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Characters: Elysium
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    Earth 

Max DaCosta

Played By: Matt Damon


Frey Santiago

Played By: Alice Braga









Matilda Santiago

Played By: Emma Tremblay

  • Children Are Innocent: Interestingly enough, even Kruger acts somewhat nice towards her, such as when he tells her to close her eyes so she doesn't see him punch Frey during an interrogation.
  • Ill Girl
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: She has advanced leukemia, and cannot be cured on Earth due to lacking the medical equipment readily available on Elysium.

M. Kruger

Played By: Sharlto Copley

  • Amoral Afrikaner
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Badass
  • Bad Boss: While he seems amiable enough with his two henchmen who share his love of killing, he's implied to have killed other henchmen in the past on impulse and the first thing they do when he recovers from a severe injury is holding a gun at his face until he calms down.
  • Beard of Evil
  • Blood Knight: He always seems to enjoy fighting and killing people.
  • The Caligula: He would have become this if he actually succeeded in taking over Elysium.
  • Cool Sword: His signature Katana.
  • The Dragon: To Delacourt.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As he's molesting and interrogating Frey, he doesn't want her daughter to view his atrocities. Subverted later, as it turns out that he is perfectly willing to let her die with no remorse. In his final fight with Max, he also allows the latter to at least stand back up after knocking him down instead of just shooting or stabbing the latter while they're on the ground.
  • Evil Is Hammy: His dialogue seems to chew the scenery a little.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Delacourt, you really shouldn't have yelled in his face, particularly given that he'd just had most of it blown off and regenerated...
  • Faux Affably Evil: The polite demeanour is obviously an act. His tendency to tell people to get their injuries that he just inflicted on them checked out also add to this.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
  • Karmic Death: Kruger has a tendency love blowing things up. In the end, he gets blown up with a Grenade he intended for him and Max to die with.
  • Knife Nut: Kruger sure does love his blades, such as his Katana.
  • Made of Iron: Dude survives his face being blown off - but doesn't escape the psychological trauma that came with it.
  • Obviously Evil: He's already described as committing numerous human rights violations.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • The Sociopath
  • Verbal Tic: He has a tendency to call Max "boykie".

Spider

Played By: Wagner Moura

  • Big Good: About the closest thing we have to one in this movie. While he is technically a criminal, he does abandon his original plan of hijacking Carlyle's brain and using the information to steal the latter's money and resources. Instead he uses what Max downloaded from Carlyle to help out all of the citizens on Earth.
  • Genius Cripple: He walks with a limp and has to carry around a walking stick.
  • Good Is Not Nice: For all his noble intentions, he still did things like human trafficking and grand theft auto.
  • Hollywood Hacking
  • Large Ham: Ever wonder why Los Angeles of the future is such a dry, bland-looking place? It's because he ate so much of the scenery.
  • Non-Action Guy: Justified in that he's walking with a limp, and he's got plenty of guys who do the fighting for him, such as Max.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He orders his men to back down from Max, and they comply. He even gives him some Powered Armor to help him with his mission, and later becomes key to helping out everyone on Earth.

Drake and Crowe

Played By: Brandon Aurret (Drake) and Josh Blacker (Crowe)





Julio

Played By: Diego Luna

    Elysium 

Secretary of Defense Jessica Delacourt

Played By: Jodie Foster

  • Big Bad: Until Kruger takes over.
    • Non-Action Big Bad: Throughout the entire film, she uses Kruger as her personal attack dog to deal with her dirty work.
  • The Beautiful Elite
  • Blondes are Evil
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Her reasoning for acting the way she does is to keep the rabble on Earth out of Elysium, no matter how brutal her methods seem. She even warns Patel of this, and when illegals certainly do breach Elysium later, she tries to do an "I told you so" to him.
  • The Iron Lady
  • Karmic Death: Delacourt is killed by Kruger, the very psycho she hired.
  • Power Hair
  • Smug Snake
  • The Starscream: She plans a coup because she feels the current president doesn't have what it takes to lead. Kruger later kills her in order to seize control of Elysium for himself. Karma's a bitch.
  • Think of the Children!: Her apparent justification for killing dozens of refugees and her plans to takeover Elysium.
    Delacourt: "Do you have children, President Patel?"
  • Too Dumb to Live: She confronts a complete psycho like Kruger without any protection or guards.
  • Wicked Cultured
  • Woman in White
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: When the shuttle she authorized to land crashes on Elysium thanks to her off-the-books and illegal The Dragon, she doesn't miss a beat in feigning ignorance and blaming the entire incident on the President's more humane policies and then seizing control of the security forces in her capacity as War Secretary. It would have been more impressive if her next act had not been Bullying The Dragon.




John Carlyle

Played By: William Fichtner



President Patel

Played By: Faran Tahir

  • Anti-Villain: While living on Elysium doesn't earn him any points with people on Earth, he's also not actively making their life more difficult either the way Delacourt and Kruger seem to want to do.
  • Bigger Bad: Technically, although he's the least evil of the film's villains, he is still at the top of the tyrannical system.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In most settings, he'd barely be considered evil at all.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He specifically chews out Delacourt for shooting down the civilian craft attempting to land on Elysium, and revokes Kruger's military status shortly after said incident.
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