The characters featured in the comic book series ''Lucky Luke''.

!!Lucky Luke
->Played by: Terence Hill in ''Lucky Luke'' (1991), Til Schweiger in ''Les Dalton'' (2004) and Creator/JeanDujardin in ''Lucky Luke'' (2009)
->Voiced by: Marcel Bozzuffi in ''Daisy Town'' (French), Daniel Ceccaldi in ''La Ballade des Dalton'' (French) and Peter Wanngren (Swedish)

The title character, a lonesome cowboy far from home, drifting around the West. Being slow on words, but quick on reflexes, he's known to shoot faster than his own shadow.

* TheAce: Even without taking his ImprobableAimingSkills in account, he is physically strong enough to defeat much bigger opponents than him in a bare hands fight, [[GuileHero cunning and smart enough to manipulate the enemies he can't defeat by force]], BornLucky and [[OnlySaneMan has more common sense than most people he meets]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He is selfless, altruistic, and always does the right thing... but you ''don't'' want to make him angry.
-->'''Luke:''' Here [cigarette] savor it you don't get to smoke much at the end of a rope.
* BornLucky: Hence the nickname, he has great luck tracking. It serves as PlotArmor in situations where Luke would have been shot dead without ever be able to react to.
* CatchPhrase: "Yep!"
* CelibateHero: While this was frequent at the times in Franco-Belgian comics, Lucky Luke deserves a special mention in that he is explicitly stated to dislike the very concept of being in a relationship. In one book, when asked to escort a group of women to a new town, he [[FreakOut freaks out]] [[AllergicToLove at the mere sight of the women]] and almost refuses to provide his help until being convinced nothing will happen.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Tends to bring his help to whoever he meets during his journeys. There ''are'' some occasions where he tries to leave them to their fate, frequently out of frustration about their stupidity (particularly when it comes to [[CardboardPrison the Warden's inability to keep the Daltons contained in jail]]), but either [[ChangedMyMindKid he eventually comes back having changed his mind]], or [[GuileHero it turns out he was only faking his departure as part of a manipulation]].
** Averted in The Rivals of Painful Gulch. He wanted out but the bridge he was crossing blew up due to one of the families' antics. He came back solely for revenge.
* CruelMercy: At the end of ''Bounty Hunter'', towards titular BountyHunter Elliot Belt. During the album, Belt showed himself willing to provoke a war between the local Indians and settlers to capture a man and tried to kill Luke when the latter proved the man was actually innocent. Because of his actions, [[LaserGuidedKarma Belt ends up a wanted man himself]], but after capturing him Luke asks the sheriff to release him... [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment So that Elliot Belt would have to spend the rest of his life fleeing bounty hunters and would learn what it is like to be hunted down.]] And since the reward on his head is quite big, a lot of bounty hunters are going to chase after Belt. BewareTheNiceOnes indeed!
* CunningLikeAFox: Again, he owes a lot of his victory to cunning and wits rather than just his skills.
* DeadpanSnarker: Being one of the few with a sound mind, he's sure to do this from time to time.
* TheDreaded: He is Lucky Luke, THE Lucky Luke. In "The Tenderfoot" when he told a lynch mob that surrounded him to stand down and bring Waldo for due process and avoid a bloodbath (Luke only had Waldo and himself against almost ten person), they comply with one simply explaining: Ever saw Lucky Luke shooting?
* TheDrifter: One of the most classic examples of the trope. Almost all his adventures can be summed up as him arriving in a particular place, helping the locals with their current issue, then leaving galloping toward the sunset while singing he is a poor lonesome cowboy.
* FastestGunInTheWest: Enough to be the image for the page.
* GuileHero: Despite being best-known for his skills as a marksman, he actually defeats a lot of his opponents by outsmarting them rather than by force. The Daltons, especially, he usually takes down by outsmarting them rather than actually fighting them.
* TheGunslinger: Well, he ''is'' a cowboy.
* HonorBeforeReason: Has an unfortunate tendency of following this even in life-or-death situations. Eg. in the ''Daltons' mother'' Ma Dalton came really close to shooting him dead, just because he refused to duel an old lady, despite the fact that he could own the rights to the BlastingItOutOfTheirHands trope! Would not disarm a girl much?
* HumbleHero: He walks away before being thanked, turn down bounties by asking the sheriff to give it to charity and his only replies when someone ask him if he is THE Lucky Luke is a nonchalant "yep".
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Possibly the best-known example in FrancoBelgianComics.
* LastNameBasis: According to the 2009 movie, his full name is really John Luke.
* LivingLegend: Almost everybody in-universe has heard of him.
* MeaningfulName: He was possibly BornLucky.
* MixedAncestry: In the 2009 movie, his mother was an American Native, allowing the PoliticallyIncorrectVillain to get in a few racist digs at him. The subject hasn't come up in the comics, though.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: He is rather skinny, but he can easily outmatch much bigger and more muscular people than him in brawl.
* NiceHat: A White cowboy hat.
* NotSoStoic: It is rare to see Luke actually moved and when he does his expression barely changes. A Jewish mom notices he is touched by her grandson's violin performance when he lets his straw hang out of his mouth a bit more and after reading an old friend's last request he is unable to roll a cigarette.
* OnlySaneMan: Quite often, due to him often running in towns full of crazy people. This typically tends to irritate him, as people are unlikely to listen to reason, forcing him to [[GuileHero manipulate them into solving their problems]].
* PhraseCatcher: "Lucky Luke? Not ''the'' Lucky Luke?"
* RelativeButton: Jolly Jumper is the closest thing he has that passes for friend and family, when he is kidnapped Luke is shaking down people by threatening to blow their head off.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: There aren't many people so willing to screw money as much as he is. He simply doesn't care. Heck trying to bribe him to do something immoral is a BerserkButton that once pressed activates the punching system.
* SmokingIsCool: [[OralFixation Until he replaced it with a wheatstalk.]] This has been {{Lampshaded}} and made fun of in both comics and adaptations.
** In the 2007 animated movie, ''Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure'' there's a brief scene where he bonds with Native American Chief Crazy Wolf over the hardships of giving up smoking:
-->'''Crazy Wolf:''' Ooooh, Crazy Wolf finally gave up smoking!\\
'''Lucky Luke:''' Yep, me too!\\
'''Crazy Wolf:''' Did you suffer from many cravings?\\
'''Lucky Luke:''' Yep -- I had to chew on a piece of straw for a long time.
** In the 2009 live-action movie, there's a short scene playing during the [[CreativeClosingCredits closing credits]], where Lucky Luke is sitting with his back to the camera, smoking a cigarette. Then he realizes the camera is on him, does a double take, throws away the cigarette and replaces it with the familiar piece of straw before turning back to the audience and saying, somewhat sheepishly: "Hello! My name is Lucky Luke. I quit smoking back in '83. I feel much better now."
** It becomes an important plot point in the 2016 DarkerAndEdgier book ''L'Homme qui tua Lucky Luke'' ("The man who killed Lucky Luke") by Matthieu Bonhomme. In said book, Lucky Luke meets a man named Doc Holiday, himself a chainsmoker whose lungs are starting to get the better of him. [[spoiler: Doc later notices Luke's hands shaking from withdrawal after he was forced to stop smoking for a few days due to a tobacco shortage in town. Worried about Luke getting fatally shot because of this, he impersonates him in a duel and gets shot in the back by his opponent's father, who then brags about being [[TitleDrop the man who killed Lucky Luke]]. He uses his LastWords to beg a distraught Luke to quit smoking before it is too late]]. At the end of the book, Luke is then seen picking up a piece of straw [[spoiler: from Doc's grave]] and starts chewing on it as he leaves the town.
* SuperReflexes: Combined with ImprobableAimingSkills, it makes him the deadliest shooter the Old West has ever known. As time went on, he became faster and preferred BlastingItOutOfTheirHands [[CharacterDevelopment over plain killing]].
* SuperSpeed: A RunningGag is that he's consistently faster at drawing his gun than even his own shadow ([[NoodleIncident except for that one time where his shadow was faster]]).

!!Jolly Jumper
->Voiced by: Gunnar Ernblad (Swedish)

Lucky Luke's wisecracking horse and only partner to remain at the his side at all times.

* AnimalTalk: Can converse freely with any other animal in the series, and talks to himself ([[LeaningOnTheFourthWall and by extension, the reader]]) a lot. Humans can't understand him, though Lucky Luke is hinted to at least get the general gist of it for the most part. In the 2009 movie, he's upgraded to TalkingAnimal.
* CoolHorse: Usually the fastest horse in the West and when other horses tell him that they are trained to show up at their master's whistle Jumper one up them by whistling ''Luke'' to show up.
-->'''Lucky Luke:''' You called old chum?
* DeadpanSnarker: Considering he has to keep up with Luke and deal with Rin Tin Can.
* TheDragAlong: While he'll always do what Lucky expects of him, that doesn't mean he'll do it quietly.
* HypercompetentSidekick: He can make ''coffee'', play chess (though badly), pick locks and bite off bindings.
* SarcasticDevotee: No matter how much he complains about Luke, he will never abandon him.
* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: You won't find a horse with a sharper tongue anywhere.

!!Rantanplan/Rin Tin Can
->Voiced by: Peter Sjöquist (Swedish)

A dog known for being among the best prison guard dogs in the West -- a reputation that unfortunately is very exaggerated.

* AnimalTalk: Talks mostly to himself, since no humans can understand what he says (then again, he has problems understanding what humans say as well).
* BigEater: And quite often, he doesn't even care if what he is eating ''is'' food.
* BreakoutCharacter: Very popular with the readers; he's starred in his own comics, both short gag stories and album-length adventures. In the Hanna-Barbera cartoon he has a larger role than in the comics, and tends to show up even in episodes based on albums where he didn't appear at all. In 2006 he even got his own animated series, and he's a regular character in the [[WesternAnimation/TheDaltons 2010 animated series]] about the Daltons.
* TheDitz: The only character in the comic stupider than Averell Dalton; he can't seem to get ''anything'' right.
* DogsAreDumb: Just like Lucky Luke is faster than his own shadow, Rantanplan is stupider than ''his'' own shadow.
* DubNameChange: He's called [[{{Woolseyism}} Rin Tin Can]] in several English translations, and Rintindumb in others; and in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, he's named Bushwack. In Scandinavia he's called Ratata.
* ExtremeOmnivore: An even worse case than Averell Dalton. Among other things, he's eaten coal nuggets, bath water and [[LethalChef Averells cooking]].
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: A RunningGag; Joe Dalton couldn't make it clearer that he ''loathes'' Rin Tin Can, yet the dog remains firmly convinced he is a nice, caring person.

!Calamity Jane

* ActionGirl: Which helps a lot in dealing with the trouble in a Wild West setting.
* BigDamnHeroes: She is introduced in her first starring appearance with this, saving Luke from a bunch of Natives of her own.
* BoisterousBruiser: A rare female example.
* DamselInDistress: Epically defied all the time.
* FieryRedhead: Her temper is more fiery than her hair.
* HappilyMarried: She claims to be married to Wild Bill Hickok, a famous real-life gunslinger, until he was killed.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Based on the real life UsefulNotes/CalamityJane.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In her first (cameo) appearance in ''Lucky Luke contre Joss Jamon'', she is mistakenly portrayed as a villainess, also [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness with a completely different design]]. This was eventually corrected and she was introduced as an ally of Luke in her first leading role.
** One of the later album deals with her suffering an in-universe example of the trope, when a legend that she is supposedly a witch and demoness who came BackFromTheDead as a ghost to haunt a city spreads throughout the west. It however turns out to be a ScoobyDooHoax created by a group of bandits who wanted to keep unwanted people away from a deserted town where they discovered a new gold mine. Naturally, Calamity Jane is ''not'' amused about her likeness being used as a "scarecrow" (as she puts it).
* TheLadette: A G-Rated version of the trope; notably, her real life self played this trope straight.
* LethalChef: Her cooking skills are so bad that at one point, a cowboy was willing to die rather than eat her cakes.
* TheNotLoveInterest: She is one of the few non-antagonist characters to appear as a {{Deuteragonist}} in more than one book (as well as one movie and at least two animated appearances), and the only female character Luke has actually developped interactions with (excluding Ma Dalton). However, their relationship is platonic and they treat each other like good friends with not one hint of romance.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Seems to have become this with Luke.
* SirSwearsALot: And ''how''. Half of her balloons are filled with skulls and stars if it any indication.
* StrongerThanTheyLook: Like Luke she can go toe to toe with men bigger than her and even arm wrestle them.
* {{Tomboy}}: She was a clear-cut example from childhood.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Downplayed; she couldn't act less feminine and her tastes are completely boyish, but when she becomes the owner of a saloon in her first story, one of her main ambitions was to create a small area reserved to ladies, where she would serve them tea and cakes. Later in the same story, Lucky Luke manages to have her trained into at least ''pretending'' to be a lady, though her true personality is still there and doesn't take long to show up again. She also blushes when Lucky Luke kisses her hand.
* UnreliableNarrator: Like her real-life counterpart, she enjoys adding lots of juicy details when telling stories about her life, with a different version each time. She admits this when telling those stories to Luke.
* WeaponOfChoice: Unlike Luke, she usually favors rifles over guns.


!!The Daltons

Lucky Luke's most featured adversaries and the most iconic outlaws of the series. They are, in fact, not the "real" Daltons (Bob, Grat, Bill and Emmett, who appeared in one early story and were killed off at the end of it), but their identical, if more incompetent cousins, Joe, William, Jack and Averell.

* AvengingTheVillain: They started their career in an attempt to avenge the real Dalton Brothers' death at the hand of Luke. Their hate of Luke has become more personal as the story has kept going on, though.
* BadassMustache: They definitely want to invoke it since they' re such posers but whether they succeed or not is questionable at times.
* BigLittleBrother: To the point where all their respective heights are inward proportional to their age. Joe is the oldest brother, William is younger, Jack is even younger, and Averell is the youngest.
* {{Breakout Villain}}s: The original Daltons were lethal but one-shot villains who died at the end of their album; they ended up so popular that a new set of them were introduced, and ended up becoming as iconic as Luke himself.
* CardCarryingVillain: Their ''whole family'' considers crime as a tradition in the family. They take it to such extreme that their uncle, Marcel Dalton, is considered a BlackSheep just because he is the only honest member of the family.
* CharacterExaggeration: In their first story, they came across as a little different; Joe as the hard-boiled leader, William as a TriggerHappy {{Gunslinger}}, Jack as a MasterOfDisguise, and Averell as a strong and athletic -- if dense and food-obsessed -- [[TheBrute Brute]]. In subsequent stories, Joe remained mostly the same (though his HairTriggerTemper was enhanced quite a bit), Jack and William pretty much lost their individual traits and became full-time CoDragons to Joe, while Averell lost his strength and whatever competence he had and became more like a MinionWithAnFInEvil.
* ChronicVillainy: Any story about someone trying to redeem the Daltons (the ''Marcel Dalton'' story being the most notable example) is doomed to end up as a ShaggyDogStory.
* ContinuitySnarl: Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, William and Jack swap names. It happens first in their début story (for the first half, William is the shorter and Jack the taller; then it switches in the second half, making William taller and Jack shorter), and in some stories afterwards. In the 2006 movie and the [[WesternAnimation/TheDaltons 2010 animated series]], the two brothers' names are likewise swapped.
* DisappearedDad: It's not clear what happened to their father, but he clearly isn't around anymore. ''Belle Starr'' has Ma Dalton mentioning a NoodleIncident about him using dynamite, suggesting he might be dead. ''Ma Dalton'' implies that he accidentally killed himself while using dynamite to force a safe.
* TheDreaded: As incompetent as they can be when they are pitted against Luke, they are dangerous enough to scare the crap of almost everyone else.
* EnfantTerrible: According to their mama, some wanted posters in Daisy Town and a spin-off they were pretty mean (and pretty backwards) even as kids. Joe surpassed them all, by far, however.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: They honestly love Ma Dalton, and at no point do they turn against her. Not even [[TheUnfavourite Joe]].
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: For all the times they argue with each other and Joe abuses his brothers, they always stick together and have each other's backs. In one Book of the Rantanplan spin-off, when Averell gets abducted, Joe is genuinely outraged at the Warden, and they escape for the sole purpose of rescuing him.
* FreudianExcuse: They come from a loving family of outlaws, their best memories come from their parents taking them to attack banks and stagecoaches.
* FriendlyEnemy: Inverted; Lucky Luke has few to no animosity toward them and tends to treat them fairly nicely, especially in later albums. When they get sentenced to death, he even tries everything he can to save them, down to trying to convince the ''President''.
* GreekChorus: After being introduced with different skill sets, William and Jack [[{{Flanderization}} soon settled down to become interchangeable middle brothers who function this way]] between their more fleshed-out siblings Joe and Averell. Which helps to explain why even their creators Goscinny and Morris on several occasions mixed up the two.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Subverted. They're not the real Dalton brothers, but their identical cousins. However, their general incompetence was inspired by the lacklustre record of the real Dalton gang, in particular their incredibly bungled final raid.
* IdiotBall: While Averell is the default holder, it gets passed around ''a lot'' among the four of them.
* {{Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain}}s: Most of the time, it's pretty obvious they aren't that much of a threat, and will probably just as easily foil their own schemes with their stupidity as they will get captured by Luke.
* JokerImmunity: Averted with the original Daltons, but played straight hilariously with their cousins; no matter how many crimes they commit, or how many times Luke arrests them, they will always be merely sent to jail with a ridiculously high prison sentence (hundreds to thousands of years), where they will usually [[CardboardPrison escape]] from nearly as soon as they arrive due to [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy the wardens being complete morons]]; this takes such proportions that it gets more and more lampshaded as the series goes on. In later albums, Luke ends up sick of having to run after them again and again, and calls out the wardens for their incompetence.
** They actually get sentenced to death in a later album, but take advantage on an old law saving them from the sentence if they get married. Their marriage is cancelled at the end of the book and their former father-in-law, an indian chief, make the authority promised to not sentence them to death.
* NiceHat: Despite the hole in it.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: When first introduced, the new Daltons were portrayed as so incompetent Luke was actually eager to meet them again because he found them entertaining. They eventually took lessons and became as dangerous as the original Daltons, as long as they weren't confronted with Luke himself.
** And even now, despite their stupidity, they are shown to be actually quite dangerous. They ''did'' come close to killing Luke on occasions.
** Their incompetence is mostly when dealing with Lucky Luke, against other people their aim is great and they show more cunning, such as jumping out of their train a few minutes before it arrives so they can ambush the sheriff that was waiting for them.
* ScoobyStack: Their peculiar size difference makes this one of their typical poses.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Joe is both the shortest and the leader of the gang, while Averell is the tallest and the most dimwitted. However, it is actually a subversion in that Joe may think he's the brains of the gang (rather in the way that Oliver Hardy's character believed himself to be much smarter than Stan Laurel's), but he's actually just as stupid as his brothers, only in a different way. [[WordOfGod Goscinny himself once pointed out]] that Joe is merely the most malevolent or evil of the Daltons and that evil does not equal smart.
* SiblingsInCrime: They even provide the trope picture.
* SmugSnake: God, are they convinced about their own genius especially Joe.
* {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s: For the original Daltons. Morris regretted killing off the original Daltons, and Creator/ReneGoscinny had liked the original Dalton Gang story so much that when he took over the writing for the comic, he introduced another quartet of Daltons and billed them as the cousins of the original Daltons.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Joe is mostly the obsessed one with killing Lucky Luke but there has been at least one time when he and William and Jack cheated at a poker game which would determine who gets to off him. Also William was offered once the chance to kill Luke as consolation for Joe marrying the woman that he liked.
* TrainingFromHell: The Dalton Brothers start out as incompetent villains incapable to do ''anything'' right so they grind themselves through a brutal training regime. They end up [[TookALevelInBadass becoming great riders, deadly shooters and very competent in general]] apart from their stupidity which unfortunately for them doesn't change and remains their weak point which Lucky uses to defeat them.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Apart from their height, the four brothers look very much identical. And apart from the moustaches and hair their mother's face looks just like her sons'.
* UngratefulBastard: No matter how many times Luke saves their varying sized hides, they will still attempt to eliminate him at first chance. It extends to civilians too. In the ''Daltons in the Blizzard'' they thank the Indians who saved them from drowning by violently stealing from them their sled.
* {{Villain Protagonist}}s: In several stories the focus is more on their attempts to outwit Lucky Luke than it is on Luke himself. They've also appeared solo in several stories, and like Rantanplan, have starred in their own animated series in 2010, "WesternAnimation/TheDaltons", where Lucky Luke doesn't even appear and the focus is on the Daltons as they try to escape from prison.

!!Joe Dalton
->Voiced by: Johan Hedenberg (Swedish)

The oldest, but shortest, of the brothers and the mastermind of their various schemes and prison breaks.

* {{Angrish}}: Pretty much his most frequent state.
* ArchEnemy: What the Joker is to Batman, Joe is to Lucky Luke. At least in his mind.
* BerserkButton: Any mention of Lucky Luke's name is sure to make him go completely crazy. Same goes for seeing him in person, for the matter.
* BigBad: The closest thing the series has to a recurring one.
* BigBrotherBully: To Averell. Though to be fair, his anger and brutality usually is provoked by Averell's stupidity more than anything. Otherwise, it has been shown he does care about all his brothers, Averell included.
* BookDumb: In his own mind he is by far the smartest of his brothers, but he is completely uneducated and unfamiliar with anything you would learn in school. To give an example, he thinks Christopher Colombus was the first authentic American. His one area of expertise is crime.
* ButtMonkey: He is often subject to slapstick, things almost never go his way, and he is TheUnfavourite to his mother.
* CatchPhrase: "Lucky Luke! I '''hate''' Lucky Luke!"
* CardCarryingVillain: Out of all the Daltons, he is by far the most proud to be a criminal, to the point that when he was pardoned once (due to the telegraph operator screwing up a message telling the prison to release an inmate named Joe ''Milton'') Joe refused to leave, feeling insulted, and had to be thrown out.
* CosmicPlaything: He is probably as unlucky as Luke is lucky.
* DeadpanSnarker: Ok not deadpan per se, but even he can get snarky considering how stupid people around him are.
* EvilGenius: When he is not carrying the IdiotBall, he is the smartest of the four. Ahem, by comparison.
* ForTheEvulz: He loves the outlaw life and not just for the money. In fact considering that the idea of legally buying something seems like an undesirable novelty to him, the money is treated more like a trophy and its the infamy and terror that really drives him. This stands out in at least two cases. Once when their new leader said that they would go on a bloodless crime-spree he expressed a desire to bring dynamite and for at least some blood to be spilled. He also planned hanging the first sheriff that arrested him and his brothers on his wedding day.
* HairTriggerTemper: And ''how''. If he sees Luke or hear his name he'll go red, if someone mocks or disregard him he'll start shooting them and if Averell says stupidity he'll beat him up.
* {{Jerkass}}: Regularly verbally and physically abuses his brothers, especially Averell, and out of the four he is the most inclined to commit crime.
* JerkassHasAPoint: When he explains to the Natives the effect the people of Daisy Town will have on them.
** Also, in the Rantanplan spin-off, he at one point calls out the Warden for failing not only to prevent them from escaping, but also to prevent people from entering in the Penitentiary to abduct prisoners. While the scene is played for laughs, the Wardens ''do'' suck at their job.
* ManipulativeBastard: Has his moments, like when he convinces the Natives to attack Daisy Town.
* MisterBig: Shortest of the brother and also the one in charge.
* TheNapoleon: Jack even compares the two at one point.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: He often insists on killing Luke himself.
* TheResenter: Out of all his brothers, he is the one who hates Luke the most.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Joe is both the shortest and the leader of the gang, but it is actually a subversion in that he thinks he's the brains of the gang (rather in the way that Oliver Hardy's character believed himself to be much smarter than Stan Laurel's), but he's actually just as stupid as his brothers, only in a different way. Goscinny himself once pointed out that Joe is merely the most evil of the Daltons and that evil does not equal smart.
* TriggerHappy: His answer for the slightest provocation is to shoot it.
* TheUnfavourite: He has a big issue with Ma Dalton liking Averell more than him. However, she eventually reveals that Joe is actually her favorite because he is just like his father. The reason she is so hard on him is because he is the smartest and toughest of his brothers and needs to be able to look after them, since they would likely get themselves killed without him.

!!William Dalton
->Voiced by: Peter Sjöquist (Swedish)

The second oldest Dalton brother. In a number of stories and adaptations mistakenly named "Jack."
* BigBrotherWorship: To a certain extent he and Jack admire Joe and follow him out of respect. They have their limits however.
* TheCasino: In ''Lone Riders'', he shows that he can be quite TheGambler and end ups winning the entire money. He then buys the Casino and tries to make 1 million $ as fast as possible.
* CatchPhrase: "Calm down, Joe!" and "Shut up, Averell!" (shared with Jack).
* CoDragons: With Jack.
%%* TheDragon
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Surprisingly. In the new adventures episode ''The Daltons' Baby'' he objects along with Jack and Averell to Joe's decision to leave the baby to the vultures, demonstrating that killing babies is off-limits for them.
* GreekChorus: Between their more fleshed-out brothers, William and Jack function as this most of the time. Which helps to explain why even Goscinny and Morris on several occasions mixed up the two.
* GunNut: To the extent that he treats his guns like his best friends, has a whole hotel room [[WallOfWeapons turned into an arsenal]] and considers death by Russian Roulette as the most poetic and touching way to go.
* TheHeart: Another role he shares with Jack. As such, they constantly need to keep Joe off Averell's throat.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In his confrontation with Luke, having only one bullet left, he tried to defeat him by playing the Russian Roulette with him. Needless to say, Luke, being BornLucky, easily survived the first round and easily tricked him into believing he was losing so he could take him without killing him.
* MoreDakka: If in doubt and Luke still stands, shoot some more!
* OneSteveLimit: Signed as "Dalton, Bill" in his first appearance, but since Bill is also the name of one of his deceased cousins he has since always been addressed and referred to as William Dalton.
* TriggerHappy: In his first appearance. There are traces of this in later stories such as Daisy Town.

!!Jack Dalton
->Voiced by: Tommy Nilsson (Swedish)

The second youngest Dalton brother. In a number of stories and adaptations accidentally named "William."
* BigBrotherWorship: To a certain extent he and William admire Joe and follow him out of respect. They have their limits however.
* CatchPhrase: "Joe, Calm down!" and "Shut up, Averell!" (shared with William).
* CoDragons: With William.
* CorruptPolitician: In ''Lone Riders'', Jack tries to kidnap and ransom a bank director for 1 million $ but finds out that he can't give him money. However, [[DragonInChief that same director is looking for someone who will become a puppet mayor that will serve his interests]]. He went so far as to give Jack an Mayor Impunity to prevent Lucky Luke from arresting him.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: He believes he is the most sophisticated in the family. Being the only one that can read to an elementary school level technically makes him this by default.
%%* TheDragon
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Surprisingly. In the new adventures episode ''The Daltons' Baby'' he objects along with William and Averell to Joe's decision to leave the baby to the vultures, demonstrating that killing babies is off-limits for them.
* GreekChorus: Between their more fleshed-out brothers, William and Jack function as this most of the time. Which helps to explain why even Goscinny and Morris on several occasions mixed up the two.
* TheHeart: Another role he shares with William. As such, they constantly need to keep Joe off Averell's throat.
* MasterOfDisguise: In his original appearance. This was sadly dropped in later books.
* SmugSnake: All three are this to some extent (Averell not so much), but he is almost as much as Joe, delighting in his own cunning and believing that he will be the one to trick Luke.
* WickedCultured: He's the most knowledgeable about things like history and different cultures, sometimes acting as MrExposition to his brothers.

!!Averell Dalton
-> Voiced by: Mattias Knave (Swedish)

The youngest, tallest and dumbest (or at any rate most obviously dumb) of the Dalton brothers.
* AntiVillain: He simply follows his family's footsteps. Some gags are even about him not being wanted for his crimes since he is so harmless. Although once he was on probation he did say it was funnier when they were stealing from banks and having the saloon for themselves.
* BigEater: To the point one of his {{Catch Phrase}}s is "When do we eat?"
* TheBrute: He originally was introduced as the physically strongest of the the four. He still displays shades of this occasionally in later books, but for most he is essentially portrayed as just the stupidest.
* ButtMonkey: He usually is the one who takes hits when Joe is pissed off.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Despite his stupidity, he can be just as dangerous as his brothers when he wants to be.
* DarkChick: GenderInvertedTrope.
* TheDitz: Big time. According to his brothers he only learned to walk when he was ''seven''.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Not surprisingly. In the new adventures episode ''The Daltons' Baby'' he objects along with Jack and William to Joe's decision to leave the baby to the vultures, demonstrating that killing babies is off-limits for them.
** He also shames Joe for stealing from their uncle Marcel, as Ma taught them to steal only from strangers or the State
* ExtremeOmnivore:
-->'''Averell''': ''*crunch*'' I really like foreign cooking! What's this delicious crust around the frijoles?\\
'''Emilio Espuelas''': That's called a terracotta bowl, amigo.
* GeniusDitz: Occasionally shown to possess unexpected skills, such as being able to craft a fake revolver out of soap.
* HarmlessVillain: His occasional bouts of competency aside, Averell isn't a very motivated criminal and probably wouldn't be one if it wasn't for his family. When the Daltons briefly went their separate ways to see who could do best on their own, Averell ended up becoming a hugely popular chef (albeit with occasionally unscrupulous business practices). In comparison, Jack become a corrupt casino boss, William a corrupt mayor and Joe just went on a huge crime spree.
* LethalChef: Despite being the BigEater, he is horrendous at cooking and will [[BerserkButton react quite violently]] when someone is criticizing his meals. However, in ''Lone Riders'', he is able to cook perfectly with an Italian pizzaiolo.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: To the point that when first introduced, he had a "Not Wanted" poster instead of a "Wanted" one. He did act a bit meaner after his training with his brothers, but later books turn him back into a borderline StupidGood character.
* MommasBoy: He has always been Ma Dalton's favourite son.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: One episode of the Rantanplan series has two scientists kidnapping him and using him as a test subject for a formula attempted to make him intelligent. This ends up turning him into an {{Evil|Genius}} GeniusBruiser who actually was ''even more'' dangerous and competent than Joe, to the point the leading scientist ended up turning him back to normal and destroying his formula.
** And even in his normal state there have been moments where he showed himself to be more dangerous than one would expect like ''The Dalton Cousins'' where he actually fought Luke to a tie and the ''Dalton's Escape'' where he came the closest to simply shooting Lucky Luke dead, stopped only by Joe's decision to take him as a prisoner and slave.
* PetTheDog: Literally; he has a soft spot for Rantanplan and is, on the whole, quite kind to him.
* SarcasmBlind: He often interprets Joe's snarky comments about him literally. For example, when they are trying to figure out who is using which fake identity:
--->'''Averell''': And who am I supposed to be?
--->'''Joe''': You are an idiot!
--->'''Averell''': Oh, okay, that's all I wanted to know.
** Taken UpToEleven as he spends the rest of the story introducing himself as "Idiot Jones" as if it was his name.

!!Ma Dalton

Aged mother of Joe, William, Jack and Averell.

* AffablyEvil: Unlike her sons, she is a genuinely nice and kind person... As long as her boys aren't in danger.
* AntiVillain: She isn't actually villainous, and any times she will play an antagonistic role, it usually is out of love for her children. Luke actually is in decently good terms with her otherwise.
* BadassBoast: Once delivered a great one to Lucky Luke:
-->"You were nothing but a newborn when I learnt how to use a weapon!"
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: Surprisingly despite her nice behaviour she is as much a CardCarryingVillain as the rest of her family. She is proud of raising her sons to be a bunch of scoundrels, and is more annoyed by their swearing and stupidity.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Of the AffablyEvil variety.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Her first pages has her kindly thanking Luke for helping her cross the street, then makes a fake hold-up for her meat and right after the butcher muses that her rusty old gun is probably empty we cut to a panel where she shoots a rattlesnake dead from a far distance with her revolver.
* KindheartedCatLover: She really loves Sweetie, her cat. She dislikes dogs, however, and finds Rantanplan particularly annoying.
* MamaBear: And ''how''! She was ready to challenge Luke to a duel for her kids and likely would have won (Lucky Luke being unwilling to even hurt her and Ma being a great shot).
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Which makes her even similar to her sons in looks.
* MyBelovedSmother: Is perfectly fine learning her boys were let out on bail, until it turns out Belle Starr paid for it. She immediately goes to get them out of her clutches.
--> '''Ma:''' A ''woman''! How horrible!
--> '''Sweety:''' Hsssss!
--> '''Ma:''' This is outrageous! My little boys aren't old enough to be consorting with women!
* NeverMessWithGranny: Possibly the best well-known example in FrancoBelgianComics.
* RetiredBadass: Never went to prison since no one was able to have her convicted and she told her children she used to break their father out of jail before they were even born.
* RetiredOutlaw: She was mostly an accomplice until her husband died. Afterwards, she lives off the charity of the townsfolk.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Townsfolks used to go with her mock hold up and give her groceries for free since she was a kindly old woman who colored the Wild West with her eccentricity. Then she showed them that her rusty gun ''was'' actually loaded the whole time.

!!Billy the Kid

* BrattyHalfPint: For all his villainous actions and how feared he is, in the end he really is just as immature as you'd expect from his age.
* CardCarryingVillain: So much that people acclaiming him as a hero ended up putting him in a VillainousBreakdown.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Much like Calamity Jane, he made earlier cameos with a completely different design, portraying him as a FatBastard adult. Eventually this was dropped, and he was reintroduced as a slimier EnfantTerrible PsychoticManchild.
* ComedicSpanking: Luke cant exactly shoot him, so his go-to punishment before hauling Billy to jail is a thourough spanking.
* TheDreaded: Exaggerated; in his first appearance, he scared the crap out of people so much that nobody dared complaining about his actions, arresting him or putting him on trial. Later, in one book, he manages to rob people just by leaving a sign stating he is around. This causes people to ''leave their goods in front of the sign for him to take when he will be back''.
* EnfantTerrible: This version of the character literally started his outlaw career as a child, and is still very young by the time he meets with Luke.
* EvilRedhead: He is very evil, very evil-looking and very redheaded.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He was this to Luke at first, due to being amused by the fact Luke wasn't afraid of him. It quickly disappears when Luke gets the better of him.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Based on the real life UsefulNotes/BillyTheKid, albeit a literal interpretation of his nickname.
* PsychopathicManchild: Well, he is a real child, but the comic still tends to play up his childish antics as ComedicSociopathy. He forbids a Saloon owner to sell anything else than lemonades and threatens a man with a gun so he would tell him a bedtime story, amongst other things.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Red toffees.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: As a baby the only thing that could stop him from crying was using his dad's revolver as a sucker (wasn't loaded) at 6 he committed his first robbery and at his current age, about 14, he terrorized a whole town.

!!Jesse James
* BadassLongcoat: Exaggerated in the movie.
* BeardOfEvil: Which may or may not have anything to do with his fanboying of Robin Hood.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Though unlike Calamity Jane and Billy the Kid, his earlier portrayal actually did somewhat look like his final design.
* DemotedToExtra: After his album and being the MonsterOfTheWeek, he never again became the main threat and was always a minor recurring player. Even in the new animated series he only made a cameo at the end of the episode that was about the rivalry of Joe Dalton and Billy the Kid as a third possible candidate for the title of worst desperado.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Based on the real life UsefulNotes/JesseJames.
* {{Hypocrite}}: After he started using the LoopholeAbuse.
* JustLikeRobinHood: He ''tries'' to be this, but his approach of it is... a bit too literal.
* LeanAndMean: Very skinny compared to most characters in the comic, and most definitely a bad guy.
* LiteralMinded: He took the concept to "steal from the rich to give to the poor" a bit too literally; whenever he gives money to a poor, that person instantly becomes rich in his eyes, causing him to steal from him. He ends up using a LoopholeAbuse to share the money with his brother and his cousin, by having them taking turns in playing the "Poor" role.
* WickedCultured: Downplayed; he is a big fan of the Robin Hood book, which is pretty tame by today's standards, but considering he lives in a setting where literature isn't exactly common amongst outlaws, he is perceived as one. Played straight in the movie, where he frequently quotes Shakespeare. In his debut album, that was the trademark of his brother Frank.