Characters: The Chronicles of Riddick
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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. 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.
"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.
Played By: Simon Burke
A co-pilot of Fry's, who tried to stop Fry from dumping the passengers to certain death.
Kyra/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.
- 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
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.
Paris P Ogilvie
"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.
- Face Death with Dignity: Mortally wounded and surrounded in the dark, he only laments his fate briefly before taking one last drink.
Sharon ‘Shazza’ Montgomery
A free settler who was travelling across the universe looking for a place to settle.
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.
William J Johns
"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.
- Karmic Death: He wanted to feed Jack to the creatures...and ends up as a meal himself.
- Last Name Basis: With everyone, particularly Riddick.
"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.
- 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.
- Laughably Evil: He's bizarrely fun to watch, like an incredibly sadistic stooge.
"Let's go, big boy."
A mercenary hired by Toombs to help him hunt down and capture Richard B. Riddick.
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.
- Serial Rapist: Santana was keeping some poor girl chained up in his ship for the purpose of raping whenever he pleased, and doesn't waste time trying to rape Dahl.
- Smug Snake: Santana talks a big game, but that's all he can do.
A merc, Captain Santana's best friend and second in command, tasked with hunting for Riddick.
Played By: Conrad Pla
A mercenary working under Santana, when they answered the distress call from Mercenary Station P7.
Played By: Nolan Gerard Funk
A mercenary who was part of Santana's team whom Santana considered his 'good luck charm'.
Boss Johns' Crew
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.
- Anti-Villain: He's not nearly the psychotic son-of-a-bitch his son was.
A Nordic bounty hunter of German descent. She's second in command of Boss Johns Mercs and is the primary sniper of the group.
Played By: Bokeem Woodbine
A mercenary working for Boss Johns. Moss was the tech guy of the group.
Played By: Raoul Trujillo
A mercenary working for Boss Johns
Lord Marshal Zhylaw
"Convert now... or fall forever."
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.
- 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.
- Would Hurt a Child: Oh, hell yes. He strangled infants with their own umbilical chords.
- Your Soul Is Mine: One of his more potent abilities is to rip a person's soul directly out of them.
Lord Siberius Vaako
"Obedience without question. Loyalty until Underverse come."
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.
- 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 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.
"We all began as something else."
Played By: Mark Gibbon
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.
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.
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?"