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[[folder:Wikus]]
!!Wikus van de Merwe
->'''Played by:''' Sharlto Copley

A completely ordinary MNU agent who finds himself in an extraordinary situation. When tasked with evicting the aliens from the titular district, Wikus is sprayed by a mysterious alien liquid. He begins to undergo an unusual transformation into something inhuman, forcing him to go on the run.
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* ActionSurvivor
* {{Adorkable}}: He has his moments. One of the last scenes in the film is archive footage of him working with the documenters, and he pulls out the little wedding photo of his wife and gushes over her a little bit.
-->Let me show you my wife...My special angel! She even looks like an angel, with a halo. You want to see that, you see--with the white...the white veil over the...over the head...She even looks like an angel. Everybody insists that his wife is an angel but this is a ''real'' angel that you are seeing there...on the cameras...they won't put that in the video, I know.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie:[[spoiler: See KarmicTransformation.]]
* AmoralAfrikaner: Subverted. He starts out doing pretty reprehensible things, but he is not a monster, over the course of the movie, her begins to show more of a conscience, as more of MNU's atrocities come to light [[spoiler:and as he starts transforming.]]
* AntiHero: Starts off as a ClassicalAntiHero, then evolves into an UnscrupulousHero over the course of the film.
* ApologeticAttacker
* {{Badass}}: Though it takes him a ''long'' time -- nearly the entire film -- to get there, it's ''spectacular'' when it happens.
** TookALevelInBadass
* BreakTheHaughty
* CharacterDevelopment
* ChewToy
* {{Determinator}}
* DirtyCoward: Even while armed to the teeth in a MiniMecha, his first instinct is still to run.
* DualityMotif: The iris of [[spoiler:his left eye turns gold (and huge) at around the seventy-second hour of his transformation into a Prawn]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: While it's hard to say how evil he is, (and even whether he qualifies as evil) even he thinks the weapons test he's put through during the movie is disgusting.
* GoodIsNotNice: He would've been a fully-fledged villain if he is completely obsessed with keeping law and order.
* FireForgedFriends: With Christopher, by the end.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Until it becomes a total conversion.]]
* HappilyMarried
* HeroWithBadPublicity
* HiddenDepths: He has quite the artistic side. As noted below, his bumbling persona is at least partly an act; however, he is so far in over his head and freaked out throughout the movie that it's hard to gauge how intelligent he really is.
* IdiotHero: At times, and intentional.
* {{Jerkass}}: Appears to be at first. It's tough to sympathize with him when one of his earlier scenes in the movie has him aborting a nest of prawn eggs and joking about it.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: What he eventually develops into, though any scene in which he discusses his wife implies he's been one all along. He's also appalled at the experiments MNU is running on captive prawns and refuses to shoot one during weapons testing.
* KarmicTransformation: [[spoiler:Remember the scene where he kills a bunch of baby prawns? Suddenly, seeing him turn ''into'' a prawn is a lot more poetic.]]
** [[spoiler:It's also interesting in that it's probably what saves him in the end. If he hadn't turned entirely into a prawn and blended in with the others in District 9, he would've likely been found, captured and sliced up in an MNU laboratory.]]
* LargeHam
* LawfulNeutral ([=Invoked=] by WordOfGod): Interviews with the creators of the film have said that Wikus is this. He's basically an ObstructiveBureaucrat who is obsessed with rules.
* NobleBigot
* NotSoDifferent
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: A rare protagonist example.
* PunchClockVillain: Prior to his CharacterDevelopment.
** Even prior to this he seems appalled on what the Government is really doing with the Prawns regardless of his condition and had no clue what was going on though this in part fuels his character development. He seems to bear no ill will towards the Prawns even in the beginning. He also calls them Prawns which is considered derogatory though mainly due to lack of a better term and is really just carrying out orders, but due to his condition and the realization on what the government is doing with them he seems to better emphasize with them then he did previously.
* RedRightHand
* SirSwearsALot
* TookALevelInKindness: He gains one after his contact with the alien fluid.
* UnskilledButStrong: He's able to control a MiniMecha, though he unfortunately has no idea how to use it.
* VillainProtagonist: Arguably at the beginning. ItGetsBetter though.
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[[folder:Christopher Johnson]]
!!Christopher Johnson
->'''Played By''' Jason Cope

An alien in District 9 with a young son, secretly building a ship so he can leave Earth.
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* ActionDad
* ActionSurvivor: When you consider that by his own species' standards, he's an average worker, though clearly an ''exceptional'' average worker, being able to achieve what humans thought only members of the aliens' leader caste (probably a subspecies) could achieve, namely, refueling and operating their ship.
** That's assuming he wasn't a high ranking officer or captain of the ship in the first place.
* {{Badass}}
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BreakTheCutie
* ChewToy
* {{Determinator}}
* FireForgedFriends: With Wikus, by the end.
* MeaningfulName: See MessianicArchetype.
* MessianicArchetype: Just switch the initals of Christopher's name.
* PapaWolf: To Little CJ.
* SomeCallMeTim
* ThouShaltNotKill: He's not nearly as okay with killing as Wikus is.
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[[folder:Little CJ]]
!!Little CJ
->'''Played By''' N/A

Christopher Johnson's young son.
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* BadassAdorable: See TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior.
* ChildProdigy: Helps his father in his research. [[spoiler: Plus, he's the one who activates the mothership.]]
* KidSidekick
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Brutally murders several gangsters remotely to save Wikus. Not a big deal on its own, but he evinces no real emotion other than youthful enthusiasm, and the deaths are pretty intense.
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[[folder:Tania]]
!!Tania Smit van de Merwe
->'''Played By''' Vanessa Haywood

Wikus' loyal and loving wife. She is also the daughter of Piet Smit.
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* DaddysGirl
* HappilyMarried
* [[DatingWhatDaddyHates Marrying What Daddy Hates]]
* MoralityPet: For Wikus.
* SpoiledSweet
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[[folder:Piet]]
!!Piet Smit
->'''Played By''' Louis Minaar

The head of the South African MNU. He also happens to be Wikus' father-in-law.
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* AmoralAfrikaner
* BaldOfEvil
* BigBad
* BitchInSheepsClothing
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* EvilOldFolks
* FauxAffablyEvil
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:It's implied that his company gets investigated for his unethical acts, so it may be a subversion.]]
* LackOfEmpathy
* OverprotectiveDad: To his daughter Tania.
* PerpetualFrowner
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* SmartPeopleSpeakTheQueensEnglish: He is an Afrikaner, like most of the cast, but consciously speaks with a British English accent. According to the DVD commentary, they wanted to show the class difference between Piet and Wikus.
* SmugSnake
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:Though the positive PR may have been torn down by the end of the film]].
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[[folder:Koobus]]
!!Colonel Koobus Venter
->'''Played By''' David James

The commander of a mercenary unit, employed by Piet Smit.
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* AmoralAfrikaner: Practically the poster boy for this trope. South African? Yep. Racist (well, FantasticRacist in this case)? Very. SociopathicSoldier in charge of a [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenary unit]]? Check and check.
* BaldOfEvil
* {{Badass}}
** ColonelBadass
* BloodKnight
* TheDragon: He is this to Piet.
** TheHeavy: Although Piet Smit is technically the main antagonist of the movie, Koobus is the one who commands all the mercenary soldiers and takes part of the action.
* DeathByRacism: [[spoiler:See KarmicDeath.]]
* ForTheEvulz
* HairTriggerTemper
* HotBlooded
* {{Jerkass}}
* LargeHam: He has his moments, like when we first see him.
--> '''LISTEN TO ME YOU FUCK! GET THAT FUCKING CAMERA OUT OF MY FACE!'''
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:He is surrounded by the aliens he spent most of the film abusing, and [[TheDogBitesBack torn limb from limb]]]].
* KickTheDog: All the time. A good example would be this line when he has Christopher Johnson at gun point after beating him within an inch of his life.
--> '''Koobus:''' I can't believe I get paid to do this! I love watching you prawns ''die''.
* NoIndoorVoice
* PrivateMilitaryContractors
* PsychoForHire: He's only in it for the lulz of killing things.
* SirSwearsALot
* SociopathicSoldier
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[[folder:Obesandjo]]
!!Obesandjo
->'''Played By''' Eugene Khumbanyiwa

A paralyzed Nigerian gang leader who wants to gain the 'power' of the aliens by consuming them.
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* AxCrazy
* CreepyMonotone
* EvilCripple
* EvilSoundsDeep
* HandicappedBadass
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm A Prawnitarian]]
* KubrickStare
* OhCrap: When Wikus uses the Prawn weapons.
--> Ah, holy shit!
* NervesOfSteel: Even when Wikus has an alien gun to his ''face'', Obesandjo doesn't flinch at all.
* RuthlessForeignGangsters
* ScaryBlackMan
* YourHeadAsplode: [[spoiler:When the MiniMecha becomes operational, it fires a massive cylinder into his head and pops his head like a melon.]]
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