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Alan Abernathy (Gregory Smith)The Protagonist.
- Alliterative Name: Alan Abernathy.
- Mistaken for Junkie: When he claims that the toys are alive his parents assume that he's on drugs.
- Never Live It Down: An In-Universe example. Aside from some genuine havoc-making, he apparently managed to accidentally burn down his school and can't shake his reputation as a troublemaker."I made one mistake and I'm branded for life!"
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Alan gives one to Chip Hazard before he electrocutes him on the telephone pole.Alan: Have I got a shock for you. You stupid toy!
- Space Whale Aesop: Remember kids; shady dealings to get hold of some toys will lead to them coming to life and trashing your father's store.
Christy Fimple (Kirsten Dunst)
- Action Girl: She seems to enjoy smashing up the mooks made from her doll collection a little too much.
- The Big Damn Kiss: She kisses Alan after he saves her from the Gwendies.
- Likes Older Men: She has a boyfriend who's older and rides a motorcycle. She tells Alan that she only dates older guys. But changes her mind when her boyfriend turned out to be a Dirty Coward and Alan saved her.
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.
- Papa Wolf: He punches Larry for letting the Commando Elite hurt Alan and destroys one of the Elite's machines in the climax.
- Rage Breaking Point: When Larry and Irwin arrive at Alan's house, Stuart punches Larry in the face for threatening to sue Alan.
- 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 besiege her house, she immediately starts coordinating the defense ("Alan, put out the fires! Nerds, side windows!"), gets Marion and Timmy (the two most vulnerable of their group) to safety, and grabs a weapon to fight back.
- Said weapon is a tennis racket, used to return fire/repel flaming tennis balls.
- Playing Tennis with the Boss: How she destroys the ball launcher the Commandos had repurposed to launch incendiaries.
Timmy Fimple (Jacob Smith)Christy's younger brother.
- Bratty Half-Pint: How he starts out. The Commando Elite quickly change that.
- Break the Haughty: At the start of the movie, he's a brat who wants a bunch of violent toys for his birthday. After being tied up, and then threatened by an army of Commando Elite, he's much quieter, and tells his parents he would just like to get clothes.
Phil Fimple (Phil Hartman)Christie's technology obsessed father.
- Agent Scully/Arbitrary Skepticism: Finds the idea that his daughter's been brainwashed more likely than the possibility that the toys are alive.
- Dirty Coward: He tries to surrender the Gorgonites to the Commando Elite, but runs back into the house.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: When he pointed out it's possible to create an EMP blast by overloading the power grid, he claims that it "only happened once".
Marion Fimple (Wendy Schaal)Christie's mother.
Gil Mars (Denis Leary)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.Irwin: Oh no. It's HIM!!!
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Buys off everyone at the end and plans to remarket the toys as weapons.
Irwin Wayfair (David Cross)An employee at Globotech. Creator of the Gorginites.
- Bearer of Bad News: He's the one who realises that the Commando Elite now count the human cast members as part of the Gorgonites.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Larry's Blue.
Larry Benson (Jay Mohr)An employee at Globotech. Creator of the Commando Elite.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Irwin's Red, 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he admits that there is a flaw with the hardware;"The chips were a little sensitive to the electrical fields generated by nuclear devices. I don't think even the toy industry has got quite that competitive?"
- Mr. Exposition: He only appears in one scene and he spends all of it talking about the chips.
- Never My Fault: Unlike most examples, this one wasn't as the chips were designed to enhance the latent programming they are inserted into. In his own words...
- Ralph: If you got a problem it's with your software.
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.
- Designated Villain: In-Universe, their toyline was taken and merged with the Commandos' to serve as their antagonists. But they turn out to be what their designer originally intended them to be — the good guys.
- Fighting for a Homeland: Their goal is to find their way back home to Gorgon.
- Let's Get Dangerous!
- The So-Called Coward: They have to overcome their programming to do anything but hide.
- Ugly Cute: Most of them are this. They are also soft-spoken, gentle and kind.
Archer (Frank Langella).The brave and wise leader of the Gorgonites. His weapon of choice being a crossbow.
- The Archer: Well, obviously.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Averted. Out of the Gorgonites we see fighting, he seems to be the weakest.
- The Hero: His personality is far more heroic than the Commandos.
- The Leader: He's the Gorgonite calling the shots.
- Meaningful Echo:"Even if you can't see something, it doesn't mean it isn't there."
Freakenstein (a.k.a. Troglokhan) (Michael McKean).A Frankenstein's Monster look-alike. The navigator of the Gorgonites.
- Came Back Wrong: When the Gorgonites tried to rebuild him, they did...not do a stellar job.
Insaniac (Michael McKean).A hyperactive Gorgonite. He spins about rather than walking, speaks fast and constantly makes jokes and puns.
- Ax-Crazy: Heroic version. Quite nice and harmless, tough.
- Slasher Smile: He's got a wide, toothy grin.
- The Lancer: His personality is the opposite of Archer's.
Ocula (Jim Cummings).Gorgonite with a single eye. Can only speak in whistles and is rather shy.
- Faceless Eye: He only has one eye and no mouth.
- The Quiet One: He never speaks and seems to be a bit shy.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: By Gorgonite standards, he's absolutely this. Poor little guy.
- The Unintelligible: Only communicates in whistles.
Punch-It (Harry Shearer).Gorgonite resembling a humanoid Brontotherium. Best friend of Scratch-It.
- Fastball Special: He can use Scratch-It as a slingshot.
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.
- The Chick: Only female of the Gorgonites.
- Cute Monster Girl: Averted.
- Fastball Special: Can be launched by Punch-It.
Slamfist (Christopher Guest).A Gorgonite hunchback. His left hand consists of a boulder-like fist.
- Power Fist: He can punch enemies with his left hand.
Gorgonites In Games Only
ChantersGorgonites with magical powers. They control the gateways between Gorgonite realms.
- Meaningful Name: They're called chanters for a reason.
NibbleA flying Gorgonite.
StenchKnown to other Gorgonites as "The Walking Whoopee Cushion".
The Commando Elite
- Armies Are Evil: This time, the military are the bad guys.
- Badass Army: Ultimately Subverted.
- Bullying a Dragon: As it turns out, with the exception of Chip, none of them can actually stand up to the Gorgonites when they fight back.
- Designated Hero: In-Universe, within the context of the toyline. They're soldiers trying to fight off the "dangerous" aliens, the Gorgonites. 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 a lot of 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.
- Oh, Crap!: When they realize the Gorgonites are going to fight back, they immediately panic.
- 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!
- Alliterative Name: Brick Bazooka.
- The Big Guy: Being the squad's heavy weapons expert, he is the most physically imposing among them.
- The Brute: Yes, indeed.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: He gets torn in half by Alan's bike. He gets better.
- Slasher Smile: Has a permanent one molded onto his plastic face.
Butch Meathook (Jim Brown).Sniper of the Commando Elite.
Butch Meathook, sniper. Lethal from any distance, sir.
- Badass Beard: A chin strap, definitely badass.
- Bald of Evil: It's revealed that he has no hair on his noggin.
- Scary Black Man: He is rather intimidating.
Chip Hazard (Tommy Lee Jones).Leader of the Commando Elite.
Major Chip Hazard reporting for duty, sir.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
- 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. He does care for his troops, vowing to leave no man behind and later showing sadness at Nick Nitro's death.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: He turns out to be this.
- The Leader: He is the leader of the Commando Elite.
- 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.
Kip Killigan (Ernest Borgnine).Covert operations specialist of the Commando Elite.
Kip Killigan, covert insurgent. Sharp as a razor, sir.
- Alliterative Name: Kip Killigan
- Cigar Chomper: He sure loves them.
- The Dragon: He guards Chip with a flamethrower.
- McNinja: He sports some shuriken on his uniform.
- Slasher Smile: Though he may be the most cheerful of the bunch, his grin is downright creepy.
Link Static (Bruce Dern).Communications Officer of the Commando Elite.
Link Static, communications, awaiting dispatch orders, sir.
- Goggles Do Nothing: He has a pair of infrared goggles.
- Love Is a Weakness: When he finds out Alan has a crush on Christy, he calls it an "age-old weakness".
- Verbal Tic: Punctuates his dialogue with radio static.
Nick Nitro (Clint Walker).Demolitions expert of the Commando Elite.
Nick Nitro, demolition is my mission!
- Alliterative Name: Nick Nitro
- The Brute: Which nobody can deny.
- Defiant to the End: Even though Alan manages to grab him, he still tries to deliver ultimatums and threats. The last one being cut off when stuffed into the garbage disposal.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The other Commando Elites are visibly upset at his death.
Chip Hazard: Served with your father, he was a good man.
- Apparently In-Universe he had a father if what Chip said was true.
- Gold Tooth: He sports one of these.
- Mad Bomber: He uses household items like WD-40 and makes explosives out of them.
Zom-Gwendies (Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci)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.