Characters: Home Alone

Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin)

"This is my house, I have to defend it!"

Marv Merchants (Daniel Stern) and Harry Lime (Joe Pesci)

"We're the Wet Bandits, the W-E-T-"
"Shut up, Marv!"

Tropes associated with Harry

  • Badass Longcoat / Scarf of Asskicking / Wool Beanie: His typical getup, along with the Fingerless Gloves he and Marv wear.
  • The Comically Serious
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Even Thieves Have Standards: Harry draws the line at flooding people's houses and chasing a kid into a church (although the latter may have been out of superstition or simple Pragmatic Villainy of not getting caught).
  • Grumpy Bear
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: After all, he is played by Joe Pesci.
  • Jerkass: Especially towards Marv.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Harry actually manages to get information from the neighbors by disguising himself as a policeman.
    • At the end of the first film, he outsmarted Kevin and caught him. He would have bitten Kevin's fingers off if Marley hadn't shown up. At the end of the second film, he pulls a gun on Kevin and is about to shoot him in the face when the pigeon lady appears.
  • Red Right Hand: His golden tooth in the first movie which he loses after being hit with a tin can by Kevin.
  • Scars Are Forever: In the first film, he tries to open a door, not knowing that Kevin had heated up the doorknob on the other side. He burns his right hand and cools it off in the snow. In the second film, it is revealed to have lift a burn scar in the shape of an M on his right palm that he still has a year later. One of the few injuries in any of the films that is actually depicted realistically.
  • Shout-Out: The credits list his last name as "Lime". There was another villain named Harry Lime in The Third Man.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He's a lot crankier and more irascible in the second film. Justified perhaps in that he's just spent a year in jail thanks to Kevin.
  • Verbal Tic: He frequently mutters angrily to himself regarding Kevin.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Strongly implied by the second film. He tells Kevin that "knocking off a youngster on Christmas Eve wouldn't mean much" and later goes as far as to hold him at gunpoint.

Tropes associated with Marv

  • Alliterative Name: Marv Merchants.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: At least in the second film. In the first film, he seems to be about on par with Harry in terms of intelligence and they also seem to have more of an equal partnership.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Much to Harry's disgust.
    • "Remember, if this makes the papers, we're no longer the Wet Bandits, we're the Sticky Bandits!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Especially in the second film.
  • The Dragon: To Harry in the second film.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: In the second movie, he warns Harry they should leave when he notices all the pigeons. He proves right when the pigeon lady appears.
    • In the first movie he thinks that Harry's plan to try to rob the McCallister's house even with Kevin inside is not a good idea. Given what happens next to him and Harry he surely was right.
    • Also in the first movie, when Harry says the McCallister's house is "the one", Marv says there could be toys worth stealing inside. Some toys can be valuable collector's items.
  • Informed Judaism: "Merry Christmas, Harry." "Happy Hannukah, Marv."note 
    • Also, in the second movie, he threatens Kevin by saying "American don't fly to the Promised Land, little buddy".
    • These lines likely come from how Daniel Stern, who is Jewish himself, improvised a lot of Marv's lines and antics.
    • Greedy Jew:... well, he is a thief.
  • Large Ham: Especially in the second movie.
  • Man Child
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Marv leaves a makeshift calling card for the police, much to Harry's dismay.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl
  • Stupid Crooks: Harry isn't all that smart himself (he never made it to the sixth grade in fact), but Marv is much, much dumber. His idiot moments include:
    • Flooding all the houses they rob just to leave a Calling Card, which allows the police to tie all their thefts together.
    • After stepping on broken glass and cutting his feet, instead of clearing the rest of the glass out of the way, he walks over the rest of it.
    • Stealing many things in broad daylight after he just broke out of prison.
    • Admitting to the police that they tried to steal from a children's charity, despite Harry telling him they have the right to remain silent.
    • And perhaps his biggest idiot moment of all, in the second film, he walks into a room and does not notice a large gaping hole in the floor in front of him that anyone with half a brain cell would see.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In Home Alone 2, he is a lot dumber than in the first film, possibly thanks to the head injuries he sustained in the first film (and/or additional head injuries he might have sustained in prison).

Kate McCallister (Catherine O'Hara)

Peter McCallister (John Heard)

"Kevin! You spent $967 on room service?!"

  • Happily Married: To Kate.
  • Only Sane Man: In relative terms, anyway. In Home Alone 1, Peter tried to talk Kate into waiting for the next flight from Paris to Chicago instead of hopping from airport to airport. She didn't listen, but he turned out to be right. He and the whole family arrive home exactly when she does.
  • Parental Neglect: To Kevin.

Frank McCallister (Gerry Bamman)

"Look what you did you little jerk!"

  • Evil Uncle: He's not evil, but treats Kevin quite poorly, and shows no emotion when his parents leave him behind accidentally. In the sequel, he hasn't changed much, although he does mellow slightly by the end.
  • Grumpy Bear
  • Happily Married: To Leslie.
  • Jerkass: None of the other members of Kevin's family are very nice, but he takes the cake.
  • The Scrooge

Leslie McCallister (Terrie Snell)

"Fuller, go easy on the Pepsi!"

Buzz McCallister (Devin Ratray)

"I wouldn't let you sleep in my room, if you were growing on my ass!"

  • Big Brother Bully
  • Jerkass
  • Karma Houdini: In the second movie. Sure, Kevin pushes him down after the electric candle debacle, but Buzz still gets away with conning the whole family with an insincere apology after the fact, and suffers no retribution.
  • Pet the Dog: Although he does redeem himself with a genuinely sincere speech in thanks to Kevin at the end of the sequel.
  • Precision F-Strike: See the quote.

Jeff McCallister (Mike Maronna)

"Kevin, you're such a disease."

  • Big Brother Bully: Though Buzz gets more focus, he's not very nice to Kevin, like the rest of the family.
  • Pet the Dog: A deleted scene shows that he can't sleep in Paris because is worried about Kevin.

Megan McCallister (Hillary Wolf)

"Kevin, you're completely helpless!"

Linnie McCallister (Angela Goethals)

"You know, Kevin, you're what the French call les incompetents."

Fuller McCallister (Kieran Culkin)

Old Man Marley (Roberts Blossom)

"Come, let's get you home."

Gus Polinski (John Candy)

Pigeon Lady (Brenda Fricker)

"Let him go! Kevin, run!"

Mr. Hector (Tim Curry)

"What's the matter? Store wouldn't take your... stolen credit card?"

  • Butt Monkey
  • Inspector Javert: He's the only one suspicious of a boy staying all by himself in a hotel in New York.
  • Jerkass
  • Large Ham: As can only be expected, given who plays him.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Downplayed. He's doing his job and has every right to be suspicious of Kevin, but is overly eager in having him arrested.
  • Smug Snake: Is very proud in discovering the credit card "thievery", but Kevin got away. Oops.