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     Rick O’Connell 

Rick O’Connell

Played By: Brendan Fraser

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"You know, a couple of years ago, this would have seemed really strange to me. "

"Oh, I hate mummies."

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.


  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Has a good deal of sarcasm and dry wit to his character, and makes jokes at several people such as Beni.
  • 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 

Evelyn Carnahan

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"Having an encounter with a three thousand year old walking talking corpse does tend to convert one!"
Click here  to see her after she Took a Level in Badass in The Mummy Returns
Click here  to see Maria Bello's version of the character from The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

"Look, I may not be an explorer or an adventurer or a treasure seeker or a gunfighter, Mr. O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am. I...am a librarian."


     Jonathan Carnahan 

Jonathan Carnahan

Played By: John Hannah

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"Be quiet Alex! If there's going to be any hysterics, they'll come from me!"

"I say, bloody good show, chaps! And did I panic? I think not!"


  • 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-su-namun 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.
  • Zombie Gait: Fakes being one of Imhotep's followers on the streets of Cairo to get the car.

     Alex O'Connell 

Alex O'Connell

Played By: Freddie Boath (The Mummy Returns); Luke Ford (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor)
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Freddie Boath as Alex in The Mummy Returns
Click here  to see Luke Ford's version of the character from The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

(To Imhotep) "My dad is going to kick your ass!"


  • 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 and his followers

     Imhotep 

Imhotep

Played By: Arnold Vosloo

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"Death is only the beginning."
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"The sands of time have already begun to pour against you."

The Big Bad of the first two movies of the Mummy trilogy.

Back in ancient Egypt, Imhotep was the High Priest of Osiris and the trusted advisor of the Pharaoh Seti I, becoming a close confidant of the man. Despite this, Imhotep formed a hidden romance with the Pharaoh's mistress, Anck-Su-Namun, the two taking many precautions to keep their love a secret.

One night, however, the two had chosen to no longer live in secrecy and decided to assassinate Seti I. While they succeeded in their task, their acts of treason were witnessed by the Pharaoh's daughter, Nefertiri, who managed to alert the loyal guards of her father, the Medjai. Forced to flee, Imhotep could only watch in grief as Anck-Su-Namun committed suicide in front of the approaching guards.

With the intent of bringing his love back to life, Imhotep and his priest stole Anck-Su-Namun's body away to Hamunaptra. Utilizing the sacred Book of the Dead, Imhotep almost succeeded in his dark task before the process was interrupted by the arrival of the Medjai, who proceeded to arrest the high priest and his followers. While his priests were mummified alive, Imhotep was given a much worse fate for his crimes.

With the legendary Hom Dai placed on him, Imhotep was cursed with unholy powers and the effect of bringing about the Ten Plagues of Egypt if he were brought back to life before being mummified alive along with dozens of flesh eating scarab beetles within his sarcophagus, feasting upon him for many years.

Once resurrected, his set goal of once again resurrecting his lost love began anew.

  • Affably Evil: Imohtep is a fairly polite, friendly guy who drains people as part of his plan and kills those who get in his way.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: For all his evil, Imhotep just wanted to be with his lover and he suffered greatly for that love. In the second movie's ending, Imhotep is clinging to a ledge over a hellish abyss and calls out to Anck-Su-Namun for help. Despite genuinely loving Imhotep, she ultimately values her new life more and abandons him. Imhotep is completely devastated; he looks at Rick and Evienote , gives them a jealous and respectful look, and lets go of the ledge to fall to his death. Ultimately, everything Imhotep went through was for nothing.
  • And I Must Scream: Up to Eleven if you've read the novel.
  • Freudian Excuse: Love Makes You Evil, followed by Fate Worse Than Death.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Was just a priest, but after murdering the Pharaoh, he attempts to resurrect someone from the dead and gets cursed to be a walking mummy, which gives him a lot of power if he is released.
  • Eye Scream: What he did to Mr. Burns at first.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After the Book of Amun-Ra is used to take away his immortality, all it takes is Rick running a sword through his stomach to finish him off.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The adventurous and witty tone runs out the window once he appears.
  • Large Ham: Most of it in Ancient Egyptian, however.
  • Love Makes You Evil: It was his love for Anck-su-namun that led him to both assist her in murdering Seti and try to bring her back from the dead, two crimes that were apparently enough of an insult to the gods/God to justify both mummifying him and his servants alive and to give him the curse of the Hom Dai, which makes him undead. He tries the resurrection thing again in the first film, and has better luck in the second, but after Anck-su-namum abandons him, he willingly removes himself from the world and descends to Hell.
  • Neck Lift: Does this, often before killing people by draining their fluids and life.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Imhotep was buried alive in a sarcophagus with flesh-eating scarab beetles to keep him company in olden times. No wonder he comes back extra evil thanks to the accidental reading of the Book of the Dead.
  • 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.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The first film's first act starts out like a witty adventure comedy genre copycat of a Indiana Jones movie, but then when Imothep appears, the horror genre outweighs the adventure genre.
  • Villainous Valor: 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.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In Egyptian mythology, cats were the guardians of the underworld and warded off evil spirits. Until Imhotep was restored to his full power, he was terrified of them and could be scared off by simple housecats. He shrugged this off when fully restored.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The worst part is that Imhotep isn't even trying to destroy the world, it's just that he's cursed to bring the Ten Plagues of Egypt when he resurrects (the first time at least; they don't come with him in the second film).

    Anck-su-namun / Meela Nais 

Anck-su-namun / Meela Nais

Played By: Patricia Velásquez

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"Put your mask on. Let's not scar that pretty face."

"What a bright little child. Your mother must be missing you terribly. If you wish to see her again, you better behave."


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Of course, there are a few times when she loses her cool, mainly when it concerns Imhotep.
  • Ascended Extra: The character Anck-Su-Namun is given more insight in the second film in contrast to the first film.
  • Asshole Victim: In the second film, when she is killed the second time after revealing herself to be a Dirty Coward. Also see Cruel and Unusual Death below.
  • 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 as they sting her to death and/or devour her alive.
  • 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, which contradicts her past incarnation's devotion to him when she willingly kills herself in his name suggesting that maybe Meela and Anck-Su-Namun are not the same person after all.
    • Or worse, that Anck-su-namun was always like this. While she did kill herself for Imhotep, it was with the idea that he would resurrect her so they could be together. When faced with a real and pressing danger with no guarantee she would make it out safely, she chose her own skin.
  • Faux Action Girl: Whenever she's in a situation where she's not entirely in control of the fight, she's quick to either run for it or find a way to tip the scales in her favor.
  • Lady Macbeth: To Imhotep.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In Ancient Egypt, mostly.
  • Killed Off for Real: Anck-su-namun dies well, killing herself in the face of Pharaoh's guards with the defiant cry 'My body is no longer his Temple!'. Meela doesn't do nearly as well, dying a Cruel and Unusual Death after abandoning Imhotep.
  • Reincarnation: Meela is the reincarnation of Anck-Su-Namun.
  • She's Got Legs: As an Ancient Egyptian Anck wears little more than body paint. As Meela she favors slinky outfits that show a lot of skin.
  • Smug Snake: Very. Anck and later Meela just cannot resist rubbing it in when she thinks she has the upper hand.
  • Stripperiffic: Especially in Ancient Egypt. Where does her outfit begin or end with all that paint?

     Beni Gabor 

Beni Gabor

Played By: Kevin J O’Connor

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"Oh, your strength gives me strength."

"It is better to be the right hand of the Devil than in his path. As long as I serve him, I am immune."


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When he meets Imhotep in the tomb, he goes through Christian, Arabic, Buddhist, and then Jewish chants in an attempt to gain some divine immunity. The last one convinces Imhotep to spare his life and enslave him, since he recognizes the Jewish chant as being from Egypt's slaves like in the Bible.
  • Arc Words: Rick tells him "Goodbye Beni" twice, (Thrice if you count the camel race) first when he throws him off the boat, and then again when he gets trapped in the sinking tomb despite Rick's attempt to save him.
  • Asshole Victim: See Cruel and Unusual Death below.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Beni sums up his lot in life very accurately: "I need a new job."
  • Butt-Monkey: Beni's not exactly the most enviable character in the first movie; he gets thrown off a boat, finds himself on the wrong side of the Nile, gets forced into servitude by Imhotep, gets beat up, and finally gets trapped in Hamunaptra.
  • Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder: Every chance he gets. His first action upon finding a place to hide, is to close the door on Rick.
  • 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.
  • Death by Materialism: Beni had already taken enough riches that Rick and Evelyn could live afford a freaking estate in London years later. But he just needed to get more, and activated the trap that brought it all down. And if he had dropped the heavy bag he was carrying earlier, he might have made it.
  • Dirty Coward:
  • The Dragon: To Imhotep in the first movie.
  • Karmic Death: Lampshaded by Evy, who tells him his character type always comes to a Cruel and Unusual Death.
  • Kick the Dog: Helping Imhotep out of cowardly self-preservation is one thing, but mocking poor Mr. Burns over his traumatic encounter with Imhotep was just another unnecessary layer of cruelty altogether.
  • Laughably Evil: For being a Butt-Monkey.
  • Legion of Lost Souls: Was part of same unit as Rick.
  • Properly Paranoid: Beni wears the symbols of dozens of different religions, seemingly to cover his bases. In the face of Imhotep, hungry for mortals to restore himself, he pulls out quite a few and prays. This actually saves his life when he takes out the Star of David and begins praying in Hebrew- Imhotep foreseeing the need of a translator. Crosses into some Crazy-Prepared territory as well.
  • The Renfield: He's mostly there to help Imhotep find what he's looking for, and failing badly at that.
  • Smug Snake: After becoming Imhotep's minion.
  • Sycophantic Servant: To Imhotep, although it's more out of fear and greed than genuine devotion.

     Baltus Hafez 

Baltus Hafez

Played By: Alun Armstrong


  • 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!"
  • Evil Brit: Though, given his name, he is likely half-Egyptian like Evelyn.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The scorpion statue sucks off his arm. The Scorpion King rips him into at least three pieces.
  • Hand in the Hole: And he isn't happy when he pulls it back out and sees the state of it.
  • Killed Off for Real: By the Scorpion King.
  • Mysterious Past: Where did he come from? How does he know about and why does he worship Imhotep and wants him to conquer the world? What is his relationship with Meela Nais and Lock-Nah? We never find out.
  • Wicked Cultured: He is a museum curator, reads Ancient Egyptian, and has his own cult of Imhotep worshipers.

     Lock-Nah 

Lock-Nah

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"When the time comes, I shall truly enjoy killing you."

"Not bad...for a Medjai."

  • Arch-Enemy: To Ardeth Bay.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike the other fighting villains, like Imhotep and Anck-su-namun, Lock-nah is just an ordinary man who can keep up with Ardeth Bay in a duel.
  • Black Dude Dies First: He is the first of the main villains to be killed.
  • 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. A skilled fighter and an imposing villain.
  • Child Hater: If his behavior toward Alex is anything to go by.
  • Cold Sniper: Shoots Ardeth Bay's falcon out of the sky.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has a few moments.
    (Lock-Nah stabs his knife right between Alex's fingers)
    Alex: Whoa, that was amazing! Perfect aim.
    Lock-Nah: What are you talking about? I missed.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje portrays the character with got a rich, bass voice.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He can get really annoyed with minimal provocation.
  • 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

     The Dragon Emperor 

Emperor Qin Shi Huang

Played By: Jet Li

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"I raised you for one purpose: to enforce my will on the entire world!"

"Today you awake to a world in the grip of chaos and corruption. I will restore order. I will retake what is mine. I will crush any idea of freedom. I will slaughter without mercy. I will conquer without compassion. I will now lead you past the Great Wall. Once you cross, you will be indestructible."

The Big Bad of the third film.

A ruthless Chinese warlord who succeeded in becoming the first Emperor of China, Huang was a merciless tyrant who led his troops on a unrelenting campaign of power through ancient China, killing any resistors or assassins along the way. After some time, however, his interests turned to seeking a way to preserve his youth in hopes of extending his reign beyond the normal human life span.

As such, he sought the assistance of a witch known as Zi Yuan, who held the secrets of immortality. After his horrific betrayal of the sorceress though, Huang and his men were cursed to forever be mummified as terra-cotta for centuries until his resurrection.

  • Ax-Crazy: He's a very composed individual, but he reveals an incredibly warped, violent, and sadistic streak on occasion, and being cursed for thousands of years has only worsened his insanity.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: 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: 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. The first thing he does when he sees Zi Yuan and recognizes Lin as her daughter is say she'll be his and kidnapping her.
  • Evil Overlord: First emperor of China, and an absolute bastard.
  • Historical In-Joke: The real Qin Shi Huang was driven insane because he believed drinking mercury would extend his life. Not a wise idea.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Rick and Alex are able to stab him with the dagger in both the front and back, connecting the two pieces in his heart and starting his death throes and liquidation.
  • 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 

General Yang

Played By: Anthony Wong

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"Only the pure of heart will sacrifice themselves for the Fatherland."

"Soldiers! Soon, all our training and sacrifice will bear great fruit. It is my dream to raise our Emperor from his tomb. Only he can bring order out of this chaos. Soldiers, tonight our great battle begins!"

The general of a para-militant faction dedicated to the goal of returning Emperor Huang to life, Yang believes that with the help of the resurrected warlord, the turmoil brought about after the Second World War that has left China in a state of trouble can finally be resolved.

  • 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.
  • Anti-Villain: Yang believed that the Emperor, if resurrected, could resolve the turmoil brought about by the Second World War and restore China to its former glory.
  • 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.
  • Four-Star 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.
  • A Father to His Men: Mostly towards Choi.
  • 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 

Choi

Played By: Jessey Meng


  • Alas, Poor Villain: After Yang gets caught in some wooden gears, Choi refuses to abandon him and perishes with him.

     Roger Wilson 

Roger Wilson

Played By: David Calder


  • Affably Evil: How much of his friendliness is genuine is ambiguous.
  • Evil Mentor: To Alex.
  • Off with His Head!: By the Emperor. With his bare fingers. On fire!
  • 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

     In General 

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 Sword: 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 Imhotep by mistake.
  • Hero Antagonist: Starts out as this in the first film towards the protagonists, but when Imhotep revives, they (mostly their leader Ardeth) act as their allies.
  • Idiot Ball: They let Imhotep'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.

     Ardeth Bay 

Ardeth Bay

Played By: Oded Fehr

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"If a man does not embrace his past, he has no future."

"There is a fine line between coincidence and fate."


  • Big Good: He is the leader of the Medjai dedicated to protect the world from the likes of Imhotep and the Scorpion King.
  • The Big Guy: Of O'Connell's group.
  • 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?
  • Decomposite Character: Ardeth Bey was the cover identity of Imhotep in the 1932 film.
  • Insistent Terminology: Ardeth insists on calling Imhotep '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.
  • Not So Stoic: Generally conducts himself with dignity and aloofness, but grins like a maniac when strapped to Winston's plane wing and is clearly having the time of his life.

     Dr. Terrence Bey 

Dr. Terrence Bey

Played By: Erick Avari


  • Big "YES!":
    Evy: And do you think this justifies the killing of innocent people?
    Dr Bey: To stop this creature? Let me think... {together with Ardeth) 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 

Dr. Allen Chamberlain

Played By: Jonathan Hyde

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"They're led by a woman. What does a woman know?"

"What have we done?"


  • Asshole Victim: The only of the doomed expedition members with no redeeming qualities.
  • Big "NO!": Yells this when Imhotep's roar sounds, and it leads to..
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: "You must not read from the book!"
  • Four Is Death: Dr. Chamberlain and the three Americans are guilty of opening the cursed chest with the Book of the Dead needed to bring Imhotep back to Earth with; he's the second man that Imhotep tracks down.
  • Jerkass: The British Egyptologist is both sexist and annoyingly smug. Unlike his American associates, he's lacking in sympathetic qualities.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Chamberlain is maybe a smug sexist, but he was right that Evy should not read from the Book of the Dead otherwise Imhotep would rise and the Expedition members who opened the chest (including Chamberlain himself) would be doomed as Imhotep's regeneration victims (though he shouted this at her after she had already read from the book and brought Imhotep back to life).
  • Killed Off for Real: The second of the four men that is sucked dry by Imhotep, who then takes his canopic jar and the Book of the Dead from him.
  • Killed Offscreen: Rick's group is looking for this guy before Imhotep finds him. They get distracted by Beni in Chamberlain's office, and only hear his screams and see the corpse Imhotep left behind, with Imhotep taking the Book of the Dead from his hands along with the canopic jar.
  • Mean Brit: In terms of his sexism.
  • Only Sane Man: Of his expedition and arguably overall, being the only one to take the curse seriously before Imhotep was released.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Dismisses the protagonist's chances because they're "led by a woman".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Word for word once the locusts that make up the first plague swarm the camp upon Imhotep rising (he's covered in the bugs when he says this).
  • We Have Reserves: Is perfectly willing to let his hired workers open the trapdoors first, to spare himself and his partners the booby traps (they subsequently get sprayed by acid, though he did save the lives of his American comrades doing this).

     Mr. Burns 

Mr. Burns

Played By: Tuc Watkins

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"We're gonna find it, boys, and we're gonna make history."

"Without my glasses I can't see the deck to cut it, now can I, Daniels?"


  • Blind Without 'Em: Played for horror instead of comedy.
  • Eagleland: Part of the American expedition, and the first of them to be killed by Imhotep.
  • Eye Scream: "My eyes! They took my eyes!".
  • Four Is Death: Burns is one of the four guys in the vicinity of the Book of the Dead chest when it's opened, and doesn't even make it to the end of the night before the curse of the chest comes for his eyes and tongue. Imhotep then follows everyone to Cairo and makes Burns Victim No. 1.
  • Killed Off for Real: With Beni's help, Imhotep corners Burns and "finishes the job" he started on him in Hamunaptra.
  • Killed Offscreen: Loses both his eyes and tongue and then his life offscreen.
  • Nice Guy: He seems to remain in friendly terms with the heroes even though they're supposed to be in competition.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realises that Imhotep has come back for the rest of him.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: The first victim of Imothep.
  • Tongue Trauma: "My tongue!"
  • Weapon of Choice: A Colt M1911 semi-automatic handgun.

     Mr. Henderson 

Mr. Henderson

Played By: Stephen Dunham

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"Say, O'Connell, what do you think these babies will fetch back home?"

"Hamunaptra, Daniels. That's all you gotta keep telling yourself. Hamunaptra."


  • Boisterous Bruiser: Of all the Americans, he's the most stereotypically American.
  • Eagleland: He is, for all intents and purposes, a cowboy.
  • Expy: In terms of appearance and sharpshooting skills, he's this of O’Connell. Kinda funny, since they're in the same film together.
  • Four Is Death: One of the four hapless men who is around the chest with the Book of the Dead when it's opened, and the third member of that group to be killed by Imhotep for it.
  • The Gunslinger: Hendersons' favorite style of fighting is to fire off as many rounds at a target as possible.

     Mr. Daniels 

Mr. Daniels

Played By: Corey Johnson

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"All the money we're payin' you, there better be something under that sand."

"Stupid superstitious bastard."


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Attempts to beg for his life by giving his jar up to Imhotep. It winds up being for naught, as Imhotep sucks his body fluids away.
  • Eagleland: One of the American explorers who usually has a tie on him.
  • Guns Akimbo: During his Last Stand before he runs out of bullets.
  • Four Is Death: Daniels is one of the four guys who helped open the chest with Anck-su-namun's canopic jars and the Book of the Dead in it, and while he stays alive a bit longer than the other three, he still dies by Imhotep's hand, even as he attempts to give his kenobic jar back.
  • Killed Offscreen: Daniels attempts to appease Imhotep with his canopic jar, but the mummy sucks him up as the camera changes to Beni's face.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: After they return from Hamunaptra, with Burns having his eyes and tongue ripped out.
  • Last Stand: Takes out about eight of Imhotep's henchmen before running out of ammo. Then Imhotep himself arrives...
  • Mauve Shirt: The last of the Americans to survive, and after his death, Imhotep is fully regenerated.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The last of the Americans to survive and sharpshooting-wise formidable.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: He is a bit greedy.
  • Weapon of Choice: Two Smith & Wesson M1917 revolvers.

Other Characters

     Gad Hassan 

Gad Hassan

Played By: Omid Djalili


  • 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.
  • Fat Bastard: He's quite thick set and is by far the most despicable of Rick's group, trying to have Rick killed for sport at the prison.
  • Jerkass: He tries to extort sex with Evy in exchange for Rick's release; it takes a deal to split treasure to prevent him from hanging Rick, a deal that was effectively rendered moot with his death.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: He is only every referred to as the Warden by the other characters.
  • Killed Off for Real: By scarabs digging into his flesh and brain.
  • Waking Non Sequitur: When the good guys are crossing the desert on camel-back, they continue on through the night, some of them sleeping while riding. The Warden's loud snoring disturbs Jonathan, who smacks him with his riding crop, causing the warden to snort awake and cry out, "No more goat soup!"

     Capt. Winston Havelock 

Capt. Winston Havelock

Played By: Bernard Fox

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"You know, O'Connell, ever since the end of the Great War, there hasn't been a-a single challenge worthy of a man like me."

"I just wish I could've chucked it in with the others and gone down in flame and glory instead of sitting around here rotting of boredom and booze. Cheers."


  • Ace Pilot: British Airforce pilot, and a veteran of WWI.
  • The Alcoholic: Spends all his time drinking because he couldn't have a warrior's death like so many of his friends.
  • Badass Moustache: True British gentleman style!
  • 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.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Was willing to put his life on the line to help Rick rescue Evy and defeat Imhotep.

     Izzy 

Izzy

Played By: Shaun Parkes


     The Scorpion King 

The Scorpion King

Played By: Dwayne Johnson

The true Big Bad of the second film. He (or an ancestor) later got an eponymous Spin-Off film series, see here for its characters.


     Zi Yuan 

Zi Yuan

Played By: Michelle Yeoh


  • Big Good: Of the third film.
  • 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 

Lin

Played By: Isabella Leong


     General Ming Guo 

General Ming Guo

Played By: Russel Wong



Alternative Title(s): The Mummy 1999, The Mummy Returns, The Mummy Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor

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