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- Black and Grey Morality: Many versions of the characters' backstories imply they're all involved in some sort of dirty dealings, even Mr. Boddy/Dr. Black.
- 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).
Miss ScarletCharacterised as a Femme Fatale, Miss Scarlet is often considered the leading lady of Cluedo lore. Sometimes has an extra "t" in her name.
- Bad "Bad Acting": Her backstory in one of the more recent versions of the game states that she tried to become an actress, but she had a lot more looks than talent.
- Dragon Lady: In the earlier editions, when she's depicted as Asian.
- High Hopes, Zero Talent: In her backstory in one of the more recent versions of the game, she tried to make it as an actress, but she just didn't have the talent for it.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
Colonel MustardBig Game Hunter and military hero.
- Alliterative Name: But only in the books: Martin Mustard.
- Blood Knight: He kept challenging people to duels in the book series.
- Large and in Charge: His mini-figure towers over the other players in the latest version of the game.
Mrs. WhiteDr. 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 ending.
- 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.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Standards: If she's the murderer in the Super Nintendo/Genesis version of the game, it's implied that she did it because, even though she's a pretty shady character herself, she's thoroughly disgusted with Mr. Boddy's dirty dealings.
- 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.
- Put on a Bus: The 2016 edition replaces her as a player/suspect with Dr. Orchid. She's still mentioned in the backstory as working at Mr. Black's mansion though, and added being Orchid's nanny to her list of duties.
- 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. GreenA 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.
- Alliterative Name: In the book series, Gerald Green.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: US Version.
- The Don: Some versions imply that in addition to his substantial business dealings, he runs several mob-like organizations on the side.
- Large Ham: His Motive Rant in season 4 of the UK Cluedo Game Show.
- Race Lift: Recent editions have him as black.
- Sinister Minister: UK Version, depending on game.
- The Vicar: UK version.
Mrs. PeacockOriginally 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.
- Berserk Button: Anything she perceives as rudeness in the book series.
- Black Widow: "Mrs. Peacock, twice widowed" ("dating a French count", but definitely not for long) in the Game Show, 13 mysteriously deceased husbands in the VCR games.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: Her most recent incarnation puts her in a slinky dress to rival Miss Scarlet's.
- Large Ham: Joanna Lumley plays her in season 4 of the game show.
- Little Old Lady Investigates
- No Name Given: No first name given for her in the books, notable as she's the only one (Mr. Boddy being 'Reginald' and Miss Scarlet being 'Charlotte').
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Her backstory in one of the more recent versions of the game says that she inherited a substantial amount of money from her late husbands, but her extravagant spending means she's almost broke.
Prof. PlumThe 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."
- Beware the Silly Ones: If he turns out to be the killer.
- 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.
- For Science!: In the VCR version, he ran out of white rats to test his experimental poison on...so he tested the poison on his wife. It worked.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: If he turns out to be the murderer.
- 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 no reason.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: In exactly which field he has his degree changes with every game.
- Plagiarism in Fiction: In some versions of the game, his backstory heavily implies he's done this.
Dr. OrchidThe newest addition to the lineup, replacing Mrs. White in the 2016 edition. Dr. Orchid is Mr. Black's adopted daughter, an expert on rare plants and their... 'medicinal' properties.
- Asian and Nerdy: She's got a Phd in herbology.
- Pink Means Feminine: She has a pink pawn, a pink-lined outfit, a pink(ish) name...
- Token Minority: Most of the press reaction to her announcement boiled down to this, although she's not actually the first Asian character in the franchise- Ms Scarlet has occasionally been Asian in the past, and the occasionally-appearing-in-the-spinoffs Lady Lavender is from the same part of the world.
Dr. Black / Mr. BoddyThe 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.
- 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.
Miss PeachOne 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.
- Edible Theme Naming: In the VCR game her name is Melba Peach, an inversion of the dessert, Peach Melba.
- 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.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead!
- Portrayed by: Tim Curry
- Battle Butler: In endings 1 and 2, where he's an undercover FBI agent.
- The Butler Did It: Subverted in the third ending, where he's the blackmailer and a murderer - but also the real Mr. Boddy rather than a butler. In the deleted fourth ending, he murdered all of the victims out of pure insanity after failing to be the perfect butler and husband.
- Canon Foreigner: Wadsworth has not board game equivalent Except in the third ending, where he's the actual Mr. Boddy.
- The Chessmaster: In the third ending.
- Deadpan Snarker: Along with the snark that is shared along with the rest of the cast he tells the sins of the house guests with a certain snarky disdain.
- Guilt by Association: He and his wife were forced to serve Mr. Boddy like slaves when she refused to rat out on her socialist friends.
- This is actually untrue in all the endings. While it is revealed in the first two endings that he is working for the FBI, one could assume this story to be completely fictitious, while in the third ending, when he is revealed to have been Mr. Boddy all along, it is implied that he is the one blackmailing his butler over the above-mentioned "crime".
- Large Ham: Well, it's Tim Curry after all.
- Mr. Exposition: He explains the reason the house guests are assembled and reads out all of their transgressions.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: In one of the movie's most famous scenes.
- Portrayed by: Eileen Brennan
Mrs. Peacock was a handsome matron with more than her share of jewels and bosom. She wore one of those dresses that is expensive and tasteful without being in the least fashionable or flattering. And over a fox stole with several of the creature's heads resting on her bosom and their claws digging at her ample waist.Wife to a corrupt U.S Senator, accused of accepting bribes to deliver her husband's vote.
— Michael Mc Dowell's description of Mrs. Peacock
- Bad Liar: Except in the second ending.
- Beware the Silly Ones: In the second ending.
- The Chessmaster: In the second ending.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Comes off this way as she awkwardly maintains a monologue to keep conversation going at the dinner table.
- Large Ham: In the second ending, "YOU CAN'T ARREST ME! I'M A SENATOR'S WIFE!"
- Motor Mouth: Especially in the beginning, where she tries to "break the ice" by talking non-stop. Plum theorizes that she has a fear of silence.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In the second and, arguably, third endings.
- Screaming Woman: When it's suggested that the brandy she was drinking might be poisoned.
- Portrayed by: Lesley Ann Warren
A ravishingly beautiful woman dressed in emerald-green.The Femme Fatale owner of a DC brothel.
— Michael Mc Dowell's description of Miss Scarlet
- The Chessmaster: In the first ending.
- Deadpan Snarker: She is always quick with a response to pretty much the entire cast.
- Genki Girl: More subdued than most, but other than Wadsworth she's the most animated member of the cast. During the climax, she clearly gets more excited the deeper they go into the summation, even leaping in and stepping on Wadsworth's lines at one point. In the first ending, it practically comes down to Ham-to-Ham Combat vs Wadsworth when he exposes her. In the third ending, she's so exhilarated about the complicated plot that when Wadsworth finally fingers her for the cop's murder she cheerfully confesses, congratulates him on his sleuthing and only stops listening avidly when Wadsworth reveals himself to be Mr. Boddy.
- Miss Kitty: Runs an illegal brothel in Washington, D.C. (in her words, a "specialized hotel and telephone service").
- Ms. Fanservice: Not as much as Yvette, but she's still quite a looker.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Implied by the smile she gives when Mr. Green states that he's gay.
- Portrayed by: Michael Mc Kean
A young man, tall, dapper, slim and splendidly turned out stood nervously at the entranceway of Hill House.A closeted State Department employee.
— Michael Mc Dowell's description of Mr. Green
- Adjusting Your Glasses: Mr. Green pushes his glasses up his nose frequently as one of his nervous tics.
- Beware the Silly Ones: In the third ending.
- Catch Phrase: "I didn't do it!"
- Faux Yay: Intentional in the third ending.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: His last line in the third ending can come off as this.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Turns out to be a good shot with a service revolver in the third ending.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He's nervous, accident prone and always the most innocent looking and sounding of the crew.
- Straight Gay: Except in the third ending.
- Token Good Teammate: He's the only one who hasn't done any crime he's being blackmailed on, but still wants his homosexuality to remain a secret. In the third ending, not only was he the only one who didn't murder anyone, but he's revealed to be an FBI agent assigned to stop Mr. Boddy.
- Would Hit a Girl: He isn't afraid to slap Mrs. Peacock when she freaks out over the brandy being potentially poisoned.
- Portrayed by: Madeline Kahn
She was beautiful as Desdemona on the night that lady was murdered, pale as Isabella the day she learned her lover was dead and her hair was as black as Judas the morning she struck off the head of a Holofernes. Her eyes were lustrous, her lips as red as if they had been pricked and bled. She was dressed head to heel in black. She held a shiny black pocketbook before her and a tiny corner of stiff, white paper peached through the top.An alleged "black widow", who has had 5 husbands, the latest of whom were an illusionist (disappeared) and a nuclear physicist (died under mysterious circumstances).
— Michael Mc Dowell's description of Mrs. White
- Black Widow: Has had five husbands, and all of them either died or disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Mr. Boddy blackmails her on suspicion of murdering them. She denies killing any of them, but didn't want those rumors to be known to the public.
- In the third ending, she indeed murdered at least one of them because he had an affair with Yvette.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The pale skin contrasts well with her dark hair and outfit to give her something describing her alias.
- Ironic Nickname: A black widow, fully dressed in black, whose alias is Mrs. White.
- The Stoic: She doesn't speak much normally and is quite terse with her snark, however her breakdown is hilarious.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the third ending: Fl-Flames... on the side of my face...
- Portrayed by: Christopher Lloyd
A man was driving, hunched over the steering wheel, peering out into the blackness.Former professor of psychiatry and current member of the World Health Organization, whose medical license was revoked because he had an affair with one of his female patients.
— Michael Mc Dowell's description of Professor Plum
- Kavorka Man: Somehow Miss Scarlet is interested in him, and he scored with the singing telegram girl who can't be past her twenties.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Shamelessly hit on all of the female characters and usually isn't a killer.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: Lampshaded.Mr. Green: How did he die?!Professor Plum: I! DON'T! KNOW! I'm NOT a forensic expert!
- Later subverted, though, in the third ending, when Plum was only pretending he didn't know what happened. As pointed out by Wadsworth, "even a psychiatrist can tell the difference between a living patient and a dead one!"
- Portrayed by: Martin Mull
The man at the door was 45 years old, perhaps 50 if he had been taken care of himself and it looked as if he had been. He was smartly turned out in a suit of quietly expensive cut material and fit and out in the darkness behind him, the mustard-yellow 1954 Cadillac convertible he'd driven up in was new and rather more obviously expensive than his clothes. In his own element, he was probably hale and hardy and if he had a wife then the prone was probably trampled on psychologically speaking.A military man who's used the services of Mr Scarlet's brothel.
— Michael Mc Dowell's description of Colonel Mustard
- The Ditz: He has the tendency to take things literally and is confounded early on by the library's disguised door.
- Moral Myopia: He may have sold stolen radio components to the black market but he's no murderer.
- Red Herring: The movie likes to imply that he's the murderer. He's indeed responsible for one of the murders in the third ending.
- War for Fun and Profit: The real reason he was being blackmailed. He stole essential Air Force radio components and sold them on the black market, which is how he became rich.
- Portrayed by: Lee Ving
- Asshole Victim: He is revealed early on to be blackmailing everyone and quickly earns everyone's murderous ire.
- Eagleland: Flavor 2: America the Boorish. The stated reason why he blackmailed everyone is because he considers them "Un-American". But instead of reporting them, he decided 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: Mr. "Boddy". It sounds like "body". As in "dead body". Get it?
- Portrayed by: Colleen Camp
- Canon Foreigner: She's not represented in the main board game but sort of takes the maid role from Mrs. White who is sometimes the maid of the estate.
- The Dragon: Miss Scarlet's Dragon, in the first ending.
- The Mistress: Used to have an affair with (one of) Mrs. White's husband. In the first two endings, Mrs. White doesn't seem to mind her very much. In the third ending, however, she hates Yvette so much that it flames on the side of her face, and therefore Mrs. White murders her.
- Fauxreigner: Although her accent seems to disappear shortly before dying, implying she was faking it.
- Ms. Fanservice: This is especially true in-universe with Prof. Plum, Col. Mustard and Wadsworth sneaking or overtly peeking at her cleavage.
- French Maid: She wears a skimpy Hollywood French Maid outfit complete with heels, stockings, short, frilly skirt and apron and a very low-cut top.
- Gainaxing: A rare live action example.
- High-Class Call Girl: Used to be one of Miss Scarlet's call girls.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Many early scenes show her as being airheaded but shows herself to be a good shot with a revolver and is involved with two of the guests.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The reason she's killed in the first ending.