The founder of the Cannon Limited, Kansas City's latest mob faction. Having gotten rich through the "alternative economy" (i.e. racketeering via an unauthorized bank in the city's black community), he is attempting to take his business mainstream.
- Berserk Button:
- He reacts with cold rage when Dibrell confuses Zero for his own son.
- In episode 7, mentioning Doctor Senator after his death becomes a sore spot for Loy, as he beats Leon with a belt for using Doctor's death as an argument for why they should kill Gaetano. He also warns Josto not to mention Doctor during a sitdown.
- Church Going Villain: He's a deacon, actually.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's a ruthless gangster, but he treats foster son Zero Fadda like an actual foster son rather than a potential spy and traitor.
- Deal with the Devil: Is painfully aware that he traded his son in exchange for more criminal power.
- Family Values Villain: Zigzagged. He's shown to take Thanksgiving seriously and shows kindness to Zero Fadda. However, as Deafy later argues, Loy can seem at times like he's more concerned with projecting an image of himself as a family man than he is with actually living up to it.
- Kick the Dog: Taunts a man asking for money just to make a point to his son.
- Let No Crisis Go to Waste: When his business is robbed by Zelmare and Swanee, he wastes no time finding them and forcing them to use their skills for his impending war.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: As a gangster, he preys on the local population for his own interests, but doesn't go out of his way to hurt innocents, unlike Gaetano, and has some moral limit to what he's ready to do to win, unlike Josto.
- Loan Shark: His bank is pretty much nothing more than a loansharking racket.
- Not So Different: From Donatello Fadda, his criminal rival. Like him, he's from a vilified minority and is trying to integrate his illegal operations into mainstream society (Cannon through the bank, Fadda through politics). They're also both fairly affable men who still are ready to do terrible things to climb to the top of the Kansas City underworld.
- Papa Wolf: He is fiercely protective of his kids. This even extends to his foster kid, as he instinctively steps in front of Gaetano to stop him from approaching Zero.
- Pragmatic Villainy: In "Lay Away", Josto convinces him that Calamita has murdered Satchel, and begs him to spare Zero from any retaliation and kill Gaetano instead. Loy decides against killing Zero, but also elects to free Gaetano - after telling him that Josto was prepared to sell him out, assuming this will ensure the Faddas go to war with each other. Unfortunately, this plan backfires because of Loy's misjudgment of Gaetano's character.
- The Strategist: He's very smart when it comes to managing the mob war brewing in Kansas City. Kinda subverted, however, as the moves of his enemies rarely make logical sense.
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: In "Happy", Loy arranges a meeting with Happy Halloway in hopes of getting more muscle for his war with the Faddas. Happy tells him that as far as the syndicates down south are concerned, Loy's got his "head too high" - he's risen too far and too fast for their liking, and they see his war with the Faddas as a natural reaction to his "foolish" attempt to compete with white folks.
- Too Clever by Half: His brilliant strategies assume that everyone else around him behaves rationally, which is seldom the case.
- Villainous Friendship: Has one with Doctor Senator.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He believes that with the right sales pitch, he can get people hooked on credit.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: He can't bring himself to kill his hostage Zero as retaliation for the (claimed) death of his own son.
Loy Cannon's right-hand man. A former member of the army's legal corps, he uses his knowledge of the law to help give the Cannon Limited the appearance of legitimacy.
- Amoral Attorney: He's Loy's attorney, responsible for handling his financial affairs.
- Badass Boast: He tells Ebal that he was assigned to interview Hermann Goring in the run-up to the Nuremburg Trials, and managed to gather enough material for a 400-page report making the case for Goring's guilt.
- Bald of Awesome: A bald, but full head.
- The Consigliere: Serves this function to Loy Cannon.
- Cool Old Guy: Witty, wise and willful.
- Dies Wide Open: After being shot, he lays on the ground, staring at the sky.
- Nice to the Waiter: He's very courteous with Nadine, the waitress of the coffee shop where he take his lunch.
- Sacrificial Lion: Introduced as Loy Cannon's main problem-solver, he's the only one shown to be capable of reasoning with the Faddas. He's killed by Calamita halfway through the season to demonstrate that he and Gaetano are through messing around, and that the time for talking is over.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: He tried to do his job honestly. He got only racist mockery as a reward. So he turned to organized crime.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Doctor Senator is his actual name.
- Wicked Cultured: Probably the most sophisticated, articulate criminal the series has ever seen.
- Worthy Opponent: He considers fellow consigliere Ebal Violante as this.
The organization's most recurrent hitman.
- Career-Ending Injury: He was a promising boxer, but left the profession due to the loss of an eye.
- Deadpan Snarker: Doesn't talk much, but most of what comes out of his mouth is sarcasm.
- The Dragon: Loy entrusts him with most of the tasks including violence.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Allowing Aldo out of his trunk forces Omie to shoot him when he tries to run to Calamita, warning Constant of the trap laid there for him.
- Killed Off for Real: He is shot dead by Calamita towards the end of "East/West".
- Red Right Hand: His glassy right eye make him look quite sinister.
- Weak, but Skilled: He's skinny, but knows how to fight.
A gangster with Loy's trust.
An eager young recruit, currently assigned as a bodyguard to Loy's eldest son, Lemuel.
- Born Unlucky: He was hired to protect Lemuel and keep him out of trouble. Unfortunately for him, no sooner was he hired than Gaetano put out a hit on Lemuel that was only averted because Rabbi intervened, and then on his second chance, the Faddas bribed the cops to raid the club where Lemuel happened to be.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: The only reason Loy hasn't fired or killed him yet is because his cousin happens to be Lionel "Happy" Halloway, a legendary cattle rustler back in Texas whose syndicate provides much of the Cannon Limited's muscle.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Tired of Loy's derision, he makes a deal with Josto Fadda to betray the Cannon Limited in exchange for taking over the slaughterhouses and getting a cut of the profits.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He keeps insisting that he's smart and could be vital to the Cannon Limited if Loy would just give him a chance, but he has yet to back up his claims with any displays of brilliance.
Wife of Loy Cannon.
- Mama Bear: She compares herself to a mother lion while threatening Calamita with a shotgun when he comes calling at her house.
Loy Cannon's eldest son, an aspiring musician who wants nothing to do with his father's business.
- Meet Cute: He and Ethelrida bond rather quickly, despite Ethelrida being shocked at seeing gangsters in her home at first.
Loy Cannon's youngest son, traded by him to the Fadda Family in exchange for their youngest son as a show of peace.
- A Boy and His X: While he and Rabbi are on the run, Satchel finds a lost dog stuck in the cupboard of the room at the boarding house they're shacked up in, named Rabbit. He adopts her, much to Rabbi's disapproval as it is impractical to their survival. When Rabbi is swept up by a tornado after going out to buy Satchel a treat for his birthday to make up for not allowing him to keep Rabbit, Satchel heads off on his own with only the dog for company.
- Children Are Innocent: Seems mostly unaware of the brewing tensions between his family and the Faddas, and initially fails to grasp the danger he and Rabbi are in.
- Denied Food as Punishment: Implied and downplayed; when Loy asks Satchel if the Faddas are feeding him, the boy replies "mostly peanut butter", implying that he's provided the bare minimum of the nutrition he needs.
The patriarch of the Fadda Family and kingpin of Kansas City since seizing power from the Milligan Concern.
- The Don: As the head of an Italian crime family, he's an archetypal example.
- Plot-Triggering Death: He dies in the first episode via a combination of freak accident and the medical care of Oraetta Mayflower, triggering a power struggle between his sons and Loy Cannon.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As far as crime bosses go, he's much more reasonable than either the psychotic Oweny Milligan, whom he overthrew; or his own reckless sons, who vie for the throne after he's dead. Unlike most of his crime syndicate, he's not bigoted towards blacks - comparing their situation as second-class citizens to that of Italian-Americans. Had he lived, the peace would likely have lasted much longer.
The new head of the Fadda Family after the death of patriarch Donatello. Hot-tempered and impulsive, he has been left to deal with the rise of the rival Cannon Limited and a challenge to his leadership from his younger brother Gaetano.
- Boomerang Bigot: He doesn't like his fellow Italians very much, constantly insists that they speak English around him, and refers to the bosses back in New York as "fucking Guineas".
- Catchphrase: "Bang!"
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Not an episode goes by where he isn't frustrated that despite being the acting leader of the Fadda Family for all but some of the first episode, people don't show any fear of him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: For all his faults, he at least understands the value of loyalty, and thus gives Rabbi some nominally-important jobs within the family (like caring for Satchel and performing reconnaissance) in order to keep him in the fold.
- Freudian Excuse: A lot of his emotional shortcomings become more understandable when we learn he was molested by Owney Milligan, the Irish mob boss to whom he was given as a hostage.
- Functional Addict: He has a fondness for drugs, but seems to use it only for recreative purposes.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Josto is angry and erratic, which is a terrible combination of traits to have when you're the new Don.
- Jerkass: His greatest weakness is his complete lack of charm and social graces.
- Kick the Dog: Sees the body of his own brother-in-law Antoon lying dead in the snow after a botched assassination Josto sent him on in the first place. When asked what to do with the body, Josto spits "let him rot" while barely even looking at Antoon's corpse.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Josto is neither a blundering idiot, nor a bloodthirsty monster, but his lack of charisma and his many personal issues make him ill-suited to deal with a tense situation like the deteriorating relations with Cannon Limited.
- Mood-Swinger: Josto can go from relatively pleasant to horribly odious in a heartbeat. This makes his underlings often confused as to just what it is he expects from them.
- Pyrrhic Victory: "The Nadir" ends with he and Gaetano finally united... only to watch as the rest of their organization is torn to shreds by Mort Kellerman.
- Rape as Backstory: He was sexually abused by Oweny Milligan during his time as a foster child/hostage for the Milligan Concern.
- Refuge in Audacity: When Rabbi grabs Satchel and runs, Josto turns the situation to his advantage by telling Loy that Satchel was murdered by Calamita under orders from Gaetano, and thus Loy has his blessing to kill Gaetano in retaliation, figuring that if Gaetano dies, his New York allies would come after Loy instead of him. Naturally, this backfires; Loy decides to free Gaetano instead, after informing him of Josto's treachery.
- Would Hurt a Child: He orders Antoon Dumini, one of his henchmen, to drive Loy Cannon's youngest son Satchel out into the woods and kill him in order to provoke Loy into retaliating by murdering Gaetano, who is being held hostage. He also doesn't seem concerned about the possibility that the life of his youngest brother Zero might become forfeit too.
- Xanatos Gambit: He sends Calamita, whose insubordination has caused him a lot of headaches, after Rabbi, who has betrayed the family. Whichever of the two kills the other, Josto has disposed of someone he wants to be rid of.
Patrick "Rabbi" Milligan
The last surviving son of the Milligan Concern, the gang that ruled Kansas City before the Faddas, and now a foster son of the Fadda Family. Having grown up in three different crime families, and having seen two of them get violently deposed, he has no stomach for another gang war, and instead concerns himself with caring for Satchell Cannon, the family's new hostage.
- Abusive Parents: His biological father was Oweny Milligan, a cruel old bastard who used him as collateral and yet still expected him to kill people for the family.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: As soon as Satchel is in danger, he abandons his reserved attitude and goes to extreme lengths to save him.
- Child Soldier: He lampshades the fact that he was forced to become a killer when only a child and he was never given a choice as to the path in life he wanted to take. He is determined to prevent the same from happening to Satchel Cannon. He will keep Satchel safe during the coming Mob War and afterwards Satchel will be able to choose whether he wants to be a gangster or do something else with his life.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His childhood was pretty miserable, first being a hostage and traitor to the Moskowitz Syndicate, and then being a hostage and defector to the Fadda Family.
- The Dog Bites Back: He betrayed his biological family after being sent to be a hostage to the Faddas.
- Everyone Has Standards : He's very uncomfortable at the idea of killing Loy Cannon's eldest son. Or his younger son. Or anyone's son.
- Face Death with Dignity: When he's about to get sucked in by the tornado, he tries to resist at first, but ends up raising his arm peacefully, as if he was accepting that twister of fate.
- Fairytale Motifs: Rabbi is associated with the character of Goldilocks, as someone who tries to find his place, but never fits in or is rejected.
- Friend to All Children: He's the Fadda family designated caretaker of kid, being both the one who helps Zero go to the Cannons, and taking Satchel under his wing.
- Knight in Sour Armour: Rabbi is a cynical gangster, but he's still one of the most noble character of season 4.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: He and Josto grew up in each other's families, and later in the same family, and thus he feels a responsibility to look out for Josto and his younger brother Zero.
- Like a Son to Me: To him, Satchel is partly an uncorrupted version of himself, partly the son he never had.
- Only Sane Man: Rabbi seems to be one of the only members of the Fadda Family with any common sense.
- Parental Substitute: Seems to play this role for Satchel Cannon during his stay with the Faddas.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Rabbi decides to buy Satchel a cupcake for his birthday, a decision that leads him into the path of Constant Calamita, Omie Sparkman, and a tornado that swallows all three of them up.
- Protectorate: He swears that he will keep Satchel Cannon safe no matter what happens between the Faddas and the Cannons. He advocates for peace between the gangs and when that fails he does not hesitate to go against his bosses to keep the boy unharmed.
- Self-Made Orphan: He killed his own father in revenge for being repeatedly traded to other families.
- Undying Loyalty: Rabbi is very insistent about his loyalty to the Faddas, probably to avoid being rejected again. He then ends that loyalty in favor of protecting Satchel once the threat of a full-on Mob War becomes unavoidable and the boy's life is in danger.
The younger brother of Josto Fadda, and now a claimant for control of the Fadda Family. A brutish, old-fashioned thug, he spent years as a family enforcer in Italy, but struggles to adjust to operating in Kansas City.
- Assassin Outclassin': Kills at least two of his would be assassins and sends the rest running for the hills through sheer Ax-Crazy relentlessness.
- Ax-Crazy: Easily the most unhinged member of the Faddas and possibly the entire season (barring sinister Cloudcuckoolander Oraetta). Gaetano is a bug-eyed, homicidal lunatic who carries around a can full of bloody teeth and fully espouses that "killing is business" in his line of work. His murderous tendencies are as much a danger to his own side as his enemies, as he almost sets off a mob war purely by ordering an needless hit on Loy Cannon's son out of petty pride and goes all the way by murdering the Cannon's peace broker, Doctor Senator.
- Bad Boss: Calamita has to restrain him from beating up random underlings for trivial reasons and he shrugs off accidentally shooting one of his own men dead during a tense standoff with Zelmare and Swanee.
- Been There, Shaped History: He claims that he and his gang helped capture and execute Benito Mussolini. He even has a tin can with a bunch of bloody teeth that he claims he pried out of Il Duce.
- The Berserker: He's exactly as bloodthirsty as he looks in a fight. When ambushed by rival hitmen his response is to charge straight at them wildly firing two pistols at once.
- The Big Guy: He is one of the larger members of the Fadda Family.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: His worldview has been informed by his time in Italy, where he betrayed his fellow mobsters in order to get into Mussolini's good graces, then betrayed Mussolini to the Allies when it became obvious that the Fascists were going to lose the war. Now he's contemplating betraying Josto in order to take over the family, as Josto appears to be weak and inexperienced.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was only 11 when he got banished to Sardinia... just in time for the Fascists to take over the island, kill his guardian, and institute autarky on the island, which left him to nearly starve.
- Death by Falling Over: Moments after killing Odis, Gaetano accidentally trips and shoots his own brains out with his gun. This was actually foreshadowed several episodes earlier when his provocation for killing a random janitor was said janitor laughing at Gaetano slipping on ice; for all of Gaetano's rampaging brutishness, he seems to have a hard time keeping himself upright.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After he barely survives being killed by Loy due to Josto's machinations, Gaetano comes to realize that while he is physically stronger and more powerful than Josto, Josto is clearly more devious, and thus he finally pledges his loyalty to his brother, ending the conflict between them.
- Evil Is Petty: From stealing a painting of his house to killing a young man for laughing at him, Gaetano is a massive prick all around.
- Guns Akimbo: Charges at the Fargo Crime Syndicate mooks with a pistol in each hand in "The Nadir".
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Anything can set Gaetano off. Calamita frequently has to restrain Gaetano from taking out his anger on his own allies. At one point, he murders a young janitor and a surly clerk because the janitor laughed at him for slipping on ice, and the clerk served him bad coffee.
- Large Ham: Is incredibly theatrical in everything he does.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: He was sent away to Sardinia after being caught fooling around with the daughter of one of his dad's lieutenants... and then stabbing said lieutenant in the eye.
- Ruthless Foreign Gangsters: He's spent most of his life in Italy, and even among the Faddas, he's a nasty piece of work.
- Smarter Than You Look : When Josto chastises him for his foolish attempt at starting a war, Gaetano slyly destabilizes him with a reminder of his failure to kill Dr. Harvard for refusing treatment to their father.
- Stupid Evil: In "Raddoppiarlo", he starts a gang war with the Cannon Limited when, in a fit of anger about not being allowed to retake the slaughterhouses, he orders Calamita and Rabbi to kill Lemuel Cannon, Loy's older son. Only Rabbi's quick thinking prevents anyone from getting killed, and the Cannons immediately retaliate by stealing a truck that turns out to have the bulk of the Faddas' arsenal.
- Villain Respect: Villain-on-villain example - after being at each other's throats the whole season, with Gaetano vying to usurp Josto as head of the family and Josto manipulating events to see that Gaetano is killed, Gaetano eventually comes to see Josto as an equal. After being freed from his imprisonment by Loy, who informs Gaetano that Josto expected Loy to kill the former in retribution for Satchel's apparent death, Gaetano admires how underhanded that move was and admits that while he is physically strong, Josto is indeed the brains of the family. He then pledges his loyalty to Josto, but not before pummeling him unconscious as revenge, of course.
The consigliere to the Fadda Family.
- Based on a Great Big Lie: His opinion of American society, where the claimed values contradict its history and everyone pretends to be something they're not. He's okay with it.
- The Consigliere: To Donatello Fadda and to Josto after him.
- Only Sane Man: An even-tempered, thoroughly competent gangster surrounded by hotheads. It's only once Josto sends him away for an episode that the relations with the Cannon Limited fully go off the rails.
- Ignored Expert: An old mobster who knows the strings of the criminal underworld, but Josto does not listen to him much.
- Mouth of Sauron: Regularly meets with Doctor Senator on behalf of the Fadda family.
- Perpetual Frowner: Even his attempts at smiling look grumpy.
- Worthy Opponent: To Doctor Senator, with shades of Villainous Friendship. When he returns and finds out that Constant has killed him he's momentarily taken aback.
A sinister, soft-spoken enforcer for the Faddas and Gaetano's chief killer.
- Assassin Outclassin': He manage to survive the ambush Omie set for him, then subdue him.
- Badass Boast: "There ain't a monster on Earth tougher than an orphan in a box."
- Cold Ham: He's pretty quiet in general, but has a fondness for theatrics when it comes to threatening his enemies.
- The Dandy: He is repeatedly shown taking care of his appearance and is always excessively well dressed.
- The Dragon: To Gaetano. In the divide of loyalty between Josto and Gaetano, Constant is clearly the man most loyal to Gaetano and usually the one Gaetano trusts with tasks that go under Josto's nose.
- Dragged Off to Hell: Calamita is killed by an ambiguously surnatural tornado, as he is sucked into its swirl screaming.
- Even Evil Has Standards: For all of he and Gaetano's shared psychopathy, he's seemingly put-off when the latter kills a young janitor and a bartender because the janitor laughed at him for slipping and falling on ice, with Calamita asking him in all honesty why he felt the need to do that.
- Faux Affably Evil: The only thing separating him from Gaetano is his seemingly-lax demeanor and his debonair charm. At heart, Calamita is a stone-cold killer.
- Freudian Excuse: His childhood was pretty horrific, as his teenage mother died while immigrating to America, and he arrived to the US as a baby in a box. Subverted, as he sees it as the reason for his fierceness rather than an excuse for his villainy.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: To reinforce his status as the archetypal old-school gangster, Calamita tends to smoke during tense situations.
- Lean and Mean: Tall, skinny and obviously seeking conflict.
- Nerves of Steel: He stands his ground when the Cannons hijack his gun shipment, and the robbers make a point of pressing the super-hot barrel of a gun to his cheek to brand him.
- Psycho for Hire: Has an understated taste for blood nearly as prominent as Gaetano's. He's cheerfully willing to set off a mob war on Gaetano's behalf purely out of his shared taste for cruelty.
- Red Is Violent: He wears a bright red suit and is also a very dangerous assassin.
- Red Right Hand: After his run-in with the Cannon Limited, he's left with a noticeable ring-shaped burn scar on his cheek.
Josto and Gaetano's brother-in-law, and an enforcer for the Faddas.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He served in the Italian army during the war, nearly starved to death when Mussolini fell out of power, and was brought to America as a prisoner of war.
- Developing Doomed Characters: "Camp Elegance" reveals that he has a loving wife, Naneeda, and three adoring children, and then he gets the order to take Satchel for a drive and kill him, which naturally causes Rabbi to track him down and shoot him before he can go through with it.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's a loyal mafioso and triggerman, but he loves his wife Naneeda, and his three kids. It's almost enough to make him reconsider killing Satchel.
- Immigrant Patriotism: He dedicated himself to be a good American after suffering horribly during the battle of Monte-Cassino.
- In the Back: Rabbi shoots from behind, killing him instantly.
- Nice Guy: Well, by mobster standards, anyway. It's even implied that he's too modest to ask for a promotion, despite being Josto's brother-in-law, so his wife asks Rabbi to put in a good word for him.
- Pride: Her biggest flaw, as she admits herself.
- Proper Lady: She is pious, polite and refined, and tries to give those values to her daughter.
- Real Men Love Jesus: She is rather fiercely religious
- Women Are Wiser: Unlike her husband, she understands the danger that her family is in due to their connections to Loy Cannon.
Ethelrida Pearl Smutney
The daughter of a pair of undertakers, caught in the middle of the season's events due to her parents owing a significant amount of money to Loy Cannon.
- Black and Nerdy: She is an exceptionally well-read teenager. She also brings a notebook to Oraetta's apartment so that she can tabulate how much to charge her for cleaning.
- Foreign Culture Fetish: She listens to French singers and speak the language perfectly.
- Meet Cute: She and Lemuel bond rather quickly, despite Ethelrida being schocked of seeing gangsters in her home at first.
- Snooping Little Kid: A teen rather than a little kid, but her innocent snooping in Oraetta's apartment clues her in to Oraetta's crimes.
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: She is constantly being punished for the fact that she is smarter than her white peers at school.
- Weirdness Magnet: Ethelrida seems to attract a spectral entity that her aunt calls Mr. Snowman.
Zelmare Roulette and Swanee Capps
- Portrayed by: Karen Aldridge and Kelsey Asbille
A pair of half-bright bank robbers. Having recently escaped prison, they are enlisted by Zelmare's brother-in-law Thurman Smutney to acquire money to help him pay off his debts to Loy.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Zelmare and Swanee are comic relief more often than not, but they not only successfully get the drop on Gaetano Fadda, but they wipe out nearly the entirety of the team Deafy Wickware assembled to apprehend them, on top of a whole lot of civilians.
- Big Sister Instinct: When Zelmare hears of her sister's financial troubles, she and Swanee bust out of prison to help her.
- Boom, Headshot!: Swanee dies after Odis shoots her in the head.
- Cool Aunt: While Zelmare and Swanee get a chilly reception from Dibrell and Thurman when they show up unexpectedly, Ethelrida runs up and hugs Zelmare. Zelmare for her part utterly adores Ethelrida.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Swanee's father was mentally ill, and when she was taken away by the state, she was sent to schools where she claims the teachers sexually abused her.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Their crimes in Kansas City are initially motivated solely by Zelmare's desire to help her beloved sister and niece.
- Insistent Terminology: They prefer to be called outlaws, not "criminals". "Criminal" implies that they simply failed to live within society's rules, whereas they have no interest whatsoever in following society's rules.
- Lover and Beloved: According to their rap sheets, Zelmare is a good 13 years older than Swanee, and seems to be the leader in the relationship.
- Maligned Mixed Marriage:
- Swanee was supposedly the product of a marriage between a Chinese laborer and a Native American woman, and has spent most of her life being subject to racism of one kind or another.
- Zelmare and Swanee's own relationship would probably fall under this trope; in 1950, a middle-aged black woman and her young mixed-race girlfriend aren't likely to be welcome anywhere in America, even if they'd been law-abiding citizens.
- Now or Never Kiss: They finally share a long on-screen kiss, just before going on their fatal rampage in the train station.
- Outlaw Couple: They may be criminals, but they love each other.
- Pretty in Mink: Zelmare holds a fur coat she stole to a woman the night of her evasion. It gets obstensibly dirtier as time passes.
- Rape as Backstory:
- Swanee says that her teachers spent years trying to "rape the Indian" out of her.
- Zelmare claims that she hasn't been innocent "since Uncle Charlie cornered me in the shed" when she was a teenager.
- Satisfied Street Rat: They cherish the outlaw life, a short free existence and a violent death.
- Stupid Criminals: Their brilliant plan to help out the Smutneys involves robbing Cannon Limited, the same group to whom the Smutneys owe money. The robbery is a disaster, the only reason they survive is because Loy initially believes that they were sent by the Faddas, and Swanee accidentally pukes on the stolen money, and even after Zelmare literally launders every single bill, the stench remains, and thus when Thurman hands it over to Cannon, Cannon quickly realizes that it was stolen from him. Next thing they know, they're quickly found by Loy and forced to do his bidding.
- Wickware reveals that they've always been that dangerously incompetent; Zelmare was originally locked up after accidentally killing a pregnant woman in an armed robbery that netted less than ten dollars.
- Sweet Tooth: Swanee loves candies.
An eccentric detective on the Faddas' payroll.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It's heavily indicated Odis suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety. Among other nervous tics Odis ritualistically does everything in fives—knocking on or locking/unlocking doors, zipping/unzipping his fly, etc.—calms himself down with a mantra/safe word (in this case, "Ten Little Indians") and he's shown to become extremely upset should anything remove him from being in control of his anxious tendencies.
- Butt-Monkey: He gets bullied by every character he comes in contact with.
- Control Freak: He explains to Deafy that being in control is the only way he can suppress his nervous ticks. He joined the police force specifically because it is a job that gives you power and control over others. However, being an honest cop can be dangerous to your health so he took money from gangsters to look the other way. This made him safer but also meant that he was now beholden to the criminal gangs and no longer in control. His actions are motivated by a desire to regain control over his life no matter what.
- Dark and Troubled Past:
- Loy's version: He was a minesweeper during the war, and was apparently not very good at it; Loy implies that he kept getting his men killed. One day, he had a breakdown and just lay down on the field; when the colonel passed by, Odis claimed the field was empty, and the colonel rode on... and got blown to pieces.
- Odis' version: He was a very good minesweeper due to his meticulous nature and ability to follow strict protocol. It was his men who were not as careful and kept getting killed. One day he got a letter that informed him that his fiance has been brutally raped and murdered. He went out that day and just laid in a field for hours.
- Dirty Cop: He's a cop on the Fadda Family's payroll, using his position to cover up their crimes.
- Dirty Coward: He's simply too scare of the gangsters to do the right thing. This gets exploited by both the Faddas and the Cannons.
- The Lost Lenore: While he was serving in France during World War II, his fiance was brutally raped and murdered.
- Nervous Wreck: Part of his condition. It doesn't take much to trigger his OCD's.
- Redemption Rejection: Deafy offers him a chance to do his job properly. Under threat from Loy Cannon, he murders him instead.
- Shellshocked Veteran: He was a minesweeper during the war. He survived due to his strict adherence to protocol but his men were not as careful and kept getting blown up. When he heard that his fiance had been murdered, he had a breakdown. He is now a neurotic mess and suffering from numerous tics and compulsions. The constant scrutiny from Deafy doesn't do him any favors, either.
U.S. Marshal Richard "Deafy" Wickware
A U.S. Marshal sent to Kansas City in pursuit of Zelmare and Swanee. Also a priest of the Mormon Church.
- Actor Allusion: Not the first time Timothy Olyphant has played a colorful US Marshal.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Dick Wickware is a pretty odd, overly religious, carrot-eating individual, yet still a competent policeman.
- Cowboy Cop: Aside from being a US Marshal wearing a cowboy hat, he can be very brutal towards criminals, if the story of his handling of Italian gangsters in Salt Lake City is true. He ends up as a deconstruction since his poor handling of the arrest of Zelmare and Swanee leads to a massacre and his own death.
- Disappointed in You : His expression in death seems to be judging Odis.
- Good Is Not Nice: Deafy is Holier Than Thou to aggravatingly self-confident levels and he's not above threatening to ruin the life of a seventeen-year-old girl for critical information, but he's still the one honest cop in the season and is in fact the one to offer Odis his chance to redeem himself. This gets Deafy killed.
- Holier Than Thou: He likes to judge the presumed moral failings of others.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He considers himself a good judge of character but he only sees the surface and uses this to bully people to do what he wants. In the end he horribly misjudges Odis Weff and gets shot in the heart.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Disapproves of swearing, and uses this instead.
- Inspector Javert: Deafy is ready to go very far to catch Zelmare and Swanee.
- Noble Bigot with a Badge: While he is an honest cop, he holds to the traditional beliefs of the Latter-Days Saints, i.e. that black people and Native Americans are inferior to "Nephites" like himself. He's also not fond of Italians.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Loy Cannon in the form of an interrogation in order to get him to give up Zelmare and Swanee, completely dissecting his pretensions of loyalty and being a better breed of criminal. It's possible it cost him his life, depending on what exactly Loy told Odis to do over the phone.
- Selective Obliviousness: He got the nickname "Deafy" because he only hears what he wants to hear.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He doesn't appreciate Odis Weff's corruption.
- Troll: He seems to have a thing for pushing other people's buttons.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He's often seen munching on carrot sticks, which he keeps on his person at all times.
An eccentric, racist nurse. Her fetish for killing patients inadvertently sets the main events of the season in motion after she murders Donatello Fadda, the local crime boss.
- Abusive Parents: It's heavily implied that her mother had Munchausen syndrome by proxy and was intentionally making her sick throughout her childhood.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Oraetta is a laundry list of eccentricities evident to anyone who talks to her for more than five seconds, from her odd and precise manner of speaking to her penchant for talking in the third person and her strange beliefs and tangents. This is a rare example that's played for drama; Oraetta's bizarre way of thinking is anything but harmless and ends up facilitating much of the season's conflict, directly and indirectly.
- Creepy Souvenir: Collects items from her victims.
- Minnesota Nice: She has a charming Mideastern facade that hides her racism and cruelty.
- Refuge in Audacity: Caught red-handed attempting to kill a patient, she blatantly lies her ass off, claiming that she's being set up by incompetent doctors. She raises enough of a stink that her boss agrees to give her an extraordinarily generous severance package, including two months' wages and a letter of recommendation.
- Sadist: Downplayed compared to other psychos like Malvo or Varga and hidden under her cheery Minnesota Nice act, but the depth of Oraetta's fetish for murdering people becomes increasingly obvious as the season goes on. She has a closet full of trophies picked from the infirm patients she's murdered, she opts to keep murdering people even when rehired with a clean record at another, more prestigious hospital, and she stops to watch Harvard choking on one of her poisoned macaroons with a long grin before going to rifle through his cabinet.
- Serial Killer: Oraetta has a hard-on for killing bedridden patients, describing herself as their "Angel of Mercy." Though we only see her murder Donatello, she's interrupted in the process of trying to kill another old man and her records make it clear she's been in the business for a long time.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: She uses a lot of very elaborate words, ostensibly so that nobody will misunderstand her.
- Technically a Smile: She twists a side of mouth more than the other, giving the impression of an unsettling smirk.
- Third-Person Person: Oraetta Mayflower does refer to Oraetta Mayflower in the third person sometimes.
- Villain Takes an Interest: She's fascinated by Ethelrida's intelligence.
Dr. David Harvard
A chauvinistic director of a private hospital, and the current employer of Oraetta Mayflower.
- Asshole Victim: Dr. Harvard isn't a murderer or a criminal like the majority of the cast, but he's a racist, arrogant bastard who denies help to a man bleeding out the neck and his family just because they're Italian. Not many tears are shed when he chokes on one of Oraetta's poisoned macaroons. It's subverted by the next episode, where it's revealed he survived and has been a transferred to a hospital out of state for protection.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: His passing is a slow and painful one, desperately gasping for air as Oreatta watches avidly. Subverted when it turns out he survived.
- Dr. Jerk: Hospital director, but he practices medicine and is a chauvinistic prick.
- Hate Sink: While most of the main characters aren't exactly saints, Loy Cannon at least has some redeeming qualities in his love for his family, and Josto has some witty moments. Even Oraetta, despite being a racist and a Serial Killer, has a sympathetic backstory in the form of the implication of her mother having Munchausen-by-proxy syndrome, resulting in Oraetta spending much of her childhood bedridden. Dr. Harvard, however, has none of these. Racist and misogynistic, Harvard embodies everything wrong with America in the 1950s.
- Not Quite Dead: Oraetta poisons him to remove him as a threat to her employment and to steal a letter exposing her Serial Killer tendencies. He survives, much to her surprise, and has to be treated in a hospital out of state for his safety.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Unsympathetic example. He refuses a bribe from Ebal to convince him to accept Donatello Fadda in the hospital, based on pure bigotry.
The long-deceased head of the Irish criminal outfit the Milligan Concern, and Rabbi's father.
- Abusive Parents: Yiddles used his own son Rabbi as a bartering chip, not once but twice, trading him off to his rival criminals for years on end while still expecting Rabbi to kill for the family. It's very little wonder Rabbi decided to betray his old man and ultimately kill him.
- Depraved Homosexual: Yiddles' mugshot lists some of his offenses as "buggery" and "perversion," and it's disturbingly indicated that he's an outright pedophile when Josto brings up that Owney "did things you shouldn't ever do to children" during his time in Yiddles' care.
- Dying Curse: His final words to his own son, who betrayed him in favor of the Faddas, is to pronounce a curse on him and his children. This curse metaphorically passes in episode 9: Rabbi is seemingly killed by a tornado, Satchel is left alone, and a bandaged figure heavily implied to be Yiddles himself appears before Satchel not long after the fact.
- Not Quite Dead: Possibly. In episode 9, a creepy bandaged man played by Ida Amyx in the East/West hotel appears to Satchel shortly after Rabbi's apparent death in order to tempt the young boy into coming closer to him. It's never explicitly stated that he's Yiddles, but among many other maladies has a thick layer of bandage around his forehead, approximate to where his son shot him.
- Would Hurt a Child: One of the perishingly few onscreen child murderers in the series when he has his own young son Rabbi murder the youngest son of the Moskowitz syndicate. Making him extra loathsome is the heavy implication he sexually abused a young Josto for three years during his time among the Milligans.