Elliot's Personal Life
Elliot's psychiatrist and therapist, whom he's forced to see by a court for anger management.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Elliot believes this in regards to Krista's boyfriend, Lenny Shannon. Averted in season four with her new beau, who appears to be a decent guy.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: After saving Elliot from Vera, Krista is grateful of Elliot being protective towards her and in return offers words of encouragement to him and mends their friendship.
- The Confidant: Zig-zagged. As Elliot's therapist, she is one of the few individuals in his life who knows the most about his internal struggles. While Elliot tries to keep his hacking exploits from her, it all comes spilling out when he admits that he hacks other people out of a need to connect with others, including Krista. Naturally, she is rather disturbed by this revelation, and initially stops seeing him as a client. However, Elliot's imprisonment for blackmailing Lenny Shannon makes her have a change of heart under the condition that he be fully honest with her going forward. Eventually, Elliot allows her to "meet" Mr. Robot, who ultimately spills the beans to Krista about his engineering of the Five/Nine hack. This ends up frightening Krista once more, and she tries to report the confession, but to no avail. In season four, she is so afraid of Elliot that she threatens legal action against him if he tries to approach her again.
- Hates Being Alone: Her dating profile makes her abandonment issues quite clear. She doesn't care how a prospective partner treats her, only that they don't leave:
- Minor Major Character: Krista isn't as well-developed as other supporting characters, receiving very little screen time outside of her sessions with Elliot. Despite this, she has proven to be one of only several supporting characters who actually, well, support him and know the most about what is going on in his life.
- Mr. Exposition: Of a sort. Most of her sessions with Elliot serve as small intermissions where we learn about his current mental state and outlook on the plot progression.
- Nerves of Steel: Downplayed, but when she manages to draw out Mr. Robot — a Split Personality whom she knows is unstable and potentially dangerous — and he starts trying to intimidate her, she remains calm until the situation ends, even when he gets within mere inches of her face. With Vera however, this completely vanishes.
- Parental Abandonment: Her father abandoned her when she was a teenager.
- The Shrink: She's Elliot's therapist. However, her advice isn't particularly helpful to him.
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from a terrified hostage to killing her hostage taker by stabbing him in the back.
Elliot's next door neighbour and drug dealer. Her drugs are supplied by Fernando Vera.
- Betty and Veronica: Plays Veronica to Angela's Betty. She wins out. Briefly.
- Hope Spot: Shayla's escaped from her abusive relationship with Vera, stopped dealing drugs, managed to get a job as a waitress, and seems to have a budding relationship with Elliot right before she ends up getting kidnapped and killed.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Shows shades of this in flashbacks. She makes it clear that she aims to be "extraordinary" in Elliot's eyes, gives him his pet fish, offers to get him the drugs he asks for, and invites herself over to his apartment to socialize.
- Sacrificial Lamb: She's developed as Elliot's love interest and a main character for over half of the first season prior to her death, and Vera's murder of her sends Elliot's mental health spiraling downward and signals the start of the season's final act, as well as being the first major character to die in the series.
- Slashed Throat: How she's killed.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: Is killed by her ex-boyfriend for what he believes is her ratting him out.
Darlene and Elliot's late father, and the man Elliot based Mr. Robot on. He use to work for E Corp, then was fired, then started his own computer repair business called "Mr. Robot", then died of leukemia thanks to a project he worked on at E Corp.
- Ambiguous Situation: At the start of Season 3, White Rose heavily implies that Edward worked for her in some capacity and that Elliot is just continuing on his work. What this actually means, whether he did so knowingly, or whether White Rose is even telling the truth all remain to be seen.
- Abusive Parents: In earlier seasons, was implied to have pushed Elliot out of a window. Molested Elliot, and possibly Darlene (and maybe even Angela) as a child. Mr Robot was created to protect Elliot from this truth. In reality, the window incident was Mr Robot taking over, hiding Darlene in a closet, swinging a bat to protect Elliot from Edward and finally Elliot jumping from the window to try to escape from his sexually abusive father the only way he knew how.
- Asshole Victim: What he actually is.
- Mr. Fixit: Used to be a computer repairman.
- Parents as People: Until Season 4, most of the information we had about Edward was unreliable. He might have been a good parent to Elliot and Darlene, but he might have pushed Elliot out a window when Elliot told his wife he had leukemia, but he might not have, or he might have because he was that afraid of his wife. Until Darlene clarifies in "Shutdown" that he didn't — Elliot smashed the window and jumped during a psychotic break, and simply blamed his father for it for the rest of his life. In Season 4, however, we learn the disturbing truth - the window incident was Mr Robot taking over to protect Elliot, while he desperately tried to protect himself from his sexually abusive father.
- Posthumous Character: Died twenty years before the series started.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's a Posthumous Character only seen in a few flashbacks, but his death is the reason for Elliot's passionate hatred of E Corp and marked the turning point for his mental instability. Elliot also based the Mr. Robot persona on him, which becomes more apparent when Mr. Robot takes on fatherly aspects in the second season - Takes on a darker meaning when we find out that the reason Elliot based Mr Robot on his father was because he wanted him to be what his father should have been - instead of a depraved man who sexually abused his own children. This is what led to great deal of Elliots mental instability..
Darlene and Elliot's mother. She lost her husband to cancer twenty years ago.
- Abusive Parents: Shown being physically and emotionally abusive to Elliot, and it's implied that she was no different to Darlene. The book reveals that she once gave Darlene a face full of bruises and a bloody lip for running away.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Appears to have had anger issues even before the death of her husband. When Elliot visits her in the present day, she appears to be in some kind of assisted living arrangement and is completely catatonic.
- Asshole Victim: Kinda fits into this considering she abused both of her children after her husband's death and most likely did nothing to prevent her husband from sexually abusing Elliot (and possibly Darlene).
- Cigarette Burns: Puts a cigarette out on Darlene's arm in Elliot's dream.
- Kick the Dog: Or drown the cat, as it may be. In the book, Elliot recounts that his mother staunchly refused to let her children have any pets, much to Darlene's chagrin. When their neighbour's cat had kittens, Darlene secretly took one home and kept it as an outdoor cat, naming it Moon Pie. One day, their mother drove them out to a lake and handed Darlene a sack with Moon Pie in it. She then told Darlene to tie the bag up and throw it in the lake. Darlene refused and ran away for three days, only returning once she had safely given the cat to an elderly neighbour. Her mother reacted by beating her badly enough to make her bleed. It's implied this event made Darlene hate their mother worse than Elliot.
- Oral Fixation: In flashbacks she's constantly seen smoking, even at the dinner table.
- Widow Woman: Lost her husband to the E Corp toxic leak. It's implied she took her frustrations out on her offspring.
An account manager working for the Deus Group at Cyprus National Bank. She is a single mother and former opiate addict whom Elliot becomes romantically involved with.
A charming, but enigmatic man who meets Elliot at a basketball game early in the second season. He asks Elliot to help him with cyber security troubles related to his online business, but Elliot knows he isn't telling all of the story. He's actually the warden of Elliot's prison, and is using his head guard and a few abused prisoners to run an illegal trafficking site for him.
- Affably Evil: Constantly pleasant and friendly, even when he's talking to someone who pisses him off, but he is in charge of a Silk Road-style trafficking website that he's willing to have his enforcers beat and kill people to protect.
- Arc Villain: The main villain of Elliot's prison arc.
- Big Fun: A larger man, but very friendly and charming. At least on the surface.
- Dead Person Conversation: To deal with his wife's passing, he holds imaginary conversations with her at the dinner table.
- Expy: Of Ross Ulbricht, the man who founded the Silk Road online black market. Aside from their business similarities, they have similar logos and site layouts, and both go / went by the username Dread Pirate Roberts. In fact, there are strong hints that Ray is meant to be the still-unidentified second "Dread Pirate Roberts" who restarted Silk Road after Ulbricht's arrest.
- The reveal of his identity also makes him one for Warden Norton in The Shawshank Redemption, a seemingly trusted prison warden who's really using his chief guard and abusing prisoners to help him run an illegal operation. Ray is significantly more Affably Evil than Norton, however, and willingly goes with the police when Elliot brings them down on him.
- HeelFace Turn: Lets himself get caught for his crimes and allows Elliot to go free.
- Heel Realisation: He only looks into what his website is hosting after coming into contact with Elliot. The guilt of this drives him into letting Elliot get him busted.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When he realizes Elliot has informed the police of his crimes, he calmly lets Elliot leave and surrenders to the authorities, implicitly overcome with guilt over what happened on his website.
- Meaningful Name: R. Heyworth, as in Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.
- Mysterious Stranger: He first appears without warning in Elliot's life and displays qualities that make Elliot both drawn to and wary of him. We learn nothing about his past or his enigmatic Bitcoin-based business for several episodes, leaving him a total enigma. He's ultimately revealed to be the mastermind behind a profitable black market website dealing in human and child trafficking, drugs, arms dealing, and hitmen, as well as the warden of the prison Elliot resides in.
- Pragmatic Villainy: After his former IT guy (whom Ray has already had beaten up) tells him he can't do the site migration Ray wants, Ray's enforcer offers to beat him up again, but Ray tells him there's no point if the man just doesn't know how to do it.
- Walking Spoiler: Once his business is revealed in "Logic Bomb", discussing him becomes much more difficult without spoiling things. Even more so when he's revealed to be the warden of the prison.
- Wardens Are Evil: He's the warden of the prison Elliot gets sent to, and has been running an illegal site and violently beating prisoners for not helping him.
Ray's chief enforcer and the primary muscle to protect his schemes, later revealed to be one of the head prison guards.
- The Brute: Effectively serves as Ray's "muscle" in the prison.
- The Dragon: For Ray.
- Jerkass: Elliot identifies him as "a real dick" when he's introduced in the book, and his actions more than back it up.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is unknown.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Subverted. He's not shown onscreen getting his comeuppance, but the book clarifies that he was arrested alongside Ray.
A prisoner who originally set up Ray's TOR website.
The local pyromaniac, who Elliot strikes up a somewhat shaky friendship with during their time in jail.
- Ascended Extra: Gets no lines and plays a very small role in the show, but her annotations make up a sizable amount of the book on top of the more intimate focus on her backstory.
- Bookworm: As she says, "books are kinda my thing."
- Deuteragonist: Of the book. She's one of the first people Elliot meets in prison, and both Elliot's entries and her own annotations give her a pretty significant role in the story.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After going through numerous abuses that Elliot only sees a fraction of, she's released from the prison while her prime tormentor lands himself a longer sentence. Her final annotation implies that she's heading somewhere nicer and that Elliot is free to come find her if he ever wants to.
- The Idealist: Downplayed, but this shows in her annotations. Despite her poor treatment, she tends to look for the goodness in people and has a quote that directly references, but opposes, a quote of Elliot's: "My secret? I look for the best in people."
- Meaningful Rename: When she transitioned, she chose the name 'Carla' after her mother's old hairdresser, who was the first person to treat her like a woman and took her in when she was kicked out of her home.
- Pyro Maniac: She tends to burn books when she finishes reading them. This is also the reason she went to prison in the first place: she set fire to the car of a man who was harassing her in a club, and accidentally started a chain reaction that destroyed twelve cars. She was too transfixed by the flames to make a run for it, and was arrested when the harasser pointed her out to the police.
- Replacement Goldfish: Its implied that Elliot sees her as one for Shayla. Mr. Robot even calls him out on getting too involved with her and her issues the same way he did with Shayla.
- Rape as Drama: Subjected to this repeatedly in prison.
- Transgender: She's a transgender woman. Her parents kicked out her out of the house when they found out.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She calls Elliot out after he spreads the rumour that she has an STD around the prison. He did it to prevent the other inmates from harassing and sexually assaulting her (as they had done in the past), but he didn't consider the humiliation and alienation she would feel as a result.
FBI and Law Enforcement
Special Agent in Charge Ernesto Santiago
Senior agent in charge of the investigation into the 5/9 hack.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Two entire seasons of blackmailing, lying, murdering; surely, he's an Asshole Victim, right? Well, not really. After trying to protect Dom for a long time from Irving, expecting her to be killed, he's the one who gets killed instead, with his final words protesting what he thinks is Dom's execution. The audience won't necessarily cry over his death, but there is some sympathy and honor there anyway.
- Bad Liar: He can hold up his facade easily, but as soon as anyone starts persistently questioning him, he visibly panics and poorly deflects to another issue or action. This tips Dom off that he's not what he seems, and ends up leading to her and Norm busting the Red Wheelbarrow restaurant against his orders.
- Da Chief: The head of the FBI task force and Dom's boss.
- Dirty Cop: He's been working with the Dark Army all along, tipping them off whenever they're about to get caught and allowing them to kill innocent people uninhibited. He is also shown to be fully capable of murdering another law enforcement officer, even if he does end up feeling distressed over it.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Hes shown phoning his mother several times, and risks angering the Dark Army by warning her not to leave her house on the day of the attacks. He also implies that the reason he became The Mole in the first place is because the Dark Army threatened to hurt his family if he didnt.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite his anger at Dom for discovering his secret, he still begs Irving not to kill her and before that, he thoroughly expresses disgust at having to kill a cop.
- Jerkass: Doesn't really appreciate Dom's investigation, and frequently holds her back from legally pursuing leads that turn out to be true. Being a Dark Army member, this makes sense.
- Karmic Death: Santiago tries his damnedest to keep the FBI from investigating the Dark Army, but he ends up being chopped to death on behalf of Whiterose for his repeated failures.
- The Mole: The Dark Army's mole in the FBI.
- Walking Spoiler: Obviously.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Irving's reason for killing him.
Dom's new partner working with her to investigate the 5/9 hack.
Fernando Vera/The Brave Traveller
A gangster and homicidal maniac specializing in the drug trade, Fernando Vera and Elliot meet by chance through their connection to Shayla, whom Vera later rapes when she rejects his advances. Elliot sees this as an unforgivable crime, and proceeds to leak incriminating evidence about Vera's criminal activities to the authorities in the hopes of getting him off of the streets. This ultimately blows up in Elliot's face when Vera sends his to goons kidnap Shayla and force Elliot to break him out of prison in exchange for Shayla's safety. Despite the prison break being a success, Vera leaves Elliot to find Shayla's dead body, which had been in the trunk with him and the goons the whole time. Vera rides with his cronies into the night, proclaiming himself to be a nomad with no empire to return to.
In the post-credits scene of the season three finale, Vera and his posse return to confront Elliot at his apartment once more, only to be met by Darlene at the entrance. Echoing his last conversation with Elliot, Vera introduces himself as a brave traveller who has "finally come home."—-
- Arch-Enemy: While Elliot has made quite a few enemies both within and without the Dark Army, Vera is the one individual who has dealt the most emotional damage to Elliot in the long-run by having Shayla murdered, outsmarting him in the process, and getting away with it all. In season 4, Vera is back but wants Elliot to start working for him.
- Asshole Victim: Considering all he's done, it's hard to feel sympathy for him when he's killed by Krista of all people.
- Ax-Crazy: Vera has zero qualms about murder, nor murder by proxy. He even orders the assassination of his own brother and reacts with what can only be described as vague disappointment:Vera: "DJ, shoot the cocksucker."(DJ complies with a Boom, Headshot!)((Beat)Vera: Huh. My own brother.''
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With Whiterose and the Dark Army in season 4.
- Establishing Character Moment: While he is unnamed at the time, our first look at Vera is him rather obnoxiously trying to proposition Shayla for a "date," establishing him as a lecher with no respect for boundaries. His second appearance more explicitly shows us that Vera is a scumbag beyond reproach when it is implied that he sexually assaulted Shayla.
- Expy: Of Tyrell, strangely enough. Both characters regard Elliot with spiritual awe and are pathologically driven by their desires to harness his so-called "power". By the by, they are also ignorant to the criticality of Mr. Robot's influence. But while Tyrell genuinely loved him and wanted his approval, Vera simply wants Elliot to work for him for entirely pragmatic reasons.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Is moved by the story of Elliot being molested by his father. Helps that he had a similar background as well with his mother.
- Evil Counterpart: Vera likes to think that he is the yin to Elliot's yang, despite his inferior technological abilities. He later recognizes this discrepancy and tries to force Elliot into a criminal partnership, intent on making use of Elliot's hacking prowess.
- Faux Affably Evil: Tries to come off as spiritually enlightened and willing to share camaraderie with Elliot based on their mutual struggles with self-hatred, but in his final appearance, Vera has Shayla murdered and leaves Elliot the keys to a car trunk, wherein her bloody corpse lies.
- Freudian Excuse: Apparently, Vera was depressed as a child and had multiple suicidal thoughts, until finally trying to hang himself. In season 4 it turns out that he was sexually abused as a child, much like Elliot.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was already evil even before he met Elliot but was just a low life thug that time. But come the end of season 3 and in season 4 he is implied to be almost on the same level as the "Top 1%" thanks to the Dark Army attacks and is shown to be more powerful and dangerous than before.
- Hidden Depths: Some of his philosophical ramblings are quite educated and profound. He also seems to have a small interest in etymology.
- Karmic Death: Killed with his dead brother's knife (who he ordered to be killed back in Season 1) by his own hostage.
- Pet the Dog: His only instance of this is when he's genuinely moved by Elliot's anguish from finding out the truth about the window incident and spends his last words comforting him.
- The Power of Hate: In his words, his "power". He tells Elliot that a person can't understand themselves until they truly hate themselves.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He's been drugging and raping Shayla. This is the straw that breaks the camel's back and is what pushes Elliot to betray him.
- Sadist: The worst case of it. He has no remorse in killing people to get what he wants, including his brother and Shayla and feels wonder in traumatizing Elliot. He even seems to be the most happy with the results of the Dark Army's attacks because he benefitted from it like most of the rich and powerful.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Vera appears in only two episodes during season one, and in those episodes, he manages to irrevocably traumatize Elliot by having Shayla kidnapped and murdered, leaving her dead body in the trunk of a car for Elliot to find. This ends up causing Elliot to spiral into a Heroic BSoD that kicks off the third act of the season as well as the eventual Tomato in the Mirror reveal. Just as it seems that Vera may have actually gotten away with it all, the season three finale drops a pretty hefty bombshell with Vera and a pack of goons arriving at Elliot's apartment for some unfinished business. In season 4, it's shown that Vera wants to have Elliot as his own "architect" for his criminal empire.
- The Sociopath: Fits every criteria. Calm, likes to be falsely polite with people, manipulates people for his own gain, and sees humans as objects for him to destroy. In his first appearance in season 4, he shoots a henchman to death right in front of a young child.
- Stalker with a Crush: Toward his ex-girlfriend Shayla. After he kills her he moves on to Elliot.
- The Stinger: He finally reappears in the post-credits scene of "Shutdown", driving up to Elliot's apartment building with some fellow gangsters and introducing himself to Darlene as "a brave traveler coming home."
- Talkative Loon: Talks so much during his first meeting with Elliot that all Elliot hears is a ringing.
- The Unfettered: He has no moral code, and is willing to take whatever he wants and murder anyone who gets in his way. He is, in his own words, "free."
- We Can Rule Together: In Season 4, he intends to have Elliot help him to grow his crime empire, no matter what.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In season 4 he coldly shoots a henchman to death for not being "detailed oriented" enough.
The Wellick family's loyal bodyguard and driver.
The Deus Group
A secret cabal of the most wealthy and powerful individuals in the world, founded by Minister Zhang a.k.a. Whiterose in 1989 following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Deus Group have since been responsible for the continued development of modern civilization at the turn of the digital age, having instituted E Corp as their front and dominated every economic sector on the planet.
- Been There, Shaped History: The Deus Group have their fingers in every pie in recent history, ranging from the Gulf War to the implementation of the Internet.
- Big Brother Is Watching: The Internet was their ticket into the personal lives of almost every citizen in America and beyond, starting with bank accounts and eventually social media.
- Covert Group: Their existence is known only to its members.
- Expy: Of the Illuminati. Every facet of their existence fits the bill for a shadowy, corrupt organization that pulls the strings of the modern world for their own profit.
- The Illuminati: The only thing that prevents them from being the actual Illuminati is that they are never called the Illuminati.
- Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Elliot's burglary of the decoy apartment that Freddy Lomax pointed him to ultimately exposes Elliot to the truth of the Deus Group, thanks to Price's intervention.