Team Bartowski | Buy More | The CIA and Other Spies | FULCRUM | The Ring | Volkoff Industries | Everyone Else
A rogue splinter division embedded within the CIA, they seek to completely overtake the agency through espionage, sabotage and assassination. As all of their members are legitimate CIA officers themselves, it's next to impossible to identify a FULCRUM operative. They seem to have a particular interest in the Intersect, being the ones behind Bryce's order to steal it - figuring it is a key to their takeover. The organization is led by the wealthy software magnate Ted Roark (ironically the only non-CIA member) and The Ring Elders.
- Badass Crew: Eerily efficient in just about everything they do - from a near-successful heist of the original Intersect, to Graham's assassination, they have done more damage than any other group Chuck faced.
- Big Bad: Of the first two seasons.
- Combat Pragmatist: Only natural given that it's an evil organization comprised of the most ruthless spies in the world. They care about efficiency, not profit or flash.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Unlike The Ring and Volkoff Industries, FULCRUM operatives are only focused on getting the job done. By any means.
Theodore "Ted" Roark
The CEO and founder of Roark Instruments, Ted Roark is secretly the head of FULCRUM and is in charge of developing FULCRUM's own intersect. He also has quite a bit of history with Stephen Bartowski: The two were former college buddies, and supposedly, Ted stole all of his best ideas.
At the end of Season 2, he was apprehended and killed by Miles, after he had outlived his usefulness to The Ring.
- Big Bad: Of Season 2, as the head of FULCRUM.
- Card-Carrying Villain: More or less admits to the fact that he's an unrepentant monster.
- The Casanova: What he likes to think of himself as. As he puts it, Stephen had all the ideas while he had all the girls.
- Deadpan Snarker: A champion of this trope. Half of his dialogue are dry quips and self-admitted terrible puns.
- Evil Genius: He helped built FULCRUM's own Intersect, though apparently only Chuck was able to survive the effects. He later builds the 2.0, but can't finish it without Stephen.
- Faux Affably Evil: Any charm he possesses is completely transparent and superficial. The fact is, he's a monster and he knows it.
- Manipulative Bastard: He goes immediately for the jugular, holding both Chuck and Stephen as opposite hostages to get what he wants.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: A very obvious resemblance to Bill Gates has been noted. The animosity between him and Stephen is a scale model of the rivalry Bill Gates had with Steve Jobs.
- Rival Turned Evil: It started as friendly rivalry with Stephen Bartowski. Now it's FULCRUM versus CIA.
- Shout-Out: He's the Bill Gates to Stephen's Steve Jobs.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Ring assassinates him after he's captured.
Portrayed by Anthony Ruivivar
Tommy is a cold and ruthless operative who attempted to use Bryce to steal the Intersect. Tommy's appearance marks the first time the viewers become aware of FULCRUM.
After Bryce's supposed death, Tommy saved him and used the Demetrios crime family to smuggle his body back into the US. The plan failed, but he was later able to deduce that Bryce was just a decoy, and that Chuck was the real Intersect.
He was then captured and placed in a CIA prison, though he is still somehow involved with the tracking of the Intersect from his cell.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Always wears one, even when out on wet work.
- Big Bad: For Season 1. Though he is captured only after appearing in two episodes, he remained the "face" of FULCRUM to many fans.
- Cold Sniper: A noted sharpshooter, he snipes down the Demitrios family to salvage what he could of the Bryce situation.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a few dry quips here and there, with a very heavy emphasis on the deadpan.
- Enigmatic Minion: For most of the first season, or at least until the audience is given more insight into FULCRUM.
- Faux Affably Evil: No matter what he says, it's plain obvious he's quite the asshole.
- Jerkass: A very unpleasant and unlikeable guy, even when he's being snarky.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a rather large scar beneath his left eye.
- Put Down Your Gun and Step Away: Tries to pull this on Casey, Bryce, and Sarah with Chuck as his hostage. Needless to say, it doesn't go to plan and results in his capture.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Like most FULCRUM operatives.
Portrayed by Noureen DeWulf
Lizzie was an undercover Fulcrum agent working as a delivery girl in the Pita Parlour restaurant near the Buy More, to investigate if the Buy More was a possible front for a CIA substation and to determine the identity of the Intersect agent.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Seems to be just eye-candy for the viewer and a Lust Object for Jeff and Lester, but she turns out to become the Villain of the Week for the season 1 finale.
- Dark Action Girl: She's proficient in hand-to-hand combat, enough to actually best Sarah in a fight.
- Delivery Guy Infiltration: A FULCRUM spy disguised as a Pita Parlour Restaurant delivery girl.
- Designated Girl Fight: One of the many Dark Action Girl to get a one-on-one fight with Sarah. Doubles as a Catfight given they're both dressed in Stripperiffic waitress costumes.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: At first she seems to be a good enough marksman to shot Sarah's gun out of her hands, but then she just happens to miss all of her shots right after.
- The Mole: She was assigned as a mole in the Buy More after Tommy's arrest, since they began to suspect it could be a front for a CIA substation.
- Ms. Fanservice: Invoked. She's fairly attractive and dresses provocatively as a delivery girl (Her "uniform" having Absolute Cleavage, Bare Your Midriff and Who Wears Short Shorts?) in order to get the employers Distracted by the Sexy so she can get access to the Buy More and plant bugs inconspicuously.
- Trash Landing: When she and Sarah fall off a building, a convenient garbage bin is there to prevent their deaths.
Portrayed by Arnold Vosloo
Vincent heads FULCRUM's search for Orion, and is under direct command by the Ring Elders as well as Ted Roark. For three years, he's been looking for him to no avail - that is until Chuck finally made contact with him.
He was killed by an airstrike in "Chuck Versus the Colonel".note
- Affably Evil: He's professional and polite, but a stone-cold killer.
- Arch-Nemesis: Has been chasing Orion for three years at the start of the series.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: The only time he's not in a suit is when he first infiltrates the Buy More.
- Blessed with Suck: With his track record of getting hurt, no one wants to be in Vincent's shoes.
- Book-Ends: He gets caught in an airstrike in his first and last appearances.
- Butt-Monkey: Should be the poster-boy for this trope. Vincent was, in direct order: Blown up, shot, poisoned, shot again, beaten up by Stephen, run over by Chuck, bludgeoned with a radiator by Casey, knocked out by Sarah, then finally blown up by Beckman's airstrike. He is by no means incompetent, just extremely unlucky.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not often, but he does get his zingers.
- The Dragon: To both Ted Roark, and the Ring Elders.
- Enigmatic Minion: His past is a mystery, although it looks like his file was forged as a KIA while he was in the Rangers.
- Establishing Character Moment: He is first seen being seemingly killed in an air strike orchestrated by Orion in Hong Kong. Then he shows up speaking to the Ring Elders practically unscathed, which is Foreshadowing for just how hard it is to kill this man.
- Faux Affably Evil: Vincent prides himself on a sense of professionalism.
- Made of Iron: How he survives half the shit he goes through can only be explained by this.
- Rasputinian Death: Just when you think he's dead, he inevitably and inexplicably shows up again. It's a bit of a Running Gag.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Almost never caught in anything but a suit.
- They Killed Kenny Again: To the point where some people are still debating whether he was truly killed during Beckman's air-strike...
- Training from Hell: Implied to have gone through one.Vincent: It's called Tetrodotoxin, a modified poison extracted from blowfish. FULCRUM agents are taught to survive it's near-death state.
Chuck: That sounds like a fun class.
Vincent: Not really.
- The Worf Effect: He's undeniably a top-class operative, who regularly gets beaten and blown up.
Dr. Jill Roberts
Portrayed by Jordana Brewster
A scientist and epidemiologist specializing in infectious viruses. Jill is Chuck's ex-girlfriend back from his Stanford days. Right after Chuck was kicked out for "cheating", she dumped Chuck and fell for Bryce - the very guy who got him kicked out. In truth, she was by then recruited by FULCRUM and was forced to dump Chuck. Since then, there's been some bad blood between them - but at the same time, lingering traces of their love.
She was freed by Chuck in "Chuck Versus the First Kill", and is now on the run.
- Apologetic Attacker: She apologizes to Chuck before holding him at gunpoint.
- The Atoner: In "Chuck Versus the First Kill", she's genuinely regretful of the person she became after joining FULCRUM and for what she put Chuck through. She makes up to him by helping him locate his father, and he lets her go free in return.
- Badass Bookworm: A scientist and trained assassin.
- Birds of a Feather: She and Chuck got together due to their similar personalities and interests.
- Brainy Brunette: She's a highly intelligent brunette, being a graduate from Stanford and an expert in biomedical engineering. Her smarts are what got her FULCRUM's attention.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: Was forced to break up with Chuck after FULCRUM recruited her. She did her best to make him dislike her, saying she had slept with Bryce right after Chuck got expelled. It worked as Chuck resented both for years.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She goes back and forth between betraying Chuck and his wanting well-being, though it's obvious she's nothing if not compromised.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She's shown to be very jealous of Chuck and Sarah's relationship.
- Code Name: She is designated "7RCCK" for her classification in the FULCRUM list decrypt. Chuck later flashes on her codename as well, "Sand Storm".
- Dark Action Girl: Was supposedly trained in combat during her time at FULCRUM, but we never see her do anything other than hold guns at people.
- The Dragon: Leader's right-hand woman, together they stage a brilliant plan to infiltrate Castle and access its database.
- Duel of Seduction: She and Chuck were actually both playing Honey Trap to each other unknowingly, as at first he went on a date with her so he could get info on her boss. It became real for him after he got caught.
- Elopement: Pleads witch Chuck for them to run away together in "Chuck Versus the Gravitron". By that point, Chuck doesn't trust her to even consider it.
- Evil Counterpart: For Chuck. Like Chuck she was a simple nerd that got tangled up in the spy world, only FULCRUM was a Nebulous Evilorganization. They both also have Conflicting Loyalty between their superiors and the people they care about.
- Flirting Under Fire: She and Chuck flirt quite often when working together, despite the situation often being serious.
- Forced into Evil: She claims her recruitment to FULCRUM wasn't voluntary. Judging by what we learn of her recruiter and her eagerness to escape the spy life in general, this seems to be true.
- Gamer Chick: Back in Stanford, she was a heavy gamer with a known love for EverQuest.
- The Ghost: She has been referenced numerous times throughout the first and second seasons, but only becomes Unseen No More in "Chuck Versus the Ex".
- Headbutt of Love: Chuck says that when he met her when she had dropped her books and he helped her to pick them up, and they knocked heads.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Her character is defined on her betrayals of Chuck, all due to her connection to FULCRUM. Subverted in her final appearance, she blows her chance to escape to save Chuck's life. He eventually allows her to escape and they part in good terms.
- Hollywood Nerd: Used to run in the same social circle as Chuck and Bryce, making her a huge one. She was specifically stated to really be into Dungeons & Dragons and EverQuest - so much so she modded her own version of it. She's shown to wear more homely clothing during that time too.
- Irony: She uses Chuck to infiltrate Castle, but doesn't want to hurt him... but since her real object is finding The Intersect, if she succeeds she would be unknowingly condemning Chuck to a Fate Worse than Death at the hands of FULCRUM.
- Mistaken for Cheating: In "Chuck Versus The Fat Lady", she catches Chuck coming out of the shower together with Sarah and assumes the worst. They were actually taking a decon shower after having been sprayed by gas.
- Ms. Fanservice: Downplayed. She's a looker, but doesn't get quite as many fanservice scenes as most female guest stars in Chuck do. She does get a somewhat gratuitous Lingerie Scene in "Chuck Versus the Fat Lady" where she strips down to Black Bra and Panties before sleeping with Chuck.
- New Old Flame: She broke up with Chuck shortly before the series started, leaving him, devastated, but unknown to him it was due to her FULCRUM recruitment and she never stopped liking Chuck. They rekindle their relationship after she shows up again... but it turns out she's actually a Honey Trap that is using him to get access to Castle.
- Put on a Bus: Her family thinks she moved to Finland. According to Word of God, had budget and time allowed it Jill would have returned for the series finale.
- Returning the Wedding Ring: In their final interaction, Chuck gives her the expensive wedding ring they got for their fake engagement, both so she can sell it while she's on the run and as symbolism of ending their relationship.
- Romantic False Lead: Was Chuck's Love Interest in season 2, competing with Sarah in a Love Triangle for a time. Being his First Love and actually knowing about his spy job, and her bigger role in the main plot made her a more serious contender than Lou or Hannah.
- Secret Keeper: Becomes the first civilian in Chuck's life to know he's a spy. Naturally, she's quickly revealed to be a spy herself.
- Sex Goddess: Chuck is seen to collapsing exhausted after sleeping with her and spends the next few scenes saying they had an amazng night together.
- Technical Pacifist: She claimed to Chuck that despite being surrounded by evil psychopaths she's not a cold-blooded killer. It wouldn't be out of character for her to lie, and she did seem willing to kill Sarah to ensure her own escape in "Chuck Versus the Gravitron". However, we see her in "Chuck Versus the First Kill" stuck in the middle of a lethal gunfight were her first impulse is to duck for cover and she never fires a shot. As it stands, she claims to be a pacifist and the audience never sees her murder anyone.
- Token Good Teammate: With all the insane and murderous agents in FULCRUM, Jill seems like a normal well-adjusted person who got roped into FULCRUM right out of academia because she was tricked into thinking it was the CIA and didn't realize her mistake until she was in too deep.
- Undercover as Lovers: She and Chuck pretend they are engaged so they can create a family gathering to lure her "Uncle" Bernie in "Chuck Versus the First Kill".
- Wild Card: An ultimately untrustworthy person as she betrayed Chuck a few too many times. Her emotions for Chuck also make her this to FULCRUM.
Portrayed by Patrick Kilpatrick
Jill's FULCRUM handler, and the organization's senior operative. Together with Jill, he concocted a scheme to infiltrate Castle to gain access to their computers and the CIA's network.
After downloading a significant amount of data, and defeating Team Bartowski, he was nearly successful if it had not been for Big Mike knocking the living shit out of him - mistaking him for a thief.
- Affably Evil: Soft-spoken and polite, he's regardless a savage tactician and fighter.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: A high-level operative who is also next-to-unstoppable in physical combat. He bested Casey.
- Bald of Evil: A bald sadistic operative for a hostile espionage organization.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not overt as some examples, but he does qualify.
- Diabolical Mastermind: One of FULCRUM's best, if not the best. His only equal in this respect is Frank Mauser, and even then it's hard to tell who fared better.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Doesn't want to kill Chuck on a carnival ride because he's concerned a child might find the body.
- Evil Genius: He's imposing and he's huge, but his intellect is his greatest weapon.
- Evil Mentor: Jill's handler and partner-in-crime, he also continually pushes her to darker territories.
- Genius Bruiser: He's extremely cunning and smart - yet tough enough to take down Casey.
- No Name Given: His identity was kept extremely confidential.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: His voice is very calming and innocuous (almost Vocal Dissonance), yet he himself is very dangerous.
- The Strategist: His role in FULCRUM. He is in his own words a "devious strategist", and arranged to be Captured on Purpose to gain access to Castle by using Chuck's feelings for Jill against him.
Portrayed by Katrina Law
Alexis White is a FULCRUM operative who trying to recover a data chip that was taken from Brad White's body which had information about the identity of the Human Intersect.
In the past, she was a former CIA operative assigned to the Special Forces and specializes in torture and interrogation.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: She wears a suit for all of her appearances.
- Cyanide Pill: She injects herself with a lethal syringe drug when Casey captures her, so she won't be captured and forced to divulge FULCRUM's secrets.
- Eye Scream: She almost injected a needle on Chuck's eye, but he passed out in fear before she could do it.
- Head-Turning Beauty: Jeff and Lester gape at her when she comes into the Buy More.
- Iron Lady: She's a cold, ruthless woman who's played without any humor.
- Omniglot: As part of her skill set as an interrogator, she speaks English, French, Russian and German.
- Playing with Syringes: She has a whole tray of an assortment of needles to torture people with. She doesn't get the chance to try them one anyone but herself.
- Sharp Dressed Woman: Like most FULCRUM operatives, she's always seen wearing a suit.
- Torture Technician: Her specialty, Chuck gets a montage of her torturing people when he flashes her file. Sarah, Chuck and Cole (mostly Cole) endure her Cold-Blooded Torture before Casey comes to their rescue.
Lt. Frank Mauser
Portrayed by Michael Rooker
An LAPD hostage negotiator, he is also a high-level FULCRUM operative. Together with another agent named Ned, the two orchestrated a purposefully sloppy hostage situation at the Buy More during Christmas - all so Mauser can get inside unimpeded and ascertain where the Intersect is.
Unlike other operatives, he claims he is a valuable FULCRUM asset, and so to protect Chuck he is gunned down in cold blood by Sarah.
- Affably Evil: It's hard to tell whether it's this or Faux Affably Evil. If nothing else, once the jig is up, he is entirely honest with Chuck about what his future holds.
- Boom, Headshot!: Sarah shoots him right in the forehead, point blank while he was on his knees and surrendering.
- Dirty Cop: He works for the LAPD and at first seems like a normal hostage negotiator, then Chuck meets him face-to-face and the Intersect flash warns him that Mauser is actually a FULCRUM agent.
- Evil Genius: Brilliantly stages a fake hostage situation to quickly and efficiently figure out who Casey and Sarah are protecting. Unfortunately he taunted Sarah a bit too far.
- Fatal Flaw: His need to Trash Talk. He was the first FULCRUM agent to ever learn that Chuck was the Intersect but despite all the risks and cunning it took to get that vital information he just couldn't keep his mouth shut long enough to be arrested and pass it on.
- I Shall Taunt You: Flaunted his superior position to Sarah over Chuck's future. She didn't take too kindly to it.
- Knight of Cerebus: With his appearance, the entire series takes a much darker turn and shows just how dangerous FULCRUM really is. He is easily the show's darkest villain as well, and has the most brutal death.
- Smug Snake: Taunts Sarah over the fact that letting him live will seal Chuck's fate, clearly underestimate Sarah's ruthlessness and loyalty to Chuck. It costs him.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: A haunting rendition of Silent Night is played as he taunts Sarah and she guns him down, all while Chuck was secretly watching.
- Pet the Dog: After informing Chuck of what's about to happen, he at the very least allows him to say goodbye to his family and friends.
- Too Dumb to Live: Sarah may have a Nice Girl personality she's also a trained killer. Taunting her with the information that you know Chuck is the Intersect and that even under arrest you'll be able to spread that information on to other FULCRUM agents wasn't a smart move on Mauser's part.
Portrayed by Michael Clarke Duncan
Leader of a mercenary company that's frequently hired out by FULCRUM. His latest job is to locate and steal the Cypher, an integral part of the new Intersect. Unfortunately, he's up against the greatest spy the CIA has: Carmichael. Charles Carmichael.
- Affably Evil: Polite and professional, but also doesn't exactly suffer fools. He also takes his loss very gracefully.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of his company and the most capable fighter. He nearly squeezes Sarah to death before Chuck and his tac-team saves her.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a long, black leather trench coat. He removes it before a fight.
- The Big Guy: He's big and he's imposing, and he knows it. He's specifically going for that.
- The Comically Serious: He's not much for joking around, and doesn't have the patience for it either, but still comes off as this compared to the weirdness of dealing with someone like Chuck.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Admits that FULCRUM gives him the "hibbie-jibbies."
- Graceful Loser: When Chuck has him surrounded and beaten, all he can do is laugh and congratulate him. And it's entirely genuine.
- Private Military Contractors: The head of his own PMC company.
- Scary Black Man: He sure is.Cold: I assume you find me imposing. Don't worry, you can be honest. I'm going for imposing.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Comes to realize that Chuck is maybe a bit too much of a pain in the ass to deal with, and ultimately decides he isn't worth the trouble and drops him off a building. Thankfully Casey catches him.
- Villain Respect: He doesn't take Chuck seriously at first. But when Chuck beats him, he heartily admits that "he's good!"
Edgar / Alexander Winterborne
Portrayed by Mark Pellegrino
Edgar, real name is Alexander Winterborne, is an Operative who was tasked with tracking Guy LaFleur's FULCRUM blackmail roster through Chuck & Jill. He apparently had no knowledge of Jill being a FULCRUM agent, or that she was on that very blackmail file. After destroying the USB drive with the file (not knowing Chuck made a backup), he fled and was never found.
He later reappeared in Season 5 as a known associate of Nicholas Quinn, following FULCRUM's dissolution. He was in the middle of a transaction for the Intersect Key with Quinn when Sarah ambushed the deal aboard Edgar's private jet. After a short scuffle, he presumably escaped after Quinn stole a part of the Intersect key.
- 0% Approval Rating: Invokes this towards The Ring. He merely scoffs at their mention and labels them as amateurs. Maybe he didn't get the memo that FULCRUM was a PART of The Ring... then again it might've been on a need-to-know basis.
- Action Survivor: In both his appearances, he escaped relatively unharmed.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's extremely efficient and subtle in his methods. And it's probably why he's the only known FULCRUM agent aside from Jill to survive.
- The Dreaded: Not him per say, but every time the viewers caught "Tuttle Electric", they knew it was that guy.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He's worked for FULCRUM since the day Ted Roark founded it, and all he's got to show for it was babysitting Roark's Intersect Key. And he was never told of their connection to The Ring, whom he despised as amateurs.
- Locked Out of the Loop:
- He doesn't seem to be aware that Jill is a FULCRUM agent when he takes her hostage in "Chuck Versus The Fat Lady".
- Is unaware - probably like most FULCRUM agents in the lower rungs - that their organization is in the pocket of The Ring. Although, Edgar takes it up a notch by openly despising The Ring.
"Uncle" Bernie Ominsky
A senior FULCRUM operative, he is a good friend of Jill's father, and is suspected to be the one to have recruited Jill into FULCRUM. Due to his seniority status and clearance, he was tricked into thinking Jill and Chuck were getting married to lure him to a family party (the only time he is without his men), all to ascertain the location of where Ted Roark was holding Stephen Bartowski. After Chuck's cover was blown, he attempted to kill both of them but ended up dying of a heart attack right before the act - which may or may not have been the result of an extremely dangerous defensive stance known as "The Morgan."
In FULCRUM, his code-name is The Carnivore due to his rather impressive feat of eating a 96-ounce steak under an hour and gaining recognition for it.
- Affably Evil: Off-job, he's an extremely friendly and jovial "family-uncle." On the job, he's a typical murdering FULCRUM psycho.
- Big Eater: What earned him is code-name, "The Carnivore."
- Big Fun: He's big, he's goofy and he's fun - at least when family is concerned.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: It's hard to believe that someone like him is a hardened high-level FULCRUM operative, but he was the one who recruited Jill.
- The Dreaded: Hilariously subverted. Casey calls him a "maniac" from his codename, The Carnivore. It turns out the real reason he had that Code Name is because he gained national recognition for eating a big-ass steak.
- Evil Uncle: In spades. He loves his family, but doesn't hesitate to try to kill Chuck and Jill when learning she's been compromised.
- Feet-First Introduction: The first thing we see of him is him stopping towards his family's house.
- Insistent Terminology: Insists everyone calls him "Uncle", even Chuck.
- Leitmotif: He's the only other character other than Roan Montogomery who has his own theme song uploaded in the Intersect - his being "Hungry Like The Wolf" by Duran Duran.
- Noodle Incident: As Wally put it, each time Bernie meets one of Jill's boyfriends whom he didn't like, "they are never seen again."
- Uncle Wolf: He's seemingly very protective of Jill - at least as far as crappy boyfriends are concerned - but was still willing to kill her for betraying FULCRUM.
- Reality Ensues: He's old and dangerously obese. It's no surprise he suffers a heart attack after he ends up chasing Chuck and Jill all over the house.
- Worf Had the Flu: He would've killed Chuck and Jill on the spot, but seemingly suffered a heart attack before he could beat them to death with a baseball bat. OR it could've been The Morgan - it's impossible to know. Casey still counts his death as Chuck's first confirmed kill.