Antigone "Ani" Bezzerides is a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective. She is one of the main characters in the second season of True Detective.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Bezzerides is a Ventura County Sheriff CID who is often at odds with the system she serves. A bizarre murder brings her together with two other law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Elvis Ilinca is her current partner in Ventura's County Police.

Events Before Season 2[edit | edit source]

In childhood Ani and her sister Athena were abandoned by her mother. She was in the "Good People" commune with her father Elliot. Ani was in group with other 4 unknown people from whom 2 ended up in jail and other 2 committed suicide. It's possible that she was sexually abused in her childhood.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Ani's character starts off as rebellious & hypocritical. She seems to be somewhat tomboyish. A rough drinker who stays late at clubs, picks up fight with bouncers and gambles a lot (has gambling debts). It is implied she has a proclivity to do something unconventional in bed that can freak guys out . Ani is suspicious of the world, and males in particular, such that she always carries knives (a hidden blade in her sock and belt) as a protective measure. She tries to be like a mother figure to her sister, stating that she could do something good with her life. She believes her job is a virtuous plastering for personal downfalls like her failed marriage. Ani is angry at her father for his "free-will" values and also at the fact that he did nothing to stop her mother from contemplating suicide. She was 12 when her mother died.

Her apartment is bundled with martial arts related reading materials - Musashi's A Book of Five Rings, Hagakure: Book of the Samurai, Master of the Blade and a book simply titled "Knives". A major portion of her wall showcases a collection of knives made of wood, metal, ceramic of various sizes. Ani practices knife wielding on a wooden dummy.

Memorable Quotes[edit | edit source]

"Talk to me like that again, you’re going to need a little baggie to carry your teeth home."

― Ani Bezzerides to Steve Mercier

“Like a cheerleader on an oil rig.”

― Ani's answer to Elvis question - how they are treating her in Vinci.

"The fundamental difference between the sexes is that one of them can kill the other with their bare hands."

― Ani Bezzerides to Ray Velcoro

Behind the Scenes[edit | edit source]

Ani Bezzerides is portrayed by Rachel McAdams in Season 2 of True Detective.

Episode Appearances[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Antigone is the main character of Sophocles tragedy - "Antigone" written in or before 441 BC
  • License plate number: 2ITA333
  • 'Bezzerides' could be a possible reference to this popular American noir screenwriter
  • Ani owns a surfboard.
  • She smokes an electronic cigarette.
  • Her hairstyle is called ombre.
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