BEWARE OF SPOILERS. Due to the nature of the show, with its many Walking Spoiler characters, twists, and turns, the only spoilers whited out are those for the current season "24: Live Another Day". Proceed with caution!
The leader of a large drug cartel based in Las Nieves, Mexico. He was captured and sent to United States federal prison by Jack Bauer and Chase Edmunds. While he was in prison, his younger brother Hector Salazar took over the business.
- The Cartel: He's the head of a drug cartel.
- Character Death: The vial of the Cordilla virus that he's holding turns out to be a bomb, as he finds out with fatal consequences when he pulls the pin on it.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Disc-One Final Boss: In a hilariously cruel twist on the trope, not only is he not the Big Bad of the season, he turns out to have been the victim of a scam by a low-ranking flunky of the actual Big Bad.
- Establishing Character Moment: When he manages to cheerfully kill his own lawyer because He Knows Too Much, with a pen while in prison before happily blaming Jack.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's very charismatic and willing to throw anybody's life away to get away with his plans.
- Hannibal Lecture: Lots, if you think about it.
- He Knows Too Much: Why he kills his lawyer.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He trusts the wrong people, like Jack and Amador.
- Never My Fault: He blames Jack for Hector's death, even though he is the one who shot him.
- Siblings in Crime: With his brother, Hector.
- Unwitting Pawn: By Michael Amador.
Ramon Salazar's younger brother as well as his lieutenant in the Salazar drug empire, and ran the operation during his brother's incarceration.
- The Cartel
- Character Death Shot by his brother, to the shock of Jack and even Nina.
- Disc-One Final Boss
- Domestic Abuser: He's aggressively possessive of Claudia.
- Jerkass: Short-tempered, irritable and rude.
- Mustache Of Evil: A particularly ugly one.
- Pragmatic Villainy
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: His attempt to do this is what ultimately gets him killed. All the troubles caused from Jack's undercover actions gradually begin to shake his confidence in going through with Amador's virus deal, and is capped off after Claudia is shot, with him ultimately feeling that by this point he and Ramon have sacrificed too much for the deal to be worth it, and tries leaving in the middle of everything. Unfortunately for him by this point Ramon feels that they've invested too much in the deal that backing out now would caused irreparable damage to their empire, which leads him to shoot his brother. For some added irony, this was the opposite of their original stances on the virus deal: Ramon initially wanted nothing to do with it while Hector was all for it.
- Siblings in Crime: With his brother Ramon.
- Too Dumb to Live: He backs out of the deal after Claudia's death, which is Ramon kills him.