Criminal Case is filled with Loads and Loads of Characters, so this page will only focus on the Police Department and recurring characters who have major impacts in the storyline. World Edition, however, focuses on a single villainous organization, so notable members of it have a folder of their own. Likewise, Mysteries of the Past focuses on the corruption of the Concordian Police Department despite its neutral alignment with the Concordian Flying Squad, so members of the Concordian Police Department also have their own folder.
The Player Character
The police detective whom player controls.
- The Ace: Many of the characters, police and otherwise, are quite impressed by the player character's abilities, and remark upon them.
- Adventure Duo: The player character always work together with another team member to investigate the various murder cases.
- Audience Surrogate
- Beware the Nice Ones: Judging by the other characters' dialogue, the player character is a genuinely nice person in-universe, if apparently a little stiff-necked...but he/she still occasionally manages to make their colleagues break out in nervous sweat during seasons 2 and 3.Frank : Alright, alright, I'll help out, don't yell!
- But Now I Must Go: At the end of seasons 1 and 2, the player character leaves their colleagues/friends behind, as they head for Pacific Bay and the Bureau, respectively.
- Eagle-Eye Detection: Possessed by your character in-story, and it's also a necessary tool for players to accurately find the hidden items in various scenes.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Well, the name is not really customisable in-game, but the PC has no Canon Name, and would be referred to by the actual player's Facebook account name.
- Heroic Mime: Everybody talks to the player character, addresses him/her by name, offers him/her gifts of food or clothing, gives orders to him/her, flirts with him/her, cusses him/her...and your character never says a word (that's shown on-screen, at least) in response, although character reactions show that the main character is intelligent and not above teasing.
- Knight in Sour Armour: Obviously by the time of season five.
- The Main Characters Do Everything: Zigzagged. The player character investigates crime scenes, interviews witnesses and suspects, pieces evidence together, and collects fingerprints and DNA samples. Deeper analysis of said evidence fingerprints, chemical substances and DNA samples is usually done by the coroner, forensics or tech experts of the PD, who are naturally more qualified to do that sort of thing, and they don't go around conducting interviews of witnesses or suspects the way most CSI-related series would do. However, there are also times where the player character is asked to "match" fingerprints and even biological molecules and chemical substance with the database because it would take the other team members (you know, the experts) "too long" to analyze.
- Not So Stoic: Judging by the other character's dialogue, the player character does seem to possess a sense of humor in Season 1. During the later seasons... not so.
- Only Sane Man: At times, they're depicted as such when everyone else is panicking or completely lost.
- Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: As the player is a Heroic Mime, dialogue with the partner characters is usually this.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In Case 23 of Pacific Bay, the player character defies a direct order from Chief Marquez to evacuate in face of a a hurricane. She's not happy about it.
- Secret Keeper: Tasked with keeping the existence of aliens a secret at the end of the Rhine Canyon arc in Season 2.
- Silent Snarker: The player character is a Heroic Mime, but judging how sometimes their partners say something like "Oh, I know that face, [player name]. Stop it.", it seems the player character is quite a Deadpan Snarker just by making a facial expression.
- The Stoic: Nothing, be it bombings, people butchered like pigs, homicidal robots, plane crashes, deranged supercomputers, or assassination attempts, ever seem to bother your character. See also The Unfettered.
- Tranquil Fury: In-universe, the player character is generally level-headed and calm, but apparently not above losing their cool in a seething fashion, especially if their judgement is questioned. One example from Season 2:Amy (nervously): I'm not doubting you! I guess I just need to hone my detective senses further. Let's send this plastic bit to the lab and see what Yann can do with it!
- Evidently Jack's and Lars' knock-knock jokes can also result in this during Season 3.
- Undying Loyalty: The player is on the receiving end of this a lot, particularly from the department they're working with and even from traitors such as Frank Knight or Angela Douglas.
- The Unfettered: In-universe, the player character is not moved by threats, lies, or attempted bribery, nor is he/she ever distracted from duty.
- Virtual Paper Doll: You can make your character avatar male or female, and adjust their hair, facial expression, and clothing as you see fit. Some hairstyles, facial expressions, and clothing accessories can be unlocked when you level up to a certain extent, some have to be purchased with in-game coins (which you earn from each crime scene you investigate), and others are gained as rewards for finishing the side-quests associated with each case.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We transition from Mysteries of the Past to the Conspiracy without any explanation what happened to the PC of the former.
David Jeremiah Jones
- Agent Scully: Four murders at the Historical Center are attributed to paranormal activity, but he keeps dismissing them, always insisting that the victims were killed by fellow human beings.
- Bad Liar: In one side-quest, while retrieving a hooker's lost purse, Jones convinces you to go through it to make sure it's really hers. Later, when the woman asks Jones if her purse was searched, he tries to deny it...but she calls him out on lying, while saying that a woman can know when her stuff's been searched.
- Beard of Sorrow: After Chief King's suicide, Jones grows some stubble for a few cases. He also grows his beard out after the events of Misty Grove.
- Big Eater: He especially likes hot dogs, but he'll jump for hamburgers and pastries as well, and he's always eager to attend functions with buffet lines. His appetite is lampshaded in Case 31, during a discussion about the annual Dog Pageant:Jones: Dog Pageant Day! I've been waiting for this for weeks! They says the buffet is sublime, all the best cooks participate!Chief King: ...Jones, do you ever think of anything else besides eating?
- A reporter in the University further lampshades this by asking the player if Jones thinks about anything else other than eating. He's not amused.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Case 41, he gets briefly hypnotized by the Rorschach Reaper into nearly killing the player character.
- Butt-Monkey: Usually whenever garbage or sewers are involved.
- The Cameo: Even after Grimsborough ends, little pictures and doodles of Jones can be seen, and sometimes even collected. There's even a picture of Jones in the Bureau's break room.
- Character Development: In the five years that the player had been away from Grimsborough, Jones is shown to be much more calm and mature, although he still has moments where his temper gets the better of him.
- Covert Pervert: Expect him to suck up any compliment given to him by a beautiful woman, or to make an excuse to go see a pretty female suspect.
- Cowboy Cop: Usually exhibits shades of this whenever Tony Marconi or other known criminals are involved. In Case 11, it results in Marconi's lawyers filing a restraining order against him.
- Crazy-Prepared: In Maple Heights, he brings his uniform when he's normally wearing civilian clothes. Even on a golf course.
- Deadpan Snarker: Falls into this from time to time. For example, when confronting food critic Tobias Sharp over a bottle of wine the latter refused to pay for during a side-quest in Case 15:Jones: Mr Sharp, we analyzed your wine. And I'm not in fact surprised you drank the entire bottle...this wine was perfectly good!Sharp: What are you saying? It's insane! I refuse to pay for a bottle of corked wine!Jones: Would you rather come with us to the police office? There are some comfortable cells if you need one, but I'm afraid the food isn't great.
- Defective Detective: Jones isn't a bad investigator, per se, in spite of your player character's growing skills overshadowing his own at times. However, he reveals at one point that his obsession with his work prompted his ex-wife to suggest he go for therapy, and then she eventually left him because the job was putting incredible strain on their marriage.
- Doom Magnet: The game's plot is to investigate homicides, but people tend to die when Jones goes somewhere in his off-time. Whether he's taking the player out to eat, going to a football game, invited to a wedding, someone's going to end up dead by the end.
- Driven to Suicide: In Case 52 of The Conspiracy, he ingests an entire bottle of drugs after Zoe's death. Luckily, he manages to survive.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: He wasn't sleeping well after Chief King's suicide, and spends most of his appearance in the Airport district with dark rings under his eyes. He gains this again after the events of Misty Grove.
- Expressive Hair: Only when he's surprised, but it stands on end like a cat's.
- Heroic BSoD: He breaks down in Case 21 after finding and identifying Rachel Priest's remains.
- He has a huge one in The Conspiracy during Misty Grove, due to Rupert's death, being falsely accused of murder by Rozetta Pierre, forced to arrest his girlfriend for murder and being suspected of Tony Marconi's murder himself. It's so bad that he nearly quits the force. And then later when Zoe ends up being killed, so much that it drives him into attempting suicide.
- Hot-Blooded: At least once a case, Jones is shown with a flushed-red forehead and storm clouds over his head.
- Implied Love Interest: He gets very bothered over Rachel Priest. He's practically beside himself with worry when her cameraman says she's disappeared and is utterly devastated when she dies. Nothing explicit is ever stated, though, because, again, she dies.
- Last-Name Basis: Everyone refers to him by his surname. In fact, his first name isn't revealed until Case 26, and his middle name is revealed in Case 35.
- Loony Fan: Face paints himself when watching football.
- Manly Tears: Jones is crying with pride when the player character finishes the Grimsborough cases and is going to Pacific Bay.
- Made of Iron: Got caught in an explosion during the Conspiracy finale and all he ended up with was losing an eye.
- Perp Sweating: Is good at this. It doesn't work all the time, though, at least not against the more hardened crooks you and he interrogate.
- Precision F-Strike: It's censored, usually, but if someone has to swear in Grimsborough, it's Jones.
- The Resenter: To the player character, as hinted by the Rorschach Reaper.Rorschach Reaper: You wouldn't know about being brilliant, would you, Officer Jones? (player's rank and name)'s dog, always following, always praising, always failing...It's unbearable, isn't it? Living in (player's rank and name)'s shadow, being endlessly scolded for failing to meet their standards...So much frustration, Officer Jones...It has to stop, hasn't it? It can't go on forever, it has to stop now. Now and forever. And there's only one thing to do. The right thing.
- Shipper on Deck: For Alex and Cathy.
- Spiky Hair: His hair actually sticks straight up at the front. In his more realistic picture in the game's start-up loading screen, his hair displays little spikes from front to back.
- Staircase Tumble: At the end of Case 41, he gets a head injury resulting from this right before the killer's arrest. Or so he thinks; see Ramirez's entry below.
- Sweet Tooth: While Jones's Trademark Favorite Food is hot dogs, he'll eat most anything, especially sweets. When brought cookies by Margaret Littlewood, his sprite is usually double-fisting them.
- Trauma Conga Line: The events of Misty Grove were not kind to Jones.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Jones is never enthusiastic about hunting for clues in garbage or sewers, always insisting that you be the one to take on such assignments instead. Naturally, in Case 11 King orders Jones to be the one to dive for clues in a sewer...and while Jones finds nothing in the sewer-water, you manage to find clues while staying nice and dry.
- Advertised Extra: Among the cast of Grimsborough, she appears the most frequently in promotional images, aside from Jones. But while she does have A Day in the Limelight moments, she plays no major role in the overall season's arc, and makes less significant contributions compared to Cathy or Ramirez. Although she does return late in World Edition as the Bureau's new scientist.
- Berserk Button:
Grace: I can't believe someone did this! Killing a harmless dog, the monsters!Jones: They've also killed a human being...Grace: Yes, of course, that's tragic too. But the poor dog, what did it have to do with human feuds?!//
- Harming dogs is a no-no with her. Witness her response to Case 31's murder, which also included the death of the victim's dog:
- When her boyfriend gets flagged as a suspect during the University arc, Jones was feeling nothing but dread when she finds out.
- The Bus Came Back: Disappearing after Grimsborough, she's nominated as a replacement coroner for the Bureau after Angela is found to be a SOMBRA mole. When reached in Antarctica, she is a coroner in addition to providing lab work, filling in while Lars is spending time with his daughters.
- Cleavage Window: Not in the game itself, but in one of promotional images◊ for Facebook Anniversary Sale.
- A Day in the Limelight: Case 48 has Grace accompany your player character in solving the case, since Jones is being kept busy with a multitude of complaints against him for rudeness to Maple Heights residents (and being pulled from the case due to it being too serious for him). Grace gets the chance to wear an outfit very similar to Jones' usual getup.
- Eagle-Eye Detection: Given that her job is a trace evidence analyst, being sharp-eyed and catching minuscule details are part and parcel of her job description.
- Fiery Redhead: Her fiery part is full-blown shown when her fiancee become one of her suspects in one case.
- Friend to All Children: She's good in handling and talking to children, such as Isaac Hersberger and Sarah Mills.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Grace is an animal lover in general, but she especially likes dogs. Consequently, she doesn't react well when she learns that a lost puppy, which you recover during your investigations in a side-quest in Case 6 and which she later adopts, was being trained for dog-fighting.Grace: They're monsters! Look at how this puppy has been abused already! No wonder it ran away!
- Hot Scientist: Her design is quite attractive and her good looks are clear even in her standard attire.
- Never Heard That One Before: Gets this in Case 7, and not for the first time.Jones: You really are amazing, Grace!Grace: As if I hadn't heard that joke a thousand times before. (blushes) But thank you, silly.
- Offscreen Breakup: When the player encounters her in Season 3, Grace has broken her engagement to Luke Harris in order to pursue her research ambitions.
- Science Hero: Comes with the territory of being a forensic analyst.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Even though she's now a member of the Bureau, after the organization officially disbands, she is nowhere to be seen and nary a mention was made of her when the player returns to Grimsborough.
- Back for the Dead: Nathan is the very first victim of The Conspiracy season, sadly just before he can have a reunion with Jones and the player.
- Bollywood Nerd: His Indian heritage was revealed in Case 38, when his last name was revealed. Given his proficiency in medical training and ability to analyze aspects of the killer's psychological profile from some of his autopsies, he definitely counts as smart.
- The Coroner: The Chief Medical Examiner of Grimsborough PD, who conducts autopsies on the victims' bodies and analyzes murder weapons.
- Deadpan Snarker:
Nathan: I've got several things for you. Dan was stabbed in the stomach with a sharp object, probably a knife. From the angle of the wounds, I can tell you that your killer is left-handed!Jones: You can't seriously see that from a gash, can you?!Nathan: (raised eyebrow) I wouldn't work here if I couldn't.
- One example, during Case 4:
Nathan: Thanks for the puzzle, guys. It's the first time I get a bomb victim on my table!
- Another example from Case 13, after Nathan's just finished his autopsy of a victim of a bomb attack that severed both of the man's legs:
- Eagle-Eye Detection: Given how even tiny details can be vital in figuring out how someone died, it makes sense that he's so good at spying even minuscule details.
- Friend to All Living Things: After retiring from police work, he becomes the vet at the zoo.
- Last Minute Hookup: The season finale reveals that he's started dating Harper Stone, the snake trainer from Case 50.
- Nature Lover: Nathan is clearly a nature freak. Not only is he a member of a local botanic club, he enjoys babbling about plants and animals while talking about autopsy results.
- Nightmare Fetishist: He sees absolutely nothing wrong with keeping a piranha as a pet. Keep in mind, said piranha was one of a batch that had just eaten a person.
- The Profiler: Plays this role in Case 15, while describing how the victim died and what type of person might do it.Nathan: The interesting thing is, your victim was tied up post-mortem. It's as if the killer wanted to subdue her even more. As if killing her hadn't been enough. You're probably looking for someone who felt humiliated by Aileen. Someone who wanted to regain control over her.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He's a member of local botanic club Orchids Fanatics, as shown here◊.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: The glasses part is obvious, since they're part of his sprite's wardrobe. Given that his job requires medical training and he can even profile the killers based on what he sees about the corpses, the smart part is also fairly clear.
- A Day in the Limelight: Replaces Jones as the player character's partner in case 37, because he's more familiar to the Sci-fi related stuff involved in the case.
- Adorkable: His reaction to Catherine King's request for him to dance with her in Case 41 sells it.
- Fanboy: He's a big fan of the Ripper Jade doll - er, action figure series. He's also quite hyped about the Beyond the Void radio series, hosted by Alcott Milton. Also dresses up as Captain Simple when going to a comic convention.
- Gadgeteer Genius / Mr. Fixit: A lot of his job involves extracting data from broken electronics.
- Happily Married: With Cathy as of Season 5.
- House Husband: Outright calls himself one, having retired from police work to take care of Sammy while Cathy becomes GPD's new tech guru.
- Insufferable Genius: Comes across this way from time to time. For example, when you bring him a clue for examination in Case 15:Alex: Don't you have more of a challenge? My brilliant mind is wasted on such trifles as shopping bags and credit card numbers!
- The Lab Rat: The Head of the Digital Forensics and Tech Analyst of the Grimsborough Police Department who happens to be a gamer and comic Geek.
- Nice Guy: Catherine King targets him because of this, as she specifically says she just wants to dance with this kind of man at her prom ball.
- Official Couple: He and Cathy are officially together by the final chapter of Grimsborough.
- The Smart Guy: Though his specialty is technology and electronic equipment, Alex is a generally intelligent person.
- Techno Babble: A mild case, since he's a technology expert explaining said technology to people who typically just have basic knowledge of using it.
Chief Samuel King
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Starting with the Maple Heights arc, he decides to come out from behind his desk and get back into the field, if only so he can see firsthand what your player character's investigative skills are like. Of course, he couldn't have gotten where he is in the Grimsborough PD by just sitting behind a desk.
- Benevolent Boss: On a good day. On one occasion, when Ramirez is utterly freaked out at the idea of a ghost haunting the area, King takes Jones' suggestion and sends Ramirez on a brief leave of absence.
- Big Good: He's the chief of the Grimsborough Police Department. Ultimately subverted in Case 51 in which he is found guilty of the murder of Adam Bentley.
- By-the-Book Cop: On one occasion, when Jones bitterly admits that the evidence is pointing in an unfavorable direction, King advises him that you have to follow what the evidence says, notwithstanding.
- Cool Old Guy: He's not above giving a good-natured wink to show he's especially pleased with your performance.
- Da Chief: On a bad day, and usually toward Jones for being "lazy" and for overstepping his bounds as a cop. King's a lot more reasonable to your player character, who he describes as being better able to keep a cool head, though on one occasion, he threatens to assign both of you to work under Ramirez if you don't wrap up the case more quickly.
- Dead Guy Junior: Alex and Cathy's son Sammy is most likely named after his great-grandfather.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Whenever he perceives Jones to not be working hard enough on a case.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He becomes increasingly irritable and unreasonable during the elections period in Maple Heights, and easily flies the hook whenever the Mayor is involved. Finally culminates in him killing Adam Bentley on the Crimson Order's behalf.
- Mission Control: He's usually the one to give you and Jones the directives on new cases and advise you where to go when the two of you get stuck.
- Overprotective Dad: He's very protective for his granddaughter, Cathy, and gets very irate when he found out that Alex is trying to take her out for a date. It gets Played for Drama in later cases, where it was revealed that he committed suicide after being convicted for Adam Bentley's murder to protect her, since the Crimson Order would execute her if he got arrested.
- Porn Stache: Has a very prominent mustache that fits the trope description perfectly. It fits with his position of authority.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He'll listen to suggestions that your player character gives (outside the script) concerning how to proceed on a case.
- Silver Fox: He's quite handsome for an older man.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Usually your player character gets the sugar, while Jones gets the ice.
- Team Dad: Looks after the best interests of his team and is well-liked and respected by all of them.
Officer Eduardo Ramirez
- Agent Mulder: Believes in the existence of ghosts, zombies and monsters of legend.
- Berserk Button: Anyone who tries to hurt the player faces the wrath of his frying pan, even a hypnotized Jones and the prison warden Milton Grimmes, the district killer.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He might be polite to a fault, be constantly nervous about handling rough-looking suspects, and overall be a bumbling cop, but get him sufficiently aggravated and...well, just look at his response to a quarrel between barber Joshua Kempe and customer Curtis Newman over lice on the barber's scissors, in a side-quest in Case 10:Kempe: I carefully clean my scissors after every client. If Curtis here has got lice, it's definitely not from me and my scissors...Newman: Don't try that one on me, old man! Lying comes to you as naturally as breathing! Now you better hope your bones are not as weak as your lies!Ramirez: (thoroughly pissed) EVERYBODY CALM DOWN RIGHT ABOUT NOW!
- Big Damn Heroes: He whacked a hypnotized Jones with his frying pan when the latter was about to kill the player character, defeating the Rorschach Reaper in the process.
- When Jones and the player character head off to arrest Milton Grimmes, Ramirez follows them without them knowing it, and then saves the day by bashing Grimmes over the head with his frying pan.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns in Pacific Bay as a private detective.
- Butt-Monkey: Just about everybody takes him as a verbal punching bag or a convenient target for insults.
- Celeb Crush: He has a huge crush on pop star Lola Vallez, and gets very enthusiastic to accompany the player whenever Lola needs their help.
- Frying Pan of Doom: He has used his frying pan to whack anyone who dares harm the player character.
- Idiot Ball: The most frequent carrier, doing things such as telling the wrong people facts about the case, dropping or damaging evidence and as a private detective, thinking that dressing as a giant fruit is inconspicuous.
- Last-Name Basis: Like Jones, he is often referred to by his last name. In fact, his first name wasn't revealed until Case 13 of Pacific Bay.
- Loser Has Your Back: On the few occasions when Jones is indisposed as your partner.
- Nervous Wreck: He was visibly intimidated by Marconi, to the point that he repeatedly gets Marconi's name wrong.
- Nice Guy: Ramirez is easily the nicest member of the team despite being the Butt-Monkey likely because he knows they really don't mean any harm.
- Police are Useless: He's the main reason the Grimsborough PD's cops are looked down on by the populace, usually by way of mishandling forms or other important evidence.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Shared with the player character, for the fact that he had to whack Jones on the head with a frying pan to stop him from shooting the player character while under the Rorschach Reaper's mind control. Jones assumes his injury is from falling down some stairs, and neither you nor Ramirez bothers to correct him.
- Selective Obliviousness: In the additional investigation of The Lake's Bride, he goes to Floyd Russel's tour on The Creature of the Lake even though its existence was recently debunked.
- Spanner in the Works: He's a bumbling officer whom no one takes seriously, but has thwarted two villains' plans to take out the player (which might have ended pretty badly for our main character if not for Ramirez).
- The Rorschach Reaper didn't count on Ramirez whacking a hypnotized Jones with a frying pan to rescue the player character.
- He also does the exact same thing to the leader of the Crimson Order, saving the player character and Jones yet again.
- Took a Level in Badass: When the player meets him again in Season 2, he's become a private investigator and quite capable of helping with player on several cases. By the time the player returns to Grimsborough in Season 5, he's become a consultant for the PD and a great person to go to if you need more information dug up on evidence.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He refuses to believe that not everyone can be truly good at heart.
Judge Olivia Hall
- Black Boss Lady: Well, she's black, she's the judge in charge of Grimsborough's courthouse, and she's a woman.
- The Judge: Obviously.
- Lost in Translation: In the Spanish version, she is referred to as "el juez Hall" even though "el juez" refers to a male judge or any generic judge.
- Perpetual Frowner: Judge Hall is not one to smile. Considering the city where she works, it's hard to blame her.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She can be very hard on unrepentant or defiant criminals. On the other hand, she's willing to show some leniency if convicts were of previous good character and are truly remorseful about their actions, and if the circumstances of the crime that led them to her courtroom can be reasonably explained in their favor.
- Think of the Children!: In Case 37, she called the killer out for leaving the victim's body in the sci-fi festival, where children may have seen him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She's replaced by Judge Powell in The Conspiracy, and no mentions of her are made.
- Arc Villain: Jones sees him as this throughout the Industrial Area arc. He cements it after killing Salvador Cordero, the other contender for the title.
- Continunity Cameo: He appears as a child during Case 9 of Travel In Time.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Being leader of the mob? Sure. Running a sleazy nightclub? No problem. Killing people who've crossed him? Run-of-the-mill. Beating a woman to death, especially if she's an employee of his? NO.Marconi: You don't hit women. You just don't...
- Generation Xerox: As shown in Travel In Time, his mother, Nicoletta, was also a criminal.
- Handicapped Badass: He's asthmatic. Doesn't hamper his mob activity, though.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: He's not a very nice man, but at least he cares a lot for his cat, as revealed in Case 8.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: He is the father of Emilio Fuller, a geeky Dreamlife scientist.
- Man Behind the Man: He's suspected of having hired the killer in Case 2 to murder that case's victim; however, there's no proof forthcoming to support that theory.
- The Mob Boss Is Scarier: What Ash Bison of the Vipers says about Marconi in Case 11.Ash Bison: I know Marconi will always be the true boss of this district. Those who forget that, die.
- Papa Wolf: When he is murdered, Marconi is revealed have a son, Emilio Fuller. After the team learns about this, they also find out that Marconi would do anything to protect his son, including taking up Rozetta's blackmail. Unfortunately, this protectiveness proves to be Marconi's undoing as it allows the resentful Emilio to kill him.
- Redemption Equals Death: Marconi's HeelFace Turn in The Conspiracy was genuine; however, by the time the Grimsborough PD realizes this, he is murdered.
- Reformed Criminal: When the Player returns to Grimsborough, Case 12 reveals he got out on good behavior and has been acting clean ever since. Jones, of course, suspects there's something shady behind all of it.
- The Syndicate: He runs one, using his mafia affiliates and connections to control his district, commit crimes and remove those who stand in his way. It's powerful enough that he's able to skip out on jail at least twice.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Despite being a mob boss, he's pretty well respected in his district, and he treats his workers quite civilly. This only serves to irritate Jones because he can't arrest the guy.
- Arch-Enemy: The closest the PC has to one. Especially since he shows up in Pacific Bay as well.
- Arc Villain: Like Marconi, Jones does not trust him at all, and is very eager to pin him for the murders he gets involved in throughout the Financial District.
- Bald of Evil: His sprite lacks even a hint of hair on the head and given his disdain for the law and other activities, evil fits. It goes perfectly with his...
- Beard of Evil: A thick white goatee to complement his bald head.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: His Greene Banking offered loans to stall owners in Eastfield Market, which most of them took. When they refused his buyout, he raised their interests so they won't have any choice but to sell their stalls.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He is perpetually chewing on a cigar, and he's not a very nice man.
- Jerkass: Hand-in-hand with the two tropes immediately below. Even without them, he's very easy to dislike, ultimately turning into an Asshole Victim by murdering Frank's wife in Pacific Bay.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Most of his wealth and power comes from his connections with The Crimson Order and their illicit gold mining.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Tried to bail his grandson out of prison after the latter committed murder, and implied to have done it for himself after being convicted for Rachel Priest's murder
- The Bus Came Back: Alden shows back up in The Wastes of Pacific Bay and is promptly killed by Frank for murdering Karen.
- Smug Snake: Is always confident that his influence and wealth will be able to buy him or anyone associated with him out of any kind of trouble. He notably loses this trait when you finally arrest him for good but gains it back later when he escapes prison.
- Villain Team-Up: Forms one with James Marsh for the entire Financial Center arc.
- Body Horror: She was injected with a serum that turns men into killing machines, but because of her gender, her skin tore apart when her bones grew into an immense size.
- The Cameo: She appears on TV in some crime scenes.
- Crazy-Prepared: Knowing that her investigations on Alden Greene will lead to her death, she recorded a video to the player character telling them her investigations on the monster serum experiment Alden funded.
- Defiant to the End: When Alden Greene was preparing to kill her, all she did was tell him the world will see him as a monster.
- Going for the Big Scoop: Knowing that Alden Greene is up to something, she did everything she can to dig up anything major about him, even if it meant downplaying other matters, such as the deaths of her informant and her personal intern.
- Intrepid Reporter: She was always searching for any story on Alden Greene she could publicize, sometimes leading her to cross paths with the police department.
- Kick the Dog: She never paid her cameraman even though he often recorded her findings, prompting him to betray her by selling her research notes to Alden Greene for money.
- Lack of Empathy: She showed no concern for her subordinates, often putting her investigations on Alden Greene above their welfare. For example, when told about her personal intern's death, she was more concerned about the article the intern was working on rather than the death itself.
- Love Interest: Jones had feelings for her that weren't evident until the case she died in.
- She Knows Too Much: Alden killed her because her investigations on him led to her discovery of the monster serum experiments he funded. Had she gone further, she would've discovered the Crimson Order as well.
Tess Goodwin/The Rorschach Reaper
- Alas, Poor Villain: She may be no saint, but her murder in Case 55 receives this reaction when it's revealed that she was killed for trying to take down the Crimson Order for framing her ancestor and executing her. Even Judge Hall said that her killer had no right to justify her murder.
- Anti-Hero: On one hand, she was a heartless serial killer with no remorse for her misdeeds. On the other hand, she wanted to take down the Crimson Order for murdering her ancestor.
- Back for the Dead: She was killed in Case 55, having escaped from prison at the end of the previous case.
- Burn the Witch!: Like her ancestor, she was tied to a burning stake, though the smoke killed her instead of the flames. Ironically, her killer was a witch.
- Cosplay: Participates in this in Case 37.
- The Corrupter: Her MO as the Rorschach Reaper involves hypnotizing people who saw a certain result in inkblot tests, delivering speeches to them that concern their grudge against certain people, and encouraging them to "do the right thing". She claimed that those killers had weak minds, and all she did was "give them a little push". She attempted to do this on Jones against the player character, only to be thwarted by Ramirez, who whacked Jones.
- Disownment: She was on the receiving end of this by her sister because of the serial murders she was responsible for.
- Fangirl: She claims to be a big fan of the player character and B-list actor Bruce Anderson.
- Foil: To Cathy King. Both girls are geniuses in their respective fields of study who assume secret identities to work outside the law. Tess manipulated and killed others for her thesis, even attempting to kill the player character without any regards to the consequences. Cathy, on the other hand, used her cunning and technological expertise to assist the PD in investigating murders and detecting a flaw in Zack Holden's security system. This is also reflected in their respective ancestors. Tess's ancestor Mary Goodwin was a witch killed by the Crimson Order for trying to expose its secrets. Cathy's ancestor William Kingsley was a high-ranking official who allowed the Crimson Order to operate with impunity by covering their activities.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Sports a pair of glasses and expresses no remorse for the murders she was responsible for. Even when she wasn't planning murders, her aggressive way of winning a role-playing game against Alex shows her ruthless personality.
- Humans Are Bastards: She believes in this, as she was writing her thesis on latent murderers.Tess: A murderer sleeps in everyone of us, your Honor! That's what my thesis is all about.
- Meganekko: Sporting a pair of glasses, she also has traits associated with them, such as taking more detailed notes in her psychology classes than her peers, having substantial knowledge of her field of study, and maintaining a modest appearance by default.
- Never My Fault: She denied responsibility for the murders she orchestrated, claiming that the girls she hypnotized have always wanted to kill in the first place.
- The Profiler: As a student of criminal psychology, she tries to play this role in Case 32.Tess: I don't know your killer's identity but I do know their psychological profile! From what I've heard about the way Rani died, I can tell you your killer is passive-agressive with a deep inferiority complex.
- Sacrificial Lion: Her murder at the hands of Crimson Order member Luna Hecate shows the amount of zeal the Order has in guarding its secrets.
- Villainous Breakdown: She lost her cool when Ramirez saved the player character's life by hitting a hypnotized Jones with a frying pan.Tess: WHAT DID YOU DO?! You ruined everything! (player character's rank and name)'s death was going to be my masterpiece! YOU DESTROYED MY WORK!
- The Woman Behind the Man: She masterminded the murders in Cases 32, 35, and 38 by hypnotizing the respective killers into killing people they hold a grudge against.
- You Do NOT Want to Know: This was the answer she gave when Judge Hall asked what she saw on the inkblot tests she gave to the girls she hypnotized.
Catherine "Cathy" King (now Cathy Turner)
- Digital Avatar: Not exactly a digital avatar, since she communicates directly with the team using a video chat, but Cathy uses a black hood and a mask to represent her @rtist persona.
- Expressive Mask: The @rtist's mask. While usually bearing an impassive expression, the mask is also capable of smirking◊ or looking nervous◊.
- Happily Married: With Alex as of Season 5.
- In the Hood: The @rtist wears a black jacket with a hood, both in person and as a virtual avatar.
- Invisible Parents: It is implied that Cathy was raised by her grandparents, but even though her late grandmother is mentioned as a semi-important plot point (her death is related to Chief King's ties with the Crimson Order), nothing is ever said of her parents.
- Official Couple: She and Alex are officially together by the final chapter of Grimsborough.
- Playful Hacker: Her hacking isn't malicious, and she's a normal university student outside her hacker persona.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is dyed pink. A flashback picture shows she's naturally brunette.
Mayor Howard Johnson
- Ambiguously Evil: Mayor Johnson is genuinely friendly to the player, and regularly praises his/her work as well as the other members of Grimsborough PD. It can be said that maybe, just maybe, a lot of the immoral things he's done might have been due to his mother's influence.
- Cool Old Guy: Yes, his picture here has him winking at you. In context, the wink is when he thinks you're doing a good job.
- Fictional Political Party: His is called the Red Party.
- Momma's Boy: His mother, Serena Johnson, apparently does most of his work behind the scenes. Judge Hall mentions that the mayor could barely make his own decision without her.
- Permanent Elected Official: One wonders how he's managed to hold on to his job with the number of murders taking place during his tenure...
- Sleazy Politician: Has shades of this in Case 21, where he allows General James Marsh to sway him into telling you and Jones to back off from considering Marsh as a suspect in the case's murder, on the grounds that Marsh is a very influential man and it wouldn't be wise to have him as an enemy. Then he pulls it on you again in Cases 31 and 41 where he's primarily worried about the impact that (respectively) cancelling the Dog Pageant due to a murder, and the Rorschach Reaper's serial killings, will have on his chances of being re-elected. His status as a sleazeball is cemented in Chapter 56, where he is revealed to be a member of the Crimson Order.
- Evil Matriarch: She is a ruthless woman who employs underhanded means to keep her family in power, such as choosing seedy businesses as sponsors for her son's re-election campaign, digging up dirt on her rivals for smear campaigns against them, and killing anyone who dares challenge the Crimson Order. Oh, and she spoiled her son Howard to the point that he can't make his own decisions.
- Evil Old Folks: She's 85 years old.
- Miniature Senior Citizen: Old age seems to have reduced her height. Compare her younger self, where she appeared to be shorter than Samuel King by an inch or two, to her present self, where she's a foot shorter than him.
- Never Mess with Granny: She knows how to handle a gun.
- Never My Fault: When the shrimp dish she cooked for a rally gave her son a stomachache, she blamed the fishermen who gave her the shrimp for the dish. When told that her homemade sauce was to blame instead of the shrimp, she blamed whoever gave her rotten vegetables for the sauce, only for Chief King to tell her it's not the police's job to handle petty matters. She then tried to deflect blame from herself by emphasizing her family's contributions to Grimsborough.
- Power Hair: A powerful woman who sports a short hairdo to illustrate this.
- The Woman Behind the Man: She pretty much runs things from behind the scenes while her son plays mayor. She also ordered Chief King to kill Adam Bentley.
- Da Chief: She will not hesitate to put Frank in his place, and also has a tendency to yell at the player character, though not for any transgressions (since the PC hardly ever commits any).
- Hated Hometown: She dislikes admitting that she came from Rhine Canyon, though the reasons for this is not explained until later in the arc. When Andrea was six years old, she had an extraterrestrial encounter with an alien and told everyone about it. The government sent Colonel Spangler to deny her story, making her seem like a liar and isolating her from everyone she knew. Even after thirty-six years, she still can't forget it and it works against her when she's accused of Colonel Spangler's murder.
- Iron Lady: She's a tough woman who does not tolerate nonsense (especially when it comes to Frank's drunken tendencies), and is not afraid to use her power to intimidate an army general to protect her subordinates.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She can be very harsh on her team members if they are being insubordinate or are fooling around (Frank is especially prone to receive her wrath), and will note hesitate to reprimand or even suspend them if they cause trouble for others, but takes a very good care of the team.
- Team Mom: While not being the oldest on the team (Frank and Yann are both older than she is), she definitely plays this role.
- Abusive Parents: Mrs. Young is an extremely cold-hearted woman who constantly belittles her daughter, saying that Amy is too immature to become a police officer, and that she could never compare to her brother Duncan. Even Frank says she's being too harsh on Amy.
- Berserk Button: Mistreatment of cute animals.
- Better not insult the player character when she's around.
- Big Brother Worship: Amy has an older brother whom she clearly admires very much. In fact, his incredible works as a police officer is what inspires her to become one herself.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The blonde to Hannah's brunette and Roxie's redhead.
- Break the Cutie: Amy starts out as the most cheerful, idealistic and optimistic team member of the Pacific Bay PD. In the last three cases of her home district, however, she goes through so much tragedy that it's almost overboard. Her high school sweetheart, who she still had feelings for, is convicted of murder and cannibalism. Immediately following that, her childhood friend is murdered and her mother is a suspect. And if that weren't traumatizing enough, the final case of White Peaks has her mother, brother, and Russel as suspects with Duncan being the district killer as well as the Night Walker. This is enough to almost drive her to leaving the force.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns in Season 6 as the team co-ordinator.
- Character Development: She grows from being a rather bumbling junior officer who's prone to hero worship the PC and her older brother, to a more capable and determined character who will not take nonsense from impertinent suspects and teammates (including her own mother).
- Character Tic: She fiddles with her pendant whenever she's feeling troubled.
- Crush Blush:
- Amy is often seen blushing whenever she's talking to or about Russell, hinting that she might have a liking for him.
- She also blushes whenever her ex-boyfriend/high school sweetheart — whom she clearly still has strong feelings for — is involved in the conversations.
- Cuteness Proximity: Russian nesting dolls. After confiscating a bunch of them from a Russian bar in Case 11, she begs the Player Character to be allowed to keep them."Oh please [Player Character]! Those dolls are too cute! Can I keep them?"
- The Cutie: Amy is the youngest team member of the Pacific Bay PD, and she's still very naive and idealistic, and is prone to acting silly when she meets handsome guys.
- Cynicism Catalyst: When she discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Bobby Prince, was a murderer, she started to become disillusioned with her own niceness. Having her beloved older brother turn out to be the district killer did not help.
- Dumb Blonde: Subverted. She may be naive and inexperienced, but she is picking up the player character's detective skills quite quickly.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Amy is the only blonde among the female members of the team, and she's the nicest among them all. Compare her cheerful friendliness to the Deadpan Snarker Brainy Brunette Hannah, the Nightmare Fetishist Fiery Redhead Roxie, and the stern Chief Marquez.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: In later cases, she's had many outbursts of anger for various reasons.
- Heroic BSoD: After having to arrest her brother for being a horrific murderer called the Night Walker, she suffered a mental break down that she was put on leave for almost 4 Cases to collect herself.
- Identical Stranger: Apparently, she looks identical to Felicia Steppingstone — the celebrity victim of Case 31 — and gossip columnist Holly Hopper tried to make a news out of it.Holly Hopper: Officer Young here looks exactly like Felicia. Murder victim and cop identical...it'll make headlines. You'll make headlines, Amy.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A non-romantic variation occurs at the end of the second season. The player character is about to leave Pacific Bay for the Bureau, and Amy breaks down in tears over her close friend and mentor leaving. The player character is implied to have second thoughts about joining the Bureau, but Amy encourages them to accept the position, regardless of her grief.
- Subverted somewhat in Season 6 when she acts conspicuously nonchalant upon being reunited, at long last, with the player character.
- Naïve Newcomer: Her assignment with the Player Character was her first on-field work.
- The Pollyanna: As a contrast to Frank's Knight In Sour Armor, Amy is friendly right away and is always eager to help.
- Took a Level in Badass: Amy starts out as a naive junior cop being mentored by the player character. While she wasn't too skilled in the first few cases, she grows better at what she does over the course of the series, as well as growing out of her timid personality and standing up to her abusive mother when the latter won't change her behavior. In Case 56, she stands up for Chief Marquez as she's being held hostage by Karen Knight with a gun. And in the very last case of Pacific Bay, she's fully capable of defending herself against a deranged Bobby Prince and Albert Tesla.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: When she makes her official return to the force after a much needed break from work, Amy has become noticeably more demanding, impatient and rude. She's also becoming more prone to giving not so veiled threats and even fines for anyone who dares to say anything unfriendly about either the player or herself. Although her new attitude is justified since she's still emotionally fragile after having to arrest her own brother for a series of gruesome murders, Hannah complains that she's starting to behave like Frank.
- The Unfavorite: Amy's mother, Miriam, favors her older brother Duncan, and is quite blunt about it.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She tries to see the best in everything, and reacts with horrified shock and how terrible some people can be.
- Younger Than They Look: Despite being 38 years old in Season 6, her appearance is still fairly similar to that of her 23 year old self in Season 2.
Francis "Frank" Knight
- The Alcoholic: Frank is constantly talking about getting himself drunk, and will never pass up a chance to consume alcohol. During his early introduction, he was supposed to attend some anger management course, but went to Beerfest instead, and tries to get the player drink as well. Later in Bayou Bleu, his desire to taste some quality moonshine leads him to be bitten by a snake.
- Amicable Exes: When we finally meet his ex-wife, Karen, she's quick to cut Frank down but he still remains civil to her. She finally reciprocates his friendship at the end of the final case in Innovation Valley. They get back together at the end of Paradise City.
- Anti-Hero: Frank is not the nicest guy around, and his killing of Alden Greene after the latter murdered his wife deeply shocked Amy. In spite of his extreme actions, he's still mostly a good guy who tries to do what he believes is right, and he died trying to stop Tesla from trying to blow up Pacific Bay.
- Anti-Villain: His murder of Danny Moto and betrayal to the PBPD is not seen as a positive light, and he himself admits that what he did was truly wrong...but given his past, it's hard not to understand why he'd willingly work for an evil supercomputer to bring his comatose daughter back to life.
- Big Damn Heroes: A minor one in the first case of Innovation Valley. He comes seemingly out of nowhere to shoot down the drone attacking Amy Young and the player
- Big Eater: Next to getting drunk, Frank really likes to eat. In case 13, he becomes excited to accompany the player character to attend a wedding ceremony because of the free buffet, while in case 27, he mentioned that he ordered 7 pies for breakfast because he can't find a bar.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Chief Marquez said that he is a brilliant detective (or used to be, according to Yann) but he prefers to slack off and tell the player to do everything while he fools around in the crime scene. Although it's probably justified, since the player is supposed to handle the tasks.
- Butt-Monkey: To a certain extent. He frequently gets into trouble with Andrea for drinking on the job, and once got bitten by a snake when trying to drink a bottle of snake moonshine he found in the middle of the forest. His team mates, particularly Russell, enjoys making fun of him.
- Catchphrase: Frank often says, "Let's go bust their chops," when he's about to talk to a suspect or make an arrest. Even Amy is known to quote him when she's being particularly enthusiastic, making it a Borrowed Catchphrase.
- Character Development: It's not as obvious as Amy's but Frank has changed drastically compared to how he was in the first few cases with him. He's letting the player more into his life and showing his softer side as well as not being afraid to get down to business when he has to. His anger problems and his drinking have also eased up significantly. In the end, after betraying his team and becoming a fugitive, he still ends up dying as a hero after losing his family.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Frequently chides the player character for taking interest in (seemingly) random objects - which, of course, is later revealed to contain vital clues for the case. He does it less and less later on, even warning the player to be careful at points if there are dangerous items in the containers.
- FaceHeel Turn: Frank betrays the team by murdering Danny Moto and becomes a fugitive.
- Freudian Excuse: When the team confronts Frank about his betrayal and his escape from justice, they learn the painful reasoning behind his actions all Frank and his wife wanted was to see their living daughter alive again in some way and they were willing to cooperate with an evil supercomputer to see that happen.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Described as "hot-tempered" in his character profile, and apparently did not show up in your first case because he's on an anger management course. However, he's calmed down by a fair bit in later cases with his outbursts becoming more infrequent over time.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: He receives compliments from Chief Marquez and Veronica Blade when he was dressed as a Union soldier for a Civil War reenactment.
- HeelFace Turn: He eventually betrays the evil computer he was working for when he realizes that the latter is trying to destroy Pacific Bay. He then helped the player stop Tesla's evil plan.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although Frank is a hotheaded drunkard who often behaves rudely towards his co-workers and suspects, he can be a decent guy when it really matters: in case 27 he managed to stop Judd Tucker from committing suicide, comforted Amy when she had a mild breakdown after having to arrest her ex-boyfriend in case 28, and is trying his best to be a better father to his estranged children.
- Knight In Sour Armor: He's snarky and given to pessimism but he becomes friendlier with each case once he shares more about his past.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Like his predecessor, Jones, Frank could hardly resist the charms of beautiful women, bringing both amusement and annoyance to his coworkers. He once even tried to leave the police force to pursue romance with Velma Bannister.
- The Mole: During the heroes' tenure at Paradise City, Louis de Rico approached Frank and bribed him into giving information regarding the player's investigations.
- Redemption Equals Death: When the team finally comes to understand the reason behind Frank's betrayal, he was killed by Bobby Prince, under Tesla's orders
- Sitcom Archnemesis: He and Russell would almost always insult each other whenever they interact.
- Start of Darkness: The death of one of his daughters, Laura caused him to take up drinking and develop anger problems, leading to his divorce and his wife gaining full custody of his other daughter, Daisy. He considers this his biggest regret, and would do anything to get his family back.
- Technologically Blind Elders: He's the oldest member of the Pacific Bay PD, and frequently gets confused with how modern electronics (such as smart phones and portable satellites) work, to Hannah's amusement. He seem to be getting better at using such gadgets though, as he managed to successfully operate on a PearPad in Case 27's Additional Investigation, and managed to send an SMS to Hannah using the smartphone in Case 32.
- Tragic Hero: His life is a Tear Jerker.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In later cases, Frank is much nicer compared to how he was in the beginning, treating the player with more respect and not drinking on the job as much. He's also becoming nicer to his co-workers and even threatened to quit the force if Chief Marquez was guilty of Colonel Spangler's murder despite her always being so tough on him. Even after he was revealed to have killed Danny Moto and had a hand with the heist (his wife was the ringleader), he still never lost the respect he had for the player.
- Big Beautiful Woman: Considered such by Louis de Rico
- Birds of a Feather: Her relationship with Louis de Rico began with their shared love for making puns.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Redhead to Hannah's brunette and Amy's blonde.
- Dating Catwoman: Was revealed to be having an affair with the heist team leader, Louis de Rico. Probably the reason why she wasn't making puns when autopsying his body.
- Fiery Redhead: She's the liveliest of the girls by far.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She introduced herself as "A coroner by day, and a party girl by night" and apparently drinks herself to a stupor almost every night.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She is disturbingly excited with the prospect of examining corpses, and finds Voodoo to be interesting.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: She didn't make any puns when autopsying Louis de Rico. The next case revealed that they dated after bonding over their love of making puns.
- Pungeon Master: Never misses the chance to make puns regarding the deaths of the victims she autopsied, much to Amy's distaste. And when Louis de Rico enjoys making puns, they went straight to bed.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Frequently makes jokes about the murder victim's deaths, and is called out by Amy for it.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His parents were murdered by a serial killer called the Puppeteer when he was 14, and he never quite got over their deaths. When he heard of the Puppeteer's return, he became obsessed in hunting them down, despite Andrea's orders to leave them be.
- False Friend: Has one in the form of Freddie Alonzo, who turned out to be the Puppeteer.
- Good Parents: Yann is shown to be quite close to his children, James and Lily. The "Best Dad Ever" mug he drinks from is a further proof of this.
- Happily Married: He is very affectionate to his wife, Jessica, as shown in the Additional Investigation of Chapter 6, where he is planning to surprise her with her favorite dish for their wedding anniversary. Their stable relationship is a stark contrast to Jones and Frank — both of whom are divorced — and many of the murder suspects we meet throughout the cases, whose relationship with their partners/spouses is usually strained at best.
- Retcon: His character bio states that his age is 41, but it was retconned into 45 in his suspect profile in Case 24 of Pacific Bay.
- Walking the Earth: He traveled a lot in the past, and frequently alludes to his experience in foreign countries (such as Tibet, Thailand, Aztec, etc.).
- Asian and Nerdy: Hannah is a North Korean who is extremely skilled with computers and gadgets. Peggy Pascal, a former classmate of hers, said that Hannah has been tinkering with computers since her high school years.
- Berserk Button: Being forced to struggle hard for her U.S. Citizenship in the past makes her extremely irritable when dealing with difficult Immigration Officers like Aicha Ben Malek.
- Big Damn Heroes: Just as Fredo Mancini is about to blow the courtroom sky-high, killing Amy, Chief Marquez, Judge Dante, and hundreds of others, Hannah shoots him dead.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Brunette to Amy's blonde and Roxie's redhead.
- Brainy Brunette: She is the tech expert after all.
- Butch Lesbian: Hannah is a tough-talking chain-smoker who sports a Boyish Short Hair style and is noticeably less feminine than her girlfriend, Heather. During Frank's funeral, she was dressed in a suit and a tie, as opposed to the dresses that the other girls were wearing.
- Deadpan Snarker: Much more cynical than Amy, and has, on occasion, snarked on her idealism. Her official bio actually describes her personality as "snarky".
- Fangirl: She's a big fan of the vigilante motorcyclist "Justice Rider", and loves watching the women's Roller Derby. Apparently, she enjoys witnessing girl power being in play.
- Insufferable Genius: While not as bad as Russell, Hannah's acerbic wit and the slight chip on her shoulder can make her seem like a show-off.
- Red Herring: For the sixth member of the Mennagio Heist gang. She's noteworthy among the other suspects (all but one of which are members of Pacific Bay PD) because even she herself thinks she was the sixth member.
- Retired Outlaw: Hannah used to be a member of the Anarchist group called the Inner Chaos. After getting arrested for her hacking crimes, she was given the choice to put her skills into good use by Chief Marquez, and she became the PBPD's tech expert ever since.
- Twofer Token Minority: She's Korean-American and a lesbian.
- Antagonistic Offspring: He resents his father, Jupiter Crane, for letting the Utopians raise him. Jupiter does not seem to share this sentiment and merely sees Russell as a misguided child.
- Berserk Button: He's usually quite calm and collected, but becomes moody and irrational when he gets too closely involved with the Utopians.
- Character Development: Russell was shown to be overconfident and a bit cynical for the first half of the series, and thought criminal psychology and science were more important than anything else. Over time, he becomes much more considerate towards others' feelings and safety, to the point where he forms a stable relationship with Amy by the end of the series. In the series finale, he mentions that he learned that brains isn't everything, and that sometimes a joke is needed to help solve a mystery.
- The Charmer: Is described to have a charming personality, and had occasionally flirted with Amy.
- Distressed Dude: Played briefly in Ivywood Confidential 6, where he was kidnapped and held hostage by a brainwashed Brad Belinsky, tasking Amy and the player to come to his rescue.
- Hated Hometown: After getting reprimanded by Chief Marquez after making a false arrest, Russell bemoans that "returning to Ivywood would only bring him trouble". Possibly subverted in that, while he detest the Utopian cult that operates in the district, he otherwise seems fine with Ivywood (even offering to take Amy around when she makes a return from her leave).
- Insufferable Genius: Russell is a doctor in criminal psychology, and is not shy to brag about his deductive skills. Frank calls him a peacock because of this. This comes to bite him in Chapter 31's Additional Investigation, where his overconfidence in his knowledge of the Ivywood residents' psychology lead him to arrest the wrong suspect, causing Andrea to threaten him with suspension.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In spite of repeatedly putting on airs, Russell's heart is ultimately in the right place. When he makes a mistake that endangers an investigation, he immediately tries to make amends.
- Oblivious to Love: For all his expertise in psychology, Russell seems completely unaware of Amy's crush towards him. She pretty much confesses to him while confronting him for being a murder suspect and he's still clueless. Subverted in Chapter 56 though, where he's the one who initiated their Relationship Upgrade.Amy: (about Russell's disturbingly carefree attitude regarding the victim's death) Don't you care how suspicious this makes you?! Don't you see what that does to me?!Russell: I don't understand. What have YOU got to do with this?Amy: You know, for a genius, you're the stupidest man I've ever met. Let's go [player character]...
- The Profiler: His job description is to analyze psychological clues found by the player.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Russell frequently snarks about Frank's intelligence, while Frank, on his part, would insult Russell's job.
- Smug Smiler: Related to his Insufferable Genius persona, his default expression is a very confident smirk and he can be haughty even towards people he likes.
- The Spock: Relies on being coldly logical to get the job done, though that doesn't always work out well for him.
Honorable Edward Dante
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's much more informal than Judge Hall, to say the least. He frequently makes jokes during the court proceedings, or rambles about puddings and magic mushrooms.
- Cuteness Proximity: He's apparently fond of cute, small dogs. While canines aren't usually allowed in the court room, he's willing to make an exception in Case 31 because the Chihuahua the killer brought was very adorable.
- A Day in the Limelight: Joins up with the player to investigate potential abuse in Paradise City's circus.
- Felony Misdemeanor: In Case 3, he sentenced a killer with 15 years of imprisonment for "speaking in third person", in addition to the 30 years he's given for the murder itself.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: In a case where the killer is the victim's mother, he claimed that he thought when he was a child, his mother was bad enough...for forcing him to eat broccoli.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: During the trial for Case 29, he completely averts any of his usual Cloud Cuckoo Lander remarks or behavior, and expresses nothing but utmost sympathy for the victim, and utter contempt for the killer.
- Skewed Priorities: When convicting a killer for murdering someone with rats in Case 22, Dante was more concerned about feeding rats with human flesh, which he says is bad for digestion, rather than the gruesome nature of the murder."Who knows how many rats are scurrying around Jazz Town tonight with upset stomachs! You ought to be ashamed!"
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pudding, which he frequently mentions in the midst of convicting criminals, although it is downplayed in the later cases.
- A God Am I: She claimed that people in Bayou Bleu worship her as the voodoo queen by hanging portraits of her. Amy countered that there was only one of that.
- Becoming the Mask: Upon her return in the last case of Pacific Bay, she acts like a real voodoo priestess after her encounter with Albert Tesla. It didn't help her attempt to exorcise Tesla, however.
- The Bus Came Back: Reappears in the last case of Pacific Bay.
- Enemy Mine: She helps Amy and the Player Character escape from Albert Tesla's virtual reality after his defeat.
- Freudian Excuse: She claimed to have been abused by men when she was a prostitute.
- Manipulative Bitch: She exploited desperate young women trying to make money by having them work as prostitutes. When Alec Howard caught her killing them, she started a fake voodoo craze to deflect Bayou Bleu's attention from the murders.
- Paper Tiger: She was feared and respected in Bayou Bleu because of her job as a voodoo priestess, but when the voodoo was revealed to be fake, she turned out to be powerless during her arrest.
- Punny Name: Her last name sounds like "my bayou", befitting her status as Bayou Bleu's Arc Villain.
Colonel Nelson Spangler
- Ambiguously Evil: Spangler is a jerk who tends to get overprotective of his projects — most of which tends to be sinister in nature — and is willing to use his military to intimidate others from interfering with them. But despite being a prime suspects of 4 murder cases so far, he's always cleared of all charges, and he could be helpful when necessary (such as using his weather machine to ensure a good weather for the Jazz Town Carnival).
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Due to his tendency to get involved with murder victims, the police department sees him in a very unfavorable light. Not surprisingly, he does not take their casual disrespect very well; since, in his own words, he outranks them in terms of authority.
- Redemption Equals Death: After a long period of constant clashing with the main characters, Spangler starts to become more cooperative halfway through Rhine Canyon. But just as he was about to reveal classified information to the PBPD, he was murdered by Pearl Montana, a woman he once mentored.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Becomes much nicer during the Rhine Canyon arc, thanking the player character and the PBPD for all their help, sincerely apologizing for his earlier gruffness and uncooperative attitude. Sadly, that's just before his death.
- Beauty Mark: She has one above her left lip and another one on her right shoulder.
- Big "NO!": She lets out one when Amy turned off Colonel Spangler's weather machine, which she used to create Hurricanes Yves and Zelda.
- The Bus Came Back: Reappears in the last case of Pacific Bay.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Her estate is a designated historical site, but it has fallen to disrepair from neglect, and she resents Jazz Town's people for dishonoring her ancestor's legacy, hence her attempt to destroy the district.
- Faux Affably Evil: She acts courteous towards Frank and the player character, but her behavior is a façade to cover her intention to destroy Jazz Town.
- Hoist by Her Own Petard: She created Hurricanes Yves and Zelda by using Colonel Spangler's weather machine through a remote. When confronted for causing the hurricanes, Hurricane Zelda's winds blew the remote from her, and it ended up in Amy's hands.
- Impoverished Patrician: Her family lives in an estate granted to them after the Civil War ended, but she's currently penniless because Scott Lee Allan swindled her father from the family money.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She acts like a proper lady for most of the time, but she is also shown to be proficient in firearms, which stems from her father teaching her self-defense skills he picked up from the army.
- Southern Belle: Of the Mauvaise Belle type, befitting her resemblance to Scarlett O'Hara.
- Aloof Older Brother: Averted. Although Duncan is a much more competent officer than Amy, even receiving a medal for heroism, the two get along quite well (even if Amy did mentioned that they somewhat drifted apart ever since he left the force).
- Big Brother Instinct: Invoked during his arrestDuncan: Amy, I've protected you all my life - now it's your turn! Help me escape, and I'll make everything alright, I promise!
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's the Night Walker.
- Broken Pedestal: Once known as the Pacific Bay PD's best assets, he will now be remembered more as a cowardly killer who hides behind the legend of Night Walker to carry out his deeds.
- Foil: To his sister Amy. Both siblings are cops who suffered from events that damaged their psyche during their respective careers. Amy was The Unfavorite compared to Duncan in their relationships with their mother, but she listened to the advice of her teammates and received some therapy, allowing her to recover and return to the police force. Duncan, on the other hand, let his perception as a hero get into his head and accepted no alternatives. After he was left paralyzed, he couldn't handle people ignoring him and wanted to regain relevance by committing murders behind the Night Walker legend.
- The Ghost: He was mentioned several times during the earlier cases, but doesn't physically appear. Finally averted when the player reaches White Peaks, where he and Amy comes from.
- My Beloved Smother: Although Miriam Young quite blatantly favors Duncan over Amy, her overemphasis on his past achievements made him believe that he had somehow failed her after his career as a police officer was destroyed following his accident. Amy believes this to be a major contributing factor that made him eventually become the Night Walker.
- Obfuscating Disability: Although he was really crippled after getting injured, he had taught himself to walk ever since, but pretends to still be wheelchair-bound.
- Taking the Bullet: He became a cripple after using himself as a shield to protect a female camper from a murderous psychopath.
- The Bus Came Back: He reappeared in the last case of Pacific Pay, where he killed Frank and was killed by Amy afterwards.
- Goshdang It To Heck: He called Harry Hugo a "gosh darn motherfudger" after stating his dislike of using strong language.
- Hero Killer: He killed Frank Knight.
- High-School Sweethearts: With Amy, who still had feelings for him until he was revealed to be a killer and cannibal.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He ate Harry Hugo after roasting him over lava.
- Time-Passage Beard: He didn't have a beard when he was in high school.
- Yandere: By Case 59, he became so obsessed with winning Amy's affection again, allowing Albert Tesla to manipulate him to kill Frank and promise him Amy in return. When she told him she already has a boyfriend, he threatened to shoot her.Bobby: I'm not crazy! I'm the man you should be with! I've got every right to have you!
- Anti-Hero: She did everything to try and save her daughter. When she learned Tesla was going to destroy Pacific Bay, she turned against him, and was killed for it.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She teases, but she's is a good person who doesn't hurt others. But then, you learn she stole plutonium and organized a casino heist. And then when you find out the true meaning behind it, it subverts it all the more.
- In Innovation Valley, she can be VERY acerbic and won't hesitate to climb the corporate ladder by any means necessary. She's also prone to insulting her ex-husband even when he is nothing but civil to her.
- Death Equals Redemption: In all her appearances, Karen had been depicted as an immoral businesswoman who is willing to manipulate, intimidate and threaten others to get what she wants. When she was killed in Case 58, we find out that she was being manipulated by Tesla, who promised Karen her daughter's recovery from a comatose state in exchange for her service. When she realized Tesla's true intentions, she betrayed him, understanding that Pacific Bay's safety is more important than her daughter's life.
- Iron Lady: You don't screw with Karen.
- Modesty Bedsheet: Wears one when the player and Amy walk in on Frank after he's made love to Karen.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: Averted; Karen gained her success on her own.
- Power Hair: The current CEO of a powerful electronics company, Karen sports a neat, short hair that suits her position.
- Unholy Matrimony: When she gets back together with Frank, she leads him down a life of crime.
Louis De RicoA recently paroled ex-con with a laundry list of crimes involving fraud and jewel theft. Louis is believed to be involved in planning a heist of the Mennagio Casino.
- Affably Evil: Amy, Frank, and the player can never shake the fact that he's planning to do something wrong. But they do find him charming.
- Big Beautiful Woman: He's quite fond of larger women. Like Roxie
- Birds of a Feather: He loves to party, drink, and make puns. That's how he and Roxie hook up.
- Cat Stereotype: Wanted to "take care" of a croupier who sent him to prison, but Louis decided against it when he saw a black cat, as he believed it was unlucky.
- Knife Nut: He's a master with throwing knives.
- Not Me This Time: Twice he's believed to be a killer, and did not do so.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Looks slick in black, and wears lots of gold and sapphire jewelry.
- Abusive Precursors: He made Pacific Bay livable, and now, is perfectly willing to destroy it.
- A God Am I: He believes himself to be the god of Pacific Bay for being the one who made the city a habitable place to begin with.
- The Assimilator: Often invites you to join him.
- Big Bad Slippage: It is said that "power drove him mad."
- Body Horror: What's left of his physical body is a sight not for the faint of heart.
- Evil Genius: He was a scientist once. He's obviously a genius.
- Evil Laugh: His maniac laugh is terrifying.
- For the Evulz: Manipulated Karen and Frank to bring him plutonium, only to use it for himself. He is also the reason they died. Oh, and he is willing to bomb Pacific Bay to end.
- Mad Scientist: He is a scientist, whose experiments caused Pacific Bay. Oh, and he is mad.
- The Man Behind the Man: The real villain behind Karen, Alden, and Bobby.
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulated Karen and Frank to steal the plutonium, then manipulated Bobby to kill Frank by promising him Amy in return.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He thought that showing Amy the Knight family together and happy in virtual reality would hamper the heroes' attempt to kill him. But Frank, Karen and their kids only give Amy and the player the encouragement they needed to stop Tesla once and for all.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: He wanted to create a digital utopia devoid of crime.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He must be insane to try to destroy Pacific Bay.
Chief Elizabeth Ripley
- Anti-Hero: In some aspects. She is willing to bring down SOMBRA for a better world, but she does have quite a temper. And in Sahara, she sat back and relaxed as she watch the Bureau fall in a trap by the Sword.
- In Case 42, it turns out she made a fake bank account when she faked her death, and tried to make a deal with Lavinia de Brills behind the team's back. Ingrid wasn't too pleased to find out.
- Benevolent Boss: After a particularly tough case (such as #21), she allows the team to take a vacation.
- Berserk Button: SOMBRA. Just about everything regarding it will make her furious.
- Big Good: She's the chief of the Bureau.
- Broken Pedestal: Becomes one for the whole Bureau when her part in SOMBRA's origin is finally brought to light.
- Cool Old Lady: Very much so. The chief of the Bureau isn't afraid to try exciting ideas, such as her trap for the Sword.
- Create Your Own Villain: When she was still a CIA operative, she's the reason how a small band of impoverished intellectuals transformed into the fearsome organization that was SOMBRA. Forming the Bureau was actually her way to finish what she had started.
- Da Chief: Much of her time is occupied by screaming at the player character.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Was abruptly shot by a poison dart during an after-case victory celebration in Case 6 and died shortly thereafter. However, in Die By The Sword (Case 12), we found that she was actually alive.
- Expy: To Judi Dench's M from the James Bond franchise. They're both the stern leaders of a crime-fighting organisation who sports short blonde hair to emphasize their authority. Also, Jack Archer sees Chief Ripley as a mother figure, the same way Daniel Craig's Bond sees Dench's M as his Parental Substitute.
- Good Is Not Nice: She has quite a temper, and is very fierce.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She gets riled up quite easily and would go to a screaming fit if the player doesn't finish investigating the case fast enough.
- Iron Lady: Never mess with Ripley. Never ever.
- Never Mess with Granny: Word of advice, if you are a SOMBRA agent, don't get caught by her. She will not let you go.
- Animals Hate Him: This seems to be the case, since he freaks out around animals a lot and they sometimes attack him or steal his things.
- Berserk Button: Withholding important information from him is generally a very bad idea. Even if you're his girlfriend. In fact, this played a major part in his breakup with Asal.
- He also doesn't take too kindly to Lars being in danger. The suspects of Case 21 found this out the hard way, and even Lars himself wasn't safe when he threatens suicide.
- Big Brother Instinct: When he sees Elliot being taken hostage, he immediately starts tailing them, though it gets him shot by the kidnapper.
- Boom, Headshot!: Offs Sarah Bennett, a SOMBRA lieutenant with one.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns in Season 6, reprising his role as your partner.
- Butt-Monkey: Has extraordinarily bad luck, especially when compared to the other members of the Bureau.
- Characterization Marches On: Initially shown to be a charming and suave, if a little wild, Jack becomes more and more immature and unprofessional halfway through the storyline, to the point that his Butt-Monkey attributes almost overrides his other characteristics.
- Clothing Damage: His left sleeve is missing after he is shot in case 32.
- Cool Shades: Occasionally wears a pair of shades to emphasize his charming personality.
- Dating Catwoman: He started dating Asal Hawaa even after she almost killed him in Sahara. However, the fact that she values her affiliation to Mossad more than him puts a strain in their relationship, and they eventually broke up in Chapter 36.
- Deadpan Snarker: Makes a lot of wisecracks while talking to the suspects. Or the player. Or anyone, really.
- Drowning My Sorrows: He gets completely plastered in case 42, depressed over how his gun was used to murder Lavinia.
- Foil: To his best friend, Lars. Both are fun-loving characters who love to crack jokes, and both have to deal with being betrayed by their significant other. However, while Jack is an impulsive Ditzy Genius who reacts angrily to his problems, Lars is much more kind, mellow and smart, and is rarely ever seen showing anger.
- Green-Eyed Monster: After Asal breaks up with him, he becomes increasingly envious of Marina and Jonah's budding relationship, and when he gets drunk in Case 42, his jealousy shows through his words to them.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He's very good friends with Lars, to the point that he stayed by Lars' bedside when the latter got sick, while Angela and the player goes to look for a cure.
- Honorary Uncle: The Douglas triplets treat him as if he really were flesh and blood.
- Hypocritical Humor: Blasts a suspect in Case 39 who wears his sunglasses indoors and wears an open shirt to expose his chest. When the player characters points out how this applies to Jack, he refuses to acknowledge.
- It's All My Fault: Considers himself responsible for Dupont's fatal injury. Dupont, before he passes, blames Sarah Bennett, the actual shooter.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's feisty and hot-tempered, but it doesn't stop him from being a loyal friend to the Bureau and the player.
- Last Episode, New Character: Appears in the Dénouement of Season 2, to introduce the Player to the Bureau.
- Likes Older Women: If his flirting with Marina (who is 5 years older than him) is any indication. He's also quite taken with Asal, who is 2 years older than him. He even had a one night stand with Lavinia de Brills, who is 12 years older.
- Living Emotional Crutch: He becomes this for Lars after Angela is arrested. Lars tells the player how much Jack is helping him through things.
- Master of Disguise: Disguises himself often, once even as a dead victim. He takes it to the extreme, even giving himself fake chest hair. He almost always convinces people he is who he says he is.
- Mushroom Samba: In Brazil, he accidentally takes a hallucinogen and trips all afternoon.
- Mysterious Past: He's the only member of The Bureau whose Past Profession is listed as "unknown", hinting that there might be something more to him than meets the eye.
- Necktie Headband: When plastered off his rear in Case 42.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: To LetsPlayer Pitching Ace 88, even more-so than Trevor Finn in Season 2. They have the same age, comes from the same area, and even sports similar hairstyles. Also, Ace often label himself as "Ace Charming", which describes one of Jack's personality traits.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Lars's blue. While they're both laid-back jokers, Jack is much more hot-headed and impulsive.
- Something Only They Would Say: When Jack dresses up as Om Padmasana to stop Lars from going crazy, Lars realizes who it is because Jack is the only one who calls him "dude."
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: He is the suave,wisecracking Wise Guy to Carmen's stern and serious Straight Man.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Normally laid-back and friendly, Jack develops a Hair-Trigger Temper during an investigation where Lars is dying because of the killer's actions.
- Ambiguously Brown: She has tanned skin, but her ethnicity is not confirmed aside from being American. Though judging from her last name, she is possibly Hispanic American.
- Badass in Distress: She's taken hostage in Africa by the killer in Madagascar. Jonah saves her.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's more sarcastic than Archer.
- Fangirl: She is a huge fan of Ringed Lord movies (reference to The Lord of the Rings, obviously). Not only is she upset when the director, Jackson Peters, is murdered but she also rather often loses her cool throughout the cases, especially when one of the suspects (who also portrays an orc in said movies) mock the movies and basically says he's only in it for the money.
- Friend to All Children: She's a bit more abrasive than Archer, but children and young adults bring out her sweeter side.
- Intrepid Reporter: She was one before she was recruited by the Bureau.
- Loony Fan: Jones would be proud, she face-paints herself during the 3R rally.
- Mama Bear: She's very protective of Sanjay, and unleashes her anger on Jack when he goes missing.
- She's also this way with Elliot, freezing in fright when he gets held hostage in case 32 and being devastated at his abduction shortly after. When he gets hurt, she promises to make the one who hurt him pay.
- Odd Friendship: She meets a lot of strange people and gets along with them well, like Jonah.
- Parental Substitute: Behaves quite motherly towards Elliot. She frequently comforts him when he is distressed and is shown to freak out on him when she sees him drinking beer (since he's underage). Elliot, in turn, doesn't behave as bratty around her compared to Jack. She also becomes Sanjay's legal guardian, though it's harder than she expected.
- Shipper on Deck: For Marina and Jonah, it seems.Jonah: I'm never sharing labs again. Lars and Angela should get a room which isn't this one and I had to remove Dupont from here before I committed another homicide!Carmen: But you're not complaining about sharing with Marina...
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: She's the stern and serious Straight Man to Archer's suave, wisecracking Wise Guy.
- Team Mom: Though not the oldest member of the Bureau, she is shown to act like this towards the rest of them. She's a Parental Substitute for Elliot, chides Archer for making bad decisions or jokes, and consoles Marina about her issues with her mother or Jonah. She also shows this side towards Benjamin Scott, a young runaway.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Archer annoys her, but she's the first person to fight for him when Asal incapacitates him.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Marina acts hostile towards her mother and tries to convince the Bureau that she can't be trusted. Some of it from Marina's distrust of government officials in general, but there may be other, more legitimate reasons. As it turns out, she's absolutely right in being paranoid about Natasha, who turns out to be a SOMBRA affiliate.
- Berserk Button:
- Jonah Karam is a huge one for her during the Bureau's time in the Sahara, because he was a hit-man who nearly killed her back in Russia.
- Her mother is this for her in Eurasia, to the point where Chief Ripley threatens her with suspension since she flips out about her in every episode. This one is quite justified, though, since Natasha Romanova turns out to be the COSMORUS mole.
- When stuck in The '60s, Marina gets very annoyed when her Lev Romanov, her grandfather, is pinned as a suspect, and more so when she's refused the chance of seeing him.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns in Season 6 reprising her role as the team Profiler.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: When she digs through Jonah's history and finds another woman in a photo with him, she explodes. When the woman is revealed to be Jonah's sister though, she's clearly embarrassed about her outburst.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially hostile towards Jonah, she starts warming up to him after learning that he really didn't want to kill her in Moscow.
- Expy: Her name, nationality, and even appearance are clearly inspired by Natasha Romanoff/Natalia Romanova, A.K.A. Black Widow. Her mother, Natasha, is an even more blatant example, sporting Black Widow's MCU Avengers hairstyle.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: This is especially evident whenever her mother or grandfather are involved.
- Ice Queen: Jack describes her as an Ice Queen when she calmly rejects his advances by psychoanalyzing him.
- Insufferable Genius: She's not as bad as Elliott, but she's fairly arrogant and full of herself.
- Not So Different: For all her talk, she's just as emotional and Hot-Blooded as Archer is.
- The Profiler: She does psychological analysis of various clues the player finds.
- Ship Tease: With Jonah Karam. In chapter 23, she finally forgave him for his actions and invited him out to have tea.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:Eliot: And I thought I had issues with my parents, [player name]...Marina: I do NOT have issues with my parents!
- There Are No Therapists: Averted. Marina was a psychologist before being recruited, and she puts this skill to good use every time the team has to deal with vulnerable people, such as traumatized children.
- Tsundere: Eventually "softens up" to a Type A towards Jonah, as well as the people whom she treats as a psychiatrist, like Chieko Tsukada, Sanjay Korrapti, and Baxter Fraser.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She's significantly more hostile in Russia than she was in Europe or the Sahara. Possibly because she's around her mother, whom Marina is certain is corrupt. Or because she's working with Jonah, the man who nearly killed her. Either way, her Ice Queen persona largely evaporates and she's just as emotional as Archer.
- Adorkable: He gets excited when he hears the name of a famous landmark and happily tells the player everything he knows about it, often getting carried away in the process.
- Berserk Button:
- Normally sophisticated, he flew into a rage when Jack mistook his nationality as French.
- He also reacted angrily when Jack implied that his age might make him more vulnerable to danger.
- Big Damn Heroes: When Count Rupert barged in the Bureau to arrest Jack and the player, he arrives on time to convince him otherwise.
- The Bore: Jack mentions that Dupont would put him to sleep in a rock concert, and the other characters often try to run away whenever he would start talking.
- Character Death: Is shot by Sarah Bennett. While he survives the shooting, the surgery takes a toll on his elderly body, and he passes soon after.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His conversation with Marina implies that he was bullied as a child, which she believes is the reason why he joined the Promethians.
- Friend to All Children: Claims to be good with children, and his interactions with street kid Sanjay prove this to be true.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: He's a historical expert and fluent in many languages, but he's also very polite and kisses Princess Sofia's hand.
- Gratuitous French: Frequently uses French phrases in his sentences, which, combined with his pompous personality, is the reason why Jack confused him for a French guy at first.
- Odd Friendship: Seems to have one of these with Elliot. Despite the latter's complaints about his rambling, they get along quite well.
- Omniglot: He can speak virtually any language, including extinct ones. Gameplay wise, Armand is the person sought out when the team needs something translated.
- Rambling Old Man Monologue: The oldest member of the Bureau, and frequently drones on about the history and cultural significance of every clue he comes across. The others considers him a bore, and would impatiently interrupt his long-winded speeches, especially when they're pressed for time.
- Smart People Play Chess: Reveals that he is a chess player in The Impossible Dream (Case 6 of World Edition). Dupont is, without any doubt, smart.
- Taking the Bullet: In the final case, when Vice President Sarah Bennet tries to shoot at the player, Dupont immediately jumps in to protect them, and gets shot in the chest.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Joined the Promethians to try to defeat them from the inside.
- Adorkable: Her making Matryoshka dolls of other Bureau members certainly brings out this aspect of her personality.
- Anti-Hero: She considers herself this, doing what she must for the good of the world, by working with SOMBRA. Even if she disagrees with some of the methods.
- Asian and Nerdy: A South Korean Nobel laureate who dismisses her own achievement as nothing special.
- Berserk Button: She becomes very irritable if something bad happens to Lars.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Normally a gentle person, she can be absolutely terrifying if her family is in danger.
- Crazy-Prepared: She was certainly ready for getting caught by the Bureau. She even put her charity in Lars's name so that SOMBRA wouldn't bother to look at it.
- The Cynic: Like so many other proud SOMBRA agents.
- Determinator: Especially evident in Case 21, where she stops at nothing until she finds a cure for all of the case's plague victims.
- Foil: To Michelle Zuria. Both women work for SOMBRA, but when SOMBRA did things they opposed, Michelle turned on them, while Angela did not. Furthermore, Angela is exposed and incarcerated for her loyalty to SOMBRA but remains alive, while Michelle ends up being killed by the organization for turning against them.
- Friend to All Children: Shares this trait with Lars, and even starts a charity for orphaned children. When she returns in Case 56, she points out that she is only against SOMBRA's work with children, but not assassinating adults or blowing people up.
- Good Parents: She dotes on her little girls, and loves to take pictures with them.
- Guilt Complex: She created the Spring Angels charity in South Asia because she was disgusted that SOMBRA used her talents to brainwash children.
- Happily Married: She never complains about Lars. In fact, marrying him was the first time she ever disobeyed a SOMBRA order.
- Humble Hero: She's demure and does not speak much of her accomplishments.
- Hypocrite: Despite insisting that she wouldn't hurt children, she wasn't opposed to downing the Bureau's plane or blowing up the headquarters while Sanjay and Elliot (both of whom are very young) were present within the organization.
- Lack of Empathy: In the finale, she nearly blows up the Bureau and seriously injures Jonah, then doesn't understand why Lars is angry at her. Later on, when Dupont is dying from a gunshot wound, she says that he was too old to be of use to the Bureau anyway.
- Mama Bear: Extremely protective towards her daughters, and threatens to charge K-POP star SILVERee when she found one of her missing girls hanging out with him. She also snaps at Chieko Tsukada for giving her girls a crossbow, causing the latter to run away in tears.
- Missing Mom: She becomes this to the triplets after she was sentenced to life imprisonment.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Even though she disagrees with many of their methods, her loyalty remains with SOMBRA. This serves as a contrast to Michelle Zuria, who defects from SOMBRA when she realizes that they've gone too far in their increasing use of child recruits.
- The Mole: She's the one who's been spying on the Bureau on SOMBRA's behalf.
- Never My Fault: She blames the player character for taking her girls and Lars away from her, which is why she's okay with blowing up the Bureau in the final mission. At no point does Angela consider herself responsible.
- Not So Above It All: At first, she's very polite and demure. But as the story progresses, it's clear she's got a crazy side like her husband, as she goes to dangerous places for pictures and makes homemade Russian nesting dolls of her partners.
- Running Gag: In the North Africa region, each case has Angela crafting matryoshka dolls based on members of the Bureau. Jack is not amused that the smallest doll is fashioned after himself.
- This Cannot Be!: Freaks out and finally gets some comeuppance when Lars denies her the chance to speak to her children.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Despite being a ruthless killer who is willing to commit murder and almost blew up the Bureau, harming children is a no-no for her.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's friendly and cheerful, and also the one who holds Asal at gunpoint for taunting the Bureau for their recent failures.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: His bio describes him as lazy and irresponsible, but he can analyze things like no one's business.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Has a habit of blowing things up and fooling around with some of the evidence, but he's a very good forensic scientist.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Lars is very quirky, to say the least. He likes to behave like a rock star, and blow stuffs up. In the AI of Case 7, he interrupts Jack's conversation with the player to show them a mummified orange, which Jack remarked is "weird, even for [him]".
- Foil: To his best friend, Jack. While both of them love jokes and fun, Lars is the intellectual Nice Guy to Jack's Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- He is also one to his wife, Angela. Both are good scientists who care deeply for children, especially their own. While Lars is Brilliant, but Lazy and cracks jokes on the job, Angela is more professional and tends to take her job more seriously. Furthermore, Lars is a Wide-Eyed Idealist while Angela's cynicism stems from being in SOMBRA since childhood.
- Friend to All Children: He's great with children, and when the East Asia district starts with children being seemingly possessed and hurt, he is not happy.
- Happily Married: Deeply loves his wifey, even renewing their marriage vows in South Asia. When she's revealed to be the mole, he is absolutely devastated.
- Heroic BSoD: He went through depression when his beloved wife betrayed The Bureau and was sentenced to life in prison for murder and conspiracy. Chief Ripley puts him on leave so that he can spend time with his children.
- Heterosexual Life-Partner: He's best friends with Jack, and when he was "infected" by an obsession for Om Padmasana's teachings, it was Jack who managed to snap him out of it. Later, Jack is the one taking care of Lars when Angela is arrested.
- Manchild: Ingrid chastises him for acting like a child when he came up to Jack with the aforementioned mummified orange.
- Manly Tears: You see him cry when his wife is arrested.
- Mood-Swinger: When it's discovered that there's a SOMBRA mole in the Bureau, he spends most of the Kenya case singing happily and drinking too much coffee, then the case right after has him acting sad about who the mole might be. He goes back to being this when said mole is revealed to be his own wife.
- Morality Pet: For Angela, who turns out to be the Bureau mole. Despite her loyalty to SOMBRA, she truly loves Lars and their children.
- Mythology Gag: The "Lone Roses" T-Shirt he's wearing refers to the fictional band introduced in The University district of Grimsborough.
- Nice Guy: Easily the friendliest and most outwardly kind member of the Bureau.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When investigating a case where children were getting hurt (and his own daughter disappeared briefly), he stops joking around and for once, looks upset and angry.
- For a while after Angela's arrest, he is prone to lashing out and engaging in self-destructive behavior.
- Papa Wolf: Don't mess with his girls. Or Elliot. Or any kid really.
- When Asal appears in Case 46 (after having broken up with Jack), he loses it and tries to arrest her himself, claiming that it was to protect Jack.
- Put on a Bus: He takes some time off from the Bureau when Angela is arrested. He shows back up in the next case.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Jack's red, being the more relaxed and intellectual of the two.
- Stuff Blowing Up: He was first introduced to the player when he caused an explosion in the lab while the player was discussing the autopsy results with the coroner. According to Angela, this is not the first time it has happened, nor would it be the last.
- The Baby of the Bunch: He's the only underage member of a police force so far, and sometimes the adult Bureau members will treat him like so (to his dismay).
- Berserk Button: He flies into a rage when he finds out that someone hacked into one of his devices.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Implied. He is constantly looking for new leads on SOMBRA and will spend days digging up new information on them, even when everyone else is having a hard time. When confronted about his coldly efficient nature, this is what he has to say:Jack: You've been on that file for days! Haven't you noticed that Marina's been arrested? Or that Jonah's saved us from a bomb?Elliot: Yes, I've noticed! But I can't do anything to help them, so I'm focusing on what I can change, alright?
- Determinator: Never, ever stops helping the Bureau find new leads on SOMBRA. Even getting kidnapped for it didn't hinder this one bit.
- Distressed Dude: In Case 32, he was kidnapped and held hostage by a SOMBRA agent.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Dark-haired, and noticeably paler than most of the other characters in the series. This is lampshaded a few times by Jack or Carmen.
- Emo Teen: He wears all-black leather, has piercings, dyed hair, and is very sullen and bratty in personality, and is the only main character who is not yet legally an adult.
- Grumpy Bear: His most prominent character trait.
- Hikkikomori: Implied. He frequently complains about the hot weather when the team travels to warmer countries, and Jack would point out that this is because he never goes out.
- Improbable Age: At 17 years old, Elliot is the youngest team mate the player ever has, and probably should have no business working with the police forces, let alone the world's top agency.
- Insufferable Genius: He's no doubt a very skillful hacker, but he certainly likes rubbing it on the player's face too much, and the first thing he did when the player brought him their first clue is to smugly say how boring it is. He also is a bit too proud of himself for hacking SOMBRA's satellite.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is very prideful of his talents, and behaves obnoxiously towards the rest of the Bureau. However, he really does care for his teammates, and it's heavily implied that his Jerkass tendencies are a front he puts up to look tough in front of the adults.
- Mood-Swinger: During the case where the Bureau mole is exposed, Elliot's moods go up and down, presumably from being accused of being the mole and being confined in a cell for most of the case.
- Mouthy Kid: Not exactly a kid, but still younger than everyone else in the team, and frequently behaves like an obnoxious know-it-all when talking to the others.
- Multi Coloured Hair: His bangs has a blue highlight.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He was really helping Baxter out until Elliot shows him a tracking bug. Elliot planned to have Baxter smash it, but it just made the man panic.
- Oh, Crap!: He has had 3 of these moments so far, once when he gambles with his team-mates' paychecks, a second when he hacked into the MGB's servers and they find out about it and a third when his'Digi-Cool' ( a smartphone he invented) got hacked into by Agrafena. Luckily all three cases end well for him and the Bureau.
- A more serious example is when Anbu Devanesan pulls a gun on him and takes him hostage.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Michelle is murdered in Case 48, he actually starts crying after analyzing her phone. Unlike most other cases, he doesn't deny his feelings.
- Parental Abandonment: Elliot mentions that his parents dropped him off in a boarding school when he was 7 because he was interfering with their holiday trips and that they only barely remember to call once a month to check up on him.
- Pet the Dog: He actually has strong family values and is shown to care for Benjamin Scott when he reveals why he ran away to Africa. Elliot tries to convince him to return to his loving parents, saying that if he had parents like that, he'd never leave them.
- Also, after getting kidnapped in Case 32, he tries to downplay his injuries for Carmen's sake. He also sticks up for her when Michelle considers the possibility that she might be SOMBRA's mole.
- He also tries to help Baxter Fraser overcome his fear of SOMBRA. He's initially successful, although he fails later.
- Spoiled Brat: Mentions that his parents give him loads of money, which presumably explains his own lack of respect on other people's paychecks, and his generally smug attitude.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Acts bored and aloof towards the other Bureau members, and even disrespects the player on their first day in the Bureau. When their lives are at stake though, Elliot quickly drops this persona and shows concern, such as when Asal poisons Jack or when he realizes that SOMBRA's satellite could compromise the safety of the world.
- Berserk Button: Her ex-husband. Ask her about her marriage and she will fly off the handle.
- Crazy-Prepared: She's got contingencies lined up to help with her job of running the Bureau.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Ingrid goes back to her natural blonde after the player, Marina, and Ramon help her come to terms with her grief, and realize she was just hurting herself. She also wears warmer clothing, and switches her snowflake pendant for one of a sun.
- Glasses Girl: She has all of the traits associated: She's organized, prepared, intelligent enough to fill in for Elliot when he is suspected of being the SOMBRA mole and can't run an analysis.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Develops one in the Sahara when she takes charge of the team. When the Chief returns, she returns to her calmer self. She still has a tendency to yell at Archer when she thinks he's slacking off.
- Hidden Depths: She not only used to be married, but was a beautiful blonde bombshell.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: She really takes charge and handles things in the Sahara arc when Chief Ripley supposedly dies
- Ice Queen: In comparison to the more Hot-Blooded Chief Ripley. Ingrid is much more professional and stoic, although she still has her moments. As it turns out, this stems from losing her child.
- Not So Stoic: Case 42 shows that she's still somewhat angry about Chief Ripley's actions in the Sahara. Case 48 shows us she's devastated when her ex-husband is brought up. As it turns out, it's because they lost their child together.
- Pet the Dog: When Carmen is flagged as a suspect, Sanjay eventually breaks down thinking he's going to lose another loved one, even calling her "Mom" for the first time. This caused Ingrid to relent, and allow Sanjay to visit Carmen.
- You Are in Command Now: Ingrid takes charge after Ripley reveals the truth about SOMBRA.
- Ascended Extra: Appears to be just another suspect at first, but plays a crucial role in helping the Bureau defeat The Sword and even becomes a Bureau agent afterwards.
- Appeal to Force: His idea of interrogating someone is "talk or I beat you up." He quickly discovers this doesn't work really well.
- Big Damn Heroes: For an ex-hitman, he certainly does a lot of last minute life-saving act.
- In the Sahara arc, shows up and shoots down The Sword before they can kill Carmen and the player.
- When June was playing with a crossbow and almost shot her sister with it, Jonah arrives just in time to catch the arrow bolt before it hits April.
- In Case 32, he does it again when he saves Elliot from being killed.
- He then rescues Carmen from someone taking her hostage.
- Has one last moment in the finale where he takes hold of a bomb meant to blow up the Bureau, and manages to lessen the explosion. However, it gets him seriously injured.
- Big Brother Instinct: Even the prospect of suspecting his kid sister Lily of murdering and smuggling will cause Jonah to fly off the handle.
- Body Horror: Getting caught in a bomb blast that he was trying to defuse left Jonah's body in a horrible state that it was quite surprising he survived.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's a tough guy, but he's actually pretty sweet to people if they aren't his enemies.
- Character Development: By the World Edition finale, he is a very different person from the cynical and abrasive hitman the team met in the Sahara. After an entire season of working with the Bureau, he has become much more considerate of others' well-being and a loving partner to Marina.
- Clothing Damage: After Angela plants a bomb in the Bureau's break room that Jonah only partially disarms, his shirt is in tatters in addition to the damage on his body. Truth in Television for most explosions.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Jack. While they didn't get along at first, they started bonding over chasing SOMBRA and their friendship is solidified in the finale, where Jonah takes an exploding bomb to protect the Bureau. Carmen even lampshades how it took a literal bomb to bring them together.
- Genius Bruiser: Looks like a thug, but is fluent in ancient languages and a master of all things weapons.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a small one below his left eye.
- Honorary Uncle: Like with Jack, the triplets call him "Uncle Jonah" and even play hide-and-seek with him.
- Hot-Blooded: He gets pretty pissed off if his clients don't do what he tells them.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Marina, one of his victims, certainly thinks so. Changes much later when they get closer.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is gruff and not above using violence at all, but is willing to help the player in any way he can, whether it's to stop The Sword or rescue a missing child.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: When Lily is suspected of murder, Jonah threatens to leave the Bureau and beat up the real criminals to prove her innocence. Marina and Carmen are appropriately horrified.
- Love at First Sight: The reason he refused to kill Marina in Moscow was because he was charmed by her beauty.
- Made of Iron: In the finale, a deadly bomb explodes while he was holding it, and while he was severely injured, he is up and walking within a day.
- Odd Friendship: He gets along very well with Carmen, as well as the triplets.
- Papa Wolf: He is protective of any children under his care, such as when he stops a crossbow arrow mid-air before it could hit one of the triplets, or when he shoots a SOMBRA agent who threatened to kill Elliot in front of him. Also, when Ronin Ozawa is allowed to walk free after recruiting children for SOMBRA, he is the one most upset about it.
- Scary Black Man: He's a dark skinned hitman, who is noted to be quite dangerous by many others.
- Ship Tease: With Marina. It seems mostly one-sided, him being the one crushing on her. This is no longer the case as they begin dating after Marina chooses to forgive him.
- Sixth Ranger: For the Bureau, joining at the end of the Sahara region. His niche in the team is his knowledge and analysis of ballistics, explosives, and other weapons.
- Sweet Tooth: Has a fondness for goat's milk and dates.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Dark skin, stands at 6 feet, and incredibly built.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After he gets accepted into the Bureau, he becomes less of a Jerkass with every case, and by the time the team reaches East Asia, he's completely mellowed out. It doesn't make him any less badass, though.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In Case 55, he gets suspected of Jason Stone's murder after he was caught texting Marina while he was supposed to guard the prime minister. Jonah himself was also openly ashamed of his carelessness, particularly when Carmen calls him out twice.
- The Ace: She is a top-notch lawyer, and is not bad in investigation either, displaying more professionalism and competence than Jack or Carmen.
- Action Girl: Although it's never seen in action, she knows Krav Maga.
- Babysitter from Hell: Her nanny would lock her in a closet when she misbehaved as a girl.
- Be as Unhelpful as Possible: She never says anything that could help the Bureau. After all, it might be incriminating.
- Brainy Brunette: She's a smart cookie, and has brown hair.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: She tries, but it's clear she's not comfortable doing it.
- Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair, brown eyes.
- A Day in the Limelight: Michelle really takes center stage in the South America section of the map. Becomes A Death in the Limelight come Case 48.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: When she and The Bureau were working in South America, El Rey drops a church bell on her, crushing and killing her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She's defended some morally ambiguous people as an attorney, and was even on SOMBRA's payroll, but she draws the line on human experimentation.
- Iconic Item: Her outfit, a peach shirt with blue suspenders that she dons after being hired by the Bureau. The player can wear a copy of it after Case 48.
- Jerkass: She starts out a real bitch. She lightens up when she partners with the player.
- The Mole: She is actually X.
- Mushroom Samba: Jack gives her some coffee, neither of them aware it's actually a drug. She trips out and has flashbacks to her childhood.
- Promoted to Playable: She's hired by the Bureau and becomes a partner character like Jack or Carmen.
- True Companions: Things were a bit frosty at first, she only really got along with Elliott. But as South America went on, Carmen and especially Jack really warmed to Michelle. They are devastated when she dies, and decide to hang a picture of Michelle, Jack, and Carmen to remember her by.
- Verbal Tic: She's prone to inserting legal terms into her conversation, like "Objection", even when there's no need for it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Michelle begins interrogating during case 42, she gets the player character subject to a lot of these. It's to be expected from Jack given his feisty history with Michelle, but even Angela snarks that the player can't work with their trusted partners. Michelle takes it in stride. Of course, Angela might be testy because she's the killer.
Judge Nigel Adaku
- The Comically Serious: He's less expressive than Judge Dante, but isn't above wisecracking and dropping some funny lines.
- Composite Character: Seems to be one of Judge Hall and Judge Dante, since he's as stern as the former and is sometimes shown to be as goofy as the latter.
- Not So Above It All: When dealing with a killer who happens to be a male prostitute, Adaku wonders whether or not the pay is good, and considers a career change.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite his apparent gruffness, Judge Adaku is pretty fair in his verdict. For example, the killer in Case 9 is a corrupt and immoral Jerkass, and the judge detested him. But since his murder of the victim was accidental, he was given only 10 years of prison.
- Scary Black Man: Judge Adaku is the sternest of the three judges we've seen. In his very first appearance, he wasted no time to tell the killer that, under the British Law, they would be beheaded for murdering a member of a Royal family, before very brusquely sentencing them with a 10-year imprisonment.
- Action Girl: As an agent of Mossad, she's skilled at using guns, sword-fighting, and even improvises an ice bullet to kill the victim of Case 15.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Asal is dark-haired, very pretty, and gives off an aloof and mysterious aura towards the Bureau. Particularly after she breaks up with Jack.
- Amicable Exes: Develops into this. She suspected Jack of being the same as Chief Ripley, who used SOMBRA as an excuse for the CIA and Mossad to meddle in foregin affairs, a distrust that ended their relationship and made Asal distrustful of the Bureau. When she learns that Jack was just as in the dark as she was, she acknowledges her flaws and parts with Jack on much better terms.
- Anti-Hero: She's helped the Bureau on several occasions, but her loyalty lies with Mossad, so she ignores the Bureau's moral code even if it hurts her boyfriend, Jack. Most notably, she's willing to kill SOMBRA agent Nick Kringle instead of capturing him.
- Badass Israeli: She looks sweet, but she's vicious. And as a member of Mossad, she's definitely Israeli.
- Book Dumb: Downplayed, but Asal's not much for academic learning. Even Jack, who isn't much for books, knows more about science than she does.
- Broken Bird: After nearly dying from Anya, and losing her ally Jean, Asal loses her faith in Mossad, and what little respect she had for the Bureau.
- Chick Flick: According to Jack, Asal loved these kinds of movies, and would always make him watch them with her.
- Combat Pragmatist: She knows several styles of fighting as well as being well-trained in firearms, and can create an effective bullet out of dry ice. It's worth noting that when she and Lars held each other at gunpoint, Jack was worried that she might've easily killed him.
- Easily Forgiven:
- Surprisingly, Jack is happily back with Asal in Case 17 despite her having killed someone two cases prior. The other members of the Bureau aren't so quick to forgive her, though.
- Subverted in Case 36, where Jack is so fed up with her frequent excuses that they break off their relationship.
- Femme Fatale Spy: Her belly dancing is a cover for the fact she's a Mossad agent.
- Girly Bruiser: Her belly dancer outfit gives this vibe, but even without it, her long hair and love of cosmetics makes her very girly, and is still a vicious killer.
- Ms. Fanservice: Asal is quite attractive, and her first appearance has her belly dancing in a scantily-clad outfit.
- Pragmatic Hero: She considers herself this, as she thinks the Bureau can be too soft in dealing with dangerous targets.
- Smug Snake: After she breaks up with Jack, she doesn't hold back in taunting the Bureau about their failures. This gets her in trouble with Lars later on.
- Tracking Device: At Elliot's urging, Jack plants one on her in Case 46.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Carmen wastes no time chewing out Asal for poisoning Jack, even though Asal was careful that it would only incapacitate, and not kill him.
- She gets another one from none other than her at-the-time boyfriend, Jack, for killing the victim of case #15.
- She herself likes to give these to the Bureau.
The Douglas Triplets (April, May, June)
- Adult Fear: A couple of times in East Asia did one of them run off without their parents knowing. And it just so happens that the region is currently dealing with a crisis involving children...
- Child Prodigy: In the first case of World Edition, one of them attempted to hot-wire Lars's motorbike, and their parents mention that they're pretty gifted.
- Genki Girl: All three of them are energetic and curious, frequently running off to go sightseeing and playing with dangerous weapons, causing Angela to worry a lot abut their safety.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: The three girls sports different hairstyles to distinguish them from each other: April has twin braids, May has a short bob, and June has shoulder length hair.
- Tagalong Kid: Lars brings them along in South Asia to spend more time with them because of the guru's teachings. They stick around until East Asia, when they start acting strangely thanks to the influences of the SOMBRA affiliates. At the end of that arc, they are sent to live with Lars' parents.
- Temporal Theme Naming: Their names are April, May, and June.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: They act more strangely as the Bureau progresses through East Asia, courtesy of Chieko.
- Adult Fear:
- He appears in East Asia, where it's implied that he'd been recruited by SOMBRA to become a mindless soldier. Then he disappears in the middle of a case...
- Inverted in Case 42, where he's upset that the player arrested Carmen on suspicion of being the mole, and fears that he'll lose her forever. Even worse when she's taken hostage, and tells the player that she might not come back. Luckily things ends well for them in the end.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Elliot, despite not being biologically related to him. Sanjay likes to tease him, particularly when it comes to Vanna Alabama.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Before he met the Bureau, he lived a harsh and dangerous life on the streets of New Delhi.
- Does Not Like Spam: Hates quinoa, and gets upset when it's given to him.
- Friend to All Living Things: He gets along with elephants pretty well, and even a baby lion in Kenya. Apparently his affinity for animals even extends to venomous snakes.
- Happily Adopted: By Carmen in Case 30. In Case 42, he actually calls her "mom."
- Not Good with People: While he gets along with many animals (especially elephants), growing up as a street urchin meant that he didn't get to make any human friends before the Bureau came along, and whatever interactions he did have with people often ended badly for him. In one case, he gets upset when elephants are killed by poachers and wonders why he should care about people being killed instead.
- Parental Substitute: Carmen is this for him. She adopts him in Case 30.
- Protectorate: Eventually becomes this to the Bureau, especially for Jack and Carmen.
- Shipper on Deck: For Elliot and Vanna Alabama, to the former's dismay.
- Stepford Smiler: When he reappears in East Asia, he's too happy for his own good. This is because of SOMBRA's influence.
- Tagalong Kid: Since Carmen became his legal guardian, he starts traveling with the Bureau. However, he still has a sizeable role in the series and even manages to help the team out several times.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Courtesy of SOMBRA, he rambles about weakness and death, and even cuts himself with a knife to prove he's not weak. Marina helps him get over it.
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- Badass Driver: She's a professional race-car driver, and easily wins the first race we see her in.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Has the same complexion as Jonah, but with blonde hair.
- It's All About Me: She doesn't care that her partner dies. Lily's more interested in the glory she obtained.
- Lack of Empathy: She's even worse than her brother. She's markedly not beaten up that Nomena, her co-driver, was killed, and won't let it rain on her parade of winning the race. Carmen calls her out on it.
- Mistaken for Romance: Marina rushed to judgment upon meeting her, thinking that she was married to Jonah because they shared the same last name. Lily gently corrected her.
- Odd Friendship: Like Jonah, she's known Carmen for years.
- Shared Family Quirks: According to Carmen, sternness runs in the Karam family, and Lily is no exception most of the time.
Ramon CortezIngrid's ex-husband, who contacts the Bureau for problems in Mexico. A notorious womanizer and shameless flirt.
- Hidden Depths: His flirting and womanizing is a shield to stop him from dealing with the grief of losing his premature son.
- Really Gets Around: If she's female, Ramon has probably slept with her.
- The Ace: Skilled at many different forms of espionage. As with Joel Heller, SOMBRA has many powerful agents.
- Action Girl: Right up with Asal. In fact, Anya beats Asal in a fight, making her a Dark Action Girl.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's attractive, has long, dark hair and is cold and distant to everyone.
- Braids of Action: Ties her hair up in a French braid, and is a trained fighter.
- Expy: Her appearance looks oddly similar to Katniss Everdeen
- FaceHeel Turn: Joins SOMBRA when she feels as though they appreciate her talents.
- Hero Killer: Kills Jean Connerie, a French spy and ally to the Bureau.
- Stuff Blowing Up: She's skilled with explosives. It's how she got the data from the BØB satellite.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Seems amiable and friendly, but insult one of his agents, and he'll strike back in force.
- Bound and Gagged: With his own tie when he's Sarah Bennett's hostage.
- Informed Flaw: It is said that Hewitt is a poor politician. But there's no evidence of his policies other than having a SOMBRA lieutenant as his Vice President.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Bears more than a passing resemblance to former President George W. Bush. He even asked the player to call him "Dubya", which is Bush's famous nicknames.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Hosts summits to deal with international affairs, is very cordial with world leaders, and even entertains the Bureau's ideas. In a twist, he doesn't listen to the Bureau's theories about SOMBRA, because they provide no physical evidence.
- Your Cheating Heart: His wife was having an affair with one of her Secret Service staff.
Promethian Leader (Archibald Gilchrist)
- A Glass of Chianti: Loves him a glass of sangria.
- Arc Villain: Of the European section.
- British Stuffiness: His British stiff upper lip dictates that he does't fuss over something as trivial as murder, unlike Americans.
- Cult: Runs the Promethians.
- Dastardly Whiplash: Has the top hat and mustache of the character.
- Evil Old Folks: He's 61.
- Kick the Dog: He planned to demolish a children's hospital to make way for another branch of his banking company.
- Manipulative Bastard: He knew exactly which buttons to push for both Sofia of Girona and Cassandra Papadakis.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He was knighted, no less.
- Wicked Cultured: Speaks fluent Aramaic and highly knowledgeable in the classics.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Of the blackmail variety. He claims the payments he made to the Promethians were blackmail. But they weren't.
The Sword (Omar Bahir)
- Arc Villain: Of the North Africa and Middle East region.
- Faux Affably Evil: Before his identity as The Sword is revealed, Omar Bahir presents himself as a soft-spoken professor who is nothing short of polite to the main characters.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: One of the most evil characters, and sports a thick pair of glasses.
- Knight of Cerebus: The Sword is probably the most dangerous criminal the player's dealt with up to date, from shooting the Chief to luring the player into a trap in the Sahara. When the person behind it finally reveals himself, he proves himself to be extremely ruthless and deadly. He kills a man who he doesn't need anymore, orders the kidnapping of a little boy, poisons Dupont, and leads Carmen and the player into a trap where he attempts to kill them too. The Sword is arguably just as bad, if not worse than The Crimson Order.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The Bureau only know The Sword by their codename.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Omar wears a pair of glasses and knows many skills, such as linguistics, tribal organization, and chemistry.
- Wicked Cultured: Speaks fluent Arabic and knows chemistry. And turns out to be Omar Bahir, a professor.
COSMORUS Mole (Natasha Romanova)
- Ambiguously Evil: The mole had been appeared before, and while some people hinted at possible dark motivations, their allegations appeared to be unfounded. This changed after the reveal.
- Arc Villain: Of the Russia and Central Asia section.
- Back for the Dead: Returns as the victim of case 56.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She was first introduced as a kind and reasonable woman, and casts Marina in a bad light when the latter tries to warn the others about her mother's untrustworthiness.
- Evil Matriarch: To Marina. When she is killed, Marina can't decide whether to mourn her or not.
- Evil Redhead: She's a redhead. And she is definitely evil.
- Faux Affably Evil: Acts very civil and calm towards the Bureau, but quickly drops this facade when she's exposed.
- Friendly Enemy: Pretends to be friends with the Bureau.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: 56 years old, and is not bad looking in the slightest.
- Manipulative Bitch: Tricks an unwitting Yelena Tereshkova into killing someone who gets in her way.
- President Evil: She's the head of COSMORUS, and is the one leaking information from her own organisation to SOMBRA.
- Sacrificial Lion: In her final appearance, SOMBRA kills her after she kidnaps president Hewitt in order to establish her role in the kidnapping incident and trigger a conflict between USA and Russia.
- Unwitting Pawn:
- While the mole truly is power-hungry and villainous, SOMBRA dumps her as soon as she launches the satellite, breaking their "promise" to give her control of Russia.
- Happens again when SOMBRA uses her to kidnap the US president and stir political unrest, but this time she is killed off in order to blame the kidnapping on Russia.
- Villains Want Mercy: She wants to be protected when she is caught, since she is a loose end. She doesn't get it.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The mole is respected by all, as they are the head of the COSMORUS. The only one who suspects them is dismissed until they're caught.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Pulls this on the Bureau in the second case where she's a suspect, where she gets upset when the Bureau tells her there might be another COSMORUS mole and says they're victimizing her. She tries this again when she's being arrested by her own daughter, Marina, only this time it doesn't work.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Sarah Bennett offs her as soon as she brings her President Hewitt.
- Affably Evil: He is really nice and an NGO worker, no less. Until he guts Sandeep Sadhra.
- Arc Villain: Of South Asia.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Hides in plain sight as an NGO worker aiding relief efforts.
- Card-Carrying Villain: After his scheme has been outed, he's PROUD of declaring himself a SOMBRA agent.
- Fat Bastard: A bit portly, and certainly evil.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Sports a pair of frames, and his remorseless killing of Sandeep certainly qualifies.
- Ironic Name: Warren Goodfellow isn't exactly a good fellow...
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Guts Sandeep after he does his job of framing the guru.
- Arc Villain: Of East Asia.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Even more than Warren, she seems like a harmless old lady, but is a cruel, calculating bitch.
- Evil Old Folks: Considering she's willing to brainwash and murder children, she's certainly one.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Is noted to be good with a crossbow.
- Knight of Cerebus: In the finale of East Asia, she drops her sweet old lady act, even before she is discovered to be part of SOMBRA. She's also the first member of the organization to kill a child with her own hands.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She plays up her eccentric old lady shtick.
- Shaped Like Itself: Her name means "old woman" in Japanese. She's an old woman.
- The Social Darwinist: Believed that the weak die at the hands of the strong, and forced this ideology on children.
- Would Hurt a Child: She ordered children to kill each other until one was left, and killed Hiroshi herself when he refused to take part.
The Head Hunter (Ronin Ozawa)
- Affably Evil: He's constantly polite to the Bureau despite his dirty work, and is the only major member of SOMBRA who actually agrees to help the Bureau's investigation until Michelle joins the team.
- Karma Houdini: As the Head Hunter, Ronin trafficked orphans for SOMBRA and supplied them with weapons, but the judge let him go scot-free after he leaked some vague information about SOMBRA's next activities to The Bureau.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He claims not to know of SOMBRA and their child trafficking plan despite the Bureau knowing otherwise.
- Red Herring: He's the Head Hunter that The Bureau's been searching all over East Asia for, and is connected to the child crisis in the region. However, there's something much more sinister at play and he's only a small part of it. He also turns out not to be the Big Bad of the region.
- Tattooed Crook: He's covered in tattoos, and works for SOMBRA and the Yakuza.
- Yakuza: He's not actually a member of SOMBRA. Instead, he's a part of the Yakuza group that deals closely with SOMBRA.
- Crocodile Tears: He bursts into into tears whenever the player talk to him, pretending to be grief-stricken by the death of his lady love. He drops the act and shows his true colours as a ruthless SOMBRA agent when he is revealed to be her killer.
- Ironic Name: His name means "love" in Tamil, yet he killed his own girlfriend.
- Jerkass: His killing of Constance (and the reason for it) is so mean-spirited that Elliot calls him a disgusting human being.
- Knight of Cerebus: After being exposed as the killer of Constance Tan, the tone of Case 32 quickly darkens-particularly when he kidnaps Elliot and wounds both him and Jack in the process.
- Would Hit a Girl: More like "Would Murder a Girl" but the trope still applies given what he did to Constance Tan.
- Would Hurt a Child: While Elliot isn't exactly a kid, he's one of the younger major cast members and Anbu pulled no punches in his treatment of Elliot after kidnapping the teen.
Doctor Marshall Metcalf
- Accidental Murder: The victim of one, courtesy of Brice LeBeau.
- Asshole Victim: Such victims aren't unusual in this series. But Metcalf is so much one that it causes his killer to be sympathetic. After all, LuBeau acted in self-defense, Metcalf was attempting to murder him first.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: He has blue skin, the results of his own experimentation on himself.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Dear God, yes.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Nonconsensual human experimentation, and he sports a pair of glasses. They are a clue to catch his killer.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Well, human experimentation certainly qualifies.
- Playing with Syringes: His favorite past time.
- Tested on Humans: Interestingly, he includes himself with those humans.
An American champion kickboxer living in Indonesia, Baxter is actually an assassin, one of the "Next Level" human experiments.
- Big Brother Is Watching: He was afraid that SOMBRA was tracking him, and goes into hiding because of it. In New Zealand, this is revealed to be true, and it causes him to panic nonstop.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Next Level SOMBRA recruits are supposed to function as deep cover agents, triggered when the moment is right. Baxter is no exception, and can be forced to follow orders. Big Bad Sarah Bennett uses this to force him to kidnap President Hewitt.
- The Dog Bites Back: His treatment at the hands of SOMBRA made him want to kill Marshall Metcalf, the man who experimented on him. Metcalf's paranoia and Brice's self-defense merely beat him to the punch.
- Escaped from the Lab: He ran away from SOMBRA. He pretended to return to SOMBRA to kill Marshall Metcalf, the man who experimented on him. Marshall was killed by Brice LeBeau first.
- Evil Me Scares Me: Baxter is scared of his SOMBRA-induced programming that makes him carry out orders, as he wants nothing to do with their organization. Marina helps him cope.
- HeelFace Turn: He wanted nothing to do with SOMBRA or their plans for him. In the season finale, he fully solidifies this by promising to contribute something good to the world.
- Heroic Bsod: Is found having a nervous breakdown in Times Square. He fears another SOMBRA lieutenant can use his mental conditioning to make him hurt people.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: This was his plan for hiding out on the Ringed Lord set by blending in as an extra. He wouldn't look unusual compared to people dressed up for a fantasy movie.
- I Owe You My Life: Baxter saved President Hewitt from assassination and became one of the President's bodyguards as a result.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He's the victim of one of these. When Elliot gives Baxter the SOMBRA tracking device to destroy, Baxter instead panics and runs away.
- Revenge Before Reason: In the last case of Oceania, he reveals that he was bent on getting revenge on Metcalf, and is so angry throughout the case that he keeps on lashing out at the Bureau when they interrogate him.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a fancy suit when serving as Hewitt's bodyguard.
- Super Strength: Among other things, the human experimentation was supposed to give him this, although it's never shown until the final case, where Baxter breaks out of his holding cell with his bare hands.
- Tested on Humans: He's the victim of such tests.
- Unwitting Pawn: In the finale of World Edition, the Vice President (who is a SOMBRA lieutenant) takes advantage of his brainwashing to force him to help her kidnap the president. Throughout the case, he's shown to be driven insane by her control.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Baxter makes this statement of Riaja and Veronica, two other kids who were in the same boat with him. Baxter himself is also pretty nice when he's not plotting his revenge.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: The yellow eyes are a side-effect of the genetic mutation, all of the kids who underwent the tests have them. But Baxter is on the run and doing his best to hide, even disguising himself as an extra in a movie.
Lavinia de Brills
- Boom, Headshot!: In Case 42, she was found dead in her cell with a Pretty Little Headshots.
- Lady Drunk: She gets completely plastered on champagne.
- The Mole: Chief Ripley was revealed to have been attempting to turn her into one for SOMBRA. The Bureau learns this only after Lavinia dies, and it leads Ripley to be a suspect for Lavinia's death. It also causes a great deal of friction between Ripley and Ingrid.
- Non-Idle Rich: Invoked, she states she smuggles diamonds simply because she's bored to tears with the high life.
- Pretty Little Headshots: Justified. Angela is not only well trained with firearms and could get a clean shot easily (assisted by the fact that Lavinia trusted her), but she had the opportunity to mostly clean up before the player and Michelle arrived.
- Rich Bitch: Is she ever.Lavinia: What dreams these peasants harbor.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Like so many other criminals, leaves clues at the crime scene, and literally thinks she can outwit SOMBRA simply because she's rich.
- Sex for Solace: With Jack, since he was grieving over breaking up with Asal.
- She Knows Too Much: She gets offed before she can reveal the identity of the SOMBRA mole.
- Tempting Fate: At her trial, she exclaims that she won't spend a day in jail. She turned out to be right, but not in the way she expected.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Tries to play off that she's a victim, and that SOMBRA is after her.
A SOMBRA spy within the Bureau, who sent orders to kill the team before they reached Kenya. Heavily implied to be one of this season's main characters.
- The Mole: For SOMBRA, within the Bureau. More details can be found under Angela Douglas's name.
- A God Am I: He believes himself divine, to bring the Wrath of God on the world. He's not.
- Enemy Civil War: He was staging a mutiny against SOMBRA.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: It takes some skill to knife someone in the heart from a distance. Clues show he'd been practicing for a long time.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His last name is reminiscent of Lope de Aguirre, a conquistador known for his madness, like Claudio.
El Rey (Arsenio Castillo)SOMBRA's "king", rumored to be the one who started the organization several decades ago.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Acts like a forgetful old man in front of the Bureau, but is actually responsible for everything that SOMBRA's done in the series.
- Evil Old Folks: Only Obaasan matches him for age and evil.
- Greater-Scope Villain: While he stepped down years ago, he's responsible for SOMBRA's birth.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Evil as hell, and chomps on a cigar.
- Hero Killer: Kills Michelle Zuria.
- Knight of Cerebus: Since it's El Rey, it's to be expected. But when he steps out of the shadows and kills Michelle, the entirety of Case 48 is nothing but dark and serious.
- Mr. Exposition: Post-incarceration, he gives Carmen and the player a history lesson in how SOMBRA truly got its start and Chief Ripley's (and the CIA in general) involvement in such events.
- Revealing Cover Up: The reason he gets caught is because he killed Michelle while the Bureau was in Campanilla.
- Smug Snake: When he's exposed, he taunts the Bureau saying that SOMBRA won't be done with them yet.
- The Ace: He's an extremely capable agent, and a masterful liar. Clearly, one of the brightest agents SOMBRA has. Also, extremely capable with tech and weapons both.
- Genius Bruiser: He can pull of a masterful plan and make it look like nothing, and he's capable with weapons.
- Kick the Dog: His plan was just to kill Virtanen, but he also shoots Jack to stir up public outrage, then taunts the Bureau saying that he wouldn't have been shot if they'd just stayed out of the Unified Nations' affairs.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: This was his plan for Virtanen's death.
El Rey's Successor (Hector Montoya)The next leader of SOMBRA, chosen by the first El Rey himself.
- Bald of Evil: His hair is actually a wig.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Is a Goodwill Ambassador and seems like a decent man until he kills Jason Stone.
- Body Horror: When he removes his wig, there are horrid burns underneath.
- Decapitated Army: Oh so averted. Everyone thought putting Montoya behind bars would mean the end of SOMBRA, but as you can already tell by Interface Spoiler, there is still one case left to World Edition. The final case has the organization no less dangerous and going all-out in their scheme.
- Devil in Plain Sight: The only clue given by El Rey about their identity; they've apparently met the Bureau before the events of Case 48. How fitting considering that he appeared literally a case before.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Managed to hide her true nature as a SOMBRA agent from the entire world, including President Hewett.
- Dragon Ascendant: Reappears in the World Edition season finale, setting El Rey's plan into motion even after his arrest.
- Hero Killer: She shoots Dupont as he's trying to protect Jack from her, and it later kills him.
- Knight of Cerebus: In the case where she kidnaps the President, everything about it is played seriously. She's also the only SOMBRA member besides El Rey to successfully kill off a main character.
- Da Chief: He plays nice with high authority, but he'll subvert them if it means catching crooks.
- Gold Digger: Discussed. When Arthur mentions about courting a certain Bernandine Rochester, and Maddie fears that the chief is more attracted to the young lady's wealth than her own person.
- The Men First: He keeps mementos of former officers who died under his charge. He hopes to use technology to minimize risk for officers.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's under a lot of pressure with corrupt officials all around (whom he relies upon to keep the Flying Squad in operation), but he can buy the main characters time through his negotiations.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He's dressed to the nines, and constantly fixing his tie.
- Slave to PR: Arthur is constantly wining and dining with high officials.
Madeline "Maddie" O'Malley
- Berserk Button: Insulting the Irish immigrants, which her parents were, makes her absolutely livid.
- Drives Like Crazy: Is apparently very reckless with her MadMobile.
- Lady Drunk: Loves her absinthe, and when she finds a collection of liquor bottles, bemoans that they are not full. Later gets absolutely plastered at a party. After Prohibition is enacted, she snarks that getting splashed in the face with a whiskey punch was the closest thing to a drink she'd had in weeks. Once it ends, she gets so plastered she needs a miracle hangover cure.
- Relationship Upgrade: Gradually grows close with Charlie over the course of Mysteries of the Past. At first she requested for him to be The Beard for her, then they started living together, and finally, soon after Maddie announces her pregnancy, they get engaged.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Admonishes Rose for playing poker with Vinnie Costa before he died. Rose remarks that that allowed her to keep her eye on him and not be bored at the same time.
- Crazy-Prepared: The final case has him wear one of Rose's bulletproof vests and he survives being shot by Lawson this way. The shock from Isaac surviving Lawson's bullet was the opening needed to kill Lawson.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Always up for a good brawl.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: His good and fatherly demeanor is exemplified with his love of his pipe.
- High-Class Glass: He's the most highbrow out of all the Squad members — what with his love for chess, pipes and gourmet food — and he wears a monocle to reflect that.
- Smart People Play Chess: Isaac loves the game, and it plays a role in two of the cases.
- The epilogue of "Sweet Revenge" has Isaac finding a chess set at Rockley Rochester's chocolate factory with the pieces broken. Charlie discovers it's the pieces are made of chocolate with an edible metal coating, and he helps Isaac repair them. Once restored, he returns the set to Rockley, who gives Isaac his own chocolate chess set in gratitude.
- "Checkmate" becomes a case where It's Personal when the victim, Casper Rove, is a young chessmaster than Isaac played chess-by-mail with. When Casper is murdered before being able to play a chess-playing robot, the Chessmaton, he makes it his mission to find his Casper's killer. Afterwards, the robot's inventor, Celine Georges, asks Isaac to play against the robot as Casper had also mentioned to her about how good Isaac's ability is. (He manages to beat the robot with a three move checkmate.)
- Straight Man: With the foibles of his squad on full display, Bontemps is always the straight-laced one.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is extremely afraid of horses. He gets over it after Case 40 when he rides a pony.
Richard "Dick" Wells
- Mushroom Samba: Trips out on mushrooms.
- No Social Skills: His profile says he is bad at speaking to people, and his idea of an introduction is to ask the player to participate in a human experimentation.
- Playing with Syringes: A surprisingly benevolent example, as he makes medications in his spare time, even asking the player to help him test them.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Has no qualms in testing his theories on himself. For example, he deliberately kept himself awake for three days to study the effect of sleep deprivation on human beings.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: When he throws on his hat, and wears a jacket not covered in blood, he's actually quite handsome.
- Tested on Humans: Like Dr. Metcalf, but a significantly more benevolent version. He invents new surgical and medical procedures.
- Broken Pedestal: Once she finally realizes that her father wants nothing to do with her, and only got close to Viola so he can further his clan's ambitions.
- Gene Hunting: She tests out Charlie's DNA testing machine on a lark, only to discover her father isn't actually her father. She's determined to find the real father, despite her mother's objections.
- Heroic Bastard: Revealed to be the product of an illicit affair (the woman she grew up with is her mother, her father is Horatio Rochester). Nonetheless, she's firmly on the side of good as part of the Flying Squad, even after reuniting with her true father.
- Retcon: Her age is first shown as 55 in her character bio, but was changed to 42 in her quasi-suspect profile.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: She has a very ornate way of speaking. Justified in her case, as she is a Shakespearean actress in her free time.
- Sweet Tooth: Is revealed to be well-known for her love of candy in Case 9 of Mysteries of the Past, tries to beg candy off of Issac and only declines sampling the chocolate found at the crime scene in because A) it's evidence and B) it's contaminated.
- Tested on Humans: A non-nefarious version, as she dabbles in chemistry in her free time. She makes many different perfumes and likes the rest of the squad to test them out. Maddie...is less than thrilled.
- Unwitting Pawn: Horatio Rochester predictably uses Viola to steal the confiscated Anti-Free Press bill. Viola has a My God, What Have I Done? when she realized her mistake.
Charles "Charlie" Armand Dupont
- Adorkable: He's a little childish, and shows awkward jealousy when he thinks Madeline (whom he clearly has a crush on) might be dating someone, but the way his eyes shine when he's feeling excited is quite a sight.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To keep from exposing Diego as a traitor with Lawson present, Charlie admits to being one. Diego's forced to kill Charlie to keep his cover. This is the final case.
- Nice Guy: Is kind and helpful to everyone on the squad.
- Ship Tease: Flirts with Maddie much more when she asks him to playact as her husband to get Maddie's nagging mother off of her back. Eventually, they move in together.
- Spanner in the Works: Ends up foiling the Get Rich Quick Scheme of Joseph Prior (who died in "Talk of the Town") and Larry Rochester who murdered Deputy Mayor Sandra Hwang when she wouldn't let Leopold Rochester take the fall for his son by saying he'll put in the work to establish the "Concordia Telephone Company" as a real enterprise (using the recovered funds) if Diego would help with the financial end of it. Meaning the bondholders for the Concordia Telephone Company won't feel cheated.
Evelyn "Evie" Holloway
- Cute Bookworm: The youngest member of the Squad, Evie is a naive and bright-eyed researcher who rarely leaves her library.
- The Ditz: She's somewhat scatterbrained and prone to misplace her stuffs.
- Relationship Upgrade: She starts dating Katherine Woolf in the Wolf Street arc.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: With Ratsputin, who often chews on her books.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Her twin Nicholas. If it wasn't for his brown hair and five o'clock shadow, they'd be Half-Identical Twins.
- Took a Level in Badass: Discussed and subverted. Evie attempted to prove she was more capable than 'just a nerd' by stowing away to help in the shootout with Maddie, Isaac, and Rose. But because she's got no skill, she just ends up getting badly injured.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She has trouble grasping some of the more horrible things people do.
- Artificial Limbs: Her right arm is prosthetic, and so is her rat Ratsputin's right front leg.
- Enemy Mine: Forms one with Catastrophe Joan, whom she has a bitter history with when she once worked as a Bounty Hunter, in order to bring down Vittorio Capecchi and his goons when they challenged the Flying Squad to a shoot-out.
- Handicapped Badass: Lost an arm in a street fight and operates with a prosthetic. Doesn't stop her from being a fearsome member of the Squad.
- More Dakka: Likes bigger and better guns.
- Multiple-Choice Past: She has different stories about how she lost her arm. It's either from a street fight, dog mauling or an accident due to a failed weapon testing.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Owns a rat named Ratsputin. Like her, Ratsputin has a prosthetic limb.
- Stout Strength: A big woman, and was quite skilled in street brawls.
Diego Del Lobo
- Calling Card: He uses the symbol of a wolf as a mark on anything he created as a forgery. This helps when someone steals a counterfeit plate he made to identify the funny money.
- The Charmer: He never misses the chance to try and sweet talk Madeline. He'll flirt with Evie in a pinch, too.
- Drowning My Sorrows: When he was flagged as a suspect after joining the Squad, Diego gets himself wasted because he thinks the rest of the Squad still doesn't trust him.
- The Gambling Addict: Mentions gambling, and losing some money, a few times. Also keeps a playing card (a ten of hearts) in his pocket.
- Gentleman Thief: He's a pickpocket and an art thief, in addition to being a forger, but he blends in well with Concordia's high society while attending Mr. Alastor's balls.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Not in the same way as Lawson: the Flying Squad has enlisted his help in forgeries. This lends itself to handwriting analysis.
- Hopeless Suitor: He frequently flirts with Maddie, but she regards his efforts as annoying than anything else. Then Maddie starts dating Charlie, thus sealing Diego's status as a hopeless suitor.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He's quite disappointed when he found out that Maddie had started going out with Charlie, but he's willing to let it go as long as she's happy, and even prepares a portrait of the couple for their wedding gift.
- The Man Behind the Man: When Charlie offers to make the Concordia Telephone Company a real enterprise to avoid the fallout of their bonds being part of a Get Rich Quick Scheme, he asks Diego to help with the financial aspects of running the company.
- Overly Long Name: His full name is Diego Alejandro Montoya Esteban del Lobo.
- Present Company Excluded: Once he was caught reminiscing about a caper he pulled, until he remembered that he's currently within earshot of (then-Chief of Justice) Justin Lawson. Lawson was not amused.
- The Profiler: Not one per se, but when he analyzes handwriting, he picks up on little details about the writer.
- Put on a Bus: After helping orchestrate a jailbreak in Case 55, Justin Lawson ordered that Diego be sacked from the Flying Squad. Diego decides to take his leave so as not to endanger his squadmates from Lawson's wrath.
- Shipper on Deck: Once Evie chooses to be with Katherine, and Charlie and Maddie start growing closer to one another, Diego is incredibly supportive of either couple.
Judge Satoshi Takakura
- The Bus Came Back:
- He briefly returns from retirement to judge Finley Flanagan, mainly because Justin Lawson was a suspect in that case. He goes back to retirement, however.
- Upon Justin Lawson's ascension as Deputy Mayor at the end of the Grim Chapel arc, Takakura is pulled out of retirement again and returns to being judge.
- Celibate Hero: He never married, and even though he was close friends with a very desirable young woman in the form of Yuri Ishida, he never took any romantic interest in her.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: Years of serving as a judge have turned him from a Wide-Eyed Idealist into a cynic, hence his plan to retire.
- My Greatest Failure: He explains that the sentencing of Archie Rochester is a perfect example of the crimes he failed to uphold, as the rich and powerful get slaps on the wrist.
- Sacrificial Lion: He is the victim of Case 55, showing just how much disarray Concordia is in after Justin Lawson's inauguration as mayor.
- Berserk Button: Justin has a few:
- He does not take kindly to Mr. Alastor aka Archie Rochester being a Karma Houdini (even though he never killed any of the victims at his party, other killers took the chances to do so for him).
- The murderer of Sandra Hwang, Larry Rochester, Archie's cousin, got a sentence 50 years in jail from Justin (though him being a Smug Snake didn't help him either as he wasn't about to let another Rochester escape justice).
- He treats the murderers of Commissioner Baldwin and Seamus O'Neill (who died in "In Love and War") harshly enough to give life without parole as his sentence to both of them (the first because Commissioner Baldwin was spying on the people who'd taken him in as a child, the second because she would the example he'd set for both the Italian and Irish Gangs whose gang war was tearing Concordia apart).
- The abuses at Gryphon Sanctuary asylum were enough to outrage Justin to use his power as Judge to fire Gregory Stravinsky, the director, charging he was incompetent as he allowed people who were well to begin with to be unlawfully committed against their will.
- The attempt on his life and the subsequent murder of Mayor Castletown was the final straw that led him to lash out against the corruption in the police department by forming a police force loyal to him called the Justice Corps. Upon becoming Mayor, he imposed martial law in the name of justice.
- He does not take kindly to Mr. Alastor aka Archie Rochester being a Karma Houdini (even though he never killed any of the victims at his party, other killers took the chances to do so for him).
- Cynicism Catalyst: The death of his betrothed a few days before their wedding (and the slap on the wrist her killers received) was his inspiration for becoming a lawyer in the first place. Given he eventually becomes a tyrant as Mayor, in the wake of corruption in the Concordian Police force nearly claiming his own life, it could be asked whether he'd have ended up this way if she hadn't been killed or her killers properly sentenced.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Occasionally joins the player in some Additional Investigations.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's one of the nicest people around, especially considering everyone else in high society is varying shades of Jerkass. Sadly subverted upon becoming mayor, when he imposed extreme and oppressive methods in the name of justice.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He shows signs of extremism when the Court failed to deal justice to Mr. Alastor, and the sheer amount of corruptions that plagued the city officials gets him increasingly on edge. He seem to finally snap when he was almost assassinated by a corrupt former officer who was released from prison by the even more corrupt police commissioner, and this caused him to become a tyrant when he finally rose to the ranks of mayor.
- Keystone Army: Just as the Flying Squad anticipated, the Justice Corps gave up without a fight after Lawson was shot dead by Isaac.
- Knight Templar: His drive for justice and paranoia about police corruption leads him to form the Justice Corps and seize power when he becomes Mayor.
- The Lost Lenore: His betrothed, Abigail. He still carries her obituary in his wallet.
- Mayor Pain: After becoming mayor, he quickly turns Concordia into a police state.
- Meaningful Name: Justin Lawson is a lawyer who possesses a strong sense of justice. Taken to a monstrous extreme when as Mayor he imposes martial law as a result of not just the attempt on his life but the murder of then-Mayor Castletown.
- Properly Paranoid: His distrust of the police was reinforced when Commissioner Mulroney, being bribed by Malcolm Rochester, released Eleanor Halsted to kill him (she eventually kills Mayor Castletown). This causes him to believe only a force loyal to him will be able to bring true justice. After he seemingly kills Isaac, he is successfully killed by the recovering Isaac, who wore one of Rose's bulletproof vests.
- Rage Quit: Mr. Alastor getting off the hook in spite of his crimes caused Lawson to leave the Flying Squad's ship in anger and disgust. However, when Judge Takakura thinks about retiring for good, Justin returns to say he wants to succeed Takakura.
- Sympathy for the Devil: In the end, the Squad consider that Lawson was ultimately trying to do what's good for Concordia, if only he wasn't being extreme about it.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: As mayor of Concordia, Justin imposed an oppressive regime that includes forming a militia loyal to him alone called the Justice Corps, abolishing the free press, arresting people arbitrarily, and executing suspected lawbreakers.
- Waistcoat of Style: Natural for the time period.
- We Can Rule Together: He expressed disappointment in the Flying Squad (and especially the player character) in that they could have helped him usher Concordia into a peaceful, crime-free era.
- You Are in Command Now: Becomes the judge of Concordia upon Judge Takakura's retirement. After "Unsafe Haven", he becomes Deputy Mayor upon the murder of Sandra Hwang at Larry Rochester's hands in "The Heart of the Matter".
Lady Minerva Highmore
- Advertised Extra: Shows up in the preview images for Mysteries of the Past in the place usually taken by the seasons' chief of police. She mainly shows up in Elysium Fields, where she was a suspect in two of the cases, then made minor appearances in subsequent districts. She may become more prominent later, but considering that the actual chief of police is clearly not going anywhere anytime soon, her position seems rather odd. Although, considering that she does indeed take a more significant role later on in the story, this could be considered a subversion.
- Anonymous Benefactor: To the Resistance; sending them supplies and her own money to help them in their uprising. After the resistance's base is compromised, she even offers her manor as their new hideout.
- Cool Old Lady: Friendly, knows everyone, and loves to celebrate.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Enacts prohibition to prevent drunken brawls. He is on the other end of it in "Arrow of Injustice," when his "faults" get him killed by an arrow through the head.
- Large and in Charge: Portly dude, and in charge of the city.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Subverted. We can see that he tries. But he bungles his handling of a few cases, and is fond of sweeping grand movements when surgical precision would serve better.
- Slave to PR: Claims this, as he constantly goes to social events, contests, and the like.
- Corrupt Politician: Downplayed. She's a highly ambitious woman whose top priority is to elevate herself in the high society. She's willing to compromise justice and would often interfere with the investigation to suck-up with the "elite" suspects. Then Larry Rochester reveals that her corruption goes beyond that — Sandra Hwang apparently accepts bribes from the Rochesters to turn a blind eye from their misdeeds.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even though she's apparently corrupt, she refuses to let an innocent man rot in jail, and threatened to arrest Larry Rochester for allowing his own father to take the fall for his crime. She gets murdered for it.
- Married to the Job: She doesn't seem to have a life outside her career and everything she does is done in order to advance her social standing. She has a husband, but their marriage is on the rocks because Sandra values her work more than her family, and ditched her 20th Marriage Anniversary to attend a work-related party.
- Butt-Monkey: Up until his murder, Seamus's life seem to be made up one misfortune after another.
- Redemption Equals Death: While Seamus isn't evil, he was a wanted criminal due to his Accidental Murder of Vittorio Capecchi, and being appointed leader of the Irish gang. Later, right after revealing that he and Giulietta were dismantling the gangs from the inside, he is murdered.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Giulietta Capecchi. He ends up killed by an Irish gang member for being romantically involved with her.
- Unwitting Pawn: Not only does he get sold into slavery along with other Irish immigrants, he also gets tricked into releasing the Scarlet Slayer after her arrest.
- Ambiguously Bi: She's in a relationship with a woman, but she's very flirty with men, going beyond simple flirting for a story.
- The Charmer: She loves to sweet talk.
- Damsel in Distress: For most of Capitol Peak, she is incarcerated as a member of the Resistance, and soon after that Lawson declared that there will be a mass public execution. Fortunately Katherine was rescued at the end of the penultimate case.
- Relationship Upgrade: Confirmed in the Wolf Street section that she's dating Evie.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Chews out the Flying Squad for not working faster on the Scarlet Slayer prostitute slayings.
- Affably Evil: He is beyond civil and welcoming to the Flying Squad. But he is an Italian mobster, and a ruthless one at that.
- Bald of Evil: He always wears a straw boater, so it's hard to see. But when you see his corpse, he's got male pattern baldness.
- Dating Catwoman: Had a mutual affair with Fiona Flanagan, the female half of the head of the Irish mob. Of course, at the time, they weren't really enemies, although Vittorio's mother never approved of the relationship.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's a ruthless mob leader, but he genuinely adores his two daughters, and even charged into a burning house to save one of them from a fire.
- Abusive Parents: Averted with her father. He might be a gangster, but he deeply loves his daughter. Her mother on the other hand... would go as far as killing her own daughter for betraying the Italian gang.
- Butt-Monkey: Throughout the season, she has had to put up with a lot of crap.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Sometimes. She's keen on taking over the mobster life after her father dies. But she decides against it.
- Rebel Leader: The head of the Resistance against Lawson's regime.
- Self-Harm: In case 36, the team finds a bloody knife in her bag and when they confront her again, she's wrapped her arms in bandages, implying this trope.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Seamus. She's a bit Tsundere about the whole thing, as her mood fluctuates.
Honorable Dora Umbright
- Cain and Abel: He resents the fact that his younger brother, Leopold, is so greatly loved by the people of Concordia, while he himself is always painted as the bad guy.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: As the patriarch of the richest family in town, Horatio runs a couple of businesses, and he's willing to use the mafia to secure the best business deals for himself.
- Greater-Scope Villain: He proclaims himself The Man Behind the Man throughout the gang war between the Irish and Italians from the start of the Sinner's End saga to the end of Crimson Banks.
- Cain and Abel: Leo is a gentle and kindly man who only wants the best for Condcordia, and is willing to betray his family when their influence threaten to harm the common people. His brother Horatio is a Corrupt Corporate Executive who is willing to dirty his hands with bribery and murder to ensure that his family could seize power over the city.
- Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Leopold's good-hearted persona is called into question when he publicly endorsed a shady telephone company, which many people invested into. When the company turned out to be fake/non-existent, many people assumed that he's just as corrupt as the rest of his family, after all. But, his name is eventually cleared when it is revealed that he has nothing to do with the scam. Larry was the one who came up with the fake company scheme, and lied to his father about it. Lepold endorsed the company because he trusted his son. He was genuinely surprised when the player told him about the scam, but willingly took the fall to protect Larry from arrest.
- White Sheep: The Rochesters are a family of entitled and corrupt politicians and/or businessmen who thinks that their money allows them to do whatever they want, and attempts to use their influence to take over Concordia. However, Leopold has been consistently described as a gentle soul who is very unlike the rest of his family. He disagrees with his family's plans and even helped the Flying Squad remove Malcolm Rochester from the Senator's office.
Archie Rochester/Mr. Alastor
- Asshole Victim: A mastermind of multiple murders who then ends up getting murdered in Case 51.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He's short and a real prick.
- The Evil Genius: Graduate with honors from Switzerland.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: His ultimate fate, courtesy of a lobbyist.
- Hate Sink: Aside from being a perpetual Jerkass, he shows no redeeming qualities, and his crimes are motivated by petty reasons, such as masterminding six murders in Elysium Fields just to win Giulietta's heart, which thankfully failed.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Subverted. He believes his of himself and Giulietta, but given that he had her sister killed, she wants nothing to do with him.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Downplayed. Larry is an unemployed drunk who apparently throws a fit when Deputy Mayor Sandra Hwang tried to offer him a job, and even defaced Sandra's portrait in response. By contrast, his brother is an innovative businessman who can at least make his own living instead of just resting on his family's wealth. However, Rockley is eccentric and can be just as irresponsible as Larry when it comes to spending money.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He may be a useless moocher most of the time, but he is actually devious enough to fool the entire nation of Concordia into investing for a fake company, and manipulated his own father to take the fall. Then he murdered the Deputy Mayor when she tried to stand against his evil schemes.
- Abusive Parents: He beats Archie with a belt as a form of discipline.
- Hookers and Blow: What he gets up to in his free time.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Thanks to you bribing Commissioner Mulroney into letting Eleanor Halstead out to kill Justin Lawson, you brought back his distrust of the Concordian Police. Thanks to HER killing Mayor Castletown you made a power vacuum that Lawson filled and then used to seize power under Martial Law.
- Official Couple: She and Chief Wright end up dating.
- Riches to Rags: After the downfall of the Rochesters, she becomes a vagrant, forced into hiding from Lawson's regime.
- White Sheep: Unlike most of her family, while she can be a bit haughty, she's actually quite a decent person, and her feelings for Chief Wright are genuine. In fact, she refused to use her relationship with Wright to spy on the Squad, even under threat of being sent to the asylum.
- Expy: With his brightly coloured suit, top-hat, eccentric personality, and his ownership of a confectionery company. Rockley is definitely based on Willy Wonka.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Downplayed. Rockley is a successful businessman and briefly took on his late cousin's position as a banker, and is definitely the more dutiful brother compared to his drunken layabout brother, Larry. However, Rockley can be reckless in spending his money, and his father considers him quite irresponsible with finances nonetheless.
- Genius Ditz: He's eccentric, but he is college-educated and runs the bank fairly well, if not as good as his cousin.
- White Sheep: He's nothing but friendly, and in fact, enthusiastically carries on his father's dream of sponsoring inventors.
Veronica RochesterArchie's mother and Malcolm's husband.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Very feminine, and involved with her maid, Francine. That's what gets her killed.
- Non-Idle Rich: Averted. Unlike Larry or the other Concordians, Clarissa believes in hard work.
- Power Hair: Not to the extent of Karen Knight, but short hair and a powerful woman who knows how to make money.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Combined with Plot-Triggering Death, her murder was the first in a chain of events that led Wolf Street into a financial crisis.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She's introduced as a murder victim.
Patricia RochesterHoratio's wife, committed to an insane asylum.
- See Concordian Flying Squad folder
- Abusive Parents: Wanted to send his daughter to an institution for fallen women when he found out she was pregnant with her dead fiancé's baby.
- Back for the Dead: After over a dozen cases of being completely absent, he ends up murdered in Case 33.
- Big Good: Zigzagged. As the Commissioner of the Police Force, he plays a role in the founding of the Flying Squad, and he expresses his support to their mission to root out the Internal Affairs within the law enforcement department. However, he himself has been suspected for murder a number of times.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He does not appreciate being treated as a suspect, largely due to the fact that he vastly outranks the Player Character.
- Tongue Trauma: His tongue gets cut off in the same case where he's murdered.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He's just a low-ranking, and often overlooked, evidence clerk in the CPD. Then, it is revealed that he is the one behind the Irish immigrant exploitation scheme, and masterminded the fire in order to hide the evidence.
- Dirty Cop: Like so many on the force, she neglects her duty to uphold justice and accepts bribes for her own benefit. After she was arrested for the murder of Celine Georges, the player discovered that she has been working from the Irish Gang.
- Hired Guns: She was hired by Stanley Spark to sabotage many of the best exhibition entry in order to help the latter can win the World Fair Exhibition. She committed murder to cover up her scheme with Stanley. Later, to try to kill Justin, she's released. When she fails to kill Justin, she instead kills Mayor Castletown.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: She was bad enough to not just be corrupt and murderous, but failing to murder Justin and succeeding in murdering Mayor Castletown put the wounded and disillusioned Deputy Mayor Justin Lawson into the right spot to seize power because of not just the attempt on his life but the recent murder of his predecessor. She gave him the final reason for him to make sure the Tyrant Takes the Helm.
- Expy: Of Eduardo Ramirez from Grimsborough. They share the same last name, look similar to each other, are the butt monkeys of their respectively seasons, and have an affinity with the frying pan. The difference is that Constable Ramirez got hit by a frying pan instead of using it as a weapon. They're later confirmed to be related during The Conspiracy.
- Only Sane Man: One of a few members of the Concordian Police Department who wasn't a Dirty Cop.
Thaddeus MulroneyThe Commissioner of the Concordian Police Department since Commissioner Baldwin's murder in Case 33.
- Sketchy Successor: While Talmadge Baldwin was at least a Reasonable Authority Figure despite his flaws and mistreatment of his daughter, Thaddeus teamed up with the Rochesters in helping them rise to power by releasing Eleanor Halsted from prison and ordering her to assassinate Cornelius Castletown and Justin Lawson. She succeeded in killing the former.
- See Grimsborough PD folder
- See Grimsborough PD folder
- See Recurring Characters in Grimsborough folder
- Black Boss Lady: She's black and the chief of police.
- Da Chief
- Happily Married: To historian and former archaeology professor Ray Parker.
- Amicable Exes: Despite being divorced, Jake Hayes and herself are on friendly terms as shown in Case 41. Exploited by Ad Astra when they kidnap Jake and Carter to divert the Grimsborough PD's attention from their prison break to rescuing them.
- Damsel in Distress: She was kidnapped by the Rocket Cow Killer in Case 6.
- Mama Bear: Shown in spades in Case 22 when her son and Olive Powell go missing. Luckily they turn out to be fine, goofing around in Marcus Butler's studio.
- Good Parents: She's trying to be one. During her first meeting with the player, she reasons they can get to know each other while they go help get a gift for her son's upcoming birthday.
- Big Brother Instinct: Every time Julian Ramis makes an appearance, Gabriel goes out of his way to care for him, as he's had a rough life and untreated depression. He even manages to convince the Dean of Grimsborough University to give Julian a chance at a better future.
- He also shows this towards Amir, particularly when Rupert is murdered and Jasper had been hiding things from the PD, leaving Amir devastated.
- The Mole: In the Old Town, Gabriel poses as a member of The Higher Truth to infiltrate the cult and tell the Grimsborough PD what they're up to.
- Nice Guy: The team really is fond of Gabe's open-minded and loving nature.
- The Profiler: His role in the Grimsborough PD.
- All Women Are Lustful: She loves the male form.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While she's usually very friendly, one of her appearances has her having a bitter argument with another French man over wine.
- Find the Cure!: In Case 28, Martine is put in critical condition after being bitten by a Demon Fish, which pressures Rupert to find an antidote to the venom quickly.
- Gratuitous French: Occasionally slips into this from time to time. Justified in the sense that she's actually French and that most of it is grammatically correct. Bonus points for the fact that Pretty Simple is actually French.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: She and Rita are shown to be very good friends.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Whether it's dead bodies or horror movies, Martine is fascinated by the macabre. Her tattoo even means "death is nothing".
- Heroic Sacrifice: Decides to take Amir's enhanced serum to stop the super human army, knowing full well that she will die shortly after.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Martine, to the point where Rita threatens to set a river on fire if something happens to her.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: Her hair turns blue after the taking the human enhancement serum.
- Precious Puppy: In Case 26, she adopts a Doberman puppy, Hector.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: In Case 4, she wears a white and pink dress, lipstick, red hairband, and heart brooch during her date with her boyfriend Marcus Cannon.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Wears a tank top and is the toughest-looking member of the PD.
- Spicy Latina: Hispanic, tough, wears a tank top, and feisty when the situation calls for it.
- Vasquez Always Dies: She ends up performing a Heroic Sacrifice during the Once a Season Tonight, Someone Dies climax.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He gets unexpectedly killed off in Case 32. And to make it more jarring, it happens only in the second case of that particular district rather than the finale.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With his lab intern, Amir Devani.
- Killed Off for Real: He gets killed in Case 32.
- Rambling Old Man Monologue: Has a tendency to go on one on these at times.
- Spot of Tea: Rupert loves a good cup of tea, even trying to get the PD to switch from coffee when he first arrived.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He gets this in Case 18 after he attended Dreamlife's tech convention (where a murder just occurred) without telling anyone, right after the team began to grow concerned for his addiction to the virtual reality game they were promoting.
- Drowning My Sorrows: He gets drunk in Case 32 after Rupert is killed and Jasper is suspected of his murder.
- Heroic BSoD: He takes Rupert's murder the hardest out of the entire team.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Rupert Winchester.
- Twofer Token Minority: He's gay and has been assumed to be Indian-American.
- You Are in Command Now: He becomes Lab Chief upon Rupert Winchester's death.
- Accidental Murder: The car bombing she's killed in wasn't intended to kill her, but rather the player. And to make it worse, it was her boyfriend who made the bomb.
- Born Detective: Managed to solve a missing persons case as a child by finding a hairclip on a barn. Although she's not a detective, she plays a role in finding hidden crime scenes or plots to the police.
- Daddy's Girl: Implied to have been very close to her sheriff father as a child, who influenced her to become a police officer. Although their first appearance consists of them arguing, they eventually manage to reconcile. Which makes his death much worse.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Her father is not very fond of her long-distance boyfriend Brock.
- External Combustion: At the end of Spring Fields, she's killed this way. Doubles as an Accidental Murder; the bomb was intended for the player.
- Heroic BSoD: She breaks down when her father is killed, and more so when the killer blames the victim for ruining his life, to the point she runs away and hides in a church.
- Ms. Exposition: Mia mostly appears to inform the player of a murder, give them new leads on a case or report relevant events. It's not until Spring Fields where she gets a prominent appearance.
- Spanner in the Works: A tragic example. Ad Astra had rigged the player's car with a bomb, and it was supposed to go off as soon as the ignition was turned on. They didn't expect Mia to be the one to activate it, killing her and leaving the player alive to investigate both her murder and Ad Astra's plans.
- Trauma Conga Line: Poor Mia has to face having an argument with her father in the first case of Spring Fields, then him being killed and berated by his murdered, and then blown to death, by her boyfriend, no less. And to make it worse, all of this happens in just the span of six cases.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Downplayed. She's introduced early in Maple Heights, but doesn't get enough prominence until two arcs later in Spring Fields, and then she's killed at the end of the latter arc. And even then, she doesn't get too much development.
Judge Judith Powell
- Beware the Nice Ones: Normally a calm, reasonable woman, Judge Powell ends up furious with her daughter in Case 22 for making threats to the victim, and getting flagged as a suspect. Jones remarks that he would never want to be on her bad side.
- Good Parents: Judge Powell mentions having a teenage daughter, and while she loves her, is willing to let her face the consequences if she acts out of line.
- Last-Name Basis: Her full name is actually never mentioned in-game. The developers later revealed in a Q&A it's actually Judith.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She makes strong arguments for why murder is never justified whenever she's on screen.
- Adorably Precocious Child: He is surprisingly smart and insightful for a 12-year-old, and is able to help the team find clues in a murder investigation as well as devise a plan to trap the Rocket Cow Killer, which ends up succeeding.
- Harmfulto Minors: In the Additional Investigation of Case 54, he is kidnapped along with his father, who in Case 55, he sees his dad get shot and killed right in front of him.
- Broken Pedestal: She views Savannah Blake as this after she discovers she was misappropriating charity money for earthquake victims for her offshore bank account.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Is she ever.
- Ludd Was Right: Against electricity and mobile phones because according to her, they cause cancer. Yet she still plays the electric guitar.
- Mysterious Parent: In her first appearance, the victim turns out to be her father, despite trying to claim he died in the 1960s. She doesn't refute this and is simply left in shock.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In her case, it's bright pink dreadlocks. You receive them as a gift after your third encounter with her.
The Rocket Cow Killer (Rosamund Wilcox)The first serial killer in The Conspiracy, who targeted parents at Fairview High.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's the seemingly kind and caring principal of Fairview High, Rosamund Wilcox.
- Distaff Counterpart: Of The Puppeteer from Pacific Bay. Both serial killers targeted "abusive parents" (meaning any parent who had an argument with their child), and believed that they're doing those children a huge favor when they're actually ruining their lives. Both also appear as suspects alongside one of their victims' children.
- The Bus Came Back: She returns in Case 52 as a suspect.
- Freudian Excuse: Suffered at the hands of Abusive Parents at a young age, though Judge Powell doesn't think it justifies her actions at all.
- Kick the Dog: When she appears again in Case 52, she reveals that she had tormented fellow psychiatric patient Zoe Kusama with death threats to spite the Grimsborough PD, and even plotted to kill her at some point. This is in spite of Zoe having done nothing to wrong her.
- Knight Templar: She killed any parent who merely argued with their child, deeming them abusive and swearing to protect their children from the "abuse."
- Asshole Victim: Meeras defining personality traits are "selfish" and "callous".
- Bad People Abuse Animals: Heavily implied to have killed and made literal artwork of her childhood cat Florence.
- Lack of Empathy: Oh so much so. She has no regard for the earthquake victims, using the disaster to further her career and even disregarded Ruby Armstrong's pleas for help, leaving her in the rubble whilst taking photographs of the disaster.
- Mad Artist: The depraved depths Meera would go to put her art out there is inexhaustible.
- Villain with Good Publicity: She's literally bailed out of jail by her fans after her "stunt" stealing artwork.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her turquoise hair is part of her trademark.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Poor Zoe was not treated well at the psychiatric hospital she stayed in, with Kai Gruber accusing her of being Rozetta's accomplice, another patient tormenting her for laughs, an orderly accusing her of being a cold-blooded murderer and a therapist tried to force her to take sedatives against her will.
- Big Damn Kiss: With Jones in Case 18 when she regains her memory of him
- Blessed with Suck: It's discovered posthumously that prolonged testing with Berzelium ended up giving her telekinetic powers.
- Downer Ending: A giant one. Despite her testimony against Dreamlife being completely true, she's sent for a psychiatric evaluation and ultimately sent to a psychiatric hospital. And then she's killed just 18 cases later.
- Death by Irony: She is killed by having her head bashed in, the same way she had killed Ernesto Vega. To add to the irony, her murder was also accidental, though the killer's actions are far less sympathetic than hers.
- The Dog Bites Back: In Case 34, she remembers why she disappeared when she sees Dr. Ernesto Vega, and confronts him about the experiments he'd done on her and other people. When he laughs at her and says that no one will believe her stories, she kills him in a fit of rage.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: When the player finds her, she has no memory of what happened to her or her relationship with David. Thankfully, she regains her memory of David in Case 18.
- Mind over Matter: Unintentionally; prolonged testing and exposure to Berzelium gave her slight telekinetic abilities. Unfortunately, we only discover she had them posthumously.
- Sympathetic Killer: Given the circumstances of her crime, she was understandably sent to a psych ward.
- Walking Spoiler: Everything involving Zoe is directly linked with the season's main plot, from her disappearance, ties to the dome, murder of Ernesto Vega and eventual death.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: At the end of The Conspiracy, he and Amir get married.
- Guest-Star Party Member: When the team needs help analyzing anything involving astronomy or astrophysics, Jasper is shown doing the analysis like the regular team members.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Amir. In fact, it's the reason Dreamlife refuses to hire him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: During Case 32, Jasper is flagged as a suspect due to having met up with Rupert while he was disguised in the dome and going for a job interview with Dreamlife, who had been responsible for Rupert's death. Amir does not take this well, and Jones calls out Jasper for keeping secrets from both the Grimsborough PD and his boyfriend.
- The Bore: The victim in Case 19 literally lodged a complaint calling Ray as such, which lead to a crisis of confidence and his resignation from the university. Case 21 plays this straight when Jones falls asleep during his speech.
- Happily Married: To Chief Diane Parker.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Against Martha Price before she is murdered. Both give as good as they get.
Julian RamisA teenager who first encounters the player character when he was 12, due to accidentally killing his best friend.
- Accidental Murder: He is revealed to be Freddy Stewart's killer in Case 18 of the first season, since the rusty bow he was holding fired on its own and into Freddy's face.
- Expy: His Season 5 appearance is very similar to that of Jughead Jones.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted. He's 12 the first time we meet him, 17 the second time, and 18 the last time.
- Trauma Conga Line: Throughout Seasons 1 and 5 Julian has to put up with a lot of crap, including killing his friend by accident, being shunned for years because of that incident, having his father murdered by the Rocket Cow Killer, and nearly getting rejected from college. Even aside from all that, Julian's life seems to be quite miserable in general.
- When He Smiles: Julian is never seen smiling, except when Gabriel and the player help him get into Grimsborough University.
- See The Bureau folder
- See The Pacific Bay PD folder
- See The Bureau folder
- Dude Magnet: Both Kai and Theo have an obvious crush on her.
- She eventually has a potential threesome with both men
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is dyed silver with violet streaks at the tip. Oddly enough, no suspect from the past seems to question how out of place this looks.
- Cool Old Lady: At 73, Janis is the oldest coroner and team member, beating Rupert and Dupont from previous seasons and rivaling Chief King.
- Former Teen Rebel: Her 13 year old hippie self from Case 6 counts, especially when she gives Jack and the player brownies laced with marijuana. She had also intended to run away from home after Woodstock until a future vision of herself convinced her to go to medical school instead. The future Janis does this during the case's AI to prevent the timeline from being altered.
- My Future Self and Me: As mentioned above, Janis does this to prevent her 13 year old self from running away from home and to prevent alterations to the timeline.
- The Stoner: Downplayed. Janis mentions smoking marijuana, and her 13 year old self attempts to make Jack and the player eat marijuana-filled brownies, but she isn't actually seen stoned.
- Cock Fight:: He and Kai are competing against each other over Zara
- Cock Fight:: He and Theo are competing against each other over Zara
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance is based on Jason Momoa.
- Ambiguously Gay: It hasn't been confirmed so far, but his rather Camp nature and extravagant clothes suggest this.
- Later confirmed when it is revealed he had a husband who passed away.
- Classy Cane: Often seen holding a cane with a sapphire on the tip.
- The Fashionista: Aside from being a historian, Orlando creates the various disguises the partners and the players wear during their investigations.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He seems to be based on Ru Paul out of drag. To further boost the reference, he exhibits camp mannerisms.
- Rags to Riches: He revealed to be very poor before becoming the The Fashionista he is now
- The Baby of the Bunch: At the age of 19, she's the youngest member of the Temporal Crimes Division.
- Badass Bookworm: Penelope is relatively shy and prefers reading and writing over socializing. That doesn't stop her from being an excellent translator and being part of a time travel group.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Downplayed - Orlando mainly focuses on the general history and geography of the time periods in investigations, whereas Penelope's focus is on translating and analyzing literature found in investigations.
- Quirky Curls: Her hair is curled and dyed pinks at the end, befitting her creative nature.
- Time Travel Romance: Her relationship with Alexandre Devereaux
- Everyone Has Standards: Despite having been her slave, Nebet is visibly upset when Cleopatra is arrested and commits suicide in front of her.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Accidentally made her way into the time machine before it was scheduled to go back to the future. As the time machine is unable to be fixed completely and to prevent anachronisms in time, she is allowed to stay on the team.
- Hidden Badass: In Case 3, she manages to save Jack and the player from a lion by throwing a chunk of meat at the lion. More so when it's mentioned that her deceased father was a scholar.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Starting in The '60s, Nebet now has Egyptian-styled makeup around her eyes and wears a turquoise jacket in place of the plain kashiri she wore in Ancient Times.
- Shipper on Deck: When Penelope asks Nebet about Alexandre Devereaux, she tells her he''s a perfect match for her
- She also encourages Theo to talk to Zara about how he feels about her
- Supreme Chef: She helps cook for the team when they are stranded in time. She also has knowledge regarding herbs and ingredients.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Downplayed. She has a single golden streak in her otherwise brown hair.