’s Feminine Boy.
  • Morality Chain: Also to Patrick, whenever his obsession with Red John gets out of hand.
  • A Mother To Her Men: By season four, Jane and her agents are so attached to her that they are willing to sabotage her replacement to get her back in charge.
  • Not so Above It All: Gives in to Jane's plans a bit too easily sometimes.
  • One Head Shorter: Lisbon is a head shorter than everyone. This makes her unquestioned (except by Jane) authority over them all even more impressive.
  • The Reliable One: Lisbon always has Jane's back: he calls her his 'moderating influence'.
  • Standard Cop Backstory: Lisbon was abused by her alcoholic father after her mother's death and raised her three younger brothers.
  • Straight Man: To Patrick.
  • Strawberry Shorthand: Lisbon's love of strawberries is brought up reasonably frequently. On at least one occasion Jane has bought them for her to apologize, and she has been seen eating strawberries multiple times.
  • Suddenly Ethnicity: Though it was already implied with her last name, Lisbon's ethnicity wasn't confirmed until season 4.
  • Team Mom: As close as you can get to one for a team of adults.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Van Pelt's Girly Girl.
  • Tsundere: Her actions indicate Type B.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards her entire team - but especially towards Jane. For him she's blackmailed one of her closest friends, blackmailed her boss's boss, punched a robber in order to get his case thrown out of court, gotten locked in a box, and repeatedly gotten suspended from the job that is basically her whole life. There's also six months of anger management classes.

Kimball Cho

Played By: Tim Kang

One of the special agents of the CBI, and probably the most down to earth of the group. Asian-American of Korean heritage. Before joining the CBI, he was a gangbanger called "The Iceman", a fact which Jane finds hilarious (in his defense, it is more than a little Cliché and overblown). He's the calm and collected of the group, rarely showing any emotion at all.
  • The Atoner: He enlists himself on the army to atone for his time in the gang.
  • Badass: He's probably the most dangerous member of the team on a purely physical level; he's former special forces, the Army Rangers, to be specific.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He doesn't say much, but watch out if you hurt someone he cares about.
  • The Big Guy: Although not as big as Rigsby, this guy is really tough.
  • Bookworm: Reads pretty hefty looking books during stakeouts.
  • Brutal Honesty: His stoic personality often leads to cases of this.
  • Cowboy Cop: The most likely to enable and even assist with Patrick's more audacious schemes, despite his aloof attitude.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He used to be part of a street gang.
  • Deadpan Snarker: With emphasis on the 'deadpan'.
    News reporter: "You don't like being asked questions, right? You know, the team, as a whole seems to have a problem with that."
    Cho: "Was that a question?"
  • Defrosting Ice King: Extremely gradual (you might even say glacial), but being around Jane's antics has lightened him up considerably since the beginning of the series. Comes to a head after the two-year Time Skip following Red John's death and Cho's joining the FBI: in "Green Thumb" he smiles no fewer than three times and laughs twice.

Wayne Rigsby

Played By: Owain Yeoman

One of the special agents of the CBI. He's an arson specialist who quickly becomes attracted to Van Pelt. The two begin a secret relationship in the second season. He's a nice, gentle man who sometimes serves as comic relief.
  • New Old Flame: He and Grace hook up again at the end of "Red Velvet Cupcakes".
  • Off-Screen Breakup: He and Sarah broke up between seasons 4 and 5, although it's mentioned that it's because of him faking his death to attempt to catch Red John.
  • Office Romance: With Van Pelt.
  • Plot Armor: It's the only explanation how he survives "White as the Driven Snow." The son of a bitch takes a shotgun blast at point-blank range, followed closely by a bullet to the upper chest, and he still manages to get back up, walk outside, and return the favor.
  • Put on a Bus: After the CBI is disbanded in the middle of season 6, he and van Pelt leave and start a cybersecurity firm.

Grace Van Pelt

Played By: Amanda Righetti

The youngest member of the CBI, special agent Van Pelt is the rookie of the team, and often tasked with research. She begins dating Rigsby secretly on season 2, but they later break up, and she gets engaged to FBI agent Craig O'Laughlin. She kills him in self-defense when he turns out to be Red John's mole. She is hard-working, very bright and often clashes with Jane about her belief in the afterlife.
  • Break the Cutie: Van Pelt has taken a cynical turn following having to kill her fiance, The Mole for Red John, in self-defense.
  • Fiery Redhead: Particularly from season 4 onwards. To the extent that it concerns her companions.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lisbon. She even asks her to be her maid of honor, something Lisbon is not quite happy about.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: She got Put on a Bus to a hackers' school halfway through season 5. When The Bus Came Back three episodes later, she spent an episode in exceptionally baggy clothes and hiding behind her desk - not that this helped conceal the pregnancy weight/water retention in her face, and of course the observant viewer caught several glimpses of her very round belly when she had to stand up and walk (or teeter, given her heels and attempts to not lean back like a pregnant woman balancing that extra weight in front).
  • Honey Trap: Whenever a hot lady is needed for an undercover mission, Jane heads straight to Van Pelt.
  • Knight In Sour Armour: Starting in season 4.
  • The Lad-ette: Similarly to Lisbon, but still different. She has an intense knowledge of american football, due to her father being a football coach, and has some tomboyish aspects, but not as much as Lisbon.
  • Meet Cute: How did she and Craig meet? Oh, right, they had a brutal car crash when he was chasing her and Rigsby.
  • Ms. Exposition
  • New Old Flame: She and Rigsby hook up again at the end of "Red Velvet Cupcakes".
  • Put on a Bus: In the middle of season 6, following the disbandment of the CBI, she and Rigsby start a cybersecurity firm.
  • The Reliable One: Van Pelt often goes unnoticed and unappreciated for the long hours she spends hunting down files and information for the other characters.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Lisbon's Tomboy.
  • The Watson: Being the newest member of the team, she played this role during the earlier episodes.

     The FBI Core 

Dennis Abbot

Played By: Rockmond Dunbar

An FBI agent dispatched to Sacramento to shut down CBI in the aftermath of the Blake Association fiasco and Gale Bertram's outing as Red John. Sent from the Austin, Texas office to allay fears of corruption due to the Blake Association's reach in California.

  • Adorkable: Seen when Jane buys him a toy robot.
  • Ambiguously Evil: His appearance raised a host of questions, but it now seems he's one of the good guys, if a bit of a dick.
  • Bald Black Leader Guy
  • By-the-Book Cop: Despite initial fears that he might be another of the Blake Association's plants, it seems pretty clear now that he's clean.
  • Jerkass: Maybe 'uncompromising' is a better word, but still.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Is more or less absolutely right about everything, if not from Jane's warped perspective. And a little (or perhaps a lot) of uncompromising is exactly what the more-or-less anarchic CBI needed, even if that meant permanent shutdown.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Lets Jane go in order to avoid a bloodbath that probably would have resulted in his death and the deaths of Jane and the entire Core, not to mention Red John's escape.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is generally a hardass, but is capable of being swayed.
  • Shipper on Deck: Seems to ship Jane and Lisbon of all people. When she considers moving to Washington, he sets the two of them up on a nice dinner (granted, with the premise of looking for a suspect) and even makes comments to Jane implying he needs to man up and tell her exactly what he wants.

Kim Fischer

Played By: Emily Swallow

Jason Wylie

Played By: Joe Adler

     The CBI Office 

Virgil Minelli

Played By: Gregory Itzin

The first Special Agent in charge of the CBI unit. He's a good agent and a good boss, but does not like Jane's antics much. He resigns the position after Sam Bosco and his team are murdered.
  • The Bus Came Back: He has two guest appearances: one in season 3, when Jane asks him a favor, and one in season 5, in a Flashback episode that shows how Jane started working for the police.

Madeleine Hightower

Played By: Aunjanue Ellis

A Special Agent sent in as Minelli's replacement. She's hard-working and very bright, as Jane remarks just upon meeting her. Madeleine was married prior to her introduction, and is on the middle of getting divorced. She is also the mother of two kids.
  • The Bus Came Back: Shows up again in season six.
  • Bus Crash: Died along with her two children on a car accident offscreen. Except she turns out to be...
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She is mentioned to be suspended at one point in season 4, but ever since then she hasn't been mentioned even once.

Luther Wainwright

Played By: Michael Rady

The new Special Agent in Charge of CBI, starting from Season Four. A wise man; everyone in our CBI team seems to like him.
  • Berserk Button: Nobody calls Wainwright mommy's boy. When Jane does, Wainwright fires him.
  • Bound and Gagged: In the season 4 finale, by Red John.
  • By-the-Book Cop: By default, he is this. That doesn't mean he cannot be reasonable, though. Read on.
  • Genre Savvy: At the end of his first appearance, he believes damn well that Jane is a sociopath... but an extremely useful sociopath.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He is insistent about following rules, but he's also very tolerant of Jane's antics, compared to two previous bosses.

Sam Bosco

Played By: Terry Kinney

He takes over Red John's investigation in the first half of season two. Until Red John's mole Rebecca kills him so Jane can be in charge of it again.
  • Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold: He's actually a quite nice guy... he's really just a jerkass towards Jane, who he doesn't like. He eventually warms up to him, though.
  • Only Sane Man: Bosco is a real-world cop who plays by real-world rules and unfortunately doesn't realize that he lives in a TV show where Cowboy Cop tactics work and are often rewarded.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Clearly in love with Lisbon (but never really acts on it) despite the fact that he's married.

Rebecca Anderson

Played By: Shauna Bloom

Bosco's secretary.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: And unknown, too, as it's never really revealed (except for a few comments Jane makes that may or may not be true).
  • Mad Love: She's madly in love with Red John.

J.J. LaRoche

Played By: Pruitt Taylor Vince

The head of CBI Internal Affairs. Due to the nature of his job, a natural antagonist to Jane and the team. Takes the position of CBI chief for a while after Hightower goes on the run.
  • Ambiguously Gay: In his private time he collects delicate figurines and owns a poodle.
  • Badass Bookworm: Very intelligent, and very capable of handling himself.
    Hightower: Looks like someone won a few science fairs in their day.
    LaRoche (laughs at first before getting completely serious): I won all of them.
  • The Bus Came Back: After leaving the post of CBI chief in season four, comes back to investigate Rigsby in season five. Becomes a recurring character.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He regrets deeply the depths he sank into to avenge his mother's rape. Jane tells Lisbon he's been punishing himself ever since.
  • Not So Different: From Jane. Turns out that LaRoche, who advocates policework by the rules also attacked a man out of desire for revenge, as Jane plans to. Jane even lampshades that at the end of Red and Itchy.
  • Red Herring: Heavily hinted to be the mole in the CBI in the latter half of the third season. Turns out it's O'Laughlin.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: A variation, since Jane isn't an outright criminal, but being the head of CBI Internal Affairs means that he'll often be against Jane. Yet he's come to respect him as a detective and they have teamed up more than once.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: Or, at least, sympathetic mutilation of a tongue.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Just what does he hide in the Tupperware in his safe?
    • Word of God has said that they will never reveal what's inside.
    • However, "Red and Itchy" strongly hints at what's in there. It's...
      • ...the severed tongue of his mother's rapist.
  • Worthy Opponent: There's a whole vibe of this going on between him and Jane.

Osvaldo "Oscar" Ardiles

Played By: David Norona

CBI's Assistant District Attorney. The nature of his work usually puts him at odds with the team.
  • Amoral Attorney: Gives strong vibes of this, though, so far, he hasn't been caught doing anything wrong. In season five, Brenda tells Lisbon about a certain Farland case. The mention of that is enough to get Ardiles to break the law in order to get some sealed documents for Lisbon.
  • Blackmail: Lisbon blackmails him in order to get her hands at some important documents.
  • Red Herring: One of the suspects of being Red John's Mole in the end of season three. It was O'Laughlin.

Brenda Shettrick

Played By: Rebecca Wisocky

The head of CBI's Media Relations Unit.
  • Butt Monkey: It's subtle, but many jokes are made at her expense, due to her Slave to PR tendencies.
  • Gossipy Hen: In season five, Jane tells Lisbon to go search for someone whose business is to know about everyone else's business. Cue Gilligan Cut and Lisbon is talking to Brenda.
  • The Mole: Has been feeding Tommy Volker information about Lisbon's investigation. Was also responsible for passing info to suspects in a number of CBI cases, causing those cases to go south, until she was finally caught.
  • Red Herring: One of the suspects of being Red John's Mole in the end of season three. It was O'Laughlin. Ironically she later turned out to be a Mole herself, just not to Red John.
  • Slave to PR: Throws Jane's anti-hero's tendencies into nice contrast.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Is very reluctant to tell Tommy Volker about Marvin Pettigrew.

Raymond Haffner

Played By: Reed Diamond

Lisbon's temporary replacement in Season Four.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Shows up in one episode in season four, and for guest appearances in season five. Is one of the seven suspects of being Red John.
  • Church Militant: Is a part of Visualize.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Apparently died in the explosion in Jane's house.
  • Put on a Bus: When Lisbon is restored to the team in "Little Red Book".
  • Trouble Entendre: His conversation with Lisbon on Black-Winged Red Bird plays out like this, although it is not known whether he actually meant any threat.

Gale Bertram

Played By: Michael Gaston

The director of the CBI.

  • Dirty Cop: One of the dirtiest. Works for Blake Association.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed rather suddenly after revealing everything he knows to Jane.
  • The Mole: Confirmed, though he claims to be 'just a humble footsoldier' in the Blake Association.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Gradually subverted.
  • Red Herring: One of the suspects of being Red John's Mole in the end of season three. The strongest of all the others, since the assassin entered his room in the hotel... but she was actually just heading down to O'Laughlin's room through the balcony. Is on the final list of Jane's suspects, and is thought to be Red John for quite a while, but it turns out to be Sheriff McAllister.
  • Sleazy Politician: A cop version.
  • Slimeball: Has one of the most grating personalities on TV. You might even call it a Michael Gaston specialty.

Brett Partridge

Played By: Jack Plotnick

A macabre-loving CBI forensic technician specializing in Red John's murders.
  • Back for the Dead: Returns in season 6 to be killed in the opening episode.
  • The Bus Came Back: After two seasons without him, he returns in season 5.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Is a complete gore freak, although not explicitly evil. He later turns out as one of the 7 suspects of being Red John as of the season 5 finale, and at the Season 6's premiere, after being killed by Red John, is revealed that he was indeed a member of the Blake Association.
  • Dirty Cop: A part of Blake Association.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Admires Red John's murder style, to the point of consider it a work of art. Logically, Jane isn't amused.
  • The Mole: Might have been working for Red John's cult.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Jane delivers one to him in the pilot.
    Jane: You know what your problem is, my friend? You enjoy your work a little too much. You're a ghoul. If you don't get horny reading Fangoria, I'm Britney Spears.
    Partridge: I-I resent that! This is you trying to redeem yourself, is it?
    Jane: [to Lisbon] I'm sorry. He irks me. He's irksome.
  • Red Herring: Long suspected to be Red John. Gets killed by him in the opening episode of season 6.

     The Villains 

Red John

A mysterious and dangerous Serial Killer who murdered Jane's wife and child after the former, in his capacity as a television "psychic", gives a phony and insulting psychic profile calling Red John "weak". It was the last time he would murder for his original pathology (torturing and killing women)- all his victims in the series are either to cover his tracks or to mess with Patrick Jane, or otherwise to avenge an "insult" such as "cheap imitations" of his work.

While Jane is hell-bent on tracking Red John down and killing him, Red John seems fascinated by Patrick and doesn't make any attempt to kill him, instead playing subtle Criminal Mind Games and acting mostly either to screw with Patrick or cut off any leads that might come back to him. Neither his identity nor his goals have been confirmed but, unusually for a Serial Killer, he seems to be at the head of an entire network of murderers and serial killers, many acting independently but seemingly ready to kill or even die for him.

Season 6 revealed that he is Sheriff Thomas McAllister.
  • Attention Whore: As Jane notes, Red John is a showman, he loves the attention he gets from the crimes he's committed and the reason he's so fixated on Jane is because Jane gives him the most attention out of anyone.
  • Antagonist Title: Few episodes mention him, fewer deal directly with him, and only one can be confirmed to actually show him on camera (where he was wearing a mask), but every episode has some reference, however vague, to the colour "red" in the title, to show that he is still the main villain.
  • Arch-Enemy: Jane considers him to be his; Red John, for his part, seems to treat Jane more as a one-sided Friendly Enemy.
  • Bad Boss: He has no qualms with killing off pawns who have outlived their usefulness.
  • Berserk Button: He clearly doesn't like people talking bad about him on television, as Jane, Kristina and Panzer can assure you.
  • Big Bad: For the whole series.
  • Bigger Bad: For episodes dealing with his various accomplices or "pawns" as Jane calls them.
  • Big Damn Villains: Red John himself comes to Jane's rescue in the Season 2 finale.
  • Calling Card: A smiley face painted on the wall in his victims blood with a rubber glove, always clockwise, and always placed so that whoever was meant to find the body- usually a family member- will see it before finding the victim, so that they'll know what happened first and dread confirming it.
    • Twice he has painted his victims' toenails in their blood as well- Jane's wife, and later a young girl to lure Jane into a trap.
    • Also, the William Blake poem "Tyger, Tyger", used by both him and his accomplices, possibly to identify each other.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: When Jane calls him an "evil, sexually perverted sociopath with delusions of grandeur" Red John admits he has to own up to the "evil, sexually perverted sociopath" part. He does get annoyed when Jane says he only has "delusions of grandeur" instead of just being grand.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He made his first "official" appearance in the second episode of the series, and was revealed in the episode "Red John" to be the Big Bad himself.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: What he does to his female victims, his preferred targets. As of season 5, it's confirmed he's committed at least one rape as well, though given that it's never been confirmed he's raped any of his other victims despite the torture, it seems likely that he did it specifically for this reason.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: For all his talk about trying to become Jane's friend, he virtually never bothers to meet Jane face-to-face himself. The one time he did, that's when Jane is helplessly restrained on a chair and he was wearing a mask.
  • Dirty Coward: Revealed to be this in the end. Once he's shot by Jane, he attempts everything he can think of to avoid his death, from trying to manipulate Jane, to running, to calling 911 when cornered, to finally flat-out begging Jane to spare him and admitting that he's terrified to die.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Perform cheap copy-cat killings of his work? He'll shoot you dead. Insult him on nstate televsion? He'll either kill you or he'll kill your entire family. But for the love of God don't try and empathise with him on national television, unless you want to be brainwashed into believing you are dead.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Red John does NOT tolerate "poor imitations" of his work, and is even kind enough to spare the life of the patsy the main perpetrators of the plot blackmailed into it (with his mother's life no less) with merely a shot to the leg.
  • Evil Old Folks: Red John has a twenty-plus year career, so it's a fairly safe assumption he's this. Confirmed when he's revealed to be Sheriff Thomas McAllister.
  • Evil Roy: One of his aliases is Roy Tagliofiero.
  • Expy: The Red John character shares many similarities with the similarly-named "Jack of All Trades" (Dennis Christopher of It), the main antagonist of the 90's series Profiler. Like Red John, Jack had a number of body doubles/aliases and later cooperated in his own manhunt by posing as a Sheriff.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Downplayed. While he does not descend into hysteria, he begs for his life when Patrick is watching him bleed on the church, and is clearly desperate when being choked by Patrick.
  • Faking the Dead: Faked having died in the explosion in Jane's house... only to really die one episode later. We think.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Leaves a polite note starting "Dear Mr Jane", to tell Patrick he has just murdered his family. Whenever they interact afterwards, Red John is always highly polite to his nemesis, though this only serves to highlight how soulless Red John really is.
  • Friendly Enemy: He always treats Jane in a very cordial way and he uses his pawns to extend "offers of friendship" to him. Jane interprets these offers as just attempts to break him completely.
  • The Ghost: He never appeared in person until the second season, and even then he was disguised when he showed up.
  • Hidden Villain: His true identity was the show's Driving Question until halfway through the sixth season.
  • Knife Nut: Inverted. These days, he mostly uses guns, but all his victims up to and including Patrick's family were killed, and usually tortured, with a knife.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The show can be light-hearted but it's always at its darkest whenever Red John's around.
  • Lack of Empathy: Seems unable to care about anyone but himself and has no qualms about sacrificing his loyal underlings at the drop of a hat.
  • The Man Behind the Man: A freaky amount of murderers and serial killers are actually controlled by him.
  • Narcissist: He just can't get enough of himself and how "amazing" he is.
  • Not So Different: With Jane, Lorelei calls him out on this, saying she's surprised they aren't the best of friends since they're both so smart, manipulative and always have an angle to control people. In one instance when Red John's face is obscured it's showed that they even sit and drink their tea in the same way.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: When in his civilian guise of Sheriff Thomas McAllister, he comes off as quite buffoonish, especially in his first encounter with Jane.
  • Psychic Powers:What he claims to possess as Jane prepares to strangle him.
  • Revenge by Proxy: His murder of Jane's family.
  • Serial Killer: Though semi-retired; most of his recent victims are really just covering his tracks, or messing with Jane. When active his victim type was young to middle-aged women.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He has a very quiet, unassuming voice. Turns out that isn't his real voice though, and he's capable of switching at will between his regular speaking voice and his high, squeaky one. His real voice is more of a Guttural Growler.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Tries everything he can think of to convince Jane to spare him. He tries to invoke If You Killed Me You Will Be Just Like Me by telling Jane the murder will weigh on his soul. When nothing he tries works, he resorts to flat out begging and pleading for his life.
  • Villainous Rescue: Red John saves Jane from his copycat killer in the second season finale.
  • We Are Everywhere: Twice was able to kill an accomplice held in the CBI building, both under tight security, once and possibly both times using another accomplice. Tracked down and killed an informant before Jane could find him, knows and associates with other serial killers scattered throughout California and possibly the local Church of Happyology, and seemingly was tracking Jane throughout the season 2 finale with the latter being none the wiser. The team haven't noticed it, but he also has access to their security cameras and monitors them constantly. Has moles or allies at seemingly all levels of law enforcement, from a sherrifs deputy to the coffee girl at the CBI and even an FBI agent.
  • We Can Rule Together: Offers this to Jane in the season 4 finale, though it's really just an effort to turn him into another pawn.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: It's revealed through the notes of Jane's psychiatrist that he has one big fear he tries to deny. Turns out he suffers from ornithophobia, otherwise known as a fear of birds.
  • Wicked Cultured: Red John listens to Bach and quotes William Blake's poetry.
  • Worthy Opponent: He appears to view his entire "feud" with Jane as little more than an amusing game against a "fun" and challenging opponent. The patronizing praise he gives Jane is the closest he's ever gotten to showing anyone genuine respect.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He murdered Jane's daughter.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Two of his accomplices thus far have been killed by him, either directly or through another accomplice, because they were caught and before they could identify him, the first by fast-acting poison, the second by being set on fire. Also murdered another associate and his hooker, though that was because the former actually tried to rat on him.

Bret Stiles

Played By: Malcolm McDowell

The head of Visualize, a Church of Happyology in California. Besides Red John, he is one of the few criminals whom Jane fails to bust so far. Well, he's not exactly criminal, but shady and manipulative enough that we cannot consider him the good guy either. He's shown to have connections here and there; in fact, he knows Red John's network enough that he is able to tell Jane where Kristina Frye is
  • A God Am I: His followers consider him a God.
  • Affably Evil: Though he is a cult leader who may be involved in some very serious criminal activities, he is always polite to Jane and the rest of the team whenever he sees them. Thus far he has yet to do anything obviously evil on-screen, and seems to be a genuinely pleasant person in his day-to-day life.
  • Badass Preacher
  • Berserk Button: Bret doesn't like it when people he trusts lie straight to his face. He offers his lawyer the chance to deny murdering one of his cult members who the lawyer was having an affair with; he denies it, and Bret slaps the taste right out of his mouth, being almost as good as Jane when it comes to seeing through deception.
  • Dating Catwoman: In "His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts," he openly hits on Grace. She considers it... but turns him down.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: He is under investigation by the FBI and the CBI consider him a highly suspect character; his church is thought to be involved in a number of criminal activities and is generally considered a cult at the very least. Yet nobody has been able to prove anything and the members and supporters of his church are prepare to defend him, violently if necessary.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Despite being a major character and recurring antagonist ever since the second season, Stiles is killed off by a bomb planted by Red John with little fanfare. Though Stiles did say he was sick and had a month to live at most anyway, it's more than a little jarring to see him go out this way.
  • Frameup: In "His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts," he frames himself for the murder to weed out disloyal members of his inner circle. As it turns out, all of them are disloyal to varying degrees.
  • Put On The Bus: At the end of "The Blood On His Hands", he retreats to Indonesia to open Visualize branch there.

Erica Flynn

Played By: Morena Baccarin

Formerly in charge of the matchmaking service, Symphony, Erica first came into contact with the CBI when Jane deduced she murdered her husband for trying to sell their company. Manipulative, intelligent and charming, she's one of the few villains who poses a challenge to Jane.
  • Karma Houdini: Zig-Zagged; she's arrested for her crime and tried for manslaughter between her first and second appearances, but when she comes in to consult a case with the CBI, she escapes.

Tommy Volker

Played By: Henry Ian Cusick

To the outside world, billionaire Tommy Volker is an affable philanthropist, on the inside, however, he's a cold-blooded and sadistic Corrupt Corporate Executive whose greed led him to wiping out an entire Amazonian village. Slippery enough to avoid paying for his crimes, Lisbon is still determined to bring Volker to justice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A habit that quickly gets into Lisbon's nerves.
  • Evil Is Petty: In response to Lisbon accusing him of his past crimes and turning his assistant into a witness, he has his assistant murdered, arranges it to look like a suicide, and forges a suicide email laying the blame for it on Lisbon.
  • Karma Houdini: Notable in being one of the few villains to get away with his crimes by the end of his episode. He is finally arrested in "Little Red Corvette". Time will tell whether that's enough to put him behind bars, though.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Powerful enough connections that an agent in Homeland Security tries to dissuade Lisbon from going after him due to the politicians he’s in bed with.
  • The Sociopath: He's referred to as such in the show. His chilling habit of personally watching his hitmen murder his victims, lends credence to this.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Goes through a steady one in Little Red Corvette as Lisbon and the team get closer and closer to exposing his crimes. This culminates in him personally trying to murder a little boy who witnessed one of his crimes, despite Volker's habit of never getting his own hands dirty.
  • Would Hurt a Child: After a hitman refuses, Volker goes after a kid himself. He doesn't get the chance, though.

James Panzer

Played By: David Paymer

A serial killer investigator particularly interested in the San Joaquin Killer. Jane figures out he's actually the San Joaquin Killer on episode eight of season 4, and he's killed by Red John by the end of the episode.
  • Attention Whore: Like Red John, he seems to have a pathological need for attention, even writing a blog devoted to his Serial Killer persona.
  • Bald of Evil: Well, mostly bald, he's still got a little hair left on the top.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Once Red John is supposedly dead, Panzer attempts to convince people that the San Joaquin Killer is an even bigger threat. Not only is he wrong, he doesn't even survive his first episode.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In his defense, when he mocked Red John he did believe the man to be dead, unfortunately for him, he was very, very wrong.
  • Calling Card: Part of his modus operandi was to put small objects over his victims eyes, like pebbles and bottle caps. His last victim had her eyes completely gouged out.
  • For the Evulz: He claimed that SJK was a "purist" who killed purely for the pleasure of watching the life drain from his victims' eyes. While this could be part of his motive, really he's more in it for the attention.

Richard Haibach

Played By: William Mapother

An allegedly reformed pedophile introduced in season 4 who is constantly wrongly suspected of more serious crimes. He has a particular grudge against Lisbon and Jane as he feels they are harassing him, and is eventually kidnapped and tortured after Jane frames him as a Red John suspect. In season 6, he snaps and starts targeting the former CBI teammates in revenge.

  • Abusive Parents: All but stated to have been sexually abused by his father.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Most of his appearances consist of him being accused of everything from child murder to being Red John himself, but while he was convicted of child abuse in the past he claims to have reformed and is usually cleared of wrongdoing by the end of each episode.
  • Brother-Sister Team: He and his sister Hazel worked together to target the CBI.
  • Create Your Own Villain: While already a creepy voyeur, he only starts looking for revenge against Jane and the core CBI team after their involvement in his life leads him to be arrested and tortured.
  • Fingore: Plans on chopping off Jane's fingers with an axe before killing him. He gets shot by Rigsby before he has the chance.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: This man is surprisingly ruthless despite looking like a voyeur freak. If not for Rigsby's blatant Plot Armor, he would have succeeded at killing Jane, Van Pelt, and Rigsby all.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Jane's involvement in his life leads to his arrest and later torture, he formulates a complex plan which leads to the deaths of Oscar and JJ LaRoche, and the near deaths of [spoiler:Rigsby, Van Pelt and Jane.
  • Tragic Villain: It's implied that the sexual abuse he endured as a child at the hands of his father caused him to be a pedophile.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Several seasons of being harassed and eventually tortured turn him into the murderous bastard everyone kept accusing him of being.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Apparently was able to plant trackers on all of the former CBI agents who had been harassing him in season 6, including the main cast, and masterminded the abduction or murder of several people- including the kidnapping of Van Pelt- with the help of his sister. He and his sister very nearly kills Van Pelt, Rigsby and Jane as well, even after they capture them.
  • Villain Has a Point: Not that he is an ethically pristine person, but he does, however, have a valid case when he accuses Patrick Jane and the CBI team of ruining his life. Everything Patrick Jane does to him will definitely not stand in the court of law.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: When Jane's plan actually goes wrong and Richard manages to get the drop on him, Haibach's doesn't hold back in rubbing Jane's face in the fact he's not as smart as he thinks he is.

Michael Ridley

Played By: Titus Welliver

A prominent member of an equity firm and secretly the mastermind behind a ruthless ring of human and organ traffickers.

  • Affably Evil: He is polite and pleasant with Lisbon and Jane and he doesn't kill people needlessly; he is, though, still responsible for a huge number of abductions and murders and is utterly remorseless about his actions to boot.
  • A Million is a Statistic: Thinks the victims of his ring don't matter because their organs go to prominent individuals like scientists and businessmen who matter more. He really believes it, too.
  • Arc Villain: Of the human trafficking arc in the latter part of season 6, and the closest thing to a Big Bad the end of season 6 had.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He runs an equity firm, buying and selling smaller businesses, which he uses to obscure the fact that he technically owns vehicles and clinics used by the trafficking ring.
  • Dirty Coward: Janes gets him to talk by threatening to harvest his organs; although responsible for the kidnapping and deaths of countless young women, he folds quickly when it comes to his own skin.
  • I Have Your Wife: Isn't above threatening the families of his employees to stop them from talking, to the point of basically ordering them to kill themselves if they want their loved ones to live.
  • Lack of Empathy: Has a seriously bad case of this. He doesn't take pleasure in any of the numerous murders he orders, but he has zero remorse for them as well and even considers his work to be in the service of a "higher cause" because he is saving the lives of rich and powerful people.
  • Moral Myopia: Thinks the lives of "important" people like himself and his wealthy clients matter more to the world than all the girls he has murdered. Also, is horrified when he thinks Jane murders his dragon Anthony, despite casually ordering dozens if not hundreds of deaths himself.
  • Never My Fault: Not only does he flatly deny any wrongdoing, he honestly thinks that what he did wasn't wrong because he doesn't regard any of his victims as important people.
  • Smug Snake: Downplayed. He is fairly civil to Lisbon and Jane most of the time, even when they are accusing him of heinous crimes. He still doesn't think he'll get caught, though.
  • The Stoic: He is cool, calm and collected through his appearances and rarely shows much emotion. He shows some genuine fear when his life is threatened, of course.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Nearly everyone who works for him who gets chased or caught by the FBI winds up dead.
  • Villainous Friendship: Is seemingly on genuinely good terms with his Dragon Anthony. The only concern he shows for another human being is when he thinks Jane has just murdered him.

     The Federal Agents 

Craig O'Laughlin

Played By: Eric Winter

An FBI agent that serves as Van Pelt's love interest in season 3.
  • Meet Cute: How did he and Grace meet? Oh, right, they had a brutal car crash when he was chasing her and Rigsby.

Susan Darcy

Played By: Catherine Dent

An FBI agent assigned to investigate the San Joaquin Killer. She's later assigned the Red John case after Red John kills Panzer (aka the San Joaquin Killer).
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her career went down and she loses herself after accidentally killing Wainwright in the season 4 finale.

Alexa Schultz

Played By: Polly Walker

An FBI agent who takes over Darcy's investigation in Season 5.

Gabe Mancini

Played By: Ivan Sergei

One of Schultz's agent, partner with Smith.

Reede Smith

Played By: Drew Powell

One of Schultz's agent, partner with Mancini.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Inverted. His conversation with Kirkland in the park played it like Kirkland was the psycho. While Kirkland does have a nasty case of Knight Templar, Smith turns out to be more dangerous than him.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Turns out to be one of the seven people Jane thinks might be Red John.
  • Dirty Cop: Works for Blake Association.
  • Dramatic Irony: He understands he is in danger when the cop who is supposed to be helping him tells him the same thing he told Kirkland.
  • Genre Savvy: When targeted by the main villain, he quickly calls the heroes.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When he becomes a target of Blake Association, he quickly calls the CBI and surrenders.
  • In the Back: Makes Kirkland run away from the van so he can shoot him in the back — and tell everyone Kirkland was trying to escape.
  • The Mole: Works for Blake Association.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Lower-level FBI officer, looks more like Dumb Muscle than a thinker - but is the one who offs Kirkland after the latter is arrested
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Man can look dumb if he wants to.

Robert "Bob" Kirkland

Played By: Kevin Corrigan

A Homeland Security Agent who's been introduced in Red Dawn. Has been pursuing the Red John case for a while and is very interested in Jane's progress.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Played straight when he corners Jane in the parking lot to kidnap him, and subverted in a conversation with Reede Smith about certain William Blake poems: viewers thought Kirkland was a part of Red John's organization and Smith wasn't, but it turned out to be the exact opposite.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: To the viewership, at least... he's evidently shady after killing Lennon.
  • Dirty Cop: He is a suspect of being Red John. Also, in one episode, he has his men break into Jane's room in the CBI and steal his investigation.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Realizes what's going to happen to him as soon as Smith stops the van, and forgoes Smith's small talk, telling him to just get on with it. Smith still makes him run away so he can get to shoot him in the back.
  • Good All Along: For a given value of 'good,' but he's definitely not working with Red John, the Blake Association, or any other bad guy.
  • Hidden Villain: While Jane doesn't trust him entirely, most of the team has no idea what he's up to.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: And the audience doesn't know exactly what he wants either.
  • Mysterious Watcher: Has been following Jane's career in the CBI from the very beginning.
  • Not So Stoic: In "Red Listed".
  • Red Herring: A big one at that. Strongly hinted to be working for Red John, if not Red John himself. Turns out he's actually after revenge against Red John. Also, he ends up going after Jane's fake list of suspects. He's understandably pissed when Jane tells him about that.
  • Remember the New Guy: He has been watching Jane since before the series started, but he has only shown up by Season Five.
  • Revenge: Actually his motivation.
  • Shadow Archetype: Kirkland is what Jane would have become if Jane doesn't have Lisbon. Where Jane is merely a consultant, hates politics, and restrains himself for the sake of Lisbon, Kirkland is a cop, takes politics and connections very seriously, and doesn't care who he has to hurt to get to Red John.
  • Oh Crap: When he realizes the Red John suspects he's been after are fakes.
  • The Unfettered: Wants revenge against Red John, and doesn't care who he has to hurt to get to his goal.
  • You Killed My Father: Revealed to be looking for revenge against Red John for the death of his twin brother.

Marcus Pike

Played By: Pedro Pascal

     The Local Police 

Sheriff Thomas McAllister

Played By: Xander Berkeley

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Made a single appearance, in the episode after the pilot, and was never seen again for five seasons. Then Season Six reveals him to be Red John.
  • Dirty Cop: In his debut appearance, the CBI team doesn't really trust him, and suspects he might be the criminal of the week, which he isn't. But as Red John, however... oh yes. He is quite dirty.

Sheriff Dumar Tanner

Played By: Michael Mosley

Oscar Cordero

Played By: Joe Nieve

A Homicide detective investigating Bob Kirkland's death.

     The Recurring 

Summer Edgecombe

Played By: Samaire Armstrong

A prostitute who appears on Season Four and becomes a recurring character. On her first appearance, she withstands Cho's stoicness, insisting that if she were to cooperate Cho ought to show common courtesy. At the end of the episode Cho gives her a job as an informant. And later on they date. And then break up.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Although she states that she's not a hooker repeatedly.
  • The Lad-ette: Deconstructed in the end. Her impulsive, frattish behavior forces Cho to break up with her, because it might be dangerous to his job as a cop.

Walter Mashburn

Played By: Currie Graham

A millionaire that appears in two episodes so far, "Redline" and "Red Hot".

Kristina Frye

Played By: Leslie Hope

A proclaimed psychic whom Jane repeatedly calls out for being a fraud though he does seem to care for her. She insists not only that she is a genuine psychic, but that Patrick is a real psychic too, albeit in denial and one who was a really a con-artist in the past.
  • Phony Psychic: Jane certainly believes so... though there was that one time when she knew information about a waiter that she couldn't possibly have known through body language. It's never made known just how she did it.

Dr. Steiner

Played By: George Wyner

A humorless medical examiner with the Sacramento County Coroner's Office. Spars with Jane once a season.
  • Stay with Me Until I Die: Asks this of Jane because he doesn't want to be autopsied.
  • Suicide Is Painless: Played with. Steiner seems either in pain or afraid as the end is coming, and Jane puts him into a trance with a coin trick until he dies.

Sarah Harrigan

Played By: Jillian Bach

A public defender who was being interviewed by Erica Flynn the night she killed her husband, thus becoming her alibi. She begins dating Rigsby, and after a few months later they're both shocked upon finding out she's pregnant. She becomes the mother of their child, Ben Rigsby, towards the end of the season.

Lorelei Martins

Played By: Emmanuelle Chriqui

A minion of Red John and self-proclaimed lover of Patrick Jane. She reaches Jane in the season four finale after he gets deliberately fired from the CBI by Wainwright.
  • Broken Bird: Her sister Miranda was the only person who she really connected with, and she was brutally raped and murdered by Red John.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Miranda.
  • Dating Catwoman: With Jane. Unlike his flirtations with Erica Flynn, it's hinted that Lorelei left an impression on him.
  • Dead Man Writing: A variant, in that she recorded for a message to Jane for Red John before he killed her.
  • High Heel-Face Turn: What gets her is the fact that Red John killed her younger sister, but the fact that she fancies Jane doesn't hurt it.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: After she makes sure that Red John killed her younger sister indeed, Lorelei goes out to kill him. By the end of the episode, she's dead.
  • Karmic Death: Jane's only comment to seeing Lorelei's body is that she had it coming.
  • Kick the Dog: Shoots a man that knows who Red John is before Patrick can interrogate him. In front of him!
  • Long Lost Sibling: Her sister Miranda, who was sold by her mother as a baby. They find each other and become very close... and then Miranda's killed.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Upon finding the truth about Miranda's death, instead of telling Patrick Red John's identity, she believes she can take him out all by herself.

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