Charles Irving Bartowski

Chuck as he appears in Season Five

Seasons:1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Portrayed by:Zachary Levi
Status: Active
Occupation:Owner Burbank Buy More and CEO of Carmichael Industries(Season 5)
CIA Special Agent (formerly),
Nerd Herd supervisor (formerly)
Aliases:Chuck (nickname),
Charles Carmichael (alter ego),
The Intersect (codename, seasons 1-3),
Jorge Carmichael (alias, season 2),
Mad Dog (Casey, season 2),
Schnook (Jack Burton, season 2),
Hans Lichtenstein (season 2)
Francois Espoir ("Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer")
The Lemon (Casey, season 3),
Charlie Charles (alias, season 3),
Piranha (as hacker, season 5),
Moron (Casey`s nickname for Chuck, season 1-3),
Chuckles (Anna Wu, season 1)
Relatives: Sarah Walker (wife),
Stephen Bartowski (father, deceased),
Mary Bartowski (mother),
Eleanor Woodcomb (sister),
Devon Woodcomb (brother in law),
Clara Woodcomb (niece),
Jack Burton (father in law),
Emma (mother in law),
Molly (adoptive sister in law)
Relationships: Morgan Grimes (best friend)
John Casey (NSA handler)
Big Mike (Buy More boss)
Lester Patel (co-worker)
Jeffrey Barnes (co-worker)
Bryce Larkin (close friend, deceased)
Jill Roberts (ex-girlfriend)
Lou Palone (ex-girlfriend)
Hannah (ex-girlfriend)
Residence:Echo Park, Burbank, CA
Appearances: All
Our family is so full of secrets.

Charles "Chuck" Irving Bartowski is the protagonist of the television series, Chuck. He is portrayed by Zachary Levi.

Chuck is presented as a twenty-something underachiever who lives in the Echo Park Section of Los Angeles, California and works at a dead end job at the Burbank Buy More, the supervisor of its Nerd Herd tech support division.

Chuck's life stalled after his college roommate, Bryce Larkin, planted test answers under Chuck's bed and then reported him to college officials. This led to Chuck's expulsion from Stanford University  in 2002, where he was a scholarship student; only twelve credits shy of completing his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. Chuck cordially hated Bryce for a long for his betrayal, he never really understood. Compounding the betrayal was the news that Chuck's college girlfriend, Jill Roberts began seeing Bryce as soon as Chuck left school. In truth, Bryce got him expelled to deter the CIA from recruiting him, believing Chuck too good-earted to become an agent, that the CIA would ruin him - a belief which would be proven wrong in the years to come. Following his expulsion, Chuck moved in with his sister and began working at the Burbank, California branch of Buy More. Directionless and unmotivated, he still eventually, became the Nerd Herd supervisor and the person the entire staff looked to for leadership.

At the time of Chuck Versus the Intersect, that was his situation. his life revolved around work,  his older sister, Eleanor Faye "Ellie" Bartowski, M.D. (Sarah Lancaster), her live-in boyfriend, Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb (Ryan McPartlin) and Chuck's best friend since childhood, Morgan Grimes. His parents are not in the picture. His mother was said to have left when Chuck was in the fifth grade, and his father was "never really around" even  when he was there, but he also left some eleven years prior to the series events, so Chuck and Ellie had to fend for themselves.

On his 26th birthday, in September 2007, Chuck opened an email from Bryce Larkin that  downloaded the full contents of a CIA/NSA supercomputer known as the Intersect into his brain,  The Intersect  served as a database for a combined collected intelligence.

Unbeknownst to Chuck, the Intersect computer had been destroyed, making his brain the only depository of this top-secret information. The government learns that one Chuck Bartowski was the last person contacted by Bryce Larkin, so both the CIA and NSA, independent of one another, sent agents to find him.

The CIA dispatched field agent Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) to evaluate Bartowski and, if possible, retrieve a copy of the Intersect, while the NSA sends Major John Casey (Adam Baldwin). The two agents eventually cross paths, and Sarah fends off Casey. They then discover that Chuck is a human version of the Intersect who sees a rapid-fire series of image,s known throughout as "flashes," of intelligence from the Intersect database whenever he subconsciously recognizes a bit of related information either audibly or visually. The two agencies conclude that Chuck must be protected and assign Sarah and Casey jointly to the task.

Chuck was smitten with his CIA handler, Sarah Walker from the first moment she walked in the "Buy More" where he was working. Before he knew who she was, they had a  successful first date, during which she said she liked him, apparently a sincere reaction, not just cover patter.

The two were romantically involved from the third season, and were married in the fourth season finale.

Character History Edit

In the first two seasons, Chuck Bartowski is presented as an underachiever who works at the local Buy More in its Nerd Herd division. Chuck's life is stalled after his college roommate, Bryce Larkin (Matthew Bomer), planted test answers under Chuck's bed and then reported him to the officials, which led to Chuck's expulsion from Stanford University [1]. He also lost his college girlfriend, Jill Roberts (Jordana Brewster).[2]

Following his expulsion, Chuck moved in with his sister and began working at the Burbank, California branch of the Buy More.[3] At some point over the next five years, Chuck became the Nerd Herd supervisor. In the pilot,  the viewers are introduced to the key persons in Chuck's current life: his older sister, Eleanor Faye "Ellie" Bartowski, M.D., (Sarah Lancaster), her live-in boyfriend, Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb, M.D., (Ryan McPartlin), and Chuck's best friend since childhood Morgan Grimes, (Joshua Gomez). Little else was known of Chuck's family at the time except that his mother (Linda Hamilton) left when he was 9 and that his father (Scott Bakula) was "never really there"[4][5], and left for good when he was 13.

On his 26th birthday in 2007, Chuck opened an email from Bryce Larkin that downloaded the entire Central Intelligence Agency/National Security Agency database into his brain, a database known as the Intersect, making him into a Human Intersect. Unbeknownst to him, the Intersect computer has been destroyed, making his brain the only location of this top-secret information. The government learns that Chuck  was the last person that Bryce Larkin contacted, and so both the CIA and NSA sent agents to find him. The CIA dispatches field officer Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) to retrieve him, while the NSA sends Major (now Colonel) John Casey (Adam Baldwin). The two agents eventually cross paths, and Sarah fends off Casey when they discover that Chuck is a human version of the Intersect and sees a rapid-fire series of images (or "flashes") whenever he sees something that is in the Intersect database. The two agencies conclude that Chuck must be protected and assign Sarah and Casey jointly to the task.[2]

Series Development Edit

Chuck is the lead character on the show, thus, major seasonal plot arcs generally revolve around the weekly missions that Chuck, Sarah, Casey and occasionally Morgan engage in, as well as Chuck's relationships with Sarah and Morgan, his fellow co-workers, his sister Ellie Bartowski, M.D. (Sarah Lancaster) and her husband Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb, M.D. (Ryan McPartlin). Initally Chuck worried about his future and wanted desperately to remove the Intersect from his brain. Chuck was often involved in the major and secondary episodic plots and the two sometimes intertwine. As of the third seasons, Chuck was officially Agent Bartowski of the CIA. He and Sarah are partners both in and out of the spy world.

The Intersect Edit

See main article: The Intersect

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Flashes from the original Intersect,(top) FULCRUM Intersect (middle) and Intersect 2.0 (bottom)

Events in the series often revolve around intelligence Chuck "flashes" on via the Intersect. Initially, Chuck is in possession of the original version, then destroyed by Bryce in the pilot. It is later upgraded in "Chuck Versus the Breakup." After Chuck passes Fulcrum's Intersect's test upload, he is forcibly uploaded with the Fulcrum Intersect in "Chuck Versus the Suburbs." Afterwards, flashes consisting of Fulcrum data are differentiated by a slight reddish tint. Stephen Bartowski manages to over-write the Intersect in "Chuck Versus the Colonel.

By the end of season two, Chuck chooses to download Intersect 2.0.

In many episodes Chuck, Sarah, and Casey work with other federal agents, or occasionally agents of allied foreign governments. Casey and Sarah almost always identify Chuck as an "analyst", not trained for field operations; the Intersect information is so highly classified that even among federal government employees, the knowledge that Chuck Bartowski is the Intersect is on a strictly need-to-know basis.

When initially trying to determine if the Intersect information could be removed from Chuck's mind in "Chuck Versus the Helicopter", they contacted Dr. Jonah Zarnow, who had worked on the Intersect project, and set up an elaborate system that allowed him to test Chuck's Intersect abilities without letting him learn Chuck's real identity or even seeing his face; this proved a wise precaution because the doctor went so far as to fake his own death and kidnap Sarah Walker in an effort to force her to reveal the Intersect's identity. Chuck is painfully aware that possessing the Intersect information not only puts him in great danger, but also threatens the safety of his family and friends.

During the first season. the CIA and NSA were working on replacing the destroyed intersect, at which point the government would no longer need him. Chuck believed that when that day came, he and Sarah would be free to pursue a "real" relationship and he would have his life back. Casey, however, was secretly assigned by Graham and Beckman to eliminate Chuck once Operation Bartowski was completed.

When the new electronic intersect was about to be activated in "Chuck Versus the First Date", Casey's orders reverted to the elimination of Chuck Bartowski to prevent his falling into enemy hands. Although Casey appealed the mission, and noted Chuck's honorable service, his orders stood and he reluctantly prepared to assassinate Chuck. He was visibly relieved when the mission was canceled at the last moment, following the destruction of the new Intersect computer.

As revealed in "Chuck Versus the Suburbs", the NSA and CIA have officially abandoned the new Intersect project. General Beckman made it clear to Chuck in "Chuck vs. The Predator" that she doesn't want the Intersect removed from his brain, and that she expects him to become a spy. Chuck then begins this new phase of his life by hiding intel on the original design of the Intersect sent to him from Orion, the creator of the Intersect. Orion also indicated that the Fulcrum Intersect could possibly be used to remove the Intersect from Chuck's brain.

In "Chuck vs. the Colonel", Chuck locates the base where Fulcrum has hidden the newly-developed Fulcrum Intersect Cube that was being programmed under duress by his father, Stephen Bartowski who is revealed to be Orion. His father is able to remove the intersect from Chuck's brain using this Intersect Cube. Chuck, however, subsequently downloads the Intersect 2.0 before destroying it in "Chuck vs. the Ring", this time uploading physical skills as well, such as advanced martial arts.

It is discovered in the Season Three finale that Chuck had accidentally downloaded an earlier version of the Intersect being created by his father, during his childhood. In "Chuck Versus the First Fight", Chuck's mother, Mary, uses a portable device on Chuck to suppress the Intersect. This stops it from functioning.  Chuck is subsequently kidnapped by a Belgian who wants the secrets in the Intersect. The suppression issue is eliminated when Chuck activates a laptop from of his father's in Ellie's care. This laptop resupplies the Intersect 2.0. Once Chuck was shown the images that activate the Intersect, he collapsed, then jumps up and says, "Guys I know Kung-Fu..... again".

During the period in which the Intersect was suppressed, Chuck believed that Sarah would not love him without it. This thought is evident by his dreams. And according to Morgan, however, Sarah would do anything for Chuck, with or without the Intersect. She loved him enough to chase after him through Thailand and would not quit until she found him. When he regained the intersect in "Chuck Versus the Leftovers"  he went rogue to save Sarah  in Chuck Versus the Cliffhanger.  CIA hit man, Clyde Decker, tried to thwart Chuck in every way and had the Intersect forcibly suppressed. in his efforts, later telling Chuck he was fired, Chuck replied that he quit, and would take Decker down if his friends or family were ever threatened again.

Sarah Walker Edit

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Chuck & Sarah

A main theme throughout the series was Chuck's romantic feelings for his CIA handler, Sarah Walker, who's cover was Chuck's girlfriend. This tended to confuse Chuck during the first two seasons, because he developed feelings for her almost imediately and hers fro him grew noticeably during that time. During Season Three, Chuck and Sarah dispensed with pretense and entered into a genuine romantic relationship. In "Chuck Versus the Push Mix", Sarah agreed to Chuck's proposal and the two were engaged. In the season four finale, "Chuck Versus the Cliffhanger", Chuck and Sarah married.

Sarah's feelings for Chuck were a recurring side plot. She maintained that it would be unprofessional of her to actually engage in a real relationship with Chuck while she is serving as his CIA handler. Sarah and Chuck, however,  shared kisses under unusual circumstances in "Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami" and "Chuck Versus the Seduction". In the latter case, CIA seduction trainer Roan Montgomery (John Larroquette) quickly discerned that there was more than a professional relationship between Chuck and Sarah. Complicating the developing relationship between Chuck and Sarah was Chuck's frenemy Bryce Larkin, who was previously partnered with Sarah and had a romantic relationship with her, which he wished to pursue. During Bryce's return in "Chuck Versus the Nemesis", Sarah was clearly conflicted between Bryce and Chuck.

When Bryce later reappears in "Chuck Versus the Break-Up", Sarah's feelings have changed. Sarah chose Chuck's safety over their assigned mission objectives, and when later confronted by Devon, who correctly and unknowingly recognized that Sarah's feelings for Chuck were genuine and not part of her cover, Bryce realized that Sarah has chosen Chuck. At the end of the mission Bryce warneds Chuck that her feelings nearly got her killed, and may reach the point that they interfere with her ability to function effectively. Chuck later told her regardless of how they feel towards each other, they could never be together. Despite this decision, Chuck and Sarah's feelings for each other remain. The conflict with Bryce was brought to a close in the season two finale when Sarah tells Bryce she won't be going with him on their next assignment.

Sarah's feelings for Chuck and their ramifications for their mission are the focus of "Chuck Versus the Broken Heart", when Beckman decides Sarah and Chuck are too close emotionally, leading her to temporarily replace her with Agent Alexandra Forrest, the 49B. After the mission takes a turn for the worse, it becomes clear that the strong emotional bond between Chuck and Sarah is an asset rather than a liability, leading Beckman to reinstate Sarah.

At the end of "Chuck Versus the First Kill", Beckman orders Sarah to lure Chuck to Castle so he can be taken into custody. Faced with betraying him, Sarah instead warns Chuck of the plan, and says that they have to run. In "Chuck vs. the Colonel", Chuck and Sarah could not keep their feelings hidden and they had an intimate moment in a motel room. John Casey then arrived and interrupted before things had gone far.

Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak suggested Chuck re-uploading the Intersect may have implications for his developing relationship with Sarah.[6]

During Season Three, Chuck and Sarah decided to be together, debating on whether or not to quit being spies and run off together. They ultimately decide to stay on the job, and pursue their relationship, which their co-workers approve of, including General Beckman. Sarah accepts Chuck's offer to move in at the end of "Chuck Versus the Role Models"

In the Season Four, episode, "Chuck Versus the Coup d'Etat", he was confused by Sarah, who has not said anything since she saw an engagement ring fall into Chuck's hands, even though the ring actually belonged to Big Mike, who was planning on proposing to Morgan's mother, Bolonia Grimes. Throughout the episode, he questioned Sarah on important subjects under advise from a book morgan recommended, 101 questions before "I do". Their dynamic as a couple is further developed in Season Four, one of the aspects being their tendency to resolve their personal issues while in tense work situations, as shown in "Chuck Versus the Coup d'Etat", "Chuck Versus the First Fight" and "Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible".

In "Chuck Versus Phase Three", Sarah prowls Chuck's bedroom under incredible stress after she was unable to find Chuck who had been kidnapped. Shefound a map a map in his Nerd Herd shirt, and unaware of what it is, she asks Morgan if he knew. At first Morgan was reluctant to tell her, but shortly explained that the map was Chuck's proposal plan, and that it was last worked on before Chuck's mother had erased the Intersect from him. Sarah realized she had not expressed her love to Chuck. After rescuing Chuck, Sarah tells him that she does want to marry him, even if he doesn't have the Intersect. Morgan explained to Chuck that his loss of the Intersect brought to light how much Sarah really loved him, because she did anything and everything to rescue him, he himself had pulled a man's tooth out of her arm.

At the end of "Chuck Versus the Push Mix", Chuck and Sarah get engaged. In "Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible", Chuck and Sarah come to a disagreement when Sarah wishes to elope as she has no one to invite to their wedding, while Chuck wants to have a family wedding since family is so imprtant to him.  Chuck looks to Roan Montgomery for advice on getting her to agree with him. Roan tells him to seduce Sarah, however Sarah was doing the same to him by dressing up as a belly dancer. Eventually, Sarah explains to Chuck why she wanted to elope but agrees to have the family wedding. At the end of the episode, Chuck offers to help her reconnect with her family, she reluctantly agrees. At the end of  "Chuck Versus the Cliffhanger", Chuck and Sarah are married.

Spy Life Edit

Chuck adopted an alias, "Charles Carmichael,"  who is Chuck's spy persona, he is endowed with all of the characteristics he believes a super-spy should have, except he doesn't really have the physical abilities to go with the skills. "Imagine Clark Kent removing the eyeglasses, but still wearing kryptonite underwear."

Carmichael has been referred to as where Chuck thought he would be by this time in in his life had he not been expelled from Stanford: a millionaire semi-retired software magnate.[7] Ironically, his fantasy alias has gained actual respect in the spy community: in "Chuck Versus the Predator", Fulcrum agent Vincent told Chuck he's heard of him.

One of Chuck's false passports

His operational aliases are numerous; various false passports and identity documents are stored in a shoe box under his bed, as seen in the beginning of "Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer." As early as "Chuck Versus the First Date", Mr. Colt compliments Casey on "your boss's skills."
  • Carmichael could be a reference to the Secret British Agent Henry "Fakir" Carmichael from the Agatha Christie Novel "They Came To Baghdad." This reference makes more sense as Chuck's namesake was going up against a shadowy organization and was known for his ability to make friends and encourage them to protect him.

While police and operational backup personnel have supported Casey and Sarah in various episodes, Chuck is revealed near the climax of "Chuck Versus the Ex" to have gained the contact information required to summon such teams on his own initiative. It is further revealed that Chuck carries credentials which give him some degree of authority over local and federal law enforcement agencies, including the police and FBI. This is demonstrated in the episode when, upon arriving at an emergency situation where an assassin released a biological weapon on a scientific conference, Chuck promptly assumed command of the operation without dispute from the senior officer on-site.

Chuck charted every piece of information he could find on the Intersect on the back of the Tron poster in his bedroom,[8] and throughout season 1 and 2 continued to express a desire to have the intel removed from his brain.[9] Using the data, Chuck built a bot to search the web for Orion, which he was seen using in the opening scenes of "Chuck Versus the Predator." He succeeds in doing what the CIA and NSA could not; he got the attention of Orion who recognized Chuck as the Intersect and wanted to meet him. Orion revealed it was possible to remove the Intersect from Chuck's brain, before he was apparently killed when he turned an MQ-1 Predator drone on the helicopter he was on after he was captured by Fulcrum. It was later revealed in "Chuck vs. the Dream Job" that not only did Orion survive, but was actually Chuck's father, Stephen.

In "Chuck vs. the Ring" Chuck downloaded the modified Intersect 2.0 after Bryce was killed, before destroying the computer sys
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Chuck discovers he learned Kung Fu from the Intersect

tem with the Intersect destroyer. When confronted by agents belonging to The Ring intent on taking control of the system, he used the knowledge received from the Intersect to disable them in hand-to-hand combat. Earlier in the episode, Ted Roark revealed that Fulcrum has specifically ordered that Chuck be killed regardless of whether they recover the Intersect.

Chuck was fired by Beckman after failing his spy training in "Chuck Versus the Pink Slip", his emotians tended to inhibit the Intersect. By the end of the episode, he proved his value, and was reinstated. He was sent on his first solo mission by CIA Agent Daniel Shaw in "Chuck Versus First Class". Throughout the third season, Chuck continued to train with Sarah, Casey, and Shaw. In "Chuck Versus the Tic Tac", Chuck completed his last tests, the Red Test but only with Casey's help, who realized that Chuck would never be a killer. He was activated as a full-fledged spy by Beckman and ordered to report to Washington, D.C. for induction.

In "Chuck Versus the Beard" Chuck was finally forced to share his secret life with Morgan when the two were being threatened with torture by Ring operatives; "Morgan, the truth is I am a member of a joint NSA-CIA black ops team, that is stationed here in Burbank. I have a Level 6 clearance, and my code name is Charles Carmichael. I'm a spy, buddy...and, quite frankly, you deserve to know." Chuck was ultimately very grateful he was able to tell his friend all about it, and it helped repair his glitchy access to the Intersect.

Later in season three, and throughout the series, Chuck developed more and more as an agent. In "Chuck Versus the Push Mix", Chuck made a plan by himself on a rogue mission with Morgan to bring down arms dealing organization, Volkoff Industries. He does so by pretending to be Orion, hacking into the computers in the office of Alexei Volkoff, which scared Volkoff into leaving and staying mobile with the Hydra Network. Chuck successfully brought down Volkoff Industries by having Volkoff's voice to access the passcode to begin transferring the Hydra Network to Orion's computers, later to be sent to the CIA.

Family Life Edit

Chuck attempted to locate his father for Ellie's wedding but met with no success, as Stephen Bartowski (Scott Bakula) didn't want to be found.

Chuck and Stephen at Ellie's wedding

However, his search ends in "Chuck vs. The Broken Heart" when Sarah used her access to the CIA databases to run her own unauthorized search. She successfully located him in a trailer located 100 miles east of Barstow, CA and took Chuck to see him. In "Chuck Versus the Dream Job," Stephen reveaed to Chuck he was Orion and said he had allowed Sarah to find him. Chuck went to work for Stephen's rival Ted Roark to help the CIA stop a major virus attack. After Stephen's capture by Roark, he convinced Beckman to assign them the mission to rescue him.

Although Stephen would appear in "Chuck vs. the Dream Job", no real information about his wife had been given, except that she left  the children at a young age. Chuck and Ellie celebrate "Mother's Day" each year with dinner to commeorate the day they learned to take care of each other.[10] In the finale of Season Two, Chuck quit the Buy More as a wedding present to Ellie, who had been encouraging him to live up to his potential, which she doesn't believe he can accomplish there. However, Chuck rejoins the Buy More/CIA in Season Three after Beckman takes over the site as a CIA cover and blocks Chuck from all other employment options.

In Season Four, Chuck pursued his search for his mother, Mary Bartowski (Linda Hamilton). |His father had supplied Chuck with enough intel to begin the search as of the Season Three finale. Stephen had
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Eight year old Chuck

spent his entire career searching for Mary, and to bring down Volkoff Industries. Chuck managed to meet his mother in "Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror". She shot him in the chest to prevent Volkoff from moving against Agent 'Charles Carmichael' or finding out he is her son. In "Chuck Versus the Push Mix", Chuck, Sarah, Morgan, and Mary manage to bring down Volkoff and his Hydra Network. They later arrive to Westside Medical just in time for Ellie to give birth to Clara Woodcomb. Mary reunites with Ellie.

Character Development Edit

Zachary Levi was the first actor cast for the series, and was announced as starring in the title role on February 7, 2007. On January 16, 2009 it was announced that Scott Bakula would be appearing as Chuck and Ellie's father in a three-episode story alongside Chevy Chase. Mr. Bartowski was identified as a software genius, with Chase's Ted Roark as his rival.[11]

SciFi Wire reported that English actor Jonathan Cake joined the cast for a three-part arc as Mi-6 agent Cole Barker, described as a "James Bond" type. Unfortunately for Chuck, Agent Barker cought Sarah's eye. This will most notably be on display in Part Two of the arc, in which each will be actively trying to "Out Hero" the other. Chuck will also be involved in a mission to track down the creator of the Intersect, a man who may be able to help him find a way to remove the computer from his head and give him back his normal life.[12]

Previews for a future episode following the initial airing of "Chuck Versus the Lethal Weapon" show Chuck taking a much more active role, including donning body armor and confidently wielding two guns.

Zachary Levi indicated that by the beginning of Season Three, two characters will have discovered Chuck's secret life.[13] In "Chuck Versus the Colonel," Chuck reveals his work as a spy to Captain Awesome, but asks him to keep it secret. [14]

Interviews with Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz have likened Chuck's development in the first two seasons to an origin story, describing Chuck as Luke Skywalker and born into his role as opposed to Peter Parker who stumbled into it. Season two especially has focused on Chuck's evolution from a regular guy to show that he has the potential to be a true hero.[15]

Zachary Levi suggested that the new skills Chuck learns from Intersect 2.0 will fade again after use.[16]

Chuck loses the intersect again in Chuck Versus the Cliffhanger.

Personality Edit

Chuck is a highly intelligent, witty, honest, friendly, good-hearted, caring, generous, and personable young man. Because of the danger and reality of his secret life, Chuck struggles with maintaining his honesty and integrity, and has frequently been at odds with the deceptive side of his government work. Chuck typically plays the role of a peacemaker, and to some degree a negotiator, preferring to find a peaceful resolution to conflicts as seen during the hostage situation in the Buy More in "Chuck Versus Santa Claus." He also has a deep sense of personal responsibility, leading him to facilitating the defection of a Chinese agent after mistakenly allowing her brother to be taken hostage.[10] Chuck strongly believes in doing the right thing, but objects to means that violate his ethics, especially when he has been asked or ordered to take advantage of his personal relationships.[17] Chuck always puts others before himself, and is very protective of the people he cares about.

Chuck is highly skilled with computers and can solve any puzzle, he was known to the world of hackers as The Piranha.[3] It is strongly implied that he has genius-level intellect and has the ability to retain vast amounts of visual information. Chuck has shown the ability to mentally download the Intersect and the Fulcrum program - which had killed or mentally damaged all previous subjects. He has excellent problem-solving skills. Even without the Intersect information, Chuck is highly observant, and he has a great deal of familiarity with a wide variety of electronic devices, their capabilities and limitations due to working at the Buy More rather than the Intersect information, and demonstrated the ability to recognize advanced surveillance equipment while casing a mansion for a mission because they sold that model of surveillance camera at the Buy More.

Chuck has admitted to a low tolerance for pain in several episodes, and is afraid of needles. Although he tends to be visibly frightened in situations involving guns and danger, he has a deep reserve of courage, and always summons the nerve to risk his own life during the course of a mission if he deems it necessary, especially if Sarah or Casey's lives are at risk.

Although he does not hold a management position at the Buy More, both the sales associates and Nerd Herd staff look to him for guidance and leadership, and have on several occasions pointed him out as the guy in charge. Co-worker Anna Wu (Julia Ling) explained to a corporate efficiency expert that the store's chain of command is "There's Chuck, then there's the rest of us." Lester Patel (Vik Sahay) reports that when unsure in a situation, asks himself, "WWCD, what would Chuck do?" When asked "Who personifies the Buy More ideal? Who makes the trains run on time? Who provides your moral compass? Who holds the team together?" the staff unanimously answer "Chuck."[3] Even Big Mike holds Chuck in high regard, and frequently turned to Chuck when he had things that needed to be done and done right, and would have preferred him as Assistant Manager over Harry Tang.[18] When his new girlfriend revealed her son worked at the Buy More, Big Mike could be heard pleading that it was Chuck.[19]

Chuck's friends and family are very important to him. He has disobeyed orders in order to protect Ellie,[20] Morgan, and Anna,[21] and his own problems were of secondary importance to finding the ring Devon intended to use to propose to Ellie when a Fulcrum agent stole it while recovering a listening device.[22] At one point, 
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Ellie, Chuck, Sarah, and Casey had all been exposed to a poison and they had recovered only enough antidote to save one individual, Chuck, without hesitation, stated that he would use it to save his sister's life, though that would mean he would die; Sarah and Casey refused to let him do this, because his death would mean the loss of the Intersect secrets, though Casey expressed admiration on a personal level for Chuck's willingness to sacrifice his own life to save Ellie's, so Chuck ran to Ellie and administered the antidote to her before they could stop him.

He is highly sensitive and caring, and has always tried to be close to Sarah when she needed emotional support.[23][24] Chuck has also attempted to help Casey reclaim the woman he once loved.[25] He has promised his sister that no matter what it takes, he would make sure their father was present at her wedding.[26] Although often a strength, Chuck's affable, trusting nature has also gotten him into trouble. He almost allowed Laszlo Mahnovski to escape custody,[18] and on numerous occasions has been tricked into helping an adversary. Casey has also taken advantage of Chuck's naivete for his own purposes.[26]

Chuck frequently wears Chuck Taylor all-stars Converse shoes and enjoys an eclectic range of music including "indie rock". Music supervisor of Chuck, Alexandra Patsavas, describes Chuck as a guy who might like The Republic Tigers and The National (both bands have contributed music to the show), and the character himself has made references to liking Arcade Fire "Chuck Versus the Sandworm" and Nina Simone "Chuck Versus the Zoom". Chuck tells Sarah that he thinks he found what will be her favorite song, Feeling Good  by Nina Simone which was revealed in the episode "Chuck Versus the Honeymooners".

Chuck is a big video game nerd. He has been seen reading Nintendo Power, playing Missile Command, Gears of War, Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4. He has demonstrated several other 'nerd' interests throughout the course of the show, such as an interest in, and extensive familiarity with the plot, characters and details of comic books and graphic novels, genre movies, and other typical 'nerd' entertainment interests. In the episode "Chuck Versus the Sandworm" Chuck's best friend, Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez) reveals that Chuck has a "wicked vinyl collection", part of which is seen in "Chuck Versus the Alma Mater".

Evolution Edit


Orion's Wrist Computer

Chuck has continued to evolve over the course of the show. He was initially reluctant to participate in missions, but then began to look forward to them, and has even been disappointed when they didn't have a new assignment for him.[27] He has also slowly begun to grow in confidence and is becoming increasingly more capable and self-sufficient. Although inexperienced, Chuck's natural intelligence and observational skills steadily made him a more effective agent. Sarah frequently encouraged him in this regard, and even Casey made observations on Chuck's abilities.[28][24] Even General Beckman was impressed that Chuck made contact with Orion, though she only admitted it to Sarah and Casey.

For most of the series Chuck was strongly pacifistic. He specifically told Sarah he disliked guns[22] and showed a preference of avoiding or preventing conflict. Until the end of season 2, Chuck displayed little fighting ability, and was deeply disturbed by Sarah's execution of Fulcrum agent Mauser.[29]

During the events of "Chuck Versus the Suburbs" Fulcrum was attempting to refine their own version of the Intersect. The device was flawed, and until it was tested successfully on Chuck, either killed or inflicted lasting, if not permanent, brain damage on the victims. After the team was captured investigating the Intersect, Casey escaped Fulcrum custody to the system' control room while Sarah was being strapped into the device. Although fully aware of what would happen to the Fulcrum agents, Chuck signaled Casey to activate the Intersect. This incident was the first time that Chuck has willingly and personally taken a course of action where he knew that someone was going to be hurt or even killed as a result of his actions, and as in most such cases, it was done to protect Sarah or another loved one. Additionally, Josh Schwartz has stated that Chuck will continue to develop and gain confidence in his new role.[30] As seen in "Chuck Versus the First Kill," neither of Chuck's two "kills" were the result of direct action by Chuck. Chuck also deliberately ran down a crowd of Fulcrum operatives holding Sarah prisoner with a Dodge Challenger they were using to run from Casey in "Chuck Versus the Colonel".

Chuck finally handled a gun for the first time on an actual mission in "Chuck Versus the Lethal Weapon". Despite his aversion to firearms, established in this episode and earlier in "Chuck Versus the Marlin," Chuck asked Sarah if he got to have a gun for their rescue of his father in "Chuck Versus the Colonel". He also found out General Beckman was not willing to help him get the Intersect out of his head in "Chuck Versus the Predator" and told him he needed to become a spy. Chuck responded by hiding intelligence about the Fulcrum Intersect from her and his handlers. Upon learning Beckman doesn't want the Intersect removed from him, Chuck has used the resources of Castle, and the skills he learned, to defy the government. He hid information about the Fulcrum Intersect from his handlers in "Chuck Versus the Predator" and "Chuck Versus the Broken Heart", and used CIA body armor and tranquilizer guns for a rogue operation to gain access to the Fulcrum Intersect to remove the one in his head in "Chuck Versus the Dream Job". He even shot John Casey with a tranquilizer.

After downloading the heavily-modified Intersect 2.0, Chuck becomes an expert in hand-to-hand combat and knows Kung Fu much to the surprise of Sarah and Casey.[31] Though in season 5 we can see Chuck without his intersect, he was still able to fight with Daniel Shaw more standard training, we could also see him blocking attacks from Morgan with the Intersect. Chuck becomes a very good hand to hand fighter or he may have learned to fight that way from his experience of using intersect to fight.

Appearance Edit

Chuck Bartowski is a tall, handsome man with dark, curly hair and hazel eyes. At the start of season 1 Chuck's hair is longer and rather unkempt with sideburns, his hair changes throughout the next four seasons becoming gradually shorter and tidier. Chuck has been wearing black and white Chuck Taylor Converse since he was a child.

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  • Chuck's original, core Intersect ability is essentially a modernized version of the capacity attributed to Mycroft Holmes, who, according to his brother (Sherlock) in The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans, could best be described thus:- "He has the tidiest and most orderly brain, with the greatest capacity for storing facts, of any man living. The same great powers which I have turned to the detection of crime he has used for this particular business. The conclusions of every department are passed to him, and he is the central exchange, the clearing-house, which makes out the balance. All other men are specialists, but his specialism is omniscience.".
  • As a child, Chuck had two dogs named Peaches, a Cocker Spaniel who was hit by a car, and a Springer Spaniel whose names was technically Peaches II, as was pointed out by Morgan in Chuck Versus the Wookiee. Chuck had been told by Ellie that the original Peaches had run away.
  • Chuck has been shot three time in the course of the show, each time he was wearing a kevlar, vest and twice the shooter knew that to be so.  The third time, he intercepted a bullet ment for Sarah. All three shootings were at point blank range and left him in pain but alive.

References Edit

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  1. episode "Chuck Versus the Alma Mater
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Chuck vs. the Intersect"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Chuck vs. the Ex"
  4. "Chuck Versus the Best Friend"
  5. episode "Chuck Versus the Broken Heart
  6. Interview: April 27, 2009: New Jersey Star-Ledger
  7. "Chuck vs. the Tango"
  8. Chuck's Chart
  9. "Chuck vs. the Lethal Weapon"
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Chuck vs. the Sizzling Shrimp"
  11. Cast Update: January 16,
  12. Development Update: February 16, 2009, SciFi Wire
  13. Spoiler:
  14. Development Update, March 20, 2009: Sci-Fi Wire
  15. Interview: April 7, 2009: What's Alan Watching
  16. Interview: May 1, 2009: Entertainment Weekly
  17. "Chuck vs. the Imported Hard Salami"
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Chuck vs. the Sandworm"
  19. "Chuck vs. the Suburbs"
  20. "Chuck vs. the Truth"
  21. "Chuck vs. the Crown Vic"
  22. 22.0 22.1 "Chuck vs. the Marlin"
  23. "Chuck vs. the Cougars"
  24. 24.0 24.1 "Chuck vs. the Delorean"
  25. "Chuck vs. the Undercover Lover"
  26. 26.0 26.1 "Chuck Versus the Sensei"
  27. "Chuck vs. the Third Dimension"
  28. "Chuck vs. the First Date"
  29. "Chuck vs. Santa Claus"
  30. Development Update: February 8, 2009, IGN report on New York ComicCon Panel
  31. "Chuck vs. the Ring"

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