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Played By: Taylor Kitsch
Played By: Willem Dafoe
Played By: Samantha Morton
- Action Girl: A Thark female would be expected to be this, and Sola is rarely seen without her weapons, but her personality is such that she only fights when necessary.
- The Chick
- In the Blood: Tars Tarkas is her father, and it's no coincidence they're the two nicest Tharks. "The blood of my father drives me" indeed. Her Missing Mom is implied to have been in the same vein.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Though a good deal less dangerous than most Tharks. Though she certianly has her moments.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: She's a good deal less brutal and more compassionate than is considered seemly in a Thark, which has led to a very hard life for her.
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: Played with. She clearly believes in the Thark ideals of courage and honor, but can't deal with her people's brutality.
Played By: Thomas Haden Church
Played By: Polly Walker
Played By: Ciarian Hinds
Played By: Lynn Collins
Played By: Dominic West
- Adaptational Villainy: Movie!Sab is much more vicious than Book!Sab (though admittedly, Book!Sab had next to no characterization).
- Big Bad Wannabe: He's pretty happy in the hopeless delusion that he's the toughest, smartest guy in the room.
- Blood Knight
- The Brute: Explicitly described as such by both Dejah and Matai Shang.
- Composite Character: In the book, Sab Than was the prince of Zodanga and its Jeddak was his father Than Kosis. In the movie, Sab is Jeddak and Than Kosis is nowhere to be seen.
- The Dragon: Though Matai Shang lets him think he's the Big Bad.
- Evil Counterpart: To Carter. Both were warriors who found themselves in possession of incredible power, but where Carter at first just wanted to go home, and then used his abilities to save Dejah, Helium, and Barsoom, Sab revels in his power and wants to Take Over the World.
- Evil Overlord
- Faux Affably Evil: Can turn on the charm when he wants, but underneath it he's slime.
- Human Aliens
- Killed Off for Real
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's a horrible person, but he's shown to lead from the front lines on several occassions, even before he got his superweapon from the Therns.
- Smug Snake
- Slimeball: How he comes across when he tries to be charming. He's actually more affable when he's being his real, evil self.
- Take Over Barsoom
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Courtesy of Matai Shang.
- Adaptational Badass: In addition to the Therns as a whole getting a major tech-upgrade, Book!Matai Shang basically sat on his throne and didn't get involved until Carter was already exposing the Therns' false religion. In the movie, he's a much more proactive, Darth Sidious-esque schemer.
- Affably Evil: He's not an unpleasant sort to be around, for chessmastering planet-conquering alien godling, and actually seems to enjoy his cat-and-mouse game with Carter. "Your move, earthman."
- A God Am I
- Bald of Evil
- Big Bad
- Breakout Villain: He's not mentioned until the second book and doesn't get involved personally until the third. Here, he's Big Bad from the get-go.
- The Chessmaster
- Creepy Blue Eyes
- Emotion Eater: At one point he explains that he (and by extension all Therns) feed off of the negative emotions of other life forms. Thus making the Therns a kind of Psychic Vampire race.
- For the Evulz: Explicitly says he has no cause. 'Course, he may have been lying- Therns tend to do that.
- Human Aliens: Assuming his Shapeshifter Default Form is what he really looks like, he's completely indistinguishable from a Caucasian human.
- Magic from Technology
- Manipulative Bastard
- Squishy Wizard: His Magic from Technology may give him great power, but it doesn't save him from being tackled by Woola.
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: One of the many abilities conferred by the Thern medallions.
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Played By: Daryl Sabara
Played By: Bryan Cranston