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!!The Mentalist

[[folder: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 serial killer [[BigBad Red John]] killed his wife and daughter after Patrick badmouthed him on TV, hoping to exact revenge.

Possessing exceptional [[LivingLieDetector knowledge of human behavior]], extensive meditative and hypnotic training, a [[PhotographicMemory refined memory]] and [[SherlockScan superhuman deductive skills]], Patrick Jane is one of the most valuable agents of the [=CBI=] in the fight against crime. Though technically he's [[RunningGag not a cop, just a consultant.]]
* AbusiveParents: Jane's father was emotionally and financially abusive.
* AgentScully: Not just skeptical but actively scornful of any hint of the supernatural.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: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.]]
* TheAtoner: Whenever a case brings him into contact with someone that he scammed back in his psychic con artist days.
* AttentionWhore: He'll go to just about any lengths to be the center of attention.
* AwesomeByAnalysis: 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.
* BadassBookworm: 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.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Never seen outside of his trusty suit and waistcoat. Not even when getting ready for sleep. Seriously.
* BadassPacifist: Jane uses his smarts to get the criminal, and has hardly used violence throughout the entire series.
* BatmanGambit: Possessing exceptional knowledge of human behavior, this is easy.
* BavarianFireDrill: For the same reason as BatmanGambit, he's good at this too.
* BeneathTheMask: 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.
* BerserkButton: He ''really'' doesn't like seeing people repeat his own mistakes. "Psychics" and vain, arrogant men who take their families for granted especially seem to piss him off.
* BigEater: Really likes the cases where there is food in close proximity, see episodes Red Hair and Silver Tape, and Red Herring as prime examples.
* BlatantLies: Willing to go as far as to talk out of his arse to draw out the baddie. It can occasionally cross the line into SeamlessSpontaneousLie.
* BoxedCrook: [[DefiedTrope Defied.]] *Following his murder of Red John, the serial killer who killed his wife and daughter, Patrick Jane is tracked down by the F.B.I. in Mexico, and offered a choice of either being F.B.I. consultant for five years (a deal that can be revoked at any time if he acts up), or being locked up for 20 years to life. Janey, of course, isn't about to play that and instead cuts his own deal leaving him basically free and clear, promising to reveal some very embarrassing information if they don't agree to his terms.
* BreakTheHaughty: We've got a glimpse of the con man Jane in "Fugue in Red". Before Red John paid a visit, Jane is basically [[Series/TwoAndAHalfMen Charlie Harper]] with expertise in theatrics and microexpression.
* BrutalHonesty: When he doesn't care to charm or manipulate you, this is what you get. And if it isn't ShipTease then you won't like it.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: 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.
* ByronicHero: Very attractive? Check. Has a high intelligence? Check. Has a DarkAndTroubledPast? You bet.
* TheCassandra: 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''. Although, Lisbon and her team, and even some of the higher ups of CBI do take his word on plenty of things, he just needs some actual evidence to convict the killer.
* CatchPhrase: 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".
* CelibateHero: Despite being a charmer, he generally goes no further than playful flirting and still wears his wedding ring from his first wife. [[spoiler:Up until the end of season 6, when he tells Lisbon he loves her.]]
* TheCharmer: Always wears a charming smile, if only to mask the enormous amount of self-loathing he has for himself.
* TheChessmaster: Jane can make people do what he wants so easily.
* CircusBrat: 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.
* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler: He buried a suspect alive]] to get a confession out of him. Inverted, oddly enough, with Red John; while Patrick initially claimed to Theresa that he would torture Red John to death the way Red John had tortured his daughter Charlotte, in the end he opts to simply [[spoiler: shoot Red John and then strangle the weakened killer instead of torturing him.]]
* ConMenHateGuns: Jane doesn't usually carry a weapon, and mostly avoids physical violence altogether, but he seems to have a particular dislike of firearms.
%%* CrazyPrepared
* CrusadingWidower: Even after the brutal murder of his wife (and daughter), Jane is fiercely dedicated to hunting down their killer.
* CulturedBadass: Although Jane has no formal education, he is well-read, culturally literate and has an appreciation of art, theater, wine and music, especially opera and classical.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: 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.
* DatingCatwoman: With Erica and Lorelei.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DistressedDude: Carrying no weapons, not even a sidearm, and possessing zero practical fighting skills, Patrick often finds himself in this role. Ensue HoldingTheFloor until [[TheCavalry Lisbon]] arrives. [[spoiler: Amusingly, Red John's accomplice lampshades this the moment before Patrick finally subverts it by shooting him point-blank with a concealed gun.]]
* DoesntLikeGuns: Despite his grudge against Red John, Jane is reluctant to wield weapons except in extreme circumstances; notably when he saved Lisbon using a gun against a man who might have given him information about Red John. When he met the man who he believed was Red John, Jane shot him to avenge his dead family.
* TheEmpath: A 100% natural example, though no less effective.
* FailureKnight: While not helpful in the traditional sense, always saves his beloved Lisbon and her team after the death of his wife and daughter.
* FairCop: Fair ''[[RunningGag Consultant]]''.
%% * FiveTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine.
* FriendToAllChildren: Most of his PetTheDog moments. Probably due to the loss of his daughter, and semi-background as a circus performer. [[FridgeBrilliance For someone who spends his every waking minute figuring out people's dirty secrets, younger children must seem positively wonderful company.]]
%%* GuileHero
* HatesBeingTouched: 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.
* HeadsOrTails: 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, and considering his character he most likely did.
* HeroWithAnFInGood: Jane may be on the side of good, but he's not exactly "Mr. Heroic". He constantly snarks at his team and random people, has no sense of sensitivity, and performs acts that are just criminal.
* HollywoodAtheist: Bordering on NietzscheWannabe when challenged.
* HurtingHero: He carries a lot of pain, mainly from Red John killing his wife and daughter and the continuing specter of Red John's existence. He hurts a lot less once he finally gets his revenge on Red John, but it will likely always haunt him to some degree.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: To Lisbon, technically.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: 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?
* ImportantHaircut: Inverted. Flashbacks to Jane's days as a PhonyPsychic, such as the episode 'Pretty Red Balloon,' has his hair straighter and shorter.
%%* InterdisciplinarySleuth
* JerkAss: Sure, he's the hero and he solves lots of cases, but the guy is an ''asshole''. Just how much depends on the episode.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his love for messing with people, he does occasionally display deep and genuine kindness. He's also a FriendToAllChildren.
* KickTheDog: 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.
* LimitedWardrobe: 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 WaistcoatOfStyle, but gains some woolen socks (a gift from Lisbon) and a subdued tropical print shirt.
%%* LivingLieDetector
%%* MagicianDetective
* ManipulativeBastard: Jane is a master manipulator, a trait also possessed by his enemy [[BigBad Red John.]]
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: The Feminine Boy to Lisbon's Masculine Girl.
%%* MrFanservice
* NonActionGuy: For most of the show, Patrick's main utility has been in non-combat situations or as MissionControl. Gradually subverted, considering he's now killed three people, to the point where he now qualifies as a badass.
%%* NonActionSnarker
* NonIdleRich: It can be assumed Patrick Jane made a lot of money during his years as a psychic and it's been hinted several times.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Although he generally exhibits a happy demeanour, Jane suffers enormous guilt over the deaths of his wife and daughter as well as a ferocious determination to kill Red John, the serial killer that murdered them.
* OneOfTheKids: Has shades of this.
* PapaWolf: His motive for joining the police. Also comes out in protective behavior toward children.
* PhonyPsychic: Used to be this. In fact, people still tend to assume he has supernatural powers upon demonstration, despite his constant denials.
* PhotographicMemory: 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.
* RaceForYourLove: [[spoiler: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.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: 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.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: A very typical attitude in Jane, which Lisbon of course does not approve.
* SharpDressedMan: Though rather scruffy.
* SherlockScan: He is capable of amazing feats of observation and induction and although he says he isn't psychic, some people maintain that he must be.
* ShipperOnDeck: 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.
* ShowyInvincibleHero: 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.
%%* TheSmartGuy
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Not that he even needs a board or pieces to play. Used as a RunningGag in one episode.
%%* TheSocialExpert
* TalkingYourWayOut: With varying success. Bad guy pointing a gun and [[TheCavalry Lisbon]] not around? Only one thing to do... See DistressedDude above.
* TitleCharacter: "The Mentalist" refers to Jane and his analytical abilities regarding people.
* TookALevelInBadass: Has taken several, with the most important level being [[spoiler: killing Red John]].
* ToxicFriendInfluence: 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.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Tea and eggs.
* TranquilFury: Every time he remembers the loss of his family, he becomes very stoic and unemotional, yet you can tell he is boiling.
** [[spoiler: He also lapses into this state while he is [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge exacting his revenge]] on Red John, although [[NotSoStoic it briefly gives away]] to reveal [[UnstoppableRage the rage burning within him]] as he chokes him to death.]]
%%* TheTrickster
%%* {{Ubermensch}}
* UltimateJobSecurity: He's so valuable to the CBI that if his antics ever go too far, it's ''Lisbon'' whose job will be in trouble.
* UnclePennybags: He is very, very rich and can win absurdly large amounts of money in gambling. He likes to give presents to his colleagues and friends at the bureau -- for example when he wins at the casino in poker, he buys two large sets of jewelry with emeralds and rubies for Lisbon and for Van Pelt, and he gives very expensive watches to Rigsby and Cho, and he treats them all with dinner and drinks. (The ladies then decide to give it back after the evening, but the guys keep their presents.) One time he gives Lisbon a pony for her birthday.
* UnwittingPawn: Selectively. Red John consistently outmaneuvers him throughout the series, which is lampshaded whenever the GambitPileup starts anew. He evens up the game by the season 3 finale. [[spoiler: Except it was an accomplice, and Red John probably expected him to die, given that he got said accomplice to pretend to be him.]]
* VigilanteExecution: His stated goal is to perform one of these on Red John [[spoiler: and he makes good on it.]] In "Red Menace," he arranged one by proxy, framing a [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels biker gang]] leader as an informant and leaving him in the clutches of his angry minions.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Until the {{Retool}}
* WealthyPhilanthropist: He got ''filthy'' rich during his scamming days, but he decided to use his wealth for the good to balance it out. He can also win absurdly large amounts of money in gambling any time he chooses to. He was seen giving money to families who lost their money or entire property (usually because of an error or one black sheep) or who were poor and needed help (e.g., he sent a briefcase full of money to a young woman whose mother was seriously ill and in need of transplant operation which she couldn't afford), or he gave money and expensive stuff he had won in poker to charity boxes that collect used clothes.
* WorthyOpponent: To Red John.
* YouKilledMyFather: Red John killed his wife and daughter, which is his motivation for hunting him.

!!The CBI Core

[[folder:Teresa Lisbon]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/RobinTunney

TheLeader of TheTeam, 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.
* AbusiveParents[=/=]AlcoholicParent: Lisbon's father was this.
* ActionGirl: Often used as a {{Foil}} to Patrick's NonActionGuy.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: There's hardly ever a time when she's not composed.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BadassAdorable: She's extremely cute when she's vulnerable yet somehow, she still maintains a toughness.
* BigDamnHeroes: All the time. Primarily to save Jane.
* BrainyBrunette: Relatively speaking.
* BrokenBird: As a result of her DarkAndTroubledPast.
* ByTheBookCop: In spite of Lisbon's preference for following proper procedures, Jane persistently contradicts her plans and at times directly undermines her authority, usually apologizing immediately afterwards. Although she criticizes most of Jane's tricks and revelations in front of him, she also often defends him from suspects (especially those with political pull) or from her very own superiors.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Tries, and usually fails, to keep Jane under control.
%%* ControlFreak
* CoolBigSis: To her brothers, even though she can be [[AloofBigSister aloof at times]].
* CoolAunt: To her niece Annie.
%%* CuteBruiser
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Dead mother, alcoholic father and dysfunctional brothers probably went a long way to develop her TeamMom tendencies.
* DeadpanSnarker: Whether reacting to Jane's antics or Tasering a violent suspect.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She's a lot more lenient with her team than she used to be, Jane and his wacky schemes in particular.
%%* FairCop
* FanservicePack: In the first season Lisbon was rather frumpy. With season 2, she got the usual upgrades - new hair, better clothes, high heels.
%%* FiveTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic.
%%* GreenEyes
* GuiltyPleasure: Whilst hypnotised she admits to enjoying dancing to a Music/SpiceGirls CD.
%%* KnightInSourArmour
* TheLadette: She grew up among boys, after all.
* TheLancer: To Patrick, though vice versa ''could'' be argued if you believe her to be TheHero instead of Patrick.
* LargeHam: Whenever playing the part of [[PhonyPsychic psychic.]]
--> '''Lisbon:''' [[VictimOfTheWeek Kirk?]] Kirk, is that you? ''Yes!'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny I will speak on your behalf!]]
* TheLeader: Type Levelheaded. It's her job to keep everyone on track and focused. It's not easy when Patrick is part of the team.
* MarriedToTheJob: Has little to no social life outside of the CBI. She becomes adorably defensive when interviewed by a visiting camera crew.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: The Masculine Girl to Janes Feminine Boy.
* MoralityChain: Also to Patrick, whenever his obsession with Red John gets out of hand.
* [[AFatherToHisMen 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.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Gives in to Jane's plans a bit too easily sometimes.
** Especially after their [[spoiler:admission in the FBI]], becomes a lot more lenient and even admits having fun with Jane's schemes.
* OneHeadTaller: Inverted. Lisbon is a head shorter than everyone. This makes her unquestioned (except by Jane) authority over them all even more impressive.
* OnlySaneWoman: Occasionally. She's the most rational when her team gets a little crazy.
* OutnumberedSibling: The only girl out of four kids.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: She's a very competent detective in her own right, but Patrick outclasses her by far.
** Has been getting steadily better at Patrick's trade as of season seven.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Capable of tackling criminals twice her size.
* PromotionToParent: Raised her brothers after their father killed himself.
* RaisedCatholic: Lisbon and probably her brothers were sent to Catholic schools.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: A particularly [[TearJerker heartbreaking one]] to Jane in the season six finale.
* RejectedApology: Sees Jane's scheme to get [[spoiler: one special last case with her]] as a MoralEventHorizon. When Jane tries to apologize, she shoots him down with [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech a hurtful speech.]] [[spoiler:She later accepts his apology after he [[RaceForYourLove breaks into the airplane she's taking]] to [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove declare his love for her]].]]
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler:With [[TheyDo Jane.]]]]
* TheReliableOne: Lisbon always has Jane's back: he calls her his 'moderating influence'.
%%* SheCleansUpNicely
* StandardCopBackstory: Lisbon was abused by her alcoholic father after her mother's death and raised her three younger brothers.
* StraightMan: To Patrick.
* StrawberryShorthand: 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.
* SuddenlyEthnicity: Though it was already implied with her last name, Lisbon's ethnicity wasn't confirmed until season 4.
%%* SugarAndIcePersonality
* TeamMom: As close as you can get to one for a team of adults.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Tomboy to Van Pelt's Girly Girl.
* {{Tsundere}}: Her actions indicate Type B.
* UndyingLoyalty: 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.
%%* TheWatson
* WhatTheHellHero: Is often the one to do this to Jane when he goes overboard.

[[folder: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 an army ranger, and before ''that'' he was a gangbanger called "The Iceman", a fact which Jane finds hilarious (in his defense, it is more than a little {{Cliche}} and overblown). He's the calm and collected of the group, rarely showing any emotion at all.
* TheAtoner: He enlists himself on the army to atone for his time in the gang.
%%* BadassBookworm
* BadassInANiceSuit: Always seen with a suit and tie; but, until he joins the FBI, his shirts are usually shirtsleeved underneath the jacket (all the better to show off his gun-show when interrogating suspects)
* BewareTheQuietOnes: He doesn't say much, but watch out if you hurt someone he cares about.
* TheBigGuy: Although not as big as Rigsby, this guy is ''really tough''.
* {{Bookworm}}: Reads pretty hefty looking books during stakeouts.
* BrutalHonesty: His stoic personality often leads to cases of this.
%%* TheComicallySerious
* CowboyCop: The most likely to enable and even assist with Patrick's more audacious schemes, despite his aloof attitude.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: He used to be part of a street gang.
* DeadpanSnarker: With emphasis on the [[TheStoic '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?"

-->'''Interviewee:''' "I can make one phone call and your career is toast."
-->'''Cho:''' "That's impressive. The best I can get with one call is a pizza."
* DefrostingIceKing: Extremely gradual (you might even say [[IncrediblyLamePun glacial]]), but being around Jane's antics has lightened him up considerably since the beginning of the series. Comes to a head after the [[spoiler: two-year TimeSkip following Red John's death]] and Cho's joining the FBI: in "Green Thumb" he smiles no fewer than ''three'' times and laughs ''twice''.
* DoesNotLikeSpam: According to Van Pelt, Cho hates pineapple (The Thin Red Line).
%%* FairCop
%%* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Phlegmatic.
* GeniusBruiser: He mainly acts as the interrogator, because he is very persuasive and an excellent listener.
%%* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Rigsby.
* HiddenDepths: Bordering on TheAce levels.
* InSeriesNickname: "The Iceman".
%%* InscrutableOriental
%%* MrFanservice
%%* NotSoStoic: In "Blood In, Blood Out."
%%* NumberTwo: To Lisbon.
%%* OddCouple: With Summer.
* OffScreenBreakup: With [[SatelliteLoveInterest Elise Chaye]].
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Wayne's and Summer's red.
* RecoveredAddict: Cho is hit by a freaking car during a bust and is given pain medication during his recovery for the resulting back injury. As the episodes go on we see him popping the pills as needed. Eventually he realizes he's getting addicted to them. Cho [[TheStoic being Cho]], he solves his addiction by flushing the remainder of his pills down the toilet and never takes any again.
* ReformedCriminal: He used to be involved with a gang before going into law enforcement.
* SecretRelationship: With Summer, due to her being his CI.
* ShipperOnDeck: Shipped Rigsby and Van Pelt during the earlier episodes. When asked, says he does not ship Jane and Lisbon and thinks they're more LikeBrotherAndSister. [[spoiler:He's wrong.]]
* TheStoic: He hardly ever blinks.
* StraightMan: Especially to [[PluckyComicRelief Rigsby]] and later on season six [[spoiler:Agent Wylie.]]
* TokenMinority: The only non-Caucasian member of the team.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Rigsby, whenever they're not affecting the plot.

[[folder: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 [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]].
* AbusiveParents[=/=]AlcoholicParent: His father.
* ActionDad: With [[spoiler:two kids]] by season six.
%%* {{Adorkable}}
%%* BadassInANiceSuit
* BattleCouple: With Van Pelt, especially [[spoiler:when they start their cybersecurity company.]]
* BerserkButton: Don't mention his criminal father to him. [[BewareTheNiceOnes You'll probably regret it]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's usually a GentleGiant, but don't go after any of his loved ones or say anything about his father.
* BigEater: Used to be this, until [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the actor became a vegetarian in real life.]]
* TheBigGuy: The tallest and bulkiest member of the team.
%%* ButtMonkey: A mild example.
* CharacterDevelopment: Since his son was born, he's shown to be more responsible a person. Of course, he is still the team's PluckyComicRelief dude, but he has grown more mature than he's been in early seasons.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: If a someone's in danger and he can do something about it, you can bet Rigsby will not just stand there no matter how dangerous the situation seems.
* DaddyIssues
* DarkAndTroubledPast: His father used to be a biker. A fair amount of abuse is implied.
* DemotedToExtra: In the second half of season 6, following [[spoiler: Red John's death]].
* TheDeterminator: Shot twice, once in the upper chest. Still gets up, walks around the house, and kills the shooters before they get to hurt Jane or Van Pelt.
%%* FairCop
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: The team fakes his death as part of the plan for Jane to meet Lorelei and Red John in the season 4 finale.]]
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Choleric.
%%* GentleGiant
* HeroesWantRedheads: Particularly if they're named Grace...
%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Cho.
* IAmNotMyFather: He really doesn't like it when people suggest that he's like his father.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: He genuinely wants Grace to be happy with O'Laughlin, despite still loving her, which is why he refuses to attend to their wedding.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Whenever Van Pelt gets a new boyfriend, Rigsby takes a few minutes to explain some things to him.
%%* InnocentBlueEyes
%%* MrFanservice
* NewOldFlame: [[spoiler: He and Grace hook up again at the end of "Red Velvet Cupcakes".]]
%%* NiceGuy
* OffScreenBreakup: He and Sarah broke up between seasons 4 and 5, although it's mentioned that it's because of [[spoiler: him faking his death to attempt to catch Red John.]]
* OfficeRomance: With Van Pelt.
* PlotArmor: It's the only explanation how he survives [[spoiler:''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.
%%* PluckyComicRelief
* PutOnABus: After the CBI is disbanded in the middle of season 6, he and van Pelt leave and start a cybersecurity firm.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Cho's blue.
* SecretRelationship: With Van Pelt, in season 2. [[spoiler: They start it again by the end of season 5.]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Cho, whenever they're not affecting the plot.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Gender-flipped. Do ''not'' threaten [[LoveInterest Grace Van Pelt]]. [[spoiler:He becomes increasingly more violent as he realizes Grace and their daughter have become targets of an ArcVillain in season six.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:And he shoots down the man who did it as well.]]

[[folder: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 [[TheMole mole]]. After this she undergoes considerable character development as she learns to cope with what happened: dropping the naivety that defined her in early seasons, learning to express her anger and frustrations, but also working to retain the her sweet side and faith in people.

She is hard-working, very bright and often clashes with Jane about her belief in the afterlife.
* AbsoluteCleavage: In some of her outfits (mostly chosen by Jane to [[HoneyTrap use her as bait]]).
* ActionGirl: Despite being a rookie, she's still a trained cop. Though she spends much of the later seasons (namely [[HideYourPregnancy season 5]]) behind a computer.
* ActionMom: As of season six.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: Before she arrived to the unit, [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Lisbon was the only female]].
* AgentMulder: Always the one to tell the rest of the team (and especially [[AgentScully Jane]]) to "keep an open mind," whether the subject be religion, [[ISeeDeadPeople spiritual mediumship]], {{Haunted House}}s, or AlienAbduction.
* BreakTheCutie: Van Pelt has taken a cynical turn following [[spoiler: having to kill her fiance, TheMole for Red John, in self-defense]].
* BuxomIsBetter: Taken to an almost ridiculous extreme when Amanda Righetti came back from maternity leave(while still breastfeeding her son) in Season 5, as there was a completely unneeded shot of her [[{{Gainaxing}} running up a driveway]], and a later shot framed her breasts-first.
%%* TheChick
* CharacterDevelopment: About season 1 to 3, she was a subversion to FieryRedhead at best, full-on [[TheGenericGuy Generic Girl]] at worst. Following BreakTheCutie event in season 3 finale, though, she starts to [[GrowingTheBeard grow some beard]], with emerging CowboyCop attitude and FieryRedhead temper. At the very least, she is no more the rookie.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: 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.
* DeadPersonConversation: With [[spoiler: O'Laughlin]] in the episode "My Bloody Valentine".
* DemotedToExtra: In season 6 after the [[spoiler: Red John arc ends]].
%%* FairCop
* FieryRedhead: Particularly from season 4 onwards. To the extent that it concerns her companions.
%%* FiveTemperamentEnsemble: Leukine.
%%* GirlyBruiser
* HideYourPregnancy: She got PutOnABus to a hackers' school halfway through season 5. When TheBusCameBack 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).
* HoneyTrap: Whenever a hot lady is needed for an undercover mission, Jane heads straight to Van Pelt.
* KnightInSourArmour: Starting in season 4.
* TheLadette: 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.
* MeetCute: How did she and Craig meet? Oh, right, they had a brutal car crash when he was chasing her and Rigsby.
%%* [[MrExposition Ms. Exposition]]
%%* MsFanservice
%%* NaiveNewcomer: Initially.
* NewOldFlame: [[spoiler: She and Rigsby hook up again at the end of "Red Velvet Cupcakes".]]
%%* NiceGirl
%%* OfficeRomance: With Rigsby.
* PutOnABus: In the middle of season 6, following the disbandment of the CBI, she and Rigsby start a cybersecurity firm.
* TheReliableOne: Van Pelt often goes unnoticed and unappreciated for the long hours she spends hunting down files and information for the other characters.
%%* SecretRelationship: With Rigsby in season 2.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Girly Girl to Lisbon's Tomboy.
* TheWatson: Being the newest member of the team, she played this role during the earlier episodes.

!!The FBI Core

[[folder:Dennis Abbott]]
->'''Played By''': Rockmond Dunbar

An FBI agent dispatched to Sacramento to shut down CBI. 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 ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' toy robot.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: His appearance raised a host of questions, but it now seems he's one of the good guys, if a bit of a dick.
%%* BaldBlackLeaderGuy
* ByTheBookCop: Despite initial fears that he might be [[spoiler: another of the Blake Association's plants]], it seems pretty clear now that he's clean.
** That said, he sees no trouble with Jane's riskier schemes, almost making him a CowboyCop.
* DaChief: [[spoiler:To Jane's new team in the FBI.]]
* DefrostingIceKing: To Jane and Lisbon, during season six.
* HappilyMarried: To his wife Lena. [[spoiler:To the point of caving in at {{Blackmail}} so she'll get her dream job without his SympatheticMurderBackstory getting in the way.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:When he suggests his wife should go to Washington DC alone, to make the executives assessing her stop caring about his [[SympatheticMurderBackstory past.]]]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Maybe 'uncompromising' is a better word, but still.
* JerkassHasAPoint: 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 [[spoiler: that meant permanent shutdown]].
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Lets Jane go in order to avoid a bloodbath that probably would have resulted in his death and the [[spoiler: deaths of Jane and the entire Core, not to mention Red John's escape]].
* NotSoAboveItAll: By the beginning of season six, was seen as a hardass with an antagonistic relationship with Jane. Then Jane gave him something.
-->'''Fisher:''' A [toy] robot?
-->'''Abbott (gleeful)''': Not just a robot. It's ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'', [[CrowningMomentOfFunny all right?]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Is generally a hardass, but is capable of being swayed.
** Starts to trust Jane more and more as he sees him crack cases, and can often be counted to provide whatever [[NoodleImplements crazy things Jane needs.]]
* ScaryBlackMan: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] sometimes in his roles in Jane's schemes.
* ShipperOnDeck: Seems to ship [[spoiler:''Jane and Lisbon'']] of all people. When she [[spoiler:considers moving to Washington]], he sets the two of them up on a nice dinner (granted, [[IWasJustPassingThrough with the premise of looking for a suspect]]) and even makes comments to [[spoiler:Jane]] implying he needs to man up and tell her exactly what he wants.
%%* SpecsOfAwesome
* SympatheticMurderBackstory: Murdered a Zeta commander before he could murder a busload of people during his time in Rio Bravo Station. Is still beating himself up about it several years later, and seems very moved when Jane says [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre he's done the right thing.]]

[[folder:Kim Fischer]]
->'''Played By''': Emily Swallow
Some person who works for the FBI
* PutOnABus: Left to take care of her mother after Season 6. Unlike Rigsby and Van Pelt, she doesn't return for the finale.

[[folder:Jason Wylie]]
->'''Played By''': Joe Adler
Some person who works for the FBI
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: He has a transparent crush on Vega, who seems more interested in Cho. [[spoiler:He finally does get her to agree to a date with him - [[TearJerker but she dies later the same day.]]]]
* HypercompetentSidekick: Has a knack for carrying out orders before they're asked.
%%* MissionControl
* NonActionGuy: Other than Jane himself, Wylie is the only lead of either gender not to be a field trained agent.
%%* TheSmartGuy

[[folder:Michelle Vega]]
->'''Played By''': Josie Loren
Some person who works for the FBI
%%* DisposableWoman
* HypercompetentSidekick: For Agent Cho
* KilledOffForReal: A startling example. And she only lasted a handful of episodes.
* SacrificialLion: Being a fledgling badass doesn't save her from [[spoiler:dying from a gunshot wound]] in her tenth episode.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: {{Averted}}: At first it looks as though she's only there to round out the cast and replace Fisher, but she actually has a very different story. Arguably, though, she is very similar to Van Pelt's character back in Season 1.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Lasted only 10 episodes during the final season.

!!The CBI Office

[[folder: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 [[spoiler: Sam Bosco and his team are murdered.]]
%%* ButNowIMustGo
* TheBusCameBack: 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.
%%* ByTheBookCop
%%* CoolOldGuy
%%* DaChief
%%* AFatherToHisMen
%%* KnightInSourArmor
* PutOnABus: After retiring.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler: Retires after Bosco's team is killed.]]

[[folder: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.
%%* ActionMom
%%* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Along with Lisbon, shows up to save Jane from Kirkland.]]
%%* BlackBossLady
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:Shows up again in season six.]]
* BusCrash: [[spoiler:Died along with her two children on a car accident offscreen. Except she turns out to be...]]
%%* ByTheBookCop
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: She is mentioned to be suspended at one point in season 4, but ever since then she hasn't been mentioned even once.
%%* DaChief
%%* FairCop
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:To keep her family safe and away from Red John.]]
* {{Frameup}}: [[spoiler: She is framed for the murders of Todd Johnson and Manuel Montero.]]
* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: Does this when she is first introduced to Lisbon, saying that Jane's behaviour is her responsibility.
* KnightInSourArmor: [[spoiler:Especially after having to [[FakingTheDead fake her death]].]]
* MamaBear: Emphasized especially in the third season towards the point when she [[spoiler: takes them to hide in the mountains when she is wrongly convicted.]]
* AMotherToHerMen: Lisbon and the team remain loyal to her, even after [[spoiler: she's framed for the murder of Todd Johnson.]]
* PutOnABus: Following the season 3 finale.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* StealthPun: Madeleine Hightower. Madeleine means "high tower".
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Jane.

[[folder: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.
%%* AccidentalMurder
* BerserkButton: Nobody calls Wainwright mommy's boy. [[spoiler: When Jane does, Wainwright fires him.]]
* BoundAndGagged: In the season 4 finale, by [[spoiler: Red John.]]
* ByTheBookCop: By default, he is this. That doesn't mean he cannot be reasonable, though. Read on.
%%* DaChief
%%* DroppedABridgeOnHim
%%* FairCop
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He is insistent about following rules, but he's also very tolerant of Jane's antics, compared to two previous bosses.
%%* SacrificialLion
%%* SharpDressedMan

[[folder: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.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: For Lisbon.
%%* BaitAndSwitchTyrant
%%* ByTheBookCop
%%* DyingDeclarationOfLove
%%* HopelessSuitor: For Lisbon.
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* JerkassWithAHeartOfGold: 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.
* OnlySaneMan: 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 CowboyCop tactics work and are often rewarded.
%%* SacrificialLion
* YourCheatingHeart: Clearly in love with Lisbon (but never really acts on it) despite the fact that he's married.

[[folder:Rebecca Anderson]]
->'''Played By''': Shauna Bloom

Bosco's secretary.
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
* DarkAndTroubledPast: And unknown, too, as it's never really revealed (except for a few comments Jane makes that may or may not be true).
%%* EnigmaticMinion
%%* HiddenDepths
* MadLove: She's ''madly'' in love with Red John.
%%* TheMole
%%* SassySecretary
%%* WalkingSpoiler
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: For Red John.]]
%%* YouGetMeCoffee

[[folder:J.J. [=LaRoche=] ]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/PruittTaylorVince

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.
* BadassBookworm: 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.
%%* BaldOfAwesome
%%* BewareTheQuietOnes
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:After leaving the post of CBI chief in season four, comes back to investigate Rigsby in season five. Becomes a recurring character.]]
%%* ByTheBookCop
* TheComicallySerious: Sometimes, specially when his stoicness contrastes with Jane's personality.
* CreepyMonotone: And knows how to use it for interviews.
%%* InternalAffairs
* LargeAndInCharge: A pretty huge dude.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:He regrets deeply the depths he sank into to avenge his mother's rape. Jane tells Lisbon he's been punishing himself ever since.]]
* NotSoDifferent: From Jane. [[spoiler:Turns out that [=LaRoche=], who advocates policework [[ByTheBookCop 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''.]]
%%* NotSoStoic: In ''Red and Itchy''.
* RealMenWearPink: In his private time he collects delicate figurines and owns a poodle.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Heavily hinted to be the mole in the CBI in the latter half of the third season. Turns out it's O'Laughlin.]]
%%* TheStoic
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: A variation, since Jane isn't an outright criminal, but being the head of CBI Internal Affairs means that he'll often be against [[CowboyCop Jane]]. Yet he's come to respect him as a detective and they have teamed up more than once.
* SympatheticMurderBackstory: [[spoiler:Or, at least, sympathetic mutilation of a tongue.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Just what does he hide in the Tupperware in his safe?
* WorthyOpponent: There's a whole vibe of this going on between him and Jane.

[[folder: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.
* AmoralAttorney: Gives strong vibes of this, though, so far, he hasn't been caught doing anything wrong. [[spoiler:In season five, [[SlaveToPR 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.]]
%%* BackForTheDead
* {{Blackmail}}: [[spoiler: Lisbon blackmails him in order to get her hands at some important documents.]]
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: One of the suspects of being Red John's [[TheMole Mole]] in the end of season three. It was O'Laughlin.]]

[[folder:Brenda Shettrick]]
->'''Played By''': Rebecca Wisocky

The head of CBI's Media Relations Unit.
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
* ButtMonkey: It's subtle, but many jokes are made at her expense, due to her SlaveToPR tendencies.
* GossipyHens: In season five, Jane tells Lisbon to go search for someone whose business is to know about everyone else's business. Cue GilliganCut and Lisbon is talking to Brenda.
%%* HiddenDepths
* TheMole: [[spoiler: 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.]]
%%* PluckyOfficeGirl
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* SlaveToPR: Throws Jane's anti-hero's tendencies into nice contrast.
* WouldntHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Is very reluctant to tell Tommy Volker about Marvin Pettigrew.]]

[[folder:Raymond Haffner]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/ReedDiamond

Lisbon's temporary replacement in Season Four.

* TheBusCameBack: He reappears in season 5.
%%* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* ChurchMilitant: Is a part of Visualize.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Apparently died in the explosion in Jane's house.]]
* PutOnABus: When Lisbon is restored to the team in "Little Red Book".
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* TroubleEntendre: [[spoiler:His conversation with Lisbon on ''Black-Winged Red Bird'' plays out like this, although it is not known whether he actually meant any threat.]]

[[folder:Gale Bertram]]
->'''Played By''': Michael Gaston

The director of the CBI.
%%* BaldOfEvil
%%* DaChief
* DirtyCop: [[spoiler:One of the dirtiest. Works for Blake Association.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Killed rather suddenly after revealing everything he knows to Jane.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Confirmed, though he claims to be 'just a humble footsoldier' in the Blake Association.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Gradually subverted.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: One of the suspects of being Red John's [=Mole=] in the end of season three. The strongest of all the others, since [[ItMakesSenseInContext 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=].]]
%%* SlaveToPR
* SleazyPolitician: A cop version.
* {{Slimeball}}: Has one of the most grating personalities on TV. You might even call it a Michael Gaston specialty.
%%* SmugSnake: See above.
* TheSociopath: Not much a reveal, but still.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Is killed soon after luring Jane to Red John's trap.]]

[[folder:Brett Partridge]]
->'''Played By''': Jack Plotnick

A macabre-loving CBI forensic technician specializing in Red John's murders.
* AllThereInTheManual: The original script of the Pilot describes him as similar to Creator/RickyGervais.
* BackForTheDead: [[spoiler:Returns in season 6 to be killed in the opening episode.]]
* TheBusCameBack: After two seasons without him, he returns in season 5.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He gets a bit overexcited at the sight of an interesting crime, but he does seem to know a lot about his occupation.
* CreepyMortician: The CBI's resident example.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: His enaction of a crime goes a bit off in the Pilot.
-->'''Partridge:''' He waits for her, expecting her to come in alone. Only thing, her friend Tannen chose the wrong night to come over for a Richard Gere and ice cream orgy. So Red John zaps them both with his trusty stun gun and grabs a five iron from the bag here, and BAM! Crushes Tannen's skull. Then takes his sweet time dealing with Alison how he likes.
* DarkIsNotEvil: A complete gore freak, although not explicitly evil. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Every time he is unimpressed with Jane's knowledge about Red John.
%%* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* DirtyCop: [[spoiler:A part of Blake Association.]]
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: Admires Red John's murder style and considers it a work of art. Naturally, Jane isn't amused.
* {{Jerkass}}: Downplayed. Bizarre quirks aside, he seems to be a somewhat friendly guy, but his notable personal enmity with Jane often brings out his sarcastic side.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Worked for Red John's cult.]]
* MeaningfulName: His surname brings to the memory the painting ''A brace of partridge'' by William Blake, the author of the poem The Tyger which Red John is famous for uttering. This not only increases Partridge's profile as a Red John suspect, but later highlights [[spoiler:his membership of the Blake Association.]]
* NauseaDissonance: He seems genuinely puzzled when his enthusiastic description of a death by incineration makes Jane feel sick.
* NightmareFetishist: Admires everything related to forensic science and death in general, to the point he almost {{squee}}s at seeing a case of SpontaneousHumanCombustion.
* NoNameGiven: A variation: his name is never explicitly said until Season 5, but it is always visible on his ID card.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: 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.
* RedHerring: Partridge is pointed as a Red John suspect as soon as his second apparition, and the number of evidences only increases as the series advances. However, he is not Red John, [[spoiler:and in fact gets killed by him in the opening episode of Season 6, but he is revealed to be a part of his cult.]]

!!The Villains

[[folder:Red John]]

A mysterious and dangerous SerialKiller 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 CriminalMindGames 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 are confirmed until Season 6 but, unusually for a SerialKiller, 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. His real name is [[spoiler:Sherriff Thomas [=McAllister=] ]]
* AttentionWhore: 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.
* AxCrazy: A sadistic AttentionWhore that kills ForTheEvulz. He's high-functioning when it comes to this but he doesn't hide that he enjoys his work as much as the attention cast upon them.
* AntagonistTitle: Few episodes mention him, fewer deal directly with him, and only three can be confirmed to actually show him on camera (one where he was wearing a mask, one where he's only partly shown as he's committing a murder, and the third where his identity is finally revealed), but ''every'' episode has some reference, however vague, to the colour "red" in the title, to show that he is still the main villain.
* ArchEnemy: Jane considers him to be his; Red John, for his part, seems to treat Jane more as a one-sided FriendlyEnemy.
* BadBoss: He has no qualms with killing off pawns who have [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]].
* BerserkButton: He clearly doesn't like people talking bad about him on television, as Jane, [[spoiler: Kristina and Panzer]] can assure you.
* BigBad: For six-sevenths of the series.
* BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler: Red John himself comes to Jane's rescue in the Season 2 finale.]]
* CallingCard: 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. Goes into BlackComedy territory when its revealed to also be the password of the corrupt law enforcement fraternity that he started.
* CardCarryingVillain: 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. [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne He does get annoyed when Jane says he only has "delusions of grandeur" instead of just being grand.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:He made his first "official" appearance in the second episode of the series, and was revealed in the episode "Red John" to be the BigBad himself.]]
* TheChessmaster: He's almost constantly at least one step ahead of Patrick and the CBI, and only really makes a few mistakes in his last appearances(one of his last victims sees his tattoo and is able to tell Patrick about it before dying, and he then lets Patrick choose the location of their meeting, which gives Patrick the opportunity [[spoiler: to hide a gun there before the meet]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: 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.
* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler: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.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Perform cheap copy-cat killings of his work? He'll shoot you dead. Insult him on state television? 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.''
%%* DiabolicalMastermind
%%* TheDreaded
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* EvilOldFolks: Red John has a twenty-plus year career, so it's a fairly safe assumption he's this. [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler:a Sheriff]].
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Faked having died in the explosion in Jane's house... only to really die one episode later.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: 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.
* FriendlyEnemy: 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.
* TheGhost: He never appeared in person until the second season, and even then he was disguised when he showed up.
* HiddenVillain: His true identity was the show's DrivingQuestion until halfway through the sixth season.
* KnifeNut: 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.
%%* IHaveManyNames
* KnightOfCerebus: The show can be light-hearted but it's always at its darkest whenever Red John's around.
* LackOfEmpathy: Seems unable to care about anyone but himself and has no qualms about sacrificing his loyal underlings at the drop of a hat.
* TheManBehindTheMan: A freaky amount of murderers and serial killers are actually controlled by him.
* ManipulativeBastard: Is able to get both his serial killing 'apprentices' and other members of the Blake Assosciation to do pretty much whatever he wants.
* MonsterMisogyny: He primarily torture-murders only women and girls. He murders Janee's family which is all female and he does crazy stuff like brainwash women into thinking they are dead. He never got the memo that women are man's equal and could kick his tail.
* {{Narcissist}}: He just can't get enough of himself and how "amazing" he is.
* NotSoDifferent: 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.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: When in his civilian guise of [[spoiler:Sheriff Thomas [=McAllister=]]], he comes off as, if not quite buffoonish, at least normal, especially in his first encounter with Jane.
* PsychicPowers:[[spoiler:What he claims to possess as Jane prepares to strangle him.]]
* PsychopathicManchild: Despite his cultured nature, it's revealed that he's this at the core. He throws away people's lives like a kid burning ants with a magnifying glass and reacts to the attention his murders bring with the same sort of glee as a petulant, fame obsessed six year old.
* RevengeByProxy: His murder of Jane's family.
* SerialKiller: 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.
* TheSociopath: Self-centred, incredibly sadistic, and having an extreme lack of empathy.
* SoftSpokenSadist: He has a very quiet, unassuming voice. [[spoiler: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 GutturalGrowler.]]
* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler: Red John saves Jane from his copycat killer in the second season finale.]]
* VillainsWantMercy: [[spoiler:Tries everything he can think of to convince Jane to spare him. He tries to invoke [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim If You Killed Me You Will Be Just Like Me]] by telling Jane the murder will weigh on his soul. That doesn't work. He then tells Jane that he will tell Jane how he got the list of seven possible candidates. That doesn't work either. As a last ditch effort, he resorts to flat out begging and pleading for his life.]] It still doesn't work.
* WeAreEverywhere: 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 ChurchOfHappyology, 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.
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler:Offers this to Jane in the season 4 finale, though it's really just an effort to turn him into another pawn.]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: It's revealed through [[spoiler:the notes of Jane's psychiatrist]] that he has one big fear he tries to deny. Turns out he suffers from [[spoiler:ornithophobia]], otherwise known as [[spoiler:a fear of birds]].
* WickedCultured: Red John listens to Bach and quotes William Blake's poetry.
* WorthyOpponent: 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.
* WouldHurtAChild: He murdered Jane's daughter.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: 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.

[[folder:Bret Stiles ]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/MalcolmMcDowell

The head of Visualize, a ChurchOfHappyology 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.
* AGodAmI: His followers consider him a God.
* AffablyEvil: 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.
* BadassPreacher
* BerserkButton: 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.
%%* TheBusCameBack: In "His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts."
%%* TheChessmaster
* ChurchMilitant: People are willing to kill at his directions.
%%* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve
* DatingCatwoman: In "His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts," he openly hits on Grace. She considers it... but turns him down.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DevilInPlainSight: 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.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: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.
%%* FriendlyEnemy: With Jane.
%%* ManipulativeBastard
* PutOnTheBus: At the end of "The Blood On His Hands", he retreats to Indonesia to open Visualize branch there.
%%* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections
%%* WorthyOpponent
* YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler:In season six he's dying and has only a month to live at most.]]

[[folder: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.
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
%%* BoyishShortHair
* DatingCatwoman: With Jane.
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
%%* FemmeFatale
* KarmaHoudini: Zig-Zagged; she's arrested for her crime and tried for manslaughter between her first and second appearances, but [[spoiler: when she comes in to consult a case with the CBI, she escapes.]]
** In her third appearance [[spoiler:she tries the same trick but is arrested and told she will face a full sentence for her husband's murder.]]
%%* ManipulativeBastard
%%* RomanticFalseLead
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Of Brooke Harper the con woman from Miss Red, they're both charming and manipulative with a strong attraction to Jane. The end of Miss Red also implies Brooke will pull a KarmaHoudini.
* WorthyOpponent

[[folder:Tommy Volker]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/HenryIanCusick

To the outside world, billionaire Tommy Volker is an affable philanthropist, on the inside, however, he's a cold-blooded and sadistic CorruptCorporateExecutive 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.
* ArcVillain: In season five.
* ArchEnemy: To Lisbon.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Hes relatively quick to drop his charming demeanor when he gets angry.
%%* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* DeadpanSnarker: A habit that quickly gets into Lisbon's nerves.
* EvilIsPetty: In response to Lisbon accusing him of his past crimes and turning his assistant into a witness, [[spoiler:he has his assistant murdered, arranges it to look like a suicide, and forges a suicide email laying the blame for it on Lisbon]].
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* KarmaHoudini: Notable in being one of the few villains to get away with his crimes by the end of his episode. [[spoiler:He is finally arrested in "Little Red Corvette". Time will tell whether that's enough to put him behind bars, though.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Powerful enough connections that an agent in Homeland Security tries to dissuade Lisbon from going after him due to the politicians hes in bed with.
%%* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
%%* SmugSnake
* TheSociopath: He's referred to as such in the show. His chilling habit of personally watching his hitmen murder his victims, lends credence to this.
%%* StepfordSmiler
%%* VillainWithGoodPublicity
* VillainousBreakdown: Goes through a steady one in ''Little Red Corvette'' as Lisbon and the team get closer and closer to exposing his crimes. [[spoiler: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]].
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:After a hitman refuses, Volker goes after a kid himself. He doesn't get the chance, though.]]

[[folder: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 [[spoiler: killed by Red John]] by the end of the episode.
* AttentionWhore: Like Red John, he seems to have a pathological need for attention, even writing a blog devoted to his SerialKiller persona.
* BaldOfEvil: Well, mostly bald, he's still got a little hair left on the top.
* BigBadWannabe: Once Red John is [[spoiler:supposedly dead]], Panzer attempts to convince people that the San Joaquin Killer is an even bigger threat. Not only is he wrong, [[spoiler:he doesn't even survive his first episode]].
* BullyingADragon: In his defense, when he mocked Red John he did believe the man to be dead, [[spoiler:unfortunately for him, he was very, very wrong]].
* CallingCard: Part of his modus operandi was to put small objects over his victims eyes, like pebbles and bottle caps. His last victim had [[EyeScream her eyes completely gouged out.]]
* ForTheEvulz: 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.
%%* FourEyesZeroSoul
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Killed by the very same SerialKiller he was bad-mouthing on TV.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: 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 SerialKiller and you're writing a blog about yourself and hyping up your image on ''national television'' you know you've got an ego.
* SerialKiller: Killed at least six girls.
* SlashedThroat: How he kills his victims.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: His death reopens Red John MythArc.
* SmugSnake: Taunts Red John on television. [[spoiler:Is dead by the next day.]]
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: He looks completely unremarkable, just a regular, podgy middle-aged man.
* WouldHurtAChild: His victims ranged from sixteen to twenty.

[[folder:Richard Haibach]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/WilliamMapother

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.
* AbusiveParents: All but stated to have been sexually abused by his father.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: 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.
* BrotherSisterTeam: [[spoiler:He and his sister Hazel worked together to target the CBI.]]
* CreateYourOwnVillain: 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. [[spoiler:He gets shot by Rigsby before he has the chance.]]
* NeverMyFault: While he does have a point when he blames the [=CBI=] for framing him as a possible Red John suspect, he never once acknowledges that he only got kidnapped and tortured because he refused [=CBI=] protection.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: This man is surprisingly ruthless despite looking like a voyeur freak. If not for Rigsby's blatant PlotArmor, he would have succeeded at killing Jane, Van Pelt, and Rigsby all.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: 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 [[spoiler:Oscar and JJ [=LaRoche=], and the near deaths of [[spoiler:Rigsby, Van Pelt and Jane]].
* TragicVillain: It's implied that the sexual abuse he endured as a child at the hands of his father caused him to be a pedophile.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Several seasons of being harassed and eventually tortured turn him into the murderous bastard everyone kept accusing him of being.
* TookALevelInBadass: 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.
* VillainHasAPoint: 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.
* WhosLaughingNow: 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.

[[folder:Michael Ridley]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/TitusWelliver

A prominent member of an equity firm and secretly the mastermind behind a ruthless ring of human and organ traffickers.
* AffablyEvil: 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.
* ArcVillain: Of the human trafficking arc in the latter part of season 6, and the closest thing to a BigBad the end of season 6 had.
%%* BeardOfEvil
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: 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.
* DirtyCoward: Janes gets him to talk by threatening to [[LaserGuidedKarma harvest his organs]]; although responsible for the kidnapping and deaths of countless young women, he folds quickly when it comes to his own skin.
* IHaveYourWife: 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.
* LackOfEmpathy: 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.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: 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.
* MoralMyopia: 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 [[TheDragon dragon]] Anthony, despite casually ordering dozens if not hundreds of deaths himself.
* NeverMyFault: 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.
* SmugSnake: {{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.
* TheStoic: He is cool, calm and collected through his appearances and rarely shows much emotion. [[NotSoStoic He shows some genuine fear when his life is threatened]], of course.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Nearly everyone who works for him who gets chased or caught by the FBI winds up dead.
* VillainousFriendship: Is seemingly on genuinely good terms with his [[TheDragon Dragon Anthony]]. The only concern he shows for another human being is when he thinks Jane has just murdered him.

!!The Federal Agents

[[folder:Craig O'Laughlin]]
->'''Played By''': Eric Winter

An FBI agent that serves as Van Pelt's love interest in season 3.
%%* AffablyEvil
%%* AxCrazy
%%* BadassInANiceSuit
* DeadPersonConversation: [[spoiler: With Grace, in season 4.]]
%%* DirtyCop
%%* EvilAllAlong
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: On the season 3 finale.]]
%%* FairCop
%%* Foreshadowing
%%* HoneyTrap
* MeetCute: How did he and Grace meet? Oh, right, they had a brutal car crash when he was chasing her and Rigsby.
%%* TheMole
* NiceGuy: [[spoiler: Just a cover, though.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler: In "My Bloody Valentine".]]
%%* RomanticFalseLead
%%* SacrificialLion
%%* SharpDressedMan
%%* WalkingSpoiler

[[folder: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 the San Joaquin Killer.
%%* ByTheBookCop
%%* FairCop
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Her career went down and she loses herself after [[spoiler: accidentally killing Wainwright]] in the season 4 finale.
%%* PutOnABus
* ShipTease: With Wainwright, at times.

[[folder:Alexa Schultz]]
->'''Played By''': Polly Walker

An FBI agent who takes over Darcy's investigation in Season 5.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Was acting on Kirkland's behalf.]]
* MysteriousWatcher: [[spoiler:Is the one who asks Minelli for reports on Jane.]]

[[folder:Reede Smith]]
->'''Played By''': Drew Powell

One of Schultz's agent, partner with Mancini.
* AloneWithThePsycho: [[spoiler:Inverted. His conversation with Kirkland in the park played it like Kirkland was the psycho. While Kirkland does have a nasty case of KnightTemplar, Smith turns out to be more dangerous than him.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Turns out to be one of the seven people Jane thinks might be Red John.]]
* DirtyCop: [[spoiler:Works for Blake Association.]]
* DramaticIrony: [[spoiler:He understands he is in danger when the cop who is supposed to be helping him tells him the same thing he told Kirkland.]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: [[spoiler:When he becomes a target of Blake Association, he quickly calls the CBI and surrenders.]]
* InTheBack: [[spoiler:Makes Kirkland run away from the van so he can shoot him in the back -- and tell everyone Kirkland was trying to escape.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Works for Blake Association.]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler:Lower-level FBI officer, looks more like DumbMuscle than a thinker - but is the one who offs Kirkland after the latter is arrested]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Man can look dumb if he wants to.
%%* PoliceBrutality
%%* SoleSurvivor: Of all the suspects on Jane's list, he is the only one to survive.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:A target of Blake Association for that, although he has managed to escape for now.]]

[[folder: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.
* AloneWithThePsycho: [[spoiler: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.]]
* DevilInPlainSight: To the viewership, at least... he's evidently shady after [[spoiler: killing Lennon.]]
* DirtyCop: [[spoiler: He is a suspect of being Red John.]] Also, in one episode, he has his men [[spoiler: break into Jane's room in the CBI and steal his investigation.]]
%%* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: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.]]
%%* FairCop
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler: For a given value of 'good,' but he's definitely not working with Red John, the Blake Association, or any other bad guy.]]
* HiddenVillain: [[spoiler:While Jane doesn't trust him entirely, most of the team has no idea what he's up to.]]
* HiddenAgendaVillain: [[spoiler:And the audience doesn't know exactly what he wants either.]]
%%* KnightTemplarBigBrother
* MysteriousWatcher: [[spoiler:Has been following Jane's career in the CBI from the very beginning.]]
* NotSoStoic: [[spoiler:In "Red Listed".]]
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: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 [[NotSoStoic pissed]] when Jane tells him about that.]]
* RememberTheNewGuy: He has been watching Jane since before the series started, but he has only shown up by Season Five.
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:Actually his motivation.]]
* ShadowArchetype: 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.
%%* TheStoic
* OhCrap: When he realizes the Red John suspects he's been after are fakes.
* TheUnfettered: [[spoiler:Wants revenge against Red John, and doesn't care who he has to hurt to get to his goal.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:Revealed to be looking for revenge against Red John for the death of his twin brother.]]

!!The Local Police

[[folder:Sheriff Thomas [=McAllister=]]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/XanderBerkeley

* ChekhovsGunman: Made a single appearance, in the episode after the pilot, and was never seen again for five seasons. [[spoiler: Then Season Six reveals him to be Red John.]]
* DirtyCop: 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. [[spoiler: But as Red John, however... oh yes. He is quite dirty.]]

!!The Recurring

[[folder: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.
* TheBusCameBack: One episode in season 5, [[spoiler: she's pregnant and getting married.]]
%%* {{CloudCuckooLander}}
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler: In her season 5 appearance.]]
%%* HoneyTrap
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Although she states that she's not a hooker repeatedly.
* TheLadette: Deconstructed in the end. Her impulsive, frattish behavior forces Cho to [[spoiler: break up with her, because it might be dangerous to his job as a cop.]]
%%* MsFanservice
%%* [[NonActionGuy Non-Action Girl]]
%%* PutOnABus
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Cho's blue.
* SlapSlapKiss: with Cho.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: [[spoiler: At least, until the BigDamnKiss in episode 14.]]
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Cho again. [[spoiler: They do.]]

[[folder:Walter Mashburn]]
->'''Played By''': Currie Graham

A millionaire that appears in two episodes so far, "Redline" and "Red Hot".
* BigFancyHouse: Owns one. Or several, actually.
* BlindDriving: 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... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny it really doesn't end well for the car.]]
* ChickMagnet: The money helps, though.
* IdleRich: Shows some aspects of this.
* MillionairePlayboy: In spades.
* NiceGuy: When he wants to.
%%* PutOnABus
* RedHerring: He was shown on Jane's list of suspects for a brief moment, but was dropped as a suspect by the season 5 finale.
* RomanticFalseLead: For Lisbon.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: One of the reasons why he assists Patrick in his first appearance.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Lisbon. [[spoiler: At least until Red Hot.]]

[[folder:Kristina Frye]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/LeslieHope

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.
%%* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome
* DeadPersonConversation: Claims to be able to do this.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Whatever it is that Red John did to her, it left her believing she's dead.]]
%%* ISeeDeadPeople
%%* MindRape
* PhonyPsychic: 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.
%%* PsychicPowers
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Has yet to be seen again after being rescued from Red John's captivity in season three.]]
* RomanticFalseLead: For Jane.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Jane.

[[folder:Dr. Steiner]]
->'''Played By''': George Wyner

A humorless medical examiner with the Sacramento County Coroner's Office. Spars with Jane once a season.
%%* TheComicallySerious
%%* TheCoroner
%%* ADayInTheLimelight: "The Red Mile."
%%* ADeathInTheLimeLight
%%* DrivenToSuicide
%%* FaceDeathWithDignity
%%* MauveShirt
%%* TheMedic
%%* SoapOperaDisease
* StayWithMeUntilIDie: [[spoiler:Asks this of Jane because he doesn't want to be autopsied.]]
* SuicideIsPainless: [[spoiler: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.]]
%%* WoobieOfTheWeek

[[folder: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.
%%* {{Adorkable}}
%%* BrainyBrunette
%%* HelloAttorney
* HiddenBadass: She can act shy and lovely, but can kick serious ass in court. She actually takes great pride in her job.
* HollywoodDateless: To the extend that she goes to Erica's matchmaking system.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The height disparity between her and Rigsby is quite funny
* MarriedToTheJob: Prior to meeting Rigsby.
%%* NervousWreck
%%* NiceGirl
* OffScreenBreakup: She and Rigsby break up between seasons, after [[spoiler: he [[FakingTheDead fakes his death]] on the season 4 finale.]]

[[folder: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.
%%* AffablyEvil
%%* AloofDarkHairedGirl
%%* AntiHero
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler: Her sister Miranda was the only person who she really connected with, and she was brutally raped and murdered by Red John.]]
* CoolBigSis: [[spoiler: To Miranda.]]
%%* DarkActionGirl
* DatingCatwoman: With Jane. Unlike his flirtations with Erica Flynn, it's hinted that Lorelei left an impression on him.
* DeadManWriting: [[spoiler:A variant, in that she recorded for a message to Jane for Red John before he killed her.]]
%%* TheDragon: To Red John.
* DroppedABridgeOnHer: [[spoiler:Killed by Red John offscreen. We only see the body.]]
%%* FemmeFatale
* HighHeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:What gets her is the fact that Red John killed her younger sister, but the fact that she fancies Jane doesn't hurt it.]]
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: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.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Jane's only comment to seeing Lorelei's body is that she had it coming.]]
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Shoots a man that knows who Red John is before Patrick can interrogate him. In front of him!]]
* LongLostSibling: [[spoiler: Her sister Miranda, who was sold by her mother as a baby. They find each other and become ''very'' close... [[KickTheDog and then Miranda's killed]].]]
%%* MsFanservice
* RevengeBeforeReason: [[spoiler: 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.]]
%%* WalkingSpoiler