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Vivian Ludley

Portrayed By: Marilu Henner

A food author and friend of Holt and his husband who becomes romantically involved with Boyle, with whom she shares several similarities.

  • Birds of a Feather: With Boyle. They have many things in common, most notably great taste in food and a tendency to move too fast when starting a relationship.
  • Disposable Fiancé: In "Charges and Specs" she breaks off their relationship because he didn't want to move to Canada with her.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: She and Charles get engaged extremely quickly.
  • Make-Out Kids: An older-couple version. Vivian and Charles need little provocation to start making out.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Charles is several years younger than her.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: She and Charles have a very...loving relationship.


Sophia Perez

Portrayed By: Eva Longoria

A woman Jake meets in a bar and instantly develops a strong romantic attraction to. Things are complicated by the discovery that Sophia is a defense attorney, meaning she's often tasked with defending the people Jake has arrested during their trials.

  • Adorkable: Despite being far more professional than Jake while working, in her off-hours it's clear that she has just as childish a sense of humor.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Peralta get along incredibly well because they share so many interests and ideas.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Comes with the territory of being Jake's Distaff Counterpart.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Her interests and personality quirks match Jake's almost exactly.
  • Friendly Enemy: With Jake, as they're on opposite sides when Jake testifies against the people he arrests.
  • Love Interest: For Jake, and his first serious attempt at a relationship since getting rejected by Amy.
  • Nice Girl: She's shown to be good friends with Amy despite knowing that Jake used to have a crush on her until very recently. She doesn't even get mad when she finds out that the feeling was, and quite possibly still is, mutual, and despite obviously being upset is generally very mature and kind about the whole situation. She actually tries to help Amy handle her break-up with Teddy, despite suspecting that Jake might want to leave her once Amy was single. He didn't.
  • Romantic False Lead: Appears to be this for Jake with regards to Amy.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Amy, possibly explaining why Jake is instantly so crazy about her. They're both Adorkable and ambitious Latina women with whom he shares a good deal of witty banter. They even dress nearly identically.
  • Working with the Ex: She and Jake react this way once each discovers what the other does for a living and learning that they will be attending the same trial on opposite sides. However, they'd only had a one-night stand at that point, and eventually decide to continue with their relationship.



Geoffrey Hoytsman

Portrayed By: Chris Parnell

Sophia's boss at the Public Defender's office, who has issues with drugs.

  • Addled Addict: In his second appearance, which he spends the entirety of flying high on angel dust.
  • Functional Addict: At first. And it develops to Addled Addict.
  • The Gambling Addict: Initially, it seems that Geoffrey's vices are limited to the occasional weekend at Atlantic City, and he and Peralta initially bond over a series of increasingly ridiculous minor bets. Unfortunately, it quickly becomes clear that Geoffrey's addictions go much, much deeper.
  • Idiot Ball: Drugs do not do wonders for this man's intelligence.
  • Jerkass: In addition to his massive drug addictions and resulting criminality, he apparently went the very cheap route for his father's funeral, fathered two illegitimate children with his cleaning lady only to sabotage her political asylum hearing, and appears to consider one of his children uglier than the others.
  • Knight of Cerebus: By the standards of this show, at least. While still played for laughs, his second appearance involves him taking Jake hostage and threatening to kill him, making it more of a Black Comedy than normal.
  • Mood-Swinger: Very much so, due to his copious drug use. He swings wildly from being fairly amiable to being a furious madman. At times, he outright forgets what his evil plan is or why he's mad at Jake.
  • Never My Fault: He blames Peralta for his life falling apart. A fairer look at the situation would suggest that Hoytsman's massive drug addictions and failure to take responsibility for them probably had more to do with it.
  • Saying Too Much: He has a tendency to cheerfully blurt out information about whatever he's currently high on, regardless of how inappropriate or unfortunate this is for him.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Whatever intelligence and sophistication he had in his first appearance is gone in his second. Justified due to his being utterly blasted on drugs.

    Doug Judy 

Doug Judy a.k.a. "The Pontiac Bandit"
"Is it a crime to steal bread to feed your family? Or to sell weed so you can buy video games? Or to steal video games because you smoked all the weed?"
Portrayed By: Craig Robinson

An intelligent, happy-go-lucky thief and forger who exclusively steals Pontiac vehicles.

  • Actually, I Am Him: The Reveal in "The Pontiac Bandit" is that Doug Judy, who'd claimed to be a reformed ex-cahoot of the titular car thief, actually was the Bandit the whole time. Peralta and the rest of the 99 don't realize this until it's too late.
  • Actually, That's My Assistant: To rub salt in the wound re: the above trope, the man Judy claimed was the Pontiac Bandit was actually his hairdresser.
  • Affably Evil: Well, "evil" is probably a bit strong, but Judy is a notorious and unrepentant criminal who is also a pretty likable and charming guy. Seems to become more affable with each appearance, to the point where you actually WANT Peralta to fail.
  • Amazon Chaser: He's infatuated with Rosa and doesn't hesitate to flirt with her when seeing her. Rosa is not interested in him.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In nearly all of his appearances, Judy has come out on top over Peralta and the other cops.
  • Batman Gambit: Excels at these.
  • Because I'm Good at It: His motivation for jacking cars.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Trudy Judy.
  • Big Fun: He's a full-figured gentleman, a ready wit and a talented entertainer.
  • Calling Card: He only ever jacks Pontiacs, hence the name.
  • The Chessmaster: He has a knack for pulling long cons over the cops in order to escape their custody.
  • Don't Tell Mama: His mother has no idea he's a criminal — she thinks he runs an architecture firm and helps out needy white people for charity. And that Rosa is his girlfriend.
  • Enemy Mine: Jake has this attitude towards him, protecting him on the cruise ship and helping him and his mom to swerve his adopted brother.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He does seem to genuinely care about his mother, hiding his shady dealings from her and stopping to see her one last time before he vanishes.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Judy turns down stealing cars to help distribute Giggle-Pig because he objects to the drug trade.
    Judy: I said no, 'cause drugs are stupid. Except for weed and sex pills. Man has needs.
  • Evil Counterpart: Is one to Jake, of course.
  • Friendly Enemy: Doug seems to genuinely like Peralta (although he likes making a fool out of him more), and even after being betrayed and humiliated by him Peralta has a hard time staying mad at him. In "The Cruise", he and Amy also get along very well.
    • As of his appearance in "The Fugitive Part 2," even Peralta has stopped considering him an "enemy" and openly acknowledges Judy as his friend.
  • Friend on the Force: Jake is this to him.
  • Friendship Denial: Experiences this from Jake, who refuses to acknowledge their friendship early on.
  • Gentleman Thief: He's not exactly a 'gentleman', but he's pretty much a modern-day version of this trope.
  • Jerkass Realization: After getting betrayed by Trudy Judy in season 6, he describes himself as feeling "gutted" and then asks Jake, with genuine regret and sadness, if he made Jake feel this way after all his betrayals.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his criminality and his gleeful running rings around him, Judy seems to sincerely like Jake and, in "The Cruise", seems genuinely invested in helping him with his relationship with Amy.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The fact that he's the Pontiac Bandit is treated as a genuine twist at the end of his first appearance, but all his subsequent appearances naturally reference that fact.
  • List of Transgressions: Has a long one, including pet fraud.
    Judy: I sold a guy a fake Pekingese... T'was a cat.
  • Lovable Rogue: Devious criminal he may be, you can't help but love the dude. And that includes Peralta, despite himself.
  • Lust Object: Rosa is this for him.
  • Not So Different: Both Doug and Peralta are rather kooky, affable pop-culture fixated guys who excel at their chosen professions and, discounting their standing on opposite sides of the law, mesh rather well personality-wise.
    Julian Beldham: Doug Judy is just Jake if Jake decided to watch Ocean's Eleven instead of Die Hard
  • Once a Season: So far, Doug's turned up in one episode per season. (Technically, he has two appearances in season four, but both were in the same two-parter.) Lampshaded by Peralta, who noted to Captain Holt that they don't really need to search for him after a diamond heist, because he always shows up about once every twelve months anyway.
  • Shadow Archetype: Imagine if Jake grew up watching Ocean's Eleven instead of Die Hard and you have Doug Judy.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Peralta, though since this is a police-based comedy he throws a little more of the dramatic counterpart trope Arch-Enemy into the mix, too.
  • The Stoner: Played with. He never gets high on screen, probably because he wants to keep a clear head while dealing with Peralta, but he does mention smoking weed constantly.
    • In Season two, he mentions that he uses both weed and sex pills.
    • Season three, he mentions that being in international waters means that he can smoke as much weed as he wants.
      Judy: Welcome... to the high seas.
    • In season four, he asks Holt if it's a crime to sell weed to buy video games, or if it's a crime to steal those video games because he smoked all the weed he was supposed to sell. It is.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: No matter what happens, Doug almost always finds a way to win in the end.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's afraid of outer space, which was apparently brought on by seeing the movie Gravity.
  • Worthy Opponent: Is one to Jake and vice versa.


Bob Annderson

See Other Government Employees.



Jimmy "The Butcher" Figgis
"You know, I'm bored. I'd love to kill you tonight."
Portrayed By: Eric Roberts

A notorious crime boss who's behind the attempt on Adrian Pimento's life. He also had two moles inside the FBI until the Nine-Nine discovered them. They destroy his operation, but he escapes and vows revenge.

  • Big Bad: For the back half of Season 3 and first three episodes of Season 4.
  • The Butcher: He's quite literally referred to as The Butcher.
  • The Dreaded: Absolutely everyone who's dealt with him or even heard of him is afraid of this guy, and with good reason. He's a ruthless monster who's almost untouchable.
  • Evil Old Folks: Figgis is in his later years, as would be expected of an experienced and powerful crime lord.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's as easy-going as he is evil, maintaining a fairly playful and genial attitude as he talks about how he's going to kill Jake and Holt.
  • The Ghost: He doesn't appear on-screen until the last episode of his story arc, but his voice is heard on the phone in two episodes prior to that. In the meantime, his presence is heavily felt.
  • It's Personal: With Jake, Holt, Rosa and Pimento. Figgis holds Jake and Holt personally responsible for the collapse of his operation, and he's constantly after Pimento for being The Mole.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While the show's had their share of bad guys, Figgis is the first recurring villain who is treated with absolute dread by the 99. He lives up to his reputation by casually shooting a sheriff on camera.
  • Mooks: He sends several of them to the hospital to deal with the heroes.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: He and Jake both hate the pizza in Florida. They put their stand-off on hold for a few seconds to talk about how much the pizza in Florida sucks. Figgis is also good at coming up with improbable, complex false names on the fly, just like Jake.


Maura Figgis

Portrayed By: Aida Turturro

The sister of notorious gangster Jimmy "The Butcher" Figgis. She leads a prison gang in a maximum security women's penitentiary in Texas.

  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It does not take much to get her angry.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She really wants to date a good guy, as opposed to the creeps she was involved with before she went to prison.
    Maura: Why can't I ever meet a nice guy?
    Amy: ...Could be because you're in prison for murder.
    Maura: Nah, that can't be it.


Melanie Hawkins

See Other Government Employees.



Portrayed By: Tim Meadows

Jake's cellmate in prison, Caleb is an affable, good natured guy who just happens to be a serial cannibal.

  • Affably Evil: He may be a child-eating cannibal but he's generally pretty friendly.
  • Asshole Victim: Gets (non-fatally) stabbed defending Jake, but he is a child murderer so it's hard not to say he deserved it.
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: Most of the jokes surrounding him rely on this trope.
  • Black Sheep: His family hasn't spoken to him since they found out what he did. Can you really blame them?
  • Child Eater: He claims they're easier to subdue.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He doesn't seem to grasp that people are disturbed by him casually bringing up cannibalism, and takes Jake's "tell that to my dick" comment literally.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: His whole backstory is full of this. He eats people. And they were children. Because they couldn't fight back. He repeatedly moved across the country to pursue killing. And he worked as a camp counsellor.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything??: Became a camp counsellor when he needed to change identities due to his cannibalising spree catching up with him.
  • Dirty Coward: He targeted kids because there was no chance of them fighting back. Jake outright calls him a cowardly cannibal.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He is far too cheerful while describing his horrific actions, even making a light-hearted joke that he'll eat Jake's body if Romero kills him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: A platonic example, but he truly considers Jake to be his best friend and genuinely cares about him. Jake, as disgusted as he is by Caleb's crimes, does appreciate it, and takes the time to say goodbye to him before leaving prison.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played for Laughs. He is disgusted by a serial killer who cuts peoples hearts out but only because he prefers to eat "normal" parts like butts and thighs.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's generally Affably Evil, but that he's secretly this is repeatedly Played for Laughs, as the minute anybody touches him he completely loses it and tries to eat them.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Played for Laughs, of course. Jake repeatedly tells him they are not friends because of his past. Subverted in Season Six, when Jake admits Caleb is his friend.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Due to having been in the prison system for so long, he has no idea how to operate modern technology.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Was convicted for killing and eating nine people, but he implies those are only the ones the police could prove were him.
  • Insistent Terminology: He's not a cannibal, he's a woodcarver who just happens to have eaten some people.
  • Odd Couple: Is one with Jake.
  • Odd Friendship: Jake's a good cop, Caleb's, well... Caleb's a serial cannibal.
    Holt: Perhaps we should pay your cannibal friend another visit.
    Charles: I wouldn't say they're friends so much as ex-cellmates.
    Jake: No, it's true. We're friends.
    Charles: He ate kids!
    Jake: Well, people are complicated.
  • Pet the Dog: When he returns for the Season Six finale, he congratulates Jake for marrying Amy, and helps him out with a case.
  • Serial Killer: Killed and ate nine people.
  • Would Hurt a Child: His victims were apparently children.


Seamus Murphy

Portrayed By: Paul Adelstein

A local mobster. He assisted the Nine-Nine in exposing Hawkins' crimes, as the two sides saw Hawkins as a common threat. However, it came at the price of Captain Holt owing him a favor in return for the information to bring Hawkins down and free Jake and Rosa.

  • The Corrupter: He tries to get his hooks into Holt and the 99 by helping to expose Hawkins' crimes, and almost succeeds.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can seem polite and reasonable, but do not cross him. If you do, his true nature will rear its ugly head.
  • I Have Your Wife: He threatens Kevin's life when he realizes Holt screwed him over.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After he tries to kill Kevin to get to Holt, he's ultimately brought down by Kevin himself, when the latter gets sick of this crap and runs Murphy's men over with a car, before punching Murphy himself in the throat.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Like any good mobster, he has a mistress.

    Trudy Judy (spoilers

Trudy Judy

Portrayed by: Nicole Byer

Doug Judy's Sister. She's a conwoman who claims to be a nurse. In reality, she dropped out of nursing school after one class and has spent years as a scam artist. She got her hands on her brother's notes and began stealing cars using his MO. She goes on the run after Jake and Terry nearly catch her, betraying both them and her brother in the process.

  • Actually, I Am Him: Inverted. The mob boss that she and Terry met was her associate.
  • Affably Evil: Just like her brother.
  • All Women Are Lustful: She makes repeated passes at Terry and even takes a moment to rub his pecs. She even calls herself "an adult woman who's horny all the time."
  • Batman Gambit: Pulls one off on Jake, Terry and even her own brother before making her escape.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: "Bitch" might be pushing it, but she's not as goody-goody as her brother thinks, and she's doesn't even think twice about double-crossing him and making off with the money.
  • The Chessmaster: Possibly to an even greater extent than her brother. She's managed to fool him for years into thinking she was in nursing school while she was pulling scams, and tricks him into helping her escape from the police. Keep in mind, this is someone that Doug has known for his entire life.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Doug Judy, now that Doug Judy has seemingly gone totally straight. She also seems to be more dangerous than him, willing to use a car bomb as a distraction to make her escape.
  • False Innocence Trick: After getting caught as the Pontiac Bandit, Trudy pretends to be sweet and innocent and claims to have a good reason for her crimes - only to escape as soon as she can.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: Pretends to have this honor for her brother, but in fact betrays him easily.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She delivers one to Doug Judy after she's escaped police custody. She tells him she's fed up with his overprotectiveness and him treating her like she's still a child;.
  • Walking Spoiler: Let's just say that she's not a hard-working, selfless nurse like she claims.


Ernest "The Disco Strangler" Zumowski

Portrayed by: Kevin McDonald (Pilot), Richard Finkelstein (season 6, flashback), E.J. Callahan (season 6, present)

A serial killer who was brought to justice by Captain Holt. He was known as "the Disco Strangler" for both his groovy charms and his method of murder: strangling his victims with a yo-yo string. Though he was incarcerated in the 1980's, he escaped in the sixth season to plague Captain Holt again... or that was the plan, anyway.

  • Ascended Extra: He first appears as the subject of a short flashback in season one meant to establish Holt's backstory as a bad ass cop in the pilot. Come season 6, he's the antagonist of an episode's B-plot.
  • Calling Card: His is a yo yo string left at the scene of the crime. Holt thinks that the discovery of one at the wreck of his prisoner transport vehicle is a sign he faked his death, but it turns out to be part of his fall risk bracelet. Or so it seemed.
  • Cassandra Truth: Holt's insistence that he survived the transport crash is treated like this, until the discovery of his body shows he was indeed killed. But then it turns out Holt was right anyway.
  • Disco Dan: He wasn't during his original crime spree, but despite his assurances that both he and disco would never die, he's very much this by 2019.
  • Evil Old Folks: What he's become as of 2019, when he's in his 80's.
  • Faking the Dead: Holt believes Zumowski did this using the wreck of a prison transport vehicle, but it seems he died in reality. Holt turns out to be exactly right.
  • Famed In-Story: By 2016, Holt has taken to sharing the story of his battle to arrest the Disco Strangler at every opportunity, to the point Boyle and Terry know the whole story by heart.
  • Kavorka Man: He's an ugly, shriveled up old man as of 2019. Somehow he's able to seduce a much younger woman into helping him fake his death and escape from prison. She couldn't resist his disco mojo.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He was known for seducing an accomplice to help with his crimes. He pulls this off even as an old man in order to escape.
  • The Other Darrin: His 80's-era self is played by Canadian actor Kevin McDonald in a voiceless appearance. Come season six, he's played instead by Richard Finklestein.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Holt thought capturing him again would be a chance to relive his glory days. Unfortunately, when he finally confronts Zumowski, he's too deaf to understand anything Holt says.
  • Reality Ensues: Despite all of his extensive and effective planning to escape, he's caught by surveillance efforts relative quickly, and his manhunt ends almost instantly due to the fact that he's extremely old and hasn't gotten very far as a result. Furthermore, he's become half deaf, which means he can barely hear Captain Holt's taunts, which sours what Holt thought would be a final stand off.
  • Shout-Out: To The Eagles song, "The Disco Strangler".

Other Characters



Portrayed By: Kevin Dorff

The bartender of Shaw's Bar; the bar the Nine-Nine often visits.



Portrayed By: Winston Story

A prostitute who gets roped into the Nine-Nine's shenanigans.

  • Blue and Orange Morality: Appears to have this.
  • Brick Joke: Nutriboom, introduced by him in the fifth Halloween heist, comes back at the end of the fifth season.
  • Bus Crash: He died in an accident offscreen sometime after his fifth season appearance. Subverted. Charles lied about this in order to gain an advantage during the Cinco de Mayo heist.
  • Butt-Monkey: So many things are horrible in Bill's life.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: A lot, such as his mysteriously vibrating bag, casually talking about his sex life with Jake, and treating Jake like a client.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Has one, although it's Played for Laughs.
  • Friendless Background: Describes Charles and Jake, who he sees max once a year, as his best friends.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: On top of being abandoned in a playground and being a prostitute, turned Up to Eleven as he also has a hilariously abusive adulthood.
  • Identical Stranger: He's nearly identical to Boyle, which is how Jake initially takes note of him.
  • Jerkass: He's rather rude to a uniformed officer of the 99th who mistakes him for Boyle.
  • Mistaken for Prostitute: Inverted. Jake doesn't realize he's a prostitute despite the signs until he spells it out.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Just in time for the fifth Halloween heist, it's revealed that he sells supplements for a "multitiered marketing entity", Nutriboom.
  • Once a Season: Deconstructed, as Bill only appears once in one season (4). He appears twice in season 5, but Jake lampshades it nonetheless.
    Bill! I thought we agreed we'd only meet once a year! For the Halloween Heist!
  • Platonic Prostitution: Jake hires him to aid in the fourth Halloween heist. Downplayed in that Jake didn't realize he's a prostitute at first.
  • Safe Word: Cabbage. He uses it when Jake starts buddying up to him to make Boyle jealous.
  • Streetwalker: A male example.

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