|First appearance||Cluedo (1926)|
|Last appearance||Clue: Secrets & Spies (2009)|
|Date of birth||January 1, 1926|
|Date of death||January 1, 2006|
Dr. David Black (UK)/Mr. John Boddy (US) is the owner of Tudor Close (later Tudor Manor and Tudor Hall), who takes the stock character of a generic victim. In Cluedo, he is the unseen host who is murdered or injured, which inspires the premise to discover who murdered him, with what implement, and where the crime scene took place in his mansion. Dr. Black was listed in the original patent filing as one of the 10 characters created for the game, in which one character was randomly drawn from the suspect cards to serve as the new victim prior to the start of each game. Therefore, the victim was never intended to be the same character each game, nor were the player assignments. However, prior to the publication of the first edition, Dr. Black was relegated to the role of permanent victim in the UK, and Mr. Boddy in North America.
In the board gameEdit
Standard Cluedo/Clue: In all regular versions of Cluedo and Clue, Dr. Black/Mr. Boddy is stated to have been the victim of foul play. In Cluedo, his body is found at the bottom of the cellar stairs by Miss Scarlett. Aside from being murdered, his role in the standard games ends here. Dr. Black makes his first appearance in a board game on the box cover of the 1996 Cluedo edition, as a photograph in a newspaper. He appears as an older, somber man with unkempt hair.
Master Detective: Though once again unseen, Boddy's character is slightly more fleshed out through the descriptions on the playing cards. From most of the info gathered, Mr. Boddy collects memoirs of famous spies as well as art, had an ex-secretary by the name of Madame Rose and supposedly has painted an exotic beauty several times in his Studio.
2002 US: Wealthy anthropologist, Mr. John Boddy, died just short of his 30th birthday. He had often been nicknamed Dr. Black in reference to his more well-known uncle, Sir Hugh Black.
Cluedo/Clue Mysteries: Dr. Black makes only his second appearance in this game, his first as Mr. Boddy. He is drawn as a young, cheerful man wearing a trench-coat and glancing at his pocket-watch. For the first time, he is a player as well as a victim of a crime, though no one is murdered in this game.
Discover the Secrets: Mr. Boddy/Dr. Black is completely replaced with an unnamed and unseen millionaire mogul.
Clue the Card Game Mystery at Sea: In this spinoff of the board games on a yacht, Mr. Boddy appears for the second time only, in an unfinished portrait as a distinguished older gentleman, wearing a Van dyke beard and a monocle. He is not, however, relegated to the role of the obligatory corpse, but may instead, with the luck of the draw, play as a suspect.
In Film, Television, Books and Computer GamesEdit
Clue the Movie: Mr. Boddy appears for the first time ever, played by Lee Ving. Mr. Boddy is the ultrapatriotic McCarthy supporter and blackmailing owner of Hill House. Contrary to the image of the suave playboy or dignified doctor offered in previous incarnations, this Boddy is a stereotypical wise guy with slicked back hair and designer stubble who dresses in solid black.
Convinced that the six main characters are "all thoroughly un-American," he has been blackmailing them for some time. The motive for his murder, therefore, was to stop the blackmail. However, his plan backfires, and he is shot with the revolver in the study. Or was he? Later, his body appears a second time with candlestick wounds. He is killed by different suspects in each of the endings, but always with the candlestick in the hall. In the film's third ending, it is revealed that the mansion's butler (Tim Curry) is the real Mr. Boddy, and that Mr. Boddy is actually the butler, the two men having assumed one another's identities in order to draw out would-be assassins. Shortly after this revelation, the real Mr. Boddy pulls a gun on his guests and holds them hostage, but is shortly thereafter shot and killed by Mr. Green, who reveals himself as an FBI agent sent to infiltrate and break-up Boddy's extortion ring.
Clue the VCR Game: Mr. Boddy is already dead before the events in the video occur. The gathering revolves around his death and the reading of the will he left behind. The first will stipulates that the last surviving guest in the house will win his fortune. After the guests nearly kill each other, the will is burnt. Turns out, Boddy had a second will that lists off individuals who are guaranteed a share of the case. When it seems like Sgt. Gray and Miss Peach would be left out, Monsieur Brunette, Boddy's lawyer had attached a false codicil that indicated that fortune should go to his last surviving relative. Miss Peach, who is in on the plan, fraudulently reveals herself to be daughter of Boddy, until Boddy's ex-flame Mrs. White gets suspicious. Finally, Boddy had stashed away a third will that stated his fortune would go to the individual who could uncover the most secrets. In the end, the guests are driven mad to the point of attempting to kill each other. Needless to say, the wills were as insane as Boddy himself; a trait shared with his sister Madame Rose, and his son Sgt. Grey.
Book series: In the book series, Mr. Reginald Boddy is a well-meaning but incredibly naive billionaire playboy. The suspects are all his "friends," a small group of close-knit yet antagonistic opportunists who remain close to Boddy in hopes of exploiting his friendship for financial and material gain. Boddy is aware of his "friends'" greed, but in his naivete writes it off as simply being a part of their colorful personalities. At the end of every book, one of them attempts to murder him; in the next book, an outlandish excuse is offered, which Boddy readily accepts, no matter how far-fetched or unlikely.
Fatal Illusion: Mr. Alexander Boddy makes a rare visual appearance in the computer game, Fatal Illusion. He plays the role of the antagonist who disguises himself as the eccentric billionaire, Ian Masque. At the end of the game, he is pushed off a cliff by his ex-accomplice Mr. Green.