Rank/Job: Computer Technician / Special Agent Affiliation: CIA / Carmichael Industries / Buy More
"Don't freak out."
Portrayed by Zachary LeviCharles 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.
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 realises that he's failed to tape his daughter's ballet recital because he didn't realise 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
Rank/Job: Special Agent Affiliation: 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:
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.
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.
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.
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?
Rank/Job: Green Shirt / Major (formerly) / Colonel Affiliation: NSA / U.S. Marine Corps / Carmichael Industries / Buy More
"I don't kid about quiches."
Portrayed by Adam BaldwinA 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 AceSniper: Easily makes a shot that supposedly only five people in the world could make.
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.
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.
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 Agent Affiliation: Buy More / CIA / Carmichael Industries
"No plan? Never stopped me before."
Portrayed by Joshua GomezChuck'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:
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.
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.
Rank/Job: Doctor of Neurology Affiliation: 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 LancasterChuck'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!
Took a Level in Badass: After discovering Chuck's secret and witnessing the murder of their father, Ellie stops messing around!
Devon Christian "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb
Rank/Job: Cardiovascular Surgeon Affiliation: Westside Medical
"Way to go, Chuck! That's awesome."
Portrayed by Ryan McPartlinEllie'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:
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.
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.
Rank/Job: Brigadier General / Director / Manager Affiliation: NSA / Buy More
"He's a spy until I say he isn't!"
Portrayed by Bonita FriedericyOperation 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:
The Other Darrin: Maybe. The NSA's (unnamed in the episode) representative in the pilot was played by Wendy Mackenna, who was replaced by Bonita Friedericy from Episode 2 onwards. Word of God is undecided if they're the same person.
Talking Heads: Ninety percent of the time only shows up through a video feed. Whenever she shows up in person you know things are going to go down.
Michael "Big Mike" Tucker
Rank/Job: Manager / Assistant Manager / Green Shirt Affiliation: Buy More
"Mornings are for reflection and pastry."
Portrayed by Mark Christopher LawrenceManager 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:
Badass Normal: He knocks the hell out of Leader when Casey was cornered. He later also takes down Hugo Panzer with a stun baton.
Mr. Vice Guy: Is a pretty greedy businessman and somewhat lazy, but ultimately a good guy
Harold Tiberius "Harry" Tang
Rank/Job: Green Shirt / Assistant Manager Affiliation: Buy More
"Chuck. Hiding from work again?"
Portrayed by C.S. LeeA 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.
Portrayed by Vik SahayFellow 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:
Abhorrent Admirer: A variation. While he's nowhere near that ugly, he's terrifyingly creepy towards all of his stalkees.
Also, when Jeff is brought up to normal by Awesome, Lester tries to Murder the Hypotenuse of Jeff's brain!.
Casanova Wannabe: Although he's cute, his tactics for seducing women ensure that he couldn't get laid in a monkey whorehouse with a sack full of bananas.
Toxic Friend Influence: Of the incredibly dickish variety. He's pretty much the "brains" behind all their pathetic schemes. He's also absurdly dependent on his one only friendship with Jeff, that he's willing to poison him (along with Big Mike) when Awesome fixes him up.
Rank/Job: Computer Technician / Musician Affiliation: Buy More / Jeffster!
"...And business is good."
Portrayed by Scott KrinskyFellow 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:
Abhorrent Admirer: Admires and wants to stalk Chuck of all people... All women, especially overweight housewives shopping for Beastmasters and pregnant women, should also beware...
The Cuckoo Lander Was Right: Whenever he puts forth some kind of idea or theory, it will get rejected despite him being 100% right. Example: When told to write down who has Ellie's missing laptop purely from his memory banks, he writes down CIA. Despite the fact that the CIA HAS the laptop, Lester tosses it aside.
After he's prescribed a good night sleep in season 5, he stops being this, and more of a normal person, much to Lester's shock. It's implied that his... eccentricity was caused by the fact that he didn't get any REM sleep, due to living in his van.
With it running while he slept, implying carbon monoxide poisoning
A Day in the Limelight: "Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer". Jeff is the only character not related to Chuck's spy work that got his own episode.
Hidden Depths: Amazingly so. Jeff is one of the first characters to really remark on how Sarah is Chuck's true love when he's briefly dating Hannah, even though the rest of the cast thinks Chuck really "has it going." When Lester makes a total mess of Chuck and Sarah's wedding video he not only fixes it, but produces an incredibly sweet and romantic tribute. Ellie is so astonished that she even kisses him. It's eventually revealed that much of Jeff's creepy behavior is the result of probable Carbon Monoxide poisoning from sleeping in his van while it's running, so it's implied that Jeff is actually a very intelligent and sensitive guy.
I Am Spartacus: Literally says this after he chugs 12 cans of beer.... at once!
Only Sane Man: Quickly assumes the role with practically any situation when Awesome figures out exactly what's wrong with him, and properly fixes him up.
Suddenly Always Knew That: His past as a video game champion is very important in one episode. Subverted when Chuck needs to take his place after he passes out from being too nervous.
Rank/Job: Computer Technician Affiliation: Buy More
"Morgan's so awesome! He can eat anything..."
Portrayed by Julia LingAnother 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:
Action Girl: She got her own spot in the limelight when she kicked Mitt's ass with a pair of camera tripods. Casey even recommended her for field duty.
"Do all your friends give your mother urinary tract infections?"
Portrayed by Tony HaleAn 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:
Tragic Mistake: Don't pick fights with shady looking guys behind the Buy More!
Rank/Job: Computer Technician Affiliation: 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 KreukA 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:
Portrayed by Matthew BomerChuck'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:
"Maybe we should...wait until dark, they're...they're tracking my every move. Rat bastards..."
Portrayed by Scott BakulaChuck 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:
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.
"At least they (the intersect) weren't sent to his friend."
Portrayed by Tony ToddGraham 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:
Rank/Job: Special Agent Affiliation: FULCRUM (cover) / MI6
"Well, who'd have thought it. Cole Barker loses the girl to Chuck Bartowski."
Portrayed by Jonathan CakeBarker 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:
Portrayed by Linda HamiltonMary is Chuck and Ellie's mother. She disappeared for currently unknown reasons when they were children, leaving Ellie to raise Chuck. 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. It is still uncertain where her loyalties lie. The only thing that is somewhat clear is that she does not want to hurt her family.Tropes associated with Mary:
"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 AndenOne 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:
Vitriolic Best Buds: She had no qualms double-crossing Sarah to make herself look better to the CIA brass.
Rank/Job: Special Agent / Computer Technician / Green Shirt Affiliation: 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:
What Could Have Been: Olivia Munn's incarnation of Greta was intended to have been a recurring role, however other commitments forced her to reluctantly drop out after her first appearance. It was then decided to rotate different actors into the role each appearance rather than drop the character.
Rank/Job: Special Agent Affiliation: CIA (formerly)
"The first rule of being a spy: never fall in love."
Portrayed by John LaroquetteWas 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:
"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 GivensNCS 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:
Portrayed by Richard BurgiDescribed 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:
Portrayed by Chevy ChaseThe 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: Operative Affiliation: FULCRUM / The Ring
"I wish I could give you a proper reward. But, fortunately I have to shoot you."
Portrayed by Arnold VoslooVincent 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:
Badass: He's willing to go to pretty far-out lengths in his bid to capture Orion, which includes and not limited to, getting blown up and poisoning himself.
Blessed with Suck: With his track record of getting hurt, no one wants to be in Vincent's shoes.
Book Ends: He gets caught in an air strike in his first and last appearances.
Butt Monkey: Should be the poster-boy for this trope. Vincent was, in direct order: Blown up, shot, poisoned, shot again, beaten up by Stephen, run over by a car, knocked out by Sarah, then finally blown up by an air strike. He is by no means incompetent, just extremely unlucky.
Portrayed by Jordana BrewsterJill 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:
"Okay... I wouldn't want you kill some random person. I'd feel just... terrible."
Portrayed by Anthony RuivivarTommy 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:
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:
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.
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: Operative Affiliation: FULCRUM
"I don't know if he wants to kill me or eat me!" ~ Chuck, on Uncle Bernie
Portrayed 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.
Affably Evil: Off-job, he's an extremely friendly and jovial "family-uncle." On the job, he's a typical murdering FULCRUM psycho.
Uncle Wolf: He's seemingly very protective of Jill - at least as far as crappy boyfriends are concerned - but was still willing to kill her for betraying FULCRUM.
Rank/Job: Director Affiliation: FULCRUM / The Ring
Portrayed 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:
Big Bad: For a good chunk of the show, they have been more or less the main bad guys.
Portrayed by Mark SheppardThe 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 Agent Affiliation: CIA / The Ring
"Sometimes he sounds like Bond, other times it's like a Jerry Lewis movie."
Portrayed by Brandon RouthA 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:
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.
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.
Portrayed by Scott HolroydJustin was a CIA agent and security coordinator for Doctors Without Borders, who truly worked for The Ring. He poised 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: Operative Affiliation: The Ring / Volkoff Industries
Portrayed by Steve AustinA 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.
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.
Born Hartley Winterbottom, 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:
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".
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.
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.
The Reveal: 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.
Rule of Cool: 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.
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.
Rank/Job: CEO / Director Affiliation: Volkoff Industries
"You don't know who I am. You have both lied to me, betrayed me, and shattered my life."
Portrayed by Lauren CohanA 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. He had been sending her to various schools to groom her as his successor. The key turns out to be a necklace he gave her as a child. Vivian uses it to access Volkoff's bank account though it is unclear if she will follow in her father's footsteps. She helps Team Bartowski infiltrate a criminal bank in exchange for a visit with her father, but Beckman denies her request. She is suspected of hiring a bomber to infiltrate Castle and kill Chuck. She then tricked her father into helping her obtain a powerful DNA tracking weapon and then takes over his company.Tropes associated with Vivian:
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.
"Thanks for that, movie dork. I bet you have like a Tron poster in your room."
Portrayed by Nicole RichieHeather was a high schoolfriend of Sarah Walker, who attended 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.
Portrayed by Dolph LundgrenA 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:
"Whether you like it or not, dad, I'm not going anywhere."
Portrayed by Mekenna MelvinThe 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:
Rank/Job: Dictator / General Affiliation: The Republic of Costa Gravas
"Come...to Costa Gravas!"
Portrayed by Armand AssanteDictator of fictional Latin American country Costa Gravas. Four presidents (Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George 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:
"Sorry, if I got too physical. Must be the uniform."
Portrayed by Carrie Anne MossA (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:
Wrong Genre Savvy: Somewhat. She seriously assumed at one point that Morgan was the "Luke Skywalker" of his team.
Rank/Job: Con Artist Affiliation: 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 ColeSarah'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.Tropes associated with Jack:
Affably Evil: Absolute bottom feeding scum of the Earth. But he's a hell of a dancer.
Noodle Incident: Exactly who Jack conned that prompted Graham to arrest him and enlist Sarah to protect them was never expanded on.
Wild Card: No matter how much he loves Sarah, he's still a Con Man to the core, and can never really be trusted.
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 MacfadyenA 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.Tropes associated with Quinn:
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.
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!"