Team Bartowski | Buy More | The CIA and Other Spies | FULCRUM | The Ring | Volkoff Industries | Everyone Else
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Portrayed by Matt Bomer
Chuck's old college buddy and roommate, Bryce is responsible for getting Chuck kicked out of college by framing him for cheating on a test - in truth, he was only saving Chuck from the spy life since he was already being scouted by the CIA. In the end, however, Bryce ended up sending the Intersect to Chuck and starting the whole chain of events as he only trusted Chuck with the Intersect.
Tropes Associated with Bryce:
- The Ace: Consistently portrayed as one of CIA's best. Even Chuck runs out of things to compliment him on.
- Arch-Enemy: Casey's. The two weren't very fond of each other before, but Casey shooting him and damn near killing him really soured it. Their immediate reactions to seeing one another is to immediately pull a gun and shoot to kill.
- Big Damn Heroes: His calling card - in almost all of his appearances, he ends up saving Chuck's ass.
- Bilingual Bonus: Like Chuck, he's also quite fluent in Klingon, if not more so as he comments that Chuck has gotten rusty. Yes, Bryce is so much The Ace that he even makes something as hilariously nerdy as speaking Klingon come off badass and efficient.
- Broken Ace: Like Sarah, he too feels like the CIA life ruined him as a person. He outright and utterly betrayed Chuck's friendship and trust so that he doesn't get roped into it.
- Guile Hero: He plays Chuck like a harp.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Is killed by Miles just before he had a chance to destroy the Intersect 2.0 as a final request to Orion.
- Hollywood Nerd: He protected the Intersect images with a password inspired by Zork, plays Ever Quest, and speaks fluent Klingon. It's their shared passion for geeky subjects that helped him and Chuck bond at Stanford.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He comes off cold and aloof at best, a total dick at worst. But underneath that he's a good person at heart. He got Chuck kicked out of college by framing him for cheating on a test, but he actually did that to protect Chuck; the CIA was going to recruit him and he didn't think Chuck was suited to that life so he got Chuck expelled to make them think he wasn't qualified.
- Moment Killer: Bryce is a walking, talking cockblock.
- Mr. Fanservice: It's Matt Bomer. Of course they're gonna put him in sharp outfits and take his shirt off at least once.
- Romantic False Lead: He was Sarah's main love interest for the first two seasons, until he was Killed Off for Real in the Season 2 finale.
- Undying Loyalty: Love and loyalty for country is fine and all, but Bryce's loyalty will always be to Sarah, Chuck and most of all Orion.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Sacrificed his friendship with Chuck to give Chuck a chance at a normal life. That said he still very much loves him like a brother and tries to look out for him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Upon finding out that stealing the Intersect was a FULCRUM-issued mission (while he was already well into it), he makes a last-ditch effort to preserve it by sending it to Chuck before Casey can stop him.
Stephen J. Bartowski / Orion
Portrayed by Scott Bakula
Chuck and Ellie's estranged father, he is later revealed to have been a CIA spy, engineer, and creator of the Intersect - codenamed Orion. After discovering what the Intersect was truly capable of, he abandoned Chuck and Ellie to protect them from Fulcrum and The Ring.
He was later shot and killed by Daniel Shaw.
Tropes associated with Stephen:
- Actor Allusion: Done twice in Stephen's first appearance.
- A very familiar Catchphrase shows up quite early in the episode.Ellie (in shock at seeing her father): I want pancakes.Stephen (equally shocked at her reaction): Oh boy!
- A meta example occurred in the network lead-in to the episode, done by Bakula in which he mentions feeling like he's "been here before." Quantum Leap aired on NBC (though regrettably for the reference, never on the Mondays at 8pm Eastern Time slot Chuck occupied at the time).
- A very familiar Catchphrase shows up quite early in the episode.
- The Atoner: He feels really bad about abandoning his kids.
- He also seems to have spent years trying to atone for turning his best friend, Hartley Winterbottom into the ax crazy arms dealer Alexei Volkroff, and convincing his wife (a CIA agent) to go rogue to look after him.
- Badass Bookworm: The man was on the run from the government and Fulcrum for ten years and regularly kicks the crap out of secret agents.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Eccentric and little air-headed, certainly, but no less capable.
- Catchphrase: "Aces, Charles".
- Disappeared Dad: A good chunk of the show's drama is Chuck and Ellie coming to terms with his leaving them when they were young, and that was after their own mom left. He needed to run to protect them from Ted Roark.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: "This disk will self-destruct in 5 seconds".
- Ironic Nickname: Orion the Hunter yet he has spent most of his adult life being the hunted.
- Makes more sense with the backstory revealed in season four. Seeing how he spent years keeping track of his best friend Hartley, (AKA Alexei Volkroff) who he accidentally turned into an ax crazy arms dealer, and his wife, who took it upon herself to look after Hartley.
- Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of Daniel Shaw.
- Minored in Ass-Kicking: He's a Techno Wizard first and foremost, but can most definitely hold his own in a fight. He knocked out and incapacitated Vincent and his goons without much effort, and it's implied he had to do this regularly while on the run.
- Omniscient Database: A beta version of the Intersect is in his head. When we see his flashes, the images move much more slowly than they do when Chuck flashes.
- Properly Paranoid: He thinks that "the bastards are watching [his] every move". He says that in a room with Sarah, and he's completely right.
- Of course he knew Sarah was CIA all along, and only allowed her to find him in the first place because he allowed her to.
- Techno Wizard: Whether it's a computer, a phone or a microwave, there's NOTHING this guy can't do with technology.
Portrayed by Tony Todd
Graham was the Director of the CIA, and the direct supervisor of the Intersect Project, along with Sarah's superior. He recruited Sarah when she was in high school after he apprehended her father for conning a dangerous individual - claiming he saved them both. It is assumed he is the only other person to have known Sarah's real full name.
He was killed at the beginning of Season 2 after the rebuilt Intersect was sabotaged by Fulcrum.
Tropes associated with Graham:
- Actually Pretty Funny: A jerkass who is always a consummate professional, he's nevertheless amused when he receives a Fedex package from Chuck....with a priceless diamond used to fund terrorism just bouncing around inside.
- Da Chief: The director of the CIA.
- Jerkass: He's essentially Beckman without any of the sympathetic qualities.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies in an explosion in the Season 2 premiere.
- Manipulative Bastard: If his interactions with Sarah were any indicator, he's very font of using emotional blackmail to get people to do what he wants.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Graham was supposed to have survived longer than intended, but his death came about due to Tony Todd appearing on 24 that same year.
- The Stoic: Has a perpetual poker-face that he only shed twice: When Chuck mailed him a priceless diamond in a Fedex box, and when he was blown up by FULCRUM.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Seems to have this attitude even more than Beckman. The only thing that saved Chuck's safe was Graham's own demise - and the destruction of the Intersect with him.
Portrayed by Jonathan Cake
Barker is a MI-6 agent who infiltrated the ranks of Fulcrum as one of their top operatives - only to have his cover blown by Chuck & crew after a case of mistaken identity. Throughout his stay in Castle, some static was caused between him and Chuck, with Barker shamelessly hitting on Sarah at every chance he got. Regardless, he proved he was ultimately a good guy, and a dependable agent.
Tropes associated with Barker:
- The Ace: Like Bryce, Cole is pretty much good at everything.
- Big Damn Heroes: Twice he takes a bullet to save Chuck and Sarah.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Was on the receiving end of so many of these, he's developed a case of Too Kinky to Torture.
- Deadpan Snarker: Half of his dialogue is snark, especially when he's being tortured.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Comes off like a womanizing wanker, but he's a very good friend to have nonetheless.
- Graceful Loser: Very calmly accepts that Sarah's loyalties and affections lie with Chuck, to the point of even giving Chuck some advice regarding pursuing her.
- Made of Iron: Torture, gunshots, drugs, nothing slows or stops this man.
- Odd Friendship: After a bit of initial static with Chuck regarding Sarah, the two have surprisingly learned to get along and work together rather well. Cole himself seems particularly fond of Chuck; both times he got shot he was more worried about Chuck's well being, even though Chuck's current injuries weren't nearly as serious.Cole: "Just doing my job, General. Actually, Chuck showed great courage on this mission. He got injured in the line of duty."Casey: "He got clipped by a window sill. It's as pathetic as it sounds."
- Quintessential British Gentleman: A lecherous, suave Anti-Hero variation.
Mary Elizabeth Bartowski / Frost
Portrayed by Linda Hamilton
Mary is Chuck and Ellie's mother. She disappeared when they were children, leaving Ellie to raise Chuck after Stephen left as well. She first appears in "Chuck Versus the Anniversary" where she is a prisoner of Marco, an agent of Volkoff. She escapes, effortlessly killing her captors. Though at first its a mystery as to who she's working for and who she's loyal to, the one thing that's clear is that she doesnot want to hurt her family.
Eventually its revealed that her original mission of infiltrating Volkoff Industries is still her primary goal, due to her husband's Intersect project being responsible for turning the previously harmless Hartley Winterbottom into the Axe-Crazy Alexei Volkoff.
Tropes associated with Mary:
- Action Mom: Chuck and Ellie's mother, and one of the show's premiere ass-kickers.
- Back for the Finale: She was absent for most of the final season, only showing up in the final episode.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Betrayals and double-crosses are her forte, but she will always protect her family.
- Mama Bear: Do not even THINK of hurting her family. Even Volkoff has to be on guard when she was her Mama Face on.
- Parental Abandonment: Abandoned her children and Stephen to wedge herself deeper into Volkoff's operation. She considered it obligation and guilt out of what she and her husband did to him.
- Mommy Had A Good Reason For Abandoning You: Protecting her kids from a monster she and Stephen created.
Portrayed by Mini Anden
One of Sarah's old spy buddies (they were part of a four-woman team called the CAT Squad), Carina is a spy who is equally comfortable with either kicking ass or seducing unwitting marks.
Tropes Associated with Carina:
- Action Girl: Carina is able to hold her own in a fight against Sarah.
- Big Damn Heroes: Pulls one in the Season 4 finale.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: Not as classy as some examples, but she is a master thief when one is needed.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She genuinely falls for Morgan in Season 4, but doesn't handle it too maturely when Morgan keeps proving to her that he loves Alex. She gets over it eventually.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Morgan. Originally she couldn't even remember his name, and shows very little respect for him. She warms up to him significantly after he stands up to her, and even sleeps with him.
- Femme Fatale: Her main modus operandi is seduction. She's so good at it that she's even able to get Casey to drop his guard, even when he's completely aware of her intentions. She's done this TWICE.
- Ms. Fanservice: She spends a lot of her appearances in her underwear, swimsuits, and sexy cocktail dresses, and very much uses her appearance to advantage.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She had no qualms double-crossing Sarah to make herself look better to the government.
Greta / Richard Noble / Victoria Dunwoody
An agent(s) under Beckman's direct orders who is stationed at the rebuilt, CIA-run Buy More. Many different individuals assume the identity of Greta, for mission ambiguity and other...unclear purposes.
Eventually, it is revealed that the Gretas were candidates for a new NCS project in which they were candidates vying to be new Intersect Agents. Greta-2 and Greta-3 and became the first members of this program, before a nearly catastrophic disaster resulted in the program being taken under Chuck's lead, and the two Gretas are subsequently de-Intersected.
Tropes Associated with the Gretas:
- The Ace: The Greta agents are some of the CIA's finest, but it's taken to absurd levels with Richard Noble. He makes being a Buy More employee look awesome.
- Actor Allusion: A subtle one with Summer Glau's incarnation when Casey stands up for his operation after Greta criticizes it. Isaiah Mustafa also plays his version of Greta as very similar to The Man Your Man Could Smell Like. Stacy Kiebler has a brief rematch with Stone Cold Steve Austin.
- Ax-Crazy: Summer Glau's Greta is a little too kill crazy, though to be fair, she was aiming for Jeff and Lester. And they were being way more obnoxious than usual.
- Emotionless Girl: Munn's portrayal of Greta.
- Guttural Growler: Glau's Greta has a mean grunt, though not quite as impressive as Casey's as demonstrated in their grunt-off.
- Knife Nut: Summer's Portrayal of Greta really likes her knife.
- Legacy Character: There are four of them.
- Mission Control
- Mr. Fanservice: Mustafa's portrayal.
- Ms. Fanservice: The other Gretas. Olivia Munn's Greta is even introduced with a slow pan up her rather nice stems.
- No Name Given: Of the four Gretas, two are eventually named: Isaiah Mustafa's Greta-2 (Richard Noble) and Stacey Keibler's Greta-3 (Victoria Dunwoody).
- Not So Stoic: The Summer Glau Greta is the only Greta that ever breaks the façade in the Buy More. It seems not even a spy trained to control their emotions can deal with the annoyance that is Jeff and Lester.
- Omniscient Database: Agents Noble and Dunwoody had access to the Intersect 2.0.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: The Summer Glau Greta is a master.
- Twofer Token Minority: The One Guy is also the only African-American.
- What Could Have Been: Olivia Munn's incarnation of Greta was intended to have been a recurring role, however other commitments forced her to reluctantly drop out after her first appearance. It was then decided to rotate different actors into the role each appearance rather than drop the character.
Portrayed by John Laroquette
Was one of the best spies in the US government and known for his legendary exploits with the ladies, but is now....past his expiration date. Has a historical relationship with Gen. Beckman.
Tropes Associated with Roan:
- The Alcoholic: Loves his martinis far too much.
- Butt-Monkey: Beckman fully enjoys torturing him....by making his next assignment be a Buy More employee. That's not even the first humiliation he goes through.
- Broken Ace: Despite his reputation and abilities he's a Jaded Washout.
- The Casanova: For God and Country, there is no woman on the planet he won't have sex with.
- Cool Old Guy: Tries to be one, but it's clear his glory days are behind him.
- Leitmotif: "65 Bars And A Taste Of Soul" by Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band.
- The theme perfectly fits him, AND the song actually accompanies Chuck's intersect flash of him. Yes. His own personal theme song is inside the Intersect database.
- The Mentor: Roan taught his own class in seduction when he was in the CIA.
- Non-Action Guy: He has yet to display his spy skills aside from pointing his gun.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: So much so, he's never worn cotton in his life. He hates how the Buy More green shirt chafes.
Portrayed by Robin Givens
NCS Director in charge of the GRETA project to find field agents to imprint with the Intersect. After the project was scrapped, she was demoted to work directly under Chuck himself, much, much to her displeasure.
Tropes associated with Bentley:
- Defrosting Ice Queen: By the end, she warms up to Chuck and his unorthodox methods.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted in that Chuck saves her when she was prepared to die.
- Jerkass: Casey calls her "...our Beckman but without the sparkling personality".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's still loyal to her country, but getting on her good side is...challenging.
- Smug Snake: Is she ever. Or was anyway.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Despises Chuck and gleefully antagonizes him at every chance she gets. She finally gets over it after he saves her life.
Portrayed by Richard Burgi
Described as the CIA's toughest and most ruthless agent, Decker was hell-bent on getting rid of Volkoff and foiling Chuck. In the final season, along with a team of corrupt CIA agents, he was once more determined to destroy Carmichael Industries and eliminate Chuck, for rather mysterious reasons. Those reasons were blackmail: Daniel Shaw discovered traces of his corruption, and used it to blackmail him into acting as his lackey. He was killed by Verbanski.
Tropes Associated with Decker:
- Asshole Victim: Probably the most despicable character in the series. Absolutely no one wept for him when Verbanski blew his ass up. Even Shaw saw him as little more than a "slug" and a means to an end.
- Big Bad: Of the first half of the final season. Subverted. He's The Dragon to Shaw.
- The Dragon: To Shaw. Though he WAS blackmailed, he still very much enjoyed tormenting Chuck.
- The Dreaded: Has a fierce reputation as a serious task master - even Casey is wary of him.
- Hate Sink: Intensely unlikable and is an absolute bastard to pretty much everyone around him. Even Beckman despises him.
- Last Episode, New Character: Debuts as a major antagonist in the final episode of Season 4, and has a much bigger role throughout the final season.
- Manipulative Bastard: Uses every trick in the book to get what he wants.
- Smug Snake: Every bad thing he does, he does with glee and satisfaction. He really likes to gloat especially.