Despite being one of ISIS's top secret agents, Archer has consistently proven himself to be questionably competent, questionably sane, morally questionable and an absolute jackass. He has still kept his job at ISIS (his mother is the boss), but this hasn't shielded him from the ire and scorn of his colleagues or mother.Tropes associated with Archer:
Acquired Poison Immunity: All the partying and getting poisoned means he can metabolize tranquilizers in a few minutes, as demonstrated in "The Wind Cries Mary".
The Alcoholic: Drinks cocktails all the time, and has been drinking since before he was 12. Archer often drinks a ton on assignments, really strong stuff too, and has switched out necessary equipment for more booze. It never really affects his job performance though.
Ambiguous Disorder: It's been implied that Archer's attitude may be a result of atypical autism, clinical insanity, or physical brain damage on a few occasions.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's an extremely talented agent and feared worldwide as the world's most dangerous spy. When he's not on a mission, he's sleeping with inordinate numbers of women and getting blackout drunk.
He sleeps around and gets blackout drunk during missions, too, but still manages to avoid getting killed.
Catch Phrase: Archer's "Danger zone!" said to Lana. Also "Do you not?"
Name! NAME! NAAAAME!!!!!....Fine then just pout!?!
Cuteness Proximity: Wildly gushes over Carol's pet ocelot, loving his "cute little spots!" Archer in general goes nuts over cute animals, including lemurs, adorable pugs, and at one point he even gets completely distracted when he thinks there's a zoo nearby.
The Dreaded: Surprisingly, Archer manages to live up to his title as the "World's Most Dangerous Spy." A few people have actually hesitated when they realised they're dealing with the infamous Duchess.
Note that he's the World's Most Dangerous spy, not the world's most competent, intelligent, or useful spy. He's also equally dangerous whether you're with him or against him.
Dumbass Has a Point: Has moments of these. Noteworthy in "Skytanic", where he keeps thinking the airship is flammable even though it's full of helium, but his other reason why it's a stupid idea (it's a boring slow ride which can only go between two places) turned out to be completely true.
Expy: Visually, Archer is the spitting image of Xander Crews from Frisky Dingo though Archer is way nicer than Xander was.
Everyone Has Standards: Archer may be an utter whoremonger and man-slut, but he won't take advantage of Anka. And he's never sexist, nor does he hit women who aren't combat-capable. He may be hideously culturally insensitive, and assume that the bomber is "Beardsley McTurbanHead" (actually a Sikh), but if someone starts flat-out using racist slurs or starting a racist diatribe, he'll stop them with a little lecture on why racism is bad. He's also downright horrified when Calzado shoots a Bengal Tiger, calling it a murder.
Fainting: Of the emotional type through complete disbelief (or Squick), usually when hearing about his mother's sexual exploits. So frequent is this that Malory even quips he might as well be half fainting goat.
Freudian Excuse: Archer's dysfunction is a result of growing up with a negligent and outright abusive mother, as revealed in a number of flashbacks to his traumatic childhood. She abandoned him until the age of five, then sent him off to 12 straight years of boarding school. Other examples include abandoning him on Christmas Eve with no way to get home, taking all of his Halloween candy from him in a poker game, stealing his unattended bike to "teach" him about responsibility...without giving it back or mentioning it further afterwards and giving him liquor at a young age. After several flashbacks, various characters admit that it "explains a lot" about Archer's personality.
The Gadfly: He goes out of his way to tick Lana off. Whether or not he's trying to tick everyone else off hasn't been stated.
Gasshole: Again, not to the extent as Pam but Archer burps a lot.
Genius Ditz: He's a complete moron 95% of the time and an expert spy the remaining 5% of the time. He also has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, and knows his way around history and classic literature.
Genre Savvy: Archer seems to have this mindset when he wants to play pranks on people, if his voicemails or his little stint in Movie Star are anything to go by.
In "Legs", his first instinct is to go looking for Brett after he accidentally fires his gun.
Heroic BSOD: A minor one after he learns that Barry killed Jakov.
Hidden Depths: Despite his questionable competency as a secret agent, he is actually rather knowledgeable, and proves as such to the Irish mob with his knowledge of history when one of the mobsters insults the Honduran janitors about being immigrants.
He uses his knowledge of chemistry to improvise bombs out of empty glass bottles, dry ice, and water.
Hot-Blooded: Basically the only thing that raises him above the level of Badass Normal agents such as Lana. If he must violate the laws physics to save her (from a mess he got her in), he'll bend them out of the way.
Hyper Awareness: When not distracted by booze, tits, and/or cute fuzzy animals. He manages to constantly keep track of the number of bullets fired by anyone's gun, even to the point where he can track the number of shots fired from multiple weapons at the same time, while he is getting hit by said bullets.
Also his relationship with Ruth in "Placebo Effect".
Not to forget being more concerned about Cheryl's Ocelot being lonely in his room, despite said Ocelot just having destroyed one of his suits, which is normally a berserk button for him. In a similar vein he also sympathizes with a shot Tiger in El Contador.
In "Honeypot", he, for no readily-explainable reason, helped a distraught Dominican man bury his prized rooster in the Everglades after it was killed in a chickenfight. Made all the more heartwarming when it's revealed a season later that alligators are one of his biggest fears.
In "Heart of Archness", he's much too sympathetic to actually commit any piracy.
And let not forget the bit where he willingly gave up the last scubasuit without hesitation to Lana when he learns she going to be a mom.
It bears mentioning that Archer is more than likely actually in love with Lana (as shown in the Season four finale where he screamed "Lana! I love you!" right before he drowned), but considering his background, he doesn't actually know how to love anyone or anything.
Let's Get Dangerous: He may be an unrepentant playboy with questionable common sense and no skill at or concern over actually staying undercover, but he's an excellent fighter and is surprisingly knowledgeable.
The Load/The Millstone: His tendency to be an insatiable poon-hound with a planet-sized ego often causes things to go wrong for his colleagues.
Made of Iron: Archer is incredibly tough, to the point that he survives a boat loaded with high explosives going up around him, multiple car crashes, getting shot six times "in the ten-ring" by his mother, and getting shot twelve times in the back.
Oedipus Complex: Inverted. He absolutely despises every last thing about his mother but he seemed to have idolised the image of his father... until he learned that his dad was not who he thought he was.
One of Us: In spite of spending most of his time drinking, whoring and killing, Archer has a surprisingly detailed pop culture reference pool that includes some pretty geeky topics. Few others seem to share his interests, and he's always getting annoyed when no one else gets his references. He still looks down on The Lord of the Rings, however (although this doesn't stop him from making an Entmoot reference in The Wind Cries Mary).
Overt Operative: He'll tell anybody that he's a secret agent. Leads to this exchange:
Malory: Real secret agents don't tell every harlot from here to Hanoi that they are secret agents! Archer: *scoffs* Then why be one?
Subverted. The one time he tries to do something nice for Woodhouse by kicking his murderous army buddy off a roof to save Woodhouse's life, it turns out the whole thing was a misunderstanding. Woodhouse was quite displeased.
A straight example with Archer's relationship with Ruth, a sweet old lady who happens to be a fellow cancer patient.
Also apparently likes Ocelots.
Seems rather fond of animals in general, except for alligators.
Ping Pong Naïveté: While Archer is usually a Bunny-Ears Lawyer who's able to deal with spy work competently while being a complete moron in every other area, sometimes the stupidity bleeds into his work for the sake of the Rule of Funny; for example, completely missing a parachute drop zone only to land in the wrong country.
Psychopathic Manchild: Types C and E: Extremely self-centered and abuses his co-workers and Woodhouse for his own amusement.
Really Gets Around: Spends most of his free time with hookers, and everyone assumed he was the father when Trinette gave birth in Season 2. Has had sex with Lana and Cheryl off-screen, and starts sleeping with Pam in Season 3.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one against a group of Irish gangsters after they give him fake cancer medication. He even films it, and ends up playing it at the office over and over after he recovers.
Upper-Class Wit: Sterling is pretty incompetent in most things, but he's the best field agent there is. He's also incredibly slow on the uptake on a number of occasions, but he also displays a surprisingly hefty education, apparently coming from his years at a boarding school. In one exchange that exemplifies the dichotomy, he overhears two mooks on a space station make an Animal Farm reference. Archer knows that Animal Farm is "an allegorical novella about Stalinism by George Orwell," but thought they were talking about an actual animal farm.
On another occasion he references Bartleby The Scrivener and is surprised that no one gets it.
"When we first started going out, I may have injected a tracking device into your body."
Voiced By: Aisha Tyler
"So as far as Archer is concerned, I feel like I dodged the world's most dysfunctional bullet."
Another of ISIS' top agents. Like Archer, she's an excellent but flawed agent, her problems manifesting in her sarcastic and slightly bloodthirsty nature. She routinely squabbles with Archer, both of them bringing up their previous sexual history with each other.She also has large, mannish hands.Tropes associated with Lana:
Catch Phrase: "Asshole" to Archer, "God damn it Archer!" She also has an overly drawn out "nooooooooooooooope" or "yuuuuup" as well as a Share Phrase "What the shit?" with Archer.
The Chew Toy: Depending on the episode, such as Pipeline Fever, where she severely burns her hands and is shot full of morphine, as well as Space Race, where she continuously vomits until there was "literally no more fluid left in her body."
But Not Too Black: Lana is a light-skinned black woman. This is somewhat lampshaded when Archer calls her "black... ish." She gets offended, and he defends himself by saying that she exploded when he called her a quadroon.
Even the Girls Want Her: Both Pam and Cheryl make comments about how they might be interested in sleeping with her. Both of them follow through too (Cheryl gets an orgasm from a beating from her, and Pam gets pity sex from her).
Even The Gay Guys Want Her: Ray was willing to sleep with her, and when asked why says that no one is so gay that they'd turn down sex with her.
Hidden Depths: In "Heart of Archness" and "Space Race", she displays insecurities with her looks and needs to be reassured that she's good-looking.
Made of Iron: Her hands. They're so strong she was able to keep a helicopter from flying away by holding onto a grappling hook that was latched onto it and pull open a electro-magnetically locked door.
Manipulative Bastard: Has her moments. In the Season 1 finale "Dial M for Mother", she offers to sleep with all the men in the office to get even with Cyril. She actually doesn't have sex with any of them and charges just for being able to say they did; she gets away with it because she knows none of them will admit he didn't sleep with her.
Married to the Job: Hints of this in the first few seasons, and made very clear in Season Four when Carol rips into Lana with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech that pretty much beats her over the head with this trope so hard that she's left totally speechless.
Statuesque Stunner: Easily one of the tallest women on the show which is appropriate considering her voice actress.
Stupid Sexy Flanders: In a twist, Lana is attractive enough that Gillette, a professed homosexual man, is perfectly willing to sleep with her, saying that "No one is that gay."
Stripperific: All of Lana's outfits seem tailor-made to show off her figure. If not that, then she'll invariably end up in a situation where she'll be stripped to her underwear.
As lampshaded by Archer when he gets distracted by her in underwear when they're in the middle of a gunfight:
Lana: Now?! Really?! Archer: Oh, right! Because you walked into Strippers Discount Warehouse and said "Help me showcase my intellect!"
Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Beleaguered as she is by her coworkers, she is still a shockingly ppetty person, willing to let fellow agents be brutally beaten and tortured in front of her due to snippiness or insulting her fashion.
World's Most Beautiful Woman: Might as well be. Not only women and but also gay men are willing to have sex with her, because nobody is that gay, and during Space Race: Part II, commander Drake, of all women on earth, chose specifically her to be their "brood sow" because he considers her the perfect female specimen based on her morphology, I.Q. and medical history. That's flattering... ish.
"I moved in with my last girlfriend after four weeks!"
Voiced By: Chris Parnell
ISIS comptroller. A meek, wussy, and slightly whiny in a Now on/off at the moment relationship with Lana. At times he's been a helpful influence in a few missions, but sticks to ISIS HQ and worries about Lana. Promoted to field agent as of Season 3's "El Contador".Tropes associated with Cyril:
Badass Bookworm/Badass Pacifist: Pulls off his most badass things, field agent or otherwise, nonviolently: Helping Lana push the bomb out of the blimp, bluffing Spelvin with an empty gun, and most of "El Contador".
Berserk Button: It seems that he really hates being pushed, to the point that when Archer does it to him twice in "Coyote Lovely" he socks him.
Bigger Is Better in Bed: It was revealed in the first episode of the series that he tried to get ISIS to cover a penis-reduction procedure, and his size—twelve inches—is mentioned several times in the first season.
Non-Action Guy: Mid season 3 and onward seems trying to avert this, it's implied he's going on more missions and getting better on the field.
Really Gets Around: He has slept with Lana, Cheryl, Scatterbrain Jane, Malory, Trinette and Pam, plus any number of unnamed sexual partners.
Talking Your Way Out: Newly-promoted field agent Cyril bluffs his way to Ramon's trust in "El Contador" by pretending to be an accountant for his boss, and offering to help Ramon get a bigger share of the profits. It works
The Scapegoat: Whenever Archer does something illegal openly, he poses as Cyril, leaving him to deal with the fallout.
Took a Level in Badass: He may have caused the problems in "Tragical History" in the first place, but it was pretty cool when Cyril ruined Spelvin's server and all of the info he had gathered before bluffing him with an empty gun.
He's actually shown to be an intelligent and resourceful thinker when he becomes a field agent.
Unless it involves using a gun. Then he's lethal to everyone.
Taken to ridiculous levels in Coyote Lovely when, provoked at least, he actually punches Sterling who wasn't expecting that. Granted he gets his ass kicked afterwards but still, Season 1 Cyril would've never done something like that.
Head of ISIS and Archer's mother. Just about as snarky, sex-crazed, and jerkish as her son. At times she'll abuse her power (such as using a bomb threat to steal a first-class cabin on a blimp from her hated neighbor), but mostly she'll try to make sure that ISIS missions go as smoothly as possible, sighing all the way as her idiot son screws everything up.Tropes associated with Malory:
Action Girl: Based on various flashbacks and the fact that she was able to shoot her son six times in the torso with what was revealed the next season to be a .44 magnum. She expresses pride that all six shots were grouped "in the '10 ring.'"
Even Bitches Have Standards: When she finds out Cheryl specifically missed her parents' funeral, Malory demands to know why. Cheryl says it's because Malory threatened to fire her if she missed work again, and Malory counters she wouldn't have fired her for going to that.
Everyone Has Standards: According to "The Limited", Malory is, at worst, elitist, not racist. She treats all servants the same, regardless of skin color.
Family Versus Career: Averted. Malory prioritizes her career over her son, leaving Woodhouse the butler to raise young Sterling. On the rare occasions when she did spend time with him, she usually tormented him in order to teach him a lesson.
A Glass in the Hand: Malory breaks the last of her Steuben glass set in frustration when Nikolai hangs up on her in "Dial M For Mother".
Archer: Who puts Oxycontin in a Xanax bottle? Malory: People with servants, idiot! Archer: But if they're stealing pills, how does it help to switch the labels? Malory: Because they can't read English!
It's All About Me: Is even more shamelessly self-centered than her son, and that's saying something. For instance, in "Stage Two", she's upset that Archer has breast cancer and she doesn't, since it means she's no longer the center of attention.
Mama Bear: Has shades of this, even though she's as much of a caring mother as Lucille Bluth or Peg Bundy are (read: she's not that caring at all).
Manipulative Bitch: In "Lo Scandalo", she tricks the whole cast into covering up her murder of the Italian Prime Minister. She even calls the police while she is having the body being disposed by Krieger so that they are thrown off once they arrive to find the room all cleaned, and they aren't aware they are being played until the very end of the episode when Lana points it out.
Parents as People: Archer suffered from Parental Abandonment due to Malory actually continuing with her career. Burt Reynolds also argues that Archer needs to allow her to flourish as her own person now that he's an adult.
Politically Incorrect Heroine: Hates the Irish and isn't afraid to show it. She's also made racist comments at the expense of blacks and the Japanese: when she shoots a Yakuza member off a ladder in "Drift Problem", she claims that "[it's payback] for Pearl Harbor".
Phrase Catcher: "That's so classic her!" usually when she's not around, occasionally to her face, "That's so classic you!"
Really Gets Around: Just about every male character on the show over 50 is a candidate for Sterling's father. Has sex with Cyril in "Movie Star" and Pam in "Swiss Miss".
Trickster Mentor: This is her parenting strategy towards her son, even though it's taken to levels that would realistically be considered child abuse. It doesn't really help that he doesn't learn his lessons.
A secretary at ISIS. Cheryl has been known to repeatedly change her name, due to people not remembering her original one or purely on a whim. She ranges from sexually precocious to voracious and has a twisted fetish for being strangled and murdered. Is obsessed with Archer, which led to her manipulating Cyril into a sexual relationship, before moving on to Krieger. Is a member of the highly wealthy Tunt family.Tropes associated with Cheryl:
Ambiguously Bi: While Cheryl hasn't overtly hit on any woman, her fetish for being strangled and murdered seems to apply even when women do it. She enjoys being slapped by Malory, orgasms during a beating from Lana, and solicits a choking from Pam.
Ambiguous Disorder: Her craziness, outbursts and general oddness are suggested to stem from some mental disorders. In "Sea Tunt Part 1", her brother Cecil says she's always been nuts and had been getting worse over time, but he had no idea how bad it was.
The Beard: Pretends to be Ray's wife during a visit to his redneck brother.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Played with as part of her general crazy behaviour. She can actually hear suspenseful string music when something dramatic happens but tries to convince herself that it's "non-diagetic".
Child Hater: Her present for Trinette's baby shower is a book on SIDS and a box of plastic laundry bags. When Krieger asks if she'd ever thought of having her own kids, she responds that she'd considered adopting a child...... but only so she could abandon it at a mall.
Creepy Child: Her brother recounts a time when, as a child, she burned down a gazebo while laughing wickedly.
Dirty Coward: In "El Secuestro", she throws off some kidnappers by making them think Pam is her.
Erotic Asphyxiation: One of Cheryl's fetishes, closely related to her murder fetish. She frequently demands to be strangled during sex, has fantasies of being murdered, and has a general masochist streak in her.
Flanderization: Cheryl goes from being an insecure and slightly unhinged secretary to a full-blown maniac. In the space of about four episodes. Lampshaded by her brother Cecil, who claims she has gotten steadily more disturbed over time.
Funny Schizophrenia: Though her brother takes it seriously, and tries to use this as a way of taking her half of the inheritance.
Gallows Humor: Jokes that her parents were murdered, then laughs when she sees Lana and Malory react. Her parents were killed, but in a car accident.
Lethally Stupid: In "Crossing Over", Barry talks her into taking him to the ISIS safehouse, where he kills Jakov and nearly kills her.
Nightmare Fetishist: She loves Erotic Asphyxiation, the harder and more dangerous the better, to the point that Cyril thinks he's killed her during their hookup. In fact, she also fantasizes about being murdered and likes being beaten.
Non-Idle Rich: In "El Secuestro", it's revealed that Cheryl is a Tunt and is worth half a billion dollars. Why she's working as a secretary for ISIS for minimum wage baffles everyone.
She says that after their parents died in a car crash, her brother inherited full control over her trust, and it's implied she didn't receive much, if any, financial support (beyond living in the family mansion) from her parents when they were alive.
Noodle Incident: She did time in a mental hospital after pleading insanity, and was also institutionalized under a false name with total amnesia. It's not clear whether these are the same incident.
She spent 6 months thinking she was a werewolf, demanding that the ISIS staff lock her in the vault during the full moon.
Malory had to ban scissors from ISIS because of an unspecified incident involving Cheryl.
Out of Focus: She and Pam seem to occupy a permanent place in any episode's B-plot.
Pyro Maniac: Cheryl mentioned watching a building burn down in "Stage Two", was seen lighting a dumpster on fire in "El Secuestro", and took delight in burning the corpses of Torvald Utne and Elke Hubsch in "Killing Utne". In "Sea Tunt Part I", she's shown watching a fire she set in her waste paper bin, and squealing with delight when Pam accidently poured alcohol on it, then mentioned her and Pam having a date with some firemen who she met at a warehouse, her Brother mentions her burning down a gazebo at an extremely young age.
"Oh please. If you really cared, you’d resign. But there’s no way you ever will, because you’re just counting the days, until - her face bloated and yellow from liver failure - [Malory] calls you to her deathbed and, in a croaky whisper, explains that Mr. Archer is totally incompetent and that you, the long suffering Lana Kane, are the only one qualified to run ISIS and you weep shameful tears because you know this terrible place is the only true love...you will ever know."
Robosexual: Gets off to being strangled by Krieger's choke-bot.
Too Kinky to Torture: She goads Lana into beating her up, by bragging about having sex with Cyril, and has an orgasm from the ensuing beatdown. Also wears a ton of breast cancer support ribbons all over her body so the safety pins can poke her.
Verbal Tic: Has a tendency to yell out "Duh!" whether she actually finds something obvious or not. Also gratuitously uses "stupid" a lot. ("They can't get to the stupid mainframe because some stupid battery thing is in some stupid vault!")
"And that's the reason I never have sex with my coworkers. That... and no one ever lets me."
Voiced By: Amber Nash
Head of HR at ISIS. Plump and incapable of keeping secrets. Possibly has a crush on Lana. Often seen hanging out with Cheryl, Cyril and Dr. Krieger.Tropes associated with Pam:
Abhorrent Admirer: Pam is vigorously rebuffed by everyone she flirts with in early episodes, leading to her breaking down crying. In later episodes, she morphs into a self-confident badass sex goddess.
Action Girl: Pam pulls a little Suddenly Always Knew That on this trope, suddenly revealing that she's an underground bare-knuckle boxer who can snap a man's neck and take a punch like a champ. She's even got the third stanza of "The Destruction of Sennacherib" tattooed on her back under 13 tally marks. Oh, and she drift-races against the Yakuza.
Flanderization: Pam is reverse-flanderized, going from the tubby, unloved, and rather pathetic HR lady to a fight-clubbing sex goddess. Come season 4 she ricochets back and forth between the two.
Gasshole: Biggest one in the show. Pick an episode, any episode and chances are Pam will be burping and or farting.
Gossipy Hens: Over the course of the show, Pam has blabbed that both Scatterbrain Jane and Malory had breast cancer, although Malory's result was a false positive, filmed Cyril's confession that he's going show off Lana to his to his unpleasable father and texted Katya Kasanova's false double-agent status to Malory and Lana.
Made of Iron: Was able to take repeated blows to the head when she was mistakenly kidnapped, all the while mocking them. She also used to make money by participating in underground fighting rings, and winning handily.
Really Gets Around: She's slept with more people in the office than anyone else, and that's saying something. This includes Malory (as part of a three-way in "Swiss Miss"), Lana (a pity-lay in "Dial M for Mother"), Cyril (essentially molested his unconscious body in Blood Test and also slept with him while drunk through "Heart of Archness") and Archer (a recurring secret sex-buddy because Archer's embarrassed about it.)
Took a Level in Badass: Quite a few. Season two reveals that she boxes in underground matches. Season three reveals that not only is she involved with underground racing, but she also sneaks up and apprehends the Big Bad of the Space Race two-parter. Come to season 4, where she aces the field agent exam and wails on several characters to prove herself worthy of joining the others out on the field.
What the Hell, Hero?: Invokes this on ISIS when she escaped her captors in "El Secuestro". The episode ends with her preparing to beat the ever loving piss out of Malory for only offering the kidnappers $5000 for her return.
Dr. Algernop Krieger
"And I love that I have an erection... that doesn't involve homeless people."
Voiced By: Lucky Yates
Gadget master for ISIS and all-around mad scientist. According to Malory, he is the son of a Nazi veteran who hid in Brazil after World War II, and may be a genetic clone of Adolf Hitler.Tropes associated with Dr. Algernop Kreiger:
Affably Evil: Krieger is generally a nice, friendly fellow. He's also a rampant Mad Scientist who tapes bum fights, experiments on people without their consent, steals bodies for experiments (including Katya and Bilbo), is eager to pump nerve gas into the ISIS ventilation system, and insists that he isn't a "serial" killer. He also freely sells ISIS weapons to gangs and criminals to fund his lab operations, sells important ISIS secrets to Barry and the KGB, and tried to sell uranium to North Korea.
Anything That Moves: And some things that don't. He's drugged interns with gay hormones, choked Cheryl (and used a robot later), and was heavily implied to be raping employee lunches and returning them to the refrigerators.
In "Tragical History" Archer noted that he created a virtual girl that was "so real, the state of New York [was] allowing him to legally marry her."
"And I love that I have an erection... that doesn't involve homeless people!"
"Every single verb and noun in that sentence totally arouses me."
Half-Human Hybrid: He creates Piggley, a hybrid pig-boy, but had to put it down some time before "Stage Two".
Hidden Depths: He is a huge fan of Rush, and has been trying (unsuccessfully) to nail the drum solo from YYZ. His vans all feature scenes from Rush album covers, doctored to add him and with the name altered. To date, there's been Exit...Van Left, Vanispheres, Caress of Krieger and Van By Night. All four have been destroyed.
I Love the Dead: Clearly gets aroused by touching Katya's corpse in "Skin Game".
And when he's disposing a dead body in "Lo Scandalo":
Malory: Is Krieger hard at work?
Archer: He literally might be.
Last Name Basis: His first name, Algernop, is only given in the book "How To Archer".
Mad Scientist: Has created, among other things, tablets that temporarily induce homosexuality in the user.
In "Lo Scandalo", when asked to dispose of a body, he responded by putting on a respirator and saying only "Thank you".
In "The Wind Blows Mary" he built some kind of laser device to deal with the "ant problem" in the ISIS break room. It looks llike it was some kind of attempt to let Krieger absorb the power of ants.
Noodle Incident: Archer implies that Krieger used to lure bums into his home and videotape them fighting and doing other unstated, unsavory things. Things that were not disturbing enough for Krieger, who told Archer that he stopped doing that and had moved onto "darker things".
"Fister Roboto" is mentioned, but never shown. Neither is Goatley, which might be a Half-Human Hybrid.
Cool Old Guy: Does heroin, hung out with William Burroughs (and was the person who actually killed the famous author's wife, as part of a bet for more drugs), ate long pig while in the service, and likes to listen to jazz. His coolness was such that two assassins who encountered him not only bought him new clothing to replace the ones Archer destroyed, but also purposely spared his life when they went after Archer.
Even more in "The Double Deuce", were we learn that in World War One, after a sniper killed the man he loved, he killed and scalped 50 Germans in one night in a fit of rage, and also helped Malory fight off 4 armed German agents with two sawed off shotguns in World War II.
The Dog Bites Back: While he'll rarely stand up to Archer's face and does take the worst of the abuse, Woodhouse is more than willing to work against Archer on Malory's orders [as she's the one who pays his Salary, while Archer was unaware that he was paid at all, leading to Woodhouse locking Archer out of his apartment when Mallory fires Archer]. He admits that he knocks Archer out a couple of times a year only to blame it on alcohol and hookers and by the final season, he is even willing to refuse to mail Archer money when he is trapped in Quebec without a passport.
I'm a Humanitarian: Ate human flesh, which the locals called long pig, while serving with the British military in Africa, though he said he didn't really care for it much.
The Comically Serious: What really sells his quote above is how he reports the strange situation in the calmest possible way.
Archer: I have to go. But if I find one single dog here when I get back, I'll... rub sand in your dead little eyes.
Single-Target Sexuality: Woodhouse seems to have this for Reggie Thistleton. In "Honey Pot", Charles and Rudy make a remark about Woodhouse not being gay, and he corrects them not by saying he is gay but by mentioning Reggie Thistleton. He elaborates on his relationship with Reggie in "Double Deuce", including his death on the battlefield. The only other indication of any kind of love/sex life at all is in that same episode when he's in bed with two women on a drug running ship... and he's openly pining for Reggie. He then delivers Archer and becomes his butler-for-life.
Unstoppable Rage: He went into one when Reggie was shot in front of him during the Great War and killed 50 Germans in one night. He made a blanket out of the scalps. Even Archer is impressed/horrified when he hears about it.
Archer: That's a lot of scalps!
"She has never liked me. But someday I'm gonna write a book about this place. Mhm, a real smackaroonie."
Voiced By: Adam Reed
ISIS' openly gay head intelligence analyst. Possibly one of the few competent employees at ISIS. Pronounces his last name "Jill-ETTE", while everyone else in his family pronounces it "GILL-it."Tropes associated with Gillette:
Agent Peacock: Just because he's a pooftah doesn't mean he can't kick your ass.
All Gays are Promiscuous: He routinely goes to hardcore gay fetish clubs, but is the only ISIS staff member who can keep his sex life out of the office.
Ascended Extra: Spent pretty much all of the first season as a barely named extra sitting at a desk and talking sassy with Lana over the phone. But starting with season two onward it's shown he is an agent too.
Badass Gay: While not the most efficient agent, he is the most professional, and often the only reason he fails on a mission is from Lana's pettiness, Archer's childishness, or Cyril's ineptness. Plus when he was a child he killed a bear with a bow and took a bite out of his heart.
Butt Monkey: During the Pirate Island arc. He loses an eye and supposedly the use of his legs.
However, by the end of season 3, he's seemingly paralyzed for real, after Archer forcibly tries to land their space shuttle and crashes it.
At the start of season 4 he's able to walk again after Krieger gives him cyborg legs... only for Archer to fry the CPU operating them in the season finale. So he's crippled. again.
Camp Gay: Though he was willing to sleep with Lana because, "No one's that gay."
This is turning into an Informed Attribute: His voice and mannerisms were very effeminate in his first few appearances, but this is becoming less prominent and the rest of his personality is more like Straight Gay or Manly Gay.
Catch Phrase: Ray has "Dukes!" and "Double dukes!" and "Triple dukes!". "You know..." when he's angry/annoyed.
Cure Your Gays: Married for 2 years to a lesbian, whom he met at a pray-away-the-gay Bible group. Not clear if they were each other's beards or they were actually trying to go straight.
Cyborg: Has his legs roboticized by Krieger. At first he didn't want to, but after having it unwillingly done on him, he was thrilled to walk again.
Deadpan Snarker: Delves into this from time to time, probably because of the place he works at.
Hidden Depths: Won an Olympic bronze medal for slalom skiing, was a protestant minister before realizing his sexuality, and was once married to a lesbian he met at a "pray away the gay" Christian camp. He's also fiercely loyal to his redneck family (despite knowing that they wouldn't approve of his sexuality), and was willing to sacrifice his life in a shootout with police in order to protect his marijuana farmer brother.
If It's You, It's Okay: Although a clear and out of the closet homosexual, he doesn't pass up the offer to have sex with Lana, claiming "Nobody's that gay."
Noodle Incident: Revealed at the end of Season 2 to be a disgraced former minister, with no details given, brought up again in Season 3 when he officiates at Archer & Katya's wedding, wearing a suit.
Southern Fried Genius: He's from West Virginia, from a classic rednecks, though his brother is a very skilled marijuana farmer. But, as noted above, very smart.
Took a Level in Jerkass: He got quite a bit more cranky after Season 3's ending with him paralyzed for real, which is mostly justified given how his life was made much harder thanks to Archer's dim-witted mishap. Might be getting better now that Krieger gave him Cyborg limbs.
Asshole Victim: He made fun of Archer for having breast cancer, so he probably deserved the ensuing beatdown.
On the other side, Archer had by that point shot him repeatedly without even a hint of regret...
Butt Monkey: Gets hit with every single stray bullet fired in the ISIS office. Taken Up to Eleven in Season 4's "Legs", when he gets hit with a bullet that had ricocheted down a flight of stairs from another floor. Gets savagely beaten at least twice (see No-Holds-Barred Beatdown below), and Archer accidentally maims him in "Skin Game". None of the other ISIS employees even care when he gets shot.
A sexy KGB defector. She joined with Archer in "White Nights", defecting from the KGB to ISIS, having fallen in love with him. She is killed on their wedding by an out-for-revenge Barry. Kreiger then turns her into a cyborg; she elopes with Barry shortly after her revival. After Barry is trapped in orbit, she arranges for his "rescue" but in the process takes over the KGB.
Slap-Slap-Kiss: When she fights Barry in "Skin Game", she ends up having sex with him and dumping Archer for him.
Woman in White: In her first few appearances. Not anymore now that she's in charge of the KGB.
"YEAH! One for three off the roof, Bitch! WOO!"
Voiced By: Dave Willis
An ODIN agent who has a history with both Archer and Lana. Often talks to his gun. He's turned into a cyborg by Jakov's men after being gravely injured during a mission in Russia, and proceeds to go rogue and devote his life to making Archer's existence a living hell. He ends up taking control of the KGB and cooking up a brilliant master plan, but it was delayed after ISIS stranded him on the International Space Station Horizon. He has escaped Horizon and is now headed back to Russia.Tropes associated with Barry:
The Ace: He is definitely a better agent than Archer even before he was turned into a cyborg.
Enemy Mine: His first appearance has him trying to recruit Lana into ODIN. In Season 2, Malory recruits him to rescue Archer (Though she has to throw in free sex with Lana to make him do it). Inverted in Season 4, when Katya recruits Archer to rescue him from outer space.
Go Mad from the Isolation: He wasn't exactly sane before, but spending months stuck on an abandoned space station seems to have cracked the shell off the nut.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Once he became a cyborg, Barry's fuse became a hell of a lot shorter. At one point he goes from calm and quiet to screaming at the top of his lungs and chucking a desk across the room, before becoming completely calm again. It's implied that "Other Barry" is the psychopathic persona.
Handsome Lech: Loses Framboise, and can never seem to get Lana. Doesn't stop his confidence, though.
Hugh Mann: Inverted. His KGB-issued passport reads "Sy Berg".
Iconic Outfit: Exclusively wears a tracksuit, starting in "Double Trouble".
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After all the abuse he was dealt, he dishes one out on Archer in season 2. Katya Kasanova, Archer's true love, falls off a roof trying to save Archer. So does Barry, but as a cyborg, he is unharmed. In season 3, he kills Jakov and hooks up with Katya when she was about to marry Archer.
Running Gag: Him getting thrown off of balconies. Other characters also frequently say: "Barry, you ass!" to him.
Archer will usually reference specific past injuries he inflicted on Barry in greeting.
Sanity Slippage: He wasn't all there to begin with, but becomes insane and psychopathic after being turned into a cyborg. He's also apparently been getting more and more stir-crazy and murderous trapped on a space station in orbit.
Stepford Smiler: After running away with Katya, their glowing smiles quickly give way to looks of uncertainty and sadness. He later lies to Katya about his whereabouts during a phone conversation, implying that their relationship is not as happy as he would like Archer to think it is. As of "Live and Let Dine", their relationship is clearly dysfunctional.
Third-Person Person: Seems to have forgone his previous habit of talking to himself for this in the third season. May or may not be a result of Sanity Slippage. He could, in fact, be narrating his every action and motivation to "Other Barry". It's logical, for him. In Season 3, he announces that "Other Barry might object" to Archer and Katya's wedding & scrawls "Other Barry was here too" in an elevator, below "Barry was here". Sanity Slippage looks more and more likely. By Season 4, he's discussing "Other Barry" in conversation like he's a separate entity.
Took a Level in Jerkass: At the end of the second season. Being betrayed and left for dead by someone whose life he just saved and being unwillingly turned into a cyborg will do that to a guy. Though to be fair, he only doing it to get sex with Lana. In fact it's implied that one of the reason he try to hire lana to Odin was to get sex from her.
Took a Level in Badass: While always one of the more competent agents when not falling off a roof or being thrown off one he proved his badass credentials in "Crossing Over" where it's revealed he is now the insane head of the KGB and has an elaborate master plan. Killing Archer's possible father in a way that makes sure there will be no DNA left to test is 'just a goof' for him.
Dating Catwoman: Jakov has been in an on-again, off-again relationship with Malory for about 40 years.
Disappeared Dad: The odds are about 1-in-4 that he's this to Archer. When they finally meet, he assumes he's the father and tries to bond with his son. In a rare moment, Archer reciprocates and tries to make up for lost time.
Face Death with Dignity: He faces eventual explosive destruction surprisingly calmly, and spends his final minutes alive recording a message for Archer.
Disappeared Dad: It's heavily implied that he has one of these-when Jakov orders him to run a paternity test on Archer, Boris contaminates the sample, commenting "Who Archer think he is? Only guy who want father?".
A prostitute who has slept with Archer and Cyril. During her first appearance in "Training Day", she helps in Archer's attempts to train Cyril as a field agent. She reappears in Season 2, with a baby she believes is Archer's.
Chekhov's Hooker: She shows up as a random hooker in Season 1. Comes back in Season 2 with a baby she thinks is Archer's.
Insistent Terminology: Agrees with Archer when he describes her as a call girl, not a hooker. In "Blood Test", she insists that she's an escort.
Cheryl's brother who, like his sister, is entitled to half of their parent's fortune. He uses his half to fund many philanthropic ventures. He appears in the fourth season finale, helping Malory obtain a bomb. According to Cheryl, he's gross.
Anti-Villain: His plan to get Cheryl declared insane so he can get her money. He's broke so he needs outside funding to keep his charities afloat, and he'd be keeping a mentally-unstable, violent person off the streets. Pam doesn't think this is too bad, and even Lana says that they could have just gone to a lawyer and interviewed them there, instead of working this whole scheme.
In fact, beyond that, he doesn't do anything horrible whatsoever. He is, at most, an antagonist to Cheryl. The character himself is not a villain whatsoever.
Badass Beard: In the family portrait. He's rather clean-shaven when he makes his debut in the show proper.
Kind of. Part 1 was him vs. Cheryl, but the other ISIS staff either didn't care or supported him when they found out what he was doing.
Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe: His reaction when Archer laughs about the time Cheryl had them lock her up because she thought she was a werewolf. He takes his sister's mental decline much more seriously than the others.
Jerkass Has a Point: He's trying to have Cheryl committed so he can seize and spend her half of their inheritance, but she probably should have been institutionalized years ago for everyone's safety, including her own.
Mysterious Backer: He offers his "choppersaurus" to help the ISIS crew find a bomb, but it's all part of a bigger plan.