Characters for the TV show Chuck
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Charles Irving "Chuck" Bartowski
Rank/Job: Computer Technician / Special AgentAffiliation: CIA / Carmichael Industries / Buy More
"Don't freak out."Portrayed by Zachary Levi
Charles Irving "Chuck" Bartowski is the main character of the American fiction television show Chuck
. A nerdy guy who works at the Buy More's Nerd Herd desk, he unwittingly downloaded the Intersect
into his brain, and has been dragged into the world of espionage.
Tropes associated with Chuck:
- Action Survivor: Chuck's been tranquilized, kidnapped, been held at gunpoint, tortured, etc... the list goes on.
- Almighty Janitor: Chuck is really the one who runs Buy More. As of the end of Season 4, quite literally, although nobody knows it.
- Amazon Chaser: To Sarah.
- Badass: Despite his Nerd Herd status, Chuck has proven himself with this trope:
- Badass Pacifist: Hates dangerous situations, and uses tranq guns instead of real ones. Albeit, will fire a real gun when absolutely necessary.
- Badass Normal: Before the Intersect 2.0, this is what Chuck was all about. Back to being this now that Morgan is the Intersect.
- Took a Level in Badass: Cue the Intersect 2.0. Plus shooting Shaw marks his first real kill.
- As of Season 5, he's been kicking ass WITHOUT the Intersect. Just ask Shaw, a properly trained agent, who tried to fight Chuck one-on-one.
- Beard of Sorrow: "Chuck Versus the Pink Slip"
- Beware the Nice Ones: Do not threaten Sarah. Just don't. Threatening anyone else from Team Bartowski is almost as unwise an idea.
- Bodyguard Crush: On Sarah.
- Catch Phrase: "Don't freak out."
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: It only gets worse as the series progresses.
- Cool Loser
- Cursed with Awesome
- Deadpan Snarker
- Expy: He initially looked like a grown up Seth Cohen.
- Fish out of Water: Chuck is not a hardened spy like the rest. Although, this seems to be changing, with Intersect 2.0.
- Genre Savvy: Very.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Chuck's an all-around nice guy, but he's definitely no idiot.
- Guile Hero: Seems to have established himself as this
- Happily Married: Until the end of the series...
- Hollywood Dateless
- Hollywood Nerd
- The Klutz
- Lovable Nerd
- Loved I Not Honor More: Essentially the reason why Chuck doesn't run away with Sarah at the beginning of Season 3.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Carmichael. Charles Carmichael.
- Nerds Are Sexy
- Nice Guy: Definitely one of the nicest guys to appear in the entire series.
- One of the best examples occurs during the Pilot. After a customer realizes that he's failed to tape his daughter's ballet recital because he didn't realize he hadn't bought digital tape for his camera, instead of snarking at him for his stupidity, Chuck simply arranges for the Nerd Herd to record the ballet recital in the store, free of charge.
- Omniscient Database: Has (had) access to: Intersect 1.0 / FULCRUM Intersect / Intersect 2.0 / Intersect 3.0
- Only Sane Employee: This is the main reason why Chuck is the one who runs the Buy More.
- Screams Like a Little Girl
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Chuck tends to run afoul of this trope with love interests not known as 'Sarah Walker'.
- From Lou's perspective, the ubiquitous Sarah looks like a clingy ex-girlfriend who can't let go. (Scenario 1A)
- Jill's already deep into the spy game - and on the wrong side. (Scenario 3A)
- Hannah has the misfortune of entering Chucks life just as his spy life puts more and more demands on his time - and conscience. (Scenario 1B)
- Title Character
- Unlucky Everydude
- UST: With Sarah; one of the major subplots (or arguably the main plot).
- They Do: "Chuck Versus the Other Guy". FINALLY.
Sarah Bartowski, née Walker
Rank/Job: Special AgentAffiliation: CIA / Carmichael Industries / Wienerlicious / Orange Orange
"Do you ever just want to have a normal life? Have a family? Children?"Portrayed by Yvonne StrahovskiFirst real name is Sam, middle name is Lisa.
Sarah Bartowski (f/k/a Walker
) is a CIA special agent whose primary mission is to protect the Intersect, Chuck. Little is known about Sarah's past but we do know her father was an infamous conman. She herself participated in many of her father's cons since childhood.
Tropes associated with Sarah:
- Action Dress Rip: Often; most notably in "Chuck Versus the Cougars".
- Action Girl
- Action Girlfriend
- Adorkable: When she gets flustered, she tends to ramble on in the same way Chuck does. Case in point? Male strippers.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Was susceptible to this until Chuck.
- Becoming the Mask: A diluted example. Her assignment is to pose as Chuck's girlfriend. She quickly falls in love with him for real. Since Chuck's not an enemy, and indeed quickly accepts his new role as part-time hero, the moral questions and consequences of Sarah actually falling for him are not as severe as the usual trope.
- Berserk Button: Once Chuck is either harmed, kidnapped, or tortured, Sarah will straight up kill you. No questions asked.
- Broken Bird
- Comically Serious: Especially as she defrosts in seasons 2 and 3, Chuck loves to playfully needle her about her Consummate Professional facade.
- Consummate Liar
- Criminal Amnesiac: She falls into this at the conclusion of "Chuck Versus the Bullet Train", as Quinn convinces her that Chuck is a target to be killed.
- Dark Action Girl: Due to the Mind Rape induced by Quinn and the faulty Intersect in the series' last three episodes, she becomes one.
- Indeed, even Sarah's normal heroic self has streaks of efficient ruthlessness and cold-blooded brutality that can be scary to behold.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: As Chuck says:
Chuck: I knew you could be heartwarmed.
- Easy Amnesia: Averted in the series finale. The faulty Intersect 3.0 virtually destroys her memory, and there is no way to restore it after Chuck uploads the sole remaining copy of the Intersect himself to save a theater full of people. Although there are fragments of memories remaining that strongly imply she could eventually recover some of what she lost, the series still ends on a somewhat ambiguous note over her future.
- Word of God does suggest that Sarah's feelings for Chuck remain, though, providing some sort of a happy ending.
- Emotionless Girl: Tries quite hard at first. Fails miserably.
- Fish out of Water: She's not accustomed to being the girlfriend of a normal 9-5 kind of guy, not even for pretend. Family game nights, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas get-togethers, a loving supportive family, loyal friends, and a place to call home are all sort of new and weird for her. She's a quick study, though.
- Genre Blind: Sarah is prone to not recognizing pop-cultural references, and especially the genre conventions associated with the various situations the team finds themselves in. If one of the team is going to say "It can't get any worse", more than likely it will be Sarah.
- Fridge Brilliance: Much of Sarah's childhood was spent participating in her Con Artist father's schemes, and falling in with the CIA before finishing High School, which meant she didn't have many opportunities to pick up a bit more Genre Savvy from TV or movies.
- Green-Eyed Epiphany: Sarah manages to sell the idea that her feelings for Chuck are strictly professional ... until the arrival of Lou in Chuck's life in Season 1. The cracks in her facade are pretty obvious after that.
- Happily Married: Until she gets Mind Erased by the Intersect...
- Honey Trap: A perpetually PG-13 rated version, but it's one of her go-to moves. She never actually sleeps with a mark (not canonically anyway) but she's very good at getting unwary men alone with her and vulnerable. Indeed, it's how she met Chuck.
- Knife Nut: Probably has a few of them on her at any given time, and will use them to dispatch enemies, cut cheeseburgers, and mute alarm clocks.
- Little Miss Con Artist: As a child and not at all played for laughs.
- Mama Bear: Although she has no kids of her own, she did take personal responsibility of a baby girl to save her from her ex-handler after his Face-Heel Turn. She reacts to threats against the child about as tolerantly as you'd expect.
- More Deadly Than The Male: Sarah and Casey are both Chuck's bodyguards. Upon being captured, Fulcrum agent Mauser decided to mouth off about how he'd surely escape, and that it would be the end of Chuck when he did. Chuck would have ignored him. Casey might of slapped him around a bit. Sarah cold bloodedly shoots him.
- Later on, when she and Chuck are a steady Battle Couple, Chuck's preferred weapon is a tranquilizer pistol. Sarah's continues to be her S&W 5906.
- Ms. Fanservice: And how!
- Mysterious Past
- No Name Given: Sarah is most definitely NOT her real name. She's so far said that it's 'Sam' and that her middle name is 'Lisa'.
- Omniscient Database: Has (had) access to: Corrupted Intersect 3.0.
- Pants-Positive Safety: She always keeps her S&W 5906 handy ... in the rear waistband of her shorts, slacks or jeans. We never see a holster.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls hard for Chuck early on even earlier then we think- She confesses to Chuck that it was during their date in the pilot. Chuck begins the show with nary a bad boy bone in his body.
- Most of Season 3 showcases her horror at the moral compromises Chuck must make as he becomes immersed int the spy world.
- She seemed slightly bewildered at whatever kind of woman would fall for Casey, the baddest boy (while still on the good guy side) on the show.
- It's also worth noting that her brief relationship with Shaw was based on him having a lot of noble and heroic qualities. He was more ruthless then Chuck, sure, but still very much in the heroic camp. Chuck and Sarah even lampshade it later.
Chuck Bartowski: In-in-in a heartwarming kind of way. Look, all I know is the guy carried you of Castle on his back while you were both dying. So if I have to see you with someone else, it might as well be a hero. Right?
Sarah Walker: What can I say? I have a type.
- Statuesque Stunner
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- UST: With Chuck. Resolved into a Happily Married Official Couple after several seasons.
- With My Hands Tied: Disarms a man holding her at gunpoint with a high kick,then holds him down to the floor with her hands bound
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Not a good idea to kidnap/threaten/harm Chuck.
John Casey / Alexander Coburn
Rank/Job: Green Shirt / Major (formerly) / ColonelAffiliation: NSA / U.S. Marine Corps / Carmichael Industries / Buy More
"I don't kid about quiches."Portrayed by Adam Baldwin
A Badass. Colonel John Casey (birth-name Alexander Coburn
) is an NSA agent that is sent to protect Chuck after he gets the Intersect implanted in his brain. Casey has a bit of a short temper and often gets frustrated with Chuck, but is absolutely a man he can count on.
Tropes associated with Casey:
- The Ace Sniper: Easily makes a shot that supposedly only five people in the world could make.
- Anti-Hero: Type III/IV.
- Badass: HOLY SHIT!
- Big Damn Heroes: Happens a lot. A particularly great one? Swinging in with Chekhov's Dakka and shooting basically everything except Chuck and Sarah, in what could have been a homage to the original Big Damn Heroes scene... also with Adam Baldwin hanging out of an airborne vehicle with a machine gun.
- Bond One-Liner: Surprisingly fond of these.
- Butt Monkey: Casey is a Made of Iron Bad Ass, but also suffers a lot of Amusing Injuries and just plain humiliation over the course of the series.
- Comically Serious: The show gets quite a bit of comedy out of Casey's stoicness.
- Could be a Cold Sniper or Friendly Sniper
- Cultured Badass: Despite his hardcore badass persona not really being a persona, the man knows how to cook, enjoys classical music, and is fairly conversant with both popular culture and the more refined arts. This reaches an apex when he plans and executes a beach wedding for Ellie and Awesome.
- Father to His Men: Will always spread the credit for a success around to other members of his team when it is due.
- Gun Nut
- I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Originally this. Now has become best friends with Morgan of all people!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Casey has clearly become this by the end of the second season, even if he refuses to admit it.
- Made of Iron: Par for course. In Chuck Vs. The Undercover Lover a Russian thug injures his hand by punching him in the face.
- More Dakka: Almost religiously.
- Noodle Incident: Pretty much everyone at Buy More is scared shitless of Casey, but Morgan specifically cites a "volleyball incident" from their company picnic to straighten out his rebellious employees.
- One-Man Army
- Overprotective Dad: Casey found out about his daughter mid-season 3. Since then, he's shown strong signs of this whenever anyone wants to cause harm to her... or if their name is "Morgan Grimes".
- Papa Wolf: After he finds out about his daughter, Casey becomes even more dangerous towards anyone who threatens her.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He used to be a choir boy and helped design Devon and Ellie's wedding at the end of the second season. And yet, he is unquestionably the most badass character on the show.
- Not to mention, his favorite movie of all time is... Steel Magnolias.
- And of course, he takes his mini quiches very seriously.
- Semper Fi
- Strawman Political: Played with. Casey has several portraits of Ronald Reagan in his home, and is a notable supporter of gun rights. However, this is rarely referenced except in the background.
- Casey himself also invokes political strawmen on occasion, usually liberal stereotypes. See the Badass Creed above.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: Pretty much everything.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Ultimately becomes this toward Chuck and Sarah - initially, he and Sarah just hated each other and he was contemptuous of Chuck. Eventually it transfers over to Morgan.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: A variant, as he approves of Chuck's somewhat more ruthless behavior in the third season, and Sarah is unsettled by this approval.
Morgan Guillermo Grimes
Rank/Job: Green Shirt / Assistant Manager / Manager / Special AgentAffiliation: Buy More / CIA / Carmichael Industries
"No plan? Never stopped me before."Portrayed by Joshua Gomez
Chuck's best friend since childhood, the two have been as close as brothers. (Of course, one of them is stuck with a super computer in his brain.) For the most part, Morgan is largely stuck at the Buy More dealing with (or starting) various nonsense and generally unaware of all the espionage his best friend has been up to, although coincidentally enough many of Morgan's misadventures run parallel to whatever Chuck is dealing with at the time. As of Season 3, however, Morgan is finally an agent of Operation Bartowski. As of the end of Season 4, he's AN INTERSECT. It does come out eventually, though not without some side effects.
Tropes associated with Morgan:
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In season 5, having to do with the fact that the intersect he received was NOT sent by Beckman... He gets over it, due to The Power of Friendship.
- Character Development: Starts out as a slacker and utter loser but starts to become a bit more responsible by mid second season. By the time the third and fourth seasons occur, he becomes significantly more competent and mature, if perhaps a bit of a Bunny-Ears Lawyer.
- Crazy-Prepared: in Chuck Versus the Balcony, when Chuck gets his jacket dirty before proposing to Sarah, Morgan informs him that he placed a Tide-to-Go pen in the pocket.
- Face-Heel Turn: Appears to be going through one alongside My Skull Runneth Over starting in Season 5. See Brainwashed and Crazy above.
- Genre Savvy: He was the one who figured out that Shaw had joined the Ring, and and that he was still alive after Chuck's encounter with him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chuck, and in a way, Casey.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: While disguised as a bad guy, Morgan tries to prove his evilness to the other bad guys in the room by pretending to be in a phone call with one of his henchmen, telling the henchman to kill a puppy because it's too much of a hassle to feed.
- The Lancer
- Mission Control: A variation. He knows more about Chuck than anyone else - meaning he can virtually track him down better than anyone else.
- Non-Action Guy: Morgan is officially a member of Chuck's team, but only proves useful in his genre-savviness and yoga skills. That is, until Season 5, when he has the Intersect.
- Omniscient Database: Has (had) access to: Corrupted Intersect 3.0.
- Only Sane Man: From Season 4 onward, he becomes this for the Buy More.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Properly Paranoid: He freaks out after Chuck finds out Shaw is alive. Rightfully so.
- Secret Keeper: As of mid-Season 3.
- Took a Level in Badass: Once he got the Intersect.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In season 5. It's not his fault.
Eleanor Fay "Ellie" Bartowski Woodcomb
Rank/Job: Doctor of NeurologyAffiliation: Westside Medical / Carmichael Industries
"Morgan Grimes, the boy who took my pillow as his date to the junior prom, knows more about my family being spies than I do."Portrayed by Sarah Lancaster
Chuck's doting older sister. Ever since both of their parents up and abandoned them, the two have learned to take care of each other, a day they celebrate as "Mother's Day." Ellie was the last person to find out about Chuck's secret, and did not take it well... especially given that Shaw killed their father right in front of her eyes...
Tropes associated with Ellie:
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Chuck from Shaw, twice! First time was together with Morgan and Awesome, and then second time she knocks him out with a toaster just as he was about to shoot Chuck!
- Brainy Brunette
- Cool Big Sis
- Genre Savvy: Has now shown her credentials after realizing she and Awesome were caught up in a ransom scheme.
- My Beloved Smother: To Chuck, though it is justified as she and Chuck grew up with only each other to rely on.
- The Not-Love Interest: Ellie pretty much plays the same role as "the wife" in most television shows.
- Only Sane Woman
- Promotion to Parent: As the result of a Missing Mom and a Disappeared Dad, Ellie has had to be a mother to Chuck since childhood.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Professionally, she's the Blue Oni (as a neurosurgeon) to Awesome's Red Oni (Cardiovascular surgeon).
- Secret Keeper: Unfortunately, this only happens after she was fed a mis-secret, with disastrous consequences.
- Statuesque Stunner
- Took a Level in Badass: After discovering Chuck's secret and witnessing the murder of their father, Ellie stops messing around!
- Violently Protective Big Sis Although not as combat capable as Sarah, it's still a bad idea to threaten Chuck when she's around. Casey, Shaw and Evil!Sarah each learn this the painful way.
Devon Christian "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb
Rank/Job: Cardiovascular SurgeonAffiliation: Westside Medical
"Way to go, Chuck! That's awesome."Portrayed by Ryan McPartlin
Ellie's boyfriend/fiancé/husband, and Chuck's brother-in-law, Awesome is well... an awesome guy. For most of the show, he's mainly stuck to secondary story-arcs, lending his awesomeness to any given situation. However, upon discovering Chuck's identity, his very awesomeness was put to the test...
Tropes associated with Awesome:
- The Ace:
Jeff: Have you ever had a dream that didn't come true?
Awesome: I get it dude. You know, there was a time in my life that I didn't have a lot going on either. Dead-end job, no girl.
Awesome: Well, no John. No.
- The Awesome Captain
- Big Brother Mentor: Thinks he's this to Morgan, and to a bigger (but actually lesser) extent, to Chuck.
Devon: Well, ever since we've been dating [Ellie], I've come to think of you as a little brother I never had.
Chuck: ...Don't you have two younger brothers?
- Catch Phrase: Awesome! (That's how he got his nickname.)
- Subverted in "Chuck vs. The Truth" when Ellie said if everything is awesome then everything is mediocre.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Talks about sex a lot, much to Ellie's consternation since he talks about either her brother having sex, or the two of them having sex in front of her brother, he however, is a very honorable and decent guy who would never cheat on his wife.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Morgan once asks him about his day, the lengthy descriptions of what he does to make Ellie happy, including getting fresh fruit and making smoothies, running baths, etc, makes Morgan swoon.
- The Everyman: Funnily enough.
- Hot-Blooded: He's a very energetic man.
- Jerk Jock: Subverted.
- Large Ham
- Mr. Fanservice
- Nice Guy
- Properly Paranoid: His desire for "excitement" of the spy life...had side effects.
- Red Baron: He's so awesome, that's what they call him!
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Professionally, he's the Red Oni (as a Cardiovascular surgeon) to Ellie's Blue Oni (neurosurgeon).
- Secret Keeper
- Stereotype Flip: A beefcake bodybuilder who is also a skilled surgeon and knows how to tango—basically, a white version of Turk. Hell, it just continues the perception from Scrubs that the surgeons are the jocks.
- Took a Level in Badass: Since his involvement with Premier Goya and Daniel Shaw.
Rank/Job: Brigadier General / Director / ManagerAffiliation: NSA / Buy More
"He's a spy until I say he isn't!"Portrayed by Bonita Friedericy
Operation Bartowski's commanding officer, Beckman is a decorated General and head of the NSA. Originally had a different approach to the Intersect compared to Langston Graham, ever since his death, she had to take on the more direct command over it. A role that took quite a long, long time for her to become comfortable with...
Tropes associated with Beckman:
Michael "Big Mike" Tucker
Rank/Job: Manager / Assistant Manager / Green ShirtAffiliation: Buy More
"Mornings are for reflection and pastry."Portrayed by Mark Christopher Lawrence
Manager of the Burbank Buy More and Morgan's stepfather, he rules his store with an iron fist...or pretends he does. There's a reason why it has amassed its particular collection of freaks. He enjoys fishing, and taking down thieves.
Tropes associated with Big Mike:
Harold Tiberius "Harry" Tang
Rank/Job: Green Shirt / Assistant ManagerAffiliation: Buy More
"Chuck. Hiding from work again?"Portrayed by C.S. Lee
A loud, short-tempered salesman at the Buy More during Season 1. He is Chuck's main rival for the position of assistant manager, which Chuck loses due to his duties as a spy. Harry and Chuck strongly dislike each other and when Harry becomes assistant manager, he does whatever he can to make Chuck's job harder. After he accidentally finds out that Chuck, Casey, and Sarah are spies, he and his wife are relocated to Oahu, Hawaii where he is made into the manager of a pineapple plant and appears to be quite happy. However, he believes that Casey has recruited him as a spy and that his new job is just a cover.
Tropes associated with Harry Tang:
- Mistaken for Cheating: Harry gets a tape of his wife asking Morgan to help her pick out a gift for her husband and mistakenly believes that she is having an affair. He intends to catch them in the act, only to walk into a meeting between Team Chuck and General Beckman and Director Graham. Funnily enough, his wife IS cheating on him, but with Big Mike.
- Put on a Bus: Due to C.S. Lee's commitments with Dexter.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis
- Unfortunate Names: Of the Double Entendre variety.
Rank/Job: Computer Technician / Assistant Manager / MusicianAffiliation: Buy More / Jeffster!
"Repulsion is our business..."Portrayed by Vik Sahay
Fellow Nerd-Herder from the Buy More, Lester works under Chuck, and with his best friend Jeff. He is the lead-singer of their band, Jeffster!, is a specialist in Apple products, and is proud of his talent as a professional stalker.
Tropes associated with Lester:
Rank/Job: Computer Technician / MusicianAffiliation: Buy More / Jeffster!
"...And business is good."Portrayed by Scott Krinsky
Fellow Nerd-Herder from the Buy More, Jeff works under Chuck, and with his best friend Lester. He plays the instruments and edits the videos for their band, Jeffster! He's also an Apple specialist, and quite possibly the creepiest guy in the world. Turns out, he's actually a very intelligent, sensitive and sweet guy. His peculiar behavior was the result of constant carbon monoxide poisoning and Lester's toxic influence, who IS the creepiest guy in the world.
Tropes associated with Jeff:
Rank/Job: Computer TechnicianAffiliation: Buy More
"Morgan's so awesome! He can eat anything..."Portrayed by Julia Ling
Another Nerd-Herder from the Buy-More, Anna Wu is Morgan's ex-girlfriend. She gives off a very prostitute-y vibe, and has a rather colorful relationship history.
Tropes associated with Anna:
Rank/Job: Efficiency Expert / Assistant Manager / ManagerAffiliation: Buy More
"Do all your friends give your mother urinary tract infections?"Portrayed by Tony Hale
An efficiency expert sent from Buy More corporate, Emmett was quickly promoted to Big Mike's assistant manager. His massive douchebaggery shined through as he used Morgan to get Big Mike demoted to a simple green-shirt.Soon after his promotion, he was shot and killed by Javier Cruz.
Tropes associated with Emmett:
- Ambiguously Gay: Though he said he's straight it's hard to pinpoint.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: For pretty much everyone else.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Threatening one of the most dangerous, pissed-off assassins in the world with mace and calling him a pussy usually doesn't end well...
- Before that, he harassed a depressed Chuck to the point Chuck had a 2.0 flash (which generally happen when Chuck is in danger), then taunt and threaten him after Chuck has what looks like a panic attack as he tries to suppress the urge to kick his ass. He's lucky that it was the armed assassin who snapped and not Chuck, given what Chuck could have done to him.
- Eye Scream: Not a lot of screaming, but definitely got shot in the eye.
- Fatal Flaw: His delusions of authority.
- Jerk Ass
- Killed Off for Real
- Manipulative Bastard: Poor Morgan... Poor, poor Big Mike...
- The Neidermeyer
- Shoo Out the Clowns: More accurately, Shoot The Clowns Dead
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Shot while "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips plays in the background.
- The Sociopath: His egotistical demeanour, enjoyment of making people feel as horrible and humiliated as he can make them (especially his treatment of Big Mike, even though Mike actually liked him), willingness to emotionally manipulate people who trust him, general disregard for other human beings, and his lack of care for the safety of the people in the Buy More during a hostage situation, all point to him having some serious Sociopathic leanings. Had a more serious villain demonstrated any of the same traits, he'd be
- The Starscream
- Tyrant Takes the Helm story arc.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Harry Tang.
- Tragic Mistake: Don't pick fights with shady looking guys behind the Buy More!
Rank/Job: Computer TechnicianAffiliation: Buy More
"Any idea what she's doing here, other than trying to make you jealous with that ridiculously good looking date of hers?"Portrayed by Kristin Kreuk
A cute, spunky computer-expect whom Chuck met on a plane to Paris. Being fired from her job, Chuck offered her to work with him at the Nerd Herd - an offer she accepted. But, with Chuck being a super-spy who has to lie about every little thing to her, their building romantic relationship was very short lived.
Troped associated with Hannah:
CIA and other spies
Rank/Job: Special AgentAffiliation: CIA
"Hello, Chuck."Portrayed by Matthew Bomer
Chuck's old college buddy and roommate, Bryce is responsible for getting Chuck kicked out of college by framing him for cheating on a test - in truth, he was only saving Chuck from the spy life since he was already being scouted by the CIA. In the end, however, Bryce ended up sending the Intersect to Chuck and starting the whole chain of events as he only trusted Chuck with the Intersect.
Tropes Associated with Bryce:
Stephen J. Bartowski / Orion
Rank/Job: EngineerAffiliation: CIA (formerly)
"Maybe we should...wait until dark, they're...they're tracking my every move. Rat bastards..."Portrayed by Scott Bakula
Chuck and Ellie's estranged father, he is later revealed to have been a CIA spy, engineer, and creator of the Intersect - codenamed Orion. After discovering what the Intersect was truly capable of, he abandoned Chuck and Ellie to protect them from Fulcrum and The Ring.He was later shot and killed by Daniel Shaw.
Tropes associated with Stephen:
- Actor Allusion: Done twice in Stephen's first appearance.
- A very familiar Catch Phrase shows up quite early in the episode.
(equally shocked at her reaction): Oh boy!
- A meta example occurred in the network lead-in to the episode, done by Bakula in which he mentions feeling like he's "been here before." Quantum Leap aired on NBC (though regrettably for the reference, never on the Mondays at 8pm Eastern Time slot Chuck occupied at the time).
- The Atoner: He feels really bad about abandoning his kids.
- Badass Bookworm: The man was on the run from the government and Fulcrum for ten years and regularly kicks the crap out of secret agents.
- Catch Phrase: "Aces, Charles".
- Chekhov M.I.A.
- Disappeared Dad
- I Always Wanted to Say That: "This disk will self-destruct in 5 seconds".
- Ironic Nickname: Orion the Hunter yet he has spent most of his adult life being the hunted.
- Killed Off for Real
- Omniscient Database: A beta version of the Intersect is in his head. When we see his flashes, the images move much more slowly than they do when Chuck flashes.
- Properly Paranoid: He thinks that "the bastards are watching [his] every move". He says that in a room with Sarah, and he's completely right.
- Of course he knew Sarah was CIA all along, and only allowed her to find him in the first place because he allowed her to.
- Techno Wizard
Rank/Job: DirectorAffiliation: CIA
"At least they (the intersect) weren't sent to his friend."Portrayed by Tony Todd
Graham was the Director of the CIA, and the direct supervisor of the Intersect Project, along with Sarah's superior. He recruited Sarah when she was in high school after he apprehended her father for conning a dangerous individual - claiming he saved
them both. It is assumed he is the only other person to have known Sarah's real full name.
He was killed at the beginning of Season 2 after the rebuilt Intersect was sabotaged by Fulcrum.
Tropes associated with Graham:
: FULCRUM (cover) / MI6
"Well, who'd have thought it. Cole Barker loses the girl to Chuck Bartowski."Portrayed by Jonathan Cake
Barker is a MI6
agent who infiltrated the ranks of Fulcrum as one of their top operatives - only to have his cover blown by Chuck & crew after a case of mistaken identity. Throughout his stay in Castle, some static was caused between him and Chuck, with Barker shamelessly hitting on Sarah at every chance he got. Regardless, he proved he was ultimately a good guy, and a dependable agent.
Tropes associated with Barker:
Mary Elizabeth Bartowski / Frost
Rank/Job: ???Affiliation: Volkoff Industries/ CIAPortrayed by Linda Hamilton
Mary is Chuck and Ellie's mother. She disappeared when they were children, leaving Ellie to raise Chuck after Stephen left as well. She first appears in "Chuck Versus the Anniversary" where she is a prisoner of Marco, an agent of Volkoff. She escapes, effortlessly killing her captors.
Though at first its a mystery as to who she's working for and who she's loyal to, the one thing that's clear is that she doesnot want to hurt her family
. Eventually its revealed that her original mission of infiltrating Volkoff Industries is still her primary goal, due to her husband's Intersect project being responsible for turning the previously harmless Hartley Winterbottom into the Axe Crazy Alexei Volkoff.
Tropes associated with Mary:
Rank/Job: Special AgentAffiliation: DEA
"You idiot. The reason Sarah is being so cold is because she loves you. Now get your head out of your ass and be a spy."Portrayed by Mini Anden
One of Sarah's old spy buddies (they were part of a four-woman team called the CAT Squad), Carina is a spy who is equally comfortable with either kicking ass or seducing unwitting marks.
Tropes Associated with Carina:
Rank/Job: Special Agent / Computer Technician / Green ShirtAffiliation: CIA / Buy More
"I have a way with dealing with annoyances. It's very pleasant. But only to me."Portrayed by Olivia Munn, Isaiah Mustafa, Stacy Keibler, Summer Glau (pictured left)
An agent(s) under Beckman's direct orders who is stationed at the rebuilt, CIA-run Buy More. Many different individuals assume the identity of Greta, for mission ambiguity and other...unclear purposes.Eventually, it is revealed that the Gretas were candidates for a new NCS project in which they were candidates vying to be new Intersect Agents. Greta-2 and Greta-3 and became the first members of this program, before a nearly catastrophic disaster resulted in the program being taken under Chuck's lead, and the two Gretas are subsequently de-Intersected.
Tropes Associated with the Gretas:
Rank/Job: Special AgentAffiliation: CIA (formerly)
"The first rule of being a spy: never fall in love."Portrayed by John Laroquette
Was one of the best spies in the US government and known for his legendary exploits with the ladies, but is now....past his expiration date. Has a historical relationship with Gen. Beckman.
Tropes Associated with Roan:
Rank/Job: DirectorAffiliation: NCS
"You know what your problem is? You want people to like you too much. A true leader shouldn't care about that."Portrayed by Robin Givens
NCS Director in charge of the GRETA project to find field agents to imprint with the Intersect. After the project was scrapped, she was demoted to work directly under Chuck himself, much, much
to her displeasure.
Tropes associated with Bentley:
Rank/Job: Special AgentAffiliation: CIA
"I'm not afraid to be the bad guy."Portrayed by Richard Burgi
Described as the CIA's toughest and most ruthless agent, Decker was hell-bent on getting rid of Volkoff and foiling Chuck. In the final season, along with a team of corrupt CIA agents, he was once more determined to destroy Carmichael Industries and eliminate Chuck, for rather mysterious reasons. Those reasons were blackmail: Daniel Shaw discovered traces of his corruption, and used it to blackmail him into acting as his lackey. He was killed by Verbanski
Tropes Associated with Decker:
Theodore "Ted" Roark
Rank/Job: CEO / Engineer / DirectorAffiliation: FULCRUM / Roark InstrumentsPortrayed by Chevy Chase
The CEO and founder of Roark Instruments, Ted Roark is secretly the head of FULCRUM and is in charge of developing FULCRUM's own intersect. He also has quite a bit of history with Stephen Bartowski: The two were former college buddies, and supposedly, Ted stole all of his best ideas.
At the end of Season 2, he was apprehended and killed by Miles, after he had outlived his usefulness
to The Ring.
Tropes Associated with Ted:
Rank/Job: OperativeAffiliation: FULCRUM / The Ring
"I wish I could give you a proper reward. But, fortunately I have to shoot you."Portrayed by Arnold Vosloo
Vincent heads FULCRUM's search for Orion, and is under direct command by the Ring Elders as well as Ted Roark. For three years, he's been looking for him to no avail - that is until Chuck finally made contact with him.
He was killed by an air strike in "Chuck Versus the Colonel".
Tropes Associated with Vincent:
Dr. Jill Roberts
Rank/Job: Operative / BiochemistAffiliation: FULCRUM
"I care about Chuck."Portrayed by Jordana Brewster
Jill is Chuck's ex-girlfriend back from his Stanford days. Right after Chuck was kicked out for "cheating", she dumped Chuck and fell for Bryce - the very guy who got him kicked out. In truth, she was by then recruited by FULCRUM and was forced to dump Chuck. Since then, there's been some bad blood between them - but at the same time, lingering traces of their love.
She was freed by Chuck in "Chuck Versus the First Kill", and is now on the run.
Tropes Associated with Jill:
Rank/Job: OperativeAffiliation: FULCRUM
"Okay... I wouldn't want you kill some random person. I'd feel just... terrible."Portrayed by Anthony Ruivivar
Tommy is a cold and ruthless operative who attempted to use Bryce to steal the Intersect. Tommy's appearance marks the first time the viewers become aware of FULCRUM.
After Bryce's supposed death, Tommy saved him and used the Demetrios crime family to smuggle his body back into the US. The plan failed, but he was later able to deduce that Bryce was just a decoy, and that Chuck was the real Intersect.
He was then captured and placed in a CIA prison, though he is still somehow involved with the tracking of the Intersect from his cell.
Tropes Associated with Tommy:
Rank/Job: Senior OperativeAffiliation: FULCRUM
"Devious, aren't we?"Portrayed by Patrick Kilpatrick
Jill's FULCRUM handler, and the organization's senior operative. Together with Jill, he concocted a scheme to infiltrate Castle to gain access to their computers and the CIA's network.
After downloading a significant amount of data, and defeating Team Bartowski, he was nearly successful if it had not been for Big Mike knocking the living shit out of him - mistaking him for a thief.
Tropes Associated with Leader:
Rank/Job: OperativeAffiliation: FULCRUM
"The Ring... What amateurs!"Portrayed by Mark Pellegrino
An Operative who was tasked with tracking Guy LaFleur's FULCRUM blackmail roster through Chuck & Jill. He apparently had no knowledge of Jill being a FULCRUM agent, or that she was on that very blackmail file. After destroying the USB drive with the file (not knowing Chuck made a backup), he fled and was never found.
He later reappeared in Season 5 as a known associate of Nicholas Quinn, following FULCRUM's dissolution. He was in the middle of a transaction for the Intersect Key with Quinn when Sarah ambushed the deal aboard Edgar's private jet. After a short scuffle, he presumably escaped after Quinn stole a part of the Intersect key.
Tropes associated with Edgar:
- 0% Approval Rating: Invokes this towards The Ring. He merely scoffs at their mention and labels them as amateurs.
- Action Survivor: In both his appearances, he escaped relatively unharmed.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's extremely efficient and subtle in his methods. And it's probably why he's the only known FULCRUM agent aside from Jill to survive.
- The Dreaded: Not him per say, but every time the viewers caught "Tuttle Electric", they knew it was that guy.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He's worked for FULCRUM since the day Ted Roark founded it, and all he's got to show for it was babysitting Roark's Intersect Key.
"Uncle" Bernie Ominsky
Rank/Job: OperativeAffiliation: FULCRUM
"I don't know if he wants to kill me or eat me!" ~ Chuck, on Uncle BerniePortrayed by Ken Davitian
A senior FULCRUM operative, he is a good friend of Jill's father, and is suspected to be the one to have recruited Jill into FULCRUM. Due to his seniority status and clearance, he was tricked into thinking Jill and Chuck were getting married to lure him to a family party (the only time he is without his men), all to ascertain the location of where Ted Roark was holding Stephen Bartowski. After Chuck's cover was blown, he attempted to kill both of them but ended up dying of a heart attack right before the act - which may or may not
have been the result of an extremely dangerous defensive pose known as "The Morgan."◊
In FULCRUM, his code-name is The Carnivore
due to his rather impressive feat of eating a 96-ounce steak under an hour and gaining recognition for it.
Rank/Job: DirectorAffiliation: FULCRUM / The RingPortrayed by... a bunch of old people?
The five superiors who both command The Ring, as well as Fulcrum. Their motives are unknown, but they have been sticking their hands in many different cookie jars - from creating their own Intersect, to the assassination of global leaders.
They were captured at the end of Season 3 by Team Bartowski.
Tropes Associated with the Elders:
Rank/Job: DirectorAffiliation: The Ring
"Now this is brazen."Portrayed by Mark Sheppard
The Director is the direct
head of The Ring - of seemingly equal authority as The Elders, he is the driving force of many, if not all of their operations. He has somehow obtained surveillance footage of Sarah's red test, and was directly responsible for Shaw's Face-Heel Turn
He was soon captured by the then civilian Casey, who traded him to earn back his rank, a new Crown Victoria, and making Morgan an official spy of Team Bartowski.
Tropes Associated with The Director:
Rank/Job: Special AgentAffiliation: CIA / The Ring
"Sometimes he sounds like Bond, other times it's like a Jerry Lewis movie."Portrayed by Brandon Routh
A special agent who worked for the CIA, Shaw specialized in Ring intelligence and was sent in as the supervisor of Operation Bartowski to make progress against The Ring. During his stay there, he developed a romance with Sarah, but was ultimately short-lived after it was revealed
that she killed his wife on the CIA's orders
. What followed suit was a prompt Face-Heel Turn
with a subtle form of a Roaring Rampage of Revenge
Mid-season, he was shot and killed
by Chuck, but ultimately survived - cementing his status as the season's Big Bad
. He was finally beaten and apprehended at the end of Season 3.He makes a return during the fifth season, and reveals himself to be the Big Bad once again, having blackmailed Decker and Cunnings to be his mooks. His plan was to use the Omen virus to pilfer then destroy every government database in the world, and use the information to update his own Intersect and become America's single most valuable asset. He was however Out-Gambitted by Chuck, and later knocked out by Ellie.
Tropes Associated with Shaw:
- The Ace
- Anti-Hero: Starts off this way.
- Anti-Villain: Type II, mid-way through.
- Then into full blown Obviously Evil territory, clearly enjoying the damage he causes just because.
- Arch-Enemy: To Chuck. They both come from a similar background, both have a profound dislike of guns, both love Sarah, and both end up with an Intersect. Following Shaw's defection, he kills Stephen and attempts to kill Sarah several times as well. He also has one of his mooks manipulate Ellie into making it easier for him to break up their team and take over the CIA.
- Also showcased in that Shaw is the only character in the whole series that Chuck willfully shot to kill.
- And, he's also the show's most recurring villain, playing the part of Big Bad in the third season as well as the fifth and final.
- Back from the Dead: Double Subversion. Morgan lampshades his Never Found the Body death, and then Chuck and Sarah learn that the Ring was after his will-thing so they assume he is dead.
- Big Bad: Shares this spot with the Ring Elders in Season 3. And splits Big Bad duties for the first half of the final season, with Quinn taking over the last couple of episodes.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He is first introduced as a silent figure whom Beckman talks to as he walks away, and appears as a CIA agent targeted by the Ring not long after.
- The Determinator: Not only does he survive a double-tap to the chest and falling into a river, but he also brushes off a rocket explosion with little more than a mild KO.
- The Dragon
- Dragon-in-Chief: As of "Chuck Versus the Living Dead", he has an Intersect.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
- Having seen Chuck in action several times, and having had access to his psychological profile, Shaw is convinced that Chuck will never use lethal force for any reason — not even to protect someone he loves. When Shaw attempts to kill Sarah, he learns the hard way that Chuck's willing to make an exception just for him.
- Despite the fact that Shaw knows that both Devon and Morgan are in on Chuck's double life, and that they're very close, Shaw never seems to take either of them into account while planning his master stroke against Chuck, Sarah, Casey and Beckman. Shaw gloats prematurely, and the B squad of Team Bartowski launches a rescue effort that takes him entirely by surprise.
- Evil Counterpart: To Chuck, as of "Chuck Versus the Living Dead".
- Face-Heel Turn: After learning that Sarah's red test was to kill his wife.
- Gambit Roulette: Most of his plans; see Omniscient Morality License below.
- Genre Savvy: "Mu. Ha. Ha."
- Guile Hero: Before his Face-Heel Turn.
- Leitmotif: Kettering, by The Antlers - fitting song given his status as the show's Tragic Villain.
- The whole song is played during the moment when Chuck kills him to save Sarah.
- Love Makes You Evil
- The Man Behind the Man: In season five, it's revealed that he was the one giving orders to Clyde Decker in another attempt at taking over the CIA.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Omniscient Database: Has (had) access to: Ring Intersect.
- Omniscient Morality License: His plans tend to rely on an obscene amount of luck, and generally put Chuck in far more danger than someone with his lack of training is accustomed to.
- Rival Turned Evil: A variant on the theme
- Sanity Slippage: Upon finding out that the girl he loved killed his wife, he snapped, and could only cope with it through revenge and one power grab after another.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Largely averted, although he did come in very conveniently after Bryce's death. His relationships with the other characters are quite different.
- Tragic Villain: The show's ideal example. He was an excellent agent and an overall good man. But, like Chuck, he was far too emotional when doing his job. Unlike Chuck, however, Shaw let his emotions, and his inability to cope with the past, control and ultimate destroy him. By season 5, he crossed the line with his Sanity Slippage.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Discrediting the Intersect project was his first step in taking over the CIA and destroying it from the inside.
- Yandere: Over his deceased wife.
Rank/Job: OperativeAffiliation: The Ring
"Shaw, Bartowski's infiltrated the base."Portrayed by Scott Holroyd
Justin was a CIA agent and security coordinator for Doctors Without Borders, who truly worked for The Ring. He poisoned Awesome, and got close to Ellie to manipulate her into giving away her father's location.
In the end, he was captured whilst escorting the Elders to safety.
Tropes Associated with Justin:
Rank/Job: OperativeAffiliation: The Ring / Volkoff Industries
"Grrr."Portrayed by Steve Austin
A Ring operative who was transporting a lock-box key on a flight to Paris. He is an expert at close-range combat, and a master swordsman.
He was knocked out a total of three times by Chuck during the flight, and was apprehended in Paris. He returns in "Chuck Versus the Cubic Z", now allied with Alexei Volkoff.
Tropes Associated with Hugo Panzer:
- The Ace: Implied to be the greatest swordsman in the world. And true enough, Chuck (with the Intersect) could only beat him by burying him in falling luggage. ...Twice.
- Affably Evil: When not on the job, he's actually a generally nice guy, "saving" Chuck from from an annoying woman by giving him the seat next to his, and offering to fix his pen. That said...he really likes his job.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name To Run Away From Really Fast: When a giant guy named "Hugo Panzer" walks in, you'd damn better run away...
- Badass: Hugo is one of the few, if not the only guy to soundly beat Chuck (Whilst uploaded with the Intersect 2.0) in a fair one-on-one match.
- Bald of Awesome
- Bald of Evil
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Implied to be a master of bare-hand combat.
- Butt Monkey: He's knocked out a total of three times during his flight: First time, he's tranq'd by Chuck. Second time he's knocked out by falling luggage. Third time he's... knocked out by more falling luggage.
- Giant Mook
- Mook-Face Turn: Following The Ring's destruction, he was more than happy to ally himself with Alexei Volkoff.
- Say My Name
- Wrestler in All of Us: Subverted. Introduced as an expert in "close quarters combat", it turns out he's actually an expert with a sword. That said, Hannah guesses that he's a professional wrestler when boarding the plane.
Alexei Volkoff / Hartley Winterbottom / Agent X
Rank/Job: CEO / DirectorAffiliation: Volkoff Industries
"My name is Alexei Volkoff. I believe you were looking for me."
Born Hartley Winterbottom
- Portrayed by Timothy Dalton
, Alexei Volkoff is the batshit crazy
CEO and founder of Volkoff Industries, an arms manufacturer. He is a recluse, described by Casey as the "Russian Howard Hughes
." He is first mentioned in "Chuck Versus the Anniversary" by Marco
. He makes his first onscreen appearance in "Chuck Versus the First Fight".
Tropes associated with Volkoff:
- Affably Evil
- The Atoner: In a rather hilarious manner, as he's trying to make amends to everyone he's hurt or rubbed the wrong way using his prison theraphy's 12-step-program, starting with his cutting in line of the prison cafeteria. Because he has "entitlement issues".
- Played more seriously when the Hartley personality returns and he realizes he spent thirty years as a monster. He's especially disturbed and regretful of how he treated his daughter.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: As in the above example, this is a man who has done some awful, awful things in his life. As he puts it, "everyone hates him." But when he starts making amends to those he wronged... he starts with an apology of cutting in a cafeteria line.
- Ax-Crazy: Well, more like full on armored assault armed to the teeth with assault weapons and a bomb crazy.
- Badass: The world's biggest badass. At least, according to him.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass / Obfuscating Stupidity: He's introduced as Gregory Tuttle, a meek and milquetoast handler for Frost. By the end of the episode he's revealed to be Alexei Volkoff, the whole "meek and milquetoast" bit being a front.
- Heartbroken Badass: Volkoff may be a crazy, psychotic arms dealer and international terrorist. But he's also a loveable psychotic arms dealer and terrorist, which makes you feel all the more sorry for him when his daughter betrays him, and leaves him for dead.
- Becoming the Mask: Turns out that Alexei Volkoff was originally just a cover identity. Also see Gone Horribly Wrong and Tomato in the Mirror below.
- Big Bad: Of Season 4.
- Breaking Speech: He gives one to Chuck after The Reveal.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- Cartoonish Supervillainy: The Contessa has laser grid defenses, the entrance to the bunker with the last Norseman component can only be entered by beating the computer in chess and he hid the Hydra network in the glass eye of one of his mooks, among other things. Volkoff is undoubtedly the cartooniest villain in the show. But only because it was the personality grafted onto him by the Intersect prototype.
- Catch Phrase: "So much...fun!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: The scary, mentally unstable sort.
- Control Freak: Self-confessed.
- Cool Ship: The Contessa, which he bought from Craigs List Dubai. He calls it his Floating Fotress... of Fun.
- Crazy-Prepared: Not only is his ship, The Contessa, loaded with state-of-the-art stealth weaponry, and a back-up supercomputer, but it's also got a genuine ice cream parlor.
- Not five minutes after the revelation, he's seen plotting while snacking on a double-scoop.
- Has a receptacle ready for whenever he uses a Q-tip to take a DNA sample from his mouth to get into secret lair.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- The Dreaded: Some of the most dangerous people of the world are downright terrified of him, and rightly so.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: He and Vivian so far are the only "villains" in the series to have received a Happily Ever After, made even more awesome with how in the ending he gives all of his Volkoff assets to Chuck and Sarah...a total of 884 million dollars!
- Evil Brit / Renegade Russian: Plyed with; while he has a Russian name, acts like a typical Renegade Russian, is stationed in Russia and was supposedly born there, and models his business after Stalin-era Soviet Russia, he speaks with a very distinctive British accent and uses mostly British slang, as does his daughter. Probably forshadowing for the fact that he's not actually Russian.
- Evil Counterpart: To Stephen Bartowski in that he became evil testing an Intersect prototype on himself.
- Evil Genius
- Evil Gloating: He loves it so much that Chuck's Batman Gambit against him was entirely based on getting him to gloat so he could harvest various words to reconstruct his voiceprint password.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Spends part of an episode getting to meet the Bartowskis through a game of charades.
- This in the latter half of an episode where he stormed the Buy More, disabled the CIA defenses, held Jeff and Lester hostage, and nearly followed through on a threat to kill Chuck for "capturing/threatening" Frost.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: He was a test subject (Agent X) for a prototype Intersect, intended to imprint a cover personality. Then the cover personality started to take over...
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: The first few episodes only; he gets his first real appearance in "Chuck Versus the First Fight".
- The Heavy: One could argue that Alexei Volkoff's existence is what caused the series to happen, as it was what would tear the Bartowski family apart. Stephen Bartowski's guilt over the whole ordeal caused him to leave his family and spend almost his entire career trying to fix what happened to his friend. It was only compounded when his wife went undercover into Volkoff Industries and the cover identity implanted in Hartley fell in love with her, forcing her to abandon her family for a long term undercover assignment.
- Jekyll & Hyde
- Large Ham: Delicious ham, too.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Morality Chain: He sincerely regrets being a Disappeared Dad, and now desperately wants any kind of connection he can get with his daughter.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: Volkoff Industries
- Omniscient Database: Has (had) access to: Alpha Intersect.
- Psychopathic Manchild
- Psycho Prototype: For the Intersect program.
- Walking Spoiler: Mary Bartowski's MI6 handler? He is actually Alexei Volkoff.
- He is actually a deep-cover CIA agent; his Volkoff identity was created from whole cloth by Orion's original Intersect.
- Shadow Archetype: He is what Chuck could have become if he let the Intersect take over his life.
- Sweet Tooth: If the fact that his ship has an ice cream parlor is anything to go by...
- Tomato in the Mirror: Alexei Volkoff is actually a false identity created by an early Intersect program for a CIA agent. However, that identity ended up taking over completely.
- Villainous Crush: On Frost.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Has he reunited with his mother?
- Yandere: Over Frost.
Vivian McArthur / Vivian Volkoff
Rank/Job: CEO / DirectorAffiliation: Volkoff Industries
"You don't know who I am. You have both lied to me, betrayed me, and shattered my life."Portrayed by Lauren Cohan
A young woman targeted for assassination by one of Volkoff's old lieutenants. She is believed to have the key to Volkoff's Hydra database, which is needed to take over his association. She is Volkoff's daughter and originally had no knowledge of what her father did, or that the reason he had been sending her to various schools was to groom her as his successor. While she originally seems willing to help, her father's lawyer is able to manipulate her into thinking Chuck, and by extension the CIA, were just using her, prompting her to turn against them and take over her father's company, becoming the Big Bad for the last chunk of season 4.
Tropes associated with Vivian:
- Action Girl / Faux Action Girl: Has a black belt but has yet to be shown doing any hand-to-hand combat. However, she's no Distressed Damsel either.
Boris: You were skeetshooting at age 7, had your black belt by 13, and by the time you graduated from the London School of Economics, you were fluent in 5 languages.
- Anti-Villain: Type II
- Badass Normal
- Break the Cutie: You can't blame her for being pissed, her father and the CIA both lied to her, she had no other place to go for answers.
- Catch Phrase: "Nobody can/will be able to touch me, ever."
- Evil Costume Switch: After becoming a villain, she starts wearing more black clothes and leather.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door
- Karma Houdini: At the end of season four she's given a blank identity so that she can start afresh and faces no consequences for the numerous attempts she made on the lives of Team Bartowski, actual successful murders of several other people, and whatever other crimes were committed either by her or on her behalf while running her father's company.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Grew up as one.
- Parental Abandonment: Though her father did pay for her schooling, Vivian says that he was never a part of her life.
- Talking the Monster to Death: How she was defeated.
Rank/Job: OperativeAffiliation: Volkoff Industries
"Thanks for that, movie dork. I bet you have like a Tron poster in your room."Portrayed by Nicole Richie
Heather was a high school friend
of Sarah Walker, who Heather knew under the alias Jenny Burton. She married Mark Ratner, a high school nerd who ended up as a wealthy engineer. She illegally sold several of his secrets on the black market and was eventually captured by Team Chuck. She later reveals that she was working for Volkoff Industries. She first appeared in "Chuck Versus the Cougars" and returned in "Chuck Versus the Cubic Z".
Tropes associated with Heather:
- Alpha Bitch: Heather was this in high school and remains one into adulthood.
- Breaking Speech: In her second appearance, Heather is able to figure out that Sarah and Chuck are together as well as prey on Sarah's insecurities about their relationship.
- Callback: Turns out that deal she made with with the Russian Mafia during Season 2 was for Volkoff from the start.
- Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: She's this to Sarah. Even after severely kicking her ass in her first appearance, Sarah is visibly intimidated when she sees her again, while she clearly takes great delight in getting a chance to continue her bullying, even lampshading this trope in her second episode, referring to her as her 'High School Punching bag.
Rank/Job: OperativeAffiliation: Volkoff Industries
"I must break you..."Portrayed by Dolph Lundgren
A Giant Mook
under the employ of Mr. Volkoff, Marco was in the process of smuggling a powerful EMP device until he was thwarted by Chuck and his crew.He was shot and killed by Mary Elizabeth Bartowski.
Tropes associated with Marco:
Rank/Job: LawyerAffiliation: Volkoff Industries
"Nobody ever said no to your father."Portrayed by Ray Wise
Volkoff Industry's attorney who takes Vivian under his wing.
Tropes associated with Riley:
Yuri The Gobbler
Rank/Job: Operative / BodyguardAffiliation: Volkoff Industries
"Don't ever ask me why he's called "The Gobbler". It's because he... well...eats people." ~ Volkoff, on YuriPortrayed by Matthew Willig
Real name - Yuri Gobrienko
. Volkoff's most trusted bodyguard and henchman. He was initially arrested early in the first season after he was protecting La Ciudad, but he had direct access to something Volkoff needed: His arms pipeline and network, "Hydra." After his escape from prison was arranged and pulled off by Team Bartowski, he was promptly disposed of by Volkoff
for jeopardizing his entire network in the first place.
Tropes associated with The Gobbler:
- The Big Guy
- Elite Mook: When he first showed up, he appeared to be just ordinary muscle for La Ciudad but turned out to be one of Volkoff's key henchmen.
- I Am A Humanitarian: He doesn't waste time trying to take bites out of Chuck when they fight. If not for the Intersect, Chuck would have likely been eaten by him.
- Made of Iron: He was knocked out cold when Casey shot-put a toaster oven in his face, yet came out not too worse for wear afterwards.
- Eye Scream: The data for accessing Hydra is found in his fake eye, which Volkoff messily pops out after killing him.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Volkoff was none too happy that he was caught and endagered the Hydra network if they CIA discovered what was in his eye. Worse yet, he was caught while body-guarding an arms dealer other than Volkoff.
- We Hardly Knew You
Rank/Job: NoneAffiliation: None
"Whether you like it or not, dad, I'm not going anywhere."Portrayed by Mekenna Melvin
The daughter of Alex Coburn (alias John Casey)
and Kathleen McHugh. Kathleen was told that Alex was killed in combat in 1989 (actually volunteered for a special unit) while she was pregnant with their daughter. John first found out about his daughter twenty-one years later in "Chuck Versus the Tic Tac".
After being targeted by Ring agents, she becomes aware of her father's true occupation. She is currently dating Morgan Grimes with her father's reluctant approval.
Tropes associated with Alex:
Generalissimo Alejandro Fulgencio Goya
Rank/Job: Dictator / GeneralAffiliation: The Republic of Costa Gravas
"Come...to Costa Gravas!"Portrayed by Armand Assante
Dictator of fictional Latin American country Costa Gravas. Four presidents (Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter
, Ronald Reagan
and George H.W. Bush
) issued a kill order on him but failed. Those orders were carried out by John Casey, who Goya calls the "Angel of Death." He gained many enemies, both inside and outside his country, when he decided to allow democratic elections. He is deeply fond of Captain Awesome, the man who saved his life, and even fonder of his wife Ellie.
He also respects Casey, who (unwillingly) gave donated blood to save him, and gives him a new nickname "Angel of Life."
Tropes associated with Goya:
Rank/Job: CEOAffiliation: Verbanski Corporation
"Sorry, if I got too physical. Must be the uniform."Portrayed by Carrie Anne Moss
A (presumably) Russian or Slavic PMC soldier who had a moment with John Casey in the past. She has now returned and is helping the team as well as providing Casey with some romance.
Tropes associated with Verbanski:
Rank/Job: Con ArtistAffiliation: None
"A thief has to run out of town as fast as he can, but a good con man can leave whenever he wants"Portrayed by Gary Cole
Sarah's somewhat estranged father. He is a two-bit Con Man
who frequently involved Sarah when she was a kid in his schemes, and often rewarded her with ice cream or sometimes hard cash. Sarah claims that her experiences with him rubbed her the wrong way, but Jack (correctly)
deduced that she had way more fun conning people than she would care to admit. That said, he always kept her well-being and happiness at heart, and in his own way, looked out for her.
When Sarah was in high school, Director Graham arrested him "for his own protection" after he conned a particularly dangerous man - this same incident was when she was recruited into the CIA. Jack however found out about her much later, and despite being on opposite sides of the law, he's proud of her. Using his skills as a confidence man, Jack helped out Chuck and his team on two seperate occassions: Freezing the funds of a powerful Sheikh, and obtaining Iranian nuclear missile plans.
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Rank/Job: Special Agent (formerly)Affiliation: CIA (formerly)
"Nice to meet you. I'm Nicholas Quinn. And I'm about to become the Intersect."Portrayed by Angus Macfadyen
A rogue freelance spy who has something of a vendetta against Chuck
, to put it very mellow. He was a top-grade CIA agent who was set to be the agency's first true Intersect Agent. However, Bryce Larkin happened. After that, his life and career began a downward spiral until he left the CIA and began to work freelance. ...For Fulcrum, The Ring, and Volkoff Industries
, all organizations which Chuck himself put out of commission, and Quinn out of business. Quinn snapped, and made it his life's mission to make Chuck's life a living hell even worse than his own, and get the Intersect while he's at it, which technically is rightfully his anyway.
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- Action Survivor: He has an incredible talent of escaping extremely dangerous situations. Practically an expy of Sark.
- He survived being tortured for 378 days.
- Arch-Enemy: While Chuck would more or less see Shaw as his greatest enemy, Quinn openly views Chuck as his.
- Badass: About the only agents he can't take down in hand-to-hand combat are Intersect agents. That said, Chuck does put up a pretty good fight against him.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Being tortured for over a year in a hole didn't do anything for his sanity, or anger management.
- Big Bad: Of the second-half of the final season.
- The Chessmaster
- Determinator: To a practically hilarious degree - this is a man who will stop at nothing to get the Intersect. Case in point? Getting kicked out of a moving bullet train, and still somehow managing to get back inside.
- Large Ham: Big time - although not quite as delicious as Volkoff.
"I'm former CIA too… The Intersect was supposed to be mine… But then Larkin stole it for you. So I went back at into the field, and then got captured… (laughs) Oooh, and tortured in a hole in the ground for 378 days - IN A HOLE!"
- Manipulative Bastard
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- Sanity Slippage: Chuck has, for the lack of better words, completely ruined his life, even if unintentional. The constant repeats have driven the guy completely insane.
- Unknown Rival: Chuck had no idea of what he did to this guy; no one knew him, or that he was working for all the baddies that Team Bartowski faced off against over the run of the show.
Rank/Job: Crime LordAffiliation: Belgian Organized Crime
"Pursue Agent Carmichael, and we will kill him - slowly."Portrayed by Richard Chamberlain
Real name - Adelbert de Smet
. Just how it sounds
, The Belgian is a Belgian man who is in charge of Belgian Organized Crime
. An extremely dangerous individual who specializes in smuggling highly sensitive intelligence, he had information on the identity of the Intersect. However, when Chuck practically fell into his lap, he got ambitious and decided to kidnap Chuck to extract the Intersect, or just sell off Chuck
himself altogether. Even if he had to lobotomize him.He was knocked out and arrested by Chuck's very protective, and very pissed off girlfriend.
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