outside of the United States and Canada) is a popular board game in which the players adopt the guise of one of six suspects moving around the board to find out who killed Dr Black (Mr. Boddy in some versions), where and with which weapon. The six main characters are iconic and have been further characterised in various television series, computer games, novels, and films.
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- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Every character in the series has had a punny last name based on a color. Originally a holdover from when the game pieces were just differently colored chess pawns, the color theme has become iconic of the game itself.
- In addition to the core six (red, yellow, white, green, blue, and purple), later editions of the game have added Miss Peach (orange, but sometimes erroneously colored pink), Mme Rose (pink), Monsieur Brunette (brown), any number of Greys (Lord, Sgt., etc.), Prince Azure, Lady Lavender, Mrs. Meadow-Brooke (blue-green), and the gardener Rusty Naylor (orange).
Characterised as a Femme Fatale
, Miss Scarlet is often considered the leading lady of Cluedo
lore. Sometimes has an extra "t" in her name.
- Lady in Red
- Love Dodecahedron: In the Game Show, Miss Scarlett is... a scarlet woman, as the Greeks might say. Col. Mustard and occasionally Professor Plum are after her when they're not after Mrs. Peacock, and she's usually sleeping with the victim too.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Race Lift: She's Caucasian in some versions and Asian in some of the VCR games, and some versions of the game during the 80s and 90s. The cover artwork for the book also depicts her as Asian, at least those from certain printings.
- Scarlet Fever
- Small Name, Big Ego: According to the books, she buys two tickets whenever she flies- one for her, one for her ego.
- Sympathetic Murderer: Whenever she is the murderer in the Sega Genesis/Super NES video game, it states, "She had been hurt enough."
- The Vamp
Big Game Hunter and military hero.
Dr. Black's cook/maid/housekeeper/nanny. Mrs. White is the one character who is a domestic, not a guest, thus providing the chance for a The Butler Did It
- Amoral Attorney: In one version of the game, she's a lawyer who "must see justice served, even if that means turning vigilante".
- Alliterative Name- Wilhelmina White, in the books.
- Apron Matron
- Cross Dresser: The Simpsons version of the game has Smithers in the role of Mrs. White, dressing him in a maid's outfit.
- In The Musical that nobody admits to seeing, Mrs. White is a drag role.
- Lethal Chef: In Season 4 of the Game show. "Well I thought if I put a lot of cheese on the rat poison nobody would notice."
- Supreme Chef in the books, though. She was actually Dr. Black's chef in the earliest versions of the game.
- The Snark Knight: Most versions depict her as extremely bitter at serving a rotten master like Black/Boddy, and even more angry that she has to serve the murderous scum he invites to house parties.
- Averted in the book series, where she's irate that her boss has a firm grasp on the Idiot Ball. Dr. Black constantly manages to magically not die, despite repeated attempts on his life by the same six people he KNOWS are out to kill him, and she wants to kill him for his fortunes. Also averted in the puzzle mysteries, where he's either naive or a jerk, depending on the writer.
Rev. Green/Mr. Green
A Stock type Snake Oil salesman Vicar. He was changed to Mr. Green for the US version and made into a corrupt businessman of dubious legality; players of recent editions can spot the Rev. Green label on the game-piece though.
Originally characterised as the stock type Grande Dame
. Mrs Peacock has also been shown as the Lady of the Manor in the game show, serving as the central link between all the characters.
The Absent-Minded Professor stock type.
- Absent-Minded Professor: Oh so much. He's been known to forget his own name, birthday and hometown; Boddy remarks at one point that "He once forgot he was talking to me in the middle of a sentence."
- Alliterative Name: In the book series, Professor Paul Plum.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In the book series.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Season 1 of the Game Show
- Eagleland: Yep, Season 1 too. Don't ask me; I just work here.
- Mad Scientist: In the Cluedo Game Show.
- He shows signs of this in the stories as well. One in particular has him invent a poison (or so he claims; it was actually a sleeping potion, and he forgot) that evaporates as soon as it's drunk, leaving no traces behind (this backfires spectacularly, as he has to sip it himself to remember what it is). Another story has him put a truth serum in the breakfast orange juice for pretty much no reason.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: In exactly which field he has his degree changes with every game.
- Spectacled Sadist: If he turns out to be the murderer.
Dr. Black / Mr. Boddy
The poor sap stuck with the worst role to play in this particular murder mystery
- Asshole Victim: In some incarnations, Dr. Black/Mr. Boddy arguably had it coming. In The Movie, he was blackmailing the other characters and sexually harassing his maid, while in the SNES video game it's implied that he had some rather dirty dealings with whomever killed him.
- Averted in the book series and some of the puzzle mysteries, where he's either a horrible judge of character (see below), or out for revenge when his wife, Rose, is killed at Christmas exactly one year prior, where he's The Chessmaster. But he still gets murdered.
- Buried Alive: In at least one of his not-deaths in the books, he was shut in a tomb/pyramid he bought because it would look nice in the garden.
- Designated Victim: Black / Boddy is the official victim in the board game.
- Eccentric Millionaire: In the books, he inherited a large fortune and so spends most of his time entertaining the same five guests (and one maid) with various distractions, such as random sports (Badminton, croquet, tennis and the like) or game (Parcheesi, tiddly-winks, Monopoly, etc.) competitions, showing off various expensive possessions (which inevitably get stolen) or just relaxing, rather than doing actual work.
- He's Just Hiding: Invoked in the book series. The books always end with Mr. Boddy's murder, and then the next one always begins with Mr. Boddy explaining how he survived.
- Meanwhile, in The Movie, the third ending reveals that he had switched places with his butler before the movie started, and since none of his blackmail victims had met him in person before...
- Horrible Judge of Character: The book series characters are (usually) not too malicious, but they've still (nearly) killed Mr. Boddy about a dozen times, and- as Boddy himself lampshades- he still hangs out with these people. He does make note though that after everything they've done, he doesn't entirely trust them, and always asks the reader to keep an eye (and sometimes an ear and a nose) on them.
- Punny Name: Mr. Boddy.
One of the few Expanded Universe
characters with any staying power, Miss Peach is a Southern Belle
who was introduced in the Clue VCR Game as an uninvited guest to the Boddy Manor, and subsequently made it into the main series with Super Cluedo Challenge (UK, 1986) and Clue Master Detective (US, 1988). She's appeared more times than any other character who isn't one of the main six, most of whom rarely last more than two games before...disappearing.
- Blatant Lies: A pathological liar, she's claimed to be everything from Mr. Boddy's long-lost daughter, to his long-lost great-step-niece, to an innocent motorist who just "happened" to arrive on Boddy's doorstep.
- Con Artist: Sometimes working with M. Brunette.
- Drop-In Character: In the Clue VCR game she was a motorist whose car broke down (intentionally or not) just outside Mr. Boddy's manor.
- Fille Fatale: Usually the youngest of the cast; rarely portrayed as older than her mid-twenties.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Turned good long enough to act as a detective character in 2003's Clue FX, trying to solve the mystery of Mr. Meadow-Brook's murder. By the time Clue Mysteries came out two years later, she was back to being a villain.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Parasol of Prettiness
- Pretty in Mink
- Punny Name: Her full name was once "Miss Georgia Peach."
- The Rival: To Miss Scarlet
- Southern Belle: Her main characterization. She pretends to be a Bonne Belle, but in truth she's a particularly devious Mauvaise Belle.
- The Vamp
WARNING: Spoilers ahead!
- Asshole Victim
- Eagleland: Flavor 2. The reason he blackmailed everyone is because he considers them "Un-American". But instead of reporting them, he decides to get money by blackmailing them. What could be more American than that?
- Faking the Dead: Initially. Someone (varies with the ending) catches this and subsequently kills him off for real.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He gives his blackmail victims weapons with the intent of killing Wadsworth. But someone (Professor Plum in the third ending) tries to shoot him, so he pretends to be dead so he would be able to escape. But gets killed by a candlestick.
- Punny Name