!Pazu
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[[caption-width-right:350:"If my head were any harder, you could use it as a cannonball."]]
->'''Voiced by:''' MayumiTanaka (JP), Creator/BarbaraGoodson (US '89 dub), James van der Beek (US '03 dub), Oliver Åberg (SV)

* AcePilot
* AdorablyPrecociousChild
* BadassAdorable
* BatmanGambit / IndyPloy: His plan to escape from the pirates and the military by catching on to the collapsing train rails, counting on the chance that Sheeta's crystal will save them.
* BigEater
* BoisterousBruiser
* BondingOverMissingParents: With Sheeta, obviously.
* BreakTheHaughty: He takes Muska's money, somewhat realizing it's wrong. Cue Dola rubbing it in his face, resulting in a short HeroicBSOD.
* CassandraTruth: The existence of Laputa, even more so for his father.
* ChildrenAreInnocent
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: In the climax, where he refuses to leave Sheeta alone even though it could mean a swift resolution of Muska's entire gamut. Muska [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy plays him like a fiddle]] because of this.
* ClearTheirName: [[spoiler:He is trying to clear his father's, who was ridiculed for his belief in Laputa.]]
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan
* {{Determinator}}: In his quest to find Laputa. [[spoiler:Up until the moment he takes Muska's bribe, of course - but after he gets in with Dola's gang, it comes right back up.]]
* DidntThinkThisThrough: His escape plan from the mines.
* GenerationXerox: Not unlike his dad, he builds flying machines and has an obsession with Laputa.
* HardHead: The reason he doesn't get any lasting injuries from his fall early in the movie.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: With Sheeta in the end, saying the spell knowing it'll most likely end in his death. It doesn't though.]]
* HonorBeforeReason
* HotBlooded
* JumpedAtTheCall: "Are you kidding? This is the most exciting thing that's ever happened to me."
* NervesOfSteel
* OfficialCouple: With Sheeta.
* ParentalAbandonment: There is no mention of his mother. His father was [[spoiler:implied to have been DrivenToSuicide because people kept saying he was lying about seeing Laputa.]]
* PuppyLove: With Sheeta.


!Sheeta
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[[caption-width-right:350:"No matter how many weapons you have, no matter how great your technology may be, [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower the world cannot live without love]]."]]
->'''Voiced by''': Keiko Yokozawa (JP), Lara Cody (US '89), Creator/AnnaPaquin (US '03), Ester Sjögren (SV)

* BadassAdorable
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[spoiler:Averted in the very end when Muska shoots off her pigtails.]]
* BondingOverMissingParents: With Pazu, obviously.
* BrokenBird
* CombatPragmatist: A bottle will do just fine.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Her mother and grandmother are established as having both passed on, and it's never stated what became of her father.
* TheCutie
* DefiantCaptive: People may complain she is a bit more "whiny" than other Ghibli heroines, but she did [[EstablishingCharacterMoment knock out Muska in her first scene]] and later [[spoiler:stood up to him quite epically in the throne room.]]
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Her spells, but mostly [[spoiler:the destruction spell.]]
* DeclarationOfProtection: She is immediately very protective of Pazu, although it takes her a while to put words into action.
* [[spoiler:EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: She is the legitimate heir to the throne of Laputa.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Her very first scene.
* GirlInTheTower: She's briefly seen in a [[GildedCage lavishly decorated room]] in a tower after being recaptured and brought to the army base.
* HairDecorations: Her headband.
* TheHeart
* [[spoiler:IAmWho]]
* ImportantHaircut
* ImprovisedWeapon: She uses a bottle to hit Muska over the head and later a shovel to knock out two of Dola's boys.
* MementoMacguffin: Her necklace. [[spoiler:It's an heirloom of the Laputean royal family from which she is directly descended.]]
* OfficialCouple: With Pazu.
* OverlyLongName: Her full name. [[spoiler:[=LuSheeta=] Toel Ul Laputa.]]
* PluckyGirl
* PuppyLove: With Pazu.
* [[spoiler:RoyalBlood]]
* SilkHidingSteel: Especially in her first scene and the climax.
* SleepCute
* [[spoiler:TakingYouWithMe: To Muska. "We will die here together."]]
* [[spoiler:ThanatosGambit / HeroicSacrifice: Using the destruction spell to stop Muska and destroy Laputa. She knew it was most likely going to kill her, but she did it anyway [[TogetherInDeath together with Pazu]]. They lived through it, of course.]]
* TroubledButCute
* WholesomeCrossdresser: She disguises herself as a boy to escape the Dola gang.


!Dola
->'''Voiced by''': Kotoe Hatsui (JP), Rachel Vanowen (US '89), Cloris Leachman (US '03), Annica Smedius (SV)
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Oh, well, ya can't be a sensitive woman like me without learnin' a few things."]]

* ActionMom
* AntiHero
* ApronMatron
* BigBadEnsemble: At the beginning of the movie, Dola VS Muska. [[spoiler:Until it becomes clear Dola is really a good guy.]]
* BoobsOfSteel: She has ''remarkably'' large breasts.
* CoolAirship: Her ship.
* CoolOldLady
* DrivesLikeCrazy: In the chase scene while in the automobile. Holy cow.
* [[spoiler:EnemyMine: Teams up with Pazu and Sheeta because of their mutual enemy, Muska, as well as their mutual interest/need for Laputa.]]
* GenreSavvy: Camping out in Pazu's house certainly counts.
* GirlishPigtails
* [[spoiler:GoodIsNotSoft]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Chewing Pazu out for ditching Sheeta.
* InsistentTerminology: She's a ''captain''.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Take a look at the photograph of her inside her personal quarters. She looks exactly like a red-haired Sheeta.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Pazu even points it out.
* LargeHam: At one points she is even eating a very large ham, which would count as a LampshadeHanging had this film been made later. Cloris Leachman's voice acting in the Disney dub takes it UpToEleven.
* LovableRogue
* AMotherToHerMen: Quite literally, since she ''is'' their mother.
* NeverMessWithGranny
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: She only wanted to loot Laputa.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Taking Sheeta under her wing, giving her clothes and letting her sleep in her room.]]
* PinkMeansFeminine
* SkyPirate
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: With her husband.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Most of her sons are pretty goofy or easy to distract. She lampshades it in the car chase scene.
* TookALevelInKindness: She gets a lot nicer when it's made more apparent that Muska's the true BigBad.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: She stuffs a lot of jewelry in her bra.
* VillainProtagonist

!Colonel Muska
->Voiced by: Minori Terada (JP), Jeff Winkless (US '89), MarkHamill (US '03), Jakob Stadell (SV)
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Laputa will live. I will return it to life! Laputa's power is the dream of all mankind!"]]

* AxCrazy
* BigBad: In case you hadn't figured it out.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* [[spoiler:DrunkOnTheDarkSide: The massive violent episode he goes through after gaining control of Laputa's powers.]]
* EvilerThanThou
* EvilIsHammy: Especially with Mark Hamill's hammy voice work.
-->'''Muska''': The same technology that kept Laputa airborne also made it A MAJOR POWER THAT ONCE DOMINATED THE ENTIRE planet.
* EvilLaugh
* EvilPlan: Using [[KillSat Laputa]] to [[TakeOverTheWorld rule the earth once again]]. Which is unfortunately an entirely plausible plan due to the enormous capabilities of the Laputean machinery and technology.
* FantasticNuke: How he uses Laputa, especially after he gains control of the (usually benevolent) robots.
* FauxAffablyEvil: As Sheeta's captor, he is quite corteous and polite, also toward Pazu. Once he gains control of [[spoiler:Laputa]], however, he sheds the facade.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: "Your ears are next", he tells Sheeta after shooting off her pigtails.
* [[spoiler:[[KarmicDeath Karmic]] DisneyVillainDeath: He's blinded and stumbles around the crumbling Laputean floors. We don't see it, but he obviously dies falling down with the palace floors.]]
* [[spoiler:LongLostRelative: In a dark version of this trope, Muska is one to Sheeta.]]
* TheNeidermeyer
* OverlyLongName: [[spoiler: His full name is [=RoMuska=] Palo Ul Laputa]]
* OvertOperative
* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[spoiler:When he takes over control of Laputa.]]
* [[spoiler:RoyalBlood: Like Sheeta, he is the heir to the Laputean throne.]]
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Doubles as an example of SinisterShades.
* SocialDarwinist
* VillainousBreakdown: Moments before [[spoiler:the collapse of Laputa.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity
* WouldHurtAChild: Toward Sheeta and Pazu.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:The general tries to pull it on him. He then proceeds to kill the general and his men.]]
-->'''Muska''': I have really had enough of your incredible stupidity.


!General Muoro
->'''Voiced by''': Creator/IchiroNagai (JP), Mike Reynolds (US '89), JimCummings (US '03), Björn Gedda (SV)

* ArmiesAreEvil
* [[spoiler:DisneyVillainDeath]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:Probably led to his decision to try and kill Muska.]]
* EvilIsHammy: Not as much as Hamill and Leachman in the Disney dub, but Jim Cummings does get to have fun with the character in places.
* FatBastard
* GlorySeeker
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Shooting bullets at a projected image of Muska.]]


!Uncle Pom
->'''Voiced by''': Fujio Tokita (JP), Ed Mannix (US '89), Richard Dysart (US '03), Johan Hedenberg (SV)

* ChekhovsGunman: He is the first one to make the kids realize where Sheeta is really from.
* CoolOldGuy
* HermitGuru: But he lives underneath the ground instead of a cave or other secluded area.


!Dola's sons

* {{Big Eater}}s
* {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s: Especially the one that can make [[CrowningMomentOfFunny his shirt explode]].
* {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s: Some of them are pretty competent in spite of their goofiness.
* TheDitz
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: "All good pirates listen to their mom."
* FiveTokenBand: There are more than five, but they fit the trope. Some of them are [[TokenMinority black-skinned]], others have distinctly Asian features. Most of the other characters look Caucasian (which figures since the movie is set in a fantasy version of Wales).
** The dark skinned ones and a few others are implied to ''not'' be one of Dola's sons, but instead other crewmembers.
*** That, or adopted, since they all still call her Mom.
**** It is quote possible, that the dark-skinned crew members are her biological sons, but don't have the same father as the others.
* JabbaTableManners
* {{Large Ham}}s: Mandy Patinkin, Mike McShane, and Andy Dick were clearly having a lot of fun with their roles.
* [[ManChild Man Children]]
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything
* PunchClockVillain: In the first act.