Character Profile
Portrayed By
Brad Carter
Season Five
First Appearance
My Bad
Last Appearance
My Bad
Appears in
One Episode
Full Name

Manner of Death
Bludgeoned by Dexter Morgan.
Personal Status
Marital Status

Rankin was a minor character on Showtime's series DEXTER.  He was one of Dexter's few kills that doesn't fit the code. He mouths off to Dexter at a rundown waterside store...and meets his end in the restroom.


Rankin is shown to be of medium height with a long, scraggly beard and thick auburn hair. He has a wide, sloping forehead and fashions his hair in the shape of a mullet. For clothes, he wears a long-sleeved, gray striped shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and a torn, blue jean vest. He also wears tight fitting jeans and boots. He appears to be in his mid-30s.

Rankin was surprisingly physically strong in his fight with Dexter -- even though Dexter is a martial artist who has proven himself capable of taking down foes larger than himself in hand-to-hand combat and shifting dead weight around after knocking people out,

Rankin was able to grab hold of Dexter even as he lunged at him in a rage, stopping his forward momentum completely and shoving him backwards against a wall. However, Rankin could not defend himself after being stunned by Dexter's headbutt.


In his limited interaction with Dexter, Rankin is shown to be a boorish, surly, abrasive, obnoxious, rude man with little-to-no patience and a short fuse. When Dexter first encounters him, he angrily sifts through the store to get the key to the bathroom and when he spots Dexter, he takes offense to the way Dexter is staring at him and angrily calls him a retard. After Dexter follows him into the bathroom, Rankin realizes he is about to retaliate, and angrily asks him what his problem is. Even after Dexter appears to have a weapon ready to attack him, Rankin, seemingly angered by the mistaken belief that Dexter is lying to him about losing his wife in order to seemingly earn his sympathy, continues to be aggressive with verbal attacks.


As Dexter prepares to leave everything behind and start anew, he stops off at a local station to refuel his boat. He enters the nearby store for supplies and finds Rankin angrily calling out for an attendant. When nobody arrives, Rankin goes behind the counter and searches around until he finds the key to the bathroom. As he turns around and spots Dexter, he takes offense to the way Dexter is staring at him and calls him a retard before moving past him to the restroom. Dexter, even though he feels that he should let it go, decides to follow Rankin.

Dexter enters the bathroom behind Rankin and grabs the small anchor used as a theft-deterrent for the bathroom key. Rankin sees him do this and shouts at him as he realizes Dexter is about to retaliate after he called him a retard. Verbally defending himself and refusing to be intimidated, Rankin angrily asks Dexter what his problem is, and Dexter tells him that his wife had died that week and it was his fault. But Rankin, not caring about Dexter's grief, rudely responds by saying "Well, I'm real sorry for your fucking loss, but your dead wife can suck my dick." This causes Dexter to uncharacteristically attack him, lunging at him with the anchor. While Rankin is able to defend himself at first, by grabbing Dexter's anchor arm and shoving him against the wall, Dexter surprise attacks him with a headbutt. He shoves Rankin through the wooden cubicle and to the ground before bludgeoning him to death with the anchor. Dexter immediately breaks down after and screams. As he backs away from Rankin's body, Dexter imagines a moment of internal dialogue with Harry, who tells Dexter that it was the first human thing he has done since Rita's death. It is unknown if Dexter disposed of Rankin's body, but since he immediately returned to attend Rita's funeral, it's likely that he didn't have time for a cleanup. Dexter never shows signs of remorse for killing Rankin.

Violation of The Code

  • Nothing is known of Rankin's background, so Dexter killing him violated "the code." It is not shown if Dexter researches Rankin later.
  • Harry references the incident to Dexter thereafter, but it is only mentioned as a problem because it happened when Dexter was dealing with the loss of Rita, rather than anything against the code...


  • Rankin is the first character to be killed by Dexter in Season Five.
  • Rankin is the first character to be impulsively killed by Dexter.
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