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No-one's coming. It's how we come into the world. You. Me. All of us. We're born and we die alone.
~ Jago revealing his true nature to Morse.
Bright: The truth will come out.
Jago: Oh, the truth'll be what I put in my report. A falling-out of corrupt coppers... and I settled the last man standing.
~ Jago planning to murder Morse, Thursday, Strange, Bright and DeBryn in order to defame them into corrupt police officers.

Detective Sergeant Alan Jago is a major antagonist in Endeavour, being the unseen overarching antagonist in Series 5, and the main antagonist in Series 6.

Jago was originally presented as DCI Ronnie Box's minion after he took over the city police. At first, he was presented as just a corrupt and smug police officer who assisted Morse at times, but more often served as a troublemaker just like Box and looked down on Morse and Strange.

However, Jago is actually much more malicious and is not just the true mastermind behind Clive Burkitt and George McGryffin's actions as their crime partner. He was responsible for not only the tragic death of DC George Fancy, but also responsible for the series of drug abuse and drug war across Oxford, and even the corruption within Thames Valley.

He was portrayed by Richard Riddell.


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What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • At first, he was presented as just a corrupt and smug police officer who assisted Morse at times, but more often served as a troublemaker just like Box and looked down on Morse and Strange. However, Jago is actually much more malicious and is not just the true mastermind behind Burkitt and McGryffin's actions as their crime partner.
  • During the mass shootout between the gangs of Eddie Nero and Cromwell Ames, Jago was amongst the police beside Fancy. Seizing the debarcle as his chance, Jago shot Fancy dead with Box's gun and stole the heroin supply of Nero, before taking over Nero's remnants as well as his drug dealing business. Later, Jago replaced heroin with quinine that is much more lethal. His main motives is that he could exploit the city's drug crisis and gang war for his own profits.
  • Throughout the entire Series 6, besides the murders that Morse investigated, there were also several incidences of death that were caused by drug abuse. There were at least fourteen casualities who died of drug overdose, with Jago behind all of them.
  • He let his fellow drug dealers to kill innocent drivers and stole their car so that they could transfer the drug supplies.
  • Working with fellow partners in crime, Clive Burkitt and George McGryffin, Jago was behind their actions of corruption, murder and grafting, making him partially responsible for the Cranmer House's low quality and subsquent partial collapse. He, Burkitt and McGryffin also made Box into nobody but a submissive puppet that answered to their orders.
  • He attempted to bribe Thursday into joining his cause and concealing everything nefarious happened in Thames Valley.
  • He had McGryffin's minion to kidnap Dr. Max DeBryn in order to draw the Cowley Boys out, planning to murder them and framing them for corruption.
  • Jago showed no remorse when Morse confronted him, mocking Morse for planning to shoot someone from the back. When Morse revealed it was exactly how Jago killed Fancy, Jago merely replied that Fancy was in a wrong place, revealing that Jago himself was Nero's drug dealing partner all along.
  • Jago's last attempt was to murder Thursday and Morse, until a redeemed Box arrived and shot Jago dead. At the same time, Jago fatally shot Box before dying from his own wounds (though whether Box survived his injury remains unknown).


  • Jago is the second recurring Pure Evil from the entire Inspector Morse franchise, following Cromwell Ames in the last season of Endeavour.
  • Jago served as an evil counterpart to both Peter Jakes and Shirley Trewlove in the terms of his initial role, for being a major supporter outside of the Cowley Boys in Morse's investigation. However, unlike Jakes who was just merely a mean person (but later warmed up to Morse) and Trewlove who was always supportive, Jago is a villain utterly corrupt and was later revealed to be murderous as well.
  • Jago can be seen as the archenemy of Jim Strange in Series 6, since Strange was initially the only main character who was determined to find out whoever that murdered George Fancy. He would have been Shirely Trewlove's archenemy as well if she wasn't written out of the story.
  • Jago's final plan of killing Morse and his friends as well as framing them for crimes was reminiscent to ACC Clive Deare's actions, though Deare successfully framed Morse whilst Jago never accomplished his goals.
    • However, comparing to Deare, Jago's actions had an even greater impact on the main characters since his actions behind the murder of George Fancy, the downfall of Eddie Nero, the drug crisis, and the grafting on Cranmer House's materials (which caused its collapse), had cost at least thirty people's lives in total, way beyond Deare's body counts.


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