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  • Hot Scientist: Calleigh is a blonde, leggy Southern girl who likes guns, Natalia is a tall, curvy Latina, Eric is half-Cuban/half-Russian, Ryan has perfectly tousled hair, and Maxine Valera is fairly cute. Also, yes, some people do find David Caruso sexy.

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    Horatio Caine 

Horatio Caine

Played By: David Caruso
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  • Cartwright Curse / Fatal Attractor: He has notoriously bad luck with girlfriends. They always seem to die.
  • Character Tic: Turning his body to a side while looking at someone.
  • Flanderization: He used to have moments when he would actually emote.
  • Friend to All Children: Caine is quite the example of Hard Boiled Detective... but not to kids. Kids always bring out his soft side. And woe betide anyone who hurts a child near him.
  • Glasses Pull: Caine's main gimmick, always followed by a Quip to Black and the 'YEAAAAAAAHHHH—' sample.
  • Good Is Not Soft: His response to being told an adult film director suspected of murdering one of his stars has two daughters is a great example.
    "Would they be appearing in your movies when they are older? Just out of interest."
  • Hard Boiled Detective: Though he's technically on the force, fits this trope to a T.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Seems to be going this way after his near-death experience. He is noticeably more vicious and ruthless, savagely beating a suspect and even letting a man fall to his death as he begged for Horatio to help him. Granted, one man had killed a police officer and was involved in a kidnapping, and the other man was a pedophile with a long history of abducting and molesting young female beauty pageant contestants, but still.
    Pedophile: '[[While hanging onto a ledge] I can change - I know it!
    Horatio: I doubt that.
    Pedophile:
    [His fingers starting to slip] You have to help me!
    Horatio:
    [Coldly and dispassionately, while stepping away from the man] Do I?
    Pedophile:
    [Falls to his death]''
  • Luke, You Are My Father: He has a son he didn't know about.
  • One-Liner, Name... One-Liner: Making a drinking game out of the amount of times Caine did this in the show was just asking for alcohol poisoning.
  • Papa Wolf: Hurting kids is a gigantic no-no around Caine. To provide three examples: an Arc Villain that was a murderous pedophile ended up getting a Murder by Inaction by Caine, a man who kidnapped a little girl got thrown through a window when Caine interrogated him on her whereabouts and a man who brutalized his family ended up with the absolute shit pummeled out of him by Caine inside of an interrogation room after the episode cut to credits.
  • Rabid Cop: Of the CSI leader bunch (Grissom and Taylor et al) Caine was the closest to this trope, with many cases ending with him pulling a *Click* Hello Stealth Hi/Bye, shooting, beating up, or plain threatening suspects. David Caruso's gravel voice helped plenty.

    Calleigh Duquesne 

Calleigh Duquesne

Played By: Emily Procter
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  • Ms. Fanservice: She's prone to wearing extremely tight pants and four-inch heels, which almost always comes with the camera panning back to show her legs. She is the only other cast member apart from Horatio to appear on UK DVD sets, likely for this reason.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: Blonde, gorgeous Southern belle - who knows more about ballistics than the rest of the team combined.

    Tim Speedle 

Tim Speedle

Played By: Rory Cochrane
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  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Speed, never Tim or Mr. Speedle.
  • Jerkass: Definitely had his moments, usually when speaking to women. He told one victim of harassment that it was her fault and she'd lead the guy on (she hadn't), and was rude to other female characters (excepting Alexx, Megan, Calleigh and Yelena).
  • Killed Off for Real: Speed is shot and killed halfway through the Season 3 premiere by security guards at a jewelry store when his gun jams thanks to negligent keeping.
  • Tempting Fate: When walking into a jewelry store with Horatio, Speed discusses expensive cars, disdaining them in favor of his bike. Caine mentions that he might need "something with doors" some day. Speed says he has plenty of time. He is fatally shot not five minutes later.

    Eric Delko 

Eric Delko

Played By: Adam Rodriguez
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    Ryan Wolfe 

Ryan Wolfe

Played By: Jonathan Togo
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  • All Love Is Unrequited: Holds a massive torch for Boa Vista for most of the series, but she doesn't reciprocate his feelings.
  • Eager Rookie: When he first joined the lab, he was intent on proving himself to Horatio as much as possible. This results in him having a tendency to be competitive against his co-workers, which rubbed them off in the wrong way for a while.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Occasionally. He's usually called on it, though. Even so, he's proven to be a very capable cop, and extremely compassionate when he needs to be.
  • Last-Name Basis: Horatio calls everyone else by their first names. Ryan, tho, is always "Mr. Wolfe."
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: He seems to finally building up a good relationship with newcomer Sam in the final season and is on track for a Happy Ending. Then she betrays him by leaving him behind to take the blame for killing her boyfriend in the very last episode.

    Natalia Boa Vista 

Natalia Boa Vista

Played By: Eva LaRue
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  • The Mole: When first introduced, she was actually a Mole for the FBI, reporting on the Labs activities while posing as an assistant Genetic Analyst. After getting to know and befriend all of the CSIs and seeing them all as the good cops and even better people that they are, reveals her status to Horatio, and sides with her friends, quitting her job at the FBI, and becoming a CSI herself.

    Maxine Valera 

Maxine Valera

Played By: Boti Ann Bliss
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  • The Lab Rat: The team's DNA analyst from season 2 to 8.

    Alexx Woods 

Alexx Woods

Played By: Khandi Alexander
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  • The Coroner: She's the team's Medical Examiner season 1 to 6.
  • My Nayme Is: Spelled with one too many x's.
  • Put on a Bus: Alexx leaves the morgue in Season 6 to become an ER doctor. She's occasionally appeared since then, usually when one of the team have been injured in the line of duty. She returned for a few appearances past that.

    Tara Price 

Tara Price

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    Jesse Cardoza 

Jessie Cardoza

Played By: Eddie Cibrian
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    Megan Donner 

Megan Donner

Played By: Kim Delaney
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  • Advertised Extra: She featured prominently in ads and was supposed to co-star as a protagonist along with Caine, but the character Put on a Bus after 10 episodes in season 1.
  • The Mourning After: Her detective husband died on duty and she never quite got over his death. The series starts with her coming back after a six-month leave, but she quits 10 episodes later, telling Caine working there reminds her too much of her dead husband.

    Walter Simmons 

Walter Simmons

Played By: Omar Benson Miller
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  • Big Fun: He's a chubby guy with a friendly personality and a sense of humor.

    Tom Loman 

Tom Loman

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  • The Coroner: The team's Medical Examiner for seasons 8 to 10.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: One episode reveals he's an ace tennis player, and the knowledge is used in helping to solve a case.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: When he shows the picture of his girlfriend to the team in the finale, everyone is impressed he managed to nail a "model beauty".

    Samantha Owens 

Samantha "Sam" Owens

Played By: Taylor Cole
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  • Action Girl: She's introduced as a lab tech, but was an ace marksman in the academy which earns her a promotion as a detective where she can work in the field.
  • Accidental Murder: She ends up killing her boyfriend Josh by hitting him with a bottle while he was attacking her. But she fails to be a Sympathetic Murderer when she leaves an injured Ryan behind to take the blame.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Calls Walter "Teddy Bear".
  • Badass in Distress: She's kidnaped by the drug dealer who worked for Josh and Vogel in the last episode, who uses her as a getaway driver at knifepoint. But she manages to escape the situation mostly by herself by driving off a bridge, as the ensuing crash kills the dealer, but leaves her wounded.
  • Chronic Evidence Retention Syndrome: She's exposed as Josh's killer in the end because Ryan finds a piece of glass stuck to her boots after the car crash. Meaning she has been wearing the same boots she had the night of the crime for several days and didn't even think to clean them up.
  • Dude Magnet: Walter, Eric, and Ryan are all shown to be attracted to her.
  • Frame-Up: She ends up being framed of tampering with evidence by her boyfriend Josh under the orders of Vogel in order to discredit Caine's CSI team.
    • And then attempts to pull one of her own when she murders Josh, albeit In Self Defense, and leaves Wolf, whom he'd just worked over, to take the blame for it, sending any sympathy that might have been had for her flying out the window.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Both Eric and Ryan take notice of her good looks.
  • Love Triangle: At first she looks to be in the center of one between Eric and Ryan. But when Eric steps down, and she and Ryan get a lot of Unresolved Sexual Tension while working together, it's revealed she already has a boyfriend.
  • Old Friend: She and Walter became friends back when they were working the night shift together.
  • Resigned in Disgrace: Narrowly Averted. After Sam accidentally ruins a vital piece of evidence by accident, she gets majorly chewed out by Boa Vista who basically orders her to quit. Sam almost does, but a pep-talk from Walter encourages her to stay and try to redeem herself by trying to find evidence another way, which she does.
    • Likely played straight in the series finale. It isn't shown whether she's given the choice to resign or is simply stripped of her badge and duties after being arrested for murder and attempting to frame Wolf.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: She's a new member of Caine's CSI team added in the final season and ends up being the last murderer they catch when she kills her boyfriend and leaves Ryan to take the blame.

Minor CSI characters

    Sam Belmontes 

Sam Belmontes

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  • The Lab Rat: He's a Chemical Analysis lab tech for seasons 1 and 2.

    Tyler Jenson 

Tyler Jenson

Played By: Brian Poth
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  • The Lab Rat: He's the Audio/visual and multimedia lab technician for seasons 1 to 3.

    Cynthia Wells 

Cynthia Wells

Played By: Brooke Bloom

  • The Lab Rat: She was a Questioned Documents Lab Tech from season 2 to 5.

    Carrie Delgado 

Carrie Delgado

Played By: Nicole DeHuff

  • The Lab Rat: She was a blood evidence technician in season 2. She was a fan of Quincy, M.E. as a child, influencing her to become a criminalist. She only appeared in season 2, as two years later, De Huff died from pneumonia.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She only appeared in season 2 due to DeHuff dying from pneumonia.

    Joseph Kayle 

Joseph Kayle

Played By: Leslie Odom Jr.

  • The Lab Rat: A lab tech who worked in Fingerprints in seasons 2 to 4.

    Aaron Peters 

Aaron Peters

  • The Lab Rat: He was a Trace Evidence lab tech for seasons 3 and 4.

    Nicole Talcott 

Nicole Talcott

Played By: Kimiko Gelman

  • The Lab Rat: A DNA lab tech that temporarily filled in for Valera in season 3 after she was suspended.

    Daniel Cooper 

Daniel "Dan" Cooper

Played By: Brendan Fehr
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  • The Lab Rat: He's the Audio/visual and multimedia lab technician for seasons 4 to 6, replacing Tyler.
  • The Resenter: After being forced to resign by Calleigh, he began to hold a personal grudge against her, and ended up leaking personal information about her online, which ended up having her kidnapped by criminals, something he didn't intend. Feeling guilty he turns himself in order to give CSI info to help catch the criminals.
  • Resigned in Disgrace: During season 6, he is discovered to have stolen and used a credit card that belonged to the late Tim Speedle, much to the outrage of Eric and Calleigh and Dan was forced to resign from the lab in disgrace.

    Jim Markham 

Jim Markham

Played By: Joshua Leonard

    Samantha Barrish 

Samantha Barrish

Played By: Jessica Szohr
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  • Brainy Brunette: An intelligent lab tech with long dark hair.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Ryan immediately takes notice on how attractive she is upon meeting her.
  • The Lab Rat: She was a lab tech who became the temporary head of the Audio/Visual Lab after Dan's resignation in season 6.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Only appeared in 3 episodes in season 6

    Dave Benton 

Dave Benton

Played By: Wes Ramsey
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  • The Lab Rat: He's the Audio/visual and multimedia lab technician for seasons 7 to 10, replacing Dan.

    Michael Travers 

Michael Travers

Played By: Christopher Redman

  • The Lab Rat: A British Trace Analyst that works in CSI from season 7 to 10.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: He has background knowledge about horse racing which was helpful in solving a case.

    Nikki Vega 

Nikki Vega

Played By: Alexandra Adi

Police

    Yelina Salas 

Yelena Salas

Played By: Sofia Milos
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  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Her final appearance was in the Season 7 finale, when she assists Horatio with an escaped and dying fugitive; although she was advertised as being billed for more guest appearances, her character and her son's character were dropped with no announcement instead, invoking Chuck Cunningham Syndrome.

    John Hagen 

Detective John Hagen

Played By: Holt McCallany
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    Frank Tripp 

Detective Frank Tripp

Played By: Rex Linn
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    Raymond Caine 

Raymond Caine

Played By: Dean Winters (Season 3), Christopher Stapleton (Season 5)
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    Rick Stetler 

Sergeant Rick Stetler

Played By: David Lee Smith
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  • Inspector Javert: Most if not all of his appearances involved him barging into whatever plot was happening in the episode in a constant search for Caine's team (and especially Caine) being either criminally incompetent or just plain criminal, up to and including forcing members of Caine's team to try to play mole. It was unsubtly implied that he kept doing this because of his beef with Horatio.
  • Internal Affairs: He's one of the MDPD's Internal Affairs officers, something he uses to constantly barge into the crime lab looking for corruption.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: In his final appearance it is discovered that for all of him trying to sniff out Caine as a Dirty Cop, he was one himself, stealing vehicles impounded by the MDPD to sell off and having a District Attorney assassinated to keep it under wraps. He is arrested and never seen again.
  • The Resenter: Horatio made Lieutenant faster than Stetler. Stetler decided to believe that Caine accomplished this via corruption.

Criminals

    Ron Sedaris 

Rod Sedaris

Played By: Kim Coates
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    Ivan Sarnoff 

Ivan Sarnoff

Played By: Andrew Divoff
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    Bob Starling 

Bob Starling

Played By: Roger Bart
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    Walter Resden 

Walter Resden

Played By: Damian Young
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    Clavo Cruz 

Clavo Cruz

Played By: Gonzalo Menendez
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    Stewart Otis 

Stewart Otis

Played By: William O'Leary
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FBI

    Glen Cole 

FBI Agent Glen Cole

Played By: Mark Rolston
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    Dennis Sackheim 

Special Agent Dennis Sackheim

Played By: Tom Hillman
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    David Park 

Agent David Park

Played By: Lance Reddick

DAs

    Darren Vogel 

Darren Vogel

Played By: Malcolm McDowell
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  • Amoral Attorney: He is not only very good at helping his clients but also threatening his clients to help his other clients. He's also not above framing CSI for tampering with evidence in an attempt to close down the lab.
  • Asshole Victim: He's kidnapped along with Sam and put into a Hostage Situation by one of his dissatisfied drug dealer clients and ends up heavily injured when Sam crashes the car.
  • Blackmail: He's an attorney that blackmails his own clients after he helps them hide all their dirty secrets.
  • Back for the Finale: He was the antagonist for one episode in season 8, building up a rivalry with CSI. He comes back for the final two episodes to be the final antagonist of the series.
  • Final Boss: He's the final antagonist of the series in the last two episodes, by hashing a plot to have the lab closed.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After the car crash, we see him being taken away by medics still alive, with an oxygen mask attached to his mouth, but no mention is made if he survived or if CSI ever managed to nail him down for something.

    Josh Avery 

Josh Avery

Played By: Ryan McPartlin
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  • Cool Boat: Sam mentions he inherited a fancy boat that he didn't like talking about with her. Ryan finds it suspicious a man would never take his girlfriend on a ride on his fancy boat and has it investigated. It turns out He was using it to smuggle narcotics.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: Used his connection to Sam to gain access to the lab to implant false evidence on Vogel's orders.
  • The Mole: He is actually working for Vogel, and sabotages Sam's work in Vogel's behalf.
  • Romantic False Lead: He's introduced as Sam's boyfriend just as Ryan and her start getting close, and he seems to be better than Ryan in every way. Naturally he turns out to be in Vogel's pocket, and frames Sam for tampering with evidence to discredit the lab and free Vogel's client.
  • Victim of the Week: Ends up being the final victim of the show when he turns up dead in the final episode.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Ends up attacking Sam after she shows up shortly after he confronted and knocked out Ryan. She ends up killing him while fighting back.

DEA

    Bob Keaton 

Bob Keaton

Played By: Max Martini
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Civilians

    Marisol Delko 

Marisol "Delko" Delektorsky Caine

Played By: Alana de la Garza
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  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: She's a Head-Turning Beauty and her good looks aren't' affected in the slightest by the fact she's had six months of chemotherapy.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Is mentioned by her brother Eric back in season 1, but only makes an actual appearance in season 4.
  • Ill Girl: She is diagnosed with cancer and because of the painful treatments, left her weakened enough that her brother Eric had to start helping her to eat. Eventually, he resorts to bringing her marijuana to alleviate her pain and nausea but that got them both in heaps of trouble with both the FBI, CSI and drug dealers and she ironically ended up being killed by a hitman sent by the drug dealers.
  • Killed Off for Real: She's killed by a hitman on the day of her wedding.
  • Love Interest: For Caine in season 4, although most of their relationship occurs offscreen.

    Julia Winston 

Julia Winston née Eberly

Played By: Elizabeth Berkley
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    Kyle Harmon 

Kyle Harmon

Played By: Evan Ellingson
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Horatio Caine's son.

    Susie Barnham 

Susie Barnham

Played By: Azura Skye
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