"But hey, you know, that's what this is all about, right? I mean, discovery, teamwork, adventure!"
"—Now what’s really amazing is that if you deconstruct Latin, overlaid it with a little Sumerian, throw in a dash of Thessalonian, you’d be getting close to their grammatical structure. Or at least in the same ballpark. Which is almost exactly like certain obscure offshoots of Chocktaw! Well, obviously using Greek pronunciation, but you get the point, proving once and for all, that Atlantean trade routes accessed the new world centuries before the Bronze Age! Take that, Mr. Harcourt!"
Educated at Oxford University (1896-1903), Thatch holds a double doctorate in the fields of Linguistic Theory (Grammatical Structure, Syntax, Babel Theory, Evolution, Written Languages, and Lost Alphabets) and Dead Languages (Cryptology and Hieroglyphics, with thesis work done on American Indian tribes of the California Coast, Hawaiian, Pacific Island, and South Asian/Sub-Continent Strains).
He had minor degrees in Chemistry, Literature (French, Old English, and Chinese), Art History, Sociology, and Anthropology. In addition to his formal training as a linguist and translator, Milo was tutored by the legendary Thaddeus Thatch, his grandfather, in the fields of Cartography, Drafting, Navigation, Astronomy, Archeology, and Antique Restoration Techniques.
Employed in Washington, D.C. as a Museum Linguist/Translator and Cartographic Restoration Expert, 1903-1904. Participated in Academic Exchange Program 1909-10, spent 11 months working in Paris at the Bibliotech National, and the Prado Museum in Madrid.
Sweet: I followed you in and I'll follow you out. It's your decision.
Milo: Oh, my decision? Well, I think we've seen how effective my decisions have been. Let's recap. I lead a band of plundering vandals to the greatest archeological find in recorded history, thus enabling the kidnap and/or murder of the royal family. Not to mention personally delivering the most powerful force known to man into the hands of a mercenary nutcase who's probably going to sell it to the Kaiser! Have I left anything out!?
Hidden Depths: He's an eager but put-upon linguist and cartographer... who also knows an awful lot about plumbing and boilers, right down to how to treat certain brands and models.
Mighty Whitey: He has none of the characteristics that are usually associated with the trope, but he fulfills it anyway. An unusual variation in that he actually saves the native peoples' culture, while most examples of this end up doing the opposite.
Naïve Newcomer: He was only brought on the team because they needed a linguist.
The Navigator: Due to being the only one who can translate the Shepherd's Journal, though he does occasionally get it wrong.
Badass Princess: In a brief yet oh-so-satisfying action scene in which she flips one of Rourke's gas-mask mooks over her head and into the drink when he pulls her out by the hair, knees a guy in the crotch, physically lifting him off his feet! Bashes another in the skull with the butt of his buddy's rifle while trying to wrench it free from its owner, and knocks another soldier to the ground while drawing her knife to dispatch him. Even better when she showcases skills as a hunter/gatherer and is implied to have dealt lethally with any explorers encroaching on Atlantean boarders for thousands of years.
Deadly Upgrade: The crystal, which preserves the life of Atlantis, will merge with a royal host if it senses danger. Since Rourke is threatening it, it merges with Kida, putting her into a vegetative state that will kill her if she is in it too long, as it did to her mother when Atlantis first sank.
Empowered Bad Ass Normal: When joined with the Heart, Kida has the power to both levitate and telekinetically activate the engravings of the Kings and project bolts of energy into the Stone Sentinels that guard the perimeter of the city. She channels an ungodly amount of power that is enough to both halt and freeze an erupting pyroclastic flow and lava torrent from a powerful volcano within seconds and then break apart the resulting mantle. It's also quite safe to say that you don't want to lay a hand on her while she's in this form.
Groin Attack: Twice on the same poor schlub, within the span of ten seconds.
Healing Hands: Another power of the personal crystal necklaces, though Kida shows that its power may be virtually untapped if it can heal all physical ills save eventual old age and death. This ties back to the "advanced medicine" Milo claims the Atlanteans once (and still do) possess.
Omniglot: Because according to Milo, all modern languages in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres descend from Atlantean, so she can speak English perfectly, as well as Greek, Latin, French, Mandarin, Hebrew, Norse and of course; Atlantean.
Second Love: Bonus material points out that she is this to Milo, surprisingly.
Tragic Keepsake: In a very brief moment near the beginning of the film, Kida's bracelet is pulled off by her mother as she's called into the Heart of Atlantis. When Kida herself returns from the crystal's possession near the end, she has the bracelet with her.
"I suggest you put a bandage on that bleeding heart of yours, it doesn't suit a mercenary."
Family-Unfriendly Death: After being, painfully, transmogrified into a crystal monstrosity when Milo slashed his forearm with a piece of irradiated glass from the Kida's containment tank window, he is literally shattered into tiny bitty pieces by the whirling helicopter blades.
Faux Affably Evil: Even when he throws Helga off the platform, he calls out cheerfully, "Nothing personal!" after her!
Notably, as they get closer to Atlantis, his demeanour becomes less "military commander" and more like a jovial uncle, always cracking jokes even when he's threatening Milo or the King.
Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation: Early on, Milo notices that there's a page missing from the Sherpherd's Journal. Later on, it turns out that the missing page describes the properties of the legendary crystal in detail. Rourke's the one who ripped it out.
When Whitmore is showing Milo the crew files, Rourke's is the only one obscured.
Disney Villain Death: Subverted. It wasn't the fall that killed her (although it quite possibly broke her back and/or caused quite a bit of internal bleeding), but having a flaming gantry crash down on top of you would certainly do the trick.
Femme Fatale: Don't let her hotness fool you, she is a mercenary.
Flare Gun: Has one tucked away. She uses it on Rourke's escape balloon in the climax.
Heel Face Door Slam: Helga shows some remorse when she discovers that they will be stealing from living people and not a long-dead civilization, but she is betrayed and mortally wounded by Rourke before she (possibly) switches sides.
Waif-Fu: Tries to use this gymnastic, kick-heavy style on Rourke. She gets thrown off again despite her efforts.
Vincenzo 'Vinny' Santorini
"It was like a sign from God. I found myself that boom."
"With something like that, I would have, white wine, I think."- Vinny, on the Leviathan
Voiced by: Don Novello
Badass: Takes out the most bi-planes in the climactic dog-fight free-for-all, lures Helga's Mauser fire away from the others while they try to rescue Kida and even disarms Rourke of his Lewis-gun by blasting it in two and out of his hands with a mounted vehicle weapon.
The Stoic: Most of the time, he has a very bored expression on his face. He only really smiles twice in the movie: after blowing up the pillar to make a bridge, and when he discovers the explosive capabilities of the Atlantean Aktirak's Wave Motion Guns.
Badass: In a blink-and-you'll-miss it moment during the Leviathan attack on the Ulysses, Audrey deflects ricocheting rivulets bursting from the pressure away from her face with a coal shovel!
The Bully: Claims that she used to take lunch money from guys like Milo. Perhaps it's true?
Chew Bubblegum: Though she doesn't utter the immortal line. The very act of her blowing and bursting the bubble during Milo's presentation to the rest of the group seems to unnerve him even more than he already is.
Daddy's Girl: Strongly implied; she wants to earn enough money from the expedition to open another shop for her father's business.
Teen Genius: The youngest member of the team, and an ace mechanic.
Tomboy: She reveals in her backstory that her father wanted boys.
Wrench Wench: She's the one in charge of repairs and maintenance.
Wrong Side All Along: The audience gets to see foreshadowing of Rourke's greed and lack of respect. But the crew, Audrey in particular, seem horrified when Rourke starts kidnapping women, punching old men and being a-okay with condemning hundreds if not thousands of people to death for his own personal profit.
"This is wrong and you know it!"
Wilhelmina Bertha Packard
"Wow. I'm Impressed."
"He took his suitcase? Marge, honey. I don't think he's coming back."
Deadpan Snarker: Every other sentence that comes out of her mouth drips with snark.
Dissonant Serenity: (Gargantuan Leviathan Machine of War fires beam of energy through the Ulysses, crippling it and dousing the boilers with sea water.)
Audrey:(Trying to hold it together) Get me the bridge!
Mrs. Packard:(Opens 'Crime' magazine) Sir, it's engineering on four.
Ditzy Genius: She seems to be barely fazed by all the craziness happening around her, but despite this supposed senility, she does her job with a calm that can provide stability in trying times.
Dude Magnet: She manages to get some very young Atlantean men to fight over her. And has been previously married to eleven husbands.
Dull Surprise: She doesn't surprise easily. Heck, it takes colossal statue guardians coming to life to impress her!
Fan Disservice; Although we mercifully don't get to see if this is the truth. She apparently sleeps in the nude — and she sleep-walks.
Fantastically Indifferent: Where a lot of the humour around her character stems from. No matter how intense the danger. She spends the finale taking photographs.
Doctor. Joshua Strongbear Sweet
"Here. I'm gonna need you to fill these up."
"I got a sheepskin from Howard U, and a bearskin from old Iron Cloud. Halfway through medical school I was drafted, one day I'm studying gross anatomy in the classroom, the next, I'm sawing up Rough Riders on San Juan Hill."
Voiced by: Phil Morris
Badass: Doesn't get any notable moments on-screen, but his backstory is awesome enough. Being a combat medic in the Spanish-American War and the Boer Wars while being on friendly terms with a young Theodore Roosevelt automatically elevates you to one of these.
Chekhov's Gun: His saw, which he draws attention to at the beginning of the film and which he and Audrey later use to try and free the crystallized Kida. Maybe if he'd done the sawing instead, the plan might have worked.
Dare to Be Badass: Even this is delivered to Milo as a touching reminder instead of a harsh rebuke.
Sweet: Of course, it's been my experience, when you hit bottom, the only place left to go is up.
Meaningful Name: He is one of the friendliest and most decent members of the group, and the first to Heel-Face Turn (after Rourke gut punches Kida's father).
Motor Mouth: Particularly brought to attention during his initial checkup on Milo, where he keeps talking despite Milo having a thermometer in his mouth.
Nice Guy: Mentioned by Milo when he's attempting to teach Kida the names of his teammates. Milo has some trouble making a distinction for her between the names "Sweet" and "Cookie" and that cookies are sweet and that Sweet is a nice person.
Team Dad: He is the wisest and most compassionate member of the group.
"I seen this in the Dakotas! They can smell fear just by looking at ya. So keep quiet."
Lethal Chef: His cooking, when thrown on the campfire, makes a mushroom cloud at one point. Not surprising, considering the grease content. He's also horrified when presented with an ordinary head of lettuce.
The Friend Nobody Likes: Everybody in the group is disgusted by him, and it says quite a lot that in a group that includes Cookie, Vinnie and Mrs. Packard that he is considered the biggest freak around.
Genius Ditz: He seems to be "out there" on everything other than geology, his specialty.
Genius Slob: The Mole, dirt is his job and his hobby. Brilliant geologist. Sleeps in a hole he digs out for himself.
He Cleans Up Nicely: As the end of the film shows, he really doesn't look all that bad when he's properly cleaned and formally dressed. He's clearly uncomfortable with it, though, and buries himself in a large flowerpot at the first opportunity.
Motor Mouth: When analyzing a dirt sample, he talks very rapidly and very quietly to himself.
Nice Hat: His is a leather cap with a variety of minute clockwork tools, telescopic / microscopic binocular lenses and a mini torch lamp.
Blind Seer: Metaphorical, after the great flood robs him of his vision by him staring into the Heart as his wife ascends and he shields Kida from the sight. His eyes are opened to the magnitude of his mistakes.
Secret Legacy: Considers himself personally responsible for nearly destroying the Atlantean Empire. Because he weaponized the Heart Crystal to power massive engines of war and conquest and even developed a thermo-nuclear weapon / meson bomb of such might that it caused the tsunami that sank the city.
Time Abyss: At least 27,000 years old, considering that for every 300 years that passes, an Atlantean of royal lineage ages just one. So physically, he's anywhere from being in his 90's but considering his age during the Mebel-mok, (30's-40's), he's probably closer to 40,000 years old and one hundred and thirty-ish physically; accounting for his frailty.
Victory Through Intimidation: By his sheer presence alone, he manages to get Rourke to back down from attempting to explore the city for the Heart Of Atlantis and agree to leave by morning. Unfortunately, it only worked while Rourke was still pretending to be nothing more than a peaceful explorer.
Preston B. Whitmore
"If I could bring back just one shred of proof, that'd be enough for me."
"Your grandad had a saying. 'Our lives are remembered by the gifts we leave our children.' This journal is his gift to you, Milo. Atlantis is waiting."
Crazy-Prepared: Puts together all the equipment and convoy needed for the journey. Including a gyro-evac balloon, bi-planes, digger, trucks, sub-pods, submersible carriers and the SS Ulysses itself. And he even takes care of all of Milo's prior living details before he even accepts the, (admittedly awesome,) deal.
Uncle Penny Bags: As rich as Scrooge Mc.Duck and definitely not afraid to use his vast wealth for seemingly insane purposes. Having funded more than one trip to recover lost artifacts, including the Shepherd's Journal itself.