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    Angela Abar / Sister Night 

Detective Angela Abar / Sister Night

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Played by: Regina King

"There are people who believe that this world is fair and good. It's all lollipops and rainbows. We don't do lollipops and rainbows. We know those are just pretty colors that hide what the world really is: black and white."

The main Protagonist. A Tulsa police officer who begins donning a mask after being targeted by the Seventh Kalvary.


  • Action Girl: As a police officer, she regularly beats up terrorists.
  • Ascended Fangirl: She based her persona on a Blaxploitation movie she really wanted to see as a child.
  • Badass Longcoat: She wears one, complete with hood, as Sister Night.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Angela keeps a shotgun stashed behind the headboard of her bed, as well as a pistol for Cal to use in self-defence. Justified in that she was attacked and nearly killed in her own home by a racist terrorist group only three years ago.
  • Creepy Catholicism: Her police persona of Sister Night is some sort of warrior nun complete with rosary. Episode 7 reveals that Angela adopted this directly from the titular heroine of an In-Universe Blaxploitation film she idolized as a kid.
  • Cool Car: She drives a souped-up black Buick Grand National as part of her costumed persona.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Angela watched her parents get blown up in front of her by a suicide bomber, then wound up in an orphanage in Vietnam doing sweatshop work until the grandmother she never knew she had arrives to take her back to the continental US, only to herself suddenly die that same day.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: In spite of her codename and evil nun persona she is one of the main protagonists.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Angela clearly does not take Wade's betrayal well.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While no stranger to Police Brutality herself, she considers Red Scare's planned assault on Nixonville excessive.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her inability to trust anyone and her tendency to take matters into her own hands comes back to bite her big-time when she finds Will Reeves under Judd's corpse. The typical thing to do would have been to just report it, crazy as it was, and avoid the whole pointless "raiding Nixonville" thing the police did as retaliation. Instead she conducts her own private investigation and covers up anything to do with Will Reeves which results in Laurie busting her (and Laurie, as it turns out, is a good enough detective that all the cover-ups barely work anyway).
  • Foil: To Rorshach. She also thinks in "black and white", but it is not Black and White Insanity, she is brutal in a fight but has moments she thinks applying said brutality in the quest to uphold law can go too far, and overall is more heroic. When she discovers the Klan outfit in Judd's closet, she takes it away and performs a secret investigation about it, starting with asking Reeves if he is framing Judd. Kovacs wouldn't have done that.
  • Generation Xerox: Angela turns out to be one of her grandfather Will Reeves AKA Hooded Justice. Both are police officers who were victims of an unforgivable hate crime at the hands of The Klan and have taken up a costumed identity in order to combat them in their respective communities. They also do this at the cost of causing a strain on their relationship with their significant other.
  • Godzilla Threshold: After finally learning what Joe Keene and the Seventh Kalvary plan to do in order to overthrow the egalitarian society born of Adrian Veidt's 11/2 attack, Angela has no choice but to awaken her husband Cal's true identity as Doctor Manhattan to help her stop them.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She states to her friend Judd that she has an accurate "nose for white supremacy", unaware that Judd was involved in the Seventh Kavalry/Cyclops.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Considering that she has adopted three kids and is implied to be unable to have children, it's obvious that she really wanted to be a mother. Given that it's revealed her husband was actually Dr. Manhattan, it's likely it was impossible for him to give her children (at least normal ones) too.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Cal is revealed in episode 7 to be Dr. Manhattan, who was born 47 years before her.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Angela asks Jon to ask Will ten years in the past how he knew Judd was a Cyclops member who had a Klan robe hidden in his closet. When Will replies that he doesn't know who Judd is, Angela realizes that she has retroactively set off the chain of events that end in Judd's murder and everything that followed.
  • No-Sell: Laurie (Silk Spectre II) gave her a Breaking Speech after an entire episode of running over people as well as tearing apart their worldview. Angela's reaction?
    "Ooooooo."
  • Nun Too Holy: Her superhero identity is an evil nun. However she is (ostensibly) good.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Angela's parents were both causalities of a suicide bombing while they were living in Vietnam, leading to her being raised in an Orphanage of Fear. To make matters worse, when Angela's grandmother found out about her existence and opted to be her new guardian, the poor woman died of a heart attack before they could even leave the country.
  • Police Brutality: Our first look at her on the job is violently bringing a man in for questioning on zero evidence besides her gut, then literally beating the blood and piss out of him to get information on the Seventh Kavalry. Rorschach would be proud.
  • Rabid Cop: She's enough of one that Judd holds off on informing her of the traffic stop shooting until the next day. Later she drives into a white shantytown, breaks into a random trailer without a warrant, and throws the occupant into her trunk with no mention being made of whether she read him his Miranda Rights. Then, after Looking Glass's interrogation, she beats the suspect until he discloses where the Seventh Kavalry's hideout is. And even if she thinks the police arresting everybody in Nixontown is excessive, the moment a rioter tries to hit her she beats the everliving crap out of the guy (although that was definitely the stresses of the past couple of days making her careless).
  • Screw Destiny: Even with Jon's insistence that she cannot change the future and save his life, Angela gears up to fight the heavily armed Kavalry in his defense anyway. Unfortunately Jon is eventually proven right, but her very willingness to try is why Jon is in love with her.
  • Secret Keeper: She was apparently the only one who knew Cal was really Dr. Manhattan the entire time.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Laurie's Badass Boast about how she takes down good guys and masks results in Angela shrugging it off, much to Laurie's surprise.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Little Angela in Vietnam wanted to at least listen to the execution of the guy who helped blow up her parents. Yikes.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Will was the person who killed Judd Crawford, but Angela was the person who gave Will the idea via Doctor Manhattan.
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    Wade Tillman / Looking Glass 

Wade Tillman / Looking Glass

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"Is anything true?"

Played by: Tim Blake Nelson, Philip Labes (younger)

"I'm gonna ask you a series of questions..."

A Tulsa police officer who wears a reflective silvery cowl.


  • Ambiguously Bi: He shows clear attraction to women to the point of being married to one, but it's unclear what he's feeling while watching a televised portrayal of two past male superheroes having sex as well.
  • Ambiguous Situation: A couple of scenes featuring Glass leave a bit of room for interpretation.
    • As he interrogates Sister Night in episode 2, she calls him "a cold motherfucker". He replies "Then why am I crying under here?" As he's still wearing his mask, it's hard to see if he really is. Was that simple sarcasm, or was he actually moved by Judd's death?
    • At the beginning of episode 5, he is shown working at his cover job as a market researcher. After a commercial is shown inviting people to post-squid New York and receives glowing scores from the test audience, he claims the viewers were actually still full of fear and not at all willing to come to the city. Was he being observant as usual, or was he just projecting his own paranoia onto them?
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Deconstructed. Glass is incredibly observant, perceptive to even the most minute details, like a suspect's expressions and involuntary reactions. He is also very distrustful of nearly everyone and everything, to the point of being a borderline Conspiracy Theorist (or at the very least, he's easily perceived as such). These qualities make him a highly effective interrogator, to the point where some viewers even suspect he might be psychic; but they also cause the failure of his marriage, and ultimately bring about his downfall when he is lured into the Seventh Kavalry's HQ and blackmailed into turning in Sister Night.
  • Broken Pedestal: Finding out about Judd's klan robes doesn't faze him. Recognizing Senator Keene's voice behind a Kavalry mask barely surprises him. What destroys him? Finding out the squid attack that horribly traumatized him was staged by Ozymandias years ago. He can barely even bring himself to wear his foil-coated hat after that.
  • Creepy Good: LG is a valued member of the police force, but he still has a steely, ambiguous personality (not helped by him almost always wearing his reflective mask) that can be unnerving, with Angela calling him a "cold motherfucker".
  • Crazy-Prepared: Emphasis on "crazy," as he is over-prepared even by prepper standards. He tests his alarm system so often it breaks down from overuse. This is probably the real reason he sits around home eating food with his mask on, because it (theoretically) would stop a psychic attack and he's not going to go through that ever again.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Wade just happened to be in the New York area during 11/2 (Adrian Veidt's squid attack) and was within the psychic shock zone. Because of this, he spends the next thirty years consumed by fear of the next major squidfall. To make matters worse, it happened directly after a deeply humiliating sexual incident.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Except for the Veidt segment, "Little Fear of Lightning" is told entirely from Wade's perspective.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Implied in episode 7, after Agent Pete finds five dead Kavalry members at his home, with one of them missing a mask.
  • Expy: He carries a lot of Rorschach's mannerisms and personality traits, with his cowl even being referred to as his "face". He also shares Rorschach's hangups about sex, albeit where Kovacs was disgusted by the act (associating it with his abusive prostitute mother), Word of God states that Wade feels ashamed by the act (associating it with being put in a humiliating position by a girl right before the squid dropped). While Looking Glass differs from Rorschach in role, Lindelof certainly drew a lot from Rorschach when writing the character. He also eats a can of beans the same way Rorschach did, with the lower half of his mask lifted.
  • Foil: Reflectatine aside, like Rorschach, he has a full-face cowl that is referred to as his "face", and in certain scenes dark splotches reflecting off the mask resemble the shifting inkblots of Rorschach's cowl. He also seems to be Married to the Job, to the point where he still wears his mask at home. Unlike Rorschach, he's no conspiracy theorist and swallowed the accepted truth about the New York incident. He also actually works with law enforcement rather than acting on his own as a vigilante. His interrogation methods are also the direct opposite of Rorschach's, as he just uses light psychological pressure as opposed to Rorschach's "break fingers until someone talks" method.
  • Guttural Growler: He speaks in a raspy, low baritone that provides him with an aura of subtle menace.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: When it comes to dating women. His ex-wife notes that he always picks the ones that are going to "kick [him] in the balls." Sure enough, the woman he dates in the same episode turns out to be a spy who is leading him into a trap.
  • In-Series Nickname: "LG" or "Glass". Laurie also refers to him as "Mirrorguy/man" to piss him off.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be cold and blunt, but he does show concern for the safety of Angela's family. And in his spare time, he runs a support group for traumatized victims of the squid attack in New York. Even if he doesn't quite believe it, he tells his group that there's light at the end of the tunnel, and that things will get better.
  • Living Lie Detector: Not quite infallible, but LG is an expert in detecting involuntary lying signs. This ability gets disarmed if he warms up to a lady emotionally, sadly.
  • Loafing in Full Costume: He's shown at home still wearing his mask and only pulling it up halfway when about to eat dinner.
  • Mundane Utility: In the first episode Judd uses his reflective mask as a mirror to adjust his tie. In the third episode, Agent Blake checks her teeth in his mask. His Living Lie Detector ability is put to use in his civilian identity as a market research consultant, helping clients figure out if customers actually enjoy the commercials they are being shown (they don't, he reckons, with regards to a desperate New York tourism ad).
  • Mythology Gag: Visually, his costume most closely resembles Rorschach's, and some of the late vigilante's mannerisms are reflected in the character.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • His low, emotionless voice and tendency to constantly wear a featureless reflective mask means it's easy to mistake him as cold and scary, but in actuality he's a man with a host of emotional issues who's just barely holding it together and is grappling with long-lasting trauma.
    • When accused of being heartless by Angela when Judd's corpse is retrieved by the police, he claims he's crying. However, given that he's wearing a mask it's impossible to say if he was being genuine or sarcastic.
    • He's also clearly flustered when Angela asks him to call in a favor from his ex-wife who he once claimed was on good terms with. This turns out to be mostly true… but it doesn't make things any less painful for him.
    • Laurie is very good at getting under his skin, and he can barely contain his irritation when she makes fun of his mask and name.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: When five armed Seventh Kavalry members attacked him at night, he managed to kill all of them and subsequently escape.
  • The Profiler: Besides being the Tulsa Police's top interrogator, he is also a behavioral scientist.
  • Secret Keeper: Despite their abrasive banter with one another, Angela trusts him enough to hide Judd's Klan Robe from Agent Blake and to keep quiet about the potential implications it might have. Angela's trust in Wade tragically backfires after he's forced by Keene to make a Sadistic Choice between selling her out to Agent Blake or letting the Kalvary target her family again.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: Speaks with the thickest accent out of all the main characters and is the most cerebral.
  • Spock Speak: LG has a habit of lapsing into thick police/scientific jargon.
  • Survivalist Stash: Keeps loads of supplies in an underground backyard bunker that doubles as a photographic dark room.
  • The Stoic: He has a laconic, half-bored demeanor that comes through even when he's conducting a very intense interrogation.
  • Tinfoil Hat: Both his mask and the inner lining of his baseball cap are made of "reflectatine", which ties into his anxieties about squids. Since being in a hall of mirrors apparently did save him from the psychic attack, it has some basis.
  • Torture Technician: He's the designated interrogator for the Tulsa Police Department, having a pod where suspects are bombarded with imagery to make them expose lies by involuntary reactions, though it generally seems like he only deploys mild psychological pressure on the perps, never laying a finger on them. Noticeably when things get physical it's always either Sister or Scare that does this.
  • Wham Line: When he's confronted by the Kavalry.
    Looking Glass: Are you even trying to disguise your voice, Senator?
    Keene: Shit, am I still wearing my mask?
  • You Are in Command Now: Even though Red Scare argues with him about whether he really is in charge, he basically becomes the unofficial de facto leader of the Tulsa Police following Judd’s death. This lasts until Agent Blake takes over.

    Red Scare 

Red Scare

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Played by: Andrew Howard

A Tulsa police officer who wears a red ski cowl.


  • The Big Guy: He's the most physically brawny and most heavily armed of the main cop characters.
  • Big Eater: He's frequently shown eating. He says he's got a fast metabolism.
  • Chummy Commies: Played With. He is chummy only because he is in the side of the police and even then is not above committing Police Brutality or being a standard dick for no reason.
  • Dirty Communist: Inverted; a paparazzi calls him a Nazi for roughing him up, but Scare proudly replies that he's a Communist.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Scare".
  • Jerkass: He spends most of his time being a callous, resolute asshole.
  • Rabid Cop: He leads the rest of the Tulsa police into rounding up all of the residents of Nixontown and interrogate them all to see who is responsible for Judd Crawford's murder. He also very visibly brings an assault rifle to the climactic raid of the first episode when Sister Night only brings a pistol.
  • Red Scare: His name and entire persona.
  • Those Two Guys: With Pirate Jenny.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Has an undefined Slavic accent.

    Pirate Jenny 

Pirate Jenny

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Played by: Jessica Camacho

A Tulsa police officer who wears a beaded mask.


  • Disposable Pilot: Subverted. She is the designated pilot of the Archie airship owned by the Tulsa police that crashes in the very first episode in pursuit of a 7th Kavalry airplane but she survives mostly unscathed.
  • The Generic Guy: While neither she nor Red Scare are particularly prominent, Red Scare at least has several salient character traits (namely that he's a violent and abrasive Communist). Pirate Jenny thus far doesn't even have that going for her.
  • Mythology Gag: In the comics, comic books began to focus on pirates rather than costume heroes as part of the Alternate History with "Jenny" possibly gaining inspiration from there.
  • Those Two Guys: With Red Scare.

    Judd Crawford 

Chief Judd Crawford

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Played by: Don Johnson

The chief of the Tulsa Police and the boss to Angela, Looking Glass, and Red Scare.


  • All There in the Manual: There are several details of his backstory not mentioned in the show proper, only in files that appear on the show's website. In his youth, he served in the Marines in Vietnam (under Robert Mueller no less) and got a Bachelor's degree in criminology from the University of Oklahoma. He worked as a professional rodeo rider for a couple of years before joining the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department in 1980. In 2004, he moved back to Tulsa and joined the Tulsa Police Department as a senior detective.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Will tells Angela that he killed Judd because he was a participant in a conspiracy and that he had "skeletons in his closet." This turns out to literally be the case when Angela discovers a Ku Klux Klan robe hidden in a secret compartment in Judd's closet.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Angela, when she finds Judd's secret Klan robe.
  • Da Chief: For the Tulsa PD, complete with a cowboy hat.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The amount of screentime he receives in the pilot, along with his status as a Reasonable Authority Figure, leads one to believe that he's one of the main characters. He's not, dying at the end of the first episode.
  • Expy: As a main character who dies at the start of the story and has the past of an Asshole Victim, Judd is one for the Comedian.
  • False Friend: He deliberately inserted himself into Angela's life during her recovery to get close to her husband. Judd was working with the Seventh Kavalry to kill Cal/Doctor Manhattan and take his power.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Part of what makes the discovery of his dark side so heartbreaking is because Judd was so likable; a charming man who was a loving husband, an Honorary Uncle to Angela's children and A Father to His Men who led from the front. It's little wonder that Angela is so conflicted upon discovering the KKK robe.
  • Hidden Depths: He's surprisingly a pretty good singer. He's also conservative, judging by the radio show that he listens to while on a drive. Unfortunately, he may also be a member of the KKK, judging by the robes in his closet (though that's later revealed to have belonged to his grandfather).
  • Honorary Uncle: He's one to Angela’s children.
  • Karmic Death: Being forced to hang himself by a black man who survived KKK violence in his youth is a fitting end for a Klansman.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lets out a "Shit!" once he sees that his tires were popped by a spike strip and realizes he's about to be ambushed.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He was a member, perhaps even leader, of the KKK. Joe Keene later claims that Judd was a Klan leader not because he was a racist at heart, but to "keep the peace". Looking Glass doesn't buy that particular line of nonsense. Though the robe later is revealed to have belonged to his grandfather.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: It's revealed that Reeves used a strobe light to force Crawford to kill himself.
  • Sacrificial Lion: After being built up as one of the main characters, he dies at the end of the first episode to establish that, just like in the original comic, Anyone Can Die.
  • Stable Time Loop: His death is ultimately revealed to be a result of this, as Angela asked Dr. Manhattan to ask the Will of ten years ago about how he knew about the robe in Judd's closet and his ties to the Seventh Kalvary — revealing to past Will the existence of these things in the first place.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: A well regarded police chief who was secretly aligned with the Seventh Kavalry.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Murdered at the end of the first episode.
  • The Vietnam Vet: It's not brought up in the show proper, but supplementary materials on the show's website mention that he served in the Marines in the Vietnam War.
  • Walking Spoiler: It’s hard to talk about him from the end of the first episode and onwards without spoilers as he gets killed off and then the revelation that he was involved with the KKK and the Seventh Kavalry.

    Panda 

Panda

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Played by: Jacob Ming-Trent

A Tulsa police officer who wears a panda mask.


  • Animal Motif: Pandas are fat and fluffy, sure, but they are also higly ornery and unfriendly creatures. In other words, fat bastards.
  • Fat Bastard: He definitely is seen as a "bastard" by the rest of the Tulsa police, and is obese enough to make his nickname meaningful.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He is openly disliked by the rest of the Tulsa police force for his actions below.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: He abides by the rules to an unrealistic degree. He gets a police officer wounded by taking over a minute asking questions about whether the situation qualified releasing the officer's gun; by the time he released it (and this also took several attempts — whether it was because of a malfunction with the holster or Panda being lazy is not explained, but there is plenty of evidence for both), the officer was fired upon. The next day he shows no remorse or conflict, quoting directly from the rulebook that releasing all firearms is only allowed if the majority of the police force feel threatened.
  • Rules Lawyer: Very obsessed with making sure the letter of the law is followed, regardless of whether the spirit is.
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    Laurie Blake / The Comedienne 
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    Dale Petey 

Agent Dale Petey

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Played by: Dustin Ingram

An agent on the FBI's Anti-Vigilante Task Force and Laurie Blake's partner in the Tulsa investigation.


  • Adorkable: His awkward mannerisms and humorous exchanges with Laurie make him endearing.
  • Break the Haughty: In the penultimate Peteypedia memo, he states that his experience in Tulsa — culminating in a calamitous event which destroyed Greenwood and may or may not have killed Agent Blake — have forced him to rethink his blinkered assumptions about costumed heroes and the culture surrounding them.
  • Fanboy: He is a college history PhD specializing in the costumed adventurers of years past, and as such cautiously probes Laurie with questions about her past career on the flight to Tulsa. He also includes an excerpt from Rorschach's journal in the FBI briefing to the annoyance of his superior.
  • Genre Savvy:
  • Ignored Expert: Despite having studied the history of masked vigilantes, and even wrote a dissertation on the police strike of '77, he's largely undervalued by the Bureau despite being part of an Anti-Vigilante Task Force. This is best exemplified in how he added an excerpt from Rorschach's journal in a presentation about the Seventh Kalvary only to be reprimanded.
  • May–December Romance: He has a one night stand with Laurie.

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Government

The Redford Administration

    President Robert Redford 

The 39th, and longest-serving, President of the United States.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: You would think so, considering that he's served seven consecutive terms and is in the process of serving the eighth. However, given that the series is set in Oklahoma, his views are considered deeply controversial in that part of the United States. Adrian Veidt set the stage for his election, and it's implied that he's rigged multiple reelections in his favor.
  • No Party Given: His stated policies are liberal, and in real life, Redford and the other known members of the administration are Democrats, but he’s never explicitly been called one on the show.
  • President Evil: Willingly or not, Robert Redford is fully aware of what Adrian Veidt has done, and is complicit in keeping the truth suppressed. An article covering Veidt's alleged death notes that there was a split between them following Redford being sworn into office, suggesting that he was horrified upon learning the truth.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Veidt set up his presidency, which he doesn’t learn until he was elected.
  • The Voice: His appearance in the season so far is confined to a picture of him in an exhibit of "notable presidents" in the first episode.

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. 

Treasury Secretary Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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A former academic who took a job in the Redford Administration to help him pass his reparations plan.


  • As Himself: Appears in the second episode at the museum dedicated to the Tulsa race massacre, helping the survivors and descendants to get tested to see if they qualify for reparations.
  • The Cameo: Has maybe ten lines of dialogue and is just a hologram.

U.S. Senate

    Joe Keene, Jr. 

Senator Joe Keene, Jr.

Played by: James Wolk

A conservative U.S. Senator who is campaigning to succeed President Redford.


  • A God Am I: He originally wanted to use the White Night incident to get elected president, but eventually decided to turn himself into Doctor Manhattan instead.
  • Big Bad: He is the leader of the Seventh Kavalry and masterminded the White Night as a plot to become president. It then became a plot to become a being like Doctor Manhattan.
  • Ambiguously Evil: In the first four episodes, Junior gives off a Smug Snake vibe during his appearances, and documents in the Peteypedia files link his family and Judd's to a white supremacist conspiracy, but in a story such as this it remains to be seen whether he's a knowing participant or a Red Herring. The ambiguity is removed in Episode 5 when it's revealed that he's a leader in the Seventh Kavalry.
  • Engineered Heroics: Senator Keene is taken hostage by a Kavalryman during Judd's funeral and afterwards vows to a group of reporters that he will go to war with the Kavalry. Since it's revealed that Keene is a leader of the Kavalry, the funeral incident was most likely staged.
  • Evil Reactionary: He claims he wants to turn America back to its "founding values" and "restore balance", clearly implying he means the times of Jim Crow.
  • Insistent Terminology: The two times he's been called a racist or white supremacist for being involved with the Seventh Kavalry, he's insisted he's not racist. But he still claims that its hard to be a white man.
  • No Party Given: Averted. Judd's newspaper obituary mentions Keene and identifies him as a Republican.
  • Playing Both Sides Keene denounces the Seventh Kavalry in public while secretly being their leader, orchestrating the White Night so that he could get his bill to ostensibly protect cops by making them wear masks get passed and secure his political future.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Zig-Zagged. Keene is in command of a white supremacist terrorist group, but he is quick to mock the "idiots" and "racist Okies" under him and states that he is using the Kavalry for a loftier goal. But during his confrontation with Agent Blake, he admits that his main motivation for becoming a Physical God is to tip the scales back in the white man's favor.
    Keene: It is extremely difficult to be a white man in America right now. So I'm thinking...I might try being a blue one.
  • President Evil: Subverted. Keene's initial plan was to use the masked cop law to get himself elected president, until he decided to destroy Doctor Manhattan and become a hydrogen-powered god instead.
  • Sadistic Choice: After revealing himself as a leader of the Seventh Kavalry, Senator Keene gives Wade an ultimatum: either sell out Angela to Laurie in order to get her out of the way of whatever the Kavalry is planning, or the Kavalry will gun for her family again. Wade reluctantly betrays Angela in the hopes of saving them.
  • Smug Snake: He absolutely loves the sound of his own voice and reveling in the power he has over those the Seventh Kavalry captures. Laurie even points out that he’s itching to monologue his plan to her.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: A well-regarded Senator and a popular candidate to become the next US President. He is actually the leader of the Seventh Kavalry.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Keene threatens to send the Kavalry to murder Angela and her entire family if Wade doesn't betray her, and states that it makes no difference to him whether it comes to that or not.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Keene sends a group of armed Kavalry to Wade's house, having used him to sell out Angela to Agent Blake.

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