[[folder:John Carter]]

!!John Carter
->'''Played By''': Taylor Kitsch

* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Book!Carter is a very straight-up heroic type. Movie!Carter starts out embittered after the Civil War and not wanting much to do with anyone, until he finds his inner hero on Mars.
* TheAgeless: After returning from Barsoom.
* BatmanGambit: Pulls off a surprisingly good one [[spoiler: against the Thern agent on Earth]].
* BattleCouple: With Dejah at the climax.
* ChallengingTheChief: Against Tal Hajus. [[spoiler: [[CurbStompBattle Which he wins effortlessly]]]].
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: If John sees someone is in serious danger he ''will'' intervene on their behalf, he just can't help himself.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: He seems a bit wayward at first, and even when he first shows up on Mars, the only thing he really wants to do is go back home. Then he starts getting attached to the Tharks as well as Dejah...
* {{Determinator}}
* DualWielding
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: On Earth, a normal, if skilled, cavalry soldier. On Mars, a OneManArmy.
* TheHero
* MasterSwordsman
* NormalFishInATinyPond: Barsoom's lower gravity makes this average human capable of superhuman feats of strength and endurance.
** Which is just silly; Barsoom and Mars both have the same surface gravity (0.38 of Earth's surface gravity), so John Carter would only be able to lift a bit over 2.5 times more than what he is capable of on Earth. Also mass is independent of local gravity, he'd still have to overcome the same amount of inertia to get something to move. Pretty much all of his feats can be chalked up to RuleOfCool.
** The original books were written at the very beginning of the 20th century, when no one really knew what operating in low gravity would be like, but Burroughs did amp it up quite a bit...
* WalkingShirtlessScene: In his Barsoomian outfit.



!!Tars Tarkas
->'''Played By''': Willem Dafoe

* AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* BadassBoast: ''"Leave a Thark his head and one hand, and he may yet conquer!"''
* TheBigGuy
* TheChainsOfCommanding: He takes his role as Jeddak of the Tharks very seriously, but having to continually live up to the downright brutal expectations of a Green Martian leader plainly wears heavily on him.
* CompositeCharacter: In the book, the leader of the Thark horde that Carter falls in with is Lorquas Ptomel; Tars is his second-in-command. As Tars is a much more important character- and Lorquas pretty much drops off the face of Barsoom after a while- Tars gets to take over the leader-role in the film.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has his moments.
* GeniusBruiser
* MultiArmedAndDangerous
* NobleDemon: Even before his HeelFaceTurn, it's clear he's a lot more honorable and compassionate than most of the other Tharks.
* PapaWolf
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy

->'''Played By''': Samantha Morton

* ActionGirl: 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.
* TheChick
* InTheBlood: 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 MissingMom is implied to have been in the same vein.
** She was
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Though a good deal less dangerous than [[BloodKnight most]] [[ProudWarriorRace Tharks]]. Though she certianly has her moments.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: 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.
* ProudWarriorRaceGirl: Played with. She clearly believes in the Thark ideals of courage and honor, but can't deal with her people's brutality.

!!Tal Hajus
->'''Played By''': Thomas Haden Church

* BigBadWannabe: Factors into the plot even less than Sab Than does.
* BloodKnight
* TheBrute
* EvilCounterpart: To Tars Tarkas.
* [[spoiler: OffWithHisHead]]
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Evil version.
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: It's clear the other Tharks don't like him, either before or after he becomes Jeddak. [[spoiler: Most of them are perfectly willing to support Carter's right of challenge as a result]]. [[spoiler: He was pretty much a degenerate pervert in the book]].

->'''Played By''': Polly Walker

* AxCrazy
* BloodKnight
* [[spoiler: HalfTheManHeUsedToBe]]
* HotBlooded
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Gal]]


[[folder:Red Martians]]

!!Tardos Mors
->'''Played By''': Ciarian Hinds

* BigGood
* BumblingDad
* CompositeCharacter
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Thinking he could trust Sab Than to keep his word about not attacking his people in exchange for his daughter's hand in marriage.
* NiceGuy
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething

!!Dejah Thoris
->'''Played By''': Lynn Collins

* ActionGirl
* ArrangedMarriage: Forced into one with Sab Than.
* BadassBookworm: She's definitely got a brain on her.
* BadassPrincess
* BattleCouple: With Carter at the climax.
* DamselOutOfDistress: When Sab Than takes her captive during the final battle, she ''stabs him through the wrist'' to escape.
* {{Deuteragonist}}
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* HumanAliens
** [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Red-Skinned Space Babe]]
* LadyOfWar
* TheLancer
* ProudWarriorRaceGirl
* TheSmartGirl

!!Sab Than
->'''Played By''': Dominic West

* AdaptationalVillainy: Movie!Sab is much more vicious than Book!Sab (though admittedly, Book!Sab had next to no characterization).
* BigBadWannabe: He's pretty happy in the hopeless delusion that he's the toughest, smartest guy in the room.
* BloodKnight
* TheBrute: Explicitly described as such by both Dejah and Matai Shang.
* CompositeCharacter: 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.
* TheDragon: Though Matai Shang lets him think he's the BigBad.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Starts out "normal" for a Red Martian, and then he gets Thern technology...
* EvilCounterpart: 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 TakeOverTheWorld.
* EvilOverlord
* FauxAffablyEvil: Can turn on the charm when he wants, but underneath it he's slime.
* HumanAliens
* KilledOffForReal
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: 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.
* SmugSnake
* {{Slimeball}}: How he comes across when he tries to be charming. He's actually more affable when he's being his real, evil self.
* [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over Barsoom]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Thanks to the Thern technology.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Courtesy of Matai Shang.



!!Matai Shang
->'''Played By''': MarkStrong

* AdaptationalBadass: In addition to the Therns as a whole getting a major tech-upgrade, Book!Matai Shang basically [[OrcusOnHisThrone 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, [[StarWars Darth Sidious]]-esque schemer.
* AffablyEvil: 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."
* AGodAmI
* BaldOfEvil
* BigBad
* BreakoutVillain: He's not mentioned until the second book and doesn't get involved personally until the third. Here, he's BigBad from the get-go.
* TheChessmaster
* CreepyBlueEyes
* EmotionEater: 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 [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Psychic Vampire]] race.
* ForTheEvulz: Explicitly says he has no cause. 'Course, he may have been lying- Therns tend to do that.
* HumanAliens: Assuming his ShapeshifterDefaultForm is what he really looks like, he's completely indistinguishable from a Caucasian human.
* MagicFromTechnology
* ManipulativeBastard
* SquishyWizard: His MagicFromTechnology may give him great power, but it doesn't save him from being tackled by Woola.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: One of the many abilities conferred by the Thern medallions.
** ShapeshifterDefaultForm: He usually looks like a tall, bald, pale-skinned humanlike man in grey robes.



!!Edgar Rice Burroughs
->'''Played By''': Daryl Sabara

* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* NiceGuy
* SecretKeeper
* YoungFutureFamousPeople

!!Colonel Powell
->'''Played By''': Bryan Cranston

* AdaptationalVillainy: He was never really a villain, just at odds with John most of the time.
* ColonelBadass
* ForgottenFallenFriend
* GoodIsNotNice
* HeroAntagonist
* {{Jerkass}}
* KilledOffForReal