''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
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Many versions of the characters' backstories imply they're all involved in some sort of dirty dealings, even Mr. Boddy/Dr. Black.
* 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.

* BadBadActing: Her backstory in one of the more recent versions of the game states that she tried to become an actress, but she had a lot more looks than talent.
* DragonLady: In the earlier editions, when she's depicted as Asian.
* HighHopesZeroTalent: In her backstory in one of the more recent versions of the game, she tried to make it as an actress, but she just didn't have the talent for it.
* 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.

* AmoralAttorney: In one version of the game, she's a lawyer who "must see justice served, even if that means turning vigilante".
* AlliterativeName: Wilhelmina White, in the books.
* ApronMatron
* CrossDresser: ''WesternAnimation/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.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: If she's the murderer in the Super Nintendo/Genesis version of the game, it's implied that she did it because, even though she's a pretty shady character herself, she's thoroughly disgusted with Mr. Boddy's dirty dealings.
* 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
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: Her backstory in one of the more recent versions of the game says that she inherited a substantial amount of money from her late husbands, but her extravagant spending means she's almost broke.
* 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."
** BewareTheSillyOnes: If he turns out to be the killer.
* 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.
* ForScience: In the VCR version, he ran out of white rats to test his experimental poison on...[[spoiler:so he tested the poison on his wife. It worked.]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: If he turns out to be the murderer.
* 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 no reason.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: In exactly ''which'' field he has his degree changes with every game.
* PlagiarismInFiction: In some versions of the game, his backstory heavily implies he's done this.

!!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.
* EdibleThemeNaming: In the VCR game her name is Melba Peach, an inversion of the dessert, Peach Melba.
* 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

The butler of the house, serving as MrExposition.

* BattleButler: [[spoiler:In endings 1 and 2, where he's an undercover FBI agent]].
* TheButlerDidIt: [[spoiler:Subverted in the third ending, where he's the blackmailer and a murderer - but also the ''real'' Mr. Boddy rather than a butler. In the deleted fourth ending, he murdered all of the victims out of pure insanity after failing to be the perfect butler and husband.]]
* CanonForeigner
** [[spoiler:Except in the third ending, where he's the actual Mr. Boddy.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:In the third ending.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* GuiltByAssociation: [[spoiler: He and his wife were forced to serve Mr. Boddy like slaves when she refused to rat out on her socialist friends.]]
** [[spoiler: This is actually untrue in ''all'' the endings. While it is revealed in the first two endings that he is working for the FBI, one could assume this story to be completely fictitious, while in the third ending, when he is revealed to have been Mr. Boddy all along, it is implied that ''he'' is the one blackmailing his butler over the above-mentioned "crime".]]
* LargeHam: Well, it's Creator/TimCurry after all.
* MrExposition
* SuddenlyShouting: In one of the movie's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKOmGhBOJZI most famous scenes]].

!!Mrs. Peacock
--> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EileenBrennan

->''Mrs. Peacock was a handsome matron with more than her share of jewels and buxom. She wore one of those dresses that is expensive and tasteful without being in the least fashionable or flattering. And over a fox stole with several of the creatures heads resting on her buxom and their claws digging at her ample waist.''
-->-- Michael McDowell's description of Mrs. Peacock'''

Wife to a corrupt U.S Senator, accused of accepting bribes to deliver her husband's vote.

* 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

->''A ravishingly beautiful woman dressed in emerald-green.''
-->-- Michael McDowell's description of Miss Scarlett'''

The FemmeFatale owner of a DC brothel.

* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:In the first ending.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* GenkiGirl: More subdued than most, but other than Wadsworth she's the most animated member of the cast. During the climax, she clearly gets more excited the deeper they go into the summation, even leaping in and stepping on Wadsworth's lines at one point. In the first ending, [[spoiler: it practically comes down to HamToHamCombat vs Wadsworth when he exposes her.]] In the third ending, she's so exhilarated about the complicated plot that [[spoiler: when Wadsworth finally fingers her for the cop's murder [[WorthyOpponent she cheerfully confesses, congratulates him on his sleuthing and only stops listening avidly when Wadsworth reveals himself to be Mr. Boddy.]]]]
* 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

->''A young man, tall, dapper, slim and splendidly turned out stood nervously at the entranceway of Hill House.''
-->-- Michael McDowell's description of Mr. Green'''

A closeted State Department employee.

* BewareTheSillyOnes / CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler:In the third ending.]]
* CatchPhrase: "I didn't do it!"
* FauxYay: [[spoiler:Intentional in the third ending.]]
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: [[spoiler: His last line in the third ending can come off as this.]]
* PluckyComicRelief
* StraightGay: [[spoiler:Except in the third ending.]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: He's the only one who hasn't done any crime he's being blackmailed on, but still wants his homosexuality to remain a secret. In the third ending, [[spoiler: not only was he the only one who didn't murder anyone, but he's revealed to be an FBI agent assigned to stop Mr. Boddy.]]

!!Mrs. White
--> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/MadelineKahn

->''She was beautiful as Desdemona on the night that lady was murdered, pale as Isabella the day she learned her lover was dead and her hair was as black as Judas the morning she struck off the head of a Holofernes. Her eyes were lustrous, her lips as red as if they had been pricked and bled. She was dressed head to heel in black. She held a shiny black pocketbook before her and a tiny corner of stiff, white paper peached through the top.''
-->-- Michael McDowell's description of Mrs. White'''

An alleged "black widow", who has had 5 husbands, the latest of whom were an illusionist (disappeared) and a nuclear physicist (died under mysterious circumstances).

* BlackWidow: Has had five husbands, and all of them either died or disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Mr. Boddy blackmails her on suspicion of murdering them. She denies killing any of them, but didn't want those rumors to be known to the public.
** [[spoiler: In the third ending, she indeed murdered at least one of them because he had an affair with Yvette.]]
* 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

->''A man was driving, hunched over the steering wheel, peering out into the blackness.''
-->-- Michael McDowell's description of Professor Plum'''

Former professor of psychiatry and current member of the World Health Organization, whose medical license was revoked because he had an affair with one of his female patients.

* 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!
** Later subverted, though, [[spoiler:in the third ending, when Plum was only pretending he didn't know what happened. As pointed out by Wadsworth, "even a psychiatrist can tell the difference between a ''living'' patient and a ''dead'' one!"]]

!!Colonel Mustard
->''The man at the door was 45 years old, perhaps 50 if he had been taken care of himself and it looked as if he had been. He was smartly turned out in a suit of quietly expensive cut material and fit and out in the darkness behind him, the mustard-yellow 1954 Cadillac convertible he'd driven up in was new and rather more obviously expensive than his clothes. In his own element, he was probably hale and hardy and if he had a wife then the prone was probably trampled on psychologically speaking.''
-->-- Michael McDowell's description of Colonel Mustard'''

A military man who's used the services of Mr Scarlet's brothel.

--> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/MartinMull
* TheDitz
* MoralMyopia: He may have sold stolen radio components to the black market, but he's no murderer.
-->'''Mrs. Peacock:''' [[AvertedTrope Well, a lot of our airmen died, because their radios didn't work!]]
* 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: The real reason he was being blackmailed. He stole essential Air Force radio components and sold them on the black market, which is how he became rich.

!!Mr. Boddy

The blackmailer and the first [[spoiler:in reality, second]] victim of the night.

--> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/LeeVing
* AssholeVictim
* {{Eagleland}}: Flavor 2: America the Boorish. The stated reason why he blackmailed everyone is because he considers them "Un-American". But instead of reporting them, he decided 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: [[DontExplainTheJoke Mr. "Boddy". It sounds like "body". As in "dead body". Get it?]]

--> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/ColleenCamp

The maid of the house.

* CanonForeigner
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:Miss Scarlet's [[TheDragon Dragon]], in the first ending.]]
* TheMistress: [[spoiler:Used to have an affair with (one of) 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}}: Although [[spoiler: her accent seems to disappear shortly before dying, implying she was faking it.]]
* 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.]]