Grand Central Hotel
Farnum's abused, idiotic cook, introduced in the second season. Nobody knows what is exactly wrong with him. After receiving a deer antler from Alma Garret he begins to display his most iconic and outlandish act: Praying to a pair of moose antlers in the hall of Farnum's hotel.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To the beautiful Alma, who rejects him as gently as she can be expected to.Richardson: I like you.Alma: Thank you, Richardson.Richardson: Youre purdy.Alma: Thank you very much. And probably thats all either of us needs to say on that subject ever again.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It's unclear if there's anything mentally wrong with him beyond being an idiot. It's even unclear if Richardson is actually an idiot to begin with.
- Ascended Extra: He was an extra in Season 1, but the creators liked Ralph Richeson's odd and quirky performance and so he became a recurring character in Seasons 2 and 3.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To Farnum, and he is certainly beleaguered.
- Bumbling Sidekick: To Farnum, who's already bumbling enough.
- Butt-Monkey: He's the Butt-Monkey to someone who's already a Butt-Monkey; Farnum is looked down on and disliked by everyone, so Richardson winds up the target of his endless bitterness.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Richardson is certainly an odd fellow, most obviously clear when he begins praying to a pair of moose antlers.
- Hidden Depths: It's hinted at several times that Richardson may be much smarter than he lets on.
- Iconic Item: The deer antler, an involuntary gift from Alma.
- Last-Name Basis: His first name is never revealed.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Or so it's implied by one masterful shot of him reading the newspaper, suggesting that he might be more intelligent than everyone assumes.
- Odd Friendship: Richardson, the skinny white idiot working for Farnum, forms a lasting and genuinely loving friendship with Aunt Lou, an intelligent black woman working for Hearst.
The Langrishe Theater Troupe
John "Jack" Langrishe
Jack Langrishe arrives with a flourish in Deadwood, with his theater group in tow. A flamboyant man of the stage, and old friend of Al Swearengen's, he strikes a deal with Joanie Stubbs to acquire the Chez Ami and convert it to a theater, determined to bring culture to the town.
- Camp: Whether gay, straight or bi is left to the viewer's opinion.
- The Charmer: Jack charms just about everyone he comes across with his quick wit, self-deprecation and plentiful compliments. Even Hearst is somewhat charmed by him, at least as far as Hearst can be charmed.
- Greek Chorus: He is allowed to hang freely along Al and Hearst, and comments a lot about their conflict, but does not intervene in it.
- Large Ham: Due to being a theater man, it comes naturally to him.
- Old Friend: Of Al.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: The season (and by extension the show) ends with the theater still not opened, so we never see Langrishe or his troupe on stage.
A young member of the Midwest's Scandinavian community. Her parents, brothers and sisters were all murdered when they were leaving Deadwood in the Pilot episode in a hit planned by Al Swearengen, whose henchmen then tried to pass it as an Indian attack, which she almost miraculously survived. Left in the care of the camp, she is eventually adopted by Alma Garret.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Metz is actually a surname more common in French or German.
- Children Are Innocent: It's dubious if she realizes anything of what goes around her.
- Cute Mute: At first.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her personality is a little hard to get a read on as a child, but she grows up into a well-spoken and friendly young woman.
- Norse by Norsewest: People refer to her as Swedish or Norwegian almost interchangeably. Justified in a way, since both countries were in personal union at the time.
- The Quiet One: Sofia has very little to say.
- Sole Survivor: Of her family, who were killed by Al's henchmen.
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: There was a real 'Metz Massacre' at the Black Hills in 1876, but there were no children nor Swede immigrants involved.
If Al Swearengen is Deadwood's unofficial mayor, Mister Wu holds the post on the Chinese part of town. Wu has his fingers in every semi-legal pie, including the lucrative opium trade, and though his English is limited to the handful of expletives Al has taught him, the two seem to communicate well enough for business. Among the services Wu offers is the timely and unquestioned disposal of bodies, courtesy of his ravenous pigs. Who will end up paying a visit to Wu's swine is an open question, however, especially as Deadwood's Chinese population becomes a pawn in the power struggle over the town's vice trade.
- Catchphrase: COCKSUCKAH! SWEGEN!
- Bak gwei lo!Eng
- Wu, Swedgin: Hang-dai!
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Wu's limited English is no reflection on his intellect, savvy and internal negotiation skills..
- Even Evil Has Standards: He profanes bodies on a daily basis, but seeing Mr Lee burning the bodies of the Chinese prostitutes that he intentionally let starve to death utterly infuriates him.
- Important Haircut: He cuts his braid at the end of the second season, an action punished with death in China.
- Inscrutable Oriental: To any of the vast number of characters that get a non-amused stare from him at most.
- The Rival: To Mr. Lee, the San Francisco cocksuckah.
The bartender of the No. 10 Saloon in the third season. He runs for Sheriff against Bullock in order to gain popularity but his wish is to become fire marshal of the town.
- The Bartender: Of the No. 10 Saloon.
- Dirty Cop: As Bullock's deputy, he's corrupt and greedy.
- Gasshole: He has trouble with flatuence, according to Aunt Lou and Richardson.
- FaceHeel Turn: In The Movie, he's a corrupt stooge of Hearst who's willing to kill Bullock.
- Nice Guy: Harry is a pretty nice fellow, agreeable and genial to everyone if they treat him well.
- Number Two: In The Movie, he's Bullock's deputy.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He replaces Davey, the barman of the No. 10 in the previous season.
- Those Two Guys: With Nuttal in Season 3.
Sharing AW Merrick's newspaper office, is the telegraph office, run by Blazanov. The two men share more than an office, confiding to one another during their frequent "perambulations" around the camp. Blazanov returns from a trip to Chicago in season three, having acquired a new apparatus that allows him to practice "duplex telegraphy."
- Catchphrase: "Telegram for Mr/Mrs..."
- Fat and Skinny: The skinny to Merrick's fat.
- Last-Name Basis: He is either "Mr. Blazanov" or "that fucking Russian".
- Lzherusskie: Averted for once. Lychnikoff was born and raised in Russia.
- Nice Guy: Blazanov is just a dorky, somewhat shy and courteous fellow.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He is at first adamant that the messages are confidential, but changes his mind after seeing Hearst's attrocities. Afterwards he informs Merrick and Al of every message received by Hearst in advance.
- Those Two Guys: With Merrick. After Blazanov arrives at camp, he quickly forms a touching friendship with the newspaper man.
Steve Fields a.k.a. Steve the Drunk
One of the camp's many drunks as well as being a loudmouth and racist. He is a continual nuisance at Tom Nuttall's Saloon.
- The Alcoholic: Obviously. If Steve isn't drunk, he's on his way there.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: He fucked Bullock's horse. Really.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's entirely possible Steve is this. He might be a loud-mouthed drunk and a vitriolic racist, but there is a sympathetic side to him. He feels immense guilt at having driven Hostetler to suicide, loudly trying to assuage his guilt with a self-pitying monologue. When he and the Nigger General are left alone at the stable he ends wishing him a good night in his own bigoted way and later offers him a job as his assistant realizing that he has a better head for numbers than him. If he had only told him that instead of trying to de-shoe the Nigger General's horse to force him to stay...
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His attempt on the life of Hugo Jarry, who's somehow even more repulsive than an alcoholic racist.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His plan to de-shoe the NG's horse backfires and he's kicked in the head, rendering him brain-dead, meaning the NG has to take care of him.
- The Load: To Tom Nuttal's saloon, then to the Nigger General.
- Pet the Dog: With his increasing appearances, he gets more of these moments. He's an animal lover, has a nice interaction with William Bullock and takes over the livery because he can't bear to see the horses not being cared for.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Steve allows himself to be defined by his racism.
- Stupid Evil: Things would go a lot more his way if he was just nice.
- You Are What You Hate: Hearing his continous ramble about African-Americans, another patron asks him if he can prove that he has no Black ancestry, arguing that Steve's nose is a bit flat.
Reverend Henry Weston Smith
Reverend Henry Weston Smith is a kind Christian minister who, among other tasks, leads the funerals of many of the individuals who die. Smith was a field nurse in the Civil War, serving at Shiloh and 2nd Manassas, until he received a "sign from God." He subsequently left his wife and children and became a reverend in Deadwood.
- Body Horror: His brain tumor has the kind of averse physical effect on him that is to be expected of the time period, without access to even cursory medical treatment. Smith's eyes turn glassy, he frequently loses his sense of equilibrium and is given to violent seizures in the period leading up to his death.
- Good Shepherd: Too bad nobody ever pays attention to him.
- Mercy Kill: Smith is smothered to death by Al Swearengen to spare him a prolonged, agonizing and humiliating death.
- The Missionary: He was a field nurse, but now he's spreading the good word in Deadwood.
- Nice Guy: Smith is an endlessly polite cheerful man who maintains a strong sense of optimism even within Deadwood. He tries his best to be accommodating to everyone he comes across and is otherwise a non-judgmental and humble fellow.
Seth Bullock's nephew-turned-adopted son. William arrives at Deadwood with his mother Martha at the beginning of Season 2, when Seth deems the town safe enough for them. He has a profound admiration for his Sheriff uncle-father, but suffers because of the lack of other children in the camp.
- Cheerful Child: William is a polite and optimistic child.
Nigger General Samuel Fields
A colorful, larger-than-life errant Black man that always wears a ragged self-made Union uniform and a perpetual smile no matter the situation (or maybe just when around other people). He likes to introduce himself as the Nigger General, even though he never served in an army.
- The Alcoholic: He's a heavy drinker, which leads him to befriend fellow drunkard Jane.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a sharp sense of humour.[to a horse he's about to castrate] "Now, if you want to take it out on someone, remember it was very dark-skinned white folks that cut on you. They just sounded like niggers to throw you off."
- Phony Veteran: Unlike his historical counterpart, who only lied about his rank.
- Nice Guy: Even after all the abuse Steve the Drunk puts him through, the General still takes care of the dumb bastard following his accident.
- Odd Couple / Straight Man and Wise Guy: With Hostetler, to whom he's the wise guy. Being two of the very few black people in camp, they pretty much feel they have to stick together despite having little in common.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: On his insistence, he's known largely as the Nigger General.
- Stepford Smiler: C'mon, he smiles even after being tarred and his first act after getting his skin peeled off is to reassure Hostetler, who had sold him to the mob to save his own skin, that he'd have done the same in his situation. His reasoning is that his pain is his and that showing it would only give the people who attacked him what they wanted.
- Those Two Guys: With Hostetler.
- Uncle Tomfoolery: Like Hostetler, the character subverts this, but in the opposite direction to him. He publically displays the worst stereotypes of his time about African Americans, to the point of asking people to address him by the N word, and in the process he deprives them of any insulting value.
Mose Manuel owns a gold claim which Wolcott wishes to buy on behalf of Hearst. Knowing he must sell, he tries to persuade his brother that he will mismanage the operation and ought to sell. When he refuses, Mose murders him. The death of his brother weighs on him, however, and Mose becomes a continuing problem for Cy Tolliver as his already belligerent attitude worsens
- Alliterative Name: Mose Manuel.
- The Atoner: After Mose kills his brother and subsequently has a near-death experience, the previously aggressive and greedy Mose becomes a quiet, passive man eager to help others.
- Blatant Lies: Oh, why, my brother wanted to sell the mine the same day he died in an accident while cleaning his gun, then to be buried in an undisclosed location for reasons totally unrelated to the possibility of performing an authopsy on him. Promise!
- Butt-Monkey: Jane seems to utterly hate him for absolutely no reason.
- Fat and Skinny: Mose and Fred.
- Fat Bastard: Initially, prior to becoming The Atoner.
- Historical Domain Character: Moses Manuel and his brother Fred were two of the four men who discovered the Homestake gold mine. They sold it (without killing each other) to George Hearst and it went on to be the largest gold mine in North America for over a century.
- Immune to Bullets: His fat saves his life, slowing the bullets that strike him.
- I Owe You My Life: Possibly why he insists on staying at the Chez Amis and working for Joanie, even though she didn't personally do anything to save him.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After killing his brother, Mose is instantly overcome with guilt, regret, grief and self-loathing. This leads him onto a short path of self-destruction (and destruction in general) which gets him shot.
- Redemption Equals Death: Subverted. He gets himself shot when he freaks out after killing his brother for money, but he is so fat the bullet gets stuck before hitting any vital organ and he ends surviving.
- Took a Level in Kindness: A bullet or two is good for the soul, it seems. After surviving his handshake with death, Mose becomes quieter, more thoughtful, passive and considerate.
- Villainous Breakdown: After killing his brother, he freaks right the hell out.
- Villainous Glutton: Immediately after killing his brother he starts to gorge out.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappears towards the end of the third season, after the Chez Amis is bought by Langrishe and turned into a theatre.
Hostetler runs the livery stable. Hostetler is, by default, the primary source of company for Samuel Fields, by virtue of being the only other black man in camp, which leads to much friction between their conflicting personalities.
- Angry Black Man: When Steve the Drunk or the Nigger General piss him off.
- Driven to Suicide: The proud and dignified Hostetler can't take anymore of Steve's rampant abuse, and shoots himself.
- Gentle Giant: Hostetler stands at 6 feet 3 inches, with broad shoulders and impressive muscle from a lifetime of labour and working with large animals. He's also a strict pacifist who wouldn't hurt a fly.
- Honor Before Reason: He ends killing himself rather than continue hearing Steve call him a liar, when he could just ignore him and leave town.
- It's All My Fault: Hostetler blames himself for William's death, but also knows that the town will blame him much more.
- Last-Name Basis: He's only referred to as Hostetler by others, to the point where his first name is never uttered.
- Odd Couple / Straight Man and Wise Guy: With the Nigger General.
- Once Acceptable Targets: In-universe. The show makes it clear that it wasn't easy to be a black man in 1870s America.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After William is killed by an escaped horse he was trying to castrate, he immediately leaves the camp, assuming that everybody's first reaction will be to go after him.
- Straight Man: To the Nigger General; Hostetler is a serious-minded and melancholy man in comparison to the more explicitly funny Nigger General.
- Those Two Guys: With the Nigger General. It comes to a sad ending with Hostetler's suicide.
- Token Minority: Along with the Nigger General, he's the only black character in the show. It's enforced largely due to the time period; black people wouldn't exactly have positions of any authority and Hostetler himself tries to keep under the radar.
- Uncle Tomfoolery: Subverted magnificently in the show. Hostetler is the serious, hard-working and educated man in contrast to the laid-back, wisecracking drinker that is the Nigger General. He is well aware that the treatment he gets from most white people because of his race is unjust, yet he acts submissive and doesn't challenge the abuse when he encounters it in order to avoid further problems.
A drunkard who shot Hickok in the back of the head as he played poker. McCall was found not guilty by a hurried and impromptu court of locals on the grounds he was merely avenging the prior murder of his brother by Hickok; but due to Hickok's high regard and the presence of many of Hickok's good friends in town, he was made to realize it was best to leave.
- The Alcoholic: Jack's entire life seems to consist of drinking, gambling and more drinking.
- Badass Boast: Subverted wonderfully; he declares that, "Jack McCall runs from no man" before immediately doing exactly that.
- Blatant Lies: As a defense, he claims that he shot Wild Bill because Bill had killed his brother. Interesting how the loud-mouthed drunk never thought to mention such a detail in all the days he'd been gambling with him.
- Dirty Coward: He's called this for shooting Hickok on the back... though the fact it was Wild Bill Hickock could qualify him as a Combat Pragmatist too.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He shoots Bill in the back of the head because he feels slighted by Bill's act of charity after he's been cleaned out by him in a poker game.
- Doomed by Canon: It's never explicitly stated what happened to him after his arrest by Bullock and Charlie, but in Real Life the first verdict was declared illegal and he was retried, found guilty and hanged.
- Droopy Right Eye: He was born droop-eyed.
- The Gambling Addict: Jack is always seen gambling at Nuttall's.
- Jerkass: Jack is a loud-mouthed drunk of low intelligence and smug demeanor. Even after killing Bill, he taunts Bullock about the fame he will receive from such an act.
- Too Dumb to Live: He murders Wild Bill in full view of a dozen people and fails to escape; only Al's machinations save him from the noose. Despite this miraculous Karma Houdini, he stays in camp. Where Wild Bill's fiercely loyal friends remain. While boasting about killing Bill. Al has to outright tell him to get the hell out of town before Bullock, Jane or just anyone who wants to claim a little fame gets to cutting his throat.
- Unknown Rival: To Wild Bill, who considers him a mild annoyance. McCall, both star-struck and resentful, considers Bill a great enemy.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Silas Adams slams Dan onto a set of antlers, killing him.
- Historical Domain Character: He's based on Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith II, a Western con artist who likewise hocked "soap with a prize inside". The Huckster isn't nowhere near to being in the real-life Soapy's league, however. He's rarely successful and his con is relatively simple in contrast to Soapy's masterful trickery which involved sleight of hand and rousing up a crowd.