Characters: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
For characters featured in the entire Jurassic Park series, the Jurassic Park novels, and the first Jurassic Park film, go here.
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Dr. Sarah Harding
Played By: Julianne Moore
- Badass: Not so much as the novel's version, though.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Although she didn't consider it a rescue.
- Idiot Ball: She ignores every single one of Malcolm's warnings (a guy who was on Isla Nublar when the park broke down) until people start dying by the dozens.
- Too Dumb to Live: She's supposed to be a wildlife expert, but she really screws up or misjudges a lot of the dinosaurs' behaviors. She's assuming a bunch of genetically-recreated giant reptiles, many of whom are carnivorous, will behave the same way toward humans that most modern animals have been conditioned to do. Never mind the fact that even modern animals will attack humans when they feel the need. And then there's the moment where she rubs her hand all over a baby stegosaurus.
Nick Van Owen
Played By: Vince Vaughn
- Animal Wrongs Group: A one man example (if one does not count the rest of his group). Some of the actions he takes over the course of the film can best be described as eco-terrorism.
- Chivalrous Pervert: The reason he joined a Mickey Mouse organization like "Green Peace", the women! Subverted as he really does care about animals even though his actions in helping them are pretty stupid.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He's either directly or indirectly responsible for every death in the movie. Seriously. By releasing the dinosaurs from the enclosure, he causes the deaths of almost everyone in Ludlow's team, including Ajay, Burke and Stark. He later brings a baby T-Rex to the trailer, attracting the parents which results in the destruction of all their communication equipment and the death of Eddie Carr. Later, he removes bullets from Roland's gun. In many ways, he's horrible.
- Stupid Good: He's the guy who thought it'd be a good idea to bring a baby T-Rex back to base.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Repays Roland's rescue despite having enough reason to let them die by removing the shells from Roland's gun and thus causing the deaths of dozens, only because Roland is a professional hunter.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He abruptly disappears when the film gets to San Diego, with the movie pretty much pretending that he never existed.
Played By: Richard Schiff
- Badass: With the level of hard work he put in to save Ian, Sarah, and Nick from the trailer, you'd think they were his children. He died a tragically undeserved death for it.
- Composite Character: Of the book version of Eddie and "Doc" Thorne.
- Death by Genre Savviness: The Lindstradt Air rifle he thought to bring along fails him when he needs it the most by getting caught on something before he can aim and fire. Making matters worse, he's so busy trying to jerk it loose that he forgets to dodge when the T-rex lunges for him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Is so determined to save the group that even as he's being attacked by T-Rexes he's still backpedaling in the car to keep the trailer from going over the edge.
- Only Sane Man: Besides Malcolm; despite being somewhat skeptical about the possibility of living dinosaurs, he's the only one on the research team to think to bring a weapon along.
- Punny Name: His last name is Carr. He's the mechanic for the entire operation, having built some of those massive trailers and a few of the jeeps himself. Think about it.
Played By: Vanessa Lee Chester
- Action Girl: Thanks to her Chekhov's Hobby, see below.
- Chekhov's Hobby: Her Gymnastic skills, believe it or not.
- Composite Character: Of Kelly Curtis and "Arby" Benton from the second book.
- Continuity Snarl: In the first film, Ian says he has three kids. Though her siblings may have simply grown up already and left home.
- Ian also intimated in the first movie that he'd been married more than once. His other two kids were probably just from a different marriage or marriages and live with their mom(s). Plus Kelly's line, "You like having kids but you just don't like being with them," implies that he doesn't have much of a relationship with the other two.
Played By: Arliss HowardThe newly elected CEO of InGen. He is John Hammond's nephew, and the main antagonist of the second film. He attained the position during an impromptu meeting with InGen's board of directors after an accident involving a pack of compies prompts them to unanimously oust Hammond with Ludlow as his replacement. His character, based on Lewis Dodgson, is described as ruthless, selfish, greedy, and condescending toward those who worked for him or those he disliked. As a result, he was not very well respected by the members of his team who chose to follow Roland Tembo or Nick Van Owen instead of him.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Shocking as it might be, Ludlow never actually does anything illegal. He's completely within his rights to plunder the island, even if he is ethically dubious at best.
- Expy: Of Lewis Dodgson, at least superficially.
- Jerkass Has a Point: The dinosaurs are in fact InGen property and made by genetic manipulation, not animals born naturally in the wild. The deleted scene where he convinces InGen's board of directors to oust Hammond takes this even further. Presumably it's meant to show Ludlow as a manipulative, ambitious bastard, but viewers can't really argue with his points: Hammond's efforts have cost InGen both lives and billions of dollars, and creating an island of wild dinosaurs is even riskier than a theme park.
- Karmic Death: Eaten by the very animals he'd been mistreating.
- Only in It for the Money: Doesn't seem to care about the dinosaurs or his men, except how much money they bring him.
- Villainy-Free Villain: He's kind of an asshole, and he's not too concerned with the fates of his men, but he never really does anything wrong per se. His capture of the animals was rough, but it wasn't overly cruel, and he never tortured any of the animals, unlike Dieter.
Played By: Pete PostlethwaiteA famous animal hunter hired by InGen for the expedition. Though he was hired by InGen, his primary motivation for going to Isla Sorna with his hunting partner, Ajay Sidhu was the possibility of hunting the ultimate trophy, a male Tyrannosaurus. Despite being a hunter, Tembo is not cruel or bloodthirsty and he holds a personal moral code towards others, such as preventing a possibility that his men would fall victim to predators if they camp on game trails, helping Malcolm and his team up the cliff after their trailers were knocked off by the tyrannosaurs, asking his men never to tell Kelly about the gruesome death of Dieter, and allowing the group to take a break after seeing Sarah and several of his men feeling tired during the journey.
- Anti-Villain: Type IV, Rolands' not really an evil man at all, just a little misguided in certain areas.
- Badass: Aside from everything he did on the island, in a deleted scene he's shown getting into a bar fight with several drunken idiots who provoke him by harassing a waitress. He wins. Easily. With one hand tied behind his back. The best example on the island is when he shoots the T-Rex with a tranquilizer, also attracting the T-Rex's attention towards him. What does he do? Calmly loads in another tranquilizer dart without any hint of fear whatsoever.
- Badass Boast: See the quote under his picture.
- Bald of Awesome: A Bald-headed major Badass.
- Buffy Speak: During the hunting scene."Pachy...Pachyl... Oh, hell. The one with the bald spot. Friar Tuck."
- Deadpan Snarker: He's visibly annoyed by the ignorance of Ludlow and some of the others throughout the film."This is a game trail, Mr. Ludlow; carnivores hunt on game trails. Do you want to set up base camp or a buffet?"
- Dragon-in-Chief: The first thing Roland makes clear to his contractor Peter Ludlow when their raiding expedition arrives on the island is that he is in charge, not the incompetent boss who hired him. Ludlow is entirely fine with this.
- A Father to His Men: Unlike Ludlow, he has genuine concern, bordering on affection for his fellow hunters, which he even extends to Malcolm and his team.
- Great White Hunter: He embodies the concept of a grand, old-fashioned hunter.
- Heel-Face Turn: By the end he sheds his ties with "the company of death".
- Heroic BSOD: He takes Ajay's death very badly and gives up hunting after bagging the male T-Rex.
- Hidden Depths: Despite working for InGen, he shows concern for the safety of Kelly, and his own crew, and at the end seems to realise he's been on the wrong side.Peter Ludlow: I remember the people who help me, Roland. There's a job for you at the park in San Diego, if you want it.Roland Tembo: No, thank you. I believe I've spent enough time in the company of death.
- Meaningful Name: Probably unintentional, but "Tembo" is Swahili for "Elephant" fitting both in that he is dignified and intelligent, but also in that he is a Great White Hunter named after a big game animal.
- Nice Hat: A fedora that just screams Great White Hunter.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: His goal is to take down the greatest predator of them all, an adult bull male T-rex.
- Only Sane Man: Aside from Malcolm and possibly Eddie, Roland and Ajay seem to be the only people who truly realize and understand the implications of humans being on an island that's full of hungry, territorial dinosaurs who'll eat/kill them without a second thought.
- Villainous Cheekbones: He isn't evil, but we can't have Pete Postlethwaite without them.
Played By: Harvey JasonRoland Tembo's hunting partner from India.
- Anti-Villain: Type IV, like his boss (and friend) Roland.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He gets killed by the raptors in the long grass in an offscreen moment of Face Death with Dignity (see below). His best friend, Roland, does not take his death very well and ends up leaving because of it.
- Face Death with Dignity: In a deleted scene, Ajay visibly realised that outrunning the raptors was futile, and simply opted for a death of quiet dignity, kneeling down as they jumped him.
- Great White Hunter: Although technically he's Indian, the rest of the trope applies. While not to the same extent as Roland in the film, it's implied in a deleted scene that both Roland and himself are out of work because of their hunting jobs losing relevance in the modern world.
- The Lancer: To Roland Tembo.
- Only Sane Man: During the scene where he and the rest of the InGen hunting party are running from one of the T-Rexes and they come to a plain of long grass, and everyone runs into the long grass despite his protests to not do so. Subverted, when he ends up going in after them.
Played By: Peter StormareTembo's second-in-command. Despite being his appointed second-in-command, Tembo does not respect him as much as he does Ajay Sidhu. This might be due to being bloodthirsty and cruel as a hunter, something which Tembo isn't.
- Asshole Victim: He's killed by a group of compys, but it's hard to feel too sorry for him since he'd been portrayed as a massive jerk.
- The Brute: Dieter is a generally aggressive and irritable jerk, who enjoys using his weapons and hurting others. He's also viewed as such by Roland Tembo, who considers him something of a blunt nuisance.
- Jerkass: The only unambiguously and unquestionably evil person in the film.
- Just Desserts: Dieter is eaten by a mass of compys who rip him apart.
- Karmic Death: Like Ludlow, he gets eaten by the very creatures he's been mistreating.
- The Rival: To Nick, although it's not explored any further after their initial confrontation.
- Sadist: Stark has shades of this, randomly shocking a curious compsognathus for no reason other than "it gives me the creeps".
- Shock and Awe: He uses a cattle prod to torture a Compsognathus.
- Too Dumb to Live: On an island full of dangerous dinosaurs that he's seen first-hand, Dieter still thinks it's a good idea to split away from the group to relieve himself, which wouldn't be so bad if he didn't seemingly wander a mile into the damn jungle.
Dr. Robert Burke
Played By: Thomas F. DuffyInGen's resident paleontologist. Although he was considered by InGen to be one of their top scientists, he provides several pieces of incorrect information.
- Evil Counterpart: To Sarah, although he isn't really evil other than being on the opposing team.
- Expy: An obvious caricature of Robert T. Bakker, a rival of film consultant Jack Horner, one of their primary feuds being over whether Tyrannosaurus rex was a hunter or scavenger (Bakker believes it was a hunter while Horner believes it was a scavenger). Burke is a Take That to Bakker, who caught onto the dig at him, but took no offense, jokingly telling Horner after seeing the film that he was right all along!
- Mr. Exposition: He largely spouts exposition about the dinosaurs.
- The Rival: To Sarah, in a professional sense. They don't have any real interaction otherwise.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To George Baselton from Crichton's book; both are the resident scientists for the "villainous" team and both die due to inaccurate scientific assumptions.
- Too Dumb to Live: Between a T-Rex and a snake, he chooses the T-Rex. A harmless snake slips into his shirt while he's hiding in a waterfall, causing him to panic and stumble outside into the jaws of the T-Rex.
Played By: Thomas Rosales, Jr.Dieter's only friend.
- Mauve Shirt: He receives little to no characterisation beyond being Dieter's friend, but he still has a name and screentime.
- The Millstone: Carter is more than useless; he's actually detrimental to his friends. He listens to music and zones out in a dinosaur-infested island, ultimately leading to Dieter's death. Later, he alerts the T-Rex to everyone by screaming at the top of his lungs even though it wasn't near him.
- Only Friend: Seemingly to Dieter, who treats Carter with more affability than anyone else.
- Villainous Friendship: With Dieter Stark; their friendship seems genuine.
A tiny dinosaur that travels in swarms.
- Badass Adorable: Yes, these little guys are deadly too.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: The real life Compsognathus was likely a solitary insect eater. Interestingly, though, the real life Compsognathus was likely the apex predator of its territory.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: The real life Compsognathus is believed to have been completely harmless.
- Killer Rabbit: Tiny and adorable, but horrifically deadly.
- Non-Malicious Monster: For instance, their attack on the little girl in the opening scene was mostly because she offered one of them food. Anyone who follows the rules of the wilderness will know why that's a bad idea...
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Until it starts killing people, of course.
- Zerg Rush: How they kill people.
A family of T-Rexes, consisting of a father, a mother and a baby.
- Badass Adorable: The baby, of course!
- Badass Family: They're a family of Tyrannosaurus Rexes!
- Battle Couple: The parents.
- The Family That Slays Together: To the point that we see the father teaching his son how to hunt!
- Handicapped Badass: The baby after he's injured.
- Mama Bear and Papa Wolf: The parents.
- Non-Malicious Monster: The parents just want to save their baby. All three of them want food.
- The Nose Knows: The father sniffs out some of the humans at some points (Truth in Television).