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Charles Irving "Chuck" Bartowski

Rank/Job: Computer Technician / Special Agent
Affiliation: 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.
  • Badass Normal: Before the Intersect 2.0, this is what Chuck was all about. Back to being this now that Morgan is the Intersect.
  • Badass Pacifist: Hates dangerous situations, and uses tranq guns instead of real ones. Albeit, will fire a real gun when absolutely necessary.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Do not threaten Sarah. Just don't. Threatening anyone else from Team Bartowski is almost as unwise an idea.
  • Expy: He initially looked like a grown up Seth Cohen.
  • Fish out of Water: Chuck is not a hardened spy like the rest. Even after the Intersect 2.0 upload in the season two finale, he remains very much an amateur among his peers for quite a while.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Chuck's an all-around nice guy, but he's definitely no idiot.
  • Graceful in Their Element: Chuck is established as not being very successful at life in general (underemployed, no romantic life), and most of the action oriented parts of spy life are foreign and scary to him (at first). But put him anywhere near a computer no matter what persona he's in, be it home, work, or government, and he's an absolute powerhouse. His family and friends always knew it, the Buy More always knew it, and the CIA learns it really fast. Bad guys learn it the hard way.
    • And as stated multiple times, Chuck is essentially just a really nice guy. He’s a good person, and he shines when around people. Its what makes him so great at the Buy More, and a major asset on missions. He empathizes with and tries to help just about everyone he comes across, be it angrey customers, stressed out friends, scared civilians, or (unfortunately) international terrorists.
  • Guile Hero: Seems to have established himself as this
  • Happily Married: Until the end of the series...
  • Hollywood Dateless: Everyone in Chuck Bartowski's life regularly acts like him getting a date of any kind, let alone one with a good-looking woman, is a minor miracle. This continues approximately through the end of the second season, despite the fact that in that space of time he dates two beautiful women and has a third one in love with him. For the most part the third season drops the facade, though.
    • Although its pointed out in the very first episode that he hasn't had a date since getting dumped by Jill as every single time a girl asks him to tell me about yourself he ends up giving them a detailed account of his relationship with Jill, which as Ellie pointed out is a major turnoff. Everyone is usually just shocked that a guy that was dateless for five freaking years is suddenly swarmed by beautiful women. By the third season everyone's just used to it now.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Zachary Levi scrubs up far too well to make a believable nerd. However, this is Truth in Television, as he's One of Us.
  • The Klutz: He gets the team into as many scrapes as he gets them out of. Whether this trait will be overcome by the neo-Intersect remains to be seen.
  • Lovable Nerd: For example, the pilot quickly establishes that he hasn't been in a relationship in a while, partly due to his conversational awkwardness driving women away. Soon after, a gorgeous woman flirtily approaches him at his job in the "Nerd Herd" (the electronics support team of a big-box retailer) right before a desperate father seeks his help because he "recorded" his daughter's dance recital footage with no tape in the camera. Chuck promptly puts the beautiful woman on hold to save the dad's bacon by setting up a spot for the little girl to re-perform and re-film her ballet routine right there in the store. Fortunately for him, the beautiful woman thinks it's lovable, too.
  • 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: He's as nerdy as they come, and played by the very attractive Zachary Levi.
  • 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.
  • Punny Name: play on Charles Bukowski.
  • 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)
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy (along with Morgan) to Casey's Manly Man.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 Strahovski

Real (presumed birth) first 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 that her father is an infamous and talented conman. She herself participated in many of her father's cons as a child.
Tropes associated with Sarah:
  • Adorkable: When she gets flustered, she tends to ramble on in the same way Chuck does. Case in point? Male strippers.
    Sarah: [glances at stripper's pants uncomfortably close to her face] Is that a gun- No.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Toward Chuck for much of of first half of the series, and just dripping with UST; diluted thereafter.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Was susceptible to this until Chuck.
  • Badass Family: She and her father definitely have their moments.
  • 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 (and actually an inversion of its usual usage).
  • Berserk Button: If Chuck is harmed, kidnapped, tortured, or what have you, Sarah will straight up kill you. No questions asked.
  • 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.
  • Death Glare: If Chuck so much as notices another attractive woman he's going to get one of these from her. It has the power to quickly silence the usually chatty Chuck.
  • 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 has it that Sarah's feelings for Chuck remain, providing some semblance of a happy ending regardless of whether the memories return.
  • 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 the genre conventions associated with the various situations the team finds themselves in even though Morgan, Chuck, and even Casey do. If one of the team is going to say "It can't get any worse" and get called for it, more than likely it will be Sarah. In one such instance she even exasperatedly asks if their attitude was because it was something they saw in a movie.
  • 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.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Before mid- Season 3 Sarah has to contend with Chuck meeting Lou, Hannah, and rekindling with his ex Jill, none of whom she's happy to meet. Afterwards, she still gets annoyed if Chuck -however innocently - notices another woman. (See Death Glare above)
  • 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: She's not afraid to show off her body every other episode.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "It's the Giant Blonde She-male!"
  • No Name Given: Sarah is most definitely NOT her real name. Her presumed birth first name is 'Sam' and and 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.

John Casey / Alexander Coburn

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 Baldwin

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.
  • Badass Creed: "Because the only thing I hate more than hippie and neo-liberal fascists and anarchists are the hypocrite fat cat suits they eventually grow up to become."
  • Big Brother Instinct: Casey swings between acting as a gruff father figure and an aloof older brother type towards Chuck (and sometimes Sarah), but generally he has a protective instinct towards Chuck that goes above and beyond orders. In fact at some points, he even defys orders just to keep him safe. He’s also regularly there to offer guidance and advice to Chuck, even if it is through gritted teeth.
  • 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.
  • The Big Guy: Textbook example of a type 3.
  • Bond One-Liner: Surprisingly fond of these.
  • The Chew Toy: Casey is a Made of Iron badass, but also suffers a lot of Amusing Injuries and just plain humiliation over the course of the series.
  • Colonel Badass: His rank in the NSA
  • Comically Serious: The show gets quite a bit of comedy out of Casey's stoicness.
  • 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.
  • Heartbroken Badass: From having had to walk away from his fiancée when he faked the dead to become John Casey
  • 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
    Shaw: (overhearing gratuitous amounts of gunfire and screaming) I see you brought Casey.
  • 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".
    Casey: You break her heart, I break your everything.
  • Out Of Character Is Serious Business: You know an episode has moved out of comedy and into the more dramatically serious territory if Casey has A) dropped his tough guy demeanor for his more emotional side, or B) started to defy orders.
  • Papa Wolf: After he finds out about his daughter, Casey becomes even more dangerous towards anyone who threatens her.
    • In a more abstract example- messing with Team Bartowski, especially once you get past the first couple of seasons, is a very bad idea.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Team Dad: As much as Casey moans and gripes about having to take care of Team Bartowski, he plays the reluctant father figure very often. In between complaining about how annoying an unprofessional they are, he often begrudingly dispenses advice and even emotional support to both Chuck and Sarah. He is even willing to defy orders just to keep them safe.
  • 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 Agent
Affiliation: 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.
  • Brass Balls: When Casey was tasked with training Morgan for field work, he passed in spite of his incompetence and complete lack of experience, because he showed that he was willing to risk life by using himself as bait to lure a live tiger away from his team, and continues the streak through out his field work.
  • 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: Weaponized: Morgan's encyclopedic knowledge of kung-fu movies enables him to recognize Shaw's Face–Heel Turn when he even had Beckman fooled, by spotting that Shaw was only stage-fighting a group of Ring agents and pulling his punches.
    • Later in season three, he's the first to believe Chuck's insistence Shaw is still alive after Chuck tells him the CIA Never Found the Body, because he learned it from John Carpenter movies.
  • 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.
  • 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 smartness 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.

Eleanor Fay "Ellie" Bartowski Woodcomb

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 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!
  • 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: (Beat) No.

    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.
    Casey: (Beat) Really?
    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.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's a very energetic man.
  • Jerk Jock Averted. He's one of the friendliest characters on the show.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Diane Beckman

Rank/Job: Brigadier General / Director / Manager
Affiliation: 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:
  • The Comically Serious: Much fun is had with Beckman's perpetually serious demeanor. One episode finds her scowling at Chuck and Sarah while wearing a cocktail dress.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: At first, she was more than happy to have Casey ice Chuck, but the long road eventually made her care for the entire team.
  • 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.

    Buy More 

Michael "Big Mike" Tucker

Rank/Job: Manager / Assistant Manager / Green Shirt
Affiliation: 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:
  • Badass Normal: He knocks the hell out of Leader when Casey was cornered. He later also takes down Hugo Panzer with a stun baton.
  • I Banged Your Mom: When he first started dating Morgan's mom, Morgan was not thrilled. Now he and Morgan are quite close.

Harold Tiberius "Harry" Tang

Rank/Job: Green Shirt / Assistant Manager
Affiliation: 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.

Lester Patel

Rank/Job: Computer Technician / Assistant Manager / Musician
Affiliation: 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:

Jeffrey Barnes

Rank/Job: Computer Technician / Musician
Affiliation: 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:
  • 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...
  • Abusive Parents
    "I like pineapples. My Dad used to throw them at me."
  • Casanova Wannabe: He's Lester minus the cuteness, so needless to say his luck with the ladies is even worse.
    • That being said, he still gets kissed by a woman (completely willingly) before Lester. This woman? ELLIE.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A very, very creepy variant.
    • 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.

Anna Wu

Rank/Job: Computer Technician
Affiliation: 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:
  • 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.

Emmett Milbarge

Rank/Job: Efficiency Expert / Assistant Manager / Manager
Affiliation: 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:
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: By far one of the most unpleasant characters of the series.
  • Killed Off for Real: He's killed by an assassin after he calls him a pussy.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Poor Morgan... Poor, poor Big Mike...
  • 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
  • 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 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 

Bryce Larkin

Rank/Job: Special Agent
Affiliation: 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:
  • Guile Hero: He plays Chuck like a harp.
  • Hollywood Nerd: He protected the Intersect images with a password inspired by Zork, and it's this shared passion for geeky subjects that helped him and Chuck bond at Stanford.

Stephen J. Bartowski / Orion

Rank/Job: Engineer
Affiliation: 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.
      Ellie (in shock at seeing her father): I want pancakes.
      Stephen (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.
    • He also seems to have spent years trying to atone for turning his best friend, Hartley Winterbottom into the ax crazy arms dealer Alexei Volkroff, and convincing his wife (a CIA agent) to go rogue to look after him.
  • 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".
  • 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.
    • Makes more sense with the backstory revealed in season four. Seeing how he spent years keeping track of his best friend Hartley, (AKA Alexei Volkroff) who he accidentally turned into an ax crazy arms dealer, and his wife, who took it upon herself to look after Hartley.
  • Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of Daniel Shaw.
  • 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.

Langston Graham

Rank/Job: Director
Affiliation: 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:
  • Jerkass: He's essentially Beckman without any of the sympathetic qualities.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dies in an explosion in the Season 2 premiere.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Graham was supposed to have survived longer than intended, but his death came about due to Tony Todd appearing on 24 that same year.

Cole Barker

Rank/Job: Special Agent
Affiliation: FULCRUM (cover) / MI-6
"Well, who'd have thought it. Cole Barker loses the girl to Chuck Bartowski."

Portrayed by Jonathan Cake

Barker is a MI-6 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:
  • Odd Friendship: After a bit of initial static with Chuck regarding Sarah, the two have surprisingly learned to get along and work together rather well. Cole himself seems particularly fond of Chuck; both times he got shot he was more worried about Chuck's well being, even though Chuck's current injuries weren't nearly as serious.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: A lecherous, suave Anti-Hero variation.

Mary Elizabeth Bartowski / Frost

Rank/Job: ???
Affiliation: Volkoff Industries/ CIA

Portrayed 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:

Carina Miller

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:
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Morgan. Originally she couldn't even remember his name, and shows very little respect for him. She warms up to him significantly after he stands up to her, and even sleeps with him.
  • Femme Fatale: Her main modus operandi is seduction. She's so good at it that she's even able to get Casey to drop his guard, even when he's completely aware of her intentions.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She spends a lot of her appearances in her underwear, swimsuits, and sexy cocktail dresses, and very much uses her appearance to advantage.
  • 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:
  • Mr. Fanservice: Mustafa's portrayal.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The other Gretas. Olivia Munn's Greta is even introduced with a slow pan up her rather nice stems.
  • No Name Given: Of the four Gretas, two are eventually named: Isaiah Mustafa's Greta-2 (Richard Noble) and Stacey Keibler's Greta-3 (Victoria Dunwoody).
  • Not So Stoic: The Summer Glau Greta is the only Greta that ever breaks the façade in the Buy More. It seems not even a spy trained to control their emotions can deal with the annoyance that is Jeff and Lester.
  • Omniscient Database: Agents Noble and Dunwoody had access to the Intersect 2.0.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: The Summer Glau Greta is a master.
  • 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.

Roan Montgomery

Rank/Job: Special Agent
Affiliation: 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:

Jane Bentley

Rank/Job: Director
Affiliation: 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:

Clyde Decker

Rank/Job: Special Agent
Affiliation: 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 / Director
Affiliation: FULCRUM / Roark Instruments
"I'm not a monster. ...Maybe a little bit of a monster."

Portrayed 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:

Vincent Smith

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 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".note 
Tropes Associated with Vincent:
  • 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 Chuck, bludgeoned with a radiator by Casey, knocked out by Sarah, then finally blown up by Beckman's air strike. He is by no means incompetent, just extremely unlucky.
  • The Dragon: To both Ted Roark, and the Ring Elders.
  • They Killed Kenny: To the point where some people are still debating whether he was truly killed during Beckman's air-strike...
  • Training from Hell: Implied to have gone through one.
    Vincent: It's called Tetradotoxin. FULCRUM agents are trained to withstand it's death-like state.
    Chuck: Sounds like a fun class.
    Vincent: Not really.
  • The Worf Effect: He's undeniably a top-class operative, who regularly gets beaten and blown up.

Dr. Jill Roberts

Rank/Job: Operative / Biochemist
Affiliation: 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:

Tommy Delgado

Rank/Job: Operative
Affiliation: 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:
  • Big Bad: Arguably, for Season 1. Though he is captured only after appearing in two episodes, he remained the "face" of FULCRUM to many fans.


Rank/Job: Senior Operative
Affiliation: 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:
  • Genius Bruiser: He's extremely cunning and smart - yet tough enough to take down Casey.
  • No Name Given: His identity was kept extremely confidential.

Edgar Winterborne

Rank/Job: Operative
Affiliation: 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:

"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.
  • Big Eater: What earned him is code-name, "The Carnivore."

    The Ring 

The Elders

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:

The Director

Rank/Job: Director
Affiliation: 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:

Daniel Shaw

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 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:
  • 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.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Shaw pulls off a rare non-fighting example in "Chuck Verses the Subway". Chuck notices he has an Intersect and tries to prove this in front of the CIA by throwing a knife at him to prove the Super Reflexes that the Intersect gives him. Shaw manages to turn this around by letting himself be impaled by the knife and uses this incident to prove that Chuck is insane.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Justin Sullivan

Rank/Job: Operative
Affiliation: 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:

Hugo Panzer
Rank/Job: Operative
Affiliation: The Ring / Volkoff Industries

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 McCoolname To Run Away From Really Fast: When a giant guy named "Hugo Panzer" walks in, you'd damn better run away...
  • Badass Normal: 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.
  • 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.

    Volkoff Industries 

Alexei Volkoff / Hartley Winterbottom / Agent X

Rank/Job: CEO / Director
Affiliation: Volkoff Industries
"My name is Alexei Volkoff. I believe you were looking for me."

Portrayed by Timothy Dalton

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".
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The scary, mentally unstable sort.
  • 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.
  • 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 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".
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Vivian McArthur / Vivian Volkoff

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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Heather Chandler

Rank/Job: Operative
Affiliation: 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: Operative
Affiliation: 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:

Mr. Riley

Rank/Job: Lawyer
Affiliation: 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:
  • Large Ham: For the life of him, he tries. ...At the insistence of Alexei, naturally.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He knew Volkoff and Hartley were one and the same. He's also primarily responsible for Vivian turning evil, and does what he can to push her further to the dark side.

Yuri The Gobbler

Rank/Job: Operative / Bodyguard
Affiliation: Volkoff Industries
"Don't ever ask me why he's called "The Gobbler". It's because he... well...eats people." ~ Volkoff, on Yuri

Portrayed by Matthew Willig

Real name - Yuri Gobrienko. Volkoff's most trusted bodyguard and henchman. 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:
  • 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.
  • You Look Familiar: Willig previously appeared in "Chuck Versus the Tango" as La Ciudad's bodyguard, however Word of God confirms that Yuri is not the same character.

    Everyone Else 

Alex McHugh

Rank/Job: None
Affiliation: 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 / General
Affiliation: The Republic of Costa Gravas
" 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:
  • Captain Ersatz: He shares qualities with Fidel Castro but his larger than life persona and love of the good life (not to mention his middle name) is more reminiscent of Fulgencio Batista.

Gertrude Verbanski

Rank/Job: CEO
Affiliation: 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:
  • Action Girl: She once disarmed Casey! (And even encased the weapon she took from him!)
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Is an efficient operative and businesswoman in her own right. But, whenever Casey is involved, she either gets weak in the knees, flustered, or just plain weird.

Jack Burton

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 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.
Tropes associated with Jack:
  • 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.

Nicholas Quinn

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.
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His Mind Rape of Sarah made the final two episodes exceptionally dark for a normally light hearted show.
  • 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!"
  • 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.

The Belgian

Rank/Job: Crime Lord
Affiliation: 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.
Tropes associated with The Belgian:
  • Auction of Evil: Partakes in these quite regularly, and uses them as a cover to sell information.
  • Come with Me If You Want to Live: Rescued Chuck from falling to his death. But only so he can perform brain surgery and sell off the Intersect.
  • Mind Rape: Tries to lobotomize Chuck to extract the Intersect.