Characters: Castle in the Sky


"If my head were any harder, you could use it as a cannonball."

The Deuteragonist of the story, a young boy working in a mining town whose father died after a lifetime of fruitlessly seeking the legendary flying city, Laputa. Wishing to clear his name, he jumps at the chance to find Laputa after rescuing a girl named Sheeta, who possesses a connection to the city.

Voiced by: Mayumi Tanaka (JP), Barbara Goodson (US '89 dub), James van der Beek (US '03 dub), Oliver Åberg (SV)

  • Ace Pilot: He takes after his father in that regard, flying a number of vehicles under extreme stress.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: He's a skilled mechanic despite his age, earning him the respect of the Dola gang's mechanic.
  • Badass Adorable: He does a pretty decent job of holding off pirates pretty much single-handedly, not to mention surviving an entire army's attempts to kill him.
  • Batman Gambit / Indy Ploy: His plan to escape from the pirates and the military by catching on to the collapsing train rails, counting on the chance that Sheeta's crystal will save them.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Seems to get it from his Boss, even standing the same way before a fight. But he's still a kid so he can't do quite as much damage.
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: With Sheeta, obviously. "We orphans gotta stick together."
  • Break the Haughty: He takes Muska's money, somewhat realizing it's wrong and upset over Sheeta telling him to forget about Laputa. Cue Dola rubbing it in his face, resulting in a short Heroic BSOD.
  • Cassandra Truth: The existence of Laputa, even more so for his father.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: In the climax, where he refuses to leave Sheeta alone even though it could mean a swift resolution of Muska's entire gamut. Muska plays him like a fiddle because of this.
  • Clear Their Name: He is trying to clear his father's, who was ridiculed for his belief in Laputa.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: His father died after being ridiculed and there's no mention of his mother. Consequently, no one in his life to stop him from going on a quest to discover an ancient flying city.
  • Determinator: In his quest to find Laputa. Up until the moment he takes Muska's bribe, of course - but after he gets in with Dola's gang, it comes right back up.
  • Didn't Think This Through: His escape plan from the mines.
  • Generation Xerox: Not unlike his dad, he builds flying machines and has an obsession with Laputa.
  • Hard Head: The reason he doesn't get any lasting injuries from his fall early in the movie.
    Pazu: If my head were any harder, you could use it as a cannonball.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: With Sheeta in the end, saying the spell knowing it'll most likely end in his death. It doesn't though.
  • Honor Before Reason: Attempts to take on the entire military by himself for Sheeta.
  • Hot-Blooded: Is willing to stand up to and fight of sky pirates and the military alone for Sheeta.
  • Jumped at the Call: "Are you kidding? This is the most exciting thing that's ever happened to me!"
  • Le Parkour: He moves like a frickin' monkey, and he's definitely not afraid of heights since he leaps large distances, swings from vines and clings to ledges on Laputa pretty high in the sky.
  • Made of Iron: He falls straight through a brick floor and sustains no injuries whatsoever.
  • Nerves of Steel: Being shot at and nearly killed doesn't slow him down at all.
  • Official Couple: With Sheeta.
  • Parental Abandonment: There is no mention of his mother. His father is implied to have gone missing during attempts to prove Laputa's existence.
  • Puppy Love: With Sheeta.


"No matter how many weapons you have, no matter how great your technology may be, the world cannot live without love."

The Deuteragonist of the story, Sheeta is a young girl who used to live on a farm with her grandmother. Although living an ordinary life, she secretly holds a mysterious amulet connected to the legendary city of Laputa, making her a target of the army and sky-pirates wishing to locate the city for themselves. Luckily, she meets up with Pazu, who helps her make her own search.

Voiced by: Keiko Yokozawa (JP), Lara Cody (US '89), Anna Paquin (US '03), Ester Sjögren (SV)

  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in the very end when Muska shoots off her pigtails.
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: With Pazu, obviously.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Sheeta makes a deal with Muska to save Pazu's life. It involves telling Pazu to return to his home town and forget about her and Laputa, which he reluctantly does. Until Dola points this out, at which point he opts to rescue her.
  • Broken Bird: She's a little cold and hesitant around other people after losing her grandmother and being kidnapped by the military, not to mention everything that happens afterwards.
  • Combat Pragmatist: A bottle will do just fine to knock out the technically defenseless man with his back turned to her.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Her mother and grandmother are established as having both passed on, and it's never stated what became of her father.


"Oh, well, ya can't be a sensitive woman like me without learnin' a few things."

The captain and mother of the sky-pirates; she's another of the people on the hunt for Sheeta and her amulet, pursuing her along with the military.

Voiced by: Kotoe Hatsui (JP), Rachel Vanowen (US '89), Cloris Leachman (US '03), Annica Smedius (SV)

  • Action Mom: All of the other pirates call her mom, likely all being her actual sons—she's still a badass captain though.
  • Anti-Hero: While still a pirate and reckless with other people's safety to get what she wants, she and her sons are not nearly as bad as the actual military.
  • Apron Matron: She keeps all her 'boys' close at hand to serve as pirate crew. Not that most of them can be trusted with even the simplest tasks on their own.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: At the beginning of the movie, Dola VS Muska. Until it becomes clear Dola is really a good guy.
  • Boobs of Steel: She has remarkably large breasts.
  • Braids of Action: Wears her hair this way.
  • Cool Airship: Her ship.
  • Cool Old Lady: She's a sky pirate, aged about 70.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Once Pazu manages to outrace Dola and her boys, she respects him enough to take him onto her crew.
  • Drives Like Crazy: In the chase scene while in the automobile. Holy cow.
  • Enemy Mine: Teams up with Pazu and Sheeta because of their mutual enemy, Muska, as well as their mutual interest/need for Laputa.
  • Girlish Pigtails: A trait she shares with Sheeta, which is why she empathizes most that Muska shot Sheeta's pigtails off.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She's gruff, doesn't go out of her way to help other people, and steals whatever she can get her hands on, but she is a good person at heart.
  • Insistent Terminology: She's a captain, not just Dola or "mom."
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Take a look at the photograph of her inside her personal quarters. She looks exactly like a red-haired Sheeta.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pazu even points it out, she isn't as mean as she pretends to be.
  • Large Ham: Very loud and very upfront. At one points she is even eating a very large ham, which would count as a Lampshade Hanging had this film been made later. Cloris Leachman's voice acting in the Disney dub takes it Up to Eleven.

Colonel Muska

"Laputa will live. I will return it to life! Laputa's power is the dream of all mankind!"

A colonel who acts as a covert operative in the military; he takes control of the government's effort to discover Laputa. He's the movie's Big Bad and another person trying to use Sheeta to find the city, having lead the soldiers who kidnapped her before the start of the plot. Unbeknownst to the rest of the military, he seems to have his own motives for finding Laputa.

Voiced by: Minori Terada (JP), Jeff Winkless (US '89), Mark Hamill (US '03), Jakob Stadell (SV)

  • Big Bad: In case you hadn't figured it out.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: The massive violent episode he goes through after gaining control of Laputa's powers.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Especially with Mark Hamill's hammy voice work.
    Muska: The same technology that kept Laputa airborne also made it A MAJOR POWER THAT ONCE DOMINATED THE ENTIRE planet.
  • Evil Laugh: Especially with Mark Hamill as his voice.
  • Evil Plan: Using Laputa to rule the earth once again. Which is unfortunately an entirely plausible plan due to the enormous capabilities of the Laputean machinery and technology.
  • Fantastic Nuke: How he uses Laputa, especially after he gains control of the (usually benevolent) robots.
  • Faux Affably Evil: As Sheeta's captor, he is quite corteous and polite, also toward Pazu. Once he gains control of Laputa, however, he sheds the facade.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: "Your ears are next", he tells Sheeta after shooting off her pigtails.
  • Karmic Disney Villain Death: He's blinded and stumbles around the crumbling Laputean floors. We don't see it, but he obviously dies falling down with the palace floors.
  • Knight of Cerebus: A particularly notable case for a Hayao Miyazaki film. Colonel Muska has no comical traits, being a Faux Affably Evil government agent treated very seriously by the protagonists. But Muska gets much worse after he massacres an entire army that helped him conquer Laputa, laughing maniacally at their deaths.
  • Long-Lost Relative: In a dark version of this trope, Muska is one to Sheeta.
  • Meaningful Name: Musca is the Latin word for "fly", an insect often associated with the dead, which it feeds off of. Muska is obsessed with the long-dead civilization of Laputa.

General Muoro

A general in the army who is one of the leaders behind the effort to find Laputa. He works with Muska only reluctantly, suspicious of his covert operations.

Voiced by: Ichirō Nagai (JP), Mike Reynolds (US '89), Jim Cummings (US '03), Björn Gedda (SV)

  • Armies Are Evil: He's brutal and even advocates torturing Sheeta to get her to show them how to use the amulet. Despite all that, he's not as bad as Muska.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Probably led to his decision to try and kill Muska.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Not as much as Hamill and Leachman in the Disney dub, but Jim Cummings does get to have fun with the character in places.
  • Fat Bastard: Fat and a cruel general.

Uncle Pom

An old man living in the caves beneath the city. He possesses knowledge of Laputa and its resources, such as the aetherium that helps it to fly.

Voiced by: Fujio Tokita (JP), Ed Mannix (US '89), Richard Dysart (US '03), Johan Hedenberg (SV)

  • Chekhov's Gunman: He is the first one to make the kids realize where Sheeta is really from.
  • Cool Old Guy: Pazu seems to think so.
  • Hermit Guru: But he lives underneath the ground instead of a cave or other secluded area.

Dola's sons

Dola's crew, composed almost certainly of all her sons. While occasionally bumbling and incompetent, they're all incredibly loyal to her and a formidable force in numbers.

  • Boisterous Bruisers: Especially the one that can make his shirt explode.
  • Bunny Ears Lawyers: Some of them are pretty competent in spite of their goofiness.
  • The Ditz: Some are a little better about this than others—the ones with beards are the goofiest.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: "All good pirates listen to their mom."
  • Five-Token Band: There are more than five, but they fit the trope. Some of them are black-skinned, others have distinctly Asian features. Most of the other characters look Caucasian (which figures since the movie is set in a fantasy version of Wales). There is some debate as to whether the different-looking pirates are crew instead of family, Dola's adopted children or her children by different fathers. They all call her Mom.
  • Large Hams: Mandy Patinkin, Mike McShane, and Andy Dick were clearly having a lot of fun with their roles.
  • Man Children