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'''Played by: Craig WarnockThe main character. A 10 year old boy who's interested in history.
- Ascended Fanboy: He always loved history; now he gets to see history in the making.
- I Choose to Stay: He's offered the opportunity to remain in Greece as the king's adopted son, but the Bandits drag him away. Considering what we know will eventually happen to Agammemnon, it's just as well...
- Kid Hero
- Only Sane Man
- Tag Along Kid
- Unfazed Everyman
'''Played by: David Daker and Sheila FearnA couple who only care about how good their kitchen is and gossip about how someone they know has the latest technology.
- Adults Are Useless: They represent the banal, materialistic existence that Evil wants to promote.
- Asshole Victim: They don't care about Kevin at all. They deserved to get blown up.
- Death by Materialism: They are more concerned with their appliances than their son, which ultimately causes their death as well.
- Parental Neglect: They don't care about Kevin at all. When the house is on fire, his mother is more concerned with running back inside to get the toaster than making sure he's alright.
- Too Dumb to Live
The Time Bandits
A gang of dwarfs that come from Heaven and helped God create the Universe. But they decided that robbing people over time was more fun.
- Deadpan Snarker: They all do this at some point or another.
- Genre Blind: They don't recognize Robin Hood and don't appear to realize that the Titanic is going to hit an iceberg.
- Gold Fever: Their primary motivation.
- Man Child: They all behave more like spoiled, bratty children rather than the ancient, immortal beings that they are. This was, in fact, the reason that Terry Gilliam cast small people as the Bandits: so that audiences would accept a child as their equal.
- Nice Hat: Each of them wears a hat of some description, from a dusty bowler to a crude mining helmet.
- Only in It for the Money: They're traveling through time for no reason other than to steal. Kevin is offended.
- Really 700 Years Old: Being formerly employed by God, they're all thousands of years old.
- Unwitting Pawn: They hand-deliver the map to the Evil Genius in their quest for "The Most Fabulous Object in the World." Meanwhile, Supreme Being also intended for them to steal the map the whole time to he could test his creation, evil.
- With Friends Like These...: The other Bandits don't like Randall too much. Can you blame them?
'''Played by: David RappaportThe leader of the gang.
- It's All About Me
- Goggles Do Nothing: His flight helmet includes a set of goggles that are always pushed up to his forehead, unused. His headgear is purely ornamental, as is all of the Bandits'.
- The Leader: The headstrong type.
- The Napoleon
- Not So Different: He says to Kevin that they both have a lot in common. But Kevin doesn't buy it. Can you blame him?
'''Played by: Jack PurvisThe brawn of the gang.
'''Played by: Malcolm DixonThe brains of the gang.
'''Played by: Kenny BakerThe nice one.
- Back from the Dead: He is killed by accident in the battle with the Evil Genius, but is brought back to life.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When the Time Bandits get led through Robin Hood's men's spitting contest, he's the only one with the nerve to spit back at them. He doesn't miss either!
- The Lancer
- Nice Guy: Tries to protect Kevin on various occasions, and asks the Supreme Being to reward him at the end.
'''Played by: Mike EdmundsThe stupid one.
- Animorphism: Evil turns him into a pig.
- Baleful Polymorph: He gets hit by a spell that turns his head into a pig's head. He later gets turned into a pig entirely.
- The Ditz
- Mind-Control Device: The Evil Genius uses him to lure the Bandits to the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness so that Evil can have the map to take over the world.
- The Sixth Ranger
'''Played by: Tiny RossThe hungry one.
- Randall: Vermin! Would you stop eating?
Played by: David WarnerAlso known as the Evil Genius, he is the main villain who wants to take over the Universe and understand modern technology.
- A God Am I: Mind you, as a Satanic Archetype and the embodiment of Evil, he is extremely powerful, but he still is so far behind his creator the Supreme Being that said Supreme Being turns him into a statue by his mere presence. Yet he still boasts about being way more powerful than the Supreme Being, calling himself "all-powerful" and claiming to have existed before the Supreme Being (see Badass Boast).
- All There in the Script: A kind of schizophrenic example. The script and the credits refer to him as "the Evil Genius". However, throughout the film, he is referred to (and refers to himself) as simply "Evil".
- Artificial Human: He appears human, but seems to be more machine than organism. His fingertips are on hinges that he can bend back to expose nozzles that fire magic. In the final battle he turns himself into an evil merry-go-round.
- Badass Boast: "I… am Evil! Evil existed long before good. I made myself. I cannot be unmade. I am all-powerful!"
- Bad Boss: He kills one of his minions all just for asking him why can't he leave the fortress.
- Berserk Button: Never say that the Supreme Being created him, unless you want to get blown up.
- Evil Brit: Courtesy of David Warner.
- Evil Genius: Allegedly.
- Evil Laugh: Of course.
- Evil Overlord: Who else would it be?
- Faux Affably Evil: He apologizes to someone after accidentally zapping him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His way of dispatching all of the reinforcements the bandits summon.
- Kick the Dog: Being Evil, he does this a lot. Including one literal example where he blows up his minion Benson (in dog form) with a Death Ray.
- Large Ham: Throughout the film, and most of all during the aforementioned Badass Boast
- Laughably Evil: In the climax, he fights the heroes in the funniest ways, like turning himself into a carnival prop and turning into a pin cushion. However, that does not make him any less threatening or effective.
- Made of Evil: The physical embodiment of it. Even after his death, his coal-like remains are said to still be "concentrated evil" that blast the Lotterby parents out of existence as soon as they touch it.
- Nice Hat: He wears an H.R. Giger-esque headpiece with a skull on the back of it.
- Offing the Annoyance: He does this twice.Evil: What sort of Supreme Being created such riff-raff? Is it not the workings of a complete incompetent?Minion 1: But He created you, Evil One.Evil: What did you say?Minion 1: Well, He created you, so He can't be totally...Evil: [blasts Mook 1 out of existence] Never talk to me like that again! No one created me! I am Evil! Evil existed long before Good. I made myself. I cannot be unmade. I am all-powerful!Minion 2: But why, if that's the case, [Other minions edge away from him] are you unable to escape from this fortress?Evil: [blasts Mook 2 out of existence] That's a good question.
- Power Echoes: His echo is very pronounced, even by this trope's standards.
- Psychic Powers: He is able to take control of Randall's tank and Wally's spacecraft with his mind in the climax.Randall: I can't control it!Evil: Of course you can't, you silly little man! I control them!
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Really, his entire face, when he's about to do something really horrific. He never gets to do whatever it was he intended to do: twice.
- Satanic Archetype: Where to begin? He is Evil incarnate, was created by the Supreme Being but pretends to be his equal, is sealed in a fortress, seeks to overthrow the Supreme Being, tries to trick Kevin into a deal...
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He can't leave the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Evil is surrounded by incompetent henchmen. At one point, he says to one of them who's just said something particularly idiotic, "Oh, my dear Benson, you are so mercifully free of the ravages of intelligence." This is likely his own doing, however, as both of the Mooks who dare to raise serious questions about Evil's plan are blown to smithereens.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He turns himself into a pin cushion in the climax to resist the arrows shot at him by the Greek Soldiers.
Played by: Jerold WellsOne of Evil's stupid minions.
- Animorphism: Evil turns him into a sheepdog. He's as stupid a dog as he was a human.
- The Ditz
- Too Kinky to Torture: Relishes the thought of being transformed by Evil.
Played by: Derek DeadmanAnother stupid minion.
Played by: Marcus PowellA former member of the Time Bandits who betrayed them.
- Demoted to Extra: He had a big role in the script, but his lines were removed and he's just more of a background character.
- Fallen Angel: Although Evil is the most obvious Satanic Archetype in the film, it is Horseflesh who was an angel and revolted. Though technically all the Time Bandits kinda revolted, but you get the idea.
- Posthumous Character: An ambiguous example. Randall claims he's dead.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: To the Time Bandits.
- The Voiceless: He has no lines. Although in the original script, he did.
The Middle Ages
'''Played by: John Cleese
- Nice Guy: He seems to be nice to the Time Bandits until they leave."Thank you very much. Thank you very, very, very much! (beat) Awful people."
- Upper-Class Twit
'''Played by: Michael Palin
- Butt-Monkey: Mostly courtesy of his unspecified "problem."
'''Played by: Shelley Duvall
Robin Hood's "Merry Men"They're just as nasty as Randall and they give money to the poor alright, but not without punching them in the face out of pure sadism. Their leader Robin Hood is way too oblivious and delusional to notice.
'''Played by: Sean Connery
- Adaptational Heroism: Often portrayed as a bad guy, usually the bad guy, in various adaptations of the Iliad/Trojan War, here he's portrayed as a noble hero. It helps that he's played by Sean Connery.
- Cool Old Guy: He's a far better parent than Kevin's parents ever were.
- Deadpan Snarker"Well, you certainly are a chatty little fellow."
- Historical Hero Upgrade: Usually portrayed as a megalomaniac who sacrificed his own daughter, he is a wise ruler and a one of the nicest characters in the film.
- Nice Guy: He seems to be a brave and wise ruler who adopts Kevin and becomes his first real father figure, albeit briefly.
- Only Sane Man
- Parental Substitute: He takes a paternal liking to Kevin and adopts him.
- The Reveal: See below.
'''Played by: Juliette JamesAgamemnon's wifenote . They have a complex relationship.
- Death Glare: Exchanges one with her husband. Considering that he has appointed Kevin his heir (though their own children do not feature here), this is perhaps not surprising.
- The Voiceless: She has no dialogue at all.
Bull Headed Warrior
'''Played by: Winston Dennis
'''Played by: Ian HolmFrench conqueror who only likes short people.
- "That's what I like: Little things hitting each other."
The Time of Legends
Winston The Ogre
Played by: Peter Vaughan
- Affably Evil: He's adorable, but he does want to eat Kevin and the bandits.
- Ill Boy: He's sick all the time.
Played by: Katherine Helmond
- Affably Evil: Like her husband.
Played by: Ian Muir
"Your Money Or Your Life" Host
Played by: Jim Broadbent
The Supreme Being
Played by: Ralph RichardsonGod himself, whom the Bandits stole the map from.
- "Return what you have stolen from me! Return the map! It'll bring you great danger! Stop now!"
- Absent-Minded Professor: His true form.
- Badass Baritone: When pursuing the Bandits.
- Benevolent Boss: He thinks of himself as one. He says he ought to kill the dwarfs in the most horrible way possible, but instead will demote them, with a pay cut backdating to the beginning of time.
- Deus ex Machina: A literal one at the end.
- God Is Inept: It's implied he's not entirely sure what he's doing. When Kevin tries to ask some perfectly-reasonable questions, he gets blustery and sidesteps the issue.
- Godly Sidestep: His explanation for the existence of evil is only partial: it has something to do with free will.
- Good Is Not Nice: He presents himself as either a menacing face in the heavens or a somewhat stern old man. Kevin is rather horrified to learn that He arranged a lot of death and suffering just to test his creation and doesn't seem at all concerned about it. His first act once the bandits surrender is to order them to clean up the mess and punish them with a salary cut even though he claims that all of their actions were part of his plan.
- Good Is Old-Fashioned: He's an old-fashioned British gentleman, while the Evil Genius wants to reform the world around lasers and technology.
- Jerkass Gods: He has little or no regard for human life.
- The Powers That Be