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Bobby Axelrod and family

    Axe 

Robert "Axe" Axelrod

Played By: Damian Lewis
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"What's the point of having 'fuck you' money if you never say 'fuck you?'"

"What have I done wrong? Really? Except make money. Succeed. All these rules and regulations - arbitrary."

Bobby is a billionaire hedge-fund owner, but has humble beginnings. Born in Yonkers to a blue-collar family, he enjoys the good life his money now gives him, along with doing whatever he can to keep said money.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: In "Magical Thinking", Bobby figures out the question he's been having trouble asking, even to himself - "People who have the capacity to feel nothing, they call them sociopaths. Is that what I am?" Wendy says a real sociopath wouldn't manifest guilt or punish himself. Apparently he is somewhere in-between.
  • Anti-Hero: He's a white collar criminal, an economic terrorist, and a person who casually destroys people's dreams and livelihoods if they get in his way for any reason. But he shows genuine respect for his family and a few select employees of Axe Capital, and has moments of regret over how he treats others. However, over time he discards his family, increasingly ignores his better angels, and will betray even the people closest to him if it means prevailing against his enemies. By the end of Season 4 he openly admits to Taylor that he sees them, Chuck, and presumably everyone else as tools to help himself advance.
  • Anti-Villain: He's ruthless and has no qualms about breaking the SEC's laws to make money, but his attitude is a result of a rough childhood in a working class community and he has several Pet the Dog moments that prove he's not completely heartless.
  • Arch-Enemy: His two biggest being Chuck and Taylor.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Exhibits a photographic memory that aids him greatly when he's charged with assaulting a man in his backyard, and recalls a girl nearby whose iPhone video of the encounter will show that the man had been driving drunk with Bobby's kids in the car.
    • Bobby hears news of an earthquake in Mozambique and knows that Axe Capital's investment will be negatively affected when the resulting tsunami eventually hits Brazil. Subverted in that Bobby has been forced to give up his trading license, so he is unable to do anything about it.
    • His photographic memory is used speculatively in "Flaw in the Death Star" when Bobby "rewinds" his perception of Dr. Gilbert, the doctor who he talked out of saving Donnie Cahn's life and who he used to create the Ice Juice toxin. Bobby uses his memory to run through scenarios of what Gilbert may or may not have done with the toxin slide with Bobby's fingerprints on it.
  • Badass Boast: "When I pull a deal off the table, I leave Nagasaki behind."
  • Because I'm Good at It: Axe has several chances to turn away from trading, but he never takes that path because he doesn't see anything fundamentally wrong in what he does and because seeking edges and making even more money really is the passion of his life.
  • Berserk Button: Being one-upped by anyone, but particularly Chuck, is another.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much his default mode of communication.
  • Disappeared Dad: Bobby's father walked out on him when he was 12. He himself gradually spends less and less time with his own two sons after he and Lara divorce, apparently not even saying goodbye to them when he agrees to let the three of them move to California.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Not one for half-measures. His boast about Nagasaki is barely hyperbolic. When someone crosses his path in an antagonistic way, Axe's goal in response is nothing short of total annihilation, and more often than not, he achieves it against small to medium targets. And absolutely no one is exempt from this — Rebecca finds this out the hard way.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: When Taylor identifies as non-binary, Bobby doesn't even bat an eyelid, and makes it very clear to everyone that the only thing he cares about is whether Taylor will be an asset to the company or not.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He refuses to let Dollar Bill intentionally contaminate the entire country's chicken supply just so Axe Capital could ensure would get a huge payout for their position in the industry.
  • Fiction 500: Besides his titular "billions" in income and assets, Bobby also has the pull to fuck with currency in Nigeria, tweak entire banking systems in Europe, and literally buy the Chrysler Building. According to Todd Krakow, Bobby's net worth is somewhere in the vicinity of $12 billion.
  • Heel Realization: Seems to have one in the season two finale when he visits the 9/11 memorial and laments to Wendy that he feels every decision he's made since that day has been the wrong one. He also feels guilty about exploiting Donnie's final weeks to undermine Rhoades. It seems to have been temporary, though: at the start of Season 3 he's back to his defiant, self-righteous self, but then it comes back when he beats the indictment but doesn't feel happy. Subverted in the Season 4 finale when he tells Rebecca that he knew full well that he was sacrificing their future together by liquidating Saler's from under her, and chose to do it anyway because his desire for revenge against Taylor was stronger than his feelings for Rebecca.
  • Hidden Depths: Seems to be genuinely concerned about Donnie, and genuinely sad when he dies.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: According to Wendy, Bobby has trouble seeing anyone as an intellectual equal. He can put on a good show, but he doesn't truly have many friends. Taylor is the first person he thinks could be an equal and that's why he takes them under his wing.
  • It's All About Me: His family were the only people he had genuine affection for, but he essentially abandons them after his divorce from Lara. By the end of Season 4, Axe all but explicitly states to Taylor that he's come to see anyone and everyone else as tools he can use for his own self-advancement.
  • Kubrick Stare: His eyebrows speak for themselves.
  • Magnificent Bastard: When three of his protégés leave to start their own fund, he tricks them into bankrupting themselves, then offers to keep them afloat as a vassal fund that's totally dependent on him. They take the deal.
  • Never My Fault: Subverted. While he is mad at Chuck for the Ice Juice play that resulted in his indictment, he does admit that him allowing his emotions to cloud his judgement also played a role.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Bobby's play with the Churchill books gives Chuck the idea employing the Batman Gambit with Ice Juice.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: His defining trait, when he sees an angle, he goes all-in. Best exemplified by the origin of his fortune, short selling aviation stock during 9/11, while his then-co-workers were dying in the World Trade Center. He will use anything and anyone to make sure his own plans succeed.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Lara finds out from Wendy that Bobby lied to her and leaves him without warning in Season 2, Wendy remarks that it's the first time she's ever seen him afraid. He's so rattled that he turns up outside Wendy's house with his personal fixer to demand an explanation and genuinely frightens her with how erratic and dangerous he is at that moment.
  • Papa Wolf: Never threaten his kids. He tends to go ballistic. Not even Grigor Andolov, who Bobby's mysterious fixer openly fears, gets away with it.
    Grigor: "I'm a fucking businessman. And a real sweetheart. I'm Casper the Friendly Ghost."
    Bobby: "Me, too. And if you mention my kids like that again you’ll find out how fucking friendly."
    • Also, never compromise the safety of his kids as he punched an associate for driving drunk with Gordie and Dean in his car.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Wendy Rhoades, one of the very few people to know and trust him before 9/11, who knows precisely how he made his money, and is incredibly loyal to him. Bobby relies on her heavily, enough that he can request an all-night intensive therapy session and she'll drop everything. The idea of her betraying him causes him to lose his cool in a way few others can cause. Eight months after she quits, he still refers to her office as "hers", and engineers a class-action lawsuit against Chuck so that he can drop it as a condition of Wendy coming back. And when Spyros backstabs Wendy by turning evidence of her Ice Juice short over to Connerty, Axe is livid and becomes willing to partner with Chuck to protect her.
  • Properly Paranoid: He's very good at reading people who is up to no good against him. After making an enemy of Grigor Andolov, Axe buffs up his personal security considerably.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: For most of Axe Capital, he's firmly in Bad Boss territory, having a "sink-or-swim" attitude. With Taylor, however, he sees someone incredibly similar to himself, and decides to mentor them.
  • Saw Star Wars 27 Times: Rocky, seven times. It comes up rarely and his actual fountain of references is The Godfather, which implies this trope for that other saga too.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: As he so eloquently puts it, "what's the point of having 'fuck you' money, if you never say fuck you?"
  • Seduction-Proof Marriage: Played straight in season one, where despite attraction to a beautiful singer, Bobby turns her down, saying he's married and "it's real". Deconstructed in season two, where when Lara leaves and his fear of losing her causes him to veer into paranoia, he leaves her multiple voicemails claiming that he was completely faithful to her, but he shouldn't have been, and it wasn't worth it.
  • Slasher Smile: Has a rather menacing and unsettling grin.
  • The Social Darwinist: Generally, Axe feels that someone with his intelligence and skills should be allowed to make as much money as they want and most of the SEC's laws are arbitrary and designed to keep people like him from succeeding. However, he does show a few moral restraints and doesn't approve of outright immoral tactics like stealing.
  • Sole Survivor: Part of Bobby's public image is that he's a benevolent philanthropist with survivor's guilt for being the only guy in his company to survive the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. In actuality, Bobby had been fired from the firm and was at his lawyer's office finalizing the severance package paperwork. He made a fortune short selling aviation stock right after witnessing the first plane hitting the North Tower.
  • Taking You with Me: Is fond of answering seemingly unassailable threats with this one of his own, quickly digging up dirt from his adversaries.
  • We Used to Be Friends: According to Wendy, Bobby actually liked Chuck when she first started dating him and the two bonded over how smarter they were than everyone else. Then when Chuck accepted a job at the U.S. Attorney's office and started going after white-collar criminals, their relationship deteriorated. Bobby and Chuck then rekindle their friendship when they both reach low points in their lives and plot together against their enemies.
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    Lara 

Lara Axelrod

Played By: Malin Åkerman
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Lara is Bobby's wife, a former ER nurse at New York Presbyterian. Like Bobby, she is a blue-collar girl at heart, with a large extended family and a take-no-prisoners attitude.

  • Alpha Bitch: She bullies and threatens her own friends and isn't shy about openly insulting people she dislikes.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Lara seems friendly and sweet, right up until you stand in the way of her or her husband.
  • Boyish Short Hair: In season one.
  • Demoted to Extra: From series regular and major behind-the-scenes player to supporting character after separating from Bobby.
  • Gold Digger: Subverted. When accused of this by a former boyfriend, she points out that she started dating Bobby before he became wealthy. Additionally, when they separate after his indictment, it has more to do with her being fed up with the lies and schemes rather then the threat of losing their fortune.
  • The Lad Ette: Will try to drink you under the table and likes to hang out in bars.
  • Lady Macbeth: After Sandicot loses the gaming license and Axe Capital is about to take a huge loss, the team comes up with a plan to save their quarter performance, namely by forcing the town to pay the firm back which will bankrupt it. Bobby is morally conflicted about this since he knows how hard it is growing up poor and doesn't want to screw the townspeople over. Lara ultimately convinces him to do it by telling him the town can find their way out like they did growing up.
  • Mama Bear: Is just as protective of her kids as Bobby. When she decides that the school nurse isn't up to her standards, she immediately forces the principal to fire and replace the woman to ensure that her kids aren't in danger while attending class.
  • Put on a Bus: Bobby eventually allows her and the kids to move to California.
  • Rich Bitch: Surprisingly, she subverts it. Her bitchiness has nothing to do with her money, and everything to do with her tough, working-class background.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Bobby has lied to her and effectively gaslighted her into staying with him, the truth about Ice Juice comes out, and the feds are gunning for Axe Cap and Bobby. Lara clears out their savings and starts shopping around for divorce lawyers. In addition, she doesn't pick Bobby up from jail, telling their kids that Bobby's a fraud and they're better off forgetting about him.
  • Woman in White: Most often seen in white blouses and dresses.

    Rebecca 

Rebecca Cantu

Played by: Nina Arianda
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Most people are self-absorbed, narcissistic assholes.

Wealthy venture capitalist who becomes Axe's new girlfriend in Season 4.

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Bobby first meets Rebecca at a pitch meeting for a new advanced robot. Rebecca (who was raised by a mechanic) immediately calls bullshit on the pitch after hearing the robot emit a hum, which tells her both that the robot has an internal combustion engine and is only metastable, neither of which make it a good investment.
  • Did Not Think This Through: She makes a deal with Taylor, thinking this is good for business and that it would smooth things over between them and Bobby. Instead it enrages Bobby and makes him turn on Rebecca. The result is that Rebecca makes a billion dollars, but loses control of her company and that the relationship between her and Bobby is destroyed.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her Awesomeness by Analysis moment described above — also her very first scene — establishes that she has intelligence on par with Axe, shares a blue-collar background with Axe, and is tough enough to see and cut through bullshit.
  • Slasher Smile: She is capable of giving genuine, warm smiles, but when she pulls this one off (and she does it often), You. Are. Fucked!

Chuck Rhoades and family

    Chuck 

Charles "Chuck" Rhoades Jr.

Played By: Paul Giamatti
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"Hey, you're a smart man. So you know when I bring an action, it's not some county or even state — it's the United States versus. Now don't give me a reason."

"A good matador doesn't kill a fresh bull. You wait until he's been stuck a few times."

Chuck Rhoades is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the most prestigious law gig in the U.S, specializing in prosecuting high profile Wall Street and white-collar crime. Married to Wendy, with two kids, he's got his sights set on bringing down Bobby Axelrod. Is elected attorney general of New York State after being fired as U.S. Attorney.

  • Aggressive Submissive: Chuck likes talking trash and winning arguments, but Wendy's the one in charge in the bedroom.
  • Ambition Is Evil: The Governorship of New York is the only thing in his mind that can come near taking Axelrod down, and Chuck's political course is as shady and paved with misconduct as the rest of his corrupt career. Later averted when Chuck puts his gubernatorial ambitions aside once Wendy convinces him that he's running to satisfy Foley and Chuck Senior's aspirations for him, not his own.
    • Chuck later puts his marriage with Wendy on the line when Foley tries to blackmail him with his S&M lifestyle on the eve of the state attorney general election, outing the couple as sadomasochists to the world against Wendy's pleas just so he can win office.
  • Anti-Villain: You can sympathize with his goal to take down Axe, but in the process Chuck corrupts a legal high office and commits a series of criminal frauds that should lead to disbarment and indictment several times over.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: Being the head of the Southern District of New York makes him one of the most powerful lawmen in the country, and he consistently uses his federal power to crush most of the adversaries who cross his path.
  • Berserk Button: He won't stand for anyone accusing him of not being his own man and just answering to his wife or father.
  • Blue Blood: Comes from a very wealthy New York family, but disagrees with how his father utilizes his wealth to control others. Ironically, Wendy is better off financially than he is.
  • Brains and Bondage: Chuck and his wife are into the BDSM lifestyle.
  • Broken Ace: A hotshot U.S. Attorney with an impressive 81-0 record in court. But he has multiple personality issues and it turns out he only picks sure-win cases.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Waffles between doing this and being The Dutiful Son.
  • The Chessmaster: He's always running some gambit or another. Wendy defines him as the best at breaking down a strategy. At times, Chuck verges on Magnificent Bastard (case in point, what he does to Judge Wilcox), but is a little too vengeful and obsessed with beating Bobby to truly succeed.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Takes advantage of Wendy's position at Axe Capital and looks into her confidential files to gather incriminating information on Bobby. Also talks his father and his best friend into making disastrous investments that decimate their fortunes in order to entrap Bobby. Wendy also gets caught up in this scheme, though Chuck initially doesn't know it. He badly overreaches himself when he tries to do it to Jock Jeffcoat.
    • Chuck does this twice to Wendy in Season 4 — first when he tells the press about his BDSM lifestyle with Wendy without her consent in order to win the election, and then when he passes up an offer by Connerty to help Wendy out with the medical board when she is in danger of losing her license just to spite Connerty and Jeffcoat (and lying to her about it afterward). Not surprisingly, Wendy ends up leaving him again.
  • The Comically Serious: He'll give long detailed speeches to people doing even the tiniest things such as not cleaning after their dog or cheating on a game of chess.
  • Cornered Rattlesnake: Chuck often finds himself fighting for survival as a consequence of his perilous schemes, and rising to the occassion.
    You know, the only enemy more dangerous than a man with unlimited resources... is one with nothing to lose. And that is what you are looking at right here.
  • Corrupt Bureaucrat: He's very competent, too bad he begins to use and taint the Attorney's office to advance and protect his own schemes and ambition.
  • The Dutiful Son: As the object of all of his father's thwarted ambitions.
  • Exact Words: A masterful rules lawyer, Chuck utilizes this trope quite often, adhering to the letter of the law (or a given proposition or deal) when it suits him.
  • Fan Disservice: Whenever he’s the submissive during his and Wendy’s BDSM sessions.
  • Fatal Flaw: His obsession with nailing Axe has taken a toll on his personal and professional life, but he refuses to relent.
  • Good Parents: Wants to be the exact opposite of his own father, and seems to be succeeding. Whatever his other flaws, Chuck is a really good father, splitting childcare duties with Wendy, reassuring his kids during the separation, and always making sure to keep his work life separate from his kids.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It's all but stated that his obsession with bringing down Axelrod has less to due with any of the latter's alleged law breaking and more to do with his jealousy over the bond Wendy has with him.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Rhoades lives by this trope. No episode is complete without a long, pointed monologue, usually involving a personal anecdote. (Mercifully, this situation abates somewhat in season 3.)
  • Hypocrite: Best summed up by Bryan in "Victory Lap", when he points out that for all of Chuck's talk about the importance of duty to the law and how nobody should be above it, he has no problem breaking the law and abusing his position of U.S. Attorney to suit his own ends.
    • In addition, he frequently mistrusts his wife and calls her a criminal for working at Axe Capital (where she isn't directly party to wrongdoing), yet he breaks the law and betrays Wendy numerous times, and becomes just as ruthless as the man he despises.
  • It's All About Me: When Chuck sees that Bobby influenced the medical board's decision to spare Wendy's license by giving them a $25 million donation, he blames Bobby for his marriage being busted (again) and decides to secretly conspire against him with Taylor. He sidesteps the fact that he had spent all of the season leading up to this violating Wendy's trust and putting his needs ahead of her own.
  • It's Personal: His prosecution of Axelrod does have legal foundations and boundaries at first, but it soons spirals out of control and becomes an obsession.
  • Knight Templar: He's perfectly fine with breaking all kinds of laws and moral codes in his crusade against Axelrod.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Conspires with Bobby to thwart Connerty's prosecution of the Ice Juice case after he turns up evidence against Wendy, then unceremoniously fires Connerty from the Southern District. Connerty turns around and conspires with Jeffcoat to thwart Chuck's case against Jeffcoat and his brother for money laundering, which ends with Chuck getting fired and Connerty getting Chuck's job on an interim basis.
  • Morality Pet: Ira seems to be this to Chuck. Chuck still screws over Ira in the Ice Juice affair but it is the one thing that Chuck actually feels guilty about. When Ira turns the tables on Chuck and sides with Axelrod, Chuck uncharacteristically accepts that he deserved that and does not hold a grudge. When Chuck later discovers that Ira's marriage and finances are in serious trouble, he pulls out all the stops to help Ira while making sure that Ira never knows about the help.
  • Moral Myopia: Chuck frequently pulls the same kind of maneuvers and schemes that Axe does. The only difference is that Chuck works for the government so, in his mind, he's the one who is "right".
    Chuck: I work for the public good.
    Wendy: No, you work for the good of Chuck Rhoades. Maybe sometimes they intersect.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: It's clear at the start of Season 3 that he feels terrible for his antics. He even gets Wendy to describe a fantasy cheating scenario as part of a kink session, knowing she really did sleep with someone else, and his expression makes it clear he feels like he deserves it.
  • Outgambitted: His plot against Jeffcoat gets negated when a coalition of former allies turn against him.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: When Chuck decides to start approaching the job in shades of gray, he takes the rest of Southern down with him.
  • Post-Stress Overeating: Ice cream in season one, poutine and deli sandwiches in season two.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Always dresses in suits, even at home, and not as a manifestation of a natural refinement but because his insecurities make him feel he has something to prove. This is a major contrast with Axelrod, who is almost always in casual wear.
  • Take a Third Option: By the middle of Season 3, Chuck is faced with two choices: either let Connerty send him to prison for his role in the Ice Juice affair in exchange for Wendy getting off (albeit with her medical license revoked), or plant a slide of the Ice Juice contaminant in Bobby's apartment to deflect suspicion off of him and Wendy. Instead of taking either option, Chuck hands the slide over to Bobby and forms an alliance with him to thwart Connerty.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: By season two, he is so obsessed with catching Axe that he is willing to bankrupt his best friend and father to do so.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Becomes a prominent point during the Rhoades's marriage counseling in Season 2, with Chuck throwing out What Does She See in Him? as the reason why he always dresses in suits, even for casual dinners: he wants to at least look like someone Wendy would be with.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Axe, of all people, when he first started dating Wendy. As recounted by Wendy later on, Chuck initially had no problem with Axe's business or lifestyle, and they actually bonded over how smarter they were than everyone else. However, this changed once Chuck accepted a job at the U.S. Attorney's office. Bobby and Chuck then rekindle their friendship when they both reach low points in their lives and plot together against their enemies.
  • Worth It: Used as a Badass Boast when he puts Axe in jail, reasoning that even if it becomes a Pyrrhic Victory that also brings Chuck down in the process, it would still be worth it.

    Wendy 

Wendy Rhoades

Played By: Maggie Siff
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"My files are confidential, and you're not seeing them. You can call the Attorney General if you want - tell her I said hi, we had dinner last month - otherwise, fuck off."

"I built this company just as much as you did. Cut me out again, and I'm gone."

Wendy is both the wife of Chuck Rhoades and the in-house performance coach and therapist at Axe Capital. In addition, she and Bobby have an unspecified relationship that goes back to 2001.

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: When not around Bobby or Chuck, Wendy seems to have cultivated this persona.
  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: In "Sic Transit Imperium", after finding out Bobby has claimed their no-sessions policy was his idea - and not a boundary Wendy set - she tells a smug, patronizing Lara about the lie. Later, she regrets the selfish action, but notes that it felt really good getting one over on Lara.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: If you piss Wendy off, kiss your ass goodbye.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Taylor, who seems to connect with Wendy as one of the only other non-male finance bro types around Axe Cap. This ends when Taylor spins off their own hedge fund and gives Wendy a "Reason You Suck" Speech, after which she encourages Bobby to "fuck them over."
  • Brainy Brunette: Probably the brainiest around.
  • Brains and Bondage: Has a doctorate. Likes BDSM and serves as a dominant.
  • Co-Dragons: Often shares the role with Wags when discussing strategic actions and problems faced by Axelrod.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: In season one, a major plotline was where her loyalties really lay - with her husband and the State Attorney's office, or with Bobby, her patients, and her place of work.
  • The Consigliere: To Bobby, Chuck, Wags, and Taylor, counseling each of them, somewhat shielded from the murkier side of what they do.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of the few to keep up with Bobby and Wags.
  • Face–Heel Turn: When she destroys Taylor's relationship with their father.
  • Family Versus Career: Her father-in-law seems to think she needs to choose between Chuck and her children, or her career, and would like to stress how important her image as a wife and mother is if Chuck becomes governor. Even Chuck is displeased with how seriously she takes her career and that she earns more money than he does.
  • The Fashionista: Has a killer, high-end wardrobe, including her dominatrix outfits.
  • The Heart: To most of Axe Cap, reminding them that there's a human cost to what they do. Becomes subverted by Season 4 when she acquiesces to Axe's harsh treatment of his employees (like Rudy's firing) and uses Taylor's old therapy notes to sabotage them. However, being given a "Reason You Suck" Speech by Mafee causes her to feel guilty to the point where she confesses her misdeeds to the medical board even though will likely mean her license being revoked.
  • Heel Realization: Being hit with the "Reason You Suck" Speech by Mafee seems to cut her deep, later causing her to have an emotional breakdown. When she faces the medical board, she quickly confesses to her actions towards Taylor and accepts the likely revocation of her license.
  • Hypocrite: Wendy rightfully chews out Chuck in Season 1 for using her confidential therapy notes to target Bobby. Then in Season 4, Wendy uses her old therapy notes with Taylor to hatch a plan that will drive a wedge between them and their father Douglas in order to sabotage an invention they are working on. It may not be as illegal as when Chuck did it, but it's no less unethical for Wendy.
  • Iron Lady: She can dominate both Axe and Chuck, and at the same time.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: At the start of "Not You, Mr. Dake," Chuck and Bobby debate whether they really want Wendy involved in their plot to frame a third party for the Ice Juice poisoning. Cue Wendy walking into the room and simply asking, "So, who's going to be our patsy?"
  • Lady Macbeth: Evolves into one in Season 3. After laying into both Bobby and Chuck for getting her roped into Connerty's Ice Juice investigation, she goes along with their subsequent plan to frame Dr. Gilbert and exploits Mafee's crush on her in order to make him corroborate her cover story. Then, after Chuck Senior and Black Jack Foley invade her and Chuck's sex dungeon as a power play, she helps convince Chuck to turn against their political aspirations for him while using Hall to make her own move against Senior. Finally, she encourages Bobby to "fuck [Taylor] over" when they stab him the back to start their own hedge fund.
    Bobby: Different from "look inward."
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Always on the brink of it thanks to her supportive, indispensable work at Axe capital enforcing its cutthroat practices, she crosses the line when she uses Taylor's medical confidentiality against them, which gets Wendy in hot water with the medical board.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When she hears about the Ice Juice situation - with the best of intentions - she goes to Chuck and admits Axe Cap is going to short the stock. She tells him to sell his shares in the company, she knows it's going to tank. Chuck, being ten steps ahead of her, digs in, getting into an argument with her and claiming she underestimates him. In retaliation, Wendy buys a big share of the short... which is going to reflect really badly when the government goes after Axe Cap for the fraud, and potentially land her in jail.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: She's known Bobby for over fifteen years, considering they were friends - and possibly already business partners - when 9/11 happened. She's the first person he runs to when he feels uncertain, and relies heavily on her for advice. Chuck thinks she's been cheating on him with Bobby, they're so close. After she leaves Axe Capital, he spends a lot of time and effort (which everyone picks up on) trying to "win her back".
  • Pragmatic Hero: Not only does she use Hall to help her bring Charles Sr. to heel, she actually tells him, "It's good to have you back." For Wendy, of all people, to embrace Hall's way of doing business is chilling.
  • Poisonous Friend: After Taylor offers emotional support to Wendy following Chuck's press conference, Wendy and Axe hatch a plan where Axe uses a government contact to hold up the invention they are working on with their father in bureaucratic red tape — effectively giving Taylor a Sadistic Choice between protecting the interests of their father (with whom they have a strained relationship) or protecting their fund. Wendy's role in this is to win the confidence of both Taylor and Mafee and milk enough information out of them to make the scheme successful. It works.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In "The Third Ortolan", after Connerty finds out about her Ice Juice short, she quite rightfully rips into both Chuck and Axe for letting their mutual obsession with beating each other draw in their friends and loved ones and put them in the crossfire.
  • The Shrink: In-house therapist for Axe Capital in season one, strikes out on her own in season two, back at Axe Cap by 2.08.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's very cool, mannered and graceful, but has an iron will and immense ambition.
  • Team Mom: To Axe Capital, frequently having to yank the juvenile traders and their egos back in line.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As a result of finding herself in Connerty's crosshairs.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her defining color (mirroring Bobby and not her husband), is blue.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In Season 2, Wendy is brought in by Craig Heidecker to evaluate a female astronaut who he is considering to man his privately-funded rocket launch to Mars. At episode's end, Wendy advises Heidecker to nix the astronaut from the mission. Wendy goes on to have a one-night stand with Heidecker, who replaces the female astronaut on the rocket launch — that ends in disaster when the rocket explodes after liftoff, killing Heidecker.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Sleeps with Heidecker and keeps it from Chuck, even after he admits to the near-fling with his judo partner.
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    Rhoades, Sr. 

Charles Rhoades, Sr

Played By: Jeffrey DeMunn
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"Nobody gets to fuck 'em all."

Charles Rhoades Senior is a New York blue blood with a thwarted political career and a lot of connections. He wants nothing more than for his son to succeed in life.

  • Ambition Is Evil: By proxy in the present day, no deed is dishonest enough if it takes Chuck a step closer to get into high office.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Senior has spent all of Chuck's life pushing his son to seek higher political office, often with opportunistic gambits. He didn't count on Chuck talking him into dumping all of his money into a disastrously bad investment as part of his own opportunistic gambit against Axe.
  • Blue Blood: "Indian Four" reveals he went to Yale and was a Whiffenpoof, which places him as quite high on the social ladder. His varying connections at the highest levels of power cement it.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: His speech to Taiga about marriage.
  • Domestic Abuse: Chuck relates how Senior sytematically used wanton violence once or twice every year against his wife just to make a point.
  • Evil Is Petty: Jumped aboard his son's "destroy Bobby Axelrod" campaign largely because Bobby meddled in Senior's relationship with his mistress and beat him on a trucking deal.
    • When Chuck tricked him into making a bad investment that ended up destroying his fortune, Senior presented him with photographic proof that Wendy had cheated on him. He even told Chuck to open the envelope in front of him, just so he could see his reaction.
  • Evil Mentor: Always willing to counsel his son towards amoral, self-serving actions.
  • Jerkass: A reprehensible individual. His offensive demeanor and lack of good taste sometimes can come off as hilarious, nevertheless.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Senior is poised to bring Chuck down with him when Connerty learns of their involvement in the Ice Juice affair. However, Chuck and Foley threaten to withdraw the casino project from Kingsford, which would put Senior further in the red. Senior ends up denying Chuck's involvement in Ice Juice.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Especially with Chuck. Senior has spent Chuck's entire life trying to revive his political career vicariously through his son, often by manipulating Chuck and other people. Then, when Chuck backstabs him in the Ice Juice scandal, Senior devotes his effort to manipulating against Chuck.
  • Meddling Parents: Dear God, yes.
  • My Beloved Smother: It doesn't matter that he's Chuck's father; the dynamic works the same way.
  • Old Money
  • Opportunistic Bastard: If given the chance to advance his son's career and/or rescue his own damaged reputation, Rhoades Senior will not only jump, he'll succeed. The crowner might be finding out about Bobby's plan on buying Sandicot and convincing the casino to build elsewhere, ensuring that not only does his son come out clean, Bobby's $5 million down and looking at a full quarter loss. This has the bonus effect of turning public opinion in Chuck's favor in the one area of New York state that Chuck wasn't polling well in.
  • Pet the Dog: He seems genuinely affectionate towards his mistress Roxanne and quickly takes a protective stance towards her and their baby when their hotel room is raided by the FBI. He also balks when Chuck dismissively refers to her as his "consort."
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Most of his jaw-dropping rudeness comes from not giving a damn anymore.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Had this mentality with his wife and wishes that Wendy would step aside and not interfere with Chuck's career and ambitions.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: First when Chuck uses Senior to entrap Axe in the Ice Juice gambit, which turns Senior against his son. Then when Chuck forces Senior to not implicate him by holding the Kingsford casino hostage, Senior complies and seems to gain a begrudging respect for Chuck's manipulative abilities. After the Ice Juice case is dismissed, father and son seem to bury the hatchet.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Senior doesn't disown Chuck for purposefully making him collateral damage in the Ice Juice scheme, but he still makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with him. They eventually get better, though.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: Perhaps his most defining characteristic is finding ways to push Chuck towards higher office, after seeing his own political ambitions thwarted.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Has mistresses on the side, and is an unapolegetic philanderer.
    I've always said: Monogamy is a form of socialism, it's testosterone redistribution so a few bucks don't keep all the does to themselves.

Axe Capital

    Wags 

Mike "Wags" Wagner

Played By: David Costabile
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"You are here to keep the Visigoths outside the city walls. Not to impugn the judgment of the Caesar."

"Your feelings aren't a fucking priority."

Wags is Bobby's right hand man and the COO of Axe Capital. He seems like just a party guy in season one, but in season two, Wags's personal life takes a hit, and he goes off the rails.

  • Asshole Victim: Let's face it, if the Yosemite Sam tattoo and blackout incident had happened to anyone besides Wags, we'd find it horrible instead of funny. Wags has been careening toward something like this all series.
  • Batman Gambit: He drags Mafee to a pitch meeting with a new brokerage firm (i.e., a rival to Spartan-Ives), knowing that:
    • The account reps think he's a careless drunk (and thus an easy sale);
    • Mafee will try to get him to stop drinking, thus selling the careless-drunk idea, and
    • His account rep at Spartan-Ives frequents the club where they're meeting, and will see them there. Then he uses the meeting to extort a huge price cut from Spartan-Ives. Kinda brilliant.
  • Broken Pedestal: Experienced this when he bumped into his old mentor on the street only to discover the man has early onset Alzheimer’s and doesn’t even recognize him, losing his job and his family along with his memories.
  • Butt-Monkey: Seems to have slid into this in season two.
  • Characterization Marches On: A minor example: he is clean shaved in the pilot, he only starts sporting his devilish goatee in the second episode.
  • The Creon: A loyal number two with no desire or ambition to supplant Bobby.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Constantly making snarky comments and jokes at others' expense
  • The Dragon: Wags is usually Bobby's first and last line of defense whenever a threat appears.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: According to Dr. Gus, virtually the entire firm hates Wags' guts for being Bobby's drill sergeant. It says a lot considering Bobby himself is pretty drill-sergeanty to them.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Beyond their working relationship, Bobby and him go way back and are perhaps the only genuine friends they respectively have in the business.
  • Hidden Depths: Underneath the profane party-guy, Wags has some depth. He deeply respects the art of sushi-making (including nearly beating another guy up for disrespecting his favorite sushi chef) and while he's the resident drill sergeant and somewhat of a chauvinist, he treats Taylor and Wendy with complete respect, knowing they both have strengths and value he does not.
  • I Owe You My Life: Metaphorically speaking. Wags feels he owes everything to Bobby after Bobby urged him to leave his former job at Lehman Brothers before the bank collapsed.
  • Large Ham: Very loud and aggressive when dealing with subordinates and such, he's usually more restrained among equals.
  • Life of the Party: Takes the traders out for body sushi, orders $15,000 bottles of scotch, and has an IV drip hangover cure on speed dial.
  • Living Lie Detector: Bobby calls Wags his "personal bullshit detector".
  • Odd Friendship: With Wendy, who he calls his "trench buddy", as they are the two highest-ranking employees at Axe Capital and must lead the firm when Bobby is arrested. In season three, they share a drink as Wendy complains about having to manage Dollar Bill and Ari Spyros's battling personalities, and spills to Wags her fears about the Chuck vs. Axe battle.
  • Number Two: To Bobby.
  • Papa Wolf: Of a sort to the people at Axe Capital. When Wags takes Taylor to a Turkish bathhouse to talk business, one of the other patrons — who is clearly beefier than both of them and sports tattoos implying he's in The Mafiya — starts giving Taylor grief. Wags sticks up for them by getting into the guy's face and basically telling him to step off.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Beware if and when he starts constructing a very formal, ornate phrase. He will drop an amusingly offensive and crude bomb in the middle of it without missing a beat or changing his tone.
  • Work Hard, Play Hard: Wags is a party animal, but he usually doesn't let his excesses interfere with his professionalism.

    Dollar Bill 

"Dollar" Bill Stern

Played By: Kelly AuCoin
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"I'm Keyser Soze, motherfucker."

"...I am not uncertain."

Stern is a trader at Axe Capital, and one of the guys who have been with Bobby the longest. His loyalty is beyond question.

  • Bald of Awesome / Bald of Evil: More like thinning but it's doable.
  • Berserk Button: He will move heaven and earth to find the person responsible for stealing his lucky dollar.
  • Crime After Crime: When his Chicken Man insider trading scheme backfires, he has a Villainous BSoD and decides to escalate all the way to bio-terrorism by infecting a chicken farm with bird flu.
  • Evil Is Petty: In "Flaw in the Death Star" he plumbs the very depths of pettiness, stealing a newspaper from a vending machine and then destroying Spyros's car because Spyros inconvenienced him.
  • Flanderization: Zig-zagged. In season 1, Bill is just your basic amoral trader. By season 3, he descends briefly into self-parody (see Evil Is Petty above) before forming a pragmatic alliance with Spyros in order to make more money.
  • Hidden Depths: Seeming at first like the epitome of the ruthless, macho, double-dealing lifestyle of their firm, with nothing more than his (very well-compensated) loyalty to Axe as a redeeming feature, his changing conduct towards Taylor in Season 2 shows there is more to him than that.
  • Large Ham: Not one for subtlety or a plain tone. As seen in the right image, "over the top" is his default state.
  • Magnificent Bastard: His out-gambitting of Chuck Rhoades: "I'm Keyser Soze, motherfucker."
  • Paper Tiger: Bill loves to yell and scream and bluster, but it's mostly noise.
    • Has a tantrum when Axe gives the second Alpha Cup seat to Taylor, but Axe shuts him down fast.
    Bill: That's my fucking seat!
    Axe: I paid for it; it's my fucking seat. I can give it to whoever the fuck I want!
    • In "Icebreaker" (s03e09), gets shown up by three lower-ranking employees at different times. Only one pays for it, and that one is punished by Wags, not Bill.
    • In "Fight Night" (s04e08), getting his ass handed to him by Bonnie (who is half his size) during an impromptu training session turns him into a weeping, blubbering mess. His big boxing match with Mafee ends in an underwhelming draw.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: At the start of Season 2, he very nearly calls Taylor a freak for identifying as non-binary, and only a sharp look from Axe stops him. To give him his due, once Taylor proves to be a major asset to the company, he shows genuine respect and loyalty.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite his earlier contempt towards Taylor, once they have shown their worth to the company and proven willing to engage in the cut-throat aspects of the Wall Street lifestyle, he treats them as a valued colleague, gives them a large off-the-books cash sum and some completely sincere advice about how it's always a good idea to have cash hidden away in case all hell breaks loose. At the end of the season when Taylor is made CIO instead of him, he accepts it as a good call and asks them what he can do to help.
  • Pride: Takes great pride in being "not uncertain" and has an ego the size of the Moon. Hurting either will cause him to go overboard. Being forced to publicly apologize to Spyros causes him to wreck Spyros' Porsche. Finding himself unable to rig the chicken pricing scheme causes him to steal an H1N1-infected chicken and attempt to plant it in a chicken farm, which would have caused a serious health crisis if Bobby and Wags hadn't stopped him in time.
  • The Rival: In "Flaw in the Death Star", he and Ari Spyros' mutual dislike spills into genuine hatred, with Bill eventually ramming his car into Spyros' prized Porsche.
  • The Scrooge: His nickname comes from the fact he's a tightwad despite being a multi-millionaire hedge fund analyst.
    • His frugality begins to make more sense with the post-arrest revelation that he's supporting two families.
  • Stupid Crooks: Usually averted, as his schemes are well thought-out and tend to insulate him and Axe Capital from the main criminal activity. However, when the Chicken Man scheme backfires, he has a Villainous BSoD and in desperation attempts to infect a chicken farm with bird flu. He does the deed personally and seems unconcerned about fingerprints and security cameras. He also seems completely oblivious to the fact he is engaging in bio-terrorism and could kill people.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Axe. In Bill's words "they fuck you, they fuck me!".
  • Villainous BSoD: Has one after he fails to rig the chicken pricing scheme in Arkansas.
    Bill: I'm the guy who DELIVERS!
  • Your Cheating Heart: The man has two families. He also cheats on both of his wives with Bonnie.

    Bach 

Orrin Bach

Played By: Glenn Fleshler
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"There's a reason you retained me: me. I look far enough down the road to let you avoid the speed traps."

"You do your three or five or ten years here, then you flip to our side, cash seven figures from the same big funds you're trying to bring down."

Bach is the in-house lawyer for Axe Capital, and used to teach law at NYU.

  • Amoral Attorney: As Bobby's attorney, he advises Bobby on how to deal with Chuck's investigation and is often privy to his client's schemes to dodge scrutiny.
  • Affably Evil: Maybe not "evil"...at least compared to people like Hall. But he is probably the most level-headed person on Axe's team, and remains cordial with his former student Bryan Connerty even though they are on opposite sides of the Axe-Rhoades feud.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He taught Connerty that a lawyer's calling was about serving the spirit of the law beyond mere recompense, but one day he sold out and started playing for the defence and its seven figures per year.
  • Honest Advisor: Is this to Bobby.
  • The Mentor: Interestingly enough, to Connerty, who was his law student.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Does not waver from his support of Bobby, through investigations and allegations and all the might of the U.S. Attorney's office gunning for him. His loyalty is to Bobby and Bobby alone, even when Lara tries to bribe him and consult him for divorce advice. He turns her down flat, reminding her Bobby pays him well enough that she'd have to triple the bribe just to get his attention.
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    Spyros 

Ari Spyros

Played by: Stephen Kunken
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"The Answer Man is here!"

SEC official who is a thorn in Chuck's side at the Attorney General's office. He becomes the compliance officer at Axe Capital.

  • Brick Joke: In season 2, he bullies Chuck with the Cortado Gambit (see Evil Is Petty below). In his first appearance in season 3, he swaggers into Axe's office holding... a cortado.
  • Cool Car: Owns a sleek red Porsche convertible. Which Dollar Bill totals.
  • Evil Is Petty: Makes Chuck send his secretary out for a cortado, then refuses to drink it.
  • Face–Heel Turn: From the Securities and Exchange Commission to Axe Capital, a major rules violator. He tries to present his role there as responsible of compliance as enforcing good practice, with little success.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Ari gets on the nerves of everyone in Chuck's office by butting into their investigations, and is especially loathed by Chuck after he finds out that Ari raped a classmate in college. When Ari leaves the SEC for Axe Capital, his new co-workers also regard him with disdain.
  • Glory Hound: This is really what all his Jerkassery is about.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance:
    • "This is a case of what I like to call... The Prisoner's Dilemma." Chuck immediately snaps and retorts that's just how it's called.
    • Bursts into Axe's office warning of a "DEFCON 6" situation, only for Taylor to correct him about how the DEFCON scale really works.
  • Inciting Incident: He's the one who brings Axe's insider trading into Rhoades' attention. Chuck initially refuses to take action because he doesn't want to mess with a Bobby who is like "Tyson in his prime."
  • Irony: As an SEC representative, Ari was the person who originally put Bobby on Chuck's radar and set the whole premise of the series into motion. By the start of the third season, he has left the SEC and become one of Bobby's advisors after his indictment.
  • Jerkass: A colossal stuck up, ridiculous asshole.
  • Karma Houdini: Sure, Chuck manages to get the better of him, eventually. But Spyros just moves over to Axe Cap, where, ironically, Chuck can't do much to him.
    • Subverted in "All the Wilburys." Bobby fires Ari for backstabbing Wendy, but Dollar Bill gets Ari his job back when he finds a useful moneymaking scheme.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Triumphantly announces himself to Axe Cap: "The Answer Man is here!" Cue eye-rolls from the actual smart people in the room.
  • Must Have Caffeine: If there is one characteristic Spyros has besides his douchiness, it's his love of exotic coffee.
  • The Rival: Hates Dollar Bill and everything he stands for, but must work with him after being ordered to by Bobby. After Ari gloats over Bill's forced-apology, Bill rams his car into Ari's prized Porsche. Subverted in that Dollar Bill helps get Ari his job back after Bobby fires him, but he makes it clear that it's a one-time deal.
  • Smart Ball: Despite his asinine obnoxiousness, he can come up with an usuable idea every now and then.
  • Spanner in the Works: Hoping to help out Axe and impress him, he tells the NSA about the trade Wendy made during the Ice Juice ICO, giving Connerty what he needs to go after Chuck and Wendy.

    Ben Kim 

Ben Kim

Played by: Daniel K. Isaac

  • Extreme Doormat: Constantly struggles with his lack of ability to stand up for himself in the pressure cooker of Axe Capital.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Declines to join Taylor's new hedge fund, remaining with Axe Capital.
  • Nice Guy: Along with Mafee, he's the only one of the top traders who considers the ethics of some of the fund's moves. He is also one of the few people who isn't celebrating Heidecker's death.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After two and a half seasons as a doormat, he finally grows a spine when Dollar Bill tries to bully him.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Is delighted to have Taylor and Mafee back in Axe Capital, at the end of season 4.

    Donnie 

Donnie Caan

Played by: David Cromer

  • The Atoner: Believes he owes everything to Axe Capital (and Bobby in particular).
  • Bury Your Gays: Dies of cancer by the end of the season for plot purposes
  • Fake Defector: He's the double-agent in the Southern District, with Bobby feeding him information to distract Chuck.
  • Ill Boy: Contracts terminal cancer and quickly succumbs to it.
  • Nice Guy: One of the few genuine ones in Axe Cap, and a big reason why everyone in the firm loves him.
  • Straight Gay: No one would have pegged him for gay, until his husband shows up.
  • Tagalong Kid: On paper, not a great fit at Axe Cap: too little machismo and too much conscience. But the entire firm loves him and is distraught when he dies. Even Rhoades shows up to his funeral.

    Danzig 

Mick Danzig

Played by: Nathan Darrow

  • The Bus Came Back: Returns to Axe Cap in Season 4 after interviewing for Taylor's fund.
  • Hidden Depths: Initially seems to be a macho jerk just like the other traders at Axe Capital, but is horrified when Axe Cap considers inflicting crippling austerity measures on Sandicot to get Bobby's money back after the casino snafu. It eventually causes him to quit.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Left Axe Cap because of moral qualms over the Sandicot debacle, only to come back over a season later.
  • Put on a Bus: Quit Axe Capital over the Sandicot issue in Season 2 and wasn't seen again until Season 4.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: Is arrested during the first season for firing his machine gun at deer on his front lawn in the middle of the night. Bobby helps cover up the incident.

    Rudy 

Peter "Rudy" Miranda

Played by: Chris Carfizzi

Consistently the worst-performing trader at Axe Capital.

  • Butt-Monkey
  • Hidden Depths: Is a magnificent singer.
  • Idiot Ball: Grabs it when he steals Dollar Bill's lucky dollar in "Icebreaker." Does it again by attending a Mase Cap party without Bobby's knowledge, which gets him fired.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Taylor catches him doing it, because "Nessu Dorma" is about somebody hiding something.

    Victor 

Victor Mateo

Played by: Louis Cancelmi

  • The Bus Came Back: A few times. After lying low for a while, he reappears to open a satellite fund where Axe can profit from his dark dealings; after Victor gets in trouble with the SEC, he reappears again when Axe shuts down the satellite and punishes him by bringing him back in house to work off his debt.
  • You Have Failed Me: Gets publicly fired by Axe after making one shady trade too many.

    Bonnie 

Bonnie Barella

Played by: Sarah Stiles
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"I hit like the Purple People Eaters, so be careful what you wish for."

"Take one more step toward me, Bill, and I will fuck you up."

  • Characterization Marches On: Is introduced near the end of Season 3 without much characterization beyond being The Lad-ette on the Axe Cap trading floor. During Season 4 she evolves into Wendy's female confidante at Axe Capital, and someone who is both mentally and physically formidable for her size.
  • Lust Object: Has a history of being hit on or pursued by men, which she is not comfortable with. Spyros in particular has a creepy infatuation with her. Which makes it all the more surprising when she reciprocates Dollar Bill's advances and starts an affair with him.
  • Team Mom: While Wendy is The Shrink at Axe Capital, Bonnie is this for the traders. It is Bonnie who organizes a labor action amongst the traders to protest the Flagship fund, which turns out to be the result of a psy-op by Taylor Mason Capital partly designed to recruit her. Axe recognizes Bonnie's qualities and, to keep her at Axe Cap, includes her in the fund.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Her affair with Dollar Bill.

    Ayles 

Sean Ayles

Played By: Jack Gilpin

Something between an IR man and a fixer for Axe Cap.

  • Amoral Attorney: Not an attorney, but certainly amoral.
  • The Fixer: A very specialized kind. Whereas Hall focuses on espionage, blackmail, and general skulduggery, Ayles handles donations, endowments, and outright bribery.
  • Honest Advisor: In his own words, "You're paying me enough so that I have to be."
  • I Am What I Am: He has no illusions about who and what he is, nor any ambition to be something more. This means that even though he's a pretentious Jerkass, his paradoxical humility makes him easy to work with.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Tweed suits, elaborate diction, patrician demeanor, etc.

    Steph 

Stephanie "Steph" Reed

Played By: Shaunette Renee Wilson
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Bobby's Chief of Staff in season two, brought in as part of Bobby's obsession with tightening security and transparency.

  • Beware the Honest Ones: Has no qualms about telling Bobby precisely what she thinks of his decisions, and reminding him of past boneheaded decisions.
  • Black Boss Lady: To the employees at Axe Capital, as Bobby's new chief of staff.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Bobby treats her terribly, causing her to have no qualms becoming a witness for the Southern District.
  • Mook–Face Turn: Bobby's firing of her causes her to turn state's witness against Axe Capital, and point the finger straight at Taylor for the current illegal goings-on.
  • Only Sane Employee: Steph frequently mediates between the volatile traders and Bobby.
  • Put on a Bus: Gets fired and leaves Axe Capital, with only a single fleeting appearance thereafter.
  • Sexy Secretary: Only a secretary in the sense that she functions as a legal check on Bobby doing any more insider trading and therefore must attend and take notes at every meeting.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: All the possibilities for her helping Bobby go legit go out the window when he fires her, saying he's a Terminator and he needs Wags, not her.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Isn't seen or referred to again after she agrees to turn state's witness for Connerty in Season 2.

    Hall 

Hall

Played By: Terry Kinney
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"You don't have to outswim the shark. You just have to outswim the guy you're scuba diving with."

Bobby's "fixer". You listen to him, or you go down in flames.

  • Beard of Sorrow: Grows one while he hides out in Nova Scotia. He gets rid of it when he returns to Bobby's service.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever went down with him and Bobby in Reykjavik, it affected all of their dealings afterward. Bobby trusts him implicitly, and has Hall's number in his phone listed as "Iceland".
  • Fetish: Hall is seen taking a phone call at a sauna while a dwarf woman with a riding crop waits for him to follow her somewhere. It's stated that not even Wags can stomach to guess what Hall does in his off-hours.
    Hall: "What gets me off would disturb you on such a deep level, you'd be best served never to think about it again."
  • Only One Name: "Hall" is the only name we have for him. Bobby seems to address him as "Neil" in the Season 3 finale.
  • Put on a Bus: Quickly makes himself scarce when the Ice Juice scandal breaks at the end of season 2. He is not seen for the first half of Season 3 and Bobby takes on two new fixers dubbed "the new Halls". However, The Bus Came Back in "Not You, Mr. Dake" to help Bobby beat Connerty's charges against Wendy and sabotage his case.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the season two finale, Hall disappears without a trace, apparently reading the writing on the wall in regards to the Ice Juice scandal, the U.S. Attorney's office heading for Axe Capital, and Bobby's impending arrest.
  • The Spook: We initially know nothing about his background, personal life, qualifications - just that he's Bobby's "fixer" and that he has pull in every corner of the globe. It's strongly implied he was on Langley's payroll in the past.
  • Worf Effect: To a degree. Hall is such an intimidating figure that Wags, Wendy and Boyd are all wary of him. But when Andolov backhands him with no repercussions, it shows who the real badass is between them.

    The New Halls 

The New Halls

Played by: Tom Lipinski & Brian Wiles

Axe's anonymous new fixers and counter-intel experts, derisively dubbed "the new Halls" by Wags. Younger, sleeker, and higher-tech than their predecessor.

  • Ambiguously Gay: They're joined at the hip and seem to share a very close relationship, but it hasn't been explicitly shown that they're a couple. It's rather telling that they introduce each other rather than themselves when first establishing their bona fides.
  • Continuity Nod: As Hall was "Iceland" in Bobby's phone contacts, the new Halls are dubbed "Greenland".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Wags tries to bully and intimidate the New Halls. They are unimpressed.
    Wags: Why should I trust you to do anything other than point me to the nearest avocado toast?
    New Hall no. 1: Smashed spring pea toast is the new avocado toast.
  • Genius Bruiser: They're both highly intelligent and combat-trained spies for hire.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: They're also referred to as "the Winkelvii", due to their physical resemblance to the Winklevoss twins.
  • The Spock: They're not even Red Oni, Blue Oni; it's more like Blue Oni, Bluer Oni.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Always seen together.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They disappear from the narrative completely after Hall comes back.

Taylor Mason Capital

    Taylor 

Taylor Mason

Played By: Asia Kate Dillon
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"You worry about my soul, and I'll just keep doing my job."

"Hello. I'm Taylor. My pronouns are 'they,' theirs,' and 'them.'"

An intern at Axe Capital who is gender non-binary. They spot things that no one but Bobby ever thinks to look for, so Bobby takes them under his wing. Goes on to found their own hedge fund, Taylor Mason Capital.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Taylor's past experiences of playing poker at university have left them with painful memories due to other students treating them as an outsider, but they generally get treated quite well at Axe Cap. However, they are fully aware that this is only because Bobby has openly taken an interest in them, rather than because the people at Axe Cap are nicer or more open-minded than people anywhere else.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: There's some talk about Taylor being on the spectrum. However, in interviews and on their personal Twitter, Dillon denied that Taylor is "autistic," "on the spectrum," or has Asperger syndrome.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Is able to deduct Rudy's duplicity because he's singing "Nessun Dorma", which is about somebody hiding something.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: They were previously involved in Occupy Wall Street, but now works for one of Wall Street's biggest hedge funds because their vocation (analyzing data) gives them their sense of purpose. Explored further when they are given the task of firing someone from Axe Capital, which gets personal for Taylor since their mathematician father being laid off from his job led to a bad home life.
    • Goes back the other way after leaving Axe Cap and starting their own fund, as they try to garner support by claiming their former ruthlessness was the result of the toxic culture at Axe Cap, and they have no intention of engaging in such morally dubious behaviour in their own company. This being Billions, that kind of promise doesn't last long.
  • Bi the Way: Has romantic relationships with Oscar and later Lauren.
  • Big Sister Mentor: Seems to view Wendy as theirs, in regards to their personal conduct (as opposed to Bobby as a business mentor). Taylor looks to Wendy for support and counsel, and when taking over as CIO, wants Wendy's approval first and foremost. Which makes Wendy's deep betrayal all the more horrific.
  • Brutal Honesty: While courteous, Taylor is perfectly blunt about calling out any behaviour that doesn't make sense. They also refuse Wendy's advice to tell Maffee that he's doing a good job, as they know that he isn't, and believe lying makes everything more complicated.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Taylor, of all people, describes the fund's performance in graphically sexual terms.
    Taylor: As our friend Wags would say, it's up like his morning wood.
  • Did Not Get the Guy: Oscar agrees to invest money in Taylor's hedge fund after the indirect role they played in Bobby shafting him, but makes it clear to them that the two no longer have a relationship.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Taylor initially wanted to call a truce between themselves and Bobby, but the successful sabotage of their invention (along with their relationship with Douglas) makes them colder and more willing to take the vindictive route with Bobby.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Any of Taylor's interactions with Andolov give off this vibe; even Axe is scared of the man, and Taylor doesn't have anywhere near his experience or resources, leaving Taylor with little more than gumption to bring to bear against someone who has already offered to have them assassinated.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: A variation; after betraying Bobby and leaving Axe Cap, Taylor specifically mentions the public and private humiliations as reasons for their actions, but claims they interpreted them as warning signs of an incoming attack that Taylor wished to pre-empt, rather than the reason in themselves.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: In response to mistreatment by Bobby, they go behind his back to get enough seed money from Grigor Andolov to start their own breakaway hedge fund, costing the firm Grigor's investment and recruiting Mafee in the process. Bobby and Wendy are both furious when they find out about it.
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: When Taylor's father appears, he mentions in passing to Mafee that a six-year-old Taylor once said they wanted to marry him, and he's not quite sure what to make of that. Taylor (having approached unseen) says it was nothing more than affection, and an indicator of how few children their own age they knew.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In matters where Axe uses people they are close to, Taylor will choose their friends. They suspect that Axe and Wendy are somehow planning on emotionally manipulating Mafee in order to beat the Ice Juice charges. They show up in Wendy's office and make it clear they object to whatever Axe and Wendy are planning. It's both this incident and Bobby's backstabbing of Oscar that makes Taylor decide to start a hedge fund outside of Axe Capital, which costs the firm Mafee and several investors, including Andolov.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Intern to analyst to lead trader to CIO all in under a year. Later breaks away from Axe Capital to start their own hedge fund.
  • Good with Numbers: Makes precise economic calciulations in a spit second.
  • Hates Being Touched: Visibly struggles to maintain their composure when touched unexpectedly, and while they do respond to a fist-bump correctly, it is clearly with some distaste.
    • That said, after falling for Oskar, they are perfectly proactive in instigating a sexual relationship, and don't appear to have any trouble with intimate contact on their own terms.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: A trait they share with Bobby, with the added difficulty of being far more socially awkward than he is. Their extremely keen perception causes him to take an interest in them and convince them to take a full-time position so he can be their mentor.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Bryan tries to warn them that Axe will make them do this, but by this point Taylor has (after some initial struggles) accepted the shady trader lifestyle, and values the purity and focus of doing a good job over more moral considerations.
  • Living Lie Detector: Downplayed. They are the best poker player in the company, though that's as much to do with their enormous skill for calculating numbers and observing patterns of behavior as for reading faces. More noticeably, when Dollar Bill (who has both prejudice and his own self-advancement as reasons to want Taylor to fail) attempts to give them a large cash bonus and some advice on how to survive in their legally dubious line of work, Taylor states, with a little surprise, that he's not lying.
  • Mama Bear: If the term applies to non-binary characters. They exhibit this where Mafee is concerned, as despite being significantly younger and less experienced, their intelligence and analytical ability are such that they end up in the protective role.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Bobby's dickish behavior after he beats the Ice Juice charges — namely his decision to end Taylor's quant experiment and use their knowledge to screw over their boyfriend — drives Taylor to leave Axe Capital and start a new hedge fund with Mafee, taking Grigor's investment with them.
  • Mysterious Past: Downplayed; they twice refer to having had over 900 hours of therapy, but do not elaborate on the circumstances and reasons. Even mentioning this at all is simply to inform their new therapists that they shouldn't waste time on the more basic forms.
  • The Mole: Agrees to become this for Chuck when he turns against Bobby at the end of Season 4, returning to Axe Capital while secretly working with Chuck behind the scenes to bring Bobby down. Unbeknownst to Chuck, however, Taylor plans to play both sides until they destroy each other and they are allowed to go on their merry way.
  • Nerves of Steel: Barely shaken when Connerty ambushes them at a coffee shop and later their apartment building. Instead, they school him on the dichotomy of right and wrong, stock market, and movie references.
  • Not So Stoic: Their normally perfect composure cracks when touched (though they regain control quickly) and they also give a striking smile at the end of Season 2 when Dollar Bill accepts their being made CIO as a good call and pledges his full support. Grigor being forced to withdraw his money and protection from Mase Cap causes them to stress-vomit.
  • Odd Friendship: With Mafee, whom you'd expect to be a typical macho trader. Mafee actually takes Taylor seriously, and gives them full credit for their ideas in front of Axe even when they were just a lowly intern under his supervision. When Mafee's performance falls, Taylor sees Wendy to ask for advice about how to make him feel better (which Wendy says would seem like a practical joke coming from anybody else at the firm) and buys him an autographed wrestling poster. Taylor also correctly deduces that Axe and Wendy are using Mafee to get out of the Ice Juice case, and they personally try to get Wendy to back off. By the end of Season 3, they both leave Axe Capital and start their own hedge fund.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Taylor seems positively smitten by Oskar Langsraat. The sight of them smitten by anyone raises the "Holy Shit!" Quotient, but when it's a VC (a profession Taylor dismisses as "hedge funders who have read the Tibetan Book of the Dead"), well... That's some serious OOC.
    • Another example is after Bobby screws Oscar and his VC fund out of a huge deal by using knowledge gleaned from Taylor, they show up in Wendy's office visibly upset for the first time, and wordlessly ask Wendy for a hug.
  • Pet the Dog: Allows Rudy to stay at Axe Capital despite his lagging performance, since he is committed to the firm and popular in the office. They fire a more deserving brown-noser instead.
    • After Chuck publicly admits to being a masochist, and draws attention to Wendy's role as his dominatrix after she has specifically told him she didn't want him to, Taylor calls Wendy and offers support, despite their animosity. The next episode reveals that Taylor has also been actively defending Wendy online against people mocking her. While Wendy's wounded pride causes her to interpret it as Taylor not seeing her as a threat anymore, Axe recognises the strength of character it shows from Taylor.
    • Even after Wendy betrays Taylor's trust by attacking their relationship with their father, Taylor eventually agrees not to testify against Wendy before the medical board and declines to celebrate when Wendy confesses to her misconduct, stating simply that she did the right thing.
  • Playing Both Sides: How they intend play both Bobby and Chuck after they find themselves forced to return to Axe Capital as Chuck's mole.
  • Precision F-Strike: Taylor's level of cursing is noticeably lower than many of their fellow traders, meaning that it is used for sincere emphasis when it does happen.
  • Properly Paranoid: A requirement to stay alive when you are at war with Bobby Axelrod.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: When Wags sees them dressed in a wig and traditionally feminine garb to court investment from some Middle-Eastern players, he stutters a few times over how beautiful they looked.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Delivers subdued versions of this to Bobby and Wendy at the end of Season 3. Bobby makes a euphemism comparing Taylor's new position to the "death zone" of Mount Everest, to which they reply, "Young lungs." Wendy lashes out at Taylor for betraying Bobby, claiming that "lasting relationships, true loyalty, real trust" are the most valuable commodities in their business; Taylor replies that money can buy all those things, and that the people who taught them that are Bobby and Wendy themselves.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift:
    • Taylor's Badass Longcoat in season 3 indicates that they have grown and matured.
    • It also seems to be an indicator of mood: they wear their shorter, more casual jacket when feeling more open or vulnerable (e.g., with Oskar), and the long coat when kicking ass.
  • The Social Darwinist: Acknowledges that it is "offensive" to think of innocent, working-class people losing everything while the company makes money off asset-stripping a poor town, but considers it even more offensive for a town to systematically mismanage itself for years and expect a bailout at the expense of those who have invested their own hard-earned money into it. They justify the asset-stripping with the knowledge that the town will either find the strength to rally and recover, or won't and fade away, but either outcome will be entirely natural in their eyes.
    • On the flip-side, their analysis of who to fire does take other factors into account beyond simple performance, and they believe in giving hard workers of lower competence a chance to prove themselves.
  • The Spock: Nearly unflappable, except when you touch them.
  • Spock Speak: Practially all the time, especially when they talk business. They also dissaprove of Axe and Wags' "jailhouse movie" references. However, they can also drop a Precision F-Strike.
  • Start My Own: Hedge fund, that is.
  • Stress Vomit: The loss of Andolov's protection and money (and subsequent lack of interest from other investors) provoke this reaction.
  • Transgender: Taylor is non-binary. Their pronouns are they, theirs, and them.

    Mafee 

Dudley Mafee

Played By: Dan Soder
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  • Always Second Best: Not as smart as Axe, not as tough as Dollar Bill, not as funny as Wags, not as intuitive as Taylor. Mafee is a solid employee, but he doesn't excel in the way that most of the others at Axe Cap do.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: To Axe and Wags, and later Taylor.
  • Butt-Monkey: Someone makes a joke at his expense at least once an episode.
  • Character Development: In Season 4; now occupying a position of trust and responsibility at Taylor's hedge fund, Mafee is given free reign over the hiring of an old friend, and regretfully rejects him because Mafee recognises that he simply isn't very good at his job.
  • Flanderization: Mafee is more of a frat dude in the early episodes, but as time goes on, he becomes increasingly bumbling and childlike.
    • Season 4 starts to reverse this, however.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Leaves Axe Capital to join Taylor's new hedge fund.
  • Last-Name Basis: Oddly, the only other character subject to this trope is Hall, who is Mafee's antithesis in nearly every way.
  • Manchild: He has the dopey personality and taste of a teenager.
    • Season 4 shows some change here; during the Character Development moment above he specifically talks about putting away childish things for the sake of being a man who's good at his job.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Being manipulated by Wendy into perjuring himself to help her, and consequently being forced to pay an SEC fine while previously priding himself on his ethical track record, plays a role in his decision to leave Axe Capital and join Taylor's fund.
  • Nice Guy: Taylor states that he has a strong sense of honor, and he's one of Axe Capital's most moral members, showing more empathy and less sadism than most other employees. He also has no problem whatsoever acknowledging the much younger Taylor is vastly smarter than him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Stupidly gives Wendy enough information about Taylor and Douglas's invention to allow her and Axe to engineer its sabotage.
  • Odd Friendship: With Taylor. Most of the men at Axe Cap wouldn't have even given Taylor a chance to shine, but when Taylor's star begins to rise, Mafee doesn't get jealous and continues to support Taylor. The two eventually go into business together by starting a breakaway hedge fund from Axe Capital.
  • The One Who Made It Out: Grew up in Aurora, Colorado, and is the only one of his friends who does not live there or have to worry about pocket money anymore.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Mafee is probably the mellowest guy on the show. But after he learns about how Wendy used him to sabotage the Masons' invention, he shows up at Axe Cap to deliver a "Reason You Suck" Speech to Wendy and gets into a scuffle with Dollar Bill.
  • Only One Name: His first name isn't given until the third season.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers an absolutely brutal one to Wendy in "Infinite Game", which causes her to break down crying by the end of the episode:
    Mafee: You! Do you have any fucking idea what you've done? I used to think you were this idealized version of a person with all the answers and the ability to make each of us the best of who we could be! I trusted you - we all did - because you charmed, manipulated, worked us too! All with that bullshit Buddha smile! And now, I know what was behind that smile wasn't some serene and wise teacher! It hid a sick, vicious phony! Now I know what you really are: a goddamn monster!
  • "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: Craves Taylor's approval.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Craves Bobby's approval.

    Sara 

Sara Hammon

Played by: Samantha Mathis
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Chief Operating Officer at Taylor Mason Capital.

  • Action Girl: Her introductory scene has her allude to a past career in the Navy, and Taylor specifically mentions having hired her because of her reputation for being fearless.
  • The Creon
  • The Dragon: Fills the same role at Mase Cap that Wags does at Axe Cap.
  • Number Two
  • Undying Loyalty: To the point of reporting Wendy to the medical board and having her license held up in review after the Douglas incident, without Taylor's knowledge.

    Lauren 

Lauren Turner

Played by: Jade Eshete

Mase Cap's investor relations expert.

    Winston 

Winston

Played by: Will Roland
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"Q is for 'quantitative' baby!"

Mase Cap's main quant.

  • The Ace: Although his abrasiveness caused him to fail his interview and later caused the other quants to quit, Winston was still hired and kept on by Taylor due to his incredible quantitative skills and his impressive algorithm.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although Winston can sometimes be a bit abrasive and rude, he really does seem to care about TMC and his coworkers there. He also claims that he is trying his best to be better, but can't promise that he will never backslide.
  • Pride Before a Fall: When he first interviews for Axe Cap, Winston tries to turn his interview on its head and makes a lot of cocky and obnoxious remarks before he is quickly shut down by Taylor.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Although he is told off by Mafee for a lack of loyalty, when he complains about Taylor's decision on compensation, Winston makes a valid argument. This is somewhat later validated in show when Taylor apologizes to their employees and says they were wrong and blindsided by the desire for revenge.

    Douglas 

Douglas Mason

Played by: Kevin Pollack

Taylor's father, also an intelligent mathematician.

  • Hypocrite: Douglas denounces Taylor for caring only about money after they agree to sell his invention to the Defense Department, then immediately hesitates tearing up the $1.3 million payout check Taylor gave him.
  • It's All About Me: Douglas' justification for being held back in his aerospace career was that he refused to allow his work to be exploited by the military. The truth was that he refused to collaborate on his projects, and got fired because he tried to sell one such project to a competitor rather than let his supervisor "screw it up." Taylor uses a Secret Test of Character to glean that Douglas was only ever using them to get his invention off the ground, and was never interested in a sincere re-connection with his child.
  • Parents as People: Being of an older generation, Douglas struggles to understand Taylor's gender identity and has a difficult time using "they/theirs/them" pronouns instead of "she/her". That said, he doesn't reject Taylor because of this.
  • Pride: It's Douglas's pride in his own intelligence, rather than his struggle with Taylor's gender identity, that ultimately destoys the relationship between the two.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Douglas thinks he's smarter than everyone else and resents not being given what he thinks is his due, and resists Taylor being given shared credit for their invention. Taylor finds out that he wasn't laid off from his aerospace job as he originally claimed, but was fired after he refused to collaborate with his co-workers on a project, then tried to take the project to a competitor because he thought his own company would screw it up.
  • "Well Done, Dad!" Guy

U.S. Department of Justice

    Bryan 

Bryan Connerty

Played by: Toby Leonard Moore
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"There's the way things look and the way things are."

Bryan is Chuck's right hand man, a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's office. He is ambitious, but will not let his ambition get in the way of his sense of what is right. Becomes the U.S. Attorney for the SDNY after Chuck is fired.

  • Being Good Sucks: Bryan has a genuinely close friendship with his mentor Chuck Rhoades and helps him pursue Bobby Axelrod, only to gradually realize that Chuck is just as corrupt as Bobby and actually set Bobby up in the Ice Juice case. Then, with coaxing from Wendy, Chuck and Bobby form a temporary alliance and manage to destroy said case. Then Connerty is sent back to the SDNY, where Chuck viciously fires him in front of the entire office. Poor, poor Bryan.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': As soon as he starts breaking the rules, Chuck entraps him and destroys his career.
  • Chick Magnet: Sleeps with both Agent McCue and Kate Sacker in Season one. The two hit on him. Flirts with a flight attendant in season two and is later revealed to be sleeping with her. He's dating her (while supporting her law school career) in season three.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Gets back at Chuck at the first opportunity, and gets rewarded by Jeffcoat with Rhoades' former job for it.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The conclusion to Bryan's arc in Season 3. He tries to build a case against Chuck and Wendy, only for them to successfully team up with Axelrod to thwart the prosecution. Then Bryan is sent back to Southern and is fired by Chuck in the most humiliating fashion. But when Chuck tries to go after Jeffcoat on money laundering, Bryan colludes with Jeffcoat to thwart Chuck and have him fired. Jeffcoat rewards Bryan with the position of Interim U.S. Attorney.
  • Good Is Dumb: One of the most moral in the series, but quick on the uptake this guy is not. He's usually the one who needs something explained to him.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Bryan gets much more ruthless in season three, getting into a fistfight with a couple Inwood gangsters for making him look foolish in front of Dake. He's also turned his focus onto bringing down the real corruption in the SDNY: Chuck Rhoades.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: After spending three seasons being one of the few ethically upright characters on the show, Bryan becomes so obsessed with sending the Rhoades family to prison that he goes along with Jeffcoat's political agenda and enlists his criminal older brother to break into Chuck Senior's safe.
  • Hero Antagonist: By Season 3, he's the only legal officer with a working moral compass, to the point that Axelrod and Rhoades have to team up against him to cover their own asses.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Played with Chuck as attorney general of New York, as sometimes it is invoked as a step or feign of some Batman Gambit or another, at both ends.
  • Just Following Orders: How he justifies compliance with Jeffcoat's iffy dictations. He's called out on it automatically by Sacker.
  • Knight Templar: Grows into one in Season 4 as he becomes increasingly obsessed with bringing down Chuck following his election as state attorney general.
  • Large and in Charge: He becomes U.S. Attorney and is one of the few people almost as tall as A.G. Jeffcoat.
  • Nice Guy: Bryan has morals, and has turned down promotions and job offers from Bach and Axe numerous times. Plus, he's just plain honest.
  • Not So Different: When attempting to recruit Bryan, Axe appeals to their shared backgrounds of being lower-class boys in a white-collar world, and that someone with Chuck's privilege and complacency can never understand Bryan's drive and determination.
  • Number Two: To Chuck. At first.
  • Oh, Crap!: His reaction upon hearing Chuck and Co. address him directly as the "idiot" on the unredacted audiotape, with Chuck stating that he could only be listening to this privileged conversation illegally and that he is moments away from being arrested.
  • Only Sane Man: Occasionally this to the team at the Southern District, questioning Chuck's labyrinthine plans.
  • Penny Among Diamonds: Unlike the other attorneys, he comes from a working class background. Notably, he's an alumnus of Fordham University instead of an Ivy League institution like his more privileged colleagues.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Upon learning about Chuck's involvement in the Ice Juice sabotage from Ira, Bryan decides enough is enough and that Chuck needs to answer for his actions just as much as Axe does.
  • Smart People Play Chess: He's an amateur go player, but Chuck, who was a competitive chess player in his youth, is better at it than him, even though it's not really Chuck's game.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: From Season 3 onwards, he has Chuck in his sights permanently, and with good reason, as the Rhoades are quite the corrupt family.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: On account of being played by Toby Leonard Moore with his soft-spoken charm.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In the Season 3 finale, he finally suceeds in taking down Chuck by colluding with Jeffcoat to thwart yet another of Chuck's gambits, and gets rewarded with the job of Interim U.S. Attorney for his troubles.
  • Token Good Teammate: Is by far the most honest member of the Southern Distract and refuses to compromise his principles like his colleagues. Once he learns the true extent of Chuck's law breaking, he decides to pursue him as well as Axelrod.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Becomes more arrogant and abrasive in Season 4 as he becomes increasingly obsessed with bringing down Chuck, and becomes more willing to disregard his ideals (like colluding with Jeffcoat and breaking the law as Chuck would do) to do so.

    Kate 

Kate Sacker

Played By: Condola Rashad
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"Guys who sit in Chuck's chair become mayor, governor. We have to be beyond reproach."

"I will use all at my disposal to win."

A deputy prosecutor of Chuck's, who is from a wealthy background. Chuck has become somewhat of a mentor to her.

  • Ambition Is Evil: A gradually unfettered careerist. It's implied that Chuck renouncing his bid to become governor plays a big role in Kate jumping ship and backstabbing him.
  • Bastard Understudy: Much more willing than Bryan to get her hands dirty, and she's learning from one of the best in Chuck Rhoades.
  • Black Boss Lady: She becomes head of criminal law at the U.S. Attorney's office.
  • Blue Blood: Her father is a wealthy lawyer, and Kate graduated from an Ivy League law school. She also owns her own Manhattan home and has a trust fund.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrays Chuck to Connerty and Jeffcoat in Season 3. Betrays Connerty and Jeffcoat to Chuck in Season 4.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Starts as a young, smooth but principled public servant, just to follow Rhoades way down in the hole.
    Connerty: I used to admire your political fluidity. I thought it was sophistication. Now I realize you're just completely bankrupt.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The resident snarker of Southern district.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Conspires with Connerty, Dake, and Epstein to betray Chuck to Jeffcoat.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While Kate is a calculating careerist who is (mostly) willing to let Chuck get away with breaking the law, she does it with higher ideals in mind. Unlike Connerty, she is not willing to go along with Jeffcoat's far-right agenda just to undermine Chuck.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Learns from Connerty about Chuck's shady dealings with Boyd, but ultimately doctors legal notes to support Chuck's rationale for releasing Boyd from prison.
  • Irony: Kate's first scene in the pilot, as seen in her picture caption, is to admonish one of her co-workers to be on the ethical up-and-up so that that reflects well on Chuck in his future career. By Season 3, Kate actively aids and abets Chuck's dirty dealings in the Axelrod case, which as Bryan warns could scandalize and destroy the Southern District. She also ends up helping backstab Chuck, costing him his job.
    • Kate and Connerty end up switching places in Season 4, with Connerty going off the deep end in his quest to bring down Chuck and Kate constantly warning him to follow the law.
  • Office Romance: With Brian, but it fizzles out.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Her rather adorable eyes convey innocence and integrity. Too bad she started working under Rhoades and that's all she wrote...

    Lonnie 

Lonnie Watley

Played By: Malachi Weir

A prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office, shuttling from Southern to Eastern quite often.

  • Big Brother Mentor: Tries to be this to Kate Sacker, but she's got a more powerful mentor in Chuck.
  • Butt-Monkey: Compared to Bryan and Kate, who are clearly Chuck's favorites and will be mentored by him into higher positions, Lonnie is hung out to dry by Chuck multiple times, even for things that are Chuck's fault. The latest is Chuck promoting Bryan to lead prosecutor at Eastern District and Kate to head of criminal prosecution at Southern, leaving Lonnie where he is - a deputy prosecutor forced into increasingly more illegal actions.
  • Put on a Bus: After failing to secure either a position at Eastern or the head of crim position at Southern, Lonnie is nowhere to be found until the latter half of Season 3, when he's moved to the private sector.
  • Token Minority: The only black male regular in the cast.

    Dake 

Oliver Dake

Played By: Christopher Denham
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A member of Internal Affairs, he is sent by the Attorney General to investigate the Southern District's handling of the Axelrod case from season one. He is meticulous, ruthless, and absolutely focused on ferreting out the corruption, starting with Chuck Rhoades.

  • Beard of Sorrow: Connerty finds him wearing one after being fired by Jeffcoat and exiled to UVA.
  • Corrupt Bureaucrat: Not as bad as Chuck but Dake certainly falls into Rhoades' web of prevarication.
  • Designated Villain: Dake is an ambitious young man, dedicated to clearing the government of corruption. It's just that he opposes our "heroes" at the Southern District.
  • Enemy Mine: After 2.09, the AG will not allow him to go after Chuck Rhoades after Chuck announces his run at the governorship, so Dake slinks back to Washington. In 2.11, it's revealed that part of Chuck's plan to tank Ice Juice involves him handing over Eastern District to Dake, to prosecute Bobby. In return for the job, Dake must agree to work with Chuck and take Bryan as his deputy.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: His horn-rimmed specs just make him that much more unnerving. He loses them by the third season, however.
  • The Fundamentalist: Interestingly, he seems pretty self-aware about it. When Rhoades calls him a Calvinist crusader, Dake bristles, but then concedes the point.
  • Inspector Javert: Assigned by the AG to root out the corruption at Southern.
  • Married to the Job: He has a wife in DC, or so he says, but he pretty clearly puts his career first. In fact, there's a whiff of Girlfriend in Canada whenever someone brings up his marriage.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Railroads Connerty's investigation, ignoring, dismissing or outright forbidding several key elements to the case to make sure Rhoades and his family are off-limits.
  • Put on a Bus: Chuck mentions that Dake is outside the political-judiciary circus and is teaching law in season four.
  • You Have Failed Me: On the receiving end of this when the Ice Juice case collapses, courtesy of Jeffcoat.

    Jeffcoat 

Waylon "Jock" Jeffcoat

Played by: Clancy Brown
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"All right. Any way we can take some scalps?"

"Well, somebody's gotta fry..."

Waylon "Jock" Jeffcoat is the new U.S. Attorney General, starting in Season 3.

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Jeffcoat finds Chuck cursing him in Italian hilarious, even though he doesn't know what Chuck said.
  • Badass Baritone: He has a very commanding, deep speaking voice and is the chief lawyer of these United States.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Comes out on top at the end of Season 3. Chuck thinks he has Jeffcoat nailed on money laundering and obstruction of justice, only to realize that Epstein, Dake, Bryan and Kate have all betrayed him. Jeffcoat promptly fires Chuck as U.S. Attorney. In season 4, he loses in the final episode.
  • Corrupt Church: Jock's brother is a famous televangelist. Turns out both brothers are laundering money through the TV ministry to shore up their fortune, making Jock several times richer than publicly thought.
  • The Dreaded: Every interaction with this General is filled with apprehension, as his subordinates fear and know they could be fired on the spot.
  • Good Ol' Boy: Cowboy-boots-wearing, gun-toting, hillbilly-accented redneck and proud of it. Makes his introduction with a highly disgusting stallion-and-mare metaphor.
  • Everything Is Big in Texas: Jeffcoat is a native of the Lone-Star State, and he stands at a towering 6'4.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: This Señor likes to insert some Spanish palabras every now and then.
  • Hanging Judge: One step removed. He's notoriously harsh and unrelenting in his prosecutorial agenda, perfectly willing to indict and punish to the end any kind of wrongdoers, even the seemingly innocent ones.
  • Jerkass: He's quite overbearing and obnoxious, in a raw, archaic and almost endearing way.
  • Karma Houdini: Fires Chuck before he can bring charges related to Jeffcoat's money laundering.
    • Karma Houdini Warranty: Is blackmailed by Chuck into resigning when he produces audio evidence that Jeffcoat ordered Connerty to violate attorney-client privilege.
  • Large and in Charge: His towering presence adds another layer of superiority around him.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Jeffcoat is loosely based on Jeff Sessions, on the basis of being an ultraconservative, southern-born Attorney General for a new Republican administration, with both of them pushing racist policies and inaugurating their appointments with the dismissal of almost every sitting U.S. Attorney.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Has no desire to get Maria Gonzalez back into the country to testify in the Ice Juice case, citing her being a "three-times illegal." Tries to make Chuck prosecute cases against ethnic minorities to appease Jeffcoat's Breitbart-reading base, but balks when Chuck wants to prosecute white prison guards for the murder of a Hispanic inmate. Dislikes visiting New York because he thinks certain areas are "shitholes."
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Is a devout Christian.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: In his first scene, he boasts about his firing of every U.S. Attorney except for seven since he was appointed, and not only does he discourage Chuck's office from pursuing investigations into Wall Street, he's also a brutal micro-manager. It's telling that he doesn't talk about a new "administration", he instead uses the term new regime.
  • Undisclosed Funds: He has more than a quarter billion, but people think his net worth is just a tiny fraction of what it really is.
  • You Have Failed Me: He always makes very clear to his underlings that heads will roll if they displease him. As does Dake's after the Ice Juice fiasco. And Chuck's when Jeffcoat finds out about his attempted putsch.

Recurring Characters

    Ira 

Ira Schermer

Played by: Ben Shenkman
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Ira is the personal attorney to the Rhoades family, and a good friend of Chuck's for many years.

  • Ascended Extra: The character becomes much more prominent in season two.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He is incredibly hurt after Chuck sabotages the Ice Juice IPO to trap Axe, which costs Ira his fortune, reputation, and his career. Even though Ira could sue for damages, it would take years and might not even work.
  • Meal Ticket: Dates a staggering number of young blondes after his divorce, and he's quite aware that they're only interested in his money, stating, "You put the Porsche in the Tinder photo. You can't be subtle." However, he confesses that he'd much rather just have a stable, loving relationship like Chuck. He ultimately falls in love with a girl, but seems completely oblivious to the fact that she's also just interested in his money. It turns out that she's in fact been conning him to outright steal his money, but he knew and was hoping that she'd just learn to love him.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After Chuck's sabotage of the Ice Juice IPO puts a huge strain on his finances, Axe offers Ira $30 million in exchange for not testifying against Axe. Ira agrees and proceeds to reveal Chuck's involvement to Bryan after being called to testify.
  • Nice Guy: Seems a bit too mild to be a lawyer.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: After the Ice Juice situation, Ira has lost all trust in Chuck, even going so far as to testify against Chuck.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Chuck, as a result of losing his money and livelihood in the Ice Juice fiasco. Ira agrees to not tell anyone about it, but tells Chuck that this is the last conversation they will ever have, which will end at that moment. Subverted later in Season 3 where Ira is willing to bury the hatchet with Chuck, though it is going to be a long time before he can really trust him again.

    DeGiulio 

Adam DeGiulio

Played by: Rob Morrow

"I'm here to ask you the promise you made to me, that there was no favor you'd refuse"

A deputy to the Attorney General, later becomes the federal judge who replaces Wilcox

    Terri 

Terri McCue

Played By: Susan Misner

An FBI agent working with Chuck and the United States attorney’s office on the Axelrod case

    Terry & Johnny 

Terry & Johnny Burke

Played by: Michael Stoyanov & Kevin Breznahan

Childhood friends of Lara from the mean streets, now petty criminals and owners of a Bad-Guy Bar.

  • Loan Shark: They're leg-breaking loan sharks who are able to extort their deadbeat debtors into some extreme measures.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: They look remarkably similar in spite of not being played by brothers.
  • Smug Snake: Times two.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They occasionally act as Lara's fixers or enforcers, parallel to Bobby's use of Hall or the New Halls.

    Sweeney 

"Buffalo" Bob Sweeney

Played by: Matt Servitto

Mayor of Buffalo. Later elected as Governor of New York.

    Krakow 

Todd Krakow

Played by: Danny Strong

Head of a hedge fund in competition with Axe Capital. Later appointed as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

  • Jerkass: He's a cocksure little sleazeball.
  • Mister Big: Played by the 5'2" Danny Strong and runs his own hedge fund and, later, the Treasury Department.
  • The Napoleon: His detractors mention his short height as being one of the reason's he's so overbearing.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Starts out loosely based on Martin Shkreli, then evolves into a stand-in for Steve Mnuchin, Donald Trump's Treasury Secretary, when he takes the same cabinet post.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Lashes out at Taylor and calls them a "freak" and "it" when he loses the poker tournament.

    Boyd 

Lawrence Boyd

Played by: Eric Bogosian

Lawrence Boyd is one of the founding partners of Spartan Ives, the prime broker to Axe Capital. A highly sought-after mind in the finance world, Boyd becomes an ally of sorts to Bobby once Southern starts investigating him.

  • Evil Mentor: To Bobby.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: When Chuck and the Southern District turn their eye on Boyd, he goes to Bobby and begs for his help in outwitting Chuck Rhoades (as Bobby beat the charges in season one).
  • The Nicknamer: Likes calling Bobby "Roberto".
  • Treacherous Advisor: Shoulda been more careful who you backstabbed, Bobby. Boyd turns state's witness and cooperates with Chuck, playing a big role in the Ice Juice gambit.

    Foley 

"Black" Jack Foley

Played By: David Strathairn

Jack Foley is one of New York's wealthiest and most powerful men. The "Kingmaker" of the political scene, it is he who Chuck has to go to for a chance at winning the governorship. He sinks the Sandicot deal as a favor to his old friend, Rhoades Senior.

  • Blue Blood: His fortune is at least six generations old.
  • The Chessmaster: His influence seems to be having an effect on Chuck as well.
  • Kingmaker Scenario: He's the deciding factor in every political appointment in New York, and the one who awards the casino deal to a different city, landing Sandicot in debt to Axe Capital.
  • Taking You with Me: Upon being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Foley attempts to torpedo Chuck's run for state attorney general by leaking his knowledge of Chuck's sadomasochism to Jeffcoat. Unfortunately for Foley, the move backfires badly when Chuck end-runs him by publicly coming clean about his kinks.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Foley's power comes more from connections and influence rather than straight wealth, but he is still extremely wealthy. He's a Blue Blood who makes a killing in steel. Ben Folds plays at his dinner party.
  • Worthy Adversary: Is impressed by Chuck's maneuvering against him, calling it downright gubernatorial.

    Andolov 

Grigor Andolov

Played by: John Malkovich
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"Survival, in this world, is all."

"If you want to kill the meat, kill the meat. If you only want to eat the meat, get someone else to do the killing."

Russian oil oligarch and organized crime figure whom Bobby wants to invest $20 billion in Axe Capital.

  • ...And That Little Girl Was Me: He tells a grim story about a Russian child and its mother, which Bobby later deduces was Grigor himself and his own mother.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: While Grigor did not get where he is by being easily distracted in business dealing, he has reached a level of wealth and power where he treats a multi-billion dollar investment as a form of entertainment. Bobby lampshades the fact that if there is no conflict to entertain him, Grigor's attention will soon shift to other business opportunities and he will pull his money out of his current project — in this case Taylor's fund.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Beard of Evil: A goatee in Season 3, developed into a full beard in Season 4.
  • Cool Old Guy: An evil example. His Establishing Character Moment comes when Bobby finds him practicing hockey with the New York Islanders, wearing a custom-made jersey.
  • Deal with the Devil: He's the devil in Bobby's situation.
    How can I keep my money with a man who won't kill for it?
  • The Dreaded: Grigor's reputation is such that even Hall fears him.
  • Expy: Basically an even more powerful and intimidating version of Malkovich's character "Teddy KGB" from the film Rounders.
  • Fiction 500: Comes with the territory if you're a Russian oligarch. He's rich enough that he's considering a purchase of a sports franchise, as Bobby tried to do in Season 2.
  • The Mafiya: Besides being an oligarch, he's also an international figure in organized crime whose power is so vast that Hall states he won't be able to help Bobby if things go south.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: One of his specialities, so refined that Hall can't help but praise it. Bobby is offered Andolov's "services" to get rid of Taylor. He refuses them.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Has the archetypal Had To Be Sharp mentality and has disdain for what he views as recurrent American whining.
  • Never Going Back to Prison: Underscores this several times when he starts dealing with Bobby.
  • Playing Both Sides: Agrees to invest in Taylor's new hedge fund at Bobby's expense, while giving Bobby the offer to have Taylor killed for revenge. Bobby doesn't take the offer.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Downplayed. Grigor at one point refers to Taylor as "she" rather than their preferred pronoun, which is very much in line with how an old-school Russian oligarch would likely treat a non-binary American. He later does use their preferred pronouns after getting into business with them, which shows that he can be quite progressive for his background if his money is involved.
  • Put on a Bus: Chuck forces Grigor to return to Russia as a favor to Axe after Axe helps Chuck rig the primary election for attorney general.
  • The Rival: Axe views Grigor as the first fellow oligarch who actually overmatches him.
  • Ruthless Foreign Gangsters: While Axe and Rhoades aren't above thuggery to achieve their goals, it pales in comparison of Grigor's level of ruthlessness.

    Jackie 

Jackie Connerty

Played by: Michael Raymond-James

Bryan Connerty's older brother, a professional safe-cracker.

  • Disappointing Older Sibling: Connerty and the rest of his family have been estranged from Jackie thanks to his criminal lifestyle.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Bryan's responsible. Bryan is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, while Jackie is a career criminal who seemingly lives in the margins of society. Interestingly, their dynamic is briefly inverted in "Lamster" when Jackie tries to discourage Bryan from having him break into Chuck Senior's safe out of concern for Bryan's career.
  • Fighting Irish: His introductory scene has him being involved in a bar fight with Bryan stepping in as his backup, and with a loud Irish background score to match.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his introductory scene having him start a bar fight, and despite being the black sheep of the Connerty family, Jackie is proud of what Bryan has achieved in his legal career and initially declines Bryan's job offer because he doesn't want to endanger that.
  • Safecracking: Jackie's specialty.

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