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!!John Carter, Prince of Helium, Warlord of Mars
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Confederate veteran of the American Civil War, he finds himself transported to Mars through mysterious ways involving astral projecton. Due to the planet's atmosphere and gravity, he is much stronger there than he is on Earth. There, he encounters both formidable alien creatures and various warring Martian races, wins the hand of Martian princess Dejah Thoris, and rises to the position of Warlord of Mars.
* TheAgeless
* AmbiguouslyHuman: Well, he looks, acts, and considers himself human, but there ''is'' the little matter of the immortality...
* {{Badass}}
* BigGood: After becoming the Warlord of Mars.
* BloodKnight: He admits that he enjoys fighting a great deal, although he's quite pacifist compared to the Barsoomians.
* DualWielding: On Barsoom, he adopts the traditional paired long and short swords.
* GrayEyes: Like many other Burroughs' heroes (and pulp heroes in general).
* GuileHero / IdiotHero: An odd combination, depending on context. He's quite clever in a fight, but can often be clueless in social situations, particularly (and self-admittedly) around women.
* {{Heavyworlder}}: Of the second variety - an Earth-normal human on a light-gravity world.
* TheHero: Of the initial trilogy and some of the later books.
* HeroicBSOD: Has one at the end of ''The Gods of Mars''.
* MasterSwordsman: Considers himself one of the best swordsman on two planets; the books show that this is for good reason.
** Though there is one case where he discovers a master swordsman among the Yellow Men who ''was'' a superior swordsman. He had to get clever.
* MightyWhitey: Though he's a human among aliens, rather than a white man among non-whites; also [[HeavyWorlder the mighty part]] is unusually literal.
* NormalFishInATinyPond: On Earth, he's perfectly normal. However, due to lower gravity on Mars, he's superhuman by comparison.
* OutOfFocus: He's the main character of the first three books, then fades into the background for a while so that other characters can take the spotlight, then becomes TheHero again later in the series.
* OutsideContextHero: Carter is this for the rest of Barsoom; an monstrously-strong, nigh immortal juggernaut of a warrior that no one ever faced before in its history.
* SlasherSmile: his "fighting grin" is a heroic version.
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[[folder: Red Martians]]
The Red Martians are the most predominant people in Barsoom, originated from the interbreeding between White, Black and Yellow Martians. They are organized into a system of imperial city-states such as Helium, Zodanga, Ptarth and many others. They resemble humans very closely, except for their red-copper skintone and laying eggs instead of giving birth.

'''Tropes related to the Red People:'''
* BizarreAlienBiology: They lay eggs instead of give birth, they mature extremely quickly (Carthoris is already an young adult by the time he reunites with his father only after a decade has passed) and after reaching physical maturity, their aging process is significantly slowed down.
* ButtMonkey: The Red Martians are preyed by quite literally everyone else in the planet. If they aren't being raided by Greens or Blacks, they are being lured to AFateWorseThanDeath by the Whites.
* InTheFutureHumansWillBeOneRace: They are the product of crossbreeding between the (supposedly) long extinct precursors in Barsoom history.
* {{Foil}}: To the Green Martians.
* HumanAliens: They are the most human people in the series. [[BizarreAlienBiology For whatever the term holds]].
* MixedAncestry: White, Black and Yellow.
* PermaShave: Facial hair is considered unknown to Red Martians.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Of the "soldier" variety. They are more disciplined and well-structured than the other warrior races.
* [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Red Skinned Space Babe]]: Female Red Martians are noted for their extreme beauty and its rather notable that all female love interests in this series belong to this race.

!!Dejah Thoris
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Princess of Helium and John Carter's LoveInterest. She is repeatedly captured through out the books.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: In the first book, of which she is the eponymous character.
* DistressedDamsel / DefiantCaptive: She gets kidnapped ''a lot''. Still, while she doesn't usually fight her captors physically, she's generally quick to show her contempt for them. In ''Warlord'', she once has to be knocked out and carried by her captors, as there was no way they could drag her along with them.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Sometimes she can get herself out of trouble, or if nothing else, assist John in doing so.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* HappilyMarried: With John Carter.
* HotScientist: Went on a scientific expedition to find and fix the atmosphere factory.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Done to her constantly.
* InterspeciesRomance: With John Carter.
* KirkSummation: She delivers an epic one to the Tharks who captured her while attempting to convince them to reach peace with the Red Martians.
-->''"Why, oh, why will you not learn to live in amity with your fellows, must you ever go on down the ages to your final extinction but little above the plane of the dumb brutes that serve you! A people without written language, without art, without homes, without love; the victim of eons of the horrible community idea. Owning everything in common, even to your women and children, has resulted in your owning nothing in common. You hate each other as you hate all else except yourselves. Come back to the ways of our common ancestors, come back to the light of kindliness and fellowship. The way is open to you, you will find the hands of the red men stretched out to aid you. Together we may do still more to regenerate our dying planet. The grand-daughter of the greatest and mightiest of the red jeddaks has asked you. Will you come?"''
* TheMatchmaker: She develops a talent for this, because her husband has [[CluelessChickMagnet no idea how to deal with women falling in love with him]]. She usually befriends the women in question and pairs them off with someone else.
* MsFanservice: Like most female Martians. Hell, its even {{Lampshaded}} by Carter in her first appearance.
-->"She was destitute of clothes (...) save for her highly wrought ornaments she was entirely naked, nor could any apparel have enhanced the beauty of her perfect and symmetrical figure."
* NiceGirl: Dejah is a faithful wife, a caring mother and overall a empathetic and nice person. She managed to push a Thern, [[AlwaysChaoticEvil of all people]], who tried to kill her into perform a HeelFaceTurn.
* OnlySaneMan: By the time of the first book, all Martians are fully aware that the atmosphere will soon be unbreathable. Dejah Thoris is the only political figure interested in any truce to try to prevent this common problem.
* OutOfFocus: She has little screen-time in later books than she does in the first book.
* PrincessClassic
* ProudWarriorRaceGirl: In attitude, though she isn't herself a fighter.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: She's an incredibly popular political figure in Helium, and she's introduced leading an expedition to test the conditions of Barsoom's decaying atmosphere.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Virtually every male BigBad in the first trilogy tries to force her into marriage or rape her.
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman
* {{Xenafication}}: TheFilmOfTheBook gives her the fighting skills to back up aforementioned ProudWarriorRaceGirl attitude, making her a full-on LadyOfWar.

!!Carthoris
Son of John and Dejah. He was born the very day his father disappeared from Barsoom.
* AscendedExtra: A supporting character in ''Gods'' and ''Warlord'', he's one of the two leads in ''Thuvia''.
* GadgeteerGenius: Though he only seems to have invented one thing that gets used (essentially, an autopilot for airships). Otherwise an InformedAbility.
* HalfHumanHybrid
* TheHero: Of ''Thuvia, Maid of Mars''.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: In ''Gods'' with Carter, though it takes both an embarassingly long amount of time to realize they're father and son.
* MeaningfulName: Carthoris = Carter + Thoris.
* SuperStrength: Though not to the extent of his dad, he's still stronger and more agile than most Martians.

!!Thuvia
A young princess of Ptarth that was captured 15 years ago by the White Martians and made their slave. She is freed by Carter when he returns to Barsoom and develops an infatuation to the Earthman. She is the female lead of ''Thuvia, Maid of Mars''.
* AscendedExtra: After being a supporting character in ''Gods'' and ''Warlord'', she gets to be one of the two central protagonists of the fourth book, which is named for her.
* TheBeastmaster: she has the ability to command banths, and uses this frequently.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Somewhat more proactive than Dejah; she shoots and kills a Thern who had abused her and manages to throw off the influence of [[MasterOfIllusion Tario]], who while completely insane was still one of the strongest psychics on the planet. She also kills Salensus Oll along with Dejah and Phaidor.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: She's the princess of Ptarth, though this isn't immediately revealed.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Well, all banths, anyway. Its said she always had a way to deal with them ever since she had one as a pet when she was a child. She doesn't understand this ability any better than everyone else.
* LoveFatherLoveSon: She initially showed attraction towards Carter, but eventually got over him when she realized he was faithful to his wife. She settled for their son, Carthoris, in her own spin-off book.
* LovingAShadow
* PsychicPowers: Beyond the usual subtle telepathy of Red Martians, she can communicate with and control banths.

!! Tara of Helium
Daughter of John and Dejah and younger sister of Carthoris.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Half-Red Martian, half-Earthling. Unlike her brother, however, she demonstrates none of her father's SuperStrength or other abilities.
* HelloNurse: She has inherited her mother's extreme beauty, and many men are willing to ignore her less than appealing personality flaws because of it.
* NervesOfSteel: She inherited her father's resourcefulness and resolve.
* RoyalBrat
* SpoiledBrat
* SurvivalMantra: "I still live"--learned from her father.
* WellExcuseMePrincess

!! Kantos Kan
A Jedwar (Captain) in Helium's army.
* TheLancer: To Tardos Mors.
* TheReliableOne

!!Tardos Mors
Dejah Thoris' grandfather and Jeddak of Helium.
* BadassGrandpa
* BigGood: He served this role prior to John ascending as Warlord of Mars.
* TheGoodKing: He is regarded as the noblest and greatest of all Jeddaks among the Reds.
* MadeASlave: While under [[EvilOverlord Salensus Oll]]'s captivity.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy

!! Tan Hadron of Hastor
The main protagonist in ''A Fighting Man of Mars'', Hadron is a officer in Helium's army who embarks in the search of his beloved Sanoma Tora.
* BadassNormal: Compared to [[OutsideContextHero John Carter]], [[HeavyWorlder Ulysses Paxton]] and [[HalfHumanHybrid Carthoris]], Hadron is just an average Red Martian soldier that lacks SuperStrength like other main protagonists of other books and also several times more vulnerable than they are, which makes all his feats of bravery even more impressive.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Hadron is technically a prince of Gathol through his mother side, but he doesn't enjoy any special privileges, not that he minds it initially though it frustrates him because Sanoma Tora won't spare a thought about him due to his station.
* TheHero: In ''A Fighting Man of Mars''.
* HumbleHero: Hadron is quite comfortable with his humble life as a padwar in Helium's army.
* LovingAShadow: He is infatuated with a idealized version of Sanoma, projecting many virtues that [[RichBitch the]] [[DirtyCoward real]] [[UngratefulBastard deal]] lacks. He grows out of it when he sees
* ObliviousToLove: Hadron doesn't realize he fell in love with Tavia until late in the story.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: He just considers Tavia a good friend. [[SarcasmMode No really.]]
* SurvivalMantra / BadassBoast: He also uses John Carter's "I still live."

!! Tavia
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* ActionGirl: Compared to most Barsoomian heroines, Tavia is more hands-on, directed to combat and more likely to free herself if captured.
* BadassPrincess: The one most deserving of the title.
* BattleCouple: With Hadron.
* [[BettyAndVeronica Betty]]
* BoyishShortHair: She is described as having cropped, short hair.
* EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses: In a unsurprising turn of events, Tavia reveals she is actually a princess.
* DamselOutOfDistress: In a sharp contrast to Sanoma Tora.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: In ''A Fighting Man of Mars''.
* DeadpanSnarker
* MadeASlave
* PluckyGirl
* SweetPollyOliver: She escaped from Tul Axtar's harem by disguising herself in male warrior trappings.
* TomboyPrincess: Though its not initially established she is an princess, Tavia is definitely a tomboy. In fact, she is deemed too masculine-looking for Axtar's tastes and he strands her alongside Hadron, rather than adding her to his harem (much to Hadron's relief).

!!Sanoma Tora
* AlphaBitch
* BeautyIsBad: Tora is extremely beautiful and alluring, but these are pretty much her only redeeming traits.
* DirtyCoward
* DistressedDamsel: Being captured by [[BigBad Tul Axtar]] and added to his harem is what kicks off the events of ''A Fighting Man of Mars'' as Hadron goes to rescue her. In a unusual turn of events, she betrays her rescuers and sides with her kidnapper.
* RomanticFalseLead: To Hadron.
* RichBitch: Her father is a NouveauRiche, who is merely distinguished by his immense wealth than any other quality.
* UngratefulBitch: Hadron spends the book searching for her out of love, to prevent her from being made Axtar's concubine and manages to save her and imprison her captor. How does Sanoma repays? She basically sells Hadron and Tavia out by siding with Tul Axtar when he promised to make her his Jeddara if she released him. In her defense, she convinced Axtar to merely maroon Hadron and Tavia in a savage land instead of outright kill them out of mercy.
* UptownGirl: She is this to Tan Hadron at first. While he has BlueBlood himself, he is neither rich or privileged - He is identified rather as a lowly, poor padwar (army officer) than a chieftain and as such Sanoma looks down on him, which is ironic given his background, he would stand higher than her due to him being a prince and her being merely a noblewoman from a recently ascended family.
* [[BettyAndVeronica Veronica]]

!!Tul Axtar
Bent on conquering the world, Tul Axatar caused several advanced war products to be developed which would make victory guaranteed; disentegrating rays, cloaking devices, millions of starving warriors. He also had a harem of thousands of women kidnapped around Mars, with Sanoma Tora as the newest addition.
* BigBad: In ''A Fighting Man of Mars''.
* DirtyCoward: Even compared to other villains in Barsoom, Axtar stands out. He postpones his conquest of Barsoom out of fear, despite having all advantages at his disposal such as superior weaponry that nobody can match and surprise. Whenever he is backed into the corner by [[TheHero Hadron]], he is utterly terrified.
* EvilOverlord: Rules his kingdom of Jahar with iron fist, regularly kidnaps beautiful women for his harem and has plans of conquering Barsoom.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Does this to Sanoma Tora. Would have done it to Tavia too, but she took measures to make herself look unappealing enough for him to leave her alone.
* TakeOverTheWorld: His ultimate plan.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Makes this offer to Sanoma.

!!Phor Tak
Originally from Jahar, this ancient scientist fled Tul Axtar's oppressive influence and relocated at a white castle he named Jhama. He is the creator of the disentegrator ray, the invisiblity paint, and "the flying death," a smart bomb.
* TheDragon: He was originally this to Axtar.
* EnemyMine: He forms an alliance with Hadron to help against Axtar, though its clear that Phor Tak is just as evil and also wants to take over Barsoom.
* EvilLaugh: Has a very distinctive cackle that sounds like "Heigh-oo"
* MadScientist: He created fearsome disintegrating rays that are capable of dissolving ships effortlessly.

!!Ghron
* AnimalMotifs: Spiders. He has then adorned in his inner quarters and then there is his nickname.
* BeardOfEvil: Unusual in Red Martians, since they are said to lack facial hair.
* TheCaligula: Even more so than Tul Axtar.
* ColdBloodedTorture: His favored pastime.
* KarmaHoudini: After the heroes escape him, Ghron is never mentioned again and therefore never faces any punishment or repercussions for his actions.
* TortureTechnician
* TheRedBaron: The Spider of Ghasta

!! Ras Thavas
* CreatingLifeIsBad: Ras Thavas discovers this the hard way when he creates the Hormads.
* GrandTheftMe: specializes in this, and has his student, Vad Varo, do it for him.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: he is one of the few charactes in the books who is not clearly good or bad, but rather somewhere in between. He does do morally quastionable things, yet he also uses his skills as a surgeon to help people.
* MadScientist: swaps peoples minds for money and later creates an army of synthetic creatures.
* TinMan: Ras Thavas, just like the Toonolians, appears to have reached this state from excessive desire to be TheStoic. He professes to be above such things as sentiment, but when he manifests it, and Ulysses Paxton calls him on it, he is in complete denial.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: he falls victim to this with the Hormads.

!!Valla Dia
* GrandTheftMe: She falls victim to this.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Warriors used to fought over to claim her. She is perfectly fine with having her body switched with a old hag if it means no more people dying because of her.

!!Xaxa
* BigBad: In ''Master Mind of Mars''.
* EvilOldFolks: Just like Issus, Xaxa is extremely old and looks like it. Given how slowly Martians age, she must be centuries old.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: She is said to have cruelly taxed and exploited her citizens and used the fear of their deity to keep them from rebelling.
* GrandTheftMe: She switched bodies with Valla Dia.

!!Sab Than
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Or you precious home will fall.
* ArrangedMarriage: With Dejah Thoris.
* BigBadEnsemble: With Tal Hajus in ''A Princess of Mars''. He is the final obstacle to be overcome in the first book.
* FlatCharacter: There isn't much to his character other than being a Prince of Zodanga (the rival city-state to Helium) and forcing Dejah to marry him and secure peace between the two.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: The marriage ceremony is crashed by Carter with an army of Tharks. According to Martian customs, a woman cannot marry the man who murders her husband or groom. [[spoiler: The problem is settled when Tars Tarks is the one to kill Than instead of Carter.]]

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[[folder: Green Martians]]
The other most predominant race in Barsoom, the Green Martians are a nomadic, primitive race of green-skinned humanoids with two pair of arms. They are extremely warlike and brutal, pretty much being [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orcs]], as they frequently raid Red Martians and are [[TheUsualAdversaries the most common foes battled by the main heroes]], with the exception of the Tharks, who become allied to them from the end of first book on.

'''Tropes related to the Green People'''
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Subverted with the Tharks at least. They are shown to be savage raiders that look down upon weakness, have no written language or do not form bonds of marriage or family, but they can be reasoned with and eventually become allies to Carter (albeit only because of his strength).
* BarbarianTribe
* {{Foil}}: To the Red Martians as two most predominant peoples of Barsoom.
* HumanoidAliens: They are easily the most monstrous and inhuman-looking race in the planet.
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Averted! While they are green-skinned, they are not even remotely attractive.
* TheHorde: Any tribe that isn't the Tharks.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Green Martians have two pair of arms.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: Notable that they precede the TropeCodifier, but they have elements of both the ''Tolkien'' and ''Blizzard'' molds.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: They value strength above everything else, its why they dislike Sola for [[TheChick being too soft]] or Tal Hajus [[DirtyCoward for being a coward]] and why the respect [[OneManArmy Carter]].


!!Tars Tarkas
A Thark warrior who is the first being to befriend John Carter when he first sojourns on Mars. He is Carter's most valuable ally and his blood brother, having become Jeddak of the Tharks with his help.

* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* {{Badass}}
* BloodKnight: Like most Tharks.
* BashBrothers: He's Carter's best Martian friend and probably the best warrior on the planet after him- if they're fighting together, well, you don't want to be a {{mook}}.
* TheLancer
* KlingonPromotion: He becomes the new Jeddak by killing the previous one, [[CurbStompBattle not that it was that hard]].
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: He is noted for being too noble and honorable for a Thark. His daughter Sola shares the same trait.
* Out of Focus: From the third book onwards, Tars rarely appears again.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy

!!Tal Hajus
Jeddak of the Tharks in ''A Princess of Mars''.

* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Subverted. He must have been a powerful warrior in his youth to win his throne, but by the time he shows up in-story he's gone ''badly'' to seed.
* ArchEnemy: To Tars Tarkas
* BigBadEnsemble: With Sab Than in ''A Princess of Mars''. He is the initial antagonist during the book's first half.
* TheCaligula
* CurbStompBattle: When Tars challenges him, Burroughs doesn't even bother ''describing'' the fight. Tars wins ''that'' effortlessly.
* DirtyOldMan: He has absolutely no compunctions about forcing himself on Dejah or Sola.
* FatBastard
* OrcusOnHisThrone: He is too bloated and degenerated to even move, let alone fight.
* VillainousGlutton

!! Sola
* TheChick: for whatever weight the term holds on Barsoom.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: when she provides a ComfortingComforter for John Carter.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Tars Tarkas is her father. Most Green Martians don't know either parent.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her mother was tortured and killed when she was little and her father never knew who she was.
* NiceGirl: Sola is very nice and gentle, which is unusual for her kind.

!! Sarkoja
A very cruel and bitter Green Martian crone charged with looking over the Tharks' prisoners.
* AssholeVictim: Tars has her exiled to the River Iss upon becoming a Jeddak. Nobody ever heard or saw her again, but given what awaits everyone who undertakes pilgrimage to Valley Dor, it supposedly wasn't a very good way to die. Not that she didn't have it coming either way.
* EvilOldFolks: She is 900 years old and a very evil Martian.
* {{Jerkass}}: Sarkoja cruelly abuses Dejah while she is her captive, tries to have Carter killed for daring to step up to protect her. Its also revealed she is responsible for the death of Sola's mother Gozava.
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[[folder: Black Martians "The First Born"]]
Referred to as the very first race of men in Barsoom, the Black Martians trace their origins to 23 million years in the past, being the very first people to break from their egg shells. To the rest of Barsoom, they came from the nearest moon of Thuria but in reality, they dwell in the Lost Sea of Korus under Valley Dor, but they also inhabit the hidden stronghold of Kamtol in the great rift valley. The First Born are a proud people that consider themselves superior to all Martians.

'''Tropes related to the Black Martians'''
* AGodAmI
* DarkIsEvil: They pull a HeelFaceTurn after Issus is dethroned, but they still remain ruthless racist pirate-lords as seen with the First-Born in Kamtol. Xodar is honorable, but its clear he is the exception.
* AFateWorseThanDeath: To any female Thern, being taken alive by the First-Born pirates is considered one.
* FoodChainOfEvil: You know White Martians are bad because they eat Red and Green ones. The Black Martians ''eat all of these''.
* TheHedonist: First-Born's society is so decadent that they see menial labor beneath them. Everything that doesn't involve warfare is left to the slaves and its said their females are so idle they require slaves to narrate and describe the world around then so they wouldn't have to ''open their eyes''.
* MadeASlave: The First-Born rely very heavily on pillaging and slavery so any of the Barsoomian races are prone to being this.
* MasterRace: They consider themselves so above everyone else in Barsoom that even the lowliest First-Born peasant is a God of his own right, tended by his own slave retinue. They even run risk of being enslaved themselves when they fall out in favor of Issus.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: All men are expected to fight and die for Issus as their privileged honor and duty. Those that are defeated and survive suffer immense disgrace and lose their favor with Issus and are reduced to slaves themselves - the only way to recover their favor was to fight in the arena.
* RapePillageAndBurn: Raiding Valley Dor for women to enslave is not merely their pastime, ''its their sacred duty''. They are not the only ones, since they target the Red People too.
* SpacePirates

!!Issus
The Supreme Deity of Mars, she is in reality an very ancient female Black Martian.
* AGodAmI
* BigBad: Of the second book ''The Gods of Mars''.
* DoWithHimAsYouWill: Carter leaves Issus at the mercy of her subjects after exposing.
* ElderlyImmortal: Martians are said to be TheAgeless, yet Issus clearly shows signs of age. She is probably ''that old''.
* [[GodEmperor God Empress]]
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Issus ruled over her kingdom with iron fist, had female slaves regularly sacrificed to her for no reason but to glorify her "divinity".
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: She was butchered by her own people after Carter revealed she was nothing more than an crazy old woman.
* IAmAHumanitarian: After a year or so, Issus devours her handmaidens.
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: When actually confronted, she's revealed to be powerless.
* PsychicPowers: Part of how she maintains the fiction of her divinity; most Martians are mildly telepathic, but the ability is unknown among the First Born- except for her. Carter recognizes what it is almost immediately, though.
* RevengeByProxy: She has Dejah, Thuvia and Phaidor thrown inside the Temple of the Sun, sentencing them to a slow death by starvation, because all three women were in love with John Carter, the Earthman who dared to defy her divine will.
* TimeAbyss: How old is she said to be is not stated, but judging by how long Barsoom venerated her as a goddess, its believed she is over hundreds of thousands years old.
* VillainousBreakdown: Issus gradually looses her sanity after having her will defied by John Carter. When he has the crone at his mercy, she had gone so off the deep end that it even disturbed him.
-->''And then it was that she went mad. A screaming, gibbering maniac writhed in my grasp. It bit and clawed and scratched in impotent fury. And then it laughed a weird and terrible laughter that froze the blood. The slave girls upon the dais shrieked and cowered away. And the thing jumped at them and gnashed its teeth and then spat upon them from frothing lips. God, but it was a horrid sight.''

!!Xodar

* DefectorFromDecadence: He renounces Issus once she realizes she is not all-powerful as he was lead to believe.
* DefeatMeansFriendship
* FireForgedFriends: He and Carter start out enemies, but become allies after being imprisoned in Issus' dungeons together.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: At first, he's the only sympathetic Black Martian.
* NobleDemon
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* WorthyOpponent

!! Thurid
A First Born Dator that first appeared in the second book to humiliate Xodar after he had fallen from grace. John defends Xodar by knocking out Thurid and severely wounding his pride. He joined forces with Matai Shang in ''Warlord of Mars'', providing him with a secret entrance to the Temple of Issus where his wife Dejah Thoris is imprisioned, motivated to absolutely hurt the Earthman for humiliating him.

* AscendedExtra: In ''Gods'' he appears in one scene, where all he does is get badly beaten by Carter. In the next book, ''Warlord'', he's one of the main villains.
* BigBad: Of ''Warlord'', with Matai Shang and Salensus Oll.
* TheBrute
* MasterRace: He's a First Born. It's their thing. Not that it stops him from lusting after females from "lesser races".
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* RedOniBlueOni: With Matai Shang; he's red. He's a HotBlooded warrior motivated primarily by a desire for revenge.
* RevengeBeforeReason: He ''hates'' Carter for humiliating him in front of Issus' court.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Matai Shang.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: He backstabs Matai Shang when the Thern's last plan goes belly-up. Of course, Thurid himself dies minutes later when Phaidor [[AvengingTheVillain Avenges the Villain]].
* VillainousCrush: Towards Dejah Thoris.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: White Martians]]
The White Martians are the {{Precursors}} in Barsoom's history. Its said they ruled Mars over 500.000 years ago as a seafaring culture, but their empire degenerated over the years after the oceans started to dry up. White Martians resemble Caucasian humans with blonde hair though some of their descendants are either auburn-haired or bald. Their people still live to this day as reclusive beings split into three races:
* The '''Orovars''', the original White Martian people hiding within Horz, one of the oldest of the dead cities of Mars, and are very adamant to keep their existence secret.
* The '''Therns''', who inhabit Valley Dor and promote an complex PathOfInspiration to lure other races into their home in search of paradise, only to be enslaved and devoured. They are the primary antagonists in the second and third book.
* the '''Lotharians''', a DyingRace of very powerful psychics who spend their time debating philosophy among themselves.
'''Tropes shared by the White Martian Peoples'''
* AGodAmI: The Therns of Valley Dor have this attitude. Ironically, the Lotharians (who have extremely advanced superpowers to back up the claim) lack it.
* BigBadWannabe: The Therns like to think themselves as the masters of Barsoom in reality, they are just puppets to another people who manipulated them the same way they had with the other Martian peoples.
* BaldOfEvil: The Therns are completely hairless, but use wigs to emulate their ancestors and its considered extremely shameful to be seen without them.
* DirtyCoward: The Therns are noted to fight dirty and refuse to strike back at the First-Born pirates who venture into their domain and capture any female Therns they can put their hands on.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A race of white-skinned, blonde haired and blue-eyed people who sees themselves as superior and therefore has the right to exploit them however they sees fit. ANazyByAnyOtherName is averted however, since they were introduced decades before the Nazis came to power.
* DyingRace: By the time they are discovered, there are only 1000 Lotharian males left with no females. On one hand, they have been able to live indefinitely thanks to their powers, but have became such shut-ins that is very unlikely they would have been able to rebuild themselves or be re-integrated with the remaining Therns.
* ImAHumanitarian: The Therns devour the flesh of Red and Green Martians after it has been drained of its defiling blood by Plant-Man.
* HiddenElfVillage: Valley Dor for the Therns, Horz for the Orovar and the Torquas Swamps for the Lotharians.
* LightIsNotGood: White Martians have served as antagonists from time to time in the books. While it is mentioned in the background Whites have joined the heroes after Issus' downfall and became integrated to Red Martian society, the number of sympathetic named characters can be counted in one hand.
* MadeASlave: The Therns enslave those lured to Valley Dor that survive the White Apes and the Plant Men.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Therns used to promote the Cult of Issus to make slaves out of anyone who ventured into Valley Dor. They are also on the receiving end by the First-Born who lured them towards the Temple of Issus in the underground Sea of Omean where paradise waited ''them''.
** The Lotharians venerated a deity called Komal (in reality, it was a large ''banth'') to whom Tario sacrificed people who displeased him.
* VestigialEmpire: Once the White Martians were the most predominant people of Barsoom, now all that remains are three hidden cities, of which only one of them still preserves their past.

!!Matai Shang, "The Father of Therns"
The Holy Hekkador (High Priest) of the Therns.
* AGodAmI
* BaldOfEvil: Like all Therns, he's naturally bald but wears a wig to cover it up.
* BigBad: Of ''The Warlord of Mars'', shared with Thurid and Salensus Oll
* TheChessmaster
* ColdBloodedTorture: He and Thurid agreed to inflict any vileness they could think on John Carter's princess.
* EvilGloating
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: In ''Gods'' he's mentioned a lot but never shows up in the flesh. This changes in the first chapter of ''Warlord''.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: He says it to Carter's face this is what he intend to do with Dejah after killing him.
-->''(...) But that the death you die tonight may be doubly bitter, know you that when you have passed, your widow becomes the wife of Matai Shang, Hekkador of the Holy Therns, for a Martian year. At the end of that time, as you know, she shall be discarded, as is the law among us, but not, as is usual, to lead a quiet and honored life as high priestess of some hallowed shrine. Instead, Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, shall become the plaything of my lieutenants--perhaps of thy most hated enemy, Thurid, the black dator."''
* PriestKing
* RedOniBlueOni: With Thurid; he's the blue. He's a cold-blooded schemer who stays away from the action and is mostly motivated by a desire to maintain his power.
* SmugSnake
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Thurid; they hate each other, but hate Carter more.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Matai Shang, Holy Hekkador of the Holy Therns, Father of the Therns, Brother of Issus, Master of Life and Death Upon Barsoom.

!!Phaidor
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Matai Shang's daughter, she was introduced being captured by the First Born.
* AlasPoorVillain: Carter and Dejah are legitimately moved and grieved at her death.
* AlphaBitch: The Martian equivalent of one, being the princess of a cannibal cult that looks down on all other Martian peoples and consider themselves as divine beings and acting extremely condescending towards John Carter at times. While her age is not specified, she is possibly much younger than Carter, who refers to her as "young girl" many times.
* AntiVillain: While she's not a very good person, and has all the character flaws of your average Thern, she's genuinely in love with John Carter and ObliviouslyEvil for most of her life.
* AvengingTheVillain: Part of why she kills Thurid- at the very least, his murder of her father was the immediate provocation.
* BreakTheHaughty: She is captured by Black Martian pirates which is considered AFateWorseThanDeath among her kind and upon learning that her people are not truly gods, but prey to another race that had manipulated them the same way her people did with the Red and Green Martians, she sits in a corner with her face buried in her arms sobbing like a very unhappy little girl than a proud and all-powerful goddess.
* CuteAndPsycho: She is an extremely beautiful and sweet young girl who is introduced as a unfortunate damsel abducted by the First-Born pirates and falls for John Carter when he attempts to rescue her. She also smiles cruelly when Carter kills said pirates and turns ''murderous'' when learning he was already married to another woman and tries to kill the poor woman.
* DarkChick: In ''Warlord of Mars''. She is not really part of the VillainTeamUp between her father, Thurid and Salensus Oll, she is just mostly along for the ride.
* DaddysLittleVillain: To Matai Shang.
* DistressedDamsel: An ''evil'' version, mind you.
* DrivenToSuicide: After her HeelRealization, invoking DeathEqualsRedemption.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In her first scene, Phaidor is a First-Born captive. When Carter releases her saying he will kill her captors, she flashes a SlasherSmile towards him, which greatly disturbs Carter how could such lovely and beautiful face sport such cruel smile. It gives the impression that she isn't as innocent she appears.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: About half her dialogue to Carter involves expressing bafflement about why he does the things he does (the other half is her admitting she's attracted to him anyway).
* HeelRealization: At the end of ''Warlord''. After seeing the lengths Carter is willing to go to rescue Dejah, she realizes how shallow and selfish her own life and love for Carter has been.
* MadeASlave: Very briefly was forced to be Issus' handmaiden.
* MsFanservice: She is described as divinely beautiful.
* ObliviouslyEvil: It's clear that, even more than your average thern, Phaidor simply does not get why being a [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] [[AGodAmI would-be goddess]] or attempting to MurderTheHypotenuse would be a bad thing. She suffers a HeelRealization when she can't deny it anymore.
* ShadowArchetype: To Dejah.
* VillainessesWantHeroes
* WomanScorned: Let's just say that princesses of races of creepy mystics with god complexes don't take rejection very well...
* {{Yandere}}: Trying to murder a woman married to a man that she is infatuated with certainly makes her one.

!!Tario
Jeddak of Lothar.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Rather unusually for White Martians, Tario is regarded as the most powerful mind among the Lotharians, therefore he is their Jeddak.
* EvilOverlord: Of the Lotharians.
* EvilRedhead
* FedToTheBeast: Tario throws those who displeases him to Komal - a very large, monstrous banth (a Martian lion).
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Literally tried to pull this on Thuvia.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Tario attempted this on Thuvia of Ptarth. It ended badly for him. Komak reveals that Tario was attempting to materialize a beautiful girl to serve as this purpose.
* MasterOfIllusion
* TheNeedless: Believes that he doesn't need to eat illusionary food to keep his internal functions working, so he doesn't.
* PsychicPowers: All Martians possess it to some degree, but the Lotharians have it to the extreme and Tario is considered the most powerful of them all.
* RealityWarper
* YourMindMakesItReal

!!Kar Komak
* ArcherArchetype: He is a bowman.
* HumanityEnsues: Well, he is not necessarily "human", but he used to be a construct created from Tario's mind and summoned to serve him, but eventually becomes a being of flesh and blood.
* TheLancer: To Carthoris during ''Thuvia, Maid of Mars''.
* MasterOfIllusion
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: He is the only fully sympathetic White Martian, unlike Phaidor who is introduced as a villain and performs a late HeelFaceTurn followed by RedemptionEqualsDeath, Komak on the other hand is heroic from beginning to end.
* NobleTopEnforcer: To Tario before rebelling.
* NiceGuy: The very first thing he does upon meeting Carthoris is to greet him and quickly befriends the young red prince.
* RealityWarper: He gains this ability later, being able to create his own construct-bowmen.
* RedheadedHero: Komak is described as having auburn hair and is firmly on the good side.

!!Ho Ran Kim
Jeddak of the Orovars in Horz.
* AffablyEvil: He and his people are noted to be surprisingly nice to Carter and don't seem to lack [[FantasticRacism the same sense of superiority]] as his Thern cousins. But sadly he will still have to execute Carter to preserve their secret existence.
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: He is a White Martian, so its expected. He is ''nicer'' than most of them.
* KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade: His policy towards any outside that discover the Orovars still live.
* KnightTemplar: Any outsiders are executed out of fear that their existence is revealed to Barsoom.
* MrExposition: Kim explains Barsoom's backstory and the fall of the White Martian empire.

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Believed to have been wiped out by the Green Martians thousands of years ago, the Yellow Martians of Okar still live as recluses in the North Pole. They kept themselves hidden using their technology to bring down any ship or vehicle that came near, and due to the extreme conditions of their land, travel on foot is considered impossible. They lived under [[DomedHometown domed cities]] that protected them from the extreme cold, and the only two know city-states to exist are Kadabra and Marentina. Yellow Martians are noted for being very large and powerfully built as well as sporting beards.

'''Tropes related to the Yellow Martians'''
* BadassBeard: They were noted for having thick beards, which is highly unusual for other Barsoomians.
** BeardOfEvil: The Yellow Martians of Kadabra are very much evil.
* GrimUpNorth: They inhabit the North Pole, which is dubbed Okara among the Barsoomians.
* HiddenElfVillage: A combination of their naturally hostile environment and their anti-aircraft technology kept them hidden for centuries. Unlike the Therns and the First-Born, the Okarans don't risk bringing outsiders close to their domain and reveal their existence.
* HigherTechSpecies: Their technology is comparatively more advanced than all other races in Barsoom, since they constructed giant domed cities to live in the cold North and their anti-aircraft protection to stop ships from coming close is unequal to anything else in Barsoom.
* LargeAndInCharge: They are much larger and imposing than the Reds, Whites and Black Martians.
* NotSoExtinct: They were thought to be wiped out by the Green People milennia ago, they managed to stop their invaders dead in the North pole and proceeded to hide themselves and make everyone believe they were gone.

!!Salensus Oll
Jeddak of Okara, seated on the city of Kadabra.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: ''In Warlord of Mars'', he declares that Dejah Thoris shall become his queen after having her husband executed.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Defied. We explicitly never learn how good a fighter he is; Carter, motivated by ThePowerOfLove for Dejah, kills him before he even lands a blow.
* BigBad: Of ''Warlord'', with Matai Shang and Thurid.
* EvilOverlord: Of the Yellow Martians.
* EvilUncle: To Talu.
* LargeAndInCharge: He's a huge, imposing man.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute / SequelEscalation: In his role in the story, he's basically a bigger, meaner version of Sab Than from the first book.
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: His own people largely hate him, except for his warriors who are loyal.

!!Talu
Oll's rebellious nephew, he is the Jed of Marentina.
* RebelLeader: Against his uncle's rule.
* TheWisePrince: He provides Carter his support into helping rescuing his wife. The Okarans prefer him over his uncle as well.

!!Solan
Though he appears to be nothing more than a mere, old Yellow Martian lackey, Solan is a fearsome swordsman, arguably the best challenge faced by Carter in ''any'' of the books.
* BadassGrandpa: He's a tiny old man, but don't underestimate him.
* EliteMook: What he amounts to story-wise, though it doesn't quite do him justice.
* MasterSwordsman: Considering he's able to overcome the advantage of Carter's super-Martian strength, he's probably the more skilled of the two by a fair margin. ''Let that sink in''. He was almost certainly the best swordsman on Mars.
* WorthyOpponent: Carter himself regrets that no one witnessed their duel because of how impressive they both were.
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[[folder: Other Characters]]

!!Woola
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Woola is a calot, the Barsoomian equivalent to a dog.
* BadassAdorable
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Woola used to be an guard dog for Tharks and mistreated all his life. After Carter saved him from a white ape, Woola became fiercely loyal to the Earthman.
* BigFriendlyDog
* UndyingLoyalty: To John Carter and his family.

!!Bandolian
* AliensAreBastards: Bandolian is a invader from Jupiter (or as Martians call it, Sasoom) and quite the {{Jerkass}}.
* BigBad: Of ''Skeleton Men of Jupiter''.
* TheEmperor: Of the Morgors.
* DemBones: Being a Morgor, he has a ghoulish appearance resembling a undead skeleton.
* FantasticRacism: Bandolian has little patience with Barsoomian races and refers to them as "things" and "animals".
* KarmaHoudini: Bandolian is still at large at the end of the book and his plan hasn't been spoiled completely yet. As a result of his plot being left unresolved due to AuthorExistenceFailure, he is the only major villain to survive.
* OutsideContextVillain: Unlike John Carter's enemies who were Martian beings, Bandolian is a being from another world much like Carter himself.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: More psychotic than Barsoomian's races since Morgors are a conquering race.
* ModestRoyalty: Unlike most [[EvilOverlord Evil Overlords]] in the series, Bandolian doesn't distinct himself in appearance from his men and dresses plainly, except for a single metal plate and hieroglyph that indicates his rank.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Wants to invade and enslave Mars.

!!Ulysses Paxton
* AnArmAndALeg: He lost both his legs on WorldWarOne, but his body is whole again when he is transported to Mars.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Vows to restore Valla Dia to her old body.
* FramingDevice: Paxton serves as this for ''A Fighting Man of Mars'' as he transcribe and relays the story via radio frequency.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Valla Dia.
* HeavyWorlder: Just like John Carter.
* TheHero: In ''Master Mind of Mars''.
* NormalFishInATinyPond: Like any Earthman in Barsoom.

!!Ozara
A Tarid princess that was kidnapped from Domnia, her home country and was made the wife of Ul Vas, Jeddak of Ombra. She tried to seduce John Carter into freeing her, but he turns down her advance, but still he vows to free her from her husband.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Victim of this.
* DistressedDamsel: This one was taken from her home and forced to marry an tyrant. If that wasn't bad enough, her life is at the stake when its clear that her husband found another more beautiful woman to take her place...
* IJustWantToBeFree: She begs John Carter to escape her fate.
* HotConsort: To Ul Vas, but not by her own volition.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: She is an Tarid, therefore she has literal blue hair.
* WomanScorned: Subverted. She attempts to seduce John Carter into helping her escape from Ul Vas and drips with jealousy when she realizes he is already taken. Ozara, however, takes it with more grace than Phaidor ever did and ends up befriending Carter instead.

!!Ul Vas
Tarid ruler of Ombra and an obstacle faced by the heroes while they are on Thuria.
* TheBlueBeard: He is prone to changing [[HotConsort Jeddaras]] very frequently. That is because he disposes of his wives once he grows bored with them, or finds another one even more beautiful.
* EvilOverlord: Of Ombra.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: His favorite pastime in fact.
* HumanSacrifice: Ul Vas worships the Fire God instead of Issus like the Barsoomians, and has sentenced John Carter and his friends to be sacrificed in his honor once they are his prisoners.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: He is a Tarid after all.
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