OK, they're not exactly fictional, but...
"Am I missing an eyebrow?"
Tropes associated with Adam:
- Awesomeness by Analysis: In a few episodes, Adam is given the task of figuring out the measurements of certain props or rigs just by examining video footage. According to Jamie, he's well-known in the industry for his ability to do this.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Driver
- Brief Accent Imitation: A running gag during the exposition segments is for him to impersonate someone or something like (like a walrus).
- Butt Monkey
- Can't Hold His Liquor: During a first-season test of (supposed) ways to beat a breathalyzer test, Adam is getting pretty loopy ... and when tested, blows a 0.03 BAC (For non-US tropers, 0.08 is the minimum blood alcohol level for a Driving Under The Influence charge in most U.S. states, including California). Might be due to the fact that Adam is kind of loopy even when he's stone-cold sober.
- Character Development: Yes, it even applies to people who aren't playing characters. In the show's formative days, Adam was more lively than Jamie, yes, but certainly far more reserved than you see him in future episodes. Apparently as he grew hair, his personality became more vibrant (he started the show with a very short haircut and no beard).
- Several other cases throughout the series. For example, in the first episode of season two, Adam had trouble hitting his target with the gun provided (justified as he was a novice shooter at the time). This gave him an early reputation as a poor shot, which stuck with him until the "Shooting the Scope" myth showed his aim had improved significantly. His shooting skills have since improved to the point that he now seems to be better with a pistol than Jamie.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Fails onscreen more often than he succeeds, and Jamie usually designs better rigs, but Adam often replicates props from movies using only stills from the film or even occasionally gets the actual props themselves.
- Also, according to Jamie in one of the web videos, Adam is widely known in the special effects business for being able to make good models and machines extremely quickly.
- Eyebrows Burned Off: An accident during a first-season episode provided the page quote.
- Fiery Redhead
- Forgets to Eat: According to Jamie, Adam is known to forget to eat, which makes him cranky due to low blood sugar. Which means that Jamie's suggestion that Adam "go eat a cookie" during a brief meltdown in the ping-pong ball flotation myth was actually not a joke.
- For Science!: "I ate a radio for science" is just one example of what he will do in the name of science.
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Optimist
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: VERY Sanguine!
- Fun Personified: He's as close to a Real Life example as you're likely to find.
- Fun T-Shirt: Including several with his own quotes.
- Genre Savvy
- Honest John's Dealership: Adam will occasionally structure his "look what we just built!" into infomercial format. He goes full-Honest John about the thirty-second mark of this set of outtakes, when he tries selling the viewers cars that he and Jamie just rammed with a reinforced dumptruck.
- The Hyena: Laughs a lot, and it's notable whenever he doesn't find things funny because that usually means he's dead serious.
- Identical Stranger: Adam bears a scarier resemblance to Danny◊ Elfman. He's also been compared to a "foul-mouthed Gordon Freeman".
- Comic book artist and animator Bruce Timm looks like a younger, clean-shaven Adam.
- Keet: Especially compared to Jamie.
- The Klutz: "He gives good pain", says the producers.
- Large Ham: Tory once said that he wasn't surprised Adam would end up in a show like this since he always acted like he was on camera anyway.
- Mad Bomber
- Mad Scientist
- Man Child: His optimism often makes him seem like he's acting like a teenager.
- Medium Awareness: He's the member of the team most likely to "interact" with The Narrator, and to predict how the show will be cut together.
- Motor Mouth: Used to the advantage of the show's production as he's often the one filling us in on the details of what he and Jamie are testing, combined with his quirky personality for flavor.
- Nerd Glasses
- Nice Hat: The fedora he frequently wears.
- Also, if any test result is remotely compatible with his head, he will wear it.
- One of the Kids: Comports himself with the manic glee of a fourteen year-old with bullfrogs and an unlimited supply of firecrackers.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He and Jamie have made it clear that they have a good deal of respect for each other but on an interpersonal level they annoy each other to no end and do not hang out after work. Occasionally, this makes it past the editing and we see Adam annoyed at Jamie's fussiness and methodical approach. With that said, their mutual joy at what they are doing is often apparent as well, and if Jamie is upset or frightened(such as when they test myths involving extreme heights, which Jamie hates), he does show a fair amount of concern for his co-host.
Tropes associated with Jamie:
"I love those two words - 'bomb robot.'"
Tropes associated with Grant:
"I see injuries in my future."
Tropes associated with Tory:
"Science gets more fun when I get a bigger gun!"
Tropes associated with Kari:
- Action Girl
- Ascended Extra: Her first appearance was being used as a butt mold subject.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in a long-unaired episode where they test if girls fart or not, through Adam inserting a microphone into a pair of panties. She is the one who partakes in the experiment and she lets out a huge, wet fart. (This myth eventually aired on TV in a mailbag special.)
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: Readily admits that she's "a cheap date".
- Fiery Redhead: Doesn't take crap from Tory. Ever.
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Optimist
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine
- Genki Girl
- Girlish Pigtails: One of Kari's three usual hairstyles, the others being clipped back and hanging loosely.
- Gun Nut: Even she was surprised by how well she took to guns, despite being a self-professed "vegetarian from California."
- The Gunslinger: On any occasion where they use guns. Kari is a skilled marksman and was responsible for taking out the engine block of the phonebook bulletproof van. And she cut a tree in half with a Gatling Gun.
- Mad Bomber
- Mad Scientist
- Ms. Fanservice: Sometimes, as she's prone to wearing tight-fitting tank-tops. Also, her first appearance on the show was dressing in spandex leggings to have her butt laser-scanned for computer modeling (to test a myth about getting stuck on an airplane toilet). In some specific episodes she is also seen in a "slave girl" outfit in the Goldfinger body paint revisit, wearing a bikini when out on a boat in the Bahamas and the show used her FHM photos for one of the myths (Diet Coke and Mentos).
- Older Than They Look: Would you believe she's 39? She could easily pass for mid-20s.
- Parasol of Prettiness: Under the Californian sun down at the bomb range, or in the parking lot of M7 (for certain tests), Kari has been known to carry one.
- Put on a Bus
- Running Gag: A few of her early appearances, it seemed like Adam or Jamie were deliberately having her be around dead animals or meat for comedic effect, given that she's a pescetarian.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female regular in the Mythbusters, though early on she also worked alongside Scottie Chapman and Christine Chamberlain.
- Stuff Blowing Up: She's more than once related seeing an impressive explosion to "having your first kiss."
- Tank-Top Tomboy: She's a geeky Wrench Wench and sometimes wears one of these because it's practical for her work.
- Terrified of Germs: As revealed in "Fever Pitch". This quality enabled her to prove that it's possible to avoid contracting a cold or flu via indirect contact if you know what you're doing.
- Wrench Wench
- Written-In Absence: Her pregnancy and ensuing maternity leave during the 2009 season.
Tropes associated with Jessi:
- Action Girl: Pulled herself up from hanging off of a helicopter's skid and into its cockpit on the first try, and with far greater ease than either Tory or Grant.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic
- Genki Girl
- Guest Star Party Member: She was a substitute Mythbuster during Kari's pregnancy.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Jessi Combs is a thin blonde, has some tattoos, is proficient in welding and vehicle mechanics, and even copied Scottie's shipping-container-into-ramp trick that she did for the 2nd attempt at the JATO Rocket Car myth.
- Tim Taylor Technology: She rigged a nitro-boost system into a car standing in for a Lamborghini (proper dimensions at a lesser cost but not fast enough normally) in the myth of a car skipping across a lake.
- Wrench Wench
Tropes associated with Scottie:
Tropes associated with Christine:
- Ascended Extra: Ish. She got a little more focus in the second half of her
- Butt Monkey: In 3 episodes in a row:
- She got a scolding from Jamie for nearly wrecking his lathe.
- Had her face burned by a shattering jawbreaker (which also burned Adam's arm)
- Sliced open her hand with a box cutter.
- Insistent Terminology: Mythtern, not Mythbuster.
- Put on a Bus: Was later described as having left "for love".
- What Happened to the Mouse??: Her disappearance wasn't explained for a while.
Tropes associated with Buster:
- Butt Monkey
- Companion Cube: When he takes more serious damage than they planned, The Team tends to react as if a real person had been injured.
- Legacy Character: The original dummy was retired long ago, but the Buster name lives on through other dummies.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In the Supersized Special, he claimed to be Adam's father.
- Made of Iron/Made of Plasticine: Buster has seen more punishment than any other crash test dummy ever will, and even though the Mythbusters have made him more durable to withstand the forces they put him through, he still ends up in bits more often than not.
- The Stoic
- Team Pet
- The Voiceless: Except during the Supersized Special, when he got two lines (as submitted by fans).
- They Killed Kenny Again: Buster often "dies" at least once during a myth, and has had to be completely rebuilt a few times.
- We Can Rebuild Him: Often. Doing this was even the focus of one episode.
Tropes associated with Robert:
Tropes associated with Heather:
- Early Installment Weirdness: Her presence explaining the myths and their social significance lends the show to feel much different from later episodes.
- Ms. Exposition
- Put on a Bus: As the show's focus shifted to the mechanics of testing the myths rather than the social significance, her presence was eventually phased out.
"Fire in the hole!"
Tropes associated with Frank:
Sgt. J.D. Nelson
"I don't think they taught me this in bomb school...."
Tropes associated with J.D.:
- Bash Brothers: When paired with Frank Doyle.
- Deadpan Snarker: Compared with Frank, not quite as deadpan, but a bit snarkier.
- Stuff Blowing Up: His job is to make this occur without crossing into "People Blowing Up". When not working with the MythBusters, his job is the disposal of bombs, old military ordinance, and suspicious packages.