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The various recurring characters of Archer.

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    ISIS Workers/The "Drones" (in general)

The various employees of ISIS, nicknamed "drones" by Malory. Some have names, voice actors and distinct personalities, and others are only seen in group shots during earlier seasons.

  • Crowd Chant: They attempt one in "The Rock". They aren't very good at it.
    What do we want? Unfair! When do we want it? Change!
  • Put on a Bus: According to Lana, all of the drones quit after the office was shut down by the FBI in Season 5, and didn't return when it was rebuilt, leaving the main gang as the only current employees.
  • Sassy Secretary: The unnamed Receptionist, one of the drones seen in the first episode (with cameos in two other Season 1 episodes), voiced by Maggie Wheeler.
    Archer: Hey, wanna smell something?
    Receptionist: Swear to God, Mr. Archer, I have HR on speed-dial.
  • Weird Trade Union: They unionise in "The Rock" to get a cost-of-living adjustment from Malory.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They appeared less and less as the series went on, and it was confirmed in Season 6 that none of them work at the offices any more. While Brett and Bilbo died and Rodney stole everything and became an Arms Dealer, all of the others just never returned when the building was rebuilt in Season 6.

    Brett Bunson
Voiced By: Neal Holman
Appearances: "Mole Hunt" (voice only), "Diversity Hire" (voice only), "Dial M for Mother", "Movie Star", "Stage Two", "El Secuestro", "Drift Problem", "Skin Game", "Legs", "White Elephant"

Cyril: I got shot!
Malory: Any idiot can get shot! Just ask Brett.

ISIS employee and resident Chew Toy.

  • Alliterative Name: Brett Bunson.
  • Boom, Headshot!: He got shot in the head in the Season 5 premiere.
  • Butt-Monkey/Chew Toy: Gets hit with every single stray bullet fired in the ISIS office. Taken Up to Eleven in Season 4's "Legs", when he gets hit with a bullet that had ricocheted down a flight of stairs from another floor. Gets savagely beaten at least twice (see No-Holds-Barred Beatdown below), and Archer accidentally maims him in "Skin Game". None of the other ISIS employees even care when he gets shot. He was even shot three times off-screen in season one before actually appearing on-screen.
  • Catchphrase: God DAMN it [name of whoever just shot him]! (usually Archer, but at one point Cyril)
  • Character Death: Killed by a stray bullet barely five minutes into "White Elephant".
    Archer: He died doing what he loved. Getting shot.
  • Continuity Nod: He was mentioned posthumously in "The Holdout" and "Sitting".
  • Creator Cameo: Is voiced by and modeled after animation director Neal Holman.
  • In-Series Nickname: Mister Bloodmobile.
  • Jerkass: His reaction to Archer's breast cancer, though it is a bit understandable.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Gets a very much deserved one from Archer after he makes fun of him for having breast cancer in "Stage Two". Receives another one off-screen from Barry in "Skin Game".
  • Retcon: His last name appears as Buckley on a computer screen in "El Secustro", but becomes Bunson in 'White Elephant".
  • Unlucky Extra: Brett has been shot eight times over the course of the series, mostly by ricocheting friendly fire. He's also been beaten half to death three or four times. This is frequently lampshaded and all of the characters (except for Brett himself, who is an extra) either don't care or find it hilarious.

Voiced By: Adam Reed

ISIS computer and satellite operator.

Voiced By: Andrew Donnelly
Appearances: "The Wind Cries Mary", "Legs", "Live and Let Dine", "Sitting"

The ISIS Requisitions Officer introduced in Season 4. Rodney supplies weapons from the armory to those who fill out the proper paperwork and are approved to use them, and if you do not meet those requirements he will be more than glad to close his window in your face.

  • Arms Dealer: Became one after ISIS was disbanded.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: He's a bit of a dick, but it's hard to blame him given his co-workers and their often absurd weapon demands.
  • Corrupt Quartermaster: Inverted and slightly played straight. In contrast to the unprofessional ISIS staff, Rodney is much more by the book, and put a stop to the staff using weapons for personal use. He does however, accept a sexual bribe in exchange for letting a phone scanner out. Season 6 reveals he stole everything and set himself up as an arms dealer when ISIS was shut down.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He goes from a disrespected requisitions officer to a very successful, and dangerous, Black Market arms dealer after ISIS is shutdown.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His entire job is pretty much this. Sure, he's an annoyance to the main characters, but it is problematic that employees were taking weapons for personal use. He also correctly points out that it's a bad idea to fire a rocket launcher in a sealed room.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being portrayed as a very serious and fairly realistic employee, he jumps at the bribe of a handjob from Cheryl in exchange for some unauthorized weapons.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: While most of the workers and agents at ISIS are highly incompetent and/or unprofessional, Rodney takes his job managing the armory very seriously, much to everyone else's chagrin.
  • Sex Equals Love: Falls in love with Cheryl after being given a handjob by her.
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: Is one now, and conducts his arms deals from its cabin, which has a pool of alligators.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Subverted. He didn't appear after "Live and Let Dine" until "Sitting" reveals he robbed the ISIS armoury and became an arms dealer.



    Len Trexler
Voiced By: Jeffrey Tambor

  • Affably Evil: Though not exactly evil.
  • Dating Catwoman: With Malory.
  • Disappeared Dad: There's a one in four chance he's Archer's father.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Gets a faulty Soviet mind control device implanted in his brain. Even Archer feels sorry.
    Archer: Is he always going to be like this? Because I kind of feel bad now.
  • Flashback: He's visible in "Placebo Effect" during Krieger's 15th birthday.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He shares more than a passing resemblance with Jeffrey Tambor.
  • Mean Boss: To Barry, though in some cases it's accidental, like whoring out Barry's fiancée, then finding out about her and Barry (punching Barry's bullet wound for being "engaged to be engaged" was deliberate, though).
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Is genuinely upset to discover Barry and Framboise were engaged, after whoring her out to Archer.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers one to Barry for being "engaged to be engaged" to Framboise and punches him in his bullet wound.
    If you love it, put a ring on it.

    Barry Dylan
"YEAH! One for three off the roof, Bitch! WOO!"
Voiced By: Dave Willis

Unmarked spoilers for Season 2 follow.

An ODIN agent who has a history with both Archer and Lana. Often talks to his gun. After being gravely injured by Archer during a mission in Russia during "White Nights", he is turned into a cyborg under Boris' command and by Jakov's men, and proceeds to go rogue and devote his life to making Archer's existence a living hell as revenge for sodomizing his fiancee and dropping him off a roof twice. By the end of Season 2, he becomes the show's Big Bad when he murders Katya at her wedding.

  • The Ace: He is definitely a better agent than Archer even before he was turned into a cyborg.
  • Affably Evil: At least until he gets turned into a cyborg.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Barry sometimes talks to himself and calls himself "Other Barry." Occasionally he refers to himself in the third person. In addition to conversing with himself, he has also been known to speak to, but not with, his gun.
  • Arch-Enemy: If anyone can get under Archer's skin (besides his mother), it's Barry.
  • Asshole Victim: Until the Season 2 finale.
  • Ax-Crazy: This is merely implied at first given his tendency to chat with his gun as well as an unseen alter ego, "Other Barry". However, this is ultimately played straight when he discards all pretense of sanity as a cyborg.
  • Badass Israeli: According to his passport.
  • Berserk Button: Being reminded that Archer screwed his fiance. Lately, Archer's mere existence is this to him.
  • Big Bad: While he's Affably Evil at worst and generally justified in his actions throughout the first two seasons, after he's turned into a Cyborg during the Season 2 finale, he murders Katya at her wedding and shows no remorse for it at all. He's since been Demoted to Dragon in favor of Katya.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: For the first two seasons. He talks to his gun and addresses himself as "Other Barry" but is one of the most competent agents on the show.
  • Butt-Monkey: Often ends up injured due to Archer dropping him off balconies.
  • Catchphrase: "Later, tater."
  • Cuckold: Thanks to Archer (and Cyril) in "Job Offer".
  • Cyborg: The KGB turns him into one after he is badly injured in Russia. As of "Edie's Wedding", the damage from his fight with Archer and Pam leaves him as just a robotic skeleton.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Katya's whipped him good.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: While he certainly had valid reasons for hating Archer, who crippled him and slept with his fiancee, he took it way too far after becoming a cyborg, attempting constant Revenge by Proxy by hurting or killing Archers loved ones.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Though Katya took over the KGB in his absence, he still has an as yet unknown master plan.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: At first, Barry was a superior field agent to Archer. Now, he's an relentless Cyborg who is one of the few people Archer can't beat.
  • Enemy Mine: His first appearance has him trying to recruit Lana into ODIN. In Season 2, Malory recruits him to rescue Archer (Though she has to throw in free sex with Lana to make him do it). Inverted in Season 4, when Katya recruits Archer to rescue him from outer space.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He spent the majority of "Motherless Child" trying to find and reconnect with his birth mother.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He was disgusted at Archer for being so hellbent on trying to murder him, he was also willing to risk Malory's life to do it.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Archer. Both are handsome, skilled spy agents who have had a sexual relationship with Lana and Katya at some point and are introduced as major jerkasses. However, while Archer (who fights for good) is capable of compassion and grows (if slowly) kinder, Barry (who went rogue) remains a complete asshole, becoming more so after turning into a cyborg.
  • Expy: When he's a cyborg, The Six Million Dollar Man. Even having the same clothes as the guy.
    • The climax of "Edie's Wedding" results in him looking like the metal Endoskeleton of a Terminator
  • Eye Awaken: After his eyes power down at the end of "Edie's Wedding", and it looks like he's down for good, one eye flashes back open, and he begins to laugh.
  • Eye Lights Out: Subverted in "Edie's Wedding": After all the damage he sustained, the final shot of the episode is of his eyes fading away, only for one to flash back open and him to start laughing manically.
  • Facial Horror: After having his skin destroyed, Krieger gives him a replacement face. Unfortunately, it's very sloppily applied, leaving him looking like a decomposing corpse.
  • Fatal Flaw: His need to make Archer's life hell.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His smile and congeniality go away as soon as something goes wrong. See Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Freudian Excuse: Considering how many times Archer has done him wrong, it's not at all surprising that Barry turns evil and dedicates his life to seeking revenge against him.
    • He also never met his mother, who it turns out was a 16 year old girl who sent him to an orphanage after he was born.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: He wasn't exactly sane before, but spending months stuck on an abandoned space station seems to have cracked the shell off the nut. Then again, he wouldn't have been alone in the first place if he hadn't murdered everyone else.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Once he became a cyborg, Barry's fuse became a hell of a lot shorter. At one point he goes from calm and quiet to screaming at the top of his lungs and chucking a desk across the room, before becoming completely calm again. It's implied that "Other Barry" is the psychopathic persona.
  • Handsome Lech: Loses Framboise, and can never seem to get Lana. Doesn't stop his confidence, though.
  • Henpecked Husband: Looking this way with Katya. He now meekly says "Yes dear" whenever she so much as raises her tone at him.
  • Hugh Mann: Inverted. His KGB-issued passport reads "Sy Berg".
  • Hypocrite: He is furious with Framboise for getting her arse seen to by Archer, but at the same time was gladly flirting with Lana.
  • Iconic Outfit: Exclusively wears a tracksuit, starting in "Double Trouble".
  • Immune to Bullets: As a cyborg, he's no longer vulnerable to standard ammunition, which Archer tends to forget. EXPLOSIVE ammuntion on the other hand...
  • Jerkass: Even before he became a cyborg, he had a rather cocky, arrogant streak, and enjoyed making digs at ISIS and Archer. This may have had something to do with his rivalry with Archer. After he became a cyborg, he graduates from jerkass to full on psycho.
  • Joker Immunity: No matter what Archer does to put him down, he just keeps coming back up.
  • Knight of Cerebus: As of the Season 2 finale.
  • Laughing Mad: In the last scene of "Edie's Wedding"
  • Misplaced Retribution: In "Edie's Wedding", he tries to kill Archer because Katya left him... for Boris, something which Archer was not involved in, nor was even aware of.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: After being turned into a cyborg he is almost literally indestructable, and nobody is able to even harm him. The best anyone can do to him for several seasons is leave him stranded at the space station. Finally, in Season 6, he is shot by Pam with explosive rounds, buried under a ton of grain, which was then set on fire, and then getting hit by a car, and he still doesn't die. It does leave noticeable damage, however, as his skin has been burnt off, resulting in his robotic endoskeleton being left exposed.
  • Not Quite Dead: After being shot twice with explosive rounds, buried under a ton of grain, burnt alive and then hit by a car, he still survives, but only barely.
  • Noodle Incident: What happened on that mission that ended with Barry hanging off a balcony, clinging to Archer's sleeve?
  • Oh, Crap!: While he usually inspires this in ISIS, more specifically Archer, he is on the other end of this trope in "Edie's Wedding" after Archer reveals that he brought explosive shotgun shells
    Archer: (after being nearly choked to death by Barry) Barry...just for you... I got explosive ammo.
    Barry: what n-?
    (Pam blasts Barry with the shotgun Archer brought)
  • Phrase Catcher: "Barry, you ass!"
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: What invariably happens when Archer attacks him in Season 3's "Skin Game".
  • The Rival: He manages to find himself in direct competition with Archer over pretty much everything, to the point where he seems to be intentionally invoking it.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After all the abuse he was dealt, his entire life after becoming a Cyborg is dedicated to making Archer's life miserable.
    • In "Double Trouble", he crashes Archer's wedding and kills his fiancee in the process.
    • In "Crossing Over", he kills Archer's possible father Nikolai Jakov and does it in such a way that Archer will never be able to get the DNA necessary to test if Jakov truly is his father.
    • In "Skin Game", he crashes Archer and Katya's second wedding, and hooks up with Katya just as she is about to marry Archer.
    • In "Space Race, Part 2", he attempts to kill Archer at the International Space Station Horizon. However, this isn't successful for him, and he ends up stranded in outer space for it.
    • In "Edie's Wedding", he ambushes Archer when he accompanies Pam to Edie's wedding and kidnaps Pam.
  • Running Gag:
    • Him getting thrown off of balconies. Other characters also frequently say: "Barry, you ass!" to him.
    • Archer will usually reference specific past injuries he inflicted on Barry in greeting.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • He wasn't all there to begin with, but becomes clearly psychopathic and obsessively seeks revenge on Archer after being turned into a cyborg.
    • He starts to display signs of more traditional insanity when he is trapped on a space station in orbit in Season 4, to the point where Other Barry appears to be a separate personality.
    • He finally goes completely off the deep end after Katya dumps him for Boris.
  • Shadow Archetype: He represents what Archer could've become if he remained a total asshole.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: His fight with Katya in "Skin Game" turns into this.
  • Smug Snake: He delights in informing people that he's a "frickin' cyborg" and cannot be damaged. Even before that, he was a self-satisfied chap, boasting about ODIN's superior capabilities in front of ISIS agents.
  • Smug Super: After becoming a Cyborg. He loves reminding Archer that he can't beat him in a fight anymore.
  • The Sociopath: After being turned into a cyborg.
  • Stepford Smiler: In "Skin Game", after running away with Katya, their glowing smiles quickly give way to looks of uncertainty and sadness. This is explored throughout the series. In "Space Race, Part 2", he lies to Katya about his whereabouts during a phone conversation, implying that their relationship is not as happy as he would like Archer to think it is. As of "Live and Let Dine", their relationship is clearly dysfunctional, and is officially ended as of "Edie's Wedding".
  • Teen Pregnancy: He was the result of one, his mother gave him up for adoption when she was 16.
  • Terminator Impersonator: Especially prevalent when his skin is burned down to his metal skeleton and he still survives.
  • Third-Person Person: Seems to have forgone his previous habit of talking to himself for this in the third season. May or may not be a result of Sanity Slippage. He could, in fact, be narrating his every action and motivation to "Other Barry". It's logical, for him. In Season 3, he announces that "Other Barry might object" to Archer and Katya's wedding and scrawls "Other Barry was here too" in an elevator, below "Barry was here". Sanity Slippage looks more and more likely. By Season 4, he's discussing "Other Barry" in conversation like he's a separate entity.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While always one of the more competent agents when not falling off a roof or being thrown off one he proved his badass credentials in "Crossing Over" where it's revealed he is now the insane head of the KGB and has an elaborate master plan. Killing Archer's possible father in a way that makes sure there will be no DNA left to test is 'just a goof' for him.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: At the end of the second season. Being betrayed and left for dead by someone whose life he just saved and being unwillingly turned into a cyborg will do that to a guy. Though to be fair, he was only doing it to get sex with Lana. In fact it's implied that one of the reasons he try to hire Lana to ODIN was to get sex from her. In "Edie's Wedding" he pursues Archer to Wisconsin after spotting him in an airport in Chicago because Katya left him for Borris.
  • Tragic Villain: Considering how many times Archer has done him wrong, it's not all that surprising that he turns evil.
  • Two First Names: "Barry" and "Dylan" can both be used as first names for guys.
  • Verbal Tic: He often talks to "Other Barry" whenever he talks to himself.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Said word for word by Boris explaining to Jakov Barry's augmentations.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He nearly strangled Cheryl to death and had no qualms about fighting Katya.



    Nikolai Jakov
Voiced By: Peter Newman

A Major General in the Russian military and the head of the KGB, and possibly Archer's father.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Although it's debatable whether or not he's even a villain anymore, as he gets a lot of Character Development in "Crossing Over", and even apologises to Archer for his earlier actions before being killed by Barry.
  • Artistic License – Military: He's constantly referred to as a Major General, yet he wears the uniform of a Lieutenant General. Lana addresses him simply as "the Major" in "Crossing Over".
  • Berserk Button: Malory's infidelity.
  • Chest of Medals: His uniform has a rather sizeable ribbon bar. Fairly common for Soviet officers.
  • Dating Catwoman: Jakov has been in an on-again, off-again relationship with Malory for about 40 years.
  • Disappeared Dad: The odds are about 1-in-4 that he's this to Archer. When they finally meet, he assumes he's the father and tries to bond with his son. In a rare moment, Archer reciprocates and tries to make up for lost time.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He faces eventual explosive destruction surprisingly calmly, and spends his final minutes alive recording a message for Archer. The only thing that truly affects him about his death is Barry denying him his final request of leaving a DNA sample so that Archer can find out whether or not he is truly Jakov's son.
  • General Failure: He's not terribly good at his job.
  • Mean Boss: To Boris. He creates a hostile work environment.
  • Punny Name: Major Jakov = Major Jack-off.
  • Sacrificial Lion: His appearance and death in "Crossing Over" exist mostly to establish how violent and insane Barry has become.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Defied. For 40 years, Mallory's been his only woman, much to her notable surprise when he tells her this while chewing her out for having multiple relationships with other men.

Voiced By: ???

Nikolai Jakov's second-in-command and general Butt-Monkey.

  • Butt-Monkey: To Jakov.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: While he usually just appears now and again for comic relief, on a few occasions he has played an active role in the plot:
    • "Double Trouble": Turning Barry into a cyborg.
    • "Crossing Over": Helping Nikolai Jakov flee the country.
    • "Edie's Wedding": Dating Katya, who broke up with Barry for him, which sends Barry completely off the deep end.
  • Disappeared Dad: It's heavily implied that he has one of these—when Jakov orders him to run a paternity test on Archer, Boris contaminates the sample, commenting, "Who Archer think he is? Only guy who want father?".
  • The Ditz: Barry describes him as "literally the dumbest guy in Russia". In the same episode, he is seen serving his girlfriend Katya an empty platter of syrup and butter, having forgotten to make the waffle.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Helps Jakov escape to the United States in "Crossing Over".
  • Expy: Of Frisky Dingo's Ronnie. He speaks in the same accent, makes a catchphrase from a quote from Ronnie ("come on, buddy.") and even at one point sabotages a paternity test for Archer and Nikolai, much like Ronnie destroys a DNA machine (originally used for an Xtacle paternity test) that was being used to compare Xander's DNA to Awesome X's records.
  • Hidden Depths: Rather eloquently explains the difference between a mole and a vole in "Dial M for Mother".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: It was his own creation, Bionic Barry, who ended up killing Jakov, whom he eventually came to care about.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Boris was quirky but reasonably-effective KGB officer until Katya came along. After having become smitten with her, he’s become a complete idiot. See notes on Took a Level in Dumbass below.
  • Men Don't Cry: Attempted, but failed, when saying goodbye to Jakov.
    Boris: I promised myself I don't cry. [sniff] Promise broken.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: While he had his occasion moments of ditziness, Boris was actually quite intelligent in earlier episodes; he was even responsible for Barry becoming a cyborg. By season 6, however, he's become so dumb that he, as stated above, served Katya a platter with syrup and butter because he forgot about the waffle.

    Mannfred and Uta
Voiced By: René Auberjonois (Mannfred) and Kathryn Cressida (Uta)

A pair of German assassins working for Jakov. The least competent KGB employees, which is saying a LOT.

  • Fake Pregnancy: Uta is desperate to have a child, to the point of wearing a prosthetic pregnancy bodysuit. Mannfred reluctantly tolerates this.
  • Informed Flaw: Supposedly the least competent KGB agents, yet both times they appear, they complete their missions (assassinating a UN official and kidnapping Archer and implanting a mind control chip).
  • May–December Romance: Uta is 19. Manny's age is never given, but he's at least as old as Uta's father (and that's a whole other thing).
  • Staged Shooting: Malory hires them to perform one on Torvald Utne so ISIS can pretend to save the day and get the UN contract. Nikolai Jackov hires them to actually kill Utne, so they botch the fake shooting.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They haven't been seen since the Season 1 finale "Dial M For Mother", where they install a mind-control chip in Archer's brain.

    Katya Kasanova
Click here  to see her as of Season 4 (spoilers!).
Voiced By: Ona Grauer

Unmarked spoilers for Season 3 below.

A sexy KGB defector. She joined with Archer in "White Nights", defecting from the KGB to ISIS, having fallen in love with him. As her relationship with Archer develops, he becomes a much better person as a result of her input. She is killed during their wedding by an out-for-revenge Barry when she dives off the roof to save Archer in "Double Trouble". As of "Skin Game", she has been revived as a cyborg by Krieger, but she elopes with Barry shortly afterwards.

  • Action Girl: Just as much as Lana, more-so after Krieger cyborgs her.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys:
    • Her reaction to her instructor describing Archer as "the most dangerous man of the world"? She falls for him instantly.
    • The second time they meet, Katya decides to start a relationship with Barry, even though he was responsible for her death.
  • Alliterative Name: Katya Kasanova.
  • Apologetic Attacker: To Lana and Malory in "Double Trouble" before shooting Lana's TEC-9's out of her hands.
  • Berserk Button: People breaking promises to her, to the point that Barry is now meekly saying "Yes dear" to her when she speaks even slightly cross at him.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica (a sultry, Russian spy, who later becomes a Cyborg and more of a jerk) to Lana's Betty (longest friend, on-and-off lover, usually the Only Sane Woman) for Archer's Archie.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She is introduced killing an entire KGB firing squad by herself to rescue Archer.
  • Birds of a Feather: How she rationalizes leaving Archer for Barry. Ultimately subverted however as they have nothing in common besides being cyborgs. Their relationship becomes increasingly dysfunctional and unhappy as the series goes on.
  • Boobs of Steel: She supposedly has the most impressive rack of any character in the series, even Lana, and as a cyborg she's tied with Barry for being the physically strongest character in the series.
  • Cyborg: After getting thrown off the balcony of Archer's apartment, Krieger revived her with cheap parts he bought off the KGB and the skin of homeless people.
  • Friendly Enemy: She's apparently on good enough terms with ISIS that she'll show up to get back together with Archer.
  • Heroic Sacrifice/Taking You with Me: She grabs Barry and dives off his apartment's roof during her wedding, saving Archer but killing herself in the process.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Sort of. Her everyday attire is definitely the skimpiest and most overtly sexual of any character, but she doesn't use it to gain an advantage. And she's not shown using sex the way most of the rest of the female cast does, and is probably the least promiscuous major character on the show after Gillette and Woodhouse.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Slutya Slutzokova" and "R2-double D2".
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The light to Lana's dark. Played straight as Katya is softly-spoken and tactful, while Lana is blunt to the point of being bitchy. Inverted as Katya has been known to deceive and manipulate Archer while Lana is (mostly) straight with him.
  • Love at First Sight: Fell in love with Archer just from seeing his profile.
  • Manipulative Bitch: In "Viscous Coupling", she manipulates both Barry and Archer to do what she wants, and ends up usurping Barry as the head of the KGB.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name sounds almost exactly like "Casanova". Ultimately subverted as she's had a number of boyfriends, but is monogamous with them.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Almost to Lana's level.
  • Not Good with Rejection: In "Reignition Sequence", she does not take it well upon learning Archer is back with Lana, but then gracefully (albeit tearfully) accepts it.
  • Only Mostly Dead: How Krieger is able to turn her into a cyborg as he claims he couldn't resurrect her.
  • Second Love: To Archer, depending if you believe he was already in love with Lana by that point. Else, she becomes Archer's First Love.
  • Sensual Slavs: Is a direct shout out to the sexy Russian female spies of the James Bond world.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: When she fights Barry in "Skin Game", she ends up having sex with him and leaving Archer for him.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond: She introduces herself to Archer this way in her first appearance.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Went from being devoted to Archer to sleeping with his enemy, to emotionally manipulating Archer to rescue said enemy with no trace of guilt, and later leaving Barry for Boris. She later tries hooking up with Archer in "Reignition Sequence", while technically still with Boris.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Dumping Barry for Borris in "Edie's Wedding". Surely she knew what she was doing, but she probably didn't realize just how completely emotionally unstable it would leave Barry. She does this again in "Reignition Sequence", where she tries to seduce Archer after taking a shower, not realizing she left her detachable vagina in the sink of a then-enraged Lana to discover later and thus kicking off the following episode's conflict.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her death, resurrection as a Cyborg and status as the new head of the KGB all lead to her being this.
  • Wham Shot:
    • The shot of her body in Krieger's lab at the start of "Skin Game".
    • The final shot of "Viscous Coupling", showing her new position as the head of the KGB.
  • Woman in White: When she's first introduced, but averted when she's head of the KGB.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She cheats on Archer with Barry, and later leaves Barry for Borris.


    Spoiler Character 

Agent Holly

Voiced by: Gary Cole

Introduced as a member of the FBI, and the agent coordinating the raid on ISIS in "White Elephant". He is revealed to be a CIA agent, along with Slater, and behind the entire events of the season. Malory blackmails him into re-opening their offices, now working under the CIA, at the end of Season 5.

  • The Man Behind the Man: He and Slater were behind the events of Season 5, having given the cocaine to Malory to sell in the first place.
  • Mission Control: Technically is this for Season 6, but only shows up for the two-part finale.
  • Pet the Dog: He might be a jackass, but he was genuine with his offer to pay handsomely for the operation in the finale. He also utterly refuses to let baby AJ go hungry, talks in Baby Talk with her, and when Nerius expands in the operating theater he shields AJ from harm with his own body.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Has this role with Malory.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The IMDB spells his name as "Hawley", but the closed captioning spells it as "Holly".

    Spoiler Character 


Voiced by: Christian Slater

An arms dealer who does business with Archer, Ray and Cyril (under the names Rando, and Phil and Odie McKraken) in "On the Carpet". He later is revealed to be a CIA agent, along with the supposed FBI agent, Agent Holly. He reappears in Season 6, working with the ISIS gang (who are now being contracted by the CIA).

  • Almost Lethal Weapons: He shoots Archer with a beanbag gun, which almost kills him, and gives him a huge bruise and internal bleeding across his chest.
  • Ascended Extra: He was just Holly's subordinate, operating a CIA guns-for-drugs deal, in Season 5. In Season 6, he's seen more often, giving missions to the team, and even participating in a few of his own.
  • Because I Said So: Pulls this on the gang in "Pocket Listing", calling the mission "Operation: Because I Said So".
  • Chick Magnet: Both Lana and Malory have flirted with Slater, and Dr. Kovac propositioned him to sleeping with her.
  • Complexity Addiction: In "Pocket Listing" he needs to scan the handprints, retinas, cell phones and flash drives of a visiting prince while he is in New York. Rather than, say, simply break into his hotel and scan all this while he is sleeping, he comes up with a ridiculously overly complicated plan that involves luring the Prince and his bodyguards to Cheryl's mansion, having her pose as the listing agent while the rest of the gang pose as servants, having Ray use a laxative to separate the prince from his bodyguards, separating the prince from his mother, then drugging him with a dart gun and scanning all of this in the roughly sixty seconds that it will take for the drug to wear off. Both Archer and Lana call him out on this, with Lana comparing him to "Wile-E Coyote with access to Predator Drones."
    Archer: (re his plan) It had everything but a sign for free birdseed.
  • Covert Pervert: When Lana was about to give birth, Archer asked Cheryl to look down Lana's vagina to see if the baby was crowning. When she refused, Slater eagerly volunteered to look instead.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Goes toe-to-toe with Archer in this category.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He is absolutely disgusted by the idea of sleeping with Dr. Kovac's mistress while inside him, flat-out saying the lady has problems.
  • Foil: He's essentially Archer if he took life seriously and didn't dress as well.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Is modeled (and named) after his voice actor, Christian Slater.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He's always seen wearing the exact same shirt unless he's on a mission. Archer lampshades it.
    Slater: You know what I don't have time for?
    Archer: Buying clothes?
  • Mr. Fanservice: To a degree. He always wears very tight-fitting t-shirts and his Shirtless Scene shows him to be incredibly muscularly defined. Malory, Lana, and Ray all flirt with him as well.
    Archer: You?!
    Slater: In the well-toned flesh.
  • Only One Name: Is referred to only as Slater. Whenever Malory, Lana and Archer call him "Mr. Slater" he repeatedly insists that it's "just Slater. It's a mononym."
  • Quest Giver: He's Malory's primary liaison with the CIA.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: For Archer in Season 6.

Other Characters

    Trinette McGoon
Voiced By: Maggie Wheeler

A prostitute who was first seen in "Training Day" as part of an exercise to train Cyril as a field agent.

  • Berserk Button: When Archer implies that she's either a drug addict or has some kind of STD in the past ("I'll bet that's not the first needle you've had in you"), she is royally pissed and takes his wallet, watch and car as collateral.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: While she was largely unimportant in Season 1, her appearance here warrants an entire episode focusing on her and her child.
  • Continuity Nod: Briefly appears with a baby whose father "knows Krav Maga" as an extra in "Dial M for Mother" when Mannfred and Uta are at the park.
    • She is mentioned in "The Double Deuce", when Archer is tasked with babysitting Seamus, as having gone to spend the weekend at the "Pimps and Hoes" ball.
    • She reappears in "Stage Two" to let Archer, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, spend a day with Seamus.
  • Disney Death: She was supposedly killed by Cyril's poison-tipped pen in Archer's apartment, but Archer set the whole scenario up and the "poison" was nothing more than a harmless tranquilliser.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: Her Disney Death provides the page quote, although the trope is ultimately subverted.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Gets a haircut after leaving the escort business and having Seamus.
  • Insistent Terminology: Agrees with Archer when he describes her as a call girl, not a hooker.
  • Jerkass: By "Stage Two", she knows that Archer isn't Seamus' father, but still makes him pay her child support.
  • Really Gets Around: Archer comments that "[he] had to book her weeks in advance". To be fair, she is a hooker call girl.
  • Not Quite Dead: After being rolled up in a rug and stuffed in Archer's trunk at the end of "Training Day". The "poison-tipped pen" turned out to just be a sedative so Cyril would think he had killed a hooker.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't been seen since a brief appearance in "Stage Two". Probably to keep Archer away from Seamus after his horrific babysitting. Though Maggie Wheeler does eventually return as the Dreamland version of Trinette in Season 8.

    Seamus McGoon-Archer 

Trinette's baby son, whose father she claims is Archer; appears in "Blood Test" and "The Double Deuce".

  • Embarrassing Tattoo: He gets a tattoo of Archer's name on his back.
  • Foreshadowing: In "Dial M for Mother", Trinette can be seen at the park with a baby stroller, and says that the baby's father "knows Krav Maga", a form of martial art used by ISIS agents.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Archer's go-to method of getting Seamus to stop crying is to feed him alcoholic beverages. He also bribes a tattoo artist to put his name on Seamus' back. Mallory gets in on this by offering him a toy and then taking it away just to crush all sense of hope.
  • Insistent Terminology: Referred to as "the wee baby Seamus", even by Woodhouse.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: Trinette has to hold a paternity test to determine whether or not the child is Archer's, but there's a decent chance it's his. It's not actually his, but Cyril's.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Like Trinette, he hasn't been seen since "Stage Two", likely due to Archer's tattoo being the last straw.

"Going green up in here."
Voiced By: Clarke Peters

A loan-sharking pimp and second owner of the dry cleaners in the ISIS building. Archer considers him an enemy.

  • Everyone Has Standards: Insists on turning the dry cleaners into an eco-friendly business.
  • The Ghost: Gets mentioned a few times in season one, but doesn't appear until "A Going Concern" in season two.
  • Noodle Incident: In "Job Offer", Woodhouse mentions a "Popeye incident" that led to Archer having a bulletproof door installed in his penthouse.
  • Retired Outlaw: Currently a former pimp and loan shark, having bought the dry cleaners from Malory. He seems to be genuine in running a legitimate business.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Archer, mostly due to outstanding debts.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He goes out of focus even before the series went through several overhauls.

    Mitsuko Miyazumi
Voiced By: Judy Greer

Dr. Krieger's holographic girlfriend, so realistic the state of New York was willing to let the two marry. Originally thought to be destroyed by Lana, Krieger soon managed to create another one that is often always with him.

  • Alliterative Name: Mitsuko Miyazumi.
  • Ascended Extra: Initially no more than a recurring joke about Krieger's technical skill during Season 2, Miyazumi has evolved over the seasons to have interactions with the team.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Is the victim of one In-Universe, when Cheryl comments that she's just hard light. Cyril, Pam, and Kreiger all come to Miyazumi's defense.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: What she normally speaks, complete with referring to Krieger as "Kuriga-san".
  • Legacy Character: Lana killed the first one; the second one looks exactly the same, however, and Krieger doesn't seem to acknowledge any differences. It's probably because Krieger's actually been killing her every night for being annoying, as he mentions in "Reignition Sequence".
  • No Name Given: For four seasons, the closest to a confirmation of her name was "codename.fileserv{miyazumi}" attached to the file for the render of her second incarnation, seen briefly in "Tragical History". This was confirmed to be her name in "The Kanes" when it is written on her bowling jersey. Another possible name for her is "Mitsuko", which is her name in the scripts and her login on Krieger's website and her flickr account in the Season 6 ARG.
    • Miyazumi is likely a surname, making her full Name Mitsuko Miyazumi.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: She is drawn in an Animesque style.
  • Projected Woman: Despite this, Krieger (And possibly Cyril, during their time together in Krieger's van) is somehow able to have sex with her.
  • Robotic Spouse: For Krieger. Despite being a hologram, she's evidently real enough that Krieger is able to have sex with her, and apparently the State of New York even allowed them to marry. That being said, their relationship is very strained.
  • Satellite Character: She's always in the same room with Krieger. Justified considering her nature as a holographic entity. However, she seems to have some sort of rivalry with Malory.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Has moments with Malory, and later with Cheryl.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has pink hair.


Cheryl's pet ocelot. Babou is an unruly pet, marking its territory constantly and scratching up Archer whenever he tries to play with him. That being said, it's hard to blame the animal when its owner is as neglectful as you'd expect from Cheryl.

  • Androcles' Lion: In The Limited, Babou winds up unintentionally saving Archer's life by distracting a group of terrorists; Archer returns the favor a few seconds later.
  • Attack Pattern Alpha: "Serpentine, Babou! Serpentine!!"
  • Cats Are Mean: Babou has scratched Archer up twice. Archer justified the first time as Babou being bored and wanting things to play with, given Cheryl leaves it in an empty room.
  • Cool Pet: Archer seems to think so anyway.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after the ocelot owned by Salvador Dalí.
  • That Poor Cat: Though Babou winds up uninjured, several Canadian terrorists fire upon him while he's off-screen (pissing on them).

    Ron Cadillac
Voiced By: Ron Leibman

Archer's milquetoast step-father and Malory's husband as of Season 4.

  • The Bus Came Back: He and Malory enter couples' counselling part way through season five and have reconciled as of season six. He reappears on the show in "Drastic Voyage Part I", and appears again in "Motherless Child".
  • Dad the Veteran: Or step-dad at any rate. Appears to have commanded a tank in the US Army Armored Corps... which he then stole.
  • Friend to All Children: Ron shows he's very good with children in season 6. In episode 12, he's seen reading happily to baby A.J. the story of Goldilocks. And it also appears that A.J. has grown fond of her step-grandfather's presence.
  • The Ghost: Ever since The Bus Came Back, he has been mentioned from time and time again ("On the Carpet", "The Archer Sanction") but doesn't make an appearance in-person until "Drastic Voyage Part I".
  • Innocent Bigot: When trying to convince Malory to let competent employees do their jobs without Malory having to micro-manage, he references the head mechanic at one of his auto-dealerships, who is "a black".
  • Insistent Terminology: Archer insists on calling him "my mother's husband" rather than "my stepdad".
  • Meaningful Name: He owns a half-dozen Cadillac dealerships and is starting to expand into White Plains (though he changed it from Kaczynski).
  • Meaningful Rename: His original name was Kaczynski, but had his name changed to Cadillac when he started selling Cadillacs, presumably to distance himself from his past.
  • Nice Guy: Ron is a sweet man.
  • Out of Focus: Doesn't show up for the second half of Season 4.
  • Retired Badass: He got his start in illegal chop-shops and is now paying hush money to his operation's imprisoned members.
  • Racist Grandpa: Zigzagged. Speaks glowingly about his black employees at his dealerships and is a Benevolent Boss to them by all accounts, but he still calls them things like "a black", and his compliments are tinged with a definite You Are a Credit to Your Race vibe.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Leaves Malory in "House Call" after getting fed up with the cartel, the final straw being Malory's refusal to talk about Len Trexler. The two manage to patch things up later, though.
  • Tank Goodness: Stole an M4(75) Sherman during World War II, although it was in 1945 so it didn't really hurt the war effort.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His marriage to Malory caused Archer to forget his identity and think he was Bob of Bob's Burgers.

    Spoiler Character 

Abbiejean "AJ" Malory Kane-Archer

The baby daughter of Lana and Archer, whose sperm sample she used through artificial insemination.

  • The Baby of the Bunch: AJ is the youngest recurring main character in the series.
  • Dead Girl Junior: AJ is named after her mother's grandmother.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Not to her, but her father and paternal grandmother ask Lana at different times if "Abbiejean" is something they want to stick with.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The moment that makes it quite apparent that she is, doubtlessly, Archer's kid. She's nursing on Lana, and someone tries to talk to her, but she puts her finger up the same way Archer does when he's drinking and wants someone to wait. While still nursing.
  • In-Series Nickname: Instead of Abbijean, she simply goes by AJ.
  • Like Parent, Like Child:
    • Right in her introduction she already displays some of the characteristics of her father. Namely holding up a finger to stop a person from talking while she finishes drinking.
    • The background of a shot in "Sitting" shows her with a plush ocelot. Apparently the fondness of the animal runs in the family.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Which is lampshaded by Archer in "Sitting".
    Archer: My child [AJ] is actually multiracial.
    • Archer specifically calls her an octoroon, though it's already been established that he doesn't know exactly how black Lana actually is so the validity is up in the air. Lana's parents also appear in season six, and neither appears mixed.
  • Morality Pet: To her father, mother, and paternal grandmother. They all don't act like their usual jerk-y selves when around her and several episodes are dedicated to her future/wellbeing.
  • Nom de Mom: Shares the last names of her mother and father.
  • Tuckerization: She is named after creator Adam Reed's grandmother.

    Gypsy Woman 

An unseen Gypsy fortune teller. Has a frighteningly accurate track record.

Figgis Agency Clients

    Veronica Deane
Voiced By: Ona Grauer (imposter) / Mary McDonald-Lewis (real)

An American actress who hired the Figgis Agency to retrieve a tape from her ex-husband's divorce attorney. As it turns out, this woman is actually an imposter, and the real Veronica Deane shows up after the agents complete her job for her.

  • Arc Villain: She's the Big Bad for the whole of Season 7.
  • Audience Surrogate: She provides an unusual (and chilling) example; after Archer kills Pinky Brewster in front of her, she's perhaps the first character in the entire show to Freak Out! like a normal person. In a show that runs on Comedic Sociopathy, it's disquieting to imagine how the cast's antics would be to actually witness in real life.
  • Betty and Veronica: Lana, the mother of Archer's child, being the (admittedly Jerkass) Betty, with Veronica being the more sultry, seductive and mysterious one.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Barry was openly disdainful of Archer and his crew, suffered greatly every time he interacted with them and was eventually revealed to have a sympathetic side. Veronica was Faux Affaly Evil, gets away with everything and is revealed to be devoid of any sympathetic qualities.
  • Distressed Damsel: She hides from a group of thieves dressed as clowns. Archer uses her as bait to lure one into a trap.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Tuns out to have been behind a rather large part of the season 7 arc.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: She knows it too, and uses it on Archer.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Katya. Katya's feelings for Archer were genuine at some point, she could handle herself as well as Archer could and anyone she did kill or maim had it coming. Veronica on the other hand manipulated Archer from the get-go, relied purely on getting others to fight her battles for her and her victims were largely undeserving.
  • Evil Old Folks: Seems to be something suspect with her. Sterling might disagree about the age, but Lana and Malory are both like to mention she's old. But the evil part? Not ambiguous.
  • Fainting: After Archer saves her from a runaway forklift she melodramatically swoons and faints in his arms.
  • Femme Fatale: In classic Noir style. Unlike many female characters on the show, it takes some time for Archer to actually get anywhere with her even though she is constantly flirtatious. She also teases him, such as by pretending to not remember who he is after prior encounters with him. She is the one who shoots him, after he goes to confront her about her murdering her ex-husband and framing Lana for it.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Owing to her shooting Archer and leaving him comatose, she's effectively this for Dreamland, Danger Island and 1999.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She invokes this in Lana, with both Archer and Ray calling her out on this.
  • Hero Killer: Remember at the beginning of the season when we see Archer's dead body floating in a pool? That was her doing, and it seems that it was in fact the real Archer.
  • Lady Drunk: Implied. She at least reacts with enthusiasm when Archer offers her a drink early in the morning. By contrast, the imposter Veronica is somewhat offended.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Archer and Cyril are smitten with her beauty. Even the homosexual Ray is willing to fight for her.
  • One-Hit Wonder: In-Universe: Although she is treated as a major star, the only film anyone seems to recall when talking about her is Shanghai Moon, which admittedly left quite a lasting impression.
    Everyone: Oh my God, that dress!
  • Only Six Faces: Played with. The agents believe that the imposter Veronica is the real one without really checking, although her face was mostly covered by a hat and large sunglasses.
  • Riches to Rags: Veronica is at risk of this, apparently having massive debts exceeding her current assets. Which is why she is involved in the Longwater insurance fraud scheme.
  • Star-Making Role: In-Universe. Everyone knows her from Shanghai Moon, in which she wore an impossibly stunning dress.
  • Typecasting: Hard to tell for those not old enough. This isn't the first time her V.A. has voiced someone with an actress's background involved with spywork; also because of the involvement of an imposter.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Deane chews out Archer for killing Pinky Brewster when he could have knocked him out. Archer replies that he wasn't about to take that chance.

    Alan Shapiro
Voiced By: Patton Oswalt

A divorce attorney who possesses a disk titled "Longwater" which contains sensitive information about Veronica Deane.

  • Ambiguously Jewish: It hasn’t been 100% confirmed yet, but he hasn’t denied being Jewish.
  • Fat Bastard: He's pretty portly, and can be a jerk even when he's working with The Figgis Agency.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He's bitter about Ellis Crane, since the man used to be married to his crush. When Veronica makes a move on Archer, he gets even more jealous.
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He's in love with Veronica, but can never get with her, so he settles for managing her legal affairs. He'll even frame Lana for Ellis's murder.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He looks quite a bit like his VA, particularly in his build.
  • Mean Boss: Has shades of this, though it’s downplayed: he threatens to kill his guards for letting the tape be stolen, but he ends up only firing them, as they did fail to protect his property. More prevalent when he threatens to fire and deport his maids if they didn't clean up after his dogs.
  • Pet the Dog: Almost literally. While Shapiro's first appearance involves violence, his second appearance shows him genuinely caring for his two dogs, who had an adverse reaction to the tranquilizers Ray fed them.

     Ellis Crane
Voiced By: John O'Hurley

An Oscar-winning American director, Crane is the former husband of Veronica Deane.

  • Amicable Exes: Shapiro doesn't seem to think so, but Deane and Crane get along fine.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Gets offed by one on the set of his movie.
  • Distressed Dude: Like the core group of private detectives, he's held hostage in Bell Panto.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He is a dead ringer for John O'Hurley, right down to the hairstyle.
  • Insurance Fraud: Suspected by Cyril of pulling this off, sabotaging the production of his movie to get the insurance money paid to his shell corporation.
  • Mean Boss: He's pretty nasty to the people on the set of his movie.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Malory, Pam, Lana, Ray, and Cheryl are all attracted to him.
  • Non-Idle Rich: He's incredibly wealthy, but still works as a director and is a philanthropist.
  • Silver Fox: All of the women of the Figgis Agency are attracted to him. His age is irrelevant to all of their desires.


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