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.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: Downplayed but he's certainly in a bit of daze afterwards.
- 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.
- Asian Speekee Engrish: Data occasionally slips into this.
- Awesome but Impractical: Most of his inventions fall under this.
- Bilingual Bonus: Is fluent in Cantonese.
- Bungling Inventor: Played with. Some of his inventions fail miserably or only work for a limited time. However there's also several notable occasions when they saved the day, along with his own life..
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Dynamic Entry: Via Improvised Zip Line. Though a little more dynamic than he intended.
- Genre Savvy: Immediately recognises the two men going into the restaurant are not drug dealers but are more likely cops.Data: "Drug dealers wouldn't be caught dead in those polyester rags!"
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Data's actually got two versions of these. One he uses in the intro and towards the end on Ma Fratelli both times with a rather poor outcome and the more effective "Pinchers Of Peril" he has on each of his sleeves. Though the Pinchers were likely not intended for this use.
- Groin Attack: His use of slick shoes leads to some very painful moments for the Fratelli brothers. Though his later use of his "Pinchers Of Peril" is probably even worse. Not that his victims deserve any sympathy.
- Homemade Inventions
- Kid Hero
- Saving The Goon Docks: Really doesn't want to move to Detroit.
- The Smart Guy
- Tricked-Out Shoes: "Slick shoes! Are you crazy?!"
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.
- The Cheerleader: A subversion given she's not at all an Alpha Bitch and actually very nice.
- Chekhov's Skill: She used to take piano lessons. However she's very rusty. Which makes the skeleton organ scene all the more dramatic when she hits the wrong notes.
- The Chick
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Leading to quite a few Panty Shots. She was on her way to a scheduled court time at the country club when she got pulled into the adventure.
- '80s Hair
- Heroic BSOD: Has a slight meltdown at the beginning of their journey. Though she snaps out it eventually.
- Nice Girl
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She informs Brand that she punched Troy in the face for being a pervert once too often, giving him a fat lip in the process. She did warn him.
- Panty Shot: In several scenes, notably where she falls off the ship's plank into the lagoon.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Stef's tomboy.
- Walk the Plank: Ma Fratelli forces her to do this after Andy insults her. Brand saves her luckily.
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.
- Blind Without Them: Although she can see well enough to not be helpless.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Mouth admits to thinking as much.
- Nerd Glasses
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Decides to punch Ma Fratelli in the face before jumping off the pirate ship. Largely because she deserves it.
- Sarcastic Devotee: She complains and snarks about their situation constantly but sticks by Andy regardless.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Stef doesn't feel like she's in the most logical company.
- Ship Tease: Pretty strong hints towards her and Mouth harboring some feelings for each other.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Andy's girly girl.
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.
- Abusive Parent: Where to begin. Chaining him to a wall like a animal. The heavily implied physical and emotional bullying during his entire life. And the fact he was drop on his head more times than his mother can actually recall and enough times that mentioning it is Sloth's Berserk Button
- Badass: Easily defeats the Fratelis.
- Berserk Button: Mentioning falling and a baby in the same sentence isn't wise.
- Big Damn Hero: Arrives with Chunk to rescue the Goonies from his deranged family.
- The Big Guy
- The Dreaded: He's the "it" in the basement. Though we soon learn he's no monster at all.
- Gentle Giant
- Happily Adopted: By Chunk and his family. In the film Chunk just says Sloth is going to live with him and we don't see how that goes, but the novelization expands on this.
- Heel-Face Turn: Only in a technical sense. It's made clear Sloth has always had a good heart in spite of his family.
- Honor Before Reason / Save the Villain: He still helps his family escape Willy's grotto as its caving in because he's far too good a person/brother/son to leave them to their fate.
- Gonk: Very unnerving to look at first, then there's the implications that it may of being a result of constantly being dropped by his mother.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold
- Sweet Tooth: So much that a Baby Ruth just out of his reach is enough of an incentive for him to find the strength to break his chains.
- Tastes Like Friendship: Bonds with Chunk over their mutal love of Baby Ruth candy bars. Later, they both raid the freezer for ice cream.
- Token Good Teammate: For the Fratelli family.
- The Sixth Ranger
- Sleeves Are for Wimps
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.
- Abusive Parent: Seemingly to all her children. Though Francis may get off lighter due to apparently being the favorite. But above all her treatment of Sloth is unforgivable.
- Big Bad
- Child Hater: "Kids suck."
- Evil Matriarch
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She does seem to love her sons despite being an awful mother and person.
- The Family That Slays Together: Mama Fratelli has raised her sons to be killers, thieves and all round scumbags.
- Parental Favoritism: The pecking order is seemingly Francis over Jake and then way below both of them is Sloth.
- Would Hurt a Child: No qualms about it whatsoever.
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.
- Alliterative Name
- Asshole Victim: Deserves any pain that comes his way during the film.
- Ax-Crazy: He's definitely the most violent and bloodthirsty out of all the Fratelli's
- Big Brother Bully
- Bullying a Dragon: Sloth eventually confronts both his brothers and wins quite convincingly.
- Believing Their Own Lies: "I don't wear a headpiece!"
- Berserk Button: Mentioning his wig.
- Dodgy Toupee
- Groin Attack: Twice courtesy of Data. The first instance leaves him an Instant Soprano. The second instance involving the "Pinchers Of Peril" is notable in that he needs to physically pry them off with a sword. Ouch.
- Kick the Dog: His treatment of his brother Sloth.
- Sibling Rivalry: Shares a very antagonistic relationship with his brother Jake. They even come to blows.
- Would Hurt a Child
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.
- Asshole Victim: Any tragedy that befalls during the course of the movie him is well deserved.
- Big Brother Bully
- Bullying a Dragon: Sloth easily beats both France and Jake in a fight.
- The Cast Showoff: Jake Fratelli sings Italian opera in a few scenes: "Una furtiva lagrima" from ''L'elisir d'amore'' when feeding Sloth and Madame Butterfly when Chunk flags him down on the road. This was the idea of Robert Davi, who played Jake and trained as an opera singer.
- Faking the Dead: How he escapes jail. Jake manages to make it look like he hanged himself to lure in an unsuspecting guard.
- Groin Attack: Courtesy of Data's "Slick Shoes" on a log.
- Kick the Dog: His treatment of his brother Sloth.
- Sibling Rivalry: Notably very jealous of Francis' percieved status as the favorite son.
- The Unfavourite: Mama Fratelli favors Francis over Jake.Jake: "You always take his side, Mama. You always liked him better than me."Mama: (Smacks Jake) "That's right!"
- Would Hurt a Child
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.
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.
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.
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 in 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 shipSheriff: "Holy Mary mother of God!"
- Not Now, Kiddo: Fratelli's, treasure and Pirate ships. Don't exaggerate kids.