Characters: Small Soldiers
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Alan Abernathy (Gregory Smith)The Protagonist
Stuart Abernathy (Kevin Dunn)
Alan's father and owner of a toy store.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The reason they moved was to help him calm down.
- Moral Guardians: He refuses to sell war toys in his store. He also hates his neighbors' technophilia.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Subverted. He starts saying he won't be bought... and then looks at the cheque Mars is offering him for his silence.
Irene Abernathy (Ann Magnuson)
Alan's mother. Does her best to keep Stuart calm and stress free.
- Action Mom: When the Commando Elite use a weapon which fires flaming tennis balls, she grabs a tennis racket, and...
- Playing Tennis with the Boss: How she destroys one of the Commando Elites' tanks.
Timmy Fimple (Jacob Smith)
Christy's younger brother.
Christie's technology obsessed father.
Marion Fimple (Wendy Schaal)
The owner of Globotech.
- Bad Boss: Apparently fired everyone but his assistant and Irwin and Larry.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He has no problem letting toy engineers get their hands on military hardware or bribing witnesses. He's quite nice about it though.
- Here We Go Again: He decides to use the toys for a war against South American drug lords.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Mars is a jerk but when it comes to advertising, he has a point.
Mars: You know what I'm sick of? I'm sick of commercials that show us 4X4 trucks popping up to the top of Mount Rushmore and parking on top of Abraham Lincoln's head, OK? I'm sick of shampoo commercials that try to convince women that they can look like Claudia Schiffer after one cycle of rinse and repeat. What if these toys could actually talk? What if they could walk? What if they could actually kick ass? I'm talkin' about toys that are so smart, when kids play with them, they play back. Toys, in short, gentlemen, that actually do what they do in the commercials.
- Karma Houdini: He's the guy ultimately responsible for this whole mess in the first place. In the end, he just throws some money around and gets off scot free.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Irwin says it all.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Buys off everyone at the end and plans to remarket the toys as weapons.
An employee at Globotech. Creator of the Gorginites.
Larry Benson (Jay Mohr)
An employee at Globotech. Creator of the Commando Elite.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to Irwin, favoring the more marketable Commando Elite.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His choice of computer chip is pretty much what sets off the plot.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: While the above trope somewhat subverts it, much of the disasters that Larry caused were meant to keep himself and Irwin on the job. He never anticipated his actions would result in his creations trying to kill him or anyone aiding the Gorgonites.
Ralph Quist (Robert Picardo)
The technician who designed the chips used to create the eponymous characters.
Joe (Dick Miller)
The delivery truck driver who agrees to "front" Adam some of the toys.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He sells some of the toys he was hauling on the side and said toys take him hostage.
Gorgonites and Commando Elite
Tropes that apply to the entire toyline include:
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The chips enhanced their existing programming.
- Instant A.I., Just Add Water: Or experimental computer chips anyway.
- Medium Awareness: Both sides are well aware they are toys with computer programming, but still act on the programming they are assigned to. The Gorgonites searching for Gorgon and the Commandos trying to wipe them out. Only Archer takes it upon himself to overcome programming.
- Product Placement: The movie made more money from its merchandise than other movies with similar grosses made through the box office.
Tropes which apply to all the Gorgonites include:
Archer (Frank Langella).
The brave and wise leader of the Gorgonites. His weapon of choice being a crossbow.
Freakenstein (f.k.a. Troglokhan) (Michael McKean).
A Frankenstein's Monster
look-alike. The navigator of the Gorgonites.
Insaniac (Michael McKean).
A hyperactive Gorgonite. He spins about rather than walking, speaks fast and constantly makes jokes and puns.
Gorgonite with a single eye. Can only speak in whistles and is rather shy.
Punch-It (Harry Shearer).
Gorgonite resembling a humanoid Brontotherium. Best friend of Scratch-It.
Scratch-It (Christopher Guest).
Gorgonite resembling a frog with no hind limbs. Walks on front Limbs. She is the only female Gorgonite and the best friend of Punch-It.
Slamfist (Christopher Guest).
A Gorgonite hunchback. His left hand consists of a boulder-like fist.
Gorgonites In Games Only
Tropes that apply to Gorgonites that have only appeared in Video Games
Gorgonites with magical powers. They control the gateways between Gorgonite realms.
A flying Gorgonite.
Known to other Gorgonites as "The Walking Whoopee Cushion".
The Commando Elite
Tropes that apply to all of or collectively to the Commando Elite include:
- Armies Are Evil: This time, the military are the bad guys.
- Badass Army: Ultimately Subverted.
- Designated Hero: In-Universe, within the context of the toyline. They're soldiers trying to fight off the "dangerous" aliens, the Gorgonits. However, they look and act intimidating and speak in an aggressive tone, and therefore become the real villains.
- Fantastic Racism: Their programming to fight the Gorgonites ends up at its logical conclusion.
Chip Hazard: You've got guts, let's see what they look like! *stabs Archer*
Archer: *Looking at the wound* They're wires and metal, the same as yours.
- Homemade Inventions: They make quite a bit of deadly military gear from what they find lying around.
- Manly Tears/Inelegant Blubbering: The Commandos, save for Chip, react this way to Nick Nitro's death.
- Sociopathic Soldier: If they've decided you're in league with the Gorgonites, they'll add you to their hit list.
- Testosterone Poisoning: They're essentially G.I. Joe or Action Man figures on steroids, with a bit of Army Men thrown in.
Brick Bazooka (George Kennedy).
Artillery specialist of the Commando Elite.
Brick Bazooka, artillery. Ready to go full bore, sir!
Butch Meathook (Jim Brown).
Sniper of the Commando Elite.
Butch Meathook, sniper. Lethal from any distance, sir.
Leader of the Commando Elite.
Major Chip Hazard reporting for duty, sir.
- Big Bad
- Colonel Badass
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's only programmed to destroy the Gorgonites, neither he or his squad attack any humans with lethal intent unless they are allied with said Gorgonites. When Alan first confronts him, he orders a retreat rather than directly attacking him despite the advantage in numbers. The exception being Nick Nitro, who stayed behind to try and stop Alan from freeing Archer.
- A Father to His Men: A rare villainous example.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: He turns out to be this.
- The Leader
- Punch Clock Villain: He's just following his programming rather than being genuinely malicious. For the record, he thinks he's a hero. But let's be abundantly clear: MAJOR HAZARD IS NO HERO!
- There Can Only Be One: When he hijacks the truck of Commando Elite figures, he doesn't seem to bother activating any other Chip Hazards.
Covert operations specialist of the Commando Elite.
Kip Killigan, covert insurgent. Sharp as a razor, sir.
Link Static (Bruce Dern).Communications Officer
of the Commando Elite.
Link Static, communications, awaiting dispatch orders, sir.
Nick Nitro (Clint Walker).
Demolitions expert of the Commando Elite.
Nick Nitro, demolition is my mission!
An army of mooks made form a Bland-Name Product
version of Barbie dolls. Given "life" by using a reverse engineered chip from Nick Nitro's brain.
- Body Horror: They have stitching from their surgery all over, and some even have sharp objects attached to their arms.
- Dark Chick
- Facial Horror: One of them has been reduced to just a pair of eyeballs.
- Mooks: Major Hazard sees them as potential new recruits.
- Valley Girl: The way all the Gwendy dolls speak.