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Charles Boyle
Nickname(s): Chuck
Mr. Grapes
Occupation: Detective at 99th Precinct
Relatives Lynn Boyle
Darlene Linetti
Gina Linetti
Charles's Sister
Grammy Nona Boyle
Nikolaj Boyle
(adoptive son)
Relationships Genevieve Mirren-Carter
(Current girlfriend)
Vivian Ludley
Gina Linetti
Rosa Diaz (former crush)
Badge No.: 426

761 (Pilot)
9544 (Sal's Pizza)

Series Information
First Appearance: Pilot
No. of Episodes: All except:

Coral Palms Pt. 1

Portrayed by: Joe Lo Truglio

Detective Charles Boyle is the precinct's workhorse. He is shown as not that brilliant, not physically gifted, although he tries harder than anyone else.

Charles used to be madly in love with Detective Rosa Diaz, with whom he stood no chance at all. Charles has since moved on with Vivian Ludley and is currently in a relationship with Genevieve Mirren-Carter with whom he has an adoptive son, Nikolaj.


Charles has at least one sibling, a sister, but she isn't seen at his father's wedding[1]. His grandmother bought him and his sister a Princess Tower, which he played with when he was younger.

Charles was married to a woman named Eleanor but divorced in 2010[2]. He hasn't been in a slump since.[3]

When a criminal attempted to murder Diaz, Boyle leapt in front of her and was shot twice in the butt. She believed that he saved her life.[4] For his act of bravery, he was awarded a medal of valor.[5]

Towards the end of season one, Boyle gets engaged to Vivian Ludley, a woman who works with Kevin Cozner, but they never got married because she wanted to move to Canada.

Every year, Charles dresses up for Halloween, and every year, no-one understands what his costume is.


Charles is exceptionally pompous, bumbling and optimistic. He is also an intensely critical foodie, but is also needlessly critical of almost everything around him.

He has an extremely close, almost brotherly relationship with Jake Peralta - who acts primarily as Charles's guide.

His critical-as-hell nature leads him to completely unnecessary acts: when photographing a criminal, Charles worries hysterically about how the lighting of his position doesn't contribute to the man's complexion on the photo.[6]

He is also incredibly dramatic - when Jake comments on how he read a certain book, he violently snapped 'Quit calling it a book. It was a visual journey!'.


Jake Peralta

See Jake-Charles Relationship

Charles is very clumsy and is one of Jake's best friends. Though at time Charles can be ridiculous, the two look out for each other such as when Jake helps Charles when he goes "Full Boyle".

In the episode "The Bet" Charles starts to tease Jake that he may have a crush on Amy. He does the same in "Tactical Village" and encourages Jake to ask out Amy.

Charles often gets jealous whenever Jake seems to develop new friendships. It is evident in "Undercover", "The Cruise", and "The 9-8". He is also incredibly loyal as Jake mentions in "Yippie Kayak". This trait of his is evident in multiple episodes throughout the series.

Rosa Diaz

See Rosa-Charles Relationship

Charles used to have a large crush on Rosa up until meeting Vivian. After which Rosa and Charles started to have a normal friendship.

Gina Linetti

See Charles-Gina Relationship

Charles and Gina started sleeping together occasionally as of the end of season one although it is only casual and the two eventually end their friends with benefits relationship. They then decide to work together to break up their parents after they start dating.

Terry Jeffords

Charles and Terry seem to have a close relationship. They are shown to be friendly when Jake takes them both to Puddlelake manor and help each other through it.

Ray Holt

Charles and Holt have a friendly, professional relationship. Charles is shown to be loyal to Holt, as he sometimes feels conflicted when both Jake and Holt ask him to do different things. Charles is shown to want to bond with Holt and he is happy when Holt is revealed to be a natural chef.

Genevieve Mirren-Carter

See Charles-Genevieve Relationship

Charles and Genevieve are a couple and share a lot of strange habits and quirks in common with one another, which others often find repulsive. They decide to have a child together and have adopted Nikolaj despite only having been together for a few months.

Vivian Ludley

See Charles-Vivian Relationship

Charles and Vivian were previously engaged however they broke up over disagreements on moving to Canada. They met in the episode "The Party" and were both shown to be foodies. Vivian is very impressed by Charles's culinary knowledge and the two end up making out in the closet. Vivian, like Charles, is shown to go 'Full Boyle'.


  • Charles is a major food lover and critic.
  • His favorite cop movie is "Turner and Hooch".
  • He had a crush on the teapot from "Beauty and the Beast".
  • Charles went to Sarah Lawrence College[7]
  • Charles was born in Staten Island, NY as seen on his marriage certificate.[8]
  • He played Pocahontas in his third-grade play because all the girls were too big.[9]
  • The academy invented a new weight class for him and is the undisputed bubbleweight champion.[10]
  • Charles is right-handed.


Peralta: Did Nancy Drew solve a lot of murders?
Boyle: Yeah, she did. Murder on Ice. Recipe for Murder. Nancy was a wonderful detective. I wanted to be her when I grew up.[11]



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