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    Barry Berkman 

Barry Berkman/Barry Block

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"I should just go blow my brains out 'cause there no hope for me, right? My soul's fucked because I was ordered to kill someone and I did it? You know, it doesn't make me a psycho."
Portrayed By: Bill Hader

"You wanna know what I'm good at? I'm good at killing people. You know, when I got back from Afghanistan I, ah, was really depressed. You know, like I didn't leave my house for months, and, ah, this friend of my dad's, he's, uh, he's like an uncle to me. He, uh, he helped me out and he gave me a purpose. He told me that, that what I was good at over there could be useful here and, uh, it's a job. You know. All right the money's good, and, uh, these people I take out, like they're, they're bad people, you know, like they're pieces of shit. Um... But lately, you know I've like, I'm not sleeping and, ah, that depressed feeling's back, you know. Like like I know there's more to me than that. Maybe, I don't know. Maybe there's not. Maybe this is all I'm good at."

A depressed low-rent hitman who discovers a passion for acting while on an assignment in Los Angeles.


  • Achilles in His Tent: All of his attempts to carve a new, normal life for himself only lead to him digging himself deeper into the murderous underworld of LA.
  • Affably Evil: Barry does not want to kill people, nor is he especially sadistic, but he's still a murderer who will kill innocents if it means protecting himself and his secrets.
  • Alliterative Name: Barry Berkman, and even his actor name, Barry Block.
  • Apologetic Attacker: By nature, since he dislikes killing. When it comes to killing Chris, he doesn't apologize, but his expression shows his reluctance and remorse.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Barry's problems really do seem like they're a lot deeper than PTSD.
  • Arc Words: "Starting...now!" throughout season 1 — whenever he thinks he's leaving his past for good.
  • Ascetic Aesthetic: Barry's apartment at the start of the series is devoid of all personality and decoration, except a Metallica poster above the bed. He is also a very conservative dresser, favoring dark and neutral colors and utilitarian clothing.
  • Being Evil Sucks: At the start of the series, it's shown that Barry reaps very few benefits of his criminal lifestyle: he's friendless, dateless and living in a shithole apartment in the Midwest; his handler rips him off financially and abuses him emotionally; he's suffering from guilt, depression and PTSD, and feels like his life lacks any meaning.
  • Berserk Button: Threatening or even intruding on his "normal life" is a good way to see a much uglier side of Barry. Hurting the ones he cares about also causes him to abandon any logical mindset and lash out, often violently. When his friend was shot in Iraq, Barry disregarded orders to pursue an innocent onlooker he mistook as the attacker.
    • The button gets smashed in the Season 2 finale after Fuches takes Gene out to the woods near his cabin to see Janice's corpse, and then calls the police to frame him for it. When Hank texts Barry to tell him that Fuches is at the Burmese safehouse, a rage filled Barry heads over there and proceeds to lay waste to everyone inside of it to get to Fuches while repeatedly screaming Fuches' name at the top of his lungs.
  • Better Living Through Evil: Averted. Barry does make good money from murder, but Fuches tends to reap the benefits and is miserly enough to frequently stiff Barry on accomodations for his work.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Barry is a shy, introverted man who doesn't say much, but he's also an efficient, deadly hitman and former marine and he can be very terrifying when angered.
  • Boring, but Practical: His CQC skills aren't nearly as impressive to look at as Ronny's martial arts, but he still manages to win their fight by using them to bust his windpipe.
  • Contract on the Hitman: The Chechen mafia order his death several times throughout season 1, up until Barry kills most of them in the season finale.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Not in reality, but he tries to act like one at a party with Sally, thinking it makes him look more assertive and cool. It actually ends up sabotaging their relationship.
  • Death Glare: Gives a particularly eerie and disturbing one.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Hitman with a Heart. Yes, Barry is sympathetic, but he's trapped in a profession that doesn't leave much room for a heart of any kind (not to mention a profession that a truly moral person wouldn't take up in the first place).
  • The Dog Bites Back: After everything with Chris and Goran, Barry finally has enough and punches the manipulative Fuches right in his smug face.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: In the season 1 finale, Barry knows he will win a shootout with Janice should one ensue, so he begs her to back off and forget he's a hitman.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Barry's first scene in the show sees him dejectedly leaving the scene of his latest crime (after patting himself for keys, guns and wallet in a rote, unthinking fashion), showing his emotional numbness and his dissatisfaction with his job.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He does care deeply for Sally, and he considers Gene a friend. It's his love for Sally that prevents him from killing Esther until the Season 2 finale.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He won't kill kids.
    Barry: Fuck you, I'm not killing her, man!
  • Extreme Doormat: Perhaps Barry's greatest obstacle is his own inability to stand up for himself. Whenever he tries to assert himself, he usually ends up backing down. This is especially apparent with Fuches, who is aware that even when Barry is pushed to the point where he actually yells, all Fuches needs to do is carry on with the assumption that Barry will bend to his will.
  • The Fettered: At first, being a hitman was able to distract Barry from his PTSD, but over time it just worsened his depression.
  • Freak Out: After he kills Chris to keep him from ratting to the police, he loses control of his emotions, hallucinates, and eventually starts screaming and smashing furniture.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: Barry returned from Afganistan with severe depression and PTSD, and Fuches manipulated him into becoming a hitman.
    Barry: He [Fuches] told me that, that what I was good at over there could be useful here and, uh, it's a job.
  • Groin Attack: He once stabbed a guy in the balls, which he brings up to Goran as a selling point (at Fuches' urging, of course). Goran is just weirded out by this, and Barry instantly regrets bringing it up.
  • Hidden Badass: He's a meek and mild-mannered guy who also happens to be a natural born killing machine. Played with in that his talent for violence is rarely if ever framed as being cool.
  • Hidden Weapons: He tapes a gun to a tree before dealing with Moss, knowing he will have to kill her if he can't convince her to let him go.
  • Hitman with a Heart: Being a Professional Killer doesn't make him any less emotional or sympathetic. It helps that he doesn't like being a hitman and genuinely wants to leave his criminal past behind.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Barry holds Sally and Cousineau, two exceptionally shallow and conceited people who generally put themselves before anyone else, in high regard, and continues to allow himself to fall under Fuches' control despite recognizing him as the source of many of his problems.
  • Ignored Confession: In the series premiere, after Cousineau won't accept him as a student, Barry tells him about why he became a hitman and how acting is his chance to do something different with his life. While Cousineau thinks the story is made up, he's suitably impressed and later retells it to his girlfriend Janice, which makes her realize that Barry is the murderer she's been trying to catch all season.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Barry would really like nothing more than to be the well-meaning patriarch of a whitebread nuclear family...although he'd also really like to be an Oscar-winning actor. Really, you could probably sum up Barry's case as being "I Just Want To Be Anything Other than a Hitman."
  • Imagine Spot: He has frequent fantasies of being a world-famous actor and having a conventional nuclear family with Sally. In a less pleasant example, his guilt at killing Chris causes him to imagine Chris's family reacting to the news of his death.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He is an excellent shot, with his very first kill involving him taking out three people at 700 yards. His fellow Marines, who told him to shoot thinking Barry would miss, are left flabbergasted.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: He dissolves into a bawling, hysterical mess after killing Chris (which then inadvertently helps him deliver a great performance during the class's Shakespeare showcase).
  • The Insomniac: He has trouble sleeping as a result of his guilt and depression.
  • Just Following Orders: Barry's attempted defense of Macbeth, and, by, extension, his defense for his own murderous activities.
  • Loving a Shadow: He projects a lot of things onto Sally in order to make her conform better to his perception of her as his Morality Pet than she actually does.
  • Made of Iron: He takes a number of major beatings throughout "ronny/lily", but manages to walk them all off.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • As he interacts more and more with normal people (well, actors) he starts to realize the full scope of his actions. Comes to a head after he kills Chris, prompting a serious Freak Out.
    • Barry most likely had one back in Korengal during his time in the army when he killed a civilian he mistook for an attacker.
    • Barry has a major one at the end of season 2 after he commits a mass murder of the united Bolivian-Chechen army just to get to Fuches, who manages to escape.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Barry disobeys Fuches and spares Taylor, a fellow Marine; within the next two episodes, Taylor's stupidity and hotheadedness has gotten him killed, and the operation he botched means Barry, now a target for the Chechen mafia, is forced to murder his friend Chris.
  • Not So Different: Barry tries to pull this off with Janice when she finds out he's a hitman; it doesn't work.
  • Obliviously Evil: Barry believes his targets are all "pieces of shit", but, considering Fuches is feeding into this opinion, it's most likely not true. At any rate, the first job Barry is genuinely conflicted about is Ryan Madison, a wannabe actor whose only crime is sleeping with the wife of a Mafiya boss.
  • One-Man Army: Destroys almost all of the Chechen mob, the Bolivian army and the Burmese mafia by himself during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge in the season 2 finale. Notably, it's presented as being more frightening and upsetting than cool.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He believes this is what he's been doing as a hitman, but Fuches is not a reliable handler.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: A lowkey and realistic example, but Barry appears to suffer from some form of arrested development, with Hader drawing inspiration from his own daughter's tantrums and describing Barry as "like a kid" in some interviews. Unfortunately, "tantrums" in Barry's case usually end with someone injured or killed.
  • Professional Killer: Barry is a hitman by trade, and a very efficient one at that.
  • Protagonist Title: It's Barry!
  • Retired Monster: His primary motivation is to become this — i.e. to lead a quiet, unassuming existence while suffering no repercussions for his numerous crimes.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Fuches frames Gene for Janice's murder, Barry finds him hiding out amongst the united Burmese and Chechen mafias. Barry, in a blind rage, ends up shooting and killing every one of them (except for Fuches and Hank).
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's a former US Marine, and his main takeaway from his time in Afghanistan was PTSD and depression. He became a hitman, but has started to burn out and his depression has returned in full force.
  • Shower of Angst: In the premiere episode he's seen taking a shower, leaning against the wall with his eyes closed, clearly upset about the recent job or maybe just the turn his life has taken.
  • Shrinking Violet: He's withdrawn and shy, and tends to blend into the background whenever he's off the job.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Over the course of season 1, his clothes become more fun and trendy as he loosens up and becomes more assertive thanks to the acting class.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Barry has killed people, and there are probably some innocents mixed in among the professional criminals, but he's a likable guy and a meek pawn of a stronger, less sympathetic personality... until he kills Chris and Janice in the process of trying to walk away.
  • Tragic Villain: He's tired of murdering people and wants nothing more than to retire...unfortunately, since he doesn't want to go to prison, his path to a normal life is paved with even more murder.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In episode 1-7, after Chris tells him that he's going to the police and that he didn't tell his wife he was going to meet Barry, Barry lashes out at him, and then completely shuts down emotionally.
    Barry: Why did you say that. WHY DID YOU SAY THAT?!
  • Villain Protagonist: Starts off as a softer version of this; he's a Professional Killer, but a reluctant one who's trying to walk away to a better life. He becomes a true one after he kills Chris and Detective Moss, both complete innocents who were trying to do the right thing.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: He's not above murdering innocent people, but he does, apparently, draw the line at killing children, as shown in "ronny/lily".
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Views acting as the laid-back "ordinary" alternative to his self-destructive career as a hitman, despite acting infamously being an extremely insecure and stressful profession to be in. Justified in that Barry has been deep in the life of a killer for so long that he clearly has no real idea of what actually qualifies as an "ordinary" job.
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    Monroe Fuches 

Monroe Fuches

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"You know, sometimes, you just have to shut up and do your fucking job."
Portrayed By: Stephen Root

Barry’s handler and Honorary Uncle, Fuches arranges Barry’s “jobs” and takes care of the business side of their work.


  • Bait the Dog: For a moment, it appears that he is genuinely upset by Barry's death at the airstrip. He wasn't. It was just because the job failed.
  • Big Bad: Although Goran has a great deal of power, it's really Fuches who's the true villain of Barry due to his ruthless manipulations. By the end of the second season, Fuches becomes the primary antagonist, actively trying to ruin the new life Barry has gained out of jealousy and resentment. Killing Fuches ends up being one of the driving motivations for Barry from this point on as well.
  • Blackmail: In order to force Barry's compliance, he threatens to expose Barry's real profession to the acting class.
  • Break Them by Talking: This is Fuches' special ability, even if he isn't quite as good at it as he thinks he is.
  • Butt-Monkey: Over the course of the first season, he's beaten and tortured by the Chechens numerous times, and any plan he makes to save his own skin almost invariably goes south. By the first season finale, Barry has stood up to him, beaten him badly, and only saved him from being killed by the Chechens so he can walk away for good, leaving him nearly powerless. It becomes worse for him in Season 2 and yet he deserves every single minute of it.
  • The Chew Toy: Suffers constantly throughout his screentime, but is such a reprehensible guy that the audience loves every second of it.
  • Dirty Coward: In the season 2 finale he offers the Chechens anything they want to hide him from Barry.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Consistently subverted. When he's told that Barry was killed in the attack on the Bolivians, he has a very public and impulsive freak-out, and he speaks fondly of Barry on the phone to NoHo. Yet he seems more concerned with the job being screwed up and his big lament over Barry's presumed death is that Barry never had the chance to apologize to him. It's later shown that he does have some feeling for Barry, although those feelings are wrapped up in Fuches' own ego: e.g. he reacts with vindictive jealousy when Gene tells him that Barry had no meaningful direction when they met.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Suvberted when he believed Barry killed Lilly. He empathizes with him over having perform such a horrible action, but as soon as Barry reveals he didn’t kill her, Fuches says they have to and goes in search of her.
  • Evil Uncle: Barry considers Fuches an Honorary Uncle, but Fuches only sees Barry as a money-making tool and is consistently emotionally abusive and miserly towards him.
  • Fat Bastard: He's a well-fed monster of a man.
  • Fatal Flaw: For all his boasting, Fuches is incapable of performing his own dirty work. It's this flaw the causes him not to shoot Gene, and instead seek refuge with the Chechen mafia, before Barry guns them all down.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Fuches acts like he's Barry's best friend, a chummy and genial guy who's looking out for him. It's pretty transparent from the off that he's a manipulative user who views Barry as a tool to make money, and has likely been lying to him for a very long time about the kind of people he arranges for Barry for kill. He shows his true colours in a very chilling moment when Barry excitedly remarks that he wants to be an actor; Fuches becomes serious and stern, straight-up telling Barry that he's a killer and nothing more.
  • Gaslighting: He took advantage of Barry's PTSD and depression to turn him into a killer, telling him that the people he's killing are bad people.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He reacts with simmering jealousy over Gene Cousineau becoming a father figure in Barry's life, and his actions don't seem solely motivated by the desire to bring Barry back under his control (although that's certainly a factor).
  • Hate Sink: A psychological abuser who's turned Barry into a ruthless weapon, with few redeeming characteristics that almost all get subverted.
  • Honorary Uncle: He was a friend to Barry's father, and Barry has known him since the age of five.
  • Jerkass: He is a selfish, manipulative, scheming asshole who only cares about himself and doesn't really take any pains to hide it.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: At first, it seems that Fuches actually has a heart when he breaks down after hearing about Barry's alleged death at the airstrip. However, this is quickly subverted when it turns out he's mostly upset over the fact that the job failed and that Barry never had a chance to apologize to him, despite the fact that Fuches has been using and abusing Barry for his own purposes.
  • Kick the Dog: He sadistically makes sure that Gene sees Janice's body, which he really didn't have to do if the goal was to pull a gun on this harmless old acting coach anyway.
    • In general, his treatment of Gene is absolutely despicable. Gene knows absolutely nothing of his and Barry’s work, but for entirely petty, jealous reasons, Fuches goes after this innocent man just to get back at his protege.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Fuches isn't the Hannibal Lecter that he brags about being, but he's still very dangerous once he starts talking. He's turned Barry into his tool, for one thing, and it takes about the space of a day for him to go from being locked up and tortured in Goran's garage to sitting at the man's table enjoying a meal and giving advice.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He's a good schemer, not a fighter, and any situation where he's tasked with physically defending himself tends to end poorly. In the end, he can only scream threats at Barry while he's getting punched, and plead impotently with him as he's driving away and when Barry comes to kill him at the end of Season 2 he runs for his life utterly terrified.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Fuches can be pretty damn incompetent, and his run in Season 2 has him repeatedly screw up and get hurt, so it's easy to forget how dangerous he is. The reality is that he should not be underestimated, and he's an incredibly ruthless man who'll do virtually anything to snake his way out of a dicey situation.
  • Parental Substitute: An interesting case where's he views himself as such, but if he is, he's an abusive parent.
  • Pet the Dog: His sole redemptive moment is when he tries to warn Barry about the wire he's wearing.
  • The Scrooge: He's extremely miserly where Barry's comforts are concerned, and tends to reap the majority of the benefits from Barry's jobs.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He's not immune to freaking out when things don't go his way, but he's at his most pathetic as he pleads with a fleeing Barry and especially when Barry goes on a killing spree just to kill him.

Gene Cousineau's Acting Class

    Gene 

Gene Cousineau

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"If there is one thing I learned in my life, you can't control what other people are going to do."
Portrayed By: Henry Winkler

Eccentric and pedantic, Cousineau is a Los Angeles acting teacher who is revered by his students.


  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Gene is about as strange as you'd expect an old acting teacher to be, often offering bizarre advice or going off on little tangents about his long-past glory days, to say nothing of his aggressive dating strategies.
  • Good Counterpart: To Fuches; both are older men who take on a father figure role for Barry, mentoring him in a career he might not have chosen otherwise. However, whereas Fuches is manipulative, selfish and disguises his cruelty as care, Gene is occasionally rude but, at heart, wants what's best for Barry.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cousineau is not necessarily an easy person to get along with. He can be extremely cruel in his criticisms and he's enormously egotistical, but he does generally have good intentions. When Barry is having a minor Freak Out on stage due to the students mocking him for sympathizing with someone who would commit murder, Gene rushes onstage to calm everyone down and attempt to offer Barry some comfort, though he obviously thinks it stems from the war rather than Barry's Professional Killer job. He also genuinely loved Janice, was heartbroken by her disappearance and was broken completely on finding her body. Also, he truly does care for his son Leo even after he abandoned him.
  • May–December Romance: With Janice Moss, who's a few decades his junior.
  • Oh, Crap!: At the end of season 2, Gene recovers from his breakdown enough to remember that Fuches told him it was Barry who killed Janice.
  • Parental Abandonment: The details aren't entirely clear, but it seems he did essentially abandon his young family to pursue his career. When he tries to reunite with his grown son, he's met only with anger and exasperation. By the end of Season 2, his repeated efforts to reconcile with his son Leo seem to have payed off as the two appear to be on pretty good terms.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Subverted. He makes a lot of threats and ultimatums to garner a reputation as this, but the truth is that he's far more forgiving and wants to give his students harsh lessons to help them grow.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: His class think the world of him and Cousineau certainly swans around like he's DeNiro, but the truth is far more brutal. He's still struggling to make it, auditioning for roles which amount to being a glorified extra. Although he's been in the industry for some time, it seems that he's mostly been on the peripheral of people with real success and has no real reputation to his name beyond his book (which he hocks at every opportunity).
  • Unknown Rival: He has no idea that Fuches views him as competition for the role of Barry's father figure.

    Sally 

Sally Reed

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"I know what it’s like to be freaked out. It’s like when I shaved my head for I Never Saw Another Butterfly without realizing how limiting that was gonna be for other castings. We all lose track of what’s important sometimes."
Portrayed By: Sarah Goldberg

An aspiring actress, Sally befriends Barry during Cousineau’s class and they quickly start dating.


  • Attention Whore: Her core flaw is her ego, which constantly drives her to put herself first and be the center of attention even when it's inappropriate. Barry's tearful line delivery during their Macbeth performance finally moves her to accept that she can't always do this, and she graciously performs in a two-person play with Barry where they will have equal focus.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: She's arrogant and selfish, but clearly carries a lot of self-hatred over her perceived cowardice when dealing with her abusive ex-husband.
  • Casting Couch: Her agent tries to pull this on her; she rejects him, he tries to play it off as a joke...and subsequently drops her.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Morality Pet Love Interest. While Barry considers Sally to be one of the primary things motivating him to change as a person, Sally doesn't know that he views her as such, and is made uncomfortable on the occasions where he makes it more obvious. Furthermore, Sally is consistently shown to be a very selfish person with her own mountain of personal problems, which, combined with her lack of insight into Barry's past, often causes her to unintentionally be much more harmful to his emotional well-being than she is helpful. Barry places a lot of pressure on her to provide him with emotional support; pressure that she is neither aware of or equipped to deal with.
  • Freudian Excuse: She spent much of her young adult life in an abusive marriage and escaped it by running away rather than actually standing up to her ex. Both of these events have caused her to subconsciously believe herself to be a weak person, which she overcompensates for through her hawkish and abrasive attitude. On a less dramatic note, she has spent decades failing to make a name for herself as an actor despite having some talent, which has made her prone to leaping at every chance at fame the first opportunity she gets, no matter what the consequences of doing so may be.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She's deeply envious of others' success, particularly of Barry when he lands a film audition in season 2 and admits how jealous of him she is while having a long emotional breakdown.
  • It's All About Me: She is incredibly self-centered and is prone to fixating on her own problems even in situations when she ought to be trying to help others.
  • Jerkass: Albeit one that is portrayed fairly sympathetically. Sally is incredibly self-centered, which, when combined with her desperation for fame, often causes her to act cruelly toward and be demanding of the people in her life. This is particularly notable in her relationship with Barry, where she alternates between being dismissive of his talents, envious of him stealing her spotlight, and frustrated by his refusal to take part in scenes that make him uncomfortable for her sake. With all that said, it's made clear that she genuinely has suffered through a lot in her life, which makes it hard to completely dislike her.
  • Love Interests: Barry's love interest.
  • Playing Gertrude: In-Universe. She's very upset to find that she's having to go for roles that require her to play older characters.
  • Really Gets Around: When warning Barry about the ramifications of sleeping with fellow acting class students, she mentions casually that she's done so "a million times".
  • Self-Serving Memory: Played for drama. Sally has constructed a false narrative for how she left her abusive husband that depicts her as confronting him directly to call him out on his behavior rather than running away from their home in the middle of the night as was actually the case to avoid having to acknowledge the feelings of helplessness that she experienced when doing so.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Sally is suggested to have genuine talent as an actor, and is considered to be the best of Cousineau's students (admittedly a low bar), but she carries herself as though she were a hidden genius rather than an undiscovered actor of decent ability in a town filled with thousands of them.
  • Will They or Won't They?: She and Barry start dating quickly and break up soon after, but Barry still pines for her. During the Time Skip at the end of the first season, they've rekindled their relationship.

    Sasha 

Sasha Baxter

Portrayed By: Kirby Howell-Baptiste

A student in Gene's class, and Barry's coworker at Lululemon.


  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's fairly nice to Barry and even helps him get a job to support himself, but in private texts she dismisses him as a "jarhead".
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    Natalie 

Natalie Greer

Portrayed By: D'Arcy Carden

A student in Gene's class.


    Nick 

Nick Nicholby

Portrayed By: Rightor Doyle

A student in Gene's class, and one of Barry's roommates.


    Ryan 

Ryan Madison

Portrayed By: Tyler Jacob Moore

The acting student whom Barry is hired to kill.


  • Mauve Shirt: Developed a little before dying at the end of the pilot.
  • Posthumous Character: He dies in the first episode, but everyone continues to talk about him and his importance.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Despite only interacting with Barry a few times and quickly getting killed by the Chechens, he introduces Barry to the acting class and spurs on Moss's investigation into said class.

Los Angeles Police Department

    Moss 

Detective Janice Moss

Portrayed By: Paula Newsome

A police detective who starts seeing connections between Ryan Madison's murder and the activities of the acting class.


  • Cassandra Truth: The only one who consistently believes the murderer is one of Ryan's fellow actors, while her fellow cops are content to draw increasingly wilder conclusions about Ryan's criminal connections. She eventually finds the evidence she needs, but is too late to stop Barry from catching up to her.
  • Hero Antagonist: She's one of the biggest dangers to Barry, but she's far from a bad person. She's just doing her job, and trying to do it well.
  • Killed Offscreen: The camera cuts away as she and Barry exchange gunfire, but his survival and calm attitude afterward indicate that she was indeed killed. In Season 2, Barry confirms that he did in fact kill her.
  • Likes Older Men: If her attraction to Gene is any indication.
  • May–December Romance: With Cousineau, who is much older than her.
  • Not So Different: Barry tries to convince her of this after she finds out the truth about him. It doesn't work.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: She delivers a pretty impenetrable response to Barry's assertion that they're Not So Different.
    Barry: Janice, you can, because we want the same thing. We, we wanna be happy. We want love. We want a life. And we're doing it, Janice. We're the same.
    Moss: But we're not. We're not the same, Barry. 'Cause I'm a cop and you're a fucking murderer.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: An upstanding woman who just wants to get to the bottom of a few brutal murders. She would be one of the protagonists if the one she was after wasn't Barry himself.
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    Loach 

Detective John Loach

Portrayed By: John Pirruccello

Detective Moss's partner, who assists with her in the murder of Ryan Madison and several others, finding a link to one of the actors, Barry Block.


  • Asshole Victim: It is not really hard to cheer when Ronnie kills him with a kick to the face, snapping his neck in the process. Considering how much of an asshole he had been at that point, was going to kill Barry and make it look like he had a gun, it was cathartic to watch.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Initially just an amusing and reliable sad sack who seems like a Hero Antagonist, he reveals himself to be a petty, self-absorbed and angry man who's willing to kill to solve his problems.
  • Corrupt Cop: Oddly enough, not as corrupt as you might think. He only wants to use Barry to kill his wife's lover... and when he thinks the job is done, he tries to kill Barry to Make It Look Like an Accident.
  • Hero Antagonist: In Season 2, he now knows Barry is an assassin but cannot prove it. Becomes less heroic when it's revealed he just wants Barry to kill the man who stole his wife away.
  • Neck Snap: In "ronny/lily", he receives a karate kick to the face. The force of which snaps his neck and kills him. Oddly enough, this is not done by Barry but by a judomaster named Ronnie, someone Loach was paying Barry to kill and who was sleeping with his wife.
  • Not So Above It All: As it turns out, he isn't the grumpy yet good-hearted lone detective seeking justice for Moss: he's an absolute mess of a human being who only wants to find Barry so he can blackmail him into killing his wife's new lover.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Come Season 2, he's after Barry, but he's just doing his job and he's working alone to get Moss' killer. It's then averted when it turns out he doesn't care about Moss more than he cares about getting Barry to kill his wife's lover.

The Chechens

    Goran 

Goran Pazar

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"My daughter is having sleepover and we are being too loud."
Portrayed By: Glenn Fleshler

The leader of the Chechen mob in Los Angeles, Pazar hires Barry to handle an embarrassing situation.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Goran is a ruthless mobster, but he's a loving father, spited husband and he spends much of his time being awkwardly put-upon by incompetent or treacherous associates. When he's killed by Barry, the camera holds on his body in a manner that lends his death weight.
  • Bald of Evil: He's bald, and the head of the Chechen mafia.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Fuches for Season 1; Fuches has the malice, Goran has the muscle. He still comes across as far less dangerous due to being a sympathetic Punch-Clock Villain.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Barry kills him by shooting him in the side of the head. He doesn't die right away, either, instead floundering for a few seconds as his nervous system goes haywire.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He dotes on his young daughter.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Goran is ruthless, but he isn't excessively sadistic. He's disgusted when he learns that Barry once stabbed a guy in the balls, and doesn't even want his wife's lover to be murdered in such a way.
  • Fatal Flaw: Despite enjoying Pragmatic Villainy, his desire to be seen as a powerful crime boss is what makes him susceptible to Fuches' manipulations. This eventually leads him to order the raid on Cristobal's airstrip and demote NoHo for being too polite and "weak", both of which lead to his death and the near-destruction of his mob.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's a dangerous mob boss, but he's also a loving father who doesn't let his criminal activities completely rule his life. This is used to humorous effect, such as when he conducts a serious meeting with Barry and Fuches while at his daughter's dance recital.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Fuches plays him like a fiddle for most of the season, convincing him that waging war on the Bolivians is better than just killing him for Barry's failure. This eventually results in his death.

    NoHo Hank 

NoHo Hank

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"Well, what do you want me to do? Go to John Wick Assassin Hotel with help wanted sign?"

Portrayed By: Anthony Carrigan

A Chechen mobster, NoHo Hank is Goran Pazar’s right-hand man.


  • Affably Evil: NoHo is an immensely likable person, in addition to being the right-hand man to a ruthless mobster. He's genuinely polite, outgoing, considerate, and fun to be around. Even when he's trying to be scary, he's still obviously fixated on being polite. In "The Audition," he admits that his true calling was customer service.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He's rather flamboyant and even a little effeminate, and seems to have something of a crush on Barry. He also seems to be halfway in love with Cristobal in Season 2. In the finale, it ceases to be ambiguous when he declares his love for Cristobal.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's a sweet, dorky, energetic guy, and Barry feels comfortable insulting him to his face... up until Hank drops his polite demeanor and threatens to sell him out to the Chechens. See Not-So-Harmless Villain, below.
  • Born Lucky: Hank has an uncanny ability to not only survive, but benefit from being in life-threatening situations.
  • The Dog Bites Back: At the end of season 1, Goran demotes Hank because he's too "weak" and soft. Hank then sells out Goran to Barry, effectively signing Goran's death warrant.
  • The Dragon: Goran's lieutenant.
  • Dragon Ascendant: After Goran's death, NoHo is left in control of the Chechen mob, and uses the opportunity (and his people skills) to befriend the Bolivians and make their two groups even more powerful.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's pretty weirded out when Barry talks about having once stabbed a guy in the balls; he's also unsettled by Vacha, who he considers too self-consciously creepy.
  • Friendly Enemy: He genuinely likes Barry, although that wouldn't stop him from killing him if the need arose. He genuinely mourns Barry's supposed death, speaking fondly of him over the phone with Fuches. And when Fuches learns Barry is still alive and sells him out, NoHo gives him the heads-up that saves him, calling a good guy.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: NoHo is most assuredly not a good guy, but he's generally incompetent and very nice to everyone, including the people he plans to have tortured and killed.
  • Innocently Insensitive: As NoHo himself views being a gangster as the greatest job in the world, he can't at all comprehend that Barry feels remorse and discomfort with being a hitman. This results in attempts at being supportive toward Barry as only making him feel worse, such as when he cheerfully tells him that he's most evil person that he knows.
  • Manchild: Writes to his contact back in Chechnya as though he were a kid telling his parents about summer camp.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Esther, his rival for Cristobal's loyalties. Esther is tough, stoic, and referenced as a Brawn Hilda by Fuches, while Hank is Affably Evil and into fashion and interior decorating.
  • Motor Mouth: Hank absolutely loves to chitchat and when he gets going it's nearly impossible to stop him, even when no one is listening any longer.
  • Nice Guy: Ignoring the whole "career criminal" thing, Hank is an incredibly chipper, friendly and considerate guy.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Zig-zagged. For virtually all of Season 1, NoHo is an absolute sweetheart who's considerate and sensitive. He's so unthreatening that Barry feels free to tell him right to his face how little he thinks of him regularly, with no fear of reprisal. Come Season 2, when he's facing pressure from seemingly every angle of his life, he shows that even he has limits to what he can tolerate, and exhibits his dark side when he chillingly commands Barry to kill his rival. For all his affable mannerisms, he's still a remorseless criminal who is willing to go to extremes when crossed. With that said, he's still shown to be utterly incompetent as the leader of the Chechen mob throughout the season, so while he is capable of being ruthless, he can't be counted on to effectively follow through with his ruthlessness.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Compared to the rest of the main cast, who all have some very dark shades to their characters, Hank pretty much entirely exists for laughs.
  • Sole Survivor: Manages to be the only member of any of the three crime syndicates present at the warehouse who survives Barry's rampage.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: A one-sided example with Barry. He seems to be convinced that he and Barry are good friends, whereas Barry, on the occasions when he even acknowledges him at all, rather clearly dislikes him.
  • White Sheep: NoHo is the only member of the Chechen mob who is friendly, polite, and seems to have interests outside of criminal activity. Goran eventually tires of this, calling him "weak" and demoting him, only for NoHo to come out on top.

    Mayrbek 

Mayrbek

Portrayed By: Nikita Bogolyubov

Star pupil of the new Chechen army. Barry's protégé/"Baby Barry".

    Vacha 

Vacha

Portrayed By: Mark Ivanir

One of Goran's mobsters, the twin brother of another enforcer Barry killed.


  • Revenge Before Reason: His desire to take revenge on Barry ends up getting him killed before he even has a chance to confront him.

    Ruslan 

Ruslan

Portrayed By: Mark Ivanir

One of Goran's mobsters, the twin brother of another enforcer Barry killed.


  • Torture Technician: He's very into his torture, and starts to build a stockade for Fuches to torment him psychologically.

    Stovka 

Stovka

Portrayed By: Larry Hankin

United States Marines

    Chris 

Chris Lucado

Portrayed By: Chris Marquette

Barry's best friend and a fellow ex-Marine.


  • Boom, Headshot!: Barry shoots him in the forehead point-blank, staging it like a suicide.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Drops a lot of these in conversations with his military buddies.
  • Freak Out: After being forced to shoot a Bolivian to save Barry's life, he loses it and tries to convince Barry that they should turn themselves in. He quickly backpedals, but it's too late.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: "Wait, wait, WAIT-!"
  • Only Sane Man: He's the only ex-Marine on the show not to be visibly suffering from extreme psychological trauma, and the only one to have adjusted well to civilian life. We find out just before his death that he handled logistics, and had never actually killed anyone.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The first innocent person Barry kills to protect his new life.
  • Walking Spoiler: His true importance isn't clear until very late in the season.

    Taylor 

Taylor Garrett

Portrayed By: Dale Pavinski

A former Marine who's introduced to Barry through Chris, only to end up causing trouble when he wants in on Barry's business.


  • Affably Evil: He's an Ax-Crazy asshole, but he does genuinely like Barry and see him as a friend.
  • Arc Villain: The biggest problem for Barry for a few episodes of the first season.
  • Ax-Crazy: Due to being a Shell-Shocked Veteran who's too much of a meathead to properly address his issues.
  • Bald of Evil: He's a shiny-headed maniac.
  • Blood Knight: Very enthusiastic about shooting people. And, provided he doesn't plan the operation,, he is very good at it.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Tends to drop these.
  • Dissonant Serenity: His casual mentions of murder in Barry's answering machine messages.
    "Barry, Taylor. You didn't kill those Bolivians yet, did ya? I really wanna kill them with you, so, give me a buzz. Bye."
  • Foil: To Barry. Both are ex-Marines with severe psychological problems and a willingness to kill outside of war (and great skill at doing so). However, while Barry is cognizant of his issues, hates his current life, and handles dangerous situations cautiously and tactically, Taylor is an unpredictable Blood Knight who ignores his issues and recklessly charges into danger.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Although he's capable of following strategic orders, he would much rather rush into battle headfirst. He even shouts "Leeroy Jenkins" as he does this. Trying to do this at the airstrip, where there is no cover and the Bolivians can see his van coming from miles away, gets him immediately killed.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's mentioned that he was kicked out of his PTSD support group. His incredibly aggressive and nigh-suicidally destructive behavior points to him having some unresolved issues, although he's too dense to really be aware of them.
  • Too Dumb to Fool: It's plain as day to him just how toxic and lopsided Barry's relationship (both professional and personal) with Fuches has become, as well as how easily Barry could get out from under Fuches if he really wanted to.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His suicidal bum-rush on the airstrip doesn't just result in his death - it leads to Chris having to kill a Bolivian to save Barry, and thus to Barry having to kill Chris to stop him from going to the police. Had Taylor just listened to Barry, the rest of the show would turn out substantially different.

Other Criminals

    Cristobal Sifuentes 

Cristobal Sifuentes

Portrayed By: Michael Irby

The boss of the Bolivian cartel that Fuches convinces Goran to wage war against.


  • Affably Evil: He's much more like NoHo Hank than Goran, being a genuinely friendly guy who carries on casual conversations about self-help books in the middle of making serious threats. It's this similarity that allows the two of them to unite after Goran's death.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: He reveals that he's a nice enough guy that, had Goran simply asked for an alliance and shared use of the stash house instead of getting Barry involved, he would have gladly agreed.
  • Nice Guy: For a vicious kingpin, he's one of the nicest characters on the show.
  • Visionary Villain: Cristobal doesn't see any reason why merciless criminals can't get along and share their territory.

    Esther 

Esther

Portrayed By: Patricia Fa'asua

The Burmese gang leader.


  • Death Glare: Her default expression is a stoic, intense stare that massively puts off everyone.

Other Characters

    Ronny 

Ronny

Portrayed By: Daniel Bernhardt

  • Bullying a Dragon: Barry thinks that the threat of death will be enough to drive Ronny out of town with no questions asked. He didn't count on Ronny being a martial arts expert and stone-cold badass who proceeds to squarely kick his ass.
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