Cooper Saxe is a major antagonist in Power, and a major character/anti-villian in Power book II:Ghost. He is a defense attorney that works with Davis Maclean. Before that, he was a FBI agent who was trying to arrest the drug dealer Felipe Lobos and Ghost. But, by losing all of his co-workers, Cooper became one of the only survivor of the Lobos division. After that, he continued his career as a U.S. attorney and FBI agent but lost his case against Tasha St. Patrick and got fired because of Tariq St. Patrick and his bad actions. Davis Maclean recruited him in his law firm.
He appears as a supporting antagonist in season 1-3, a major antagonist in season 4-5 and one of the secondary antagonists (alongside Andre Coleman) in season 6.
He comes back in Power Book II: Ghost and appears as one of the two main antagonists in season 1, anti-hero in season 2 and potentially a supporting antagonist in season 3.
He was a mentioned character in Power Book IV: Force season 1.
Cooper is portrayed by Shane Johnson.
Saxe investigates Lobo's attempted murder in jail, and see's a man with a neck tattoo stabbing Lobos. Saxe was about to question the prisoner, when he discovers that he was found stabbed to death.
Saxe and the AUSA attorney's are being investigated for Lobos's murder, when someone in the FBI building gave Lobos and his men information on where Lobos would be, and that he has an ankle monitor on him. Revealing that there is a mole in the FBI building.
After learning that Greg Knox was murdered and believing that James St Patrick allegedly killed him, Saxe, Angela, Mike, and John Mak work together to convict James. However Angela testifies on James behalf and reveals that he is innocent. When she reveals that there was evidence that proves that James did not have the murder weapon around the time Greg was murdered. The judge announces that James's charges are dismissed without prejudice. Saxe, and everyone are on suspension because of Angela withholding information that James may have been innocent, and that Mike Sandoval and John Mak knew but refused to mention it in court.
On suspension Angela, Saxe, and Donovan learns that it was Mike Sandoval who killed Greg, and that he was the mole for Felipe Lobos. Also they learn that Mike tried to cover Greg's murder by framing James St Patrick. Saxe and the FBI team traps Mike into confessing about being the mole and killing Greg, by having Angela wearing a wire. At an event Saxe is shown displeased when Angela announces that she is his boss. In the season 4 finale, Saxe and his boss Tameika Robinson talked about putting a tracker on Tommy Egan's car to bust him, and that he has witness name Maria Suarez who can identified Ghost. Saxe learns from Maria, that James is the notorious drug dealer name Ghost.
Saxe, Mak, and Tameika plot to have Angela arrested, along with James St Patrick, and Tommy Egan. Saxe and Mak uses Tommy's father Tony Teresi into giving them information on his son and Ghost, in exchange they will commute his life sentence. However they warn Teresi that if he does not get them proof on Tommy and James they will show Vincent Ragni, a picture of him talking to him.
Saxe and Mak try to get Joe Proctor to flip on James and Tommy, since he is on suspension. Proctor threatens Saxe to get him fired for harassing him, in exchange he gets his law license back. Tameika tells Saxe and Mak that she is closing Raymond Jones's murder, because of Tasha St Patrick refusing to snitch on Angela and James. However Saxe inform both Tameika and Mak that Angela deleted the ballistics report by using an employee's account, and that Tasha's gun was shown to be a match to Raymond Jones's murder.
Later Saxe along with Tameika, Donovan, and Mak confront Angela with evidences of misconduct, and offers her a deal to testify against James, Tommy, and Tasha. Saxe tries to get LaKeisha Grant into snitching on Tommy, but she refuses. Saxe and Mak pressure Proctor into giving information on James and Tommy, but Proctor lies to them about snitching on his clients. Saxe then disrupts James and Tommy's friendship by informing him that his father Tony Teresi was not going to snitch on him, but Ghost before his death. Before Saxe leaves he gives Tommy a recorder of Tony talking to him and Mak.
Saxe learns of Angela death, and is shocked when he see's Tameika leaving the FBI building with her stuff. Tameika informs Saxe that she is fired because of Angela's death. Scared of his new boss Jacob Warner, Saxe confesses about his misconduct in investigating James St. Patrick being Ghost. However Saxe convinces Jacob not to fire him for misconduct, but Jacob warns him that if he fails to deliver then he will be fired for definite.
Saxe convinces Angela's sister Paz Valdes into viewing her sisters body to get James arrested for her murder. Saxe teams up with Blanca Rodriguez to get James arrested for Angela's murder. At Angela's funeral everyone is shocked to see Tommy, James, and Tasha at Angela's funeral, including Saxe. After this Saxe heard about Donovan being killed in a shootout and is shocked.
Saxe prepares Dre to testify against Alicia Jimenez. However Alicia gets sick during her trial and his taken away by EMT's unaware that it was Tommy and his men kidnapping her to his boss Jason Micic . After the FBI learn of Alicia's death, Saxe uses Andre Coleman into snitching on Ghost, and threatens to keep his daughter Heaven in protective custody and having him arrested for drug charges. Also Saxe mentions to Dre that a witness namedMaria Suarez is testifying against Ghost.
Later Saxe uses Proctor's ex-wife Lindsay into getting information on Proctor by placing a chip on her daughter's unicorn key chain. However Saxe discovers that Lindsay died from an overdose, but remembers the private recording on Elisa Marie's key chain, and retrieves it. Dre informs Saxe that Ghost is going to kill Maria Suarez, and Saxe sends FBI agents to arrest James. However he is later disappointed when Ghost doesn't kill Maria, and confronts Dre about wasting his time on catching James in the act, when the FBI agents inform him that James was not there at Maria's apartment.
When Proctor is about to go in his apartment, Saxe plays the recording of him refusing to call 911 on Lindsay and tried to prevent her from dying. Saxe blackmails Proctor into snitching on James on Angela's murder but Proctor refuses. Saxe tells Proctor about Maria Suarez being his witness, who is willing to testify against James and Tommy. Saxe tries to get Proctor into signing a immunity deal to snitch on Ghost, but Proctor refuses. Proctor reveals to Saxe that Tommy was the one who killed Angela not James. Saxe still believes that James is involved in Angela's death. Saxe and Blanca discovered Proctor dead in James St Patrick's penthouse, and learns that Maria was found dead in her apartment. Saxe presses Dre into getting more information on James, and uses his daughter as leverage. After Dre getting his daughter back, Saxe threatens Dre into having him arrested for the murder of Maria Suarez, and make the jury believe he did it because of him knowing where her apartment is. Before leaving Saxe puts an unwarranted ankle monitor on him.
What Saxe does not know is his boss Jacob has Blanca to investigate Saxe because of his witnesses being killed, and misconduct. Jacob calls Saxe in the FBI office, and Blanca plays his illegal recording of Lindsay's overdose and Proctor refusing to call 911. Jacob informs Saxe that he is suspended and will be investigated. The reason is because of him getting his witnesses killed, having an unwarranted recording, and hides negligent homicide in hopes of Proctor snitching on his client.
Trying to get his job back, Saxe harasses Tariq St. Patrick into giving up his father about a murder. Tariq lies to Saxe and walks to his classroom. While in his home, Tommy and James sneak into his apartment and attack him. Tommy reveals to Saxe that it was him who killed Angela. Saxe pleads with them not to kill, and in exchange gives them information about the FBI reopening Raymond Jones's murder. James persuades Tommy not to kill Saxe but to use him to get information on the Feds.
Before leaving, James warns Saxe that they will come back and kill him if he tries to screw with them. Jacob confronts Saxe about his abusing his power, and informs him that Dre filed a criminal complaint against him. Saxe tells Jacob that Tommy and James broke into his apartment and attacked him. Also Saxe reveals to Jacob that Tommy confessed that he killed Angela, not Ghost. However Jacob does not believe him and officially fires him, and tries to have him arrested. Saxe and Blanca visit Tasha and she tells them about Ghost killing Terry Silver. They look for his body in a parking lot and Saxe takes Terry's phone and later has Dre plant it in Ghost's hotel room. Jacob finds out about this and threatens to send him to jail again. However, after Ghost is killed John Mak pulls some strings and manages to get Saxe his job back.
Power Book II: Ghost
Saxe is still a U.S. Attorney, but the DNC puts pressure on him to charge Tasha St. Patrick under the Continuing Criminal Enterprise Kingpin Statute, a federal crime that carries the death penalty. He initially refuses, but his job is threatened if he does not comply. At dinner with his family, his family mocks him by calling him Nancy, and his own younger brother offers him a job working for him. His brother ruthlessly insults his competence and insists that he'll surely lose the job, thereby embarrassing the family name. Later, he discusses Tasha's case with Ms. Sullivan the prosecution, and what he learns alarms him.
Saxe hunts down Tariq and demands to know what is going wrong with the case, since he had arranged for Tameika to represent Tasha and he himself orchestrated the original plea deal. With Tameika gone, it's too likely that evidence will emerge, and Tariq himself threatens to expose Saxe. In response, Saxe urges Tariq to make his mother tell the truth, so that he can fulfill his end of the bargain and bring Tasha home safe. However, when Tasha lied about ordering Tommy Egan to murder James St. Patrick, the DNC finally forced Saxe's hand and convinced him to charge Tasha under the Kingpin Statute.
Because he failed to capture Tommy, Saxe prepares to resign himself to being fired and go to a job his brother has waiting for him. However, he is surprised when Davis arrives in his office to offer him a job at his firm. After the latter promises a better pay, Saxe's sad mood changes to a happy mood.
Saxe is now working as a criminal attorney with Davis at his firm. He is in a sexual relationship with Jenny Sullivan who is still in law enforcement. He starts to become somewhat less crooked in Season 2, even helping to get Lorenzo Tejada released from Prison because of the prosecution team being dirty. However Saxe isn't fully over being a US attorney, Davis gets annoyed with him when he asks Tariq whether or not he killed Ramirez as he says you never ask that to your client.
Tameika later has a conversation with Saxe and tries to convince that Tariq still has a chance to be a better person after seeing him with his sister, but Saxe's opinion on Tariq doesn't change. He tells Tariq that Lauren Baldwin is dead and she died in a car accident. Saxe thought that Tariq had something to do with it but Tariq didn't even know about it until that point. Saxe finally tells Jenny Sullivan that he will get justice for the murders of Lauren and Carrie.
Power Book IV: Force
Cooper is mentioned by Jenny after she lost the Tariq St. Patrick case against him.
Murders connected to Saxe
- Angela Valdes: Indirectly caused. Saxe had told Tommy that Teresi had intended to give up James which he had manipulated Tommy into killing. Enraged to learn about this, Tommy attempted to kill James but shot Angela instead as Angela took the bullet for him instead.
- Maria Suarez: Killed by Tommy Egan when he discovered that Maria was still about to testify against Ghost and him. Saxe still had her to testify against them.
- Joe Proctor: Saxe revealed to Maria Suarez that he had Joe Proctor testifying against Ghost moments before Tommy killed him. Saxe also hid the illegal wiretap he used to blackmail Proctor into flipping on Ghost and Tommy in order to cover up his implication in his murder.
- Take down Ghost and Tommy (failed)
- Save Angela and have Mike arrested for killing Greg (Succeeded)
- Take down Angela (Failed)
- Frame Ghost for Terry’s murder (failed)
- Kill Ghost (failed/formerly)
- Help Tasha get out of jail (formerly)
- Betray Tasha and Tariq (Succeeded)
- Take down Tasha and Tariq (failed)
- Win the case against Davis Maclean (formerly)
- Capture Tommy Egan (failed; as Tommy fakes his death)
- Help Tariq get exonerated for the murders of Reynolds and Ramirez (succeeded)
- Work with Jenny to take down Tariq (Ongoing)
- He takes the role of the final antagonist of the series.
- More is revealed about Saxe especially with his family in Book II.
- John Mak appears to be his only real friend.
- He mentioned that he and most of the squad knew about Greg and Angela.
- He is one of the few characters to survive being threatened by Ghost and Tommy.
- Despite not directly murdering anyone, he has caused indirect deaths and has been another character besides Ghost that caused a murder by Tommy.
- While he disliked Angela, he has gone to her on various occasions such as when Mike Sandoval was revealed to be the mole. He even saved her from Mike. He even tried to get justice for Angela’s death as he felt guilty.
- He has a brother and sister, through one of them he has a niece Riley.
- He pays for hookers, despite his job as a law official.
- It is hinted in season 1 episode 4 of Book II that Saxe could be a Pedophile, as he once let Riley who was underage at the time to trim his pubic hair.
- He is the only main antagonist in the power universe to not be killed off.
|Power, Season 1|
|#01||"Not Exactly How We Planned"||#04||"Who Are You?"||#07||"Loyalty"|
|#02||"Whoever He Is"||#05||"I Gotta Go"||#08||"Best Laid Plans"|
|#03||"This Is Real"||#06||"Who You With?"|
|Power, Season 2|
|#01||"Consequences"||#05||"Who You Are and Who You Want to Be"||#09||"Time's Up"|
|#02||"No Friends on the Street"||#06||"Why Her?"||#10||"Ghost Is Dead"|
|#03||"Like We're Any Other Couple"||#07||"You're Not the Man"|
|#04||"You're the Only Person I Can Trust"||#08||"Three Moves Ahead"|
|Power, Season 3|
|#01||"Call Me James"||#05||"Help Me"||#09||"I Call the Shots"|
|#02||"It's Never Over"||#06||"The Right Decision"||#10||"In My Best Interest"|
|#03||"I Got This on Lock"||#07||"Don't Go"|
|#04||"Don't Worry, Baby"||#08||"Trust Me"|
|Power, Season 4|
|#01||"When I Get Out"||#05||"Don't Thank Me"||#09||"That Ain't Me"|
|#02||"Things Are Going to Get Worse"||#06||"New Man"||#10||"You Can't Fix This"|
|#03||"The Kind of Man You Are"||#07||"You Lied to My Face"|
|#04||"We're in This Together"||#08||"It's Done"|
|Power, Season 5|
|#01||"Everyone Is Implicated"||#05||"Happy Birthday"||#09||"There's a Snitch Among Us"|
|#02||"Damage Control"||#06||"A Changed Man?"||#10||"When This Is Over"|
|#03||"Are We On the Same Team?"||#07||"The Devil Inside"|
|#04||"Second Chances"||#08||"A Friend of the Family"|
|Power, Season 6|
|#01||"Murderers"||#06||"Inside Man"||#11||"Still DRE"|
|#02||"Whose Side Are You On?"||#07||"Like Father, Like Son"||#12||"He Always Wins"|
|#03||"Forgot About Dre"||#08||"Deal with the Devil"||#13||"It's All Your Fault"|
|#04||"Why Is Tommy Still Alive?"||#09||"Scorched Earth"||#14||"Reversal of Fortune"|
|#05||"King's Gambit"||#10||"No One Can Stop Me"||#15||"Exactly How We Planned"|
|Power Book II: Ghost, Season 1|
|#01||"The Stranger"||#05||"The Gift of the Magi"||#09||"Monster"|
|#02||"Exceeding Expectations"||#06||"Good vs Evil"||#10||"Heart of Darkness"|
|#03||"Play the Game"||#07||"Sex Week"|
|#04||"The Prince"||#08||"Family First"|