Charlie Bradbury

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Name Charlene "Charlie" Bradbury (fake name)
Actor Felicia Day
Dates 1985 (born)
Location Chicago, Illinois (formerly)
Farmington Hills, Michigan (formerly)
Oz
Occupation IT expert
Hunter
Episode(s) 7.20 The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo
7.23 Survival of the Fittest (mentioned)
8.11 LARP and the Real Girl
8.20 Pac-Man Fever
9.04 Slumber Party

Saving people, hunting things, the family business? I am down. But... I was raised on Tolkien, man. I mean, where is all this? Where are my White Walkers and my volcano and magic ring to throw in the damn thing? Where -- where's my quest?

– Charlie Bradbury, 9.04 Slumber Party

History

As a young girl Charlie was read The Hobbit by her mother Gertrude Middleton and got interested in fantasy realms as a result. When she was twelve, Charlie got scared at a sleepover and called her parents to come pick her up. On the way, they were hit by a drunk driver and her father was killed while her mother was left brain-dead and only kept alive by life-support.

Soon after the accident, Charlie hacked into a game company's server and stole a first-person shooter game called The Red Scare before it was finished that has the player battling against super-soldier vampires to save some hospital patients. She reprogrammed it to reflect her "flamingly liberal politics" and released it for free. She was eventually tracked down and arrested, forcing her to go on the run for 16 years. During that time, Charlie secretly visited her mother and read to her while using her aliases to fund her mother's hospital bills.

Charlie became an IT expert who formerly worked at Richard Roman Enterprises. She's a lesbian with a taste in electro pop, left politics and is a keen gamer and fangirl, with her favorite series including Harry Potter and Star Wars. She has a tattoo, which she got at Comic-Con while drunk, of Princess Leia in a slave girl bikini astride a 20-sided dice.

In her apartment, Charlie has a similar collection of figurines to those on her desk at work. There is a blackboard which is covered in notes including "Comic-Con San Fran Book Hotel," "Order Book on the Language of Star Wars," "La Roux tix" and "New Collection Craigslist."

The board also has a grocery list of: veggies, granola, cereal, arugula, yoghurt and pop tarts. Charlie also has a poster for the movie Coven. She also mentions downloading the latest Robyn album.

Charlie's desk at Richard Roman Enterprises is decorated with a bobblehead Darth Vader, C3P0 and stormtrooper dolls, a Yoda Pez dispenser, at least one Star Wars comic, a Wonder Woman figure, a set of Lord of the Rings Pez dispensers, two Harry Potter figurines and a Dumbledore figurine. In pride of place is her Hermione figurine which Charlie refers to as "H." She has a Wonder Woman mug.

Her name is an alias, and she has started a new life at least once before.

The Leviathan leader, Dick Roman - claimed Charlie possesses a certain "spark," which renders her immune to being fully cloned by leviathans. He claimed that even though he could feed all of her thoughts to someone, they wouldn't be able to achieve her level of intellectual performance.[1]

After helping the Winchesters with Dick Roman, Charlie fears pursuit by the Leviathan and changes her identity to "Carrie Heinlein," settling in Farmington Hills, Michigan. HAving been made aware of the world of the supernatural, she became interested in hunting, and started pursuing her own cases.

She is currently in Oz with Dorothy Baum.

Names

According to writer Robbie Thompson, Charlie's aliases are made up of the name of a Stephen King character for her first name and the surname of a famous science fiction writer.

Charlene "Charlie" Bradbury: Charlene McGee is the pyrokinetic girl in Firestarter. The surname Bradbury is a reference to acclaimed science fiction writer Ray Bradbury.

Carrie Heinlein: Carrie is the eponymous hero of Carrie and Heinlein refers to writer Robert A. Heinlein.

In 8.20 Pac-Man Fever we see passports with other aliases including Christine K. Le Guin, Annie Tolkien, Susan Asimov.

While her real first name has not been revealed, her real last name has been revealed to be Middleton.

Episodes

7.20 The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo

Dick Roman asks Charlie to decrypt Frank Devereaux's hard drive. After more than 24 hours of constant work, she manages to open the files on it. Frank's hard drive has the folders: The Feeb, Richard Roman Enterprises, Clones, Known Facts, Monsters, Unsolved Mysteries, March of Dimes, X-Files and two folders titled Misc. Research.

Charlie starts reading files describing the Leviathans and their activities, including their connection to Dick Roman. Concluding it all sounds crazy, she goes in search of her supervisor Pete, who has gone to the parking garage for a cigarette. In the parking garage, Dick Roman tells Pete that Charlie is one of the few humans who is special, who can't be fully copied by the Leviathans, whereas Pete can. Charlie then watches as one of Roman's men turns into Pete and eats him - vindicating all she read in Frank's files.

Sam and Dean have tracked the location of the hard drive because it has an inbuilt GPS, and then manage to track Charlie to her apartment. They explain that they need to get the hard drive back, and when they find out about her hacking skills, ask whether she would break into Dick's emails. When she finds out that his emails are on a private server and will require her breaking into his office, Charlie is reluctant but agrees. Unbeknownst to Charlie, Bobby slips Dean's flask into her bag so he can enter the building with her. As a spirit he can only go where the flask is.

Dean and Sam are in a communication van Charlie has set up. When her nerve nearly fails her, Sam gives her a "What would Hermione Do?" pep chat. She makes it up to Dick's office, but there is a guard on patrol. Dean tells her to flirt her way past him. Charlie reveals she has no idea how to flirt with a guy, so Dean talks her through it, much to Sam's amusement.

Charlie manages to get into Dick's office and download his emails. Back at her desk she sends these, along with the contents of Frank's hard drive, to the boys. She discovers that a package is arriving for Dick at a nearby airport, and manages to send a fake email, so it appears to be arriving 30 minutes later. This allows Sam and Dean time to get to the airport and switch the package for a case with a borax bomb in it.

Meanwhile Dick has arrived at the office, and quizzes Charlie on the hard drive. She declares it is empty of any files relating to "Sam and Dean Winchester". When Roman's minions arrive with the switched package, Charlie tries to leave the building. The borax bomb explodes, but Dick is unharmed and puts the building on lock down. As Charlie tries to escape, Bobby is able to shatter the glass on the front doors by freezing it. He then launches a frenzied attack on Dick, breaking Charlie's arm in the process. Sam and Dean arrive and manage to rescue her.

Charlie, broken arm tended to, boards a bus out of town. She tells Sam and Dean it's not the first time she's disappeared, and asks them not to contact her again.

7.23 Survival of the Fittest

Using what Charlie has taught them, Sam and Dean are able to hack into the security cameras of SucroCorp so they can locate and kill Dick Roman. Dean says "thank you Charlie, wherever you are" for this.

8.11 LARP and the Real Girl

Charlie and the fairy Gilda.

Charlie, now under the name Carrie, is the queen of one of four kingdoms of the LARPing game of Moondoor. When two of her subjects are killed, it draws Sam and Dean's attention and they head to Moondoor where she is sword fighting one of her "squires" and wins. Charlie panics when she sees Sam and Dean and starts packing to start a new life rather than stay with the one she has. She explains that after Dick Roman was killed and his company went bankrupt, she felt she was safe and came out of hiding with a new identity, but fears becoming a target for monsters again. After learning why Sam and Dean are there, she agrees to help them investigate the deaths and other mysterious injuries that have happened, telling Sam where he can find a computer to research a weird Celtic symbol while she and Dean (who she dresses in LARPing clothes) try to find someone who would use that symbol.

The two learn that the symbol belongs to a rival kingdom (with Charlie flirting with a "maiden" along the way) and question a prisoner from the kingdom. When questioned who Dean is, Charlie panics and calls him her handmaiden. Joined by Gerry aka Boltar the Furious, they head to question the king of that kingdom, but Dean sends Charlie away with his cell phone to find Sam so she won't get hurt. Charlie hears something following her and "defeats" one of her rivals, but is then captured by a figure in a cloak and an animal head.

Charlie awakens in a tent with the being that captured her and when she tries to escape, just ends up coming in the other entrance to the tent. Charlie panics and pleads that she just wants to go home when the figure takes off the mask to reveal a beautiful woman who Charlie is instantly smitten with. The woman explains that she is a good fairy named Gilda and that her master is forcing her to harm innocent people against her will. Gilda tells Charlie that she doesn't know her master's name and that the only way to break the spell is for a hero to destroy his spellbook.

Dean, Sam and Gerry eventually find Charlie with help from the "prisoner" and are shocked to discover Gilda and Charlie making out. Charlie is annoyed that they interrupted her but Gilda reveals that Gerry is her master. Gerry arrives and reveals that he takes the game too seriously, treating it like reality. He had been taking out his competition for the upcoming Battle of the Kingdoms so that he could win and Charlie would choose him as King. Gerry bought the spellbook off of eBay and was using Gilda to hobble his rivals, but killed two of them when they cheated at the game.

He forces Gilda to destroy Sam and Dean's guns and battles Dean as a suit of armor pins Sam. After Dean manages to knock Gerry's spellbook to the ground, Gilda tells Charlie to destroy the book and that Dean can't defeat Gerry. Charlie gets Gerry's attention, telling him that she is the one that rescues the damsel in distress then stabs the book with a knife, breaking the spell and setting Gilda free. With Gerry defeated, Dean knocks him out. Gilda shares a goodbye kiss with Charlie, then returns to her world with Gerry for punishment for him while Charlie hopefully calls after her to call her.

Charlie, Sam and Dean return to Moondoor where Charlie resumes her role as queen. Charlie decides to stop running and changing her identity and to stay and make a life for once. She tells Sam and Dean to call her if they ever need her help again and heads off to lead her kingdom in the Battle of the Kingdoms which she is aware she is likely to lose along with her crown as Gerry decimated her "army."

At the Battle of the Kingdoms, Sam and Dean join her "army" and Dean gives a rallying speech that he rips off the movie Braveheart. When Charlie questions it, Sam explains it is the only battle speech Dean knows. After Dean's speech, Charlie and her army charge into battle with the opposing kingdoms and win.

Charlie is reunited with Sam and Dean.

8.20 Pac-Man Fever

While visiting her mother, Charlie learns of a body with its insides liquefied and contacts Sam and Dean to let them know. They meet her at the Bunker, though she claims she was in Topeka for a comic book convention. Charlie has already narrowed down most of the suspects and after she proves to be an excellent shot, Dean agrees to take her as back-up rather than Sam who is weakened from the trials to close the Gates of Hell.

Before taking Charlie to the morgue to investigate the body, Dean takes her to get a new suit. While there, he borrows her phone to call Sam and secretly activates her GPS. Afterwards, they visit the morgue where Charlie nervously displays her badge upside-down and the coroner, Jennifer O'Brien, refuses to let them see the body without a chain of custody form. Since they failed to convince her, Dean decides to return that night to break in and check, making Charlie nervous.

That night, after learning of another similar body being found, Dean and Charlie investigate the scene only to find Sam there investigating as well. While Sam and Dean argue, Charlie talks with the teenagers who found the body and learn that they spotted a blue handprint on it. After failing to get Sam to leave, Dean takes off without either he or Charlie to go investigate the bodies.

Charlie and Sam break into the coroner's office first and meet Dean. When Jennifer arrives, Charlie distracts her by asking her for a copy of the paperwork they need and fashion advice. Charlie distracts Jennifer long enough for Sam and Dean to learn that she burned the bodies on the orders of the CDC and escape.

Returning to the Bunker, Sam and Charlie use her laptop to eliminate possible suspects while Dean goes through John's Journal to try to find what could be doing it. Dean finally learns from the Journal that a "bastard off-shoot" type of djinn is responsible and Charlie leaves to supposedly get them some food.

Charlie returns to an apartment she keeps and transfers money to pay her mother's hospital bills. However, while she is doing that, she is attacked and captured by Jennifer who is the djinn they are after.

Jennifer takes Charlie to a shipping warehouse she owns and reveals that unlike other djinn, her kind feeds off fear. Charlie inadvertently reveals her connection to the hunting world by revealing her knowledge of what Jennifer is and Jennifer poisons her, saying her fear will be enough to feed her and another djinn that she mentions. Before passing out, Charlie warns that Sam and Dean will find her and Jennifer welcomes it.

Charlie reads The Hobbit to her mother one last time.

After figuring out that Jennifer is the djinn, Sam and Dean track down Charlie and kill Jennifer. Sam administers the antidote to djinn poison to Charlie, but it has no effect. Realizing from Dean's own experience with a djinn that Charlie will be stuck in a loop in a dream-like state, Dean uses African Dream Root to enter Charlie's mind to break her out of the loop.

In Charlie's mind, Dean finds her trapped in a nightmare where she is trapped in The Red Scare. Charlie saves him from the game's vampires and explains her connection to the game and how she's trapped in an infinite loop where she must protect the patients in the hospital from super-soldier vampires. Charlie explains how she is trapped in her worst nightmare because this type of djinn feeds on fear and that there is two djinn, not one like they had believed. Charlie leads Dean to the patients where Dean finds one is Charlie's mother and another is Sam. Dean explains how after Charlie disappeared he learned about her mother and realizes that her greatest fear isn't the video game or what it did to her, its losing her mother. Charlie tells Dean how she believes what happened to her parents is her fault and how she wants to apologize to her mother and tell her she loves her and have her understand, but knows that will never happen. Dean is sympathetic and convinces Charlie to let go of her mother as she is long gone. Once Charlie does so, the loop is broken and they return to the real world where Sam has killed the other djinn. Charlie breaks down crying in Dean's arms.

The next day, Charlie says goodbye to Sam and Dean who invite her to visit anytime and look through the Bunker's archives. Charlie has learned from her experience and decides to let her mother go. At the hospital, Charlie signs forms to have her mother taken off of life-support and officially visits her for the first time, but before she lets her mother die, she reads The Hobbit to her one last time.

9.04 Slumber Party

Needing someone to help them hack an antique computer, Sam and Dean call in Charlie who reveals that she has become a hunter herself and has hunted a ghost and a teenage vampire but wants more magic and adventure. Charlie sets up her tablet computer to hack the computer's files and then goes to watch Game of Thrones with Sam and Dean while they are waiting for the download to finish.

Returning to the lab where the computer is, the three discover a large web on the back wall and opening it, they find Dorothy. Charlie is excited to learn that Dorothy is the Dorothy from the Oz books and is insulted when Dorothy thinks that she is just a secretary. Sam and Dean have Charlie work with Dorothy to find a way to stop the Wicked Witch of the West who is now loose in the Bunker and Charlie defends the Men of Letters to Dorothy, telling her that while he was never able to find her, James Haggerty never stopped searching for her and found out that poppy seed extract could stun the Witch. Taking the extract that Haggerty got from a fairy he made a deal with, Charlie and Dorothy make four poppy seed bullets.

Charlie brings the bullets to Sam and Dean and after learning that Dean has the Key to Oz that the Witch needs for her plan, goes with him to his room to get it. Dean finds the Key, but the Witch arrives, takes the Key and fires a blast at him. Charlie jumps in front of the blast and is killed, but Dean has Ezekiel resurrect her.

After her resurrection, Dean tells Charlie she was just knocked out and leaves her with Dorothy as he and Sam go to chase down the Wicked Witch. When Charlie describes the "dream" she had of Christmas with her parents who were both still alive, Dorothy reveals that she was dead and in Heaven. Dorothy then reveals that she died too in Oz but was brought back and that she had followed her father, a Man of Letters on one of his travels and got trapped in Oz where she was helped by three freedom fighters who were cursed to become the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion by the Wicked Witch as a result. After learning that Dorothy is the daughter of L. Frank Baum who wrote the Oz books when the Wicked Witch came to Earth and Dorothy became a hunter, Charlie realizes that the books were written to give Dorothy clues and suggests they find "something pointy" from the books to use on the Wicked Witch.

Charlie and Dorothy enter Oz.

Following Charlie's idea, the two women travel to the Bunker's garage where Dorothy finds the Ruby Slippers in her motorcycle's saddle bags. As they contain magic from Oz, Dorothy realizes that they can be used to kill the Wicked Witch. Sam and Dean arrive, possessed by the Wicked Witch and Dean pins Charlie, revealing that the Wicked Witch's plan is to actually bring her army to Earth to take over the world. Charlie breaks free by kicking Dean in the balls and runs off with the slippers to stop the Wicked Witch while Dorothy distracts Sam and Dean.

The Wicked Witch manages to open the door to Oz and casts a spell to summon her army of Flying Monkeys, but while she's distracted, Charlie stabs her in the back of the head with one of the ruby slippers, fatally wounding her. When the Wicked Witch turns around, Charlie stabs the other slipper into her forehead, killing her. Charlie then shuts the door just in time before the Flying Monkeys can reach it. Charlie retrieves the key from the Witch's cloak and lets the freed Sam and Dean know when they arrive.

With the Wicked Witch dead, Dorothy decides to return to Oz to free it from the Witch's forces and Sam, Dean and Charlie gather in the garage to say goodbye to her. Charlie pulls Dean aside and reveals she knows the truth about her resurrection, but agrees to keep it a secret from Sam as long as she gets an explanation later. Dorothy asks Charlie to come with her to help free Oz and excited by the chance to finally get to experience all that she has ever wanted, she agrees despite Dean's warnings of the dangers. Waving goodbye to Sam and Dean, Charlie enters Oz with Dorothy.

References


Charlie in fandom