Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 5 Ways Captain Holt Changed Since Season 1 (& 5 Ways He Stayed The Same) (2024)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is probably the funniest show about cops, managing to deftly serve flaming zingers without resorting to political incorrectness (that's right, not even once!).Among the characters, Captain Raymond Holt is one of the best, with hisrole being nominated for several prestigious awards and winning three.

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As a no-nonsense precinct chief, Captain Holt runs a tight ship, demanding both professional and attitude perfection from his detectives. However, he has also been shown to have a more enthusiastic side (almost entirely a consequence of his competitiveness.) Here is a list of five ways in which Captain Holt has changed over the seasons, and five ways in which he remains true to his original character.

Changed: Captain Holt Has Developed A Sassy Persona

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Holt might be stringent when it comes to protocol, but his several of his tend to be cheeky — for instance, when he watches a Dog Show during Amy's thanksgiving party, he mocks a finalist who was described as having "a bold personality," saying that it was code for "she's a b*tch."

Terry recalls an incident in which he used an exclamation point in an e-mail, only to have Holt refer to him as Diana Ross (because exclamations are dramatic, apparently). Terry seems to receive the brunt of Holt's sass; in one case, when Terry sarcastically tells Holt that he referred to Gina's dancing as a hobby, Holt coolly responds, "Sarcasm— a coward's lie."

Unchanged: Captain HoltNever Reveals His Emotions

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Holt is best known for is expressionless responses to any event, from pure joy to utter misery. In one episode, he describes a beautiful vacation with his husband, Kevin, using his trademark flat tone, getting Amy confused about whether he actually had a good time. Holt says, with equal neutrality, that he has never been happier.

This behavior has led him into some sticky circ*mstances. For instance, when he mistakenly reveals to Terry's wife that her husband was back on dangerous missions, Holt, to avoid embarrassment, fakes a text message by first saying that he is receiving one. He makesa "bloop" sound with his mouth and walks away, actually believing that his ploy might have worked.

Changed: CaptainHolt Has Become More Open About His Life

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While Holt prefers to keep everything about his personal life secret, the emotional atmosphere of the nine-nine has let him open up more and more. In one episode, Holt is upset with Kevin and takes his rage out on the nine-nine when it is suggested that he and Kevin ought to "bone" more regularly.

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However,after the "boning" occurs, Holt is comfortable enough to tell Rosa about it. In one episode, Jake is trying to guess the J. in Raymond J. Holt but is unable to come to the right conclusion. However, Holt shows that he is proud of Jake by revealing that the J. in his name actually stands for Jacob (which is Jake's real name).

Unchanged: CaptainHolt Is Still A Grammar Nazi

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Captain Holt and Amy share an obsessive love for the English language, constantly correcting people (mostly Jake) for frivolous and obscure mistakes. Holt's dedication to the rules of grammar and syntax often means that he cannot understand, or tolerate the use of emoji, as seen when he is reading out Adrian Pimento's letter to Rosa.

In the letter, Pimento uses 8=======D, an obvious reference to most people, but Holt actually reads each of the individual letters out, pausing for a moment before realizing what it meant. When Holt is looking for a replacement assistant, he fires a contender for saying "Nice to meet ya," because abbreviating a one-syllable word is a criminal act in the Captain's eyes.

Changed: Captain HoltLoves The Halloween Heist

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Holtrarely breaks his dignified stance, except for the occasional outburst, but he goes completely nuts during the Halloween Heist. His competitive streak matches that of both Amy and Jake, creating plots for Heists more than a year in advance.

Nothing fazes Holt when it comes to a heist, as seen when he bugs Jake and Amy's bedroom with a camera to uncover their own plots. For multiple events, Holt trains his corgi, Cheddar, to retrieve various items for him (although this plan backfires when the Heisters replace Cheddar with, as Holt called it, "some common b*tch").

Unchanged: Captain Holt Loves Cheddar More Than Anything Else

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As Captain Holt and Kevin have no plans to have any children of their own, they instead focus all their attention onCheddar. Holt almost exclusively stores hissentimental expressions for Cheddar, often referring to him as "Daddy's little boy." When Holt plans to visit Kevin in Paris, Jake promises to take care of Cheddar, promptly leaving the door open allowing the dog to escape.

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Thankfully, the team finds Cheddar in the park, and a relieved Holt tells them that he has been going througha hard time due to incessant fights with Kevin. During this time, Cheddar was the only respite for him, in the sense that both Kevin and Holt share a bond through their dog.

Changed: Captain Holt Has Become Far Less Boring

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Captain Holt started off as a dull leader, expecting his team to do their work with diligence. Nevertheless, Holt has loosened up over the years, especially around Jake (due to the latter's perennial enthusiasm.)

While he initially refuses to acknowledge Jake's attempts at making light of any given situation, in due time, Holtstartsto relenton occasion. For example, when Holt realizes that he knows how to solve a career-ending case, he fervently announces that his new code-nameis "Velvet Thunder".

Unchanged: Captain HoltHasVery LittleInterest In Ornamentation

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In several instances, Captain Holt has poked fun at the nine-nine for their taste in food, music, and even color. Holt tells Boyle, "I have zero interest in food. If it were feasible, my diet would consider entirely of a flavorless, beige smoothie, containing all the nutrients required by the human animal."

When Gina asks him if he would tell the "sky to stop being so blue" he responds, "Yes, I wish it was tan. It's my favorite color. It's no-nonsense." His opinions on pop music arevicious; in one scene, Jake and Holt are listening in on one of their cases, when the guy starts singing off-key. Holtassumes that it was the radio playing music, saying "All music after Mahler sounds exactly like that."

Changed: Captain Holt Finally Lets Go Of Wuntch

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Some of the best dialogues on the show are Holt's biting remarks towards his nemesis, Madeline Wuntch. He truly enjoys their enmity, unconsciously finding purpose in his hatred for her. He refers to her as the Wicked Witch of the West (telling her that should have been "crushed under that house in Munchkinland") as well as implying that her presence was the reason "why all the birds had stopped shrieking."

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When Wuntch dies, Holt still thinks that she is plotting to humiliate him from the grave, going to extreme lengths to prove it, which he does, at the end by staging a fake memorial service. At the real service, Holt admits that he might have despised Madeline, but expresses genuine sadness at her loss, saying that he will miss their encounters.

Unchanged: Captain HoltIs AnEXTREME Nerd

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Captain Holt is not an old soul as much as he is ancient. In one episode, he and Wuntch have a spat about the Abyssinian Crisis, hurling inscrutable pieces of history at each other (Holt claims that he won that argument).

In another scene, Holt is trying to draw an analogy for Terry, asking him if he was familiar with the Hungarian fencing term "husszú görcs." Holt's textsare also framed like a formal letter, always ending with "Sincerely, Raymond Holt."

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