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* TragicHero: Yan spent his life to stay away from the life of crime due to his status as an illegitimate son of a mob boss, he then enrolled in the police academy and was almost expelled due to his background. To stay as a cop, he signed up as an undercover for almost a decade with the risk of being chased by other cops and retributions from rival gangsters along the way in addition to his sanity slippage. Eventually, Yan's opportunity to be officially recognized as a police officer was doomed after [[spoiler: he was later shot dead by Billy.]]

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* TragicHero: Yan spent his life to stay away from the life of crime due to his status as an illegitimate son of a mob boss, he then enrolled in the police academy and was almost expelled due to his background. To stay as a cop, he signed up as an undercover for almost a decade with the risk of being chased by other cops and retributions from rival gangsters along the way in addition to his sanity slippage. Eventually, Yan's opportunity to be officially recognized as a police officer was doomed after as [[spoiler: he was later shot dead by Billy.]]


%%* SurprisinglySuddenDeath
* TragicHero:

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%%* SurprisinglySuddenDeath
* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: [[spoiler: Billy shot him while he's backing into the elevator.]]
* TragicHero: Yan spent his life to stay away from the life of crime due to his status as an illegitimate son of a mob boss, he then enrolled in the police academy and was almost expelled due to his background. To stay as a cop, he signed up as an undercover for almost a decade with the risk of being chased by other cops and retributions from rival gangsters along the way in addition to his sanity slippage. Eventually, Yan's opportunity to be officially recognized as a police officer was doomed after [[spoiler: he was later shot dead by Billy.]]



* IfICantHaveYou: In the second film [[spoiler: he betrays Sam's wife, whom he loves, after she rejects him, which leads to her being killed bei Hau's henchmen by being run over with a car.]]

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* IfICantHaveYou: In the second film [[spoiler: he betrays Sam's wife, whom he loves, after she rejects him, which leads to her being killed bei by Hau's henchmen by being run over with a car.]]



* HeroKiller: [[spoiler: He shot Yan in the head when he's backing into the elevator while holding Ming hostage.]]



** In the third film, he didn't buy into [[spoiler: Shen's]] persona. Near the end of the film, he even set up deal which is actually an ambush against him.



* AffablyEvil: He's a light-hearted fellow even among his gangster brethrens.

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* AffablyEvil: He's a the most light-hearted fellow even among his gangster brethrens.



** For the second and third film, Yan fills this role.

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** For the second and third film, Yan fills shares this role.role with him.


[[folder:Luk]]
!!Chief Inspector Luk Kai-cheung
->'''Played By:''' Hu Jun
->'''Appeared in:''' Infernal Affairs II

Wong's superior in the police force.
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* ByTheBookCop: He disapproves Wong's decision to let Yan infiltrate Ngai's triad knowing that Yan is the half brother to Hau.
* ExternalCombustion: [[spoiler: He was killed by the car bomb which was meant for Wong.]]



[[folder:Keung]]
!!Tsui ''Silly'' Wai-keung
->'''Played By:''' Chapman To
->'''Appeared in:''' All films

Sam's most trusted henchman.
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* AffablyEvil: He's a light-hearted fellow even among his gangster brethrens.
* FakeShemp: [[spoiler: He was falsely announced as an undercover cop after his death to keep Yan's cover from being blown.]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: Keung is usually seen with Del Piero in the first film.
** For the second and third film, Yan fills this role.
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* HappilyMarried: With Ming, until [[spoilers: she received the recording of Ming and Sam's conversation from Yan.]]

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* HappilyMarried: With Ming, until [[spoilers: [[spoiler: she received the recording of Ming and Sam's conversation from Yan.]]


%%* DeadpanSnarker

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%%* DeadpanSnarker* DeadpanSnarker: Especially when paired with Keung.


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* TragicHero:


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* AffablyEvil: Noone would guess that he's an undercover gangster, not even his girlfriend, due to his friendly and charismatic behavior.
* CharacterDevelopment: After being a mole for Sam for years and years, [[spoiler: Wong's death makes him realize he went too far, so he betrays Sam and decides to start a new life as an honest cop]], even though it doesn't turn out like he wanted it to.


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* TheChessmaster: On several occasions, especially in the first film.


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* IfICantHaveYou: In the second film [[spoiler: he betrays Sam's wife, whom he loves, after she rejects him, which leads to her being killed bei Hau's henchmen by being run over with a car.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] and discussed. [[spoiler: Death would have been his redemption on several occasions, him escaping it being his true punishment, suffering SurvivorGuilt and slowly [[SanitySlippage going insane]]. Even when he tries to kill himself, he still doesn't succeed, doesn't die and therefore doesn't reach redemption.]]
* RedemptionRejection: The result of what's explained above.


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* SanitySlippage: His character arc in the third film.


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* DarkAndTroubledPast: The second film shows this side of the Wong we get to see in the first one. [[spoiler: He set off the murder of high class gangster boss Kwun, resulting into a RoaringRampageOfRevenge by Kwun's son Hau.]]


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* AffablyEvil: He is thoughtful and gets sentimental everytime he talks about his father, whom he respected deeply. His calm and cultured appearance is often underlined by [[BadassBookworm bookshelfs]] in the background when he is seen.


* Expy: To [[Film/TheGodfather Michael Corleone]]. Both of them are the youngest son of their family and succeeded their father's mob business, and they both also have intention to go legitimate. Their personality are also similar to each other.

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* Expy: {{Expy}}: To [[Film/TheGodfather Michael Corleone]]. Both of them are the youngest son of their family and succeeded their father's mob business, and they both also have intention to go legitimate. Their personality are also similar to each other.


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** Even before this, he doesn't shy away from killing (or at least trying to kill) ALL the other triad bosses since he suspects that they all had a role in scheming his father's death.


* BadassCripple: [[spoiler: He was crippled by Yan during their last meeting, still he faced no hinderance in taking down Ming during the latter's confrontation with Yeung.]]

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* BadassCripple: HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler: He was crippled by Yan during their last meeting, still he faced no hinderance in taking down Ming during the latter's confrontation with Yeung.]]


* ReverseMole: [[spoiler: He's actually an undercover cop working for the mainland government.]]

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* ReverseMole: [[spoiler: He's actually an undercover cop working for the mainland government.]]]]
[[/folder]]


* Chekov'sGunman: Despite being a minor character, he played a huge part in shaping the ending of first film and the events of third film.

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* Chekov'sGunman: ChekhovsGunman: Despite being a minor character, he played a huge part in shaping the ending of first film and the events of third film.







->'''Appeared in:''' '''Infernal Affairs II'''

The youngest son of Ngai Kwun.

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->'''Appeared in:''' '''Infernal Infernal Affairs II'''

II

The youngest son of Ngai Kwun. After his death, Hau succeeded his position as the head of his mob business.



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[[/folder]][[/folder]]

!Other
[[folder:Dr. Lee]]
!!Dr. Lee Sum-yee
->'''Played By:''' Kelly Chen
->'''Appeared in:''' Infernal Affairs, Infernal Affairs III

Yan's therapist and later his love interest.
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* MoralityPet: To Yan.
* SecretKeeper: She's the only civilian character that Yan discloses his identity as an undercover cop to.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mary]]
!!Mary
->'''Played By:''' Sammi Cheng, Chiu Chung-yu (young)
->'''Appeared in:''' All films

Ming's wife, who's a novelist.
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* HappilyMarried: With Ming, until [[spoilers: she received the recording of Ming and Sam's conversation from Yan.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shen]]
!!Shen Cheng
->'''Played By:''' Chen Daoming
->'''Appeared in:''' Infernal Affairs III

An enigmatic gang leader from mainland China.
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* BadassCripple: [[spoiler: He was crippled by Yan during their last meeting, still he faced no hinderance in taking down Ming during the latter's confrontation with Yeung.]]
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler: He's actually an undercover cop working for the mainland government.]]


* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefullness: [[spoiler: After revealing his double identity to Ming, he was killed by Ming and served as the scapegoat to Ming's crimes.]]

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefullness: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: After revealing his double identity to Ming, he was killed by Ming and served as the scapegoat to Ming's crimes.]]


* ChekovsGunman: Despite being a minor character, he played a huge part in shaping the ending of first film and the events of third film.

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* ChekovsGunman: Chekov'sGunman: Despite being a minor character, he played a huge part in shaping the ending of first film and the events of third film.



* YouOutlivedYourUsefullness: [[spoiler: After revealing his double identity to Ming, he was killed by Ming and served as the scapegoat to Ming's crimes.]]

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* YouOutlivedYourUsefullness: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefullness: [[spoiler: After revealing his double identity to Ming, he was killed by Ming and served as the scapegoat to Ming's crimes.]]


!Sam's Triad
[[folder:Sam]]
!!Hon Sam
->'''Played By:''' Eric Tsang
->'''Appeared in:''' All films

A chubby triad boss and Ming's mentor.

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!Sam's Triad
[[folder:Sam]]
!!Hon Sam
[[folder:Yip]]
!!Yip Kam-fung
->'''Played By:''' Eric Tsang
Hui Kam-fung
->'''Appeared in:''' All films

A chubby triad boss and Ming's mentor.
Infernal Affairs, Infernal Affairs II

The principal of the police academy.



* ALighterShadeOfBlack: How Wong sees him initially, compared to his mentor Kwun. Wong even stated he rather see him take charge. However, [[spoiler:his treatment of Ngai's surviving family members]] proved him as NotSoDifferent than other gangsters.
* AffablyEvil: When he's in a good mood or when he's with his wife, even more so in the second film during his scenes with Wong.
* ArchNemesis: To Wong.
* BadBoss: [[spoiler: He almost got Yan killed twice in the third film. First time he made Yan beat up Shen's younger brother, and second time by put him in charge of a firearms deal with Shen which turns out to be a trap.]]
* BigBad: In the first film.
* BrokenPedestal: The events of second film led to Wong's fallout with him.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* EvilOldFolks
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His wife Mary.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He refused to sell Kwun out to Wong, who made his fortune.
* GenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Ming and Billy are not the only moles he sent to infiltrate the police force.]]
%%* LargeHam
* OddFriendship: He and Wong were best friends at one point, he even dined with him at the police station.
%%* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:When the cops converged on him at the parking garage. He tried to call Ming only to find out he's already there, about to tie up the loose ends.]]
* VillainousFriendship: Keung is his most trusted underling.

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* ALighterShadeOfBlack: How Wong sees him initially, compared ByTheBookCop: He insists to expel Yan from the academy for lying about his mentor Kwun. Wong even stated he rather see him take charge. However, [[spoiler:his treatment of Ngai's surviving family members]] proved him as NotSoDifferent than other gangsters.
* AffablyEvil: When he's in
background, despite that he still give Yan a good mood or when he's with his wife, even more chance to impress Wong so that he can stay.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: He passed away
in the early part of first film, however he has more screentime on second film during his scenes with Wong.
* ArchNemesis: To Wong.
* BadBoss: [[spoiler: He almost got Yan killed twice in the third film. First time he made Yan beat up Shen's younger brother, and second time by put him in charge of a firearms deal with Shen which turns out to be a trap.]]
* BigBad: In the first film.
* BrokenPedestal: The events of second film led to Wong's fallout with him.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* EvilOldFolks
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His wife Mary.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He refused to sell Kwun out to Wong, who made his fortune.
* GenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Ming and Billy are not the only moles he sent to infiltrate the police force.]]
%%* LargeHam
* OddFriendship: He and Wong were best friends at one point, he even dined with him at the police station.
%%* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:When the cops converged on him at the parking garage. He tried to call Ming only to find out he's already there, about to tie up the loose ends.]]
* VillainousFriendship: Keung is his most trusted underling.
film.



!Ngai's Triad
[[folder:Hau]]
!!Ngai Wing-hau
->'''Played By:''' Francis Ng
->'''Appeared in:''' '''Infernal Affairs II'''

The youngest son of Ngai Kwun.

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!Ngai's Triad
[[folder:Hau]]
!!Ngai Wing-hau
[[folder:Billy]]
!!Inspector Lam Kwok-ping
->'''Played By:''' Francis Ng
Gordon Lam
->'''Appeared in:''' '''Infernal Infernal Affairs, Infernal Affairs II'''

The youngest son
III (flashback only)

A HKPD CIB inspector and one
of Ngai Kwun.Ming's underling.


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* ChekovsGunman: Despite being a minor character, he played a huge part in shaping the ending of first film and the events of third film.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: He's one of several moles sent by Sam to infiltrate the police force along with Ming.]]
* YouOutlivedYourUsefullness: [[spoiler: After revealing his double identity to Ming, he was killed by Ming and served as the scapegoat to Ming's crimes.]]
[[/folder]]



!Sam's Triad

[[folder:Sam]]
!!Hon Sam
->'''Played By:''' Eric Tsang
->'''Appeared in:''' All films

A chubby triad boss and Ming's mentor.
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* ALighterShadeOfBlack: How Wong sees him initially, compared to his mentor Kwun. Wong even stated he rather see him take charge. However, [[spoiler:his treatment of Ngai's surviving family members]] proved him as NotSoDifferent than other gangsters.
* AffablyEvil: When he's in a good mood or when he's with his wife, even more so in the second film during his scenes with Wong.
* ArchNemesis: To Wong.
* BadBoss: [[spoiler: He almost got Yan killed twice in the third film. First time he made Yan beat up Shen's younger brother, and second time by put him in charge of a firearms deal with Shen which turns out to be a trap.]]
* BigBad: In the first film.
* BrokenPedestal: The events of second film led to Wong's fallout with him.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* EvilOldFolks
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His wife Mary.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He refused to sell Kwun out to Wong, who made his fortune.
* GenreSavvy: Ming and Billy are not the only moles he sent to infiltrate the police force.
%%* LargeHam
* OddFriendship: He and Wong were best friends at one point, he even dined with him at the police station.
%%* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:When the cops converged on him at the parking garage. He tried to call Ming only to find out he's already there, about to tie up the loose ends.]]
* VillainousFriendship: Keung is his most trusted underling.
[[/folder]]

!Ngai's Triad
[[folder:Hau]]
!!Ngai Wing-hau
->'''Played By:''' Francis Ng
->'''Appeared in:''' '''Infernal Affairs II'''

The youngest son of Ngai Kwun.
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* Expy: To [Film/TheGodfather Michael Corleone]. Both of them are the youngest son of their family and succeeded their father's mob business, and they both also have intention to go legitimate. Their personality are also similar to each other.
* RoaringRampageofRevenge: Goes through this after discovering [[spoiler: Wong]] masterminded his father's murder.

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* Expy: To [Film/TheGodfather [[Film/TheGodfather Michael Corleone].Corleone]]. Both of them are the youngest son of their family and succeeded their father's mob business, and they both also have intention to go legitimate. Their personality are also similar to each other.
* RoaringRampageofRevenge: RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Goes through this after discovering [[spoiler: Wong]] masterminded his father's murder.


* DestinationDefenestration: [[spoiler:How he was dealt by Sam's thugs.]]

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* DestinationDefenestration: [[spoiler:How he was dealt with by Sam's thugs.]]



* Expy: To [Film/TheGodfather/Michael Corleone]. Both of them are the youngest son of their family and succeeded their father's mob business, and they both also have intention to go legitimate. Their personality are also similar to each other.

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* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler: Wong shot him in the head while he grabs Sam at the gunpoint.]]
* Expy: To [Film/TheGodfather/Michael [Film/TheGodfather Michael Corleone]. Both of them are the youngest son of their family and succeeded their father's mob business, and they both also have intention to go legitimate. Their personality are also similar to each other.


* Expy: To [[Film/TheGodfather/Michael Corleone]]. Both of them are the youngest son of their family and succeeded their father's mob business, and they both also have intention to go legitimate. Their personality are also similar to each other.

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* Expy: To [[Film/TheGodfather/Michael Corleone]].[Film/TheGodfather/Michael Corleone]. Both of them are the youngest son of their family and succeeded their father's mob business, and they both also have intention to go legitimate. Their personality are also similar to each other.

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