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The main characters of Archer.


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    In General 

The "heroes" of the show.


  • Anti-Hero Team: They're a team of amoral spies and dangerous international agents. They all have their petty, psychotically flawed moments, even the nicer ones. And usually jeopardize a mission because of selfish reasons. Still, they're on the side of good compared to the enemies that they face.
  • Badass Crew: A group that consists of individual people with their own set of deadly and useful skills.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Pam is (at times) a Dumb Blonde, Lana is Brainy Brunette, and Cheryl is a redhead but ironically is the least fiery of the three.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: All of them have dealt with some kind of emotional trauma during their lives. The ones who downplay it are mostly Lana and Cyril since the former had a relatively stable childhood compared to the others (the "dark" part likely came when she worked for ISIS and did shady deeds for them) and the latter hardly talks about it (except for the dead mother and implied emotionally abusive father).
  • Dysfunction Junction: To put it simply, they're all insane to various degrees and forms.
  • Four-Girl Ensemble: Cheryl is The Ditz, Pam is the snarky Brawn Hilda, Lana is the Ms. Fanservice, and Malory, while not an admirable character, is the oldest and The Leader.
  • Incompetence, Inc.: Past season one, they grow steadily worse as a espionage organization, having a longer track list of failures than successes to the point their reputation has pretty much been tarnished and anyone who would want them is just to prove how better their agency or force is by comparison (Ironically the one time it happened is when ISIS actually succeeded...somewhat).
    • By season five, they get shut down by the FBI due to operating as a spy agency without authorization or approval from the US government. They switch to being drug cartel but even they can't do that right as their cocaine stash is either eaten (thanks Pam), confiscated, stolen, given away or destroyed. And then it turns out that the FBI raid was a ploy by the CIA to start a False Flag Operation with a foreign country. They manage to get back into the spy business by becoming contractors for the CIA...and pretty much blow their chance with them which ultimately gets the team blacklisted from intelligence work globally. By season 7, they're forced into working as private detectives as it's the closet to their skill set they can do legally.
  • Nominal Hero: Most of them are petty, hedonistic, often slightly insane assholes, and do things that are morally questionable or just plain stupid in their spy business.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: ISIS/The CIA Freelancers/The Figgis Agency. Subverted in that they fail as often as succeed.
    Sterling Archer: Why would you wanna work for those Ivy League white-shoe D.C. pricks? That's not who we are! We're the outsiders, the scrappy underdogs! We're Delta House, The Dirty Dozen, The Rebel Alliance. The Commitments. We're the Bad News Frickin' Bears, and our Lupus is an openly gay cyborg dying of sepsis in a wheelbarrow!
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Pam and Cheryl are constantly being abused (physically and psychologically) for the sake of comedy. While Lana receives a lot less compared to Pam and Cheryl, certain episodes put her through considerable slapstick, such as 'Pipeline Fever' where she severely scalds her hands on dry ice and is shot full of morphine, and the 'Space Race' episodes, where she continuously vomits and has her clothes destroyed, forcing her to run around in just her underwear and stickers on her breasts.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They will viciously insult one another, but when the chips are down, they are a team and care about each other, especially when they're essentially family.
  • With Friends Like These...: A group of nominal anti-heroes who often bicker, physically abuse, and screw one another over.
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    Sterling Archer 

Sterling Malory Archer

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"Lying is, like, 95% of what I do."
Voiced By: H. Jon Benjamin

"I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of my deafening awesomeness!"

Despite being one of ISIS's top secret agents, Archer has consistently proven himself to be questionably competent, questionably sane, questionably moral and an ignorant jackass. He has still kept his job at ISIS (his mother is the boss), but this hasn't shielded him from the ire and scorn of his colleagues or mother.


  • For tropes related to him, see here.

    Lana Kane 

Lana Anthony Kane

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"When we first started going out, I may have injected a tracking device into your body."
Voiced By: Aisha Tyler

"So as far as Archer is concerned, I feel like I dodged the world's most dysfunctional bullet."

Another of ISIS' top agents. Like Archer, she's an excellent but flawed agent, her problems manifesting in her sarcastic and slightly bloodthirsty nature. She routinely squabbles with Archer, both of them bringing up their previous sexual history with each other. She also has large, mannish hands.


  • A-Team Firing: Has a tendency to use quantity over quality when shooting. Fittingly, her Weapon of Choice is a TEC-9, a weapon not known for being accurate. Lucas Troy even nicknamed her "Spray and Pray".
  • AB Negative: Averted, Her blood type is A-negative, quite common.
  • Action Girl: She's received all the same training as Archer, and kicks as much ass as he does.
  • Action Mom: She still kicks ass after becoming a mother.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: As Malory stated, Lana is attracted to dangerous men; one of the men of danger she is deeply attracted to (despite active denials) is Sterling Malory Archer.
  • The Baby Trap: While she definitely loves AJ, the real goal of her pregnancy was to force Archer to focus more on her. To the extent that she is enraged that he does not immediately accept responsibility for a child which she conceived using stolen frozen sperm, and which she did not even tell him was his, until after the baby was born! And even during the pregnancy, when Archer proposed thinking he wasn't the father, she claimed she would "rather lose the baby than marry [him]" while (unknowingly) pointing a gun at her belly.
  • Berserk Button: Questioning her skills as an agent merely makes her angry. But questioning her attractiveness? That will cause her to abandon all compassion, logic, reason or sense of self-preservation!
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • The Archie for Archer's Veronica (dangerous, Sociopathic Hero) and Cyril's Betty (mild-mannered, Butt-Monkey).
    • The Betty (longest friend, on-and-off lover, usually the Only Sane Woman) to Katya's Veronica (a sultry, Russian spy, who later becomes a Cyborg and more of a jerk) for Archer's Archie.
    • The Betty (mother of his child and known for a long time) to Veronica Dean's Veronica (sultry, seductive and mysterious) for Archer's Archie.
  • Bi the Way: Up to interpretation: at the end of season one she has sex with Pam out of pity.
  • Black Gal on White Guy Drama: Lana shows a distinct preference for white men, as well as bareback interracial porn.
  • Blood Knight: Lana likes her job, and also likes violence a bit more than is healthy.
  • Boobs of Steel: Double D according to the series; she's certainly well endowed and strong enough to rip open a foot thick magnetically sealed door. With one hand.
  • Brainy Brunette: She has brown hair, the Only Sane Employee of her peers, and is a quick-thinking spy agent.
  • Broken Ace: She's at least as big a badass as Archer, if not more so. However, Lana has insecurities over her good looks, severe trust issues in romances , and (as Cheryl points out), Lana will never quit her job because it's the only thing that she has a stable relationship with.
  • But Not Too Black: Lana is a light-skinned black woman. This is discussed somewhat when Archer calls her "black… ish." She gets offended, and he defends himself by saying that she exploded when he called her a quadroon.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Asshole" to Archer.
    • "God damn it, Archer!"
    • She also has an overly drawn out "nooooooooooooooope" or "yuuuuup".
    • A Share Phrase "What the shit?" with Archer.
  • The Chew Toy: Depending on the episode, such as Pipeline Fever, where she severely burns her hands and is shot full of morphine. The Space Race episodes also make her into one of these, vomiting continuously on the simulation and having her clothes destroyed and forced to run around in just her underwear and stickers on her breasts.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Lana has trust issues when it comes to relationships and can react harshly when she finds out or suspects her significant other of cheating. For example, in "Training Day", she threatens a coworker with a switchblade because Cyril mentions talking to her, then tracks down Archer and Cyril and shoots at them while pursuing them in a car, claiming "my feelings were hurt", them reveals she implanted a tracking device in Cyril (note that Archer was training Cyril to become a field agent, on orders by their boss, Mallory).
  • Combat Stilettos: Her default footwear is thigh-high heeled boots. She'll occasionally switch these out for stiletto pumps, especially when going undercover. In Space Race, even her NASA-jumpsuit had stiletto-heeled boots. She does, however, wear more practical combat boots on missions requiring combat and running, or where high mobility is a factor.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: When Cyril lies to her she first tries to gun him down, then makes him rent a raunchy adult film from their local convenience store, right in front of the sweet old Korean lady who runs it.
  • Covert Pervert: Into interracial porn and is familiar with the variety of fetishes on the Internet.
  • The Dark Chick: During season 5 and shared with Cheryl (aka Charlene). Lana is forced by her pregnancy to take a non-action role in the group's cocaine selling scheme.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most often she snarks at Archer.
  • Demoted to Extra: In "Archer Vice", she takes a less active role due to being pregnant. Pam, Cyril and Ray seem to take turns being Archer's aide during this season.
  • Did Not Think This Through: In Season 7, Lana has a hard time adjusting to being neither a spy nor a drug trafficker. She doesn't realize that her Hot-Blooded behavior can get her into trouble.
    • Ray warns her that going to the Country Day School headmaster's home to lobby for him to admit A.J. is a very bad idea. Lana ignores him, after threatening him to stay out of her business, and is arrested for stalking and carrying an unlicensed weapon.
    • While physically abusing Archer when she was angry with him might have been an acceptable outlet when she was on the other side of the law, her attempt to use the fact that she was virtually down the hall committing felony assault on Archer around the time her other possible lover Ellis Crane was murdered proves to be a poor alibi.
  • Dominatrix: Hinted at in several episodes and confirmed in the preview/Imagine Spot for Archer Vice.
  • Drink Order: She is often seen drinking bottled orange soda from the ISIS vending machines.
  • Dude Magnet: Cemented when she offered to have sex with anyone at ISIS to get back at Cyril for cheating on her. The (nearly) entire male employees took that offer. Including Ray, who's openly gay - but, when this is pointed out, responded: "Girl, please, nobody's that gay."
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe. Her reaction when Pam compares herself to Schindler and Gandhi.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Anthony, from Susan B. Anthony.
  • Even the Girls Want Her:
    • Both Pam and Cheryl make comments about how they might be interested in sleeping with her. Both of them follow through, too - Cheryl gets an orgasm from a beating from her, and Pam gets pity sex from her.
    • Even The Gay Guys Want Her: Ray was willing to have sex with her, when she was seemingly allowing all the men (except Cyril, whom she had recently broken up with) of ISIS to have sex with her in the Season 1 finale. and when asked why by Cyril:
      Ray: Girl, please. Nobody's that gay.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She may have done some messed up shit for Malory, but she draws the line at a number of things.
    • Dismembering a human body.
    • Shooting a cop/detective.
    • Keeping animals in terrible living conditions and hunting them for sport.
  • Guns Akimbo: Lana's sidearm of choice is a fully automatic TEC-9, of which she carries two.
  • Guns in Church: Despite being a self-proclaimed "covert operative", Lana usually wears a side-holster with one or two guns on top of her otherwise skintight dresses, in public.
  • Has a Type:
    • As Malory stated, Lana is attracted to dangerous men.
    • And throughout the series, Lana has only had relationships and/or had sex with white men.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In "Heart of Archness" and "Space Race", she displays insecurities with her looks and needs to be reassured that she's good-looking.
    • She can imitate Darth Vader word for word, complete with inflection.
    • She reveals in "The Kanes" that as a child she always felt very pressured to follow her the dreams of her parents for her to be a scientist, going to science fairs while crying and vomiting from stress.
  • Hot-Blooded: Easily pissed off, to the point where she'll get into screaming matches over nothing. She can be downright terrifying at times, a prominent example being when she finds Katya's robo-vagina in Archer's sink in "Reignition Sequence".
  • Hypocrite: Lana isn't good at practicing what she dishes out.
    • Complains that Cyril's too clingy, but she herself secretly implanted a tracking device inside his body so that she could always know where he was.
    • Hires an actor to pretend to be a terrorist to know if she could trust Archer with AJ, not being bothered in the slightest when he sustains multiple gunshot wounds in the process of him desperately trying to protect his daughter. Archer quickly calls her out on her hypocrisy over the issue of trusting.
    • Spends almost the entire episode Pipeline Fever getting annoyed at Archer's clear disregard for the environment of the wetlands (especially doing things like hunting trout to eat), and mocking his intense phobia of alligators. When an alligator attacks their boat she immediately begins screaming at Archer to kill it, and when Archer calls her out on it, she screams, "Screw the damn ecosystem!"
      Archer: You are such a hypocrite! I bet you eat veal!
    • When Archer broaches the idea of Malory taking AJ in the event that both he and Lana are killed, she unequivocally rejects the idea. However, whenever she has a mission or something else going on, it seems as if the first person that Lana herself hands AJ off to is Malory, even though she allegedly has a Polish au pair. This despite Malory's lack of experience with infants (she was absent from Sterling's life until he was five) and her openly-stated desire to get AJ to lose weight by underfeeding her.
  • I Can Change My Beloved: Lana is almost obsessively attracted to Archer, but cannot stand his personality. Rather than treat this as a non-starter, she instead repeatedly tries to get him to behave more the way she would like him to.
  • Informed Deformity: Her hands are apparently huge. There's really no visual evidence of this.
  • Jerkass Ball: Lana usually gets a pass from fans because she is fairly competent, professional, and more noticable morals than some of the other characters, but she also totally has her moments of being, for lack of a better word, a bit of a bitch.
    • She threatened Scatterbrain Jane with a switchblade twice in "Training Day".
    • When Uta asked her if she wanted the Nordic dish Gravlax, Lana responds: "No, I'm allergic to cat piss. Go away."
    • She shot Archer more than once. Even though he himself is a Jerkass, none of the things he did warranted physical violence.
    • When she shot her gun right by Archer's ear in "Movie Star". And when she slapped him hard enough to cause hearing damage, then complained when he couldn't hear her in "Diversity Hire".
    • When she called Conway Stern, "Homeboy McJewerson" because she was jealous of his status as The Ace. Sure he was a traitor, but she didn't know that at the time. She even punched Cyril for insinuating she was jealous of Conway.
    • She let Cyril get his ass kicked by Calzado, just because he got a little overzealous with his leadership during "El Contador".
    • Tells a woman who had been held in captivity, "With your looks, bitchy probably isn't the way to go," in "Space Race Part II".
    • A lot of people agree that though a semi-sweet moment, it's morally dubious at best when she stole Archer's sperm to impregnate herself, only told him after the child's birth that he was the father, and acts extremely indignant when, while faced with the sudden realization that he's now a father without his permission, flees the country for six weeks.
    • Sends an actor to stage an elaborate hostage situation just to ensure Archer was serious about taking care of A.J. She isn't even concerned that Archer was shot twice or that A.J. was put in real danger by the actor.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lana is far from perfect and has had numerous jerkass moments (see Jerkass Ball). However, she is on the side of good, possesses a strong moral code, and genuinely cares for her friends.
  • Knight Templar Parent: When Archer gets to babysit for A.J. by himself for the first time Lana stages an elaborate hostage situation, with Slater and Malory's help, to make sure he's serious about taking care of her.
  • The Lancer: To Archer.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Katya's light, due to have a much more sarcastic, surly disposition, an antagonistic relationship with Archer and an affinity for dark and sultry clothing. Inverted after Katya's resurrection as a cyborg and her palace coup against Barry. Katya even starts wearing a much darker KGB uniform.
  • Made of Iron: Her hands. They're so strong she was able to keep a helicopter from flying away by holding onto a grappling hook that was latched onto it and pull open a electromagnetically locked door.
  • Mama Bear: Given her temper, she is an unsurprisingly fierce one when it comes to A.J.
  • Manipulative Bitch: In the Season 1 finale "Dial M for Mother", she offers to sleep with all the men in the office to get even with Cyril. She actually doesn't have sex with any of them and charges just for being able to say they did; she gets away with it because she knows none of them will admit he didn't sleep with her.
  • Married to the Job: Hints of this in the first few seasons, and made very clear in Season Four when Carol rips into Lana with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech that pretty much beats her over the head with this trope so hard that she's left totally speechless.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Lana's Masculine Girl and Cyril's Feminine Boy. Lana is a powerful secret agent who is a crack shot with all manners of guns and rifles and has a hot temper to match while Cyril is a meek introverted accountant who loves to cook.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: To Archer. She proclaims in the first season she hates him, but it's still shown she has feelings for him despite her stubborn denial. Then, when she impregnates herself with his donor sperm and before anyone knew, she is adamant that she doesn't want his help. However, after A.J. is born, she reveals that he is the father and later gives him a hypocritical What the Hell, Hero? moment after he runs away (a semi-realistic reaction to someone who has had parenthood literally sprung on them). And even after he shows he is taking being a father seriously, she still doesn't want him near their daughter, stating that if she were to die on one of her missions, her parents and later her sister (if the former die) would take custody.
  • Morality Pet: While he is a jerk to Lana most of the time, Archer shown a number of times that he does care about her, and in "Heart of Archness" he admits that she's his Only Friend.
  • Ms. Fanservice: At least once a season she'll somehow manage to parade around in her underwear. At least before Season 5.
  • Nerves of Steel: It's what got her spy job — during a protest at a local furrier. She was about to throw red paint on Malory Archer's new fur, when Malory pointed her gun at Lana's forehead. The rest of the protesters fled, including Joshua Gray, but Lana was not intimidated. Malory, impressed by her nerve, offered Lana a job.
  • Not So Above It All: While she may act as the Only Sane Employee among her co-workers, Lana can be prone to selfish actions like them.
  • Official Couple: With Archer once again as of "Pocket Listing".
  • Only Friend: Archer admits that she is this to him, although he and Pam develop a genuine friendship in recent episodes.
  • Only Sane Woman: Lana is easily the most competent member of ISIS, along with Ray. Her outbursts are usually due to someone/something that has gone crazy (most of the time, via Archer) and is very good at her job. However, while she might be the most moral, it's only by default.
  • Only Sane Employee:
    Since when is babysitting Archer my... oh my God, that's exactly my job.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: In the season five premiere, she tells Archer that she'd rather lose the baby than marry him. She immediately realizes her mistake when she sees his reaction. Notably, it's not certain which part of the statement upset him, given that Archer was surprisingly supportive of her having a baby.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Lana lives this, even though it probably causes more drama in her relationships than it solves.
    • Basically her entire relationship with Cyril was this, with the intent of annoying Archer.
    • When Cyril cheats on her (never minding that she also cheated on him), Lana pretends to have sex with all the men in the office just to humiliate him.
    • Whenever she feels that Archer is not paying enough attention to her, Lana will pick some available guy to try this with. In Season 7, furious over Archer's infatuation with movie star Veronica Deane, Lana enters into an implied relationship with Deane's ex-husband, movie producer Ellis Crane (which also makes Malory jealous).
  • Pet the Dog: In "Stage Two", she takes a genuine interest in Pam's diorama of her family farm, made of marzipan (except for the barn, which is graham crackers and icing) and chewing out Malory for intentionally destroying it by dumping coffee over it.
  • Playing the Victim Card: She does this throughout the series. She pulls The Baby Trap in order to force Archer to focus more on her, to the extent that she is enraged that he does not immediately accept responsibility for a child which she conceived using stolen frozen sperm, and which she did not even tell him was his until after the baby was born! And even during the pregnancy, when Archer proposed thinking he wasn't the father, she claimed she would "rather lose the baby than marry [him]" while (unknowingly) pointing a gun at her belly. She has also waterboarded Archer using the excuse that he had skipped out on the training when she really just wanted him to admit he was attracted to Veronica Deane. She also repeatedly tried to manipulate Archer using Operation: Jealousy because her jealousy of Veronica only to get mad when it backfires.
    • She did the same thing while dating Cyril, being put off by his trust issues despite admitting, after chasing him in a car and shooting at him, that she implanted a tracking device in him. She also give him a really hard time for cheating on her, even though she cheated on him a few episodes earlier.
    • Cheryl eventually called her out on this admonishing her for constantly complaining about her job despite knowing that she would never leave it.
  • Pregnant Badass: For the majority of Season 5 she's pregnant via a donor, who turns out to be Archer. She's still a force to be reckoned with, given her going Guns Akimbo in the 5th season premiere while saying this line:
    "Son of a — Bitches! I am pregnant!"
  • Proud Beauty: In one episode she claims that Archer is still attracted to her because "he'd have to be blind not to".
  • Punny Name: Possibly a coincidence, but who knows?
  • Really Gets Around: She has been in sexual relationships with Joshua Gray, Barry, Archer and Cyril, and cheats on Cyril with Archer, Skorpio, Pam and almost Sandu Singh in Season 1note . In the Season 1 finale, she pretends to have sex with every man at ISIS to punish Cyril for cheating on her.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Loses her clothes on a few occasions, most notably when ISIS goes into space and they need a distraction and another time when Archer uses her bikini top as a slingshot. She's very annoyed at all this, especially when Archer starts making comments about her breasts.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Dislikes Conway because of jealousy, not realizing that he actually is a traitor.
  • Sassy Black Woman: ''"Yuuuuuuup!"'' She's like a ball busting combination of Turanga Leela, Ashley Williams and Purna Jackson.
  • Say My Name: And it's always Archer's name.
  • Ship Tease: With Archer; couples with Everyone Can See It. Season four amps this up to infinity. Season 5's finale has her come out and admit it, but Archer is distracted and doesn't notice.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Subverted. Lana was in a relationship with Cyril, who was more stable than Archer. However, their relationship doesn't work out for a variety of reasons, including the fact that Lana was still interested in Archer.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Finally happens with Archer at the end of "Pocket Listing".
  • Soapbox Sadie: Not surprisingly for the child of academic parents from Berkeley, Lana has a history of animal rights and environmental activism. She tends to get very preachy about the moral pros and cons of the missions they get, sometimes even endorsing missions for ideological reasons that even Malory doesn't really care about, and just as often opposing them.
  • Stalker with a Test Tube: Lana rationalizes stealing Archer's frozen sperm from the doctor's office because he is actually pretty amazing physically-speaking. That said, The Baby Trap was an even bigger motive, although she does not admit it.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Easily one of the tallest women (being 6'0) on the show, which is appropriate considering her voice actress, and frequently noted to be highly attractive, not to mention having tons of fanservice moments.
  • Steel Ear Drums: Averted; like Archer she has Tinnitus from multiple gunshots and explosions going off near her head but "Placebo Effect" establishes that she has a much better ear doctor than Archer and ergo doesn't suffer it as severely.
  • Straight Man: Primarily to Archer, though she frequently has Not So Above It All moments.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: In a twist, Lana is attractive enough that Gillette, a professed homosexual man, is perfectly willing to sleep with her, saying that "No one is that gay."
  • Stripperific:
    • All of Lana's outfits seem tailor-made to show off her figure. If not that, then she'll invariably end up in a situation where she'll be stripped to her underwear.
    • As lampshaded by Archer when he gets distracted by her in underwear when they're in the middle of a gunfight:
      Lana: Now?! Really?!
      Archer: Oh, right! Because you walked into Strippers Discount Warehouse and said "Help me showcase my intellect!"

    Malory Archer 

Malory Duchess Archer

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"If I cared what you did on a weekend I'd put a shotgun in my mouth and pull the trigger with my toes."
Voiced By: Jessica Walter

Head of ISIS and Archer's mother. Just about as snarky, selfish, sex-crazed, and jerkish as Sterling, if not more so. At times she'll abuse her power (such as using a bomb threat to steal a first-class cabin on a blimp from her hated neighbor), but mostly she'll try to make sure that ISIS missions go as smoothly as possible, sighing all the way as her idiot son screws everything up.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: While there are many men who find her very attractive, Malory is also prone to aggressively hitting on men who either express no interest or who openly try to indicate that they are not interested.
  • Abusive Parents: She's the reason Archer is so messed up. Her treatment of him (and later AJ) ranges from overprotective to neglectful to downright sadistic. Becomes an abusive grandparent whenever AJ is put in her care, thinking AJ is overweight, despite Lana's insistence that she's a normal weight for a baby, and intentionally underfeeding her.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Like her son, Malory can shrug off tranquilizers without even blinking due to a lifetime of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Action Girl: Based on various flashbacks and the fact that she was able to shoot her son six times in the torso with what was revealed the next season to be a .44 magnum. She expresses pride that all six shots were grouped "in the '10 ring.'"
  • The Alcoholic: A shared family trait, as she got Archer drinking at a really young age. She's rarely seen without a drink in her hand.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She had a threesome with Pam and a German chubby-chaser. And during Season 5 when she and Ron were trying out an open marriage, Cheryl and Pam both had keys to her apartment, and when Cyril asks about it, the following exchange happens:
    Cyril: You both had sex with… hopefully Ron?
    Cheryl and Pam simultaneously: …Don't worry about it.
  • Anything That Moves: Not that her son is any different…
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Gets a very brief moment with Sterling in "Dial M for Mother"… which he almost immediately ruins.
    • Played depressingly straight in "No Good Deed," when Archer's been in a coma for three months and Malory has refused to leave him. Lana tells Malory she should sleep in a real bed, but Malory says "I'm fine. I want to be here if... when he wakes up."
  • Bad Boss: To the extent that she expects Brett to clean up his own blood whenever he gets shot by Archer or Cyril! She also murdered the cleaning ladies when they tried to unionize, and the other ISIS employees resorted to trapping her in the elevator when she refused to give cost-of-living adjustments to their already low salaries. Then there is the question of the nerve gas canisters which she had Krieger place inside all of the air conditioning vents just in case…
  • Batman Gambit: Several episodes end with the plot twist that she has set everything up, with her plans working because she knows everyone well enough to manipulate them.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Malory's relationship with her deceased dog Duchess.
  • Big Bad: Zig-Zagged. While Barry and Katya may be the most obvious opponents of the main characters, Malory Archer has consistently proven herself to be the series' primary conflict creator, often using ISIS and its employees to commit heinous and criminal acts bordering on treason (ranging from the sake of financial gain, to revenge against another, to just getting her sex tape(s) back). To say nothing of how she treats her subordinates, more often than not, she tends to get away with it all most of the time. And that's not even covering the events of the fifth season, where she made a deal with the CIA to sell a literal metric ton of cocaine, which she was perfectly willing to let Archer take the blame for, even though he wasn't involved at all.
  • Broken Bird: In season 8, after Archer was put in a coma thanks to Veronica Deane. Malory's more or less been living in the hospital because she refuses to leave Archer's side until he wakes up. There's no bitter comments about how he screwed up or brought it on himself, no hostility towards Lana when Lana shows concern for her well being, the life's essentially been drained right out of Malory.
  • Catchphrase: "If [something she wants to happen doesn't], I may literally die"
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Applies since ISIS is a private company and not a government agency. Malory is nonetheless quite willing to engage in deals that threaten (inter)national security if there is profit in it for her. She also uses her decades worth of government and intelligence connections to get away with criminal behavior. This declines somewhat as the series progresses mostly because ISIS is Incompetence, Inc. and Malory's influence wanes due her agents (mainly Sterling) steadily eroding ISIS's reputation and marketability.
  • Cynical Mentor: To Archer and the Wee Baby Seamus. Varied from the norm in that it's made clear that her "mentoring" of them is closer to abuse and Archer is deeply, deeply disturbed as a result.
  • Da Chief: When berating ISIS members.
  • Dad the Veteran: A mother variant. Served in the OSS during World War II.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Barry kidnaps her in "Motherless Child", to force the Figgis Agency to help him. She manages tog et out of the situation by herself. She in fact created a series of steps to deal with that exact situation, because she's been in similar ones before.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was in the dangerous life of espionage, which contributed to her unfitness as a parent. And the (possible) father of her son and her apparent true love was murdered during a mission.
  • Dating Catwoman:
    • In a relationship with the head of the KGB. She tries to keep this hidden, and the fact that this relationship may have produced Archer.
    • May have. There's still Len Trexler and Buddy Rich (and an assassinated Italian anti-fascist activist) as possible candidates.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Inverted. Her son, Archer, completely freaks out whenever anyone shows sexual or romantic interest in his mother.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of the sharpest witted characters in the series.
  • The Dreaded: She is hated and feared by everyone in the office, especially her son.
  • Dude Magnet: Malory has had numerous flings with men who have considered her attractive.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Despite being incredibly selfish herself, even she can't stand her son's over-sized ego.
    • She was absolutely disgusted at her son for flirting with a dead ISIS agent's widow while at the dead agent's wake.
    • When she finds out Cheryl specifically missed her parents' funeral, Malory demands to know why. Cheryl says it's because Malory threatened to fire her if she missed work again, and Malory counters she wouldn't have fired her for going to that.
    • According to "The Limited", Malory is, at worst, elitist, not racist. She treats all servants the same, regardless of skin color.
  • Evil Matriarch: Aside from her often deliberately malicious parenting of Sterling, she seems to be continuing the trend with AJ, who while still an infant is already being harshly judged by Malory. Of course, having been absent for the first five years of Sterling's life, and barely present the rest of his childhood, it's really not surprising that she doesn't realize that babies outgrow their clothes rather rapidly and that it is not a sign of developing obesity.
  • Expy: Malory is Lucille Bluth (right down to being portrayed by Jessica Walter).
  • Family Versus Career: Averted. Malory prioritizes her career over her son, leaving Woodhouse the butler to raise young Sterling. On the rare occasions when she did spend time with him, she usually tormented him in order to teach him a lesson.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She mentions in "Movie Star" that, despite being a dreaded spymaster and a former secret agent, she used to live a relatively normal life as a prospective actress...until the head of the OSS offered her a job.
    Malory: Three weeks later, I was in Tunisia, killing a man.
  • Generation Xerox: For all the crap that she gives her son about his uncontrollable libido, it gradually becomes clear that she was every bit as lecherous as him when she was younger (and she still has plenty of affairs on the side).
  • Genre Savvy: Inverted. In a world where everyone is this, Malory stands out as one of the only people who isn't, frequently commenting that all of the pop culture references go completely over her head.
  • A Glass in the Hand: Malory breaks the last of her Steuben glass set in frustration when Nikolai hangs up on her in "Dial M For Mother".
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: Malory thinks this of herself, as seen in "Lo Scandalo". Lampshaded in "Skin Game":
    "Dead woman my still-shapely ass!"
  • Greed: Probably Malory's defining trait, even ahead of her abusive parenting and sexual licentiousness. Malory is obsessed with making money, living an elite lifestyle and showing up others (especially neighbor Trudy Beekman). There is literally nothing she will not stoop to if it stands to profit her enough.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: To the point where it could be argued that she's really the Big Bad; see that trope entry above.
  • Hidden Depths: There are some moments in the series that imply Malory is regretful over how much of a horrible mother she was to Archer.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Often rants against immigrants stealing American jobs. In "Coyote Lovely" it is revealed that she is nonetheless open to helping illegal immigrants enter the U.S. in exchange for a suitable bribe.
    • Has no problems in shaming her son for his many, many vices, even though she indulges in all of them herself.
    • Allegedly hates the Irish because Ireland was neutral during World War II. But she absolutely loves Italy and Italian men, despite it having been an actual Axis power.
    • Is a conservative Republican who carried on a decades-long affair with the head of the KGB during the Cold War!
  • Hypocritical Humour: Mocks Lana for having slept with Pam, something she is equally guilty of doing. She gets called out on this, shouting "oh, shit!"
  • Ink-Suit Actor: She bears an (apparently completely coincidental) striking resemblance to Jessica Walter.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Used this a few times in Season 1 to justify her behavior:
    Archer: Who puts Oxycontin in a Xanax bottle?
    Malory: People with servants, idiot!
    Archer: But if they're stealing pills, how does it help to switch the labels?
    Malory: Because they can't read English!
  • Insistent Terminology: She claims not to be racist, and that if anything she's an elitist. She treats all servants equally, which is to say, like crap.
  • It's All About Me: Is even more shamelessly self-centered than her son, and that's saying something. For instance, in "Stage Two", she's upset that Archer has breast cancer and she doesn't, since it means she's no longer the center of attention.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Confirmed in flashbacks in "The Double Deuce".
  • Jerkass: She's pretty much the reason why Sterling is how he is.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sometimes - despite everything, deep down she truly does love her son. She's just terrible at showing it.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite her amoral and completely unethical behavior, she usually escapes completely unscathed (on a few occasions she does receive her comeuppance).
    • Taken up to eleven with the season 5 premiere, what with her connections causing the FBI to set her free even though ISIS was an illegal spy ring with everyone (Minus Archer and Lana) blabbing about what happened in the past seasons. Although this was because she had a deal with the CIA to sell their cocaine.
    Malory: (After the ISIS crew have burst in on them wielding guns and having subdued several FBI agents) You'll just have to put that on my.... Crime tab.
  • Lady Drunk: Malory is almost always seen with a drink. She resorts to drinking isopropyl in the third season finale.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Some finally hits her in "House Call" when Ron leaves her and takes her house since she hid it under his name. She also gets hit by this in "Drastic Voyage, Part 2" when Holly fires her and the rest of the team from the CIA and leaves her futilely begging.
    • She gets served her just desserts again in the season six premiere when Pam and Cheryl redesign the ISIS office. The office appears exactly like Malory's dream office, only to reveal it was simply a hologram and redesigned the office to look exactly the same, leaving her absolutely crushed and crying. After nagging and making Pam and Cheryl miserable the past 5 seasons, it's satisfying to watch.
    • Also occurs in 'El Secuestro' at the end when Pam gears up to kick the crap out of Mallory for showing little to no concern for Pam while she was being held hostage as well as offering a pathetically low ransom amount for her. Even Archer concedes that Pam should "have this one" and stands by idly as Pam is ready to beat his mother up. Although we never actually see Pam beat up Mallory, it's heavily implied she did and Mallory certainly had it coming.
  • Lots of Luggage: She is incapable of going on even just an overnight trip without seemingly bringing her entire set of red suitcases, the movement of which represents backbreaking labor for others. Also, don't you dare scuff them!
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Archer's father could be any one of five guys, including jazz drummers Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. By the way, don't look in her desk.
  • Mama Bear:
    • While she's not winning "Mother of the Year" awards, Malory does have a protective side for her son, such as, ordering the ISIS agents to locate and bring back Archer after he disappeared.
    • Malory later becomes this to Baby AJ. When it seems as though Krieger was going to turn her into a cyborg, Malory threatens to shoot his balls off if he ever comes near her again. Earlier before that incident she thought Carol was the one that took AJ and bursted into her restroom stall to strangle and repeatedly slam her head against the wall.
  • Manipulative Bitch: When bullying and intimidation doesn't work, she isn't above bursting into tears to get her way.
    • In "Lo Scandalo", she tricks the whole cast into covering up her murder of the Italian Prime Minister. She even calls the police while she is having the body being disposed by Krieger so that they are thrown off once they arrive to find the room all cleaned, and they aren't aware they are being played until the very end of the episode when Lana points it out.
  • Maternally Challenged: Averted. She can actually be pretty good with kids when she cares to be, it's just her approach to parenting that leaves something to be desired.
  • Mean Boss:
    • Exemplified in this conversation when the ISIS support staff is on strike in "The Rock".
      Lana: What do they want?
      Malory: Oh, the same entitled crap as always. "I can't afford to make ends meet! I'm on food stamps! My child died because I couldn't afford new bone marrow!" Just me me me me me!
      Lana: Jesus, whose kid died?
      Malory: Oh, who remembers?
    • And earlier in the episode, it showed her murdering the cleaning staff simply for wearing pro-union buttons.
    • Whenever Brett gets shot, her first instinct is to berate him for wrecking her carpets or to order him back to work.
    • She routinely abuses ISIS resources to one-up her neighbor, Trudy Beekman. She'll make anonymous terrorist threats against some establishment that Trudy was bragging about going to (an upscale restaurant, a fancy blimp, an opera theater, etc) so that she can get ISIS hired to provide security.
  • Missing Mom: She was absent from her son's until he was five-years-old.
  • The Mole: In a classic case of Irony, it turns out that she is this and does not even realize it. When she is told that there is a KGB mole inside ISIS in "Mole Hunt", she responds with disbelief since she would have known. This is because she has been having a decades-long affair with KGB head Nikolai Jakov. In "Skorpio", when Archer and Lana appear to be in danger, she frantically asks him if he has any KGB agents nearby, to which he replies that he doesn't like to discuss KGB matters because it's "unprofessional". Malory is incredulous because "I tell you everything!" Later, in "Coyote Lovely" she plays this trope more straight, as she is taking bribes to assist an immigrant-smuggling ring that ISIS is supposed to be stopping.
  • My Beloved Smother: Half of her interactions with Archer involves trying to control him in one way or another.
  • Noble Bigot: Holds some prejudiced views of Lana and Ray, but still recognizes and respects their skills as agents.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently her "second fake 50th birthday" was pretty bad, because Archer compared it to having a group of armed men in combat armor burst into the office and start firing, killing Brett.
  • No-Sell: Completely immune to tranquilizers, due to having abused that many substances.
  • Parents as People: Archer suffered from Parental Abandonment due to Malory actually continuing with her career. Burt Reynolds also argues that Archer needs to allow her to flourish as her own person now that he's an adult.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • She does occasionally have moments of this. She took Krieger to see both the theatre and movie versions of The Wiz, and she did pay to have a car upgraded to a super spy car for Archer's birthday (even if she did ruin it by stealing it "to teach him a lesson")
    • She is also very caring towards her granddaughter. Unfortunately, she also immediately ruins a moment when she notices that AJ is chubby, and offers to buy her plastic surgery when she's older.
  • Phrase Catcher: "That's so classic her!", usually when she's not around; occasionally to her face: "That's so classic you!"
  • Politically Incorrect Heroine: Hates the Irish and isn't afraid to show it. She's also made racist comments at the expense of blacks and the Japanese: when she shoots a Yakuza member off a ladder in "Drift Problem", she claims that "[it's payback] for Pearl Harbor". Not to mention how she treats Ray...
    Ray: Why don't I just stick a broom up my ass and sweep the floor while I'm at it?
    Malory: What was that?
    Ray: Nothing!
    Malory: Good. Saves you the embarrassment of an incredibly homophobic remark.
  • Pregnant Badass: A flashback (albeit an Offscreen Moment of Awesome) showed Malory managing to kill one of her assassins...while still pregnant with her son.
  • Racist Grandma: In spite of her claims that she's "an elitist, not a racist," she has some very outdated opinions on different racial groups, and a pretty strong distaste for the Irish.
  • Really Gets Around: Just about every male character on the show over 50 (Woodhouse and her actual husband excepted) is a candidate for Sterling's father. Has sex with Cyril in "Movie Star" and Pam in "Swiss Miss".
  • Retired Badass: She is no longer an active field agent, but when she was, she was as feared a spy as her son and Lana are now. Even in retirement, Malory still can hold her own in a gunfight.
    • In "Motherless Child" Barry handcuffs her to a chair blindfolded and locked into a bunker ten feet underground. She not only accurately deduces that she's underground based on the lack of ambient sound, but frees herself by the end of the episode, implying it's not the first time that's happened to her and that wasn't even the worst one (briefly mentioning a time where she was hooked up to a car battery and other where she was up to her ankles in blood).
    • In "Liquid Lunch", she beats down Krieger, down to craving her heel in his shoulder, casually mentioning she has already killed seven Germans with nothing but a shovel and she'll gladly kill another one. The sight of it makes Ray quiver in fear.
  • Rich Bitch: At the very least, she's a self-admitted elitist.
  • Running Gag: She gets often called out by her employers, Ron and other organization's heads for her habit of micro-managing all of her agency's operations.
  • Smug Snake: When called on her selfish, elitist ways, her response is usually something along the lines of "Yea, so what?"
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: During Jeu Monégasque, both Sterling and Malory have flashbacks to a Halloween when Sterling was 8 years old and dressed as Charlie Chaplin. Both of them wonders "Why was I/he dressed as Hitler?"
  • Strawman Political: Is a staunch conservative, and has some very odd ideas of what liberals and socialists are up to in the government.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Flashbacks of Malory, showed she had the same black hair that Archer has. That combined with her having the same blue eyes as her son means that she's basically an older, female version of Archer.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Malory is usually a cold, ruthless woman but does show a kind side from time to time.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Season 6, relatively speaking. She's still a terrible person, but she takes a strong interest in being part of her granddaughter's life, being generally kind when Lana needs help and working with her to set up a test for Archer in "Sitting". There's also her apparently genuine attempt to get her staff together to watch a movie as a team building exercise in "Vision Quest".
  • Trickster Mentor: This is her parenting strategy towards her son, even though it's taken to levels that would realistically be considered child abuse. It doesn't really help that he doesn't learn his lessons, partially because she only half-asses the "Mentor" part.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: She's an emasculating, condescending whore, but the show wouldn't be half as funny without her.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Played with; Malory isn't exactly stupid, but she is notably elitist and has a downright bizarre view of the world.
  • Villain Protagonist: Particularly in season 5 when the gang forms a drug cartel.
  • When Elders Attack:
    • Despite being drunk a good majority of the time, she's still a crack shot with a pistol, a fact she demonstrated on a mind controlled Archer.
    • Demonstrated again in "Drift Problem" when she's able to precisely hit a metal ladder from a good distance away with a pistol, one handed and without looking.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Tends to proclaim "I will literally die" in connection with decidedly non-life-or-death situations, such as stealing giant diamonds, or getting another drink.

    Cheryl Tunt 

Cheryl/Carol/Cristal/Carina/Cherlene R. Tunt

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"You're not my supervisor!"
Voiced By: Judy Greer

A secretary at ISIS. Cheryl has been known to repeatedly change her name, due to people not remembering her original one or purely on a whim. She ranges from sexually precocious to voracious and has a twisted fetish for being strangled and murdered. She's a member of the highly wealthy Tunt family. She commonly changes her name throughout the first season, but sticks with Cheryl afterwards, though if someone calls her by the wrong name, she won't object.. In Season 5, she was a country singer by the name of Cherlene.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Or bad girls. She outright claims she likes it when someone emotionally and/or physically abuses her. During the earlier seasons, she is obsessed with Archer despite, or rather because of how emotionally cruel and indifferent he is to her whenever they hook up.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While Cheryl hasn't overtly hit on any woman, her fetish for being strangled and murdered seems to apply even when women do it. She enjoys being slapped by Malory, orgasms during a beating from Lana, and solicits a choking from Pam. She later comments that she is "digging the Queen Kong vibe" Pam has in one episode.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Her craziness, outbursts and general oddness are suggested to stem from some mental disorders. In "Sea Tunt Part 1", her brother Cecil says she's always been nuts and had been getting worse over time, but he had no idea how bad it was. It is implied that most of her family are either crazy or perverted.
  • Anything That Moves: Men, women, robots, genetic clones of Hitler. You name it. She even commented that the idea of being strangled by a child was hot (she already considers being strangled hot to begin with).
  • Ax-Crazy: She's a compulsive pyromaniac, gets off on suffering physical and emotional violence, once spent 6 months believing that she was a werewolf, and is more often than not stoned out of her skull on either rubber cement or LSD-laced Gummi Bears (or both.) Luckily for everyone else at the company, she seems to get off more on her own pain than anyone else's.
  • The Beard: Pretends to be Ray's wife during a visit to his redneck brother (though she didn't realize she was pretending, and, as such, is upset that "it was never consummated").
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Played with as part of her general crazy behaviour. She can actually hear suspenseful string music when something dramatic happens but tries to convince herself that it's "non-diegetic".
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Along with Pam, she cannot be trusted with any conditional information as she'll pretty much spill it without a second thought.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "You're not my supervisor!"
    • "Duh!" as Cheryl.
    • "Outlaw Country!" as Cherlene.
    • "I'm seriously asking."
    • "Just like the gypsy woman said!" Occasionally shared with a couple other characters.
  • Characterization Marches On: In "Diversity Hire", after having sex with Conway Stern, she actually hopes that she's pregnant. In later seasons, the mere mention of the word 'birth' causes her to shudder and say "gross".
  • The Chew Toy: Or more accurately, 'choke toy'.
  • Child Hater: Her present for Trinette's baby shower is a book on SIDS and a box of plastic laundry bags. When Krieger asks if she'd ever thought of having her own kids, she responds that she'd considered adopting a child… but only so she could abandon it at a mall. Taken to a complete and utterly insane level of Flanderization in Drastic Voyage where she brags about wanting the million dollar reward to buy an orphanage so she can bulldoze it and make fun of the children's loss.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She's easily the craziest member of ISIS, which is saying an awful lot.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Her response to Lana reacting to her taunts? "BRING IT!" She gets off on having the shit beaten out of her. And taunting people into doing so. Yeah, she's got issues.
  • Creepy Child: Her brother recounts a time when, as a child, she burned down a gazebo while laughing wickedly.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Beats Gustavo Calderon into submission with her guitar, and deflects multiple bullets fired at her by Juliana Calderon also with her guitar, not flinching once.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Grew up in a dysfunctional, incestuous family and her own grandfather sexually abused her.
  • The Dark Chick: During season 5 and shared with Lana. Charlene is mostly uninvolved with the drug cartel and only working with the group to become a country music star.
  • Dirty Coward: In "El Secuestro", she throws off some kidnappers by making them think Pam is her.
  • The Ditz: Brought up in "White Elephant", where one of the FBI agents calls her a ditz, only to get held at gunpoint by Lana.
    Cheryl: Now who's the ditz, huh?!
    Lana: Would you just come on!
    Cheryl: I'm seriously asking!
  • Ditzy Secretary: An incompetent secretary for Malory, since her ditzy demeanor often interferes with her work ethic.
  • Erotic Asphyxiation: One of Cheryl's fetishes, closely related to her murder fetish. She frequently demands to be strangled during sex, has fantasies of being murdered, and has a general masochist streak in her.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Cheryl is a pretty messed up person herself, but even she gets fed up with Archer's egocentric attitude and tells him to think about someone else for once in his life. She also loves her friends, defending them and caring about their safety (especially Pam, see: offering to pay the Yakuza millions at the drop of a hat to save Pam's life, and putting up a helluva fight with Malory's bodyguard service until they've rescued Pam from being kidnapped.)
  • Fetish: Has quite a few including algolagnia (sexual arousal from pain), asphyxiophilia (aroused by being strangled), autassassinophilia (aroused by the risk of being killed), and pyrophilia (sexual arousal from starting fires.) There are also some scattered references to robosexuality. About the only thing that turns her off is handicapped people.
  • Flanderization: Cheryl goes from being an insecure and slightly unhinged secretary to a full-blown maniac. In the space of about four episodes. Lampshaded by her brother Cecil, who claims she has gotten steadily more disturbed over time.
  • Funny Schizophrenia: Though her brother takes it seriously, and tries to use this as a way of taking her half of the inheritance.
  • Gallows Humor: Jokes that her parents were murdered, then laughs when she sees Lana and Malory react. Her parents were killed, but in a car accident.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She and Pam have a close, if dysfunctional, friendship.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Season 5 shows her pursuing a career as a country music star after ISIS goes out of business and it's implied that it was something Cheryl wanted to do for a while. Lampshaded by Cyril, who wonders why a trust-fund kid with half a billion fortune would go after such an unrealistic goal.
    • In "Drastic Voyage" of season 6, she delivers a rather moving monologue regarding miniaturization and its potential effects on medical science… then mentions, already being worth half a billion, she would use her $1 million reward to buy an orphanage, then bulldoze it For the Evulz.
  • Lethally Stupid: In "Crossing Over", Barry talks her into taking him to the ISIS safehouse, where he kills Jakov and nearly kills her.
  • Literal-Minded: Especially in season four, where she actually believes in Opposite World. When Malory tells her to tell any callers that she's not there, Cheryl believes that she's some sort of hologram or illusion. If you look closely, you can see her checking Malory in the mirror to see if she's real.
  • The Load: Generally the most useless member of ISIS. While everyone else at least have their moments, she tends to make things worse whenever she does anything at all.
  • Magic Feather: Turns out Krieger didn't put the mind control chip in her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Especially in Season 5, if the Who Wears Short Shorts? trope didn't already tip you off.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She loves Erotic Asphyxiation, the harder and more dangerous the better, to the point that Cyril thinks he's killed her during their hookup (the sole exception being the cybernetic grip of Barry which was too much for her). In fact, she also fantasizes about being murdered and likes being beaten. The reveal in "Bel Panto" that she is also turned on by clowns seems almost wholesome by comparison.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Going hand in hand with her nightmare fetishes, she has quite the twisted mind sometimes.
  • Non-Idle Rich: In "El Secuestro", it's revealed that Cheryl is a Tunt and is worth half a billion dollars following her parents' death a week prior. Why she's still working as a secretary for ISIS for minimum wage baffles everyone. But then most of them don't appreciate, at least at first, that their constant abuse appeals to her Nightmare Fetishist nature.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • She did time in a mental hospital after pleading insanity, and was also institutionalized under a false name with total amnesia. It's not clear whether these are the same incident.
    • She spent 6 months thinking she was a werewolf, demanding that the ISIS staff lock her in the vault during the full moon.
    • Malory had to ban scissors from ISIS because of an unspecified incident involving Cheryl. It's implied that she tried to cut Brett's tongue out.
  • Out of Focus: She and Pam seem to occupy a permanent place in any episode's B-plot.
  • Paste Eater: Not the usual sort. She gets high mainly off of sniffing rubber cement fumes, but sometimes she'll drink the stuff, too.
  • Plucky Office Girl: Her upbeat and cheery personality is taken to psychopathic extremes.
  • The Power of Hate: Apparently the only thing that can make her get out of bed in the morning, and a huge part of why she stays at ISIS after she becomes a multimillionaire.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: Cheryl is a cross between types D and E.
  • Pyro Maniac: Cheryl mentioned watching a building burn down in "Stage Two", was seen lighting a dumpster on fire in "El Secuestro", and took delight in burning the corpses of Torvald Utne and Elke Hubsch in "Killing Utne". In "Sea Tunt Part I", she's shown watching a fire she set in her waste paper bin, and squealing with delight when Pam accidently poured alcohol on it, then mentioned her and Pam having a date with some firemen who she met at a warehouse, her Brother mentions her burning down a gazebo at an extremely young age.
    Cheryl: That's our pee, and that’s the last I better hear about it because this stupid building is a tinderbox and I will burn it to the ground!"
  • Rape as Backstory: She was sexually abused by her grandfather as a child.
  • Rich Bitch: She's the heir to a billion dollar fortune.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: She's from the wealthiest family of the country, and a total Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Robosexual: Gets off to being strangled by Krieger's choke-bot.
  • Sadist: While Cheryl is undoubtedly a masochist (getting off on being choked, beaten up, tasered, and even verbally abused) she also shows sadistic tendencies such as wanting to bulldoze an orphanage to watch the orphans cry and tricking Malory into thinking she redesigned the office exactly how she wanted only to reveal it was a hologram and is exactly the same. She went through all the trouble of making the office exactly the same all so she could crush Malory's dreams and watch her cry, laughing and enjoying her misery.
  • Sanity Slippage: Looking like this as the series progresses. It's theorized she has multiple personalities like Barry.
  • Secretly Wealthy: For awhile, but it's eventually revealed that she's from one of the wealthiest families in the country.
  • Slumming It: The entire fact that she works as a secretary when she is actually insanely rich. It helps that she is aroused by emotional and physical abuse, two things which are a staple of ISIS office culture.
  • Stripperiffic: While her usual outfit is quite conservative, during season 5 her standard clothing consists of a crop top with ample cleavage and short shorts.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a devastating one to Lana in the fourth season:
    "Oh please. If you really cared, you’d resign. But there's no way you ever will, because you’re just counting the days, until - her face bloated and yellow from liver failure - she [Malory] calls you to her deathbed and, in a croaky whisper, explains that Mr. Archer is totally incompetent and that you, the long suffering Lana Kane, are the only one qualified to run ISIS and you weep shameful tears because you know this terrible place is the only true love… you will ever know."
  • Those Two Guys: With Pam.
  • Too Kinky to Torture:
    • She goads Lana into beating her up, by bragging about having sex with Cyril, and has an orgasm from the ensuing beatdown. Also wears a ton of breast cancer support ribbons all over her body so the safety pins can poke her. In the Season 5 intro, she forces Agent Hawley to taser her and has an orgasm while being shocked.
    • This extends to mental and emotional abuse. Even Archer gets Squicked at this In-Universe.
  • Troll: Very much shown that this is why she is horrid to people, hoping for a violent reaction to get off on.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In "Crossing Over", takes Barry to the ISIS safehouse, where Jakov is in protective custody, for sex.
  • Verbal Tic: Has a tendency to yell out "Duh!" whether she actually finds something obvious or not. Also gratuitously uses "stupid" a lot. ("They can't get to the stupid mainframe because some stupid battery thing is in some stupid vault!")
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Pam.

    Cyril Figgis 

Cyril Figgis

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Voiced By: Chris Parnell

ISIS comptroller. A meek, wussy, and slightly whiny man who dated Lana for several episodes at the start of the series. At times he's been a helpful influence in a few missions, but sticks to ISIS HQ and worries about Lana. Promoted to field agent as of Season 3's "El Contador".


  • Action Survivor: Easily the weakest of the field agents, though he can still hold his own fairly well.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: To Juliana Calderon, Gustavo's ex-wife, as the dictator of San Marcos.
  • A-Team Firing: When holding a gun, he's a threat to everyone except the bad guys.
  • Badass Bookworm: He is a badass accountant.
  • Badass Pacifist: Pulls off his most badass things, field agent or otherwise, nonviolently: Helping Lana push the bomb out of the blimp, bluffing Spelvin with an empty gun, and most of "El Contador".
  • Badass Driver: Cyril proves to be an expert when piloting any sort of ship, including a spaceship and a ship shrunk to the size of a bacterium to destroy a brain clot.
  • Berserk Button: It seems that he really hates being pushed, to the point that when Archer does it to him twice in "Coyote Lovely" he socks him.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty (mild-mannered, Butt-Monkey) to Archer's Veronica (dangerous, Sociopathic Hero) for Lana's Archie.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As meek and friendly as Cyril is, he can be downright terrifying when pushed.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: It was revealed in the first episode of the series that he tried to get ISIS to cover a penis-reduction procedure, and his size—twelve inches—is mentioned several times in the first season.
  • Biggus Dickus: Cyril has a 12 inch penis.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While Cyril likes to think of himself as a Nice Guy, he's really just passive, weak and indecisive. Over the course of the series we see that he is clingy, engages in slut shaming, treats others like crap when he is given power and authority over them, and is willing to force a woman to marry him if she isn't willing. On top of all that, he cheats and abandons his friends and allies whenever it suits him.
  • Brainy Brunette: Has black hair and is the resident smart guy of his co-workers.
  • Brick Joke: Cyril's enormous penis is a Running Gag during the first season, but is rarely mentioned again later. Cue season 8, where Archer (dreaming of his alternate identity as a private eye in 1947 Los Angeles where all secondary characters are played by the rest of the cast) and Pam, now a man called Poovey, try to get rid of an unconscious Cyril, a police detective and a minor antagonist.
    Archer: Hehe, wait. Let's strip him naked!
    cut to Archer and Poovey sitting in their car with a blank look on their faces
    Archer: I wish we hadn't seen him naked.
  • Bully and Wimp Pairing: His dynamic with Archer is almost identical to a high school bully picking on the class nerd.
  • Butt-Monkey: Archer lives to make his life hell. Even when Archer isn't around to screw with him, the universe still manages to find a way.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Character Development: Grows more assertive and confident as the series continues.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Lana's many missions with Archer has made Cyril feel very threatened about his relationship.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Being a skilled accountant doesn't translate well into field work.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Cheryl even states that masturbation is his addiction.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Wears a Hunter's Orange snowsuit in "The Wind Cries Mary" to avoid being accidentally shot by hunters, even though this makes him an obvious target for someone intentionally targeting him. Lucas Troy (the operative tracking him) even gives him a headstart out of pity for doing something so stupid.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • He's become a lot more assertive in later seasons, to the point where he actually punches Archer in the face in Season 4. Taken to a whole new level when he single-handedly executes an impromptu coup d'etat and seizes control of the nation of San Marcos near the end of Archer Vice.
    • In Season 7, Cyril runs the private detective agency because California law requires a legal degree. As such, all of the employees work for him, allowing him to get revenge for the terrible things Archer and Lana have done to him.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: A strange subversion. He was in a relationship with Lana, but is constantly pushed aside or treated with little respect (this eventually leads him to cheat on her, ending the relationship when she finds out). Then again, it was justified as he was crazy jealous and clingy when they were together.
  • The Dragon: By the end of Season 5, Lana remarks that he's "just the Vader to [Malory]'s Palpatine".
  • Dude, He's Like, in a Coma!: After being knocked unconscious and having a litre of blood stolen from him in "Blood Test", Cyril is molested by both Pam and Ray separately while he's still unconscious. Later, when he wakes up next to Ray in a toilet stall after Pam tranquilized both of them, he implies that it's happened several times.
  • Evil Genius: In season 5 and shared with Krieger. Cyril is typically making smart choices and decisions on jobs.
  • Expansion Pack Past: Cyril was a lawyer and a private investigator before becoming an accountant, neither of which were mentioned prior to their reveal.
  • Extreme Doormat: A pushover to an absurd degree. While he's developed more of a backbone in later episodes, he's still quick to crack.
  • Fatal Flaw: Despite his lack of confidence, Cyril's ego has a tendency to over-inflate in moments of glory, which typically leads to aggravating those around him and ending in disaster.
  • Good with Numbers: He's the ISIS accountant.
  • Goshdang It To Heck: Cyril has a habit of using bizarre half-measures when cursing, resulting in phrases like "gosh-dammit" and "Jesus H. Jones".
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: "Double Indemnity" has Ray take him clothes shopping and to a barber, leading him to clean up well.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • "White Elephant" reveals he used to be a defense attorney who went into accounting after he got tired of defending scumbags. This ends up coming in handy when ISIS goes from a spy agency to a cartel, needing both good legal defense and someone who can maneuver around the law.
      • His law degree also comes in handy in Season 7 when the gang opens a detective agency in LA: due to California State Law the agency must be registered under his name (opening a PI agency requires either a law degree or several thousand hours of prior PI work), much to Archer's chagrin.
    • In Season 5, it turns out that he's also an astonishingly capable military commander, taking the San Marcan Army back from the verge of absolute defeat within three weeks of assuming control of the nation.
    • "Vision Quest" reveals he has an extensive knowledge on elevators.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: The plot of "Tragical History" when he infects the ISIS computer system with a worm in order to remove it and prove his abilities to the others.
    • Also mentioned as the reason for why he wants to move into field work, despite his lack of physical prowess. After ISIS is shut down, he's reluctant to return to legitimate white collar work because of how boring it would be in comparison to his career with ISIS.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: He's apparently part of a Warhammer guild, and by applying the strategies of the game to real life he becomes a really capable military commander. As shown when he brings back the San Marcan army from defeat, as described above.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Cyril has a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing attitude from time to time, he's usually one of the nicest and morally bounded main characters.
  • Kavorka Man: For such a nebbish wimp, he gets an awful lot of action.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In "Crossing Over" and "Space Race Part 1".
  • Lethally Stupid: Zigzagged. Despite being usually The Smart Guy, he becomes this whenever he has a gun, by virtue of the fact that he never bothers to look where he's shooting.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Cyril's meek and nerdy Feminine Boy and Lana's aggressive and violent Masculine Girl
  • Nerds Are Sexy: While he lacks Archer's stunning physique, he is generally viewed as being fairly handsome in-universe. Even his geeky clothing works better for him than more traditionally suave outfits, as pointed out by both Lana and Pam.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Because it would be difficult to run a drug cartel without at least one lawyer.
  • Non-Action Guy: From mid-season 3 and onward he seems to be trying to avert this; it's implied he's going on more missions and getting better on the field. Unfortunately, his lack of combat training and terrible track record with guns remain an issue. However, he's proven far more adept with tactics, strategy and intel than Archer, and sometimes even Lana.
  • Really Gets Around: He has slept with Lana, Cheryl, Scatterbrain Jane, Malory, Trinette, Pam and Framboise, plus any number of unnamed sexual partners.
  • The Scapegoat: Whenever Archer does something illegal openly, he poses as Cyril, leaving him to deal with the fallout.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: In Part 2 of "Liquid Lunch" when he comes across a dead body.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Archer's manly man.
  • Silver Fox: Minor example, his hair has begun to grey at the temples, which fits his overall look.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Archer flat out openly hates his guts, and the feeling is mutual on Cyril's end, but their relationship never goes beyond Cyril acting passive-aggressive while Archer bullies him.
  • Skewed Priorities: In "The Wind Cries Mary", he insists on filling out an employee evaluation during a field mission and while actively hunted by an enemy operative, though it's mostly out of spite for Lana's behaviour.
    My only regret is I won't be able to handle this in to Pam, because it'll be sooooo scathing!
  • The Smart Guy: By this outfit's standards, at least.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: The only one of the main cast to wear glasses + ISIS accountant + one of the very few sane employees.
  • Smug Snake: While Cyril is usually almost unbearably meek, he has a tendency to let even the tiniest successes go straight to his head and turn him into an arrogant prick. Being who he is, though, he's quick to get knocked off his pedestal.
  • Straight Man: He sometimes takes Lana's place as this.
  • Straw Loser: It's pretty rare for Cyril to ever come out on top in a situation, and on the occasions when he does, expect it to not last for very long.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: The season 5 premiere has him suddenly reveal he is a former defense attorney but went to night accountancy school because he was sick of defending scumbags. Apparently he had "long talks" about it with Lana but even she doesn't remember. Lampshaded by Word of God:
    Matt Thompson: […]Cyril is serving in that function as a former district attorney, which we found out is part of his background. That we just gloss right the f*ck over.
  • Talking Your Way Out: Newly-promoted field agent Cyril bluffs his way to Ramon's trust in "El Contador" by pretending to be an accountant for his boss, and offering to help Ramon get a bigger share of the profits. It works
  • Took a Level in Badass: When Cyril actually asserts himself, he can be pretty badass.
    • He may have caused the problems in "Tragical History" in the first place, but it was pretty cool when Cyril ruined Spelvin's server and all of the info he had gathered before bluffing him with an empty gun.
    • He's actually shown to be an intelligent and resourceful thinker when he becomes a field agent (unless it involves using a gun, in which case he's lethal to everyone).
    • Taken further in Coyote Lovely when, provoked at least, he actually punches Sterling who wasn't expecting that. Granted he gets his ass kicked afterwards but still, Season 1 Cyril would've never done something like that.
    • Taken way further at the end of Season 5, when he takes control of the entirety of San Marcos by force.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • Cyril becomes a straight up jerk in season 5, on two different scales (see below): First, he makes a lot of nasty comments towards Lana because she got pregnant via sperm bank by a mysterious donor. It wasn't until Archer gave Cyril a hard slap and a major "The Reason You Suck" Speech that he finally stopped with the comments. And secondly, at the end of the Archer Vice arc, he becomes the president and dictator of San Marcos, and in the process, becomes something of a jerkass, even marrying Juliana against her will.
    • And his jerkiness has returned again in Season 7, now that he's the boss of the Figgis Agency and uses his new position for all it's worth to get back at Archer, and to a lesser extent Lana.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Demonstrated in "Tragical History" and "The Rock", where it's implied he has some animosity towards his father.
    • In "Tragical History":
      Cyril: But what's my father ever done that's so great? School superintendent?! Big whoop! There's only like 800 kids in the entire county, K through 12!
    • In "The Rock":
      Cyril: And then I shove his hawk face right into her big brown boobs and scream, "Look at these babies, old man! Didn't need a varsity letter to get those, did I?! So now who's a disappointment?!"
  • Your Cheating Heart: He gets pressured into cheating on Lana several times, and by the end of their relationship he's cheated on her with Scatterbrain Jane, Malory, Trinette, Cheryl and Framboise.
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    Pam Poovey 

Pamela "Pam" Poovey

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"And that's the reason I never have sex with my coworkers. That… and no one ever lets me."
Voiced By: Amber Nash

Head of HR at ISIS. Plump, boorish, and incapable of keeping secrets, yet fun-loving and, according to Archer, amazing in bed. Strongly implied to have a crush on Lana. Often seen hanging out with Cheryl, Cyril and Dr. Krieger.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: Pam is vigorously rebuffed by everyone she flirts with in early episodes, leading to her breaking down crying. In later episodes, she morphs into a self-confident badass sex goddess.
  • Abusive Parents: There's almost no information on her mother, but if her sister Edie's comments are any indication, her father was almost as big a jerk to her as Ethel was.
  • Action Girl: Pam pulls a little Suddenly Always Knew That on this trope, suddenly revealing that she's an underground bare-knuckle boxer who can snap a man's neck and take a punch like a champ. She's even got the third stanza of "The Destruction of Sennacherib" tattooed on her back under 13 tally marks. Oh, and she drift-races against the Yakuza.
  • The Alcoholic: She can consume massive amounts of alcohol.
  • Alliterative Name: Pam Poovey
  • Ascended Extra: While she was important in Season 1, she (along with Ray and Krieger) became a main character in Season 2.
  • Badass Bisexual: Bisexual and one of the top badasses at ISIS.
  • Badass Boast: Telling Barry that she's his "worst frickin' nightmare" takes the cake. And then she proves it by doing something nobody else could and defeating him with a little help from Archer.
  • Badass Driver: Proves to be this when escaping the Yakuza.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Despite now being a Statuesque Stunner, she still averts this. Quite brutally.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: When asked where she got her sexual skills:
    Pam: You know I grew up on a farm, right?
    Archer: …Really hoping that's not relevant.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Pam is usually an easygoing and fun person, but don't cross her.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Both In-Universe, as far as Archer is concerned, and amongst the fans.
  • Big Eater: Won't even stop eating artificial shellfish when she's dying of an allergic reaction to it. Even after being saved from death with an EpiPen, she keeps eating it.
    • Season 5 ramps this up with her eating cocaine.
  • Bi the Way: Pam goes both ways. She has a crush on Lana as well as Archer, and has been in at least one threesome with Malory and a rich German Chubby Chaser.
  • Boobs of Steel: She's a highly talented bare-knuckle boxer.
  • The Brute: During season 5; Pam is constantly making foolish decisions that endanger the cartel but also contributing with muscle when the chips are down.
  • Butt-Monkey: While she phases in and out of being mocked or worshiped by the rest of the cast, Pam tends to have the most physical comedy happen to her.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Along with Cheryl, she is shown to reveal secrets mere moments after hearing them. Cheryl however at least has the excuse of being childish and slightly crazy. Pam though is just a blabber mouth to the extreme.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Holy shitsnacks!"
    • "Sploosh!"
  • Characterization Marches On: The dowdy, slightly dull Pam from the shows early days is a totally different entity to the Big Fun, Archer's friend type she became.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Don't let her appearance and behavior fool you. She can kick a ton of ass if she wants to.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: From snippets of her past, it's known that Pam's parents thought of her as the Unfavorite and her older sister, Edie, would relentlessly bully and humiliate her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is one, although not at the level of Sterling or Malory.
  • Demonic Dummy: Her Pam doll in the ISIS training videos. It's not clear how much control she has over it, and it seems to be rather abusive.
  • Depending on the Writer: While she's most consistently portrayed as being a fun-loving Big Beautiful Woman, the show occasionally veers back towards her initial characterization of being dowdy and unpopular.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: She has her way with Cyril while he was unconscious in "Blood Test". In "White Elephant" we learn it's not the first time she's done so, also Played for Laughs.
  • Drink Order: Two of her favorite drinks are Green Russians and Schützenmeister.
    • She also really loves beer, especially Colt .45.
  • Dumb Blonde: Pam is known for often making mistakes and foolish decisions which puts the rest of the group in severe danger or distress and is often deemed as one of if not the least intelligent member of the group. This was taken Up to Eleven in season 5 to the point that she almost became The Scrappy and had to be dialed down for season 6.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: A inverted subversion: Pam has a nickname on the racing circuit she thinks means "white shadow", but it actually means "white pumpkin."
  • Extreme Omnisexual:
    Pam: "Don't get me wrong, I'd still do [Lana]"
    Malory: "Please, you'd do… name a noun!"
  • Farmer's Daughter: Maybe. The writers seem to have left it purposely ambiguous as to whether she's the typical rural example, or whether her farming experience was far more modern. For example:
    Malory: Fight them off!
    Pam: That's what daddy said when the bank man came to foreclose on the farm. (Beat with Dramatic Gun Cock) Guess how that turned out.
    Malory: You murdered a banker??
    Pam: NO. We got a loan modification! You think a bank wants to own a failing dairy farm with obsolete milkers?
  • Flanderization: Pam is reverse-flanderized, going from the tubby, unloved, and rather pathetic HR lady to a fight-clubbing sex goddess who drag races with the Yakuza. Come season 4 she ricochets back and forth between the two.
  • Formerly Fat: In season 5, after eating 5kg of Cocaine she lost A LOT of weight. It was so dramatic that Archer, Krieger, Cyril, and Cheryl all find her attractive.
  • Functional Addict: Pam has been known to binge on a variety of drugs and narcotics, including copious amounts of cocaine, while still being able enough to provide assistance to the group.
  • Gasshole: She's extremely open with all of her bodily functions. Pick an episode, and chances are, she'll be shown burping, farting, or taking a massive dump (or at least talking about doing so).
  • Genius Ditz: Pam is terrible at her office job… and is an experienced underground bare-knuckle boxer and street-racer.
  • Gossipy Hens: Over the course of the show, Pam has blabbed that both Scatterbrain Jane and Malory had breast cancer, although Malory's result was a false positive, filmed Cyril's confession that he's going to show off Lana to his unpleasable father and texted Katya Kasanova's false double-agent status to Malory and Lana.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She and Cheryl have a close, if dysfunctional, friendship.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: The first minute or so of "Edie's Wedding."
    • She's rather prone to this in general, and is one of, if not the only character on the show to openly cry. While normally tough and happy-go-lucky, she's been reduced to a sobbing wreck several times, usually when someone insults her looks or rejects her, tying back to her abusive upbringing.
  • The Load: She becomes this in Season 5, in which her stupidity, insanity and cocaine addiction cause the majority of the problems the nascent cartel faces.
  • Made of Iron: Was able to take repeated blows to the head when she was mistakenly kidnapped, all the while mocking them. She also used to make money by participating in underground fighting rings, and winning handily. A flashback showed an opponent being carried out in a body bag, making her quite the Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass.
    Pam: Who taught you to punch? Your husband?
  • Mama Bear: A rather primal one towards A.J. in "Sitting".
  • The Millstone: In "Southbound and Down", she puts her colleagues in the crosshairs of a biker gang by telling them that they're carrying cocaine and losing Archer's gun in a craps game, preventing him from being able to defend against their attacks.
  • Morality Pet:
    • She becomes one of the few people that Archer genuinely respects and he even refers to her as his best friend.
    • And while she and Cheryl may trade insults with each other, Cheryl shows her genuine Pet the Dog moments to Pam.
  • Nobody Poops: She subverts this once almost every other episode.
  • Only Friend: While Archer cares deeply about Lana, Pam is the only one of his colleagues who he considers to be his friend.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: When she's about to shoot Barry, she says that only she's allowed to choke her sister.
  • Progressively Prettier: She goes from a dowdy human relations worker in season 1 to badass in season 2 to Sex Goddess in season 3, and in season 5 after becoming addicted to cocaine she's lost a lot of weight, to the point of turning from a Brawn Hilda to Statuesque Stunner.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In Season 2.
  • Pungeon Master: Second only to Sterling Archer, but has had moments when she's trumped him.
  • Really Gets Around: She's slept with more people in the office than anyone else, and that's saying something. This includes:
    • Lana, through a pity-lay (in "Dial M for Mother").
    • Malory, as part of a three-way (in "Swiss Miss").
    • Cyril, via molesting his unconscious body (in "Blood Test") and sleeping with him when drunk (in "Heart of Archness").
    • Archer, a recurring secret sex-buddy because Archer is embarrassed about it.
    • In Vision Quest, when Pam strips from the waist down:
    Pam: Oh please, you've all seen it.
    Lana: Wait, oh my God, we actually have.
  • Reset Button: She lost a lot of weight in season 5, but regains by season 6.
  • Sex God: She is so good at sex that when Archer accidentally has sex with her once, he ends up having sex with her multiple times almost compulsively despite how disgusted he is with himself.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Comes out in this for her sister's wedding. Hubba hubba.
    • She also looked pretty good after her makeover in "Double Indecency".
  • Stout Strength: As revealed in "El Secuestro".
    • When Dr. Krieger drugged her, Ray and Cheryl, she pulled a toilet from the stall she was in, by herself.
    • When the gang was attempting to forcibly break her cocaine habit cold turkey by tying her to a chair, she tore off the ropes in a withdrawal fueled fury, and carried off Cheryl ala King Kong.
    • She is able to pull Krieger's van uphill with the parking brake on.
  • They Really Do Love Each Other:
    • Pam is, although not in the beginning, one of the most beloved characters of the main crew. This is specially seen in season 5, when she got shot by Gustavo's wife. Archer fell in complete denial, Lana was about to cry, Cheryl goes berserk while Ray and Malory stand actionless. Specially true comparing that when this happened to Cyril earlier, nobody cared that much.
    • Archer in particular is fond of Pam's crass, openly-sexual nature mirroring his own, and is usually nicer to Pam than he is to any other member of the ISIS crew. In Season 6 he even tells her (much to his own surprise) that she's his best friend.
  • Those Two Guys: With Cheryl.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Quite a few. Season two reveals that she boxes in underground matches. Season three reveals that not only is she involved with underground racing, but she also sneaks up and apprehends the Big Bad of the Space Race two-parter. Come to season 4, where she aces the field agent exam and wails on several characters to prove herself worthy of joining the others out on the field.
    • In Season six she the first character to lay some serious damage on bionic Barry.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In season 5 she starts making some really stupid calls, likely due to her cocaine addiction.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Following her cocaine addiction in season 5 she even threatened to out everyone if they didn't give her the cocaine. Thankfully, she returns to being her usual self in the next season.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bear claws.
  • The Unfavorite: It's implied that she was this in her family, and that her abominable sister Edie was the golden child.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: A violent-tempered Depraved Bisexual heroine addict who has killed people in underground bum-fights and raped Cyril several times.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • With Cheryl.
    • By season 5 she's also become this with Archer, being one of the few people in the cast who enjoys spending time with him, as seen by her glee at getting to ride with him in 'Southbound and Down', not to mention jumping in front of a bullet for him in the season finale. Archer for his part is vocally irritated by her personality but does seem to care as seen with him faking to be her boyfriend for her sister wedding, and demanding a sincere apology for Pam from Edie.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Invokes this on ISIS when she escaped her captors in "El Secuestro". The episode ends with her preparing to beat the ever loving piss out of Malory for only offering the kidnappers $5000 for her return.

    Dr. Krieger 

"Doctor" Algernop Krieger

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"And I love that I have an erection… that doesn't involve homeless people."
Voiced By: Lucky Yates

Gadget master for ISIS and all-around mad scientist. According to Malory, he is the son of a Nazi veteran who hid in Brazil after World War II. Not actually a genetic clone of Adolf Hitler despite early jokes to that effect.


  • Affably Evil: Krieger is generally a nice, friendly fellow. He's also a rampant Mad Scientist who tapes bum fights, experiments on people without their consent, steals bodies for experiments (including Katya and Bilbo), is eager to pump nerve gas into the ISIS ventilation system, and insists that he isn't a "serial" killer. He also freely sells ISIS weapons to gangs and criminals to fund his lab operations, sells important ISIS secrets to Barry and the KGB, and tried to sell uranium to North Korea.
    Krieger: [to an FBI agent] Is it murder if they're my own clones? Because I'm seriously asking.
  • All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles: At least in Krieger's collection, which includes such titles as Fisherman’s Wife and Fisherman’s Wife II: The Retentacling.
  • All Germans Are Nazis: A running joke that he's one of the The Boys from Brazil.
  • Anything That Moves:
    • And some things that don't. He's drugged interns with gay hormones, choked Cheryl (and used a robot later), and in the first episode, is revealed to have been raping employee lunches and returning them to the refrigerators.
    • In "Tragical History" Archer noted that he created a virtual girl that was "so real, the state of New York [was] allowing him to legally marry her."
    • "And I love that I have an erection… that doesn't involve homeless people!"
    • "Every single noun and verb in that sentence totally arouses me."
    • Averted with his own clones when they "clonebone". They just say he's not doing it right.
    • It's played straight In-Universe so much that, in "Nellis," when Archer sees a blinding flash of light where Krieger's standing (which was really two aliens teleporting away, he thinks that Krieger was actually trying to have sex with an electric socket and everybody else but Pam won't believe otherwise.
  • Ascended Extra: For the first several episodes, Krieger didn't even speak. During "Archer Live" Lucky Yates rallied audiences to scream into a recording device to show their support for Yates ascending to an actual star. As of season 5, he's been promoted to the opening credits.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His name means warrior. Ironic Name notwithstanding, that's a cool last name.
  • Bad Liar:
    • Constantly. When asked how he knows Portuguese:
    Krieger: I grew up in Braz—istol County, Rhode Island. (Beat) Lots of Portuguese in Rhode Island.
    • Later in the same episode, asked if his father was a Nazi:
    Krieger: No, he was a… scientist!
    Cyril: Pretty sure the Nazis had scientists.
    Krieger: No! That's why we—urg—THEY lost the war! Lack of science!
  • Badass Beard: The only one of the main characters to sport a beard and is an amazing scientist.
  • Badass Bookworm: Krieger studied and became accomplished in a variety of different sciences including bionics, electronics, neuroscience, chemistry, biotechnology, surgery, and robotics.
  • Brainy Brunette: Krieger has brown hair and is an incredibly brilliant scientist and inventor.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Krieger, despite being insane and not a medical doctor (or any other kind of doctor) manages to perform brain surgery successfully—-while high on acid. With a drill.
  • Calling Your Attacks: SMOKE BOMB! Granted that he never has an actual smoke bomb…
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Also, yes"
    • "Me, too!" — usually removing the context in the original statement, such as when Ray says that he pisses and shits into bags (due to Ray's paralysis).
    • "Yep, yep, yep!" (or "Nope, nope, nope!")
  • Cloning Blues: He meets multiple clones of himself in San Marcos, who were working for Gustavo Calderon. Only one of the Kriegers made it out of San Marcos alive, and it's toyed with that it was one of the clones, and not the original Krieger, that came back with the rest of the group. Of course, Krieger being Krieger, no one can tell the difference, besides Cheryl saying that he's scared that everyone will find out that he's not the original. He balks and stutters at the accusation.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Your authority is not recognized in Fort Kick-ass.
  • Cool Car: His custom van, which Malory refers to as the "S.S. Date Rape" due to its illegal window tints.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Revealed to have built robot duplicates of all his co-workers and kept them around to use in his schemes as needed.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Krieger doesn't remember much of his past himself, but what we've seen implies some pretty dark things. Among other things, his father was murdered (sicced upon and eaten alive by the pet Doberman dogs) when he was 14 (a reference to The Boys from Brazil) and Malory was involved somehow, he apparently lived in some sort of compound, then there's the business with the Krieger clones he met on San Marcos. Krieger has no idea if he's a clone of them, or them of him or if they're all clones of some other original person.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: It's played with that the Krieger from seasons 1 to 5 died in San Marcos, and was replaced by one of the Clone Bone club. There is continual evidence both for and against this theory, such as him not remembering the names of his friends, or to the contrary, knowing about the supposed microchip he injected into Cheryl/Cherlene's brain. The others seem to be aware and accepting of this theory, with nobody reacting at all to Cheryl predicting that Krieger is scared the others will find out he's just a Krieger clone.
  • Easy Amnesia: The other explanation for Krieger's identity post season 5: during the clone fight the surviving Krieger is shown to have experienced significant head trauma from the battle. His inability to recall people's names afterwards could be attributed to brain damage from the fight and fall. The following seasons demonstrate he continues to have memory problems even with new information, such as spending time with Abbiejean but forgetting her existence a few weeks later. If he is the original Krieger, his memory impairment may be so bad that he himself can't quite remember if he's one of the clones or not.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In his first appearance, he is being chastised by Pam for being an apparent food rapist. Three episodes later, when he first speaks, one of his first lines is introducing us to Fister Roboto.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Has raped food, sold sensitive government information, and meddled in God's domain, but even he draws the line at releasing nerve gas on New York City or hurting Abbiejean. It's also implied that he genuinely believes he might not be a clone of Hitler since he doesn't even look like him.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": His 401k actually has the word "Doctor" instead of a first name.
  • Evil Genius: In season 5 and shared with Cyril. Krieger takes a non-action job by working out the mechanics of their drug operation. Unfortunately for Malory, he does a terrible job of it, and ends up destroying most of their remaining cocaine supply when he used it as ballast for a mini-submarine that he blew up in a fit of despair when he realized he had no way of moving it out of it's construction site.
  • Exasperated Perp: Cyril gets him to reveal he might be a Nazi scientist this way (in German):
    Cyril: Why did you move to Brazil?
    Krieger: To continue the fight for my Führer! Shit…
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Krieger has shown sexual interest in women, men, homeless people, dead people, God, holograms, food, robots, and many other things.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: To call him "friends" with any members of the main cast might be a stretch, as they are all creeped out by him to varying degrees. But they do still hang out with him.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He is a huge fan of Rush, and has been trying (unsuccessfully) to nail the drum solo from "YYZ". His vans all feature scenes from Rush album covers, doctored to add him and with the name altered. To date, there's been Exit… Van Left, Vanispheres, Caress of Krieger and Van by Night. All four have been destroyed.
    • His scientific expertise also applies toward cooking; with a single sniff he is able to diagnose what's wrong with Archer's spaghetti sauce, and how he can fix it.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: "Placebo Effect" starts with him telling Archer, of his own volition, that there must be something wrong with his chemotherapy drugs if he's not experiencing any of the typical side-effects of it when no one else noticed this, and conducted tests just to be certain. Since most of the characters think Archer is an asshole, (not an unjustified opinion, mind you) and considering all the messed-up stuff Krieger does in almost every episode where he features and that he may be a genetic clone of Adolf Hitler, it speaks volumes to his sense of morality that he took the time to do this when no one told him to or made him do it.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: When he's with his clones, they all wear neckties and he wears a bowtie.
  • I Love the Dead:
    • Clearly gets aroused by touching Katya's corpse in "Skin Game".
    • And when he's disposing a dead body in "Lo Scandalo":
      Malory: Is Krieger hard at work?
      Archer: He literally might be.
  • Ironic Name: "Krieger" means "Warrior" in German, but Krieger is the Non-Action Guy of the cast, and gets in less physical fights than almost any other character.
  • Last-Name Basis: His first name, Algernop, is only given in the book How to Archer and in the episode "White Elephant", but he still goes by Krieger.
    • The aliens in "Nellis" also use his first name Algernop.
  • Mad Scientist: Has created, among other things, tablets that temporarily induce homosexuality in the user.
    • In "Lo Scandalo", when asked to dispose of a body, he responded by putting on a respirator and saying only "Thank you".
    • In "The Wind Blows Mary" he built some kind of laser device to deal with the "ant problem" in the ISIS break room. It looks like it was some kind of attempt to let Krieger absorb the power of ants.
  • Me's a Crowd: He's attempted to make clones of himself before. Season 5 reveals that someone else has already made clones of him, as three other Kriegers are working for the president of San Marcos.
  • The Millstone: He single-handedly sabotages the mission in "Drastic Voyage" and puts his colleagues out of work all just to get back at some scientists who ridiculed him.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Batshit insane and possibly a clone of Adolf Hitler. Once mentioned that he is Not That Kind of Doctor and, technically, not the other kind of doctor.
  • Mysterious Past: He's maybe a genetic clone of Adolf Hitler, but that's about all we know about him.
  • Nice Guy: Despite being the Token Evil Teammate, Krieger is incredibly affable and friendly.
  • Nightmare Fetishist:
    Archer: Wait, are you still taping bum fights to get off?
    Krieger: No, now I'm into something much… darker.
  • Non-Action Guy: He never really gets involved in the action, mostly sticking to just building machines. The few times he does, he's easily beaten, as he doesn't have much in the way of combat skill.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Archer implies that Krieger used to lure bums into his home and videotape them fighting and doing other unstated, unsavory things. Things that were not disturbing enough for Krieger, who told Archer that he stopped doing that and had moved onto "something… darker."
    • "Fister Roboto" is mentioned, but never shown. Neither is Goatley, which might be a Half-Human Hybrid, or the first Piggley, which definitely was.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: Or the other kind, technically.
  • Occidental Otaku: Kind of implied. He created his own sentient holographic perfect mate, and she's a pink-haired anime girl who calls him "Kuriga-san".
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, bionics, pharmacology, chemical and directed-energy weapons and brain surgery are among the fields he dabbles in and he's also a capable gunsmith, wiretapper, computer programmer and auto mechanic.
  • Pet the Dog: Offers to give Ray his ability to walk again. Although he resorted to drugging him, he did make Ray's life much better without any selfish intent. Also, in the episode "Stage Two" he checks up on Archer's cancer progress and informs him he's being sold fake medication, kicking off the episode's plot.
    • He also resurrected Katya as a cyborg after she was seemingly killed by Barry.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: Krieger's many sleazy airbrushed '78 conversion vans, all ultimately destroyed over the course of the series.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: As of Season 5.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: He's more than a little unhinged and has many childlike attributes, such as "Fort Kickass".
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: His claim of Rhode Island having "a lot of Portuguese". Portuguese is the third most common language in Rhode Island, after English and Spanish.
  • Robosexual: Dr. Krieger built a sexbot named "Fister Roboto", a "choke-bot", and a virtual girlfriend so realistic that the state of New York is allowing him to legally marry.
  • Serial Killer: Is implied to be one, and acts very mysteriously on the topic. Although he denies being a serial killer.
  • Sexbot: He built one that he named "Fister Roboto."
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: He's not a… serial… killer. If you don't count holograms like his wife as people, it could be true…
    • And he doesn't have a hybrid pig-boy… anymore.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: It's heavily implied that he's a clone of Adolf Hitler. Nope. The fact that he looks nothing like Hitler was the first clue.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While very few (if any) ISIS agents could be considered very "good", Krieger is the only one who is pretty much undeniably evil. Despite this he is also one of the more genuinely friendly ISIS employees.
  • You Cloned Hitler!: He may be a clone of Hitler himself (also there were three Krieger clones working for the San Marcos government). This gets thrown into his face constantly after its revealed to the group, though Krieger finally gets sick of it and calls everyone out on it.
    Dr. Krieger: If I was a clone of Adolf Hitler, wouldn't I look like Adolf Hitler?!
    Malory: Huh. I actually hadn't thought of that.

    Ray Gillette 

Raymond "Ray" Q. Gillette

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"She has never liked me. But someday I'm gonna write a book about this place. Mhm, a real smackaroonie."
Voiced By: Adam Reed

Spoilers for the first five seasons, mostly relating to Ray's various injuries, unmarked below.

ISIS' openly gay head intelligence analyst. Possibly one of the few competent employees at ISIS. Pronounces his last name "Jill-ETTE", while everyone else in his family pronounces it "GILL-it." He has a knack of getting himself injured and/or paralysed time and time again.


  • AB Negative: His blood type is O-positive.
  • Ace Pilot: Ray appears to be a skilled aircraft pilot, often piloting planes to carry the main cast throughout season 5.
    • He's the only member of the group who actually knows how to fly a plane and has a pilots license.
  • Agent Peacock: Just because he's a pooftah doesn't mean he can't kick your ass.
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: Played with in that he routinely goes to hardcore gay fetish clubs, but is the only ISIS staff member who can (pretty much) keep his sex life out of the office.
  • An Arm and a Leg: While he often loses the use of his legs, he has his legs sawn off by Krieger in an operation to give him cyborg replacements, and loses his right arm in Season 6 battling a ferocious plant.
  • Ascended Extra: Voiced by series head Adam Reed, Ray spent pretty much all of the first season as a barely named extra sitting at a desk and talking sassy with Lana over the phone. But starting with season two onward it's shown he is an agent too, and he later becomes a series regular.
  • Badass Gay: A highly efficient agent, and has been shown to do a number of badass things. Although, like everyone else in the show, he's prone to making stupid mistakes.
  • Badass Mustache: The only one of the main characters to sport one and is a kickass agent.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Has one after Archer's "'M' as in 'Mancy'" line in "Skytanic".
  • Butt-Monkey: He is treated as such by the ISIS staff, especially during the "Heart of Archness" arc. He also ends up losing the use of his legs constantly throughout the series. See Handicapped Badass.
  • Camp Gay: At first, but this is turning into an Informed Attribute: His voice and mannerisms were very effeminate in his first few appearances, but this is becoming less prominent and the rest of his personality is more like Straight Gay or Manly Gay.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Ray has "Dukes!" and "Double dukes!" and "Triple dukes!".
    • "You know…" when he's angry/annoyed.
  • Characterization Marches On: Originally, he was more sane than even Lana. But as he got more prominent, he started to indulge in the other characters' sillier ideas. (Like thinking it would be exciting if they were branded as traitors and formed a rogue state, or painting Cyril's face to make him look fierce.)
  • Color Blind Confusion: He say's color blind, probably red-green, which is something of a problem as he's ISIS' demolitions expert (though it's possible he was just Trolling Archer by intentionally hitting the wrong buttons in an elevator). If true, then by extension he likely lied in order to get his aircraft piloting license.
  • Cultured Badass: Ray has a recurring and open fondness for Japanese culture. His apartment is decorated in a modern Japanese style, and he traditionally eats a Bento box paired with Sake for lunch. He is also known to pack no fewer than five kimonos when on trips, which he claims is not excessive.
  • Cure Your Gays: Married for 2 years to a lesbian, whom he met at a pray-away-the-gay Bible group. Not clear if they were each other's beards or they were actually trying to go straight.
  • Cyborg: Has his legs roboticized by Krieger. At first he was on the fence about it, but after having it unwillingly done on him, he was thrilled to walk again. His arm is replaced with a robot prosthesis, like Conway.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His parents (especially his father) were noted to be physically abusive towards him. And because his father was extremely conservative, Ray was forced to hide his homosexuality from everyone around him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is from time to time shown to be a bigger one than Archer, likely due to his work environment.
  • Demolitions Expert: Seems to be his job at ISIS, at least in the first two seasons.
  • Disabled Snarker: Though he goes back and forth on the 'disabled' part.
  • Eye Scream: Gets accidentally stabbed in the eye by a manicurist when their boat hit a wave during season three's "Heart of Archness" arc, though he isn't particularly troubled by it. He's seen with an Eye Patch Of Power in subsequent scenes in the arc, but is back to two eyes afterwards.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible to Randy's Foolish. While Ray has a relatively stable life and a credible job, Randy is an illegal drug farmer and tricked Ray into thinking that the sheriff was corrupt.
  • Forgot About His Powers: At the very least Ray has Super Speed, as shown in "The Figgis Agency". He was apparently also strong enough to literally twist Archer's arm to make him give up trying to be pilot of the Nereus in "Drastic Voyage". Nevertheless, he has not taken advantage of any of these abilities in other circumstances where they might be useful.
  • Gay Best Friend:
    • Is this to Lana.
    • He's possibly this to Cyril as well, he usually ends up teaming with Cyril during operations or they team up to combat Archer's stupidity. Cyril once asks why he always has to share a hotel room with Ray when they travel but shortly admits that he doesn't mind it. Ray jokingly says Cyril is gay for him.
  • Guns Akimbo: He has two nickel-plated M1911 pistols.
  • Handicapped Badass:
    • During Season 3, after the "Heart of Archness" arc, he is left paralysed from the waist down, preventing him from going on any field missions. He was faking the whole thing because everyone just assumed he was paralysed when the doctors made him leave the hospital in a wheelchair.
    • He gets paralysed for real in the Season 3 finale after Archer crashes the space shuttle, leaving him disabled for half of Season 4, until Krieger gives him robotic legs.
    • The CPU in his cyborg legs gets fried at the end of Season 4, when Archer tickles him, resulting in the defibrillator they used to revive him going off. In Season 5, Krieger reveals that all it took was a quick manual reset to fix it.
    • He also pretends to be paralysed in the Season 5 mission "The Rules of Extraction" to get Archer to carry him.
    • In season six, he stabs a man-eating plant to death with a trowel after it bit off his right hand.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Won an Olympic bronze medal for slalom skiing.
    • Is a disgraced minister (but is still licensed to perform marriages).
    • Was once married to a lesbian he met at a "pray away the gay" Christian camp.
    • He's fiercely loyal to his redneck family (despite knowing that they wouldn't approve of his sexuality), and was willing to sacrifice his life in a shootout with police in order to protect his marijuana farmer brother.
    • Ray is a very good artist, being able to flawlessly draw the snake that bit Archer in "Once Bitten".
  • I Call It "Vera": His pistols are custom-engraved with the names Barbra and Liza.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Although a clear and out of the closet homosexual, he doesn't pass up the offer to have sex with Lana, claiming "Nobody's that gay."
  • In-Series Nickname: Almost always referred to as "Ray" instead of "Raymond".
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side:
    • He told his brother he was an interior decorator.
    • In "Legs", a pair of ballet slippers can be seen in Ray's trophy cabinet, suggesting that he was at one time a dancer.
  • Laughing Mad: Ray does this in "Pocket Listing" immediately after he has his arm bitten off by a carnivorous plant:
    I guess I've gotta hand it to you!
  • Mistaken for Racist: After losing his hand to a carnivorous plant, his replacement robot hand is black. His sheer hatred of the thing leads everyone to assume he hates it for being black, but he was just annoyed at his increasingly mechanical body.
  • My Greatest Failure: In the season two opener "Swiss Miss", after Archer leaves the room, he reveals he cried himself to sleep after winning the Bronze Medal for downhill slalom skiing.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: The "Q." of his middle name has yet to be revealed.
  • Nice Guy: Ray is one of the more optimistic and good-natured agents at ISIS.
  • Noodle Incident: Revealed at the end of Season 2 to be a disgraced former minister, with no details given; brought up again in Season 3 when he officiates at Archer and Katya's wedding, wearing a suit. He also reveals he was married to a lesbian he met at a "pray-away-the-gay" camp. Whether they were each other's beard or genuinely trying to be straight is unknown.
  • Not So Different: In a season 5 mission Ray fakes paralysis in an elaborate scheme to get Archer to finally admit that he half-asses a majority of his missions. Intentionally acting like The Load to get his way? Sounds just like something Archer would do.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Twice - once in Season 3 when everyone assumed he was disabled because he left the hospital in a wheelchair, and once in Season 5's "The Rules of Extraction", where he acts like The Load to get Archer to admit his utter contempt for his own mortality.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: In the season 6 episode "Pocket Listing," he loses his lower right arm in a fight with a carnivorous plant at the Tuntmore House botanical garden. Everyone else just makes fun of him.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to the rest of the cast, at least, Ray is the most normal of the bunch, with no particularly damaging hang-ups or mental instabilities notable enough to negatively affect his job. Shared with Lana to an extent, which is probably why they're such good friends. The continued abuse he suffers may be taking its toll on his sanity, though (See Laughing Mad).
  • The Reliable One: Pretty much the only field agent who is consistently competent at his job. He may not be as flashy as Archer or Lana, but he never does anything nearly as stupid as they do.
  • Smoking Is Cool: The only ISIS agent to smoke. According to Cheryl in "Vision Quest", it's an addiction.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: He's from West Virginia, from a classic rednecks, though his brother is a very skilled marijuana farmer. But, as noted above, very smart.
  • Super Speed: Demonstrates this in the premiere episode of season 7, "The Figgis Agency". Being a cyborg evidently has its advantages.
  • Throwing Off the Disability:
    • Type 3: Late in Season 3, he is caught using his legs by Lana and Archer, having faked his paralysis the whole time.
    • Type 2: After losing the use of his legs for real at the end of Season 3, Krieger gives him cyborg legs in Season 4, allowing him to walk again.
    • Type 2: Although the CPU in his legs get fried, all it takes is a quick manual restart from Krieger in he middle of Season 5 to help him walk again.
    • Type 3: He also reveals he was faking his paralysis in "The Rules of Extraction" to get Archer to admit that he doesn't care about his own mortality.
    • Type 2: Krieger replaces his missing lower arm with a robot prosthesis, albeit with a black skin tone in "Archub Y Morfilod".
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He got quite a bit more cranky after Season 3's ending with him paralyzed for real, which is mostly justified given how his life was made much harder thanks to Archer's mishap.
  • Useless Superpowers: Ray's bionic legs and bionic arm, which don't actually do much for him as compared to Barry and Katya's full conversion to cyborgs. Krieger did not opt to install any kind of augmented structures in the rest of his body which would allow him to actually do things like lift great weights. Subverted, though, when it's revealed that he has Super Speed; see above.
  • Vocal Evolution: Ray's effeminate voice becomes less camp and more southern as the series goes on.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Ray's bionic legs are very vulnerable to being disabled by electrical discharges. Although Krieger can reboot their processor (when he remembers to do so).

    Woodhouse 

Arthur Henry Woodhouse

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"Sir, that stolen lemur bit one of your prostitutes right in the face and she says she can't go to hospital because she's, quote, 'tripping balls.'"
Voiced By: George Coe, Roy McCrery (young), Tom Kane (Archer Vice onward)

Archer's elderly, long-suffering butler. Also essentially raised him.


  • Ambiguously Bi: He was Ambiguously Gay for the longest time but, in The Man From Jupiter, he responds to Burt Reynolds' comment that Malory is "drop-dead-sexy" with "Oh dear God, yes."
  • Been There, Shaped History: Blood Test reveals he shot William S. Burroughs' wife in Mexico in a William Tell-style bet for heroin.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Malory treats him like dirt. Archer is even worse.
  • Bi the Way: He was in love with Reggie Thisleton, but he's also been observed to be attracted to women, including Malory. A Q&A with Sterling even jokingly brings up the possibility that Woodhouse may even be Archer's father.
  • Butt-Monkey: Woodhouse is given zero respect from Malory or Archer, especially the latter.
  • Bus Crash: No Good Deed reveals that Woodhouse died some time between his disappearance in Season 5 and the first episode of Season 8, which features his funeral.
  • The Comically Serious: What really sells his quote above is how he reports the strange situation in the calmest possible way.
    Archer: I have to go. But if I find one single dog hair when I get back, I'll… rub sand in your dead little eyes.
    Woodhouse: Very good, sir.
    Archer: I also need you to go buy sand.
    Woodhouse: Yes, sir.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Archer devises all sorts of bizarre punishments to subject Woodhouse to whenever he fails in his duties or betrays Archer. One notable example is forcing him to eat a big bowl of spider webs, a threat he makes in Season Two and carries out in Season Four.
  • Cool Old Guy: Does heroin, hung out with William Burroughs (and was the person who actually killed the famous author's wife, as part of a bet for more drugs), ate "long pig" aka human flesh while in the service, and likes to listen to jazz. His coolness was such that two assassins who encountered him not only bought him new clothing to replace the ones Archer destroyed, but also purposely spared his life when they went after Archer.
    • Even more in "The Double Deuce", where we learn that in World War I, after a sniper killed the man he loved, he killed and scalped 50 Germans in one night in a fit of rage, and also helped Malory fight off 4 armed German agents with two sawed off shotguns in World War II.
  • Covert Pervert: He has no problem doing online GILF pornography videos, as shown in season 5.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Saw the love of his life be killed by a sniper.
  • The Dog Bites Back: While he'll rarely stand up to Archer's face and does take the worst of the abuse, Woodhouse is more than willing to work against Archer on Malory's orders (as she's the one who pays his salary, while Archer was unaware that he was paid at all, leading to Woodhouse locking Archer out of his apartment when Malory fires Archer). He admits that he knocks Archer out a couple of times a year only to blame it on alcohol and hookers and in season four, he is even willing to refuse to mail Archer money when he is trapped in Quebec without a passport.
    Woodhouse: You ass!! You unbelievably gigantic ass!!
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He disappears during Season 5 and no one really cares. Archer puts up missing posters in Season 6, and he is not mentioned at all in Season 7. The Season 8 premiere reveals that he has died.
  • Expy: Has quite a bit in common with Alfred, being a British valet/manservant with (in most version) a distinguished military history.
  • Extreme Doormat: Ever since Archer was a child, he's been treated with nothing less than complete disdain by Archer and has frequently been subjected to his cruel and bizarre punishments, but he (mostly) obediently accepts it.
  • Functional Addict: Woodhouse has lived a surprisingly long time for a (very active) heroin addict.
  • I Was Quite the Looker: Was very handsome and dashing in his younger days.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Ate human flesh, which the locals called long pig, while serving with the British military in Africa, though he said he didn't really care for it much.
  • Identical Stranger: Looks exactly like the current pope, enough so that he is able to be used in a Twin Switch plan.
  • If Its You Its Ok: Woodhouse seems to have this for Reggie Thistleton. In "Honey Pot", Charles and Rudy make a remark about Woodhouse not being gay, and he corrects them not by saying he "was very fond of a boy at school", mentioning Reggie. He elaborates on his relationship with Reggie in "Double Deuce", including his death on the battlefield. The only other indication of any kind of love/sex life at all is in that same episode when he's in bed with two women on a drug running ship… and he's openly pining for Reggie.
  • The Jeeves: Is a textbook example, and is named for the Trope Namer's creator.
  • Jerkass: Despite initial claims in early seasons by Malory, Season 4 reveals that Woodhouse's brand of "raising" Archer apparently involved much of the same mistreatment Archer now heaps on him, such as ignoring him for selfish reasons, frequently passing out in the bathroom from heroin use instead of celebrating childhood Archer's birthday, and ultimately explaining much of why Archer treats him so poorly.
    • After pistol whipping Archer into unconsciousness in "The Double Deuce", he states that he would simply douse him in scotch, throw women's clothing around him and claim Sterling slipped and hit his head chasing a hooker, then reveals he does this several times each year.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after English author P. G. Wodehouse (pronounced the way Woodhouse's name is spelled), most famous for writing the Jeeves and Wooster series. See The Jeeves entry above.
  • No Name Given: His full name, Arthur Henry Woodhouse, was only revealed posthumously in season 8.
  • Out of Focus: Has had considerably less appearances starting with Season 4, and disappears in Season 5.
  • Parental Substitute: Woodhouse was the closest figure Archer had to a father.
  • Put on a Bus: He hasn't been seen at all in Season 6, with Archer joking that he was at rehab before explaining that he was on his annual two days off. However as of "Reignition Sequence" it appears that he's gone missing, with Archer printing missing posters for him. "No Good Deed" reveals he's dead.
  • Retcon: Mentioned he served with the King's Rifles in Africa in "Killing Utne", but mentions Reggie dying in Flanders in "Honeypot" and reveals he was in the Royal Flying Corps in "The Double Deuce".
    • His gravestone reveals that he was awarded both the Distinguished Service Cross and the Military Cross, which at the time Woodhouse would have served, the former was only available to officers of the Royal Navy and the latter was only available to officers in the British Army, while "The Double Deuce" shows he was a Lance-Corporal in the Royal Flying Corps.
  • Retired Badass: Was quite the soldier in his younger days (see the Unstoppable Rage entry below). His decorations—as revealed at his funeral—included the Victoria Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, the Military Cross, and Champion of the Distinguished Service Order. He was also apparently a Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath. That's right, all this time he's been Sir Woodhouse.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Woodhouse mostly accepts Archer constant abuse and berating of him with an obedient "Yes, sir" or "Very good, sir". He does break down crying at times, such as when Archer forces him to eat a bowl of spider webs.
  • Tontine: Part of one started by his CO. He estimates its worth to be approximately $1 million. Won by Stinky, his only other surviving squadron mate (assuming he hadn't passed away between seasons).
  • Unstoppable Rage: He went into one when Reggie was shot in front of him during the Great War and killed 50 Germans in one night. He could have made a blanket out of the scalps. Even Archer is impressed/horrified when he hears about it.
    Archer: That's a lot of scalps!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Woodhouse disappears in the fifth season after being sent to buy supplies for a baby shower. This is lampshaded several times over the course of that and the subsequent season, but is not answered during either. He dies at some point after this and his funeral is held in the first episode of Season 8, but when and how he died have not been revealed.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Hit Pam over the head with a frying pan.
    Woodhouse: Only thing for a grass, mum.

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