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Los Angeles Police Department
Hieronymus 'Harry' Bosch
Portrayed By: Titus Welliver
"I believe you find the justice you can in this life, not the next one."
- Adult Fear: Bosch keeps his emotions under control but he's no less worried and angry over Maddie's decision to come out to Los Angeles to see him without telling anyone, although he does appreciate the sentiment.
- Amicable Exes: Bosch and Eleanor get along fairly well. There's regular tension, though, because neither approves of the other's focus on work.
- Cowboy Cop: Bosch will go after suspects on his own even though it is against LAPD policy. This leads to trouble for him as he faces a civil suit after shooting a suspect when there was no one else around to corroborate his story. He can, however, be quite diplomatic when dealing with fellow officers and urges Brasher to follow the rules so that she's not booted out of the force.
- Cultured Badass: Bosch owns an extensive collection of jazz records that he listens to on a very expensive turntable.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His prostitute mother died when he was young. He was mocked by it when he spent time in foster care.
- Elites Are More Glamorous:: In the books, Harry was regular light infantry (Albeit a tunnel rat). In the series, Harry is former special forces.
- Experienced Protagonist: Had served in the US Army after 9/11 when he enlisted again after retiring from action in the First Gulf War prior to joining the LAPD. He was an experienced detective before the show starts.
- Foster Kid: Bosch, after the murder of his mother.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: He's accused of breaking police procedures and local/state laws in the course of doing his job. Honey Chandler tries to paint him as such.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Honey Chandler, the attorney suing Bosch for wrongful death, thinks he might have fallen victim to this while pursuing the bad guys.
- It's Personal: Bosch admits this in in the first season — his investigation of an abused and murdered boy is personal because of his own past as a victim of abuse.
- When he finds out that Eleanor and Maddie were kidnapped, Bosch rescues them without police backup, taking only Jerry with him.
- Lighter and Softer: When we join Harry in the books, he is entirely a loner. Moody, emotionally cut off and hard to work with. Series Harry is established as already being divorced with a daughter with whom he has a functional relationship with. He also gets on better with most of the detectives of Hollywood division.
- The Stoic: Is pretty calm when talking to criminals he despises.
- Son of a Whore: Harry Bosch, whose prostitute mother was murdered when he was 12. Harry remembers being called this word-for-word when he was an inmate at McLaren Youth Hall.
Portrayed By: Jamie Hector
- Adaptational Intelligence: While the character in the books was portrayed as a decent cop, he improves in the series. In particular in the third season storyline adapted from A Darkness More than Night, Edgar takes on elements of the role of investigating Bosch and figuring out the holes in his story originally given to novel hero Terry McCaleb.
- Experienced Protagonist: Like Bosch, he's an experienced detective.
- Omniglot: Known to speak English and Haitian Creole.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: As in the novels, where he is explicitly and frequently noted for being the best dressed guy in the division. It makes him annoyed when he has to clean puke out of the back of the car and risk getting his clothes dirty.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Uses a Mossberg 500 during a personal search op with Bosch to rescue Eleanor and Maddie. He later uses the LAPD-issued Remington 870.
Portrayed By: Amy Aquino
- Badass Gay: Badass bisexual on the force. Has dated at least one female co-worker before, and has a daughter around Maddie's age with her ex-husband.
- Fiery Redhead: Well, deeply sarcastic auburn-head.
- Iron Lady: Lt. Billets, who also doubles as a Reasonable Authority Figure.
Portrayed By: Lance Reddick
- Adaptational Heroism: While they occasionally find each other on the same side, for most of the novels Irvin Irving is Harry Bosch's enemy, an ally of Internal Affairs and political schemer who is usually trying to get Cowboy Cop Bosch fired. In Bosch, and especially in Season 2, he becomes something of a Reasonable Authority Figure, especially when he and Bosch are working the Carl Nash investigation together.
- Honor Before Reason: Despite O'Shea promising to make him Chief upon his election as Mayor, Irving instead chooses to leak a video of O'Shea's antics during the Reynard Waits case and sabotages both O'Shea's election and his own ambitions due to him becoming jaded upon his son's death. Even when O'Shea's opponent; Hector Ramos wins and appoints Irving Chief anyway, Ramos has to beg Irving to stay on permanently.
- It's Personal: He undertakes his own investigation of his son's death when he realizes that the "Tenth Floor" will do anything to put a lid on it, since it involves Dirty Cops. Just because he knows how the game is played doesn't mean he won't break the unwritten rules.
- It goes even further in Season 4. When Ramos is implicated in less than ethical dealings with Bradley Walker and other groups, Irving also leaks this to the press in order to take pressure off the LAPD.
- Papa Wolf: After Irvin found out about his son's death, he secluded himself from his wife to the point of going on an investigation by himself to find out who got George whacked.
- Race Lift: Irvin Irving, Bosch's chief and also his nemesis in the novels, is white in the books but here is played by a black actor, Lance Reddick.
Portrayed By: Mark Derwin
- Jerkass: Captain Pound, whose only purpose on the show is to stomp into a scene to curse and yell at Bosch.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the novel The Last Coyote he was killed as a result of Bosch's actions. In the series, the most Bosch does is throw him through a window.
Johnson aka Barrel
Portrayed By: Troy Evans
- Those Two Guys: Often works with Crate. This is before he decides to retire from the LAPD following a car crash incident with Officer Powers.
- The Vietnam Vet: Served in the Vietnam War and fought against the NVA in the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Moore aka Crate
Portrayed By: Gregory Scott Cummins
- Those Two Guys: Often works with Barrel.
Portrayed By: Annie Wersching
- Cowboy Cop: Brasher's willing to get down and dirty while dealing with suspects.
- Fair Cop: Helps that she's played by Annie Wersching.
- Fiery Red Head: Comes with the territory of being a Cowboy Cop.
- Meaningful Name: Brasher, who is eager to seek action and makes careless mistakes despite being repeatedly admonished for her behavior. She only gets to keep her job because she agrees to give false testimony against Bosch.
- Nipple and Dimed: Annie Wersching is framed and shot very carefully, when she gets up from bed and goes to a window, to avoid exposing her nipples.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Julia wears a revealing dress when coming to see Harry in episode 1-4.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Julia Brasher's pulling her gun on a suspect in the novel City of Bones results in her getting fatally wounded, while in this series she's saved by her vest.
Portrayed By: Robbie Jones
- Generation Xerox: Is a police officer like his dad.
- The Mole: Investigate a group of corrupt cops in Season 2 for IA.
- Composite Character: In addition to the below, Robertson also has characteristics based on Frankie Sheehan in the novels. Most notable is his tendency to sit on a milk crate and take in a scene before doing anything else.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Averted with Robertson, who (as noted above) was created to fill Terry McCaleb's shoes in adapting the storyline of A Darkness More Than Night. Rather than just rename the ex-FBI profiler heart-transplant recipient, he's fleshed out as a longtime L.A.P.D. cop and Foil for Harry, with ambitions all his own.
Rondell "Ron" Pierce
Portrayed By: DaJuan Johnson
- Internal Affairs: Was once involved in getting a case made against Bosch.
- Oh, Crap!: When she finds out that her partner was a Dirty Cop.
- Dirty Cop: In league with Walker to leak evidence on the task force.
- Internal Affairs: An IA officer alongside Amy.
Portrayed By: James Ransone
- Dirty Cop: Part of Nash's crew, but is not particularly bright, considering he fell for George Irving's cover.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He hated it when he heard Nash boast that he used a pistol that has his fingerprints on it to assassinate George.
- He Knows Too Much: Mo, under Nash's orders, killed him and made it look like a suicide since Carl was afraid that he could squeal to Internal Affairs.
Maureen 'Mo' O'Grady
Portrayed By: Leisha Hailey
- Dirty Cop: Part of Nash's crew.
- Fair Cop: Being portrayed by Leisha Hailey helps.
- Weapon of Choice: Continues to carry a Beretta 92FS, which was the LAPD's previous sidearm, instead of the LAPD's current Glock 17.
Francis "Frankie" Sheehan
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
- Da Chief: In charge of the LVMPD.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Agrees to help the LAPD with the murder case of Tony Allen.
- Stealing the Credit: Thinks that he's doing his job when Bosch calls him out for trying to arrest Luke so that he can say that he arrested a suspect.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Da Chief: In charge of the FBI's LA office.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: When Bosch and Jerry try to get Luke into LAPD custody, he tries to block their way by using the Bureau's jurisdiction to get them out of the way. They were nearly compromising Luke's cover with the Mafiya.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Wants to help Eleanor get back to the FBI since he doesn't like the idea that she resigned under a fake charge.
- Bosch's opinion of him takes a 180 in Season 4 when Griffin leaks Eleanor's FBI status to the triad gangsters she was tracking. Even though being implicated in the death of an FBI agent drives them off US soil, Bosch is not happy with the gambit.
Luke 'Lucky' Rykov
Portrayed By: Matthew Lillard
Los Angeles City and County Government
Portrayed By: Yancey Arias
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He listened to Irving when he agrees with him not to put out a sketch of the Koreatown Killer for fear of false information. However...
- Corrupt Politician: Slowly becomes one near the end of Season 4 when he's seen striking a deal with Walker due to construction of a new building being made in downtown Los Angeles.
Richard 'Rick' O'Shea
Portrayed By: Steven Culp
- Amoral Attorney: Bosch accuses him of not doing his job during the Veronica Allen trial and letting the victims not have closure. He fires back on Bosch's supposed cowboy cop reputation. However, Bosch's accusations hold water, considering O'Shea's thinly veiled political ambitions throughout the first two seasons.
- Big Bad: Of Season 4 (and some plots of Season 3).
- Corrupt Politician: He starts off as a rich boy who likes to murder prostitutes and hide behind his father's connections and his friend's protected identity. Not only is he also involved in regular corruption, he continues to murder people who 'cross' him.
Portrayed By: Jason Gedrick
- Big Bad: Of the first season.
- Coincidental Broadcast: A two-for-one in episode 1-2 ("Lost Light"), in which Reynard Waits, sitting in prison, hears a news update on his case followed by a news update on the dead child found in the hills.
- Cop Killer: Kills a LAPD officer while trying to "help" them show the location of a supposed corpse.
- Depraved Homosexual: Reynard Waits is a gay serial killer.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He's a devoted son to his frail, elderly adopted mother. This is eventually subverted when Waits kills his mother and leaves her to rot in her bed.
- Meaningful Name: His surname.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: As shown by his plan to evade capture by shooting police officers.
Portrayed By: Brent Sexton
- Big Bad: Of the second season.
- Cop Killer: Oversaw the assassination of George and later, Eddie, in Season 2.
- Dirty Cop: Was a Rabid Cop; now, he leads a team of corrupt police officers in Season 2.
- Rabid Cop: His public reputation in the force, which made IA give him the boot.
- Weapon of Choice: When he went rogue, he used a SIG-Sauer MPX submachine gun. Later, he gets his hands on a Heckler & Koch G36C.
- Asshole Victim: Gets killed by a corrupt cop in Nash's crew in a shootout.
- Would Hit a Girl: Took Eleanor and Maddie hostage.
Portrayed By: Jeffrey Pierce
- Big Bad: Of the third season.
- Fallen Hero: By the time the third season starts, he started to smuggle money with his former subordinates.
- From Camouflage to Criminal: Lead a team of ex-Green Beret commandos to smuggle money to America.
- Hero of Another Story: Once led a Green Beret team in ops throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. Now he's something of a Fallen Hero.
- Team Killer: Kills Xavi Moreno when he realizes that Xavi's attempted assassination of J. Edgar has put the LAPD on their trail.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the novel Two Kinds of Truth, Preston Borders' quest for a new trial and his allegations that he was framed are exposed as a complete con job. In Season 5 of Bosch it's revealed that while Borders was definitely guilty, the seahorse pendant was planted, not by Bosch, but by Irving, who was Framing the Guilty Party.
Kathy Zelen Cronyn
Portrayed By: Sarah Clarke
- Adaptational Heroism: In The Black Echo, Eleanor Wish is totally guilty of the offenses that got her fired from the FBI (and sent to prison). In Bosch Eleanor was fired from the FBI because she was a Fall Guy for misdeeds she wasn't really responsible for.
- Adult Fear: Eleanor is beside herself with worry when Madeline runs away to visit Bosch.
- Amicable Exes: Bosch and Eleanor get along fairly well. There's regular tension, though, because neither approves of the other's focus on work.
- Composite Character: The Eleanor Wish of Bosch is a composite of the Eleanor Wish character from the Connelly novels and another Connelly character, FBI agent Rachel Walling. Eleanor Wish in the books was the former FBI agent, later a professional poker player, who was the mother of Harry's daughter Madeline. Rachel Walling in the books is Harry's other former FBI agent girlfriend, the one who's a profiler, and who helps Bosch with the Raynard Waits case in Echo Park.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Elenaor was a FBI agent who was forced to leave the bureau under a questionable offense.
- Due to the Dead: At the end of Season 4, the Boschs honor her wishes by cremating her body and put her ashes in the canyon where she took Maddie to take her picture after she was born.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Eleanor Wish is killed in Hong Kong in 9 Dragons, while in this series she has returned to Vegas from Hong Kong.
- Subverted in Season 4. She gets gunned down after a heart-to-heart with Bosch.
Portrayed By: Madison Lintz
- Generation Xerox: In Season 3, she's open to becoming a police officer.
- The Not-Love Interest: Maddie takes on this role, serving as Harry's strongest emotional bond, and the one thing that truly keeps him from getting too close to the abyss.
Portrayed By: Erika Alexander
- Amicable Exes: She's still nice and friendly to Irvin despite being divorced.
Portrayed By: Jeri Ryan
- Adaptation Name Change: In the novels, she was known as Veronica Aliso.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: In cahoots with Nash to kill her husband and take his money.
- Spared by the Adaptation: The character of Veronica is killed in the climax to the novel but ends Season 2 of Bosch alive and facing trial.
Honey 'Money' Chandler
Portrayed By: Mimi Rogers
- Actually Pretty Funny: Honey in Season 5 is intrigued to see Bosch approach her for assistance.
- Jerkass: Smugly rubs in what she believes is the police's tendency to, "step on their dick".
- Money, Dear Boy: In universe. After the plaintiff's attorney Honey Chandler wins the wrongful death suit against Bosch - the jury awards his family the sum of $1 - she admits that she is well within her rights to take a portion of that judgement. She won't, however, since she can make the city pay her fees. She plans on billing them $500,000, but expects that by the time the city fights and complains and tries to stall they'll probably settle for $250,000.
- Omnidisciplinary Lawyer: Honey Chandler, who is filing a civil suit against the LAPD on behalf of Norman Church's widow in Season 1, also does criminal law, appearing as Veronica's defense attorney in her murder trial.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Honey Chandler is killed by the Jack the Ripoff character in The Concrete Blonde, while here she survives, the Jack the Ripoff plot not being included.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In Two Kinds of Truth Bosch hires Mickey Haller to represent him when he's faced with the threat of a lawsuit. However Amazon does not have the rights to the Mickey Haller character, who was previously adapted in a film of The Lincoln Lawyer. So in Season 5 of Bosch he hires Honey Chandler instead.