Characters: The Mummy Trilogy

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Rick O’Connell

"Oh I hate mummies."
Played By: Brendan Fraser

The main character. An adventurer who served in the French Foreign Legion and eventually learns that he's a reincarnated warrior on a mission to save the world.

Tropes associated with Rick:

  • Accidental Truth: He was the only one to theorize the reason for Imhotep's punishment, was because he got frisky with Pharaoh's daughter (actually Seti's wife, but it was a good guess). Evy dismisses it though until the Medjai confirmed it.
  • Action Dad: In the second movie, along with Papa Wolf.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist
  • Badass: Most evident when he takes on Imhotep's priests with only a golden sword in the climax of the first film, and only gets more and more Badass from there.
  • Battle Couple: With Evy.
  • Berserk Button: Don't hurt Evy or Alex.
  • The Chosen One: He later finds out in Mummy Returns that he may be a reincarnated Medjai destined to protect Evy who is the reincarnated Pharaoh's daughter. While also destined to kill the scorpion king.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even about to be hanged:
    Hangman: Any last requests, pig?
    Rick: Yeah, loosen the knot and let me go.
  • Determinator: He just keeps going no matter how many times he's knocked down.
  • Flat Earth Atheist: Played with; he does believe in curses at least, to the point where he knows some things, like the fact that the Book of The Dead isn't supposed to be messed with. However, when it comes to fate it takes a painting on a wall to convince him of his own heroic destiny after spending a movie length denying he is The Chosen One.
  • Genre Savvy: By as early as the second film, Rick has become this.
    *Evelyn starts dragging a bench to barricade the museum doors*
    Rick: Honey, what are you doing? These guys don't use doors.
  • Happily Married: To Evy in the second film and onward.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: To the point that it takes Evy a couple of seconds to recognise him from the prison.
  • The Hero
  • Ineffectual Death Threats: To Izzy. Whether he actually means them is unclear.
    Izzy you were right... you're going to get shot.
  • Indy Ploy: Almost all of his plans are done impromptu or with very little analysis.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
  • Legion of Lost Souls: Was in one.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Walking Armory: Carries at least two pairs of revolvers and semi-automatics on him at all times, in addition to a typical shotgun and a ever-present duffelbag, car trunk or travel chest filled with guns, ammunition, explosives and knives. Alex in the third movie is shown to have taken up this habit, with Rick preferring the pre-war classics and the son favouring more advanced WWII-period weaponry.

Evelyn Carnahan-O'Connell

Played By: Rachel Weisz & Maria Bello

Tropes associated with Evelyn:

  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: She reads from a book that sets off the events of the first movie, and that conveniently prevents the production company from having to pay more actors.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Less on the face than the rest of the cast, but still is quite snarky.
  • Designated Girl Fight: With Anck-su-namun in the first two films. Justified in both. In the first, Ankh Su-Namun needs to kill Evy to become immortal (and then the guards summoned by Jonathan have no qualms about attacking her). In the second, Evy has fought her before in their past lives so she's the best qualified to take her out. Jonathan tries to fight Anck-su-namun but she clearly outclasses him.
  • Determinator: She'll risk limb from limb to rescue Rick from hell near the end of the second film.
  • Disney Death: She gets stabbed near the end of the second film and subsequently dies, but they use magic to bring her back.
  • Groin Attack: She knees a random Mook in the family jewels during the fight at the mansion in the second movie.
  • Happily Married: To Rick in the second film and onward.
  • Hot Librarian: You betcha.
  • Reincarnation: It is revealed in the second film that she is this for Nerfitiri, who has guarded the bracelet of Anubis back in ancient Egypt.
  • Spirited Young Lady: In the sequels, especially the third film.

Jonathan Carnahan

"I hate mummies! They never play fair!"
Played By: John Hannah

Tropes associated with Jonathan:

  • Action Survivor: For the most part. He's not fighter, but has some fine shooting skills, not to mention Deus ex Machina levels of luck.
  • Big Brother Instinct: As cowardly and bumbling as he may be, do not mess with his sister.
  • The Chick/The Smart Guy: Evy and Alex are both quite intelligent too, but Jonathan is the most resourceful.
  • Cowardly Lion: He flees from danger, unless his sister is in trouble.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Frequently.
    Evy: What do you suppose killed [the Warden]?
    Jonathan: Did you ever see him eat?
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Jonathan may be a ridiculously greedy, swindling Plucky Comic Relief, but he is also a crack shot with a rifle, a skilled pickpocket, and disturbingly competent with a book of ancient spells. When the first reanimated mummies appear in the treasure room and his two-shot derringer proves almost useless, he promptly pulls the revolvers from Rick's holsters to continue shooting. Then when Evy's in danger, Jonathan orders the guard mummies to kill Anck-sunamun without any hesitation.
  • Lovable Coward: Ties in with being the Plucky Comic Relief.
  • Mixed Ancestry: See Evelyn's entry.
  • Only in It for the Money: Pretty much his motivation throughout the first film. In the sequel, when it's revealed that the family are now quite well off, he's seen quite relishing in his new-found wealthy lifestyle.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: A frequent source of humour who sometimes gets dangerous.
  • Sidekick: A textbook example of one.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He sucker punches Anck-su-namun at one point in the second movie.

Alex O’Connell

Played By: Freddie Boath & Luke Ford

Tropes associated with Alex:

  • Brats with Slingshots: In the second film, played to amusing effect against Lock-nah.
  • The Chosen One: To use the bracelet of Anubis. Well he chose himself really.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Like his uncle Jonathan, Alex is established early on as learning how to read hieroglyphics. This eventually pops up after Evy dies and they need to resurrect her using the Book of the Dead... written in hieroglyphics.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He sure does take after his father.
  • Idiot Ball: As Rick lampshades, what the hell was Alex thinking when he decided to go and uncover the Emperor?! It's not like his family haven't had a long history dealing with curses and mummies... does it ever end well?!
  • In the Blood: Alex is not the first person in the family to be a Disaster Domino.
  • He Is All Grown Up: In the third film. He even inherits his father's knack for accidentally unleashing the undead.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be a brat, but he actually has a good heart and is rather smart.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: With Lin. Although Lin is about the same age as Alex, she and her mother had been rendered immortal for 2,000 years due to the power of Shangri-La's waters. Of course, her mother took care of the problem by sacrificing their immortality in order to summon an undead army to stop the Emperor.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He inadvertently awakens the Dragon Emperor from his tomb simply by digging him up. Of course, he was being manipulated into doing so at the time, so it's a given.
  • The Smart Guy: He is intelligent far beyond his years, a trait his parents never hesitate to acknowledge. He is able to speak and read Ancient Egyptian better than Jonathan having been taught by Evelyn and is able to use the Book of the Dead to resurrect her when she is killed by Anck-su-namun.
  • Tag Along Kid: He always kidnapped by Imhotep by the majority of the second film and needs to be rescued by his parents, but subverts it later on when he uses the Book of the Dead to resurrect his mom.
  • Too Dumb to Live: His stupidity for waking up the Emperor in the third film.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He and Rick slew the Dragon Emperor.

     Imhotep & his Followers 

Imhotep

Played By: Arnold Vosloo

The first Big Bad of the Mummy trilogy.

Tropes associated with Imhotep:

  • Affably Evil: Imohtep is a monster to people he needs to drain and/or who get in his way. Otherwise, he's a fairly polite, friendly guy.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: For all his evil, Imhotep just wanted to be with his lover.
    • In the second movie's ending. Rick and Evelyn don't look happy to see him die like that.
  • And I Must Scream: Up to Eleven if you've read the novel.
  • Badass: Most apparent in the second movie, when he decides to try fighting the Scorpion King after Anubis takes away his powers, and even fights Rick to a standstill. Of course, he changes his mind when the Scorpion King turns out to be massive scorpion-human chimera, and chooses to trick him into attacking Rick instead. Of course, he's still awesome before then as well.
  • Back from the Dead: Twice so far.
  • Bald of Evil/Bald of Awesome
  • Eye Scream: What he did to Mr. Burns at first.
  • Large Ham: Most of it in Ancient Egyptian, however.
  • Tragic Monster: He just wanted to be with his loved one. Who leaves him to die in the end, rendering all his efforts and suffering moot.
  • Troll: Why else would he put Lock-Nah in charge of watching after Alex if not for kicks.

Anck-su-namun/Meela Nais

Played By: Patricia Velásquez

Tropes associated with Anck-su-namun:

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Of course, there are a few times when she loses her cool, mainly when it concerns Imhotep.
  • The Baroness: Sexpot variant.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Having abandoned Imhotep in favor of her own life, she stumbles and falls into a swarm of scorpions (and possibly the flesh-eating scarab beetles) as she is fleeing. The scorpions/beetles crawl all over and inside her, choking her dying screams.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Her mummy form averts this. She looks exactly as you'd expect a 3000-year-old mummified corpse to look.
  • Dark Action Girl: In modern times and in ancient Egypt.
  • Designated Girl Fight: With Evy.
  • Dirty Coward: Imhotep begs for her help in the second film, and she runs away on him.
  • Lady Macbeth: To Imhotep.

Beni Gabor

Played By: Kevin J O’Connor

Tropes associated with Beni:

  • Being Evil Sucks: Beni sums up his lot in life very accurately: "I need a new job."
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Having spent the movie betraying everyone, he faces a slow death by dehydration and starvation after being trapped in Hamunaptra's treasure chamber. That's bad enough, especially given that the single torch he has is going out. Cue those flesh-eating scarab beetles.

Baltus Hafez

Played By: Alun Armstrong

Tropes associated with Baltus:

  • Dirty Coward: To two of his last minions as they're being chased by undead killer monkeys:
    "You two must sacrifice yourselves for me. (runs off) You shall be rewarded in heaven!"
  • Hand in the Hole: And he isn't happy when he pulls it back out and sees the state of it.
  • Mysterious Past: Where did he come from? How does he know about and why does he worship Imohtep and wants him to conquer the world? What is his relationship with Meela Nais and Lock-Nah? We never find out.

Lock-Nah

Tropes associated with Lock-Nah:

  • Arch-Enemy: To Ardeth Bay.
  • Badass: A skilled fighter and an imposing villain.
  • Blood Knight: A rather dark example. Lock-Nah is more excited at the prospect of hurting people as opposed to fighting them.
  • The Brute:
    Meela Nais: "And the Book of the Living... takes life away."
    Lock-Nah: "I thought that was my job."
  • The Dragon: To Hafez.
  • Child Hater: If his behavior toward Alex is anything to go by.
  • Mysterious Past: He and Ardeth know each other, but we never find out how. Same with how he met Hafez and Meela/Anck.
  • Noodle Incident: We never know what happened between him and Ardeth.
  • Psycho for Hire: He relishes in the violence he inflicts.

     The Dragon Emperor and his followers 

Emperor Qin Shi Huang

Played By: Jet Li

The series newest Big Bad, introduced in the third film.

Tropes associated with Qin Shi Huang:

  • Badass: Even before he became a mummy, he fended off two assassins all by himself, while previously sleeping with his sword rested on his feet. He also learned magic from his councilors.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He doesn't have any goal beyond becoming immortal and conquering the world forever.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Every refers to him as the Dragon Emperor, never using his name, Qin Shi Huang.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Accuses his general, Ming, of this. No one really feels for him, given he quarters the man over a woman whom then he stabs For the Evulz.
  • Evil Is Petty / Stupid Evil: He would have gotten what he wanted if he just let Ming and Zi Yuan marry. Seriously, the guy was First Emperor of China! And he wasn't even in love with Zi Yuan.
  • Evil Overlord: First emperor of China, and an absolute bastard.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: After bathing in Shangri-La, he becomes a three-headed dragon, and takes a behemoth form to attack people.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Has tried to kill Zi Yuan for her betrayal by falling for Ming instead of him. He actually succeeds the second time.

General Yang

Played By: Anthony Wong

Tropes associated with Yang:

  • Anti-Villain: Yang believed that the Emperor, if resurrected, could resolve the turmoil brought about by the Second World War and restore China to it's former glory.
    • Alas, Poor Villain: He gets caught in some wooden gears. As he's being chewed up, Choi rushes forward, grabs his hand and fruitlessly tries to pull him out. He yells at her to leave him, but she refuses to let him go and they die together.
  • Badass: He's a martial artist and nearly kills Alex before the Yeti come to his rescue. Then the Yeti holds him up and roars at him. Yang punches the Yeti on the nose, and survives being thrown almost over a cliff and then the following snow avalanche. Then during the battle, he and Choi survive getting bombarded by Mad Dog and Jonathan's plane. It takes throwing him in wooden gears and being crushed to put him down.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Getting crushed to death by wooden gears. Whatever his flaws, he didn't deserve to die like that.
  • Face Death with Dignity: His final words is telling Choi to let go and save herself. She chooses to follow him.]]
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Yang isn't necessarily out for World Domination, or even self-benefit. He just believes the Dragon Emperor can restore China back to order and glory.

Choi

Played By: Jessey Meng

Tropes associated with Choi:

Roger Wilson

David Calder

Tropes associated with Wilson:

  • Evil Mentor: To Alex.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When he awakens the Emperor, he tries to climb on the chariot with Yang, but the Emperor simply decapitates him for his trouble. Of course, that MIGHT have been because the Emperor doesn't understand English and mistook him as an enemy. Yang didn't exactly have time to introduce everyone.

     Medjai 

Medjai in general

The former bodyguards of the Pharaohs, they are a order of warriors sworn to protect Egypt and the world from the likes of Imothep and the Scorpion King.

  • Badass Army: They certainly hold their own against hordes of Anubis warriors who can only be killed by decapitation.
  • Cool Swords: They all wield some wicked-looking swords.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Medjai all wear in black desert robes and look fairly sinister.
  • Good Is Not Nice: They kill anyone who come across Hamunaptra, as they can't risk them freeing Imothep by mistake.
  • Idiot Ball: They let Imothep's followers dig up Hamunaptra and recover his body just to discover what they are up to rather than stop them before resurrecting the Creature again.
  • Knight Templar: A Muslim varation, they seek to keep the world safe regardless of the costs.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: are willing to kill anyone who approaches Imhotep's tomb, but unlike most examples, they are quite justified in doing so.

Ardeth Bay

Played By: Oded Fehr

Tropes associated with Ardeth:

  • Arch-Enemy: To Lock-Nah.
  • Badass: The movie's standout example. Ardeth just oozes epic from start to finish.
  • The Comically Serious: Rick (to Ardeth) "You, lighten up."
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Always dress in black.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments.
    Ardeth: This was my first bus ride.
    Ardeth: Why don't you people ever keep your feet on the ground?
  • Insistent Terminology: Ardeth insists on calling Imothep 'the Creature' instead by his name as every other character does.
  • More Dakka: "I prefer the Tommy."
  • Mr. Exposition: In the first film, he's the one who knows about Imhotep's true nature and the extent of his abilities. In the second film, he explains the prophecy surrounding Rick and the Scorpion King.

Dr. Terrence Bey

Played By: Erick Avari

Tropes associated with Dr. Bey:

  • Big "YES!":
    Evy: And do you think this justifies the killing of innocent people?
    Dr Bey: To stop this creature? Let me think... YES!
  • Deadpan Snarker: "Compared to you the other plagues were a joy!"
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: He elects to stay behind and fight the brainwashed Imhotep cultists. He is overwhelmed and killed, but he takes down a few before he goes.

     American Expedition 

Dr Allen Chamberlain

Played By: Jonathan Hyde

Tropes associated with Dr. Chamberlain:

Mr Burns

Played By: Tuc Watkins

Tropes associated with Burns:

Mr Henderson

Played By: Stephen Dunham

Tropes associated with Henderson:

  • Badass
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Of all the Americans, he's the most stereotypically American.
  • Eagleland: He is, for all intents and purposes, a cowboy.
  • The Gunslinger: Hendersons' favorite style of fighting is to fire off as many rounds at a target as possible.

Mr Daniels

Played By: Corey Johnson

Tropes associated with Daniels:

  • Knight in Sour Armor: After they return from Hamunaptra, with Burns having his eyes and tongue ripped out.

     Other Characters 

Gad Hassan

Played By: Omid Djalili

Tropes associated with Gad Hassan:

  • Asshole Victim: No one was all too sad for his death, but more interested in how.
  • Death by Materialism: He wanders away from the group to nick some treasures, and ends up torn up from the inside for his greed.
  • Jerkass: He tries to extort sex with Evy in exchange for Rick's release.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: He is only every referred to as the Warden by the other characters.

Capt. Winston Havelock

Played By: Bernard Fox

Tropes associated with Winston:

  • Ace Pilot: British Airforce pilot, and a veteran of WWI.
  • Death Seeker: For years he often wished he'd gone out in "a blaze of glory." like so many of his friends. He finally manages to get his wish, thanks to Imhotep crashing his plane.
  • Die Laughing: "Here I come, laddies!"
  • Disposable Pilot: He dies after Imhotep crashes his plane in the desert. THEN he sinks with his plane in quicksand.
  • Retired Badass: Winston is offically a retired war pilot.

Izzy

Played By: Shaun Parkes

Tropes associated with Izzy:

Mathayus the Scorpion King

Played By: Dwayne Johnson

Actually Mathayus the II, or maybe III. The true Big Bad of the second film.

Tropes associated with this version of Scorpion King:

  • Authority Equals Asskicking Equals Authority: He was leader of an entire army, and its most Badass warrior(thus the only one to survive when they were defeated and banished to the desert).
  • Back from the Dead: He's scheduled for a resurrection, thanks to his deal with Anubis.
  • Badass: The second movie starts by establishing he is one of the most Badass warriors to ever live. And that was BEFORE the pact with Anubos.
  • Big Bad: Of The Mummy Returns, although he doesn't turn up until the climax.
  • Body Horror: Half-Man and Half-Scorpion.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: His awakening is followed by The End of the World as We Know It. Of course, it might not be HIS will, but Anubis'.
  • The Dragon: While he's the Big Bad of the movie, he's a servant of Anubis.
  • Identical Grandson: Apparently, the Scorpion King who fought Rick was the desendant of the original hero by the same name.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Rick, who destroys him.
  • Little Bit Beastly: He was turned into literal Scorpion King.

Zi Yuan

Played By: Michelle Yeoh

Tropes associated with Zi Yuan:

  • Heroic Sacrifice: She pushes herself into the Dragon Emperor's sword to get the dagger from his belt so Rick can kill him.
  • Love Triangle: Between her, Ming, and Huang. She chooses Ming, which is only the start of the conflict.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With General Ming.
  • Together in Death: After giving up her immortality to revive an undead army to combat the titular Dragon Emperor (which, ironically, also includes her dead lover), she dies at the hands of said Emperor and finally joins Ming in death.

Lin

Played By: Isabella Leong

Tropes associated with Lin:

General Ming Guo

Played By: Russel Wong

Tropes associated with Ming Guo:

  • Back from the Dead: Ming is resurrected to lead the undead army against the Emperor.
  • The Dragon: He was the Dragon Emperor's General and oldest friend. Didn't stop him from quartering Ming on a whim.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: We see Ming being chained to 4 carriages, but it cuts to Zi Yuan's face right before we see anything, but her face says it all.
  • Love at First Sight: Heavily implied with Zi Yuan.
  • Love Triangle: With his best friend Huang over Zi Yuan. It gets him killed.
  • Villainous Friendship: With the Dragon Emperor. First seems to be Type I but turns out to be Type III.


Alternative Title(s):

The Mummy 1999, The Mummy Returns, The Mummy Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor