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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Empath: A 100% natural example, though no less effective.
Failure Knight: While not helpful in the traditional sense, always saves his beloved Lisbon and her team after the death of his wife and daughter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Big Guy: The tallest and bulkiest member of the team.
Character Development: Since his son is born, he's shown to be more responsible a person. Of course, he is still the team's Plucky Comic Relief dude, but he has grown more mature than he's been in early seasons.
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.
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.
Dark and Troubled Past: Not as bad as the others, but still troubling. She's raised in Nowheresville and looked down for her gender. Jane also mentions that she has a trauma that she never speaks of to anyone. A conversation with Brett Stiles in season 4 does heavily suggest she was abused by someoen close to her, though.
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.
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.
The Watson: Being the newest member of the team, she played this role during the earlier episodes.
The FBI Core
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Manipulative Bastard: In addition to convincing most people he's just a concerned investigative crime reporter who wants to warn people of the danger of the SJK, he also manipulates the parents of the first girl he killed into thinking the same about him, basking in their anguish whenever he visits them.
Narcissist: When you're a Serial Killer and you're writing a blog about yourself and hyping up your image on national television you know you've got an ego.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Homicide detective investigating Bob Kirkland's death.
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.
Blind Driving: Subverted. He allows Jane to demonstrate his skills by having him drive with a blindfold, guiding himself only by Mashburn's involuntary reactions in the passenger seat. It goes just fine - until they get out of the car, Jane forgets to leave the parking brake on, and... it really doesn't end well for the car.
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.
Put on a Bus: Has yet to be seen again after being rescued from Red John's captivity in season three.
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.
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.
Hidden Badass: She can act shy and lovely, but can kick serious ass in court. She actually takes great pride in her job.