Characters / The Goonies

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     The Goonies (In General) 

"Goonies never say die!"

A group of lovable misfits from the Goon Docks. They are all facing foreclosure on their homes due to a certain Elgin Perkins desire to expand Astoria's Country Club. Faced with the immanent loss of their homes and friends the Goonies embark on an adventure to find the treasure of an infamous pirate, One-Eyed Willy, in a last ditch effort to stop Perkins.

     The Main Goonies 

Michael "Mikey" Walsh

Played by: Sean Astin

"Home? What home? In a couple more hours, it ain't gonna be home anymore. Come on, guys, this is our time. Our last chance to see if there really is any rich stuff. We've got to."

When the opportunity comes to go on an adventure to find Willy's lost treasure and save the Goon Docks, Mikey jumps at the chance.

  • Accidental Kiss: With Andy, after Brand asks him to go to see what she wants. Not that he didn't enjoy it, but who wouldn't?
  • Ascended Fanboy: He grows up loving his Dad's stories about the pirate One-Eyed Willy and suddenly finds himself chasing after his long lost treaure. And eventually coming face to face with him.
  • First Kiss: Accidentally with Andy.
  • The Heart: Encourages the Goonies to stick to the quest.
  • The Hero
  • Jumped at the Call
  • Malaproper: Tends to mix up complicated words. He seems to have inherited this trait from his mother.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment / Rousing Speech: When it looks like the gangs about give up on the adventure, he gives a pretty compelling speech about seizing the opportunity to do something great.
  • Rube Goldberg Device: Mikey has one of these at his house. It's used as a gate opener.
  • Saving The Goon Docks: Believes wholeheartedly that they can find the treasure and save their homes.
  • Undead Author: Discussed Trope. When recounting the tale of how One Eyed Willy ended up trapped with his men and eventually killing each other Brand points out if that's true how did the story get out. Mikey was smart enough to ask this question himself, his father giving a Hand Wave that a member of his crew must have somehow escaped with the map.

Clark "Mouth" Devereaux

Played by: Corey Feldman

"Chunk, I'm pretty much ODing on all your bullshit stories!"

Talkative and abrasive Mouth very much lives up to his nickname.

  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Stef, oh so much.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Mouth's fluency in Spanish.
  • Cunning Linguist: His knowledge of Spanish is strong enough for him to deliberately mistranslate instructions to the Walsh's maid for his own amusement.
    Mrs. Walsh: Now Rosalita, this is the attic. Mr. Walsh doesn't like anybody up here, ever. That's why it's always open.
    Mouth: [to Rosalita in Spanish] Never go up there. It's filled with Mr. Walsh's sexual torture devices.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Jerk Ass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shifts between the two, especially the latter when he's around Stef.
  • Kid Hero
  • The Lancer: To Mikey.
  • Meaningful Name: Unsurprisingly he doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut. No matter the situation.
    • Also illustrated when Ma Fratelli has to go through an Extended Disarming scene of getting treasure he's hiding. He literally has a big mouth.
  • Running Gag: "Shut up Mouth!"
  • Saving The Goon Docks
  • Ship Tease: With Stef. So very much.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Stef accuses him of stealing other peoples hopes and dreams when lifting coins from the wishing well. Mouth quickly calls her out on this by informing her that his wishes and dreams never came true and so he's taking them all back.
  • Spotting the Thread: Ma Fratelli notices he's awfully quiet for a guy called Mouth. Turns out it's because he's stuffed a fortune worth of treasure into his mouth.
  • With Friends Like These...: He LOVES to tease Chunk so much, to the point where Chunk tries to kill him.

Richard "Data" Wang

Played by: Johnathan Ke Quan

"I am wondering... what is in the bag?"

Amateur inventor who brings his smarts and gadgets along for the journey with his friends.

Lawrence "Chunk" Cohen

Played by: Jeff Cohen

"Listen, okay? You guys'll never believe me. There was two cop cars, okay? And they were chasing this four-wheel deal, this real neat ORV, and there were bullets flying all over the place. It was the most amazing thing I ever saw!"

Chunk finds himself in the rare position of telling the truth about a police car chase he witnessed but finds none of his fellow Goonies willing to believe him. A lifetime of tall tales and pranks will do that.

  • Attention Whore: Implied to be one of the reasons he lies so much.
  • Bad Liar: When confronted with the fact he once claimed Michael Jackson came round to his house to use the toilet. He later relented and admitted he didn't, but his sister did.
  • Big Damn Hero: Along with Sloth comes to the rescue of the Goonies in the finale. Though exactly how they got down to their location so fast is anyone's guess.note 
  • Berserk Button: First when Mouth tells Chunk he has naked pictures of his mom taking a bath, real cheap, forcing Chunk to break the door open. Second, averted, when Chunk accidentally breaks the water cooler he was drinking from when Mouth thought of putting chocolate on the floor so he can eat through. "Okay Mouth, that's all I can stand and I can't stand no more!"
  • Big Eater: To the extent that, according to him, he got kicked out of a camp for fat kids for pigging out.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brains to Sloth's brawn.
  • Butt Monkey: Poor schmuck just can't catch a break until the finale.
  • Cassandra Truth: All his talk about seeing a police chase and then noticing the very same ORV with bullet holes in it is largely dismissed due to his past reputation.
  • Crying Wolf: When he attempts to phone the police about the Fratelli's chasing after his friends over buried treasure the sheriff chalks it up to yet another outlandish tale. In his defense Chunk was notorious for this.
    Sheriff: "Just like that last prank about all those little creatures who multiply when you throw water on them."
  • Hero of Another Story: He forms the B-Plot of the movie by getting caught by the Fratelli's and forming a friendship with Sloth while the rest make their way through the crypts.
  • He's Dead, Jim: "It's a STIFF!"
  • Kid-Appeal Character
  • Kid Hero
  • The Klutz: To the point that his when his fellow Goonies need something broken they just ask him to hold it or provoke him. When Chunk nearly drops the water cooler everyone present still reacts as if it's still too late. He then ends up dropping it.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Shut up, Chunk."
  • Vomit Chain Reaction: Chunk claims he accidentally started one in a movie theater as a result of a practical joke involving fake puke Gone Horribly Wrong.
  • With Friends Like These...: With Mouth.

     Rest Of The Gang 

Brandon "Brand" Walsh

Played by: Josh Brolin

"Yeah sure he will. If he gets his next 400 paychecks by tomorrow afternoon."

Mikey's big brother, who as the eldest tries to be the most level headed of the group. Initially he's just trying to get Mikey back home safe but ends up swept up in the adventure too.

  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Or in Brand's case a girl who happens to be a cheerleader.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Downplayed but there's shades of this.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He only gets involved to save his brother from himself. And throughout the film goes out of his way to protect not only Mikey but the other Goonies.
  • The Big Guy
  • Butt Monkey: Failed his driving test letting all the Goonies down, ended up tied to an armchair, had his brand new tires flattened and was then forced to ride around in a pink bicycle. The final insult being thrown off a hillside in front of the girl he likes.
  • Cool Bicycle: Averted. He did have one, unfortunately the Goonies let the air out of its tires. Brand is forced to commandeer a young neighbors small pink bicycle. Complete with training wheels.
  • Heroes Want Redheads
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Mikey and company tie Brand to an armchair with the exercise equipment he's currently using.
  • Ineffectual Death Threats: When threatening to kill the Goonies for tying him to his armchair and letting the air out of his bikes tires. Both reactions are fairly typical of an older brother. Though there's no doubt he'd likely get his own back in a less lethal manner.
    Brand: "I'm gonna hit you so hard that when you wake up your clothes will be out of style!"
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps
  • Team Dad

Andrea "Andy" Carmichael

Played by: Kerri Green

"Brand's being so sweet to me..."

A cheerleader who is the Love Interest of the resident Jerk Jock but actually seems rather more fond of Brand. She ends up stumbling into their quest largely by accident.

Stephanie "Stef" Steinbrenner

Played by: Martha Plimpton

"This is ridiculous. It's crazy. I feel like I'm babysitting, except I'm not getting paid."

Stef's friends with Andy and, like her, doesn't usually associate with the Goonies. But she ends up following Andy and getting pulled into the quest anyways.

Lotney "Sloth" Fratelli

Played by: John Matuszak

"Hey you guys!"

Sloth is a seemingly scary Madman in the Attic, but is revealed to be more of a Gentle Giant after becoming friends with Chunk.

     The Fratellis 

Mama Fratelli

Played by: Anne Ramsey

"Trust your dear old mother boys. Throw 'er into four-wheel drive and hold on to your hats."

The leader of the Fratelli gang, and mother of Jake, Francis and Sloth.

Francis Fratelli

Played by: Joe Pantoliano

"Watch your hair! Watch your hair! They're goin' for the hair!"

Allegedly wears a toupee but strongly denies it. Apparently the 'favored' son.

Jake Fratelli

Played by: Robert Davi

"Do you remember the time we were going to get your teeth fixed and we spent all of the money on Francis's toupee?"

Broken out of jail at the beginning of the movie. He has a particular fondness for singing Italian opera.

     Other Notable Characters 

Mrs. Irene Walsh & Mr. Irving Walsh

Played by: Mary Ellen Trainor and Keith Walker, respectively

"Brandon, don't you come home without your brother, or I'll commit Hare Krishna!"

Mikey and Brand's parents. Both are seemingly distracted by both work and the impending forced eviction from their homes. Their mother is very protective of Mikey and might even be exaggerating the extent of his asthma. Their father is the curator of the local history museum.

  • Adults Are Useless: Played with. Mrs. Walsh is likely too distracted by more pressing issues to notice Brand has been tied to the chair rather than he did it himself. Though she immediately flips her lid when she realizes her youngest son is up to no good. However this is less because she knows what he's up to and more because she doesn't want Mikey out in the cold. Furthermore Mr. Walsh doesn't have any reason believe his son hanging out with his friends is anything out of the ordinary when he later sees him.
  • Bystander Syndrome: A light-hearted example. When Andy and Brand kiss Mrs. Walsh simply states to her husband that Andy's own mother can bother worrying about the implications, not them.
  • Covert Pervert: Mrs. Walsh. Just a seemly average mother who doesn't like messes and frets over the youngest. Her favorite part of Michelangelo's David is the dick. And her children are aware of this.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: When telling off her kids that if they don't clean up they'll be in the "deepest shi..." and desperately trying not to say shit. Brand steps in and helps her out.
    Brand: "Shit Ma."
    Mrs. Walsh: "I don't like that language but that's exactly what you're going to be in"
  • Parents as People: It's subtle but both parents are strongly implied to be incredibly distracted from what their kids are up to due to the seemingly inevitable loss of their house. Mikey even points out he's well aware that his father sits up all night trying to think of some way to save them.
  • Parental Neglect: Its implied they're not around as much as they're desperately trying to find a way not to be evicted. Considering they're actually mere days away in the from being forcibly removed, its understandable they aren't quite on the ball. However it's doubtful even on a good day that they'd anticipate the scenario of their kids going off on a dangerous quest for pirate treasure.
  • So Proud of You: Mr. Walsh informs Mikey that with his family he already feels like the richest man in Astoria. Somewhat under cut by that jerkass Perkins responding that he is actually the richest but even he can't rain on their parade as it turns out.

Elgin Perkins

Played by: Curtis F. Hanson

"Alright, Walsh. Today's the day, so let's get this over with."

Despite having a relatively minor role in the movie, Perkins is actually the main threat to the Goonies' way of life. He wants to develop a golf course where the Goon Docks are currently located.

  • Bigger Bad: He's the very reason the Goonies are off hunting a treasure and risking their lives.
  • Jerkass: A man willing to evict just over 50 families from their homes for a golf course.
  • Near Villain Victory: He's literally seconds from having Mikey's father sign over his home. But then Rosalita finds Mikey's marble bag...
  • Nothing Personal: Comes across like this. He never really seems all that bothered by the fact he's ruining people's lives just so he can add new land to his country club. It's just a bit of business that needs taking care of before he can go about building that course. His son on the other hand, takes great delight rubbing the impending doom in the faces of the Goonies.
  • Spanner in the Works: He could not have foreseen the kids going off and finding a priceless treasure, mere moments before he gained ownership of the land. And of course if Rosalita hadn't bothered checking Mikey's pockets, or even took a little longer doing so, he'd have got his hands on the Goon Docks.
  • Smug Snake: "You're looking at the richest man in Astoria." Not rich enough though.

Troy Perkins

Played by: Steve Antin

"Come on Walsh we don't have all day. There's 50 more houses to tear down after yours."

The resident Jerk Jock and son of Mr. Perkins. He has a crush on Andy and isn't shy about admitting it. He takes great delight in tormenting the Goonies and openly revels in their eviction at his father hands.

  • All Men Are Perverts: Attempts to use his car mirror to look up Andy's skirt or down her top, without really bothering to hide the fact. Andy is not impressed.
  • Asshole Victim: Andy punches him off-screen for being a pervert and then Goonies accidently send him flying off a toilet at his precious country club. Both times are well deserved.
  • The Bully
  • The Can Kicked Him: Whilst not fatal of course, it's very likely painful as well as humiliating to be launched headfirst into a bathroom ceiling when you've been sitting on the can. Then crying out for your daddy despite being a grown man. And very amusing for the audience.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Andy chooses Brand and the Goonies over him.
  • It's Personal: Unlike his father, Troy loves to rub the fact that the Goon Docks are about to become a thing of the past- right in the Goonies' faces.
  • Jerkass / Jerk Jock
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Of all the toilets in all Astoria, the Goonies manage to mess up the plumbing in his and karma finds itself a worthy target.
  • Spoiled Brat
  • Smug Snake


Played by: Lupe Ontiveros

"My God, I'm in a crazy house!"

An Hispanic cleaner hired by Mikey's mother to help them move out and leave the house clean "before they knock it down." She doesn't speak any English.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Rosalita accidentally finds the salvation of the Goonies in Mikey's marble bag mere moments before they lose everything.
  • Ethnic Menial Labor
  • Jump Scare: In-Universe. Courtesy of Mouth.
  • The Illegal: Implied.
  • Language Barrier: Rosalita only speaks Spanish. Fortunately Mouth is available to translate for Mrs. Walsh. Unfortunately he takes this opportunity to deliberately mistranslate everything Mrs. Walsh says for his own amusement. Later on her inability to speak English actually becomes a dramatic Plot Point when she becomes too excited and speaks too fast for Mouth to translate quickly.
  • Spanner in the Works: If Rosalita hadn't bothered checking Mikey's pockets or decided to check them a little later Perkin's would have gotten his hands on the Goon Docks.

The Sheriff

Played by: Paul Tuerpe

"Just like that last prank about all those little creatures who multiply when you throw water on them."

Understandably (and justifiably) doesn't believe Chunk when he tells him he's locked in the Fratelli's basement. That is until the phone call gets abruptly cut off causing him to believe something is amiss. But he still doesn't believe in the pirate ship until he (and everyone else) saw it out on the sea.

  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Okay so Chunk wasn't lying about the Fratellis but a half dozen youngsters agreeing with him about a pirate ship filled with treasure are clearly embellishing the escape from the Fratelli gang. Despite having just seen priceless diamonds. He literally doesn't believe it until the ship appears before his eyes.
  • Crying Wolf: Why he doesn't believe Chunk's story.
  • Cut Phone Lines: Subverted in that it's Chunk who accidentally cuts off his own line mid-call. However when he does this the Sheriff begins to suspect something is actually amiss and sure enough begins sending his people out for the kids.
  • Oh My Gods!: His reaction upon seeing Willy's ship.
    Sheriff: "Holy Mary mother of God!"
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Fratelli's, treasure and Pirate ships. Don't exaggerate. kids.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's understandably skeptical over Chunk's claim being trapped by fugitives (given Chunk's prior prank calls to him). But when the call gets cut off, he immediately forms a search party.