Characters / Dans une galaxie près de chez vous

Significant characters on Dans une galaxie près de chez vous, and their associated tropes.

Charles Patenaude
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Played by: Guy Jodoin

"If you lose hope, get out of your houses and look up to the starry night and remember the crew of the Romano Fafard is there, looking for a new planet where we could all move, somewhere, in a galaxy near you. And amidst all the uncertainties that come with this mission, one fact is clear: we won't be back for supper." note 

He is the ship’s captain and Valence’s love interest. Brave and fair, he always looks out for his crew. Famous for his bad speeches and proverbs.
  • Badass Boast: When he's under the effect of a Truth Serum gas in the second movie and has had enough of Brad's threats and backstabbing, he lets one loose:
    Patenaude: Brad, if you try something, I'll cut you into pieces, put you in the blender, push "smoothie"... and drink you.
  • The Captain: He's the captain of the Romano Fafard.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He once crossed it in the episode "Le Fou" ("The Mad Man") after an umpteenth failure to find an habitable planet, which drove him mad with the possibility that there may be no other planet to colonize in the universe. He got over it, but it took some time. Even then later episodes shows that he is still haunted by the fear he'll fail and has a Heroic B.S.O.D. when the crew tells him the mission has been going on for four years.
  • Determinator: He'll find the perfect uninhabited planet for the remaining Earthlings even if he has to personally scour the entire galaxy. When it's revealed that there is no uninhabited planet, he resolves to pass through a space-time breach to warn the Earth of 2008. Unable to pass through the rift in time, he still sends a video - which quickly becomes a ridiculed Internet Meme used as an ad by a petrol company.
  • A Father to His Men: On top of being Team Dad, the first movie shows he put the whole crew to bed and put their life first even when it's Brad.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Brothers in his case, being an only child he is happy to find out he has a brother even if it's Brad and they spend a lot of the episode pranking and teasing each other (until Brad wants to kill him to not share inheritance). Even after they realize it was a misunderstanding and they go back at hating each other, Charles still indulges one last hug and prank with his fake brother in private.
  • It Has Been an Honor: When the mission comes to an end at the end of the second movie, he says this to the rest of the crew before officially demobilizing them.
  • Malaproper/Metaphorgotten: His speeches are rife with these. For example:
    Patenaude: "Slow and steady, we must start at Go, collect 200$ and buy Connecticut Avenue." note 
    Patenaude: "Sow the wind and reap... corn and... potatoes." note 
  • Official Couple: With Valence.
  • Only Sane Man: He has his quirks but he never forgets his mission is finding a new planet and time is of essence.
  • Team Dad: He is the one who stops dispute, gives personal advices when needed and serves as a father figure for Flavien.
  • The Insomniac: Since he became captain, Charles does not sleep anymore. This can cause problems, for example when the others have to anesthetize him.
  • Pungeon Master: The captain wanted to become a comedian, but had to drop this idea since no one thinks his jokes are funny but himself.
  • The Stoic: Remains calm and steady in the face of adversity. Also, when the ship rocks back and forth, he and Serge are the only ones who don't fall or stumble.
    • Not So Stoic: However, he does lose his temper when annoyed, angry or experiences other strong emotions he tends to crack.

Brad Spitfire
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Played by: Stéphane Crête

"Why is it that every time someone says my full name, I always feel like I'm about to get hit?" note 

He is the scientist and hated by everyone else on the ship. He was second officer until episode 58. Brad is a liar, a manipulator, a dirty bastard; he is pretentious, coward, egoist, lazy, lousy, etc. His only known good trait is that he’s very clean.
  • Bad Liar: He always comes up with fake injuries when he wants to weasel his way out of a chore, but they are never even remotely believable. Those injuries include spraining his pancreas, stretching his kidney, and having a tooth with a bloody nose.
    • Let's not forget his complaint that he must stop working because his wrist was heavily strained by Bob throwing a tissue at him.
      • "He threw it hard!"
  • Berserk Button: He is proud of his bastardry but when an alien actually wanted to use it to make a horror movie, he goes berserk and, for the first time in his life, he made someone fear him in his anger.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's the engineer behind the construction of the ship and in charge of keeping it running as well as the only scientist. Seeing how it was built on the cheap while cutting every corner, it's an amazing feat that the Romano-Fafard hasn't fallen apart yet. He is quite lazy and proud of this and chooses to coast his way through his assignments by doing the absolute minimum of work, however. His maintenance doesn't even rely on brilliance, his father is the one who made most of the ship in a way that's guaranteed to break after three years and Brad learned how to fix part of it as part of the family scam.
    Brad: It means it breaks in three years but takes three second to fix if you're from the family.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Averted, he bribed his way in and even took out the competition because he didn't feel the most qualified. He is only there because he is the sole scientist on board now.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He takes pride in his evil deeds, his laziness and his cowardice and makes no attempt to hide it at all.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He once defeated an alien who captured all the others single-handedly because he thought it was a staged attack. If he stops being a selfish coward, he can save the day a lot.
  • Dirty Coward: His main trait after his unpleasantness.
    Brad: "Please! Don’t kill me! I have a ship full of friends you can kill, but don’t kill meeee!"
  • Enfant Terrible: As a young child, he killed his grandfather in winter while the snowblower was approaching, telling him that if he didn't give him five dollars he'd push his wheelchair off the porch and into the snow pile.
  • Entitled Bastard: He thinks simply being present should be enough for him to get all the laurels.
  • Foe Yay: While under the effects of the Truth Serum gas, he said... interesting things about what he thinks of Captain Patenaude.
    Brad: "You look cute when you cry." note 
  • Insufferable Genius: He is the only scientist on board, and he likes to flaunt it when calculations are needed.
  • It's All About Me: "Captain, if you die, can I have your desserts?"
  • Jerkass: A deeply unpleasant, egotistical, cowardly, narcissistic person who never wastes a moment to sell out the rest of the crew for his own gain and overthrow the captain to get all the glory for himself. The only reason the crew keeps him around is because he is the only scientist that they have.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not necessarily gold but he does end up admitting he likes the crew a few times and his insults are mostly because that's literally the only way anyone communicated with him and so he has no idea how to express it. He has an on and off Vitriolic Best Buds with Flavien and Bob when he doesn't cross a line and did save the crew at least four times.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite everything he's done, the worst thing that probably happened to him was getting demoted from his post as second officer.
  • Lean and Mean: His wiry frame is often lampshaded by the rest of the crew. This becomes a plot point in the episode La Fissure (The Tear), when he is the only one skinny enough to go through a small space-time tear to prevent the ship from going back to Adam and Eve's time (It Makes Sense in Context).
  • Mr Seahorse: In the episode Maman Brad (Mommy Brad), Brad gets pregnant and has a baby alien. The baby, whom he named Jaqueline, was delivered though his nose.
  • Narcissist: "Testing, one two, one two, I'm handsome".
  • Number Two: Up to episode 58, where he's replaced with Flavien.
  • No Respect Guy: When he's not antagonizing the crew and tries to save them, most of the time his heroics are ignored.
    Brad: "Hey! No fair! Why doesn't anyone believe me when I'm heroic?" note 
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His dream was to become a ballet dancer. Oddly enough, his parents both wanted a girl and forced him to crossdress, but still wanted him to become a scientist instead.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Used his father's ties with the federation to get on board, bribing and drugging other applicants and, when discovered, having the president of the federation forcing the Captain to take him. It backfires as what should have been a simple yet glorious mission took longer and he can't use his connection since they are too far from Earth to even communicate.
  • The Smart Guy: He's the science officer aboard the Romano Fafard, and although he's lazy, cowardly, egotistical, lousy, etc., he's still the expert in his field.
  • The Starscream: Brad is constantly scheming to overthrow the Captain. However, Failure Is the Only Option.

Valence Leclerc
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Played by: Isabelle Brossard (Season 1); Sylvie Moreau (Season 2 onwards)

"I feel like I'm assisting to a nightmare, and I have front row tickets!" note 

She is the ship psychologist and the Love Interest to the Captain. She has a tendency to speak in overly complicated psychobabble before repeating it in Layman's terms.

  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Although she keeps an air of professionalism, she's jealous of women who get close to the Captain.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: No one likes her cooking, and for good reasons. Flavien once successfully blackmailed Brad into helping them by threatening to make him eat her recipe of potato pie, she made a soup out of Bob's jeans for some reason and the captain interrupted Serge's wake because she was the one making the sandwiches and there was no doctor on board at the moment.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She invented a machine that allows people to enter the dreams of others, and it works.
  • Motor Mouth: Sometimes, she can make incredibly long statements without catching her breath.
    Valence: "Brad, will you please calm yourself down? You react like a capricious 6-year-old child going on a trip to Cape Cod with his parents who's whining to have some french fries even though the car is not even close to the border yet!" note 
  • Official Couple: With Charles.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Has a tendency to speak like this occasionally, especially when diagnosing the other crewmembers. She generally has to repeat her diagnoses in Layman's terms when the crew doesn't understand.
    Valence: "Since that time, Pétrolia is victim of an extremely punitive superego, which is linked to the internalization of a sense of pathological apathy that can lead to Type 4 catatonia... she thinks she sucks!" note 
  • Team Mom: She acts as this to the rest of the crew.
  • There Are No Therapists: Defied. She's the ship's psychologist, and often has therapies with the crew, which they try to avoid.

Bob Dieudonné-Marcelin
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Played by: Didier Lucien

"If the mission is over, that means... that the mission is over." note 

The ship's pilot. He's a bit of a ditz who enjoys eating a lot, and he's the only pilot on Earth who can work the Romano Fafard's manual clutch.
  • Ace Pilot: He's the only pilot on Earth who can drive the Romano Fafard's manual clutch-piloting.
  • Back from the Dead: He once died of a lethal alien virus, but he came back due to being too fat to ascend to Heaven. He brought back Flavien with him.
  • Bald of Awesome: Not a hair on his head - Except that one time he grew hair to try to impress Pétrolia.
  • Beta Couple: With Petrolia, but only during the Series Finale.
  • Big Eater: Bob will usually be the first of the crew to stop to eat. Gets him in trouble when he's captured and cloned.
  • Book Dumb: He mentioned in the second movie that he never completed his high school.
    • To wit, he has proven being incapable of spelling his own name ("B-a-u-b-e"), resigned himself from writing the word "Captain" with corndogs as a birthday gift to Patenaude because he was incapable of "making the H" with them, and somehow managed to misspell the personal pronoun "je" ("I" in English) using seven letters.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Can't tell left from right but still an excellent pilot, knows how to rebuild the engine and even found out how to drive out of limbo.
    Bob: Well we spin that way we are just gonna have to spin the other way.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: From the movies, it's presumed he and Petrolia didn't work out that well, since she's back with Flavien. And then there's the governor's messenger from the "Moisturizing face cream relieves dry skin" planet that he thinks wrote him a love letter. Turns out it's to warn him that their governor made an attempted suicide to blame the nearby pacifist planet in order to portray them as terrorists. Ultimately subverted with the messenger, as they appear to be together again at the end of the second movie.
  • Disability Superpower: His brain is so small that he can hide it from the probing mind of a Dark Jedi master.
  • The Ditz: As the series progressed, his stupidity became his main trait. To the point where he can have a nosebleed if he uses his brain too hard (read: like a normal human being).
    • Genius Ditz: Implied, as he helped Flavien rebuild Serge after the latter was destroyed for the 2nd time. He is also stated to be the most important member of the crew since he can drive and repair the ship.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: A superpower of his. If he makes the same dream three times in a row, it is a prophetic dream. Of course, dumb as he is, he sometimes forgets important details.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: He goes through one after seeing his parents' ghosts.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Flavien, who has been his friend since they were children.
  • Insistent Terminology: In the first movie: "Bob with hair".
  • Nice Hat: His knit cap.
  • No Indoor Voice: At times.
    Bob: [barges in the room] Captain! Captain!! CAPTAAAAIN!!!
    Patenaude: You know, Bob, when you yell at less than ten centimeters from my face... I HEAR YOU JUST FINE!
    Bob: Sorry...
  • Parents in Distress: His parents are still on Earth, and he's with the crew to help find a new planet for Earthlings before everyone dies. Sadly, they died before the mission's end.
  • Those Two Guys: With Flavien.
  • Token Minority: He's the only black on the ship.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: During one episode, he took many levels in jerkassery when he sought Brad's mentorship in order to have a better chance at wooing Pétrolia, becoming a money-obsessed, backstabbing and womanizing sociopath along the way. This backfired immensely when he alienated everyone, including Flavien, and Pétrolia gave him a scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech about his new behavior and his inability to accept that she doesn't love him. He reverted back to being a Nice Guy by the end of the episode.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Pogos, which is a Canadian brand of corndog.

Flavien Bouchard
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Played by: Claude Legault

"I read a book on self-esteem, it's called "When there's a will, another can"." note 

The ship's radar operator, communications specialist and second officer after episode 58. In the final episodes he was revealed to be a Half-Human Hybrid.
  • Abusive Parents: His alien biological father abandoned him at birth. Plus, his foster families never loved him.
  • The Ace: Not quite.
  • Back from the Dead: At least three times.
  • Beta Couple: Was on an on-again, off-again relationship with Pétrolia from her debut episode up until an episode from Season 3 focusing on their relationship where they decided in the end to be Just Friends. Goes back to being this trope with her in the movies.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is a real Nice Guy, and he has a long fuse, but you reaaaaaally don't want to anger him. The crew found that out the hard way when Brad violently got rid of an alien mime that he took under his wing. As Bob ominously put it:
    Bob: "He went to his Dark Side." note 
  • Broken Ace: He's part alien, which gives him Super Reflexes, sight and strength, but has a low self-esteem. He occasionally finds himself on the receiving end of Fantastic Racism, which doesn't make it easier.
  • Chick Magnet: Both in space, and back when he was on Earth. This tends to cause problems for the crew, however.
  • Grew a Spine: In the movies and last season. Before that, he couldn't take decisions or stand up for himself.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He's part alien. Following his Heroic Sacrifice at the end of the first movie, his human half was destroyed, making him fully alien.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Bob, who has been his friend since they were children.
  • Human Alien: Half alien, actually. Fully alien by the end of the first movie.
  • Made of Iron: Due to Bizarre Alien Biology, what would normally be a fatal blow to a human doesn't kill him.
  • Number Two: After episode 58 he replaces Brad as the second officer to Patenaude.
  • Parental Abandonment: He has never met his father, who left before his birth, and his mother died of a broken heart. His series-long Character Arc culminated with him discovering that his father was an alien who abandoned him and his mother because his birth threatened his birthright to a throne.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: When the crew is about to attack a planet to chase off its inhabitants, he refuses to participate and instead goes to the previous planet in search of their drone.
  • Secret Keeper: Midway through the second season, he accidentally learns about Patenaude and Valence being in a relationship together, but keeps it a secret as he doesn't mind at all the fact they're a couple.
  • Super Reflexes: Comes with being part alien.
  • Those Two Guys: With Bob.
  • Token Nonhuman: He's only half-alien, but still. He fully becomes this trope by the end of the first movie.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards the Captain.

Pétrolia Parenteau-Stanislavski
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Played by: Mélanie Maynard

The ship's medical officer and mechanic, she was part of a Love Triangle with Flavien and Bob. She eventually chose Flavien over Bob, but managed to stay in good friendly terms with him. She is Serge's creator, having made him with lawnmower parts.
  • Aerith and Bob: On the same ship as Charles, Brad and Bob is Pétrolia.
  • Beta Couple: Was on an on-again, off-again relationship with Flavien from her debut episode up until an episode from Season 3 focusing on their relationship where they decided in the end to be Just Friends. Goes back to being this trope with him in the movies.
    • She was also this trope with Bob, but only during the Series Finale.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Due to her half-Canadian parentage (and her Russian father lived in Canada for a while). Otherwise she's as Russian as a borscht.
  • Fangirl: of Elvis Presley. When the crew took him on board (He didn't die, but was cryogenically frozen in space to escape his stardom and the ship happened upon his cryo pod), she suffered quite a few bruises and broken ribs from fainting so much.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She's the ship mechanic and created Serge from lawnmower parts. And whenever Serge gets destroyed, she repairs him with whatever she has on hand - which once included a toaster for his head.
    • Bungling Inventor: Unfortunately, most of her other inventions either don't work very well or don't work the way they were intended to, to Charles' annoyance.
  • The Medic: As well as being the ship mechanic, she also serves as the ship's medical officer.

Serge
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Played by: Réal Bossé

Created by Pétrolia, Serge is an android and is the ship's defender. Originally looking much more human, as time passed he took more damage and Petrolia was forced to repair him with what she had on hand.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Patenaude never gets his name right, usually referring to Buffy Speak to speak with, to or about him. In a heartwarming example, he finally gets his name right at the end of the second movie as they are about to leave the ship for good, and Serge hugs him in return.
  • The Big Guy: He's the protector of the ship and the muscle of the crew.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: His third iteration was built with 1001 different personalities and functions, which are accessed with a remote control.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Parodied, as he's the one crew member that's most likely to die, only to get rebuilt not too long afterards.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: He's been killed and rebuilt 18 times over the series and movies.
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