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Characters who appear in Robert Muchamore's CHERUB Series.


CHERUBs (Charles Henderson's Espionage Research Unit B) are a group of highly-trained intelligence agents (child spies essentially) who are recruited by the British Government to go undercover in dangerous operations and pose as regular children in order to gain access to remote areas of the operations. These missions can include gang infiltrations, befriending the children of big time drug lord or crime boss or simply posing as orphans in homes to recruit new members.

  • Child Soldiers: CHERUB agents can be any age up to 18 years old, and certainly do some dangerous missions that can involve class A drugs, guns and explosives. They're also trained in advanced combat, modern weaponry and survival tactics, all under military-like training.
  • I Have Many Names: They change their name upon joining CHERUB, and all of them have different cover names for every mission.
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  • Pressure Point: They get taught it in the Dojo.
  • Teen Genius: They're all very highly intelligent, one of the criteria for being a CHERUB agent. For example, James is a child prodigy at maths.

James Robert Anthony Adams (ne James Choke)

The protagonist of the first series. A brash, impulsive boy who eventually matures.


Lauren Zoe Adams (nee Lauren Onions)

James little sister, also a CHERUB agent.
  • Abusive Parents: Lauren's father is at the very least neglectful, and hit her at least once.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: James often treats her as such, but it's clear that they actually love each other very much.
  • Attempted Rape: In The Fall. She stabs the guy instead, but is quite horrified by the experience.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Quite a few times.
  • Don't Split Us Up: How she ends up at CHERUB: she wanted to be with James, so when he wasn't at the orphanage she was send to after her abusive father lost custody she raised hell until she was brought to CHERUB.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Lauren is usually the responsible one, because she's not as impulsive as James. Not always, though.
  • Missing Mom: She dies at the start of the first book.
  • Polyglot: She's fluent in Spanish and Russian and knows some Greek.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Kisses Dante while drunk despite being in a relationship with Rat. She realizes she likes Rat better, however, and stays in the relationship with him.

Kerry Chang (nee Ling Chang)

A fellow CHERUB agent, James' partner in basic training.
  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Kerry's Asian and awesome at karate. Justified, though, given that every child at CHERUB is taught martial arts so that they can defend themselves should a situation ever require it.
  • Babies Ever After: Kerry announces she's pregnant at the end of the series.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Technically, all her relationships, given that she's a teenager in most of the books, but especially James.
  • First Girl Wins: Gets back together with James at the end of the series.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: With James.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: She goes through basic training with James because she'd attempted it several times before, but kept getting injured badly enough that she had to withdraw.

Kyle Blueman

A fellow CHERUB agent who recruited James.

Bruce Norris (nee Aled Thomas)

A fellow CHERUB agent, goes through basic training with James and Kerry.

Greg "Rat" Rathbone (nee Rathbone Regan)

A fellow CHERUB agent, joins after the cult he grew up in is infiltrated by Lauren and James.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He grew up in a cult. As one of the children of the cult's founder, he was considered royalty, but because he didn't actually believe in the cult's teachings- and was vocal about it-, he was alienated by the majority of the cult.
  • Badass Bookworm: Loves to read.
  • Never Live It Down: In universe. He chose the name Greg because it's an actual first name, but everybody still calls him Rat.
  • Unfortunate Names: Rathbone. And he knows how bad it is.

Dana Smith

A fellow CHERUB agent.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She didn't have many friends before going on missions with James and later dating him.
  • Badass Bookworm: Likes reading.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: She went on a lot of missions, but they all were either minor or failed. She took a lot longer to get her navy shirt than most agents, and was afraid that she might never get one.
  • Your Cheating Heart: James cheats on Kerry with her, later she cheats on him with Michael Hendry.

Amy Collins (nee Jennifer Amy Pegg)

A fellow CHERUB agent.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She's not actually James' sister, she just pretends to be for the mission, but she still treats him as her little brother.
  • And Then What?: After she leaves CHERUB she has a hard time initially to figure out what to do with her life now.

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