Characters: The Chronicles of Riddick
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Richard B. Riddick
Played By: Vin DieselThe protagonist of the series. He is shown to be a highly skilled predator, extremely mobile and stealthy, has a vast knowledge of how to kill almost any humanoid in a variety of ways, is an extreme survivalist, and is notoriously hard to contain. He is also self-admittedly a dangerous convict and murderer, yet despite this, he is sometimes shown to perform moral or even atypically heroic actions, usually against his own better judgment and survivalist nature. Riddick is a Furyan, a member of a warrior race obliterated by a military campaign that left Furya desolate, and is one of the last of his kind. One of his most defining features are his eyes, a characteristic inherent in a certain caste of his species (The Alpha-Furyans), although he implies in Pitch Black that they were "shined" by a back-alley surgical operation. The truth? This allows him to see in the dark with no difficulty at all, but also renders his eyes incredibly sensitive to concentrated light, therefore he wears tinted welding goggles for protection. Riddick was once a mercenary, then part of a security force, and later on a soldier. He is also an experienced pilot.
"They say most of your brain shuts down in cryo-sleep. All but the primitive side, the animal side. No wonder I'm still awake."
- Alliterative Name: Save for the 'B' that seperates Richard and Riddick.
- Badass: Riddick is a legendary badass widely feared by both law enforcement and criminals. He's an almost unparalled fighter, has killed scores of experienced warriors, fights monsters hand-to-hand, takes out multiple bounter hunters and kills the semi-immortal leader of a warrior race.
- Badass Boast: He gets more than a few."I'll kill you with my teacup.""I bow to no man.""Sister, they don't know what to do with just one of me."
- Cool Shades: His signature goggles to protect his sensitive eyesight.
- Friend to All Children: He has a soft spot for children; this was how Johns nabbed him in the first place, by exposing this weakness.
- Genius Bruiser: He might be built like a tank made of other tanks, but there's a big brain under that bald dome. Riddick is patience, calculating, observent and highly strategic.
- Hero with an F in Good: He is a full-grown Satisfied Street Rat — a vicious and remorseless human predator who has killed hundreds of people at torture range. What makes him a "hero" is that though he is a genuinely Axe Crazy Knife Nut who lives to tear people to shreds simply for the joy of it, he has no interest in killing those who cannot defend themselves, finds children to be amusing distractions (especially since those feelings are usually returned), and treats those that do kill the defenseless as animals. He thus finds himself regularly rescuing loads and loads of people by accident despite never intending to.
- Knife Nut: Riddick favours short blades and is rarely seen using a gun.
- Last of His Kind: One of the last Furyans, a warrior species that's an offshoot of humanity. The Necromongers killed the rest of them.
- Naytheist:"I absolutely believe in God. And I absolutely hate the fucker."
- Noble Demon: Riddick might be an unrepentant murderer and criminal, but he nonetheless holds himself to certain standards.
- Not Me This Time: When Zeke is killed."Did I kill a few people? Sure. Did I kill Zeke? No. You got the wrong killer."
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Again, a few.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: The series has made a point that Riddick has a severe distaste for rapists.
- Sherlock Scan: He's able to look at a situation, size things up, and go from there. An example would be when he accurately describes the prison guards' plans to leave.
Played By: Radha MitchellA docking pilot for the Hunter-Gratzner and usually transports civilians and cargo with her crew for a charge, in a form of space transportation. She had an unmoral and unethical moment with dropping the passenger section to save herself, indicating she is not a trustful person.
"I said I'd die for them, not you!"
- Morality Pet: Riddick develops a soft spot for her, which gradually becomes devotion.
- Last Name Basis: She's only called 'Carolyn' during particularly tense moments.
Played By: Simon BurkeA co-pilot of Fry's, who tried to stop Fry from dumping the passengers to certain death.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By a piece of wreckage during the crash.
Kyra/Jack B. Badd
Played By: Rhiana Griffith & Alexa DavalosA young girl who was travelling on a distant planet for unknown reasons, and she was posing as a boy named Jack to avoid any suspicion.
- Action Girl: Not at first. She starts the transition into an Action Survivor in Dark Fury, and completes it while in jail.
- Bifauxnen: She was rather adorable while presenting as male.
- Broken Bird: Jack's life after running away is one tragedy after another, which results in her acquirement of a thick set of Jade-Colored Glasses (as well as an early death).
- Broken Pedestal: She loses faith after being abandoned by Riddick.
- Final Girl: In Pitch Black, at least. Things don't go so well in the sequel.
- Gaining the Will to Kill: She kills for the first time defending Riddick from Antonia.
- Hartman Hips: The cartoon uses this to mark her as female, having her otherwise completely devoid of anatomical or cultural gender markers.
- Hero-Worshipper: She almost immediately imprints on Riddick when she meets him as a child.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Arguably her fatal flaw.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Jack's design◊ for the cartoon looks distinctly more like Rhiana Griffith than Alexa Davalos, in spite of having been made to bridge the gap.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Just as she overcomes her mental conditioning.
- Morality Pet: One for Riddick, who surprisingly feels remorse over abandoning her.
- Mentor Ship: Her relationship with Riddick takes a romantic turn in the sequel, which could be seen as disturbing considering he was her guardian for a short while and there is a significant age difference between them.
- The Runaway: Although Jack never fully reveals her reasons, her wish to imitate Riddick indicates she likely thirsted for adventure.
- She Is All Grown Up: Kyra is far more conventionally feminine than teenage Jack.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: She presents as male for her safety when she runs away from home, but she doesn't bother while in a predominantly male prison.
- Sudden Name Change: Is called "Jack" in Pitch Black but suddenly uses the feminine name "Kyra" in The Chronicles of Riddick and is only ever referred to as such after the initial clarification.
- Tagalong Kid: She doesn't have many useful skills in Pitch Black, and has little to do before her reveal.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Jack always had an edge, but she was mostly innocent and hopeful in Pitch Black. Spending years in a prison in intensely harsh conditions removed that element of her personality.
Abu "Imam" al-Walid
Played By: Keith DavidA Muslim preacher who was travelling to New Mecca for the annual preaching, and was stranded with others when the ship crashed. He is travelling with three young boys.
"There is my God, Mr Riddick."
- Everyone Calls Him Imam Or the equivalent in English, "Holy Man", favoured by Riddick.
Paris P Ogilvie
Played By: Lewis FitzgeraldAn intergalactic arts dealer selling weaponry and arts from Earth and other planets. He also provided the others with alcohol.
"Amazing how you can do without the essentials of life, so long as you have the little luxuries."
- The Alcoholic: Rarely seen without his precious wine.
- Face Death with Dignity: Mortally wounded and surrounded in the dark, he only laments his fate briefly before taking one last drink.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His blind panic screws over the entire group.
Sharon ‘Shazza’ Montgomery
Played By: Claudia BlackA free settler who was travelling across the universe looking for a place to settle.
John ‘Zeke’ Ezekiel
Played By: John MooreA free settler along with Shazza and looking for a home.
- Trigger Happy: Zeke ends up killing a surviving passenger because he was too quick on the draw, thinking the man was Riddick without even seeing his face.
William J Johns
Played By: Cole HauserA morphine-addicted bounty hunter and war veteran who is transporting Riddick to high-security prison to collect a large bounty on him. When the ship crashed, he presented himself as an intergalactic police officer and spread the story about Riddick being a serial killer so he could capture him for himself. He is also very immoral person, killing many people and other bounty hunters to capture him.
"Verdict’s in: the light moves forward!"
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first, he appears to be a clean-cut lawman and typical hero. In reality, he's a scheming weasel with no concern for anyone but himself.
- Dirty Coward: Johns is a coward willing to sink to any level to survive. He takes drugs to keep himself steady and only threatens those who are either incapacitated or weaker than him.Riddick: Johns was like most mercs. They look all stand up and do right, until you cut them open and you find something missing. In his case, a spine.
- Eye Scream: He takes his drugs through the eyes with a needle.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: When Jack asks where Johns is, Riddick only replies, "Which half?"
- Karmic Death: He wanted to feed Jack to the creatures...and ends up as a meal himself.
- Last Name Basis: With everyone, particularly Riddick.
Played By: Nick ChinlundA mercenary who wanted to catch Riddick after a short encounter with him on the mercenary ship in Dark Fury. Nothing is really known about his past. His personality is humorous, yet obsessive and cold-hearted.
"Y'know, you supposed to be some slick-shit killer. Now look at you... all back-of-the-bus and shit."
- Ambiguous Situation: He's last seen alive but in a cage with two hellhounds trying to get into his cage (and seemingly succeeding). Deleted scenes and the novelization have him make it out of the cage to harass Riddick one last time, at which point he's mauled by the same hound Riddick befriended. Sadly, Toombs managed to take the hound with him.
- Badass: He may be a repulsive jerk, but he's an improvement on Johns. He at least walks the walk, even if he doesn't match Riddick.
- Bad Boss: Most of his men end up dead.
- Butt Monkey: As the Wile E. Coyote to Riddick's Roadrunner, he never quite gets ahead and usually winds up humiliated but alive.
- Guttural Growler: Due to being played by Nick Chinlund.
- Laughably Evil: He's bizarrely fun to watch, like an incredibly sadistic stooge.
Played By: Christina CoxA mercenary hired by Toombs to help him hunt down and capture Richard B. Riddick.
"Let's go, big boy."
Played By: Jordi MollàAn arrogant captain of a eight-man mercenary crew
- Jerkass: Santana distinguishes himself in a franchise filled with murderers, genocidal conquerers and flat-out monsters by being the most loathsome, vile and repulsive piece of shit encountered.
- Karmic Death: His head winds up in the special box meant for Riddick.
Played By: BatistaA merc, Captain Santana's best friend and second in command, tasked with hunting for Riddick.
Played By: Conrad PlaA mercenary working under Santana, when they answered the distress call from Mercenary Station P7.
Played By: Nolan Gerard FunkA mercenary who was part of Santana's team whom Santana considered his 'good luck charm'.
"I believe this is a sign."
- Good Luck Charm: According to Santana, this is the only reason he's around.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Only one who wants to leave when they have the opportunity to.
Boss Johns' Crew
Colonel R. 'Boss' Johns
Played By: Matt NableA bounty hunter and the father of William J. Johns, and for the last 10 years has been searching for Riddick in hopes of unearthing answers about the death of his son on a planet in the M-344/G System. He arrives to the sun scorched planet where Riddick has activated a beacon to find him.
- Anti-Villain: He's not nearly the psychotic son-of-a-bitch his son was.
- It's Personal: While the other bounty hunters are after Riddick for the money, Boss Johns desires personal retribution for his son's death at Riddick's hands.
Played By: Katee SackhoffA Nordic bounty hunter of German descent. She's second in command of Boss Johns Mercs and is the primary sniper of the group.
- Action Girl: Dahl is an experienced Bounty Hunter who is as deadly with her fists as she is with her weapons.
- Anti-Villain: Although she's an antagonist to Riddick, she's a loyal woman who's really just trying to hunt down a dangerous killer.
- Badass: As Santana found out, when she easily whoops his ass in one-on-one combat.
- Bi the Way: According to Katee Sackhoff, this is what Dahl is. She flirts lightly with Riddick but also claims she doesn't have sex with men.
- Bounty Hunter: She's after Riddick for the bounty and working for Boss Johns.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Santana attempts to rape her; Dahl easily fights him off and Santana is left much worse for wear.
- Enemy Mine: Along with the other mercenaries, she teams up with Riddick to survive the mud demons, leading to a Heel-Face Turn.
- Heel-Face Turn: Like her boss, she ends up working with Riddick and they ultimately part as friends.
- Ms. Fanservice: She has a rather form-fitting wardrobe that shows off Katee Sackhoff's breasts, and she has a topless scene when washing herself in a sink.
Played By: Bokeem WoodbineA mercenary working for Boss Johns. Moss was the tech guy of the group.
Played By: Raoul TrujilloA mercenary working for Boss Johns.
- Tempting Fate: As he talks about how easy the mud demons are to kill, one bursts in and impales him through the chest.
Lord Marshal Zhylaw
Played By: Colm FeoreThe leader of the Necromongers. Before Riddick's birth, Zhylaw consulted an Elemental seer, who told him that a Furyan male would be born that would kill him in the future. In retaliation, Zhylaw attacked Furya in an attempt to massacre all male children, going so far as to personally strangle newborn infants with their own umbilical cords. He strangled Riddick with his umbilical cord and believed him dead but Riddick actually survived. At some point, he traveled to the Underverse and afterwards returned not completely human.
"All those poets, on all those worlds; the ones who spoke of battle being such an unsightly thing? They never stood here."
- All There in the Manual: His name and full history is included on DVD extras.
- And Show It to You: He can do this with a person's soul.
- Big Bad: He's the main antagonist of The Chronicles of Riddick.
- Came Back Wrong: From the Underverse, supposedly.
- Dark Messiah: There have been Lord Marshals before Zhylaw and they've all been considered holy to some degree, but Zhylaw is considered 'the last' who will lead their religion to their version of paradise.
- Evil Is Hammy: Colm Feore is having the time of his life.
- Evil Overlord: Of the Necromonger Empire.
- Galactic Conqueror: He goes from planet to planet, conquering the citizens and forcefully converting them.
- Tin Tyrant: He's always clad in heavy body armour.
Lord Siberius Vaako
Played By: Karl UrbanA Necromonger Commander, serving as Zhylaw's right hand man. Though sent to kill Riddick, confused of his leader's sudden fear, Vaako uses it as an excuse to get close enough to assassinate Zhylaw to become Lord Marshall.
- Religious Bruiser: He's a true believer in the Necromonger religion, and the only reason Dame Vaako is able to convince him to become The Starscream is by pointing out that the Lord Marshal endangers the entire empire and is not as devout as he ought to be.
- The Starscream: But only after his wife convinces him that the Lord Marshal has broken the conventions of the Necromonger religion.
Played By: Thandie NewtonWife of the Necromonger Empire commander Lord Vaako. Dame Vaako is consumed by, even defined by, overweening ambition. She is not a comfortable wife, constantly pushing Vaako to higher office, even hinting at murder to advance his career.
"Never fails to inspire, does it? Each time a dynasty falls."
- Ambition Is Evil: Dame Vaako is deeply ambitious, yearning for her and her husband to ascend the ranks of the Necromonger Empire. She's willing to risk everything she has for more.
- Big NO: When Riddick kills the Lord Marshal, robbing Vaako of his chance.
Played By: Linus Roache
"We all began as something else."
- Death Equals Redemption: His final speech to Riddick, combined with calmly walking into the deadly sunlight, convinces Riddick to go after the Lord Marshal. He is smiling as he dies."The Necromonger in me warns you not to go... but the Furyan in me... hopes you won't listen."
- Driven to Suicide: The guilt and inner turmoil of giving up all he is to serve the Necromongers gets to him, and he walks out into the Crematoria weather to burn alive.
Played By: Mark Gibbon
Played By: Andreas ApergisA commander in Necromonger Empire.
- Evil Scars: Half of his face is covered in a web of scratches. Lampshaded by Riddick:Riddick: That guy with the fucked-up face, Krone.
- Guns Akimbo: He shoots the rock on which Riddick is standing with two gravity pistols.
- I Did What I Had to Do: How he justifies his betrayal.
- K Names: Krone.
Played By: Judi DenchA member of a race known as Elementals, whose religion is based around the Balance of the universe. They actively seek to keep this balance, and their ability to use numbers and equations to calculate odds is so accurate that to others it closely resembles foretelling and prophecy.
"In normal times, evil would be fought with good. But in times like these, well, it should be fought by another kind of evil."
- Miss Exposition: Aereon mainly hangs around to spill exposition about plot developments.
- Not Quite Flight: She can't fly, but she can glide quite well.
Ceryll "the Guv" Cantaglia
Played By: Yorick van WageningenA criminal. He had a wife named Ellen. He ran the hard end of the Benz-Kardak coda on Sigma Minor successfully for an unprecedented 17 cycles. Although arrested for 23 separate infractions, from extortion to murder, he continued to evade convicted. He was finally brought in the Crematoria Slam Facility for vehicular manslaughter.
"There are inmates and there are convicts."
- All There in the Manual: His full name and backstory can be found in supplementary materials.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: How he reached the top of the convict chain.
- Badass: In a deadly prison filled with killers, rapists, sadists and even Hellhounds, the Guv has risen to the top via sheer skill.
- Character Death: Vaako breaks his back during the escape from Crematoria, killing him instantly.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: He's only known as 'The Guv'.