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

!!Lucky Luke
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->Played by: Terence Hill in ''Lucky Luke'' (1991), Til Schweiger in ''Les Dalton'' (2004) and Jean Dujardin 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]].
* {{Badass}}
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He is selfless, altruistic, and always does the right thing... but you ''don't'' want to make him angry.
* 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.
* CunningLikeAFox
* DeadpanSnarker: Being one of the few with a sound mind, he's sure to do this from time to time.
* TheDrifter
* GuileHero
* TheGunslinger
* 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's 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
* OnlySaneMan: Quite often, due to him often running in town full of crazy people.
* 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."
* 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]].

!!Jolly Jumper
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->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.
* {{Badass}}: By horse standards, definitely.
* CoolHorse
* 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''.
* 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
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->Voiced by: Peter Sj÷quist (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
* 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 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.

!Calamity Jane
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* ActionGirl
* {{Badass}}: Not as much as Luke, but she gets close.
* {{Big Damn Hero|es}}ine: 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
* 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.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Seems to have become this with Luke.
* SirSwearsALot: And ''how''.
* {{Tomboy}}
** 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.
* 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.

!Antagonists

!!The Daltons
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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.

* 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 personnal as the story has kept going on, though.
* BadassMustache
* {{Breakout Character}}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 dÚbut 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 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.
* 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.
* 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 others and Joe abuses his brothers, they always stick together and have each other's backs. In one Book of the Rantanplan sin-off, when Averell gets abducted, Joe is genuinely outraged at the Warden, and they escape for the sole purpose of rescuing him.
* FriendlyEnemy: Inverted; Lucky Luke has few to no animosity toward them and tends to act nicely towards them, especially in later albums. When they get sentenced to death, he even tries everything he can to save them.
* IdiotBall/ VillainBall: While Averell is the default holder, it gets passed around ''a lot'' among the four of them.
* {{Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain}}s
* JokerImmunity: Averted with the original Daltons, but played straight hilariously with their cousins; no matter how many crimes they commit, and 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 still find a way to escape it eventually.
* NiceHat
* 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.
* ScoobyStack
* SiblingsInCrime
* {{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.
* 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 becoming great riders, deadly shooters and very competent in general, despite their stupidity.
* {{Villain Protagonist}}s: In several stories the focus in 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.

!!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 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: He is by far the smartest of his brothers, but he is completely uneducated and unfamiliar with anything you'd learn to school. To give an example, he thinks Christopher Colombus was the first authentic American.
* ButtMonkey
* CosmicPlaything: He is probably as unlucky as Luke is lucky.
* DeadpanSnarker
* EvilGenius: When he is not carrying the IdiotBall, he is the smartest of the four.
* HairTriggerTemper: And ''how''.
* {{Jerkass}}
** 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.
* 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: The shortest of the Dalton Brothers, and by far the smartest of the four.
* TriggerHappy
* TheUnfavourite: He has big issue with Ma Dalton liking Averell more than him.

!!William Dalton
->Voiced by: Peter Sj÷quist (Swedish)

The second oldest Dalton brother. In a number of stories and adaptations mistakenly named "Jack."

* TheDragon
** CoDragons: With Jack.
* GenreSavvy: Sometimes points out obvious details that go over Joe's head.
* 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.
* TriggerHappy: In his first appearance.

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

The second youngest Dalton brother. In a number of stories and adaptations accidentally named "William."

* TheDragon
** CoDragons: With William.
* 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.
* 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 of the Dalton brothers.

* BigEater: To the point one of his {{Catch Phrase}}s is "When do we eat?"
* ButtMonkey: He usually is the one who takes hits when Joe is pissed off.
* 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 the stupidest.
* DarkChick
* TheDitz: Big time.
** GeniusDitz: Occasionally shown to possess unexpected skills, such as being able to craft a fake revolver out of soap.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.

!!Ma Dalton
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Aged mother of Joe, William, Jack and Averell.

* 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!"
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Unlike her sons, she is a genuinely nice and kind person... As long as her boys aren't in danger.
* KindheartedCatLover: She really loves Sweetie, her cat.
* MamaBear: And ''how''!
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens
* 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

!!Billy the Kid
* AffablyEvil: 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.
* 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.
* 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
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Based on the real life UsefulNotes/BillyTheKid.
* PsychoticManchild: 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 story, amongst other things.

!!Jesse James
* BadassLongcoat: Exaggerated in the movie.
* BeardOfEvil
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Though unlike Calamity Jane and Billy the Kid, his earlier portrayal actually did somewhat look like his final design.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: When he realizes the whole town is watching out for him and his family, he decides to become a VillainWithGoodPublicity so he can better backstab the inhabitants.
* 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.

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