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Characters / Magnum, P.I. (2018)

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    Masters Estate, Oahu 

Thomas Magnum

  • Car Fu: Magnum will use the Ferraris registered under Robin's name if it can catch the suspect/s by ramming their vehicles off the road.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Magnum has been operating like this ever since he became a private detective in Oahu.
    • "Winner Takes All" reveals that he's driven to this nature because his mom died while serving in Afghanistan and no one was able to tell him after he was discharged.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: He's a Navy SEAL who saw action in Afghanistan.
  • Impersonating an Officer: Magnum sometimes pretends to be an active police officer when talking to suspects and persons of interest in cases where it's not a good idea to actively say that he's a private detective.
  • It's All My Fault: Nuzo's murder after "I Saw the Sun Rise" weighs on him and his friends from time to time.
    • The death of a fellow SEAL and a medic he tried to take back to Bagram also shadows on him and his team in "Die He Said".
  • Race Lift: Thomas Magnum is being portrayed by Jay Hernandez, who is Latino.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Higgins is surprised to find that Magnum has known for a while she's former MI-6.
    Magnum: I'm a private investigator. I know you don't think I'm a very good one but I am.
    • In "Blood in the Water," Magnum finally reveals how he knew: Robin told him.

Juliet Higgins

  • Action Girl: Higgins is a former MI-6 operative, and proves her skills by holding her own in hand-to-hand combat in the first two episodes.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Higgins is shot in the arm in "I Saw the Sun Rise", but in "From the Head Down", explicitly set a week later, there is no sign of the injury, not even stitches, as she wears a slinky dress, even though she directly mentions being shot.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was badly burned by her MI-6 superiors, so Juliet was forced to retire. She decided to move to Oahu permanently and live in the Masters Estate for reasons as yet unrevealed.
  • Fish out of Water: Higgins established a platonic friendship with a local British business tycoon in part because she missed home.
  • Gender Flip: Higgins is now a female, unlike the original where Higgins was a male.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: It has become a Running Gag during the first season that we learn about a new hobby or skill she has in almost every episode, whether it's model ship-building, working with people with dementia, golf, soccer, or doing crossword puzzles.
  • Noodle Incident: An (as-yet-unrevealed) circumstance resulted in her not only leaving MI-6, but "disavowed" (although she clearly still has contacts within). The third episode of season 1 also strongly implied, through her expression of homesickness to Magnum, that she might not be able to return to the UK.
    • She mentions to Kumu that part of it has something to do with a MI6-backed op in Ukraine that went really bad.
    • It turns out that the assassin known as Viper killed a fellow MI6 agent, who she was suppose to marry. And Juliet was upset and frustrated to learn that the assassin was her mentor when she worked for the agency.

Zeus and Apollo


  • Team Mom: Looks after the welfare of Higgins and Magnum as if they were her own kids.

Robin Masters

  • The Ghost: He's not seen always in the show, being made known by various characters that he's always away on business.

    Magnum's friends 

Sebastian Nuzo

Orville "Rick" Wright

  • Friendly Sniper: Uses his sniper training to assist Magnum and the others.

Theodore "TC" Calvin

  • Dark and Troubled Past: His father was arrested for robbery that he had to live with his grandparents since his mom walked out of his life.

Luther H. Gillis

  • The Rival: Luther sees himself as this in the private detective industry in Hawaii.


    Honolulu Police Department 

Lieutenant Yoshi Tanaka

  • But Not Too Foreign: He's Japanese-American, born and raised in Hawaii.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Subsequent episodes mention that he was moved to another departmemt. But Magnum was told he's happy to not see him again.

Detective Gordon Katsumoto


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