Special Agent in Charge Dwayne Cassius "King" Pride
A proud native of New Orleans, Pride is determined to keep his city safe while also investigating Navy-related crimes throughout the Gulf of Mexico. He is old friends with Gibbs over at NCIS Headquarters in DC, going back to when they were both probationary agents in the early 1990s.
He was a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputy prior to joining NCIS and was responsible for taking down a a vicious mob prior to becoming a federal agent.
As of Season 5, he's promoted to Special Agent in Charge, putting him in command of NCIS operation in the US Southeast Region.
- Amicable Exes: Pride and his ex-wife are friendly enough to occasionally sleep together. He's holding out for a reconciliation while she tries to gently remind him that it's over (they're officially divorced by the Season 2 premiere). It's later revealed that she still loves Pride but that she is trying to put some distance between them because she's afraid that his job is going to kill him and she can't deal with the constant fear.
- Beware the Nice Ones/ Berserk Button: Pride's not nicknamed King for nothing, according to LaSalle, since he'll absolutely go out of his way in order to help his team and the people of New Orleans. He's also more reasonably friendly, albeit hands-on than Gibbs with questioning suspects. But if you want to stay on his good side, don't push these buttons:
Thug: Your little girl sure looks good in her running shorts.Pride: (grabs ahold of him) WHAT did you say?!
- DO NOT try to mess with him by going through his daughter. He'll rough you up pretty bad.
- As his Establishing Character Moment of handling unreasonable suspects in NCIS episode "Crescent City Part One" suggests (ie. throwing a lobbyist across the hood of a car after he insulted Pride's late mentor), also do NOT badmouth any of his old friends.
- Catchphrase: "Learn things." And "Tell me things." Turns out he got that first phrase from his ex-wife.
- Chef of Iron: He enjoys cooking for his team after a long day of fighting bad guys.
- Clean Up the Town: In the NCIS episode "Crescent City Part 1", Brody asks LaSalle why he calls Pride 'King', and LaSalle explains that when Pride first opened up the New Orleans headquarters, he made a sizable drug bust which essentially cleaned up the whole neighborhood, after which the local crew made him an honorary member, which as LaSalle puts it, 'never happens'.
- Cowboy Cop:
- Pride apparently has an agreement with the NCIS brass that gives him significant leeway in how he runs the New Orleans office, even dealing with Director Vance directly even though he technically answers to the NCIS office in Chicago. It helps that it had just been him and LaSalle for a while before Brody showed up from the Great Lakes office.Pride: My city. My way.
- Whereas Gibbs will intimidate suspects through sheer force of will, Pride prefers being more hands on when it comes to softening up suspects for interrogation. Pride's temper can get bad enough that even Gibbs will step back to give him room.Gibbs: (After Pride throws a suspect across the hood of a car) Kinda old school. Think you made your point there, King?
Pride: Old school still works in Louisiana.
- Deconstructed, though, as it gets him in a lot of trouble with the people upstairs during his crusade against Mayor Hamilton. After he almost gets Loretta's adopted son killed, even he admits that he goes too far and needs to deal with it.
- Pride apparently has an agreement with the NCIS brass that gives him significant leeway in how he runs the New Orleans office, even dealing with Director Vance directly even though he technically answers to the NCIS office in Chicago. It helps that it had just been him and LaSalle for a while before Brody showed up from the Great Lakes office.
- Experienced Protagonist: He was a deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for many years before he joined NCIS.
- Feuding Families: Pride and Douglas Hamilton's fathers had a feud. Their sons, however, clash simply because they don't get along and because Pride suspects that the councilman (and later mayor) might be corrupt. He's right.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Becomes this in "Down the Rabbit Hole", thanks to Hamilton's spin on his actions.
- In the 4th season, he's hated for making the city lose the port contract.
- Much like in season 3, in season 4, a the Associate Attorney General of the United States organizes a smear campaign to destroy Pride's reputation that ensures nobody will believe him that he is trying to commit a terrorist act and would make sure he takes the fall for the attack. Fortunately, it fails.
- Hidden Depths: He is a talented jazz pianist and can easily fill in for an established quartet, to the surprise of his coworkers.
- Hypocrite: In "If It Bleeds, It Leads", he tells Brody to not get too personally involved in the case involving her sister's murder. During "Means to an End", he roughs up on a suspect involved with attacking his daughter.
- I Call It "Vera": His Colt Python revolver, "Charmaine".
- The Leader: See above.
- Lighter and Softer: Pride is more nicer and outgoing to his team than The Stoic Gibbs.
- Noodle Incident: In "Sister City (Part 2)", Pride says he's "been arrested in a lotta interesting places".
- From the same episode, in a phone conversation with Gibbs, Pride says that this case did not cause an international incident like a past case in Miami.
- Police Brutality: Has a tendency to do this to the point that Gibbs gets slightly concerned.
- Post-Injury Desk Job
- Real Men Cook: Was shown to be an excellent cook from the show's Back Door Pilot on its parent show. Aside from genuinely enjoying preparing meals for his team, it's implied to also be slightly therapeutic for him—in one instance, he mentions, "It clears my head."
- Red Baron: "King". It's a nickname bestowed upon him by locals for all the work he puts into making New Orleans a better place.
- Remember the New Guy?: In the Back Door Pilot on it's parent show, Gibbs claims to have known him "for 30 years", but never mentioned him before.
- Renaissance Man: In "Hell on High Water", Pride travels alone to an offshore oil rig as part of a murder investigation. After his departure, Gregorio, having just officially joined the team, learns that he used to spend his summers working on his uncle's oil rig.
- Gregorio: Of course he spent summers working on his uncle's oil rig, what hasn't the guy done?LaSalle: Certifiable Renaissance Man. That's why he's the boss.
- Uncertain Doom: Pride is shot three times and left for dead in the unused upstairs of his bar at the end of Season 4.
- Weapon of Choice: Pride normally carries a NCIS-issue SIG-Sauer P228 as his main sidearm but for special occasions, or cases connected to when he was a sheriff's deputy, he uses a Colt Python revolver he nicknamed "Charmaine".
Special Agent Christopher LaSalle
A former detective with the New Orleans Police Department, LaSalle was recruited by Pride to join NCIS shortly after Hurricane Katrina. He's originally from Alabama and moved to New Orleans as a teenager. He is very proud of his roots, though, and is an alumnus of the University of Alabama (where he was the school mascot).
- Adorkable: He thinks mashing up bacon and The Terminator to become the "Baconator" for Halloween is an immensely clever idea.
- Big Eater: His preferred solution to getting over an investigative hump is to order take out dessert.
- Country Mouse: Percy's Affectionate Nickname for him.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: He has a tattoo of Big Al, the University of Alabama's mascot, on his rear that he got after a night of heavy drinking to show pride for for his alma mater.
- Experienced Protagonist: An ex-Sheriff's Deputy under the vice squad turned NCIS agent.
- Friend to All Children: He volunteers at a children's hospital in his spare time and makes elaborate Lego models to cheer the patients up.
- The Lancer: He's Pride's number two in the office. In fact he was the only other NCIS agent in New Orleans before Brody came alone.
- Noodle Incident: He says he owed Pride because Pride saved his life. He hasn't gone into any detail of how exactly that happened.
- A flashback episode reveals that he used to be entirely career-driven and had stopped thinking about anyone but himself. A chance meeting with Pride helped him start to see the human element of crime once again.
- Really Gets Around: Starting in Season 2, Brody and Percy note that he seems to have a different fling every week. When Pride pushes him on the issue, Chris confides that he can't sleep at home because it reminds him of Savannah so he hooks up with women passing through New Orleans to try and distract himself from the grief and pain.
- Retcon: He introduces himself as a former Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputy but this was retconned and he became a former homicide detective with the New Orleans Police Department's 5th District.
- Southern-Fried Genius: Don't let the accent fool you. He is a highly skilled investigator and is cool under pressure.
- Those Two Guys: He usually gets paired up with Brody and the two are constantly playing off each other.
- Tragic Keepsake: He has a St. Christopher medallion that Savannah meant to give him before her death. To add to the emotional heft, he wears it around his neck on a necklace that used to belong to Brody's twin sister.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Percy.
A forensic scientist-turned-agent who works down the hall from Loretta Wade's morgue.
- Adorkable: Especially when hyped on caffeine.
- Beware the Nice Ones / Beware the Silly Ones: After Loretta (and other victims!) is infected with an engineered virus, Sebastian threatens to inject a Chinese agent with the same virus (the real thing, not a needle full of saline) if he doesn't reveal where the antivirus is.
- Catchphrase: He spends an episode trying to come up with one, to the annoyance of other characters.
- Chekhov's Skill: His scientific skills have continued to be useful even as he's become an agent and they save his bacon when he's accused of shooting an unarmed man.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Ask him why the faked moon landings mean there isn't any decent footage of Bigfoot.
- Embarrassing Nickname: His mother calls him "Peaches".
- First-Name Basis: Everyone calls him Sebastian.
- Geek Physiques: Tall and skinny.
- Heroic BSoD: He has a major one one in "Chaos Theory" after a friend of his is killed when a bomb goes off in the box of evidence that he brought to her.
- Hidden Depths: He's normally quite neurotic but after a simple pep talk from Loretta, during a hostage crisis, he shows an extraordinary amount of backbone, performing emergency surgery, an autopsy, and standing up to the armed hostage taker. He even bosses around a couple of paramedics later.
- Despite his fear, he keeps it together pretty well when he's kidnapped. Since becoming an agent, he's proven to be just as badass as the rest of the team.
- Motor Mouth: Tends to talk a lot without stopping that Pride and the others need to remind him when he's about to do this.
- My Beloved Smother: His mom. Oddly enough, she tones it down after he's kidnapped, realizing that he's capable of taking care of himself.
- Number Two: For Loretta in her morgue.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In the second season.
- Spear Counterpart: He is very similar to Abby on NCIS as a forensic scientist with a fascination of the macabre, a perpetually chipper demeanor, and a penchant for practical demonstrations of how a victim was killed.
- Took a Level in Badass: Goes from being "afraid of his own shadow", as Gregorio puts it, to handling himself pretty well when he was kidnapped and deciding to become an agent himself. Showed himself in "NOLA Confidential" when he took down a hostile attacking Gregorio, and again in "Identity Crisis" when he protected his high-school friend from three hired guns.
A computer expert who is called when NCIS' New Orleans team needs help on technical aspects of a case such as the need for hacking or mining through datafiles. He and Sebastian have a rivalry that alternates between friendly and acrimonious.
- Alliterative Name: He sometimes refers to himself as "Triple P", suggesting that his middle initial is also P.
- Black and Nerdy: Also a member of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, though he was temporarily thrown out for veering too far towards the fantasy side of the sci-fi/fantasy spectrum.
- The Gambling Addict: Mentioned off-handedly in the episode "High Stakes", to the point of being afraid to even be in a casino, lest he relapse.
- Genius Cripple: He's the tech expert, and he's wheelchair-bound.
- Handicapped Badass: Former elite soldier and can defend himself well in a fight despite only having his arms to defend himself with.
- Only Sane Man: To Sebastian's Conspiracy Theorist line of thinking.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In the second season.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Sebastian when push comes to shove. They gradually do grow out of the "teeth-clenched" part.
- The Computer Is Your Friend: Patton keeps an electronic tablet attached to one of the arms of his wheelchair.
- The Smart Guy: Of the computer tech aspect.
- Twofer Token Minority: Averted; he's both black and wheelchair-bound, but the main cast as of his initial Promotion to Opening Titles is four whites and three blacks so the former is hardly "token", and the racial balance has only further improved since then.
Doctor Loretta Wade
A Jefferson Parish coroner who is contracted to handle the NCIS New Orleans Office's cases. In addition to her duties as a medical examiner, Wade is also Pride's confidant, the one he leans on whenever he is troubled.
She is also Brody's landlord, although Brody has no idea.
- And Starring: In the opening credits.
- Black and Nerdy: African-American and The Team's resident coroner.
- The Confidant: Wade seems to be the only person who can pull Pride out of a funk and he heavily relies on her advice.
- The Coroner: Dr. Loretta Wade is the Jefferson Parish Coroner who consults with the New Orleans team.
- Distaff Counterpart: She is very similar to Ducky from NCIS, as the lead agent's confidant while being a coroner with a very colorful history.
- Hypocrite: Says she broke up with her boyfriend because anyone that age who has never been married sends up red flags. Pride points out that she's just as old as her ex and has never been married, and she says she prefers the dead because they don't call her on her hypocrisy.
- First-Name Basis: With Pride, which shows their close friendship.
- It's Personal: Loretta was long haunted by the cold case that involved the death of a Navy officer of Jewish background. At the time, there was widespread discrimination against African-Americans, Jews and other undesirables. After she found new evidence (from the stolen gun taken from the dear robber), she was determined to close the case.
- Retcon: It was established, in the Poorly Disguised Pilot, that Wade first came to New Orleans later in life and never left but she claims, in a later episode, that she lived in New Orleans 40 years previously and came back after finishing her studies because of a cold case that haunted her.
- She also turns out to have been married once before, despite her initial backstory that she wasn't.
- Team Mom
- Two First Names: Wade can be used as a given name.
A FBI agent and a native of New Orleans. She's placed into the NCIS team in the aftermath of Season 2. She officially joins the team in "Let It Ride".
- Butch Lesbian: She's long-haired and pretty, unlike most examples of this trope, but otherwise fits it to a T.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: FBI Agent Gregorio's complaints about Pride's habits — that he's too close to his agents and the victims and that he goes too far trying to help — are proven to be positive things every time.
- When the rest of the team save Gregorio thinks Pride and an old lawyer friend from JAG couldn't possibly be romantically interested in each other. Once they start singing together, this is also a subverted example on Gregorio's part.
- Commonality Connection: With Percy re: exes in "Outlaws."
- Dating Catwoman: There's a little of this in Gregorio and Eva Azarova's interactions in 3x14 - Eva seems to have definitely have fallen for Gregorio
- Dark Secret: FBI Agent Gregorio worked in New Orleans years ago but essentially fled the city. A plane crash that's being blamed on one of the Navy officer passengers angers her because unless the team can clear the officer's name his daughter will have to live with the shame of having her name connected with a murderer. Gregorio reveals her "secret" that, while definitely not as bad as mass murder, is still pretty bad in New Orleans: her then-husband stole money meant to rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina. She divorced him, went back to her maiden name, joined the FBI, and avoided New Orleans at all costs until the Colombian cartel case led her back.
- Fair Cop: She's played by Vanessa Ferlito.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Develops this with the team, and particularly with Sonja by the end of season 3. She and the latter even move in together by "The Asset".
- Friendly Sniper: One of the most approachable members of the team once you earn her trust, and is a very good shot, as demonstrated by "Aftershocks" and "The Last Stand."
- Lesbian Cop: In a EW article, the president of CBS mentioned that "Vanessa Ferlito who we cast in NCIS: New Orleans, her character is lesbian and theyre doing a storyline a little later in the fall where the audience will understand that and see that."
- An ex-girlfriend of hers, Hannah, appears in the episode "Overdrive".
- Confirmed as of "Slay The Dragon."
- Meaningful Echo: "I've got your back" to Percy in "Outlaws."
- My Greatest Failure: She blames herself for the disappearance and subsequent murder of her best friend when they were younger. This gets brutally Exploited by a Serial Killer who gets off on forcing her victims to relive past traumas.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Very much like Brody in this respect.
- Romantic Wingman: is attempting to be this to LaSalle as of "End of the Line."
- Shipper on Deck: She initially assumed LaSalle and Percy were sleeping together and has said several things that indicate that she thinks they would be good together. LaSalle and Patton don't agree.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: FBI Agent Gregorio is introduced wearing very plain, very buttoned-up clothes; the more comfortable she gets with the team the more her wardrobe loosens up (resembling Brody's, incidentally).
- Lampshaded by Percy and LaSalle when she comes in wearing casual clothes, which Gregorio dismisses as "casual day".
- Also noted by Hannah in "Overdrive."
- Take a Third Option: Her response to the antagonist during a standoff in "The Asset".
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Got into this with Percy initially. By "Outlaws" they've become Fire-Forged Friends.
A veteran NCIS agent who decided to be assigned in New Orleans in order to be settled in the Southeast region.
Pride's ex-wife. They still love each other, but her worrying over his safety led to their separation.
Pride and Linda's daughter. She is studying music at Louisiana State University
- Daddy's Girl
- Hidden Badass: Is skilled at defending herself.
- Twerp Sweating: Inverted with Pride; he has "bromances" with her boyfriends.
A New Orleans councilman who is quick to seize any opportunity for good publicity. He and Pride don't get along, with Pride not bothering to hide his anger while Hamilton makes an effort to be outwardly friendly. He becomes the mayor of New Orleans.
Their fathers had a feud in the past.
- Big Bad: Of the Clearwater arc in Season 3.
- Corrupt Politician: And how. Over the final third of the third season becomes more and more involved in nefarious doings.
- Everyone Has Standards: Has a very shady past but has never killed anyone though he did help cover up a murder and truly wants what's best for the city. Eventually, he starts resorting to murder to get people out of Clearwater to build a Navy shipyard, including a conspiracy to assassinate a Congresswoman who opposed it.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: After learning that NCIS placed a wiretap on his phone, Hamilton goes all out on trying to take down NCIS, getting Percy arrested for letting a suspect escape and transferred to general population and getting Patton kicked off the team for participating in an illegal betting match, which he helped set up to eliminate Javier Garcia.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Not anymore, as NCIS is ultimately able to expose him.
CGIS Special Agent Abigail Borin
Christopher LaSalle's estranged older brother. While they were growing up, Christopher 'worshiped' Cade, describing him in high school as 'star quarterback, the guy who got all the girls'. However, after Cade was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, their relationship began to strain, finally reaching a breaking point when Cade disappeared for five years.
- Shipper on Deck: He loves to tease Christopher over Savannah and pushes his brother to make good on his teenage declaration that he would marry her some day.
Special Agent Sonja Percy
A former undercover ATF agent who helped Pride's team throughout Season 1. She takes a liking to them and decides to transfer to NCIS. However, like Brody, she has a tendency to get restless after being in one place for too long, and decides to leave towards the end of Season 4.
- Ambiguously Bi: Characters have commented on the vibe between her and LaSalle, but her interaction with Marion kinda reads as if they are exes, and she seems to be flirting with Gregorio.
- City Mouse: LaSalle's Affectionate Nickname for her.
- Combat Stilettos: Averted. Although she is the shortest character by a large margin, she wears flat sneakers as opposed to the modest heels Brody wears.
- Commonality Connection: with Gregorio re: exes in "Outlaws"
- Dating Catwoman: had some of this with Ramon when she was undercover with the ATF note He end up being more of a Love-Interest Traitor in "Outlaws"
- Demolitions Expert: due to her time with the ATF
- Fire-Forged Friends: with Gregorio after she rescues her from Ramon in "Outlaws".
- My Greatest Failure: not helping Marion years ago.
- The Napoleon: The shortest character and also the loudest and most prone to losing her temper.
- New Meat: LaSalle and Brody are merciless in hazing her, labeling her the "NFG"note and even getting her former boss to join in.
- No longer the case in season 3, due to the addition of Gregorio to the team.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Notably her tackling a suspect in "Music To My Ears"
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: with Gregorio initially, although by "Outlaws" they've become Fire-Forged Friends
- Tomboyish Ponytail: How she usually wears her hair.
- To Be Lawful or Good: A major plot point in "Krewe" when she decides not to arrest a POI. She's indicted by the Inspector General for lying under oath.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With LaSalle.
- We Used to Be Friends: with Marion in "Second Chances".
Special Agent Meredith "Merri" Brody
A recent transfer from the NCIS Great Lakes Office. Brody was temporarily brought in to help the New Orleans crew with interrogating suspects while investigating the death of Pride's mentor. Once that case was wrapped up, Pride offered her the chance to stay in the NOLA office permanently, which she happily accepted. She has a reputation, however, for not being able to stay in one place for too long.
- Affectionate Nickname: Doc Wade calls her "Merri".
- Big Eater: She falls in love with New Orleans cuisine and indulges as much as possible. Pride can only look on in amazement when he buys her breakfast and she puts away multiple plates in one sitting with no sign of slowing down.
- Combat Stilettos: A realistic example. Brody wears conservatively high-heeled shoes when workingnote . They don't slow her down very much, though, as she can keep up during foot chases.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her failure to stop a suicidal sailor aboard the USS Moultrie haunts her and gives her a poor reputation among some NCIS agents.
- Death Glare: She has one that radiates pure fury.
- Experienced Protagonist: A veteran NCIS agent stationed at the Great Lakes office before transferring to New Orleans.
- Ms. Fanservice: Brody wore a silk slip, high heels, glasses, and carried a cigar on Halloween. She was going as a Freudian Slip
- My Greatest Failure: While an Agent Afloat, she failed to stop a disturbed sailor from detonating a bomb aboard USS Moultrie, an incident that resulted in the death of five sailors. Although she was cleared of any wrongdoing, she continues to feel guilty over not shooting the sailor when she had the chance.
- New Meat: LaSalle treats Brody as such and gives her As You Know spiels. Brody reminds him that she is an experienced investigator and interrogator who worked out of Detroit.
- Noodle Incident: She and Gibbs worked together in the past, but neither go into any detail because the incident is classified.
- Power Hair: Borders on Boyish Short Hair. She grows it out considerably by Season 2.
- Put on a Bus: Chooses to not return in season 3 due to the events of the season 2 finale.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Played by the very beautiful and very pale skinned brunette Zoe McClellan.
- Sex with the Ex: She hooks up with her ex-fiance.
- The Smart Guy: Brody does crossword puzzles in her head and can memorize large amounts information quickly.
- Those Two Guys: She's usually partnered with LaSalle and the two are constantly playing off each other.
- Tragic Keepsake: Somewhat averted because Brody doesn't keep it out of sadness. She and her twin sister used to have a matching pair of necklaces that they bought from a gypsy. She gives her sister's to LaSalle so that he can use the chain to wear Savannah's St. Christopher medallion around his neck.
- Weapon of Choice: Unlike other NCIS agents throughout the franchise (who carry various SIG-Sauers), Brody carries a Glock 26 as her primary sidearm.
A psychiatrist and an old acquaintance of the LaSalle brothers from Alabama. Christopher was in love with her when they were in high school and they start dating 17 years later.
- Disposable Woman: She's murdered by Baitfish in an attempt to throw the NCIS New Orleans team off guard.
- Heroes Want Redheads / Godiva Hair: Has such gorgeous red hair Percy nicknames her "Ariel" and "mermaid".
- Nothing Personal: Said by Baitfish just before shooting her - she was in the wrong place at the wrong time and is just the means to an end.