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    David “Dave” Reyes

“When you’re busting this city’s criminals, it helps to have friends in high places.”

David “Dave” Reyes is one of the two protagonists of the Most Wanted series. He is a detective for the L.A.P.D. Major Crimes Unit and is currently partnered with Deputy Marshal Samantha “Sam” Massey.

  • Cuteness Proximity: Whereas Sam remains focused on catching Tull, the Precious Puppy in Chapter 7 has this effect on Dave.
  • The Dandy: Sam initially dismisses him as one. Although he proves his worth as a detective, there is some truth to her first impression of him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hinted at; never properly addressed in Book One.
  • Emotionally Tongue-Tied: Dave is. Every time Sam asks him about his past or anything remotely personal, Dave changes the subject and doesn’t respond. You’ll over have to spend diamonds just to get him to talk about a small detail about his life.
  • Fair Cop: Hayley Rose comments that most of her fans are teenage girls, not unusually attractive policemen like him.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: To quote the trope’s main page: He manages to be both a highly intelligent expert in his chosen field and a pleasant, well-adjusted, and socially engaging human being, sometimes being even more attuned to the nuances of social etiquette than many less intelligent characters.
  • Hairpin Lockpick: Chapter 7 has Dave using a paperclip to pick the lock to John Tull’s trailer if he has enough points. Otherwise, Sam kicks the door in.
  • Men Use Violence, Women Use Communication: Inverted. Dave tends to try to solve problems by talking, while Sam tends to shoot first and ask questions later. Sam even mocks Dave for this in one scene when they are surrounded by flames and she sarcastically suggests that he can talk the fire into leaving them alone.
  • Minored in Ass-Kicking: His most frequently used weapons are great intellect and charisma, but he’s shown to be physically fit as well and a competent fighter.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Sam’s Red. He has considerably more restraint and sensitivity than she does. However, they are both highly capable enforcers of the law.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: If the player wishes, such a relationship can be cultivated with Sam.
    • Cassandra laughs if Sam guesses that she has a dating history with Dave. Their bond appears to be completely platonic, but is by no means less special and strong than romances.
  • Pretty Boy: Sam’s nickname for him at the beginning, and it isn’t a compliment. She means the phrase in The Dandy sense, i.e. “a foppish, ineffectual man”. This turns out to be untrue — the ineffectual part, at least. He does care about how he looks, just not excessively. He’s a Pretty Boy in the TV Tropes sense too: clean-shaven handsome appearance with corresponding styled hair.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Always seen with a suit.
  • The Social Expert: Dave is a smooth talker who has formed a lot of connections in Los Angeles, even with celebrities. He is also good at reading people.
  • Street Smart: Dave has grown in Los Angeles and knows every corner of the city and how to interact with any people.


    Samantha “Sam” Massey

“[…]I have a job to do. And I don’t have time to tiptoe just because you [Reyes] wanna cozy up to people who read cue cards for a living.”

Samantha “Sam” Massey is one of the two protagonists of the Most Wanted series. She is a member of the U.S. Marshals from the West Texas branch and is currently partnered with L.A.P.D. Detective David “Dave” Reyes.

Major Antagonists

     John Tull
John Tull is one of the two main antagonists in the first Most Wanted book. He is a notorious hitman whose modus operandi is a point-blank shotgun blast to the gut.

  • Ax-Crazy: Even Randell Grimes, leader of the Centurions, is scared of him.
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning Hayley in front of him is this as Dave exploited when he was holding Sam hostage. Giving that she is his daughter and Dave is confronting him with the belief that he has a Villainous Crush on her, this makes sense.
  • Professional Killer: Is stated to murder multiple people for hire.
  • The Heavy: Is the antagonist with the most screen time. His daughter is the Man Behind the Man.
  • Papa Wolf: His entire murder spree is to eliminate his daughter Hayley's enemy.
  • Stalker Shrine: Tull has one dedicated to Hayley Rose, apparently because he’s deluded and thinks her song “Outlaw” is about him. However, this was later revealed that the true reason is she is his daughter.
  • Taking You with Me: During the fight against John Tull and Hayley Rose, in chapter 14, he takes out a live grenade eager to take out everyone on the plane, including his own daughter.
  • Tattooed Crook
  • Villainous Crush: The team spends much of the first half believing Tull has this on Hayley Rose. It turns out that Hayley is his daughter.
  • Weapon of Choice: One of Tull's trademarks is using a Sawed-Off Shotgun.


Law Enforcement

     Dana Beckham

Dana Beckham is Captain of the L.A.P.D. Major Crimes Unit.

     Reza Fassihi

Reza Fassihi is a data analyst for the L.A.P.D. Major Crimes Unit.

  • Adorkable: He is not a beach guy and panics at the idea of having to be around girls in revealing outfits.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Has an Arabic name but no words on mentioning his actual ethnicity and his skin color is much lighter than Nikhil.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: An obnoxious Manchild in the eyes of Mirasol (and, in Chapter 4, has “just jokes” and no real ideas to help Sam and Dave), but unquestionably good at his profession.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is constantly the bottom of Mirasol and Nikhil's jokes at his expense.
  • Dating Catwoman: He briefly considers dating Jessica after they save her from being killed by Tull. Although he remembers that it isn’t the best of ideas given that she is involved with a case and he is in the force, Sam is not entirely unsupportive of the romance per se.
  • Hollywood Nerd: He’s not traditionally unattractive, and his clothes aren’t particularly offensive to the eye either. A set of girls his age look his way and giggle in the last chapter, thinking he’s cute.
  • Informed Flaw: But if the player doesn’t bring him along to Venice Beach, he persists in his belief that he’s a total dork no girl would like that way, to the long-suffering exasperation of Nikhil and Mirasol. Otherwise, he grows self-assured and returns their smiles with a “charming” one of his own — although he won’t talk to them because his eyes are on Jessica.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: He presents himself proudly as "Data Analyst, amateur screenwriter and moderator of the The Crown And The Flame Forums".
  • Manchild: Mirasol has little patience for him and Nikhil, describing them as “basically just tall children” who require coddling.
  • No Social Skills: Changes if he joins Dave and Sam when they go to Venice Beach.
  • Not So Different: If the player pays to have Reza tag along to Venice Beach, he will convince Jessica to surrender by relating to her and how being smart isolates her from others.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Nikhil and Mirasol. (Less vitriol when it comes to Nikhil and Reza, albeit Nikhil enjoys affectionately “insulting” Reza.)

     Nikhil Mantha

Nikhil Mantha is a forensics scientist for the L.A.P.D. Major Crimes Unit.

  • Adorkable: Although several people find his personality grating inuniverse.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Not in the story, but his cameo in #LoveHacks shows him flirting with Cole at a club, only rejecting a date because of his job.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Expresses a desire to flip his own table at one point, during which their investigation isn’t going too excellently. It turns out he’s actually already flipped Reza’s once.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: An obnoxious Manchild in the eyes of Mirasol (and, in Chapter 4, has “just jokes” and no real ideas to help Sam and Dave), but unquestionably good at his profession.
  • Bollywood Nerd: Has an Indian name and is portrayed as a competent forensic scientist. His personality is radically different from most portrayals, however.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: If the player doesn’t spend diamonds on a L.A.R.A. Gala gown for Sam, Nikhil happily talks about how “the sheeple” are scrambling to “define” Sam.
    Nikhil: This is like crack to me!
    Sam: [beat] [smiling] You’re a strange man, Nikhil.
  • The Dandy: “Stylish Guy with Nice Hair” is more or less how #LoveHacks introduces him in his cameo.
  • The Gadfly: Mostly talks whenever they are teasing Reza.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: He’s a skilled professional and stylish, as well as implied to be popular and social.
  • Hipster: Openly admitted to be one. He declares Hayley Rose's song "Outlaw" brilliant, not because it's any good, but because it's so overrated, overplayed and catchy it makes it ironically good.
  • Manchild: Mirasol has little patience for him and Reza, describing them as “basically just tall children” who require coddling.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Invoked. He keeps replaying Hayley Rose's "Outlaw" at the office because he finds it so bad that it's ironically good.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Reza and Mirasol. (Less vitriol when it comes to Nikhil and Reza, albeit Nikhil enjoys affectionately “insulting” Reza.)

     Mirasol Bautista

Mirasol Bautista is a criminal profiler for the L.A.P.D. Major Crimes Unit.

  • Brutal Honesty: Mirasol, being the resident psychologist, can read people accurately and tell them directly her thoughts. Sam can get on her good side by agreeing with her.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • Competition Freak: Mere minutes after her introduction to Sam, Mirasol decides the blonde’s personality is a threat.
    Mirasol: I trust it won’t come to blows if we respect each other’s territory, but you should know that I’m training for that eventuality.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Reading psychopaths' profiles for a living but even Tull scares her.
  • Ironic Name: She’s of Filipino descent and named “Mirasol”, the Tagalog term for sunflowers. Lampshaded by Mirasol herself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She appreciates her colleagues despite her brash personality.
  • The Lad-ette: She has an even more tough personality than Nikhil and Reza.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: “Sometimes” pores over psychopaths’ profiles “for recreation”. Her idea of a nice desk decoration is a live grenade.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Nikhil and Reza. (Less vitriol when it comes to Nikhil and Reza, albeit Nikhil enjoys affectionately “insulting” Reza.)


     Rebecca McKenzie 

Rebecca McKenzie is one of the police officers on the Gavin Routh case.

  • A Day in the Limelight: She can be unlocked as a playable character in chapter 15 after being severely wounded by Hayley and John at a movie set.
  • Fair Cop: Otis calls her “Officer Pin-Up”. It’s evident that McKenzie doesn’t appreciate the unpleasant man’s demeaning “compliment”.

     Evan Shipley

Evan Shipley is a Deputy Marshal and Sam’s best friend and partner back in Texas.

     Bill Holton
Bill Holton is a deceased Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal from Texas and Sam’s former boss and mentor.


     Theresa Holland

Theresa Holland is an up-and-coming actress. If the player chooses her in the first chapter, she dies.

  • Decoy Protagonist: Can be the first character the player play as to get familiar with the gameplay.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: May die in an attempt to save Routh.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: The player can choose to either make her an aspiring actress, a struggling screenwriter or unemployed.

     Logan Mills

Logan Mills is an up-and-coming actor. If the player chooses him in the first chapter, he dies.

     Gavin Routh 

Gavin Routh is a widely disliked celebrity reporter.

  • Asshole Victim: Gavin is a sleazy reporter and the most hated man in L.A., according to Dave. He’s murdered by Tull after he digs up personal information on Hayley Rose, Tull’s beloved daughter.

     Ryan Summers

Ryan Summers is a famous actor who is a friend with Dave and became suspect for Gavin Routh's murder.

  • Brainless Beauty: Very handsome, but comes off as vacuous. He isn’t actually stupid, however, according to Dave — well, “not that stupid”.
    Sam and Dave: [run after Jamie Brooks when he refuses to be spoken with at the L.A.R.A. Gala]
    Cassandra: [mouth wide open in surprise] Ryan, do you have any idea what just happened?
  • The Beautiful Elite: One of Hollywood’s poshest and most beautiful, and likes inviting the same crowd to his opulent manor.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason why he became a suspect in the case is because he was blackmailed by Gavin Routh, since he learned about Ryan's son from his hacked emails. Ryan then tells Dave and Sam that he wants to keep the existence of his son a secret because he doesn't want him to grow up with fake friends and paparazzi, just like himself during his childhood.
  • Handsome Lech: Theresa Holland mentions Ryan Summers’ flings being a hot topic in the world of celebrity gossip. Gavin Routh also starts the nasty rumor that he’s paying a sex worker for additional pleasure. It turns out that he has a son, the result of him drunkenly sleeping with a caterer years ago, and the payments are in fact for the child. Like Dave, he’s made to sound something like an indiscriminate philanderer at first; but then is shown to have a type, respect women, and be far from obsessed with sex, in reality. Overlaps with The Charmer and Chivalrous PervertRyan once found himself in a physical altercation after dallying with a lady even though she was married, but he asked if she was taken. She swore up and down that she was not.
  • Has a Type: Dave says Ryan takes real interest only in potential partners who are savvy, assertive, and drama-free. It explains why he’s uninterested in Hayley, who’s outwardly attractive but personality-wise the opposite of the description; as well as how, as he himself admits, Sam doesn’t genuinely catch his attention until (or unless) she demonstrates smarts and confidence when they first meet, even though he recognizes that she’s a beautiful woman.
  • Hidden Depths: Deeply resents “the media circus” and their refusal to give him privacy, likes to play things safe, writes letters to his child's mother, sends lawyers banging on Routh’s door when he leaks them along with libelous posts, but proves innocent despite his anger. The Hollywood environment is also the reason why he keeps the existence of his son a secret. Has a cameo in The Freshman: Book 3, where he articulates (with Cassandra) an insightful grasp of how the industry he’s in works.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Ryan is an action superstar who, as Dave notes, has the chin of a superhero.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: In Most Wanted: Book One, wherein the tone is more serious, there is a focus on characters’ complexities. He and Cassandra are utilized by the writers to satirize the sheltered affluent using this trope in their The Freshman and Rules of Engagement cameos, on the other hand. It’s Played for Laughs.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man

     Alyssa Griffin

Alyssa Griffin is a famous actress and singer described as “Hollywood’s latest It Girl”.

  • The Beautiful Elite: A member of the crowd described by the narration as “Hollywood’s poshest and prettiest”, invited to wealthy action superstar Ryan Summers’ manor.
  • Brainy Brunette: The most consistently judicious of Most Wanted: Book One’s Hollywood non-villains.
  • Red Herring: Sam and Dave suspect that she could be in Tull's target list, since she is set to be "the new Hayley Rose" according to her new manager, making her Hayley's enemy. Turns out that Tull is after Jamie Brooks instead.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: It’s clear that she finds Dave hot; but his brains, risk-taking, courage, and outstanding law enforcement work are the primary selling points for Alyssa.

     Hayley Rose 

Hayley Rose is a famous singer who became a suspect in Gavin Routh's murder after her nude photo being leaked by him.

Is actually Hayley Tull, John Tull's daughter. See her entry for tropes after The Reveal

     Cassandra “Cass” Leigh

Cassandra “Cass” Leigh is a famous actress and philanthropist who is an old friend with Dave.

     Joshua Neely

  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Joshua is a pretentious and disagreeable likely-plagiarist who claims that if he had murdered Routh, it would’ve been “the perfect crime”. His version of “the perfect crime”, in addition to being unoriginal, turns out to be illogical. Sam doesn’t hesitate to point out its flaws.

     Otis Khouri 

He organized the party where John Tull murdered Gavin Routh and Logan/Theresa.

     Ana de Luca

Ana de Luca is a fashion designer.

  • The Fashionista: She is a Top Fashion Designer with a very expensive boutique in Rodeo Drive.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She is known to be Cass’ best friend.
  • Insufferable Genius: Has a massive ego (thinks it’s insulting to be considered one of the best contemporary fashion designers when she deems herself the best). Her creations are viewed, however, as truly elevated couture.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Ana starts very hostile towards Sam. After she stands up to her and tries one of her dresses, Ana immediately apologizes and finds her attitude so inspiring that she declares that Sam is her new muse. During Sam’s farewell party, she yells angrily at Sam because she is leaving her without her new muse.

     Jamie Brooks 

Hayley Rose's talent agent.

  • Asshole Victim: He is guilty of embelezzment, planned to ditch Hayley Rose and take Alyssa Griffin instead. Dave and Sam have to save him from John Tull killing him with a bomb.
  • He Knows Too Much: Dave and Sam theorize that Tull wants to kill him for stealing money from Hayley. Turns out that Hayley ordered Tull to kill him because he knows that she started as a runaway teen and her biography was made up by him.

Other Characters


Chad is one of the two co-owners of Cheerm, a company that provides free Wi-Fi.

  • The Stoner: He and Todd own the company, but all they do is getting baked at the beach and brainstorm stupid app ideas while high.


Todd is one of the two co-owners of Cheerm, a company that provides free Wi-Fi.

  • The Stoner: He and Todd own the company, but all they do is getting baked at the beach and brainstorm stupid app ideas while high.

Monica (real name: Jessica) Greene introduces herself as the sister of Cheerm co-owner Chad. She is actually a programmer for Cheerm and was hired by Gavin Routh to hack celebrities’ phones.

  • Damsel in Distress: Dave has to rescue her from being murdered by John Tull.
  • Hollywood Hacking: She developed Venice Beach's free Wi-Fi to hack into celebrities' smartphones and sell the information to journalists like Gavin Routh.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: She is the only person keeping up Cheerm, as she is the programmer who built all the Wi-Fi system.
  • Not So Different: If Reza tags along with Sam and Dave, he is the one who convinces her by pointing out their Intelligence = Isolation complexes.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She pretends to be sister of the owner and flirts a little with Dave to throw him off while she erases the evidence.
  • Red Herring: She is initially a suspect of Gavin Routh's murder because he didn't pay her yet. She's instead on the hitlist.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her identity gives away part of Tull's motivations.

     Jamal Grady
A street rapper and one of Dave's childhood friends.

  • Childhood Friends: He is Dave's foster brother.
  • Face of a Thug: When they first meet, Sam initially mistook Jamal with a drug dealer. He's actually just a honest independent rapper selling "his crack on the streets".
  • Starving Artist: He prefers selling his records on the streets because he doesn't want to compromise his vision with a big record company.

     Donnie Brine 

Resident Paparazzi. Dave can confront him to stop stalking Alyssa Griffin.

Spoiler Character

    Hayley Tull 

Hayley “Hayley Rose” Tull is one of the two main antagonists in the first Most Wanted book. She is the daughter of John Tull.

  • Attention Whore: Her main concern about being found out as Hayley Tull? Her fans will turn on her. Can be exploited by Dave and Sam at the climax of the story in order to disarm and arrest her and is the only way to do so.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She’s in fact Tull’s scheming and manipulative — as well as homicidal — daughter and appears as a Hollywood-fluffy “princess” when Dave and Sam first interrogate her.
  • Cute But Psycho: Killed a 19 year old boy for cheating on her.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: She is equally as ruthless and murderous as her father, if not even more so.
  • Killed Off for Real: Is beheaded at the end of the story.
  • Idiot Ball: Wrote her crime as a song called "Outlaw" for no real reason.
  • Man Behind the Man: Orchestrate the entire murder spree in the story.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She used her father's love for her to cover her murdering of her ex-boyfriend and killing off the people who knew about her origins, and played Dave and Sam to deviate the suspicions on her.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: She pretends to be just a dumb starlet when Dave and Sam first met her.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only appeared in a total of 4 chapter, 1 of them as Hayley Rose but her very existence motivated John Tull to commit the murder spree.
  • That Man Is Dead: Desperately wants to believe to be this case as she wants to distant herself from her old life of Hayley Tull as much as possible. Can be exploited by Dave at the climax of the story in order to disarm and arrest her and is the only way to do so.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her very existence spoiled a majority of the mystery from the Novel.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Pretend to cooperate with the police in order to kidnap Cassandra as a hostage and keep them off her back.

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