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Characters: Atlantis: The Lost Empire
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    Milo Thatch 

Milo James Thatch

"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!"
Voiced by: Michael J. Fox

  • Adorkable: One of the reasons the fangirls adore him. He's also the poster boy for this trope.
  • Badass Bookworm: Milo becomes this during the last action sequence.
  • Bow Ties Are Cool: Wears one at the beginning of the film.
  • Brainy Brunette: Milo has brown hair and let's look at the info below:
    • 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.
    • Also, see the Hidden Depths section.
  • Butt Monkey: At least until he takes responsibility, saves Atlantis, and get's the girl.
  • Cunning Linguist: An "expert at gibberish".
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Every time he's around Kida. Just look at his reaction when he first lays eyes on her. He forgets his own pain!
  • Going Native: At the end of the film.
  • Heroic BSOD: After Kashekim dies and all seems lost.
    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.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Milo has a white Persian named "Fluffy."
  • A Man And His Cat: Prior to the film's adventure, he lived alone in an apartment with his pet cat.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Next to the Atlantean Princess. Most definitely.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: With Kida.
  • Megane
  • Mighty Whitey: He has none of the characteristics that are usually associated with the trope, but he fulfills it anyway.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: That and his dorky, quirky nature are the main reason why he has such a huge, out-of-universe female fanbase.
  • Official Couple: With Kida. It's downplayed, though.
  • Raised by Grandparents: After his parents died, his Grandfather raised him.
  • Science Hero: He is probably the smartest guy on the team.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: More like Screw The Money, I Have Morals.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By the end of the film.

    Princess Kida 

Princess / Queen Kidagakash 'Kida' Nedakh

"We were once a great people, now we live in ruins. The Kings of our past would weep if they could see how far we have fallen."

"Solesh mat-o-not, Maylo Thatsh-top. Kwam tered-se-nen." {All will be well, Milo Thatch. Be not afraid.}
Voiced by: Cree Summer

  • Ambiguously Brown: She has quite a tan.
  • 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.
  • Badass Decay: In-universe.
    King Kashekim: Your heart has softened, Kida. A thousand years ago, you would have slain them on sight.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Until the end of the film, when she is made queen and wears a robe.
  • The Chief's Daughter
  • Cool Crown: Her tiara at the end of the film.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Apparently, it's standard for Atlanteans.
  • 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.
  • Does Not Like Shoes
  • 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.
  • Faux Action Girl: Executive Meddling made her into this, unfortunately. Fortuitously, she gets better in the sequel.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Her dynamic with Milo, obviously.
  • 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.
  • The High Queen: After she follows in her father's footsteps at the end of the film, with Milo as her Hot Consort.
  • I'll Kill You!: To Rourke, after he mortally wounds her father. She succeeds in carrying this out by proxy, providing Milo with the means.
    "Moh-it gwenog-lo-nik!" {I will kill you for that!}
  • In-Series Nickname: She goes by the sobriquet of "Kida".
  • Le Parkour
  • MacGuffin Girl: Once she merges with the Atlantean crystal.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: She would have been more than a match for Rourke. the younger Thatch is sopping-wet next to her.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: With Milo, who has only lived a very small part of her lifetime.
  • Megaton Punch: To Mole after he whispers a rather promiscuous proposition to her in French. Mole weighs over 300lbs.
  • Missing Mom: Kida's mother was exposed to the crystal's power for too long and died as a result. She is briefly seen in the intro.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Despite her age.
  • Mystical White Hair: White hair seems to be a racial trait of all Atlanteans, suggestive of their longevity (but not their age—the children have white hair, too).
  • Nubile Savage: Even though she's thousands of years old, Milo still falls for her.
  • Official Couple: With Milo. It's downplayed, though.
  • 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.
  • She's Got Legs
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: She can't breathe underwater, but is still an amazing diver. Justified considering where she's from.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She's anywhere from 8,500 to 8,800 years old when we accept that she was a child at the time of the great flood.
    Milo: Oh, well. Hey. Looking good!
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • The Unpronounceable: Milo can't seem to get his tongue around her full name.
  • Tomboy Princess
  • 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.
  • Voice of the Legion: When under the possession of the Mother Crystal.
  • Walk on Water: As the Heart of Atlantis beckons to her.

    Commander. Rourke 

Commander. Lyle Tiberius Rourke

"I love it when I win."
Voiced by: James Garner

  • Ax-Crazy: Downplayed until the climax, where he goes into a Villainous Breakdown.
  • An Axe to Grind: He grabs a nearby fire axe during his fight with Milo.
  • Big Bad: He is the leader of a group of mercenaries that are after the crystal.
  • Blood Knight: Do you see his picture there?
    "Getting tired Mr. Thatch? Aw, that's a darn shame. Cause' I'm just getting warmed up!"
  • Body Horror: What happens to him after his arm is sliced with a piece of glass charged with crystal energy.
  • Clipped Wing Angel: Unlike most Disney villains, turning into a monster does not make him more powerful—as he claws his way after Milo, it's implied that moving causes him pain.
  • Colonel Badass: It's unfortunate he's the Big Bad.
  • Crazy-Prepared: According to Audrey, Rourke is "never surprised" and "carries a lot of guns." Both of which are slight understatements.
  • Evil All Along: Starts off seeming like a tough-but-fair leader, but it turns out that he was after the crystal from the very beginning.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: When he reveals his true colors, he makes more wisecracks than one might expect from a naval officer. Instead of making him Affably Evil however, it makes him more despicable, for instance when Dr Sweet protests after Rourke fatally punches the King, the villain quips back:
    "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.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: His henchmen.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Tossing Helga off the gyro-balloon to lighten the load was what really messes up his plans.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: His eventual fate.
  • Insistent Terminology: "Mercenary? I prefer the term adventure capitalist."
  • Only in It for the Money: To the point where he just tries to steal the crystal to get even more money.
  • Painful Transformation: Rourke is clearly screaming in pain when the crystal energy overwhelms him.
  • 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.
  • Punch Catch: On poor, brave Milo.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports one in the climax when the Villainous Breakdown comes into play.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As Milo proceeds to ruin his attempt to air-lift Kida to the surface, Rourke starts trying to cut him to ribbons with a fire axe.
    "I consider myself an even-tempered man; it takes a heck of a lot to get under my skin. But congratulations—you just won the solid gold Kewpie doll!"
  • Zeppelins from Another World: His hot-air balloon is essentially one of these.

    Helga Sinclair 

Lieutenant. Helga Katrina Sinclair

"You promised me a percentage!"

"Well, I came down the chimney. Ho, ho, ho."

    Vinny Santorini 

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.
    "Okay, now things are getting good!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very much so.
  • Demolitions Expert
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A self-admitted example in that he doesn't care if he hurts people unknowingly but won't stand for it when it's rubbed in his face.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Along with the rest of the group when Milo calls them out.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Has some of the most violent lines in the movie. They're also some of the funniest.
  • Only in It for the Money: Averted by the end. But he's rewarded handsomely anyway!
  • 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.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Vinny loves explosions, but not enough to be a Bomb Throwing Anarchist.
  • Troll
    Vinny: You didn't just drink that, did you?
    Milo: (Nods happily)
    Vinny: That's not good, that's nitroglycerin! Don't move, don't breathe, don't do anything. Except, uh...pray, maybe.

    Audrey Ramirez 

Audrey Rocio Ramirez

"Two for flinching."

Whitmore: "Don't let her age fool you. She's forgotten more about engines than you and I will ever know."

  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's rather abrasive to Milo at first, but once she warms up, she's quite a softie.
  • Nice Girl: The first to take notice of Milo's admonishments and the first to fully support him after Rourke beats him down.
  • Nice Hat: One that manages, against all odds, to stay on her head for nearly the entire film, until she swaps it for a different hat to go with her formal dress while meeting with Whitmore at the end.
  • Spicy Latina
  • 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!"

    Ms. Packard 

Wilhelmina Bertha Packard

"Wow. I'm Impressed."

"He took his suitcase? Marge, honey. I don't think he's coming back."
Voiced by: Florence Stanley

  • Arc Words / Brutal Honesty
    "We're all gonna die."
  • Been There, Shaped History: She's the "Packard" in "Packard-Bell", according to Word of God.
  • Curious Qualms of Conscience: The last of the group's specialists to take Milo's side. For no other reason than perhaps... Meh.
  • 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. Sweet 

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.
    Milo: (Dismissive) Huh. Who told you that?
    Sweet: A fella by the name of Thaddeus Thatch.
  • Gentle Giant: A refreshing aversion from the Scary Black Man trope.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Claims to hate fish yet tucks into the Atlantean meal (consisting mostly of crustaceans) Kida serves to the group with particular zeal.
  • Last Name Basis: He is often just called Sweet.
  • 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.
  • Twofer Token Minority: He's African-American and Native American.

    Cookie Farnsworth 

Jebediah Allardyce 'Cookie' Farnsworth

"Saddle up, partners. Bring jerky and ammo!"

"Sweet mother of Jefferson Davis!"
Voiced by: Jim Varney

  • Americans Are Cowboys: Unsurprising, since he was a quartermaster, mule-skinner, rifle-man, scout and fur-trapper in the US Army during the Civil War and the subsequent Sioux Wars.
  • Badass Grandpa: 72 by the events of the first film and still kicks ass, riding shotgun at the climax.
  • Camp Cook: Unfortunately, he is also a Lethal Chef.
  • Cold Sniper: With a double-barreled musket, of all things. Though considering that he's on the side of the good guys in the climax, he's more of a Friendly Sniper.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When working as a restauranteur in New York, a customer complained about his culinary skills. Cookie was subsequently fired for shooting him in the knee.
  • The Ditz
    "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.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname

    Mole 

Gaeton Moliere AKA: 'Mole'

"You have disturbed the dirt!"

Kida: "The little digging animal called Mole... He is your pet?"
Voiced by: Corey Burton

    King Nedakh 

King Kashekim Nedakh

"I know what you seek and you will not find it here. Your journey has been in vain."

"What they have to teach us we have already learned."
Voiced by: Leonard Nimoy

  • Badass Boast: Understated, but still awesome in that it foreshadows Rourke's demise by the crystal.
    "Some obstacles cannot be removed by a mere show of force."
  • Badass Baritone
  • Badass Beard
  • 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.
  • Cool Old Guy: He is voiced by Spock after all.
  • Grumpy Old Man: But is also a bit of this too. Though not without good reason.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dies of internal bleeding brought on by a punch to the gut from Rourke.
  • My Greatest Failure
  • Mr. Exposition
  • Prophet Eyes
  • 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 Whitmore 

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."
Voiced by: John Mahoney

  • Cool Old Guy
  • 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.
  • Eccentric Millionaire
  • Honest Corporate Executive: A tremendously successful businessman who is very proud of the fact that he's going to the afterlife with a clear conscience.
  • Lotus Position: While performing some ridiculously flexible yoga exercises. He even shakes Milo's hand with his foot.
  • The Promise: Wishes to fulfill his life-long friend's desire to discover Atlantis posthumously by supporting Thaddeus's grandson in every way he possibly can.
  • Pursuing Parental Perils: Encourages Milo to follow in his guardian's footsteps and discover the unknown.
  • The Team Benefactor: There'd be no expedition without him. And the Steam Punk tech employed by the team is of his company's creation.
  • 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.
  • Wall of Weapons: Of the antique, collector variety.

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