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     Kevin McCallister 

Kevin McCallister

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"Hello!"
Played By: Macaulay Culkin

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

After getting into a fight with his older brother Buzz because he purposely ate Kevin's cheese pizza, Kevin is sent to the third floor of the house by his mother Kate. Before he goes, he angrily tells his mother that he never wants to see her or anyone else in the family again. The next morning as the family prepares to leave, Kevin is still sleeping. The family, in a rush, hurries off to the airport and doesn't realize that Kevin isn't with them. Later, Kevin wakes up to find his whole family gone and is in thrill, believing his wish came true. But when Harry and Marv, two bandits, start robbing houses in his neighborhood and plan to rob Kevin's house, too, it's up to him to scare them off.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: In both movies Kevin is shown to be very smart for his age and capable of great maturity and insights, but he still has a childish (and occasionally bratty) streak; he's just a kid and often acts like one.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: This is how his older siblings see him. To be fair, as annoying as Kevin can be, they are all jerks to him.
  • Attention Whore: Kevin seems to be a bit of one at the beginning, but especially on the first night when he bugs Kate and Peter in his first scene and throws a fit a few scenes later about how being around so many other people makes him sick.
  • Badass Adorable: You bet your sweet ass he's this trope. This kid goes through (and helps instigate!) more chaos in two movies than some people see in a lifetime. And he's just so damn cute.
  • Big Eater: He eats an obscene amount of food in both movies. At the end of the second movie, it turns out that his room-service bill is 967$. The fact that at the end, all the food he ordered is nowhere to be seen make this trope all the more likely.
  • Blue Is Heroic: He wears a blue shirt when he's not wearing a red one.
  • Butt-Monkey: To his family. Both movies show him being picked on and insulted by his jerks siblings (not to mention his uncle) and treated like The Scapegoat and The Unfavorite by his neglectful parents.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often.
    Frank: You better not wreck my trip, you little sour puss, your dad's paying good money for it.
    Kevin: Oh, wouldn't want to spoil your fun, Mr. Cheapskate!
  • Freudian Excuse: The way his family treats him.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He has a good heart deep down and still loves his family, despite their constant abuse of him, and can be very compassionate and helpful. When it comes to his enemies, however, he's downright ruthless.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Kevin has shades of this, as pointed out in the Honest Trailers reel (manipulation, talking to himself, trapping a pair of non-violent criminals in a sadistic world of torture, from which there is no escape...)
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Kevin's home life is pretty much this.
  • Hotel Hellion: In the second movie.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kevin is the first to admit he's not always the best kid and can be a pain sometimes, but he does overall have a good heart. Especially seen in his interactions with Old Man Marley and the Pigeon Lady.
  • Kid Hero: A serious candidate for the Most Triumphant Example.
  • Manipulative Bastard: And a pretty good one at that.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Kevin has two brothers, two sisters and lots of cousins.
  • Mouthy Kid: He's not afraid to speak his mind.
  • Parental Neglect: Kevin's parents don't seem to be particularly mean, but they often ignore him and don't care about his feelings. Plus, what kind of parents would forget about their 8 year-old kid and leave him home alone on Christmas? Although, in all fairness, the home was in chaos with the extended family there. We have no reason to believe his parents are like this all year round.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: All the sadistic things he does to Harry and Marv. They are the bad guys, anyway.
  • Red Is Heroic: He wears a red shirt in some scenes.
  • The Runt at the End: The entire reason the Home Alone movies exist is because the main character is this, to the point that he is accidentally left behind on family trips.
  • Something We Forgot: Is accidentally left behind by his family in both movies.
  • This Means War!: His response to learning that Harv and Marv are planning to steal from children on Christmas. What follows is an especially brutal set of traps for the duo.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Plain cheese pizza.
  • Trap Master: Taken Up to Eleven in the sequel.
  • The Unfavourite: What Kevin seems to be to his family.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Big time. He's an 8-year-old boy who's perfectly able to take care of himself and outsmart adults, including professional burglars.
  • Would Rather Suffer: In the second movie, when Kate gives him an ultimatum to either apologize to Buzz or he stays grounded for the rest of the night, he responds with this:
    Kevin: I'm not apologizing to Buzz; I'd rather kiss a toilet seat!

     Harry and Marv 

Harry Lime and Marvin "Marv" Merchants

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Marv (left) and Harry (right).
Played By: Joe Pesci (Harry) and Daniel Stern (Marv)

Marv: We're the Wet Bandits, the W-E-T—
Harry: Shut up, Marv!

A pair of burglars who have been breaking into other vacant houses in the McCallisters' neighborhood and have targeted the McCallisters' own house. Kevin initially manages to keep them away by making the house look as if the family is home, but they eventually realize the deception.


  • Affably Evil: Especially Marv. When they nearly hit Kevin with their van, they both take time to admonish him to be more careful when crossing the street. It was only Kevin reacting at Harry's gold tooth (which he remembered from when Harry came to his house posing as a cop) that caused the duo to become suspicious and start following him.
  • All There in the Manual: Their last names are only given in the credits.
  • Amusing Injuries: The injuries they sustain make up most of the movie's comedy, despite the fact that several of them are pretty extreme for a kid's movie series, and should have killed Harry and Marv several times over if used even semi-realistically.
  • Arch-Enemy: After all the pains and injures they suffered thanks to Kevin it becomes personal.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Collectively known as the Wet Bandits and later the Sticky Bandits, both coined by Marv.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Marv, at 6'4", stands one foot taller than Harry.
  • Bully and Wimp Pairing: Harry and Marv, respectively.
  • Butt-Monkey: If you're a bad guy, you're definitely going to be on the receiving end of a horribly painful Humiliation Conga before the end of the film.
  • Determinator: They do not give up and that's the best thing that can be said about them.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They do seem to care about one another.
  • Fat and Skinny: Harry and Marv, respectively, although Joe Pesci really isn't that fat, but he is much shorter and heavier than Daniel Stern.
  • Fingerless Gloves: They both wear them.
  • Flanderization: In the second movie, Harry is noticeably more grouchy, while Marv is noticeably dumber. Both can be justified by going to prison and all those head injuries in the first movie, respectively.
  • Genre Blind: In the first movie.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: In the second film, Harry mentions that they share a photo album.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: They used to be just nonviolent thieves who simply prefer stealing and not hurt anybody. Since Kevin could have just called the police and had them arrested, his violent treatment towards them could be considered a Disproportionate Retribution.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Both, but especially Marv. It got even worse in the sequel!
  • Kick the Dog: In the second film, Marv is seen nicking change from a salvation army Santa, and later, both he and Harry knowingly try to steal money from a children's charity.
  • Laughably Evil: They are so bumbling and ineffectual they totally steal the show with their antics (and all the Amusing Injuries they suffer).
  • Made of Iron: According to Honest Action, Harry would have been killed 8 times and Marv would have been killed 13 times over the course of the first two films.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: They used to be this, before meeting Kevin.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Harry is the red to Marv's blue.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Harry (the short one) isn't smart at all, but he's not nearly as silly and idiotic as Marv (the tall one).
  • Stupid Crooks: Both of 'em. While Marv is the dumbest of the two, Harry is equally stupid himself.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Harry, the brains, and Marv, who's Too Dumb to Live and just goes along with Harry's plans.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Both the Bandits have their stupid moments, but especially Marv.
  • Villainous Friendship: A type 1. Although Harry often gets annoyed with Marv for his stupidity, he does seem to consider him a friend.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With each other.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Both of them were willing to shoot the Pigeon Lady in the second film. Thankfully she incapacitates them with her birdseed before they can do anything (it helps that their gun was jammed with tar at the time).
  • Would Hurt a Child: In the second movie. Also at the end of the first movie, after all the injuries they suffer thanks to Kevin and they want to get back at him.

Tropes associated with Harry

  • Angrish: That's what happens when you put Joe Pesci in a PG movie.
  • Badass Longcoat: His typical getup, along with the Wool Beanie, and the Fingerless Gloves he and Marv wear.
  • Bald of Evil: He might have had hair once, but two incidents with a blowtorch has scorched off any hair he might have had.
  • Big Bad: While they are a duo, Harry fits this role since he is the smarter of the pair and Marv tends to listen to his orders.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Harry clearly thinks of himself as a tough guy and often picks on Marv, but Kevin's traps reveal Harry to be every bit as big a wimp as his co-burglar.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Harry's a pretty crotchety guy, and employs hefty amounts of this trope toward Marv's idiocy.
  • Even Evil Has 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). When he almost runs over Kevin he warns him to be more careful when he cross the road.
  • Freudian Threat: After the paint can trap in the first movie, he threatens to snap off Kevin's cajones and boil them in motor oil.
  • Grumpy Bear: Whenever something actually makes him smile, it doesn't last before he's back to this trope, whether it's because of Marv, or... well, it's usually Marv.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: After all, he is played by Joe Pesci.
  • Jerkass: Especially towards Marv.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In the second movie, where he has a gun and fully intends to use it on Kevin.
  • Nice Hat: Harry's Wool Beanie. It gets burned off in both movies.
  • 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. By the end of the first film, there's his "M" scarred right hand from touching the booby-trapped doorknob, which is kept in the second.
  • 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 left 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 closer to Harry in terms of intelligence.
  • 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 Ditz: At times, Harry looks downright smart compared to him. In the second movie, he had trouble spelling "sticky", and stopped after the t.
  • The Dragon: To Harry, who comes up with all the plans. He tends to be the follower.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • In the second movie, it was Marv who suggest that they leave Kevin alone after he ran away from them into Central Park, knowing very well that he is alone and out of his element from the last time. Even Harry agrees, seeing that the Park gets even more dangerous at night.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Along with Harry he warns Kevin to watch out for traffic hinting that "Santa doesn't visit funeral homes". Like Harry, he's also contrary to enter in church to follow Kevin. He also thinks that trying to rob the McCallister's house even if Kevin's inside is a bad idea.
  • Expy: Marv is based on James Woods' worthless thief (yes, that James Woods) in an early episode of Kojak. "We don't leave clues, we leave dead-ends. We're the Dead-End Kids, remember!"
  • Greedy Jew:... well, he is a thief.
  • Informed Judaism: He has a few lines that likely come from how Daniel Stern, who is Jewish himself, improvised a lot of Marv's lines and antics.
    • "Merry Christmas, Harry." "Happy Hannukah, Marv."note 
    • In the second movie, he threatens Kevin by saying "American don't fly to the Promised Land, little buddy".
  • Large Ham: Especially in the second movie.
  • Man Child: In the first movie, Harry states that Marv is afraid of the dark. In addition, Marv wanted to steal toys (though he could have been planning for him and Harry to sell them, which may not be as stupid as it may seem). That's on top of him wanting him and Harry to have a criminal calling card. In the second movie, he's practically giddy to go ice skating.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Marv leaves a makeshift calling card for the police, much to Harry's dismay.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Particularly when a tarantula gets put on his face.
  • 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. Though to be fair, he'd just been hit on the head with a brick several times.
  • 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).
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: If his major freakout with Buzz's tarantula is anything to go by, he has a bad case of arachnophobia.

The McCallister Family

     Kate McCallister 

Kate McCallister

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"Kevin!"
Played By: Catherine O'Hara

Kevin's mother. After discovering that Kevin was left home alone, she does everything humanly possible to get to him.


  • Badass Boast: "Right now, no mugger or murderer would dare mess with me!"
  • Determinator: Given the measures she goes to in order to find Kevin, you can bet your bottom dollar she is.
  • Deuteragonist: Kate doing everything humanly possible to return to Kevin becomes a hefty sub-plot in both films.
  • Easily Forgiven: Justified - come on, it's Christmas! Kevin's just happy to see her at all.
  • Happily Married: To Peter.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Before developing into a protective Mama Bear she was pretty bad to Kevin. She barely notices all the abuse he receives from his older siblings and doesn't even defend him when Uncle Frank (another adult!) calls him "little jerk" in front of everyone. All her reaction is sending Kevin to the attic, telling him "it's too late" when he apologizes and declaring "You're the only one in this family who causes trouble".
  • Mama Bear: Both times Kevin is separated from the family, the sub-plots follow Kate doing everything humanly possible to get to him.
  • Must Make Amends: At any cost.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: All she's trying to do is discipline Kevin, and it winds up leaving him alone in Chicago. Not so much her fault in the second movie, but she takes it pretty hard nonetheless.
  • Parental Neglect: To Kevin. When she realizes she left Kevin at home, it absolutely eats her up inside for the rest of the movie.
    "What kind of a mother am I?"
  • Was Too Hard on Him: See Parental Neglect and My God, What Have I Done?

     Peter McCallister 

Peter McCallister

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"Kevin! You spent $967 on room service?!"
Played By: John Heard

Kevin's father. He seems to take Kevin missing relatively more calmly than his wife.


  • For Want of a Nail: In the second movie. He lets Kevin rummage through his bag to get batteries for just a moment, and it leads to them getting separated and dealing with an even bigger catastrophe than last year.
  • Happily Married: To Kate.
  • Only Sane Man: In relative terms, anyway. In the first Home Alone, 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 just barely minutes after she does.
  • Parental Neglect: Accidentally, to Kevin. He seems to handle it a lot more reasonably than Kate does, however.
  • The Stoic: Mostly by comparison. Kate is a whirlwind of panic when trying to get to Kevin; meanwhile Peter is just calmly trying to get everything in order.

     Buzz McCallister 

Buzz McCallister

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"I wouldn't let you sleep in my room if you were growing on my ass!"
Played By: Devin Ratray

The older brother of Kevin. He seemingly has nothing better to do but pick on his brother Kevin, although he is quite protective of him and does have something genuinely nice to say to him at the end.


  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Or cousin, to Heather during the scene where she's counting heads and he starts rattling off random numbers to mess with her.
    Heather: Buzz, don't be a moron.
  • Big Brother Bully: Especially in the first movie, where he's nothing but an utter sourpuss to Kevin.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even moreso in the second movie.
    Buzz: [after Kevin blows up at the family] What a troubled young man.
  • Jerkass: Could give Uncle Frank a run for his money. The reason why the family becomes mad at Kevin at the beginning of both movies before Kevin is left behind is because of something he did and made Kevin mad; eating the cheese-only pizza that was for him in the first movie and pulling a prank on him at the school's Christmas concert in the second.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As mean as he can be to Kevin early in the movie, he does have something genuinely nice to say to him at the end.
  • 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.
  • Lack of Empathy: In the first movie, the family shows concern for Kevin's safety—all except Buzz, that is, who thinks that Kevin could use some time in the real world.
    Megan: You're not at all worried that something might happen to Kevin?
    Buzz: No, for three reasons: A, I'm not that lucky. Two, we use smoke detectors, and D, we live on the most boring street in the whole United States of America, where nothing even remotely dangerous will ever happen. Period!
  • Pet the Dog: He does redeem himself with a genuinely sincere speech in thanks to Kevin at the end of the sequel.
  • Precision F-Strike: More like Precision A-Strike with his "growing on my ass!" quote.
  • Tempting Fate: He claims that Kevin will be fine because they live on the most boring street in America, where nothing remotely dangerous will ever happen. Cue the Wet Bandits.

     Frank McCallister 

Frank McCallister

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"If it makes you feel any better, I forgot my reading glasses."
Played By: Gerry Bamman

"Look what you did you little jerk!"

Kevin's uncle and the brother of Peter. He is a highly eccentric guy, a penny pincher and quite a bit of the Jerkass.


  • 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: Yep, he's that kind of uncle; the grumpy ones.
  • Happily Married: To Leslie.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: One of the more memorable scenes in the second movie involves him in the shower, busting out a... truly stunning rendition of the Capitols' "Cool Jerk." Thanks to Kevin's Talkboy, this becomes a major Chekhov's Gun later on.
  • Jerkass: None of the other members of Kevin's family are very nice, but he takes the cake. Even the rest of the family has moments where they seem to merely be putting up with him.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He wasn't wrong about how Kevin shouldn't watch a violent movie.
  • Lack of Empathy: The "I forgot my reading glasses" quote is a perfect example. That was his reaction when Kate and Peter realize they forgot Kevin.
  • The Scrooge: Frank is regularly portrayed as a penny pincher; he avoids paying for his share of pizza, tries to steal airline champagne flutes, and it's heavily implied he is only taking his family to Paris because Peter and Kate are paying. Kevin outright calls him a cheapskate in the sequel.
  • Shower Scene:
    "Get outta here, you nosy little pervert, or I'm gonna slap you silly!!!"

     Fuller McCallister 

Fuller McCallister

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Played By: Kieran Culkin

The younger cousin of Kevin and son of Frank and Leslie McCallister. He likes to drink soda and is said to wet the bed, much to Kevin's dismay.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: More like an Annoying Younger Cousin to Kevin.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He constantly wets the bed - in the second film, it's implied he does it on purpose, or at least finds it amusing that Kevin might have to share a bed with him for that reason. And during the dinner at the start of the first movie, we see Fuller drinking a Pepsi, but then he briefly stops and gives a smug look at Kevin.
  • Informed Attribute: Fuller is apparently a bed-wetter, though we never see the, erm, "results" (probably for the best). This leads to a Chekhov's Gag toward the end of the second movie when he's seen with a few Coke cans on either side of him in bed.
  • Potty Failure: This is why Kevin hates sharing a bed with him.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He sure loves his fizzy drinks.
  • Troll: Look at that smirk. Seriously. And they say Kevin's the troublemaker.

     Other McCallisters 

Leslie McCallister

Played By: Terrie Snell

"Fuller, go easy on the Pepsi!"

The aunt to Kevin and Buzz, mother of Fuller, and wife of Frank McCallister.

Jeff McCallister

Played By: Mike Maronna

"Kevin, you're such a disease."

Kevin's second older brother after Buzz.


  • 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

Played By: Hillary Wolf

"Kevin, you're completely helpless!"

Kevin's sister.


  • Alliterative Name: Megan McCallister.
  • Pet the Dog: In the first movie she shows concern for Kevin's safety, unlike Buzz. Even her shot at Kevin when the family is mad at Kevin is to say that he's "completely helpless," which makes her sound rather concerned in comparison to what her other siblings call him.

Linnie McCallister

Played By: Angela Goethals (Home Alone); Maureen Elisabeth Shay (Home Alone 2: Lost in New York)

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

Kevin's other sister.


Characters Specific to Home Alone

     Old Man Marley 

Old Man Marley

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"Come, let's get you home."
Played By: Roberts Blossom

Kevin's neighbor. Buzz told a story about how he was called the "South Bend Shovel Slayer" because it was said that he murdered his family and half of the people on the block with a snow shovel and kept them in a garbage can full of salt. Kevin meets up with him several times through the film before learning that he's far the opposite from what he seems.


  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Kevin in the first film by attacking Harry and Marv with his snow shovel.
  • Cool Old Guy: Once you get to know him.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: He's rumored to be a Serial Killer. He's not.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Don't be fooled by that menacing stare; Marley's just a lonely old man who has no one in his life.
  • Parental Abandonment: Years ago, he had a fight with his son, which ended with him telling his son that he didn't want to see him anymore. They manage to reconcile at the end of the movie.
  • Papa Wolf: Towards Kevin. He's the one who eventually takes down Harry and Marv after they capture Kevin and threaten to torture him.
  • Shadow Archetype: Like Kevin, he got into an argument with family and refused to reconcile for years. As such, he illustrates how lonely Kevin's life would be if he got his wish.
  • Shovel Strike: According to Buzz, he's rumored to have murdered his entire family with a shovel. While the rumors are patently untrue, he does use his shovel to take down Harry and Marv.

     Gus Polinski 

Gus Polinski

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"You want to talk about bad parents? Well, look ató look at us."
Played By: John Candy

The "Polka King of the Midwest." When Kate McCallister is trying to get a flight to Chicago, upon hearing about her dilemma, Gus offers her a ride, which Kate gladly accepts.


  • Disappeared Dad: In a sense. He's not really proud of this, but he and the boys are on the road constantly, and it really cuts down on time spent with family. And that goes for all the members of his band, too: according to Gus, one of the boys has never even met his kids.
  • Expy: Of Del Griffith from Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Same happy-go-lucky sort of demeanor, except with a polka band.
  • Nice Guy: He is nice enough to offer Kate McCallister a ride back to Chicago.
  • Parental Abandonment: He once accidentally abandoned his son at a funeral parlor.
  • Red Baron: The Polka King of the Midwest! Awkwardly, Kate has never heard of him.

Characters Specific to Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

     Pigeon Lady 

Pigeon Lady

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"It's Christmas Eve. Good deeds count extra tonight."
Played By: Brenda Fricker

"Let him go! Kevin, run!"

A homeless woman tending to pigeons at Central Park who strikes a friendship with Kevin.


  • Big Damn Heroes: When she steps in and saves Kevin literally just before Harry is about to shoot him.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Eccentric pigeon lady, at any rate.
  • Expy: She serves the same role that Old Man Marley did in the first film; a person who at first appears menacing and as such scares Kevin, before an encounter with him reveals that they're actually a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold, became a loner because of a tragic incident in their lives, becomes friends with Kevin, came to Kevin's rescue when Harry and Marv had him cornered, and eventually made peace with themselves thanks to Kevin.
  • Homeless Pigeon Person: After her life collapsed, she dealt with it by taking care of the pigeons in the park, leading to her distraught and homeless state.
  • Mama Bear: Towards Kevin. Much like Old Man Marley in the first film, she's the one who eventually takes down Harry and Marv after they capture Kevin and Harry is about to shoot him.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: As mentioned above, the Old Man Marley of Home Alone 2. Maybe not quite as scary - at first, Kevin's not so much scared of her as extremely Squicked out by all those pigeons on one person ("...sick!!") Regardless, Kevin soon warms up to her.
  • Nice Hat: Despite being a bit tattered like the rest of her clothes, her hat still looks nice.
  • No Name Given: She's either called the Pigeon Lady or the Bird Lady, but we never get an actual name out of her.

     Mr. Hector 

Mr. Hector

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Tim Curry's in full Smug Snake mode.
Played By: Tim Curry

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

The concierge at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, where Kevin stays. He thinks Kevin had stolen his father's credit card, and as such over-eagerly treats Kevin like a criminal, which really didn't help Kevin when he was chased by Harry and Marv.


  • Butt-Monkey: Along with the hotel staff, he's outsmarted and humiliated by Kevin.
  • Inspector Javert: He's the only one suspicious of a boy staying all by himself in a hotel in New York.
  • Jerkass: Is a overall smug jerk.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Despite being established as a smarmy jerk, he does have a point when he tries to talk Kate out of looking for Kevin in New York at night, alone.
  • Large Ham: As can only be expected, given who plays him.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Downplayed to the point of Villainy-Free Villain. He's doing his job and is right in what Kevin did was credit card fraud, but is overly eager in having him arrested.
  • Slasher Smile: When he discovers Kevin "stole" his dad's credit card.
  • Smug Snake: Is very proud in discovering the credit card "thievery", but Kevin got away. Oops. He still tries to take credit for his discovery while talking with Kevin's parents.

     Mr. Duncan 

E.F. Duncan

Played By: Eddie Bracken

"You see, turtle doves are a symbol of friendship and love. And as long as each of you has your turtle dove, you'll be friends forever."

The philanthropic owner of Duncan's Toy Chest, a toy store in New York City. He donates the proceeds from the store's Christmas sales to a children's hospital. Unfortunately, Harry and Marv plan on stealing it all the night before.


  • Friend to All Children: Regularly donates charities to children, and his store even allows kids to come in and play with the toys. Kevin even points out that most toy stores won't allow kids to play with the toys before purchasing them.
  • King Incognito: He's posing as an ordinary cashier when Kevin meets him.
  • Nice Guy: He perfectly understands why Kevin had to break the window of his store, and secretly sends him and his family tons of gifts in gratitude for Kevin saving the charity fund.
  • Third-Person Person: Justified as he's pretending to be a cashier in employ of Mr. Duncan.
  • Wealthy Philanthropist: Plans to donate the proceeds his toy shop makes a children's hospital. Unfortunately, Harry and Marv plan on stealing it all.

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