How To Recognize Your Sarah

With tonight's episode of Chuck promising what looks like the most badass version of Sarah Walker of all time, mxpw and I thought we would help you out. Working together, we've compiled a list of the Sarah Walkers you might see in your everyday lives and we've compared them to two things: canon Sarah, or the Sarah seen on the show, and the most badass Sarah we know...

The Adorable Psycho.

This list is by no means exhaustive; we are a fandom of many great Sarahs. We've simply picked a few of the more popular ones for our guide: How to Recognize Your Sarah.

Warning: Does contain up to date write-ups on various stories in the section; if you don't want to be spoiled on something you haven't read, skip to the next Sarah. :)

Adorable Psycho

Name: Adorable Psycho

Where you can find her: In bed or standing over a dead skank.

State of relationship with Chuck: Engaged, pregnant with his child, and probably getting plowed as we speak.

Similarities/Differences to Canon: Unlike canon Sarah, AP has no such thing as commitment issues or reservations about the relationship. They both enjoy an aversion to clothing and prefer knives for killin' folks. AP is also insane whereas canon Sarah is just an emotional basket-case.

Though AP and canon Sarah both have extreme lethality in their arsenal, the AP is the only one we've actually seen attack the brunettes in Chuck's life, no matter how much we wish canon Sarah would show a backbone whenever an ex, a perky computer tech, or an illegal sausage importer comes around. However, those days are long over, and both AP and canon Sarah show an affinity for killing things that can be quite frightening.

Cockblocked By: Doesn't matter, they're all dead anyway.

How To Survive an Encounter with AP Sarah:
1) Don't be brunette.
2) Don't look at her man.
3) Try not to breathe.
4) Do what you can to get her thinking about sex.
5) Sing songs from Glee and back away slowly.
6) Tell her she's the best fanfic writer on the planet.


Episode Mostly Closely Matched To: Chuck vs. Phase Three

Honorable Mentions: Honeymooners, Tic Tac

SWP Rating: 10. It's an unusual day when AP doesn't spend most of it naked.

Walker's Eleven

Name: Sarah Walker/Stacee Kemp

Where you can find her: In Chuck's bedroom, hiding out, or in the cage at the Buy More.

State of relationship with Chuck: Post-Coital, slept together once, known each other three weeks.

Similarities/Differences to Canon: The Sarah featured in Walker's Eleven never left the conman life, though she does go by Sarah Walker so it's uncertain right now if she met Langston Graham or not. She followed in her father's footsteps in the con world, though some might wonder about her skill at such, considering she allowed herself to be tricked very easily. Her relationship with Chuck is vastly different--this Sarah cannot seem to keep her hands to herself (not that Chuck's complaining) and views Chuck as a great deal more competent almost from the start. She also seems to function on a timer. Her biggest difference from canon seems to be self-image; she doesn't like Chuck to see the violent or criminal side of her, whereas canon Sarah has no problem kicking ass and taking names in front of Chuck.

Cockblocked By: Subluxated Shoulder, Smelly Nerd


Episode Most Closely Matched To: Chuck vs. the Delorean

Honorable Mentions: Imported Hard Salami, Honeymooners (she wishes!)

SWP Rating: 6. Regrettably, even Morgan saw more of her than Chuck did at first, but she did spend most of the last chapter naked.

Chuck and Sarah vs. Themselves

Name: Sarah Walker/Sarah Bartowski

Where you can find her: Her hotel room or Castle, thinking of ways she can finally have sex with Chuck.

State of relationship with Chuck: Newly married but still hasn't sealed the deal.

Similarities/Differences to Canon: Unlike most of the Sarahs on this list, Themselves Sarah is one of the few Sarahs that HASN'T slept with Chuck yet. In contrast, at least she can claim to be one of the first of them to get married. Almost as sex-obsessed as AP, Themselves and canon Sarah share many of the same overprotective traits (for instance, implanting Chuck with a tracking device) and willingness to do just about anything for her man.

The government plays a much different role in the Themselvesverse, being that they can and will throw Chuck into a bunker (Themselves is the prequel to Chuck vs. the Bunker), so this Sarah is less in love with her job than canon Sarah. Themselves Sarah is actually one of the cleverest Sarahs in the fandom; when we say she will go to any length to protect her man, we mean it. And yes, we include using devices that make Q groan with jealousy in order to fake a one-night stand in that. No commitment issues to be found here; Sarah may have been shocked by the proposal, but she glommed onto that engagement ring pretty quickly...literally!

Cockblocked By: The US Government, Chuck's performance anxiety


Episode Most Closely Matched To: Chuck vs. the Honeymooners

Honorable Mentions: Suitcase (minus commitment issues), Living Dead

SWP Rating: 6. Still hasn't sealed the deal.

Chuck vs. the Green-Eyed Girl

Name: Sarah Walker/Sarah Talley

Where you can find her: Burbank to Florida to now Belize. This Sarah always seems on the move somewhere.

State of relationship with Chuck: Married, pregnant with his child, but the relationship still always seems in flux. Tends to change from chapter to chapter.

Similarities/Differences to Canon: Even more emotionally messed up than canon Sarah, GEG Sarah tends to have trouble choosing between her job and Chuck. Constantly working plans within plans, GEG Sarah is certainly much more of a devious planner than canon Sarah. Never quite sure what GEG is thinking, Chuck seems to be constantly worried about her feelings (so somewhat similar to canon).

Cockblocked By: Chuck, Sarah's schizophrenia, and the government.


Episode Most Closely Matched To: Chuck vs. the Fake Name

Honorable Mentions: Beard, Mask

SWP Rating: 4.

What Fates Impose

Name: Sarah Walker/Diana Rogers/Jaime Winter/Karrin Lynch

Where you can find her: Within 20 miles of Chuck. No, seriously, it's a government decree.

State of relationship with Chuck: No sex yet, though the makeouts are getting steamy

Similarities/Differences to Canon: Fates Sarah diverged from canon early on due to meeting Chuck two years prior to canon Sarah and thanks to extenuating circumstances, falling for him just as hard as canon Sarah claims to have done. She shares canon Sarah's overprotective instincts, and rightfully so, as the Chuck in Fates is very emotionally troubled and reliant upon her. Thanks to that, Sarah in Fates has been forced to shed a great deal of the secrecy that makes canon Sarah tick in order to maintain the status quo. Because she is two years farther along in knowing and accepting her feelings for Chuck, Fates Sarah can sometimes seem much more advanced than the character that inspired her, which is why Season Four Sarah and Fates Sarah are closer at times than Fates and Season One Sarah.

Other than that, Fates Sarah is viewed through Chuck's point of view, so at times she can seem like canon Sarah with the saturation turned up.

Cockblocked By: The government, a bunker, and a robot.


Episode Most Closely Matched To: Chuck vs. the Cougars

Honorable Mentions: Colonel, Couch Lock

SWP Rating: 4. One glimpse in the shower does not for good SWP make. She really should lose her shirt more often.

Chuck vs. the Second Chance

Name: Sarah Bartowski/Sarah Walker

Where you can find her: Burbank, then D.C. for five years, then Burbank and then some small town somewhere else.

State of relationship with Chuck: Married to Chuck but separated and estranged, finally starting to work things out.

Similarities/Differences to Canon: 2C diverges from canon about midway through S2. Sarah agrees to marry Chuck for the sake of the cover, though it's most definitely what she wants. Sarah struggles with juggling the job and opening herself up to Chuck and believing she is deserving of love...so pretty similar to canon so far. More broken in nearly all facets than canon Sarah, devastated by personal loss, Sarah runs away from Chuck for five years. Much like canon, Chuck helps Sarah to heal and become comfortable in a relationship. The big change? Chuck becomes the broken one and now Sarah must heal him. At times darker than AP, more fatalistic than Fates, and more broken than canon Sarah, 2C Sarah is an example of what happens when Sarah gets in a serious relationship before she's ready.

Cockblocked By: Personal issues.


Episode Most Closely Matched To: Chuck vs. the Tooth

Honorable Mentions: Pink Slip (except in reverse), Crown Vic

SWP Rating: 3.

Chuck versus the Double Agent

Name: Sarah Walker/Emma Frost

Where you can find her: Either hanging naked from the ceiling, a hotel room, or Fulcrum headquarters

State of relationship with Chuck: Confused. They've slept together but neither is sure what that means

Similarities/Differences to Canon: Where to start? First and foremost, Sarah left the CIA after only a few months and joined Fulcrum. Moved up in the ranks until she one day got captured by Team Bartowski. Since then, she's been singularly focused on getting to know Chuck Bartowski. Simultaneously filled with a murderous rage for those who captured her, the government, and Fulcrum, Sarah hates just about everybody except Chuck. She has no problems with killing, sleeping with, or manipulating a mark. It's all just a job to her. DA Sarah is what canon Sarah could have become if she never met Chuck and went down a slightly harder path in canon. DA is burned out, doesn't care about the Greater Good, and hates her job. And yet somehow, she's probably closer to being actual canon Sarah than half the Sarahs on this list.

Cockblocked By: Carina


Episode Most Closely Matched To: Chuck vs. the Tic Tac (minus Shaw/the end)

Honorable Mentions: Phase Three, Helicopter

SWP Rating: 8.5. "Are you naked?" "No, but I can be!"

Name: Sarah Walker/Sam Lisa ???????

Where you can find her: NBC, Monday Nights, 8/7 c

State of relationship with Chuck: Steady relationship, living together. Currently in a rough patch due to missing boyfriend and regrettable argument.

Similarities/Differences to Canon: Well, she IS canon Sarah, so...none?

Cockblocked By: Bryce Larkin, Cole Barker, Prague, Pod Person Overtaking Her During S3, Daniel Shaw, Schwedak, Morgan Grimes


Episode Most Closely Matched To: Chuck vs. the Honeymooners

Honorable Mentions: Phase Three, Marlin, Colonel

SWP Rating: 10. Praise the gods.

And that, my friends, should help you out when meandering through both canon and fanon. Now, in a little over two hours, Phase Three will air on the East Coast and in Midwestern Lands, and I, for one, am a little excited.

And the Pacific's a little damp.

Don't forget to follow Chris on Twitter tonight and come back for the Instant Reaction! Tune in for Frea vs. mpxw tomorrow (I'm the pessimist this week!), and definitely hit up Justin's introductory post on screenwriting! It's brilliant stuff!

Frea (and mxpw)


  1. Haha, wow. You guys put a lot of thought and effort into this, huh? I'm very impressed. :D

  2. This is great.

    Shouldn't canon's Sarah also be cockblocked by Jill and Hannah? Sarah only went out for Bamboo Dragon after seeing the surveillance feed of Hannah each with Chuck's family.

  3. Anonymous22.11.10

    Awesome guide! Just the fix I needed to tide me over till the show tonight!!! Go AP, we're pull in for ya! Don't stop believing.......

    Seriously thank you guys for the hours of entertainment that you have provided me with over the past year it has been EPIC!!!

    Kinda surprised that you guys included GEG Sarah in here as most of that author's versions of Sarah tend toward major emotional basket cases and very unhealthy for Chuck's mental and emotional well being.

    - JS Fan

  4. nnegandhi22.11.10

    I think you have to consider ThemselvesSarah and BunkerSarah as one as both stories are clearly linked. If that's the case then a 7 on the Killin' meter looks a little low based on chapters 9 and 10 of Bunker, culminating with this little exchange:

    They walked in silence for a couple minutes, except for calls back and forth of 'clear' as they passed side-tunnels. Finally Sarah grunted. "Fine. He's the first person I ever met who loved me for me besides my dad. Not who they thought I was, but who I actually was. I'll kill anyone who so much as looks at him wrong."

    "No offense? But that's kind of fucked up, emotionally speaking. You know that right?"

    "Of course I know that." Sarah said testily, and silence reigned in the escape tunnel but for the sound of steam hissing through the pipes overhead and the hum of electricity.

    Getting up into AP territory there. A self-aware AP, but an AP nonetheless...

  5. @nnegandhi: If you include Sarah breaking into Beckman's house and threatening her with the pliers, (also from vs. the Bunker) I think the Killin'-meter might need a little bump. I personally think 8 or 8.5.

    But then, there's some Sarah Walker overprotective-hyperviolence I was writing earlier for the sequel to vs. the Bunker that is skewing my opinion, and that shouldn't count because I'm the only one who's read it. (It involves Sarah, a sniper rifle, a couple SUVs full of bad guys and... Jill.)

    @Frea: I really liked this Sarahs in review thing you've got going, and that 9 on the 'Themselves' Sex-o-meter seems about right. The graphics are really nice. Any chance I can steal that pic for my blog? Now back to the salt mines. We need Fates 44.

  6. Hee, ninja, if you want the pic, it's all yours. I can also make you different colored copies if you don't want to match the CI-layout. Just let me know.

    You know, I completely forgot about those scenes in Bunker. I guess the Themselves meter would need to get bumped. Just wait until you see what we've got planned for the Chuck version of this post.

    JS Fan, no problem. We live to entertain. And maybe entertain to live, depending on which one of us you're talking about. We also wanted to give APR a fairer shake than we've done in the past since this is a fanfic blog and he is a very large part of the fanbase (seriously, of the 31 stories over 100k, he's probably the most prolific besides maybe BillAtWork, who we...didn't feature here). I personally have never read GEG, nor would I recommend it, but some people on the blog might like it, so...

    MNIJIL, yeah, Hannah and Jill should probably be on Sarah's cockblock list, but I don't know, Shaw was the greater of two evils and Sarah never really seemed to fight Jill very hard. *shrug*

    Crystal, darling, 'twas only a few hours of work for a few minutes of laughter on your part. The lengths we go to for you, our friendly CI Mascot... :)

  7. This post is really something different. I think this is a must read by anyone who is a member of the Chuck version of the fandom.

    As far as the dark intersect Sarah goes, she definitely has a high sex appeal. Her Family traditions should get her a high rating. That, and they do seem to go at it like bunnies.

    As far as the violence rating, she doesn't seem to kill a lot, but than they did kill a whole lotta fulcrum didn't they. The Chuck in his stories is a bit different also.

  8. awwww i get a mention?? you guys are the silver lining to a very large and dark cloud.

    i've been at work for 13+ hours so forgive me, but what does SWP stand for?

  9. Sarah Walker Porn

    Nope that says it all.

  10. @Ninja - I thought about including Bunker Sarah along with Themselves Sarah, but ultimately, I figured that Themselves should stand on its own. Besides, if I merged Bunker Sarah into Themselves Sarah, then I wouldn't get to make the joke about Chuck's performance anxiety cockblocking Chuck and Sarah in Themselves. ;-)

    @Malamoo - My Canadian friend! SWP is something you constantly mock me for, I'm surprised you didn't guess. It stands for Sarah Walker Porn, which is basically any scene of Sarah where she is either in little clothing or it's obvious that the focus is on her body. You know, essentially when you say I idle worship Sarah. Heh.

    I'm so happy to see SWP catch on with everybody. Let's make it viral! :P

  11. Anonymous22.11.10

    After tonight's Episode I think there should be a new acronym SWBA = Sarah Walker Bad Assery!
    Also Frea, I speak of and praise all of the scribes here in the Castle as well as those on FF who have spun the tails that have kept me entertained until the wee hours of the morning some times...Oh and I don't know if it is acceptable but I have enjoyed quite a few of Billatwork's stories. So, cheers to the muse the enflames all of your imaginations and provides us all with such enjoyment as can be had from the written word!

    My Rating for tonight's episode 4 out of 5 Blonde Avenging Valkyries!

    - JS Fan

  12. Anonymous22.11.10

    Oops I meant "Tales" not tails sorry for the Freudian slip ;)

    -JS Fan

  13. Sparky23.11.10

    This list is great! And i got the impression that there is gonna be a Chuck version? Curious.

  14. One tiny little point *raises hand* as i know Frea said she hadn't read it. But 4 out of ten for killing for GEG Sarah seems really rather low, this is after all the same Sarah that shoved a knife through Bryce Larkin's eye socket and was hinted at by Carina would skin Jill Roberts alive and then roll her in salt, and I don't think Carina was kidding in the slightest when she said that.

    Also I'd say Fates Sarah deserved a slightly higher rating for killing... maybe I'm being swayed though by the fact that I'm just rereading Fates and am up to chapter 31 - 32 currently, where she is exceptionally badass in a gritty, realistic yet very believable and awesome way.


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