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    Neal George Caffrey Bennett
Played by: Matt Bomer
For the record, I still maintain that I basically turned myself in.

Neal is a con man, a forger, an artist, a thief, a charmer, a rogue, and a scoundrel. And he's very, very good at all of that.

  • Anti-Hero: Neal Caffrey is a manipulative ex con man who helps the FBI catch white collar criminals in order to avoid a prison sentence. While he does sometimes fall back on his criminal habits, (though at times with good intention) and has a penchant for revenge he displays an altruistic commitment to his work as an FBI agent (mostly due to Everyone Has Standards). He's also a surprisingly Nice Guy, A Friend in Need, a Friend to All Children, a Friend to All Living Things, a Chivalrous Pervert and caring in a relationship.
  • Badass Bookworm: His badassery is in his cleverness, because he's all but useless in a fight. But yes, this is a wily con artist who dreams of going to college and whose early forays into forgery included faking a bus pass when he was little so he could get to school on time, because he loved school.
  • Born Lucky: Peter feels Neal was this. Neal's back-story suggests otherwise (maybe). There's merit to Peter's view.
    • Neal's not really all that lucky. Until the age of 18 he had absolutely no idea who he really was or who his father really was. That and while he does have his lucky moments, you take into account that the few people he gets close to end up getting into deadly situations even when it's not his fault, as proved with Ellen.
  • Boxed Crook: He has a two-mile radius, though in a city as dense as New York, it doesn't limit him too much.
  • Broken Ace: Of the criminal variety. On the surface he’s a charming thief who has pulled off some of the best cons the FBI has ever seen. Underneath that though, he is full of doubt and loneliness, just looking for a way out and a place to belong.
  • The Charmer: Neal can talk his way into almost anything. He once talked a cop into breaking into a car for him when the cop showed up unexpectedly as he was trying to do it himself. A few times he has to talk his way into getting the information he needs for a job... then he has to try and get himself back out of it (usually by invoking his tracking anklet). Taken to its apotheosis in the sixth season when he practically makes a girl fall in love with him before the first date, then has to spend that date not letting it get too good to utterly break her heart when the con's over, but not getting so bad that she leaves early.
  • Con Man: Its his criminal niche. He can charm his way into any situation, usually using a combination of flirting and highly convincing acting. He often uses his con man skills to circumnavigate the FBI’s rules when in the field.
  • Con Men Hate Guns: Just because he hates them, doesn't mean he doesn't know how to use them.
  • Consummate Liar: As a highly successful conman, Neal is very good at keeping up pretenses even under pressure, talking himself out of tight situations, whether with the law or other criminals, by coming up with believable (false) reasons for his actions, and creating aliases.
  • Daddy Issues: All of them. Like...ALL of them. Pick a subtrope. Father/surrogate conflict, abandonment, idolization, broken idolization, fears that he turned out like him, ALL OF THEM.
    • Some Mommy Issues on top of that, too, because, according to implication, she was nursing a psychological trauma and/or substance addiction and wasn't really on top of it. He doesn't like to talk about it, even to Mozzie.
  • The Dandy: He adores his nice clothes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He grew up in Witness Protection. Until he was 18, he didn't even know his real name.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene in the pilot involves him breaking out of prison dressed as a guard. He shaves his face, fixes his hair, puts on the guard uniform, and casually walks out the door like he owns the place, successfully fooling prisoners and guards alike. Ladies and gentlemen, Neal Caffrey, con artist.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Neal refuses to make untraceable fake identities, since the only way to make them needs a dead infant's birth certificate.
  • Faking the Dead: Successfully, in the series finale.
  • Friendly Enemy: Seemingly with Peter prior to them working together. When Peter catches him in the Pilot, they chat like old friends. He even notes that Peter is wearing the same suit as the last time they crossed paths and Peter merely replies that "the classics never go out of style."
  • Fool for Love: For Kate.
  • Friend to All Children: He often has to step in when Peter gets flustered by the mere presence of children.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Neal knows everything. He even has a fake degree in it!
  • Gentleman Thief: A sleek suited con man, famous for forgery and (supposed) art theft.
  • Good with Numbers: You try calculating sixty years of compound interest in two seconds.
  • Guile Hero: Most of the time he gets out of tight spots using his wits and charm, rather than any physical prowess.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: He's never a bad guy, but he is a criminal who can cause harm to innocent people regardless of his intentions. He realizes this and seriously considers staying on the right side of the law permanently thanks to Peter's influence. Unfortunately, the rest of the FBI continues to defer his release and treat him like their Token Evil Teammate regardless of what he does. So he gives up on going straight.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Downplayed trope. Though not evil, Neal struggles throughout the series with the decision of which side of the law he really wants to be on. The answer changes multiple times throughout the show due to circumstances, his own flaws, and how strong his friendships are with people on both sides of the law. Even in the series finale, it's left ambiguous whether he's chosen to keep being a thief or go straight, as the article that Peter finds about a security upgrade at the Louvre could mean that the museum upgraded their security after Neal stole from it, that he wanted to test their security by committing a theft in the future, or that Neal was hired by the Louvre to upgrade their security.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mozzie.
  • Hidden Depths: You wouldn't really expect a con artist to be particularly religious, but Season 1's "Book of Hours" demonstrates that Neal not only believes in God, but is convinced that a reputed "Healing Bible" has genuine divine healing powers imbued in it.
  • I Am What I Am: The ultimate decision for himself in the end regarding the finale. Neal decides to remain a criminal because it's what he's happy being.
    • Although, that was really more of an ambiguous ending. Given that the article Peter found in the last episode mentions a security upgrade at the Louvre but no actual theft, it is possible that Neal was either considering testing that security upgrade by stealing something, or, conversely, that he was the one responsible for the upgrade.
  • I Lied: It's what he does.
    • Except to Peter. He never outright lies to Peter. Although he does engage in"creative truth-telling".
      • He's taken to straight-up lying to Peter as of "Brass Tacks", for his own good, after having the fear of Elizabeth put into him.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: At one point he shoots a man in the leg, through Peter's pants, without touching Peter.
  • In Love with the Mark: Well, in love with the girl who worked for the mark anyway. Ultimately the reason he got caught.
  • Indy Ploy: Peter likes a plan. Neal doesn't. Except when he does.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: And don't he know it!
  • Like Father, Like Son: In some ways. He is NOT happy about this.
  • Living Legend: Alright, class, that's it for today. Next week we'll begin the unit on Neal Caffrey.
  • Loveable Rogue: He’s immensely charming, and constantly walking the fine line between a life of crime, and one on the straight and narrow.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Veers between this, and guile hero, depending on how sympathetic his motives for manipulating people are at any given moment.
  • Martial Pacifist: He doesn't just hate guns, he's generally not fond of violent solutions and always tries to work around them.
  • Master Actor: Neal successfully convinces people he is a doctor, an agent, a scientist, a stock broker, the heir to several different fortunes, a pilot, a temperamental famous artist, and an assassin at various points on the show. That is the short list.
  • Master Forger: Neal is capable of forging paintings, sculptures, banknotes and even rare whiskey. A number of episodes have him and the FBI go up against other master forgers or people dealing in fake artefacts. In one instance Neal and fellow forger Mozzie create a perfect forgery of a painting and then deliberately add minor flaws so the FBI lab can expose it as a fake and thus stop investigating what happened to the original.
  • Meaningful Name: Caffrey is care-free.
  • Mock Millionaire: Often his cover, and because he is... at heart.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He spends a lot of time shirtless. We all appreciate it.
  • Nice Guy: Against all expectation.
  • Nice Hat: Neal's signature trilby, which he often wears at a rakish angle a la Frank Sinatra.
  • Nice to the Waiter: One of the many reasons he gets into so many places he shouldn't be in.
  • Non-Action Guy: He doesn't know how to fight. He admits he doesn't know how to fight. Sometimes, if you have hurt one of his loved ones, he will lash out, but he usually very quickly loses the upper hand.
  • Not So Different: Neal and some of the criminals he helps put away. Particularly Keller.
  • Odd Couple: With Peter.
  • One of the Kids: When interacting with marks, Neal is smooth. When among friends (or, you know, feds, same diff at this point), he is the resident playful, exuberant, unruly little brother. Matt Bomer even said that he draws that aspect directly from his son.
  • ...Or So I Heard: He maintains he didn't actually commit any of his crimes. Also, "I love your alleged work."
  • Parental Abandonment: He never knew his father. Maybe.
    • He's telling the truth on that one—dad was (apparently) a Dirty Cop who murdered another officer, and Neal never had the chance to meet him.
    • From the way he cut Ellen off when she was about to mention his mother, there seems to be some mommy issues going on with him too.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Neal basically lives this trope
  • Poisonous Friend: In the season 5 premiere, he tries his hand at Framing the Guilty Party to get Peter out of prison. The implications are explored.
  • Real Men Cook: They also brag about it a lot.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Neal's life.
  • Renaissance Man: He cooks, cracks safes, has extensive knowledge of antiquities, can paint, knows multiple languages, and sings old jazz.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: On one occasion. EXTREMELY unlike him.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Neal wears an entire wardrobe of suits by Sy Devorenote , gifted to him by June.
  • Shirtless Scene: All the time. It's a good thing.
  • Smart People Play Chess
  • Sticky Fingers: Neal has this problem, especially early in the series, though he repeatedly steals Peter's wallet and gives it back to him solely to tease him. There is one point in the first season when even Mozzie is exasperated with his impulse control issues when it comes to taking things because he feels like it, though.
    Mozzie (exasperated): You're like a child.
  • That's What I Would Do: How Neal helps the FBI.
    • After Neal gives Peter a suspiciously well-informed explanation of what someone would need to smuggle gems in Burma:
    Peter: "Really."
  • Token Evil Teammate: In a sense. Neal is quite moral and charming, but he is the team's criminal consultant.
  • Tranquil Fury: The best way to know if Neal has taken a true dislike to someone is that he drops all pretence of charm and goes icy cold.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: As a kid, he really wanted to. These days, it scares him to think he will or already has.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: He flirts with (almost) every woman, successfully. But he doesn't even kiss a woman until the second season. It's later implied that he deliberately goes after hard to get women and he's a Chivalrous Pervert, so it's a Justified Trope.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Duh.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Bitterly Lampshaded: when he was younger, he wanted to be a cop like his Disappeared Dad. Said dad was a Dirty Cop, so, yes, he followed in his father's footsteps...being a crook. Working on being so averted it hurts.
  • Wicked Cultured: Though not evil.
  • Wine Is Classy: Neal has an extensive wine collection, and can be quite a snob about it.

    Peter Burke
Played by: Tim DeKay
I wear a badge; he wears a tracking anklet.

Peter is an FBI agent in the white collar crimes unit. He's a straight arrow, and he's dedicated to his profession. He's as good at his job as Neal. He's dedicated to his wife, like many cops, but he actually manages to make it up to her when the job gets in the way.

  • Adorkable: Peter plays video games (well, Angry Birds at least) and fist bumps (with explosion) with Elizabeth. And you should see him flirt. Well, try to flirt.
  • Always Gets His Man: Peter's the only law-man to catch Neal. Twice. And a half.
  • By-the-Book Cop: He is a real stickler for the rules.
  • Catchphrase: "Damn it, Neal!" whenever Neal does something he shouldn't. So, all the time.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When going after the special forces assassin who shot Mozzie, Peter finds himself on the sticky end of a frame job (he's framed for attempting to frame the guy; how recursive). When the guy went into his offices to get Peter's fingerprints, he also went on Peter's computer. Fortunately, Peter keeps a secret key-logger on his computer.
    Neal: I've never appreciated your distrust of me more.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Peter isn't a moron, but he presents himself as a clueless guy... and it works. And sometimes he just kicks ass.
  • Determinator: One of the reasons he Always Gets His Man. Neal uses this to try to convince Robin Hoodie to turn himself in.
  • Expansion Pack Past: Every once in a while, we hear about past career options that were taken away from him or that he chose not to take, among them accountancy (for which see below) and Major League pitcher (for the latter, he actually played AAA minor-league ball until injuries kept it away from him).
  • A Father to His Men: Peter is very close the men and women under his command, and many characters point out that he treats Neal like a surrogate son. This is demonstrated in the series finale, where Peter is more content delivering coffee to his teams on stakeout rather than take a lucrative post in Washington D.C.
  • FBI Agent: Working for the white collar division, heading up his own special task force.
  • Forensic Accounting: His stock in trade.
  • Good with Numbers: He coulda been an accountant. For Warren Buffet.
  • Guile Hero: A Lawful Good version.
  • Happily Married: The worst fight him and Elizabeth ever have is that he feels bad that she isn’t angry that he forgot the dry cleaning. They are sickeningly good together.
  • Has a Type:
    Peter: I felt the same way about ... my algebra teacher.
    Neal: Hence your lifelong fascination with numbers.
    Peter: And smart, leggy brunettes. [just like Elle (and Neal)]
  • Hidden Depths: Peter is shown to have proficiency in a number of fields that even surprises Neal, such as being an experienced horse rider, skilled enough at baseball to have been a potential major-leaguer, and possessing a very prestigious accounting degree.
  • Humble Hero: Unlike Neal, he's not terribly sophisticated and prefers the humbler things in life. He gets terribly uncomfortable when trying to play a rich wine snob.
  • Hypocrite: He repeatedly berates Neal for looking for Kate and assuming she was in danger, and never apologizes to Neal for his part in her death. But when his wife is kidnapped, he loses all composure and immediately blames Neal for the entire ordeal.
    • He also chastises Neal every time he makes a lie of omission or makes morally grey decisions for the greater good. Yet he himself is more than willing to do exactly the same things.
  • Indy Ploy: He likes a plan, but he's willing to run with it.
  • Mock Millionaire: As an undercover accountant.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Why not just shoot? Peter does.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: See Crouching Moron.
  • Odd Couple: With Neal.
  • Official Couple: With his wife.
  • Parental Substitute: He's either Neal's father or his big brother. They even play a game of catchnote . Neal told James that Peter had "been more of a father to him than [James] ever was".
  • Porn Stache: His Old Shame.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: In Season 4, Episode 3: he's sent to the evidence locker, a.k.a. "the Cave" pending review of his actions in getting Neal back.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The most reasonable. He'll go with Neal's hunches and trusts him to do what's right, even if others are sure it's just another one of Neal's cons.
  • Straight Man: To Neal.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Peter was this to Neal in the Backstory, except he was actually successful in catching Neal.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he realizes that Fowler and his men have been in his house, he very calmly works out what they've done. His voice doesn't raise up, and the only vocal indicator that he's upset is that he's speaking faster than normal. But his face has pure murder written all over it.
  • Violently Protective Husband: Peter loves his wife very much. DO NOT mess with Elizabeth or try to bust up her shop, even if you are an FBI agent. He will punch you in the face. And that's just for starters.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Again with the duh.

    Elizabeth Burke
Played by: Tiffani Thiessen

Or maybe you've been chasing him so long you don't know how to stop?

Elizabeth is Peter's wife. Like the typical "cop's wife", she has to suffer her husband's dedication to his job: frequent absences and missing important occasions. Unlike the typical cop wife, she puts up with this with good grace.

  • Action Girl: Elizabeth gets her moments. For starters, she once threw a chair through shatterproof glass.
  • Always Save the Girl: Since she's the only one who isn't a trained cop or a professional crook, she's seen as the one usually most in need of protection, which means that on the few occasions she's pulled into the conflict, everything stops to help her.
  • Brainy Brunette: She helps Peter with his cases, especially with romantic things he's not very good at.
  • Damsel out of Distress: As of the season three mid-season premiere. She concocts a brilliant escape plan with nothing but a dog bite, thermostat, diamond ring, and some crazy chair swinging skills.
  • Happily Married: Peter and Elizabeth have been held up as one of, if not the healthiest relationships on television.
  • Keep the Home Fires Burning: She's the one Peter comes home to at the end of a case.
  • No Sympathy: Averted with Elizabeth, who never seems to mind (too much) when Peter's work gets in the way of their personal life. When a fugitive FBI agent inadvertently hijacks Peter and Elizabeth's date night, she acts more like he's stuck in traffic than anything. She asks Mozzie for Peter's safe word to make sure he's okay first.
  • Odd Friendship: With Mozzie.
  • Official Couple: With her husband.
  • Self-Made Woman: She met Peter while working at an art museum, and now she runs her own event planning company.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When kidnapped, she rescues herself. Not by resorting to typical seduction tricks, but by manipulating her guard (by telling him he'll start sweating if the dog bite he got was infected, then turning up the heat). While he was out looking for bandages, she then figures out a way to throw a chair through shatterproof glass.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: A wife example. She, resignedly, accepts the problems of Peter's job and Neal's lifestyle and Mozzie's quirks. She's the living poof of, "You're just plain okay."

    Mozzie, aka Theodore "Teddy" Winters
Played by: Willie Garson

It's about doing what we want to do. Who cares about nine-to-five's and 401-Ks. Playing by the rules only makes...borders. They just...take away everything that's good about living life...As long as I don't have to live under anyone's time or dime, I'm a free man.

Mozzie has a criminal mind, but not a criminal soul. You can trust him with your life, but you'd be daft to trust him with a dollar. (Thank you, Sir Pterry.)

  • Adorkable: It really helps that he's played by Willie Garson. But then they give him lines like "Mi casa es suit casa", followed by a dorky little grin.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Averted, he is the worst "actor" in the main cast, yet tends to be only a little hammy.
  • Berserk Button: Mozzie gets riled up in "In the Red" when he finds out that the perp Neal and Peter are going after is running an extortion scam involving adopted kids. This is because Mozzie was raised under foster care and understands the hardships adopted children must go through.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Believes in conspiracies, is a germophobe, and is overall a weirdo... but he gets the job done.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: That's just what they want you to think.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Mozzie is in no way a moron, but he's generally not a physical presence. Then, in a tense moment he disarms a bad guy and holds him at gun point without flinching. That he nearly collapses afterward just shows how cool he was during the moment.
    • He knows his appearance gives people a certain impression and uses that to get them to underestimate how quickly and creatively he thinks.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Has a habit of peppering his lines with French expressions.
  • Flanderization: Mozzie's interest in conspiracy theories and distrust of the FBI are exaggerated midway through the second season. Which could be intentional on Mozzie's part.
    • It's revealed to have been part of his coping mechanism; as a child he fantasized his parents were spies.

    Diana Barrigan
Played by: Marsha Thomason

Agent Diana Barrigan, FBI. Damn right I'm overqualified.

One of Peter's subordinates.

     Lauren Cruz 
A female FBI agent who works with Neil and Peter.

    Clinton Jones
Played by: Sharif Atkins

Another one on Peter's team.

  • Combat Pragmatist: When an encounter with an intruder in his home gets down to fisticuffs, the first thing he does is rip off his necktie. The second thing he does is grab a skillet.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In a big way.
    Mozzie: I saw a dead mouse on the bathroom radiator!
    Jones: Little bastard got out while he could.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: His ex-fiance calls him C.J.
  • FBI Agent: An FBI Agent working with Peter Burke in the White Collar Crimes Division.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: He suggested that Neal throw Diana's bachelor party then immediately asks Neal to put him on the guest list, knowing Neal will be able to find a lot of hot women. He also visibly enjoys watching Diana flirt with a lesbian art thief.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: "As You Were" focuses on him.
  • Mission Control: Usually is the one who stays in the giant van.

    Sara Ellis
Played by: Hilarie Burton

Everything you say can and will be used to nail your ass to the wall and recover my painting.

Neal's friendly ex-girlfriend, and formerly someone who attempted to hunt him down and testified against him in her capacity as an insurance investigator.

  • Action Fashionista: She always looks like she's dressed for a gala. She has a gun under her mattress and a baton in her purse. She cracks safes and crawls through air vents in heels.
  • Action Girl: Her first scene was her strutting onscreen and beating a man with a baton. And she generally has a daring, adventurous streak, and so is willing to go along with all sorts of activities of dubious morality/safety.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: It seems to be subconscious. An ex turned out to be a murderer, and then there's Neal.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's certainly the less sentimental and demonstrative in her relationship with Neal. When he actually manages to get her moved enough to tear up, she swears at him.
  • Broken Bird
    Sara: Things get stolen and people go away. Most of the time they don't come back.
  • Conveniently an Orphan
  • Cuteness Proximity: Went to South America to investigate the smuggling of Nazi loot. Came back with pictures of the local llamas.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Missing, possibly dead, big sister. She's referenced her lack of closure and abandonment issues stemming from it. It could also explain her dogged obsession with finding stuff at any cost.
  • Damsel out of Distress: On the one occasion it looked like she needed saving, she reassured Neal, who was coming to her aid, and freed herself from her assailant by beating him with her baton.
  • Dating Catwoman: Catwoman being Neal.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She can freeze right back over whenever she feels like it.
  • Emotionless Girl
  • Enemy Mine: With Neal as they're getting to know each other.
  • The Fashionista: Much like Neal, is never poorly dressed... by choice.
  • Heroes Want Redheads
  • I Did What I Had to Do: This is how she operates as a rule, both in her job and otherwise. An example would be aiding in the theft of an item she was insuring to prevent the robbers from killing anyone in an attempt to get it.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: The diamond bustier she has to wear as part of a sting.
  • Inspector Javert: To Neal, in the past. Came around, though it took a long while and even after she came around she still makes it clear that she WILL find that Raphael she's sure he stole.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: One of the more aggressive personalities in the cast.
  • Like Bonnie And Clyde: Slips easily into the role of the "Bonnie" when undercover, with Neal or whoever else she's dealing with.
    Neal: A Bonnie to any man's Clyde.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Neal. She's violent, he cooks.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her entire wardrobe seems to consists of very fancy & form fitting outfits that show off her figure, in particular her legs.
  • Not So Above It All: Doesn’t take long to ask Neal if he wants to prank call Peter whilst the two of them are using voice modulation software.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: With Mozzie, especially while she was with Neal. He started it.
  • Pragmatic Hero
  • White and Grey Morality: She bends the law a fair bit to get her job done, but she has firm limits.
  • Workaholic

    June Ellington
Played by: Diahann Carroll

Peter: That's not jewelry on his ankle, you know. He's a felon.
June: So was Byron.

Neal's landlady. Her husband was a Con Man. She appreciates Neal's...joie de vivre.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She and her husband ran an illegal casino. He ran a number of other cons as well. This is what she loves about Neal and Mozzie, too.
  • Cool Old Lady: She ran an illegal casino and has a talent for acting.
  • Hidden Depths: June shows herself to be an excellent actress during Neal's commutation hearing.
  • Like a Son to Me: June says these exact words about Neal during his commutation hearing, complete with tears. It's not clear whether she truly meant it though, since she was putting on her best act to help Neal go free. It's probably true to some extent.
  • Widow Woman: Her husband died prior to the series.

    Reese Hughes
Played by: James Rebhorn

ASAC of the White Collar unit, and Peter, Diana, and Jones' boss.

  • Gray and Gray Morality: Apparently he only kept to the rules when he was in charge and working for the FBI. Once he was forced out by a crooked senator? All bets were off.

    Alexandra Hunter
Played by: Gloria Vostis

Fellow thief and Neal's ex-friend-with-benefits.

    Kate Moreau

Neal's girlfriend, who he breaks out of prison to find.


    Garret Fowler
Played by: Noah Emmerich

Well, aren't you clever, Agent Burke.

He's a dirty cop! Or...

  • Internal Affairs: He's a member of the FBI version, the Office of Professional Responsibility. This gives him the unique ability to order investigations on his fellow FBI agents and keeps him above reproach (what's he gonna do, order an investigation on himself?).
  • Lawman Gone Bad: His wife was killed and then he killed her assassin, leaving himself open to blackmail by the big bad.
  • Man Behind the Man: There's a man behind Fowler.
  • Not So Different: From Burke. There, but for the tragedy, go I.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After his role as the Anti-Villain is revealed, he is never seen from nor heard of again.

    Vincent Adler
Played by:Andrew McCarthy

Nice try, Neal.

Okay. This guy's just dirty. A corporate sleaze.

    Matthew Keller
Played by: Ross McCall

Neal's Blue Collar counterpart.

  • Arch-Enemy: He's technically never the Big Bad (except maybe for half of Season 3), but he's Neal's most recurring and last adversary on the show, and by the last season Peter seems to hate him more than any other criminal they've faced.
  • Affably Evil: He's very friendly, even when he's about to be arrested.
  • The Chessmaster: He's actually referred to as a master chessplayer in "Payback", and proves his status as the other version of this trope with an impressively set-up Batman Gambit which he uses to break out of prison.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In S03E11, "Checkmate", Keller is faced with Neal, using a shield with some proficiency. After Neal manages to disarm him, he picks up a priceless Raphael, which Neal doesn't want to damage, and smacks him down with it.
  • Con Men Hate Guns: Averted. Keller likes guns just fine, and will use them (and any other weapon on hand) without hesitation.
  • Enemy Mine: in the final season.
  • Evil Counterpart: All of Neal's smarts (though not all his talents), none of his scruples.
  • Jerkass: Peter instantly dislikes him upon meeting him. He apparently has that effect on people.
  • Not So Different: Or so he insists. Neal doesn't buy it.
  • Smart People Play Chess: According to Neal and Mozzie, one of the best players around.
  • Smug Snake: He loves to rub his crimes in people's faces.
  • The Sociopath: Runs one of his associates down in cold blood, in front of his wife, and doesn't look even the least bit upset.
  • Wicked Cultured: He's described as Neal's "blue collar" version, but he has a taste for expensive wine.

    Curtis Hagen
Played by: Mark Sheppard

Known as the Dutchman, and working publicly as an art restorer, Hagen was the first criminal Neal and Peter caught, way back in the pilot. He's since returned to become the Big Bad for Season 5. Or so we think. Actually, he's the Disc-One Final Boss of the season.

    Rebecca Lowe Rachel Turner
Played by: Bridget Regan

The sweet, geekily-charming woman who Neal unintentionally got fired during a con and who falls for him in season 5. At least, that's the role she plays. Really a ruthless con artist, the equal of Neal's but much more violent.


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