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Season 3

    Rip Riley 
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A private investigator hired by Malory to track down Archer when he disappears after Katya's death; from "Heart of Archness".


  • Alliterative Name: Rip Riley.
  • Badass Baritone: Voiced by the eternally macho Patrick Warburton.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He mostly lets Archer's immaturity and antagonism roll off his back.
  • Disco Dan: Despite the series' Anachronism Stew, he comes off as much more old fashioned than most, using an out of date sea-plane and wearing clothes that look like they're from The '30s. Archer accuses him of trying to be "Sky Captain of Yesteryear" to be cool.
  • The Easy Way or the Hard Way:
    Rip: "And I'm asking you for the last time to get on that plane."
    Archer: Uh, you wanna try and make me... RIP?
    Rip: No I don't and trust me—-
    Archer: (smashes a bottle across Rip's face)
    Rip: (Not even flinching, taking a slow drag of his cigar)... You don't want that either.
  • Eye Scream: Noah accidentally stabs him in the eye with a sharpened spoon.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: Subverted when he tells Archer that he'd have to be 15 in order to be his son. Both of them are relieved to know this.
  • Made of Iron: To him, a face full of broken glass is but a momentary annoyance. Even losing an eye doesn't faze him too much.
  • Silver Fox: Gone slightly gray, but it doesn't appear to be an issue with the ladies...and Ray.
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    Pirate Captain 
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Voiced By: Ji Li

Leader of the pirates that rescued Archer and Ripley; from "Heart of Archness Part 1".


    Noah 
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Voiced By: David Cross

An anthropology doctoral candidate taken hostage and enslaved by the pirates when they stole his research vessel; from "Heart of Archness".


  • Adorkable: He has his moments, like when he squees over the pirates "eschewing traditional gender roles", or how he excitedly translates "malawan rajah" as "king fight".
  • Ambiguously Gay: His Danger Island incarnation is hinted to be either this or asexual. He mentions his father running a modelling agency and that if he accepted a job from him, he'd have to slather suntan oil on swedish bikini models. A job that he shows absolutely no interest in.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: He's basically a replacement for Woodhouse for most of the "Heart of Archness" arc.
  • Butt-Monkey: Archer promotes him to first mate, but he still remains a slave.
  • The Bus Came Back: Sort of, he returns in Danger Island, but since that season is just Archer's coma dream, he's just dreaming about the real Noah. That said, unlike almost all the other characters in the season, Noah has the same role, albeit with a Pacific cannibal tribe rather than a pirate crew.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Charges blindly with a sharpened spoon when told to attack Bucky. He accidentally gouges out one of Rip's eyes instead.
    "SPOOOOOOON!"
  • Non-Action Guy: Even more than Cyril, who's still employed at a spy agency and has had some training. Noah, despite being a slave pirate, has mostly been used by his captors as a translator.
  • O Positive: His blood type.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Archer refuses to let him retrieve the only copy of his doctoral dissertation from his hut, meaning he would have to start the process all over.
  • Vague Age: Is noticeably, but has a notably youthful voice, and is still in graduate school, none of which give a clear indicator of his true age. He could be anything from his 20's to late 30's.

    Bucky 
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Voiced By: James Hong

The former first mate on Pangu Island; from "Heart of Archness".


  • Ambiguously Gay: Since his "girlfriend" is a large, brutish man.
  • Arc Villain: The main antagonist of "Heart of Archness".
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: He has a strong accent but seems to speak English fluently, even correcting Archer's incorrect syntax.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gets picked on by Archer for no apparent reason.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Arranges for his "girlfriend" to fight Archer for the position of Pirate King, then stages a mutiny and jails Archer, Noah and Rip.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Has his "girlfriend" fight Archer. Unfortunately, Archer shoots him in the knee because armed combat wasn't explicitly forbidden.
  • Ruthless Modern Pirates: Is part of a crew of pirates, and apparently wanted by INTERPOL.

    Burt Reynolds 
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Voiced By: Burt Reynolds

Malory's new boyfriend and Sterling's idol; from "The Man From Jupiter".


  • 100% Adoration Rating: Everyone loves Burt Reynolds. Except Woodhouse, who mistook him for Clark Gable.
  • The Ace: Is essentially just as badass as his movie characters are. Hell, he actually manages to overpower Archer with ease when he tries punching him (before noticing who it is).
  • As Himself: Also Ink-Suit Actor
  • Badass Driver: He bets Archer he can save Lana, Cyril, Ray and Kreiger or he'll stop seeing Malory. He does, scaring Archer shitless. Archer of all people should have known not to bet against the Bandit.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a tuxedo in his first appearance.
  • Badass Mustache: Come on, it's BURT REYNOLDS!
  • Deadpan Snarker: Responds to Archer's bullshit with this.
  • Deadly Dodging: Gets rid of three Cuban hit squads this way.
  • The Ghost: Several of his films were mentioned in previous episodes (Deliverance in "The Rock; White Lightning and Gator in "Pipeline Fever"). After he starts dating Malory, it's revealed he doesn't want to be seen in public with her.

    Kenny Bilko 
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Voiced By: Robb Wells

A Canadian terrorist and leader of the New Scotland Front, a Nova Scotian separatist group. Was captured in the US and is being transported to Canada by ISIS for handing over to the RCMP; from "The Limited".


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    Mr. Moto 
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Voiced By: George Takei

The local Yakuza boss; from "Drift Problem", "A Debt of Honor".


  • Badass Driver: Effortlessly drifts around a 180 degree corner where three other cars crashed.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: First appeared in "Drift Problem", he reappears in "A Debt of Honor" demanding retribution for Pam scamming him out of $1 million in amphetamines.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Malory shoots him on a pier in "Drift Problem" and everyone assumes he died.
  • Villains Never Lie: Archer accuses him of stealing his new Dodge Challenger. Moto denies this, as his racers only use foreign cars, then points out he has no reason to lie.
  • Yakuza: The New York area boss.
  • You Have Failed Me: Has the dealer that sold Pam amphetamines dissolved in acid when he finds out Pam's money is counterfeit.

    Mr. Ford 
Cameo at the end of "Drift Problem".

    Randy Gillette 
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Voiced By: Jack McBrayer

Ray's younger brother. A marijuana farmer in Ferlin, West Virginia. Claims Sheriff E. Z. Ponder wants to kill him and steal his farm; from "Bloody Ferlin".


  • As the Good Book Says...: Quotes an incredibly specious interpretation of Genesis 38: 8 to justify his wife-swapping-screwing deal.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: The fact that he is a highly skilled drug farmer heavily implies Randy is quite smart, but he's too lazy to get a real, legal job.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The reason why he grows marijuana and not corn? Because he refuses to support the high-fructose corn syrup industry and contribute to the obesity epidemic.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Ray's responsible — 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.
  • Insistent Terminology: He is a drug farmer, not a drug dealer.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Refused Ponder's offers of looking the other way if he quit farming marijuana, and wound up in prison for life.
  • Redemption Rejection: Ray convinces him to give up farming marijuana and work at a nearby coal mine. He receives life imprisonment for farming marijuana and attacking the police. Sheriff Ponder then reveals he reached out to Randy twice, first as a friend and again as an elder of the church to get him to stop, but was refused both times, forcing Ponder to come to him as the law.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: Is a highly skilled marijuana farmer.

     E.Z. Ponder 
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Voiced By: Michael Rooker

The sheriff of Ferlin, West Virginia. He went to the same high school Ray did. Ray's brother, Randy, claims E.Z wants to kill him and take his marijuana farm; from "Bloody Ferlin".


  • Ambiguously Gay: Interested in the fact that Ray is a secret agent, and says to give him a ring the next time he comes back home, despite being married.
  • Armored Closet Gay: Possibly why he bullied Ray in high school.
  • Dirty Cop: What Randy claims him to be. He's actually Good All Along.
  • I Lied: A completely understandable variation, Ponder claimed that if Randy surrendered, he could get probation. He was lying out of his ass, Randy is guilty of massive drug charges and attempted murder of police officers, he's getting put in the deepest hole they can find
  • Motivational Lie: Variant: E.Z. claims that if Randy surrenders, he can get him probation. He's lying, Randy is going to jail for life.
  • Nice Hat: A spectacularly large cowboy hat.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When Ray confronts E.Z about Randy's lie, E.Z. immediately has his people cease-fire so he can explain the truth, and point out that he gave Randy numerous chances.
  • Reformed Bully: Admits he "was a dick in high school" while apologizing to Ray. Followed immediately by him saying that Ray was an easy target.
  • Religious Bruiser: Is an elder of the church in addition to being the sheriff.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Was "an extreme dick" to Ray in high school, by his own words. He admits he was immature.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He was one hell of a bully in high school, but has mellowed out a lot.

    Tony Drake 
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Voiced By: Bryan Cranston

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    Kellogg 
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Voiced By: Dave Fennoy

Season 4

    Lucas Troy 
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Voiced By: Timothy Olyphant

Archer's best (only; shut up) friend. He went through ISIS training with Archer before defecting to ODIN after graduating to Field Agent. He and Archer were very close friends, but there was (to the disbelief of everyone else) nothing sexual about their relationship... from Archer's perspective, anyway - little to his knowledge, Luke actually has Single-Target Sexuality towards him. Luke later faked his death after killing several fellow ODIN agents and stealing millions of dollars worth of bearer bonds so that he could set up a Bread & Breakfast with Archer in Vermont; from "The Wind Cries Mary".


  • Catchphrase: "Said your mom! BOOM!"
  • Character Death: He is crushed by a tree after he goes hunting for Lana and Cyril.
  • Death Bed Confession: We don't get to hear what his Last Words are, but it's implied that his dying confession was to sexually assaulting an unconscious Archer years earlier.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Is crushed by a giant tree.
  • Faking the Dead: Faked his death after killing several fellow agents so that nobody would come looking for him once he opened the B&B.
  • Jerk Jock: According to Ray.
  • If It's You, It's Okay/Single-Target Sexuality: He has unreciprocated romantic feelings towards Archer, despite not identifying as gay. In other words, he is literally gay for Archer.
  • Monster of the Week: The eventual main antagonist of "The Wind Cries Mary".
  • Yandere: His character rapidly devolves into this after his feelings for Archer are revealed. He ends up trying to murder Lana and Cyril, and having already murdered ODIN employees and stolen bearer bonds, just so he can set up his future with Archer.
  • Your Mom: Seems to be a fan of this brand of humour.

    Moreno 
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Voiced By: Carla Jimenez

A notorious coyote's daughter.


  • Honey Pot: She distracts Archer while her mother moves the real shipment across the border.
  • Mistaken Identity: Archer assumes she's the notorious coyote Moreno. She's actually her daughter.

    Lance Casteau 
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Voiced By: Anthony Bourdain

A snobby, verbally abusive gourmet chef who hires ISIS to go undercover on his TV show "Bastard Chef"; from "Live and Let Dine".


  • Asshole Victim: Odds are you won't feel too bad when Katya drops him to his death.
  • Cooking Show: Bastard Chef.
  • Disney Villain Death: Barry and Katya chuck him out of a helicopter at the end of the episode.
  • Jerkass: Arguably the biggest one in the entire series, and that's saying a lot. Only Pam's sister Edie comes close. The only worse character is Franny Delaney, who switched chemotherapy drugs with counterfeits and was completely unrepentant about it.
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted. He escapes without a hitch after poisoning an ambassador, but then makes the stupid mistake of pissing off Barry and Katya.
  • Kick the Dog: After spending most of the episode seemingly warming up to Archer, he finally tells him that his cooking is comparable to literal shit.
  • Lethal Chef: Not only does he throw knives at people on occasion, he intentionally poisons an Albanian ambassador, whom ISIS is trying to protect.
  • Mean Boss: Good God, yes. He even brags about what a bastard he is to his employees.
  • Monster of the Week: The main antagonist of "Live and Let Dine".
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Definitely influenced by Gordon Ramsay.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Antagonising two cyborgs when you're flying in a helicopter is a really stupid move.

    Cecil Tunt 
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Voiced By: Eugene Mirman

Cheryl's brother who, like his sister, is entitled to half of their parent's fortune. He uses his half to fund many philanthropic ventures. He appears in the fourth season finale, helping Malory obtain a bomb. According to Cheryl, he's gross; from "Sea Tunt".


  • Anti-Villain: His plan to get Cheryl declared insane so he can get her money. He's broke so he needs outside funding to keep his charities afloat, and he'd be keeping a mentally-unstable, violent person off the streets. Pam doesn't think this is too bad, and even Lana says that they could have just gone to a lawyer and interviewed them there, instead of working this whole scheme. In fact, beyond that, he doesn't do anything horrible whatsoever. He is, at most, an antagonist to Cheryl. In general, he's hardly a villain whatsoever.
  • Badass Beard: In the family portrait. He's rather clean-shaven when he makes his debut in the show proper.
  • Big Fun: He's a slightly chubby guy but fairly friendly, even if he has plans which aren't so nice.
  • Cool Big Bro: Though Cheryl thinks he's gross. He even apologizes to Cheryl for his plan to get her money.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Of the "Sea Tunt" two-parter. Kind of anyway. Part 1 was him vs. Cheryl, but the other ISIS staff either didn't care or supported him when they found out what he was doing.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe; His reaction when Archer laughs about the time Cheryl had them lock her up because she thought she was a werewolf. He takes his sister's mental decline much more seriously than the others.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: Having spent all his inheritance funding so many charities. This becomes inverted again as the Sealab was insured for three times its actual construction cost, making him richer than ever when it is destroyed.
  • The Ghost: Is mentioned in "El Secustro" and in passing as Cheryl's "gross" brother. Finally appears in the season four two-part finale.
  • Informed Ability: Cecil is supposedly in charge of Cheryl's half of the Tunt fortune, which based on some of the things she owns (half a railroad, the spectacular Tuntmore Towers Hotel, etc.) implies he is an excellent businessman. It turns out that he is terrible with money and does not even carefully scrutinize the budgets of his own charities to the point where he has spent his half of the fortune. Captain Murphy says that Cecil paid him three years' worth of a huge salary up front and calls him "the world's worst negotiator". Though it is theorized Cheryl lied about that to keep Malory away, or that he had power of state and had to give his approval to Cheryl's expenditures, but could not spend a cent of her inheritance himself.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Looks almost exactly like Eugene Mirman.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He's trying to have Cheryl committed so he can seize and spend her half of their inheritance, but she probably should have been institutionalized years ago for everyone's safety, including her own. Pam notes that while he's been a dick about it, he has a point.
  • Mysterious Backer: He offers his "choppersaurus" to help the ISIS crew find a bomb, but it's all part of a bigger plan.
  • Nice Hat: He wears an orange ski cap.
  • Not So Above It All: At first, he seemed to be the Only Sane Man (especially compared to his sister). But as it turns out, he's a complete idiot at spending his money, throwing away his entire fortune carelessly. Some of his charities are very poorly planned and damn near pointless (such as the undersea lab with an outrageous budget and no oversight, not to mention only one man left who has gone insane).
    Cecil: "Nourish A Child", "Shoe A Child", "Bespectacle a Child", "One Laptop per Child Soldier"... which unfortunately became "One Thousand Laptops per Warlord".
  • Only Sane Man: Reacts with shock to the information given about Cheryl like any normal person.
  • Retcon: In a couple of ways. His appearance in "Sea Tunt" is completely different from in the family painting shown in "El Secuestro". Also, he is apparently not in charge of managing Cheryl's money, as he needs to prove her mentally incompetent in order to get control of it in "Sea Tunt", though it's possible she was lying to keep Malory's hands off her fortune and Tiffy made him shave in addition to turning vegan.
  • Riches to Rags: He bankrupted himself donating to incredibly poorly thought out charities. Though he gained back his wealth from the insurance money from the blown up Sealab.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Cecil is the conclusion of the trope. Because he was so insensible with his charity, he bankrupts himself.

    Tiffy 
Voiced By: Kristen Schaal
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Cecil's vegan girlfriend/pilot and enemy of Cheryl; from "Sea Tunt".


  • Ace Pilot: Is able to keep from crashing despite Cheryl beating the crap out of her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very frequently.
  • Granola Girl: She's a strict vegan, and a total self-righteous bitch about it.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Looks just like Kristen Schaal.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being somewhat of a bitch, she does genuinely seem to love Cecil for who he is, not caring about his money.

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Captain Hank Murphy

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Voiced By: Jon Hamm

The captain of Cecil Tunt's underwater lab, he threatens to launch missiles tipped with VX nerve gas on the US Eastern Seaboard; from "Sea Tunt".


  • Alas, Poor Villain: He's gone insane because he's been stuck all alone, and Lana takes pity on him. Then he dies because of Archer's stupidity, but not before helping the team escape.
  • Arc Villain: Of the "Sea Tunt" two-parter.
  • Character Death: Crushed by a "GOZ" branded soda machine.
  • Crossover: Originally a character from Sealab 2021, another show by Adam Reed. There are many references to this throughout both episodes.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Went insane from being the only man in an undersea lab.
  • Harmless Villain: He's nuts, but his threat to bomb the East Coast was a bluff. Once Lana calls him on this, he doesn't even pretend to be a bad guy anymore.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Looks like Jon Hamm with white hair.
  • Mythology Gag: His death, being crushed by a soda machine, is what happened to him in Sealab 2021 (though he lived in the former case). Here though, not so much due to the water pressure pushing the machine right into him against a wall. Said vending machine was branded "GOZ", referring to his original voice actor from the show, Harry Goz.
  • Walking Spoiler: Being a quite-unexpected Crossover character from Archer's Spiritual Predecessor gives Captain Murphy this quality.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Intends to gas the Eastern Seaboard if it's necessary to save the ocean. It turns out to be a bluff.

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