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Banshee Sheriff's Department

    Sheriff Lucas Hood 
Played by: Antony Starr

An unnamed professional thief who's fresh out of prison after serving 15 years behind bars. Through sheer dumb luck he successfully cons the entire town of Banshee into making him their new Sheriff, after confusing him with the real Lucas Hood. His main goal in Banshee is to convince the love of his life to come back to him despite her having changed name and started a family—including the daughter Hood never knew existed.


  • Becoming the Mask: Seems to be falling under this as the series continues, taking his "fake" job as sheriff almost as seriously as his various criminal capers.
    • Confirmed in the penultimate episode, as Hood tells Brock that he really believed he was a cop.
  • Blood Knight: Implied to be his way of dealing with all the anger and pain he accumulated during his 15 years in prison.
  • Bonnie And Clyde: Essentially what he and Ana were before he went to jail.
  • The Casanova: If he interacts with a hot female character other than his daughter, odds are good he'll end up in bed with her.
  • Carpet of Virility: Type 1. A trimmed but very present one to underline his status as a badass and his high sexual drive.
  • Combat Pragmatist: After spending 15 years in prison, Lucas does not fight fair.
  • Cowboy Cop: And actual justified example for a change, since he's not a real cop and has no idea what the real police procedure or limitations are.
    • For bonus points he gets called one directly in Evil for Evil.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Unlike his Mysterious Past, we know a good deal about the shit he went through to become the Blood Knight he is today through extensive flashbacks of his 15 years in prison. Though what happened before then didn't appear to be a picnic either.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: He assumes the identity of the recently deceased Lucas Hood and covers up his death.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Part of why Hood is so ruthless about protecting the things he cares about is because there's not a whole lot left for him. One of the themes of his arc seems to be the things he cares about being brutally taken away from him. He survived prison by clinging onto the hopes of a post-release happy ending with Ana and the ten million dollars, that doesn't exactly work out. His relationship with his daughter is tested by his reluctance to replace Gordon. One of the reasons he throws so much into protecting Job, Sugar, the deputies, and his family is because they're all he has.
  • Determinator: Do not get in his way. Especially if his family is in danger. This extends to Job and Sugar as well as the Sheriff's Department.
  • Disappeared Dad: He did have a pretty good excuse.
  • Fatal Flaw: While Wrath is the most obvious example, and Lucas does rejoice in violence, it was his loyalty and love for Ana and Deva that got him in prison and then drew him and kept him in Banshee in the first place,. His attachments to Sugar and the police department keep getting him in trouble as well. His real weak spot is an overabundance of loyalty.
  • A Father to His Men: Despite his unconventional policing style he's always displayed remarkable loyalty to the members of the department, even Brock. In fact, his unflinching loyalty is a Fatal Flaw of his.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Episode 2x05 implies that Hood doesn't particularly like being this ruthless.
  • Lovable Rogue: Flashbacks portray pre-prison Hood to be one of these. Being a charming, girl-chasing thrill-junkie with little regard for the consequences of his actions. Most people who knew him then say that he's changed for the worse.
  • Made of Iron: Over the course of the series he is beaten, shot and stabbed enough to kill a normal person 10 times over. This also informs his fighting style — against seriously skilled opponents, his approach is simply to absorb everything they can hand out, and wear them down with sheer persistence.
  • Master Thief: He apparently was this, this is why he attracted Rabbit's attention in the first place. He also picks pockets and locks during the process of his police work.
  • Mysterious Past: We still don't even know his real name.
    • Several aspects of his past, including his name, are unknown, even to Anna. Hints are dropped over the course of the show and as far as we can tell he was an abused kid who killed his father then enlisted in the army, was kicked out for disciplinary problems, but then recruited by a black ops spy organisation. At some point he was sent to assassinate master hacker Job, but instead allied with him and had Job erase his history and records. He then drifted around working as a thief, before finally earning enough of a name to be sought out by the Ukranian mob. The rest is explicitly seen on screen. The clues are as follows:
    • He doesn't have fingerprints or picture ID, and his first appearance on the radar was his arrest for the diamond heist.
    • His only activity with his dad was making model airplanes.
    • At some point he was in Army training, but got into a fight with his instructor, and was heading for court-martial when he then got recruited into some sort of Black-Ops program.
    • At some point Job erased a number of files of NSA operatives. The Man questioning Job at the time when this is revealed implies that he erased several to cover up needing to erase just one.
    • His father was abusive to him and landed him in hospital several times.
    • At one point he was sent to kill Job.
    • He has a weapons connection that refers to him as "soldier boy". When Ana questions him about the origin behind this nickname, he wouldn't reveal anything.
  • Noble Demon: If you were to view Hood as a bad guy, he's still fanatically loyal to those in his camp and opposed to rampant brutality.
  • Papa Wolf: The possibility of extensive torture and death at the hands of Rabbit was not nearly as motivating to him as his daughter being held hostage.
  • Parents as People: Though he does legitimately try, Lucas is too emotionally and psychologically damaged to be father of the year.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's only 5ft 9, but don't let his small size fool you. He can, and will, annihilate you.
  • No Name Given: The show is over and we still don't know his real name. Not even Antony knows, though apparently Ivana does.
  • One-Man Army: To an insane degree. Hood may not be the biggest guy out there, but his ability to take a serious beating, his tendency to fight dirty, partnered with his sheer audacity and years of suppressed rage, make him pretty damn unstoppable once he gets going. There is and entire episode in Season 2 called Armies of One, where he faces of against another one, and they both have a fairly existential talk about what it means to be practically invincible.
  • Out-Gambitted: What caused him to go to prison. Rabbit found out about his scheme to rob him and disappear, which set off the whole story.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In any dynamic Hood will always come out Red due to his volatile emotions and anger issues.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: not due to his time as a shady government operative, ironically, but Hood was clearly traumatized by his time in prison, and whenever he flashes back he falls apart horrifically and heartbreakingly.
  • Trauma Button: Being trapped or near prisons gives him panic attacks about his own time behind bars.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Beginning with his arrest and incarceration this guys simply can't catch a break. Revealed in the season 3 finale to go back even further than that, into a possibly abusive childhood and troubled youth.
  • The Unfettered: This is Hood in a nutshell, prison stripped most of his civility away and you're left with a man that only cares about his family and what few friends that don't betray him. He legitimately doesn't seem to understand why people care so much about him breaking the law and not following procedure as a cop.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He really doesn't discriminate when it comes to violence, if he thinks you deserve it.
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    Brock Lotus 
Played by: Matt Servitto

A Banshee deputy, and the longest-serving member of the force who was intended to become the new Sheriff before being passed over. He's strictly by-the-book and resentful towards Hood after the cowboy cop's appointment.As the series unfolds, him and Hood gradually begin respecting one another.


  • Amicable Exes: He dances around this trope with his ex-wife whom he still loves (which is mutual) but his sense of duty gets in the way.
  • Bald of Awesome: Rocks the Picard, still manages to lay out the crooks and petty criminals that roam Banshee's streets.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Starts rocking one after Emmett's death.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Has a very clear sense of duty and it's very clear that he values following the rules above all else, unless there's no other choice at hand.
  • Carpet of Virility: Carries one under his shirt, much like Hood, but this time to mark his maturity.
  • Fair Cop: A seasoned cop in his late forties... and a quite attractive one at that.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Whenever he's partnered up with Hood...three guesses who's who.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Shares some animosity with Hood. Gets downplayed as the series goes on as they become more like Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: His job isn't an easy one and he knows it but he refuses to give up and always tries his best, despite how surly and jaded he may be about the whole thing sometimes.
  • Not So Above It All: Makes it perfectly clear he disapproves of Hood's antics, yet when Rabbit has Hood held captive he throws the rule-book out the window in order to save his colleague's life. Brock rearms three civilians, gets out a shotgun and declares Rabbit's men have fucked with the wrong town. Siobhan and Emmett are visibly and understandably shocked.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Calm and collected most of the time, despite his curmudgeonly demeanor.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Due to his wariness around Hood and his disapproval of his methods.
    Brock: Everything you touch reeks of death!
  • You Are in Command Now: When Hood defects at the end of Season 3, he becomes the de facto new sheriff and Hood recognizes him as such ever since.
  • Workaholic: The primary reason behind his divorce is that he puts work before anything else.

    Emmett Yawners 
Played by: Demetrius Grosse

African-American Banshee deputy. Serious and fatherly but soft-spoken, he's also one of the most moral characters of the cast. He and his wife are killed in a revenge attack by Neo-Nazis in the Season 2 finale.


  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is usually pretty calm and friendly. But when he's pushed too far, look out.
  • Break the Cutie: One of the nicest characters on the show and a devout Christian. Then his wife gets assaulted, has a miscarriage, he loses his shit, beats up the Nazis responsible, and turns in his badge. It looks like he and his wife are just about to have a fresh start in the Season 2 finale, before being brutally gunned down by Nazis.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Is probably one of the nicest characters on the show. The one time he loses control and gives some Neo-Nazis a well-deserved beating, it comes back to bite him. Hard.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: Is one of the most moral people in town. Gets unceremoniously killed off along with his wife.
  • Gentle Giant: A very imposing but good-hearted man.
  • Killed Off for Real: He and his wife are gunned down just outside of town in the Season 2 finale by skinheads.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Most people don't care, but there's a couple Neo-Nazis who really don't like that he has a white wife.
  • Mauve Shirt: He's killed mid-show by a Neo-Nazi along with his wife, yet was important enough to be remembered and frequently talked about after his death.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: To the neo-nazis responsible for his wife's miscarriage.
  • Papa Wolf: Can be menacingly protective of his people e.g. standing between Siobhan and her abusive ex ready to pummel him. When his wife has a miscarriage, the men responsible pay for it. Hard.
  • Religious Bruiser: When he thinks he's going to die he goes through "The Lord Is My Shepherd" prayer. He's also an all-star running back at Penn State.
  • Scary Black Man: Subverted. He looks like one and often uses his appearance to his advantage. But his actual persona is very different.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: He and his wife fall victim to this trope in the Season 2 finale.
  • Unstoppable Rage: After his wife's miscarriage caused by Neo Nazis he ultimately makes them pay for it by unleashing his wrath and beating them all down mercilessly.

    Siobhan Kelly 
Played by: Trieste Kelly Dunn

Banshee's female deputy fed up with people underestimating her for being the only woman on the force and also for her small stature and dainty looks. She proves many times that she can hold her own by herself. However, against a 6'3 juggernaut like Chayton, she's just no match and he kills her almost effortlessly in Season 3.


  • Action Girl: Holds her own in every gun fight and can beat up a grown man with her own hands badly enough to put him in the hospital.
  • Death by Secret Identity: Gets killed two episodes after finding out about Hood's secret.
    • And in the episode where she becomes the first and only person in the entire show Hood tells his true name to.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Made it immediately clear that despite her small stature she was a capable cop; casually pinning down some jackass whilst telling him to "shut the fuck up" right before politely introducing herself to her new boss.
  • In Harm's Way: Chose to enter the police force of her own free will so she could toughen up.
  • Killed Off for Real: Her neck is broken by Chayton Littlestone at the end of the third season's fifth episode.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: She used to be the abused wife of an alcoholic husband. And because she didn't want to find herself defenseless again, she chose to enter the police force.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Standing at a mere 5'5, she doesn't look like much but she's still strong and resilient enough to deal with most bad guys who attacked her. But against Chayton who is almost a foot taller than her and easily twice her weight in muscle, she was clearly outmatched in a hand-to-hand combat and lost her life accordingly.
  • Subordinate Excuse: She mostly puts up with Hood's antics and unorthodox ways because she likes him more than as her boss. And he knows it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Used to be the wife of a Domestic Abuser. Then she became a cop and divorced her husband. Then her husband comes back and tries to rekindle their relationship, but shows that he's still his old self. So she gave him an ass whooping.
  • Will They or Won't They?: It's hinted very early in the series that she and Hood are attracted to one another. Around season 2, they become an unofficial item but, since Hood has Cartwright Curse, she ended up like all the other girls who slept with him.

    Billy Raven 
Played by: Chaske Spencer

A former reservation officer before enlisting in Banshee PD to work in a "functional" police department.


    Kurt Bunker 
Played by: Tom Pelphrey

A former skinhead looking to atone for his past crimes. He's a late addition to the police force and soon proves to be an extremely valuable member.


  • The Atoner: Was once a Neo-nazi and has a good mind for proving that he no longer wants any association with the movement.
  • Berserk Button: Whenever he's around his past Nazi associates.
  • Cain and Abel: His relationship with his younger brother Calvin was completely decimated by him leaving the brotherhood. This makes their current relationship...difficult.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: Is tattooed all over his upper body with Neo-Nazi symbols which go up to his throat. He's not very fond of being shirtless because of said tattoos.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: He defected from the brotherhood because he gradually felt guiltier each time they committed a crime and after he realizes just what he had been doing, Kurt decided to detach completely from his former buddies and become a better person.
  • Not So Stoic: Is one of the most polite characters on the show. But that's all thrown out the window any time he's confronted by Neo-Nazis.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Unbeknownst to his brother, he is his wife's lover, something Calvin only catches on late in Season 4.
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Anna's Family

    Anastasiya "Ana" Rabitova /Carrie Hopewell 
Played by: Ivana Miličević

Daughter of notorious Ukraine crime boss Mr Rabbit and a former professional thief. She is now retired and living under the alias Carrie Hopewell as a family woman in the small town of Banshee. Not only was she an accomplice to Lucas Hood but also his secret lover and the reason he spent 15 years behind bars.


  • Action Girl: Ana is such a good fighter she practically qualifies for One-Man Army status. Notably she was in a fight once against a mob enforcer that lasted for an entire episode.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: As thief, she seems to display a lot more finesse than Hood, and her various criminal escapades usually go much smoother than any other crooks in the show. And as to being classy, beyond being far calmer than the other characters, she is criminal royalty.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: She doesn't want Deva nor Max to follow the same road their father and herself did. While Max just might avoid this since he's Gordon's biological son, Deva, being the daughter of Bonnie And Clyde-like parents, shows signs that she's indeed on her way to become a criminal too.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Justifies marrying Gordon and turning Lucas into Rabbit as necessary steps to protect her family.
  • Lady of War: Definitely the most dignified of the main-characters, even when you see her breakdown, it's usually over her family and loved ones.
  • Made of Iron: She takes enough punishment in her fight with Oleg to criple a normal person, but she's out of the hospital and kicking ass after a couple of hours.
  • Mafia Princess: Raised by a Ukrainian mob boss but, unlike most examples of this trope, she's an active member of her father's organization, instead of just living off his misbegotten wealth.
  • Mama Bear: She will absolutely destroy anyone who comes after her children.
  • Meaningful Name: Possibly. Anastasia Romanova was a member of the last Russian royal family, and when the Romanovs were overthrown, her body was famously never recovered along with the rest of her families remains, leading to the widespread conspiracy theory that she survived. Rather fitting for the ‘Princess’ of an Eastern European (Ukranian) Mob family, and one who made herself dissapear at that.
  • Outlaw Couple: Her relationship with Hood is a textbook example.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Is the calm controlled Blue Oni to Hoods wild and emotional Red Oni.
  • Safecracking: This was her criminal specialty. You see her ply her craft a few times in the show.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Raised by the controlling and psychotic head of the Ukranian mob, she falls in love with a wise cracking Lovable Rogue with a Mysterious Past. They plan to run away together using diamonds that they will be stealing and taking for their own rather than delivering them back to her father, but it all goes wrong, and her father rats them out to the police. Her lover orders her to leave him and run, which she does. She uses the new identity created for her to hide out from her father, but discovers she is is pregnant. To offer herself a layer of protection she enters into a relationship with Gordon and marries him in the hopes of keeping her new daughter safe until her lover is free. At some point though, the identity of Carrie Hopewell overrides her former identity of Anastasia and she settles into small town life. The her former lover and father of her daughter comes blasting back into her life, dragging her father practically to her doorstep. She is forced to confront her feelings about him, and reveal her secrets to her family. This causes her perfect little family to fall apart at the seams, as they can no longer trust her. She moves back into a more criminal way of life as her estranged husband falls into alcoholism, her daughter becomes a druggie, and her young son is neglected. And then to top it all of, the man she's sleeping with turns out to be her next mark, he kidnaps her, and in the resulting rescue, said estranged husband dies. You tired yet?

    Gordon Hopewell 
Played by: Rus Blackwell

Carrie's husband and Banshee's district attorney who has it out for Kai Proctor. Dies in the season 3 finale helping Hood storm the military base.


  • Alcoholic Parent: Turns into this Season 2, when his marriage (and family) are devastated by Anna's secrets. He snaps out of this after his son almost dies because of his behavior.
  • Bumbling Dad: Had shades of this around Deva and Max but he becomes stricter and stricter as the series goes on.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Going out after storming a military base to rescue your estranged wife from a mad man is a pretty epic way to go out.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When The Reveal that Carrie isn't the woman he thought she was, he still wants to help her accomplish her raid with Hood and Job on the paramilitary base.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He knows all too well that Proctor is bad news and he wields his power as an attorney the best he can to take him down.
  • Retired Badass: He was a marine who served with distinction in the Gulf War, which explains how he's badass enough to storm an army base.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 2, justified seeing as how Anna's secrets have devastated their family. He gets better though.

    Igor Rabitov / "Mr. Rabbit" 
Played by: Ben Cross

Father of Anastasia, Rabbit is a ruthless Ukrainian gangster out for revenge against Hood for turning his daughter against him.


  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Commits suicide upon being retrieved by Hood and Ana, right after conceding defeat.
  • Big Bad: Of seasons 1 and 2.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How he dies, using his own gun.
  • Graceful Loser: When he knows he's done for after the death of his brother and that of his wiseguys, he doesn't fight back but instead accepts that he has lost and only asks to be allowed to end his own life himself, which Hood agrees to do.
  • Like a Son to Me: Thought of both Lucas and Olek as this.
  • Made of Iron: It's easy to see where Anna gets it from, given the fact that he survives being shot point blank in the chest.
  • Never Found the Body: He was shot in the chest in the first season finale, but he still managed to get away.
  • You Have Failed Me: The reason why the whole story started. He had found out about Hood and Ana's scheme of robbing him and disappear right after, and framed them both by denouncing them to the cops. Only Ana could escape, Hood was sent to prison.

    Deva Hopewell 
Played by: Ryann Shane

Daughter of Carrie and Gordon Hopewell, though secretly the biological daughter of Lucas Hood. She is characterised by her rebellious teen spirit and tendency to attract serious danger.


  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Deva is really rude and misbehaved, even when she doesn't have any reason to be.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Despite being estranged from her biological father, she's very similar to him in her ways.
  • In the Blood: Her biological father, mother and grandfather are all thieves and criminals, and as the series progresses she displays ever increasing larcenous tendencies and willingness to break the rules.
  • Little Miss Badass: After all she's gone through, it's clear she's one very tough girl. Cemented in season 4 where she gets her first kill when her mother's home is being stormed by Proctor's cohorts.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Over the course of the series her family gets totally wrecked and her own life put in jeopardy multiple times.
  • Youthful Freckles: Has them all over her face to signify that she's still a teenage girl.
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Proctor Family & Associates

    Kai Proctor 
Played by: Ulrich Thomsen

The unofficial overseer of Banshee, he's a wealthy businessman with a hand in every criminal enterprise. Kai believes he is above the law and so takes an interest in the new Sheriff when Hood makes it clear he wont be paid off.


  • Affably Evil: Despite his contentious relationship with the Banshee's government, but he still invites the mayor and DA to parties and generally acts as a well-intended and polite paragon of society.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Despite his ambition to become a much bigger crime boss, the Columbian cartel in season 4 tells him straight that he's nothing but a local thug to them.
  • Ambition Is Evil: A very ambitious businessman who always thinks big. Corrupt to the bone.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The head of several crime operations, and he can give Sheriff Hood a run for his money in a fight.
  • Berserk Button: Don't sleep with his niece.
  • Big Bad: Arguably for the whole series since he's responsible that all the crime happening in Banshee.
  • Blondes Are Evil: He's very blond and is corrupt to the bone.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Has shades of this to his character, being a businessman. But he does the dirty work himself way more than the usual type.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: In respect to Rebecca, given their incestuous bond.
  • Creepy Uncle: To anyone but his actual niece.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Is shown to still have a deep attachment to his mother, and tries to rekindle his relationship with her in Season 3, up until she dies.
  • Jerkass: Well, he is one of the biggest villains on the show for a reason.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: But he also does have the town's interests in mind, has a Go-Karting with Bowser relationship with Lucas up until the real Hood's son gets murdered, and tries to force his family to re-accept Rebecca. He's evil, but he's one of the lesser evils in the show.
  • Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal: Averted. His mother recognizes that his crimes are her crimes to begin with. Along with his father.
  • Noble Demon: For all of his faults and being an admitted ruthless crime boss, he does have a pretty deep-rooted sense of honor about paying back debts and the like, also he some strict rules about doing business and deals in good faith with many of his criminal and non-criminal business partners.
  • Overarching Villain: He's the villain that last the longest on the show and has the most influence to why everything bad happens in Banshee.
  • Papa Wolf: Harming any member of his family is most certainly going to get him pissed off.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Kai Proctor still deeply respects his father and wants his approval.
  • Worthy Opponent: The usual dynamic between him and Hood who do harbour some respect for each other.
  • Yandere: Proctor completely loses it when he learns of Lucas and Rebecca's previous flings, getting into a fist fight with Lucas and almost throwing Rebecca out of his house. He also has Jason killed simply for sleeping with her.

    Clay Burton 
Played by: Matthew Rauch

Personal assistant and bodyguard for Kai Proctor. He has an aura of mystery and general creepiness; always speaking in a flat voice with an unblinking gaze.


  • The Champion: To Kai Proctor, seems to have zero interests beyond serving him.
  • Bad Ass In A Nice Suit: Always seen in a suit and a bowtie, belying his formidable combat skills and brutality.
  • Battle Butler: For Kai, he not only is Proctor's most competent assistant, he also takes cleans up and answers the door and seems to reside in Proctor's home.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Downplayed. Burton isn't evil per se, he just serves an evil man religiously, given that he's the one he owes his life to.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Declan Bode and Calvin Bunker for season 4.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Some scenes present him getting a rather particular thrill out of murder.
  • Covered with Scars: Seen during his various Shirtless Scenes, due to having been horrifically tortured.
  • Creepy Monotone: Never raises his voice, which makes him even more menacing.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He's got one of these, big time. Flashbacks during "Armies of One" show him being mercilessly whipped by an unknown party, and he still bears the (numerous) scars from this experience.
  • The Dragon: Proctor's second-in-command, along with Rebecca.
  • Eunuchs Are Evil: Implied. He's not exactly specified to be a eunuch, but his unresponsiveness to Rebecca's hand down his pants and the look of horror in her face, as well as the profound level of trauma he suffers from his Dark and Troubled Past, seem to indicate something along these lines.
  • Final Boss: He's the final opponent that Lucas faces in Banshee.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Though he gets much scarier when the glasses come off.
  • Genius Bruiser: While he's certainly an intimidating figure capable of delivering brutal levels of violence to those that get in his way, he also seems to be involved in Kai's bookkeeping and other administrative parts of the Proctor criminal empire.
  • The Glasses Come Off: When you see Burton taking off his glasses, it means that you're probably about to die.
  • Hates Being Touched: Seems to have an aversion to (non-combat related) physical contact, probably caused by his Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: A one-sided one, much like Smithers towards Burns. His devotion to Proctor borders on Subordinate Excuse more often than not.
  • Implacable Man: While he's not the only badass in the series, he's one whose reaction to getting hurt seems to be minor irritation rather than agony. Hood might be Made of Iron and Chayton might be The Juggernaut but Clay Burton feels no pain.
  • I Owe You My Life: The reason for his loyalty to Kai.
  • Last-Name Basis: Nobody ever calls him "Clay" in the series.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: A clear case on his part since he would follow Proctor anywhere and handle his orders no matter what.
  • One-Man Army: He takes on six neo-nazis with only his fists and pieces of a broken chair. His opponents end up a mess of mangled bodies and while Burton is covered in blood, none of it seems to be his.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Standing 5'6'', Burton doesn't very imposing but is actually capable of taking several trained men at a time.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: One of the most, if not the most capable fighter on show, but sports a bowtie and pink or purple shirts.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: In the finale, he's revealed to be the one to have mimicked Declan's serial killings in order to kill Rebecca and not get blamed. Eventually, he's found out by Hood who beats him to a pulp and leaves him to Proctor who snaps his neck in retaliation.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: You wouldn't think that this mannerly, taciturn man is actually a very efficient assassin.
  • Torture Technician: Serves this role in Proctor's organization.
  • Undying Loyalty: For guess who? This comes from Proctor saving his life and granting him vengeance to the people who brutalized him.

    Rebecca Bowman 
Played by: Lili Simmons

Young Amish girl who lives a devout life by day, but is a rebellious, sexually adventurous party girl by night. She is Proctor's niece, and the only member of the Amish community he has contact with.


  • Break the Cutie: Gets kicked out of her community, is alienated from her family (except her corrupt uncle), she gets kidnapped, then her brother gets kidnapped, Jason gets killed simply for sleeping with her, and all of her exposure to violence ever since living with Kai.
  • Co-Dragons: With Burton, even though he mistrusts her.
  • The Corruptible: She was already shady to begin with but living with her uncle made her morally corrupt, despite having bouts of remorse and mercy every now and then.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Proctor begins to tailor Rebecca for a role in his criminal empire.
  • Dark Chick: She's pretty much this in Proctor's entourage. Easily the weakest of the party compared to her uncle and Burton, but still very dangerous and very capable of killing her uncle's opponents.
  • Incest Subtext: Between her and uncle Kai. As of the Season 2 finale, it's no longer just subtext.
  • It Gets Easier: The first time she knowingly killed someone, she hesitated and it almost cost her her life. By the third season she’s killing people without the slightest hesitation.
  • Kill the Cutie: Brutally murdered shortly before the beginning of Season 4 by a serial killer. The rest of the season shows how that came to be through flashbacks.
  • Pet the Dog: Her most noteworthy moment is when she helped her uncle's mistress vanish with her son before Burton could find them when him and Proctor heard of her betrayal.
  • Posthumous Character: She's already dead by the start of season 4, but she's still shown in flashbacks leading to her demise.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She takes the first step when she kills Alex Longshadow. By the third season she's killing people without breaking a sweat and carries a gun around.
  • The Vamp: Uses her sexuality as a weapon to manipulate, trick and sometimes kill the men who fall prey to her charms.
  • Woman in White: Often wears a white dress and is much more dangerous than she lets on.

    Israel Proctor 
Played by: Alpha Trivette

Amish elder revealed to be the estranged father of Kai Proctor, whom he has declared dead.


  • Church Militant: A very devout Amish living away from the secular society in his own community.
  • I Have No Son!: In his eyes Kai died years ago, the moment he renounced his faith.
  • The Patriarch: His role in his family, a position which both his son and his grand niece acknowledge.

Associates

    Frazier 
Played by: Ron Cephas Jones

A Philadelphia drug dealer who buys pills from Proctor, and comes into conflict with him when Rebecca starts selling to another distributor.


  • Affably Evil: Is nothing but polite and courteous towards Proctor, until he leaves the room so his men can set Proctor on fire.
  • Bullying the Dragon: Tries to intimidate, torture and kill Proctor, which predictably backfires.
  • Eye Scream: Frazier is blind. One of his eyes is clouded over, and the other is missing entirely, leaving just an empty socket. Before killing him, Proctor puts out a cigar in the latter.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Frazier's eyes definitely qualify as evil ones.
  • Villainous Friendship: Apparently he and Proctor used to have a fairly amicable relationship as well as a business partnership. By the time we see Frazier onscreen, this is no longer the case.

    Calvin Bunker 
Played by: Chris Coy

Kurt Bunker's younger brother, who stepped up to lead his old skinhead gang in Kurt's absence, and doesn't take too kindly to his return.


  • Ax-Crazy: Season 4 shows that Calvin isn't all that right in the head.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: with Declan and Burton for season 4.
  • Cain and Abel: Invoked. He doesn't seem to have plans of 'killing' Kurt, but clearly views Kurt as dead to him, to the point that he has his brother's tattoos removed with a blowtorch.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Feels thoroughly emasculated in every aspect of his life, from his humiliating day job in a cubicle, to his interim position as leader of the neo-Nazis, until his boss and father-in-law, Watts, gets out of prison. On top of this, when said father-in-law is unexpectedly released, he shows up at Calvin's house, tells Calvin's son to call him "papa", and eats food off of Calvin's plate. Calvin, while drunk, literally demands respect from a subordinate. All this, and Calvin doesn't even know his brother is screwing his wife.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In his first appearance, Calvin seems like a textbook Affably Evil character, presenting himself as a professional and courteous manager of the vicious neo-Nazi gang. In Season 4 this is peeled back, revealing that Calvin's affable demeanor hides a deeply disgruntled man with an unstable temper who makes his skinhead subordinates appear sane by comparison. Picture Patrick Bateman as a gang leader.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: As the leader of the Aryan Brotherhood in Banshee, he holds contempt to those who aren't white.
  • The Starscream: Is in the early stages of planning a coup against Watts.
    • He ends up killing Watts at the end of "A Little Late to Grow a Pair".

    Randall Watts 
Played by: Chance Kelly

The imprisoned leader of the neo-Nazi gang in Banshee, and father in law of Calvin Bunker, who is released from jail in Season 4.


  • Affably Evil: Watts doesn't shy away from spouting ugly racial epithets, but does so with a smile, and carries himself with an undeniably charismatic demeanor.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He has genuine affection for his daughter and grandson, and is shown singing a lullaby to the latter.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While it's hard to sort through the many antagonists of Season 4 to find a clear single Big Bad or Greater-Scope Villain, Watts serves so far as the Greater-Scope Villain to Calvin Bunker's Big Bad role in the neo-Nazi plotline. This gets subverted, he gets killed off at the end of episode 4, before he can start anything.

Banshee Locals

    Sugar Bates 
Played by: Frankie Faison

A retired former boxer and ex-con, turned bar owner. He befriends Hood and is one of the few who the Sheriff entrusts with his secret.


  • Cool Old Guy: Respected by most of Banshee's citizens.
  • Secret Keeper: He's one of the few that knows Lucas is not who he seems to be.
  • Retired Badass: Used to be a champion boxer.
  • Scary Black Man: Almost completely averted, as he's physically broken down and spends most of his time as a genial barkeep. However, you piss him off enough and you'll find out why he was Kai Proctor's enforcer.
  • Team Dad: To the main characters criminal outfit.
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: With Job, they spend most of the time rolling their eyes and insulting each other as they stay in the background providing support for Lucas and Anna.

    Alex Longshadow 
Played by: Anthony Ruivivar

Indian tribal chief and Proctor's business rival.


  • A God Am I: Declares himself the Thunder Man when trying to kill Rebecca.
  • Jerkass: One of his biggest problems is that he needlessly antagonizes everyone he meets by being a dick.
  • Made of Iron: Even after getting stabbed in the neck and getting shot, he's still kicking. It takes a couple more bullets to take him down.
  • Native American Casino: Runs a moderately successful one in Banshee.
  • Villainous Crush: On Rebecca. It doesn't work out for him.
  • You Are in Command Now: Subverted. Wanted this from the Native American council but they found his efficience more than lacking, mostly because of his lack of experience. He eventually chose to force them into accepting him as the rightful heir to his father.

    Dan Kendall 
Played by: Daniel Ross Owens.

Banshee's mayor, an idealist and a young politician opposed to Proctor's criminal activities.


  • Advertised Extra: Listed in the opening credits among the main cast, but gets the least amount of development and focus before his abrupt death.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Unintentionally blown up by Rebecca on Proctor's orders at the end of Season 1.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Implied to be caused by the stress of his office and puts something of a strain on his marriage.
  • Young and in Charge: He is extremely young for the position he occupies.

    Nola Longshadow 
Played by: Odette Annable

Alex Longshadow's mysterious sister who returns to Banshee following her Father's death. She very quickly establishes herself as a highly skilled combatant and Alex's greatest weapon.


  • Action Girl: One of the best hand to hand fighters on the show, which set the bar extremely high.
  • An Axe to Grind: Her Weapon of Choice is a tomahawk, fittingly.
  • Bad Ass Normal: In a world of them, she's one of the biggest. She's the only one in the whole show besides Hood in the finale, though in that case Burton's softened up some to give Burton a run for his money. She also pretty effortlessly handles Hood, putting her in a category by herself.
  • Biker Babe: Rides a motorcycle as her vehicle of choice and enough of a Bad Ass Driver to successfully chase down Hood and his crew when they rob the Indian casino.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Not much is known beyond her not being super fond of her father and a fair amount of intravenous drug use, but its certainly not portrayed as being light and fuzzy.
  • Spanner in the Works: She is the sole reason why Hood and his crew's fail to get away with an otherwise flawless heist on the Indian casino.

    Chayton Littlestone 
Played by: Geno Segers

The leader of the Redbones, a Kinaho gang. Chayton is very dedicated to the plight of his people and starts waging a war against "the White Man" to free his people and cause as much mayhem as possible.


  • Arc Villain: Chayton is teased as a looming future threat in Season 2, and then essentially the main antagonist throughout most of Season 3, but his story is resolved when Hood kills him two episodes before the finale, leaving the climax of the season to the conflict with Douglas Stowe.
  • Badass Baritone: His voice is like the rumbling of earthquakes.
  • Badass Native: His pride in his Native American culture and blood is one of the character's defining traits.
  • Blood Knight: When he's not waging war against the white man, he's fighting in illegal cage matches to the death.
  • Death Seeker: He acknowledges that his mission is basically impossible, but he'll go about it regardless.
  • Genius Bruiser: Despite appearing like just a giant sack of muscle and violence, Chayton shows some definite cunning in his plans.
  • Made of Iron: Perhaps even more so than Hood. In one episode Hood stabs him in the leg and twists the knife through 180 degrees. Chayton gets up and runs away. As he runs, Hood shoots him through the chest. Chayton dives off a cliff and swims away. The next episode he gets some very basic first aid, and then basically walks off his injuries.
  • Magical Native American: While Alex may have declared himself the Thunder Man, Chayton is basically everything Alex said that legend was and more.
  • Pet the Dog: Twisted as it may be, he truly does care for his fellow Kinaho and once saved Nola Longshadow from a life of drug addiction.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Robs a military convoy with nothing more than a bow and arrow, and later uses it again in his siege on the Banshee police station. Unlike the typical, heroic example of this trope, it's more how fanatically devoted he is to his heritage.
  • Villainous Valor: Whatever else you can say about Chayton, he's not a coward. Once Hood has him cornered, he simply removes his shirt and begins chanting in his native language. He keeps chanting even when Hood blows a big chunk of his side out with his shotgun, and only stops when half his head is blown off.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Chayton uses a lot of wrestling moves. And not just traditional cinematic movie stuff like chokeslams and suplexes, Chayton also uses more goofy stuff like neckbreakers and DD Ts.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Had no qualms fighting and killing Siobhan.

US Federal Government

    Jim Racine 
Played by: Željko Ivanek

FBI Agent who's determined to take Rabbit down.


  • The Atoner: Didn't get Rabbit locked away properly the first time, which lead to the death of his CI as well as his entire family. He's made it his final mission to make sure Rabbit goes down for good this time.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Gets sniped in the head in his second appearance while in the middle of a conversation with Lucas and Anna about his plan to take down Rabbit.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Is almost always smoking. Somewhat averted as this habit has led to terminal cancer. Not that it's stopping him from smoking. And honestly, despite his clearly failing health and weak, nasally voice, he's still pretty cool.

    Colonel Douglas Stowe 
Played by: Langley Kirkwood

A Marine colonel at Camp Genoa, a military fort near Banshee, whom Hood and his associates steal from.


  • Ax-Crazy: Incredibly tightly wound. When he goes off, it's never pretty.
  • Big Bad: After Chayton is removed from the picture, Stowe becomes the final boss of Season 3.
  • Determinator: Keeps going after Hood's crew despite taking two shotgun blasts and getting caught in an explosion.
  • Genius Bruiser: After obtaining a photo of Job and Sugar, he deduces their roles in their heist based on simple deductions of Sugar's background and Job's lack there of. He similarly deduces Carrie as being part of the crew since it involved use of his hand print and therefore had to be someone he allowed to get close to him.
  • One-Man Army: Able to engage with Lucas, Job, and Carrie in hand-to-hand combat at the same time, after having taken two shotgun blasts to the chest and getting dazed by an explosion. Yes, he was wearing a bulletproof vest, but still.

    Robert Dalton 
Played by: David Harbour

A mysterious figure from Hood's past, who employed him as some kind of paramilitary hitman before he met Job, Rabbit or Anna.


  • Boom, Headshot!: Courtesy of Hood, at the beginning of Season 4.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He is set up at the end of season 3 as the Greater-Scope Villain of the show and the main antagonist of season 4, only to be unceremoniously killed by Hood in a flashback during the very first episode of the season.
  • Evil Genius: He is the one who turned Hood from a simple soldier into the One-Man Army we all know.

    Special Agent Veronica Dawson 
Played by: Eliza Dushku

An FBI agent who arrives in Banshee to investigate a string of serial killings in Season 4.


  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Agent Dawson seems to be a smart and competent investigator, who also apparently has a tendency to show up to crime scenes high on crack.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Every other word out of her mouth is a snarky remark directed a the locals.
  • Fair Cop: She's an extremely attractive federal agent.
  • Functional Addict: Agent Dawson seems to be a fairly competent investigator with good instincts, in spite of her drug addiction.

Other

    Job 
Played by: Hoon Lee

Sharp-tongued transvestite computer hacker and Hood's criminal accomplice. He was forced to move to Banshee after his identity was discovered by Rabbit's agents.


  • Agent Peacock: Possibly the Most Triumphant Example in all of fiction.
  • Badass Gay: He's arguably one of the baddest-ass characters short of Hood in the entire show. He's an absolute computer genius who's singlehandedly responsible for making sure Hood's secret does not catch up with him (and, largely, manages to pull off this completely absurd task) and his Establishing Character Moment is blowing the shit out of two thugs with a bomb.
  • Badass Bookworm: When Job first appeared, he seemed like an eccentric if brilliant hacker, it doesn't take long before he's blowing people away with firearms and providing backup for the protagonists insane missions of violence and mayhem.
  • Bald of Awesome: When he's not wearing outrageous wigs that is.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Has this invoked on him for two years in an attempt to break him. It doesn't work.
  • The Cracker: He casually mentions that he retasked a CIA spy satellite to help search for Max, and he's capable of performing a remarkably thorough identity theft with very little warning.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Job is constantly telling Hood that whatever he's about to do is very, very stupid. He's also consistently the one to lampshade how Hood takes more punishment than a normal human being should be able to.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: His usual garb, though depending on one's particular fashion sense, he might dip into Impossibly Tacky Clothes.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's tremendously foul-mouthed and seems to portray an attitude of It's All About Me when it comes to the main characters business relationship, he's demonstrated on multiple occasions a selflessness that doesn't jibe with his declarations of hatred towards Lucas, Sugar and Ana. Namely not selling out their identities to Rabbit, keeping his secrecy and blowing up his business (earning the ire of Rabbit) to protect Hood and Ana, and repeatedly going into dangerous situations to save Lucas and Ana. He also was legitimately concerned about Sugar when he got shot.
  • Knife Nut: While he is proficient with a variety of weapons, Job enjoys intimidating common thugs with a switchblade.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: He's been known to wear them.
  • Servile Snarker: Regardless of the sarcasm, he always assists with whatever insane plan is currently happening.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: In a show that doesn't shy away from bad language, Job stands out for the sheer amount of profanity he injects into his dialogue.
  • The Smart Guy: Of the main characters. He's of the computer and IT variety, though he also portrays much more rationality than Lucas or Anna.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: While he's hardly a paragon of morality his less than sterling ethical character is demonstrated by his penchant for crime, not his wardrobe. His transvestism is rarely if ever commented on and when it is insulted those doing such a thing are portrayed as stupid or outright evil.

    Jason Hood 
Played by: Harrison Thomas

The son of the real Lucas Hood, who becomes a problem for the false one.


  • Like Father, Like Son: Not in any significant way, but Jason does unknowingly take the same seat at Sugar's bar that his father took the night he was killed.
  • Out with a Bang: Strangled by Burton in the middle of sex with Rebecca.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: After Jason shows up, Job immediately suggests that the sheriff kill him. Fake Hood, however, decides instead to go to the trouble of setting Jason up with a new identity, and even fends off the assassins sent to kill him. This all turns out to be for nothing when Proctor has Jason killed for sleeping with Rebecca, the night before he was set to disappear.

    The Albino 
Played by: Joseph Gatt

A huge, nameless albino prisoner commissioned by Rabbit to make the protagonist's prison sentence a living hell. Appears only in flashbacks.


    Declan 
Played by: Frederick Weller

A cult leader and serial killer who preys on the young women of Banshee in Season 4.


  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Burton and Bunker for season 4.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Declan got work done in one of the more hardcore bondage/body-mod circles in town.
  • Evil Chef: His Establishing Character Moment is cooking and expertly preparing a gourmet dinner, then killing a young girl tied up in his dungeon.
  • Faux Affably Evil: A sadistic, devil-worshipping serial killer, that's also soft-spoken and polite.
  • Hollywood Satanism: Played straight with the human sacrifice and Manson Family-like cult, even boasting embedded stud piercings in his forehead to mimic devil horns.
  • Kukris Are Kool: Brandishes one as part of his ritualized killings.
  • Not Me This Time: It turns out he had nothing to do with Rebecca's murder. It was Burton who killed her and made look like Declan did it.
  • Obviously Evil: He has studs embedded in his forehead to resemble devil horns.
  • Pet the Dog: Extremely Downplayed and doesn't detract from the fact he's going to kill Veronica Dawson, but he does give her a drink.

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