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Michael "Big Mike" Tucker
Portrayed by Mark Christopher Lawrence
Manager of the Burbank Buy More and Morgan's stepfather, he rules his store with an iron fist...or pretends he does. There's a reason why it has amassed its particular collection of freaks. He enjoys fishing, and taking down thieves.
Tropes associated with Big Mike:
- Badass Normal: He knocks the hell out of Leader when Casey was cornered. He later also takes down Hugo Panzer with a stun baton.
- Bald, Black Leader Guy: He's big, he's black, and he's big, and everyone in the Buy More knows he's the boss.
- Benevolent Boss: The Burbank Buy More has 3-hour lunches. The only reason the store has accumulated as many freaks at it has is because of his benevolence.
- Berserk Button: You do NOT mess with this man's Buy More. See Badass Normal for the consequences.
- I Banged Your Mom: When he first started dating Morgan's mom, Morgan was not thrilled. Now he and Morgan are quite close.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a bit of an ass who only thinks about himself and the store, but he always looks out for his employees. Except for Jeff and Lester.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Big Mike is pretty much the only character to never find out about Chuck's spy life. Ironically, he's possibly kicked more bad guy ass than the other non in-the-loop characters combined.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Is a pretty greedy businessman and somewhat lazy, but ultimately a good guy
- Parental Substitute: After he begins sleeping with Morgan's mother, he views Morgan as his surrogate son and takes him under his wing.
Harold Tiberius "Harry" Tang
Portrayed by C.S. Lee
A loud, short-tempered salesman at the Buy More during Season 1. He is Chuck's main rival for the position of assistant manager, which Chuck loses due to his duties as a spy. Harry and Chuck strongly dislike each other and when Harry becomes assistant manager, he does whatever he can to make Chuck's job harder. After he accidentally finds out that Chuck, Casey, and Sarah are spies, he and his wife are relocated to Oahu, Hawaii where he is made into the manager of a pineapple plant and appears to be quite happy. However, he believes that Casey has recruited him as a spy and that his new job is just a cover.
Tropes associated with Harry Tang:
- Mistaken for Cheating: Harry gets a tape of his wife asking Morgan to help her pick out a gift for her husband and mistakenly believes that she is having an affair. He intends to catch them in the act, only to walk into a meeting between Team Chuck and General Beckman and Director Graham. Funnily enough, his wife IS cheating on him, but with Big Mike.
- Put on a Bus: Due to C.S. Lee's commitments with Dexter.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Maybe a little TOO on the nose.
- Unfortunate Names: Of the Double Entendre variety.
Portrayed by Vik Sahay
Fellow Nerd-Herder from the Buy More, Lester works under Chuck, and with his best friend Jeff. He is the lead-singer of their band, Jeffster!, is a specialist in Apple products, and is proud of his talent as a professional stalker.
Tropes associated with Lester:
- Abhorrent Admirer: A variation. While he's nowhere near that ugly, he's terrifyingly creepy towards all of his stalkees.
- Also, when Jeff is brought up to normal by Awesome, Lester tries to Murder the Hypotenuse of Jeff's brain!.
- Casanova Wannabe: Although he's cute, his tactics for seducing women ensure that he couldn't get laid in a monkey whorehouse with a sack full of bananas.
- Clingy Jealous Dude: He has serious co-dependency issues with Jeff. He even tries to be best friends with Morgan to make him jealous in "Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer".
- Handsome Lech: Though not handsome in show he's a creepy, creepy guy.
- Jerkass: Treats Jeff like crap, and is overall just a toxic nuisance for the Buy More.
- Mistaken for Gay: Was mistaken for a gay woman at one point, though he didn't hear it so we don't know what his reaction would have been.
- Small Name, Big Ego. Oh, dear GOD.Lester: The words "Hero", "Savior"... "God" are thrown around. We deserve them.
- The Sociopath: He pretty much checks off every category, but typically, sociopaths are also manipulative and intelligent. Lester is a complete moron.
- Those Two Guys: With Jeff.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Of the incredibly dickish variety. He's pretty much the "brains" behind all their pathetic schemes. He's also absurdly dependent on his one only friendship with Jeff, that he's willing to poison him (along with Big Mike) when Awesome fixes him up.
- Twofer Token Minority: He's a Hinjew. This actually becomes a plot point in Season 5 when his assholeness just a bit too far and he's locked up in prison. He claims that Jeff will never move on and find another talented Hinjew singer.
Portrayed by Scott Krinsky
Fellow Nerd-Herder from the Buy More, Jeff works under Chuck, and with his best friend Lester. He plays the instruments and edits the videos for their band, Jeffster! He's also an Apple specialist, and quite possibly the creepiest guy in the world. Turns out, he's actually a very intelligent, sensitive and sweet guy. His peculiar behavior was the result of constant carbon monoxide poisoning and Lester's toxic influence, who IS the creepiest guy in the world.
Tropes associated with Jeff:
- Abhorrent Admirer: Admires and wants to stalk Chuck of all people... All women, especially overweight housewives shopping for Beastmasters and pregnant women, should also beware...
- Abusive Parents"I like pineapples. My Dad used to throw them at me."
- The Alcoholic: And how. He can chug two entire six-packs in under a minute."I am....Spartacus!"
- Casanova Wannabe: He's Lester minus the cuteness, so needless to say his luck with the ladies is even worse.
- That being said, he still gets kissed by a woman (completely willingly) before Lester. This woman? ELLIE.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A very, very creepy variant.
- The Cuckoo Lander Was Right: Whenever he puts forth some kind of idea or theory, it will get rejected despite him being 100% right. Example: When told to write down who has Ellie's missing laptop purely from his memory banks, he writes down CIA. Despite the fact that the CIA HAS the laptop, Lester tosses it aside.
- After he's prescribed a good night sleep in season 5, he stops being this, and more of a normal person, much to Lester's shock. It's implied that his... eccentricity was caused by the fact that he didn't get any REM sleep, due to living in his van.
- With it running while he slept, implying carbon monoxide poisoning
- A Day in the Limelight: "Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer". Jeff is the only character not related to Chuck's spy work that got his own episode.
- Hidden Depths: Amazingly so. Jeff is one of the first characters to really remark on how Sarah is Chuck's true love when he's briefly dating Hannah, even though the rest of the cast thinks Chuck really "has it going." When Lester makes a total mess of Chuck and Sarah's wedding video he not only fixes it, but produces an incredibly sweet and romantic tribute. Ellie is so astonished that she even kisses him. It's eventually revealed that much of Jeff's creepy behavior is the result of probable Carbon Monoxide poisoning from sleeping in his van while it's running, so it's implied that Jeff is actually a very intelligent and sensitive guy.
- I Am Spartacus: Literally says this after he chugs 12 cans of beer.... at once!
- Only Sane Man: Quickly assumes the role with practically any situation when Awesome figures out exactly what's wrong with him, and properly fixes him up.
- Suddenly Always Knew That: His past as a video game champion is very important in one episode. Subverted when Chuck needs to take his place after he passes out from being too nervous.
- Those Two Guys: With Lester
Portrayed by Julia Ling
Another Nerd-Herder from the Buy-More, Anna Wu is Morgan's ex-girlfriend. She gives off a very prostitute-y vibe, and has a rather colorful relationship history.
Tropes associated with Anna:
- Action Girl: She got her own spot in the limelight when she kicked Mitt's ass with a pair of camera tripods. Casey even recommended her for field duty.
- Bi the Way: Apparently has a very colorful history with relationships. That said...
- But Not Too Bi: She still seems to prefer guys, if Morgan is an indicator.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She was very insecure of Morgan's attraction to Ellie.
- Perky Goth Girl: Has both the style and attitude.
- Put on a Bus: For season 3, due to budget cuts.
- The Bus Came Back: For "Chuck Versus the Tooth."
- The Smurfette Principle: She was the only female working in the Nerd Herd.
- Twofer Token Minority: Asian and female.
- Waif-Fu: Surprisingly tough in a cage match!
- Will They or Won't They?: Lampshaded. Her relationship with Morgan is an on-off arrangement depending on her mood that changes practically every week.
Portrayed by Tony Hale
An efficiency expert sent from Buy More corporate, Emmett was quickly promoted to Big Mike's assistant manager. His massive douchebaggery shined through as he used Morgan to get Big Mike demoted to a simple green-shirt.
Soon after his promotion, he was shot and killed by Javier Cruz.
Tropes associated with Emmett:
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: For pretty much everyone else.
- Eye Scream: Not a lot of screaming, but definitely got shot in the eye.
- Fatal Flaw: His delusions of authority.
- Jerkass: By far one of the most unpleasant characters of the series.
- Killed Off for Real: He's killed by an assassin after he calls him a pussy.
- Manipulative Bastard: He manipulated Morgan on the promise of being promoted out of Buy More, only to be promoted to Big Mike's position and knocking Big Mike down to a green shirt.
- Mugging The Monsters:
- Threatening one of the most dangerous, pissed-off assassins in the world with mace and calling him a pussy usually doesn't end well...
- Before that, he harassed a depressed Chuck to the point Chuck had a 2.0 flash (which generally happen when Chuck is in danger), then taunt and threaten him after Chuck has what looks like a panic attack as he tries to suppress the urge to kick his ass. He's lucky that it was the armed assassin who snapped and not Chuck, given what Chuck could have done to him.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: A beat for beat replacement for Harry. That said, unlike Harry, Emmett is a genuine thorn for both Morgan and Casey.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Shot while "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips plays in the background.
- The Sociopath: His egotistical demeanour, enjoyment of making people feel as horrible and humiliated as he can make them (especially his treatment of Big Mike, even though Mike actually liked him), willingness to emotionally manipulate people who trust him, general disregard for other human beings, and his lack of care for the safety of the people in the Buy More during a hostage situation, all point to him having some serious Sociopathic leanings. Had a more serious villain demonstrated any of the same traits, he'd be
- The Starscream: Manipulates Morgan all in an effort to betray Big Mike and snatch the manager's position.
- Smug Snake: Even though he made himself the manager of Buy More, his delusions of authority and petty nature almost constantly threaten to undo his position. His death was a natural conclusion of his inabilities to not twist the knife along with keeping his mouth shut.
- Too Dumb to Live: One really wonders what was going on in his head when he decided to call the intimidating man who threatens him a pussy. Even if the guy isnt an assassin it was still a fundamentally idiotic decision.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: The majority of the Season 2 story arc revolves around his pathetic machinations.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Harry Tang.
- Tragic Mistake: Don't pick fights with shady looking guys behind the Buy More!
Portrayed by Kristin Kreuk
A cute, spunky computer expert whom Chuck met on a plane to Paris. Being fired from her job, Chuck offered her to work with him at the Nerd Herd - an offer she accepted. But, with Chuck being a super-spy who has to lie about every little thing to her, their building romantic relationship was very short lived.
Troped associated with Hannah:
- Distressed Damsel: A Ring operative uses her to get back at Chuck and Shaw by trading her for a weaponized virus. Chuck manages to save her however.
- No Name Given: We really only learn her first name.
- Only Sane Employee: During her brief tenure as a Nerd Herder, she definitely gets the impression she's this. And her impression includes Chuck, who normally fits into the role.
- Put on a Bus: Her story arc lasts for only a handful of episodes before Chuck realizes (again) that he really wants Sarah.
- Romantic False Lead: Sure, she's hot, but did you really expect her to get in the way of Chuck and Sarah permanently?
- The Smurfette Principle: After Anna Wu was Put on a Bus for budget reasons, Hannah becomes the token female Nerd Herder.