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A subpage of the Criminal Case game, focusing on characters from the third season.

Major spoilers abound.

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Chief Elizabeth Ripley

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The chief of the Bureau who supposedly dies in The Impossible Dream, Case 6 of World Edition.
  • 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: Despite her strict demeanor, after particularly tough cases (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 sport 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 will go off on a screaming fit if the player doesn't finish investigating a 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.

Jack Archer

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An Elite Force Agent of the Bureau, and one of the two partners assigned to the player character in the third season. He was also the one who recruited the player character at the final chapter of the Pacific Bay season. Hailing from the USA, he is known by Chief Ripley to be wild and unorthodox.
  • 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 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 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 kinder, mellow and smarter, 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. This bond becomes completely unbreakable after Angela's arrest, as he is now the only one left for Lars.
  • 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.
  • It's All My Fault: Considers himself responsible for Dupont's fatal injury. Dupont, before he passes, blames Sarah Bennett, the actual shooter.
    • He also has a moment with this upon Nebet's betrayal where he blames himself for letting her stay aboard.
  • 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, come from the same area, and even sport similar hairstyles. Also, Ace often goes by the nickname as "Ace Charming", which describes one of Jack's personality traits.
  • 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Lars's blue. While they're both laid-back jokers, Jack is much more hot-headed and impulsive.
  • Shipper on Deck: He makes a bet with Nebet that Theo will talk to Zara resulting in Nebet encouraging Theo to talk to her.
  • 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.

Carmen Martinez

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The Bureau's Elite Force Detective, and the other partner that the player can have in Season 3. Like Jack, she also comes from the USA, where she used to work as an Investigative journalist and won a Pulitzer Prize for her news coverage on a war in Yemen.
  • 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. 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 case, 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.

Marina Romanova

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A former psychologist hailing from Russia, who now works as the profiler for the Bureau.
  • 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.
  • Hypno Pendulum: How she makes Cleopatra forget about Nebet and the prophecy she told her.
  • 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.
  • Out of Focus: The member of T.I.M.E. with the least screentime in Travel in Time, only getting the spotlight in the 1960's then fading into the background. Her profiling is so underutilized for the rest of the season that she might as well not have been there at all.
  • 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.

Armand Dupont

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One of the newer recruits of the Bureau, Armand is a professor from Switzerland who now serves as a newly introduced role of Historian. He specializes in identifying symbols and objects of historic and cultural relevance, as well as translating languages.
  • 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.

Angela Douglas

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A South Korean scientist working as The Bureau's coroner. A winner of the Nobel Prize of Biology. Married to Lars.
  • 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 into 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.

Lars Douglas

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An Australian scientist who works as the Forensics Expert for the bureau, when he's not blowing up stuffs with his experiments. Married to Angela.
  • 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.

Elliot Clayton

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The British Tech Expert of The Bureau, and the youngest member on the force.
  • 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.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In the season finale where he replaces his dark clothing with a nice Shirt and tie for the ceremony.
  • 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.

Ingrid Bjorn

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The administrative assistant of The Bureau, who usually requires teammates' reports from the player before they can advance to the next case and announces their level up.
  • 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.

Jonah Karam

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A former soldier and hitman, Jonah originally worked as a bodyguard for several clients in the Sahara Region, crossing paths with the Bureau. He now works for the Bureau as their Field and Weapons Expert.
  • 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.

Michelle Zuria

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A lawyer from Singapore. The Bureau is steered to her by a message from a mysterious online persona named "X."
  • 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.
  • Character Tics: Her habit of checking her nails. Revealed she did that since her childhood.
  • 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.
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    Recurring Characters in World Edition 

Judge Nigel Adaku

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The judge of the International Courts who was forced out of retirement when The Bureau needed his help to sentence killers that the player arrests in Season 3.
  • 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.

Asal Hawaa

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A Belly Dancer from Morocco who turns out to be a Israeli Intelligence Service member.
  • 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)

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From left to right: April, May, June
Lars' and Angela's six-year-old daughters, who were mentioned many times before first appearing in South Asia.
  • 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...
  • The Cameo: During case 11 of Supernatural Investigations, their names appear on Santa's nice list.
  • 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.

Sanjay Korrapati

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A young orphan boy who frequently runs into the Bureau during their investigation in Asia.
  • 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.

X

See Michelle Zuria for info on X

Lily Karam

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Jonah's younger half-sister, who meets the Bureau during their investigation in Africa.
  • Badass Driver: She's a professional race-car driver, and easily wins the first race we see her in.
  • The Bus Came Back: She returns in case 12 of Season 7.
  • 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 Cortez

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Ingrid'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.

Anya Ivanova

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A Russian MGB agent, who crosses path with the Bureau while they are on the hunt for the COSMORUS spy. Later returns in North America.
  • 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.
  • Face–Heel 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.

James Hewett

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The President of the United States. The Bureau meets with him to discuss SOMBRA and their plans with the political movements happening in the country.

  • 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.
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