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The Expendables

    The Expendables as a whole 
  • Blood Brothers: Once you fight side by side with them, you are a brother (or sister) to them for life, even if you're not a part of the team.
  • Combat Pragmatists: Using mooks as human shields, drawing guns in hand to hand combat situations, improvising weapons from everyday objects, strikes to the groin...all par for the course with these guys.
  • Cool Old Guys: Before the addition of Liam Hemsworth and Yu Nan in the second film, Statham was the youngest actor in the group, he was 42 by the time of filming. Stallone is in his mid 60's, and Norris (the only cast member to have fought The Bruce Lee himself) is in his 70's.
  • Dysfunctional Family: To some degree. They may argue, disagree, and even fight (very occasionally), but they really do love each other.
  • Genre Savvy: The Expendables seem to be fully aware that they're in an action movie, and take full advantage of it.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Gunnar in the sequels. And arguably everyone else on the team to varying degrees.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They regularly insult and casually threaten to kill each another... But they're willing to die and kill for each other.
  • Weapon of Choice: While all of the Expendables use assault rifles and submachineguns as their primary weapons, each of them uses a particular signature weapon as well.

    Barney Ross 

The leader of the team, Ross is an aging pistolero and mercenary with a jaded attitude and the conviction that nothing he does is making the world a better place. He does possess an actual moral compass however, and tries to take jobs that hurt only the bad guys.
  • A Father to His Men: Forgives Gunnar for betraying the group, and his main motivation in the second movie is trying to avenge the death of Billy
  • Bad Luck Charm: His "lucky" ring...
  • Celibate Hero: Seems to actively avoids romance, despite his chemistry with with Sandra in the first film and Maggie in the second
  • Chain Pain: Uses one against Vilain.
  • Cigar Chomper: Though not as much as Trench.
  • Cool Bike: Barney has a custom chopper that he built himself.
  • Cool Car: Barney's truck is a custom 1955 Ford F100, with armor plating and bulletproof windows.
  • Cool Plane: Barney has a sea plane with hidden machine guns. In the sequel, it has an artillery gun mounted in the nose.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Barney goes through one in the third film when Caesar is nearly killed by Stonebanks. Barney is so distraught that he temporarily disbands the Expendables and forms a new team of young recruits because he can't bear the thought of one of his friends being killed so close to retirement.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: His weapon of choice, according to the official field guide, is brass knuckles(though he seems to actually prefer his pistols to anything).
  • Guns Akimbo: Barney often fights with a Colt M1911 in each hand.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lee Christmas.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: This is why Barney rejects Maggie's advances.
  • Keep the Reward: Gives his share of the money to Sandra, rather than keeping it for himself.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: He tries to be cynical and detached, but simply cannot stop himself from caring when it really does matter. In the rare, rare instances where his actions make a positive difference in the lives of decent people, his sour armor completely melts away.
  • Meaningful Name: Barney Ross was the name of an American boxer from the 1930s. His name could be a reference to the fact that one of Sylvester Stallone's best known characters is a boxer.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Barney loves to quick-draw his enemies using a snub-nosed Colt Single-Action Army.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Implied to have seen the death of so many brothers that he is able to keep his feelings completely in check when dealing with the loss of friends.
  • Weapon of Choice: Revolvers and pistols.
  • When He Smiles: It's rare, but he shows a surprising tender warmth when he actually does get to make a positive difference in this world.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: During his fight with Vilain, Ross charges Vilain and delivers a full on power slam.

    Lee Christmas 
Played By: Jason Statham

The youngest member of the original team, Lee Christmas is a career mercenary and blade specialist, who serves as Ross' Number Two and reality check. He has a rocky relationship with his girlfriend, Lacey.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is he ever, and seeing as how it's Jason Statham.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: Former SAS.
  • Knife Nut: Lee appears to prefer using his throwing knives to any other weapon.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Barney Ross.
  • The Lancer: Ross's quick-witted second-in-command who, despite his rough demeanor, would be willing to put his life on the line for the sake of his friends.
  • Meaningful Name: A pretty obscure one. Lee Christmas was a mercenary during the real-life Banana Wars. Genius Bonus for history buffs, and a huge hint that the name is really an alias.
  • Mugging the Monster: Inverted. In The Expendables, monster mugs you!
  • Number Two: Lee is this to Ross.
  • One-Man Army: While all of the Expendables kill way, way more than their fair share of mooks, Christmas usually gets the lion's share; in the second movie he kills more than Toll, Gunnar, and Caesar put together - though about a third of those came from blowing up the bridge at the beginning of the movie. His kill count is well into triple digits before the opening credits.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: Though most of the Expendables fit this already, Christmas is a particular example, with greater emphasis on theatrical techniques. Especially notable in the second movie, where Barney convinces him to do the whole church ambush by just appealing to his ego and the flashiness of the whole thing.
  • Weapon of Choice: Knives of all types.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: After he finds out that his ex-girlfriend's new partner is hitting her, he goes to the park, hears him call her a bitch, subjects said boyfriend to a Curb-Stomp Battle, and threatens to kill him if he hits her again. All without raising his voice.

    Yin Yang 
Played By: Jet Li

The smallest and lightest member of the team, Yang is a close combat specialist who has known Ross since day one, and is the first one to follow him when he decides to go ahead with the mission to the island. He claims to have money problems, and is frequently mocked and belittled by Gunnar.
  • Badass: Goes without saying as a member of this crew. Not to mention that he's played by Jet Li.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns in the third movie, working for Trench in the film's climax.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Though not above using guns and knives.
  • David Versus Goliath: In his battle with Gunnar. Although it's also an aversion of this trope; Yang would have been killed if Barney Ross hadn't intervened.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the second movie, he leaves about ten minutes into the movie, and in the third, doesn't appear until near the end, where he's now working for Trench.
  • Fragile Speedster: Not as muscular as the other Expendables, though he makes up for it with sheer speed. The sequel puts him firmly into Lightning Bruiser territory when he takes out a roomful of mooks alone with his bare hands and a pair of frying pans and comes out unscathed.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Uses two to take out five mooks in the opener of the sequel after his gun runs out of ammo.
  • Large Ham: Especially when compared to most of Li's other roles.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Yang invokes this when he walks into a kitchen filled with knife wielding mooks and, being a true combat pragmatist, immediately draws his pistol. Only it's empty after the first shot.
  • Put on a Bus: Appears in the opening sequence at the start of the second film, but parachutes into China with the rescued official and isn't seen again. Prior to his leaving Gunnar asks when he'll return, to which he replies "Maybe soon...maybe never." leaving it open for the bus to come back.
  • Token Minority: The only Asian in the team. Lampshaded in The Expendables 2. When asked by Gunnar who he'll get to pick on without him, Yin replies "You'll find another minority."
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ross. When the rest of the team decides that returning to Garza's island is insane, Yang insists on accompanying Ross. When asked why his only reply is "friends die together."
  • Weapon of Choice: His bare hands, with a side of whatever is readily available.

    Toll Road 
Played By: Randy Couture

A tough close-up combatant with a cauliflower ear and intellectual pretensions, Toll Road may actually be the best fighter on the team.
  • Badass Beard: By the sequel.
  • Badass Bookworm: Toll Road is implied to be fairly well read. In the first movie, when the crew is heading back after their securing the hostage mission, most are maintaining their weapons or flying the plane while he is studiously reading a book with his reading glasses on.
  • Badass Grandpa: Like many members of the team. Given that he's the one to eventually take out Paine, he may well be the most badass of them all.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Generally punches, kicks, or throws Mooks rather than using guns or blades (not that he doesn't also carry and use both).
  • The Big Guy: Splits this role with Hale Caesar. Toll handles the closeup stuff, while Caesar is their artilleryman.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Clearly has pretensions of intellectualism, but never does anything to prove it.

    Hale Caesar 
Played By: Terry Crews

The team artilleryman, Hale Ceasar never enters a fight without a grenade launcher, a shotgun, or some other devastating fire support weapon. He's one of the more cheerful members of the team, and in terms of sheer muscular power, the strongest.
  • Awesome but Impractical: When he figures out using the AA-12 was a bad idea in closed quarters in the first movie.
  • The Big Guy: Splits this role with Toll Road, as the team's artilleryman. He's also Ross' go-to guy when freakish amounts of sheer physical strength are required.
  • Cool Gun: His AA-12 shotgun note . There's also his Milkor mutiple grenade launcher in The Expendables II that's loaded with buckshot rounds, though he actually only borrowed it from Gunnar.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the third movie, he gets badly wounded by Stonebanks and spends the majority of the film in the hospital to recover. He survives.
  • Improbable Weapon User: A straight razor.
  • Knife Nut: Though not as obsessed with blades as Lee Christmas, Hale's backup weapon of choice is a shaving razor. In the sequel he is also shown to carry a more normal combat knife.

    Gunnar Jensen 
Played By: Dolph Lundgren

A shellshocked lunatic with drug abuse and rage problems, Gunnar is a hulking bruiser who is willing to kill anybody, ally and enemy alike, having issues with Yin Yang in particular. He mellows out considerably by the start of the sequel.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Studied chemical engineering, before he quit to become a bouncer in order to impress a girl.
  • Casanova Wannabe: A subtler example, nonetheless, but Gunnar's occasional attempts to flirt with Maggie always fall flat.
  • Cool Gun: In the sequel, he carries, as his primary weapon(!), a Milkor MGL multi-shot grenade launcher, during both the opening rescue (he loans it to Caesar after Trench takes his AA-12), and again carries it as his main gun during the airport shootout.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Gunnar has a recurring substance abuse problem (heavily implied to be crystal meth), which helps to explain some of his attitude problems.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite betraying the team in the first movie, they don't seem to care much afterwards.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's the team's chemical engineer, see Actor-Shared Background.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: In the first movie, he leaves the group due to a falling out with Barney with his drug problem, and then joins Munroe's team, betrays them during a car chase to try to kill Barney and Yin Yang, and gets shot by Ross. By the end, Gunner is back with their good graces, and stays a face during the sequel.
  • Knife Nut: Carries a huge bowie knife. During the climactic airport shootout in the sequel, this appears to be the ONLY weapon he is carrying as backup to his grenade launcher!
  • Token Evil Teammate: In the first movie and even became one of the bad guys for a brief moment.
  • Weapon of Choice: Explosives and grenade launchers. Uses a sniper rifle in the third movie, probably in reference to promotional materials from the first film that described him as a sniper; he even mentions using a wrist-mounted computer to check weather conditions.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Rejoins the team at the end of the first movie, having kicked his drug problem.

Played By: Mickey Rourke

A former member of the team, Tool runs the tattoo parlour that the Expendables operate out of. He suffers from severe PTSD, which is why he had to leave the team in the first place.
  • Absentee Actor: For the sequel.
  • The Casanova: Mainly implied. But the first time we see Tool, he is accompanied by a gorgeous, buxom blonde young enough to be his daughter. And based on comments made by his friends he's good at seducing women... though not so good at keeping them.
  • Knife Nut: Not to the same extent as Christmas, but he has his moments.
  • Manly Tears: Lets out a few during his monologue
  • Mission Control: Organizes the jobs that the Expendables go on
  • My Greatest Failure: Seeing a woman attempting suicide in Bosnia, and doing nothing to stop it.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Tool's obsession with "decorating" pretty much anything, whether it's Lee's head with a tattoo or a guitar he plans to smash once it's completed.
  • Retired Badass: A former member of the team, and if his knife-throwing is any indication, his skills are still sharp.
  • Retired Monster: Not really one, mind you, but it's how he views himself.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: He is not referenced in the second or third movies.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: To the point where he had to walk away from the team's jobs.

    Billy "the Kid" Timmons 
Played By: Liam Hemsworth

A new recruit in the second film, Billy is an Afghanistan veteran whose faith in the US Army has been shattered. He doesn't yet know if the mercenary life is for him, but he doesn't have many other options.
  • Friendly Sniper: Outside of combat, he's one of these.
  • The Heart: He has yet to become as pessimistic as the older team-mates.
  • Nice Guy: When compared to his teammates.
  • New Meat: Though the Expendables aren't military, he seems to be their version of this - he's a new member of the group, doesn't seem to be as muscular as everyone else, and nicknamed "the Kid". He also refers to Ross as "Sir", whereas everyone else just calls him Barney.
  • Retirony: He's not sure that the mercenary life is for him, and he's planning on finishing up at the end of the month.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Billy's death makes the mission to stop Vilain personal.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: An unusually young example, but the his time served in Afghanistan shattered his faith in the American Military. Also an unusual example in the nature of the trauma, his commanding officer refused to use artillery on Taliban fighters who were hiding amongst civilians, which would have been a serious war crime; this caused his entire team to be slaughtered, leaving him with the guilt of failing them. Yet the selfsame officer murdered a stray puppy he adopted during that battle on the grounds that an adorable baby animal would "soften" the soldiers and make them unfit for combat; an all too frequent and sad occurrence in the Real Life US Military.
  • Tag Along Kid: Pretty old for the usual example, but plays it straight nonetheless.

    Maggie Chan 
Played By: Nan Yu

A CIA agent assigned to assist the team during the second film, Maggie is a technical genius, and a physical match for any of the men on the team.
  • Action Girl: Completely shatters the stereotype of the 1980's Asian damsel in distress; aside from being pulled away from flying debris once, she is intelligent, brave, completely independent and an equal to every male Expendable (and possibly even better when it comes to interrogation).
  • Badass Bookworm: Arguably more educated than every man on the team, a fact that Barney grudgingly shows respect for.
  • Cunning Linguist: Speaks fluent English, French, Chinese, and Slavic languages.
  • Dragon Lady: Averted: Possibly the first female Asian warrior in an American film who kicks ass but is decidedly-not a mean-spirited and cynical ice bitch.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: After fighting side by side with our heroes.
  • Genius Bruiser: The most technologically savvy of the cast.
  • The Heart: Aside from Billy The Kid, her empathy and connection to humanity is the least damaged of the band.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Maggie extracts crucial information from some of the bad guys using a torture kit containing several knives, scalpels, and other nasty-looking instruments (although it happens off-camera).
  • Lady Not-Appearing-In-This-Trailer: Despite her fairly major role in the movie (she's in it more than Jet Li), she wasn't included in the billing
  • The Not-Love Interest: Although there's definitely some romantic tension between Barney and Maggie, Barney refuses to let it go any further out of concern that he'll endanger her.
  • One of the Boys: Able to simultaneously take the immaturity of the men in stride and bond with them through the camaraderie of sharing dirty jokes.
  • Sixth Ranger: Although not officially a part of the Expendables, she is implied to be this for the franchise should it ever continue:
    Maggie: If you're in trouble, call me or you're dead.
  • Team Mom: Able to be an emotional center and conscience for the team AND still be a badass too.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only woman on the team; and a complete equal as a warrior to every male expendable. In every way. Including some truly awful dialogue early in the movie.

Played By: Antonio Banderas

A former Spanish Armed Forces sharpshooter and Bosnian War veteran who fears nothing, Galgo is sharp and charismatic, with a bark that matches his bite.
  • Badass Spaniard: A former member of the Spanish Legion.
  • Because I'm Good at It: He claims this is the reason why he's a mercenary.
  • Bilingual Bonus: His name translates to "Greyhound".
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He has a mad amount of enthusiasm, can't communicate without motioning around frantically, often says very bizarre and/or inappropriate things, likes to sing and dance, and finally, never, never shuts up.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He quickly proves to be this, as none of the others can put up with his nonstop talking, but by the end, they've accepted him as a member of the team.
  • Happy Dance: Does one of these when Barney allows him to help out.
  • Large Ham: And his body language is not less histrionic.
  • Motor Mouth: He never stops talking. Ever.
  • Nervous Wreck: The poor guy really looks like he has a neurological condition or something.
  • Quick Draw: Skilled at this.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Implied. He fought in the Bosnian War and saw all his unit die, so it's entirely possible that his perennial anxiety is a Black Comedy take on post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Sole Survivor: Of his former team; ever since this happened, he's been desperately looking for work to no avail.

Played By: Wesley Snipes

One of the original five founding Expendables, Doc managed to get himself imprisoned after attempting a solo mission that went horribly wrong.
  • Badass in Distress: part of the third film involves the Expendables rescuing him from a train filled with soldiers.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a sense of humor to match even Lee's.
  • Gagging on Your Words: He's pretty confident and snarky, but it takes a lot of effort for him to thank the team for saving him.
  • Knife Nut: he's particularly skilled with blades, describing himself as "the knife before Christmas."
  • The Medic: The two reasons Ross gives for rescuing him are that he is a medic, and one of the original team members.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: It takes him a while to actually thank the other guys for saving him, but after that, he's pretty nice.


    General Garza 
Played By: David Zayas

The military dictator of a small island nation, General Garza runs a repressive Police State, and is deeply involved in the South and Central American drug trade.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: On the surface he and Munroe are this, but it becomes clear that Munroe holds the actual power in the relationship.
  • Cool Sword: When Garza decides to be his own man and stand up to Munroe, he does so carrying a sword.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Munroe goes too far when he tortures Garza's own daughter for information, so Garza decides to stand up for himself. This ends poorly for him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His daughter, Sandra, is this to him.
    "You don't kill your family."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: See Noble Demon below. He disapproves of killing family members. He also seems to have a problem with the general level of callousness that Munroe displays; while Garza is willing to kill to maintain power, he's not nearly as casual about it as Munroe and Paine are.
  • Four-Star Badass: We never get to see him fight, but this is certainly implied. After all, when you're a twenty-first century dictator you don't threaten a man with a sword instead of a gun unless you're also a certified badass.
  • The Generalissimo: Garza is one of the rarest characters in Western film—the sympathetic South American generalissimo.
  • Glorious Leader: If the posters of him all over the island are any indicator.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: Killed by Munroe before he can complete his Heel-Face Turn or even realise that he and the Expendables are on the same side.
  • Heel Realisation: Following his My God, What Have I Done? below.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Grows more and more unhappy with playing the role of the tyrannical oppressor. When Munroe has Sandra tortured it forces him into a Heel Realisation.
  • Noble Demon: Quite a noble one, actually. Although he's a dictator, he would rather be ruling peacefully than having to oppress his people and grow drugs for his CIA dealer. He even admits that his daughter is who he should have been.
  • Police State: Runs one.
  • Puppet King: Only in power thanks to Munroe's efforts.
  • Rousing Speech: Gives one to his troops from his balcony during his Heel-Face Turn, where he apologises for his actions and urges them to help him drive the Americans out.

    James Munroe 
Played By: Eric Roberts

A rogue CIA agent, drug smuggler, private military contractor, and all around bad guy, James Munroe defected from the agency to help Garza run his drug business. Completely ruthless, he is the power behind the throne.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Alluded to when talking about Sandra and how her relationship with her father:
    Munroe: How did two obvious professionals pass right through security personnel, kill 41 soldiers and get away? With help, that's how. Everything's under control, except one detail, a daughter who wants her father and company dead and gone. Bad Shakespeare. Somehow the company parasites got to her. Look, she's your daughter, and that's tragic. But blood or not, she's goes. Call it the price of doing business.
    General Garza: You don't kill your familia.
    Munroe: Come around my house during the holidays, pal.
  • CIA Evil, FBI Good: He's a former member of the CIA who went rogue for personal gain. However, the CIA in general is not exactly evil. It's shady, but Bruce Willis's CIA Agent character is still a heroic figure (especially in the sequel), and Sandra is a CIA contact.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Has no qualms about shooting someone in the back.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Has no idea why Ross comes after him, and is convinced that he must be doing it for the money. "What're they paying you anyway. I would have payed you twice as much. To go FISHING!"
  • Evil Counterpart: Positions himself as one to Ross during his rant at the end. It would be more accurate to say that he's one to the team as a whole, as a CIA agent turned mercenary who is willing to cross far more lines than they are.
  • Greed: His primary motivation is to make as much money as possible.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Manages to not only take out Garza and three guards while restraining a struggling Sandra with the other arm, but to do so before any of them can so much as raise their weapons, let alone return his fire.
  • In the Back: Shoots Garza in the back.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is suspiciously close to that of US President James Monroe, who proclaimed South and Central America to be the US's backyard, and started the American tradition of interfering in those countries.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Subverted. Munroe leaves the fighting to The Dragon and appears to be a noncombatant. Then he pulls out a gun and mows down an entire room full of guards in about ten seconds flat.
  • Only in It for the Money/Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Wants to make a lot of money; doesn't care how he gets it.
  • Rogue Agent: A CIA operative turned drug smuggler.

    Daniel "Dan" Paine 

Ex-US military, and with ties to the Central Intelligence Agency, Paine is a private military contractor and Drill Sergeant Nasty who Munroe brings in to act as his right-hand man, and train Garza's special force. A thug at heart, he handles the jobs that Munroe does not trust Garza's men to do properly.
  • Badass: The only character in either film to actually defeat one of the Expendables in a more or less fair fight. He's an evil, evil thug, but definitely a badass.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Of Sandra. The Brit does most of the work, but Paine still watches and provides assistance. He later starts to have Ross tortured as well.
  • David Versus Goliath: The Goliath during his battles with both Ross and Toll Road.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: This part of his personality really shines through.
  • Dumb Muscle: Averted. Paine looks the part of the huge, unintelligent thug, but what dialogue he has, coupled with what Munroe says about him, suggests he's ex-US military and actually quite bright (he's the one who trained Garza's special forces for one thing).
  • Man on Fire: How Toll Road finally deals with him.
  • No Sell: Pretty much shrugs off anything Ross throws at him.
  • Rogue Agent: Most likely, given his association with Munroe and clear US military experience.
  • Use Your Head: Does this during his fight with Ross, ending the fight with a flying headbutt and tackle.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Or waterboard her repeatedly.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Fights like the wrestler that he is, grappling with opponents, and taking Ross out with a flying tackle. Justified that he is played by a wrestler.

    Lawrence "The Brit" Sparks 
Played By: Gary Daniels

A British torturer and martial artist in Munroe's employ, Lawrence Sparks is in charge of interrogating prisoners, which he does with extreme relish.
  • All There In The Website: According the promo material for the first Expendables' website his name is Lawrence Sparks.
  • Badass: Takes on Lee and Yin at once and doesn't do too badly. Yeah, he's a badass.
  • Badass Mustache: Of the Handlebar Moustache type.

    Jean Vilain 

The villain of the second film, Jean Vilain is a mercenary and arms dealer who hopes to make a killing selling the lost plutonium to the highest bidder. He claims to admire and respect the Expendables, and views Ross as a worthy adversary.
  • Big Bad: Of the second film.
  • Blood Knight: Absolutely overjoyed when he has to fight off Ross, and keeps demanding him to put up more of a fight.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Aside from his name, he makes his group's symbol a goat's head which is shaped like a pentagram, refers to it as the pet of Satan.
  • The Coats Are Off: During his confrontation with Ross.
  • Cool Shades: Wears them constantly until his final fight with Ross, even in a mine of all places.
  • Determinator: Every bit as tough as the Expendables, and just as willing to power through the pain.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Barney's finally beaten him, he pulls himself back up and turns to face him, and accepts his impending death.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Along similar lines to Bane, he acts like a cheerful chap who treats everyone very non-formally, and will often happily talk about philosophy. He also does so while brutally murdering innocent people.
  • Fisticuffs Boss: Goads Barney to fight him hand-to-hand at the end of the movie.
  • Foil: As Vilain himself notes twice on the movie, both him and Ross are "Natural Warriors" who live their lives in battle and can do that job better than anyone else, but Vilain is a merciless Blood Knight with no moral boundaries whatsoever while Ross is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who always tries to help people when he can.
  • Hannibal Lecture: This composes half of his dialogue.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Averted - he tries giving one to Barney during their fight, but Barney won't die so easily
  • Sinister Shades: He even wears them when underground in a mine!
  • The Social Darwinist: Gives off this vibe, particularly with his recurring "Man or sheep" speech.
    Vilain: Respect must be taught, for without respect, we're just people. Common, shitty people.
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: Zigzagged. He seems very interested in selling the plutonium quickly and for a large amount of money, but never speaks of what he would plan to do with such money, and expresses excitement at what a potential 'game changer' introducing a large amount of such merchandise to the global power struggle would be.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Barney one, enough so that when they finally face one another, he and Barney both discard their guns and knives and fight hand-to-hand.

Played By: Scott Adkins

Vilain's Number Two, Hector is his main enforcer, and handles most of the unit's intimidation. He and Lee Christmas quickly develop a mutual dislike of one another.

    Conrad Stonebanks 
Played By: Mel Gibson

A founding member of the Expendables alongside Ross, Stonebanks became a ruthless arms trader. Believed to be dead for years, he re-emerged and is out to end the Expendables.
  • And Show It to You: "Why don't you cut me loose, I'll open your meat shirt and show you your own heart."
  • Big Bad: of the third movie.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: as a former Expendable, he's well aware of a lot of the conventions of this sort of thing, making sure that Barney is actually disarmed before he tries to beat him to death, and assuming that Barney's still alive when he can't find his corpse.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Feels sorry for Luna when he holds the rookies hostage, since he has a daughter of his own.
  • Evil Former Friend: To Barney Ross.
  • Made of Iron: takes five bullets to the chest without body armor and survives long enough to taunt Barney before being finished off.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Aside from his art collecting, he's made billions from being an arms dealer, and from what little is seen of his personal life, it certainly shows.
  • Not Quite Dead: Barney believes that he killed Stonebanks years ago, but he survived and continued working under a different name.
  • Not So Different: Claims that the only difference between himself and Barney is that Barney still has a conscience.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Expresses this in the climax.
    "How hard can it be to kill ten men?"
  • To the Pain: Fond of making threatening speeches detailing exactly how someone is going to suffer.
  • Wicked Cultured: He collects art.


    Sandra Garza 
Played By: Gisele Itie

The daughter of General Garza, Sandra is a CIA informant who acts as the Expendables' guide to her father's domain.

    Mr. Church 
Played By: Bruce Willis

The CIA agent who first contracted the team, Church is a very dangerous man.
  • A Father to His Men: Church is very protective of Maggie, and warns Barney Ross there will be dire consequences if any harm comes to her.
  • Ascended Extra: In the first movie Church only appeared in a single scene. In the sequel he's around a lot more.
  • Badass: Made particularly clear in the first one, where he shares a scene with Trench and Barney, and quite clearly is recognized as the most dangerous person in the room.
  • The Cameo: For the first movie anyway.
  • CIA Evil, FBI Good: Averted. Although Church is indeed highly shady, and is kind of a Jerk Ass (albeit with a heart of gold), he is still A Father to His Men and is still genuinely trying to make the world a better place, with his support of the overthrowing of a Latin American Dictator and his Rogue Agent backer, and the prevention of 5 tons of weapons grade plutonium from falling into the wrong hands. He even picks up a gun and fights along with the heroes when Barney calls him a Dirty Coward in the sequel.
  • Heel-Face Turn: After Barney Ross calls out Church as a coward who sends others to do his dirty work, Church picks up a gun and decides to fight alongside the heroes.
  • Ironic Nickname: Given how foul-mouthed he is.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: We first meet him inside a church.
  • Put on a Bus: The third movie quickly establishes that he's been replaced by Max Drummer.
    • Bus Crash: It's implied rather heavily by Drummer that Church is dead because he somehow managed to get on the CIA's bad side.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: He does not appear in the third movie, though he is mentioned.

    Trent "Trench" Mauser 

A one-time friend of Ross', "Trench" Mauser runs his own mercenary group, and occasionally crosses paths with the Expendables.
  • Ascended Extra: Much like Mr. Church, Trench Mauser becomes a fairly important character in the sequel.
  • Badass in Distress: Turns out to be the prisoner with a sack on his head in the sequel. The first thing he does once freed is ask for a big gun.
  • BFG: His Weapon of Choice. In the beginning of II, he demands Hale to give him his AA-12 automatic shotgun, because he just won't use a gun that is not big. He's later seen with the same AA-12 complete with a Badass Bandolier much like another sequel film of his.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In II after Barney and his team had been trapped with no way out by Vilian.
  • The Cameo: For the first movie anyway.
  • Cigar Chomper: Unless he's in the middle of a battle, Trench always has a stogie in his mouth.
  • Hero of Another Story: Trench runs his own crew, and is presumably out there doing the same sorts of things that the Expendables are. In the third movie, he's joined by Yang.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Is Mauser as a last name merely a cliched stock reference... or a portmanteau of 'Mars' and 'Hauser'?
    • "Trench" is also appropriate, considering how he digs the crew out of the mine in the second movie.
  • Weapon of Choice: An AA-12 shotgun. He initially takes Hale Caesar's, but he brings his own for the final battle in the second movie.

Played By: Chuck Norris

A lone gunman for hire, Booker was hired to eliminate some of Vilain's men, putting him in contact with the Expendables.
  • The Ace: He makes everything he does look effortless. At one point he casually strolls by a line of enemies and wipes them out while barely looking at them or raising his gun.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He has no qualms with using one militiaman as a human shield while gunning down the rest, then tossing said militiaman into an airport x-ray scanner and shooting him.
  • Hero of Another Story: While the Expendables were doing their thing, he was already on his own separate mission fighting the Sangs. There are also stories told about him, despite having never met him, Gunnar has clearly heard of him, asking "Aren't you the one they call The Lone Wolf?".
  • I Work Alone: Says as much after saving the Expendables from the Sang.
  • Leitmotif: The theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
  • One-Man Army: Explicitly described as such on his official profile, and his first appearance backs it up, when he casually and singlehandedly wipes out a Sang force that is overwhelming all of the Expendables. Including a tank. He only appears in the movie for five minutes, but in that time he kills more than half as many Sangs as Christmas does in the entire movie.
  • Red Baron: "Lone Wolf". He doesn't need teammates and works alone—he's a literal One-Man Army to the point of absurdity.
  • Unflinching Walk: At one point during the massive airport battle, he's shown casually walking along, firing his rifle one-handed from the hip and mowing down a dozen Sangs.
  • Weapon of Choice: A G36C assault rifle with multiple magazines clamped together.

    Max Drummer 
Played By: Harrison Ford

  • Ace Pilot: Look at how he flies that Huey!
  • Blood Knight: After the climax of the movie, Drummer tells Barney that fighting along side him and his team was the most fun he ever had.
  • CIA Evil, FBI Good: Eventually averted with him; he's an elite-ranking CIA field officer, and unlike Monroe or Church, he appears to firmly be one of the good guys.
  • It's Personal: Stonebanks tortured and killed several of his agents, which is why he gets involved personally.
  • I Was Never Here: Says this before leaving with Trench and Yang to provide back-up for the Expendables.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rather cold to Ross when they first meet, but later goes out of his way to aide the Expendables, declaring it the most fun he's had in years.
  • Retired Badass: Formerly a highly-regarded Major in the United States Air Force.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: His weapon of choice is listed as a helicopter.

    John Smilee 
Played By: Kellan Lutz

  • Badass Biker: Ramps a bike up several stories in order to take out soldiers who have Barney cornered - he definitely counts.
  • Leader Wannabe: Asks when he gets to take over at the end of the third movie, and he has problems with taking orders.

Played By: Ronda Rousey

Played By: Victor Ortiz

Played By: Glen Powell

  • Gadgeteer Genius: He prefers drones and computer hacking over handling weaponry.
  • Non-Action Guy: Relatively speaking; he does not get as involved in the action as much as the others, preferring to use his skills with drones and computers.
  • Playful Hacker: Shut down Seattle for three days because he could.

Played By: Kelsey Grammer