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Characters: Lethal Weapon
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    Main Cast 

Martin Riggs (played by Mel Gibson)

  • Ax-Crazy: Primarily in the first movie, mellows down in the sequels.
  • Cartwright Curse: Until the third movie. Although Lorna does get shot in the climax of Lethal Weapon 3, and for a while there it looks like she may not survive.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Justified. He was a Special Forces Sniper in Laos and Vietnam. He once made a hit that he thinks only ten other people in the world might have been able to make.
    Riggs: It's the only thing I was ever good at.
  • Large Ham: Especially in the first movie. He's become more composed in the sequels.
    "Do you really wanna jump?! DO YOU WANNA?!?"
  • One Last Smoke: Hilariously defied in the second movie for a bit of Mood Whiplash.
  • One-Note Cook:
    Riggs: I may have exaggerated a bit about being a gourmet chef. All I know how to make is chili. Do you like your chili with or without crushed Oreos?
    Rika: With, of course!
    Riggs: Heh. Woman after my own heart.

Roger Murtaugh (played by Danny Glover)

  • Catch Phrase:
    • "I'm too old for this shit." Inverted in the fourth movie.
    • "Riggs you crazy sonuva b...." as well
    • "Go spit, Riggs!"
  • Character Tic: He cracks his neck before shooting people. This is typically followed by a Boom, Headshot.
  • Heroic BSOD: After killing an old friend of his son's out of self-defence, leading on to...
  • Overprotective Dad: Regarding his eldest daughter Rianne, and is always afraid that she gets hooked up with Riggs until the 4th movie.
  • Retirony: Subverted in the 3rd movie.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Though, he does carry an automatic as a backup weapon.
  • Younger than They Look: Danny Glover was only 40 years old when he filmed the first movie despite supposedly being "too old for this shit". Murtaugh was written as an older character (50 in the first movie).

Leo Getz (played by Joe Pesci)

  • Catch Phrase: "They fuck you with/at..." and "Okay, okay, okay..."

Lorna Cole (played by Rene Russo)

Lee Butters (played by Chris Rock)

  • Accidental Misnaming: Riggs and Murtaugh have major difficulty in getting his name right. Ironically the one time they did, he was injured.
  • Genius Bruiser: He has a psychology degree.
  • Wretched Hive: Where he had grown up in, and the reason he joined the police force.

    Villains 

General Peter McAllister (played by Mitchell Ryan)

Mr. Joshua (played by Gary Busey)

  • Backstab Backfire: Trying to shoot someone in the back when you are surrounded by cops is not a smart idea.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Allowing the general to burn his arm, while Joshua clenches his teeth and takes it, establishing Joshua's loyalty (and insanity).

Arjen Rudd (played by Joss Ackland)

  • Too Dumb to Live: Yeah try flashing your immunity when you've killed cop friends of main characters. I'm sure he'll be more then willing to let you go.

Pieter Vorstedt (played by Derrick O'Conner)

Jack Travis (played by Stuart Wilson)

  • Evil Counterpart: Like Riggs, he was an incredibly tough cop who bent the rules and got results, and they have many of the same snarky personality quirks. He's essentially a dark "what-if" version of who and what Riggs might've become if he'd continued down the self-destructive path he was on after Vicky died. Naturally, he and Riggs hate each other immediately.

Wah Sing Ku (played by Jet Li)

  • Badass: Probably the most Badass character in the entire series. He takes on Riggs and Murtaugh at the same time, twice, and both times he kicks their asses- the first time, effortlessly; the second, he wants them to suffer, but even though he dies he still nearly kills both of them with his bare hands (literally) and after the fight both characters are in crutches. He kicks the ass of many other characters in the film as well. He also takes Rigg's gun apart in one swift move with one-hand, and at one point he actually dodges a bullet.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted; he spends the whole film working to buy the release of his older brother, then tries to avenge him once Riggs and Murtaugh kill him.
  • Catchphrase: "In Hong Kong, you'd be dead".
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He is technically working to free his bosses, one of whom is his brother. But since they are all in prison he's the one who actually drives the plot.
  • Star-Making Role: This was Jet Li's introduction to the U.S audiences. And it was awesome. He was quite glad to take it, as Chinese studios didn't want him to play villains, so this was also his first real bad guy role.
  • The Triads and the Tongs: One of these guys.


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