''Clue'' (''Cluedo'' outside of the United States and Canada) is a popular board game in which the players adopt the guise of one of six suspects moving around the board to find out who killed Dr Black (Mr. Boddy in some versions), where and with which weapon. The six main characters are iconic and have been further characterised in various television series, computer games, novels, and films.


[[folder:Game version]]

!!All Characters
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Every character in the series has had a [[WorldWidePunomenon punny last name]] based on a color. Originally a holdover from when the game pieces were just differently colored chess pawns, the color theme has become iconic of the game itself.
** In addition to the core six (red, yellow, white, green, blue, and purple), later editions of the game have added Miss Peach (orange, but sometimes erroneously colored pink), Mme Rose (pink), Monsieur Brunette (brown), any number of Greys (Lord, Sgt., etc.), Prince Azure, Lady Lavender, Mrs. Meadow-Brooke (blue-green), and the gardener Rusty Naylor (orange).

!![[color:red:Miss Scarlet]]

Characterised as a FemmeFatale, Miss Scarlet is often considered the leading lady of ''Cluedo'' lore. Sometimes has an extra "t" in her name.

* LadyInRed
* LoveDodecahedron: In the GameShow, Miss Scarlett is... [[UnusualEuphemism a scarlet woman, as the Greeks might say]]. Col. Mustard and occasionally Professor Plum are after her when they're not after Mrs. Peacock, and she's usually sleeping with the victim too.
* MsFanservice
* RaceLift: She's Caucasian in some versions and Asian in some of the VCR games, and some versions of the game during the 80s and 90s. The cover artwork for the book also depicts her as Asian, at least those from certain printings.
* ScarletFever
* SmallNameBigEgo: According to the books, she buys two tickets whenever she flies- one for her, one for her ego.
* {{Sexophone}}
* SympatheticMurderer: Whenever she is the murderer in the Sega Genesis/Super NES video game, it states, "[[WomanScorned She had been hurt enough]]."
* TheVamp

!![[color:yellow:Colonel Mustard]]

Big Game Hunter and military hero.

* AlliterativeName- But only in the books: Martin Mustard
* BloodKnight: He kept challenging people to duels in the book series.
* ColonelBadass
* ColonelKilgore
* DuringTheWar
* GreatWhiteHunter
* HairTriggerTemper
* LargeAndInCharge: His mini-figure towers over the other players in the latest version of the game.

!!Mrs. White

Dr. Black's cook/maid/housekeeper/nanny. Mrs. White is the one character who is a domestic, not a guest, thus providing the chance for a TheButlerDidIt ending.

* AlliterativeName- Wilhelmina White, in the books.
* ApronMatron
* CrossDresser: ''TheSimpsons'' version of the game has Smithers in the role of Mrs. White, dressing him in a maid's outfit.
** In TheMusical that nobody admits to seeing, Mrs. White is a drag role.
* LethalChef: In Season 4 of the Game show. "Well I thought if I put a lot of cheese on the rat poison nobody would notice."
** SupremeChef in the books, though. She was actually Dr. Black's chef in the earliest versions of the game.
* TheSnarkKnight: Most versions depict her as extremely bitter at serving a rotten master like Black/Boddy, and even more angry that she has to serve the murderous scum he invites to house parties.
** {{Averted}} in the book series, where she's irate that her boss has a firm grasp on the IdiotBall. Dr. Black constantly manages to magically not die, despite repeated attempts on his life by the same six people he KNOWS are out to kill him, and she wants to kill him for his fortunes. Also averted in the puzzle mysteries, where he's either naive or a jerk, {{depending on the writer}}.

!![[color:green:Rev. Green/Mr. Green]]

A Stock type Snake Oil salesman Vicar. He was changed to Mr. Green for the US version and made into a corrupt businessman of dubious legality; players of recent editions can spot the Rev. Green label on the game-piece though.

* AlliterativeName- In the book series, Gerald Green.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: US Version
* TheDon: Some versions imply that in addition to his substantial business dealings, he runs several mob-like organizations on the side.
* LargeHam: His MotiveRant in season 4 of the UK ''Cluedo'' GameShow.
* RaceLift: Recent editions have him as black.
* SinisterMinister: UK Version, depending on game.
* TheVicar: UK version

!![[color:blue:Mrs. Peacock]]

Originally characterised as the stock type GrandeDame. Mrs Peacock has also been shown as the Lady of the Manor in the game show, serving as the central link between all the characters.

* BerserkButton: Anything she perceives as rudeness in the book series.
* BlackWidow: "Mrs. Peacock, twice widowed" ("dating a French count", but definitely not for long) in the GameShow, 13 mysteriously deceased husbands in the VCR games.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Her most recent incarnation puts her in a slinky dress to rival Miss Scarlet's.
* LargeHam: Joanna Lumley plays her in season 4 of the game show.
* LittleOldLadyInvestigates
* NoNameGiven: No first name given for her in the books, notable as she's the only one (Mr. Boddy being 'Reginald' and Miss Scarlet being 'Charlotte').
* ProperLady
* TrueBlueFemininity

!![[color:purple:Prof. Plum ]]

The Absent-Minded Professor stock type.

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Oh so much. He's been known to forget his own name, birthday and hometown; Boddy remarks at one point that "He once forgot he was talking to me in the middle of a sentence."
* AlliterativeName: In the book series, Professor Paul Plum.
* CloudCuckooLander: In the book series.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Season 1 of the GameShow
* {{Eagleland}}: Yep, Season 1 too. Don't ask me; I just work here.
* MadScientist: In the ''Cluedo'' GameShow.
** He shows signs of this in the stories as well. One in particular has him invent a poison [[spoiler: (or so he claims; it was actually a sleeping potion, and he forgot)]] that evaporates as soon as it's drunk, leaving no traces behind (this backfires spectacularly, as he has to sip it himself to remember what it is). Another story has him put a truth serum in the breakfast orange juice for pretty much no reason.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: In exactly ''which'' field he has his degree changes with every game.
* SpectacledSadist: If he turns out to be the murderer.

!!Dr. Black / Mr. Boddy

The poor sap stuck with [[DesignatedVictim the worst role to play in this particular murder mystery]].

* AssholeVictim: In some incarnations, Dr. Black/Mr. Boddy arguably had it coming. In {{The Movie}}, he was blackmailing the other characters and sexually harassing his maid, while in the SNES video game it's implied that he had some rather dirty dealings with whomever killed him.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the book series and some of the puzzle mysteries, where he's either a horrible judge of character (see below), or out for revenge when his wife, Rose, is killed at Christmas exactly one year prior, where he's TheChessmaster. But he still gets murdered.
* BuriedAlive: In at least one of his not-deaths in the books, he was shut in a tomb/pyramid he bought because it would look nice in the garden.
* DesignatedVictim: Black / Boddy is the official victim in the board game.
* EccentricMillionaire: In the books, he inherited a large fortune and so spends most of his time entertaining the same five guests (and one maid) with various distractions, such as random sports (Badminton, croquet, tennis and the like) or game (Parcheesi, tiddly-winks, Monopoly, etc.) competitions, showing off various expensive possessions (which inevitably get stolen) or just relaxing, rather than doing actual work.
* HesJustHiding: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the book series. The books always end with Mr. Boddy's murder, and then the next one always begins with Mr. Boddy explaining how he survived.
** Meanwhile, in TheMovie, [[spoiler:the third ending reveals that he had switched places with his butler before the movie started, and since none of his blackmail victims had met him in person before...]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The book series characters are (usually) not too malicious, but they've still (nearly) killed Mr. Boddy about a dozen times, and- as Boddy himself lampshades- he still hangs out with these people. He does make note though that after everything they've done, he doesn't entirely trust them, and always asks the reader to keep an eye (and sometimes an ear and a nose) on them.
* PunnyName: Mr. Boddy.

!![[color:orange:Miss Peach]]

One of the few ExpandedUniverse characters with any staying power, Miss Peach is a SouthernBelle who was introduced in the Clue VCR Game as an uninvited guest to the Boddy Manor, and subsequently made it into the main series with Super Cluedo Challenge (UK, 1986) and Clue Master Detective (US, 1988). She's appeared more times than any other character who isn't one of the main six, most of whom rarely last more than two games before...disappearing.

* BlatantLies: A pathological liar, she's claimed to be everything from Mr. Boddy's long-lost daughter, to his long-lost great-step-niece, to an innocent motorist who just "happened" to arrive on Boddy's doorstep.
* ConArtist: Sometimes working with M. Brunette.
* DropInCharacter: In the Clue VCR game she was a motorist whose car broke down (intentionally or not) just outside Mr. Boddy's manor.
* FilleFatale: Usually the youngest of the cast; rarely portrayed as older than her mid-twenties.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Turned good long enough to act as a detective character in 2003's Clue FX, trying to solve the mystery of Mr. Meadow-Brook's murder. By the time Clue Mysteries came out two years later, she was back to being a villain.
* MsFanservice
* ParasolOfPrettiness
* PrettyInMink
* PunnyName: Her full name was once "Miss Georgia Peach."
* TheRival: To Miss Scarlet
* SouthernBelle: Her main characterization. She pretends to be a Bonne Belle, but in truth she's a particularly devious Mauvaise Belle.
* TheVamp


[[folder:Movie version]]
'''WARNING: Spoilers ahead!'''

--> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/TimCurry
* BattleButler
* CanonForeigner
** [[spoiler:Except in the third ending, where he's the actual Mr. Boddy.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:In the third ending.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* LargeHam: Well, it's Creator/TimCurry after all.
* MrExposition

!!Mrs. Peacock
--> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EileenBrennan
* BadLiar: [[spoiler:Except in the second ending.]]
* BewareTheSillyOnes: [[spoiler:In the second ending.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:In the second ending.]]
* CloudCuckoolander
* LargeHam
** ChewingTheScenery
* MotorMouth: Especially in the beginning, where she tries to "break the ice" by talking non-stop. Plum theorizes that she has a fear of silence.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: In the second and, arguably, third endings.
* ScreamingWoman: When it's suggested that the brandy she was drinking might be poisoned.

!!Miss Scarlet
--> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/LesleyAnnWarren
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:In the first ending.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* LadyInRed: Surprisingly averted. She's dressed in green.
* MissKitty: Runs an illegal brothel in Washington, D.C. (in her words, a "specialized hotel and telephone service").
* MsFanservice: Not as much as Yvette, but she's still quite a looker.
* YaoiFangirl: Implied by the smile she gives when Mr. Green states that he's gay.

!!Mr. Green
--> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/MichaelMcKean
* BewareTheSillyOnes / CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler:In the third ending.]]
* CatchPhrase: "I didn't do it!"
* FauxYay: [[spoiler:Intentional in the third ending.]]
* PluckyComicRelief
* StraightGay: [[spoiler:Except in the third ending.]]

!!Mrs. White
--> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/MadelineKahn
* BlackWidow: Has had five husbands, and all of them either died or disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* IronicNickname: A black widow, fully dressed in black, whose alias is Mrs. White.
** Though her skin appears to be pale white.
* TheStoic
** TheComicallySerious
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: In the third ending:]] [[MemeticMutation Fl-Flames... on the side of my face...]]

!!Professor Plum
--> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/ChristopherLloyd
* AbsentMindedProfessor
* KavorkaMan: Somehow Miss Scarlet is interested in him, and he scored with [[spoiler:the singing telegram girl]] who can't be past her twenties.
* LovableSexManiac
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Lampshaded.
-->'''Mr. Green:''' How did he die?!
-->'''Professor Plum:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I! DON'T! KNOW!]] I'm ''NOT'' a forensic expert!

!!Colonel Mustard
--> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/MartinMull
* TheDitz
* RedHerring: The movie likes to imply that [[NotSoHarmlessVillain he's the murderer]]. [[spoiler: He's indeed responsible for one of the murders in the third ending.]]
* WarForFunAndProfit

!!Mr. Boddy
--> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/LeeVing
* AssholeVictim
* {{Eagleland}}: Flavor 2. The reason he blackmailed everyone is because he considers them "Un-American". But instead of reporting them, he decides to get money by blackmailing them. What could be more American than that?
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Initially. Someone (varies with the ending) catches this and subsequently kills him off for real.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: He gives his blackmail victims weapons with the intent of killing Wadsworth. [[spoiler:But someone (Professor Plum in the third ending) tries to shoot him, so he pretends to be dead so he would be able to escape. But gets killed by a candlestick.]]
* PunnyName

--> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/ColleenCamp
* CanonForeigner
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:Miss Scarlet's [[TheDragon Dragon]], in the first ending.]]
* TheMistress: [[spoiler:Used to have an affair with Mrs. White's husband. In the first two endings, Mrs. White doesn't seem to mind her very much. In the third ending, however, she hates Yvette so much that [[MemeticMutation it flames on the side of her face]], and therefore Mrs. White murders her.]]
* {{Fauxreigner}}
* MsFanservice
* FrenchMaid
* HighClassCallGirl: [[spoiler:Used to be one of Miss Scarlet's call girls.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:The reason she's killed in the first ending.]]