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An organization of corrupt New York police officers and city officials. They are aware of "The Man In The Suit", and have repeatedly clashed with Team Machine on numerous occasions. Midway through Season Three, HR is finally brought down, though not without great sacrifice.
- Arc Villains: Before Samaritan was introduced, these guys were the ones most often stirring up trouble.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Are quite willing to utilize this trope in order to get their way.
- Card-Carrying Villain: All their rank and file members are this. Their boss, on the other hand, prefers to have the cover of his city hall job.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: They run on this trope and it's a key reason why Elias despises them immensely. If any of their members screw up or risk compromising HR's security they won't be forgiven at all. It also applies to their business partners as Elias found out, when they leave him hanging out to dry during "Flesh and Blood" at a critical point in his operation to kill the Five Dons of New York.
- Dirty Cop: The lot of them. Except their boss, which was how he stayed hidden for almost 3 seasons. A few of their other associates have included ADAs, corrupt judges, and city councilmen.
- Disc-One Final Boss: They had members appearing as early as the pilot, were officially established halfway through the first season, and continued to maintain influence in New York until just over halfway through the series. It's not hard to see them as the main antagonists of the show's entire first half even as other major villains come and go.
- Dumb Muscle: They fulfill this role in the Person of Interest universe. Their rank and file gets outfoxed quite a lot by Team Machine over the course of the show. The only exception to this is Officer Patrick Simmons and their boss.
- Jerkass: Most of them except Fusco, Laskey and their Faux Affably Evil boss.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Things started to go wrong for them when they had Elias transported outside prison to be killed. Thanks to Carter, he wasn't and went to ground. With his new-found freedom, Elias helped Carter scheme to destroy them all.
- Non-Indicative Name: As far as we know, none of their members actually work for Human Resources (HR).
- Police Brutality: Only occasionally. They mostly prefer a nice bullet to the face or subtle threats as their normal modus operandi.
- Vast Bureaucracy: Their true strength. They may not have the hacking and surveillance capabilities Team Machine has or four badass shooters on staff, but they can use the influence of their members in key positions of the NYPD and New York to cause serious headaches for the protagonists. It also helps that their boss is the Mayor's Chief of Staff.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: If association with their business partners or members proves harmful for the group as a whole, HR will readily leave them to hang out to dry or take the time to eliminate them.
Alonzo D. Quinn
Introduced in: "Bury the Lede"
The Mayor's Chief of Staff and the head of HR. Quinn, along with Simmons, plans to rebuild HR with or without Elias' assistance.
- Bigger Bad: Being the boss of the massive Corrupt Cop organization HR, a lot of conflict in the show ends up being indirectly related to his doing.
- The Chessmaster: "Bury the Lede" reveals him to be an extremely competent one.
- Crazy-Prepared: Puts the name of a lower lackey in the payroll solely out of fear that said payroll will one day be discovered and he'll take the fall. Keep in mind said payroll was heavily protected by a mob boss and HR's lackeys.
- Diabolical Mastermind: This man runs HR. He is a pragmatic man who will use anyone to further his goals and will kill, blackmail and ruin the reputation of anyone who gets in the way of him or HR's security.
- Didn't See That Coming: Was totally blindsided by Carter calling in Finch to hack his phone and Reese for backup.
- Dirty Cop: Subverted. He's not a police officer at all.
- Dirty Coward: When given the choice between a quick death by surrendering the location of Patrick Simmons or a painful death from John Reese, Quinn willingly picks the former.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Or rather, "the corrupt Mayor's aide who had two minutes of screen-time was the mastermind".
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Averted. From interactions with his godson, it appears he loves the man. But when Quinn realizes he won't stop investigating who set up another good cop, instead of just getting him a desk job out of the city, Quinn has him killed.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Given he's a man who always assumes the worst of everyone (correctly, in most cases), he's mildly surprised when people like Beecher and Carter continue to pursue honesty.
- Evil(er) Counterpart: To Elias. He is what Elias was once before Elias was outed as a villain. Criminal mastermind masquerading as upstanding citizen. A Ghost whose identity is known to very few people. Both made a remark about having no need for material possession. What separates Elias from him is that Elias is willing to honour his relationships and promises to people like his men, John, and Harold, while Quinn is perfectly willing to betray and kill anyone who's outlived their usefulness, gets in his way or threaten the security of HR. Including his own godson.
- Evil Genius: The brains of the outfit; when Finch says he's brilliant you know he's smart
- Evil Virtues: He places a high value on loyalty in particular.
- Faux Affably Evil: He seems pretty friendly towards Maxine, until he decides to destroy her career for his own benefit.
- The Ghost/Unknown Character: Straddles the line. HR was a recurring enemy organization for quite some time, but the presence of a leader was only vaguely hinted at until "Bury The Lede". His true identity is so well covered, even Elias doesn't know who he is. His true identity and face are revealed at the end of the episode "Bury the Lede."
- Hidden Villain: Much like Elias.
- Hypocrite: In "The Devil's Share", he gives a speech about trust and how he won't betray his old subordinate Patrick Simmons to a pissed off John who's trying to get revenge for the murdered Carter. Considering HR ran on the Chronic Backstabbing Disorder trope, it's highly ironic and hilarious. John disabuses him of such a ridiculous notion with an effective and terrifying speech.Quinn: Loyalty. That's why Simmons came after you and Carter. Loyalty. That's how we built this whole damn thing. I'll be damned if I repay that loyalty by breaking it now. Even if you threaten to kill me.Reese: You see? That's why you and I understand each other. Now, everything you do is an abomination. But your word...your word is your bond. To your godson. To Carter. You do what you say. So do I. I'm not gonna threaten to kill you. I'm going to kill you whether you tell me or not. No bargaining. In three minutes you're dead. I've killed many people. Never bothered me much. That's why I was good at it. I didn't like them suffering, though. Took me years to figure out how to do it quickly, painlessly. But if you don't tell me, I'm gonna forget all of that. Understand? And I'll make the last three minutes of your life last forever.
- I Own This Town: Repeatedly makes this threat towards Reese and Carter in "The Crossing" while offering ample proof of such.
- Karma Houdini: He has been behind the corrupt cops of HR and personally involved with the deaths of a cop and Assistant District Attourney, but he has gotten away with it all. Finally comes to an end in "The Crossing" with Carter successfully destroying his organisation.
- The Man Behind the Man: With regards to the city's current Mayor. He not only does most of his job for him, but he also got him elected to begin with. He was also the behind the Mayor's opposition in the election, so he could continue being the simple aide regardless of who won.
- Manipulative Bastard: Maintained a friendship with Maxine with the sole purpose of manipulating her to achieve his goals.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He always has a nice suit on and acts befitting of a man from a well-off family. This further shows his contrast between him and the much more casually dressed Elias.
- Out-Gambitted: By Carter, in "Endgame". She gets his (unwitting)confession recorded and then captures him with the aid of Reese. Checkmate.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Focused on profit instead of petty things such as gang rivalries.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He is never seen out of some suit.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: He dishes out a verbal smackdown against Carter based on this concept.Quinn: You see yourself as a protagonist in some great tragedy. Determined to face the world alone. Even if it gets you killed.
- The Sociopath: In his entire screen-time, he hasn't shown a single drop of empathy for anyone. Be they innocent civilians, honest people or rivals. His only cited concerns are the City and his money. Mess with either and he will have you killed. His completely remorseless murder of Szymanski only solidifies this. It gets even worse when he its revealed that he manipulated his own godson into framing Szymanski, and then had said godson killed when he started to realize that he was being played.
- Spock Speak: He has a tendency to talk in an overly formal way regardless of the situation.
- Villainous Breakdown: It's very subtle and subdued, but it's noticeable Quinn becomes more and more nervous and erratic along "Endgame" and "The Crossing".
- Villain with Good Publicity: To the outside world Quinn is a pillar of the community, a distinguished aide to the mayor and a law abiding confidential informant who happily helps out his NYPD detective godson. In private, he's the sociopathic head of the corrupt police officers of New York and has happily murdered a NYPD detective and a assistant district attorney without even batting an eyelid.
- Wicked Cultured: Has an air of refinement and culture about him. He enjoys good food and fine drinks.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: One of his skills, featured prominently in "Endgame".
Officer Patrick M. Simmons
A corrupt NYPD police officer, and a leading member of HR.
- Asshole Victim: Eventually, his number comes up and he's murdered by Scarface on the orders of Elias.
- Almighty Janitor: Simmons is a simple beat cop, but he's also The Dragon to HR's boss. He gives orders to HR cops who outrank him. His role actually makes sense; he's able to be feet on the ground, turn up just about anywhere he wants and isn't restricted by the kind of caseloads that detectives get.
- Ascended Extra: A bit. Simmons started up as just a random corrupt cop friend of Fusco, but he is later shown to be one of the most powerful figures in the city (seeing as he's The Dragon to HR's boss) and he became one of the most recurring villains.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the second-highest-ranking member of HR, and the only one who is able to put up a good fight with Reese.
- Cop Killer: Simmons kills both cops and even his own HR underlings if he feels the situation calls for it.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a pretty sardonic, dark sense of humor."Most accidents don't require a shovel."
- Dirty Cop: To the core. However, he does have some standards.
- The Dragon: To the head of HR.
- Dragon Ascendant: After Quinn becomes indisposed, Simmons takes the reigns of HR.
- Dramatic Irony: He spent his career as a dirty cop, gleefully killing at every turn and abusing his power. He's killed when Elias pays off the police officer guarding him to take a break.
- The Dreaded: Other HR cops are quite rightly terrified of crossing him. Some of them would rather hold a grenade without a pin than upset him.
- Elite Mook: The closest thing HR has to one. Unlike the rank and file members he lasts more than three seconds in a fist fight with Reese despite getting trounced in the end and also is smart enough to take cover when John bursts into a room full of HR cops with his gun drawn. As a result, his kneecaps are intact when John leaves.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He has HR quit working for Elias once he discovers that Elias is keeping tabs on their families in case he ever needs to threaten them.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He makes some rather out-of-taste jokes in "The Crossing".
- Even Evil Has Standards: When the boss casually commented on having to eliminate his own godson as he was getting too close, Simmons made a bit of a shocked expression (which maybe is because he has loved ones of his own). He even tried to suggest that they simply have the guy Kicked Upstairs. However, this only seems to apply to family members of HR officers. He's perfectly willing to hurt Genrika as her surveillance operation threatened the profitable drug lab HR had set up with the Russian Mafia and in "The Crossing" he sends an HR officer to murder Fusco's son.
- Face Death with Dignity: Evidently tries to, acting defiant to Elias in his final moments.
- Famous Last Words: "You really think you're gonna be the one to kill me?" towards Elias. Elias answers that no, he is not. His right-hand-man, however...
- Get It Over With: After his defeat by Fusco, he wants to hurry up and die. It isn't that easy for him.
- I Have Your Wife: He plays this card on occasion, most notably with Fusco and his son.
- He Knows Too Much: Like the rest of HR, this is Simmons' standard way of dealing with certain people. For example, he murders a corrupt judge on the presumption that he would talk."Old man would've talked. He had 'state's evidence' written all over him."
- Hero Killer: He graduates to this when he kills Carter.
- Humiliation Conga: The events of the episode The Devil's Share are this to Simmons, and he deserved every agonizing second. His life is ruined with his picture plastered all over New York with the press calling him out at "New York's Dirtiest Cop". He's forced to flee with his tail between his legs, but fails to escape and gets his psychotic ass handed to him by Fusco, whose arm is in a sling. After a subsequent Perp Walk, he's laid up in hospital and finally gruesomely murdered at Elias' behest.
- Karmic Death: He ultimately dies at the hands of Marconi, strangled in his hospital bed while Elias watches.
- Karma Houdini: Escapes the take-down of HR. Also survives Reese blowing up his car in Season 1. Becomes this again after the second take-down of HR when all its members are finally apprehended except him. He exploits this by killing Carter, and escaping. Again. But his luck finally runs out in "The Devil's Share, when Fusco catches up to him, kicks his ass and arrests him.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His murder of a corrupt judge doesn't come across as particularly heinous. Simmons himself is the son of a bitch when Elias decides to do some kicking.
- Killer Cop: Simmons might be a beat cop, but he's one of the most formidable enemies that Team Machine ever faced. Considering their enemies include rogue government agencies and psychotic artificial intelligences, that's saying something.
- Misfortune Cookie: While torturing Fusco in a fortune cookie factory."'You will be unusually successful at your career.' You know, I don't think that one's true. 'A thrilling time is in your future.' We're getting close now. Oh, here we go. 'Tell your friends what they want to know, or they will break you apart limb by limb.' That's more like it."
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He receives one from Fusco; it's tremendously satisfying, considering that Simmons had been tormenting Fusco with threats and manipulation since Season 1.
- Perp Walk: Fusco marches Simmons through the Eighth Precinct, giving him a well-deserved dose of humiliation.
- Prophecy Twist: When his number comes up, he's most certainly in danger from a lot of people with Reese foremost among them. But it was Elias, lurking in the shadows and watching, who he should have been looking out for.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He's on the receiving end of one from Fusco, who draws a comparison between himself and Simmons before concluding that he's making the choice to not be a self-interested scumbag.
- The Remnant: He remains at large for a few days after HR is dismantled.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Carter takes HR down, he goes this way. This results in Joss' demise. Is on the receiving end of one during "The Devil's Share" with John finding out where he is, Fusco breaking his arm and arresting him and Elias visiting him and having Scarface finish the man off.
- Sickbed Slaying: As mentioned above, he's ultimately strangled in a hospital bed.
- Taught by Experience: His repeated encounters with John Reese have enlightened him up to Reese's tactics.
- Torture for Fun and Information: Simmons is no stranger to torture, as poor Fusco finds out in a horribly distressing scene.
- Undying Loyalty: For all of his many faults, Simmons actually seems to be extremely loyal to Alonzo Quinn. It isn't mutual.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If he hadn't killed Carter, Reese wouldn't have gone on a 10-Minute Retirement, Team Machine would have been fully staffed in the following story arc, and Decima might not have gotten a hold of Samaritan's source code.
- We Are Everywhere: Uses this as a threat against Reese (and as "The Crossing" shows, he's correct), but Reese's answer pretty much destroys his argument.Reese: Armies fall, one soldier at a time.
- Would Hurt a Child: One of the ways he maintains control over lower-ranking members of HR is by threatening not only them, but also their families if they try to double-cross him. He was willing to kidnap and harm Genrika to get information out of her on her spying activities and also sent someone to kill Fusco's son.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Pulls off a pretty competent one during "The Crossing" when trying to recover his boss before Carter delivers him to the FBI.
Det. Raymond Terney
Introduced in: "Ghosts"
An NYPD police detective and a prominent member of HR.
- Ascended Extra: Had bit parts in a number of episodes throughout seasons 1 and 2, mostly as just another face around the precinct with no indication that he was corrupt, but the final scene from "All In" established him as an HR member and paved the way for him to become a more significant character.
- Couldn't Find a Pen: Terney uses blood from his own mortal wound to daub Quinn's image on a photograph, marking him as the leader of HR.
- Death Equals Redemption: See Villain's Dying Grace below.
- Dirty Cop: As revealed in "All In", he not only works for HR, he knows who the boss is! There aren't many people who know that, and Quinn appears to trust him quite a bit so he's probably pretty high-ranking.
- Dirty Coward: In "God Mode," he pleads for his life—"I have a family!"—when Carter rescues Elias, despite having threatened Carter's own family and arrogantly preparing commit murder a few seconds before.
- Dying Clue: He points out the leader of HR as he dies.
- Humiliation Conga: His last day alive is not an easy one; he's pressurized by his superiors, outsmarted and beaten up pretty badly before getting killed.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Has the worst day on the job imaginable during "The Perfect Mark", which is capped off by the woman he once tried to murder gunning him down instead.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Gloats in Carter's face and then tries to frame her for the murder of Elias. She disrupts the killing, smashes the butt of her gun into his face and then makes off with his intended victim.
- Karmic Death: At the end of Season 2, he tries to shoot Carter in the back but was interrupted. Season 3 has him trying to pull it off again, while also being interrupted and shot in the chest by Carter.
- Mole in Charge: Guess who's in charge of investigating Szymanski's murder.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He's the catalyst of HR's destruction in Season 3. Had he not threatened Carter and revealed he was an HR cop, Carter wouldn't have bluejacked his phone, shot him and destroyed HR.
- Smug Snake: After missing the window of opportunity to plug Carter in the back of the head, he stupidly reveals he's a HR cop and threatens Mama Bear Carter's son. She responds in Season 3 by assembling and executing a plan to ruin his life and those of his fellow HR officers, not to mention shooting him in the chest.
- Villain's Dying Grace: After fatally shooting him, Carter begs him to "be a cop one last time". With his dying breath, he reveals the head of HR.
- Villainous Breakdown: He goes through one during the episode 'The Perfect Mark' as things get worse for him and he faces frequent humiliation.
Capt. Arthur 'Artie' Lynch
A corrupt police captain, and a leading member of HR.
- Character Death: Lynch eventually meets his end at Fusco's hands.
- Dirty Cop: Like all the other cops in HR. Bonus points for being a captain and a major figure in the organization.
- Fat Bastard: He's a heavy guy, and a major figure in HR.
- In the Back: Fusco shoots him in the back, killing him.
- Jerkass: Rarely has a nice, non-condescending thing to say about people.
Det. James 'Jimmy' Stills
A corrupt NYPD officer and a member of HR.
- Bald of Evil: Being a member of HR, he was evil by default, but Stills was particularly nasty.
- Character Death: He's killed by Reese in the first episode.
- Dirty Cop: As a member of HR.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He had a wife and kids.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Stills appears in precisely two episodes of the entire show, and in both he's a relatively minor character, but he is one of the major setpieces in Fusco's backstory.
- Toxic Friend Influence: It was Stills who roped Fusco into HR, using peer pressure and emotional blackmail.
- Would Hurt a Child: Had no qualms about killing their target's son.
Det. Louis Azarello
A corrupt police officer, who worked under Diane Hansen and James Stills. Working with Detective Stills, Azarello was responsible for killing many drug dealers and gang members and illegally selling their product. Stills used Fusco to help them cover their tracks.
- Dirty Cop: As a member of HR.
Det. William J. Petersen
Appeared in: "The Crossing"
A corrupt NYPD detective and member of HR.
- Blood Knight: When Simmons expresses surprise that Petersen bothered to get out of bed, he explains that he'll jump at the chance to shoot people.
- Character Death: Fusco manages to overpower and strangle him to death.
- Dirty Cop: He's HR, after all.
- Smug Smiler: Petersen is usually smiling, although he shouldn't be.
- Torture Technician: He tortures Fusco for information on Carter's whereabouts.
An Assistant District Attorney whose Social Security number was the first given to the recently formed partnership of Reese and Finch. She's initially believed to be in danger of being killed when in fact, she's actively assisting in framing innocent people for crimes committed by HR.
- Amoral Attorney: On retainer for HR and is even more so than usual for this trope. She knowingly prosecutes innocent people (well more or less people who aren't generally good anyway) framed by HR for the crimes they committed.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Due to her pretty face and charming demeanor, she was quickly mistaken for (and assumed to be) a victim instead of a perpetrator. Comes to bite John hard after he's caught off guard with Fusco getting the drop on him.
- Caught on Tape: Part of her Engineered Public Confession.
- Engineered Public Confession: How Reese and Finch take her down.
- Frameup: At first it's assumed she's going to be the subject of one, but then it turns out that she's doing the frame jobs.
Officer Michael "Mike" Laskey/Mikhael S. Lesnichy
Introduced in: "Nothing to Hide"
Joss Carter's rookie partner. He was placed with Carter by HR, with the purpose of monitoring her activities, but became Carter's asset.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Seemingly innocent New Meat, he's actually a mole for HR while acting as Carter's new partner.
- Cool Gun: Befitting a Dirty Cop he has an illegally purchased and unregistered Sig-Sauer GSR, a expensive M1911A1 clone. It becomes his undoing when Carter obtains it and when he tries to have one of his buddies kill her, she blows the man away with the weapon and blackmails Laskey with the threat of being framed for the killing.
- Dirty Cop: Like all others in HR.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Is not pleased to have to bury a friend of his who fell short on protection payments to HR.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Revealed in "Razgovor" when he tries to intimidate Carter.
- HeelFace Turn: He's forced to bury the corpse of a friend of his who HR murdered when said friend failed to pay protection payments on time. As a result, he implies to Carter that he will willingly aid her in destroying HR.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When Terney has him and Carter at gunpoint, Laskey purposefully goes for his gun to break the Mexican standoff and ensure that Terney shot at him first instead of Carter.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He has a non-standard issue handgun that's illegally purchased. Carter obtains it and uses it to blackmail him by shooting one of Laskey's associates he was trying to use to eliminate her with it and threatening to frame him for the murder.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: What he really is with less emphasis on the Sympathetic part. Carter knew from the beginning he was a mole, scoffs at his threats against her and John and then puts him in his place by framing him for a murder.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When he dropped the New Meat act, he showed himself as a smug jerk who thought himself above Carter. When he's subsequently framed and blackmailed by her, he gradually undergoes a HeelFace Turn.
- The Mole: For HR to spy on Carter and then was turned by Carter to spy on HR under the threat of being arrested for a killing he didn't commit.
- The Mafiya: He's a Russian mobster and was part of a project by HR and their Russian Mafia partners to infiltrate the NYPD.
- Motive Rant: Gives one to Carter showing he's a Green-Eyed Monster.
- Mugging the Monster: Tries to do this to Carter. It backfires spectacularly as you'd expect.
- New Meat: Plays this angle to manipulate Carter, but she sees right through it.
- Not What I Signed on For: In "Mors Praematura" he meets with Simmons about an old grocer friend of his who has skimped on "protection payments." Simmons was not amused and had Laskey bury the man's body. The next day he goes to Carter and confesses he is actually Russian Mob, one of twelve slipped into the police force, and implies he will fully support Carter's goal in destroying HR.
- Redemption Equals Death: He is killed when he tries to stop Terney from killing Carter.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Venomously rants about how Carter, someone with far more experience than he has doesn't know her place and believes his HR connections will give him power over her. It doesn't work out well for him in the ensuring confrontation with him being put soundly in his place by Carter and blackmailed to become her mole in HR.
- Smug Snake: Thinks he has the upper hand with Carter, but she proves him wrong.
- Trailers Always Spoil: An exclusive 2013 New York Comic Con clip revealed the confrontation between him and Carter days before the episode aired. Though not as much as it was quite clear from day one he was with HR.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: An act which he uses to try and get close to Carter. She played him along and didn't buy it for a second.