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!!Wikus van de Merwe

->'''Played by:''' Creator/SharltoCopley

A completely ordinary MNU agent who finds himself in an extraordinary situation. When tasked with evicting the aliens from the titular district, Wikus is sprayed by a mysterious alien liquid. He begins to undergo an unusual transformation into something inhuman, forcing him to go on the run.
%%* ActionSurvivor
* {{Adorkable}}: He has his moments. One of the last scenes in the film is archive footage of him working with the documenters, and he pulls out the little wedding photo of his wife and gushes over her a little bit.
-->"Let me show you my wife...My special angel! She even looks like an angel, with a halo. You want to see that, you see--with the white...the white veil over the...over the head...She even looks like an angel. Everybody insists that his wife is an angel but this is a ''real'' angel that you are seeing there...on the cameras...they won't put that in the video, I know."
%%* AndThenJohnWasAZombie:[[spoiler: See KarmicTransformation.]]
* AmoralAfrikaner: Subverted. He starts out doing pretty reprehensible things, but he is not a monster. Over the course of the movie, her begins to show more of a conscience, as more of MNU's atrocities come to light [[spoiler:and as he starts transforming.]]
* AntiHero: Starts off as a ClassicalAntiHero, then evolves into an UnscrupulousHero over the course of the film.
%%* ApologeticAttacker
%%* BreakTheHaughty
%%* CharacterDevelopment
%%* ChewToy
%%* {{Determinator}}
* DirtyCoward: Even while armed to the teeth in a MiniMecha, his first instinct is still to run and even [[spoiler:almost leaves Christopher at the end out of pure cowardice]]. Even Koobus lampshades that.
-->'''Koobus:''' And keep on running, you fucking coward. Run! Run!
* DualityMotif: The iris of [[spoiler:his left eye turns gold (and huge) at around the seventy-second hour of his transformation into a Prawn]], while the other retains its original color, even after [[spoiler:he has transformed completely]].
* GoodIsNotNice: He would've been a fully-fledged villain if he is completely obsessed with keeping law and order.
* FireForgedFriends: With Christopher, by the end.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Until it becomes a total conversion.]]
%%* HappilyMarried
%%* HeroWithBadPublicity
* HiddenDepths: He has quite the artistic side. As noted below, his bumbling persona is at least partly an act; however, he is so far in over his head and freaked out throughout the movie that it's hard to gauge how intelligent he really is.
* IdiotHero: At times, and intentional.
* KarmicTransformation: [[spoiler:Remember the scene where he kills a bunch of baby prawns? Suddenly, seeing him turn ''into'' a prawn is a lot more poetic. It's also interesting in that it's probably what saves him in the end. If he hadn't turned entirely into a prawn and blended in with the others in District 9, he would've likely been found, captured and sliced up in an MNU laboratory.]]
%%* LargeHam
* LawfulNeutral ([=Invoked=] by WordOfGod): Interviews with the creators of the film have said that Wikus is this. He's basically an ObstructiveBureaucrat who is obsessed with rules.
%%* NobleBigot
%%* NotSoDifferent
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: A rare protagonist example.
* PunchClockVillain: Prior to his CharacterDevelopment he seems to bear no ill will towards the Prawns and is really just carrying out orders, but due to his condition and the realization of what the government is doing with them he seems to better empathize with them than he did previously.
%%* RedRightHand
%%* SirSwearsALot
* TookALevelInBadass: Though it takes him a ''long'' time -- nearly the entire film -- to get there, it's ''spectacular'' when it happens.
* TookALevelInKindness: He gains one after his contact with the alien fluid.
* UnskilledButStrong: He's able to control a MiniMecha, though he unfortunately has no idea how to use it.

[[folder:Christopher Johnson]]
!!Christopher Johnson

->'''Played By''' Jason Cope

An alien in District 9 with a young son, secretly building a ship so he can leave Earth.
* ActionDad: He'll do anything to protect his son.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He wants peace between his people and the humans, but he'll fight when he needs to.
%%* BreakTheCutie
%%* ChewToy
* CreepyGood: For all that he looks like a prawn, Christopher is arguably the wisest and most moral character in the film.
%%* {{Determinator}}
* FireForgedFriends: With Wikus, by the end.
* MeaningfulName: See MessianicArchetype.
* MessianicArchetype: Just switch the initals of Christopher's name.
* PapaWolf: To Little CJ.
%%* SomeCallMeTim
* ThouShaltNotKill: He's not nearly as okay with killing as Wikus is.

[[folder:Little CJ]]
!!Little CJ

->'''Played By''' N/A

Christopher Johnson's young son.
* BadassAdorable[=/=]TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: He brutally kills several gangsters to save Wikus. Not a big deal on its own, but he reacts with youthful enthusiasm, even though the deaths are pretty intense..
* ChildProdigy: Helps his father in his research. [[spoiler: Plus, he's the one who activates the mothership.]]
* KidSidekick: Functions as one to his father.

!!Tania Smit van de Merwe

->'''Played By''' Vanessa Haywood

Wikus' loyal and loving wife. She is also the daughter of Piet Smit.
* DaddysGirl: Her father is Piet Smit, head of the SMU.
%%* DatingWhatDaddyHates
* HappilyMarried: To Wikus, which makes his destiny (and hers) even more heartbreaking.
%%* MoralityPet: For Wikus.
* SpoiledSweet: Despite having a CorruptCorporateExecutive for a father, she's one of the nicest characters in the movie.

!!Piet Smit

->'''Played By''' Louis Minaar

The head of the South African MNU. He also happens to be Wikus' father-in-law.
* AmoralAfrikaner[=/=]CorruptCorporateExecutive: He tries to vivisect Wikus for the sake of profit. He also turns Tania against her husband for a while (by falsely claiming that Wikus has had sex with a prawn).
* BaldOfEvil: He's bald and one of the film's major villains.
* BigBad: He's the most powerful of the human villains.
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
%%* EvilOldFolks
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:It's implied that his company gets investigated for his unethical acts, so it may be a subversion.]]
* LackOfEmpathy: He's willing to vivisect his own son-in-law, who's begging for his life.
* OverprotectiveDad: To his daughter Tania, although his idea of protecting her is pretty extreme.
%%* PerpetualFrowner
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: He runs the company that employs them.
%%* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* SmartPeopleSpeakTheQueensEnglish: He is an Afrikaner, like most of the cast, but consciously speaks with a British English accent. According to the DVDCommentary, they wanted to show the class difference between Piet and Wikus.
%%* SmugSnake
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:Though the positive PR may have been torn down by the end of the film]].

!!Colonel Koobus Venter

->'''Played By''' David James

The commander of a mercenary unit, employed by Piet Smit.
* AmoralAfrikaner: Practically the poster boy for this trope. South African? Yep. Racist (well, FantasticRacist in this case)? Very. SociopathicSoldier in charge of a [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenary unit]]? Check and check.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:He suffers one of the most brutal deaths in the movie--and he deserves it, too.]]
* BaldOfEvil: An even clearer example than his boss.
* BloodKnight: His job is killing prawns, and he ''loves'' his job.
%%* ColonelBadass
* TheDragon: He is this to Piet.
* DeathByRacism[=/=]KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:He is surrounded by the aliens he spent most of the film abusing, and [[TheDogBitesBack torn limb from limb]]]].
* ForTheEvulz: This is pretty much his only reason for joining MNU, on top of being xenophobic towards the Prawns. He kills Christopher's friend in cold blood just to get a kick out of it.
%%* HairTriggerTemper
* TheHeavy: Although Piet Smit is technically the main antagonist of the movie, Koobus is the one who commands all the mercenary soldiers and takes part of the action.
%%* HotBlooded
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* KickTheDog: All the time. A good example would be this line when he has Christopher Johnson at gun point after beating him within an inch of his life.
--> '''Koobus:''' I can't believe I get paid to do this! I love watching you prawns ''die''.
* LargeHam: He has his moments, like when we first see him.
%%* NoIndoorVoice
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: His job, which he enjoys ''way'' too much.
* PsychoForHire: He's only in it for the lulz of killing things.
* {{Sadist}}: He takes pleasure in killing prawns. He even outright states "I love watching you prawns die."
* SirSwearsALot: His LargeHam quote is only a sample.
* SociopathicSoldier: Of the Psychopathic and Jingoistic varieties to a T.


->'''Played By''' Eugene Khumbanyiwa

A paralyzed Nigerian gang leader who wants to gain the 'power' of the aliens by consuming them.
%%* AxCrazy
%%* CreepyMonotone
* EvilCripple[=/=]HandicappedBadass: He hasn't let being confined to a wheelchair stop him from running a gang of brutal arms dealers.
%%* EvilSoundsDeep
%%* KubrickStare
* OhCrap: When Wikus uses the Prawn weapons.
--> Ah, holy shit!
* NervesOfSteel: Even when Wikus has an alien gun to his ''face'', Obesandjo doesn't flinch at all.
%%* RuthlessForeignGangsters
%%* ScaryBlackMan
* YourHeadAsplode: [[spoiler:When the MiniMecha becomes operational, it fires a massive cylinder into his head and pops his head like a melon.]]