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Harlan County's most prominent crime family, the Crowders made their money selling cocaine and offering protection to drug shipments passing through the county. They've since diversified into methamphetamines, OxyContin, heroin, and prostitution, and most local criminals pay up to them in one way or another. While the leadership of the family has changed, their role in Harlan has not.


  • Badass Family: Bo, Boyd, and Johnny are three of the most dangerous men in the show.
  • Bandit Clan: The Crowder's are a rural, family-run gang of bank robbers, hijackers, and racketeers who have made the transition to more modern organized crime, reshaping themselves into a sort of "rural mafia."
  • The Clan: The Crowder family was once much larger, with Bo, his unnamed brother, his nephew Johnny, and his sons Bowman and Boyd all being involved in the family business. Now it's down to just Boyd.
  • David vs. Goliath: Ever since Bo's death, and Boyd's assumption of power, the Crowders have been the underdog in most of their confrontations with other criminal powers, including the Bennetts and the Detroit Mob. They survive based on a) Boyd's brains, b) superior marksmanship, and c) sheer dumb luck.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Boyd and Ava, and Johnny towards Ava. Otherwise, it's subverted; the Crowders are happy to betray each other when it suits them.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Every Crowder we've met has been not only a criminal, but a full-fledged murderer.
  • Five-Man Band: Boyd's gang in Season 4
  • Like Father, Like Son: Bowman was a domestic abuser like his father. Boyd aspires to be a powerful crimelord like his father.
  • Mob War: There's an interfamily war in Season 1 between Bo's empire and Boyd's band of vigilantes. Since then, Boyd and his new gang have tangled with the Bennetts, the Dixie Mafia, the Detroit Mob, and Hot-Rod Dunham's crew.
  • Theme Naming: All the Crowders on Boyd's side have names that begin with 'Bo'. Bo, Bowman and Boyd.
  • Vestigial Empire: Non-national example. After Bo's death, the Crowder empire essentially collapses, leaving multiple player to try and fill the void. Only Boyd, Johnny, and sister-in-law Ava are left, holding together what remnants of the family empire they can.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Collectively, the Crowders and Givens' partner up and fall out with regularity. They're always prepared to betray each other, and they're always willing to work together again.
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    Bo 

Bo Crowder

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"That there is Crowder gospel. You mark them damn words, son."
Played By: MC Gainey

"I may not own a private plane or a fancy car, and when you look at me, you probably see some dumb redneck who likes to eat roadkill for breakfast and have sex with his cousins. I don’t eat roadkill and I don’t screw my relatives and I didn’t just get off of no shortbus."

Bo Crowder is the father of Boyd Crowder and Bowman Crowder and the uncle of Johnny Crowder. A vicious old man, hardened by years of running Harlan County's meth operation and associating with drug cartels, Bo was Harlan County's kingpin of crime, a position he aims to hold again. He seems to have few genuine feelings for his son and is more interested in returning to power and wealth after being released from prison. His shady business dealings put him in close association with Gio Reyes, Arlo Givens and, by extension, U.S. Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens.


  • Affably Evil: Bo is a very likable fellow despite being one of the most dangerous, ruthless and powerful villains ever seen in the series. He has an easy charm about him and is quick with a big smile; it's easy to see where Boyd gets it from. Bo also engages in Pragmatic Villainy, isn't a sadist (although he shows no mercy when it comes to protecting his empire) and even gives Ava plenty of opportunity to leave town since he doesn't have any real desire to kill her. He just needs to settle that debt so he doesn't appear weak.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Before going to jail his main source of income was providing 'protection' to the other local criminals. If you did not hire him to protect your drug shipment, it might 'disappear' on the way to its destination.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Boyd, though he doesn't want to be.
    Bo: We was never as close as we should have been, but how did it ever come to this?
    Boyd: I don't know Daddy. I guess it's just one of those things.
  • Badass Beard: He has a mighty one.
  • Badass Grandpa: Bo doesn't have any grandchildren, but his own son and nephew are full adults and Bo can run circles around them, figuratively and literally.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 1.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Gio Reyes, his partner in drug smuggling. Gio provides most of the drama in the first half, constantly sending agents to harass Raylan, but Bo takes over as the main threat for the final stretch, and is a much more immediate problem.
  • Beard of Evil: It doubles as a Badass Beard.
  • The Chessmaster: Bo is an extremely competent criminal, partly due to his ability to manipulate events to suit him.
  • Character Death: Bo is rather suddenly shot through the back by a cartel sniper at his cabin in retaliation for the loss of Gio's shipment and subsequent imprisonment of Pilar and Ernesto. The bullet goes right through his back and bursts out the front of his chest, killing him quickly.
  • Corrupt Hick: Perhaps the most archetypal on the show, Bo controlled most of the drug trade within Harlan County, and much of the police and judicial system during his hey-day.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Having the best lines is apparently a Crowder family staple.
  • Defiant to the End: When Boyd aims a gun at him with every intention of pulling the trigger, Bo confidently sneers to Get It Over With. Unfortunately for him, it wasn't Boyd's bullet that did him in.
  • Domestic Abuser: According to Boyd, Bo abused his mother.
  • The Don: Bo was the Harlan equivalent, acting as patriarch of the local Bandit Clan and getting a cut from every illegal transaction in the county. More than any character before or since, he was out to be a rural mafioso.
  • The Dreaded: Still feared in Harlan County years after his imprisonment.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Cares enough about Boyd that he doesn't try to kill him, even after Boyd puts his neck in the noose with Gio Reyes. He's more disappointed than anything that Boyd refuses to follow him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Says that Cold-Blooded Torture isn't his style and that he'd sooner kill Raylan quickly than hand him over to Gio to die slowly. He also seems rather repelled by the degree to which Bowman abused Ava, and despite Boyd's actions against him he never attempts to kill his remaining son (though he's not above having Johnny beat him and murdering his flock).
  • Evil Old Folks: He's into his 60s, and just as dangerous as ever.
  • Evil Uncle: From Johnny's perspective, crippling him with a shotgun blast after he sold Bo out to Boyd.
  • Fat Bastard: He's a heavy guy, although it seems that a great deal of it is muscle.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: He was a soldier in Vietnam who, with the help of fellow vets Arlo and Drew, grew to become the drug kingpin of Harlan County.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a big guy who can throw a punch with the best of them, but he's also a highly intelligent schemer.
  • Get It Over With: Says a version of this to Boyd when he aims a gun at him.
  • The Heavy: After Bo gets out the rest of Season 1 becomes about dealing with the ramifications of his rebuilding his empire.
  • I Have No Son!: Done to Boyd after the latter blows up a shipment of his meth. That said, he's still willing to let him go alive despite having killed other men for much less than that.
  • I Own This Town: Bo ruled Harlan County as his own personal fiefdom when he was in his prime, and after getting out of prison aims to do so again.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: By a sniper bullet.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Not that previous villains where any laughing matter, but Bo's appearance kicks off the climax of Season 1 and has a big impact on the rest of the series. He puts an abrupt stop to Boyd's attempt at redemption thereby destroying the religious belief that had guided him. Boyd eventually turns back to his criminal ways, ironically becoming the type of crime lord that Bo would have approved of. Bo also deepens the hatred between Arlo and Raylan to an irreparable degree, and permanently cripples Johnny, turning him into the bitter snake we all know and love.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Bo is a masterful string-puller, and well-known for it.
  • Misogyny: According to Boyd, Bo reminded his mother of her wedding vow to obey him every time he abused her. Even if he admitted he didn't want to actually kill her, Bo's behavior toward Ava in the diner bordered on sexual harassment.
  • The Patriarch: Villainous version, of the Crowder pack.
  • Pet the Dog: He's introduced defending Boyd from several other inmates, and even at the end is still willing to let Boyd go after everything that's transpired between them.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Has no desire to engage in unnecessary violence. It's why he tries to get Ava to leave town—he doesn't want to kill her, but if she stays he will have to in order to retain the respect of his men.
  • Properly Paranoid: Tells Arlo that he didn't give the reins to Johnny while he was in prison because he was concerned Johnny would want to try and take over. Given Johnny's track record over the course of the following seasons, he certainly had a point.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Explains to Gio Reyes that this is the case, thanks all the same.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: At first glance he looks like an idiot redneck, something he himself lampshades, but he's crafty, tough and someone you don't want to cross.
  • Stout Strength: Bo's a heavyset man, but very strong, and makes his first appearance hauling several younger inmates off of Boyd with minimal effort.
  • Villainous Friendship: Both Drew Thompson and Hot-Rod Dunham seem to have considered Bo a friend, and there's no evidence that it wasn't mutual. He and Arlo Givens were the villainous version of Vitriolic Best Buds—they didn't necessarily like or trust each other, but they needed one another, and Arlo seems genuinely saddened to hear of Bo's death.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: His stars and stripes shirt.

    Boyd 

    Ava 

    Johnny 

Johnny Crowder

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Played By: David Meunier

"Well, I'll tell you what. Why don't you go on out there, and you get yourself cut in half by a shotgun blast, then stuck back together again. Then, when you come back here, we can talk about being one blood, cousin."

Johnny Crowder is the cousin of Boyd Crowder and one of the more visible members of the larger Crowder criminal empire. After patriarch Bo Crowder is released from prison and Boyd turns his attentions to Jesus, Johnny becomes the right-hand man to Bo. But, like most positions in the criminal underworld of Harlan County, Johnny's high standing is tenuous at best. Like his family members, Johnny is an opportunist, not bound by blood or honor so much as cash and the opportunity to acquire it through illegal means.


  • All Love Is Unrequited: He's revealed to be in love with Ava. She is less than impressed.
  • Anti-Villain: Somewhat. He clearly doesn't hate Raylan or the Bennetts as much the rest of his family. Also, he warns Ava to get out of town when situation between her and Bo Crowder gets too hot; it's implied he did that on his own accord.
  • Arc Villain: For the first half of Season 5, he's Boyd's main opponent, with an arc lasting from the end of Episode 2 until his death in Episode 7.
  • Badass Beard: A goatee.
  • Beard of Evil: Always has a goatee.
  • Blackmail: When he discovers that Colt failed to kill Ellen May, he blackmails Colt for thousands of dollars.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Boyd kills him.
  • Character Death: Johnny finally meets his end in the Mexican desert after being betrayed by Yoon. Boyd takes the advantage and ends up shooting him in the head, killing him.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrays Bo, Boyd, and Hot-Rod, though in the last case, it was to preempt a betrayal on the other man's part.
  • Co-Dragons: To his Uncle Bo, alongside Hestler Jones.
  • Defiant to the End: Johnny's last act is to laugh in Boyd's face over his continued failures.
  • Disabled Snarker: Becoming crippled has made him a lot snarkier.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: For Boyd's Season 5 arc.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's concerned when Teri a bruised face. He has Colt pummel the john whom he thinks was responsible, unaware that it was Colt himself who hit her.
    • During a conversation with Devil, Boyd explains that for as much as Johnny liked money, he could never get on board with Boyd's white supremacist militia.
  • The Evil Genius: Of Crowder's organization.
  • Evil Cripple: Though with the caveats that he was evil before he was crippled, and is slowly recovering.
  • Eviler Than Thou: With Boyd in Season 5, when the two of them finally go to war over old betrayals, and the chance to be Yoon's American partner.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Johnny remains unrepentant and sarcastic even when faced with certain death.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Although his death came suddenly and he didn't have much time to react, Johnny's last act is to laugh at Boyd's continued misfortune.
  • Handicapped Badass: Getting near cut in half by a shotgun blast hasn't impaired his badassery, except he operates through his intellect rather than his fists.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: "Good luck getting that shit out of Mexico-"
  • Made of Iron: Took a point blank shotgun blast to the stomach in Season 1. By Season 5 he's able to walk unaided, with only the slightest limp.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Revealed as the man behind the attack on Boyd's shipment at the start of Season 5.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: First Boyd got him crippled, albeit unintentionally. Then he repeatedly sidelined Johnny, taking advice from Ava (his girlfriend who has no criminal experience), Arlo (a senile old man), and Colt (a drug addict) over Johnny. In "Raw Deal", we learn that Boyd stole Johnny's girlfriend in high school, suggesting that Boyd's mistreatment of Johnny goes back years. Johnny's betrayal is ultimately not that surprising.
  • Morality Pet: Teri the hooker.
  • Motive Rant: He gives a rather impressive and somewhat convincing one to Raylan and Rachel.
    Johnny: Boyd doesn't give a damn about nothing. Never did. When we was kids, he'd build half a tree house, and then he'd run off and go build a go-kart. And then he'd forget them both and spend the whole rest of the summer stealing candy and trading it for cigarettes....And he gets back from the war, and he finds Jesus. And he receives his ordination through the mail from one of them Bible colleges down in South Carolina or some shit, making us all learn the ways of white supremacy, as it was laid down by the Lord almighty. Then he goes on and on and on about white flight and all that shit. You know what that is?...White people moving to the suburbs.
    Rachel: 'Cause they want to cut grass and have barbecues?
    Johnny: Shit, no. 'Cause they want to get away from black people like you and all the greasers and the asiatics and all the goddamn Mexicans running around infecting the place. But, you know, these are Boyd's words...You know what he's doing now, Raylan? He's buying a house in the goddamn suburbs! Up there on Clover Hill, because the man is in love.
    Rachel: You sound like he stole your girlfriend.
    Johnny: Ha! No. He stole Raylan's girlfriend. He stole my job. Oh, but I did get this as a consolation prize for believing all of his bullshit.
  • Nice Hat: His baseball cap.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Downplayed. Johnny is a cripple, and spends most of Seasons 2-3 in a wheelchair. However, what most people don't realize is that Johnny can walk; it just hurts him to. At one point a group of men follow Johnny into a building, only to find his wheelchair just sitting there and him gone as he hobbles out the back.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that Augustine has just betrayed him to Boyd.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Johnny is a schemer, but unlike Boyd, he rarely has a plan of his own, preferring to attach himself to Bo, Boyd, Augustine, Hot-Rod and anybody else who can advance his agenda. Whether it was backing Boyd against Devil's internal coup, blackmailing Colton Rhodes about his drug addiction, providing the US Marshals with information, or manouvering between genuine power players like Boyd, his Uncle Bo, Wynn Duffy, Nicky Augustine, Hotrod Dunham, and Mr. Yoon, Johnny would grab at any chance to make a profit or increase his chances of taking over the Crowder family. Even after gaining control of Hotrod's organization in Season 5, he doesn't have a plan, beyond "hurt Boyd as much as possible", which leads to his defeat at the hands of his chessmaster cousin. Driven by greed and revenge (he held Boyd responsible for his crippling), and superb at playing the odds, Johnny could survive almost any situation in the short run, but the conclusion was never in doubt.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: He lobs biting comments at Colt after learning that Colt beat up Teri.
  • The Resenter: He plots against Boyd out of resentment for being shot and rendered handicapped in season 1. He also resents the way Boyd welcomed Colt into their criminal enterprise so fast, as well as how Boyd and Ava hope to move to the suburbs and leave him behind. When Raylan and Rachel show up at Audrey's, he's more than happy to tell them where to find Shelby/Drew, thus ruining Boyd's hopes of turning Drew over to the Tonins for money.
  • The Starscream: To Bo and Boyd. He later turns on Hotrod as well, though in that case, Hotrod was planning to sell him out to Boyd.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Hotrod Dunham.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: On his hat.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: When he thinks that one of Teri's clients has been abusing her he shows up at the man's house with Colt in tow and orders Colt to give him a beating.
  • White Sheep: Subverted. Johnny does his best impression of a "respectable business owner", but he's up to his neck in Bo and later Boyd's business and everybody knows it.
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    Bowman 

Bowman Crowder

Played By: N/A

Boyd's older brother, Bowman is Ava Crowder's abusive husband, whom she kills just before the start of the series.


  • Asshole Victim: He was a Domestic Abuser killed by his victim. Very few people mourn for him. Even his family seems more upset by the man he became instead of his actual death, with Boyd and Bo even admitting Ava was probably justified in shooting him dead.
  • Beneath the Mask: Ava tells Boyd that Bowman was "sweet as candy" before they married. After they married, he beat Ava and treated her like property.
  • Domestic Abuser: He frequently beat up Ava, and most everyone in town knew about the abuse.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Bowman was the star running back in high school, but never became a professional like he dreamed.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: After Bo went to prison, Bowman was set to inherit the criminal enterprises, but he seemingly lacked the brains or competence necessary to properly run them and ended up working in a partnership with Arlo over collecting Bo's protection money that Arlo had far more control over. Bowman basically gave it up after Arlo managed to run it into the ground.
  • Karmic Death: Met a shotgun blast from his abused wife.
  • Like Father, Like Son: His father Bo was also a domestic abuser.
  • Pet the Dog: Ava admits that he tried to do this.
  • Posthumous Character: Ava kills him prior to the series.
  • The Unseen: Due to being a Posthumous Character.

    Henry 

Henry Crowder

Played By: N/A

Once considered the only 'good' Crowder, before he kidnapped, raped and killed a young girl.


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    Jimmy 

James "Jimmy" Tolan

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"They want a war? We'll stack 'em up like cordwood!"
Played by: Jesse Luken

"You know I'd follow you anywhere, Boyd."

A young man recruited by Johnny Crowder as hired muscle for the Crowders' new empire in Season 3. Unlike most of Boyd's other henchmen, Jimmy has proven himself to be a loyal follower for Boyd, sticking by him irrespective of how bad things get. Fluent in Spanish, smarter than he lets on, and prepared to do anything his employers asks of him, Jimmy is the ideal man to do Boyd's dirty work.


  • Affably Evil: Jimmy's an easygoing, if quiet, guy with a sociable side. He'll also kill anybody if they so much as look at Boyd funny.
  • Ascended Extra: Starts out as just another Boyd henchman to fill the jobs that wouldn't be logical for the others to do. Since Devil's death, he's replaced him as Boyd's main hitter and has more screentime as a result. Following Johnny Crowder's betrayal and Colton Rhodes' death, Jimmy steps up even more, serving as Boyd's go-to killer for all of Season 5, before finally meeting his end in "Restitution".
  • Badass Baritone: Has a surprisingly deep voice.
  • Badass Boast: "They want a war? We'll stack 'em up like cordwood."
  • Blood Knight: Implied in his first appearance, when he's very excited at the prospect of bloodshed.
  • The Brute: In Seasons 3 & 4 Jimmy plays back up to whoever Boyd's current Dragon is, acting as an enforcer, but not really a member of the inner circle. In Season 5, he's been forced to take more of a leadership role, as there is no one left to fill the position.
  • Character Death: After trying to escape, Jimmy is taped to a chair and shot in the chest by Alberto Ruiz's henchmen in 'Restitution', much to Boyd's horror.
  • Co-Dragons: In Season 5, with Devil and Arlo long gone, Colt dead, and Ava in prison, Jimmy and Carl, both of whom are happy to be The Brute, end up as Boyd's Co-Dragons by default.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He may not talk much, but when he does he can snark with the best of them, telling Raylan that his assault rifle is to fend off "wild Apaches," and charging Daryl Crowe for the beer he drank while threatening Jimmy and Boyd.
  • Dumb Muscle: Downplayed. Jimmy's no genius, and he doesn't talk much, but he's far smarter than the likes of say, Coover Bennett, or even Devil and can be trusted to not make disastrous decisions. Season 5 ultimately subverts the trope, with the reveal of his language skills and ability to think on his feet; a cut scene would also have outed him as an experienced bank robber with six successful jobs behind him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Seems downright offended by Gunner Swift's Neo-Nazi inclinations, referring to he and his gang as "Hitler humpers." He also appears rather affected in the aftermath of killing Elmont Swain, a helpless old man.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has one of the deepest voices of anybody on the show.
  • Facial Horror: When he and Colt sneak into Last Chance Salvation Church, he is attacked by the St. Cyr's snakes. Afterwards, Jimmy's face is swollen and discolored from snake venom, and a severed snake head is still attached to his cheek.
  • Fearless Fool: His introduction sets him up as one, with him pulling a gun and yelling "Whoo Daddy! Good times in here today!" while Johnny talks about how they can never be sure what he'll do. Ultimately subverted in the long run, as Jimmy proves to be a loyal, reliable, and reasonable henchman who won't hesitate to use violence when advantageous, but shies away from pointless or suicidal confrontations.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Now has a face full of evil scars, courtesy of the St. Cyrs' snakes.
  • Hidden Depths: Turns out to be fluent in Spanish, acting as Boyd's interpreter in Mexico. A scene that didn't make it into the final cut would have revealed that he was a very successful bank robber before being hired by Johnny and Boyd.
  • Manly Tears: In "Starvation", he quietly sheds a tear while talking on the phone with Boyd as cartel men hold him at gunpoint.
  • No One Should Survive That: Jimmy barely survived multiple bites from the St. Cyr's snakes. This leads Boyd to realize that the St. Cyrs have been milking their snakes so that their bites deliver less venom.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Keeps one behind the bar at all times.
  • Smarter Than You Look: First shown in Season 5, when his bilingualism is displayed.
  • The Stoic: Daryl Crowe Jr. describes him as a "cold fish" and that's pretty fair.
  • Suddenly Bilingual: Season 5 reveals that he's fluent in Spanish.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Boyd. He's furious that Johnny betrayed them, refuses to sell Boyd out to Raylan even when threatened with prison, and outright states "You know I'd follow you anywhere." His last act is trying to escape to warn Boyd about Ruiz, an act of loyalty Ruiz praises him for before killing him.
  • Villainous Friendship: A Type I with Boyd. They're regularly seen hanging out on their downtime, and clearly enjoy one another's company. Jimmy is Boyd's one loyal henchman, while Boyd for his part is deeply upset when Jimmy dies.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He's a baby-faced young man with a deep, imposing voice.

    Carl 

Carl Lennon

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"Crime does pay. As long as the criminals you're working for don't screw you over all the time."
Played By: Justin Welborn

One of Boyd's henchmen, hired after Johnny's betrayal and Colt's death.


  • Beard of Evil: A goatee.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To his younger brother Earl.
  • Character Death: After Boyd persuades Carl not to assassinate him, Boyd shoots Carl to create a diversion in the hospital so that he can escape.
  • Co-Dragons —> The Dragon: He and Jimmy share the role of Boyd's Number Two man after Colt dies, with Jimmy typically doing the killing, while Carl operates in the field. After Jimmy dies, Carl becomes Boyd's sole Dragon and confidante.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In "Sounding", when Earl is thrown to the ground by a methane explosion, Carl rushes over to him and shows loving concern for his brother. In "Fugitive Number One", he agrees to hunt down Boyd so that Markham will not kill Earl.
  • Hidden Depths: Possibly the smartest henchman Boyd has employed since Cousin Johnny, displayed when he talks his way out of both a Crowe kidnapping and possible US Marshal custody.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: In "Fugitive Number One", Markham threatens to kill Earl unless Carl executes Boyd.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realises that Johnny is working with Hot-Rod Dunham.
  • Siblings in Crime: With his younger brother Earl.
  • Troll: Takes every opportunity to mock Danny Crowe.
  • Villainous Rescue: After giving him a beating, Danny takes him captive by tying him to a chair at Wade Messer's old house. When the Marshals arrive, however, neither Carl nor Danny wants to be arrested. Carl tells the Marshals that he and Danny were engaging in consensual BDSM.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Carl has a fear of rattlesnakes and isn't too happy about being in mines either, so he has ophidiophobia and claustrophobia.
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    Colt 

Colton "Colt" Rhodes

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"I guess I'll quit today."
Played by: Ron Eldard

Colt: It's [Afghanistan] not that different from here [rural Kentucky]. Bunch of clans, living in the hills, led by guys with beards, running around, shooting at each other.
Tim: Except they're not speaking Pashto.
Colt: Might as well be, sometimes.

Colton 'Colt' Rhodes is a former military police officer who once served with Boyd Crowder in Kuwait. In fact, Colt threw Boyd in jail a few times. Eventually, Colt was tossed out of the military himself for more than one instance of violent insubordination and goes to work for Boyd in Harlan County as an enforcer. He appears affable and likable — until crossed or under orders from his friend and boss to do unpleasant things.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: His last moments before his death are spent talking Ava out of killing Ellen May, attempting to finish the deed himself so her conscience and criminal record won't be further tainted, apologizing to Tim for killing his friend and preparing himself for the end while enjoying a cigarette.
  • Blatant Lies: He tells Boyd that he was discharged from the military police for violence against an officer. In "Decoy", however, Tim reveals that Colt was actually discharged for drug use. Ellen May runs off before Colt can kill her, as per Boyd and Ava's orders. Colt lies to Boyd, telling him that he killed Ellen May, but meanwhile tries frantically to track her down.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: He notes sarcastically that he would like a young Gérard Depardieu to play him in a movie.
  • Character Death: Just as he's about to kill Ellen May, Tim turns up to confront Colt about the death of his friend Mark. Colt admits to killing him, takes One Last Smoke, and raises his gun in a clear Suicide by Cop. Tim is a crack shot and a quick draw even when he's not already aiming a gun at you, and he doesn't hesitate to put a bullet in Colt's chest. Colt falls onto a pew and quickly dies.
  • Cool Shades: Almost always wears a set of sunglasses. This is most likely to hide his bloodshot eyes.
  • Dirty Business: He's guilt-ridden when ordered to kill Ellen May and has to snort drugs to overcome his inhibitions.
  • Dirty Cop: Colt tells Boyd that he was demoted and eventually discharged from the military police for violence against an officer. In reality, he was discharged for drug use.
  • The Dragon: Boyd's new one in Season 4. He loses this position when Boyd learns that he not only failed to kill Ellen May per Ava's orders, but lied to Boyd for weeks about it.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Suffers from a serious heroin addiction he picked up in Afghanistan.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Tim. Both are ex-military badasses, both are sidekicks to our two central characters (Raylan and Boyd), both suffer from PTSD relating to combat in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, and both have substance abuse problems. The key difference, obviously, is that Tim is dealing with his issues and remains a moral person, while Colt is slowly consumed by his drug addiction and war trauma, until there's nothing left.
  • Functional Addict: This is gradually being subverted. Colt's heroin addiction turns him into an unstable man who uses violence and threats unnecessarily.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Not in an overt way, but when he first meets Johnny and Ava he rubs them the wrong way very quickly. They never do warm up to him. When Boyd initially recruits him, he seems to express some moral pangs about the prospect of killing people as Boyd's dragon. At the end of that same episode, when Boyd tells him to 'take care of' the guy they just intimidated (by which Boyd meant 'cut him out of the chair he's taped to') Rhodes shoots him in the head without a second thought.
  • Karmic Death: Killed by the best friend of the man he murdered.
  • One Last Smoke: Seemed fully aware he was going to meet his end at Tim's gun, so he lights up one last cigarette beforehand.
  • Pet the Dog: Subverted. It looks like he's going to have one with Tim's friend Michael, but he kills him instead.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Colt served as a military policeman in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's implied that he started using drugs to cope with the trauma he experienced there. When he talks about how the better part of Tim's friend Mark died in Khandahar, he's really talking about himself.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Sociopathic ex-soldier anyway. Whatever morals Colton once had have long since eroded by the time Boyd contracts him.
  • Spanner in the Works: Colt's drug use makes him erratic and unpredictable, making things very complicated for Boyd.
  • Suicide by Cop: When Tim tries to arrest him, Colt has One Last Smoke and then raises his gun. Tim already has his gun drawn and aimed at Colt and Colt knows that Tim will not hesitate to fire and will not miss.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Boyd and Ava arrange for Colt to quietly kill Ellen May. Fortunately, Ellen May escapes before he can perform the deed. However, Colt was clearly hesitant to do so and had to snort drugs to steady himself. He pummels and threatens Teri because he thinks she has information on Ellen May's whereabouts. He also chokes Cassie because he thinks she knows about Ellen May's whereabouts, and might have killed her had not Tim intervened.

    Earl 

Earl Lennon

Played By: Ryan Dorsey

Carl's younger brother and a member of Boyd's criminal empire.


  • The Bully: To Tyler Kent, whom he browbeats and threatens into helping him with a crime.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Earl might be a violent henchman, but he genuinely loves his brother Carl.
  • Groin Attack: From Raylan.
  • Hidden Depths: He's surprisingly gentle and almost innocent when around Ava, trying to change her opinion on thrash metal and looking genuinely terrified after Boyd quips he's hitting on his girlfriend. Seems that the explosion at the mine shaft was a humbling experience.
  • Hot-Blooded: Earl is such a short-sighted, angry fool that he tries to pick a fight with a U.S. Marshal. And later he tries to do the same thing again.
  • Jerkass: Earl often comes across as just a basic prick.
  • Manchild: He acts like a teenager much of the time, with his aggression toward Tyler Kent and his bashfulness around Ava (who tells Boyd he's halfway a child).
  • Siblings in Crime: With his older brother, Carl.
  • Too Dumb to Live: It's clear that Earl is living on borrowed time, such is his stupidity, particularly when it comes to dealing with law enforcement (who he challenges to fight).

    Devil 

Derek "Devil" Lennox
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"I'll take point on muscle. You know me: people person."
Played By: Kevin Rankin

"I just wanna know which Boyd Crowder I'm being asked to follow."

Derek "Devil" Lennox is one of Boyd Crowder's go-to henchman, and a dangerous, if not especially intelligent, combatant. He has been with Boyd since the boss's days as a white supremacist, but his loyalty to the head Crowder isn't exactly beyond question.


  • Beard of Evil: Had one during his Neo-Nazi days, though he's shaved it off by the time Boyd hires him again.
  • The Dragon: Was Boyd's Dragon during his Neo-Nazi days, and returns to the role in Seasons 2 & 3 when Boyd starts putting his gang together. However, due to Boyd's personal transformation, he needs someone who can do more than throw a punch when it's called for. Being a violent thug was fine during the Neo-Nazi days when Boyd was manipulating everyone, but Devil now finds himself delegated to The Brute due to Ava and Johnny being much more competent.
  • Dumb Muscle: Devil's IQ is somewhere below average. He makes up for it by being one of the best fighters in Boyd's crew.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: His attitude towards Ava is condescending at best.
  • Jerkass: He's a 'people person'. Or rather he's a 'hating-people person'.
  • Karmic Death: Devil is killed by the man he was planning to betray.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He was a member of Boyd's Neo-Nazi Commandos gang and still holds those beliefs, showing a clear hatred for black people and particularly Noble's Holler. He is also extremely disrespectful to Ava when she takes an active role in the operations of Boyd's new gang.
  • The Starscream: He no longer trusts Boyd's motivations, is outraged by the idea of working with the likes of Limehouse (or black people in general) and hates that he is relegated to a secondary role in Boyd's group. Devil decides to kill Boyd and take over when Quarles approaches him with a business offer.
  • Tattooed Crook: Like the rest of Boyd's Commandos, he has both Neo-Nazi and Neo-Confederate tattoos.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Devil first met Boyd when he joined 'Crowder's Commandos', Boyd's Neo-Nazi group. He still wears the tattoos proudly.
  • Too Dumb to Live: His plan to kill Boyd was less than brilliant, given that it involved shooting him at a table, and trusting the treacherous (and far smarter) Johnny.

    Cyrus 

Cyrus Boone

Played By: Bill Tangradi

A drug addict and street level dealer working for Boyd.


  • Bullying a Dragon: Mouths off to Wynn Duffy. This doesn't go well for him.
  • Jerkass: Cyrus is a basic asshole, mouthing off to Wynn Duffy and whining about not getting his drugs.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Wynn (who he had tried to mock) tortures him with his own BB gun, which he'd previously used to shoot at a mentally disabled man.
  • Manchild: His idea of fun includes hanging out on a street corner with his fellow criminals, shooting a mentally disabled man with an air gun, and having encounters with "Candy" involving Pop-Rocks.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Mouthing off to Boyd and Duffy? Failing to see "Candy's" seductive wiles as a trick? Sharing sensitive drug shipment information? Very dumb.

    The Pig 

The Pig

Played By: Shawn Parsons

A new member of Boyd's criminal empire.


  • Character Death: Zachariah Randolph tosses him down a hole in a mine, killing him.
  • He Knows Too Much: When he spots that the board Boyd fell through was purposefully cut and not just rotted, Zachariah tosses him down the same hole to his death.
  • Ironic Nickname: He's named the Pig in spite of being a good-looking young man.
  • Mauve Shirt: The Pig gets very little in the way of characterisation before his demise, but his frequent appearances make him a familiar enough face that his death is felt.

    Hestler 

Hestler Jones

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"We all have imaginations, don't we? Differentiates us from the beasts. I, for one, imagine all sorts of things."
Played By: Ray Porter

Boyd: You have to tell all your neighbours you a pervert?
Hestler: What better way to see the new talent?

One of Bo Crowder's most trusted henchmen, and perhaps the closest thing he has to a right-hand man, Hestler Jones is a convicted sex offender, released at about the same time as Bo himself. An unrepentant predator, Hestler acts as an enforcer and trigger man for Bo, and leaves everyone around him feeling thoroughly disgusted.


  • Beard of Evil: A full on neckbeard.
  • Character Death: He's killed by Boyd during the shoot-out at Bo's cabin.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Perhaps the closest thing to one on Justified, Hestler comes off as proud of his prison time and status as a sex offender.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: A big, broad, genuinely happy smile that appears whenever he's creeping on someone.
  • Co-Dragons: To Bo alongside Johnny Crowder.
  • Ephebophile: If Hestler was in jail for statutory rape, then it's a guarantee he's tried to have sex with at least one teenager.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Always smiling and quick with a joke, but he's a vile sex offender who clearly feels no remorse.
  • Fingore: Raylan breaks his finger to stop him from being able to shoot Ava.
  • Hate Sink: Bo and Johnny are too cool to hate, but Hestler nicely soaks up all of the audience's disgust.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: At the core of his character.
  • Psycho for Hire: Gets off on frightening others, and works for Bo to have the chance to do so.
  • Murderers Are Rapists: Inverted. Hestler's a sex offender who shows no qualms about graduating to murder when Bo asks him to.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Hestler was in prison for statutory rape; the full details aren't clear but he's a very unsettling man.
  • Sadist: A psychological sadist who gets off on discomforting those around him, especially Ava.
  • Slimeball: Around Ava, he gets too close for comfort, drooling over her inbetween veiled threats to rape her.
  • Smug Smiler: He usually has a great big grin on his face when sliming all over the rest of the cast.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: He stalks Ava not out of interest (though he has no issues with creeping on her) but because Bo told him to harass her.

    Caleb 

Caleb

Played By: James Logan

A bartender at Boyd Crowder's bar.


  • The Bartender: For Boyd's bar.
  • Butt-Monkey: Caleb has been variously threatened, beaten, shot and otherwise treated poorly. He's on the verge of replacing Dewey as the character who goes through the most pain.

    Bobby Joe 

Bobby Joe Packer

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"You saved my life, Boyd."
Played by: Brad Carter

A former meth cook who left to join Boyd's 'flock' of ex-criminals seeking holy redemption.


  • The Atoner: For his life as a former meth cook and addict.
  • Fallguy: He willingly takes the fall for Boyd's accidental murder of a meth cook.
  • Put on a Bus: To prison, from which he has not returned.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Boyd, who he believes saved his life from drug abuse.

    Jared 

Jared Hale

Played By: Ryan O'Nan

A white supremacist who is trying to join Boyd Crowder's gang in Harlan, Kentucky.


    Pork Brothers 

The Pork Brothers

Played By: Joel Marsh Garland & Daniel Stewart Sherman

    Longbaugh 

Longbaugh

Played By: Clay Wilcox

A drug dealer under the protection of Boyd Crowder.


    Parker 

Parker

Played By: Blake Heron

A drug dealer who had been protected by Boyd Crowder.


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