Absaroka County Sheriff's Office
The main character of the show (and the books it's based on) and the veteran sheriff of Absaroka County. At the start of the series, Walt has become distant from both his job and his daughter following the death of his wife.
- Cell Phones Are Useless: Does not own a cell phone and refuses to buy one.
- Cool Car: Walt's patrol vehicle is a slightly beat-up 1989 Ford Bronco.
- Cool Gun: His sidearm is an M1911A1 .45 auto with an awesome set of custom grips made of elk antler.
- Cowboy Cop: Gets accused of being this a lot.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Drink-Based Characterization: Longmire is a Rainiers man and is usually seen drinking it.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic. Walt is ethical, loyal, incredibly detail-oriented, and thoughtful. Unfortunately for his deputies, he is also incredibly set in his ways. He tends towards a strait-laced, conservative lifestyle, expecting everyone to live up to the impossibly high standards he sets for himself.
- Heartbroken Badass: He's a tough sheriff but begins the series mourning the death of his beloved wife.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lifelong best friend of Henry Standing Bear.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He is able to fire his rifle and hit the driver of a moving SUV that is a fair distance from him and driving over very bumpy terrain. Just hitting the car would have been a very good shot. Somewhat justified in that he takes his time and uses proper marksmanship technique instead of just jamming the rifle into his shoulder and firing.
- The Lost Lenore: He keeps his wife's ashes in a wooden tea box for the first few seasons. Even as he tries to let her go, new information about the circumstances surrounding her death keeps popping up.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He doesn't always reveal how much he knows to people he is questioning.
- The Protagonist
- The Sheriff: Of Absaroka County, Wyoming.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: While Walt has more than a few faults, he treats people fairly. He's as unlikely to mock an Eastern couple who went to a palm-reader to contact their dead daughter as he is to disrespect the weirder customs of the local Cheyenne.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Vic. They do, at the very end.
Walt's right-hand deputy and an ex-Philadelphia homicide detective. She recently moved to Wyoming with Shaun Keegan, her husband. Is of Italian descent.
- Action Girl: More than willing to take the fight to the enemy.
- Actor Allusion: Katee Sackhoff is highly competent at her job but has a Dark and Troubled Past and thinks she's bad luck for people around her. Sound familiar?
- Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: When Vic is being stalked by Ed Gorski in "A Good Death is Hard to Find", she starts taking her gun into the shower with her.
- City Mouse: Vic is from Philadelphia still adapting to Wyoming winters, wildlife, and people.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The reason she relocated to Absaroka.
- Deadpan Snarker: Picks up on this due to having Walt as her boss.
- Dude Magnet: She tends to be pretty popular with guys. Apart from Walt, there is also Sean, Eamonn, Travis, Omar, Gorski, Bob, as well as others.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Mathias calls her "Filly," a Double Entendre referencing both her attractiveness and her Philadelphia roots. Vic hates it.
- Fair Cop: Appears to be in a tight-jeans contest with Branch, but modifies her rolled up sleeves and open-buttoned shirts with undershirts.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine. Vic is outgoing, capable, compassionate, and highly energetic. Like Branch, however, she is impulsive and rash, and (to a lesser extent than Branch) suffers from emotional issues and instabilities that she tends to repress rather than deal with.
- Happily Married: Averted big time. Although she and Shaun do truly love each other, it's obvious that neither is happy with their marriage. Furthermore, Shaun suspects that Vic has feelings for Walt - a suspicion which is not entirely unfounded. At the end of Season 3, Shaun files for divorce after Vic refuses to quit her job.
- The Lancer: More or less shares this role with Branch in the first 3 seasons. After Season 3, she is solidly this.
- Pregnant Badass: In Seasons 5 and 6. Unfortunately, she has a miscarriage, courtesy of Chance Gilbert.
- Undying Loyalty: To Walt. While she often disapproves of his reckless actions (primarily out of concern for his safety), she is always at his side and will not hesitate to put her career and/or life on the line for him.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Walt. They do, at the very end.
An ambitious deputy who comes from a wealthy local family; his uncle Lucian was Walt's predecessor as sheriff, and Branch also hopes to be sheriff one day.
- Ascended Extra: In the book series, his character only appeared in the first book.
- The Determinator: A not-so-nice one. To prove that David Ridges isn't dead, he's pulled himself out of a peyote-induced stupor and returns to the job before he's truly ready, but before long he's abducting a local peyote dealer and dosing him with his own product, circumventing protocol and asking friends to perjure themselves, conducting his own forensic test without Walt's knowledge, and more recently ignoring Cady's search for her mom's killer and snooping into Vic's personal laptop to prove himself right.
- Fair Cop: As the spear to Vic's distaff version, Branch sports tight jeans and is more likely to be seen without a shirt than any other member of the cast.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric. Branch is outgoing, people-oriented, ambitious and charming. He's also hot-tempered, makes rash judgments, bucks authority, and shows a tendency towards emotional instability.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Though he rarely admits it, he actually admires Walt. Unfortunately, he's also ambitious, and that ambition is easily-manipulated by his father.
- Jerkass with a Heart of Gold
- Killed Offscreen: At the end of Season 3 it is implied that his father shot him, when Branch attempts to arrest him for having Walt's wife murdered and it is confirmed at the beginning of Season 4 when his body is found staged to make it look like he committed suicide.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: He repeatedly complains throughout season 3 that they're devoting resources to hunting for other people when they should be hunting David Ridges. He's just trying to feed his vendetta, but he's absolutely right. All the other leads are Red Herrings, and finding Ridges proves the key to securing Henry's freedom, and might even have saved Hector from being horrifically murdered and scalped.
- The Rival: Is running against Walt for the position of sheriff during Seasons 1-2.
- The Sneaky Guy: Lock picking is his specialty.
- Sanity Slippage: Starting from Season 3 after he nearly died from getting shot and in his quest to prove that Ridges faked his death and is the one that shot him. Ridges using bad medicine to steal parts of him and/or repeatedly messing with his mind to drive him off the deep end don't help.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Throughout Season 2, the shady people funding his re-election campaign, including both Jacob Nighthorse and his father, think they've bought him off. But Branch is an honest man, and he's loyal to his conscience, not them.
An awkward but hard-working young deputy. Walt sees something in Ferg, but initially can't articulate it. As the series progresses, Ferg is revealed to have eclectic interests that help in his work, justifying Walt's intuition.
- Clueless Deputy: Ferg gets treated like this, especially in the first season. By S2, he has Growing the Beard and repeatedly demonstrates his competence.
- Cool Car: His blue Pontiac Trans Am.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Doesn't seem especially useful at first, even to himself, but he gets a lot better.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic. Ferg is calm, good-natured, and generally even-tempered. However, he does tend towards a submissive, almost timid mindset, especially early on in the series. His passive and meek nature is slowly shaped by the more mentoring characters around him, specifically Vic and Walt.
- Green-Eyed Monster: His biggest flaw throughout the series is his tendency of envy towards other characters, first showing towards Branch's relationship with Cady and in calling out Vic and Walt for ignoring him. It leads him to be hard on Zach at first due to Zach's instant competence, and eventually ends his relationship with Meg because he falsely accuses her ex-boyfriend of being Cowboy Bill.
- Nice Guy: The guy's a big teddy bear.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: The only Absaroka County lawman to carry a wheelgun.
- The Smart Guy: What he becomes.
- Turn in Your Badge: After inadvertently giving information to a Mafia hitman posing as a Federal agent, Ferg follows up with the Feds, discovers his mistake, and immediately warns Walt. Afterwards, he is very hard on himself and offers his resignation, saying that he knows Walt only hired him as a favor to his dad. Walt replies that that was actually one of two reasons, and that he's still waiting to find out what the other one is. Then he gives Ferg's badge back to him.
- Crusading Brother: Was badly injured in a drive-by shooting four years earlier that claimed the life of his brother. This motivates him to become a cop.
- Leeroy Jenkins: While very intelligent and analytical, he is also hotheaded when provoked, something Monte Ford exploits.
- Replacement Goldfish: Hired after Branch's death.
- Turn in Your Badge: Walt has to fire him after he breaks into Ford's hotel room.
- Cool Old Lady: Sweet old gal with a snarky sense of humor.
- Only Sane Employee: Among the snarky Walt, the snippy Vic, the aloof Branch, and the comically beleaguered Ferg, she is definitely this.
- Team Mom: Looks after everyone at one point or another, Walt included. She can put Walt in his place when she feels like it with a stern "Walter Longmire!"
A Cheyenne who is Walt's best friend and confidant. Their friendship goes back to their early school days together. He is the proprietor of the Red Pony Cafe, a local tavern and restaurant, and an expert tracker.
- Anti-Hero: Gradually fills this role as time goes on, especially after taking up Hector's mantle.
- The Bartender: Owns the "continual soiree" at the Red Pony Saloon.
- Deadpan Snarker: Naturally.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Walt.
- Just a Flesh Wound: Very much averted when Henry catches a bullet in the upper thigh. He's barely able to walk and obviously in excruciating pain, and is visibly sweating when he has to conceal the injury from Cady.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: A rare heroic example, and also downplayed. Henry is very well-spoken and articulate, carefully enunciates every word he says, never uses contractions, and rarely swears.
- He confronts Jacob Nighthorse at one point about goings on at the casino and Nighthorse says the accusation sounds like something Walt Longmire would say, only not as well.
- Shot in the Ass: Courtesy of Walt, who couldn't see who he was aiming at in the darkness, during the arrest of Gab Langton's second rapist. Luckily just a ricochet, but obviously extremely painful and definitely not funny.
- Sixth Ranger: Often helps Walt with cases, but sometimes his allegiance to the reservation puts him at odds with Walt as well.
- Vigilante Man: Takes up Hector's mantle in Season 4.
A local businessman representing the interests of the Cheyenne.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Embarrassing Last Name: His real name is Jacob Blankenship. He changed it to sound "more Indian."
- Even Evil Has Standards: He may be a two-faced self-serving scumbag who sells his tribe out for personal gain without a second thought, but Nighthorse is disgusted by corrupt social workers who take Cheyenne children from their homes on falsified charges of neglect so that they can embezzle extra money from the federal government. Not that it stops him from trying to spin the whole thing against Walt.
- Humble Pie: Jacob Nighthorse seems to have eaten a generous slice of this pie by the end of Season 4. When he discovers that Malachi has been using his casino to launder money, greatly jeopardizing everything he has worked for, he realizes that everything they have said about the man is true. He sits down with Cady and tells her how all he ever wanted was to help his people. So he tells her that her client has his job back, back pay, paid vacation, and he wants to hire her so his people have good legal counsel.
- He's eaten a Heel-Face Turn-sized pie by Season 6, especially in "No Greater Character Endorsement".
- Hypocrite: Goes on and on about how the Cheyenne have been screwed over by the White Man, while shamelessly exploiting his people.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Emphasized in his introductory episode. Walt is unhappy that he's turning the abduction of three children into a political issue, but admits that Nighthorse is absolutely right that the social worker and group home were running a racket to get government money fabricating neglect accusations for Cheyenne children.
- Malcolm Xerox: An Indian version. He is always quick to blame white people or call Walt (or anyone against him) a racist. In fact it is revealed in Season 4 that he actually used to belong to a Indian Group similar to the New Black Panthers.
- Native American Casino: Jacob's the primary driver behind the development.
- Smug Snake: In the earlier seasons.
The current Chief of the Cheyenne Tribal Police.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: By the end of Season 1, even if they aren't friends, his grudge against Walt has faded a bit, as the two come to respect each other somewhat. By Season 3, he's quite friendly with Walt's deputies.
- Dirty Cop: Ambiguously implied, but we never know for sure one way or another. Leads in several cases pointing to him turn out to be red herrings, and by Season 4, he's at least opposed to most of the villainous characters.
- Good Is Not Nice: While he is a huge jerk to the Absaroka Sherriff's Department, he engages in fewer morally ambiguous actions than most of the main characters, with his biggest one being making a deal to not have Henry arrested in exchange for illegally searching drug dealers and eventually decides to let him go.
- Jerkass: Mathias is a world-class asshole with a massive chip on his shoulder who tends to hinder Walt's investigations.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Gets in the way of Longmire's investigations in early seasons, almost exclusively citing the rules of jurisdiction.
- Pet the Dog: At the end of Season 5, he lets Henry off the hook with no strings attached.
- Took a Level in Kindness: By Season 4, he has mostly gotten over his Jurisdiction Friction issues with Walt, recognizes Malachi Strand as a scumbag, and willingly works with the Sheriff's Office. The disgust he and Walt share over the Loophole Abuse that allows two white men to get away with raping a Cheyenne girl becomes their common ground.
- When the final season comes around he's finally on friendly terms with Walt and the others and willingly cooperates with them throughout the season both on and off the Res, up to and including arresting Jacob Nighthorse, and later in taking down Malachi.
A principled vigilante-for-hire on the Rez, Hector is a high-school dropout and former boxer who makes a meager living punching the teeth out of those who have horribly wronged others. It may not be justice, per-se, but sometimes it's the best the people of the Rez can get.
- Flaying Alive: Is scalped, shot, and seconds from death when Longmire and his deputies find him.
- Killed Off for Real: By David Ridges.
- NobleSavage: A former boxer, Hector makes his living roughing up people who've wronged someone else, charging $200 per knocked-out tooth. However, he is not a killer, and will only take a job if the target has done something to deserve it.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Hector's job description. Back in the day, when Malachi would only investigate crimes if he got paid, and would let perps go if they paid more, a brutal beating from Hector was the most justice people could hope to get.
- Spanner in the Works: For both the good guys and bad, Hector's refusal to kill the man who killed Walt's wife derails a lot of well-laid plans.
- The Stoic: Even being brutally scalped and murdered doesn't crack his emotional wall.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: He utterly refused to actually take a life, even for Walt's wife's killer, because he firmly believes that it's not up to him to make that call, only the Great Spirit.
- Vigilante Man: Though he doesn't work for free. A man's gotta eat...
The former Tribal Police Chief, in prison for using his office to run a protection racket.
- Big Bad: One of three in Season 5. Is *the* Big Bad of Season 6.
- Corrupt Cop: He ran a protection racket on the rez until Walt caught him and sent him to prison.
- Evil Running Good: He eventually buys the Red Pony out from a desperate Henry to use in his money-laundering operations. Downplayed in that Henry only sells it after almost burning it down and using it as a chip to force a few vital clues out of Malachai, then manages to claw it back in Season 4.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's quite cheery, but always in a rude and insulting way.
- Karma Houdini: Throughout Season 3, he likes rubbing Henry's face in the fact that he's on the loose and back to his old crooked schemes having not even served half his sentence, while Henry himself is about to go to prison for a crime he didn't commit and probably be brutalized and murdered there for his friendship with a white sheriff.
- Kick the Dog: On top of the actually evil and criminal things he does, he also pays a desperate Henry a pittance for the various stuffed and mounted animals around the Red Pony, then discards them out in the desert.
- Law Enforcement, Inc.: He never investigated crimes unless paid by the victims, and would let criminals go if they paid more.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Malachi is played by Graham Greene, who is a First Nation Canadian rather than Native American. There's a hint of Not Even Bothering with the Accent mixed in, because he's doing little to hide their rather thick Native Canadian accent, probably on the assumption that most viewers except Canadians and Natives from both countries can't really tell the difference.
- Pet the Dog: Malachi has a surprising but genuine soft spot for children. In one episode he shows sincere concern for the well-being of a little girl whose father left her at the casino, and admits to Walt that it's because he has a granddaughter whom he rarely gets to see.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Despite his many crimes against his own people, he's still surprisingly popular on the reservation in many sectors. As security chief of the Three Arrows Casino, he gets on surprisingly well with a young child.
- Back from the Dead: Branch goes to the rez to interrogate Ridges for sabotaging Cady's car, only to learn he's committed suicide and Jacob Nighthorse has ceremonially burned the body. However, when Branch goes to collect ashes for DNA testing, he's assaulted and shot by someone he swears is David Ridges. During surgery, a peyote-laced feather is found inside Branch's wound and DNA tests on the ashes confirm they belong to Ridges, so Longmire thinks Branch simply hallucinated his shooter's identity. However, Branch conducts a test of his own, using a rabbit, his own blood and hair samples, to create more ashes that come back positive as belonging to Ridges. On top of that, Hector positively ID's Ridges as his killer before he expires. However, both Branch's mental state and Hector's conditionscalped, shot, and bleeding to deathcast doubt onto whether or not Ridges really is alive or if the power of suggestion is in play. Ultimately proven right at the end of "Harvest."
- Calling Card: Puts crow's feathers soaked in peyote in the people he kills. This helps link the man who killed Longmire's wife with the man who attacked Branch.
- The Dragon: To Nighthorse, who fatefully lent him to Barlow to arrange Walt's wife's murder.
- Evil Sorcerer: Henry instantly identifies some of the tapestries in his house as "seriously bad medicine." He claims to have returned to "count coup" with his enemies, and that he has "touched" Branch three times before intending to kill him: first, with the peyote-laced crow feather after shooting him to take his courage, then in his dreams to trick him into strangling Cady by hallucinating she is Ridges, and finally with a disappearing photograph in a bar that took his soul. It's handled in a very Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane way, though.
- Faking the Dead: Branch is convinced that Ridges did this before shooting him. Season 3 episode "Harvest" reveals that this is true.
- Walking Spoiler
Malachi's top enforcer.
Gabriella "Gab" LangtonA young Cheyenne woman who lives with her mother. Henry was her high school basketball coach.
- Broken Bird
- Darkest Hour: After she shoots and kills her rapist, Henry recognizes that she's as good as dead if she stays on the Cheyenne reservation, where Browning's goons will surely find her. His solution: take her to a Crow reservation across the county (Cheyenne and Crow have never gotten along all that well; even when both tribes were fighting the US Army in the 19th Century, they still fought each other), where a mysterious Crow medicine woman who doesn't like visitors will (hopefully) help her. The medicine woman does help, but not before Henry gets the butt of her rifle to the back of the head for daring to cross Crow land.
- The Dog Bites Back: Shoots one of the men who raped her. He later dies in the hospital.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The Crow medicine woman says that she turned into a hawk. For all we know, she could be right.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: She gets raped by two Newell Energy roughnecks after a night of partying at Nighthorse's casino. Because it happened on the reservation, but the rapists were not tribal members or spouses, neither Walt nor Mathias have jurisdiction, and the Federal prosecutor declines to press charges due to lack of evidence.
- That One Case: Becomes this for Walt, Mathias, and Henry over the course of Season 4.
- Affectionate Nickname: Walt often greets her with, "Hey, Punk".
- Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Midway through Season 2, loses her job at the law firm, and ends up working at Henry's bar (much to Walt's disapproval).
- The Heart
- Hello, Attorney!
- Morality Pet: To Walt.
- Unexpected Successor: In the series finale, she decides to run for Sheriff after Walt retires.
- The Lost Lenore: Martha had terminal cancer and died a year before the pilot episode takes place. Walt keeps her ashes in a tea box in the house and has been wallowing in grief and depression ever since, until Absaroka County's first murder in years forces him to get out of the house and go back to work again. It turns out that she was actually murdered, and that Walt and Henry went to Denver to go after her killer.
- Posthumous Character
- Big Bad: Of the first 3 and a half seasons. Can be seen as this of the entire show since he is the mastermind behind the murder of Walt's wife which sets into motion all the major events of the series.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Driven to Suicide: Draws an unloaded revolver on Walt, goading Walt into shooting him after Walt figures out he's behind Branch's death, then stabs himself several times to seal the deal.
- Jerkass: Has a very nasty attitude even when doing things like trying to free his son.
- Offing the Offspring: Murders Branch to cover up his role in Martha Longmire's murder.
The retired former Sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt's mentor, and Branch's uncle.
- Broken Pedestal: After Walt finds out that he had an affair with the wife of a man he sent to prison, who later turned out to be innocent. Though it wasn't really a Uriah Gambit, just Lucian's Rabid Cop nature blinding him to some things he should've noticed.
- Cain and Abel: A nonlethal variant. Lucian and Barlow are brothers who hate eachother's guts. He's none too fond of his nephew Branch, either, as he considers Branch to be far too much like Barlow.
- Cool Old Guy: He likes poetry, and is so bored by retirement that he really wants to get out and get shot at some more.
- Driven to Suicide
- Grumpy Old Man: He's introduced firing his shotgun into the wall just to mess with the staff of his retirement home, and spends several days at the Sheriff's office while Branch sorts things out with them. When Walt locks up two meth addicts in the holding cell, Lucian (who had been sleeping in the cell) complains that "You got the damn hippies in my guest room!"
- Rabid Cop: No wonder Absaroka had so little crime when he was Sheriff! He calls Walt a "softie" for shooting for the tire of a fleeing van rather than the windshield.
- Reckless Gun Usage: Lucian is introduced living in a retirement home ("facility," not "home"), bored out of his mind and frustrated that the staff has been ignoring his complaints. Lucian decides to fire off a couple of rounds from his shotgun out the window, with a third through an unoccupied chair for good measure.
- Retired Badass
- Would Not Hit a Girl: Which is why Walt sends Vic into his room first when he's firing off his shotgun, though, uh, he did kill eight men during his career. Lucian doesn't mind shooting a nearby chair to freak her out just for the hell of it, though. Vic is definitely not amused.
- Not What It Looks Like: Both Walt and Vic try to tell her this when she come's to Walt's cabin to Vic spending the night on her couch. Unfortunately, due to Walt's reluctance to commit to her, she does not believe them, breaks off with Walt, and has been off the show since.
The town drunk who has worked a variety of odd jobs.
A nurse who catches the Ferg's eye, then his heart.
A local hunter and gun enthusiast who helps Walt in many of his investigations.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Vic, who finds his constant hitting on her annoying.
- Everyone Has Standards: He loathes poachers, who he sees as having no respect for laws and nature.
- Hunter Trapper: Is loathed by the local environmentalists for his desire to shoot a bear.
- Mountain Man
- Out of Focus: Is barely in season 3, something he lampshades when Walt and Henry hitch a ride in his plane in one scene.
A boyhood friend of Branch Connally who wants to be a sheriff's deputy.
- Asshole Victim
- Big Bad Ensemble: In season 5 along with Malachi Strand and Shane Muldoon, even if their motives are entirely different. He also seems to be set up as a Big Bad in season 6, as he is seeking to use the lawsuit to oust Walt as sheriff, take his land away, and build a golf course on top of it.
- Corrupt Hick: Walt discovers that he is deliberately withholding evidence in his civil suit against him, as he wants to build his new golf course right on top of Walt's land.
- Faux Affably Evil
- It's Personal: Part of the reason for his lawsuit is because Barlow was his best friend. Even though he knows the truth about Barlow's death, he completely empathized with Barlow's dream of a golf course directly on the Longmire residence.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He's Barlow Connally in all but name.
- Back for the Dead: In Season 6.
- Boom, Headshot!: Courtesy of Ferg.
- The Dragon: To Shane Muldoon.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: While investigating Harp, Walt talks to his estranged parents and discovers that Harp has been sending them checks for large amounts of money for years. Walt uses this information to try to talk Harp down during a standoff, noting that any man who sends money to his parents can't be all bad. Harp reveals that the bank account linked to the checks is empty, and that he's only been sending them checks so that if they ever get hard up enough to need the money, there will be nothing for them.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Is killed by the Irish Mob to prevent him from any sort of testimony about their dirty dealings.
- Subverted: Turns out in Season 6 he faked his own death... but then ends up getting killed anyway by Ferg.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Is one for Vic after it's revealed they carried on an affair when they were both on the force in Philadelphia.
- Casual Kink: Did this to Vic during their affair to the point where it freaked her out and made her want to stop the whole thing. He decided otherwise.
- Dirty Cop: Gorski was a homicide detective with Philadelphia PD, and was very crooked.
- Enemy Mine: He and Walt team up to save Vic and Sean from a Crazy Survivalist compound.
- Evil Is Petty: Has a serious vendetta against Vic for turning his partner in and cutting off their affair.
- Stalker with a Crush: He denies it repeatedly in the episode where he and Walt team up to save her... before repeatedly grousing about her husband being a Non-Action Guy and commenting on how she outta be with him instead.
- Everything Is Racist: He makes this assumption about Walt, though he's wrong.
- Freudian Excuse: Fales grew up in a small town in the Deep South whose Sheriff was a corrupt, racist white man in a cowboy hat. Since Walt is a small-town white Sheriff in a cowboy hat, Fales assumes that he's corrupt and racist as well.
- Hypocrite: Says that Walt is corrupt and he'll enjoy taking him down. Then we find out that he's not exactly squeaky-clean himself.
- Inspector Javert: Played with. He mix-and-matches the evidence to arrive at predetermined conclusions.
- Rabid Cop: Downplayed. Fales is very enthusiastic and malicious in his vendetta against Walt, but not to the point of ever quite completely losing his composure. He also still loves Henry's burgers even as he tries to put the man in prison.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Fales thinks that his misplaced Freudian vendetta against Walt Longmire is a righteous crusade against a Corrupt Hick Sheriff, and he is surprisingly unscrupulous about it.
The man who killed Walt's wife.
- The Addict: A meth junkie.
- Posthumous Character: The details of his death are shrouded in mystery from the audience for most of the first two seasons, then the mystery of his death is the focus of the third, but he himself is long in the ground by the time the show begins.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He kills Martha Longmire on Barlow's orders, and subsequently murdered by David Ridges.
A survivalist who leads a devoted cult of freedom worshipers.
- Arch-Enemy: Gradually becomes this to Vic.
- Born in the Wrong Century: He says he should have lived 200 years ago, as should Walt.
- Characterization Marches On: He seems to live alone in his introduction, and is very focused on the "letter of the law" as he threatens Walt. In the follow-up, he has a family and an army of "disciples" who live on a big compound with him, and they've murdered a census agent and murder a highway patrolman without provocation over the course of the episode.
- Crazy Survivalist: Even modest interaction with him shows him to be a bit unhinged.
- Death Seeker: After losing his second trial and being sentenced to 20 years to life, he decides he would rather die than spend his life in a cell. He begs Walt to help him get the death penalty for murdering the census taker, but Walt refuses. Vic, on the other hand...
- A Fool for a Client: He defended himself in a murder trial and won. He tries again in his trial for the kidnapping and torture of Vic and Sean, but loses this time.
- Not So Different: Makes this claim about Walt, who finds it offensive. He brings up a few good points to back it up, too, but Walt is ultimately much more moral than Chance.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: He mentions leaving a fascist country to find freedom in America, and his accent is pronounced, but where it is never comes up.note
- You Killed My Father: Hates Walt for shooting his brother.
Dr. Donna MonaghanPlayed by: Ally Walker
An overworked psychiatrist specializing in PTSD whose program is underfunded. Becomes a Love Interest to Walt in Seasons 4 and 5.
- Evil Is Petty: Is actively seeking to bring down Walt simply because he wouldn't hire him.
- Private Detective: He takes up this role in season 5 to help Tucker Baggett's civil suit against Walt.
- Stalker Without A Crush: Take one look inside his place, and it's clear he's absolutely obsessed with bringing down Walt.
A severely Shell-Shocked Veteran and a patient of Dr. Donna Monaghan who kidnaps her because she thought she was being abused by Walt.
- Anti-Villain: No one bears her any ill will after it's revealed she was responsible for kidnapping Dr. Monaghan.
- Driven to Suicide: Though she is saved in the nick of time by Walt, Vic, and Ferg.
- Rape as Backstory: Her commanding officer frequently violated her, and only made her more of a...
- Shell-Shocked Veteran