The New York City Police Department is the largest municipal police force in the United States. With a rise in crime and the emergence of new superpowered vigilantes, the department is left having to decide which ones are friends or enemies.
The 15th Precinct covers Hell's Kitchen and most portions of Midtown Manhattan.
Sergeant SDSnote Brett Mahoney
Portrayed By: Royce Johnson
Appearances: Daredevil | Jessica Jones | The Punisher
- “Why are you so certain he's innocent, huh? Come on. Help me see it. You want me to see this big picture here, then paint it for me.”
A sergeant at the 15th Precinct, and Foggy's childhood friend.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Kilgrave makes him point a gun at Clemons.
- Black Best Friend: To Matt and Foggy
- By-the-Book Cop: He is one of a few non-corrupt cops in the 15th Precinct, making him the one that Matt and Foggy turn Hoffman over to when he decides to rat on Fisk.
- Childhood Friends: With Foggy. They are close enough that Foggy tends to get cigars for Brett's mother.
- Deadpan Snarker: He engages in snarky combat with Foggy and Matt on a frequent basis. Really, most of his law enforcement colleagues get this, as his interactions with Dinah Madani show.
- Friend on the Force: He agrees to give Foggy a call if any interesting cases occur and immediately called him when Karen Page was framed and arrested for murder. As one of the only cops Nelson & Murdock knows to be honest, he's the one they send Hoffman to when it's time to bring down Fisk's empire, and he's the one who delivers the message to the city that Daredevil is a hero, and not the Devil of Hell's Kitchen. In return for helping him, Matt allows Brett to take the credit for arresting Frank Castle, which nets him a promotion and puts him in a better position of authority within the NYPD.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Brett is strongly implied to have figured Matt is Daredevil after all their interactions.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: His promotion for arresting Frank Castle earns him a sideways transfer from Patrol into the Detective Bureau, so Brett loses the uniform and goes to suit and tie.Foggy Nelson: Brett, you're wearing a tie, and it's...not a clip-on.
- The Commissioner Gordon: He ends up becoming this to Matt. Initially he's the cop friendliest with the Devil of Hell's Kitchen and would turn a blind-eye due to all the good he's done, but would still be willing to take Daredevil in. Eventually it gets to the point where he acts as Daredevil's informant and he lampshades the irony that the vigilante ends up being the only person he can trust.
- The Main Characters Do Everything: By Season 2 of Daredevil, he's appears to practically be the only cop in the 15th precinct, coincidentally being the only one to interact with the main characters. This includes justified examples where they're seeking him out, and more random encounters where he just happens to be the cop on duty or first to respond to every single major event. This is averted by The Defenders, where Brett doesn't show up at Midland Circle even though Midland Circle is within his precinct's jurisdiction. Nor in Jessica Jones season 2, where all of Jessica's police involvement is through Detective Costa. Then played straight again in The Punisher where he's the lead on-scene investigator of Lewis's attack on Karen and Senator Ori, where it's even repeatedly noted that he was on the original Punisher case.
- Weirdness Magnet: His constant involvement with Matt's, Karen's and Foggy's escapades puts him firmly into this. He even lampshades Karen's tendency to get involved in deadly situations at one points.
Sergeant William "Will" Simpson
Portrayed By: Wil Traval
Appearances: Jessica Jones
An NYPD sergeant from the 15th Precinct whose methods put him at odds with Jessica.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, his name is Frank Simpson. It might be a case of One Steve Limit across the Netflix MCU, to avoid conflict with Frank Castle.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: This version of Nuke doesn't have a huge American flag tattooed across his face, and he's much leaner than his bulky comic counterpart. The worst he gets is a pair of bloodshot eyes in Season Two as a result of his drug use.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: In the comics, the pills used by Nuke were placebos that allowed him to unlock to adrenaline. The pills used here evidently increase his power and strength for real.
- Addled Addict: Already starts showing signs in Season 1, but during his brief appearance in Season 2 it's made even more clear, with his red eyes only disappearing after he uses his inhalor.
- Anti-Villain: He starts as a friend, but becomes increasingly insane after the trauma brought on by his experience with Kilgrave and eventually goes into a drugged out, Ax-Crazy rampage. Though Jessica and Trish acknowledge that he is out of his mind when he finally goes nuts, they have little pity in stopping him before he can kill them or anybody else.
- The Atoner: Kilgrave brainwashed him into trying to kill Trish so now he wants to protect Trish.
- Ax-Crazy: A side effect of Kozlov's treatment after the explosion set off by Kilgrave's bomb nearly kills him.
- Black and White Insanity: A source of conflict between him and Jessica, whose moral compass isn't as cut and dry as his own. For instance, he sees Kilgrave as an evil scumbag and therefore should be put down like a rabid dog (Jessica agrees with the first part and disagrees with the second).
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He's introduced trying to kill Trish under Kilgrave's influence, and it takes a good deal of effort to win her trust after he's released from it.
- Boom, Headshot!: He shoots Clemons in the head at the "sin bin" Kilgrave was held in, and then two of Kozlov's associates when they come to take him in.
- Canon Character All Along: Given his name change, it wasn't immediately apparent that Will Simpson would be based on previous Marvel characters. It is eventually revealed that he is MCU's version of Nuke, aka Frank Simpson.
- Chekhov's Gunman: When he first appears, he's just some random cop that Kilgrave orders to kill Trish, and then, upon informing Kilgrave of his success, Kilgrave makes him try to kill himself. After Jessica saves him, Simpson unexpectedly returns to Trish's place on his day off to make amends, and the two begin a relationship and he vows revenge against Kilgave with his unique resources. It's unknown if Kilgrave was aware of Simpson's background when he enslaved him.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Simpson wants to save people. When he can't, things go bad.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Especially given his name change, it isn't immediately apparent that he's the MCU version of the Daredevil villain Nuke, right down to the pills that give him super powers, until he utters the character's (in)famous catchphrase of demanding "Reds." After that, the Captain America parallels become much clearer.
- Cool Car: He takes great care of an old fashioned Oldsmobile Cutlass.
- Composite Character:
- While he is mostly based on the Marvel supervillain Nuke, he also has elements of another minor villain, Mad Dog. Like Mad Dog, he is a soldier that gains superpowers due to working with a shady corporation. Both characters also had a romantic relationship with Patricia Walker that turned violent. He also bears some resemblance to SHIELD agent Clay Quartermain, an ally of Jessica Jones in the comic book.
- He also bears elements of replacement Captain Americas William Burnside (the '50s Cap and Grand Director) and John Walker (later the US Agent). As with both, he's a modern special operator with a very similar appearance to Steve Rogers, and a do-good approach. And both have Sanity Slippage and become Anti Villains. Specifically to Burnside, that switch comes from Simpson experiencing a Psycho Serum and mind control. Specific to Walker, his Sanity Slippage is triggered by being unable to save people.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Utilizing his training in the Special Forces, he manages to nearly kill Trish despite her extensive self-defense training. When attacked by Kilgrave's bodyguards, he manages to handle multiple opponents. Then he takes a combination of Super Serum and Psycho Serum to match Jessica in strength and toughness.
- Evil Counterpart: In a way, he's a much darker version of Steve Rogers: A clean-cut, wants-to-do-good former military man, even sporting a similar hairstyle. Except unlike Steve, when he gets exposed to enhancing drugs, he turns into a rampaging lunatic.
- Face–Heel Turn: He's more or less on the side of good when introduced, but he starts to go off the deep end after taking Dr. Kozlov's drugs.
- Fair Cop: He's a cop and has quite a few shirtless scenes. Trish definitely notices this in-universe.
- Feel No Pain: Thanks to his pills. As a result of this, he doesn't notice he burned his arm disposing of Clemons's body, and so doesn't cover it up, which gives Jessica an additional clue that he's not right in the head. He also doesn't flinch when Trish shoots him in the leg.
- To Jessica Jones. They both suffer from trauma caused by having been forced by Kilgrave to do horrible things. However, while Jessica isn't exactly dealing with her issues well, she's managed to remain functional by becoming a cynical, pragmatic Anti-Hero. Simpson tries to remain an idealistic, heroic figure, and succumbs to Black and White Insanity as a result - essentially, Jessica bends, and he refuses to bend and breaks. Also born out by their physical appearance, as he's a well-built blonde man, while Jessica is a sickly-looking dark-haired woman.
- To Marci Stahl. Both are blondes and a love interest of the secondary lead who are involved in morally shady activities (Marci's work at Landman & Zack, Simpson's Special Ops work). But Marci is an amoral corporate lawyer who is convinced to do the right thing and help her boyfriend with exposing Fisk, while Simpson is ostensibly a war hero cop with a dark past who eventually flies off the rails trying to do the right thing (in the wrong way).
- Foreshadowing: When bonding with Trish, he tells her a story where as a kid he played rescue with a GI-Joe and his sister's Barbie doll. He got a bit too gung-ho, and in the end his sister's Barbie Playhouse was literally in flames — but at least the rescue was successful! It's a funny story at the time, but it directly foreshadows his later descent into madness and trail of destruction in his attempts to kill Kilgrave and protect Trish — which even includes him setting the heroes' headquarters on fire.
- Friend on the Force: Jessica is able to get his help in tracking Kilgrave's spy.
- From Camouflage to Criminal: Before becoming a cop, Simpson was part of Special Forces, after his Sanity Slippage and taking his "combat enhancers" again, he becomes a Vigilante Man and a murderer.
- Irony: Will's motivations in Season 1 boils down to protecting Trish. Yet in all three of Trish's closest brushes she has with death, he was a strong factor.
- Their first encounter is when he is commanded by Kilgrave into visiting Trish over a possible assault charge involving a fan. To borrow the LAPD's motto, he is a police officer that is supposed to serve and protect, and nearly strangles her to death.
- He gives her an unregistered gun to protect herself from danger and later encourages her to use it to kill Kilgrave. She nearly does, but empties her gun before she can deliver a kill shot. He then orders her to put a bullet in her head. Trish only survives because the gun was empty, and fought the command by hitting her head with a bullet instead of reloading.
- Will goes back into a supersoldier program he was a former member of, in order to use their drugs to take care of Kilgrave. He goes off the deep end and attempts to kill Jessica, while trying to keep Trish out of the equation. However, Trish steals his pills, and takes them to help Jessica fight Will off. The pills nearly kill her before an EMT injects her with a counter to stimulant drugs.
- It's Personal: The fact that Kilgrave used him to attempt to murder Trish and was behind the death of two of his old friends is at least partly the reason why he wants to kill him so badly.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In the end, for all her hard work, Jessica really had to kill Kilgrave. If she had done it earlier, many lives would have been saved.
- Last-Name Basis: Nobody ever refers to him by his first name, only ever calling him "Simpson."
- Mr. Fanservice: He shows off his body in a few scenes.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: He is strongly in favor of just straight up killing Kilgrave, rather than trying to bring him in alive. Come the finale, he's proved right.
- Mythology Gag: His casual clothes and hairstyle are nearly identical to Steve Rogers' off duty look in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It serves as a reference to his comic counterpart, who was an attempt to make a new Captain America in the 1960's. He also gets some nasty facial injuries that resemble Nuke's disctinctive tattoo.
- Neck Snap: Alisa twists his neck in this way.
- Plot Armor: He survives a bomb explosion with few injuries while his two friends who are behind him don't. Unfortunately, his luck runs out when Jessica's mom catches up to him.
- Poisonous Friend: To Trish. While it seems at first that he's a decent guy, he rapidly becomes unstable in his determination to protect her. By the end, a combination of PTSD from Kilgrave's mind control and combat medication drives him completely insane, killing Clemons and attempting to kill Jessica. He still never stops caring about Trish.
- Psycho Serum: The pills given to Simpson by Kozlov send him into a bloody rage.
- Pragmatic Hero: He thinks that Jessica should just murder Kilgrave and be done with this whole nightmare, despite the potential harm this could do to Kilgrave's victims.
- Sanity Slippage: He never truly recovers from Kilgrave ordering him to kill Trish in his first appearance. He is fixated with protecting her and Jessica from Kilgrave, but he becomes increasingly obsessed with killing him. At first his intentions are good and his methods just seem overly pragmatic, but when those fail he eventually takes "combat enhancers" that exacerbate his obsession and make him violently delusional, which leads to him killing Clemons and two of Kozlov's men, and attacking Trish.
- Stalker with a Crush: While his attraction to Trish is initially mutual, she starts to wean herself off him when he goes off the rails and assaults her.
- Stating the Simple Solution: When he hears about Jessica's complicated plan to capture Kilgrave alive, imprison him, and then somehow force him to provide enough evidence to clear Hope of murder charges, his reply is simple indeed: shoot him dead.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Doesn't feature very prominently in any of the pre-release promotional materials. Cleverly averted in the story trailer. He appears in silhouette, but given Jessica's voice over of the shot and the fact that he doesn't appear anywhere else, one would be forgiven for thinking that the shot was of Kilgrave instead. The shot only appears in the show right after Simpson's Face–Heel Turn.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Is killed two episodes into Season 2.
- Tragic Villain: He starts out with the best of intentions, wanting to protect Trish and stop Kilgrave, but he grows repeatedly unhinged and fanatical about it. Then, after being badly wounded by Kilgrave, he goes back on the Reds to be able to get out of a hospital bed and continue the fight, and they fully drive him out of his mind. In his last appearance in Season 1, he's become as his comics counterpart: a pitiable figure, but also too insane and violent to be reasoned with.
- Verbal Tic: When under the influence of the combat-enhancing 'Reds', he occasionally will-occasionally will repeat a word or phrase twice in quick succession, usually when-when trying to lie.
- Would Hit a Girl: He does attack both Trish and Jessica. On both occasions, he's under the influence of something that overrides his natural temperament - he is under Kilgrave's influence the first time he goes after Trish, and is having a negative reaction to his drugs the second time.
Detective First Grade Oscar Clemons
Portrayed By: Clarke Peters
Appearances: Jessica Jones
An elderly NYPD detective who crosses paths with Jessica on more than one occasion.
- Boom, Headshot!: Simpson shoots him in the head.
- Death by Adaptation: His counterpart in the comics is still alive (which is notable, considering he was a Punisher character). His partner, on the other hand...
- Ink-Suit Actor: Kinda. Clemons in the comics was created in the likeness of Morgan Freeman. Clarke Peters bears just enough resemblance though to get a free pass.
- Inspector Javert: Subverted; when Jessica first mentions him, it's stated he once had suspicions about her. However, when she tries to take advantage of the trope so she can Get into Jail Free, he sees right away she is hiding something and doesn't take the opportunity to send her to jail.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's initially very unsympathetic due to his abrasive attitude and antagonism toward Jessica, but he reveals himself to be an honest and intelligent cop with a helluva clearance rate.
- Red Right Hand: He breaks his right hand trying to free it from his handcuffs without unlocking the cuffs. This is how Jessica later identifies his body when searching the morgues.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As soon as he has witnessed Kilgrave's powers with his own eyes, he is fully willing to help Jessica. He also admits to Simpson that he might have a point in claiming that Kilgrave is too dangerous to stand a normal trial, but he also points out that it still doesn't give Simpson nor himself the right to take the law into their own hands by killing him. Too bad Simpson disagrees.
- Retirony: He signs his death warrant the moment he says he's two years away from mandatory retirement with full pension.
- Shout-Out: Just like Lester Freamon, Clemons is fond of antiques, as he says to break the ice in his interrogation of Jessica.
Detective Christian Blake
Portrayed By: Chris Tardio
- "How does it feel, Urich? Knowing your days have passed? You're like the freakin' dinosaurs watching that big rock crashing into them."
A crooked NYPD detective on Wilson Fisk's payroll and partner of Detective Hoffman.
- Alas, Poor Villain: He's murdered in his hospital by his best friend, believing he's come to protect him. It's easy to feel sorry for Blake, having to be murdered in his hospital bed by his own partner and best friend, who got forced into doing it.
- Beard of Evil: Blake has a very heavy five 'o clock shadow and is a corrupt cop who has become little more than a mob soldier.
- Butt-Monkey: For a lackey of Wilson Fisk's, Blake is really unlucky. First he gets utterly humiliated by Matt and Foggy's rule-fu regarding Karen's Union Allied case. Then he gets his right arm broken by Matt outside the precinct, leading to Matt obtaining the list of the Russians' hideouts. Because the information fell into Matt's hands, Fisk decides to have him killed. Thus he orders an ESU sniper to gun Blake down outside the scene where Matt is holed up with Vladimir. But Blake manages to survive this. So his best friend/partner Hoffman is sent to poison him, finishing him off for good, and his death is treated as a tragedy.
- Dirty Cop: Blake kills Piotr in custody for saying Fisk's name and makes it look like Piotr jumped Hoffman. They later are among the dirty cops sent to kill the survivors of Fisk's bombings.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Blake and Hoffman really care for each other, having a genuine friendship that goes back 35 years, to before the academy.
- Establishing Character Moment: Even before their revelation as Dirty Cops, it's clear that neither Blake nor Hoffman are the nicest people with the way they handle Karen's case. Blake even threatens physical violence on the blind Matt for taking a defiant tone with him, which is alarming enough briefly give Hoffman pause.
- Jerkass: Blake is hostile with Matt and Foggy and repeatedly mocks Ben Urich for his declining reputation.
- Killer Cop: He murders Piotr for saying Wilson Fisk's name in the interrogation room, and is also shown executing Russians that survived the bombings.
- Last-Name Basis: Blake's first name 'Christian' is only mentioned in the Bulletin article Karen reads on the Internet about him regaining conscious after getting shot.
- Salt and Pepper: Blake is the salt to Hoffman's pepper.
- Sickbed Slaying: After surviving getting shot, Fisk threatens Hoffman into finishing him off at the hospital.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Blake seems to enjoy doing his dirty work along with Hoffman and are the two quite fond of sharing darkly humorous quips about it.
- You Have Failed Me: Fisk decides to have Blake killed for revealing crucial information to the Devil of Hell's Kitchen. The first attempt involves an ESU sniper shooting Blake and a couple other cops on live TV. Unfortunately, Blake survives, forcing Fisk to send Hoffman to the hospital to poison him.
Detective Carl Hoffman
Portrayed By: Daryl Edwards
- Alas, Poor Villain: He's forced to murder his best friend to avoid Fisk's wrath, and he's visibly disturbed by it.
- Bald of Evil: In the service of Fisk.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Dropping off the radar after he kills Blake, Hoffman returns in the season 1 finale to rat Fisk out to the FBI.
- Dirty Cop: When Blake kills a Russian criminal in the interrogation room for saying Fisk's name, Hoffman goes along with the plan and claims the Russian attacked him. They later are among the dirty cops sent to kill the survivors of Fisk's bombings.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They care for each other, having a genuine friendship that goes back 35 years, to before the academy. Hoffman is plagued with guilt and doubt when Fisk orders him to kill Blake. Fisk asking him how much the years are worth to him in dollars, notably makes him break down in tears.
- Establishing Character Moment: Even before their revelation as Dirty Cops, it's clear that neither he nor Blake are the nicest people with the way they handle Karen's case. Blake even threatens physical violence on the blind Matt for taking a defiant tone with him.
- Jerkass: Hoffman is hostile with Matt and Foggy, though not to the extent that Blake is.
- Last-Name Basis: Hoffman's first name 'Carl' is only mentioned a few times, such as in a few of his interactions with Blake, and later when Corbin and the hit squad sent to kill Hoffman locate him.
- Living MacGuffin: Hoffman becomes this in the season's final episode, a crucial piece of evidence fought over by Fisk, Owlsley, and Matt. Matt wins, and Hoffman's confession brings down Fisk's empire.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: First hinted when Hoffman asks Fisk how long it'll be before he does something to piss Fisk off and need to be killed just like Blake. This allows Leland to keep him hidden as a bargaining chip and later be threatened by the masked man into turning state's evidence.
- Salt and Pepper: Hoffman is the pepper to Blake's salt.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Hoffman seems to enjoy doing his dirty work along with Blake and are the two quite fond of sharing darkly humorous quips about it.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Hoffman becomes a liability after being forced to kill Blake, doubtless bitter over having to kill his partner and Fisk's role in it, so Fisk tries to off him as well before he can cause any damage. Ultimately averted, as Owlsley had already scooped him up and hidden him away to use as a bargaining chip. He is then saved by Murdock, and brings down Fisk's empire.
Detective Edward "Eddy" Costa
Portrayed By: John Ventimiglia
Appearances: Jessica Jones
A detective at the 15th precinct who crosses paths with Jessica Jones.
- Good Is Not Nice: By all means he's one of the most heroic police officers shown and is Jessica's closest ally within the precinct, but he's not completely forgiving of her more questionable actions and, after Alisa kills his partner, he all but severs all ties with Jess. At the same time he's also the only one trying to bring her in peacefully when she becomes tied up in Alisa escaping the boarder.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When he first appears, he's pretty nasty and stand-offish with Jessica. When he finds out Jessica is innocent, he's apologetic and even thanks her for killing Kilgrave.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He has a moment of this after Alisa kills Sunday in front of him.
- Pet the Dog: After he finds Jessica silently crying over her mother's bloody corpse, he immediately tells his men to lower their guns, as he assumes that Jessica was forced to kill her mother, offers her his sympathies and tells her that she did the right thing and had no choice. Given Jess is free at the end, it also seems he opted not to charge her with aiding and abetting.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's just doing his job for the most part, and he knows Jessica's trying to do good given that he was one of those cops victimized by Kilgrave. So he has more understanding of Jessica than his partner Sunday does.
Detective Ruth Sunday
Portrayed By: Lisa Tharps
Appearances: Jessica Jones
- Fantastic Racism: She greatly distrusts enhanced humans like Jessica. Even when there isn't any evidence to support this, she assumes Jessica is working with the killer and tries to spin any action she makes into somehow being warrant for arrest.
- Taking You with Me: Alisa makes her getaway from the hospital by jumping out the window using Sunday as a human shield. Sunday is killed by the fall.
Portrayed By: Angel Rosa
Another corrupt officer from the 15th Precinct in Fisk's payroll.
- Bald of Evil: He's got receding hairline.
- The Brute: He's less a cop and more a glorified henchman with an NYPD shield.
- Defiant to the End: Keeps resisting and protesting as he's arrested by the FBI
- Dirty Cop: He's one of the units Fisk sends to kill the survivors after Fisk blows up Vladimir's stashhouses, and later sends him leading a group of officers sent after Hoffman.
- Killer Cop: Kills Sergei, and some of the other bombing survivors
- Meta Casting: Angel Rosa is an actual NYPD cop who's had bit parts in a variety of cop shows that film in New York City.
Portrayed by: J. Tucker Smith
A cop at the 15th Precinct who is indebted to Fisk, and is hired to do a few favors.
- Ate His Gun: What his murder is staged to look like.
- Dirty Cop: He was indebted to Fisk after the latter took over Don Rigoletto's territories and assets.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Wesley threatens him into carrying out a hit on Karen by showing him a live feed of his daughter in a park, with Rance not ten feet away and ready to kill her if Farnum doesn't do the job he's been asked to do.
- Eye Scream: His attempt to kill Karen in her cell fails as she claws at his face hard enough to draw blood from his right eye. He's later shown still wearing an eyepatch bandage over said eye when he's killed.
- He Knows Too Much: He's killed, along with Rance and McClintock, after Karen delivers the flash drive of Union Allied evidence to the Bulletin.
- Never Suicide: The cover story for his murder is that he ate the barrel of his gun in his basement. When Ben Urich tells Karen about this, she quickly figures out what really happened.
The 29th Precinct covers Harlem above 116th Street.
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Detective Rafael Scarfe
Portrayed By: Frank Whaley
Appearances: Luke Cage
Misty Knight's determined, but stubborn, police partner.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Even though Misty knew he was corrupt, Scarfe's death devastated her.
- All for Nothing: None of the information he gives can be used against Cottonmouth because of his death.
- The Cynic: His rather bitter and callous worldview makes him a good foil to the more straight-edge Misty.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's extremely sarcastic, to say the least.
- Death Equals Redemption: Dies after a Heel–Face Turn against Cottonmouth.
- Didn't Think This Through: Yes, Rafael, totally a good idea to shake down a volatile gangster like Cottonmouth for money. Surely you didn't think he might try shooting you?
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Misty's there with him in his final moments.
- Dirty Cop: He secretly works for Cottonmouth and undermines investigations to destroy any incriminating evidence or witnesses.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Claims that he's this in comparison to Cottonmouth as he knows how volatile Cottonmouth is.
- Evil Vegetarian: Well, "evil" might be an exaggeration, but it's established in both scenes showing him and Misty eating that he's a vegetarian, and he turns out to be a Dirty Cop.
- Killer Cop: He kills Chico with his necktie.
- Last-Name Basis: Everyone just calls him Scarfe, with Misty only sporadically using his first name.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His young son died while fiddling with his gun.
- Sad Clown: It's implied that his constant jokes are attempts to distract himself from the death of his son. As Misty says to Perez, Scarfe jokes a lot but seldom smiles.
- Salt and Pepper: Technically is the salt, since he's Misty's partner.
- Token White: For the main cast of Luke Cage, which is a first for an MCU cast. (While Theo Rossi is white, Shades is Latino)
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Misty. They bicker constantly (helped no little by Scarfe being on Cottonmouth's payroll most of that time), but at the end they care for each other.
Detective Mark Bailey
Portrayed by: Justin Swain
Appearances: Luke Cage
A friend of Misty Knight's in the Crime Scene Unit.
- Ascended Extra: He goes from a recurring character to a borderline series regular in season 2.
- Brutal Honesty: Misty trusts him to tell things like it is, and he is blunt when telling Misty that her disability is making her fellow officers uncomfortable.
- Fake Guest Star: In season 2, Bailey is in nine episodes, yet Justin Swain doesn't get main credits billing.
- Friend on the Force: One of the few allies in the department that Misty still has by her side after Scarfe's death.
- Last-Name Basis: Misty always calls him Bailey.
- Rank Up: He is promoted to Detective in between seasons 1 and 2 and partnered with Nandi. After Nandi is exposed as dirty, he's re-partnered with Misty.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Bailey's promotion to Detective in season 2 essentially sees him taking over Scarfe's former post as Misty's partner, especially after Nandi is outed as dirty.
Detective Nandi Tyler
Portrayed By: Antonique Smith
Appearances: Luke Cage
- Actor-Shared Background: Just like her actress, Nandi is pretty proficient in singing Broadway show tunes.
- Dirty Cop: She retaliates against Misty by selling out Mariah to Bushmaster.
- Idiot Ball: She fails to cover her track after ratting out Mariah to Bushmaster, which leads to Ridley and Misty investigating a leak how Bushmaster found her. Seriously a regular cop would actually know better to check for surveillance littered around the city, which is how she's been caught on camera.
- Too Dumb to Live: Yeah, not only it's very stupid of her trying resisting arrest and trying to go toe to toe against Misty, consider she has a dozen of guns trained on her by the ESU team at the aircraft hanger. Luckily they exercise restraint and let Misty take her down.
- Smug Snake: Even after she is exposed, she still tries to face off against Misty, it ends well as anyone expected.
- We Used to Be Friends: Nandi and Misty had a bitter relationship that began in high school. And that has only intensified ever since Misty lost her arm.
Captain Betty Audrey
Portrayed By: Sonja Sohn
Appearances: Luke Cage
The precinct commander at the 29th Precinct and Misty Knight's superior officer.
Portrayed By: Manny Perez
Appearances: Luke Cage
Shift lieutenant at the 29th Precinct.
- Accidental Public Confession: He tries to keep Misty away from Scarfe, knowing Scarfe will probably tell Misty about Perez's corruption. Misty stops the car, seemingly calls Scarfe, then hangs up claiming that Scarfe has told her Perez is dirty. In trying to discredit Scarfe, Perez claims the guy's deeper in Cottonmouth's pockets than he is...and then Misty reveals that she never called Scarfe, she just tricked him into confessing on tape.
- Dirty Cop: Like Scarfe, he's on Cottonmouth's payroll.
- Smug Snake: As soon as Misty notices that he is dirty, he starts gloating to her face. It bites him in the ass big time.
Inspector / Deputy Chief Priscilla Ridley
Portrayed By: Karen Pittman
Appearances: Luke Cage
The Inspector for Manhattan North, including the 29th Precinct.
- Black Boss Lady: She's in charge of the North precincts and is a no-nonsense boss too, in light of the corruption that's plagued the 29th.
- By-the-Book Cop: Makes her a foil to Misty.
- Category Traitor: Patricia Wilson accuses Priscilla of being "white" just because she bleeds "blue" (a cop) in response to Lonnie's beating in-custody.
- Da Chief: True, she's not the Commissioner, but as an Inspector, Ridley still invokes this in authority. She is promoted to Deputy Chief prior to season 2 of Luke Cage.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Apparently she's been called "Inspector Gadget" behind her back ever since her promotion. She takes it in stride.
- Fake Guest Star: Given she's in every episode Diamondback is in but doesn't get main credits billing.
- Jerkass Has a Point: For much of her appearances, she seems to be the obstructive authority figure to Misty's Cowboy Cop. However, she makes reasonable points to Misty about her responsibilities as a cop.
- Rank Up: She's promoted to Deputy Chief in between seasons 1 and 2.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- She could've had Misty suspended or terminated for roughing up Claire, but chose to put her in therapy.
- Immediately considers the possibility of Luke's innocence when evidence shows up, and also doesn't entirely trust Mariah Dillard.
- She has less headbutting with Misty in season 2, in part thanks to Misty's maturing.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: She loses her curly hair between seasons 1 and 2, concurrent with her promotion to Deputy Chief.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Given her disagreements with Misty, Ridley could be seen as a replacement for Scarfe. Just, minus the corruption.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Misty out when Misty takes Candace under her own protection rather than trust the NYPD, and this causes Candace to get killed by Shades, after he steals Misty's phone to lure her out of hiding, thus losing the only witness to the fact that Mariah killed Stokes.
Detective Jake Smith
Portrayed by: Lee R. Sellars
Appearances: Luke Cage
A plainclothes sergeant at the 29th Precinct.
- Cowboy Cop: In the wake of Diamondback's murder of his co-worker Jackie Albini, he argues for the officers to show some aggression in their search for the suspect, Luke Cage.
Lieutenant Mario Green
Portrayed by: P.J. Marshall
Appearances: Luke Cage
An Emergency Services Unit officer and close friend of Misty's.
Portrayed by: Ron Simons
Appearances: The Defenders
Captain Audrey's replacement at the 29th Precinct, in charge of an NYPD task force investigating the Hand.
- Da Chief: He is a Captain, and has replaced Audrey in light of the corruption scandal with Scarfe
- Locked Out of the Loop: Matt, Jessica and Luke are reluctant to keep him in the loop about what they know about the Hand. Even Misty is doing this too in her efforts to stay loyal to Luke.
- Skunk Stripe: Has flecks of gray in his bushy beard.
Captain Thomas Ridenhour
Portrayed By: Peter Jay Fernandez
Appearances: Luke Cage
The new captain at the 29th Precinct beginning in season 2 of Luke Cage.
- Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: When Shades catches Ridenhour and Comanche meeting, Comanche shoots and kills Ridenhour. Shades, furious at Comanche's betrayal, proceeds to kill Comanche with Ridenhour's gun, and plants it on his body to make it seem like the two men killed each other.
- Dirty Cop: He's secretly trying to negotiate with Mariah, and also has Comanche as an off-the-books informant. Downplayed in that Ridenhour isn't really dirty, but just a desk jockey in over his head.
- Everyone Went to School Together: It turns out he went to high-school with Mariah.
- Secret Keeper: He is one of the few who knows about Tilda's true parentage, since he was Mariah's confident in high-school.
- Skunk Stripe: His white beard clashes with the black hair on his head.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He is one to regularly ream out Misty when she breaches protocol, like secretly talking to Arturo Rey after Arturo lawyers up, or going to crime scenes without authorization. While he'd like to suspend Misty for her constant insubordination, he can't because the brass at One Police Plaza have basically declared Misty the department's new public figurehead in light of her heroics at Midland Circle.
Detective Tomas Ciancio
Portrayed By: Rey Lucas
Appearances: Luke Cage
- Friend on the Force: One of Misty's old friends from her earlier assignments.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: It's implied that he's the cop who leaked information to Karen Page at the Bulletin about Ingrid's survival, indirectly tipping Shades and Mariah off to it.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's more respectful towards Misty's disability than her colleagues at the 29th Precinct.
Captain Irving Forbush
Portrayed by: Stan Lee
Appearances: Daredevil | Jessica Jones | Luke Cage | Iron Fist | The Defenders | The Punisher
A senior officer used as the picture of NYPD recruitment posters.
- Age Lift: His comics counterpart is not an old man.
- Ambiguous Situation: Whether he's just another disguise for the Watcher Informant or not is ambiguous. MCU Wiki states that they're two different individuals, however.
- As Himself: Averted. Here, Stan Lee actually portrays a character from the comics, Irving Forbush.
- Cool Old Guy: Cool enough to be chosen as the face of some campaigns developed by NYPD, including recruitment posters for the police academy.
- Cool Shades: He wears them in many of the NYPD campaign posters.
- The Face: A quite literal example, since he's chosen to be the face of some campaigns developed by NYPD that include encouraging citizens to report any crimes they may witness, as well as recruitment campaign.
- The Ghost: He only appears in a portrait in 15th Precinct and NYPD campaign posters.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Given the Darker and Edgier nature of the Netflix shows, Stan Lee's cameo which tends to be comedic may seem out of place. So he only appears in photograph and posters.