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Characters: Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas has loads, and we mean loads and loads of characters, containing six different storylines, each with its own set of principal characters and side characters. Basically, there's a lot to get through here.

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    The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing (1849) 

Adam Ewing

"What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?"
Played By: Jim Sturgess

A lawyer travelling across the Pacific to get to San Fransisco before his illness ends him. His journal makes up the first and last chapters of the book.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: When Goose is strangling Autua, Adam gains enough strength to kill Goose.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: He has the comet-shaped birthmark all the protagonists share. His is on his chest.
  • Body Horror: His infection by a parasitic worm.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: He starts off as having views that would seem quite racist to a modern audience, but were the conventional views at the time. However, he becomes a lot more moral and tolerant after his experiences and becomes dedicated to the anti-slavery movement.
  • Fainting: The heat and the sight of Autua getting whipped get to him.
  • Happily Married: To his wife, Tilda.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: So much so that Frobisher is able to guess that Dr Goose is a charlatan before Ewing knows it himself, just from his journal.
  • I Owe You My Life: Autua feels indebted to him for aiding in his liberation. Later, Adam's gratitude for Autua saving him from Goose is what spurs him to join an abolitionist movement.
  • Ill Boy: He gets progressively sicker over the course of his journey.
  • Nice Hat: A nice top hat.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Standing up to his father-in-law and joining an abolitionist movement, even if it means being shunned by society.

Tilda Ewing

Played By: Bae Doona

Adam Ewing's wife.

Haskell Moore

"There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well."
Played By: Hugo Weaving

Adam Ewing's bigoted father-in-law, who deals with the trading of slaves.

  • Abusive Parents: Implied, judging by the comments by Tilda.
  • Breaking Speech:
    Haskell More: There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well. This movement will never survive; if you join them, you and your entire family will be shunned. At best, you will exist a pariah to be spat at and beaten-at worst, to be lynched or crucified. And for what? For what? No matter what you do it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in a limitless ocean.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Applies to all of Weaving's characters in the film, really. Except for one, but we'll get to that.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Though he initially greets Adam in a jovial manner upon his return, he flips out when Adam discards the contract by Horrox and gives a very arrogant Breaking Speech to him and Tilda.
  • Jerkass: Bigoted and proud of it, mean to his daughter and his son-in-law, the list goes on.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He's involved in the slave trade and is deeply entrenched in its values.
  • The Social Darwinist: See Breaking Speech.

Dr Henry Goose

"Adam, I am a doctor. A tiger cannot change his stripes."
Played By: Tom Hanks

A sinister doctor, travelling alongside Ewing with no intention but to obtain his riches, even if he has to poison him for them.


"Pain strong, aye....Friends are more strong."
Played By: David Gyasi

A Moriori slave stowaway on the ship upon which Ewing travels home.

  • The Ace: He is a very good sailor.
  • Actual Pacifist: Autua doesn't like violence. In the film, when he discovers Goose's duplicity, he attacks Goose but it's Adam that does Goose in.
  • Badass: Quite strong and handy in a fight.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's bald and quite the awesome sailor.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He saves Ewing when Goose is about to put the finishing blow on him. Just a few moments later, Ewing gains enough strength to return the favor.
  • Made a Slave: But he eventually frees himself.
  • Meaningful Name: "Autua" is a palindrome, similar to the structure of the stories in the book.
  • Nice Guy: He's a hard worker, patient, moral, and loyal to Adam.
  • I Owe You My Life: To Adam, as the latter is instrumental in his self-liberation. Later flipped over its head, as Ewing states he owes his life to Autua for saving him from Goose.
  • A Taste of the Lash: His first scene is him getting brutally whipped.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Adam.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He's never seen with a shirt on, although justified as he's a freed slave and would be used to this.

Capt. Molyneux

Played By: Jim Broadbent

The captain of the the sailing vessel upon which Adam Ewing is sailing to return to the United States.

  • The Alcoholic: He's always seen with a bottle in hand.
  • The Captain: Of the ship.
  • Jerkass: Like most of the characters, he shares the racist views of his society.
  • Pet the Dog: After seeing Autua in action, he lets him join the crew.

Rev. Giles Horrox

Played By: Hugh Grant

A missionary who has several slaves assisting him on his plantations.

Madame Horrox

Played By: Susan Sarandon

Rev. Horrox's wife.

  • Stepford Smiler: Her conversation at the dinner table implies that she's unhappy in her marriage.
    Mme. Horrox: Please, Giles, do shut up.


Played By: Keith David

A Maori slave owned by Reverend Horrox.

  • Badass Baritone: Well, he is played by Keith David.
  • Servile Snarker: He manages to deliver his lines sarcastically to an unsuspecting Horrox.
  • Silent Snarker: Appears docile and obedient, but his facial expressions give the game away.
  • Third-Person Person: Though the way he refers himself is almost said mockingly.
    Rev. Giles Horrox: Indeed, Kupaka, you enjoy your life here with us, do you not?
    Kupaka: Oh, yes, Reverend, sir. Kupaka very happy here.

    Letters From Zedelghem (1936) 

Robert Frobisher

"At this point in my life all I know, Sixsmith, is that this world spins from the same unseen forces that twist our hearts."
Played By: Ben Whishaw

An English musician who seeks work at the home of a famed composer.

  • Ate His Gun: His suicide.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Shares the comet-shaped birthmark, on his lower back.
  • Bi the Way: More interested in men than women, he still won't turn down the company of one.
  • A Bloody Mess: Despite his attempts to avert this, it happens anyway when Sixsmith cradles his dead body.
  • Driven to Suicide: The film opens with him announcing his suicide, although the audience doesn't know whether or not he's serious about it.
  • Foregone Conclusion: In the film, it opens with him saying he'll kill himself. It's not apparent whether he actually will until he goes through with it, however.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Manipulative, grandiose, feels superior to everyone, classist, generally inconsiderate about people's feelings - but also somewhat sympathetic to the lower classes, loves his brother who was killed in the war, and was horrified and Mercy Killed a pheasant that was badly injured when the car he was in struck it. In the closing of his final letter he notes his efforts to not traumatize the people who will have to find and deal with his body.
  • Ladykiller in Love: (Although he is a man killer as well.) He genuinely loves Sixsmith and Eve, although her rejection of him is not the reason why he killed himself.
  • Loveable Rogue: He's very selfish and manipulative, but is genuinely charming.
  • May-December Romance: One-sided with Vyvyan. Played for laughs as well.
  • Starving Artist: Near-penniless after being disinherited. When the hotel manager demands a bribe, he has nothing to offer but a few coins and Sixsmith's waistcoat.
  • Title Drop: "I call it The Cloud Atlas Sextet."
  • The Unfavourite: His parents preferred his brother who died in the war.
  • Waistcoat of Style: Its stylishness is continuously noted. It originally belonged to Sixsmith.

Rufus Sixsmith

Played By: James D'Arcy

Frobisher's lover, to whom he writes the letters that retell his story. He also appears much older in Luisa Rey's story, having become a respected nuclear physicist.

  • Ate His Gun: Like Frobisher, although his was a murder.
  • Boom, Headshot: Courtesy of Bill Smoke.
  • Cool Old Guy: In Luisa's story.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • He Knows Too Much: In "The First Luisa Rey Mystery", he is murdered for fear of his report on the plant getting out.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: In "The First Luisa Rey Mystery". Bill Smoke shoots him in his mouth and puts a gun in his hand to make it look like a suicide.
  • The Mourning After: It's implied that he never loved again after Frobisher.
  • Nice Guy: He cares very deeply for Frobisher and is very polite, kind, and trusting to Luisa.
  • Nice Hat: Lampshaded by Frobisher.
    Robert Frobisher: Didn't think the view could be anymore perfect, until I saw that beat-up trilby. Honestly, Sixsmith, as ridiculous as that thing makes you look, I don't believe I've ever seen anything more beautiful.
  • Straight Gay: Has no stereotypically camp mannerisms.
  • Together in Death: "I believe there is another world waiting for us, Sixsmith. And I'll be waiting for you there." In the book, Frobisher meets him again as Luisa, but in the film, Ben Whishaw and James D'Arcy only play characters who either never meet or aren't in one story together, so Frobisher and Sixsmith never meet again.

Vyvyan Ayrs

"Composing is a crusade. Sometimes you slay the dragon. Sometime it slays you."

Played By: Jim Broadbent

An elderly, famous composer.

  • Evil Brit: He's a jerkass who attempts to steal Frobisher's work.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's also old and infirm.
  • Jerkass: Insults and hurts the feelings of his guest Frobisher multiple times and then tries to take credit for his sextet.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: When he first hears Frobisher's composition, he's deeply moved, and there is a touching scene of them rejoicing in its beauty and you think the two will actually make a good partnership. He then indicates his intention to take full credit for the peace and blackmail Frobisher if he tries to protest.
  • Malicious Slander: To Frobisher, after the latter quits.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Despite knowing all along that Frobisher had a scandalous background, he let him work for him anyway in order for Frobisher to come up with something brilliant that he could steal.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: His Jewish wife Jocasta clearly has a few more year left on the clock.
  • Stealing The Credit: Attempts this for Frobisher's Cloud Atlas sextet.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Pulls this one on Frobisher. It doesn't work.

Jocasta Ayrs

Played By: Halle Berry

Ayrs' wife, who becomes Frobisher's lover during his stay.

  • Brownface: Played with. The African-American Halle Berry plays the Jewish Jocasta.
  • Informed Judaism: Her being Jewish only pops up once, during which Frobisher asks if Kesselring could have been in love with her (as he'd introduced Vyvyan and Jocasta).
  • May-December Romance: She's clearly much younger than Ayrs.
  • Meaningful Name: In Greek mythology, Jocasta was the wife of Laius and mother to Oedipus (Frobisher), who has an affair with her.
  • The One That Got Away: Implied to be this for Kesselring, due to her being a Jew and him being a Nazi.
  • Toplessness from the Back: In the film.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Certainly played as this, with Vyvyan appearing much older and her short appearances involve her being sensual and alluring.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She has an affair with Frobisher during his stay.

Tadeusz Kesselring

"At our time of life, Ayrs, a man has no right to such daring ideas.."
Played By: Hugo Weaving

A German who visits Ayrs to listen to one of his melodies. Apparently has a history with Jocasta.

The Hotel Manager

Played By: Tom Hanks

A sleazy, greedy hotel manager. Helps Sixsmith figure out that Frobisher is staying at his hotel by wearing the waistcoast he made Frobisher pay with.

  • Blackmail: He tells the police there's no one on the third floor so Frobisher (who is on the run) can work on his piece — but Frobisher has to pay up.
  • Greed: Frobisher has to bribe him in order to be finished with his sextet.
  • Jerkass: He's... not a very nice person.
  • Mustache Of Evil: Has one.

    Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery (1975) 

Luisa Rey

"Just trying to understand why we keep making the same mistakes... over and over."
Played By: Halle Berry

A Spyglass columnist who gets herself in trouble when she gets a little too close to a conspiracy that may well end in nuclear winter.

  • Action Survivor: A journalist who gets caught up in action she struggles to live through.
  • Actual Pacifist: Hardly ever resorts to violence.
  • Badass: When she wants to. Watch in the film as she gets the best of bodyguard Joe Napier.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Shares the comet-shaped birthmark.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Determinator: She never gives up on getting her hands on a copy of Sixsmith's report, as this could save several lives. She claims she would go far for journalistic integrity.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: She became a journalist like her father, Lester Ray, whom she aspires to be like.
  • Hot Scoop: As Hooks says in the film — if all female journalists looked like her, he might be a bit more concerned about the women's liberation movement.
  • Intrepid Reporter: She'll stop at nothing to get that report, even if it means risking her life.
  • Race Lift: Almost certainly, given that Luisa receives no remarks about her race in the book despite the Civil Rights Movement having only just ended, and her father was a very well respected journalist and cop to whites, which would have been impossible in his lifetime.
  • What Would Dad Do?: She asks herself this at least once in the film.

Isaac Sachs

"Fear, belief, love, phenomena that determined the course of our lives. These forces begin long before we are born and continue after we perish."
Played By: Tom Hanks

A nerdy scientist and co-worker of Sixsmith who falls in love with Luisa at first sight, feeling as though he's seen her before.

  • To Be Lawful or Good: Admits he struggles with this — getting Luisa a copy of the report would save thousands of lives, but at the cost of his job, or worse. He chooses "good," but loses his life for it.

Bill Smoke

Played By: Hugo Weaving

An assassin hired to tie up a few loose ends.

  • Professional Killer: He is one.
  • Psycho for Hire: A much more restrained version than most, but still counts as one.
  • Shoot the Dog: Literally — tropewise it's actually a Kick the Dog moment.
  • The Stoic: He's always very calm and composed.
    • Not So Stoic: Briefly when he's trying to find Luisa and Joe, he flips out on the Mexican woman.
    Bill Smoke: Shut up. SHUT THE FUCK UP!
  • The Unfettered: Nothing will stop the guy from getting to his target. Nothing.
  • Weapon of Choice: The man loves to use handguns, though he isn't above using other means as well.

Joe Napier

Played By: Keith David

A bodyguard of Lloyd Hooks' as well as a friend of Luisa's father, hence why he saves her from Bill Smoke.

Lloyd Hooks

Played By: Hugh Grant

The chief executive of Seaboard Corporation and the mastermind behind the whole conspiracy, as well as the deaths of Saachs and Sixsmith.

  • Big Bad: Of The First Luisa Rey Mystery. He's the one pulling strings to ensure Sixsmith's report never goes public.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: His plan to make a profit at the deaths of dozens of people comes to a stop when he's exposed by Lusia and Rufus's daughter.
  • Straw Misogynist: Claims that he doesn't take "the whole Women's Lib thing" seriously.

Javier Gomez

Played By: Brody Nicholas Lee

A young neighbour of Luisa Rey's who frequently hops his way onto her balcony.

  • Deadpan Snarker: To Luisa.
  • Genre Savvy: His extensive knowledge of crime mystery clichés helps Luisa figure out the truth. In the film, he eventually submits Luisa's story to Cavendish as a novel manuscript.

The Mexican Woman

A lookout at a factory where illegal aliens make stuffed toys under sweatshop conditions. Luisa Rey and Joe Napier flee into the building to escape Bill Smoke.

Played by: Bae Doona

    The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish (2012) 

Timothy Cavendish

"I will not be subjected to criminal abuse!"
Played By: Jim Broadbent

A quirky English publisher, who unknowingly gets himself checked into an Old Folk's Home when on the run from the brothers of a gangster author to whom he owes money.

  • Bad Liar: When attempting to pay back the Hoggins family, he's shown to be one of these in his troubles.
    Timothy Cavendish: You heard correctly, Charles Dickens own, original, authentic writing for sixty thousand pounds. I think that's very fair.
    Other Voice over the phone: But our records indicate that the desk is already accounted for by the Dickens House museum.
    Timothy Cavendish: Okay. What about uh...Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's desk?
    [the line clicks dead]
  • Bowties Are Cool: Continuously wears them throughout the film.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Although the book leaves it unclear as to whether he has the comet or not. Georgette called it "Timbo's Turd", and Cavendish didn't regard it as a comet, but as he is saying this while deliberately dismissing the concept of reincarnations, it's possible he willfully denies it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He always has a sarcastic quip or two at hand.
  • Jerkass: He's quite politically incorrect, although most of his jerkish nature is left out of the film.
  • The Lancer: Serves as one during the escape of Aurora House.
  • Large Ham: He does things with flamboyance and over-the-topness.
  • Mean Brit: Even though he gets much nicer towards the end.
  • Noble Bigot: Not present in the film, and Cavendish is clearly unaware of it, but he's quite racist, sexist, classist, and xenophobic, and clearly expects the reader to agree. For example, he considers "reasonable woman" to be an oxymoron.
  • Oh Crap: He does a perfectly deadpan version of this when he and his compatriots can't find the keys to drive off from Aurora House.
    Cavendish: We're done for.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: His whole storyline serves as this, and the book version is quite a bit more lighthearted when colored through Cavendish's voice than the film, which seems to almost be setting up for a horror/thriller—although there are notably more horrific things happening in the book, such as Noakes' drugging Cavendish to dementia and blaming it on a stroke.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Had an affair with Denholme's wife Georgette.

Denholme Cavendish

"You can't believe what people will pay to lockup their parents."
Played By: Hugh Grant

Timothy's much wealthier brother and the person who gets Timothy locked up in the retirement house.

  • Deadpan Snarker: He's very snarky towards his brother.
  • Jerkass: Just look at what he does to his brother. He's also well aware that Noakes is free with physically hitting the residents and does nothing about it.
  • Karma Houdini: Film only—in the book, he dies an ignominious death and it's left up to question whether Denholme was going to leave his brother in the home forever.


Played By: Ben Whishaw

Denholme's younger wife.

Nurse Noakes

"I am Nurse Noakes. You do not wish to cross me!"
Played By: Hugo Weaving

A brutish nurse at the Old Folk's Home.

  • Badass: She actually manages to hold her own in the pub fight until Highlander drops a barrel on her head.
  • Battleaxe Nurse: She's very brutish and harsh, and in the book drugs Timothy until he gets a stroke.
  • Blondes are Evil: She's The Brute and very blonde.
  • The Brute: For the nursing home.
  • Creepy Monotone: She always speaks in a very flat tone, which is off-putting.
  • Crosscast Role: She's Hugo Weaving in drag.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first thing we see of her is digging through Cavendish's stuff, then smacking the shit out of him while boasting that she is a nasty bitch.
  • Expy: Of Nurse Ratched, whom she's directly compared to in the book.
  • Jerkass: Oh yeah. She's very mean to the patients, for starters.
  • Large and in Charge: She's an intimidatingly large lady.
  • Tranquil Fury: She's always like this. Perfect example when she finds Cavendish's escape group hiding out at a bar.
    Nurse Noakes: Ohhh....You are going to be sorry in ways you cannot even imagine!

Dermot "Dusty" Hoggins

"Now that's an ending that is flat and inane beyond belief!"
Played By: Tom Hanks

A psychotic English criminal-turned-author, who wants the money Cavendish earned through Hoggins' novel Knuckle Sandwich.

  • Ax-Crazy: He kills a man for giving him a bad review.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Get a bad review? Murder the critic.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Briefly. When he sees the Indian Woman (Halle Berry) in the bar, his attention is focused on her rather than what Cavendish is saying. A nice little hint to when Hoggins and The Woman meet again as Zachry and Meronym.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's very eager and loud-mouthed, and flings a man off the top of a building for an extremely petty reason.

Mr. Meeks

"I know! I know!"

Played By: Robert Fyfe

One of the "inmates" at Aurora House, and a member of Cavendish's escape party who seems unable to say anything apart from "I know".

  • Catch Phrase: "I know! I know!"
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Only being able to say "I know, I know!" is only the tip of the iceberg.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: See OOC Is Serious Business.
  • The Load: In the escape of Aurora House.At First.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Cavendish is making a run for it, Mr. Meeks says "Don't leave me here!" Cavendish gives a look bewilderment after hearing him saying more than what he usually says.
    • Later, at the bar, he yells at the top of his lungs to all the patrons in the bar for help against Nurse Noakes and the owners of the car. They happily oblige.
  • Nice Hat: Wears one.


Played By: Amanda Walker

An "inmate" at Aurora House and a member of Cavendish's escape party.


Played By: Ralph Riach

An inmate at Aurora House, and a member of Cavendish's escape party.


Played By: Jim Sturgess

The leader of the angry Scotsmen in the pub where Cavendish and his escape party make a stop.

  • Badass Boast: When Mr. Meeks expalins his need for help against Nurse Noakes, he gives us this.
    Highlander: Alright pal....We won't let ya down.
  • Berserk Button: The English.
  • Deus ex Machina: He helps defeat Nurse Noakes in the massive brawl.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's very eager to pick a fight.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Directly appealed to as such, in fact, which works in saving the day.

Mozza, Jarvis & Eddie Hoggins

Played By: Niall Grieg Fulton, Louis Dempsey & Martin Docherty

Dermot's vicious brothers who come to Cavendish's home to collect their money.

    An Orison of Sonmi~ 451 (2144) 


"...from womb to tomb, our lives are not our own..."
Played By: Bae Doona

A fabricant who is rescued from her slave-like duties at a fast food joint by a member of a futuristic rebel alliance.

  • Artificial Human: She's a clone.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Beneath her collar in the book—its reveal is symbolic of her freedom.
  • Clones Are People Too: In her words, "We are all purebloods."
  • Doomed Moral Victor: But she knew and accepted this all along.
  • Expendable Clone: For the Corpocracy.
  • Explosive Leash: Her Slave Collar.
  • Face Death with Dignity: She's very calm and dignified even before her execution.
  • Important Haircut: In the film, cutting off the colored streak in her hair that identified her as a Fabricant.
  • Inspirational Martyr: Ultimately what the Union wanted her to become.
  • Messianic Archetype: She is worshipped as a god by Zachry's people.
  • Multicolored Hair: All fabricants have a brightly-colored streak in their hair.
  • Go Out with a Smile: And a tearful one at that.
  • She's Got Legs: Even after she leaves Papa Songs's, Sonmi still wore outfits that showed off her legs.
  • Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: The futuristic kind, as well as an important distinguishing feature for her idols in the book, allowing Zachry to recognize her in the orison instantly.
  • The Stoic: Becomes progressively less stoic as her relationship with Hae-Joo grows, but culminates in her wryness with the Archivist that completely contrasts her earlier passivity with consumers.
    • It is mentioned in the novel that fabricants cannot visually express emotion very well, but still have emotions.
  • Tearful Smile: A couple of times, especially when she meets her end.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Starting off as a meek waitress to becoming a symbol of a rebellion most certainly counts.

Hae-Joo Im

"This is what we have been waiting for."
Played By: Jim Sturgess

A high-ranking member of the rebel alliance known as 'Union' who rescues Sonmi~451.

  • Adaptation Name Change: His surname is Chang in the film.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the book, he's ultimately part of the corporate conspiracy. Not so in the movie.
  • Badass: Easily the biggest example in the movie, it's hard not to be very impressed by his feats especially in a film that is mostly framed around dialogue and human emotion. It's therefore not surprising that much of his stunts make up a disproprotionate amount of the trailers.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's very approachable and friendly, but easily the most badass character in the film.
  • Big Damn Heroes: See Disney Death.
  • Commanding Coolness: After he saves the two of them from being arrested from Unanimity soldiers, he tells Sonmi his rank in The Union.
  • Composite Character: In the film, the character is a combination of Im and Chang.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's always wearing black in the film.
  • Dies Wide Open: His death.
  • Disney Death: At first, Sonmi thinks he died after he fell of a bridge he made for the two of them. Later, he shows up to save her from being executed. Not so much during Sonmi's speech, though.
  • Expy: His appearance and combat skills owe more than a little to Neo. This may well be intentional, as the Wachowskis also directed that one.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Chang is very friendly and helpful, but if you fight him, don't expect him to go down easily.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: While Sonmi gives her speech to the world, he and what appears to be the rest of the Union give their lives to make sure it gets across.


Played By: Zhou Xun

Rebellious fabricant that inspires Sonmi to escape her duties at Papa Song's.

  • Artificial Human: She's a clone.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's usually subservient like the other clones, but when one patron performs a particularly lewd act, she flips out on him. She then quotes this line from The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish.
    Yoona~939: I will not be subjected to criminal abuse!
  • Clones Are People Too: She believes in this, and is disgusted when she isn't treated appropriately.
  • Expendable Clone: For the Corpocracy.
  • Explosive Leash: Seer Rhee triggers her Slave Collar when she tries to escape. She dies instantly.
  • Oh Crap: A silent one that lasts quite a few seconds.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: She's killed very early on into Sonmi's story, quickly establishing the power dynamics at play in her society.

The Archivist

"Your version of the truth is all that matters."

Played By: James D'Arcy

The man interviewing Sonmi~451, who she relates her story to.

  • Heel Realization: After hearing Sonmi's story from beginning to end, its implied he was on the receiving end of one of these.
    • Heel-Face Turn: Possibly. In a blink and you'll miss it moment, his name appears in a bible dedicated to Sonmi's philosphy read by Abbess. Additionally, when he asks Sonmi how she expects her martyrdom to change anyone's minds, she says she's already changed one, presumably encouraging him to spread her story.
  • Punch Clock Villain: He seems like a nice, fairly reasonable guy who just happens to be working with Unanimity.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Hears Sonmi out and despite what most of what she´s saying is borderline heresy in their society, takes her every word into careful consideration.
  • The Stoic: As his job is to archive the momentous event of Sonmi's ascension, he tries his best to be, but being young and inexperienced he often fails.
    • Not So Stoic: He seems absolutely devastated after Sonmi is done telling her tale.
  • Yellowface: James D'Arcy as a Korean man.

Boardman Mephi

"The problem you create is a political one."
Played By: Hugo Weaving

  • Utopia Justifies the Means/The Social Darwinist: His "natural order" speech he gives to Sonmi reeks of this and serves as a nice echo to the words that would later - or earlier, if you go by timeline - be said Weaving's other character, Haskell Moore.
    Boardman Mephi: I find it intriguing to imagine that beneath these perfectly engineered features, are thoughts that terrify the whole of Unanimity. I'm not afraid of such thoughts, because I do not fear the truth. There's a natural order to this world, fabricant. And the truth is this order must be protected.
  • Yellowface: Hugo Weaving as a Korean man.

Seer Rhee

Played By: Hugh Grant

The man in charge of the fast food joint Sonmi~451 works at.

  • Karmic Death: Seer Rhee likes the drinks that the Fabricants drink. Hae-Joo makes him drink himself to death.
  • Sex Is Evil and I Am Horny: He rapes Yoona~939 early on in the film and it is not exactly an erotic scene.
  • Yellowface: Hugh Grant as a Korean man.
  • The Voiceless: Subverted in a blink and you'll miss it moment where he gives out the usual orders to all the other fabricants.

An-Kor Apis

Played By: Keith David

The leader of the rebel alliance Hae-Joo belongs to.

Dr. Ovid

Played By: Halle Berry

A scientist that helps Sonmi remove her Explosive Leash after her escape.

Actor Playing Timothy Cavendish

Played By: Tom Hanks

The star of the in-Universe film based on the life of Timothy Cavendish.

  • As Himself: One can always speculate that the actor playing Timothy Cavendish in-Universe is indeed supposed to be Tom Hanks himself.
  • Large Ham: Well, he is playing Cavendish, who is quite hammy himself.
  • Meaningful Echo: "I will not be subjugated to criminal abuse!"

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Zachry Bailey

"Old Uns got the Smart. They mastered sick and seeds, they make miracles and fly across the sky."
Played By: Tom Hanks

A Valleysman who helps Meronym find something that's hidden on the island where he and his tribe live.

  • The Atoner: For allowing his brother-in-law and nephew die without trying to save them.
  • Badass: The best example of all stories besides Hae-Joo.
    • Badass Beard: He has a pretty decent one going on and when we see him as an old man, sports a pretty big and awesome one.
    • Badass Native: From the indigenous populations that try to survive in Hawaii after the Fall, that is.
    • Took a Level in Badass: From Dirty Coward who always tried to avoid the Kona to capable Badass when he is forced to fight them.
  • Bald of Awesome: His older self.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: In the film only—in the book, it is Meronym who has the birthmark, and is the only one of the stories' protagonists who does not appear to be the reincarnation of the previous one. Especially meaningful as towards the end of his life he insists to his children that Meronym is Sonmi reborn, which she very well could be.
  • Cool Old Guy: When it cuts to him telling his story.
  • Dirty Coward: During the first Kona ambush, following Old Georgie's "true-true" advices.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Old Georgie accuses him of this when he's helping out Meronym.
    Old Georgie: You ain't let go of that rope cuz you were lustlin' for that darky sweet meat!....You judissin' your kin for a piece of ass!
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He ends up escaping the island with Meronym, goes to an offworld colony and winds up Happily Married with her.
  • Exact Words: The Abbess tells him never to slit the throat of a sleeping enemy. So when he finds a Kona asleep in his house, he slits his throat as soon as he wakes.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: He gets one of these near the end of his story.
  • Facial Markings: Like most people in his tribe.
  • First Name Basis: Save for Abbess referring him by his full name when he freaks out over a dream, his last name is almost never used.
  • Guttural Growler: In his older age, Zachry has developed this.
  • Happily Married: To Meronym, at the end.
  • Hearing Voices: Courtesy of Old Georgie.
  • Papa Wolf: Fiercely protective of his niece, as she's a reminder that he could have saved her brother and father but didn't.
  • The Patriarch: He's a respected elder and his niece and sister clearly defer to him. Later, he and Meronym have several grandchildren.
  • Scars Are Forever: The wound across his eye from the second fight with the Kona is still there in his old age.
  • The Storyteller: He tells his story and several others to a group of children gathered around a fire.
  • Survivor Guilt: His sister and the rest of the tribe are killed, leaving him and his niece alive. He's more than a little unhappy about this.
  • Wasteland Elder: He's an elder of a post-apocalyptic tribe of people living on the Hawaiian islands.


"All true. But they got somethin' else. A hunger in their hearts, a hunger that's stronger than all their Smart."
Played By: Halle Berry

An ethnologist from the most advanced human civilization left after the Fall.

  • Action Girl: She can more than hold her own in a fight.

Old Georgie

"Ain't no blade can protect you from the True-True!"
Played By: Hugo Weaving

If Sonmi is God to the Valleymen, Old Georgie is the devil. He is said to exist atop Mauna Kea, which is, in turn, a feared spot for the Valleymen. He appears regularly as a vision to Zachry. He is dressed in old, ruined black clothes and top hat, reminiscent of the dress worn by Adam in the opening scene of The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing. Zachry believed that Old Georgie was the one who "tripped the Fall" before being corrected by Meronym.

  • Bad Angel: To Zachry.
  • The Corrupter: He continuously encourages Zachry to do the wrong thing, as it's the easy way out.
  • Dark Is Evil: He's dressed head to toe in black, and is pretty much the devil.
  • God in Human Form: Possibly.
  • Hearing Voices: How Zachry describes him.
  • Nice Hat: A top hat, even if it is ruined.
  • Obviously Evil: Can't get any more obvious than green skin, black outfit, and a hideous face.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: His battered suit is a subversion, and marks him out as a specifically post-apocalyptic version of the Devil.
  • Spirit Advisor: Of the Evil sort, naturally. He eventually starts to disappear when Zachry almost stabs Meronym, and when the Kona clan are chasing after Zachry, he appears to mess with him. Zachry ignores him and he is never seen again.
  • Voice of the Legion: Zachry describes his voice as like this.
  • Wall Walk: While Meronym and Zachary are climbing a wall, he approaches Zachry with ease despite being on the vertical.


"Bridge'a'broken, hide below, Hands'a'bleedin', can't let go, enemy sleepin', don't slit that throat."
Played By: Susan Sarandon

A well-regarded spiritual leader within Valleysmen.

  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never know what happened to her after the cannibals attacked. It would be safe to assume that she died along with the rest of the villagers.


Played By: Zhou Xun

Zachry's sister, who loses her husband during a raid by the Kona tribe.

Kona Chief

Played By: Hugh Grant

The Chief of the savage, cannibalistic Kona tribe.

  • Skull for a Head: His facepaint is meant to evoke this.
  • Slashed Throat: His favourite method of execution. And later, Zachry slashes his throat as he wakes up.

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