Characters: The Mummy Trilogy

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     Main Characters 

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.
  • 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.
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:

  • 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.
  • Kiss of Distraction

Jonathan Carnahan

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

Tropes associated with Jonathan:

  • 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.
  • 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 


Played By: Arnold Vosloo

The first Big Bad of the Mummy trilogy.

Tropes associated with Imhotep:

Anck-su-namun/Meela Nais

Played By: Patricia Velásquez

Tropes associated with Anck-su-namun:

Beni Gabor

Played By: Kevin J O’Connor

Tropes associated with Beni:

Baltus Hafez

Played By: Alun Armstrong

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Tropes associated with Lock-Nah:

     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:

General Yang

Played By: Anthony Wong

Tropes associated with Yang:

  • A Father to His Men
  • 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.


Played By: Jessey Meng

Tropes associated with Choi:

Roger Wilson

David Calder

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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.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Medjai all wear in black desert robes.
  • 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 it is for an extremely good reason.

Ardeth Bay

Played By: Oded Fehr

Tropes associated with Ardeth:

Dr. Terrence Bey

Played By: Erick Avari

Tropes associated with Dr. Bey:

  • Bald of Awesome
  • 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:

  • Only Sane Man: Of his expedition and argueably overall, being the only one to take the curse seriously before Imothep was released.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Dismisses the protagonist's chances because they're "lead by a woman".
  • What Have We Done?: Word for word.

Mr Burns

Played By: Tuc Watkins

Tropes associated with Burns:

  • 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.
  • Tongue Trauma: "My tongue!"

Mr Henderson

Played By: Stephen Dunham

Tropes associated with Henderson:

  • 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

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     Other Characters 

Gad Hassan

Played By: Omid Djalili

Tropes associated with Gad Hassan:

  • 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:

  • 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!"


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:

  • Big Bad: Of The Mummy Returns, although he doesn't turn up until the climax.
  • Body Horror: Half-Man and Half-Scorpion.

Zi Yuan

Played By: Michelle Yeoh

Tropes associated with Zi Yuan:

  • 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.


Played By: Isabella Leong

Tropes associated with Lin:

General Ming Guo

Played By: Russel Wong

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Alternative Title(s):

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