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The Stussy Brothers

    In General 
Portrayed By: Ewan McGregor

  • Cain and Abel: Ray is the Cain, but under the big white smile Emmit is no saint himself, so it might be more a case of Cain and Cain.
  • Not So Different: Ray and Emmit might be Polar Opposite Twins in most respects, but they're both ambitious men who are neck-deep in corruption. From the way Emmit describes it, they may have ended up in each other's shoes had Emmit not tricked Ray into giving up the stamps when they were kids.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: They're not twins, but as they're portrayed by the same actor, this kind of applies to Ray and Emmit. Ray is a balding, shifty and bitter parole officer barely making ends meet. Emmit is a handsome, enormously successful and self-assured businessman.
  • Sibling Rivalry: They certainly don't get along. Ray is boiling with resentment and bitterness toward Emmit, while Emmit only begrudgingly allows Ray to be part of his life at all.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Big time. Emmit is wealthy, successful, handsome, lives in a big house, respected by his community and a charming, good-natured man. Ray works a low-paying and unglamorous job, lives in a regular apartment and is disliked for his abrasive personality. While Emmit seems to only tolerate Ray but has no serious illwill towards him (at first anyway), Ray is utterly seething with resentment towards Emmit. The two couldn't be more different.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The Stussy brothers aren't twins (Emmit is 2 years older), but they look so much alike the relationship is undeniable. Ray is even able to successfully impersonate Emmit with a shave and the right wig.
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    Ray Stussy 

Raymond "Ray" Stussy

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"You can't give me what was mine from the start."

Valet: No tip?
Ray: Ya. Get a real job.

Balding and pot-bellied, Ray is the kind of guy who peaked in high school. Now a parole officer, he has a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt, and he blames Emmit for his misfortunes.


  • Accidental Murder: On the receiving end.
  • The Alleged Car: Much like Ray himself, his Corvette is barely working and has clearly seen better days.
  • Anti-Villain: He's a spiteful, mean-spirited screw-up but still manages to be sympathetic, mostly due to his love for Nikki.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: After pretending to make up with Emmit while Nikki tries to steal the stamp, he admits that it felt good to have a "normal" conversation with his brother. Unfortunately, Nikki's actions make true reconciliation impossible. Possibly shown again during his death; while bleeding out from a shard of glass to the neck, his last action is to call out to his brother.
  • Beauty Inversion: Ewan McGregor is a good-looking man, meaning it took two hours of makeup to turn him into the paunchy, balding, windburned, strangely sticky-looking Ray.
  • Big Brother Worship: Totally averted. He deeply resents his older brother for what he considers tricking him in trading the corvette of the stamps. In fact, all of the conflict between them in the season is started by Ray—Emmit did not see his brother as someone worth hating.
  • Blackmail: Attempts to do this to Emmit with the sex tape, but it doesn't work as Stella gets to it first.
  • Cain and Abel: Has this dynamic with his brother Emmit. Ironically, he winds up being the Abel when Emmit accidentally kills him.
  • Cool Car: Averted; he inherited a Corvette from his father, and it was probably pretty cool at the time. By 2010, however, it's being held together largely by hope and it's clear that Ray has been unable to take care of it. The car is also a constant reminder of how he was (supposedly) swindled out of his "rightful" inheritance. And lastly, if a Corvette and Mary Elizabeth Winstead on your arm can't make balding, sleazy Ray cool, nothing can.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: When he pulls a shard of glass from the stamp frame from his neck and slowly bleeds to death, begging Emmit for help.
  • Cute Kitten: What he apparently reincarnated as.
  • Death by Irony: The stamp that he wanted so badly ends up being the cause of his demise.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Lasts longer than most examples, but he still dies a little over halfway through the season when he seemed to be a Villain Protagonist in the vein of Lester and Peggy.
  • Dies Wide Open: His eyes are wide open after his death.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: All of the problems in the season are caused by Ray being bitter that Emmit didn't give him a stamp.
  • Enemy Eats Your Lunch: Downs Maurice's pint while blackmailing him.
  • Expy: He and Nikki are essentially Hi and Ed having switched jobs.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Nikki is the one person he truly cares about.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He does feel some guilt over Maurice's murder, though he gets over it pretty quickly.
    • He also sounds taken aback when he finds out that Stella left Emmit due to his ploy with the sex tape, implying he didn't want things to go that far.
  • Evil Is Petty: Good god, is he ever. He won't stop until he feels that he has "beaten" his more successful brother by getting the stamp.
  • Fatal Flaw: His inability to make amends with his brother ends up leading to his death when he refuses to take the stamp back from him, and the two get into a scuffle that ends with his death.
  • For Want of a Nail: If he hadn't forgotten something in his apartment after trying to flee Varga and his men, the chain of events leading to Emmit accidentally killing him wouldn't have happened.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: He loves to blame his current life situation on his brother Emmit 'cheating' him out of inheriting his father's prized stamp. Subverted in that it's just an extension of his Never My Fault tendencies and only serves to highlight how pathetic, petty, and vindictive he is. Emmit eventually comes to understand why he thinks this way, though unfortunately too late to spare him.
  • Ironic Death: Dies the way he lived: making a mess and begging his brother for help.
  • Jerkass: He is a very petty and spiteful man who is perfectly willing to ruin his brother's life over a one-sided, pathetic childhood feud.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In spite of his major flaws and insecurity issues, his love for Nikki is totally genuine and he would do anything for her.
  • Kavorka Man: He's balding, a little overweight, sickly looking and works a low-paying job. That's in addition to his less than stellar personality. Nonetheless, he's still engaged to someone as beautiful as Nikki.
  • Kick the Dog: Not tipping the driver at the beginning of the season. Also, disguising himself as Emmit and sending a fake sex tape to Stella was possibly the cruelest thing he's done. Granted, he was trying to blackmail Emmit with it and didn't necessarily mean for her to see it first, but he was perfectly okay with that outcome.
  • Lethally Stupid:
    • As Maurice's parole officer he should have known that Maurice was an incompetent screw-up. He still hired Maurice to steal the stamp from Emmitt and gave him only vague instructions on what to do. It is a miracle that Maurice only killed one person.
    • It's then turned around on himself, as after refusing to accept Emmit just giving him the stamp out of pure ego, he gets a shard of glass stuck in his carotid artery in the ensuing scuffle, and even pulls it out himself despite Emmit warning him not to.
  • Never My Fault: He blames all his misfortune on his brother.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Averted.
  • Odd Couple: Ray and Nikki seem happy enough as a couple.
  • Outlaw Couple: Seems poised to become one with Nikki after the cops start turning up the heat on them, but he dies before it can happen.
  • Pet the Dog: He has a brief moment when impersonating Emmit where he tells his bank manager not to be too hard on an employee who made a mistake.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Ray is an overweight balding low-level parole officer barely making ends meet. Emmit is a debonair man into the high life and comes off highly educated. What they have in common is getting in way over their heads on things.
  • Pride: His major flaw, and it's what leads to his death. He can't accept that Emmit is giving him the stamp; he needs to take it from him by force.
  • Reincarnation: Paul was inexplicably driven to name a kitten Ray, which was born around the same time as his death. Nicki is quite willing to believe it really is him.
  • The Resenter: Ray is incredibly resentful of Emmit, seeing him as having the life he could have and blaming him for his crappy life in addition to blaming the world in general.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Eats it a little more than halfway through Season 3.
  • Slashed Throat: Emmit accidentally smashes the stamp frame in his face, causing a shard of glass to go into his neck and kill him.
  • Stupid Crooks: His attempt to hire a dumbass criminal to commit a crime against a family member goes about as well as it did for that other down on his luck Minnesotan.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Randomly gets a shard of glass to the neck during a scuffle with Emmit.
  • Twin Switch: They're technically not twins, but Ray takes advantage of their similar appearance to screw over his brother in two ways: first, stealing $10,000 from his bank account in disguise, and second, creating a fake sex tape while still in disguise and sending it to Emmit's wife.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Not only is he probably old enough to be her father, he looks like an overweight gnome, while she is a gorgeous bombshell. This only adds to viewers' and other characters' suspicions that Nikki might be using Ray.
  • Unknown Rival: Emmit really isn't aware of the depths of Ray's hatred toward him, at least at first.
  • Younger Than They Look: Due to the huge difference in their appearances, many people assume that Ray is considerably older than Emmit. In reality, Emmit is the older brother by two years.

    Emmit Stussy 

Emmit Stussy

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"I'm a fair man. I treat people honestly. Help 'em when they're down."

"First come the well-wishers with their fake smiles. Then, the richer you get, here come the deadbeats with their hands out."

Emmit Stussy is the Parking Lot King of Minnesota. A handsome, self-made, real estate mogul and family man, he sees himself as an American success story.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: During their confrontation, Emmit lampshades that Ray is the only person he knows who doesn't like him.
  • The Ace: Handsome, successful, and a family man. This being Fargo, he does not get to enjoy this status for long thanks to Ray and Varga.
  • Accidental Murder: Accidentally kills his brother during a fight.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Subverted in that his murder of Ray is a complete accident, and he feels horrible about it afterward.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Averted with regards to Ray, though there is far less animosity on his side than on Ray's in their mostly one-sided feud. Ironically, he is the one who ends up accidentally killing Ray.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Wrench shoots him in the head in his kitchen.
  • Break the Haughty: His confident, self-assured demeanor is completely shattered by Varga, who walks all over him and turns him into a pawn without breaking a sweat. Gets worse when his wife thinks he is cheating on her, and then when he accidentally kills Ray.
  • Butt-Monkey: The rich, successful Emmit quickly sees his life collapse around him when Ray and Varga enter the picture, though he doesn't get it quite as bad as Sy.
  • Cain and Abel: With his younger brother, Ray. Ray is the Cain, but under the big white smile Emmit is no saint himself, so it might be more a case of Cain and Cain. Winds up solidifying himself as the Cain when he accidentally murders his brother in a scuffle. He later realizes that he's been the Cain all along, ever since he tricked Ray into giving up the stamps when they were kids.
  • The Charmer: Heavily implied to be one. His hilarious incompetence during his dinner with Goldfarb showcases just how badly Ray's death has shaken his usually persona.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's not overtly or even usually the corrupt type; in fact, he's pretty clean-cut. Still, he took out an illegal loan from highly amoral characters who are now drawing him along into increasingly shady activities.
  • Deal with the Devil: He took a loan of a million dollars from V.M. Varga's people to keep his company afloat when the Great Recession hit. Emmit was apparantly under the impression that he could just pay it back like he would a bank. Of course, things don't quite work out that way.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Finally gets back at Varga by faking his consumption of the sleeping pills and then sneaking out to the police station to confess. Subverted when Varga gets a Fall Guy to take the heat off of Emmit so that the Stussy brother is back in his clutches.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Emmit lives through the ordeal with Varga, but even though he was forced to declare personal bankruptcy, he is in a much better place with his family reunited. Until Wrench kills him to avenge Nikki's death.
  • Foil: To Lester Nygaard. Both wind up killing a family member in a heat-of-the-moment action: Lester his wife who despised and belittled him, and Emmit his brother who actively tried to ruin his life for a petty feud. The difference is primarily in how both characters cope with the murder, especially post-timeskip. Lester is quick to absolve himself of responsibility and heap the blame on others, and gradually sinks in to depravity and sociopathy, while Emmit is gradually consumed by guilt and regret, culminating in him attempting to stand up to Varga and his organization by confessing to the police.
  • Happily Married: To Stella, though this is ruined when Ray is able to frame him for adultery.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He wasn't too much of a heel to begin with, but unlike most characters on this show he actually takes a meaningful stride toward amending his actions by confessing.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Sy is closer to him than his actual brother.
  • Hope Spot: After everything unfolds, Emmit reconciles with his wife and only gets two years probation for his role in the Narwhal affair. Five years on, he's enjoying a Christmas dinner with his reunited family. Then Wrench kills him.
  • Idiot Ball: Both Varga and lawyer Irv lampshade just how stupid Emmit was for accepting a million dollars from someone whose first name he didn't even know and never considering there would be strings attached.
  • Ignored Epiphany: He tries to turn himself in for killing Ray, but Varga has somebody else take the blame for him.
  • It's Personal: He seems genuinely interested in making amends with Ray until he learns that Nikki broke into his house while they were speaking and left a used tampon in his drawer. This is the last straw for Emmit... until the real last straw comes when Ray creates a sex tape disguised as Emmit and uses it to ruin Emmit's marriage.
  • Karma Houdini: Emmit is able to get off with a light punishment for his role in the events of the season, and is shown happily reunited with his family during the five year Time Skip. Then it's subverted when Mr. Wrench puts a bullet in his head to avenge Nikki.
  • Killed Offscreen: The camera moves over to Wrench as he puts the bullet in Emmit's head.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes he has killed Ray. He is consumed by guilt and goes through Sanity Slippage, eventually leading to him turning himself in.
  • Nice Guy: On the whole, Emmit is a darn friendly fella. He's usually smiling, frequently pleasant and charming in an aw-shucks kind of way. He loses some of his niceness when dealing with Ray, but even then he tries to maintain his usually polite air, and is at most a little condescending until Ray and Nikki really start to push him.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His last, best attempt to make amends with Ray by giving him the stamp goes awry when Ray's Pride gets in the way, starting a fight that ends with his brother's death.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • You can see the look of horror in his eyes when Varga tells him that he is now going to be used as part of his organization's money-laundering scheme.
    • Happens again late in the season when Varga renders his confession meaningless with a Fall Guy.
  • Older Than They Look: Emmit's perfect hairline and chestnut brown hair would suggest that he's younger than the balding, grey-haired and mustachioed Ray, but he's in fact the older brother by 2 years.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Emmit is a debonair man into the high life and comes off highly educated. Ray is an overweight balding low-level parole officer barely making ends meet. What they have in common is getting in way over their heads on things.
  • Rage Breaking Point: He tries his best to be civil with Ray, but the used tampon and the sex tape send him over the edge.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Played with. Giving the stamp to Ray to make things up with him ends with Ray getting killed.
  • Sanity Slippage: He was already on the edge after Stella left him, but Ray's death completely pushes him over. He quickly spirals out of control and becomes a Nervous Wreck, not helped by a mysterious aggressor leaving reminders of the murder (the stamp) in his office. It eventually reaches the point where he believes that Ray is somehow still alive and conspiring against him.
  • Smug Snake: Somewhat; he's not evil or even that much of a Jerkass at the start, but he definitely has a high opinion of himself. Varga quickly remedies this.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Not quite as much as Sy, but he really has a hard time of it once Ray actively starts ruining his life and Varga takes over his organization.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As Ray and Nikki keep escalating the situation and Varga hooks his claws deeper into him, Emmit gradually loses his charming demeanor.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Varga sees him as a means to an end in expanding his own business.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Subverted. He is completely faithful to his wife, but Ray creates a sex tape in disguise as Emmit to ruin his marriage.

Ray's Family & Associates

    Nikki Swango 

Nikki Swango

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"You're the hand and I'm the glove."

A crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing. Nikki is a woman with a plan, focused on always being at least one move ahead of her opponents.


  • Action Survivor: She survives Varga's men hunting her through the woods with the assistance of Mr. Wrench as they're handcuffed together.
  • Book Dumb: She's an ex-con with little formal education but a very crafty and clever.
  • Born Lucky: Despite the universe seemingly conspiring against her, Nikki simply refuses to die. Her luck runs out in the finale.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How she goes out.
  • Card Sharp: Nikki is a very skilled bridge player.
  • The Chessmaster: Subverted. Nikky is a bridge player and utilizes the nuances of that game in her schemes. Bridge is about achieving synchronicity with your partner and properly assessing what information your opponents have and what information they lack.
  • Complexity Addiction: Her tendency to overthink things gets to the point that she starts attributing the same mentality to others. When Emmit briefly moves the stamp to fix the frame and replaces it with a picture of a donkey, she jumps to the conclusion that he knew she'd be coming for it and was making a "jackass" insult. After making her own power play back by leaving a used tampon in his drawer, she gushes to Ray about how great it is to have such a Worthy Opponent.
  • Contralto of Danger: She's a tough customer and has Mary Elizabeth Winstead's husky voice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: While she sees herself as the sidekick, there's no doubt that she's the truly competent and intelligent one in her pairing with Ray.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: She successfully distracts a gun-toting Maurice by exposing herself fully, in theory allowing Ray to get the drop on him. Her part of the plan works, but Ray is too slow on the draw to get the gun.
  • Establishing Character Moment: She places highly in a bridge tournament with Ray and soon thereafter establishes her cunning during their encounter with Maurice. In later episodes, she shows additional canniness and credits her skill in bridge for her strategic mind.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all her flaws, her love for Ray is completely genuine.
  • Evil Genius: She may very well be one of the smartest characters on any season of the show, but her moral compass isn't exactly pointing where it should.
    • She is able to calculate the precise time it will take for Maurice to reach the front door of the building and be on the exact spot to be squashed by the AC completely on the fly.
    • Just from following Yuri and Meemo for a morning, she is able to correctly deduce Emmit's entire situation with Varga down to the last detail.
    • It takes her all of one conversation with Varga to figure out that Narwhal doesn't exist and Varga just pretends to be middle management so people won't pay special attention to him.
    • She is able to learn sign language in under 2 months.
  • Expy: As mentioned above, she and Ray are a job-switched Hi and Ed.
  • Femme Fatale: Nikki is very aware of how sexy she is, and knows how to use her sexiness to manipulate others.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Mr. Wrench after their ordeal in the woods.
  • Genre Savvy: See Evil Genius. Although her tendency to overthink things sometimes makes her Wrong Genre Savvy.
  • Hidden Depths: Most people, including Emmit, write off Nikki as a trashy ex-con but she repeatedly demonstrates that she's much smarter and more cunning than she appears.
  • Improvised Weapon: She makes use of an air conditioning unit to kill Maurice. Later, both her and Wrench use the chain linking them together to decapitate Gollum.
  • Karmic Death: Shot right between the eyes in a Mutual Kill by the cop she was about to pointlessly murder for getting in the way of her murdering Emmit.
  • Lady Macbeth: It's possible (if unlikely) that Ray and Emmit could have reconciled, if not for Nikki constantly egging Ray on and encouraging him to beat his brother. Tellingly, the first time Emmit and Ray sit down and just talk to one another (Which was really just a distraction so that Nikki could steal the stamp), Ray realizes he has little genuine animosity towards his brother and was actually content to bury the hatchet, until Nikki ruins that chance by leaving a used tampon in Emmit's desk drawer, thus re-igniting the feud.
  • Made of Iron: Takes Yuri and Meemo's beating quite well, all things considered. She also survives a bus crash and getting shot in the leg with a crossbow by Yuri.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Nikki drops her air conditioning unit on Maurice's head from her window, making it look like the unit just came loose and the entire thing was an unfortunate accident. It helps that she'd been complaining to the landlord about it for a while.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: In her relationship with Ray, she is unquestionably the brains of the operation, as well as the most ruthless of the pair. Maurice found out to his detriment when she squashes him like a bug with a 200 lbs air conditioning unit.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: When Maurice attempts to blackmail Ray, she immediately jumps to killing him.
  • Mutual Kill: Nikki and a state trooper shoot each other at a traffic stop before she can take revenge on Emmit.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Aside from her rather flattering wardrobe and the fact that she's... well, she's Mary Elizabeth Winstead, she flashes her rear when getting out of the bath.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: She never gets any closure on her relationship with Ray; he simply dies while trying to retrieve the getaway money for them. Becomes subverted in "Who Rules the Land of Denial?", where Paul Marrane introduces her to a kitten that is implied to have Ray's soul in it.
  • Never My Fault: She's either unable to or in complete denial over how her own actions contributed to Ray's death. Instead she focuses all her rage on Emmit and doesn't care about any extenuating circumstances.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ambushed by Yuri and Meemo during a meeting with Sy, resulting in them beating her so badly she needed to crawl back into her car and likely have some serious internal injury.
  • Not Quite Dead: She seems to have been Killed Offscreen during her beating, but it's quickly revealed that she survived albeit with massive injuries.
  • Odd Couple:
    • Things might be a little manipulative on Nikki's end, but there seems to be genuine affection between her and Ray.
    • A non-romantic variant occurs late in the season. Who would have expected her to team up with the deaf hitman Mr. Wrench?
  • Outlaw Couple: Seems poised to become one with Ray, but he dies before it can happen.
  • Revenge Before Reason: What ends up doing Nikki in. Despite being a wanted criminal, she decides to stay in Minnesota to expose Varga and Emmit's criminal endeavors. While she does manage to disrupt Varga's operations in Minnesota, Varga himself escapes and her determination to destroy Emmit leads to a confrontation with a state trooper that kills her.
  • Spanner in the Works: Ray and Emmit might have repaired their relationship had it not been for Nikki.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'8.
  • Stupid Crooks: Though she's far more intelligent and savvy than other examples in the series, her tendency to overestimate her intelligence and over analyze situations tends to blow up on her face:
    • She thinks that Emmit moving the stamp was him anticipating her attempt to steal the stamp in advance, when in actuality it was due to the serendipitous event of him needing to have the frame fixed, and her attempt at making her own power-play in 'response' just winds up re-igniting the feud between the brothers.
    • She attempts to extort money from Emmit by sending a fake sex-tape as blackmail to his house, not anticipating that any of the multiple other family members, including his wife, who are currently living in the home would pick it up this suspicious package pre-emptively and watch it themselves. Sy is quick to out the self-defeating idiocy of her plan on the phone to her. To her credit, she is able to think on her feet and revise the plan accordingly; double the ransom amount for her and Ray to confirm the video is fake to Emmit's wife.
  • Too Clever by Half: She is very intelligent and she knows it, but not so much as she thinks. So she ends up committing several blunders that blow up in her face.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After the Time Skip, she becomes even more formidable and seems to drop her Stupid Crooks tendencies. Partnering up with Mr. Wrench certainly helped her to achieve this. She even manages to make the unflappable Varga sweat a little.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: She's the hot wife (or rather, fiance) to Ray.
  • Unknown Rival: Varga certainly didn't see her as much of a threat, and she takes advantage of this. She also utilizes his complete unawareness of Wrench's existence to blindside him.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Whatever her faults, she truly does love Ray and she goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Varga and Emmit for his death.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: She is extremely good at thinking on her feet, but this comes at the expense of her long-term planning. This is best shown after the fake sex-tape she wanted to use to blackmail Emmit gets seen by his wife first; Sy points out the stupidity of failing to consider that possibility while planning things in advance, but she rallies in seconds and turns the mistake around to retain her leverage. After the timeskip, her success rate with her new plans suggests she has gotten a lot better at this, possibly due to collaboration with the more experienced Mr Wrench.

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Emmit's Family & Associates

    Stella Stussy 

Stella Stussy

Portrayed By: Linda Kash

Emmit's wife of 25 years.


  • Happily Married: She seems to have a happy marriage with Emmit. This ends when she thinks he is cheating on her.
  • Hot Guy, Ugly Wife: While by no means ugly, Stella has not aged nearly as gracefully as Emmit.
  • Screaming Woman: Has a complete breakdown when she sees "Emmit's" sex tape.

    Grace Stussy 

Grace Stussy

Portrayed By: Caitlynne Medrek

Emmit's young daughter.


  • Jerkass: Doesn't seem too broken up about her mother immediately breaking off ties with Emmit when he is accused of adultery.

    Sy Feltz 

Sy Feltz

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Portrayed By: Michael Stuhlbarg

Emmit's best friend and trusted employee.


  • And I Must Scream: The last time we see him, he's woken from his coma but is still in a vegetative state, barely able to slightly twitch his face when spoken to.
  • Arch-Enemy: He really doesn't like Ray, even more so than Emmit who was willing to bury the hatchet before Nikki escalated the rivalry.
  • Bad Liar: Like you wouldn't believe. He can barely stammer out a sentence when interrogated by a police officer over his hit-and-run (although this is also because he knows that Yuri and Meemo are watching him suspiciously from the other room).
  • Berserk Button: Ray seems to be this for Sy who becomes very aggressive in any dealings with him, to the point he uses his Hummer to smash up Ray's Corvette.
  • Butt-Monkey: You betcha. Varga and his cronies immediately dislike Sy and take every opportunity possible to torment him, ranging from cruel insults to pissing in his mug and making him drink from it. It finally culminates when Varga poisons his drink and sends him into a coma.
  • The Chew Toy: If something bad is happening, it's probably happening to Sy.
  • The Consigliere: To Emmit. Deconstructed in that his own stupidity and incompetence usually ends up creating more problems for Emmit.
  • Drives Like Crazy: He deliberately totals Ray's Corvette after Nikki's attempted burglary, but then hits another car on the way out just because he wasn't looking.
  • Foil: To Nikki. Both of them serve as The Lancer to Ray and Emmit respectively, but whereas Nikki is the truly dangerous and intelligent one in the relationship (whose only flaw is her tendency to overthink things), Sy is completely incompetent and usually makes things worse for Emmit with his own stupidity.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Is increasingly becoming this; Varga and his henchmen already hate him, and they begin to plant the seeds of mistrust in Emmit's mind as well.
  • Forced to Watch: Rather than kill Sy for his failings, Yuri and Meemo decide to brutally beat Nikki in front of him instead. They don't kill her, but judging by his facial expressions they might as well have.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He is closer to Emmit than Emmit's real brother.
  • Honorary Uncle: He is practically a member of Emmit's family, closer to him than his actual brother, to the point that he was invited to Grace's wedding while her actual uncle Ray wasn't even told she was getting married.
  • Hummer Dinger: Drives one of these, despite being a city lawyer.
  • Iconic Outfit: Sy is in the habit of leaving his parka on even when he is indoors, to the point that he is almost never seen without it.
  • Lady Macbeth: A male example. Similarly to Nikki egging on Ray, Sy encourages Emmit to continue the feud with his brother based off of his own dislike for him.
  • Large Ham: His increasingly exaggerated breakdowns are a sight to behold.
  • Nervous Wreck: He has a tendency to lose his shit pretty easily, especially after Varga starts making threats.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Smashing up Ray's car (and inadvertently hitting another car in the process) seems like a good intimidation tactic in theory, but all it ends up doing is bringing police attention to Sy and Emmit at the worst possible time.
  • Number Two: To Emmit.
  • Oh, Crap!: He is equally as shocked as Emmit when he realizes how in over their heads they are with Varga's organization.
  • Sanity Slippage: The events of the season take a toll on him.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Varga poisons his coffee, sending him into a coma.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Very downplayed. After being kicked around throughout the third season, the five year Time Skip in the finale shows he eventually woke up from his coma. The downplayed part comes from the implication he has some brain damage. Though he's still better off compared to Emmit, Ray and Nikki who all ended up dead.
  • Trauma Conga Line: All manner of misfortune falls upon Sy over the course of the season—he's insulted, threatened, forced to drink from a mug of piss and Forced to Watch as Nikki is brutally beaten. It's almost a relief when Varga poisons him and sends him into a coma.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Hilariously subverted. He asks for Emmit's permission to "take off the shackles" and give him free reign to handle the situation. Turns out the "unchained" Sy isn't much more competent than normal.
  • Undying Loyalty: He will do anything for Emmit. Ray derisively refers to him as an "errand boy".

    Irv Blumkin 

Irv Blumkin

Portrayed By: Hardee T. Lineham

Emmit's lawyer.


  • Disney Villain Death: Gets thrown off of a building by Yuri and Meemo.
  • He Knows Too Much: Varga has him killed for investigating him. Irv didn't actually know anything and it seemed unlikely he find anything out consider how hopeless he is with computers, but his death serves as a message to Emmit and Sy.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Irv is so terrible with computers that he can barely use a search engine, and not without help. Leads to his death when he obliviously downloads Varga's virus onto his computer.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: His death sends a message to both Emmit and the audience that Varga is far more than just a Corrupt Corporate Executive; he's a cold-blooded killer as well.
  • Unfortunate Name: "Blumkin" is slang for a disgusting sex move.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He's understandably unimpressed by Emmit's problem.
    Irv: You borrowed $1,000,000 from a man without knowing his first name.
    Emmit: I know how it -
    Irv: It's not a question. I'm just assessing the level of stupidity.
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    Madeline 

Madeline

Portrayed By: Zina Lee

Emmit and Sy's receptionist.


  • Girl Friday: For Stussy lots. She's the one who organizes and helps with appointments.
  • Oh, Crap!: The Narwhal agents creep her out and this is her reaction when they begin to move into the Stussy offices en masse.
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