Characters / Clue
aka: Cluedo

Clue (Cluedo 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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All Characters

  • 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 Scarlet

Characterised 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.
  • 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.
  • Sexophone
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Whenever she is the murderer in the Sega Genesis/Super NES video game, it states, "She had been hurt enough."
  • The Vamp

Colonel Mustard

Big Game Hunter and military hero.

Mrs. White

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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Mrs. Peacock

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.

Prof. Plum

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.
  • 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. 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.

Miss Peach

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

    Movie version 
WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

Wadsworth

Portrayed by: Tim Curry

The butler of the house, serving as Mr. Exposition.

  • 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
    • Except in the third ending, where he's the actual Mr. Boddy.
  • The Chessmaster: In the third ending.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • 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
  • Suddenly Shouting: In one of the movie's most famous scenes.

Mrs. Peacock

Portrayed by: Eileen Brennan

Mrs. Peacock was a handsome matron with more than her share of jewels and buxom. 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 creatures heads resting on her buxom and their claws digging at her ample waist.
— Michael Mc Dowell's description of Mrs. Peacock'''

Wife to a corrupt U.S Senator, accused of accepting bribes to deliver her husband's vote.

Miss Scarlet

Portrayed by: Lesley Ann Warren

A ravishingly beautiful woman dressed in emerald-green.
— Michael Mc Dowell's description of Miss Scarlett'''

The Femme Fatale owner of a DC brothel.

Mr. Green

Portrayed by: Michael Mc Kean

A young man, tall, dapper, slim and splendidly turned out stood nervously at the entranceway of Hill House.
— Michael Mc Dowell's description of Mr. Green'''

A closeted State Department employee.

Mrs. White

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.
— Michael Mc Dowell's description of Mrs. White'''

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).

Professor Plum

Portrayed by: Christopher Lloyd

A man was driving, hunched over the steering wheel, peering out into the blackness.
— Michael Mc Dowell's description of Professor Plum'''

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.

  • Absent-Minded Professor
  • 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
  • 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!"

Colonel Mustard

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.
— Michael Mc Dowell's description of Colonel Mustard'''

A military man who's used the services of Mr Scarlet's brothel.

Portrayed by: Martin Mull

Mr. Boddy

The blackmailer and the first in reality, second victim of the night.

Portrayed by: Lee Ving
  • Asshole Victim
  • 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?

Yvette

Portrayed by: Colleen Camp

The maid of the house.


Alternative Title(s): Cluedo

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