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Tess Vargas

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Tess Vargas
Biographical Information
  • Alive
Physical Description
  • Female
Hair color:
  • Dark Brown
Work partner:
Romantic Exes:
Character Information
Portrayed by: Nina Lisandrello
First appearance: Pilot
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Tess Vargas is a main character of Beauty and the Beast who is a NYPD homicide police detective, work partner and best friend of Catherine Chandler. She has a reputation for being smart and tough as a detective.


Early Life

Tess has five brothers. According to her, two of her five brothers met their wives on the force. She was also once forced to partner with Detective Wolansky for two years.

After her partnership with Detective Wolansky ended, Tess gained a new partner, Catherine.

Season One

In late 2012, Tess became especially troubled by the feeling that Cat was keeping something from her, especially after Catherine started to sneak off and leave Tess behind while they're working on a case. This carried on for a while, until Tess was force to confront Catherine about her recent behavior after she disobeyed Joe and got herself suspended from the force and Tess assigned to desk duties. However, they made up a couple hour later after Catherine apologized and got their position back by solving Judge Hanson's murder case.

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Tess and Joe in 2012.("Saturn Returns")

Tess and Joe, who's married, are having an affair with to each other. Once when Catherine came to her asking for advise on who to take to her father's wedding, Tess delved that she once took Joe to one of her brother's wedding.


Tess is a very forgiving, easygoing person. However, she can also be very sarcastic, direct, and outspoken, especially when dealing with criminals and suspects. Tess is having a secret affair with Joe, which may stem from low self-esteem in the dating department.


Tess is tall and attractive, with brown skin and long brown hair. 

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