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Played by: Maud AdamsA mysterious woman living on an island near Delhi with her Amazon Brigade. She made her wealth in jewels smuggling. Kamal Khan manipulates her in order to smuggle jewels out of USSR and uses her circus to hide a nuclear bomb and detonate it once the circus gets close to a NATO base in West Germany.
- All There in the Manual: Her full name is Octavia Charlotte Smythe (though Smythe was her father's family name, which was mentioned in the movie).
- Animal Motifs: The symbol of her smuggling network is a blue-ringed octopus.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Kamal Khan until her Heel–Face Turn after he betrays her.
- Character Title: Her name gives the film its title.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her father's backstory.
- Girl of the Week: The main Bond Girl of this film.
- Heel–Face Turn: When she discovers that Kamal swapped the jewelry treasure with a nuclear bomb that nearly blew her and an entire base of innocent people up to let Russia into the West, she immediately joins MI6 in confronting Kamal.
- Lady of War: During the final battle, she briefly fights mooks with a talwar.
- May-December Romance: Notable as being one of the very few late Moore-era Bond girls to downplay this trope (though she is still 18 years younger than Roger Moore). At age 38 at the time of the filming, she is the third oldest Bond girl Bond had ever met in a movie.
- Meaningful Name: Her father loved studying octopuses. And she keeps a venomous blue-ringed octopus as a pet in an aquarium.
- Mysterious Woman: Very much especially during the films first half.
- You Killed My Father: Subverted. She is actually grateful to Bond for allowing her father to commit suicide, as it saved her father the shame of a military trial (Bond was tasked with arresting him).
Played by: Louis JourdanAn Afghan prince who allied himself with Orlov and manipulates Octopussy for his scheme.
- Affably Evil: He is consistently cordial, even as he discusses how he wants to torture Bond.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Orlov and formerly Octopussy.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Loves tigerhunting on elephant back ... particularly when the "tiger" is a human.Kamal: Let the sport commence!
- The Gambling Addict/Professional Gambler: Loves playing backgammon.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Gets beaten by Bond with his own loaded dice.
- Karmic Death: He dies in a plane crash.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Fittingly for a prince.
Played by: Kabir BediKamal Khan's gigantic Sikh bodyguard and main henchman.
- Beard of Evil: A very well-groomed one.
- BFG: Tries to kill Bond with a blunderbuss during the Rickshaw chase.
- The Brute: Is huge and very strong.
- Death Glare: Just see his picture!
- Determinator: This guy can just keep on taking hits. It takes falling off a plane in flight for him to stay down.
- Disney Villain Death: Gets ordered by Khan to get Bond off their escape plane. He gets a wire in the face and falls off instead, and the plane was in midair.
- The Dragon: To Kamal Khan.
- Establishing Character Moment: All you need to know about him is why he crushes dice with his fist, complete with Death Glare at Bond.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Off-set, Kabir Bedi was friendly and polite.
Played by: Steven BerkoffA mad Soviet general who wants to conquer Western Europe with the help of Kamal Khan.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Kamal Khan.
- Chewing the Scenery: His glorious briefing scene at the beginning of the movie.
- Dirty Communist: As the standard for most Bond villains.
- General Ripper: Absolutely insane and bloodthirsty.
- Glory Hound:Gogol: [contemptuously] A common thief. A disgrace to the uniform!Orlov: Yes, but tomorrow, I shall be a hero of the Soviet Union... (despite his pain, Orlov smiles faintly, and then dies)
- Go Out with a Smile: He smiles faintly before dying.
- Karmic Death: He is gunned down by his own troops.
- Large Ham: Much like his later villainous Soviet character in another installment of an iconic action film franchise, Berkoff's fake Russian accent is over the top.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Is willing to see millions of people destroyed by a nuke for his dream to come true.
- Red Scare: Interestingly, he's one of the last few to be this, as the Cold War was beginning to die down by the time the film was made.
- Renegade Russian: He goes against the beliefs of most of his superiors and plots with Kamal to kill millions.
- The Sociopath: The fact that his intended bombing of a US base will kill hundreds of thousands of civilians doesn't bother him at all.
- You're Insane!: Courtesy of General Gogol.
Played by: Vijay AmritrajA MI6 operative and ally of Bond in India. While Sadruddin is knowledgeable, it is Vijay who is the field agent and provides the most assistance to Bond.
- Badass Driver: With his Auto Rickshaw.
- Bond One-Liner:Game, set and match!
- Catch Phrase:No problem!
- Improbable Weapon User: Uses his tennis racket to fend off mooks during the chase.
- Meta Casting: The character loves playing tennis. Vijay Amritraj was a tennis champion in real life.
Played by: Albert MosesWhen Bond arrives in India, Vijay takes him to his boss - Sadruddin, who then escorts Bond to his hotel, pointing out Kamal Khan's palace on the way. He appears in a couple of other scenes throughout the early parts of the film. The first is when he watches Kamal Khan playing backgammon, and then later at Q’s laboratory where he informs Bond about Octopussy’s floating palace. Working as head of Station I, Sadruddin merely acts as a point of contact for Bond.
- Only One Name: He is only known as Sadruddin.
Played by: Kristina WaybornOctopussy and Kamal Khan's main henchwoman and circus director. She helps Kamal Khan to retrieve the Fabergé egg but ends up fighting on Bond's side after the nuclear bomb disposal.
- Amazon Brigade: The leader of Octopussy's Amazon Brigade.
- Belly Dancer: In the climax.
- Dark Action Girl: While she is still on the villains side.
- The Dragon: To Octopussy and somewhat to Khan
- Heel–Face Turn: Initially Magda is one of Kamal Khan's villainous henchmen, but after he betrays her and Octopussy, she joins Bond against him.
- Honey Trap: Does one to Bond in order to steal the Fabergé Egg.
- Lady of War: In the climax.
- Only One Name: She is only referred to by her first name, Magda.
- Sacrificial Lion: Averted. Magda 1) is a major character, 2) whom Bond first meets on the mission, 3) and has sex with, 4) but she's not the main Bond girl. These 4 traits combined would normally spell death for a character, but Magda lives, thanks to her Heel–Face Turn.
- Stage Magician: As Octopussy's circus director, she does some tricks to the officials who attend the show.
- Stripperiffic: Her Belly Dancer outfit in the climatic battle.
- Supporting Leader: In the climax battle.
- The Vamp: Despite not being completely evil, while working for Khan, Magda seduces Bond so that she may steal the Faberge Egg.
Mischka and Grischka
Played by: David Meyer and Anthony MeyerKamal Khan and Orlov's Russian knife-throwing twin henchmen, who work undercover in Octopussy's circus. They killed 009 at the beginning of the film.
- And This Is For...: When Grischka corners and pins Bond to off him, invoking his dead brother.
- Bond returns him the line invoking 009 when he kills him with one of the knives he threw.
- Determinators: They keep on trying to kill Bond, even as he beats them.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Grischka is outraged by Mischka's death.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Grischka is killed by Bond with his own knife.
- Kill It with Fire: Mischka tries to kill Bond with a blowtorch.
- Knife-Throwing Act: They work as knife throwers.
- Professional Killers: They're both Russian assassins.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Bonus points for being twin brothers.
- Weapon of Choice: Throwing knives.
Played by: Andy BradfordA 00 agent who investigated Orlov's jewels smuggling network in Octopussy's circus using a clown disguise. He was chased by Mischka and Grischka and fatally wounded by Grischka's throwing knife at the beginning of the film. Had just enough time to bring a stolen Fabergé egg to the British ambassador in Germany before succumbing, kicking off the plot.
- Determinator: Not even getting wounded by Grischka stops him from delivering the stolen Fabergé egg.
- Hero of Another Story: His investigation and circus infiltration is never shown.
- Heroic Sacrifice: All things considered, he saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: As he is dying, he gives the Fabergé egg to the British ambassador.
- In the Back: Receives Grischka's throwing knife in the back.
- Irony: Bond ends up disguised as a clown just like him in order to find and defuse the nuclear bomb in the circus.
- Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: His murder while he was investigating the jewels smuggling network in Octopussy's circus leads to the discovery of Orlov's nuclear plot.
- The Mole: In Octopussy's circus.
- No Name Given: He is only known as Agent 009.
- Pursued Protagonist: In the opening scene, he gets chased by Grischka and Mischka.
- Tragic Clown: Is killed trying to save the world.
- Spanner in the Works: He kicks off the plot and ultimately saved countless people from getting nuked.
- You Are Number 009: His rank as a Double-O.