|Voiced by||Adam Reed|
|Aliases||Phil McCracken, Gilles de Rais|
Mr. Gillette (Father, deceased) |
Mrs. Gillette (Mother, Unknown)
Randy Gillette (Brother)
Janelle Gillette (Sister-in-law)
|“||Girl please, nobody's that gay.||”|
Ray Gillette is an ISIS analyst and case officer.
Ray is one of the more optimistic and genuinely good-natured agents at ISIS, though he has a history of acerbic and sarcastic behavior as well. Unlike Sterling, he is not nearly as selfish, such as voluntarily going to rescue Pam after her kidnapping, as well as picking up the jobs of others when they're unable to. Like most of ISIS, he finds Sterling rather annoying, and takes pleasure in tormenting him, such as the time he found Malory's vibrator hidden in her desk. After being paralyzed by Sterling for real however, Ray has shown genuine anger and hostility towards him, going far as to prevent backup being sent when Sterling was being gunned down by KGB agents.
Ray is not without his vices, casually spending ISIS funding renting a Malaysian slave boy. He is also prone to dishing out frequent insults towards his co-workers.
Prior to his employment at ISIS, Ray had a very interesting and diverse array of life experiences. Details of this life include:
- Cheerleading at Marshall University, demonstrated by deftly lifting Lana while attempting to escape the pirate fortress' dungeon. Also further demonstrated when he said "1-2-3, Go Herd!" after Dr. Krieger gives him the use of his legs again in "Southbound and Down".
- Competing in the Olympics in a giant slalom skiing competition, taking the bronze.
- Being married for 2 years to a lesbian he met at a "pray away the gay" camp. (Admitting, "it was a pretty weird time for me.")
- Being a disgraced former minister who is still capable of performing marriages for straight couples. (The irony is not lost on him.) This fact comes in handy, as he wears a black shirt and collar underneath his clothes.
- Once killed a bear with a bow as a child and was forced to take a bite of its heart by his father.
Career at ISISEdit
Ray has a stressed relationship with Malory and claims that he could write a book about the secrets he knows about ISIS. He has skills in electrical engineering and communications. He is often contacted by field agents to walk them through bomb defusals. When called to the ISIS control room Ray often wears his crisis vest.
He assisted the ISIS field agents on their trip to Switzerland to help protect Anka Schlotz.
He assisted Archer in his plan to prevent ODIN from purchasing ISIS. When they were laying out a plan to do so with dolls and a map of the building, he was the "little pink sailor"
When Pam was kidnapped, he assisted in the control room with tracking the phone call. When it was apparent that nobody would rescue her, he volunteered, which spurred Archer and Lana to volunteer. Malory decided to send Ray and Archer on the mission.
On a mission to Monaco the ISIS team was tasked with obtaining a data disc that was valuable to Malory. Ray accompanied and assisted in the mission. When things went bad, he disguised himself as Malory to expedite the mission. He ended up driving a Formula 1 car in pursuit of Benoit. When a helicopter started firing on the ISIS drivers, Ray's car 'mysteriously' lost engine power which kept him out of harm's way.
Malory sent Ray on a mission that brought him near the Russian border, despite Archer's volunteering to go on the mission. He was about to parachute off the C-130 when Archer knocked him unconscious so he could take the mission. Ray remained unconscious for an hour and sustained a heavy injury to his eye. After Archer returned with Katya Kazanova, he accompanied Malory, Lana and Doctor Krieger on their mission to eliminate Archer and Katya because they appeared to have double-crossed the agency.After Katya's death, Malory sent Ray and Lana on a mission to retrieve Archer from Pangu Island. In order to ensure they could complete the important mission, she lent them the ISIS Black Titanium Credit Card. With an unlimited budget, Ray took advantage of the situation buying extravagant items, such travel by private jet, purchasing a yacht and even "renting" a servant.
While Lana piloted the yacht, she got annoyed by Ray and jarred the yacht, causing a make-up applicator to get lodged in his eye; although this was the second injury to the same eye he was not blinded, unlike Rip Riley, who did suffer blindness on this mission.
After injuring his eye he is shot in the abdomen by "Bucky" (the now arrested pirate mutineer) and is also seen in the end of the episode in an electric wheelchair being called a cripple by Cheryl.
In the episode Bloody Ferlin, it is revealed that Ray had faked being handicapped for six months, telling Lana and Archer "I never said I was paralyzed, you just assumed I was!" This was foreshadowed in "Drift Problem", where he said "Ow...I think" after Archer dropped him in the surprise of seeing his birthday car.
During the season three finale, Ray accompanies Archer and company to a space shuttle to help thwart an apparent mutiny. After they are double-crossed by their employer on the mission and escape, Archer causes the space shuttle to crash land on earth, injuring everyone but himself. In the final scene, Ray leaves the room using his wheelchair, revealing he was genuinely paralyzed by the crash. Archer is confused by his anger insisting that he "already had the chair."
In the opening of Season 4, Ray follows the rest of the group to a resort in hopes of restoring Archer's suppressed memories, while at the same time expressing heavy disdain over his paralyzed state. Later in the episode, he receives radio contact requesting aid to backup Archer after he and Lana are ambushed by KGB agents attempting to hunt down Archer. Ray spitefully hides the request from Malory and the others, denying to send Archer any backup.
In Legs, after hitting the breaking point of frustration with Sterling and some coercion by Krieger, Ray decides to undergo an operation to restore his ability to walk by having his lower body replaced with bionic prosthetics. Despite Pam's "subpar" assistance in the operation and Sterling's many failed attempts to stop the process out of his fear of cyborgs, the operation is a success, allowing Ray to walk once more. However in the fourth season finale Sea Tunt: Part II the CPU controlling his legs gets fried by a defibrillator thanks to Archer, and he is once again wheelchair bound.
Ray's paralysis causes him to go through a depression for most of the fifth season he is shown drinking heavily, crying, and sitting in urinated underwear in many episodes as a shell of his former self. However, in "House Call," Kreiger annoyed with Ray's complaining mentioned to Cyril "Remind me to reboot the CPU in Ray's legs," revealing that his legs could have been fixed at any time. In "Southbound and Down," Krieger repairs Ray's bionic legs to which he declares "About time!", which pushes Krieger to disable them once more, forcing Ray to begrudgingly apologize.
- "She (Malory) has never liked me. But I'm gonna write a book about this place. Mm-hmm. A real smackaroonie."
- "Double Dukes!"
- "Triple Dukes!"
- "Try to think about something else... Like how there's no sink in there."
- "Car's slowing down, must be out of... Carburetor!"
- "You can't tourniquet the taint!"
- "You know..."
- "You asshole!"
- Ray's full name is Raymond Q. Gillette, as stated in White Elephant. The pronounciation of his last name comes off as inconsistent however. Ray and those close to him pronounce it "Jill-ETTE" while his brother Randy and those from his hometown in West Virginia pronounce it "GILL-et". This is almost certainly Intentional on Ray's part, to distance himself from his hometown history.
- He has $205,188 in his ISIS 401(k) account. However, when he was informed that his 401k is gone he says that he had "almost two hundred grand."
- Ray is good friends with Lana Kane. When Lana offers the ISIS employees the chance to have sex on Cyril's desk in exchange for money, Ray lines up, stating that no one is gay enough to turn down sex with her. When it appears that Lana will be promoted to head of the agency, she reassures Ray that she will definitely keep him on board. At a baby shower for Seamus, Lana gets drunk and begs Ray to "pump a baby" into her.
- Originally a field operative. After his alleged crippling, Ray was removed from the active field agent roster, being replaced by Cyril Figgis. Despite his objections to this, he did not reveal his paralyzed state was fake at the time, until he was discovered on a ladder inside the ISIS armory, afterwards returning to the active field-agent roster. At the end of season 3, Ray was genuinely paralyzed following a space shuttle crash, forcing a (temporary) shift to a desk job.
- He has two nickel-plated M1911 pistols, custom-engraved with the names Barbra and Liza, references to gay icons Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli.
- Ray is a good artist, being able to flawlessly draw the snake that bit Archer in Once Bitten.
- Ray appears to be a skilled aircraft pilot, often piloting planes to carry the main cast throughout season 5.
- His blood type is O-positive.
- He owns two cats, one of which may have FIP.
- Ray has a recurring and open fondness for Japanese culture. His apartment is decorated in a modern Japanese style, and he traditionally eats a Bento box paired with Sake for lunch. He is also known to pack no fewer than five kimonos when on trips, which he claims is not excessive.
- He appears to use ecstasy (at raves), and is often seen smoking cigarettes, sometimes with a long cigarette holder.
- He stated that it was "assumed" by his coworkers that he was paralyzed, however, he affirmed their assumptions multiple times, such as in El Contador when he was told they would have to "pee in a cup" to which he replied "I can't even do, y'all." and also in The Limited, when asked if he was okay he replied "Paralyzed, but yeah, other than that, fine." Despite this, he spent several episodes remaining in the wheelchair outside of work.
- Ray became a cyborg in Season 4, restoring his ability to walk. The operation involved Krieger replacing the bones in his legs and pelvis with bionic prosthetics, as opposed to completely replacing the bone and muscle tissue like Katya and Barry. In truth, Ray only needed the battery portion of the system; Krieger only replaced his bones with bionics due to the fact he considered them "awesome". Although this restored his mobility, Ray is unable to perform the incredible physical feats displayed by Katya and Barry, as attempts to do so place great strain on his organic parts. Ray's bionics were disabled at the end of season 4 following an accident caused by Archer with a defibrillator, forcing him back into a wheelchair. Krieger later rebooted the CPU linked to his legs in the middle of season 5, despite the fact he apparantly could have done so much earlier, and simply didn't. This allowed Ray to walk again, though Krieger revealed he could manually disable Ray's legs, as well as control them, via remote control.
- Ray is the fourth character in the series to become a cyborg.
- Ray's paralysis has become a recurring gag, as well as the fact that it is always caused by Archer in some way.
- Ray is currently the only main character that is not credited as part of the main cast in the opening credits, likely due to the fact he is voiced by the show's creator and head writer Adam Reed.
- In "Legs", a pair of ballet slippers can be seen in Ray's trophy cabinet, suggesting that he was at one time a dancer.
Season 2 Edit
- "Swiss Miss"
- "A Going Concern"
- Blood Test"
- "Movie Star"
- "Stage Two"
- "Placebo Effect"
- "El Secuestro"
- "Jeu Monégasque"
- "Double Trouble"
- "Heart of Archness: Part I"
- "Heart of Archness: Part II"
- "Heart of Archness: Part III"
- "The Man From Jupiter"
- "El Contador"
- "Drift Problem"
- "Bloody Ferlin"
- "Lo Scandalo"
- "Space Race: Part I"
- "Space Race: Part II"
- "Fugue and Riffs"
- "The Wind Cries Mary"
- "Midnight Ron"
- "Viscous Coupling"
- "Once Bitten"
- "Live and Let Dine"
- "The Honeymooners"
- "The Papal Chase"
- "Sea Tunt: Part I"
- "Sea Tunt: Part II"
- "White Elephant"
- "Archer Vice: A Kiss While Dying "
- "Archer Vice: A Debt of Honor "
- "Archer Vice: House Call"
- "Archer Vice: Southbound and Down"
- "Archer Vice: Baby Shower"
- "Archer Vice: Smugglers' Blues"
- "Archer Vice: The Rules of Extraction"
- "Archer Vice: On the Carpet"
- "Archer Vice: Palace Intrigue, Part I"
- "Archer Vice: Palace Intrigue, Part II"
- "Archer Vice: Filibuster"
- "Archer Vice: Arrivals/Departures"
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