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Characters: The Chronicles of Riddick

The Chronicles of Riddick

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    Riddick 

Richard B. Riddick

"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?"
Played By: Vin Diesel

"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."

The 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. 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.
  • 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.
    "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."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Riddick might be an unrepentant murderer and criminal, but does appear to hold himself to some standards.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.

Hunter-Gratzner Crew

    Fry 

Carolyn Fry

Played By: Radha Mitchell

"I said I'd die for them, not you!"

A 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.
  • 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.

    Owens 

Greg Owens

Played By: Simon Burke

A co-pilot of Fry's, who tried to stop Fry from dumping the passengers to certain death.

Hunter-Gratzner Passengers

    Kyra 

Kyra AKA Jack B. Badd

"Where the hell can I get eyes like that?"
Played By: Rhiana Griffith & Alexa Davalos

A 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.

    Imam 

Abu "Imam" al-Walid

Played By: Keith David

"There is my God, Mr Riddick."

A 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.

    Ogilvie 

Paris P Ogilvie

Played By: Lewis Fitzgerald

"Amazing how you can do without the essentials of life, so long as you have the little luxuries."

An intergalactic arts dealer selling weaponry and arts from Earth and other planets. He also provided the others with alcohol.

    Shazza 

Sharon ‘Shazza’ Montgomery

Played By: Claudia Black

A free settler who was travelling across the universe looking for a place to settle.

    Zeke 

John ‘Zeke’ Ezekiel

Played By: John Moore

A 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.

Mercenaries

    Johns 

William J Johns

Played By: Cole Hauser

"Verdict’s in: the light moves forward!"

A 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.
  • 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.

    Toombs 

Alexander Toombs

Played By: Nick Chinlund

"Y’know, you supposed to be some slick-shit killer. Now look at you... all back-of-the-bus and shit."

A 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.
  • 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.
  • Laughably Evil: He's bizarrely fun to watch, like an incredibly sadistic stooge.

    Eve 

Eve Logan

Played By: Christina Cox

"Let's go, big boy."

A mercenary hired by Toombs to help him hunt down and capture Richard B. Riddick.

Santana's Crew

    Santana 

Santana

Played By: Jordi Mollà

An 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.
  • Machete Mayhem: He wields a machete, which he plans to use on Riddick.
  • Smug Snake: Santana talks a big game, but that's all he can do.

    Diaz 

Diaz

Played By: Batista

A merc, Captain Santana's best friend and second in command, tasked with hunting for Riddick.

    Vargas 

Vargas

Played By: Conrad Pla

A mercenary working under Santana, when they answered the distress call from Mercenary Station P7.

    Luna 

Luna

Played By: Nolan Gerard Funk

A mercenary who was part of Santana's team whom Santana considered his 'good luck charm'.

Boss Johns' Crew

    Boss Johns 

Colonel R. 'Boss' Johns

Played By: Matt Nable

A 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.

    Dahl 

Dahl

Played By: Katee Sackhoff

A Nordic bounty hunter of German descent. She's second in command of Boss Johns Mercs and is the primary sniper of the group.

    Moss 

Moss

Played By: Bokeem Woodbine

A mercenary working for Boss Johns. Moss was the tech guy of the group.

    Lockspur 

Lockspur

Played By: Raoul Trujillo

A mercenary working for Boss Johns

Necromongers

    Lord Marshal 

Lord Marshal Zhylaw

"Convert now... or fall forever."
Played By: Colm Feore

"All those poets, on all those worlds; the ones who spoke of battle being such an unsightly thing? They never stood here."

The 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.
  • Big Bad: He's the main antagonist of The Chronicles of Riddick.
  • 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.

    Vaako 

Lord Siberius Vaako

"Obedience without question. Loyalty until Underverse come."
Played By: Karl Urban

A 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.
  • The Starscream: But only after his wife convinces him that the Lord Marshal has broken the conventions of the Necromonger religion.

    Dame Vaako 

Dame Vaako

Played By: Thandie Newton

"Never fails to inspire, does it? Each time a dynasty falls."

Wife 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.
  • 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.
  • Lady Macbeth: To her husband Vaako; she constantly whispers in his ear about overthrowing the Lord Marshal.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Due to her form-fitting outfits.

    The Purifier 

The Purifier

Played By: Linus Roache

"We all began as something else."

    Irgun 

Irgun

Played By: Mark Gibbon

  • The Brute: For the Lord Marshal.
  • Character Death: Riddick kills him in one-on-one combat.
  • The Quiet One: He never says a word aside from the usual grunts.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite his reputation, Riddick kills him with minimal effort.
    Lord Marshal: Irgun. One of my best.
    Riddick: If you say so.

    Krone 

Krone

Played By: Andreas Apergis

A commander in Necromonger Empire.
  • The Starscream: It turns out that he, not Vaako, betrayed Riddick.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In the director's cut it's shown that he scarred the face of one of the consorts the same way as his.

Other Characters

    Aereon 

Aereon

Played By: Judi Dench

"In normal times, evil would be fought with good. But in times like these, well, it should be fought by another kind of evil."

A 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.
  • Miss Exposition: Aereon mainly hangs around to spill exposition about plot developments.

    The Guv 

The Guv

Played By: Yorick van Wageningen

"There are inmates and there are convicts. A convict has a certain code. And he knows to show a certain respect. An inmate, on the other hand, pulls the pin on his fellow man. Does the guards' work for them... brings shame... to the game. So, which are you gonna be?"

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