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* AlasPoorScrappy: [[spoiler: Emmett in the Season 3 opener. An AssholeVictim for sure, and there are many who would quickly say that he deserved what he got, but others think it was a bit shocking given that, by and large, the Buy More crew was a separate world from the the Spy world and any danger to them was usually done for slapstick. The flippant way Casey covered it up while pressing the ResetButton was a bit callous, even for him.]]
* AngstWhatAngst: Ellie got over Chuck ruining her wedding pretty quickly.
** Viciously subverted by [[spoiler:Shaw seemingly getting over the reveal that Sarah killed his wife. Not so much.]]
** In Ellie's case, this is a JustifiedTrope, as Chuck ''fixed'' her wedding rather quickly, and gave her the wedding she actually wanted, as opposed to the original, which was what her mother-in-law-to-be had arranged.
* AssPull:
** Chuck's quite quick on his feet in dicey situations, even before he TookALevelInBadass.
** In later seasons, if a certain skill is needed, it's probably in the Intersect. Possibly one of the few times where this trope is actually justified by the mythos.
** The late season 3 plot with [[spoiler:the Intersect slowly destroying Chuck's brain]], since it literally comes out of nowhere & the characters treat it as if it had been going on for some time.
* BaseBreaker: Jill even more so than Daniel Shaw.
** The way the series ended is another one.
* CrazyAwesome: Casey, Morgan and Steve Bartowski. Then there's Alexei Volkoff, who's just something else entirely, both in terms of being completely crazy and equally awesome.
* CriticalResearchFailure:
** The CIA is forbidden to operate within US borders, but nearly all the missions Chuck and co. undertake are local. CIA operatives are actually called ''officers'', CIA agents being native civilians who are cooperating with an officer, but Sarah is always referred to as Agent Walker instead of Officer Walker.
** In "Chuck Versus the Muuurder" Chuck mentions that Lewis' WorldOfWarcraft guild, "...brought down Deathwing, world first." However the episode aired eight months (almost to the day) before Deathwing was even killable.
* DieForOurShip:
** Bryce Larkin, and quite honestly, anyone else who comes between Chuck & Sarah.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Carina was so popular [[MsFanservice after her first appearance]] that she later made return appearances in the third season episode "Chuck Versus the Three Words" and the fourth season episodes "Chuck Versus the CAT Squad" and "Chuck Versus the Cliffhanger".
** [[Creator/MarkSheppard The Director]] is ''quite'' popular among the fandom, despite only appearing in a handful of scenes in two episodes.
** Cole Barker, while not a very prominent character, easily steals the episodes he's in thanks to being a charismatic, badass, JerkWithAHeartOfGold and UndyingLoyalty. Being part of MI6 and a heroic British character after initially appearing to be a typical EvilBrit also help that.
* EpilepticTrees: [[IKnewIt Everyone knows]] that [[spoiler:Stephen Bartowski]] is Orion. Bryce also mentions that [[spoiler:he befriended Chuck in college because he owed Orion a favor]]. Since Bryce is responsible for Chuck receiving the Intersect, [[spoiler:is Orion the one really behind that part of the plot? Yeah, he denies it... but it seems HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS.]]
* ExecutiveMeddling: The third and fourth seasons have suffered somewhat from pacing issues, most of which can be attributed to the network holding off on ordering anything beyond the initial thirteen episodes until well after they are plotted out (which is why the thirteenth episodes of both seasons are {{wham episode}}s; they were also designed to be {{Grand Finale}}s meant to end the show). The third season, while picked up, was given an additional six episodes as opposed to the standard nine, and as such required some condensation of the arc storyline into a shorter season. The fourth season has had the opposite treatment, where it has been given an additional eleven episodes as opposed to the standard nine. [[CursedWithAwesome Oh, no.]]
** While the awkward pacing might be bad news, one of the results is that Chuck & Sarah end up together at the end of "Chuck vs. The Other Guy", one of the show's 4 non-finalies. Viewers would be treated to Chuck and Sarah as an BattleCouple for the rest of the show's run.
* EvilIsCool: A lot of Shaw's HateDom liked him a ''lot'' more after his FaceHeelTurn. Probably why he came BackFromTheDead...
* FanNickname:
** Yvonne Strahotski.
** Fans also christened Morgan "The Beard", which stuck.
* FanPreferredCouple: Some fans definitely like the idea of Carina x Morgan. It also helps that she too has definitely warmed up to him, but alas, Morgan chose Alex over Carina and Anna.
** Despite being happily married to Captain Awesome the fans tend to frequently ship Casey and Ellie.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: "Chuck Vs. the Third Dimension" has a scene where the rock star played by Dominic Monaghan is dedicating his upcoming concert in Nelson Mandela's memory, the joke being that Monaghan's character was oblivious to the fact that Mandela was still alive. However, Mandela passed away in December 2013.
* GrowingTheBeard: The second season is a nice step above the entertaining but uneven first season.
** This could partly be down to it getting cut short by the writer's strike. The third season is a step-up from the second season as well, in part because some of the story arc planned for Season 1 had to be stretched out across Season 2 as well.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Chuck's throwaway line to Ellie in the pilot that he'll get to work on a five year plan the next day. At the time, that's just plain funny because the next day he [[CallToAdventure meets Sarah]]. It becomes Hilarious In Hindsight because the show ended after its fifth season.
** Chuck's comment to Sarah, after she gives him a faked photograph of the two at Comic Con dressed as [[ReturnOfTheJedi Han Solo & Slave!Leia]] in "Chuck Versus the Sand Worm",, that they've never actually been to Comic Con. Over the next few years, the Chuck panels at Comic Con would go on to be considered highlights of the event.
** The first season featured Bryce Larkin engaging in a bit of SuperDickery, as he got Chuck kicked out of Stanford [[spoiler: to protect him from being recruited into the CIA against his will.]] Matthew Bomer was not only a contender for playing the role of the [[{{Superman}} the poster child]] for Super Dickery, but would go on to voice him in an [[WesternAnimation/SupermanUnbound animated film]] six years later.
** Casey displays his Osama Bin Laden targets in an episode that aired ''one day'' after Bin Laden was killed.
* HoYay:
** Jeff & Lester, so very much.
** Morgan towards Chuck, but he grows out of it (Mostly) as the series goes on & he undergoes some CharacterDevelopment by becoming less dependant on Chuck.
** Casey and Mogan gets lots of this after Morgan [[spoiler: becomes a member of Team Bartowski]] in season 3. They even move in together in season 4.
--> '''Casey''': You know, half of marriages end up in divorces. (Casey and Morgan drink juice at the same time)
--> '''[[OnlySaneMan Chuck]]''': It's nice to see yours is going so well.
*** In fact, that entire scene in "Chuck Versus the Family Volkoff" had them acting like a married couple...
* IKnewIt:
** Who is Orion? [[spoiler: [[LukeIAmYourFather Stephen Bartowski]]]].
** In season three, even Morgan knew [[spoiler:Shaw lived. Come on, he was shot and fell in a river.]]
* IronWoobie: Sarah
* [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]]: Carina.
** Shaw is no slouch either, being that he nearly [[spoiler: took over the CIA from the inside, and would have had it not been for [[SpannerInTheWorks Ellie finding out about the spy stuff]] after an underling tried to use her.]] To beat him, Chuck had to become a MagnificentBastard himself.
* MemeticBadass: As per the NBC site, [[http://www.nbc.com/chuck/exclusives/casey-facts/ God created Eve out of Adam's rib, because that's all that was left after Casey was done with him.]]
* MemeticSexGod: Cole Barker.
* MoralEventHorizon: Shaw trying to kill Sarah was his StartOfDarkness. He crossed the MEH when he [[spoiler: shoots Stephen Bartowski in order to cause Chuck enough emotional pain he'd be unable to flash and fight him head on.]]
** On a slightly less severe one, Emmett secures his place as the most hatable man on the show who isn't a criminal when he manipulates Morgan [[spoiler: into getting evidence of Big Mike's laziness to get him demoted so Emmett can take the store manager position.]] Its made worse by the fact that, not only did this involve abusing the trust Mike had in Morgan, but also the trust Mike had in ''Emmett himself''. Given his general personality, this act shows that Emmett might actually be a ''[[TheSociopath complete sociopath]]''.
* {{Narm}}: Sometimes the dialogue can fall into this.
* NightmareFuel:
** Atroxium is this, created by Dr. Wheelwright (played by Creator/RobertEnglund, who is apparently channeling [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Scarecrow]].
** Casey brainwashing Lester into obeying Morgan. The red dot and Casey's soft yet CompellingVoice repeating "Morgan is your boss" is just disturbing.
** The series' final story arc involving [[spoiler:Sarah losing her memories of the past five years and manipulated by the BigBad to kill Chuck]] is just disturbing as hell.
* OneSceneWonder:
** Julius the gay security guard in "Chuck Versus Operation Awesome".
** More of a Two Scene Wonder: The RepoMan in "Chuck Versus the Anniversary".
** Steve the prison guard in "Chuck Versus the Gobbler". Happy birthday, Steve!
** The woman talking on her cell phone in "Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner".
* [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Scrappy Rehabilitation Facility]]: TelevisionWithoutPity recently [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] the fact that ''Chuck'' frequently takes actors who were mishandled on [[Series/LawAndOrder other]] [[{{Smallville}} series]] and makes them, in a word, [[http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/chuck/chuck_actors_who_should_leave.php awesome]].
** RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap is played in-show with [[spoiler:Daniel Shaw]], who achieves it by FaceHeelTurn into MagnificentBastard territory.
* ReplacementScrappy: Daniel Shaw. [[FanDumb Some fans]] see him as a knockoff of Bryce Larkin written in to cover Matt Bomer leaving to do ''WhiteCollar'', and not much else. Ignore his almost completely different relationships with all of the characters. And his FaceHeelTurn.
** In a somewhat hilarious coincidence, Shaw is played by Brandon Routh who came on board SupermanReturns when Bryan Singer took over for Brett Ratner. Ratner's choice to play Clark Kent/Superman? Matthew Bomer (Bryce Larkin).
** Another funny coincidence: In his first appearance, Routh says "I hate guns, but it pays to know how to use one." In the episode of ''WhiteCollar'' airing the same week, Bomer's character says almost exactly the same line.
* TheScrappy: It is very, very hard ''not'' to hate Milbarge.
** This guy could even be [[UpToEleven a bigger scrappy than Scrappy himself]]. At least Scrappy has SOME fans.
** [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste This is probably deliberate.]]
** Once again, Daniel Shaw. Or more specifically it was less the character than it was Brandon Routh's portrayal, as many fans found he had virtually no chemistry with the rest of the cast and was TheStoic to an extent in broke WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. [[spoiler: At least until his FaceHeelTurn, when Routh proved that no, he's ''not'' actually a robot.]]
* SeasonalRot: Fandom was split over whether season 3 was worse than season 2, but most agree that the fourth season isn't as fresh as the preceding two.
* SendingStuffToSaveTheShow: Success! Fans have sent Nerds candy to the network. In a variant, fans also rewarded product placement sponsor Subway by buying footlong sandwiches.
* [[{{SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct}} She Really Can Act]]: Nicole Ritchie's performance got this surprised reaction from many viewers.
* {{Wangst}}: While not as guilty as other shows, the writers do tend to hit the "Chuck and Sarah can never be" chord a LOT. [[spoiler:Until, of course, they are.]]

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* AwesomeMusic: The show has its own [[AwesomeMusic/{{Chuck}} sub-page]].
* FetishFuelStationAttendant: Sarah Walker. [[spoiler: [[NaughtyNurseOutfit In a nurse uniform]]. [[TheGunslinger Wielding an SMG]]. [[HotLibrarian And hornrimmed glasses.]]]] Also when she [[spoiler:wears a red teddy and black stockings. With wings!]]
* FunnyAneurysmMoment[=/=]HilariousInHindsight: In "Chuck Versus Agent X," an early scene shows Casey eagerly anticipating a visit to a Vegas gun range. He even brought his "fancy" targets: Osama bin Laden pictures. By pure coincidence, the episode aired the day after Osama bin Laden was announced dead. Because of the nature of YMMV, it can be either one of these for the viewer.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: The "cliffhanger" of "Chuck vs. The Last Details"
* MagnificentBastard: Sarah's dad. [[spoiler:Conning his partners, which saved his life and included ''his daughter'', out of 10 million dollars they helped him steal?]] Sure, that's pretty bastardly, but managing to [[spoiler:pickpocket the Cuban Cigar he gave Casey as a token of celebration to the success of the con, and then immediately be seen ''smoking the cigar while he still smokes his own?''']] Now ''that's'' Magnificent.
** Daniel Shaw. At first, he was TheScrappy for Team Bartowski, until his [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn, whereupon he bacame a formidable threat as the 'face' of The Ring, {{Chessmaster}} outflanked the entire CIA to take it over from within, killed Chuck's father, and [[EvilPlan masterminded the total defeat of Team Bartowski]]. Thankfully, Morgan, Ellie, and Awesome were there for the assist.]]
** [[spoiler:Alexei Volkoff. Villainous ObfuscatingStupidity has rarely been more awesome.]]
* TearJerker: [[spoiler: Orion's death]] in the Season 3 finale.
* UnfortunateImplications: [[spoiler: The murderer who also bombed Castle in Chuck vs. the Muuurder is...yep, the generically terrorist-looking brown guy! Even after they lampshaded it mercilessly and seemed to be going in another direction entirely!]] Thought you had more class than that, show.
** Played with in the same example. [[spoiler: Damian, the villain, is often mistaken for an Islamic Terrorist due to his appearance - but is actually a Greek merc-for-hire.]]
* TheUnTwist: Agent X is [[spoiler:Alexei Volkoff]].

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