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Atlantic City Residents

    Julia Sagorsky Harrow 

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"I should see the other guy, right?"

The daughter of a drunken war veteran whom Richard meets at the American Legion, and now his love interest. Played by Wrenn Schmidt.

Tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: At least emotionally, if not physically.
  • Alcoholic Parent: Her father is a Shell-Shocked Veteran of the Philippine-American War who drinks to forget his son's death in World War I.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Averted. She has said she's had enough tough men in her life and she doesn't want any more. And while Richard Harrow has been associated with gangsters and undoubtedly qualifies as a badass, he sports the personality of a Shrinking Violet (and Julia doesn't know about his crimes).
  • Beast and Beauty: Well, Richard isn't really a beast, but still fits this trope.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Not as obvious as some examples, but she is noticeably if calmly livid when she catches Gillian trying to abduct Tommy from school.
  • The Caretaker: Has been acting as such to his alcoholic father since her brother's death.
    • She eventually becomes one for Tommy too.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • I Can't Dance: Played with. Julia leads Richard to the dance floor at the American Legion Hall in an effort to save him from embarrassment but once there she confesses she doesn't know what she is doing and Richard leads her.
  • Innocent Bigot: She has pains to not be this while in the presence of Richard. His response is not to worry and "say anything you want".
  • Love Interest: Richard's, triggered by a Meet Cute ocurrence, after her father is helped by Richard.
  • Military Brat
  • Missing Mom
  • Morality Pet: For Richard.
  • Nice Girl
  • Old Maid: Spinsterhood is looming over her. At 25, she is already nearly unmarriageable by 1923 standards, and she has little prospects of having a relationship since most men would avoid her just so they don't have to deal with her dependent mean, alcoholic father. This lends credibility to her being so receptive of Harrow's interest.
  • Parental Substitute: For Tommy.
  • Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: Played for Drama. Her father finds them holding hands, and starts verbally abusing Julia and Richard, which ends with Richard forcing him to apologize by choking him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never find out what happened to her after Richard's death. She's neither seen nor mentioned in season 5.
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    Paul Sagorsky 

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"Whatever battle you're fighting, out like a soldier does, you need to clean yourself up."
Aforementioned drunken veteran of the Philippine-American War and the father of Julia, Richard's Love Interest. Played by Mark Borkowski.

Tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: He is one, at least emotionally.
  • The Alcoholic: So much that by season 4 he's dying of cirrhosis.
  • Alcoholic Parent: Drinks because of his own war service and his son's death.
  • Berserk Button: His son Fred was killed in World War I. So he doesn't take it well when he sees Tommy playing with Fred's old toys.
  • The Cynic
  • Dad the Veteran
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: To Richard.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Has been wallowing in one since his son's death. By the end of Season 3 he appears to be pulling himself out.
  • Determinator: When he gets into a fight, he doesn't give up.
  • Dirty Communist: Gets accused of this a lot, although he's actually a socialist. Richard knows the difference though.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Paul is as cynical about religion as he is about everything else.
  • In Vino Veritas: Inverted. It's not until "Margate Sands" when we first see a sober Paul and he is a 180º from his usual self: understanding, well-spoken, and authoritative without being a yelling mess.
  • Jerkass: And how! He constantly insults everyone around him, including his daughter, and in "A Man, a Plan", it's shown that he'd rather die than apologize to her. But:
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He seems to love his daughter (but he has a funny way of showing it) and he eventually warms to Richard.
  • Mangst
  • Parental Substitute: As part of his Character Development, Paul understands that Tommy needs his help and allows him to live in his dead son's room by the end of Season 3.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As of Margate Sands, where he seems to accept Richard when he recognizes him as a fellow soldier just home from a war. He even tells Richard that this is his home, and puts Tommy in Fred's room.
    • In Season 4, he is seen battling for custody of Tommy. He also cuts back on his drinking, and welcomes Richard when he comes back and urges him to reconcile with Julia.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: In season four he's told that he has about a year to live due to cirrhosis of the liver.

    Babette 

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"I'm much too tough, sweetie"

Hostess and manager of the Atlantic City restaurant Babette's Supper Club. Played by Tracy Lynn Middendorf.

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    Isabelle Jeunet 

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"Do you bathe?"
The French owner of the haute couture dress shop La Belle Femme, set next to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Nucky forces her to fire her long time assistant and give the job to Margaret in order to help her, and she doesn't take it well at all (nor makes any attempt to hide it). Played by Anna Katarina.

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    Mrs. McGarry 

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"Temperance was meant to protect women, Margaret. But the ballot box will free us."
The leader of the Women's Temperance League's Atlantic City branch. She is a staunch supporter of Nucky, unaware of his criminal dealings. Played by Dana Ivey.

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    Harry Prince 

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"I don't give a cunt's hair, you fucking boob!"
A local businessman, friend of Nucky and sugar daddy of Annabelle. Played by Michael Badalucco.

Tropes:

  • Asshole Victim: A non-lethal example.
  • Fat Idiot: When he reveals he's been ruined by Ponzi, Nucky scolds him for investing everything he had on an obvious scam.
  • Five-Finger Discount: Every time Annabelle sleeps with him, she takes whatever he has in his pocket, amassing $4,000 without him seeming to notice. This scheme backfires, however, as Prince finds her stash (if he wasn't aware of it the entire time) and "invests" it into Charles Ponzi's pyramid scheme.
  • Jerkass
  • It's All About Me
  • Paid Harem: Annabelle. As soon as he loses his money, she leaves in a fit of rage.
  • Ponzi: A victim of the Trope Namer, to whom he loses his whole fortune.
  • Villainous BSoD: After being conned out of all his money.

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    Father Ed Brennan 

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"Make sure he's prepared to list his sins honestly and thoroughly tomorrow. You also. For your own confession."
A Catholic Irish priest, head of Saint Finbar's Church in Atlantic City. Played by Michael Cumpsty.

Tropes:

  • Analogy Backfire: His allegory of Hell and Heaven both as people sat next to a large table, with the food too far to take it and only very long spoons to help themselves is bought by Margaret, but goes straight over Nucky's head.note 
    Couldn't they bend their arms?
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Compares Teddy to "the cruel Jews [...] who taunted Jesus when he was on the cross".
  • Demoted to Extra: In Season 3.
  • Hiding Behind Religion: All he does can be summed on him shaking Margaret for money.
  • Holier Than Thou
  • Noodle Incident: Nucky addresses him by his given name and a nun claimed that they are "apparently close", but nothing more of their relationship is known.

Atlantic City Visitors

    Eddie "Izzy" Cantor 

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"Lovely girl. Lovely family. Her father died of throat trouble: They hanged him."note 
A prominent Vaudeville actor and comedian of the era. He is also a personal friend of Nucky, Lucy and Billie. Played by Stephen DeRosa.

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    Rose Van Alden 

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"I want to give you a son, Nelson."
Agent Van Alden's very proper, very Christian wife. She wants to be a good woman and desires a child more than anything in the world. She also worships the ground her husband walks on, at least until she finds out he cheated on her with Lucy and fathered a child he intended to force her to adopt. She divorces him at the end of season two. Played by Enid Graham.

Tropes:

  • All Women Are Prudes: She dresses conservatively and only has sex with the lights off.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Rose is not okay with Nelson getting Lucy pregnant and intending to keep her baby and pass it off as theirs, no matter how desperately she wants a child. She slaps and bites him in a confrontation after Abigail's birth, and two episodes later, serves Nelson with divorce papers.
  • Extreme Doormat
  • The Fundamentalist
  • Law of Inverse Fertility
  • Women Are Wiser: Though a conservative Christian, she has the common sense to put her beliefs aside when the situation requires. She considers surgery in order to cure her sterility and she takes care of Lucy right after she gives birth instead of trying to blame her for her husband's infidelity. She also has an easier time displaying her emotions and showing preoccupation for her husband's well being, in contrast to her spouse's icy demeanor.

    George Baxter 

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"Old Baxy knows 'em all, baby!"
A travelling salesman who often stops in Atlantic City. Played by Allen Lewis Rickman.

Tropes:

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • The Millstone:
    • In Season 1, Baxter and his date find the Sole Survivor of the Woods Massacre, forcing Nucky to send Jimmy away.
    • In Season 3, Baxter stops Nucky on the Boardwalk, but is so insufferable that Nucky sends Billie ahead to spare her and she dies in the explosion of Babette's as a result.
    • In Season 4, Baxter treats Chalky in a jovial but demeaning way within sight of Valentin Narcisse.
  • Really Gets Around / Paid Harem
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    John McGarrigle 

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"I'll keep fighting if I must. And make peace if it's wise."
A Sinn Feinn politician from Belfast that tours America in Season 2 as a fund-raiser for "The Cause". He is Owen's first boss and sort of a mentor to him. Played by Ted Rooney.

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    Roger McAllister 

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"You're talkin' funny."
An innocent Jimmy lookalike who gets caught up in Gillian's web of lies halfway through Season 3. Played by Billy Magnussen.

Tropes:

  • Audience Surrogate: Alternately turned on and weirded out by Gillian. This should sound familiar to most of the male audience members.
  • Berserk Button: He got in a fight because he didn't like how other guy was treating a girl and has a body scar as a result.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Posthumously and a lot of episodes after he's killed, "he" brings Gillian down.
  • Death by Sex: Gillian kills him after sleeping with him for the last time.
  • Deadly Bath: He is drugged and drowned in a bath by Gillian, in order to pass his body as Jimmy's.
  • Dumb Blonde
  • The Drifter: The story of his life. He moves from town to town doing menial work and has only money for the week. He claims to have been all over North America.
  • Innocent Bystander
  • Nice Guy
    Gillian: You really are a rather decent person, aren't you?
  • Replacement Goldfish: Of Jimmy, for Gillian, who even calls him "James". Taken to the extreme when she kills him and uses his corpse to stage Jimmy's death.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye

    Roy Phillips 

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"I was hired to do a job and now that job is done."

An employee of supermarket chain Piggly Wiggly that is assigned to open a store in Atlantic City in Season 4 and develops a relationship with Gillian. He is actually a Pinkerton agent hired to expose Gillian as a murderer. Played by Ron Livingstone.

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    Joseph P. "Joe" Kennedy 

A Boston businessman who Nucky looks to make a deal with in preparation for the end of Prohibition. Played by Matt Letscher.

Tropes:

  • Always Someone Better: The show emphasizes how, with his numerous children, clear legacy and status as a legitimate businessman, he's everything Nucky longs to be.
  • Call-Forward: "It only takes one generation" to success, according to him.
  • Covert Pervert: Implied at least.
  • Historical Domain Character: The patriarch of a clan who will later make an indelible mark in American politics.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Quite patronizing or condescending, but he's not wrong when pointing out that, despite all his money or power plays, Nucky Thompson has nothing he could call a legacy.
  • Loophole Abuse: Implied. He claims to have never breached a law, regardless of how unsavory some of the people he deals with are.
  • Smug Snake
  • Smug Straight Edge: He constantly tries to shame Nucky for his drinking and criminal activities.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Season 2's John McGarrigle. Both are influential men from out of town that deal with Nucky because they need him (less so in Kennedy's case), yet act with an air of superiority towards him for not conforming to their idea of what a prominent Irish or Irish-American should be.
  • The Teetotaler: He doesn't drink because he wants to counter the stereotypes about the Irish.

Chicago and Cicero residents

    Sigrid Mueller 

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"You are a good man, Mr. Van Alden. There is nothing to fear."

A Norwegian nanny that Van Alden hires to look after his baby when both Lucy and his wife leave him. She is instantly smitten with him and agrees to leave with him for Cicero where they live as a married couple. Played by Christiane Seidel.

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Other

    Emma Harrow 

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"You need to call yourself to account."
Richard Harrow's twin sister. She lives in (and now runs) the family farm in Plover, Wisconsin. Played by Katherine Waterston.

Tropes:

  • Action Girl: She taught Richard to shoot, and is the only person capable of ambushing him. When Richard is incapable of shooting his dying boyhood dog, she does it.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: With Margaret nowhere to be seen and Gillian and Julia locked on a passive court battle for Tommy's custody, Emma fills in as a more proactive female character in the first half of Season 4.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Richard in "Acres of Diamonds".
  • Women Are Wiser: In a way, she's living the life of Richard if he had never gone to war.
  • Determined Widow: Her husband died shortly after she became pregnant.
  • The Ghost: Mentioned in Season 1, discussed in Season 2, shown in a photo in Season 3 and finally appearing in Season 4.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Either that or Richard just can't fool her.
  • Pregnant Badass: She is in her 5th or 6th month in her debut.

    Gaston Bullock Means 

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"Ordinary men avoid trouble. Extraordinary men play it to their advantage."
A Southern 'special investigator' in the Department of Justice that acts as Harry Daugherty's middleman for his less savory business practices. Played by Stephen Root.

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    Oscar Boneau 

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"You come running down here with some easy rider woman by your side cause you don’t know which way to turn. Ain’t that sumpin?"
Chalky White's mentor and predecessor as boss of The Northside. He lives under semi-retirement in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Played by Louis Gossett, Jr.

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     Carolyn Rothstein 

Arnold Rothstein's wife. Played by Jennifer Ferrin and Shae D'Lyn.

Tropes:

  • Blackmail: When someone steals from Arnold's secret account in the bank Margaret works at, she blames her, and threatens to take her and Nucky to the press if she is not given that money.
  • The Ghost: Technically averted because of her cameo in Season 2. Still, she was only mentioned to exist in seasons 1, 3 and 4. People who missed her first scene should be excused to think of her as The Ghost.
  • The Other Darrin: Played by Ferrin in Season 2 and D'Lyn in Season 5.
  • Stepford Smiler: Implied to have been one during her marriage.
  • Woman Scorned: Is aware that A.R. had plenty of paid concubines while they were married, to the point of assuming Margaret was another one of them.

    Milton 

A prisoner in the Maryland chain gang Chalky ends at in Season 5. Played by Warner Miller.

Tropes:

  • Angry Black Man: Chalky has a thing for attracting these, it seems.
  • Evil Scars: He has a dent in his forehead, courtesy of a mule when he was a kid.
  • Great Escape: Because of the fewer episodes allocated to Season 5, it happens right in the premiere he debuts in.
  • Holier Than Thou: While taking two women hostage, he yells at them to not "lie before the Lord".
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He pretends to be stupid around the prison guards. It's also likely that the scene where he asks Chalky to explain him how a telephone works is actually him sizing how learned Chalky is.
  • Prison Escape Artist: Not only does he manage to escape after inciting a riot, he does it with a gun.
  • Sherlock Scan: When he gets sick of the hostage women telling him that their husband/father will come any minute, he goes on a long tirade about how no man has lived in that house for a long time (there is no male clothing in the drawers, no shaving razor in the bathroom, etc).
  • Spy Speak: The silly song he sings in the prisoner cart, where he speaks of "Juba" being "everywhere" and getting only scraps, and instructs him to "kill that yellow cat". "Yellow cat" is slang for a slaver, going back to the early 19th century.
  • Unknown Rival: When he was a minor in 1921, he carried blocks of ice for a party at a white owned house, and got no tip even though he was instructed to place the ice next to a safe. He still helds a grudge over that, while the people at the house could not care less.
  • Villain Ball: Insisting on robbing the house he was belitted in as a child, then making moves on the teenage daughter which triggers Chalky to attack him because she reminds him of his own daughter, Maybelle. He keeps trying to choke the girl even after Chalky hits him with a hammer in the head, prompting him to finish him with a second blow to the back of the head.
  • Where Da White Women At?: When he takes the house, he seems only interested in the money at first. But as the hostage situation becomes longer, he begins to show an interest in the white mother and daughter in there.


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