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    Chase Devineaux 

Chase Devineaux

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Voiced by: Rafael Petardi

An Interpol detective partnered with Julia. He's obsessed with capturing Carmen Sandiego.


  • Adaptational Dumbass: Unlike previous installments that portray Chase as Carmen's Worthy Opponent and an equal to her in intelligence, Chase shows little knowledge of history and geography, making him less capable of seeing the big picture of Carmen's plans and his obsession with capturing her makes him blind to the times where she is not the enemy. And when she is an enemy, she's still less of an enemy than VILE.
  • Adaptational Nationality: He was originally an American in the games he appeared in; here, he's French.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Chase Devineaux's first appearance showed him as Carmen's former partner, and the player's mysterious liaison in Word Detective; he and Carmen share a begrudging Worthy Opponent respect, and he's the only other agent that she doesn't catch besides the player. In this show, he is an arrogant Butt-Monkey that is more bluster than badass.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In previous installments, Chase has red hair (Carmen’s dossier on him states that his hair is auburn). Here, Chase has brown hair.
  • Badass Longcoat: His detective longcoat is pretty fitting. With it torn in the second to last episode, he gets a Lucky Cat jacket instead.
  • Berserk Button: Julia always having to be right.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Julie's Brains since he's the one willing to chase after Carmen by any means necessary.
  • Butt-Monkey: In just the first several minutes of the first episode he gets pick-pocketed by Carmen, falls off a room onto the car he and Julia were using and gets the airbag blowing up in his face when he misses the train Carmen is on.
  • Character Development: At first, he's always about jumping into action without thinking. Season 2 shows off that he's capable of investigative work that could put ACME to shame and he does realize that he has become such a jerk to Julia.
  • Determinator: He won't give up his chase against Carmen, something that Carmen respects.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene has him (with Julia) question the motives behind the elusive thief Carmen Sandiego, before cockily assuming he will catch and arrest her. And when Julia attempts to find a reason behind Sandiego's motives, Chase brushes her statements off to the point he gets distracted when the Carmen Sandiego appears for real. And when Julia suggest calling for back-up, Chase hastily refuses before running off after Carmen.
  • Eureka Moment: Finally figures out the location of VILE after he dreams of Julia showcasing a Lucky Cat statue in a shelf of fedoras stating that "one of these things is not like the others".
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Both A.C.M.E. and V.I.L.E. mistake his endless pursuit of Carmen Sandiego as proof of competence he doesn’t quite possess.
  • French Jerk: Though he starts growing out of being a jerk during Season 2.
  • Hero Antagonist: Chase Devineaux, the Interpol agent actively searching for Carmen's whereabouts, attempting to arrest her.
  • Heroic Willpower: Say what you will about Inspector Devineaux, but he is nothing if not determined. He continues to chase Carmen and her friends all over the globe through the first season, and is perfectly willing to sink cars to do so. In the season finale, he manages to hold out against V.I.L.E’s truth extractor by screaming La Marsellaise (the French national anthem) at the top of his lungs, even at the risk of permanent brain damage.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his recklessness, he's far from incompetent as shown under the proper circumstances. He's able to resist V.I.L.E.'s mind-reading machine initially and is smart enough to activate his A.C.M.E. pen after Carmen frees him so the Chief will see him in danger, ping his location and send a rescue party.
    • While suffering from Adaptational Dumbass in this incarnation, Season 2 goes to prove that he does have actually have rather amazing deduction skills on his own, so much in fact that he singlehandedly uncovers the location of V.I.L.E.'s headquarters in the span of a couple weeks with only loosely tied reports and records from Interpol's archive and goes out to apprehend them. More impressive when remembering the fact that Chief and A.C.M.E. spent some decades searching for the same base, not to mention proof of their existence beforehand and were unsuccessful. It's a shame that he missed them by that much with them going into hiding not too long after.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Chase has trouble with A.C.M.E.'s touchscreen tech even when Julia is trying to talk him through it. This leads to him sinking another A.C.M.E. car!
  • Inspector Javert: He is convinced Carmen Sandiego is behind every crime, even without any evidence to confirm it.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Chase seems to get the short end of the stick a lot. Still, he shrugs off falling from a rooftop onto a car hood in favor of yelling at a retreating Carmen.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • He may be cold and dismissive of his partner, but the season 1 finale does have him realize that he's been a bit harsh on her lately and decides to buy her a gift as an apology.
    • In "The African Diamond Caper", he becomes much more humble about Julia's way of thinking and — after having a dream of her giving him a hint about his investigations — he calls her his "Lucky Cat:.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He's not incompetent but more of a "act first think later" kind of guy and prone to jumping to conclusions.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name is "Chase", befitting a detective who actively hunts down Carmen Sandiego whenever she strikes a new location.
  • Missed Him by That Much: In season two, he singlehandedly discovers the location of V.I.L.E. HQ on his own within a couple weeks where it took Chief decades to accomplish even proof of their existence... only to arrive a week later after their bombing their headquarters and going into hiding.
  • Perma-Stubble: Chase has a nine o' clock shadow.
  • Psychic Static: He tries to resist a V.I.L.E. mind probe by continuously singing the French national anthem.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: At one point Devineaux chews himself out in the mirror, both for his frequent failures and for snapping at Julia earlier.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Has a tendency to do this whenever things go wrong for him, which is often.
  • Spanner in the Works: Him barging in on Countess Cleo's dinner in "The Duke of Vermeer Caper" is what gives Carmen and Ivy extra time to get the last of the stolen Vermeer capers. Unfortunately for him, this is one of the reasons why VILE concludes (wrongly) that he is working with Carmen.
  • String Theory: He keeps a map of the world on his apartment wall that he uses to pin down and connect shipping manifests that he traced back to the "Valuable Imports, Lavish Exports" company during Season 2. It's what allows him to figure out one of the manifests corresponds to a place that doesn't actually exist.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Often seeing popping mints.
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    Julia Argent 

Julia Argent

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Voiced by: Charlet Chung

A partner to Chase Devineaux. She loves history and is much more level headed than her partner.


  • Adaptational Nationality: An ambiguous case here. While she appears Asian and was born in Hong Kong, she spoke with an American accent in Treasures of Knowledge and it was never specified where she was brought up. The novelization makes her out to be half-British and half-Chinese.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Julia's main character trait in her games was that she believed that Carmen had the potential for good since they used to be co-agents and that Carmen had twisted benevolent intentions for her crimes. Here, since she and Carmen don't have that history, Julia takes a more objective approach to Carmen's modus operandi, that Carmen treats stealing as a game but may have different intentions than what appears on the surface.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She had black hair in Treasures of Knowledge whereas it's navy blue here.
  • Adorkable: "The Fashionista Caper" has her practicing what type of One-liners she'd say to Carmen when they meet again.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Soon after meeting her, Carmen gives her the nickname "Jules"
  • Beleaguered Assistant: She's Chase's rookie partner whose sound observations into their investigations regarding Carmen's actions and motives are more than Chase is willing to consider.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Downplayed. Julia has short hair and dresses in a pants suit, but is quite feminine in personality.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Chase's brawn, as she's the one who logically asks questions in regards to Carmen's motives and spouts out geography trivia.
  • Closer to Earth: She tends to have more reasonable reactions to Carmen's supposed crime scenes, willing to consider that Carmen is not the main criminal.
  • Composite Character: She shares her background as a rookie detective with Shadow Hawkins from Treasures of Knowledge.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her first scene has her (with Chase) questioning the motives behind the elusive thief, Carmen Sandiego. When Chase asks why she would be in Paris for a heist, Julia astutely guesses and lists a number of Paris' historical artifacts before being brushed off by Chase. And while the latter is spouting off his supposed competence, it's Julia's observation that catches Carmen about to pull of her heist. And before the Inspector runs off impulsively, she suggests calling for back-up.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Though she's technically his partner and Chase isn't so much incompetent as just obsessively focused on capturing Carmen, Julia's generally level-headedness and acute observations make her much more useful in the investigation into Carmen and V.I.L.E. than Chase in Season 1. This eventually leads to her getting promoted and officially made into an ACME agent.
  • Lady in a Power Suit: She wears a pantsuit.
  • Mixed Ancestry: The novelization counterpart of the two-parter episodes state that Julia is half-British and half-Chinese.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Wears glasses and usually spews trivia about the stolen artifacts.
  • Women Are Wiser: Compared to Chase's tunnel-vision, she's seen as the wise one of the two.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In this adaptation, Julia has navy blue hair.
  • Youthful Freckles: Julia has freckles on her face to emphasize her youthfulness compared to her older partner.

    Chief 

Chief Tamara Fraiser

Voiced by: Dawnn Lewis
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The head and founder of the secret law enforcement agency ACME.


  • Adaptational Origin Connection: She is tied to Carmen's origins as the reason her father died and thus the reason V.I.L.E. took in the baby Carmen, all this happening prior to the formation of A.C.M.E.
  • Anti-Hero: While she is dedicated to stopping V.I.L.E. and is the head of a secret law enforcement agency, she's also ruthless and in the season 2 finale becomes Carmen's sworn enemy.
  • Black Boss Lady: She is African-American and is the head of ACME.
  • Composite Character: A composite of Lynne Thigpen's Chief from the PBS game shows Where In the World/Where In Time and the hologram computer program talking head from the Where On Earth animated series, being a blonde-haired black lady who only appears to her agents via holographic projection.
  • Connected All Along: Thanks to her involvement with the death of Dexter Wolfe, she's this to Carmen and Shadow-san.
  • Create Your Own Villain: A downplayed version. The Chief killed Carmen's biological father, Dexter Wolfe, when she thought he was going for a gun. This indirectly led her into the care of V.I.L.E. and thus leading her into her goal of taking them down. However, when Carmen discovers what the Chief did to her father, she understandably less than pleased but instead of wanting to take the woman down, Carmen opts not to work with her. Also, she's more of a cross between an anti-hero and anti-villain.
  • Da Chief: Obviously.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Her blonde hair is likely a reference to the holographic Chief from Where on Earth, as he was portrayed as having light-colored hair. Season 2 reveals that it might be dyed, as flashbacks show her with dark hair.
  • It's Personal: After Carmen hacks into A.C.M.E. through a backdoor planted by Player, the Chief vows that Carmen will be captured for double-crossing her, going so far as to reactivating Chase Devineaux to bring her down.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: She has a pet cat, a Persian long-haired named "Commander". This turns out to be the passcode for the ACME files
  • Lady in a Power Suit
  • A Mother to Her Men: Despite her dissatisfaction with Chase's performance in the pursuit of Carmen Sandiego, she doesn't take Carmen's supposed kidnapping and torture of Chase well at all.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The flashback in "The Deep Dive Caper" has her mortified that the person she shot wasn't pulling a gun, but a pair of car keys
  • Named by the Adaptation: The season two finale reveals her name to be Tamara Fraser, whereas the identity of her PBS series counterpart was never revealed.
  • Oh, Crap!: In the season 2 finale, when Carmen is attempting to hack into the ACME database, and she realizes she gave Carmen her passcode by mistake.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Safeguards key A.C.M.E. databases with a password derived from her pet cat's name, which Carmen manages to phish out of her in person.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She takes Julia locating Chase in stride and even sees it as a sign that the detective would work well within ACME. She does grow exasperated when Chase sinks two expensive ACME-issued cars and loses his ID card, but still shows concern after he is "kidnapped" by Carmen and vows to Julia that they will get Carmen.
    • In Season 2, she is willing to help Carmen after seeing evidence that she is on the side of good. However she changes her tune by the end of the season.
  • The Reveal: She killed Carmen’s father during an Interpol raid on his villa. To be fair, it's clearly shown that she's in shock when he falls to the ground and drops his car keys: her expression before pulling the trigger clearly telegraphs that she thought Wolfe was going to pull a gun on her and she reacted accordingly.
  • Shoot Him! He Has a... Wallet: Shot Carmen's father dead when he was pulling car keys out of his pocket, clearly believing that he was drawing a weapon at the time.
  • This Means War!: When Carmen has Player hack into ACME’s database, the Chief declares that Carmen has crossed a line and reauthorizes Chase to go after Carmen.
  • Walking Spoiler: Given that ACME wasn't even mentioned in promotional material, the fact that she's in the show at all makes her this. Beyond that, season 2's finale reveals she is the linchpin that ties Carmen's past to V.I.L.E., having shot her father as an Interpol agent years before and prompting Shadow-san to take back the infant Carmen to V.I.L.E. island before destroying the home she lived in with her father.
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