Characters: Pushing Daisies

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"What makes me different has also brought everyone I love into my life."

Portrayed by: Lee Pace, Field Cate

A young man who discovered at an early age that he possessed the power to bring back the dead, but only for a minute, or something else in close proximity would die in return. After realizing — through his resurrected mother kissing him goodnight — that a single touch would kill them forever, Ned is shipped off to boarding school by his absentee father, separating him from his childhood sweetheart Chuck.

Some years later, Ned has become a piemaker who makes money on the side by partnering with Emerson Cod, a private investigator, in resurrecting the victims of difficult murders in order to track down their killers. He lives a smooth, if emotionally detached life, until he learns of Chuck's murder and inadvertently lets her live longer than her intended one minute. Along with Emerson, occasionally Olive, and definitely Digby, They Fight Crime.

Charlotte "Chuck" Charles

"I'd kiss you if it wouldn't kill me."

Portrayed by: Anna Friel, Sammi Hanratty

Ned's childhood sweetheart. Upon the death of her father, who had died to balance out the revival of Ned's mother, she is sent to live with her aunts Lily and Vivian. She and Ned do not meet again until he is called upon to solve her murder on a cruise ship, upon which he accidentally revives her (killing the funeral home owner in return). Despite being legally dead, Chuck manages to reintegrate herself into Ned's life, rekindling their romance along the way, but on one condition — they can't ever touch, or else Chuck dies again forever. Her kind, free-spirited nature provide good faith and cheer to the show's dynamics, something Ned is appreciative of.

Emerson Cod

The truth ain't like puppies, a bunch of them running around, you pick your favorite. One truth and it has come a knockin'.

Portrayed by: Chi McBride, Steven Wash Jr.

A private investigator who frequently partners with Ned. Dour and sour, he provides some of the show's more down-to-earth comments. He's also a very avid knitter, using the hobby as a stress relief.

Vivian Charles

"Lying to yourself about love never works."

Portrayed by: Ellen Greene

One of Chuck's aunts, who is the softer, kinder one of the two. She and Lily were once the famous synchronized swimming duo Darling Mermaid Darlings.

Lily Charles

''Olive: "Look carefully ladies, this is your future."
Lily: "Is it vodka?"
Olive: Water.
Lily: Hm. As in Russian for vodka?''

Portrayed by: Swoosie Kurtz

The other of Chuck's aunts, who is colder and snarkier than her sister. She and Vivian were once the famous synchronized swimming duo Darling Mermaid Darlings.

Olive Snook

"Wouldn't it just be rock 'n roll if liking someone meant they had to like you back? 'Course that would be a different universe and something else would probably suck."

Portrayed by: Kristin Chenoweth

Tiny, adorable Olive is Ned's neighbor, a waitress at the Pie Hole, and unfortunately hopelessly in love with Ned. Despite her initial dislike for Chuck, the latter eventually warms herself to her. At the same time, Olive strikes up a friendship with Chuck's aunts.


Ned's beloved childhood golden retriever. When Ned was nine, Digby was run over by an eighteen-wheeler. Ned's sorrow at this led to him discovering his mysterious power. In the present day, Digby still lives with Ned, but is frequently cared for by Olive.

     Recurring Characters 

The Coroner


Played by: Sy Richardson

The coroner at the morgue where most of the victims of the week end up. He's more than a little suspicious of Ned and Chuck, and how Emerson keeps bringing them along on investigations.

Alfredo Aldarisio

" If I loved you... Then I would love you in any way I could, and if we could not touch, then I would draw strength from your beauty... And if I went blind, I would fill my soul with the sound of your voice and the contents of your thoughts until the last spark of my love for you lit the shabby darkness of my dying mind..."

Played by: Ra˙l Esparza

A Traveling Salesman who treats his own fear that Earth's atmosphere will get sucked away through various homeopathic remedies. He gives Chuck antidepressants that she bakes into her aunts' pies. He's also in love with Olive.

  • Alliterative Name
  • Birds of a Feather: Initially thinks he and Olive are this, see below.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Initially a love interest for Olive, he eventually fixes the espresso machine for her and attempts to catch her eye to no avail. Later on in the series, he then simply disappears with minimal explanation and the Alfredo/Olive subplot is dropped. Justified, in that Alfredo's last appearance is in an episode where he is Put on a Bus, and Olive realizes she loved him too late.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: During their first conversation Olive asks him if he ever felt like "all the oxygen was leaving the room." She was referring to seeing her crush make out with another girl, but he thought she was talking about his own phobia.
  • Traveling Salesman

Oscar Vibenius

"Nothing sells books like a little murder and mayhem."

Played by: Paul Reubens

Originally introduced in "The Smell of Success," a smell expert who believes fouler smells improve the human condition. He becomes a recurring character after becoming curious about Chuck and Digby's unique smells.

Simone Hundin

Played by: Christine Adams

Originally introduced in "Bitches" as a dog breeder and trainer, and is easily the most ruthless and pragmatic of Harold Hundin's wives. She and Emerson develop feelings for each other during the investigation, and she becomes something of a Love Interest for him.

  • Aloof Darkhaired Girl: Dark-haired, cold, and very pragmatic.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: While discussing the poker regulars in "Dim Sum Lose Sum."
    "Shrimpboy's the gangster in charge of the table and paying off the manager. Anson Chen did eight years in the state pen for armed robbery. Jin Quin is a thug for hire who'll do anything for a few dollars. Louie Lu strangled his mother-in-law, got off on a technicality. Jim is a plumber."
  • Evil Brit: SubvertedŚshe's not the killer, and while much more pragmatic and callous than the other wives, she is definitely not evil.
  • Meaningful Name: "Hundin" is German for "female dog."
  • Ice Queen: As noted by Emerson, she never shows anyone her cards.
  • Odd Name Out: The only one of Harold's four wives to not have a first name that starts with H, breaking the Alliterative Family Theme Naming.
  • Scary Black Woman
  • Token Minority Couple: With Emerson.

Randy Mann

Played by: David Arquette

A roommate and client of the frescort Joe, Randy is a socially awkward amateur taxidermist with more than a few similarities to Ned. He appears again as a Love Interest for Olive.

Dwight Dixon

Played by: Stephen Root

     Family Members 

Ned's mother

Played by: Tina Gloss

Ned's unnamed mother, the first person to be resurrected from his gift at the cost of Chuck's father. She died again upon kissing him goodnight.

  • Missing Mom
  • Supreme Chef: She was an excellent piemaker; Ned was inspired by her.
  • Through His Stomach: According to Dwight Dixon, her piemaking skills went a long way in making Ned's father fall in love with her.

Ned's father

Played by: Jon Eric Price, George Hamilton

Ned's unnamed father, who left him at boarding school with the promise "I'll be back." He actually moved away to his new family, an unnamed woman and the twins Maurice and Ralston.

Charles Charles

Chuck's father, who died when Ned's mother was resurrected for more than one minute.

Calista Cod

Played by: Debra Mooney, Amelia Borella

Emerson's strict, no-nonsense, Caucasian mother, who taught him everything he knew about private investigating.

Maurice and Ralston

Played by: Alex (Maurice) and Graham (Ralston) Miller, Connor (Maurice) and Keenan (Ralston) Merokvich, Jason (Maurice) and Kristopher (Ralston) Simmons

Ned's twin half-brothers by his Disappeared Dad. They work as stage magicians.

     Oneshot Characters 

Bernard Slaybeck

Played by: Jonathan Magnum

From "Dummy." An automobile safety specialist at the Dandy Lion Worldwide Industries.


Played by: Riki Lindhome

From "Dummy." A model for the Dandy Lion SX.

Mark Chase

Played by: Patrick Fabian

From "Dummy." CEO of Dandy Lion Worldwide Industries.

Lawrence Schatz

Played by: Brad Gunberg

From "Pie-lette" and "The Fun in Funeral." Along with his brother Louis, he runs the Schatz Brothers Funeral Home. He was killed to balance out Ned's revival of Chuck.

Louis Schatz

Played by: Brad Gunberg

From "The Fun in Funeral." Along with his brother Lawrence, he runs the Schatz Brothers Funeral Home.

Wilfred Woodruff VI

Played by: Eddie Shin

From "The Fun in Funeral." A man whose prized family heirloom, a sword dating back to the Civil War, was stolen. He vows revenge upon the Schatz brothers for this.

Lemuel "Lefty Lem" Weinger

Played by: Dash Mihok

From "Pigeon." A one-handed criminal who breaks out of prison in search of a hidden treasure his deceased cellmate told him about.


From "Pigeon." A homing pigeon that lost its wing and is later nursed to health by Lily and Vivian. Later revealed to belong to Elsita's mother.


Played by: Jayma Mays

From "Pigeon."

  • An Arm and a Leg: Has a wooden leg, which is covered by the long skirt she wears when we meet her. It contains the diamonds Lem was searching for all along.
  • Generation Xerox: Continued to write to Lefty Lem under the impression that he was Jackson under Elsa's name. Fittingly, she and Lem fell in love like Jackson and Elsa did.
  • Long Distance Relationship: With Lem, all along.
  • Plucky Girl: Seems very spirited when Lefty Lem ties her up.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Mother-daughter pair Elsa and Elsita are both played by Jayma Mays.

John Joseph Jacobs

Played by: Hamish Linklater

From "Girth." A young man who'd been hyped as the best jockey of his age until his tragic death in a horse race Olive participated in.

Mrs. Jacobs

Played by: Barbara Barrie

From "Girth." John Joseph Jacobs's mother.

  • Ashes to Crashes: They're not human ashes.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Subtle, but you can see in her conversation with Olive that she holds contempt for the surviving Jock-Off 2000 jockeys. And up to eleven when it turns out she was murdering them all along.

Lucas Shoemaker, Pinky McCoy, and Gordon Mc Smalls

Played by: Christopher Neiman, Ralph P. Martin, Carlos Alazraqui

From "Girth." The three other surviving jockeys of the Jock-Off 2000 (Olive being the fourth). Lucas is killed by what he claims is the ghost of John Joseph Jacobs, and the other three survivors meet up to discuss it.

Harold Hundin

Played by: Joel McHale

From "Bitches." A famous dog breeder who is poisoned by, he tells Ned before his one minute is over, his wife. Too bad he forgot to mention that he has four.

Hillary, Heather, and Hallie Hundin

Played by: Jessica Lundy (Hillary), Lydia Look (Heather), and Jenny Wade (Hallie)

From "Bitches." Harold Hundin's three other wives (the third, Simone, has her own section above). Hillary owns a designer petwear store, Heather is a pet psychologist, while Hallie breeds Labradors as seeing-eye dogs and donates them to the blind.

  • Alliterative Family
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: From what we see of her, Heather is also cool and emotionally detached. Justified as she's a psychologist.
  • Canine Companion: All of them have one, as seen at Harold's funeral. Buttercup is an amalgam of all their favorite breeds.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Hillary is... a little unhappy about the polygamy.
  • Frame-Up: Hillary frames Hallie for Harold's murder.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The fourth and youngest wife, Hallie, has blond hair and donates dogs to the blind. Chuck denies that Hallie could be the murderer because she comes off as that angelic.
  • Marry Them All
  • Team Pet: Their prized dog, Bubblegum, a Col-a-dor-Russel-a-poo, the "perfect dog," bred from their favorite dogs by Harold. They are all vehemently protective of him and take measures to ensure he won't fall into the wrong hands.

Ramsfeld Snuppy

Played by: Mark Harelik

From "Bitches." A pet store chain owner and friend of Harold.

  • Feed the Mole: A variation. Determined to find out which of Harold's wives killed him and Snuppy, Ned revives Snuppy at Harold's funeral. Hillary then has a Freak Out and runs away, pinning her as the killer.
  • Red Herring: The wives paint him as Harold's murderer, but that's quickly thrown out the window when he's murdered himself.

Anita Gray

Played by: Sarah Jayne Jensen
A student and protege of LeNez, Anita Gray is killed in a freak bomb accident while snooping through a booby-trapped advance copy of his book.

Napoleon LeNez

Played by: Christopher Sieber

From "The Smell of Success." A smell expert who believes that humans should surround themselves with good, positive smells. His book, "The Smell of Success," is poised to become more successful after the attempt on his life.

Billy and Dilly Balsam

Played by: Mike White (Billy), Molly Shannon (Dilly)

From "Bittersweet." A Brother-Sister Team who open a taffy and sweets emporium opposite the Pie Hole, seemingly intent on driving them out of business.

Bruce Carter

Played by: Michael Cornacchia

From "Bittersweet." A burly man who kills the episode's first Victim of the Week when the latter questioned his relationship with a life-sized doll.

Andrew Brown

Played by: Steve Hytner

From "Bittersweet." A health inspector whose surprise inspection of the Pie Hole ends up temporarily closing the place.

  • Blackmail: To the Balsams; they had bribed him to close the Pie Hole and he was holding this over their heads, resulting in his murder.
  • Fingore: Billy bit off his finger when the latter killed him.

Abner Newman

Played by: Colby Paul

From "Corpsicle." A young man whose requests for a heart transplant are continuously denied by ▄ber-Life Life Insurance.

Emma Newman

Played by: Julia Campbell

From "Corpsicle." Abner's understandably perpetually-stressed mother.

Madeline McLean

Played by: Audrey Wasilewski

From "Corpsicle." A perky agent of the Make-a-Wish Foundation whose only desire this Christmas is to see Abner smile. She's obviously having a hard time with this.

Kentucky Fitz

Played by: Autumn Reeser

From "Bzzzzzzzz!" The potential new face of Betty's Bees, replacing previous Number One Bee-Girl Betty — something that the team suspects is highly connected to her murder.

Dusty Fitz

Played by: Peter Cambor

From "Bzzzzzzzz!" Kentucky's grieving husband, who brings her murder to the team.

Betty Bee

Played by: Missi Pyle

From "Bzzzzzzzz!" The founder and president of Betty's Bees before it was taken over by Woolsey Nichols. Kentucky's former employer, with whom she shared a sisterly relationship.

  • Beehive Hairdo: Fittingly, as the owner of a honey-based products company.
  • Christmas Cake: According to Nichols, her age (37) is the reason for her being phased out in favor of Kentucky.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kentucky. So much that they were in cahoots to bring Nichols down.

Woolsey Nichols

Played by: French Stewart

From "Bzzzzzzzz!" The new owner of Betty's Bees following his hostile takeover of the company.

Georgeann Heaps

Played by: Rachael Harris

From "Circus Circus." The emotionally repressed mother of Nikki Heaps.

Nikki Heaps

Played by: Hayley McFarland

From "Circus Circus." "Sweet" Nikki is Georgeann's runaway daughter. Her mother brings her missing person case to Emerson.

Rocky Baselli

Played by: Artie O'Daley

From "Circus Circus." Nikki's mime boyfriend, found dead in his trailer park.

Randi Jean

Played by: Casey Weiant

From "Circus Circus." Nikki's best friend.

  • Im Not Telling You What Im Telling You: Chuck slyly gets more information from Nikki's best friend than the friend had planned on revealing.
  • Loose Lips: Although she claims not to have this, Chuck easily gets information out of her with the right bait.

Jackie Johnny

Played by: Loren Lazarine

From "Circus Circus." The head clown at the Circus of Fun.

Bryce von Deenis

Played by: Googy Gress
From "Circus Circus." A particularly unfortunate audience member.

  • Butt Monkey: The stunt the clowns pulled on him seems to have been pretty disgusting, from what we hear. He's more than a little upset about it.
  • No Indoor Voice
  • Unfortunate Names: When you make a limerick out of "von Deenis," you end up with...


From "Circus Circus." An acrobat at the circus.

Sister Larue

Played by: Mo Collins

From "Bad Habits." A nun who'd taken Olive under her wing. She was in charge of the convent's truffle harvest before her death.

Hansel von Getz

Played by: Graham McTavish

  • All Germans Are Nazis: Although Emerson thought to he was an "Angry German," he's actually Swiss (and non-threatening).

Father Eduardo Dedonde

Played by: Michael Hitchcock

The priest at the convent.

  • Nice Guy: Despite being a murder suspect, he seems to be genuinely nice — he is genuinely concerned for Sister Larue's situation, and speaks to Ned a little about his issues.

Veronica Villanueva

Played by: Alexandra Barretto

From "Frescorts." A beautiful woman who comes to Emerson about the death of her best friend Joe.

Eugene Halifax

Played by: Phil Abrams

From "Frescorts." A doctor who approaches Emerson about the death of his best friend Joe. Sound familiar?

Buddy Amicus

Played by: Hayes McArthur, J.R. Nutt

From "Frescorts." CEO of My Best Friend Inc., a frescort company where people are hired to become friends.


Played by: Joshua LeBar

From "Frescorts." A "frescort" at My Best Friend Inc., who had been hired by Veronica, Eugene, and Randy.


Played by: Dana Davis

From "Frescorts." A perky receptionist at My Best Friend Inc.

Ares Kostopolous

Played by: Colton Haynes

From "Frescorts." Supposedly the dorky school mascot of Buddy's high school years. Except not really.

  • Big Man on Campus: Mentioned to be this by the narration.
  • Jerk Jock: He was quarterback, and joined in humiliating Buddy after the latter caused a crucial defeat.
  • Posthumous Character: He's been dead since Buddy's high school years.

Bao Ting

Played by: Ping Wu

From "Dim Sum, Lose Sum." A dim sum chef.


Played by: Andrea Lui

From "Dim Sum, Lose Sum." Bao Ting's daughter, a waitress at the restaurant.


Played by: Ron Yuan

From "Dim Sum, Lose Sum." Head of a gambling ring.

Rubbie Wu

Played by: Blake Kushi

From "Dim Sum, Lose Sum." Shrimpboy's cousin.