[[folder:John Carter]]

!!John Carter
->'''Played By''': Taylor Kitsch

* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Book Carter is a very straight-up heroic type. Movie Carter starts out embittered after the Civil War and the loss of his family. For a good portion of the movie, all he wants is to get back home, not wanting anything to do with the war, before finding his inner hero on Mars.
* TheAgeless: After returning from Barsoom, John appears to have stopped aging after ten years.
* BatmanGambit: Pulls off a surprisingly good one [[spoiler: against the Thern agent on Earth]].
* BattleCouple: With Dejah at the climax.
* ChallengingTheChief: Against Tal Hajus. [[spoiler: [[CurbStompBattle Which he wins effortlessly]]]].
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: If John sees someone is in serious danger he ''will'' intervene on their behalf. He just can't help himself.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: His wife and child were tragically lost in a house fire, presumably started by Union soldiers.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: He seems a bit wayward at first, and even when he first shows up on Mars, the only thing he really wants to do is go back home. Then he starts getting attached to the Tharks as well as Dejah...
* {{Determinator}}
* DualWielding: Most scenes depict him wielding two swords in battle.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: John is a completely normal, if not skilled, cavalry soldier on Earth. On Mars, he's a OneManArmy.
* TheHero
* MasterSwordsman
* NormalFishInATinyPond: Barsoom's lower gravity makes this average human capable of superhuman feats of strength and endurance.
** Which is just silly; Barsoom and Mars both have the same surface gravity (0.38 of Earth's surface gravity), so John Carter would only be able to lift a bit over 2.5 times more than what he is capable of on Earth. Also mass is independent of local gravity, he'd still have to overcome the same amount of inertia to get something to move. Pretty much all of his feats can be chalked up to RuleOfCool.
** However, the original books were written at the very beginning of the 20th century, when no one really knew what operating in low gravity would be like, so it's excusable for Burroughs to amp it up quite a bit...
* TookALevelInKindness: The bonds he forms with the Tarks as well as his relationship with Dejah, help John become a more noble and heroic man by the end of the movie.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: In his Barsoomian outfit.



!!Tars Tarkas
->'''Played By''': Willem Dafoe

* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* BadassBoast: ''"Leave a Thark his head and one hand, and he may yet conquer!"''
* TheBigGuy
* TheChainsOfCommanding: He takes his role as Jeddak of the Tharks very seriously, but having to continually live up to the downright brutal expectations of a Green Martian leader plainly wears heavily on him.
* CompositeCharacter: In the book, the leader of the Thark horde that Carter falls in with is Lorquas Ptomel; Tars is his second-in-command. As Tars is a much more important character- and Lorquas pretty much drops off the face of Barsoom after a while- Tars gets to take over the leader-role in the film.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has his moments.
* GeniusBruiser
* MultiArmedAndDangerous
* NobleDemon: Even before his HeelFaceTurn, it's clear he's a lot more honorable and compassionate than most of the other Tharks.
* PapaWolf: He is fiercely protective over his daughter, Sola, something that is frowned upon among the Tharks.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy

->'''Played By''': Samantha Morton

* TheChick
* InTheBlood: Tars Tarkas is her father, and it's no coincidence they're the two nicest Tharks. "The blood of my father drives me" indeed. Her MissingMom is implied to have been in the same vein.
** She was
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Though a good deal less dangerous than [[BloodKnight most]] [[ProudWarriorRace Tharks]]. Though she certianly has her moments.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: She's a good deal less brutal and more compassionate than is considered seemly in a Thark, which has led to a very hard life for her.
* ProudWarriorRaceGirl: Played with. Sola is rarely seen without her weapons, but her personality is such that she only fights when necessary. She clearly believes in the Thark ideals of courage and honor, but can't deal with her people's brutality.
* TheDogBitesBack: After spending much of the film being [[TheBully abused by Sarkoja]], Sola finally gets even with her rival [[spoiler: by dragging Sarkoja into the arena and the path of a rampaging white ape, which promptly tears Sarkoja apart]].
-->'''Sarkoja''': Watch your father ''die'' like the whimpering calot he is!
-->'''Sola''': [[BigNo No!]] Let us watch ''you''!

!!Tal Hajus
->'''Played By''': Thomas Haden Church

* BigBadWannabe: Factors into the plot even less than Sab Than does.
* BloodKnight
* TheBrute
* EvilCounterpart: To Tars Tarkas.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: There appears to be some degree of closeness between him and Sarkoja, as they often scheme together [[spoiler: and Tal appears quite shocked when [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe she dies at the hands of a white ape]].]]
* [[spoiler: OffWithHisHead]]
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Evil version.
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: It's clear the other Tharks don't like him, either before or after he becomes Jeddak. [[spoiler: Most of them are perfectly willing to support Carter's right of challenge as a result]]. [[spoiler: He was pretty much a degenerate pervert in the book]].

->'''Played By''': Polly Walker

* AxCrazy
* BloodKnight
* [[spoiler: HalfTheManHeUsedToBe]]: [[spoiler: Torn in half by a white ape after [[TheDogBitesBack Sola throws her into the arena]].]]
* HotBlooded
* KickTheDog: Sarkoja seems to get a lot of satisfaction out of tormenting and abusing Sola.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Gal]]


[[folder:Red Martians]]

!!Tardos Mors
->'''Played By''': Ciarian Hinds

* BigGood
* BumblingDad
* CompositeCharacter
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Thinking he could trust Sab Than to keep his word about not attacking his people in exchange for his daughter's hand in marriage.
* NiceGuy
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething

!!Dejah Thoris
The Princess of Helium and the {{Deuteragonist}} of the movie.
->'''Played By''': Lynn Collins

* AdaptationalBadass: In the original story, Dejah was portrayed as the stereotypical damsel in distress. Here, she's a bonafide badass who can handle herself just fine, only needing to be saved once or twice by John.
* AdaptationalWimp: Thoris is significantly less political in the movie. It may not sound like much, but she was the original inspiration for [[StarWars Princess Leia]], and the book makes it clear that for all her attraction to Carter, she was not above manipulating him for the greater good of Barsoom.
* ArrangedMarriage: Forced into one with Sab Than in exchange for a truce between their cities.
* BattleCouple: With Carter at the climax.
* DamselOutOfDistress: When Sab Than takes her captive during the final battle, she ''stabs him through the wrist'' to escape.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* HumanAliens: Of the [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Red-Skinned Space Babe variety]].
* LadyOfWar: There's a definite fire in Dejah that nobody can ignore.
* TheLancer:
* ProudWarriorRaceGirl:
* TheSmartGirl: She's definitely got a brain on her.
* WarriorPrincess: Due to being a ProudWarriorRaceGuy and a {{princess}} she can handle her own in a fight is far from a damsel in distress. Lampshaded by John Carter after their first meeting.
-->'''John''': Maybe I ought to get behind you.
-->'''Dejah''': You let me know when it gets dangerous.

!!Sab Than
->'''Played By''': Dominic West

* AdaptationalVillainy: Movie!Sab is much more vicious than Book!Sab (though admittedly, Book!Sab had next to no characterization).
* BigBadWannabe: He's pretty happy in the hopeless delusion that he's the toughest, smartest guy in the room, when really he's more of an UnwittingPawn to the Thern.
* BloodKnight
* TheBrute: Explicitly described as such by both Dejah and Matai Shang.
* CompositeCharacter: In the book, Sab Than was the ''prince'' of Zodanga and its Jeddak was his father Than Kosis. In the movie, Sab is Jeddak and Than Kosis is nowhere to be seen.
* TheDragon: Though Matai Shang lets him think he's the BigBad.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Starts out "normal" for a Red Martian, and then he gets Thern technology...
* EvilCounterpart: To Carter. Both were warriors who found themselves in possession of incredible power, but where Carter at first just wanted to go home, and then used his abilities to save Dejah, Helium, and Barsoom, Sab revels in his power and wants to TakeOverTheWorld.
* EvilOverlord
* FauxAffablyEvil: Can turn on the charm when he wants, but underneath it he's a complete slimeball.
* HumanAliens
* KilledOffForReal
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He's a horrible person, make no mistake of that. But unlike most Evil Overlord, he actually leads from the front lines on several occasions, even before getting his super weapon from the Therns.
* SmugSnake
* {{Slimeball}}: How he comes across when he tries to be charming. He's actually more affable when he's being his real, evil self.
* TakeOverTheWorld: His main goal is to take over Barsoom. ''OF COURSE!''
* TookALevelInBadass: Thanks to the Thern technology.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Courtesy of Matai Shang.

!!Kantos Kan
->'''Played By''': James Purefoy
The Jedwar of the Helluminatic navy who becomes one of Carter and Dejah's closest allies.

* TheCharmer: Downplayed. While it isn't presented outright, he manages to make his way to Carter's cell without drawing his weapons and smoothly talks his way past the guards. And when he and Carter crash into Dejah's bed chamber, his first instinct is to flirt with her handmaidens.
* DeadpanSnarker: He gets a few good ones every now and then.
* DemotedToExtra: In the novels, Kantos was one of Carter's best friends. Here, his screentime is limited to only a few, albeit entertaining, scenes.
* PluckyComicRelief: Him helping Carter escape certainly establishes this.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Tardos Mors, Dejah Thoris and the rest of the Helluminatic city.



!!Matai Shang
->'''Played By''': Creator/MarkStrong

* AdaptationalBadass: In addition to the Therns as a whole getting a major tech-upgrade, Book!Matai Shang basically [[OrcusOnHisThrone sat on his throne]] and didn't get involved until Carter was already exposing the Therns' false religion. In the movie, he's a much more proactive, [[StarWars Darth Sidious]]-esque schemer.
* AffablyEvil: He's not an unpleasant sort to be around, for chessmastering planet-conquering alien godling, and actually seems to enjoy his cat-and-mouse game with Carter. "Your move, Earthman."
* AGodAmI: Given that fact that he and the rest of the Thern supervise and manipulate the destruction of civilizations and planets, Matai feels a sense of superiority and power over beings such as Carter.
* BaldOfEvil: He's got a bald head and is undeniably evil.
* BigBad: He and the Thern are the Catalysts of the conflict.
* BreakoutVillain: He's not mentioned until the second book and doesn't get involved personally until the third. Here, he's BigBad from the get-go.
* TheChessmaster: The Therns basically manipulate and supervise the wide-scale destruction of planets and civilizations, using Sab Than as an UnwittingPawn.
* CreepyBlueEyes
* EmotionEater: At one point he explains that he (and by extension all Therns) feed off of the negative emotions of other life forms. Thus making the Therns a kind of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Psychic Vampire]] race.
* ForTheEvulz: Explicitly says he has no cause. 'Course, he may have been lying- Therns tend to do that.
* HumanAliens: Assuming his ShapeshifterDefaultForm is what he really looks like, he's completely indistinguishable from a Caucasian human.
* MagicFromTechnology
* ManipulativeBastard
* SquishyWizard: His MagicFromTechnology may give him great power, but it doesn't save him from being tackled by Woola.
-->'''John Carter''': Immortal ain't bulletproof.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: One of the many abilities conferred by the Thern medallions.
** ShapeshifterDefaultForm: He usually looks like a tall, bald, pale-skinned humanlike man in grey robes.



!!Edgar Rice Burroughs
->'''Played By''': Daryl Sabara

* HistoricalDomainCharacter: In Real Life, Edgar Rice Burroughs was the author of the ''Literature/{{Barsoom}}'' series, which the film is based on.
* NiceGuy
* SecretKeeper
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: The movie is essentially a LeaningOnTheFourthWall of Edgar becoming inspired as to writing stories based on John Carter's adventures on Mars.

!!Colonel Powell
->'''Played By''': Bryan Cranston

* AdaptationalVillainy: He was never really a villain, just at odds with John most of the time.
* ColonelBadass
* ForgottenFallenFriend
* GoodIsNotNice
* HeroAntagonist
* {{Jerkass}}
* KilledOffForReal