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Gideon ReevesPlayed by: Justin Kirk
- Crimefighting with Cash: A prime example. In "Fueling Fires", he buys a man's small shop in order to get access to files Murphy needs.
- Expy: He's basically Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark if he was allowed to run a police station with the funding used to upgrade its equipment.
- Experienced Protagonist: Known publicly as a rich man responsible for running RI for many years prior to the start of the show.
- Fiction 500: Explicitly stated to be worth over 100 billion dollars.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: In "Signal Loss", he's accused of breaking privacy laws.
- Macgyvering: Gideon is able to build an artificial cell tower using a police car radio and various parts his tech team store in their van in under seven minutes in order to triangulate a cell signal.
- Missing Mom: Died from cancer while he was in high school.
- Must Have Caffeine: One of the lesser things Gideon does for District 13 is upgrade the coffee machine.
- Parental Abandonment: His mother is long dead, and his father is a Con Artist who keeps trying to take advantage of his son whenever their paths cross (which is why Gideon tries to avoid having their paths cross whenever possible).
- Reckless Gun Usage: Reeves demonstrates the new taser pistol by shooting two people with it in the precinct briefing room in "Hard Reset". The cops present are noticeably disturbed. He did apparently set it up ahead of time with them though.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Reeves gets the go-ahead to take over and overhaul the District 13 police by plugging a ninety million dollar deficit in the city's pension program out of his own pocket. (And, if he's turned down, he says he'll fund the mayor's opposition in the next election.)
- Self-Made Man: Built a 100 billion dollar company from the ground up.
- Boxed Crook: Gideon mentions that he recruited her after RI caught her snooping around their servers.
- Number Two: Helps Gideon manage the tech and equipment in the 13th District.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: In "Risky Business", Ada was about to throw up when she saw a live corpse in a crime scene. To be fair, Murphy did warn her about it ahead of time.
- Death by Origin Story: See Small Role, Big Impact for more details.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His death during a robbery drives Gideon to manage the 13th District to combat crimes in the area.
- Tested on Humans: He's subjected to a taser test by Gideon after being shot in "Hard Reset". Turns out that he knows about it and was a willing test subject.
- Genius Bruiser: Retired pro wrestler with a doctorate in electrical engineering.
- Ironic Nickname: His wrestling handle was "Blockhead", but he's anything but stupid.
- Only Sane Man: Warns Gideon if he thinks he's about to do something stupid or waste unnecessary funding away.
- Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: Doesn't like that Gideon's paying more attention to the 13th District instead of the company. Though after she saw him get shot with a RI-made ballistic vest, she's convinced that there's a market to sell police-only tech to the civilian market.
Chicago Police Department, 13th District Precient
Captain Raymond Hauser
- Da Chief: Runs the 13th District. At least until he resigned.
- Good Old Ways: He tells Ada that despite all the tech in the way from RI, it's not going to replace all aspects of police work. This is one of the reasons why left the police force in "Personal Matters".
Detective Theresa MurphyPlayed by: Natalie Martinez
- Deuteragonist: Detective Murphy is the other protagonist to highlight the show's theme from the perspective of a serving police officer.
- Fair Cop: A very pretty female CPD officer, when Gideon's dad wonders aloud if he walked into a police station or a modeling agency.
- Ms Exposition: Often has to provide detailed explanations to Gideon as to why certain parts of police work are not as simple as they sound on paper. These explanations often give Gideon an idea to some gadget he can make that would help deal with those problems.
- Nausea Dissonance: In "Risky Business", Murphy warns Ada about the risk of vomiting in a crime scene.
- Perp Sweating: In "Hate of Comrades", Murphy does this to a suspect while he is sitting on a chair that was retrofitted by Reeves to read vitals that acts like a Lie Detector.
- Speak Truth To Power: Reeves relies on Detective Murphy because he knows that she will never hesitate to speak her mind to him, no matter how much money and power he has.
- Stating the Simple Solution: This is Detective Murphy's job. When Reeves tries to come up with some high-tech way to follow-up on some evidence his toys have come up with, she's the one who points out that there are traditional police methods, which, combined with the basic street knowledge of the local cops, can handle that already.
- Working with the Ex: She's a cop, her ex-husband works at the DA's office, so this pops up on occasion.
Sergeant Ed Conrad
- You Are in Command Now: Gideon lets him run the district as the acting head since Hauser chose to leave.
Officer Tasha Goss
- Chekhov's Gun: Her time as a motorbike officer. In "Personal Matters", this was used when Gideon was able to create electric motorbikes with deployable spike strips. She volunteers to go after the ex-racing driver responsible for hurting a child.
- Hidden Depths: In "Risky Business", she tells a troubled university student that she's a lesbian.
- Fair Cop: Goss is not bad looking next to Murphy.
Officer Nicholas Brandt
- Chekhov's Gun: His military past. "Pandora's Box" has him teaching Murphy about military lingo and codes to help her send a message to him and Goss.
- It's Personal: In "Personal Matters", he's raring to go after the ex-racing driver who got his K9 injured.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Brandt was conflicted in "Daddy's Home" when he figures out whether to turn a troubled kid over to the police, charging him for stealing cars or to use his hotwiring skills to help law enforcement agencies and civilians alike. He chose to be good and help the kid out.
Officer Jimmy Reyes
- New Meat: He's been in 13th District for a while. His status got him injured since he'd never been in a situation that required him to use his weapon. He later realizes that he got hurt because he got too nervous and it wasn't because of his technology.
Chicago City Government
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Initially agrees to help Gideon manage the 13th Precient. But later decides to have him get out of it when he heard news that an officer was shot while pursuing a suspect responsible for killing Sullivan.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While Murphy sees him as one for specifically going after Gideon after all the good he's doing in changing their lives and making things easier, he has a point that some of his actions have resulted in lawsuits concerning privacy or the access to his APB app is not available for everyone.
- Working with the Ex: He works at the DA's office, his ex-wife is a cop, so this pops up on occasion.