|“||Time to pay the piper for the pants you unbuckled!||„|
|~ James' most famous quote as he extorts Hamilton.|
James Reynolds (based on the historical figure of the same name) is a major antagonist in the 2015 musical Hamilton and its 2020 film adaptation of the same name.
He is the abusive husband of Maria Reynolds, who ends up using her as a pawn in a scheme to blackmail Alexander Hamilton.
He was portrayed by several actors across the show's different runs, however he was portrayed first and most famously by Sydney James Harcourt who also portrayed him in the 2020 film.
James Reynolds is first mentioned by his wife, when she approaches Hamilton's doorstep, telling him that he left her out in the cold and ran off with another him, leading to him walking her home and ultimately sleeping with her. They continued an affair for over a month before eventually James Reynolds revealed that he was aware of the said affair and blackmailed Hamilton into supplying him with funds, even agreeing to let them keep seeing each other, so long as Hamilton paid him. In the end a furious Hamilton abandoned Maria, and simply paid off James and went on with his life.
Later on however Hamilton's funding irregularities were discovered by Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison all of whom mistook Hamilton for committing fraud before he revealed to them the truth. Although disgusted Jefferson and Madison agreed to keep it a secret whereas Burr simply told Hamilton "rumours can only grow". Leading to a paranoid Hamilton publishing The Reynolds Pamphlet, which detailed his affair with Maria, and connection to James, destroying his reputation in the process. In spite of this however, James Reynolds was never punished, and even took pleasure in the pamphlet being published.
Eventually Reynolds passed away following the story's events.
Reynolds was a rather jovial, egocentric, hypocritical, sadistic and abusive man with little regard for anyone or anything, even his own wife, caring about nothing other than wealth and gain.
Reynolds was a handsome, tall skinny man, with light skin, no hair but stubble on his face.
In spite of being down on his luck with money Reynolds wore fairly expensive looking clothes such as a brown duster coat with a cream suit underneath, a brown neckerchief and a brown fedora.
- In real life James Reynolds had to move away with his wife after The Reynolds Pamphlet was published due to the amount of public humiliation they received, eventually she divorced him and moved back to America however.