Nikki Carpenter

Known as Nikki to her friends, Nicole Anne Carpenter is an investigator with police training who met MacGyver while she was investigating her brother Danny Barrett’s murder.

Her husband, Adam, was killed in a Mafia car-bombing in West Virginia, which was meant for her; as a result, she’s afraid of becoming too involved with anyone (including MacGyver) for fear that she’ll “jinx” them like she “jinxed” her husband.

Nikki was  employed by the Phoenix Foundation with Pete Thornton believing that her investigative training would be of benefit to the Foundation. Due to their past run in’s Pete included a special clause in her contract that guaranteed she and MacGyver would not have to work together unless circumstances dictate otherwise. 

Not long after starting with the Phoenix Foundation she and then Director of Intelligence, Matt Webber, started dating. However the relationship didn’t last long when Webber was found to be planning an elaborate private assault operation against a visiting South American leader. A plan which resulted in several Phoenix employees being killed to force Pete Thornton to resign so Webber could take over the role to have the access level he needed to execute his plan.

Although Nikki and MacGyver didn’t get along to start with, over time they have become very close friends and Nikki has come to respect MacGyver’s experience and knowledge.


Elyssa Davalos
Fire & Ice
The Widowmaker
Early Retirement
The Negotiator
Pete Thornton
Matt Webber 
Full Name: Nicole Anne Carpenter 

Born:  30 May 1959
Place: Washington D.C.
Address: 2723 Forester Lane, LA
Phone:  (818) 555-3082
Security: Level 6
Adam Carpenter (deceased)
Car bombing West Virginia 14/3/85 



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