“Clue” adds forenames: Kasandra Scarlet, Jack Mustard, Victor Plum

Was it Col. Mustard, in the Billiard Room, with the wrench?

Nope. But it may have been video game tycoon Victor Plum, in the Theater, with the axe. Or A-list actress Kasandra Scarlet, in the Spa, with poison.

A modernized version of the board game Clue will be replacing the classic version on shelves this fall. The most interesting update is the inclusion of first names and biographies for all 6 characters:

Then Now Description
Mr. Green
Col. Mustard
Mrs. Peacock
Prof. Plum
Miss Scarlet
Mrs. White
Jacob Green
Jack Mustard
Eleanor Peacock
Victor Plum
Kasandra Scarlet
Diane White
Go-to guy “with all the ins”
Former football player
Influential woman from a political family
Billionaire video game designer
Famous actress often seen in tabloids
Former child actress seeking the spotlight

I think the female names were well-chosen, but I’m not too impressed with the male names.

Instead of “Victor” for the video game designer, I might have tried a more laid-back name (Bill, Chris, Jeff, Mike, Steve) or maybe a Japanese name (Riku, Shigeru, Toru, Toshiro, Yuji).

And I’m surprised the other two male names, Jacob and Jack, are so similar. Won’t that be confusing? Instead of “Jack” for the former football player, I would have gone for something equally simple that doesn’t start with “Jac-” (Cole, Kyle, Lane, Luke, Mark) or a name with a Western feel (Clint, Cody, Garrett, Travis, Wayne).

How do you like the names? (Do you like that the characters even have definitive first names now?)

Source: Hasbro updates board game Clue with new characters, weapons

5 thoughts on ““Clue” adds forenames: Kasandra Scarlet, Jack Mustard, Victor Plum

  1. it looks like they’ve dropped honorifics altogether–a bow to a more casual society??

    I agree with you that they should have picked more different male names. Maybe Col. Steven Mustard.

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