"Hardware" Mike Jackson
The manager of a hardware store in Harlan.
- Dirty Old Man: He's very easily beguiled by the charms of young women like Wendy Crowe.
The unpopular Vice President of the Black Pike Mining Company. She comes to town to clear up legal issues and make a deal with the Bennetts.
- Action Girl: Surprisingly. While Raylan is ostensibly her bodyguard, Carol shows she can handle herself in a scuffle by single handedly taking down a particularly belligerent and drunk person getting in her face.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: How most of the people in Harlan County see her.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Raylan is very distracted when she changes in front of him.
- Fiery Redhead: She can get very passionate.
- Mouth Of Black Pike: She's the only representation of the much-loathed Black Pike Mining Company.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her attempts to seduce Raylan are pretty blatant, such as walking in front of him with her robe open. Much is also made of her ass, which admittedly is impressive.
- Out-Gambitted: She really should not have tried to use Boyd Crowder against the Bennetts when she did not even realize what the real stakes were.
- Punch-Clock Villain: She has no ill will towards the residents of Harlan County but it is her job to make sure that the mining company gets the land it needs to start a new mine. She does not think it her concern that the mine will pollute the area and that an activist died documenting this. When all the deals are closed she will simply go where the company sends her and do it all over again.
- Put on a Bus: Discussed. She goes where the job is, and when it comes to Harlan County, she's just passing through.
- Smug Snake: She can certainly come across this, being Out-Gambitted by Boyd and Mags because she assumed she was naturally more savvy than them.
- Sore Loser: She's very unhappy when Mags gets the better of her. She refuses to shake hands with Mags and gets quite snippy before retiring for a hard drink.
Billy St. Cyr
A popular preacher who arrives in Harlan County selling salvation through his appropriately named Last Chance Salvation church (a tent). He appears to be completely genuine in his concern for the local residents, many of whom are current or former drug users who are the primary target market for Boyd Crowder's products.
- As the Good Book Says...: He has Mark 16:17-18 written on a banner in the front of his church-tent.
- BrotherSister Incest: Averted, but Boyd crudely accuses Cassie of this when he sees her leaving Billy's room. It turns out, she just sings him to sleep.
- Brother-Sister Team: With Cassie.
- Character Death: Boyd goads him into a real test of faith, and Billy handles a snake with real venom. It bites him, and Billy dies moments later.
- Cool Pet: Mabel, his poisonous snake. He handles Mabel in public as a demonstration of faith and has survived her bites.
- Drugs Are Bad: Several of his converts are former addicts who have renounced drugs because of his influence. Boyd takes notice of him when his Oxycontin sales drop as a result.
- Good Shepherd: At first, Billy can initially appear as a probable Sinister Minister due to his enmity with Boyd, silver tongue and the snake motifs around him. But Billy does believe in what he's saying and has a genuine desire to help others and spread God's word. He's spot-on when he talks to Ellen May about Boyd's people 'shaming' her out of greed and fear.
- Honor Before Reason: He repeatedly locks horns with Boyd, even though this puts him and his sister in danger. When Boyd accuses him of preaching to make money, he tells his congregation that Last Chance Salvation Church will no longer accept monetary donations (much to Cassie's chagrin). Finally, he picks up an un-milked rattlesnake to demonstrate his faith to Boyd and the congregation, only to receive a fatal bite.
- Kill the Cutie: Outside of the Marshals, Billy was one of the few unambiguously good characters in the show, helping addicts quit drugs, encouraging Ellen May to exit prostitution, and offering spiritual nourishment to his flock. When Boyd pressures him into picking up the unmilked snake that kills him, it's a tragedy. Boyd himself even seems to legitimately feel sorry and gives him several chances of an out before he picks the snake up, even letting and encouraging Cassie to tell him to not do it.
- Like Father, Like Son: Billy is a snake-handler like his late father. He dies by snake bite like his father too.
- Meaningful Name: St. Cyr sounds like 'sincere.' Seems to be played straight for both St. Cyr siblings, thus far.
- Preacher Man: For Last Chance Salvation.
- Pride: His downfall. Pride leads him to pick up the poisonous snake that Boyd brings to his church, which promptly bites him.
- Rousing Speech: Being a preacher, it's practically his job.
- Talker and Doer: Billy handles the preaching for the Last Chance Salvation Church, while his sister handles the behind-the-scenes, practical responsibilities of the ministry.
Cassie St. Cyr
The seemingly submissive sister of outspoken tent preacher Billy St. Cyr. She arrives in Harlan County along with Billy to set up shop and build a congregation — a start-up that quickly draws the attention of criminal Boyd Crowder among others. She is stronger than she looks and, in fact, serves as the brains behind her brother's salvation operation.
- BrotherSister Incest: Averted, but Boyd crudely accuses Cassie of this when he sees her leaving Billy's room. It turns out, she just sings him to sleep.
- Brother-Sister Team: With Billy.
- The Confidant: After Billy's death, she becomes one to Ellen May.
- HeelFaith Turn: She was never truly a villain except in a loose Hero Antagonist sense, but she was certainly more concerned with money than good works until Billy's death. She subsequently makes Billy proud, becoming more sincere in her belief rather than just a money-grabber.
- Not So Different: From Boyd, initially. Both use religion as a tool, while still being genuine in their belief. However, whereas tragedy caused Boyd to lose his faith, Cassie's faith was strengthened.
- Only in It for the Money: Implied, but after Billy's death she seems more sincere and mild.
- Prayer of Malice: She admits to Tim that she has been praying for Boyd to be shot.
- Spanner in the Works: She gives the tip about Delroy's body, after Ellen May tells her, to the staties in the Season 4 finale, which allows the Clover Hillers to have Ava arrested.
- Talker and Doer: She's the doer to Billy's talker, handling the practical (read: monetary) aspects of the St. Cyr ministry.
The ex-wife of Drew Thompson, who works as a psychic.
- Con Woman: Maybe. It's unclear, but she does have plenty of fraud cases open against her.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Eve says she used to look like Ava Gardner. However, as Raylan points out, she's still very beautiful.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Her supposed psychic abilities. She does have plenty of fraud cases against her, but she does make an accurate prediction about Raylan's location.
An old friend of Tim Gutterson and a fellow war veteran who calls Tim for his assistance in dealing with Dave, his former drug dealer.
Loretta MacCready's newest social worker and a Temporary Love Interest for Raylan.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Sets up a plethora of those to Raylan, questioning the origins of his bravado and being thoroughly unimpressed with his antics.
- Drugs Are Bad: Has a marijuana habit that prevents her from going to the police when Danny runs her off the road.
- Drunk Driver: She drove stoned in "Kill the Messenger", preventing her from going to the police for help when Danny Crowe runs her off the road.
- Dumb Blonde: She drives stoned, does not understand how to handle the Crowes, taunts Raylan about the possibility that she might be a criminal, and generally does everything she can to make herself look like an idiot.
- Expecting Someone Taller: She'd seen Raylan's photo in the paper, and said he looked 'taller'.
- Framing the Guilty Party: May have planted meth on drug dealer Henry in order to separate him from his son.
- Hypocrite: Planted drugs in a dealer's home in order to take his son away. Later gets mad at Raylan for using her office to take Kendal away from Daryl and Danny who were both abusive of him and using him to tend bar at a whorehouse.
- Informed Ability: Supposedly very good at her job, but never demonstrates it. She acts like Loretta just needs some guidance (when she's already a major league criminal), and demonstrates utter terror when dealing with Daryl and Danny—something you'd think an experienced social worker could avoid. She also likely planted drugs on a man who wasn't abusing his son, but later convinces Kendal that he has to stay with his brothers who are abusing him.
- Jerkass: With pretty much every episode featuring her, another bad habit of Allison's has been exposed—starting with her holier than thou attitude, then her hypocrisy, then her drug abuse, and now the fact that she drives while under the influence. As Rachel notes, "she just gets better and better."
- Jerkass Has a Point: Her criticism of Raylan is often valid. For example, she tells Raylan that many of his problems are of his own making in "Kill the Messenger".Allison: I can tell youre a man who would run into a burning building without batting the eye. Thing is, I think youre the one setting the fire.
- Love Interest: Another in a long line of broken blonde women who fall for Raylan.
- Smug Snake: A non-villainous example. Allison's holier-than-thou routine becomes increasingly smug and hard to take as all her own flaws are exposed.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Winona. Possibly a case in-universe, given that Raylan most definitely has a type.
- Too Dumb to Live: She drives under the influence, totally mishandles the situation with the Crowes, and then compounds her errors by sending Kendal back to them when he tries to run away. It's not so much any one thing she does that marks her out as terminally stupid, as it is the long string of bad decisions.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She has shades of this. It's strongly implied that she planted drugs on an criminal so that the law would have an excuse to take his son away.
The boyfriend of Mina and the manager at a local diner (who had previously been the same john Dewey Crowe beat up to retrieve his necklace).
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite having a good bit of weight on him, Reggie still gets pummelled by Dewey Crowe.
Art Mullen's wife.
- The Unseen: She's mentioned plenty, but doesn't make an appearance until Season 5.
John-O & Betty Hutchins
An elderly couple living in Harlan.
A real estate agent who works alongside Ty Walker in his scheme to acquire various properties around Harlan.
- Accidental Murder: When trying to torture him, the dim-witted Choo-Choo hits him far too hard, killing him instantly.
- Character Death: Poor old Calhoun is accidentally killed by Choo-Choo with one of those hard and fast punches.
- Dirty Old Man: Calhoun frequently employs a young woman who may be a prostitute or just a gold-digging secretary. However, no matter the nature of their relationship, they do seem to get along quite well.
- Scylla and Charybdis: He winds up trapped between the U.S. Marhals, Markham's goons and Boyd Crowder.
- Smarter Than You Look: Calhoun seems like a hapless fool, but he shows himself to be a little smarter than he first appears when he very cleverly tells Raylan and Tim about the murders of Betty and John-O.
- Boom, Headshot!: Boyd shoots him in the side of the head.
- Character Death: He's murdered by Boyd Crowder in his own truck.
- Dead Star Walking: Shea Whigham, a respected actor with a great deal of gravitas, was brought in to play this two-episode character (only one episode really, since he wasn't seen except in passing at the end of the prior episode) to fully sell Hagan as someone the audience would like and whose death would feel momentous.
- Face Death with Dignity: Hagan knows exactly what kind of person Boyd is, and accepts his impending death with quiet grace.
- Kick the Dog: Boyd's callous and brutal murder of a likable, average fellow who he'd been joking with in a friendly manner not long before fully cements him as the Big Bad.
- Nice Guy: Hagan is a very amiable guy.
- The Un-Reveal: He mentions someone named Hut McKean who presumably had some connection to Boyd and Hagan. Boyd isn't in the mood to hear the story, considering it a But for Me, It Was Tuesday moment and kills Hagan before he can explain who McKean was.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The reason Boyd kills him. In Hagan's own words, he's tying up a loose end.
Gary is husband of Winona Hawkins, who is the ex-wife of U.S. Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens. The two men — Gary and Raylan — couldn't be more different. Gary is a clean-cut realtor who ostensibly provides Winona with the stability she craves. But all is not well in the marriage or in Gary's business dealings, which threaten to ensnare more than would-be homebuyers.
- Butt-Monkey: Events rarely go the way he wants them to.
- Character Death: Gary is abducted and then shot by Quarles on Winona's front lawn.
- Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Winona left Raylan for Gary years ago. Winona later rekindles romance with Raylan as she and Gary go through a divorce.
- Hidden Depths: He really does love Winona, and he really did believe in his mall idea. His face lights up when he talks about it.
- Humiliation Conga: Gary is repeatedly tormented by Wynn Duffy, humiliated by Raylan, Winona leaves him, then he has to leave town, winds up selling some kind of pyramid scheme and finally gets killed by Quarles.
- Manipulative Bastard: Subverted. He fancies himself a master manipulator, but he's not.Gary: I can get a guy to buy a house worse that the one he's in, cost him twice as much, and have him swear it was his idea.
- Real Estate Scam: After Gary flees to Oklahoma, he delivers seminars on how to make money flipping foreclosed houses. His audience members grow suspicious, and one woman asks him outright if he's promoting a pyramic scheme.
- Romantic False Lead: For Winona.
- Too Dumb to Live: What else do you call it when you keep getting into business with Wynn Duffy?Winona: You put up our house as collateral for a goddamn horse?
- In his defense, though, he did apparently escape Duffy's clutches, managing to flee to Oklahoma. Duffy and Quarles went out to get him to send a message to Raylan, and to try to frame him up as a dirty cop.
- Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Starts out a lovable Unlucky Everydude in comparison to Raylan, an average man who managed to win Winona's heart. Even his actions with Duffy make him seem simply over his head. Then he orders a hit on Raylan and Winona.
A freelance 'fixer' and informant for the Marshals.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Probably due to the actor getting a regular gig on another show.
- Deadpan Snarker: Pinter tends to sit at the back of a restaurant and throw jibes at others.
- The Informant: For the Marshals.
- Jerkass: He's a snarky creep with very few redeeming qualities.
- Slimeball: Frequently seen leering at the waitresses of the restaurant he's in.
- The Stool Pigeon: Pinter has a reputation among other criminals as a snitch.
Rodney 'Hot-Rod' Dunham
A well-respected marijuana kingpin from Memphis, Tennessee, and a longtime associate of the Bennett family, Rodney "Hot-Rod" Dunham, is a meticulously careful criminal with a lengthy career behind him. Over the decades his partners have included Bo Crowder, Arlo Givens, and Mags Bennett's unseen husband, all of whom he seems to have been on friendly terms with. Ruthless if crossed, Hot-Rod is nonetheless an ultimately practical man, who has a complicated friendship with DEA Agent Alex Miller.
- Affably Evil: A cheerful, respectful man who is always happy to talk about the good old days, and just happens to control all the marijuana in Tennessee. In many ways he's a male counterpart to Mags Bennett.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Gets a genuinely sad death scene, talking to Miller while bleeding out.
- Badass Beard: A long ginger beard.
- Badass Grandpa: He's cut from the same cloth as Mags Bennett and Bo Crowder.
- Badass Boast: "If I'd come eight hours from Memphis for this, I'd be obliged to kick somebody's ass!"
- Beware the Nice Ones: Hot-Rod is reasonable, affable, and maintains a friendly demeanor, but you do not want to get on his bad side. He's not overly sadistic, but he is without scruples, and had no problems with hunting down a pair of teenagers, or slaughtering a whole convoy of Boyd's drug dealers.
- Character Death: Killed in Season 5, while trying to escape from the man Jay & Roscoe have guarding him.
- Didn't See That Coming: When Johnny turns the tables on him. It's one of the first times we've seen him genuinely shocked and out-played.
- Distressed Dude: After Johnny betrays him, he spends the rest of his screen-time tied up.
- The Dreaded: When Boyd tells Carl who he is, Carl's eyes widen in fear and reverence.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Sadly occurs offscreen. When he jams a pencil through the throat of one of Johnny's crew. But not before he gets a fatal shot in the gut.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Hot-Rod's crew includes black gangsters and white rednecks alike, he was partners with Mags Bennett, and as Season 5 reveals, he was happy to do business with teenaged girl Loretta before she screwed him over. Hot-Rod's a bad man, but doesn't appear to have a lot of prejudices.
- Evil Old Folks: He's from the same generation as Bo Crowder, Arlo Givens, and Mags Bennett.
- Face Death with Dignity: Hot-Rod dies having a final drink and a reminiscing about the old days with his Friendly Enemy Alex Miller.
- Fat Bastard: An overweight drug kingpin.
- Friendly Enemy: To DEA Agent Alex Miller.
- Improbable Weapon: Kills a man with a pencil.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Considers this a good trait, and possesses it himself.
- The Man Behind the Man: Revealed to be behind Johnny's attack on Boyd's shipment.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: After Coover's death, he fondly reminisces about Coover's skill at creating new strains of marijuana. He talks in a similar manner about Bo Crowder and Arlo Givens.
- Noodle Incident: Mentions several such incidents during a conversation with Miller.
- One Last Smoke: Miller lets Hotrod drink from his flask before he dies.
- Out-Gambitted: By Loretta and later Johnny in Season 5.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Hot-Rod tends to handle things in a very business-like way, hence his policy of Know When to Fold 'Em.
- Southern-Fried Genius: With his big belly, bigger beard and redneck dress sense, he doesn't look like the intelligent criminal he is.
- Spear Counterpart: To Mags Bennett. Both are plump, jovial, and ruthless marijuana kingpins.
- Villain of Another Story: Hot-Rod's last episode would suggest that he and Alex Miller were Memphis' Boyd and Raylan, with fifteen years of potentially fascinating story behind them.
- Villain Team-Up: As of Season 5, he was briefly in alliance with Johnny Crowder. When Boyd tries to buy Johnny from him, Johnny usurps control of his organisation.
- Villainous Friendship: Seems to have had one with Bo Crowder and Arlo Givens if his reminisces about them are any indicator.
- Would Hurt a Child: His willingness to target Loretta and her new boyfriend is played this way.
A drug addict who supports his habits with crime.
- Butt-Monkey: He might bring it on himself, but he still gets the short end of the stick plenty of times.
- Character Death: Even in death, Wade is unlucky. Dewey Crowe shoots him, and Wade spends the entire night and part of the next day slowly dying. He finally expires off-screen and his body is found by the Marshals.
- Feed the Mole: Boyd is aware that Wade is an informant and feeds him flimsy information so as to deceive law enforement.
- Functional Addict: He is (or was) addicted to oxycontin, but it didn't impair his ability to commit half-assed crime.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Dewey Crowe. Wade is better at keeping Audrey's afloat and works with Boyd behind Dewey's back. Of course, Dewey Crowe is the only person that Messer is capable of being a Hypercompetent Sidekick to, since Messer himself is a monumental screw-up.
- Mental Handicap, Moral Deficiency: Described as a "board certified imbecile" and involved in organized crime.
- The Mole: He serves as an informant on Boyd's activities to law enforcement.
- You Have Failed Me: Daryl pressures Dewey into murdering Wade because Wade was skimming money off of Audrey's and collaborating with Boyd Crowder. Naturally, Dewey screws up the murder spectacularly.
A miner working at Black Pike Mining, who recruited Boyd Crowder on a heist mission to steal money from the company.
- Character Death: He detonates an explosive charge to kill Boyd, not realizing that Boyd swapped the charges. He goes boom.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's all smiles and poor attempts at charm when trying to recruit Boyd, but all he wants is Boyd as a fall guy.
- Greed: His entire motivation.
- Karmic Death: The death that befalls him is almost entirely of his own making. His plan, his recruitment of Boyd, all of it falls upon him.
- Out-Gambitted: Rather magnificently by Boyd.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Kyle tries to pull this on Boyd. Boyd expects it and not only survives, he tricks Kyle into offing himself.
The bartender at The High Note Bar, where U.S. Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens is a frequent guest because he lives in a rented room upstairs. The pair have a unmistakable romantic energy and often engage in charged banter.
- Action Girl: It doesn't take much for her to start wielding her shotgun.
- Ascended Extra: She was just a random bartender at first, then got her own little story arc.
- Badass Bystander: When Raylan and Quarles are about to fight it out, it's Lindsey the bartender who picks up a gun and tells them to cut it out.
- The Bartender: Her job.
- Blatant Lies: When Raylan catches up with Lindsey and Randall, she tells Raylan that his money is in their van. She and Randall already spent all the money on fighting cocks. Then again, the fighting cocks were in the van, so in that sense she was telling the truth.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She betrays Raylan, then Randall, then Raylan again, then Randall again.
- Karma Houdini: She escapes any kind of punishment.
- Outlaw Couple: Formerly, with Randall Kusik. They briefly become this again before Lindsey abandons him.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Her weapon of choice.
A corrupt prison medic and boyfriend of Layla.
- Character Death: He's killed by Layla after he's outlived his usefulness.
- Deadly Doctor: Or deadly prison medic, anyway.
- Faux Affably Evil: Part of what makes him such a Smug Snake is his mocking, faux-friendly tone.
- Jerkass: Lance is a sadistic prick at his most basic.
- Manipulative Bastard: Not that it's difficult to manipulate poor Dewey Crowe, but he does toss out a convincing spiel to turn him into his own pet burglar.
- Sadist: He seems to take a creepy kind of satisfaction from screwing with Dewey Crowe.
- Smug Snake: He's rather pleased with himself for being able to outsmart the likes of Dickie Bennett and Dewey Crowe.
- To the Pain: After supposedly harvesting Dewey's kidneys, he explains the effects to a terrified Dewey."Now, like I said, your kidneys will do just fine for a while without you. Unfortunately, you can't last long without them. Poisons are gonna begin to build up in your blood. It's gonna make your skin change color. It's gonna feel like someone reached inside of your guts and literally just started twisting. Eventually, you're gonna start puking blood. Your body's gonna go into convulsions, and then your muscles are gonna seize up so hard that your bones will actually break."
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: His ultimate fate at Layla's hands. It's hard to say he didn't deserve it.
A male hustler out for revenge after his friend and co-worker disappears.
- Bound and Gagged: He ends up like this in Quarles' bathroom the end of "Guy Walks into a Bar."
- It's Personal: With Quarles, who tortured and murdered his friend Brady Hughes.
- Revenge: In "Guy Walks into a Bar," he intends to murder Quarles for abducting and killing his friend Brady. Things don't go exactly as he planned.
- Say It: He demands that Quarles admit to killing Brady. Quarles denies it, insisting that he set Brady "free."
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After Raylan and Art rescue him from Quarles' bathroom, we never hear about him again. Did he tell law enforcement about Quarles' depravity? Was he too afraid to talk? We never learn what became of him.
A wanted criminal sought by bail bondswoman Sharon Edmunds.
- Bald of Evil: See picture. He's a shiny-headed sociopath.
- Butt-Monkey: Things rarely go well for Jody, but it's always his own damn fault due to his idiocy and savagery.
- Character Death: He's killed by Raylan in a showdown that Jody himself arranged.
- It's Personal: With Raylan, for arresting him.
- Jerkass: Jody is short-tempered, smug and violent.
- Large Ham: The idiot gets his friend to film him, making a 'movie trailer' about his imminent fight with Raylan. Even besides that ill-advised piece of shameless self-promotion, Jody is...expressive. Chris Chalk is clearly having fun being so unrepentantly evil.
- Never My Fault: Jody blames everyone - his ex, Raylan - but himself, who is the most responsible.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: His incompetency is something to behold, but his stupidity actually makes him somewhat dangerous since he doesn't think about the consequences of his violent actions. He manages to kill Sharon Edmunds and Mitch, both of whom are experienced Bails Bondsmen.
- Only in It for the Money: He's not back in town for his ex-wife and children like everyone thinks; he's back for the cash he has stashed in his ex's house.
- Scary Black Man: Averted; he's black, he's a dangerous criminal, but is such an idiot that it's hard to take him too seriously.
- Unknown Rival: Oh, Raylan is fully aware of Jody's existence. However, Jody considers him to be his arch-nemesis when the reality is that Raylan sees him as just another small-time asshole.
- Tempting Fate: He purposefully seeks out a confrontation with Raylan despite being badly injured from his idiotic exploits.
- Too Dumb to Live: Jody frequently makes terrible decisions; returning to his previous home to get his money, injuring himself trying to escape, making a highly incriminating 'call-out' video challenging Raylan...all of which culminate in his death.
A burly, aggressive cage fighter and Lindsey's ex-husband.
- Ambition Is Evil: He earns money from fighting and has Lindsey steal Raylan's savings so that he can afford to take up cockfighting, his lifelong dream. Dream big, Randall.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He's extremely possessive of Lindsey, and has beaten people nearly to death for just talking to her or showing the slightest bit of attraction.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: He is a rather good bare knuckle fighter and claims that he could have been a champion in the underground fight circuit. However, just as he was reaching his full potential, MMA-style fighting became popular and he was never able to properly learn the new techniques. His temper probably kept him from competing in mainstream boxing.
- Jerkass: He's perpetually grumpy and aggressive.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Due to his sheer strength and skill, most of his fights end up turning in this direction with Randall laying a decisive smackdown on whoever is unlucky enough to incur his wrath.
- Outlaw Couple: Formerly, with Lindsey.
A wealthy young man who employs Randall in bare-knuckle prize fights at his house parties.
- Conspicuous Consumption: He keeps thousand-dollar tequila in his bar, stages live prize fights, and throws huge drunken parties.
- Groin Attack: Suffers one from Raylan.
- Jerkass: A misogynist, racist, shallow, deceitful jerkass.
- Limited Wardrobe: He's always wearing a jogging suit.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: It's never made clear exactly how Hoppus became wealthy, but we never see him at a job.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: He was foolish enough to give Randall and Raylan the runaround. The former threatens him and his henchman until he follows through on his business promise. The latter grabs his hair (among other things) until he provides information on Randall.
- Smug Snake: He fancies himself a big criminal badass. He's very wrong, as is proven repeatedly.
- Wild Teen Party: He always seems to be throwing one.
An old criminal and stepfather of Roz.
- An Arm and a Leg: His foot is hacked off by Grady and John (primarily John) so that his ankle monitor doesn't alert the police to his disappearance.
- Bald of Evil: Ties into Evil Old Folks.
- Con Man: He tried to pull a scam taking money from widows of men of died working in the mine while also taking money from the mining company.
- Deadpan Snarker: Even bleeding on the floor with his foot cut off, he finds the strength to chastise his captors for their idiocy.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He cares about his stepdaughter Roz enough to tell her to hide when Grady and John come looking for him.
- Evil Is Petty: Cairn is remarkably bitter about pretty much everything.
- Evil Old Folks: He might be in his old age, but he's happy to set Raylan up to be killed.
- Grumpy Old Man: Cairn is a self-pitying, short-tempered coward.
- Jerkass: He's in a perpetually foul mood.
- Mustache Of Evil: He has one.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Raylan dismisses him as a grumpy old criminal who doesn't have the bravery or strength to be a threat, but doesn't account for Josiah's talent for deceit. As a result, he ends up captured by hill people and is almost killed by them...along with Boyd, whom Josiah had previously tricked in the exact same way.
The teenage stepdaughter of Josiah Cairn, Roz is a sexually precocious wannabe criminal.
- Dumb Blonde: Roz isn't the brightest star in the sky. Her petty crimes are half-assed and she tends to incriminate herself when she doesn't shut up. She outright tells Raylan that she plans to kill whoever took Josiah, and assumes that her older boyfriend Teddy will be able to track him simply because he's Cherokee.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Although their relationship is of the strained, do-my-dirty-walk-since-I'm-under-house-arrest variety, Roz does care enough about her stepfather Josiah to be worried about his disappearance.
- Fille Fatale: She's not legal, but Roz is still a pretty girl who uses her sexuality in a somewhat clumsy way to get what she wants. Or at least she tries.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: She tries to invoke this, flashing people to distract them from whatever her current accomplice is doing.
- Stupid Crooks: Roz isn't a complete moron when compared with her boyfriend Benny, but she's certainly below average when it comes to the criminal IQ, even in Harlan.
Al Sura & Scott Fenton
A pair of Canadian mobsters at war with Sammy Tonin at the start of Season 5.
- Affably Evil: What else do you expect from Canadians?
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Al Sura, when confronted by Elias Marcos.
- Canada, Eh?: They're very...Canadian. They talk about hockey, Tim Horton's and seem pretty nice.
- Character Death: Al Sura, who is shot and killed by Elias Marcos in retaliation for his part in Sammy's death.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: They might invoke some of that legendary Canadian niceness, but they're still ruthless mobsters.
- Mob War: With the Detroit Mob after Sammy takes over. They win.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Scott slightly more so than Al.
- Those Two Guys: Averted; this seems like a natural assumption given the two actors playing them and their first appearance, but only Al Sura has recurred (solo) thus far.
A pot dealer and the ex-boyfriend of Loretta Mc Cready.
Jay & Roscoe
Two henchmen of Hot-Rod Dunham's who first appear in Season 5. Siblings and killers-for-hire, they offer their services to whoever pays the most, working first for Hot-Rod and then Johnny Crowder.
- Bald of Evil: Roscoe.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Jay never stops talking, Roscoe barely speaks, and they frequently communicate in code. Throw in Jay's refusal to let a victim talk until a song stops playing, and Roscoe's apparent love of Shakespeare, and you have a very odd pair of gangsters.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Roscoe, who delivers a profanity-laced exposition on King Lear in the middle of a standoff in "Wrong Roads".
- Co-Dragons: To Hotrod and then Johnny.
- Deadpan Snarker: Jay can go toe-to-toe with Raylan in the snark department.
- Dragon Their Feet: They are absent during the final Boyd/Johnny confrontation, remaining in Memphis while the two Crowders fight it out in Mexico.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Jay completely loses it and nearly gets himself killed when Roscoe is shot.
- Faux Affably Evil: They come off as pretty likeable, but are totally ruthless psychos under the surface.
- Hidden Depths: Roscoe's analogy about King Lear may have little relevance to the issue at hand, but it is a startlingly accurate summation of play's events, suggesting that the hulking thug may be something of an intellectual.
- Laughably Evil: They're pretty amusing, what with Jay's screwed up sense of humour, and Roscoe's stoic imperturbability.
- Psychos For Hire: They blatantly admit to just wanting a job where they can murder on the clock. The only reason they didn't go into law enforcement or the military is the paperwork.
- The Quiet One: Roscoe barely talks, absent his memorable speech about King Lear.
- Scary Black Man: Played dead straight. They might be good for a laugh or two, but the fact that they're ruthless killers is never forgotten.
- Siblings in Crime: They're brothers in crime.
- Sibling Team: As mentioned with some frequency, they're brothers.
- Smarter Than You Look: They look and cheerfully act the part of a pair of gang-bangers, but both are quite bright, displaying tactical aptitude, expert teamwork, and in Roscoe's case, an apparent love of Shakespeare.
- The Stoic: Roscoe.
- Stop Being Stereotypical: Jay is very offended that, with so many white people in Hot-Rod's crew, a black guy screwed things up in the deal with Loretta and Derek.Jay: And you know what bring me down? You got all these damn crackers in this crew, and it's the brother that had to go and screw shit up!
- Talkative Loon: Jay never really shuts up.
- Those Two Bad Guys: They're never seen apart and fit the stereotype, with Jay doing all the talking, and Roscoe barely speaking.
- Wicked Cultured: Roscoe quotes King Lear and then proceeds to explain the analogy at length, much to surprise of all.
The maid and lover of Charles Monroe, who is an accomplice in the hidden gold.
A neo-Nazi and a disgruntled former associate of Boyd Crowder. Gretchen Swift's brother.
- The Family That Slays Together: It seems that all Swifts are violent, racist criminals.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Boyd threatens to brutalize him if Gretchen allows any more harm to come to Ava in prison.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Boyd hires Daryl Crowe to brutalize Gunnar in retaliation for his sister Gretchen bullying Ava in prison.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He's a Neo-Nazi, and deeply believes in 'the cause'.
- Tattooed Crook: He's plastered with tattoos of Neo-Nazi insignia.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Boyd knows him from his Neo-Nazi/'Crowder's Commandos' days.
- We Used to Be Friends: He's an old friend of Boyd, but he's none too happy to learn that Boyd has forsaken his views on white supremacy.
A representative of the Mexican heroin trade. A Mexican-Korean, he's descended from Asian slaves brought to Mexico during the colonial era, and takes pride in his high-ranking position. He handles monetary transactions for the cartel and is trusted by them specifically because they know he is nothing like them.
- Bad Boss: Ruiz mentions that if he fails in his objective, Yoon will have him killed.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Yoon dislikes violence, and tries to act as pleasantly as possible. Cross him, however, and he'll have you skinned alive.
- The Cartel: He's a high-ranking member of the Mexican heroin cartel.
- Exact Words: Yoon dislikes beheadings. He didn't say anything about having somebody skinned.
- Faux Affably Evil: He presents himself in a very reasonable and genial way, but he's still incredibly ruthless, is willing to kill his own employees and has his enemies skinned alive.
- Honour Among Thieves: Yoon makes a point of this, doing his best to be rational and to hold up his end of any bargain.
- I Gave My Word: Honors his deal with Boyd and only pretends to go along with Johnny's doublecross, which worked out very nicely for him as he presumably got paid by both Johnny and Boyd.
- Pragmatic Villainy: The whole reason Yoon was chosen to represent the Mexicans is because he's reasonable, practical and fair-minded.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He appears clad in a sweet suit and nifty tie.
An associate of Yoon and a representative at the Mexican heroin deal with Boyd Crowder and Wynn Duffy. He has a working relationship with Mr. Picker, who introduces him to Wynn Duffy and the Crowders. Generally calm and reasonable, Alberto has a vicious side that emerges whenever he's sent to deal with Mr. Yoon's enemies.
- The Cartel: Alberto works for the Mexican heroin cartel, particularly for Mr Yoon.
- Character Death: He's killed during a shootout with Tim and Rachel.
- The Dragon: For Mr Yoon.
- Final Boss: For Boyd in Season 5. After tangling with Lee Paxton and Johnny Crowder, Ruiz is the final physical threat of Boyd's Season 5 arc.
- Knife Nut: He menacingly shows off his knives while describing how to properly skin an animal.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He operates on the same level as his boss, treating his illegal activities like the business it is. For example, when Boyd protests about the deal being ended, Ruiz gives him a chance by calling Yoon back.
- The Stoic: Rarely shows much emotion beyond placid irritation.
- To the Pain: Ruiz describes rather vividly to Boyd what's in store for him."The first cut, you make right down the belly. Bleed the animal, remove the insides, careful not to puncture the bladder. Next, you remove the genitals. Now you are ready to the take the skin. Cut first at the ankle joints, snap the tendons, start to peel back the pelt. The trick is to remove it in one piece. It's easiest when the animal is still warm."
- Bound and Gagged: Reluctantly, by Choo-Choo.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Caprice is a prostitute, but she's kind, intelligent, perceptive and genuinely friendly.
- Nice Girl: She's a sweet young lady, as evidenced by her amiable relationship with Calhoun and how she bonds with Choo-Choo. It's little wonder that Choo-Choo can't bring himself to kill her.
An "old coot from the hill country". Zachariah is the uncle of Ava Crowder, who holds a strong resentment towards the Crowder family due to Ava's abuse at the hands of Bowman.
- The Alcoholic: Zachariah sure likes his drink; Boyd even brings him a bottle as a peace offering.
- Badass Grandpa: Despite his age, Zachariah is perfectly content to jump into dangerous situations feet-first, even throwing fists with Raylan.
- Character Death: He blows himself up in an attempt to kill Boyd.
- Cool Old Guy: It comes with being played by Jeff Fahey, but otherwise Zachariah is a wily old coot who knows Harlan's mines like the back of his whiskey-holding hand. What's not to love?
- Due to the Dead: He buries Grubes' corpse in "Collateral".
- Go Out with a Smile: Zachariah is chuckling away as he detonates the dynamite strapped to his chest.
- Grumpy Old Man: He's not usually in the best of moods, unless he's speaking to Ava.
- He Knows Too Much: He kills the Pig when he notices that the boards that Boyd fell through were sawed through previously.
- Papa Wolf: To Ava. He still holds a vicious grudge against the Crowders for the abuse Ava endured at Bowman's hands.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: He tries to kill Boyd by sawing through the wooden boards covering an old mine shaft.
- Nay-Theist: After his brother, Ava's father, died down a mine he had a crisis of faith."God himself couldn't save your daddy on that day. That's why I stopped praying."
- Senseless Sacrifice: Zachariah dies after setting off dynamite hidden in his coat, hoping to kill Boyd in the process. Boyd survives the assassination attempt. However, Zachariah was going to be killed by Boyd anyway, so it was more of a final hurrah than anything.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: He greets Boyd with a double-barrel shotgun.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Ava names her son after Zachariah. She tells Raylan that her uncle was the only man who never wanted anything from her.
- Suicide Attack: He blows himself up in an attempt to kill Boyd. Unfortunately, Boyd survives.