The Millenium Trilogy is a series written by the late Stieg Larsson.
A Swedish financial reporter who co-owns the magazine Millennium
with Erika Berger; together they try to make the magazine an avenging angel against Corrupt Corporate Executives
. He got his start by foiling a set of masked bank robbers, and has gained a reputation for excellent research... at least, until he's convicted of libel against the corporate magnate Hans-Erik Wennerstrom just prior to the first novel.
A 24-year-old hacker who is extremely distrustful of authority. She goes her own way and doesn't (seem to) care what others think of her. She has a photographic memory, extensive hacking skills and far more capacity for violence than most people expect of a 4-foot-11 flat-chested woman.
- A-Cup Angst
- Ambiguous Disorder
- Anti-Hero: Type IV.
- Ax-Crazy: At her worst.
- Berserk Button: Lisbeth only has a few people she really cares about, but attacking one of them presses this. And if you abuse a woman or child and Lisbeth finds out about it, she'll do everything in her power to ruin your life.
- Beware the Quiet Ones
- Bi the Way
- Big Eater: It's mentioned constantly that despite her tiny size, she seems to live solely off of massive amounts of junk food.
- Broken Bird
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- The Chessmaster
- Combat Pragmatist
- Creepy Child: Lisbeth was teased and bullied in school for acting like one.
- Dark Action Girl
- Dark and Troubled Past: "All The Evil"
- The Determinator
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Different as Night and Day: She has a twin sister, Camilla, but they never got along and Lisbeth hasn't seen her in years, nor does she want to.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Fiery Redhead: Though she dyes it black.
- In the American film, the shade of her eyebrows implies she is a natural blonde.
- Fragile Speedster
- Freudian Excuse: Suffered for years at the hand of an abusive father, before being falsely labelled insane by his government friends for daring to fight back.
- Guile Hero: With definite shades of Magnificent Bastard.
- Harmful to Minors: Lisbeth grew up watching her mother get constantly beaten by her father. It made an impression.
- Hates Being Touched
- I Am Not Pretty
- I Never Said It Was Poison: A variation: Mikael catches on that she hacked his computer because the report she wrote on him contained references to an article that didn't exist anywhere except on his personal system.
- Iron Woobie
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Calling her "anti-social" would be putting it mildly, but she is more-or-less a good person underneath it all. She tries her best to keep innocent people from getting caught up in her mess and she feels guilty when an old friend gets maligned in the press on account of being associated with her.
- Master of Disguise
- No Social Skills
- Older Than They Look
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Her modus operandi.
- Playful Hacker / The Cracker: Somewhere in-between, as she mainly uses her skills to technically break the law in order to investigate, and expose or punish, serious corruption, but occasionally employs the same methods to avenge fairly petty slights. She also stole a few billion SEK from a financial swindler.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With her sister, Camilla.
- Private Detective
- Psychotic Smirk
- The Rainman
- Rebellious Spirit
- Really Gets Around: Been with 50 people since she was 15.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right
- Sociopathic Hero
- The Stoic
- Tranquil Fury: She never shows her anger, it just simmers inside.
- Undying Loyalty
- The Unfettered
- Vapor Wear: Most scenes in the movies where she's nude either begins with her taking her clothes off or ending with her putting them on. Never once is she shown to have any undergarments on during any of those scenes. It's especially clear when she's being undressed by her on-again/off-again girlfriend in the second movie.
- When She Smiles: Exhibit A◊
Editor and primary shareholder of Millenium
. She and Blomkvist have worked together both professionally and personally for twenty years.
- Da Editor: In the good way. She supports Blomkvist in everything he does. We can see her nastier side when she starts working at SMP. Not surprising, considering the people she needs to work with.
- Double Standard: My Girl Is a Slut: Is Mikael's part-time lover. She reveals frustration that she, who is Happily Married and has permission from her husband to dally with Blomkvist, is still judged for her "infidelity" while he gets pats on the back.
- Ethical Slut: Sees herself this way instead.
- Guile Hero
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Millenium was founded with this as its modus operandi, and Erika is typically able to live up to it.
The former CEO of Vanger Industries, who hires Blomkvist to write a sort of authorized biography of his family. Of course, that's just the pretext: he actually wants Mikael to look into the forty-year-old cold case of his favorite grandniece Harriet's disappearance on 24 September 1966—36 years ago when the novel starts in 2002.
- Cool Old Guy: One of the only members of the family who isn’t a prick.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Subverted; he’s rich but he does do his best to help Mikael, and when he was younger he basically was the company.
The current CEO of Vanger Industries, he has little time to chat with Mikael because he's busy trying to keep the company afloat. As you can see from the spoilers, there's more to him than meets the eye.
Henrik's nephew, and father to Harriet and Martin. He drowned when Harriet was 15.
The subject of Mikael's search, and (by sheer coincidence) his babysitter when he was about two and she thirteen or so. Every year she would give Uncle Henrik pressed flowers in a picture frame for his birthday; ever since she was killed, someone else—presumably the killer—has done the same
. Relatives suspect that Henrik's curiosity over her fate is not entirely healthy.
A gang lord specializing in drugs and smuggling in underage Russian girls into Sweden for sex slavery. Of course, he also has other relevance: Under his full name, "Alexander Zalachenko," he's also Lisbeth's father
- Abusive Parents: Oh so very much.
- Archnemesis Dad
- Asshole Victim
- Berserk Button: Mentioning the name "Lisbeth Salander" to him guarantees a lot of fucked up shit will happen just so he can try and get revenge on her.
- Likewise, mentioning "Zala" to her will put her Spider-Sense on high alert.
- Big Bad
- The Determinator: Must be In the Blood. He survives being set on fire and carves out a criminal empire, and after the second book when Lisbeth and he are put in hospital, in spite of his crippling injuries he still manages to drag himself out of bed to try and kill her.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- Evil Cripple
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Apparently he was a good-looking man in his youth.
- He-Man Woman Hater
- Hidden Villain
- Laser-Guided Karma: Is killed by his handlers after trying to double-cross them one time too many.
- The Man Behind the Man
- Manipulative Bastard
- Not So Different: Not stated, but both Lisbeth and Zala are emotionally detached, stoical, far more concerned with their own rights than those of others, and can and do go to extreme lengths to get revenge. They are both highly intelligent, pretty prejudiced in some ways (though Lisbeth is prejudiced against misogynists and sadists), and no matter what hell you put them through you'll probably succeed in doing nothing but pissing them off. They also both get through bad days by fantasising about torturing and killing the other. Like father, like daughter.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!
- Smug Snake
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness