Charles "Charlie" Townsend
Charles 'Charlie' Townsend
- Played by Robert Clotworthy (2019 film), John Forsythe (all other appearances)
- Big Good: The Angels all work for him and his agency is dedicated to stopping high-profile crimes, and he's as honest and charming as they come.
- Chick Magnet: Charlie frequently has a new girl entertaining (read: having sex) with him at the end of most episodes.
- Determinator: He will push himself and the angels to their limits just to solve a case. He's so determined to make sure none of the angels see his face that he goes out of his way to do dangerous things, such as picklocking his handcuffs and swimming to shore with his captors around, abandoning the angels on a remote island, etc. The only angel in the entire franchise (within the tv show and 2000s film continuity) to ever see him in person is Dylan Sanders.
- Double Entendre: You could fill a book with the number of these Charlie drops when showing off his Girl of the Week.
- A Father to His Men: He's very kind and polite to the Angels, and got them out of unfulfilling police work and into a high-risk yet very rewarding life that the girls are very good at and find fulfilling.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Nobody has ever seen him, he only communicates with his workers through a speaker box. However, Dylan does see him at the beach from a distance (but doesn't tell the others, to respect Charlie's privacy).
- Magnetic Hero: All three of the girls stick with him because of all that he's done for them, and his charisma doesn't hurt either.
- Mysterious Employer: None of his employees but Dylan has ever seen him.
- Only One Name: He's often referred to as Charlie, but his full name is Charles Townsend.
- Retired Badass: Former special forces.
- Secondary Character Title: The Angels work for him, hence, "Charlie's Angels", but he is never even properly seen.
- The Voice: Along with He Who Must Not Be Seen, we never see his face, only hearing his voice, and most of the time from behind a radio. If we do see him in "person", it's parts of his body that are holding the phone, not his actual face. Part of his face is shown in the series finale "Let Our Angel Live", but most of it is covered by a surgical mask.
Played by David Doyle (original series), Bill Murray (in 2000 film), and Bernie Mac (in Full Throttle).
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Bill Murray and Bernie Mac's Bosley is tall, lean and handsome compared to David Doyle's slow, out-of-shape Bosley.
- Butt-Monkey: Frequently the target of the angels' jokes and pranks.
- Camp Straight
- Cartwright Curse: Has terrible luck with women, you might just want to hug him. Any woman he deems to be 'the one' either turns out to be the Femme Fatale or a woman with crippling self-esteem who just vanishes by the next episode.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Bill Murray's Bosley neither makes an appearance nor isn't he mentioned by the angels in Full Throttle, despite the girls treating him like their teddy bear in the first film.
- Determinator: Like the angels, will go through hell and back in order to solve a case. Will also go out of his way to protect Charlie's identity, which apparently includes Charlie's shirt size. He even lightly admonishes Kelly in one episode for daring to ask Charlie if he's ever had children.
- Has a Type: Because he's a middle-aged man, naturally he desires older women.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: How Bosley is treated.
- Non-Action Guy: Mostly serves to relay messages between Charlie and the angels, though in some occasions he will run into some action, including drawing his gun on suspects.
- Number Two: To Charlie as the chief consultant and partner of the Angels.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Except not really. The Bosley in the sequel is his adoptive brother.
Sabrina "Bri" Duncan
Sabrina 'Bri' Duncan (née Blaylock)
Played by Kate Jackson
- Babies Ever After: Sabrina was apparently suppose to return to work after getting married, but got pregnant on her honeymoon.
- Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Brains; She usually acted as leader, put the clues together, and solved the crime. She's visibly the oldest of the trio. This doesn't take away from her looks though.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After her departure sometime before season 4, her name is occasionally tossed around in "Love Boat Angels". After this, she's never brought up again.
- Eagle-Eye Detection: All the Angels possess this ability to a degree, but in the early episode "Lady Killer," she is able to instantly realize that a bed has been hooked up to electrocute a man just by glancing at it, warning the guy in time.
- Vapor Wear: Averted. She not only tended to wear less Stripperiffic clothing than her colleagues, but actually even wore a bra sometimes.
Played by Farrah FawcettSecondary angel in Charlie's team who's also a sports ace. She leaves the team after a year to pursue a career in racing in Europe. Her spot on the team is filled in by her younger sister, Kris.
- Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Brawn; Somewhat surprisingly since the opening showed Kelly doing Judo and Sabrina driving a racecar, yet it was Jill who was portrayed as the athlete of the three.
- Breakout Character: Despite the fact that she only starred in the first season, she is considered by many fans to be the most popular (for reasons not unconnected with her being played by Farrah Fawcett-Majors)
- Cartwright Curse: Her potentially long-term relationships have a way of crashing and burning. Her fiancé in "Angel Come Home" is killed in race car bomb that was meant for Jill, and a former boyfriend of hers during the races is also killed when, after Jill leaves Europe, he crashes a racecar, killing himself.
- Commuting on a Bus: Jill begins making occasional appearances throughout seasons 3 and 4. note Justified in that being Kris' sister, she had to be brought up sometime.
- Dumb Blonde: Averted. She's just as intelligent and alert as her brunette counterparts.
- In Love with the Mark: She clearly had romantic feelings for Damien Roth, the man she was asked to investigate by Charlie post-retirement. However, she still decides to arrest him in the end.
- Ms. Fanservice: Even on a show like this she fits the example the most, the poster of her in a red swimsuit being quite famous.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves after just one year, but she occasionally visits her former team.
- Revenge: Becomes the target of this in season 3 when the father of an old flame of hers who committed suicide kidnaps Kris, plans to throw her out of a helicopter while forcing Jill to watch.
Played by Jaclyn Smith
- Action Girl: Easily the most capable of the trio. She's highly skilled with a gun, in hand-to-hand combat, lying when the need arises.
- Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Beauty; Insomuch as they were all pretty much this, she was portrayed as the classic beauty.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The brunette.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She's hypnotized into believing that Jill is a childhood nemesis of hers in disguise, and tries to kill her.
- The Cameo: In Full Throttle, an elderly Kelly Garrett shows up at a bar to convince Dylan Sanders to rejoin the angels. Whether she was really there or if she was a figment of Dylan's imagination is left up to interpretation.
- Informed Attractiveness: Most of the men throughout the series, including the male antagonists, have taken to pointing out Kelly's beauty. On rare occasions this, on par with her kindness and her compassion, will get the Big Bad or one of his mooks to make HeelFace Turn for her sake. On the other hand, Jaclyn Smith really was gorgeous, she just didn't stand out as much because of the cast of Ms. Fanservice. (if you look up some of her later work, she stayed gorgeous well into her fifties)
- Orphanage of Love: If "Target: Angels" is of any indication, Kelly was raised in one of these, as she's clearly on good terms with most of the nuns. The exception being one particular nun who used to lock her in the closet for misbehavior. This is used against her when a weekly Big Bad hypnotizes Kelly into killing Jill by making her believe she [Jill] was said nun in disguise.
- Parental Abandonment: She was raised in an orphanage since infanthood.
- Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: In "One Love...Two Angels, Part II", Kelly and Kris turn on each other when it's discovered that they've both fallen in love with Bill Cord, and neither one intended to step down. By the end of the episode they both hand in their resignations so as to not have to work together anymore, but Bosley and Charlie talk them out of it, leading the two angels to rekindle their friendship.
- ''Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: Happens to her twice...and she survives both times. Note the first time wasn't treated as such a big deal.
Kristine "Kris" Monroe
Kristine 'Kris' Munroe
Played by Cheryl LaddJill Munroe's younger sister who joins Charlie's team in season 2 following Jill's departure.
- Action Girl: Downplayed when compared to Jill, Sabrina or Kelly. She's skilled with a gun, but she's easily beaten in physical combat, even with other women. For this reason she usually needs Kelly by her side.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The blonde.
- Break the Cutie: When she's kidnapped by a man and his adult children out of revenge for the death of his wife in prison, she tries to make the distraught man understand that she only arrested the wife on prostitution charges. However, by the time Kris gets locked up in the man's house, listening to him rant on about her part in his wife's death, she completely loses it screaming in tears that his wife probably felt forced into prostituting herself because of how dirt-poor he treated her and the children, and finishes by telling him to burn in Hell.
- Butt-Monkey: She's almost always the near-victim of the Big Bad's ploy. Thankfully, she's always saved in time by her fellow angels.
- The Load: Frequently becomes Damsel in Distress, judging by the number of times she's been kidnapped, knocked out, held at gunpoint, beaten and intimidated (and by other women no less), and flirting with men who just happen to be the Big Bad or one of his mooks. As mentioned above, she mostly gets out of these only because Kelly saves in time.
- Ms. Fanservice: Wears swimsuit bikinis that were quite scandalous for their time.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: It's only in the fifth and final season that we find out that 'Kris' is short for 'Kristine'.
- Remember the New Guy?: Jill never gave any indication on-screen that she had any siblings, yet according to Kelly and Sabrina, she did talk about her ponytail-wearing and braces-wearing little sister at some point.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She's a blonde who takes Jill's place in the team. Justified, as she's Jill's sister. Bosley even takes the time to point out that she has her sister's sly sense of humour. Subverted in later episodes when Kris begins to develop her own distinct personality that visibly differs from Jill's.
- Sweater Girl: She wore sweaters from time to time.
- These Hands Have Killed: She freezes and eventually starts bawling when she fatally shoots a suspect for the first time. Subverted when Charlie informs the angels that the man will recover from his gunshot wound.
- Tomboyish Name: Her name is Kris, which is short for Kristine.
Played by Shelley HackFormer policewoman from Boston who joins Charlie's team after Sabrina's departure.
- Always Someone Better: A downplayed example. In her introductory episode "Loveboat Angels" she frets over her newbie status in the group, and how she will never be as close to Kelly and Kris the way Sabrina was.
- Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: She's certainly beautiful, something she exploits in "Three for the Money", and she's just as intelligent as her friends. Her brawn is shown in "Angels on Campus" when she kicks a tall, brawny man over a table and holding everyone in the room at gunpoint.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She quickly becomes this after her departure back to Boston. She's quickly replaced with reformed petty criminal Julie, and is practically forgotten by the remaining Angels from that point on.
- Cousin Oliver: The viewing public treated her this way when she came in to replace Sabrina.
- Old Friend: Not Tiffany but rather her father, who was childhood friends with Charlie.
- Static Character: Tiffany is perhaps the only angel to receive little Character Development. All we know is that she was a policewoman in Boston, her father was a childhood friend of Charlie's, was sorority president, and she apparently knows Latin.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Like her successor Sabrina, she's visibly the oldest of the trio, and while she's doesn't avert the Vapor Wear trope, she still dresses fairly conservative in comparison to her colleagues.
Played by Tanya RobertsFormer juvenile delinquent who eventually worked with her parole officer to expose a drug trade within the modeling industry. Later joins Charlie's team, replacing Tiffany.
- Alcoholic Parent: Julie's mother was an alcoholic, which eventually killed her. Julie had to constantly deal with her mother's drinking problem while growing up, which forced her to develop a tough edge.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead. Oddly enough, this trope didn't really come into effect until Julie's arrival. Sabrina was a brunette, and Tiffany a blonde.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Unlike Sabrina and Tiffany who were policewomen (enforcers of the law) and were the eldest of the trio, Julie is an ordinary citizen with a criminal background (until her reformation), and appears to be as young, if not a bit younger, than Kris.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father walked out on her and her mother when Julie was too young to remember.
- Hurting Hero: She discovers the body of her roommate and best friend, Jodie Mills, which sends Julie into a nervous breakdown. Two days later, she arrives at the beach too late to save her other friend, Terry, from committing suicide via drowning. And to top it off, just mere seconds later, her parole officer Harry, who was like a father to her, is shot dead by mooks. At his funeral, Julie is so enraged out of her mind, she demands that the angels leave the Big Bad to her so she can personally avenge Harry's death.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Unlike Sabrina, Jill, Kelly, Kris, and Tiffany who were all former police women, dedicated in upholding the law, Julie has a criminal background originating from her teenage years. Her few police-like skills were acquired over the years from working alongside her parole officer. However, her tough edge and street smarts give her an advantage over the other angels, who work more by-the-book.
- Locked Out of the Loop: She's the only replacement angel to have never met Jill Munroe. She was also never spoken to about Sabrina Duncan.
- Missing Mom: According to Bosley, her mother died two years before the events of "Angel in Hiding" as a result of acute alcoholism. Her father is also missing, as he had walked out on the family when Julie was too young to remember.
Played by Cameron Diaz
- Adorkable: She's cute, loves to dance (her introduction scene shows her dancing to disco music in Spiderman underwear), and gets very awkward around guys she likes.
- Badass Adorable: She's a cute blonde who can easily kick your butt.
- The Cutie: She's an adorable, upbeat, happy-go-lucky-blonde.
- Drives Like Crazy: The scene of her as a teenager in drivers ed shows her as this, driving the car sideways.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: She's usually the one who serves as Ms. Fanservice and the distraction.
- Friend to All Living Things: Is seen helping a cow give birth, and knows quite a bit about bird cries.
- Geeky Turn-On: We see her wake up wearing Spider-Man underoos.
- Genius Ditz: She comes off as a bit airheaded but is able to track down the missing Bosley's location just by hearing a bird of a particular species chirp. She was also shoemwn have some knowledge of veterinarian procedures in the second film.
- Genki Girl: It's rare that she isn't energetic and optimistic.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has light blonde hair and is the sweetest of the Angels.
Dylan Sanders / Helen Zass
Played by Drew Barrymore
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: The other girls get aware of this in the sequels, and lampshades it. First she (unintentionally) falls for Knox, who's secretly the Big Bad and the Thin Man in the sequel.
- Fiery Redhead: Hes rusty red hair and does not take well to having her lighter taken.
- Good Bad Girl: She was a delinquint in her teens, smoking in a bathroom and flipping off the camera and hung around with a bad guy like Seamus, but is heroic and works to stop the true bad guys.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She has this coloring and is a highly competent private investigator.
- Tomboy: She likes rock music, bad boys, has a bit of a temper, and is generally a lot less girly than sophisticated Alex and Genki Girl Natalie.
- Tomboyish Name: Dylan, but her real name is Helen.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She does wear skirts and dresses, including flowery ones.
- Unfortunate Names: Her birth name is Helen Zass. Say it slowly aloud.
Played by Lucy Liu
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's the quietest of the girls and coldly shuns attempts to hit on her from men (but to be fair, she isn't single).
- Brainy Brunette: She has raven black hair and is by far the most educated of the bunch, even being a chess master.
- Lethal Chef: Chinese battle muffins! Dylan hits Natalie with one in the chest and it looks like it hurt.
Played by Naomi Scott
- Adorkable: A lot of the humor in the movie comes from how awkward she feels from the situation she finds herself in. Also, she tries to psych herself up for a speech by rapping.
- Badass Bookworm: In addition to an expert engineer and programmer, she also takes Krav Maga classes. That said, she fares much worse in combat compared to Sabina and Jane due to lacking their combat skills.
- Rookie Red Ranger: To a degree; she only becomes an official Angel at the end of the film, but plays an important part in the crisis due to her knowledge of the system they're investigating.
Played by Kristen Stewart
- Ambiguously Bi: Sabina mentions she has an ex-fiancée but doesn't disclose their gender and shares a lot of Ship Tease with her female teammates. Being played by openly bisexual Kristen Stewart helps.
- Bifauxnen: Has a more masculine appearance than her fellow Angels due to her short haircut and strong facial features.
- Big Eater: When she's not eating, Sabina tends to think about food a lot.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She is interested in random facts, gets distracted easily, and tends to spout out whatever is on her mind, even in the middle of a fight.
Played by Ella Balinska
- Action Girl: The most physically capable Angel. Fittingly, she is much taller than Elena and Sabina.
- Statuesque Stunner: Her actress is played by 5' 10'' and she is very beautiful.
- You Killed My Father: Is motivated to take down Hodak personally after he kills Edgar, her father figure.
Played by Demi Moore
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Doesn't express emotion much.
- Ambiguously Gay: She doesn't have a male love interest and shares some onscreen Les Yay with Natalie.
- Big Bad: She serves as the main antagonist of the second film, hoping to kill the Angels, Bosely and Charlie.
- Combat Stilettos: How does she manage to walk so well in high heels?
- Dark Action Girl: Able to take on all three angels by herself? She definitely qualifies.
- Kick Chick: Prone to using kicks as her primary moves.
- Deadpan Snarker"Ah, the Angels Ass-Kicking Pose!"
- FaceHeel Turn: According to Charlie, she was a good person but turned evil on her own terms due to her arrogance.
- Fallen Hero: She had been an angel but quit, due to her arrogance.
- Femme Fatalons: her nails are definitely claw-like.
- Gangsta Style: With a gold-plated Desert Eagle .50 Action Express.
- A God Am I: Has a huge God complex and believes herself to be higher and mightier than an Angel.
- Going Fur a Swim: Wore a bikini and full length sable coat.
- Guns Akimbo: With two gold-plated Desert Eagle .50 Action Express.
- I Just Want to Be Special: After recovering from an injury from a botched mission as a result of not waiting for backup, she believed that a greater destiny awaited her, greater than taking orders via speakerbox.Charlie: Do not do this Madison. Taking the lives of innocent people is not the answer. There must be something in you that's still good.
Madison: (teary eyed) I was never good. (shoots Charlie's speaker box) I was great.
- It's All About Me: She was never a team player.
- Ms. Fanservice: Obviously- it's Demi Moore wearing just a bikini and fur coat.
- Psycho Lesbian: Given the fact that we never see her having an intimate moment with a man and later she lustfully kiss Natalie on the cheek while she has her at gunpoint she either could be this or a Depraved Bisexual.
- Satanic Archetype: Her backstory is clearly an allegory of the story of Satan. Fallen angel? Get it? Hence why she's often depicted against fiery backgrounds and dies falling into a fiery pit. "She is so fired!"
- "Why be an Angel when I can play God?"
- She's Got Legs: She shows off a great deal of her toned legs, from her beach scene to her wearing a bikini and fur.
- Two First Names: Her full name consists of only two common first names, Madison and Lee.
The Thin Man
The Thin Man/ Anthony
Played by Crispin Glover
- Anti-Hero: In the second movie. He tries to help the angels.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He's an expert sword fighter and assassin in a sharp suit.
- Big Brother Instinct: He has no monetary motivation to save Max in the second film; Max is just a kid from the same orphanage he's from.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Pale? Check. Black hair? Check. Creepy bad guy (at first)? Check.
- Fetish: The Thin Man has one for hair, yanking out some of Alex's and Dylan's and rubbing it on his face.
- Lean and Mean: He's quite thin and is on the Big Bad's side in the first film.
- No Name Given: The Thin Man is only ever referred to as this (either that, or "Creepy Thin Man") for the first movie - the second movie, however, reveals that his real name is Anthony (his surname is not given, however).
- Punch-Clock Villain: It's revealed in the second film that he is monetarily supporting the orphanage he grew up in, meaning his role as a villain in the first film was likely this, since Knox was paying him. He doesn't seem to have any ill will toward the Angels either, further supporting this.
- Redemption Equals Death: After he helps the Angels and shares a Big Damn Kiss with Dylan, Seamus murders him.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Always has slicked-back hair and a nice suit on.
- The Speechless: He never speaks a word to anyone. Only screams when he gets a lock of hair. Just when he is about to speak to Dylan, he gets killed.
- Would Hit a Girl: He fights tough against the Angels.
Seamus O' Grady
Played by Justin Theroux
- The Dragon: To Madison.
- Hate Sink: Seamus O'Grady is an Irish mobster who dated and was put away by Dylan who ended up in Witness Protection because of it. Released early from prison, he taunts and fights Dylan and threatens to kill her friends Natalie and Angel Alex Munday just to hurt her even more. During the climax, O'Grady kills the Thin Man by stabbing him in the back with his own blade.
- Psycho Ex-Boyfriend: To Dylan. He had attempted to have her murdered for seeing him kill someone else.
- Tattooed Crook
- Would Hit a Girl Especially Dylan, after she learned he's a killer.
Played by Sam Rockwell
- Adorkable: Eric Knox is a "warm, fuzzy" kind of guy. It's all an act.
- Big Bad: Of the first film.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He comes off as an affable guy, and develops a relationship with Dylan. It's all an act.
- The Chessmaster: His kidnapping is a set-up.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Manipulative Bastard: He stages his kidnapping to gain the Angels' trust and trick them into helping him obtain the Red Star software, so he can kill Charlie and dispose of the Angels after they are no longer useful.
- You Killed My Father: His motive to kill Charlie; he believes Charlie was responsible for his father's death, but he's wrong. Not that he lived to find out.
- Would Hit a Girl: He has no problem with taking on the Angels in a physical fight or trying to shoot at Dylan.
John Bosley (Second)
Played by Patrick Stewart
Played by Jonathan Tucker