Character sheet for Film/IndependenceDay.

[[caption-width-right:309:"Today, we celebrate...our ''Independence Day!''"]]

!!President Thomas Whitmore
->'''Played by:''' Bill Pullman

President of the United States and former Gulf War hero. He is initially unpopular due to his perceived softness, but takes charge when the alien threat becomes clear.

* AcePilot
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking[=/=]BadassInCharge: Justified, as Whitmore was apparently a fighter pilot in the Gulf War, and is still relatively young at the time of the invasion.
** DoubleSubversion: Before the invasion, his presidency is plagued by complaints about how meek a leader he is.
* BadassInANiceSuit
* BashBrothers: With General Grey.
* BigGood
* ButtMonkey / FunnyBackgroundEvent: Before the alien war, Whitmore took a lot of crap from others who either hated his policies or felt that he was too young to run a country. Much of what happens on the news prior to the attack is pretty much everyone badmouthing him.
* ChekhovsSkill: See above: Whitmore's tour of duty as a fighter pilot in the Gulf War.
* DoNotGoGentle: Referenced in his famous speech.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: OK, show of hands, who actually remembered that the character's ''name'' was not "Mr. President" without having to look it up?
* AFatherToHisMen: Becomes indisputably true during his brilliant Churchillian speech right before the final battle.
* HumansAreWarriors
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With General Grey.
* LastStand: Right before the final battle, President Whitmore gives one of the most memorable speeches in movie history, a speech that seems to be deliberately designed to be similar to Churchill's refusal to surrender.
* [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed No Presidents Were Harmed]]: Seems to be a combination of JohnFKennedy and BillClinton.
* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Action]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Upon seeing David again for the first time in years, when David punched him in the head, he immediately says he doesn't have time for this. However, he then decides to give him a minute and after hearing about the countdown, Whitmore immediately orders General Grey to begin evacuating the cities.

[[caption-width-right:235:"Now that's what I call a close encounter."]]
!!Captain Steven Hiller, USMC
->'''Played by:''' WillSmith

U.S. Air Force fighter pilot with aspirations to become an astronaut. Is called to duty when the invaders first appear.

* AcePilot
* ActionHero
* {{Badass}}: He's the only one who survives the Black Knights massacre and even manages to capture an alien, making his attacker crash in the desert and then knocking him out with a single punch without showing any sign of fear.
* BondOneLiner: "Welcome to Earth!"
** "Now that's what I call a close encounter."
** "Just anxious to get up there and whoop E.T.'s ass, that's all, sir."
** (''Before firing the nuclear payload at an alien in the mothership''.) "Nothing but love for ya! Nothing but love!"
* TheFightingNarcissist:
-->'''Jasmine:''' You are not as charming as you think you are, sir.
-->'''Steve:''' [[BadassBoast Yes I am.]]
* HotBlooded: While being usually calm and collected he occasionaly lashes out some angry tirade.
* HumansAreWarriors
* ImprobablePilotingSkills
* LargeHam: Just in the famous desert sequence. Smith sure had a lot of fun in there.
* MilitaryMaverick
* SemperFi: A Marine F-18 pilot
* TranquilFury: The entire desert scene. Rather than be mad or horrified like everyone else would be, he takes it as a hiccup to his vacation. When Hiller (And to an extent Smith) smelled the [[RageBreakingPoint brine shrimp in the air,]] [[UnstoppableRage he finally snaps and kicks the alien he's dragging with him,]] before calming down and walking.

!!David Levinson
->'''Played by:''' Creator/JeffGoldblum

An [[BrilliantButLazy MIT graduate-turned-cable company employee]] who stumbles upon an alien transmission signalling their imminent attack. Also happens to be the ex-husband of Constance Spano.

* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: He and Constance snark on a daily basis, but the reason he went to the white house to warn the president was so that she didn't die in the eventual invasion.
** He ''still'' wears his wedding ring, Constance looks like she's about ready to cry when she finall notices.
* BigApplesauce
* BrilliantButLazy: He had the talent and knowledge base to becomes a wealthier engineer, but he was perfectly happy where he was.
* CharacterDevelopment: He started out as a BrilliantButLazy cable guy, who hated smoking and berated everyone for minor acts of pollution such as littering. After the invasion he starts smoking cigars, making messes and saving the world using a computer virus.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Spent eight years at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), which is the equivalent in status for math & science.
* JewishAndNerdy: His nerdiness ends up serving him well by allowing him to save the world.
* NiceJewishBoy
* RankUp: Official material released for the sequel indicates that twenty years later, David is in charge of all the Earth's defenses.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess
* WorkingWithTheEx

!!Constance Spano
->'''Played by:''' Margaret Colin

* AudienceSurrogate
* BrainyBrunette: You don't get as far as Presidential aide without being smart, but she's also the only one who realizes that all the people ''outside'' the Area 51 bunker would be screwed when the aliens arrive.
* FamilyVersusCareer: She went for a career with President Whitmore "wanting to make a difference".
* GirlFriday: to the President.
* MistakenForCheating: The reason David punched President Whitmore in the head (before he was President) was because he thought Constance was having an affair with him. She insists she wasn't, and it's implied she's telling the truth.
* PunnyName: The White House Press Secretary with a name seemingly inspired by C-SPAN.
* WorkingWithTheEx

!!General William Grey, USMC
->'''Played by:''' Robert Loggia

* BadassGrandpa
* ConsummateProfessional: The only official who manages to keep a cool head.
* CoolOldGuy
* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep: Much like how President Whitmore is known only as "Mr. President", Grey is referred to by most characters in the film simply as "General."
* AFatherToHisMen Not just his men, he felt it was his own duty to report to Hiller that his hometown was destroyed when these two never met in person prior.
* FourStarBadass: Hell yeah.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With President Whitmore, or as Gen. Grey refers to him, Tom.
* NumberTwo: To President Whitmore. At the beginning of the movie, he requests to stay at the White House alongside the President (it turns out to be lucky. The rest of the JCS were apparently killed by the aliens after they evacuated to NORAD). Throughout the movie, Grey is unfailingly loyal to Whitmore and [[EpilepticTrees might be either the new Secretary of Defense or even the new Vice President at the end]], given the fact that the former VP is dead and the former Secretary of Defense was unceremoniously fired.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: In the sense that he keeps a StiffUpperLip through the whole crisis
* OldSoldier
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* SemperFi: A Marine General as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

!!Julius Levinson
->'''Played by:''' Judd Hirsch

* BadassGrandpa
* BewareTheSillyOnes: When he's not being a PapaWolf he's a bit of a CloudCuckoolander, talking about looters and Area 51. However when shit hits the fan he's the first to pull a shotgun out....accidentally at his son, but the thought counts.
* BigApplesauce
* CoolOldGuy: Gets some of the best lines of the movie, isn't afraid to shout down the freaking President and his staff [[PapaWolf when he feels that they're being disrespectful and ungrateful to his son]], and in general seemed like a character who it'd be pretty fun to be around.
* PapaWolf: Memorably, he shouts down the country's leaders when they disrespect his son aboard UsefulNotes/AirForceOne.
--> '''Julius:''' ''You'd all be dead now if it wasn't for my David!''
* PluckyComicRelief
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage

->'''Played by:''' Vivica A. Fox

* CharacterDevelopment: It has been confirmed that Jasmine has risen from being a stripper to a ''hospital administrator'' in the twenty years between films.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Well, technically an ''exotic dancer'', but this is probably the closest trope that fits to her portrayal.
* MamaBear: When things start blowing up she goes from Stripper to Sprinter getting her son the hell out of there.
* SingleMomStripper: Unlike most examples of this trope, she dances by choice and enjoys the work and the money that comes with it

[[caption-width-right:279:"The last 24 hours have been really exciting!"]]
!!Dr. Brackish Okun
->'''Played by:''' Creator/BrentSpiner

An eccentric scientist who conducts research on the aliens at Area 51.

* AdmiringTheAbomination: Shows a very enthusiastic interest in the aliens and their technology, even after the damage they caused.
* ConvenientComa: Dean Devlin has implied that Okun was put into a coma instead of killed during his run-in with the alien, hence his surprise return in ''Resurgence''.

!!Major Mitchell, USAF
->'''Played by:''' Adam Baldwin

* MajorlyAwesome
* DoubleTap: Performs this on a wounded alien after he and several Secret Service agents gunned it down.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In spite of being in charge of a highly secret military base, he unlike most fictional characters in such a position is portrayed as a professional soldier whose response to an imminent alien attack is to allow all the unauthorized civilians to take shelter in the underground laboratories and personally take charge in the evacuation efforts.
* TranquilFury: His reaction when he sees the captive alien telepathically attack the President.
--> '''General Grey:''' "Is that glass bulletproof?"
--> '''Major Mitchell:''' "''No sir.''"

[[caption-width-right:200:"Sir, if we don't strike soon there may not be much of an America left to defend."]]
!!Secretary of Defense Albert Nimzicki
->'''Played by:''' James Rebhorn

* TheCassandra: Nimzicki, probably because he has foreknowledge of what was in Area 51, is the only person on Whitmore's staff who advocates an attack on the aliens when they initially appear. His advice is characteristically stupid, but his impression of the immediate threat the invaders pose is the only thing he gets right.
* TheNeidermeyer
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Does nothing but provide bad advice to the President, and withholds crucial information (regarding the Roswell crash and Area 51) that could have been more useful had it been divulged earlier.
* TheScrappy: Both to viewers, and in-universe, to the point where a furious and exasperated President Whitmore finally fires him.
* SkewedPriorities / TheSociopath: It's outright stated in the book that he cares more about his political career and legacy than ''saving the human race from extermination''.
* UngratefulBastard: He's the only one that still acts like an asshole even after many times he's been proven wrong. And maybe even after the aliens were defeated.

[[caption-width-right:200:"In the words of my generation, ''up youuuurs!''"]]
!!Russell Casse
->'''Played by:''' Randy Quaid

* AcePilot: While he doesn't seem one initially due to his alcoholism, he's noted to be a Vietnam combat veteran and despite not having flown a fighter in decades has no trouble keeping up with younger pilots and careful with not wasting missiles.
* TheAlcoholic: Ever since his abduction.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: "Sorry I'm late, Mr. President!"]]
* BumblingDad
* CassandraTruth: He was the first person to warn them that the aliens are gonna kill them all.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: And he rubs it in.
* DadTheVeteran: A veteran of TheVietnamWar.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: And a truly badass one at that.]]
* PapaWolf: In the special edition there's a scene where he rushes a group of armed guards and slams a high-ranking doctor against the wall to get him to attend to his dying son.
* PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler: "Hello, boys! '''[[HesBack I'M BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!"]]]]'''

[[caption-width-right:306:"Die. ''Diiiiie.''"]]
!!The Aliens

* AliensAreBastards: Played entirely straight.
* AlienInvasion: One of the most visually impressive ones ever put on film.
* BigBad: The alien commander.
* CombatTentacles: They have these in their bio-mechanical suits.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: They target major cities and important military facilities such as NORAD first, and employ force fields that can ''repel nuclear explosions''.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: One of their [[TrojanHorse long-lost attacker crafts]] brings down their shields and nukes them from within.
* HordeOfAlienLocusts: The president even describes them as such.
* HumanoidAliens: Somewhat.
* IdiotBall: You'd think that aliens would be immediately suspicious that one of their aforementioned long-lost craft (which we see from closeups has gone through visible man-made modifications) suddenly showed up at the mothership.
* LackOfEmpathy: They never show signs of compassion or even remorse towards the thousand (or more) victims they cause. When Whitmore tries to find a peaceful solution with one of'em the alien simply answers that there will be "no peace" and the only thing humans can do is "die."
* LaserGuidedKarma
* OhCrap: If their faces were capable of displaying emotion, this would likely be their reaction to [[spoiler:seeing the timer on a nuclear missile count down to zero right before their eyes. Though that one alien who's right next to the bomb might also [[WorthyOpponent admire the humans' cleverness]]]].
* OrganicTechnology: It's stated in the novel that their ships are not forged, but ''grown''.
* PlanetLooters: They are a race of galactic nomads that travel from planet to planet consuming its resources and wiping out any native inhabitants that stand in their way, and now have designs on Earth.
* PuppeteerParasite: Can use human bodies to communicate audibly by wrapping the tentacles of their biomechanical suits around throats.
* QuizzicalTilt: One of them does this when Steven and David decide to reveal themselves [[spoiler: before they fire the nuke.]]
* WeComeInPeaceShootToKill: The first part averted. They don't want peace.