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A detective at Toronto's station house 4, Murdoch investigates and solves crimes by using what were unorthodox and untested methods. Though his methods raise eyebrows, his results are successful.
- The Ace: He's beyond great at his job and everybody either admires him or at least acknowledges the good of his progressive methods and amazing dedication to his work.
- Agent Scully: His usual role, as he has to scully Crabtree's outrageous ideas. However, Murdoch is a deeply religious man. In one episode, he had a Near-Death Experience and did not try to deny it.
- Almighty Janitor: Despite being one of the higher-ranking officers at Station House No. 4, he's nonetheless overqualified for his position due to politics. Murdoch was once up for a promotion to inspector, however he was passed over because of the anti-Catholic sentiment in predominantly Protestant Toronto during the era. As a result it's highly unlikely he'll ever rise higher than detective.
- Badass Bookworm: He knows everything modern science has achieved, and he can apply his knowledge on constructing various gadgets that help during his investigation. As a policeman, he can also handle himself in a fight when he's called on to do so.
- Been There, Shaped History: Seems to have met every famous person alive at the time and invented several modern inventions, including the lie detector and gear shifts for bicycles.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Murdoch is unambiguously a good, decent human being. He's devout, but wrestles with his faith when unable to cleanly reconcile his belief with his progressive views. He's foremost concerned with justice, and once allowed a criminal to go free by admitting a confession was obtained under physical duress. Ultimately, he's a kind and considerate man. However once he has his suspect cornered Murdoch becomes a very formidable interrogator. And if you push him too far by threatening his friends and loved ones he can be downright terrifying when he finally does lose his temper.
- By-the-Book Cop: He's very honest and actually ahead of his time, for instance, he would never beat a criminal during an interrogation. He's by-the-book almost to a fault. For example, when asked, he admits that a criminal confessed after beating when the original report claimed it was a voluntary admittance of guilt. Even though he knew said criminal was guilty of rape and murder.
- Character Tics: Making the sign of the cross whenever he's confronted to a new dead victim. Happens pretty much Once per Episode.
- Chaste Hero: Due to his deep-held Catholic beliefs and gentlemanly demeanor, he will not act untoward women or give into temptation no matter how willingly it's offered. When forced to spend a night at a hotel with Julia, in order to give her husband grounds for divorce, he comes prepared with a game of dominoes to keep themselves occupied.
- Chick Magnet: Dr. Julia Ogden, Mrs. Enid Jones, Anna Fulford, Sally Pendrick and Eva Pearce all demonstrate more than a passing interest in Murdoch. Various ladies he encounters during his investigations are interested as well.
- The Comically Serious: He can easily fall into this, always staying quite serious even in the most bizarre situations. Inspector Brackenreid once asks Crabtree if he'd ever seen him laugh.
- Dashingly Dapper Derby: He wears a Homburg. The hat has its level of cool, especially considering the setting.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": He doesn't like being called "Bill". He's clearly very annoyed when a Jerkass hotel detective keeps addressing him as such.
- Fair Cop: He's a very attractive member of law enforcement.
- Famed in Story: Several people, usually famous figures themselves, recognize his achievements. In "Murdoch in Toyland", he finds out that he has a fangirl who is fascinated by his work and follows all his cases in the press. And of course the season eight episode "The Murdoch Appreciation Society" introduces an entire fan club. They even try to stage a murder with a cadaver just to watch him work, which, much to their surprise, leads to the discovery of an actual murder when it turns out the cadaver did not actually die of natural causes.
- First-Name Basis:
- Dr. Ogden and he often call each other by their first names, and later in the series they also refer to each other as William and Julia, which reveals their deeper personal relationship.
- He calls Constables Crabtree and Higgins George and Henry frequently. However, they cannot reciprocate as Murdoch is their superior.
- He prefers to be addressed as William and does not like being called "Bill" or "Billy". Even when he was a child, he preferred his full name.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Murdoch has invented sonar, a primitive security camera, a gear-changing bicycle, and other gadgets beyond his time.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: Murdoch is a scientific genius, but he's also a perfectly affable and friendly guy.
- Has a Type: He's by no means a Casanova or seducer who would pursue women constantly, but if he's ever interested in a woman, she's intelligent and usually blond (his deceased fiancée Liza note , Dr Ogden, Mrs Jones, Anna Fulford and Mrs Pendrick). Inspector Brackenreid feels an urge to point it out to him in "Evil Eye of Egypt", saying that he should be careful during an investigation because beautiful intelligent ladies are his weak spot. The lady in question, Dr. Iris Bajjali, is highly intelligent, but a dark Arabian beauty.
- Hates Small Talk: Downplayed, as he doesn't especially despise it, but he prefers useful conversation or talking about science.Brackenreid: So Murdoch, how's married life treating you? All well at the hotel?
Murdoch: I'm happy to report that it's an excellent arrangement. No-one pays you any particular mind.
Brackenreid: What do you mean?
Murdoch: Well, sir, at my boarding house, the other residents... I was constantly being pulled into conversations of limited merit.
Brackenreid: I can only imagine the difficulty.
Murdoch: Thank you.
- Ideal Hero: He would be a Knight in Shining Armor if he lived in the Middle Ages. The whole reason Murdoch became a policeman was to work for justice and make Toronto a better place.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Hinted at in the episode "The Great Wall" when he's let down that not even among police force he can feel as a part of the group. However, he's very much admired and well-liked by everybody at Station House 4.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Detective Murdoch, our hero, is always delighted or thrilled to meet famous inventors and scientists, but he absolutely fan-boys over some of them, like when he meets Nicola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Alva Edison, or especially Guglielmo Marconi.
- Limited Advancement Opportunities: His promotion to Inspector was considered in the very first episode, but his being a Catholic in Protestant Toronto means he has very probably reached his top position.
- Long-Lost Relative: His younger sister appears for one episode, and he has a brother in the RCMP he never knew existed until they met.
- Manly Tears: He usually holds his emotions hidden, which makes his tears all the more moving. His eyes were filled with tears when Julia tells him her abortion left her barren and strongly implies she wants to end their relationship because she knows about his desire to have a family, and he cries when his sister tells him she is dying and is going to spend the rest of her life in prayer at the convent.
- Mr. Imagination: He's a highly rational version of the trope. He often imagines himself to be a part of the crime scene at the time of the murder, and he likes to wander into imagining his future family life. Also, there are all those Imagine Spots and Daydream Surprise sequences involving his fantasies about Dr. Ogden.
- Neat Freak: Murdoch is almost always impeccably dressed and groomed. When he and Terrence Meyers go undercover to infiltrate a group of anarchists, Crabtree points out that he looks almost too tidy to look like a common labourer. When James Pendrick tries to make a movie about Murdoch's exploits, he raises a fuss about the fact that his character in the movie isn't wearing his policeman's helmet. His alienation from his job in the Season 5 premiere is symbolized by his Perma-Stubble, something he would never let grow if he had peace of mind.
- Noble Bigot with a Badge: Murdoch displays homophobic behavior in the earlier episodes, as was the norm in the time period. Despite this, he's still very clearly a sympathetic protagonist and he mostly lets go of the attitude by later seasons.
- Not So Above It All: Murdoch keeps his playful side very well hidden, but it manifests with the people he's closest to. Julia learned this the hard way at the end of "Keystone Kops" when he plays a practical joke on her, though he has spent the episode telling her he does not see the appeal.
- Once per Episode:
- In keeping with his Catholic faith, he crosses himself whenever he's in the presence of the dead, usually at the start of the episode.
- He typically has one Imagine Spot per episode, too.
- Parental Abandonment: His mother died when he was a little boy, and his father found himself inadequate to take care of his family. He was raised in an orphanage/religious school by Catholic priests.
- Raised Catholic: His deep religious faith often clashes with his scientific mind. In addition, he's really ahead of his time in many ways, but some issues like homosexuality or abortion trouble him and he has a hard time to reconcile his experience and the Church's position.
- Science Hero: He loves science and knows everything about the current research. He can apply his knowledge and build many devices to help him in his investigation.
- Shared Family Quirks: With his half-brother who also works in law enforcement. They meet when they investigate their cases that happen to be connected. They both use science and are extremely particular about details, and they are shown having similar body language. Rather amusingly, Murdoch gets annoyed with him often and doesn't see the similarities. Murdoch wasn't aware of the fact that his father had another family.
- The Stoic: He's very emotionally restrained. He rarely does more than smile when he's happy or raise his voice when angry. He only gets physical when he's really angry.
- Straight Man: Murdoch frequently becomes a Straight Man in dealing with his colleagues or suspects. He has to brush off George's wacky theories about the paranormal in the early seasons or deal with the Inspector's boisterous tendencies. And Toronto seems to have the bottomless supply of suspects who have are simply put, nuts (going from slightly weird with poor social skills to downright crazy).
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's fairly tall, has dark brown hair, dark brown eyes and dark-ish complexion. Quite a few women in-universe fancy him.
- The Teetotaler: He hardly ever touches alcohol as he wants to keep his wits about him (because of his duties), and his father is a drunk.
- These Hands Have Killed: He never killed a man in the line of duty until the day he has to shoot and kill a Black Hand assassin pursuing Anna Fulford in "Walk On The Wild Side Part 2." He doesn't take it particularly well, though he avoids slipping into a Heroic BSoD.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Detective William Murdoch and Dr. Julia Ogden are clearly attracted to each other. This unresolved tension is made worse by the Victorian setting and the necessary restraint needed by social standards of the time, as the UST was just as strong (if not stronger) whenever their on/off relationship is actually on.
- Will They or Won't They?: He has on-again-off-again relationship with his colleague Julia and intense chemistry with Anna Fulford. Becomes They Do with Julia: after seven seasons, they're finally getting married.
Julia Ogden is a pathologist who works at the City Morgue in Toronto and cooperates closely with the Constabulary. She's a modern and forward-thinking woman. She's very blunt and enjoys dark morgue humour. She shares Detective Murdoch's fascination with science. She is his intellectual equal and one of his most avid supporters.
- Buried Alive: James Gillies buries her alive in "Murdoch in Toyland" because he knows it will hurt Murdoch most.
- Combat Pragmatist: She is a Combat Pragmatist to a scaring degree. Is someone attacks or threatens her or people she cares about, she is not above attacking them from behind or using her skill with scalpels to mortally injure those who deserve it (see "Snakes and Ladders").
- The Coroner: She's way nicer than coroners from fiction tend to be, but she loves her morgue humour which makes gentlemen policemen uncomfortable.
- Dude Magnet: Many, many men are interested in her and compliment her looks, intelligence and accomplishments. Some men are vexed that she's a lady doctor, but most people admire her.
- Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted. She went through abortion when she was a medical student, and makes no bones about the fact that she did so in order to keep pursuing a career in medicine. She nearly died and it has left her barren.
- Hospital Hottie: She's a very attractive doctor performing her duties in Gorgeous Period Dresses. It's acknowledged in-universe that she's a beauty.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Julia's reason for breaking off her relationship with William. Because she cannot have children, she leaves him in the hope that he'll find a woman who can give him a family.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Anytime she's attending a ball or dinner party, she's sure to be wearing gorgeous outfits.
- The Profiler: In Season 6, she pursues a career as psychiatrist/psychologist, and she consults Detective Murdoch's team on several cases. In later seasons, she's back at her old job in the morgue.
- Romancing the Widow: Her husband Dr. Darcy Garland dies in "Crime & Punishment". She's a widow woman of the wonderful category. Murdoch resumes pursuing her romantically — or more like he continues to pursue her romantically, because when Dr. Garland died, Julia was trying to get a divorce.
- Second Love: To Murdoch. His fiancée died of consumption and in Season 1, he has to struggle to let his memories go and acknowledge his deep feelings for Julia.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: The season 14 premiere "Murdoch And The Tramp" has the killer and several of the protagonists, including Julia, get involved in a slapstick chase reminiscent of the era's silent films. It even gets caught on film and inspires a young Charlie Chaplin.
- The Shrink: In "Twentieth Century Murdoch," she decides to become a psychiatrist. She travels to Vienna to study with Sigmund Freud, and she starts working in mental hospital.
- The Suffragette: She's active politically, she's always happy to speak for women's right to contraception (illegal at the time). She joins a circle of Toronto suffragettes and considers running in the Provincial Elections, but declines because even though Murdoch fully supports her, it would have a negative impact on his career.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: She cross-dresses as a man in "Victor, Victorian," and she even fools Murdoch and Crabtree when they meet at a gentlemen's club.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Implied with Julia Ogden and her sister Ruby. Ruby claims Julie was a tomboy as a child, and she still calls her by her tomboyish nickname Jules. Ruby is very feminine and she likely was a girly girl.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Dr. Ogden was determined to become a doctor like her father, but she had to go against his wishes. Julia believes he favoured her younger sister Ruby. However, after his death Julia learns from people of Toronto's upper class society that he was very proud of her many accomplishments.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Detective Murdoch. They are very cute together and everyone can see it, multiple people comment on the fact that they are intellectual equals and practically made for each other. Murdoch happily courts Julia who reciprocates, but has a secret which she knows will hurt Murdoch... and so on and so forth. Sometimes their relationship brings out too much Angst. Even when Julia marries another guy, their will-they-won't-they dynamic continues. They get engaged in season 7 and they get married in season 8.
A Station House 4 constable and often Murdoch's sidekick on investigations. George is also a writer, whose adventure novel based on an Egyptian Curse has made him a modest success.
- Agent Mulder: He is the first one to suggest that vampires, ghosts, werewolves, Martians, Venusians, or an Egyptian curse might be responsible for the crimes they're investigating. It's been downplayed in later seasons, but he's still very much more imaginitve in his suppositions than Murdoch and Brackenreid.
- Agent Scully: He and Brackenreid reverse roles in "Loch Ness Murdoch", when Brackenreid is convinced that there's a sea monster in Lake Ontario and Crabree is the skeptical one.
- Almighty Janitor: A bit straighter case than Murdoch. George is probably the best of the Station House No. 4 constables, and therefore works most closely with Murdoch. He has also filled in as detective when Murdoch himself was unavailable, and was actually up for permanent promotion at one point. However he's currently stuck as a constable because of a combination of Murdoch's glass ceiling, while George himself was busted down in rank due to his role in covering up the death of Edna Brooks' husband to protect her stepson. He's currently junior in rank to Higgins who, while capable, is nonetheless The Ditz and not up to George's level.
- Animal Lover: He loves animals. He's always concerned for various dogs, cats or horses the team encounters during their investigation. In one episode he even grows attached to a spider which he names Webster.
- Bulletproof Vest: Crabtree wears a couple of these. In "Big Murder On Campus", he wears one to survive being shot as part of Murdoch's plan to trap the villains. In the tenth-season finale, his body armor saves him from being killed on the spot when the villain's Mooks shoot him. He's still seriously injured and would have bled to death if Rebecca James didn't extract the bullet and stop the bleeding with some Roadside Surgery.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Crabtree is prone to rather bizarre explanations in some episodes, but he's also an ace when it comes to doing legwork and has solved the B-plots of some episodes either on his own or with Brackenreid.
- Butt-Monkey: If one of the characters is going to have to do something particularly embarrassing over the course of the investigation, there's a good bet it's going to be Crabtree.
- Cartwright Curse: A nonlethal version. His longest-lasting relationship (with Emily Grace) ended with her leaving him for Leslie Garland. Edna Brooks, engaged to George, has to flee the city with her stepson. Burlesque dancer Nina Bloom breaks things off because she believes he deserves a more respectable woman. They get back together, but she then opts to leave Toronto for her dream job in Paris. George offers to accompany her and proposes, but she ultimately declines.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He can be very weird. Especially his theories on the paranormal which are extremely far-fetched but he takes them super-seriously. Also, he sometimes presents his perspective on an issue and it starts reasonably enough, but it ends up as something downright insane.
- The Comically Serious: He can begin with a philosophical remark of intuitive brilliance, then suddenly veers off into science fiction.
- A Day in the Limelight:
- In the episode "Convalescence", Murdoch falls off a ladder and is bedridden for the rest of the episode. Crabtree takes his place and manages to solve the case.
- "CrabtreeMania" has him pursuing and solving a murder case with little aid from Murdoch or Brackenreid. They are equally impressed by both this and the work he's done through the years that they put in a recommendation for a Detective's position that opened at a neighboring station-house.
- Doorstop Baby: His biological mother left him near a church, and the pastor's family took him and brought him up as their own child. His biological mother appears in one episode.
- Fair Cop: He's a cute constable. Several very pretty women find him handsome or interesting.
- Genius Ditz: It's implied that George may actually be quite brilliant beneath his Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies, when he helps Albert Einstein, of all people, with his theories on time and space. Einstein even suggests George come to work with him.
- Happily Adopted: He always talks about his happy family that Murdoch is honestly surprised to hear that George is adopted. His father is a priest who took him when he was left at the door of a church. Crabtree is also happily adopted by his extended group of aunts. They finally appear in Season 7, and it turns out they're a group of prostitutes that Crabtree's preacher father gave housing to, and who helped raise him when he grew up in Newfoundland. When Crabtree and Murdoch go to Newfoundland on a case, they stop by to meet his aunts and they're delighted to see little George.
- Hidden Depths: Crabtree is surprisingly sensitive to others and he's also surprisingly open-minded. And he's not just a copper, but a moderately successful writer, and a shrewd business man while operating a successful garage. His care and concern for animals such as dogs or horses is very modern and very sweet. A Brick Joke in Frankie Drake Mysteries reveals just how foresighted many of his investments are, as he was able to retire from the Constabulary quite young as a result of the windfall. The 200th episode suggests George may even have a genius intellect that just hasn't been properly cultivated and directed.
- Like Father, Like Son: In "Prodigal Father", George meets his long-lost father, George Crabtree, Sr. Upon discovering they are both men with their eyes on the future and an interest in the supernatural, they get on like a house on fire.
- Love Hurts: He's heart-broken when Dr. Grace breaks off their relationship because she gets interested in young Mr. Garland.
- Malaproper: He sometimes mispronounces a word or a phrase, especially in the early seasons. Haemogoblin instead of haemoglobin is one of the most endearing. Even when called out he insists on standing by his pronunciation.
- Mr. Exposition: Crabtree is typically the one to explain to Murdoch and the audience what the situation is whenever the detective arrives at a crime scene.
- Mystery Writer Detective: He writes a mildly popular novel. Viewers get to know it in a spinoff web-series. The hero of the book is Crabtree's Author Avatar who investigates mysterious deaths connected with an Egyptian curse.
- Nice Guy: He is a very sweet and polite young man. As well as openhearted and open-minded, George doesn't have one bigoted bone in his body. He treats everyone with respect, regardless of gender, race, sexuality, or social standing, and thinks different cultures and beliefs are fascinating.
- Saved by Canon: As he's still alive in 1922 (via a cameo in Frankie Drake Mysteries), he's safe for the rest of the series.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: George has a one-sided but intense hatred for the Upper-Class Twit Roger Newsome.
- Tangled Family Tree: Over the first six seasons, Crabtree referred to a seemingly endless collection of aunts he had, all of whom were named after flowers (e.g., Daisy, Primrose, etc.) Believe it or not, they're all true —Crabtree's adoptive father was a priest who moved to Newfoundland and set up a ministry. Father Crabtree allowed a large group of prostitutes to live in the rectory to give them a better life, and the women all served as Crabtree's adoptive aunts.
- Those Two Guys: Frequently paired up with Higgins, both during Murdoch's investigations, and his day to day duties as a constable (in fact, he and Higgins have fronting desks). It becomes Those Three Guys when Jackson tags along; including the three of them pitching in together to purchase a motorcar.
- Turn the Other Cheek: When he is abducted, interrogated, and has his foot broken by a woman who turns out to be the long-lost daughter of one of his late aunts, George decides to not press charges after she lets him go, having empathized with her story.
- The Watson: He's Murdoch's sidekick and is often on hand to witness Murdoch's tests and experiments. He's also picked up a few tricks from Murdoch, and is usually the one to solve the B-plot of an episode that has Two Lines, No Waiting.
Murdoch's superior and the boss of Station House 4. Married with two kids. Likes scotch.
- Adaptational Nationality: Brackenreid was a Protestant Englishman who hailed from Ireland in Maureen Jennings' original books. In the TV series, he's a Yorkshireman from England itself.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Brackenreid was an alcoholic Jerkass and anti-Catholic bigot in most of Maureen Jennings' original books. In the TV series, he's an affable Boisterous Bruiser who gets along quite well with his subordinates and is indifferent to Murdoch's Catholicism.
- Agent Scully: Brackenreid is typically the one to shoot down Crabtree's ridiculous suggestions whenever he thinks the supernatural is involved.
- Agent Mulder: Usually a skeptic. However, he and Crabtree reverse their typical roles in the season 7 episode "Loch Ness Murdoch". He is convinced that there's a sea monster in Lake Ontario, but Crabtree is skeptical.
- The Alcoholic: Often seen with a glass of scotch in his hand if he's in his office. It troubles his wife a lot as she's worried about him and she actively tries him to stop drinking or get him to practice moderation. However, his drinking never causes him big problems at work (he had problems when he actually tried to stop and was using a powder that contained drugs) and he's never abusive to his family. Played notably straight in Maureen Jennings' original novels, wherein Brackenreid's drinking very much has undermined his performance as a policeman.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: He dismisses Crabtree's theories of the supernatural on a regular basis, yet in "A Merry Murdoch Christmas", he believes he was visited by The Krampus as a boy and that the same Krampus is the culprit in some recent crimes.
- Badass Mustache: A tough Victorian era police guy? A moustache is a must!
- Benevolent Boss: He sure doesn't mind when Murdoch finds a murderer and makes him confesses. Only sometimes does he complain that Murdoch's progress is bloody slow.
- Big Damn Heroes: Arrives just in time to save Murdoch from being beaten by a gang.
- "Bloody hell!" Or: "Bloody hell, Murdoch!" Or even "Bloody hell, Crabtree!"
- He loves to call people "me old mucker" (meaning "my old pal") with irresistible northern accent.
- He often calls suspects or criminals "sunshine" during interrogations.
- One of his main credoes for investigations is "follow the money". It's paid off on multiple occasions.
- Character Development: Brackenreid starts off as a Noble Bigot, but Seasons 13 and 14 open his eyes to the racism and other forms of prejudice rampant in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, leaving him increasingly outraged and disgusted.
- Character Tics: Whenever Brackenreid is in a good mood and wants someone to do something, he'll wink and click his tongue after he's given the order.
- Da Chief:
- In Murdoch Mysteries, he leads Station No. 4. He's at times frustrated with Murdoch's methodical approach, exasperated by Crabtee's Cloud Cuckoolander tendencies, and outright angered over Higgins, but he's also A Father to His Men and is more than willing to bend a few regulations to help them in a pinch.
- Frankie Drake Mysteries: A Cold Case reveals this eventually becomes literal, as at some point before the 1920s he was promoted to Chief Constable.
- Dare to Be Badass: After being brutally beaten up at the end of Season 7, he tries to stay out of police work and starts painting. Then he gets this from his wife.
- Fiery Redhead: He's very hot-tempered and gets angry easily. But his rage never lasts long. Oftentimes his anger is also quite justified.
- Genius Bruiser: While he doesn't have Murdoch's science smarts, he's still a fine detective in his own right and his suggestions often help point Murdoch in the right direction. He's also a vicious fighter when called on, and is a crack shot with a rifle from his days in the army. Finally he's got quite an affinity for opera.
- Good Parents: Inspector Brackenreid and his wife Margaret are shown to be very caring and loving parents to their sons Johnny and Bobby. John especially appears in lots of B-plot stories and they are usually resolved with a friendly chat with his father who reassures him about his approval. One such bonding moment happens when teenage John gets drunk for the first time. The inspector is mostly amused because he's a heavy drinker himself and copes with it just fine, but when Detective Murdoch and Dr. Ogden remind him that alcohol doesn't agree with many and that his wife is understandably upset, he talks with John and advises him not to drown his youth in alcohol.
- The Grinch: "A Merry Murdoch Christmas" reveals Brackenreid loathes the whole Christmas season. Partially because he thinks the holiday rewards greed and hypocrisy, and partially because of a traumatizing boyhood experience involving The Krampus. He rains on Margaret's festivities, won't allow Station House No. 4 to be decorated, and snaps at his son for wanting a toy train instead of getting a job. Seeing a dark counterpart to himself in the murderer helps him learn the True Meaning of Christmas, and get over his distaste for the holiday.
- Happily Married: He often bickers with his wife and would prefer if she didn't meddle in his affairs and didn't try to make him quit drinking. But they care about each other and their sons are raised in a happy household. However, in Season 12, they have a major argument about Thomas' relationship with a Black woman that resulted in a child he was not aware of and are separated for a year. They reconcile though and are even happier than before because Thomas promises to be more honest with his wife.
- Heroic BSoD: After being beaten up at the end of Season 7, he went into one of these.
- Hidden Depths: He loves theatre, especially William Shakespeare and opera. After his recovery from being beaten up, he's taken to painting.
- Horrible Judge of Character: The inspector appears to have a glaring blindspot when the suspects include middle-aged, respectable women.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Though his whiskers are of the time his propensity for shouting, swearing, Drinking on Duty, love of theatre and his liberal use of applied Police Brutality; make this trope.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: He's often seen downing a shot of whiskey to calm himself down when he's angry or when something doesn't go well in the investigation. (Then again, he drinks for celebration when he's happy just as often.)
- Inspector Lestrade: Often presented in a way that evokes the trope at first, but then, refreshingly, his different theories to Murdoch's usually turn out to be related to the case in a different way.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Unlike Murdoch, he has no scruples to beat criminals up when he needs them to confess.
- Like Father, Like Son: Brackenreid's son John joins the Toronto Constabulary as a constable in Season 11. John proves to have inherited his father's talents as a detective.
- Noble Bigot with a Badge: In one of the first episodes, Brackenreid admits that the skin color of a black murder suspect initially led him to believe she was guilty. Later on he arrests a caravan of gypsies for a series of break-ins without any proof, although he later lets them go when he tracks down the real thieves. In the episode "Werewolves", he readily admits that the Native Jimmy McCloud would make a very good policeman, but refuses Crabtree's request to deputize McCloud because the racism of Victorian-era Toronto would preclude any "Indian coppers". He's also initially disdainful of a Persian suspect (though he does view the attempt to frame said suspect as evil) and doesn't seem to think much of the Chinese.
- Not Quite Dead: He's had many brushes with death, but comes back by the next episode. The most notable example is in the episode "Cometh The Archer" where his "death" is used as a cover up by Eva Pearce who seems confident that his "death" is permanent.
- Once per Episode: As noted above, pouring himself a drink or drinking while Murdoch or Crabtree update him on the case.
- Oop North: Inspector Brackenreid is originally from Yorkshire. His accent from the North shows up, e.g. the way he pronounces "sunshine" (soon-shine).
- Papa Wolf: He's very protective of his family, and has violent tendencies if anyone tries to mess with his team. When Brackenreid's son John joins the Constabulary in Season 11, Brackenreid tries to dissuade him out of concern for his safety. He later eases off when he sees how determined John is to make it as a policeman.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Brackenreid manages to qualify for this both by the standards of our own era and the time the show is set in. His disdain of Francophone people from Quebec and France as "garlic-eating Frenchies" and loathing of the Americans qualify him as such by today's standards. His ranting about how "half the world hates the bloody monarchy" in venting his frustrations after dealing with a particularly annoying royal Obstructive Bureaucrat and his ridiculing the idea of eugenics by pointing to a picture of the Gonk Queen Victoria as why he wants no part of breeding the "best and brightest" qualify him as this by his own era's standards.
- Promotion to Parent: Hinted that he had to take care of his younger siblings.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He gives Murdoch a lot of leeway in pursuing his investigations, and goes along with Murdoch's scientific plans even when he doesn't really understand them. That said, he will give Murdoch hell on those rare occasions when the detective does something to deserve them. Even then, he'll put his anger aside and focus on the case at hand when necessary.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the red to Murdoch and Crabtree's blue. The generally stoic, intellectual Murdoch often has a hard time playing "bad cop" when necessary, and Brackenreid is quite happy to step in.
- Retired Badass: By the time of Frankie Drake he's since retired from the police, having formerly held the position of Chief Constable. However he quickly demonstrates that he's still no slouch.
- Shipper on Deck: In season 2 Brackenreid makes several moves towards pushing Murdoch and Julia together, on several occasions giving Murdoch tickets to an event and suggesting he invite her.
- Team Dad: His men can depend on him that he will back them up, and he even has Papa Wolf tendencies when somebody goes after them.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Season 13 hits Brackenreid with this dilemma numerous times, forcing him to confront the sexist and racist policies of the early 20th century. He befriends Robert Parker and hires him as an unofficial constable, but is forced to fire him when the Chief Inspector finds out and is outraged that he'd have the audacity to hire a black man; something that causes Brackenreid a great deal of grief when Parker is murdered. Midway through Season 13, Brackenreid fires a cop for being homosexual, which comes back to bite him when Watts outs himself as bisexual in an attempt to save his boyfriend, who had been arrested and beaten by a homophobic Station House 1 detective. Brackenreid decides to hang following the law and has Watts' lover released, later bemoaning to Murdoch how difficult it is to be a good cop while also being a good person.
- Tranquil Fury: When Brackenreid is angry at someone, he'll get in their face and shout at them. When Brackenreid is really angry at someone, he'll get in their face with a dangerously quiet tone and then start shouting at them even louder.
- The Watson: Murdoch frequently updates Brackenreid on the progress of his investigation, and Brackenreid often gives suggestions that help point Murdoch in the right direction.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives this to Murdoch for some of the stunts he pulls at the start of Season 4; Brackenreid has very good reason to be angry.
- Written-In Absence: In season 10's "Bend it Like Brackenreid", he travels to St. Louis to coach the Canadian football team at the 1904 Olympics. Though he returns in "Excitable Chap", he leaves again in the same episode to help James Pendrick locate his missing energy drink formula in Panama. He returns in "From Murdoch to Eternity".
Station House No. 4
Station House 4 constable who often gets paired up with Constable Crabtree.
- Alliterative Name: Henry Hieronymous Higgins.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: During his courtship with Ruth Newsome, Higgins gains a high-and-mighty attitude and flaunts the luxuries his sweetheart's money can buy. He even quits his job when Brackenreid chews him out for insubordination. When the Newsomes lose their riches, Higgins accepts the Humble Pie and begs for his position back.
- The Ditz: Not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, prone to making foolish mistakes, and mishandling evidence.
- Fair Cop: He's very handsome, though as a minor character he doesn't get too many opportunities to shine.
- Happily Married: Higgins marries Ruth Newsome in Season 12. They love each other very much, to the extent that Higgins adds Ruth's last name to his own.
- Hidden Depths: He understands French, as his mother is from the Gaspé region of Quebec. He also shows himself to be a capable mechanic, which he uses to get a second job to pay for his new wife's expensive tastes.
- The Klutz: Higgins shows very little aptitude for handling evidence. He means well, but is often clumsy and on many occasions accidentally damages, destroys, or otherwise mishandles whatever he's attempting to help with.
- Lazy Bum: He openly admits to wanting to come in a few minutes late and leave a few minutes early, and can be slow in processing paperwork or getting to the tasks Murdoch or Brackenreid give him. Sometimes Brackenreid has to yell at him to get moving.
- Power Trio: He's friends with his colleagues, Constables Crabtree and Jackson. They sometimes hang together and purchase a car together. One constable wouldn't be able to afford it; three can.
- Saying Too Much: When a boy asks which criminal they are transporting in "Midnight Train to Kingston", Henry replies, "Just a man who needs to be hanged." The boy then says, "Is it James Gillies?" — and all the passengers in the car begin to panic. Brackenreid later berates Higgins for his stupidity, although in fairness the boy and his mother were hired agents of Gillies, already knew that he was aboard the train and probably deliberately said it to mess with the protagonists..
- Those Two Guys: When paired-up with Crabtree. It's probably inevitable for two guys in the very same uniform. It becomes Those Three Guys when Jackson tags along, such as pooling their money to purchase a motorcar.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: For the first nine seasons or so, Higgins was depicted as a relatively competent officer who could be trusted to do whatever Murdoch needed him to. The only way he was likely to screw up for when handling evidence because he is a bit of a lubber. In later years, Higgins seems to have lost a lot of common sense and bungled tasks he would have handled well earlier.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He's promoted to Constable First Class while Crabtree is in prison for Archibald Brooks' murder. In episode 9x02 he positively lords it over Crabtree, and takes credit for George's finding of the murder weapon.
- Uptown Girl: He's a copper from the working/lower-middle class who courts and later marries Ruth Newsome, a woman brought up in an extremely wealthy family and she is originally thought to be a rich heiress. When they marry, it's found out they are financially ruined and have debts, and Ruth has to adjust to less genteel life. However Henry adores her and thinks Ruth deserves most of the expensive things she was used to having.
Jackson is a constable at Station House No. 5, first introduced as a big and burly slugger that Brackenreid poaches with a transfer in an effort to win the annual baseball game between the houses. A good-natured and dependable copper, Jackson fits right in at Station No. 4.
- Anyone Can Die: He's shot and mortally wounded during the ambush at the church in "Hell To Pay". His death is revealed in "Up From Ashes".
- The Big Guy: He's one of the biggest and strongest of the constables, particularly compared to George and Higgins.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Jackson is a patient, friendly man. The first Christmas special reveals that he carved a sled to donate to charity and has him excitedly comparing a hunt for evidence to an Easter egg hunt.
- Power Trio: Jackson forms the third member of the group of friends with George and Higgins, and can often be found hanging out with them. The three even purchase a car together, and he's often partnered with one, the other, or all three when working his beat. They have a similar dynamic as Those Two Guys, except it's Those Three Guys.
A competent, if somewhat quirky, detective who is originally assigned to Station No. 1 Watts worked with Station No. 4 on a number of cases, including filling in as Detective while Murdoch served as acting Inspector during Brackenreid's absence. He officially joins Station 4 at the beginning of season 11, and by the 1920s has risen to the rank of Inspector.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Watts never maintains eye contact for long, is constantly fidgeting with things, has an unusual method of solving crimes, doesn't have many friends and got forced out of Station House One because he wasn't liked enough, is very smart and accomplished for his age (he was already a detective at age 26), and seems to have underdeveloped motor skills (he can't really hold a fork properly and his handwriting is very messy). In an episode when people get possessed and act out of character, George figures out something is off with him because: "Detective Watts is acting as normally as you or I."
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Watts possesses a sharp analytical mind with superb capacity for deduction, making him a fine detective in his own right. In Frankie Drake, Mary gets a little star-struck at meeting him and notes his investigative record is nearly as good as that of Murdoch himself.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a competent detective, but with some occasionally off-putting mannerisms and Cloudcuckoolander tendencies.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Watts often lives in his own world, musing philosophically on the people around him.
- Foil: Watts' disorganized and active style of police work contrasts with Murdoch's more studious approach.
- Guile Hero: Don't let his quirky demeanor fool you, Watts is sharp as a tack. His efforts to help bring down Graham must be seen to be believed.
- Innocently Insensitive: Watts is a good man, but he often processes thoughts aloud with little consideration to social mores. As such, he often sticks his foot in his mouth without even realizing it.
- Long-Lost Relative: After his parents died when he was 12, his 15 year old sister disappeared. She showed up 15 years later, and it's revealed she ran away because she didn't want to be burdened with raising her younger brother.
- Perma-Stubble: Watts is often unshaven.
- The Stoic: Watts can be blunt and outspoken, but he rarely shows a great deal of emotion. When he does, it's usually because he's very upset, such as when he confronted his sister for abandoning him.
- The Whitest Black Guy: A variation in that Watts is uncertain about his Jewish roots. He discovers he's Jewish almost by accident, and has absolutely no idea what that's supposed to mean. He gets a crash course in Judaism from a young Al Jolson, who's performing in Toronto when they meet.
Mrs Brackenreid is married to Inspector Brackenreid. They have two sons, Johnny and Bobby.
- Bridezilla: Of the wedding planner variant for Murdoch and Ogden's wedding. She drives Thomas up the wall with her perfectionism.
- Dry Crusader: She supports temperance and teetotalling, and tries to get Inspector Brackenreid to give up drinking. Nevertheless, she is still put off by Carrie Nation's approach to temperance. Notably, the episode Nation appears in is the last one that Margaret is shown doing any temperance advocacy in, suggesting that Nation may have led her to abandon the temperance movement altogether.
- Everyone Has Standards: Carrie Nation was a real-life temperance activist so radical she makes Margaret look like a libertarian. When Nation takes her crusade to Toronto, Margaret lets her stay at the Brackenreid house. Nation proves to be so obnoxious that Margaret ends up calling Nation a "horrible woman". We rarely see Margaret involved in the temperance movement after that, suggesting that Nation may have turned her off the temperance movement altogether.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: She's a good cook and bakes her own bread. She's complimented on her Christmas pudding. In "Kung Fu Crabtree", she cooks Chinese dinner for her family. Inspector stays at work because he prefers English food (beef or pudding) but she brings him his dinner in a basket to the office. He happens to love it and some of the spices happened to be aphrodisiac...
- Good Parents: Margaret is shown to be a loving, reasonable and responsible mother who values her family and especially her sons above everything else.
- Hidden Depths: In "Kung Fu Crabtree", Margaret finds she likes Chinese food in spite of her hesitation, and figures out the proper way to use chopsticks before anyone else at her table.
- Good Stepmother: After meeting Naomi, Thomas' Black illegitimate daughter, Margaret does her best to make her feel like part of the family.
- Housewife: She's a married woman from the middle-class, verging on the upper-middle class. She's at home and takes care of the children and the household. She cooks. The Brackenreids have a big house so presumably she has some servants or hired help. Some episodes show her trying to fit among wealthier Socialite ladies (for example, she tries to organize weddings or pressures her husband to join a posh club).
- Hypocrite: Despite giving Brackenreid grief over his drinking, she has no problem with participating in illegal gambling. Brackenreid is not amused when he finds out.
- Like Mother Like Son: Margaret and Thomas's son John Brackenreid becomes a constable at Station House No. 4 despite Margaret's objections and Brackenreid's efforts to dissuade him. Thomas says that John inherited his stubbornness from Margaret.
- Happily Married: She has issues with her husband's heavy drinking, but they are otherwise a happy couple. They have a falling out over a former romance of Thomas' when Margaret throws her husband out, but they manage to reconcile when John is shot and almost killed. Since then they are happier than ever and honest with each other.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Margaret is obsessed with outdoing a certain Vera Jones, presumably a rival society lady.
- Social Climber: She is obsessed with being part of the upper-class Toronto society, a failing that almost led to the family being ruined by a Ponzi scheme run by the man himself.
- Stacy's Mom: A young H. P. Lovecraft is briefly infatuated with her. Unfortunately for her, she finds his idea of romance horrifying.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Zigzagged. Margaret has some elements of this, notably that women shouldn't vote. On the other hand, she starts her own wedding planning business and isn't shy about finding customers.
- The Suffragette: Averted. Unlike many of the other female characters, Margaret doesn't support the suffragette movement and doesn't think women should vote.
- Through His Stomach: She's sometimes seen cooking and bringing food for her husband, trying to appease him or indulge him. She's known as a very good cook.
- Your Favourite: Margaret Brackenreid is a good cook and she cooks a special feast with all her husband's favourites for their anniversary. They have been separated for some time so she wants to make it special.
John is the elder son of Thomas and Margaret Brackenreid. He's a good lad who shares his father's love of theatre. He later decides to join the Constabulary. He's a fine policeman but decides he can't follow in his father's footsteps.
- All Gays Love Theater: In "Republic of Murdoch", John's father, a theatre buff himself, proudly anticipates seeing John perform in an amateur theatrical production but afterwards is disturbed that his son portrayed a female character and seemed to "embrace the role". He consults Dr. Ogden and asks her to talk to John and find out if he is, in Brackenreid's words "a nancy boy". Young John does meet with her and says he knows what his father is thinking and insists he isn't gay. He soon visits his father at the station with a black eye and a split lip. Brackenreid learns from John's teacher that he picked the fight with a much-larger boy, and Dr. Ogden suggests John is desperate for the inspector's approval. In the end, Brackenreid has a fatherly chat with his son, reassuring the boy that he can pursue his true interests and will have his parents' love and approval.
- Fair Cop: He becomes a constable and he's a very pretty young boy.
- Like Father, Like Son: John borrows different elements of his personality from both of his parents. He inherited his father's love of theater and skill at police work, while he inherited his mother's stubbornness. The latter is amusingly Lampshaded by the Inspector.
- Nepotism: John becomes a constable at the Station House led by his father. He's not in a position of power and actually has no advantages over other cops. If anything, his father is making his job as hard as can be, especially at the beginning, because he somewhat agrees with his wife that it's a tough career and that this job rarely feels rewarding. John however insists it's the best, most honourable job he knows and truly wants to be a cop like his father.
- Pretty Boy: He's a teenage slender boy with soft features, fair hair and fair face. When he comes of age, he joins the Constabulary and becomes a very boyish Fair Cop.
- Turn Out Like His Father: His mother is not pleased when John chooses to follow in his father's footsteps and joins the Constabulary. She tries her best to make him change his mind.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He craves his father's approval, and usually he gets it because he's a pretty great son and his father is a pretty great guy. Seen in episodes when John pursues amateur theatre, plays football, gets drunk for the first time or when he becomes a cop.
An older drunk bum who happens to be Detective Murdoch's estranged father.
- Abusive Parents: Murdoch's father is an abusive alcoholic (or so Murdoch remembers, according to Harry he was actually never actively abusive, more neglectful and unable to cope with the responsibilities); after his mother's death, Murdoch spent the rest of his childhood in the custody of a Jesuit order. Interestingly, Harry's daughter Susannah remembers him as being abusive as well, and she sounds quite unforgiving, especially for a Reverend Mother.
- The Alcoholic: He's always drinking, drunk or hung over. Poor Murdoch is embarrassed and it's one of the reasons he almost never touches alcohol himself. Season 12 reveals his drinking is the result of guilt over his part in a kidnapping gone wrong, leading to the death of an infant.
- Disappeared Dad: After his wife died, Harry Murdoch left his children, small William and his sister Susannah, to fend for themselves. Luckily they were able to go to school, and we know that William had some parental figures and mentors in his life.
- Domestic Abuse: William Murdoch remembers his father as a violent alcoholic who would hit his wife, i.e. William's beloved mother. He even believes that his father is responsible for his mother's death. He claims he isn't, that it was an accident.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Harry never got over his guilt for the part he played in a kidnapping gone wrong, in which a young child accidentally died due to neglect by one of his coconspirators. He turned to drink as a result.
- Parental Neglect: Harry Murdoch views himself as an irresponsible person who was unable to look after his family, and feels somewhat sorry for leaving the family after his wife's death, but he outright denies ever laying a hand on his children or his wife.
- Secret Other Family: Played with in "Anything You Can Do..." Murdoch is surprised to find out he has a half-brother and assumes this trope is in effect, but the truth is a little more complicated. Harry explains that after he left Nova Scotia following the death of Murdoch's mother, he began a relationship with Lucinda Linney in Vancouver. However, Harry insists that Lucinda had no interest in marriage and that she left him when she became pregnant, and he had no idea she'd had his son until Jasper was already a grown man - which Jasper confirms as the truth.
Detective Murdoch's younger sister and an abbess.
- Long-Lost Relative: She's William Murdoch's younger sister whom he hasn't seen for years. It's not known where she grew up.
- Mama Bear: A non-blood relative example. She is fiercely protective of her nuns.
- Taking the Heat: Confesses to murder in order to protect another nun, knowing that with her illness she'll die either way.
- Your Days Are Numbered: She's terminally ill and decided to spend her days in convent in prayers.
Ruth Newsome, a member of the comically vapid Newsome family, is the wife of Constable Henry Higgins.
- The Ditz: She comes from an entire family of these, and isn't exactly the brightest bulb in the drawer, herself. She once wrote a quite successful book under a nom de plume, but couldn't remember which name she used.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde Ruth is at times Innocently Insensitive, but she does mean well, and is one of the kinder and more sweet-natured characters in the show.
- Hidden Depths: Much like George, it turns out Ruth has a great deal of talent as a writer, and wrote a quite successful fictionalized memoir. While less of a surprise given her status as a socialite, she nonetheless reveals herself quite empathic and good at helping comfort patients when she takes a job as a candy striper at Julia's hospital. In the third holiday special, Ruth shows a surprisingly in-depth knowledge about confidence schemes due to a few shady figures in her family tree.
- Idle Rich: She and all of the Newsomes are wealthy prominent upper-class socialites.
- Impoverished Patrician: Much to the surprise of Ruth, she learns her family is actually flat broke due to theivery by one of her uncles.
- Innocently Insensitive: Ruth can be this at times owing to her privileged upbringing, but unlike ambitious Social Climbers like Louise Cherry, she's never intentionally a snob.
- The Matchmaker: She tries to play this for George, intending to set him up with her cousin, Effie. Things...don't exactly go as planned when Ruth tries to blackmail George over his best man's speech, and George and Effie develop a mutual antagonism towards each other. However by the end of Season 12 Ruth's instincts actually turn out to be right, with George and Effie agreeing to court.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: She and Henry are a good bit of this, having no problems with downright mushy verbal displays of affection in public.
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Used In-Universe: Ruth wrote a fictionalized memoir of some of her amorous adventures when she was younger under a nom de plume When she finally remembers which name she used Julia is flabbergasted, as not only does she know the book, but the exploits she describes were downright scandalous, and she immediately cautions Ruth against revealing her identity.
- Uptown Girl: Ruth comes from the upper-class and her family used to be extremely wealthy. She marries the working class copper Henry Higgins. At least one reason why it took him so long to make his interest in her clear was his self-consciousness over their differences in social class.
Miss Ruby Ogden is Dr. Ogden's younger sister who travels around the world and writes articles for newspapers and magazines.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Julia. They bicker a bit and she keeps using Julia's tomboyish nickname "Jules" just to annoy her.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Hinted at in "The Death of Dr. Odgen". Julia is the older smart sister who studied medicine and became a doctor (in late Victorian period!), while Ruby is the pretty younger sister who is slightly careless and pursues adventure.
- In Love with Love: She's always looking to apply the rules of a passionate novel romance to the real world. Rarely does it work out painlessly.
- Intrepid Reporter: She's a journalist. She uses a male pen name, but reconsiders, and Julia is proud when Ruby tells her she's decided to use her real name and publish as a woman journalist.
- Love Interest: In her early appearances, she flirts a lot with George Crabtree and is set up as his potential sweetheart.
- Lady of Adventure: Ruby is a globetrotter searching for adventure and stories. She becomes a reporter and aspires to be a writer. Wanderlust might be one of the things both sisters share because Julia mentioned travelling in her youth and spending some time in Prague.
- Lovely Assistant: She acts as a gorgeous magician's assistant in her first appearance — for Harry Houdini no less.
- Parental Favouritism: Her sister Julia believes that their father preferred Ruby and that he didn't approve of Julia, especially her decision to become a doctor.
- Shipper on Deck: She would be happy if her sister Julia and Detective Murdoch pursued their relationship.
Toronto Constabulary and Associates
A medical examiner who worked shortly for a City Morgue in Toronto.
- The Coroner: He worked shortly in the morgue for the Toronto Constabulary. He's very grumpy, just as coroners are supposed to be.
- Dr. Jerk: Murdoch's opinion of him, while others more or less agree. He seems to think Murdoch invents murders and discovers bodies just to annoy him personally. He has a great deal of problems to come to see murder scenes and thinks that doing autopsies is more than enough. He justifies it by claiming that work is not everything for him and that he wants to spend time with his family. Much of his attitude can be put down to colonial snobbery, as he originally came from London and worked for the prestigious Scotland Yard. However, Murdoch's less than gracious treatment of him makes a lot of his behaviour understandable, if not sympathetic.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The reason he's so cranky is because his wife is originally from Toronto, and he took the coroner job so she could be closer to her family and friends. However, Murdoch's treatment of him (breaking into the morgue to take evidence whenever Dr. Francis wasn't working quickly enough for Murdoch's liking, among other things) becomes eventually becomes too much to take.
- Put on a Bus: Returns to Wales after Julia decides to come back to Toronto and resume her coronial work.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once Murdoch crosses the line one too many times, Dr. Francis angrily quits and moves back to the UK. Brackenreid is quite rightly furious with Murdoch, especially considering the hoops he had to go through to get Dr. Francis to come to Toronto in the first place.
- Armoured Closet Gay: He is discovered to be gay and to have had a relationship with a man decades ago. He was able to rise to Chief Constable because he kept it secret his entire life. He has been celibate since that one unfortunate relationship.
- By-the-Book Cop: Probably the strongest example in the show. He holds very sternly to the law, and disapproves of Murdoch and Brackenreid's willingness to bend the rules in the name of results.
- Not So Different: Both he and Murdoch have violated the law and their responsibilities as policemen in the past, because of his homosexuality and Murdoch freeing Ava Moon despite framing him for murder. His antagonizing Murdoch over that is not entirely unjustified, given how Giles's crime harmed no one at all, while Murdoch let a confessed murderer go free.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: A pleasantly surprising example, given how in previous episodes his habit of fixating on one suspect to the exclusion of others is repeatedly mentioned and considered a problem. But when presented with the potential discrediting of only part of his evidence against Dr Ogden he is fully willing to accept the new findings, works with them to uncover more, and is actually willing to help them break protocol as long as they write a letter apologizing afterwards. For all his strict adherence to the law, he's not going to let an innocent person be framed and executed.
Arrogant, rude, and greedy, Chief Constable Davis is everything that's wrong with the justice system.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: The first time he's arrested, he's forced to take the same job he gave Brackenreid at City Records to avoid going to prison. He says Brackenreid's trademarked "bloody hell" when he sees just how extensive Toronto's records are.
- Dirty Cop: Davis is as dirty as the sewers of Toronto. He has his fingers in everything from protection rackets to embezzling from city coffers.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite how much of an asshole Chief Constable Davis is, he doesn't hesitate to have one of his own men from Station House No. 5 arrested when it's proven he raped a Chinese child.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Instead of sending Brackenreid to prison, Davis humiliates him by forcing to take a low-level job at Toronto's city records department. This backfires when Brackenreid finds evidence of Davis's embezzlement in the city paperwork, which later triggers his downfall.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: He's initially caught and exposed by Murdoch and Brackenreid, later reinstated by a corrupt city councilor, and captured again by Brackenreid. This time, he's arrested for good.
- Oh, Crap!: He reacts this way when he sees how extensive the Toronto archives are, which he's sentenced to spend organizing to avoid going to prison.
- Put on a Bus: Doesn't appear again for the rest of the series and is only mentioned in the episode "Shadows Are Falling".Murdoch: Station House One has improved since Davis was brought to justice?
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: As an Inspector and Chief Constable, Davis ruthlessly abuses his power to make life hell for anyone who threatens his position, including honest cops like Murdoch and Brackenreid.
Doctor Grace is a young accomplished woman, a protégée of Doctor Ogden. She replaces her as the team's City Morgue's pathologist. She forms a close friendship with Constable Crabtree.
- Agent Mulder: Downplayed, she doesn't believe everything, but she believes in the afterlife and in the existence of ghosts, and she thinks it's possible to scientifically prove it.
- Beta Couple: Shaping up to be in a couple with George Crabtree in season 5, though it could have been a healthy friendship only. They later get together and their relationship is more stable than Detective Murdoch and Dr. Ogden's in season 6, but they break up in season 7 when Dr. Grace starts fancying Mr. Garland.
- Brainy Brunette: This pretty brunette is a medical doctor (a woman in the 19th century!) and is very much interested in science — sometimes a little too much, to the annoyance of others. She's fairly down-to-earth, and a Love Interest to George Crabtree.
- The Coroner: She said she wasn't able to maintain a cheerful bedside manner, which is why she chose to work in the morgue.
- Fatal Flaw: Dr. Grace, a woman determined to prove herself in a man's world, can never resist doing anything she has been told she can't do, whether or not it's wise.
- Hospital Hottie: A gorgeous lady doctor who works for the Constabulary.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Georgina Reilly's name appears in the opening titles in Season 7.
- Put on a Bus: After Lillian's murder in "Double Life", she decides to leave Toronto for London to join the suffragette movement there.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Fair skin, very dark hair, very beautiful. Many a man fancies her.
- Runaway Fiancée: Emily ran away from her fiancé, who did not take it too well, and appeared for one episode to harass her and try to get her back.
- The Suffragette: Spirited, educated and intelligent, Emily becomes politically active and gladly joins the women's movement in Toronto. She's one of the most eager to protest, fight or throw stones.
- Uptown Girl: George Crabtree feels attraction towards Dr. Grace but he perceives her as a woman of from the upper-class and Henry Higgins agrees, thinking that a doctor wouldn't even consider going to a ball with a common copper. However, in Season 6, it's revealed that women in a club consider her a lowly working woman which is quite odd because doctors were highly respected and she must come from a privileged and open-minded family.
Rebecca James is a coroner-in-training who started working in the morgue as a cleaner, before Dr. Ogden found evidence of her intelligence and interest in biology.
- Big Damn Heroes: George was shot in the tenth-season finale, and his body armor saved him from being instantly killed. He would have died if Rebecca hadn't extracted the bullet and stopped the bleeding, thankfully.
- The Coroner: Julia notices Rebecca's talent when the latter makes some observations while cleaning in the morgue, prompting Julia to take her on as an assistant.
- Hidden Depths: Rebecca obviously has talent as a physician and coroner, but she also has remarkable aptitude as a detective. If the show were set in the modern age, Rebecca could as easily have been a police detective as a coroner.
- Hospital Hottie: In keeping with tradition. A beautiful medical student working in the morgue as Dr. Ogden's protégée.
- Put on a Bus: She left to become a doctor in another town in the eleventh-season premiere, but she returns later in the episode.
Violet Hart is an ambitious, independent woman whom George Crabtree and Dr. Julia Ogden first meet at the Toronto Medical Exposition, where she is selling nutrition pills. She takes up Dr. Ogden's offer to attend the University and work as her assistant in the City Morgue, proceeds to take charge of the morgue in all but name during Dr. Ogden's absence, and by the end of Season 12, officially becomes Chief Coroner.
- Ambition Is Evil: The woman is hellbent on advancing her career, and she will step on anyone who gets in her way. She crosses the line in the Season 12 finale, by agreeing to plant evidence in return for the coveted title of city coroner. In Season 13 she crosses it again when John Lincoln murders Robert Parker using phenol, which enables Murdoch to connect his death to her and finally arrest her. While turns out that Violet was framed, after she kills Lincoln in self-defence she comes clean about her other crimes and is given a second chance.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's always pleasant and professional with the other characters, but there are red flags about Violet's lack of moral fibre since her first appearance. It isn't until "Free Falling" that it's revealed she's ultimately out to steal Julia's job and also do whatever (or whoever) is necessary to advance her own career.
- Create Your Own Villain: It's shown that Violet is very angry about not being able to become city coroner in her own right due to being black. Brackenreid outright tells her that she'll never get the position and that she's "lucky" to be where she is.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Violet is actually a conwoman whose cunning and ambition manages to net her the position of Chief Coroner despite lacking formal training. However, in Season 13 her past catches up to her when John Lincoln — an old associate — blackmails her into helping him cover up a murder he committed, leading to her being arrested after he kills Robert Parker in a manner that implicates her.
- The Dog Bites Back: Although Violet is doing some outright criminal things to advance her career, she's also deeply angry for not being able to advance on her own merits because of her race. One suspects that she wouldn't be committing her crimes if she was actually able to succeed on her own skill.
- Gold Digger: Violet starts dating a rich young man named Arthur Carmichael, and buys expensive clothes and accessories on his dime. She openly admits to him that one of the reasons she dates him is because he indulges her expensive tastes.
- It's All About Me: Violet believes she deserves to be at the top of her career now, in spite of her lack of formal training. In "Darkness Before Dawn", her attempt to guide the police to a guilty suspect are done in a way to avoid implicating herself, because she bribed the same man into getting her new position.
- The Rival: In Season 13 she becomes standoffish and confrontational towards Julia continually offering to help with autopsies, irritably pointing out that she is now the Chief Coroner while Julia no longer works at the morgue.
- Snake Oil Salesman: In her first appearance, Violet plays to the spirit of this trope. She meets Julia while peddling vitamins at an exposition for medical science. When Julia asks if the vitamins actually work, Violet admits she doesn't know for sure, nor does she care. She's only concerned with making money.
- Where da White Women At?: Gender Flipped when she dates a wealthy young man named Arthur Carmichael. When they're refused service at one of the finest restaurants in town, Arthur buys the place and fires the maitre 'd who mistreated her. She even announces that they'll be married.
- Beneath Notice: As a former Pinkerton man and a veteran of The American Civil War, Parker is skilled at reconnaissance and undercover work in less-than-lawful venues and convincing criminals that they can trust him. One episode has Murdoch "arrest" him and put him in the cells so he can extract information from a hired killer who refuses to speak to the police.
- Cowboy Cop: Almost literally, due to having been a Pinkerton Detective before joining Station House 4. As a result of this, he's unfamiliar with traditional police tactics and often frustrated by how roundabout everything is.
- The Cynic: Parker is slow to trust Station House 4 and quick to pick up on the Double Standards levelled against people of colour even by well-meaning people, being annoyed that his position as a "Special Constable" is both unofficial and unpaid due to him being black. Parker eventually warms up to Thomas Brackenreid and William Murdoch, but this trust is unceremoniously torn down in "Things Left Behind" when the Chief Constable finds out about him and is disgusted that Brackenreid would hire a black man as a cop, threatening to fire Brackenreid unless he gets rid of Parker. Brackenreid reluctantly does so, and Parker is justifiably hurt that neither he nor Murdoch truly stood up for him.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Despite being a major presence throughout Season 13, Parker is murdered by John Lincoln in "Things Left Behind", when he refuses to stop investigating him despite having been fired from the police.
- Pinkerton Detective: Parker was in the employ of the Pinkerton Detective agency but quit after seeing the depths of the agency's corruption. While he was a member, however, he helped track down notorious outlaw Butch Cassidy.
- Big Fun: Slorach is a rotund, affable man who doesn't mind good-natured jabs at his own expense.
- The Fool: Slorach is a poor policeman who only got promoted to detective because a very detailed witness statement made it impossible for him to not solve an important case. He also survives an attempt on his life through blind luck in "Manual for Murder." While he did help solve the case in "The Murdoch Identity", his methods are...unconventional.
- Hidden Depths: When Brackenreid has his 10-Minute Retirement during "On The Waterfront", Slorach temporarily takes over as Station House #4's inspector. He warns Murdoch that, despite his easygoing personality, he won't tolerate any attempts by Murdoch to help Brackenreid on the sly when the latter becomes a murder suspect. Slorach is of Hungarian descent, and recognizes it as the language spoken by the first woman Murdoch and Crabtree rescue. He brings his mother in as an interpreter, and she gets the woman to tell the Constabulary about the O'Sheas' sex trafficking ring.
- It Will Never Catch On: Slorach dismisses modern investigative techniques like fingermarks, touching evidence without gloves or hankerchiefs.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Slorach has a dog he is fond of and, for all of his flaws, is an honest, good-natured man.
A top-level spy working in Canada's best interests. Terrence Meyers is of course not his real name, but he uses it when he interacts with Station House 4.
- Arch-Enemy: Allen Clegg, a rogue American agent for the government seeking to absorb Canada into the US, develops into his. Clegg is Meyers' Shadow Archetype, embodying the madman Meyers would be if his patriotism was taken too far.
- Cigar Chomper: Often seen with a cigar, and he's definitely a tough, no-nonsense guy with power and high status.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even Amoral Spies Have Standards — When intervenes during Murdoch's investigation of the microwave laser gun Sally Pendrick is preparing to sell to a foreign power, Murdoch remarks that Meyers simply wants to get his hands on the maser so that the Canadian and British governments can use it for themselves. However, in one of the final scenes of the episode after the maser is destroyed, Meyers tells Murdoch that he's personally not unhappy about the weapon's destruction.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Meyers' ambiguous nature means he could be (and probably is) both parts of this trope. Whatever the case, he does enjoy a good cigar.
- The Men in Black: He's the late 19th-century Canadian equivalent of this trope.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: His work for the federal government leads him to do some pretty nasty things, but he is a loyal Canadian. In one case, when he and Murdoch are working undercover with an American agent, Meyers gets visibly angry when the American starts throwing his weight around.
- Nice Hat: The top hat he wears suggests his means, motives and methods are beyond the laws represented by Murdoch's shorter, workaday homburg.
- Not So Different: His methods don't differ from much from US agent Clegg's at all.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: He meddles in Murdoch's cases whenever they involve a matter of national security for Canada or the British Empire as a whole. Their first noticeable encounter ends with Murdoch and company being forced to drop the investigation altogether under penalty of being tried for treason if they don't.
- Phrase Catcher: In all subsequent encounters with Meyers, Murdoch says "Terrence Meyers!" in an incredulous, exasperated tone.
- The Spymaster: He's a top-level spy who works for British crown and Canadian government, who reports directly to the Prime Minister of Canada (who, during the show's run, is Sir Wilfrid Laurier).
People of Toronto
A woman reporter initially working for the Toronto Gazette, and later the Toronto Telegraph.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Buried very, very deeply, but it occasionally pops out. For example, despite her generally hostile relationship with the crew of Station House 4 (and George in particular) she doesn't let that color her review of Murdoch and Julia's book. When she learns that George was a substantial and substantially uncredited contributor to the final edit, rather than take advantage of George's tipsy rant about it to publicly humiliate them as frauds, Louise instead makes a subtle point to the duo about crediting good writing when it's due that leads to their fully crediting him on the cover for subsequent releases. She's also sympathetic when Detective Watts is upset about losing his lover, even when she sees through his lies and discovers that he and said lover were both gay men.
- Immoral Journalist: She's a journalist who's determined to succeed in the business. She's willing to manipulate her reports so that her articles sell better or to bribe people to get the best information. In "Murdoch Without Borders", she outs herself as a xenophobe who sees all immigrants as invaders and criminals. Her article unfairly pins a Greek man for murder and it's meant to create violent protests and incite deportation. In season 13, Murdoch issues a standing directive to the constables at Station House 4 not to speak to her under any circumstances.
- Intrepid Reporter: Louise works for the Toronto Gazette, and often reports on the doings of the constabulary.
- Karma Houdini:
- When she fakes letters from a serial killer to generate stories, a furious Murdoch arrests her and tells her employers at the Toronto Gazette. Cherry is immediately fired, but she is later released from jail and hired by the Toronto Telegraph, with a pay increase.
- Subverted in "One Minute To Murder", in which her past behavior leads one of her coworkers and rivals to attempt to maim her with electric shock during a typing contest. Fortunately for Louise, her hand cramped and she was forced to drop out. Unfortunately, the next contestant (who had a heart condition) received the shock in her place and was killed.
- Jerkass: Louise is smug, abrupt, abrasive, unscrupulous in her reporting, and often cruel in her delivery. And she's unapologetic about all of it.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Louise points out to George in "One Minute To Murder" the reason for much of her personality is because she has to be: Because she's a woman she's not taken seriously as either a reporter or a writer, so she's adopted her savage approach as the only way to survive in her field.
- Manipulative Editing: Louise is unscrupulous in her tactics, with George observing in her first appearance, "she will ask you a question one day and then apply it later in a completely different context." This prompts Murdoch to direct all of Station House 4's constables not to speak to her or answer her questions.
- The Missus and the Ex: Louise quickly strikes up this dynamic when she meets Effie Newsome who is now courting George, in the episode "In The Company Of Women." The pair spend most of the episode sniping at each other.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: "Murdoch Without Borders" reveals she sees immigrants as invaders and criminals. Her article in the episode, which pins a Greek man for murder, is one of the few times Cherry intentionally incites uproar in the public.
- Romantic False Lead: She begins a brief relationship with George, before her uglier traits led him to realize Nina was a much better match.
- Social Climber: Late in season 10 Louise reveals herself to be an ambitions and arrogant social climber, and she views Murdoch and Julia as bores. She wants to introduce George to "more suitable" friends. She's very firmly a snob.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Occasionally she'll work alongside Murdoch and crew, such as playing up a key bit of missing evidence while getting a statement from Ralph Fellows that leads him to incriminate himself.
Mrs Edna Brooks, formerly Miss Edna Garrison, is a pretty young woman from Toronto, courted by George Crabtree. She's strong and intelligent, and a kind parental figure to her stepson Simon.
- Animal Lover: In the first episode, she objects to the exploitation of animals and is a member of the Toronto Humane Society. She bonds with George over their love of animals. She rescues a dog that was supposed to be killed. She names the dog Violet for the violets she got from George Crabtree. Edna can't keep her, though, and brings Violet to George who adopts her.
- Ascended Extra: She first appears in the very first episode "Power". George finds her interesting and admits to Murdoch that he is "sweet on the girl" who is suspected of murder. She is innocent. Ultimately, the relationship goes nowhere. In season 8 she has a comeback and her role is expanded.
- Domestic Abuse: Her husband, who was presumed dead, returns. One of the first things he does is beat her up.
- Good Parents: She's a great mother figure to Simon. Always supportive and never too strict even when Simon has a reputation of getting himself into trouble fairly often.
- Good Stepmother: She is Simon's stepmother. It's a rather difficult situation because her husband dies and she's Simon's only guardian. Luckily they get on fairly well.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's a pretty young blonde and has a sweet temper. She's kind to her stepson Simon, a lovely girlfriend to George and the woman loves animals.
- Romancing the Widow: She's a young widow and very attractive. George Crabtree starts courting her and she reciprocates. She also likes that George is a good influence on her stepson Simon.
- Widow Woman: When she meets George again, she's a young widow. Edna was married for about three years. Archibald Brook's first wife had died in childbirth and he was lost without her. Archibald is reported killed in the Boer War.
Simon is the stepson of Edna Brooks and the son of Archibald Brooks. He befriends and admires George Crabtree.
- Cheerful Child: He's a fairly normal, happy kid — at least during his happier moments. He's recently lost his father and obviously mourns for him, but he's not too troubled. His stepmother's disbelief when George tries to cover for him implies Simon is mischievous and gets into trouble often. However, he smiles a lot and is interested in games and trips with George; he's excited to play with Bobby Brackenreid when they meet at the Station House (even if they quarrel and want to fight at first).
- Free-Range Children: He's allowed to wander around Toronto, though his stepmother is worried about what he does on his trips as he appears to often get in trouble.
- Missing Mom: Simon's mother died in childbirth.
- Parental Abandonment: His mother died when he was born. His father went to fight in the Boer War and dies there. His stepmother tries to hide it from him, but he confesses to George that he knows because he saw Edna get a letter that made her cry.
- Parental Substitute: He has a caring stepmother who sometimes doesn't know how to deal with him, but who loves him nonetheless. He also warms up to Constable George Crabtree when George starts courting Edna and spending time with both of them.
- Patricide: Eventually revealed as the one who killed Archibald Brooks, his father. Most likely is he did it in self-defence or defending his stepmother.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Simon is arrested by Crabtree for stealing a man's pocket watch. When he realizes that his stepmother was his former love interest, he covers for him. He later kills his father in self-defence or defending his stepmother. George Cratree helps to cover it up, or at least stalls the investigation. He's on the run with his stepmother. As Murdoch puts it, nobody is too eager to arrest an 11-year-old boy and try (and hang) him for murder.
Simon's father and Edna's husband. Drafted to fight in the Boer War.
- Asshole Victim: It's somewhat hard to pity Archibald, a guy who beats his perfectly lovely wife and threatens his child so much that he pushes him to kill him.
- Backstory: His first wife (Simon's mother) passed away in childbirth. Edna says he was quite lost without her. She also mentions that Archibald had an easy smile. Presumably he was a nice enough guy who she liked well enough to marry.
- Domestic Abuse: He beats his wife.
- Legally Dead: His wife gets a letter that he died in the Boer War. Archibald Brooks was legally declared dead. Most likely due to some bureaucratic screw-up or misidentification of someone else's body.
- Posthumous Character: When we first hear about him, he's presumed dead. Subverted as he's very much alive and shows up at a very inopportune time just as his widow Edna and George become engaged.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Returns from the Boer War to his Toronto home after he was declared dead.
A young woman who joins in the Suffragette Society. She befriends Emily Grace.
- Anyone Can Die: Lilian is murdered, which breaks her lover's heart.
- The Beard: Lilian is a sapphist (in the era-appropriate lingo) and she has an arrangement with a gay man. Occasionally they act as each other's partners in society. She introduces him to Emily as her uncle, but he admits later that he's merely a friend.Wayland Porter: Having Lillian on my arm at the right events kept such rumours at bay.
- Dark and Troubled Past: In "Double Life", Lillian Moss is revealed to be an assumed name. Her real name is Helen Walker. She had an affair with a married woman whose husband wanted to kill her during a boat trip. She survived his attack, however, so she and her lover staged an accident and left him for the dead, but he survived. Since then she lived under a new identity. She found out he was not dead and wanted to deal with their unfinished business. That's why she tried to leave Canada for London.
- Faking the Dead: It turns out that Lilian staged her own death and lives under an assumed name in Toronto. Lilian's real name is Helen Walker and the official record says that Helen died in a boat accident.
- I Have No Son!: She was disowned by her family because she refused to marry "the man they picked out for me".
- Love Interest: She begins a relationship with Dr. Emily Grace. They are friends first and fellow suffragettes. It's shown early on that Lilian fancies Emily. It is however Emily who initiates their first kiss.
- Secret Relationship: Dr. Emily Grace and Miss Lillian Moss must keep their romance secret as lesbian relationships are illegal. They pass as friends among their suffragist circle of friends and live in neighbouring apartments. Inspector Brackenreid finds out about them and warns Emily to be careful but he's surprisingly understanding. Most of the team find out when Miss Moss gets murdered. Fortunately for Emily, they are all open-minded and mostly express their condolences and feel for Emily because of her loss.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's very tall and attractive. Emily Grace falls for her and doesn't care one bit that what they do is illegal.
- The Suffragette: Lilian is politically active in the suffragist circle in Toronto where she meets Julia and Emily. She and Emily bond over their interest in women's suffrage and she even persuades her lover Emily to leave Toronto for London and join Mrs. Pankhurst's group.
- Sympathetic Murder Backstory: She tried to kill her lover's husband, but he tried to murder her first, so it was basically self-defence. She and her lover left him for the dead in a staged boat accident.
Winnifred "Freddie" Pink is first seen in Montreal, where she's workig on a divorce case as a Private Detective. Moves to Toronto.
- Fiery Redhead: Freddie is a feisty, spunky redhead. Works as a private investigator in the early part of the 20th century.
- First-Name Basis: She knows Detective Murdoch from childhood (one summer camp) and nicknames him "Billy". She continues to use the nickname despite him not liking it.
- Kid Detective: Freddie investigated her first crime at the summer camp she and Murdoch went to as kids.
- Private Detective: Her job. She's a private investigator. Has plans to start her own business in Toronto called "Pink's Detective Agency".
- Tomboyish Name: Winifred who goes by Freddie. Lampshaded. She entered the Young Scholars competition in 1875 under the name Freddie Pink and says she knew she wouldn't stand a chance if she had used her real name.
A medical doctor who comes from a prominent and wealthy Buffalo family. He works for a Children's Ward in the Buffalo Hospital, and later gains a similar position in Toronto where he moves in his fiancée's sake. He marries Dr. Ogden.
- Anyone Can Die: He's murdered in "Crime & Punishment".
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In "Twentieth Century Murdoch," he seems to realize that Julia doesn't love him and that she will never stop loving Detective Murdoch. He tells her that she should follow her heart. Before this, he also willingly moved to Canada so Dr. Ogden could be closer to her family and friends, taking a job at a Toronto children's hospital.
- Hypocrite: He refuses to grant Julia a divorce and says he wants her back. He accuses her of adultery and calls her a whore while he himself shows off with a lover in hotels. In fact, Julia's relationship with Murdoch has not been consummated.
- Romantic False Lead: Even though he married the hero's one true love, he is still a Romantic False Lead. He might have been a good match with Julia, but she just belongs with Murdoch, her soulmate and intellectual equal.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He seemed fine with Julia and him going their separate ways. He even agreed with annulment and later with divorce. However, he later realized he still loved Julia and begged her to come back. When she wouldn't, he kept harassing her and wouldn't consent to the divorce as he had promised earlier. He openly had a love affair himself, but called Julia — who did not commit adultery — a whore.
Dr. Garland's younger brother. He moves from Buffalo to Toronto, presumably to study law.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Seems to be a nice enough guy, enough that Dr. Grace is attracted to him and Dr. Ogden allows him to stay at her house, but he's secretly stalking Dr. Ogden and sending her threatening letters because he blames her for Darcy's death.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Is the one who sent the threatening letters to Julia, signed with James Gillies' name. Partially subverted in that Gillies was actually still alive, but nobody was aware of that.
- Evil Is Petty: "Evil" is too strong a word, but manipulating the lawyer he works for to get Emily jailed because she dumped him is regarded as beyond the pale by the main cast.
- Love Interest: He's interested in Dr. Emily Grace and pursues her romantically. She reciprocates.
- Pretty Boy: He's a handsome youth. When Henry tries to console George over his apparent jealousy and hurt feelings, he says that Leslie is almost too pretty for a man.
- The Villain Knows Where You Live: A photo of Julia and Murdoch kissing in an alley (which she and viewers recognize happened after they attended a recent opera performance) together with a threatening letter that apparently came from James Gillies actually came from him. There's also a second photo of Murdoch taken inside his office with a second note threatening death if she continues her investigation into the first threat. He knows Julia was still in love with Murdoch when she married his brother, he didn't like the idea of her divorcing Darcy, and once Darcy was dead thanks to Gillies, he wanted to thwart Julia's chance for happiness.
Paddy Glynn was a reporter who works for the Toronto Gazette and often crosses paths with Station House 4.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He sensationalizes crime articles and invents his Kissing Bandit persona to gain fame.
- Intrepid Reporter: He's a journalist who works for the Toronto Gazette. Some of his articles are investigative, but not all, and mostly he bothers Inspector Brackenried to give him information on their fresh cases.
David Kingsley is a young man who believes he is Sherlock Holmes. Eventually he starts a detective agency in Toronto.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite — or because of — his madness, he is actually a good detective.
- Iconic Outfit: He wears Sherlock Holmes' iconic deerstalker hat, checkered coat and he smokes a pipe.
A young widow who lives in Toronto with her small son. She used to work as a telegraphist before her wedding.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: She's a very pretty and sweet young widow who bakes cake for Detective Murdoch as a thank you gift for helping to find her son, and she brings him some food when he's sick.
- Good Parents: She's a kind mother to her only son Alwyn and she's very supportive of his interests. She even made him a telescope - even Detective Murdoch is impressed with her knowledge and skills.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's very young, beautiful, and generally sweet and kind. She looks very timid and feminine, but she can take a good care of herself and her son. She has curly blond hair.
- Love Interest: She's interested in the handsome detective William Murdoch and he reciprocates, because she's pretty, smart and sweet and he had a falling out with Dr Ogden Mrs Jones and the detective last for several episodes, but ultimately, he can't stop thinking about Julia.
- Mama Bear: She is very protective of her son, and she ultimately breaks her relationship with Murdoch who admits he's not completely over Dr. Ogden because she doesn't want Alwyn to get hurt.
- Romancing the Widow: She's a young and very attractive widow with a small son. She's courted by Detective Murdoch. She likes him a lot and would like to be with him. However, she breaks it off with Murdoch because he's not completely over Dr. Ogden and her son Alwyn, who's the most important person in Enid's life, might get attached and hurt.
- Romantic False Lead: It's too bad for the pretty Enid that even though Murdoch was fascinated by her and got on well with her son, he was not completely over his love for Dr Ogden. He struggled to overcome his feelings for Julia, but deep love is deep love.
- Through His Stomach: She bakes Murdoch some cake (actually as a thank you gift) but when he starts courting her, she cooks for him, brings him the food personally and even spoonfeeds him in a gesture of affection.
Alwyn is Enid Jones' son and befriends Detective Murdoch.
- Cheerful Child: He's very cute and enthusiastic about mechanical men, the Moon, telescopes and similar stuff.
- Disappeared Dad: His father died. He really likes Detective Murdoch who no doubt would be a great Parental Substitute (judging from Murdoch's known desire to have a family, and especially a son).
- Free-Range Children: He's a small kid who he's allowed to go fishing alone to the river. When he sees a giant silver knight and hears gunshot, he heads to the police station to report a crime. However, his mother is worried sick that he didn't come back home as usual.
Doctor Roberts is pioneering in mental health care in Toronto. He's on friendly terms with Detective Murdoch and Doctor Ogden.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He says he's considered a weird one in the medical community, but he's ok with that assessment as long as he's allowed to practise and deal with mental health problems.
- Human Popsicle: His family helps him to get frozen with the hopes that in the future, people would know how to cure his illness.
- The Profiler: Murdoch consults him in several cases when he needs to understand what's going on in a suspect's head.
- The Shrink: He's a pioneer in mental health care, but he's still the awesome variety of the trope. He's very understanding and manages to get help to several people. Sometimes he uses hypnosis. Inspector Brackenried refers to him as "Murdoch's favourite head doctor".
- There Are No Therapists: He tries very hard to defy this trope. He offers Inspector Brackenried to counsel him after he shot a man while on duty which obviously shattered him. Dr. Roberts recognized that he could use some help and that talking and sense that somebody cares helps. In the episode "Me, Myself and Murdoch", he agrees to provide psychiatric care to a suspect with multiple personalities who's suspected of murdering her father, but is in fact innocent. During the episode "Murdoch In Toyland", he also hypnotizes Murdoch to help the detective remember where he previously heard the voice he's trying to recognize.
- Your Days Are Numbered: He has Huntington's disease, which is very degenerative. His pain is excruciating.
Nina Bloom is a dancer at a Toronto burlesque house who catches George's eye when he begins frequenting the establishment.
- Burlesque: She's a dancer at one of the local burlesque houses.
- Heroic Seductress: When she believes George was killed after the season 10 finale, she cozies up to Graham, the man whom Murdoch was investigating and arranged both that attack and the murder of her best friend, for which Murdoch was framed. She seduces him with ease, intending to murder him in revenge.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: It's implied that Nina, along with the rest of the girls at the burlesque house, may at times sleep with their patrons either at the house or when hired out for private parties. She certainly fills the "Heart of Gold" part, however, as she's a very sweet, kind woman. And some characters consider burlesque dancers to be of morally ambiguous character.
- I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She breaks off her budding relationship with George when she mistakenly believes he's interested in Louise Cherry, as believes he deserves a more respectable woman. Although George does begin courting her, by the end of season 10 he realizes that it was really Nina he wanted, and they begin to reconcile in "Hell to Pay."
- Ms. Fanservice: Often appears scantily clad (for the standards of the time) whenever the scene is set in the burlesque house.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Given her profession, she's often seen wearing a corset and little else. Nina fills it out quite admirably.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: When George was reported killed in the ambush to close out season 10, she takes it upon herself in the season 11 premier to exact revenge on the businessman who arranged the hit. She's only prevented from carrying out the killing when George arrives, revealing he was still alive.
Effie Newsome is a distant relative of the Newsomes of Mimico. She's a young divorced woman who appears to be bitter about love. She studies law and aspires to become an attorney.
- Black Sheep: The most prominent member of the Newsome family who doesn't have a head full of pudding.
- Love Interest: Ruth introduces Effie and George Crabtree, hoping they might become a couple. The apparent love birds take an instant dislike to each other... but later they indeed get together and start 'courting'.
- The Missus and the Ex: Effie quickly strikes up this dynamic when she meets Louise Cherry, who had formerly dated George, in the episode "In The Company Of Women." The pair spend most of the episode sniping at each other.
- The Suffragette: Effie Newsome is a bright young woman studying law. She's seen at a suffrage event in "Troublemakers", wearing a sash which reads Votes for Women.
- It's Personal: In "The Killing Dose," she and Ogden treat a close friend of Sullivan's after an attempt on her life.
- Spotting the Thread: When Julia begins investigating the death of a patient against their boss's orders, Nurse Sullivan is initially hostile, but then realizes that several other patients may have also been murdered.
- Enlightened Self-Interest: Clements is introduced when Murdoch and Julia summon him to the station house to complain about how a book he helped published about new police methods includes none of their methods. Clements acknowledges the accuracy of what they're saying and convinces them to write a book of their own to remedy this. A book which he will publish of course.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Clements tends to appear in a nice suit, as befitting his status as a businessman.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The information in the book Clements suggests Murdoch and Dr. Ogden publish ends up being used by Ralph Fellows to commit several murders.
A young genius, a brilliant student of physics. He becomes Detective Murdoch's arch-nemesis.
- Ambiguously Gay: As James and his best friend Robert Perry depart from the police station for the first time, he touches Robert's back in a manner which may suggest that there is a greater intimacy between the two of them. Brackenreid wonders out loud, "Just good pals, or something more?" It makes perfect sense that James and Robert would want to keep their romance a secret, as homosexuality was a crime in late 19th-century Canada. He then adds to the mystery by kissing Murdoch during his escape in "Midnight Train to Kingston".
- Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: He comes from a rich family, but it's not clear how he manages to keep funding his schemes despite being a fugitive.
- Arch-Enemy: In "Murdoch in Toyland", he becomes a nemesis to Detective Murdoch.
- Ascended Extra: He's just another criminal of the week when Murdoch busts him in "Big Murderer on Campus". Three seasons later, he returns and is considerably more dangerous than in his first appearance.
- Big Bad: In his debut episode, he was one of the criminals of the week, although Dr. Ogden was especially horrified that the motive for the professor's murder was just to see if they could carry out their elaborate plan using applied physics. In Seasons 5 and 6, he appears again and taunts Detective Murdoch with his twisted, criminal mind games.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Gillies' obsession with outdoing Murdoch is ironically what allows Murdoch to beat him:
- In his original case, it would have been much harder for Murdoch to track him down if he hadn't involved himself with Murdoch's investigation and enabled Murdoch to drive a wedge between him and Robert Perry;
- In "Murdoch In Toyland", he deliberately lures Murdoch to him as part of a larger chess game when he could have walked away a free man, something Murdoch Lampshades at the end of the episode.
- In "The Murdoch Trap", his luring Murdoch into an elaborate deathtrap, when he could just as easily have had Dr. Ogden be hanged, gives the detective the opportunity to let the Constabulary know where he is.
- Break Them by Talking: He loves to provoke people, and in "Midnight Train to Kingston," he manages to get under the skin of Murdoch (who was tempted to hit Gillies for pointing out that the detective should thank him for getting rid of Darcy, Brackenreid (who puts his hand around Gillies' throat after the young man notes that his officers are incompetent for allowing a murder to take place) and Dr. Ogden (who slaps Gillies hard for threatening her life).
- Call-Back: His hanging in his final appearance is followed by a Gilligan Cut to Julia weighing and dissecting his brain, just as she said she would in "Midnight Train to Kingston".
- Catchphrase: He frequently says, "I'm flattered" whenever someone tries to insult or intimidate him. It's his way of showing to his opponent that he cannot be emotionally shaken by verbal means.
- Character Death: Quite undramatic for a Joker level villain. His body was found and identified in "Kung-Fu Crabtree".Later subverted after it was revealed in "The Devil Inside" that he had faked his death, but played straight when he is executed at the episode's end.
- Creepy Crossdresser: He cross-dressed as a lady in one episode to confuse the investigators. They were looking for a woman, not for a man, which gave him time. In Season 6, he disguises himself as Julia, and tells Murdoch that he enjoyed playing her due to the many admiring looks that he received.
- Creepy Doll: He used several of these as part of his Evil Plan in "Murdoch in Toyland".
- Criminal Mind Games: He frequently plays these on Murdoch. It bothers him deeply that the detective is smart enough to thwart his plans. He knows that Julia is Murdoch's sensitive spot, and he exploits this weakness as much as he can.
- The Dandy: He's always fashionable and immaculately groomed. While most men on the show wear ties, his most distinctive accessory is a flamboyant bow tie.
- Depraved Homosexual: Is strongly hinted to be one. In "Midnight Train to Kingston", he plants a big "Take That!" Kiss on Murdoch! Moreover, when the detective is physically aggressive towards him in "Murdoch in Toyland", Gillies' enthusiastic response is, "Ha ha! This is fun!" Even when Murdoch is about to punch him, the young man still has a big grin. His joy at being "manhandled" is reserved solely for Murdoch, however, as James becomes fearful the instant Brackenreid takes over the violent interrogation. Gillies' glee at being subjected to Murdoch's rough treatment in this episode suggests that he is attracted to the detective because he doesn't enjoy being beaten up by anyone else.
- Despair Event Horizon: Implied in "The Devil Inside" when he talks about watching Murdoch build a happy life with Dr. Ogden, and also mentions the agony he's in from the spinal injury he suffered in "Midnight Train To Kingston". This time, Gillies' scheme involves forcing Murdoch to kill him. Subverted when Murdoch is ready to do so, only to find that Gillies took the bullets out of the gun first. He then seems to be ready to live again, when Murdoch subdues him by shooting him with a rubber bullet.
- The Dreaded: Is treated as a massive threat by everyone after his second and third escapades. Julia herself admits that she's scared of him due to the fact he tried to kill her twice and came damn close both times.
- Escape Artist: He was being transported to be executed at least twice, but managed to escape.
- Expy: Michael Seater has stated in this featurette that Gillies is the Moriarty to Murdoch's Holmes.
- Faking the Dead: He made a deal with a prison guard who was dying of brain tumour to take his stead in the execution. The two men looked similar when they both grew a moustache.
- Faux Affably Evil: He tries to appear friendly and charming, and he frequently smiles and laughs, but he's a sick, sick bastard.
- Foe Romance Subtext: With Murdoch towards the end of "Midnight Train to Kingston".Gillies: For the last time, this is it for us. Doesn't that make you just... a little bit sad?
Gillies: Not even a teensy bit?
Murdoch: [shakes his head]
Gillies: Come now, Detective. You and I share something, something... special. I'll miss you, you know that.
- For the Evulz: His motive for the first murder was "because I could", and he later torments Detective Murdoch apparently just because. He also really enjoys challenging Murdoch who is his only intellectual equal.
- I Surrender, Suckers: When Brackenreid and Crabtree find his hiding place in "The Murdoch Trap", he extends his hands out as if allowing himself to be handcuffed, but it turns out that he has a small gun concealed beneath his right sleeve. Before he can use it, though, Crabtree shoots him in the shoulder with his rifle.
- Joker Immunity: He manages to escape police custody several times. It's finally revoked in "The Devil Inside, where Murdoch finally captures him for good and he gets hanged onscreen.
- Latex Perfection: In "The Murdoch Trap," it's revealed that he had used a latex mask of Dr. Ogden's face to impersonate her.
- Make Sure He's Dead: Murdoch and Julia are on scene for his execution.
- Manipulative Bastard: He managed to manipulate his friend into a dangerous game with the first murder of their professor. He later makes a dying guard to take his place in the hanging for a nice sum of money. He knows a lot about forensic methods and tampers with the evidence to frame other people.
- Never Found the Body: When he's arrested for the second time, the carriage that was transporting him was knocked over on a bridge. The coachman and guards were dead, but his body was not found. He then appeared again in Season 6. Happens again when he escapes by jumping off a train trestle into a shallow river in Season 7.
- Nightmare Face: Half of Gillies' face is heavily scarred, as shown in "The Devil Inside". When he jumped off the bridge in "Midnight Train To Kingston", he hit a rock face-first when he landed in the river. Murdoch and the viewers see it in the penultimate scene of the episode.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: The river he jumped into at the end of "A Midnight Train to Kingston" didn't seem to agree with him. Although he didn't survive the fall, his body wasn't found and identified until nearly three months later. Many viewers however suspected that this trope was at play and that Gillies, being the escape artist he is, survived and would appear to torture Murdoch some more. They were later proven right with Season 10's "The Devil Inside".
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: He's a university student in his first appearance, so he would be around 20 years old in Season 2, while Murdoch approaches middle age.
- Pretty Boy: He's pretty for a man, which no doubt helps him to pass off as a woman when he chooses to do so.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He exudes a childish glee, has a boyish voice, and used dolls in one of his crimes.
- Psychotic Smirk: Smirks at the very end of "The Murdoch Trap" when he was held by the police force. It's creepy and unnerving.
- His motivation for wanting to destroy Murdoch; James hates it when someone manages to outsmart him.
- He gets back at Robert Perry (who betrayed Gillies to avoid the noose and receive a much lighter jail sentence) by cutting his former accomplice's head off with a fine-tooth saw while Robert was still alive.
- Sissy Villain: James Gillies is a recurring villain who murders people For the Evulz (and later to get revenge) and to prove that he's smarter than Detective William Murdoch. He's somewhat effeminate, soft-spoken, occasionally wears women's clothes (he did it to disguise himself first, but later admits he likes it), and he used dolls in one of his schemes.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Bribes his way out of prison by hiring a dying guard to be executed in his place in exchange for $3000 — which was a lot of money at the time — which was given to the man's family.
- The Sociopath: Heavily implied by Dr. Ogden. In "Midnight Train to Kingston", she tells him that she wants to study his brain after he's been hanged, since she's convinced that there's some sort of aberration in it that makes him what he is. He also fulfills another classic sociopathic trait in that he's a master manipulator.
- "Take That!" Kiss: He forces a rather passionate kiss to Murdoch in "Midnight Train to Kingston".
- Too Clever by Half: As noted above under Bond Villain Stupidity, Gillies' obsession with outsmarting Murdoch leads him to draw the detective into his plans, which also allows Murdoch to ruin them. And then there's "Midnight Train To Kingston", where his elaborate plan to escape the noose succeeds...but it also involves him getting seriously maimed in the process.
- Troll: With a mocking smile, he greets Crabtree with, "You're the one who shot me, aren't you? Didn't do much of a job of it, did you?"
- Villainous Crush: It's implied that he has one on Murdoch after he kisses the detective on the mouth for a full three seconds. Although Gillies, who was pinned to the ground, certainly used the unexpected physical contact as a distraction so that he could free himself, it has been hinted throughout the series that he's gay, and it seems natural that he would be attracted to a handsome, intelligent man like Murdoch.
- Voiceover Letter: His voice is heard as Dr. Ogden reads the letters he has sent to her in "Unfinished Business" and "The Murdoch Sting".
- Wicked Cultured: He is always well-dressed and eloquent. He's also a murderer who enjoys sadistic mind games.
- Would Hurt a Child: As shown when he threatens baby Roland with heroin to force Murdoch to kill him.
- You Monster!: Several characters have called him a monster, as the term psychopath hadn't been coined yet.
The beautiful wife of James Pendrick. She's interested in art and science, and she has refreshingly modern opinions.
- Back for the Dead: She goes into hiding abroad after Murdoch reveals she's the actual perpitrator of various crimes. She comes back a decade later as an even bigger villain but Murdoch burns a literal hole in her head with a microwave laser.
- Big Bad:
- In Season 3, several cases lead to the Pendrick household. Murdoch becomes sure that it's Mr Pendrick who is responsible for frauds, dangerous scientific experiments used for stealing, or even mysterious murders. It turns out he's quite innocent, and his beautiful wife is the one to be blamed. She would be perfectly fine with him being hanged for her crimes. She says she's doing it for the thrill of it.
- She masterminded the kidnapping plot of the show's 200th episode.
- Boom, Headshot!: Inflicted on her by Murdoch with Fricken Laser Beams.
- The Bus Came Back: After a decade since she disappeared, Sally comes back for the show's 200th episode.
- Karma Houdini: She's wanted in New York for a long string of frauds, but she escaped scot-free to Canada. She then manages to escape Murdoch with all of James Pendrick's money.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Sally returns as the villain of the 200th episode, and she's painfully killed off onscreen.
- Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Sally somehow constructed an underground bunker in the middle of nowhere, fully equipped with all the equipment and supplies any scientist could ask for. She had a decade to gather the funds she would have needed.
- Villainous Crush: When Murdoch tracks her down, she teasingly invites him to join her and says that they don't have to be enemies. Murdoch, of course, will have none of it.
- You Have Failed Me: She shoots the first one of her Mooks who was overcome by the heroes.
Eva Pearce is a beautiful and manipulative woman, thief, con artist, kidnapper and killer. Dangerous opponent to William Murdoch. Her original goal was to climb up the social ladder and marry a wealthy man.
- Asshole Victim: It's hard to argue that Eva didn't deserve what happened to her especially after she made William believe Brackenreid, Crabtree, and Julia were "dead" and the three of them would never find him. She also goes as far as considering Julia's "death" to be a good thing. Julia, Brackenreid, and Crabtree all eventually found him though.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. Eva is so assured she has everyone wrapped around her little finger that pandering to her ego is the easiest way to get one over on her.
- Freudian Excuse: As revealed in "Cometh the Archer", Eva's father killed her mother when he discovered her infidelity. Eva sees her father as the blameless victim and her mother as the villain in that story. She wants to be the woman her mother was not, and thinks murder is a suitable punishment for all those who do not "love" her back.
- Gold Digger: She's very attractive but of lower class. We first meet her as a shop girl and her goal is to marry someone rich. It doesn't quite matter whom. She also impersonates other women and tries to pull off elaborate cons to get herself that meal ticket.
- Manipulative Bitch: She manipulates many, many through elaborate schemes. One of those is her posing as a woman named Cassie Chadwick and she copies another con artist and her methods. She puts out a rumour that she is the illegitimate daughter of a Wealthy Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Which leads to her engagement with Mr Worthington.
- Narcissist: Nothing dissuades Eva from believing she is the most gorgeous, desirable woman who ever walked the Earth.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Eva is a beautiful woman with fair face and black hair. She uses her appearance and sex-appeal to manipulate people. Considering she's a murderess, she crosses fairly into Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette.
- Sanity Slippage: Heavily implied. In "Murdoch In Ladies' Wear", she's a Manipulative Bitch but she's also calm and collected enough to Know When to Fold 'Em. In "The Murdoch Sting", she becomes unglued when Murdoch cons her into thinking she'll lose her chance at $500,000 inheritance and frantically tries to find the corpse she needs to receive the money. In "The Incurables", she's revealed to have been put in a mental institution. In "Cometh The Archer", she's deluded herself into thinking that Murdoch is in love with her, and that they can marry once she murders the hypotenuse.
- The Vamp: Eva's power comes from using her looks and charm to get men to do her bidding.
- Unconscious Objector: Of the silent variety. In order for her to not know that Brackenreid and Crabtree were alive the whole time, she is unconscious for the purpose of their arrival.
- Villainous Crush: She tries to manipulate and seduce Detective Murdoch during her very first interrogation. She wasn't the actual culprit, but the one who manipulated him and compelled him to kill. In her final appearance, she kidnaps Murdoch and attempts to rape him in order to "give him the child he has always wanted".
- Yandere: For Murdoch. She's completely convinced he's in love with her, no matter how many times he tells her otherwise. It comes to a head in "Cometh the Archer", when she shoots Ogden, and kidnaps and tries to rape Murdoch.
Ralph Fellows is the former hotel detective at the Crown Windsor Hotel. He originally dreamed of being a great detective, but he never gets the chance. He is jealous of Murdoch's status as a detective, and things quickly take a darker turn.
- Alcoholic Parent: He says his father was a pathetic drunk. He considers himself lucky he stayed with his mother after the divorce. However, his older sister got lumped with their father.
- Badass Moustache: Fellows wears a moustache, a fine one to rival Inspector Brackenreid's. He's also an extremely cunning and dangerous man who murders four people and nearly murders three more.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Fellows seems like an incompetent crank when he first appears on the show, but he's much more dangerous than he first seems.
- Born Lucky: As a child, everything seemed to go Ralph Fellows' way. When his amateur detective work revealed his father's infidelity and caused his parents' divorce, he got to live with his loving mother while his older sister was stuck with their abusive father.
- Evil Is Petty: He kills people for relatively worthless or unimportant 'reasons'. Fellow murders everyone who he feels either prevented him from realizing his dream of being a detective, or who actually succeeded as detectives themselves, such as Murdoch and Hamish Slorach.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. The Toronto Constabulary catches him by making him think they believe Murdoch's neighbour is responsible for framing the detective. Fellows is desperate to be taken seriously as an intelligent man, and his anger at their assumption makes him walk into their trap.
- Frame-Up: Fellows murders Murdoch's extremely annoying neighbor and frames Murdoch for it in "Kill Thy Neighbour".
- Green-Eyed Monster: Fellows is openly jealous of Murdoch's "perfect" job and wife, and is desperate to for the same kind of respect.
- Hidden Depths: Fellows initially just seems like a burned-out hotel detective. He's actually a genius to rival Murdoch, who either worked for or was nearly hired by the Pinkerton agency, the Toronto Constabulary and Scotland Yard.
- Jaded Washout: Fellows is extremely bitter at not being able to realize his dream of being a policeman. He was fired from the Pinkerton agency, could have worked for Scotland Yard and an injury forced him to retire from the Toronto Constabulary. He deeply resents Murdoch for having the kind of career he always wanted.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Fellows escapes Murdoch at the end of "Manual For Murder". When he reappears in "Kill Thy Neighbour", Murdoch finally catches him and he's sentence to hang for murdering Murdoch's neighbour. He gets away with it with help from Murdoch's neighbour's wife — who he manipulates into seeking revenge against Murdoch and Julia, and taking the fall for the crime.
- Kid Detective: Fellows used to play detective as a child, as part of his dream of becoming a real-life policeman. The truth is his "detecting" amounted to tattling on his sister's mischief and outing his father's adultery, ending his parents' marriage.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Unfortunately, Fellows' detective work led him to reveal his sisters' disobedience, which led to them being harshly beaten by their abusive father. He also inadvertently broke the family up when he exposed his father's infidelity, which led his parents to divorce.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Fellows seemingly leads an obvious trail telling the Toronto police where he intends to flee to, but it's all a smokescreen.
- Missed the Call: Fellows' dream was to become a police detective. Unfortunately, his embittered sister ruined all his hopes of becoming a policeman, so that he's forced to work as a low-ranking hotel detective.
- Private Detective: When Fellows returns in "Kill Thy Neighbour", he's shown to have started his own private detective business. He uses this position to orchestrate a murder and frame Murdoch for it.
- The Reveal: Fellows thought that his luck went sour as he grew up, but in truth his spiteful sister went out of her way to ruin his life because his revealing her disobedience got her beaten by their abusive father.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Fellows goes on a killing spree targeting several of the people who ruined his life's dreams, culminating in framing his sister for their murders. He also tries to put one over on Murdoch by tricking him into arresting the wrong person.
- Tranquil Fury: Fellows displays this when Murdoch refrains from arresting his sister for the murders he committed and is also subtly shaken when Murdoch reveals that the plot to capture him in "Murder Thy Neighbour" was conceived by Crabtree.
- We Will Meet Again: When Murdoch sees through Fellows' plot and refrains from arresting his sister and having her hanged for the murders he committed, Fellows calls Murdoch and admits that he wins... for now. After he escapes in Season 14, he sends Murdoch a mocking postcard gloating about his escape.
- Villainous Breakdown: Fellows brags about being a Worthy Opponent to Murdoch, but in keeping with his Tranquil Fury he is subtly but seriously shaken when he realizes that the plot to capture him was masterminded by Crabtree.
A young English woman who comes from Bristol. She's an owner of a pub she inherited from her deceased father, and later decides to relocate to Canada.
- The Bus Came Back: She was given a new identity and was sent to live in hiding in Season 4, but she returned to Toronto for two episodes in Season 5.
- Break the Cutie: She realizes that a man she loves has deep feelings for another woman. Later she gets engaged with another man she could love, but he's murdered by "Black Hand", a sinister organization who her fiancé worked for and stole from them. And it gets worse, as they target Anna as well as a punishment and warning for other members of the Mafia.
- The Cutie: She's a very sweet and very kind young woman. Even Julia, who should be jealous of her, says that she is lovely and seems to mean it.
- Death Faked for You: The police tricks a Mafia organization that has a prize on her head. They prepare an elaborate performance when she appears to have been shot and is sent away with a new identity.
- English Rose: She's a young middle-class English woman from Bristol. Anna is a pretty pale-skinned blonde with big dark-brown eyes. She's sweet, kind and lively.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's a very young and very beautiful blonde. She intuitively recognizes that Detective Murdoch is a good man, even though he is pursued by the police or roguish agents, and she decides to help him. She's a bit livelier that this archetype tends to be but she fits the trope.
- Love Interest: To Detective Murdoch. Anna and the detective appear to be a great romantic match. They have wonderful chemistry and share one or two kisses, but their relationship just is not to be.
- Put on a Bus: She was sent away to start a new life under a new identity. Twice.
- Romantic False Lead: She was wonderful and had great chemistry with Detective Murdoch, but he just belongs to Dr. Odgen.
A brilliant inventor and businessman from Toronto.
- Ambiguous Situation: By the end of "Staring Blindly into the Future" it's not made clear if Sally killed him or he is still alive after he was kidnapped.
- Big Bad: In Season 3, several cases lead to the Pendrick household. Murdoch is sure that it's Mr Pendrick who is responsible for frauds, dangerous scientific experiments, or even mysterious murders. Subverted, as it turns out he's quite innocent, and his beautiful wife is the one to be blamed. She would be perfectly fine with him being hanged for her crimes. He did truly love her.
- Big Damn Heroes: Double Subverted in an episode where he saves Murdoch by shooting the criminal that is about to kill the detective. At first it seems like Pendrick only did it to prevent the criminal, who Murdoch suspected was working for him, from ratting him out. It turns out that Pendrick was in fact innocent, and framed by his wife Sally for the crimes. His claim about simply being in the right place at the right time was quite true.
- Butt-Monkey: After he loses his original fortune, Pendrick tries several times to rebuild it. While he comes up with some impressive inventions, including an electric car engine, a flying machine and film sound technology, the latter of which ties into his becoming a film director, his attempts are ruined by everything from corrupt business rivals to American and Canadian government agents to his own arrogance and pride. He also keeps being arrested for murders he didn't commit, eventually reaching the point where Murdoch acknowledges that he's almost certainly innocent, but there's so much evidence to the contrary he can't not arrest him.
- Fallen Prince: After his thieving wife Sally steals his fortune, Pendrick is forced to try and make his fortune all over again. Murdoch runs into him occasionally with some of the new inventions he's pursuing.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Murdoch originally suspects him of orchestrating various criminal deeds, but Pendrick was actually framed by his wife and his own corporate dealings are all above board, from what we see in the show.
- Honor Before Reason:
- He won't let the Government use his inventions for military operations and destruction, even if it means he must demolish his own work and face a trial for high treason. Bashing Terrance Meyers in the process is a bonus.
- There's his encounter with Thomas Edison when he tries his hand at directing films. Edison is impressed enough with Pendrick's skills that he offers Pendrick a role in the movie business he's planning to build in California, but Pendrick arrogantly refuses, saying that he'll make Canada the world's film mecca. An infuriated Edison reminds Pendrick that he owns all the theatres in the United States, and he'll block Pendrick's films from ever being screened in the U.S. Pendrick says that he'll make up for it by screening them in Europe, but Edison just laughs him off.
- Insufferable Genius: He's very confident and satisfied with himself, and he feels superior to everybody. He's also a member of a eugenics society, which wouldn't be seen as a negative thing at the time, but still highlights his inherent arrogance.
- Self-Made Man: Pendrick made his original fortune through a combination of scientific brilliance and clever business acumen.
- Steampunk: He's an eccentric entrepreneur and his inventions have definitely steampunk aesthetics with lots of gold, brass and metallic surfaces embellished with clocks, gauges and measuring instruments. The inventions include an electric carriage, a proto-aeroplane, a gliding suit, a rocket intended to reach outside the atmosphere (carrying a man no less) or a hyper-train called the Pendrick FLASH (flash being an acronym for Frictionless Levitated Accelerated Subsurface Hyper-train).
A brilliant daughter of a Russian scientist. She's in a relationship with James Pendrick whom she admires and helps him with his research and inventions.
- Hot Scientist: She's a brilliant daughter of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky who wrote "The Exploration of Cosmc Space by Means of Reaction Devices" that outlines the means by which man can travel to the planets. Svetlana has helped him with his research. She also does calculations for her sweetheart James. She's hot — tall, blond, pretty face.
- Sensual Slav: A very attractive young woman from Russia. Statuesque and blond. She moved to Canada because of her love for James Pendrick.
- Steampunk: James and Svetlana work on a space rocket that is supposed to take James on the Moon. The rocket is very steam-punk-y. She also wears a slightly masculine outfit (pants instead of a dress or a skirt) and she has a mechanical assistive device on her leg.
Miss Gordon is a female explorer. She is a believer in the Hollow Earth theory, and would love to prove it, but she lacks funds for her research.
- Boyish Short Hair: Miss Gordon makes quite an impression on Emily and Julia with her boyish haircut and clothes. Dr. Emily Grace compliments her on the hairstyle, but Elva replies she wears it because it's practical and mentions that any woman who must spend weeks in jungles and underground caves without a place to wash would cut off her hair as well.
- Chocolate of Romance: Elva has an anonymous suitor who has been sending her roses and bonbons for months.
- Flowers of Romance: Elva's mysterious suitor has been sending her roses and bonbons for several past months.
- Hot Scientist: Miss Gordon is a very attractive lady scientist. She is one of the world's preeminent deep-cave explorers, which makes her a speleologist and a geologist.
- Lady of Adventure: Elva Gordon is a rather famous explorer who works at the Ontario Provincial Museum. Drs. Julia Ogden and Emily Grace attend her lecture and they are impressed by her accomplishments, her personality as well as her unconventional looks. Elva talks about her adventures in Yucatan, where she explored some of the deepest caves known to mankind.
Miss Fiona Faust is a cyclist attempting to the complete the Bicycle World Tour 1905.
- Alliterative Name: Both her names start with F: Fiona Faust.
- First-Name Basis: Detective Watts asks her to call him Llewelyn, which she gladly accepts.
- Lady of Adventure: Miss Fiona Faust is a young lady who has travelled nearly the entire world on her bicycle. She was particularly impressed by Constantinople, a city half in Europe and half in Asia. George eagerly asks her about Egypt. She answers she camped under the Great Sphinx; luncheoned by the pyramids of Khufu and swam in waters of the Nile river. She says she hopes to see it again.
- Love Interest: Detective Watts falls for Fiona almost immediately. She is very much interested in him as well but she wants to finish her goal first.
- Always Identical Twins: Rupert is identical to his late twin Roger.
- Beware the Silly Ones: After his family fortune is embezzled, Rupert chases the perpetrator across the lawn while armed with a sword.
- Henpecked Husband: After finding his first hour of poverty unbearable, Rupert quickly gets engaged to Lucinda Helmsworthy, a neighbour whose family have been rivals of the Newsomes. He can't stand Lucinda's abrasive personality (the thing she likes most about Rupert is how easily bossed around he is), but Rupert goes through with it just to be rich again.
- Stepford Smiler: In his second episode, Rupert tries to bribe Henry so he won't marry Ruth. At first, Rupert nonchalantly claims it's because Henry would embarrass him in front of his friends, but later, he admits that it's because he doesn't have any friends and is afraid of being all alone once Ruth marries Henry.
- Upper-Class Twit: Rupert is a very dum bulb, and while he is a cardiac surgeon on paper, he cares only about the title and doesn't do any work.