Characters / The Naked Gun

Lieutenant Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen)
"But there she was, just as I remembered her. That delicately beautiful face. And a body that could melt a cheese sandwich from across the room. And breasts that seemed to say... "Hey! Look at these!""
  • Accidental Hero: Is quite an expert at this, as mentioned at the beginning of 2 as having killed his 1000th Drug Dealer (the latter two hit with his car, although they turned out to be drug dealers), and later on unwittingly hitting a police station robber with the door as he walks in.
  • The Ace: Subverted. He seems to be something like this in the field of police work, although much of it happens through luck and several Accidental Hero moments.
  • Badass Grandpa: Being obviously quite old (Nielsen was in his late fifties/early sixties playing Frank) doesn't hamper him in his work, especially given that he's surprisingly acrobatic for a man of his age.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Just because he's comically disaster-prone doesn't mean he can't get the job done at the end of the day.
  • Casual Danger Dialog:
    Frank: I'm sorry, I can't hear you! Don't fire the gun while you're talking!
  • Comically Missing the Point: Very frequently, usually with a large helping of literal-mindedness. He's played by Leslie Nielsen, after all.
  • The Comically Serious: His main character trait is that he's always deadpan serious despite all the weirdness that surrounds him. This is a key trait of Leslie Nielsen's acting style in his comedic roles.
  • Cowboy Cop: He has a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later, as evidenced by his killing of five actors performing Julius Caesar which he mistook for an actual murder attempt.
  • The Ditz: Frank is... not the brightest bulb in the box. Which is why it's so entertaining when he takes himself so seriously.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Every time he's behind the wheel, he hits something. It's a Running Gag that he tends to crash into stuff outside the place he's driving to.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: "Just think about it, the next time I shoot somebody, I could get arrested."
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: As discovered when he performs the National Anthem to an entire crowd of baseball spectators (that includes the Queen of England!).
  • Lethal Klutz: He accidentally killed his fiancée before the events of the first movie, a fact that Drebin remains blissfully unaware of.
  • Literal-Minded: In many, many ways.
  • Love at First Sight: With Jane.
  • One-Man Army: His bodycount is apparently ridiculous; In the second film, he receives a citation for killing one thousand drug dealers (albeit, the last two were accidentally backed over with his car) and upon retirement, his Police Squad colleagues have made him a banner crediting him with killing 6000 bad guys and wounding hundreds more.
  • Silver Fox: Parodied in the second film where he's given an obvious muscled body double.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Becomes this to Rocco's gang in the third film when he impersonates a thug called "Slasher" McGurk.
  • Trigger Happy: Once shot five actors ("Good ones!") on the basis of them being weirdos in togas stabbing a guy in the middle of the park. Also shot an in-law at his bachelor party.

Nordberg (OJ Simpson)
  • Amusing Injuries: Starting from his very first scene and going downhill from there. How else would the random bear trap on board a boat full of drug dealers be explained?
  • The Chew Toy: One would almost feel sorry for him if it wasn't such cartoonish fun to see him get beat up so much.
  • Black Best Friend: To Frank and Ed.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Something simply bad can't happen to Nordberg, oh no. Something bad has to happen to him immediately followed by something terrible, which would then be immediately followed by something horrendous. And then he'll get an additional injury somehow later on the hospital bed.
  • Funny Afro: Had this in the 70s. It's so big he can't even fit through the door.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Has a wide string of bad luck in every movie. Just watch his first appearance. It doesn't end there.

Jane Spencer (later Drebin)
  • Bigger on the Inside: Her fridge, as seen in the second movie.
  • The Ditz: No wonder she and Frank gravitated toward each other. And yet she's still the more levelheaded one.
  • Drives Like Crazy: She's apparently been taking driving lessons from Drebin, if the third movie is any indication.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She works for the first movie's Big Bad and thinks he is a great guy. In the second film she is dating the Big Bad.
  • May–December Romance: With Drebin, largely, although Hapsburg also looks to be quite a bit older than she is.
  • My Biological Clock Is Ticking: Wants a baby in the third film, a situation not helped by the fact that she's surrounded by working mothers in court.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Played almost to the point of parody, with the lingering pans up her body, painstaking descriptions by Drebin's narration, and gratuitous Sexophone. Plus, there's the shower scene in the second film.
  • Sexophone: Her Leitmotif when Frank first sees her in the first and second movies.

Ed Hocken

Vincent Ludwig

Quentin Hapsburg

  • Big Bad: Of the second movie.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the backer for the United States' largest energy firms, and is willing to resort to kidnapping (and eventually murder) to get his way.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted. He is pushed out of a high window by Ed, but survives, only to be attacked by a lion that had escaped the zoo along with the other animals earlier.

Rocco Dillon