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Sanami Matoh's character list for Fake, the first seven volumes
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Well, I have succumbed to the cold that about a third of my co-workers have, not to mention my husband. Damn, I hate being sick. If only I could be like Dee, who has an awesome constitution and almost never gets sick! Today was a day of raw, sore throat and big wet sneezes. Tomorrow the nose-running part starts. Saturday, my head will be stuffy and fit to burst, and Sunday, I expect the coughing to commence. Anyway, that's my bit of whining for the day.  And I have been productive. I said I was going to put together a character list of all the major and minor characters in my particular Fake-verse, but I felt that first I ought to assemble a total list of all Sanami Matoh's FAKE characters. I went through Volumes One to Seven of the original Fake series, and found 84 (updated from 78) of them!  There are  a lot of people with similar or identical names. For example, no fewer than three characters have the name 'Goldman'. But see for yourselves. I've listed the characters more or less by order of appearance. And please correct me if I've made any mistakes or left anyone out.  SPOILER Alert to Book Seven and beyond to Like, Like Love!

Sanami Matoh's  FAKE characters from Volumes One through Seven:

1.  Detective Dee Laytner, a handsome, cocky cop in NYC who loves his work-partner.
2.  Detective Randy (Ryo) MacLean, also handsome, Dee's work-partner and the object of his affections.
3.  Bikky Goldman (later MacLean), the boy Ryo adopted.
4.  Carol Baker, Bikky's friend/girlfriend. She's three years older than Bikky.
5.  Detective Jemmy (JJ) Adams, a hyperactive guy who loves DeeDee does not return his affections.
6.  Detective Drake Parker, JJ's work-partner. These two end up together in Like, Like, Love.
7.  Detective Ted O'Neill *  Ms. Matoh hasn't so far given him a last name, but I chose to follow the Fake 2nd Chances RPG and give him the name O'Neill.
8.  Detective Marty Danes * Again, he didn't get a last name in the Fake manga books, and he only ever spoke one line in Book Three. I gave him the name 'Danes'. *Edit: No, he never spoke a line! He appeared in Book One near the beginning and Ryo referred to him in Book Three.
9.  Chief Warren Smith.  AKA, the badger or the walrus.  Married with children.
10.  Commissioner Berkeley Rose. Diana loves him, but he plays the field. He's interested in Ryo. Ends up with Diana Spacey in Like, Like, Love.
11. FBI Agent Diana Spacey.  She's tough and bossy and can make even Dee do her bidding. Ends up with Berkeley in Like, Like, Love. Berkely calls her 'Dee-Dee'.
12.  Liotta (Leo) Grant (deceased), son in law of a notorious mafia leader called Bruno. Leo killed Ryo's parents.
13.  Alicia Grant, Leo's wife and Bruno's daughter.
14. Ed Neilsen, leader of a cartel that traffics in minors.
15.  Donna, a teenage kidnap victim who rebelled against being sold to Ed's clients, so Ed had her killed in a horrible way.
16.  Millie, a female lackey of Ed Nielsen's. She gave Donna her final fatal 'makeover'.
17.  Rod Field, a deranged axe-murderer who seemed to need to chop to bits any woman who was wearing a touch of lip gloss.  Ed Nielsen used him as a killing machine.
18.  Anise Field, Rod's younger sister.  She was murdered by her brother for trying on a lipstick.
19.  Eva Landon, Anise's friend. She was murdered by Rod, too.
20.  Kirk Harvey, a bad guy arrested by Dee in Book Three for prostitution, the trading of minors and murder.
21.  Jeff, Ryo's friend when he was 18. I presume Jeff is the captain of Ryo's soccer team. Book Three.
22.  Elena, Ryo's aunt.  I don't know her last name. It might be MacLean if she didn't take her husband's name.
23. Elina, Carol's aunt. I don't know her last name either.
24.  Frank MacLean, Ryo's father (deceased).
25.  Rick, Elena's husband, and therefore Ryo's uncle by marriage. We don't know his last name.
26. Lai Spencer, Bikky's rich Chinese friend who has magical powers. His name is Rai in Ms Matoh's other book, RA-I)
27. Lass Goldman (In Ms Matoh's other book, RA-I, her name is 'Rathe'). Geez, Goldman is a popular last name. Lass also has special ESP-type powers.
28. Kenny, Bikky's friend. He got a name in Fake Second Season, but that's him in Book Three at the end, when Bikky and Lai tangled with Bruce from Lloyd High over the use of the basketball court.
29. Renard Henry, a murderous British hotel owner. Book Two.
30. Maria Henry, (deceased) Renard Henry's daughter.
31. Maria Lane, Mother Superior of, one presumes, a little convent that runs the orphanage Dee grew up in. She might not be the Mother Superior and there might not be any other nuns. She might be called 'Mother' just because the orphan kids see her as their mother-substitute.
32. Hank Leisure, a minor thug who appeared in Book Two.
33. Ben Lloyd, another minor thug who blew up the orphanage in Book Two.
34. Bobby, a high school boy that Carol was briefly interested in when she was sixteen. Bikky left him cowering in a dumpster.
35. Cecile, a girl from Bikky's school that Carol got jealous over.
36. Liz, Carol's friend. She once labeled Bikky 'a heartthrob'.  I featured her in my ficlet, 'Experience'.
37. Janet, a female uniformed police officer who works at the front desk of the 27th precinct.
38. Dick Goldman, Bikky's deceased father.
39. Richard Feldman, the head of a small drug-smuggling ring. Now presumably in jail. He had Bikky's father killed.
40.  Howard Goldman (no relation to Bikky), A doctor who was running a drug business in Book One. He's dead.
41.  Billy, a nasty boy who tried to blackmail Carol into being his girlfriend.  Book One, Act Four.
42. Jim, one of Bikky's friends. Book One, Act Four.
43.  Jim Campbell, the Bronx lab guy.
44.  Sam, a lackey of Ed Neilsen.
45   Vick, a lackey of Ed Neilsen.
46. Tom, a teacher/counselor at Bikky's camp. Book One, Act Four.
47.  Marie, a teacher/counselor at Bikky's camp. Book One, Act Four.
48.  Roy (alias), a gay child/teen at Bikky's camp. Book One, Act Four.
49.  Mark (alias), a gay child/teen at Bikky's camp. Book One, Act Four. Bikky threw a rock at his head
50.  Ms. Mary, a teacher/counselor at Bikky's camp. Book One, Act Four.  She might be the same person as Marie.
51. Ms. Elena, Bikky's teacher who went away on maternity leave.
52.  John Hale, the teacher who replaced Ms. Elena and blew up the school and the 27th Precinct in Book Four.
53. Ms. Miranda, another teacher at Bikky's school.
54. Robert Hale, John Hale's father, who was shot dead by Warren Smith, ten years prior to the events in Book Four.
55. Reggie Luther, a woman who was found shot full of bullets in  Book Five.
56.  Mike Luther, Reggie's husband.They died together.
57.  Pamela, a traffic officer that Commissioner Rose was interested in in Book Five.
58. Marianne, one of the front desk girls at the Bronx Precinct in Book Five.
59. Sam Horson, Reggie Luther's brother. He was one of the three held under suspicion of Ryo's parents' murder. Book Five.
60. Ernie Fry (deceased), the second of the three (Leo Grant was the third) held under suspicion of Ryo's parents' murder.  Book Five.
61. Max Fork, JJ's friend from the Police Academy. Book Five.
62. Ned, Max Fork's ex-partner. Book Five.
63.  Bill, a murderer who took Liza hostage. Book Five.
64.  Liza (deceased) Max Fork's girlfriend. Book Five. She was accidentally shot by Ned, even though he was aiming at Bill.
65.   Law Spencer, Lai's older brother, Book Five.
66. Mrs. Smith, the housekeeper at Law's mansion. Book Five.
67.  Mr. Jackson, an artist whose daughter was murdered in Book Six.
68.  Nurse Emiry, a violent nurse at NY East Hospital.
69.  Jess Latener, the cop who found baby Dee abandoned in an alley and took him to Mother Maria's orphanage. Book Six.
70. Arnon, Dee's boyhood friend who got hooked on drugs and died in his mid-teens. Book Six.
71. Tommy, a guy who grew up in the orphanage with Dee. Book Six.
72.  Barry, a friend of Dee's who lived in Dee's neighborhood when they were teenagers. Book Six.
73. Diane, a girl who was temporarily Dee's girlfriend when he was fifteen. Barry liked her. Book Six.
74.  Bruno, a gang boss who once tried to recruit Dee. Alicia Grant's father. I gave him the first name Gianni, but in the books he was just Bruno.
75.  Buck (deceased), a lackey member of Bruno's gang. He tried to recruit Dee to take Arnon's place, in more ways than one.
76.  Bennet, a Chicago drug dealer who came to NYC and committed a murder to which Alicia Grant was a witness. Alicia later murdered Bennet Jr.
77.  Bennet Jr., the son of Mr. Bennet, the drug dealer.  Alicia was having an affair with him before she murdered him.
78.  Phil, an FBI agent on Diana's staff. He got clobbered by Leo in Book Seven.
79.  Kenneth Bow, a gangster in Bruno's group. He was third in command, whereas Leo was second.
80.  "The Sheep", a buyer for the Fei family somewhere in Asia.
81.  Jeff (no last name) a subordinate in Bruno's organization who answered to Leo. He seemed slightly smarter and less slimy then the others. Book Seven.
82.  Robert, one of Diana's FBI security staff. Book Seven.
83.  Mike, one of Diana's FBI security staff. Book Seven.
84.  Garry, one of Diana's FBI security staff. Book Seven.
85.  John Hale's mother, Robert's widow.  She had a speaking part, but her name may or may not have been Mrs. Hale. She may have kept her own name when she married.  Book Four

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(1) Most excellent - thank you for this. I was just thinking the other night about how many "Elena"/"Elina"s there are...

(2) I stumbled across "A New Day" a week or so ago and pretty much stayed up all night devouring it. I'll leave more intelligent and detailed feedback after I get caught up with the rest of life, but in the meantime, thank you for working so hard on it and sharing it. I'm a firm believer in a strong and equal Ryo as well, and the image of Ryo holding his own against Sergeant Blake makes me happy like you wouldn't believe.

(3) Hope you feel better soon! *wafts over some virtual hot-and-sour soup*

Hi and welcome! I noticed you had friended me, so I friended you back.

Thank you for reading my story, and for staying up all night. I'm sorry if you were tired the next day, but really, that's a huge compliment to me.

My priorities this weekend are to finish Chapter 40 of A New Day and get it off to the betas, and then start working on my own character list. I have a total weakness for minor characters, and I have rather a lot of them peopling this story.

Thanks again for commenting and also for the soup! *Slurp, slurp*

Well, I have succumbed to the cold that about a third of my co-workers have, not to mention my husband. Damn, I hate being sick.

I have been pimping this product forever, but nobody seems to love it like I do. Anyway, if you can find a nasal spray called 'Simply Saline' (it comes in a Blue can or a White can, but the blue is for upper respiratory conditions) I highly recommend it!!! I swear you will feel better after just one application.

*gives you hot tea and warm socks*

I hope it's available in Canada! You guys have all kinds of cool products that we don't have. I'll check at Pharmasave today when I go out for my coffee. Thanks for the recommendation! I'll let you know if I find it.

*Drinks hot tea and wiggles toes luxuriantly in warm socks*

Gad, that's a lot of characters for just 7 volumes.

Hey, do you remember the short-short extra when Ryo took care of an ill Dee? I like that one :D

Me too, especially the last line when Ryo says, "I think you're pretty hot, too." Of course he waits until he's sure Dee is asleep, first.

O.O ... 78 characters for a seven-book series?! That works out to about 11 new characters per book! And of course, there's Diana's almost-fiance from Like, Like, Love, as well as Drake's (almost) endess parade of girlfriends.

On a different not, do you know where I can get ahold of Fake Second Season? I've been hearing a lot about it, and I'd love to see how our boys' adventures continue!

Well, a lot of them only had one picture or spoke one line. But I've gotten a lot of mileage out of Marty and he had only one tiny picture and one short line way back in Book Three. So I listed absolutely everybody I could find who had been given a name. I thought maybe some other Fakefic writers would like to incorporate some of Sanami's minor characters into their stories, too.

I didn't list Diana's almost-fiance because he didn't have a name. Or did he? I haven't looked at Like Like Love in the last couple of weeks, although I do have it on my computer somewhere, courtesy of ladyfeather.

Why yes, I DO know where you can get a hold of Fake Second Season. That worthy project was undertaken by yes_rhade who rounded up a team of helpers (yours truly included!) and got it scanlated and posted for the Fake fans' reading pleasure. Go here: http://yes-rhade-djs.livejournal.com/9968.html#cutid1

Wow... just wow. I was surfing through your FAKE fanfics on AFF.net and decided to check out your LJ and I just had to comment on this very comprehensive & well written/put-together piece of FAKE canon character list.

I never knew there were so many different characters alive/deceased in the whole 7 volumes! In fact, I never even noticed that "Goldman" was used more than once for a different character.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this! I'm looking forward to New Day's character list (because there are so many!) XD

Yet another newbie to this LJ, but not new to Brit's fake!fiction! <3

I'm so glad you decided to check out my LJ! Welcome, welcome. Toss your coat over the sofa, help yourself to cookies and let me know if you want any tea. While you're here, you should check out the postcript to Negotiations, which has so far never appeared anywhere else but this journal. You can find it right here: ( Sex here ) and if that doesn't work on account of me sucking at links and all, try here: http://brit-columbia.livejournal.com/27920.html#cutid1

I hope to get the character list for A New Day out next weekend, round about the time I post Chapter 40.

Thanks very much for (a)reading my stories and (b)liking my list! I hope lots of people will refer to this list in the future.

Being sick is no fun. I have the type of job where staying home at sick is impossible unless I'm dying and even then I need to go in and make sure everything is setup for the day. lol.

Matoh finds a name and sticks to it lol. She also likes to make character look so similar that I have to squint to figure out. Kudos to you for taking the time to compile the list.

I hope you feel better. My only sick cure is sleep. Mind you I have to wait until the weekend and then I pretty sleep through it. Meds and other remedies only seem to make me jittery.

My job is exactly like that too. No one at my place of work can do my job for me, and even if I call in someone from outside, I have to spend half the day setting things up for them. It's almost easier just to work sick! I wish management would spend a moment or two thinking about what would happen if I ever had an accident and suddenly couldn't work. Luckily, I rarely get so sick that I can't work. In this case, I already spent some time and energy lining up two people to replace me on Monday, and I worked late setting things up for them. I have to plan ahead, you see. But I know how my usual cold progresses, and I'm right on schedule. I'll be coughing too much on Monday to work. I don't take cold meds either. They make me jittery, too! But unfortunately, sleep is harder for me when I'm sick. Oh well. It just has to run its course, I suppose.

Thanks for wishing me better! I'll get your chapter to you tonight. I may be racked with sneezes, but my fingers and brain still work, and my computer room is the place I most want to be!

I think Matoh just flipped through an English magazine, picked out six or seven Western names she liked, and decided that was it for the whole cast. It would be on about par with the research she put into understanding how an American police department actually works.

Btw, I think you missed John Hale's mother. Didn't she have a name?

Yes, I've often thought that. It's not THAT hard to find out some names. Let's say I needed some Finnish or Icelandic family names, and I didn't have the internet. I could always go to the library or a bookstore and ask for a list of Finnish authors and just use their names. Or a list of famous Icelandic doctors/scientists or people holding public office. I would ask everyone I knew if they were acquainted with someone Finnish or Romanian, and get names that way.

However, it is quite hard to do research about police procedure and things like that in other countries, if one doesn't have the internet, and is limited to such books and movies about one's topic that have been translated into the language one needs to read about it in.

I'm having a heck of a time researching foreign historical events that happened in Asia in the last century. There isn't a wealth of information to begin with for the limited time period I'm interested in, and only a small percentage of that information has been translated into English. I've read everything that is available on the internet about this time period and subject. I've bought and read books. I'm confident that I'll get the rest of what I need, but I'm just not sure at this point exactly how it's going to come to me. Back when Ms. Matoh was drawing and writing Fake, the internet was not as readily available as it is now, and didn't have as much information. It was probably really hard for her.

Thanks for reminding me about John Hale's mother. No, she was never addressed as anything except 'Mother'. I don't know if we can call her Mrs Hale, because she may not have taken her husband's name. But I'll put her in there anyway. I just realized that I also forgot Millie and Donna, female lackey and victim, respectively, of Ed Neilsen! And Rod and Anise. I'd better add those names.

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Wow, what a treat this was! I enjoyed reading it, there are so many characters I forgot or overlooked. You went into great detail, with all the subordinates.

Feel better, colds are awful, we're here with ya; roomie and I got the same thing.

Really? I'm sorry to hear that. Lots of people I know are sick. I think there's a nasty virus scything through our ranks! (Being ill gives rise to melodramatic statements like that amongst the sniffling snufflers)

I added a few more characters since you last read the list because I can't believe I forgot Rod Field the axe murderer, his sister, and a few more people from that story. I know I probably forgot a couple more...

I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. I hope you and roomie feel better soon, too.

I tried to find a picture of chicken soup to send you but I failed..... :(

My favorite briefly seen character is number 65, Law. Love that long, black hair!

Get better soon, brit.


Yeah, he's a hottie, that one. I bought RA-I on the strength of him. Plus, I thought 'Dee and Ryo are somewhere in that city at the same time!' Lai and Lass (AKA Rai and Rathe) were thirteen years old in that book, and by the time they actually met Bikky in Fake, Volume Three, Act Ten, when they were fourteen, Dee and Ryo were already a couple. I think Ms. Matoh intended Dee and Ryo to get together when Bikky was 12, even though I had it happen just after his 13th birthday in my story. But anyway, as I read RA-I (which was not a particularly good manga, I kept thinking that maybe Dee and Ryo were making love one neighborhood over at the same time as the events of RA-I unfolded. I know, I know, I'm pathetic. That's why I had to start writing Fakefic. Because Dee and Ryo needed to do a whole lot more lovin' than we ever got to see in Fake. I mean, Book Seven ended the series just when things had FINALLY gotten interesting!

Never mind about the chicken soup picture. Just send me some virtual soup and I'll eat it!

Thanks for the well-wishes. I'm going to send you the revised hospital scene tonight, just to give you a head start on that part of the chapter. I took your suggestions and made the changes, and now I need to see if it reads normal or 'off' to you. No rush, though. I'm not posting until next weekend.

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Sorry Erin! I didn't realize I hadn't gotten back to you until now. Glad you like the list! I hope lots of people will find it useful.


This is awesome! I always get the characters mixed up. I've been reading your stories for a while, and I really like them! I can't wait until there is a list of all of you characters. BTW, do you know where to find Like, Like, Love? I haven't been able to find it, and I need to read it! Anyhoo, keep up the great writing!

Thanks for liking my stories! By the way, I just posted Chapter 40 of A New Day here on my LJ, if you're reading that particular story. And if you want to give me an email address, I'll send you a zip file of LLL. Contact me at brit.columbia@gmail.com

Yo stumbled across your stories lately and they are glorious ^^, you get the characters right and with a little spice ;)

Anyway when it comes to FAKE I take pride in knowing next to almost all and therefore it has pissed me off a little bit to know that Detective Marty has got a line in Book 3 but the thing is that I cannot find it, can you help and direct me to that moment? cause I'm just about to explode >x)

Hi, and thanks for your interest! I've got the FAKE books out-- rescued in the nick of time from their bedroom hiding place before hubby retired for the evening-- and I am searching now! Haven't found it yet, dammit. It's been more than a year since I looked at these books, and the last time was just a research pint too. Anyway, as soon as I've located Marty I'll be back with a precise description.

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