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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.
- 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
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.
- Colonel Badass
- Colonel Kilgore
- During the War
- Great White Hunter
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- 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.
- 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. 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').
- Proper Lady
- 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.
- True Blue Femininity
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. 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Large Ham: Well, it's Tim Curry after all.
- Mr. Exposition
- Suddenly Shouting: in one of the movie's most famous scenes.
- Portrayed by: Eileen Brennan
- Bad Liar: Except in the second ending.
- Beware the Silly Ones: In the second ending.
- The Chessmaster: In the second ending.
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- Large Ham
- 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
- The Chessmaster: In the first ending.
- Deadpan Snarker
- 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
- Beware the Silly Ones / Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: 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.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- 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.
- Portrayed by: Madeline Kahn
- 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
- Ironic Nickname: A black widow, fully dressed in black, whose alias is Mrs. White.
- Though her skin appears to be pale white.
- The Stoic
- Villainous Breakdown: In the third ending: Fl-Flames... on the side of my face...
- Portrayed by: Christopher Lloyd
- 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 MustardA military man who's used the services of Mr Scarlet's brothel.
- Portrayed by: Martin Mull
- The Ditz
- 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.
Mr. BoddyThe 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
- Portrayed by: Colleen Camp
- Canon Foreigner
- 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
- French Maid
- High-Class Call Girl: Used to be one of Miss Scarlet's call girls.
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The reason she's killed in the first ending.