[[folder: Red Martians]]

!!John Carter, Prince of Helium.
(Honorarily a Red Martian by marriage).

* 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.
* 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.
* SlasherSmile: his "fighting grin" is a heroic version.

!!Dejah Thoris

* {{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
* 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.
* PrincessClassic
* ProudWarriorRaceGirl: In attitude, though she isn't herself a fighter.
* [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Red Skinned Space Babe]]
* 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
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman
* {{Xenafication}}: TheFilmOfTheBook gives her the fighting skills to back up aforementioned ProudWarriorRaceGirl attitude, making her a full-on LadyOfWar.


* 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
* 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.


* 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.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: She's the princess of Ptarth, though this isn't immediately revealed.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Well, all banths, anyway.
* PsychicPowers: Beyond the usual subtle telepathy of Red Martians, she can communicate with and control banths.

!! Tara of Helium
* RoyalBrat
* NervesOfSteel
* SurvivalMantra: "I still live"--learned from her father.

!! Kantos Kan

!! Tan Hadron of Hastor
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend
* SurvivalMantra / BadassBoast: He also uses John Carter's "I still live."

!! 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.

[[folder: Green Martians]]
!!Tars Tarkas

* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* {{Badass}}
* 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}}.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous
* 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
* TheCaligula
* CurbStompBattle: When Tars challenges him, Burroughs doesn't even bother ''describing'' the fight. Tars wins ''that'' effortlessly.
* FatBastard
* OrcusOnHisThrone
* 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.

!! Sarkoja


[[folder: Black Martians "The First Born"]]

* AGodAmI
* BigBad: Of ''The Gods of Mars''
* EvilOldFolks
* [[GodEmperor God Empress]]
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* 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.


* DefectorFromDecadence
* 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. Note that this is still an improvement on the White Martians, who initially don't have ''any'' sympathetic representatives.
* NobleDemon
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* WorthyOpponent

!! Thurid

* 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.
* 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]].

[[folder: White Martians (Therns)]]

!!Matai Shang, "The Father of Therns"

* AGodAmI
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Strange aversion. He's a blue-eyed, blond-haired (well, blond-wigged), white-skinned man who believes himself superior to other races and therefore has the right to exploit them however he sees fit and has a cult of followers who believe the same- but at the time ''Gods'' and ''Warlord'' were written, nobody had heard of a Nazi. OlderThanTheyThink?
* BaldOfEvil / BlondGuysAreEvil: 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
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: In ''Gods'' he's mentioned a lot but never shows up in the flesh. This changes in the first chapter of ''Warlord''.
* ImAHumanitarian: A Thern of his rank only eats the flesh of Red and Green Martians.
* 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.


* AGodAmI
* AlasPoorVillain: Carter and Dejah are legitimately moved and grieved at her death.
* 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.
* BaldWoman / BlondesAreEvil: Like her dad, she's a Thern, and therefore naturally bald hidden by a blonde wig.
* DaddysLittleVillain: To Matai Shang.
* DrivenToSuicide: After her HeelRealization, invoking DeathEqualsRedemption.
* 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.
* 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 HealRealization 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...


[[folder: The Yellow Martians]]
!!Salensus Oll

* 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.
* 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.


* 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.