Characters: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
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Characters featured in The Lost World: Jurassic Park
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Dr. Sarah Harding
Played By: Julianne Moore
- Action Survivor: She can't fight at all, but she somehow survives all the horror in the film.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Has short black hair in the novel.
- Adaptational Wimp: A highly noticeable example. The novel's version is probably one of the most badass characters in the franchise, surviving being thrown into the water on the way to Isla Sorna, and later feeding the person who threw her to the T. rex. The film version, on the other hand...
- Badass: Not so much as the novel's version, though.
- Brainless Beauty: A bizarre unintentional example. Being played by Julianne Moore she is of course gorgeous but while the character is supposedly brilliant she carries the Idiot Ball so firmly her actions would have been identical had she been deliberately portrayed as an airhead.
- Captain Obvious: She mostly points out things that happen in the movie.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Although she didn't consider it a rescue.
- Damsel out of Distress: She survived a Stegosaurus attack.
- Fiery Redhead: Spends the majority of the film fighting everybody.
- Hot Scientist: Ian Malcolm seems to think so.
- 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.
- Informed Ability: All the characters remind the audience that she's a biologist expert, but she doesn't show off these skills at all.
- Naive Animal Lover: She knows nothing about the animals she's studying.
- 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 while the baby's parents are within sight. She also walks around with a vest covered in baby T. rex blood, this after she herself has already mentioned what a powerful sense of smell they have, and this leads to the T. rex parents finding the camp after being attracted to the scent of their baby's blood.
Nick Van Owen
Played By: Vince VaughnA photographer who accompanied Eddie Carr and Ian Malcolm to Isla Sorna in order to document dinosaurs. He was hand picked by John Hammond because he had done many jobs in combat situations. He was also an active environmentalist and a member of the Earth First! organization.
Nick: Wildlife, combat, you name it. When I was with Nightline, I was in Rwanda, Chechnya, all over Bosnia. Do some volunteer work for Greenpeace once in a while.
Malcolm: Greenpeace? What drew you there?
Nick: Women. 80 percent female, Greenpeace.
- 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 Greenpeace, the women! Subverted as he really does care about animals even though his actions in helping them are pretty stupid.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Doesn't even utter a thank you to Tembo for saving the team and actually tries sabotaging his guns.
- Good Is Dumb: He means well, but he accidentally causes most of the deaths in the film.
- Karma Houdini: He leaves the film without any punishment for causing most of the deaths in the story.
- Naive Animal Lover: He knows nothing about the animals they're studying. He even tries to justify protecting the T .rex.
- 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, leading Roland to tranq the T. rex bull instead and transport it alive to San Diego. 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 SchiffA field equipment expert sent to Isla Sorna by Hammond.
"If you feel at all qualified, try turning the switch to 'on'."
- Badass: With the level of hard work he puts in to save Ian, Sarah, and Nick from the trailer, you'd think they're his children. He dies a tragically undeserved death for it.
- Composite Character: Of the book version of Eddie and "Doc" Thorne.
- Deadpan Snarker: His few lines are always sarcastic quips.
- 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.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He brings all the technical equipment of Hammond's team.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: One of the T. rex lifts him by the leg out of the car, tosses him in the air, and catches him in it's mouth. Then the other chomps down on his lower half, and they rip him apart.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Is so determined to save the group that even as he's being attacked by T. rex, he's still backpedaling in the car to keep the trailer from going over the edge.
- Hypocritical Humor: Eddie Carr chastises Ian for banging the satellite phone in an attempt to get it to work. A minute later, while Ian is meeting Nick Van Owen, Eddie is fiddling with the phone and starts banging it. Also counts as a Funny Back Ground Event.
- 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.
- Sacrificial Lion: Is the only hero killed to fool the audience into thinking that not even the other heroes will be safe.
- The Smart Guy: Of Hammond's team.
Played By: Vanessa Lee ChesterThe daughter of Ian Malcolm. Though she is often called Kelly Malcolm, her real name (from the novel as well as the movie's credits) is Kelly Curtis.
- Action Girl: Thanks to her Chekhov's Hobby, see below.
- Chekhov's Hobby: Her Gymnastic skills, believe it or not.
- Combat Parkour: Kelly uses her gymnastic skills to kill one of the Velociraptors.
- Composite Character: Of Kelly Curtis and "Arby" Benton from the second book.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Spends most of the film freaking out, but when her dad is about to be killed by a raptor, she steels herself long enough to kick it through a wall.
- Little Miss Badass: When she singlehandedly kills a Velociraptor.
- Little Stowaway: She sneaks onboard the trip without letting the adults know.
- The Load: Played with. She does nothing useful at first except for giving the adults smart advice. However, she kills a raptor.
- Only Sane Man: When the baby T. rex starts crying, she correctly figures out that its parents are going to hear it and tells Ian that they have to get out of there.
- Parents in Distress: She singlehandedly saves her father from a ''Velociraptor'' by kicking it through the wall with her gymnastic skills.
- Please Don't Leave Me: When Ian is going to leave to go back to the camp to warn Sarah and Nick that the T. rex parents are coming to get their baby, Kelly spends the better part of a minute trying different variations of "Dad, please, stay here!" probably convinced that he would die if he went back.Malcolm: I'll be right back. I give you my word.
- Tears of Fear: When she's trapped in a tent with a T. rex right above her head.
- Token Black: She is the only black main character.
- Took a Level in Badass: Singlehandedly dispatches a raptor trying to kill her dad.
Played By: Arliss HowardThe newly elected CEO of InGen. He is John Hammond's nephew, and the main antagonist of the second film. He attains the position during an impromptu meeting with InGen's board of directors after an accident involving a pack of Compsognathus 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.
"Careful. This suit cost more than your education."
- Affably Evil: He might not be the most charming guy in the world, but nor is he an asshole. His Jerkass behaviour stems from rather understandable frustration with the people who are either detrimental to the company he works for or actively sabotage his efforts to save it. On the whole, he's fairly responsible, just hopelessly na´ve and too ambitious for his own good. At his worse, he's condescending and cowardly. When Ajay is killed, he expresses his condolences to Roland and appears genuinely sincere.
- Ambition Is Evil: His villainy is mostly the result of his ambition, or alternatively, desperation.
- Asshole Victim: Considering that he abused the animals he captures and acts like a Smug Snake throughout the whole film, it's hard to feel sorry for him when he tries attacking a baby T. rex.
- Big Bad: of The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
- Composite Character: Of the book versions of Lewis Dodgson and John Hammond.
- 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, but only insofar as that he's a company man who comes to the island to pillage. Ludlow is nowhere near as villainous as Dodgson, who is willing to commit cold-blooded murder.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Ludlow makes several legitimate points and his position actually comes across as somewhat understandable, even if he does lack personal likability. 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: He ends up eaten by the animal he brought back from Isla Nublar against all advice.
- Not So Different: From his uncle, John Hammond, as Malcolm points out several times. Both are CEOs with great ambitions who overreach, and due to a combination of personal oversight and human sabotage, fail tragically in a way that causes many deaths. Hammond is treated more sympathetically due to being a cuddly grandfatherly type.
- Only in It for the Money: Doesn't seem to care about the dinosaurs or his men, except how much money they bring him.
- Rich Jerk: Ludlow is obscenely rich and can be very condescending toward others.
- Self-Disposing Villain: Dies after trying to recapture the infant T. rex one last time.
- Smug Snake: He's convinced the only reason why the Isla Nublar Jurassic Park failed is because of Hammond's incompetence, and that he'll be able to create a successful one, ignoring all of Malcolm's warnings that the whole concept is doomed to fail due to its very nature.
- Villain Ball: Instead of listening to all the warnings of danger every character throws him, he tries one last time to capture the T. rex by taking its baby. This gets him killed.
- 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. His worst act in the film is to bring the male T. rex back to San Diego, and even that wasn't his first choice; it was a desperate act to save the company that his uncle practically destroyed.
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 are 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, Roland's 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.
- Born in the Wrong Century: He would be have been a hero back in the 1800s with the likes of Alan Quartermain.
- Buffy Speak: During the hunting scene.Roland: Pachy ... Pachyl ... oh, hell. The fat head 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.Roland: 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.
- Evil Counterpart: To Muldoon from the first movie.
- 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 realize just how shortsighted InGen's agenda really is.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.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: After bagging the T. rex and the deaths of most of his men, including his long-time hunting companion, Roland decides he's had enough of dinosaurs and quits.
- 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. He does succeed, but in a hollow way that robs him of any feelings of triumph.
- 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.
" I have reason to believe you would find this expedition's quarry most challenging."
- Anti-Villain: Type IV, like his boss (and friend) Roland.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He's ripped apart by raptors in the tall grass.
- The Dark Chick: Of the Designated Villain team.
- 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. rex 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. Not that he really had anywhere else to go, of course.
- Villainous Friendship: With Tembo.
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 Bully: Picks on weaker dinosaurs and almost fights Nick after insulting him.
- 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.
- Foreign Cussword: He mutters "Helvetes Javlar" in one scene which literally means "Hell, motherfuckers!"
- The Hunter Becomes The Hunted: In his final moments once he loses his gun and his cattle prod he gets stalked and killed by a pack of compys. Ironically he used to torture some of 'em before just for fun.
- 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.
- Kick the Dog: He loves torturing the animals.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Downplayed. Although not outright insane, he takes sadistic pleasure in hurting the dinosaurs and tries to bully Nick.
- 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.
- Token Evil Teammate; Roland, Ajay and the rest of the hunters are honorable and brave. Dieter on the other hand is cruel and sadistic, with absolutely no sympathetic qualities.
- 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. Maybe he suffers from an extremely shy bladder.
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.
- Eaten Alive: By the T. rex.
- Evil Counterpart: To Sarah, although he isn't really evil other than being on the opposing team.
- The Evil Genius: Acts as this for his team. However, he's not really evil, just on the wrong side.
- 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!
- Heel Face Doorslam: Just when he begins to bond with the heroes and saves them, he's eaten by the T. rex.
- Mr. Exposition: He largely spouts exposition about the dinosaurs.
- Pet the Dog: Rescues Kelly and Sarah when they fall down while running from the T. rex.
- 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.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: During the chase from the mama T. rex, he ends up literally stomped under her foot.
- 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.
- Too Dumb to Live: He's one of the many characters that doesn't take their situation seriously. Worst of all, he frequently zones out while on a dangerous island full of predators.
- Villainous Friendship: With Dieter Stark; their friendship seems genuine.
The Rex Family
Tyrannosaurus rex Family (Buck, female, infant)
"All I want in return for my services is the right to hunt one of the Tyrannosaurs. A male, a buck only."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: Together, they are easily the most formidable creatures on the island.
- The Family That Slays Together: To the point where we see the father teaching his son how to hunt.
- Good Parents: Part of Sarah's dispute with Burke is their opinions on Tyrannosaur nurturing habits. Burke's is that a T. rex would abandon its young at the earliest opportunity. Sarah's is that they were very involved in the development of their offspring. Over the course of this film, Sarah is proven right, as not only are both parents pissed when their baby is taken, but the father is even shown teaching the infant how to make a kill. Said kill being Ludlow.
- Handicapped Badass: The baby after he's injured.
- Mama Bear/Papa Wolf: The parents. If you mess with their baby, they will track you across the island to eliminate you as a threat.
- 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).
- So Proud of You: Daddy Rex certainly appears to feel this way after his son kills Ludlow.
- Worthy Opponent: Roland Tembo sees the Buck Rex as this.Roland: Somewhere on this island is the greatest predator who ever lived. The second greatest predator must take him down.
A tiny dinosaur that travels in swarms.
- Adaptation Species Change: They were Procompsognathus in the books (and yes, there is a difference).
- 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. To humans, anyway. As already stated, they were likely the top predators of their biomes.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Killing Dieter comes across as rather justified, considering his level of cruelty.
- 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...
- And of course they attack Dieter just because he invaded their territory. And they were probably starving as well.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Until it starts killing people, of course.
- Zerg Rush: They kill larger, stronger animals with superior numbers and unrelenting attack rushes.