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* {{Adorkable}}: While he tries to hide it under a sheet of stoicism and professionalism, he's socially awkward like Chuck. His attempts to hit on Sara range from. hopeless to annoying. He loses all his dorky, endearing traits following his SanitySlippage.

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* {{Adorkable}}: While he tries to hide it under a sheet of stoicism and professionalism, he's socially awkward like Chuck. His attempts to hit on Sara Sarah range from. from hopeless to annoying. He loses all his dorky, endearing traits following his SanitySlippage.


A special agent who worked for the CIA, Shaw specialized in Ring intelligence and was sent in as the supervisor of Operation Bartowski to make progress against The Ring. During his stay there, he developed a romance with Sarah, but was ultimately short-lived after it was [[TheReveal revealed]] that she killed his wife on the CIA's orders. What followed suit was a prompt FaceHeelTurn with a subtle form of a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

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A special agent who worked for the CIA, Shaw specialized in Ring intelligence and was sent in as the supervisor of Operation Bartowski to make progress against The Ring. During his stay there, he developed a romance with Sarah, but it was ultimately short-lived after [[spoiler: it was [[TheReveal revealed]] that she killed his wife on the CIA's orders.orders]]. What followed suit was a prompt FaceHeelTurn with a subtle form of a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.


* FaceHeelTurn: After learning that [[IKnewIt Sarah's red test was to kill his wife]].

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* FaceHeelTurn: After learning that [[spoiler: [[IKnewIt Sarah's red test was to kill his wife]].wife]]]].


* EvilCounterpart: To Chuck, as of "Chuck Versus the Living Dead". Their personalities, and backgrounds, are extremely similar. Shaw is an example of what would happen to Chuck if he were to lose Sarah, didn't have loyal friends like Casey and Morgan, and allowed his emotions to twist him.

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* EvilCounterpart: To Chuck, as of "Chuck Versus the Living Dead". Their personalities, personalities and backgrounds, backgrounds are extremely similar. Shaw is an example of what would happen to Chuck if he were to lose Sarah, didn't have loyal friends like Casey and Morgan, and allowed his emotions to twist him.


** Despite all the similarities between him and Chuck, there is one key difference between them - that Shaw has lost the person he loved the most, his wife. In other words, Shaw is essentially a character study to what Chuck himself might become were he to lose Sarah.

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** Despite all the similarities between him and Chuck, there is one key difference between them - that Shaw has lost his wife who was the person he loved the most, love of his wife.life. In other words, Shaw is essentially a character study to what Chuck himself might become were he to lose Sarah.



* EvilCounterpart: To Chuck, as of "Chuck Versus the Living Dead". Their personalities, and backgrounds, are extremely similar. Shaw is an example of what would happen to Chuck if he didn't have Sarah and Casey and Morgan, and allowed his emotions to twist him.

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* EvilCounterpart: To Chuck, as of "Chuck Versus the Living Dead". Their personalities, and backgrounds, are extremely similar. Shaw is an example of what would happen to Chuck if he were to lose Sarah, didn't have Sarah and loyal friends like Casey and Morgan, and allowed his emotions to twist him.


* SanitySlippage: Upon finding out that [[spoiler:the girl he loved killed his wife]], he ''snapped'', and could only cope with it through revenge and one power grab after another.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Largely averted, although he did come in very conveniently after Bryce's death. His relationships with the other characters are quite different.

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* SanitySlippage: Upon finding out that [[spoiler:the girl he loved [[spoiler: his current lover killed his wife]], he ''snapped'', and could only cope with it through revenge and one power grab after another.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Largely averted, although he did come in very conveniently after Bryce's death. His WordOfGod has it that the character was only created after Creator/MattBomer became unavailable. Yet his relationships with the other characters are quite different.


* TragicVillain: The show's ideal example. He was an excellent agent and an overall good man. But, like Chuck, he was far too emotional when doing his job. Unlike Chuck, however, Shaw let his emotions, and his inability to cope with the past, control and ultimate destroy him. By [[spoiler:season 5]], he crossed the line with his SanitySlippage.

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* TragicVillain: The show's ideal example. He was an excellent agent and an overall good man. But, like Chuck, he was far too emotional when doing his job. It's also evidently clear that he loved his late wife as deeply as Chuck loves Sarah. Unlike Chuck, however, Shaw let his emotions, and his inability to cope with the past, control and ultimate destroy him. By [[spoiler:season 5]], he crossed the line with his SanitySlippage.


* LoveMakesYouEvil: He loved his wife. [[spoiler: When he finds out that his girlfriend Sarah, was the one who killed her, he snaps.]]

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* LoveMakesYouEvil: He loved his wife. [[spoiler: When he finds out that his girlfriend Sarah, current lover Sarah was the one who killed her, he snaps.]]


* ArchEnemy: To Chuck. They both come from a similar background, both have a profound dislike of guns, both love Sarah, and both end up with an Intersect. Following Shaw's defection, he kills [[spoiler:Stephen]] and attempts to kill Sarah several times as well. He also has one of his [[{{Mook}} mooks]] manipulate Ellie into making it easier for him to break up their team and take over the CIA.

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* ArchEnemy: To Chuck. They both come from a similar background, both have a profound dislike of guns, both love have feelings for Sarah, and both end up with an Intersect. Following Shaw's defection, he kills [[spoiler:Stephen]] and attempts to kill Sarah several times as well. He also has one of his [[{{Mook}} mooks]] manipulate Ellie into making it easier for him to break up their team and take over the CIA.



** Having seen Chuck in action several times, and having had access to his psychological profile, Shaw is convinced that Chuck will never use lethal force for any reason -- not even to protect someone he loves. When Shaw attempts to kill Sarah, he learns the hard way that Chuck's willing to make an exception just for him.

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** Having seen Chuck in action several times, and having had access to his psychological profile, Shaw is convinced that Chuck will never use lethal force for any reason -- not even to protect someone he loves. When Shaw attempts to kill Sarah, he learns the hard way that Chuck's willing to make an exception just for him. What makes this conclusion particularly bizarre is that this is ''after'' Chuck has seemingly passed his Red Test.


** Despite all their similarities between him and Chuck, there is one key difference between them - that Shaw has lost the person he loved the most, his wife. In other words, Shaw is essentially a character study to what Chuck himself might become were he to lose Sarah.

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** Despite all their the similarities between him and Chuck, there is one key difference between them - that Shaw has lost the person he loved the most, his wife. In other words, Shaw is essentially a character study to what Chuck himself might become were he to lose Sarah.


** Despite all their similarities between him and Chuck, there is one key difference between them, that Shaw has lost the person he loved the most, his wife. In other words, Shaw is essentially a character study to what Chuck himself might become were he to lose Sarah.

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** Despite all their similarities between him and Chuck, there is one key difference between them, them - that Shaw has lost the person he loved the most, his wife. In other words, Shaw is essentially a character study to what Chuck himself might become were he to lose Sarah.

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** Despite all their similarities between him and Chuck, there is one key difference between them, that Shaw has lost the person he loved the most, his wife. In other words, Shaw is essentially a character study to what Chuck himself might become were he to lose Sarah.


A special agent who worked for the CIA, Shaw specialized in Ring intelligence and was sent in as the supervisor of Operation Bartowski to make progress against The Ring. During his stay there, he developed a romance with Sarah, but was ultimately short-lived after it was [[TheReveal revealed]] that [[spoiler:she killed his wife on the CIA's orders]]. What followed suit was a prompt FaceHeelTurn with a subtle form of a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

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A special agent who worked for the CIA, Shaw specialized in Ring intelligence and was sent in as the supervisor of Operation Bartowski to make progress against The Ring. During his stay there, he developed a romance with Sarah, but was ultimately short-lived after it was [[TheReveal revealed]] that [[spoiler:she she killed his wife on the CIA's orders]].orders. What followed suit was a prompt FaceHeelTurn with a subtle form of a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.



[[spoiler:He makes a return during the fifth season, and reveals himself to be the BigBad once again, having blackmailed Decker and Cunnings to be his [[{{Mook}} mooks]]. His plan was to use the Omen virus to pilfer then destroy every government database in the world, and use the information to update his own Intersect and become America's single most valuable asset. He was however OutGambitted by Chuck, and later knocked out by Ellie.]]

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[[spoiler:He He makes a return during the fifth season, and reveals himself to be the BigBad once again, having blackmailed Decker and Cunnings to be his [[{{Mook}} mooks]]. His plan was to use the Omen virus to pilfer then destroy every government database in the world, and use the information to update his own Intersect and become America's single most valuable asset. He was however OutGambitted by Chuck, and later knocked out by Ellie.]]



* AntiHero: Starts off this way.
** AntiVillain: Type II, mid-way through.
*** Then into full blown ObviouslyEvil territory, clearly enjoying the damage he causes just because.

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* %%* AntiHero: Starts off this way.
** %%* AntiVillain: Type II, mid-way through.
*** Then into full blown ObviouslyEvil territory, clearly enjoying the damage he causes just because.
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* TheDragon
** DragonInChief: As of "Chuck Versus the Living Dead", he has an Intersect.

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* TheDragon
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DragonInChief: As of "Chuck Versus the Living Dead", he has an Intersect.


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%%* ObviouslyEvil


''Portrayed by [[StoneColdSteveAustin Steve Austin]]''

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''Portrayed by [[StoneColdSteveAustin [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Steve Austin]]''


* TheAce: One of the reasons why he's something of a ReplacementFlatCharacter for Bryce at the beginning - he's pretty much ace at just about everything. Or it ''seems'' this way. Like Chuck, he's also shown to be more socially awkward than aloof like Bryce.

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* TheAce: One of the reasons why he's something of a ReplacementFlatCharacter for Bryce at the beginning - he's pretty much ace at just about everything. Or it ''seems'' this way. Like Chuck, he's also shown to be more pacifistic and eccentric than Bryce.
* {{Adorkable}}: While he tries to hide it under a sheet of stoicism and professionalism, he's
socially awkward than aloof like Bryce.Chuck. His attempts to hit on Sara range from. hopeless to annoying. He loses all his dorky, endearing traits following his SanitySlippage.

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